Rebecca and Fiona Interview [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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There was a time where “Turn it Down” played in just about every car, house and club in the world. Obviously this Swedish duo experienced tremendous success with their collab with Kaskade, but they’ve also made a name for themselves with plenty of other songs over the past few years.

Rebecca and Fiona recently came to the Mile High City to play at the legendary Beta Nightclub. Before their set, we stole a quick 20 minutes to talk to them. Check out what they had to say about growing up in musical households, opening for Robyn, and how they find their new music.

TMN: Hello ladies. Thank you so much for sitting down with us tonight. Let’s start off by talking about about being in Denver playing at Beta Nightclub. Are you guys excited to play for this crowd?

R: Really excited! We’ve never been to Denver before, so we’re excited.

F: We’ve heard a lot of great stuff about the club (Beta). We’ve been wanting to go here for a long time.

TMN: Have you been through Colorado before?

F: I’ve been here because I have relatives here, but it was a long time ago.

TMN: Let’s talk about the beginnings. You two met in the mid 2000s, and then started making music in 2010. How did you guys come to this decision?

R: Yeah, exactly

F: It came kind of naturally. We knew we wanted to work together and we were really into finding new music. We just wanted to be able to make money off of doing something together.

R: Something that was fun!

TMN: Let’s go even further back. What are your musical roots? Were you both in piano lessons as little girls? Did your passion for music come as a teenager?

R: My father is a classical pianist, so I grew up with a lot of classical ways of learning music. I was in a high level choir school, then I went to music school, but I really didn’t enjoy the classical ways of learning music. I just wanted to make music from my own creativity, not from the rules of making music. So, I kind of took a stand from that when I graduated. Then we met (Fiona) and she grew up with a father that’s really into producing. He actually brought the synthesizer into Sweden to sell to Swedish musicians. She grew up with a synth-pop producer Dad and I had the classical background.

F: In Sweden you get to study music for free, as well. So, both of us got to try out the flute, the piano, the violin…
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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 3/20

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
- This deal is NOT valid for tonight’s show this week. Lo siento, amigos.

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

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[Event Review] The M Machine – 3/13

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There’s that buzzword “synergy” that pops up all too often on corporate nonsense or virtually any intangible product’s fine print that serves as a crutch to bolster said proposal or product. Shake that connotation. I spent a night with The M Machine, up close and personal, at the Bluebird Theater who truly exemplify the meaning of the word.

As a fan, I first caught wind of the San Francisco-based trio at Global Dance Festival at the one and only Red Rocks a few years back, prior to any major EP or album release. Under the then-moniker “Metropolis,” The M Machine set the foundation for fan-ship with their haunting-yet-driving melodies and pulsating, infectious rhythms. Did I mention they played earlier in the evening on a side stage then?

Flash forward 3 years to March of 2014. They’re headlining their own tour, and representing the OWSLA force in full. The large, DJ-controlled LED “M” from previous shows has been put aside and replaced by a massive, live video projection that zooms in and out of a mechanical M-shaped frame, set perfectly to the live show with transitional flares and bursts. Based on the 1927 film Metropolis, The M Machine’s music and visuals draw in part upon the film’s dystopian narrative, although updated and contrasted with approachable animation and highly danceable soundscapes.

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[Synth Pop] Ben Khan – Youth

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Ben Khan once again demonstrates the hype surrounding his unique blend of nocturnal soul is entirely justified. Proving his sound can evolve whilst still maintaining its own distinct identity, ‘Youth’ marks a noticeable progression in the young British artist’s already forward-thinking songwriting. At once innovative and accessible, the forthcoming ’1992′ EP looks set to provide Ben Khan with a platform to step out of the shadows and cement his status as one of the most exciting new talents around.

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[TMN Premiere] Ghost Twins – Yellow & Green

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Electronic duo Ghost Twins are gearing up to drop their debut album Never Fear Total Failure next week, and TMN has the pleasure of premiering the latest track off the album “Yellow & Green.” Don’t worry, these aren’t the creepy, killer ghost twins from The Shining, but rather two up-and-coming lads from across the pond.

Formerly known as Crushing Blows, spouting guitar-driven, indie rock tunes, Ghost Twins have moved into a digitized world of synth and electronica. The echoing vocals and ghoulish waves of synth that engulf Ghost Twin’s post-industrial “Yellow & Green” leave you with a haunting, floating feeling of mystic bliss.

Never Fear Total Failure will be available to download on Ghost Twins’ Bandcamp next Tuesday, March 25, with a vinyl release on April 14.

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[TMN Resident Artist] Drake ft. James Fauntleroy – Girls Love Beyonce (YOGI Refix)

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When I reached out to the YOGI boys for the exclusive content portion of the month, I was over the moon when they sent me their unreleased refix (as they call it) of Drake’s ‘Girls Love Beyonce’. And can I just say, did they make quite the fix to this already pulsating song. In their interview last week, the guys told me that one thing to making a good remix is making it sound nothing like the original and to put an artist’s own sound and feel into the song. Needless to say, that is exactly what they did. Adding their own unique sound and feel, YOGI added a mix of deep electronic beats combined with their own blend of Drake’s vocals to add an addicting element to this song. Not only do girls love Beyonce, but girls and boys will definitely be loving YOGI after listening to this deep, seductive, and creative refix.

Side note, the boys ‘Burial’ featuring Pusha T is now available to buy worldwide and pre-order in the UK.

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[Synth-Pop] Bestfriends – The Way I Feel

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Chicago’s Bestfriends may have released this buzzy-addictive piece of dance-pop a few weeks back, but as their forthcoming EP Refine inches closer to release we realized we hadn’t yet published their single “The Way I Feel” and had done a disservice to you Ninjas in the process. From the onset we were reeled in as a towering synthesizer emanates a contorted sea of arpeggiated keys which act as the tune’s fishing pole, while the simple and hooky seven line chorus is in turn the bait for which us fortuitous listeners are able to sink our teeth into. At first listen, it may seem a bit frenetic in structure, but “The Way I Feel” carries more than enough poppy sensibility to attract droves of plays from all walks of sonic backgrounds. We dare you to try and not scoot a little to this one. Stream Bestfriends’ “The Way I Feel” above.

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