Ever since their previous release on Smash The House ‘Victorum’ received early support from label heads Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, aswell as label alumni Yves V and W&W, along with the success of ‘All Aboard’ with Bassjackers, which was picked up by top-tier names such as Martin Garrix, Afrojack, W&W and Alan Walker to name a few, the prolific Belgian duo of D'Angello & Francis now take their next production to unchartered, epic territory.
Ushering in nostalgia with a time-transporting sample of youthful chatters to garner attention, Arizonian vocalist Nino Lucarelli’s dulcet tones taking over really take control and drive the track into a pop-meets-EDM level of sunshine-drenched joy.
Simple build-ups underpinned by synth lines and renditions that recite “Living For The Weekend/ Losing All Your Best Friends” and winds up to Nino asking “Remember Back When We Were Kings?”; D'Angello & Francis’s irresistible release gets set to be one of the laid-back, sing-a-long and electro-drenched tracks of the Summer season, and fresh off the back of recent performances at Tomorrowland and Tomorrowland UNITE, should ensure the pairs impressive rise continues in the same vein.
Make sure you get your dose of vitamin D and grab your copy August 10th, only via Smash The House!
Download/stream "Kings" here: lnk.to/STHKings
As a writer who usually filters through more tracks a week, it is sometimes easy to miss a gem during a quick preview. Unfortunately, that was the case when I first heard “Take your place" days ago. Released on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label, the collaboration between Cid and Vinne.
"Take your place" is one of those songs that grows with every listen and it’s easy to hear why: old school, reminiscent of Daft punk sound with a dirty drop break and vocal saying the easily memorable title.
Completely unexpected, here’s a track for DJs that want to surprise their crowds with something a little different.
CID himself says:
“VINNE was one of the first producers I heard when I was introduced to the Brazilian Bass sound. We met last spring when I was on tour in Brazil and soon after, we started working on Take Your Place It’s a dance floor weapon that has been getting amazing reactions everywhere I play it.”
VINNE adds: “I really enjoyed the creative process involved in this song and I’m looking forward to hear what you all think about it. Just push play!”
All the big are already supporting this track and it is definitely easy to hear why.
link spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/75VK8bndxaYgob3k2aT684?si=M138tZIuTKCJ0_I2_jWBpw
Dutch DJ and producers The Him and Jordan Jay release their new single, making sure you never want to leave their side. It’s a straight up musical pleasure for the ear, with its uplifting piano chords, energetic beat and joyful soul vocal. A perfect tune to turn any occasion into a happy one. Get ready to smile and dance on ‘By Your Side’, out now on Spinnin’ Records.
‘By Your Side’ is the follow up single to The Him’s recently released ‘Broken Love’. It’s their first time collabing with fellow Dutchman Jordan Jay. “It was so much fun working with Jordan Jay in the studio. You never know what the outcome is when you start working together. This collab worked out really well and we are so happy with the result!”, Steven from The Him explains. Jeroen continues: “We feel that this track represents both our styles and it works great live. We played it on Tomorrowland and the crowd went NUTS!”.
“’By You Side’ consists of an old-school vocal combined with a fresh 2018 future house sound.”, Jordan Jay explains. For him ‘By Your Side’ is his newest release after ‘Treat You Right’ earlier this year. He continues: “The first time I met The Him was backstage at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. We met up because The Him really liked my remix for Zedd’s ‘The Middle’. After this I sent them some music which they liked and eventually we did a studio session together. I had this project with a vocal from an old Z.Z. Hill track. They really liked it and we started working on this tune. This is what became ‘By Your Side’.”
Jeroen Kerstens and Steven berghuijs have been paving their way towards international success since the start of The Him back in 2015. Whether it be crafting infectious melodies with their transcendent originals and innovative remixes or their electrifying crowds with their energetic sets, the duo are the international dance force to be reckoned with. Today the day they can include a numerous of official remixes for the likes of A-list talents such as The Chainsmokers, Miike Snow and Miley Cyrus and a string of succesfull originals like ‘Feels Like Home’, ‘Don’t Leave Without Me’, ‘I Wonder’, ‘Always’ and most recently ‘Broken Love’ (feat. Parson James) to their name. Their hard work and talent has not been unnoticed, as Disruptor Management soon had them on their radar and signed them to their roster, as well as Spinnin’ Records. The Him’s touring history has played an integral role in their rise and is equally impressive as their music achievements; from supporting Galantis accross the U.S. to playing alongside some of the world’s greatest DJs including Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Kygo, The Chainsmokers. This summer they are playing at some of the biggest festivals such as Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza and Sizget to name a few.
Jordan Jay – real name Jordi Coenradie - is a Dutch dance producer and DJ. His passion for music was ignited at the early age of 15. He initially started producing dubstep and drum and bass, but later found out his passion lies with house music, and that is where his heart still is to this day. After his first official release ‘Haze’ with Charlie Ray in 2016, which was supported by industry heavy weights Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, David Guetta and more, he continued his musical journey in 2017 with an innovated sound. Other tracks from Jordan Jay are ‘Black’, his huge collaboration with Holl & Rush ‘Another Day’, and the most recently released ‘Treat You Right’, which received write-ups from Dancing Astronaut, DJ Mag and more respectable blogs and was supported by Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Lucas & Steve and many more.
THE HIM interview
Your recent release, “By your side ” already has fans craving more. Could you both explain what led you to creating this new song?
We've been playing some of Jordan Jay's remixes in our sets for a while and when we recently met at Ultra in Miami we decided we had to jump in the studio together. Jordan had found this old vocal sample and we started on it together in our studio in Amsterdam.
How has it been working together?
It was really great. Jordan Jay is such a talented producer and he knows exactly what he is doing. He has a different sound then we do so it was a lot of fun to see how he approached things and find a way to make it work with our sound.
Dutch DJs have influenced in the music scene very much. We start Wondering if culture or education in Dutch may effects on your music. What do you think?
They put something in the water back over here haha. Nah just kidding! We grew up with dance music and got inspired by it and decided to give it a try. We never thought we would come this far). It probably also helps that the weather is bad most of the year so you don't feel bad when you sit in the studio all day.
What inspires you most to make a new track and gets you into the studio?
We love good songs. We almost always start with a cool vocal and then build the production around it. It's just so great when it all comes together and a track works. We love it!
What were some of your biggest inspirations when you were first starting?
Steven: Tiesto & Armin van Buuren for sure!
Jeroen: Calvin Harris and Deadmau5
What were the best gigs you ever played and what were the funniest.
Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza and the funniest one is definitly when all connecting flights from a show got canceled due to the snow. We took an uber for 6 hours and made it on time for the show!
Things that occurred during your performances?
Steven: I'm always so nervous that I need to do a pee pee 5 minutes before the show.
Jeroen: ate a pizza during the set without anyone knowing
What is the one thing you always bring on tour with you?
Steven: My stones! Mom told me that it would give me some extra power and good for sleeping. Told her already "what ever works mam" haha.
Jeroen: Sweatpants, need to be comfy on those long flights.
From producers’ standpoint, how do you feel about the progression of EDM.
We think it's coming back again. People will shift back from all that pop stuff and make great club & festival music once again ?
Where do you see yourselves and your music in the next five years?
Playing mainstages all around the world and releasing great music!
Anything you want to say to your malaysian fans?
We can't wait to see you in Malaysia!! Much love Jeroen&Steven
INTERVIEW – Jordan Jay
Your recent release, “By your side ” already has fans craving more.
Could you both explain what led you to creating this new song?
Shortly after we met at Ultra Miami we spoke about doing something together. After a couple months we did a studio session for which I had prepared some ideas. One of them was an early version of By Your Side.
How has it been working together?
It was really great! These guys have is so good. Really loved working with them and hope to work more with them in the future :)
Dutch DJs have influenced in the music scene very much. We start
wondering if culture or education in Dutch may effects on your music.
What do you think?
I personally haven't had any music classes in highschool or preschool. There's a big dance culture in the Netherlands though!
What inspires you most to make a new track and gets you into the studio?
I just love creating and being creative! That feeling when thousands of people go wild on a piece that you've created in the studio is just phenomenal!
What were some of your biggest inspirations when you were first
Axwell/Swedish House Mafia and Don Diablo
What were the best gigs you ever played and what were the funniest
things that occurred during your performances?
I loved playing in 013 a little while back. It was a big student party which I played B2B with my buddy Charlie Ray.
What is the one thing you always bring on tour with you?
Nothing out of the ordinary! Just a backpack with my USB's, headphones and laptop!
From producers’ standpoint, how do you feel about the progression of EDM
I feel like it's always shifting. I like that every time you think everything has been done, something new emerges!
Where do you see yourselves and your music in the next five years?
Releasing on big labels, touring all over the world!
Anything you want to say to your malaysian fans?
Huge thank you for all the love and support! ❤
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Kryder has been busy on the release front, following up his top 10 placement in 1001 Tracklist’s most supported producers last year with standout releases in the first half of 2018, including remix work for the likes of Wankelmut, Clean Bandit and Robin Schulz. Now Kryder turns his attentions closer to home, as he extends the growth of his hugely successful Kryteria radio show, broadcast to over 100 FM stations, with the debut label release of Kryteria, featuring arguably one of dance music’s hottest names in Steve Angello.
The resulting output is ‘Romani’, a track both artists have been teasing out since the turn of the year, as Kryder continues to extend his reputation as a purveyor of unshakably consistent house music, with an anthem that is set to be heard across festival fields the world over throughout the summer.
Kryder wastes no time, as a low bass is introduced that adds to the underlying carnival feel of the track. A repeating trumpet sample propels the song forward, progressing throughout and ramping up the tension as the track builds towards its climax. The hook of the track comes in the form of chanting vocals, which develop as the track breaks down with a vintage atmosphere punctuated by a slowing tempo, which gradually increases again before returning to the tribal rhythm, providing a memorable apex of a track that will keep fans of Kryder on their toes.
This team up with Steve Angello has been a long time coming, and the result is an anthem that is well worth the wait, as Kryder launches the label arm of Kryteria in style. Combined, the pair have received support on their music from the highest calibre of dance music, including Fatboy Slim, Martin Garrix and Hardwell, and next chapter ‘Romani’ is set to follow suit and give Kryteria the push-start the track warrants. Set to be one of the hottest tracks this festival season.
Hey Chris welcome to Dj Mag Malaysia! Where in the world are you at in
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me. I am currently in Hong Kong, I have a show here at Dragon-I which I can’t wait for, the crowd in Asia are always amazing and super responsive.
Massive news from you right now is the release of your brand-new single
‘Romani" in collaboration with Steve Angello, swinging our way on
Kryteria Records. What you can tell us about this track?
This is a track I have been really looking forward to for the past few months, not only because it is a collaboration with Steve Angello, who has been one of my inspirations for a number of years, but also because it is the debut release on my Kryteria Records label. Kryteria has existed as a weekly radio show for a while now, and the response is always great so it felt natural for me to launch it as a label, and to do so with Steve is an absolute bonus.
Where did you play this tune for the first time? What about the crowd
It was such a long time ago now, Steve Angello played it at Tomorrowland 2017, pretty much exactly a year ago, and the reaction was insane. There are crowd videos of the first time he played it and the response still gives me goosebumps.
Who or what would you say is your biggest musical influence?
I get musical influences from a whole host of sources. Musically, I have always had the most inspiration from DJ’s themselves, artists like Axwell, Ingrosso and of course Steve have all been really supportive of me and my music, signing it to their labels and booking me on their tours, so for me they would have to be some of my biggest influences.
Sosumi records was the first original free dance music label. Many have
imitated you, how does it feel to have launched a trend like this?
It feels great to make a difference in dance music, in whatever way I can. At the time I knew the struggles for new producers to get their music heard, so by launching Sosumi I was able to use my platform to help give new talent the chance to shine and move forward in their own careers.
What are your plans for your new label?
Release more music. I have lots of new tracks planned for release with the label, so the wheels are definitely in motion. Off the back of that, there are also plans in place to do label showcases and things outside the box, keep your eyes peeled!
If you hadn’t have become a producer, what else was a possible career
I have always been involved in dance music, since I can remember. From starting out I always loved to go to parties and soak up the atmosphere, so from a fairly young age being a DJ/producer has always been the only thing on my mind.
Tell us about your studio.
I have a fairly basic setup in the studio as I think it’s more about the end product than what gear you have in the studio, and with the quality of in the box plug-ins and synth emulators, it really is difficult to tell the two apart. I use Ableton Live and midi keyboard, along with a few pieces of outboard gear, and that is enough for me to get the sound I want. One tip I have always given is keep it simple and use a small number of instruments and plugins but get to know them really well, that way you have a better chance of getting the sound that you want out of them.
Given that you’re well rehearsed in playing out in front of some
enormous crowds, what’s the buzz like? Do you still get pre-gig nerves?
The buzz is indescribable. The feeling that you are playing out to a crowd that know your music and have come to see you DJ is the best. I rarely get pre-gig nerves, it’s normally a feeling of huge excitement about the performance.
Any upcoming projects you’d like to share with our Malaysian fans?
I have a lot of new projects on the horizon. I have another release on Kryteria coming at the end of the month as well as a number of other singles, remixes and even an edit of a very famous film composer’s work, so keep a look out for that!
"Romani" is out NOW
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Most of Djs, producers and even singers start their career in Electronic Music as an independent artist, and most of the times they stay that way.
The electronic music industry born as an independent market, not only the show format and festivals but to the artist perspective too. Many big names of our field will describe the music industry very resistant to Djs back then, especially to recognize them as a mainstream artist. Electronic Music built itself an industry that today actually makes part of the "cake", with big numbers, expressive crowds and a sound that really works best in the digital sound system.
In our field is very common being independent, or signing with an independent record label. Is very respectable an artist that made they own way and gave something very different to the world and people genuinely felt connected.
But now most parts of the industry want to be part of this cake because let's face it, is very profitable once you have an artist almost ready and already "making money" also in a music genre that doesn't require a Pop structure or an entire Band. I'm not saying, in any case, Electronic Music is better, I'm just highlighting some points that really calls the attention of the Music Bussiness flies.
But to be an independent artist the path is hard, you will have to read contracts, hire services, deal with aggregators, agents, and many many digital companies that provide services for musicians. Most of them, are not used to work with the electronic music industry and don't understand our small deadlines, our rush to have things online before a release or a next show. Won't understand the need that you have for the visual material to be updated properly. So remember, just because you are paying a service in "reality" that doesn't really mean that it will be delivered on the time you expected.
So Kraken, with a big record label is different? Not even close, the difference is that you will never know this part of the business, your strategy is in someone else's hand, and therefore, your results too. For many people this is a relief, for me is definitely not, if I want things now, is now and not someday.
This "Now" has a price, responsibility.
My advice is, don't ever underestimate yourself, if you need to complain about a service, if you hire something and is not delivered properly, be polite but make them be on schedule, position yourself as a professional and require that they do the same.
Always, I mean, always check every area of your business, the music, the mixing, the master, the registers, the aggregator, the dates, the art cover, the marketing promotion, social media posts, the tour, the shows, the plan, the schedule, the contracts, the press, the PR, and the list goes on. "Kraken, I have professionals that will work on that for me!"
Really, that's so nice, so check twice. I work with teams in South America, North America, Europe and Asia. Everywhere is different, especially when we are talking about the music industry system in each area. You can be a beginner, just don't be innocent. I'm still learning and will always be, but I already had to put some big career professionals on their own place, the experience of 30 years don't make you "The Google" know it all of a today's career, especially in our area. Also, I've never found a good use for EGO, is useless. So don't confuse it with confidence, Music as all business is a path to walk through, I've built my confidence with time and results, I think the first stage is courage.
I will write more about the stages I've find important for you to take a look so you will get farther. I learned a lot reading articles and they saved my life so many times that I think I try to pay back writing articles too. My experience is very fresh because I work in the industry of today and I believe new ideas are always welcome.
Dutch DJ and producer trio Kris Kross Amsterdam (KKA) and British singer-songwriter Conor Maynard team up again. They are joined by fellow Dutchie The Boy Next Door (TBND) on their new single ‘Whenever’ to compete this dream team. With a sample of Shakira’s smash hit ‘Whenever, Wherever’ and KKA’s and TBND’s catchy and signature hooks, this single is bound to be a huge summer hit.
Enjoy here our exclusive interview with Conor:
Hi Conor! So happy to finally speak with you. How are you?
I’m good thanks! :)
“Whenever” is another favorite of mine. How did that song come about?
Haha thank you, basically me and Kris Kross guys have stayed friends since our first collaboration with “Are You Sure?” and they always send me new stuff they’re working on.. when they sent me “Whenever” I went crazy and said they have to let me sing it. So they sent me the instrumental and I recorded my demo that same day. I sent it back and they loved it, the rest was history!
How about the songs of the moment–what sounds are inspiring you today?
There are a few things I’m moving right now. I love the Latino vibe that’s currently dominating the charts. I’ve been hooked on XXXTentacion’s album recently, after his tragic passing I checked it out and was honestly blown away.
For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you?
Since I started by posting covers I’m quite a good example of this being the case haha. It’s amazing having people enjoy the covers and remixes put out but I’m very focused on getting my original music put out ASAP as that feels more personal.
How has it been working with KRIS KROSS AMSTERDAM & THE BOY NEXT DOOR ?
They are the best. Extremely talented and mad cool. I enjoy working with good people and they are great people.
What were some of your main artistic challenges when starting out as a singer?
Learning the craft of songwriting is very difficult. But everything improves the more and more you practise. Being confident when performing live was also something that I needed to learn.
What was the latest music video you did? Can you share an anecdote?
The last music video I did I actually directed myself. One of my best friends brothers came along to help out with lifting stuff etc and ended up bagging one of the lead roles as I loves his look haha
And as for now, what are your new and upcoming projects and releases?
The next song I’m releasing is called “You Make Me” look out for it! I think people will enjoy it.
The feel good summer anthem of this year is presented in the shape of Dante Klein and Cat Carpenters’ new single ‘The Way I Love You’ (‘TWILY’). We had the chance to sit down with these amazing artist for an exclusive interview:
How are you guys doing?
We are doing very well, thank you! New release so that’s always good right:)
Congratulations on your "The Way I Love You" release.
Can you tell us more about it?
We are already good friends for over 3 years now. But never made music together. So that was the moment we thought okay lets hit the studio and make some music. The vibe was very good right away and we made this insane positive chord progression. So thats when we decided The Way I Love You is a going to be a track about positivity and love.
I can imagine that this track is going to be massive on radio.
We hope so too!
Where do you take your musical inspiration from?
I (Dante Klein) always get my inspiration from other music, going to festivals and movies.
I (Cat Carpenters) always get inspiration from the people around me and my family!
How is your 2018 so far?
Dante Klein: It’s great. I already released a lot of new music!
And there is so much more to come:)
Cat Carpenters: Since last year I’ve released 2 singles and 1 remix which actually did really well with streams so I’m super happy about that!
What do you think about the importance of interact with your fans during your live shows and on social media?
I think that is one of the most important things there is. Fans are everything for an artist so you need to treat them with a lot of respect.
What would malaysian fans be surprised to learn about you?
Dante Klein: That I love Durian! Haha.
Cat Carpenters: That I have a little bit of asian roots!
What are your plans for the Summer?
Dante Klein: A lot of shows and releasing a lot of new music.
Please leave a message for your fans in Malaysia.
Dante Klein: I really hope you guys like our new track! Much Love and I’ll see you guys in
‘THE WAY I LOVE YOU’
(‘TWILY’), IS OUT NOW ON SPINNIN’ RECORDS. UPLIFTING BEATS PERFECTLY
UNITED WITH THE SWEET VOCALS OF CIMO FRÄNKEL, INSPIRING TO SPREAD MORE
LOVE AND POSITIVITY INTO THE WORLD. WITH THE DO SOMETHING CRAZY FOR
SOMEONE YOU LOVE #TWILY, THE THREE FRIENDS ASK PEOPLE TO SHOW SOMEONE
THEY LOVE THAT THEY LOVE THEM BY RECORDING A VIDEO WHERE THEY DO
SOMETHING CRAZY. CHECK THEIR OWN #TWILY VIDEO'S HERE:
House Music fans, we got a treat for you.
Italian artists Daddy’s Groove and Bottai comes back with a brand new "2018" version of
‘Free’ that contains completely new lyrics , courtesy of the sweet but resilient Dutch singer-songwriter Mingue. "Free" is a house influenced song that incorporates strong '90s soul, dance, garage and disco sounds.
The strength of Daddy's Groove and Bottai is their ability to showcase the featured singer’s vocal talent – something which shouldn’t have been too hard given Mingue’s past experience. The melody is catchy and memorable, and Mingue's vocals are mostly soft, with the moment of soul adding to the song’s vibrant nature. Even the lyric create a feel-good atmosphere upon listening to it.
The three artists’ contributions blend together for a full-on uplifting vibe.
Free is certainly a track to have on your playlist.
Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/track/6JleFGvsjniCD2lvA5tN02
Last month we announced the return of the White Party to Bangkok after four years (more info here), on a promise with some more detailed information on the events line-up to follow.
Well, here it is, the line up is out and the response is mixed - but we are right up for digging out the white rags and brushing up to what is going to the largest event to bounce through BITEC.
Showering the whitewash of people destined to attend the aptly themed Rise edition of Sensation’s White Party is a crew of House Heavies sure to take the intensely growing scene in the city to the next level.
The who is who of the dance collective will be pleased to know that Who is Jody will be launching the night followed by Dirty South then, synonymous with the parties global movement, Mr. White will bring it up a notch. MC Gee is going to be on hand to escalate things with his lyrical wizardry as the night continues to build into an unforgettable one for all those lucky enough to grab the limited entrance tickets available.
Not to disappoint the home crowd, favourites here in Asia will continue to lift the vibe and have all those white booties bouncing with a helping of bass from KO:YU, Dannic and Sam Felt. Then our very own top 20 Dj Dash Berlin will be bringing this housey hoedown to close seeing out the hardcore among you after a whole 8 hours of all things house.
It isn’t all about the music either, sponsor Heineken has a unique little trick up their sleeves also, just add a little extra flare to the night on the 29th. They will be showcasing their new Heineken® Star Hive concept which basically translates into some magic of their own as they offer you to charge your devices via “Star Hive Sound Recycle” - a system that converts the sound waves produced by the earth-shattering array of speakers into electricity - yes, you did read right, they convert the music of your favourite DJ’s into electricity for your mobi (just wish Moby was there - Moby charged my mobi…). Personally gotta have me some of that and if that was enough, for all of you with deep enough pockets, the Platinum Decks get some personal styling before the event by the team from Smileclub Thailand - so you don’t even have to think a single out of place hair, just rock up in those whites and the artisans will do the rest - nice touch.
For more info and where to grab your tickets from just check out the link below and we’ll see you on the whiter side of life.
That is to say, the Future Rising, as Mixcloud host a collection of events across the continent in partnership with the W Hotel group - world renown for its fashionista approach to the hotelier trade.
The partnership began a couple of years ago back in 2016 with Mixcloud and W shining the spotlight on a mix match of local DJs, Producers, Singers and MC’s in a number of cities across the European continent and mainland Russia and now they have turned the sights to Asia.
Launching their tour of the continent in Goa this year (more info below), their second stop just so happened to be a little closer to home - Bangkok. Luckily for mio and you lot, of course, I happened to fall upon an advert for the event when loading up my mixes to the cloud for my regular punters to grab a download or two. As soon as I was swung over to the page I just knew you avid readers out there would want to know about this - plus I felt it was an opportunity not to be missed, being a mad muso myself. And trust me, it blew my mind.
Bangkok is kind of known for its Techno and Hip Hop scenes on the global stage and there was a fair slice of both but there was so much more, enough food for any appetite on the dancefloor. Being kinda eclectic in my tastes, it ticked all the boxes and so much more.
The night kicked off with a workshop, showcasing a local DJ (name???), then an upcoming producer - Neeno - coupled with a trio of MC’s who laid down a track for us all with a description on how it was put together - seriously interesting and insightful stuff, especially for anybody considering taking to production themselves, plus a real nice personal touch by the organisers, opening the window into the world behind the glitz and glam.
After the workshop and some artistic entertainment of a different nature, the party moved down to the dancefloor where that night took flight. Or at least, the up and coming rising talents of Bangkok took flight as the large turnout took to burning up the dancefloor.
The party started with the wheels of steel spinning to a Hip Hop beat as DJ Cash took the lead, warming up the atmosphere and injecting life into the crowd, Cash was swiftly followed by a live performance from a collection of MCs who - although this is an dance music mag - blew the roof right off and had the guests going wild, setting a good tone but making it a tough act to follow for any young and upcoming talent looking to gain a slice of the limelight. However, when the dance aficionados took the reigns, the night continued on an upward trend.
Once the EDM began, the night went that much wilder as the featured DJs bashed out a unique collection of styles from Deep to Bigroom and all the bits in between. Along with the crowd at the Woobar, I was going mental on the dancefloor to the exceptional skills of the young stars in the making. So much so n fact, when I approached them later they weren’t sure if they were to take me seriously or not after watching me stack my boxes in front of the booth (big fish, little fish, cardboard box)…. The aptly named Woobar knew before we all showed up, as Woo became the key phrase of the night, thanks to the dope skills flashed by the new kids on the block, booth, er, stage thing. Boasting some totally out there beats, each Jock gave us the right amount of flavour of each of their individual styles whilst keeping us bopping to the rhythm with wicked selections of familiar tunes, remixed of course. All credit to Eey A.K.A Deep Dark Duck, Memento and Wanton Witch for keeping us all on our toes, heels, knees and elbows for a jumping night.
On a personal note, I would seriously watch out across Bangkok and beyond to the wider continent for Wanton Witch, that girl has serious style and a talent to match - the most unique out of the sets and an eclectic performance of artistic prowess. From start to finish she had her claws locked right into the crowd's vibe and without hesitation, she spun up an ecstatic atmosphere which, I might add, was irresistible to most of the party goers in the Woo.
After it all came to a climax, I, among the rest of the peeps who attended, were left longing for more and lucky for us, it ain’t over yet. Mixcloud will be holding a second event in the W Hotel Bangkok, with curator Nick Supreda of Blaq Lyte, just before they make the jump to their next stop on the Asian tour.and on that note, Mixlcoud will be taking the tour to W Hotel Hong Kong then on to W Shanghai to complete their tour of Asia and the first year of their exploits here in their quest for more musical magic.
There is sure to be a new wave of talent hitting the block after all this if the Bangkok and Goa editions are anything to go by, so why not check it out yourself on the links below? You will find audio uploads of the live sets, booking details on the upcoming events and ton more info on the rising stars themselves. I know that I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears (plus a mountain of heart), on this as it progresses and who knows, it could be you who gets your shot the next time they swing by this neck of the … jungle
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