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[TMN Resident Artist] Le Castle Vania and his Top 5 Songs

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It is almost September, hard to believe how fast summer has flown by and how much good music TMN has been listening to. Before we let Le Castle Vania go, we had to ask him about his five favorite songs right now, and boy, did he pick some great ones. Throw each of these into a playlist, sit back and reminisce about all things summer.

Knife Party – Resistance
Dyro – Sounds Like
I Am Legion – Choosing For You (Nightwatch Remix)
Oliver – Fast Forward
Nero – Satisfy
Knife Party
Resistance
Dyro
Sounds Like
I Am Legion
Choosing For You (Nightwatch Remix)
Oliver
Fast Forward
Nero
Satisfy
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[New Beauty] Grace Mitchell – Broken Over You

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Broken Over You

It is safe to say, a 16-year-old has become my new obsession. Well, her voice has become my new obsession.
Just a young woman, Grace Mitchell is new to the music world but let me tell you, her voice, her sound, and her fabulous red hair will be known by many soon.
She released her single ‘Broken Over You’ a few days ago and it is absolutely stunning. Her lyrics speak for the young and the old, of heartache that we all have felt in many stages of our lives. With a voice much more mature than her age, she captivates you with her husky and seductive singing. Lush beats and airy electronic sounds carry the background melody but Mitchell’s slightly dark vibe is what carries this gorgeous tune. Oh Miss Grace, thank you for sharing your intensely pleasing music with us, looking forward to much more.

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[TMN Resident Artist Interview] Le Castle Vania on Atlanta, his label, and the possibility of wearing a cape on stage

On a sunny afternoon last week we got to sit down with our resident artist Le Castle Vania and talk to him about all things music and much more.

TMN: First off, Dylan, thank you so much for being our Resident Artist this month!

LCV: Thank you guys for having me.

TMN: Now let’s rewind to the beginning, I’m talking about before there was even a Le Castle to be heard of, back to when you were just a little guy. Did you come from a household where music was present? Were you involved in any musical activities such as piano lessons or being in a choir when you were young?

LCV: No, I actually didn’t really start getting involved in music until I was about 16. Really there were no musicians in my house, I mean we enjoyed music but I just kind of started liking music more and more and tinkering with it when I was 16. The first instrument I got was drums, so played those for a while but then started messing with electronic music and started messing with midi-gear before I had a computer. Over time, learning to DJ, I enjoyed electronic music more and more, and experimenting with how to create it that is how I grew into my music. It was all very natural and self-taught, years of doing it and meeting other people and trading production secrets with one another, that’s really where it all comes from. Surrounding yourself with talented people and learning from one another.

TMN: I think a lot of kids really grasp the idea of music and liking bands when they reach middle school and high school, can you remember who you were listening to back then and why you liked those particular people and/or groups?

LCV: Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, it was an interesting time to because that is when bands who were big at that time were starting to experiment with electronic elements. Like Smashing Pumpkins had that one whole album where they used drum machines. I was also into stuff like the Prodigy and The Crystal Method. Electronic music was pretty new in the United States, everyone called it ‘techno’ (laughs). Any way I became interested and inspired by the freshness of those sounds.

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[Love Rock] Jesse Ware – Say You Love Me

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Say You Love Me

There is almost nothing as wonderful as a female vocalist with a voice that will pull on any listener’s heartstrings. She carries a certain touch on every word, on any lyric that causes you to close your eyes and just listen as she conveys her story to you through her intimate song.

Jessie Ware is precisely one of these unreal female vocalists, with her powerful gusto and yet soft, affectionate tone, this London artist continues to show why she is such a force to be reckoned with in a good way. Her latest release, ‘Say You Love Me’ off her upcoming Album ‘Tough Love’ due out in October, is a love song for the masses. In it, Ware describes a love where she just wants her lover to want the love she has to give, the perfect line ‘I don’t want to fall in love if you don’t want to try.” Besides the strong instrumental melody, Ware even adds in a bit of a Gospel Band vocals to give this song an extra emphasis on all things love. After this song, we are anxious to hear everything Ware has to share in October.

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[TMN Interview] A quick chat with Meg Mac about ‘Rolling Up’ her sleeves

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We got to have a quick chat with the lovely and talented Oz artist Meg Mac about her latest song release, along with the beautiful music video. After chatting with her, we are even bigger fans.

TMN: Meg! First off can I just say, personally and from the lot here at TMN we are huge fans of that wonderful voice of yours :) Let’s talk about this song you released, “Roll Up Your Sleeves.” It is one of those songs you love to wake up to in the morning, to start the day with a bang and take on the world. Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind this song?

MM: Thank you guys! I started writing this because I was trying to understand why it is easier to pretend you don’t give a shit. Doing the right thing is hard sometimes and I was stuck on this thought. By the end I felt like I was writing this song to myself, to know that the most you can ever do is choose to do the right thing and then I think that everything has to be alright. Hope that makes sense!

TMN: And can you give us a quick history about you as a musician? Hailing from Down Under, we have noticed a large surge of musicians from your part of the world who really are taking over in a way. When did music first enter your life?

MM: I think I have the usual growing up and loving music/wanting to sing all the time story. But I started songwriting at about 17 and I was hooked on it. I could not get over the idea that I could be the first person in the whole world to sing these lines and things I was writing. I was kind of taken over by being able to make something no one sung yet. It was overwhelming, all the possibilities and I am still addicted.

TMN: The video for “Roll Up Your Sleeves” is simply stunning, really. Just your face, black and white, belting out this incredible song. I commend you for making a video that really is about you and the song. Where did you come up with this concept?

MM: Thank you, I was so happy with how it turned out. The song means a lot to me and is so real to me, I wanted to just sing my song so you knew I meant it.

TMN: Finally, can you tell us what we have to look forward to next from you?

MM: Shows! I want to sing these songs for everyone before I get moving on recording all my new stuff.

Watch her video for “Roll Up Your Sleeves” below and make sure to check out all things Meg Mac in the future.

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[Rock] Amber Run – I Found

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Amber Run
I Found

Oh man.

You know when you hear a band for the first time, and all you can feel is shivers running down each inch of your spine because the music is just that powerful? It is one of the most magical feelings when listening to a good song or a good artist.

I got to hear Amber Run for the first time the other day and their hauntingly beautiful song ‘I Found’. The five gentlemen from Nottingham, UK want you to know, they are here to make music that is timeless, rather than cool in the moment music. “We’re not writing edgy music that sounds like 2014 – it’s music for the whole decade, not just for now. We want people to be coming back to our music in 20 years.” And the thing is, their music is a sound that could move from this generation to the next easily. Their stunning vocals combined with their calm melodies combine for a sound that makes you feel, well, just a little bit of everything. Have a listen for yourself and see why these rockers will capture your own ears as well as many ears to come.

 

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[TMN Resident Artist Exclusive] ARTY’s Music Ninja Mini-Mix

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The Music Ninja Guestmix

Before he leaves us for the month, resident artist ARTY decided to put together a mini-mix just for his Music Ninja family. We have enjoyed having this talented young artist take over for the month and are really digging this mix with some of our favorite songs. One thing about ARTY, he knows how to mix, remix, and make originals. He really is a triple threat kind of artist, and we will keep watching as he continues to take electronic music to another level.

TRACKLIST:
01. ODESZA – Sun Models [feat. Madelyn Grant]
02. Pharrell Wlliams (ft Jay Z) – Frontin’ (Disclosure re-work)
03. Nora En Pure – True (Original Mix)
04. Kiesza – Giant In My Heart (Billon Remix) [Lokal Legend]
05. Schuhmacher ft. Dr May – Back Home (Original) [3Beat]
06. Arty feat. Angel Taylor – Up All Night (Original Mix)
07. Porter Robinson feat. Urban Cone – Lionhearted (Arty Remix)
08. The Young Punx – Supersonic (Original) [MoFoHiFi]

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