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[TMN Resident Artist] Music Ninja Gets Feided with Fei-Fei’s mini-mix

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The Music Ninja Gets Feided Mix

What better way to start the weekend then with an incredible mini-mix by our resident artist Fei-Fei? She has sent us an incredible personal mini-mix just for you awesome ninjas and in her words she would like each and every one of you to get ‘Feided’ off of the mix. This is one thing to go overboard on this weekend, listen to it while you get ready, while you go out with your friends, maybe a little gym time, a little road trip, anything you have going on this weekend will go quite nicely with Fei-Fei’s exclusive mini-mix.

Now I have to go because I put her mix on and it is time to get the weekend started.

Tracklist:

Fei-Fei – Born
Rustie – Raptor
Schoolboy Q – Man of the Year (Price Remix)
Rustie – Slasher
Laure Mvula – Green Gardens (Djemba’s Fest Edit)
Starkey – Uglee
Swick – Super Gold Tennis
Schoolboy Q – Studio (Grandtheft Edit)
Rustie – Attak ft. Danny Brown
Ross, Kanye, Sean – Sanctified (Brenmar Remix)
Brenmar & DJ Slink – Bait
K. Flay – Thicker Than Dust (Fei-Fei’s Feided Remix)
Ginuwine – Pony (eSenTRIK Remix)
Grimes ft. Blood Diamonds – GO
Fei-Fei – Little White Lies
Fei-Fei – Hold You
Fei-Fei – Back To You
Fei-Fei – Like Goodbye
Fei-Fei – With Me
Andru – Home
Fei-Fei – Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate
Heartsrevolution – Kishi Kasei (Fei-Fei’s Feided Mix)

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[Indie/Rock] Tom Misch & Carmody – Paper Planes

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Tom Misch & Carmody
Paper Planes

Do you remember when you were in grade school, listening to your teacher gab on and on about some subject, and all you could do was start folding a paper airplane? There is something magical about a paper airplane, watching it in flight, seeing the smile it brings to many faces. Tom Misch and Carmody have captured that magic and then some in their recent release ‘Paper Planes’. This is the second song off their upcoming collab EP. These two have made quite a name for themselves for their collaborations, with Misch’s extensive jazz background melodies and Carmody’s light, airy vocals, they make some music magic. This song may be the best love note I have heard in a while, the simple act of making paper planes for someone you love, is there anything more sweet? As adults we can lose our childlike tendencies sometimes, but Misch and Carmody are telling us that it is sometimes these small things that make a romance blossom into something wonderful. Now you will have to excuse me, there is someone I need to make a paper plane for…

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[Bring the Funk] Jackson Breit & Carneyval – Use Me

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Jackson Breit & Carneyval
Use Me (Bill Withers)

Better get out your dance shoes for this one.
Jackson Breit is one talented musician. He has a certain jazz and blues swagger, he writes and produces all of his music and we wouldn’t want it to be any other way. For his recent release ‘Use Me’, he reached out to his friend Carneyval to help him with his catchy collaboration. They actually grew up in the same area, went to the same high school and college, and now here they are making some music together. ‘Use Me’ is one sexy song, a mix of vocals and funky electronic/jazz melodies, this song is sure to make you get up out of your seat. Breit has a voice that is a mix between Gavin Degraw and Adam Levine and he has the ability to throw down a little singing/talking with a touch of rap, yes, the boy can throw down some words. Carneyval usually sticks to all things electronic but shows on this track that he is diverse and can bring the good sounds to any music style. Let these two use you with this single, you won’t be upset about it for one minute.

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[Electronic/Pop] Made In Heights – Panther

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Made In Heights
Panther

If you have not heard of Made In Heights yet, please just stop whatever you are doing and get to know these two insanely talented artists. The duo of Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin have combined their ‘powers’ to make a sound that is so breathtaking and dream like, a step forward in combining electronic melodies and vocals. Their latest release ‘Panther’ is a wickedly seductive tune. For this particular song, Sabzi used his musical ear to slow down the melody, adding a beautifully simple drum and beat mixture that carries the song through from start to finish. Bulkin added her delicate yet raw vocals, throwing in a bit of talk/singing, to add flair to this song. Every element captures the feelings of this piece, a song of needing someone in your life because they are and always will be everything to you. “Panther” is now available on Spotify and their forthcoming album drops early 2015 be ready for all things good.

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[Electronic] Oh Wonder – Body Gold (Delusion Remix)

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Body Gold (Delusion Remix)

When this stunning remix begins, you stop for a second…is this Adventure Club? Possibly Odesza?

Neither.

It is the young and beyond impressive producer Delusion who continues to blow us away with his sultry remixes. His latest twist on Oh Wonder’s ‘Body Gold’ is everything we expect from him and then some. Adding some slow electronic melodies mixed with soft tone of the vocals, this remix allows us to get lost in the beat and the words. It is a song about finding that special someone, who makes you see things you have never seen before, you makes you feel bigger than you have ever felt, you allows you to wear the rose colored glasses and know it is all real. Delusion just adds to that feeling, he helps us embrace the love in this song and makes us want to find that person who will paint our body and mind with gold.

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Allyson Ezell – Landmine [TMN Premiere]

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Allyson Ezell
Landmine

Let me just say, ‘pop’ music is making a comeback.
And I’m not talking about the days of boy bands and girls with pigtails, I’m talking about a new generation of artists who have discovered a new pop sound that is both unique and invigorating.
Today we get to premiere and debut one of these artists, a young woman fairly new to the music scene named Allyson Ezell. Hailing from the cornfields of Iowa originally, this talented artist moved to Paris to perfect her aerodynamic pop sound and will be releasing her debut album early 2015. ‘Landmine’, the name of her upcoming EP as well as the first single off of the album, is a mix of electronic synthesizers, defining percussion, and Ezell’s alluring vocals that act sometimes more like an instrument than her actual voice. Ezell speaks to the listeners directly, telling a story of war, a war of love and a love no more. She then carries into singing, describing her heart as a landmine and apologizing for any of the damage that may ensue. As she politely tells us, ‘I’m a landmine, watch your step.’ Ezell is a future voice of pop, she has figured out how to make a sound that is original and enticing. Keep your eyes out for this landmine, her music is sure to blow you away.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Fei-Fei talks about her music history, her debut album, and why her music is a lone wolf

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This month we have the wonderful electronic artist Fei-Fei taking over the Music Ninja website. She is one amazing musician and we are ecstatic to have her as the resident artist. I got a chance to sit down with her and talk a little about her music history, her current music endeavors, and what we can look forward to from her in the New Year.

TMN: Fei-Fei! Hey my dear First off, thank you so much for taking time to chat with us today!

FF: Thanks so much for having me!

TMN: Let’s take it back a bit here, talk to us a bit about musical background. Did you grow up in a musical household? Were either of your parents involved in anything musical? Siblings? You? Play in the school band or sing in any choirs?

FF: Yes music all day everyday. My Dad was a classical pianist, also played clarinet and oboe. My Mom used to be in the Chinese opera back in China. I tried suziki violin when I was 4 and hated it. Then few years later – I picked up classical piano and played for over 13 years. In grade school I was in the choir.

TMN: Who were some of your favorite artists to listen to back in middle school and high school? I feel a lot of kids really start to understand the music they like, or think is “cool”, when they are in middle school. College age is really where people find a taste. Tell us about your musical progression from middle school to college age.

FF: Everything! A ton of alternative, rnb and hip hop. Garbage, Nirvana, Mobb Deep, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Beastie Boys, Liz Phair, Jodeci, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Biggie, Tupac – and of course Wu-Tang.

TMN: Now when did you yourself start experimenting with electronic music? Tell us about the first time and what that felt like for you.

FF: I was at a friend’s house party and this amazing music was playing that I’ve never heard before. It was John Acquaviva & Richie Hawtins X-Mix-3 CD. After that I started going to underground parties by myself and just absolutely lost it. I decided at the first undeground I went to I had to be the person creating the music.

TMN: Now let’s talk a little bit about your sound, I mean I call your music electronic but it is really so much more than that. You have the ability to touch on so many genres and even non-genres. If you were to describe your own music to someone, how would you describe it?

FF: A crazy journey. All the ups, the downs and everything in between.

TMN: Where has been your favorite place to perform thus far? City and venue, and if they are different from another that’s fine.

FF: Its really hard to choose! Every place is different. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s a 50k festival or an intimate 100 person club, it’s all about the vibe. Recently I played at 1015 SF with Purity Ring, Webster Hall (I love NYC), and Detroit always brings a dope underground vibe. Outside the states I’ve had a ton of fun in the UK – Nass Festival and Croatia – it was a super dirty warehouse by the ocean. And of course my own Feided parties in DTLA @ The Lash definitely go the hardest!

TMN: You have done some amazing remixes of some really great songs, for example your Banks remix, kind of obsessed with it. What do you listen for when you are considering doing a remix of someone’s work?

FF: I have to love the tune.

TMN: Now, this has kind of been a huge year from you, and everyone is taking notice. We have to say congratulations on the release of your debut album ‘Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate’, last time I looked it is already #15 on iTunes which is amazing. Talk to us about this album, what went into it, and how you feel putting it out there.

FF: It’s been so unreal. We hit #13 on the charts and was all over the iTunes front page with so many artists I look up to. I can’t even begin to describe how overwhelmed with the response so far. Everyday I think I’m going to wake up from this amazing dream. I can’t believe all the hard work is finally becoming a reality and it’s out! I’ve been a nervous mess the past month and especially the night before it dropped. Believe it or not I wasn’t even going to release any of it. I was going through some weird personal stuff in life and needed to get the emotions out – it was music I made for myself. It wasn’t until recently that I decided it was time to show the world a different side of me and see all the things I saw in my heard, all the emotions I went on during this amazing journey. The good, bad, wild and weird. It’s made me who I am today and I’m not afraid to show it.So this album is for everyone – all my friends, fans, my supporters and my haters. Everyone that’s ever come to a show, supported my music, taken a shot with me or been there for me in any way shape or form. Thank you for always believing in me.A big shoutout to everyone who’s worked with me on this project – you know who you are!

TMN: I can openly say, electronic music and dj-ing is a very male dominated industry. As a woman, talk to me about that and how that is for you. Also, what do you hope might come from more women in the industry and what would you say to up-and-coming female producers?

FF: I hate talking about it but it’s so inherent in our society as a whole. I say it over and over again, I’d rather be someone’s fave artist then someone’s fave female artist. Just making the distinction is extremely backwards and so many people don’t realize it. You don’t go around saying he’s my fav male singer or male lawyer etc. And I definitely don’t want to be treated any differently because I happen to be a woman. I avoid female themed branded events, stages, situations because that automatically separates the genders and works against what we’re trying to overcome. It’s not
about highlighting females it’s about gender equality and that affects both males and females. There are so many amazing and talented women paving their own paths right in the industry and that’s a good sign. Some are more vocal then the other, but my personally I like to keep my head down, do my own thing and be a role model for everyone – guys and girls. Wake up everyone. Talent is genderless. Advice for the ladies and the gents – you have to want it real bad and work super hard to earn your keep and overturn those stereotypes!

TMN: Talk to us about the upcoming year, which is quickly approaching, and what we can look for in 2015 from you?

FF: Promoting the album, tour and everything in between – it’s an ongoing process. It’s not like once the album dops – the work is done. I also have so many projects in the pipeline, but it’s definitely way too early to talk about that.

TMN: Fei it wouldn’t be an interview without a few fun questions for here we go, what is your favorite color lip-gloss?

FF: I’m so not a girly girl but…Clear shimmer with a hint of pink.

TMN: What is your favorite thing to mow down on? If no one is watching, name one food and/or meal that you go to town on.

FF: My Mom’s homemade dumplings at her restaurant – Dumpling Haus in my hometown. I won’t eat dumpling anywhere else because it just doesn’t even come close. But I’ll do that with or without people watching. I like to eat and I don’t care who knows it.

TMN: If you had to trade places with one person for a day, any person, female, male, who would it be and why?

FF: I wouldn’t dream of subjecting anyone else to the things that go on in my head.

TMN: Winter is quickly approaching, if you were stuck in the artic tundra and could only listen to one musical artist/group on repeat for a week straight, who would it be?

FF: Lately I’ve been OD’ing a lot on Caribou. Unreal that I’ve been sharing the charts with these guys and so many other artists that inspire me on the daily.

TMN: If your best friend called you tomorrow and said we are going on vacation to anywhere in the world that you want, where would you go?

FF: Spain. Costa Rica. Argentina. Tokyo. I can’t choose. Let’s just go around the world do it all.

TMN: Who is your musical man crush…and woman crush?

FF: Purity Ring. Also Grimes.

TMN: What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you?

FF: You don’t want to know. I get a lot of weird messages. On the cool non-creeper side of things, someone recently described my album as an “underwater trap party”.

TMN: And finally the question we ask all artists, if your music were an animal, what animal would it be and why?

FF: A lone wolf. Bold, fierce and not afraid to take their own path.

TMN: Fei-Fei thank you so much again for taking the time to sit down with us! Have a great rest of the year and we cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for you!

FF: Thank you I can’t wait!

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