To have your song played by Swedish House Mafia in Madison Square Gardens, in Manhattan, New York, has got to be one of the coolest things you could say about yourself. Well – that’s the case with Hard Rock Sofa. Their song Quasar, which is out on Axtone records, was played at that show. We had a chance to fire over some questions for these guys, and ask them how they felt about it. Check out their answers below
Q: First off, tell us a little bit about Hard Rock Sofa. How did you guys meet and what got you into DJing/producing in the first place?
A: In 2005 we started off as a trio. All 3 of us (Alexander Shapovalov – producer / DJ, Denis Chepikov – producer/ DJ, Sergey Zuev – vocals) live in the same town, Smolensk. We’d known each other and been friends much longer before we organized the project of Hard Rock Sofa. The 2 of us (Alex & Dan) were djing in local clubs while Sergey was performing live with his rock band. As Hard Rock Sofa we toured a lot throughout Russia and Europe but not long ago Sergey Zuev left the project to pursue his own career of a lead singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band.
Q: How did you come up with the name?
A: We thought about it for a long time as we wanted it to be creative, interesting and original at the same time. In the early days of our career our house music was a little more influenced by rock and dance music of the 80’s than it is now.
Producing our tracks we used some live instruments like guitars, synths, old drum machines and vintage effects to make our house music have a slight resemblance with hard rock.
At that time we tried to make music that was good for a club audience as well as for listening at home on the sofa.
Q: You guys have played in the US, Europe, and Russia. What’s your favorite club or festival venue that you’ve played at?
A: All the clubs and fests where we played at are good, each in their own way. Lately we’ve been touring the US a lot and the show we enjoyed the most was the one at Amnesia club in Miami, Florida. Continue reading →
Chris Lake’s Rising Music may be located in London, but this has obviously not stopped their ability to recognize upcoming talent overseas. Deth Hertz and No Body, two American acts based out of Los Angeles, are about to make their label debut with what it appears to be an already Deadmau5 supported track.
‘Ready 2 Fly’ takes you exactly where you want to go. A beautiful and mellow start with feather-like piano chords that lightly lift your ears well above the clouds, only to later let go at the mercy of an uncompromising drop with a drilling bassline that feels like its digging its way to China. Whether you want to fly, or rattle the dancefloor, calling this track a banger would be an understatement.
Ready 2 Fly is now available on Beatport! Head over there and pick it up.
Skylar Grey does not cease to amaze us. Her powerful angelic vocals are able to pierce through tracks exposing a deeper emotional core. Paired with feather-like synths, big room house build ups and a heavy growl of a bass, you simply get a standout track that exceeds all expectations. Paris-Born producer Gregori Klosman infused Kaskade’s ‘Room For Hapiness’ with enough electro to call it his own. It is nothing like the original and ten times filthier.
Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey – Room For Happiness (Gregori Klosman)
Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey Room for Happiness (Gregori Klosman Remix).mp3
Newton abbot’s Alice Jemima has been making a name for herself lately with her new single “Far From Here”. The track is a testament to one big thing that is prevalent in the music industry today; the love of the music itself. Countless blogs are popping up, bands are more willing to give free downloads, and everyone wants to spread the word about good quality music. Hence Alice Jemima’s sudden popularity.
With “Far From Here”, Alice combines a sincere delivery with unique vocal lines, memorable hooks, and intimate guitar parts to offer the masses a look into her plans of escape- and an offer to take us with her. The success of the song shows that the world is once more able to embrace quality song writing (rather than caring too much about recording quality), as it was composed through Garage Band in true indie fashion. The vocal lines are repetitive and catchy, the melody will keep you tapping your toes, and the “oh” parts will be stuck in your head for days.
Nashville’s Future Unlimited are taking the Internet by storm with the first single from their debut EP, Cloak & Dagger. The new single, aptly titled “Golden”, shines boldly fluorescent stage lights on the face of the electro scene- meandering back and forth from a sound reminiscent of the UK band Mirrors to a groove that nods with elation in the direction of 1980′s synth pop.
Future Unlimited is still pretty new on the world stage but the hype keeps building as we all ponder what will happen when Cloak & Dagger is released.
It’s time for a late night post, so don’t go to bed just yet. We have one more treat for your Wednesday evening. Netherlands based producer R3hab just released this remix of Cassie’s “King of Hearts” eleven hours ago, and you definitely should take a listen.
The dreamy one minute, thirty second build up is perfect for bed time, but don’t get too comfortable. When the beat finally drops it rings in your ears like a triple shot of espresso. The hard electro synths are tied in tight with this bangin’ beat, and play perfectly with Cassie’s vocals. If you can’t sleep tonight after hearing this one, don’t blame us. We’re just the messenger.
If you happen to be in the Denver area tomorrow – make sure to catch R3hab’s set at the legendary Beta Nightclub.
Wildcat! Wildcat! is a three headed giant, in the musical sense, from Las Angeles. The band is part of “Black Eye Music”, which revolves around member Michael Wilson and his collaborations, which makes the bands future as mysterious as its past. The band has been finding e-success through its blend of electronic overtones, indie rock sensibilities, catchy melodies, and trendy cat themes.
Their new tune “Mr. Quiche” has a solid percussive base that is filled out by keys, synth textures, and infectious vocal lines. The trio’s combined efforts work together to create an atmosphere and mood that make indie fans feel right at home while still exposing them to something fresh and new. Overall the song is really well done and leaves me excited for the band to finish recording their debut record.