It’s amazing how intelligent the Lawrence brothers of Disclosure are about the products they put out. It’s no accident that songs fall into place the way they do (as schizophrenic as the creation process can be) and listening to people as talented as them recount how each track comes to be is awesome. You can see how their thought progress carried them through the album writing process and where their influences are. It may just be because of the Yeezus leak but their ability to call on old school styles (deep house, garage and even J. Dilla in their case) and rework them to fit modern tastes reminds me a lot of old school Kanye West. Regardless their album Settle is one of the best projects to come out this year across genres and scenes so enjoy a run through of each track from the mouth of the artists.
Recently I had the opportunity to throw some questions at up-and-comer Auvic, who’s production style is incredibly unique. In a scene where it seems artists are recently struggling to create something different, his new album Voices is a diamond in the rough. After hearing Gareth Emery use his track “Highways & Highways” in both his Sirius XM show and his weekly podcast, I was so hyped on the sound that I had to reach out and get some details. Auvic was kind enough to answer all of my questions, and so below is the conversation that followed.
Q. First off I want to thank you on behalf of TNJ for doing this Q&A. A few of us here recently took a peak through your new Voices album and we were truly astonished, as is everyone I’ve shown it to. Was there any specific inspiration or idea behind the album, or was it just a collection of your more recent work?
A. No Problem. Voices was never really ‘planned.’ Before this, I was mainly writing neo-classical complex electro stuff and funky complex electro, planning albums and all, but that all got pushed aside when I wanted to do something else, which was Voices. I had drafts and drafts of Induce Insomnia, which was the first track, but I had abandoned it because I didn’t have enough inspiration or ideas to continue on. A month or two later, I wrote ‘Voices,’ and that’s where it all clicked, and I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it. As a whole, it’s inspired by insomnia, cityscapes, good times, funky music vibes, personal situations, and certain colors and emotions.
Q. The album has been getting some support by some big names, most notably Gareth Emery. Did he contact you regarding your music? And how does it feel to have these huge names playing your tracks?
A. Quite honestly, I’m not really too big on names and such. I first got some support like that when I released Starships from Sean Tyas, which was pretty cool. With Gareth Emery, I read on a Soundcloud comment somewhere that he played it on his radio show and his podcast. It feels pretty sweet.
Q. I’ve noticed from your Facebook profile that it seems you’ve had a bit of an up-and-down relationship towards music. Are there any specific artists you credit for your current involvement in the EDM scene?
A. When it comes to EDM alone, my two greatest tangible influences are Joey Youngman, aka Wolfgang Gartner, and Daft Punk. These two are geniuses, and I’ve spent countless nights just studying and studying their music and learning more about them. The more intangible ones are Kaskade and Deadmau5, I suppose since you may not be able to hear much similarities. I’ve been compared to Joe Garston and Mord Fustang, but honestly, that’s just two songs that I have that kind of sound like them, I guess.
Q. Well now that we’ve got a bit of insight into your music and inspiration, it’s time for some unrelated questions. What are your hobbies outside of music?
A. Going out and chilling with friends. I don’t really do anything else. Currently I’m studying full-time at Berklee.
Q. What’s something you couldn’t get by in life without?
A. My ears. If music never existed, I probably wouldn’t have either.
Q. If you were stranded on an island with an MP3 player that held only three songs, which three songs would you choose?
A. I would choose Face to Face by Daft Punk, my favorite song in the world. I would choose Counting Stars by Nujabes, my second favorite song in the world. And lastly, I would choose a song that I wrote more than 3 years ago for someone because it’s special.
Q. Seeing as you draw some influence from Daft Punk, you must be pretty psyched for Random Access Memories. Any opinion on the first single “Get Lucky”?
A. I’m literally geeking out over it. I’ve listened to it ever since bits of it have been released, and as we speak I’m listening to the radio edit which I’ve been playing on repeat for the past hour or so. Before that, I’ve even recreated and put together pieces of that song so I can get the full effect, just for fun.
Q. So the big question, what’ can we expect from you in the future? Any big ideas or plans for how you’ll be following up Voices?
A. I am planning MAJOR things. I’m currently writing several EP’s, a few collaborations, and other minor things. I’ve already started my 14-track album ‘Voices Call,’ while working on my first ‘planned’ album called ‘Beyond Ascendance.’ I’m also coming up with other album ideas as well, but they haven’t taken form yet.
Wow, seems like you’ve got your work cut out for you. It’s great to see such ambition, and I speak for all of us when I say that I can’t wait for it all to come together. We really appreciate you taking the time to answer these questions, and wish you good luck with all your future musical endeavors!
A. Awesome, sweet! Thanks!
Arriving to a packed ballroom at Webster Hall on Thursday, 2/28, Zedd rose to cheers and cries from hundreds of adoring fans. Originally a one night gig, a second night was added due to the overwhelming fan response. Both nights quickly sold out and Zedd, along side Tommie Sunshine and Alex Metric made Webster Hall quake, clarifying exactly why these shows sold out in only a few hours.
By the time the 23-year-old Russian Anton Zaslavski (Zedd) hit the stage, Webster Hall was teaming with sweaty bodies ready to unleash havoc as the youngster dropped his first track.
Zedd – Spectrum ft. Matthew Koma
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The ballroom erupted into a cluster of thrashing bodies as he played a wide “spectrum” of tracks (pun intended), dropping everything from trap to dubstep into his mix. Combined with a stellar light show (courtesy of Production Club’s Gabe Damast – whom we have an interview that’s soon to come) and superb delivery, Zedd confirmed that he is a larger than life talent and performer.
Atmospheric bliss erupted as the crowd swayed and sang their hearts out to Zedd’s number one hit “Clarity”.
Zedd – Clarity ft. Foxes (Zedd Union Mix)
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Spinning a two-plus hour set, Zedd finally wrapped up around 1 a.m., but not before an epic encore in which he instructed everyone to “sit the fuck down” before his final drop.
And despite what could’ve been considered a “run of the mill” set list, there was not a single person in Webster Hall who was not entertained. It was visceral, raw, and fun – everything a show should be… We just hope that Zedd shows his face around New York City a little more often – I’m positive nobody will be complaining.
ZEDD | 2 Nights at Webster Hall | 2/28/13 & 3/1/13 SOLD OUT!
I’m not 100% certain when and how I got turned on to Sam Lachow’s music but when my man Willy Rueda can’t stop telling me to stop listening to someone that I haven’t heard of I KNOW I missed the boat. Those looking for the next 2 Chainz will have to continue their search; if a product of the red-hot Seattle hip-hop scene that spawned the Billboard chart toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is what you seek, you’ve come to the right place. Sam Lachow is on tour right now with hometown partner Raz Simone and the two previously released the 5 Good Reasons EP in 2012. Check our exclusive interview and get familiar at his links below!
TNJ: First things first. How’s being on tour!? Got any good stories? Sam Lachow: The tour has been amazing so far. One of the coolest experiences of my life. Every damn day is a new adventure. Check out www.samlachow.com for a day by day journal of the whole tour.
TNJ: I see you and Raz have done a lot of good work together; how did you guys link up? Sam Lachow: I randomly shot a music video for one of Raz’s earlier songs cause I loved his sound. Since then we made a few tracks together here and there. We had great chemistry in the lab and on stage so we just decided it was only right to collaborate on an EP.
Sam Lachow & RaZ – 5 Good Reasons EP
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TNJ: The production on your tracks is unbelievable with all sorts of textures like horns and strings and vocal chops and it seems like everything else inbetween. Who handles a lot of your roduction and what influenced you to incorporate such a wide array of sounds? Sam Lachow: I produce all of my own beats with the help of various composers. My best friend Maggie Brown is the main composer I work with. She’s responsible for a lot of the melodies and chord progressions you hear on these tracks. I just turn them into complete songs and make em slap. I have so many talented friends that play music, so I really have no need to sample other songs.
TNJ:One of the things I noticed when I was starting to investigate your music is that you have a really well established YouTube channel with a TON of videos. Did videography come first for you? Sam Lachow: Yeah I started making videos at a really young age. Thats what I’d do with my friends in elementary school. We would steal our parents home video cameras and go out and make short films. Thats how I learned to edit my own shit. My passion for music came separately, and luckily went hand in hand with my love of film.
Sam Lachow – 23rd Avenue ft. Gabby, B Skeez, Wilson Luxurious [Official Video]
TNJ: How do you characterize your music? Sam Lachow: Rap/pop music with influence from all genres of music.
TNJ: What kind of music have you been listening to lately? Got a song that’s just stuck in your head or you just find yourself leaving on repeat? Sam Lachow: “Yes We Can Can” by the Pointer Sisters. That beat slaps.
TNJ: Correct me if I’m wrong but you’re based out of Seattle? I know you went to New Paltz at some point because a friend of mine had told me about your music but where’s home for you? If it is Seattle, how vibrant is that scene and what’s it like to see the success of guys like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis? Sam Lachow: Seattle is my main home, but I spend a ton of time in NYC which is where my family lives. The Seattle scene is really cool right now and it’s great to see guys from Seattle coming up. I’ve been a fan of Mack’s music since I was in like 6th grade and I always knew he deserved lots of attention. The fact that he’s getting it make it seem less out of reach. It’s inspiring.
TNJ:What artist are we at risk of sleeping on that we should be paying close attention to? Sam Lachow: I work with some amazing rappers in Seattle that I feel don’t get enough attention. Get ready for my guy Raz Simone. He’s definitely gonna make a splash.
Sam Lachow & Raz Simone – Coyotes ft. Ariana DeBoo
TNJ: New is always better; what’s up next in the future for Sam Lachow? Sam Lachow: Still undecided. I’m gonna keep dropping singles and videos, but as far as a new album, I really don’t know. That’s what I love most about art: you never know what’s gonna come out of you. It’s always a mystery.
TNJ just recently stumbled on the wildly talented Willy Joy of Chicago and all we can say is that we’re glad we got familiar. His production and sets span a huge variety of tempos and styles but there’s a constant frenzied, hands-in-the-air energy at all times. We discovered his monstrous remix of Porter Robinson & Mat Zo’s collaboration Easy and after combing through his past work we had to give you guys The Ketchup Post to make sure you were caught up on his campaign. He was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to sit down and talk to TNJ for a little bit about his influences coming up, getting support from names like Diplo & Dillon Francis and his goal when he steps up to the decks.
TNJ: First we wanna take a second to thank you for taking some time to chat. We were absolutely blown away with what we found as we combed through your past work. That Easy remix is absolutely massive; everyone that I’ve shown has been blown away by it. Where did you find yourself starting with it and what was the influence in transforming the track like that?
Willy Joy: Thanks! To be honest, I didn’t spend a ton of time on that track. I heard the original and really loved the sample they used, but the style of the original wasn’t something I could play in my sets. Porter and Mat’s productions are very intricate with a lot of cool little details even when they sound straightforward at first, so I wanted to emulate that mindset while doing my own take on the tune.
Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy (Willy Joy Remix)
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TNJ: What sound did the first electronic tracks you made lean towards?
Willy Joy: I was making shitty hip hop beats in college in the early 2000s. My first actual release was years later, a vinyl-only EP that had some bizarre juke/ghettotech tracks on it. Most of what I’ve released officially is house and club music if you search Beatport or iTunes.
TNJ: You’ve gotten support from some huge players in the game like Diplo, Dillon Francis & BBC Radio 1, how does it feel to have your work shown love from names like that?
Willy Joy: Always nice to be appreciated!
TNJ: Chicago has such a wild array of music and history within music, what has the influence of your city been like on your music?
Willy Joy: Chicago is always a part of my sound. The home of house music, juke music, and a lot of amazing rappers – not to mention all the bands, weird artists, the large Hispanic population and their influence… the list goes on and on. We don’t have to be defined like a “new york sound” or a “west coast sound”, Chicago gets to be more of a chameleon, and I love that about it.
TNJ: I’ve listened to a couple of your sets and they’re so varied it makes for an awesome experience but it begs the question. What’s your favorite tempo to rock to?
Willy Joy: Sticking to one tempo is boringgggggg!
Willy Joy – Miami Art Basel Mix for Perrier
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TNJ: What’s your goal when you take to the decks?
Willy Joy: To not be making a weird face when someone takes a picture.
TNJ: Favorite setting to DJ in?
Willy Joy: Any time I get to DJ outside it’s pretty awesome. Outdoor festivals probably the best…
TNJ: What’s the one non-music thing in your life you couldn’t get by without?
Willy Joy: A tie between dessert and wildlife.
TNJ: What track do people not know about that’s been getting a huge reaction live?
Willy Joy: Haha, can’t give away the secret weapons..
TNJ: Any artists that you’ve been working with or observing lately that you wanna give some recognition to?
Willy Joy: I’ve got collaborations coming with Brillz, Flinch, Ooah from the Glitch Mob, and more on the way. For who’s killing it, right now Gent & Jawns are next up as far as I’m concerned..
TNJ: New is always better; what’s up next in the future for Willy Joy?
Willy Joy: Ramming free music down people’s throats til everybody catches up. I do that every week. Official label releases will be coming later in the Spring along with some of those collabs and some remix work too. Keep up at http://www.facebook.com/willyjoy for music and tour dates – come holler at me when I’m in your city!
Well ladies and gents, I’ve got something extra special for you all today. A few days ago I had the pleasure of asking Singularity some questions about his life, production, and music in general. For those of you unfamiliar with Singularity, he’s a prominent young producer with all the potential to be a superstar. Between being signed to Into The AM, going on tour with Candyland, entering a remix in Beatport’s “Days to Come Remix Contest”, and releasing a slew of stylish and melodic tracks, he’s strong on his way to stardom.
TNJ: So let’s start with some background info for everyone. Tell us a bit about yourself outside of ‘Singularity’!
Singularity: I’m 20 years old, and I’m from Los Angeles. Two biggest hobbies outside of music are ping pong and running.
TNJ: 20 years old, that’s incredible man. It seems so many of the up-and-comers these days are starting at such a young age. Do you find the touring/music lifestyle conflicts with your life outside of music, or do you tend to just take it all in stride?
Singularity: To be completely honest, I don’t really have much of a life outside of music. I’ve pretty much set everything else aside, so I can focus all my time and energy into making this happen.
TNJ: That’s awesome that you’re so dedicated to the music. What got you into it all in the first place?
Singularity: I grew up playing in bands all my life, and in middle school we wanted to record our first album. We had the choice of paying a huge amount of money to have it done in a studio, or just learn how to do it ourselves, so we just did it ourselves. Over the years it slowly evolved into me just making music on my own.
TNJ: Your music today has a style all-its-own. Who do you draw your influences from?
Singularity: Lately I’ve been listening to a bunch of Savant, Seven Lions, and Kill The Noise. I’m really interested in anyone who is pushing boundaries musically and sonically, cause it makes me strive to match their standard for excellence.
TNJ: It certainly shows in your work. Let’s say you’re given the choice to collaborate and produce a song with one person. Who do you go with?
Singularity: Kill The Noise
TNJ: With the pace you’re going at, I would not be at all surprised to see you accomplish that one day. Speaking of accomplishments, what do you consider your most major accomplishment regarding your music?
Singularity: I’d have to say playing EDC 2012 was one of the most defining moments for me. I just never thought that would happen in a million years, so having the chance to be up there was incredible.
TNJ: I was at EDC: Las Vegas and the energy from the crowd was palpable, but I can’t even begin to imagine the rush of performing for all those people. Now regarding your production, your sound is very original, something a lot of producers nowadays have trouble accomplishing. Since I’m sure they’re all itching to know, what program do you use for production? Any reason for choosing this program over the others?
Singularity: I use Ableton, cause it has a really fast workflow and it makes the most sense to me. It’s really a person to person thing, you can make great music with any program if you are comfortable with it.
TNJ: Now lastly, you put in an entry to Beatport’s “Seven Lions – Days to Come Remix Competition”, and it is an absolute bomb. To all reading, be sure to check it out below, and go vote for it HERE.
TNJ (cont.): Other than the current contest, any other big plans for the coming months? Tours, shows, upcoming releases that you want everyone to know about?
Singularity: I’ve got a few shows here and there, but I’m mostly gonna be focusing on raising my production standards even higher and releasing a bunch of free music.
TNJ: Very respectable, any artist that is willing to release their music at no cost does more service for the culture than most people realize. Anyways, I speak for all of us here at TNJ when I say thanks for your time. We’ll be sure to keep you in the spotlight with any new releases!
Talk about a gem from Wale. Off his upcoming mixtape Florain which drops December 24th, D.C’s finest dropped this track on his SoundCloud which features samples of Barrack Obama and others on a ridiculously well done beat from producer No Credit; a newcomer to me but after this I can only hope to hear more from him on this project!
Wale – Freedom of Speech [Prod by No Credit] – DOWNLOAD LINK
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Last time we got a chance to talk with James & Will Saulsky of Synchronice, they were opening for Dillon Francis at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse and threw down an absolutely unbelievable performance. (You can see their recap video here). Since then, the guys have had official releases on Big Alliance, Into The AM, Funky Element, and Play Me Records and have seen their fanbase skyrocket in size. I had a chance to check in on the brothers and see what they’ve been up to this summer. They went above and beyond and returned the questions with an exclusive guest mix for the site which showcases some of their favorite originals and remixes and even has some of their unreleased tracks! Hit the jump for the full tracklist!
TNJ: So a whole summer’s passed since you guys played at the Dillon Francis show, what’s been the highlight of the season for you guys personally/professionally?
Will: Personally getting recognition from some our favorite producers like Far Too Loud, xKore, 3Lau and others was just an amazing feeling. It’s awesome to know that people we respect hugely have heard and enjoyed our music.
James: Watching our Facebook page blow up from 2000 to 5000 in just a few months has been pretty wild as well. Support from all these people means a lot to us.
TNJ: I was clicking around your Facebook page and was really pumped when I saw that you guys post tutorials for up-coming producers on different parts of electro production. What made you start that and do you guys plan to keep up with it?
Will: Mostly because people kept asking for us to make them haha. We’re definitely gonna keep making them though and it’s great to see how much people appreciate them.
James: We also started doing some UStream broadcasts of our entire production process, which went pretty well, so we would like to do more of those too.
TNJ: One of the reasons that I love keeping up to date with all of your newest stuff is that your versatility keeps everything interesting. You’ve done everything from really melodic progressive stuff to heavy dubstep, moombah, gritty electro…what’s your favorite to produce and your favorite to DJ?
Will: Electro is probably our strongest genre, although we definitely like to mix it up. As far as DJing goes any kind of house music is our favorite. Mixing glitch hop is fun too.
James: I’ve been really into blending trance melodies with driving drops lately. My favorite moments in shows are often during breakdowns and house and trance are great for that. Glitch and drumstep are a lot of fun too.
TNJ: What program do you guys choose to produce on most and why?
Will: Logic Pro because it’s very intuitive and we know it better than any other program.
TNJ: What is each of your favorite songs to have come out this year?
Will: I couldn’t possibly decide honestly, I’m terrible at picking favorites haha.
James: Likewise. Our remix of Sick Epic Dope Bangin by Drop Goblin was the first single we had chart though so it was definitely the best received.
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TNJ: I see you guys go wild for the cat meme’s and stuff like that…you guys got any love for the dogs?
Will: Hell yeah we love all members of the animal kingdom. We have a pet cat so that would explain our neglect for canines.
James: I’d love to get a dog but our cat, Midnight, would probably attack us in our sleep if we got one now.
TNJ: Mittens Francis vs. Professor Meowingtons…who ya got?
James: Depends if the fight is on twitter or not. Physically Meowingtons is older and stronger but when it comes to emotional combat Mittens is untouchable. Just look at what he did to Garfield and you’ll see what I mean.
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TNJ: What are you guys doing when you’re not focusing on the music end of your life?
Will: Saving baby polar bears from extinction and protecting the Amazon rain forest.
James: And surfing. It’s a nice way to relax after saving the rainforest.
TNJ: I know James is heading back to Syracuse in the real near future, does the space apart affect how you two are able to make tracks?
Will: Yeah it’s tough. There’s lots of emailing and skyping involved and it definitely makes it more difficult to produce together but we make it work.
James: We work very quickly together as well and having school work in addition to being apart makes it a lot harder to finish songs at that pace. If we get really busy again I’ll probably start coming home for a few weekends.
TNJ: I know for sure that I wanna see you guys throw down live again, do you guys have any more shows planned for the upcoming future or collaborations releases you can speak on? Shameless plug time guys.
Will: We’re releasing a free EP of remixes of popular songs very soon and we’re currently finishing up two EPs of originals and we’ll be shopping those to labels in the near future. After all of that’s wrapped up we’re hoping to start playing a lot more shows.
James: That’s pretty much all we can say at this point. There are a few other things in the works but nothing confirmed yet. All I can say is that if any of them work out it would be amazing for us.