Emilio / XO (Music Video)

Finally, the release of Emilio’s new music video “XO”! (First seen over at akam1k3.com) I’ve been digging on this song for a long time and finally some visual eye-candy to follow it.

BAWS looks like a nice group to be part of and it shows in this video! Click it and enjoy it! I’m totally hype to see his performance at By:Larm this week! You coming with?

More Emilio here!

- Alfieee!


Emilio (ft. Phil T Rich) / Women & Trees (prod.Twinsmatic)

This new track from Emilio and Twinsmatic is something you need when you’re up late and want to keep the night vibes going all night. Shout-out to akam1k3 for spreading the love and the track! Just as expected from a production from the french duo and I’m looking forward to Emilio’s showcase at By:Larm later this winter. He should just pass out some green before the concert and make everyone chill the hell out and enjoy the music.

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Enjoy these women too.

Stay sexy this weekend, my friends.

- Alfieee!


Emilio / Otherside (prod.Tailors)

I’m always looking forward to what Emilio puts out next. This time he’s partnered up with Tailors music to give us another catchy, flow-y song with that distinctive voice of his.

Have a listen and enjoy your Christmas! Us at Expose Express still have some tricks up our sleeves before 2011 is over, so keep listening and keep following us peeps!

More EMILIO here!

- Alfieee!


Emilio – INTERVIEWED

Full name:

Philip Carlos Emilio Alvestad Larrain

Age:

21

What do you do?

I work in a clothing store called Urban and make music.

What inspires you?

Life, situations and feelings. And of course good music and movies.

What’s going on at the moment?

At the moment I am trying to push my mixtape out to as many as possible and working on some new stuff with Axxe ++ You’ll see =)

What’s your motto?

Always keep it real and do my best!

 How did you get where you are today?

I’ve been doing music for a long time. Just long nights in the studio and living my life to the fullest. You can’t write without living.

 How long have you been producing/rapping?

I am not a producer, but I’ve been writing and rapping since I was 11. But I wasn’t that serious before I was around 17.

 As a child, what job did you want?

I used to want to be a comic writer, then I wanted to be a basketball player and then a movie director, but in the end I loved music more than anything.

 For you, a man must…

Be himself and not be afraid to.

 What program do you use when producing/recording?

I am currently using Logic Pro. It works fine :p

Who are your influences?

The people that’s around me everyday, they’re great and they’re all the input I need.


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Your most embarrassing moment:

When I found out that my ex was cheating on me and I came to school and saw the dude. Haha.

 What would you change about yourself?

If I could stop sleeping without loosing any energy, I would do it.

..And the world?

Nothing, but giving them some new music to inspire them.

Define your look:

They say I look like Bruno Mars, but I’m taller. Haha!

Your dream?

Being successful and being able to make the music I want to. See my kids grow into strong and independent people!

Your ideal woman?

A woman that loves me and herself.

 What’s the most important decision you’ve ever made?

Dropping out of school to work and move from Norway to Spain to finish school.

Your most-prized possession?

Probably my Macbook or television.

Your favourite artist?

I really don’t have one. But I like Kanye a little better than the rest of them.

Your vice?

Sometimes I overwork myself and hate my own work.

Describe yourself with three words:

Contemplative, daring and sleepless.

Your favourite noise?

The sound of porn. Makes everybody warm in their faces.

Favourite word?

BAWS

Your favourite swearword?

Fuck, because it can be done right.

 What do you always have with you?

My iPhone, LV pouch and keys.

 What’s your favourite song?

No one has ever made one. But right now I’m listening to Justin Bieber – Never Say Never. Also a big fan of Drake – Uptown, instant classic just like Frank Ocean – Novacane and the list goes on.


Emilio / Lock You Down (Prod. Axxe)

Emilio is a young rapper from the arts collective B.A.W.S and hailing from Oslo, Norway. He just released his new mixtape “While You Were Sleeping” on his own birthday! Rocking tracks such as “XO” and “Lock You Down”, this guy might be the next big thing on the norwegian rap scene.

You can grab the mixtape over at akam1k3′s blog and check out Emilio’s sites:

Twitter: Philipemilio
Soundcloud ( http://soundcloud.com/emilio-larrain )

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- Ida


INTERVIEWS

INTERVIEWED: ESSÁY

Essáy is 21 years old, from Heidelberg, Germany, and he makes the most beautiful emotional electronic music. He started producing music when he was around 10 years old, and this is your chance of getting to know him a little better.

ESSÁY

Who are you? How are you feeling today?
My name is Simon, (Essáy) and I am laying in my bed, ill, but other than that I feel fine. I hope you feel better!

What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?
Yeah, even though I don’t have much time for producing because of my (regular) job, I was just able to finish a new vocal collab with Ida Dillan, which is out soon. I’m also working on other sketches from time to time e.g. a collab with Shura.

How long have you been producing music?
I started producing when I was around 10/11 years old. I’m 21 now, so I guess around 10 years now.

What do you think of your music, and how would you best describe it?
Phhew, good question.. I like my stuff and I am proud of it, especially “Morning Mountain”; for me it’s the best track I’ve ever made. (cheers to Rhian Sheehan for his wonderful original)
I would describe it as chilldance emotional electronic music.. Ok, honestly I don’t know how to describe it.

Why did you start making music?
Maybe because I wanted to try to bring my emotions out of my brain and transform them into more than just words. Also just for fun, to feel better, and to give other people good feelings.

Do you feel like your sound reflects your personality?
Yeah, definitely! Even though most of my tunes are without vocals.

What’s the most fun part about being a musician?
Making music.

What inspires you?
My life, other tunes, pictures, feelings.. Just everything.

What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?
I need to go to the toilet!

Who are your influences?
You mean artists? Oh God, too many, I could make a never ending list..

What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Could make a long list of that also, but I’ve listened to a track that Kyson showed me; it’s called “Ocean Tides”, it’s still unreleased. Looking forward for the release!

What have you got in your pockets today?
Money, my mobile phone, earplugs and certainly some fluff.

Your most prized possession?
My daily growing experience of life.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Music, definitely!

What would we find in your refridgerator right now?
Cheese, ketchup, yoghurt, meat, toast..

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?
I would like to be a character in a Mmorpg, or a bird!

Which super power would you like to have and why?
Being invisible would be cool, walking around naked and do pranks.

What would be your ideal birthday party?
A room, all my friends and nice music.

What’s your favorite word?
“Schickt” – it’s German and kind of a slang word for things or situations which are crazy, cool or whatever.

Top three dinner guests, and why those?
Spongebob, Patrick and Thaddeus, that would be fun because.. C’mon it’s obvious!

If Heaven excists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at The Pearly Gates?
“You did a good job.”

What profession would you absolutely NOT like to do?
Probably being God, most of the people would pray to me more for help than gratitude.

ESSÁY

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INTERVIEWED: ZYMIILY

Zymiily

Zymiily is Daniel from Bergen, Norway. He’s 15 years old and produces house/electronic music.

His biggest influences are Avicii, Zedd, Sweedish House Mafia, Porter Robinson, Deadmau5 and Nicky Romero. We’ve asked him a couple of questions, so that you can get to know him a little better.

How are you feeling today?

Hello! I feel great today, nothing out of the ordinary.

What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?

I am currently working on some tracks, and I want to make an EP out of it, but I haven’t really made up my mind yet, so I am not quite sure if I’ll make it an EP. It depends on how time consuming it will be.

For how long have you been producing music?

I started producing 5 months ago, when I uploaded my first song. I played around with music before that, but I never really did anything serious.

What do you think of your music?

I don’t think my music is too good, although I think I am improving my music every time I create something. If I listen to my first song, and my newest song, I can clearly hear a difference.

Why did you start making music?

I started making music because I really enjoy listening and I thought it would be really cool to create my own music, and letting out ideas I have.

Do you feel like your music mirrors your personality?

It kind of does. I like house because it usually has uplifting/happy melodies, and I am a “happy” person so I guess it reflects my personality a bit.

What’s the most fun part of being a musician?

The most fun part of creating music is definetly looking at the feedback and comments fans give you. Whether it’s constructive critisism, or someone telling you they like your music, it’s awesome, and a lot of fun to read!!

What inspires you?

I get inspired by many of things, but just listening to other peoples work, and how good it sounds, inspires me to create my own music, trying to make it sound good, and make other people like it.

Who are your influences?

I look up to alot of good artists out there, like Avicii, Zedd, Sweedish House Mafia, Porter Robinson, Deadmau5 and Nicky Romero. There are alot of other people that I look up to too, but these are my biggest influences.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

My favorite song for the moment is “Zedd – Spectrum”, I just can’t get enough of it!

What have you got in your pockets today?

I don’t have pockets, I’m wearing a pajamas.

Your most prized possession?

I really appreciate my family. Especially my brother, assuming he had cancer two times, and survived both times.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

I could probably not live without internet. A while ago it was gone for a week or so, and it drove me crazy. I probably wouldn’t die, but hey, we can’t say anything for sure.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?

Bacon. Loads of bacon.
Honestly, you would probably just find lemons. My father buys a ton of lemons everytime he’s at the store for no apparent reason whatsoever.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?

It would be fun to be a famous artist for a week to get a feel of how it is, but there are so many persons I would like to be. I think I would be one of the Apollo astronauts, like Armstrong. I have always wanted to walk on the moon, that would be awesome.

Which super power would you like to have and why?

If I could have a super power, I would like to fly! I have always liked flying, and it would be pretty awesome to fly around, not caring a single bit about gravity.

What would be your ideal birthday party?

The ideal birthday party would probably be in a house with no gravity where everyone could fly around and walk on the walls! ^^

What’s your favorite word?

My favorite word is probably smooth. You can define everthing with this simple word

Top three dinner guests, and why those?

1. A house artist like Avicii would be very cool to talk to, so I could learn more about music.
2. A comedian for the lol’s, and to keep us all in the mood. Maybe Jim Carrey.
3. Bobby Flay. I’ve heard he’s a great chef, and we obvously need good food for a dinner, right? ^^

If heaven exists, what would you want to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

I would be happy with just a “Welcome”.

What profession would you absolutely NOT like to do?

I would not like to do medicine. I would probably not be able to dig in someone’s body.

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INTERVIEWED: ANCIENT GEMSTONES

Ancient Gemstones

ANCIENT GEMSTONES IS THE NORWEGIAN ELECTRO/DUBSTEP PRODUCER EIRIK DJUVSLAND.

EVEN THOUGH HIS 7 YEAR OLD MAC WAS ONCE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, IT STILL TO THIS DAY MANAGES TO ASSIST HIM IN MAKING BANGIN’ DUBSTEP. HE ALSO WANTS TO HEAR GUY RITCHIE GOSSIP ABOUT MADONNA.

Who are you? How are you feeling today?
My name is Eirik Djuvsland aka Ancient Gemstones. I create dubstep/electro.
I’m all good! thank you for asking.

What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?
I’m doing some work on a promo tape right now for Ancient Gemstones, planning another EP soon. Also working on my side project We Are Mystery’s next EP, and I get behind some drums again this year in a new rock/punk/hardcore band called “Swimming With Sharks”.

For how long have you been producing music?
I think I was like 14 or something when I was in my first band. Since then, I have played drums in a handful of punk bands, picking up guitar and keys trough the years. But in 2010 I discovered the magic of producing and programming music on computers.
Producing in a DAW is a real power feel. It lets you create you. You have all the tools and instruments, and you can do what ever you want.
35 saxophones only? No problem.

What do you think of your music?
I don’t know. I really love making it. This is what it sounds like when I produce. This is me. It’s hard to explain what you feel about yourself in a way. I just do the things that come naturally, and that’s the whole beauty of it to me. I like artists with a distinct sound, because you know it is straight them.

Why did you start making music?
I was curious on the hole programming of drums process, chopping of samples and so one. A good friend of mine, Justin Credible produces allot of underground hip hop
and showed me the ropes, took me under his wing and let me loose on the keyboard. He also forced me to realize the importance of things like EQing drums, sub bass, properly cut samples and so one. I owe allot to him. Curiosity was a driving force, but also knowing the amount of work that I had to put in my tracks. you have to be a perfectionist in electro/dubstep, and chase perfection witch you may never experience. knowing that really drove me further into it.

Do you feel like your music mirrors your personality?
Yeah I do. My personality is complex, like everybody else. therefore my music is as-well, because I let me and my personality shine, and not my hunger for money, or trying to please everyone.

What’s the most fun part of being a musician?
Live looping beats and stuff on just a MPD with a sampler is really fun. playing around trying new things and the freedom you have as a producer. nobody produces your music better than you, And nobody tells me what to do but myself.

What inspires you?
Skateboarding, friends, movies, tv-series, art in general, good times, life if lived right.

What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?
How dumb I’m gonna look on the promo pictures after a knife shaving incident on my chin a couple of days ago.
Also, I was extremely cold due to lack of window closing. In short, I was pondering the fact that I’m an idiot.

Who are your influences?
This might get long; Midnight Juggernauts, Metronomy, Gorillaz, Kid koala, Mr scruff, Bonobo, Nujabes , Kill The Noise, Knife Party, Skrillex (he gets allot of undeserved hate. everybody that does sound design knows how sick his skills are) Badbadnotgood, David Holmes, Barron, Zomboy, SebAstian, Daft Punk and so on. I could name drop for a couple of days.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Posij – Empty Lungs. That song really hit me and my emotions. So smooth and beautiful chords, fueled with raw power and anger, it’s like really mellow and melancholy, sad but filled with hope.

What have you got in your pockets today?
iPhone, Romeo y Julieta snus, (aka smokeless tobacco) my wallet and my keys.

Your most prized possession?
Even if it is material, I have to say my 7 year old, sturdy as hell Mac. It was hit by lightning, fixed and is still working. Sure we’ve had our differences, it really likes to lag when I produce. But even after a lot of “is this it!?” scares, it still fights trough.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My friends and family.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Household, normal lame things like cheese, milk, soda and so on.
Straight up food business.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?
Kratos from the God Of War game series. His insane anger and straight gangsterness (is it cool I make up words?) is something I want to experience first hand. He destroys everything. He kills Hades, ruler of the underworld and climbs the chains of Olympus to mess up Zeus. All just for revenge.

Which super power would you like to have and why?
The art of flight and levitation I think. Everybody wants to fly. Iron Man was the coolest avenger as well, in my opinion.

What would be your ideal birthday party?
A chill skatepark session with all my friends would have been cool.
Maybe with Eptic playing? That would have been sick.

What’s your favorite word?
“Inception”. It sounds so neat and clean, and they gave the word a whole dope movie. Also “Yes”.

Top three dinner guests, and why those?
Larry David, because he is a comedy genius. George R.R. Martin because of his work on the Game of thrones series and he seems like a funny dude. And Guy Ritchie, because his movies are sick and I have some questions about Madonna I think only he can answer.

If heaven exists, what would you want to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“I’m real motherfucker!” Nah,but maybe something like
“You did well”. I really doubt he’d say that, but I would really appreciate it if he did.

What profession would you absolutely NOT like to do?
I used to work as a cashier at a grocery store, that really, seriously sucked. Returning to that still haunts me in my sleep.

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INTERVIEWED: SYSTRASKAP

Systraskap

Systraskap is a Swedish electronica duo consisting of Amanda Lindgren and Sabina Wärme. They make music you can dance to at the club, at your home alone party, in the street, in your kitchen, at the gym, in the bathtub, and even inside your own brain.

Who are you? How are you feeling today?
We are the swedish electronica duo Systraskap. We’re excited!

What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?
Today we’re rehearsing for our next concert, which is tomorrow, were we’re gonna interpret our electronic music acoustically. It will be lots of accordion, some clarinet, guitar, gitalele, glockenspiel, percussion and vocals. We’re also planning our tour for the spring and the summer.

For how long have you been producing music?
We’ve both been making music for many years, separately, but we’ve been producing music together as Systraskap since january 2011, so for about a year. Our duo began playing live this fall.

What do you think of your music?
It represents our feelings and what we want to say. It is also a good kind of music to experience live, both playing and listening to.

Why did you start making music?
We met when we both studied jazz, and found quite immediately that we have kind of the same taste in music, and the same approach to music.
Amanda wanted to play with Sabina, and Sabina said; lets play electro! And since Amanda had been making a lot of music on the computer, we found our selves to be the perfect match.

Do you feel like your music mirrors your personalities?
We write music about things that really matter for us, mostly when we’re upset or disappointed, feeling that we need to create a debate about something. So we definitely think that our music mirrors parts of our personalities.

What’s the most fun part of being musicians?
There’s hardly anything we find boring with being musicians. We’ve chosen to do everything our selves, from sewing our handmade disc cases, recording and mixing to booking gigs and planning tours. We love to be able to be creative, to give concerts, to decide our own schedules and to have the opportunity to work with something that we really love.

What inspires you?
Injustice.

What makes you happy and sad?
Hugging makes us happy, war makes us sad.

What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?
We thought about all the things we wanted to do today, like recording, making some calls and rehearsing.

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Who are your influences?
Things we hear, things that happen around the world, things that we have an opinion about.


What’s your favourite song at the moment?
We have a really hard time choosing just one, but to mention three, we would say “Like a pen” by The Knife, “My step” by Little Dragon, and “The battle in water” by Wildbirds And Peacedrums.

Your most prized posession?
Actually, we would say our bodys – that they are healthy and functioning. Then we really value all our instruments and Amanda’s computer with which we make our music.

Pepsi or Coca Cola?
We don’t like multinational corporations in general, and what they’re representing.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Each other.

What would we find in your refridgerator right now?
Sabina walks away to check it out, talking out loud; milk, cheese, jam, hummus, left overs, tomato, banana…

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?
At first we had a really confusing discussion, sounding like this: “Are we going to be that person, having the power to affect the persons choices, or are we just experiencing someone else’s thoughts and actions?” After a couple of minutes Amanda just decided that if we’d have the power to change things we wanna be the Almighty and if we’d just tag along inside of the body we wanna be Karin Dreijer.

Which super power would you like to have and why?
We’re not sure if we would like to have a super power if we had the opportunity, but it seem stupid to miss the chance to fly.

What would be your ideal birthday party?
Breakfast at the bed when we wake (up), lots of cake, and no stomach ache.

What’s your favourite word?
Systraskap.

Top three dinner guests, and why those?
The two of us are really good dinner guests, we don’t have very much spare time though, but we’d like to be your guests! Motivation: because we are really nice, and good at eating, and Sabina’s table manners are not too bad. And the third person we recommend you to invite is someone that have really bad table manners to make Amanda’s look better.

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INTERVIEWED: GOLDEN GARDENS

Golden Gardens

ExposeExpress presents: Golden Gardens, a Seattle dreamgaze duo consisting of Gregg Alexander Joseph Neville and Aubrey Rachel Violet Bramble, who creates Dreamscapes and Anthems for Magical Minds.

It is indeed dreamy and magical, and this is your chance to get to know these two golden people better.

How are you feeling today?

Gregg Alexander Joseph Neville: We are doing wonderfully.


What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?

Aubrey Rachel Violet Bramble: Gregg actually just moved to Seattle from Florida, so now that we are both in the same city we are focusing on playing a lot of shows and promoting our record, Between the Siren and the Amulet. We are looking into doing a West Coast tour and a European tour later this year, also.

For how long have you been producing music?

GAJN: We have been working on music together since the Summer of 2010.

What do you think of your music?

ARVB: I think it’s very cinematic. It’s sparkly, shadowy, transcendent; full of secret messages from other worlds.

Why did you start making music?

GAJN: We were both working on other projects and in other mediums for years. I started having ideas for music that skewed much more toward the dreamy and ambient. After looking for a while for collaborators, Aubrey and I started working together and it became apparent that we had immediate musical chemistry and her vocal and structural additions really fleshed out the music and atmosphere.

Do you feel like your music mirrors your personalities?

ARVB: In many ways, yes, though of course we are much more complex than what our music suggests. There is definitely that dichotomy of pretty and dream-like versus dark and serious that I think characterizes Gregg and I pretty well. It’s the marriage of those two moods that makes our music so dynamic.

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What’s the most fun part of being musicians?

GAJN: Creating and performing have become such integral parts of my life, I would not trade them for anything.

ARVB: Sharing stories, emotions and suspended moments in time with other humans.

What inspires you?

ARVB: Gorgeous things. Magical talismans and ghost stories. Colorful landscapes. Strange films and old fairytales.

GAJN: Extremes in emotion, sadness, joy, cold weather, dead things, living things, strange cinema, noise, ghosts, monsters.

What makes you happy and sad?

GAJN: Creativity makes me happy – writing music, performing, reading. Boredom makes me sad.
What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?

ARVB: Adventures!

Who are your influences?

GAJN: David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, Johnny Marr, Robert Smith, Akira Yamaoka, Peter Hook, Crispin Glover.

ARVB: Harriet Wheeler, Kate Bush, Alison Shaw, Elizabeth Fraser, Daniel Ash, Lata Mangeshkar.


What’s your favourite song at the moment?

ARVB: “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” – Father John Misty

GAJN: “Where The Threads are the Thinnest” – Feeding Fingers

What have you got in your pockets today?

GAJN: Change, receipts and pens.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

ARVB: The sea. I need to be near open water, to gaze out at the vastness of it all whenever I want and imagine all the sea creatures underneath, and imagine all the magical places the water can lead you to. Inland environments are like a creative prison to me.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?

ARVB: I’d like to trade places with a mermaid so I could live in an underwater city.

GAJN: I want to trade places with Philip Marlowe and solve mysteries.

Which super power would you like to have and why?

GAJN: Laser eyes. For shooting people. With my eyes.

What would be your ideal birthday party?

ARVB: Unicorn rides, pink and lavender frosted cupcakes, Marie Antoinette costumes, glittery shoes, feathery hats, jewel-encrusted masks and all of my fancy friends in a garden of roses and wildflowers.

What’s your favourite word?

GAJN: Scuba.

ARVB: Fancy.

Top three dinner guests, and why those?

ARVB: Hayao Miyazaki, so that he could tell me fantastical bedtime stories; David Lynch, in the hopes that he would assume his Gordon Cole character from Twin Peaks, and that he might cast me as a quirky beauty in his next film project; Courtney Love because she is a wild goddess.

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Their current releases include the LP “Between the Siren and the Amulet” (August 2011) and “The Covers EP” (December 2011). You can stream both of the albums over at their Bandcamp page: goldengardens.bandcamp.com. You may also find tracks/mp3s over at our Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/wearegoldengardens.

INTERVIEWED: SUNKEN SEAS

Dreamy, hazy, beautiful. Three carefully selected words, to describe the sound of Sunken Seas. Introducing, the interview with their guitarist Luke Kavanagh.

Who are you? How are you feeling today?

Sunken Seas is Craig Rattray, Ryan Harte and Luke Kavanagh. We’re a shoegazy post rock band from Wellington NZ. I am Luke, the guitarist in the band. Today I am angry as someone stole my iPod. I would prefer somebody took my kneecaps rather than take my iPod..


What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?

At the moment we are just putting the finishing touches on an album to be released mid year 2012. We’ve been working on it for about 9 months give or take.

For how long have you been producing music?

Sunken Seas as a band I would wager have been releasing/producing music since 2011.

Why did you start making music?

We were in a previous band which had reached it’s nadir, and three members of the old band decided to form a new band which was a little less structured and something different.

What’s the most fun part of being a musician?

Playing live without a shadow of a doubt. And the creation. It’s important to retain the fun aspect of making music I think. It’s just a load of fun. I think if you lose that then it always shows a little.

What inspires you?

The world around us I suppose. The cosmos, Quantum Physics, Peter Cook, Brian Cox, Brian Eno, Pseudoscience, Phrenology. Space Time. Good people, bad people.. The fact that the atoms in your body don’t collapse into some kind of primordial soup is something which inspires me, just because it makes me think.

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What makes you happy and sad?

Brian Eno.

What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?

What sort of Pizza I was going to have for dinner. Couldn’t quite decide between the meat feast or the super supreme to be honest with you. Do I go with the stuffed crust or not? Do I plump for the Optional garlic bread? These are the sort of decisions that change lives.

Who are your influences?

Any ambient music, be it electronic or otherwise. Anything on the Kranky label. Flying Nun. Slowdive. Shoegaze. Krautrock, Alot of postrock. Alot of 90′s ‘Alt rock’. Noise. Pop. Tony Allen. Dave Turncrantz.

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

Cool Cult – Tommorow. Also Secret Machines – You Are Chains

What have you got in your pockets today?

A comically small notebook adorned with the scribblings of a small child, and an E-Bow.

Your most prized posession?

My son Jacob, he’s almost three.

Pepsi or Coca Cola?

Neither, both are pish.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Music probably. My iPod, even though it’s been half inched. And also Tottenham Hotspur from North London.

What would we find in your refridgerator right now?

Probably half eaten pizza. I ordered too much and the stuffed crust asked some harsh questions of me.

Which super power would you like to have and why?

To fully understand how we came to be here.

What would be your ideal birthday party?

If I could somehow get everybody I had ever met into one room, It would be one hell of a barndance.

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INTERVIEWED: SE1DavidE

Listen to this. I mean, really listen to this. This is talent, right here! These amazing beatstrumentals are perfectioned by the musically gifted SE1DavidE.

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We’re proud to present to you, our readers, a little tour into SE1DavidE’s life. Here it is, the interview.

Hello, who are you and how are you feeling today?

I’m SE1DavidE and I’m feeling pretty excited thank you, I’ve got to go to a studio in North London this afternoon and I’m looking forward to it! It was also my 19th birthday yesterday, so it’s been a pretty decent week.

What do you do?

I compose and produce HipHop music based around Soul, Jazz and Funk samples as well as HipHop based around Ambient textures and atmospheres. On the weekend I attend Millwall or Fisher FC matches with a couple of pints of beer in hand and a full singing voice. I cycle throughout London at night when the insomnia kicks in and I’m an avid film viewer. Obviously I listen to music, The Jam, The Verve and White Lies being some of my favourite bands.

Describe your sound:

Soulful ‘boombap’ HipHop with a little bit of Brian Eno fused with J Dilla on the side.

What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?

I’ve just released a 14 track LP entitled “BermondseyBeats Vol.1″ on Bandcamp and I’m starting to work on an EP to be released in February as well as work for my 2nd LP to be released in March. In addition, I’ve provided production for Chuckie Campbell from the states for his promotional mixtape entitled “In A World Not of Our Making” which is going to be released in the first quarter of this year. Also, I’m collaborating with an American raised rapper by the name of Knytronium. We share a special bond because he was born in South London like myself! We’re going to be releasing a free EP in the next coming months.

For how long have you been producing music?

I’ve been learning the graft since 2007 through youth clubs and studying GCSE Music and AS/A2 Music Technology, however, I only really started to develop my “sound” from July 2011. I uploaded my first few tracks on to Soundcloud and it really took off from there. I take music very seriously, it’s a way of life in some respects.

What inspires you?

My Ambient HipHop compositions are inspired by my long cycling journeys, just cycling by the River Thames bank at night gives me various ideas and concepts. Photography inspires me, especially city landscapes as I pay a lot of attention to detail and it’s amazing how a city looks at night. The soulful HipHop is sometimes created by just browsing through a record shop and playing some soul vinyl is enough to persuade me to purchase the record and sample it when I get back home!

What makes you happy and sad?

Being around my friends and family makes me happy, as well as music and football.

Reality TV shows depress the hell out of me, and the fact a lot of people watch them as well and talk about it the day after it was shown just annoys me more than anything. Pop music depresses me, it’s all you ever hear on the radio and see on the telly nowadays. So many young people just listen to the same old thing, I really think people need to broaden their music taste and experiment with listening to different genres, but, then again it’s up to them.

On a serious note I think people who don’t like their parents makes me very sad, my Mum passed away in April 2010 and it infuriates me when I hear people say how much their parents “drive them mad”, I feel like turning round and saying “At least you’re lucky enough to have both of your parents”.

What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?

Having a bath and getting ready for today.

Who are your influences?

Soundcloud has a lot of fantastic producers such as Manonwire and Handbook, their music is absolutely immense, I probably listen to their stuff more than DJ Premier and Dilla if I’m honest.

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

History by The Verve.

What have you got in your pockets today?

A fiver (Five pound note), itouch, Oyster card (bus pass) and the keys to my £20 Million mansion (I wish).

Who is your favourite person in the world?

My Dad.

Your most prized posession?

Probably my catalog of Vinyls which are tucked away safely in my bedroom. If I were to pick the gems of the bunch it would be ‘Loveless’ by My Bloody Valentine, ‘Urban Hymns’ by The Verve and ‘Laughing Stock’ by Talk Talk.

Vinyl Collection

Pepsi or Coca Cola?

Coca Cola. With ice and a lemon of course.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Music. Without music I’d just be the most boring, miserable, stone faced person you would have ever seen. Honorable shout-outs go to beer and football.

What would we find in your refridgerator right now?

Two cartons of Tropicana orange juice, a pack of ham and cheese, some wine and some salad.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?

Ricky Gervais. Just to meet Karl Pilkington and just spend the day chatting to him about stuff.

Which super power would you like to have and why?

The power of speed, I’d love to be able to tour the World in a day.

What would be your ideal birthday party?

Lots of beer, friends and music which is happening this Friday at my local pub! Nothing too glamorous, just something humble and real.

What’s your favourite word?

Immense. I pretty much use it everyday to describe something which is just perfect.

Top three dinner guests, and why those?

Karl Pilkington – The funniest man on the planet
Alan Partridge – Another funny man
Paul Weller – I’ve always wanted to meet him as I’m a massive fan of The Jam.

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INTERVIEWED : DUVCHI

After hearing his song Turtleduvs, we were completely smitten. So here you go, an interview with the very cool Swedish singer/songwriter Duvchi.

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Hello, how are you? Who is Duvchi?

I’m well, I ate avocadosandwiches with fresh lemon juice for breakfast this morning. Duvchi is two words translated into one meaning. Duv = Dove Chi = Energy, life force. I make music for people to feel too.

What do you do?

I’ll tell you what I don’t do, I don’t eat meat anymore.

What’s going on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?

Me, a film director and an orchestra of 10 took Turtleduvs to church and recorded the whole song live while filming it. It will be aired all over the internet soon! I’m also working on my album and home decorating skills.

For how long have you been producing music?

Since somewhere around the time “Are you that somebody” by Aaliyah was released.

Describe your sound:

My sound is built upon the understanding of opposites balance, why the music strives for a lavish but minimalist existence at the same time.

What inspires you?

In music composing and writing melodies and lyrics, I depend on the harshness of life to take me places. That in combination with arabic scales, Jim Jarmusch movies, René Magritte paintings and unusual ways of thinking/acting really get’s me good.

Duvchi

What gets you worked up?

Do you mean like, bothered/angry worked up? In that case, the animal killing industry. It was this book that had me thinking: http://www.eatinganimals.com/

What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?
My dentist appointment. It went well, I just need to brush a little softer.

If you could speak to one type of animal, what kind of animal would that be?

Come on, different animals for different topics! Like, for just kicking back in the sun I would go with a Sloth, but for a good talk on more complex things I would see a lovable dove or an elephant.

Who are your influences?

Prince, Wings, The RZA, J Dilla, Tchaikovsky, Moondog, Static Major, Aaliyah, Kate Bush, Woo, The Dream and Dipset.


What’s your favourite song at the moment?
‘Don’t let it bring you down’ by Wings

What have you got in your pockets today?

Mastercard or Viiiisa, Keys, an iPhone and a few taxi reciepts.

Your most prized posession?

My Piamino, the one I wrote “Turtleduvs” among many on.

Pepsi or Coca Cola?

Yeah, that’s Coca.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Libido.

What would we find in your refridgerator right now?

Ginger ale, avocado and feta cheese. You will always find many beverages. I love beverages.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?

Today, that would be Ivy Blue or her father.

Which super power would you like to have and why?

Fly. Everything else a normal dove can do I can too, like riding the subway and all that.

What would be your ideal birthday party?

Not being born on Christmas Eve would be a good start. Like, to have my own day.

What’s your favourite word?

Pass.

Top three dinner guests, and why those?

I want Clara Rockmore, J Dilla and a translator.”

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INTERVIEWED: NICK DECAY

Nick Decay – The Essentials EP

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Nick Decay

Nick Decay is a 26 year old electronic/dubstep producer from Las Vegas. His EP, The Essentials, is out. The tracks are crazy, and sure to bring together a wild crowd. Don’t know him yet? Here’s more about him:

What’s going on at the moment? I’m Working on a new track to add to my new EP, then going to release “The Essentials” EP for download, FREE!

What inspires you? Life.

What’s your motto? It’s only the truth if you want to believe in it.

How did you get where you are today? Where am I? Lol!

How long have you been producing? Ive been producing dubstep solo for about a year, but have recorded and produced for serveral bands and side projects.

As a child, what job did you want? Rockstar.

For you, a man must… Keep his word, without your word, you are nothing.

What program do you use when producing? I use several, but i mostly mix and master with Ableton Live.

Who are your influences? Metal/hardcore, Gangster Rap, and Dubstep. Artists such as Dr. Dre, Skrillex, and Nero have had a huge influence on my production.

What would you change about yourself? Nothing, I like me.

..And the world? The world is fucked, no change we can make has the power to reverse what we have done.

What’s your dream? Travel the world and to continue writing and playing my music.

Your ideal woman? Women are nuts.

What’s the most important decision you’ve ever made? I’m sure it’s still to come..

Your most-prized possession? My laptop.

Your favourite artist? This always changes. Skrillex atm.

Your vice: If I told you that, i’d have to kill you ;)

Describe yourself with three words: Totally fucking nuts.

Your favourite noise? The sound of Stewie’s (from Family Guy) feet running.

Nick Decay

Favourite word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Your favourite swearword? FUCK (it has so many wonderful uses).

What’s your favourite song? This changes all the time. Currently its “Perfect Situation” by Weezer.

Is there anything that you collect? Horror Movies.

What is happening in your life right now? Work, Music, thats about it!

What do you dream of when you dream? I never remember, usually off the wall crazy shit.

What/who is your biggest inspiration? My Mom, she still to this day pushes me never to give up!

What do you love most about being an artist? Being able to express myself through my music.

What would be an ideal birthday party? Friends, Food, and Drinks!

Your top five movies: Swingers, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Anchorman, Halloween, 40 Year Old Virgin.

What’s your favourite place in the whole world: Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.

If you got do do whatever you wanted to do a whole day how would that go by? Universal Studios or Disneyland! With no waiting in line!

Top three dinner guests: Sonny Moore, Adam Richmond and Dr Dre.

INTERVIEWED: KAYANDGEE

KayandGee Guessradio

Kay and Gee are two fresh hot radiohosts on GuessRadio.Co.UK every friday from 8-10 PM. They play the hottest hiphop – R’n’B tracks on the planet and discuss the hottest topics.

You know you want to know more about them, so let me present to you: Ms. Kay and Mr. Gee!

This Is Gee

Age: Forever young.
What do you do? Run a music shop and present a radio show! Among other things.
Tell us a little about your radioshow: K&G show is on guessradio.co.uk every friday 8-10 pm GMT. It’s the hottest music in the world, crazy talk, crazy guests, battle of the beats etc. Just a fun 2 hours non stop! Part of our crew includes ‘world famous’ Dj Jekyl and Amanda Labelle.
What’s the best thing about having your own radioshow? We can play anything we want, and interruct with people from all over the world, the show has no limits (as long as it stays clean) and we can change it when we like.
What inspires you? Music, traveling and my peeps.
What have you got in your pockets today? My wallet (with no money in it haha) and keys.
Who are your influences? I started listening to rap music from an early age. Dr dre, Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Nas, Biggie Smalls, all the greats got me into it, also Dj Tim Westwood (BBC radio 1 rapshow).
What’s going on at the moment, any upcoming projects? We trying to make our show the hottest on the radio, plus we trying to get our show on TV, so look out for that, we got K&G mixtapes coming, clothing line, K&G parties and hosting, travel the world and spread the word, basically take over the world! Haha
What’s your motto? The world is ours!
How did you get where you are today? Hustlin hard! Haha, nah our lve and passion for music got us here + the contacts we built up throughout the years.
Your dream? To be recognised as two of the best in the business.
Your ideal woman? My mum.
Your most-prized possession? My shop (Cd-bar Stratford London) and my brain.
Your vice? Music and parties (I am a wild child).
Describe yourself with three words: Cool, crazy, genious.
Favourite word? Yo!
Is there anything you collect? Hats (baseball caps) I’ve got over 100.
What’s your favourite song at the moment? Tie between these two:

As a child, what job did you want? I wanted to be a pilot
Define your look: Trendsetter, casual smart street look.
What are the most important decisions you’ve ever made? Buying my shop and starting our radio show.

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Name: Kay King.
Age: That would be telling.
What inspires you? Music, family and friends.
Who are your influences? Mummy and daddy, and Beyonce LOL!
What’s your motto? Carpe Diem – latin for ‘seize the day’.
How did you get where you are today? I used my motto.
Your dream? To be successful and the best in the game.
Your ideal woman/man? Trey Songz (that’s an easy one).
Your most-prized possession? My jewellery.
Your favourite artist? Michael jackson and Beyonce.
Your vice? Party like a rockstar.
Describe yourself with three words: Passionate, loyal, dramatic.
Favourite word? Fabulous.
What do you always have with you? My Blackberry.
Is there anything you collect? Anything gold as it’s my favourite colour.
What’s your favourite song at the moment? Right now Angel- ride out.

As a child, what job did you want? To work with animals.
What would you change about yourself? To have more patience and get a Kim Kardashian booty!!
..And the world? Stop the violence and negativity and spread the love.
What’s the most important decision you’ve ever made? To do the radio show as this is the beginning of important things.

Follow KayandGee on Twitter and Facebook, and of course pop by Guessradio.co.uk every friday from 8-10 PM!

INTERVIEWED: IVAN MUHAR

Ivan Muhar is a music Producer, remixer and DJ stationed in New York. He har been producing for eight years, and we thought it would be cool to get to know him a little better by digging a little deeper into his personality, and show you some of his music. He is a little mystical, and does not want to expose himself in pictures right now. Not yet, he tells us.

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David Guetta + Avicii / Sunshine (Ivan Muhar Remix)

- One of the most played songs in the clubs right now in USA.

David Guetta + Avicii / Sunshine (Ivan Muhar Remix) DOWNLOAD (Soundcloud)

Ivan Muhar

Full name: Ivan Muhar

Age: 26

What inspires you? A Good Wine ;)

What have you got in your pockets today? My Blackberry, My Ipod and my wallet.

How do you go by when making a song? It’s hard defining how I make a song. I´m an instrument of my ideas, I go to my studio and I am driven by what comes to my head and heart.

What software du you use when producing? Fl Studio, Protools.

Any upcoming projects? My first Ep with 5 tracks called LimeLight.

How did you get where you are today? Hard work and dicipline.

What’s your motto? Do not feel defeated, not even when defeated.

As a child, what job did you want? I wanted to be a soldier, and I did become one, I’m a Army Lieutenant retired.

Who are your influences? Wolfgang Gartner, Dada Life, Afrojack.

What’s your dream? To win a Grammy!

Ivan Muhar

Kaskade / Raining (Ivan Muhar Remix)

Your ideal woman? All… Lol!

Your most-prized possession? My Dog.
Your favourite artist?

Describe yourself with three words: Disciplined, proud and perfectionist.

Your favourite noise? Waves.

Your favourite swearword? Hijueputa!

What do you always have with you? My BlackBerry

What’s your favourite song? All Back – Chris Brown

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INTERVIEWED: AUTOLASER

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Preview of two new tracks from Autolaser:

Full name: Kent Tonning

Age: 23

What do you do? Im an musician/artist and work as a printer/graphic designer.

What inspires you? Nature, animals, ghosts, Ufo`s and weird stuff that happens on earth.

What’s going on at the moment? I`m working on Chapter 3 EP, which is soon done! Also I`m working on my live show package, Can`t tell you about it yet, but it`s gonna be a blast.

How did you get where you are today? Basically I`ve just spent my days at work, and my nights in my room producing. (I`m still doing that, forever alone, haha!)

What’s your motto? Do what you want, not what others want.

How long have you been producing? I`ve been producing electro for 2 years now.

As a child, what job did you want? Musician and a jetpilot. (I blame Topgun).

What program do you use when producing? I use Ableton Live in studio and in live performances.

Autolaser crowd

Who are your influences? The Prodigy, Jimi Hendrix, Y.M.O and diverse old disco.

Your most embarrassing moment: I slept too long on a bus, woke up in my seat and it was dark, the busdriver was gone. Suddenly he came back, and sat down in the drivers seat. I walked up to him and asked “where am I??”. I scared the shit out of him and he got angry. Everyone at school found out when he drove me back to school.

Also I played at a festival this summer. My zipper went up, and someone twittered “Close your zip man!!”

What would you change about yourself? Nothing really, I`m proud anyways.

..And the world? End of war, stop fucking up the rainforest and more love for the animals.

Define your look: 1.76, hot, brown hair, nice ass, two nipples, blue eyes and nice hands.

Your dream? Touring in Asia!

Your ideal woman? Kind, hot, like to go snowboarding and skateboarding, go to rave partys, smile.. Smile more!!

Your most-prized possession? My music gear.

Your favourite artists? The Prodigy, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, there are so many.

Describe yourself with three words: Productive, kind and creative

Favourite word? WORD and YEAH!

What do you always have with you? MP3-player with headphones and chewing tobacco.

What’s your favourite song? The Prodigy – No Good

Is there anything that you collect? Old cameras and old drawings of houses, landscapes and trains.

What do you dream of when you dream? Getting haunted by ghosts in my apartment. My apartment is haunted!

What/who is your biggest inspiration? Antonio Vivaldi and Carravaggio!

What do you love most about being an artist? Everything, live shows, producing and all the nice people you meet.

What would be an ideal birthday party? Celebrating with monkeys!

Whats your favourite place in the whole world: My home.

What were your favourite fairytales when you were little? The old tales about trolls and ghosts.

What makes you happy? Good people, good music and freetime!

Top three dinner guests: Daft Punk, Samantha Fox and you!

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KOSTYA speaks up!

Kostya Dubstep

Engulfed (Original Mix) Coming out on RockForce Records Oct 17th!

He`s a producer from the Atlanta area, and his EP is out October 17th. We can`t wait, because this is gonna be stellar! This guy hopes to make music his carreer and quit school.

Full name: Stephen Alexander Hutcheson

Age: 19

What do you do? I produce Electro and Dubstep and I DJ. Right now I`m working on an electro house track.

What inspires you? The idea of making something from nothing.

What’s your motto? Never give up.

What got you to where you are today? A huge amount of practice.

How long have you been producing? I’ve been messing around with the idea of it for a few years but I started getting serious 8 or 9 months ago.

As a child, what job did you want? Cartoon animator.

For you, a man must… Pursue happiness.

What program do you use when producing? FLStudio 10.

Who are your influences? Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Kaskade.

What would you change about yourself? My nervousness.

Your dream? To go on tour.

Your ideal woman? One that I don’t feel awkward around.

Your most-prized possession? My accordion.

Your favourite artist? Deadmau5.

Kostya

Your vice: Coffee.

Describe yourself with three words: Persistent, Fun-Loving, and Laid back.

Your favourite noise? A chord on a Rhodes organ.

Is there anything that you collect? I collect many instruments. Guitars, a drum set, a piano, an accordion and much more.

What is happening in your life right now? Going to school for Software Development and making music on the side. I guess it’s not really on the side since I’m putting 5-10 hours a day in it.

What/who is your biggest inspiration? Andrew W.K.

What do you love most about being an artist? Being able to share the ideas that were stuck in my head.

What would be an ideal birthday party? At a Daft Punk concert.

Your top five movies: The Big Lebowski, Any movie by Hayao Miyazaki, Clerks, Interstella 5555, and Amelie.

What`s your favourite place in the whole world: My bed.

What makes you happy? Just being able to give people catchy melodies and harmonies. Things that make your head bob or put a smile on your face.

Overloaded (Original Mix) Coming out on RockForce Records Oct 17th!

Kostya Alex Hutcheson

October 17th you guys. Hold the date, because you´ve got yourselves a hot date with mr. Kostya’s EP!

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INTERVIEWED / EMILIO

Full name:

Philip Carlos Emilio Alvestad Larrain

Age:

21

What do you do?

I work in a clothing store called Urban and make music.

What inspires you?

Life, situations and feelings. And of course good music and movies.

What’s going on at the moment?

At the moment I am trying to push my mixtape out to as many as possible and working on some new stuff with Axxe ++ You’ll see =)

What’s your motto?

Always keep it real and do my best!

 How did you get where you are today?

I’ve been doing music for a long time. Just long nights in the studio and living my life to the fullest. You can’t write without living.

 How long have you been producing/rapping?

I am not a producer, but I’ve been writing and rapping since I was 11. But I wasn’t that serious before I was around 17.

 As a child, what job did you want?

I used to want to be a comic writer, then I wanted to be a basketball player and then a movie director, but in the end I loved music more than anything.

 For you, a man must…

Be himself and not be afraid to.

 What program do you use when producing/recording?

I am currently using Logic Pro. It works fine :p

Who are your influences?

The people that’s around me everyday, they’re great and they’re all the input I need.


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Your most embarrassing moment:

When I found out that my ex was cheating on me and I came to school and saw the dude. Haha.

 What would you change about yourself?

If I could stop sleeping without loosing any energy, I would do it.

..And the world?

Nothing, but giving them some new music to inspire them.

Define your look:

They say I look like Bruno Mars, but I’m taller. Haha!

Your dream?

Being successful and being able to make the music I want to. See my kids grow into strong and independent people!

Your ideal woman?

A woman that loves me and herself.

 What’s the most important decision you’ve ever made?

Dropping out of school to work and move from Norway to Spain to finish school.

Your most-prized possession?

Probably my Macbook or television.

Your favourite artist?

I really don’t have one. But I like Kanye a little better than the rest of them.

Your vice?

Sometimes I overwork myself and hate my own work.

Describe yourself with three words:

Contemplative, daring and sleepless.

Your favourite noise?

The sound of porn. Makes everybody warm in their faces.

Favourite word?

BAWS

Your favourite swearword?

Fuck, because it can be done right.

 What do you always have with you?

My iPhone, LV pouch and keys.

 What’s your favourite song?

No one has ever made one. But right now I’m listening to Justin Bieber – Never Say Never. Also a big fan of Drake – Uptown, instant classic just like Frank Ocean – Novacane and the list goes on.

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INTERVIEWED: Dan Wheeldon – Lead Singer Of Tai Chi Swayze

Tai Chi Swayze

Interview with lead singer of Tai Chi Swayze
Name: Dan Wheeldon
Age: 25
What do you do? I’m a musician and designer. I sing for a band called Tai Chi Swayze. We’re having incredible fun and set to do cool things. I also work for a Record Label in London.
What inspires you? Just when you think art, fashion or music are getting boring and repetitive, someone will come along and shake it up. Big shifts happen every few years. I love surprises.
What have you got in your pockets today? I have some headphones, a receipt for a rather expensive round of drinks and I’ve just found a ten pound note!
Tell us about “Stumble Home”: It’s about a big long night out and not wanting to go to sleep despite the sun coming up. I used to live in a beach side city in Australia (where I was born) and this experience was from my Uni days. We’d more often than not be up all night partying. The City was constantly being built and developed while I lived there and there was also a massive hill to climb over to get home.
How do you go by when making a song? I’ll see something which tweaks my imagination. It could be a strange place, or perhaps a situation involving people or something someone will say (or do) to me. I’ll type some random lyrics or notes into my phone while I’m out and about and try make a riff on my bass a few weeks later. It’s funny trying to make sense of drunk ramblings or incoherent sentences later on. I’m a guitarist but bass is my first love for song writing with.
What’s going on at the moment? I’m busy recording songs and playing gigs. The good stuff.
Upcoming projects? We have a few UK dates coming up. I’ve also had a few meetings with a producer friend so there will be some studio tracks coming. We also have a handful of new music videos on the way.
What’s your motto? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
How did you get where you are today? Do you mean literally or figuratively? Well I started playing in bands when I was a young teen. I played bass in a few until I decided I could do the singer front man thing, so I put a new band together. This took a few bands to get right and I’m still learning!

I started putting on my own gig nights and did a few indie record releases for my bands and some friends bands. Eventually the industry knowledge and my design skills came together and I started working for a Major Label. Regarding the literal part – I rode to my office in Notting Hill on my bike.
For how long have you been making music? I got a 4-Track recorder when I was 17. So not that long really! I was a late bloomer.
As a child, what job did you want? When I was really young I wanted to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Later I wanted to be an inventor or an artist.
For you, a man must: For me a man must enrich the lives of others. If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead.
Who are your influences? Did I already mention Tyrannosaurus Rex? Probably him. That or 80′s computer game sound tracks.
Your most embarrassing moment: Once I brought sand to school in my lunch box because I thought our school sandpit was running low and needed a top up. The head teacher told the whole school what I did at assembly. They all laughed. I think a lot of them secretly knew I was right though.
What would you change about yourself? I would be more patient with people and technology. Computers give me the rage when they don’t work.
..And the world? I would ban people wearing tracksuits in the day unless they were actually athletes.
Define your look: I’d call my look ‘Charity Shop Chic’. That or ‘Art School Drop-Out’.
Dan Wheeldon
Your dream? The one where I’m flying. (I know that’s not what you meant but I like that dream).
Your ideal woman? An Irish dancer would suit me just fine.
What’s the most important decision you’ve ever made? To go to Church each Sunday.
Your most-prized possession? My 1970 Fender Precision Bass.
Your favourite artist? Musically, I think Mike Patton. I also love Sonic Youth. Visually, I love the sculpture of Sir Anthony Caro and the paintings of Antoni Tàpies.
Your vice? Gin & Tonic.
Describe yourself with three words: A good egg.
Your favourite noise? Swirling guitar feedback. That or birds.
Favourite word? Racecar. I like it because you can spell it backwards.
Your favourite swearword? I’m trying to quit swearing. It rarely makes me look clever.
What do you always have with you? I always have a sense of optimism. That and a cheeky grin.
What’s your favourite song? That changes every 15 minutes. Today it’s ‘Final Form’ by ‘Everything Everything’
Is there anything you collect? I collect friends. Real ones, not just digital. I often lose them but my collection is continually growing. I hope to have gained at least 3 new friends while I’m doing this interview.
Tai Chi Swayze
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Kastle / I Know (Krueger Remix)

Kastle / I Know (Krueger Remix) DOWNLOAD (Mediafire / Master .wav file)

What a day yesterday was with both a mixtape from Emilio and a mini-mix from DJ Complexion. Things here at Expose Express are finally calming down and to reflect on that, I’m putting out this Kastle track remixed by Krueger to enjoy this sunny autumn day.

Check out Krueger on his Soundcloud!

- Alfie


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