[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Michael Woods Interview

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Michael Woods Podcast 028 Miami Special

There’s a handful of producers who embody how much fun the EDM scene really is. One of those people is long-time house music favorite, Michael Woods. This tall drink of water has been around the game for longer than most think. For example, most of you wouldn’t remember his track “Warrior,” which came out some time in 2000, but Michael has a list longer than our arm of hits like that from the past decade and beyond.

Our last day in Miami we were lucky enough to head over and catch Michael’s set at the Lake Woods Pool Party on Collins Drive. After watching him throw down with the likes of Chris Lake and TJR, we finally had a chance to talk business. Well, we thought it was going to be all business, but with him, it was pretty much all fun. Check out what he had to say about Teisto’s Jager machine, crowds in Chile and his superstitions:

TMN: First of let’s talk about what it is like to be in here for WMC, obviously the largest weeks in electronic dance music. What does it feel like to be here? Is this something you look forward to every year?

MW: You know what, I DJ worldwide, there are many big events worldwide, but Miami is probably one of the bigger ones. It’s one that I do look forward to. However, it’s kind of like a double edged sword because I know I’m going to be completely fucked out of my face [laughs] and there is going to be a lot of recuperation afterwards. Last year I was here for 3 days and did 2 shows and my God! It took me a week to get over it. This year I’m here for a week and I have like eight shows, so I am trying to pace myself.

TMN: Doing some Jager? We do read your facebook updates.

MW: Oh my god, I hate Jager. The only time I drink Jager is when I am with Tiesto and Max Vangeli, and I hate those fuckers. Never again!

Tiesto has got its own personal Jagermeister dispenser machine, which serves at exactly 12 degrees centigrade. He is always trying to throw them down my throat. Now I know better and know now to do it.

TMN: So let’s touch on your past a little bit, you and your sister are both accomplished musicians, is that something encouraged by your family or is that something you naturally got into it?

MW: No, it’s from my family. My dad is a piano teacher, so from an early age, when I was 4 years old, my dad had us sit down on the piano. He then sent us off to music school and from the age of 4-5 we went to Saturday school where we would do a lot of piano as well. I did all my grades, from grade 1 to grade 8 on the piano. Then, as a result of getting into music school, I picked up other instruments like the guitar, the drums, and the trumpet. Music is quite natural in our family and to now do it professionally it’s really cool because I’m doing something that I love doing and something I have been doing from day one.

TMN: What would be your favorite instrument to play outside of playing the keyboard?

MW: The triangle! [Laughs] You know what I actually do enjoy playing the guitar, but I am not as good as I am playing the piano. Playing the keyboard is like speaking English; its natural to me.

TMN: How do you deal with traveling the world, producing music and also being the founder of Diffused? What is your balance like on a day to day?

MW: Drinking a lot of Patron! [Laughs]. You know, that is probably the most difficult thing to do, is trying to balance everything. There are only 24 hours a day, and so much you can do. Lucky, I have got a really cool management company like Three Six Zero who looks after Deadmau5, Calvin Harris etc. Within that company they look after my label. I have a management team that looks after the label and works with me so I do have got a good team around me that helps me out. Basically, all I have to do is make sure I am producing good records but outside of that I have people that help me out.

TMN: We have to give a shout out to Rising Digital and James Bevan and Seb…all those guys.

MW: Yes absolutely! I love those guys. Seb is really cool, he helps me out a lot.

TMN: You’ve traveled all over the world, what are some of your favorite cities to play at?

MW: I will say Philadelphia is actually pretty cool, there was a really good vibe there.

One of the most recent cities I went to, that I wasn’t expecting to tour was in South America: Santiago, Chile. Oh my God! It was insane! I got onto the stage but I wasn’t looking up, I was trying to keep my head done and as soon as I looked up I saw 10,000 pairs of arms in the air. It was crazy, they were literally jumping up and down for 2 hours. Chile was ridiculous.

TMN: Different cities have different understanding of dance music, do you find that the crowds differ from place to place? The energy, the vibe? The feel?

MW: A little bit. Like I said about Chile – that was probably the craziest I’ve seen a crowd. Generally, the crowds around the world seem to be pretty vibrant and have a lot of energy. I don’t notice too much of a difference. A place that I would say is not as crazy is actually, believe it or not, Miami. Personally, I feel like it’s a lot about people caring about their appearance, so it’s a bit more calm. No one wants to be too crazy and the same goes for Vegas. They seem a bit more reserved. Cities like Philadelphia and New York they like to get fucking crazy. They don’t seem to care so much about what people think but they just care more about the music. Continue reading

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[Dubstep] Singularity – Horizon (Feat. Nilu)

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Horizon (ft. Nilu)

Dubstep often gets a bad rep, especially in songs when the bass lines can become overwhelming. When done right though, dubstep can provide new layers to music that haven’t been explored before. Take for example this new single from Singularity, where the drop further adds to the emotional desperation in Nilu‘s glorious vocals. With Horizon, Singularity is able to find that elusive balance and provide us with a track that is both substantial and soothing at the same time. “Horizon” is Singularity’s first single off of his EP of the same name, due later this year.

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[Festie Review] Snowball – Winter Park, CO

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As fireworks reflected off the snow covered grounds of Winter Park, as insane light shows reflected off the neighboring mountains, as music goers covered from head-to-toe in snow gear jumped up and down continuously as incredible artist after artist took to the stages, Snowball 2013 can rate itself up there as one of Colorado’s best winter time festivals.

The layout was set up perfect with one main stage and two tents, each far enough away from one another that you could hear each artist clearly but close enough you could dance your way from set to set without freezing your buns off. There were plenty of great vendors, lots of delicious warm food and heating areas so when the toes and fingers needed a quick warm-up people had a place to go.

The festival started off with a bang Friday with the musical talents of Zion I, Porter Robinson, Krewella, Kendrick Lamar and ending the night was none other than a Rado favorite, Big Gigantic. Kendrick Lamar gave the crowd poetic justice and a hell of a lot more. He took that stage and showed just what a true rap artist he was; his vocals crystal clear, his words flowing with the rhythms and his stage presence captivating. Then Big G got on the stage and lit it up, literally and figuratively. Their light show is one for the books and their live musical instrument set is what ranks them up there with one of the best live performances to see. It takes a true artist to be able to go on stage and play their instrument live and these boys do it with such ease.

Saturday Winter Park saw a down pour of snow but that did not stop any of the festival goers from making their way to see the shows. More layers, hand warmers and a nice hot beverage got this day off to a great start. I have to give a shout out to Luminox. During his set, his computer screen was distorted and he couldn’t see what he was playing. But instead of throwing in the towel, he busted out a desktop screen, plugged in his laptop, and kept dropping some unbelievable trap. Kudos Lum, huge kudos. Portugal the Man and Datsik brought amazing energy to the day and the night was finished with Colorado’s favorite man of lights, Pretty Lights. Derek Vincent Smith, the name given by his mother who is always in the crowd supporting, has never failed to put on a captivating and memorable show. Between the light show and PL’s choice of tunes, from his new hits all the way back to some old favorites like Radiohead’s “Everything in its Right Place”, PL shut down the night leaving everyone’s bodies in a state of music euphoria.

Sunday was no day for rest for this festival with huge artists still stacked. K Theory, Ishi, Grizmatik and Flosstradamus were just a few names who threw down the dub, the jazz and the dirty trap. Then the perfect closer for the ultimate snow weekend, STS9 took to the main stage. This instrumental band mixes the sounds of rock, funk, hip-hop, drum and bass and a little jazz to capture every form of music that was present at Snowball this weekend. As the final fireworks lit the sky, every face in that crowd was smiling with the ultimate love for all the amazing music that had taken place over the weekend.

To all the artists who were at Snowball, thank you for coming to Colorado and making us fall in love with your music all over again. For the day dancing shows to the night thumping after parties. To the Snowball staff, you all did an amazing job and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for next year. And of course, to all the festival goers, keep fuckin rocking.

Zion I
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One Minute
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Porter Robinson & Mat Zo
Easy

Kicking And Screaming

Colorado Mountain High

Whos Gonna Stop Us (Luminox Trap VIP)

Datsik
Bonafide Hustler (Trap VIP)

Portugal. The Man
Id Rather Go Blind (Etta James cover)

Pretty Lights
Finally Moving

Flosstradamus
☮☮☮ Lanas Theme ☮☮☮

Grizmatik
Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom

When The Dust Settles
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[House] Dragon and Jontron – Tonight Remixes

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Electronica is alive and well in Colorado. From the sprawling sea of party goers in Winter Park for Snowball to the epic Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks, there’s no doubt this state has it going on. Amongst the amazing parties, the legendary club scene, and the rowdy fan base we have a plethora of shining talent. There’s a few household names out there that everyone is familiar with at this point, and there’s a duo that’s inspiring to be up there in the ranks.

DJ/Producer duo Dragon and Jontron have been gracing the decks for the past two years and have checked off some major accomplishments already. Global Dance Festival? Check. Ultra? Check. Residency at Beta Nightclub? Check. The list goes on and on, but you get the point. These guys have talent. As a display of said talent, we’re happy to bring you the remix package for their most recent release with Lea Luna, “Tonight”. This vocal house track has had serious play time lately, and will gain more attention now with the likes of the following remixers: George Acosta, Steve Smooth and Tony Arzadon, and Shane Halcon.

Our favorite remix out of the package was definitely George Acosta’s. The Miami based progressive house producer put his own spin on “Tonight” buy giving it a melody-driven energetic build up, with a massive electro drop.

The “Tonight” remixes are available to purchase through Beatport. Head over and pick up your copy.

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[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Kid Ranger Interview + Free Downloads

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In my insatiable quest to bring party music to the masses each and every week with my Friday Party Playlist, I consistently come across some really intriguing up-and-coming producers. Kid Ranger first caught my ear with his remix of Savage’s “Swing”. This track lit up every party I went to and quickly moved up in the ranks of all-time best for these weekly playlists.

After a while of getting to know Kid Ranger a little better and hearing the depth to his music, we wanted to know a little more. So, today we’re bringing you an incredibly in-depth interview, as well as three exclusive tracks. We hope you get a better understanding of someone you will be hearing a lot more from for years to come.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD KID RANGER’S TRACKS

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Its A Vengeance Sample (Original Mix)
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Crime (Kid Ranger Remix)
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Blue Milk (Kid Ranger Remix)
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Swing (Kid Ranger Remix)

TMN : Hey Sam, thanks for taking some time to chat with us today. First up, why don’t you talk about your favorite moment as a DJ/producer has been to date?

KR: I think I’d probably have to say it was about a week ago, when I was back home in Marin. My mom told me she wanted me to meet a new friend of hers who was in the music industry. Her friend ended up being Narada Michael Walden, who as I found out is a multiple grammy-winning producer/drummer who’s produced a ton of number one hits with Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and plenty more. Basically this dude was the REAL fuckin deal. I walked into his studio in San Rafael, and about 10 minutes into meeting the guy we were sitting in his studio with my computer hooked up, and me hesitantly opening up my laptop to pull up a copy of my Crime remix, in whatever uncompleted stage it was. I could tell he had met with a lot of his colleagues sons’ before and wasn’t exactly expecting a ton from me, but after listening to a couple minutes of the track I guess he was sold.

He kept telling me that I was “funky,” and I couldn’t decide whether that was a good thing or a bad thing until he explained it… he said “You see this guy, this girl, this guy,” pointing around to pictures and bobble heads of James Brown and the other incredible musicians he’s works with, “you know what they all had? They were funky. Some people just have it and some people don’t. And you’re funky.”

Granted, Narada isn’t exactly the most exposed person to electronic music, but regardless just having someone at his caliber of skill and success tell me that I had that “it” factor was definitely the most mindblowing experience I’ve ever had. And to put the icing on the cake, he actually asked me to start working on a couple projects with him and Tarpan studios, and while I can’t say much about em right now it should be really cool to see where this stuff goes. I still haven’t really registered all of it yet, it still feels kinda unreal that someone with that much clout would actually be impressed by my work, I just hope I can keep up and exceed the standards I set for myself now haha!

TMN: Let’s go back to your musical upbringings. You played guitar in metal bands as a teenager. How did you transition from metal to EDM?

KR: Yes, I’m another one of those guys who went from metal to EDM, however I never actually saw any success in metal, haha. I started playing guitar when I was about 12 or 13 I wanna say, and it kinda took over my life. And as it came time where I thought I was ready to start playing in bands and actually doing something with all the time I spent in my room, I quickly came to realize that trying to organize a group of 14-16 year old boys for weekly practices was not nearly as simple a task as I had hoped it would be. After starting a couple different “bands” with different groups of friends around my area, I came to the conclusion that if I wanted to get some music actually down on paper I’d have to do it myself. And that’s what EDM gave me. One of my friends showed me Swagga, and I remember just being absolutely blown away at the fact that the song triggered the same emotions in me as a metal song would. Shortly after that, one of my best friends picked up a copy of Ableton and started making tracks, and everything finally clicked. I was like, “well, if he can do it that I probably could figure it out too!” hahaha. I definitely had no idea how much I’d fall in love with the genre, I remember a time where I firmly believed I’d never let EDM take over my passion for metal, but there was really no stopping it once it had started.

TMN: Just out of curiosity, who is your favorite metal band?

KR: Oh, man… as I’m sure you’re aware that’s probably one of the toughest questions you can ask a musician haha! I’ll try to keep it brief though… I contribute 100% of my desire to pick up a guitar to Metallica, and at first was totally enthralled in Thrash, and as time went on I started listening to more metal core-ish shit. There’s honestly so many bands I used to and still do listen to that I don’t know if I could really pick just one. Stray From the Path have always been a gigantic inspiration to me, I could and have literally played their track Damien for hours on repeat, it’s just perfect haha. Also I couldn’t leave out We Came As Romans, their melodies and song composition is always so on point. Also Suicide Silence, definitely some of my biggest idols and a large factor of why I got so into heavy ass music. RIP Mitch!!

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[Trap] MURAMASA – Muramasa EP

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MURAMASA‘s highly anticipated 4 track EP is finally here. Starting off with “Midas Touch”, an incredibly unique track that features an abstract sound design that keeps you satisfied with every drop. Next is “Cruel” and he uses some amazing vocal samples to create yet another diverse and euphoric track. “Paris” a hot and heavy bass line with some crunchy wobbles that knock incredibly hard. Last is “Birdcage Chain” which we featured as an exclusive last week. Enjoy this entire EP for free by clicking here, cheers.

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Paris (Intro)
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Birdcage Chain
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[Indie Pop] Little Daylight – Name In Lights

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Name In Lights

Indie pop trio Little Daylight unleashed their first single “Overdose” a few months ago, and since then it’s not only gained major blog love, but inspired a number of awesome remixes. Will that happen again with the band’s latest single, “Name In Lights”? Maybe. Probably. YES. The track’s so subtle and wispy, yet so immediately charming and magnetic. Check it out! And be sure to see them live on their tour with another TMN vet Charli XCX.

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