Poland in the house! Blinders has firmly marked himself out as one of STMPD RCRDS's most exciting names. After the world premiere by Martin Garrix during his Tomorrowland set, his track Leaving is now officially seeing the light of day.
Following on from the pristine pop of Melt (Tasty), he's back with a new high-octane houser that will set pulses racing. This thumping slice of bass house hits in all the right places, with thick bass tones, colourful electro synths, infectious pitched vocals and supremely energetic drums. The emotive breakdowns are masterfully crafted with breakbeat sections and heavenly pad sounds, and when the distorted horn riff drops into play the result is complete pandemonium.
With appearances this summer at Ushuaia Ibiza, Tomorrowland and Balatonsound, Blinders has been playing to some huge crowds and gathering many new fans in the process. Take one look at this video of the moment Martin Garrix dropped Leaving at Tomorrowland and it will be clear that this is a track that will destroy any dancefloor it's played on.
Blinders - Leaving Listen / Download: http://stmpd.co/BLNLID
He released his debut EP COSMOS on Heroic. Featuring anthemic singles “Fly” and “Hiding,” these tracks led fans to discover his re-working of Dre’s classic “The Next Episode”—which blew up on the blogosphere and SoundCloud community, launching San Holo’s future in the process. The remix ended up garnering over 160 million YouTube streams, putting San on the map with his “Don’t Touch the Classics” series.
“But I feel it’s never about just structure when you are making music. It’s you crafting that signature sound, the magic and the harmonies you put behind it that stays with people. I believe if you put on one of my tracks you will recognize within a minute that I produced it because of that.”
We got a chance to sit down with San Holo himself and chat a little bit about his upcoming album, and inspiration behind one of his latest singles – Brighter Days ft. Bipolar Sunshine, and more on his recent works and future plans!
Interview w/ San Holo:
To round off a crazy summer of dance music Avila give us an inspiration influenced free download to show his gratitude – Dreams.
Motivated by hard earned highs of summer success, Danny wanted to give something back to the people who have supported him the most.
Dreams is a track that jumps straight in with the signature energy and enthusiasm of a producer who genuinely loves what he does. The creation DREAMS came out of something more than just a catchy little melody, it came from the sentiments inside when you feel that you achieved genuine happiness.
As the song progresses towards the drop, it flourishes with energetic and cheerful chords and fluttering synth melodies. Avila comes in through the main melody, with the unique electronic feel definitely sounding like something from his portfolio of emotions: The entire sound constitutes a very enticing dance track.
"I made this track some months ago while I was on tour in Asia for 3 weeks in a row. One day I woke up and realized I get to live my dream every day because of you guys so I decided to give it away for free as a way to say THANK YOU." - Danny Avila-
Packed with dreamy Balearic synths, tribal percussion and his unmistakable signature soundscapes, Switzerland’s most streamed artist, EDX, returns with an absolutely massive Ibiza-inspired record to cap off a truly unforgettable summer season: Sillage!
Here we see Maurizio Colella beautifully blend progressive house and deep, which creates an immensely catchy riff that is graceful and airy and so much fun to listen to. The breakdown features a beautiful vocal arrangement with catchy background vocal riffs that will definitely be a hit at many of EDX’s live shows.
There are no banging beats, massive drops, or shouting “throw your hands in the air.” The beautiful soundscape washes over you with strings and effected backing vocals until the lead comes in with a simple melody.
The modern fusion of tribal and deep house has the exuberant energy that will drive both club floors and festivals. The sound is familiar yet distinctive, making “Sillage” stand out from the other tracks of the moment.
PUMPING IT UP TO 150BPM?!
We sat down with Mark Sixma on Merdeka Eve night at Zouk Kuala Lumpur, and here is what they had to share on their experience, passion for music, and upcoming plans in the near future.
Mark Sixma is man whose music many Trance fans know by heart. Hailing from Breda, the Dutch city that provided the world of dance music with scene leaders such as Tiësto and Hardwell, Sixma is responsible for some of the genre’s most revered anthems, as timeless as they are essential to any Trance and EDM enthusiast’s collection. Between his sublime originals, monumental remixes for luminaries such as Armin van Buuren, it’s clear for all to see – and hear – that Mark Sixma belongs where he’s currently at. The very top of the Trance scene.
Listen to what Sixma had to share with his fans in Malaysia at the end of the interview!
Read more about what went down at DJ Mag Top #19 Club on Merdeka Eve HERE
Interview by: Alicia K. @aliciafireheart
MARK SIXMA INFO
The success of Tomorrowland just precedes the festival every year. It has become an exclusive experience that highlights the main concept of Electronic Music for all the fans all over the world.
Since last year, this amazing festival took a huge step in transforming this experience even more global than it was already. The power of Electronic Music is so big that it was worth it to provide this experience to happen at the same time as the main event in 7 different countries. And of course, it was called "Unite with Tomorrowland". Bounding people in an amazing energy all around the world, making cultures and people responding to a celebration of life, love, and respect through music.
This experience found it's way to Taiwan this year, for the first time, and it was legendary. Inside of a country that's been showing a lot of love for Electronic Music, now had his own Tomorrowland United event, with Martin Jensen, Julian Jordan, Wolfpack, D'angello & Francis, MAD M.A.C., Junior and #GBOYSWAG.
With the amazing stage and festival structure of Tomorrowland, crowded by the most energetic Electronic Music lovers, the event had his debut there! You can check the after movie of it to see what we are talking about!
But I bet you won't believe what I'm about to say... Be ready for the epic moment on Martin Jensen's set when the mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-Jen got up on stage, with a fresh and cool outfit to join the party and thank everyone for coming and being part of Tomorrowland's celebration.
Don't believe me?! Check it out some of his best moments on stage!
A singer and songwriter of Electronic Music, she was born in Brazil and she's been crossing cultural borders bringing her Pop Electronic Music into the world's map. The Kraken had her second song signed by Universal Music and featured in Hit Mania 2016 Album along with big names such as Hardwell, Avicii, Lost Frequencies, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and many others. She's now with her new releases signed by Warner Chappell Brazil, with half million views on Youtube and with more than 600.000 plays on Spotify. We want to know everything!
01 - Let's start with the real beginning, as you are a singer and songwriter my first question is why Electronic Music Kraken?
" I know it's sound's confusing right? Since I'm not a Dj... Well, for me, music is frequency and also a very powerful way of communication, the way my mind talks with my heart. So I was writing songs and I was already working in the studio, studying everything I could about music. And one day I heard a very famous House Music track called "Fade Into Darkness" by Avicii. I was amazed and started to search and study everything about Electronic Music because I loved the way this music genre was so focused on making people feel good, loved and not alone. It had everything to do with my first goal with music, changing people's energy and making them feel good. "
02 - I Got you Kraken! You are right, Electronic Music is very powerful and your background is full of those references, tell me more about it before we get into the new releases!
" Yes! It's funny because now I'm having new fans, coming from hearing and seeing the videos of the new releases, until that point was ok but some of them are really digging into my previous songs... They want to talk about "Light Up" or " Lucky " or "Release Me". I always say that each song has their own story and thought they are connecting pretty well at this moment, looking back when I made these songs It was about connecting crowds of people, with the strong beat, calculated rhythm, to support my lyrics that would make people feel better by not being alone, feeling good as they are and proud of themselves despite their problems, in that moment everything would be ok. I can even say I still hear them when I need "
03 - As you are the songwriter of your own songs my question is: why in English?
" I don't know (laughs), the truth is since I started writing songs I wrote them in English, I expressed myself well and I just kept doing that. I learned English and Spanish by myself but my country's language is Portuguese, and writing songs in English was a huge problem at the beginning because the record labels in Brazil didn't accept songs that were not in Portuguese. I heard several times - Why don't you write in Portuguese?! It would be easier! - But now what I do and the way I do it is what stands out. "
04 Link Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6MPGR5F2KiceFIJBeuaVrC?si=BGuHpwINTLi2WOoK8OXVtA
04 Link Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xo_0z56hs4
04 - Let's get into to them! First I want to know about "You and I" with half a million views on Youtube, what the idea behind it?
" You and I is a very special song for me because it was my second step towards what I wanted to do now. I was back from my first business trip, where I spent 3 months recording, writing and having meetings with different producers, rappers and DJs between Europe and USA. My song "Pirate Of Samba" was signed by Universal Music and featured on Hit Mania along with big names such as Hardwell, Avicii, Jason Derulo... And I needed to figure out what I wanted to do. I was already into Pop Electronic, so as soon as I heard that sample I wrote and recorded the lyric at the same time in the studio. It was clear to me, I wanted something that could touch people's heart but at the same time could be funny and soft. (laughs)"
- So why the "I Die" on the lyrics of "You and I"?
" (Laughs) The song tells the story about a person that falls in love but couldn't see that coming, and get's surprised at how strong is the feeling, so "I Die" is a tricky verse, it doesn't really mean dying. In Brazil, young people say "I'm dead" as a funny way to refer dramatically to something that impacted you. So I use it to express that. - dramatically saying how you feel when you are in love! - "
Link Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1x3Brda5yyNuP71Rf2TT98?si=jhzWbP_WSW-vANG8fGzcKA
Link Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ_L6gUtEKo
05 - What about your last release? "What About You"?
" This one was my third step, first in music I had the vision, like what I wanted to say with my music, then with - You and I - I had the way I wanted to say, and - What About You - was responsible to give an image for that. Both of these songs I talk about love in our reality today, with social media, with festivals, our daily life filled with our insecurities but nothing can keep us away from falling in love. So I wanted to play with that with my own image, I know it sounds crazy (Laughs), but in the lyric video, I used colors to express the confusing emotions and different hair colors and looks to represent different styles. After all - What About You? - when you are falling in love?
06 - We notice an Asian cultural influence in some parts of your new image what can you tell us about that?
" I was born in a country (Brazil) made by immigrants for all over the world, my own family it's a mix of cultures such as Italians, Germans, Portuguese, African and Brazilian Natives. So I naturally have a passion for new cultures and my geek side made me grew up on Mangás, Cartoons and video games. My sports side made me into climbing and Muay Thai, and my mom raised me with Chinese medicine. So it came naturally to me adding so many different cultures into my image. I love and respect them. "
07 - What would you say to your fans in Asia?
" Oh I've been receiving a lot of messages from new fans from different parts in Asia and nothing makes me feel more grateful than to read those words and see how my songs are reaching every one of them. I want to say that: I see each one of you and you are very special to me! My Pirates! Thank you for the support and a lot of great things are coming this year! "
For David Gravell, the night is calling at Asia’s Largest Superclub – Zouk Kuala Lumpur. And boy, does he give it an answer. Busting out one solid production after another, the global crowds have embraced his unique sound. From now on, even on local dance lands, Malaysians know exactly how to recognize a Gravell tune when they come across one. And the best part is, there’s plenty more where that came from. Honored with IDMA nominations for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ and ‘Best Trance DJ’, David Gravell powers through the Trance scene with extraordinary originals and masterpiece remixes alike. As the go-to remixer for the likes of Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin and Ilan Bluestone, Gravell continues to ravage the world’s main festivals, including Ultra (UMF), Creamfleids, and a regular at A State of Trance Festivals, and now making a pit stop at Malaysia’s very own Zouk KL before heading off to other Asian regions. The night was still young when the humble Dutchman took over the spin decks and successfully captivated the hearts and souls of clubbers that packed up the room. This renowned Trance fan favorite was able to turn the local Zouk crowd into a pack of fist-pumpers, through his masterfully composed productions and high-energy live sets. Supporting his act at Zouk Mainroom last Friday night were local Trance legends – Chukiess & Whackboi and Boris Foong. As successful as Malaysian trance DJ duo Chukiess & Whackboi hyped up the crowd just before Gravell’s arrival at the mainstage, our local legend Boris Foong also did not disappoint. He and Whackboi both made it work and their non-stop crazy beats definitely kept the scene pumping all night long, especially with their latest collaboration track – ‘Kyrat’. With that kind of ever-lasting energy and hype that David Gravell produces without fail in his every set; we are sure that Malaysia and the rest of the world is looking forward to more of him in the near future. We dove a little deeper to understand more about Gravell’s style of music and his approach to his remixes. Check out the soundbite of the interview w/ David Gravell:
Words & Interview by Alicia K.
DAVID GRAVELL INFO
Soundcloud : @DavidGravell
Facebook : @DJDavidGravell
Instagram : @DavidGravell
Twitter : @DavidGravell
Ina Wroldsen has partnered with Brazilian producer and DJ, Alok, to release their brand new single ‘Favela.’
Ina says of the heartfelt song, “I wrote ‘Favela’ after watching a documentary called Stuck, it focused on women in South America and the struggles they face. ‘Favela’ is my tribute to girls growing up in societies that don’t offer up the opportunities that a lot of us take for granted. This song closes in on a reality that is not mine, I am an outsider and an observer and I hope that I have treated this with the respect and dignity that it deserves. I truly believe that where you are born is just a matter of coincidence and women’s rights is a cause that is very close to my heart.”
Ina teams up with Alok (the most listened to DJ in Brazil) on this track and with it’s infectious, Latin inflected melody, ‘Favela’ is a summer anthem with a message.
Through Alok’s international influence, he sees music as a way to invoke positivity and emotions to connect people all over the world. "The song "Favela" is not about violence, it's about poetry. It is not about suffering, it's about determination. It is a sample of one of the thousands of stories full of identities that exists there. Stories of people full of dreams just like ours, exemplified in the lyrics by a character with many yearnings and who struggle to write, without any support, his own story", Alok concludes.
The release, already available on all digital platforms, has all the elements to be the hit of next summer. The clip, recorded in Vidigal and the Tavares Bastos community, in Rio de Janeiro, was directed by American director Bill Kirsten. The launch is scheduled for the end of August.
Track Link: http://smarturl.it/InaXAlokFavela
About Ina Wroldsen
Ina Wroldsen is responsible for some of the biggest pop songs of the last two decades, including global smash hits by Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, Little Mix, Anne Marie and Britney Spears as well as the recent chart topping track, ‘Breathe’ with Jax Jones, and the recent ‘Lie To Me’ with Steve Aoki. She is already one of the biggest stars of her native Norway, with a number of top five solo singles and widespread acclaim late last year for her single ‘Strongest’.
Earlier this year Ina also released HEX, a deeply personal four track EP featuring collaborations with some of music’s most forward-thinking producers, including Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Charli XCX), Edvard Erfjord (Little Mix), newcomer Olav Tronsmoen and George Reid (one half of AlunaGeorge), was released on June 15th. A bold and enthralling opening statement from an already prolific songwriter, HEX was the first instalment of what’s set to be a huge new chapter for Ina.
With a career spanning 15 years, Alok has relentlessly dedicated his time to become one of the most prominent icons of the Brazilian scene. With honors and awards such as: "Best DJ in Brazil" two consecutive years in a row, he was also elected Top DJ (19th in the world) by British Magazine “DJ Mag” at the end of last year. This year, he became the only Brazilian to join the Billboard unpublished list and he charted at #72 on the Billboard Dance 100. Additonally, he was the only Brazilian to reach 320 million streams on Spotify and was the first Brazilian to reach the Spotify Top 100 Global chart with hits such as, 'Never Let Me Go’, 'Big Jet Plane', 'Fuego' and 'Ocean'. With all of this success, Alok has became known to the public as a visionary DJ.
Alok’s hit song 'Hear Me Now', done in partnership with Zeeba and Bruno Martini, has over 600 Million streams. He has also had global success with album going Double Platimnum in Italy and Gold in France. In 2017, Forbes Brazil named him as one of the 30 most influential Brazilians. Alok also remixed Mick Jagger's "Gotta Get a Grip,” which is Jagger;s most popular song on Spotify. In his latest release “United”, Alok joined forces with Vini Vici and with the legendary trance DJ and producer Armin Van Burren.
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No stranger to festival gems, Dutchman Mike Williams is about to unleash a new tune titled “The Beat.” What makes the electro track live up to its title? The intro is completely unexpected, starting with catchy melodies and heavy beats which gets more aggressive and electro as it builds.The drop and buildup are everything you would expect from a track like this, but it’s the effects and the increasing power in the vocals that elevate the track to a higher level. The Beat” is simultaneously playful and blazing all building up a strong festival party vibe.
Out now via Spinnin 'Records