2013 has been more or less controversial for Carnage, who tweeted in May that he would be taking a different direction with his music. Entering the green room of DC's famed 9:30 Club, at least ten people stood around chatting, while the man himself was immediately spotted wearing a black Adidas track suit and sunglasses.
If there’s one thing that the carefree, Chipotle-loving DJ/producer has taught us, it’s that timing is everything. His “festival trap” remix of Hardwell’s “Spaceman” is largely the reason why he is so successful today, but had he released it just a year or two sooner, his career would have played out much differently. “I wouldn’t be here. It’s all about timing and getting your shit right. Knowing when to drop something. A lot of people lose their steam because they didn’t drop anything, or they dropped too much. It’s all about timing and finding a good team to work behind you.”
If you fancy cake and delight in toys that make good noise (aka toytronica), allow us to introduce you to Psapp, the London-based experimental electronica duo, probably best known for the Grey's Anatomy theme song. Carim Classmann and Galia Durant, who recently released their fourth album, What Makes Us Glow, just confided in Joonbug about where they have been, what they have been up to, and what comes next...Earlier this month you released your first LP in four years. What have you two been up to?
Here at Joonbug, we love great music, and the super talented English singer/songwriter Estelle is one of our favorites. When she’s not releasing music, she designs, lends her voice to television, and she can throw down in the kitchen as well. We caught up with Estelle and chatted about her busy life and what fans can expect from the multi-talented star.
Most of us know Estelle for her soulful voice, her songwriting prowess, and her dope lyricism, and as she gears up for the release of the final installment of her three-part EP series, ‘Love & Happiness‘ due out next month (December) on her new label New London, Estelle’s star has never been brighter. “I was working on the album, and I had tracks just sitting there,” says Estelle of the conception of the EP series, “and I wanted to keep giving music to the fans.” The creative theme behind the series is set to three classic romance films; Love Jones, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Estelle captures the roller coaster ride of love on every second of each installment. Citing the track “So Different” from Volume 2: Waiting to Exhale as her favorite record from the series, Estelle calls the single the “summation of where I went” in regards to her personal connection to the song and EP series.
International Pop upstart Just Ivy is in the midst of something special. Having already worked with Akon, getting numerous industry co-signs, and working with the legendary Laurieann Gibson, Ivy is definitely heading in the right direction. She recently released her Akon-assisted debut single, "Paradise," and is prepping her DJ Khaled produced second single "Bad Girl Takeover," featuring hip-hop star, Meek Mill, for release. We caught up with Just Ivy to find out more about her, and how she is handling her newfound success.
How did the collaboration between yourself and Akon come about, and what were some things you learned working with a superstar so early in your career?
This week has definitley been the week of celebrity beefs. Today’s new feud is a rather odd one; it is between rapper/ self proclaimed designer Kanye West, and comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
[Disclaimer : This beef entails leather jogging pants, comedic slander, and incoherent all captialized tweets]
LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!
It all started when, Jimmy Kimmel decided to do a parody of Kanye West’s passionate interview with BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe by using two kids to recreate the interview, on his late night show. In the spoof, a kid mocks some of the most outrageous moments from Kanye’s sit-down, while another kid, dressed as Zane Lowe, nonchalantly sips on a milkshake. The skit was hilarious, but Mr. West didn’t find the parody too funny.
The Finnish trance music duo, Super8 and Tab, will be hitting New York City this weekend. They will be spinning all night at Webster Hall this Saturday, September 14, as a part of the venues’ Brite Nites event. The duo has been killing it since they decided to join forces back in 2005. With their debut album, Empire, released in 2010 and a bunch of remixes under their belt, the boys have a nice collection of songs they are ready to showcase. One of them being their newest single “The Way You Want” – an energetic song that never loses a step and builds up into one of the nicest trance tracks that we’ve heard in a while.
This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Sak Noel, the Catalan-born DJ responsible for the infectious smash hit “Loca People.” As we settled into a booth in a small futuristic-style bar near Times Square, Noel was surprisingly mellow, albeit laser focused. He shared his history, discussed the state of the industry, new music, and then his plans for the future.
Sak Noel, born Isaac Mahood Noell, began DJing at the age of 16, with the singular goal of creating a party atmosphere for his audiences using dance music as his vessel. This theme spread like a contagion, making him an international sensation. He has evolved into a triple threat. Not only does he spin records, but he has had success as a songwriter and a producer; collaborating with superstars such as Pitbull, Sito Rocks, and Sensato. Noel has just come in from Barcelona, after a stint in Poland, and is now ready to rock New York at Skyroom on Friday night, September 13, for the New York Fashion Week closing party presented by Prive Group.
Can you tell us about some of the parties/venues that shaped you as an artist and a performer?
Diego Camejo: The first venue I started DJing at consistently was Mokai. Being the resident here has taught me so much. Because it is a small boutique club, it is naturally a very intimate setting. It is a venue where people are not necessarily going to focus on the DJs performance; they’re their to have a good time, which makes it more difficult as a DJ to craft a set that gets people’s attention.
The past year has seen trance mainstays Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten sneakily plot what could be the collaboration of the century. What started as a laugh at a barbecue in Ibiza has grown into an epic reality and an unstoppable force, culminating in the duo's global debut under the moniker New World Punx this past Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Behind the decks and behind the scenes, Blaze Carreras is all about style. It’s no wonder Corona asked to feature him in the booth for their latest ad campaign. From open format to progressive and electro house, the man knows how to read a crowd and give them what they want. His talent has landed him residencies in some of South Florida's hottest night-spots such as Wall, FDR, Wet, and Living Room, as well as tours across South America. The Venezuelan producer caught up with Amanda Mesa, our Miami contributor, before a show at Vibe Lounge in Fort Lauderdale to talk about his inspiration, beginnings, and love of music. She decided to do this one Q&A style, so enjoy!