[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Interview with MONSTA

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Messiah

Part blues. Part Rock Ballad. Part bass laden dubstep. Yes, MONSTA has a unique sound with their gigantic single, “Messiah”. And it’s one that we’re particularly fond of. After hearing “Messiah” over and over again, we knew that we had to get to know this group better. What does their creative process look like? How do they craft their lyrics? Who are their musical influences?

Luckily we got a chance to have a virtual chat with Rufio of MONSTA, and he answered every question we wanted to know. Check out what he had to say.

TMN: Thanks for answering a couple of questions for us guys! Let’s start off first by asking what your creative process looks like when you’re writing a tune. Does one person excel at a certain aspect? Do you all collaborate on everything together?

MONSTA: You’re welcome! We always write everything together, even though the writing process is a little different for each track. There will always be a point where we are around the piano and just hearing the melodies and harmony together…we always feel that if a song works like that then that is best foundation. There are other times when we might have prepared a track or parts of an instrumental and then Skaar starts singing over it and we all take it from there … but either way we write together because that’s the whole point for us of being in a band and its the most exciting and joyful part.

TMN: Let’s take two steps back now, how did you guys come to meet?

MONSTA: Rocky and I (Rufio) met at Jazz Conservatoire and started playing a lot of gigs and tours together…one thing led to another and we started producing. One day someone played some demos of a singer and we were floored, but we had no idea who they were, where they were from, how old they were and what they did. It transpired that it was Skaar and he was in London, so after a bit of a hunt we got in touch and he came down to the studio. It was all very quiet at first and then we played a couple of tracks and he suddenly started singing and the sound and the melodies were so incredible we knew that we had to work together someway somehow.

TMN: Name the one artist that influenced you the most as an aspiring musician.

MONSTA: It would be different for all of us I guess but collectively some of key artists would be: Otis Reading, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald, Sam Cooke, Oscar Peterson, Jeff Porcaro, Nina Simone.

TMN: Back to the present, most of your tracks go crazy on charts like the hype machine. Do you pay attention to things like that when you release a tune?

MONSTA: It’s unbelievable when those things do happen and obviously its great that people are into it and its amazing to see it spreading, however we don’t live and die by it personally…it’s great when it does but if it doesn’t we aren’t put out.

TMN: Do you have any massive collabos in the works right now, if not who are you trying to work with in the near future?

MONSTA: There’s a few people we have started some tracks with, people we massively respect…but nothing is finished just yet. We are always up for collaborating but only if its with someone who we feel we can make something amazing and new with, they have to push us and hopefully we push them, we would never do a collaboration track for someones popularity alone, we would rather collaborate with someone like Chaka Khan then a new star purely because they are having massive success right now.

TMN: Let’s chat about Messiah. The track itself features inspiring lyrics, soulful piano, and gritty basslines. How did the process begin with this track in particular? Did the lyrics come first, or were they stem from the music?

MONSTA: We started with the piano riff and then we layered up some textures and sounds leading towards the chorus. This was the catalyst for the melodies and lyrics in this particular instance…”Higher” felt like the right image on the top of the chorus for us and then the melodies in verses just came about when we were playing it all together … it was cool cos it all came fairly easily and in an organic manor.

TMN: Who came up with the vision for the music video? Talk to us about the location, the crew, and what that experience was like for you.

MONSTA: The experience was amazing for us…we’ve all been so affected by music from the American South and so to get the chance to go to Savannah, Georgia (where we shot the video) felt very humbling. We always had these visual references for the track and one day Alabama (the directing team) got in touch with us and presented a remarkably similar vision. they also saw a more supernatural element to the song which was exactly what we had pictured when we wrote the lyrics so it felt like the most amazing fit. The locations (even when derelict), were stunning and the people we met from the South were amazingly kind, charming and open. Although there was one guy who spent 3 days telling us he had a disembodied ghost cat that floated around is apartment …that concept should probably be our next video really.

TMN: What’s one artist you would be embarrassed to admit you listen too?

MONSTA: If you like an artist you shouldn’t really be embarrassed by liking them, sometimes a song comes along that you love by an artist you don’t particularly think much of i guess. People always seem to think Toto is a guilty pleasure-but we don’t see why there would be any guilt involved?

The Messiah EP is out now in itunes. Pick up your copy today!

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #54

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It’s always great hitting Friday on a short week. Just a few days ago you were dancing the night away, and now you’re ready to get after it again. So, don’t let me stand in your way with a bunch of unnecessary words. Press play and get going!

#danceirresponsibly

Porter Robinson
Say My Name (Aylen Trap Bootleg)
A$AP Rocky
F**kin Problems (Crizzly Remix)
Ass & Tittiez
Crizzly & Logun
Martin Garrix
Animals (Pelari Trap Bootleg)
Disco Fries Bootleg
Last Mammoth Lovr
Vipers Code Sparks (Leo Laurettis Bootleg)
W&W & Ummet Ozcan & Hardwell Feat. Matthew Koma
Every Breath Together is a Hurricane
Sebastian&Axwell vs Daddys Groove vs John Dahlback FLos MaShUp
Cicada feat. Holly Miranda
Over and Over (Denzal Park Remix) Thomas Gold Agora (Henrix Bootleg)
Destructo Higher (Tommy Trash Remix)
Capital Cities
Safe and Sound (Henrix & Darmon Remix)
Ellie Goulding
I Know You Care (Triad Dragons Remix)
Phil Collins
In The Air Tonight (Joman 2013 Club Mix)
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[Electronic] Seven Lions – Fever ft Minnesota + Mimi Page (Show tonight in Denver)

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Seven Lions
Fevers (Ft. Minnesota and Mimi Page)

Listening to Seven Lions today, also known as Jeff Montalvo, it is hard to believe this California native was once a metal and punk-inclined drummer but then again, all of his pieces have some major drum beats that take over every listener’s body. No exception to this is his recently released “Fevers” featuring the very talented Minnesota and the captivating vocals of Mimi Page. This beautiful song captures the very sound that is Seven Lions, a mix of electronic melodies with haunting lyrics and progressive beats. At 1:30, Seven Lions throws down an explosion of impulsive sound that swirls through the eardrums. Montalvo had a unique sound that continues to amaze and wow the music industry as well as his fans, all of them always excited for what he will bring next.

If you are in Denver tonight, be sure to stop by Cassleman’s for the Global Dance Pre-Party where Montalvo will be throwing down his unbelievably impressive music.

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 5/30

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Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
Details:
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

John Digweed - May 30th

John Digweed
Live From Punta Del Este, Uruguay (2013

Crizzly- May 31st

F**kin Problems (Crizzly Remix)

Rob Garza - June 1st

Federico Aubele
No One (Rob Garza Remix)
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[Resident Artist Interview] Why PatrickReza’s Music is like a baby giraffe

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Vitals (Free Download)

We were lucky to have PatrickReza fly into Denver to headline a Music Ninja party this past week and took full advantage by sitting down with him to chat a little about his music, his future and also why his music is like a baby giraffe.

TMN: On this beautiful sunny Sunday we are so excited to welcome you Patrick to the Mile High City and ecstatic that you are headlining TMN’s party.

PR: Thank you thank you.

TMN: Tell me, you have been to Denver before right? What do you like about this city?

PR: I have been here but I have never played. It is beautiful out here but the air is so thin I have been drinking water non-stop and have been peeing every like 20 minutes, flushing my system I guess.

TMN: And you are an LA native correct? Tell us some things you love most about your home.

PR: I like cities. LA is where I grew up and where I skated as a kid. The music scene is amazing, the people are amazing. All my friends are here, it’s just home it has been home forever.

TMN: Let’s go back a few years to when you were just a wee lad. Did you have musical training when you were little or did you grow up in a musical household at all?

PR: Well my parents don’t play instruments but they thought it would be good for me to start playing instruments. So at the age of four I started taking piano lessons until I was about nine, so I didn’t get into it too far and then I quit and then I started playing guitar because it was cool and it gets all the honeys, ya know, in third grade.

TMN: Haha, well of course, looking out for the ladies at a young age.

PR: Exactly. So I played that for about four and a half years. Then in high school I had to take a music class and I decided to start playing saxophone and clarinet, it is kind of nerdy but I love the sound of sax and the way it looked. I played that throughout high school. But I mean I never got into any instrument super deep. I have severe ADD I need new stuff to stimulate me all the time. My dad had a huge vinyl collection and influenced me from a young age. He went through a lot of phases he was a hippy, and discos, and then a punkrocker and he stayed true to that so I grew up listening to the Sex Pistols and the Clash Vinyls. So I grew up in a heavy music atmosphere. If you would give me sheet music right now I would not know how to read anything.

TMN: Where do you see yourself with your music in five years? (I know this can be a tough question but when you see PatrickReza down the road where do you hope your music will go?)

PR: I mean, I’m friends with a lot of people who in my book have attend success like K Drew and Mount Eden and Adventure club and if I can be anywhere near where they are in five years, have a really loyal fan base, being touring a lot and being able to help and support my friends to grow with me, that would be awesome. I mean five years is a long time, I’ve only been doing this for a year and nine months but I’d like to start my own private record label so I can give friends around me who don’t have the connections or the means to get their music out a medium to get it out.

TMN: So let’s make a shift to some fun/more personal questions here. Tell me, what are three things you carry with you when you travel for shows at all times?

PR: My electronic cigeratte, my phone and my laptop for the shows. Kind of need it.

TMN: Favorite article of clothing ever.

PR: Article or brand?

TMN: Article.

PR: I have this really cool Obey jacket that is gray leather but looks like it has a fake black hoodie underneath. But I can never wear it when I play shows because I sweat and get so hot on stage.

TMN: Ok I’m going to throw out some quick questions or phrases and I want you to day what or who comes to your mind first, ok?

Best hair and facial hair in the music industry: Skrillex
Favorite color: I like them all
Lazor: Pointer
Girl crush: My Girlfriend (stop the interview and “awwwwwww”)
Man crush: Corey Baker aka Kill Paris (me too)
Cats or Dogs: Dogs

TMN: Before we let you tear up the stage I have one final question that we like to ask every artist we interview. If your music was some type of animal, what animal would it be?

PR: A giraffe in its baby stage but 130 feet tall.

TMN: (Laughing) Nice, can you explain that a bit more?

PR: Like a giraffe in its baby stage isn’t fully developed so it’s neck isn’t as long so it would almost be completely proportional. Kind of like a dog so the legs and the neck are completely equal but it would just be humungous so it would be completely proportional but look like a really weird giraffe.

TMN: As always Patrick, we are loving having you as our Resident Artist this month and we can’t wait to see what else you have in store this year.

PR: Yeah yeah, thank you!

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 5/23

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Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
Details:
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Manufactured Superstars - May 23rd

Manufactured Superstars
Zombies In Love (Original Mix)

Noisa - May 24th

The Upbeats & Noisia
Loudmouth (Free Download)

Gabriel and Dresden - May 25th

Gabriel & Dresden feat Molly Bancroft
Tracking Treasure Down Revisited (Radio Edit)

Feed Me - May 25th

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Death By Robot
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[Review] Global Dub Festival – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado

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There is only one way to start off the summer outdoor concert series in Colorado and that is with a unbelievable show at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Last Friday night as the sun began to set, the glow sticks and furry boots and Colorado geared out music fans alike all descended upon Red Rocks for the first big dubstep show of the summer, Global Dub Festival put on by Global Dance, AEG Live, and Sub.Mission. There was a silent vibe among the crowd, a glowing excitement for the amazing artists about to take the stage and for the happiness that comes with this concert experience. Here, dub artists were backstage preparing to play to a sold out crowd of 10,000 people, all ready to dance and jump and scream the night away as the music pulsated through each and every one of them.
First to the stage was the electronic duo Designer Drugs who amped the night up right with their touch on all music from electric to dub to trap to dance. They didn’t just warm the crowd up, they electrified the crowd to be prepared for the rest of the night. Then the four dirty boys of Dirtyphonics took to the stage, flying all the way from France to show Red Rocks some proper bass music love. If you want entertainment, try watching four guys make mixes constantly together, it takes dedication and these four delivered a impressive performance full of all things drum and bass. On their heels was none other than Zomboy who laid some straight mind control over this crowd. His energy carries from his music to every listener in the audience, not stopping for one minute to take a break, Zomboy raised the stakes.
Then the master of all bass took to the stage, triple X-rated himself, Excision. And no, he couldn’t bring his sound system this time because Red Rocks would be no more but don’t worry Rado, he’s coming back this fall with all the bass your ears can handle. Excision destroyed his set, throwing deep bass after deep bass all over the screaming fans that could not get enough of his bass in their faces. Excision never stopped running through all the bass he knew and the crowd kept craving for more after each drop.
The final man to the stage was none other than the blonde boy who blasts the gold dust through any speaker system he’s hooked up to, Flux Pavilion. Flux took the stage and with some insane visual graphics dancing on the screen behind him, he gave the audience all that they could ask for and more. He blew the roof, gave us daydreams, couldn’t stop and finally gold dusted the entire crowd who by this point were all standing, singing, screaming for all things Flux. Before he left the stage, Flux took the microphone and said, “Red Rocks has to be the best venue in the world. The fact that it’s next to Denver is a definite plus”. There you have it ladies and gentlemen, the most amazing venue in the world with some of the biggest names in dubstep music to start off what is sure to be an epic summer at Red Rocks.

Designer Drugs and Alvin Risk
Empty Hearted (Ultra Records)
Strange Enough (DESIGNER DRUGS Remix)
10.Dirtyphonics
Walk In The Fire
08.Dirtyphonics
Hanging On Me (feat. Liela Moss)
Jam On It
Nuclear (Hands Up)
Destroid
The Invasion
Excision
X Rated Featuring Messinian
Flux Pavilion
Blow The Roof
Daydreamer
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