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No Art Hotel; the first festival in the 1.5 meter society
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No Art Hotel; the first festival in the 1.5 meter society

Parties The Amsterdam organization No Art is organizing the first Dutch festival in the 1.5 meter society in collaboration with A'DAM Toren and Sir Adam on Saturday 20 June. During the 24-hour festival, 120 visitors will be surprised with various activities, in multiple locations in the A'DAM Tower and in the hotel rooms of Sir Adam. The guidelines of the RIVM are taken into account at all times and throughout the entire event. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Het Rode Kruis Amsterdam-Amstelland. The pre-registration starts on Wednesday 27 May from 5 p.m. via the Facebook event.     Dinner show & Live streams: The evening starts with a three-hour dinner show where the visitors are divided between The Loft and A'DAM & Co. The dinner show consists of a combination of live art, live music and DJ sets. After dinner it is possible to move to another room for another two hours. The 120 visitors will be divided into four groups of 30 and will be allowed to shift to this space. Visitors are then taken to their rooms where they spend the rest of the festival with a maximum of four people per hotel room.   Each hotel room is equipped with a professional sound system and smart TV with the live stream which is broadcast from The Loft. In order to keep in touch with the other visitors, the rooms are interconnected via Zoom. Drinks can be ordered from the moving bar that passes the hotel rooms. It is strictly forbidden to leave your room during the event and this will be strictly checked by security.     Tickets: Given the expected popularity and limited capacity, the organization operates a lottery system. Interested parties can register online from Wednesday 27 May at 5 p.m. via the Facebook event with up to four people at the same time. After a random draw, it will be announced on 3 June which people have obtained a ticket.     About No Art: No Art is a collective that aims to provide guests with a special experience by combining house music and art with unique locations. No Art previously organized events in the Waalse Kerk, West-Indisch Huis, The Loft and with prominent names from the house scene.       NO ART HOTEL Date: June 20, 2020 Time: 3 pm - 3 pm Location: A’DAM Toren Line-up: TBA. Registration via: http://bit.do/fFGpm  The Amsterdam organization No Art is organizing the first Dutch festival in the 1.5 meter society in collaboration with A'DAM Toren and Sir Adam on Saturday 20 June. During the 24-hour festival, 120 visitors will be surprised with various activities, in multiple locations in the A'DAM Tower and in the hotel rooms of Sir Adam. The guidelines of the RIVM are taken into account at all times and throughout the entire event. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Het Rode Kruis Amsterdam-Amstelland. The pre-registration starts on Wednesday 27 May from 5 p.m. via the Facebook event.     Dinner show & Live streams: The evening starts with a three-hour dinner show where the visitors are divided between The Loft and A'DAM & Co. The dinner show consists of a combination of live art, live music and DJ sets. After dinner it is possible to move to another room for another two hours. The 120 visitors will be divided into four groups of 30 and will be allowed to shift to this space. Visitors are then taken to their rooms where they spend the rest of the festival with a maximum of four people per hotel room.   Each hotel room is equipped with a professional sound system and smart TV with the live stream which is broadcast from The Loft. In order to keep in touch with the other visitors, the rooms are interconnected via Zoom. Drinks can be ordered from the moving bar that passes the hotel rooms. It is strictly forbidden to leave your room during the event and this will be strictly checked by security.     Tickets: Given the expected popularity and limited capacity, the organization operates a lottery system. Interested parties can register online from Wednesday 27 May at 5 p.m. via the Facebook event with up to four people at the same time. After a random draw, it will be announced on 3 June which people have obtained a ticket.     About No Art: No Art is a collective that aims to provide guests with a special experience by combining house music and art with unique locations. No Art previously organized events in the Waalse Kerk, West-Indisch Huis, The Loft and with prominent names from the house scene.       NO ART HOTEL Date: June 20, 2020 Time: 3 pm - 3 pm Location: A’DAM Toren Line-up: TBA. Registration via: http://bit.do/fFGpm 

In conversation with NERVO, KREWELLA & RAJA KUMARI
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In conversation with NERVO, KREWELLA & RAJA KUMARI

Music Krewella x NERVO featuring Raja Kumari release a badass, empowering collab ‘Goddess’! And we had a chance to speak to them about the collaboration.   Hey guys! Tell us who you are, how you define what you do in the industry and a little about the music you make! NERVO: We are sisters - Mim and Liv, and we make up the electronic group NERVO. We are from Australia and have been global citizens, touring the world for the past 10 years. We started our career as songwriters, we have both recently had babies and we love tiramisu, schnitzel and cheese and pickle sandwiches.   KREWELLA: We are sisters, seekers, creators, creatures, whose dreams have somehow been fulfilled by the universe. We’re about to arrive at the decade-long point of our career of making music together, and as both family, collaborators, and business partners, it’s been quite the journey. While the dynamic of collaborating and building a business with a family member can be complex through constantly putting our relationship to the test, it has most definitely pushed us to keep the ourselves in check. As a result, the patience, awareness, and dedication to work through the personal struggles and artistic challenges together have brought forth emotional and creative breakthroughs that have been the fuel for Krewella’s evolution. The music we make has always embodied some sort of juxtaposition, whether that be soft with the aggressive, dark with light, ethereal with mechanical, confidence with confusion. A few years ago was a turning point, as we transitioned from releasing through a major label, to self-releasing. That decision opened us up to having more time, space, and confidence, to explore our multi-cultural upbringing, being half-Pakistani American. This fusion of East meets West has grounded itself as a pillar of our visual and sonic art, alongside our electronic roots.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m Raja Kumari, I was born in Los Angeles and started my career as a classical dancer, who later developed into a songwriter, writing hits for Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, and more. I’m also a judge and mentor on MTV Hustle,a rap battle competition show to help groom up and coming rappers!     You guys have a bad-ass, empowering new track out ‘Goddess’ – we hear that NERVO and Krewella were looking to work together for a long time and this was six years in the making! Tell us how the idea came about, how it has evolved from the early days and what you want people to get from the track! NERVO: We have known the girls and been fan of the girls since they started. We always spoke about getting in the studio together but due to our crazy touring schedules it was very difficult. Then sure enough, in 2019, the Krew sisters sent us an idea they had been working on. We immediately loved it, added our parts and the creative back and forth went on for about 5 months. Fast forward 10 months and here we are today releasing it. Sadly we were never able to actually get in the studio with the girls but hopefully that will change for the next collab. And who knows, perhaps if we are all stranded in LA due to COVID-19 we can make use of the time and make some tunes together, organically, how we all used to before we were touring machines!   KREWELLA: Liv and Mim of Nervo are such legends. We’ve been looking up to them since we were babies in this industry, and always appreciated their songwriting, sister-connection, ambition, and support of our project. Talks about collaborating were loosely thrown around on social media, or as we saw each other in passing at festivals. But when Yasmine and I started working on Goddess, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bring other bad bitches on the track. We wanted it to feel like a party. Our fellow sisters Mim & Liv brought in their perspective with the songwriting, and we made edits over Skype. They did a killer job of recording and producing their own vocals. It’s such a jam to dance too, and we just want listeners to feel their inner goddess and move their bodies freely while listening. Empowering oneself through body movement can be such a liberating way to tap into that spirit.   RAJA KUMARI: The girls in Krewella sent me the track about a year ago and said they wanted to create a female-empowerment anthem. They had sent me a few verses already written and I added the feature after I had heard the chorus. I wanted to name check some of the bad-ass female warriors of our past to complement the song.     And how did a talent such as Raja Kumari come to be on the track? NERVO: That is all down to The Krewella babes. They had the connect and of course we were thrilled about it!   KREWELLA: Raja was the icing on the cake. When she signed on to write her bridge and join the party, we felt even more connecting to the record. Her presence, being a badass Indian rapper, writer, and singer, integrated the cultural fusion that Yasmine and I live for.     How great is it to have a full female cast of artist for the collaboration? NERVO: It’s a dream come true to feature alongside so many great fierce women ! Not only are we female performers but a co-writer on the track is an extremely talented lady called KARRA. Love how these days girls are more and more involved in the making music. It hasn’t always been like this!   KREWELLA: It’s been a long time coming. And hopefully more to come. As our project continues to evolve, our future vision is becoming more clear in that involves more efforts to bring together voices who are still minorities in the dance community.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m really proud of the song,both for the feminine aspect but also because this combines three different cultures from across the globe, and shows that music is universal.     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? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? NERVO: It’s true that COVID-19 has completely crushed our industry’s live business but, it can never destroy it as our love for music and our need to dance will prevail. Short term, we will probably retreat to our previous lives as music makers and spend a lot more time in the studio. And long term (once a vaccine is found) I’m sure we will recover and the live business will return to it’s full glory, if not stronger as we will all have a new found appreciation of the freedoms we once took for granted. It has been difficult to see many of our team loose their jobs, from our agents to the promoters who have become our family over the past ten years, but change can bring a new perspective and hopefully this means we can all spend time with our families and think deeper about what we are grateful for and what is important to us. It’s clear that the world are showing a new found appreciation for our health workers and this is wonderful to see. Our thoughts are with everyone who has suffered through this virus. We are united in our pain and our will to overcome it.   KREWELLA: Honestly, I find that question to be so difficult to answer..there are so many different theories and projections being thrown around out there, and if anything, it’s just been making me feel like I don’t know shit about what’s going on, what’s to come, how to plan, and what to make of this whole experience. There’s so much confusion, lack of valid data, and uncertainty, to even speculate what how this pandemic will reconfigure the psyche of the community. And I don’t know if what I am personally experiencing is a reflection of the collective. I’m a bit all over the place emotionally, and my music choices are such a reflection of that. Maybe the general population is getting bored, overwhelmed, or numb to the constant churning out of music content that feels like a desperate attempt for relevance, and they’re seeking authentic, personal stories, created from a spiritual place outside the pressures of the industry. Or maybe the general population is just gobbling up all the content and spending more time browsing online to bide the time, or because entertainment is healing them. I think it might all be happening at once. At this point for music artists, the inability to plan and schedule our future almost seems to be becoming the “new norm,” and the vibe I’m getting is that some creatives are leaning into this. Like what can be created during this time when we remove the veil of “time.” Some might not even be creating yet. Just taking it slow. Taking it day by day, feeling the feels. Processing what thoughts, themes, emotions, and imagery, surface from the subconscious, as we are not busying ourselves with the hustle bustle of maintaining our positions. As I’m trying to be patient with my own creative process, I’d like to think this period of re-calibration and self-discovery as fertile soil for seeds of art to flourish. If you look at history, art and poetry flourished in such revolutionary ways after pandemics, wars, global disasters...There’s a quote by Egyptian cultural commentator Ahdaf Soueif that I often romanticize when I think the collective’s relationship with art and music: “...art shows your your own feelings, your own thoughts and impulses, articulated, transmuted, given form. And it shows you, in that act of mutual recognition, that you and the collective are one.”   RAJA KUMARI: I think there will be a significant conversation about mental health, and we need to be more open about what people are going through. I don’t think we’ll ever return to the routines we had before, and we’ll take a more cautious approach to things like live events and daily activities.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? How have you been spending this time? LIV : I am at the home we grew up in in Melbourne, Australia. Our grandmother has moved in and one person per week leaves to do a grocery shop. We have 5 people in our family who could be high risk to COVID-19 so we are all doing our best to stay isolated. So far we wake up, all have breakfast, watch the news (we are glued to it these days!) and then someone starts to prepare food. I have been playing the piano again which has been really lovely and my baby Ace has a lot of love around her :)   MIM : I am in Barcelona with my partner, his parents and our baby Ithaca. We are on complete lock down. We do not use the elevator, we stay indoors and we try not to watch too much news. I slowly chip away at emails and yesterday felt like being creative so worked on a small idea which I sent to Liv before I went to bed, so she can develop it further. These are the times we live in. It’s hard but thank God for skype, whatsapp and all the technology that makes staying in touch with family in Australia and work possible!   KREWELLA:  Learning to un-learn. Learning to open the heart and mind (Work in progress).   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been watching a lot of Trevor Noah and becoming more educated on what’s going on in the world, current events, and how people are being treated.     How do each of you find inspiration – is there anything particular such as art, fashion, family, or your heritage that you draw inspiration from? NERVO: Inspiration comes from everywhere. Lyrics are drawn from stories and experiences in our lives or the lives of our friends, and musically we are constantly evolving. We get bored of sounds very easily so are always pushing to make something different. Different places we travel inspire our fashion tastes, food and has an impact on so many aspects of our lives. Being able to travel the globe, interact with fans, meet different nationalities, and experience cultures has given us all the inspiration over the last 10+ years and we hope it can pick up again soon!   KREWELLA: Inspiration sometimes arrives at the doorstep of our souls as an unexpected visitor, and sometimes it can be discovered in places in the external environment. World music, Islamic imagery, nostalgic albums, nature’s enigma, taking deep breaths, slowing down, love, human connection, vivid dreams, novelty, dawn, golden hour...those are some things that stimulate my imagination. I get really down on myself when I go through creative droughts, and I’m working on being patient with myself during those internal seasons. But sometimes you just have to do some shit out of your norm to stir up stagnant energy and come up for air.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been learning a lot from the younger generation and next wave of musicians on how to create. After signing to Nas, I’ve been a;sp spending more time learning and studying the greats, how they approached mixing, melodies, and lyrics.     As all festivals are for now canceled across the globe it seems until the end of 2020, what new ways have you found of performing and reaching your audience? NERVO: We try and stay creative. Try and enjoy this forced vacation. It’s actually really lovely to be home with family and our babies. We have never had this much time off! With all the hours in the day it’s easy to be creative! The main issue we have is it is difficult not being together as we feel we create the best when we are together (it’s also a much quicker process when we are together). We will be releasing new music still, doing live stream events, and staying active on socials. It’s important to stay connected and we will do our part the best we can! Hope you enjoy the new sounds until we can get back in front of a live audience again, as there is nothing like it!   KREWELLA: Yasmine set up system for recording video and audio from her home studio, and we went pretty hard on streaming DJ sets, chats, and entertainment at first. Every week the energy of ourselves as individuals, as well the the collective Krew is different, so we’re constantly recalibrating our sense of balance with how much to put ourselves out there and engage online.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve loved being able to connect on different live platforms. It’s such a great way to have a one-on-one connection with people across the globe and check in with my fans.     Leading on from ‘Goddess’ – who are your favourite powerful, strong goddesses in your lives, or who are some women you guys look up to? NERVO: Our Aunty Mary is an inspiration. She is so giving and humble. She takes care of our 97 year old grandmother (who will likely live until she is 120 at this rate!). She has devoted her life to her family. In many ways we think this is very powerful and we certainly feel very grateful for her. Our Nonna (grandma) Laura is another inspiring woman in our lives. She has lived through war and hardship, immigrated from Italy to Australia, separated from family, worked full time while taking care of a household, widowed - twice, yet through all of this is still so positive. Her resilience is awe inspiring!   KREWELLA: Our mothers. Our grandmothers and ancestors who are no longer with us in this physical reality, but are woven in our DNA and have left a trail of spiritual seeds for us to follow. Our sisters Aisha and Nida. Esther Perel, Malala, Nadia Murad, Brene Brown, Nadya Okamoto, our manager Fiona (god bless that woman).... oh gosh....Too many too name, and too many I’m not even aware of. But major shoutout to the low-key goddesses in our lives. Like the ones the masses don’t know about, the ones who quietly radiate these beautiful vibrations that seep into your subconscious that influence and inspire you. The mom who rings me up at the grocery store, she calls me "honey" and gives me good blessings every time I check out. That's a goddess.   RAJA KUMARI: My mom is definitely the Goddess in my life. She’s always been my hero, and she’s always approached everything with class and grace.     Thank you for taking the time to speak to us guys, any final words for your European audience? Best of luck with the release! NERVO: Thank you everyone for the constant support. We feel you, we love you and we cannot wait to get back into things when this COVID-19 era is done diddy done! Krewella x NERVO featuring Raja Kumari release a badass, empowering collab ‘Goddess’! And we had a chance to speak to them about the collaboration.   Hey guys! Tell us who you are, how you define what you do in the industry and a little about the music you make! NERVO: We are sisters - Mim and Liv, and we make up the electronic group NERVO. We are from Australia and have been global citizens, touring the world for the past 10 years. We started our career as songwriters, we have both recently had babies and we love tiramisu, schnitzel and cheese and pickle sandwiches.   KREWELLA: We are sisters, seekers, creators, creatures, whose dreams have somehow been fulfilled by the universe. We’re about to arrive at the decade-long point of our career of making music together, and as both family, collaborators, and business partners, it’s been quite the journey. While the dynamic of collaborating and building a business with a family member can be complex through constantly putting our relationship to the test, it has most definitely pushed us to keep the ourselves in check. As a result, the patience, awareness, and dedication to work through the personal struggles and artistic challenges together have brought forth emotional and creative breakthroughs that have been the fuel for Krewella’s evolution. The music we make has always embodied some sort of juxtaposition, whether that be soft with the aggressive, dark with light, ethereal with mechanical, confidence with confusion. A few years ago was a turning point, as we transitioned from releasing through a major label, to self-releasing. That decision opened us up to having more time, space, and confidence, to explore our multi-cultural upbringing, being half-Pakistani American. This fusion of East meets West has grounded itself as a pillar of our visual and sonic art, alongside our electronic roots.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m Raja Kumari, I was born in Los Angeles and started my career as a classical dancer, who later developed into a songwriter, writing hits for Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, and more. I’m also a judge and mentor on MTV Hustle,a rap battle competition show to help groom up and coming rappers!     You guys have a bad-ass, empowering new track out ‘Goddess’ – we hear that NERVO and Krewella were looking to work together for a long time and this was six years in the making! Tell us how the idea came about, how it has evolved from the early days and what you want people to get from the track! NERVO: We have known the girls and been fan of the girls since they started. We always spoke about getting in the studio together but due to our crazy touring schedules it was very difficult. Then sure enough, in 2019, the Krew sisters sent us an idea they had been working on. We immediately loved it, added our parts and the creative back and forth went on for about 5 months. Fast forward 10 months and here we are today releasing it. Sadly we were never able to actually get in the studio with the girls but hopefully that will change for the next collab. And who knows, perhaps if we are all stranded in LA due to COVID-19 we can make use of the time and make some tunes together, organically, how we all used to before we were touring machines!   KREWELLA: Liv and Mim of Nervo are such legends. We’ve been looking up to them since we were babies in this industry, and always appreciated their songwriting, sister-connection, ambition, and support of our project. Talks about collaborating were loosely thrown around on social media, or as we saw each other in passing at festivals. But when Yasmine and I started working on Goddess, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bring other bad bitches on the track. We wanted it to feel like a party. Our fellow sisters Mim & Liv brought in their perspective with the songwriting, and we made edits over Skype. They did a killer job of recording and producing their own vocals. It’s such a jam to dance too, and we just want listeners to feel their inner goddess and move their bodies freely while listening. Empowering oneself through body movement can be such a liberating way to tap into that spirit.   RAJA KUMARI: The girls in Krewella sent me the track about a year ago and said they wanted to create a female-empowerment anthem. They had sent me a few verses already written and I added the feature after I had heard the chorus. I wanted to name check some of the bad-ass female warriors of our past to complement the song.     And how did a talent such as Raja Kumari come to be on the track? NERVO: That is all down to The Krewella babes. They had the connect and of course we were thrilled about it!   KREWELLA: Raja was the icing on the cake. When she signed on to write her bridge and join the party, we felt even more connecting to the record. Her presence, being a badass Indian rapper, writer, and singer, integrated the cultural fusion that Yasmine and I live for.     How great is it to have a full female cast of artist for the collaboration? NERVO: It’s a dream come true to feature alongside so many great fierce women ! Not only are we female performers but a co-writer on the track is an extremely talented lady called KARRA. Love how these days girls are more and more involved in the making music. It hasn’t always been like this!   KREWELLA: It’s been a long time coming. And hopefully more to come. As our project continues to evolve, our future vision is becoming more clear in that involves more efforts to bring together voices who are still minorities in the dance community.   RAJA KUMARI: I’m really proud of the song,both for the feminine aspect but also because this combines three different cultures from across the globe, and shows that music is universal.     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? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be? NERVO: It’s true that COVID-19 has completely crushed our industry’s live business but, it can never destroy it as our love for music and our need to dance will prevail. Short term, we will probably retreat to our previous lives as music makers and spend a lot more time in the studio. And long term (once a vaccine is found) I’m sure we will recover and the live business will return to it’s full glory, if not stronger as we will all have a new found appreciation of the freedoms we once took for granted. It has been difficult to see many of our team loose their jobs, from our agents to the promoters who have become our family over the past ten years, but change can bring a new perspective and hopefully this means we can all spend time with our families and think deeper about what we are grateful for and what is important to us. It’s clear that the world are showing a new found appreciation for our health workers and this is wonderful to see. Our thoughts are with everyone who has suffered through this virus. We are united in our pain and our will to overcome it.   KREWELLA: Honestly, I find that question to be so difficult to answer..there are so many different theories and projections being thrown around out there, and if anything, it’s just been making me feel like I don’t know shit about what’s going on, what’s to come, how to plan, and what to make of this whole experience. There’s so much confusion, lack of valid data, and uncertainty, to even speculate what how this pandemic will reconfigure the psyche of the community. And I don’t know if what I am personally experiencing is a reflection of the collective. I’m a bit all over the place emotionally, and my music choices are such a reflection of that. Maybe the general population is getting bored, overwhelmed, or numb to the constant churning out of music content that feels like a desperate attempt for relevance, and they’re seeking authentic, personal stories, created from a spiritual place outside the pressures of the industry. Or maybe the general population is just gobbling up all the content and spending more time browsing online to bide the time, or because entertainment is healing them. I think it might all be happening at once. At this point for music artists, the inability to plan and schedule our future almost seems to be becoming the “new norm,” and the vibe I’m getting is that some creatives are leaning into this. Like what can be created during this time when we remove the veil of “time.” Some might not even be creating yet. Just taking it slow. Taking it day by day, feeling the feels. Processing what thoughts, themes, emotions, and imagery, surface from the subconscious, as we are not busying ourselves with the hustle bustle of maintaining our positions. As I’m trying to be patient with my own creative process, I’d like to think this period of re-calibration and self-discovery as fertile soil for seeds of art to flourish. If you look at history, art and poetry flourished in such revolutionary ways after pandemics, wars, global disasters...There’s a quote by Egyptian cultural commentator Ahdaf Soueif that I often romanticize when I think the collective’s relationship with art and music: “...art shows your your own feelings, your own thoughts and impulses, articulated, transmuted, given form. And it shows you, in that act of mutual recognition, that you and the collective are one.”   RAJA KUMARI: I think there will be a significant conversation about mental health, and we need to be more open about what people are going through. I don’t think we’ll ever return to the routines we had before, and we’ll take a more cautious approach to things like live events and daily activities.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? How have you been spending this time? LIV : I am at the home we grew up in in Melbourne, Australia. Our grandmother has moved in and one person per week leaves to do a grocery shop. We have 5 people in our family who could be high risk to COVID-19 so we are all doing our best to stay isolated. So far we wake up, all have breakfast, watch the news (we are glued to it these days!) and then someone starts to prepare food. I have been playing the piano again which has been really lovely and my baby Ace has a lot of love around her :)   MIM : I am in Barcelona with my partner, his parents and our baby Ithaca. We are on complete lock down. We do not use the elevator, we stay indoors and we try not to watch too much news. I slowly chip away at emails and yesterday felt like being creative so worked on a small idea which I sent to Liv before I went to bed, so she can develop it further. These are the times we live in. It’s hard but thank God for skype, whatsapp and all the technology that makes staying in touch with family in Australia and work possible!   KREWELLA:  Learning to un-learn. Learning to open the heart and mind (Work in progress).   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been watching a lot of Trevor Noah and becoming more educated on what’s going on in the world, current events, and how people are being treated.     How do each of you find inspiration – is there anything particular such as art, fashion, family, or your heritage that you draw inspiration from? NERVO: Inspiration comes from everywhere. Lyrics are drawn from stories and experiences in our lives or the lives of our friends, and musically we are constantly evolving. We get bored of sounds very easily so are always pushing to make something different. Different places we travel inspire our fashion tastes, food and has an impact on so many aspects of our lives. Being able to travel the globe, interact with fans, meet different nationalities, and experience cultures has given us all the inspiration over the last 10+ years and we hope it can pick up again soon!   KREWELLA: Inspiration sometimes arrives at the doorstep of our souls as an unexpected visitor, and sometimes it can be discovered in places in the external environment. World music, Islamic imagery, nostalgic albums, nature’s enigma, taking deep breaths, slowing down, love, human connection, vivid dreams, novelty, dawn, golden hour...those are some things that stimulate my imagination. I get really down on myself when I go through creative droughts, and I’m working on being patient with myself during those internal seasons. But sometimes you just have to do some shit out of your norm to stir up stagnant energy and come up for air.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve been learning a lot from the younger generation and next wave of musicians on how to create. After signing to Nas, I’ve been a;sp spending more time learning and studying the greats, how they approached mixing, melodies, and lyrics.     As all festivals are for now canceled across the globe it seems until the end of 2020, what new ways have you found of performing and reaching your audience? NERVO: We try and stay creative. Try and enjoy this forced vacation. It’s actually really lovely to be home with family and our babies. We have never had this much time off! With all the hours in the day it’s easy to be creative! The main issue we have is it is difficult not being together as we feel we create the best when we are together (it’s also a much quicker process when we are together). We will be releasing new music still, doing live stream events, and staying active on socials. It’s important to stay connected and we will do our part the best we can! Hope you enjoy the new sounds until we can get back in front of a live audience again, as there is nothing like it!   KREWELLA: Yasmine set up system for recording video and audio from her home studio, and we went pretty hard on streaming DJ sets, chats, and entertainment at first. Every week the energy of ourselves as individuals, as well the the collective Krew is different, so we’re constantly recalibrating our sense of balance with how much to put ourselves out there and engage online.   RAJA KUMARI: I’ve loved being able to connect on different live platforms. It’s such a great way to have a one-on-one connection with people across the globe and check in with my fans.     Leading on from ‘Goddess’ – who are your favourite powerful, strong goddesses in your lives, or who are some women you guys look up to? NERVO: Our Aunty Mary is an inspiration. She is so giving and humble. She takes care of our 97 year old grandmother (who will likely live until she is 120 at this rate!). She has devoted her life to her family. In many ways we think this is very powerful and we certainly feel very grateful for her. Our Nonna (grandma) Laura is another inspiring woman in our lives. She has lived through war and hardship, immigrated from Italy to Australia, separated from family, worked full time while taking care of a household, widowed - twice, yet through all of this is still so positive. Her resilience is awe inspiring!   KREWELLA: Our mothers. Our grandmothers and ancestors who are no longer with us in this physical reality, but are woven in our DNA and have left a trail of spiritual seeds for us to follow. Our sisters Aisha and Nida. Esther Perel, Malala, Nadia Murad, Brene Brown, Nadya Okamoto, our manager Fiona (god bless that woman).... oh gosh....Too many too name, and too many I’m not even aware of. But major shoutout to the low-key goddesses in our lives. Like the ones the masses don’t know about, the ones who quietly radiate these beautiful vibrations that seep into your subconscious that influence and inspire you. The mom who rings me up at the grocery store, she calls me "honey" and gives me good blessings every time I check out. That's a goddess.   RAJA KUMARI: My mom is definitely the Goddess in my life. She’s always been my hero, and she’s always approached everything with class and grace.     Thank you for taking the time to speak to us guys, any final words for your European audience? Best of luck with the release! NERVO: Thank you everyone for the constant support. We feel you, we love you and we cannot wait to get back into things when this COVID-19 era is done diddy done!

In conversation with LARI LUKE
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In conversation with LARI LUKE

Music Exclusive interview with German DJ and producer LARI LUKE about her new tune ‘Out Of This Town’.   Lari Luke has already established herself as a prominent member of the music and entertainment scenes in Germany, having been a weekly resident on 1Live since 2015, and also starred in German TV as well as remixing music from heavyweight artists such as Rita Ora, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, and has had her music supported by Diplo. She has also performed at the likes of Parookaville and Lollapalooza. ‘In Your Eyes’ features vocals from Alida, who sang on Robin Schulz’s hit ‘In Your Eyes’.   For people who aren’t familiar with you as an artist, can you introduce yourself and tell the readers who LARI LUKE IS? I am a German DJ and producer. I was born in Ecuador and raised in Portugal and Germany. I am also a radio host and Mom of a dog and two cats.   ‘Out Of This Town’ is a big release for you, how does it feel now that the track has been released to the public? It’s a very exciting time for me. In Germany I was already known for my music and playing big shows and festivals, but now people from around the world are starting to know me and my music. What I love most about it is that now I get to know fans from other countries. The fanbase is rising and the fans connect themselves with each other. That’s beautiful.     What was the inspiration behind the track? Sometimes we tend to hide our talents, because society tells us to. People get mean sometimes and assume arrogance, when you say openly what you’re good at. So this song is about someone who isn’t going to hold their talents back any longer. Someone who leaves everything behind to catch their dreams. Because it’s ok to chase your dreams.     What was it like to collaborate with Alida on this new track? It was a great experience. Alida and I are very similar in our opinions and also our way to become the artists we are now was pretty similar. We connected immediately. She is such a great singer, writer and - this is the best part - such a relaxed and cool girl.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of the Corona crisis on the general perception of music? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it playing out? I think that at first it was a shock for everybody. But the music industry adapted very fast to the new circumstances and learnt a lot from it. I think that we will learn a lot from this experience and we will rapidly get back to normality.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I am working a lot and I have no problem doing it from home. I have no problem being alone and I am used to accepting situations for the way they are, if I can’t change them. I try to make the best out of it and stay positive. I think it’s great, that I can walk around in pyjamas all day and wear a beauty mask while I’m having important meetings on the phone.     What is your first memory with music? How did your journey into DJ’ing and production begin? I started writing and singing my own songs in bars in Barcelona during the time I was studying there. Then I came back to Germany, exchanged the guitar for DJ Equipment and started to produce my own music. It happened naturally. I didn’t really have a plan to become a big musician one day. I just liked to make music and to mess around with different music styles. So I combined my singer songwriter past, with my love for bass and house music. And the result was LARI LUKE.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I love to eat breakfast! Especially when it’s pizza from last night. And I love to eat before I go to bed. Yes I know, it’s not really healthy but I love to eat something warm and then fall asleep with a warm and full tummy.     What do you have planned next? I will release a lot of new songs and remixes. I have already worked with artists like Rita Ora, Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, and I am so excited to work with a lot of other artist as well.     What is your favourite part of performing in front of an audience? The audience itself. I love to connect with people that come to my shows. I don’t want to be just a DJ who plays a show for an audience. I want us all to party together and see how crazy we can go. The audience is what inspires me the most.   "Out of this town":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVNRg0Q3A4M Exclusive interview with German DJ and producer LARI LUKE about her new tune ‘Out Of This Town’.   Lari Luke has already established herself as a prominent member of the music and entertainment scenes in Germany, having been a weekly resident on 1Live since 2015, and also starred in German TV as well as remixing music from heavyweight artists such as Rita Ora, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels, and has had her music supported by Diplo. She has also performed at the likes of Parookaville and Lollapalooza. ‘In Your Eyes’ features vocals from Alida, who sang on Robin Schulz’s hit ‘In Your Eyes’.   For people who aren’t familiar with you as an artist, can you introduce yourself and tell the readers who LARI LUKE IS? I am a German DJ and producer. I was born in Ecuador and raised in Portugal and Germany. I am also a radio host and Mom of a dog and two cats.   ‘Out Of This Town’ is a big release for you, how does it feel now that the track has been released to the public? It’s a very exciting time for me. In Germany I was already known for my music and playing big shows and festivals, but now people from around the world are starting to know me and my music. What I love most about it is that now I get to know fans from other countries. The fanbase is rising and the fans connect themselves with each other. That’s beautiful.     What was the inspiration behind the track? Sometimes we tend to hide our talents, because society tells us to. People get mean sometimes and assume arrogance, when you say openly what you’re good at. So this song is about someone who isn’t going to hold their talents back any longer. Someone who leaves everything behind to catch their dreams. Because it’s ok to chase your dreams.     What was it like to collaborate with Alida on this new track? It was a great experience. Alida and I are very similar in our opinions and also our way to become the artists we are now was pretty similar. We connected immediately. She is such a great singer, writer and - this is the best part - such a relaxed and cool girl.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of the Corona crisis on the general perception of music? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it playing out? I think that at first it was a shock for everybody. But the music industry adapted very fast to the new circumstances and learnt a lot from it. I think that we will learn a lot from this experience and we will rapidly get back to normality.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I am working a lot and I have no problem doing it from home. I have no problem being alone and I am used to accepting situations for the way they are, if I can’t change them. I try to make the best out of it and stay positive. I think it’s great, that I can walk around in pyjamas all day and wear a beauty mask while I’m having important meetings on the phone.     What is your first memory with music? How did your journey into DJ’ing and production begin? I started writing and singing my own songs in bars in Barcelona during the time I was studying there. Then I came back to Germany, exchanged the guitar for DJ Equipment and started to produce my own music. It happened naturally. I didn’t really have a plan to become a big musician one day. I just liked to make music and to mess around with different music styles. So I combined my singer songwriter past, with my love for bass and house music. And the result was LARI LUKE.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I love to eat breakfast! Especially when it’s pizza from last night. And I love to eat before I go to bed. Yes I know, it’s not really healthy but I love to eat something warm and then fall asleep with a warm and full tummy.     What do you have planned next? I will release a lot of new songs and remixes. I have already worked with artists like Rita Ora, Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, and I am so excited to work with a lot of other artist as well.     What is your favourite part of performing in front of an audience? The audience itself. I love to connect with people that come to my shows. I don’t want to be just a DJ who plays a show for an audience. I want us all to party together and see how crazy we can go. The audience is what inspires me the most.   "Out of this town":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVNRg0Q3A4M

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Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1
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Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1

Design Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1 Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1

In conversation with Plastik Funk
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In conversation with Plastik Funk

Music Spanish-born, Germany-based Plastik Funk is a renegade within modern electronic dance music that, as European DJs and producers continue to dominate and entice, leads the charge with an impressive collection of accolades, mind-boggling energy and world-class releases to solidify his status.  Withan ever growing amount of multi-million streamed tracks to his name including the UK chart-smashing ‘Dr.Who!’ alongside Tujamo and Sneakbo (clocking in at 6 million Spotify plays alone) to his recent collaboration alongside Aussie sisters NERVO and Tim Morrison - ‘Dare Me’ on the mighty Spinnin’ Records, which has received over 2 million streams and still climbing! Plastik Funk continues to take his “bliss house” sound to audiences around the world. Whether he’s collaborating with elite artists such as Timmy Trumpet and Alle Farben, or remixing the likes of Robin Schulz, David Guetta or Robyn, the core of Plastik Funk’ssound is all about the party. From club shows to mainstage festival arenas it’s that bass-driven, bouncing house style that never fails to ignite a dancefloor and have the crowd in pure hysteria.    We spoke to Plastik Funk about the current situation and new music.   Your new track “Rock This Town” is now out. Tell us more about the tune and the collaboration. Yes its finally out and im super happy to see the amazing feedback and support. So many Big Names of the Business supported the track already. We tried to find a good combo between the Deekey and the Plastik Funk sound. This was easy and the combination just rocks!    How was it like working with Deekey on the new track? How did you guys decide for the collaboration? I was playing Deekey tracks and did dome special Edits of them, because i always loved the sound. I met this young russian guy in Amsterdam and we decided to work on a collab together. We did like 2-3 online sessions and the track was born. I tested the track for like 2 months and it was a floorfillqr in my sets from the first time i played it.    How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs? Its pretty bad actually, our business is the first which gets affected and the last which will get back to work… From February  - May i already lost 35 shows. We loosing a lot of money, but first of all we loosing a beautiful summer with the festivals we all love and we also need to survive. Im in Ibiza at the moment and the island is under a full lockdown. We are only allowed to leave the house for buying food, walk your dog or if you need to go to a doctor/hospital… Gives us a lot of time to work on music at least.   What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time? For me as i was touring non stop for years and living in the rush from week to week, its time to think, to organise myself, spent more time with creating ideas and tracks. beside being creative you need to take care of your body. We have to be home 24/7, so i think workouts & healthy food is so important to get thru this time. Also for me its very important to have a structured day to stay positive.   Tell us more about your sound, we know you have called it “bliss house” but how do you define this? Im a housemusic producer100%. So cool thing with music is, its has so many different styles and almost everything we hear has been here already before. If you mix styles you create something new. I always tried to keep my music identity with putting new influences from other styles into my own style. Someone asked me some years ago how to describe my sound, because they thought its a bit different to the future house which was put there. I call it Blisshouse and Bliss means: Happiness, Summer, good feelings, fun for everyone. Housemusic you can play and party to in Clubs but also on a MainStage at a big Festival.   What is your favourite festival experience so far? What festival are you most looking forward to getting back to post-quarantine? At the moment we dont know which will be the first festival we are allowed to play, we dont know when we getting back to normal… I have around 25 Festivals scheduled for summer 2020 and im looking forward to all the events coming. Especially after the quarantine time we will party like crazy, im 100% sure!   Tell us about your forthcoming track on Generation Smash, part of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s label? The next release is a collab with rising producers Relanium & Deen West. I know the guys from events in Germany and im playing a lot of their stuff lately. They sent me some ideas and we started working on a collab. The track is called #party and its an absolute dance floor killer! Thats my second release for the month of april and also a club tune. Super happy also with this track and can’t wait to show it to the world!   What is next in store for you? In May i will my collab with my brothers of Firebeatz on Spinnin records. We were working on this collab for long time and its a fire collab with an amazing vocal. Beside that i have 2 other collabs ready, 2 more collabs in the making and 2 solo tracks ready and signed. So 2020 im releasing more music than ever in one year.   Spanish-born, Germany-based Plastik Funk is a renegade within modern electronic dance music that, as European DJs and producers continue to dominate and entice, leads the charge with an impressive collection of accolades, mind-boggling energy and world-class releases to solidify his status.  Withan ever growing amount of multi-million streamed tracks to his name including the UK chart-smashing ‘Dr.Who!’ alongside Tujamo and Sneakbo (clocking in at 6 million Spotify plays alone) to his recent collaboration alongside Aussie sisters NERVO and Tim Morrison - ‘Dare Me’ on the mighty Spinnin’ Records, which has received over 2 million streams and still climbing! Plastik Funk continues to take his “bliss house” sound to audiences around the world. Whether he’s collaborating with elite artists such as Timmy Trumpet and Alle Farben, or remixing the likes of Robin Schulz, David Guetta or Robyn, the core of Plastik Funk’ssound is all about the party. From club shows to mainstage festival arenas it’s that bass-driven, bouncing house style that never fails to ignite a dancefloor and have the crowd in pure hysteria.    We spoke to Plastik Funk about the current situation and new music.   Your new track “Rock This Town” is now out. Tell us more about the tune and the collaboration. Yes its finally out and im super happy to see the amazing feedback and support. So many Big Names of the Business supported the track already. We tried to find a good combo between the Deekey and the Plastik Funk sound. This was easy and the combination just rocks!    How was it like working with Deekey on the new track? How did you guys decide for the collaboration? I was playing Deekey tracks and did dome special Edits of them, because i always loved the sound. I met this young russian guy in Amsterdam and we decided to work on a collab together. We did like 2-3 online sessions and the track was born. I tested the track for like 2 months and it was a floorfillqr in my sets from the first time i played it.    How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs? Its pretty bad actually, our business is the first which gets affected and the last which will get back to work… From February  - May i already lost 35 shows. We loosing a lot of money, but first of all we loosing a beautiful summer with the festivals we all love and we also need to survive. Im in Ibiza at the moment and the island is under a full lockdown. We are only allowed to leave the house for buying food, walk your dog or if you need to go to a doctor/hospital… Gives us a lot of time to work on music at least.   What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time? For me as i was touring non stop for years and living in the rush from week to week, its time to think, to organise myself, spent more time with creating ideas and tracks. beside being creative you need to take care of your body. We have to be home 24/7, so i think workouts & healthy food is so important to get thru this time. Also for me its very important to have a structured day to stay positive.   Tell us more about your sound, we know you have called it “bliss house” but how do you define this? Im a housemusic producer100%. So cool thing with music is, its has so many different styles and almost everything we hear has been here already before. If you mix styles you create something new. I always tried to keep my music identity with putting new influences from other styles into my own style. Someone asked me some years ago how to describe my sound, because they thought its a bit different to the future house which was put there. I call it Blisshouse and Bliss means: Happiness, Summer, good feelings, fun for everyone. Housemusic you can play and party to in Clubs but also on a MainStage at a big Festival.   What is your favourite festival experience so far? What festival are you most looking forward to getting back to post-quarantine? At the moment we dont know which will be the first festival we are allowed to play, we dont know when we getting back to normal… I have around 25 Festivals scheduled for summer 2020 and im looking forward to all the events coming. Especially after the quarantine time we will party like crazy, im 100% sure!   Tell us about your forthcoming track on Generation Smash, part of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s label? The next release is a collab with rising producers Relanium & Deen West. I know the guys from events in Germany and im playing a lot of their stuff lately. They sent me some ideas and we started working on a collab. The track is called #party and its an absolute dance floor killer! Thats my second release for the month of april and also a club tune. Super happy also with this track and can’t wait to show it to the world!   What is next in store for you? In May i will my collab with my brothers of Firebeatz on Spinnin records. We were working on this collab for long time and its a fire collab with an amazing vocal. Beside that i have 2 other collabs ready, 2 more collabs in the making and 2 solo tracks ready and signed. So 2020 im releasing more music than ever in one year.  

Dekmantel Festival 2020
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Dekmantel Festival 2020

Music This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl

In conversation with Darude
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In conversation with Darude

Music Famed for the global platinum-selling smash ‘Sandstorm’, Darude is recognised by many as one of the most influential artists to emerge from the dance scene in the past decade. With a DJ style that is a mixture of progressive and uplifting trance, fused with elements of tech, breaks and house, Darude’s music delivers a dynamic energy that gets any dancefloor moving. With over 15 years heavily touring North and South America, as well as leading shows in Asia and Australasia. His resume of accolades is a testament to the exponential growth of his profile as an international artist. Over the years he’s appeared on TV channels such as BBC, NBC, CNN and MTV, as well as having won a number of prestigious awards such as 2 x German Dance Awards, Dance Star Award, USA Golden Turntable DJ Award and he is a 3 x Finnish Grammy Award winner. His name has also appeared in numerous public-voted polls with previous entries in Top 100 DJs Poll and Americas Favourite DJ. We had a delight speaking with Darude about the current situation in the world and his new music.    How is the current situation in the world affecting you and other artists? As every other DJ & artist, I’m not touring until the coronavirus situation calms down and it’s safe for people to come together again. When I’m not on the road, my typical work weeks are not that different from this, though, everyone in the family being home now throughout the entire day presents some challenges to us all. Arranging and overseeing home schooling for our 10-year old takes a good bit of time, and trying to stay on top of a productive and positive family routine is taking a good bit of brain power and capacity, but so far we’ve stayed healthy - and relatively sane – so I guess we’re doing ok! :)    You’re lucky enough to have made a career out of the thing you love doing, and a lot of that has been down to successes such as ‘Sandstorm’, do you look back at the track with fondness at the opportunities it has given you?  Of course! I’ve done quite a lot since ‘Sandstorm,’ but it’s what started it all – it gave me the opportunity to tour and show people what I do and what I am about. Every time I hear the track or play it myself, I am extremely proud and happy!   What did it feel like representing your country at last year’s Eurovision? What was the experience like? It was a great honour to get to represent Finland! The whole journey was something I’ll never forget and I wouldn’t change it for anything! Getting to work with and share the experience with my dear friend Sebastian was great, and looking at my production methods and approaches from a different angle was a welcome change. I got to work with a great team of Finnish TV professionals for the Finnish national final and then on to Tel Aviv to be a part of one of the biggest live TV productions in the world – those experiences are invaluable both personally and professionally. Meeting the Eurovision fans was great as well, what a loving and excited bunch of people from all walks of life. Connecting with the fellow contestants was absolutely amazing as well – it lead to collaborations and even friendships!   What is the favourite place you have ever performed at and why? 2016 NYE at Kansalaistori in the city centre of Helsinki, Finland. I got to kick off 2017, the year we celebrated 100 years of Finnish independence, playing ‘Sandstorm’ to 100,000 fellow Finns, followed by an hour-long DJ set to keep the party going!    How would your year have looked differently if the current situation would have been different?  I’d be out on tour, US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, etc. We had a worldwide tour planned to start this summer, but it has, of course, been postponed, so we will also have to shuffle some music releases as well.   After so many years in the industry, what things have changed in those times? Is it now easier or harder to make it as an artist?  Available, advanced technology has made it more affordable for almost anyone to get their hands on some sort of recording and production tools, so I’d say harder, as there’s so much more competition now. I don’t mind that, though, because not everyone wants to or needs to be a superstar, but just to have fun expressing their feelings and talent through music. Also, I’m a prime example of someone who didn’t even know they wanted or could be a musician, but through technology I could actually program rhythms, chords and melodies that I was not able to play live at that point, and so getting creative in that way was possible. Anyone today finding something similar through mobile apps or computer software is probably feeling similar joy and exhilaration as I was, so I’m all for it!    When creating new tunes, how do you approach it? What is the first thing you start with? So many different ways! I used to be more of a grid based programmer in the beginning, like drum machine programming and I used arpeggiators a lot as well. I used to always start with drums and some bass, to get a monotonous driving foundation going first, then I’d start finding melodic elements to it, just listen to that until I started hearing things in it, then trying to get them out of my head and play or program on top of the beats. These days I sometimes still do that, but quite often I go through sounds and samples and start finding chords and melodies first, then come up with the beats and other production later. Sometimes I send instrumentals to singer-songwriters to write to and sometimes I get vocals from them first and create my music around it. Sometimes I have someone or many people in the studio, or over Skype, and we’ll vibe it out real time, come up with ideas or full songs from scratch.   What is next in store for you? Any new releases or projects you can tell us about? I’ll be putting out a bunch of original tracks this year. We’re shuffling our release schedule due to the pandemic, but stay tuned to my socials for the latest info. Hopefully fans will be excited about what I’m doing this year!    How do you think this summer will be in comparison to previous years with everything that is going on in the world? Well, it is certainly looking like it is going to be different than we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes. In the grand scheme of things, I’m not worrying about missing out on performances and parties, because everyone in the industry is in the same boat right now. What I AM worried about is my family’s, my friends’ and my loved ones’ physical & mental health – not only because of the virus itself, but because the financial struggle that will be so tough for so many as a result of this world crisis. I worry about every person’s capacity to withstand the hardship in front of us, which is why, more than ever, we need to look out for each other, and do our part now. Especially for the heroes on the frontlines of this crisis doing the painstakingly hard work to save us all. I am incredibly grateful for the immense sacrifice they make for all of us daily.     Lastly, what is your favourite thing about being creative and what makes you happy? I simply love coming to my studio and sitting down and letting ideas flow. Sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes it takes days, but I’ve learned not to be too frustrated about time and to trust that something good, fun, touching, positive, etc. will come out eventually, however long the detour is! Music and family are what bring me happiness.  Famed for the global platinum-selling smash ‘Sandstorm’, Darude is recognised by many as one of the most influential artists to emerge from the dance scene in the past decade. With a DJ style that is a mixture of progressive and uplifting trance, fused with elements of tech, breaks and house, Darude’s music delivers a dynamic energy that gets any dancefloor moving. With over 15 years heavily touring North and South America, as well as leading shows in Asia and Australasia. His resume of accolades is a testament to the exponential growth of his profile as an international artist. Over the years he’s appeared on TV channels such as BBC, NBC, CNN and MTV, as well as having won a number of prestigious awards such as 2 x German Dance Awards, Dance Star Award, USA Golden Turntable DJ Award and he is a 3 x Finnish Grammy Award winner. His name has also appeared in numerous public-voted polls with previous entries in Top 100 DJs Poll and Americas Favourite DJ. We had a delight speaking with Darude about the current situation in the world and his new music.    How is the current situation in the world affecting you and other artists? As every other DJ & artist, I’m not touring until the coronavirus situation calms down and it’s safe for people to come together again. When I’m not on the road, my typical work weeks are not that different from this, though, everyone in the family being home now throughout the entire day presents some challenges to us all. Arranging and overseeing home schooling for our 10-year old takes a good bit of time, and trying to stay on top of a productive and positive family routine is taking a good bit of brain power and capacity, but so far we’ve stayed healthy - and relatively sane – so I guess we’re doing ok! :)    You’re lucky enough to have made a career out of the thing you love doing, and a lot of that has been down to successes such as ‘Sandstorm’, do you look back at the track with fondness at the opportunities it has given you?  Of course! I’ve done quite a lot since ‘Sandstorm,’ but it’s what started it all – it gave me the opportunity to tour and show people what I do and what I am about. Every time I hear the track or play it myself, I am extremely proud and happy!   What did it feel like representing your country at last year’s Eurovision? What was the experience like? It was a great honour to get to represent Finland! The whole journey was something I’ll never forget and I wouldn’t change it for anything! Getting to work with and share the experience with my dear friend Sebastian was great, and looking at my production methods and approaches from a different angle was a welcome change. I got to work with a great team of Finnish TV professionals for the Finnish national final and then on to Tel Aviv to be a part of one of the biggest live TV productions in the world – those experiences are invaluable both personally and professionally. Meeting the Eurovision fans was great as well, what a loving and excited bunch of people from all walks of life. Connecting with the fellow contestants was absolutely amazing as well – it lead to collaborations and even friendships!   What is the favourite place you have ever performed at and why? 2016 NYE at Kansalaistori in the city centre of Helsinki, Finland. I got to kick off 2017, the year we celebrated 100 years of Finnish independence, playing ‘Sandstorm’ to 100,000 fellow Finns, followed by an hour-long DJ set to keep the party going!    How would your year have looked differently if the current situation would have been different?  I’d be out on tour, US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, etc. We had a worldwide tour planned to start this summer, but it has, of course, been postponed, so we will also have to shuffle some music releases as well.   After so many years in the industry, what things have changed in those times? Is it now easier or harder to make it as an artist?  Available, advanced technology has made it more affordable for almost anyone to get their hands on some sort of recording and production tools, so I’d say harder, as there’s so much more competition now. I don’t mind that, though, because not everyone wants to or needs to be a superstar, but just to have fun expressing their feelings and talent through music. Also, I’m a prime example of someone who didn’t even know they wanted or could be a musician, but through technology I could actually program rhythms, chords and melodies that I was not able to play live at that point, and so getting creative in that way was possible. Anyone today finding something similar through mobile apps or computer software is probably feeling similar joy and exhilaration as I was, so I’m all for it!    When creating new tunes, how do you approach it? What is the first thing you start with? So many different ways! I used to be more of a grid based programmer in the beginning, like drum machine programming and I used arpeggiators a lot as well. I used to always start with drums and some bass, to get a monotonous driving foundation going first, then I’d start finding melodic elements to it, just listen to that until I started hearing things in it, then trying to get them out of my head and play or program on top of the beats. These days I sometimes still do that, but quite often I go through sounds and samples and start finding chords and melodies first, then come up with the beats and other production later. Sometimes I send instrumentals to singer-songwriters to write to and sometimes I get vocals from them first and create my music around it. Sometimes I have someone or many people in the studio, or over Skype, and we’ll vibe it out real time, come up with ideas or full songs from scratch.   What is next in store for you? Any new releases or projects you can tell us about? I’ll be putting out a bunch of original tracks this year. We’re shuffling our release schedule due to the pandemic, but stay tuned to my socials for the latest info. Hopefully fans will be excited about what I’m doing this year!    How do you think this summer will be in comparison to previous years with everything that is going on in the world? Well, it is certainly looking like it is going to be different than we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes. In the grand scheme of things, I’m not worrying about missing out on performances and parties, because everyone in the industry is in the same boat right now. What I AM worried about is my family’s, my friends’ and my loved ones’ physical & mental health – not only because of the virus itself, but because the financial struggle that will be so tough for so many as a result of this world crisis. I worry about every person’s capacity to withstand the hardship in front of us, which is why, more than ever, we need to look out for each other, and do our part now. Especially for the heroes on the frontlines of this crisis doing the painstakingly hard work to save us all. I am incredibly grateful for the immense sacrifice they make for all of us daily.     Lastly, what is your favourite thing about being creative and what makes you happy? I simply love coming to my studio and sitting down and letting ideas flow. Sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes it takes days, but I’ve learned not to be too frustrated about time and to trust that something good, fun, touching, positive, etc. will come out eventually, however long the detour is! Music and family are what bring me happiness. 

In conversation with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
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In conversation with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Music  After regaining the #1 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll last year, capping off what was an impressive year that included releasing their huge single ‘Instagram’ alongside David Guetta, Natti Natasha, Daddy Yankee and Afro Bros, which stands out at over 150 million streams, and also collaborated with Paris Hilton on ‘Best Friends Ass’, which featured a music video starring the likes of Kim Kardashian West. Dimitri is also passionate about film, and recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood, while Mike also has aspirations in the urban music world, and has released a number of solo releases over the past year, as well as recently announced a new label, ‘Green Room’, for his solo music and other music in that style. The duo have also previously collaborated with the likes of Wiz Khalifa.    We had a delight to speak with Mike and Dimitri:    How does it feel to be listed at the top of the Top 100 DJ’s poll again?  Dimitri: We’re really happy to have the fans continue to support us like this. We work really hard to keep engaged with them and always try to give them something new and exciting, whether that’s new music, a new aspect to our shows or new projects that we get involved in, so it’s great to see their love and appreciation. Without them none of this would be possible, so we’re truly grateful.    Mike:We’ve always had a special relationship with our fans. They fuel our passion and drive to always push forward.     How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs?    Mike:We’re all in this together right now and it’s the only way we’re going to get back to how life was before this, by sticking together. For us, it’s been a change because we’re so used to being on the road for weeks at a time, travelling and playing shows, so we’ve had to adjust just like the rest of the world has. For touring musicians, this gives an almost unprecedented opportunity to write new music with so much free time, and I expect to hear a ton of amazing new music coming out of this.    What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time?   Dimitri: We’re used to being flexible and try to maintain a routine whilst on the road to keep us in the best state physically and mentally, and I think that is especially important during this extraordinary time. People need to carry on exercising and eatting healthy, and spend time communicating with their friends and family. There are so many ways to keep in touch, so it’s been fun seeing the new creative methods that people are using to stay in contact with one another! The most important thing in all of this is people’s health and wellbeing.    How does the huge success of your single “Instagram” make you feel?   Dimitri: It’s a great feeling. The song took a while to write, but we all were really happy with the outcome, and to see that being received so well by our fans means everything to us. It was great having so many talented artists work on ‘Instagram and just bouncing off each other.   Mike: We love to collaborate with artists and producers whose work we admire. For this project everybody brought something different to the table and the synergy was really smooth.   What do you guys have in store for the future?   Mike:We’ve spent a lot of time in the studio recently, working on new music and finishing projects, so we have a lot of new sounds ready to drop in the next few months. We’re really excited about our upcoming music schedule, fans can expect some interesting collaborations and a bunch of new singles from us too.    You were recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood. How is it like trying something new like acting? How was the experience & do you have any other similar projects that you are working on?   Dimitri: I’ve always been fascinated by film, conveying stories and emotions on screen the same as you would when working on music. Being involved on different sets and working with hugely skilled actor/actresses in the film industry has taught me a lot about showcasing different themes, and I think that has had a knock-on effect on our music as a result. Getting to work alongside big screen heroes like Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Bouncer and Sylvester Stallone in the latest Rambo movie are highlights of my side career in the film industry and push me on to achieve more. I’m always looking at new projects to be involved in, I will be announcing some more soon!    You have recently announced your new label “Green Room”, congratulations! How do you source artist for your new label and tell us more about the launch.   Mike: Thank you! This has been a project I’ve been working on for a while, which is centred around my love for urban music. I’ve been releasing a number of solo singles over the past year, so launching the label felt like the next natural step for this. I am constantly on the lookout for new music and listening to new talent and different styles, so the aim of the label is to nurture these guys and give them a platform to express themselves, as well as for me to release my own music. The label launched with my single ‘High Off Love’, which fans are really digging at the moment.   Lastly, what would be your favourite thing about performing live in front of a big crowd like Mysteryland, Tomorrowland and similar?   Mike: For us it’s all about the back and forth with the crowd that makes it so special. The connection with the fans is so strong and is always a two-way thing, we feed off their energy and that shows in the performance, and in turn the crowd reaction to that is memorable every time.  Dimitri: Playing our music to people and seeing them react has always been one of the most important things in what we do. To see our songs making so many people happy, creating memories and having an effect on their lives makes what we do worthwhile, I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of that and will be forever thankful for the position we are in.    For the weekend we suggest you listen their new track: https://open.spotify.com/track/00JoqMc5KZFLpdrtymo6f0  After regaining the #1 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll last year, capping off what was an impressive year that included releasing their huge single ‘Instagram’ alongside David Guetta, Natti Natasha, Daddy Yankee and Afro Bros, which stands out at over 150 million streams, and also collaborated with Paris Hilton on ‘Best Friends Ass’, which featured a music video starring the likes of Kim Kardashian West. Dimitri is also passionate about film, and recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood, while Mike also has aspirations in the urban music world, and has released a number of solo releases over the past year, as well as recently announced a new label, ‘Green Room’, for his solo music and other music in that style. The duo have also previously collaborated with the likes of Wiz Khalifa.    We had a delight to speak with Mike and Dimitri:    How does it feel to be listed at the top of the Top 100 DJ’s poll again?  Dimitri: We’re really happy to have the fans continue to support us like this. We work really hard to keep engaged with them and always try to give them something new and exciting, whether that’s new music, a new aspect to our shows or new projects that we get involved in, so it’s great to see their love and appreciation. Without them none of this would be possible, so we’re truly grateful.    Mike:We’ve always had a special relationship with our fans. They fuel our passion and drive to always push forward.     How does COVID-19 affect your work and cancelled gigs?    Mike:We’re all in this together right now and it’s the only way we’re going to get back to how life was before this, by sticking together. For us, it’s been a change because we’re so used to being on the road for weeks at a time, travelling and playing shows, so we’ve had to adjust just like the rest of the world has. For touring musicians, this gives an almost unprecedented opportunity to write new music with so much free time, and I expect to hear a ton of amazing new music coming out of this.    What do you do and suggest to our readers to do during quarantined time?   Dimitri: We’re used to being flexible and try to maintain a routine whilst on the road to keep us in the best state physically and mentally, and I think that is especially important during this extraordinary time. People need to carry on exercising and eatting healthy, and spend time communicating with their friends and family. There are so many ways to keep in touch, so it’s been fun seeing the new creative methods that people are using to stay in contact with one another! The most important thing in all of this is people’s health and wellbeing.    How does the huge success of your single “Instagram” make you feel?   Dimitri: It’s a great feeling. The song took a while to write, but we all were really happy with the outcome, and to see that being received so well by our fans means everything to us. It was great having so many talented artists work on ‘Instagram and just bouncing off each other.   Mike: We love to collaborate with artists and producers whose work we admire. For this project everybody brought something different to the table and the synergy was really smooth.   What do you guys have in store for the future?   Mike:We’ve spent a lot of time in the studio recently, working on new music and finishing projects, so we have a lot of new sounds ready to drop in the next few months. We’re really excited about our upcoming music schedule, fans can expect some interesting collaborations and a bunch of new singles from us too.    You were recently featured in Rambo: Last Blood. How is it like trying something new like acting? How was the experience & do you have any other similar projects that you are working on?   Dimitri: I’ve always been fascinated by film, conveying stories and emotions on screen the same as you would when working on music. Being involved on different sets and working with hugely skilled actor/actresses in the film industry has taught me a lot about showcasing different themes, and I think that has had a knock-on effect on our music as a result. Getting to work alongside big screen heroes like Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Bouncer and Sylvester Stallone in the latest Rambo movie are highlights of my side career in the film industry and push me on to achieve more. I’m always looking at new projects to be involved in, I will be announcing some more soon!    You have recently announced your new label “Green Room”, congratulations! How do you source artist for your new label and tell us more about the launch.   Mike: Thank you! This has been a project I’ve been working on for a while, which is centred around my love for urban music. I’ve been releasing a number of solo singles over the past year, so launching the label felt like the next natural step for this. I am constantly on the lookout for new music and listening to new talent and different styles, so the aim of the label is to nurture these guys and give them a platform to express themselves, as well as for me to release my own music. The label launched with my single ‘High Off Love’, which fans are really digging at the moment.   Lastly, what would be your favourite thing about performing live in front of a big crowd like Mysteryland, Tomorrowland and similar?   Mike: For us it’s all about the back and forth with the crowd that makes it so special. The connection with the fans is so strong and is always a two-way thing, we feed off their energy and that shows in the performance, and in turn the crowd reaction to that is memorable every time.  Dimitri: Playing our music to people and seeing them react has always been one of the most important things in what we do. To see our songs making so many people happy, creating memories and having an effect on their lives makes what we do worthwhile, I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of that and will be forever thankful for the position we are in.    For the weekend we suggest you listen their new track: https://open.spotify.com/track/00JoqMc5KZFLpdrtymo6f0

In conversation with Martin Jensen
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In conversation with Martin Jensen

Music Martin Jensen originally wanting to take more of a ‘behind the scenes’ role as a lighting engineer and designer, but his unmistakeable talent as a DJ quickly placed him in the spotlight as a creative powerhouse. “I’m drawn to the songs that get into your head and seem to stay there. That’s the music that I love to create”says Martin, whose uncompromising and unorthodox production style has garnered listeners from all over the world and racked up millions of followers on Facebook.   His first few singles launched him into the musical stratosphere, showcasing his innovative way of crafting sounds and tracks that resonant with fans from all over the globe. His breakthrough viral track “Sí” featured a sample of famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. And follow up single, “All I Wanna Do”, cemented his position as one of the world’s leading hit makers as he has also gone on to collaborate with names including The Vamps, and #1 artist James Arthur. Continuing his meteoric rise, “Solo Dance” has gone down as one of the most-recognised tracks in recent years, from pop chart plays, to keeping the dancefloor on fire, it also featured a young singer that wanted to remain unknown. “She wanted to be anonymous and we kept our promise.”  Says Martin Jensen, who goes on to explain the idea behind the song’s lyrics.“It’s about going out clubbing, and that it is really only a great night if you’ve been dancing all night long.” – an ethos that no doubt many fans can get behind. With an unbelievable upshot in its popularity receiving over 1 million streams daily upon release and hitting over 1 billion streams and counting; ‘Solo Dance’ is quickly converting new listeners to fans and beyond around the globe, but it doesn’t stop there. Lending his golden touch to remix work for Rita Ora, Ava Max and artist of the decade Ed Sheeran, the sky appears to not even the limit to Jensen’s skills. Martin was also named one of DJ Mags top 100 DJs in the world in 2016, the first Danish artist to enter since Trentemøller in 2007,a very well-deserved feat as he is not only at the midst of his heights, he’s just getting started with an extensive dot-to-dot of tour dates to boot. “It’s a massive achievement for a DJ. It’s just as awesome as reaching the charts in the US or the UK” says Martin Jensen. “It’s amazing and extra awesome because DJ Mag’s top 100 is created by its readers – the fans that actually listen and dance to the music.” Continues the 25-year-old Danish DJ and Producer phenomenon. “Next I’m going to conquer the world!” .  As well as performing atTomorrowland, Lollapalooza and the largest party venue on the planet, World Club Dome, he has not only proven but exceeded the level of quality to his shows and live achievements at a selection of some of the most heralded events on Earth.  Wrapping up 2019 with an extensive US bus tour and set to white-knuckle ride his way through 2020 with a timeline of exclusive new projects and dates across his calendar, get poised for Martin Jensen’s biggest and best year yet!   We had a delight to speak with Martin:   How would you put/ describe your work into past, present & future? What I did in my past was about music touring and all that kind of stuff as you know me from and the present is sitting  home and gaming staying safe! The future is hopefully getting out there again really soon and start playing shows again, the Corona is a hard time for everybody and we have to respect it but it’s especially hard when you’re living as an artist where your income comes from playing live shows. Right now, all the artists and friends I know, none of them have anything they can do but sit in the studio and produce new stuff but we also like getting out and doing the shows. To be honest, that is what pays the bills! So for now, it’s a pretty hard time for all artists and DJs but hey, this thing isn’t gonna stay forever!     How did you first get involved in making music? I’ve been playing as a DJ for many many years and one day I was like “Hey I don’t just wanna be a DJ playing in cubs, I wanna be the guy in the main lights so I started producing, too, to see if it would work. My first track was ‘Night After Night’ which I released to craziness! After I released it, a few months later I got a record deal and everything went super fast. It was nice to try to do “the impossible”, a lot of people said to me “Martin you’re never going to be a DJ, you’re never going to make it as that”, so it was a good feeling to try and to prove them wrong – I must say that.   When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune? The first thing I do when I’m creating new music is definitely starting out refining with singer/ songwriters in a session and then just trying to jam out of that; if we hit something , let’s go for that  and if we don’t, we need to find  new way to create it. I never really just start out with making a beat, for me it is more important that everything is just about the lyrics and the melodies and if you just start with the production, for me, it’s not my natural way of creating a  track.      Tell us about your new track ‘Carry On’ with MOLOW, how did that come about and what inspired the single? It’s quite funny because I had no idea who MOLOW were before the single, but the whole thing came out of the record label I’m signed to. They came to me asking if I wanted to be a part of the single and after I heard the early stages of ‘Carry On’ from them I was like “Woah, this is a dope single, I need to be a part of this!”. I liked it but could see a few things I wanted to add so I asked if they would be open – everyone was happy with our final track and then we actually released it kind of fast. They were super easy to work with and it felt super easy to create once the inspiration flowed. Especially now in the time of Corona, it sends a message with the lyrics to ‘Carry On’, so you know it feels inspiring with the times that were in at the moment.   What can we expect from you in the coming year? Right now, who knows if I’ll be sitting in my studio for the rest of the year or if we’ll all be back out touring, I’m hoping by the end of the year things will look good with touring and I can see everyone smiling when I get back out there. That is definitely my #1 goal!   What is your career highlight so far? My highlight to be honest would be everything I’ve been doing at the moment; playing the clubs, releasing music, that is it, every day is a highlight! Yu know, I appreciate it so much to be able to do what I’m doing and now being back home, it makes me realise how awesome it actually is that I’ve built my career to this. Now, when I do get back on the road, I’ll appreciate it so much more, not just sitting at home but being able to get out and show the world why I am here.   What is the funniest fan gift you have ever received? It is a bit of a weird gift! There was a girl at one of my shows who came up to me and asked me for an autograph and I said “Yes, no problem, of course!” but she wanted me to autograph her leg and I was like “Oh, ok” – I signed her leg and then she said “I want to have it tattooed!”! When I got home from tour two weeks later, I had a note on Instagram with a picture and she actually got it tattooed, I was like “Oh my gosh!” because I didn’t just give her my autograph I gave her my signature so after that, I made a new one but she saw it as something special. It wasn’t just a gift to me but a gift to her, also.    You also just started a new fashion merchandise line – tell us about how the process was creating that, and why you decided to do so? I have a merch line right now where it has my name and logo across the arms, or the chest, or the back and I wanted to create something else, so I wanted to create something fashionable for my fans. This line of merch I have now is something you’d wear going to a concert or being casual, it’s not something you’d wear to go out on like Christmas Eve or whatever, but this line is for going to school, hanging with friends, so I wanted to create a fashion line and my manager Marc, he also has a very good eye for design, and Natasha my girlfriend is a model, so she also knows a lot about fashion, they helped me with a full team effort to create the pieces. It felt really great to work together as a team away from being in the studio, or being on tour, so we could be different and I think the results are great. It’s now available online!    How is it like being one of  DJ MAGS top 100 DJs? For me, to be one of the it’s just absolutely insane, if you’re sitting down and thinking about it for a second, I’m one of the 100 best DJs in the world but I’m actually also in the top 50 DJs in the world which is just absolutely insane compared to how many DJs and people are actually out there! For me to have this recognition from the industry and my fans is amazing and crazy and I appreciate it every day. I love you guys for that, really!     Who would your dream collaboration be? There is no doubt about that, that would definitely be Taylor Swift! For me, she is the most inspiring and genius musician we have on earth, her lyrics, melodies, everything is just so on point with every track and I really admire how she handles all the pressure.    Thank you for having me and see you with some new music soon! Bellow a new tune: "Carry On"  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hn18kuDh8o&feature=emb_logo   Martin Jensen originally wanting to take more of a ‘behind the scenes’ role as a lighting engineer and designer, but his unmistakeable talent as a DJ quickly placed him in the spotlight as a creative powerhouse. “I’m drawn to the songs that get into your head and seem to stay there. That’s the music that I love to create”says Martin, whose uncompromising and unorthodox production style has garnered listeners from all over the world and racked up millions of followers on Facebook.   His first few singles launched him into the musical stratosphere, showcasing his innovative way of crafting sounds and tracks that resonant with fans from all over the globe. His breakthrough viral track “Sí” featured a sample of famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. And follow up single, “All I Wanna Do”, cemented his position as one of the world’s leading hit makers as he has also gone on to collaborate with names including The Vamps, and #1 artist James Arthur. Continuing his meteoric rise, “Solo Dance” has gone down as one of the most-recognised tracks in recent years, from pop chart plays, to keeping the dancefloor on fire, it also featured a young singer that wanted to remain unknown. “She wanted to be anonymous and we kept our promise.”  Says Martin Jensen, who goes on to explain the idea behind the song’s lyrics.“It’s about going out clubbing, and that it is really only a great night if you’ve been dancing all night long.” – an ethos that no doubt many fans can get behind. With an unbelievable upshot in its popularity receiving over 1 million streams daily upon release and hitting over 1 billion streams and counting; ‘Solo Dance’ is quickly converting new listeners to fans and beyond around the globe, but it doesn’t stop there. Lending his golden touch to remix work for Rita Ora, Ava Max and artist of the decade Ed Sheeran, the sky appears to not even the limit to Jensen’s skills. Martin was also named one of DJ Mags top 100 DJs in the world in 2016, the first Danish artist to enter since Trentemøller in 2007,a very well-deserved feat as he is not only at the midst of his heights, he’s just getting started with an extensive dot-to-dot of tour dates to boot. “It’s a massive achievement for a DJ. It’s just as awesome as reaching the charts in the US or the UK” says Martin Jensen. “It’s amazing and extra awesome because DJ Mag’s top 100 is created by its readers – the fans that actually listen and dance to the music.” Continues the 25-year-old Danish DJ and Producer phenomenon. “Next I’m going to conquer the world!” .  As well as performing atTomorrowland, Lollapalooza and the largest party venue on the planet, World Club Dome, he has not only proven but exceeded the level of quality to his shows and live achievements at a selection of some of the most heralded events on Earth.  Wrapping up 2019 with an extensive US bus tour and set to white-knuckle ride his way through 2020 with a timeline of exclusive new projects and dates across his calendar, get poised for Martin Jensen’s biggest and best year yet!   We had a delight to speak with Martin:   How would you put/ describe your work into past, present & future? What I did in my past was about music touring and all that kind of stuff as you know me from and the present is sitting  home and gaming staying safe! The future is hopefully getting out there again really soon and start playing shows again, the Corona is a hard time for everybody and we have to respect it but it’s especially hard when you’re living as an artist where your income comes from playing live shows. Right now, all the artists and friends I know, none of them have anything they can do but sit in the studio and produce new stuff but we also like getting out and doing the shows. To be honest, that is what pays the bills! So for now, it’s a pretty hard time for all artists and DJs but hey, this thing isn’t gonna stay forever!     How did you first get involved in making music? I’ve been playing as a DJ for many many years and one day I was like “Hey I don’t just wanna be a DJ playing in cubs, I wanna be the guy in the main lights so I started producing, too, to see if it would work. My first track was ‘Night After Night’ which I released to craziness! After I released it, a few months later I got a record deal and everything went super fast. It was nice to try to do “the impossible”, a lot of people said to me “Martin you’re never going to be a DJ, you’re never going to make it as that”, so it was a good feeling to try and to prove them wrong – I must say that.   When making music, what is the first thing you do or process you turn to, when creating a new tune? The first thing I do when I’m creating new music is definitely starting out refining with singer/ songwriters in a session and then just trying to jam out of that; if we hit something , let’s go for that  and if we don’t, we need to find  new way to create it. I never really just start out with making a beat, for me it is more important that everything is just about the lyrics and the melodies and if you just start with the production, for me, it’s not my natural way of creating a  track.      Tell us about your new track ‘Carry On’ with MOLOW, how did that come about and what inspired the single? It’s quite funny because I had no idea who MOLOW were before the single, but the whole thing came out of the record label I’m signed to. They came to me asking if I wanted to be a part of the single and after I heard the early stages of ‘Carry On’ from them I was like “Woah, this is a dope single, I need to be a part of this!”. I liked it but could see a few things I wanted to add so I asked if they would be open – everyone was happy with our final track and then we actually released it kind of fast. They were super easy to work with and it felt super easy to create once the inspiration flowed. Especially now in the time of Corona, it sends a message with the lyrics to ‘Carry On’, so you know it feels inspiring with the times that were in at the moment.   What can we expect from you in the coming year? Right now, who knows if I’ll be sitting in my studio for the rest of the year or if we’ll all be back out touring, I’m hoping by the end of the year things will look good with touring and I can see everyone smiling when I get back out there. That is definitely my #1 goal!   What is your career highlight so far? My highlight to be honest would be everything I’ve been doing at the moment; playing the clubs, releasing music, that is it, every day is a highlight! Yu know, I appreciate it so much to be able to do what I’m doing and now being back home, it makes me realise how awesome it actually is that I’ve built my career to this. Now, when I do get back on the road, I’ll appreciate it so much more, not just sitting at home but being able to get out and show the world why I am here.   What is the funniest fan gift you have ever received? It is a bit of a weird gift! There was a girl at one of my shows who came up to me and asked me for an autograph and I said “Yes, no problem, of course!” but she wanted me to autograph her leg and I was like “Oh, ok” – I signed her leg and then she said “I want to have it tattooed!”! When I got home from tour two weeks later, I had a note on Instagram with a picture and she actually got it tattooed, I was like “Oh my gosh!” because I didn’t just give her my autograph I gave her my signature so after that, I made a new one but she saw it as something special. It wasn’t just a gift to me but a gift to her, also.    You also just started a new fashion merchandise line – tell us about how the process was creating that, and why you decided to do so? I have a merch line right now where it has my name and logo across the arms, or the chest, or the back and I wanted to create something else, so I wanted to create something fashionable for my fans. This line of merch I have now is something you’d wear going to a concert or being casual, it’s not something you’d wear to go out on like Christmas Eve or whatever, but this line is for going to school, hanging with friends, so I wanted to create a fashion line and my manager Marc, he also has a very good eye for design, and Natasha my girlfriend is a model, so she also knows a lot about fashion, they helped me with a full team effort to create the pieces. It felt really great to work together as a team away from being in the studio, or being on tour, so we could be different and I think the results are great. It’s now available online!    How is it like being one of  DJ MAGS top 100 DJs? For me, to be one of the it’s just absolutely insane, if you’re sitting down and thinking about it for a second, I’m one of the 100 best DJs in the world but I’m actually also in the top 50 DJs in the world which is just absolutely insane compared to how many DJs and people are actually out there! For me to have this recognition from the industry and my fans is amazing and crazy and I appreciate it every day. I love you guys for that, really!     Who would your dream collaboration be? There is no doubt about that, that would definitely be Taylor Swift! For me, she is the most inspiring and genius musician we have on earth, her lyrics, melodies, everything is just so on point with every track and I really admire how she handles all the pressure.    Thank you for having me and see you with some new music soon! Bellow a new tune: "Carry On"  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hn18kuDh8o&feature=emb_logo  

In conversation with GRiZ
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In conversation with GRiZ

Music GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.   GRiZ’s sound is a mixture of electronic elements, funk, hip-hop and bass. Last year saw him release his acclaimed ‘Ride Waves’ album, which featured collaborations with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. He completed two tours of the US around the album, taking in over 30 shows in the process.  To give a bit of background, Last year  his collaboration with Subtronics, ‘Griztronics’, hit huge success, becoming the #1 trending song on Tik Tok and was placed in a number of end-of-year lists, including Billboard’s Top 50 dance songs of the year. GRiZ’s message is all about showing love and spreading love, and every year he launches a GRiZmas initiative , consisting of a number of events to raise money for local causes (including group meditation etc…), amassing over $100,000 this year, and he is an advocate for LGBTQ+ community, after coming out in an open letter via the Huffington Post. GRiZ has also just been announced high on the bill at this year’s Coachella, which was moved to a later date this year, and performed also at last years’s Electronic Family festival in the Netherlands.    I had the opportunity to speak with Grant about his work and his life. See below the full interview:   What were your beginning with electronic music like? I think that the best things in life come to you  out of places that are unexpected and out of leaving yourself open to putting energy into things & letting that energy flow you into the next space instead of trying to push against the currents. I'm putting energy out there and if it's not resonating back to me,  then i'm gonna switch it up.  When I was 14, my friend's older brother introduced me to music production software and electronic music, so we got it all in once and I was already musical at the time playing an instrument and I loved working on music. It was always just easy to do it, I did not have to sit myself down and push myself to do it so it kind of came naturally. And here we are now, still feel the same and that hasn't changed.    Could you firstly tell me more about your twelve day festival called GRiZmas?   I think that the most important thing is an invention to bring fans into Detroit from even the times when Detroit was less populated city as compared to a lot of other cities, Detroit is many things and for sure a very musical city as well.  Due to the amount of fans we really wanted to engage with the fans and have fun besides the primary objective which is to raise money for charity.  When I was in elementary school I was offered to play a musical instrument like many other kids. Back in 2009 many music school programs were cut in public schools in Detroit. We can contribute by creating an solution which is GRiZmas. With the primary objective to raise money for charity. What the charity then does is that they offer after-school music programs and arts programs as well as computer technology programs to kids.  We hope this can be as inspiration also for other people to get involved as well. While it won't fully solve the problem, as the education issue is way larger than anytime before.   How did you become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and what are the positive outcomes since you have started?   I saw my position in the music scene as a place of visibility, people see me on stage. When i was growing up, I did not have many role models to look at that i could particularly relate to. I represent myself, therefore I needed to be first comfortable with myself and what was going on with me. So I wanted  to find myself in the good space with it and now I use this platform as an extension to show kids that it is cool to be gay, and it's lame to be gay & and it's normal to be gay. I think that by exposing different lifestyles it becomes more "normal".    Describe Amsterdam with your own words.   Hazy but on point. Dream-like in a way for sure. It surely changes in different seasons and it's always a cool experience.   What are your expectations of Coachella as this year sees you make your debut?   I'm excited. I've been playing at festivals for almost a decade and this is one I have never played at, as we were waiting for it to be the right time besides being in the right mental space with what the festival has to offer. Playing this year it's really fantastic to come at it from a place of ownership of my brand and who I am, which also comes to a great realisation that GRiZ is counter culture and at a place like Coachella that is really cool. I think that people from Coachella try to think outside of the box and keep it new and fresh. I’m also excited about releasing some new tracks there and show people that dance music has so many different faces and put our  flag on the moon, check it out.   What is your message with creating music? I just want it to be emotional and reflecting of my feelings and honest. Positively, inclusivety and pride of course. Deep down the surface for it to be emotional. I want you to come to my show and cry, get chills, give somebody a hug... music is all these different things to me.   How was it like collaborationg with the likes of Wiz Kalifa, Snopp Dogg to name a few on your new album?   They're cultural icons and I have been listening to their music forever. I never though I would have an opportunity to even have a conversation with them let alone have their vibe mingling with my music. Still the experience hasn't sunk in yet. It's such an honor.   What else do you have planned this year? Among many festivals internationally both completely new shows or some I have played before, also releasing a lot of new music this year. Continue to keep things fresh and come out with new music and enjoy the experience.  

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