[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Interview – Seven Lions

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Seven Lions
Live @ Ultra, OWSLA stage 03-16-13

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Miami during WMC is absolute insanity. Artists, Label Reps, Publicists, Bloggers and fans are rushing around the streets of South Beach, bouncing from party to party, trying to get the most out of their experience. This year was our first year working it, and we definitely had far too much stacked on our plate.

With that being said, we unfortunately couldn’t sit down with Seven Lions in person. As many of you know from posts in the past, Seven Lions is a TMN favorite. His melodic and often aggressive style is something that’s truly unique. We’ve supported every almost all of his music, and will continue to do so. On top of loving his production, we’re also huge fans of his live show. We caught his set at the Anjunabeats Pool Party, and it ended up being one of the most memorable ones from our trip. We highly encourage you head out an see him live. In fact, if you’re in the LA area, you can catch him this Friday at his first headlining gig in LA at CONTROL.

TMN: It goes without saying that you have been one of our favorite producers of all times, blurring the lines between genres. The Cosmic Love (Florence and the Machine) remix just left us floored. What is your primary source for discovering new independent music?

SL: The internet was my primary means of finding new bands, especially when I was first really finding my love for music early on. None of my friends listened to metal back in the day so I would spend countless hours just searching through websites for bands. When I am listening to more mellow music, like acoustic stuff, I will use Pandora. Also, Erik Mongrain radio is my jam. I don’t listen to a lot of new stuff to be honest. I tend to fall back on metal albums I’ve listened to for years.

TMN: We know you love a good beer, tell us what is your favorite?

SL: Russian River’s Pliney the Elder, or Dogfish head 90 min

TMN: Not a lot of people know this about you but you are a big fan of Metal music, what are some of the bands you listen to and does it influence your music?

SL: Surely does – Ensiferum, Opeth, Wintersun, Porcupine Tree, Cephalic Carnage, Blind Guardian, At the Gates, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Amon Amarth, Novembre

TMN: Out of all the tracks you have released, which one do you think had the biggest impact, not popularity wise, but in promoting what you are all about.

SL: Tyven, for a lot of reasons.


TMN: What do you think is the biggest difference between dubstep now compared to 3 years ago.

SL: Honestly, I really never liked dubstep back then. A lot of really cool/melodic stuff is coming out now, not just dubstep either. It’s for sure changed since I first heard it a few years ago. It seems like most of the popular stuff is really well produced and it wasn’t always that way. I remember one of the things that really turned me off about dubstep at first was how poorly it sounded sonically.

TMN: With every release, your sound keeps evolving, how do you manage to continually come up with a new set of sonic experiences? And how much is that influenced by outside factors?

SL: A lot of influence has come from playing shows lately. The more I play to a larger crowd the more I think about that while writing music. It’s added a whole new thing to think about while composing/producing a song. On the other hand, I have realized that not every song needs to be a dance floor track, when I am working on a song on not worried about how it will sound on a big system, I feel much more creative.

TMN: What is the biggest difference for you between “Days To Come” EP and “Polarize”?

SL: I think Polarize was a collection of songs that I spent years experimenting on and getting my sound right. Days To Come was less experimental and more focused on where I wanted to go with the project.

TMN: Is there anyone in particular that you would like to collaborate with?

SL: Ellie Goulding, Imogen Heap, Sigur Ros

TMN: As one of the most blogged about artists in the scene, often topping the charts on Hype Machine, what role do music blogs play in bringing more exposure to less known artist?

SL: Music blogs are huge. They have as much or more power than a lot of record labels. I feel very lucky to have such support from the community.

TMN: Ok, we know you’ve been interviewed a lot in Miami. We’d like to change the pace up a little and ask you some random questions:

TMN: Who is your favorite bond?

SL: Sean Connery

TMN: What do you do for a hangover cure?

SL: Mimosas

TMN: If you could only have one artist’s music in your ipod, who would it be?

SL: Opeth

TMN: Snap backs or fitted hats?

SL: Mostly top hats or wide brimmed straw hats

TMN: Name three words that describe your music:

SL: “Melodic, Progressive, Heavy”

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #51

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Holy shit, ninjas! We can’t believe it. A week from today will mark a full year of party playlists. It seems like just yesterday we were lining up shots, talking about how there’s a lack of solid party music collections on the interwebs. Here we are today. Our livers aren’t as grateful as our ears, but we don’t care. You know why? Because it’s the weekend, and it’s time to get down. You’ve worked your ass off, and we appreciate it. So, here’s yet another tasty selection of rage inducing tracks that will please your ears, legs, and desire to light the weekend up.

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Gravis Mashup
Drop The Lights Down Low
Usher
YEAH (David A Remix Feat. TB1)
Gravis Mashup
Taito x Stronger
Knife Party
LRAD (Candylands OG Remix)
NIRVANA
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT (DIRTY DISCO YOUTH REMIX)
Bailey Smalls
Trouble (Original Mix)
Youre Gonna Stereo Love (Leo Laurettis Bootleg)
NERVO & Avicii Feat. Vika Jigulina
Dirty Disco Youth & Dumme Jungs
Uncle Sam
Vicetone ft. Collin McLoughlin
Heartbeat (Xristo Remix)
Lana Del Rey
Young & Beautiful (Myndset Remix)
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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Sub Focus Interview

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Sub Focus
'Endorphins' feat. Alex Clare (Preview)

There’s no doubt that every genre within the blanket term “EDM” has blown up over the past few years. New artists seemingly pop up every day producing amazing music. In the midst of new artists that people struggle to recall in the back of their minds, acting as if they could recall them all, lies a few that everyone should rightfully know. Sub Focus is one of those. That name, is a household name in every bass fiends mind.

When we cruised down to Miami in March, we had an interview set up with the legendary producer/DJ. Unfortunately the craziness of Ultra and WMC got the best of both of us, and we were never able to cross paths. Thankfully we have the internet at our behest, and we were able to still get a virtual sit down with this legendary artist. So, without further adieu, here’s Sub Focus:

TMN: It is really an honor to be able to interview you today. Our blog started in 2009 and we remember distinctly how much we enjoyed ‘Sub Focus’, your self-titled debut album. A lot has drastically changed bass driven music, give us your thoughts on the current scene of Dubstep and Drum&Bass music and where do you see it going in the next couple of months?

SF: I feel like that time was the early days of producers like us making multi-genre electronic/bass music. Its been really cool to see that movement continue.
Its always hard to predict where it’s going but I think we are starting to see a reaction away from the more noisy maximalist side of the music into sparser more spacey material. The rise of trap and deep house is an example of this movement in the music.

TMN: One of our favorite tracks last year has to be without a doubt, “Out The Blue” featuring the amazing vocals of Alice Gold. Any plans to collaborate with her again, can you tell us a little more about any upcoming releases you have set for this year?

SF: I haven’t made any more songs with Alice, but we may well get in the studio again at some point, I love the way our collab came out. My next single ‘Endorphins’ features Alex Clare, and is due out on May 12th, then I have another single coming out shortly before my album due in late Summer. I am in the finishing stages of my album at the moment so am doing lots of last minute sessions and all nighters at the moment to get it done right.

TMN: Your live performances continue to evolve and get ever more technical, they are absolutely amazing. What has been the biggest challenge in putting everything together?

SF: Thanks – it’s been a big technical challenge putting it all together and obviously I have a lot of talented people working with me to make it happen. One of the biggest challenges was putting together an audio setup that allows me to do all the things I have wanted to. I had motion sensors custom made for the show – so I can control sounds by moving my hands through air. I also had bespoke software made that I use on iPads for editing the sound and making beats from scratch on the fly. A lot of the technology for playing electronic music live is so new that I am constantly updating the live gear I use.

TMN: We know you enjoy producing on stage, and not just playing back your tracks for set. Can you tell us more about this process and the kind of software you use on the fly?

SF: I have covered some of the hardware above but software-wise it is as follows: For my live sets I use Ableton Live and some bespoke patches I have that run on the Lemur platform for iPad. Within Live I have a very complicated project running the individual parts of my songs with some of the synths (Like NI’s Massive synth for example) playing live so I can vary the parts on the fly. I also play parts, trigger fx, re-edit samples and re-do beats all within the software using keyboards, iPads, drum pads and more.

TMN: Walk us through your creative process, what tends to come first the melody? The rhythm? and on average what is the life cycle of a Sub Focus production?

SF: The inspiration for a song can come in lots of different ways, but I think my best material comes from ‘the inspired route’ – where I have an almost fully formed concept for a tune or a distinct melody idea in my head and I work on it until it is done. Other times an idea might come when just messing around but the best ideas come more fully formed. I spend a lot of time trawling the internet for inspiration and ideas for new concepts for tracks.

TMN: In your long and illustrious career, you’ve played all over the world. What are some of your highlights?

SF: There have been a lot of very memorable gigs – Glastonbury 2010 when I played with my first live show was a real highlight, my current residency at Amnesia in Ibiza has been great as its been an ambition of mine for a while to do that. The first EDC in Vegas in 2011 was also great, there are too many to mention really.

TMN: Have you ever had a moment in your career where you’ve stepped back and said, “Oh shit” at something that just happened?

SF: Probably doing my first official remix for The Prodigy back in 2005 – a couple of months before that I had just finished college then my career started to take off.

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 5/9

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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!

Matt Darey - May 9th

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Nocturnal 404 classic mix

Mantis - May 10th

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Insomnia VIP

Arno Cost - May 11th

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[Concert Preview] Global Dub Festival @ Red Rocks, Colorado

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You can feel the change in the air can’t you? Summer is on the way.

Your body gets that tingling feeling, your bright colored tees and crazy pattern shorts that you have kept perfectly folded in your closet are dying to come back out. The glitter, the sequins, the glow sticks and all those fuzzy animal hats are ready to make their first appearance of the summer.
And for all of us in Colorado, it is essential to start the summer concert series out on a good note, for example, heading up to the one and only Red Rocks, one of the best concert venues in the world.

So mark your calendars Colorado and everyone else, a week from Friday, May 17th, Global Dance, Sub.Mission and Triad Dragons are throwing down the biggest bass festival to start the summer off right, the Global Dub Festival. They have stacked the artists high this year. Headlining this year is that blonde sensation Flux Pavilion and the triple X rated bass extraordinaire Excision. Getting the party started is Zomboy, Dirtyphonics Live and Designer Drugs. If you are not a fan of bass or are afraid for your eardrums, this isn’t the show for you. But for everyone else, grab your tickets and get ready to begin your summer the way every basshead should, with more bass in your face than you even know what to do with.
Let’s get this summer started!

Flux Pavilion
I Still Cant Stop
Excision
Shambhala 2012 Dubstep Mix
Jam On It
Dirtyphonics
Walk In The Fire
Designer Drugs and Alvin Risk
Empty Hearted (Ultra Records)
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[Denver Event] The Music Ninja and Blurred Pictures Present: Sunday Therapy 5/19

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Oh shit, Ninjas! It’s time for another Music Ninja party in Denver. This time around we’ve teamed up with local music video magicians Blurred Pictures to throw a day party. You read that right. It’s about time we have a legit day party to kick off summer with.

May 19th we’re invading Norad Dance Bar for Sunday Therapy. We have a stellar day planned out with music and drink specials. Local pickle purveyors, The Real Dill, are providing a custom bloody mary bar with their Habanero Horseradish dills and their bloody mary mix. Alongside of that will be the Drink Dice girls handing out free Drink Dice. If you’re not familiar with this product, you will be after this post. Drink Dice is a Denver based company that makes alcoholic otter pops. Yeah, that exists, and it’s awesome.

Aside from specialties of the alcoholic variety, you can also expect some amazing beats. We have an array of local DJs leading up to our headliner. Arther Schmidt aka BasicPerspective (Anjunabeats, Armada) is up first, new comer Pawnee will follow, then Electro Bliss. Jontron (Black Hole) will jump on next to lead into one of our favorite DJ/Producers, PatrickReza. Patrick is making the voyage from LA to grace Norad’s decks. Just a side note, this is Patrick’s first show in Denver!

Tickets will be $5 for girls, $8 for guys. It is a summer themed party, so summer attire is welcome. So throw on your board shorts or your bikini top and head down. It’s going to be one hell of a party. And sorry kiddos, this event is 21+.

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PatrickReza
BANG!
Purity Ring
Belispeak (PatrickReza Remix)
High For This (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix)
Ellie Goulding
Jontron
Little Room
Arthur Schmidt
You Will Be Missed Original Mix
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[TMN Resident Artist] *NEW SONG* PatrickReza – Vitals

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I love when our Resident Artist for the month sends me an email saying: Hey, I’ve got a new song I want you guys to preview. That is one thing we will never say no to and, he is giving is as a free download to all of his fans.
PatrickReza is our highly skilled artist this month and my ears got to hear his song first and I have got to say, highly impressive. The song, “Vitals”, reminds me of just that. I picture a person lying on the floor and another person hovering over them, checking to see if their vital signs are working properly. Are they breathing? Is their heart beating? The song begins with a slow piano melody, intriguing us listeners to check our own vitals. Then at :55, Reza puts in his first drop. No it is not the typical huge drop but this is something I admire with Reza, he picks the right beats, electronic sounds and drops with each of his pieces. He knows what is enough and what would overwhelm the song and we love that he is dipping into making PR original works. The song continues with some electronic bliss and carries until the end where the piano fades away leaving us listeners with just our breathing and our hearts beating.

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Vitals (Free Download)
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