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14 May 2011

Preview: Deadmau5 - Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix)

The young French producer Madeon is a someone to look out for. His recent remix of Deadmau5' Raise Your Weapon is a showcase of his talent and was played by Pete Thong yesterday on BBC Radio 1. He manages to give the original track a whole new and unique disco touch, which is just brilliantly done.

Release date is not yet set.

Check it out!

Deadmau5 - Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) @ Pete Tong 05.13.11 by Madeon

07 May 2011

Promo: Amada and Milk N Cookies - Perseverance

Here is a great, SHM inspired, track. And the good thing is, after 10.000 views it will be free for download!

29 April 2011

Preview: Swedish House Mafia - Save The World Tonight

A good month ago the first video of Steve Angello playing the new SHM single appeared on the internet. This video now has over 400.000 views and the hype is still building. Last week we heard the radio premiere in the UK in Pete Thong's show and this week we will have the Dutch premiere tonight at Armin van Buuren's show A State Of Trance on radio 538. So tune in and don't miss it!

And if you are after the lyrics, we published those earlier this week!

28 April 2011

Preview: Arno Cost - Lise

Highly respected label Refune Records has just released a small clip of the new track by French producer Arno Cost: Lise. This clip is only giving away a very small glimpse, but luckily we have youtube! The song has a strong build up and a very lovely and melodic break. The part after the climax should have been more melodic in our eyes, but it will get you dancing.

Release date is set for May 11th.

Preview on Soundcloud from Refune
Arno Cost 'Lise' (Original Clip) by refunerecords

Preview with break:

Rip from Axwell set:

27 April 2011

Preview: Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji - Pressure (Alesso Remix)

This is a very promising release! Swedish/Italian talent Alesso made a remix of Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji - Pressure. Check it out:

26 April 2011

Lyrics: Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin - Save The World Tonight

Vocals by John Martin.

Verse 1

Into the streets
We’re coming out
We never sleep
Never get tired
Through urban fields
And suburban life

Turn the crowd up now
We’ll never back down
Shoot down the skyline
And watch it on prime time
Turn up the love now
Listen up now
Turn up the love


Who’s gonna save the world tonight?
Who’s gonna bring it back to life?
We’re gonna make it, you and I
We’re gonna save the world tonight

Ohoho (4x)

Oh ho hoooo hoo
Oh ho hoooo oh hoo
Oh ho hoooo hoo
Oh ho hoooo hoo ooh hoo

Verse 2

We’re far from home
It’s for the better
What we dream
It’s all that matters
We’re on our way, united

Turn the crowd up now
We’ll never back down
Shoot down the skyline
And watch it on prime time
Turn up the love now
Listen up now
Turn up the love


Who’s gonna save the world tonight?
Who’s gonna bring it back to life?
We’re gonna make it, you and I
We’re gonna save the world tonight

Ohoho (8x)

Oh ho hoooo hoo
Oh ho hoooo oh hoo
Oh ho hoooo hoo
Oh ho hoooo hoo ooh hoo

Review: Carl Louis & Martin Danielle – Little EP

Every once in a while you hear a track that instantly blows you away. Steve Angello’s record label Size Records has recently released Little EP by Norwegian duo Carl Louis & Martin Danielle which contains two vocal house tracks that do precisely this!

The first track on this EP is Little Bit, which features vocals by Colonel Red. The song starts off at an easy pace with a soft kick drum, a percussive element and a filtered synth that slowly becomes more present until the first chord comes in. From this moment tension rises when the filter is gradually opened up until the first break. Here we hear the beautiful chord progressions of the melody, which sound very much like Axwell, in full force for the first time. Just a few seconds later heaven breaks loose when the kick comes in with full power, banging!
The second break gives us a moment to breathe again when the lead synth makes room for a piano and we get to enjoy the vocals. The kick soon reappears to make sure you won’t stand still. In the third break tension rises to the maximum when the main synth is introduced again. With its strong climax we can get banging again! After a good four and a half minute the song slowly builds down to its end, leaving you in a euphoric state.

I’m Coming Home With You, the second track on this EP, follows a similar structure to Little Bit and has the same Axwell vibe to it. The intro builds up slowly, but has an additional break before the strong kick comes in. The first chord is introduced around the same time and in the following break, the melody and its sound are fully exposed as well. There are some differences too, the main part is longer and the way the break and vocals are arranged are slightly different. This track is completely piano-driven and feels groovier than Little Bit.

With Little EP, Carl Louis & Martin Danielle deliver two quality vocal house tracks. They both have an Axwell feel to them, but that is never a bad thing. Excellent festival tracks for this summer! Even though we already knew it did, this release could be scientific proof: Size matters!


Carl Louis & Martin Danielle 'Little EP' by sizerecords

Released by: Size Records
Release date: Apr 20, 2011
Available exclusively on beatport.

25 April 2011

Promo: Kaskade & Tiesto ft. Haley - Only You (Ken Loi Throwback Mix)

After his banging remix he made earlier Ken Loi has made a lovely soulful house remix of Kaskade and Tiesto's track Only.

Kaskade & Tiesto ft. Haley - Only You (Ken Loi's Throwback Mix) by kenloi

Preview: Third Party - Duel

Here is a very very short preview of the new Third Party track Duel. Third Party might be paving their way to house-glory with this track. The break contains some beautiful and outstanding chord progressions. The main part is your regular banging stuff, nothing truly exceptional, but it works good.

This track will be released on Size Records, May 4th.

Third Party 'Duel' - 90 Second Clip by sizerecords

22 April 2011

Preview: David Guetta feat. Florida & Nicki Minaj - Where Dem Girls At (Gregori Klosman Remix)

Rising star Gregori Klosman has remixed David Guetta's new track Where Dem Girls At? What we can tell from the preview is that this is going to work very well in the clubs! Hear for yourself:

[PREVIEW] David Guetta feat. Florida & Nicki Minaj - Where Dem Girls At (Gregori Klosman Remix) by Gregori Klosman

19 April 2011

Track Review Frankie Knuckles pres. Director's Cut feat. Jamie Principle - I'll Take You There

With winter behind us on the northern hemisphere, many labels are about to release music which in a few months will remind us of summer 2011. One of the records with the potential of doing this is the upcoming release of one of the founding fathers of house music: Frankie Knuckles. Together with other early house pioneers Eric Kupper and vocalist Jamie Principle, came the track I’ll Take You There, which breathes summer all over again. The EP comes with 3 versions of the track: Director's Cut Classic Signature Mix, The Shapeshifters Remix & Dimitri from Paris Re-Edit.

We start off with the classic mix which is a fine example of Ibiza-style house music. This mix is characterized by beautiful chord progressions and has a warm piano sound throughout the track. The song builds up with a nice smooth baseline and melodies. The dreamy vocals suit the mood of the song perfectly. I’m pretty sure that you would have no problem imagining yourself at the beach, watching the sunrise on some subtropical island when hearing this song.

The second mix on the EP is by British dance act The Shapeshifters. This track is the most different of the three mixes and is most suitable for a club night. The song builds up with a nice driving bassline and funky stabs. After a mini-break the main lead is introduced, which is not as melodic as you might expect from earlier Shapeshifters productions, but who cares when it will get you moving! The break really takes you away with its warm string sounds. It’s a shame however that we don’t hear the beautiful piano progression anywhere.

Out of the three the Dimitri From Paris Re-Edit is our favorite. Sounding close to the original, with the same warm piano, basslines and melodies, the structure of this track is amazing. A beautifully composed intro gets you in the mood, even better than the classic mix. Pure summer bliss!

All in all this is a very solid release on Noctural Groove, with some good news for the vinyl junkies amongst us. Not only will this EP be available as a digital download, it will also be published on vinyl! And even though it still is two months before summer, we recommend you to close your eyes and let the music take you there already. This EP sure does.


Released by: Nocturnal Groove
Release date: Apr 27, 2011

Frankie Knuckles pres. Director's Cut feat. Jamie Principle - I'll Take You There by NocturnalGroove

17 April 2011

7 Skies Interview

While rolling landscapes, fine dining and traditional beauty might be the trademarks of the Italian experience, clubbers the world over would argue that Mr. David Boldini (better known as 7 Skies) is doing more for great first impressions than any gourmet dish or scenic vista ever could. Nonstop2k stops to chat with 7 Skies. Hi David, what are ya doing right now?
David: Well I literally just finished (4 / 5 Days ago) a new remix for none other than Above & Beyond that I'm really happy about, the track took quite some time and really sucked away lot of my social & private life during the making so now I'm just taking a couple of weeks off to rest my ears and dedicate my time to other stuff other than the unz unz. Anyway if you want a more specific answer right right now I'm in bed with my iPad doing this interview :P What can we expect from you on the production front this year? Any new productions in the pipelines at the moment?
David: other than the previously mentioned remix yep, I have a track I've started a month ago with Mike Koglin, I flew to London especially for this collab, still a little drafty as we haven't had much time but I'm planning to get back to it very soon, I also have a few more ideas sitting around that I really have to start and work on, it's a little hard to do everything when you have another job and a million other projects, "luckily" I sleep 4 hours a night... What do you enjoy most about music production?
David: where there is a lot of stuff I enjoy (as well as a lot of stuff that pisses me of)
But I think that what gets me all the time is the way a minute your track is playing in your little studio maybe also pissing off some neighbors cause the volume it's too loud, and the minute after you send it to the label and it's all around the world, I guess the best thing of music production is that you have a chance of being heard and loved eventually. Do you have any hobbies outside of music?
David: I have lots, but I usually tend to turn them to work, for example 6 years ago I started going to a local gym here where I live and now I get to work there as a trainer, I love messing around with Photoshop creating interfaces and I got to design the interface (and sounds) of a very popular synth app for iPhone and iPad (Nlog Synth if your wondering) then I love photography - and believe it or not, along with my girlfriend, we got our shoots published in a book. I like to mess around with web stuff, code web design etc, love cooking, I do as much sport as I can and of course I love nice movies and TV series. What track would you say was your biggest breakthrough?
David: I still think Caffeine is the best piece of trance music I've done so far, and it has been my 1st sign on Anjunabeats so I see it as something extremely special. It takes true commitment and practice to get to the production level you exhibit. Can you tell us about your worth ethic and mindset that got you where you are today?

David: Well as I wrote on my blog a few times, when I started making music I was 12, completely inexperienced and without Internet.
I, by a series of coincidences, got hold of a copy of Cubase (at that time it was Cubase Vst 32 I guess) but had no Internet nor had a good English knowledge so to find and understand a tutorial at that time was impossible for me. This forced me to learn how to explore a software or a synth and experiment with sounds as much as I could in order to get something close to the tracks I was so in love with.
I guess that "limitation" at that time is what shaped the way I work now, I tend to design each and every sound my own because when I started you couldn't find trance sound banks around, all you could do was to just make sounds yourself and this is what I learned to do and what I still do every time I make a track or a remix. If we walked into your studio what would we find?
David: Dust & mess, but experience teaches me that this is something you’ll find in each and every studio you’ll walk in.
Other than that a MacBook Pro wit tons of legal (!!!) Plugins, an apogee duet, virus ti snow, Roland JP 8000, Clavia Nord lead 2, some midi keyboards, Roland ds7 speakers, and a chair which people tend to underrate in a studio context, but you sit there for hours and hours sometimes and if you have the wrong chair the damage that can cause you can be very serious (ok now I'm talking like when I'm working at my gym).
Anyway, as you might notice, everything in my studio is very portable (except of course a few things) this is because my gf is Australian and quite often I leave my place to stay in AUS for a while so having a studio that fits in my luggage allows me to work no matter where I am on the globe. What are your top 3 synths to use in the studio?
David: I'm sure many of you know what I'm going to answer...Strobe of course is what's helping me shaping the 7 Skies sound, then ES2 and for the 3rd place there is a big war between Jp, Virus and Sylenth1 Do you have any production/mixing tricks or techniques to give to the aspiring producers out there?
David: a few, the most important is of course to Use your ears, I wrote a long post about this on my blog (, followed by don't be afraid to spend more than usual on something, with all these videos on YouTube (yeah I put some on as well) and books and tuts, we think we can get the key to success just by watching/reading. Videos and tutorials are a GREAT help but they should be taken more like clues rather than facts (if this makes sense). Last but not least, be patient! I worked on lead of Sun and Moon remix for over a month, I designed over 15 different sounds and layered and compressed it and eq-ed it over a hundred times before I got it right. Where do you get your inspiration to make such beautiful music?
David: wish I knew really!
I'm a really "hard to be inspired" dude if you can believe it, I guess my biggest problem is how picky I am.
Anyway I'm not a musician, I'm taking piano lessons now but till a few months ago I didn't really know what I was doing, as I said I never really understood how some melodies came out of my head. Sometimes it's just playing a few chords and then the melody comes right away and sometimes there is a lot of trying melodies and stuff until something comes out. It depends.
I'm a good listener though, sometimes I pick sounds that surround me and I transform them into music. I always have some device that allows me to record ideas that I can then put into a song. So yeah can't really tell I have a go to way of making music, I just listen and use my imagination as much as I can :) We've seen quite a few releases from you. Any plans for an album anytime soon?
David: Not really, I've been around for sometime but I'm still relatively new to the scene and if I'd make an album I'd really want it to be the result of a good amount of experience in studio and in the clubs. If you had to choose, would you rather lose your ability to see or lose your ability to hear?
David: God what a negative question! :P

Well if I'd be deaf I couldn't make any music, and let's forget for a second about Beethoven who composed operas wile deaf, edm is a little different in this case. Even if you are a genius in music and you know how a melody sounds like even if you can't hear it there is plenty of other stuff that must be heard. For example, the sound itself - if you compose an opera for piano and strings you know how the sound will be even if you can't hear it. If you make a melody with a synth you will need to create a sound that makes the melody even better and create an interesting bass sound and groove and a series of elements that cannot just be simple notes with random sounds.
Sights, well 18 hours a day front of a screen are taking a toll on it, thank god I still have a rather good sight even though I wear glasses, but can't imagine a world without a "face", as I wrote above, I'm a good listener but also a good watcher, I love to look around discover small little details that maybe other people wouldn't even notice, it's a way to be inspired too.
Not being able to see would also make it very hard to work with softwares (let's just say it d be impossible).
So if I'd lose one of them I'd probably hang myself as my life wouldn't have much of a meaning anymore. If you could collaborate with any artist, alive and active, right now who would it be?
David: Super8 & Tab or Oliver Smith. They are my heroes and they have the ability to surprise me whenever they kick off a single or a remix. Do you have a day job? Or are you doing music full time now?
David: Trainer at Aktiva gym :) Where do you see yourself in five years?
David: Considering the iPad after a year from its launch has now a dual core CPU I can safely say in 5 years I ll be flying around the world making music on the plane with logic pro 15 on my shiny iPad 7 and with no system overload...well I have doubts about the system overload, but pretty sure about the rest. Well honestly I have no idea, I hope somehow I'll manage to do this for the rest of my life, it's very hard these days but I’ll do my best. You also have your own sound design company, Standalone Music. Any future releases we can expect this year?
David: yeah I’ve been working on a soundest for Strobe for a while. Then again, tracks and work make it really hard, but it's getting there.
The biggest thing though is a project I've been for over a year. It's a sample based soundset which will work for Kontakt and probably even exs24. I'm basically recording sounds from a lot of synths, hardware and software, note by note trying to deliver a big library with sounds that the only way to have would be by owning a 100,000 bucks worth studio.
It's an exciting and challenging thing, but it's such a big thing that is literally taking ages. Lastly, what are your goals for 2011?
David: Release a few ideas I’ve had on my Hardisk for way too long and get some good gigs around. I'm playing in LA next week and I think this could easily be the highlight of my 2011, but I wouldn't mind if I'd have some more coming :) Thanks for taking time to chat with us David! Best of luck throughout the year!
David: thank you for the interview; I hope it wasn't too boring to read :)

08 April 2011

Review: The Thrillseekers - Song For Sendai

This time around, recent world calamities have molded what is to make a huge impact on the Trance scene, and whom better than "The Thrillseekers" to leave such an imprint. "Song For Sendai" a bold, intense track of epic proportions, will make waves on the dance floor and we are happy to report, those waves are of the audio-motional kind.

We can expect nothing but pure bliss from Steve Helstrip's new creation, which focuses on nostalgia, global unification and the might of hope. Overtones of love, despair, sadness, togetherness and peace act as the foundation of this new addition to "The Thrillseekers"'s opus. Bringing the whole world together in harmony in hazardous times is pitched to the EDM world and felt as the most importantly beautiful and heart felt aftershock from multimedia coverage surrounding the ordeal recently experienced by Japan. Would you be surprised to know, an anagram of the words "Song_For_Sendai" makes: Info Dares Song. We are not.

Words by Dany Oghia.

Song for Sendai was inspired by the images broadcast to the world following the recent events in Japan. Having just returned from a week-long tour there, Steve Helstrip (The Thrillseekers) found it impossible to remove those images from his thoughts and felt compelled to help in some way. Therefore, all proceeds from this release will be given to the Japanese Red Cross to assist with their relief efforts.

The cover art displays the Japanese saying 'kishi kaisei', meaning 'to recover from a desperate situation and overcome adversity'. The Thrillseekers hope the portrayal of this can be heard in the music.

Thrillseekers - Song for Sendai

Buy this track from beatport

26 March 2011

eSQUIRE / Off-beat Interview

The funky uplifting house sounds of British house acts eSQUIRE and Off-beat are rapidly taking over dance floors all over the world. We thought it was time for a word with the man behind these acts: Lee Squires.

Nonstop2k: Hey Lee, thanks for having us. What keeps you busy at the moment?
Lee: This week I’ve been doing an eSQUIRE remix for a US artist and getting some tracks ready for 2 gigs in Russia.

Nonstop2k: How did you get into music?
Lee: Bought decks when I was 17 with my student loan and used to spend all my money on vinyls, I studied I.T at college too so started getting into the computer music side through that and it all escalated from there really!

Nonstop2k: You frequently use two aliases, eSQUIRE and Off-beat. What do you see as the main difference between your eSQUIRE and your Off-beat productions?
Lee: I would say the offbeat is more tougher and big room, and eSQUIRE is more funky!

Nonstop2k: Are there any other aliases you use, or have used?
Lee: Nope not for house!

Nonstop2k: Which of your tracks are you most proud of to date?
Lee: Probably the recent Adele - Someone like you remix I did, also Barflyz - I Can’t Help Myself which I done for Hed Kandi a few years back

Nonstop2k: Recently you finished a track you started in 2008 (eSQUIRE 2011 ReRub of Lee Cabrera - Shake It). How long does it normally take you to finish up a production?
Lee: Probably about day but will take another day listening back and changing things

Nonstop2k: What can we find in your studio?
Lee: In my studio I have a PC running Cubase 6, a MIDI keyboard and Event Studio monitors, I don’t have any hardware. I have recently got a Macbook Pro too which I’m running Cubase 6 on so I can produce on either.

Nonstop2k: Name your top3 synths of the moment and where you mostly use them for.
Lee: Nexus2 for pianos and synths, Sylenth for basslines and Zebra2 for a bit of everything!

Nonstop2k: How often do you use Nonstop2k? ;)
Lee: Used to use it a lot to get my dance music MIDI’s when I first started out, I’m not trained on Piano so still need a bit of help now and again so still pop by for a few ideas!

Nonstop2k: If you could choose any artist in the world to work with, dead or alive, who would it be?
Lee: Ermm in house music would have to be Axwell.

Nonstop2k: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Lee: Probably all the big house artists over the past 10 years who've made big vocal house tracks, Axwell, Seamus Haji, Freemasons, Raul Rincon, Steve Angello, Ian Carey.

Nonstop2k: If you had to choose between sex and music, what would you pick?
Lee: Sex!

Nonstop2k: What can we expect from you in 2011?
Lee: More big vocal piano tracks.

Nonstop2k: Thank you for this interview!
Lee: No worries!!!!

If you want to find out more about eSQUIRE or Off-beat check out facebook:

20 March 2011

Nifra Interview

Nonstop2k catches up with one of the few female appearances in the trance and progressive scene: Nifra. - Hello Nifra thanks for having us! How are you?
Hi. I’m doing great, thanks :) I’m pretty busy at the moment. Studying, finishing tracks before Miami the next week. - You have reached episode 50 in your 'Be Progressed' radio show. Congrats! how does it feel?
Thank you! If you think of it the number 50 isn’t that big, but since my radio show is monthly, it took me 4 years to reach 50th episode. The show expanded and gained a lot of fans, which is very important to me :) - What is the story behind your first release 'Ready'?
I started to work on ”Ready” and I remember going through Beatport with Marcus listening to the trance section and some of the stuff was horrific. So Marcus encouraged me and said “ U can do better than this” and sent me to studio with words “ Don’t come back till you are finished”. So yeah that’s how it happened. I’m huge fan of Coldharbour sound and Markus Schulz has been a great inspiration to me so was incredibly happy when “Ready” got signed to Coldharbour. - How did you come across producing? And how did you start?
I wanted to be producer since I was 13. The region I come from was quite behind at that time. Not many dance music producers at all, in fact not a single dance music producer in my hometown. So I used to listen to German music channels all the time and getting trance CD’s, which was quite hard. My friend told me about this “great thing” Ejay and I was like “ Woow I have to try that”. So I spent the next days playing with that software but it bored me to death because it was just like moving loops and prerecorded melodies around. I wanted something which I could be more creative with. Then I got my hands on fruity loops and I could spent so much time creating tracks. I totally fell in love with producing. Later when I met Marcus, he introduced me to Ableton. I could not believe how easy was to use it. I love the fact that you can work really fast there. - If we walked into your studio right now what would we see?
So if you would walk into my studio on the right side you would see my working desk with pair of Yamaha HS80 monitors with my keyboard, Novation remote midi controller and my PC of course. On the left side you would see the main studio PC, pair of Genelec 8240A monitors and some fancy synths like Dave Smith Prophet, Moog Voyageur, Nord Rack, Virus Ti, rack with soundcard RME Fireface 800, SSl G series cmp and Aphex exciter. On the desk is laying Mackie Big knob to control the monitors and also Akai APC40. - What are your top 3 synths or most used tools? And why?
The first would be Sylenth. I have been using it for basslines in my last 4 tracks and covers probably 80% of leads in my tunes. The 2nd place I would divide between Tracks, Surge and Discovery and the 3rd most used thing is the hw SSl compressor. - What would be the best advice you could give an upcoming producer?
To not give up and if they really like it then they should go for it. - You have quite some releases coming up both original and remixes. How do you approach a remix or start your very own track?
Sometimes I need a vision before I start on the remix, sometimes I just experiment and it just happens. Sometimes when I’m stuck I try to have the bassline or vocal from the remix in my head and make melodies to it whenever I’m thinking of it. That’s what happened with my remix for Julian Vincent. The whole breakdown was created in my head and then I just walked into the studio and wrote it. When it comes to my own tunes, first I create bassline or main lead or chord progression and then I build around it. - You have your own unique sound. How have you achieved such level?
I think each artist has its own unique style unless u copy someone 150%. I guess I just got inspired by different things and put all the elements I like into my own production. But of course the sound develops :) - Which one artist would you love to collab with?
I admire Rex Mundi’s production. Besides that he does exactly what I like, his
stuff has this timeless sparkle which a lot of today’s production lacks. - Who is the one to watch out for?
There is a lot of upcoming producers from Slovakia. I would say keep your eyes open for guys like Mathias Moor, Pizzadox, Shato & Brightshare :) - What will you have in store for us in 2011? Any more collabs with Marcus?
Some of the stuff which u can hear from me this year is in my “Music update” video. My single “Strangers” which features vocals from Elleah is coming out on Armada, then my remix for estionian couple Yep& Land and the tracks is called Nevertheless, also features vocals from Manon Polare and then there is another single of mine which has more old Nifra stuff vibe :) About collab between me and Marcus, yes, we plan new Progresia & Nifra this year. “Different ways” had such an amazing success so it would be stupid from us to not make something new. - We wish you all the best Nifra and thanks for having us!
Thank you!

If you are curious about Nifra’s upcoming releases check out her youtube channel

Interview by Volume

03 March 2011

Bassjackers Interview Hi guys, how are you doing right now?

M&R: We are doing great! Just came back from our Australia Tour and since we’re back we are fully up and running, working on new tracks remixes, radio mixes and of course… interviews;) So how did the madness start, how did you get started producing and DJing?

Ralph: About 14 yrs ago, with fasttracker at the time, I was already playing with sounds and stuff. Nothing serious though, even stopped with it a few years later...I got into online gaming haha.
Got back on track when Marlon started DJ-ing about 5 yrs ago. That was a big help, finally a friend who had the same interest as I did: Music!

Marlon: I started Dj-ing in 2006, just playing around and beatmatching on turntables at my friends place, I got hooked immediately and bought Cd players to practice day n nite. I wanted to take my dj-ing from my bedroom to the clubs and realised the best way to do that is to produce your own music, that’s were Ralph came in! Bassjackers was born :) If we walked into your studio what would we find? How much time do you both spend there on any given day?

M&R: A laptop, soundcard, monitor speakers and probably some empty beer bottles.

Ralph: I'm in there for about 8 hours a day on average.

Marlon: While Ralph is working in the studio I am usually looking for new music, inspiration, editing tracks, etc. I barge in a few times a day to provide feedback and ideas.. this works well for us. How would you define your sound?
M&R: Energetic, & Bass driven. It can go anywhere from there, but those two aspects have to be in there. What inspires and influences you to make music?

M&R: There is a lot of great music out there, we try to listen music in all genres from pop to rock, from hiphop to drum n bass which can all contain certain elements that trigger ideas for our new tracks. Also when we test tracks in the club and see the crowds reaction, ralph often wants to hit the studio to finish the track or sketch new ideas. So how many weekends of the year are you DJing?

M&R: Every weekend, when we're not abroad, we always have gigs in Holland, sometimes even multiple gigs in one night since Holland has a lot of parties/clubs in proximity to each other. To date, what have been your best & worst gigs?

Marlon: We had some great gigs last summer, nice festivals and its always nice to play abroad, the people go totally crazyyy! I actually enjoy every gig because I just love to Dj, but some downsides can be a terrible sound system or broken equipment. What do you enjoy most about DJing?

Marlon: I love to receive energy from the crowd and immediately give it back to them.. Sometimes just everything comes together perfectly, you think like 4 records ahead and everything works out just the way you plan it. I love that feeling!

Nonstop2k: Are you guys now doing music full time?

M&R: Yes, Ralph chose music instead of a career in financial management and I “postponed” getting my master degree in business because we were too busy with Bassjackers. What are some of your hobbies outside of music?

Marlon: hanging with friends which usually ends up in playing videoganes (PES) and for sports I like to go surfing, xtreme inline skating or working out once in a while.

Ralph: Pro evolution soccer and surfing. What do you enjoy most about music production?

Ralph: Everything really, being creative is the best. Trying and eventually succeeding in getting ideas out of your head and translate them into music is a cool process. The best part is when the crowd loves it of course. Do you feel that you are evolving in producing? And on which aspect do you feel that you really progressed the past year?

Ralph: If you compare our older productions with our latest we hear a huge improvement in overall sound. Of course you get more handy and faster in the whole process as well, new ideas are much faster translated into a cool tune compared to when we just started. The millions of presets we saved along the way help with that off course ;) What are your top three synths you couldn’t live without?

Ralph: Sylenth1 and some of the standard Fruity synths like Wasp & 3xOSC. What advice can you offer aspiring producers within the electronic genre?

M&R: First: enjoy what you're doing and then work hard. What can we expect from you on the production front this year? Any new productions in the pipelines at the moment?

M&R: There is a lot in the pipeline. A few collabs with Apster, Ralvero and Flexican (eclectic DJ from Holland, in our opinion one of the best) and of course also some Bassjackers originals, of which the first will be 'Mush Mush'.
The sound is a bit more divers as well. It has more electro, progressive and even dubstep influence, but always with that Dutchy topping, which we always do. Any specific goals for 2011 you would like to share with us?
M&R: Not really specific but we just want to play at as many different locations all around the world and just keep on dropping those bassjackers bombs. Any final words to fans, friends and followers?

M&R: Thanks for the massive support, we love you all!! Thanks again for doing this interview with Nonstop2k, we wish you best of luck with your future career!

M&R: thanks for having us! Keep up the good work with the website, it rocks!

09 February 2011

Rank 1 Interview

Dutch trance duo Rank 1 are without a doubt one of the most influential names in the trance scene for many years now. Nonstop2k talks with Piet Bervoets and Benno de Goeij about their music career and producing. Hi guys, where in the world are you right now?

Piet: Haha, good question! At this moment I am home, just home sweet home, which can be very nice too!

Benno: I have been on the road for almost two months, so it’s good to be back home as well! How long have you been coming to Nonstop2k?

Piet: To be honest, I have never heard from it before..... I am not a die hard internetsurfer. I use the internet when i need something, but not for much more.

Benno: I have to admit I haven’t heard of either. I do use a dutch producer and synthesizer forum once in a while though, good to share some tips and hints about synthesizers every now and then. We haven’t used any midi files actually, since I rather create the source. I hope we haven’t compromised the interview now? ;) You two have been active in the Trance seen for 14 years now. How has Trance evolved within the years and where do you expect electronic dance music to go in this new decade?

Piet: We both are doing it for some years now yes :-). I think that electronic dance music will stay for a while, it will only change again. Some producers are always looking for new sounds. Some people like that, some people don’t. And I like the changes in the music scene....

Benno: Chances are high that future of EDM will be even more blended than before. As a lot of producers are not really thinking in limitations anymore I feel a lot of styles will be combined to form new ones. Where do you get your inspiration to make such great music?

Piet: It’s the mood and feeling...

Benno: I get my inspiration from a lot of different sources. Sometimes it’s that one simple radio hit record, sometimes it’s an interview with experimental musicians doing all sort of weird stuff, while another time it’s the first chord that I play that automatically generate the rest of the right melody in my head. That’s the nice part of music, there are no rules or boundries! What are your top three synths to use in the studio?

Piet: Since Benno is more the studio freak, he has the perfect tools for you.

Benno: Logic’s ES2 for it’s simplicity: It never hangs and does the job well. Sylenth1 for it’s unison mode: fat sounds but still CPU friendly. Massive for it’s flexibility: it is a modular synth capable of making almost anything from the most atmospheric pads to the fattest basses imaginable. Do you have any tips/tricks for new producers?

Piet: Believe in yourself and never give up. Produce music you like! Music will always be a personal taste!

Benno: And don’t try to find out the wheel yourself. Making music together can really speed up the process, and as an extra bonus: it’s more fun as well! How do you go about mixing down and mastering a track?

Piet: About mastering I think Benno and me have the same vision: A few people on this planet know how to master a song. It should be done by a professional. We have never mastered a track ourselves. Leave that to the people who know how to do that.

Benno: Mixing is something you need to learn. There are certain tricks though that can really be handy to make a dance track sound good. Here’s one I still use every now and then: if you are unsure about the low end, lay your hand on the speaker and feel the vibrations. The kick should always feel like the heartbeat of the track and should be louder than anything else. Benno, we heard your working on a soundest or two. What synths are they for and when can we expect to see them on the market?

Benno: You are well informed! At the moment I am working on a NI Massive soundest for Freshly Squeezed Samples. It’s far from finished, but I’m already using it a lot on the current productions. It’s such a diverse synth that it’s now possible to make the most diverse soundest available. It’s a collection of sounds that I often need in a track with a few (8) shortcut controls to tweak the most important features of a sound. We have 300 patches so far, but we are aiming for a lot more. I think it will be available in a couple of months. If you could repeat your whole career all over again, would you change anything?

Piet: No way! I would be having the same fun as I had before!

Benno: Same here, in my opinion it’s not useful to judge yourself to hard on decisions made in the past. They were at that time the best ones to make :) Which artist do you anticipate will be the next big thing?

Benno: Our paranormal capacity is not really what it used to be. ;) You two, without a doubt, have come a long way. During your journey, what is the weirdest thing that ever happened to you with a fan?

Piet: Well, I must say that I was worried a little bit when a girl started crying in front of me. Later I found it that she was just happy to meet me :-)

Benno: I never get bored by signing a driver’s license and such. Also it’s an amazing honor if somebody is having a tattoo of our work for life! What do you do in your free time?

Piet: I dont have much free time. But if I have some, I spend time with my lovely son!

Benno: My whole life is free time. I don’t really feel making music is a job at all. But aside from music hanging out with friends playing squash, PS3, snowboarding and my dog Fonzy are the things that make me happy. Before we finish, is there anything you’d like to say to all your fans here at Nonstop2k and the rest of the world?

Piet: I hope everybody keeps on enjoying the music and that people open up their heart for new dance music as well!

Benno: Thanks for you support throughout the years! It’s your support that makes new tracks and music possible! Thanks for your time!

Piet: Thank YOU!

Benno:My pleasure!

26 January 2011

Tritonal Interview

Tritonal Interview

With the launch of their new label, Air Up There Recordings, and the soon release of their debut artist album, this duo from America are progressing toward nothing short of the Trance Elite. How are you guys doing right now?

Chad: Things are crazy busy at the minute! Just finished the album, and sorting all of the remixes, Marketing & PR for the Album while also running a label We are set to do a few guest mixes and have a busy month of shows coming too, It’s a good time!

Dave: Well as Chad had mentioned, the album is occupying the majority of our time, but that's a great thing! It's our first album and we're hoping for a great impact in EDM industry - so every ounce of effort is on all ends for us! You just played in your hometown, Austin, Texas, for New Year’s. How does it feel to play at home?

Dave: Oh man, it was so amazing to see everyone come out from under the woodwork and shake the place with us! We couldn't have been any more thankful and excited to play our own hometown! Hopefully many more experiences here like that to come.

Chad: It was great to see all the wonderful faces whom have supported us since the beginning. Thank you Austin, we LOVE YOU! Your debut artist album is about to hit the stores! What work went into it, what can we expect to hear in it, and most importantly, when can we expect to hear it?

Chad: haha, talk about the loaded question! About 2 years of work went into it and it feels good to be done. We wrote and rewrote most of the tunes 3 and 4 times over. Collaborations with Cristina Soto, Fisher, Meredith Call, Jeza, Bethany and Jenry R are all up on the plate! Previews are coming out now, with a full release at the end of March / early April.

Dave: Within the album itself you're going to hear our initial Tritonal sound with a new and improved twist to it. From club thumping to pretty and melodic, you'll notice our objective is to make you put it on repeat in the car and at home ;) You recently launched your very own record label, Air Up There Recordings, a sub label off Enhanced. How did that come to life?

Dave: We thought it would be a wonderful thing to venture down. Seeing that we want to take our sound to a different level, not all labels will accept this; but having our own label gives us this freedom of experimentation to developing a unique style!

Chad: Well, we have had a good standing relationship with Will Holland, and have also wanted to start our own imprint for some time. We are excited to team up with someone as motivated and focused as we are – Will is a Godsend!! We love being able to sign new artists, help them grow and continue to grow ourselves. It also allows us to release what we want, when we want! What are your favorite three synthesizers to use in the studio?

Dave: We have a handful of plugins in our arsenal. The top ones that we jump to all the time are Z3ta, Nexus, V-Station, the lovely Virus Ti and who could forget the Native Instruments packs - wow!

Chad: Massive, and as Dave said the Virus TI for sure, and Omnisphere – hands down. Love them! Can you give the youngster producers out there any tips, tricks, and advice you use in the studio?

Dave: Well if you do have an untreated room, it's wise to at least get some proper monitoring tools. I would start with a good pair of monitors. Another key thing is when you're starting a mix, pull down all your channel faders to half way to give yourself plenty of headroom for a cleaner mix result! This has helped us loads. I've smacked my head loads of times going "OH that's why!" Stay out of the red.

Chad: Most definitely – Be sure to get your room properly treated with some sort of Audio Absorption panels – it will pay massive dividends once your tracks get up to a high level. Your DJ Diary is continuing to grow and grow. How does life on the road affect your relationships with friends and family?

Dave: For me, it is easy to get homesick on the road and It can be tough sometimes. It really depends on how long and far we travel. Haha especially when we go overseas, the communication gets tougher! But my family and friends understand and know that I love them wherever I am.

Chad: Like Dave said, it can be tough, but it also gives me a greater appreciation for my beautiful wife. Skype, International Calling on the iPhone and IM make things a lot easier these days!! Do you have any embarrassing or interesting stories on your travels?

Dave: Oh my, loads of embarrasing moments - but that's what creates some fun memories. One time on our travels abroad, I kept snoring in front of this poor lady and she kept hitting me with a pillow to wake me up from time to time to get me to shutup haha!

Chad: While touring Australia this summer, we played in Syney on a Saturday night. After the gig ended around 2 am, I was so jet lagged that I couldn’t sleep. I ended up walking around the city around 6 am to discover a massive 80,000 person marathon going on called City to Surf. I entered the 14K race and ended up at Bonzai Beach a few hours later – lifetime memory! If you both had only 6 months to live, how would you spend the rest of your life?

Chad: I would sell everything I own and take my wife to some remote island. Living, laughing and loving would be a top priority – with quality time spent in prayer and meditation. Hopefully some amazing food would be in order as well.

Dave: I would give everything I had to those who need it more and definitely spend more time in prayer and stay with family. It's a blessing that we are doing what we do and staying on two feet. I feel I would want to make the last 6 months of my life just helping others in need everyday.

Nonstop2k: What kind of mindset do you think would be helpful to the upcoming and aspiring producers who wish to develop themselves in the industry?

Dave: Try to not force it too much and stay focused. Having a good, consistent flow of tracks helps, but then realize that eventually quality is going to be better than quantity. It's important to find yourself a really good workflow to groove with on a daily basis so you can stay strong and sane. If you're beating your head against the wall - step away, rethink and return. Workflow is critical - it will make all the difference with your tracks in the end.

Chad: Well, get ready to grind. It’s a competitive industry, with loads of talent. You have to not only produce tracks at a high level, but consistency is key in a market place where the shelf life of most tracks is only a few months! Spend good time developing your sound, work hard, and things will turn up. Where do you predict the status of electronic dance music, globally, in the next five years?

Dave: EDM is has been having major changes within it already! You see the electro basslines already influencing the older trance sound. Now, the 4,4 beat is influencing the r&b industry and crossing over into many commercial jams. My hope is that within the next 5 years, EDM and the commercial world will unite, thus creating more opportunity for more artists! It's exciting.

Chad: I see EDM continuing to cross pollinate with other styles like it already has been. The migration of modern trance towards a more progressive and electro sound is apparent in just about every major artist out. Even longstanding labels who have been known for uplifting full on trance, are now moving towards a more tech, house influenced form of trance. Its exciting times in sound design. In the US, Hip Hop and R&B are seeing all time high levels of 4/4 beat influences. I see the lines between commercial and EDM continuing to blur even more. How would you describe your sound in three words?

Chad: Sexy, Edgy and Melodic ;)

Dave: Moving, Emotional and Powerful You have a very beautiful melodic sound. Who are your musical inspirations?

Dave: Ah well, my heart has always been into beautiful melody. I find myself being inspired by even the smallest sounds to the prettist melodies I've ever heard in even artists like, Pink Floyd, Cold Play, Acceptance and I could really just go on forever here!

Chad: Love, love, LOVE Coldplay! If you could collaborate with any musical artist at any time in history, who would it be?

Dave: I would love to get in the studio with Seal or Colbie Caillat

Chad: Chris Martin or Rhianna Any plans to work with other vocalists besides Cristina Soto on singles in the future?

Chad: Yes, we have already done so with a total of 5 vocalists on our new album. Meredith Call from Winter Kills, Jeza and Fisher are all amazing!

Dave: Additionally, I'm sure we'll also like to work with more vocal talent in the future as well. What can fans expect from your new record label this year?

Dave: A lot of unique music for sure! We're looking to build the team with a new, incredible sound. Be ready world - Air UP There wants to take you on an adventure.

Chad: Expect big things from Norin & Rad – Look out for the The Gift, its incredible HUGE! Lastly, what are your goals for 2011?

Dave: Get the new studio up and running fully and have a sucessfull album release!

Chad: Play Europe more, break the DJ Mag Top 100, and enjoy our Album Tour Dates. Thanks for taking time to chat with us! Hope to see you in a club this year soon!

Dave: Thank you! A great massive hug to everyone who has been pushing us through thick and thin! We love you.

Chad: You as well, and a BIG Thank You to all the fans who continue to inspire us!

03 January 2011

W&W Interview

W&W Interview

In just a few short years this Dutch duo has broke through the top ranks being voted at #71 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs. Known for their big room sound, bangin’ basslines, euphoric melodies, and their innovative production quality, they found some time in their busy schedules to sit down with us at Nonstop2k. Hey guys, where are you right now?

W&W: We just got back home. We played in Montreal last weekend, which was really amazing! How long have you been coming to

W&W: We always get all our MIDI files from there if we want to do a bootleg or just want to know the exact chords or rhythm of a melody. We probably have an account for about 4 years now already. You just played at Circus for their 10 year anniversary with Sean Tyas and Tritonal. What was it like?

W&W: Circus in Los Angeles is a great club; it's full of music-loving people who are really up for a party. They know most of the music that you're playing, but they are also very open minded if you test out new material. When, where and how did you two meet and form a group together?

W&W: We first met at Trance Energy back in 2007. After that we started hanging out a lot, we didn't really make music, we just went to parties and hung out. When we got back from the ASOT 300 party we were both up for producing so we decided to make a tune together and that's how Mustang and the entire W&W project was born. You guys have a very unique sound in your productions. How did you come across it?

W&W: We really love that big room sound, so what we do to create it is we layer a lot of different synths, each having its own function and then melt them together to get our typical big lead, sounding as one wall of sound. Our sound is a combination of a lot of tricks we learned over the past couple of years to get your tune sounding big and in your face. How do you typically begin a new production? Who focuses on what part?

W&W: Mostly we start with a melody or a sound, and from there on we build the track. The sounddesign part is Willem’s task same a starting a melody or main part to a new tune while Ward mostly finishes the particular melody and does the beats plus overall equalizing. While we both do the things we’re good at, the other is there to assist which creates a very effective working environment. We usually start making the main part first, but sometimes we just make beats or synth sounds and put them aside. Then we can always use a particular beat or synth sound in one of the new setups we made. What are your top three synths you use in the studio?

W&W: That would probably be the Lennar Digital Sylenth 1, AccessVirus TI and the ArturiaMinimoog. They all have a different function in our productions. For example the Virus sounds very big , has a lot of body and great filtering/releasing and with a punchy Sylenth 1 on top it can create a huge sound. You guys are building a hectic DJ diary. With all that time in planes and airports, how do you make the most of it? Do you work on productions on the go?

W&W: No we only make music in the studio at home because we want to be able to listen to it loud to get in that enthusiastic and inspirational mood, and we want to use our equipment. If we're producing on a laptop with headphones we feel kind of limited. There’s no question you have to work hard to get where you’re at. Could you tell us a little about your worth ethic and mindset that got you where you are today?

W&W: We always want to improve on every aspect. As soon as we have done something, like made a tune or did a DJ set, we're already looking forward to the next thing we're working on. We always set goals, and then do everything that is possible to reach that goal. If you never had a musical influence growing up, what do you think you'd be doing with your life?

Willem: Wow difficult one, if I was good enough maybe a soccer player. If not I studied economics so maybe would have started my own business in something I would like when I didn’t do music.
Ward: It’s hard for me to imagine a life without music, but I like cooking so maybe I would have become a cook. What genre of music can you not stand to listen to?

W&W: We're both not really big fans of Jazz, but even in that genre there are certain songs that we do like.We listen to a lot of different music genres to get inspiration,like all possible kinds of EDM or pop, rock, hip-hop and sometimes even classical music. How important is it to have a unique sound in electronic dance music?
W&W: It is probably the most important thing there is. It's the thing that makes you stand out from the rest; if you sound exactly like someone else people won't notice you. What goes through your mind when you are performing in front of thousands of people? [Have you ever messed up a transition while DJing?]

W&W: Playing in front of a huge crowd is one of the most exciting things there is, so much adrenaline involved. It goes by really fast and it’s almost like you don’t even know what’s going on. We actually never had a major mess-up so far (fingers crossed) so let's hope it stays that way in the future. How does it feel for Armin van Buuren to claim you two the future of trance music?

W&W: Well of course it's amazing that someone so big and influential as Armin van Buuren, who has done so much for trance music saying things like that. He helps us a lot with our career and we are very grateful for that! Do you produce any other genres of music?

W&W: We produce a lot of different genres, for other artists as well as just for fun. We want to be able to do any kind of music, so producing other genres is a good learning process. For instance we make house, electro, progressive, ambient and sometimes pop stuff. Any advice for the youngsters and upcoming producers?

W&W: Try not to copy other artists, try to find the things in music you like and the particular elements used in it, and try to usethe foundingredients in your own concept.

Also don't try to release a track which you're not 100% satisfied about, just for the sake of releasing it. Better wait till you have something really good, so your debut release immediately gets good response and gets played by big DJ'sas well as noticed by a lot of people. Where do you see yourselves in five years?

W&W: Hopefully still making the music we love to make and DJ all around the globe. The Netherlands has currently some of the biggest DJ names such as AvB, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, SVD, Afrojack, etc. How does it feel to be among them, being voted to spot #71 in this year’s DJ Mag Top 100?

W&W: We actually didn't expect to enter at all, but being voted into the DJ Mag top 100 means a lot to us. The fact that so many people around the world voted for us feels like a big appreciation for everythingthat we've done the last couple of years. Any new collaborations, productions and remixes to look forward to within the next few months?

W&W: First up is the remix we did for Sean Tyas - Banshee, coming out on A State Of Trance Recordings. After that the first single “Impact” of our upcoming debut artist album will be out in February.
On the album some collaborations will be featured, one of them will be the track we did with Dutch talent WezzDevall. The coming weeks we will be planning more collaborations, so stay tuned for that. We're very excited about the album, and we're looking forward to the release the coming summer. What new things can we expect from you two in 2011?

W&W: There are a lot of good things coming up in 2011. We will do a lot of gigs, so keep checking out our website every now and then if you wantto know where to find us. Due to our huge amount of homemade presets in different synths, we might release some sound banks for all the upcoming producers to use. Besides that a lot of cool things we unfortunately can’t talk about. Awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us!

W&W: No problem! Thanks for having us and all the best with the website!