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So Sus Crystals Interview

Much like your average, garden variety polar bear enthusiast, So Sus is delving into the uncharted waters of 2017. White capping many of us with the launch of the the new collective, Crystals. The newly formed collective has it’s eye’s set on the horizon and have already emerged with an introductory video announcing their launch to Vancouver and beyond, whilst announcing the first compilation due out on the 23rd of this month, entitled, Crystals Vol. 1. We caught up with the Founder, So Sus, to gain some insight into what’s been brewing from the Crystals corner.

Play through the Crystals Vol. 1 Minimix while you get your familiar getting on.

What was the main incentive to start this new collective? Is there a gap in the Vancouver scene that needs filling?

Actually the desire was more created by what I saw online rather than IRL in Vancouver. A few months ago I started a weekly feedback sessions were I would use the first hour of my weekly studio sessions at Feel & Think Studios in Downtown Vancouver to listen to listen to people’s tracks with great sound system in a treated room. I got a good response from this and started to see some really amazing artists who I wanted to push but in my opinion a repost and follow can only go so far. So I decided to go further and get a crew together of some guys whose sound I really liked.

From the outside the collective is obviously focused on putting out music but for the guys involved there’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes such as feedback on music, release strategies, sharing contacts and obviously dank memes. Really there’s some guys I came across that I want to see succeed so the collective is a way to try pool resources and also it’s great to feel part of something and not just be a guy in your mom’s basement making weird noises.

Did you know all of the members before deciding to run with the idea, or was the idea of a new collective something that attracted the other members?

I knew about half the crew the member from either running into them at shows or just somehow linking up on online spaces such as reddit and soundcloud and having a mutual appreciation for each other’s music.

Who are the current members and where do they hail from?

So there are 11 of us in Crystals So Sus , Angst, Someone Someone and Moxsa all from Vancouver the everyone else is pretty spread across the world with Banora from Croatia , Elex from Ukraine, Ewoke from Germany Favien is our token Australian , Outset and Shwirl are from the good ol’ USA and Troupe is From England.

How long has this project been in the making?

I had the idea for a little while but really started working towards this about 5 months ago. That’s when I came up with the name for the collective and once it had a name became a thing to me.

Have you even helmed a project like this before? You are currently member of a couple really good outlets.

A while back I did head up a collective but I was in my last year of University and most of the member were in University so and it was really hard to keep up with it and school. But I had a small label from LA involved with it that which is was cool cause essentially I made it into a free release sub label for them. But It did also feel at time that I was restricted in what I could do with it since the label was a house music label but I started being interested in trap and other things than four to the floor beats at that time. So I had to make a tough decision to kinda leave it and focus on my solo project as it stylistically it started to change whole lot.

Yeah I’m also part of Sola which is headed by Enshway, Myrne and Awoltalk. Shout out the squaaaaa *Mexican Airhorns*

Is there an avenue that remains untapped as far as collectives go? A clear lane that no one’s been inning yet. You don’t have to spoil er’ if so.

I think a lot of collective are into a sound (think like Soulection) and that’s not what we are about, it’s more about being sonically interesting. At the core with Crystals the aim is to showcase really unknown talents. For example Elex one of our members is seriously one of the craziest producers I have come across but I think he has less than 200 followers on soundcloud, which based on the quality of his music is almost crazy to me. So The collective is meant primarily for guys like him and outlet to push good music no matter who is making it. From what I see a lot of collectives are looking for someone who is already hot or on the come up. At crystals we see potential and wanna grow with people and grow a family.

With all the platforms competing with one another, are you looking to a few that fans and followers can focus on for the majority of Crystals news?

Really the best place to hear about what we are about what we are up to is on Facebook and Twitter but obviously the most important thing is the tunes we drop on Soundcloud. In addition there will be other things such as sample pack sand we hope to also get into some live shows in Vancouver.

How is the focus of releases going to be spent? Is the collective looking towards singles, or more EP / larger project releases?

We plan on releasing larger compilations quarterly. There may be some single sprinkled here and there. But the focus will be the quarterly compilations.

What are the plans for the new year? Crystals has already kicked things off with a nice intro video.

We Plan to drop our first compilation for free on 23 January on soundcloud. It features tracks from all members of the collective. It will be nice to finally share some sounds to describe what we are all about. Also I should mention that anyone is free to submit songs for consideration on future compilations. Lots of work went into that video glad you enjoyed it.

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Music At The View: ShermGerm Interview


Music At The View 2016 is just a few short days away now, in Tonasket Washington. The 3 day long music festival runs from May 20th – 22nd. In anticipation of the festival we’ve reached out to a couple of artists who we are most excited to see perform this year for interview.

First up is Seattle based Trap & Experimental Bass Producer and DJ ShermGerm. In the short time we’ve been familiar with the artist his catalog has stood to impress. Numerous uploads of what can be said is his signature sound of Trap and Experimental Bass. Elements of Grime, even Glitch-Hop, and an audibly clean Hip Hop influence all add to what is #GermTrap For promo, and plain overall hype purposes ShermGerm has hooked up an exclusive promo mix made up of almost entirely original material along with some words so we can all do the get to know.

Can you talk a bit about how your listening habits grew into your productions style? i.e. Who you were listening to early on in Electronic music, or mentors, or previous projects x bands?
It really started with oldschool hiphop beats back when I was like 8 years old. Groups like Beastie Boys, Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Gorillaz really set me into my beat making ways. The first electronic music i discovered was Daft Punk and that took me down the path of Aphex Twins and other trippy producers.

Do you have a favourite venue in Seattle, and or one you recommend to newcomers to the city?
I think Q night club is holding it down right now, also Moneky Loft & Club Sur always comes threw with good vibes.

Is this going to be your first year performing Music At The View?
Yes it will be my first time playing here. I couldnt be more excited to make new friends and share my music with new ears.

Are you planning on spending the weekend at the festival?
Yea I’ll be camping out all weekend, come find me and chill.

When your camping (like many attendees no doubt will be), what are some of the essentials x simple pleasures you pack for yourself?
I keep it all down to one backpack, I bring water, snacks,a few prepared meals and thats it. I dont bring much of anything for personal entertainment.

From the perspective of an attendee, what makes a memorable performance from and artist at a festival?
Hearing music I have never heard is what stands out most for me. I like hearing new sounds and styles.

Quick on the subject of the Soundcloud peerage where do you stand? Have you begun migrating your catalog to other platforms as of yet?
I really only upload to soundcloud right now, I’m working on getting more music up on bandcamp though.

What have you got in store for the remainder of the year?
I’m finishing up 2 EPs right now for some summer releases. I’m also planning out all my upcoming shows, this summer is gonna get busy and i cant wait to share my music along the West Coast!

Care to sign this off with an quotable quotes, words to live by, or shout outs?
Make music out of love!

ShermGerm – Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud | Twitter

Pairanoid – Carry On (feat. ALEXANDRIA)

Here are some pretty words bitches. Just in case you didn’t know I can speak all fancy n shit. – Toronto-based production duo Pairanoid have released their latest track titled ‘Carry On’.  The track features the beautiful voice of Alexandria.  ‘Carry On’ is a melodic dance track thats easy to listen to.  It has a fantastic bass line, and an uplifting vibe that is supported by just the right amount of building and falling.


Turnt Up Tuesdays.

Once again we’re back with a small burst of bass fueled energy to keep your spirits high as we pass through the middle of the week. Tonight I’ve compiled some tracks that caught my eye that range from trap to future bass, with melodic in-betweens.

Tons of free downloads here to the delight of your iPods. Check it out!

Shambhala 2014 with ₵OL!И of Pigeon Hole


It’s now time for a performers perspective in this interview series. From aspiring to attained our focus remains on the island. ₵OL!И of Pigeon Hole of the Sweatshop union has performed, been featured and appeared on the festivals first digital leg release. Listen, love, learn and motivate.

How does Shambhala stand apart from other festivals?
It’s hugeness…the sound…the stages…the experience. You’re basically on a camping trip with some of the greatest DJ’s you could hope to see, all your friends and thousands of great strangers. It’s amazing. It just breathes life into you.

Performance wise, what’s the vibe you feel from audiences, crowd and performers all round?
The vibe is great. I just feel so comfortable and welcome out there you know. Like you’d think you’d be a little more shook or anxious to play out there but everyone is so happy and you just buzz of that. It’s awesome.

From an artists perspective what does the festivals new label mean?
I mean for me its like getting a stamp of approval from one of the most influential and respected festivals out there. We were definitely honoured to be a part of the first release.

How doe’s the label potentially affect Western Canadian artists reach?
I’m not too sure. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I know Shambhala itself has a massive reach so hopefully the label will evolve to have that same reach.

Are you confident the label will represent the region accurately?

If you had to narrow it down to one thing that the festival best represents for local artists what would it be?
The best time you’ll have all year.

If you had a to pick two genres that have echoed throughout the years from the PK systems which would they be?
For me hearing Dubstep on that system a few years back was insane. It made me want to make my tunes LARGER. Drum and Bass too. Some of the best sets I’ve seen at the Village have been drum and bass.

What were your highlights of 2014?
The funk jam for sure. I danced from the first to last track with a shit eating grin on my face haha! So many talented dudes playing.

What does Shambhala mean to you?
Shambhala is a game changer. It changed my whole process of making music. It even changed the way I view day to day life. For me the first time going it was the kind of experience I left feeling like a better, happier person. It actually feels like my life shifted gears after that first time.

Pigeon Hole – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Shambhala 2014 with Whipped Cream


Being what it is, Shambhala is a landmark career note for producers and DJ’s alike of the local variety. Who would turn down the opportunity to perform before your friends, family, province, your coast? A right of passing even, one many aspire towards. The following words from Vancouver Island based Whipped Cream touch on what Shambhala instills those on the front line scene trenches encircling the festival for the remaining 361 days on the West Coast of Bass.

Which stage speaks most to you, and why?
This year I spent the majority of my time at the The AMPhitheatre stage, in my books it had the best bookings this year. Lot’s of the soul guys that haven’t peaked yet, the future sound, alot of Hip Hop and soul shit, so vibeeeyy. I loved it and danced the hardest and lowest there .

The Village as well, anytime a soul wants to go hard as fuck thats the stage to go too, they had some tight bookings as always as well. Had a great time at that beach stage on Friday Afternoon. Mat The Alien threw down the sickest day time set, FUCK it was good – And Sunday the Pagoda had me in another world, Justin Martin had the best set of the whole weekend (Falcons close behind).

And last but not least I can never leave the Fractal Forest. It’s not always my music of choice thats playing but it’s just the over all everything of it. For layout and vibe that stage is my favourite. Trop Killaz killed it there (we neeed more hip hop vibes up in that stage) ;) ;)

How does Shambhala stand out from the festival pack?
Shambhala creates a different feeling the majority of all festivals world wide. When you are at Shambhala it feels as if you are almost all sharing the same mind space, there are the most caring heartfelt music loving people on the planet at Shambhala. Really there is not words to describe it, it’s just a feeling you feel, a way of life, and an inspiration to keep living that way once your off the ranch. Shambhala creates an inhuman amount of music addicts and its a huge boost to all the artists because when somebody hears a set on a magical ranch in the mountains they are compelled to religiously follow that artist.

Does the festival influence the scene round you during the remainder of the year?
It definitely influences the music direction year round because it opens peoples minds! I remember before going to my first year believing I didn’t like some types of music, I just never listened to them, but after going to this festival I had a huge awakening and am forever grateful that I learned to appreciate every single genre of music. I will always respect the music, because the music is art, and that comes from another humans soul.

Does Shambhala motivate you for the remainder of the year?
MAN! Coming home from a festival is the most exciting thing for me, I must say I am still a raging fire ball of energy. For a week straight on the come down from Shambhala I was in my bed room for 10 hours a day making music… There was no if’s or but’s or want’s to go outside. There still really isn’t. I’m inspired to make music more than ever.

What makes Shambhala special?
People call this place home and honestly, yah, it’s really fucking nice to be around all like minded loving people who are there for the music, I mean thats why I do this, to connect with other people. Theres nothing like it.. I get chills thinking about it.

When can we expect #YungHeadliner to perform? Care to call out a year? Me and my close friends all held on hoping that we might get a last minute call on playing till literally the morning of leaving for the farm lol. I really wanted to play this year, but it didn’t happen. Honestly tho being there and having so many beautiful people come up to me asking if I was playing this year, finding out I wasn’t, then have them re-assure me I would be booked next year.. That was humbling enough. So my based gawds 2015 bass lords, 2015v xoxoxoxo x

Whipped Cream – Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Shambhala 2014 with Betty of Betty & Kora

As a pair of festival goers who attend a list of festivals that could ware you out just looking at, Betty & Kora offer up a unique take on BC’s free standing independent fest. The one and only Shambhala. Being known as nurturer or family, community and warmth stands it apart yet again as a leader in what many know as PLUR. One of Electronic music’s defining characteristics. And so we open up the Shambhala 2014 interview series with one of the pair of the best suited judges to describe what Shambhala means the community in which they themselves play a vital role in.


How much of an inspiration has Shambhala been to.. Betty? Since Kora is at burning man at this point.

Betty: In all honesty, Shambhala Music Festival has changed our lives indefinitely for many reasons. The team over at Shambhala really gave us our ‘start’ in what we’re doing today. Gordon Blunt, Britz Bitz and Corrine were instrumental in giving us one of our first official media passes and were incredibly supportive with the content that we created after our first Shambhala in 2013. Fast forward to 2014, Britz and The Confluence Group along with the stage managers, Gordon Blunt (VJ of the trademarked Fractal Forest) in conjunction with several media outlets (The Festival Guy and Fest300) who we met during Shambhala both in 2013 and 2014 have supported, shared and posted our content. Our motto is that “we all work better together” and the crew at Shambhala really exemplifies that.

On a more personal level we met our friend and current Videographer Jim Vanderhorst who has been such an incredible team member, creating all videos and interviews over the past year. I met my current roommates at Shambhala and most of our new friendship circle met at Camp Moo in 2013. We’ve traveled with/for and are incredibly close with Steve and John from Fort Knox Five, Skiitour, The Funk Hunters, Slynk, GRiZ, Whiskey Chief, Neon Steve, Odesza, Neighbour, Sam Demoe and The Gaff…it’s insane how the artists you love suddenly become your home boys at Shambhala. No festival on earth brings people together like this one.

How does Shambhala stand apart from other festivals?

Betty: The first thing that stands out in my mind is they have zero corporate sponsorship and they own the land. This allows them to build what they want where they want and don’t have to answer to financial backers. It’s incredibly rare to find a festival of this size without corporate backing. Second, they put an insane amount of work into the art and ambiance, creating the most insane staging and infrastructure I have ever seen. The Fractal Forest is trademarked for gods sake!! It’s that good! Third, harm reduction is a top priority for Shambhala and it shows. Water fill-up stations are everywhere, they have a safe zone for women and men, The Sanctuary for those that require individual attention, a massive medical task force, signage everywhere from ‘safe sex and mutual consent’ to ‘have you drank enough water today?’ They take peoples mental, emotional and physical incredibly seriously and work hard to take care of their family.

Why has Shambhala been so successful in being a part of our piece of Western Canada’s music scene?

Betty: In all honesty Shambhala should be commended on keeping it real for the past seventeen years. They’ve never strayed from who they are, even back in the day when electronic music was considered by many as this fringe rave culture – Shambhala embraced it. They are the platform that many electronic artists got their start on and have been instrumental in developing the Canadian and international electronic music scene.

If you had to narrow it down to one thing that the festival best represents for local artists what would it be?

Home, leverage and support. Barnone. For many Western Canadian artists Shambhala is like the original school yard stomping ground for electronic music. It’s been instrumental and supportive and is a homecoming for veterans and newbies alike. Talent buyers not only book huge headliners but actively seek out up-and-coming artists that will blow your mind.

Being as involved in the festivals culture as you are you are sure to have seen what Shambhala has instilled in the music community over the years. Can you list a couple of things in the local scene(s) that are Shambhala that last year round?

Betty: The biggest lasting impression that Shambhala creates year round and worldwide is the sense of family and community that spans out far after the festival closes its gates. In every city there seems to be Shambhala reunion parties and special Shambhala shows featuring artists that have played years past. In Vancouver the new monthly that started in February 2014 called “Home” showcases Shambhala talent and is organized by Sarah and Hoola the managers of The Living Room Stage. People celebrate the festival year round which not only maintains the excitement for the following year but builds the connection between those that go back ‘home’ year after year. I don’t know any other festival that is this celebrated, it’s awesome.


Have you tried to incorporate favourite aspects of Shambhala into your own festival, Tall Tree?

Betty: Tall Tree Music Festival, although different from Shambhala in many ways exemplifies a similar mandate. Our tag line is “Tall Tree – there are no strangers, just friends that haven’t met yet,” which is most definitely the same vibe as Shambhala. Tall Tree has evolved into its own entity all together based on the hard work and dedication of so many amazing people, but with that said has been influenced by several festivals including Shambhala. We are definitely moving towards creating a stronger visual art presence and have taken a huge step towards implementing a strong harm reduction task force. Gordon Blunt who is one of two masterminds behind the Fractal Forest ™ also works with us at Tall Tree and many of our crew and attendees are also apart of the Shambhala family.

What does Shambhala mean to you?

This is tough because Shambhala exemplifies so many things. It’s a community of like-minded open individuals, a place to freely express yourself with zero judgement. It’s the pillar of a new age pilgrimage in my mind. It’s a visual, emotional and sonic masterpiece and is a place that cares for its people and its people care for it. It’s one of a few ‘homes’ that I have, including Tall Tree, Punta del Diablo in Uruguay, Vancouver Island and my current home in Vancouver. When Kora and I really love something we give it a double high kick…I’d give Shambhala at least ten double high kicks. That’s saying a lot.

What were your highlights of 2014?

Betty: Do you have ten hours to spare? Just kidding…actually not really, so I’ll try and create a top five list:
Blowing up these crazy LED balloons with my friend Cody during Andy C’s set at The Village. The bass was so intense that all of our balloons kept blowing up right in our faces. I wore double earplugs and ended up on Cody’s shoulders most of Andy C’s set since I’m vertically challenged. So good.

Interviewing GRiZ. Not only is Grant incredibly lovely, hilarious and charming, his answers to our questions were moving and very thoughtful. It gave us seriously insight into his world and life in Detroit. What’s better? We had Tucker (The Festival Guy) and Britz (Media Manager) get involved by showcasing our favorite dance moves on camera.
Celebrating our “friendavirserry” during Pumpkins sunrise set at The Living Room Stage. Last year, we met and befriended Steve and John from Fort Knox, Pumpkin and Every Man, Britz and Tucker during Pumpkins set. That morning was so magical…so many hugs, stories and love. Priceless.

Emancipator and Odesza’s set at The Grove. Such incredible music from both artists in a beautiful setting. The Grove upped their sound, lighting and ambience tenfold this year and it really paid off. Oh – and Odesza were rocking their custom shoes. That was pretty dope.
We created these “Official Licenses for Being Cool” that we give out to people who are doing something funny, ridiculous or just look awesome. Several times in the Fractal Forest we would hand out these licenses…peoples faces light up. It’s so rad to make someones moment that much more special with these things. We love spreading the vibe.

See Betty & Kora’s “The Not So Obvious First Timers Guide to Shambhala Music Festival” article and photo album HERE.

*All photos by Betty & Kora

Betty & Kora – Facebook | Twitter | Website

Artist Spotlight | Matt Zanardo

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What gives me the most pride to be Canadian is this countries dominance of music. Both mainstream and what can still pass as underground. From Drake and Beiber to your local DJ / Soundcloud producer there’s no denying that us maple leaf having hockey lovers know how entice an ear. And the best part is the trend show’s no sign of slowing down. Case in point, Matt Zanadro, Toronto based Big Room producer and resident at The Hoxton. We discuss his milestones to date and milestones to come. Listen to the exclusive mix provided alongside the interview as you get to know.

*If your in Toronto this weekend you can catch Matt alongside Skrillex, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake What So Not & Henry Fong for The Mothership Tour’s two day Canadian stop.

You’ve been leading a pretty huge year this year. Opening for MAKJ at Ultra, sharing the bill with Skrillex on the Mothership tour, Electric Elements Festival just passed. What’s been checked off your bucket list this year?

Thanks a lot, the year has been quite a ride already with so much to look forward to. I didn’t actually open for MakJ at Ultra but rather his DERP party in South Beach during WMC – which nonetheless was amazing and actually initiated a collab with him. Electric Elements was an awesome first taste at the summer festival season, and the Mothership show this coming weekend should be heavy as well!

The main goal on the bucket list right now would be to solidify a major deal that I’ve been working at for the past 8 to 10 months. It’s clear in this industry that the big shows will only come once the music is strong enough – so I’m taking it one step at a time and focusing solely on that right now.

Have your musical influences changed at all since you’ve been meeting and greeting the industries heavyweights?

Great question, I’d say it’s changed quite a bit. Focusing all my energy towards production has changed my perception on electronic music as a whole, and I’ve gained a lot of respect for artists I didn’t necessarily follow before (or grown more for some I already respected). I’ve always been fascinated in meeting the personalities behind the alias’ to try and understand they’re approach. It’s really motivated me to focus on creating and backing a sound that I believe is true to myself, taking inspiration from others but also trying to be unique and identifiable. Although I’m not nearly there yet, this approach has created a clearer path in what I should pursue and release myself.

Are there any big collabs forthcoming as a result of sharing stages and parties with anyone? Any you able to mention at this point in time?

Yes! I’m currently working on an insane collab with MAKJ, and I believe that happened from a lot of lucky situations happening at the right times. Being the resident DJ at the Hoxton in Toronto allowed me to open for him twice last year, also earning his trust to win the contest to open for him down in Miami. After Miami and hanging with him down there, he became interested in some of the music I’ve been working on, landing the dream collab we’re wrapping up now. I also have something cooking with JDG from Australia who’s been killing it out there, and Gazzo from New Jersey who just released Funky Beats on Flamingo which I love and everyone should go check out! Also starting up something with my good friend and other Toronto artist Shaun Frank, who has done an awesome job with his club covers incorporating his voice in his productions – look out for him as he’s got some huge things in the works.

What has been the crowds responses to the unreleased material?

Pretty mind-blowing actually. I’ve been playing out 2 of my un-released tracks, “Bombshell” and “Knock It Down” virtually every set, and between the consistent shows at the Hoxton and lately Electric Elements, it’s given me a lot of confidence that the tracks (and style) really do work live. Earning support from some big name producers I look up too on them also encourages me to continue pursuing the direction I want to head. Playing other unreleased work without anyone knowing it also gives me the opportunity go to back and tweak it in whatever way I feel I should, if it doesn’t translate in the way I want it too. That’s by far the most beneficial aspect to improve my own productions.

And while we’re on the subject of production, your quite active with edits. Perhaps less so with full blown remixes. Have you been holding back on the interweb for all the gigs you’ve been doing?

In a way I guess. I’m pretty passionate with my edits making sure that they’re done to the best of my abilities and not just simple mashups or acapella overdubs. The last 2 edits I put out (Mambo Freak and The Only Way) consist of some original production work, which is the direction I want to head with them. With the free remixes I want to start releasing ones that are a little less conventional. I’m really excited about a new one im working on which is a high energy remix of The Offsprings – “Pretty Fly For A White Guy”. I was a big pop punk/alternative rock kid growing up and want to showcase that in the electronic side of things I’m doing now. That being said, these types of remixes take a lot more time, so it’s really not about me saving them for live shows but more about just finishing them in the best way I possibly can.

Another avenue that’s boding well for you is your residency at The Hoxton in Toronto. How and when did that begin?

The Hoxton has been an absolute blessing and can’t thank the team behind me over there enough for it. I used to play every now and then at The (late) Social before it relocated/renamed to The Hoxton. I’ve always been extremely passionate about proper open sets, complementing and not upstaging the Headliners style, while still keeping people interested and moving. I kind of ambushed the guys who ran the Big Room/Commercial Saturday nights (who coincidently manage me now) at their office, explaining that this is what I promise to deliver night in night out. They gave me a shot and they’ve been happy with me every since. That was just over a year and a half ago.

Just looking at the schedule for the next few months I’d say The Hoxton is in the middle of it. How do you see the venue representing Toronto in the wild world of Electronica?

It’s been really interesting meeting and discussing past gigs with all the big names that they bring through, and it’s awesome to hear from them that the venue is one of there favourite places to play. So many situations with massive names coming and playing surprise sets after their big production shows simply because they love the venue and group of people running it. I’ve been so spoiled playing it as often as I do, and when I hear the love from these guys towards the venue, I really step back and reflect on the opportunities I’ve had playing there – I really don’t take it for granted. That being said, I’m clearly thrilled being a part of such a place as its definitely representing Toronto in a positive light on a global scale.

How do you see Canadian music doing around you?

Extremely well – the scene keeps growing and growing and more and more talent is heading to contend on a global stage. I’m working hard to try and be a part of it and don’t see it stopping any time soon.

When and if you stop and take a second to look back at all these accomplishments over the year, what do you think?

I see it mostly as motivation to keep pushing forward. I’ve always been so passionate with music and never felt that it was something I “had” to pursue due to outside pressures. When I see this bit of success, it gives me the confidence that I can continue doing what I really love to do – It has me working harder and longer, rather than sitting back and getting comfortable.

If you knew what you know now then, what would you do differently?

Simply got started on production earlier. I started the DJing thing right around the same time I got into electronic music in 09/10, but really didn’t start getting into the production side seriously until a year and a half, 2 years ago. I got into the harder electro/fidget scene in 2010 and used to follow Lucky Date, Zedd and Porter Robinson really closely, and even talk to them through facebook/youtube. To see where they’ve gotten to is mind blowing and just sometimes think I should of started earlier. I’ve always had extremely high expectations, so when I would first try and produce and couldn’t quickly get things to sound where I wanted too, I’d become extremely discouraged. I wouldn’t call it a regret by any means, but I sometimes think about it.

Looking forward now, to your date with Skrillex in on the 31st. Think you might begin a pre show ritual or two for this one?

Haha no definitely not – I’ve never been a “ritual” type of person, even when I played jr hockey, I’ve always just kind of went with the flow. I have a very bad habbit of leaving things to the last second, so ill probably just have a couple drinks, stay laid back and have fun with it. That always leads to the best experiences for me.

What do you have in store for your set? You don’t have to give it all away, just want to gauge your own anticipation.

It’s so hard to say being the first act of the night. I’ve gotten so used to feeling out a room as it slowly fills up from all the open Hoxton gigs I’ve played, so I’ll just come prepared with all sorts of music and try to follow with vibe the crowd is asking for. There will be quite a bit of unreleased/brand new stuff near the end though no doubt.

Care to sign this off with some shouts?

To everyone that has been supporting not only the music, but even myself as a friend since day one. Doing interviews like this makes me chuckle at the idea that someone is interested in what I have to say, and I’m so thankful for that and promise that I’ll work as hard as can to deliver.

Thank you Matt for your time. Looking forward to seeing your name all over the place in the future.

Thanks a lot guys!

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Artist Spotlight: Chloe Martini

CHLOE-MARTINI-TEMPTATION-KHADISMA-REMIX- >We begin a new monthly feature highlighting some of the Electronic music scene’s best and brightest with producer & DJ Chloe Martini of Warsaw Poland. Creating with raw emotion and feel are her key ingredients, and likely to be what has carried her from “Soundcloud producer” as she calls it, to having remix release on major label, Atlantic Records. Forward thinking is one key to success but trust in one own instinct can carry one just about anywhere. And maybe that’s a lesson we take from Chloe as we continue to listen to her progression.
Listen and learn.

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Hey, how’s life? Where has your music taken you lately?

Hey, I’m doing fine. I feel like I’m just starting this music journey. So far I’ve been playing in my country, Lyon and Copenhagen. But this Friday I’m going to play in Paris with Cashmere Cat. Can’t wait for that gig. Hopefully my music will take me to many more places I’ve never been to.

If you were to describe your music in three words, what would they be?

It’s SSS: soulful, sexy & sweet.

80’s music was a heavy influence for you early on, what kind of music do you listen to on your own time?

Many different kinds. I really love rnb, disco or funk for example Earth, Wind & Fire, The Isley Brothers or Chic. Lately I’m listening to a lot of Michael Jackson’s stuff, he was such a visionary.

Do you ever try to convey any kind of mood in your productions, or even sets? Do you look back to the feeling older 80’s music would give you back in the day?

For me 80s music is really dreamy and nostalgic. I think that subconsciously I’m also trying to bring that feeling to the listeners of my music. One blogger once wrote that my music tells the story by allowing listeners to be the authors. This sentence really made me happy.

How do you go about beginning a new production?

Usually I start with chord progression. I can spend hours finding beautiful progressions that touch deeply my heart. After that I just go with a flow.

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Do you consider yourself an underground artist at this point? Has there been a lot of attention on you as a “Soundcloud find” at all?

I definitely see myself as an underground artist. Even though making some productions for mainstream artists in the future would be a nice and challenging experience. I started posting my music on Soundcloud and only there so I guess I can call myself “Soundcloud producer”. Soudcloud is an amazing platform for young artists and without it I wouldn’t be where I am right now. I just hope I will not be considered only as “Soundcloud producer” forever, if you know what i mean.

How do you feel about the whole discovery of new artists being so important in music these days / what pro’s and con’s do you see in this?

Nowadays thanks to the internet everyone can show off their music, so there are plenty of artists and it’s impossible to get to listen to everyone. Because of that there’s also lot of shitty music, but not only. I know that there are some incredibly talented producers, sometimes really young and known by little that deserve attention. That’s why I’m trying to dig deep and include in my sets these treasure tracks that I find.

In a previous interview you mentioned that the music industry is something that you are not a fan of. What is your approach to you own music with this in mind / how do you intend to or feel that you differ? And how would you prefer to see it?

Mostly in mainstream industry you can find talented and real artists and artists who aren’t really musicians but products to attract young people and get money. Look at how music industry looked in 80s for example or even way before. Only talented musicians were on the music scene and people loved them. I wish it could be like that right now. Show business is a lottery, you never know what audience will like or what won’t. I’m trust my inner feelings when I make music. It may sound cliche but I just want my tracks to be real, honest and to come straight from my heart.

There aren’t many female producers. But there are more and more, talented ones at that. Do you ever receive any feedback to indicate that there are aspiring female producers looking up to you?

I did receive a few, yes. Such messages make me extremely happy and whenever some girl is really passionate about starting making music on her own I’m willing to help or give some feedback because I know that the support from other producers is important, especially at the beginning.

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What’s the producer / DJ demographic like in Warsaw? Primarily male? Are there any other females out there doing good things that you can name?

There are mostly guys here doing or playing music. I know just one female polish producer, her music has also this 80s vibe, her stage name is Annie Starlight. Last year I also met at one event really cool female DJ, LayDj.

Genres. There’s plenty of debate on the use and necessity of genres these days. What is your opinion on genres, especially in Electronica?

I don’t really like labeling music. There are a lot of artists that are experimenting with different sounds and thanks to that their music is very original. That’s what I’m looking for in music, originality. So it’s really hard to label something that sounds like nothing else you heard before, isn’t it?

“Don’t think, just feel.” Is this something you would say you live by?

This could definitely be my motto when I make music. In life as well, but not all the time I guess.

What are your plans for the remainder of the year?

Play at some nice festivals, collaborate with talented singers/producers, travel a little, spend more time with loved ones and most of all enjoy every second of this music journey.

Thank you for your time Chloe.

The pleasure is all mine :)

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