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THE LAUNCH OF HYDEOUT: THE PRELUDE IS HERE
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THE LAUNCH OF HYDEOUT: THE PRELUDE IS HERE

Music Having already announced episodes with the likes of Alison Wonderland, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Tinashe and many more, Hydeout: The Prelude continues to raise the bar. Welcoming exclusive content from new additions and global rap icons Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy and The Kid Laroi, genre-defying producer TOKiMONSTA, as well as Bohan, Dombresky and a Monstercat label takeover featuring the likes of Sullivan King, Habstrakt, Kill The Noise and Pixel Terror, the Hydetribe will bear witness to over 40 enthralling episodes across a variety of genres. With an explosive global episode premiere locked in for January 29th, Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix is set to ignite the online sphere, with French viral hitmaker DJ Snake’s episode to follow on January 30th. The ever-evolving music hub promises to keep fans satisfied with a constant flow of exciting content rolling out through 2021.      Hydeout: The Prelude will take fans on a truly unique journey, bridging the virtual and physical realms with secret locations around the world. Stepping through the portal, users will be transported to every corner of the globe with Hydeout’s exclusive on-demand episodes. The digital dimension will span three different worlds, HydeCity, HydeIsland and HydeEscape, encompassing over 20 stages including Aqua Sphere, HydeAlley, Pandemonium, Sanctum, The Arch, The Mirage and many other secret on-location stages in HydeEscape.      It’s safe to say we’ve all been feeling the effects of a year without festivals, and Hydeout: The Prelude is here to fill that void. In order to bring us as close as possible to that festival feeling, the platform encourages self-expression through avatar customisation, avatar dance moves and chat rooms. The Hydetribe will also be invited to test their gaming abilities and link up with fellow users in three different Hyde.Games. Hyde.Hoops offers the chance to shoot some virtual hoops, Hyde.Attack will get hearts racing in an energetic game of dodgeball and Hyde.Chef is set to get mouths watering as users will serve guests traditional Singaporean dishes in a fast-paced memory game. Competing against other users from all corners of the globe, subscribers can win Hydecoins, giving them the opportunity to purchase additional episodes and avatar skins.      Created by Singapore-based HydeNSeek Entertainment, supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Hydeout’s digital empire stays true to its roots, integrating Singaporean landmarks into its environments, as well as showcasing some of the area’s hottest talents. Ready to be explored by those who share an innate desire to connect with likeminded people, and become immersed in a dazzling world of entertainment, the Hydetribe can unlock the full Hydeout experience with a Season Pass for USD $49.90. With multiple new episodes to enjoy every week, users will have unlimited playback views for 5 days upon first play. Fans can also access the platform when they register for a free Pay As You Go Pass on hydeoutworld.com. Season passes are also available on Hydeout’s Official Ticketing Partners sites at Klook and Festicket.      “We are excited to support Hydeout: The Prelude, a fully immersive digital music entertainment platform which will feature music talents while showcasing Singapore’s iconic spots and attractions. Consumer behaviour has changed and it is critical to pivot and adapt to new event formats and business models. Hydeout: The Prelude is a good example of how our industry can innovate and leverage technology to reimagine what music events could look like in the future.” - Ms Jean Ng, Executive Director Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development for Singapore Tourism Board.     Are you ready to join the #Hydetribe? Having already announced episodes with the likes of Alison Wonderland, DJ Snake, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Tinashe and many more, Hydeout: The Prelude continues to raise the bar. Welcoming exclusive content from new additions and global rap icons Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy and The Kid Laroi, genre-defying producer TOKiMONSTA, as well as Bohan, Dombresky and a Monstercat label takeover featuring the likes of Sullivan King, Habstrakt, Kill The Noise and Pixel Terror, the Hydetribe will bear witness to over 40 enthralling episodes across a variety of genres. With an explosive global episode premiere locked in for January 29th, Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix is set to ignite the online sphere, with French viral hitmaker DJ Snake’s episode to follow on January 30th. The ever-evolving music hub promises to keep fans satisfied with a constant flow of exciting content rolling out through 2021.      Hydeout: The Prelude will take fans on a truly unique journey, bridging the virtual and physical realms with secret locations around the world. Stepping through the portal, users will be transported to every corner of the globe with Hydeout’s exclusive on-demand episodes. The digital dimension will span three different worlds, HydeCity, HydeIsland and HydeEscape, encompassing over 20 stages including Aqua Sphere, HydeAlley, Pandemonium, Sanctum, The Arch, The Mirage and many other secret on-location stages in HydeEscape.      It’s safe to say we’ve all been feeling the effects of a year without festivals, and Hydeout: The Prelude is here to fill that void. In order to bring us as close as possible to that festival feeling, the platform encourages self-expression through avatar customisation, avatar dance moves and chat rooms. The Hydetribe will also be invited to test their gaming abilities and link up with fellow users in three different Hyde.Games. Hyde.Hoops offers the chance to shoot some virtual hoops, Hyde.Attack will get hearts racing in an energetic game of dodgeball and Hyde.Chef is set to get mouths watering as users will serve guests traditional Singaporean dishes in a fast-paced memory game. Competing against other users from all corners of the globe, subscribers can win Hydecoins, giving them the opportunity to purchase additional episodes and avatar skins.      Created by Singapore-based HydeNSeek Entertainment, supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Hydeout’s digital empire stays true to its roots, integrating Singaporean landmarks into its environments, as well as showcasing some of the area’s hottest talents. Ready to be explored by those who share an innate desire to connect with likeminded people, and become immersed in a dazzling world of entertainment, the Hydetribe can unlock the full Hydeout experience with a Season Pass for USD $49.90. With multiple new episodes to enjoy every week, users will have unlimited playback views for 5 days upon first play. Fans can also access the platform when they register for a free Pay As You Go Pass on hydeoutworld.com. Season passes are also available on Hydeout’s Official Ticketing Partners sites at Klook and Festicket.      “We are excited to support Hydeout: The Prelude, a fully immersive digital music entertainment platform which will feature music talents while showcasing Singapore’s iconic spots and attractions. Consumer behaviour has changed and it is critical to pivot and adapt to new event formats and business models. Hydeout: The Prelude is a good example of how our industry can innovate and leverage technology to reimagine what music events could look like in the future.” - Ms Jean Ng, Executive Director Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development for Singapore Tourism Board.     Are you ready to join the #Hydetribe?

DGTL returns and starts a brand new cycle
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DGTL returns and starts a brand new cycle

Music   The world's first circular dance festival returns to the NDSM Docklands on 11 and 12 September 2021.   DGTL Amsterdam returns, putting 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror but taking lessons and insights from a year that has changed us all. A year of new opportunities, new promises and hope for a better world, 2021 presents a new cycle for everyone,  DGTL included. The festival will return to its celebrated homeland at the NDSM Docklands but for the first time, not as the official opener of the festival season. DGTL 2021 will instead take place on September 11th and 12th 2021, with presale tickets going live on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.     After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, a prescient moment in time where everything DGTL has worked on over the last eight years comes together as a true springboard to the future. That future begins now, writing itself by announcing the first wave of DGTL 2021’s line-up:     Acid Pauli | Adriatique | Afrodeutsche | Ben Böhmer | Blawan | The Blessed Madonna & HAAi | CamelPhat | Colyn | David Vunk | DJ Assault | DJ Python | Egyptian Lover | Eris Drew | Honey Dijon | Ingi Visions | KI/KI | Luke Vibert | Mala | Margaret Dygas | Meetsysteem | MEUTE | Mind Against | Nicola Cruz | Nina Kraviz | Paula Temple & SNTS | Ø [Phase] | Ricardo Villalobos | ROD | Worakls     ‘Let’s rewrite our future. It’s time for a new cycle.’     DGTL Amsterdam may be moving itself to the end of the summer rather than its traditional place as the start of the festival season, but the circular message and identity of the festival stays absolutely central to its wider mission. Maintaining sustainable programming by combining international headliners with local talent, the team behind DGTL match this with their sustainable organisation methods. DGTL is the first electronic music festival to be produced in a fully circular manner, with an above-average focus on the challenges in the fields of energy, water and sanitation, food, raw materials and mobility. After a year in which it has become crystal clear how fragile life is on our planet, these steps have proven more important than ever.     Watch the A NEW CYCLE video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jqyC7p6qQ4     By shifting its focus to September, DGTL can take even bigger and better steps towards a sustainable return to the festival landscape, with production levels that promise to erase the memory of 2020. The presale starts on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.     The world's first circular dance festival returns to the NDSM Docklands on 11 and 12 September 2021.   DGTL Amsterdam returns, putting 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror but taking lessons and insights from a year that has changed us all. A year of new opportunities, new promises and hope for a better world, 2021 presents a new cycle for everyone,  DGTL included. The festival will return to its celebrated homeland at the NDSM Docklands but for the first time, not as the official opener of the festival season. DGTL 2021 will instead take place on September 11th and 12th 2021, with presale tickets going live on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.     After a year of reflection, DGTL sees 2021 as the start of A NEW CYCLE, a prescient moment in time where everything DGTL has worked on over the last eight years comes together as a true springboard to the future. That future begins now, writing itself by announcing the first wave of DGTL 2021’s line-up:     Acid Pauli | Adriatique | Afrodeutsche | Ben Böhmer | Blawan | The Blessed Madonna & HAAi | CamelPhat | Colyn | David Vunk | DJ Assault | DJ Python | Egyptian Lover | Eris Drew | Honey Dijon | Ingi Visions | KI/KI | Luke Vibert | Mala | Margaret Dygas | Meetsysteem | MEUTE | Mind Against | Nicola Cruz | Nina Kraviz | Paula Temple & SNTS | Ø [Phase] | Ricardo Villalobos | ROD | Worakls     ‘Let’s rewrite our future. It’s time for a new cycle.’     DGTL Amsterdam may be moving itself to the end of the summer rather than its traditional place as the start of the festival season, but the circular message and identity of the festival stays absolutely central to its wider mission. Maintaining sustainable programming by combining international headliners with local talent, the team behind DGTL match this with their sustainable organisation methods. DGTL is the first electronic music festival to be produced in a fully circular manner, with an above-average focus on the challenges in the fields of energy, water and sanitation, food, raw materials and mobility. After a year in which it has become crystal clear how fragile life is on our planet, these steps have proven more important than ever.     Watch the A NEW CYCLE video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jqyC7p6qQ4     By shifting its focus to September, DGTL can take even bigger and better steps towards a sustainable return to the festival landscape, with production levels that promise to erase the memory of 2020. The presale starts on Friday 5 February at 2:00 pm via www.dgtl.nl/2021-tickets.  

THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS
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THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS

Music Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry. Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry.

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In conversation with Ofenbach
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In conversation with Ofenbach

Music We had a blast speaking with Ofenbach recently about their hit songs & plans for next year amongs other exciting things.     It's been a whirlwind of a year, how are you guys doing?   We try to stay positive, making music and thinking about a better future. We really can't wait to go on stage and see our fans again. Everybody needs to party and have fun, so it will be even better than before when things will go back to normal again.     ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’ has become a worldwide hit, congratulations! It's a different style to your previous releases, what is the inspiration behind the track?   It's different in the production because we think it's important to evolve in our sound but the soul and melody of the track are still close to our signature. For us the skeleton of a track is more important than everything.     ‘Katchii’ was the #1 on the Shazam Dance Worldwide charts for an incredible 14 consecutive weeks. What’s your best memory of working on this track?   Our best memory was to work on a rock ‘n roll track and make a dance track with it. It was a huge challenge but the mix of both genres fits totally and it was magic to see this happening under our eyes.     Let’s talk about one more of your hits, ‘Be Mine’. The track has over 300 million streams worldwide, what do you guys think is key to create a hit like this?   Unfortunately there is no key. It's just a matter of releasing the right track at the right moment but of course if your melody is catchy ("katchi" haha), it gives you more chances to make a hit.     As said, your styles are diverse but remain a recognizable Ofenbach tune. What would you say the key is to evolving as an artist while staying true to your foundational sound fans have come to expect?   As said before in the interview, it's important to put your soul in your melodies but also important to evolve with your production. We are both musicians and singers so it certainly helps us to keep our touch on the tunes.     What’s your resolution for next year?   Our biggest resolution is to be happy for what's happening and grateful. Also to work hard for the future.     When the clubs are open and festivals are happening again, what track will you guys open with?   ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’! ;)   Do you guys have any exciting releases or other projects coming up for 2021?   Of course, our new single will come in January and we are really excited about this one. Also, Robin Schulz just made a remix of ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’. Next to that, we will release a remix for John Legend and Faouzia next week. We had a blast speaking with Ofenbach recently about their hit songs & plans for next year amongs other exciting things.     It's been a whirlwind of a year, how are you guys doing?   We try to stay positive, making music and thinking about a better future. We really can't wait to go on stage and see our fans again. Everybody needs to party and have fun, so it will be even better than before when things will go back to normal again.     ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’ has become a worldwide hit, congratulations! It's a different style to your previous releases, what is the inspiration behind the track?   It's different in the production because we think it's important to evolve in our sound but the soul and melody of the track are still close to our signature. For us the skeleton of a track is more important than everything.     ‘Katchii’ was the #1 on the Shazam Dance Worldwide charts for an incredible 14 consecutive weeks. What’s your best memory of working on this track?   Our best memory was to work on a rock ‘n roll track and make a dance track with it. It was a huge challenge but the mix of both genres fits totally and it was magic to see this happening under our eyes.     Let’s talk about one more of your hits, ‘Be Mine’. The track has over 300 million streams worldwide, what do you guys think is key to create a hit like this?   Unfortunately there is no key. It's just a matter of releasing the right track at the right moment but of course if your melody is catchy ("katchi" haha), it gives you more chances to make a hit.     As said, your styles are diverse but remain a recognizable Ofenbach tune. What would you say the key is to evolving as an artist while staying true to your foundational sound fans have come to expect?   As said before in the interview, it's important to put your soul in your melodies but also important to evolve with your production. We are both musicians and singers so it certainly helps us to keep our touch on the tunes.     What’s your resolution for next year?   Our biggest resolution is to be happy for what's happening and grateful. Also to work hard for the future.     When the clubs are open and festivals are happening again, what track will you guys open with?   ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’! ;)   Do you guys have any exciting releases or other projects coming up for 2021?   Of course, our new single will come in January and we are really excited about this one. Also, Robin Schulz just made a remix of ‘Head Shoulders Knees & Toes’. Next to that, we will release a remix for John Legend and Faouzia next week.

In conversation with Kim Lee
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In conversation with Kim Lee

Music We had a delight chatting with Kim Lee.     Tell our readers who you are and what you do.   I’m Kim Lee born and raised in LA. I’m DJ/Model and the host of Yo! MTV Raps Asia. Basically I do a lil bit of everything.      Tell us more about your up-coming project for 2021, with top producer Jeff Jenkins.   When Crazy Rich Asians movie came out couple years back. It was a big deal for a lot of Asian Americans because it was literally our “ Black Panther” movie. After that many tv networks approached me. So the universe did it’s magic and linked me to Jeff.    Anybody that’s in the tv/film business will know who Jeff Jenkins is. He’s the producer of The Kardashians and such an amazing person all around. I can’t say much but we got some exciting things coming soon      How was it like performing at festivals such as Ultra? Do you miss performing this year and do you plan on doing more of that once festivals are back on track?   It’s an incredible feeling. I totally miss performing. For people like me in the music industry that are used to being on the road all the time it was definitely a huge change. I’ve never taken a weekend off ever before but I’ve got different projects I’m working on and I’ve been focused on that. All my shows has been rescheduled for next year.      What has been the highlight for you so far in 2020, given the year it has been?     Highlight of the year for me is being home more with my family and doing a lot of self care which I never really had time to do and really focus on other important things in my life.      Tell us something that is not on your resume.     I’m a very spiritual person. I love going to spiritual stores and have many different crystals and sage at home. I also love reading.        Have you been able to be creative throughout this year? And what projects have you been working on?   I think for many creatives we always gotta stay creative or we’ll lose our minds! Haha yes I’m always creating content and collaborating with different brands and magazines.  We had a delight chatting with Kim Lee.     Tell our readers who you are and what you do.   I’m Kim Lee born and raised in LA. I’m DJ/Model and the host of Yo! MTV Raps Asia. Basically I do a lil bit of everything.      Tell us more about your up-coming project for 2021, with top producer Jeff Jenkins.   When Crazy Rich Asians movie came out couple years back. It was a big deal for a lot of Asian Americans because it was literally our “ Black Panther” movie. After that many tv networks approached me. So the universe did it’s magic and linked me to Jeff.    Anybody that’s in the tv/film business will know who Jeff Jenkins is. He’s the producer of The Kardashians and such an amazing person all around. I can’t say much but we got some exciting things coming soon      How was it like performing at festivals such as Ultra? Do you miss performing this year and do you plan on doing more of that once festivals are back on track?   It’s an incredible feeling. I totally miss performing. For people like me in the music industry that are used to being on the road all the time it was definitely a huge change. I’ve never taken a weekend off ever before but I’ve got different projects I’m working on and I’ve been focused on that. All my shows has been rescheduled for next year.      What has been the highlight for you so far in 2020, given the year it has been?     Highlight of the year for me is being home more with my family and doing a lot of self care which I never really had time to do and really focus on other important things in my life.      Tell us something that is not on your resume.     I’m a very spiritual person. I love going to spiritual stores and have many different crystals and sage at home. I also love reading.        Have you been able to be creative throughout this year? And what projects have you been working on?   I think for many creatives we always gotta stay creative or we’ll lose our minds! Haha yes I’m always creating content and collaborating with different brands and magazines. 

In conversation with Dance System
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In conversation with Dance System

Music London’s James Connolly hasn’t just survived in the volatile world of electronic music, he’s helped shape it.  At the forefront of dance music for over a decade, Connolly has left an indelible mark as a progressive producer and DJ under both his aliases - L-Vis 1990 and Dance System - and as the co-founder of the highly influential label, Night Slugs. This year during lockdown, he took the decision to shift his sole focus onto Dance System and begun a new journey with his new label System Records. Kicking off last week with the release of  ‘Where’s The Party At?’, this incredible 20-track collaborative mixtape features some incredible names including India Jordan, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Deeon, Sally C, A-Trak, Alex Virgo and more. We sat down with Dance System to chat about his history and the start of this new chapter.     Throughout your career, you’ve released under a couple of alias’. What made you decide to leave the L-Vis 1990 moniker and shift the focus to Dance System?    There have been maybe four or five different aliases over the years, each of those represents a little part of what I’m about musically. I have to compartmentalise everything so it all makes sense in my head. I think at the end of 2018, I was getting a bit tired of doing this, I felt I really needed to focus on just one thing to make the best of it. In parallel, I was working on a L-Vis 1990 R&B album and new Dance System stuff but for some reason the energy of the DS project started to overtake, I just thought ‘fuck it’ Im gonna put my everything into house music for the first time in my career and see where it goes.     How do they differ for you?    Dance System has always been buried in the heart of L-Vis 1990.. it's a part of that moniker. You can hear it in Club Constructions Vol. 1 and later, more directly, my L-Vis 1990 Presents Dance System EP’s for Clone & Ultra Magic. I think the L-Vis 1990 name just became too tied to the general sound of Night Slugs & DJ sets rather than my actual output. Towards the end I was also moving more into the production for vocalists lane with my mixtape 12 Thousand Nights. At that point the stylistic visions were very separate.     Are they vehicles purely for creation or do you see them as a reflection of your personality and self too?    I don’t think you can separate your personality and creation if you are being true to your art. The music reflects different parts of me wholeheartedly. L-Vis was the experimentalist artist that wanted to subvert and explore new realms. Dance System is the goofy playful side of me that just wants to dance, have fun and laugh... I'm always laughing and dancing about in my seat when I make that DS stuff.  If my energy and personality isn’t coming out in the music, then it's not gonna connect with people. That’s why I felt it was important to bring Dance System back.     Many would agree that Night Slugs is arguably one of those important and influential labels in UK electronic music history. How do you feel about that sentiment and did you know at the time what an impact it would have?     It's amazing that you and others that would suggest that. We were just part of a great lineage of important labels in UK club history, there are so many.  We knew we were doing something different and it felt special, but we had no idea the impact it was going to have. It was crazy reflecting on it and looking at the club landscape for our 10th anniversary, a couple of years ago. You can hear small parts of what we started everywhere. It's just part of the fabric of underground club sound. Half the young kids don’t even know who we are, yet our influence is there in their sound. We are just part of the lineage of amazing dance music in the UK.     Overall, have you found that your work and creativity has been positively or negatively affected by the pandemic?    I’ve been training for this moment my whole life... I'm an art school kid, a bedroom DJ, a studio nerd, staying in one room and just making art and creating is my default mode. I thrived with the extra time to really delve deep into what I was about musically. I mean you can hear the sound of my lockdown in my new mixtape ‘Where’s the Party at?’ 20 collaborations with a bunch of other artists in the same situation. But that creativity did go in serious waves, there were times when I just couldn’t do anything and had just watched some crap on Netflix. Creativity is all about riding waves, if it’s not there at that moment, you just gotta go sit on the beach and relax. there will be another big wave soon enough.     How did you find lockdown in Rome? One of your creations went viral we saw!     Lockdown in Rome was pretty intense.. you couldn’t go outside a certain radius of your house after the supermarkets were closed. We would have police pulling up and threatening us with fines when we were just taking the trash out at one point. My girlfriend and I tried to make fun out of it as much as possible, otherwise we would have gone crazy. At the start of lockdown, there was a lot of amazing energy in the ci; it felt like we were all in something together probably for the first time since the war. Every night at 6pm, people would hang out of their windows bashing pots and pans and playing music, it was such a vibe. One night me and my girlfriend decided to play Gigi D’agostino ‘Bla Bla Bla’ out the window - this was a massive tune in Italy in the late 90s. Everyone was going crazy and flashing their torches! The next day I decided to make my own edit to play out the window. Was a hit in the tower blocks. I released it on Bandcamp and Annie Mac made it her record of the week; called it “medicine for the nation”.  It was such a surreal time, but super fun!     You recently launched your new label System Records and announced its first release Where’s The Party At?. It’s looking and sounding incredible. What advice would you give to other aspiring producers and label owners?     This answer could be an essay, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. You have to trust your gut and own vision. Don’t try and be like others, be yourself 100% and don’t be afraid to be different. To get to that point it took me so much time and i feel like I’m only just getting there now to be honest. So don’t put pressure on yourself for overnight success; just work hard and keep your head down. I’ve been plugging away at this shit for twenty years! On the practical side of things, a label is very hard work and can take up a lot of time, so if you're a producer and looking to start a label, definitely make sure you have a strong team around you to make it work. Having a vision is very important too.     What would you say the most challenging part of this launch was?    On top of delivering a 20 track album that I mixed myself I am creative directing everything down to the smallest detail, from art work, videos, photo shoots, social post etc. It’s been such a lot to balance and a total head fuck at times. But thankfully I have a great team of visual artists that I’m working with, Jean Baptiste Castel and Maria Gudjohnson, who have been fantastic. Also my partner in System Records, and my manager, Sophie Glynne, has been holding it all together impeccably, so that's taken off a lot of stress.      The tracklist is incredibly diverse – we love to see it! How did you go about selecting the artists to work with?   All the collaborations came about super naturally a bunch of them are friends old and new. I think they are all quite diverse because my life has been diverse and I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around and living in different places. People like UNIIIQU3, A-Trak, Heavee and DJ Deeon I know from my time living in the states. Hudmo I know from touring and playing the same parties when we were coming up 10 years ago. Alex Virgo and ABSOLUTE. are new friends I met last year when I was starting to bring Dance System back. Sally C and Cromby I met on the dance floor of Panorama Bar. They are all just amazing artists who are a part of my journey in some way.     What is your favourite track from the mixtape?    It's so hard to choose! Each of them are a different part of me and my sound.. It’s probably a toss-up between Heavve ‘Get Down’ & the KG and Simbad one ‘Deeper’. They are both at polar opposite sides of my sound. ‘Get Down’ is 143bpm hyper disco cut and ‘Deeper’ is so smooth and such a beautiful journey.. KG’s vocals are sublime and the way Simbad added the live drums towards the end just takes the whole thing into oblivion! I love showing that side of me too.     What’s the future looking like for System Records?    It's looking very busy! We almost have too much music to release on the label from up and coming artists, plus some mega stars that want to join the fun too! I can’t say anything on that right now though… I just know next year is going to be a wild ride.. I can’t wait to start throwing some parties!     Are there any new artists you think we should be keeping an eye out for?    Yes! There are a bunch of new artists I’m working with for the label. The first release after my mixtape will be from Funky T who runs the amazing Devon Analogue studio. You should also keep an eye out for ABCDJ (Chicago), Guchon (Tokyo),  DJBT (Netherlands), Douglas Rothschild (Baltimore), and this 18 year old wonder kid Kyle Starkey (UK)     Tell us something that is not on your resume?    I used to make music videos back before I took the plunge into full time DJing. I actually made one for Erol Alkan & Boys Noize’s secret project on Phantasy, called Dance Area.  It was a track called AA247; it's still on YouTube I believe.       LISTEN HERE: https://system.promo/party London’s James Connolly hasn’t just survived in the volatile world of electronic music, he’s helped shape it.  At the forefront of dance music for over a decade, Connolly has left an indelible mark as a progressive producer and DJ under both his aliases - L-Vis 1990 and Dance System - and as the co-founder of the highly influential label, Night Slugs. This year during lockdown, he took the decision to shift his sole focus onto Dance System and begun a new journey with his new label System Records. Kicking off last week with the release of  ‘Where’s The Party At?’, this incredible 20-track collaborative mixtape features some incredible names including India Jordan, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Deeon, Sally C, A-Trak, Alex Virgo and more. We sat down with Dance System to chat about his history and the start of this new chapter.     Throughout your career, you’ve released under a couple of alias’. What made you decide to leave the L-Vis 1990 moniker and shift the focus to Dance System?    There have been maybe four or five different aliases over the years, each of those represents a little part of what I’m about musically. I have to compartmentalise everything so it all makes sense in my head. I think at the end of 2018, I was getting a bit tired of doing this, I felt I really needed to focus on just one thing to make the best of it. In parallel, I was working on a L-Vis 1990 R&B album and new Dance System stuff but for some reason the energy of the DS project started to overtake, I just thought ‘fuck it’ Im gonna put my everything into house music for the first time in my career and see where it goes.     How do they differ for you?    Dance System has always been buried in the heart of L-Vis 1990.. it's a part of that moniker. You can hear it in Club Constructions Vol. 1 and later, more directly, my L-Vis 1990 Presents Dance System EP’s for Clone & Ultra Magic. I think the L-Vis 1990 name just became too tied to the general sound of Night Slugs & DJ sets rather than my actual output. Towards the end I was also moving more into the production for vocalists lane with my mixtape 12 Thousand Nights. At that point the stylistic visions were very separate.     Are they vehicles purely for creation or do you see them as a reflection of your personality and self too?    I don’t think you can separate your personality and creation if you are being true to your art. The music reflects different parts of me wholeheartedly. L-Vis was the experimentalist artist that wanted to subvert and explore new realms. Dance System is the goofy playful side of me that just wants to dance, have fun and laugh... I'm always laughing and dancing about in my seat when I make that DS stuff.  If my energy and personality isn’t coming out in the music, then it's not gonna connect with people. That’s why I felt it was important to bring Dance System back.     Many would agree that Night Slugs is arguably one of those important and influential labels in UK electronic music history. How do you feel about that sentiment and did you know at the time what an impact it would have?     It's amazing that you and others that would suggest that. We were just part of a great lineage of important labels in UK club history, there are so many.  We knew we were doing something different and it felt special, but we had no idea the impact it was going to have. It was crazy reflecting on it and looking at the club landscape for our 10th anniversary, a couple of years ago. You can hear small parts of what we started everywhere. It's just part of the fabric of underground club sound. Half the young kids don’t even know who we are, yet our influence is there in their sound. We are just part of the lineage of amazing dance music in the UK.     Overall, have you found that your work and creativity has been positively or negatively affected by the pandemic?    I’ve been training for this moment my whole life... I'm an art school kid, a bedroom DJ, a studio nerd, staying in one room and just making art and creating is my default mode. I thrived with the extra time to really delve deep into what I was about musically. I mean you can hear the sound of my lockdown in my new mixtape ‘Where’s the Party at?’ 20 collaborations with a bunch of other artists in the same situation. But that creativity did go in serious waves, there were times when I just couldn’t do anything and had just watched some crap on Netflix. Creativity is all about riding waves, if it’s not there at that moment, you just gotta go sit on the beach and relax. there will be another big wave soon enough.     How did you find lockdown in Rome? One of your creations went viral we saw!     Lockdown in Rome was pretty intense.. you couldn’t go outside a certain radius of your house after the supermarkets were closed. We would have police pulling up and threatening us with fines when we were just taking the trash out at one point. My girlfriend and I tried to make fun out of it as much as possible, otherwise we would have gone crazy. At the start of lockdown, there was a lot of amazing energy in the ci; it felt like we were all in something together probably for the first time since the war. Every night at 6pm, people would hang out of their windows bashing pots and pans and playing music, it was such a vibe. One night me and my girlfriend decided to play Gigi D’agostino ‘Bla Bla Bla’ out the window - this was a massive tune in Italy in the late 90s. Everyone was going crazy and flashing their torches! The next day I decided to make my own edit to play out the window. Was a hit in the tower blocks. I released it on Bandcamp and Annie Mac made it her record of the week; called it “medicine for the nation”.  It was such a surreal time, but super fun!     You recently launched your new label System Records and announced its first release Where’s The Party At?. It’s looking and sounding incredible. What advice would you give to other aspiring producers and label owners?     This answer could be an essay, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. You have to trust your gut and own vision. Don’t try and be like others, be yourself 100% and don’t be afraid to be different. To get to that point it took me so much time and i feel like I’m only just getting there now to be honest. So don’t put pressure on yourself for overnight success; just work hard and keep your head down. I’ve been plugging away at this shit for twenty years! On the practical side of things, a label is very hard work and can take up a lot of time, so if you're a producer and looking to start a label, definitely make sure you have a strong team around you to make it work. Having a vision is very important too.     What would you say the most challenging part of this launch was?    On top of delivering a 20 track album that I mixed myself I am creative directing everything down to the smallest detail, from art work, videos, photo shoots, social post etc. It’s been such a lot to balance and a total head fuck at times. But thankfully I have a great team of visual artists that I’m working with, Jean Baptiste Castel and Maria Gudjohnson, who have been fantastic. Also my partner in System Records, and my manager, Sophie Glynne, has been holding it all together impeccably, so that's taken off a lot of stress.      The tracklist is incredibly diverse – we love to see it! How did you go about selecting the artists to work with?   All the collaborations came about super naturally a bunch of them are friends old and new. I think they are all quite diverse because my life has been diverse and I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around and living in different places. People like UNIIIQU3, A-Trak, Heavee and DJ Deeon I know from my time living in the states. Hudmo I know from touring and playing the same parties when we were coming up 10 years ago. Alex Virgo and ABSOLUTE. are new friends I met last year when I was starting to bring Dance System back. Sally C and Cromby I met on the dance floor of Panorama Bar. They are all just amazing artists who are a part of my journey in some way.     What is your favourite track from the mixtape?    It's so hard to choose! Each of them are a different part of me and my sound.. It’s probably a toss-up between Heavve ‘Get Down’ & the KG and Simbad one ‘Deeper’. They are both at polar opposite sides of my sound. ‘Get Down’ is 143bpm hyper disco cut and ‘Deeper’ is so smooth and such a beautiful journey.. KG’s vocals are sublime and the way Simbad added the live drums towards the end just takes the whole thing into oblivion! I love showing that side of me too.     What’s the future looking like for System Records?    It's looking very busy! We almost have too much music to release on the label from up and coming artists, plus some mega stars that want to join the fun too! I can’t say anything on that right now though… I just know next year is going to be a wild ride.. I can’t wait to start throwing some parties!     Are there any new artists you think we should be keeping an eye out for?    Yes! There are a bunch of new artists I’m working with for the label. The first release after my mixtape will be from Funky T who runs the amazing Devon Analogue studio. You should also keep an eye out for ABCDJ (Chicago), Guchon (Tokyo),  DJBT (Netherlands), Douglas Rothschild (Baltimore), and this 18 year old wonder kid Kyle Starkey (UK)     Tell us something that is not on your resume?    I used to make music videos back before I took the plunge into full time DJing. I actually made one for Erol Alkan & Boys Noize’s secret project on Phantasy, called Dance Area.  It was a track called AA247; it's still on YouTube I believe.       LISTEN HERE: https://system.promo/party

MALUMA & THE WEEKND UNITE TO RELEASE "HAWÁI" REMIX & ITS MUSIC VIDEO
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MALUMA & THE WEEKND UNITE TO RELEASE "HAWÁI" REMIX & ITS MUSIC VIDEO

Music The Weeknd sings in both Spanish & English for the very first time. "HAWÁI" has been at #1 for multiple weeks on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs, Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Airplay charts     MALUMA and THE WEEKND have joined forces to release a one-of-a-kind remix of global hit "HAWÁI", along with its new music video via Sony Music Latin/RCA Records. Both are available now!     To stream/download "HAWÁI" Remix click HERE and to watch the video click HERE.   The Weeknd's signature vocals go bilingual (English/Spanish) on the "HAWAÍ" Remix marking the first time the GRAMMY Award-winning artist sings in Spanish.   "I have always admired The Weeknd so it feels nothing short of a dream come true to have him collab on 'HAWÁI' Remix - he brought another flow to it and sang in both Spanish and English which is impressive," expressed Maluma.   The melodious banger written by Maluma, The Weeknd, Keityn, Edgar Barrera and Bull Nene, was produced by the Rude Boyz. It tells the classic tale of a relationship breakup set in the modern Instagram age, where the story one tells and the pictures one posts can be deceiving. Like with the original "HAWÁI", the remix video, was shot by renowned director Jessy Terrero of Cinema Giants; but this time, instead of Miami, it took place in Los Angeles and features both artists. "HAWÁI" has dominated Latin and global charts since its release. It has remained at #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart for eight weeks; #1 on Billboard's Latin Streaming Songs chart for nine weeks; and #1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart for three weeks (having scored his eighteenth #1 song on the chart). With "HAWÁI" Maluma has been at #1 on YouTube's chart of the most viewed videos worldwide for multiple weeks and remains on the chart's top ten. The twenty-six year old global Latin music idol has also reached #1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart and #2 on Spotify's Global Top 50 chart. Internationally "HAWÁI" has reached #1 on radio, Spotify and Apple Music in 17+ countries.      The Weeknd sings in both Spanish & English for the very first time. "HAWÁI" has been at #1 for multiple weeks on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs, Latin Streaming Songs and Latin Airplay charts     MALUMA and THE WEEKND have joined forces to release a one-of-a-kind remix of global hit "HAWÁI", along with its new music video via Sony Music Latin/RCA Records. Both are available now!     To stream/download "HAWÁI" Remix click HERE and to watch the video click HERE.   The Weeknd's signature vocals go bilingual (English/Spanish) on the "HAWAÍ" Remix marking the first time the GRAMMY Award-winning artist sings in Spanish.   "I have always admired The Weeknd so it feels nothing short of a dream come true to have him collab on 'HAWÁI' Remix - he brought another flow to it and sang in both Spanish and English which is impressive," expressed Maluma.   The melodious banger written by Maluma, The Weeknd, Keityn, Edgar Barrera and Bull Nene, was produced by the Rude Boyz. It tells the classic tale of a relationship breakup set in the modern Instagram age, where the story one tells and the pictures one posts can be deceiving. Like with the original "HAWÁI", the remix video, was shot by renowned director Jessy Terrero of Cinema Giants; but this time, instead of Miami, it took place in Los Angeles and features both artists. "HAWÁI" has dominated Latin and global charts since its release. It has remained at #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart for eight weeks; #1 on Billboard's Latin Streaming Songs chart for nine weeks; and #1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart for three weeks (having scored his eighteenth #1 song on the chart). With "HAWÁI" Maluma has been at #1 on YouTube's chart of the most viewed videos worldwide for multiple weeks and remains on the chart's top ten. The twenty-six year old global Latin music idol has also reached #1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart and #2 on Spotify's Global Top 50 chart. Internationally "HAWÁI" has reached #1 on radio, Spotify and Apple Music in 17+ countries.     

In conversation with Alex Hosking
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In conversation with Alex Hosking

Music Alex Hosking has enjoyed a great 2020 on the music front despite the tough times artists have had to endure this year. Following her single ‘Fake Friends’ with PS1, which hit the UK Top 20 singles, Alex teams up with fresh talent Famba and Jake Tarry to provide vocals for the irresistible ‘Know You Best’. We spoke with her about the track, her year so far, and future plans….     LISTEN TO "KNOW YOU BEST" HERE:  https://open.spotify.com/track/5TLkeAR5ZgSnW0yplmtnnH?si=JngqQF77Qi2wKdBgy1afYg     Hi Alex, thanks for taking the time to speak to us! How’s life been for you this year?   Hey! Thanks for having me! This year has been bizarre, as it has been for the whole world. I'm so thankful to have had lots of new music come out. That has made this year good.   How are you finding this period of time in terms of your creativity? Are you spending more time experimenting and working on new sounds or using the time to give yourself a break and spend time with loved ones?   I’m normally travelling so much that I end up living out of a suitcase for most of the year. As luck would have it, I flew home from Amsterdam at the start of the year to be with my family in Australia, so it was the perfect place for me during lockdown. I could be with my family but also keep working from there. I feel like I got the best of both worlds. Being forced to stay home was great for family time, and it gave me a great excuse to just create by myself, which is how I originally started writing music. I'm so excited with all the new songs I've got for you.    Talk to us about your new single, ‘Know You Best’, a collaboration with Famba & Jake Tarry. How did the collaboration come about?   We were all in Amsterdam during The ADE conference last year. It is such a fun festival I got to meet so many amazing new friends and collaborators.   You sing on the track, did you write those lyrics and if so, what was the message behind them?   Yes, I did write the lyrics! During the ADE conference I happened to go on a date with someone, and we just hit it off! The song's inspiration comes from connecting with someone and just wanting to know everything about them.    You’ve had a great year in terms of releases, including featuring on PS1’s ‘Fake Friends’ which hit the UK Top 20 chart. What do you attribute to that success? Have you changed the way you work or tried to move in a different direction?   Thanks! I wrote and sung the song 3 years ago. Producer Mark Alston ended up sending it to PS1 and it was turned into a dance track (originally, I wrote it as a slow pop hip hop jam!).    I used to focus a lot more of my time writing for other artists, but now I am focusing mainly on writing for myself and for DJs that I want to collaborate with. I’m also focusing on writing and singing music that is happy and makes people want to dance. We have had so much stress this year I just want to make music that people can enjoy and use as an escape.   You’re from Australia but currently reside in the UK, what was the thinking behind that move and do you think the UK is more receptive to your sound?   I have been travelling around the world practically non-stop for the past four years. Off the back of my success with PS1 and our song ‘Fake Friends’, setting up in the UK for the time being made the most sense. However, my next stop is Amsterdam for sure! I normally spend a lot of time there anyway as my publishing team’s main office is in Amsterdam. I am sure I will be there soon!     Do you have any advice you’d like to share with aspiring songwriters?   Write what makes you happy! You might aim to write a ballad and it comes out like an upbeat dance song and that's okay! Just keep writing! Consistency is key!    What plans do you have for the rest of the year? Any projects that our readers should look out for?   I am working on lots of amazing new songs and working with some other cool DJs, so be sure to follow on Instagram to keep up to date with everything!       Alex Hosking has enjoyed a great 2020 on the music front despite the tough times artists have had to endure this year. Following her single ‘Fake Friends’ with PS1, which hit the UK Top 20 singles, Alex teams up with fresh talent Famba and Jake Tarry to provide vocals for the irresistible ‘Know You Best’. We spoke with her about the track, her year so far, and future plans….     LISTEN TO "KNOW YOU BEST" HERE:  https://open.spotify.com/track/5TLkeAR5ZgSnW0yplmtnnH?si=JngqQF77Qi2wKdBgy1afYg     Hi Alex, thanks for taking the time to speak to us! How’s life been for you this year?   Hey! Thanks for having me! This year has been bizarre, as it has been for the whole world. I'm so thankful to have had lots of new music come out. That has made this year good.   How are you finding this period of time in terms of your creativity? Are you spending more time experimenting and working on new sounds or using the time to give yourself a break and spend time with loved ones?   I’m normally travelling so much that I end up living out of a suitcase for most of the year. As luck would have it, I flew home from Amsterdam at the start of the year to be with my family in Australia, so it was the perfect place for me during lockdown. I could be with my family but also keep working from there. I feel like I got the best of both worlds. Being forced to stay home was great for family time, and it gave me a great excuse to just create by myself, which is how I originally started writing music. I'm so excited with all the new songs I've got for you.    Talk to us about your new single, ‘Know You Best’, a collaboration with Famba & Jake Tarry. How did the collaboration come about?   We were all in Amsterdam during The ADE conference last year. It is such a fun festival I got to meet so many amazing new friends and collaborators.   You sing on the track, did you write those lyrics and if so, what was the message behind them?   Yes, I did write the lyrics! During the ADE conference I happened to go on a date with someone, and we just hit it off! The song's inspiration comes from connecting with someone and just wanting to know everything about them.    You’ve had a great year in terms of releases, including featuring on PS1’s ‘Fake Friends’ which hit the UK Top 20 chart. What do you attribute to that success? Have you changed the way you work or tried to move in a different direction?   Thanks! I wrote and sung the song 3 years ago. Producer Mark Alston ended up sending it to PS1 and it was turned into a dance track (originally, I wrote it as a slow pop hip hop jam!).    I used to focus a lot more of my time writing for other artists, but now I am focusing mainly on writing for myself and for DJs that I want to collaborate with. I’m also focusing on writing and singing music that is happy and makes people want to dance. We have had so much stress this year I just want to make music that people can enjoy and use as an escape.   You’re from Australia but currently reside in the UK, what was the thinking behind that move and do you think the UK is more receptive to your sound?   I have been travelling around the world practically non-stop for the past four years. Off the back of my success with PS1 and our song ‘Fake Friends’, setting up in the UK for the time being made the most sense. However, my next stop is Amsterdam for sure! I normally spend a lot of time there anyway as my publishing team’s main office is in Amsterdam. I am sure I will be there soon!     Do you have any advice you’d like to share with aspiring songwriters?   Write what makes you happy! You might aim to write a ballad and it comes out like an upbeat dance song and that's okay! Just keep writing! Consistency is key!    What plans do you have for the rest of the year? Any projects that our readers should look out for?   I am working on lots of amazing new songs and working with some other cool DJs, so be sure to follow on Instagram to keep up to date with everything!      

PALOMA FAITH  RELEASES INSTANT GRAT  ‘FALLING DOWN'
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PALOMA FAITH RELEASES INSTANT GRAT ‘FALLING DOWN'

Music Ahead of the release of her fifth studio album ‘Infinite Things’,  Paloma Faith today shares the new track ‘Falling’ out now via RCA Records.    Stream the track here: /smarturl.it/FallingDownPF   Sitting right at the heart of her thunderous, unadulterated pop record is new track ‘Falling’. The track sees Paloma discussing the rumination of a relationship and delivers a slice of candour complete with her trademark attention-grabbing vocals. It has all of the glorious beaming simplicity of what a classic pop track thrives upon with abundant orchestral bells and whistles.    Talking about the new record Paloma said: “I'm trying to relinquish the expectation, that a lot of people are raised with, that the only good life is a happy one. I don't think that's realistic. It's about the peaks and troughs, because if you didn't have one you wouldn't recognise the other."   ‘Infinite Things’ saw Paloma work with a small group of long-time and new collaborators including the producers Patrick Wimberly and Detonate, songwriters Ed Harcourt, Starsmith, Tre Jean Marie alongside the producer and songwriter MNEK and friend Josef Salvat. This record is more than an album about relationships. It’s a rumination on sickness and loss. It’s about finding your way back to romance within a long term relationship. It’s her  most confident record yet from a female artist who’s been in the game for two decades.   Just last week, Paloma released the music video for ‘Better Than This’ which was directed by David Wilson. The visual lays her against a backdrop of vignettes of human error which historically continuously repeat. The video sees her shine a light on prevalent issues including climate emergency, police brutality, race and class divide and the injustices of war. ‘Better Than This’ continues to showcase her evolution as an artist.   2021 will also see Paloma hitting the road again for a huge 26 date UK tour including two nights at London’s iconic Palladium. Tickets for the UK tour go on presale 30th September and general sale on Friday 2nd October at 10am.   This is a new Paloma Faith, an artist who has retreated within herself and found not the careful, polished veteran of show business - but the 22-year-old art student being led by her own creativity.   Catch Paloma live when she embarks on her UK 2021 tour next September.   UK HEADLINE 2021 TOUR DATES:   September 2021   Sept 16th  Oxford, New Theatre Sept 18th  Glasgow, SEC Armadillo Sept 19th  Edinburgh, Usher Hall Sept 21st   Manchester, Bridgewater Hall Sept 22nd  Manchester, Bridgewater Hall Sept 24th   Birmingham, Symphony Hall Sept 25th   Birmingham, Symphony Hall Sept 27th   Newcastle, O2 City Hall Sept 28th   Sheffield, City Hall Sept 30th   Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall   October 2021 Oct 1st   Southend, Cliffs Pavilion Oct 3rd   Harrogate, Convention Centre Oct 4th   Ipswich, Regent Oct 6th   Bournemouth, International Centre Oct 7th   Hull, Bonus Arena Oct 9th   Stockton, Globe Oct 10th Stoke-On-Trent, Regent Theatre Oct 12th Bath, Forum Oct 13th Torquay, Princess Theatre Oct 15th  Plymouth, Pavilions Oct 16th  Brighton, Centre Oct 18th   Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena Oct 20th   Leicester, De Montfort Hall Oct 22nd  London, Palladium Oct 23rd   London, Palladium Oct 25th   Liverpool, Empire Theatre Ahead of the release of her fifth studio album ‘Infinite Things’,  Paloma Faith today shares the new track ‘Falling’ out now via RCA Records.    Stream the track here: /smarturl.it/FallingDownPF   Sitting right at the heart of her thunderous, unadulterated pop record is new track ‘Falling’. The track sees Paloma discussing the rumination of a relationship and delivers a slice of candour complete with her trademark attention-grabbing vocals. It has all of the glorious beaming simplicity of what a classic pop track thrives upon with abundant orchestral bells and whistles.    Talking about the new record Paloma said: “I'm trying to relinquish the expectation, that a lot of people are raised with, that the only good life is a happy one. I don't think that's realistic. It's about the peaks and troughs, because if you didn't have one you wouldn't recognise the other."   ‘Infinite Things’ saw Paloma work with a small group of long-time and new collaborators including the producers Patrick Wimberly and Detonate, songwriters Ed Harcourt, Starsmith, Tre Jean Marie alongside the producer and songwriter MNEK and friend Josef Salvat. This record is more than an album about relationships. It’s a rumination on sickness and loss. It’s about finding your way back to romance within a long term relationship. It’s her  most confident record yet from a female artist who’s been in the game for two decades.   Just last week, Paloma released the music video for ‘Better Than This’ which was directed by David Wilson. The visual lays her against a backdrop of vignettes of human error which historically continuously repeat. The video sees her shine a light on prevalent issues including climate emergency, police brutality, race and class divide and the injustices of war. ‘Better Than This’ continues to showcase her evolution as an artist.   2021 will also see Paloma hitting the road again for a huge 26 date UK tour including two nights at London’s iconic Palladium. Tickets for the UK tour go on presale 30th September and general sale on Friday 2nd October at 10am.   This is a new Paloma Faith, an artist who has retreated within herself and found not the careful, polished veteran of show business - but the 22-year-old art student being led by her own creativity.   Catch Paloma live when she embarks on her UK 2021 tour next September.   UK HEADLINE 2021 TOUR DATES:   September 2021   Sept 16th  Oxford, New Theatre Sept 18th  Glasgow, SEC Armadillo Sept 19th  Edinburgh, Usher Hall Sept 21st   Manchester, Bridgewater Hall Sept 22nd  Manchester, Bridgewater Hall Sept 24th   Birmingham, Symphony Hall Sept 25th   Birmingham, Symphony Hall Sept 27th   Newcastle, O2 City Hall Sept 28th   Sheffield, City Hall Sept 30th   Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall   October 2021 Oct 1st   Southend, Cliffs Pavilion Oct 3rd   Harrogate, Convention Centre Oct 4th   Ipswich, Regent Oct 6th   Bournemouth, International Centre Oct 7th   Hull, Bonus Arena Oct 9th   Stockton, Globe Oct 10th Stoke-On-Trent, Regent Theatre Oct 12th Bath, Forum Oct 13th Torquay, Princess Theatre Oct 15th  Plymouth, Pavilions Oct 16th  Brighton, Centre Oct 18th   Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena Oct 20th   Leicester, De Montfort Hall Oct 22nd  London, Palladium Oct 23rd   London, Palladium Oct 25th   Liverpool, Empire Theatre

Nxt Museum presents a programme of virtual audiovisual performances for ADE 2020
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Nxt Museum presents a programme of virtual audiovisual performances for ADE 2020

Music For the 25th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (21-25 Oct), Nxt Museum in North Amsterdam presents a programme of virtual audiovisual performances from Nxt Stage, supporting the music industry during the pandemic. Nxt Stage is a platform for innovative performances and audiovisual art, offering an unrivalled 370 square metres of full floor-to-ceiling projection space to showcase creativity at the intersection of digital art and electronic music.   Nxt Museum’s ADE programme kicks off with a performance by artist and coder Yuxi Cao and sound artist Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence), whose work features in the current exhibition ‘Shifting Proximities’, followed by a programme of audio-visual performances co-organised with Amsterdam-based collective, Minimal. The three performances will be streamed online via ADE, Minimal and Nxt Museum’s channels.   At a time when events and travel are restricted, Nxt Museum aims to harness the power of technology to give a presence to international artists and create immersive virtual experiences for the art and music community worldwide. Curator at Nxt Museum, Bogomir Doringer, said: “The global electronic music industry has a huge economic value, and yet it has been left without sufficient support internationally amid the coronavirus pandemic. Artists and musicians rely on live performances and entertaining crowds for their livelihood. With this experiment at Nxt Museum, we want to generate new opportunities and create hope for both performers and audiences during these difficult times.”   Follow Amsterdam-dance-event.nl for more information.   by Yuxi Cao (James) & Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence) - Live streamed from Nxt Museum, Thurs 22 Oct, 21:00-21:45 CEST Artist and coder Yuxi Cao (James) will perform his critically acclaimed audio-visual installation, Dimensional Sampling – live from his studio in New York. Taking the installation to a new visual dimension, Cao will in real-time transform himself into a digital form, merge himself with the pulsating graphics and appear as a digital avatar within the virtual Nxt Stage, watched by a global audience online. The performance is titled . [HYPERSPACE: Planet-α] and features sound by Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence). It evolved from the installation, Dimensional Sampling, currently on display in Nxt Museum’s exhibition ‘Shifting Proximities’, which explores human experience and interaction in the face of social and technological change.   Minimal & Nxt Museum join forces to digitise the dance floor: During this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, Minimal & Nxt Museum are joining forces to digitise the dance floor with a fusion of multidisciplinary artists. It marks the first time in the Netherlands that DJs and visual artists have come together to present an immersive electronic music event with a floor-to-ceiling projection of this scale (370sqm). Three performances will be pre-recorded at Nxt Stage with multiple cinematic 6K cameras and streamed on ADE’s channels over two nights on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October.     Opening Event w/ Boris Acket & Vincent Rang (Live A/V) Pre-recorded at Nxt Museum, streamed Fri 23 Oct, 22:00-23:00 CEST Multidisciplinary artist Boris Acket and visual artist Vincent Rang perform a prequel to their debut audiovisual album, Home, from Nxt Stage. ‘Home’ meets warm, lighthearted, almost naïve melodies with soothing visuals from the natural world. But in their hour-long performance at Nxt Museum, Acket and Rang will present a darker prequel to the comforts of ‘Home’. Rang’s visuals give birth to erie, icy forests and abstract rock formations – sublime landscapes evoking awe and fear. As we emerge from this world, we start to experience what seems to be an organic world, anticipating the new album ‘Home’. The performance invites audiences to escape from their living rooms and enter the mysterious, dream-like world of Acket and Rang.     Main Event w/ Willikens & Ivkovic / Woody92 b2b Spekki Webu / Visuals by Desilence Studio, Pre-recorded at Nxt Museum, streamed Sat 24 October, 22:00-00:00 CEST   World-renowned Danish/Spanish visual art studio, Desilence, will take control of the 370sqm projection surface at Nxt Stage and create a visual interplay with the sounds of two well-respected DJ duos. With more than 15 years of experience in digital art, the Desilence duo is always searching for the perfect synchrony between music and image. Desilence (Søren and Tatiana) have developed a lookbook of bespoke visuals to reflect the individual mood and tone of the DJs.   Willikens & Ivkovic's beats will pulsate to the hypnotic movement of Desilence's visual eruptions, giving rise to a soundscape that oscillates between natural and ritual. Both former residents at the infamous Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf, Willikens & Ivkovic are well-known for summoning music that slowly and steadily takes over the body. Making way for a new generation of proto trance, Spekki Webu and Woody92 become one with the computed pathways of Desilence. Engaged with the wide array in which psychedelic sounds manifest, the duo covers a broad spectrum of psytrance, goa, IDM, glitchy experimentals and tribal tech In sync with the crisp visuals by Desilence, Spekki Webu and Woody92 turn the virtual into spiritual.   For the 25th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (21-25 Oct), Nxt Museum in North Amsterdam presents a programme of virtual audiovisual performances from Nxt Stage, supporting the music industry during the pandemic. Nxt Stage is a platform for innovative performances and audiovisual art, offering an unrivalled 370 square metres of full floor-to-ceiling projection space to showcase creativity at the intersection of digital art and electronic music.   Nxt Museum’s ADE programme kicks off with a performance by artist and coder Yuxi Cao and sound artist Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence), whose work features in the current exhibition ‘Shifting Proximities’, followed by a programme of audio-visual performances co-organised with Amsterdam-based collective, Minimal. The three performances will be streamed online via ADE, Minimal and Nxt Museum’s channels.   At a time when events and travel are restricted, Nxt Museum aims to harness the power of technology to give a presence to international artists and create immersive virtual experiences for the art and music community worldwide. Curator at Nxt Museum, Bogomir Doringer, said: “The global electronic music industry has a huge economic value, and yet it has been left without sufficient support internationally amid the coronavirus pandemic. Artists and musicians rely on live performances and entertaining crowds for their livelihood. With this experiment at Nxt Museum, we want to generate new opportunities and create hope for both performers and audiences during these difficult times.”   Follow Amsterdam-dance-event.nl for more information.   by Yuxi Cao (James) & Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence) - Live streamed from Nxt Museum, Thurs 22 Oct, 21:00-21:45 CEST Artist and coder Yuxi Cao (James) will perform his critically acclaimed audio-visual installation, Dimensional Sampling – live from his studio in New York. Taking the installation to a new visual dimension, Cao will in real-time transform himself into a digital form, merge himself with the pulsating graphics and appear as a digital avatar within the virtual Nxt Stage, watched by a global audience online. The performance is titled . [HYPERSPACE: Planet-α] and features sound by Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence). It evolved from the installation, Dimensional Sampling, currently on display in Nxt Museum’s exhibition ‘Shifting Proximities’, which explores human experience and interaction in the face of social and technological change.   Minimal & Nxt Museum join forces to digitise the dance floor: During this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, Minimal & Nxt Museum are joining forces to digitise the dance floor with a fusion of multidisciplinary artists. It marks the first time in the Netherlands that DJs and visual artists have come together to present an immersive electronic music event with a floor-to-ceiling projection of this scale (370sqm). Three performances will be pre-recorded at Nxt Stage with multiple cinematic 6K cameras and streamed on ADE’s channels over two nights on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October.     Opening Event w/ Boris Acket & Vincent Rang (Live A/V) Pre-recorded at Nxt Museum, streamed Fri 23 Oct, 22:00-23:00 CEST Multidisciplinary artist Boris Acket and visual artist Vincent Rang perform a prequel to their debut audiovisual album, Home, from Nxt Stage. ‘Home’ meets warm, lighthearted, almost naïve melodies with soothing visuals from the natural world. But in their hour-long performance at Nxt Museum, Acket and Rang will present a darker prequel to the comforts of ‘Home’. Rang’s visuals give birth to erie, icy forests and abstract rock formations – sublime landscapes evoking awe and fear. As we emerge from this world, we start to experience what seems to be an organic world, anticipating the new album ‘Home’. The performance invites audiences to escape from their living rooms and enter the mysterious, dream-like world of Acket and Rang.     Main Event w/ Willikens & Ivkovic / Woody92 b2b Spekki Webu / Visuals by Desilence Studio, Pre-recorded at Nxt Museum, streamed Sat 24 October, 22:00-00:00 CEST   World-renowned Danish/Spanish visual art studio, Desilence, will take control of the 370sqm projection surface at Nxt Stage and create a visual interplay with the sounds of two well-respected DJ duos. With more than 15 years of experience in digital art, the Desilence duo is always searching for the perfect synchrony between music and image. Desilence (Søren and Tatiana) have developed a lookbook of bespoke visuals to reflect the individual mood and tone of the DJs.   Willikens & Ivkovic's beats will pulsate to the hypnotic movement of Desilence's visual eruptions, giving rise to a soundscape that oscillates between natural and ritual. Both former residents at the infamous Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf, Willikens & Ivkovic are well-known for summoning music that slowly and steadily takes over the body. Making way for a new generation of proto trance, Spekki Webu and Woody92 become one with the computed pathways of Desilence. Engaged with the wide array in which psychedelic sounds manifest, the duo covers a broad spectrum of psytrance, goa, IDM, glitchy experimentals and tribal tech In sync with the crisp visuals by Desilence, Spekki Webu and Woody92 turn the virtual into spiritual.  

Goldkimono transcends the everyday with new single "Electric Swing"
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Goldkimono transcends the everyday with new single "Electric Swing"

Music The new single "Electric Swing" by Goldkimono was released last Friday. The catchy sequel to summer hit "To Tomorrow" invites listeners to clear their minds, be enchanted by the power of music and transcend the everyday.      Something that is also clearly visible in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKlrYT82Wrw&feature=emb_title     The catchy and positive "Electric Swing" follows the summer hit "To Tomorrow", a song that Goldkimono has featured on the playlists of almost all national radio stations in recent months and which has now been streamed more than five million times worldwide. With the new single, Goldkimono (a pseudonym of Martijn "Tienus" Konijnenburg) underlines that music is a healing power for many. It is a language that everyone around the world can understand, feel and experience. "It makes you dance, it makes you sing, transcends the ordinary things ..."     This message is also clearly expressed in the artwork and the striking video clip, with which Goldkimono joins a long musical tradition. It pays homage to the Camp Lo album "Uptown Saturday Night", which in turn is an ode to the cover of the Marvin Gaye classic "I Want You". In the video of "Electric Swing" the artwork is brought to life. “This makes the artwork of the single and video clip primarily a cultural homage,” said Goldkimono. “The original cover is based on an artwork by Ernie Barnes, who often depicts people with their eyes closed in his work.      With this he symbolizes that we as humans are often blind to each other's humanity. Our version - both in the clip and on the cover - accentuates that collective human experience. "Electric Swing" has an extremely positive message. The uplifting and cheerful feeling of "Electric Swing" invites you to dance and move, to escape from everyday worries. The music allows you to transcend the ordinary. Clear your mind, let the magic of music enchant you. ” The new single "Electric Swing" by Goldkimono was released last Friday. The catchy sequel to summer hit "To Tomorrow" invites listeners to clear their minds, be enchanted by the power of music and transcend the everyday.      Something that is also clearly visible in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKlrYT82Wrw&feature=emb_title     The catchy and positive "Electric Swing" follows the summer hit "To Tomorrow", a song that Goldkimono has featured on the playlists of almost all national radio stations in recent months and which has now been streamed more than five million times worldwide. With the new single, Goldkimono (a pseudonym of Martijn "Tienus" Konijnenburg) underlines that music is a healing power for many. It is a language that everyone around the world can understand, feel and experience. "It makes you dance, it makes you sing, transcends the ordinary things ..."     This message is also clearly expressed in the artwork and the striking video clip, with which Goldkimono joins a long musical tradition. It pays homage to the Camp Lo album "Uptown Saturday Night", which in turn is an ode to the cover of the Marvin Gaye classic "I Want You". In the video of "Electric Swing" the artwork is brought to life. “This makes the artwork of the single and video clip primarily a cultural homage,” said Goldkimono. “The original cover is based on an artwork by Ernie Barnes, who often depicts people with their eyes closed in his work.      With this he symbolizes that we as humans are often blind to each other's humanity. Our version - both in the clip and on the cover - accentuates that collective human experience. "Electric Swing" has an extremely positive message. The uplifting and cheerful feeling of "Electric Swing" invites you to dance and move, to escape from everyday worries. The music allows you to transcend the ordinary. Clear your mind, let the magic of music enchant you. ”

THE BRITISH TRIO RELEASE THE TITLE TRACK FROM THE ALBUM TODAY
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THE BRITISH TRIO RELEASE THE TITLE TRACK FROM THE ALBUM TODAY

Music London Grammar today announce the release of their highly anticipated third studio album Californian Soil, for February 12 2021 on Ministry Of Sound. The brand new single, from the album of the same name, is out today and marks a certain transformation for the band. The announcement also arrives as the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album, Baby It’s You, hits the Radio 1 A List, following its release last month.     Watch the official video for Californian Soil, directed by Silent Tapes, here.     Californian Soil is the irrefutably beautiful third record from London Grammar, whose success and longevity as a band has traced the British pop graph for over a decade. Over the years however, success was not all it was meant to be, namely for frontwoman Hannah Reid, who’s perpetual first hand experience of misogyny in the music industry weighed heavy. However, with the support of her two friends and fellow bandmates Dan Rothman and Dot Major, Hannah has found the power to become the leader she needed to be for this new iteration of London Grammar.    ‘Misogyny is primitive,’ says frontwoman Hannah Reid, ‘which is why it is so hard to change. But it is also fearful. It’s about rejecting the thing in yourself which is vulnerable or feminine. Yet everybody has that thing.’  Reid continues, ‘This record is about gaining possession of my own life. You imagine success will be amazing. Then you see it from the inside and ask, why am I not controlling this thing? Why am I not allowed to be in control of it? And does that connect, in any way to being a woman? If so, how can I do that differently?  Californian Soil Track listing Intro Californian Soil Missing Lose Your Head Lord It’s A Feeling How Does It Feel Baby It’s You Call Your Friends All My Love Talking I Need The Night America   Pre-order the album here.   Following its premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record last month, the band released their return single Baby It’s You, arriving as the first piece of music the band released since their 2017 #1 selling album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. The single, which is co-produced by George FitzGerald, received mass critical acclaim upon release and hit an impressive 40 plus New Music Friday’s across the globe. The single is currently playlisted on the Radio 1 A List. The band also performed the single and a stirring cover of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights as part of Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month, last week.    Listen to the original version of Baby It’s You here.   Listen to the Kolsch version of Baby It’s You here.   The band will perform tonight on Later...With Jools Holland. The third time they have guested on the lauded BBC show.      London Grammar today announce the release of their highly anticipated third studio album Californian Soil, for February 12 2021 on Ministry Of Sound. The brand new single, from the album of the same name, is out today and marks a certain transformation for the band. The announcement also arrives as the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album, Baby It’s You, hits the Radio 1 A List, following its release last month.     Watch the official video for Californian Soil, directed by Silent Tapes, here.     Californian Soil is the irrefutably beautiful third record from London Grammar, whose success and longevity as a band has traced the British pop graph for over a decade. Over the years however, success was not all it was meant to be, namely for frontwoman Hannah Reid, who’s perpetual first hand experience of misogyny in the music industry weighed heavy. However, with the support of her two friends and fellow bandmates Dan Rothman and Dot Major, Hannah has found the power to become the leader she needed to be for this new iteration of London Grammar.    ‘Misogyny is primitive,’ says frontwoman Hannah Reid, ‘which is why it is so hard to change. But it is also fearful. It’s about rejecting the thing in yourself which is vulnerable or feminine. Yet everybody has that thing.’  Reid continues, ‘This record is about gaining possession of my own life. You imagine success will be amazing. Then you see it from the inside and ask, why am I not controlling this thing? Why am I not allowed to be in control of it? And does that connect, in any way to being a woman? If so, how can I do that differently?  Californian Soil Track listing Intro Californian Soil Missing Lose Your Head Lord It’s A Feeling How Does It Feel Baby It’s You Call Your Friends All My Love Talking I Need The Night America   Pre-order the album here.   Following its premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record last month, the band released their return single Baby It’s You, arriving as the first piece of music the band released since their 2017 #1 selling album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. The single, which is co-produced by George FitzGerald, received mass critical acclaim upon release and hit an impressive 40 plus New Music Friday’s across the globe. The single is currently playlisted on the Radio 1 A List. The band also performed the single and a stirring cover of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights as part of Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month, last week.    Listen to the original version of Baby It’s You here.   Listen to the Kolsch version of Baby It’s You here.   The band will perform tonight on Later...With Jools Holland. The third time they have guested on the lauded BBC show.     

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