[ULTRA EXCLUSIVE] Thomas Gold Interview

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Thomas Gold
Thomas Gold Presents Fanfare Episode 38

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.

TMN: You’ve played at the largest festivals, venues, and clubs all over the world. Are there any that stand out above the rest? Continue reading

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[ULTRA EXCLUSIVE] Andrew Bayer Interview

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Andrew Bayer
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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.

#danceirresponsibly

(Download Zip Coming soon)

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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[Hip-Hop] Lupe Fiasco – Jonylah Forever

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Lupe Fiasco
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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Lazerdisk Party Sex Interview + Ticket Giveaway – Miami, 3/15

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Strange name? Yes. Undeniable talent? Yes. Storm Trooper masks? You bet. Lazerdisk Party Sex has a lot to offer, which is why we’re more than excited to see them tear the walls down at Project Miami this coming Friday. The LA based DJ/Producer duo has been dropping some amazing remixes for the past few years. Their style is anything but conventional, walking a thin line between electro pop, house, and moombah. In a nutshell, these guy’s throw down dance inducing party tracks.

We wanted to get a little insight into the masked marauding DJs, so we fired over a few questions to get a better understanding of these up and coming musicians. Before you dig too deep into the interview though, make sure you scroll down and see how you can get into their next show, in Miami.

TMN: Right off the bat, we have to know how you guys came up with your moniker.

We came up with “lazerdisk” because it was a failed technology, and we weren’t too confident that this project was going to go anywhere. We had our friend announce us before the show, and he added “party sex” to the name, and we just kind of rolled with it.

TMN: What brought the two of you together? Were you friends beforehand? Did you reply to a Craigslist ad?

We were both living in Burlington, Vermont, and we ended up becoming friends through DJing around town. When the opportunity came to join forces, we decided to give it a shot. We didn’t do a craigslist ad, but that’s a pretty good idea for recruiting background dancers or for a huge posse or something.

TMN: So, you’re getting ready to head to Miami for all of the craziness of Ultra and WMC. What does it feel like for you guys to be a part of the biggest week in EDM?

It feels great man in all seriousness, we’re honored and humbled.

TMN: What has been your favorite show to date? Any in particular that stand out above the rest?

Snowball music Festival 2010. It was our first big out of town show. We were extremely nervous. Chad couldn’t eat, I couldn’t form complete sentences. We only had one release out at the time, so we were set to make a lot of first impressions. Granted we had the smallest stage tent but we had a packed room. And the kids seemed to love our set. Super fun.

TMN: Alright, let’s change it up a little. If you were on a deserted island, and could only have one artist’s musical collection in your ipod, who would it be?

Zack: A Tribe Called Quest. I started listening to them when I was 11 and still do to this day. Each album holds a special place and time for me in my life.

Chad: Hmmm, I don’t know. This question is too tough. I would probably bring some soca or calypso music or something. Something to enhance the island vibes, ya dig?

TMN: Another random one. This is a little off the wall, but we love hearing people’s responses. If your music were an animal, what would it be?

Space Whale.

TMN: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us! We can’t wait to see your set this Friday.

Sure thing there, bub. We’re excited too!

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST

1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on facebook here:

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3) Comment below this post with why you deserve two tickets to come see LPS throw down.

More details
- Winner will receive 2 comp tickets to the March 15th Project Miami show. Must be 21+.
- Winners will be announced March 15th at 4PM EST. We will make contact through a Facebook message, so if you enter, make sure to pay attention to your facebook messages!

The Knocks
The Feeling (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix)
Diplo
Set It Off (feat Lazerdisk Party Sex)
Zedd
Spectrum (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix)
Justice
Helix (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix)
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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Rocky – Take it Easy Freestyle ft A$AP Ferg

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A$AP Rocky has had a great past year in the music industry and now that he has been put on, he is bringing up other members of his crew. The A$AP mob returns to the scene, spitting some sick bars over the Mad Lion “Take it Easy” instrumental. Collaborating with newcomer A$AP Ferg, this duo spits a witty braggadocious rhyme about chasing woman and enjoying life. It’s clear these two are having fun in the studio and their flow vibes well with the throwback, organ heavy beat. Check out the first track off the upcoming New York Renaissance mixtape, hosted by Peter Rosendberg and Ecko Unlimited, dropping April 1st.

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[Video] B.o.B and Big Boi – Double or Nothing

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Teaming up for the theme song to EA’s Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, B.o.B and Big Boi try to translate video games over to reality with their brand new video. With “Double or Nothing” the two ATLiens strive to show off the power of 2, as they spit some inspirational bars while rescuing some recently abducted backup dancers. The concept is definitely absurd, but it does a solid job of advertising the game that happens to feature the pair as playable characters (I guess Andre 3000 couldn’t make it). Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel will be in stores March 26th, but those looking to play with two of their favorite rappers must pre-order ahead of time.

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