One of the highlights of the last few weeks in electronic music has definitely been our introduction to Norwegian duo Carl Louis and Martin Danielle, or CLMD. Harmonic electronics that can still cater to the global scene of house music is perhaps one of the most thought-out feature we look in all the electronic songs we post and CLMD deliver with overwhelmingly ease in their execution. Coming off their infectious number “Black Eyes & Blue” the does has released yet another satisfying big room track titled ‘Falling Like Angels’ featuring AJB.

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Falling Like Angels (Original Mix)
CLMD - Falling Like Angels (Original Mix)

You can purchase a copy of ‘Falling Like Angels’ on beatportand to celebrate a brand new year, CLMD sent us this must-listen exclusive banging mix combining their most recent original work as well as renditions from the best tracks of 2012. (Tracklist below after the jump)

The Music Ninja Exclusive: CLMD December Mix

Already counting the likes of Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and more as fans, we where honored to talk to these guys and ask them a couple more questions about how it all came to be, and the very music they produce:

TMN: First off, what a phenomenal new single! “Falling like Angels” really blew us away and got us interested in learning more about you. Tell us the story behind CLMD, the name itself and how did you two meet?

Thank you!

We are just two guys from Norway who have been best friends since we were six. Somewhere along the way we got tangled into house music, which grew from an interest into info becoming our lives.

It all started out in high school. We had a friend who was really in to sound systems and always brought big PA to all the home alone parties we used to go to. He brought the sound and we brought the music. At one point we went from partying with the rest, to start turning knobs. And soon enough, we were hooked on dj’ing. Production followed from there.
The name CLMD is short for Carl Louis & Martin Danielle. Easy enough?

TMN: You guys have been active for a little more than 3 years now, how has your own music changed over the last 24 months with so much new content and many genres being fused together in the electronic dance scene?

As most other, we constantly develop our sound. But for us it has been very important to keep our signature. These days its all about being loud and bringing the most energy and intensity into the music, but we have been more focused on bringing out the emotion in the music. For us, emotional energy is the most important ingredient to our music, and we guess that why it’s a bit different? Change is good, but it’s important to remember the past too. We always try to bring the best of the old and fuse it with the new in our productions.

TMN: Tell us about some of your earliest memories and experiences with music. What songs/artists influence you the most. What are some of the artists you currently look up to?

We both agree that the song that made us go from interested in house to house heads was Axwells remix of C-mos 2million ways. [Martin]First time I heard it, I was speechless. It was hands down the best piece of music I had ever heard. It was so big, and fat, and new, and different. I had never heard anything like it before. It still is one of my favorite tracks!


There is no secret that we are huge fans of Axwell. It was around 2004/2005 when we first got into house and Ax was really revolutionizing the sound at the time. The two other third of SHM have also been hugely important to us, as natural being part of this generation. Though, we must admit, we look more often to their classics from way before SHM, than their newest stuff for inspiration. Those guys has made tons of awesome stuff before Leave The World Behind.
But we are also very interested in other type of music and try to seek out as much inspiration as possible from other genres. Its good to look other places for influences, if not you could easily end up sounding like something that’s already out there. Artists such as Royksopp, Miike Snow,Robyn, Susanne Sundfør and Foster The People are and have been huge inspiration sources for us.

TMN: As you continue to grow and get more exposure, what has been your biggest challenge so far? And what has been the biggest surprise?

There’s always a surprise to see that people pay attention to the work we do and that we actually have hardcore fans! (That we of course love). We think we will never really get used to that feeling.

The biggest challenge is to keep your buzz going. We have always been about quality before quantity and therefore used long time on releasing new stuff. What happens is that people kind of forget about us for a bit, while we are coming up with new stuff. For instance, we had a massive buzz when Axwell was playing our track “The Message” in every show the summer of 2010. We were not ready for it so we decided to hold back a bit rather than releasing some crap just to keep it going.. it wouldn’t have been good for anyone. Or when we released our EP on SIZE in 2011. We could not match the quality 100% so it took a while before we felt us ready again. Now however, we are super confident in our stuff and ready to push it out the masses! And how this business is now, you have to release all the time to keep your buzz going!

TMN: Curve ball.. If your music was an animal, what do you think it would be?
Hmm, maybe a Norwegian moose?

TMN: Producing duos many times complement each other, having strengths where perhaps the other one lacks. When it comes to producing a track, what are the main elements you two tend to focus on as an individual?

We usually work though the production process together. Sometimes we would sit on our own coming up with ideas, but mostly we go through the process together. Carl is definitely the melody man though.

TMN: What is in store for CLMD in 2013? Can we expect a North American tour?

Lots of new music for one! And we just moved to NYC in October, so there will obviously be lots of North American dates to look forward to!

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us and we are extremely excited to follow you on future releases.

Thank you guys for the interest!

Tracklist
1. Carl Louis & Martin Danielle – The Message + Axwell & Dirty South – Open Your Heart
2. Norman Doray & Nervo – Something To Believe In (Carl Louis & Martin Danielle Remix)
3. Hardwell – Three Triangles + Denzal Park – Amarok + Kings Of Tomorrow – Finally
4. Ortzy & Nico Hamuy – Lose Control (Instrumental mix)
5. CLMD – Falling Like Angels (Original Mix)
6. Eric Prydz & Andreas Postl – Mighty Love (Instrumental)
7. CLMD – Drifting
8. Style Of Eye – Dry + Pryda – Glimma + Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound + Carl Louis & Martin Danielle – I’m Coming Home With You
9.Alex Guesta & Stefano Pain – Ran Tam Tam (Alex Guesta & Stefano Pain Main Mix)
10. Chocolate Puma – Dub Of Boom
11. CLMD – Friction

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