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Cherub – Northern Nights Music Festival Mix [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

Northern Nights Music
NNMF 2017 Cherub Mix

The inevitable build up before a festival is both taxing and exciting. There are always so many loose ends to wrap up before you can completely ditch work, disconnect, and get ready for a few, stellar days of partying. The only thing we’ve found to help combat that pre-festie anxiety is a healthy dose of danceable tunes. Luckily for you, and us, Nashville-based Cherub has prescribed just the thing with an exclusive 30-minute mix ahead of their performance at Northern Nights.

If you’re not familiar with this NorCal-based festival, it’s probably about time you get acquainted. Laid into the intersection of Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, the Emerald Triangle is welcoming back the fifth annual Northern Nights Music Festival. Taking place this July 14-16, this long-standing festival is stacked with a vibey lineup that perfectly accentuates it’s stunning location.

Cherub, who you’re probably grooving to as you read this, join Living Legends, Jai Wolf, Big Wild and G Jones as the headliners. There are plenty of other noteworthy acts behind them, including one of our personal favs, Moon Boots.

If the greener side of life is your thing, this year’s festival is offering up its first-ever Medical Marijuana Zone. This unprecedented state-of-the-art “Tree Lounge” for legal cannabis card holders will be an exclusive, innovative and educational oasis in the center of the festival providing education, on-site Dr. recommendations, cannabis sampling, interactive installations, refreshments, meet-and-greets with headliners plus performances throughout the weekend.

As of right now, tickets are still available, so we highly recommend calling your co-workers to get your shifts covered, and getting your camping gear together ASAP.

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[Event Preview] TMN heads to WORLDZ Masters & Titans Conference

I’ve been to more conferences than I can count–music, tech, entrepreneurship–the list goes on and on. The next sentence I’m about to write comes from a place of absolute confidence, authenticity, and steadfast conviction. This is the most excited I’ve ever been to go to a conference. Ever.

Taking place in the epicenter of entertainment, Hollywood, California, WORLDZ has a lineup that, if compared to a music festival, would call on associations of Goldenvoice’s masterpiece, Desert Trip. It’s made up of absolute legends–the kind most people would kill for a chance to hear live once in their lifetime.

On a personal level, I’m looking forward to speakers from the music and journalism industries. That should go without saying. Industry leaders like Kaskade (Multi-Grammy Award-Nominated Singer, Songwriter & Producer), Quincy Jones (Producer, Conductor and Musician), will.i.am (7x Grammy Award-winning Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist), Bob Pittman (CEO & Chairman of iHeartMedia), Tom Punch (Chief Commerical & Creative for VICE), Marc Ecko (Chief Brand and Creative Officer for Complex), and a handful of others will be representing the sectors I’m most passionate about, but it doesn’t stop there.

Beyond my place in the music industry, I come from a marketing background. My degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver is in marketing, and I’ve worked in a handful of firms and advertising agencies while running The Music Ninja. As the landscape of business continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to keep looking forward. And, who better to lead that vision than top global brands, startups and creators?

If you’re a self-starter, looking for personal or professional growth, are interested in the entertainment industry, I would highly advise picking up a ticket. You can do so here.

FULL LINEUP WITH MORE TBA
Shaun White (CEO, Shaun White Enterprises & 2x Olympic Gold-Medalist)
Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO, VaynerMedia)
Kelly Slater (11 Time World Surf League Champion, Outerknown Founder)
Bjarke Ingels (Founding Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG)
John Amato (President, Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter)
Sebastian Copeland (Polar Explorer & Photographer)
Sophia Amoruso (CEO & Founder, GIRLBOSS)
Deborah Dugan (CEO, (RED))
Jon Buscemi (Founder, Buscemi)
Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder, Reddit)
Steve Clayton (Chief Storyteller, Microsoft)
Kathy Calvin (CEO & President, United Nations Foundation)
Jeri Ward (Chief Communications Officer & SVP, Audi)
Mike Tunnicliffe (EVP & Head of Universal Music Group, USA)
Justin Weniger (CEO, Life Is Beautiful)
Greg Thompson (President, Maverick Music)
Marc Mathieu (CMO, Samsung, Mobile & Marketing, North America)
Dream Rockwell (Co-Founder, Lightning in a Bottle)
Bob Safian (Editor & Managing Director, Fast Company)
Meredith Perry (CEO & Founder, uBeam)
Ali Shirazinia (DJ, Dubfire)
Dirk Ahlborn (CEO, Hyperloop)
Andy Walshe (Head of High Performance, Red Bull)
Marcus Shingles (CEO, XPRIZE)
Diana Nyad, Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist
Stephen Attenborough, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Galactic
Shelley Zalis, CEO & Founder, The Girls’ Lounge
Nick Foster, Head of Industrial Design, X
Randy Freer, COO & President, Fox Networks Group
Donny Makower, President, RED Interactive Agency
Rives, Co-Host, TED
Joe Desena, CEO & Founder, Spartan Race
Marlies Dekkers, CEO & Founder, Marlies Dekkers Lingerie
Jim Kwik, Founder, Kwik Learning & SuperheroYou
Kevin Bailey, President, Asia Pacific, VF Corporation
Mark Weinstein, SVP & Global Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Hilton Worldwide
Charlie Engle, President, Charlie Engle Inc. & Ultramarathon Runner & Author of “Running Man”
Jeff Kearl, CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder, Stance
Ryan Wilson, Street Artist ThankYouX

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Tansu – These Things [TMN DEBUT PREMIERE]

TANSU
These Things (SINGLE)

It’s Friday, which means you probably need a healthy groove to help escort you into a (hopefully) lengthy holiday weekend. My suggestion? How about some big, driving kick drums, pronounced claps, and some eye-opening vocals from a stellar new act?

If you’re nodding your head in approval, which, I fully expect you are, it’s probably time you press play and get a proper introduction to Tansu. With a bigger-than-life vocal presence, this brand new indie pop act could easily shake up the the scene.

Another shiny, shimmering product of the illustrious Berklee College of Music, Turkish-born, London-raised Tansu is everything we love about pop, without what makes us cringe. Hand-crafted lyrics, carefully poured over with production from LITTLE PLANET MUSIC aka Dave Rublin (American Authors) are true, heartfelt, and easy to get into to. At times, it has calls on associations of monster acts, mainly X Ambassadors and Lorde, yet it comes without the army of a major label, which is damn impressive.

Keep your eyes and ears open for more from Tansu. We have a feeling that you’ll be hearing more and more about her very soon.

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Meadowlark – Family Tree (ROOMS Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

Meadowlark
Family Tree (ROOMS Remix)

Alright. I’m looking for my heady ninjas right now. If your idea of a solid weekend night is skipping the crowds, sippin’ on some high-end hooch, maybe partaking in a delightful strain of Sativa, and relaxing the night away at home, I have just the track for you.

Ditch the downtown crowds and get lost in the latest offering from Miami Based Record Label/Fashion House Bribery Corporation. This slice of their Sophomore compilation boasts work from one of our favorite up-and-coming artists, LA-based ROOMS.

In this new rendition of the gorgeous, piano-driven, vocal gem “Family Tree,” ROOMS has spun up a encapsulating soundscape while still expertly connecting us to what we loved from Meadowlark’s original piece. The vocals are still as haunting as ever, coupled with instrumental aspects from before, they’re just chopped up, twisted around, and laid out with an engaging tempo that should have you hooked throughout.

If you’re feeling this tune, we highly recommend heading over and downloading the full compilation via BitTorrent.

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[News] The Mile High City’s Nightlife Scene is Getting an Upgrade

I’ve had the ultimate pleasure of witnessing the evolution of Denver’s nightlife scene over the past 17 years. From the 16+ nights at the old Trax location, to the continual growth of dance music pillars like The Church, Beta, and Vinyl, to all of the “not-to-be-named” underground shows, I’ve truly seen it all.

Over the past few years, as the Mile High City has exploded with implants from all across the country and world, I’ve been anticipating the arrival of a new player in the game. And, according to my sources, that day has come. While the details are murky, at best, all accounts are pointing to a well-established nightlife group out of the Bay Area moving into a long-term lease somewhere in downtown Denver. The club promises to bring a level of production on par with other top-notch dance destinations, complete with world class talent, in an effort to redefine the growing landscape of places to get your groove on.

Stay tuned for more details. This is something you won’t want to miss out on.

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[Ghoul Pop] Soul Bandit – 3-4-9

If there’s one aspect of an artist that electronic music fans love, it’s a mysterious producer known only to the world through their Soundcloud tracks and elusive social media posting. For those of you who aren’t already in-tune with today’s offering, we’re, of course, bringing you a taste of LA-based artist Soul Bandit.

In just over a month, Soul Bandit has been quietly releasing new music with two singles out on her Soundcloud, and listed below, for your listening pleasures. A quick recap of both songs shows the ability to capture a wide variety of electronic music palettes. Her internet debut “Mad Prophet” is a warm, electropop-like production that makes you immediately want to jump on that beach trip this weekend, while her second single, “Afraid” offers listeners a dreamer’s out-of-body, listening experience.

Her latest release, “3-4-9”, opens with a darker, dystopian tone. Post-apocalyptic and bleak, Soul Bandit drops her introduction off with a break-beat rhythm, driven with a heavy 808-kick and eerie bells and claps. A mesmerizingly, despondent vocal chimes in to give the tune a fuller experience as it chants an inexplicable mantra over and over again. Compared to her other two productions, Soul Bandit focuses more on percussion elements; crisp hats, meaty claps, and steady, pulsating kick that will leave you in an empty awe when you the song start to fade out and ending.

3-4-9 isn’t a typical track for me. I grew up speaking 3 languages (Russian at home, Hebrew and English at school). So to me 3-4-9 was meant to be a bizarre, dark, nonsensical, dance track that’s a tribute to how strange it is growing up in a cultural cauldron. My sound choices for this track and for the majority of my others tend to be a bit jarring and even unsettling at times, but they’re representative of the unpredictabilities and oddities of life and death.
’3 4 9’
’AFRAID’
’MAD PROPHET’
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TNERTLE – Clouds [TMN PREMIERE]

Tnertle
Clouds

If I ever find myself at the question, “where can I go for a non-stop, funkalicious dance party in Denver,” I look no further than TNERTLE’s tour schedule. This 6-8 piece (depending on the track) electro-funk outfit always brings the heat to whatever venue is lucky enough to have them, most of which happen to fall right here, in the Mile High City.

Praise the dance gods for that.

I’ve had the pleasure of covering TNERTLE’s live and recorded music in the past, always presenting it to you guys with a beaming grin, and feet ready to dance out a jig on a moment’s notice. Today’s no different, as you get a taste of their upcoming Monsters Out West EP. True to its name, this collection offers up four massive tunes, featuring big, shiny brass sections, carefully laid out synths, and a myriad of different vocalists that all come together for the sake of getting down.

“Clouds” was a standout for me, personally–an absolutely huge tune that already has me revved up and ready to go for the weekend. It’s just too damn bad it’s only Tuesday. Oh well. We’ll just have to settle with some desk dancing’ until Friday peeks its sweet, sunny face above the horizon.

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