Got a mouth full of ‘pop rocks’
YOOKIE and Jameston Thieves teamed up for an explosive, genre-defying collaboration on new track ‘Pop Rocks‘. Having previously collaborated on Bonkerz, Freshkimo and OMG, these guys know how to create insane bass/trap mastery.
“Someone told us a while ago that they missed our “alien sounds” so we got together with the most extra-terrestrial creature we know and made Pop Rocks.” – YOOKiE
No doubt is this song other worldly. The number of different sounds heard through your headphones will have you flabbergasted. Never ones to follow the crowd, YOOKiE, and Jameston Thieves have defied categorization with a track that’s sole aim is to blow minds. Combining their love for the weird, the wonderful and the undefinable, delivering a ground-breaking collaboration laced with powerful bass hits, twanging riffs and a plethora of samples that’ll catch you off-guard.
“Pop rocks was a super fun song to meld minds with YOOKiE on. It’s sort of a paradox of vibes, where the song is rather dark feeling, but the lyrics are more or less a bit whimsical. With the drop sounds, we both tried to make noises that more or less sounded like pop rocks!” – JAMESTON THIEVES
***READ MORE HERE: YOOKIE & Jameston Thieves Throw Down ‘Pop Rocks’ Out Now [Listen]
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By Real EDM — 9 months ago
Keep an eye on this up-and-coming producer!
Oftentimes, we all discover new music that is just doing it for us in all aspects. Everything just sounds too right, and without knowing why that is, we keep having it on repeat. French producer KAYLOO‘s music definitely has the potential to hit that spot; it might get you in a mood where you just can’t get enough of it.
The talented artist, real name Lucas Rousseau, got his start a couple years ago on Soundcloud, with instrumental releases blending epic synths and melodies with hard bass and crazy percussions. Although he released most of his work on his own, he quickly got the attention of eclectic Singapore-based collective DARKER THAN WAX, that acted as an outlet for him to further spread his addicting music on the internet.
And that’s the thing with KAYLOO, you can’t really categorize his music into one genre, as it draws influences from a lot of places, and most importantly it provokes mixed emotions. His unique combination of bass and melodic elements prevents you from categorizing most of his tracks into moody or bright, hard or chill, as the elements blend with each other into an epic sonic journey.
We had the pleasure of talking to KAYLOO and his manager Edouard about his progression to where he is now, touring and Soundcloud:
EDM.com: Who is KAYLOO? Give is a short intro and some info about yourself.
KAYLOO: My name is Lucas, I’m 24 years old and I produce music under the name of KAYLOO. I live in a city called Chambery, it’s near Lyon actually. I was born in La Rochelle, and ever since I was little I used to travel a lot, something that I have never stopped, so I naturally feel at home everywhere. And it’s the same with my music, it’s really eclectic and I feel at home in almost every genre of music. I’m eclectic in general with a lot of things and Iove a lot of things in life, and I think you can feel that with my music; not always happiness but a lot of hope and a lot of love (laughs). I can’t really describe my music, but it has trappy drums, a lot of melodies and a lot of good bass; it’s chill but sometimes it’s also kind of hard.
Edouard, how/when did you and KAYLOO meet? How did you make the decision to work with him in order to step up his career?
Edouard: Lucas and I met at the end of 2014, I was working in a booking agency in the South of France, and I discovered his music through Soundcloud; he had only 2 tracks released at this time. As I was evolving in the agency I decided to develop my own roster of artists which is why I contacted him. I started building European tours for artists like Da-P (Soulection) and High Klassified and made Kayloo tour in several countries like Italy, Germany, France, Belgium… At the beginning, our relationship was strictly professional but we fast became very good friends so I was naturally interested in his project and wanted to help him push his music further.
What inspired you and led you to start producing Lucas?
KAYLOO: It first happened when I was 17, I came back from school and was just chilling and watching videos on Youtube as I stumbled upon a tutorial of a guy that was explaining how he made a song on a software. That was actually the first time I got interested in it, and I was like “fuck, I wasted like half my life not knowing this” because I was sure I’d be good at it. Then I just ran to the only music store in my town and got myself a MIDI and a synth, cracked a software and just started to mess with it. I wrote some awful tracks I was really happy with and then I started learning a lot of tricks about composition and mixing and mastering etc. I’ve only been taking music seriously since I was 20 though.
How do you feel your style has changed and progressed throughout the years?
KAYLOO: That’s a super tough question to answer actually (laughs). I guess I’ve become better in general, in terms of mixing, mastering, and composition. I have a ton of ideas and production techniques, and what I’ve done throughout the years is keep the best and try to perfect them, and they have basically led me to my style. What I’ve come to notice is that my best songs are the ones that are pretty simple and don’t have many things happening at the same time.
Talk to us a bit about your touring experience. What were some of your favorite shows? What did you learn on your time touring?
KAYLOO: Thanks to my manager Edward and the label DARKER THAN WAX, I’ve played pretty much all around Europe. A city I really liked was Berlin; the people are super open to new stuff there, and it’s the same in the Netherlands as well. Tthe best show I’ve ever had however was in Montpelier; there were a lot of people, the vibes were great and I was with my manager and all my friends as well. The main thing I’ve learned from touring is just to stay humble and really appreciate the moment; not every artist really realizes the fact that you have people welcoming you to their show and taking care of you. I’ve learned to really appreciate that, and every show I’ve had abroad has been an amazing experience; never had a bad experience at all.
What’s your biggest goal when it comes to your career in music?
KAYLOO: Depends on what you really mean by “goal”. My goal right now is to just be able to live well off of music because honestly I’m still kinda hustling. My ultimate goal, however, is to not only be seen as a producer, a guy sitting behind his computer making beats but as an artist as well; I don’t really feel like I make beats, I feel like I make songs. So I basically want to live off of music, work on it every day and get the chance to collaborate and work with a ton of people that I admire.
What are some things that you couldn’t even have imagined, but have accomplished so far in your music journey?
KAYLOO: It’s funny, because back when I started making music I was really hard on myself. It was just a hobby and it took me a lot of time to really accept myself and put me in a position where I’m able to make music full time. It was really hard for me, so the answer to this question is pretty much everything. Even to this day, I’m surprised all the time with the things that are happening to me; shows, crazy opportunities and working with people I used to listen to back in the day.
What are some secret talents you have outside of music that everyone should know about?
KAYLOO: Uummm, I don’t know… I’m really good at climbing stuff and I’m a really good video game player as well (laughs). I know that doesn’t sound exciting or epic at all but yeah, there are not that many talents I have outside of music.
Any super talented Soundcloud producer friends? Shout them out also stating why.
KAYLOO: Definitely, there’s KA-YU, he’s a really good producer. There’s my brother silo from DARKER THAN WAX, he’s a really dope producer from Belgium. There’s also this guy be.dar, he’s from France as well and he’s a really talented dude. I know all these guys personally, and they are the coolest dudes. Some more of my favorite artists are High Klassified, TEK.LUN and definitely Medasin.
As a producer that has mainly relied on Soundcloud to build his career and expand his network, how do you feel the platform has changed over the last years, and how have these changes affected you?
KAYLOO: I think we can all agree that a lot of people left Soundcloud like 1,5-2 years ago, and even I kind of stopped using Soundcloud for a year, and when I came back to it I found it was really hard to get exposure. In my opinion, one of the main reasons is that a lot of people have changed the way they listen to music, myself included. A lot of people who were using Soundcloud for just discovering music left and these people were pretty much the majority of the platform. All you’re left with is still a strong community, but that’s just the veterans; Soundcloud’s casual listeners have moved to Spotify and Youtube.
***READ MORE HERE: Underground Talent KAYLOO Is Crafting His Own Path with Epic Productions [INTERVIEW]
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By Real EDM — 5 months ago
“Tilted Towers,” “Jetty” and “Game Time” will come out on Ninja’s new Astralwerks album.
Professional gamer Tyler Blevins (known professionally as Ninja) appears to have tapped a diverse group of major EDM producers for his upcoming “soundtrack to gaming,” Ninjawerks. So far Alesso, Tycho and 3LAU have each shared 10-second snippets of songs that will be featured on the compilation.
The clips shared by Alesso and Tycho sound like you might expect; the former artist contributed some big room bounce to the effort while the latter offered up a more sophisticated soundscape. 3LAU’s teaser, on the other hand, is something of a wild card. Stepping out of his comfort zone, the producer delivered a tense downtempo track that sounds like it could find its way into a Rezz set.
Blevins boasts the most streamed Twitch channel and is thus commonly referred to as the “world’s biggest gamer.” Ninjawerks will mark his first foray into EDM, for which he has partnered with Universal Music Group subsidiary label Astralwerks. All of the songs comprising the effort are instrumentals with no vocals.
Ninja and Astralwerks will commemorate the release of Ninjawerks with a launch party at the Capitol Records Lot in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Sunday, December 2nd. It will close out Capitol Royale, a two-day music and technology event at the same location. Find more information on the event website.
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***READ MORE HERE: Alesso, Tycho and 3LAU Share Clips of New Music from Ninjawerks
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By Real EDM — 2 months ago
Unfortunately, the upgrades won’t be finished in time for Ultra Music Festival 2019.
Ultra Music Festival‘s relocation to Virginia Key for 2019 has proven a tremendous undertaking, but farther-reaching initiatives on the island may prove just as intensive. The city has announced plans to renovate Miami Marine Stadium over a timeline that may make it a feasible venue for the 2023 edition of the festival.
Hurricane Andrew rendered the stadium dilapidated in 1992, and it remained condemned until locals petitioned to designate it a historic landmark. The $45 million renovations (which would also include a new structure by the looks of concept designs) will begin after permits are granted and contractor bids are weighed out in a year and a half, and will conclude roughly two years after that.View the original article to see embedded media.
Ultra’s organizers have not publicly disclosed any plans to use the stadium in future editions of the festival, but they appear eager to hold onto their new home of Virginia Key. If only the same could be said of rival promoters and nearby residents.
Ultra Music Festival will take place from March 29th to March 31st, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.
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***READ MORE HERE: Renovation Plans Emerge for Miami Marine Stadium, a Potential Ultra Venue
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