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Despite emerging into the music scene at a young age, Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker proves that nothing’s impossible with ardent passion and persistent grit.

Having supported acts the likes of Rihanna and Justin Bieber, Walker initially started producing music only in his bedroom for the record label NoCopyrightSounds. This then led to the roaring success of his single, Faded, and a series of follow-up singles currently dominating the EDM scene.

 

We spoke to Walker about the symbolism in his music videos, his views on being a DJ, and a whole lot more in the interview below.

 

1. What kind of music did you listen to growing up and how did it influence your music now?

Techno music was my music of preference. That was also part of the reason for me wanting to pursue music production. After watching movies, I also gained an interest for film scores, so that has definitely influenced my music as well. Especially when it comes to melodies.

 

2. How do you choose vocalists for your songs? Is there a main criteria that you follow?

It varies from song to song. For Tired, I was actually presented with the demo vocals from Gavin James to begin with. And for Faded, we ended up going with Iselin Solheim’s vocals, even though she was initially intended for demo only. It was just so great, and went well with the song.

 

3. Prior to your success in the EDM scene, you were interested in computer programming and graphic design. How much did your interests in such areas impact your career in music?

It had a lot to say in developing my visual identity as an artist, and is something that you can find traces from in my artwork, logos, videos, and more.

 

4. The music videos for Alone and Faded start with characters with masks on, which they later take off at the end of the video. Can you explain the symbolism behind that recurring concept?

The mask is not about me wanting to hide my identity. Actually, I wear the mask to symbolize that people are all the same and all equal. For me, anyone could be the person behind the mask, and anyone can achieve amazing things.

 

5. How do you keep track of ideas you randomly get when you're touring?

That’s a good question. I’ll have to record or write them down somewhere, or share the idea with someone else in order to not forget it.

 

6. Can you share with us one song that you adore and wish you could've produced yourself?

My all-time favorite is ‘Time’ by Hans Zimmer.

 

7. Do you prefer to be a member of an audience or playing for a crowd? Why?

I enjoy both, actually. There’s nothing better than being on stage. But I also like to attend a show as a regular fan, especially with some of the artists I like.

 

8. Many EDM producers are drawing the lines between being a DJ and an artist. They think being an artist is more than just about the "drops" in their songs. What element in your music do you think sets you apart from the usual stereotypical impressions of being a DJ?

First of all, it’s important to note that you can still be either a DJ or an artist, without being both. And there’s obviously a lot of artists who don’t DJ, and vice versa. Also, I agree that being an artist is more than just creating drops. The music that is released by the most successful artists today is clearly a testament to that, because they are often complete tracks and not just driven by drops. You can see that on the charts as well, as EDM music has been a part of the top charts in recent time.

 

9. Which festival that you've played at is the most memorable for you and why?

Probably Main Stage at Tomorrowland this year. It was amazing!

 

10. Name 3 musicians that you can't stop listening to right now.

It varies from time to time. But at the moment: Hans Zimmer, Kygo and Armin Van Buuren

 

 

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LANY’s indescribable allure has captured the hearts of many - most of whom are seeking solace in their dreamlike soundscapes and visually appealing floral aesthetic.

This is almost unsurprising as the three-piece band embodies a laid-back aura synonymous to their romantic yet effervescent melodies.

But there’s more to it than meets the eye as frontman Paul Klein opens up about their writing process while briefly mentioning the possibility of coming back to Asia next year.

The slightly reserved guitarist/keyboardist Les Priest and drummer Jake Goss also joined in the conversation as we played the famous game, "Never Have I Ever" - Do the bandmates use each other's toothbrush? Have they ever embarrassed themselves on stage?

Find out all these and more in the video below.

 

Photo credit: Teejay Vergara for Spin or Bin Music

If you haven’t already heard, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco recently landed a lead role in the Broadway show “Kinky Boots”.

As expected, we’ve had P!ATD fans who would eagerly wait at the stage door to ask for autographs and apparently scream at Bredon’s face, like what most teenage fangirls do.

But it seems like the screaming is taking a toll on Urie’s mental well-being that he decided to stop greeting fans at the show.

While I understand that most fangirls would preferably express their excitement through piercing squeals, it is worth mentioning that Urie also deserves to be treated as a normal human being and not just a mere celebrity that only exists for our entertainment.

Also, give the guy a break! He’s trying to immerse himself in a different art form and should be respected the same way as other musical theater actors. The fact that he was already kind enough to meet fans and sign P!ATD merchandise at a Kinky Boots show manifests how much he appreciates their support.

Zack Hall, a friend of Urie, explained the situation in a tweet.

So, the next time you cross paths with a famous person, try striking a conversation or asking for a picture politely. But definitely refrain from screaming things like "HAVE MY BABIES!" in their face.

 

Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 11:14

How To Be Less Annoying At Concerts

We’ve all been amongst their presence. People who just won’t let you enjoy your favorite band in peace.

If you’re an avid concertgoer, you’ve probably noticed annoying habits in the mosh pit that are just difficult to ignore. It’s as though these habits are just screaming for your attention. That despite your persistent effort to remain ~chill~, you just have to live with the fact that some people are just going to piss you off.

But oftentimes we also become unaware of our own behavior and end up being one of those annoying people.

So, here are some things to take note of on how to be less annoying at concerts.

 

1.     Don’t film the entire concert on your smartphone

This is a no-brainer. But unless you’re on a serious personal project to document every second of your life, please refrain from filming the whole show. You’re not only going to do yourself a favor by "living in the moment," but it is also going to be a huge relief for people whose view you’re potentially blocking. Keep ‘em in your pocket!

 

2.     Only smoke in designated smoking areas

If you want to smoke, please don’t do it in a crowded pit amongst the presence of potential non-smokers. A guy once did this in a Glass Animals show and from the looks of the people around us, it surely killed everyone’s vibe.

 

3.     Don’t put your bags on the floor during the show

I would suggest not bringing a bag at all to a mosh pit, but I know that some of us have personal/medical needs to attend to. If you’re going to bring a bag, bring a small one and please don’t leave them on the ground. People didn’t pay for concert tickets only to step and dance on a floor obstructed by your inability to carry the things you bought in the pit. Bring only what you can carry throughout the entire show!

 

4.     Check your personal hygiene

Mosh pits are usually a place of severe stuffiness and heat – especially in Singapore. You’re going to start perspiring the moment you secure that coveted spot. Hence, it goes without saying to put on some deodorant prior to the show. A wise friend once said, "Don't assault others with your B.O.”

 

5.     Tie your hair

I don’t know about you but there have been a few instances where I’ve been smacked in the face by some girl’s hair and god was it beyond unpleasant. If your hair is more than shoulder-length long, I would suggest tying them in a bun just so you and others around you can move freely without worrying about getting hit by someone’s hair in the face. You’re not in a music video nor are you Beyoncé. Get over yourself!

 

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If you only have to watch one cover of a song this week, make it HAIM’s take on That Don’t Impress Me Much.

The Shania Twain hit was given its due resurrection into the mainstream scene at triple J's Like A Version segment.

Covers are usually a hit or miss, especially in today's hard-to-impress generation. But rest assured that HAIM will continue to surpass our expectations - especially when you have both Este and Danielle on lead vocals.

We all know how it went down when HAIM covered Selena Gomez and had Alana on vocals... not that well-received.

But then, it doesn’t take much to be enthralled by HAIM, and this cover just proves that the trio is finally back to bless our ears. 

Be sure to be entertained by Este’s amusing side-eyes and Danielle’s effortless guitar solos in the video below.

 

Photo Credit: Getty

I’m not gonna lie.

I’ve laughed at all the memes and expressed my annoyance over Ed Sheeran’s cameo on Game of Thrones more times that I can count over the past two days.

People were hilarious, we can’t deny that fact.

Sheeran’s scene as a Lannister soldier certainly had an impact on my overall enjoyment of the episode, just like any other millennial who is eagerly following today’s pop culture scene.

Just when you thought you were fully immersed in the fantasy world of Westeros, a familiar face pops up, suddenly reminding you that the show is in fact fictional - way to ruin the sense of escapism there!

Unfortunately, this is not Hannah Montana meets The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. People these days don’t get excited about crossovers anymore.

But after hearing about his sudden disappearance from Twitter due to the mockery, I realized that Sheeran was just a normal fan who wanted to be on his favorite show. I mean, LET THE GUY LIVE!!!

Despite the backlash, Game of Thrones director Jeremy Podeswa has Sheeran's back, even complimenting his performance – "In the world of the show, he did a lovely job, and he looks like he belongs in that world."

We also have other GoT fans who supported the scene, saying that it was an essential part of the storyline.

 

So, there you go! Please remember to be kind to one another, especially to Ed Sheeran. The lad tried, for goodness’ sake!

 

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HAIM is no longer a name in need of an introduction.

The talented siblings are back with a sophomore record, Something To Tell You, continuously proving critics wrong about their musicality and fun personas.

I mean, what would HAIM be if not for Este Haim’s bass face?

HAIM’s artistry does not necessarily capture the essence of catchy melodies or even the perfect intonation, but the band certainly knows how to deliver an appealing vibe. This might be a mixture of vulnerable and honest lyrics or hell, even just a simple yet enthralling bassline (listen to You Never Knew).

The three-piece sister band have smoothly entered the rock scene in 2013 with their well-received debut album, Days Are Gone - leaving fans with a long 4 year wait for their second record. But every single day of the dreaded delay was worthwhile as we now have more HAIM material to devour!

With this, here are 5 songs from Something To Tell You that you should definitely give a listen!

 

1. You Never Knew

 

2. Something To Tell You

 

3. Little Of Your Love

 

4. Want You Back

 

5. Kept Me Crying

 

Photo Credit: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Rolling Stone, Imgur

I’ve recently noticed a commonality between all of the bands I’ve been listening to… and it’s their devotion to floral aesthetics.

Call me basic, but when I see something that has some sort of a flower on it, I immediately sense a feeling of calmness.

Somehow, there’s an unfathomable vibe being emitted by floral aesthetics that just appeals to the majority of the female population. This instant Sofia Coppola-esque feeling can be compared to the pixie dream-like aesthetic of teenage girls, which might just be the reason why bands are incorporating roses into their style.

We’ve got tour posters, merchandise, and even stage set-ups just begging to be instagrammed, and we’re not even complaining! We dig this shit!

Here are 3 bands you should check out (if you haven’t already) who are drowning in floral aesthetics.

 

The Maine

 

LANY

 

Whitney

 

 

Photo Credit: The Maine via Facebook, LANY via Instagram, Whitney via Instagram and Facebook, @_lupe via Instagram

Kesha pens down a personal essay on Lennyletter detailing the process and inspiration behind her new single, Praying.

Say goodbye to usual mindless lyrical content and catchy melodies, because Kesha unveils her brand new self with a stirring ballad enveloped by her raw vocals. 

Straying away from her initial dollar sign embedded name, Kesha is embodying the true artist that she intended to be. The Tik Tok singer has definitely been on the down low both in the public eye and music scene as she’s gone through major challenges in life.

But the singer is finally back stronger than ever with a brand new single that she dedicates to people who have helped her in the most difficult moments in her life, according to her essay.

Wondering what catapulted Kesha’s sudden change in genre? Here are some quotes from her essay sharing the inspiration behind Praying.

 

"This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you."

 

"It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone."

 

"It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal."

 

"This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can't control everything — because trying to control everyone was killing me."

 

"I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it."

 

Listen to Praying here:

 

Photo Credit: Laura Cerra

If you're looking for an edgier take on The 1975's mellow hit, Somebody Else, then Circa Waves might just fulfill your dreams.

The indie rock band recently released a studio version of the song a few months succeeding their session for MistaJam on BBC Radio 1.

The cover is definitely far from The 1975's dreamy and melancholic version, as the song now offers a playful vibe made possible by those crunchy guitar riffs.

But the real question remains, do fans approve? We went over to Twitter to find out.

We have die-hard supporters who see nothing but the cover's brilliance.

Of course, there are some who are just not into it.

 

While there are a few who are just generally conflicted.

 

Our verdict? We don't love it, but we also don't hate it. Let’s just say we’re leaning more on the "we can live with it" side of the spectrum.

Let us know what you think of the cover by listening to it here:

 

Photo Credit: Emma Swann for DIY

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