Renowned for tracks such as "So Much Love," "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit," and his remix of Coldplay's "Paradise," Joonbug was lucky enough to exchange some words with Fedde Le Grand recently at Pacha. Here's what he had to say:
First I want to congratulate on getting one of your latest tracks, “Rockin’ N’ Rollin’” to the Top 5 on Beatport. What is your game plan for promoting the song to increase its exposure?
Producers Lliam Taylor and Fiorella Messinian together form the electric duo Rise At Night and have released one of the filthiest tracks for friends and fans to chew on.
You may recognize them as the powerhouse minds behind the speakers when the stars are out at the some of the biggest events around, or on Datsik’s Firepower Records, either way they’re unstoppable. Fiorella is the drum ‘n’ bass producer and vocalist of the pair and Lliam is also a producer and calls himself, Kezwik.
Beginning DJing at the young age of 14, Sidney Samson has seen it all. Initially playing hip hop and R&B, he changed his style completely in 1999, to the bleepy, electro-house sound that has made Sidney known all over the world. This is what he has brought to the table, and this is the contribution he has made to Dutch house music. We can only thank him for the way in which he was able to inspire others to manipulate that sound into one of their own, and here are some of Sidney's thoughts:
The most common complaint among music lovers during the summer months seems to always be the outrageous price tags for tickets to music festivals around the country. Can’t afford a $200 ticket for a day of tunes, sunshine, and great vibes? Enter 4Knots Music Festival presented by the people behind some of the most sought after events in the City, The Village Voice. The newspaper is responsible for Brooklyn Pour, Choice Eats, and Choice Streets, and other festivals and events that are among the most popular to hit the five boroughs. Needless to say, The Village Voice won’t disappoint with their annual music festival held in the historic South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, June 29th.
Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom aka Dada Life have popularized the banana and its meaning years ago, and recently the two have been pressing on making Dada Land a real place. Apparently, this year “Dada Life declared Dada Land a sovereign nation” and “they wrote letters to the major governments of the world on March 6th.” Protests were held all over the world, from London to Sydney to New York. These protests, as you can probably expect, were filled with insane Dada Life fans either dressed in banana costumes or running around with signs promoting “freedom” for Dada Land. Check out the website they made for Dada Land just to see how serious they really were.
Last month, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s made it their mission to bring their listeners down a stony path of nostalgic thought when they released “Better Days,” the first single from their upcoming 3rd album. The sound both ironic and passionate, "Better Days" somehow perfectly matches overlapping and emotional vocals with a seriously dense beat.
Topher Jones headlines at Stage 48 this Friday, June 14th, while continuing his Hello North America Tour. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Topher used to be a resident DJ at Space, Miami. Currently, signed to a major deal with Ultra Records, Topher has released both original productions and remixes on labels such as OWSLA, Garuda, and Spinnin’.
Trance legend Gareth Emery refers to Jones’ single, "Brohammer," as a ‘beast of a track’ and was featured on his Best of 2012 Mix. Additionally, the track reached the Top 10 overall on Beatport, and received much acclaim from DJs all over the world. To date, Topher’s music has been played by DJs like Tiesto, Skrillex, Armin van Buuren, Knife Party, and Deadmu5. His records “seamlessly cross musical boundaries as they dip and dive between big room house, dirty basslines, and carefully crafted melodies.” As both a songwriter and producer, Topher entered the scene with a bang and won’t be leaving anytime soon.
The first time we heard "Atmosphere" was during Weekend One of Ultra. In fact, it was Kaskade's opener. Ever since the first time I heard it, I couldn't stop playing it on repeat. Everyday. Even now, months after it was revealed. This is the first official release from Kaskade's new album, Atmosphere, which will be released in September. The track consists of every great quality about Kaskade, all in one—delectable piano-playing, sentimental vocals, and a giant, progressive house drop that makes the crowd go nuts. And now you can purchase it on Beatport and iTunes! Below is the live version of "Atmosphere" that Kaskade performed at Ultra.
The whole premise of a musical festival is to have a specific type of vibe that attracts a large and diverse group of individuals with a common ground for music. Each musical festival is supposed to have its own unique personality that is directed to a specific type of audience. This year, the three most popular spring/summer music festivals, Coachella, Governor’s Ball, and Bonnaroo have seemed to be losing their sense of individuality. The 2013 lineup for all three festivals is eerily similar, with artists such as Nas, Of Monsters and Men, Alt J, Earl Sweatshirt, Passion Pit, The Lumineers, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Edward Sharpe, Kendrick Lamar, Animal Collective, Beach House, Purity Ring, Tame Impala, Wu Tang Clan, R-Kelly, and Pretty Lights all overlapping on their lineups.