"Share what you were blessed
with and use it for good,
for spreading love and light."
A u d i a t i o n M a g a z i n e i s a g l o b a l m o n t h l y m u s i c p u b l i c a t i o n
w h i c h i s f r e e t o r e a d o n l i n e a n d a v a i l a b l e f o r o n d e m a n d
p r i n t p u r c h a s e s . W e f e a t u r e a l l s t y l e s o f m u s i c a n d v a r i o u s
l a n g u a g e s i n t h e m a g a z i n e , e a c h p i e c e i s a n e x p r e s s i o n o f
w h a t o u r w r i t e r s a n d f e a t u r e d a r t i s t s w i s h t o s h o w . W e d o
n o t h a v e s e t r u l e s a n d a l l o w t h e w o r d s t o c o m e n a t u r a l l y
w i t h f e w e d i t s . A r t i c l e s a r e n o t c o n s t r a i n e d t o s i m p l y m u s i c
- w e l i k e t o b e b r o a d i n t h e w a y w e e x p r e s s o u r p a s s i o n a n d
i n c l u d e a v a r i e t y o f t o p i c s i n c l u d i n g p o e t r y , f a s h i o n a n d
l i f e s t y l e . E a c h c h o s e n t o p i c w i l l r e fl e c t t h e t h o u g h t s o f t h e
w r i t e r a n d r e v o l v e a r o u n d m u s i c i n s o m e w a y . T h e
m a g a z i n e i s f r e e t o r e a d a s w e u n d e r s t a n d t h e d i ffi c u l t y i n
w h i c h c r e a t i v e i n d i v i d u a l s f a c e w h e n t r y i n g t o g o f a r , t h u s
w e w a n t t o h e l p t h e i r t a l e n t s r e a c h a s m u c h o f t h e w o r l d a s
p o s s i b l e . W e h a v e w o n d e r f u l p a r t n e r s , V i n y l F o r A C a u s e
b r i n g t o g e t h e r t h e i r f a v o u r i t e m u s i c i a n s w i t h a p e r c e n t a g e
o f p r o c e e d s g o i n g t o c h a r i t y , a n d , R i g h t C h o r d M u s i c w h o
h e l p t o p r o m o t e a n d d e v e l o p i n t e r e s t i n g i n d e p e n d e n t
m u s i c i a n s .
W e w i s h t o i n s p i r e m i n d s , e x p r e s s c r e a t i v i t y a n d r a d i a t e
o p t i m i s m t o t h e w o r l d t h r o u g h m u s i c .
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"Music is much more than
sound. Music can be a
comforter, party maker,
career path or a way of
Ruby, Editor & Owner
"Music is much more than
sound. Music can be a
comforter, party maker,
career path or a way of
Rokuro, Associate Editor
"The birth of one's child is
the only feeling that
comes close to getting
lost in music."
Cessle, Associate Editor
"Music is a form of art
that reveals a truth in a
world full of mystery."
Sarah, Staff Writer
"No matter what's
happening in life, it's
usually great music will
keep you going."
Malachi, Staff Writer
"Music is life. It's a
universal language that
has no barriers. It unifies
people around the world.
It brings people joy."
Andy, Staff Writer
"Music & love are the
same things really. If kids
grew up with music in
their lives, then their lives
would always be filled
David, Associate Editor
"The moment you feel
happy about music, that is
the very essence of it.
Being in the vibes and
understanding what music
has for your soul."
Steve, Staff Writer
"Music is the way I see the
Mary, Brand Ambassador
"It's an escape, a relaase, a
chance to write how I feel
and allow other readers to
relate. Music has saved
me many times."
Jessie, Staff Writer
"Music is love, you can
feel it. Music binds people
together, ending war and
bringing peace to the
Ashna, Creative Assistant
"Music is a material
artwork of my dreams that
inspires me to overcome
difficulties of everyday
life. I admire people who
can make it!"
Tamara, Brand Ambassador
"You know you are a
music addict when you
get a natural high when
you hear a tune you love!"
Christina, Vice President
"Music is my Truth.
Techno is my Heart. Love
the mediator that led to a
beautiful, surrender to my
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Hi Guys & Dolls...
A t r e n d y s h o t o f D J & v o c a l i s t D - V o x i n t h e m i x i s f e a t u r e d o n t h e f r o n t c o v e r ,
t h e b a c k c o v e r d i s p l a y s m o r e o f t h e l o v e l y g r e e n e r y f r o m t h i s p h o t o . W e l c o m e t o
t h e fi r s t i s s u e o f 2 0 1 9 ! W e ’ r e l o o k i n g f o r w a r d t o a n o t h e r g r e a t y e a r i n m u s i c a n d
c r e a t i v i t y . T h e r e w i l l a l s o b e a f e w c h a n g e s f r o m u s , t h e fi r s t b e i n g o u r
d i s t r i b u t o r s w i t c h o v e r . W e h a v e b e e n w i t h J o o m a g f r o m t h e v e r y b e g i n n i n g w i t h
i t h a v i n g e v e r y t h i n g w e n e e d e d t o b u i l d u p t h e m a g a z i n e a n d r e a c h a l l o f y o u
r e a d e r s . U n f o r t u n a t e l y , d u e t o c o s t s , w e w i l l s o o n d i s c o n t i n u e o u r d i s t r i b u t i o n
t h r o u g h J o o m a g . D o n ’ t w o r r y , t h e m a g a z i n e w i l l s t i l l b e a v a i l a b l e t o r e a d f o r
f r e e w i t h o u r v a r i o u s o t h e r d i s t r i b u t o r s a n d t h e r e w i l l b e n o l o s s o f q u a l i t y .
T h o u g h h e r e w e s a y m a n y t h a n k s t o J o o m a g f o r s u c h a w o n d e r f u l s e r v i c e , w e
h i g h l y r e c o m m e n d t h e m f o r a n y o n e i n p u b l i s h i n g . P l e a s e s u b s c r i b e t h r o u g h o u r
w e b s i t e f o r m t o s t a y u p d a t e d w i t h u s : w w w . a u d i a t i o n m a g a z i n e . c o m / s u b s c r i b e
I n t h i s i s s u e : I ’ m f e e l i n g r e e n e r g i s e d a n d k i c k s t a r t t h e y e a r w i t h t h r e e t r a c k s t o
s e t t h e m o o d f r o m r e b e l l i o u s g u i t a r s t o m o d e r n d a n c e s o u n d s t o w a r m p i a n o s .
M u s i c a i m e d a t t h e d a n c e fl o o r d o e s n o t h a v e t o a l l b e g e n e r i c . C e s s l e t a k e s u s
t h r o u g h t h e h o t t e s t u p c o m i n g t r a c k s a n d e v e n t s t o c h e c k o u t i n t h e h o u s e &
t e c h n o s c e n e . T h e o n l y b a r r i e r b e t w e e n y o u a n d a c h i e v i n g y o u r g o a l s i s y o u r
o w n a t t i t u d e . S h a r m c h a t s w i t h t h e p a s s i o n a t e , h e a r t f e l t v o c a l i s t & t a l e n t e d D J
f r o m t h e U K - D a n i e l a R h o d e s A K A D - V o x . A l o , k i z o t p e d i r ? H e l l o , w h a t ’ s u p ?
S t e v e i s e m b r a c i n g c h a n g e w i t h a # f e e l g o o d a t t i t u d e a n d p o s i t i v e a m b i e n t m u s i c
f r o m C h i l l O u t D e e r . O n e o f I b i z a ’ s m o s t p r e s t i g i o u s p a r t i e s h e a d s t o S o u t h E a s t
A s i a . C e s s l e g i v e s u s t h e l o w d o w n a s C i r c o l o c o h i t s T h a i l a n d w i t h h e a v y w e i g h t s
i n c l u d i n g S e t h T r o x l e r , P e g g y G o u , N i c F a n c i u l l i a n d w A F F . T a k e a l o o k b a c k a t
t h e A u d i a t i o n 2 0 1 8 h i g h l i g h t s w i t h t h e L a k e S h a k e f e s t i v a l , s o u n d s o f A z e r b a i j a n ,
D a n i e l W a n r o o y ’ s s u m m e r g i g d i a r y , J J R i o r d a n c r e a t i n g m u s i c f r o m h i s fl a t a n d
a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h O r i g i n a l D o d g e r . W e ' v e g o t y o u r e v e n t s g u i d e , s h o w l i s t i n g s
a n d m u s i c f r o m G r a y s o n E r h a r d , P h e b e E d w a r d s , M a t o m a a n d R h y s L e w i s .
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Happy New Year!
TV | Radio | Podcast
Spotlight: We've got highlights of Kaz'Out music festival and
Royauté beach party in Mauritius. Two fantastic and unique
events, both showcasing incredible talent from a variety of
genres. Watch the videos on www.youtube.com/AudiationTV
10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1
2pm Danny Blaze | House, UK Garage & Club Classics - Flex FM
4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music
1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus
10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1
4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music
Sister Bliss In Session | House & Dance
A State Of Trance | Trance
1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus
10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1
4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music
8pm D3ep In The Underground | House, Garage & Bass - D3EP
1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus
10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1
4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music
6pm Jeremy Sylvester | House & UK Garage - Urban Dubz Facebook
Toolroom Radio | House & Dance
Global Warm Up | House & Dance
1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus
10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1
12pm Lizzie Curious | Dance - Trickstar Radio
2pm Sam Supplier | House, UK Garage & Bass - Rinse FM
5pm The Dirty Outlaws | Variety - Touch FM Live
7pm Annie Mac | Dance - BBC Radio 1
7pm Friday Night Kiss with Steve Smart | Club - KISS FM UK
7pm Vibe And Drive | Variety - Radio Plus
8pm The Queen E Show | Grime, Hip Hop & RnB - DJQueen-E.com
9pm Pete Tong | Dance - BBC Radio 1
9pm Wideboys | House & UK Garage - KISSTORY
10pm Mike Delinquent | House & UK Garage - KISSTORY
Trustnobody | House & Techno
Hospital Records | Drum & Bass
Above & Beyond Group Therapy | Trance
Clublife | Club
1am What’s Up? | Variety - Radio Plus
3pm Kiss Fresh with Swarzy | Hip Hop & RnB - KISS FRESH
4pm Mark Radford | Tech House - Rinse FM
6pm The Music Box | House - D3EP
8pm Saturday Night Kiss with Steve Smart | Club - KISS FM UK
9pm Saturday Night Kiss Fresh with Charlie Hedges | Dance - KISS
11pm Saturday Night Kiss Fresh with DJ S.K.T | House, Techno &
Bass - KISS FRESH
10am Neev | Variety - KISS FM UK
The Beauty Of Sound | Trance
UKF Podcast | Bass
The Chillout Lounge Mix | Chillout
HeavyBeatsRadio | Club
Clubbing Culture | Club
T H R E E
M O O D - S E T T I N G
T R A C K S F O R
2019 cuts through the tension of the previous year and brings
an air of strength and optimism. I'm feeling energised right now
by bold guitar-lead melodies, lively tempos and lyrics
surrounding determination. It's the kickstart we all need to fight
back and get empowered.
One song I cannot get out of my head is ‘Banquet’ by Bloc Party.
Although it was released over 10 years ago, hearing it again in
the new Pelaton ‘Inside A Class’ ad has grabbed my attention.
That rebellious attitude, the pumping beat and an electrifying
The next song choice is of a completely different vibe and
intrigued me just within the first week of the year. The only
problem is that it hasn’t been released yet nor has a title been
announced… All I can say is that it’s by Eli & Fur, as heard on the
Kayak ‘Travel Pros’ advert. The track has an interesting taste of
curiosity and wonder with playful experimentation and
exploration in Japan. The contemporary dance sound also feels
like a teaser of what we can expect to hear this year in the
The third track? Well, here's where I leave it up to you. This is
where you think about your own journey, emotions and dreams.
This will be a song that strengthens what ever your heart is
saying. For me, I've chosen 'Feel My Needs' by Weiss. There’s
just a huge, beautiful blossoming sensation of love in this song.
The piano melody warms your heart together with the wishes
and desires felt through the vocals.
Darling I look up at the sun
The rising of another dawn
Things gonna be alright
if love is around...
Jain - Alright 11
With the 2018 festivities having come to an end and
the last party poppers having been popped to see
in the new year, the music industry gets its head
down and back to business. This may be the first
year that we start January with no BPM Mexico but
musically there is so much to look forward to in
2019. Darius Syrossian steps up things with his
MOXY MUSIK project, releasing fresh music and
taking his new brand on tour in February with the
purpose of showing that music aimed at the
dancefloor does not have to all be generic. The 1st
release on the label is entitled “Dance of The
Shaman” and features remixes from Man Power, Doc
Martin, East End Dubz, and Shaf Huse. Talking of The
Shaman, The original chart-topping, all round music
genius, Top of the Pop popping shaman, aka
underground music artist MR C hosts a killer line up
for Superfreq’s 17th birthday. He will be joined by
the likes of Steve Bug, Scuba and Marc Houle for no
doubt what will be a mega night in East London. The
Pickle Factory over in East London has some gem of
events to tickle many a man. In their small intimate
space throughout January they have the likes of Jane
Fitz, Konstantin Sibold and the legendary Andrew
Weatherall gracing the decks. The legendary antics
at Kappa Futur festival and Junction 2 are set to
continue this June as Techno runs riot across Italy
T O P P I C K S F O R
J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9
Melanie Ribbe – Get It Right
The German born, Jamaican
raised artist makes herself
known with her debut
releases on Moon Harbour
Records. This groove filled
dancefloor track is set to to
damage to many a set.
Jacky – Another Place
This remix comes as part of a
4 track package as the 1st
release on Jacky’s new label
Jacky & Friends. Huxley
delivers another masterclass
with a touch of a garage feel
that just rolls.
Darius Syrossian - Dance Of
The Shaman EP
I couldn’t pick between all the
tracks on offer from this EP. on
Moxy Musik Each and every
track offers up a different feel
using the same clever vocals.
There is literally a remix for
every type of set. Shaf Huse,
Doc Martin, East End Dubs and
Man Power all offer up their
A PASSIONATE, HEARTFELT VOCALIST
& TALENTED DJ FROM THE UK – DANIELA
RHODES a.k.a D-VOX
There will be people you meet in this
world who make an impact on you
before you actually meet them in
person. Daniela is one of those souls.
Our energies collided back in 2016, the
exact date I’m not certain, though her
contagious positive energy left an
indelible mark. Dear World, I introduce
you to a multi-talented female DJ
whose main trajectory is all about the
music. A Beautiful Soul.
Daniela Rhodes aka D-Vox is a multigenre
international DJ, vocalist and
radio presenter. Having played in Ibiza,
Ayia Napa, Switzerland, Australia and
held residency in The Maldives, she is
wowing crowds all over with her head
turning DJ sets incorporating her live,
ambient vocals spreading words of
inspiration out to her audiences. She
hosts a popular and interactive live
radio show on Afro*disiac Live Radio in
Bournemouth UK for the last four years
and holds several local residencies
offering techno, trance, house, breaks,
dnb, electro swing and more.
Daniela has also been collaborating
with producers over the last two years
and is now becoming recognised for
her vocal skills in the studio. Working
completely by ear with no musical
training, she has the ability to create
vocal melodies with meaningful lyrics
to accompany electronic productions,
and has been sealing her professional
reputation within the music
community with a string of drum and
bass, house, progressive and down
tempo collaborative releases. With
more collaborations in progress and
worldwide DJ bookings continuing to
steadily roll in, the year ahead looks
very exciting for this passionate,
driven vocalist and DJ. Who knows
where her music will take her as she
continues to surprise with her
versatility, dedication and
determination to achieve her potential
and spread love and light through
music as far and wide as she can.
Daniela took time out to let us into her
journey of truth. Here’s what she has
to share with the world…
How did it all start for you?
Well, I was about 15 when I heard
Yomanda 'Synth & Strings' on the radio
whilst working my Saturday job at a local
Aquarium in my home town of Leighton
Buzzard in the UK. In that moment, I had
to find more music like it. Daft Punk 'Da
Funk', Basement Jaxx 'Red Alert' and Tori
Amos 'Professional Widow' really made
my ears twitch and I still love to drop
these tracks in my sets when I can fit
them in. Discovering UK Garage had a
huge influence on me as a vocalist too,
I know all the words to most of the
What do you love playing the most?
Oooh that’s a hard question for me!
Different styles do different things to
my soul. I get lost in deep, grooving,
percussive techno. But I found techno
quite late on my journey. My heart
breathes hard dance of course, as it’s
where this all started. Drum and bass
has a lot of pace and makes me bounce
behind the decks, it gets me really
energized – even when I’m playing
liquid dnb I feel injected with energy.
I’ve recently started playing breaks too,
boy is it fun!
Who’s your muse in the music world?
Nina Simone - what an inspirational lady
‘Life opens up opportunities
for you. You either take
them or you stay afraid of
taking them’. Jim Carrey
How would you describe the dance
scene in Sydney?
I stayed in Sydney when I was traveling
on a work visa back in 2006 for three
months and had a great time. I can
remember going to a club all night,
walking out and walking right into
another one and carrying on for another
8 hours! Sydney never slept back then.
What single night out has been the most
memorable for you as a DJ? As an
As an attendee, it has to be Space in Ibiza
witnessing Richie Hawtin play a
mesmerizing 4 hour set in 2012. That
has to be one of the most incredible
moments of my life. The man is a genius
and the light show was unreal. As a DJ,
I’d have to say the whole hour of my set
I played in The Baby Box at Ministry Of
Sound in London in 2015. I literally
couldn’t believe I was there and had
recurring butterflies from beginning to
end. It was an amazing experience and
I’d love to return one day, main room
What are your future plans for your
Well, I have been working with a lot of
producers over the last year and a half
and have been releasing a steady stream
of collaborations across genres. My plan
is to continue providing vocals for as
many producers as I can. I love it when
I get a request from a producer asking
me to do something a little different to
what I am used to. I thrive on pushing
myself to experiment and be a better
vocalist. As a DJ, I am loving hosting my
live radio show on Bournemouth’s No.1
station Afro*disiac Live Radio. I have
been with the station for just over 4
years now and I can’t get enough. In
2019 I hope to have a few more
international guests join me in the
studio to share their love of music with
me and the listeners. I would absolutely
LOVE it if you could join me Sharm! I
have also been doing
some writing work for London based
progressive record label Flemcy Music
and have my feelers our for writing
opportunities with dance music
magazines too. All in all, I’m just going
to keep pushing myself as much as I can
creatively and in turn I hope to
encourage others around me to do the
I was travelling, landing a warm up set
at a club in Switzerland that my friend
networked for me whilst working out
there. Even after doing a great job on
these occasions, I continued to just
dream of being a professional DJ and
vocalist. I certainly never thought I'd be
able to do both of them simultaneously
one day. I have been DJing now for 15
years but only started to believe I could
make a career out of this 4 or so years
ago. I woke up one day and realised I
could achieve my dream, that anyone
can achieve their dream and I use my
platform for spreading this message out
to the masses via the lyrics I sing in my
sets - to take action and put the wheels
in motion to get to work on achieving
their goals and dreams, amongst other
things. If you know you have a musical
gift, don’t waste it. Share what you were
blessed with and use it for good, for
spreading love and light. Sharing what
you do and striving to be better and
grow, will encourage others to do the
same – the positivity that spreads as a
result lifts the spirits of the whole world.
Favourite holiday destination?
What is your advice to emerging talent
and how they can set aside any fears
and pursue their dreams with courage?
Well, I spent a long time dabbling with
DJing, playing in my bedroom, at house
parties and landing the odd birthday
party or club gig here and there. I
remember hustling my way to a back to
back set at a Oceana in Milton Keynes
when I was in my early twenties,
networking for a slot, singing vocals
with a dnb DJ at a bar in Melbourne when
Amsterdam and Berlin. I’d love to live in
both of these cities and I’ll be making
sure I do one day! I’m hoping that music
will take me there, I believe it will!
What are the things that bug you about
the DJ scene?
Hmm. One thing has to be female DJs
who use their body to sell what they are
doing. I don’t have a lot of respect for
these superficial ‘look at me’ DJs. For me
is should be ALL about the music. Let
the music do the talking, not your
skin. Something else is DJs who pay
producers to write tunes for them, so
they can play them in sets and soak up
all the glory. I can’t think of anything
that would make me feel more
uncomfortable than pretending to be
something I am not, playing someone
else’s tune and claiming it’s my own. I
don’t know how these DJs sleep at night,
it’s just not right I my opinion.
Name one track that never gets old for
you no matter how many times you
Ahhh.. ‘Latin Fever’ by Wolfgang
Gartner. Every time I drop this in a set
the crowd goes wild – and so do I! It’s
just so funky, chunky and brings that
perfect, percussive, Latin party vibe
every time. That track does crazy things
If you could get eternally stuck in one
year's music scene, which year would
I think it would have to be not a single
year but a decade. The 90s without a
doubt. The house music, the rave music,
the trance, the dnb, even the pop music
in the 90s was innovative, creative and
Who do you aspire to and who
influenced you the most?
From a DJ perspective I'd have to say
early Tiesto. I was in awe of him at
Godskitchen's 4th birthday at The
Sanctuary in Milton Keynes back in
2001. He dropped 'Joy Energizer' by Joy
Kitikonti and the crowd went absolutely
mental, including me. I remember
feeling like I wanted to make the crowd
go nuts like that and like I HAD to DJ.
Female techno DJ and producer Nicole
Moudaber has inspired me so much. I
just love her production and DJ style,
her attitude towards her career and to
her fans. She is such a good role model
for the aspiring female DJ community
and represents women in a male
dominated industry with sheer class. I
stumbled upon her playing live at a bar
on the beach around the corner from
Ushuaia in Ibiza, I didn't leave until her
set was over. She was amazing. I love
her! I saw her play the opening
Resistance party at Privilege in Ibiza last
year, she was back to back with Victor
Calderone. They blew my mind!
From a vocals perspective, soulful RnB
singer India Arie has played a huge role.
I must have listened to her award
winning ‘Voyage To India' album a
thousand times since it crossed my path
when I was 19. I think the soulful
element to my voice originates from
singing along to her songs. The emotion
she delivers when singing her deep
lyrics is amazing. She sings from her
heart about her rise to fame, her
struggles and about the important
things we all need to remember and be
thankful for. I try to steer my own lyrics
in this sort of direction to inspire others
to be the best they can be.
Any parting thoughts for emerging
NEVER GIVE UP on your dreams of
making music your life. You can do and
be anything you want in life. The only
barrier between you and achieving your
goals or not achieving them is your own
attitude. Every now and again I’ll
receive a message from a young DJ
asking me for advice on how to get more
gigs. And my response is always the
same. Go out to the venues where you
want to play, meet other DJs and
promoters. You have to network. Your
dreams are not going to come to you. If
you sit at home looking at others who
are living their dream, the dream you
want, and you think ‘ohhh I want that,
why do THEY have it and I don’t’, the
answer is because they are up and out
of their seat and have chosen not to sit
at home thinking that way like you are.
Stop whining, take a deep breath, start
believing you can make it all happen,
get a piece of paper and write down a
few things you need to do to make a
start. You may not have any social media
pages, so get this on your to do list. You
might not have any recorded mixes, so
start recording some and uploading
them online and share with the world.
You have to put yourself out there or
you won’t be discovered. Every time
you tick something off your list I
guarantee you’ll feel so empowered
about what you have achieved that you
will acquire the inspiration to get more
things done in order to move closer to
your end goals. They may be far away,
but take a baby step a day and imagine
where you’ll be in 2, 5 or 10 years time.
You will have changed your life
dramatically by then and be living your
dream! On your marks, get set… GO!
Alo! Ki zot pe dir?
Hello! What's up?
Greetings from the island, hoping you guys
are doing great and that #twenty18 treated
you well. #twenty19 started some days
back and the overall feeling is that people
around are embracing #change; and that's a
When you faced downers and trials, hit to
the ground, one option you have is to
summon all forces deep within, slam the
ground and stand up. Stand for another
chance of facing life and win over whatever
challenges coming your way.
One thing I have learned, is never give up!
Life always brings you gifts to help you out
of your turmoil. Recently I have
experienced fast-paced, oppressing
situations, able to crush you down whilst
getting you twisted in a never-ending
overthinking session. Well one of my
received gifts is the #ambientmix. Soothing
with refreshing notes and bringing positive
vibes as required.
My share this new year are the mixes from
Enjoy and have a blast on this New Year!
Circoloco In Thailand
2019 was not long around the corner and Circoloco
already began preparations to kick things off with a
storm on January 19th. The team behind one of
Ibiza’s most prestigious parties have announced a
first ever show in South East Asia at the awardwinning
Baba Beach Club in Phuket, Thailand with a
sick line up to boot.
The forward thinking eco-friendly Beach Club, which
is located across 200M of white sandy beaches,
collaborates with Circoloco for a mega party to
coincide with their 20th anniversary. Ibiza
heavyweights Seth Troxler, Peggy Gou, Nic Fanciulli,
Richy Ahmed, wAFF, Serge Devant, Ibas Ibellini,
Lauren Lane & more have all been drafted on board
in order to recreate the magic of Monday’s at DC10
on the country’s most powerful Funktion-One sound
A region first, a 12 hour showcase of local talent
mixed with the industry’s best, set across the
W W W . C I R C O L O C O I B I Z A . C O M
‘Sunday Morning’ by Matoma ft Josie Dunne displays of messy puddle of
emotions. The addictive, yearning vocals draw you in. The killer dance energy
of the track pumps you up. I’ve been wrestling with the darkness. The lyrics
reflect a disarray of the mind, wanting to feel. I can see the light that's in your
In the wake of his debut album ‘One In A Million’, in-demand Norwegian pop
talent, Matoma drops the official music video starring vocalist Josie Dunne. As a
fan favourite from the album, Dunne’s voice possesses a euphoric crossover
house energy. Within the video we see Dunne as a frustrated motel cleaner,
battling through a tiring job and rude customers, dreaming of running far away
to travel the world. An empowering climax, Dunne abandons her job, escaping
somewhere far better.
As a highly dynamic producer, DJ and songwriter, Matoma’s collaboration
roster has seen him lend his hand to a who’s who of modern pop including One
Direction, Coldplay, Jason Derulo, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Paul, The
Notorious B.I.G. and more. Adding another to the list, he invites New Jerseynative
Zookëper, to provide a lively house transformation on the original.
Kicking off 2019, Matoma will embark on his HOLY MOLY! tour, with shows
across Europe and North America; playing at venues including Paradiso
Amsterdam, Terminal 5 New York and The Warfield San Francisco. Whilst a
documentary titled ‘Matoma: One In A Million’ is set to drop in December.
‘Only You’ by Oleg Farrier & Michael Grovetsky gives a bright, sunshine burst
of warmth. The upbeat dance rhythm gets your body moving whilst the joyful
glow of sound choices puts a smile on your face. Feelgood fun!
One of the many stand out progressive cuts taken from our Amsterdam 2018
compilation is this little beauty from Oleg Farrier & Michael Grovetsky. They
arrive on InfraProgressive with the sublime 'Only You'. Packing in a lush, warm
vibe, uplifting melodies and keeping things fresh, the guys have really come
up with a stellar production here. If you need a hit of energy to your set, then
look no further as this will certainly cause the desired effect.
‘Better Than Today’ by Rhys Lewis has a simplistic structure yet shares raw
emotion. The voice is rough at the parts, showing passion and strength to
drive him through the tough times. Just hold on when fear shakes you. The
soothing piano plays the melody, it is understated, allowing the main focus
to shine on the voice. We're gonna find a way.
2018 was certainly a whirlwind year for London-based singer Rhys Lewis.
With his music reaching an ever-growing global fanbase, his music has
become known for dissecting his own experiences with an impressive
honesty and bravery making it irresistible to listeners worldwide.
His new single ‘Better Than Today’ is a New Year’s resolution of sorts.
Speaking of the new track, Rhys says, “We’ve been living through some
pretty turbulent times in recent years. I wrote this song to ease my anxiety
about the state of the world and remind myself that, whatever our
differences are, whatever we choose to believe in, we all live with the same
good intentions common, and we’re all hoping for a better tomorrow.”
This track also marks the start of a new creative chapter for Rhys, having
taken on the role of producer for the first time. Working alongside Aidan
Glover, who he also co-wrote the song with, the track was recorded straight
to tape in their studio in South London.
Originally hailing from Oxford, Rhys is a 27-year-old singer and songwriter
who crafts songs with an emotional honesty and vocal maturity that belie
his young years.
With seven songs and an EP release to date, Rhys is fast catching the
attention of critics and fans internationally. Touring extensively in the past
couple of years, including with Freya Ridings, JP Cooper and James TW, he's
built up a fan base across Europe that queue overnight to be first in to his
electrifying headline shows, selling out shows from London to Amsterdam
He's had heavy support from BBC Introducing, recording two live sessions,
performing at a BBC Introducing show in London and most impressively,
performing the British Music Embassy stage at SXSW 2018.
‘Better Than Today’ is a sign of exciting things to come for Rhys in 2019.
The track makes a statement, as does he so there should be no holding back
for this fast-rising artist.
‘Cinnamon’s Diary’ by Marco Torrance & Natasha Jaffe is dazzling. The cool
and steady beat paves the way for delight. Subtle sunset grooves, which hold a
little nostalgia, enter the scene. Smooth and sublime strings capture your
heart. The light feeling and charming warmth washes over you.
Marco Torrance and Natasha Jaffe, who gave their debut on Puretrance, deliver
a one of a kind track. The way Natasha' s Cello blends in the spheric beats of
Marco Torrance is pretty amazing and almost a goosebumps guarantee. As a
goodie you will also find in the package a chill version, that focuses on the
breakdown as an extended version...enjoy!
The mist clears, I
see my path.
You and me.
‘Introvert’ by Grayson Erhard brings a whirlwind of emotions. The depth of the
vocals, passion radiating, really tug at your heart strings. The love. The need
to step back and reflect. An equally gripping track accompanies with a fierce
guitar-lead melody. The little dips and curves of the dynamic range and
various textural elements are modest yet beautiful. Crawling back to piece of
mind. Keep me in your heart.
Colorado-based musician Grayson Erhard’s “Introvert” video is a visual
romance to the introverts, the lovers of them, and the parts of ourselves that
need solace. Like much of the EP, "Introvert" marks a distinct shift toward a
full-band, lyrically-focused style and away from Erhard’s previously
undressed, stand-alone acoustic sound.
"'Introvert' is a reflection of the internal struggles of an introvert, outlining
battles with constant bombardment of social situations and wanting to get
back to solitude, but ultimately becoming comfortable in one's own skin.
Personally, it’s a musical observation of what I see living with and loving an
introvert." Grayson Erhard
In it, Erhard has weaved together the percussive style of his early love of Metal
and the technically complex percussive guitar style that colored his early
career with a more dreamy, indie rock sound. He purposefully plays with and
disrupts the common chord progressions of pop music, while complimenting
distinct harmonics with EARTHSHIP co-writer Bannigrin’s drum lines.
‘Push Back’ by Charmes is hot! The striking vocal thrills your senses. The
killer beat drops in with the perfect jump-up tempo. The mood darkens in the
break section, bringing wicked desires. We’re thrown back to the main tune
with lovely little tropical percussion elements.
In Control Recordings is pleased to present ‘Push Back’, from none other than
label bossman Charmes. He keeps bringin' that Rollin' bass and this time
combined it with positive lyrics & uplifting sophisticated disco vibes!
After his club success with "Clap" which is supported by Tiësto, Martin Garrix,
Nicky Romero, James Hype, Chuckie, Chocolate Puma, Mercer and many more,
this is another solid release to check out now!
The ‘Physical Addiction EP’ by Insane
House ft Romarti holds heavy rumbles of
bass with a thick monotonous beat. It
creates a dark techno setting which is
carried through each track.
The set commences with the murky remix
of ‘Arabic’ from Romarti. The next track
’Acid Groove’ plays with a whirlwind of
sharp electronic synths. Produced with
Romarti, third track ’Elements’ has a fresh
and dynamic touch to get the crowd
excited. The title track ‘Physical Addiction’
delivers an experimental structure with a
hard, intense atmosphere. Final track
‘Paradise’ brings a powerful, spiralling
synth and pumping energy.
Insane House gives progressive techno
sounds as well as some aggression in this
release. He explains that the collaboration
with Romarti brings a “radical change” to
Bubbles & bass.
Fight for love.
‘Get It Right’ by Phebe Edwards ft Mark Asari is divine! Her
luscious, smooth waves of vocal sound blossom around your
ears. Sugary sweet tones hold a subtle sultry air. The soulful
male voice dances alongside hers, beautifully twirling together
to create a passionate meld of emotions. Baby, just take my
hand. A conversation between lovers. Can I give you my heart?
A test of their love.
Get it Right is the new single from North London soul singer,
Phebe Edwards, currently on tour with Years and Years. The
single was produced by one of the UK’s most talented
producers, Luke ‘G Kid’ Grant, and features ‘The Voice’
star Mark Asari.
“Get It Right takes you back to the 90’s RnB days! We are
talking SWV, TLC and Aaliyah days! The song interprets the
yearning for trust to be re-established in a relationship. Can we
‘Get it right’ again after being hurt? Can the relationship be
restored to what it genuinely was after heartbreak?” Phebe
Phebe Edwards has toured, performed and recorded with some
of the industry’s greats including Liam Gallagher, Stormzy,
James Brown, Adele, Jessie J, Donna Summer and Rita
Ora. Phebe’s debut single Say Suttn charted at #14 in the
ITunes RnB chart within hours of its release. Phebe is compared
to legends such as Mary J Blige, Fantasia Burrino and Aretha
Franklin and her stunning vocals have seen her performing in
arenas all over the world supporting global superstars. She is
currently touring with Years and Years US, UK and Europe tour.
Get It Right is the follow up single to Space featuring Cameron
Bloomfield, released earlier this year. The single was
supported by Music Musings and Such, Lock Magazine, The
Music Site and many more! The incredible Syleena Johnson
featured ‘Space’ on her spotify playlist as one of her ’Chill
favs’. Phebe is currently working on her long awaited headline
London show, details of which will be released on her website
early next year.
The ‘Abundance EP’ by ORAW is exciting. Hard, driving beats lead the way with
big strength and attitude. The dance floor is sure to be jumping. Mesmerising
plumes of melodic sounds cut through to bring a sense of wonder.
Transcendence into a higher world.
Greek based producer ORAW brings us his Abundance EP containing 3
outstanding psytrance tracks that are both groovy and original, and define his
cutting edge style and production level. In addition to his 2 originals on the
release, ORAW teams up with production partner Seegmo with their
collaboration track Protectors that rounds out this EP with yet another top
quality production. This 3 track EP is not to be missed!
‘Illuminator’ by Broning is intense! A cold, hard strength powers through. The
pace quickening, the excitement building. The atmospheric shift, a pause for
breath, eyes widening. This electrifying synth melody rushes through your
veins. The drop brings it altogether and gets you dancing.
Broning returns to the Infrasonic stable on our Serious imprint with his latest
tech fuelled single 'Illuminator'.With a raw and edgy vibe, plus that raucous
bassline, Broning is the master when it comes to creating truly unique
electronic music and 'Illuminator' is no exception. From the simple, but
effective melody to the underground throughout this track, there's something
for everyone and it'll certainly appeal to the masses.
5 - 13 January
Groove Cruise Miami
10 - 14 January
Fort Lauderdale, United
Garasnow - Les Angles
11 - 12 January
Les Angles, France
11 - 13 January
Hard Metal Fest
The Sound Of Q-Dance
Verknipt 6 Years
25 - 26 January
25 January - 3 February
The Beat Festival
26 January - 2 February
Les Orres, France
Rolling Loud Oakland
Oakland, United States
31 January - 2 February
1 - 2 February
1 - 3 February
Iboga Winter Fest
Party In The Paddock
7 - 9 February
White Hills, Australia
8 - 9 February
Kolorz Festival Winter
8 - 9 February
On Snow Festival
9 - 16 February
14 - 15 February
5 Senses Thailand
14 - 19 February
Koh Phangan, Thailand
15 - 16 February
15 - 16 February
Grand Cayman, Cayman
21 - 24 February
Auckland, New Zealand
22 - 23 February
Let It Roll Winter
22 - 23 February
Prague, Czech Republic
Lancaster Roots & Blues
22 - 24 February
Lancaster, United States
22 - 24 February
Waken Winter Nights
22 - 24 February
22 February - 3 March
Australia & New Zealand
A State Of Trance
Supa Dupa Fly X Dubai
24 - 28 February
Dubai, United Arab
San Francisco, United
27 February - 3 March
Abroad Fest Barcelona
28 February - 2 March
28 February - 6 March
Ultra South Africa
1 - 2 March
DLDK: Don’t Let Daddy
1 - 2 March
Farmer & The Owl
Les Francofolies De La
8 - 10 March
SXSW: South By
8 - 17 March
Austin, United States
A State Of Trance 900 -
Days Like This Festival
I Am Hardstyle
9 - 10 March
Florida, United States
9 - 16 March
Alpe D’Huez, France
Fresh Mountain Festival
9 - 16 March
Les Orres, France
Circus Paradise Music
Les Nuits De Fourviere
Avec Le Temps Festival
12 - 17 March
13 - 17 March
Garasnow - Luchon
15 - 16 March
16 - 17 March
Les Nuits De La Filature
16 - 17 March
18 - 24 March
BUKU Music & Art
22 - 23 March
New Orleans, United
Circus X The Festival
Hook Of Holland,
23 - 30 March
Les Paradis Artificiels
23 - 31 March
Jazz A Megeve
28 - 30 March
26 - 31 March
Beat Hotel Marrakech
28 - 31 March
29 - 30 March
29 - 30 March
29 - 31 March
Pas De La Casa, Andorra
Stand out from the crowd with Fieldcandy
Bloc Party - Banquet
Eli & Fur
Weiss - Feel My Needs
Jain - Alright
Melanie Ribbe – Get It Right
Jacky – Another Place (Huxley remix)
Darius Syrossian - Dance Of The Shaman
ChillOutDeer - Peaceful | Winter Chill Mix
Circoloco In Thailand
Matoma ft Josie Dunne - Sunday Morning
Oleg Farrier & Michael Grovetsky - Only
Rhys Lewis - Better Than Today
Marco Torrance & Natasha Jaffe -
Halogenix - Don’t You Know
Whitewildbear - Come Back
Grayson Erhard - Introvert
Charmes - Push Back
Phebe Edwards ft Mark Asari - Get It Right
ORAW - Abundance EP
Broning - Illuminator
Insane House ft Romarti - Physical
Tuff Culture - Elements Part 2
ShockOne ft Cecil - Underloved
2 0 1 8
1st December 2017 saw
international artist Walshy Fire take
to the stage in Grand Baie, Mauritius.
We were proud to sponsor the event
which was hosted by Urban Pulse.
Summer represented Audiation for
Walshy Fire was a joy to welcome to
the island with his humble persona.
He was not only interested in the gig,
but also of the history and origins of
Mauritius. When speaking of the
island, he felt it was reminiscent of
his home country of Jamaica, “there
is this pride of everybody mixed
together and creating their own
culture. That sense of fighting
through colonialism and creating
something unique and exciting.”
It is to be appreciated that when
Walshy Fire speaks of music or his
vision of the world, he relates to his
Jamaican roots. His heart is still there
wherever he is, keeping the people
and the love of Jamaica with him.
In regards to this, he also explains the
following, “I represent the region of
the Caribbean. That includes Zouk,
Soca, Kompa, Salsa, Bachata,
Merengue, Reggae, Dancehall - so it
encompasses all. Do I feel like I’ve
accomplished that? No. I feel like this
is going to be a lifelong mission and
I’m thankful for the little
accomplishments, I have gotten
people who have never heard this
kind of music before and now,
through Major Laser, are able to
research who Celia Cruz or Peter Tosh
is. There’s a lot more work to do for
sure. I’ll be doing this for the rest of
When speaking of the crowd’s
expectations, Walshy Fire explained
that all he hoped for is that
“everybody comes with an open mind
and an open heart to receive a good
positive message and a great
atmosphere with a lot of fun.”
On the night of the event, he lit up
the stage from within. Full of energy,
it was not a feeling that he was simply
putting on a show, he really enjoyed
himself and imparted that good
feeling to the audience.
Whilst on the island, Walshy Fire was
also introduced to Kaya - Seggae Man,
which he loved. “I put out a lot of
dancehall and reggae music right
now. I started on something called
ReggaeVival, I’m going to really start
pushing reggae music through that
label, that’s why I would love to meet
Seggae artists. Listening to that beat
- it totally translates to my side of the
Playing The World Around Me
After discovering the creative genius JJ Riordan with you his version of ‘Cola’
using Coca Cola bottles, we’re delighted to present an insight into his mind in
which the whole world is his soundboard. Where we see everyday objects, he
sees music waiting to be played.
The latest creation utilises his new flat by mixing together the percussive wall,
the melodic cooking pots, the synth microwave and more making up your next
house banger! It’s really fun and you watch with amazement, trying to see all
the little sounds and which items they pair up with. Fantastic.
JJ Riordan takes us behind the scenes, revealing the process of turning the
ordinary into something tuneful...
Hello! My name is JJ Riordan and I compose music using everyday items! I was
in the middle of my Masters Degree, in University College Cork, when I began
composing with the world around me and since then, I have become
increasingly invested in how I, or anyone for that matter, can utilise the
everyday locations, rooms and/or items around us to create musical
compositions. I have used a number of these media to create music: from
Coca-Cola cans and bottles, buildings in Cork, my bathroom, a car etc. and it
has been an incredibly fun challenge as I rarely anticipate what the end
product will sound like!
Collecting sound samples is the first thing that I have to do when it comes to
composing with my location, item, room etc., and to collect these sounds, I use
a handheld microphone system, called the Zoom H5, with various
interchangeable microphone “capsules”. When I collect samples, I use a
shotgun capsule, as it is an incredibly directional pick-up pattern that picks up
little-to-no background sound – offering me a very “raw”, or clean sound,
which is preferable, as it’s far easier to work with these clips in the processing
steps of this composition.
Once I have collected as many samples as I can, I take the recordings to my
computer, where I work with them in my DAW of choice - Logic Pro X. In Logic, I
can listen back to my various recorded sample clips and extract the sounds
that, I believe, have potential as musical “building blocks”.
Once I have chosen a tempo and I’ve decided on a certain “feel”, I tend to start
by building up the percussive components of my track using Logic’s musical
grid interface – using clips and samples that, in my ears, resemble drums of
varying timbres, from kick drums to snares, hats etc.
When it comes to melodic components, I try to find samples with an intrinsic
note, or sonic frequency – and I isolate that frequency using EQ. Once this step
is complete, I can drop my “cleaned up” sample into Logic’s stock sampling
plug in – the EXS-24, and use this plug-in to “play” my sample in a multitude of
notes, and sequences. However, this process is absolutely achievable in every
DAW – including Ableton Live, Reason, Fruity Loops etc.
As soon as one understands the sampling and trimming, necessary to compose
with these everyday sounds, the world opens up to be one massive (potential)
soundboard, waiting to be played by a creative mind.
Sound is - at the end of the day, vibration - and when we realize that
everything vibrates or at least has the potential to be vibrated, they have the
potential to be sounded and utilised in a musical manner – it just takes
From the streets that we walk everyday, to the rooms we wake up in and the
everyday bits and pieces that are often overlooked in our day-to-day
proceedings, the potential for musical composition in every little thing makes
for an incredibly exciting and musically compelling world.
It is really something special when you
get to witness and support an artist’s
growth right from the beginning, and
Leanne Louise has blossomed
continuously over the past years. She
always works hard and has fun with her
passion. We to chat with Leanne Louise
about her single ‘My Goodbye’.
As a singer/songwriter I base a lot, if not
the majority, of my songs around
situations in life that I go through / the
feelings I feel and this particular song
came about very organically. I’d
reached a turning point in my life and
mindset after having my heartbroken, I
found it really hard to write about the
heartbreak so I teamed up with a good
friend of mine and producer Sovereign.
He sent me over an instrumental and
instantly the lyrics and melody line just
flowed out of me. I wanted to write a
song that would empower people, not
just provoke the negative feelings of a
break up but the great ones you feel at
that turning point when you’re ready to
bounce back and achieve everything
you’re made for achieving. Within a
week of me writing the song, we were
in his studio laying down the vocals.
‘My Goodbye’, produced by Sovereign,
is a fantastic fresh little number. The
snappy and assertive side of Leanne
Louise’s voice is paired with a nifty UK
Garage beat. There is a beautiful
surprise of the sublime long vocal notes
and a little twist of dark bass to create
a great contrast.
Right now I’m so happy with how things
are turning out because it’s been a good
few years since I released anything
officially (my last official release was ‘Mr
Magician’), but I’ve been experimenting
a lot with different sounds and visions
for the past 2 years and I have a confident
vision of the sort of record I want to
create. So, I’m very happy with what I’m
working on but always moving forward
and keeping an open mind to new
It’s always a little bit nerve-wracking
when you haven’t released anything for
a while but everyone has shown me so
much support. THANK YOU.
It’s that time of the year again! The weather is warm, the sun is out, and
country music is back in style again. I’m one of those people who only
listens to country in the summertime because it is all about sunshine,
beer and backyard parties, so why listen to that any other season?
I was lucky enough to attend Chicago’s Windy City Lake Shake at the
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (right next to Adler
Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium), so here are my takeaways from the
The festival started on Friday, but it was raining so I skipped that day.
Sorry Blake Shelton.
Jackie Lee covers
First artist we saw was Jackie Lee, who I totally thought was a girl going
into the festival. The lineup was mostly male, so I was excited to see a girl
on stage. However, I was pleasantly surprised because he is the definition
of an up and coming artist. He captured the entire audience who were
just arriving, and his voice was like butter. Great start to the show. He
also had great covers that got the crowd going, but I can’t remember
what they were! So, Jackie Lee, if you’re reading this, you have great
songs and covers!
Fun fact: He has beaten cancer twice!
Lanco is a band that seems like a household name now. If you don’t know
them, you have heard “Greatest Love Story.” The funny thing about this
band is all the band members looked like they were all friends on a
baseball team growing up, but their guitarist (Eric Steedly) just stood out.
How do I explain this… well he was HOT. Long hair, tank top with muscles,
so many guitar solos. Everyone around me kept talking about him,
probably because he didn’t fit in with the band members at all based on
looks, but he was entertaining to watch!
I don’t remember how sweaty Billy Currington was, but he must’ve been
drenched if I made a note about it. He was fun!
No shade to him at all, but
he looked homeless! My
cousin and I were talking
about him, if we saw him
outside of the concert, we
would have no idea he is a
country superstar. He had a
long raggedy beard, but
somehow it worked for him.
As we were leaving his set,
Navy Pier had a firework
show, so it was perfect.
Girls night out / Russell Dickerson - Pop
He was pouring beer down his band’s throats, most likely getting
drunk on stage. You can just tell by his stage presence that he loves
his life right now. The one thing that surprised me is he had a pop
song called MGNO (My Girl’s Night Out). Everyone in the audience
was jumping and dancing to it, but it really was unexpected, since
this is his debut album and touring, so it seems surprising to release
a pop song as well.
We did more walking around the festival today so stopped by a
Barefoot tent to sample the new wine in cans, which were good! I
was drinking the Red Sangria one the whole time. My friends and I
did the photo booth with real guitars and costumes. Fun time! Lots
of the booths were barbeque food, clothes, games, and a swing ride.
Chris Lane has a song on the radio called “Take Back Home Girl,” but
I didn’t know much about him going into the festival. What a
performer, captured the hearts of every girl in there! He’s about
5’6”, but he was cute and sweet to the girls around the stage,
bringing one girl up to sing “All About You.” I can’t wait for him to
come back to Chicago because I am going!
Cole Swindell has a lot of country hits too, so it was cool seeing him.
I was with my co-workers at this point as well, so it was fun dancing
with them. Not much stood out, but he was a good performer.
The one act everyone was looking forward to was Florida Georgia
Line. Lots of fire, lots of energy, two friends that really made it in
country music. People around me kept yelling for their song “Dirt,”
so when they played it people went crazy.
I think that’s enough country for all of you readers. Hope I filled you
in on the best songs for the summer of country music.
Thanks for another great year LakeShake!!!
Body and soul want to connect
I don't want to neglect
My own self I might forget
The best version of me ahead
Easy routes and white lies
The old belief dies
Elevate my soul
Let go and no control
Lead me to salvation
Being aligned to my soul path
Resilient; I am holding on
Not looking at the aftermath
My heart taking a new step
My soul taking a further step
Full of enthusiasm and positive
energy, Nev G enjoys sharing her
creativity with the world. The female
DJ holds a huge passion for oldschool
music ranging from various genres
including RnB, Hip Hop, Jungle, Soul
and Dance. She also puts other
interests into focus alongside this, for
example her special shows contain
horoscope themes in which the artists
featured are chosen to correlate with
the current month in the astrological
signs - the early June show featured
Gemini artists. Nev G shares her story
Tell us a little about yourself.
I guess it started as soon as I had access
to a tape recorder. As an only child in
the early 80's - when I was about 6, I
was a bit obsessed with recording my
voice and playing it back. I still have
those tapes believe it or not! I also
used to record Soul music off the radio
at the age of 6 and 7 too. By the time
I was 12, I was very into Pirate Radio
stations; unfortunately this was in
1988, so the Acid House era had kicked
in and I was too young to go out and
rave! So I'd spend a lot of time in my
bedroom listening to stations like
WNK, Lazer, LWR, Kiss, Fantasy and
Dance, familiarising myself with the
music. By the time I was 13, I was down
the record shop every Saturday,
spending all my pocket money on
vinyl. I also grew up singing in front of
large crowds, so I didn't have stage
fright or anything like that. Any time I
saw a band at a function, I used to ask
them if I could sing and they'd let me!
While I was at Barnet College
(1992-1994) I heard Jungle Music on
someone’s walkman and was instantly
converted. I was a self-renowned
Junglette and adored the Junglistic
way of life from that time onwards; the
raves, the production on some of the
tracks, the chemistry between the MC's
and DJ's on stage. The ability to hear
my name being shouted on London's
Number One radio station at the time
- Kool FM. It was a magical time. Music
had changed from the 1988 Acid
House and Hardcore eras and Junglism
was an entirely new and fantastic
movement that I still follow and rave
to - to this day!
Then after I left Barnet College in 1994,
I was studying Performing Arts again
at uni when I had a penny drop
moment; why am I pretending to be
someone else on stage (as an actress)
when I have this big personality and a
serious eclectic love and collection of
music? I should be in radio! So I left uni
in 1997 and sought out a job in Hospital
Radio just for the experience. Within
a few months I landed myself my first
radio show on London Turkish Radio,
Tuesday nights 10pm - 12am called
Nev G's Niteride playing R&B, D&B and
HipHop. I stayed there for 9 years
before moving on to Xtreme FM and
then on to Deja Vu FM - where I have
been doing Nev G's Nostalship for 6
years now, every Sunday between 6 -
8pm. It has given me a
illiant opportunity to interview
some great artists and be as creative
as I want, incorporating themes to
most of my shows.
I do love presenting my own show on
radio, but there's something quite
priceless about playing to a dance
floor as well; the reactions are instant.
Your Nostalship shows take us
through old school music together
with astrology episodes… Can you
tell us a little about this?
I am very intuitive about people’s
energies but I don't tell everyone or
put this fact out there on social media.
My spirituality is a very personal thing
for me. Along with a lot of other stuff,
I hold it close to my heart, my feelings
intensify more that way and my
intuitive side is quite private for me.
I have been in to astrology since I was
a teenager; it's not about your daily
horoscope in the paper that you need
to go by, more the adjectives of
characters described in astrology that
is a really good guide to get an idea of
what people’s characters are like. I
have always enjoyed combining my
two passions together, so every month
I do a read up during my show on the
particular sign that we're currently in.
When I have a guest in the studio, I
read directly to my guest on air. I can
happily say that the high majority of
the time I have been congratulated on
Oh gosh - that's a big question - there
are sooooo many! I always say that
1994 is my favourite year for R&B and
Jungle but I am going to go with all the
R&B artists from 1992 onwards
because that was such a memorable
era and one from which New Jack
Swing was still about too. These old
skool artists would include Jodeci,
Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Mariah (my
number one of all time), Guy, Boyz II
Men, SWV etc!
In addition to this, I also love PROPER
OLD SKOOL artists like Frank Sinatra,
Nat King Cole and Dean Martin. They
bring out the old soul in me and I just
adore jazz music. I DO have a major
soft spot for Old Skool Reggae too - so
you see, I am very eclectic which I pride
myself on. I have done this feature on
my show which started with Nev G's
100% 1988 Nostalship and I did every
year in-between through to 2006. It
took me nearly a year to do. I enjoyed
it so much that when I got to the end,
I did it all over again! My most
enjoyable ones were 1989, 1994,
1995, 1996 and 2001.
Favourite old school artists?
W h a t h a p p e n s i f y o u r h a r d
d r i v e f a i l s , C D s a r e s c r a t c h e d ,
t a p e s a s k e w o r v i n y l s m e l t e d ?
W h a t i f t h e w o r l d g e t s c h a o t i c ,
fi r e s a b l a z e a n d y o u r p r e c i o u s
m u s i c c o l l e c t i o n r e d u c e d t o
s c a t t e r e d e m b e r s ? W h a t i f t h e r e
w a s a r e a l w a y t o p r e s e r v e i t ? A
l i f e f o r m t h a t c o u l d e n d u r e a n y
d i s a s t e r s .
‘ T h e P r e s e r v i n g M a c h i n e ’ b y
P h i l i p K . D i c k i s a n i n t r i g u i n g
s h o r t s t o r y o f o n e i d e a l i s t i c ’ s
a t t e m p t t o p r o l o n g t h e l i f e o f
m u s i c , g i v i n g i t l i f e . B y t u r n i n g
a s h e e t o f m u s i c i n t o a l i v i n g
a n i m a l , t h e t h e o r y i s t h a t t h e y
w o u l d w i t h s t a n d a n y d i ffi c u l t i e s
a n d b e a b l e t o r e t a i n t h e m u s i c
i n s i d e o f t h e m t o b e c o n v e r t e d
b a c k w h e n d e s i r e d . B u t l i f e i s
n o t t o b e t o y e d w i t h , a s h e s o o n
fi n d s o u t . T h e c r e a t u r e s t a k e o n
t h e d i ff e r e n t s t y l e s o f m u s i c
t h r o u g h t h e i r c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s
a n d , e v e n t u a l l y , t h e y b e g i n t o
a d a p t t o t h e o u t s i d e w o r l d .
The musical group from Azerbaijan are
mesmerising with their artistic nature.
Their music ranges across incredibly
deep and moving pieces, bright and
quirky moments, mellow and
contemporary songs and more.
Their single ‘We Shall See Them
Sometimes’ featuring Uran is a special
release to support those with mental
health issues, it comes together with
the following statement: A society’s
mental state is determined by its
attitude to people with mental health
problems. The story follows a young
boy who has had to battle mental
problems for the most part of his life,
but he is pushing through and
following his dreams. The tones
encompass the good and bad times
very well together with the heartfelt
video, the contrast with the tough rap
vocal against the soft chorus further
pulls at your emotions.
Dihaj proudly represented their
country in Eurovision Song Contest
2017 with the powerful ‘Skeletons’
and their debut album ‘The End Of
Sunsrise’ was also release later in the
year. We had the pleasure of speaking
with the group’s singer Diana.
Diana, tell us a little about yourself and
how you started in music.
I was born in a family where everyone
loves music with all their hearts. So at
the age of 3 when I was singing, my dad
recognized a song “You’re simply the
best” by Tina Turner. So it was obvious
that my parents brought mw to music
school where at the very beginning I
launched a folk/jazz ensemble called
“Bary Bakh”. The time passed and I went
through lots of transformations. I
graduated from Baku Music Academy as
a choir conductor, then from the
Institute of Contemporary Music
Performance in London, was developing
my love for jazz music singing at Baku
Jazz Center etc. In 2014 I finally
understood that I am ready to make my
own band and brand. So now Dihaj is
Who are Dihaj?
Dihaj is the name of project lead by me.
We are three of us. Ali on drums and fx,
Anar on guitar and synth and me on
vocals, keys and controllers. When we
met we all were playing in different
bakuish bands. The time came, we got a
friendship and the same and familiar
“mood” in creation of music. We started
and there are no plans to stop. We
describe our trio as a triangle where all
the corners are equal. We found
soulmates in each other so working
together is pretty much easy. This is how
it should be. So our unique sound is the
conclusion of our hearts, souls and of
You represented Azerbaijan at
Eurovision Song Contest 2017, can you
tell us about the experience?
For me Eurovision was a side but very
serious project. Besides an honor, it was
a huge responsibility. Eurovision itself
is a school of stage performance, artistic
behavior and stabilizing of vocals. So it
was a priceless experience which I am
not regretting at all.
I a m n o t a p r o f e s s i o n a l s p e a k e r b u t m o s t o f t h e
t i m e s m y m e s s a g e i s “ L o o k a r o u n d , a l l t h e s e
b e a u t i f u l t e c h n o l o g i c a l t h i n g s w e r e d o n e b y a
h u m a n . C o n t i n u e t o b u i l d u p a c l e a r a n d c l e v e r
f u t u r e r a t h e r t h a n d e s t r o y i n g e a c h o t h e r . S p e a k f o r
y o u r s e l f a n d l i v e Y O U R O W N l i f e ” .
The country is well-known for unique
talent, can you tell us a little about the
creative industry there?
We celebrate 100 years of democracy
in Azerbaijan this year. But at the same
time it’s only 27 years as we are out of
pressure of USSR. So we are a pretty
young country in independency. That
means that we are developing in all the
fields with a very fast speed. Now I can
say that we have a little but strong
artistic community which reprints arts
of Azerbaijan abroad and, at the same
time, tries to shake post Soviet Union
society plus showing them alternative
ways of thinking/living/listening. For
example, I am part of an entertainingly
educational community called
“VarYox”. We have a web site where we
share local subcultural life side by side
with a worldwide artistic life. We do
speak about art performances,
musicians, share information about
historic figures in an “easy going”
attractive way, we do concerts, events,
exhibitions etc. I am proud of being
Azeri as I live in a unique place, which
is situated really in a very splice of
cultures, religions and world outlooks.
Here you can build up and present
whatever interesting things you want.
The main key is to work hard.
What does music mean to you?
If I say that I love music with all my heart
I say nothing. As I think music is the most
truthful manifestations among arts. It
gives you space to create and share your
mood journey in real time with audience
right here right now. Each time you listen
to your favorite tune, you live through
atmosphere and moods of the author’s
idea. And it happens every time. Isn’t it
Photography by Sitara Ibrahimova
On having a trip to Baku, Azerbaijan,
there is a high chance to be amazed by
its very hospitable people, who honour
traditions very much, and are openminded
to all new and modern. Baku is
like an old vinyl being remixed
nowadays, sewing different cultures
together. This is the place for Formula 1
Grand Prix, Eurovision Song Contest,
mainstream pop, rock, jazz artists and
The sound of
i d e n t i t y
Music in Baku is one of their main values. You
may notice the very first banknote is
dedicated to musical instruments. The
unique carpet museum has many carpets
in collection, one of which respects
famous outstanding Azerbaijan composer,
professor and academician Uzeyir
Hajibeyov. You may experience that the
traditional sound is an essential part of the
most famous museums in Baku, presenting
its importance and variety.
Music forms cultural richness of various
peoples and nationalities, as well as
the world as a whole. Nice examples
of Azerbaijani national music
legacy rising on the foundation of
their cultural heritage with
centuries. It is worthy to mention that
a performance of ‘tar’, an ancient
stringed music instrument, has been
entered by UNESCO on the
Representative List of Intangible
Cultural Heritage. Azerbaijan’s rich music
art has developed over centuries.
Mary & Tamara
The Dirty Outlaws
Three cheeky chaps in music, The
Dirty Outlaws have a really cool
eclectic taste in music from garage,
bass, indie, pop and more. Their fresh
and somewhat eccentric attitude also
extends into the new Love Sick
London clothing line which has a
distinctive urban style. We got to chat
to the guys about their work.,,
Who are The Dirty Outlaws and how
did you all come together?
The Dirty outlaws are 3 best mates: DJ
inspiration. Mc Mista Mee & Mc Logo.
We met through a love of Garage music
& going out clubbing in the 90’s.
Your music tastes are very varied
from bright pop to dark bass… how do
you guys come up with new ideas and
can we expect to hear any new tracks
from you soon?
Yeah our tastes in music range from
punk to classical. Pop to Dubstep. We
tend to just get in the studio have a
few beers. Laugh & bounce ideas off
each other till something sticks. We’re
in the studio now making fresh music
for release this year. So, watch this
get one up on each other. You can
always feel the love when we get
together in the studio. It’s a family
Love Sick London - what’s it all about?
Love Sick London is a lifestyle &
clothing brand that was created off the
back of the dirty outlaws vibe. London
living. Tattoos & out out culture.
What influences the Love Sick London
style & designs?
A lot of things influence the style &
design. Defo a big part of it was
growing up in the 90’s. Iceberg /
Moschino and the whole 90’s club
Anything else you’d like to say?
We just wanna say thank you to
everyone that’s tuned in to our shows
over the last 20 years & taken time out
to listen to our music. We’ve got
nothing but love for you guys. Thanks!
You all look like you’re always having
fun doing shows and projects, what is
the vibe like together in the studio?
Yeah it’s always a laugh when we get
together. We’re like 3 brothers.
Always taking the mickey or trying to
My Crazy Summer
The last weeks of the summer were quite hectic for me, 10 flights in less
than 2 weeks, from north to south, from east to west.
29 August: My flights to the most northern part of Norway, Kirkenes… I
have been asked to play at the club night for Grenselos Festivalen, the
biggest festival of the north of Norway. It takes a full day to get all the
away up north from Amsterdam to Oslo, from Oslo to Kirkenes, with a 5
hour stopover in Oslo. I always love to go for a walk there and check out
the town and nature. Weird detail, at the end of my set, from 23:00 to
02:00 I step outside and it's still light. I play here at least twice a year and
they always take great care of me. Amazing food, champagne and a
weekend full of fun and crazy Norwegians! I flew back on Sunday.
3 - 5 September: I am home to work on new music and do the stuff I need
to do at home.
6 September: It's time to fly again. This time I play in Kyrenia in the
northern (Turkish) part of Cyprus. This is a big gig, in the famous Cage
club, voted as the best club of Turkey and North Cyprus. I am headliner
on the Friday and it's always very exciting to play here. Normally I stay at
the hotel that belongs to the club, but this time I stayed at my friend's
place. He has a great house with pool, BBQ and a Playstation. I arrive on
Thursday night and I kicked his ass with FIFA a few times.
7 September: During the day we spent most of the time in and around the
pool with a few more friends and a few cold beers. Around 22:00 we
hook up with the managers for a really nice dinner with way too much
food. My set starts at 01:30 till 03:00 and it was amazing! The famous
AKON came over to check out my set as well.
8 September: More good food, more FIFA, more cold beers and more pool
9 September: In the morning I fly back home, with a short stopover in
Athens. Another weekend full of great memories.
10 September: I can rest and prepare for the next trip: Ibiza!
11 September: Another flight! This time Ibiza. I've got the good news that
my friend will join me on this trip. We booked an extra day and a car, so
we could enjoy some of the island as well. After a very turbulent flight
we arrive at Ibiza around 13:00, time to pick up the car and check in at
the hotel. We have the rest of the day to chill and we do some great
sightseeing like Cafe del Mar sunset, Mambo and some nice beaches. My
set starts at midnight at the legendary Es Paradis, I played some of my
new tracks and it all went well. The next day we had a full day of free
time and we spent most of it on a few beaches. At night we had VIP
tickets for Armin in Hï, so we went to see the show. Great thing he played
my new track during his set.
I am looking forward to next summer already!
Every song ends, is that any
reason not to enjoy the music?
Awakening hearts along her journey, Sharm Pillay imparts good energy
through the 5 dimensions of Techno. Originally from South Africa, she now
resides in Australia and spends her time uniting people through the power of
music as well as expressing her soul through this medium. Sharm Pillay
shares her journey with us…
Raised in a musically motivated family, music has been a constant throughout
my life. Both my parents and fraternal grandfather were actively engaged in
the music world. My grandad was South Africa’s first Hindu Drum (Thabala)
Gold Medalist (1927). Filthy, sexy basslines run deep in my blood.
It was April 2014 when I unwittingly activated my DJ journey. The short story
is that a random thought led to an idea which led to exciting actions, and here I
am four years later. It’s been a journey of note. I intuitively followed the
stirrings of my heart, taking heed to that persistent, enthusiastic feeling when I
tuned into music. Prior to this I’d experienced nothing like it. When I doubted
myself, the confirmation that I was on the right path came from friends,
followers and strangers who supported my journey.
Passionate about music, I’ve experienced many genres during the course of my
life that set the tone for a keen musical ear: House, RnB, Rock, Soul, Jazz, Hip-
Hop, Reggae, Blues leading to Techno. My enthusiasm for DJ'ing has
everything to do with “Music that gets me soul dancing”. Though, Techno is my
first true love.
Favourite motto is “To thine own self be true”.
My DJ journey in essence? It’s been a Spiritual Awakening kinda experience.
The Frequencies Of Techno
If you listen to Techno with your heart you will hear whispers of the Universe
vibrating within your being.
It’s no secret that music is an ageless and timeless vibration. These are my
views. Use it or lose it. Music is the melody, the timing, the pulse of my soul.
Music is a Universal Language, Love the Universal Healer and Light the
Universe itself in action. Drop Techno in the mix and you've a magical formula
that would have Nikola Tesla wishing he's attending a Techno throw down.
Techno is a whole different animal. Techno is a game changer.
Its vibration, frequency, energy (Spirit) seeps through the cracks of our DNA. It
touches us in places we never knew existed or may have forgotten. It breaks
open hearts, stretches minds and exposes us to our soul. Techno is a healing
frequency channeled straight from Spirit. It's a Spiritual thing, the 5D kind. You
can't touch it.
First you sense it. Then you feel it. It’s an intUItion thing… it exists within U & I.
To aspiring artists: never give up on your dream! Never. Tend to your soul’s
voice and awaken to your heart’s passion.
The planet is undergoing a huge shift and it’s a beautiful time to balance our
masculine and feminine divine energies within.
This is my truth... I own it.
This is my journey... I’m so walking it.
Music helps me...
I have been fascinated with Music for as long as I can
remember, my mother told me stories of how she used to unplug the stereo
to stop me from playing records in the middle of the night when I was 2
years old, only for me to plug it back in and carry on, waking up neighbours
and leaving her to explain to them that the toddler was the one to blame, I
was clearly hooked.
Music for me is so many things, as a whole it's unlike anything else I know, it
sets moods, explains and portrays emotions, helps expression, unites
Sometimes I use music as a form of therapy to reflect on and deal with
emotions, find a sequence of chords that fits my mood and play for as long
as I need to feel resolve, I suppose something about the notes singing my
own feelings back to me creates a feeling of understanding.
Music helps me focus on work, I find that listening to instrumental music,
especially from something with warm memories, like an old computer game
that I played as a kid, is not only relaxing, but also somewhat engaging and
Music helps me out of bad spells of anxiety, since late 2016 I have suffered
with both anxiety and panic attacks, which can descend my normally clear
thinking mind into a struggle for control and worst case leave me wondering
if I will see another day, there have been many times where listening to
music has diverted my attention and brought me back to normality.
Just last night my wife and I were at Bluedot festival in Manchester to see
The Chemical Brothers headline, of course they were absolutely amazing as
always, after a fair amount of beer and cider (which surely played a role in
this) we were jumping up and down in arms with total strangers, everyone
smiling, letting the euphoria take over and screaming our enjoyment at each
other as if we were all best mates, I don't even know their names, how many
times have I been in the same situation with Music? How many times have I
been in the same situation with anything else?
Is there any art form more exciting? More able to elicit emotion? More
helpful? More universal? Not for me there isnt, what a gift it is.
Audiation magazine has always been
about keeping our ears to the ground,
looking at break-through acts and
trying to have our noses poking
around in the right places sniffing out
what’s hot and fresh on the
underground scene. It was 3 years
ago when we had our attention drawn
to a New York based duo by the name
of Eskuche & Nu Sky. This was around
the time when the boys had begun
to make that step up from local circuit
DJs to recognized DJ/Producers
across the world. As a duo they racked
up releases on acclaimed labels such
as Material, Viva LTD, Lost Records &
Hot Creations, just to name a few, and
it was their distinctive drum-based
groovey dancefloor sound that
began to build them well deserved
recognition. The past couple of years
have no doubt been a journey for the
guys, with both guys taking time to
work on new solo projects, notably
Eskuche delivering a number of
releases on respected labels such as
Elrow, Jesse Perez’s imprint Mr Nice
Guy, Repopulate Mars and a big new
EP due for release on Hot Creations
this October. We manage to catch up
with Eskuche ahead of his upcoming
gig in his home town of New York City
for Jamie Jones’ Paradise.
Easy bro, how’s tricks, all good no
doubt? It’s been about 3 years since
the last time you spoke to Audiation
Magazine and since then you’ve
been racking up the air miles and
have begun a lot more on solo
projects as ‘Eskuche’. Where in the
world are you now & what’s been
going on since we last spoke?
In the last 3 years things changed
completely for me, in a good way. I’ve
done some amazing solo releases on
labels like Repopulate Mars, Elrow,
Mr. Nice guy, Deeperfect and many
more. Also I played some cool gigs
with Elrow, toured South America and
Russia playing Schimasnki, Output
and spending now my 2nd season in
Ibiza as an Ibiza talents resident.
Seeing some of the biggest DJs
supporting my music really inspired
me for more. I’ve some big stuff
You’ve spoken in the past about your
memories of Ibiza, and about how
magical and inspirational the island
is. Ibiza is constantly changing and
growing but last year you spent the
season living on the island through
the summer, how did you find it and
was the magic still there for you?
I think Ibiza is all about balance, you
need to take time off sometimes from
the parties and just enjoy life on this
magical island. Drive in to some
hidden beaches, eat in nice and not
so popular places, go for a walk and
just enjoy simple things.
Any memorable moments that left
you fully motivated to get straight
in the studio or inspired the way
" I t h i n k I b i z a i s a l l a b o u t b a l a n c e , y o u
n e e d t o t a k e t i m e o ff s o m e t i m e s f r o m
t h e p a r t i e s a n d j u s t e n j o y l i f e o n t h i s
m a g i c a l i s l a n d . "
you play music that you wish to
share with our readers?
I always try to start something after
I come home from the party, I try to
capture some inspiration from a
night. At least an idea, then next day
I like to work on it properly. I’ve
discovered that its then, after I’ve
woken up, that I feel at my most
Your favourite party on the island?
Of course it is Paradise. I’ve been
going there almost every week and
the vibe is always incredible. I really
like the new place in Playa Den Bossa
“El Patio”, I played there for Ibiza
Talents and it was great. Originally it
started as an after party for Music On
on Saturdays. Also the Elrow parties
are super dope, especially the one in
Ushuaia which was off the hook.
Great show. I’ve also been digging
day parties like Rumors at Destino
and Blue Marlin.
What was the idea behind the
‘Activator’ EP on Hot Creations?
business. Its been really amazing to
see how this track was picked up so
quickly by big artists like Jamie Jones,
Darius Syrossian, Leon, Detlef,
Latmun and lots of people have been
asking me about this tune. I’m really
happy to release it with Hot Creations
as an EP along with my track “Pleasure
Beat”. October will be massive.
When it comes to producing tracks
do you have to get yourself in a
certain mind set? What’s the process
As I mentioned above I like to capture
some ideas after parties. Sometimes
inspiration comes in different forms,
groove on mind or a bassline you
remember or some nice vocals you
really wanna use. But also I think its
all about discipline as well, you just
need to sit down and get sh*t done.
I started this track right after Paradise
closing last year. The idea was to
make something underground with
a DC10 terrace vibe. I’d finished it
before the Music On closing party
and my friend Leon was the first who
played it there on the terrace. This
was special for me, to see it played a
few hours after I finished it. I knew
after that this track will do the
Music is an ageless and timeless
vibration where all is one. Present, past
or transcending our 3rd dimension,
music is a world language, love the
universal healer and light the universe
itself in action.
In enters passion filled with creativity.
Drop music in the mix and you could
quite possibly have a purpose to raise
vibrations. Given our fast-evolving
world and revolutionary rise of
consciousness, special souls around
the world are awakening to their truth.
Some are doing it with their educated
skills, some with learned talent and
others still with inherent ancient gifts.
What’s important is that they are
following their hearts.
Nick Sarpa from Sydney, is a promising,
authentic and passionate emerging DJ
with heart. He took time out to let us
into his journey of truth. Here’s what
he has to share with the world...
How did it all start for you?
My love for music started as a child
around the age of 5, watching and
listening to the weekly Video Hit Charts.
Over the years it continued to grow,
opening my eyes to different genres. It
wasn’t until I was 14, that I was
introduced to Classic Trance & Hi NRG
which drew me into the idea of
electronic music, where my passion for
music really kicked off. The idea of
being a DJ grabbed me when I went to
my first nightclub in Sydney, being DCM,
which allowed me to hear and see what
a DJ can do to a track, to manipulate and
blend it with another to create a form
of art. I wanted to be that person.
What do you most love playing?
Currently I’m journeying through Tech
House & Techno as I’ve new found love
for it and want to continue to focus and
grow in these two genres. However, if I
ever get the chance to go back to my
roots and play occasionally with the
unique sound of HI NRG, Hard House and
Classic Trance, then this is where all the
Who’s your muse in the music world?
Growing up with music, I encountered
several idols as my love of music
evolved, starting with Paul Van Dyk &
Tiesto in their classic days from 1998 -
2004. But now I get majority of my
inspiration from the one and only king,
How would you describe the dance
scene in Sydney?
The dance scene in Sydney is still
continuing to grow after there was a
setback with laws. This caused a lot of
venues to close. However, due to the
growing popularity of Tech House &
Techno, parties are still going very
strong, attracting large crowds, which
gives hope for the Sydney scene to turn
What single night out has been the most
memorable for you?
As a DJ, my most memorable night to
date is the Halloween party I hosted in
Sydney. The vibe inside the place was
screaming as the venue was almost at
full capacity. What made this even more
special was the crowd being in the
Halloween spirit, coming dressed for
the occasion. My recent visit to the
magical island of Ibiza has to be my
highlight. Even though I wasn’t behind
the decks this time, being a part of the
crowd for Jamie Jones’s Paradise party
at DC-10 will be something I’ll never
at their peak.
What is your advice to emerging talent,
and how can they set aside any fears
and pursue their dreams with courage?
My advice is to be authentic and not
follow the crowd. If you want to be
recognised for something, stick with
your own style and idea, and persist
with it. Staying focused on your goals
is the key, and making small steps every
day. It can be a bit nerve-racking in front
of crowds, but feel the fear and do it
anyway, it gets easier.
Name one track that never gets old for
you no matter how many times you
The one track that will never get old for
me has to be Kamillian – Guidance
(Space Brothers Mix). For me this is
something I would hear every weekend
in the nightclubs in Sydney and it would
If you could get eternally stuck in one
year's music scene, which year would
I would love to be taken back to the year
of 1999. To me, all genres of music,
whether it was hip hop, rap, house,
italodance, trance, eurodance were all
SEKSiCuLLTURE - Awakening Hearts
Let It Be
In our pain and sufferings,
When all hope seems lost,
Give light to the opportunity of acceptance.
In times where troubles cripple us,
When there seems way for us to redeem,
Find refuge in the present, even if we're down and wary.
When you feel like giving up,
Overwhelmed by darkness,
Close your eyes and let it be.
No time of tomorrow,
No more worries from yesterday.
No wonders in today.
Just let it be.
There is a light in the present.
There is an answer in acceptance.
Take a chance on your presence.
And just let it be.
Inspired by The Beatles - Let It Be
I was hit with a burst of immense,
bright energy as I walked in and all
of my senses were intrigued.
L’Aventure Du Sucre played hosts to
the biggest music festival of
Mauritius on 3 November, Kaz'Out.
Over to the Dan Vilaz stage as the
group Rasinn Kare gave a colourful
performance with a lovely, lighthearted
flow and a touch of soulful
grooves. Fusing the modern with the
traditional, they expose emotions
through their music.
I found myself weaving through
nooks and crannies, hazily widening
my eyes at the various curious things
around me, holding one first
intention of following the music. I
found my way to the front of the
Kanbar stage and was welcomed by
rock / grunge group UnMind. Their
wild, fist-pumping, jump-up sounds
had me rocking out! It was so cool to
even see little kids going crazy to this
untamed music. They have a
signature of powerful guitar riffs and
are inspired by the likes of Nirvana,
Seether and Foo Fighters.
Simultaneously over on the Kanbar
stage, DJ duo Revival brought fun,
flavourful island dance vibes and got
my hips wiggling. They were also
joined by live percussions from a
conga player. With Afro-oriented
rhythms, they are influenced by
Bernard Desmarais, John Digweed
Off to the Kaz-Apero stage where the
musical group Ziskakan entertained
the crowd. They commenced with a
lively folk style and then moved to a
bold, sort of rock edge which was
really cool. This maloya genre is
native to Reunion islands and was at
one time banned by authorities, the
band maintain these roots whilst also
developing it with a modern concept.
Finally I got the opportunity to watch
the band Patyatann perform on the Dan
Vilaz stage. Their music was so pretty
and versatile. The songs were so unique,
each with a different state of mind and
energy. It was audio poetry and you were
pulled, like a magnet, to their emotions.
Using native instruments, they
celebrate the island’s cultural diversity
Kaz’Out was such an incredible
experience. Fantastic musicians, your
curiosity being excited at every turn and
a joyous atmosphere. The people were
bundled together in a carefree daze. We
were all at one, united by the love of
Trendy DJ group Økuna took to the
Kanbar stage with rhythmic and
melodic house music. Bouncing and
swaying to their set, you’re lulled by
their warm tones. Their music is
described as a journey between dream
and reality, with the fine balance of
choppy beats and mesmerising sounds.
When I heard Acoustic Truth’s recent song ‘You Make Me Great’, I was once
again moved by their warm, harmonized voices. They fit together like a hand
When Ryan and Sarah Lendy met at Chicago summer camp for children with
special needs, neither knew how significant they would become to each other
and how they would influence the lives of so many others through their music.
In 2011 these best friends wrote their first song together. After several years
and several life changes, their songwriting is stronger than ever. No longer
solely best friends, they are now husband and wife, and mother and father to
The pair have always hoped their music would provide hope and inspiration to
others. Prior to the birth of their son the couple had been touring, playing for
audiences throughout the United States. Once Jeremiah was born, they took
some time to focus on their songwriting. They began playing more in their
church and moving towards outreach for Christ.
Initially their music while inspirational was mostly secular and they were not
sure how their established fans would take their transition into the realm of
contemporary Christian music. Thankfully though, their fans have been very
supportive and, through the transition, they have gained a tremendous
number of new fans. It seems people are finding their music, which focuses on
personal stories and daily struggles, to be a relatable and welcomed influence.
This choice has been a blessing to this talented team. It has opened the doors
to many new opportunities which are currently in the works. They have also
had the opportunity to team up with the Christian network, Gods 411. This
pairing has been a tremendous help in spreading their music with their latest
video reaching five million people in a matter of 28 days. They never imagined
that was possible. However, they continue to remain humble and stress that
for them it is about the music and about the people.
The future is looking positive for this uplifting couple with current talks in the
works surrounding their music and their songwriting. Hopefully, we will see
some big announcements from them soon.
The Sassy Yank
2018 not only came in with a bang, but
it appears to be going out with a bang
as we see the original Artful Dodger
duo continue to make a comeback as
Original Dodger. Legendary producers
Pete Devereux and Mark Hill have been
back in the studio and have released
the 'Momentum' album.
Let’s begin with a little trip down
memory lane. Artful Dodger are wellknown
to be amidst the huge buzz of
UK Garage in the 90’s and early 00’s.
They quickly rose to fame with hits
including ‘Movin’ Too Fast’ ft Romina
Johnson, ‘Re-Rewind’ ft Craig David
and ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’ ft Lifford.
This movement eventually came to a
end with many stating that the genre
died, but this is simply not true.
Producers never stopped making great
UKG, it just went back to the
underground scene. A lot changed for
the duo too in that phase and they
ended up selling the usage of the
“Artful Dodger” name. Fast-forward to
the present day, we see that name on
events and many still assume that they
are the former stars. However, that
identity is now formed of new
members and a whole new concept.
Neither one of the original producers
have sat idle over the years. They both
have continued their musical
endeavors. Mark Hill continued
producing under the name Artful with
tracks including ‘Could Just Be The
Baseline’ ft Kal Lavelle and ‘Architect’
ft Cairo. He also launched 60hz, an
underground, artist-controlled record
label for garage, dance and RnB souls
of the future. Pete Devereux continued
producing house and garage music
under the name DEVolution together
with Tom Devos. Their most notable
track is ‘Good Love’ ft Amy Pearson,
which has become a timeless dance
August 2016, this is the first glimpse
we had of a reunion for the pair. That
selfie. The two with finger’s to their
lips in sign of a hushed secret, a teasing
hashtag of #mumstheword and the
mention of talking about “some stuff”.
I think it’s fair to say that the majority
of UK Garage fans went crazy! The
rebranding was unveiled and we were
introduced to Original Dodger. May
2017 saw the release of their first
single ‘Millionaire’ ft Daecolm X P
Money X DaVinChe which was a fresh
and lively number. ’Find Space’ ft
Shakka came next in December of the
same year, with emotive vocals and an
appealing track. This start not only
showed off their skills once more, but
also made the statement that no matter
how long it’s been and what has
passed, these two are still legends.
Released in September 2018, the
Momentum EP is a fun and lively set of
tracks. ‘Give You Up’ ft Ida has a nononsense
attitude and a sexy edge to
the bass. The Vybz Riddim Mix takes
down the pace and adds colourful
beats. The second instalment is
‘Bubblin’’ ft Daniel Bedingfield which
has a gorgeous bouncy rhythm and fire
in those vocals. The DVRX VIP Mix
twists this with a choppy house style.
We are loving the new EP and are
looking forward to many more releases
from this talented duo. We’re also
thrilled to have the lads chat with us as
they embark on this new journey...
Tell us about yourselves and how you
started out in the music industry
Mark: I’ve been interested in music as
long as I remember, both my
grandfathers were very musical and I
loved messing about with instruments
and singing when I was young. While at
school i decided to change from
pursuing a career in architecture to
study music properly, and then set up a
studio in Southampton while at uni. It
was at that studio I met Pete and Craig
Pete: I have played the piano since the
age of 4 and began DJing in
Southampton soon after I finished
college in the mid 90’s, at which point I
picked up the Yellow Pages and called
Mark’s studio to book some time in,
which was the beginning of the original
Artful Dodger project. I took some time
out after the shenanigans of AD and
began working on a project called The
Midnight Circus for a few years before
forming DEVolution, which was all a lot
The Momemtum EP., what were the
ideas behind it?
If we’re honest the title was a little ironic
and born out of frustration of the sheer
time it was taking to get tracks released.
We also wanted to make a commitment
to ourselves and fans that
the intention moving forward is to
create much more momentum with
music coming out and shows, as we have
been doing lately.
Do you find your fan base to be more
spread across the globe now than
before? If so, do you believe that is due
to the accessibility of social media?
It certainly is more widespread, as are
most things these days, which is such a
refreshing feeling as we always felt
back in 2000 that we weren’t getting
the chance to push the tracks overseas
as much as we would have liked. Social
media is at times a blessing and a curse,
but it is brilliant that you can connect
music with people all around the globe
Let’s rewind, how do you feel now
looking back on your past stardom?
Well looking back we could say that we
made a lot of bad moves but, I think we’d
both say that, ultimately some of the
bad moves lead to good things so it’s
hard to say that we would have changed
anything. We survived it most
importantly and still love doing what
we do and there were so many
incredible moments like playing to
enormous crowds in Glastonbury,
performing on the now defunct Top of
the Pops was pretty cool, not to mention
Jools Holland. The only regret would be
not getting a Blue Peter badge!
chatted and suggested we meet for a
coffee to think of a solution. After
posting a selfie on socials, the positive
response was overwhelming and it
seemed a natural point to get back in
What are your aims ?
Just to enjoy it, work with good people,
carry on a legacy that we’re proud of and
get back out in front of people to see
their reaction to the music
Advice for those in the music industry?
Stick at it and never stop learning and
honing your craft. It’s so easy to make
music these days that sounds finished,
but there are few people that will
consistently produce timeless music,
you need to put the hours in and enjoy it.
Which artists are you really into right
Mark: I’m really enjoying Kastle, Mind of
a Dragon, James TW on an acoustic tip
& Tom Misch.
Pete: I love 21 Pilots and every time
Mantra by Bring Me The Horizon comes
on in the car I nearly blow the speakers!
Great to see Purple Disco Machine
crossing over to a bigger audience too.
The reunion, simply how did it occur?
We were both making dance music
again and frustrated with the confusion
over the name, our management
The Sassy Yank & Ruby
Aussi libre que moi
Greetings from the island hoping you are all well!
My share is about Calogero, a French artist I first listened to
back in early 2000's.
I love his style, music and lyrics. A Frenchie Rock with much drive
and groove. What I love the most is that Calogero is a bass player
and his bass lines are awesome, punchy and catchy. His song
"Aussi Libre Que Moi" was sounding some weeks ago. The lyrics
were enticing; do not resist, come and embrace a new relationship;
Back at the start of June, days were quite hard especially from a
career perspective, and #tbh was not in a mood to talk about it
or even talk to people. Well, the physical stress was here; being on
the job reveals to be more complicated as the feeling of ownership
(from the top) was nowhere to be found. I needed direction and
Guess what, I'm about to jump from an unknown height to reach
out my goal of being my own boss! The major shift was that I
needed to free myself from old beliefs, standards or preconceptions
of life and embrace a new way of thinking. Reaching out for my
essential needs, and most of all be happy. Things are shaping up
as I am closing my last day as an employee.
I'm sharing with hope that it could be a positive boost for others,
knowing that people are changing, willing to take risks and most of
all believing in their own capacity and dreams.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Take care at your end. Be showered by light and be blessed.
Sunset beach party Royauté by PURE,
was held on 2 November at the beautiful
location of The St. Regis Mauritius
Resort, Le Morne. The luxury rendezvous
theme allowed guests to unwind,
indulge in fine tastes and be compelled
by the music.
Matsonic kicked off the event with
warm grooves and a chilled
atmosphere. There were hints of soulful
and funky elements in his set to wet our
appetites. From a young age Matsonic
has been immersed in music with
influences of rock, jazz and classical
being fused into his electronic music
Tess was next onto the decks. She
heated things up with a combination of
flavourful sounds, upbeat tempos and a
touch of the dark side. She really stood
out, imparting her own excitement and
joyful energy to the crowd. With a love
for music through every moment in life,
the underground scene gives Tess chills
and she aims to inspire women to follow
Guy Mantzur completed the trio. When
he stepped onto that stage, the crowd
went wild! This fire did not burn out as
he brought the party to a climax like an
unstoppable adrenaline shot. His set
was comprised of lively rhythmic
pulses, hard-hitting power and sinful
waves of deep intensity. With a unique
blend of hypnotic melodies and
seductive grooves, He made us feel the
music, feel its soul and get lost in it.
“Everything was perfect: people
were happy, the weather was
perfect, music was great and the
energy was fantastic."
- Javed Vayid, Event Organiser
Royautê was simply electric. From an
initial state of beauty and pleasures, the
frame of mind transitioned to a spark of
excitement. The sense of serenity
remained and you just let loose in that
moment. The cherry on top was seeing
Javed, the event organiser, dancing on
stage madly with a huge grin on his face!
That’s what life is about - putting your
all into something you love, and
4 YEARS OF D3EP
Four years ago, legendary DJ/producer Grant Nelson
launched a new radio station. Little did he know that it
would not only be a radio station but would also
become a family of it’s own!
It's the 1st of September. 4 years ago today I launched something a little bit
different, never expecting it to become what it has today. The concept was to
provide a platform and space for the music I loved without having to resort to
any form of advertising, sponsors, click bait, customer tracking / analytics or
any other kind of stuff that I felt (at the time, and even more so now) was
ruining the once free and open internet.
I spent months going through mixtapes, literally listened to thousands of
them from DJs all over the world, searching for what I considered to be some
of the best undiscovered (in some cases) talent out there. We dropped our first
beats at 00:00 on the 1st September 2014 and have been non-stop ever since.
Over a hundred DJs from every corner of the planet and 4 years later and I
couldn't be any prouder of the D3EP family. Not just for their skills and music
selection and not just for their endless dedication to deliver the best of the
best to our ear holes week in, week out, but also for the incredible world-wide
community that they have created through their raw passion for the music.
I honestly can't thank everybody involved enough, whether behind the scenes
or front of house and, of course, to all of you that tune in as it's your ears that
make this all worthwhile.
Lastly, watch out for some brilliant new additions to our DJ family over the
coming weeks and thank you once again for keeping it D3EP!
- Grant Nelson
Always a reason to dance
There is nothing wrong with dancing or going out to party. I refuse to
accept it when I hear people tell “Oh I’m too old for all that now. I don’t
go out dancing. I don’t rave anymore.” I’m of the conception that age has
no bearing on if you should go out and shake a leg. Whether you have
smooth dance moves like MJ or have 2 left feet like the old fella down
the boozer smashed from too many lagers and a couple of jaeger bombs,
you should always feel free to dance. We’re all accustomed to that age
old saying “Dance like nobody’s watching” and there is many a reason to
take note of those words, little more important than that dancing is good
for the mind, body & soul.
Picture this, it’s 7am on a cold Monday morning and you’re starting your
daily journey. It might even be raining a little, but yet there is a random
commuter avidly smiling whilst head bopping, foot tapping or even
outright dancing whilst somewhat oblivious to the reactions of anybody
else. Involved in their own private silent disco. Your first thought, most
likely would be to think they were perhaps a touch crazy, but the chances
are, it’s the signs of happiness that you are witnessing. An individual
absorbed in a vibe that they feel right through their body. There has been
extensive research into the connection between music, dance and health,
all of which conclude with the answer that music and dancing is good for
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those
who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Nietzsche.
The correlation between music and mental health is something that
cannot be doubted. For many a generation it has long been noted that
the sound of music has a bearing on ones mental well-being and German
philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was one of many who picked up on this.
The great philosopher wrote numerous books on music and the mind but
one of his aphorisms that always stands out is one written in 1889. “What
trifles constitute happiness! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life
would be a mistake.” On a personal note I find this is a statement to be
wholly true, as I view music as being life. We all live our lives in our very
own way, tailor-made to a manner which suits us best but in the end we
are all chasing the same target. HAPPINESS.
Happiness is like the wall bracket that keeps your plasma TV attached to
the wall, stable and secure stopping you from falling. If that bracket
somehow manages to defect, it can leave things hanging in the balance,
just like happiness. So it comes as no surprise to hear that many of us see
the dancefloor as a sanctuary, a safe place or even an escape from the
real world. The dancefloor is a place where music rules and good vibes
are usually amplified. It’s a scientific fact that music releases dopamine
into the brain giving us that feeling of euphoria that we can get from
music, and dopamine is directly linked to happiness. Such things as
depression, apathy and chronic fatigue can all be linked to dopamine
deficiency - therefore making music essential to life. Music is therapeutic
and it can also have the power to amplify your mood. Whether your
mood be one of pure elation or a mood of a more downbeat nature, the
sound of notes can have a part to play in how that mood manifests and
undeniably your mood can affect your state of mind.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” - Hans Christian Andersen
Music therapy has long been a part of Western medicine since the 1950’s
and there have been numerous studies into the correlation between
music & health. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal found in
a study that listening to music that you enjoy can increase dopamine
levels by 9% in individuals. Mental health is an issue that affects us all in
some way as we are all prone to having highs & lows within life. It’s just
natural but I’d always advise that a person seek help if they ever feel like
they need it. As they say, prevention is always better than cure, so it’s
important to not hang up your dancing shoes.
You’ll find that when dancing, an ample flow of mood-improving
chemicals are released helping to elevate our mental state; even one
lively dance session has been proven to reduce depression in
comparison to vigorous exercise or listening to music, according to
research conducted by The Arts in Psychotherapy. In the UK we may be
finding it harder to find cool places to go dancing, especially for
underground music lovers but there is always a place to dance. So for the
sake of a positive mental health I encourage you all to grab your glad
rags, dig out them dancing shoes and go dance the night away.
An Introduction To Mac Miller
After the passing from apparent drug overdose at his studio city home In
California in September of Pittsburgh born and raised rapper, artist and
producer Mac Miller, it seems fitting to say a few words about him. As a
relatively late starter to Mac Miller, I’ll admit I only became aware of Mac's
work after the release of the excellent laid-back groovy track ‘Dang’ featuring
Anderson.Paak. I soon realised this young 20-something year old white rapper
had a lot more about him than just rapping. Producing under the name Larry
Fisherman amongst other pseudonyms, real name Malcolm McCormick could
play bass, lead guitar and drums. He was an excellent keyboardist, produced
his own beats and sang, all by his early twenties.
In 2010, he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based indie record label
Rostrum Records and released his debut album ‘Blue Slide Park’ which was
released on November 8, 2011. In July 2011 the title was announced, having
been named after a section of Frick Park (which is known as Blue Slide Park) in
Pittsburgh. The park section is at the corner of Beechwood Blvd and Nicholson
Street which is just two blocks from Taylor Allderdice High School where Miller
attended, and was his childhood hang out.
Many people in Europe only really knew Mac Miller from dating Ariana Grande
but had he not passed on 6th September 2018, with his ever constantly
evolving music style, Mac Miller could do it all. And, I’m sure he would have
undoubtedly gone on to be a massive worldwide artist having already
achieved house-hold name status in the USA. But, unfortunately it seems Mac
Miller finally lost his battle with drugs, depression and demons which he
talked openly about in many interviews. Even with all his problems, it did not
stop Mac releasing five studio albums before his untimely death at the age of
just 26. He has since received countless tributes from other artists in his field
including Travis Scott, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Maroon
5, Elton John and many more.
I’ve personally been producing and realising many records since 1991 and I’m
astonished how much Mac Miller learned and contributed to the music world
by his mid 20’s. A true talent and engaging character that will be sorely
Who says a white guy can't have soul?
RIP Malcolm Mccormick, 19 January 1992 - 7 September 2018
Every music piece needs a
rest... Sometimes we get so
into life and we keep playing
our song, we forget to give
ourselves a little space and
perspective to breath in.
Guy Mantzur has risen through Tel
Aviv’s underground movement and is
now a worldwide sensation. I was able
to chat to him about the event and his
Tell us about yourself and how you
started in music.
It all started way back when I was 6 years
old, I discovered my love for music and
started playing piano for five years, then
At the age of 17 I started producing and
got more and more into electronic
music, it started from chill out and
developed into what I'm doing today.
You rocked Mauritius, what did you
think about the event?
I really loved the show in Mauritius. The
place was magic for my music and the
event was well-produced, but the big
thanks goes to the amazing crowd who
came and danced non-stop. Definitely
one of my favorite spots from now on.
You have releases on Lost & Found,
New State Music, Kompakt and
more... What inspires you when
place, watching the sea, clear mind
always helps me to set up my
thoughts and get focused regarding
You co-own PlattenBank Records,
what are the aims of the label?
Plattenbank is my label in the last 12
years, it became our life project. We
are planning every move with the
label and always trying to move
forward with our sound and music.
One of our goals is to give a platform
for artists, just by their music and not
by their success or profile. For us
music comes first and it always feels
good to discover new pearls.
What advice do you have for aspiring
DJs & producers?
Avoid following trends, they all have
a short life time and they will end at
some point . Be loyal to your true love
and music style, and always keep
what you are doing exciting.
I can be inspired by many things, it
can be a movie I saw, new or old songs
i hear, people I meet or DJ sets I
discover... I found lately that one of
the most inspiring things for me is
just take to some time off in a magic
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Issue AM054, 10th January 2019
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