Feb / 3

Behind the Scenes: Bud Light #HouseOfWhatever

This weekend’s biggest event is set to be the Bud Light House for Whatever located in Downtown Phoenix. Almost 10,000 people auditioned to be selected to enter the House. Throughout the weekend, Bud Light expects about 4,000 to pass through its doors. Among these 4,000 people, 100 of them will be flown in to partake in these festivities from all around the country.

The House is estimated at about 70,000 square feet of unadulterated event space. The space includes a marquee tent where performances will take place, an electric Kenetic Forest that will display over 7,500 #HouseofWhatever and #UpForWhatever tweets throughout the weekend, Beer School complete with graduation, 600 ft of Hop Scotch, a Yacht Space including sand, musicians, DJs, dancers, actors, magicians and contemporary artists.

Other activities at the house will include meal construction for donations for the Association of Arizona Foodbanks as part of the Anheuser Busch Better World Program, a Frizz hair Salon, art galleries as well as a Pac-Man Arcade.

The House plans to have no shortage of beverages with several bars around the event space as well as the Bud Light Lime-a-rita Cabanas that will showcase the new Bud Light Lemonade-a-rita! Food will come in the form of 13 foodtrucks and 3 Texas pit masters grilling up their Sunday’s best.

If you haven’t yet, try to get your ticket to the Bud Light House for Whatever by tweeting, instagraming or merely being in the right place at the right time! The event will be one to remember.

Feb / 3

RAC

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RAC used to stand for “Remix Artist Collective.” That name doesn’t make much sense anymore, but who cares? These days RAC is the solo project of Andre Allen Anjos. RAC is known for about 200+ remixes. The concept was created with the goal to change the way songs were remixed. Taking the focus away from “danceability” of the song and trying different types of arrangements, the RAC concept had become a success. Andre has released a couple successful singles from his new album including “Let Go” and “Hollywood.” We got a chance to sit down with Andre and run a few questions by him and this was the result!

Ashten: Not sure if you remember me or not, we met at Lollapalooza.

Andre: oh yeah, I totally remember. I signed your copy of the vinyl

Ashten: Indeed! I’m shocked you remembered. But for my first question, what tools and hardware to you use for your signature sound that has become so prevalent?

Andre: I’m a bit if a nerd with that stuff. I can get a bit technical. I collect vintage analog synths. There are a lot of new manufacturers creating hardware with an old school style. Everything is kind of coming full circle. Things that haven’t been around since the 70s are being re-issued. So much is happening in that world which is really exciting for me to have access to all of these tools to create. Modulators and Analog Synths; I have several real pianos and electric keyboards, Guitars and amps. I’m totally immersed in the technical side of recording.

Ashten: What would you say are your 2 favorite pieces of hardware?

Andre: Roland Juno 60 – the first synth I ever bought, one of the more used synths in my line of work. I would say it has the most influence on my sound. And Korg MS10, which is a 1973 issued piece of machinery that I find simply amazing. I use those 2 the most to craft my signature sound.

Ashten: Do you still work with The Pragmatic?

Andre: No, not really, Its kind of funny. The band consisted of myself, my wife, Carl Kling and a drummer. The band kind of fizzled out. We started touring with RAC, then Karl and I began to DJ so it just ended up fizzling out. When we perform live with RAC those two other people are just in the band with a different drummer. So it’s almost as if we’re still playing together.

Ashten: So were those parts of The Pragmatic on stage with you at Lollapalooza?

Andre: I guess, technically yes. There was a portion there and a different drummer but yes.

Ash: How can you describe touring with The Knocks?

Andre: I’ve known those guys for a while now. I think we met at some point on tour. We sort of live in the same musical world and play a lot of the same events so over time we just found ourselves in the same places, started hanging out and became friends. We had thought about doing a tour together and I’m glad that we finally made that happen.

Ash: That’s awesome! I love when good ideas come to fruition. Now, you hit a few extra festivals this summer than usual, how was the scheduling and traveling?

Andre: This year has been a little bit crazy. Especially when you have an album come out, you kind of just go with it. You don’t have much time to think about it so you just kind of do it. That was sort of how everything felt all year long and it seems like it will keep going through the end of the year. I don’t think I’ve even really processed what’s going on yet. Its just been an insane amount of planes and festivals. I don’t know if you’re into airline mileage plans but I’m at 120,000 miles this year.

Ash: Holy Crap!RAC tour

Andre: Its just so much travel. Some people may think its awesome but I’m just like “Oh my god, I’m spending so much time on airplanes.” But that just comes with the job especially when things are moving, you always want to take advantage of that and see how far it goes. That’s sort of been my approach to things. You just got to have fun with it and try not to stress too much about it. Its been a great ride, a world-wind.

Ash: when you are looking to remix a song, what do you look for to inspire your remix?

Andre: The way that works is, labels and artists will request a remix from me. Most of the time I get to pick whether or not I will use the song but very rarely do I get to pick the actual song myself. It’s also how I make a living so I’m basically hired to do these things. I choose based on “I like this song so I want to work on it” or “I don’t like this song and I don’t want to work on it.” There’s less freedom in that. There’s lot of paperwork and I need to get a lot of original recording files. There’s actually a lot that goes into that.

Ash: Once you say yes to a request, what are elements of the song that draw you in and give you inspiration for the remix?

Andre: I have a core belief that every song has its own essence and I mean that in a pretty practical sense. It has a basic cord structure, a vocal(most likely) and it has the structure of the actual song. Possibly even an instrumental hook. You can usually breakdown songs into those basic elements. Most of the time I take the vocals and listen to them repeatedly and start adding my own instrumentation underneath it. Almost recreating the song with a slightly different arrangement, underneath something that is already there. And that obviously varies from song to song but that is sort of the general idea behind it.

Ash: off stage, who is Andre?

Andre: I don’t think I’m a different person off stage but that’s probably not your question. I feel normal, I like normal things. Because of touring and travel, I’ve sort of become really interested in travel and I try to make the most of it when I’m not on the clock. Its something I’ve come to appreciate quite a bit and I’ve become a fan of photography because of all the travel. It’s a hobby where I can be creative just for the sheer fun of it. Its not as complicated as the music industry.

Ash: When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing at this age?

Andre: When I was a kid I wanted to be in the NBA, that was my dream. That obviously did not pan out. I can’t say that I really pursued it. I guess I hoped I would do something related to sports. Once I turned about 12, I figured I needed to find another profession more feasible. I also lived in Portugal, so I was even further removed from that world. Very few foreign people even get close to that life so yeah, that was the dream.

Ash: What made you move to the US from Portugal?

Andre: I feel lucky because my mother is American so I have that dual citizenship. So just to have the opportunity to come the US, I think that’s something that a lot of people take for granted. Anyone that doesn’t have US citizenship can probably attest to how difficult it is to enter, work and live in this country. I was totally lucky to be born with citizenship. I had the opportunity to go to school here, which was the primary reason, then I met my wife and stayed. The US is a lot more friendlier to career musicians so that was also a pretty big factor. Portugal is an amazing place and I wish more people would visit because its kind of off the beaten path and its kind of a hidden gem of a place. But with that said, its a country primarily based on tourism so it kind of lacks the infrastructure to support artists in that sense. There are few success stories but it’s a lot harder to make it there.

Ash: When did you know that you had found your passion?

Andre: I’ve always been really fascinated by music and its something that was always there. I don’t know that there was ever a specific moment where it all clicked but it was one of the many things that just kind of worked out. Back when I was deciding where I’d go to school I had an opportunity to design. I often wonder what would have happened had I gone down that path. Even now it’s obviously going well with music but I kind of want to do a lot of different things and music is just a part of the bigger picture.

Ash: Between making your own music, creating content for HBO’s Entourage, and touring what do you think are some skills that RAC merchsuccessful producers should possess?

Andre: Maybe an open mind. I often struggle with getting kind of negative about certain styles of music but once you put yourself in a box that’s kind of the end. You’ll never evolve and get past that place. I made a conscious effort to be open and try new things. Whether being in the DJ world forever and trying pop music… I’m going to be the happiest if I can just do whatever I want whenever I want it. The least hindrances the better. That comes from being open and being willing to change and adapt.

Ash: Since you’re constantly on the road a lot, how have those eating, sleeping and work habits changed?

Andre: It sucked for quite a bit. It’s just all over the place. I’ve learned how to sleep on the airplanes. I got this down to a science. I have special earplugs, a face mask and special pocket for it. I know when the boarding time is, the perfect time to wake up to be there on time so I don’t break my sleep pattern. When you’re forced to find sleep a lot you kind of figure out a good system, especially with tons of traveling. I’ve learned to game the system, between TSA pre-checks and skipping lines. All those little things that when you share with friends and they have no frame of reference but when you’re in the airport 160 days a year, that stuff does matter because its such a large portion of your life

Ash: Because you want to do so much, when you eventually retire what do you think you’ll be retiring from?

Andre: I don’t know that I want to retire. Maybe its a cliché but I really do love what I do and I want to do this or things like it for the rest of my life. As long as I’m doing something creative I think I’d be happy. That’s just something that I’ve found to hold true in my life. But I haven’t given it too much thought at this point, things have just been a blur to be honest

Ash: What has been the response for your Strangers EP?

Andre: Well thank you for buying the vinyl. The response has been really good and kind of weird as well. These were very personal sons for many years, I worked on this for 3 years and then it came out and I was just like “Wow, people are listening to this now.” This was my little secret project and I didn’t really tell anyone what was going on. I was living with this huge secret project and I grew a sense of relief when I finally released it. The response has been rewarding and I feel very lucky that people actually like it. It’s nice to know that people actually like my work, That’s always a bonus.

Ash: personal question, what was it like working with St Lucia and Body Language?

Andre: Those artists, they’re so good! We primarily worked on everything via the Internet. I didn’t get a lot of in person studio time with the artists. It was primarily done through email. With Body language, she sent the recording and it was an awesome finished pop song. I didn’t have much input at all. She kind of nailed it and I was extremely happy with it. She did exactly what I hoped she would do with the song. I wanted to try to pop thing. St. Lucia, was a similar situation but it’s less of a pop song. Their song was more of a moody ballad, and I’ve always loved the male and female vocal dynamic. I think its even cooler that they are a married couple. It can be so cheesy but I don’t care, I love it

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Andre: Not too exciting. When I’m home, I get up around 10am, drink a boat-load of coffee and work until about 6 or 7pm. Then I just chill out. That’s pretty much it. When I’m on the road its pretty hectic and all over the place. You roll up to the city, you do press, you load in, then sound-check, you breath for 5 minutes, play a show, go to bed and wake up to do it all over again the next day. You do that everyday for a month and finally go home for a day. You get used to it. You get into two different modes. I’m still wrapping my head around it. It’s a weird lifestyle.

 

Jun / 3

Hendrick’s Gin Emporium of the Unusual RSVP

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Almost as if the Gods have sent us a Spring Awakening pre game of some sort, Hendrick’s Gin is hosting a 3 day Gin tasting and cocktail pairing event where they will be unveiling their winning submission for their Umbrella Design Contest. The Event will take place June 11 – 13th.  Don’t take it from me, RSVP Here!

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May / 21

GARMIANI

1379821_535015543244126_1603369282_nFrom headlining TomorrowWorld to touring North America with Steve Aoki, Borgore and Waka Flocka Flame, Jiar Garmiani may be having the best life EVER! Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Garmiani has truly paved his own road. Releasing his EP, Rumble, on Dim Mak records in May of 2013, he truly put himself on the map when his title track reached the Beatport Electronica Top 10 and garnered support from Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Afrojack, Knife Party, Major Lazer, A-Trak, Chuckie, Tommy Trash and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Even with his extremely busy schedule, we got a chance to run some Grade A Q&A with Garmiani!

GA: When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing at this age?

G: The exact thing im doing now!

GA: When did you first know that this was your calling? Can you describe that very moment?

G: I don’t think there was a special moment ’cause its always been given. My first favorite toy was a cassette player

1010388_577607002318313_1207744897_n and growing up it was always my dream to do this for a living. This is all I’ve ever done and I’ve been in love with it since day 1.

GA: What wakes you up in the morning?

G: Wood

GA: What is your most accomplished moment?

G: Hmm, tough one. But here’s a big moment not too many know about: In 2008, way before the Garmiani project, i did a remix that stayed #1 on the billboard chart in Chile for 8 weeks, leaving Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Black Eyes Peas “I Gotta Feeling” on #2 & #3. “I Gotta Feeling” is the best-selling single of all time on iTunes, but we beat it in Chile. That was pretty big.

GA: What is the one thing you had to do that scared you the most in this journey?

G: In the beginning, not knowing when my next pay check was coming. But I learned pretty quick not to let that get to me. You gotta make sacrifices if you really want this.

GA: What is the most fun you’ve had since following your dream?

10153888_609983279080685_578057928_nG: Touring has been the most fun. From sharing the stage with the likes of Pharrell Williams to going back to back with Steve Aoki and Dimitri Vegas to having my best friends and family with me on adventures around the globe. Priceless!

GA: What is one thing that you wish you could have done over?

G: No regrets.

GA: When you retire, what will be your title?

G: If I retire from making music for a living, I will still make music cuz that’s what I do. Career-wise I’ll definitely stay in the music business ’cause that’s what I love and that’s what I’m good at. I’ll be running my own company/companies whether it be a record label, management, booking agency, publishing or something else. Definitely music related.

GA: Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years?

G: I see myself having a strong and stable career as an artist. Being my own boss to an even higher degree and control as much as possible. And helping new artists!

GA: Whom or what would you most like to work with?1395427_534572069955140_1160879094_n

G: There are tons of people that I’d like to work with for different reasons, but when I read this question the first name that popped up in my head was R Kelly. That douche is a musical genius.

GA: Is there anything that we should be on the look out for in the near future?

G: My shows. They’re the shit.

GA: At the end of the day, after all the hard work, blood, sweat and neon lights, what makes it all worth it?

G: The hard work, blood, sweat and neon lights.

GA: What’s the average day in the life for you? You wake up and Boom!

G: If I’m not on tour, I wake up and hit the gym, eat, and then get to grinding like there’s no tomorrow. Music production, podcast, edits for my live shows, interviews, mails, paper work, video editing, graphic design… theres always a lot that needs to be done. Grind hard and smart!

GA: Any last words?

G: Never give a fuck about what others think and do what you REALLY wanna do. The more you apply this to your life, the happier you will be.

 Continue to follow Garmiani on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

May / 19

OLEG BONDAR

No matter how hard the times are, we always prevail.

What can be said about Oleg Bondar that hasn’t already? Quite a bit actually!

This twenty-something DJ/Producer born in the Ukraine but raised in Chicago is 1265745_10151950229653142_1430069878_onothing short of spectacular.  Living in a Deep House world Oleg has gotten the chance to work with the likes of Chicago’s own Trentino, P.J. “No Sl33p” Hutchinson, spun alone side Inphinity & Kalendr and tag-team DJ’d with Jay Morales.

Through his intensely busy schedule of weekend sets covering some of the hottest clubs in Chicago’s downtown, we got the chance to sit down with Oleg and run some  Q&A!

HL: How long have you been DJing and Producing?

OB: I have been DJing since 1999 and got into production around 2004 under the alias Heavy Duty and then Physical Law producing Trance music.

HL: What wakes you up in the morning? The thing that really gets you started.

OB: My alarm of course. Along with couple of early morning texts. But really it is the excitement of getting things done! And Coffee of course 🙂

HL: What or who inspires you to need to create?

OB: My supporters and just the feel of music. I love all music (except Death metal :D). I love to listen to it and create it, surprising myself with what I come up with.

HL: Where would you say most of your musical influence comes from?

OB: It literally comes from everything I hear. I listen to every possible genre and take little by little from everywhere. If we’re talking about a specific producer…Christian Beat Hirt and Kaskade make the top of the list.

HL: What or who made the largest impact on your life? what is your most vivid memory of that thing/person?

OB: Video Games. I grew up being the biggest video game nerd, which then resulted in my proficiency with all electronics. I always loved video game music too and in the future I want to make music for games. Most vivid memory is having to play audio tapes in order to load games on my first IBM-PC in 1991.

HL: The scariest thing you’ve had to do to get where you are now?

1461227_10152167300260625_1250439348_nOB: Selling my soul to the EDM devil.

HL: What has been the best part of truly following your dream?

OB: Being able to play at SPYBAR chicago and reap the energy from the crowd. Nothing feels better than seeing people dance to your set.

HL: How do you feel just before a set?

OB: A little nervous but nothing a couple of Coronas can’t fix.

HL: Everyone gets a little down every now and then, what keeps you going?

OB: The thought of just how amazing life really is. No matter how hard the times are, we always prevail. And of course my family, they always got my back!

HL: When did you know that you wanted to pursue music? Can you describe that moment?

OB: I wanted to produce music since I was 7 years old and seen Robert Miles playing the keyboard on the video for One & One. I knew that is what I wanted to mimic and do in the future.

HL: Is that there anything that you wish you could have done over?

OB: Not party so much when I was younger and protect my ears better.

HL: Has there ever been a time when you felt as if you were home (in the most metaphorical sense of the word)?

OB: After playing a rocking set at SPY or when I am going down the mountain skiing. That is what home feels like.

HL: What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever had to do?

OB: Bungee jump from Stratosphere tower in Vegas. If we’re talking about recently….go to BPM festival in Playa. That shit was exciting as hell!!!

HL:  Where do you se yourself in the next 5, 10, and 20 years?

OB: In 5, I have a strong musical brand, in 10 I am retired wealthy due to selling my internet startup. Focusing on creating digital art full time.

HL: Who would you most like to work with?

OB: Christian Beat Hirt. Hands down.

HL: Walk us through and average Friday or Saturday for you? We kinda heard those two day run together.

OB: It really depends if it is a #legendmode weekend or not. If Friday starts with a gig or a party…it usually does not end until Sunday…with a plethora of bad decisions. However, if I decide to make it chill and focus on work, I just spend 12 hours in my home studio or at the music garage, playing with sounds, cheefing and getting shit done!!!

Here’s an original track from Oleg Bondar – Spy Next Door

May / 16

APSTER

560426_10150942735748961_1048992993_nFrom releasing tracks on labels like Spinnin Records, Afrojack’s Wall Recordings and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak to remixes for Laidback Luke, Sidney Samson, Bingo Players and Hardwell, 26-year-old Abdesamad Ben Abdelaouid, better known as DJ Apster, has definitely made himself a name-stay amongst talented DJs and Producers on the Dutch House Scene. Just this past year, Apster collaborated with “Holland’s hottest dance export,” Afrojack. Apster released his track “Bubble Gutz” on Wall Recordings and remixed Afrojack’s “Take Over Control ft. Eva Simons;” one of my all time favorite songs. We got the chance to run some Q&A with the quirky, extremely busy, superfluously talented Apster.

HL: When did you first know that this was your calling? Can you describe that very moment?

Ap: When Laidback Luke played one of my first productions for the first time at a festival 5 years ago!

HL: What wakes you up in the morning?205024_10151293790423961_1069419579_n

Ap: my neighbours redecorating their bedroom.

HL: What is your most accomplished moment?

Ap: Getting recognition from Afrojack and be part of the team, learned so much stuff and still learning.

HL: What is the one thing you had to do that scared you the most in this journey?

Ap: Quitting school.

HL: What is the most fun you’ve had since following your dream?

Ap: Seeing countries and cities all over the world, I love to travel.

HL: What is one thing that you wish you could have done over?

Ap: Finishing school 😉apster

HL: Has there ever been a moment where you realized you were “home” (in the most metaphorical sense)?

Ap: Having an after party at the Penthouse mansion, yes I felt home…

HL: When you retire, what will be your title?

Ap: Grandpa.

HL: Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years?

Ap: In 5 years, Headlining all big festivals 😀 !! In 10 years, Making music for other artists. And in 20 years, Managing artists.

HL: Is there anything that we should be on the look out for in the near future?

Ap: A lot of new music! Got some solo stuff coming on and some collabs! And did a track with Afrojack and Eva Simons that is featured on his forthcoming album!

HL: The most exciting thing you’ve had to do?

Ap: Remixing big artists its always-good fun, exciting and challenging  at the same time!

HL: Anyone you would most like to work with?

Ap: I would love to work with Katy Perry!!ApsterRelease-Picture

HL

: What’s the average day in the life for you?

Ap: Eggs, coffee, regular cokes, making and listening to music, watching [television] series and having fun with friends!

You can find Apster on Twitter, Instagram: @djapster and Facebook!!

 

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May / 15

NICOLE CHEN

new4I found this amazing DJ on twitter, through some sort of retweet about 3 years ago. Her pictures and captions were bright, joyous and just overall amazing and I can definitely say the same for mashups and mixtapes. I followed the rising star more closely after we bonded over a mind-numbing episode of ABC’s Revenge. Nicole Chen is Asia’s most successful Professional Female DJ, and her upcoming placement at Ultra Korea along side greats like Steve Aoki, M.I.A., and BlasterJaxx. Being one of the only female EDM DJs in Asia comes with a lot of responsibility. We got a chance to run some Grade A Q&A with Asia’s #1 Female DJ!!
HL: So tell us, who are you? Off stage that is…
NC: Off stage I’m actually a very chill person. I like to stay at home and play with my computer by surfing on everything and reading and just relaxing. I love sleeping a lot too due to the hectic schedule that I usually have.HL: When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing at this age?

NC: I knew I would be in the entertainment line of some sort but I didn’t think of being a Professional DJ. I learned piano when I was a 4 years old and did modeling when I was a child.

HL: When did you first know that this was your calling? Can you describe that very moment?

NC: When I knew that my mixtapes were always being praised when we had house parties. Everybody would be new1like Nicole, be in charge of the music for the party, do it. and then from then onwards it was like a beg as I chose the next songs and so on. After that I secretly learned to dj when I was modelling at the age of 18 to 24. Seceretly learning.

HL: What wakes you up in the morning?

NC: Either thunder or my mummy 🙂

HL: What is your most accomplished moment?

NC: Right now being the first asian Female DJ To spin at Ultra Korea 2014 🙂

HL: What is the one thing you had to do that scariest you the most in this journey?

NC: Nothing really scared me when I’ve had faith though…. lol

HL: What is the most fun you’ve had since following your dream?

NC: The most fun would have been traveling, actually, and meeting a lot of new people. It really opens my eyes, last time all I thought about was, “oh, You have to be a doctor, you have to be a lawyer and so on to be the ‘perfect child'” but right now it’s all about your passion and what you love and what has been set in the eyes for you to accomplish.

HL: What is one thing that you wish you could have done over?
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NC: I wish I could have sincerely loved my first love and gave my all. But I was too young and right now I can never find that love again even up to this day.

HL: Has there ever been a moment where you realized you were “home” (in the most metaphorical sense)?

NC: Right now when I’m at my parents home, that’s where I feel i’m really “home” or lets say Singapore 🙂

HL: What do you do to prepare for gigs, be it big room or small intimate A-list setting.

NC: You would be surprised, yes usually I’ll prepare my track list way ahead of time. but Just before the gig on that day, I usually go to the gym or swim, eat a nice meal, watch some tv, and one hour before the gig usually i’ll play “classical music” and calm my mind and set my mind towards what I would be playing.

HL: How do your parents feel about your career path and your music?

NC: Actually before that they were clueless as it’s very new, now they are giving me like “brand essence of chicken” before my gigs and very supportive about it asking wheres my next country and how am I coping. Always looking after me when I come back 🙂 really great

HL: What do you aspire to accomplish when remixing a song? What do you look for in a song to remix it.

NC: I do mostly more mashups. When I do mashups, I would look for the same harmonic key but that’s not only that, I’ve to think of what would the crowd think and the party goers, would they be able to dance to this mashup or will they be singing or jumping. Really depends on how I want to sway my crowd towards. I’m currently on a party banger project so that would be more of the party banger hits and mashups and it is suppose to “WOW” the crowd and make them move even harder.

HL: You are on the road a lot, can you describe your eat sleep and work habits?

NC: I tend to sleep a lot on the plane, then in the hotel and so on. Before going on tour, I usually rest for at least 2 weeks or so and physically, mentally set my mind on my gigs and then its work like non stop . I would say I’ve worked non stop for the past 2 years. Only this year I decided to take a 4 to 5 month break. But I’m back again now in May and I guess it’s gonna be a long 2 year ride.

When I wake up the first thing I do is listen to the latest 20 songs, then depending on my mood, do a mashup or mixtape and now I started producing more also after my trip from Amsterdam and learning from my dutch DJ friends 🙂 Most of the people I talk to are mostly my producer and DJ friends as we exchange ideas and thoughts and collaborating and sharing songs.

HL: What is one of your craziest set moments?

NC: I didn’t even know I did a champagne shower till after I saw the picture, that was the gig in Rotterdam, Netherlands, I guess it was the jet lag

HL: What is your craziest fan moment?

NC: If I’m not wrong, this fan went to every country that I was spinning when I was on tour once, but constantly there and all but really touchy 🙂

HL: When you retire, what will be your title?

NC: CEO 🙂

HL: Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years?

NC: *Secret* Follow Me 🙂 www.facebook.com/officialnicolechen

HL: Whom or what would you most like to work with?

NC: I would love to actually work with Sandro Silva , Borgeous , Dimitri Vegas and DVBBS

HL: Is there anything that we should be on the look out for in the near future?

NC: A lot 🙂

HL: What’s the average day in the life for you? You wake up and Boom! (step by step)

NC: Water, vitamins, swim or gym, listen to music, do mashup , mix, remix or product, relax, play Facebook, watch funny shows and go back doing music again.new3

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May / 15

The 7 Figure #SELFIE

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Billboard and other internet media (but all based on the almighty Billboard) are reporting that Alex and Drew, The Chainsmokers, have inked a deal for reportedly over  $1 million with Republic records.

The deal with Republic was signed simultaneously with the pressing and distribution deal with Steve Aoki’s DIM MAK records. Republic’s multi album deal is set to take effect once DIM MAK’s 3 song agreement is fulfilled with all of this coming together this past February just after #SELFIE’s release.

To date, “#Selfie” has been downloaded over 726,000 times (according to Nielsen SoundScan), peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been viewed on YouTube nearly 100 million times. Billboard estimates the song has generated more than $2 million thus far.

Congratulations Alex and Drew!

Check out our interview with our favorite DJ duo Here!

Check out The Chainsmokers x Garmiani x Cash Cash – Nomad x Take Me Home (Chainsmokers Edit)

Apr / 30

A Boy’s Guide To Not Being A Dick This Summer

All photos by the author

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Inevitably, summer is coming. There’s plenty of room here to cite some recent articles about heatwaves, climate change, and girls wearing shorts, but you’re not basement dwelling Redditors or people who review metal records on YouTube, you’ve been outside in just a T-shirt already this year, you don’t need to be babied.

In fact, given that you’re all such sophisticated young adults, we can afford to skim over park etiquette right now. If for some strange reason you haven’t got this yet, here’s the bare bones of how to conduct yourself in a park:

– Stereo = dickhead
– Ukulele = dickhead
– Guitar = dickhead
– Bongos = dickhead
– Sitting in a circle = dickhead
– Disposable BBQ = dickhead
– Upturned bin = dickhead
– Trying to impress children by curling their footballs back to them = dickhead

Now we’re clear on the basics, let’s firm up a few other summer-related issues that you might not be so au fait with.

 

Don’t Be the Guy Who Doesn’t Wear Shorts
I mean, do what you want, this isn’t North Korea, but c’man guy, we already established in the intro that you’re not an adolescent messageboard shut-in, why be so self-conscious? Who do you think is analysing your calves?

However appalled by your knees you think girls are going to be, they’re going to be doubly appalled by what a wet blanket you’re being about not getting them out in the sun like a normal, healthy person who likes fun. If you’re trying to cultivate an air of mysterious sophistication and you think that exposing your little schoolboy knees will kill your “personal brand,” just remember that nine times out of ten, “mysterious sophistication” comes across as “sweaty fuck with no friends.” So why not drop the bullshit, put on some above-the-knee cut-offs (you don’t wanna look like you’re in Less Than Jake) and enjoy the feeling of fresh air on your balls?

If you’re a first time shorts-wearer, you’ve probably got some concerns about what else you can wear with shorts. The answer is: you can wear anything, with a few exceptions: no suit jackets (but you shouldn’t be wearing a suit jacket in your leisure time anyway, you’re not Scandinavian), no flip flops (ever, with anything), and no boots that make you look too much like a suburban Pantera fan.

Some Additional Summer Sartorial No-Nos to Bear in Mind
While we’re on the subject of fashion, let’s discuss a few style woopsies people seem to be making at the moment, and see if we can prevent them from turning our 2014 summer photo albums into laughing stocks for years to come.

− Bucket hats are essentially rap fedoras, let’s abort them now.
− Skinny shorts on men need to be expunged from history, as they make it really easy for people to picture what you’d look like naked except for a T-shirt and socks, AKA the most unattractive a man can ever be.
− The recently popularity of vests has been a failed experiment, no one wants to see your spider-y pit pubes and they make you look like one of the Satanists from True Detective.
− Talking of Satanists, Essex is onto the buttoned-up-to-the-top polo shirt look, so it’s time for the rest of us to cut that thing loose, although I will concede it did make us all look very smart for a few summers.
− John Lennon style sunglasses have been making a tentative comeback, it’s probably best they don’t, eh?

Traveling Through the City in the Summer
We should all make a pact to quit non-essential public transportation between May 1 and September 1 every year, because riding bikes in the sun is as close to heaven on earth as it gets, and even at 7AM it will make you feel whatever Labradors feel when they put their head out of car windows. The wind in your hair, carving playfully through traffic, some mild endorphin releas,e and moderate cardiovascular exercise. Wait a second, have you suddenly become Wil Wheaton’s character in Stand By Me?

If the ever-growing cyclist body count on big city roads has made you a cycling scaredy-cat (absolutely no shame in that), try to remember that most of those deaths have occurred because of HGVs, and ultimately all you have to do to not die is get off your bike and walk when you see those fuckers coming. Also, all that stuff about helmets not making a difference is nonsense, wear them and deal with looking like a dork for 20 minutes. If you’re not convinced, put “traumatic brain injury” into YouTube, that should bum you out enough to buy a helmet.

Let’s Find an Alternative to Festivals
As we all know from watching Monica Gellar drive Chandler Bing to painkiller addiction over the last few years of Friends, people who are into organised fun fucking suck. If we didn’t learn it from Friends, we might have learned it from how only rugby cunts like drinking games, the attendees of Club 18-30 are human chlamydia and work parties are never just referred to as “parties.”

With this in mind, why is everyone so excited about festivals all the time? Don’t all the logos and security make you think that you’re less part of an alternative culture itself and more just an attendee at an alternative culture-themed theme park? And what about the holographic tickets and promo girls giving out free Ting? Doesn’t that stuff smell a little bit like the rotting corpse of the 60s turning in its grave to you? Don’t you think that if Trainspotting were remade in 2014, Renton’s “Choose Life” speech about the monotony of middle-class existence might be updated to include: “Choose refreshing your browser on the Glasto website. Choose bodypaint and top hats. Choose meeting Bez and then talking about meeting Bez for the rest of the weekend”? Aren’t you sick of going to these things and bumping into your parents’ friends?

Festivals aren’t just turning us all into corporate shills, they’re becoming a destination for old people, TOWIE shitheads, MIC shitheads, “account executives” in their myriad forms and worst of all, people without any imagination, and that’s completely shit and boring. What’s the answer to all this? Well, you could go do your own thing with your friends. It’s not often that it seems reasonable to side with a hippie, but this kid seems to be onto something.
Let’s Go Somewhere Weird
You’re young, as sexy as you’re ever going to be and relatively free of responsibilities: Summer should be a time for horny, dangerous adventure, given that the rest of the year it’s too cold to leave bed, and in ten years you’ll only be able to go to places it’s safe to take children. Now’s the time to go stay in some sketchy hotels or get lost in an Eastern European forest, because we don’t have National Service to provide adventure for us any more and there are no un-climbed mountains left in the world.

If you’re willing to forgo comfort and spend a few hours hanging out on the internet arranging things, you can get anywhere in Europe and stay for a week for $800, less if you’re smart. If you skip a single festival weekend, you’ve paid for it.

Top tip: everyone can speak perfect English in Budapest, it’s really beautiful and sunny and everything is dirt cheap.

That Tricky Work-Life Balance
Summer makes everything fun: walking home from a club at dawn is an exercise in enjoyable melancholy and even a T-shirt-and-shorts trip to the corner shop can make one’s heart sing; but work’s still there, ruining everything.

Urgh, work is the worst, isn’t it? It is, however, worth turning up to, as it pays for all sorts of things like food and rent, and gets you out of bed by giving you a series of tasks to complete every day, so you can’t give it up just because it’s now entirely possible to traipse around street drinking until 5AM without getting cold. So, as soon as the sun starts to shine for more than three hours a day, it’s worth finding a spot in that middle ground between “unfettered wild abandon that will get you fired” and “joyless Randian workhorse mode.”

The key to this is to trick yourself into thinking you’re on holiday, but not on holiday with the MDMA-addled shitheads you usually hang out with, on holiday with your friend’s nerdy parents who expect you to be up in the morning to go look at some museums and ruins and stuff. So, a couple of outside cervezas in moderation become fine, even at lunch time, and evening fun begins at an al fresco dinner and ends at 10PM, not because of work, but because of the imaginary spectre of your friend’s mild mannered but bookish and conservative parents who’ve taken you on an imaginary boring sight-seeing holiday that relaxes you and lets you enjoy the season but also grounds you and helps you maintain a degree of work-ready sobriety at the same time.

Or, if you think that was fucking nonsense and you’re not really into playing bizarre mental games with yourself, wearing shorts to work and eating lunch outdoors as often as possible really helps you not hate your job in the summer.

Summer Hook Ups
Finally, some tips on summer lovin’:

− Don’t have sex at a festival after the first night, unwashed genitals smell terrible, this is rookie stuff.
− We can all see you having sex in the sea, even from far back on the beach it doesn’t look like you’re just in deep conversation while embracing.
− If you’re having sex at home in the summer, open the windows and keep some water by the bed, otherwise you’ll end up exhausted before you finish.
− If you meet someone on vacation, don’t force all your friends to hang out with them all week too, she lives in Texas and her favorite band is the Foo Fighters, you’re never going to see her again after Sunday. Your friends came here to relax, not watch a soap opera starring two sunburnt drunk people who think they’re in love.
− If you have a wank in the summer heat with a hot laptop near you, you’re going to smell of sweat and cum to your housemates. Go have a shower, you godless little boy.

By Robert Foster

Follow Robert on Instagram: @bobfoster83

 

Source: A Boy’s Guide to Not Being a Dick This Summer

Apr / 29

THE CHAINSMOKERS

the chainsmokersWise beyond their years and aggressively handsome, these two overachievers are focused on success… Never before has the world seen two furry browed individuals such as these two (seriously they have really bushy eye brows)… As you might have imagined Alex and Drew did not meet on the set of their Vogue Cover shoot while surrounded by super models, but rather somewhere else. Apart from Social Darwinism, the thing that separates these two men from the rest is their unsettling and uncanny ability to discover and create trends. Apart from their unique personalities and boyish good looks, they have many similarities. They each graduated from prestigious North-Eastern Universities, they like hot chicks in yoga pants, enjoy a good burger, and have been rejected from many of the venues they now play at. The Chainsmokers have become the hottest young American EDM DJ duo. 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. Their signature sound has its foundations in Indie, Progressive and Pop Music. On the production front, their original tracks have all reached the Beatport top charts and their remixes always hit #1 on the HypeM charts. They’ve gotten immense support by friends such as Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tiesto, W&W, and more. We got a chance to run some Grade A Q&A with Alex and Drew.

HL: I understand you guys are fairly carnivorous, where do you go for your beef?

TCS: El Parador for the Fajitas, but any decent Steak house will do… We just love burgers and stuff, Drew will pretend he hates it, but our diet is like 5% salad….

HL: When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing at this age?thechainsmokerspromo

TCS: Drew thought he would be something like a Mark Cuban. Alex thought he would be an Art Dealer.

HL: How do your parents feel about your career paths and your music?

TCS: They are both very supportive. It was a little hard at first for them to understand how this could become a viable career but they were and continue to be there for us. As of late they have sorta got the picture….

HL: When did you first know that this was your calling? Can you describe that very moment?

TCS: The Aha moment… you know there wasn’t really one, we both sorta went with the flow, and you know took steps in different directions that weren’t always music, but envitably it led us here. Life is sorta funny in that way. But you know when you can pay your bills, do what you love and dictate how your day goes, you sorta realize youre onto something special.

HL: What do you aspire to accomplish when remixing a song? What do you look for in a song to remix it.

TCS: Well we always want to maintain the integrity of the original but breathe a new sort of life into it. Obviously we are associated with dance music so generally it’s a little more upbeat but not necessarily jubilant. A remix by definition is supposed to change the essense of a song but we are very careful about which direction we want to take it and to us that is generally dictated by the vocal.

HL: What is your most accomplished moment?

TCS: Hitting #1 on Billboard Dance… and just you know working our asses off and seeing progress. Not to be cheesy but every day to keep moving forward is a great feeling and not easy.

HL: 5 years ago, If I would have told you that #SELFIE would’ve had this kind of success, what would you have said?tumblr_mz7o79zyni1rvnpvyo1_1280

TCS: Go Home guys, Youre drunk…

HL: You guys are on the road a lot, can you describe your eat sleep and work habits?

TCS: So we eat the worst food, drink too much, work out too little, sleep way too little, party way too much, work between things, like there is no free time, that’s work time, squeeze naps, jerk off, shower, but not usually…

HL: What is one of your craziest set moments?

TCS: So far TomorrowWorld, that was just a perfect day… People woke up to come see us play, the sun was high, the air was so fresh and it was just like we are starting your day, welcome to The Chainsmokers, it was very cool…

HL: What is your craziest fan moment?

TCS:  A girl got #Selfie tatted on the inside of her lip… like what…

HL: You guys are together a lot, do you ever get on each other’s nerves? How has your relationship grown?

TCS: You know we are pretty chill about it all, we respect each others space and know when to shut the fuck up, the only time we get nervy is when things aren’t going right and sometimes when we DJ we bust each others chops but its all fun. We get what this si about and what its going to take and respect each others private lives but also are very involved. We have come to fists once, it was hysterical and there are photos to prove it…

HL: Any pranksters in the house?

TCS: Alex is probably the bigger prankster, but we try to keep the pranks between each other to a minimum… we have enough shit to worry about then to stuff dildos in each other suit cases wrapped in tinfoil and send it through security…

HL: Sound kind of specific… So, when you retire, what will be your title?

TCS: Getting knighted would be cool… Like a sir or something…

HL: Whom or what would you most like to work with?

TCS: Bastille Dan or Katy Perry/Adam Levine

HL: Is there anything that we should be on the look out for in the near future?

TCS: Yes! more world domination, we have some awesome new music coming, that isn’t #SELFIE but we are going to ease people away from that slowly

We got to catch Alex and Drew at the Aragon Ballroom for the Unleash Life in Color Tour. Next time these two are in town, I suggest you get yourself a ticket.

You can keep up with The Chainsmokers on TwitterInstagramFacebook and www.thechainsmokers.comchainsmokers_v31

 

Feb / 25

THE GROOVE CRUISE 2014

Our 4th time attending The GROOVE CRUISE and the 2nd OFFICIAL RECAP we put together for them! Check out the recap video we put together of some of the biggest DJ’s attending the 4 day straight party of NON STOP music while sailing the high seas! Also, congratulations to the GROOVE CRUISE on their 10 year anniversary!! #GCX

Feb / 25

DENIZ KOYU PROMO

Heres a video we did for Deniz Koyu promoting one of his latest tracks, “RUBY”. Check the video we did for him from his set on THE GROOVE CRUISE as he takes you along the journey.

Feb / 25

GRANDTHEFT & CAKED UP

Grandtheft + Caked up + Flosstradamus + The MID = Enough said. Check out recap video above we put together from the night!

Feb / 25

3LAU & CHUCKIE

3LAU & CHUCKIE teamed up to take down CONCORD MUSIC HALL in Chicago. Here’s what took place!

Feb / 25

TJR at The MID

Mr. TJR himself made his debut at The MID and in his exact words were that “The MID was by far the craziest show I’ve had in Chicago”.
Check out what we captured above with the recap video we put together!

Feb / 25

RL GRIME at The MID

RL GRIME made his return to The MID once again, and we were there to capture it all. Check out the recap video that we put together from the night!

Feb / 25

SPRING AWAKENING 2014 TEASER

Being the Official Videographers for SPRING AWAKENING once again this year, we’ve put together a line up teaser for whats to come. The line up is massive, check it and we hope to see you there!

Feb / 25

MARKUS SCHULZ – Scream 2 (Behind the scenes)

We teamed up this time with Markus Schulz to give you a BEHIND THE SCENES look into his latest productions of “SCREAM 2”. Following him around for a week and capturing the choas, craziness and dedication it takes in being one of the worlds top producers, heres what we came up with.

Feb / 25

KEYS N KRATES – I JUST CANT DENY

We teamed up with the homies of KEYS N KRATES after running into each other several times over the last 9 months, to put something together that could show fans what their shows are like. Here’s what we came up with. Check the OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO we did for KEYS N KRATES – “I JUST CANT DENY”.

Jan / 27

NERVO

After having travel complications a little over a month ago, NERVO rescheduled their date to take down The MID in fashion. And we were there to capture it. Video link above!