Episode 5: Interview with The Chainsmokers! The Chainsmokers have become the hottest young American EDM DJ duo. They’ve gotten immense support by friends such as Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tiesto, W&W, and more. Their live shows are becoming the most sought after in EDM. Their wild antics, hilarious personalities, and addicting productions have fans interacting with them non stop and running to see them live every chance they get. In this episode, we dig into their #1 smash hit “Roses” and learn more about their signature sound, overcoming #SELFIE, how you can become a hit with what they call 10,000 hours to success, and so much more! Then laugh at this week’s Drunk Dial… ever get wasted and prank call a bar?
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Episode 12: Interview with Jes! In a world where few have the vision, creativity and willpower to carve their own distinct niche JES has excelled in exactly that. One voice and vision that has forged a career path that is often imitated, but rarely equaled. JES’ extraordinary voice and passionate songwriting have won her the respect and adoration of both the music fans and industry across the globe. After hits with dance music pioneers like D-Fuse and Deepsky, JES began to work with two underground San Francisco based DJ’s named Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden forming a band called “Motorcycle”. The resulting song, “As The Rush Comes” would change the landscape of electronic music for a generation. Propelled onwards by the massive success of “As The Rush Comes,” (#1 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart US) JES formed a close working relationship with Tiesto (then ranked as the worlds #1 DJ) and signed a solo artist deal with his label, and the rest, as they say, is history. In this episode Jes covers it all, including her record label and tips for getting your song heard, then she plays her Top 3 Favorite songs including “Happy” the track she did with Austin Leads and Redhead RomanPost Views: 204
Episode 20: Interview with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike! The aliases of Greek-Belgian brothers Dimitri and Michael Thivaios, the EDM DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, started their musical careers at a young age. From the age of 14, the pair began to DJ around their local nightclubs and became presenters on Belgium radio station BeatFM a few years later.
They left Belgium in 1999 to play a European tour and settled in Mallorca to establish their names on the European dance circuit before moving to Halkidiki, Greece and then Ibiza in 2003. It was there that they made their names after securing residencies at respected nightclubs Privilege and Space. Next, after being made resident DJs of the nightclubs The End and Amnesia in Zante, Greece in 2006, they produced their first single, “La Cocaina (Eivissa 2007),” which was released on white label the following year. A slew of miscellaneous releases followed, but it was when their 2008 remix of Dave Lambert & Housetrap’s “Work That Body” was noticed by Axwell — who then enlisted them to remix Abel Ramos’ “Rotterdam City of Love” for his label Axtone — that DJ stardom beckoned. They hosted the Tomorrowland EDM festival in 2010, and the following year collaborated with Afrojack and Nervo on the smash single “The Way We See the World.” The duo launched their Smash the House imprint in 2011. Several singles released on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label followed, and the duo scored seven number one hits on digital music retailer Beatport in 2013 alone. The brothers racked up numerous pop hits in Belgium and other European countries, including “Chattahoochee” and “Find Tomorrow (Ocarina),” which both hit number two in Belgium. 2014 found the duo cracking the U.K. charts for the first time when “Tremor” (their collaboration with Martin Garrix) hit number 30. Hits and festival headlines continued, and the duo was ranked number two on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll in 2015. While Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike worked on their debut full-length in 2015, singles “The Hum” (with Ummet Ozcan) and “Higher Place” (featuring Ne-Yo) hit number one in Belgium as well as the top of the Billboard dance chart. In 2016, they collaborated with Dutch production duo W&W on the single “Arcade,” which reached number one on electronic music site Beatport’s Top 100 EDM songs chart, as well as hitting the Belgium and French charts. Singles such as “Melody,” featuring Steve Aoki and Ummet Ozcan, and “Stay Awhile” kept the brothers in the public eye, with the pair also going one better than in the previous year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s second place by claiming the number one spot, the first for a duo. October saw the release of “Hey Baby,” a collaboration with American producer Diplo, who had previously joined the pair at their House of Madness party in Ibiza.Post Views: 258
Episode 23: Interview with Griz! GRiZ is a Michigan-born electronic music producer and musician who has attracted an enormous live following, regularly playing major festivals and selling out headlining tours. Referring to his music as “future funk,” GRiZ produces glitchy, energetic tracks with booming dubstep bass and elements of jazz, hip-hop, and soul.
Born Grant Kwiecinski in Southfield, Michigan in 1990, he began playing alto saxophone and piano as a youth, and dropped out of Michigan State University in order to pursue a career as a musician. His debut album, End of the World Party, was released in 2011 by Mochipet’s Daly City label, and its sample-heavy downtempo tracks made a splash online. The saxophone-wielding musician began supporting popular touring electronic acts such as Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, leading to his own successful headlining tours.
His self-released second album, Mad Liberation, appeared in 2012, followed by the more socially conscious Rebel Era in 2013. His fourth album, 2015’s Say It Loud, featured numerous guest vocalists (including Talib Kweli and Ivan Neville) and an increased presence of live instrumentation, working toward more of a vintage funk sound while remaining contemporary. GRiZ stuck with the organic funk approach for 2016’s Good Will Prevail. His fifth album, it featured guest appearances from Eric Krasno, Big Gigantic, Muzzy Bear, and others. He’s working on new music — including a sixth studio album to follow-up 2016’s Good Will Prevail. But GRiZ cautions against anyone holding their breath waiting for it to surface imminently.Post Views: 284