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LONDON GRAMMAR RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE LOSE YOUR HEAD TODAY ON MINISTRY OF SOUND
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LONDON GRAMMAR RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE LOSE YOUR HEAD TODAY ON MINISTRY OF SOUND

Music London Grammar today release their brand new single Lose Your Head, the third to be taken from their forthcoming highly anticipated new studio album Californian Soil, which is set for release on April 9 2021 on Ministry Of Sound.     Lose Your Head premiered last night on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, arriving as the very first Hottest Record of 2021. The single embodies a new clarity of purpose centred around frontwoman Hannah Reid, who crafts a message of femininity and power on the new material. Co-produced by lauded electronic producer George FitzGerald - who also co-produced the band’s hugely successful return single Baby It’s You, which spent 2 months on the Radio 1 A List- Lose Your Head showcases not only the band’s talent, but also a new found energy at the heart of this new iteration of London Grammar.     Speaking about Lose Your Head Hannah Reid said, “Lose your head is about power and control in relationships. The lyrics are quite dark, but I wanted to show the song in an upbeat way”.       Californian Soil is the irrefutably beautiful third album from London Grammar, whose success and longevity as a band has traced the British pop graph for over a decade. Their debut double platinum selling record If You Wait garnered huge success upon its release in 2013, which was followed by their #1 record Truth Is A Beautiful Thing in 2017. To date the band have sold 3 million records and 1 million tickets globally, whilst their music has been streamed 1 billion times. Having garnered numerous BRIT nominations and awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello, London Grammar remain rooted as one of the most exceptional and successful artists of a generation. London Grammar today release their brand new single Lose Your Head, the third to be taken from their forthcoming highly anticipated new studio album Californian Soil, which is set for release on April 9 2021 on Ministry Of Sound.     Lose Your Head premiered last night on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, arriving as the very first Hottest Record of 2021. The single embodies a new clarity of purpose centred around frontwoman Hannah Reid, who crafts a message of femininity and power on the new material. Co-produced by lauded electronic producer George FitzGerald - who also co-produced the band’s hugely successful return single Baby It’s You, which spent 2 months on the Radio 1 A List- Lose Your Head showcases not only the band’s talent, but also a new found energy at the heart of this new iteration of London Grammar.     Speaking about Lose Your Head Hannah Reid said, “Lose your head is about power and control in relationships. The lyrics are quite dark, but I wanted to show the song in an upbeat way”.       Californian Soil is the irrefutably beautiful third album from London Grammar, whose success and longevity as a band has traced the British pop graph for over a decade. Their debut double platinum selling record If You Wait garnered huge success upon its release in 2013, which was followed by their #1 record Truth Is A Beautiful Thing in 2017. To date the band have sold 3 million records and 1 million tickets globally, whilst their music has been streamed 1 billion times. Having garnered numerous BRIT nominations and awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello, London Grammar remain rooted as one of the most exceptional and successful artists of a generation.

End of the year virtual party and experience with Tomorrowland
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End of the year virtual party and experience with Tomorrowland

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

In conversation with Mako
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In conversation with Mako

Music We had a delight chatting with artist Mako.     Hi! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. How have you been keeping during this crazy year?   Hi guys!  Thanks so much for having me :). I’ve been doing alright, thank God.  Feeling super grateful, working along in a dark room from the studio luckily happens to be covid-proof.  I was able to finish the record and keep up on everything else       Has no touring allowed you more time in the studio to create and maybe experiment with different sounds?   Yeah absolutely.  I’m a total studio rat by trade, so staying off the road (as much of a bummer as that is) has been a good chance to keep shedding and keeping things moving for the year ahead.     How have you been staying motivated during the various lockdowns we’ve faced this year? Have you had to look elsewhere for influences and musical inspiration?   Musically, it’s been really great.  There’s been a lot of inspiring records coming out, super creative + dope live-streaming going on.  Life - wise, like everybody else, its super tricky keeping energized and positive and motivated without mixing in a proper social life into the fold.  I didn’t actually realize how important that was to the writing process :). Time off and time to live is so huge.     You’ve just released your new album ‘Fable’, congratulations! Is the album something that you’ll be looking to tour if and when we return to some sort of normality in 2021?   I think it’d be such a shame not to put this music together for people on the road.  Thankfully, we’ve still got a tour with Lindsey Stirling on the books for Summer 2021.  Fingers crossed everything works out and all the dates hold!     Any plans to stream any performances of the album for your fans in the meantime?   I don’t have anything solid-solid yet.  But I think this would be a really great alternative in case a tour doesn’t happen.     What are your plans for the festival period? During these strange times I know a lot of people are planning on spending time with their families and enjoying a well-deserved break.   You know, it’s been a few years for me since ‘festival season’ was an active thing for me.  Since I switched to this live-setup, I don’t think I’ve really jumped onto the festival circuit.  It’d be so fucking cool to check that box in the future :)       Do you have any more plans for the album or new music as we move into 2021?    I’m scoring my first TV show as we speak!! I can’t say a lot about it yet, as we’re still in development.  But its sooooo exciting, and I can’t wait to announce more about this.     Thanks a lot for your time!    We had a delight chatting with artist Mako.     Hi! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. How have you been keeping during this crazy year?   Hi guys!  Thanks so much for having me :). I’ve been doing alright, thank God.  Feeling super grateful, working along in a dark room from the studio luckily happens to be covid-proof.  I was able to finish the record and keep up on everything else       Has no touring allowed you more time in the studio to create and maybe experiment with different sounds?   Yeah absolutely.  I’m a total studio rat by trade, so staying off the road (as much of a bummer as that is) has been a good chance to keep shedding and keeping things moving for the year ahead.     How have you been staying motivated during the various lockdowns we’ve faced this year? Have you had to look elsewhere for influences and musical inspiration?   Musically, it’s been really great.  There’s been a lot of inspiring records coming out, super creative + dope live-streaming going on.  Life - wise, like everybody else, its super tricky keeping energized and positive and motivated without mixing in a proper social life into the fold.  I didn’t actually realize how important that was to the writing process :). Time off and time to live is so huge.     You’ve just released your new album ‘Fable’, congratulations! Is the album something that you’ll be looking to tour if and when we return to some sort of normality in 2021?   I think it’d be such a shame not to put this music together for people on the road.  Thankfully, we’ve still got a tour with Lindsey Stirling on the books for Summer 2021.  Fingers crossed everything works out and all the dates hold!     Any plans to stream any performances of the album for your fans in the meantime?   I don’t have anything solid-solid yet.  But I think this would be a really great alternative in case a tour doesn’t happen.     What are your plans for the festival period? During these strange times I know a lot of people are planning on spending time with their families and enjoying a well-deserved break.   You know, it’s been a few years for me since ‘festival season’ was an active thing for me.  Since I switched to this live-setup, I don’t think I’ve really jumped onto the festival circuit.  It’d be so fucking cool to check that box in the future :)       Do you have any more plans for the album or new music as we move into 2021?    I’m scoring my first TV show as we speak!! I can’t say a lot about it yet, as we’re still in development.  But its sooooo exciting, and I can’t wait to announce more about this.     Thanks a lot for your time!   

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The first international Christmas Drag Show with the cast of ‘Drag Race Holland’
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The first international Christmas Drag Show with the cast of ‘Drag Race Holland’

Culture This Christmas, multiple drag professionals will join forces to create a spectacular online Christmas show. On December 26th 2020, (boxing day) the online event “All You Need is Drag” will take place. It will be one of the most unique, online, Dutch based productions of 2020, with the entire cast of Drag Race Holland season one.     In the past year, drag had an explosive growth due to the airing of Drag Race Holland. But after the show aired, the cast of the show was not able to perform for big groups of fans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That is something that needs to change”, states Danielle Jiskoot, founder of The Drag Agency. “We have to set the spotlight on the drag talents of The Netherlands in as many ways as possible.”      “All You Need is Drag“ is an online event for the whole family. Usually people would go to a Christmas show with the family, but since the pandemic has given events a problematic turn, the show will be brought to people's homes. All the cast members of Drag Race Holland season 1 will give exclusive performances made in collaboration with some of the most prominent producers, designers and choreographers to make this Christmas show a special one to remember.      Boxing Day:   The event will take place on boxing day, the 26th of December 2020, at 9PM CET (worldwide time zones available) the show will be live streamed for everybody that purchased a ticket via www.thedragarmy.com. In the show, the cast of Drag Race Holland will give a series of performances with a Christmas flavour. By giving people all over the world the chance to watch the same show, we give them the opportunity to still enjoy these holidays together even though we are separated physically.     Cast:   The entire line up for the show; Abby OMG, ChelseaBoy, Envy Peru, Janey Jacké, Madame Madness, Ma’MaQueen, Megan Schoonbrood, Patty Pam-Pam, Roem & Sederginne.     The Drag Army:   The Drag Army is the organization behind ‘All You Need is Drag’; a collective consisting of multiple prominent Dutch and Flemish entertainment professionals that all have strong connections with the drag community in The Netherlands and Belgium.        Tickets: Tickets are available via www.thedragarmy.com. Early bird tickets: €10,- Reguliere tickets: €15,- This Christmas, multiple drag professionals will join forces to create a spectacular online Christmas show. On December 26th 2020, (boxing day) the online event “All You Need is Drag” will take place. It will be one of the most unique, online, Dutch based productions of 2020, with the entire cast of Drag Race Holland season one.     In the past year, drag had an explosive growth due to the airing of Drag Race Holland. But after the show aired, the cast of the show was not able to perform for big groups of fans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That is something that needs to change”, states Danielle Jiskoot, founder of The Drag Agency. “We have to set the spotlight on the drag talents of The Netherlands in as many ways as possible.”      “All You Need is Drag“ is an online event for the whole family. Usually people would go to a Christmas show with the family, but since the pandemic has given events a problematic turn, the show will be brought to people's homes. All the cast members of Drag Race Holland season 1 will give exclusive performances made in collaboration with some of the most prominent producers, designers and choreographers to make this Christmas show a special one to remember.      Boxing Day:   The event will take place on boxing day, the 26th of December 2020, at 9PM CET (worldwide time zones available) the show will be live streamed for everybody that purchased a ticket via www.thedragarmy.com. In the show, the cast of Drag Race Holland will give a series of performances with a Christmas flavour. By giving people all over the world the chance to watch the same show, we give them the opportunity to still enjoy these holidays together even though we are separated physically.     Cast:   The entire line up for the show; Abby OMG, ChelseaBoy, Envy Peru, Janey Jacké, Madame Madness, Ma’MaQueen, Megan Schoonbrood, Patty Pam-Pam, Roem & Sederginne.     The Drag Army:   The Drag Army is the organization behind ‘All You Need is Drag’; a collective consisting of multiple prominent Dutch and Flemish entertainment professionals that all have strong connections with the drag community in The Netherlands and Belgium.        Tickets: Tickets are available via www.thedragarmy.com. Early bird tickets: €10,- Reguliere tickets: €15,-

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

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

In conversation with Ofenbach
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In conversation with Ofenbach

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

In conversation with Kim Lee
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In conversation with Kim Lee

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

‘Tales’ van Bosch
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‘Tales’ van Bosch

Music As an earnest, toothy twelve-year-old, Zanna van Vorstenbosch was runner-up in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Twelve years later, working as van Bosch, the Dutch model-turned-sea- siren returns to her founding passion with her forthcoming debut LP, Speed of Wood (2021).     Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9fZfu5BQU     Having glided like an unbothered sylph through a New York City most can only imagine, she stayed gold, never forgot herself. “Modeling opened the world to me,” she writes, “but music secures a space in it.” From her vantage at photo shoots she saw something all around her:   “The need to prove that we are successful in a material way,” she writes, was “prioritized without balance (both a balance within ourselves and with the world outside ourselves) and without attention to how to deal with mental health, relationships, stress, or how to dream, or how to love.” The protective barricade of wealth also forbade entrance to beautiful risk and hard truth— while letting slip through the paranoia and bloated self-regard which flourish when too few people are brave enough to tell us the truth.   So she wrote this song about it. “Count your prey, play your games,” she begins, “so much to prove, so little to gain.”     Interesting piano work, excellent drumming, well-wrought song structure, and the haunted wind of Old-World witchery all support a majestic vocal performance. (Wait for it.) And if, as you listen, you begin to think of Nico, Anika, or PJ Harvey, you’re not entirely right, but you’re not entirely wrong.     If “Tales,” as a song, is an indemnification of status without stature, money without meaning, and the loneliness of empty achievement, the video, Zanna says, is a ritual attempt to heal them, to bring them into a shadow-place free of arrogance, free of sight, free of the safe, overdetermined meanings toward which we strive: A Holy Virgin sits forbidding in theatre eyebrows behind an open veil, awaiting the return of her prodigals. Tears spill through a suffocating shroud. What is the difference between protection and imprisonment?     A woman sings directly into (or maybe under) dark water. Her wail ripples through it, elocuting the abyss beneath all she denounces, all she means to save, and she does not drown. What does it mean to sing lyrics against words? “The moment that you have your mind made up, the moment that you think it’s a certain way,” Zanna writes, “you lose that beauty. You can’t put your words on it, you can’t put your fingers on it. The moment that it’s in between, that’s where you can start to understand, that’s where you get fulfilled.”     “If you want to find some meaning to life” she sings, “don’t be too proud to say you know you’re blind.”     - Written by Alan Bajandas As an earnest, toothy twelve-year-old, Zanna van Vorstenbosch was runner-up in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Twelve years later, working as van Bosch, the Dutch model-turned-sea- siren returns to her founding passion with her forthcoming debut LP, Speed of Wood (2021).     Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9fZfu5BQU     Having glided like an unbothered sylph through a New York City most can only imagine, she stayed gold, never forgot herself. “Modeling opened the world to me,” she writes, “but music secures a space in it.” From her vantage at photo shoots she saw something all around her:   “The need to prove that we are successful in a material way,” she writes, was “prioritized without balance (both a balance within ourselves and with the world outside ourselves) and without attention to how to deal with mental health, relationships, stress, or how to dream, or how to love.” The protective barricade of wealth also forbade entrance to beautiful risk and hard truth— while letting slip through the paranoia and bloated self-regard which flourish when too few people are brave enough to tell us the truth.   So she wrote this song about it. “Count your prey, play your games,” she begins, “so much to prove, so little to gain.”     Interesting piano work, excellent drumming, well-wrought song structure, and the haunted wind of Old-World witchery all support a majestic vocal performance. (Wait for it.) And if, as you listen, you begin to think of Nico, Anika, or PJ Harvey, you’re not entirely right, but you’re not entirely wrong.     If “Tales,” as a song, is an indemnification of status without stature, money without meaning, and the loneliness of empty achievement, the video, Zanna says, is a ritual attempt to heal them, to bring them into a shadow-place free of arrogance, free of sight, free of the safe, overdetermined meanings toward which we strive: A Holy Virgin sits forbidding in theatre eyebrows behind an open veil, awaiting the return of her prodigals. Tears spill through a suffocating shroud. What is the difference between protection and imprisonment?     A woman sings directly into (or maybe under) dark water. Her wail ripples through it, elocuting the abyss beneath all she denounces, all she means to save, and she does not drown. What does it mean to sing lyrics against words? “The moment that you have your mind made up, the moment that you think it’s a certain way,” Zanna writes, “you lose that beauty. You can’t put your words on it, you can’t put your fingers on it. The moment that it’s in between, that’s where you can start to understand, that’s where you get fulfilled.”     “If you want to find some meaning to life” she sings, “don’t be too proud to say you know you’re blind.”     - Written by Alan Bajandas

In conversation with Nina Kraviz
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In conversation with Nina Kraviz

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

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

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

In conversation with DON DIABLO
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In conversation with DON DIABLO

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

In conversation with Dance System
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In conversation with Dance System

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

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