DANNY HOWARD on BPM SIRIUS XM #055 Saturday 13th December 2014
Today I have the pleasure of chatting with our resident artist for the month of December Mr. Danny Howard. We are beyond excited to have this talented producer take over the ninja site and share with us why he is such a name in Europe and why the US better be ready.
TMN: Danny! Hi! First off, thank you so much for agreeing to be our resident artist this month!
DH: It’s an absolute pleasure, thank you for having me on your awesome blog!
TMN: Let me just say welcome, I know you are here on your first North American tour ever which started a week ago in Chicago. How has it been going thus far? Tell us about some of your experiences playing in the states over the past week.
DH: America has really embraced Electronic music over the last few years and that’s reflective of just how incredible the shows have been! All of the cities have been great but New York at Pacha was a particular highlight…One of my favorite clubs to play! I’ve been making an extra effort to experience as much of each city as possible including riding the rollercoaster attached to the New York New York hotel in Vegas, I went up the CN tower in Toronto, Ran the red steps in Times Square, Visited the Hollywood Sign and met some interesting people. I really love it here!!
TMN: Now let’s turn back the tables a bit here to when you were just a little guy. Did you grow up in a musical household at all? Any experience playing instruments or singing at a young age?
DH: My family is not musical so I’m not sure where it comes from but I learned to play the piano when I was 8 years old but gave that up when I was 12 to play soccer. I really wish I kept going but that was my first interest in music. I definitely can’t sing or dance, which is part of the reason I thought it would be safer to stick to DJing.
TMN: Who were some of your favorite artists to listen to when you were younger, let’s say middle school, high school, and college age?
DH: In high school, my best friend and I used to sit and watch the DVD of Tiesto playing the Amsterdam Arena over and over again dreaming of one day being able to do that! It was really the first moment I decided that DJing is something I would love to do. College days were all about Hed Kandi, I really loved the funky house and it became massive in the UK!!! That was my entry level into the scene and then I saw Morillo play… House music became my thing.
Don't Give A F#Ck (Single Version)
Well this is quite the enticing single.
LA artist BETS has recently released her single ‘Don’t Give A F#ck’, a corky Indie song that tells a lovely tale of love and the fact that everyone knows you shouldn’t fall in love because everything is down hill from there. With a mix of soft electronic melodies, BETS soft yet stimulating vocals have a certain air about them. BETS takes the listener on an almost whimsical music journey where she informs you quite honestly that she doesn’t give a f#ck about this boy and love but we all know, and she knows, that she really does indeed give a f#ck. While fairly new to the music scene, BETS has already got us very excited for her upcoming album ‘Days Hours Nights’.
A Fine Way To Die Ft. Orlando Napier
After a year of craziness, GRiZ is back with a new original single ‘A Fine Way To Die’ featuring the vocals of Orlando Napier. A whole year to make one song you say? Don’t be quick to judge that, this isn’t any song, and let’s not forget he was working as half of Grizmatik for the past year. This song took a lot of blood, sweat, and well, GRiZ. Between recording horn lines, drums, writing guitar lines, and recording the most killin’ vocals, you can see why this jamming jazzy piece took a little love and a lot of funk. Following in GRiZ fashion, this single is electric, with a mix of electronic melodies, horns for days, and base that carries the upbeat and slow beats through out the whole song. GRiZ is one young music fiend and we always look forward to this young man with an old music soul taking us all the way to the blues and back again. His new album drops this spring and we cannot wait for what is sure to be a magical music experience.
Wish You'd Met Me First
This song is for my ladies out there (fellas, you will like this one too but, my ladies get ready).
London artist Maiday has released this powerful single ‘Wish You’d Met Me First’. From the title you can guess exactly what this song is about, something many of us have been through. You meet this amazing guy/girl and because of the timing, you cannot be with them. Then you find out the person whom they are with is an amazing individual, beautiful, caring, smart, sucks. Not really but sometimes, it sucks. And Maiday captures this feeling so well. With her absolutely seductively stunning voice, she captures the heartbreak felt and the hopefulness of maybe one day all in one song. With a strong drum and instrumental beat to add power to the song, this melody is stirs a feeling within of wanting and desire. Maiday shows on this track that she is just beginning to make her mark and she welcomes you to join her for the ride.
Just My Soul Responding
Let your soul get ready to respond to this song.
The boys from Nottingham, Amber Run, are back with a stunning single ‘Just My Soul Responding’. This heartbreaking song tells the tale of someone hurting someone else, or in a sense, their soul responding because their heart is so hurt from the love taken. With a sound that reminds us of Mumford mixed with Bastille, these five gentlemen know how to capture true human feelings with their vocals, lyrics, and instrumental melodies. Amber Run is still fairly new but they have shown over the past few months just how much their sound is soaring and how they are going to keep making music that speak directly to the human heart and head. I know this song has my soul responding, feeling, loving, wishing, and hopeful.
Changing things up a bit this month with the usual layout of our Resident Artist write-ups.
Resident Danny Howard couldn’t wait to get us his top five songs at he moment and sent them over early for us to enjoy. He even included one of his recent remixes with DJ Fresh. Five great songs to get your week started and keep you moving and grooving throughout the whole week.
Cedric Gervais – Missing You (DJ Fresh & Danny Howard Remix)
Jauz – Feel The Volume
Chocolate Puma Ft. Kris Kiss – Step Back
Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul
Luca Guerrieri – Harmon
MissingYou (DJ Fresh & Danny Howard Remix)
Feel The Volume (Original Mix)
Step Back Feat. Kris Kiss (Mixmash)
Treasured Soul (OUT NOW)
Harmony (Pete Tong
The way they part when you are attracted to someone, they way they break into a smile around your friends, the small frown they form when something is wrong.
They are the feature on our face that many of us first notice when we look at others, and the feature that many of us are attracted to.
Marian Hill took that seductive feeling of lips and produced a beautifully sexy song about them called, what else, ‘Lips’. Vocalist Samantha Gongol has always impressed us with her way to sing fairly tempting vocals about everything and anything but she really shines on this song. She paints a picture of these lips that you dream about, those perfect lips on that perfect someone. Along with her vocals, producer Jeremy Lloyd spins his magic with a combination of electronic melodies, voice rendering, snap sounds, and some drums to carry this stimulating song to the very end. This duo has found a singly sound that is unlike much we hear these days, and they continue to show why they work so well together, and why their music is so damn addictive.