Hot on the heels of dropping masterstroke single 'Sunrise' (feat. April Bender) to add considerable weight to his Armada Music comeback, Russian star ARTY immediately hits again with another shot of his trademark sound for the Amsterdam-based record label's 15-year anniversary celebrations. Bearing the 15th anniversary stamp, 'Rain' emerges as both a solid offering and a telling precursor for the trove of phenomenal cuts ARTY intends to unleash throughout this year and the next.
Listen to ARTY - RAIN
Mesmeric and beautiful like a gentle drizzle on a warm spring day, 'Rain' offers a downpour of emotion no dance music fan can resist. Embellished by tiny synth drops and cascading melodies, this cut invigorates parties and nightlife scenes all over the world and will prove a fan favorite in no time.
ARTY: "Rain is my favorite weather by far, and I've always wanted to express my love for rain in a song. With 'Rain', I set out to describe the feeling of sadness and melancholy as well as the uplifting emotions that rain always brings me. It has less vocals and a bigger club vibe compared to its predecessor 'Sunrise', so people can enjoy the instruments surrounding the upbeat production."
Born Artem Stoliarov (or Arty for short), ARTY is without doubt one of electronic music's most consistent acts. After breaking into the scene in 2009 at the age of 19, he quickly began to turn heads across the dance music realm, releasing his music on a range of top-tier labels while churning out remixes for the likes of Halsey ('Hurricane' – over 47 million streams), OneRepublic, London Grammar, Above & Beyond, Porter Robinson and Years & Years. Now residing in Los Angeles, ARTY performs at the biggest festivals and clubs in the world (e.g. Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Ushuaïa, Amnesia Ibiza, Creamfields), clocks up millions of streams on Spotify and keeps his Trance roots alive by churning out top-drawer singles under his globally acclaimed ALPHA 9 moniker. ARTY is rightfully considered one of dance music's hottest acts and 'Rain' shows exactly why.
www.armadamusic.com // www.ARTYmusic.com
Alexis Grace needs no introductions to us here at DJ Mag and to followers of the local electronic dance music scene here in South East Asia. This talented young Malaysian started DJing back in the year 2013 and has only continued to move upward in her music career, performing live sets in countries such as as Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore & Australia while even having launched her own radio show, ‘Mamamia’, FM-broadcasted in India Superhits 93.5 RED FM. Alexis was trained as a professional gymnast, hip hop dancer and singer during her childhood years before teaching herself how to work the decks. Now, she’s recognised by clubbers and fans around the world for her energetic yet unique style. We here at Dj Mag had the honour of catching up with Alexis Grace last month, hearing what she has to say about the current electronic music scene here in Malaysia, her favourite genres to spin and some of her plans for the year 2018.
1. Tell us what you think about the current electronic music scene in Malaysia?
It’s tough. There are so many unheard rules and regulations, limitations, event cancellations without any reasoning - all of these are turning the electronic music scene in Malaysia into a negative platform. But I’m still trying my best to bring the scene out from that red area by just performing my best and showcase what a Malaysian DJ can offer.
2. Share with us some DJs that have inspired you in your DJ career? Also, share with us some upcoming artists and producers that you feel we should be keeping an eye out for this year.
Uberjak'd, Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet, Carnage, Joel Fletcher, Kshmr, Skrillex - I love all of them and definitely artists that everyone should keep an eye out for this year.
3. What inspired you to become a DJ? How did you first get involved in the industry & what do you enjoy about it.
In the early stages of my life, I was a gymnast, hip hop dancer and a singer. I was already exposed to different genres of music at that time. However the tipping point was during a rave in Sepang. David Guetta was on stage and at that moment I realised - being a DJ is a really cool person to be. We can play songs that we genuinely enjoy and able to see other people enjoy, laugh and dance the night away to your songs; this is what I love to see.
I’m a self taught DJ. I took in advices and learned from professional DJs that have been in the music industry for a long time. YouTube was also a huge help. All of these made me who I am today.
4. What genres do you enjoy listening to? Also, what are your favourite genres to spin as a DJ and why?
I’ve never been selective with my music choices, so I’m always listening to all kinds of music genres, from Reggae to EDM. As for my sets, I tend to focus more towards bounce and psychedelic trance. These genres are more upbeat, fun, popular, and you’ll get to see people dance and sing along to them.
5. Share with us some of your plans for 2018.
2018 will be huge for me. I’ll be focusing more on production works, creating tracks and mixtapes, and my Zoophoria Liveset Party. Hopefully this will also be the year that i’ll get to explore more Asean and Europe countries. I’m also currently in the midst of planning a Indonesia and China tour, so do stay tuned for that!
6. Where can we find you spinning in Kuala Lumpur and which local nightclubs do you think are definitely worth paying a visit?
I’m not a resident DJ at any clubs for the time being but you’ll still be able to see me at certain events as a guest DJ or even just as a special guest appearance.That’s why you need to follow me on my social media accounts - Facebook and Instagram to see where I’ll be heading to next. For those who are new to KL or looking for places to dance the night away, I highly recommend TREC KL and Kyo. But personally, I love going to speakeasy/hidden bars such as Skullduggery and PS150. Any bar that has a nice environment and good drinks, you’ll most likely see me there sipping on cocktails.
7. Share with us a little about your life when you’re not busy on the decks.
When I’m not spinning or in clubs, I’m pretty much a home girl that loves cooking and eating (broccolis are my ultimate fav!). I love reading comic books too and I daydream a lot. When I have a bit of spare time, I do a bit of recording either at home, whenever I’m running errands outside, or when I’m travelling abroad - then I edit them and post it up on my YouTube channel. Visiting theme parks, swimming, and jungle trekking are also in my favourite to-do list.
8. Share with us an embarrassing moment that happened during your DJ career.
Embarrassing moment? There was this one time when I was already up on the console, midway through my set. It was a hot day, I drank too much water, and I had a very strong urge to pee but I couldn’t leave the set halfway. So the worst thing happened - I peed myself. But luckily no one was there at that time except for my PA, so she passed me a water bottle to rinse my pants (haha). It was definitely an unforgettable moment, but as long as the people enjoy listening to my music, then I’m happy.
The amazing Blinders returns to STMPD RCRDS after he ripped things up with his Snake charmer track in late 2017 and also delivered a killer remix of Martin Garrix's collaboration with David Guetta, So Far Away. Once again he's shown his knack for creating cutting-edge dancefloor sounds.
The name and feel of the track was inspired by Blinders' recent trip to Asia. the title means 'wolf' in Japanese and you can see why as soon as you take a listen to this wild, fierce track. Dramatic, cinematic Japanese percussion kicks off the track, building into a crazy tribal rhythm. The track then suddenly drops into a high-energy house track, pumping hard and packed with hard-edged riffs. Hip-hop vocal samples make it feel more intense still, with incredible levels of production making it a seriously powerful dancefloor track.
Polish artist Blinders has been making a big name for himself. He embodies the spirit of the new generation of producers and has toured and played at many major festivals and club shows around the world: the Americas, Asia and Europe. With previous releases on several labels for starters, Blinders comers with impressive pedigree.
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Today Dots Per Inch released this new track together with Effie on Armada Deep; inspired on Destiny Child's 'Emotion' hit from back in 2001;
Dots Per Inch feat. Effie – Emotion
Groovy on all fronts, Dots Per Inch's 'Emotions' throws Effie's classic House vocals in a blender with floor-filling rhythms and enchanting vibes. Made to bring every listening session to the next level, this is the perfect track to start and end round-the-clock parties with.
Dots Per Inch: "I'll always remember one of my favorite DJs growing up; Matt "Jam" Lamont (of the legendary "Tuff Jam") saying "play to the girls, and the guys will follow", when talking about how to fill a dance-floor. 'Emotions' is the perfect example of this philosophy; a big sing-a-long record, at home on radio or in the club.
I had Effie in mind for the project early on; we worked together on several occasions, having met when a resident DJ on the club circuit. It's not easy to pull off a credible rendition of such a classic track, but Effie's flawless in her delivery. Some of the ad-libs made my hairs stand on end! It's exciting to have her with me on this journey."
Effie:"To fuse such a classic record with dance music? I wouldn't have thought of it, but when I heard this I had to jump on on board! The lyrics, this beat, the vibe...it felt right"
After a one-year hiatus, Miami Music Week's International Dance Music Awards have returned to the dance music hub with their 32nd edition and boy, did Armin van Buuren and Armada Music make it count. Together, the world-renowned DJ and the biggest independent dance music label in the world snatched up a whopping four awards: 'Best Global Label' (Armada Music), 'Best Male Artist (Mainstream)' (Armin van Buuren), 'Best Music Event' and 'Best Podcast / Radio Show' (both for A State Of Trance).
The five-time #1 DJ in the world and a key figure in the electronic music scene since seemingly forever, Armin van Buuren showed his peerless versatility in the past year by not only strengthening his roots with blistering Trance productions and massive mainstage live sets, but also by giving rise to pop-scented singles such as 'I Need You' (with Garibay and Olaf Blackwood), 'Sunny Days' (feat. Josh Cumbee) and, more recently, 'Sex, Love & Water' (feat. Conrad Sewell). Having shown the full range and impact of his internationally acclaimed skill set, he has pushed himself further than many thought possible, laying the foundations for this huge IDMA hat trick: a personal award for 'Best Male Artist (Mainstream)' as well as awards for 'Best Music Event' and 'Best Podcast / Radio Show' for A State Of Trance.
Having won the IDMA for 'Best Global Label' for an unprecedented five times, Armada Music had already staked its claim as the award's top contender when their nomination was made public earlier this year. In the past few years, the Amsterdam-based record label opened offices in New York and London, strengthened its global brand by assembling a diverse and powerful artist roster (including Afrojack, Andrew Rayel,Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Erick Morillo, Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery, Julian Jordan, Kevin Saunderson, Lost Frequencies,Morgan Page and W&W) and became the biggest independent dance music label in the world. This IDMA for 'Best Global Label' serves as a crown to their hard work in the same year the label celebrates its 15-year anniversary.
As if that wasn't enough, Armin van Buuren's 'A State Of Trance' empire notched up two awards as well. The radio show, which has a loyal following of over 40 million listeners per week and is broadcast from over a hundred stations in more than 80 different countries, not only earned the right to call itself 'Best Podcast / Radio Show' for a full year, but also saw its music event spin-off – the legendary, globally acclaimed A State Of Trance events (including the designated ASOT stage at Ultra Music Festival Miami coming Sunday) – rack up the award for 'Best Music Event', making it four awards out of four nominations this year for a stupendous 100% efficiency.
Maykel Piron, CEO Armada Music: "Over the past few years, we've been working round the clock to show the world who we are: an incredibly diverse and versatile label with an equally diverse artist roster that can work dance music on a truly global scale. To win the award for 'Best Global Label' and to see Armin van Buuren do so incredibly well is what we hoped to achieve. We feel blessed that our artists trust us to work with them on their careers and we are grateful toward our fans for their help in achieving these milestones in the same year we celebrate our 15-year anniversary."
Armin van Buuren: "Just heard the news about winning the IDMAs for 'Best Male Artist (Mainstream)', 'Best Global Label', 'Best Podcast / Radio Show' and 'Best Music Event'. I feel blessed knowing that so many people around the world appreciate my music, my radio show and my label. I couldn't have done this all without them and the amazing team around me: Maykel, Dave, Sander, Benno and Ruben for ASOT, my supporting and lovely wife Erika, and of course everyone at Armada Music, David Lewis Productions, Alda Events and 250K!"
Dr. Shiver and Solberjum are back together again on Art&Music Recording, with a new explosive track that can’t be missed!
The two artists have already impressed the audience with their track “Dom Dom” (ft. Bo Valentine) and the tropical remix of the massive hit “Brave Love” (ft. Jmi Sissoko).
This time they came up with a groovy and explosive record, a 2018 rework of “Bla Bla Bla”, taking this masterpiece by Gigi D’Agostino to the next level.
HOW AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO WORK TOGETHER ON THIS TRACK?
Dr. Shiver: Every two months Samir comes to our Art&Music Recording Studios to finalize his productions with me and the team. It was about one year ago when he arrived here, we mixed and mastered three of his new tracks and when the session was done, he just played me a nice demo. I thought, “cool idea,” so we started to work around it. Step by step we drastically changed it until the whole instrumental was done. At that point Samir found a nice vocal sample that we had used. After a few months I was in my car driving and “Bla Bla Bla” by Gigi D’Agostino was playing on the radio. I thought “Oh my god, this vocal would be dope on our collab.” So I called Solberjum and he made the magic happen: he did not use the original acappella of the track. You should know that the original “Bla Bla Bla” vocal was made by sampling an old vinyl and distorting it. Well, Samir made the same process again, re-sampling that original track by Stretch titled “Why Did You Do It.” But, you know, we are in 2018. New technology, new plugin and software, so actually, the vocal we have now is even cleaner and fatter than the original made by Gigi!
Solberjum: As I'm an exclusive artist to Art&Music Recording, we've created a process when it comes to working together, where I work on ideas from Paris, send them to Bruno, who is also the Art&Music A&R, and from there he suggests which track I should finish. When I'm all set, I come to the studio to work with the team in order to finalize the sound design, do some tweaking, and for mixing and mastering.
As Bruno mentioned, I played the original idea for "Bla Bla Bla" to him and he liked it and felt he had some cool ideas to make it stronger. We started to work together on this one and it went from one version to another, but in a good way. I basically added some cool vocals, but Bruno came back to me a few months later with this huge idea to use Gigi D'Agostino’s sample. When I heard it, I felt like those vocals were just perfectly made for our track. The only issue was that the original acappella was sounding a bit cheap, so I recreated the full process of remaking “Bla Bla Bla” the way the original was done.
COLLABORATE USUALLY MEANS SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH SOMEONE ELSE. WHAT DID YOU LEARNED WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS TRACK?
Dr. Shiver: From my part, I can say that you always learn from working with somebody else. I have been happy to work with Samir for a long time now (it’s been three years already) so there are a lot of things that he helped me with. Mostly I must admit that he influenced me a lot with his cool underground sound, his views and sonority.
Solberjum: Bruno is a very strong melodist, better than I am and he is also very picky with details. Since I've been working with him, he has pushed me to work harder and he has always tried to reevaluate my ideas and bring them to a higher level. This is what I'm always trying to do now when I'm working on new tracks. Is my melody strong enough? What about the sound design? Could I make it more outstanding? Etc...
HOW IMPORTANT IS FOR YOU TO DO A "ROAD TEST" WHILE PRODUCING YOUR TRACK? WHERE DID YOU GUYS TESTED THE SONG BEFORE MAKE THE FINAL VERSION?
Dr. Shiver: I tested it the first time in my set at Tomorrowland. People were jumping when the drop hit! After testing it, I just made minor arrangement improvements making the track a bit more minimal compared to the original.
Solberjum: This track is a secret weapon. Every time I’ve played it, people go crazy. You can play it at your high point or when you feel like you are losing your crowd’s attention. When people hear the popular vocal and how we made it sound fat, they love it. Every time people walk to my DJ booth to ask me who made it. From our original test to our released version, we just made minor improvements.
WHAT ABOUT ART & MUSIC RECORDINGS? ANY HOT NEW PROJECT YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US?
Dr. Shiver: It’s getting better and better day by day! We are launching a brand new graphic and video line for all of our tracks. The first one will be this collab with Solberjum, “Bla Bla Bla.” We have tons of new tracks by me, Solberjum and David Allen. Soon, we will release the remixes of the winners of the Wavo remix contest of my track “Brave Love.” The Rochyz & Galex remix is pure madness! We have also signed Corx & Mathias D. with their atomic bomb “Zulu” that will be released on April 23rd. There is a new collab that I made with Jegers that will be released soon: a track that makes all of us proud for the brutality of the master and the extreme sound design. We also signed Black Code, a talented guy from Rome. We will also do some cool label nights very soon with all of our artists playing live. Miami, Ibiza and Amsterdam are waiting for us and almost all of the major DJs are supporting our tracks: what more to ask?
I can just say that if you wanna have a little spoiler of these new releases I mentioned here, you should definitely check the live streaming that we will do on Saturday, March 17th for our Art&Music Recording Miami compilation, so get connected on our socials!
WHAT DO YOU GUYS ARE PLANNING TO DO IN THE MONTHS?
Dr. Shiver: I personally have a nice calendar full of new exciting gigs, releases, writing and recording sessions. Plus I am following Art&Music Recording day by day. This year is going to be massive!
Solberjum: 2018 is an exciting year for me, I feel refreshed with new projects and ideas. I've got three new releases ready to be dropped: “Bla Bla Bla” with Dr. Shiver, another one with my brother Beowulf, “Dubai,” and another dope one as solo, which still needs a name.
I feel very creative actually, I've got a bunch of new tracks in mind and I know where I want to bring my music. I'm also driving my company Broderskab, which takes a lot of my time. You can meet us this year in Miami for Miami Music Week, then Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas to finish our USA trip. We've got a huge plan for this year with new destinations that we will announce soon.
If you haven't heard about us yet, then you will soon for sure...
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Another sold out event at Zouk Club KL last weekend! This March 16th, Asia’s Largest Superclub hosted Aly and Fila at Zouk Mainroom. But before the dynamic duo kicked off their set, Zouk’s Trance nation were presented by a warm up session from familiar trance local boys, Chukiess & Whackboi and Boris Foong.
Awarded as #1 Best DJ, #1 Best Producer, #1 Best Live Set at the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt by Trance Podium Awards recently, Aly and Fila were more than pumped to show up at Kuala Lumpur. Though we missed the unique stage productions and visuals catching the elements of ancient Egypt that is synonymous with Aly and Fila. Zouk substituted this with a magnetic show of lights and LED effects that shorn a glimmer of what we’ve seen at Future Sound of Egypt. This alone, brought about a different vibe in Zouk’s Mainroom, Zoukers were awestruck by the mix of sounds, and ambiences that made the feeling just right for the guest DJs to blow their Malaysian guests away with a 3-hour long set.
It was a full night of head-banging experience as Aly and Fila hit the stage with a few of their top tracks such as Beyond the Lights, Napoleon vs We Control the Sunlight [Mashup], Giuseppe Ottaviani – Till the Sunrise, and more! Not only were the audiences in the rooms submerged in the melodic ins and outs of the synthesizers, but the DJs themselves were seen indulging in their own beats throughout the night as they sang and moved to the music.
Both fans and artists put a fantastic show last Friday. And it was indeed another well supported event by Aly & Fila fans as well as trance music purists. The movement is real in KL, and more events as such will be seen coming soon to grace the halls of Zouk’s mainroom. Lookout for Zouk’s Trance festival - Trancesylvania, and not to forget the Ultra and EDC parties that will all take place May, which follows up back to back international DJ acts in April. It’s gonna be LIT!
INFORMATION ABOUT ALY & FILA
WEBSITE: WWW.ALYANDFILA.COM SOCIAL MEDIA: FACEBOOK : @ ALYANDFILA INSTAGRAM : @ALYANDFILA TWITTER : @ ALYANDFILA MUSIC: WWW.BEATPORT.COM/ARTIST/ALY-AND-FILA/3458
INFORMATION ABOUT ZOUK KL
ZOUK CLUB (KL) SDN. BHD. 436, JALAN TUN RAZAK, 50400 KUALA LUMPUR
OFFICE HOTLINE: +603 2110 3888
Introducing Wynne Tan or more commonly recognised as DJ Wyntella by party goers here in the KL nightlife scene. Djing for over a year now, the young Indonesian DJ who came to Malaysia to pursue a degree in the culinary arts landed her first ever gig at Luna Bar in Pacific Regency Suites. She’s experienced as an open format DJ and plays a mix of EDM and hip-hop focused genres depending on the venues she’s performing at. Currently, she is able to boast a strong weekly lineup by performing at the following clubs and venues around the city.
• Wednesday / Artebar + Trak KL (TREC KL)
• Thursday / Gasoline (TREC KL)
• Friday / Chaze + Envy KL
• Saturday / Trinco Kitchen & Bar
• Sunday / KX Kuala Lumpur
Why the name Wyntella?
Honestly, I love food and that includes Nutella! A friend of mine suggested that I use Wyntella as my DJ name and I stuck with that ever since.
Share with us how you first got involved in the industry?
I entered a night club for the first time almost 5 years ago. The DJ that night was spinning my favourite songs and when I saw how he made the people in the club dance and have fun, I promised myself that I would someday be like him in the near future. From there, I bought a DJ controller and began practising by myself using Youtube as a teacher. I began working with Artam Events for a short period after that before going freelance.
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DJ Mag Asean And Billboard Radio China Launch A Brand New EDM Radio Show: "DJ Mag Asean Sessions on Billboard Radio China"
If there's one thing that unites all of us, it is love. Love for
life, love for freedom, and of course, love for music.
Starting 10 March 2018, DJ Mag Asean and Billboard Radio China are joining forces for an exclusive radio show "DJ Mag Asean Sessions on
Billboard Radio China."
Both companies are pioneers in the music industry and the
collaboration was a no-brainer to provide a place for
artists and fans alike to tune into some of the best tracks the
world has ever heard.
"We are super excited to kick off this unique partnership with DJ Mag Asia
as we continue growing our platform to engage artists and their fans in China with the very best in the EDM genre", says Gregory Bowers, Billboard Radio China's CEO.
"It's an honour for us to join forces with Billboard Radio China.
The EDM movement in Asia is rising fast and we'll do our best to deliver
the best content to our audience. " says Jonny Chiappetta, DJ Mag Asean CEO.
To celebrate the show’s launch, anchored by DJ Flaremode and Singaporean artist/actress, Jade Rasif, EDM superstars David Guetta and Martin Garrix will take over the guest mix slot on the first two episodes. Dimitri Vegas Like Mike, The Chainsmokers, and Alan Walker are just a few of the numerous DJ's supporting the new show.
So make sure starting 10th March to tune in every Saturday at 8PM Beijing time to Billboard Radio China’s EDM Channel, to listen “DJ Mag Asean Sessions on Billboard Radio China”. Podcasts will also be available on the Billboard Radio China App.