[ULTRA EXCLUSIVE] Tritonal Interview

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Air Up There Episode 99

Hands down one of the best parties that happened this weekend at Ultra was from Above & Beyond’s record label juggernaut label Anjunabeats. The pool party hosted performances by Mat Zo, Seven Lions, Norin & Rad, Andrew Bayer, Jaytech, Maor Levi and Beckwith. Soon after our interview with the eclectic Andrew Bayer, we got the chance to speak with Tritonal, the trance music duo consisting of producer/DJs Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed from Austin, Texas.

Tritonal may be a US based, but they are known world wide for their constant evolution and elevated sounds they produce with every single release. From giving us insight to how things came about, their working relationship and what is coming in the future, Tritonal spoke candidly with us in an in-depth interview below:

TMN: Thanks for sitting down with us. What does it mean for you guys to be here in Miami?

Dave: The funny thing is that we have always looked up to coming to Miami for a long time, especially when we started producing together and now that we have done it 3-4 different times it is still an honor to come here especially for Ultra and the random pool parties, you get to meet everybody and learn a bunch of new things. It is still a big privilege to be here.

TMN: You have played at the largest festivals, all over the world, where does Ultra/WMC rank amongst some of the other festivals?

Chad: That’s a good question. It is definitely one of the biggest in the world. I would put it in the top 5. I don’t know that I would necessarily rank Ultra as the number one right now; I think it might be EDC Las Vegas from an artist perspective not a fans perspective. And I say that because the amount of technology and production those guys bring in, not only with the LED walls and the sound and stage setup but also people dropping in on freaking airplanes, all the artwork they bring in from other artists, the choreographed dancers, and production and shows that goes on. It is just bigger because of the amount of space that they have. Last night we saw Ultra’s main stage and it was pretty kickass! So they did make some movement in that.

The US has Electric Zoo, EDC, ULTRA, Nocturnal and Beyond Wonderland, and they all huge festivals but there are also a lot of big festivals throughout the world like Tomorrowland and Sensation, Creamfields and Stereosonic, they all have their places too. Since we are in Miami right now and Dave and I are US guys, we are all about reppin’ the US and what a better time to do it than now. The US is THE market to play now and so many artists want to break this market so for us being from the States and being able to play all the festivals, college shows and club night, it is really good. We are completely blessed in that sense.

TMN: How do you feel about the communal feeling in Miami with electronic in general? Meeting people that you have collaborated with and talked via email and twitter.

Dave: It is very communal. Like I was saying, we are always looking forward to meeting artists and promoters and club owners and all kinds of people, it is a really cool event just for that. It is after all a conference.

Chad: You talk to people on twitter, you are supporting their tracks year round and you finally get to see Tommie Trash, Wolfgang, Andrew Bayer or Mat Zo or whoever, it doesn’t matter who they are, it is just good to finally say “oh There are those guys”, you catch up for a minute and you move along.

You also get to meet people that maybe you have not heard of. And things that you have not necessarily you thought about, publishing companies, different management team label owns and stuff like that. It’s great to see who are the people behind the artist that are sort of making moves at the moment.

TMN: You guys just released “Bullet that saved me” talk to us about how the production came along.

Dave: With all of our production we always try to aim for something new, we like to be fresh with our music. We want to learn, we want to grow, we want to expand and it really began with that, just trying to be unique. Get a good vocal on it, make something with a great tune and just make it playable and fun.
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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #29

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So in case you didn’t know, Ultra was this weekend. If you’re reading this post on Sunday, it’s more than likely that you’re not there. If so, you have two options:

1. Continue to check your Facebook news feed and feel immense jealousy for your friends that are there and regret that you are not there.

2. Throw away your phone for the day, sit back, and relax to this ultra chill playlist instead.

If you’re still reading, congrats on picking option number two. Your prize is gracing your ears with standout track of the week, the smoothest remix of ‘Suit & Tie’ courtesy of Aussie beatmaker Ta-Ku. Funky beats and groovy synths will put all thoughts of raging festivals out of your mind, and make you wonder why JT never took this direction with the original to begin with. And while your mind is wandering away, make sure to soak up the next few serene selections, including a summer-infused Goldroom classic from Wax Nostalgic, and a slice of aural paradise from Swiss producer Dinka’s latest Closer EP. Rameses B hits us with some gorgeous liquid dnb, while Sizzlebird again showcases another beautiful feature, ‘Life Eclipse’ from his forthcoming Alive EP, which is sure to contain many more like it. Fellow UK dojo favourite, Maths Times Joy also previewed his stunning remix of DrDr, which blends those stunning vocals with magical swirling pads to perfection. There’s also some fresh trap reworks of big name tracks from Flume and Ellie Goulding, as well as plenty of unique beats to vibe to as always.

So forget about what everyone else is doing and whatever is going on at this point in time in the world. You’re hear now, so just enjoy the moment. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #29 zip

Justin Timberlake
Suit & Tie (Ta ku Remix)
Goldroom
Sweetness Alive (Wax Nostalgic Remix)
RÜFÜS
Take Me
Style Of Eye
Norway feat. Bessem
Dinka
Spring Valley (Original Mix).mp3
Rameses B
Meaning Of Life
Life Eclipse
DrDr
Addicted (Maths Time Joy Remix).mp3
Flume
Sleepless (The Ninetys Remix)
Ellie Goulding
Hanging On (Lex Supreme x Quality Remix)
Laura Mvula
She (Eagles For Hands Remix)
Major Lazer
Get Free feat. Amber Coffman (Blood Diamonds Remix)
H E A V E N S G A T E
Grooving on for Miles(ZurichTakes beat2)
Never Felt Real
Moods
Time To Move On (Breakout EP)
Looking Forward To
Greyhat & Finn
Submarine
CoMa
Wouldnt It Be Good If It Was True (ENiGMA Dubz Mix)
nExow & JacM
Serenity
CMA & nExow
Lost Dreams

PILGRIM (MS MR REMIX)
Rhye
3 Days (Saux Remix)
Ra Ra Riot
When I Dream (Pacific Air Remix)
Comet (feat. BeuKes)
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[ULTRA EXCLUSIVE] Thomas Gold Interview

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Thomas Gold, the German producer and International superstar that needs no introduction, is also one of the nicest guys we have come across. We were able to catch up with him at WALL and ask him about his expectations for Ultra, his musical upbringing and what is coming out for 2013.

TMN: Thomas! Thank you so much for sitting down with us tonight. We’re excited to see your set here at WALL. First off, talk to us about what the energy and vibe is like in Miami for both UMF and WMC.

I have not been to Ultra yet, I am going tomorrow, but as far as I can see, it is amazing again this year. You can really see it filling up. We arrived here on Thursday night and it was still a little bit quite but you could feel that there was something going on. On Friday all the people came in and now you can see it is busy here, it is busy at the pool area, on the streets, traffic jams everywhere! I am super excited happy. I played at Space last night and it was a great night, so much fun. I am really looking forward to the next days.

TMN: We know you tend to go on pretty long extended tours, how do you handling time between performing and producing?

Actually I try to but I am not really handling it well at the moment, I must admit. I am still trying to because I am traveling a lot and it is hard to find a quiet, long period of time to really get into it and switch your brain to the music and dive into it.

So, of course I do a lot of stuff on my laptop and on the plane, at the airport and in the hotels. I have a keyboard with me so I can play melodies and chords, but it is super different from being in a real studio with speakers because on headphones it always sounds different; you don’t feel the music you just hear it. I prefer to be in a proper studio with a nice sound system. I have been touring a lot in the past months and mostly outside Europe so that means I don’t have much time to spend on the studio.
I was touring Europe for the last few weeks and in between the shows on the weekend I can go home to Berlin in my studio, so that means I had a little bit of time but still there was still so much other stuff to do. I am actually taking a couple of days off after Miami just to be in the studio and I am really hoping about getting this stuff done. I am working on my next single and it is just an issue of timing.

TMN: It there any food or drink item that you bring from home that you have to have with you while you are on the road.

No I just bring my instant coffee pack with me [laughs] So that is the only thing I bring and I am glad I have not had any problems through customs. [laughs]

TMN: Is there anything you look forward to when you are touring through American that you like? A certain food or drink?

Yes I love the steakhouses and I love sushi. There are a couple of really nice places in Miami and New York. I just love the food here.

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[ULTRA EXCLUSIVE] Andrew Bayer Interview

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It's Going to Be Fine

Andrew Bayer, the rising and talented super star that is taking the electronic scene by storm is set to release his forthcoming If It Were You, We’d Never Leave LP April 15 via Anjunabeats. Working with tender and beautifully layered experiences that mash between hip/hop, ambient and experimental, his textured sounds, while mainly electronic, feel just as alive and organic. We have been following him closely and after getting a sneak peek at his latest album, we just had to learn more about the man behind the beats.

We met up with Andrew in Miami, this first weekend at Ultra to talk more about his upbringing and his music going forward:

TMN: First of all thanks for sitting down with us. How has your time in Miami been so far?

It has been awesome. I have only been here for a couple of days. I went to Mat Zo and Porter Robinson’s party last night which was an absolute blast. This is really the only party I am doing so I am just doing a lot of meetings and hanging out all day. I am really looking forward to the rest of my trip.

TMN: You have been a professional musician for a while now, where does this experience rank against the others?

Well Miami is always an interesting time. I feel like half the reason why you go is to hang out with all the people you work with on a daily basis that you don’t normally get to see. It is such an international community, the electronic community in general, I communicate with people that are in different continents every day that when you have everyone in one place it is just amazing to be able to see them face to face. It’s like “I have been talking to you for a year! And I’ve never met you”. That is my favorite aspect.

TMN: Let’s talk about your music, did you grow up playing instruments or is that something you started later in life?

I actually grew up playing piano. I took lessons during childhood and throughout my schooling as well. But I was never really that serious about the piano. It was always just being creative and served more as writing utensil; I was not a performance based musician. I definitely have a musical background but I couldn’t just go play some Chopin or something, as much as I would like to.

TMN: Haha we would be pretty impressed!

Haha, yea I could probably play it if you give me a week to practice!

TMN: We had the chance to preview the new album, we were all really impressed. Once thing that we noticed is the presence of a very intense atmospheric vibe, talk to us more about the production behind creating those experiences.

I love layering. That is my favorite thing to do in production. So what I would do is I will layer tons of noisy soundscapes that are all combined into one backdrop. A lot of these tracks start with weird sounds, that sound like something is breaking and stuff like that.

Those sounds will usually be about 10 different things: one sonar glitch from a submarine layered with final noise, layered with a weird bow on banjo processed through Csound. So there are LOTS of crazy elements that go into one layer of sound bit. That is why I think it adds such an atmospheric production part.

TMN: We love that feel, it really adds such a depth to your sound. Touching on that, do you create a lot of these sounds using effects and synthesizers or do you use samples more?

It is a combination of all. The way this album started was based off a sample, I was trying to chop up samples and use them. A lot of these things I will chop up into a 4 bar sample so it sounds like I am actually retriggering it. Then I will make these sound beds and literally process them through and through at 12-bit algorithms so it sounds like it is triggered from an NPC. There are a lot of that aspects in my music that makes it sound like a sample.

TMN: Your style seems to have evolved in this album, somewhat more down tempo and glitch hop at times, why this direction? Is this something you are super passionate about?

Yes. I feel like with every record you get a chance to do something different. While there was some glitch hop on my last record, this one is definitely more in the relaxing and chill-out section of that genre. But absolutely I like to be able to sit down and kind of do whatever I want, which is a marketing nightmare for the label as they are like “Holy shit! This is a dubstep track, what are we going to do with that?” and I am like, “I have no idea either!” haha But I do like with an album you can focus on one direction. Who knows what I am going to do next.
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[MIAMI BOUND] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist – Ultra/WMC Edition

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Holy shit! Miami is happening tomorrow, and we’re hustling to get our interview questions done. That doesn’t mean we’re going to leave you guys high and dry for your weekend plans. So, here it is. Our Miami edition of Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist. Every artist on here will be in Miami for Ultra/WMC. So, if you can’t be in sunny South Beach, at least listen to some tunes that will be.

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Candyland
Rick Rollin (Candylands OG Mix)
Madeon
Live Triple J Mix
Porter Robinson & Mat Zo x Daft Punk x Pink
Easy (Troika Mashup)
Lucky Date vs Calvin Harris
I Want A Flashback (Not Quite Original Mix)
Valentino Khan
Tear It Down (Original Mix)
Boy Oh Boy (Original Mix) DIPLO x GTA
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Jonylah Forever

In honor of the tragic death of 6 month-old Jonylah Wakins on Chicago’s South Side earlier this week, Lupe Fiasco decided to release this somber dedication. One of the most heart-wrenching tracks you’ll ever hear, Lupe describes an inspiring tale in which Jonylah isn’t murdered, but grows up to be a very successful young woman. The story has a pretty incredible twist at the end, but I won’t spoil it for you. As one of the most remarkable storytellers in hip-hop, Lupe is able to craft together a beautiful song and a fitting eulogy for a girl whose life was taken much too soon.

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