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LA NUIT MANAGEMENT RECEIVES INVESTMENT FROM LOKI ARTIST GROUP
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LA NUIT MANAGEMENT RECEIVES INVESTMENT FROM LOKI ARTIST GROUP

Music La Nuit Management’s CEO and founder Robert Tammens today announced that the Amsterdam based company has secured an investment from Loki Artist Group, a global entertainment company providing financial and industry-related services worldwide.     Through this new partnership, Loki Artist Group (led by founders Bob Murray, Zack Dekkaki and Ric Wake), will work closely with La Nuit Management and their artists, providing investment capital, label and touring support as well as a proven synergistic environment with all of the Loki partners.     La Nuit Management was founded by Tammens in 2018 and provides a unique combination of management support and brand development, with an added-interest in music production, planning live shows, establishing publishing deals and managing talent and public relations. Their clients have been involved in songwriting and producing records for some of the world's biggest artists.     The cutting-edge music company’s client roster includes Caius, PAEVE, Kid Honda, AEVION and EAUXMAR, the leading dance/electronic artist who recently produced the official soundtrack for the marketing of Apple’s new watch campaign.     Prior to starting La Nuit Management, Tammens, a songwriter and music producer himself, was part of the A&R/Marketing team at Spinnin’ Records. Spinnin’, which was later sold to Warner Music Group for over $100 million, is home to the world’s biggest EDM musicians and is one of the largest dance labels.At Spinnin’, Tammens worked with artists such as Lana Del Rey (“Summertime Sadness” “Young and Beautiful” remixes), Martin Garrix (“Animals”, “Virus”, “Tremor”), Afrojack (“Take Over Control”, “No Beef /w Steve Aoki”), DVBBS & Borgeous (“Tsunami”), as well as Don Diablo, Martin Solveig, Tiësto and Calvin Harris. During this time Tammens discovered and signed Oliver Heldens, helping the producer and DJ score multiple worldwide hit records with “Gecko (Overdrive)” feat. Becky Hill which hit #1 on the UK charts, “Shades Of Grey” and “The Right Song” (with Tiësto), making Heldens a household name in the music industry.     “We are looking forward to working with Zack and Bob as we continue to develop our artists and expand our growth opportunities on an international level,” said CEO Robert Tammens. Their tremendous knowledge, experience and support will give us the ability to really work with the best artists in our industry.” “As we grow our business internationally, we believe the best future for us remains to be investing in people like Robert and his vision,” said Loki Artist Group Co-Founder and CEO Bob Murray.     Loki Artist Group Co-Founder and President Zack Dekkaki added, “La Nuit’s broad roster of clients along with Robert’s vision, creative edge and entrepreneurial spirit brings an excitement to our brand as we continue to grow.”     Launched in 2021 – a redefining era for the world – by industry veterans Bob Murray, Zack Dekkaki, and Ric Wake, Loki Artist Group is home to two recording studios, management company, Elev8 Global Entertainment, as well as a record label and publishing division. Loki Artist Group provides business and financial support to its network of companies, clients, and partners through A&R, artist development, digital promotion, social media management and marketing, as well as licensing and sync services. Loki Artist Group recently announced a multi-million-dollar investment in Title 9, a full- service management, production, music label, and entertainment company. La Nuit Management’s CEO and founder Robert Tammens today announced that the Amsterdam based company has secured an investment from Loki Artist Group, a global entertainment company providing financial and industry-related services worldwide.     Through this new partnership, Loki Artist Group (led by founders Bob Murray, Zack Dekkaki and Ric Wake), will work closely with La Nuit Management and their artists, providing investment capital, label and touring support as well as a proven synergistic environment with all of the Loki partners.     La Nuit Management was founded by Tammens in 2018 and provides a unique combination of management support and brand development, with an added-interest in music production, planning live shows, establishing publishing deals and managing talent and public relations. Their clients have been involved in songwriting and producing records for some of the world's biggest artists.     The cutting-edge music company’s client roster includes Caius, PAEVE, Kid Honda, AEVION and EAUXMAR, the leading dance/electronic artist who recently produced the official soundtrack for the marketing of Apple’s new watch campaign.     Prior to starting La Nuit Management, Tammens, a songwriter and music producer himself, was part of the A&R/Marketing team at Spinnin’ Records. Spinnin’, which was later sold to Warner Music Group for over $100 million, is home to the world’s biggest EDM musicians and is one of the largest dance labels.At Spinnin’, Tammens worked with artists such as Lana Del Rey (“Summertime Sadness” “Young and Beautiful” remixes), Martin Garrix (“Animals”, “Virus”, “Tremor”), Afrojack (“Take Over Control”, “No Beef /w Steve Aoki”), DVBBS & Borgeous (“Tsunami”), as well as Don Diablo, Martin Solveig, Tiësto and Calvin Harris. During this time Tammens discovered and signed Oliver Heldens, helping the producer and DJ score multiple worldwide hit records with “Gecko (Overdrive)” feat. Becky Hill which hit #1 on the UK charts, “Shades Of Grey” and “The Right Song” (with Tiësto), making Heldens a household name in the music industry.     “We are looking forward to working with Zack and Bob as we continue to develop our artists and expand our growth opportunities on an international level,” said CEO Robert Tammens. Their tremendous knowledge, experience and support will give us the ability to really work with the best artists in our industry.” “As we grow our business internationally, we believe the best future for us remains to be investing in people like Robert and his vision,” said Loki Artist Group Co-Founder and CEO Bob Murray.     Loki Artist Group Co-Founder and President Zack Dekkaki added, “La Nuit’s broad roster of clients along with Robert’s vision, creative edge and entrepreneurial spirit brings an excitement to our brand as we continue to grow.”     Launched in 2021 – a redefining era for the world – by industry veterans Bob Murray, Zack Dekkaki, and Ric Wake, Loki Artist Group is home to two recording studios, management company, Elev8 Global Entertainment, as well as a record label and publishing division. Loki Artist Group provides business and financial support to its network of companies, clients, and partners through A&R, artist development, digital promotion, social media management and marketing, as well as licensing and sync services. Loki Artist Group recently announced a multi-million-dollar investment in Title 9, a full- service management, production, music label, and entertainment company.

In conversation with Cero Ismael
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In conversation with Cero Ismael

Music Amsterdam based, Dutch, Surinamese and Indonesian, Cero Ismael grew up in a melting pot of different cultures but unfortunately in a broken home. He found early comfort in love, religion, spirituality and music which quickly became his life and focus from an early age - first starting to make music at 11 years old.     On 18th Feb 2021 he released his 8-track debut project Blue Man. The main topic is feeling broken hearted and the mourning process that comes with it, every piece of music discusses the disconnection, the isolation, the missing and mourning that comes with heartbreak.     We had a delight speaking to him about his new project.     You just released your debut EP Blue Man. Who is Cero Ismael? And who is the ‘Blue Man’?   Cero Ismael is the Blue Man and the Blue Man is Cero Ismael.     Can you tell us a little bit more about the project and your process? How did you go about writing each track?   I started with Blue Man in the beginning of 2018. The whole project is produced by Jopie & Rijnbaart. We started working together in 2017 but the year after that we really focused on a project. All of those songs were made in the same (heartbroken) headspace and pretty short after each other. The first song I made was ‘Discontent’. I wasn’t feeling the first demo that much though, so I let it rest for a while. It took me a year to revisit it and change the whole song. A couple of weeks after ‘Discontent’, I made ‘Insane’ and that really was the kick off for the project. After Insane, all songs came together pretty fast after each other. Some songs I would have my focus on and finish, some songs I would rest for a moment in the demos folder and focus on after some time. The last song I finished was ‘Tell Me How/Birds’. We added the last parts in November. Huy came in with the best bass slides ever.     You are based in Amsterdam now, but what was it like growing up in Almere?   Growing up in Almere was beautiful, peaceful and chaotic. Everything started for me in Almere. I met most of my friends there and with those same friends I started making music.      On Blue Man you sing a lot about heartbreak and the breakdown of relationships - what would be your one piece of advice to anyone going through a similar situation?   There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Always. However hard it may seem being in an unpleasant situation, it will get better. Asking and listening to advice from surroundings can and is very helpful most of the time, but listen to your own gut feeling.     There is a mature and peaceful quality to your work. How do you find peace amongst the chaos?   Writing, reading, creating and working out. But to find peace within, chaos is needed sometimes. At least for me. Healthy chaos. Can’t control everything, there needs to be a balance.     Tell us a bit about a day in the life of Cero Ismael.   It depends what day it is. But at the moment all of my weeks have been feeling and looking the same. What day is it? I meditate, write, workout, read, studio, spend time with friends, family or myself, studio again or cycle.      How important is fashion and visual expression to you?   Very important. Fashion and visual expression both express something that words can’t. It doesn’t have to make sense. Feelings don’t always make sense. That is what I love about art so much. It doesn’t have to make sense as long as you feel something. Or nothing. When it comes to fashion I like minimalistic, monotone and clean looks. Preferably no logos. I like the Amsterdam based clothing brand 'Unrecorded' a lot at the moment. Very clean and GOTS certified organic cotton. It is important to me that brands and human beings think and care about the world.    One of my latest favourite examples of visual expression is Arthur Jafa’s ‘Apex’ video. The 8 minute long video shows more than 800 emotional resonating images in the form of a quick digital slide show. I don’t want to reveal too much about it, maybe that'll ruin it for others. But that is another form of visual expression that I love. Give people the space to fill it in themselves.     Who is someone on your playlist that we wouldn’t expect?   I like to listen to Mr. Vegas a lot.     What has been your career highlight to date?   Releasing my debut project Blue Man is a real milestone and highlight to me. I’ve worked on those songs for such a long time and all of them are special to me. Finally sharing those eight songs with the world is unreal. I’m so thankful.      What else can we expect to come this year?   I’m busy with finishing the second project at the moment. You’ll hear that somewhere this year.     Check it out here: http://smarturl.it/BlueMan Amsterdam based, Dutch, Surinamese and Indonesian, Cero Ismael grew up in a melting pot of different cultures but unfortunately in a broken home. He found early comfort in love, religion, spirituality and music which quickly became his life and focus from an early age - first starting to make music at 11 years old.     On 18th Feb 2021 he released his 8-track debut project Blue Man. The main topic is feeling broken hearted and the mourning process that comes with it, every piece of music discusses the disconnection, the isolation, the missing and mourning that comes with heartbreak.     We had a delight speaking to him about his new project.     You just released your debut EP Blue Man. Who is Cero Ismael? And who is the ‘Blue Man’?   Cero Ismael is the Blue Man and the Blue Man is Cero Ismael.     Can you tell us a little bit more about the project and your process? How did you go about writing each track?   I started with Blue Man in the beginning of 2018. The whole project is produced by Jopie & Rijnbaart. We started working together in 2017 but the year after that we really focused on a project. All of those songs were made in the same (heartbroken) headspace and pretty short after each other. The first song I made was ‘Discontent’. I wasn’t feeling the first demo that much though, so I let it rest for a while. It took me a year to revisit it and change the whole song. A couple of weeks after ‘Discontent’, I made ‘Insane’ and that really was the kick off for the project. After Insane, all songs came together pretty fast after each other. Some songs I would have my focus on and finish, some songs I would rest for a moment in the demos folder and focus on after some time. The last song I finished was ‘Tell Me How/Birds’. We added the last parts in November. Huy came in with the best bass slides ever.     You are based in Amsterdam now, but what was it like growing up in Almere?   Growing up in Almere was beautiful, peaceful and chaotic. Everything started for me in Almere. I met most of my friends there and with those same friends I started making music.      On Blue Man you sing a lot about heartbreak and the breakdown of relationships - what would be your one piece of advice to anyone going through a similar situation?   There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Always. However hard it may seem being in an unpleasant situation, it will get better. Asking and listening to advice from surroundings can and is very helpful most of the time, but listen to your own gut feeling.     There is a mature and peaceful quality to your work. How do you find peace amongst the chaos?   Writing, reading, creating and working out. But to find peace within, chaos is needed sometimes. At least for me. Healthy chaos. Can’t control everything, there needs to be a balance.     Tell us a bit about a day in the life of Cero Ismael.   It depends what day it is. But at the moment all of my weeks have been feeling and looking the same. What day is it? I meditate, write, workout, read, studio, spend time with friends, family or myself, studio again or cycle.      How important is fashion and visual expression to you?   Very important. Fashion and visual expression both express something that words can’t. It doesn’t have to make sense. Feelings don’t always make sense. That is what I love about art so much. It doesn’t have to make sense as long as you feel something. Or nothing. When it comes to fashion I like minimalistic, monotone and clean looks. Preferably no logos. I like the Amsterdam based clothing brand 'Unrecorded' a lot at the moment. Very clean and GOTS certified organic cotton. It is important to me that brands and human beings think and care about the world.    One of my latest favourite examples of visual expression is Arthur Jafa’s ‘Apex’ video. The 8 minute long video shows more than 800 emotional resonating images in the form of a quick digital slide show. I don’t want to reveal too much about it, maybe that'll ruin it for others. But that is another form of visual expression that I love. Give people the space to fill it in themselves.     Who is someone on your playlist that we wouldn’t expect?   I like to listen to Mr. Vegas a lot.     What has been your career highlight to date?   Releasing my debut project Blue Man is a real milestone and highlight to me. I’ve worked on those songs for such a long time and all of them are special to me. Finally sharing those eight songs with the world is unreal. I’m so thankful.      What else can we expect to come this year?   I’m busy with finishing the second project at the moment. You’ll hear that somewhere this year.     Check it out here: http://smarturl.it/BlueMan

LUUK VAN DIJK LAUNCHES VIRTUAL DJ SHOW AT HOTEL HIDEAWAY
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LUUK VAN DIJK LAUNCHES VIRTUAL DJ SHOW AT HOTEL HIDEAWAY

Music Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Luuk van Dijk becomes the first DJ in the world to play a live set at Hotel Hideaway, this Friday (Feb 26th) at 5pm CET / 4pm GMT / 11am EST.      Created by the makers of Habbo Hotel - which has previously hosted VR performances from huge global superstars Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Gorillaz - Hotel Hideaway has become an increasingly popular hangout among young people. Well over a million users from the 17-25-year-old demographic visit the online world each month, from across the US, Europe and Asia.      Hotel Hideaway concert visitors and users will have the opportunity to Meet & Greet with the artist ‘backstage’.The online community provides a vast new platform for Luuk tap into, connecting music lovers with a live showcase of original music from his label Dark Side Of The Sun. In line with the label’s creative direction, the experience will be supported by specially designed visuals by UBERKRAFT Studios that show a trip along the light and dark sides of the universe.     Van Dijk has quickly established himself as a trendsetter in the house scene with his infectious energy, distinctive sound and effervescent personality. Just 24 years old, he has also seen up close how the Corona crisis has affected his peer group. “We can no longer meet up as before,” he says, “we can’t all go to a club or a festival together.Corona makes you realize that making new friendships is more difficult and you see that people are still looking for ways to get together.     “Hotel Hideaway is one of the places where more and more peers come together and I also want to be where my fans are in times when I can’t be on stage. Hotel Hideaway is the perfect place to still have that connection with the audience.” To be able to enjoy this live experience go to Hotel Hideaway.   Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Luuk van Dijk becomes the first DJ in the world to play a live set at Hotel Hideaway, this Friday (Feb 26th) at 5pm CET / 4pm GMT / 11am EST.      Created by the makers of Habbo Hotel - which has previously hosted VR performances from huge global superstars Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Gorillaz - Hotel Hideaway has become an increasingly popular hangout among young people. Well over a million users from the 17-25-year-old demographic visit the online world each month, from across the US, Europe and Asia.      Hotel Hideaway concert visitors and users will have the opportunity to Meet & Greet with the artist ‘backstage’.The online community provides a vast new platform for Luuk tap into, connecting music lovers with a live showcase of original music from his label Dark Side Of The Sun. In line with the label’s creative direction, the experience will be supported by specially designed visuals by UBERKRAFT Studios that show a trip along the light and dark sides of the universe.     Van Dijk has quickly established himself as a trendsetter in the house scene with his infectious energy, distinctive sound and effervescent personality. Just 24 years old, he has also seen up close how the Corona crisis has affected his peer group. “We can no longer meet up as before,” he says, “we can’t all go to a club or a festival together.Corona makes you realize that making new friendships is more difficult and you see that people are still looking for ways to get together.     “Hotel Hideaway is one of the places where more and more peers come together and I also want to be where my fans are in times when I can’t be on stage. Hotel Hideaway is the perfect place to still have that connection with the audience.” To be able to enjoy this live experience go to Hotel Hideaway.  

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MOODSHIFT RELEASE THIRD ORIGINAL PRODUCTION, 'TOUCH' ALONGSIDE EYE-POPPING MUSIC VIDEO
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MOODSHIFT RELEASE THIRD ORIGINAL PRODUCTION, 'TOUCH' ALONGSIDE EYE-POPPING MUSIC VIDEO

Music Moodshift has revealed their first original production of 2021 with ‘Touch’, a timely track with deep-rooted themes given the current global pandemic. Despite their inception less than 6 months ago, Lucas Nord, Oliver Nelson, and flyckt have made a name for themselves in the dance space as the next supergroup to watch. With well over 2,000,000 Spotify streams across their past 2 original releases, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘What About My Love’, the band has seen serious support across the board for their unique take on indie dance. Out now, the latest release from Moodshift, ‘Touch’ is available to stream across all platforms.       Kicking off with highly infectious pitched-up vocals and punchy percussion, the melodic track centers on a bouncy bassline and deeply textured synths. With a theme focused on physical touch and the importance of maintaining in-person relationships, the lyrics speak volumes given COVID’s global impact and the restriction on travel.       ‘We wrote Touch last summer and funny enough I don’t think we ever talked about the pandemic or how it affected us while writing the track. Not once did we discuss how social distancing was affecting us or how our normal way of life was completely turned upside down. Now looking back, it must’ve been in the back of our minds and just something we wrote subconsciously cause it’s so applicable to the situation we’re in. We really tried to capture that feeling in the music video. The crowds, the late nights, physical interactions, etc. - everything we desperately want now but can’t have. And that’s basically what the song is about, we don’t need nothing else. This track is our ode to the past and our excitement for the future. “All I [we] want is your Touch’ -  Moodshift   Moodshift 'Touch' [Music Video]: bit.ly/MDTOMV   Moodshift 'Touch' [Stream]: bit.ly/MDTOST Moodshift has revealed their first original production of 2021 with ‘Touch’, a timely track with deep-rooted themes given the current global pandemic. Despite their inception less than 6 months ago, Lucas Nord, Oliver Nelson, and flyckt have made a name for themselves in the dance space as the next supergroup to watch. With well over 2,000,000 Spotify streams across their past 2 original releases, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘What About My Love’, the band has seen serious support across the board for their unique take on indie dance. Out now, the latest release from Moodshift, ‘Touch’ is available to stream across all platforms.       Kicking off with highly infectious pitched-up vocals and punchy percussion, the melodic track centers on a bouncy bassline and deeply textured synths. With a theme focused on physical touch and the importance of maintaining in-person relationships, the lyrics speak volumes given COVID’s global impact and the restriction on travel.       ‘We wrote Touch last summer and funny enough I don’t think we ever talked about the pandemic or how it affected us while writing the track. Not once did we discuss how social distancing was affecting us or how our normal way of life was completely turned upside down. Now looking back, it must’ve been in the back of our minds and just something we wrote subconsciously cause it’s so applicable to the situation we’re in. We really tried to capture that feeling in the music video. The crowds, the late nights, physical interactions, etc. - everything we desperately want now but can’t have. And that’s basically what the song is about, we don’t need nothing else. This track is our ode to the past and our excitement for the future. “All I [we] want is your Touch’ -  Moodshift   Moodshift 'Touch' [Music Video]: bit.ly/MDTOMV   Moodshift 'Touch' [Stream]: bit.ly/MDTOST

DUTCH RAPPER COR DELIVERS MASTERPIECE: Weg Van Hier
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DUTCH RAPPER COR DELIVERS MASTERPIECE: Weg Van Hier

Music On February 26, 2021, exactly twelve months after his first release, Cor will release his promising debut album Weg Van Hier. The first full-length release features guest appearances from the industry’s biggest artists and solo tracks as well. Above all, Cor wants to inspire and beware the new generation. With this informative message,through his witty lyrics – divided into eighteen songs – the rapper will let his true voice speak.      In just one year time, the Dutch rapper has become one of Netherlands’ most promising and influential rappers. With over 300,000 listeners on Spotify and millions of views on Youtube, Cor already has a number of successful releases with other major Dutch artists to his credit. Without any record contract, Cor works - with the support of independent platform OWNIT - on his promising future.       Cor, also known as Corshottaa, is a Dutch rapper raised in the East of Rotterdam. His rap career began in 2020, after which he was featured on the 101Barz studio session of the record label of rapper 3robi, Spow Business. He signed a record deal there and released four successful solo tracks. Each of them reached millions of listeners on YouTube and Spotify. After the success of these releases, the talented Rotterdammer decided it was time to work further independently. Meanwhile, Cor already has a number of releases with other big Dutch artists like Idaly, Hef, Jack and Jordymone9, and his new album is filled with a lot of big names from the Dutch hip hop world.      Cor's first album ‘Away From Here’, as an independent artist, will be available for listening on all streaming platforms starting next February 26th, 2021. On February 26, 2021, exactly twelve months after his first release, Cor will release his promising debut album Weg Van Hier. The first full-length release features guest appearances from the industry’s biggest artists and solo tracks as well. Above all, Cor wants to inspire and beware the new generation. With this informative message,through his witty lyrics – divided into eighteen songs – the rapper will let his true voice speak.      In just one year time, the Dutch rapper has become one of Netherlands’ most promising and influential rappers. With over 300,000 listeners on Spotify and millions of views on Youtube, Cor already has a number of successful releases with other major Dutch artists to his credit. Without any record contract, Cor works - with the support of independent platform OWNIT - on his promising future.       Cor, also known as Corshottaa, is a Dutch rapper raised in the East of Rotterdam. His rap career began in 2020, after which he was featured on the 101Barz studio session of the record label of rapper 3robi, Spow Business. He signed a record deal there and released four successful solo tracks. Each of them reached millions of listeners on YouTube and Spotify. After the success of these releases, the talented Rotterdammer decided it was time to work further independently. Meanwhile, Cor already has a number of releases with other big Dutch artists like Idaly, Hef, Jack and Jordymone9, and his new album is filled with a lot of big names from the Dutch hip hop world.      Cor's first album ‘Away From Here’, as an independent artist, will be available for listening on all streaming platforms starting next February 26th, 2021.

San Holo announces new album and single
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San Holo announces new album and single

Music On Feb 3rd, Dutch DJ/producer San Holo released find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) as the first official single of his new album bb u ok?– which is out from May 21st via his own label Bitbird.      The album will be released digitally and physically and can be ordered in combination with various merchandise via https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr.   Listen to single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)   "It's all about connections,"said San Holo of his new work. "The connections between people and their memories, between people back and forth and with themselves." On his debut "album1”, San Holo explored the virgin territory between EDM, post-rock and indie, which, in addition to rave reviews from fans, press and colleagues, also earned him the prestigious Dutch Edison Award and an International Dance Music Award. Album number two ‘bb u ok?’, on which, in addition to Bipolar Sunshine, he collaborates with the likes of The Nicholas, Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Chet Porter, American Football and Mija & Mr. Carmack, deepens the unique sound that San Holo has developed for himself. Within his own musical spectrum, he finds room to spread his wings further while keeping both feet on the ground.   With its twenty songs bb u ok? is an honest and open album that asks existential questions about love, hope, loneliness and social expectations. The songs encourage listeners to keep a finger on the pulse of both themselves and those around them and observe how things are really going. The newly founded www.bbuok.com also conveys that message as an online platform. Musically, San Holo builds a world of its own on the album, with alternating organic soundscapes and full-band compositions. “I poured my whole heart into this album. Instead of talking about it, I'd rather people listen to it, hoping it will take them somewhere. They can decide for themselves what it means to them, just as it has its own meaning to me. That's the beauty of music.”   New album bb u ok? was mostly recorded in an Airbnb in Echo Park, Los Angeles. It was here where San Holo found peace to make this second album.  “These songs are about experiences, conversations and moments that I have shared with people all my life. I've never been very good at expressing myself verbatim. Words on their own never seem to really capture the gist of how I feel. Most feelings are so complex that it is almost naive to try to describe them in words. That's why I make music. It's the only way for me to really express myself.”     Single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) – Feb 3rd 2021 find your way listening link: https://sanholo.lnk.to/findyourwaypr  Album bb u ok? presave:https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr  San Holo shop: https://sanholo.lnk.to/collectionpr    On Feb 3rd, Dutch DJ/producer San Holo released find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) as the first official single of his new album bb u ok?– which is out from May 21st via his own label Bitbird.      The album will be released digitally and physically and can be ordered in combination with various merchandise via https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr.   Listen to single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)   "It's all about connections,"said San Holo of his new work. "The connections between people and their memories, between people back and forth and with themselves." On his debut "album1”, San Holo explored the virgin territory between EDM, post-rock and indie, which, in addition to rave reviews from fans, press and colleagues, also earned him the prestigious Dutch Edison Award and an International Dance Music Award. Album number two ‘bb u ok?’, on which, in addition to Bipolar Sunshine, he collaborates with the likes of The Nicholas, Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Chet Porter, American Football and Mija & Mr. Carmack, deepens the unique sound that San Holo has developed for himself. Within his own musical spectrum, he finds room to spread his wings further while keeping both feet on the ground.   With its twenty songs bb u ok? is an honest and open album that asks existential questions about love, hope, loneliness and social expectations. The songs encourage listeners to keep a finger on the pulse of both themselves and those around them and observe how things are really going. The newly founded www.bbuok.com also conveys that message as an online platform. Musically, San Holo builds a world of its own on the album, with alternating organic soundscapes and full-band compositions. “I poured my whole heart into this album. Instead of talking about it, I'd rather people listen to it, hoping it will take them somewhere. They can decide for themselves what it means to them, just as it has its own meaning to me. That's the beauty of music.”   New album bb u ok? was mostly recorded in an Airbnb in Echo Park, Los Angeles. It was here where San Holo found peace to make this second album.  “These songs are about experiences, conversations and moments that I have shared with people all my life. I've never been very good at expressing myself verbatim. Words on their own never seem to really capture the gist of how I feel. Most feelings are so complex that it is almost naive to try to describe them in words. That's why I make music. It's the only way for me to really express myself.”     Single find your way (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) – Feb 3rd 2021 find your way listening link: https://sanholo.lnk.to/findyourwaypr  Album bb u ok? presave:https://sanholo.lnk.to/bb-albumpr  San Holo shop: https://sanholo.lnk.to/collectionpr   

In conversation with Joshua J
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In conversation with Joshua J

Music Lovely to speak to you Joshua, how are you doing?   I’m doing quite well. Trying to make the best out of the world’s current situation while making sure my creative juices stay flowing.     How would you describe your music?   My music sounds like that first day of spring on which you realize that you can leave your jacket at home.      What emotions do you wish to make people feel with your sound?   I wanna give people food for thought that contributes to their sanity in a positive and lighthearted way.     Your debut album ‘1998’ is very touching, can you describe how the album came about?   I’ve been in foster care throughout my whole upbringing. Being away from your biological family does a lot to a child subconsciously. When I started living on my own I began reflecting back on all those years. Starting with my birth year ‘1998’.      Now you’ve released the first track of your EP ‘Better Times’. What’s the story behind ‘Call Me’?   I wrote “Call Me” in the spring of 2019. My debut album ‘1998’ had just been released and I was going through my first break up. It was an interesting mix of feeling really good and accomplished versus the bittersweetness of leaving a person you love in the past to make room for something new. That’s why in the chorus I sing: “Call me when you need a hand to hold, I don't believe everything I'm told”. Stating that I will always be there if she needs me but also that part of my trust has faded.       What was the process like in the studio, compiling this EP?   It was refreshing. This EP is a collection of songs that felt fresh to me. It’s showing a side of Joshua J that most people haven’t heard yet and that’s what makes me most excited about this whole journey.     What artists do you look up to?   Stevie Wonder, Cory Henry, Brent Faiyaz, Smino and Gaidaa.      What inspires you?   Learning inspires me in various ways. It could go from learning a new skill on the piano to learning something new about my culture, getting to know new people, learning a new language or a new sport. I’m always trying to apply things I've learned into my music.      What exciting things can we expect from you in 2021?   My sophomore album perhaps? Lovely to speak to you Joshua, how are you doing?   I’m doing quite well. Trying to make the best out of the world’s current situation while making sure my creative juices stay flowing.     How would you describe your music?   My music sounds like that first day of spring on which you realize that you can leave your jacket at home.      What emotions do you wish to make people feel with your sound?   I wanna give people food for thought that contributes to their sanity in a positive and lighthearted way.     Your debut album ‘1998’ is very touching, can you describe how the album came about?   I’ve been in foster care throughout my whole upbringing. Being away from your biological family does a lot to a child subconsciously. When I started living on my own I began reflecting back on all those years. Starting with my birth year ‘1998’.      Now you’ve released the first track of your EP ‘Better Times’. What’s the story behind ‘Call Me’?   I wrote “Call Me” in the spring of 2019. My debut album ‘1998’ had just been released and I was going through my first break up. It was an interesting mix of feeling really good and accomplished versus the bittersweetness of leaving a person you love in the past to make room for something new. That’s why in the chorus I sing: “Call me when you need a hand to hold, I don't believe everything I'm told”. Stating that I will always be there if she needs me but also that part of my trust has faded.       What was the process like in the studio, compiling this EP?   It was refreshing. This EP is a collection of songs that felt fresh to me. It’s showing a side of Joshua J that most people haven’t heard yet and that’s what makes me most excited about this whole journey.     What artists do you look up to?   Stevie Wonder, Cory Henry, Brent Faiyaz, Smino and Gaidaa.      What inspires you?   Learning inspires me in various ways. It could go from learning a new skill on the piano to learning something new about my culture, getting to know new people, learning a new language or a new sport. I’m always trying to apply things I've learned into my music.      What exciting things can we expect from you in 2021?   My sophomore album perhaps?

In conversation with Norma Jean Martine
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In conversation with Norma Jean Martine

Music How are you doing, how are you spending your time nowadays? Hey ! I’m great actually. I’m currently living back in my hometown with my family, and it’s been so nice to be close to them again after almost 10 years of living an ocean away in London. Lately I’ve been spending my time writing a LOT of new songs. I know that for every 10 songs you write one is amazing, so I’m just keeping myself open to collaborations and creating space each day to throw song spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks. I’ve got a few new ones that I’m really excited about. Besides that I’ve been continuing with my local activist work, and fun sewing projects.      You wrote the global #1 hit ‘Head Shoulders Knees And Toes’, what inspired the track and its lyrics? This is actually a funny story! I was about 20 minutes late to that session, and I remember when my friend Tim (Hight) answered the door to let me in, he was so excited and said, “I think we wrote a hit!” I of course was skeptical because being a songwriter for many years you know that the word “hit” gets thrown around a lot in sessions, and that they rarely materialize! So I walked into the studio and Tim and Josh and Janik from Quarterhead played me their idea, which was the general beat of the song with the melody and lyric as everyone knows,  “I feel it in my head, my shoulders, knees and toes my bones….” At that point, that was all that was written. My initial feeling was, “This is either the worst thing ever or the best thing ever and I can’t tell.” Because it was a nursery rhyme, and could be seen as a little cheesy, my approach to the writing on the rest of the song was that it had to be cooler, and from a deep and real place. So I channeled an emotion that I have had in the past of feeling so attracted to someone that it feels almost all encompassing in its body response, and we referenced "Dance Monkey" for the bluesy type of melody in the verses. I grew up going to blues jams so the blues thing comes really naturally to me. It was a great collaboration, and I think the fact that all of us are very different writers on our own, was the key to this song being so unique. This of course was then brought to life with Ofenbach’s undeniably radio friendly pop production which I’ll be forever grateful for.      When writing a new song, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to? I really love writing songs about my own life because I feel I can free-write and get really deep and honest lyrically. Someone once told me that it’s best to “write what you know”, so that’s my general approach to most songs. I struggle writing songs that are vague and sparse lyrically, but I believe that is a big skill in itself and I have massive respect for pop writers who are able to do that consistently. The songwriting process used to be more methodical for me, but lately it’s become much more intuitive. That growth has come through writing a lot for other artists like Girli, and a new artist called Aidan which I’m really excited about, and being a conduit and witness to their creative process. I used to write music thinking, “What does everyone want from me?” and now my approach is much more like, “What do I love, what moves me, and what do I want to make?” It seems like a silly realization from the outside, but when you’ve been in the industry for so long, feeling the pressure of “making it”, finally finding that freedom within yourself to just create for you is really pivotal. I feel that it’s like a creative skeleton key, and has opened doors to some of the best songs I’ve written to date.     Tell us about your new EP ‘Visiting Hours’, how did it come about and what inspired the ‘Visiting Hours’ track? Visiting Hours is a song that I wrote with Rob Harvey (Joel Corry’s Head & Heart) and Jakwob almost 4 years ago. It was a few months after my lifelong friend Brock had passed and his mom had posted a meme on her Facebook about wishing “heaven had visiting hours”. I thought it was a really cool concept and kept it in my back pocket for the right session. Rob and Jakwob created that really safe space I needed to feel the pain of the loss and authentically write this song. Rob is an amazing writer and came up with the line, “I wanna call god up and ask for an appointment,” which I just found so genius. The song has sat for a while because I’ve been in-between record deals, but it’s an older one that has always stuck, and through the years since I wrote it, has brought comfort to me in times of grief and loss. I sang it at my brother's funeral last year, and I’ve had many people come up to me crying after singing it live telling me how it resonated with them and about the losses in their lives. It’s a song that I’ve found really connects people on a base level because loss is something we all experience.  MOTi has done a brilliant remix as well which I’m really grateful for and I'm hoping it will connect with some of the Ofenbach audience.      The EP also features a very personal cover of the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ which you recorded for your father’s late cousin. How does the song relate to the rest of the EP and what message do you want to get across with it? There is indeed a cover of "Hey Jude" on this EP, which I sang for my late cousin Tony who passed this summer. He was a massive Beatles fan, and actually auditioned for Beatlemania back in the day. When I saw him for the last time I was too choked up to sing for him as he was passing, so when I went home that night I immediately started recording this version to send to his sons to play for him remotely. When I was recording it a huge thunderstorm rolled through. I was breaking down while singing the song, which was really difficult, but I decided it was the right thing to keep those moments in the recording. My mom sang some of the harmonies at the end with me, and it felt like a really beautiful way to process the impending loss. I sent a rough version to his sons Vincent and Anthony as soon as it was done. They texted me back an hour later saying he passed during the storm, and that it was so serendipitous that I chose to sing him "Hey Jude" because it was the first song they played to celebrate his life after he passed. It felt like such a spirit moment, and I know even though his physical body never got to hear it, his spirit did. I even like to think that he was there with us jamming out during the recording and that he put that song in as a special request from heaven.     Coping with the loss of a loved one is unfortunately very relevant for many people around the world right now; what do you want to say to people in the same situation, is there anything that really helped you? When Brock died, 10 months later I was at his family home and I borrowed a sharpie from his mom to write a Christmas message to him on a decoration for his grave. I broke down as I was writing it and I’ll never forget when she said to me, “Grief is proof that you loved.” Since then, with all my other losses, every time I break down and get so so sad, I remember that the reason it’s so hard is because the love was so deep. Death ends life on this earth, but it doesn’t end love. Love never dies, and I think the grief is the inability to put that love somewhere. I hope that quote helps whoever is reading this and needs that message at this time.      What does it feel like to have a #1 hit which is streamed all over the world? It feels surreal honestly. None of my songs have ever come close to this level of success and I’ve been working really hard professionaly in this business for almost 10 years. It was unexpected, but I’m very grateful for this moment, and working towards and planning my next steps with this newfound platform.      How do you keep inspired on a creative level now that it’s more difficult to get external inspiration without being able to travel to new places etc? I find inspiration in my head with thoughts I have. I get inspired by movies. I get inspired by memes on instagram. I get inspired by other songs, like “wow they wrote a song about *insert topic*, let me try to write a song about that in my own way.” Inspiration can come from anywhere, you just have to be open to collecting those messages. Other writers really help too… on some days where maybe I don’t have a great idea, 9 times out of 10 someone else in the sessions will have a brilliant idea and we can just run with that.      You’ve collaborated with Ofenbach & Quarterhead, and more recently with MOTi on ‘Visiting Hours’, are there any other DJs/producers you’d like to collaborate with? Or any artists from different genres? In the dance world I’d love to collaborate with Calvin Harris, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Flume, Mura Masa…. Just to name a few. In other genres, I’m very open and it’s a list I’m still compiling in my head. TBA :)     What can we expect from you in 2021? More dance songs and more me songs. I’m just working to release very consistently. I had a lag time between deals, so some of the songs that will be released soon are actually from a few years ago, but my goal is to be in a much quicker create - release flow... I don’t want things to ever sit this long again. I think consistency is key and honestly as a creative what you pay attention to in the process changes so much that I’d just like what I’m releasing to be more in synch in real time with how I’m growing and changing as a person.      You often speak out online in support of the BLM movement and environmental issues, are there any plans to use your music to spotlight these causes? This is something I think about often. Besides posting information and facts about it all the time to help spread awareness and making it very known publically where I stand in my beliefs,  I do often think, “How can I channel this passion through my music?” I actually recently wrote a song called “Love is the Future”, which was inspired by the movement and marching over the summer. Last year I worked with an artist on a song about his experience as a bi-racial man, and I feel that with an awareness and curiosity about these topics it means that I can be a safe person to explore these emotions with on the writing side for other artists. It’s something I’d really like to do more of, and I’ve found this goes beyond race, as I’ve also collaborated with artists who are from the LGBTQ+ community and have been a conduit for them in writing songs about their very specific experiences as well. When writing for other artists I love to be the listener, or stenographer which I often joke about, who asks questions and just writes down every word they say to get to the heart of their emotion. I feel on these topics the key is listening to others’ experiences, because without listening, there will be no understanding or empathy. I love helping artists turn these emotions and experiences into songs that will resonate with others that have the same experience, but also to shed light on that experience for others who maybe have less of an understanding about it. On environmentalism, I wrote a song a few years ago called "American Beauty" that I hope to release soon that was inspired by the power plant next to my house. That situation has obviously been extremely devastating for my family, as it’s ruined my childhood home and literally has made it unsafe to live there anymore. I’d love to release that song with a music video that’s sort of like a documentary about the plant to bring awareness to the impacts and corruption involved. It’s all a process and I’m really just at the beginning of a new chapter, but it’s certainly something I want to weave in more and more as I move forward, and I see it as very important for my future. Another way that I’ve gotten involved in activism via the music industry is through Lauren Aquilina’s “Girl & Repertoire” which is a  networking and Mentorship non-profit to help up and coming artists and writers build connections, gain knowledge and discover opportunities in the industry. I’m currently a mentor in the program, and it feels really nice to be the role model I needed when I was just starting out, sort of a music biz big sister, to someone now.    Do you have any inspirational words for our readers about what this year has in store for us? I think this year holds a lot of hope for the future, so I guess the most inspiring thing to say would be to hold on, and that we’re nearing the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of Covid…..and that next year at this time we will be at a NJM concert looking back at this time when we were all quarantined in our houses.      Last but not least, what is the first thing you will do when all is ‘back to normal’ again? I really miss traveling. I’m looking forward to coming back to London and sorting my storage unit and visiting some places in Europe that I haven’t had a chance to yet… and seeing all my friends over there. Time away from London has really made me realize how many people I love on the other side of the pond, and how much I love the lifestyle and culture.    How are you doing, how are you spending your time nowadays? Hey ! I’m great actually. I’m currently living back in my hometown with my family, and it’s been so nice to be close to them again after almost 10 years of living an ocean away in London. Lately I’ve been spending my time writing a LOT of new songs. I know that for every 10 songs you write one is amazing, so I’m just keeping myself open to collaborations and creating space each day to throw song spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks. I’ve got a few new ones that I’m really excited about. Besides that I’ve been continuing with my local activist work, and fun sewing projects.      You wrote the global #1 hit ‘Head Shoulders Knees And Toes’, what inspired the track and its lyrics? This is actually a funny story! I was about 20 minutes late to that session, and I remember when my friend Tim (Hight) answered the door to let me in, he was so excited and said, “I think we wrote a hit!” I of course was skeptical because being a songwriter for many years you know that the word “hit” gets thrown around a lot in sessions, and that they rarely materialize! So I walked into the studio and Tim and Josh and Janik from Quarterhead played me their idea, which was the general beat of the song with the melody and lyric as everyone knows,  “I feel it in my head, my shoulders, knees and toes my bones….” At that point, that was all that was written. My initial feeling was, “This is either the worst thing ever or the best thing ever and I can’t tell.” Because it was a nursery rhyme, and could be seen as a little cheesy, my approach to the writing on the rest of the song was that it had to be cooler, and from a deep and real place. So I channeled an emotion that I have had in the past of feeling so attracted to someone that it feels almost all encompassing in its body response, and we referenced "Dance Monkey" for the bluesy type of melody in the verses. I grew up going to blues jams so the blues thing comes really naturally to me. It was a great collaboration, and I think the fact that all of us are very different writers on our own, was the key to this song being so unique. This of course was then brought to life with Ofenbach’s undeniably radio friendly pop production which I’ll be forever grateful for.      When writing a new song, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to? I really love writing songs about my own life because I feel I can free-write and get really deep and honest lyrically. Someone once told me that it’s best to “write what you know”, so that’s my general approach to most songs. I struggle writing songs that are vague and sparse lyrically, but I believe that is a big skill in itself and I have massive respect for pop writers who are able to do that consistently. The songwriting process used to be more methodical for me, but lately it’s become much more intuitive. That growth has come through writing a lot for other artists like Girli, and a new artist called Aidan which I’m really excited about, and being a conduit and witness to their creative process. I used to write music thinking, “What does everyone want from me?” and now my approach is much more like, “What do I love, what moves me, and what do I want to make?” It seems like a silly realization from the outside, but when you’ve been in the industry for so long, feeling the pressure of “making it”, finally finding that freedom within yourself to just create for you is really pivotal. I feel that it’s like a creative skeleton key, and has opened doors to some of the best songs I’ve written to date.     Tell us about your new EP ‘Visiting Hours’, how did it come about and what inspired the ‘Visiting Hours’ track? Visiting Hours is a song that I wrote with Rob Harvey (Joel Corry’s Head & Heart) and Jakwob almost 4 years ago. It was a few months after my lifelong friend Brock had passed and his mom had posted a meme on her Facebook about wishing “heaven had visiting hours”. I thought it was a really cool concept and kept it in my back pocket for the right session. Rob and Jakwob created that really safe space I needed to feel the pain of the loss and authentically write this song. Rob is an amazing writer and came up with the line, “I wanna call god up and ask for an appointment,” which I just found so genius. The song has sat for a while because I’ve been in-between record deals, but it’s an older one that has always stuck, and through the years since I wrote it, has brought comfort to me in times of grief and loss. I sang it at my brother's funeral last year, and I’ve had many people come up to me crying after singing it live telling me how it resonated with them and about the losses in their lives. It’s a song that I’ve found really connects people on a base level because loss is something we all experience.  MOTi has done a brilliant remix as well which I’m really grateful for and I'm hoping it will connect with some of the Ofenbach audience.      The EP also features a very personal cover of the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ which you recorded for your father’s late cousin. How does the song relate to the rest of the EP and what message do you want to get across with it? There is indeed a cover of "Hey Jude" on this EP, which I sang for my late cousin Tony who passed this summer. He was a massive Beatles fan, and actually auditioned for Beatlemania back in the day. When I saw him for the last time I was too choked up to sing for him as he was passing, so when I went home that night I immediately started recording this version to send to his sons to play for him remotely. When I was recording it a huge thunderstorm rolled through. I was breaking down while singing the song, which was really difficult, but I decided it was the right thing to keep those moments in the recording. My mom sang some of the harmonies at the end with me, and it felt like a really beautiful way to process the impending loss. I sent a rough version to his sons Vincent and Anthony as soon as it was done. They texted me back an hour later saying he passed during the storm, and that it was so serendipitous that I chose to sing him "Hey Jude" because it was the first song they played to celebrate his life after he passed. It felt like such a spirit moment, and I know even though his physical body never got to hear it, his spirit did. I even like to think that he was there with us jamming out during the recording and that he put that song in as a special request from heaven.     Coping with the loss of a loved one is unfortunately very relevant for many people around the world right now; what do you want to say to people in the same situation, is there anything that really helped you? When Brock died, 10 months later I was at his family home and I borrowed a sharpie from his mom to write a Christmas message to him on a decoration for his grave. I broke down as I was writing it and I’ll never forget when she said to me, “Grief is proof that you loved.” Since then, with all my other losses, every time I break down and get so so sad, I remember that the reason it’s so hard is because the love was so deep. Death ends life on this earth, but it doesn’t end love. Love never dies, and I think the grief is the inability to put that love somewhere. I hope that quote helps whoever is reading this and needs that message at this time.      What does it feel like to have a #1 hit which is streamed all over the world? It feels surreal honestly. None of my songs have ever come close to this level of success and I’ve been working really hard professionaly in this business for almost 10 years. It was unexpected, but I’m very grateful for this moment, and working towards and planning my next steps with this newfound platform.      How do you keep inspired on a creative level now that it’s more difficult to get external inspiration without being able to travel to new places etc? I find inspiration in my head with thoughts I have. I get inspired by movies. I get inspired by memes on instagram. I get inspired by other songs, like “wow they wrote a song about *insert topic*, let me try to write a song about that in my own way.” Inspiration can come from anywhere, you just have to be open to collecting those messages. Other writers really help too… on some days where maybe I don’t have a great idea, 9 times out of 10 someone else in the sessions will have a brilliant idea and we can just run with that.      You’ve collaborated with Ofenbach & Quarterhead, and more recently with MOTi on ‘Visiting Hours’, are there any other DJs/producers you’d like to collaborate with? Or any artists from different genres? In the dance world I’d love to collaborate with Calvin Harris, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Flume, Mura Masa…. Just to name a few. In other genres, I’m very open and it’s a list I’m still compiling in my head. TBA :)     What can we expect from you in 2021? More dance songs and more me songs. I’m just working to release very consistently. I had a lag time between deals, so some of the songs that will be released soon are actually from a few years ago, but my goal is to be in a much quicker create - release flow... I don’t want things to ever sit this long again. I think consistency is key and honestly as a creative what you pay attention to in the process changes so much that I’d just like what I’m releasing to be more in synch in real time with how I’m growing and changing as a person.      You often speak out online in support of the BLM movement and environmental issues, are there any plans to use your music to spotlight these causes? This is something I think about often. Besides posting information and facts about it all the time to help spread awareness and making it very known publically where I stand in my beliefs,  I do often think, “How can I channel this passion through my music?” I actually recently wrote a song called “Love is the Future”, which was inspired by the movement and marching over the summer. Last year I worked with an artist on a song about his experience as a bi-racial man, and I feel that with an awareness and curiosity about these topics it means that I can be a safe person to explore these emotions with on the writing side for other artists. It’s something I’d really like to do more of, and I’ve found this goes beyond race, as I’ve also collaborated with artists who are from the LGBTQ+ community and have been a conduit for them in writing songs about their very specific experiences as well. When writing for other artists I love to be the listener, or stenographer which I often joke about, who asks questions and just writes down every word they say to get to the heart of their emotion. I feel on these topics the key is listening to others’ experiences, because without listening, there will be no understanding or empathy. I love helping artists turn these emotions and experiences into songs that will resonate with others that have the same experience, but also to shed light on that experience for others who maybe have less of an understanding about it. On environmentalism, I wrote a song a few years ago called "American Beauty" that I hope to release soon that was inspired by the power plant next to my house. That situation has obviously been extremely devastating for my family, as it’s ruined my childhood home and literally has made it unsafe to live there anymore. I’d love to release that song with a music video that’s sort of like a documentary about the plant to bring awareness to the impacts and corruption involved. It’s all a process and I’m really just at the beginning of a new chapter, but it’s certainly something I want to weave in more and more as I move forward, and I see it as very important for my future. Another way that I’ve gotten involved in activism via the music industry is through Lauren Aquilina’s “Girl & Repertoire” which is a  networking and Mentorship non-profit to help up and coming artists and writers build connections, gain knowledge and discover opportunities in the industry. I’m currently a mentor in the program, and it feels really nice to be the role model I needed when I was just starting out, sort of a music biz big sister, to someone now.    Do you have any inspirational words for our readers about what this year has in store for us? I think this year holds a lot of hope for the future, so I guess the most inspiring thing to say would be to hold on, and that we’re nearing the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of Covid…..and that next year at this time we will be at a NJM concert looking back at this time when we were all quarantined in our houses.      Last but not least, what is the first thing you will do when all is ‘back to normal’ again? I really miss traveling. I’m looking forward to coming back to London and sorting my storage unit and visiting some places in Europe that I haven’t had a chance to yet… and seeing all my friends over there. Time away from London has really made me realize how many people I love on the other side of the pond, and how much I love the lifestyle and culture.   

FOLAMOUR TEASES NEW ALBUM IS ON ITS WAY WITH THE RELEASE OF ‘JUST WANT HAPPINESS’
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FOLAMOUR TEASES NEW ALBUM IS ON ITS WAY WITH THE RELEASE OF ‘JUST WANT HAPPINESS’

Music Following on from his release of 'I Miss Having Someone To Talk To', Folamouris back with his first single of 2021, 'Just Want Happiness' - the first of many tracks slated for his upcoming album.     Since his explosion onto the scene with his iconic Boiler Room set which saw the crowd go crazy with his spin of the ABBA classic, 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', Folamour's performance demonstrated him as one of the most promising artists on the circuit.     As well as being able to bring pure sunshine music in his shows -  in which he topped over 130 dates in 2019 alone - Folamour’s own productions have also reached crazy heights with their millions of streams. His first album 'Umani'welcomed his disco grooves to the world, whilst 'Ordinary Drugs' continued to build his loyal fan base back in 2019.     Now teasing his third upcoming album, whose title and release date are yet to be revealed, Folamour drops 'Just Want Happiness'. He explained:  “Just Want Happiness" is my river song. I composed it with the objective of not letting myself be stopped by any difficulty. To me "Just  Want Happiness" speaks as much about birth, departure, and encounters as it does about loneliness, mourning, and abandonment, it is lucidity and hope.”     As well as producing 'Just Want Happiness', Folamour did all his own stunts in its accompanying video clip which can be seen here.      "I wanted to represent the story of the upcoming album through this very special song. I wrote the story of this man who decided to leave the city to find himself and chose to symbolize this pain with fire. We choose not to use any special effects to really bring this to life and demonstrate the weight of the world from which he tries to escape."     Today, he boasts releases on a fine array of labels such as All City, Classic, Church, Glitterbox, as well as his own hotly-tipped FHUO Records. And, has continued to masterfully orchestrate sets, even during a pandemic, on *yet another* popular Boiler Room, a re-visit to Defected’s Virtual House Party, Folamour presents Love To The World Session #1, and not forgetting his New Years Eve performance in the mountains for Polaris x Verbier.     Now joining his own label FHUO, 'Just Want Happiness' is one of Folamour’smore stripped back releases. Featuring gentle guitar rhythms balanced between synth structures, before reaching a crescendo of intricately positioned brass elements, Folamour once again delivers with his most soothing track yet.     Folamour - Just Want Happiness is out now via FHUO Records.   Following on from his release of 'I Miss Having Someone To Talk To', Folamouris back with his first single of 2021, 'Just Want Happiness' - the first of many tracks slated for his upcoming album.     Since his explosion onto the scene with his iconic Boiler Room set which saw the crowd go crazy with his spin of the ABBA classic, 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', Folamour's performance demonstrated him as one of the most promising artists on the circuit.     As well as being able to bring pure sunshine music in his shows -  in which he topped over 130 dates in 2019 alone - Folamour’s own productions have also reached crazy heights with their millions of streams. His first album 'Umani'welcomed his disco grooves to the world, whilst 'Ordinary Drugs' continued to build his loyal fan base back in 2019.     Now teasing his third upcoming album, whose title and release date are yet to be revealed, Folamour drops 'Just Want Happiness'. He explained:  “Just Want Happiness" is my river song. I composed it with the objective of not letting myself be stopped by any difficulty. To me "Just  Want Happiness" speaks as much about birth, departure, and encounters as it does about loneliness, mourning, and abandonment, it is lucidity and hope.”     As well as producing 'Just Want Happiness', Folamour did all his own stunts in its accompanying video clip which can be seen here.      "I wanted to represent the story of the upcoming album through this very special song. I wrote the story of this man who decided to leave the city to find himself and chose to symbolize this pain with fire. We choose not to use any special effects to really bring this to life and demonstrate the weight of the world from which he tries to escape."     Today, he boasts releases on a fine array of labels such as All City, Classic, Church, Glitterbox, as well as his own hotly-tipped FHUO Records. And, has continued to masterfully orchestrate sets, even during a pandemic, on *yet another* popular Boiler Room, a re-visit to Defected’s Virtual House Party, Folamour presents Love To The World Session #1, and not forgetting his New Years Eve performance in the mountains for Polaris x Verbier.     Now joining his own label FHUO, 'Just Want Happiness' is one of Folamour’smore stripped back releases. Featuring gentle guitar rhythms balanced between synth structures, before reaching a crescendo of intricately positioned brass elements, Folamour once again delivers with his most soothing track yet.     Folamour - Just Want Happiness is out now via FHUO Records.  

Martin Garrix & Tove Lo release 'Pressure'
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Martin Garrix & Tove Lo release 'Pressure'

Music Martin Garrix has kept his fans full of anticipation while waiting for his new single. The time has finally come, and his first release of 2021 goes by the name of ‘Pressure’. ‘Pressure’ sees him team up with Stockholm-born and Los Angeles-based songstress Tove Lo.        With ‘Pressure’ Garrix is heading into a slightly different direction, with fresh, deeper sounds dominating throughout the track. Tove Lo’s edgy vocals and catchy lyrics perfectly complement the groovy track. Always looking for ways to innovate, Garrix has been showcasing his diversity last year as well with deeper releases from his alias Ytram. No stranger to the dance floor or the pop charts, 'Pressure' is a club-ready banger and also Tove Lo’s first release of 2021. Her signature wit and seductive lyrics are the perfect complement to Garrix’s production on the track. Tove elaborates:        ‘’This track hit me in all the right places and I really wanted to be a part of it. It’s cool that it’s a slightly new direction for both me and Garrix! Lyrically it’s all about destructive passion and lack of self-control. Which feels amazing until it drives you crazy. I’m very excited for this to be our first collab, I hope all our fans feel it!’’        The release is accompanied by a music video shot on film, which will be premiered later today on Garrix's YouTube channel. The video takes the viewer on a tense ride of the main character’s blood-curdling search for her vision.        During last year’s lockdown, Garrix has had lots of time to work on new music, with the DJ/producer stating he ‘’can’t wait to share with his fans what he’s been working on’’. This first release, as well as his one billion Spotify streams accolade for ‘In The Name of Love’, sure set the tone for 2021 which is just getting started for him. Martin Garrix has kept his fans full of anticipation while waiting for his new single. The time has finally come, and his first release of 2021 goes by the name of ‘Pressure’. ‘Pressure’ sees him team up with Stockholm-born and Los Angeles-based songstress Tove Lo.        With ‘Pressure’ Garrix is heading into a slightly different direction, with fresh, deeper sounds dominating throughout the track. Tove Lo’s edgy vocals and catchy lyrics perfectly complement the groovy track. Always looking for ways to innovate, Garrix has been showcasing his diversity last year as well with deeper releases from his alias Ytram. No stranger to the dance floor or the pop charts, 'Pressure' is a club-ready banger and also Tove Lo’s first release of 2021. Her signature wit and seductive lyrics are the perfect complement to Garrix’s production on the track. Tove elaborates:        ‘’This track hit me in all the right places and I really wanted to be a part of it. It’s cool that it’s a slightly new direction for both me and Garrix! Lyrically it’s all about destructive passion and lack of self-control. Which feels amazing until it drives you crazy. I’m very excited for this to be our first collab, I hope all our fans feel it!’’        The release is accompanied by a music video shot on film, which will be premiered later today on Garrix's YouTube channel. The video takes the viewer on a tense ride of the main character’s blood-curdling search for her vision.        During last year’s lockdown, Garrix has had lots of time to work on new music, with the DJ/producer stating he ‘’can’t wait to share with his fans what he’s been working on’’. This first release, as well as his one billion Spotify streams accolade for ‘In The Name of Love’, sure set the tone for 2021 which is just getting started for him.

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