[Music Video] Ryden – The Recipe

Ryden certainly has the recipe for success. She’s been cooking up hot tracks on her own, pushing her project independently on a route that could take her to some big places in music. Her newest release is her biggest endeavor yet, a hip-hop hybrid called “The Recipe” that has its own music video, directed by Ryden herself.

Videos aren’t something new to Ryden as she’s put together trailers for her tracks previously. However, now we’ve got a full fledged music video that is anything but a simple DYI project, despite Ryden actually doing it herself. It’s a major project, with some impressive shots and locations. For the song, Ryden amps up her hip-hop meets trap sound for something even more edgier than her previous works. All in all, both creative halves of “The Recipe” are on point.

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[Trap] UZ – Layers LP

Two insane things just happened last Friday. One, UZ dropped an album. Two, UZ revealed his identity. No it’s not Skrillex or Diplo, or anyone else you might have thought, unless you thought it was the 2x world champion DJ TROUBL.

Now that you know the trap lord UZ is the French DJ champion, we can move on to his LP Layers that dropped on his label Quality Goods Records. This project is major, running twelve songs deep with collaborators including Two Fresh, Elliphant, Axel Boy, Oski, Craze, QUIX and so many more. This collection is some of the best work by UZ, a guy who has been putting out music for years now. Some trap guys can’t seem to keep things fresh as time passes, but UZ really took it to the next level. Before you check out the LP, read through why UZ decided to reveal himself below.

“The anonymity was fun when I started it 5 years ago, but now I feel like there’s too many masked artists and it really has become more of a gimmick than a message. Our motto at the time was to let the music speak by itself and not focus on the artist. It’s still true, but now that I’m a curator and I’m working full-time on my label Quality Goods Records, I need to make myself heard, talk to people face to face, etc.… Also people need to know where I’ve come from and where I’m going – right here, right now. It’s just the beginning of a whole new journey for me and I’m really excited about it.”
– UZ

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[Indie Dance] Phil Good – I Miss You

I Miss You

If Phil Good ever stopped making music, we’d miss him. We’d miss him so much in fact, we’d go outside the window of his house and sing his new song “I Miss You” despite being utterly atrocious singers. Hopefully we don’t have to do that and we can leave the singing to Phil.

“I Miss You” is Phil’s best track yet, which is saying a lot given his powerful, but still small catalog. His indie-pop meets electronic sound is just what the radio needs; a genuinely good song that wasn’t made specifically with the radio in mind. It feels like an indie track, but it’s so much more than that. Phil always manages to keep his sights on the underground while managing to release works that have crazy potential. Only time will tell just how high Phil can go, but we’re philling good about him… okay bye now, just listen to “I Miss You” and enjoy.

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[Rock] Shiny Wet Machine – Lights Out B-Sides

There’s one group of rockers that stands out to us among the rest and that is Shiny Wet Machine. On April 25th the duo dropped their debut EP, Lights Out, on Diet Punk, but on June 22nd they released the b-sides of their project. Even though they’re just b-sides, they are well worth the listen.

Four tracks were cut from the EP, but they could have made it on if SWM was going for an album. We love when people release b-sides, because sometimes there are some gems that get lost through the filtering process. Shiny Wet Machine aren’t about filters though. Punk lives and breathes through them, so jumping back to the time when b-sides were more common isn’t something that is all that surprising. We’re glad they did this, because now we have four more rockin’ records to enjoy from two of our favorite musicians.

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[Deep House] Frankie Shakes – Every Time

Frankie Shakes "Every Time"

Every time Arkade releases something it is worth the listen. Recently Kaskade’s imprint dropped a fresh techy single called “Every Time” by Frankie Shakes. With everyone going for festival-centric sounds, Frankie stands out with this club-ready groover.

For some reason this sounds like it could be a track on a dance radio in Grand Theft Auto Vice City. That’s totally a compliment as that series has some kick ass radio stations. It’s got that simplistic catchy vibe that really makes it stand out in your mind. If you listened to one hundred tracks randomly throughout your day, chances are you’d remember this over the rest. Frankie does house music right with “Every Time” and we can’t get enough of it.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (July 2017 Round #1)

Some say today is America’s birthday, some say it’s not. We say either way, it’s a great excuse for a party. Brand new indie dojos on us!

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’Curtis Harding – On And On (Edit)’
’Wilder Maker – New Streets’
’Among Savages – What Goes Around’
’Lone Kodiak – Dorian (Agnes Obel Cover)’
’Titus Haug – I Will Love You Still’
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[Event Preview] TMN heads to WORLDZ Masters & Titans Conference

I’ve been to more conferences than I can count–music, tech, entrepreneurship–the list goes on and on. The next sentence I’m about to write comes from a place of absolute confidence, authenticity, and steadfast conviction. This is the most excited I’ve ever been to go to a conference. Ever.

Taking place in the epicenter of entertainment, Hollywood, California, WORLDZ has a lineup that, if compared to a music festival, would call on associations of Goldenvoice’s masterpiece, Desert Trip. It’s made up of absolute legends–the kind most people would kill for a chance to hear live once in their lifetime.

On a personal level, I’m looking forward to speakers from the music and journalism industries. That should go without saying. Industry leaders like Kaskade (Multi-Grammy Award-Nominated Singer, Songwriter & Producer), Quincy Jones (Producer, Conductor and Musician), will.i.am (7x Grammy Award-winning Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist), Bob Pittman (CEO & Chairman of iHeartMedia), Tom Punch (Chief Commerical & Creative for VICE), Marc Ecko (Chief Brand and Creative Officer for Complex), and a handful of others will be representing the sectors I’m most passionate about, but it doesn’t stop there.

Beyond my place in the music industry, I come from a marketing background. My degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver is in marketing, and I’ve worked in a handful of firms and advertising agencies while running The Music Ninja. As the landscape of business continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to keep looking forward. And, who better to lead that vision than top global brands, startups and creators?

If you’re a self-starter, looking for personal or professional growth, are interested in the entertainment industry, I would highly advise picking up a ticket. You can do so here.

Shaun White (CEO, Shaun White Enterprises & 2x Olympic Gold-Medalist)
Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO, VaynerMedia)
Kelly Slater (11 Time World Surf League Champion, Outerknown Founder)
Bjarke Ingels (Founding Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group: BIG)
John Amato (President, Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter)
Sebastian Copeland (Polar Explorer & Photographer)
Sophia Amoruso (CEO & Founder, GIRLBOSS)
Deborah Dugan (CEO, (RED))
Jon Buscemi (Founder, Buscemi)
Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder, Reddit)
Steve Clayton (Chief Storyteller, Microsoft)
Kathy Calvin (CEO & President, United Nations Foundation)
Jeri Ward (Chief Communications Officer & SVP, Audi)
Mike Tunnicliffe (EVP & Head of Universal Music Group, USA)
Justin Weniger (CEO, Life Is Beautiful)
Greg Thompson (President, Maverick Music)
Marc Mathieu (CMO, Samsung, Mobile & Marketing, North America)
Dream Rockwell (Co-Founder, Lightning in a Bottle)
Bob Safian (Editor & Managing Director, Fast Company)
Meredith Perry (CEO & Founder, uBeam)
Ali Shirazinia (DJ, Dubfire)
Dirk Ahlborn (CEO, Hyperloop)
Andy Walshe (Head of High Performance, Red Bull)
Marcus Shingles (CEO, XPRIZE)
Diana Nyad, Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist
Stephen Attenborough, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Galactic
Shelley Zalis, CEO & Founder, The Girls’ Lounge
Nick Foster, Head of Industrial Design, X
Randy Freer, COO & President, Fox Networks Group
Donny Makower, President, RED Interactive Agency
Rives, Co-Host, TED
Joe Desena, CEO & Founder, Spartan Race
Marlies Dekkers, CEO & Founder, Marlies Dekkers Lingerie
Jim Kwik, Founder, Kwik Learning & SuperheroYou
Kevin Bailey, President, Asia Pacific, VF Corporation
Mark Weinstein, SVP & Global Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Hilton Worldwide
Charlie Engle, President, Charlie Engle Inc. & Ultramarathon Runner & Author of “Running Man”
Jeff Kearl, CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder, Stance
Ryan Wilson, Street Artist ThankYouX

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