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[Electronic] Odesza – Say My Name (Delusion Remix)

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Say My Name (Delusion Remix)

So many Odesza remixes, so little time to listen to them all.
But there are a few that stick out, that catch your ears from the first beat, and do justice to an already captivating song.
Delusion is one said artist, putting his personal spin on Odesza’s ‘Say My Name’, the young German artist reminds reminds us of Flume. Delusion puts a twist on this song by adding vocal renditions higher and lower than the original, a repetitive electronic section of intense beats, and an overall mix of sounds that put a cherry on top of this song. Delusion is a newer artist but shows us with this remix that he is here to put his mark on music.

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[Stunning] DVBBS x Delora – Gold Skies (Live Acoustic)

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GOLD SKIES (LIVE ACOUSTIC)FREE DOWNLOAD

When it is three in the morning and artists are hanging out with one another, sometimes, magic happens.
We have always been big fans of the electronic duo DVBBS, two guys who know how to throw down electronic melodies like peanut butter onto jelly. But they decided to slow it down with the release of their acoustic version of their song ‘Gold Skies’ originally made with Sander van Doorn and Martin Garrix. While hanging out with Delora, the boys decided to get on the piano and make a stunning rendition of the song. Sometimes it is good to slow a song down, add some live instruments, and allow the vocalists to take over. Put your headphones on for this one, go walk in the fall weather, see the gold skies all around you, and enjoy this beautiful rendition.

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[TMN Premiere] Jameson – Breathe Your Last

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Breathe Your Last

An artist and his instrument can really be a beautiful thing.
Banjo wielding musician Jameson captivates us with ability to plunk the most stunning notes we have ever heard on a banjo in quite a while. We were offered the opportunity to premiere his song ‘Breathe Your Last’ off his forthcoming EP ‘Carnivore’. The song tells the story of Jameson’s personal journey with his music, from his traveling to his restlessness, from love to his listlessness. Jameson first picked up the banjo back in 2012 while working at a roadside fruit stand and found that the songs just started writing themselves. With a voice that has the rawness of a rocker mixed with the indie melodies of his banjo, Jameson is redefining rock in his own musical style. Touring with the Rival Sons in UK for the next few months, this banjo-playing artist is sure to wow many a crowd. We feel like we have finally started breathing after listening to this unique and wonderful song, Jameson is making us believe in the power of instruments all over again.

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[TMN Premiere] Honeymilk – Let’s Talk About Compassion

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Let's Talk About Compassion

Let us talk about compassion for a minute, ok?
Today, we are honored to premiere Honeymilk’s latest single ‘Let’s Talk About Compassion’, a beautiful indie/rock song in which the only real wonder is, where has all the compassion gone in this world? The trio from Stockholm, made up of Marcus, Nikki, and Erik, have a sound that reminds us of a blend of Wilco and The Strokes. Erik rattles off an impressive drum continuation while Nikki blares some sweet and catchy guitar measures. Finally, it’s Marcus’ raw yet stunning vocals that cater to any listener’s ears. This catchy song shows just where the compassion has gone, it has gone straight into their music. But all these gentlemen really want is for people to feel more compassion towards others and express that perfectly in this rock piece.

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BANKS – Someone New (New Mantra Remix)

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Someone New (New Mantra Remix)

BANKS is hands down one of our favorite artists right now. Her seductive voice, confidence on stage, and intricate lyrics keep all listeners in a music-induced trance of pure bliss. Many artists have remixed her more popular hits, but not many have wandered down the path of her lesser known songs because it is always a little scarier to remix those unknowns. But New Mantra has done just that, putting a delightfully light twist on BANKS’ “Someone New.” The song is about a woman who really likes a man, but is not ready for love and asks him to be patient. New Mantra adds quiet melodies to the song–electronic beats mixed with a bit of delicate drums. The producer also adds an echoing male voice to match BANKS vocals, making it sound like a duet. A beautifully simple yet complex remix, this track will make you remember people from your past, present, and future.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Hardwell discusses I AM HARDWELL, his adoration of penguins, and future plans

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Another month means another exciting resident artist. This month I have the pleasure of sitting down with Hardwell and talking to him about his upcoming tour ‘I Am Hardwell’ coming to North American for the first time since it launched back in 2013. The first show is set for Chicago on Halloween night, talk about a little treat for those Midwest kids. But before he arrives we had to chat with him about this once in a lifetime experience and of course get some other information while we had him.

TMN: Hardwell! Hello! We have to start by saying thank you so much for being our resident artist this month, it really is an honor to have you take over The Music Ninja website!

H: Hello to you! Thanks so much for having me.

TMN: So I guess let’s start at the beginning of the whole ‘I Am Hardwell’ concept, can you tell us about your inspiration for this tour and what it was like introducing this amazing musical experience in Amsterdam to a group of over 6,000 present fans and then broadcasted to over 100,000 fans all over the globe?

H: Well before this came about, I was playing a lot of festival gigs and club tours all the time, and it got to the point where it was definitely time to take the next step. For me, that was doing my own concert series that you now know as I AM HARDWELL. Myself and Alda developed the stage design and I’ve been involved with it from the very beginning. This was exactly the way I wanted to bring it to the crowd. Once we developed the whole concept, I started taking it around the world. Amsterdam was the first I AM HARDWELL show that we did, so it was truly an incredible feeling to deliver on what we’ve worked so hard on to my fans from home. Knowing that over 100,000 fans could watch from their home made debuting I AM HARDWELL even more special.

TMN: Now talk to us more about how this is different from any other show you have done before because it is based on your rise in the music scene correct? Talk to us a little bit about your musical background and where you started from, how about even before you were a DJ, were you involved in any musical elements as a young child? Could music be found in your household?

H: Yes, I really wanted this show to be about my music and experiences. For the I AM HARDWELL shows I decided to make my performances 3-hour sets so I can take the crowd on a musical journey. I’m lucky to have my own stage design, sound, and production as well. The one thing I wanted to achieve with my I AM HARDWELL shows was to give my fans the best experience they’ve ever had and unite them with my music.
As for my musical background, I started when I was four years old playing classical and jazz music on the piano. I discovered dance music when I was about 10 years old because the top DJs in the world like Tiesto were from my city. From then I started producing dance music. I was so lucky to start being recognized at such a young age. I started playing more clubs and shows around the world. I can’t remember one day when music wasn’t playing in my family home. My parents were basically into all kinds of music from Abba, to Elvis Presley, and even James Brown.

TMN: And what about the moto for this whole show, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’, tell us what that personally means for you as an artist and a person, and what you hope your fans take away with them from that message?

H: This entire journey has been a dream for me. It’s been a goal that I’ve set out to achieve ever since I was a child. Every step I’ve made and the hard work I’ve put in throughout my life was for me to become a top DJ and to be able to tour around the world. I want to inspire my fans and be an example for anyone else with a dream. This may sound corny, but if you work hard enough, and put in the time and effort, dreams can come true.

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[New Artist] RAYE – Need Me

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Before I introduce this artist let me tell you, she is only sixteen but sounds like she is in her twenties and has been writing/singing for quite a while. Truth is, London artist RAYE has been writing and singing music since she was ten years old. Her first release ever ‘Need Me’ has lyrics and feelings far beyond her young years. A seductive voice that entices listeners, RAYE has found a way to mix her strong vocals with the perfect touch of electronic melodies and rhythms. Pretty excited to hear what more this young artist will have in store for us as her career continues to blossom, keep an eye out for her.

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