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Bnnyhunna makes his long-awaited debut collaborating with Jarreau Vandal
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Bnnyhunna makes his long-awaited debut collaborating with Jarreau Vandal

Music ‘Feeling Mutual?’ Is the first single from his debut EP ‘Sintha’ and is out now on all portals.   Bnnyhunna has been producing songs for big names in the scene for years now. After numerous amazing musical adventures his hands are itching to share is very own message, which kicks-off with sharing his unorthodox debut project ‘Sintha’. With this project Bnnyhunna wants to bring new perspectives in the contemporary status quo to improve the ‘regular’ experience of listening to music. The first single ‘Feelings Mutual?’ is a collaboration with Jarreau Vandal, who besides his vocal appearance on the track also co-produced it. The afro-rhythm oriented song - with a heavy synth lead - aims to energize and uplift the listener.     This song is essentially part of a much bigger soundscape, heavily influenced by genres like jazz, soul, afro and hip hop and legends like Fela Kuti, Youssef Dayes, Pharell and John Coltrane. With its release comes a visualizer in which Jarreau and Bnny will share moments in their natural habitat, moments in daily life, moments that keep them going. The video is directed by Segraphy.       Watch the video here   The debut-EP ‘Sintha’ will be released in September and his next single Paradox can also be seen in the videoclip below. Be prepared for the complete roll-out and keep yourself up to date by following Bnnyhunna on his Instagram. ‘Feeling Mutual?’ Is the first single from his debut EP ‘Sintha’ and is out now on all portals.   Bnnyhunna has been producing songs for big names in the scene for years now. After numerous amazing musical adventures his hands are itching to share is very own message, which kicks-off with sharing his unorthodox debut project ‘Sintha’. With this project Bnnyhunna wants to bring new perspectives in the contemporary status quo to improve the ‘regular’ experience of listening to music. The first single ‘Feelings Mutual?’ is a collaboration with Jarreau Vandal, who besides his vocal appearance on the track also co-produced it. The afro-rhythm oriented song - with a heavy synth lead - aims to energize and uplift the listener.     This song is essentially part of a much bigger soundscape, heavily influenced by genres like jazz, soul, afro and hip hop and legends like Fela Kuti, Youssef Dayes, Pharell and John Coltrane. With its release comes a visualizer in which Jarreau and Bnny will share moments in their natural habitat, moments in daily life, moments that keep them going. The video is directed by Segraphy.       Watch the video here   The debut-EP ‘Sintha’ will be released in September and his next single Paradox can also be seen in the videoclip below. Be prepared for the complete roll-out and keep yourself up to date by following Bnnyhunna on his Instagram.

DON DIABLO & GALANTIS DROP HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COLLABORATION ‘TEARS FOR LATER’
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DON DIABLO & GALANTIS DROP HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COLLABORATION ‘TEARS FOR LATER’

Music Dutch stalwart Don Diablo and Swedish dance duo Galantis have finally dropped their long-awaited collaborative single ‘Tears For Later’ – out now on HEXAGON.   One of the most hotly anticipated collabs of the dance music world, on ‘Tears For Later’ the trio perfectly harness both Don and Galantis’ signature sounds for an electrifying anthem that is sure to make waves this summer and beyond.    Following on from his huge charity single for The United Nations, ‘Too Much To Ask’ with Ty Dolla $ign, ‘Tears For Later’ is a release that has been a long time in the making. Don: “Galantis and myself have been talking about doing something together for years because we both appreciate each other’s work greatly but we simply never found the right time to make it work. This past year we were finally able to put our heads together and also spend enough time on our baby since we definitely are equally perfectionistic. For us ‘Tears For Later’ feels like the perfect combination of both our sounds.”     Next to being one of the biggest electronic music producers in the world the Dutchman is currently also one of the top selling NFT artists in the world, Don’s outstanding contribution to the art and design world is set to continue with another mind-blowing digital art drop in the works, as well as his second venture with major movie franchise Star Wars, set to be unveiled imminently.     Fresh off the back of their global hit ‘Heartbreak Anthem’ with Little Mix and David Guetta, Swedish powerhouse Galantis are keeping the top tier collaborations coming with their latest offering. Renowned for their song-writing prowess and phenomenal live shows, the Grammy-nominated hitmakers continue to prove why they’re one of the most sought-after live acts in the world. "Don has been a good friend of ours for years and we're stoked for people to hear this new music after working on it with him for so long!" Dutch stalwart Don Diablo and Swedish dance duo Galantis have finally dropped their long-awaited collaborative single ‘Tears For Later’ – out now on HEXAGON.   One of the most hotly anticipated collabs of the dance music world, on ‘Tears For Later’ the trio perfectly harness both Don and Galantis’ signature sounds for an electrifying anthem that is sure to make waves this summer and beyond.    Following on from his huge charity single for The United Nations, ‘Too Much To Ask’ with Ty Dolla $ign, ‘Tears For Later’ is a release that has been a long time in the making. Don: “Galantis and myself have been talking about doing something together for years because we both appreciate each other’s work greatly but we simply never found the right time to make it work. This past year we were finally able to put our heads together and also spend enough time on our baby since we definitely are equally perfectionistic. For us ‘Tears For Later’ feels like the perfect combination of both our sounds.”     Next to being one of the biggest electronic music producers in the world the Dutchman is currently also one of the top selling NFT artists in the world, Don’s outstanding contribution to the art and design world is set to continue with another mind-blowing digital art drop in the works, as well as his second venture with major movie franchise Star Wars, set to be unveiled imminently.     Fresh off the back of their global hit ‘Heartbreak Anthem’ with Little Mix and David Guetta, Swedish powerhouse Galantis are keeping the top tier collaborations coming with their latest offering. Renowned for their song-writing prowess and phenomenal live shows, the Grammy-nominated hitmakers continue to prove why they’re one of the most sought-after live acts in the world. "Don has been a good friend of ours for years and we're stoked for people to hear this new music after working on it with him for so long!"

In conversation with Overcoats
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In conversation with Overcoats

Music Brooklyn indie-pop duo Overcoats (Hana + JJ) share their new EP "Used To Be Scared Of The Dark"along with a music video for the title track. And we had a pleasure speaking with them about it.       First, can you tell me a bit about how you met and started creating music together?   We met in college in Connecticut...a decade ago! We started singing together almost immediately but it was another 3 years until we attempted to write a song together. When we finally did, in our last year of college, it felt magnetic, addictive, and we kept going.      What does your “Used To Be Scared Of The Dark” EP mean to you two in the context of your discography and your individual lives?   Coming out of this crazy year, the EP feels like a reflective and resolved moment for us, lyrically and sonically. This past year has meant a lot of isolation, let downs, and fears. Tackling all of that through these songs gave us a lot of purpose. We also took this year to reach out and collaborate with other artists, something we had never really explored before. We were searching for community and connection with other like minded creatives, but also just recognizing that we had a window for exploration in our sound. Individually, we've both faced a lot of challenges and declaring that you're no longer afraid of the things that used to scare you, feels powerful and inspiring at this moment in time.      How did you choose the EP title?   The title is a lyric from one of the songs on the EP and we felt like it encapsulated the sentiment of the whole project. We've all fought emotional and physical battles in the last year and we felt like this title signaled the light at the end of the tunnel.      What was it like collaborating with Tennis, Middle Kids, and Lawrence Rothman?   It was really special collaborating with everyone. While we were making this EP during the pandemic, our usual sense of a musical community was gone. It was really fulfilling to be able to work together remotely and remember that we all have each other even though we felt so isolated. All of our collaborators did a really incredible job at respecting our vision and songwriting but adding their own personalities to the tracks.      How has the pandemic affected the way you work?    It's funny, we joke that we were sort of remotely working even before the pandemic. We love to write songs together in a room, but if one of us gets an idea at 1am...it's a flurry of texts and voice memos back and forth. So in a way, pandemic writing was just like our late night writing style.      Do you have a favorite moment or lyric in the EP?   It's hard to choose, but think it's a line in Used To Be Scared Of The Dark: "you come to me like a dream / a familiar room that I've never seen / and it feels so good when we don't have to speak / now I'm not scared anymore." The familiar room part is one of our favorite images - that sense of knowing someone forever but having never met them - that kind of spirituality and nostalgia is present in a lot of our music, and reminds us of the first song we ever wrote together, "Little Memory," off our first record.     How did you come up with the idea for the music videos? What was the filming process like?   We knew that we wanted to do a connected, three-part series that followed a couple through different psychological moments of their love story. The EP is so much about love and vulnerability and so we knew we needed amazing actors to be the characters in this story. Asha Maura, our director, suggested Pauli and Omari, and they were so incredible to work with. We filmed all of the videos in 1 day in this cool warehouse space in Brooklyn.      Do you have plans for touring later in the year or early next year? What can we expect from you coming up?   Yes, we are on tour in September and October! Doing some east coast shows and then a music festival called Moon River in Chattanooga. We've had a lot of time off touring, so expect lots of new music.    Brooklyn indie-pop duo Overcoats (Hana + JJ) share their new EP "Used To Be Scared Of The Dark"along with a music video for the title track. And we had a pleasure speaking with them about it.       First, can you tell me a bit about how you met and started creating music together?   We met in college in Connecticut...a decade ago! We started singing together almost immediately but it was another 3 years until we attempted to write a song together. When we finally did, in our last year of college, it felt magnetic, addictive, and we kept going.      What does your “Used To Be Scared Of The Dark” EP mean to you two in the context of your discography and your individual lives?   Coming out of this crazy year, the EP feels like a reflective and resolved moment for us, lyrically and sonically. This past year has meant a lot of isolation, let downs, and fears. Tackling all of that through these songs gave us a lot of purpose. We also took this year to reach out and collaborate with other artists, something we had never really explored before. We were searching for community and connection with other like minded creatives, but also just recognizing that we had a window for exploration in our sound. Individually, we've both faced a lot of challenges and declaring that you're no longer afraid of the things that used to scare you, feels powerful and inspiring at this moment in time.      How did you choose the EP title?   The title is a lyric from one of the songs on the EP and we felt like it encapsulated the sentiment of the whole project. We've all fought emotional and physical battles in the last year and we felt like this title signaled the light at the end of the tunnel.      What was it like collaborating with Tennis, Middle Kids, and Lawrence Rothman?   It was really special collaborating with everyone. While we were making this EP during the pandemic, our usual sense of a musical community was gone. It was really fulfilling to be able to work together remotely and remember that we all have each other even though we felt so isolated. All of our collaborators did a really incredible job at respecting our vision and songwriting but adding their own personalities to the tracks.      How has the pandemic affected the way you work?    It's funny, we joke that we were sort of remotely working even before the pandemic. We love to write songs together in a room, but if one of us gets an idea at 1am...it's a flurry of texts and voice memos back and forth. So in a way, pandemic writing was just like our late night writing style.      Do you have a favorite moment or lyric in the EP?   It's hard to choose, but think it's a line in Used To Be Scared Of The Dark: "you come to me like a dream / a familiar room that I've never seen / and it feels so good when we don't have to speak / now I'm not scared anymore." The familiar room part is one of our favorite images - that sense of knowing someone forever but having never met them - that kind of spirituality and nostalgia is present in a lot of our music, and reminds us of the first song we ever wrote together, "Little Memory," off our first record.     How did you come up with the idea for the music videos? What was the filming process like?   We knew that we wanted to do a connected, three-part series that followed a couple through different psychological moments of their love story. The EP is so much about love and vulnerability and so we knew we needed amazing actors to be the characters in this story. Asha Maura, our director, suggested Pauli and Omari, and they were so incredible to work with. We filmed all of the videos in 1 day in this cool warehouse space in Brooklyn.      Do you have plans for touring later in the year or early next year? What can we expect from you coming up?   Yes, we are on tour in September and October! Doing some east coast shows and then a music festival called Moon River in Chattanooga. We've had a lot of time off touring, so expect lots of new music.   

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In conversation with Chivv
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In conversation with Chivv

Music The Dutch rapper, writer, singer, and entrepreneur Chivv (Chyvon Pala - 26) has been making music since the age of fifteen. The artists recently released his new single ‘’Come Online’’ featuring Jandro and Jonna Fraser, produced by Diquenza. The song was released on the 25thof June, reached #9 in the Dutch charts in its first weeks and has 2,6 million streams and counting. We sat down with the artist in one of his favorite restaurants in Amsterdam, FIKO and spoke to him about ‘’Come Online’’, his creative process, fashion and more.       How are you today?   Today, I feel like I can take on the world.      In your words, how would you describe yourself to our readers?   I’m an outgoing guy, very family orientated and I’m always creating. It’s sound cliché but, when I step outside myself my life feels like a rollercoaster. When I’m feeling down, it’s extreme but when I feel good that feeling is extreme as well. There’s no in between.     How would you describe your sound?   I would describe it as a combination of many things, new school hip-hop combined with an afro sound. My sound is fusion, I guess.     You just released ‘’Come Online’’, can you tell me a bit more about the creative process surrounding this song?     A little over a year ago I resided at a writers-camp hosted by SFB. The producer Diquenza who produced two of my biggest hits during the early stages of my solo-career stayed there as well which naturally resulted in us collaborating on a new project.    On one specific evening everyone was sound asleep which gave us some extra time to work on something. When we went through his file of beats, I heard one that I liked, went into the booth, and started to freestyle. In the room that he had his studio set-up in, there were a few girls sleeping. Which is the reason why I came up with the whole ‘come online’hook. In Nigeria when you say ‘’come online’’to someone it can mean that you want them to wake up and get active. No pun intended. So, I drew my inspiration from my surroundings and the situation I was in at that time.     The song ‘’Come online’’features the artists, Jonna Fraser and Jandro, what made you want to work with them on this project?    When Jandro woke up the next morning and heard the song he liked it and said that he wanted to finish it. On the drive back home, I listened to the song again, and figured it could work but it was still missing something. That thing was Jonna Fraser. We’ve worked with each other a lot in the past which made it a no-brainer that Jonna would kill it the track.     What is your creative process in general like?   I get inspired by the things around me, the things I see and what I experience. I especially get inspired when I go on vacation, as soon as I come back, I immediately go to the studio.       Which brands can you currently not live without?   Prada is my al time favorite brand. I only wear Calvin Klein underwear, when I want to be more comfortable, I wear New Balance and when I’m in the studio I usually drink Hennessey.     Who inspires you the most?   My mother! She moved to the Netherlands from Surinam with my older sister, and I, raised us by herself and never complained. She worked hard and has always remained to be my source of inspiration.     What have you missed most about performing?   I missed the energy from the crowd. When you put a lot of work into a track, the energy the crowd gives you when you finally preform it can sometimes be the validation that I really appreciate as an artist.       How do you combine fashion and music?   Music is inspiration and same goes for fashion. When I was younger, I looked up to Tupac and Biggie, for their art but their style as well. When they we’re wearing full Versace, you wanted to be a part of that whole vibe.      What does confidence mean to you and when do you feel the most confidant?   It means everything, when you walk into a room feeling confident you can share that and make other people feel the same way. Things are just easier when you feel confident. I feel my most confident when I’m on stage.     How would you describe your current post lock-down mental state?   I feel relieved, I felt like I was locked in my own head, which was very draining. Now that the lockdown is almost over and we’re able to do more, I’m more creative and I’m happier.     Do you have any other exciting projects coming up?   I’ll be dropping a remix of ‘Come Online’ with three international artists. Throughout the summer I’ll also be releasing a few singles that I’m excited about and I’m also working on my third studio album, which will I’ll release later this year.     Photography:        Valentina Vos  Styling:             Deion Simon  Production:         Un4gettable Music  Location:              Fiko Amsterdam The Dutch rapper, writer, singer, and entrepreneur Chivv (Chyvon Pala - 26) has been making music since the age of fifteen. The artists recently released his new single ‘’Come Online’’ featuring Jandro and Jonna Fraser, produced by Diquenza. The song was released on the 25thof June, reached #9 in the Dutch charts in its first weeks and has 2,6 million streams and counting. We sat down with the artist in one of his favorite restaurants in Amsterdam, FIKO and spoke to him about ‘’Come Online’’, his creative process, fashion and more.       How are you today?   Today, I feel like I can take on the world.      In your words, how would you describe yourself to our readers?   I’m an outgoing guy, very family orientated and I’m always creating. It’s sound cliché but, when I step outside myself my life feels like a rollercoaster. When I’m feeling down, it’s extreme but when I feel good that feeling is extreme as well. There’s no in between.     How would you describe your sound?   I would describe it as a combination of many things, new school hip-hop combined with an afro sound. My sound is fusion, I guess.     You just released ‘’Come Online’’, can you tell me a bit more about the creative process surrounding this song?     A little over a year ago I resided at a writers-camp hosted by SFB. The producer Diquenza who produced two of my biggest hits during the early stages of my solo-career stayed there as well which naturally resulted in us collaborating on a new project.    On one specific evening everyone was sound asleep which gave us some extra time to work on something. When we went through his file of beats, I heard one that I liked, went into the booth, and started to freestyle. In the room that he had his studio set-up in, there were a few girls sleeping. Which is the reason why I came up with the whole ‘come online’hook. In Nigeria when you say ‘’come online’’to someone it can mean that you want them to wake up and get active. No pun intended. So, I drew my inspiration from my surroundings and the situation I was in at that time.     The song ‘’Come online’’features the artists, Jonna Fraser and Jandro, what made you want to work with them on this project?    When Jandro woke up the next morning and heard the song he liked it and said that he wanted to finish it. On the drive back home, I listened to the song again, and figured it could work but it was still missing something. That thing was Jonna Fraser. We’ve worked with each other a lot in the past which made it a no-brainer that Jonna would kill it the track.     What is your creative process in general like?   I get inspired by the things around me, the things I see and what I experience. I especially get inspired when I go on vacation, as soon as I come back, I immediately go to the studio.       Which brands can you currently not live without?   Prada is my al time favorite brand. I only wear Calvin Klein underwear, when I want to be more comfortable, I wear New Balance and when I’m in the studio I usually drink Hennessey.     Who inspires you the most?   My mother! She moved to the Netherlands from Surinam with my older sister, and I, raised us by herself and never complained. She worked hard and has always remained to be my source of inspiration.     What have you missed most about performing?   I missed the energy from the crowd. When you put a lot of work into a track, the energy the crowd gives you when you finally preform it can sometimes be the validation that I really appreciate as an artist.       How do you combine fashion and music?   Music is inspiration and same goes for fashion. When I was younger, I looked up to Tupac and Biggie, for their art but their style as well. When they we’re wearing full Versace, you wanted to be a part of that whole vibe.      What does confidence mean to you and when do you feel the most confidant?   It means everything, when you walk into a room feeling confident you can share that and make other people feel the same way. Things are just easier when you feel confident. I feel my most confident when I’m on stage.     How would you describe your current post lock-down mental state?   I feel relieved, I felt like I was locked in my own head, which was very draining. Now that the lockdown is almost over and we’re able to do more, I’m more creative and I’m happier.     Do you have any other exciting projects coming up?   I’ll be dropping a remix of ‘Come Online’ with three international artists. Throughout the summer I’ll also be releasing a few singles that I’m excited about and I’m also working on my third studio album, which will I’ll release later this year.     Photography:        Valentina Vos  Styling:             Deion Simon  Production:         Un4gettable Music  Location:              Fiko Amsterdam

Nina Kraviz releases new single "Skyscrapers"
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Nina Kraviz releases new single "Skyscrapers"

Music Nina Kraviz released “Skyscrapers” a few days ago, the first single from her upcoming EP due later this year with a full-length album to follow in 2022. The single marks Nina’s first major solo release since 2019 and explores her multifaceted talents as a singer, performer and producer.     “Skyscrapers” is a love song that shows Nina exploring a new, more traditional approach to her songwriting. Showcasing her talent as both a lyricist and performer, the track is a melancholic, pop-leaning anthem revealing Nina’s ability to crossover into new sounds. This special release is the first of many to come and incorporates elements of Nina’s favourite pop music creating an unexpected reinterpretation of Nina’s artistic output and transcends multiple genres.     “I wrote ‘Skyscrapers’ on one of my long trips to a far away country,” says Nina. “It is a love song. It is about missing someone very much even if you don't always get along and agree on things. In moments like that you just want to run away as fast as you can, only to feel like you want to come back five minutes later.”     Nina Kraviz Summer Tour Dates:   July 25 - Fuengirola, Spain - Marenostrum-Fuengirola July 20 - Primorsko, Bulgaria - Sunland Festival July 31 - Jesolo, Italy - Il Muretto August 1 - Bari, Italy - TBA August 14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Street Parade August 14 - Bari, Italy - TBA August 20 - Kosovo - TBA August 21 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival August 22 - Italy - TBA August 27 - Daresbury, UK - Creamfields August 28 - Groningen, Netherlands - Under The Radar Festival August 29 - London, UK - Junction 2 Junction Festival September 3 - Barcelona, Spain - DGTL Festival September 4 - Paris, France - Peacock Festival September 5 - Frankfurt, Germany - World Club Dome September 10 - Cluj, Romania - Untold Festival September 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - DGTL Festival Nina Kraviz released “Skyscrapers” a few days ago, the first single from her upcoming EP due later this year with a full-length album to follow in 2022. The single marks Nina’s first major solo release since 2019 and explores her multifaceted talents as a singer, performer and producer.     “Skyscrapers” is a love song that shows Nina exploring a new, more traditional approach to her songwriting. Showcasing her talent as both a lyricist and performer, the track is a melancholic, pop-leaning anthem revealing Nina’s ability to crossover into new sounds. This special release is the first of many to come and incorporates elements of Nina’s favourite pop music creating an unexpected reinterpretation of Nina’s artistic output and transcends multiple genres.     “I wrote ‘Skyscrapers’ on one of my long trips to a far away country,” says Nina. “It is a love song. It is about missing someone very much even if you don't always get along and agree on things. In moments like that you just want to run away as fast as you can, only to feel like you want to come back five minutes later.”     Nina Kraviz Summer Tour Dates:   July 25 - Fuengirola, Spain - Marenostrum-Fuengirola July 20 - Primorsko, Bulgaria - Sunland Festival July 31 - Jesolo, Italy - Il Muretto August 1 - Bari, Italy - TBA August 14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Street Parade August 14 - Bari, Italy - TBA August 20 - Kosovo - TBA August 21 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival August 22 - Italy - TBA August 27 - Daresbury, UK - Creamfields August 28 - Groningen, Netherlands - Under The Radar Festival August 29 - London, UK - Junction 2 Junction Festival September 3 - Barcelona, Spain - DGTL Festival September 4 - Paris, France - Peacock Festival September 5 - Frankfurt, Germany - World Club Dome September 10 - Cluj, Romania - Untold Festival September 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - DGTL Festival

W Barcelona
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W Barcelona

Travel W BARCELONA BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE LUXURY SCENE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE     Flagship of W Hotels and part of Marriott International group (NASDAQ: MAR), W Barcelona keeps redefining the luxury concept and breaking boundaries of the hospitality industry with an original leisure offer for unique and bold experiences, from day to night, throughout the year. And this year, W Barcelona goes one step further, inviting locals and international travelers alike to break out and immerse in a world of exclusive experiences that will take them out of their routine of the new normality.     Since its opening in 2009, W Barcelona has been established as one of the references of the Condal City, from forming an essential part of its skyline to redefining the luxury and leisure industry by pushing the limits of conventional hospitality concept & fueling lust for life through offering innovative experiences and catering to the endless appetite of local and international trend setters and jet-setters.     Designed by the world-renowned Barcelonese architect, Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is considered an icon of the avant-garde design. Located right at the beachfront of Barceloneta beach and offering the most spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel provides the ideal scenario for unforgettable stays and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.   However, location and design are not the only elements that turn W Barcelona into an extraordinary place. In fact, the hotel marks the difference with its Whatever/Whenever® philosophy –that means, whatever the guest wants, whenever he wants it– or with its famous W Insiders who, always up to date with the latest fashion, music and design trends, are those who connect each guest with the coolest experiences both inside and outside the hotel. And so it is because, as part of the W Escapes portfolio of W Hotels, at W Barcelona the possibilities are limitless and set the stage for guests to own the moment, go further and never get bored.   Designed as an authentic urban resort, the hotel features two expanding terraces. On one hand, there is WET DECK®, a terrace connected to W Lounge that is the perfect spot to steal the scene by the pool during sunny days. On the other hand, SUN Deck that is located in a more private area of the hotel and features an infinity swimming pool, is ideal place to soak in relaxing summer days by the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, W Barcelona is the only hotel in the city with direct access to the beach and an exclusive sunbeds area next to its own Salt Beach Club.   Talking about Barcelona is synonym of gastronomy and at W Barcelona either clients or locals have the opportunity to choose amongst various options to tantalize their taste buds: FIRE, one of the city’s most sizzling insider spots, where skilled chefs play age-old techniques to reinvent modern flavors with an anything-goes vibe, an inspired marriage of farm and flames where the primal element of fire is central; LA BARRA by Chef Carles Abellán, a Michelin Star awarded Chef well known for its Mediterranean seafood cuisine prepared on a charcoal grill and served around a design curved bar; or SALT Restaurant & Beach Club that, opened during the summer season, is the best option to enjoy any of its local tapas & refreshing cocktails and spend summer afternoons with the feet dipped in the sand.   For those that want to keep it fun and welcome the night 26th floors above the Mediterranean, ECLIPSE is the perfect spot. This cocktail and sky bar, with panoramic views over the sea and the city, is ideal to enjoy any of the signature cocktails created by the expert mixologists of W Barcelona, taste any of its original DIM SUMs, merging authentic flavours with local ingredients, or take on the night while dancing to the rhythm of electrifying beats by its resident DJs.   Design is an important part of the hotel’s DNA and is reflected in each one of the 473 rooms and 67 suites –including the Premium Suites EXTREME WOW and WOW– that have been recently renovated in collaboration with the well-known and recognized London-based design studio, Bowler James Brindley.   For said renovation, the study has taken artistic and cultural influences of Barcelona as a reference in the use of different decorative elements. Such is the case of the EXTREME WOW Suite that, decorated with metallic and dark blue color palette and an integrated DJ booth, takes inspiration from the vibrant night and musical scene of the city.   And because Barcelona is one of the most important cities in the electronic music scene, W Barcelona celebrates every summer its now legendary Sunday parties called WET DECK® SUMMER SERIES. Those House and electronic music happenings by the pool and the beach, featuring some of the most relevant DJ’s worldwide -such as GREEN VELVET, DUKE DUMONT, PURPLE DISCO MACHINE, MK, KERRI CHANDLER and MAMBO BROTHERS, among others-, is the place to be for local and international trend setters and jet setters who want to end up the week with style while dancing to the best rhythms of the moment.   In addition, the hotel has a professional recording studio, the first W Sound Suite in Europe. This recording studio is managed by PIEM –the Music Curator of the hotel– and besides being an essential element of W Records, the record label recently launched by W Hotels, is also available either for producing and recording by emerging or established artists or hotel guests passionate about music.   While there are countless opportunities to live it up to music beats, with a cocktail in hand, under the motto RETOX. DETOX. REPEAT, the hotel invites guests and local public to take care of themselves through their FUEL program.   This program includes different workout proposals, such as Urban Gorillas, the urban boot camp with high intensity interval training exercises; Pilates SUP & Beach lessons, an innovative sport discipline that combines Pilates and Yoga techniques on a Stand-Up Paddle boards on the water by the instructor Ely Merino. Likewise, for those who prefer training individually, the hotel has FIT®, a completely equipped gym, open 24/7, that also counts with a personal trainer service.   All those training routines can be completed at SPA by W Barcelona, partnered with Comfort Zone this season, whose menu includes a wide variety of treatments to recover the energy after intense workout sessions, or at GETAWAY, an additional spa area ideal to detox your body at the sauna or the steam bath, relax yourself in the Jacuzzi or just swim against the current, while enjoying the views over the Mediterranean and the city.   However, W Barcelona is not only an urban resort with a unique and privileged location, but it is an active part of the city opening its doors to the local public and supporting different projects and initiatives.   Specifically, the hotel has collaborated with the Madrid brand Muroexe -that created a limited edition sneaker’s collection featuring a design inspired in the location of the hotel created by the recognized artist and muralist Ricardo Cavolo-. The hotel has also created programs such as W Suite Talks, conversing about Design & Fashion or W Sound Suite Talks, focused on Music, aimed as platforms to generate visibility for local artists and bring them closer to the local audience.   Besides, W Barcelona is also committed with other causes such as the fight against AIDS or the support to the LGTBI+ community through the program Queer Me Out that, two summers ago was part of PRIDE BCN official programming and brought together some of the most relevant opinion leaders to discuss about the role of media in the visibility LGTBI+ collective.   For all these reasons, W Barcelona has not only became an essential part of the Barcelona skyline, but also a hot spot of the city thanks to its eclectic and vibrant ambiance, created through an innovative entertainment offer that attracts local, national and international trend setters and jet setters looking forward to living it up, from day to night, throughout the year.   Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is the ideal setting for an unforgettable stay.    "The hotel is based on the most spectacular location on the beach. Truly could not be on a better seaside location, with all the best shops around the hotel, with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities like the Picasso Museum, Gaudi's amazing arhitecture and some incredible restaurants as well in the area around the hotel. W Barcelona not only offers the best views, stylish design but also great fine dining at their restaurant FIRE, two beautiful outdoor pools with mesmerizing panoramic views but also the sexiest, stylish and modern rooms. Not to forget the SPA and the entry lobby which already takes your breath away when entering the hotel that also is truly memorable from the exterior design and of course its location which is noticable from the plane when landing in Barcelona already.  All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay there again on my next trip to Barcelona." - Timotej Letonja   "EXCITING, MEMORABLE, SEXY, STYLISH, MODERN, FUN AND MORE."     W BARCELONA Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 – 08039 Barcelona      Visit their website to find more information: www.w-barcelona.com W BARCELONA BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE LUXURY SCENE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE     Flagship of W Hotels and part of Marriott International group (NASDAQ: MAR), W Barcelona keeps redefining the luxury concept and breaking boundaries of the hospitality industry with an original leisure offer for unique and bold experiences, from day to night, throughout the year. And this year, W Barcelona goes one step further, inviting locals and international travelers alike to break out and immerse in a world of exclusive experiences that will take them out of their routine of the new normality.     Since its opening in 2009, W Barcelona has been established as one of the references of the Condal City, from forming an essential part of its skyline to redefining the luxury and leisure industry by pushing the limits of conventional hospitality concept & fueling lust for life through offering innovative experiences and catering to the endless appetite of local and international trend setters and jet-setters.     Designed by the world-renowned Barcelonese architect, Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is considered an icon of the avant-garde design. Located right at the beachfront of Barceloneta beach and offering the most spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, the hotel provides the ideal scenario for unforgettable stays and out-of-the-ordinary experiences.   However, location and design are not the only elements that turn W Barcelona into an extraordinary place. In fact, the hotel marks the difference with its Whatever/Whenever® philosophy –that means, whatever the guest wants, whenever he wants it– or with its famous W Insiders who, always up to date with the latest fashion, music and design trends, are those who connect each guest with the coolest experiences both inside and outside the hotel. And so it is because, as part of the W Escapes portfolio of W Hotels, at W Barcelona the possibilities are limitless and set the stage for guests to own the moment, go further and never get bored.   Designed as an authentic urban resort, the hotel features two expanding terraces. On one hand, there is WET DECK®, a terrace connected to W Lounge that is the perfect spot to steal the scene by the pool during sunny days. On the other hand, SUN Deck that is located in a more private area of the hotel and features an infinity swimming pool, is ideal place to soak in relaxing summer days by the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, W Barcelona is the only hotel in the city with direct access to the beach and an exclusive sunbeds area next to its own Salt Beach Club.   Talking about Barcelona is synonym of gastronomy and at W Barcelona either clients or locals have the opportunity to choose amongst various options to tantalize their taste buds: FIRE, one of the city’s most sizzling insider spots, where skilled chefs play age-old techniques to reinvent modern flavors with an anything-goes vibe, an inspired marriage of farm and flames where the primal element of fire is central; LA BARRA by Chef Carles Abellán, a Michelin Star awarded Chef well known for its Mediterranean seafood cuisine prepared on a charcoal grill and served around a design curved bar; or SALT Restaurant & Beach Club that, opened during the summer season, is the best option to enjoy any of its local tapas & refreshing cocktails and spend summer afternoons with the feet dipped in the sand.   For those that want to keep it fun and welcome the night 26th floors above the Mediterranean, ECLIPSE is the perfect spot. This cocktail and sky bar, with panoramic views over the sea and the city, is ideal to enjoy any of the signature cocktails created by the expert mixologists of W Barcelona, taste any of its original DIM SUMs, merging authentic flavours with local ingredients, or take on the night while dancing to the rhythm of electrifying beats by its resident DJs.   Design is an important part of the hotel’s DNA and is reflected in each one of the 473 rooms and 67 suites –including the Premium Suites EXTREME WOW and WOW– that have been recently renovated in collaboration with the well-known and recognized London-based design studio, Bowler James Brindley.   For said renovation, the study has taken artistic and cultural influences of Barcelona as a reference in the use of different decorative elements. Such is the case of the EXTREME WOW Suite that, decorated with metallic and dark blue color palette and an integrated DJ booth, takes inspiration from the vibrant night and musical scene of the city.   And because Barcelona is one of the most important cities in the electronic music scene, W Barcelona celebrates every summer its now legendary Sunday parties called WET DECK® SUMMER SERIES. Those House and electronic music happenings by the pool and the beach, featuring some of the most relevant DJ’s worldwide -such as GREEN VELVET, DUKE DUMONT, PURPLE DISCO MACHINE, MK, KERRI CHANDLER and MAMBO BROTHERS, among others-, is the place to be for local and international trend setters and jet setters who want to end up the week with style while dancing to the best rhythms of the moment.   In addition, the hotel has a professional recording studio, the first W Sound Suite in Europe. This recording studio is managed by PIEM –the Music Curator of the hotel– and besides being an essential element of W Records, the record label recently launched by W Hotels, is also available either for producing and recording by emerging or established artists or hotel guests passionate about music.   While there are countless opportunities to live it up to music beats, with a cocktail in hand, under the motto RETOX. DETOX. REPEAT, the hotel invites guests and local public to take care of themselves through their FUEL program.   This program includes different workout proposals, such as Urban Gorillas, the urban boot camp with high intensity interval training exercises; Pilates SUP & Beach lessons, an innovative sport discipline that combines Pilates and Yoga techniques on a Stand-Up Paddle boards on the water by the instructor Ely Merino. Likewise, for those who prefer training individually, the hotel has FIT®, a completely equipped gym, open 24/7, that also counts with a personal trainer service.   All those training routines can be completed at SPA by W Barcelona, partnered with Comfort Zone this season, whose menu includes a wide variety of treatments to recover the energy after intense workout sessions, or at GETAWAY, an additional spa area ideal to detox your body at the sauna or the steam bath, relax yourself in the Jacuzzi or just swim against the current, while enjoying the views over the Mediterranean and the city.   However, W Barcelona is not only an urban resort with a unique and privileged location, but it is an active part of the city opening its doors to the local public and supporting different projects and initiatives.   Specifically, the hotel has collaborated with the Madrid brand Muroexe -that created a limited edition sneaker’s collection featuring a design inspired in the location of the hotel created by the recognized artist and muralist Ricardo Cavolo-. The hotel has also created programs such as W Suite Talks, conversing about Design & Fashion or W Sound Suite Talks, focused on Music, aimed as platforms to generate visibility for local artists and bring them closer to the local audience.   Besides, W Barcelona is also committed with other causes such as the fight against AIDS or the support to the LGTBI+ community through the program Queer Me Out that, two summers ago was part of PRIDE BCN official programming and brought together some of the most relevant opinion leaders to discuss about the role of media in the visibility LGTBI+ collective.   For all these reasons, W Barcelona has not only became an essential part of the Barcelona skyline, but also a hot spot of the city thanks to its eclectic and vibrant ambiance, created through an innovative entertainment offer that attracts local, national and international trend setters and jet setters looking forward to living it up, from day to night, throughout the year.   Designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill, W Barcelona is the ideal setting for an unforgettable stay.    "The hotel is based on the most spectacular location on the beach. Truly could not be on a better seaside location, with all the best shops around the hotel, with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities like the Picasso Museum, Gaudi's amazing arhitecture and some incredible restaurants as well in the area around the hotel. W Barcelona not only offers the best views, stylish design but also great fine dining at their restaurant FIRE, two beautiful outdoor pools with mesmerizing panoramic views but also the sexiest, stylish and modern rooms. Not to forget the SPA and the entry lobby which already takes your breath away when entering the hotel that also is truly memorable from the exterior design and of course its location which is noticable from the plane when landing in Barcelona already.  All in all this has been one of the recent travel highlights definitely, and cannot wait to stay there again on my next trip to Barcelona." - Timotej Letonja   "EXCITING, MEMORABLE, SEXY, STYLISH, MODERN, FUN AND MORE."     W BARCELONA Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 – 08039 Barcelona      Visit their website to find more information: www.w-barcelona.com

In conversation with Armin van Buuren & Sander van Doorn
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In conversation with Armin van Buuren & Sander van Doorn

Music Recently we had a pleasure speaking with two amazing artists: Armin van Buuren & Sander van Doorn about their new music collaboration.         Please introduce yourselves to our readers.     Armin: I am Armin van Buuren and I make music in my spare time…    Sander: I’m Sander van Doorn, sometimes known as Purple Haze. I’m a Dutch music producer/DJ and proud father.      You both have been in the electronic dance music scene for more than a decade and now finally collaborated together. How was it working together?     Armin: I have always been a fan of Sander van Doorn’s work and a collab between us was long due since he so expertly remixed my track ‘Control Freak’ in 2006. I had a lot of fun with him in the studio and I’m very pleased with how this record turned out.     Sander: The crazy thing is it was probably one of the smoothest collabs each of us have ever done. Most of our time together was working on the melody, but after that it was just about finding the right sounds for the intro and it was pretty much ready to go. We both have a similar (broad) approach to music, and not to mention we’ve been friends for years, so it’s only natural for it to go like this.      Do you have any distinct musical memories from childhood that have shaped you as artists?    Armin: I first got in touch with dance music when I was still in primary school. A friend of mine gave me a tape cassette with short mixtapes Ben Liebrand, and I instantly fell in love with it. That’s when I caught the dance music bug, so I can safely say that moment shaped me as an artist.     Sander: Definitely listening to music with my dad. He introduced me to Jean-Michel Jarre at a young age and I was always fascinated by how he wrote and produced. I think a life with electronic music was inevitable at that point.     Your newest release „Jonson's Play“ was released on June 11th: What was the inspiration or story behind?    Armin: We just felt it was time to finally build a record together. So we sat down in the studio, inspired each other and made magic happen. That’s how beautifully simple making music can be sometimes.    Sander: People have been asking about a collab for years and now everything was in place that we could work together, so it just felt like the right moment. All those years of almost working together definitely meant we had a bunch of inspiration ready to go.      ‘Jonson's Play’ is hypnotizing! How would you describe or characterize the sound of this trance track?    Armin: I think it’s really well balanced between power, impact and melodic intent, making it the perfect collision of the signature sounds of Sander and I. You could also say it draws from melodic techno slightly, mostly in the intro.    Sander: It didn't take us long to find a perfect blend between both of our styles so then it became about making sure it had power in every sense of the word. That’s why it opens a bit tougher, with the kick and bassline bringing some attitude to grab your attention early on. The melody also has that balance, which is mostly uplifting but with a few sad notes to give it a hint of melancholy. It really turned out perfect and I can’t wait to play it for a crowd.   What are some of the highlights of your career so far and what are you most looking forward to in the future?     Armin: The ‘The Best Of Armin Only’ shows are definitely among my latest highlights. It was so special to connect with the crowd through nothing but my own life’s work as a producer, with guest performances from some of the most incredible persons I ever got the work with. And I definitely look forward to connecting with my fans again, to see them and share music with them live on stage.     Sander: I’ve been fortunate to have many highlights in my career but I’d say the Purple Haze album is definitely up there. Being able to dive into the studio and write short stories based purely on what I felt at that moment without any boundaries, building a show around the story and then share it with my fans was such a great experience for me. It definitely shaped how I see the future of my career. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with so many great people. I even met my beautiful wife with this job so you can imagine the list of highlights is endless.     What were your greatest/ most memorable gigs/ festivals/ highlights of your career and which festivals will you be performing at this Summer?     Armin: Some of the most precious memories I have are of Untold Festival in Romania (those epically long sets), Tomorrowland (sharing the birth of my son with the crowd) and the worldwide ASOT events. What we can and can’t due this summer is still a bit unclear, but I hope I’ll be able to reconnect with fans from all over the world again by playing sets in as many different countries as possible.    Sander: The bigger festival shows like Tomorrowland, Ultra and EDC all come to mind first, but it’s probably the hardest question for me to answer because each gig is special in its own way. I have so many fond memories of touring and meeting people from different cultures and can’t wait to get back on the road soon. It’s hard to say for sure what will go ahead this summer but my first confirmed gig will be Croatia in a couple of weeks and I’m beyond exited.     What have you missed most about performing live in the past year?    Armin: The fans, the energy and that feeling you get when you share a connection with someone through music. There aren’t any substitutes for that, so I’m really happy that most of the world is slowly opening up again.     Sander: The energy of a crowd and being surrounded by people who share the same passion. That combination is the ultimate source of inspiration for me and it’s exciting to see everything coming back to life.   Are you prepared for touring again and what are you most looking forward to with touring and performing?     Armin: I’m definitely ready to go on tour again. I didn’t miss the jet lags and being away from home, but traveling and visiting so many countries has its own charm. Touring can be magical and takes you to some of the most amazing places (and people) on earth, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing my fans from all over the world again.     Sander: I’ve never been more ready. The break was welcome at first so I could spend more time with my family and work in the studio but I definitely miss my fans a lot. Touring can be such a great adventure and all those people on the journey have been a big part of my life so I can’t wait to see them again.     Armin tell us a little bit more about your „ A State of Trance“ project. Are you excited to be in Utrecht on stage again soon?   Celebrating the 1000th episode this year was (and is) such an incredible milestone. I’m really proud of everyone involved for helping me get there. I can’t wait to finally celebrate that epic career highlight with everyone in Utrecht, the Netherlands coming September.      Will you be performing at ADE this year?    Armin: I will, actually! At Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF)!   Sander: Nothing I can confirm publicly yet but I definitely won’t be missing one of the best weeks of the year right on my doorstep.    What are some of your general highlights during ADE each year?    Armin: Mostly how the entire city of Amsterdam just breathes dance music for a whole week. That’s just pure joy! I get to meet my industry friends, connect with fans and have a blast with the team. Always looking forward to that!   Sander: There’s so many good moments but it’s the overall vibe that makes it. Everyone coming together in the same setting, enjoying music, partying, catching up and connecting about potential projects we can all do together in the future. It’s really a breeding ground for inspiration and great stories.       What advice would you give to aspiring producers or DJs who are just starting their musical career?      Armin: It may be one of the hardest things there is, but standing out is also the most important part. You’ve got to stay true to yourself and try to create something that’s new and refreshing. Copying other artists can be great if you’re still learning in the early stages of your career, but you’ve got to spread your wings and fly on your own eventually. So don’t just blindly follow what others do; decide for yourself what kind of music you want to make and where this musical journey will take you.   Sander: To add to what Armin said, think about the “why” as much as the “how” when you’re looking to others for inspiration in those early stages. If you can figure out their motivation and inspiration behind specific creative choices on songs, you’ll learn much more valuable lessons that will grow beyond replicating their work. Also always keep pushing yourself to learn and keep an open-mind. Music is constantly evolving technically and creatively, so those mindsets will help you find your own path to create something unique and authentic. It won’t happen overnight but if you dedicate yourself to it and work from what you feel, the result will feel infinitely better because it’s real and something you believe in.                   Recently we had a pleasure speaking with two amazing artists: Armin van Buuren & Sander van Doorn about their new music collaboration.         Please introduce yourselves to our readers.     Armin: I am Armin van Buuren and I make music in my spare time…    Sander: I’m Sander van Doorn, sometimes known as Purple Haze. I’m a Dutch music producer/DJ and proud father.      You both have been in the electronic dance music scene for more than a decade and now finally collaborated together. How was it working together?     Armin: I have always been a fan of Sander van Doorn’s work and a collab between us was long due since he so expertly remixed my track ‘Control Freak’ in 2006. I had a lot of fun with him in the studio and I’m very pleased with how this record turned out.     Sander: The crazy thing is it was probably one of the smoothest collabs each of us have ever done. Most of our time together was working on the melody, but after that it was just about finding the right sounds for the intro and it was pretty much ready to go. We both have a similar (broad) approach to music, and not to mention we’ve been friends for years, so it’s only natural for it to go like this.      Do you have any distinct musical memories from childhood that have shaped you as artists?    Armin: I first got in touch with dance music when I was still in primary school. A friend of mine gave me a tape cassette with short mixtapes Ben Liebrand, and I instantly fell in love with it. That’s when I caught the dance music bug, so I can safely say that moment shaped me as an artist.     Sander: Definitely listening to music with my dad. He introduced me to Jean-Michel Jarre at a young age and I was always fascinated by how he wrote and produced. I think a life with electronic music was inevitable at that point.     Your newest release „Jonson's Play“ was released on June 11th: What was the inspiration or story behind?    Armin: We just felt it was time to finally build a record together. So we sat down in the studio, inspired each other and made magic happen. That’s how beautifully simple making music can be sometimes.    Sander: People have been asking about a collab for years and now everything was in place that we could work together, so it just felt like the right moment. All those years of almost working together definitely meant we had a bunch of inspiration ready to go.      ‘Jonson's Play’ is hypnotizing! How would you describe or characterize the sound of this trance track?    Armin: I think it’s really well balanced between power, impact and melodic intent, making it the perfect collision of the signature sounds of Sander and I. You could also say it draws from melodic techno slightly, mostly in the intro.    Sander: It didn't take us long to find a perfect blend between both of our styles so then it became about making sure it had power in every sense of the word. That’s why it opens a bit tougher, with the kick and bassline bringing some attitude to grab your attention early on. The melody also has that balance, which is mostly uplifting but with a few sad notes to give it a hint of melancholy. It really turned out perfect and I can’t wait to play it for a crowd.   What are some of the highlights of your career so far and what are you most looking forward to in the future?     Armin: The ‘The Best Of Armin Only’ shows are definitely among my latest highlights. It was so special to connect with the crowd through nothing but my own life’s work as a producer, with guest performances from some of the most incredible persons I ever got the work with. And I definitely look forward to connecting with my fans again, to see them and share music with them live on stage.     Sander: I’ve been fortunate to have many highlights in my career but I’d say the Purple Haze album is definitely up there. Being able to dive into the studio and write short stories based purely on what I felt at that moment without any boundaries, building a show around the story and then share it with my fans was such a great experience for me. It definitely shaped how I see the future of my career. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with so many great people. I even met my beautiful wife with this job so you can imagine the list of highlights is endless.     What were your greatest/ most memorable gigs/ festivals/ highlights of your career and which festivals will you be performing at this Summer?     Armin: Some of the most precious memories I have are of Untold Festival in Romania (those epically long sets), Tomorrowland (sharing the birth of my son with the crowd) and the worldwide ASOT events. What we can and can’t due this summer is still a bit unclear, but I hope I’ll be able to reconnect with fans from all over the world again by playing sets in as many different countries as possible.    Sander: The bigger festival shows like Tomorrowland, Ultra and EDC all come to mind first, but it’s probably the hardest question for me to answer because each gig is special in its own way. I have so many fond memories of touring and meeting people from different cultures and can’t wait to get back on the road soon. It’s hard to say for sure what will go ahead this summer but my first confirmed gig will be Croatia in a couple of weeks and I’m beyond exited.     What have you missed most about performing live in the past year?    Armin: The fans, the energy and that feeling you get when you share a connection with someone through music. There aren’t any substitutes for that, so I’m really happy that most of the world is slowly opening up again.     Sander: The energy of a crowd and being surrounded by people who share the same passion. That combination is the ultimate source of inspiration for me and it’s exciting to see everything coming back to life.   Are you prepared for touring again and what are you most looking forward to with touring and performing?     Armin: I’m definitely ready to go on tour again. I didn’t miss the jet lags and being away from home, but traveling and visiting so many countries has its own charm. Touring can be magical and takes you to some of the most amazing places (and people) on earth, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing my fans from all over the world again.     Sander: I’ve never been more ready. The break was welcome at first so I could spend more time with my family and work in the studio but I definitely miss my fans a lot. Touring can be such a great adventure and all those people on the journey have been a big part of my life so I can’t wait to see them again.     Armin tell us a little bit more about your „ A State of Trance“ project. Are you excited to be in Utrecht on stage again soon?   Celebrating the 1000th episode this year was (and is) such an incredible milestone. I’m really proud of everyone involved for helping me get there. I can’t wait to finally celebrate that epic career highlight with everyone in Utrecht, the Netherlands coming September.      Will you be performing at ADE this year?    Armin: I will, actually! At Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF)!   Sander: Nothing I can confirm publicly yet but I definitely won’t be missing one of the best weeks of the year right on my doorstep.    What are some of your general highlights during ADE each year?    Armin: Mostly how the entire city of Amsterdam just breathes dance music for a whole week. That’s just pure joy! I get to meet my industry friends, connect with fans and have a blast with the team. Always looking forward to that!   Sander: There’s so many good moments but it’s the overall vibe that makes it. Everyone coming together in the same setting, enjoying music, partying, catching up and connecting about potential projects we can all do together in the future. It’s really a breeding ground for inspiration and great stories.       What advice would you give to aspiring producers or DJs who are just starting their musical career?      Armin: It may be one of the hardest things there is, but standing out is also the most important part. You’ve got to stay true to yourself and try to create something that’s new and refreshing. Copying other artists can be great if you’re still learning in the early stages of your career, but you’ve got to spread your wings and fly on your own eventually. So don’t just blindly follow what others do; decide for yourself what kind of music you want to make and where this musical journey will take you.   Sander: To add to what Armin said, think about the “why” as much as the “how” when you’re looking to others for inspiration in those early stages. If you can figure out their motivation and inspiration behind specific creative choices on songs, you’ll learn much more valuable lessons that will grow beyond replicating their work. Also always keep pushing yourself to learn and keep an open-mind. Music is constantly evolving technically and creatively, so those mindsets will help you find your own path to create something unique and authentic. It won’t happen overnight but if you dedicate yourself to it and work from what you feel, the result will feel infinitely better because it’s real and something you believe in.                  

ADE launches new Arts & Culture program with creative residencies,  artistic crossover projects and more
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ADE launches new Arts & Culture program with creative residencies, artistic crossover projects and more

Events Amsterdam Dance Event launches its brand new Arts & Culture program, which aims to let electronic music enthusiasts explore the world of dance outside of the dancefloor throughout the city of Amsterdam from October 13 through 17. Highlighted collaborations include Nelly Ben Hayoun, Helena Basilova, an artist residency program with Nxt Museum and more.     Electronic music and art are inseparably bound together, and ADE is devoted to providing a stage to the creative expressions that connect dance music culture and the world of arts. Through a dedicated program of exhibitions, special performances, art installations, documentaries and more, ADE Arts & Culture is set to become the ideal place to explore the cross-pollinations between club and culture.     The first confirmed ADE Arts & Culture highlights include an artist residency showcase by Nxt Museumand ADE on ADE’s opening night, a series of spiritual healing experiences for ravers by award-winning director and designer Nelly Ben Hayoun and an unplugged performance by pianist Helena Basilova surrounded by 800 candles, alongside events by Tools for Action x NDSM, Foam, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Connor Schumacher and more.     In addition, ADE calls upon artists and entrepreneurs for its collaboration projects with Villa Buitenlust and Music Moves: Music Moves aims to make the dance floor accessible for everyone and offers a free traineeship program to organise an official ADE event for the elderly, special needs children and/or homeless people. Another invitation to participate is offered by Villa Buitenlust, through a creative residency to develop and present new works.      Individual ticket sales for the ADE Arts & Culture program are set to become available soon. Moreover, the ADE Pro Pass grants full access to the entire Arts & Culture program, in addition to ADE's conference and festival offering and all other benefits.      The ADE Pro Pass is available at an Early Bird rate here.       Read more about it on their website: https://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/en/news/ade-launches-arts-culture-p... Amsterdam Dance Event launches its brand new Arts & Culture program, which aims to let electronic music enthusiasts explore the world of dance outside of the dancefloor throughout the city of Amsterdam from October 13 through 17. Highlighted collaborations include Nelly Ben Hayoun, Helena Basilova, an artist residency program with Nxt Museum and more.     Electronic music and art are inseparably bound together, and ADE is devoted to providing a stage to the creative expressions that connect dance music culture and the world of arts. Through a dedicated program of exhibitions, special performances, art installations, documentaries and more, ADE Arts & Culture is set to become the ideal place to explore the cross-pollinations between club and culture.     The first confirmed ADE Arts & Culture highlights include an artist residency showcase by Nxt Museumand ADE on ADE’s opening night, a series of spiritual healing experiences for ravers by award-winning director and designer Nelly Ben Hayoun and an unplugged performance by pianist Helena Basilova surrounded by 800 candles, alongside events by Tools for Action x NDSM, Foam, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Connor Schumacher and more.     In addition, ADE calls upon artists and entrepreneurs for its collaboration projects with Villa Buitenlust and Music Moves: Music Moves aims to make the dance floor accessible for everyone and offers a free traineeship program to organise an official ADE event for the elderly, special needs children and/or homeless people. Another invitation to participate is offered by Villa Buitenlust, through a creative residency to develop and present new works.      Individual ticket sales for the ADE Arts & Culture program are set to become available soon. Moreover, the ADE Pro Pass grants full access to the entire Arts & Culture program, in addition to ADE's conference and festival offering and all other benefits.      The ADE Pro Pass is available at an Early Bird rate here.       Read more about it on their website: https://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/en/news/ade-launches-arts-culture-p...

HUNKERING IN. CONCERT  IS FIRST LARGE-SCALE INDOOR EVENT IN THE GASHOUDER
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HUNKERING IN. CONCERT IS FIRST LARGE-SCALE INDOOR EVENT IN THE GASHOUDER

Events Festival organization Hunkering returns with a new concept after previous successful editions. On Saturday the 10thof July, the Gashouder in Amsterdam will be filled with frenzied dance fans for Hunkering In Concert, making Hunkering In Concert the first large-scale indoor event to take place in the venue after a long time. The lineup consists of DJs/Producers HOSH, Klangkarussell, Fur Coat and Alex Niggeman who will perform together with special soloists, a grand orchestra and a beautiful audiovisual decor, making it an evening that will not be forgotten anytime soon.     During Hunkering In Concert, the audience will be treated to a fantastic musical experience, where the DJs will perform existing songs and new material together with a large live orchestra. A mix of indie dance, deep house and melodic house in combination with live elements will be performed against the backdrop of the imposing Gashouder, one of the most iconic festival locations in the Netherlands. Both the organization and the DJs can't wait to enjoy a fantastic event with like-minded music lovers again.     Robby Krist, programmer of Hunkering: “In this time when coming together and celebrating together has been so scarce, we as a team have done everything we can to be ready with Hunkering in Concert as soon as we received an opening from the government. After a lot of planning and replanning, we can finally set up a musical experience for the public again. The feeling that this is now possible again is magical!”.     Safety first, which means that there are only a limited number of tickets available. Hunkering In Concert follows the government rules regarding Corona, so visitors must be tested before entering via Testing voor Toegang. Al measures are also carefully followed by the artists, crew and location itself.     All the information about the event:   Hunkering In Concert Date: Juli 10th 2021 Location: De Gashouder, Amsterdam Time: 22.00-0.300u   Tickets are available via https://store.ticketing.cm.com/HunkeringInConcert   Follow Hunkering on social media bellow: https://www.instagram.com/hunkeringnl/https://www.facebook.com/hunkeringhttps://www.facebook.com/hunkering/events   Also follow our social media for live coverage of the festival.   Festival organization Hunkering returns with a new concept after previous successful editions. On Saturday the 10thof July, the Gashouder in Amsterdam will be filled with frenzied dance fans for Hunkering In Concert, making Hunkering In Concert the first large-scale indoor event to take place in the venue after a long time. The lineup consists of DJs/Producers HOSH, Klangkarussell, Fur Coat and Alex Niggeman who will perform together with special soloists, a grand orchestra and a beautiful audiovisual decor, making it an evening that will not be forgotten anytime soon.     During Hunkering In Concert, the audience will be treated to a fantastic musical experience, where the DJs will perform existing songs and new material together with a large live orchestra. A mix of indie dance, deep house and melodic house in combination with live elements will be performed against the backdrop of the imposing Gashouder, one of the most iconic festival locations in the Netherlands. Both the organization and the DJs can't wait to enjoy a fantastic event with like-minded music lovers again.     Robby Krist, programmer of Hunkering: “In this time when coming together and celebrating together has been so scarce, we as a team have done everything we can to be ready with Hunkering in Concert as soon as we received an opening from the government. After a lot of planning and replanning, we can finally set up a musical experience for the public again. The feeling that this is now possible again is magical!”.     Safety first, which means that there are only a limited number of tickets available. Hunkering In Concert follows the government rules regarding Corona, so visitors must be tested before entering via Testing voor Toegang. Al measures are also carefully followed by the artists, crew and location itself.     All the information about the event:   Hunkering In Concert Date: Juli 10th 2021 Location: De Gashouder, Amsterdam Time: 22.00-0.300u   Tickets are available via https://store.ticketing.cm.com/HunkeringInConcert   Follow Hunkering on social media bellow: https://www.instagram.com/hunkeringnl/https://www.facebook.com/hunkeringhttps://www.facebook.com/hunkering/events   Also follow our social media for live coverage of the festival.  

Milkshake in conversation with MA’MA QUEEN
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Milkshake in conversation with MA’MA QUEEN

Events Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favourite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   The interest for fashion and designing runs in my family. My grandmother worked as a dressmaker and my mom always really enjoyed designing and making clothes for me and our family. When I was just seven years old, my mother gave me a designer kit for my Barbie doll that allowed me to draw outfits for Barbie. I guess you could say that’s where the love for designing started. Later on, in middle school, I started to design and create my own clothes.    My other passion was dancing. I’ve danced a whole bunch of different styles throughout my life; from classical ballet to jazz to modern dance et cetera. When I moved to Arnhem to study fashion design, I got the opportunity to work in a circus. I finished my education in Rotterdam, where I got an internship at an entertainment agency and I expressed my desire to get back on stage. One night was pivotal in my career as a performance: we got a request for two drag performers to join Amanda Lepore. That’s when my drag career started.    Looking back, I think it makes complete sense that I ended up where I am now. It’s not just performing. It’s also the styling, designing, helping people express themselves through costumes. Choosing fashion could have limited me to a cycle of designing, marketing and selling. It’s so thrilling to see the costumes I designed live a life on stage, I think it’s become essential for me in my work. As for my drag performance, it feels like a natural part of me. I’ve always dressed and expressed myself more feminine.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   I believe that it was five or six years ago that I first visited Milkshake. I already knew a bit about the festival and I was very curious about it. Little did I know that Milkshake would become an instant favorite the moment I set foot on the festival site. I loved every single thing about the festival. In the following years, I visited in drag with my drag daughters, worked as a stylist and performer for the Supertoys stage, as a stage host for the Totally Stages and it’s just been so much fun! You have to pay attention to every second because before you know it you’re dancing to the final song at the end of the day. The rush of working backstage, performing, meeting the international community, celebrating with friends; those are the memories we will all cherish for life.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   That’s a beautiful question. I have so many thoughts and ideas when I try to envision a future for our community. One of the most important things for me is that I don’t want our community to be looked at as this isolated thing. A collection of people that all tick one or more minority boxes. If people keep telling us we’re a minority group, how are we ever going to make the next step in emancipation? For example when people in interviews ask me questions about the hard things or my fears I try to challenge them: ask me about my happy encounters, ask me about the things that strengthen me. Ask me about the things that put a smile on my face.    If you imagine each and every one of us probably have one or two allies in our lives, there’s way more free and open minded people than we think. I think the future is free and those who have a free mindset must be a majority, right? Take Milkshake for example, there’s so many people there who aren’t necessarily a part of the community but who have the right mindset when it comes to freedom and respect. Those people play an important role in our collective future.    As a community, we need to take the lead and show others how they can be themselves. The best way we can teach the world is by being one hundred percent authentic. This way we might show others the limiting mindsets they have been raised with. We all have so much more in common than we can possibly imagine. I think radical freedom can be infectious and I want to use it to strengthen our community from within. We’re not weak. We’re strong.    I want a future where you don’t have to dress up in the toilets of a bar in Amsterdam to go to your favorite festival. I want a future where I can get on a train in any tiny village in this country and feel safe and appreciated. I want a future where no parent has to be worried about the safety of their child. It’s that happy feeling that sticks with you a while after visiting Milkshake: you’d wish that feeling could be around forever.      Credits: Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens || Art Director: Marieke Samallo || Styling: Dylan Westerweel || Model: Ma'ma Queen || Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham || Make Up: Tom Haegens/ The Countess || Nails: Fleur Hissink || Interview: Maartje Weijers Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favourite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   The interest for fashion and designing runs in my family. My grandmother worked as a dressmaker and my mom always really enjoyed designing and making clothes for me and our family. When I was just seven years old, my mother gave me a designer kit for my Barbie doll that allowed me to draw outfits for Barbie. I guess you could say that’s where the love for designing started. Later on, in middle school, I started to design and create my own clothes.    My other passion was dancing. I’ve danced a whole bunch of different styles throughout my life; from classical ballet to jazz to modern dance et cetera. When I moved to Arnhem to study fashion design, I got the opportunity to work in a circus. I finished my education in Rotterdam, where I got an internship at an entertainment agency and I expressed my desire to get back on stage. One night was pivotal in my career as a performance: we got a request for two drag performers to join Amanda Lepore. That’s when my drag career started.    Looking back, I think it makes complete sense that I ended up where I am now. It’s not just performing. It’s also the styling, designing, helping people express themselves through costumes. Choosing fashion could have limited me to a cycle of designing, marketing and selling. It’s so thrilling to see the costumes I designed live a life on stage, I think it’s become essential for me in my work. As for my drag performance, it feels like a natural part of me. I’ve always dressed and expressed myself more feminine.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   I believe that it was five or six years ago that I first visited Milkshake. I already knew a bit about the festival and I was very curious about it. Little did I know that Milkshake would become an instant favorite the moment I set foot on the festival site. I loved every single thing about the festival. In the following years, I visited in drag with my drag daughters, worked as a stylist and performer for the Supertoys stage, as a stage host for the Totally Stages and it’s just been so much fun! You have to pay attention to every second because before you know it you’re dancing to the final song at the end of the day. The rush of working backstage, performing, meeting the international community, celebrating with friends; those are the memories we will all cherish for life.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   That’s a beautiful question. I have so many thoughts and ideas when I try to envision a future for our community. One of the most important things for me is that I don’t want our community to be looked at as this isolated thing. A collection of people that all tick one or more minority boxes. If people keep telling us we’re a minority group, how are we ever going to make the next step in emancipation? For example when people in interviews ask me questions about the hard things or my fears I try to challenge them: ask me about my happy encounters, ask me about the things that strengthen me. Ask me about the things that put a smile on my face.    If you imagine each and every one of us probably have one or two allies in our lives, there’s way more free and open minded people than we think. I think the future is free and those who have a free mindset must be a majority, right? Take Milkshake for example, there’s so many people there who aren’t necessarily a part of the community but who have the right mindset when it comes to freedom and respect. Those people play an important role in our collective future.    As a community, we need to take the lead and show others how they can be themselves. The best way we can teach the world is by being one hundred percent authentic. This way we might show others the limiting mindsets they have been raised with. We all have so much more in common than we can possibly imagine. I think radical freedom can be infectious and I want to use it to strengthen our community from within. We’re not weak. We’re strong.    I want a future where you don’t have to dress up in the toilets of a bar in Amsterdam to go to your favorite festival. I want a future where I can get on a train in any tiny village in this country and feel safe and appreciated. I want a future where no parent has to be worried about the safety of their child. It’s that happy feeling that sticks with you a while after visiting Milkshake: you’d wish that feeling could be around forever.      Credits: Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens || Art Director: Marieke Samallo || Styling: Dylan Westerweel || Model: Ma'ma Queen || Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham || Make Up: Tom Haegens/ The Countess || Nails: Fleur Hissink || Interview: Maartje Weijers

Martin Garrix releases official remix of UEFA EURO 2020 Song ‘We Are The People’ with Bono and The Edge
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Martin Garrix releases official remix of UEFA EURO 2020 Song ‘We Are The People’ with Bono and The Edge

Music After releasing the original a month ago, Martin Garrix has now reworked his official UEFA EURO 2020 song ‘We Are The People’ featuring Bono and The Edge into a high-energy remix.   The powerful remix emphasizes the festive and uniting spirit of the track while providing the perfect party anthem for the upcoming summer days. Meanwhile, Bono’s vocals and The Edge’s guitar riffs stay right in place, maintaining the original blend of the signature sounds of each artist.  For the accompanying music video, fans were asked to submit footage of special moments; adventures they will never forget, family moments they will cherish forever, or the smile of their loved one. The result is a collection of raw and real moments that will send a shiver down your spine.   With the tournament kicking off last week on the 11th of June, Garrix, Bono and The Edge also took over the center stage at the UEFA EURO 2020 opening ceremony with a virtual performance of ‘We Are The People’. Next to the official track and the remix, Garrix has also produced the official walkout and broadcast music for the tournament. The final will take place at Wembley Stadium, London on 11 July 2021.   In the meantime, Garrix can’t wait to start playing festivals again where this remix can surely be expected in his set.  After releasing the original a month ago, Martin Garrix has now reworked his official UEFA EURO 2020 song ‘We Are The People’ featuring Bono and The Edge into a high-energy remix.   The powerful remix emphasizes the festive and uniting spirit of the track while providing the perfect party anthem for the upcoming summer days. Meanwhile, Bono’s vocals and The Edge’s guitar riffs stay right in place, maintaining the original blend of the signature sounds of each artist.  For the accompanying music video, fans were asked to submit footage of special moments; adventures they will never forget, family moments they will cherish forever, or the smile of their loved one. The result is a collection of raw and real moments that will send a shiver down your spine.   With the tournament kicking off last week on the 11th of June, Garrix, Bono and The Edge also took over the center stage at the UEFA EURO 2020 opening ceremony with a virtual performance of ‘We Are The People’. Next to the official track and the remix, Garrix has also produced the official walkout and broadcast music for the tournament. The final will take place at Wembley Stadium, London on 11 July 2021.   In the meantime, Garrix can’t wait to start playing festivals again where this remix can surely be expected in his set. 

In conversation with Aron Piper
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In conversation with Aron Piper

Fashion Last March ARON released his long awaited debut EP, under the name “NIEVE”.     The young Spanish German singer and actor presents us with five songs produced by artists such as Mygal, Iseekarlo, Tweak or Miqui Brightside and features the collaborations of Jesse Báez and Polimá Westcoast, two of the artists with the most personality and relevance on the Latin American scene. , thus consolidating itself as one of the Spanish artists with the most international projection for this 2021.     “Nieve”, the title track of the EP, is accompanied by a visual piece in the form of a video clip shot by Tomás Peña with Manson and produced by CANADA. It shows us a life full of excesses in which success and fame generate a negative emotional weight in the artist, causing him a huge loneliness in the purest Malick style, also with an excellent photography direction by Albert Gay, who makes it the best music video of the singer so far.     The artwork created by the artist Cataln Ignasi Monreal, portraying the musician who, after achieving more than 25 million reproductions on digital platforms, presents his best work so far to show that this is only the beginning.     The whole EP has already more than 10M plays on digital platforms.       Tell our readers who you are in your own words.     I'm a chill guy, insecure and afraid of the world. I've been fighting for what I want and I got fame from one day to another so I'm trying to process it all now. I'm grateful everyday for what's happening to me and I'm now and lucky, so I'm trying to have a good and healthy relationship with my life, trying to keep doing good and most important, being a normal guy.     What is your first memory of acting and music?     First thing I remember as an actor is saying to my father: “Dad, I'd love be an acotr and I want to do it right now” I was 12 years old and he looked for some short films for me on the internet, trying to match my profile with some castings and that's where it all started.     In music I think the first thing I remember is when I was 10 years old, I used to note my songs over Eminem songs, showing them to my best friend Sam when we met.       Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?     I'm trying to give a big part of myself in each character I play. If I dont do it I just feel that the characters get empty, so that's why I want to feel they all represent me. The one I enjoyed the most is “El Desorden Que Dejas”, at least by now.     What gives you confidence?   My close friends, my family, my team... Since I'm famous the confindece looks mistrusted, so you gotta learn how to deal with it.       What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   Going to La Resistencia (Spanish TV Show) for example .I've had never been on a TV interview with public, so I was quite scared but it wasn't such a big deal at the end.     Something I dont have in my CV? That I keep it for myself, I try to not show too much of my private life, if I dont then I wont have anything else for me hahaha.     What is your personal motto?   Take care of life and life will take care of you.     What are your upcoming projects for this year among the new season of Elite?     I'm focused on music now and doing casting, looking for some interesting projects as an acotr. It's been some time already without acting and I'm pretty excited to do it again. I've got some projects but I expect to have some more.       Why acting and why music? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?     Always acting. It's been hard for me to deal with my emotions and that's because I feel like everything affects me pretty much. It's a fight between my way to adapt to things and how I get affected by everything that surrounds me. Being an actor saved me from that because it's a different way to express deeper emotions.     My career as musician is pretty similar, but with music I can express my own feelings.       With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?     Travelling is the most beautiful thing in the world. It opens your mind and makes you disconnect from your routine and your hometown. My best trip by the moment is Mexico, the longest I've done and the one I enjoyed the most.     What is your biggest outtake from last year?   The loss of my privacy, no doubts, and losing confidence in people who doesnt know me and judge you, doesnt mind if good or bad.     As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   It's something that worries me a lot and I'd love to get more involved with it. Most important thing right now is our land, earth, the world... and it's all getting too fuck up.     Tell us about your recently released debut EP.   It's something that feels old for me now, but I guess it'll always happen the same. From the moment you start working on it until you release it, feels like ages. But I'm very happy with how it's working and with the position it gives me as a musician. Best is still to come. Last March ARON released his long awaited debut EP, under the name “NIEVE”.     The young Spanish German singer and actor presents us with five songs produced by artists such as Mygal, Iseekarlo, Tweak or Miqui Brightside and features the collaborations of Jesse Báez and Polimá Westcoast, two of the artists with the most personality and relevance on the Latin American scene. , thus consolidating itself as one of the Spanish artists with the most international projection for this 2021.     “Nieve”, the title track of the EP, is accompanied by a visual piece in the form of a video clip shot by Tomás Peña with Manson and produced by CANADA. It shows us a life full of excesses in which success and fame generate a negative emotional weight in the artist, causing him a huge loneliness in the purest Malick style, also with an excellent photography direction by Albert Gay, who makes it the best music video of the singer so far.     The artwork created by the artist Cataln Ignasi Monreal, portraying the musician who, after achieving more than 25 million reproductions on digital platforms, presents his best work so far to show that this is only the beginning.     The whole EP has already more than 10M plays on digital platforms.       Tell our readers who you are in your own words.     I'm a chill guy, insecure and afraid of the world. I've been fighting for what I want and I got fame from one day to another so I'm trying to process it all now. I'm grateful everyday for what's happening to me and I'm now and lucky, so I'm trying to have a good and healthy relationship with my life, trying to keep doing good and most important, being a normal guy.     What is your first memory of acting and music?     First thing I remember as an actor is saying to my father: “Dad, I'd love be an acotr and I want to do it right now” I was 12 years old and he looked for some short films for me on the internet, trying to match my profile with some castings and that's where it all started.     In music I think the first thing I remember is when I was 10 years old, I used to note my songs over Eminem songs, showing them to my best friend Sam when we met.       Among all the roles you have played so far, which one embodies your personality the most?     I'm trying to give a big part of myself in each character I play. If I dont do it I just feel that the characters get empty, so that's why I want to feel they all represent me. The one I enjoyed the most is “El Desorden Que Dejas”, at least by now.     What gives you confidence?   My close friends, my family, my team... Since I'm famous the confindece looks mistrusted, so you gotta learn how to deal with it.       What is the most daring thing you did recently and tell us something that is not on your resume?   Going to La Resistencia (Spanish TV Show) for example .I've had never been on a TV interview with public, so I was quite scared but it wasn't such a big deal at the end.     Something I dont have in my CV? That I keep it for myself, I try to not show too much of my private life, if I dont then I wont have anything else for me hahaha.     What is your personal motto?   Take care of life and life will take care of you.     What are your upcoming projects for this year among the new season of Elite?     I'm focused on music now and doing casting, looking for some interesting projects as an acotr. It's been some time already without acting and I'm pretty excited to do it again. I've got some projects but I expect to have some more.       Why acting and why music? What inspired you to embark on a career in this industry?     Always acting. It's been hard for me to deal with my emotions and that's because I feel like everything affects me pretty much. It's a fight between my way to adapt to things and how I get affected by everything that surrounds me. Being an actor saved me from that because it's a different way to express deeper emotions.     My career as musician is pretty similar, but with music I can express my own feelings.       With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?     Travelling is the most beautiful thing in the world. It opens your mind and makes you disconnect from your routine and your hometown. My best trip by the moment is Mexico, the longest I've done and the one I enjoyed the most.     What is your biggest outtake from last year?   The loss of my privacy, no doubts, and losing confidence in people who doesnt know me and judge you, doesnt mind if good or bad.     As the theme of our Spring & Summer season is ELEMENTS and it is about sustainability, nature. Tell us about your perspective on sustainability and environment.   It's something that worries me a lot and I'd love to get more involved with it. Most important thing right now is our land, earth, the world... and it's all getting too fuck up.     Tell us about your recently released debut EP.   It's something that feels old for me now, but I guess it'll always happen the same. From the moment you start working on it until you release it, feels like ages. But I'm very happy with how it's working and with the position it gives me as a musician. Best is still to come.

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