Flosstradamus talk about Lollapalooza, Deep Dish Pizza & The Matrix [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Very few artists can ever truly be called visionaries, but Flosstradamus are just that. Over two years since they released their remix of Major Lazer‘s “Original Don,” the duo have established themselves as luminaries of the trap genre, playing a pivotal role in bringing the genre to the forefront of the electronic and hip-hop music scenes. Though they’ve had plenty of naysayers along the way, the group have helped prove that not only is trap music not just a fad, but it’s an integral part of the future of music. The two have paved the way for countless of our favorite artists here at TMN, inspiring a whole generation of artists along the way. Their latest single, “Rebound,” showcases the pair’s passion for creativity, while also demonstrating their versatility and ability to adapt to a constantly shifting musical landscape. All that really means is that Flosstradamus should continue being a power in the scene for years to come.

We caught up with Josh and Curt at this year’s Lollapalooza and found out what they had to say about the trap genre, their plans for the future, and their festival experiences among other things.

TMN: First of all, how does it feel to be playing Lollapalooza, especially two years after you were banned from performing in the city of Chicago? Has it been kind of like a homecoming for you?

Josh: Oh dude, it’s awesome man. This is our hometown, so hometown crowd, especially after being banned and getting kicked off of Mad Decent Block Party here and all that, so it means a lot for us. It’s Curt’s birthday today–there’s a lot of special things coming together. This is the fourth time we’ve played Lollapalooza, all of our family and friends are here, it’s just perfect man. It’s just perfect.

TMN: That’s awesome man. How does it compare to other festivals you’ve played at this year? Just as you mentioned, it’s Curt’s birthday, it’s a homecoming, so this one must be more meaningful to you.

Curt: This one was definitely more surreal than a lot of them, but we’ve been doing a lot of the Mad Decent Block Parties throughout the summer and those have been great. We’re always touring with all of our friends, like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Riff Raff, all those dudes.

TMN: So it’s really just like a huge party for you guys.

Curt: Yeah, it’s just good. It’s like a fun little road trip with our friends, so those have been really good, but I mean nothing can beat this. This is Lolla. It’s hard to even explain.

TMN: Exactly, you’ve got the city of Chicago, urban atmosphere…

Curt: Yeah, looking at the skyline from the stage was crazy.

Josh: Dude, that’s so dope with the skyline. That’s a great view.

TMN:  One thing we wanted to mention, it’s amazing to see just how much trap has expanded in the last few years, to the point that we now even have subgenres of trap. As true pioneers of the genre yourselves, what are your thoughts on how it’s evolved so far, and where do you see it heading into the future? What ways do you think you can push that expansion?

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Portugal. The Man Talk Charity, Danger Mouse, & Taco Bell [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Portugal. The Man
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Portugal. The Man have managed to stay busy and successful these past 10 years with seven studio albums and five EPs. The four-piece band has played sets at big-name festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, and will continue their performance streak with a multi-city tour through the US with Grouplove.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Portugal. The Man returned to San Francisco for the first stop of their tour: a special benefit show for StubHub’s Next Stage Concert Series. All ticket sales for the show will go to three Oakland schools through The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which helps fund music programs in underserved schools.

After their soundcheck, Portugal. The Man held a meet and greet with the opening act, a band from one of the Oakland schools. When the high schoolers left to play a soundcheck of their own, bassist Zach Carothers and keyboardist Kyle O’Quin talked to us about working with Danger Mouse, their Sumatran Tiger project, and Taco Bell.

TMN: Tell us about Alaska.

Zach: That’s where I’m from and where John and I met, and it was a huge inspiration to be up there. Obviously the natural beauty and isolation is really attractive, but the thing it lacks is direct influence. There’s not a huge art scene up there, not a huge music scene. So when we moved down to Portland, where we lived now, we got flooded with all this amazing underground media. We were going to shows every night for $3, seeing these little bands. It really inspired us to get out there and go for it. We decided to go on tour and we haven’t really stopped.

TMN: Nice, do you go back often and play a show there?

Zach: Yeah, at least once a year. At least. We try to go back twice, but it all kind of depends what the schedule is like. We always go back up for Christmas, so we play a show around then.

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Get To Know: 1DAFUL [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Production and DJ duo 1DAFUL have just dropped their explosive electro anthem “This Is Life” via Australian dance label VELCRO. The pair – David A and MC TB1 bring a heightened level of passion and energy to their tracks, previously highlighted in their remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” “This Is Life” is progressive and elevated, packed with dynamic synths, grinding bass and impassioned vocals. We spoke to 1DAFUL to hear more about their music making and taking their sound worldwide.

TMN: A big fuss about EDM is that DJs “just push buttons”, but don’t actually do any work on stage. Judging from your live shows, you clearly put on quite a performance full of energy and fun, that I think everyone needs to experience at least once in their lives. Tell us more about what goes on behind the scenes, any rituals beforehand?

First of all, thanks for the love! I think we come from a school of thought that we are “button pushers”, but you need to know how to push those buttons well, and know what they’re going to trigger to make a crowd go wild. We put a lot of time and effort into deciding what the people want to hear – lots of 1DAFUL mashups, and tracks that will make people lose their minds. We always decide our first track about 5 minutes before we go o n and don’t play the same set but pride ourselves on reading a crowd rather than playing a pre-made set. No pre-show rituals but we have some fun things that we always do during a show, that crowds have started picking up on.

TMN: What’s a day in the life of 1DAFUL?

It depends on the weather! We have a great group of friends; we’re really a family unit. It often consists of us sitting in or around a pool, hanging out, working on our laptops or phones, working out, and chilling. Then depending on the day, it often ends with with a gig and an after party. We love going to new cities and meeting new people, and partying with them in their surroundings.

TMN: Name your top 5 acts right now.

Steve Aoki
Carnage
DVBBS
MAKJ
Adventure Club

TMN: What was the concept behind your latest remix of “No Flex Zone”?

Well, we’re absolutely in love with Melbourne Bounce and we love to spin it. We’re also obsessed with “No Flex Zone”, us and our friends always have that “song of the month” that we just love to vibe out to. NFZ is so good, so we had to do it!

TMN: Have you played any US shows? If so, how do you see the difference in crowd as opposed to Montreal?

We have played a few in the US, and to be honest, we all have something in common; A love for EDM and the classics. All those huge festivals are a testament to everyone worldwide coming together and partying in the same crazy way. We’re also super excited to be playing our first festival, Mystik Sanctuary in OKC, September 5-7. That’s really gonna be our inaugural festival/US gig and we can’t wait!

TMN: Lastly, any plugs to include? Now’s the time!

Hahah, I guess we started with the plug for Mystik Sanctuary in the last question, so come there and party with us and Krewella, Bassnectar and more. We’ve got our debut single “This Is Life” out now and lots of originals to follow. Some cool collaborations are in the works and they’re definitely gonna be fun! Also, we’d be silly to not say follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and our website: 1DAFUL.com. We always give away free music and exclusive stuff to our website subscribers.

Pick up a copy of “This Is Life” here. 

 

 

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TMN Chats with Victor Niglio Off the Cuff [EXCLUSIVE DRUNKEN INTERVIEW]

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Recently we were writing up an interview with The Griswolds when we noticed a peculiar looking voice recording in our phone. It was labeled “Niggggglio,” and to be honest, we had no recollection of what it was. After listening for a few seconds, it all came pouring back in. Back when Victor came to play at Beta Nightclub, we imbibed a little bit in the green room after his set. While we were enjoying a few adult beverages, we whipped out our phone and started recording.

We had no questions written down or planned. This was completely off the cuff.

We transcribed this as it was spoken, so forgive us for the incorrect grammar and nonsensical sentence fragments. We’re merely trying to capture the vibe in an accurate manner.

Editors note: We’ve been emailing and IMing with Victor for a few years, have hung out together at shows in Miami, and at a hotel party. The only reason why we felt like this was appropriate was due to our personal relationship with one another. We value our ability to speak to the biggest artists in music and would never jeopardize that by acting in an unprofessional manner. 

TMN: Let’s do a completely off the cuff interview. All random questions.

VN: Go!

TMN: If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

VN: Booty.

TMN: That’s an amazing answer. If you were a classic American muscle car, what would you be?

VN: Oh…um. A Mustang. But a cool one, with Alligator interior and racing stripes down the center in tye die, and a turbo engine.

TMN: Have you ever eaten acid?

VN: No.

Bystander: Or a s’more!

TMN: Have you ever eaten acid or a s’more?

VN: I don’t think so.

TMN: (Laughing) What’s the weirdest drug you’ve ever done?

VN: Aspirin.

TMN: Ok, weirdest experience you’ve ever had on drugs?

VN: Hmm. No.

TMN: Skip?

VN: I’ll tell you when we’re done.

TMN: Ok, and I won’t transcribe it, because this won’t continue recording. This phone.

VN: (giggling)

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Get To Know: The Prototypes [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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'Don't Let Me Go' Feat. Amy Pearson (Original Mix)

Having been snapped up by Viper Recordings last year, Drum & Bass powerhouse pair The Prototypes have just released their new single. It follows on from the widespread success of the previous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ and certainly hits the spot for those who like their D&B dance floor-accessible. ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ is a euphoric, hands in the air track, featuring sublime vocals from Amy Pearson. It also comes alongside ‘Humanoid’, which continues in the theme of intergalactic-inspired bass lines that we have previously heard in both ‘Pale Blue Dot’ and ‘Abyss.’ We took some time to speak to The Prototypes about this new release, their forthcoming LP and other musical projects.

TMN: Viper Recordings seems like the perfect fit for you guys and your particular sound. Is it nice to be settled with a stable output for music now? 

Most definitely, and we think it is showing in our output that we are settled and happy and creating music that we want to listen to. The Viper crew have been great since we joined.

TMN: While still undoubtedly drum & bass, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ nods somewhat to House with its lead line piano chords. What was your aim when writing it? 

To put it simply, we just wanted to write something with a nice summer vibe to it. That was all it was really. The vocal is sick and we hope we have done it justice.

TMN: ‘Humanoid’ definitely targets the D&B heads. How difficult is it balancing a track that might have wider appeal with something that roots itself directly in the scene like this one?

It’s so important to cater for the peeps that like the harder dance floor stuff..That is where we came from, and we will continue writing those sorts of tunes as we love making them.

TMN: You’ve done a number of ‘The Prototypes Presents… ‘ nights this year and have a boat party coming up. Do you like putting on your own events? 

We both come from promoting backgrounds many years ago so it was inevitable that we would start them up again at some point. We feel it’s really, really important for ‘The Prototypes’ as a brand to have a successful event attached to the name, and so far they have been amazing.

TMN: ‘Pale Blue Dot’ is still ripping up clubs months after it’s release. Are you happy with how well received the track was particularly as it was your first single for Viper? 

We are so happy with how it’s done. It was an experimental track for us but it just seemed to work for everyone, the support on it was insane.

TMN: You’ve done a version of ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ called the “Big Top Remix”. Have you ever been to the circus or considered running away and joining one? 

Chris used to be a trapeze artist but I thought that was a bit off key! I was rescued from a circus a few years back in outer Mongolia… true story.

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TMN Talks with The Griswolds [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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There’s nothing quite like it. The experience of sharing a song with our readership, only to see it explode across the airwaves, leaving the beaming smiles of thousands of listeners filled with overwhelming joy. We recently had that experience when we premiered the Griswold’s international sensation, “Beware the Dog,” and in all honesty, haven’t been able to stop listening since.

After playing their collection on repeat for sometime, we had the ultimate pleasure of sitting down with Dan, Tim, Chris and Lachlan in a tiny pizza joint on Broadway during The UMS in Denver, Colorado.

Though we had never met or even spoken before, always relying on publicists and label reps, we had a conversation that was both personable and downright hilarious.

TMN: Welcome to Colorado guys! Thank you so much for sitting down with us tonight.

Lachlan: Thanks for having us!

TMN: Let’s kick things off first by talking about this trip to the states. How has the reception been?

Lachlan: It’s been pretty good. Some of the shows have been really surprising in crowds that come out to see us. It’s pretty crazy, coming from the other side of the world.

Tim: It’s our first tour and we’ve noticed something, I guess. We’ve noticed people coming to the shows to see us. We’ve done tours before, but this one…

TMN: Your song, “Beware the Dog,” has quickly reached tremendous success. We were lucky enough to premiere that song for you guys, and in doing so, we learned that this was about a friend who fell to drugs. Do you care to talk about that?

Dan: She’s fucking crazy, man!

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Enzo Bennet – Interview and Mini-mix [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Enzo Bennet
The Colours Mix (mau5trap)

We recently had a chance to catch up with mau5trap Records up-and-coming artist, Enzo Bennet, asking a few choice questions regarding his signing to Deadmau5′s legendary label, and his newly released EP. To accompany this quick Q&A session, this youngster threw in a sweet little mini-mix to give you a soundtrack to read to.

TRACKLIST:
1 – Marek Hemmann – Zunder
2 – Jamie Woon – Shoulda (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Remix)
3 – Worakls – Good Night My Love
4 – Go Freek – We Can Ride (Dom Dolla Remix)
5 – Monomotion – Coma
6 – Fehrplay – Everywhere You Go
7 – Enzo Bennet – Zen
8 – Pryda & Empire Of The Sun – We Are The Mirage (Roman Kay Intro Bootleg)
9 – Mord Fustang – Something Right Meow

TMN: Hey Enzo, thank you so much for taking a minute to chat with us. First up, let’s talk about this upcoming EP, The Colours. What was the inspiration behind this EP?

Enzo: When it comes to music, for me, it’s not about seeing something or hearing something, and feeling inspired to create something because of it. My brain doesn’t work like that. It’s more of a subliminal, unconscious build up of experiences and feelings that manifest themselves without me even realizing. My ideas come in bursts and at strange times. I could be sitting eating my breakfast when a melody will just pop into my head, so I rush to the computer and get it down in a really simple format. Once I have that, I will just flesh it out as it comes to me. Sometimes I’m walking around all day with just that original melody playing in my head and my brain will just add in something out of the blue. I spend the rest of the day replaying it in my mind so that as soon as I get home, I can add it to the track. Sometimes I even call myself and leave a message on my voicemail, singing the melody so I don’t forget, haha. But it’s taken me a long time to get my skill level up to this point. The production for Zen & Colours started 3 years ago, but it’s taken me this long to bring them up to the standard you hear now.

TMN: The first song, “Colours,” is an incredibly melodic and progressive body of work, focusing highly on a drawn out journey. On the other hand, “Zen” has a much dancier feel, sporting a driving bassline and some club friendly kicks. Walk us through how you approached the production for each song.

Enzo: Production is pretty similar to what I mentioned above, but essentially the melody will come to me at random times. Or sometimes I sit myself down and literally just play around with notes on FruityLoop, and the pieces kind of just fall into place. You would not believe how many demos I have. I get inspired by new melodies so easily that it’s almost like an addiction. I can’t leave my chair until I get the track to where I want it to be. There’s a track that I’ve been working on for a while now that I practically did just in one night. I was just on the computer, and this melody came to me. From that moment on, I couldn’t stop. I was up until 10am the next morning. I think my mum thinks I’m crazy, haha. She’ll be getting up to go to work and find me still awake working.

TMN: In listening to your music, we can definitely pick up on why you’re signed to mau5trap! What has that experience been like for you so far?

Enzo: The experience has definitely been insane, in this industry its so hard to get noticed and get your stuff out there, let alone to find a record label who’s willing to give you a chance. I still remember the message I got from Mau5trap on Soundcloud. It was surreal. To be honest, I still can’t believe this is all happening. My friends find it weird cuz I’m not going crazy with excitement, but to be honest, it’s because I feel like it’s too good to be true! I don’t want to jinx it!

TMN: Are their any inter-label collaborations you’re working on that we can be privy to?

Enzo: At the moment, most of the focus is just on the EP and all the work that goes into that, but in the near future I think anything is possible!

TMN: Back to your music, it seems like there’s layer upon layer which creates an incredibly atmospheric listening for the experience. While there are plenty of EDM associations we can call on, we can’t help but think you listen to a lot of Tycho and Bonobo. Are we on point there?

Enzo: To be honest, I literally listen to everything. Bonobo and Tycho and definitely in there, but so is a lot of other stuff. I actually have a Soundcloud page where I post all the amazing tracks I find. I know a lot of blogs and sites, that I search on regularly to look for new tracks. I love great rap and hip hop, especially when there is a great instrumental accompanying it. I listen to alot of deep house, progressive house and electro, pretty much everything. As a producer, you can tell when the artist has put alot of work and thought into the track, you pick up the little things. So, if the track is good, and it’s got good workmanship, it’s hard for me not to like it. Does that make sense? haha

TMN: You’re from France originally, but now living in the UK. What brought you to the decision to make the jump?

Well I got accepted into the Point Blank music college, which is an amazing music school. It was tough though, because everyone at the school had a really strong command of the language, but my English was quiet weak compared to my peers. So, it was a pretty steep learning curve for me, but I learned a lot. Living away from home and having to be self-sufficient and all that helped me grow up a lot. I learned a lot about the importance of self-motivation and how to stay focused.

TMN: How do you feel your studies at top notch music schools have helped your career?

Enzo: Funnily enough, I actually dropped out half way through my course. Don’t get me wrong, the school is incredible; best equipment, best teachers, amazing people, everything. The difference with me was that I had already taught myself a lot of the stuff they were teaching us. I’d watched a ridiculous amount of YouTube tutorials about mixing & mastering techniques, so when I started going to classes, I already knew a lot of stuff they were teaching us. I like to do things myself, so I like being my own teacher because you can learn exactly what you want to learn. It’s great. It’s like a tailored education, haha. By the time i dropped out, I’d had all of my computer stuff shipped to my flat in London so I was already producing like crazy (which is around the time I finished producing Colours), and school meant that I had to give up valuable production time. So, I decided to go it on my own, and it was the best decision i ever made. It feels great taking a decision like that and having it pay off. But I still speak to my friends from Point Blank, a lot of them are popular artists right now like Felix Jaehn and Gunes Ergun, and are based all over the world now. I made some amazing contacts and some amazing friends.

TMN: Is this something you suggest up and coming artists to look at if they want to further themselves as musicians?

Enzo: I think everyone is different, and you have to do what works for you as an artist. What I definitely do suggest, music school or no music school, is educate yourself independently. YouTube tutorials, like I mentioned, taught me an insurmountable amount of stuff, from mixing techniques, sound engineering, mastering, ect. All the information you need is out there, you just have to be willing to sit down for hours at a time, absorb as much information as you can, and apply it straight away. So that it sticks in your mind. Practical learning is the best learning, in my opinion.

TMN: Alright, let’s wrap this up by talking about what’s on deck for you, aside from this EP. Any shows coming up? Tour dates? More music? Thank you so much for your time.

Enzo: No shows or tour dates for the moment, but like I said, the whole process is still only in it’s early stages, so anything is possible. And music… there’s always more music. Theres a few at the moment that I’m about to finish, just putting on the final touches on. One in particular I’m really excited about. I think it’s gonna go down really nicely, just in time for the end of summer. Will keep you posted!

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