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In conversation with Nina Kraviz

Music We had a delight interviewing one of our favorite artists Nina Kraviz for our new issue "Dream" as well as working with her on a cover story that is now available on Boutiquemags.com and in stores.         HOW DOES YOUR RESEARCH PROCESS WORK WHEN PREPPING A NEW SET TO PLAY AT A GIG OR A FESTIVAL? DO YOU LIKE TO INCLUDE A LOT OF NEW UNKNOWN TALENTS AS WELL AND THEIR MUSIC, IF SO WHERE DO YOU FIND THEIR TRACKS?   I LOVE PLAYING UNRELEASED MUSIC AND HAVING A LABEL HELPS WITH THAT A LOT. I LOVE CREATING UNIQUE SONICSCAPE RELATED TO A CERTAIN MOMENT OF TIME AND THE IDEA THAT FEW PEOPLE HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE MAKES THIS PROCESS VERY EXCITING. NEVERTHELESS THERE ARE A FEW MORE ESSENTIAL THINGS FOR A DJ OUT THERE. THE CONTEXT IN WHICH YOU PUT CERTAIN MUSIC, THE ATMOSPHERE YOU CREATE WITH IT AND THE INTENSION YOU PUT BEHIND IT. IN THAT SENSE IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YEAR THE MUSIC WAS RELEASED OR IF IT HASN’T BEEN RELEASED YET. SOMETIMES I'D SNEAK SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNRELATED IN MY DJ SET TO SEE HOW DIFFERENT GENRES WORK IN A NEW CONTEXT. ITS NOT ALWAYS WORKING BUT WHEN IT DOES - UHHH! THAT FEELS SO GOOD! ITS ADDICTIVE! FOLLOWING THAT IDEA EVEN THE MOST CHEESY TRACK PUT IN THE RIGHT CONTEXT CAN SOUND COOL AND THE MOST AMAZING TRACK CAN SOUND QUITE FLAT. I ALSO HAVE A VERY GOOD EVER EMERGING COLLECTION OF VINYL WHICH IS A GOOD SOURCE OF INSPIRATION IN FINDING A “THEME” FOR A SET. BUT LITTERALLY EVERYTHING CAN BE A THEME FOR A SET. EVEN A FAMOUS POP SONG THAT YOU HEARD ON A RADIO.     HOW DO YOU THINK COVID-19 WILL AFFECT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BOTH LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM? HOW DO YOU SEE THE IMPACT OF CORONA CRISIS ON THE GENERAL PERCEPTION OF MUSIC?   THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WILL DEFINITELY CHANGE. TO THE BETTER OR TO THE WORST -WE'LL SEE.     HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR QUARANTINE TIME AND WERE YOU STILL ABLE TO CREATE WHILE BEING QUARANTINED?   IN THE BEGINNING I FELT CONFUSED. THE WHOLE SITUATION REMINDED ME OF A FEW DYSTOPIAN NOVELS I USED TO READ. BUT JUST OF A SUDDEN THE WEIRDNESS BECAME A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION. I FINISHED A COUPLE OF REMIXES, ESTABLISHED “HOT STEEL”-NEW PROJECT ON MY LABEL WHERE I PLAY AND RELEASE MUSIC FROM MOSTLY UNKNOWN ARTISTS, AND STARTED WORKING ON MY ALBUM. SUDDENLY I FOUND MYSELF APPRECIATING THE TIME THAT I WAS GIVEN AS A CHANCE TO DO CREATIVE THINGS. I WORKED ON MUSIC ALMOST EVERY DAY WRITING NEW SONGS AND PRODUCING NEW BEATS. I STARTED TAKING VOCAL AND PIANO CLASSES.     TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT IS NOT ON YOUR RESUME.   I HAVE BEEN CRAZY ABOUT BULLTERRIERS LATELY.     WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TELL WITH YOUR MUSIC, AND WHAT THEMES ARE YOU EXPLORING WITH YOUR MUSIC?   MUSIC IS MY FAVORITE MEDIUM TO TRANSLATE FEELINGS. WHEN I COMPOSE SONGS THE CHOICE OF MELODIES AND WORDS IS ALMOST UNCONSCIOUS. SOMETIMES IT TAKES TIME FOR MYSELF TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS THAT I WAS SCREAMING IN THE MICROPHONE LAST NIGHT. WHEN IT COMES TO MIXING RECORDS AS A DJ ITS ALSO THE WAY YOU THINK THAT IS SUDDENLY AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE TO WITNESS. YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RHYTHM AND SONIC TEXTURES, YOUR CHOICE OF SONGS AND THE WAY YOU MIX IT TOGETHER CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT THAT.     WHAT IS YOUR STORY AND HOW DOES IT REFLECT IN YOUR WORK? WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU AND WHAT MADE YOU START MAKING MUSIC IN THE FIRST PLACE?   I THINK THE LISTENER CAN ANSWER THIS QUESTION BETTER AS THERE ARE AS MANY STORIES AS THERE ARE LISTENERS. EVERY LISTENER ADDS SOMETHING OF THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE TO IT SO THE STORY IS EVERDEVELOPING. MUSIC IS A PART OF MY LIFE AND, HAS ALWAYS BEEN SINCE I REMEMBER MYSELF, AND THE MOMENT WHEN I MADE MY FIRST SONG FELT AS A NATURAL PROGRESSION OF THAT.     WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN STORE FOR US NEXT? WORKING ON ANYTHING EXCITING TO COME?    I WROTE MUSIC FOR COMPUTER GAME “CYBERPUNK 2077”. I WILL ALSO HAVE MY CHARACTER IN THE GAME THAT IS GOING TO BE LAUNCHED IN DECEMBER 10TH. I WILL PLAY A LITTLE PRE-LAUNCH SET IN A FORM OF A STREAM WHERE THAT MUSIC FROM THE GAME WILL BE PREMIERED. I MAY ALSO DROP MY NEW SINGLE EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE SONG IS CALLED “SKYSCRAPERS” AND HOPEFULLY RELEASE MY  ALBUM.     I HAVE SEEN YOU WERE PERFORMING A LOT EVEN DURING COVID-19. HOW IS IT LIKE PERFORMING DURING THESE CRAZY TIMES?   I WOULDN’T SAY I PERFORMED A LOT. IN FACT I ONLY DID ONE WEEKEND OF SHOWS. IN GREECE AND ITALY IN AUGUST. I HAVE TO SAY I WAS SO HAPPY TO PERFORM FOR THE PEOPLE AGAIN. THE GREEK SHOW WAS A BIT UNUSUAL AS IT WAS A SOCIAL DISTANCED EVENT WITH GUESTS ALOCATED TO THEIR TABLES BUT THE ITALIAN SHOWS SEEMED ALMOST NORMAL JUST WITH A  REDUCED CAPACITY. I WAS LUCKY TO PLAY AS THAT TIME THE NUMBERS IN ITALY WERE VERY LOW AND MOST OF THE CLUBS WERE OPEN SINCE JUNE. IT WAS HARD TO ENTER EUROPE BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WHERE I SPENT THE ENTIRE QUARANTINE HAD ITS BORDERS CLOSED TILL AUGUST. TO BE TRAVELING AND PLAYING FOR REAL  PEOPLE AGAIN, SEEING MY FRIENDS AND SPENDING SOME TIME WITH THEM IN GREECE AND ITALY MADE IT SUCH A SPECIAL AND SO MUCH APPRECIATED EXPERIENCE. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST HOLIDAYS I HAVE EVER HAD. I ALSO PLAYED IN ST.PETERSBURG AT A LOCAL 3 DAY FESTIVAL CALLED "PRESENT PERFECT" WHERE I HAD A STAGE FOR MY LABEL TRIP AND ALL RUSSIAN MEMBERS OF THE LABEL PERFORMED THERE. IT WAS AGAIN A VERY EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE AND FELT LIKE A FAMILY GATHERING.     DESCRIBE THE FEELING YOU FEEL WHEN PERFORMING IN FRONT OF A BIG AUDIENCE.   ITS AS EXCITING AS ITS SCARY. YOU ALMOST WANT OT RUN AWAY BUT ITS TOO LATE- YOU ARE ALREADY THERE AND YOU BETTER ROCK THE SH..T OUT OF IT :)     YOU ARE IN MY OPINION AND OPINION OF MANY OTHERS, THE QUEEN OF TECHNO. HOW IS IT LIKE WORKING IN MOSTLY MALE DOMINATED INDUSTRY, HAS THAT EVER BEEN A CHALLENGE FOR YOU?   IT’S A LOT EASIER FOR A WOMAN NOW. I REMEMBER ONE TIME WHERE I WAS LITERALLY THROWN OUT OF THE DJ BOOTH IN FRONT OF MY AUDIENCE. MALE COLLEAGUES HAVE CALLEM ME ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN THE PRESS. AND THAT WAS LIKED AND ACCEPTED BY MUSIC JOURNALISTS . LATER THE PERSON CONCEARNED WOULD BE BE PRAISED AND CALLED LEGEND FOR DOING SO. ALL OF THAT SUDDENLY CHANGED WITHT HE RISE OF ANTI-SEXISTS MOVEMENTS. ALTHOUGH I HAVE TO SAY THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. AND NOT ONLY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.     HOW DO YOU COPE WITH TRAVELING ALL THE TIME (IN NORMAL TIMES) AND WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TO STAY IN GOOD MENTAL SHAPE?   JUST LOVE MY PROFESSION SO MUCH THAT I ACCEPT EVERYTHING THAT COMES TOGETHER WITH IT. AND YES IT DOESNT ALWAYS MEAN GOOD MENTAL SHAPE.      DID YOU DREAM OF BEING AN ARTISTS AND PERFORMER AS A CHILD, OR DID THAT JUST HAPPEN SPONTANEOUSLY?   WHEN I WAS A CHILD I DREAMT TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DANCER. INSTEAD I BECAME A DENTIST BECAUSE IT FELT LIKE A MORE REALISTIC PLAN. FOR MY PARENTS:) I REMEMBER MY SINGING SINCE THE TIME I REMEMBER MYSELF. I USED TO TELL MY PARENTS THAT I WAS SICK NOT TO GO TO SCHOOL SO I COULD STAY HOME AND SING “IMMIGRANT SONG” BY LED ZEPPELIN.     WHAT TRACK DO YOU KEEP RE-LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT AND WHY?   I KEEP RE-LISTENING TO THIS HUNDRED AND FIRST VERSION OF MY NEW SONG “SKYSCRAPERS” DECIDING IF THE NEWLY ADDED JUPITER PAD SOUNDS JUST FINE OR IS IT ACTUALLY TOO LOUD AND OVERSHADOWING THE VOCALS AND ALL OTHER SYNTHS IN THE BACKGROUND?     I WATCHED YOU LIVE ALSO AT THE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL AWAKENINGS EARLIER THIS SUMMER. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU OF PERFORMING VIRTUALLY?   IT HAS BEEN AN EXCITING EXPERIENCE. NEVERTHELESS I'VE LEARNT THAT I LOVE FACE-TO-FACE PERFORMING FOR MY BELOVED AUDIENCE MORE!     WHAT IS YOUR ADVISE FOR YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE INSPIRED BY YOU AND WANT TO BECOME DJ’S AND ARTISTS AS WELL?   WATCH THE ARTIST YOU LOVE AND ADMIRE, THEN UNSEE WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN AND DO IT YOUR OWN WAY.     CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LABEL TRIP. WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED NEXT?   TRIP IS MY FAVORITE THING REALLY. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. EVERY SINGLE ARTIST AND EVERY SINGLE RECORD. I HAVE BEEN RUNNING IT SINCE 2014 AND SOME OF THE RELEASES INCLUDE MUSIC THAT ARE CONSIDERED TO BE CLASSICS TODAY. SO NEXT YEAR I WILL REPRESS MOST OF THE CATALOG FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE REPRESSES WILL NOT LOOK THE SAME TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL FIRST PRESS COPIES SPECIAL. THE NEW RELEASE IS COMING SOON AND IT WILL ACTUALLY BE A DUTCH ARTIST: DENIRO.   ON TOP OF THIS THE SECOND EDITION OF “HOT STEEL “ DIGITAL ONLY COMPILATION IS ABOUT TO BE OUT. I HAVE SELECTED MY FAVORITES FROM HUNDREDS OF TRACKS THAT PEOPLE SENT ME AND THOSE THAT I MANAGED TO LISTEN AND I LIKE A LOT. ITS NOT STRAIGHT IN YOUR FACE HITS RATHER COOL.   ELECTRONICA. YET THERE IS ONE TRACK IN THERE THAT MANY DUTCH PEOPLE MIGHT KNOW. ITS A TECHNO REMAKE OF A VERY FAMOUS HIP HOP SONG ‘WATSGEBURT” MADE BY DUTCH TECHNO ARTIST DISSOLVER.     A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME YOU RE WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM WHERE YOU WILL BE USING YOUR VOICE AND SOME POP AMONG OTHER THINGS. CAN YOU TELL OUR READERS MORE ABOUT IT, IT SOUNDS VERY EXCITING.   AS I SAID BEFORE I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON NEW MUSIC SINCE A WHILE NOW. I RECORDED QUIET A LOT AND ITS MOSTLY SONGS. UNLIKE MY FIRST ALBUM WHICH WAS RECORDED IN RELATIVELY SHORT TIME AND WAS VERY INTUITIVE AND MINIMALIST IN TERMS OF PRODUCTION. THIS TIME ON TOP OF COMPOSING AND PRODUCTION ITSELF I HAVE BEEN DEDICATING MUCH MORE TIME TO ARRANGEMENT SIDE, EXPLORING HARMONICAL SIDE MORE AND PAYING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO MY PERFORMANCE AS A VOCALIST. LIKE WITH THE FIRST ALBUM I AM STILL ONE- WOMAN ORCHESTRA, DOING EVERYTHING ON MY OWN -FROM COMPOSING, ARRANGING, PRODUCING  TO SINGING AND SONG -WRITING.      EDITORIAL TEAM CREDITS: TALENT: NINA KRAVIZ PHOTOGRAPHER: BYRON SPENCER & ELINE HOYOIS STYLIST: DIONE OCCHIPINTI CASTING / EIC: TIMOTEJ LETONJA HAIR AND MAKE-UP: JONATHAN SANCHEZ AT KASTEEL MANAGEMENT USING MAC Cosmetics and Bumble & Bumble LOCATION: HOXTON HOTEL PARIS STYLING ASSISTANTS: SARA ROSITA & FLAVIA RAUEN SPECIAL THANKS TO ALBA MELENDO & PASCAL LOPERENA We had a delight interviewing one of our favorite artists Nina Kraviz for our new issue "Dream" as well as working with her on a cover story that is now available on Boutiquemags.com and in stores.         HOW DOES YOUR RESEARCH PROCESS WORK WHEN PREPPING A NEW SET TO PLAY AT A GIG OR A FESTIVAL? DO YOU LIKE TO INCLUDE A LOT OF NEW UNKNOWN TALENTS AS WELL AND THEIR MUSIC, IF SO WHERE DO YOU FIND THEIR TRACKS?   I LOVE PLAYING UNRELEASED MUSIC AND HAVING A LABEL HELPS WITH THAT A LOT. I LOVE CREATING UNIQUE SONICSCAPE RELATED TO A CERTAIN MOMENT OF TIME AND THE IDEA THAT FEW PEOPLE HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE MAKES THIS PROCESS VERY EXCITING. NEVERTHELESS THERE ARE A FEW MORE ESSENTIAL THINGS FOR A DJ OUT THERE. THE CONTEXT IN WHICH YOU PUT CERTAIN MUSIC, THE ATMOSPHERE YOU CREATE WITH IT AND THE INTENSION YOU PUT BEHIND IT. IN THAT SENSE IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YEAR THE MUSIC WAS RELEASED OR IF IT HASN’T BEEN RELEASED YET. SOMETIMES I'D SNEAK SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNRELATED IN MY DJ SET TO SEE HOW DIFFERENT GENRES WORK IN A NEW CONTEXT. ITS NOT ALWAYS WORKING BUT WHEN IT DOES - UHHH! THAT FEELS SO GOOD! ITS ADDICTIVE! FOLLOWING THAT IDEA EVEN THE MOST CHEESY TRACK PUT IN THE RIGHT CONTEXT CAN SOUND COOL AND THE MOST AMAZING TRACK CAN SOUND QUITE FLAT. I ALSO HAVE A VERY GOOD EVER EMERGING COLLECTION OF VINYL WHICH IS A GOOD SOURCE OF INSPIRATION IN FINDING A “THEME” FOR A SET. BUT LITTERALLY EVERYTHING CAN BE A THEME FOR A SET. EVEN A FAMOUS POP SONG THAT YOU HEARD ON A RADIO.     HOW DO YOU THINK COVID-19 WILL AFFECT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BOTH LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM? HOW DO YOU SEE THE IMPACT OF CORONA CRISIS ON THE GENERAL PERCEPTION OF MUSIC?   THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WILL DEFINITELY CHANGE. TO THE BETTER OR TO THE WORST -WE'LL SEE.     HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR QUARANTINE TIME AND WERE YOU STILL ABLE TO CREATE WHILE BEING QUARANTINED?   IN THE BEGINNING I FELT CONFUSED. THE WHOLE SITUATION REMINDED ME OF A FEW DYSTOPIAN NOVELS I USED TO READ. BUT JUST OF A SUDDEN THE WEIRDNESS BECAME A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION. I FINISHED A COUPLE OF REMIXES, ESTABLISHED “HOT STEEL”-NEW PROJECT ON MY LABEL WHERE I PLAY AND RELEASE MUSIC FROM MOSTLY UNKNOWN ARTISTS, AND STARTED WORKING ON MY ALBUM. SUDDENLY I FOUND MYSELF APPRECIATING THE TIME THAT I WAS GIVEN AS A CHANCE TO DO CREATIVE THINGS. I WORKED ON MUSIC ALMOST EVERY DAY WRITING NEW SONGS AND PRODUCING NEW BEATS. I STARTED TAKING VOCAL AND PIANO CLASSES.     TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT IS NOT ON YOUR RESUME.   I HAVE BEEN CRAZY ABOUT BULLTERRIERS LATELY.     WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TELL WITH YOUR MUSIC, AND WHAT THEMES ARE YOU EXPLORING WITH YOUR MUSIC?   MUSIC IS MY FAVORITE MEDIUM TO TRANSLATE FEELINGS. WHEN I COMPOSE SONGS THE CHOICE OF MELODIES AND WORDS IS ALMOST UNCONSCIOUS. SOMETIMES IT TAKES TIME FOR MYSELF TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS THAT I WAS SCREAMING IN THE MICROPHONE LAST NIGHT. WHEN IT COMES TO MIXING RECORDS AS A DJ ITS ALSO THE WAY YOU THINK THAT IS SUDDENLY AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE TO WITNESS. YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RHYTHM AND SONIC TEXTURES, YOUR CHOICE OF SONGS AND THE WAY YOU MIX IT TOGETHER CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT THAT.     WHAT IS YOUR STORY AND HOW DOES IT REFLECT IN YOUR WORK? WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU AND WHAT MADE YOU START MAKING MUSIC IN THE FIRST PLACE?   I THINK THE LISTENER CAN ANSWER THIS QUESTION BETTER AS THERE ARE AS MANY STORIES AS THERE ARE LISTENERS. EVERY LISTENER ADDS SOMETHING OF THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE TO IT SO THE STORY IS EVERDEVELOPING. MUSIC IS A PART OF MY LIFE AND, HAS ALWAYS BEEN SINCE I REMEMBER MYSELF, AND THE MOMENT WHEN I MADE MY FIRST SONG FELT AS A NATURAL PROGRESSION OF THAT.     WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN STORE FOR US NEXT? WORKING ON ANYTHING EXCITING TO COME?    I WROTE MUSIC FOR COMPUTER GAME “CYBERPUNK 2077”. I WILL ALSO HAVE MY CHARACTER IN THE GAME THAT IS GOING TO BE LAUNCHED IN DECEMBER 10TH. I WILL PLAY A LITTLE PRE-LAUNCH SET IN A FORM OF A STREAM WHERE THAT MUSIC FROM THE GAME WILL BE PREMIERED. I MAY ALSO DROP MY NEW SINGLE EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE SONG IS CALLED “SKYSCRAPERS” AND HOPEFULLY RELEASE MY  ALBUM.     I HAVE SEEN YOU WERE PERFORMING A LOT EVEN DURING COVID-19. HOW IS IT LIKE PERFORMING DURING THESE CRAZY TIMES?   I WOULDN’T SAY I PERFORMED A LOT. IN FACT I ONLY DID ONE WEEKEND OF SHOWS. IN GREECE AND ITALY IN AUGUST. I HAVE TO SAY I WAS SO HAPPY TO PERFORM FOR THE PEOPLE AGAIN. THE GREEK SHOW WAS A BIT UNUSUAL AS IT WAS A SOCIAL DISTANCED EVENT WITH GUESTS ALOCATED TO THEIR TABLES BUT THE ITALIAN SHOWS SEEMED ALMOST NORMAL JUST WITH A  REDUCED CAPACITY. I WAS LUCKY TO PLAY AS THAT TIME THE NUMBERS IN ITALY WERE VERY LOW AND MOST OF THE CLUBS WERE OPEN SINCE JUNE. IT WAS HARD TO ENTER EUROPE BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WHERE I SPENT THE ENTIRE QUARANTINE HAD ITS BORDERS CLOSED TILL AUGUST. TO BE TRAVELING AND PLAYING FOR REAL  PEOPLE AGAIN, SEEING MY FRIENDS AND SPENDING SOME TIME WITH THEM IN GREECE AND ITALY MADE IT SUCH A SPECIAL AND SO MUCH APPRECIATED EXPERIENCE. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST HOLIDAYS I HAVE EVER HAD. I ALSO PLAYED IN ST.PETERSBURG AT A LOCAL 3 DAY FESTIVAL CALLED "PRESENT PERFECT" WHERE I HAD A STAGE FOR MY LABEL TRIP AND ALL RUSSIAN MEMBERS OF THE LABEL PERFORMED THERE. IT WAS AGAIN A VERY EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE AND FELT LIKE A FAMILY GATHERING.     DESCRIBE THE FEELING YOU FEEL WHEN PERFORMING IN FRONT OF A BIG AUDIENCE.   ITS AS EXCITING AS ITS SCARY. YOU ALMOST WANT OT RUN AWAY BUT ITS TOO LATE- YOU ARE ALREADY THERE AND YOU BETTER ROCK THE SH..T OUT OF IT :)     YOU ARE IN MY OPINION AND OPINION OF MANY OTHERS, THE QUEEN OF TECHNO. HOW IS IT LIKE WORKING IN MOSTLY MALE DOMINATED INDUSTRY, HAS THAT EVER BEEN A CHALLENGE FOR YOU?   IT’S A LOT EASIER FOR A WOMAN NOW. I REMEMBER ONE TIME WHERE I WAS LITERALLY THROWN OUT OF THE DJ BOOTH IN FRONT OF MY AUDIENCE. MALE COLLEAGUES HAVE CALLEM ME ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN THE PRESS. AND THAT WAS LIKED AND ACCEPTED BY MUSIC JOURNALISTS . LATER THE PERSON CONCEARNED WOULD BE BE PRAISED AND CALLED LEGEND FOR DOING SO. ALL OF THAT SUDDENLY CHANGED WITHT HE RISE OF ANTI-SEXISTS MOVEMENTS. ALTHOUGH I HAVE TO SAY THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. AND NOT ONLY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.     HOW DO YOU COPE WITH TRAVELING ALL THE TIME (IN NORMAL TIMES) AND WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TO STAY IN GOOD MENTAL SHAPE?   JUST LOVE MY PROFESSION SO MUCH THAT I ACCEPT EVERYTHING THAT COMES TOGETHER WITH IT. AND YES IT DOESNT ALWAYS MEAN GOOD MENTAL SHAPE.      DID YOU DREAM OF BEING AN ARTISTS AND PERFORMER AS A CHILD, OR DID THAT JUST HAPPEN SPONTANEOUSLY?   WHEN I WAS A CHILD I DREAMT TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DANCER. INSTEAD I BECAME A DENTIST BECAUSE IT FELT LIKE A MORE REALISTIC PLAN. FOR MY PARENTS:) I REMEMBER MY SINGING SINCE THE TIME I REMEMBER MYSELF. I USED TO TELL MY PARENTS THAT I WAS SICK NOT TO GO TO SCHOOL SO I COULD STAY HOME AND SING “IMMIGRANT SONG” BY LED ZEPPELIN.     WHAT TRACK DO YOU KEEP RE-LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT AND WHY?   I KEEP RE-LISTENING TO THIS HUNDRED AND FIRST VERSION OF MY NEW SONG “SKYSCRAPERS” DECIDING IF THE NEWLY ADDED JUPITER PAD SOUNDS JUST FINE OR IS IT ACTUALLY TOO LOUD AND OVERSHADOWING THE VOCALS AND ALL OTHER SYNTHS IN THE BACKGROUND?     I WATCHED YOU LIVE ALSO AT THE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL AWAKENINGS EARLIER THIS SUMMER. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU OF PERFORMING VIRTUALLY?   IT HAS BEEN AN EXCITING EXPERIENCE. NEVERTHELESS I'VE LEARNT THAT I LOVE FACE-TO-FACE PERFORMING FOR MY BELOVED AUDIENCE MORE!     WHAT IS YOUR ADVISE FOR YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE INSPIRED BY YOU AND WANT TO BECOME DJ’S AND ARTISTS AS WELL?   WATCH THE ARTIST YOU LOVE AND ADMIRE, THEN UNSEE WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN AND DO IT YOUR OWN WAY.     CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LABEL TRIP. WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED NEXT?   TRIP IS MY FAVORITE THING REALLY. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. EVERY SINGLE ARTIST AND EVERY SINGLE RECORD. I HAVE BEEN RUNNING IT SINCE 2014 AND SOME OF THE RELEASES INCLUDE MUSIC THAT ARE CONSIDERED TO BE CLASSICS TODAY. SO NEXT YEAR I WILL REPRESS MOST OF THE CATALOG FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE REPRESSES WILL NOT LOOK THE SAME TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL FIRST PRESS COPIES SPECIAL. THE NEW RELEASE IS COMING SOON AND IT WILL ACTUALLY BE A DUTCH ARTIST: DENIRO.   ON TOP OF THIS THE SECOND EDITION OF “HOT STEEL “ DIGITAL ONLY COMPILATION IS ABOUT TO BE OUT. I HAVE SELECTED MY FAVORITES FROM HUNDREDS OF TRACKS THAT PEOPLE SENT ME AND THOSE THAT I MANAGED TO LISTEN AND I LIKE A LOT. ITS NOT STRAIGHT IN YOUR FACE HITS RATHER COOL.   ELECTRONICA. YET THERE IS ONE TRACK IN THERE THAT MANY DUTCH PEOPLE MIGHT KNOW. ITS A TECHNO REMAKE OF A VERY FAMOUS HIP HOP SONG ‘WATSGEBURT” MADE BY DUTCH TECHNO ARTIST DISSOLVER.     A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME YOU RE WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM WHERE YOU WILL BE USING YOUR VOICE AND SOME POP AMONG OTHER THINGS. CAN YOU TELL OUR READERS MORE ABOUT IT, IT SOUNDS VERY EXCITING.   AS I SAID BEFORE I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON NEW MUSIC SINCE A WHILE NOW. I RECORDED QUIET A LOT AND ITS MOSTLY SONGS. UNLIKE MY FIRST ALBUM WHICH WAS RECORDED IN RELATIVELY SHORT TIME AND WAS VERY INTUITIVE AND MINIMALIST IN TERMS OF PRODUCTION. THIS TIME ON TOP OF COMPOSING AND PRODUCTION ITSELF I HAVE BEEN DEDICATING MUCH MORE TIME TO ARRANGEMENT SIDE, EXPLORING HARMONICAL SIDE MORE AND PAYING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO MY PERFORMANCE AS A VOCALIST. LIKE WITH THE FIRST ALBUM I AM STILL ONE- WOMAN ORCHESTRA, DOING EVERYTHING ON MY OWN -FROM COMPOSING, ARRANGING, PRODUCING  TO SINGING AND SONG -WRITING.      EDITORIAL TEAM CREDITS: TALENT: NINA KRAVIZ PHOTOGRAPHER: BYRON SPENCER & ELINE HOYOIS STYLIST: DIONE OCCHIPINTI CASTING / EIC: TIMOTEJ LETONJA HAIR AND MAKE-UP: JONATHAN SANCHEZ AT KASTEEL MANAGEMENT USING MAC Cosmetics and Bumble & Bumble LOCATION: HOXTON HOTEL PARIS STYLING ASSISTANTS: SARA ROSITA & FLAVIA RAUEN SPECIAL THANKS TO ALBA MELENDO & PASCAL LOPERENA

YOOX stars Mahmood for the first episode of Holiday Beats
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YOOX stars Mahmood for the first episode of Holiday Beats

Fashion This holiday season, YOOX brings together three stars within the creative world for its first-ever Holiday Beats. Not a conventional music show, a one-of-a-kind happening featuring singers Mahmoodand Stefflon Donand & visual artist Nico Vascellari. YOOX will debut Holiday Beats on December 3rd at 5pm CET with its pilot episode featuring Italian singer and songwriter Mahmood, the first of three talents to partake in a digital conversation discussing their career, music, and society. Mahmood will also dive into this year’s hot topics such as inclusivity and diversity, as well as how the holidays are an important time for everyone to acknowledge and do their part."Anything that allows me to share myself beyond music becomes another way of expressing myself, even more if done for a charity."During the talk, Mahmood will unveil the limited-edition capsule created exclusively for YOOX. The collection features two drawings made by the singer during his childhood, silk-screened on white organic-cotton sweatshirts and long sleeve t-shirts."They are drawings made during kindergarten that I wanted to have printed for this capsule because I wanted to give something of myself, something that was meaningful and personal to me."Mahmood has decided to donate proceeds from the sale of the holiday capsule to Moige-Movimento Italiano Genitori (the Italian Parents Movement), an Italian charity committed to supporting the rights of children and their parents as they work with schools to fight bullying and cyberbullying. “Inclusivity is an extremely important value that is deeply rooted in my upbringing. I want to support MOIGE because it promotes initiatives to combat bullying and educates young people to face every day challenges.YOOX’s holiday gift guide, YOOX Gift Parade, will also feature exclusive merchandise co-curated by Mahmood. This holiday season, YOOX brings together three stars within the creative world for its first-ever Holiday Beats. Not a conventional music show, a one-of-a-kind happening featuring singers Mahmoodand Stefflon Donand & visual artist Nico Vascellari. YOOX will debut Holiday Beats on December 3rd at 5pm CET with its pilot episode featuring Italian singer and songwriter Mahmood, the first of three talents to partake in a digital conversation discussing their career, music, and society. Mahmood will also dive into this year’s hot topics such as inclusivity and diversity, as well as how the holidays are an important time for everyone to acknowledge and do their part."Anything that allows me to share myself beyond music becomes another way of expressing myself, even more if done for a charity."During the talk, Mahmood will unveil the limited-edition capsule created exclusively for YOOX. The collection features two drawings made by the singer during his childhood, silk-screened on white organic-cotton sweatshirts and long sleeve t-shirts."They are drawings made during kindergarten that I wanted to have printed for this capsule because I wanted to give something of myself, something that was meaningful and personal to me."Mahmood has decided to donate proceeds from the sale of the holiday capsule to Moige-Movimento Italiano Genitori (the Italian Parents Movement), an Italian charity committed to supporting the rights of children and their parents as they work with schools to fight bullying and cyberbullying. “Inclusivity is an extremely important value that is deeply rooted in my upbringing. I want to support MOIGE because it promotes initiatives to combat bullying and educates young people to face every day challenges.YOOX’s holiday gift guide, YOOX Gift Parade, will also feature exclusive merchandise co-curated by Mahmood.

In conversation with DON DIABLO
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In conversation with DON DIABLO

Music  We had a pleasure chatting and shooting an exclusive editorial in our new issue, with on of the best DJ'S and artists at the moment DON DIABLO.      How are you doing?   I am doing great actually. Considering the circumstances!      How are you experiencing being a DJ in a time where your options are limited?   I feel quite opposite actually, for me it feels like I now have limitless possibilities to explore all my other creative thoughts and ideas now that I am not doing 200+ shows in over 100 countries in one year. Sleeping less than two to three hours a night for a few years straight definitely messes with your mind and body on many different levels. I first decided to work on my mental and physical health. I also really wanted to explore other creative opportunities next to making music like writing a book, creating art and expanding my HEXAGON fashion brand. I also launched a new 80-ies influenced band called "Camp Kubrick" and rebuilt a church into a house from where I did the craziest livestreams in my bedroom, swimming pool and a special set in my toilet which actually made it into the 8 o'clock news (!). Before the pandemic I never really shared anything from my private life and lived quite a secluded life outside of my work, now we recorded an Mtv Cribs special in my house and I am doing a semi shirtless photoshoot for Numero, for me this period of my life is also about exploring things that normally scare me to death, about expanding my horizons. Throughout my life I have taught myself to see limitations as exciting opportunities.         You have probably been working on new music, when can we expect some new beats?   I am quite close to finally finishing off my new album, almost a year after the expected release date. We actually already did the album tour before the pandemic hit, testing out new music in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo and Milan. After the tour it felt like something was missing, I really wanted this album to be more personal than ever. For me it's not just about the beats, it's also about the story. A song has to mean something personal to me, it's my way to share some insight into my head both creatively as well as emotionally. In between my work on the album I did release a few bangers to keep the fans happy, besides making music for a Chinese video game and remixing acts like Dua Lipa and The Killers.       And what is next for the future? It is your main source of inspiration right?   Hahaha. Well, yes...my friends and fans often refer to me as "the future man" because I am very inspired by the concept of time, technology and futuristic art. Throughout my life I have lost a lot of important people who still had a whole life ahead of them. This not only fueled my urge to work as hard as I could to achieve my dreams, it also paved the way to think bigger and stop continuously doubting myself. What do I really have to lose?      You recently launched a sci-fi comic book series 'Hexagon', what was the main inspiration for that?   Initially I wrote the story of the comic book series as a concept for a very ambitious film project. When I met my current publisher in Los Angeles it felt more logical and achievable to start it off as a comic book series. The story is not only an epic sci-fi adventure but also a semi biographical story that revolves around the connection between a son and his dad. If I am being really honest it's also a way to bring back and capture memories of my own father who passed away a few years ago.       Did you have an influence for your career, did you get any help?   Musically I mostly got influenced by rock music while growing up. Unfortunately I grew up in the middle of nowhere so there were no friends around to start a band. Luckily I discovered the concept of making music with my computer at a very young age which then immediately became an obsession. I released my first record when I was fourteen and never looked back. Record labels never paid me proper royalties, radio stations never played my music and promoters never gave me a chance to show my skills so in the end I had to do it all myself. Started my own label, created my own sound and worked eighteen hours a day, seven days a week without the help of a management or agency. Things were pretty grim for many years, I worked non stop while seeing other new dj's and producers on the scene blowing up left and right. In the end I stuck to what I believed in and managed to climb my way to the top one step at a time. It was quite a journey to get where I am today but it also makes me appreciate every single moment I get to experience now even more.         Do you have a favourite track or music project?   It's hard to pick one favourite but I wrote a very special song for my father in LA this year, looking back on the last eight years of my life without him in my life. I also directed the music video for "Thousand Faces" myself, I tried to make it as personal as possible so it features my Mom and some of the places that mean or meant a lot to me personally.       Is there an artist you still want to collaborate with?   I would love to create a song featuring the vocals of Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel and / or Childish Gambino. Creatively I have also always been inspired by George Lucas and the Star Wars universe that's why working together with Disney and LucasFilm on a Star Wars clothing line last year definitely was a collaboration highlight for me outside of my musical adventures.         Can you describe yourself in three words?    Sleep deprived perfectionist.      What makes you happy the most? Why?   When I hang out with my Mom. It takes me back to when I was a kid and makes me forget about all of my "grown up worries". I visit my Mom every week. She's a gem. I honestly never want to lose the kid inside of me. Children see the world in a different way. Without fear and prejudice.       Do you have any advice for upcoming dj's and producers? These are strange times, so any advice would work.    Make music because you LOVE making music. Play music because you LOVE playing music. I never started doing these things because I wanted to become rich or famous, I started doing these things because it gave me joy. It transported me into a world where I felt in control of my own happiness. Creativity is not a competition. The best things are created out of joy and spontaneity. Work hard and be patient. Life is not a sprint, it's a marathon, if you're lucky that is. Success will then follow as a bonus. Or not. At least you had a great time. At the end of the day we will all die and we will all be forgotten one day so we better enjoy life while it lasts, no reason to take things so seriously or even worse to focus on what others are doing around you. This has absolutely no relation to the happiness you have to create yourself inside your own head     What comes to mind when you heard the word “DREAM”? (as that is the theme of our issue)   Dreams are what gives us drive, a purpose. Dreams allow us to create a better place in our head, a place we can visit at any given time no matter how stormy it is outside. If you have a dream and you can hang on to that dream you are already a winner. In the end it doesn't really matter what happens in "out there" it matters what you feel inside your heart and how every now and then that translates into precious moments of happiness inside your own reality.      EDITORIAL TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Don Diablo @dondiablo  Casting and editor-in-chief: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Photography: Koers Von Cremer @koersvoncremer  Styling: Gino Gurrieri @ginogurrieri  Grooming: Carlos Saidel using @narsissist  Styling assistant: Emma Hersbach / interview by Leroy Aznam Location: Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam   You can see the full editorial and interview in our new issue, which you can now purchase on: https://www.boutiquemags.com  We had a pleasure chatting and shooting an exclusive editorial in our new issue, with on of the best DJ'S and artists at the moment DON DIABLO.      How are you doing?   I am doing great actually. Considering the circumstances!      How are you experiencing being a DJ in a time where your options are limited?   I feel quite opposite actually, for me it feels like I now have limitless possibilities to explore all my other creative thoughts and ideas now that I am not doing 200+ shows in over 100 countries in one year. Sleeping less than two to three hours a night for a few years straight definitely messes with your mind and body on many different levels. I first decided to work on my mental and physical health. I also really wanted to explore other creative opportunities next to making music like writing a book, creating art and expanding my HEXAGON fashion brand. I also launched a new 80-ies influenced band called "Camp Kubrick" and rebuilt a church into a house from where I did the craziest livestreams in my bedroom, swimming pool and a special set in my toilet which actually made it into the 8 o'clock news (!). Before the pandemic I never really shared anything from my private life and lived quite a secluded life outside of my work, now we recorded an Mtv Cribs special in my house and I am doing a semi shirtless photoshoot for Numero, for me this period of my life is also about exploring things that normally scare me to death, about expanding my horizons. Throughout my life I have taught myself to see limitations as exciting opportunities.         You have probably been working on new music, when can we expect some new beats?   I am quite close to finally finishing off my new album, almost a year after the expected release date. We actually already did the album tour before the pandemic hit, testing out new music in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo and Milan. After the tour it felt like something was missing, I really wanted this album to be more personal than ever. For me it's not just about the beats, it's also about the story. A song has to mean something personal to me, it's my way to share some insight into my head both creatively as well as emotionally. In between my work on the album I did release a few bangers to keep the fans happy, besides making music for a Chinese video game and remixing acts like Dua Lipa and The Killers.       And what is next for the future? It is your main source of inspiration right?   Hahaha. Well, yes...my friends and fans often refer to me as "the future man" because I am very inspired by the concept of time, technology and futuristic art. Throughout my life I have lost a lot of important people who still had a whole life ahead of them. This not only fueled my urge to work as hard as I could to achieve my dreams, it also paved the way to think bigger and stop continuously doubting myself. What do I really have to lose?      You recently launched a sci-fi comic book series 'Hexagon', what was the main inspiration for that?   Initially I wrote the story of the comic book series as a concept for a very ambitious film project. When I met my current publisher in Los Angeles it felt more logical and achievable to start it off as a comic book series. The story is not only an epic sci-fi adventure but also a semi biographical story that revolves around the connection between a son and his dad. If I am being really honest it's also a way to bring back and capture memories of my own father who passed away a few years ago.       Did you have an influence for your career, did you get any help?   Musically I mostly got influenced by rock music while growing up. Unfortunately I grew up in the middle of nowhere so there were no friends around to start a band. Luckily I discovered the concept of making music with my computer at a very young age which then immediately became an obsession. I released my first record when I was fourteen and never looked back. Record labels never paid me proper royalties, radio stations never played my music and promoters never gave me a chance to show my skills so in the end I had to do it all myself. Started my own label, created my own sound and worked eighteen hours a day, seven days a week without the help of a management or agency. Things were pretty grim for many years, I worked non stop while seeing other new dj's and producers on the scene blowing up left and right. In the end I stuck to what I believed in and managed to climb my way to the top one step at a time. It was quite a journey to get where I am today but it also makes me appreciate every single moment I get to experience now even more.         Do you have a favourite track or music project?   It's hard to pick one favourite but I wrote a very special song for my father in LA this year, looking back on the last eight years of my life without him in my life. I also directed the music video for "Thousand Faces" myself, I tried to make it as personal as possible so it features my Mom and some of the places that mean or meant a lot to me personally.       Is there an artist you still want to collaborate with?   I would love to create a song featuring the vocals of Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel and / or Childish Gambino. Creatively I have also always been inspired by George Lucas and the Star Wars universe that's why working together with Disney and LucasFilm on a Star Wars clothing line last year definitely was a collaboration highlight for me outside of my musical adventures.         Can you describe yourself in three words?    Sleep deprived perfectionist.      What makes you happy the most? Why?   When I hang out with my Mom. It takes me back to when I was a kid and makes me forget about all of my "grown up worries". I visit my Mom every week. She's a gem. I honestly never want to lose the kid inside of me. Children see the world in a different way. Without fear and prejudice.       Do you have any advice for upcoming dj's and producers? These are strange times, so any advice would work.    Make music because you LOVE making music. Play music because you LOVE playing music. I never started doing these things because I wanted to become rich or famous, I started doing these things because it gave me joy. It transported me into a world where I felt in control of my own happiness. Creativity is not a competition. The best things are created out of joy and spontaneity. Work hard and be patient. Life is not a sprint, it's a marathon, if you're lucky that is. Success will then follow as a bonus. Or not. At least you had a great time. At the end of the day we will all die and we will all be forgotten one day so we better enjoy life while it lasts, no reason to take things so seriously or even worse to focus on what others are doing around you. This has absolutely no relation to the happiness you have to create yourself inside your own head     What comes to mind when you heard the word “DREAM”? (as that is the theme of our issue)   Dreams are what gives us drive, a purpose. Dreams allow us to create a better place in our head, a place we can visit at any given time no matter how stormy it is outside. If you have a dream and you can hang on to that dream you are already a winner. In the end it doesn't really matter what happens in "out there" it matters what you feel inside your heart and how every now and then that translates into precious moments of happiness inside your own reality.      EDITORIAL TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Don Diablo @dondiablo  Casting and editor-in-chief: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Photography: Koers Von Cremer @koersvoncremer  Styling: Gino Gurrieri @ginogurrieri  Grooming: Carlos Saidel using @narsissist  Styling assistant: Emma Hersbach / interview by Leroy Aznam Location: Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam   You can see the full editorial and interview in our new issue, which you can now purchase on: https://www.boutiquemags.com

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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

In conversation with Anwar Hadid
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In conversation with Anwar Hadid

Men Who is Anwar Hadid? A model, musician and jewelry label founder. Since he started following in his sisters' footsteps in fashion, he was on the covers of magazines, was the face of Hugo Boss Menswear Hugo line, walked in New York Fashion Week and many more...      Anwar, together with Yoni Laham you launched your own jewelry label ”Martyre” in 2019. What is the story behind founding ”Martyre”?   We wanted to create a space where we could create and collaborate with friends, artists and organizations. We also wanted to find common ground in our beliefs.     Creating a brand isn't an easy task, let alone building its success. What have you learned about yourself through founding a business?   Running a business is a challenge in so many ways, but it is also a huge blessing. We have worked hard building our company, so we are able to focus a lot more on the creative this coming year onward.     What are your and Yoni's goals and plans for the brand in the future?   We are planning to continue to collaborate with artists, organizations and brands that we believe connect with our beliefs in whatever way we can all across the board and all across the world hopefully.     You are also starting your music career, right? How did that passion and idea come to fruition? Have you always wanted to do music of your own?   I made music when i was 14 - 15  with my friends in a little box studio on Cahuenga Blvd in LA, but I just didn't really know myself that well then. Me and some friends wrote raps and sang songs and would record them, but it was just something we did for fun, I never thought I would try and make projects of my own.     Tell us more about what can we expect from your music?    I'm not so sure, I'm finishing up a project now that will be out sometime next year.     A lot of musicians write their own songs. Are you one of those who are writing their own lyrics? If you do, what inspires your writing?   I write my lyrics for songs I make with friends. Sometimes it's personal stuff, sometimes it's conversations or stories about friends or love or life events. Anything could be a song in my opinion if it is a story that you want to remember.     For a young age, you've experienced quite a lot of different industries. Which one is the hardest and which one is the most fulfilling for you?   I honestly love fashion when I can creatively collaborate with brands and with my friends, like what we did with Numero! Thanks Arb and Kuj and Diego. And I think making music has been super fulfilling for my friends and I, it's just another way we all can represent more of our little piece of vibes for the world.     What is in your plans for the future besides music and your work on ”Martyre” after the world gets back into its tracks again?   I hope I just continue to follow my heart and creating with my friends honestly. I feel blessed and very happy.     PHOTO CREDITS: Talent: Anwar Hadid at IMG Models @anwarspc Photography: Diego Andrade @diegobenjaminandrade EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja Styling: Milton Dixon @miltonmania Fashion director: Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist Casting: Tasha Tongpreecha @tashatongpreecha  Market editor: Raziel Martinez @itsmerazzie  Make-up: Kuma using MAC Cosmetics Hair: Matt Benns using Bumble & Bumble Styling assistant: Share Koech  Fashion assistant: Celine Azena & Ellis Herz Special thanks to David Ralph  artwork and creative direction: Kuj & Arb @arben @malrborokuj  Who is Anwar Hadid? A model, musician and jewelry label founder. Since he started following in his sisters' footsteps in fashion, he was on the covers of magazines, was the face of Hugo Boss Menswear Hugo line, walked in New York Fashion Week and many more...      Anwar, together with Yoni Laham you launched your own jewelry label ”Martyre” in 2019. What is the story behind founding ”Martyre”?   We wanted to create a space where we could create and collaborate with friends, artists and organizations. We also wanted to find common ground in our beliefs.     Creating a brand isn't an easy task, let alone building its success. What have you learned about yourself through founding a business?   Running a business is a challenge in so many ways, but it is also a huge blessing. We have worked hard building our company, so we are able to focus a lot more on the creative this coming year onward.     What are your and Yoni's goals and plans for the brand in the future?   We are planning to continue to collaborate with artists, organizations and brands that we believe connect with our beliefs in whatever way we can all across the board and all across the world hopefully.     You are also starting your music career, right? How did that passion and idea come to fruition? Have you always wanted to do music of your own?   I made music when i was 14 - 15  with my friends in a little box studio on Cahuenga Blvd in LA, but I just didn't really know myself that well then. Me and some friends wrote raps and sang songs and would record them, but it was just something we did for fun, I never thought I would try and make projects of my own.     Tell us more about what can we expect from your music?    I'm not so sure, I'm finishing up a project now that will be out sometime next year.     A lot of musicians write their own songs. Are you one of those who are writing their own lyrics? If you do, what inspires your writing?   I write my lyrics for songs I make with friends. Sometimes it's personal stuff, sometimes it's conversations or stories about friends or love or life events. Anything could be a song in my opinion if it is a story that you want to remember.     For a young age, you've experienced quite a lot of different industries. Which one is the hardest and which one is the most fulfilling for you?   I honestly love fashion when I can creatively collaborate with brands and with my friends, like what we did with Numero! Thanks Arb and Kuj and Diego. And I think making music has been super fulfilling for my friends and I, it's just another way we all can represent more of our little piece of vibes for the world.     What is in your plans for the future besides music and your work on ”Martyre” after the world gets back into its tracks again?   I hope I just continue to follow my heart and creating with my friends honestly. I feel blessed and very happy.     PHOTO CREDITS: Talent: Anwar Hadid at IMG Models @anwarspc Photography: Diego Andrade @diegobenjaminandrade EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja Styling: Milton Dixon @miltonmania Fashion director: Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist Casting: Tasha Tongpreecha @tashatongpreecha  Market editor: Raziel Martinez @itsmerazzie  Make-up: Kuma using MAC Cosmetics Hair: Matt Benns using Bumble & Bumble Styling assistant: Share Koech  Fashion assistant: Celine Azena & Ellis Herz Special thanks to David Ralph  artwork and creative direction: Kuj & Arb @arben @malrborokuj 

DELILAH MONTAGU RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE US TODAY ON COLUMBIA RECORDS
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DELILAH MONTAGU RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE US TODAY ON COLUMBIA RECORDS

Music 22 yo London based artist Delilah Montagu today releases her brand new single Us, on Columbia Records.     Completely autobiographical, Us eloquently documents the rebuilding of the relationship with her now girlfriend. “If it can’t be us, I’d rather be alone”, sings Montagu on the new cut, which was written and recorded entirely remotely throughout lockdown alongside acclaimed producer Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak). The single continues to trace Delilah’s effortless ability to wear her heart on her sleeve, releasing music brimmed with passion and honesty.     Speaking about Us Delilah said, “Us is the most truthful song I’ve ever written about my relationship. It is scary being so honest and vulnerable about how I feel about another person, but I’m glad it is coming out through my music!”     Watch the official video for Us here.     Us follows the releases of Delilah’s debut single Version Of Me - a fearless autobiographical story of self discovery - and previous single Loud - an empowering anthem to inspire pride - , both of which garnered instant critical acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times Culture, i-D, The Independent, Wonderland, Numero, The Guardian and L’Officiel to name a few.      Watch the official video for Loud, directed by Margot Bowman, here. The official video for Version Of Me was directed by Florence Kosky. It was captured entirely remotely, and you can watch that here.     Delilah also recently shared a live guitar version of Loud, showcasing her talents not only as a singer-songwriter, but also her ability to create music in whatever form she feels fit. You can watch that here, plus the Shura remix of the single here.     Lauded by critics for her fearless lyricism and raw musicianship, Delilah is a true artist on the rise, filled with boundless integrity and prowess, poised to become your new favourite for 2021. 22 yo London based artist Delilah Montagu today releases her brand new single Us, on Columbia Records.     Completely autobiographical, Us eloquently documents the rebuilding of the relationship with her now girlfriend. “If it can’t be us, I’d rather be alone”, sings Montagu on the new cut, which was written and recorded entirely remotely throughout lockdown alongside acclaimed producer Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak). The single continues to trace Delilah’s effortless ability to wear her heart on her sleeve, releasing music brimmed with passion and honesty.     Speaking about Us Delilah said, “Us is the most truthful song I’ve ever written about my relationship. It is scary being so honest and vulnerable about how I feel about another person, but I’m glad it is coming out through my music!”     Watch the official video for Us here.     Us follows the releases of Delilah’s debut single Version Of Me - a fearless autobiographical story of self discovery - and previous single Loud - an empowering anthem to inspire pride - , both of which garnered instant critical acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times Culture, i-D, The Independent, Wonderland, Numero, The Guardian and L’Officiel to name a few.      Watch the official video for Loud, directed by Margot Bowman, here. The official video for Version Of Me was directed by Florence Kosky. It was captured entirely remotely, and you can watch that here.     Delilah also recently shared a live guitar version of Loud, showcasing her talents not only as a singer-songwriter, but also her ability to create music in whatever form she feels fit. You can watch that here, plus the Shura remix of the single here.     Lauded by critics for her fearless lyricism and raw musicianship, Delilah is a true artist on the rise, filled with boundless integrity and prowess, poised to become your new favourite for 2021.

In conversation with Everyone You Know
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In conversation with Everyone You Know

Music Ones-to-watch brother duo EVERYONE YOU KNOW (EYK) announce new single in the shape of uplifting new cut ‘LET A LITTLE LIGHT IN’, their second new release of 2020 which continues to tease another anticipated project from the band. Written at the heart of lockdown, the track continues to amplify EYK as an outfit who can unpick important and sensitive themes within their music; their frenetic fusion of punk, 90s rave and hip-hop fast becoming their signature sound.    Describe Everyone You Know in a paragraph for Numero NL readers - go!   We are just a couple of normal lads really. We are brothers who grew up on the outskirts of London and we love to make tunes.      Your lyrics and storytelling feels very real and raw. Do you feel your music is an amplification of your everyday surroundings, is that what inspires you creatively?   Yeah the lyrics are inspired by a load of different things to be honest. It could be an experience we have had ourselves or something that someone close to us have been through. It could even just be something that was said in a conversation with our friends or family. It doesn’t take much to trigger and idea for a tune.      The EYK sound across previous EP’s - and now current single ‘Let A Little Light In’ - experiments with all types of genres. How did you feel making the new track, even though it’s an uplifting listen did you find it challenging being creative during lockdown and given the current situation?    You know what we were actually really productive during lockdown and we made some of our best music to date in that period. We really threw ourselves into our music and (as we always do) experimented with a load of different sounds. But we felt it was important to be making more positive uplifting music during this time, to still try and find and write about the positive things that were going on around us.     Give us a bit of an insight into your creative process when making music - what happens first? Are there certain aspects that you each take on and have ownership over?    It happens differently every time to be honest. Recently we have been getting chords down on a piano or guitar and writing the whole track over that whilst building up production at the same time. But we could make the beat first or write the whole track on just guitar or piano before adding any production. We have never had a formula or method that we follow, we just go with whatever seems right on the day. And in yeah we definitely both have our roles in the studio. Harv handles the production side and I’m more on the lyrics and songwriting side of things. So it balances out perfectly.     Creative and visuals are an incredibly important part of any artists’ identity. Your music videos and live performances feel powerful and all hold a strong message. How involved are you in this process?   Yeah we like to be quite hands on in the early stages of our videos. We always have an initial idea of what we would like the video to look like and what sort of world we would want it to live in. And from there we let the professionals take over lol! It’s great when you can come up with a concept or an idea and watch directors really bring it to live in their own unique way. Our visuals on stage however are all down to some lads that are now good pals of us that are part of a company called ‘Pilot’. They came up with all our stage visuals and lighting etc themselves.      What were the seminal albums or artists growing up that you vividly remember, and do you believe that these have influenced and shaped you into the musicians you are today?   Music has been massive part of our lives since we were born. So there are albums that aren’t only integral to our music but to our childhoods and adolescents in general. Kano - Home Sweet Home was the first album that ever made me pick up a pen and make me write lyrics (albeit kano’s lyrics). Arctic Monkeys - Whatver People Say I Am That’s What I Am not was literally the soundtrack to mine and my pals secondary school years as well as Biggie Smalls - Ready To Die. Raekwom - Only Built For Cuban Links, Amy Winehouse - Back To Black, The Streets - Original Pirate Material,  Nas - Illmatic. The list goes on and on and on. But all of them play an equally important part in our lives and in our music for sure.     Who do you look up to at the moment - not necessarily huge or established artists - more your peers who are around you - who do you think is pushing boundaries?   For a while (especially during the first couple months of lockdown) I was just listening to a lot of old school Hip-Hop and wasn’t really paying to much attention to what was happening around us musically. But in the last couple of months there has been some wicked projects and tunes that have come out. Che Lingo is an artist I’m really enjoying, Kojey Radical, Arlo Parks. They are artists that have a really unique and genuine sound. So been listening to them 3 in particular.       What have you missed most this year so far?   I have really missed live shows. Both playing at them and going to them. There is a feeling that you get from live shows that you can’t really get anywhere else. I’ve also missed festivals and Football too. My football league started for 3 games but has had to stop again due to the second lockdown which is gutting. But yeah they are 3 things that I have particularly missed this year.     What do you want to achieve next year?    I hope next year we can achieve everything that we set out for this year. A couple of sold out UK tours, a few European dates and a U.S tour too.      What can we expect from the EYK sound for 2021, do you see yourselves channeling and moving more in one direction?   I think because we draw so much influence and inspiration from so many different things it’s hard to just head in one direction. For us it’s  just important to get music out that people enjoy and make them feel a certain way. We have a back catalogue of about 50 odd tunes and we make new music all the time, so for the next few months it’s just about making sure people have good music to listen to.  Ones-to-watch brother duo EVERYONE YOU KNOW (EYK) announce new single in the shape of uplifting new cut ‘LET A LITTLE LIGHT IN’, their second new release of 2020 which continues to tease another anticipated project from the band. Written at the heart of lockdown, the track continues to amplify EYK as an outfit who can unpick important and sensitive themes within their music; their frenetic fusion of punk, 90s rave and hip-hop fast becoming their signature sound.    Describe Everyone You Know in a paragraph for Numero NL readers - go!   We are just a couple of normal lads really. We are brothers who grew up on the outskirts of London and we love to make tunes.      Your lyrics and storytelling feels very real and raw. Do you feel your music is an amplification of your everyday surroundings, is that what inspires you creatively?   Yeah the lyrics are inspired by a load of different things to be honest. It could be an experience we have had ourselves or something that someone close to us have been through. It could even just be something that was said in a conversation with our friends or family. It doesn’t take much to trigger and idea for a tune.      The EYK sound across previous EP’s - and now current single ‘Let A Little Light In’ - experiments with all types of genres. How did you feel making the new track, even though it’s an uplifting listen did you find it challenging being creative during lockdown and given the current situation?    You know what we were actually really productive during lockdown and we made some of our best music to date in that period. We really threw ourselves into our music and (as we always do) experimented with a load of different sounds. But we felt it was important to be making more positive uplifting music during this time, to still try and find and write about the positive things that were going on around us.     Give us a bit of an insight into your creative process when making music - what happens first? Are there certain aspects that you each take on and have ownership over?    It happens differently every time to be honest. Recently we have been getting chords down on a piano or guitar and writing the whole track over that whilst building up production at the same time. But we could make the beat first or write the whole track on just guitar or piano before adding any production. We have never had a formula or method that we follow, we just go with whatever seems right on the day. And in yeah we definitely both have our roles in the studio. Harv handles the production side and I’m more on the lyrics and songwriting side of things. So it balances out perfectly.     Creative and visuals are an incredibly important part of any artists’ identity. Your music videos and live performances feel powerful and all hold a strong message. How involved are you in this process?   Yeah we like to be quite hands on in the early stages of our videos. We always have an initial idea of what we would like the video to look like and what sort of world we would want it to live in. And from there we let the professionals take over lol! It’s great when you can come up with a concept or an idea and watch directors really bring it to live in their own unique way. Our visuals on stage however are all down to some lads that are now good pals of us that are part of a company called ‘Pilot’. They came up with all our stage visuals and lighting etc themselves.      What were the seminal albums or artists growing up that you vividly remember, and do you believe that these have influenced and shaped you into the musicians you are today?   Music has been massive part of our lives since we were born. So there are albums that aren’t only integral to our music but to our childhoods and adolescents in general. Kano - Home Sweet Home was the first album that ever made me pick up a pen and make me write lyrics (albeit kano’s lyrics). Arctic Monkeys - Whatver People Say I Am That’s What I Am not was literally the soundtrack to mine and my pals secondary school years as well as Biggie Smalls - Ready To Die. Raekwom - Only Built For Cuban Links, Amy Winehouse - Back To Black, The Streets - Original Pirate Material,  Nas - Illmatic. The list goes on and on and on. But all of them play an equally important part in our lives and in our music for sure.     Who do you look up to at the moment - not necessarily huge or established artists - more your peers who are around you - who do you think is pushing boundaries?   For a while (especially during the first couple months of lockdown) I was just listening to a lot of old school Hip-Hop and wasn’t really paying to much attention to what was happening around us musically. But in the last couple of months there has been some wicked projects and tunes that have come out. Che Lingo is an artist I’m really enjoying, Kojey Radical, Arlo Parks. They are artists that have a really unique and genuine sound. So been listening to them 3 in particular.       What have you missed most this year so far?   I have really missed live shows. Both playing at them and going to them. There is a feeling that you get from live shows that you can’t really get anywhere else. I’ve also missed festivals and Football too. My football league started for 3 games but has had to stop again due to the second lockdown which is gutting. But yeah they are 3 things that I have particularly missed this year.     What do you want to achieve next year?    I hope next year we can achieve everything that we set out for this year. A couple of sold out UK tours, a few European dates and a U.S tour too.      What can we expect from the EYK sound for 2021, do you see yourselves channeling and moving more in one direction?   I think because we draw so much influence and inspiration from so many different things it’s hard to just head in one direction. For us it’s  just important to get music out that people enjoy and make them feel a certain way. We have a back catalogue of about 50 odd tunes and we make new music all the time, so for the next few months it’s just about making sure people have good music to listen to. 

HVNLY releases ‘Real One’
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HVNLY releases ‘Real One’

Music   HVNLY, also known as Heavenly Chances, is a Suriname-Dutch artist based out of the Netherlands. A soulfoul ‘punk pricess’ according to many peers around her. The way she translates emotions and experiences into her compositions is absolutely unique. HVNLY knows how to mirror her audience by telling stories from different perspectives, stories everyone could identify themselves with. She carries herself in an exquisite, very powerful manner.   On November 12th HVNLY will release her new song ‘Real One’ including a music video co-directed by herself released on the 15th. ‘Real One’ is all about self reflection: a safe space to be able to be real with yourself.   What do I want?   Who is making my life better rand who is keeping me back?   Who is real with me?   HVNLY takes her audience on a journey into her selfcare routine: dimmed lights, scented candles, a relaxed setting where you can escape the daily chaos. The music video shows a subtle bridge between two worlds, where HVNLY’s thoughts and needs merge into one. While the story unfolds, the viewers witness a dilemma and the strong energy between HVNLY and her lover. Is he the ‘real one’ for me?   ‘Real One’- produced and written by HVNLY – is the first single of her upcoming EP which will be released in 2021.     HVNLY, also known as Heavenly Chances, is a Suriname-Dutch artist based out of the Netherlands. A soulfoul ‘punk pricess’ according to many peers around her. The way she translates emotions and experiences into her compositions is absolutely unique. HVNLY knows how to mirror her audience by telling stories from different perspectives, stories everyone could identify themselves with. She carries herself in an exquisite, very powerful manner.   On November 12th HVNLY will release her new song ‘Real One’ including a music video co-directed by herself released on the 15th. ‘Real One’ is all about self reflection: a safe space to be able to be real with yourself.   What do I want?   Who is making my life better rand who is keeping me back?   Who is real with me?   HVNLY takes her audience on a journey into her selfcare routine: dimmed lights, scented candles, a relaxed setting where you can escape the daily chaos. The music video shows a subtle bridge between two worlds, where HVNLY’s thoughts and needs merge into one. While the story unfolds, the viewers witness a dilemma and the strong energy between HVNLY and her lover. Is he the ‘real one’ for me?   ‘Real One’- produced and written by HVNLY – is the first single of her upcoming EP which will be released in 2021.  

In conversation with Josie Man
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In conversation with Josie Man

Music We had a delight chatting with young new artist Josie Man.     Hi Josie, how are you? We’re loving your unique bedroom pop anthems. How would you define your sound for our readers?   Hi Numero! I’d describe my sound as uplifting and positive! I want my music to motivate people and make them feel happier - even if it’s for a moment!      When did you first start making music and who was your main inspiration? Was there one person who sparked your love for music?   I started writing songs when I was about 14 on my guitar but I only ever used to write short songs and I would leave them and then come back to them. I’d say my main inspiration was the things going on externally and music was my way of coping! Artists like Jhene Aiko inspire me because her music feels like pure magic to me.     How have you managed to stay creative this year? Are you someone who finds it easy to self-motivate or do you miss the structure of ’normal’ life?   I definitely miss the structure! I get easily distracted and start to over think when I’m left alone, which doesn’t help creatively.     Talk to us about your new single “Grow” - what is it about and how did it come about?   I wrote this song end of last year with my special and talented friends Josh Scarbrow and Hannah Yadi. We wrote this in my garden! Hannah and I were super emotional that day and we built the song off of tears. It’s about how the toughest times are really the biggest life changers and we grow from those moments.     You’ve put out alot of music in the past year. Are you someone who is constantly in the studio? Tell us a bit about your method of creation.   Before miss rona came around I wrote about 4 times a week in studios which didn’t leave me with alot of time to write alone but I really love writing with other people because I feel like they bring out the best in me. Lockdown has meant I am able to write alone more. When I’m writing, a melody usually comes first and a word will pop up and I'll write around that. Or sometimes I’ll come up with lyric ideas and add a melody to that - it’s whatever comes on the day!   We’ve noticed a thread of ’self-love’ running through your music - is it important to you to have lyrics with a message and purpose?   I’d say so! Music and words help release emotions in the body so I think it’s important that the lyrics match that.     You are very honest with your lyrics - how much of these are from personal experience (as opposed to observation) and is music a form of therapy for you?   All of my lyrics are based from personal experiences - I don’t think I’d be able to sing songs that I had no attachment too. Music is definitely therapy for me, it’s helped me throughout my whole life.     How has your Chinese heritage influenced your music and aesthetic? Have you been able to visit China recently?    I think I get inspiration from the culture and what I saw growing up! I was obsessed with bootleg clothing I’d see from markets in Hong Kong which later influenced my taste in clothes. I haven’t been able to visit recently unfortunately and it does upset me a lot.     You hail from Orpington in South London, Kent - how has it been living in that area for the past 20 years? Do you have any fellow Kent musical talents you could let us know about?   I am used to loads of green space so I don’t think I could ever live somewhere without a lot of nature - I feel like it’s in ingrained in my body! My lovely friend Mayson Lear is a fellow musician from Kent and you should GET TO KNOW.     What’s next for Josie Man? How do you plan to kick off the new year?   I have new music coming soon and hopefully some live things!! I also really want to direct my next music video...     Check out her brand  new single ‘GROW’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH4d_KIXlNU We had a delight chatting with young new artist Josie Man.     Hi Josie, how are you? We’re loving your unique bedroom pop anthems. How would you define your sound for our readers?   Hi Numero! I’d describe my sound as uplifting and positive! I want my music to motivate people and make them feel happier - even if it’s for a moment!      When did you first start making music and who was your main inspiration? Was there one person who sparked your love for music?   I started writing songs when I was about 14 on my guitar but I only ever used to write short songs and I would leave them and then come back to them. I’d say my main inspiration was the things going on externally and music was my way of coping! Artists like Jhene Aiko inspire me because her music feels like pure magic to me.     How have you managed to stay creative this year? Are you someone who finds it easy to self-motivate or do you miss the structure of ’normal’ life?   I definitely miss the structure! I get easily distracted and start to over think when I’m left alone, which doesn’t help creatively.     Talk to us about your new single “Grow” - what is it about and how did it come about?   I wrote this song end of last year with my special and talented friends Josh Scarbrow and Hannah Yadi. We wrote this in my garden! Hannah and I were super emotional that day and we built the song off of tears. It’s about how the toughest times are really the biggest life changers and we grow from those moments.     You’ve put out alot of music in the past year. Are you someone who is constantly in the studio? Tell us a bit about your method of creation.   Before miss rona came around I wrote about 4 times a week in studios which didn’t leave me with alot of time to write alone but I really love writing with other people because I feel like they bring out the best in me. Lockdown has meant I am able to write alone more. When I’m writing, a melody usually comes first and a word will pop up and I'll write around that. Or sometimes I’ll come up with lyric ideas and add a melody to that - it’s whatever comes on the day!   We’ve noticed a thread of ’self-love’ running through your music - is it important to you to have lyrics with a message and purpose?   I’d say so! Music and words help release emotions in the body so I think it’s important that the lyrics match that.     You are very honest with your lyrics - how much of these are from personal experience (as opposed to observation) and is music a form of therapy for you?   All of my lyrics are based from personal experiences - I don’t think I’d be able to sing songs that I had no attachment too. Music is definitely therapy for me, it’s helped me throughout my whole life.     How has your Chinese heritage influenced your music and aesthetic? Have you been able to visit China recently?    I think I get inspiration from the culture and what I saw growing up! I was obsessed with bootleg clothing I’d see from markets in Hong Kong which later influenced my taste in clothes. I haven’t been able to visit recently unfortunately and it does upset me a lot.     You hail from Orpington in South London, Kent - how has it been living in that area for the past 20 years? Do you have any fellow Kent musical talents you could let us know about?   I am used to loads of green space so I don’t think I could ever live somewhere without a lot of nature - I feel like it’s in ingrained in my body! My lovely friend Mayson Lear is a fellow musician from Kent and you should GET TO KNOW.     What’s next for Josie Man? How do you plan to kick off the new year?   I have new music coming soon and hopefully some live things!! I also really want to direct my next music video...     Check out her brand  new single ‘GROW’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH4d_KIXlNU

Tomorrowland 31.12.2020
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Tomorrowland 31.12.2020

Music A magical New Year’s Eve celebration adapted to all time zones in the world with more than 25 of the world’s best artists performing on 4 digital stages.   On December 31, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – a magical New Year’s Eve celebration at the end of an exceptional year, counting down to the start of 2021. This unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year will start at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world, giving people from all over the globe, from Fiji to Hawaii, from Tokyo to Santiago, an opportunity to end this year with a bang. Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 gathers more than 25 of the planet’s best artists who will perform on 4 mesmerizing digital stages in the brand-new digital entertainment venue NAOZ: Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchami and many more. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.   With 2020’s New Year’s Eve set to be unlike any before, Tomorrowland wants to give the People of Tomorrow across the world a night to remember, all from the comfort of their home and accessible on all devices (PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet). A digital New Year’s Eve festival welcoming in 2021, Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 is a magical celebration at the end of an exceptional year, following on from Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World over the summer. Set to become a spectacular and immersive experience in the brand-new revolutionary and future-proof digital entertainment world NAOZ filled with music, magic and friendship, Tomorrowland’s digital New Year’s Eve celebration will be adapted to all 27 time zones in the world – welcoming people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries, from 20:00 to 03:00 (8pm to 3am) local time.   Allowing millions of people from all corners of the world to close off 2020 and celebrate New Year’s Eve as never before, the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland have created an entirely new and dazzling entertainment location consisting of 4 magical worlds, in which some of the festival’s most iconic themes will be used. Tomorrowland has curated an incredible line-up of more than 25 world-class artists who will be taking one of the 4 mesmerizing digital stages as everyone counts down to 2021 on December 31.Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchami and many more will give stellar performances at the digital New Year’s Eve celebration.   Continuing with the success of Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World – documented in the behind-the-scenes documentary Never stop the music – The Creation of Tomorrowland 2020 – the festival is again using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects to bring together a spectacular experience on the biggest night of the year. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event virtually together with friends and family – this night is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.     Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – the line-up: -  Armin van Buuren -  Artbat -  Boys Noize -  Brennan Heart -  CamelPhat -  Charlotte de Witte -  Coone -  Da Tweekaz -  David Guetta -  Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike -  Diplo -  Duck Sauce -  D-Block & S-te-Fan -  Jack Back -  Kölsch b2b Joris Voorn -  Lost Frequencies -  Maceo Plex -  Major Lazer -  Martin Garrix -  Meduza -  Netsky -  Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic -  Sub Zero Project -  Tchami     About Tomorrowland 31.12.2020: New Year 2021 Thursday December 31, 2020, between 20:00 – 03:00 (8pm – 3am) local time A unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year, starting at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world At NAOZ – the digital venue Open for people of all ages and places Exclusively on tomorrowland.com Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com Special People of Tomorrow packages will be available. A magical New Year’s Eve celebration adapted to all time zones in the world with more than 25 of the world’s best artists performing on 4 digital stages.   On December 31, Tomorrowland is organising Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – a magical New Year’s Eve celebration at the end of an exceptional year, counting down to the start of 2021. This unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year will start at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world, giving people from all over the globe, from Fiji to Hawaii, from Tokyo to Santiago, an opportunity to end this year with a bang. Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 gathers more than 25 of the planet’s best artists who will perform on 4 mesmerizing digital stages in the brand-new digital entertainment venue NAOZ: Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchami and many more. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.   With 2020’s New Year’s Eve set to be unlike any before, Tomorrowland wants to give the People of Tomorrow across the world a night to remember, all from the comfort of their home and accessible on all devices (PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet). A digital New Year’s Eve festival welcoming in 2021, Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 is a magical celebration at the end of an exceptional year, following on from Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World over the summer. Set to become a spectacular and immersive experience in the brand-new revolutionary and future-proof digital entertainment world NAOZ filled with music, magic and friendship, Tomorrowland’s digital New Year’s Eve celebration will be adapted to all 27 time zones in the world – welcoming people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries, from 20:00 to 03:00 (8pm to 3am) local time.   Allowing millions of people from all corners of the world to close off 2020 and celebrate New Year’s Eve as never before, the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland have created an entirely new and dazzling entertainment location consisting of 4 magical worlds, in which some of the festival’s most iconic themes will be used. Tomorrowland has curated an incredible line-up of more than 25 world-class artists who will be taking one of the 4 mesmerizing digital stages as everyone counts down to 2021 on December 31.Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Duck Sauce, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Meduza, Tchami and many more will give stellar performances at the digital New Year’s Eve celebration.   Continuing with the success of Tomorrowland’s first ever digital festival Tomorrowland Around the World – documented in the behind-the-scenes documentary Never stop the music – The Creation of Tomorrowland 2020 – the festival is again using the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects to bring together a spectacular experience on the biggest night of the year. The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event virtually together with friends and family – this night is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way. Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com.     Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 – the line-up: -  Armin van Buuren -  Artbat -  Boys Noize -  Brennan Heart -  CamelPhat -  Charlotte de Witte -  Coone -  Da Tweekaz -  David Guetta -  Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike -  Diplo -  Duck Sauce -  D-Block & S-te-Fan -  Jack Back -  Kölsch b2b Joris Voorn -  Lost Frequencies -  Maceo Plex -  Major Lazer -  Martin Garrix -  Meduza -  Netsky -  Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic -  Sub Zero Project -  Tchami     About Tomorrowland 31.12.2020: New Year 2021 Thursday December 31, 2020, between 20:00 – 03:00 (8pm – 3am) local time A unique digital festival on the biggest night of the year, starting at 20:00 (8pm) local time in all 27 time zones in the world At NAOZ – the digital venue Open for people of all ages and places Exclusively on tomorrowland.com Ticket sales start on Tuesday November 17 at 17:00 CET via tomorrowland.com Special People of Tomorrow packages will be available.

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.     

PALOMA FAITH  RELEASES ‘GOLD’
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PALOMA FAITH RELEASES ‘GOLD’

Music Ahead of the release of her fifth studio album Infinite Things, Paloma Faith today shares the latest single and video from the project ‘Gold’ - out now via RCA Records.    For the music video I was about 2.5 months pregnant and it was a heatwave of 38 degrees.... I still hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant so I had to pretend it was all fine, which would have been ok... if I wasn’t hanging off a giant yellow digger! It was physically demanding but the people who worked on the video and the other dancers were joyous and kept me so buoyant I didn’t realise until I got home I was shattered!” - Paloma   Stream the track here: https://smarturl.it/GoldPF   A slice of powerful pop perfection, ‘Gold’ is a glittering dedication to self-belief. Reflecting Paloma’s renewed positive outlook, the single provides the perfect escape from everyday woes. ‘Gold’ also arrives today with a riotous video filmed in Hackney. Clad in gold boxer-shorts, a voluminous pink ball-gown and biker boots accessorized with a giant pair of bolt cutters, Paloma looks dressed to dominate in the fiery video. ‘Gold’ follows the singer, a choir and a host of dancers using an abandoned building-site as their stage for a dramatic performance of the single. Filmed whilst she was in the early stages of her pregnancy, Paloma performed all of her own stunts for the video.    Speaking of the making of ‘Gold’, Paloma said: “‘Gold’ is the only song on the album which wasn’t recorded in my basement. It was recorded at Steve Mac’s studio, who penned the song with the wonderful Sigrid. As a result it embodies freedom and joy and a celebration of life, perfect escapism for a time when we need to remember we are free spirits. ‘Gold’ is a song about how the spirit conquers everything and whatever you are going through your true virtues are inside you. For the music video I was about 2.5 months pregnant and it was a heatwave of 38 degrees.... I still hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant so I had to pretend it was all fine, which would have been ok... if I wasn’t hanging off a giant yellow digger! It was physically demanding but the people who worked on the video and the other dancers were joyous and kept me so buoyant I didn’t realise until I got home I was shattered!”   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.   Talking about Infinite Things 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."   ‘Gold’ marks the latest unveiling from Infinite Things following ‘Last Night On Earth’, ‘Falling Down’, and the poignant ‘Better Than This’. Arriving accompanied by a video directed by David Wilson, ‘Better Than This’ continued to showcase Paloma’s evolution as an artist. The visual laid Paloma against a backdrop of vignettes of human error which historically continuously repeat. The video saw her shine a light on prevalent issues including climate emergency, police brutality, race and class divide and the injustices of war.    2021 will also see Paloma hitting the road again for a huge 26 date UK tour including two nights at London’s iconic Palladium. Full dates below & more info here.   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. Ahead of the release of her fifth studio album Infinite Things, Paloma Faith today shares the latest single and video from the project ‘Gold’ - out now via RCA Records.    For the music video I was about 2.5 months pregnant and it was a heatwave of 38 degrees.... I still hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant so I had to pretend it was all fine, which would have been ok... if I wasn’t hanging off a giant yellow digger! It was physically demanding but the people who worked on the video and the other dancers were joyous and kept me so buoyant I didn’t realise until I got home I was shattered!” - Paloma   Stream the track here: https://smarturl.it/GoldPF   A slice of powerful pop perfection, ‘Gold’ is a glittering dedication to self-belief. Reflecting Paloma’s renewed positive outlook, the single provides the perfect escape from everyday woes. ‘Gold’ also arrives today with a riotous video filmed in Hackney. Clad in gold boxer-shorts, a voluminous pink ball-gown and biker boots accessorized with a giant pair of bolt cutters, Paloma looks dressed to dominate in the fiery video. ‘Gold’ follows the singer, a choir and a host of dancers using an abandoned building-site as their stage for a dramatic performance of the single. Filmed whilst she was in the early stages of her pregnancy, Paloma performed all of her own stunts for the video.    Speaking of the making of ‘Gold’, Paloma said: “‘Gold’ is the only song on the album which wasn’t recorded in my basement. It was recorded at Steve Mac’s studio, who penned the song with the wonderful Sigrid. As a result it embodies freedom and joy and a celebration of life, perfect escapism for a time when we need to remember we are free spirits. ‘Gold’ is a song about how the spirit conquers everything and whatever you are going through your true virtues are inside you. For the music video I was about 2.5 months pregnant and it was a heatwave of 38 degrees.... I still hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant so I had to pretend it was all fine, which would have been ok... if I wasn’t hanging off a giant yellow digger! It was physically demanding but the people who worked on the video and the other dancers were joyous and kept me so buoyant I didn’t realise until I got home I was shattered!”   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.   Talking about Infinite Things 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."   ‘Gold’ marks the latest unveiling from Infinite Things following ‘Last Night On Earth’, ‘Falling Down’, and the poignant ‘Better Than This’. Arriving accompanied by a video directed by David Wilson, ‘Better Than This’ continued to showcase Paloma’s evolution as an artist. The visual laid Paloma against a backdrop of vignettes of human error which historically continuously repeat. The video saw her shine a light on prevalent issues including climate emergency, police brutality, race and class divide and the injustices of war.    2021 will also see Paloma hitting the road again for a huge 26 date UK tour including two nights at London’s iconic Palladium. Full dates below & more info here.   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.

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