Interviews | A Conversation With Austin Staubus, Managing Director Of ItsNoRequests

Posted by on March 21, 2017

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Cutting through the noise online is hard work. In fact, it’s harder than it’s ever been for an artist to have their music heard and placed by the right blogs, curators, and streaming services. That’s why we recently sat down with Austin Staubus, the Managing Director of ItsNoRequests, who’s worked with countless labels, Grammy nominated artists, and management teams to create comprehensive strategies for their releases online. We caught Austin at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, where we talked the current music climate, streaming, and the importance of Soundcloud and Youtube curators.

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Electronic, Interviews | Q&A with Up and Coming Producer Duo MEDZ From Down Under

Posted by on March 21, 2017

How did you come up with the artist name MEDZ?

The first time we worked together i’d just had 2 wisdom teeth out and i was off my head on painkiller meds!

How did the “Unforgettable” collaboration come about?

We’ve known Kings for a couple of years and did some production on one of his early house tracks, we wrote this track before his single “Don’t worry about it” blew up. it started off very different at 140bpm and somehow ended up more chilled.

How did you guys connect with Be Rich Records?

I’ve worked with Be Rich as Magik J for years and always had a great A&R relationship with Guy and John, so when we started this new project we went to them first.

What is your dream collaboration & why?

We are loving all Jon Hopkins stuff at the moment, everything he does is unique and production is incredible. Would also love to work with Bjork.

When did you guys start getting into creating music?

I started making music around the late 90’s and ran a label called Shaboom in the UK releasing my own tracks, Jack has been making music for the last 4 years and is already way better than me!

Who are some of your main influences? On your latest single a Flume inspired sound is what came to mind for us.

Yes we love Flume and the sound he’s created. Again Jon Hopkins on the production side of things is a big influence but also older bands like Massive Attack and Portishead, we’re big fans of 90’s trip hop.

What is the music scene like in NZ?

Really strong at the moment there’s loads of great international acts coming over to play and more cool local events popping up all the time.

Favorite musicians outside of the Electronic market?

Been listening to loads of Sigur Rós, it’s really amazing stuff.

What is your favorite release to date and why?

This is only our second release so I guess this one as it’s our latest.

Are you guys working on any new projects?

We have lots of new material lined up and working with different vocalists both here in NZ and overseas. We’re still finding our sound and its great just experimenting with new ideas each day.

What software do you guys produce in?

Both Logic and Ableton live through UAD Apollo. We’re also amassing lots of old analogue gear which our next few releases will feature.

Do you guys prefer to be doing live shows DJing or in the studio creating new music?

We haven’t done too many MEDZ live shoes yet but we can’t wait to get out there. Studio is the main focus for now and then hopefully the touring will follow. We have some cool ideas for the live show and it’d definitely involve some of our analogue gear .

Interviews | Gromo Talks Ultra Europe, Hobbies, And New Single “Give Me” In Exclusive Interview

Posted by on February 16, 2017

Coming from New York, this producer has a storied past unlike most. Gromo burst onto the scene at Ultra Music Festival in Miami at the ripe age of 16, the youngest artist to ever play such event. From there he went onto to international shows including Ultra Japan, Ultra Europe, and Ultra Bali. His unique production style and age have garnered him a reputation that is hard to come by for high school student. Never the less, his new track “Give Me” is a creative and unique record that features a multitude of different elements mashed into one solid piece of production.

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Artists, Deep House, Exclusive, Home, Interviews | INTERVIEW // Nora En Pure is poetry in motion & in music

Posted by on November 23, 2016

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Close your eyes and imagine… Warm air on your skin, soft sand between your toes, the sound of waves gently lapping up on the shore, and the most spectacular assortment of red, pink, orange and violet melting together in a firey, captivating sunset in front of you, framed by the silhouettes of swaying palm trees and hibiscus flowers. This is feeling that South African producer Nora En Pure invokes in her listeners with her melodic, serendipitous and yet surprisingly deep house tracks. A part of the Enormous Tunes and Helvetic Nerds labels alongside artists like EDX, Sons of Maria and Croatia Squad, you’d most likely recognize Nora En Pure for her hits such as “Come With Me,” “Saltwater,” and her most recent release,“Tell My Heart” featuring Dani Senior.

What captivates me about Nora’s music, however, is that from an immediate listen, you get a sense that her music truly goes much deeper than a solid beat and an uplifting melody; not something you find often in the popular music scene. Even more so, her aura is effortlessly cool and her success is unwavering regardless of the “female disadvantage” some attribute to the electronic industry. For these reasons, in addition to a sheer admiration for her jams, I was absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to pick Nora’s brain about her and her music in advance of her show at Effex in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For those seeking a getaway ~ be it on the dancefloor, a beach, or even lost in your headphones ~ I recommend purifying your life with Nora En Pure’s beats.

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Interviews | [Exclusive Interview] FreshNewTracks.com Sits Down With Razz

Posted by on November 15, 2016

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You might have heard of Marc Raziano (Razz) from his break out “Overthinking” single featuring Aviella. Or his “Break The Rules” remix that racked up over 1 million plays on Youtube. Or, you might even have heard his latest Blink 182 “What’s My Age” again remix. It’s that consistent quality output that made us want to sit down the NY based producer and rising DJ to learn more about his inspirations, sound, and plans for 2017. Hit the jump to read our exclusive interview with Razz below.

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Interviews | Point Blank Takes Us Through A History Of House Music

Posted by on September 27, 2016

There’s very few people who can actually deliver the true history of house music. Thankfully, Point Blank has filled this void by meeting up with James Wiltshire, who knows his stuff to say the least. Story-telling is a dying culture, but Wiltshire will make your mind filled with visuals and imagination with his detailed story starting all the way at the beginning.

If interested in part 2, Wiltshire then goes on to explain how to make house music here.

To learn more go to Point Blank’s homepage here: http://www.pointblankmusicschool.com/

Interviews | Shadow Child Shows Us How He Makes Hit Songs

Posted by on September 12, 2016

Shadow Child is practically a house hold name in dance music. His remix of “Hotter Than Hell” is a staple in mid 2010’s sounds that we’ve all come to love. The solo DJ/Producer has teamed up with Point Blank to give fans and producers an extremely detailed look as to how he formed the track “Dua Lipa – Hotter Then Hell (Shadow Child Remix)”. The British voice guiding you through the experience isn’t half-bad on it’s own. Why are their voices so good?

Anyway, go to http://www.pointblankmusicschool.com/ to find more collaborations they’ve done with big artists, lessons, creative bits, and more. Point Blank has a large audience it feeds to, including 200K subscriber following on YouTube, 2016 has had Point Blank expanding on good things more so, keep your eyes peeled on what they will be doing next.