Pool Moon Elephant: “Island’s Eye” – the elder statesmen of modern dance music

In the last 6 or 7 years electronic dance music has turned into an even bigger monster. Avicii dominated Spotify, David Guetta headlined festivals, and Calvin Harris is one of the world’s highest-paid performers. It means that festival line-ups, the charts, and some would even argue Ibiza, are oversaturated with the stuff. But the Swiss electronic duo who go by the name of Pool Moon Elephant prove they can also hold their own relevance in a very busy genre. Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, this time around, use intriguing collaborations to remix their single “Island’s Eye” which has been released in 3

M.C. ZackAttack: “Rap Or Die!” – on his daily grind!

Zachery Duncan, or rather M.C. ZackAttack , has been influenced by new age lyrical poets who speak their mind through music since 2010. Soon he’ll be releasing his newest mixtape “Mind Over Madness”. M.C. ZackAttack  has recently dropped his single, “Rap Or Die!” Let me start off by saying this track isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it, I would say it’s a hit and miss for certain people.  We all know that the quality of hip-hop has gone downhill, with a lot of artists either going for shock value with vulgar lyrics or relying heavily on glossy production

MoEoStAr: “Algorythmic Intelligence” – You’ll find a sense of comfort in the quaintness

Norwegian Independent producer Mattias Gillis Winge Rudh better known as MoEoStAr, played the clarinet and saxophone in various bands while growing up. He started producing in the 1990s, but gave it up while pursuing an engineering degree. For a period in his life, he was simply an active music listener, until he discovered the new production software via a smartphone app. In 2016 he started the “less than a $1000 Album” project, where he aims to produce and release a full album on a $1000 budget. In the meantime MoEoStAr has dropped the single, “Algorythmic Intelligence”. Notwithstanding its modern technological

J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Interview with EDM artists Purplehed

After discovering that their father could not pursue his songwriting dream, the two brothers (Ashutosh and Anurag) decided to make the dream their own. Their passion drove them to study in prestigious colleges (IIT and NIT, respectively). Working on jobs, setting up ventures, traveling around, they kept exploring music and dance. Now finally their project, Purplehed – has completed its first official song and music video – Feel the Passion – which is meant to convey the message that listening to your heart and following your dreams, is the ultimate bliss.

  1. How and when did you get started in the music business?

Purplehed: Songwriting was my father’s dream – a dream he could not pursue. My brother and I decided to make his dream our own. From a small town and modest background, the journey to music production was a long one. I went on to study engineering at IIT Kharagpur. I had been a part of music bands since college days, but I had no formal music training. I worked on day jobs and spent time on music whenever I could. So, it took some time before I could get into composing. I started with creating background scores for my brother’s (Anurag) dance musical productions. At this stage, composing music to recording it to producing commercial quality music – everything was a challenge for me. After several years, Purplehed began operations on May 14, 2014

  1. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Purplehed: My first musical influences were Pink Floyd, Metallica.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Purplehed: I appreciate the work of many artists. I love exploring various artists of different genres. A few from the current generations would be Adele, Sia, The Weeknd. I would love to collaborate with any artist who shares my vision.

  1. How did the name Purplehed come about and who exactly is part of the project?

Purplehed: Purplehed is the brainchild of my brother, Anurag Upadhyay and me. Purplehed  vision’s to explore diverse music and dance art forms with the aim of inspiring people. Purplehed is also my stage name. Anurag Upadhyay and Krupa Shah are the lead Performing Artists for our Current and Upcoming Projects.

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  1. What was the initial attraction towards electronic and EDM-based music?

Purplehed: EDM thrives on fresh of sounds as well as interesting of the songwriting. This freedom to be able to play with new sounds is something great but EDM.

  1. Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

Purplehed: The high of performing live is an amazing feeling. On the other hand, the creation process at a studio is a lot of fun too. I love them both. Currently I am more focused on creating our upcoming music video.

  1. Your Lyrics sometimes read like poetry. Inspiring and emotional. Do you consider the lyrics of equal importance to the music when crafting a song?

Purplehed: I strongly believe the lyrics of the song should be able to add a new dimension to the melody. Meaningful, poetic or inspiring lyrics play a major role in Songwriting, for me.

  1. Who does what on your current release, “Feel The Passion”, and how did the song come about?

Purplehed: The song interweaves realistic stories of four diverse characters, each of them in the quest of realizing their hopes and ambitions. The one thread that binds them all is their passion to push themselves to follow their aspirations. The lyrics embody their belief of living in the moment and their will to embark on the uncertain, yet full of possibilities, path of their dreams.

The song features Shilpa Singh, who was Miss Universe – India, 2012. Feel the Passion has been directed by Biswanath Rath (a NIT alumnus and Founder of BnR Films) and choreographed by Anurag Upadhyay and Krupa Shah, who also feature in the song. The post production has been done by Jackson Garg (an IIT alumnus). I composed the music and lyrics for “Feel The Passion”. I am also the lead singer of the song.

  1. Which piece of hardware or software would you consider the most essential in your Production setup, and that you would never want to be without?

Purplehed: A good machine, DAW such as Logic, protocols, good audio interface, microphones, monitors, headphones and acoustically treated room are things I can’t go without.

  1. What is the title of your upcoming music release and what is the song about?

Purplehed: Our upcoming song is called ‘Burn Like the Sun’. It’s a tribute to ex – President of India – Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was a not only a scientist but a great leader and philosopher. Slated to be released in January 2016.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Purplehed: The freedom to experiment with diverse art forms and subjects and freedom of expression as an independent artist is very exciting. On the other hand, making and marketing music as independent artist are quite challenging.

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  1. How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?

Purplehed: I market and manage my music career myself. No we don’t have any management team.

  1. Do you work exclusively a private home recording environment or do you use a commercial sound studio too? For example, do you outsource your mixing and mastering?

Purplehed:  I’ve worked in both private and commercial setting studios. I mostly record in commercial sound studios. Yes I do collaborate with experts for my mixing and mastering.

  1. The best piece of advice you would like to give to fellow artists?

Purplehed: Creating something new is a time-consuming process and requires tremendous faith and perseverance. The process may entail a lot of iterations. So, it becomes important to choose something one is passionate about. If one enjoys the process, it becomes easier to get through the countless failures before the eventual success.

  1. Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ from within the industry, and if so how have you handled that, and how do you handle criticism and haters in general?

Purplehed: Not really. We do evaluate criticism constructively. If something positive comes out of it, we try to use the inputs.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and independent music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web?

Purplehed: Internet and social media websites have open a lot of possibilities for independent musicians. However, with such low entry barrier to music industry, the amount of new music has also increased many folds. Hence, good quality and originality still matter a lot for new independent music to get noticed.

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  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall strongpoints, sound and style?

Purplehed: Passionate, Inspiring.

  1. What usually comes first when you set about composing a song, the lyrics or the beat?

Purplehed: The workflow is not fixed as such but. A key lyrical idea or a melody is a starting point for me in most cases.

  1. As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or some other tangible milestone?

Purplehed: A Grammy award is right up there because that generally means that all other check boxes have been ticked.

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career? Maybe

Purplehed: To compromise on being myself and being original.

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