The boys of the electronic duo FRENSHIP are hitting the road this season and are bringing their indie pop/rock with them.
For those of you who may have forgotten, these are the guys who brought you the sensational track “Capsize (feat. Emily Warren)”, which has almost 400 million streams on Spotify! The LA – based duo is now here to set the scene for the fall season with their hypnotically happy music, and they’re stopping at our home base here in Boston TODAY! September 17th, Cambridge, at The Middle East Upstairs, FRENSHIP will be performing their highly acclaimed EP Truce.
The 5-track project included, “Carpet”, “Capsize”, “Run Wild”, “1000 Nights”, and “Kids (acoustic)”. All of the music, in its entirety, comes across as a vibrant, soulful awakening that keeps you moving day in and day out. In fact, the project truly sounds like an escape. Which is exactly what people need in the chaos of getting back into the swing of things, from school to work to anything life throws at us. FRENSHIP’s carefree and addict music has this power to command us to roll with the punches and be happy. It’s the live in the moment kind of vibe that we all need!
The Platinum-selling duo are prepared to share their music with the world and are even more excited to begin releasing some new material that they have been working on in the studio and recoding since the release of their EP.
So, get excited for this tour, be sure to see if they’re coming to a place near you, and don’t miss out on an amazing, epic experience of electronic indie-pop/rock proportion.
Welcome to the wonderland of bottled frustrations and sexual appeal. German producer SAINT WKND releases his phenomenal new single “Survive” ft. MAX, which released the other day via Ultra Music and Nothing Else Matters.
“and I don’t know how I had excuses thought your juice was keep me alive / No baby yeah / Now I see it clearly / You’re not near me / Don’t need you to survive”
This erotic, funk fairy tale takes you on a wild ride of rage as the stunning vibrations of MAX take the melody and SAINT WKND’s compositions fill the air waves with sonic disposition.
“I get so fucked up on manipulation / Yeah frustration / You get off leaving me alone”.
The single is not only erotic, but also chilling, dreamy, and impactful. With arpeggios lining the way and whiny synths glazing the drums, the rhythm and beat come to life with an unreal flow that feels like the reincarnation of apocalypse thrown into a Generation Z era of sound.
Just the lyric video alone is perfect enough in its simplicity, trekking the concrete on his skateboard steed, and escaping the thoughts of a mistaken lover. MAX’s strength in range is tested to its most intense limits as he slips into the falsettos with the greatest ease to break down the walls.
The single sounds like a superhero track with the perfect villainous twist. The notes and lyrics in both the verses and the chorus are powerful, striking, and empowering, with just the right amount of edge to keep your soul thrilled. “Survive” manipulates the body into contorted shapes as the music runs through the veins and captures your musical intrigue.
SAINT WKND and MAX teamed up for this fantastic release of a track that only accentuates their varying talents. SAINT WKND also dropped his debut EP ‘Golden Youth’ this year, which garnered over 7 millions streams and received attention from BBC Radio 1.
SAINT WKND (Maximilian Seethaler) himself from Germany and is only 22 years old, yet has the talents of producers who have worked in this industry for years. He has covered and remixed artists such as M83, Two Door Cinema Club, and Chet Faker, which then led him to reach play counts above and beyond 25 million streams! As a result, his music then excelled on the Hype Machine charts placing several #1 spots. This has been quite a year for the musician, as he has also had sets at this past summer’s Electric Forest, Bang On! Elements Campout, Splash House and Firefly, and will be at Lollapalooza (Berlin) in September!
SAINT WKND said once “‘Survive’ started as an instrumental that I wrote between studio sessions in London. I was just playing around with an arpeggiator at first, liking how it sounded so weird. I sent a package of different beats over to MAX to see if he liked any, and included this one. It was a real surprise when he chose it, it’s so different. Working with him has been amazing – his vocal range is simply insane. As soon as he sent me his first vocals, the whole production for the song fell into place”.
As for our other half, MAX (Max Schneider) is a New York City born pop-soul singer, actor & dancer. The artist now has over 1.2 million followers on YouTube and it doesn’t just stop there. He is known for his recent hit single “Lights Down Low” which earned over 70M streams. How did he reach stardom? YouTube had chosen his single “Gibberish” for the YouTube Music Awards, and after that breaking moment, his career took off. Already, the 25-year old has been honored as the MTV’s Artist to Watch and performed on NBC’s TODAY show. MAX all in all, was a big fan of the young producer’s work and reached out to be a part of this project, which then came to fruition as this stellar single.
So, what I’m saying is let this single move you. Let it re-instate the music you should love because something as well-constructed and as grand as this track, deserves the support and push to bring it to the next level of recognition.
SAINT WKND is now on tour and will be opening for Whethan as well on the Good Nights Tour! MAX will also be on tour with ROZES on their Meteor Tour, and will be coming to Boston, MA on November 7th at the Brighton Music Hall! So be sure to find out if the guys are coming to a place near you! Below are SAINT WKND’s Tour Information:
Upcoming SAINT WKND live shows:
AUG 30 - Flash, Washington, DC
SEP 02 - Both Coast Music Festival, Chicago, IL
SEP 03 - Electric Zoo, New York, NY
SEP 09 - Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany
SEP 30 - CRSSD Festival, San Diego, CA
OCT 24 - Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA*
OCT 25 - The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY*
OCT 26 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY*
OCT 27 - The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA*
OCT 28 - Le Belmont, Montreal, Canada*
OCT 29 - Velvet Underground, Toronto, Canada*
OCT 30 - Westcott Theatre, Syracuse, NY*
OCT 31 - Skully’s, Columbus, OH*
NOV 02 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI*
NOV 03 - The Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, MO*
NOV 4 - Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN*
NOV 7 - The Blue Note, Columbia, MO*
NOV 8 - Canopy Club, Urbana, IL*
NOV 9 - Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN*
NOV 10 - Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI*
NOV 11 - Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*
NOV 12 - Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*
* Part of WHETHAN’S GOOD NIGHTS TOUR 2017
Beginning his music career at the age of 16, The young DJ has collaborated with many artists such as Elohim, Ashe, MAX, Flux Pavilion, Mascolo, Charli XCX, and more!
Ethan Snoreck, also known as his moniker Whethan, has become one of the most talked about electronic producers today, hitting the New Music Friday ranks a few times already with some of his recent releases, and really making some great tracks that last in your mind and heart with their eccentric and satisfying vibe .
Whethan hails from a suburb just outside Chicago, IL called “Orland Park”, where he would listen to artists like Skrillex, who seemed to have a sound completely of their own that he never witnessed before. As a result, that then inspired him to try and make his own music and his own sound.
“Music is a weird thing, kinda other worldy, and most of the time, I feel like I have no idea how I got into it, feels like it just chose me. Been obsessed ever since” says the two-time ranking New Music Friday champion.
The artist is now on his big Good Nights headlining tour around the states! He’ll be making a stop with us in Boston, MA on October 27th at the reputable venue, The Sinclair (Cambridge), and we’re excited to see what experiences he’ll bring to the city with his music. Excited by the energy his fans have been emitting thus far, he lets us in on some of the things to look forward to on the tour. “I’m the most amped for this tour. Super excited to put on the show and create the world I want on this tour. The visuals and the music will hopefully put you into the world I’m creating through the music. The fans should expect all my music with a ton of other super hype moments and a lot of new music as well.”
As you can see in the tour video above, his description is not wrong. The screaming fans, the lights, the moody visuals, and the smiles take over the aura of the venues he plays for, igniting the night and controlling the dance floor.
The artist who has been known for defining his own craft explains how his favorite vibes come most from the alternative and more unexpected sounds that give off a familiar experience while also offering a catchy and novel encounter for the listener. “Definitely love to work on whatever the vibe of that session/day is.” His signature move is adding a synth-filled drop to a clear and mellow track with an upbeat tune.
The song that made a ruckus for the young artist, making it on the New Music Friday playlist first, was his single “Good Nights”. “‘Good Nights’ was inspired by the idea of wanting to just let everything go and having a great time. Not worry about what will happen later but just enjoy the moment and find time to make these moments.”
The 17-year old’s second single to make the list however, “‘Sleepy Eyes’” on the other hand, while they both are uplifting songs, is more about the love and feeling that someone has for their partner. It’s a dreamy single that pleases both my fanbase and Elohim’s fanbase respectively.”
Now, I had to get into the nitty gritty about Whethan himself, or I guess Ethan in this situation, so why not? I asked…
“My favorite food like most of my fans will know is waffles. Eat them probably every day or at least 5 times a week.” It’s true. Take a look at the young man’s cover image of himself on Spotify. He really loves his waffles and breakfast foods. He also admitted that his diet is a bit strange and that he’s a picky eater, eating more so waffles, chicken tenders, and burgers, on a usual basis. When I asked him who was an artist that he thinks his fans would not expect him to be listening to, he replied, “Someone I listen to who people might not think of me listening to is Mac Demarco. I’m a huge Mac fan and really love all the albums he’s put out. We have very different styles but I love finding influence in all styles.” It is a very strange and yet understandable connection for the artist to be fond of Demarco because both have that feel-good factor in their music.
So how does the young curator of joyful, electronic, indie-pop dance music get prepared for shows like these? “It’s funny with me I have so many power songs that depends on the moment. I’m always onto the next thing. It’s so hard for me to pick one song. My tour manager has a song that always pumps him up in times of stress and that song is Sade – Smooth Operator. He puts it on and it always soothes the vibe.”
So, now that you know the talented producer a little bit more, go take a chance and dance into his wonderland of exhilarating music while he’s still touring! Touring dates are below!
Be sure to follow him on his socials to keep up with new music and the tour!
I had the chance to speak with the magical and mysterious indie-electronic duo, RKCB, or also known as Riley Knapp and Casey Barth, to hear beyond the music that they put out. Our conversations trekked various topics that provided a crazy and fun momentum for the interview. Whether discussing their music and recent releases, or their favorite songs, spirit animals, ideal days, and hidden talents, the guys had plenty to share.
If you want an act that can do it all, then here they are. This is a band built from scratch, all home-made, and based on the most organic and raw ingredients to create the soundscapes that penetrates through our bodies and electrifies our nerves leading to the most stunning sensations. Mixing their talents of sound and voice, this rhythmic production duo is the whole package.
For those who are not familiar with their music, there’s something in the way they comfort and arouse all in one riff and are able to compose a beat in an array of chaotic instrumentals, that are just remarkable. They’re the perfect example of over the top without being obnoxious. They’re overwhelming in the most exciting way, and their music manages to send chills down your spine. They posses an energy that ebbs & flows to the progression of their hypnotic music.
What is RKCB music, you ask? It’s music that actually permeates through the speakers and physically touches you.
The guys started off letting me know where they originated from. Knapp is from Phoenix, Arizona and Barth from Boston, Massachusetts. As I spoke with them, I got to know a little more about the genesis of this pairing, which Knapp explained had happened as kind of an accident. “RKCB kind of happened with us meeting in school, writing one song, which was “Comatose”, deciding to put it up online, and it built some heat from there…” Both coming from thoughtful, experienced musical backgrounds, this enabled the guys to better understand each other. With Knapp in a few bands and Barth working on solo projects, the two came to a collision that burst into something larger than life.
When I asked them where they got the notion for their sound, Barth went into this profound dialogue of how their inspirations stemmed from having a fond connection to the music of artists like James Blake and Rhye, and other “emotionally potent and visceral music and electronic sounds”. But he also then realized that the last decade has consisted of some major EDM/Pop, high energy movements as well and saw it more as an opportunity to bring those worlds together and make something entirely new. “We thought about what’s going to compliment the song, the lyrics, and what sounds are going to put the listener into this world that we want to create.”
Barth continues on with this kind of knowledgeable acceptance of what they have defined their music as, and with a settled mind explains “we’re both trained on multiple instruments- we’re both drummers first- and finding some really unique sounds is something we love to do all the time. Take natural sounds of piano, drums, guitars, anything that sounds like the instrument, whatever, and then take that instrument and manipulate it and turn this into something almost unrecognizable, so that can turn the mystery into almost something like this world that then when you write a song it can be a really visceral experience.”
The hot rhythmic-exotic sounds that RKCB produces are riveting compositions made to move the body. In that same vein, the guys noticed that as a result of their music, a whole dance community was in fact in motion from their songs, and so it only seemed right to dedicate a piece to all the choreographers and dancers who felt their records. As a result, the three-part epic visual ‘Alone, With You’ was designed. How the whole video concept for the three songs in this visual escapade came about was from the collaboration with the creative directing and production duo called Cue the Bird, and it stemmed from this place of the dance collective’s inspiration. (You can read more about the video HERE, and watch it below.)
“It’s pretty crazy how the dance community reacts to our music and puts out videos all the time and we’re blown away by that whole thing…So, Cue the Bird came up with this whole crazy fucking thing, and it was this gorgeous narrative idea, that went along with those three songs, and it was kind of everything we were hoping and envisioning for”, Knapp adds on.
Just the fabrication of this whole concept is majestic af, and these sexistentialists were able to bring these three songs (“Vice”, “Bloom”, and “Naive”) of erotic beauty to life. What is sexistentialism you ask? Allow the guys to explain their philosophy…
“It’s funny, Riley actually came up with it. We were trying to come up with what was a single word or phrase that would capture the mood of our sound and our songs”, and at first Barth wasn’t too sure of the term, in fact “I [Barth] really didn’t like it, and I was just like ‘ah, let’s think on it,’ and it was just one of those things that stuck with me for the next couple days, and I honestly actually totally forgot about it, and then I had thought that I had come up with it at some point, so I came back to him and was like ‘dude, what about sexistential?’ and he was like ‘I just pitched that like two days ago’, so that’s when we knew, oh ok cool we’re both coming from the same place, it just felt right… It’s something that can grow too, it doesn’t just mean one thing to us and it can be many different moods.”
Knapp then chimed in, “ya, the whole point of our music is basically we want to be different in the writing and we want to feel different and sound different and we want to be just overall a completely unique experience to what listeners are used to. And I think we’re trying to do that by adding a little bit more depth and a little bit more, not vagueness, but hide a little bit more normal and natural feeling behind these more complex and abstract things, so that you kind of have to dig deeper, but once you get there it’s worth it, for this whole unique experience, and it means whatever it means to you.”
At the end of the day, the guys want to be able to connect with people, and more importantly, connect worlds and people that would normally not meet nor would go out of their way to communicate. They want to build the conversations. “The reality is we’re all going through generally similar stuff, we can really feel pretty similar things at the heart of it, and all we want to do is make the bridge to connect those feelings, connect those dots, because what we found is that we want to bring a certain amount of emotional intelligence to our listeners through our songs, so people feel safe listening to our songs and can bring themselves to say, ‘you know, that is actually how it’s feeling, and I’m wanna stick by that.’ And maybe it’s not a hashtag and maybe it’s not a fucking social media post, but it’s something deeper and something we can all actually have a discussion about.”
On that same level of respect and understanding, the guys delineated what the best aspects of being a duo truly is to them. At the start of it all, Knapp and Barth were a songwriting-production duo, and so that meant meeting a lot of people, or as Knapp put it “blind-dating”, and having that person by your side through the process was the best part for them. “Just being able to go through that with someone is super valuable. We both write and we both produce, so we kind of tag team it, and there’s not as much fatigue, and there’s a little bit more energy, and a little bit more camaraderie as opposed to just going to a creative situation, you know kind of risking that.”
Barth further explains Knapp’s last point, “You definitely get to take more risks because you’re bouncing ideas off the wall and if something doesn’t work for that particular session or the vibe is just different, depending on who’s doing what, you can always switch it off.” With the amount the two have done together already, it is not surprising that they understand when it is the right direction they are hoping to pursue and when it just isn’t and that things need to change. RKCB consider themselves completely self-sufficient in terms of writing, producing, performing, mixing and mastering. “It both helps and hurts us because we get a little bit in our heads sometimes.” Barth chuckles and then the two laugh, as if they are reflecting back on these instances.
Throughout the conversations between the three of us, you can’t help but notice the joy and synchronization between the two, who seem to affirmatively recognize that they are two individuals, bound by one passion. Being so fervent about their music, there can be moments when they reach an intensity of making sure that what they hear individually and collectively, is what they want the product to be. “I think there’s this third brain between us that we both understand what that is”.
I challenged the producers to then describe each other using one word, which caused quite a hysterical uproar. The two thought hard, laughing and cursing as they were searching for the perfect adjectives. Knapp then came to the conclusion, deeming Barth as “deliberate”. Following that, Barth distinguished Knapp as a combination of two words “active” and “passionate”.
The guys have recently released a single with the former Disney channel star, and the now budding alt-pop artist, Bridgit Mendler, on a track titled “Diving“. The song actually landed a spot in the ever-so-popular Spotify New Music Friday playlist, and they explained that it was one of the most fluid, fastest experience with a song. Another shocking note about the track was that the vocals in the finished product are just the demo vocals that they had originally received from Bridgit’s team! No alterations!
“We find that often too that there’s sometimes a magic in that room, in that moment, at that time, when we’re writing a song that it’s so fresh that you haven’t been able to overthink it and sometimes you just write the song and cue the vocals and there’s a magic in that room… ‘Naive’ was like that too”.
They then mentioned the benefits of being an independent artist.
“At a label there’s so many different people so many opinions and you have to get it this way, and a lot of the time a demo or a demo vocal might be the right move and it’s whatever the right emotions and stuff are then.”
The band has worked with other great artists on some amazing collaborations, such as Opia, Steve James, and Ariana and the Rose.
I always love asking weird questions for their artists to describe their music by, and so I had to ask the question of what spirit animal would their music be if they could define it as such, to which Knapp seemed to be pretty confident about a Centaur. ha!
Next came the question of from all of these incredible singles they have released, which would be their favorite? It seemed as though the boys knew the answer to this one already.
“Mine is definitely ‘Elision’” says Barth calmly and thoughtfully. “‘Elision’ I like ultimately because that was the third song we ever wrote together; it was the first song we wrote together that I was just like ‘alright, fuck it, I’m gonna take a lot of risks and see what happens and see if it’s cool’ and just pushed my writing boundaries as much as possible.” You can really hear that in the single. “It was definitely kind of like an experiment for me, and then it turned into kind of this thing that we really fell in love with, and then it got brought to life when we started playing it live. Like it was kind of like a ‘sleeper track’ in terms of people listening to it, but it had a cult following of its own. For a small group of people, that was a favorite song of theirs but it definitely wasn’t the song that people know us for…then once we started playing it live and it became this like funk jam in the middle of our set and it just lit the whole place up and I kind of just fell in love with that moment”.
Knapp then expresses the love for his song choice. “Of our release songs, mine is “Baptize”. We have one coming up that’s been my personal favorite for a while, so that’s going to change my answer, but for now it’s “Baptize”. I remember it was so different from “Comatose”. I remember sending it to my mom and totally thinking she was going to shit on it” he chuckles a bit and jumps back in “and then she responded ‘this is amazing!’ and I was like ‘wait, you like it?!’
His voice begins to fill with an air of excitement, like a kid in a candy shop, “I really liked it and I remember think like ‘how did this happen? How did me and Casey make this song?”
The guys who are in synch with each other for almost every tune, to create these stunning tracks that fill the spaces and voids with sound, admitted that much of their success comes from the loyalty and trust between each other and their bandmates. “We have an amazing band, there’s this level of trust that no matter what happens, we’re going to be good. Ya it helps, I’ve actually known our drummer since we were in high school. There’s this total, trust total respect and then there’s just this raw passion that comes out in all of us and you know we all have different projects going on, but then we get on stage it’s really a unique experience.”
Aside from the fact that RKCB is always surprising us with their music, we find even more fun facts about Barth’s hidden talent! “haha, they [fans] might already know this, but when people ask me ‘what would you be if you couldn’t play music or if I were to be something else?’ I’d be a bartender. I love making craft cocktails.” He bashfully starts to laugh at himself and his other art, but you can totally tell he really does love it. “Some people are worried how passionate I am about it.” RKCB even prepared drinks for their Spotify session show in Boston a few months back, sad I missed out on that!
So, I had to know, how would the perfect days for the guys go?
“I would wake up, drink coffee (it just immediately appears in my hand), and I’m actually staying in an AirBnB that’s on top of a mountain, and I walk out and there’s a paragliding instructor there. He’s like ‘hey man, we’re gonna go down to the beach’, and then we paraglide down to the beach, and then we drink on the beach and grill… and that actually sounds really nice right now, I’m getting lost in it.”
He sighs with longing.
“Paragliding onto a beach grilling.”
Barth then jumps in, painting the pictures of his own getaway day. “I’d wake up”, he takes a moment to ponder where he will be and then says, “actually, probably at my house, where I am right now. I actually like where I am, I like my house. I’d come out, and put on some music, some ambient electronic music to help wake me up in the morning, and then pour myself some homemade cold brew, and walk out to my lemon tree, pick out some lemons, line up some cocktails for the day, and maybe go out to some local spot and have brunch or something. Then I’d come back and…” he thinks more and then comments “and maybe grill, grilling sounds really nice and making cocktails. Ya, hang outside, in the garden, taking care of my plants.”
Pretty idealistic, huh? They know how to chill; they’d be pretty fun to hang with.
With excitement, the guys were happy to relay the information that their upcoming single is part of a bigger sort of project that they are going to be talking about in the coming weeks, but it’s going to be a twist on their old stuff that will garner a fresh, unique EP for listeners to explore. So far, they have hinted to us that it should be releasing in a month. So, that is something to look forward to!
Ben Phipps is an electro-indie producer with tracks that ignite a kind of exciting spark in your heart. The music is upbeat, dance-worthy, and charismatic. This NYC musician has created singles that allow the listener to find a happy place amidst the harshness of reality and expose the lightheartedness within. His new single “Mrs Mr” is out now, and it’s one you don’t want to miss. With the sweet vocals and mystifying lyrics by LA-based singer/songwriter Lizzy Land (Empire of the Sun, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Pacific Air), Phipps is able to create an irresistible track that will forevermore surround your mind and soul.
The song is playful, animated, and arousing. It’s the mature story of love with a childish remembrance of its fleetingness. The luxurious effect of ambience vibrates through the speakers as you listen to this whimsical single and the dizzying feeling returns as you are reminded of the emotions behind lust.
The instrumentals are impactful, with an intense depth, yet a serene and mellow tune. In addition, one talent Phipps possesses is providing his music with the perfect vocals to match his compositions. From Ashe, to Lizzy Land, to Mike Ruby, and more the songsters he chooses are always right on line of harmony and disruption that makes the song a thrill and rush to the head.
He may be best known for his track, “I Don’t Think So”, but with this new release, “Mrs Mr” should be a hit that New Music Friday’s should be flocking to list.
The 26-year old producer is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, but currently resides in his adopted home in NYC. With the partnership of 14&9 Records distributing his music, he now reaches a broader, more global audience. He has also had the chance to receive an immense amount of radio support from Sirius XM, as well as, synch placements in television and film, and more than forty-million streams for the entirety of his portfolio.
With an intense desire to leap into the waters of the music scene, Phipps intends to take the underground electronic world one reverb at a time.
The significance of production has grown two-fold over the past few years as it has infiltrated a majority of the songs that we listen to today. Noiselab is helping grow this generation of producers one beat and one synth note at a time as they now include some of the best producers in the world to teach you themselves the art of sonic design.
The courses are very easily broken down and exposed into their most simple tasks. Noiselab is an electric community of passionate musicians, ready for the chance to learn the skills of Ableton. All of the instructors are either Ableton Certified Trainers or have been deemed successful producers with impressive and valid industry qualifications and achievements. The best part? It’s absolutely mobile, meaning you can use the courses on any device whether it be tablet, smartphone, or computer. The program has been triumphant as they now have accumulated 5,000+ students with their monthly updated courses!
The classes themselves are just as dynamic in character as their teachers, including topics such as Electronic Music Production 101, Synthesis, Music Theory (for Electronic Musicians), Sidechains, Hacks, Djing, and more!
Now back to the best part, this initiative fully believes in learning from the top in the industry, and for their first “In The Studio” series, they begin with a pretty big star. STINT (Ajay Bhattacharyya) is a Canadian producer who produced and co-wrote for what was Gallant’s album hit and Grammy-nominated project, Ology (nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards). STINT has had one of the most diverse artist rosters that most emerging producers can only dream of having. He has worked on projects with such artists as AlunaGeorge, Carly Rae Jepsen, Train, Portugal. The Man, NAO, and Sabrina Claudio.
In these episodes, the young mastermind helps walks the students through a simplified and well-detailed instruction of the writing and producing process for Gallant’s dreamy single “Weight In Gold”.
Throughout the course you are learning the breakdown of every part of the song consisting of the drums, keys, guitar, vocals and then the chorus, bridge, and verses. There’s even the added episode of STINT’s favorite keyboard short cuts which will help you along your production journey.
“This course is the first of it’s kind that I’ve done in my career. It’s incredibly comprehensive and will probably tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about “Weight In Gold” and my production techniques. There are some useful tips in there that will hopefully help out Ableton users, but also some discussion about songwriting that can apply to any and all musicians”, says the creative.
With ease, simplicity, and pure knowledge, STINT really shows his true colors and passion for the music and for the art form of music production itself in these well-constructed videos by Noiselab, and how he’s excited to share that with you.
So, if you haven’t already checked it out because you were reading this article, be sure to go now to Noiselab’s website HERE.
Back at it again with Live Nation’s incredible event that showcases some of the most talented up-and-coming artists today! Ones to Watch has to be one of the best ideas in the music industry and for it. On the hunt for new talent, OTW scouts search and seize those they find have incredible musical skills and potential and bring them to this one night where they are seen by many within the music business world!
Last wednesday, (August 2nd), OTW presented us two artists of different genres who truly have a passion for their art and a talent that will most likely blow up on the charts at some point!The crowd that night was ecstatic as all filed in to get their free shirts from Bella X Canvas and The Shirt Agency and to get their free beverages from the bar. The room decorated with chandeliers looked fantastic under the lighting and the glass windows showed off a perfect sunset to start the night.
To set the scene, the event unfolds before our eyes on a simple stage of mics, seats, a drum set, a rug, and a “One to Watch” projected backdrop.
Artist 1: Allie X (Electronic-Pop):
Allie X is a radiant character hailing from Oakville, Ontario. Her real name is Alexandra Ashley Hughes. She originally came from a classical piano, opera, and musical theatre background, and it wasn’t until 2014 when she started to outgrow that scene to enter into the world of pop and electronica. Her first ever released single was “Catch”, which Time magazine had written about. Her music can be described as whimsical, positive melancholy, and enchanting. They’re hypnotic in their own way with her strong, yet serene vocals and she just manages to shock you with that electric feel. She will remind you of Betty Who, Charli XCX, and upbeat Lana Del Ray, and Ashe.
In 2015, she released her debut EP CollXtion I and in 2017, she released her sophomore EP CollXtion II. She has drawn quite the crowd through the power of her music and with her inquisitive nature and her fascinating personality, she draws attention to herself. She exposes a whole new side of the nature of pop to her fans and listeners. Truly a talent, she is one to watch.
Listen to her music below:
Artist 2: Buddy (Hip-Hop/R&B):
The second artist at the event was Buddy, a young man from Compton, CA who will remind you of artists such as Mack Wilds, Tunji Ige, and Saba. Simmie Sims (aka Buddy) has a cutting-edge sound to offer the hip-hop world. He was known for his impressive rap battles in the LA scene and starting at the age of 11, Buddy was performing in various showcases, and writing and performing for a rap collective. He was found out by DJ Casanova who then decided to take the budding rapper under his wing to help construct his style and discover his musical persona.
Soon after, Pharrell would find Buddy and mentor him. Together, the two produced Buddy’s single “Awesome Awesome” with the Neptunes. Buddy spits fire and will remind you of the skillful, witty tricks of Vince Staples, but he will also remind you of the fun, light-hearted stylings of Smino. He’s a new taste for hip hop. He recently collaborated with KAYTRANADA to create his EP Ocean & Montana. He will also be on a US tour with KYLE this fall, so be on the lookout for this one to watch.
Emmit Fenn is a singer, songwriter, and producer of indie electronic melodies and with those tunes he has accumulated over 23 million Spotify streams thus far. It’s no secret that offbeat, downtempo music has become a sub-genre of the mainstream sounds, but Fenn is taking that noise and restructuring it into the cinematic soundscapes he now produces. These are the songs that will not only capture your soul, but will also instill a feeling of mystery and seductive darkness you weren’t aware you adored. It is the phantom of music that creeps in your dreams and that continues to keep you dreaming. It’s a lullaby with harmonies that shoot out in different directions and sounds. Each song takes you on a new adventure and every time it is never short of an exhilarating experience.
I had the chance to interview this young producer from Berkley, CA and there is no denying the fact that Fenn is a talented and intellectual artist. The first debut of his EP Painting Greys released back in 2015 and peaked at #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral chart for over a week! Now, the artist just released his EP Prologue in June of this summer, and it is one to not forget. With features like YUNA and Nylo on the record, there is only room for good vibes to fill the airspace. (You can listen to the project above!)
Fenn’s music is like watching a Terence Malik film- artistic, imaginative, and haunting. Wandering down his own black and white realms, the man who not only writes stories and composes the music, but also sings in them, walks us through these realms where hardcore synths, orchestral fabrications, and indie-pop vocals intertwine and fit in broken rhythms and fragmented beats. His music is complex, and you can hear the passion as he paints in the grey tones to his music.
Fenn’s alternative world sounds like a mixture of Godspeed, James Blake, RKCB, and Shy Girls! In each track of this EP, he travels down another exotic stream of consciousness.
So now Fenn, the jock/surfer-dude and sonic designer that he is, explained to me more of his story and how it all came to be.
“I make electronic music, or that’s what they have categorized me as, but I kind of make everything across the board, from electronic to acoustic stuff to classic stuff and it started when I was 12, like the most stereotypical story in the world”, he chuckles to himself and continues, “I found my friend’s keyboard in his garage when he was moving and he just let me have it and i kind of just became obsessed with playing it. I would make all these Christmas albums for my family and friends every year and then I would keep making them for random holidays like Valentine’s day, and then I would have all of these classical albums then finally in 2013 when I graduated high school another one of my friend’s showed me how to use Logic, and showed me how to make my own sound and then I started to make electronic music, and then it slowly kind of morphed into what I am doing today.”
The conversation went on about how that was an extremely movie-esque situation, and we laughed a bit more. The artist from the Bay Area then went on to discuss how he had grown up in kind of the perfect neck of the woods in terms of being a musician then.
“So many cool kids came from my high school. G-Eazy, Lonely Islanders, and other amazing musicians, and a lot of my friends made music and the Bay Area, Berkley, and Oakland have such a culture to it, it certainly helped out a lot”.
He continues, “I did my first show in Sweden which was super fun for a Sony live event; and Tove Styrke and some others were there, it was crazy, it was so fun, that was the first ever electronic show I have ever done”.
I asked him if he had traveled down the same path that some producers had done to kickstart their musical journeys as a producer, meaning was he first a DJ before entering this realm, or was it straight into the production scene. “It was straight to production, I went from really classical music into production and DJing, and I’m still not really a DJ because everything I do live is all done live.”
I was curious to know how the amazing collaborations occurred and he was excited to tell the tale. “It was really crazy, I had written this song, and I knew that I really wanted a girl to be on the second verse and I was kind of looking through the artists I really like and would really like to work with and then there was, you know, musicians we could probably get, and then there were musicians who were like ‘reach’ musicians and were probably people who were not going to do it, but let’s just ask, so we reached out to Yuna’s team, which I thought like ‘no way’, but she responded like a day later and was like ya, ‘yup, that’s good’. The song was already written, I had already written her part, so she came in a week later and we recorded and it was done like a week later. It was really amazing. She’s so cool, we talk all the time, and she’s just a beautiful human being.”
“Then Nylo, she had done stuff for Zhu, and she like followed me on Soundcloud and I followed her back and that’s kind of how that started, and I was in the middle of a song that I wanted someone to sing on and I sent it to her and she just killed it”.
If you haven’t already seen the musician’s website yourself, then you better go check it out now because it is one of my favorite designs of a website ever. It perfectly portrays his music and how he wants you to experience his music and it gives each song a character of its own to play. “We kind of had this idea when I was still in the development stage, I had so much different music from like pure piano songs and to some that were dance/house songs, and we were trying to figure out how to make a branding fit this whole spectrum that of all the music that was being made of and we couldn’t figure anything out, and we reached out to this guy who does all of my artwork now with all of these ideas. One was this little bar, like this grayscale bar for a Soundcloud banner, and we all just kind of like, once we all saw that we all decided that that’s it, that right there was like the whole project, just that little bar, and we decided let’s put that on everything and kind of run with that, so we kind of decided that the bar would represent the range of music and the range of stories through the project. It kind of encompasses everything, when we reached out to Active Theory, we knew we wanted the bar to be the front and center thing, and that’s how it started and then it kind of started tumbling into more and more things like what if each bar represented a different song, and you clicked the song and you clicked on the bar and it represented a different experience and so ya, it was definitely a process of many different ideas.”
Speaking of ideas, as I had mentioned before, Fenn is a storyteller, and like any good narrator, he writes these stories down but in musical form. I wanted to know how the musical theory behind his music worked and how he approached the songwriting process. “I get asked this everyday, I write all the time, I have a notebook that I write stories in, kind of like a journal, so when I’m writing I just scroll through all my writing and pick out a story or an idea that I previously thought of, and mostly their just relationships… Sometimes the sound comes from the idea of the song or sometimes the opposite, the idea comes from the sound, there are so many different ways of going about songwriting.”
And like any artist, he wishes to evolve and transform his sound as much as he can. It’s a personal challenge he wishes to embrace, and that was one of the things he wanted his fans to take note of. “I think the biggest thing right now, what I want to get across is that no song or EP is going to be the same exact thing as the EP before. I know that people get crazy about when things are not the exact same, like ‘Oh, you got to make the same song as so-and-so’ but each EP is going to be a completely different genre and world than the one before it.”
We then transitioned the conversation to have some fun, and get away from the seriousness of his career such as catch phrases, favorite artists to hopefully collaborate with and spirit animals.
He laughed at this one and confessed “it’s kind of a weird one but my favorite thing to say is “juug” instead of good, like ”oh that’s juug'”.
His dream artist to collaborate with would be Bon Iver. “Bon Iver, is just amazing, I don’t know if I would want to collaborate with him on a song, but just to play with him live on stage, would just be ugh, so amazing, I can’t, my first concert was Bon Iver…the other would be Marilyn Manson, first of all I think he’s a genius outside music, just politically, a super amazing speaker and really good person. And his music is just so far out there and on a different level “.
We also attempted to brainstorm a spirit animal and came across possibly a perfect choice. “Most of my music is really sad…so ya, like Eyore from Winnie the Pooh”. (Animal choice courtesy of my expertise).
Towards the end of our silly conversation, I asked him if there’s anything that we should be excited for in the coming future, to which he replied, “There is a new EP coming out… uhh haha how much can I tell you? Well, going on tour, and I’ll have more EPs out this year”!
It’s hard to believe that this budding 21-year old (same age as me!) has such a mastery in this art, and I was honored to be able to chat with him on what he is passionate form about. So… listen to his music above, drift away into this multi-dimensional world of sound, and be sure to stay tuned for when his new EP releases.