[TMN Exclusive Interview] Jaykode Talks Dream Festivals, In N’ Out Burgers and New Music

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JayKode
BeeHive (Out Now)

Only a few days ago, rising bass aficionado, JayKode, released massive track, “BeeHive,” via Buygore. The piece is an elaborate scheme of electronic and live instrumentals that create a sound he labels as “classical bass.” You can hear JayKode demonstrating his mastery of both the piano and guitar, as well as production through out the track.

After having a listen of “BeeHive,” TMN was eager to get to know the producer behind the intense and intricately structured tune.

TMN: Many who listen to your music may be unaware that you’re not only a producer, but additionally, a classically trained musician. What made you decide to create electronic music?

JayKode: It’s been a long and interesting journey. I’ve been doing music almost my whole life. Like you mentioned, I started playing the piano when I was 7, then picked up the guitar when I was 13. Ever since then, I told myself that my number 1 goal in life would be to get my music out there to the world. Back then, I was heavy into the hardcore and metal scene but as I was growing out of it, I started getting into electronic music because all my friends were listening to it. This is back in 2007/2008, so the music was very different compared to how it is now but there was this energy and heaviness that really appealed to me. It was actually very similar to metal as far as composition, build-ups, drops/breakdowns, etc…Once I discovered Wolfgang Gartner, who is still one of my biggest inspirations to this day, I realized that I can actually use my classical skills and guitar skills and combine them to make some really dope electronic music. I feel like he was one of the first to really break that barrier by combining extremely melodic/classical elements with super distorted basslines and I immediately fell in love with his music because of that. That’s really when I embarked on this journey.


TMN: Would you consider electronic music the most predominant genre in CA at this time?

JayKode: I think so. I mean hip-hop is still a very big part of California, and more specifically Los Angeles, culture but I don’t think it’s bigger than electronic music. I know this is an overused example, but look at the Sahara tent at Coachella. Every year they put more and more emphasis on that stage and it keeps getting bigger and crazier with each festival. Sometimes it’s even more crowded than the main stage. It’s also mostly what you hear on the radio nowadays as well. Whether we want to accept it or not, the boundaries between pop and electronic music are becoming almost non-existent at this point. Mainstream pop nowadays IS mostly electronic music.

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The Kickdrums – Better [TMN Premiere]

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The KickDrums
Better

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of The Kickdrums. “Breathe Again” did some major damage on the radio and new music, whether solo or collaborative, has been popping up quite frequently. Today Alex makes us feel even “Better” with a brand new single set to be featured on his new solo effort releasing via 24west Records. This selflessly written tune will inspire those currently fighting for their significant other to take their efforts up a notch. His upcoming solo EP will be accompanied by a limited print 7″ blue vinyl of “Breathe Again,” making it one of the most enticing buys of the summer. The Kickdrums have played recent shows at Webster Hall, The Mint, and Brick & Mortar. Pre-order the new EP here.

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[Future/Chill] Flight Facilities – Heart Attack Feat. Owl Eyes (Snakehips Remix)

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Flight Facilities
Heart Attack feat. Owl Eyes (Snakehips Remix)

For readers who have followed The Music Ninja over the past few years, there will undoubtedly be a great deal of familiarity to the sounds of UK based production duo, Snakehips. As a bona fide favorite among the staff, we have covered numerous releases by the PBR&B/electronic pair such as “Gone,” “Dímelo,” “Forever,” “On & On,” and “Wanderlust.”

Snakehips latest remix is a unique take on the original of another electronic duo, Flight Facilities. “Heart Attack,” which came out late last year, is an emotional tune that immerses the listener in a feeling of solitude thanks to the lyrical talents of the soulful Owl Eyes.

In their latest remix, Snakehips have done a remarkable job of matching the sentiments of the lyrics (But you’re so far away… Searching for a heart another world away // How far have I got to move… You’re all I need and now if you knew) with the feelings conveyed by the melody. Having kept with the theme of companionship, the remix maintains the subtlety and refine of the original while also creating a markedly familiar synth-based production in line with their previous works.

A reprieve from the constant wave of over-produced future bass, “Heart Attack” is a track music lovers will be playing on repeat for a few days upon first listen. Enjoy streaming the track above and find all of Snakehips’ work over on Soundcloud.

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[House/Breaks] Pegboard Nerds – Swamp Thing

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Pegboard Nerds
Swamp Thing

Monstercat is home to many acts, with one of those being Pegboard Nerds, who might just be the biggest on the roster. The duo keep things interesting by delving into various genres, and with their newest track “Swamp Thing” they take things to a whole new level. There are songs out there who take the route of cutting time to go from house to trap, but that wasn’t enough for this monster. The nerds do that, yes, but they also bring us some quality breakbeat action on top that makes this record one explosive piece of work. “Swamp Thing” is one of the quirkiest things you’re going to hear, and you are going to love it just as much as we do; we’re sure of it. iTunes currently has the record available for you to purchase. Just like Shia says, just do it!

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[House] Juany Bravo – Down Low

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Down Low (Original Mix)

Bringing the old school vibes from Scottsdale is Juany Bravo with his new single “Down Low.” His G-house style is undeniably cool, bringing an intimate energy that few tracks can rival. “Down Low” is the tenth release from the GUN PWDR imprint, which comes with remixes from Bijou and Rafael Valley. Juany spearheads the project with his amiable production whose bassline is the main attraction. To say this song is groovy would be an understatement, as this will probably even get your grandmother off her feet and shaking her badonkadonk. For those looking to add this gem to their collection, Beatport has a copy ready for you to purchase right now.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2015 Round #3)

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It’s official. Summertime is here. Time to archive your solemn, overcast, “it’s cold so I’m gonna listen to sad stuff” playlists and dig up the some good ol’ sunshine and happiness. We don’t want to tell you how to feel, so we’ll continue to keep our Indie Dojos as much as an emotional roller coaster as possible. But we’ll also be sure to throw some summer anthem must-haves as a reminder to enjoy the warmth as much as you can. ‘Cause pretty soon we’ll all be complaining about how much we miss the the hot, hot heat, no matter how sweatastic it makes us.

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Beat Of My Drum
Favored Nations
Always
Shields
Gone In A Flash
C Duncan
Say
Tessera Skies
Dreaming/Sleeping
Jay Rodger
My Dear
James Veck
Gilodi
Richard Smith
Lau
Jon Lawless
Capital (ft. Daniela Andrade)
Immy Williams
The Ocean
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[House] Ferreck Dawn – Heaven Sent

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Ferreck Dawn
Heaven Sent

As our weather stateside continues to test the tolerable heat index while pool & rooftop parties begin rolling out in the masses, we’ve begun to start craving those perfect Summertime dance tunes. Much to our delight and listening pleasure, it seems that Dutch House superstar Ferreck Dawn heard our calls for tasteful singalong dance music as he’s dropped one of the most infectious tunes we’ve heard in 2015, “Heaven Sent”. Dawn’s certainly had the Midas Touch over the last year, racking up some of the year’s most notable deep-house cuts including collaborations with Redondo (“Love Too Deep” and “Something Else”) and “Heaven Sent” follows a sterling blueprint for club success. Featuring a soaring vocal, clearly the tune’s focal point, “Heaven Sent” rounds itself out further with uplifting grand piano stabs as its hook, scampering percussion and a perfectly swung bassline to create the type of tune that can be just as happily enjoyed in your car, relaxing in a pair of worthy headphones or in the middle of a sweaty, packed club floor.

“Heaven Sent” is out now on Beatport for our savvy listeners looking to add that choice ‘heat-track’ to their favorite playlists or DJ sets, but as you’ve made it this far, stream Ferreck Dawn’s latest single above.

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