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[Keytar Lovin] Kill Paris – Float

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Kill Paris
Float

Playing a keytar is one thing, playing a keytar and making it look damn good is quite another. So mad props to Kill Paris as he takes his favorite new instrument and jams hard on it in his newly released song ‘Float’. The second song off his upcoming EP ‘Foreplay’ due out the 29th of this month, the song coincides exactly with the title. KP brings his usual electronic charm to his new song, inviting the listener to float along on his smooth yet upbeat melodies. KP mesmerizes all listeners with his keytar playing abilities (because who wouldn’t be impressed by this?) and gets us all excited for the full EP next week.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Elephante’s Top 5 Songs

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This week Elephante is sharing his five favorite tracks with us because he has a little something special for the TMN fam next week. Enjoy this mix of songs, they all get your body dancing.

Galantis – Help
Ummet Ozcan – Raise Your Hands (Slander Trap Edit)
Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop – Recess
RL Grime & WhatSoNot – Tell Me
Bebe Rexha – Can’t Stop Drinking About You
Galantis
Help
Ummet Ozcan
Raise Your Hands (Slander Festival Trap Edit)
Recess
Skrillex, Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop
Tell Me
RL Grime & What So Not
I CANT STOP DRINKING ABOUT YOU
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[TMN Resident Artist] Elephante on when his love of music started, remixes, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch

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The Chainsmokers
#SELFIE (Elephante Remix)

I got to sit down with our wonderful resident artist Elephante and pick his brain a bit about his musical background, all these crazy remixes he produces, and how his music dream only really became a reality a little over a year ago.

TMN: This month we have the pleasure of having Elephante as our resident artist. Tim, thank you so much for joining the ninja family this month!

E: Thank you for having me! It’s an honor :)

TMN: Let’s start at the beginning when you were just a young kid from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tell us when you began taking music lessons and how that progressed from your early age all the way through college?

E: Well I started taking piano lessons when I was 8, but according to my mom, I was super into Fantasia when I was a baby, and would sit 3 feet in front of the TV and watch it on repeat, so I guess Mickey Mouse and that broom thing were sorta my first teachers. Took some guitar lessons in high school, but was mostly self-taught, pretty much through learning all of “Room for Squares” by John Mayer. Seriously that album is amazing. Anyway, I dabbled with hip-hop and messed around with Fruity Loops, but got mostly into writing my own stuff and singing. Loved like Jimi Hendrix and [Eric] Clapton, so it was like blues influenced pop stuff.

TMN: Was there a time you wanted to quit playing music? You know kids, they go through phases and also get busier the older they get, some activities have to give usually. Was music ever part of that or was that an activity you wouldn’t let go of?

E: There was a little bit in high school, but it was more from wanting to be one of the “cool kids” and not from falling out of love with music. Luckily I never committed fully to being a Mean Girl, and didn’t have to give it up. Plus, I figured John Mayer was getting tons of girls, so playing music was probably okay.

TMN: You said that in high school you performed blues influenced acoustic pop songs. Talk to us about where you would perform and how it was being a music kid in high school. Were you involved in your school music programs or were you more a solo music kid who did his own thing?

E: I never really did the school programs like band or orchestra, partly because I was more interested in making my own music and partly because I was terrified of other people thinking I sucked. I did play a few coffeehouse and bar shows, and got the courage to beg my friends to come see, which I am eternally grateful for, because honestly I probably wasn’t that good.

TMN: And you graduated from Harvard a few years back, did you go there for anything musically related? If not, what did you study at school?

E: I did, which I find harder and harder to believe as time goes on. Like, I really went to class and took tests and stuff? I’d get OWNED if I had to do that now. I did do as much music stuff as possible, minored in Music, ran the campus studio, was in a band, interned at a recording studio in Boston, etc.

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[New Release] Zella Day – 7″

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The beautiful and talented Zella Day released her album 7″ on Monday, made up of her two stunning songs “1965″ and “Sweet Ophelia.” That same day, Zella released the video for “Sweet Ophelia.” We were lucky enough to chat with the Arizona native about her inspirations, her new release, and the enchanting new video.

TMN: Zella, we all would just like to say how much we love your music and your sound. Can you talk to us about how living in the West inspired and continues to inspire your music?

ZD: I grew up in such an ethereal place. I was raised breathing in the fresh mountain air that in some ways I incorporate into my music. There was a lot of open space and a lot of natural beauty that allowed me to express myself freely. There wasn’t much of a music scene in Pinetop so I was kind of left to my own devices; the songs I began writing were original and unaffected.

TMN: And obviously congrats on your debut 7″ release, always super exciting! Tell us what you are most excited about with this big release.

ZD: Thankzzzzzz :-) . I’m excited that so many people are hearing my music. That’s the whole point. I’ve been making music for what feels like a long time and its invigorating that people get to experience it for themselves. These first releases get me one step closer to playing in front of more and more people which is what I live for.

TMN: On top of that, you also released the video for ‘Sweet Ophelia’ today, again, congratulations! This song is already such a powerhouse, how did you decide where to take the feel and flow of the music video?

ZD: I wanted the video to be simple yet trancelike, I wanted it to look like what the song sounds like. There are a couple scenes in the video that are symbolic and speak truth as to what the song is about; the video is purposeful. I was nervous that the whole 3 minutes was based on my performance because I haven’t really performed like that in front of a camera before. My take on the whole thing was unrehearsed and authentic, so what you are seeing in the video is pure emotion. Theres a vulnerability portrayed in my disposition that I believe the song possesses as well.

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[TMN Resident Artist for April] Elephante

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The Chainsmokers
#SELFIE (Elephante Remix)

April showers bring May flowers is a very true statement. Also, the beginning of April brings another Resident Artist to TMN and we had to wait until the 2nd of the month just to let you all know we weren’t fooling with this new artist.

Elephante, born Tim Wu, was born in Ann Arbor Michigan and started his music career at a young age being classically trained in piano, guitar, and exploring in both singing and song-writing. Inspired by the sounds of psychedelic rock like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and modern singer-songwriters John Mayer and Damien Rice, Elephante wrote and performed blues influenced acoustic pop songs throughout high school and college. His tastes began to shift towards electronic music in his late teens where he was influenced by “the idea that EDM was more than just drum loops, that you could create all these crazy sounds to make songs, not just a beat.” Since graduating from Harvard in 2011, Elephante has been honing his craft as a producer and DJ working to fuse big room melodic house with influences from pop, electro, and trap.

Elephante released his first EP in November 2013 titled ‘Pretty Lights’ which received high acclaim from the music world. He also has found quite a niche in making remixes of such artists as Kaskade, Katy Perry, Zedd, and Lorde.

That’s just a little insight into the man behind the music but get ready for a month full of everything Elephante, including his recently released remix of the Chainsmokers ‘Selfie’.

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[Mellow Electronic] The 1975 – Settle Down (EMBRZ Remix)

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The 1975
Settle Down (EMBRZ Remix)

Is it ok to say I want to melt into this song?
EMBRZ delivers a beautiful melodic remix of The 1975’s ‘Settle Down’. He takes the original piece and adds mellow electronic beats while casually making the vocals of the song almost none-word like. EMBRZ takes a causal stance on settling someone down full of his coolness in the beats he intertwines throughout the song and the way his own choice of sounds mixes into their own individual sounds.
This remix makes me want to settle down in the best way possible.

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[Seductive] Blooms – Lust

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Lost in lust…more that I’m lost in the beauty of this song.
London artist Blooms has released the third song off her upcoming EP. The song, ‘Lust’, is exactly about that and nothing more. Blooms seductive and rich voice invites listeners to feel the same lust she is feeling for that certain someone. We have all felt that way before, seen someone whose face we can’t seem to forget, whose body we secretly pine for, whose smile makes us weak in the knees. But it is Blooms sultry voice that brings this feeling to the surface and into the light of the everyday.

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