Big Time3 Enter The Dojo With Epic Radio Mix & Q&A [TMN Exclusive]

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BigTime Radio Music Ninja Mix

It’s been a bit since we’ve shared a mix, so we nabbed an exclusive treat from the New York City trio Big Time3. To heat things up this Winter, Big Time3 cooked up a fiery – and often nostalgic – mix for your ears and body.

Complete mostly with remixes, this booming collection of energetic tracks is forty-five minutes of dance-driven fun. The trio have been making moves and are carrying out their big plans this year. From touring to releasing new music, Big Time3 have some ammo in their chambers. We caught up with the group for a quick chat to supplement the exclusive mix. Dive into both and enjoy!

TMN: What’s this year looking like for touring?

We’ve been gearing up the past few months for a spring tour to showcase our hit song “Moving On” and to share our different style of music. We are still locking up a few more dates but we have a broad spread of places on the east coast. First stop of our tour will be at Noto in Philadelphia playing with 3lau on February 23rd. In March we will be playing a few local clubs in NYC and Long Island as well as traveling to a few schools in upstate NY. April we are working on a festival which will be huge for us as we can engage with more fans and play our new music for them.

TMN: Can you tell us a bit about the mix you guys put together?

This mix is a blend of new remixes with some timeless favorites. We like to dabble back in time and evoke emotions out of people where they can hear something that will remind them of their childhood and fond memories they had listening to music then.

TMN: Are you guys looking to release any music this year?

We have been working on a few tracks that we want to release in in the Spring and Summer months. Music is an art and we like to take our time and perfect our sounds and the vocals. We have two tracks, “Dead Weight” and “DM” that we have been working on for the past few months and we plan to release them soon. “Dead Weight” features Robbie Rosen, a former American Idol which is different from the BIGTIME3 signature sound. “DM” is more of a future bass track and will be crowd pleaser.

TMN: What’s your favorite song of 2018 so far?

Drake started off 2018 with a really good album. Our favorite song is “God’s Plan” and we will be releasing a remix to it in the coming month.

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Take In The Past, Present & Future Of sundial [TMN Interview]

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who cares!

Do you think you could work alongside the person you were in a relationship with? Could you live the dream together, doing exactly what you wanted to do? That’s just what sundial is doing. This exceptional duo of Berklee musicians consisting of Jisu and Dorothy have come to brighten your days with their poppy musical presentations.

Their latest track “who cares!” has already made its way around the internet and is continuing to do so with positive feedback from listeners and industry figures alike. sundial took their classical training and applied their knowledge to electro pop and are coming up with incredible records that are further bridging the two genres together.

We recently caught up with sundial in the dojo to talk about how they came to be, what they’re into and what we can expect from them for the rest of the year. Expect it to be a big one! Enjoy the stream of “who cares!” while you dive in and get to know these two talents.

TMN: How did you two end up meeting?

s: We were grabbing food with mutual friends during college!

TMN: What made you want to put together the Sundial project?

s: We decided we wanted sundial to be a serious project once we made “your scarf”. We were messing around on Ableton together and came up with the idea, “we’re excited for life”, and knew that we wanted to continue making music together and sharing our stories with other people.

TMN: I’m intrigued by the name, how’d it come to mind and what made you stamp the project with that monikker?

We were brainstorming while eating chinese take out outside our dorm room one night. We love the idea of life, nature, time, and staying in the present, and we felt that sundial was the perfect word to encompass all of those things.

TMN: Can you describe your sound in three words?

s: Snap, crackle, pop.

TMN: Speaking of your sound, you just released “who cares!” on Seeking Blue. Tell us a little about the song.

s: We tend to get too caught up in seeking validation from other people, and that could really affect the way we see and love ourselves. So, we created this song to remind people not to care about what other people think of you, because they don’t define you.

TMN: When you’re not making music, who are you listening to?

Jisu: Camila Cabello, Logic, Mura Masa, Selena Gomez.
Dorothy: Kehlani, Tori Kelly, Taylor Swift, Tom Misch.

TMN: If Trump’s America made it law that musicians could only collaborate with five artists, who would your five be?

s: Jon Bellion, Kanye West, Julia Michaels, Cashmere Cat and Diplo.

TMN: Hard not to notice your streetwear-esque style! Coincidence? Intentional branding? Any brands in particular you guys would love to collaborate with?

s: We both love street style clothing. From growing up in a city to skateboarding, fashion was something we were always aware of. We usually go for more minimal pieces because less is more. We love brands like Adidas, Champion, Supreme, CDG, or anything that has clean designs really. If any of those brands were interested in using our music, we would be so blown away.

TMN: What are some of your milestones for this year?

The past year was crazy for us because we achieved so much more than we thought we could. When we first started sundial, one of our biggest dreams was to release a song with MrSuicideSheep’s label “Seeking Blue”, and having already done that is super surreal for us. After playing our first show, reaching our first million plays, and meeting our fans and some of our idols in real life, it inspired us to dream bigger for the new year. In 2018, we will finally be graduating college, releasing an EP (or two), and playing our first headline show. We’re so excited and ready to see what’s in store for us!

TMN: With that in mind, what can we expect in 2018 to get you through those milestones?

s: Lots of new music, lots of performances, and lots of memes

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James Franco & Tim O’Keefe Unveil New Visual Remixes For Daddy Project [TMN Premiere]

We’re starting the week off with a bang thanks to Daddy. The band comprised of James Franco and Tim O’Keefe have put together a huge remix project for their album Let Me Get What I Want that isn’t just a collection of remixes. The original Daddy tracks got in the hands of remixers and those remixes got in the hands of visual artists.

In the dojo today we’re premiering two of those trippy videos, both being flips for Daddy’s “I’m A Sword Swallower” single. If that wasn’t enough for you, we got in touch with the remixers to get some insight on the project. The first remix comes from Tim O’Keefe himself and the other is from Concret. Monday doesn’t have to suck and Daddy is here to make it all better with their new videos available exclusively in the dojo. Dive right in and enjoy!

TMN: What made you decide to remix “I’m A Sword Swallower” instead of having someone else jump on the project?

TO: I’ve been composing and producing music for quite a long time before I worked with James on Daddy. My background is in electronic music and I even used to throw raves back in the 90’s. When we decided to do a remix record, I wanted to reinterpret one of my own songs, but from a completely electronic and dance perspective.

TMN: How did Concret come into the picture to put their take on the single?

I first met Diego from Concret through Andy Rourke when Andy worked with Daddy on the Let Me Get What I Want LP. Diego was studying architecture at the time in Italy and also wrote a column for the Italian Architectural Digest, where he would interview musicians about how the cities they live in influence the music they make. He had done an interview with Andy and Andy suggested me as another musician to interview. Through that interview, we got to know one another and have thought about finding ways to collaborate ever since.

TMN: On top of the remixes, we have videos for both of them, how did that get added to the project? How did you choose visual artists to partner with?

TO: Daddy has always been a very visually driven band. The original Let Me Get What I Want album was also released as a full-length film album. With the remix album, I thought it was a great opportunity to bring in filmmakers and video artists I’ve met over the past few years and see what kinds of short music films they could make for the remixes. Each one of them is someone I personally know, have worked with before, or always liked what I’ve seen of their work. This remix album was a great opportunity for me to collaborate with them.

TMN: What was your plan of attack in taking on “I’m A Sword Swallower” for Daddy?

C: The idea from the beginning was to loop the voice and create an interesting melodic and rhythmic game with the other percussive elements and with the new arpeggio to give the remix a different kind of pathos from the original one.

TMN: In 3 words, how would you describe your remix to people?

Enjoyable, complex, emotional.

TMN: What was your reaction after seeing the video for your remix for the first time?

C: I loved the aesthetic of the video. I really love minimal video art, it gives more possible interpretations to the remix.

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Enter The Dojo For oddprophet’s First Ever Q&A [TMN Interview]

It’s always an honor to share a debut song from a new act, but having the first chat with them is a whole other thing. Luckily enough, we caught up with one of Never Say Die‘s newest family members, oddprophet, for his first ever interview. The budding bass beatsmith is surrounded by legends in NSD, but he may end up taking the reigns with his extraordinary sounds.

Not only do we have his first interview to share with you, but below you can find his EP, Process, complete with four masterful works. Upon listening you’ll see just why we’re so hyped on this cat. In catching up with him, we cover where he came into the music scene, how Process came about and what the future may look like for this promising star. We’ve said it about so many acts, but we’ll say it again here: Get to know oddprophet before everyone else does.

’oddprophet – Everything’
’oddprophet – No More’
’oddprophet – Process’
’oddprophet & Ecraze – Spread Like’

TMN: Can you tell us more about your origins as a producer? When did you first start producing and did you have any musical experience before that?

OP: I started messing around on FL Studio for fun around 2011. Before that it was guitar and choir in my high school. Nothing creative until I picked up a DAW and looking back at some of the “songs” I made back then, it always gives me a good laugh on how poor they were. It’s nice to look back at where you’ve come from, but it’s motivated a couple of friends to know that with practice and time you can always be better.

TMN: Tell us a bit more about your hometown, Swansea. How did your environment influence your sound?

OP: Much like the UK, par London, there was no dubstep scene. It was all drum and bass, deep house and grime that would bring in the crowds. Shout out to events like Funktion Tek that inspired me to write jump up for a bit, but that’s not where my real passion lied and I always had a soft spot for heavy dubstep. After moving to Cardiff, I could really focus on developing my sound as my course would go over the basics for the first year. It was that year I found the sound I wanted to continue making from all the free time I had to experiment!

TMN: What was the inspiration behind the ‘Process’ EP? How would you describe the difference in sound from your previous ‘Notorious? EP, which was released on Never Say Die Black Label?

The main idea of the ‘Process’ EP was to make music that stood out and had the perfect mix of sound design, heaviness and dancey flow. Sometimes, with the over-saturation of EDM, it’s easy to come across loads of similar songs that lack character and individuality. Not “being a part of the process” was always a main objective when creating new music. ‘Notorious’ EP had the same notion behind the production of those tunes, but this one I went full out and wasn’t scared to try something more crazy. The positive comments on ‘Process’ have given me courage to take it up a level next release.

TMN: How did the collaboration with Ecraze on “Spread Like” come about?

OP: The collaboration with Ecraze was already settled after “Ammo.” Being a quiet fan of Thom’s music for a year before he noticed me, having him reach out and ask to collaborate was the major step I needed to get my music out there. He was amazing to work with and so it was a no brainier to work on something again. Still in debt to him for welcoming my name into Never Say Die and we’ve been great friends ever since. Our next goal is B2B somewhere in Europe, probably Paris. Spread Like is not the last song we’ll make together for sure. Graphyt is also sure to make an appearance with a tune with us some time.

TMN: Do you have plans to tour anytime soon?

OP: Touring has been the dream for a while now. It’s quite simple to understand why producers want to tour. It’s not work for any of us. To earn money doing what you love is not working and it’s quite scary to understand that a tour is already in the works for oddprophet. Things are happening faster than I thought they would! Traveling is another reason why I’m glad this will be happening sooner rather than later.

TMN: While it’s hard to name just 1 dream collaboration, who is the first person that comes to mind when you think about potential collaborators?

I haven’t told him yet, but SVDDEN DEATH and I would probably make something quite nasty. He uses that same balance of heaviness and flow I mentioned. Songs like “Take Ya Head Off” are almost too good to be real because the balance is so point in my opinion. Honourable mentions include MUST DIE! & Spag Heddy right now. Both have given me major support for my tunes this year and to be a part of any of these artists’ discography would be a true pleasure.
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Caden Jester Premieres New Single “Fade” With Q&A [TMN Interview]

Caden Jester
Fade (feat. Butterjack)

This Sunday evening Caden Jester from California is taking over the dojo. From his home in San Diego he has cooked up some quality tunes, the latest of which you get to hear today for the first time. Not only do we have the premiere of “Fade” with Butterjack, but we got to ask Caden a few questions as well.

“Fade” is a poppy, dembow driven original that shows off Caden’s crisp, accessible style. A lot of dance producers are making a push for popular radio, but not all of them can do it right. Caden’s keen creative sense is something you don’t find in someone so young. Only time will tell just how far he will go. Enjoy the exclusive first listen to “Fade” now and get to know Caden Jester before everyone else does!

TMN: How did you originally get into music?

My dad was a music producer and a rapper growing up, and when I was about 9 or 10 years old he introduced me to Garageband and that spawned my love for making music. He showed me the ropes and got me on the right direction and I took everything he taught me and expanded over that over the years. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without my dad.

TMN: Who were some of your favorite acts growing up?

T-Pain, Akon, Pharrell, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Timbaland… I had a very hip hop based childhood lol.

TMN: Has being from San Diego shaped your music in any way?

I’ve grown up surrounded by Latin culture. I love Latin food, music, countries, etc… It has definitely influenced my music. Not so much my released stuff, but you will definitely be able to hear the latin influences in my upcoming music.

TMN: What do you enjoy more, making originals or remixes?

Ohh definitely originals, 100%. I’m no longer doing any remixes. Nowadays I’m trying to brand myself less of a “producer” or a “dj” and more of an “artist”, if that makes sense… Cause at some point I will be releasing music with my own vocals, unlike anything I’ve previously released, and I feel like that’s the creative direction I should be taking for that to all make sense.

TMN: How has your sound developed over the past couple of years?

When I first started getting a couple hundred thousand plays on Soundcloud I was making a lot of bouncy deep house stuff, which at the time was pretty unique. My main inspiration at that time was Disclosure, but even then I think my sound was a bit different from theirs (although, almost every blog and Youtube channel would call me “the next Disclosure”, which I really didn’t care much for lol). My current released music is basically just a more poppy version of that. My unreleased stuff, however, is very R&B/pop and has a lot of latin and african influences. I’m actually working with both latin and african artists, and I’ve made some of my best music yet with those people.

TMN: If you could collaborate with one vocalist, who would it be?

That’s so hard because there are so many vocalists I absolutely love. One that I came across recently that absolutely blew me away was a guy named Will Heard. He released an acoustic EP which I listen to more than the “original” version because of how amazing he sounds on it.

TMN: What does the rest of the year look like for you?

I’ve produced a couple tracks for Butterjack, the vocalist on Fade, and at least one of those should be released sometime this year. Then after the release of Fade, there is this R&B track I’m featuring on with a guy named Bailey Graham and Christopher Blake called “Penthouse”, which will most likely be releasing sometime shortly after Fade… I also have a very latin-inspired track with a duo called SYON and a vocalist who lives in Kenya named WillX BOY. That track is in Spanish, English, and Swahili. I also have a million other projects going. I’m super excited to show everyone all this music I’ve been working on. I definitely think it will make up for the lack of releases I’ve had this year.

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HAMi Shares Top 5 Crazy Celebrity Encounters & New Track [TMN Premiere]

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MOLLY WATER

We just can’t keep HAMi out of the dojo, which is totally fine, because we love having him here. The professional skater turned producer HAMi already stopped by for a chat once, and now he’s back with some crazy celebrity stories alongside a brand new single. You heard it here first!

“Molly Water” comes out tomorrow in full, but we’ve got you covered in the dojo with an exclusive premiere listen. Furthermore, HAMi has come as to share some wild run-ins that he’ll never forget. Enjoy “Molly Water” and read through HAMi’s top 5 crazy celebrity encounters including ones with Dave Chappelle, Ozzy Osbourne and two individuals who can’t even be named.

Lil Wayne

So around this time Wayne was really getting into skating heavy and was in LA all the time skating with all the homies. I never had the opportunity to do so though. Note that I am a huge supporter of his music so naturally I really wanted to meet him. Long story short I’m at the “Transworld” skateboarding video premiere, everyone’s is there, Wayne chilling. Super chill vibe, and my OG BFF Braydon Szafranski (pro skater) walks up to Wayne daps him up and says “I want you meet my friend Erik Hamamoto” and Wayne’s like” pssshh! HAMAMOTO!! I Fucks with HAMAMOTO!” And from there on he introduced me to his fam like “This is Hamamoto!” That’s one thing I never thought would come from skateboarding, so that taught me to just do what your heart tells you! Everything you’ve ever wanted is waiting for you.

Dave Chappelle

So after a long weekend of throwing our selves down rails and stair sets, Braydon and I would often frequent a spot called “Hyde” that’s right next door to the “Laugh factory”. So one night we leave Hyde around 1am, and as we walk out the door man says to us “Dave Chapelle is next door, and has basically crashed the show and is doing an impromptu set.” So we’re like fuck yeah and run in. We sit and the only 2 chairs available, dead center, and the second we sit down, Dave pauses and looks and Braydon and says “Holly shit! Billy idol just walk in!!” (And for those who don’t know Braydon, look him up. IG: @braydonsza). At the time Braydon looked surprisingly just like a Billy Idol look alike, so everyone just erupted with uncontrollable laughter! So Dave carries on for another 30 minutes, kills it, and everyone gave him a standing ovation! He walks through the crowd and gives everyone a hug and hand shake what ever. I proceed to slip him a medical marijuana tube, he looks at it and says “There’s no way I’m getting this on the plane!” Looks at me, gives me a wink 😉, and puts it in his pocket. Daps me up and disappeared. I was like This dude is so G!”

Big Boi (of Outkast)

So one evening I was talked into going to a “party” with my homie and this female he was just starting to see. She invited us to a GHB kick back, but at that time the only thing I had heard of GHB was on the news, so in my mind I hear “date rape party”. I was very hesitant to go, but my homie was like ” don’t trip! It’s gonna be all girls, trust me!” So out of curiosity I decided to at least check it out. So I get my self ready and we hop in a cab. We arrive to the destination which is located on the sunset strip. We cruise up stairs, walk in and there literally 5 people in total, the one female that invited us, one massive body builder looking guy, three other males, two of which were clearly already feeling the effects of the GHB, and her “best friend” who was this male model looking fella. I take one look and immediately say “I’m gonna grab some cigs from the store” and B-line for the door. So I start walking home, half way there I hear someone yelling “Axl Rose!! Yo Axl! What’s good Axl rose!!” And I approach Black Escalade with the back window cracked like half way and he’s still laughing and yelling “What’s up Axl Rose!” So I’m kinda ticked off at this point, he’s being very condescending so I approach the vehicle and the window comes down and low and behold it’s “BIG BOI” from Outkast! Who at the time was my favorite rapper calling me Axl Rose, my favorite rockstars of all time! I learned that no matter what you have to go for it! You’ll always end up with something amazing happening that had nothing to with why you’re actually there!

Ozzy Osbourne

I was acquaintances with Kelly Osbourne; we became friends through a few mutual friends. I was invited to watch her performance for “Dancing With The Stars”. Her dad was there as well. I remember him chilling cracking jokes and giggling the whole time, except for when Kelly danced. He sat silent and all I saw was a proud father. So after the performance we all chilled in the green room and Ozzy’s hyped for Kelly and we’re all chillin’ and Ozzy looks to me and says “What kind of shades are those?” I proceed to tell him “happy hour” shades and we chatted about them a bit. What I later realized is no matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, none of it matters with out friends and family. Also it’s way cooler to be nice to people than to stuck up and a dick.

Thee Who Shall Not Be Named

This one I can’t name names, but it was a pair of very famous siblings one of which at the time was going hard in the paint! Public getting smashed and new papers and tabloids spoke about it so on and so forth. Long story short: We’re chilling downtown NYC and I hear a knock on the door and a delivery guy is at the door with like 100 cans of whip cream. At the time I was baffled. I had no idea what the cans of whip cream were for. Once the delivery guy left the madness ensued. They started popping these cans of whip cream like it was the 4th of July!! Obviously they were doing rich people’s version of a whip it’s. They proceed to take dozens of Polaroid pictures of them huffing whip cream cans with whip cream all over their faces and clothes. I feel like I have never lived after partying with America royalty. But what I did take away was that life is too short to always be serious. Live life and it will work out its self out.

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