[TMN EXCLUSIVE] Q & A with BETS

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Rooftop Lover

BETS stole our hearts and ears with her release of the quirky single, “Rooftop Lover.” If you haven’t heard it yet, you’re missing out. Her unique tone pairs perfectly with the lazy strumming on the track, creating a overwhelmingly enjoyable indie pop jam. After hearing this song ad nauseam (it was quite the favorite here at the office) we decided that we wanted to know more about the woman behind this longing rooftop wanderer. So, we fired over some questions to get to know her better.

TMN: Hello BETS! Thank you so much for taking some time to answer some questions for us. As a newcomer to the scene, we know a lot of our readers would like to get to know you better!‬

BETS: Hi! Thanks for having me.

TMN: First up, why don’t you tell us how you got into music. Did your parents encourage you as a child, or was it something you were just interested in personally?

BETS: I definitely was encouraged as a child to be creative. We didn’t have a TV growing up, so instead we did things like draw, make music and run around inventing things –pretty unheard of in this day and age. I also come from a very artistic family, so I think it was the combination of those things that definitely ignited the spark in me to create things and to be an artist.

TMN: When was the turning point in your life where you had the confidence to know you wanted to be fully involved as a singer?

BETS: I always dreamed of being a singer, but it’s only very recently that I got the courage to step out onto the stage. I’ve been writing poems and songs and singing since I was a teenager, but I always kept it to myself. It was my own little secret. Somewhere along the line I realized I couldn’t hold it in anymore. I just wasn’t going to die happy without music being my life.

TMN: How many instruments do you play? Do you have one that you gravitate more than the others?

BETS: I don’t play any instruments, but I wish I played ALL instruments. I do own a few though with high hopes…so you never know! Oh, and I love bass in a big way.

TMN: You’re currently splitting your time between NY and LA. What’s the reasoning behind that?

BETS: That’s really something that happened rather than being something that was planned. I moved to LA from Brooklyn 3 years ago, but I go back and forth so often for work & family stuff that really I just live between the two. For music, it seems perfect actually and I love both cities too much to let one go…for now.

TMN: If it were solely based on food alone, which city would you rather live in?

BETS: LA for the healthy fresh food, NY for the restaurants and falafel…see, I’m torn.

TMN: Let’s ask another food based question. If you were on Death Row, what would your last meal be?

BETS: Artichokes, greek salad, and my famous homemade ice cream cake.

TMN: Your voice is just as unique as some of the instrumentation on your record, who are other female singers you look up to or enjoy listening to?

BETS: Why, thank you! I love listening to old school stuff…people like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin. Grew up listening to a ton of oldies, so I guess it stuck.

TMN: We absolutely loved “Rooftop Lover”. It was definitely on repeat at TMN HQ for quite some time. What was your inspiration behind that song?

BETS: I wrote that tune because I would always go with my girlfriend and songwriting partner, Christina O’Connor, to make music on a roof in Hollywood and I started calling us “the rooftop lovers” and then decided to write a song about it. It became a love song… don’t they all.

TMN: Name three musicians you would love to collaborate with in the future.

BETS: Oh, so many! Would love to do musical collaborations with Haim, Lykke Li, and The National. And while I’m making wishes, I’d also like to collaborate with Lena Dunham on something creative someday, please.

TMN: This one is a little off the wall, but we always love hearing what people have to say. If your music were an animal, what would it be?

BETS: If my music was an animal it would be a Bali Bird of Paradise… or just a puppy dog named Bear.

TMN: Ok, one last one for fun. If you were stuck on a deserted island with only one musicians catalogue of music, who would it be and why?

BETS: I’d be stuck with the Beatles catalogue (for obvious reasons) and some coconut water.

TMN: Alright, thanks so much for the virtual sit down! Feel free to talk about anything else you’d like to share with our readers at this time.”

BETS: All I want to say is thanks to all the listeners for helping me leave my secret songwriting life behind, I love you all. Lots of exciting new songs, videos and shows coming this summer so stay in touch here: www.betsmusic.com xx

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 5/9

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Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
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For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Matt Darey - May 9th

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Nocturnal 404 classic mix

Mantis - May 10th

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Insomnia VIP

Arno Cost - May 11th

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The 1975 – Haunt // Bed

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The 1975
Haunt // Bed

Manchester Lo-Fi pop specialists The 1975, a group with whom our faithful Ninjas should be well aware of at this point, are getting geared up for the release of their fourth studio EP, titled simply IV through Dirty Hit Records. Fusing moments of pure ambiance with pop-song sensibility has proven to be their recipe for success, thus The 1975 have already carved out an impressive niche within the American independent music community, which never seems to be an easy feat for bands hailing from across the pond. Their latest single “Haunt // Bed” falls in line with past releases, projecting a visual and auditory wave of melancholia, hidden amongst lead singer Matthew Healy’s patchy lyrics. While this cut may lean closer to a more downtempo B-Side than some of their more radio-friendly choices, it was a song we no doubt thought our readers deserved to devour as we inch ever closer to the weekend. The 1975 are less than a month from a full-fledged U.S. tour in support of fellow visionaries The Neighbourhood, and if you are fortunate enough to reside in one of the following cities, please do not miss your chance to be a part of something special by missing their set. Stream “Haunt // Bed” above, and don’t be shy about leaving your comments!

U.S. Tour Dates (w/ The Neighbourhood):

06/04 – Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard

06/05 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

06/07 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s

06/08 – Austin, TX @ Antones

06/11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social

06/12 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662

06/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

06/15 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits

06/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

06/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

06/19 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

06/22 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory

06/23 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase

06/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

06/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Headlining Shows:

07/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

07/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

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[Show Preview] RL Grime – Larimer Lounge, Denver CO

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Friday night at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, Clockwork’s alter ego RL Grime is coming to move the mountains. This young LA native producer decided to switch things up and took inspiration from nuanced UK bass music to develop a new style of music that goes hand in hand with his new name. Little over a year ago, he released his first EP and the electronic music world has been begging for more ever since. Bringing his High Beams tour to Colorado, we are ecstatic to hear RL’s unique sound and what new music he has up his sleeve. Opening for the night are Vinnie Maniscalco and K-Mac, two Colorado natives who know how to throw down some dirty beats. Excited to hang with this ultra ego.

Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
Chief Keef
What A Shame (RL Grime & Salva Remix)
Jamie Lidell
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[Concert Preview] Global Dub Festival @ Red Rocks, Colorado

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You can feel the change in the air can’t you? Summer is on the way.

Your body gets that tingling feeling, your bright colored tees and crazy pattern shorts that you have kept perfectly folded in your closet are dying to come back out. The glitter, the sequins, the glow sticks and all those fuzzy animal hats are ready to make their first appearance of the summer.
And for all of us in Colorado, it is essential to start the summer concert series out on a good note, for example, heading up to the one and only Red Rocks, one of the best concert venues in the world.

So mark your calendars Colorado and everyone else, a week from Friday, May 17th, Global Dance, Sub.Mission and Triad Dragons are throwing down the biggest bass festival to start the summer off right, the Global Dub Festival. They have stacked the artists high this year. Headlining this year is that blonde sensation Flux Pavilion and the triple X rated bass extraordinaire Excision. Getting the party started is Zomboy, Dirtyphonics Live and Designer Drugs. If you are not a fan of bass or are afraid for your eardrums, this isn’t the show for you. But for everyone else, grab your tickets and get ready to begin your summer the way every basshead should, with more bass in your face than you even know what to do with.
Let’s get this summer started!

Flux Pavilion
I Still Cant Stop
Excision
Shambhala 2012 Dubstep Mix
Jam On It
Dirtyphonics
Walk In The Fire
Designer Drugs and Alvin Risk
Empty Hearted (Ultra Records)
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Crystal Fighters – You & I (Gigamesh Remix)

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Crystal Fighters
You & I (Gigamesh remix)

 Few DJ’s and producers are fixed with that coveted “dance-floor tastemaker” tag more so than Minneapolis native Gigamesh, and with such an eclectic range of original compositions and impeccable choices in remixing, it is pretty clear as to why. Recently, the electronic trendsetter wrapped up an impressive worldwide tour with stops in Asia, australia and the U.K., and it didn’t take long to flex his production muscles once more.  His latest track, a remix of Spanish folktronica trio Crystal Fighters‘ “You & I” is carried into a Nu-Disco frenzy by a very Night Rider-esque synthesizer, exaggerated percussion and a four-to-the-floor heartbeat. The bait to our ears on this one comes at about the 3:00 minute mark, as Gigamesh boldy breaks the track down to a near screeching halt before launching back into more danceable instrumentation. A little deviation from the rules on a club track always puts a smile on the face of this Ninja. Crystal Fighters have been large proponents of the remix treatment, even going as far as to release a complete remix album to go along with their last LP Star of Love, and Gigamesh has done them justice again painting his patented sound onto theirs.

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