Dutch producer Sandro Silva, the mastermind behind “Epic” and more, has really made himself a standout in 2013. With hits like “Puna” and “Payback” out this year, his future looks very bright for this young producer. We sat down with him to discuss music, inspiration, and more. Take a look at his answers and enjoy!
Who or what inspired you to make dance music?
My main inspiration that got me into dance music were guys like Tiesto, David Guetta, and Armin van Buuren. I saw this and I was so overwhelmed. Guys like them show that “the sky is the limit” and I’ve always worked, since the beginning, with that quote in the back of my head.
You have a very distinct sound which is prevalent with you hit songs, “Epic,” with Quintino, “Puna,” and now “Payback.” How did you go about finding this specific sound?
This sound started when I created “Epic.” I was just messing around in the studio until I found this cool percussion sound. I made it sound like a synth and added a big kick to it. I had enough room for my mix as I had not many elements and that made it so easy for me. Just the big distorted kick and the percussion sound as the key elements.
Do you have any new music you’re currently working on that you can tell us about?
Yes a lot of music. I can say there are two new releases coming up in 2014. One is going to be on Spinnin (Doorn) and one on Calvin Harris his label, Fly Eye. Really excited about the new year as I’m gonna try new things with my sound.
You’ve had a few hit songs already. Are there any plans for an album in the future?
I really want to do that, but that’s something for later. For now I really want to build my career with singles and remixes and do many shows all around the world and reach as many people as possible.
You’ve release on a whole bunch of different record labels. What was the process of signing your songs like with different labels? Was one label easier to deal with than the others?
Sometimes it’s indeed easier to deal with one label than another. But, we also look at the final result when I finish a track in the studio. What label fits for this type of sound and which label is really on top of his game right now? Those questions we ask ourselves before we send it out.
If you could collaborate with any artists, regardless of genre, who would it be and why?
Drake, I’m a huge fan of him since the beginning! Love the emotions in his songs and his versatility.
How do you feel about all the talent coming out of your home country, Holland?
It’s amazing to see, words cannot describe the amount of talent. It’s keeping every producer really sharp in what they do and that makes us even stronger!
What is your opinion on the “ghost producing” epidemic?
Ah man, my stomach is turning around when I hear that word. Not because there are ghost producers but the fact that some DJ’s are being so mysterious about it. It’s like they hiding a crime or something. People also sometimes think I work with a ghost-producer too, but that is absolutely not true. I always produced my tracks by myself form the very first beginning and still do.
Do you ever have times where you feel a loss of creativity? If so, is there anything special you do to get the creative process moving again?
Yes of course, every artist has that. I have many shows every weekend, so If I have a bad day in the studio I can always look forward to a big show that weekend. I get so many positive energy and inspiration from that so I always take that with me to the studio.
Where can we expect to see you in 2014?
You can find me on every spot in the world again doing amazing shows with wonderful people and I hope we can take everything to another level again, I have so many ambition and want to share that with the world!
Take a listen to his songs, “Epic,” “Puna,” and “Payback” below and enjoy!
Borgeous newest solo release “Invincible” is set to be released on January 20th on Spinnin Records. We’ve seen him work a lot with DVBBS, but not solo in a good amount of time. “Invincible” is definitely a different sound from Borgeous‘ most recent releases.
We’re used to hard hitting big room from Borgeous, but “Invincible” is nothing like that. It’s a really melodious progressive house banger with amazing vocals. The melody is really calm with relaxing vocals, but the drop is where the song gets exciting. It has a great sound to it, and it’s different from a lot of other music being released now.
Borgeous‘ “Invincible” will be released soon, so check back when it’s out. Take a listen to the preview below and enjoy!
FTampa returns to Vicious Records with Vandalism to release “Yes.” FTampa has been moving away from his older style or electro and switching to big room sounding music. Both FTampa and Vandalism have been putting out tons of great music, so it’s no surprise “Yes” is a banger.
The melody has great chords and very progressive, while the drop is big room. The whole song has a great sound to, a good blend of calm and crazy. The buildup is also really intense, it gets you excited for the huge drop. As I said before, “Yes” is a banger. You can definitely hear all of the artists styles in the song.
Make sure you get your copy of “Yes” on Beatport. Take a listen below and enjoy!
German producer Mike Okay has released an EP featuring one original track, Blizzards, with two remixes. One by about/ski, and the other by aboriginal.
The EP as a whole is quite out there and takes a bit of getting used to, but the original mix of Blizzards is really interesting and quite well done. Okay manipulates the vocals in a very unique way and the pounding bass overtop the light synths is a juxtaposition that adds a nice depth in its production value. I would definitely describe this track as quite “indy”. The next track is a remix by about/ski which is my favorite track of the release. How a/s layers percussion and specifically the tone of each instrument is really well done. I also enjoyed the unpredictability of the break. Overall, the track had a great groove and yet keep the originality of it’s father track. Finally, Aboriginal’s track isn’t very good. In fact, I found it quite annoying. Give it a listen in case you like it, but my advice is a skip on that one.
Time to give in and take a listen to local LA DJ Carlo Astuti with his newest Mix Selection of his best beats ending with his latest hot mix “Love Me Again” by John Newman. Astuti’s Electro House and Progressive House MINDKRAFT Radio Show #32 shows off what he’s all about: Energetic, lively, joyful and playful along with catchy lyrics. The once-a-month radio show for this month includes mixes with other DJs like Calvin Harris and Nari & Milani. Astuti’s popular technique of dance floor rhythm all in 59 minutes with 17 seconds of glory. Astuti produces and remixes for labels like Dim Mak Records, Perfecto Records, MINDKRAFT Music, Nervous Records, UC Music, Audiodevot, Tight Lipped Recordings, Four Peas Recordings, Modifi Grooves and Undercool Productions. Take this beat to a party, click play and let the floor light up with magic.
1. Sick Individuals – Lights Of Neon (Original Mix)
2. Burns – Get Loud (Original Mix)
3. Carlo Astuti – If You Would Shotgun (Chrimera MashUp)
4. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike G.I.P.S.Y. (Original Mix)
5. DubVision – Rifler (Original Mix)
6. Afrojack feat. Spree Wilson – The Spark (Blasterjaxx Remix)
7. Carlo Astuti – 4321 (Original Mix)
8. Danny Avila – Tronco (Original Mix)
9. Steve Angello, Matisse & Sadko vs Calvin Harris – Thinking About SLVR (Klaud Edit)
10. Teo Moss, Arone Clein – Chainsaw (Phonk D’or, Arone Clein Big Room Mix)
11. NO ID (Original Mix)
12. Maurizio Gubellini & Delayers feat. Nicci – Again & Again (Original Mix)
13. Nari & Milani – Patriots (Original Mix)
14. John Newman – Love Me Again (Carlo Astuti Remix)
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