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March 2019 Issue 56 features interviews with US pop singer Elexis Ansley, Mauritian dance DJ Tess and Melina Krumova, founder of positive music network Drooble.

Audiation

Life is about waves.

If you are in a low valley,

your next move will be to a

high peak.

- Elexis Ansley


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 .

w w w . A u d i a t i o n M a g a z i n e . c o m


"Music is much more than

sound. Music can be a

comforter, party maker,

career path or a way of

life."

Ruby, Editor & Owner

"Music is much more than

sound. Music can be a

comforter, party maker,

career path or a way of

life."

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

with love."

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

world."

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

soul."

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

connected, liberating,

beautiful, surrender to my

inner peace."

Sharm, Staff Writer


Thanks to:

Atlantic Records UK

Drooble

Elements Lakewood Music & Arts

Festival

Elexis Ansley

Melina Krumova

Neighbourhood PR

OHM Music

Planet Love Records

Reckoning PR

Space Promotions

Ten Letter PR

TESS

Universal Music Group

Vision Music Promotion

We Care Promotion

Elexis Ansley photography by

AWOM Lab, Alexa Merico

Earth Stage at Elements Lakewood

2018 photography by Julian

Cassidy

BENVENUE photography by Jimbo

Morgan

Icons & graphics by

kues1

Onlyyouqj

Kjpargeter

Alekksall

denamorado

freepik.com

CONTENTS

8 Shows Guide

10 Scars

11 SMILE: TESS

12 Drooble

17 Recorder.13

18 Elexis Ansley

22 March In Dance

24 Elements Lakewood Music & Arts

Festival

26 TESS

30 Peace & Elexis Ansley

32 Stephan Barnem

33 SMILE: Elexis Ansley

34 New Music

54 Events Guide

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Hi Guys & Dolls...

W i t h b l u s h i n g p i n k t o n e s , t h e c o v e r d i s p l a y s a s o f t , f e m i n i n e v i e w o f s i n g e r E l e x i s

A n s l e y f r o m a r e v e r s e d a n g l e , t o g e t h e r w i t h a p r o f o u n d q u o t e o f h e r s . T h e b a c k c o v e r

u s e s t h e c r e a m w a l l s o f h e r s u r r o u n d i n g s . W e c o n t i n u e t o r o l l o u t c h a n g e s a c r o s s t h e

s t a r t o f t h i s y e a r a n d a r e f o c u s s i n g m o r e o n p o s i t i v i t y , t h e r e f o r e y o u w i l l n o w fi n d a

S m i l e p a g e o n o u r w e b s i t e w i t h o p t i m i s t i c w o r d s f r o m o u r f e a t u r e d a r t i s t s a n d

u p l i f t i n g m u s i c . M o r e n e w d e v e l o p m e n t s o n t h e s i t e i n c l u d e a C h a r t e d s e c t i o n

f e a t u r i n g o u r p i c k o f t h e c h a r t s a c r o s s t h e w o r l d , a n d a n I n d u s t r y A d v i c e p a g e w i t h

h e l p f u l i n s i g h t s f r o m t h e b i z . W e a r e e x c i t e d t o s a y t h a t t h e s o c i a l p l a t f o r m D r o o b l e ,

w h i c h a l l o w s m u s i c i a n s t o s u p p o r t a n d g r o w t o g e t h e r a s a c o m m u n i t y , k i n d l y g i v e s

y o u r e a d e r s t h e o f f e r c o d e f o r 1 0 f r e e s o n g r e v i e w s o n t h e i r s i t e ! U s e o u r e x c l u s i v e

d i s c o u n t c o d e : Z Z L E 8 . A n d , fi n a l l y , w e w i l l b e p r o u d l y c e l e b r a t i n g 5 y e a r s o f

A u d i a t i o n a c r o s s t h e n e x t f e w m o n t h s - b e i n g t h e a n n i v e r s a r y o f t h e i n i t i a l c o n c e p t

u p t o t h e c r e a t i o n - s o l o o k o u t f o r e x c i t i n g t h i n g s i n r e g a r d s t o t h i s . M y t r a c k o f t h i s

m o n t h ? ‘ L o o s e ’ b y F V L C R V M w i t h i t s t r e n d y d a n c e s o u n d .

In this issue: Steve shows his Scars with the heart-pounding James Bay song talking of love and hard

times, he explains the need to hold onto love. “I realised that music can bring positive change in the

lives of others.” I delve into the dream home for artists - Drooble, and chat with founder Melina

Krumova about the making of this supportive music network. Mary tells us about Recorder.13, the DJrun

community which showcases mixes from across the world through their platform. “Music was

healing for me growing up, an escape almost.” I get to know Billboard charting singer Elexis Ansley as

she shares encouragement and optimism through her songs. Cessle has got our March In Dance guide

with the best parties to head to this month including Solid Grooves in Bristol; Tomorrowland Winter

in France; Moods in London; and Dusky Presents in Manchester. Cessle also checks out Elements

Lakewood Music & Arts Festival in Pennsylvania which presents 3 killer days of house, world beats,

techno, bass, jam rock and funk music. “Music was omnipresent and I kind of took refuge in it.’ I talk

to Mauritian DJ TESS about her career, and how the music scene is evolving on the island. TESS and

Elexis Ansley share their reasons to smile, as well as a few words on life from Elexis. Cessle takes a look

at the new Encants label and LP from Brazilian artist Stephan Barnem highlighting electronic music

from the hard stuff through to melodic moments. We've got your events guide, show listings and

music from Cleptophonic, Rae Stewart, Benvenue, Mullally and FVLCRVM.

R u b y x

C o n n e c t w i t h u s :

F a c e b o o k / A u d i a t i o n M a g a z i n e

T w i t t e r @ A u d i a t i o n M a g

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“A proud moment! It’s

not everyday you own

a music magazine with

your picture on the

front cover.”

D-Vox

“Thanks to

Audation Magazine

for the write up.”

Wes Thomas


SHOWS

London timezone

TV | Radio | Podcast

Monday

8:15am Yanish | Variety - Kool FM Mauritius

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

10am Neev | Variety - KISS FM UK

2pm Danny Blaze | House, UK Garage & Club Classics - Flex FM

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music

10pm Relive The Madness | Dance - One World Radio

Tuesday

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

10am Neev | Variety - KISS FM UK

10am Yanish | Variety - Kool FM Mauritius

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music

10pm Relive The Madness | Dance - One World Radio

Sister Bliss In Session | House & Dance

A State Of Trance | Trance

Wednesday

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

10am Neev | Variety - KISS FM UK

10am Yanish | Variety - Kool FM Mauritius

2pm Danny Blaze | House, UK Garage & Club Classics - Flex FM

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music

10pm Relive The Madness | Dance - One World Radio

Thursday

10am Clara Amfo | Variety - BBC Radio 1

10am Neev | Variety - KISS FM UK

10am Yanish | Variety - Kool FM Mauritius

4pm Trending Live | Variety - 4Music

6pm Jeremy Sylvester | House & UK Garage - Urban Dubz Facebook

10pm Relive The Madness | Dance - One World Radio

Toolroom Radio | House & Dance

Global Warm Up | House & Dance

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Friday

10am Neev | Variety - KISS FM UK

10am Yanish | Variety - Kool FM Mauritius

12pm Lizzie Curious | Dance - Trickstar Radio

1pm The Weekend with Adam K & Nervo | Dance - One World Radio

2pm Sam Supplier | House, UK Garage & Bass - Rinse FM

4pm Husky | House - D3EP

7pm Annie Mac | Dance - BBC Radio 1

9pm Pete Tong | Dance - BBC Radio 1

9pm Wideboys | House & UK Garage - KISSTORY

10pm Mike Delinquent | House & UK Garage - KISSTORY

10pm Friday Night Kiss with Steve Smart | Club - KISS FM UK

10pm Capital Weekender with Ministry Of Sound | Club - Capital FM

Trustnobody | House & Techno

Hospital Records | Drum & Bass

Above & Beyond Group Therapy | Trance

Clublife | Club

Saturday

1pm The Weekend with Adam K & Nervo | Dance - One World Radio

6pm The Music Box | House - D3EP

6pm DJ Queen E | Urban - Ontop FM

8pm Saturday Night Kiss with Steve Smart | Club - KISS FM UK

10pm Capital Weekender with Ministry Of Sound | Club - Capital FM

11pm Saturday Night Kiss Fresh with DJ S.K.T | House, Techno &

Bass - KISS FRESH

Sunday

8pm Seksicullture | Techno - Kiss FM Australia

The Beauty Of Sound | Trance

UKF Podcast | Bass

The Chillout Lounge Mix | Chillout

HeavyBeatsRadio | Club

Clubbing Culture | Club

Monthly Injection Shehzad K ON AIR | Club

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SCARS

Alo! Ki pe dir?

Hope you are well, and that recent days are great!

February love celebrations brought me a deep and meaningful love song. I

could hear the lyrics and the electric guitar strumming; creating a heart

pounding moment. Bay's ‘Scars’ lyrics and meaning are awesome, talking about

being apart, hurting, but still holding on to the love shared.

We lived through scars this time

But I've made up my mind

We can't leave us behind anymore

We'll have to hurt for now

But next time there's no doubt

'Cause I can't go without you anymore

The strong line is "We can't leave us behind anymore". Despite the hurting, the

rumbles or how a bad situation is, we need to cling on to Love. Never lose

hope and trust! Love anyway!

Sending you love from the island!

Next time there is no doubt, we will meet again!

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#NouZwenn

Stv


" M y m a n : ) . . . a n d t h e c r o w d

d a n c i n g a n d s c r e a m i n g t o m y

m u s i c ! I d o n ' t t h i n k I w i l l e v e r

h a v e e n o u g h o f t h i s ! " T E S S

T H I N G S T H AT M A K E M E

SMILE.


A revolutionary approach for networking and music promotion.

Drooble is an exciting, free social platform for musicians to support each

other and progress together in the industry.

It enables you to get your music heard through Drooble’s radio station and

charts; gain engagement and exposure for your work; discover likeminded

artists and develop a reliable supportive network; collaborate with other

musicians; and showcase yourself with an electronic press kit.

It’s a hugely positive medium, by actively contributing to the community

you earn Karma points which you may use for further promotional tools.

Musicians are also able to make money by providing valuable feedback to

other artists.

Drooble is a trustworthy home for artists, run by artists. Founder, Melina

Krumova is a passionate guitarist in the heavy metal band GRIMAZE so is

able to understand how musicians feel and what they want from a social

network.

GRIMAZE’s music is certainly not for the faint-hearted with full-on screamo,

hair-whipping, head-thrashing, electrifying guitars and kickass energy.

They have recently released a new album titled ‘Planet Grimaze’.

Melina is also the founder of RockSchool which is a non-profit community

and school in Bulgaria offering instrument lessons, band formations, music

workshops, music production and concert projects.

We are so enthusiastic about Drooble because they do what they love, and

genuinely help the industry in a positive way. They have kindly give you

readers and musicians a discount code for 10 free song reviews on their

website, this is limited to the first 100 people so be quick and enjoy!

Discount code: ZZLE8

Melina Krumova shares her words with us about the company…

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How did it all start up? What were the

initial ideas & inspiration for

Drooble, and why did you think this

would be a good service for the

industry?

A decade ago I started playing the

guitar and noticed how music slowly

but surely made me more self-aware

and present, helped me connect with

others and ultimately gave me a tool

for self-expression. It was a process of

a loud but deep inner transformation.

Soon I realized that music can also

bring positive change in the lives of

others, so I created a music lessons

academy in my home town which

quickly expanded to other areas in the

music industry - recording studio,

rehearsal space, concert venue,

promotion services and others.

What is most important is that the

academy became a creative home for

a huge community of musicians and

music lovers. That’s where I saw an

opportunity to grow the same concept

globally. I gathered a small team and

started developing what would now

become Drooble. As every startup

story goes, we went through

validating several ideas until we

clearly identified what musicians

really need and how to deliver it. Now

we are pretty confident about our

direction and we are going full speed

ahead.

Drooble now has thousands of users,

was it a challenge to build this strong

network and rise up to be trusted?

Challenges can slow you down only if

you feel you are performing a regular

job. But I am lucky to be surrounded

by a team united by a very strong

mission which help us move through

everything quick and efficient.

We have a true human connection with

our community members and through

their feedback we are actually building

Drooble together. This creates a high

level of trust. People know that their

opinion and ideas will be heard and

appreciated, so they feel much more

involved.

It also helps a lot that we are musicians

ourselves and we are actively using the

platform, so this easily makes us part

of the community.

Positivity and helping each other is a

key part of Drooble’s structure - why

do you think this is important for the

music industry?

From a very early stage in our lives, we

have been taught to compete and win

at the expense of others. This concept

has been transferred to the way most

of the music platforms nowadays

operate, but this obviously doesn’t

work well in the context of the modern

music industry. Instead of fostering

unnecessary competition, Drooble

encourages musicians to unite,

collaborate, exchange services and

grow together. We believe we are

creating a culture of mutual support

that lacks between artists.

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Melina, you also play in a rock band -

can you tell us about your musical

background and love for music?

It’s actually a groove/death metal

band. Forming a band was the natural

way for me to grow as a musician and

express my findings on the path of

self-exploration. Metal music is the

one that gives me the intensity and

depth I am looking for.

Have there been any major projects

or albums made in collaboration via

Drooble?

Almost everyday we hear stories

about musicians who found each other

on Drooble and created a song

together or are working on an album.

It’s amazing how diverse our

community is in terms of genres and

skills and how useful it is for artists to

work with one another.

What are your top tips for artists who

want to get heard?

I’d first advise them not to want to get

heard, because this corrupts music.

But the reality is that musicians’ main

need is exactly this - to be heard. So if

we need to move in this direction I’d

say:

from other musicians, especially when

it comes down to details and

production.

4. Be creative in your promotion and

don’t rely on a method only because it

worked 20 years ago. Embrace change.

Could you share with us some

examples of Drooble success stories?

We have so many successful

collaborations for songwriting,

production, mixing and mastering,

bookings, friendships, radio

broadcasting, music promotion, etc.

The list is really long.

Any last words?

Deep down in our core, beyond matter

and shapes, we are waves and sound.

Music can really help us find out who

we are. This is why we work on Drooble.

_________________________________

www.grimaze.com

www.rockschool.bg

Sign up with Drooble and use discount

code ZZLE8 for 10 free song reviews.

www.drooble.com

1. Be genuine in your expression. Make

the music which resonates with your

current emotional state

2. Learn from others and experiment,

explore new musical paths

3. Ask for as much feedback as you can

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Recorder.13 (#R13) is an invitation-only music lovers

community, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. It has held

incredible parties during the year of 2018. Founded by

talented local DJs on November 8, 2017, it continues

to entertain their members as well as grow their roster,

inviting new DJs from all around the world to play

Techno, Minimal, Electro and House tunes.

‘Stay Rave with #R13’ is their main principle and rule

of thumb of the community. DJs from Recorder.13

create special mixes that are available on Soundcloud,

Apple podcasts, Instagram. They also give the

opportunity to DJs outside of the community to send

their mix for roster consideration or just for the ability

to be included in Recorder.13 special mixes.

Stay Rave with #R13!

DJ Submissions: info.recorder13@gmail.com

www.soundcloud.com/recorder-13

www.facebook.com/Recorder.13.13

Mary

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Elexis Ansley

The US artist holds talent across

the arts as a singer/songwriter,

actress and multiinstrumentalist.

Elexis Ansley

delivers positivity and

meaningful thoughts through

song to broaden the minds of

her listeners. Her sound is

influenced by the greats such as

Aretha Franklin, Whitney

Houston, Etta James and Amy

Winehouse.

Elexis Ansley is currently

celebrating success as her pop/

EDM single ’One Life’ reached

#16 in the Billboard Dance Club

Songs Chart. To date, It has

spent 7 weeks in the chart

whilst the music video has

racked up over 100,000 views

on YouTube. The video opens

with distressing narratives of

three unfulfilled lives. Won’t let

‘em tell me who I can and can’t

be. This powerful message

bursts through, telling us that

life is precious and we should

make the most of it. This is

brought together with the bright

dance track and colourful visual

elements. Come with me up to

the stars.

‘Way Up’ is her latest song

which shares a motivational

sense of freedom, enjoying life

and breaking through the

clouds. Ray of light, shining

bright. Her strikingly sexy and

liberated attitude shines

through the sweet voice. The

exciting dance production

compliments this theme with a

lively rhythm and a captivating

atmosphere. The music video

puts Elexis in the spotlight with

performance shots against lots

of beautiful and artistic

sceneries. Come and set me free.

It's a very indulgent video and

song, pulling together this

concept of self-love and

empowerment.

Amidst this excitement, Elexis

Ansley took time out to speak to

us about her journey…

Tell us about yourself and how

you got into music.

I first learned that I could sing at

age 3 and from then on I knew

that I wanted to be a singer. I

started playing the flute at age 9

and I pursued it pretty heavily.

Flute was my principal

instrument in college. I sang in

my high school talent shows,

choir, madrigals, and at church. I

learned the bass guitar by

sophomore year and played in

the school jazz band. Music was

healing for me growing up, an

escape almost, and that was true

for me regarding all of the arts.

Your latest single ‘Way Up’ is

interesting, can you tell us the

ideas behind this song?

"Way Up" is about falling in love

with someone who leaves you

hanging. The only thing you can

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do when something like that

happens is to focus on yourself.

You can't get caught up in the

why's or what if's, you just have

to do you and keep pushing

forward towards your goals. The

pre-chorus is essentially a prayer

to the Universe to be set free

from this unrequited love.

Through hard work and a

positive outlook, I was able to

move on and accomplish a lot in

my career. Hence the hook: "I'm

all the way up".

What inspires your songs?

My songs are inspired from

something that I either

personally experienced or

witnessed. Some are songs of

encouragement written for

people in need of elevation. I

always try to have some aspect

of positivity in every song. A

song might talk about negative

experiences or emotions at first,

but then the chorus will get you

to grow past the negativity and

to see the light at the end of the

tunnel.

Tell us a little about the other

things you enjoy doing

I started acting in high school but

didn't have much time for it back

then because I was in every

I

music group or club imaginable,

picked it back up again about 4

years ago. I attended The Lee

Strasberg Theatre and Film

Institute in New York City and

that really opened me up and

gave me all the tools I needed to

excel in my acting career. Shortly

after acting school I landed a

couple of roles in feature films,

one of which is called "Role

Prey", written by Gene Sibbett,

which will be a trilogy. We start

filming the first movie this

summer and I'm really excited

about it! In addition to a Bachelor

of Music I also have a Bachelor of

Metaphysical Science and am an

ordained minister, so I really

enjoy life and weight loss

coaching as it also fulfils my

desire to help others. I lost over

100 pounds in 2010 which really

humbled me, so I take pride in

accepting people for who they

are and in maintaining a nonjudgemental

attitude about their

life and their personal journey.

What is your advice for aspiring

singers?

My first piece of advice would be

to always believe in your gifts

and to not let anybody tell you

who you can and can't be. Study

hard and work diligently, ask for

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help from other musicians

around you, and don't take

constructive criticism personally.

Instead see it as an opportunity

to grow. However, you get to

decide which direction you want

to reach your branches in,

always. Listen to others'

opinions, yet form your own

using your own intuition and

judgement. Lastly, if you haven't

already, learn how to breathe

from your diaphragm. Once I

learned how to breathe properly,

I stopped straining my vocal

chords and difficult lines became

easier, it's definitely an essential

for the aspiring singer!

Your uplifting song ‘One Life’

reached #16 on the Billboard

Dance Club Songs Charts, how

does this feel? And what are

your plans for the future?

It really feels amazing, definitely

a dream come true and it's

awesome to watch "One Life"

climb up the chart. I have a new

single and music video coming

out in March called "Light

Shower" which is my favorite

song I've written to date, so I'm

really looking forward to that.

After the "Light Shower" release,

I'll be doing some touring until I

start filming "Role Prey" in July.

Any last words?

I'll be releasing my next single

called ‘Light Shower’ on Friday,

March, 1st. This is by far my

favorite record I've written thus

far, and I can't wait for everyone

to hear it! This song talks about

standing in your own power and

not allowing negativity from

outside sources drain our energy.

It's also about learning to love

those people in our lives who are

not always the most positive. It's

definitely a healing, uplifting

song and I really hope you all

love it!

I am so blessed to have such a

wonderful team of people I work

with who continually inspire me

every day. I wouldn't be where I

am today without those people,

as well as the teachers and

coaches I've had throughout my

life. I'm so thankful to anyone

and everyone who listens to my

music and supports me. Thank

you for allowing me to do what I

love!

_____________________________

www.facebook.com/

musicbyelexis

www.elexisansley.com

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M A R C H I N D A N C E

After the past month of disastrous weather, its finally

beginning to feel like spring time is here and, just

as well because, the line ups for parties in the month

ahead are starting to warm up. Last month I treated

myself to a small helping of Mark Knight at the W

Hotels Perception Lounge where he treated us all

to a special disco set. Disco is always good for

warming things up and shaking a leg, which is perfect

for how March seems to be shaping up.

Tomorrowland is a feature on the main lands of

Europe with the likes of Solardo, Charlotte De Witte

& Kolsch joining the like of Afroman for the visual

spectacular. Back on home soil Printworks continues

its spring programme with a number of amazing

shows, finding myself highly tickled by the

Klockwork presents and the AVA London shows. For

those who were unaware, AVA is a festival curated

by BICEP and during their London show you can look

forward to acts such as Joy Orbison, San Proper, Mall

Grab, Hunee and host of others. Studio 338 celebrate

their birthday where they invite down Cassy, Maayan

Nidam, Seb Zito & DJ Sneak as well has having a

Cocoon show to look forward to on the 16th. My

favourite venue at the moment E1 London host an

incredible show by the Dusky boys and it’s billed as

having the legendary DJ Randall play an Acid House

set? This is a must see. Happy Dancing!

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2/3

8/3

9/3

9-16/3

15/3

16/3

22/3

23/3

29/3

30/3

PEGGY GOU, LUIGI MADONNA, LEVON VINCENT & MORE

@ FABRIC, LONDON

STUDIO 338 3RD BIRTHDAY @ STUDIO 338, LONDON

SOLID GROOVES @ MOTION, BRISTOL

KERRI CHANDLER PRESENTS CHAOS @ PRINTWORKS,

LONDON

SPACE IBIZA: INTO THE FUTURE @ STUDIO 338,

LONDON

TOMORROWLAND WINTER @ ALPE D’HUEZ, FRANCE

AVA LONDON @ PRINTWORKS, LONDON

ANTS @ PRINTWORKS, LONDON

MOODS: ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS @ W HOTEL, LONDON

COCOON LONDON @ STUDIO 338, LONDON

DUSKY PRESENTS @ E1, LONDON

AUGMENTED PRESENTS DETROIT SWINDLE @

GORILLA, MANCHESTER

HOTBOX & DANNY HOWARD PRESENTS NOTHING ELSE

MATTERS @ E1, LONDON

SONNY FODERA PRESENTS SOLOTOKO @ MOTION,

BRISTOL

AMNESIA PRESENTS PYRAMID @ PRINTWORKS,

LONDON

ANNIE MAC PRESNTS @ PRINTWOKS, LONDON

DUSKY PRESENTS @ GORILLA, MANCHESTER

KLOCKWORK PRESENTS PHOTON @ PRINTWORKS,

LONDON

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ELEMENTS LAKEWOOD

MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

May 2019 sees the return of Elements & Lakewood Music &

Arts Festival to the bucolic Pennsylvania lakeside with an

outstanding line-up to boot for the memorial weekend. The

weekend will feature some of the biggest names in Dance

Music with the likes of Disclosure, Big Gigantic, Damian

Lazarus, FISHER, Francesca Lombardo, Justin Martin, Seth

Troxler, Shiba San, Sofi Tukker, being joined by over 100 more

artists across the 200 acre grounds which boasts a beach,

lakeside views, a verdant forest and lush green fields for its

revellers.

ELEMENTS LAKEWOOD MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

24 - 27 MAY 2019

LAKEWOOD, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES

Spread across 3 days and nights with near enough non-stop

music, Elements Lakewood 2019 will feature acts across

house, world beats, techno, bass, jam rock and funk on seven

uniquely-themed stages. Building upon last year’s décor and

artistic offerings, the return of the Pirate Ship to the Water

Stage, day party fans can float around on giant rafts or get in

the groove under the sun on the shore. After dusk, fans can

look forward to spontaneous night time adventures deep into

the forest to marvel at hanging kaleidoscope lights, natural

tree sculptures, climb-on installations, dance to their

favourite DJs under the forest canopy and hang out in hidden

tree houses. This year will also see them add an additional

late night forest stage nestled among 80 foot pine trees

covered in woodland décor.

Aside from the stand out musical performances Elements &

Lakewood are forward thinking and offer up a range of

different activities for attendees to get involved with, offering

attendees a break from the dance floor. attendees will be

able to participate in aromatherapy, bass, hip-hop and sunset

yoga, a cuddle and consent class, ecstatic dance, improv

comedy workshops, sound baths, and plenty more.

www.elementslakewood.com

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TESS

The Mauritian DJ whose smile will lift

your spirits. I discovered Tess last year

at the Royauté event, her set was just

full of joy and passion - you could see

and hear how much she loved doing

what she was doing. With a good sense

of the hottest underground house and

dance music, her selections keep the

crowd excited. Female DJs are a rarity

on the island, so she has high aims of

empowering and inspiring women to

follow their dreams. I was able to chat

with Tess about her music thoughts…

Tell us about yourself and how you got

into music.

I'm 32 years old and work in

Communication & Events for the newly

built world class theatre in Mauritius,

the Caudan Arts Centre. I live in the

North where all the fun is happening. I

consider DJing more as a passion, rather

than a job, as it doesn't pay the bills.

Music has always been part of my life

since I was a kid. My dad is an audiophile

and he used to sing to me all the time.

While having pretty tough teenage

years (like many other teenagers I

guess), music was omnipresent and I

kind of took refuge in it. My dream back

then was (probably like many teenage

girls) to be a singer, but I was way too

shy so I gave up very easily. Years

passed and music was "just" a

companion until I came back to

Mauritius. I was studying in Australia for

a few years while going out with an

Israeli DJ, and I guess that's what got me

into DJing.

I finished my studies in Australia and

came back for holidays with the

intention of going back for work. Instead

after the holidays, I decided to stay on

a whim and met a DJ friend, Aakash

Kalachand who offered to give me a few

DJing lessons after work at 11pm!!

That's how motivated I was hehe.

That's where it all started and I have

been DJing since. It started slow, as I

wasn't confident at all, and I never had

any equipment at home so I was

practicing when I was playing in front

of people! A few years later, I saw that

David Jay was giving courses on vinyl,

and I did not know how to play on them,

so I got into the course with him to get

better and I don't regret it. The

experience was great and I am very

grateful that this very talented DJ

shared his knowledge with me, and a

few other people.

You’re deeply immersed in the

Mauritian music scene, how would you

explain its current status and its

development over the years?

I started listening to electronic music

when I was 15, during the time I was

going to El Diablo (more precisely "Pass

out" for those who remember!), where

I found a taste for this type of music.

Back then, it was really underground and

listened to only by a closed circle of

people. Since that time, the

underground music scene evolved

drastically. With the boom of events a

few years ago, this kind of music became

accessible to more and more people

who started loving it. Today, I

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can say that the Mauritian crowd (not

everyone obviously) loves electronic

music, which was definitely not the case

a few years ago.

Have you found any challenges being

a female in the music industry?

Being a female in this industry can be

challenging, but, I think it's a strength.

I think that people love seeing a woman

behind the decks, they are not used to

that, especially here in Mauritius.

Sometimes, I get booked because I'm a

woman (other than my music of course).

But yes, of course it's sometimes

challenging as you still feel that some

male DJs are not always very happy

about it, but to be really honest, I don't

feel that very often.

You have a spiritual connection with

music, can you tell us a little more

about that?

I don't know about a spiritual

connection :) but I feel complete with

music definitely. I am a very emotional

person (way too much!) and, I think that

I manage somehow to pass this on to

the crowd as I think I play music with

emotions. I'm not into (only) banging

music. I need emotions. I need

goosebumps!

What are your interests other than

music?

Travelling when I can, I just found a new

interest in scuba diving, fine dining,

boat trips & going to the beach.....

MASSAGES!

What advice would you give to aspiring

DJs?

Never give up, keep trying and most

importantly, PRACTICE as much as you

can. A few DJs (David Jay, Creamcracker

/ The bakery,...) give courses, register

yourself and go for it. I also encourage

more girls to do it!

What have been your highlights in the

industry so far, and what can we expect

from you in the future?

Warming up for big international DJs

(Guy Mantzur, They Dream / Boris

Brejcha) or playing in front of 4,000

people were definitely the highlights of

my career last year. You can expect a bit

bigger in the future, and maybe some

music production hopefully, and why

not an international gig...

Any last words?

Thanks a lot for the opportunity to

Audiation Magazine, thank you so much

for your support Ruby. I would like to

thank all my friends / family, my

boyfriend and "supporters" without

who I wouldn't be doing what I love

today. Let's keep on dancing.

__________________________________

UPCOMING EVENT:

The Beach Party, 9 March 2019

C Beach Club, Bel Ombre, Mauritius

www.facebook.com/TessDeChalain

www.soundcloud.com/pupuce_00

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Life is about waves. Everything is

frequency. Your ears interpret waves of

frequency when you hear music, your eyes

interpret frequency and translates it into

a visual image and so on. These waves of

frequency mirror each other, for if you

have a very low wave you must have an

equally high one. You can't have one

without the other. And so the waves of

life are what prevents us from essentially

flatlining where everything would then be

the same all the time. But, if you were

feeling low, you would desire to be feeling

high. So the lows of life birth new desires

of great heights. There is beauty in the

high, and beauty is born from the

lows. Know that if you are in a low valley,

your next move will be to a high peak. It is

law.

- Elexis Ansley

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Stephan Barnem LP

Brazilian born Stephan Barnem brings to life the long awaited release of his

debut album, on his new label Encants. For the last few years Stephan has

been producing and collecting tracks and he can finally take the chance to

release some of this, up-to-now hidden, material.

The 11 track LP simply entitled ‘Stephan Barnem’ is elegantly put together.

Opening with more deep and melodic electronic tracks like ‘Sunset

Organica’, Stephan journeys us through to techno bangers like ‘MAG1’ and

‘The Break’, which has found itself being supported by the likes of Maceo

Plex & Joseph Capriati.

The Stephan Barnem LP will be released on Beatport, 15th June 2019.

www.soundcloud.com/stephanbarnem

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" W h e n a f a n t e l l s m e t h a t

o n e o f m y s o n g s h a s h e l p e d

t h e m g e t t h r o u g h a d i ffi c u l t

s i t u a t i o n , t h a t i s o n e o f m y

g r e a t e s t j o y s . B e c a u s e a t t h e

e n d o f t h e d a y t h a t ' s a l l I ' m

t r y i n g t o d o , h e l p a n d

i n s p i r e o t h e r s t o s e e t h e i r

w o r t h a n d t o fi g h t f o r t h e i r

d r e a m s . " E l e x i s A n s l e y

T H I N G S T H AT M A K E M E

SMILE.


NEW

MUSIC


A modern summer house production swirls together

with the flavourful Spanish vocals. Her sultry air

with his raspy tones. This song unveiled a

relationship to their fans, the video portraying

joyful couple’s memories. Y tu me hiciste

enloquence. The lyrics somewhat contradict this

sweetness with a full-on saucy nature.

And you made

me crazy.

Anuel AA & Karol G -

Secreto

#3 in Spain

CHARTED

A poetic take

on love and heartbreak.

The exquisite highs and silky

smoothness of the chorus is the

focal point, with a catchy hook.

There is a beautiful harmony as his

voice dances together with her

feminine tones. I don’t want to

be alone tonight. This all sits

atop an ultra cool, minimal

production.

Sam Smith & Normani -

Dancing With A Stranger

#6 in UK

Lara Fabian - Je Suis A Toi

(Moto Blanco Remix)

#12 in Mauritius

A funky

production of retro

grooves together with the

French lyrics give a Parisianchic

feel. The sexy voice draws

you in. Tu me touches et je

suis à toi. There is a gorgeous

oozing sensation of love and

tenderness. You touch me

and I am yours.

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‘Another Lover’ by Danny Blaze & Sharon-Rose is a heartfelt moment of

lost love. The modern uk garage beat flits underneath atmospheric waves

of sound and sturdy piano melodies. Now you’re gone, I just want you

more than ever. The production is quietly confident, allowing the voice to

shine. The passion and sorrow overflow through sweet, hazy vocal tones.

I’m sitting here like a fool. Her mix of fresh verses together with smooth

flows create a lovely balance.

After picking up huge support on grimey banger ’Shell’, singersongwriter,

producer and label owner, Sharon Rose returns with twosided

house and garage single, "Another Lover", alongside Flex FM,

festival and club DJ/producer, Danny Blaze.

Sharon Rose’s fascination with Grime began in the early 2000s, when it

evolved from UK Garage. To pay homage to this, Sharon-Rose decided to

release a UK Garage track as a spin-off from her Grime track “Shell”.

Danny Blaze provides a classic UK Garage production style with elements

of R&B and Reggae on the original edit, while Sharon-Rose provides a

darker production style on the ‘Nightmare Remix’ which blends classical-

Grime, UK House and Afro genres.

www.facebook.com/DannyBlazeOnline

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Bright energy!

The art of brass.

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The ‘Movente LP’ by Cleptophonic is an incredible journey of

thought and emotions. The variation of moods and

experimentation is perplexing throughout the course of 12

tracks. The gentle waves of ‘Degrade’ sway your soul into a

delightful zone, the visions of tranquil waters surrounded by

nature come to mind. The grungy though moreish depths of

‘Dust’ darken the scene. ‘Wrong Place’ takes you down a warped

alley with futuristic sci-fi sounds making you question your

surroundings. ‘Bonheur’ once again spins us into another realm,

this charming sensation of the light air and classical smooth

strings take us to the shores of the French coastline in a distant

memory.

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Movente is a debut LP from a vital and long standing figure of Italy’s clubbing

scene under a brand new alias. That alias is Cleptophonic, and the album, due

in 2019, is an autobiographical collage of experimental trip hop sounds that is

truly immersive.

Under a former alias, Cleptophonic has spent years DJing and experimenting

in the studio and has made a real impact on his native scene as a result. He is a

very delicate person with a serious attention to detail that he puts to best use

by delving deep into what he loves: playing on turntables and immersing

himself in a sonic realm cuts him off from the real world and acts as therapy

for this meticulous and selective person and artist.

He is a master of a stylish musical collage technique – both in sound and

images. As such Movente is a collage of different sounds, sampled with the

turntables and put together with Logic, while his passion for collage also spills

over onto the album cover, which is made by pieces of paper from magazines,

newspapers and comic strips. The result is an experimental trip-hop album

with a singular sound that puts together pieces of life, sounds and images that

are meaningful for him, especially the last song, which is dedicated to his

mother who sadly committed suicide a few years ago.

The album release event at Studio dB, Berlin on 17 March 2019, sits alongside

a sound therapy training course organised by the Pregnant Void movement.

This 1st level program presents the unity of the human body and sound. It

teaches topics such as vibrational massage, communication through harmonic

singing and biofield tuning.

www.pregnantvoid.bandcamp.com/album/movente-lp

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The ‘ Orchestral EP’ by Ravvyn Eston is a compelling experience of sound

with the blend of modern dance and orchestra elements. Main track

‘Earth’ is a lively dance number which presents fantastic string work to

build interest and excitement. The Orchestral Mix of this track

emphasizes the beauty and wonder. It brings forth enchanting melodies

and a leisurely pace clashed skillfully against the upbeat energy. ‘Truth’

takes a turn down the dark side with strong, pulsating strides of power

and rushing electricity.

www.twitter.com/RavvynEston

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‘Chauffeur’ by Cyanide ft Paigey Cakey & S Wavey is a smooth and sexy

blend. A flavourful Caribbean vibe sets the mood on the production with

various rhythmic percussion. This is contrasted with beautiful bold flairs

of strings and piano chords. The heady vocal mix involves slick lyrical

pops, sensual waves of huskiness and sweet tones of desire. She don’t

want a joker. The theme surrounds a need for a real man, loyal and

loving.

Cyanide has been staking out the UK music scene for a number of years

but with his latest release ‘Chauffeur’ alongside Paigey Cakey and S

Wavey, he’s making a breakthrough to a whole different level. Dressed

head to toe in Jamaican vibes, ‘Chauffeur’ comes with a wavy Bashment

sound. The video itself is set in Kingston and takes in the local Passa

Passa street party as the backdrop, teamed with artists, dancers, selectors

and even a cameo appearance form UK favourite Cashh(tastic), that make

for a true slice of the island, mixed with a twist of the UK.

Originally born in Burnt Savannah before moving to London, Cyanide has

deep-rooted heritage on the island, which has always been core to his

music and ‘Chauffeur’ is the perfect example of it. Adding his exceptional

production skills to the record is super producer Rymez (Stefflon Don –

Hurtin Me, Wiley – Heat Wave), and features from Paigey Cakey and S

Wavey add in a sexy, melodic spin plus a portion of the streets.

www.instagram.com/cyanide_oftm_artist

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‘Making Love’ by Rae Stewart is steamy. The cool tone of the production

takes us through steadily. Her sulky, raw attitude is taken over by him.

It's a conflict of knowing the darker truths of the world, yet needing to let

him be free. I just want you to be safe. The vocals move into a smooth and

seductive mood. Sparkling flourishes of chimes and zills accompany the

chorus of romantic indulgence. Baby come home. The feverish need and

love rise to a climax with a beautiful piano melody.

Making Love is the new single by fresh Mancunian R&B artist Rae

Stewart, produced by the renowned Birmingham based producer Triple B

(2000 & Triple ENT). The slick R&B production, featuring Rae’s cool, sexy

vocals, is influenced by the late 90’s R&B & Hip-Hop greats such as

Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliot, but has a definite 2019 edge. Rae

says, “Making Love was originally a freestyle that I wrote over the beat,

sent to me by Triple B. Then, we decided to film me singing it after a

show I had in Manchester and put it on socials. It got over thousands of

likes across the board and a great response by the public and well-known

artists. So, we went to the studio in the same week and turned into a

proper song and released it in late November on all digital platforms.”

The video for Making Love, directed by Rae and her manager J.Gray,

showcases new aspects of her creative talent.

From a playlist on Birmingham’s top radio station, the Newstyle Radio

98.7 FM to the thousands of new Instagram followers, Making Love is

already taking the world by storm. This builds on the momentum of

2018. Her EP Hear Me won her new fans, live shows and media support,

with the private listening party in Rae’s hometown of Manchester to

celebrate its release a sell-out success. Be Down hit the top 30 in Music

Week’s Pop Chart and Fake Love was confirmed as DJ Target’s Unsigned

Artist Song of The Week.

Rae Stewart started singing at only three years old. By the age of 18, she

was a part of the group Venus alongside two other girls from Manchester.

In that time, she appeared in TV show Asbo Teens to Beauty Queens. The

response was mind blowing, with requests from TV, record labels and

managers filling up Rae’s inbox.

In December, Rae performed live at The Drop | Link Up TV show in

London receiving rave reviews. More shows are planned for 2019 - stay

tuned on her social media for the latest updates.

www.raestewartofficial.com

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‘Gemini’ by Euphoric Nation is a refreshing wave of sound. The dark bass

wobbles and rising tempo create an intriguing intensity. A lovely airy voice

trickles in, adding a touch of softness against the hard beat. The middle

section brings enlightenment and depth. We drop into the big dance energy -

put your hands in the air, jump up and enjoy this moment!

Hot off of their performance at Rev Ultra Lounge for Trance Paradise 400,

Euphoric Nation wants nothing more than to keep the good vibes flowing.

Enter in forthcoming release “Gemini”, making its way soon to a speaker near

you on the home of future-forward musical expression, OHM Music! The

Minneapolis duo comprised of Don Ortega and Justin Zanish have dedicated

their lives to designing melodic masterpieces that feed the soul and with

“Gemini” waiting in the wings, you better be ready to lose yourself completely

to the rhythm of the night.

In astrology, Gemini is represented by twins, half-immortal and fueled by a

curiosity for the living experience. Those that fall under the Gemini sign are

often looked at as having two personalities while remaining thoughtful,

restless, and insatiably ready for fun. Translate this concept to sound and

Euphoric Nation unveils a billowing soundscape where dark carnal tones find

their perfect match within a heavenly harmony. Connected to the beat as if it

was our lifeline, our inner spirit begins to glow with an overwhelming feeling

of bliss. But, it is the latter half of the track that unveils the flip side of the

Gemini trait as the festival inspired top end pushes the energy to the limit in

all the right ways!

www.euphoricnation.us

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Sweet and sinful.

Profound thoughts

amidst

spontaneity.

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‘Days To Years’ by Benvenue is a dark show of emotions. A moment of

reflection, and then suddenly the powerful rock track slams into action. A

false note of happiness. The emotive, passionate, rugged, despondent

vocals capture your attention. A theme of sorrow, love-lorn, a distressed

heart and mind. This twists into a new revelation, the mood shifting with

the lighter tone - You are free.

Melodic alternative rock band BENVENUE is announced the release of "Days

To Years," their latest track and music video. On it, the Bay Area band is

challenging the listener to look within themselves, much like their previous

single "Wake Up Now" which was also co-produced by Jason Mater (Disney

Music Publishing) and has over 33,000 YouTube views.

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"One thing we've realized is there is absolutely no substitution for lost time,

especially when going through difficult experiences," the band shared with

PureGrainAudio, who premiered the video. "As we get older, days to years

happens faster, but time also becomes way more meaningful. We seem to

embrace life's beauty whether good or bad as a learning experience.

"The inspiration for writing 'Days to Years' stemmed from déjà vu. The

challenge is sometimes living in the moment and embracing it. When you

finally realize the lesson was for yourself, it always seems to come years

later and that's when you truly become free. We chose this song to be our

next single because we feel it's completely relatable to any person. The

listener should sink into the beginning guitar swells and embrace the song's

journey."

The band first began in 2004 when Francis Blay (vocals) and Sid Slater

(guitar) met while attending UC Berkeley, playing for Cal football, and

began writing songs together. After graduation and moving to Los Angeles

for a short time, Blay and Slater settled back in Northern California and

solidified the lineup with their Cal teammate Erik 'Erob' Robertson (bass)

and Sid's childhood friend, Moon (drums) in 2008.

www.benvenueband.com

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‘Ekki Hugsa’ by Ólafur Arnalds is a work of art. The

production is a beautifully and carefully crafted

piece consisting of intricate detail using few modes

of sound. The twinkling piano sets a base like a

gentle stream trickling between the rocks. These

rocks come in the form of jagged and bold strings.

The tempo increases, the two instruments swirl

together rising to a dramatic crescendo.

The music video is equally full of charm. One bare

room of various types of people of all backgrounds

and minds - together as one. Feeling this moment.

Dancing, telling their stories through motion,

holding each other’s hands. Feeling and reflecting

the vibrations. A perfect balance of un-balance.

Filmed in his native Iceland, the title of the new

release translates as ‘don’t think’, and features

uplifting synthesised melodies combined with

acoustic cello hooks, resulting in Ólafur’s

distinctive, multi-layered sound.

"The video is about not overthinking and getting

lost in a moment. When you turn off the noise in

your brain so much creativity can be discovered

inside of yourself." - Ólafur Arnalds

The video, produced and directed by Arni & Kinski,

features a highly-choreographed routine created by

Asrun Magnusdottir and Alexander Roberts,

showcasing both contemporary and traditional

steps.

‘ekki hugsa' features Ólafur’s ground-breaking new

software, Stratus, which transforms the piano into a

unique and entirely modern instrument. The Stratus

Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative player

pianos and the centrepiece of Ólafur’s latest works.

The custom-built software controlling the pianos is

the result of two years of work by Ólafur and audio

developer Halldór Eldjárm.

www.olafurarnalds.com

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‘Say Something’ by Nasser Baker is the ultimate power track. The pumping

beat and funky electro grooves bring those feelgood head-bopping vibes.

Snappy, addictive vocal lines get you hooked with a moody, untamed attitude.

I saw you from across the room. The classic timid story comes with a retro

video complete with a fade and a pink boiler suit. My back against the wall

and I don’t know what I should do.

Widely noted as ‘One To Watch’ in 2019, named one of DJ Mag’s ‘Cheeky

Bubblers’, Nasser Baker is one of the hottest talents of the moment. Mentee of

House legend Dennis Ferrer, Nasser released one of summer 2018’s biggest

tracks ‘Say Something’; confirmed in Annie Mac’s Best Dance Tracks of 2018’.

With over 600K streams on Spotify, the track blew up across dancefloors and

radio airwaves. Grante Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ and Annie Mac’s

‘Hottest Record In The World’ on BBC Radio 1, ‘Say Something’ was fed out to

dancefloors worldwide by the likes of Fat Boy Slim, Groove Armada, Richie

Hawtin and Camelphat. In a continuation of such success, Nasser now presents

the ‘Say Something’ official music video.

Showcasing Nasser’s fresh style, the ‘90s inspired video showcases the story

behind the track itself; a fun take on the iconic vocals. In a Fresh Prince of

Bellaire fashion, we follow a boy at a party, trying to impress a girl he likes.

Among little success and a mixture of entertaining dance moves, he finds

himself stuck on repeat, repeatedly waking up to the same morning before

finding himself back at the party trying to impress the same girl.

www.facebook.com/nasserbakermusic

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‘Think About You’ by Mullally tugs at your heartstrings. The sweet

and raw emotions pour through his versatile vocal tones - those

exquisite highs a treat to the ears and a contrast against the gruff

moments. The production is unfussy. A light piano guiding the

atmosphere whilst the percussion stands strong and plays against

his vocals to create a nice balance. You tear me apart with your

silence. The story of an unrequited love is told through the

passionate lyrics. We came so close, I could taste it.

Brit-soul contemporary Mullally returns with emotive new ballad,

‘Think About You’ - a track produced by Grammy-nominated duo

Rice’N’Peas, the brains behind G-Eazy hit, ‘Some Kind Of Drug’, and

Bazzi’s standout smash, ‘Beautiful’ ft Camilla Cabello.

“Think About You’ is me spilling my feelings on a page, and into a

song”, explains Mullally. “Sometimes we forget that the world

doesn’t stop when you go through shit. I had to pick myself up and

go to the studio when I was emotional and drunk, and in a happy

accident we captured a really honest, true reflection of what was

happening in my life at the time. Writing this song allowed me some

clarity.”

Laying his emotions bare and spotlighting powerful, rasping tones,

‘Think About You’ also sees Mullally draw influence from classic RnB

and Soul, to tell the story of a love cherished and lost. Delivered

with a tenderness that belies his age, it is the latest in a series of

singles that have reinforced his credentials as one of the UK’s most

promising breakout acts.

A graduate from Access to Music College – whose alumni include Ed

Sheeran and Rita Ora - Mullally has been steadily building a solid

fan base through a string of strong releases and repurposed pop

songs like ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Vows’ while working with celebrated

producers like Cool & Dre (Beyonce, Jay-Z), DarkChild (Michael

Jackson, Rihanna, Sam Smith) and Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith and

Rag n Bone Man). Mullally has also supported Anne-Marie, the UK’s

biggest breakthrough act of 2018, Jess Glynne, RAYE and Clean

Bandit on his come-up over the last two years.

www.facebook.com/mullallymusic

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‘Loose’ by FVLCRVM is an intriguing meld of sounds and styles. Sounds bubble

up in this modern, experimental production. The vocals are both cool and

somewhat monotonous, yet also pull at these restraints of confinement, finally

leaping forward and shaking you by the shoulders. The air so hot it’s boiling

the blood. The trendy main section swings in with flaring high notes and a

nifty beat. Endlesss white dunes. The artistic and obscure lyrics could be a

metaphorical representation of fighting for something or someone you love,

against all odds.

FVLCRVM’s “Hi!” to the world as an extraordinary songwriter & vocalist came

as a little surprise to everyone who was solely familiar with his work as a

producer & DJ. Picked by Spotify as number 1 for their renowned “Fresh

Finds” Playlist, his first release ’Notch' went viral and was soon featured by

BBC Radio 6. This gained the Bratislava based artist immediate attention by

tastemakers like Mary Anne Hobs or Machinedrum.

With his follow up “Words”, FVLCRVM offered a crisp and eloquent take on

pop music and provided the viewer with a peak into a mind-blowing version of

a gloomy yet dystopian future. Great support from Spotify and Apple Music as

well as renowned Magazines like DJ MAG & Sound of Music made clear that

FVLCRVM is a name to look out for.

Oscillating between mainstream & underground, between Pop, UK Bass &

Future Beats, FVLCRVM is one of the most promising artists to enter the music

world in 2019.

www.fvlcrvm.com

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A thrilling

mystery!

Bumpy delights.

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EVENTS

Hidden Festival

22 February - 3 March

Australia & New Zealand

Elevate Festival

27 February - 3 March

Graz, Austria

Abroad Fest Barcelona

28 February - 2 March

Barcelona, Spain

Shapes Festival

28 February - 6 March

Leysin, Switzerland

Ultra South Africa

1 - 2 March

South Africa

DLDK: Don’t Let Daddy

Know Amsterdam

1 - 2 March

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Farmer & The Owl

Festival

2 March

Wollongong, Australia

Elrow Lisboa -

Sambowdromo do Brasil

2 March

Lisbon, Portugal

Colour In The Park

2 March

Pathum Thani, Thailand

Festival Transfer

7 - 9 March

Lyon, France

Les Francofolies De La

Reunion

8 - 10 March

Saint-Pierre, Reunion

SXSW: South By

Southwest

8 - 17 March

Austin, United States

A State Of Trance 900 -

Madrid

9 March

Madrid, Spain

Days Like This Festival

9 March

Camperdown, Australia

I Am Hardstyle

9 March

Manheim, Germany

Gasparilla Music

Festival

9 - 10 March

Florida, United States

PURE at C Beach Club:

The Beach Party

9 - 10 March

Bel Ombre, Mauritius

Tomorrowland Winter

9 - 16 March

Alpe D’Huez, France

Fresh Mountain Festival

9 - 16 March

Les Orres, France

Circus Paradise Music

Festival

10 March

Queensland, Australia

Les Nuits De Fourviere

12 March

Lyon, March

Avec Le Temps Festival

12 - 17 March

Marseille, France

SXM Festival

13 - 17 March

Saint-Martin, France

Garasnow - Luchon

Super-Bagneres

15 - 16 March

France

Transmission Australia

16 March

Sydney, Australia

Roadhouse Festival

16 March

Geiselwind, Germany

Pharaonic Festival

16 - 17 March

Chambery, France

Les Nuits De La Filature

16 - 17 March

Lille, France

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Worldwide Festival

Leysin

18 - 24 March

Leysin, Switzerland

Talkfest

22 March

Lisbon, Portugal

Trilogy Purim Chapter IV

- Digital Jungle

21 - 22 March

Israel

BUKU Music & Art

Project

22 - 23 March

New Orleans, United

States

Wonderland Festival

Indoor

23 March

Amsterdam, Netherlands

C2E2

22 - 24 March

Chicago, United States

Circus X The Festival

23 March

Hook Of Holland,

Netherlands

Snowboxx

23 - 30 March

Avoriaz, France

Les Paradis Artificiels

23 - 31 March

Lille, France

Internationale Jazz

Woche

26 - 31 March

Burghausen, Germany

Asuncionico

28 March

Asuncion, Paraguay

Jazz A Megeve

28 - 30 March

Megeve, France

Beat Hotel Marrakech

28 - 31 March

Marrakech, Morocco

Rampage

29 - 30 March

Antwerp, Belgium

ID_NOLIMITS

29 - 30 March

Estoril, Portugal

Hibernation

29 - 31 March

Pas De La Casa, Andorra

Lollapalooza Chile

29 - 31 March

Santiago, Chile

Festival Estereo Picnic

5 - 7 April

Bogota, Colombia

Time Warp DE

6 April

Mannheim, Germany

Snowbombing

8 - 13 April

Mayrhofen, Austria

Caprices Festival

11 - 14 April

Crans-Montana,

Switzerland

Spring Break Salou

13 April - 16 May

Salou, Spain

Le Printemps De Bourges

Credit Mutuel

16 - 21 April

Bourges, France

Ibiza Spring Fest

18 - 23 April

Ibiza, Spain

DGTL Amsterdam

19 - 21 April

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sonar Reykjavik

25 - 27 April

Reykjavik, Iceland

Sunwaves Festival

25 April - 1 May

Mamaia, Romania

Kingsland Festival

Amsterdam

27 April

Amsterdam, Netherlands

MAYDAY Dortmund

30 April

Dortmund, Germany

Annie Mac Presents: Lost

& Found Festival

2 - 5 May

St Paul’s Bay, Malta

DGTL Santiago

3 May

Santiago, Chile

Empire Music Festival

3 - 4 May

Guatemala

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DGTL Sao Paulo

4 May

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Liverpool Sound City

4 - 5 May

Liverpool, United

Kingdom

The Great Escape

Festival

9 - 11 May

Brighton, United Kingdom

Psychedelic Circus Open

Air Festival

9 - 13 May

Gohlen, Germany

Mallorca Live Festival

10 - 11 May

Mallorca, Spain

Norfolk & Norwich

Festival

10 - 26 May

Norwich, United Kingdom

Music On Festival

11 - 12 May

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jazz a Liege

16 - 19 May

Liege, Belgium

Electric Daisy Carnival -

EDC Las Vegas

17 - 19 May

Las Vegas, United States

Hangout Music Festival

17 - 19 May

Alabama, United States

Dot To Do Festival -

Manchester

24 May

Manchester, United

Kingdom

Elements Festival

24 - 25 May

Dormettingen, Germany

Le Bon Air Festival

24 - 25 May

Marseille, France

We Are FSTVL

24 - 26 May

Upminster, United

Kingdom

Boston Calling Festival

24 - 26 May

Boston, United States

Elements Lakewood

Music & Arts Festival

24 - 27 May

Pennsylvania, United

States

909 Festival

25 May

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Let’s Rock! - Norwich

25 May

Norwich, United Kingdom

Creamfields Presents

Steel Yard London

25 - 26 May

London, United Kingdom

South Central Festival

25 - 26 May

Portsmouth, United

Kingdom

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REFERENCES

James Bay - Scars

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

oVslvM30EWI

http://po.st/CATCi

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www.jamesbay.com

Drooble

www.drooble.com

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Grimaze - Planet Grimaze

www.grimaze.com/album/planetgrimaze

www.grimaze.com

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RockSchool

www.rockschool.bg

Recorder.13

www.soundcloud.com/recorder-13

https://itunes.apple.com/ua/podcast/

recorder-13/id1415732917?l=uk&mt=2

---

www.facebook.com/Recorder.13.13

www.instagram.com/recorder.13

Elexis Ansley - One Life

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

kyChR5Up8fo

https://tinyurl.com/y9w3xwvx

---

Elexis Ansley - Way Up

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

vunlutFw7PA

https://tinyurl.com/ycebsges

---

www.facebook.com/musicbyelexis

www.elexisansley.com

Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival

2019

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

Jwz4QAGCiug

www.nightout.com/events/elementslakewood-camping-festival-

mdw-2019/5-24-2019/116288/tickets

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www.elementslakewood.com

TESS

www.facebook.com/TessDeChalain

www.soundcloud.com/pupuce_00

Stephan Barnem LP

www.soundcloud.com/stephanbarnem/

emek-stories-stephan-barnem-2

www.beatport.com/release/thebreak/2482889

---

www,soundcloud.com/stephanbarnem

Anuel AA & Karol G - Secreto

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

gFZfwWZV074

https://umle.lnk.to/zymcdFp

---

www.anuelaa.com

www.karolgmusic.com

Sam Smith & Normani - Dancing With A

Stranger

www.youtube.com/watch?v=av5JD1dfj_c

http://samsmith.world/DWASVD

---

www.samsmithworld.com

www.instagram.com/Normani

Lara Fabian - Je Suis A Toi (Moto Blanco

Remix)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

mwY9dwMBGxU

https://www.deezer.com/en/

album/82439902

---

www.larafabian.com

www.facebook.com/motoblancou

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Danny Blaze & Sharon-Rose - Another

Lover

www.youtube.com/watch?

v=5ChUq7MZ5do

http://hyperurl.co/AnotherLoverLinks

---

www.facebook.com/DannyBlazeOnline

www.facebook.com/SharonRoseOfficial

Aamos - Callisto

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

H13q-3CL86Y

www.beatport.com/release/

callisto/2489640

---

www.soundcloud.com/amo-r

Hyde Park Brass - Powerhouse EP

www.soundcloud.com/user-534158427/

overture

www.deezer.com/en/album/83901922

---

www.hydeparkbrass.com

Cleptophonic - Movente LP

www.soundcloud.com/pregnantvoid/

cleptophonic-odissey

www.pregnantvoid.bandcamp.com/

album/movente-lp

Ravvyn Eston - Orchestral EP

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ-

SRx0o8A8

www.beatport.com/release/orchestralep/2506635

---

www.twitter.com/RavvynEston

Cyanide ft Paigey Cakey & S Wavey -

Chauffeur

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

v5rm4MqDedI

http://smarturl.it/ChauffeurByCyanide

---

www.instagram.com/cyanide_oftm_artist

www.twitter.com/Paigey_Cake

www.s-wavey.com

Rae Stewart - Making Love

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

uW05z1GqfAc

https://lnk.to/makinglove

---

www.raestewartofficial.com

Euphoric Nation - Gemini

www.soundcloud.com/thisisohmmusic/

gemini-teaser

www.beatport.com/release/

gemini/2494734

---

www.euphoricnation.us

Deadly Habitz - Black & Blue

www.soundcloud.com/four40recordsuk/

sets/deadly-habitz-black-blue

www.beatport.com/release/black-andblue/2507375

---

www.facebook.com/djdeadlyhabitz

Camo & Krooked - Atlas

www.youtube.com/watch?

v=3DYJ8aj9Ft8

http://ukf.io/AtlasYo

---

www.camoandkrooked.com

Benvenue - Days To Years

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

XsVjrKPZB-8

www.deezer.com/en/album/85776722

---

www.benvenueband.com

Ólafur Arnalds - Ekki Hugsa

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

eZ4B13ngUrY

https://mkx.lnk.to/OAehID

---

www.olafurarnalds.com

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Nasser Baker - Say Something

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

Frfa8S7LO6w

https://nasserbaker.lnk.to/

SaySomethingID

---

www.facebook.com/nasserbakermusic

Mullally - Think about You

www.youtube.com/watch?

v=2FpFvyPh5Ok

https://lnk.to/ThinkAboutYou

---

www.facebook.com/mullallymusic

FVLCRVM - Loose

www.youtube.com/watch?v=

PQjO2KgdXgM

https://uma.lnk.to/loose

---

www.fvlcrvm.com

ZAA - Sahara

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieu6kpR8zk

https://perfecto.choons.at/sahara

---

www.facebook.com/OfficialZaa

Sine Step - Long Time

www.soundcloud.com/slimetime/sets/

sine-step-long-time-ep-dwn012

https://lnk.to/LongTime

---

www.soundcloud.com/sine-step

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Audiation Magazine, Issue AM056

On The Cover:

Elexis Ansley

www.elexisansley.com

Order Print Copy:

www.peecho.com/print/en/490240


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Steve, Jessie, Mary, Ashna, Tamara, Christina & Sharm


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