Your EDM Interview with Atmozfears

Basscon night descended upon Los Angeles this past weekend and hardstyle fans were treated to a spectacular night at the Bleasco Theater. Your EDM got the chance to sit down and chat with hardstyle luminary Atmozfears. The Dutch producer/DJ is wrapping up a highly successful North American tour including a prestigious closing spot at EDC Mexico’s Wasteland stage as well as an appearance with Hardwell. We talked with Tim van de Stadt about the state of hardstyle, new projects, and gaming.

After making your North American debut at Nocturnal, you’ve embarked on a more proper tour. How has the experience been? How is a US tour different than a European tour?

“It’s been really different from the tours in Europe. The people here are more curious and they actually come out to see you. Like in Holland, mostly, they’re really spoiled, so it’s been a treat. So far I’ve been to Houston, Dallas and Seattle. Houston and Dallas were really, really packed. Seattle was on a Wednesday so it was a little bit less, but it was also really good. The people there were raving from the beginning to the end and they were really enjoying it and came out to hear the music, so it was really good. Tonight, I hope, is going to be a highlight of the tour.”

Hardstyle has always been around, but it’s really starting to expand more into the mainstream lately. How does this make you feel as one of the premiere hardstyle artists? Does it provide new challenges or do you feel a need to keep the style true to its roots?

“That’s funny you ask, because I’m currently really looking for a new sound, and a lot of my colleagues feel the same way. I’m really happy that it’s getting a bit more appreciated, not as much like ‘oh, it’s noise,’ and people actually start to enjoy it, so that’s one good thing. But, actually leading the thing is really hard. When I first started out I had to idols to look up to, but now it’s kind of difficult to come up with something new that will expand the scene and get more people toward the hardstyle scene. That’s been a really big challenge.”

Speaking of mainstream, you recently debuted a collab with Hardwell at his final I Am Hardwell show in Germany. What was it like working with someone who is not known for hardstyle tracks, however, is very well known as one of the top artists in the EDM scene?

“It was a really good experience. It started out as kind of a bit of a joke, like let’s do something together. Suddenly he just popped up at my home and we met the first day and immediately started working on something, so there was some magic. But, it was really a good experience for me, and also him taking me on stage, taking me on tours, and saying stuff on stage, it was really a big thing for me.”

What other new projects do you have planned for the rest of 2017? Any more touring after the North America GATE tour?

“I’m doing something different in a while, there’s a party called Capital in Holland. It’s a bit more extreme than what I’m mostly known for, it’s a little bit harder. It’s also fun for me to do something else sometimes, so that’s one of the things I’m really looking forward to. Also re-discovering my sound, I’m really looking for something new to do and exciting myself again to come up with something I’m really happy with.”

Tell us something about Tim the person, what do you like to do when you’re not producing or touring? Also, tell us an artist your fans would be really surprised to hear you listen to?

“At home I listen to a lot of Noisia and Kill the Noise. And what I like to do when I’m not making music is gaming. Like, right now, I’m really addicted to a game called “Overwatch.” It’s been a fun distraction. Thing is, lately I’ve been doing more games than music, I might need to tone it down a notch.”

Do you ever do any online gaming?

“Yeah, yeah, there’s some colleagues I play the game with and it’s six-on-six. With six colleagues we stay up entire nights to do competitive gaming, it’s crazy.”

Any words for the Atmozfears and hardstyle fans out there and what do they have to look forward too?

“I can really appreciate the people giving so much love back. I make music for me and that’s the way I’ve always done, and it’s really good to get so much positive feedback and that’s what I would like to thank the fans for. It’s what keeps me going.”

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Your EDM Interview with Atmozfears

Grandtheft Talks About The Making of “Easy Go” And Announces World Tour

After releasing the emotional single Easy Go, we caught up with Grandtheft and Delaney Jane to talk about the creation of the track. We wanted to get a better picture of what it was like for the duo to work together and what their individual creative processes looked like. We also had the chance to talk about how to break through a saturated market, what it takes to make it in the industry, and what their thoughts were on the current political climate. This interview was definitely an interesting one.

For both of you, “Easy Go” sounds like you guys hit it off with some pretty great chemistry in the studio – Could this be the start of something special?

“It was a fun and organic experience creating this record with Delaney and Shaun. I have a lot of respect for them both as writers and good people… so you never know! We are currently working on an acoustic performance of ‘Easy Go’ which is really fun.” – Grandtheft

“I was a fan of Grandtheft’s work long before we met, so it was pretty special for me when he first reached out asking if I wanted to collab. He’s an extremely talented producer and a straight up genuine human being, which made working together such a breeze.” – Delaney

Delaney, what sets Grandtheft apart from all the other producers you’ve worked with?

“Definitely the amount of open and honest communication between us. It wasn’t just one of those scenarios where I record the vocal, send it to a producer and wait to hear the final product. We went back and forth so many times, giving each other feedback and really working together to fine-tune everything so we both were happy with the end result. It was great being so involved creatively throughout the entire process. In a perfect world, every collab would work like this.” – Delaney

Grandtheft, what do you think is the best part about working with Delaney?

“Delaney has a really natural, honest quality to her songwriting and delivery. It is effortless and relatable. I think this is a big part of why this song is connecting with people everywhere.” – Grandtheft

Delaney, what do you consider to be the biggest challenge for vocalists in such a competitive scene? 

“I was hesitant to say this, but in all honesty it’s being taken seriously as an artist in the industry. During the explosion of EDM, when big room house blew up, it seemed like vocalists became very expendable while DJ’s often received the most recognition for the songs themselves. I’ve had to work really hard to get to where I am and to be recognized as a singer, songwriter and performer, not just a featured vocalist.” – Delaney

Grandtheft, you have quite a heavy tour schedule. Do you like the thrill of touring or do you find it be more taxing?

“My tour schedule has been insane for the last few years. Almost 200 shows per year. It is so fun and inspiring to be on the road connecting with new places, cultures and music as well as meeting the people who support my music. It is crazy taxing on the body and mind, though. I hit my limit a few times over the past few years and right now, my team and I are trying to carve out more time to write. I am in a much better headspace to make music after a couple months of slightly less crazy touring. The spring and summer is looking very busy with shows again though!” – Grandtheft

For both, could you both elaborate on what it’s like to try to make your voice/art heard in such a saturated scene?

“Honesty and making music that you really feel is always the way. I am not interested in trying to fit in too much. You can’t control what people like and don’t like. I can only do right by me and make music I’m excited about. I put my heart into my Quit This City EP and it was mellow and vibey and didn’t get the same attention some of my more hype stuff gets. But, it’s important music I needed to make. I still love it and know that it will stand the test of time for me. Then we made this song ‘Easy Go’ which has that emotion and honesty, too. And its Top 40 on US radio charts right now. That’s way beyond the pop attention I ever expected! These are both success to me, though. The point being, you gotta just do you, make the best music you can without paying too much attention to the clutter out there. Being honest and creative is what will more likely make you heard and satisfy you in the long run.” – Grandtheft

“First of all, you can’t worry about what other people are doing. You just have to be honest with yourself and honest in your work and let the music speak for itself. Don’t be afraid to BE a perfectionist, quality over quantity, always. What’s also really important to me is personally connecting with my fans beyond the music. For me that means sharing poetry I’ve written on IG, being a complete goof on Snapchat, responding to my fans as much as I can, staying an hour after my show is done to give hugs and meet everyone. I’m just as much a human as everyone else and at the end of the day we all go through the same sh*t. I think being real with the world is the best way to be heard.” – Delaney

Grandtheft, if you wouldn’t mind, give us your thoughts on President Donald Trump…

“As a Canadian and global citizen, here are some things I do NOT stand for and will fight against: xenophobia, racism, violence against women, gender inequality, men limiting women’s rights, ludicrous climate change denial, war on the poor middle class, unaffordable health care, deregulation of corporate greed, religious persecution, silencing the free press, and greedy old white men. Many of these are core things that Donald Trump and his government has campaigned on and others he supports vocally and/or with policy. Plenty of his executive orders and high-powered appointments to positions of power are already having really negative impacts on America and the world. Positive change and progression takes time. It took the Obama administration two terms to get done some of the positive changes that Trump is carelessly scrapping in a matter of weeks. 

As much damages his actions will do, his voice of xenophobia is also emboldening hate and racism worldwide. We all see it happening. Hate that once lurked in the shadows is coming out in racist actions across America and Europe. It scares me for our future. I have seen people far away from America caring enough speak up, protest and rally against Trump and his actions. Lots of folks and artists I know are doing the same, but the American people need to unify to let the Trump government know that this stuff is not OK. Even for those who supported Trump hoping for a change… If you truly stay up on the daily actions taken by the president and his chosen circle of old, rich, corporate executives, it’s high time to admit that this isn’t going to end well. It is truly going to f*ck up the future and it’s all going to affect the youth more than anyone. Pay attention to what is happening and stand up for what you believe is right.” – Grandtheft


On a much lighter note, on the heels of the success “Easy Go” has seen, Grandtheft is launching a new world tour! Featuring many dates in North America, I’m sure Grandtheft will be hitting a city near you.

Check out the dates below:

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Source: Grandtheft Talks About The Making of “Easy Go” And Announces World Tour

HXV – Where Do We Go From Here [Free Download]

HXV is back, y’all. And he’s on a mission.

For 2017, he’ll be releasing one free track a month in a series of releases, all with a “story and purpose.”

That begins with “Where Do We Go From Here,” a raw and dark trap tune with much less turn up, and way more tear-out-my-eyes horror finesse. You’d hear this song playing in your head as you enter a house that you found down a long road that you know you shouldn’t enter, but you do it anyway.

“A lot of the new music I’ve been writing is going back to my roots and music I have loved since I was a kid. I noticed textures, sounds and the feeling I got from music I enjoy to listen to found in NIN, Depeche Mode, Deftones, Beach House, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive weren’t in anything I was doing.

I started to explore new tempos, new sounds and textures and tried to incorporate that into my work. I was also faced with the challenge of writing music that will connect without vocals or a vocal hook of any kind. To make something heavy, personal, and still human without human elements.

I left “Where Do We Go From Here” purposefully minimal, cavernous, this is the beginning of a longer process. I wanted to set out and define what HXV is and sounds like once and for all; not as a reaction to the project’s environment, but something separate from EDM, separate from traditional festival music. Something that stands on its own.

Thank you for supporting the movement.”

– HXV

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: HXV – Where Do We Go From Here [Free Download]

Your EDM Premiere: ARTY – Falling Down (feat. Maty Noyes) [Seeking Blue]

ARTY has long been one of our favorites here at Your EDM, so we’re thrilled to be premiering his newest single with Maty Notes, “Falling Down.” The best thing about this release, though, is that ARTY went the full mile on this one with another high-energy and festival ready version of the single dubbed the ‘Night Mix.’ Both singles come courtesy of Seeking Blue which has seen success lately with higher and higher profile artists with each passing release, culminating in their biggest to date with ARTY. The single is a wicked new display of ARTY’s new sound and direction which ties in perfectly with the sound and stature that Seeking Blue has created within the online dance music community.

“Falling Down” boasts a beautiful main melody which shows off a softer, warmer house side from the Russian producer that can almost be described as tropical. Maty Noyes’s soaring vocals will sure to have you in the state of euphoria while ARTY weaves deftly between the boundaries of conventional EDM and pop music seamlessly blending both worlds. The ‘Night Mix’ captures the same euphoric state of the original but utilizes some incredible future bass chops in both drops to kick the song a strong kick and show off some production versatility for the festival-loving crowd.

“The Night Mix version came together as an idea to show the beauty of the vocals and harmonies in a different spotlight. Since the original version is keeping the mellow vibe, the Night Mix is more dynamic, showing the uplifting side of the song.”

Stream both singles below. ARTY will be taking over our Spotify playlist tomorrow and running an AMA on /r/electronicmusic in promotion of his new single(s)!


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Source: Your EDM Premiere: ARTY – Falling Down (feat. Maty Noyes) [Seeking Blue]

Your EDM Interview With Ali Tamposi, Co-Writer On Selena Gomez & Kygo’s “It Ain’t Me”

Though it’s widely known, and often in the back of our heads the whole time, we regularly choose to forget that massive artists have teams of writers behind them. In the case of EDM, this is the case far, far less often – with bedroom producers making up a bulk of the music being released on any day, there’s less chance that someone was getting paid to write a song that only got 50,000 plays on Soundcloud than being struck by lightning.

However, when you have a collaboration between major artists like Kygo and Selena Gomez, a writer or two is going to come into play. The two recently released their collaboration “It Ain’t Me,” which has been getting pretty rave reviews for returning to a more natural sound for Kygo; and for Selena, her vocals were obviously the focal point. But the lyrics of the track are in part due to the efforts of Ali Tamposi, who is credited as a co-writer on the track, and has also written songs such as DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.”

Ali Tamposi is a recent addition to Reservoir’s music publishing roster, which we’re sure they’re extremely pleased with right now. We reached out to Reservoir and Tamposi to get some of the writer’s thoughts on her recent work, as well as where she sees herself in the future.

Describe your songwriting process. Where do you begin when tasked with creating a new track?

Most of the time I’m collaborating with Andrew Watt and Brian Lee and we all just get into a room, order food and talk about what’s going on in our lives. Andrew or Brian will typically pick up the guitar – and Andrew will usually come in with a guitar riff that he prepared – and we’ll all shout out melodies until we land on one. The song usually comes together from there – we write the lyrics, I’ll cut vocals, we high-five and wrap up our session.

What inspired the lyrics behind the songs you’ve worked on? Your own experiences, or something completely different?

It’s a combination of our experiences – we act as if we’re therapists for one another. If I’m going through something, Andrew and Brian will be my therapists and we’ll tap into that place and vice-versa. We’ll ask questions about that experience and it usually goes from there. We’ll be like “What did it actually feel like when you’re at the bar and waiting for that person to call you and they’re not calling?” so it’s that type of vibe. It’s honest – everything that we write comes from past experiences that we’ve all felt. If it doesn’t come from that place, then it feels disconnected.

How were you connected to Kygo’s team? Have you gotten the chance to interact with the man himself throughout this process?

Andrew Watt knows Kygo and his manager just from working together in the past. Kygo’s manager reached out to Andrew and asked to come into the session, so Andrew facilitated that for us. We’ve been able to build a relationship with Kygo from there and from a producer-level – aside from his DJ work – he’s one of the greatest producers that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

How did the experience of working on the new song compare to your previous gigs? Would you work with Kygo again if given the chance?

This one, it just felt like it all connected. I don’t really deal with the business side of things and that’s the beauty of working with my team – they allow me to step away from the business. When Kygo heard this song, he was instantly mapping out where he was going to take it. He followed the melodies and emotions of the song and brought it to life. It all aligned. Usually, we’ll wait around for a few months, try pitching a song to different artists and hopefully something sticks. When Selena heard it, she loved it – she heard it about a month after we wrote it.

Would you work with Kygo again if given the chance?

Definitely, he’s a musical genius and plays the piano like nobody I’ve ever heard. He doesn’t overcomplicate songs, he leaves space to let the lyrics and melody drive the song. He connects to songs with depth and meaning. He’s such a wonderful presence in the studio and really inspiring.

“Let Me Love You” with Justin Bieber and DJ Snake became such a massive success in the pop and EDM realms. When creating a new track like “It Ain’t Me,” do you have a sense of the song’s potential before it’s officially released? How can you tell when you have a hit on your hands?

Honestly, I know when a song has the potential to be a hit after it’s written. But I really never know if it’s a hit until it’s a hit.

What are your thoughts on creating music under your own name? Is it something you’ve done/would like to do at some point, or are you satisfied with being a bit more “behind-the-scenes”?

I don’t really envision that for my future, I know where my strengths are. My strengths are sitting in the studio and getting my message across through different artists. Working with Reservoir has really opened a new world for me as a songwriter too and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow with them. They’ve provided a strong support system that fits my creativity.

When I create, I come from a place of being a messenger from a higher power of some sort that shows me how to funnel out a message. I feel like the artist is that ultimate goal to funnel out my message. I feel so stimulated doing what I’m doing. I don’t know what the future holds – I don’t mind doing features. I feel like my purpose on this Earth is to sit in the passenger’s seat next to the artist and help navigate through the journey of everything.

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Your EDM Interview With Ali Tamposi, Co-Writer On Selena Gomez & Kygo’s “It Ain’t Me”

Who Has The Best New Single In Mainstream EDM This Week? [Reader Poll]

This week alone, there have been a lot of releases in dance music geared more toward the pop world. Releases from Zedd, The Chainsmokers, Marshmello & Ookay, and Calvin Harris brought in featured artists that bridged the gap between dance and pop, and now we’re going to be hearing a lot more dance music on mainstream radio because of it.

Features with Alessia Cara, Noah Cyrus, Migos & Frank Ocean, and not least of all Coldplay have left us with a lot of different choices for listening, and we couldn’t just pick one… so we asked our Twitter followers! With over 700 votes recorded, 32% of respondents said that their favorite mainstream EDM release of the week was “Slide” with Calvin Harris, Migos and Frank Ocean.

However, not far behind them was “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay with 27% of the vote. Zedd and Marshmello & Ookay are in third and fourth place with 21% and 20% of the votes, respectively.

 

Image via Rukes.com

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Source: Who Has The Best New Single In Mainstream EDM This Week? [Reader Poll]

Codeko Puts His Indie Dance Spin On Selena Gomez & Kygo’s Newest Hit

Selena Gomez & Kygo are just one of the latest in a string of EDM/pop collaborations; we’ll probably be seeing a lot more as 2017 continues on. That being said, all of these tracks are ripe for remixes for the real EDM and festival crowds, and Codeko has put a great spin on “It Ain’t Me.”

The remix is considerably shorter than the original, but I like to think of it as a more dense package to be consumed and listened to. The drop comes quick and hard, with punchy drums and those all-too-popular vocal chops. Selena’s vocals still remain front and center in the bridge, but the drops are all about letting loose and dancing.

Check out the remix below!

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Source: Codeko Puts His Indie Dance Spin On Selena Gomez & Kygo’s Newest Hit

NGHTMRE Shares Over A Dozen New IDs On Snapchat

Snapchat has become a way for EDM artists to share new music with fans, without management getting totally up in arms about it. We’ve gotten a ton of new teasers from acts like The Chainsmokers and Dillon Francis in the past, and now it seems NGHTMRE has made it his mission to upstage everyone else by teasing a lot of new music at once.

By our count, there are seventeen new IDs in this one Snapchat story. While all of them are basically nameless, we have some serious heaters buried within, including: a new Dillon Francis and NGHTMRE collab, a Ghastly & NGHTMRE collab called “End Of The Night,” a NGHTMRE remix of DJ Snake “Here Comes The Night,” and a new DUB VIP of “Street.”

By all accounts, NGHTMRE is going to have a wild 2017. Check out the previews below!

 

Photo via Roho Foto

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Source: NGHTMRE Shares Over A Dozen New IDs On Snapchat

Rich Chigga Remixes Skrillex & ZHU’s “Working For It”

Back in 2016, Skrillex teamed up with ZHU and They to release a sensual and driving original track “Working For It.” Featuring sky-high vocals and unmistakable Skrillex sound design, the track became an instant hit in the EDM circuit and beyond. Now, up and coming jokester-turned-rapper Rich Chigga has decided to release his own take of the single, adding in his own series of vocals to complete the sonic picture.

The remix comes as a relatively new effort by the vocalist, taking a step away from the more straightforward trap rhythms for something more experimental and dark. The result, however, is a truly catchy and natural-sounding combination of styles.

Listen to the flip below, and rediscover one of the most innovative tracks of 2016.

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Source: Rich Chigga Remixes Skrillex & ZHU’s “Working For It”

OPINION: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s Collab Is Uninspired And Rips Off “Roses”

The ChainsmokersColdplay‘s hotly anticipated collab, “Something Just Like This,” has finally landed. And, while Coldplay fans will certainly not complain about how excellent the vocal elements are in this track, Chainsmokers fans might feel a bit differently. The production and melodies are certainly of a professional quality, but if you’ve heard “Roses” from The Chainsmokers you might understand why the drop in their new Coldplay collab feels a bit too familiar.

To be frank, the synth used to lead for the pop-drop in “Something Just Like This” is virtually indistinguishable from that used in “Roses.” Although this new release is lacking some of the trappier elements found in “Roses,” (like the finger snaps and the backing chants) and instead incorporates a Coldplay-infused guitar solo for the last drop segment, the melodic identities of the two tracks are just far too similar, in my opinion.

While some might be quick to think I’m hating unnecessarily here, I would like to think that it’s important to offer legitimate criticism as opposed to irrational hate or blinding praise. When an act has cemented themselves so firmly in the spotlight of the music world as a representative of dance music, like The Chainsmokers have, fans and critics alike would find more enjoyment if boundaries are pushed. This release is quite the opposite, and instead plays it overly safe to The Chainsmokers’ strengths and successful style. It’s by no means bad, but I think I stand for most dance music fans when I say that they could’ve done better with the production on such a high profile collab as this.

I mean c’mon… this topline is amazing.

But hey, at least we have one thing to look forward to: an indubitable flood of quality remixes incoming from EDM’s best up and comers. Stay tuned.

 

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: OPINION: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s Collab Is Uninspired And Rips Off “Roses”