Wicked Empire Has Made His Mark On The World Of Deep House Music

 


 

 

As an artist myself, I know what it is like to write and record your own music, without any financial backing or any other perks to start you off the in the music industry.

However, Christopher Dickinson has surpassed expectations of bedroom composers, as he recorded his most recent single ‘Blow The Roof Off’, entirely at his camp base in the middle east while serving for the US army, fighting for freedom.


 

This would be no hurdle for the producer, who managed to rig up a fairly cool set up, including Ableton Live; Fruity Loops; Pioneer XDJ and Novation Launchpad. Not Too bad, is it?!

Christopher has expressed his feelings on how he wants to get out of the army, and he feels this could be a possible way to drive his focus towards his overall goal, music making.

Be sure to check out Christopher and his brand new track ‘Blow the Roof Off’, out now:

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Beats and Temperatures Dropped With Roman Zayat’s “Cold”

With the temperature dropping at an alarming speed, it’s perfect timing for Russian musician, composer and producer, Roman Zayat, to release his first EDM track, “Cold”.

Having previously released a well-received album in his homeland which was much nearer the singer-songwriter/rock mould, Roman has changed musical direction without abandoning any musical skill, incorporating guitars and traditional instrumentation into his blissed-out deep house which breaks out of being conventional by using top-notch vocals and superior production from Andrey Samsonov (Marc Almond; Nick Cave). The vocalist in question is so-far a mystery, Roman only revealing that he is well-known by millions of Americans. Has the leader of the free world release a dance track?! You heard it here first!

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Techno Prisoners – Nej!Las

Having become a dedicated electronic producer, nej!las has lived in 2 different countries and 8 different cities in 18 years. On top of this, she is a qualified lawyer and has founded a charity which has raised millions of dollars for needy people worldwide. All these experiences taught her how to adapt, how to be transient, and most importantly, how to be independent, original and unique.

Here, we get a clearer idea of just what makes her tick:

What attracted you to the techno/electro/house scene?

The ability (and even the requirement) to make, not only harmonic melodies and bass lines, but to additionally have percussion and drums that could, by themselves, carry a song.  Techno/electro/house pushes the envelope by requiring and allowing for creativity in all areas of a song. It requires one to constantly innovate and come up with new, original, creations and techniques applied to the production.

What is your local music scene like? How do you think you fit in?

The Detroit Techno scene is so prominent; it created its own genre. The Detroit Techno Militia shows the attitude of techno producers that reside in Detroit – independent, proud and original. Detroit allows for producers to have creativity, to not necessarily fit inside the box of what “techno” is supposed to be, but to continuously push the boundaries of the genre. Detroit Techno is innovative. The innovative and original style shines through my music.

You’ve got a huge gig lined up – what would be your dream venue?

An intimate venue where I could feed off of the audiences’ energy and they could be up close and personal to my live production. A symbiotic relationship between me and the crowd.

Tell us about how you go about creating your music, from initial idea to completion

I create two different live sets.

The first live set – the “progressive, melodic set” focuses on the harmonic elements. This set, by itself, would be categorized as “progressive” music. I spend days creating and manipulating analogs, wavetables, and filters in order to find a unique synth sound. I tend to favour an almost guitar-like synth – overdriven and raw. I then, likewise, formulate an “opposite” synth that is sweet and melodic – as if it could lead a progressive/chill-out song. This synth tends to be a string or rubber instrument. I then spend additional days writing, rewriting, and rearranging midi data and appreciations. With all the variations of synths and midi, I usually have enough sounds and tracks to form an entire arrangement. This is the next step, to formulate all the melodies into an arrangement of a harmonic song from an intro to an outro.

The second set – the “techno” set focuses solely on drums and percussion. I likewise arrange a very heavy techno arrangement from an intro to an outro. Hardware, like the Alesis SamplePad 4, is very useful to continue to create original midi data, or even audio samples, for percussion.  I want this second set to be able to stand alone as a song without bass or melodies.

In the end, I combine the two sets, which could, by themselves, be sufficient for a song, into one set that has movement and free flowing segments. I arrange the set to make it play as if I were playing it live. I even record all the modulations and envelopes from a MIDI controller (the AKAI MPC40) as if I were performing it live. This “live performance” of the song becomes the final track.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To continue to innovate and bring original music into the traditional “techno” genre. I want to create a niche of original, harmonic, progressive, techno songs that play, and sound, like a live set.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Songs like “Fini” play like a live set, except it allows one to listen to it anywhere. That is the style of my production – to have harmonic synths that could stand by themselves as a progressive song, but on top of the harmonies, to have percussion and drums that could also be sufficient for a song. The music is “alive”, always changing and morphing into something new and creative.

The Hip-Hop Storyteller: Tony Banks

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Music Bear Tony Banks is aiming to be perceived as the ultimate hip-hop storyteller, and his latest single ‘Run!’ would suggest that he is more than on his way to achieving this.

As part of the LGBT community, Tony has fought against the typical mainstream image that hip-hop music is a hetero-dominated genre, finding his own corner of the musical world which sees him mixing a potent blend of rap, dance and house with his own genre of hip-hop. It’s music for the club, it’s music for everyday and most importantly, it’s music for today with the way that it highlights the faults in society and the oppression of black lives in America.

Many perceive the genre of hip-hop to be nothing more than fast lyrics and attitude, but Tony Banks has transformed the style into something much more with ‘Run!’, managing to tell a story beneath the pulsating beats and soul inspired vocals of collaborators, EarthTone and JwlB.

Standing out from the crowd whilst going from nothing to something, all on his own merits with the help of his outspoken and unapologetic personality – Tony personifies the American Dream. This guy is more than just an artist.

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