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Hiroshi Watanabe Remixes Sex Of Insects' 'I'm Full'


Sex Of Insects  have just shared their summer anthem, “I’m Full (Hiroshi Watanabe Remix)” via Ylotana Music.

Formed in May 2016 by guitarist, Anatoly Ylotana (Ylotana Project) and including Alexandra Bartashevich (Vocals) and Roman Korablove (Rhythm), Sex Of Insects career highlights include playing at the Gazgolder Club (Moscow), working with Sid le Rock, Luke vB & Hiroshi Watanabe.

After meeting Alexandra Bartashevich, Anatoly knew that the project had found itself a new image thanks to her talented and original performance. Anatoly met with Roman Korablove shortly after the disappearance of their original Rhythm producer and has since been helping guide the band into a completely new sound. At its core lies a complete improvisation of guitar sounds and vocals mixed with some vibrant electronic grooves. Guaranteed uniqueness with an almost complete absence of synthesisers. Anatoly lists their influences as Frank Zappa, Led Zeppilin, Black Sabbath and more recently Underworld, Daft Punk and Danny Tinaglia.

Japanese producer, Hiroshi Watanabe aka KAITO's take on the original, uses the vocal flairs from Alexandra Bartashevich throughout his remix to embellish the use the old school Acid House leads and beautiful string sections. Groove-laced, progressive elements continuously move and entangle throughout to keep the listener waiting for more.

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Frythm + AVNDR To Release New Single


You would never think that Matthew Pena aka Frythm hated the piano lessons as a child. However, years after the El Paso-based artist threw in the towel, his love for music was rekindled by an encounter with a MIDI keyboard and a DAW. A new, self-motivated approach was born, and he started producing a unique blend of ambient electronic and warped hypnotizing beats at the age of 17. He began gaining credit as a live performer thereafter, presenting his live instrumental shows on electric guitar, keyboard and live drumming. In early 2016, he joined the Los Angeles-based collective SoulfulxNature, who released the tracks “Too Much” and “Your Love”.

Following his latest release “Breakthrough ft. Rome Fortune” which has received support from the likes of COMPLEX and Earmilk, Texas-based producer and musician Frythm is ready for round two with new single “There For You ft. AVNDR” which is set to be released on the 14th July via SoulfulxNature.

The song captures a feeling of nostalgia and shows off Frythm's ambient side with a soothing tone which summons a floating, comatose feeling.

Of the collaboration with AVNDR, Frythm says,I remember looking through SoundCloud one and stumbling across AVNDR, the name looked catchy so I decided to listen to his music and I was in awe. Before the collaboration even started I was a fan of his music which made this track that much more special. We've had There For You for close to 7 months now and decided that this was finally the perfect time to show the world.”

Listen to There For You ft. AVNDR”:


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INTERVIEW // We Catch Up With Lakuno


Ben Polson - better known as Lakuno, hails from Perth, Australia. His first forays into the music scene were at the age of 18 when he began gaining momentum in Drum & Bass circles under the name Spectrem after signing to UK label Technique Recordings in 2013.

Ben has since pursued Trap and House music, and garnered success on his first release “Echo (Ft. Bahar Dopran)” which sits with over a million plays on Spotify. The sound of Lakuno can be described as a blend of melodic synths, energetic drums, soothing vocals and a hint of 80’s synth pop.

Ben is a man of many interests. When he isn’t writing music he can be found training for the hit TV show Australian Ninja Warrior, or mercilessly trolling music journalists. Some of his musical equipment could be considered unorthodox, but Ben isn’t one to be bound by the restrictions of what the music industry considers “instruments.”

We put ourselves on the receiving end of his wicked sense of humour and chatted to Ben about his unconventional approach to songwriting, and the pitfalls of the music industry. We still can’t get the image of Morgan Freeman in a bubble bath out of our heads….



Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
I’m excellent, just drinking juice and listening to a podcast called S-Town

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
A mixture of future bass and house with an 80's touch.

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
1:Bloc Party - Silent Alarm 2: Coldplay - Parachutes 3: Linkin Park - Meteora

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
I’m loving Kasbo's new track "Found You", it’s just sooo well put together, the vocals create such a unique vibe. I also listen to a lot of Ludovico Einaudi who composes some real emotional roller-coasters.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
I add a secret fart in every song I produce to give it some unique flavor. I own a fidget spinner, I also own a talkbox so would love to incorporate that at some point.

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
That question doesn’t make sense? "What would you say ARE some of the...."
Facebook's algorithms, soundcloud declining, never put all your eggs in one basket. Relying heavily on record labels to get anywhere, losing control of our own music.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
I dance to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” for 12 hours straight until I pass out, when I wake up I have a new idea for a song.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?  
I whip out the piano and play some chords, add some drums, go through my top secret unique samples pack and just go with the natural vibe of the song, never force a song into a certain direction.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
I played on a boat party, it was the worst gig I have ever done, it was also the only gig. I’m waiting for the call from Yeezy to book me for his 50th

And the worst?
I didn’t realize this would be the next question, now I’m considering copying and pasting my last answer here.... I guess I didn’t do it because you’re reading this.

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
A Ninja. #NinjaWarriorAus

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
The funeral of a particular president. Morgan Freeman while he enjoys a bubble bath.

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
The Gorillaz so we could share old stories about Harambe.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Remix coming out soon, along with some fresh solo tunes. MUCH LOVE

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INTERVIEW // We Catch Up With ... Vivid

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Widely recognized as Japan's most popular foreign DJ, Vivid has been a mainstay in Tokyo's night club scene for nearly a decade. Holding several residences at Tokyo's most popular nightclubs including T2 Shibuya, ColoR, ELE and more! His reputation of energetic and fast pace mixing styles has earned him a following of VIVID fans, who often join his shows putting their hands in the air in the shape of a “V”.

But Vivid isn't just well known in Japan, HE has become an international resident at some of South Korea's most famous clubs including Octagon, The A, GRID, and more!
 When Vivid isn't DJing he spends his time producing club ready music that have lead to dozens of releases including being ranked in on Beatport and iTunes dance charts. His most recent remix of the track “VIOLENCE” was featured on edm.com's front page (the world's leading EDM music blog) which earned him 10's of thousands of plays on his soundcloud. Most recently Vivid signed to the immensely popular DJ Armada Music / Showlandfor his next round of releases which are sure to be big hits!

In addition to DJing and producing, Vivid also produces massive events at ageHa with his company TURNED ON inc. which consistently attract over 1,000 guests!
Vivid is currently setting his sights on Asia, and it is only a matter of time before he conquers it!
We caught up with him to chat ask about his music, producing and what we can expect from him in the future....

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
I just returned from a wild Japan tour celebrating the release of my latest track "Mirage."

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Currently my sound is a mix between Future House and Bass House. Melodic, vocal chops fill up my breaks, with very heavy bass drops usually with a top lead or mid bass. A few trap snares thrown in for good measure.

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
Daft Pink "Discovery"
The Weeknd "Starboy"
Drake "More Life"
Yellow Claw "Los Amsterdam"
Disclosure "Settle"

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Brohug
Moksi
Khrebto
Vato Gonzalez
Brooks

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
I am a big user of NATIVE INSTRUMENTS gear and software. Their KOMPLETE KONTROL keyboard is incredible, and I can't start a project without it. Also, their piano plugins for KONTAKT are legendary.

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Without a doubt, the biggest challenge is being original. It is so easy to follow trends, download the latest sample packs, and copy our favorite artists.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
The Tokyo night club scene regularly inspires me. After a few bites of sushi, I typically check out Tokyo's underground clubs and the hot discos to get a vibe of what's trending. Nights out here will often inspire me to get back to the studio asap and take what I hear and turn it into an original track.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?  
When it comes to producing an original track, I usually spend a few hours creating a unique and exciting drop. From there, I work out the break vocals, pianos, and sometimes vocal chops. After I get the idea of the track down, I'll come back the next day and polish the sound. If I am feeling the track, I can usually have it mixed and mastered within a week or so.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
Just recently I had a huge gig that had me share the stage with SHOWTEK at ageHa in Tokyo. The production was incredible, and it was perhaps one of the biggest performances I have had in Japan.

And the worst?
I had an awful show out in Nanjing China last year. The DJ booth was surrounded by tables packed with guests staring at their phones. When it was time for me to begin my set, the club lighting all pointed at the DJ booth, and the guests at the table just sat and watched me with their phones recording. The set lasted 2 hours, and I felt like an animal trapped in a zoo!

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
I would be a full-time graphic designer. I already own a digital marketing company in Tokyo, and I currently balance my time between music and designing already.

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
Asia only has a few big international festivals, but the ones that do come here are enormous. Performing at Ultra Japan, Storm Festival in China or the big water festivals in Bangkok would be an amazing experience.

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
DON DIABLO is a legend to me. His sound, his work ethic, and his style is something I admire greatly. To be able to share the stage with him, would truly be a legendary moment.
Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Sure! I have an upcoming track releasing on Showland Records/Armada Music in June 12th. Keep an eye on my socials for previews of the track!

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INTERVIEW // We Catch Up With ... In love with a ghost


“In love with a ghost converts feelings into music”

In love with a ghost is based in Paris. Notoriously reserved, and not one for many words, he chooses to let his music do the the talking. We were lucky enough to squeeze some juice from this ever-elusive artist, as he chats to us about his influences, his songwriting, and his inspirations...


Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? 
---___--- ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
It's like trying to learn how to levitate in your bedroom during a rainy night

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
Saycet - through the window, Probably my all time favorite electronica album. "15" is literally the track that motivated me to create music

Archive - Londinium, a trip-hop classic, with a lot of elements we can found in the actual lo-fi hip-hop.

Apparat - Walls, everything I like in electronic music is here. Refreshing textures, a unique sound and beautiful melodies.

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, my dad is a human jukebox, and his heavy knowledge about music made me discover a lot of music when I was young. I found an interesting complexity about Miles Davis’ music, and it's only until recently I started to put a jazz influence into mine.

Portishead - Third. Portishead was one of my first encounters with electronic music and trip-hop. this album is unique in the way it experiments sounds and it's my favorite of them.

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Dodie, everything about her is aesthetically beautiful, and I relate at many points about her songs.

Snail's House, it's hard to describe why, but definitely one of the best electronic producers I know, and maybe something is coming up soon with them, I don't know.

Kidkanevil, his album "My Little Ghost" has been on repeat for 2 months. I just enjoy all the sounds used and the artwork of the album is one of my favorites.

Olli, he's just really talented and underrated. he has a very creative way of making music.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
The piano. It's the first instrument I learned to play and I use it in almost all of my music, along with
the use of field recording and natural percs too.

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
I think there's 2 ways to make it in music.
You can do it the traditional way, find a label and people to promote your music;
and the independent way, doing everything by yourself.

Building a community around your music takes time and a lot of artists give up before they start getting one, but i think it's a necessary step, playing at a concert with 3 people, having to struggle to get known, because it will make you improve.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration? 
It can be anything, scrolling tumblr all night, feeling something about an IRL event, listening to a music and trying to think how you would have made it, experimenting with sounds, instruments, chords and rhythm.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
I don't really have any rules, I just try to not repeat myself. and I probably fail.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
It was at the Guimet museum, in Paris, I was playing in the middle of all this art and the atmosphere was really contemplative.

And the worst?
During a headphone set, when someone accidently unplugged the sound system and there was a huge moment of silence.

If you weren't a musician what would you be? 
Dead!

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
My wish is to play my music with an orchestra, with the organic sounds combined with electronic sounds, like Lido.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
My discography 2017 is currently in progress and should be finished soon! Also some very secret projects are on their way.






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INTERVIEW // We chat to Evangelisti


Evangelisti is a 22 years old DJ/Producer from Rome, Italy. His tracks are appreciated and played in festivals, clubs and radios by international djs from all over the world such as, to name a few: David Guetta, Tiesto, Danny Howard, Thomas Gold, Paul Oakenfold, Sick Individuals, Showtek, Ummet Ozcan, Blasterjaxx, Cedric Gervais, Gregor Salto and many other big names of the scene.

The music of this talented and young producer was also aired in famous international radio such as:
BBC Radio, Sirius Xm, M2O, Ministry Of Sound, FG Radio, Fun Radio and Maxima FM, spreading his sound all over the world.

In his career, Evangelisti has shared the stages of many festivals and clubs with artists like Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Deorro, Tommy Trash, Congorock and many others, performing every time in front of thousands of people.

2016 was a great year for this guy, in fact he officially remixed the newest hit by the well known italian producer, Federico Scavo, with the amazing vocal of Barbara Tucker, releasing it through d:vision Records, a label leader in the music industry, gaining big supports from the most famous artists. The whole ''Remixes EP'', including the Evangelisti's one, reached the 1st position in the prestigious DMC World Magazine Buzz Chart!

However, this year continues to give great satisfactions to Evangelisti.
His new track ''Break It Down'' was, for the note, released on Big & Dirty Recordings (BeYourself Music), the popular label where Nicky Romero, Dada Life, Firebeatz and Moguai cut their teeth before exploding.
Meanwhile his latest track ''Restless'' was premiered live at Tomorrowland 2016 in the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's Smash The House stage and after few days from the release, It entered in the Beatport Top 100 chart ranking the #19 position.

He recently released a track on the prestigious Deorro's label Panda Funk, but this will be just the first of a long series of releases that will come from him this year !

Eccentric in his style as well as in the life, Evangelisti is definitely a figure to keep an eye in the scene of DJing.

We chatted to him about the music industry, his composing, and people that pay to listen to him…

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
All good thanks, I'm in the studio finishing some new projects that will kick off my new sound signature!

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
My sound is actually a fusion between Bass House and Trap music, but from my upcoming releases, you'll hear a new signature sound with influences from Hip hop, Dubstep, Hard House and Future Bass. I'm always looking to make something fresh, trying to experiment as much as possible!

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
1. Michael Jackson - Thriller
2. 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
3. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
4. Dr. Dre - 2001
5. Prince - Purple Rain


Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
On the club side, I mainly like the style of Matroda, Brohug, Fabian Mazur, Zonderling or Dirtyphonics, but I listen a lot of tracks from Migos, Future, Travis Scott, Drake and many more because they always give me great inspiration!


Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
Nothing in particular, I've always used the same DAW (FL Studio) and I still think that the real key piece is your creativity!

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
I've always loved this world, but I think it's a tough one.
You have to arm yourself with patience and continue on your way!
Nowadays it’s easy to be noticed with internet and social networks, but at the same time you have a lot of competition and your goals are already forgotten the day after, because of the big amount of news circulating.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
Simply listening everyday and everywhere to hours of music... It's my drug!

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
Usually when I get in the studio, I already have an idea in my head.
Anyway, I really love to start making fat beats around a cool vocal and from it I get inspiration for the rest!

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
It's hard to say, but I guess maybe the first festival in my hometown: Rome, Italy.
There was more than 10.000 people under the stage and for me It was a dream to see a crowd like this in your city dancing to your music!

And the worst?
So far I've never found unpleasant situations and I'm happy about this!

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
Nice question, I would have worked most probably in the fashion world...
Who knows, maybe one day I will create my own brand!

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
Tomorrowland... It's my goal since I started my career!

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
I would like to make a special dj set performing alongside a trap/pop artist like Travis Scott, Drake or Future. It would be lit!

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I recently released a track called ''JIGGLE'' on Deorro's label Panda Funk, which reached soon thousands of plays, gaining the support of big names from the EDM scene. It was also included into viral videos on YouTube counting millions of views. I have so many new solo and collab projects ready, but for now I can just say that this will be only the first of a long series of releases coming this year ! About my gigs, I'm planning with my management a tour including dates in India, Spain, Croatia, Italy and many more. All dates will be announced soon on my Facebook page!

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