[Electronic] Danny Olson – Firelight EP

Over the past couple of months the cinematic composer/producer Danny Olson has been unveiling his highly emotional EP Firelight. Newly released on Seeking Blue, this four track project is the culmination of a journey that started last year after the sudden passing of Danny’s father.

Since then, Danny has gone through a massive journey through a vast array of feelings that have been creatively boiled down into a stellar musical homage to the most important man in his life. Danny’s first singles “Waking Up” with Becca Krueger and “I Hope You Know” with RUNN were incredible and set the tone for the EP perfectly, while “Firelight” stuns as the most unique and important song on the entire project. It doesn’t really fit neatly into a specific genre which makes it all the more enticing.

Danny closes out the project with a certifiable anthem alongside Linney called “Once Again” that has one specific moment in it that is really going to be special in a live atmosphere. It’s like a firework or confetti moment – a big cathartic blast of emotion that is sure to give you goosebumps!

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Heily Beatz & Elevatd Drop Remix + Q&A [TMN Interview]

Let’s get a little crazy with a sweet new drum & bass jam from Heily Beatz & Elevatd. These two Chicago acts have come together for an official cut of “5309” originally created by Heily Beatz himself and Morgan Gold.

Heily and Elevatd’s new rendition is as smooth as it gets, making for a must-add to your playlists, even if the energetic breakbeat style isn’t your typical cup of tea. These talented Chicagoans deliver an accessible anthem that almost feels cinematic – certainly something that could be in an intense chase or club scene.

On top of the remix, we caught up with Heily Beatz and Elevatd in the dojo for a quick Q&A about the song and what else we can expect from them as the year begins to close.

TMN: How did you guys come together for the creation of this remix?

It all happened so smoothly and organically. Elevatd and Heily were working together on a different original with Morgan’s vocals. They took a little break and Heily showed Chris 5309’s rough draft and inspiration hit to remix it.

TMN: What is it about drum & bass that inspires you both?

Drum & Bass is a breath of fresh air compared to what all three of us usually work on and perform, and it just felt right to do something different.

TMN: How has being from Chicago shaped your sonic palate?

Chicago has provided endless creative freedom and the diversity that we are around afforded us to feel extensive creative freedom.

TMN: Who are some other artists you both would like to work with?

We all enjoy Whipped Cream. Her relentless bass and stage presence is wild. We would also be amped if we got to work with Micah Martin with him and Morgan Gold singing together. Also, how can we forget to add KAYTRANADA?

TMN: Anything planned for the rest of the year?

We are working on a music video for 5309 with local bagel baker “Totally Bagels” that hopefully will drop in January 2023. It is going to be insane. We also have been cooking up another bass-driven single. The title has something to do with naval warfare or sandwiches.

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[Electronic] OBLVYN & Roseanna – Lifetime

The Edmonton gem that is OBLVYN has teamed up with the singer/actress Roseanna for the emotionally melodic “Lifetime.” Co-written with Lena Leon, this memorable jam is as fun as it is impactful. OBLVYN and Roseanna make a perfect match for a nostalgic original that conjures some retro styles blended with futuristic sensibilities.

“Lifetime” is one of those EDM songs that my mom would call “Music-ey” in that even from the start you can sense the level of compositional talent immediately. Strong composition really can take you far even without other elements executed well, but luckily OBLVYN and Roseanna bring even more to the table to deliver a stunning record that certainly belongs in your playlists as the weather – hopefully – begins to cool soon.

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[House] Bleu Clair – Sand Dunes

Summer’s alive and well – just ask anyone in the current heatwave. What’s even hotter is “Sand Dunes” from the Indonesian born producer/DJ Bleu Clair. This independent release is one of our favorite house tunes of not only this year’s festival season, but this year in general.

“Sand Dunes” isn’t shy as it packs a punch from the start. Bleu Clair’s ability to blend sounds from different cultures is on display in full with a song that’s full of influence from the Middle East. It’s catchy, cool and ready for any and all clubs around the world. Bleu Clair plays with the listener taking them on a journey that changes from beginning to end while offering up some pleasant surprises. Add this one to your pool party playlists!

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[Synth Pop] RUNN – If The Devil Is You

Just like the rest of the world that watched the newest season of Stranger Things, RUNN was enamored by the alluring Eddie Munson. The lovable misfit inspired the creation of “If The Devil is You” which follows up from RUNN’s previous solo single “How To Be Happy.”

We knew RUNN could do pop, but this synthy treat is an instant favorite among her incredibly deep discography. What makes this song even more special is that RUNN not only wrote and performed the song, but she produced it herself and released it independently as well. It’s a strong record that will have you falling for it just as easily as we all did for Eddie Munson.

There’s something that Eddie embodied in the show, a misunderstood person, a complex and rough around the edges person, a social reject that really resonated with me. I’ve got a soft spot for people like that, and find that they’re the most loving and passionate people out there. I wanted to write a song to every person who’s ever felt like they weren’t supposed to love who they love, but said “fuck it” and did it anyways.” – RUNN

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Marton Talks New Single + Classical Background [TMN Interview]

The musical maestro Martron has independently released his latest original “The Feeling” and entered the dojo for a little chat. With Martron’s unique musical background, it was cool to get some insight on not only this new song, but also on his background and what’s upcoming with his project.

Before we get to the Q&A, we just want to touch on “The Feeling” as its a laidback gem that blurs the line between genres. With influence from R&B, future, hip-hop and even future bass, it’s a delicious musical treat that is a must have for all chill playlists. Martron did a hell of a job with it and we can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for the rest of this year.

TMN: Can you tell us about your classically trained background and how that informs your music today?

So my classical background consists of playing flute for 20 years, piano for 14 years and writing classical music for about 13 years. All 3 taught me how valuable things like patience, consistency and getting the basics down are. But a major thing for me was hearing the different approaches to playing and writing from different cultures and countries. For example the 2 countries I gravitated to most musically were France and Japan. Studying and listening to the different arrangements, scales and styles made me a better musician.

TMN: What were some of your biggest musical influences growing up? Who are you currently listening to too?

Growing up, some of my biggest influences were The Beatles, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Steel Pulse, Tool and Daft Punk. When I started producing, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Feed Me, Alison Wonderland and Flume were at the top for me. And lately I’ve been listening to Madeon, Porter Robinson, Fred Again.., The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Fleetwood Mac, Moore Kismet, So Dope and ISOxo.

TMN: Tell us a little about your new song “The Feeling” and how it came together.

The Feeling has many layers, but it’s about my best description of what being in love or being loved feels like. That connection you have with someone where you grow with them and experience life together. It’s something I’ve wanted to write about for a while, but anytime I tried, I wasn’t able to properly express that message. Then one night this year in late May/early June, I sat down to play piano and started improvising over this simple chord progression. I immediately recorded it and when I started putting together the vocal chops, that was it. That was what I was looking for and The Feeling was born.

TMN: What’s been your biggest career milestone so far, and what is your next big goal before the end of the year?

I’d say the biggest milestone of my career was playing a guest mix on Insomniac Radio last November, it’s definitely the coolest milestone of my career if I had a choice. My very talented friends Niiko x SWAE have a show on Insomniac called “NXS Radio” and they were kind enough to invite me on to play. I’ve followed Insomniac for as long as I’ve been producing, doing that was a dream come true and I can’t thank Niiko x SWAE enough for believing in me and giving me that opportunity.

TMN: Who are some artists you’d like to collaborate with?

There are way too many to limit it to just a few but here it goes: The first name that comes to mind is Chandler Leighton. Her voice and writing skills are simply unbelievable. Next is Alison Wonderland, she’s a virtuoso and the energy in her music is contagious. Moore Kismet would be so dope, they’re a great performer and their production skills are unreal. Same with Virtual Riot, his sound design skills are so good, he could probably make a growl by rubbing 2 sticks together. Last one I’ll mention is Madeon, I admire his musicianship and passion so much. To make something with any of these 5 artists would be an honor.

TMN: Have any tips for other producers out there?

Absolutely, here’s an important one: Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, just focus on yourself. There’s no correct way to get where you wanna go with music and comparing yourself to others is certainly not the answer. Do your thing, put the work in, take your time and of course, have fun.

TMN: What else can we expect from Martron before the year closes out?

As of right now, you’re getting at least 2 more original tracks and a remix from me before the year ends. I’m excited for all 3 tracks to finally be out, especially the remix. There are a few more things in the works, like some collabs and projects that I can’t say too much about right now. I’m not sure if any of those will drop this year, but what I can say is there’s a lot new music on the way that I’m really psyched about.

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[Disco House] Sparkee & Sierra – Breathe

Hope you’re ready to dance! Sparkee and Sierra‘s disco-friendly original “Breathe” is a fantastically fun record that is one of our favorite Summer jams of the year. Something this great is to be expected from a producer that wowed Tiesto to win his “The Business” remix competition.

“Breathe” from the start is a vibe, delivering energy quickly with a groove reminiscent of Daft Punk for an infectious introduction. From there Sparkee and Sierra drive forth with a song that’s as dynamic as it is catchy. It’s hard not to feel good when this is playing. And for that reason, among many others, it’s a must add to your playlists before we say goodbye to another Summer!

Having been a fan of Sparkee’s past releases, the opportunity to collaborate was an easy yes! When I heard the instrumental I instantly knew it was the one and the song practically wrote itself. Super excited to give everyone one last banger before the Summer ends.Sierra

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