Posted by BIGLIFE on September 15, 2016
When I heard his brand new “Gone” single featuring Ty Dolla $ign it grabbed my attention immediately. I appreciated that he was trying to do something different despite the recent trend to meld the dance and hip-hop worlds. Afrojack stepped out of the box this time, and it was so damn close to paying off for him. I want to like this song. Ty Dolla $ign’s toplines are always sneaky good, and this one is no exception. This song had all the makings of a “hit” until you reach the 1:12 mark.
That’s when the song falls off the rails.
I’ll start wit the vocal mix. It’s bad. Really bad. How could Afrojack get the vocal mix so wrong? The production is far too loud, and drowns Ty Dolla $ign’s vocals out, making them nearly unintelligible. The verses are the best part of the song. How could you let those verses go to waste with a vocal mix (on the drop) that’s sub-par.
Even worse? The drop. The drop is a lot like going on a date. The date is going well. You’re on fire. Every thing you’re saying is making her laugh. You invite the date back to your house. You’re on the couch. She’s grinding all over you. Calling you “papi”. Gets you all worked up. All of a sudden, her friend texts her and she says he has to leave. You’re sitting there and you don’t know what the hell just happened.
This is what the drop feels like. A complete train wreck.
While I applaud Afrojack for stepping outside of his box, this one falls short.
Posted by BIGLIFE on March 23, 2016
Ok, there’s been lots of news over the past few months about the end of Soundcloud and we wanted to put together a quick list of our favorite Soundcloud alternatives to check out. With all of the uncertainty, here are some great places to diversify where you’re connecting with fans:
Bandcamp – This has been around for a while now, and a great place to sell music. It definitely lacks some social features like repost’s and comments, but definitely a great place to sell music if you have a loyal fanbase. It might seem a bit old fashioned to use Bandcamp, but it’s a sure thing for selling music.
Mixcloud – An amazing place to post mixes, maybe not the best place to put all of your music, but a great home for your mixes. Lots of radio shows and DJ’s are using it and seems like an obvious fit for your set.
Fanburst – The newcomer we recently discovered with an awesome way to share Albums and EP’s. The best part about Fanburst is that it’s totally free and has a powerful set of analytics tools. Definitely worth checking out, it’s pretty much Soundcloud but free for artists.
YouTube – Let’s not forget about the king of music and video sharing, with the recent launch of YouTube Red and a massive user base, Youtube is a tip top place to put your music. While YouTube lacks some social features, it makes up in the userbase. YouTube should definitely be in your swiss army knife of services.
Posted by VMan on June 5, 2015
There’s a new app I’ve been meaning to tell you guys about, which I’ve been using to find a lot of the good music we feature here on FNT. The app is called Popped, and to keep it simple, stupid, it’s functions are like Tinder for music, much like how you pick your women, (or your dudes, for all my ladies), you swipe on Popped. The concept is very easy, you load up the app, press play, and before you know it, there’s a song you’ve never heard getting played in your headphones, finely curated from the top channels on SoundCloud, which I’ll let you discover on your own as you download the app. If you like what you hear, swipe left to include the tune in your playlist for future playback, and let it run. If you’re not feeling it, you know the drill, swipe right, and you’ll never have to worry about that ditty again. I’ve personally been using the app for the past week, and from functionality, design, and content base, I can proudly say I’m a Popped boy, are you? Follow me on Popped @ VianneyMan to see what I’ve been listening to, and share tracks with me within the platform if there’s a tune you think I should hear. Oh, and if you’re too busy to do some discovering, and just want the certified good, hit the “Popped 25” and hear what the rest of the world is swiping crazy for!
Download Popped for iOs – HERE
Download Popped for Android – HERE
Posted by BIGLIFE on January 22, 2015
Usher has another hit on his hands. “I Don’t Mind” is incredibly catchy, as I found myself listening to it multiples today until I was sick of hearing it. This, of course, is by design, as Dr. Luke and Cirkut produced the record. If you don’t know who Dr. Luke and Cirkut are, they’re a production team (of sorts) that are responsible for almost every hit on the radio. Collaborators Benny Blanco and Max Martin would beg to differ, but I digress. The average fan doesn’t know (and perhaps doesn’t care) about who produced and wrote the new Usher single, but we do. It’s northing short of fascinating.
Posted by BIGLIFE on January 1, 2015
“You Know” has been floating around the web for quite some time. It was first announced as a collaboration between Oliver Heldens and Mike Mago, and teased in various mixes and “Heldeep Radio” episodes. It even had album art floating around. Names were thrown out (mostly by fans) and “Feelings” seemed to stick for a while, especially on 1001Tracklists.com. Last weekend, we attended Lights All Night in Dallas and had the opportunity to catch a Zed’s Dead set, which was impressively varied.
While watching the set, Zeds Dead played “You Know” an announced that “this was their new sh*t with Oliver Heldens” which we live-tweeted. It caught us completely off guard, but were excited to get that confirmation. Whether it’s a Oliver Heldens, Mike Mago, and Zeds Dead collaboration remains to be seen. Spinnin’ is understandably tight-lipped about the record. What we do know is that it’s a big record and we can’t wait for more information to become available. Keep your eye on this space.
“You Know” is available on February 2nd.
Posted by BIGLIFE on December 8, 2014
Every blog is talking about it. Earlier today, Jahan of Krewella released an exclusive Op-Ed via Billboard (with an insanely manipulative click-bait title) that addressed the recent lawsuit and breakup of EDM’s crossover supergroup. There real story here isn’t even the personally penned piece. It’s how Jake Udell continues to gain this kind of traction online for his clients, but I digress.
In the beginning of the Op-Ed, Jahan describes Krewella as “the most hated group in the electronic dance music scene” which isn’t far from the truth at the moment. It’s a shame considering their meteoric rise. However, it’s a lesson everyone should understand: perception is reality in the dance space. While the jury is still out on whether the sisters are responsible for pushing Kris out or not (we’re not making any claims either way) they have an image problem and it seems evident Krewella knows this. That’s why they posted this carefully calculated (tone-def) op-ed on Billboard today to quell some of the backlash.
Posted by JT on November 17, 2014
Meet Haywyre. Hailing from oceanside Vancouver, Haywyre is about pushing boundaries and resetting the rules of the game. Slowing down the BPM, Mat Zo has added this heavy bass bumping, beat mashing, pioneer of future electronic sound to the Mad Zoo roster for the label’s Winter Roadshow.
Adding a talent like Haywyre tells us a few things about what to expect from the Mad Zoo takeover:
1. Expect Bass –
With recent releases, Mat Zo is clearly demonstrating that trance won’t be a highlight of this show, although I’m sure the guru of the genre will find a way to incorporate those uplifting sounds into his sets one way or another.
2. Expect Energy –
The video shows it all. Adding Haywyre to the roster is clearly a logical step to facilitate an environment as uncontrollable and unpredictable as a circus. That being said…
3. Expect The Unexpected –
With Mat Zo and his crew, this is a given. This is why we go to a show associated with Mat Zo. This is why we are most excited for Mad Zoo.
We must say, however, that we are sad to see no Canadian dates as of yet – hopefully, by adding this Canadian heavyhitter to the list, that will change. Nonetheless, we congratulate Haywyre in what we are sure will be a very life-changing opportunity.