Q&A with LUMBERJVCK [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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LUMBERJVCK
Mirkwood (Original Mix)

Having just released his explosive new ‘JVCKWOOD’ EP via Excision’s Rottun Recordings this past Monday, bass music producer, LUMBERJVCK, has put himself in a good position for future releases. The young woodsman, otherwise known as Connor Schnatzel, first came onto the radar by offering his original tracks and remixes free to his fans. Now showing the darker side of his creativity with this EP, we can surely expect to hear much more from this promising talent. To gain an understanding in how he produced intricate tracks, such as the recent “Mirkwood”, we chatted with LUMBERJVCK to hear more about his production techniques and set up:

What DAW do you work with and why?

I work with Ableton. I prefer Ableton because of its ease of access. I used to use Reason, but I would get really frustrated with the workflow so I switched.

What does your studio consist of?

My studio consists of one 50 inch flat screen, Rokit 6 monitors, a Focusrite Scarlet soundcard, and an MPK61.

Top 5 go-to VSTs to work with?

LFO Tool, Akustix, Effectrix, Insight, and the PX-7 FM synth in Reason.

What are some techniques you use for sound design? 

I love layering sounds. I usually layer a bass growl with a real animal growl. I have the bass come down the middle while the animal growl is spread in the stereo field. This is how I get my most crazy noises.

You’re starting off a track, what’s the first step?

The first step to any track for me is a big and loud drum beat.

Any weird tricks that speed up productivity for you?

When I need to kickstart productivity I write everything down I have to do in a day. I won’t let myself relax or make other plans until the list is complete.

Are you trained in any organic instruments?

I have trained myself in guitar, piano, and drums.

You can pick up a copy of “JVCKWOOD” EP here. 

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Up Close and Personal with Jez Dior [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Jez Dior
Starts Again

Jez Dior captured our attention back in 2012, and we’ve been tracking his career ever since. This often emotional lyricist has an overwhelmingly unique style, fueled by whisky, love, and lorn-laced messages.

Through the years, we’ve had the pleasure of personally connecting with this young man, exchanging emails, IMs, and texts, keeping up with what’s going on with each other. On the heels of his upcoming single, “Clean Me Up,” we noticed a distinct shift in his songwriting. With previous releases titled, “Who Drank My Whiskey,” and “Old No. 7,” we could only assume that there’s something behind it all.

Having a personal relationship with Jez helped get our foot in the door to talk about what’s going on in his life. Without interview questions, or a pre-planned approach, we talked. In a simple 20-minute conversation, we dug deep, getting an insight into his artistry.

TMN: Let’s talk about the release that just came out today, “Starts Again”

JD: It’s a song that we’ve been sitting on for a little bit of time, and we weren’t quite sure if we were going to put it on the album or not. It’s been a little bit since we last released “Kings,” so I just said “Fuck it, let’s put it out.” I hate making everyone, and I love putting out new material.

It’s a song that’s basically about the ups and downs of relationships, and the constant circle you’re in if it’s an emotional one. I definitely have been. It’s based off of that and everything you go through when you’re in love, or whatever type of relationship you’re in.

TMN: The album that you talked about is “Clean Me Up.” right?

JD: “Clean Me Up” is the first single. We were actually going to name it that, but I have a documentary coming out that’s titled that. So, it’s the first single off the upcoming album, which is untitled for now.

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LOVELIFE – Nova (Paperwhite Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Ally, Lee, Frank & Sam have made quite a splash in the blogosphere, racking up close to 750,000 plays on Soundcloud with just eight songs. This London/LA based quartet have accumulated the collective admiration of music lovers with their unique, Electronic Gospel, providing emotional, synth-heavy rides like “Your New Beloved,” and “Nova.”

Approaching a remix of LOVELIFE has to be somewhat difficult, considering their moody vibes are the perfect match for their lyrical approach. However, a Brooklyn-based sibling duo has done so and done so with style. Taking on “Nova,” dream pop outfit Paperwhite have created a smile-inducing, up-tempo interpretation, filled with a dancy lead melody, expert vocal sampling, and a small section of their own vocals.

Known for their sophisticated melodies and ability to derive truly lush textural soundscapes, this once “Most Blogged Artist” on The Hype Machine certainly maintains their sterling reputation with this remix.

’LOVELIFE – Nova (Paperwhite Remix)’
’LOVELIFE – Nova’
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OSWALD – Sea Full of Sharks (ft. Hannah Georgas) [TMN PREMIERE]

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OSWALD
Sea Full Of Sharks (feat. Hannah Georgas)

As we come out of our luxurious three-day weekend, we’re anxious to start unloading the bevy of delicious tunes that stacked up over the brak. Among a few other premieres we have today, we’re admittedly most excited to bring you this genre-bending tune from 18 year old rapper, OSWALD.

Hailing from San Francisco’s flourishing hip hop scene, this deep-thinking, often-cerebral lyricist is following up on a what seems like a year-long release hiatus, welcoming his fans back to his next level observations. “Sea Full of Sharks” is an interesting blend of musical genres, creating something that will flirt effortlessly with the varying fans from each. Canadian singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas walks the song in to some fluttering chords and driving hip hop percussion, leading us to think that we might be in store for a supercharged synth pop song.

Taking an unexpected turn, OSWALD enters the tune, laying down his views on the milked over state of hip hop. Throughout his verses, which stylistically remind us of Das Racist at times, Georgas pops in and out with her delicate indie style vocals for the chorus. It’s not only a unique approach, but it’s one that we can’t stop listening to.

Look for “Sea Full of Sharks” on OSWALD’s debut EP, Ride, due out October 14th.

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Kicks n Licks – Morning Light (Instrumental Version) [TMN EXCLUSIVE]

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Kicks n Licks
Morning Light (Instrumental Version)

Andy Joplin & Jerrod Jordan have come to make a lasting impression on their fans, the blogosphere, and the world. Coming from San Diego, this devilish DJ/Producer have always had a knack for the melodic, seamlessly blending rolling basslines with breathtaking melodies. Since their inception some two years ago, these two have provided laid-back vibes ranging from dubstep to glitch hop, to trap and future bass. Regardless of the genre, there were always a few guarantees – bass would be present and melodies would be defined.

Their latest release, which comes off their Momentum EPM embodies that mindset more than ever, providing an achingly beautiful soundscape worthy of cinematic greatness. Featuring singer K. Emaline, “Morning Light,” was a song that delved deep into PLUR culture, asking the listener to carelessly escape their day-to-day lives. Getting lost in an encompassing rhythmic percussion section, this song easily paved the way for the hopeless dreamers to wander along a story rife with self-discovery, passion and love.

After some requests from their loyal fans, Kicks n Licks have decided to provide the instrumental version to this song. While we certainly enjoyed the more than lovely vocals from Ms. Emaline, we were admittedly excited to succomb to the rich, atmospheric soundscape comprised of light, chimes, chirping birds, and expertley crafted percussion.

We all need an escape in our day to day lives. Whether it’s stepping outside for a quick smoke, or just closing your eyes for a few brief seconds, it’s a necessary accompaniment to our day. Our suggestion? Put this on during that break from reality. It’s only going to amplify the effects of those crucial endorphins.

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[Tribal Disco] Justin Faust – Spellbound

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Justin Faust
Spellbound

If there is ever a day where we wish we were wizards, it would be today because Justin Faust just cast a groovy spell on us that has us all grabbing our wands and a glass of bubbly to start the day off on a magical note. After a hiatus from the music world, the boogie master is back and hotter than ever with his latest original, “Spellbound”. The Munich producer sends us down a spell-binding path full of futuristic 80’s synths, some tribal-esque percussion, and a disco flow strong enough to enchant Harry Potter himself.

With this being the first release of his upcoming full-length album, Spellbound, Justin Faust has proved to us that he is ready to show the dance music world all of the sorcery and witchcraft he has been practicing over time. Keep your eyes peeled for the full release on September 19th on Discotexas and make sure to get your wands ready in the mean time.

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[Progressive House] James Young – Habits Of My Heart (Luke Shay Remix) [TMN Premiere]

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Habits Of My Heart (Luke Shay Remix)

After arriving onto the dance scene with a bullet by winning Adventure Club’s official “Wonder” remix competition in March and racking up over a million Soundcloud plays in a matter of months, L.A. via Virginia Beach producer Luke Shay has returned with an uplifting progressive house remix of James Young’s “Habits Of My Heart”. Shay’s latest contribution to the dance community combines a superbly catchy lead synth line and shuffling hi-hats which work brilliantly with James Young’s original vocal track. Further bolstering this bouncy body of dance arrangement; the moment the track fully opens behind its first climax we found it basically impossible not to smile and bounce along for its duration- which if you’ve been with us Ninjas for a while now, you hopefully know that’s one of our favorite feelings in the world. Already with stellar remixes of Pegboard Nerds and Tritonal supported by the likes of Diplo, Krewella, Gareth Emery and of course Adventure Club, Shay carries a keen sense of traditional musicianship often lacking from the world of electronic music, providing yet another reason we were so excited to share this one with the world in the form of a TMN Premiere. Following an extended weekend, this was the perfect remedy to uplift our spirits, and we think it will have the same effect on our savvy readers as well. Stream Luke Shay’s remix of “Habits Of My Heart” above and try not to pull a hamstring dancing along with this one.

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