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It's Going to Be Fine
Andrew Bayer, the rising and talented super star that is taking the electronic scene by storm is set to release his forthcoming If It Were You, We’d Never Leave LP April 15 via Anjunabeats. Working with tender and beautifully layered experiences that mash between hip/hop, ambient and experimental, his textured sounds, while mainly electronic, feel just as alive and organic. We have been following him closely and after getting a sneak peek at his latest album, we just had to learn more about the man behind the beats.
We met up with Andrew in Miami, this first weekend at Ultra to talk more about his upbringing and his music going forward:
TMN: First of all thanks for sitting down with us. How has your time in Miami been so far?
TMN: You have been a professional musician for a while now, where does this experience rank against the others?
Well Miami is always an interesting time. I feel like half the reason why you go is to hang out with all the people you work with on a daily basis that you don’t normally get to see. It is such an international community, the electronic community in general, I communicate with people that are in different continents every day that when you have everyone in one place it is just amazing to be able to see them face to face. It’s like “I have been talking to you for a year! And I’ve never met you”. That is my favorite aspect.
TMN: Let’s talk about your music, did you grow up playing instruments or is that something you started later in life?
I actually grew up playing piano. I took lessons during childhood and throughout my schooling as well. But I was never really that serious about the piano. It was always just being creative and served more as writing utensil; I was not a performance based musician. I definitely have a musical background but I couldn’t just go play some Chopin or something, as much as I would like to.
TMN: Haha we would be pretty impressed!
Haha, yea I could probably play it if you give me a week to practice!
TMN: We had the chance to preview the new album, we were all really impressed. Once thing that we noticed is the presence of a very intense atmospheric vibe, talk to us more about the production behind creating those experiences.
I love layering. That is my favorite thing to do in production. So what I would do is I will layer tons of noisy soundscapes that are all combined into one backdrop. A lot of these tracks start with weird sounds, that sound like something is breaking and stuff like that.
TMN: We love that feel, it really adds such a depth to your sound. Touching on that, do you create a lot of these sounds using effects and synthesizers or do you use samples more?
It is a combination of all. The way this album started was based off a sample, I was trying to chop up samples and use them. A lot of these things I will chop up into a 4 bar sample so it sounds like I am actually retriggering it. Then I will make these sound beds and literally process them through and through at 12-bit algorithms so it sounds like it is triggered from an NPC. There are a lot of that aspects in my music that makes it sound like a sample.
TMN: Your style seems to have evolved in this album, somewhat more down tempo and glitch hop at times, why this direction? Is this something you are super passionate about?
Yes. I feel like with every record you get a chance to do something different. While there was some glitch hop on my last record, this one is definitely more in the relaxing and chill-out section of that genre. But absolutely I like to be able to sit down and kind of do whatever I want, which is a marketing nightmare for the label as they are like “Holy shit! This is a dubstep track, what are we going to do with that?” and I am like, “I have no idea either!” haha But I do like with an album you can focus on one direction. Who knows what I am going to do next.
Suit & Tie (Four Tet Remix)
Myspace is not the only thing Justin Timerlake wants to re-invent, his new album The 20/20 Experience will be out next week and already he has been getting a lot of attention from the indie blogosphere. However, unlike his efforts with Myspace, what has probably gotten the most attention, at least for us, is the caliber of producers that are now remixing his latest single ‘Suit & Tie’. Both Aeroplane and Dillon Francis have contributed their own rendition releasing previews this week and today we welcome a new addition. Four Tet takes the mainstream pop single into an opaque experimental environment where layers of drum and vocal samples are intertwined to become one.
Whether you need a reason to smile or are just looking to put the icing on a great week gone by, this edition of the Chill Dojo is sure to do just that. We’re kicking things off with plenty of bright, happy tunes so that feel-good sensation is flowing fresh through your speakers.
Norweigian disco duo Lemâitre released their much anticipated Relativity 3 EP this week and the final track ‘Cut To Black’ is an absolute gem. Gorgeous chords, a relaxing beat and poppy vocals come together to make this a sweet delight, the definite highlight for this playlist and the perfect way to start the mood off right. And while we’re feeling that disco vibe, what better way to continue than with this groovy dancefloor-ready take on ‘Suit & Tie’ from Aeroplane, made only the way Europeans know how. JT’s vocals have never sounded so good on the top of this mix which is just too damn fun. Let’s throw in some tropical elements now with none other than Goldroom and his latest single ‘Only You Can Show Me’ which is everything you’ve come to expect from the producer that can make the coldest of days feel like summer. And speaking of summer, if you somehow slept on our feature of Ryan Hemsworth’s masterful rework of the Lana Del Ray hit, we’ve added it in the mix as one of this week’s best chill tracks. It’s always amazing to hear how well-known songs can be transformed with a bit of mellow treatment, and that is definitely the case when it comes to UK beatmaker Handbook’s downtempo trap interpretation of ‘I Could Be the One’ which will have those vocals stuck in your head for days.
As always, the playlist will span through some chillstep and plenty of relaxing beats so kick back and enjoy the selection. You’re sure to crack a smile many times over. Peace out.
Suit & Tie (Aeroplane Remix).mp3
Only You Can Show Me (feat. Mereki)
Call Me (Bronx Remix)
To Love You (Vancington Remix)
Thinkin Bout You (Motez Edit)
Summertime Sadness (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
I Could Be The One (HBReFlip)
More Than You (RoughMath Remix)
All I Want (Pyxis Remix)
Shake It Off (Ferris Mular remix)
Cry Baby (Husky Remix)
01 Slow Touch.mp3
03 The Blue Room.mp3
Soft Light Rush (ii)
Nick Principe, aka Port St. Willow, has released a six-minute sonic and experimental masterpiece, with welcomed flourishes of folk, rock and even electronica. Led by his astonishingly delicate falsetto, “Soft Light Rush (ii)” is a true world of sound throughout, various instruments poking, prodding, and making brief appearances here and there: somber brass tones, a few lonely guitar strums, tingling xylophone. There are many elements at play, but the track is never too busy or crowded; in fact, it does an excellent job of having all these elements interact with great balance, always leaving enough space for each instrument to breathe in, exhale and shine during each of their select moments. Even when the tension starts to grow towards the 3:00 minute mark, the sounds somehow clash together harmoniously, and the track feels as though it’s finally woken up from a long, dream-filled slumber.
At first glance of this post’s title, you may have thought we’ve lost our minds. However, we assure you that this post is completely intended! We haven’t lost our minds. That we know of.
We think you’ll agree that music and writing go together– if those things weren’t linked, you would be rifling through some list of MP3′s on the net for new tracks and Music Ninja wouldn’t be the success it is today. We feel that you appreciate our insight which is why we love to blend these two things together. With that being said, one of our contributors has done just that, only in the form of an entertaining piece of fiction.
You may have read pieces from A Servant here on TMN. Well, aside from writing for us and writing a personal blog, he also is a novelist. Today we’re bringing you a sample of his work
from his novella, Geoff and Katie’s Playlist. We feel like this was a good fit for TMN based on the nature of the book. This dual narrative story has a unique set up in that the chapters are titled with recognizable song titles. A Servant did this for a specific reason; he wanted to set the soundtrack for this story. So think of each song title as the mood for that particular chapter.
Geoff and Katie’s Playlist is an easy read, entertaining, and heavily entwined with the music world we all live in. We’re happy to feature the first two chapters here on the site, but if you’re really interested, A Servant has made this available for free download for the next five days. Happy reading!
Track 1: “Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones.
My name is Katie. At least for now. I’ve had many different names and I’m not very attached to any of them. I’ve noticed the people I’ve interacted with are very into their names, as the saying goes now. I’ve never entirely understood, but then again, they don’t live on for thousands of years like I do, do they? They can’t change forms to any living being they see, can they? I suppose it’s only natural that they be attached to their names, as their names differentiate their forms from others like them.