[Future Trap] BANKS – Drowning (Stwo Remix)

BANKS - Drowning (Stwo Remix)
BANKS
Drowning (Stwo Remix)

There is nothing more exciting than anticipating new music from Stwo. The French producer is renowned for transforming tracks into gold and, with his latest release, he certainly does not disappoint. Reworking ”Drowning” by the LA lovechild BANKS, Stwo has once again proven that he is the remix king. Going with a minimalist trap beat, Jillian Banks’s vocals shine mixing perfectly with the ominous, emotionally-driven tune. Stwo definitely elevated the listening experience by throwing in his signature elements. He is so good at curating songs to remix that it’s easy to mistake his renditions for the originals.

Sharing is caring, and Stwo has always been extremely generous with giving out free music. Make sure to grab a free download via his SoundCloud here, and catch the him on a stop of his North American tour with Snakehips. Trust us, you do not want to miss out!

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[TMN Resident Artist] Hardwell discusses I AM HARDWELL, his adoration of penguins, and future plans

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Another month means another exciting resident artist. This month I have the pleasure of sitting down with Hardwell and talking to him about his upcoming tour ‘I Am Hardwell’ coming to North American for the first time since it launched back in 2013. The first show is set for Chicago on Halloween night, talk about a little treat for those Midwest kids. But before he arrives we had to chat with him about this once in a lifetime experience and of course get some other information while we had him.

TMN: Hardwell! Hello! We have to start by saying thank you so much for being our resident artist this month, it really is an honor to have you take over The Music Ninja website!

H: Hello to you! Thanks so much for having me.

TMN: So I guess let’s start at the beginning of the whole ‘I Am Hardwell’ concept, can you tell us about your inspiration for this tour and what it was like introducing this amazing musical experience in Amsterdam to a group of over 6,000 present fans and then broadcasted to over 100,000 fans all over the globe?

H: Well before this came about, I was playing a lot of festival gigs and club tours all the time, and it got to the point where it was definitely time to take the next step. For me, that was doing my own concert series that you now know as I AM HARDWELL. Myself and Alda developed the stage design and I’ve been involved with it from the very beginning. This was exactly the way I wanted to bring it to the crowd. Once we developed the whole concept, I started taking it around the world. Amsterdam was the first I AM HARDWELL show that we did, so it was truly an incredible feeling to deliver on what we’ve worked so hard on to my fans from home. Knowing that over 100,000 fans could watch from their home made debuting I AM HARDWELL even more special.

TMN: Now talk to us more about how this is different from any other show you have done before because it is based on your rise in the music scene correct? Talk to us a little bit about your musical background and where you started from, how about even before you were a DJ, were you involved in any musical elements as a young child? Could music be found in your household?

H: Yes, I really wanted this show to be about my music and experiences. For the I AM HARDWELL shows I decided to make my performances 3-hour sets so I can take the crowd on a musical journey. I’m lucky to have my own stage design, sound, and production as well. The one thing I wanted to achieve with my I AM HARDWELL shows was to give my fans the best experience they’ve ever had and unite them with my music.
As for my musical background, I started when I was four years old playing classical and jazz music on the piano. I discovered dance music when I was about 10 years old because the top DJs in the world like Tiesto were from my city. From then I started producing dance music. I was so lucky to start being recognized at such a young age. I started playing more clubs and shows around the world. I can’t remember one day when music wasn’t playing in my family home. My parents were basically into all kinds of music from Abba, to Elvis Presley, and even James Brown.

TMN: And what about the moto for this whole show, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’, tell us what that personally means for you as an artist and a person, and what you hope your fans take away with them from that message?

H: This entire journey has been a dream for me. It’s been a goal that I’ve set out to achieve ever since I was a child. Every step I’ve made and the hard work I’ve put in throughout my life was for me to become a top DJ and to be able to tour around the world. I want to inspire my fans and be an example for anyone else with a dream. This may sound corny, but if you work hard enough, and put in the time and effort, dreams can come true.

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[Indie-Dance/Electro] Van Sciver & Bijan Malaklou – Smiling Faces

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Smiling Faces (Original Mix)

It just wouldn’t be a regular week at TMN without a little bit of underground house music no would it? No, no it wouldn’t. Which brings us to our to our latest assemblage of curated four-four melody, Van Sciver & Bijan Malaklou‘s “Smiling Faces”. The pair of Los Angeles based dance producers have been cutting their teeth mainly through energetic remixes, but for their latest collaboration they’ve teamed up with The Songwriting Charity, an extraordinary foundation dedicated to empowering youth through the use of songwriting and music technology, to give away their latest original tune away for free.  Each download will help fund workshops for children to learn the art and craft of songwriting, thus boosting their confidence and literacy skills as well contributing to their emotional health and well-being. The track itself is a burning slice of electro, which finds the pair utilizing a clear grasp on big-room structures employed with an air of underground sophistication we don’t normally get to hear on larger dance tracks. This one will be sure to get those footsies shuffling around today at work, in class or wherever we find you. Tap into your altruistic side and grab the free download here through The Songwriting Charity.

 

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[Ticket + Signed Merch Giveaway] Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Fox Theatre – Oct 28

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
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We hate to use that classic line, but if you’ve never seen Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. before, you’re really missing out. Coming from a group of people who see hundreds of shows a year, we can easily say that this Detroit-based electro pop outfit is one of our favorites. No joke. They’re that good.

With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with the Fox Theatre to bring you a chance to win a pretty epic prize pack. Two tickets are a part of it, per usual, but this time the deal is sweetened with a signed album and a t-shirt. All you have to do to enter is fill in your information below. It’s that easy.

We’ll pick a winner on Oct 27th at 4:00PM. Please check your email at 4:05PM to see if you’ve won. Seriously. Put a notification in your calendar.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at will call.
- You ABSOLUTELY MUST come correct with your hottest dance moves and put them on display the entire day on behalf of The Music Ninja



 

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[Future] Usher – You Make Me Wanna (KRNE Remix)

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You Make Me Wanna (KRNE Remix) [Free Download]

Holy hell do we want to do some things and some stuff after hearing the latest from Oakland native, KRNE. The Future Bass aficionado has continued to surpass his own limits with each and every release. Today is no different because KRNE just released some serious heat with his remix of Usher’s, “You Make Me Wanna”. Permeating us with massive synth breakdowns, delicate harps, and a whole lot of 808 madness, KRNE gives us those futuristic feels in this throwback sensation  and teases us with the music of tomorrow. We honestly don’t think we will be able to escape the repeat button with this one, so grab your free download and dive into some silky vibes for the remainder of the week. Just make sure to lock your bedroom doors tonight and make your special someone beg for more.

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[Chill] Still Parade – Actors (Dinnerdate Remix)

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Actors (Dinnerdate Remix)

There are some music lovers out there who just melt when it comes to slow, dreamy songs that ooze indie vibes and echo longing voices of lyrical ambiguity.  Then there are some who can appreciate the sentiment, but need a little more oomph before they can fully warm up to the feel the song is going for. For those of us in the second category, we have talented artists like Dinnerdate to help us out, with an ear for the right original to work their magic over, opening it up to an entirely new audience with their own musical preferences.

The beauty in this remix, other than the obvious elegance of the sound itself, is the fact that it caters to listeners in both of those categories, staying true enough to the original to satisfy this fan-base, but also working in its own touch for those craving a rhythmic beat to go with their serving of indie goodness. It’s the perfect balance of both worlds, and the perfect way for one of our favorite artists to break his period of relative silence over the last few months. For those wanting even more, there should be plenty more in the works from this name before the year is out. This will certainly help to tide us over until then.

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[Tropical House] Ariana Grande – Problem (Laura Zocca Cover) (Chris Meid Remix)

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Problem (Laura Zocca cover) (Chris Meid Remix)

Ever come across a remix that just works so magically well that you completely forget about how the original tune sounds like? Well we have one of those for you today. London-based producer Chris Meid released this remix of Laura Zocca‘s cover of Ariana Grande’“Problem”, in which he completely flips the track making it his own. Starting off with pleasant piano chords and a tropical synth line, the tune gradually brightens up your mood as it goes along. The skilled vocals from Zocca are definitely fitting for this tropical goodness Chris Meid creates.

Following his collaborative track with Felix Jaehn a while back, the talented producer is definitely making a name for himself by coming out with tunes like this one. We are excited to see what else Chris has up his sleeve. Stream above and head to Chris’s Facebook page for a free download.

 

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