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[TMN Exclusive Interview] Talking G-House, Touring and Dirtybird with Shiba San

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The Key Ft Kelis (Shiba San Remix)

House music, which far outdates EDM as a genre, has a pretty fascinating history continuing to redefine and segment itself with each new generation of music. Withstanding the test of time effortlessly, House music today maintains relevancy by sticking to its core vision–keeping a dance floor steady grooving all night. Few artists represent that spirit better than Parisian DJ/producer, Shiba San, an emerging force partially responsible for the prevalence of the hip-hop influenced subgenre, G-House. Building each song around an enormous bassline, Shiba truly engineers for the club making his live sets infectiously danceable, often outperforming headliners at major festivals. Casual fans may know him best for his addicting hit single, “Okay,” which found its way into the sets of DJs literally in every corner of the world, but Shiba has also built a dedicated following on his Soundcloud almost purely through the posting of his flawless sets, which include endless unreleased originals and remixes. As of late, though, he’s been unleashing full versions of these potent tracks as he prepare to release an EP next year.

We had a chance to catch up with Lord Shiba, as we like to call him, about his inspirations, favorite places to perform and his future plans with newly joined label Dirtybird Records. Check out the interview below and enjoy some of Shiba’s gems, including his most recent remix above, through out the article. If you have a chance to catch him live (upcoming dates here), we’d highly recommend copping a ticket and bringing all the turn-up available.

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 I Remember (Shiba San remix)

TMN: First of all, thanks so much for taking to time to answer some questions! How’s the road life treating you?

Shiba San: Tough!!!!! It’s obviously nice to travel all over the world, meet new people and discover new music but I’m not getting a lot of sleep!

TMN: What is your first musical memory?

SS: Classical Piano.

TMN: You started DJing at a pretty young age in Paris. At that time, what kind of music were you spinning and how did coming up in that unique scene shape your sound?

SS: I started with Chicago House, then got into Hip Hop. I was nuts about scratching.

TMN: Artists such as yourself, Amine Edge & Dance are really bringing G-House to the masses. For those not as familiar, how would you describe the sound you guys are developing? And what is your relationship like with the Cuff artists?

SS: Amine Edge & Dance invented G-House. I was interested because the mix of hip hop with Chicago house sounds was getting me back to my roots/first love. I don’t really know the other artists from Cuff, I only released one EP on Cuff. Amine Edge & Dance are great people, they are friends, I love what they do and the way they are.

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West Side Connexion (2014 Remake)

TMN: As a fan of both genres, I always love to see the ways hip-hop production styles trickle into electronic music whether it be in dubstep, trap or, in your case, G-House. Who are some hip-hop producers and artists, past and present, that have been particularly influential in your sound?

SS: I’m not sure they influenced me but DJ Premier and Pete Rock are my all time favorites. But I would say that DJ Mustard is the closest to the G-House sound.

TMN: On a similar note, if you had an opportunity to do a full project with a contemporary emcee or hip-hop producer, who would it be?

SS: Drake, Jay Z or Rick Ross.

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Okay (Preview)

TMN: I’m sure you get a question about “Okay” in just about every interview, but it really does a great job of capturing your sound with its fat bass line and minimalistic big-house sound. What is your approach when you sit down to create a track?

SS: I don’t have a particular approach. I basically turn on the computer and play what goes through my mind. Sometimes it’s cool, sometimes it’s not. I make it rest for 2 days, if I find it interesting I keep it, if not I throw it away.

TMN: “Okay” dropped as part of the Dirtybird BBQ compilation tape. What’s your relationship like with the Dirtybird team and how did it come about?

SS: I met Claude (Von Stroke) in Paris when “OKAY” was already #1, it consolidated our relationship (laughs). I met the other artists from Dirtybird at the Hard Day 0f the Dead Festival. It was great, I’m a fan of most of them. Justin Martin is an influence for me. He came to the party in SF when I was playing, it was really special. I love this label and the artists from the label. I’m very proud to be part of it.
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[TMN Resident Artist] Fei-Fei talks about her music history, her debut album, and why her music is a lone wolf

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This month we have the wonderful electronic artist Fei-Fei taking over the Music Ninja website. She is one amazing musician and we are ecstatic to have her as the resident artist. I got a chance to sit down with her and talk a little about her music history, her current music endeavors, and what we can look forward to from her in the New Year.

TMN: Fei-Fei! Hey my dear First off, thank you so much for taking time to chat with us today!

FF: Thanks so much for having me!

TMN: Let’s take it back a bit here, talk to us a bit about musical background. Did you grow up in a musical household? Were either of your parents involved in anything musical? Siblings? You? Play in the school band or sing in any choirs?

FF: Yes music all day everyday. My Dad was a classical pianist, also played clarinet and oboe. My Mom used to be in the Chinese opera back in China. I tried suziki violin when I was 4 and hated it. Then few years later – I picked up classical piano and played for over 13 years. In grade school I was in the choir.

TMN: Who were some of your favorite artists to listen to back in middle school and high school? I feel a lot of kids really start to understand the music they like, or think is “cool”, when they are in middle school. College age is really where people find a taste. Tell us about your musical progression from middle school to college age.

FF: Everything! A ton of alternative, rnb and hip hop. Garbage, Nirvana, Mobb Deep, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Beastie Boys, Liz Phair, Jodeci, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Biggie, Tupac – and of course Wu-Tang.

TMN: Now when did you yourself start experimenting with electronic music? Tell us about the first time and what that felt like for you.

FF: I was at a friend’s house party and this amazing music was playing that I’ve never heard before. It was John Acquaviva & Richie Hawtins X-Mix-3 CD. After that I started going to underground parties by myself and just absolutely lost it. I decided at the first undeground I went to I had to be the person creating the music.

TMN: Now let’s talk a little bit about your sound, I mean I call your music electronic but it is really so much more than that. You have the ability to touch on so many genres and even non-genres. If you were to describe your own music to someone, how would you describe it?

FF: A crazy journey. All the ups, the downs and everything in between.

TMN: Where has been your favorite place to perform thus far? City and venue, and if they are different from another that’s fine.

FF: Its really hard to choose! Every place is different. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s a 50k festival or an intimate 100 person club, it’s all about the vibe. Recently I played at 1015 SF with Purity Ring, Webster Hall (I love NYC), and Detroit always brings a dope underground vibe. Outside the states I’ve had a ton of fun in the UK – Nass Festival and Croatia – it was a super dirty warehouse by the ocean. And of course my own Feided parties in DTLA @ The Lash definitely go the hardest!

TMN: You have done some amazing remixes of some really great songs, for example your Banks remix, kind of obsessed with it. What do you listen for when you are considering doing a remix of someone’s work?

FF: I have to love the tune.

TMN: Now, this has kind of been a huge year from you, and everyone is taking notice. We have to say congratulations on the release of your debut album ‘Pretty Girls Don’t Hallucinate’, last time I looked it is already #15 on iTunes which is amazing. Talk to us about this album, what went into it, and how you feel putting it out there.

FF: It’s been so unreal. We hit #13 on the charts and was all over the iTunes front page with so many artists I look up to. I can’t even begin to describe how overwhelmed with the response so far. Everyday I think I’m going to wake up from this amazing dream. I can’t believe all the hard work is finally becoming a reality and it’s out! I’ve been a nervous mess the past month and especially the night before it dropped. Believe it or not I wasn’t even going to release any of it. I was going through some weird personal stuff in life and needed to get the emotions out – it was music I made for myself. It wasn’t until recently that I decided it was time to show the world a different side of me and see all the things I saw in my heard, all the emotions I went on during this amazing journey. The good, bad, wild and weird. It’s made me who I am today and I’m not afraid to show it.So this album is for everyone – all my friends, fans, my supporters and my haters. Everyone that’s ever come to a show, supported my music, taken a shot with me or been there for me in any way shape or form. Thank you for always believing in me.A big shoutout to everyone who’s worked with me on this project – you know who you are!

TMN: I can openly say, electronic music and dj-ing is a very male dominated industry. As a woman, talk to me about that and how that is for you. Also, what do you hope might come from more women in the industry and what would you say to up-and-coming female producers?

FF: I hate talking about it but it’s so inherent in our society as a whole. I say it over and over again, I’d rather be someone’s fave artist then someone’s fave female artist. Just making the distinction is extremely backwards and so many people don’t realize it. You don’t go around saying he’s my fav male singer or male lawyer etc. And I definitely don’t want to be treated any differently because I happen to be a woman. I avoid female themed branded events, stages, situations because that automatically separates the genders and works against what we’re trying to overcome. It’s not
about highlighting females it’s about gender equality and that affects both males and females. There are so many amazing and talented women paving their own paths right in the industry and that’s a good sign. Some are more vocal then the other, but my personally I like to keep my head down, do my own thing and be a role model for everyone – guys and girls. Wake up everyone. Talent is genderless. Advice for the ladies and the gents – you have to want it real bad and work super hard to earn your keep and overturn those stereotypes!

TMN: Talk to us about the upcoming year, which is quickly approaching, and what we can look for in 2015 from you?

FF: Promoting the album, tour and everything in between – it’s an ongoing process. It’s not like once the album dops – the work is done. I also have so many projects in the pipeline, but it’s definitely way too early to talk about that.

TMN: Fei it wouldn’t be an interview without a few fun questions for here we go, what is your favorite color lip-gloss?

FF: I’m so not a girly girl but…Clear shimmer with a hint of pink.

TMN: What is your favorite thing to mow down on? If no one is watching, name one food and/or meal that you go to town on.

FF: My Mom’s homemade dumplings at her restaurant – Dumpling Haus in my hometown. I won’t eat dumpling anywhere else because it just doesn’t even come close. But I’ll do that with or without people watching. I like to eat and I don’t care who knows it.

TMN: If you had to trade places with one person for a day, any person, female, male, who would it be and why?

FF: I wouldn’t dream of subjecting anyone else to the things that go on in my head.

TMN: Winter is quickly approaching, if you were stuck in the artic tundra and could only listen to one musical artist/group on repeat for a week straight, who would it be?

FF: Lately I’ve been OD’ing a lot on Caribou. Unreal that I’ve been sharing the charts with these guys and so many other artists that inspire me on the daily.

TMN: If your best friend called you tomorrow and said we are going on vacation to anywhere in the world that you want, where would you go?

FF: Spain. Costa Rica. Argentina. Tokyo. I can’t choose. Let’s just go around the world do it all.

TMN: Who is your musical man crush…and woman crush?

FF: Purity Ring. Also Grimes.

TMN: What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you?

FF: You don’t want to know. I get a lot of weird messages. On the cool non-creeper side of things, someone recently described my album as an “underwater trap party”.

TMN: And finally the question we ask all artists, if your music were an animal, what animal would it be and why?

FF: A lone wolf. Bold, fierce and not afraid to take their own path.

TMN: Fei-Fei thank you so much again for taking the time to sit down with us! Have a great rest of the year and we cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for you!

FF: Thank you I can’t wait!

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[Electronic/R&B] DiRTY RADiO – Infinity (Beat by: Esta ft. J-Bird)

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DiRTY RADiO
Infinity (Beat by: Esta ft. J-Bird)

We’ve been staying on top of Canadian PBR&B triumvirate DiRTY RADiO’s vocal remix series since its inception, which thus far has seen them rework sultry tunes from Darius and Pomo to name a few, and today they’re back with the latest entry “Infinity”. “Infinity” takes Esta’s sexy piano laden J-Bird featured burner “Moet” and boosts the tune with a signature blend of provocative vocal stylings and velvety choices in instrumental backing. We’ve been feeling all sorts of sexy going through DiRTY RADiO’s remixes, and we think that’s a feeling you NInjas should experience as well. Once again, DiRTY RADiO’s giving this one away for free in exchange for a Facebook “Like”, so hop on over and add this to your iTunes collection.

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Get To Know: Modul Kollektiv [TMN Exclusive Interview]

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Farbenfroh (Original Mix)

German producer Modul Kollektiv released a truly unique piece of deep house this week, in the form of ‘Farbenfroh’. A cleverly intricate piece of music, it was also recently picked up by Holi Festival to use as a promo track, and as a result had a stunning accompanying video. We spoke to the artist behind this release on Dirty Soul Records to learn more about his musical background and taste.

TMN: What is your musical background and how did you get into producing house music?

My first contact with electronic music was back in the 90′s. I got thrilled by Daft Punk & Depeche Mode. Daft Punks ‘Homework’ was one of my first vinyl albums and the beginning of my DJing. Later on I spent a lot of time in music production, which was released under another side project on various different labels like Dim Mak. But I always felt a love of house music and produced house tracks – so new brand Modul Kollektiv was born.

TMN: How does it feel to have your first ever release out on Dirty Soul (an imprint of Be Yourself Music)?

It’s simply indescribably awesome. Be Yourself Music is a legend in the music biz. Dirty Soul seems to be the perfect imprint for my first release.

TMN: The music video for ‘Farbenfroh’ seems only fitting for the summer tech-house track, did you have much involvement in creating the video?

Yeah, I was involved in doing the music video. I had the idea, found a deal with a festival tour promoter and did the raw editing on the video. The video clips were recorded at different Holi Festival tour stops in Austria.

TMN: If you could describe the track in three words for someone who is yet to listen, what would you pick?

Shimmering, synth, house.

TMN: Where do you draw inspiration from when producing or are there any artists you look up to?

Well I do not try to copy anything. I try to define my own soundscape and to create something new, something unique. I love the shimmering & glimmering synths in my productions which actually give the productions a fresh unconsumed attitude.

‘Farbenfroh’ is available to purchase here.  

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[Electronic/R&B] DiRTY RADiO – Illegal

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Illegal (Beat by: Darius)

After their first installment, “Relentless”, in what we were promised would be a series of mixtape style remixes from Vancouver’s DiRTY RADiO, they’ve held up their end of the deal and are back with their sophomore entry: “Illegal”. Following the blueprint of molding tunes around their favorite producers as they did with Pomo on “Relentless”, this time around DiRTY RADiO has taken a wonderfully malleable, disco tinged R&B beat from French producer Darius and  cobbled together yet another irresistible dance ditty. This one leans on the beatsmithery of Darius to lay a shimmery gloss across the tune, coalescing harmoniously with the DR boys’ sultry vocal track which all results in a listen sure to satisfy dance and R&B fans across all walks of life. Slip into something comfortable, pour your favorite glass of wine or whip up your favorite cocktail (that is if you’re over the legal U.S. drinking age of 21 of course) and let this one wind down your Tuesday. We promise it’ll do your night right.

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[Indie Electronic] Dirty South – With You feat. FMLYBND

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Dirty South- With You ft. FMLYBND

As we enter the second day of our Blogathon, it has become apparent that the ninjas here at TMN have been doing a fantastic job at finding you the best tunes on the internet. Having only slept a total of 9 hours in 2 days, I, personally, have been digging and digging to find some presentable tunes. With my morning coffee poured and my mind a little bit sharper, it’s time to share with you the latest from Los Angeles producer, Dirty South and his STUNNING new track, “With You feat. FMLYBND”. Now, before we dive into this one, we just have to let you ninjas know that this song unexpectedly sucked us into a tornado full of emotion. It’s so refreshing to hear two artists from different genres come together and produce such soothing frequencies to create both a lyrically moving and internally pleasing end result.

dreaming with my eyes open,

I breathe in – feel the light,

soak in with you

It’s evident that Dirty South is stepping into new territories with his latest productions and “With You” is auditory proof that we have reached that important landmark in dance music where we aren’t hearing “bangers” as much, but instead are being blasted with intrinsically satisfying works of art. This is easily the best song we could think of to get you up and going for the day, so press play and soak into these delectable sound waves for the remainder of the day.

Pre-order Dirty South’s new album, With You, which is set to release later this year.

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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol. 114)

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It’s Fridayyyy so say heyyyy to the weekend! After a crazy week of working, petting cats, and anxiously counting down the seconds to today, one could say we have been biting at the bit to get you all another playlist of party poppin’ bangers. This week we have yet another intense stack of mind blowing (literally speaking) tracks to help pump you up for a rage-tastic next couple of days.

I’ve been trying to do a better job at incorporating all different types of party music in each weeks FPP whether it be some twerk-worthy trap, dirty wub wub dubstep, groovy deep house, or some amplifying electro house – I AM DOING MY BEST OVER HERE. It’s my job to give you music to brag to your friends about because knowing music before everyone else makes you appear cooler than the rest. Totally kidding on that part – you’re worth far more than the bangers provided to you every Friday afternoon. Go grab a bottle, fill up those cups, press play, and TURN THE BLEEP UP.

Until next week, ninjas. #danceirresponsibly

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Twerk Team
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RiFF RAFF
How To Be The Man (MEAUX GREEN REMiX)
Ummet Ozcan
Smash (Goshfather & Jinco Remix)
GAWTBASS ✖ Mister Black
Midnight
Porter Robinson
Unison Knife Party Remix (Closed Eyes Music Bootleg)
Clockwork
Champion (Michael Wayne Remix)
Ummet Ozcan
Smash! (808 CONGLOMERATE Trap Remix)
Vamos A La Playa (LVX Twerk VIP)
Calvin Harris
C.U.B.A (Frankie Sanchez X Instant Party! Remix)
Dread Pitt
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Yo Majesty
Club Action (Twine Bootleg)
Stylust Beats
Baby Im a Pro ft JLeon (OG Status Promo)

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Part Of Me (Duplex Sound Remix)

Panic City
Girls On Shoulders
Yung Joc
Its Going Down (Big Sandz Remix)
BeazyTymes
Goblin
GLADIATOR & the MO$T
Touch (My Ass)
Hide & Seek Ft. Audien (White Panda Edit)
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