Friday, 29 November 2019

Music producer Sea Change shares new song ‘Flown’

After recently announcing her new album 'INSIDE' is set for release Nov 15th, Norwegian electronic artist Sea Change is sharing new single "FLOWN" from the record.

Speaking about the track, Sea Change said: "The song is about identity and transformation, the need to break free from the limitations others put on you and the limitations we also often put on ourselves."

2015’s Breakage LP, the debut album from Norway’s Sea Change, felt drenched in Nordic atmosphere, that somewhat implacable magic found in so much of the region’s music. Veining its way through the record in ways both bold and beautiful, it produced shimmering pop soundscapes that felt full of natural life and adventure. INSIDE, Sea Change’s brand new album, set to be released in November, is an altogether different beast.

Just as the landscape that surrounded her debut album had such a profound effect on the finished piece, so to does it do so here, only this time the environment is significantly altered. Gone are the bright and wide-open spaces of its predecessor, swapped for the dark, mysterious, often claustrophobic realms of the city and the underground spaces that offer dark illumination for the abstract fringes of society.

Written during a time of significant change, INSIDE found Ellen Sunde breaking free from her constraints. Having relocated to Berlin, that singular city of hedonism and unrest, she also spent significant time amid the bright lights of LA, where the arts district is less-pronounced but just as stimulating. Partly a document of the culture she embraced through this time in the form of techno's mesmerizing club scene & the sexual freedom these clubs provide, the album is also about working through loneliness, discarding inhibitions to carve out a new way of making music, fully challenging herself in the process.

Through its seven tracks, INSIDE bristles with both stark intimacy and a powerful sense of freedom, channeling the energy and state-of-mind of the club scene into something minimal and true to her own work. “When I made this record I tried to channel the same state of mind I have when I go clubbing,” Ellen says. "Not overthinking everything, like I usually do, but instead embracing my impulses; working intuitively, almost anti-intellectual. I learned that that's where I am able to get to the core of what I need to express and that I just had to trust those decisions."

For all of its personal exploration, INSIDE is also testament to the strength of collaboration, with Ellen taking her seeds of ideas to co-producer and mixer Andrew Murray who helped flesh out her sketches, fine-tuning the drum machines, analog synths and pitch-shifted vocals Sunde was embracing for the first time, and completing the new sound with modular textures and club-inspired beats to produce something both focused and mesmerizing. The throbbing electronica of “SCRATCH THAT ITCH” is perhaps the record’s boldest moment, offering a radiant joining of tension and temperature. Written as a direct response to the aforementioned nightlife of LA and Berlin, it’s an ode to the spaces that had such a profound on Ellen.

The voice and lyrics found on INSIDE also play a key role in the record’s pattern, but they too are immersed by the overriding atmosphere, unrolling as a stream of consciousness, swirling and unraveling, led by instinct and impulses and often lost to the surrounding noise.

In an essay for Somesuch Stories, writer Amy Liptrott describes her time in Berghain - Berlin’s most notorious club haven - as being underwater; a disorientating force of throbbing tides and flailing limbs, of the push and the pull, of things lost to the darkest depths. INSIDE often mirrors that same sense of submergence, the pulsing rhythms softened by the dense surroundings, sometimes lost to the waves above and below. Throughout INSIDE there are flashes of colors amid its silvery sheen, occasional sparks of life we don’t always recognize, but appear as fascinating indicators of our new environment. Reminders, also, that we too are animals, living somewhere else entirely for a moment, just long enough to remember who we really are- or perhaps to just lose ourselves entirely.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Interview with music producer DJ TEN

New York-based music producer DJ TEN had gained prominence in early 2000. He is best known for his 80's inspired album entitled, "Retrological 2.0" and also for his 80's sci- themed "Zioneon EP" which were both released independently and attained notable success worldwide.

The "DJ Ten" sound is influenced by many musical genres that span from UK Garage, Sub-Low, 80's Synthpop, 80's Freestyle/ breakbeat and Hip-Hop. DJ Ten is known as Slimbtz Da King in the Hip-Hop community.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

I started appreciating music heavily once I heard several power ballads on Magic FM (UK) at 12 yers old. It took me into another place and I was mesmerized by the power in the chords and in the overall sound. I fell in love with the sound and the feeling I got from hearing such sounds. This pushed me to get a keyboard and start learning about music.

What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?

It was a long journey. I first started making UK Garage and Grime when I was in the UK. Then I went into HipHop when I moved to the US. This slowly became more electronic as I started fusing my grime roots with HipHop. A few years after this I then stumbled across a magical 80s synth sound in YouTube. This is where my sound got the biggest inspiration of all, coming back to the feeling I got with the 80's Ballads. I then started adding 80s synth sounds to my compositions which has led me to my music today.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

Logic X is my go-to DAW. Solid software. I have so many VST's and I like to use a lost of vast sounds! lol. I would say Omnisphere is my go-to one though.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

Not really. I have just continuously added more vst's and drum kits to my arsenal.

Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?

Journey - Greatest Hits, Kanye West - my beautiful dark twisted fantasy,  Expose - Exposure. Very different sounds, I know. lol

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

There are a few! I won't reveal them yet! lol. I will be working with them on my next album in 2020.

What inspires you outside of music?

Nostalgia, Beautiful landscapes, love and paintings/ art.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

I want to inspire and be able to change peoples lives in a positive way with my music. Inspiration is such a powerful thing and it has the power to heal!

What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?

Hip-Hop, 80s Synth and 90s house!

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I am in music mode again and I am working on my 4th album release for 2020. Will be full of 80s synths, but a lot more experimentation sonically. Really excited to shake things up.

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Monday, 25 November 2019

Float along with ambient music producer Koresma as he shares his latest song

Imagine floating on your back in a pool of water. The warm night’s sky is slowly passing by above you as you gently float along. There’s a slight breeze in the air that prevents you from getting out of the water but even without it, you’re considering staying in for another few minutes - just long enough to let your fingers prune a little bit more.

‘Snow Globe’ (feat Axel Mansoor) by Koresma is the soundtrack to this calm evening. Released just last week, the single heralds his upcoming EP inviting listeners to eagerly await its release. The EP, North will be the third in a four part series based around the points of a compass.

“‘Snow Globe’ mimics a snow globe in the way things are slowly moving and suspended in time with sequenced synthesizers, warm acoustic guitars, and organic percussion. The song takes you a meditative space where you can feel the warmth.”

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Interview with music producer Datura

19-year-old Belgium-based producer Datura had begun making his own music since he was 8 years old. He played on the synthesizers at home. In 2014 Datura only really started creating full tracks and uploading them to the internet.

Datura had experimented and had created many different genres of music, for example, Datura had mostly created EDM Music until he found his passion for wave music,  the one which is where he feels most at home.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

My dad used to make music himself. He started teaching me when I was only 8 years old. I used to play on the synthesizers at home with him and a couple years later I started to experiment in FL Studio trying to make my own music but it was all still very basic. It wasn't until 2014 that I really started to make full tracks and upload them to the internet.

What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?

I was mostly making basic EDM before I discovered the wave scene. I came across it on YouTube and I immediately fell in love with the genre and wanted to make music like that myself. So here I am!

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

I use FL Studio and a couple of VSTs such as Serum, Omnisphere, Spire, Sylenth1, Massive, etc. I also have a couple of real synths such as my Juno 106 and Roland SH-201. I also have my Alesis v61 midi controller for controlling an recording all my VSTs and a set of Pioneer monitors as well as my Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro for mixing

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

A little bit. I had all the real synths already from my dad and I used to make stuff on a cheap laptop but I upgraded to a powerful desktop PC now. We used to have this 'studio' in the attic but it's now my bedroom and I have my own little set up there now.

Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?

Øfdream, Burial, and FORXST have been really big influences for me from the very start.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

Keep an eye out for my boy Blanku! He's been in the game for a while but he's not getting the attention he deserves. His music is so good though!

What inspires you outside of music?

Emotions. I process a lot if not all my emotions through music and It's super obvious to me how much easier it is for me to make music when I get my heart broken or go through other heavy stuff in life.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

I don't really have a goal set to be honest. It's super nice to have people listen to your stuff from different places in the world and if it can help people with certain things in their lives than I would probably consider that as an accomplishment. Other than that I guess I just want it to be my legacy later. I put a lot of emotions in my tracks and in a way the music is always a piece of me. So I hope to keep on living through my music when it's my time to go.

What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?
Wave combined with witch house has always been my favorite fusion!

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

There might be an EP coming soon. I've been sitting on a couple of unreleased tracks for a while and I might just put them together and release it as an EP. Who knows.

Famous last words?

"lost in a world that doesn't exist."

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Music duo Tan released a new song ‘Pharmacy’

Lately, our love for the 90’s dance scene has increased. “PHARMACY” – the first single from our upcoming debut album – is a track for the raver; escapism in the middle of reality.

“PHARMACY” leans forward with its pushing beat, building up around consistent and explosive synths that are thematically inspired by warfare. Fittingly, we shot the official video in an old air military hanger outside of Berlin, which has been turned into this big, artificial tropical dream – or nightmare?

We produce everything ourselves. This year has been spent recording our entire album outside of Copenhagen in an old caravan that we made into our studio, eventually finding ourselves in Taiwan where the vocals for “PHARMACY” were recorded. Our setup is really small – synths, guitar, and computers. It gives us the flexibility and freedom to be creative wherever and whenever we want.

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