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