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Electronic Music Culture Magazine
  • Best of 2022 Interview with Matt Guy

     


    Matt Guy is one of the breakout artists of 2022 having delivered one of the summer’s hottest track IDs. Finally released September 9th on Armada Music, ‘Set My Mind Free’ launched as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune after gaining pre-release support from Pete and his Radio 1 colleague Sarah Story. Add to that, heavy club and festival rotation from DJs as diverse as Solomun to Gorgon City and ‘Set My Mind Free’ is up there as one of 2022’s most anticipated records.

    Since release the record has been added to KISS FM and Capital Dance playlists, received Tune of the Week on BBC Radio 1 and has surpassed one million streams. At club level the record now has the backing of heavy weights from across the scene, the likes of CamelPhat, Joseph Capritati, FISHER, Tiesto, Dom Dolla and Sam Divine.

    ‘Set My Mind Free’ came hot on the heels of 2022 releases ‘Party Starter’ and ‘Krupa’, both of which were both supported by DJs from all corners of dance music; from stalwarts of the UK underground scene Patrick Topping and Annie Mac to global mainstage names such as Diplo, Vintage Culture and Claptone.

    Matt Guy began his career with a residency for Cue in Chesterfield, quickly building himself a reputation which saw him tapped up for a residency at Egg London, supporting the likes of Michael Bibi, Dennis Cruz and Latmun.

    His Movement residency in his hometown of Nottingham became renowned for the energy and drive he delivered, with his closing sets always being one for the books. This residency also saw him feature on line-ups alongside some of the industry's finest, such as ANOTR, Michael Bibi, Darius Syrossian, Richy Ahmed and many more.

    Going into next year, Matt Guy is a highly in demand producer and remixer with the DJ prowess to match. He is set to take over in 2023. Let’s Get Ravey.


    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    Matt Guy: On BBC Radio One I received Pete Tong's Essential New Tune, Sarah Story's Track ID and invited to curate Danny Howards Mini Mix! As well as Kiss's tune of the week and Capital's Jam Hot.... Sorry that was 5 but i couldn't miss any out!

    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    Matt Guy:  Deborah Aime La Bagarre - Global Unlimited.


    Been hammering this track for a while and now it's finally out for everyone to enjoy! Absolutely love this track, the perfect set closer for me.

    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    Matt Guy: I've been so buzzing with my 2022 releases, they've all really surpassed my expectations in different ways;

    I started the year off with 'Party Starter' which is still being played by huge tastemakers across the globe such as Solomun, Diplo, Vintage Culture and many more.


    I followed this with 'Krupa' which always seems to go down a treat!


    My last original release of the year was 'Set My Mind Free' and this has received recognition from such varied dj's from Solomun and Camelphat to Jax Jones and Tiesto!


    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Patrick Topping, there's no stopping this man, and what a guy he is!


    4) Best Remix(es) from other fellow artists of 2022 with short comment :

    Matt Guy: Gotta Let You Go - Club Dominica (Felix Leiter Remix)

    Sorry to put an unreleased one here, but this remix bangs!

    5) YOUR Best Remix which you have produced of 2022 with short comment?

    Matt Guy:  Dom Dolla & Clementine Douglas - Miracle Maker (Matt Guy Remix)... I was so happy how this one turned out!


    6) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy:  Solomun - All of his remixes are unbelievable.


    7) Best New Talent of 2022 (DJ or producer) with short comment :

    Matt Guy: Hannah Laing and Kyle Starkey - Watch out for this lad!


    8) Best electronic dance music album of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Fred Again - Actual Life 3

    GENIUS


    9) Best electronic dance music compilation of 2022 with short comment? :

    Matt Guy: Armada Music ADE 2022 - so many bangers!


    10) Best artwork about single / album/compilation or promotional campaign of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: I always love the Diynamic artwork, simple and effective.

    11) Best lyrics in electronic dance music track(s) of 2022 with short comment :

    Matt Guy: It's got to be Eliza Rose' B.O.T.A. - Just can't get those lyrics out of my head!


    12) Best vocalist/singer on electronic dance music track of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Clementine Douglas - She is KILLING it!


    13) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Armada Music - Has to be really!


    14) Best electronic dance music video of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy:  Airwolf Paradise - Don't Hurt Me Baby.


    Absolute vibes! Does exactly what it needs to.

    15) Best online social media of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Butch & Matador, love their socials, just don't take themselves seriously and it comes across well!

    16) Best social media response you may have received about your music or your DJ performance of 2022:

    Matt Guy: 'You dance like the inbetweeners on crack' - Absolutely class comment this

    17) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Ableton is the one!

    18)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Lofts Newcastle was my favourite club night, Dreamfields Mexico was the best festival. Both absolute scenes.

    19) Your Best personal DJ Gig & DJ performance of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Lofts Newcastle, the place was absolutely bouncing.

    20) Best DJ set from other fellow DJ (actual or online) of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: Solomun at Watergate, Berlin. What a journey that was

    21) Best radio show/podcast/twitch stream or Vlog(video blog) of 2022 with short comment. It can be yours or from other artists you respect:

    Matt Guy: Will Clarke's Podcast is sooooo good. Highly recommend tuning in to this.

    22) Best aftermovie for festival or club event of 2022

    Matt Guy: Tank Sheffield, love the after movie for this!

    23) Best music related website of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: DJ Mag & Mixmag are always my go to.

    24) Best production or DJ equipment (a)software & (b) hardware) of 2022 with short comment:

    Matt Guy: My favourite software is Ableton, although i do use Logic for mixing and mastering.

    Hardware wise I love the Native Instruments equipment, namely the Maschine & Komplete S49 key board.

    25) Best sound sample that has been used frequently in electronic dance music tracks of 2022 (personal or from other artists):

    Matt Guy: I love a ravey 'Woop'!

    26) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    Matt Guy: I feel like 2022 has been a year where i have really honed in on my sound to a point where i can cross genres and it still sound like my tracks.

    27) Best piece of personal or music business' advice you got in relation to your career of 2022 and has helped you to progress even further:

    Matt Guy: Give it absolutely everything and don't ever give up, no matter what others say!

    28)Best hobby or non music related activity of 2022.

    Matt Guy: Football, can't get enough of it!

    29) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    Matt Guy: Praga Khan - Injected With a Poison


    I could literally listen to this track all day every day.

    30) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    Matt Guy: 6

    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    Matt Guy:  Probably the next train spotting film if there is one!

    I loved that Patrick Topping & Kevin Saunderson's track 'Frisk' was used in the latest Batman film, that was great to see.


    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    Matt Guy:  I love the shift that since covid it is a lot more accepted to cross genres and styles, i feel its such an exciting movement.

    Dimitris: Do you have any concrete plans for 2023 regarding future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs? Please provide us the juicy details.

    Matt Guy: I have a release scheduled for almost every month of 2023 already! Can't wait for everyone to hear these tracks!

    Dimitris: Your message & wishes for 2023.

    Matt Guy: Thanks for the chat! Hope you all have a wonderful New Year. Keep it Ravey!

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  • Best of 2022 Interview with Gino G

     


    Supported by the best DJs worldwide, such as Harwell, Tiesto, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and many more. His biggest career step was working with the NETFLIX series "SENSE8".

    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    Gino G: I don't really have 3 different highlights, I think I have found out since the pandemic which style of music I enjoy the most, what I do best and where my strengths lie.

    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    Gino G: Turn on the Lights by Fred Again: this track is unique and will go down in the music history books. His style, his type and his sound are just unbelievably exciting.



    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    Gino G: Midnight - this track has so much energy and I really love the chord progression. actually an untypical track for me, but I like it very much.



    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    Gino G: 
    Freg Again - unique sound and very special type


    Kygo - king of dance music


    Aaron Hibell - extraordinary talent from which we will hear a lot more

    4) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    Gino G: 
    MEDUZA Tell Me Why - this song is so energetic, the power is perfect, everyone knows the song - its a banger



    5) Best New Talent of 2022 (DJ or producer) with short comment :

    Gino G: 
    Aaron Hibell - verry talented producer with an unique style



    6) Best electronic dance music album of 2022 with short comment:

    Gino G: SHM - Paradise Again, nothing more to say. The legends are back.


    7) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    Gino G: 
    Sirup Music - one big family with such a massive support from the back office! thank you

    8) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    Gino G: 
    Logic X, i only use mac and so Logic.

    9)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    Gino G: 
    NNEON in Baden AG Switzerland. Since 5 years this "Festival" Party ist fully booked. over 800 people every 2 months, I'm proud to be a part of it since day one.

    10) Your Best personal DJ Gig & DJ performance of 2022 with short comment:

    Gino G: All gigs in Baden AG NNEON.

    11) Best aftermovie for festival or club event of 2022

    Gino G: 
    there is no other aftermovie of festivals which is so perfect and gives you goosebumps every second

    12) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    Gino G: 
    Do not Listetn to charts or trends, its too late then... do what every you wanna do!

    13)Best hobby or non music related activity of 2022.

    Gino G: Photography and filming

    14) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    Gino G: 
    Kygo - Firestone


    15) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    Gino G:
     5

    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    Gino G: 
    My track together with Dave202 "Knockdown" was used in the famous netflix series "SENSE8", that was awesome.



    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    Gino G: 
    No, it has to sound good, groovy and must be able to dance to it. Doesn't matter if it's on 105 bpm or 150 bpm.

    Dimitris: Do you have any concrete plans for 2023 regarding future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs? Please provide us the juicy details.

    Gino G: Makin' more music, I will concentrate on producing and not on Djing, that's my passion.

    Dimitris: Your message & wishes for 2023.

    Gino G: 
    Stay safe

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  • Best of 2022 Interview with Levasseur

     


    Levasseur is a Dutch D.J./Producer of Deep House/Melodic House music. Starting his career 20 years ago as a Hardcore and Hardstyle DJ and slowly evolved his style to the more slower and melodic type of music. Key instruments of his productions and the piano and violins to make atmospheric melodies and dreamy soundscapes.



    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    Levasseur: Being a regular artist in the Nora en Pure radio show

    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    Levasseur :
    Tim van Werd - Believe.

    Such a beautiful track that inspired me to make my own track Tales of Hope



    Nora en Pure - Thermal. This is just a future classic. the melody is out of this world with that huge orchestral break. Pure and almost devine.



    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    Levasseur: 
    Levasseur - Tales of Hope. I think this was the hardest track for me to make but all the effort payed off in this beautiful track. Inspired by Tim van werd and Nore en Pure.



    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    Levasseur: 
    Nora en Pure. The productions are always masterpieces and just hitting the right spot.



    4) Best Remix(es) from other fellow artists of 2022 with short comment :

    Levasseur:
      Reflekt - Need to feel loved ( Tim van Werd remix) this remix is just getting that afternoon sunset vibe you need on a holiday



    5) YOUR Best Remix which you have produced of 2022 with short comment?

    Levasseur:
     TIAEM - Longing. It was fun and a honor to make this remix for TIAEM



    6) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    Levasseur:
     Tinlicker. These guys know how to make a dope remix that still respects the original track

    7) Best New Talent of 2022 (DJ or producer) with short comment :

    Levasseur: 
    Tim van Werd

    8) Best lyrics in electronic dance music track(s) of 2022 with short comment :

    Levasseur: 
    Mau P - Drugs from Amsterdam. Just because its so funny haha



    9) Best vocalist/singer on electronic dance music track of 2022 with short comment:

    Levasseur: 
    Betty Lavette on Odesza - The last goodbye. Her voice is just perfect for this track. the intensity and pain you feel in her voice just compliments the track in the perfect way.

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    10) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    Levasseur: 
    hard to choose so it pick 3

    Afterlife


    Colorize


    Purified records



    These labels release tracks that are just perfect in this genre

    11) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    Levasseur: 
    Cubase for sure. Been using it from the day i started making music ans still love it.

    12)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    Levasseur:
     Mysteryland, Here you can find all the genres you like in dance music and the location is very beautiful

    13) Best radio show/podcast/twitch stream or Vlog(video blog) of 2022 with short comment. It can be yours or from other artists you respect:

    Levasseur:
     Purified radio show by Nora en Pure. Her choice of tracks is just perfect for me.



    14) Best production or DJ equipment (a)software & (b) hardware) of 2022 with short comment:

    Levasseur: 
     Q3 I use all the time in every production., for me the perfect eq software

    15) Best sound sample that has been used frequently in electronic dance music tracks of 2022 (personal or from other artists):

    Levasseur:
     Moog bass of the sub 37. Because of the richness of the sound

    16) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    Levasseur: 
    Gain staging. this is essential to make a proper mix and make your track sound good

    17) Best piece of personal or music business' advice you got in relation to your career of 2022 and has helped you to progress even further:

    Levasseur: 
    Don't stop believing in yourself. make the music you like and Don't be afraid to listen to completely other genres. it can really help you in your own music productions

    18)Best hobby or non music related activity of 2022.

    Levasseur: 
    mountain biking

    19) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    Levasseur: 
    Moby - feeling so real. It still makes me go when I hear it and that bass, oww that bass is just super low

    20) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    Levasseur:
     8

    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    Levasseur:
     Every movie is fine by me

    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    Levasseur:
     Yes, because we label things and that is just useful. Combining styles is just good for creativity and get a wider audience

    Dimitris: Do you have any concrete plans for 2023 regarding future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs? Please provide us the juicy details.

    Levasseur
    : I hope to release a track on one of the labels i mentioned above


    Dimitris: Your message & wishes for 2023.

    Levasseur: 
    I hope everyone will find its peace and stay respectful to each other. Make music not war

    Additional info:
    https://www.facebook.com/lvssrofficial/
    www.twitter.com/Levasseurmusic
    instagram.com/Levasseur_official 

  • ALBUM: i_o & Lights - Warehouse Summer out on Armada Music

     


    Released as an in memoriam to American artist i_o, ‘Warehouse Summer’ contains fourteen original, unreleased tracks that underline the timeless appeal of the late DJ and producer’s signature sound. Co-written by – and featuring the vocals of – his friend and alt-pop songstress Lights, this i_o album will forever serve as a tribute to the talented young man whose music changed lives.

     


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  • BEST OF 2022 Interview with Michael Anthony

     


    NYC-based DJ & Producer Michael Anthony has been playing at the most popular venues in New York and around the world for over a decade. Whether he’s performing on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, a rooftop in New York City, or in a nightclub in Montreal, Michael finds himself most at ease playing music for the crowd.

    Early on in his career, Michael knew that in order to stand out as a DJ, he had to create his own tracks/remixes. After networking a bit in the NYC DJ scene, he began learning directly from the NYC trance duo legends Filo & Peri and quickly became committed to mastering the craft of music production.

    Michael has released tracks on all worldwide marketplaces with many major artists. He was personally asked by the house music legend Stonebridge to remix his classic, “Sometimes” and a new release, “So Good”. Both releases charted internationally and gained the respect of the dance community. In 2021, Michael’s collaboration, “For You” was released on Will Sparks’ record label TeamWrk Records. His next release “Say Yes” was released on top Amsterdam record label Groove Bassment and quickly amassed over 100k streams on Spotify alone. Charting regularly on 1001Tracklists, international dance charts, and Beatport Top 100 charts are just a few of Michael’s accomplishments. His tracks have been in rotation on Sirius XM BPM and supported by top 100 DJ’S across the globe (EDX, Nora En Pure, Stonebridge, Bingo Players, Kryder, W&W, Judge Jules + many more…)

    Recently, Michael has been busy in the studio after inking a record deal with EDX's Sirup Music Group. Be on the lookout for his forthcoming releases and show announcements.


    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    Michael Anthony: 1. I created as much music as possible - I have been in the studio cranking out original tracks, private edits, and even mash ups for my sets. There is nothing more rewarding than completing a track and testing it in front of a crowd. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing artists & vocalists and I look forward to continuing to evolve my craft.

    2. I've played some amazing shows in NYC - I had the pleasure of working with some amazing promotional companies, venues, and DJs this year. I'd like to thank Deep Root Records, Ajamu Kambon, Techno Brooklyn, Ryan Provost, The Project 91 team, Superior Ingredients, Williamsburg Hotel, Ella Darr, Exron Music, and anyone else I forgot. I can't thank each one of them enough and look forward to 2023!

    3. I signed with Sirup Music, a label that I've always admired. I was always a huge fan of EDX and his productions, so getting the opportunity to sign to his label was an honor. It's been a pleasure working with him and his team and I've even made some friendships that will last a lifetime.

    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    Michael Anthony: WhoMadeWho & Rampa - UUUU (&ME Remix)


    This was my favorite track of the year and in my opinion, it stood tall above the rest. An absolutely beautiful track that continues to build and progress throughout. The vocal is light and airy and sits atop this marching percussion that eventually builds itself up and crescendos in the second drop with a beautiful piano riff. I can't get enough of this track and I play it in everyone of my sets.

    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    Michael Anthony:  Michael Anthony - Something Better

    It's a beautiful, uplifting, melodic track that takes you to a different place. Don't take my word for it - Something Better was supported by EDX, Nora En Pure, Sultan & Shepard, Kyau & Albert + more.


    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: Cristoph

    I've had the privilege of seeing Cristoph play live multiple times throughout the year. His extended sets take everyone in the room on a journey. The crowd loses all sense of time and space and becomes one. Not only is he an amazing DJ but his productions are out of this world. From his unreleased work like "Trigger" & "Swoon" to cult favorites like his remix of Motorcycle's "As The Rush Comes", the man continues to out do himself. Each track is unique and created for a specific moment in a set. He is truly a wizard in the studio and on the decks.


    4) Best Remix(es) from other fellow artists of 2022 with short comment :

    Michael Anthony:  Anyma & Chris Avantgarde - Consciousness (Eric Prydz Remix)


    Consciousness was one of the biggest tracks of the year. I didn't think it could be any bigger but then we started hearing rumblings that there might be an Eric Prydz remix floating around. When Eric puts out a remix, you know it's going to be massive.

    5) YOUR Best Remix which you have produced of 2022 with short comment?

    Michael Anthony:  All of my releases in 2022 were original tracks but I'll let you in on a little secret that I'm currently finishing up a private edit of one of my favorite Julie Mcknight vocals.

    6) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I'd have to say Cassian was the best remixer of 2022. Both his Sonny Fodera, Vintage Culture - Last Thought (Cassian Remix) & RÜFÜS DU SOL - On My Knees (Cassian Remix) were amazing remixes with his own personal style.


    7) Best New Talent of 2022 (DJ or producer) with short comment :

    Michael Anthony: Aaron Hibell. I stumbled across him on Instagram reels. He has been making these melodic techno remixes of popular songs with a Hanz Zimmer type of flair. His productions are really massive with big orchestral breaks and I'm looking forward to seeing what else he comes up with over the next few years.

    8) Best electronic dance music album of 2022 with short comment:


    Michael Anthony: RÜFÜS DU SOL - ‘Surrender Remixes’

    A lot of artists have moved away from the album format and only work on singles and EPs now. The original Surrender album was amazing but the remix album really elevated each track to a new level.


    I'm also really excited for the Franky Wah - THIS IS SHÈN album that will be out this November.


    9) Best electronic dance music compilation of 2022 with short comment? :

    Michael Anthony: UNITY PT. 3 by Afterlife Records. It's considered an album as well but with 30+ producers on it, I'm going to classify it as a compilation. Some absolutely amazing talent on this one and each UNITY album/compilation continues to impress.


    10) Best artwork about single / album/compilation or promotional campaign of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I've really loved everything that Anyma (Matteo from Tale of Us) has been doing when it comes to bridging the world between music and visuals and NFTs. It's a really cool concept that I can tell he has put a lot of thought and creative energy into.

    My favorite artwork in particular was the artwork for "Angel 1".

    11) Best lyrics in electronic dance music track(s) of 2022 with short comment :

    Michael Anthony: I really enjoyed Franky Wah - Surrender ft. Clementine Douglas. A big powerful top line from Clementine with emotion and feeling. Franky finished up the track with a master class of progressive production. I always love a good string in the break down.

    12) Best vocalist/singer on electronic dance music track of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: Lauren L'aimant has been killing it. She had some really beautiful works this year with Bound to Divide and some big progressive tunes with Paige. She actually also wrote and sang on my track "Dreams" which was released on Sirup Records this November.



    13) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I really thought Nora En Pure's label "Purified Records" did an amazing job of putting out nothing but quality tracks throughout the year.


    14) Best electronic dance music video of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: Can't say that I have a specific video that stood out to me to be honest. I think most of my year consisted of watching highlights from Eric Prydz's Holo shows so I'll count those as music videos lol.

    15) Best online social media of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I really enjoy following Obsessive Progressive on Instagram, Soundcloud, and YouTube. I'd work to love with them in the upcoming year.

    16) Best social media response you may have received about your music or your DJ performance of 2022:

    Michael Anthony: It's really something whenever I get to engage with fans. Whether it's people commenting how much they enjoyed a track or where they first heard it or if they are commenting on my Instagram to let me know they'll be attending a show. Their support means the world to me and it really pushes me every day to work harder.

    17) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I will forever be a Logic Pro guy. Been using it since 2006 and never looked back. I have heard how intuitive and creative Ableton can be and wouldn't rule trying it out in the future, but at this point, I'm so set in my work flow. My favorite VST is Serum from Xfer Records and my favorite plug in at the moment is ShaperBox from Cableguys.

    18)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I'd have to say Electric Zoo (EZoo) in New York City is something special. To see what that has become since its first year is really amazing.


    19) Your Best personal DJ Gig & DJ performance of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: Closing the night at Superior Ingredients in Brooklyn, NY was definitely something special. There's a lot of history in that main room being the old Output and all, so getting to step on that stage in front of the crowd was a moment I won't forget. I hope to be back there soon.

    20) Best DJ set from other fellow DJ (actual or online) of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: Cristoph's set at Brooklyn Mirage for the Electric Zoo after party. If you know you know. Absolutely mental set.

    21) Best radio show/podcast/twitch stream or Vlog(video blog) of 2022 with short comment. It can be yours or from other artists you respect:

    Michael Anthony: I've always enjoyed Bound to Divide's live streams and production vlogs. Really quality content there.

    Another favorite has always been Laidback Luke's Vlog where he covers anything from mix down and mastering techniques, life on the road, mental health, or just checking in with fans and giving updates on his releases.


     

    22) Best aftermovie for festival or club event of 2022

    Michael Anthony: Tomorrowland Belgium 2022 | Official Aftermovie


    23) Best music related website of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I've always enjoyed reading WeRaveYou.com

    They cover such a wide array of stories and have some really cool artist interviews.

    24) Best production or DJ equipment (a)software & (b) hardware) of 2022 with short comment:

    Michael Anthony: I had the chance to test the new Pioneer DJ DJM-V10 6-Channel DJ Mixer at Miami Music Week this year. It's insane. Still getting used to it over the 900. One of the coolest features is the compression knob that allows you to play older tracks and bring the dynamics and volume up to match current day ones. You can drop a disco track in the middle of a set like it's nothing and make it sound like it was produced and mastered last week.

    25) Best sound sample that has been used frequently in electronic dance music tracks of 2022 (personal or from other artists):

    Michael Anthony: Going to have to name Bound To Divide again. Love his kick pack.

    26) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    Michael Anthony: Honestly - I tried to be less technical this year in my productions. I felt like at some point, I was too much in a box and following rules that I have been sticking to for a long time. Once I started paying attention to the quality of the sounds first, everything else fell into place. Just do what feels right, if you like how it sounds keep going with that idea. You can clean it all up after the fact.

    27) Best piece of personal or music business' advice you got in relation to your career of 2022 and has helped you to progress even further:

    Michael Anthony: Just really work as hard as possible. If this is something that is important to you, you have to put your head down and find the time to work on it.

    I've had plenty of nights with barely any sleep but I know it will all be worth it.

    28)Best hobby or non music related activity of 2022.

    Michael Anthony: In the summer I love riding my bike (Specialized Diverge Elite), traveling, spending days at the beach, watching my Juventus.

    In the winter I love snowboarding, going to breweries with friends, going on a nice long hike when I get the time.

    29) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    Michael Anthony: You're really going to ask me to choose just one......

    It's between two for me that I have tied to so many memories with..

    Âme - Rej



    Pryda - Melo


    30) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    Michael Anthony: 5.5 - We have a long way to go..

    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    Michael Anthony: I'd love to get one of my tracks on the FIFA soundtrack one year.

    For best placement of the year, it was cool to see how much dance was placed in the Robert Patterson "The Batman" film. They filmed that fight scene at Printworks and really used a lot of techno and tech house throughout.

    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    Michael Anthony: The lines have definitely become blurred. Genres will always been relevant in my opinion, but what constitutes the genre itself will change over time.

    Dimitris: Do you have any concrete plans for 2023 regarding future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs? Please provide us the juicy details.

    Michael Anthony: Oh yes. I already have my first track signed for 2023, it's a melodic house track that will be released on Sirup Music. I have about 10-15 IDs that I have been playing in my sets and tweaking so I'm expecting another big year of continuous releases.

    I'm also looking forward to collaborating with more producers and vocalists than ever before.

    As far as gigs go, I will play my usual residencies in New York City and I'm working on a very special Miami gig that will likely get announced after the new year.

    Dimitris: Your message & wishes for 2023.

    Michael Anthony: Moving forward into 2023, let's be better to one another. There has been a lot of crazy shit going on the past 2-3 years and I think that people just need to remember that we're only here on this Earth for a finite amount of time. It's not worth the constant bickering and fighting and division. Love one another and let's make it a year to remember.

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  • Best of 2022 Interview with NIIKO X SWAE

     


    Childhood friends and LA based duo, NIIKO X SWAE, spent their early days learning to produce and dreaming of pioneering a new lane in House Music. Flash forward to today, NIIKO X SWAE have become regulars in dance music, recently releasing their major collaboration with Nicky Romero called 'Easy'. The single has amassed over 3 million cross-platform streams to date, with over 14 New Music Friday's and placements on Happy Beats, Dance Party, Power Hour, DanceXL, and more. Beyond this collab, NXS' debut 'Field Trip' EP has tallied over 3 million streams since its release with the focus single, ‘I Ain’t Going Home’ charting on the Billboard Dance Airplay chart after receiving airplay from BPM, Music Choice, Evolution and more.

    Furthermore, the Tao Las Vegas residents, have become a staple to any successful remix package, releasing remixes for Bebe Rexha, Armin Van Buuren, Mark Tuan and more. NIIKO X SWAE's Sacrifice remix for Bebe Rexha has seen a multitude of success, topping 4 million streams since its release. The remix earned a top spot on KIIS FM's "Top 20 Beats of the Week", helping lead Sacrifice to #1 at Dance Radio. The guys have also been tapped for other high-profile, unreleased collaborations alongside Deorro feat. Kiiara, MOTi and more. NXS are also excited to continue aggressively touring, recently finishing up their debut 'Slippery When Wet' Tour which included over 15 sold out shows across the country this summer.


    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Collaborating with Nicky Romero and Deorro, our first headline tour this summer, hitting the billboard dance charts with our song Typical Love

    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    NIIKO X SWAE: Anything fred again but especially his song turn on the lights. Fred Again changed dance music this year and is revolutionizing it in a way we haven't seen since the "golden age" of edm.


    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Our favorite song we released this year was our collaboration with Nicky Romero called Easy. We both have looked up to Nicky and drawn influence from his music since the beginning of our careers, so to release a song with Nicky and perform it live was truly a full circle moment!


    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Fred Again - no questions asked from his Boiler room set to his Coachella performance, Fred Again became a household name this year. The level of artistry in his music is unparalleled and his originals took the 2022 dance scene by storm.


    4) Best Remix(es) from other fellow artists of 2022 with short comment :

    NIIKO X SWAE: We love what Cheyenne Giles has been doing for the past many years. Literally any track he remixes instantly becomes 10x more hype. Also we absolutely love the John Summit remix of Escape by Kx5... BANGER

    5) YOUR Best Remix which you have produced of 2022 with short comment?

    NIIKO X SWAE: Our favorite remix we produced in 2022 was the IMYSM remix for Mark Tuan! We had a ton of fun bringing an electro vibe to the pop song, and we love to play this remix live!


    6) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Cheyenne Giles knows how to turn any song into an absolute club weapon. Cheyenne Giles is our best remixer of 2022 with remixes like Unholy, Ferrari, and many more

    7) Best New Talent of 2022 (DJ or producer) with short comment :

    NIIKO X SWAE: Disco Lines and Fred Again. Our friend Disco Lines is legit taking over. Huge shoutout to Thad, it has been a lot of fun watching him blow up and seeing his career reach new heights!

    8) Best electronic dance music album of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Fred Agains album lol but you probably were expecting that at this point

    9) Best artwork about single / album/compilation or promotional campaign of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Im gunna toot our own horn here. Our campaign for our single Nothing on Earth was pretty epic! We gave away real stars in the sky as part of a pre-save contest and even went to the middle of the desert to film all the content for the release. It was a ton of fun and we were super excited about how everything turned out with that promo campaign!


    10) Best lyrics in electronic dance music track(s) of 2022 with short comment :

    NIIKO X SWAE: This is so so tough but in terms of pop I'd have to go with Tiesto - The Motto or honestly Beyonce - Break MY Soul. Both lyrical bangers


    11) Best vocalist/singer on electronic dance music track of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Beyonce.. when the queen goes the edm route WE LISTEN!!!


    12) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Armada - the label we call home. also gotta shoutout to john summit's new label off the deep end because they are releasing bangers! Huge shoutout to Protocol Records too for all the love this year and also to Revealed Recordings!


    13) Best electronic dance music video of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Baby Girl - Disco Lines


    14) Best online social media of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: tiktok

    15) Best social media response you may have received about your music or your DJ performance of 2022:

    NIIKO X SWAE: We love seeing the stories and tweets about our music but when we played F1 Austin with Marshmello this year, the love we got after our set was absolutely NEXT LEVEL! We had a fan send us some of our merch to sign for him, which was really cool for us!

    16) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Ableton! we've been using this DAW since the beginning!

    17)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Our favorite show this year was Knight's Library back to school fest at UCF. The energy and the crowd were off the charts. Special shoutout to Vegas and F1 Austin too for some epic nights this year! Also Miami Music Week 2022 was insane

    18) Your Best personal DJ Gig & DJ performance of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Our show at UCF or F1 Austin were the most energetic and fun but honestly every stop we hit on our debut tour this summer was special and unique in its own way!

    19) Best DJ set from other fellow DJ (actual or online) of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Fred Again boiler room

    20) Best radio show/podcast/twitch stream or Vlog(video blog) of 2022 with short comment. It can be yours or from other artists you respect:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Diplo's Revolution on sirius xm has the best curation! love listening in the car on the way to the studio!

    21) Best aftermovie for festival or club event of 2022

    NIIKO X SWAE: EDC Vegas was next level this year.


    22) Best music related website of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: 1001tracklists

    23) Best production or DJ equipment (a)software & (b) hardware) of 2022 with short comment:

    NIIKO X SWAE: rekordbox and the new CDJ's

    24) Best sound sample that has been used frequently in electronic dance music tracks of 2022 (personal or from other artists):

    NIIKO X SWAE: I absolutely love the purple disco machine disco string / stab in all of his songs. It is iconic. Also literally everyone uses kshmr splice samples so we gotta shoutout the edm sample goat KSHMR.

     

    25) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Production wise we have just learned to keep things a little more simple. Sample selection is the biggest key. If your samples and sounds are sonically great- there is no need for a ton of post production. Also- sticking to a few plugins that you know inside and out!

    26) Best piece of personal or music business' advice you got in relation to your career of 2022 and has helped you to progress even further:

    NIIKO X SWAE: Be patient when it comes to bookings! Focus on creating the best music possible and the right bookings for you will come with that. You can create more value for yourself by having amazing releases.

    27)Best hobby or non music related activity of 2022.

    NIIKO X SWAE: golfing, fishing, surfing

    28) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    NIIKO X SWAE: Anything Calvin Harris

    29) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    NIIKO X SWAE: 8! the music industry is definitely headed back in the right direction

    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    NIIKO X SWAE: We would love to get an apple commercial like odesza did this year with their tune the last goodbye. whenever our songs are in shows like love island though it is always pretty epic and funny

    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    NIIKO X SWAE: Genres will always be relevant whether we like it or not because we all have a tendency to categorize things. To us, we try not to constrict ourselves to the box of one specific genre when producing, but we do tend to stay in the lane of different house genres. We produce literally everything though for fun from DNB to dub to house to trap, just not everything gets released of course! We also listen to so many different types of music outside of EDM.

    Dimitris: Do you have any concrete plans for 2023 regarding future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs? Please provide us the juicy details.

    NIIKO X SWAE: Tons of new music is coming and maybe even our second EP! We plan to ramp up touring even harder too and hit as many places as we can around the country. We also are working on getting into the festival circuit and are going to Canada in March for the first time!


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  • Best of 2022 Interview with Davis Mallory


     
    Known from MTV’s The Real World (Denver) and MTV The Challenge (Inferno/Dual/Rivals) Davis Mallory (DAVIS) has made a new name for himself as a DJ and recording artist, as a featured vocalist for internationally renowned DJs Retrovision, Going Deeper, John Dahlback, Landis, DJs from Mars, to list a few, and music signed to record labels including Warner Denmark, Soave, Revealed, Sirup, Armada, Delecta + Hexagon. DAVIS’s music has been supported by some of the industry's biggest DJs including Tiesto, Cedric Gervais, Armin Van Buuren, Morgan Page, Don Diablo and Hardwell, and his music has been heard in TV/Movies including MTV’s War of the Worlds, Hulu's Good Trouble, & the Snapchat original series Growing up is a Drag. Recognized on a national level, his music has been featured in Billboard, Huffpost, Us Weekly, People. Raised singing in his church choir in Georgia during his adolescence, DAVIS is sober for over five years, and dedicates time to help others overcome from addictions.



    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    Davis Mallory: I signed 2 songs to record labels as a solo artist (without collaboration with other DJs): "James Bond" on Warner KnightVision and "Forever Young" on Soave. I had my 2nd song reach 1 million streams on Spotify "Pitter Patter" with Swedish producer KAAG released on Warner Denmark - my first being "Without You I Feel Good" on Soave records. I also wrote new music at Ten Music Group in Stockholm Sweden (home to Zara Larsson & Benjamin ingrosso) as I work towards a new upcoming album.


    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    Davis Mallory: I loved so many songs in 2022 so it's very hard to narrow it down to just 1 song - however,

    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    Davis Mallory: "Rescue" with Olvik on Soave Records - a song for those dealing with loneliness - with lyrics "I guess you're lonely, I'm lonely, too, know what it's like to walk in your shoes, so when you're lonely, I'll rescue you, you rescue me, I rescue you"


    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: Elderbrook - I saw him perform in Miami opening up for Diplo and was wowed during his performance.


    4) Best Remix(es) from other fellow artists of 2022 with short comment :

    Davis Mallory: I love R3HAB's remixes of country songs like "Drunk Me" by Mitchell Tenpenny and "Tequilla" by Dan + Shay.


    5) YOUR Best Remix which you have produced of 2022 with short comment?

    Davis Mallory: I released a remix EP for my song "The Thrill" and and love the Lionboy Remix of the song co-written with female EDM artists Notelle & Luma. It's an emotional song about falling in love - even though we know relationships can end - we would do it all again for the thrill of it.


    6) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: I love the remixes of Purple Disco Machine - disco is back!


    7) Best New Talent of 2022 (DJ or producer) with short comment :

    Davis Mallory: I really got into female London based vocalist Griff - every song of hers is so good.

    8) Best electronic dance music album of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: Made with an electronic production elements - I think Ben Platt's album Reverie is superb.

    9) Best electronic dance music compilation of 2022 with short comment? :

    Davis Mallory: Becky Hill & Galantis - "Run" - I love Becky Hill's voice and songs :) This one is a
    great one :)

     

    10) Best artwork about single / album/compilation or promotional campaign of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: "Forever Young" - my song on Soave features a childhood photo of myself and I love the innocence of the image.

    11) Best lyrics in electronic dance music track(s) of 2022 with short comment :

    Davis Mallory: I'll revert back to my song "Rescue" with lyrics "I guess you're lonely, I'm lonely, too, know what it's like to walk in your shoes, so when you're lonely, I'll rescue you, you rescue me, I rescue you"

    12) Best vocalist/singer on electronic dance music track of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: Becky Hill is my queen of electronic dance vocals!

    13) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: I have had a great time working with the Dutch dance label Soave. They did some really great marketing activation at Amsterdam Dance Event this year for their artists - filming Tiktoks, photo shoots, DJ sets and interviews. I'm really happy to release on that label :)

    14) Best electronic dance music video of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: Lizzo "About Damn Time" was a great video - with electronic productions.


    15) Best online social media of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: Charlie Puth is the king of TikTok / Social media content in my humble opinion. He's brilliant and creative.

    16) Best social media response you may have received about your music or your DJ performance of 2022:

    Davis Mallory: I've enjoyed hearing from people all around the world who have discovered my music and found enjoyment in the music and lyrics. Instagram is my preferred way to communicate :)

    17) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: I use Logic for recording my vocals - but I'm not a music producer so haven't dabbled in other softwares.

    18)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: Amsterdam Dance Event is my favorite for networking - meeting up with friends - and the overall vibe.

    19) Your Best personal DJ Gig & DJ performance of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: 2022 took me all over the world DJing starting off in Texas for New Years Eve - 4 different trips to Hawaii - gigs in Miami, Colorado, Arizona and my hometown of Nashville - and I recorded a DJ gig at Amsterdam Dance Event playing only my songs from start to finish. They were all unique and fun in different ways, but the ADE set was a special highlight.

    20) Best DJ set from other fellow DJ (actual or online) of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: I saw many DJs perform this year but preferred Elderbrook's set in Miami the most!

    21) Best radio show/podcast/twitch stream or Vlog(video blog) of 2022 with short comment. It can be yours or from other artists you respect:

    Davis Mallory: Joe Rogan's podcast was really groundbreaking and earned a lot of respect from me.

    22) Best aftermovie for festival or club event of 2022

    Davis Mallory: The Ultra Music Miami festival footage was awesome - even though I attended Ultra this year - I missed some artists - so it was a great way to see the performances I didn't get to go.


    23) Best music related website of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: Spotify is still my favorite music website :)

    24) Best production or DJ equipment (a)software & (b) hardware) of 2022 with short comment:

    Davis Mallory: I'm a Serato DJ guy and work with Pioneer mixers!

    25) Best sound sample that has been used frequently in electronic dance music tracks of 2022 (personal or from other artists):

    Davis Mallory: I'm a vocalist and so don't use samples - but feel free to hit me up if you want to use my vocal as a sample!

    26) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    Davis Mallory: I learned some new skills in Amsterdam this year while DJing for Soave Sessions with tricks and working my way around a new board.

    27) Best piece of personal or music business' advice you got in relation to your career of 2022 and has helped you to progress even further:

    Davis Mallory: I have been working in 2022 on my next direction in my musical sound - by working at Ten Music Group in Sweden I've really honed in on a sound I'm proud and excited to release the world and I'm not rushing the music out the door - instead taking my time to find the right partners for the project - I feel my lesson in 2022 was being patient and realizing patience pays off.

    28)Best hobby or non music related activity of 2022.

    Davis Mallory: I traveled a lot in 2022 - visiting the pyramids in Egypt, the islands of Hawaii, Athens Greece, meeting my Swedish cousins for the first time ever - 2022 for me was about traveling and enjoying the beauty on earth.

    29) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    Davis Mallory: Prince "Kiss" - I definitely dance to it - his music is amazing!


    30) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    Davis Mallory: 10 - I think dance music in 2022 continued to produce amazing melodic music - and I really enjoyed listening to it.

    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    Davis Mallory: I would love to have my music on TV shows like Love Island or similar tropical reality love shows. I think Harry Styles "Music for a Sushi Restaurant" used in the Apple commercial was brilliant way to launch that single.

    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    Davis Mallory: I think hybrids are beautiful - there are many latin singles that did super well that I loved like John Summit's "La Danza" for example. I love international music in other languages.

    Dimitris: Do you have any concrete plans for 2023 regarding future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs? Please provide us the juicy details.

    Davis Mallory: The album I've been writing in Sweden, I plan to release in 2023. I have DJ gigs booked already in Nashville, Hawaii and Colorado - with plans to DJ more in Vegas & LA in 2023. I Travelled more in 2022 than I ever have in my life though, so I do hope to spend a little more time at home in Nashville than before. I have an upcoming single coming out with Italian movie star / music producer Federico Costantini titled "Anybody" that I'm excited to release soon!

    Dimitris: Your message & wishes for 2023.

    Davis Mallory: Thank you to all who have been following me and listening to my new music, for those who do not know who I am and are just discovering me, please give my Spotify / Instagram a follow as I have a very special new album launching soon I know you will enjoy!

    Additional info:
    www.fanlink.to/DavisMallory (links to all my music websites like Spotify / Youtube / Apple Music / Deezer)

  • Best of 2022 Interview with PNDMC

     


    Once in a while special times can bring up positive things. So happened to Björn Mandry & Marco P. from Germany who have known each other for decades, both working in the music business ever since. But there has never been an opportunity for a joint venture project, until now: PNDMC is born.



    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    PNDMC: Move to Blufin, Beatport chart entries,

    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    PNDMC: D-Nox & Beckers - Reception, Anna - Cosmovision, Kevin de Vries - Dance with me





    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    PNDMC:  PNDMC - Incidence, PNDMC - Late Night


    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    PNDMC:  D-Nox, Criss Source, Kevin de Vries

    4) Best Remix(es) from other fellow artists of 2022 with short comment :

    PNDMC: Criss Source - Incidence Remix


    5) YOUR Best Remix which you have produced of 2022 with short comment?

    PNDMC:  Boss Axis - Another Ride PNDMC Remix


    6) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC: Criss Source, D-Nox, Eric Prydz

    7) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC:  Afterlife

    8) Best social media response you may have received about your music or your DJ performance of 2022:

    PNDMC: Club Videos from D-Nox and Frank Sonic played our music and shared them on instagram

    9) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC: Ableton Live 11

    10)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC: Awakenings


    11) Your Best personal DJ Gig & DJ performance of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC: Silq - Duesseldorf

    12) Best DJ set from other fellow DJ (actual or online) of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC: Tale of us

    13) Best radio show/podcast/twitch stream or Vlog(video blog) of 2022 with short comment. It can be yours or from other artists you respect:

    PNDMC: Eelke Kleijn - Days like nights, Selador Sessions


    14) Best aftermovie for festival or club event of 2022

    PNDMC: Tomorrowland


    15) Best music related website of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC: Groove Magazin

    16) Best production or DJ equipment (a)software & (b) hardware) of 2022 with short comment:

    PNDMC: U-He Diva - best Software Synth, RME Audio Babyface Pro FS - best Audio Interface

    17) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    PNDMC:  Gain staging

    18) Best piece of personal or music business' advice you got in relation to your career of 2022 and has helped you to progress even further:

    PNDMC: Always stay tuned

    19) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    PNDMC: DJ Rolando - Night of the Jaguar, Energy 52 - Cafe del mar



    20) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    PNDMC: 5

    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    PNDMC:  Stranger Things

    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    PNDMC: There are too many genres

    Dimitris: Your message & wishes for 2023.

    PNDMC:  Stay healthy

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  • Best of 2022 Interview with Tom Keller

     


    Tom Keller is one of the few Brazilian DJs who has performed alongside the biggest artists in the world electronic scene. In the last 10 years, Tom has performed alongside the likes of David Guetta, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Bob Sinclair, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, Erick Morillo, Avicii, among others.

    For 5 years Tom Keller was a resident of the Renowned Club Sirena Maresias, and had a partnerships with clubs on the coast of São Paulo that extended throughout Brazil, making Tom Keller a key player in the best clubs and parties in the country.

    Tom Keller has performed in the best clubs and festivals in Brazil, such as Warung, D-Edge, Green Valley, Ultra Music Festival, XXXPERIENCE, Helvetia Music Festival, Camarote Salvador and in two editions of Tomorrowland Brazil.

    Dimitris: Your Top 3 biggest music career achievements in 2022:

    Tom Keller: This year was a great year, I had the opportunity to perform at the biggest white party in Brazil.

    And I reached a mark of 280 presentations across the country.

    In important clubs like D-edge and Sirena Maresias.

    Best of 2022

    1) Best track(s) and short comment for each track from other fellow artists of 2022

    Tom Keller: My track Pomba has had a great effect on the dance floor.


    But a track that I've been playing and I love listening to Polo & Pan - Dorothy.


    2) Best of 2022 personal productions with short comment about them:

    Tom Keller: In Brazil my Collab track with Paxxo called Glass has been very successful.


    More I need to highlight the EDX productions that have been very successful in my sets.


    3) Best Artist of 2022(DJ & producer) with short comment:

    Tom Keller: My Top Five, Artbat, Adriatique, Binaryh, Michael Canitrot, Edx


    4) Best Remix(es) from other fellow artists of 2022 with short comment :

    Tom Keller: Keep Control Artbat & Phaxe & Morten Granau Remix


    5) YOUR Best Remix which you have produced of 2022 with short comment?

    Tom Keller: My best remix this year was the promise in the rome.


    6) Best Remixer(s) of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: I insist on saying that Oxia Domino was the song of the year for me.

    I've never seen djss play a track so much here in Brazil.


    7) Best New Talent of 2022 (DJ or producer) with short comment :

    Tom Keller: In Brazil I will highlight Zac & Binaryh I think they have done a great job here in Brazil.

    8) Best electronic dance music album of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: Rufus du Sol Surrender without a doubt.


    9) Best electronic dance music compilation of 2022 with short comment? :

    Tom Keller: The Last Goodbye - ODESZA



    10) Best artwork about single / album/compilation or promotional campaign of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: Sebastien Lager The terminal

    11) Best lyrics in electronic dance music track(s) of 2022 with short comment :

    Tom Keller: In the Wak - Walkink Shapes Lane 8 remix amazing

    12) Best vocalist/singer on electronic dance music track of 2022 with short comment:


    Tom Keller: Röyksopp - Me&Youphoria Never disappoints very sweet vocals with a totally lysergic atmosphere.


    13) Best electronic dance music label of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: Sirup I think they are super professional and always make room for unknown artists.

    14) Best electronic dance music video of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: Eric Prydz Generate He is a genius!

    And in his videos he manages to convey the feeling that his music proposes.


    15) Best online social media of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: In Brazil For Instagram fans for Spotfy djs.

    But I particularly still like soundcloud a lot.

    16) Best social media response you may have received about your music or your DJ performance of 2022:

    Tom Keller: This year I had praise from Whomadewho and Cassian Dj Chus.

    That was very special to me.

    17) Best music composition software of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: Undoubtedly Ableton Live is light, easy to navigate and compatible with almost all plugins.

    18)Best club event /festival/music conference of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: In Brazil Sirius White, Surreal Club and Warung Tour Sp

    19) Your Best personal DJ Gig & DJ performance of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: It was in Ilhabela at Sea Club when everything was released post pandemic.

    It was beautiful, sea, sun, blue sky and a super full house.

    20) Best DJ set from other fellow DJ (actual or online) of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: Sebastien Lager Lost Miracle DJ Set in Brazil September

    21) Best radio show/podcast/twitch stream or Vlog(video blog) of 2022 with short comment. It can be yours or from other artists you respect:

    Tom Keller: ARTBAT - Essential Mix (BBC Radio 1) Pete Tong is amazing he gives off a unique emotion when he performs.

    22) Best aftermovie for festival or club event of 2022

    Tom Keller: Tomorrowland 2022 is The best


    23) Best music related website of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: I find the beatport very complete and easy to navigate.

    in my view they have been in the top 1 for at least 10 years.

    24) Best production or DJ equipment (a)software & (b) hardware) of 2022 with short comment:

    Tom Keller: Pioneer without a doubt they innovate every day.

    25) Best sound sample that has been used frequently in electronic dance music tracks of 2022 (personal or from other artists):

    Tom Keller: I don't usually use samples so I don't have an opinion on that.

    26) Best technical tips that you learnt of 2022 in relation to your DJing or music productions:

    Tom Keller: I see a lot of things every day, but here in Brazil I usually understand more about mix and master with a specialist called Karuzo.

    I think he's very good.

    27) Best piece of personal or music business' advice you got in relation to your career of 2022 and has helped you to progress even further:

    Tom Keller: Never give up my sound for money, if you want to be remembered you must take the hard way.

    That's how I decided to produce music that has almost no market here in my country.

    28)Best hobby or non music related activity of 2022.

    Tom Keller: Football is in my DNA and keeping in shape relieves my stress.

    29) Best ever electronic dance music track(s) of all times with short comment?

    Tom Keller: Royksopp - What Else Is There (Trentemoller Remix) I have great memories of that song.

    30) From 1 (bad) to 10(super excellent) what is your rate for 2022 in electronic dance music?

    Tom Keller: Here in my country it is not easy to live off music our currency is very devalued. This prevents major international artists from showing their performance live here. But this year was a great year I think the grade would be 8 anyway.


    Dimitris: In which TV series, film or advert would you like to experience your track being used? Which track was the best placed on films/TV series/advert/official aftermovie of a festival from another artist?

    Tom Keller: Wow, imagine my music being the soundtrack of some rsss production.

    Well, I think Banshee from cinemax without a doubt.

    Or maybe Jack Ryan from Tom Clancys.

    Dimitris: During 2022 we experienced many tracks that were hybrids of music styles & genres. Do believe that music genres or styles are still relevant today?

    Tom Keller: I think so, this can define an artist and even lead the track to the most demanding playlist.

    Dimitris: Do you have any concrete plans for 2023 regarding future releases, tracks, albums, collaborations, DJ gigs? Please provide us the juicy details.

    Tom Keller: I'm the type who lives for today and I like to enjoy the process.

    It's always good to be surprised.

    Dimitris: Your message & wishes for 2023.

    Tom Keller: May God enlighten mine and your path.

    And that I can keep waking up every day and doing what I like.

    Because in my heart I only have love.

    Thank you very much.


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    Superb interview with the legend from Switzerland Andy Prinz during ADE 2022! He talks about his long and extensive career. His productions in the trance scene were incredible and his label offshore music has released some of the biggest trance anthems and he even started with Aly & Fila the famous imprint Future Sound Of Egypt. He explains why he changed his direction by focusing on the publishing side of the music business. Now works as A&R for his company Livana music that delivers great electronic music and new breed of artists. This video interview includes great insights as Andy was kind enough to share his extensive experiences in the music industry. Of course also he mentions the importance of ADE and why he adore it so much! Must watch for sure!





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