Psykobreak! – Sting [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, Fresh, Agressive

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Sting’. What is the main idea behind it?

‘Sting’ was inspired by Notorious B.I.G’s ‘Hypnotize’ but with a spooky, EDM-infused twist. It’s a sarcastic commentary on how rappers act and talk tough only to manifest negativity. It’s the theme song for the character and first performer on the track, BQ, in our web-series.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

Love collaborating! This project is a collaborative effort for sure. The songwriting can be simpler if done by one person, but sometimes it’s nice to get others’ creative vision; they make can think of something that never even occurred to you.

Favourite album of the past year?

Our favorite album of 2021 has to be Halsey’s ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’. It’s such an unexpected collaboration with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with really groundbreaking results.

What would you change in the music industry?

The fact that popular music today is determined more by TikTok hits than creativity. There are some awful songs from there.

Favorite music related film?

This project mostly started because of ‘Sucker Punch’ and its use of music. When the music starts, we look inside the character’s mind rather than a musical number and that’s the exact formula we’re using in our storytelling.

One last thing we should know about you?

We’re hard at work creating a Sci-fi/Horror/Comedy web-series featuring the performers on this song and others. It’ll be a never-before-seen combination of music and storytelling; keep you eyes peeled!

Thank you!

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Larizzle – Over Me [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words:

African, House, Vibes

Tell us a few things about your new song “Over Me”. What is the main idea behind it?

Amapiano is an amazing new South African House hybrid that is sweeping is the globe and a sound I heavily support during my DJ sets. Over Me is my attempted stamp on the sound and couldn’t have been achieved without the amazing vocals of Roses Gabor.

What first got you into music?

I can remember watching Michael Jackson music videos when I was about 4 years old – that is was started my love for music and wanting to make my own.

Favourite album of the past decade?

Has to be Juls – Sounds of My World. Juls is someone that has really inspired my musical journey and has done a lot for African music in the UK. His debut album Sounds of My World is a masterpiece in my opinion.

What would you change in the music industry?

I would like more to be done in raising awareness of the mental health implications that working in the music industry can lead to.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

In a partying state on mind!

When was the last time you danced?

Just before this interview! I love to dance 🙂

Thank you!

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SWATS – Come Home [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Technical, melodic, full-bodied

Tell us a few things about your new song “Come Home”. What is the main idea behind it?

Come Home is a song written for those who power through long distance relationships at the surface but at its core of was written with many themes in mind ranging from the relationship between parents and their children growing children to the Trail of Tears. It was written in such a way that allows the listener to relate in their own way through their own experiences as well.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

I’d have to say the cchorus. This was the first part of the song that s written and the whole song was written around it. Initially the words were, “You’re Never alone, and you can always come home” with a slight variation in the melody. Once i has the idea to flip it around, everything fell into place and the song was completed shortly after.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’ve been enjoying the latest releases from Little Simz and Tyler, The Creator

What would you change in the music industry?

Continue to up the revenue for streaming royalties.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I write for various different moods. People can relate if they’re happy, frustrated, in the mood or just want to vibe. There’s a little something for everyone throughout the catalogue.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

shrugs I’ve gotten into fights before when I was younger. Usually due to standing up for someone though so, worth it.

Thank you!

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K THX BYE – PCH [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Nostalgic, Indie, Sassy

Tell us a few things about your new song “PCH”. What is the main idea behind it?

“PCH” is the song playing as you’re driving home from a long weekend at the beach – you drank one too many margaritas and fell in love with someone who lives 800 miles away. It was never your intention, but you couldn’t help yourself. Now you’re checking the rearview, thinking about all of the exciting mistakes you just made

What is the story behind your name?

We actually have another project called Tidal Babes – total bubblegum surf punk. One of the singles we released is called “Bam” and there’s a line in that song where I say, “k thanks, bye!” We liked that as a name and thought it would be a fun little Easter egg for people that are fans of both projects

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

Oooh that’s tough. Each one has its own kind of magic. When we’re in the studio building a song, there will be these insane moments when all of our neurons are firing and everything comes together in a spark of clarity. There’s nothing quite like that high. Songwriting is such an intimate way to connect with a person, and it always brings us closer together. Playing live is so much fun though. We haven’t been able to play live shows with K THX BYE yet, but we’ve all played together in so many different projects over the years that we know we vibe well live. We’ve been doing so much studio work lately and have all really been enjoying that, but of course we can’t wait to play out when the time is right

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

I think there’s a very communal sense amongst artists that living through a pandemic has been the biggest challenge as of yet

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Our music is pretty easy to connect to, so I see it fitting in lots of situations – at some hip loft party in New York City, at a fashion show, or just in your apartment having a dance party with your besties

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Haha, that doesn’t seem like a safe question to answer… I like adventure, and with that can come trouble. I find myself there often and I embrace it as part of the process. I’ll spare you the details

Thank you!

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The Woolfman – Make America Love Again (“Spike Says” Club Remix) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

COLOURFUL CONTEMPORARY COMPULSIVE

What is your creative process like?

MY SONGS MAINLY COME TO ME IN DREAMS. I usually sing an idea into my phone when I am half asleep or half awake. Sometimes a lyric, sometimes just a melody. I have more than a hundred of these kicking around. Every now and then I go through them and see which ones excite me at that moment. Sometimes I need a section for a song and trawl through for ideas. I usually write at the piano, sometimes on the guitar. With MALA I woke in the middle of the night after hearing Spike Lee on TV. He said “you don’t want to make America great again you need to make it LOVE Again”

Tell us a few things about this new club remix.

I decided to create this on the back of the success of our previous club track Listen to the Beat and the success of the original MALA track video in winning more than twelve film festivals including the Cannes World Film festival. The hardest thing was deciding how much of the original vocal to use for a club track. We cut it right down in the Club Mix.and to almost nothing in the “Deep” mix. The club mix was one of my quickest ever, I knew exactly what I wanted, a balance between a catchy tune – keeping the message and an insistent beat. When I think a mix is finished I always compare it to my previous work and to a few tunes which I admire, to make sure we have not got lost in the creative process and that sonically we are up to scratch.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

I could collaborate and have in the past – but it’s not lonely – When songwriting I communicate with the different parts of my personality and allow them to express themselves and have a dialogue. For me I have something important to say in each song (see below for MALA lyrics). This may be personal or political. I rarely decide to “sit down” and write from scratch, I get excited by something that has bubbled up and go with the feeling. I am able to edit my work as if I was an outsider – that is probably the toughtest bit. Songwriting is a deeply personal process, you are exposing your deepest self to the world, that can be scary.

Favourite album of the past decade?

Black Mirror

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

To keep going and believe in myself when things are not going well. To be sure I have something to say that is worth hearing and listening to. My strong belief that I occupy my own tiny but unique place in the musical universe. I have too many ideas and lyrics, choosing the next one to work on can be hard…It was a challenge to give up playing the saxophone, I decided to focus on less instruments – guitar, piano/keys.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

A state of deep aliveness, connection with themselves and an urge to be part of something bigger. People who love a great tune with a hypnotic beat and at the same time want to express an important message. Thus people can hook into my tracks on a number of levels, any is ok with me.

When was the last time you danced?

Two weeks ago, I dance a lot and get many ideas when I am on the dance floor…get carried away sometimes.

Thank you!

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Frannie B – Downfall [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

“sad dance pop”

Tell us a few things about your new song “Downfall”. What is the story behind it?

I recently watched “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix and the whole documentary was essentially discussing how social media platforms are designed specifically to be as addictive as possible. After this was actively pointed out to me I really started noticing (in myself and in my friends) just how dependant we are on it; I’ll stay up just to scroll when I actively want to go to sleep and the first thing I do every day is compulsively check my phone. I have no doubt a lot of other people are the same… Realising this made me really uncomfortable so I wanted to write a song where I really treated it like a drug addiction. Other kinds of addiction have such negative stigma towards them, but no-one thinks twice about how addicted to the internet we all are. People very close to me have struggled with various forms of addiction, and from my personal experiences losing yourself in the internet can be just as harmful as losing yourself to a substance.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

From this song I’d say the most honest lyric is “seeping in, creeping in like diffusing- spreading underneath my skin like it’s bruising” as I wrote it not thinking but just feeling and describing the sensation. It’s about that itching feeling of when you’re trying to go to sleep but your mind keeps jumping back to wanting that hit and while you try to ignore it it just sinks in that little bit deeper. Giving into that feeling isn’t that immediate harm either, you realise the damage later so to me it acts like a bruise.

Your dream collaboration?

There are so many amazing artists I would love to work with but dreaming big I would love to work with Billie Eilish and Finneas some day. I’d love to have a studio session with them both and I think that their soft and clean sound could work really nicely on dark, minimal, dance-y pop track.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

I’d say the hardest thing I’ve found so far is getting used to rejection. In creative industries everything is very subjective so it’s one of those things where you just have to learn not to take it personally and that’s so much harder than it sounds… especially when you’ve poured your heart into a project.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to stop stressing so much about things that I have no control over. You can’t control how other people think of you or what they’ll say about you so the best thing you can do is be nice to everyone you meet and just do whatever makes you happy in the moment.

When was the last time you danced?

The last I properly danced in a class (with actual technique) was pre-pandemic so probably back in December of 2019. But I had a lot of fun just dancing around in the music video for this track which I only filmed a couple of months ago.

Thank you!

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Jaded Jane – Bogotá [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Cosmic, Atmospheric, Eclectic

Tell us a few things about your new song “Bogotá”. What is the story behind it?

First feeling I had when I strolled around in a village outside the city centre of Bogotá was this intense combination of love, excitement & a hint of nervousness, so much impressions & people, and in the air I could sense a longing for something, as if someone just woke up and realised their true potential, striving for freedom from the chains of society, yet the same frustration was their in the air of the struggle to get by another day.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

The lyric that helps another person get out of his or her negative mind patterns.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

What I really like about being a creative person is the variety, I love spending hours in a studio, tweaking sounds and I also love being on stage performing the songs before an engaging audience, For me the listener is as important as the performer, In between us is where the magic grows.

What would you change in the music industry?

I do feel a more transparent system is something that we will create, the equality not just in how much we get paid but also how everyone is treated, Jaded Jane is all about the inside out, and the name has an androgynous quality, On the inside we are all the same. We all share the same DNA.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

Dancing with a big love for Breaking (Break Dance)

You’d give up making music for…

For me, in life, its all or nothing.

Thank you!

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Pedro Samp – Silver [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Cinematic, Profound, an Experience

Your music has an experimental tone. Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

Music should always be evolving, provided is not losing its “accessibility” to everyone. Music is meant to connect, to bond, protect and nurture one’s soul.

What first got you into music?

I come from a broken home that was once filled with happy memories. I simply used music as an escape, a time machine into happier moments throughout my entire life. It’s a magic trick.

Favourite album of the past year?

Mac Miller – Circles

What would you change in the music industry?

That’s a tough and rather personal one. I reckon every answer will vary according to each stage in your professional career. Being 100% upfront, I think the practice hurting new artists the most is “pay to play” of any sorts. From play-listing to gig slots contaminating the industry as a whole.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Whenever they’re in need or looking for an escape.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I can seriously shake my own eyes. Like proper trembling.

Thank you!

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Venus As a Boy – Reaching For The Sky [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

atmospheric, eclectic, dreamy

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the main idea behind it?

Reaching for the sky is a song Jenna and I made in the middle of the pandemic. I kind of made it by accident, sort of forcing myself to make music. I was going to toss the beat and forget about it but Jenna wanted to heart and an hour after sending she sent me these amazing lush vocals. Within it she had this one line “reaching for the sky, don’t say I didn’t try”. At the time I was feeling a little burnt, and down on music but that line for some reason helped remind me to keep pushing.

What first got you into music?

My parents both play piano and it wasn’t long before I started too. The rest is history, I just kept following my nose so to speak on what I liked. It’s lead me through classical music, Jazz, alt rock, rap, hip hop, electronic music, experimental music, and all the way back again.

Favourite album of the past decade?

hmmmm that’s a really tough one, there are so many, I’d have to say underscores latest project fish monger is pretty great!
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?
I think, understanding that things take time. I won’t be happy or feel like I have found my “sound” for awhile and I’ve had to learn to just be comfortable with that and just keep exploring.

If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?

Wow, so many. But I think it’d be fun to do something sci-fi. I think it’d be fun to get to explore just a bunch of weird sounds. Or maybe something dramatic that much more based in reality with a darker tone, kind of like biutiful, such an amazing movie. Good question!

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

hmmmm, one time I was driving on the PCH and I accidentally swiped this car. About 2 seconds later, these police sirens go off from within the car. Turns out it was an undercover cop. Fortunately, there was almost no damage to their car, but my bumper was toast. Definitely pretty scary and would not recommend it.

Thank you!

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Maria Rodhe – Happy Ending [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Naked
Rhythmic
Rich

Tell us a few things about your new EP “Happy Ending”. What is the main idea behind it?

It’s my story told of hunger for love in a time where social media and dating apps play games with our minds.I share my not so nice experience but it does have a happy ending. I love happy endings!

Which song of the EP is your favorite?

No Guts

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Beatles, Lady Gaga, The Cure, Ariana Grande, Zara Larsson and The Weeknd

What would be your dream performance venue?

Madison Square Garden.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Any. My songs are not sad even if they touch base upon Sadness.Before the party, at the party, on the way to work, in the shower or even in the bed with your loved one. Anything goes with these ones!

You’d give up making music for…

Shoot me. If I cannot. Honestly. I cannot see a reason at which I would have to give it up.If anything would threat my children or family then I’d of course consider it. Let’s not jinx this one..

Thank you!

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