Episode 16: Interview with Xenia Ghali! A fashionista with her own line of high-end hand jewelry, Xenia Ghali is also a big-room DJ plus a songwriter and producer signed to Pitbull’s label. Raised in Athens, Greece, Xenia began learning the piano at age five, then began picking up other orchestra instruments before focusing on pop and rock in her teens, when she learned to play the drums and guitar. Attending college in London turned the multi-instrumentalist on to dance music, and soon she bought two turntables, spinning house music and then all flavors of dance. Small gigs turned into medium gigs, then slots at the mega-clubs Ministry of Sound and Pacha in Ibiza meant she was in the rank of superstar DJ. Earning a master’s degree in music production from NYU brought her to America, where she began recording her own demos. In 2014 she was signed to Pitbull’s Mr. 305 label and released the single “Broken,” featuring Katt Rockell.
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Episode 17: Interview with Tritonal! Tritonal capped off an outstanding 2015 with the January 2016 release of “Blackout” – the long coveted but previously unavailable single featuring Steph Jones’ delicate vocals and a pop twist on the duo’s melodic sound. “Blackout” quickly became Tritonal’s fastest-selling and -streaming single to date, the latest in a long line of hits for Austin, Texas songwriters and producers Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed.
In the previous year, Tritonal surpassed 53 million streams in aggregate on Spotify, over 10 million of that attributable to the Chainsmokers collaboration, “Until You Were Gone”. The duo has also remixed Adam Lambert’s hit “Ghost Town”; reached millions of listeners on iTunes, Soundcloud and Sirius via the podcast, Tritonia; and sold out iconic venues New York’s Terminal 5, San Francisco’s Warfield, and L.A.’s Club Nokia along with the majority of the Untouchable tour with Cash Cash. As of early 2016, the tour’s anthem, “Untouchable”, has been streamed over 19 million times.
Formed in 2008, Tritonal spent their early days on premium imprints like Anjunabeats, before eventually landing at Will Holland’s Enhanced Music, which Cisneros and Reed came to co-own. Key moments on Enhanced include: “We Belong”, a pivotal 2009 Ferry Corsten rework; the hit-laden 2011 debut album, Piercing the Quiet; and the acclaimed 2013-2014 Metamorphic EP trilogy featuring euphoric favorites “Follow Me Home” and “Now or Never”. “Now or Never” cracked the Top Five on Billboard’s Airplay Dance chart, a placement recaptured by follow-ups, “Anchor”,“Colors”, and “Untouchable”. In a first for the duo, “Now Or Never” also became a sports anthem for CBS’s Thursday Night NFL broadcasts in 2015, introducing the duo to millions of new fans weekly.
Tritonal’s evolution and success prove that compelling songwriting, innovative production, and exuberant performances resonate with music lovers of all kinds, from underground purists to stadium fanatics.Post Views: 0
By Real EDM — 1 year ago
Episode 22: Interview with Cosmic Gate! Initially known for producing hard trance, German duo Cosmic Gate gradually shifted to a more accessible progressive trance sound on their way to becoming one of the genre’s most successful duos, selling out arenas and releasing dozens of club hits. Claus Terhoeven (born 1972) and Stefan Bossems (born 1967), both from the West German city of Krefeld, first met in 1997, but started collaborating the following year when they found themselves in the same studio by chance. Driving singles “The Drums” and “Mental Atmosphere” appeared on EMI in 1999, but the duo’s breakthrough came when “Fire Wire” (initially the B-side of 2000’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) was given a stand-alone release in 2001. The commanding track hit the U.K. Top Ten and was remixed numerous times. Parent album Rhythm & Drums appeared that year and reached number 30 on the German album charts. This was followed by 2002’s No More Sleep, which spawned further hit singles such as “Back to Earth” and “The Wave.” In 2003, the duo made the first of many appearances on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll. During the same year, the duo released the first volume of their Back 2 Back mix CD series. The second volume, released in 2005, marked the beginning of their long, fruitful relationship with Black Hole Recordings.
By the time Cosmic Gate released their third full-length, 2006’s Earth Mover, their sound had changed, moving away from hard trance and exploring a progressive style. Released in 2009, Sign of the Times continued Cosmic Gate’s venture into progressive trance, with tracks sung by vocalists such as Emma Hewitt and Aruna. Back 2 the Future, a double CD containing remixes of older Cosmic Gate tracks, arrived in 2011, and that year also saw the release of the duo’s fifth album, Wake Your Mind, which included one of their best-known songs, “Be Your Sound.” The duo mixed the 2012 edition of Ministry of Sound’s annual Trance Nation series. They founded Wake Your Mind Records in 2013 and initiated their weekly Wake Your Mind Radio podcast in April of 2014, issuing their sixth full-length, Start to Feel, shortly after. Two volumes of Wake Your Mind Sessions mix CDs appeared in 2015 and 2016, and the studio album Materia arrived in 2017, first as two separate digital chapters before being issued as a complete double CD.Post Views: 0
By Real EDM — 10 months ago
Episode 7: Interview with 99 Souls and hear their Breakout Song, The Girl is Mine! Their faces were obscured on the cover of their breakthrough 2015 hit, but dance production duo 99 Souls identified as “1 jazz kid” and “1 hip hop baby” from the U.K. They evidently had a soft spot for Brandy and Monica’s 1998 duet “The Boy Is Mine” and Destiny’s Child’s 2005 single “Girl,” as they applied a sample of the latter and had Brandy re-record a portion of the former for “The Girl Is Mine.” The pop-oriented house track, released on Resilience and eventually licensed by Sony, earned early support from BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. Months later, it peaked at number 15 on the U.K. pop chart. ~ Andy KellmanPost Views: 0