Posts Tagged ‘dance music’

March 13, 2018
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Hudson Mohawke’s Chimes is a classic in my book. Though I haven’t listened to it in awhile, the moment that progressive melody hit my ears raised all the serotonin levels in my brain to the max. And now, Basenji, another much revered production legend, has released his bootleg of Chimes. You should be no stranger to the remix if you’ve caught Basenji live. But to be able to dive into its breaking Jersey Club/garage styled intricacies whenever we want is a generous gift from the music gods. It’s almost as if Jamie xx and HudMo came together on a track. In other words, this is brilliantly divine. Basenji’s bootleg marks the beginning of a whole month of fresh releases from the producer. You can catch the Sydney artist back home in Australia this spring when he embarks on tour. Dates can be found, here.

December 12, 2017
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New Party Nails single So Broke arrives two months after the Los Angeles based pop chanteuse toured nationwide with the likes of PVRIS and Lights, and one month after she worked with GETTER on his single Solo. She’s even linked up with LA electronic duo Battle Tapes on her new offering, a dance-ready explosion of peppy beats, sassy cooing, and gritty synths. So Broke is like HOLYCHILD and Fickle Friends gone super dance pop and electro; it’s vivacious and vibrant, irresistible and contagious. Party Nails is currently working on a debut full length album and planning a spring tour. Stream more of this rising starlet’s music on Soundcloud, here.

June 30, 2017

I HEART MOOSIQ interview : GRYFFIN 

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival 06.24.17

interviewed by Nick

We’d like to thank Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist and producer Gryffin for taking the time to speak with us after his killer ID10T Festival set and after coming off a tiring weekend of closing out stages at Fire Fly Music Festival and EDC Las Vegas.


GRYFFIN: My (EDC) set was at 4:30am. I had the sunrise set and I had just come from Firefly Music Festival the night before.

IHM: So you flew across the country.

GRYFFIN: Yeah, it was really intense. It was fun though. It was so late though. I got into Vegas, soundchecked in the afternoon, and we didn’t sleep from the night before from closing the dance tent there, and I had to sleep or else I’m not going to be energetic at all for this 4:30 set. So I didn’t get to see anyone. I bailed the next day. Well, I saw a little bit of Slushii, but that’s because he was on right before me. Man, it was so hot.

IHM: When I came back from EDC to the Bay Area, I was thinking it’s going to be cooler weather. But it was still like 100 degrees over here.

GRYFFIN: Oh yeah, wasn’t there recently a pretty extreme heat wave.

IHM: Today’s basically the first day that’s cooled down. We’re thankful it’s only low 80s finally.

GRYFFIN: My parents were talking about that too. They were saying it was like 95 degrees here.

IHM: Like I said, not much of a change from Vegas. Was that your first EDC experience?

GRYFFIN: It was my first one. Well, I guess I’ve done the other. I did EDC Japan, so I guess the big one really is the Vegas one so I’d consider it my first one. It was freakin’ awesome. I always heard that you know EDC is going to be crazy but I didn’t really understand it from a production stand point. How many people actually show up and go to it. I don’t know. You kind of have to go and experience it to understand how big it is.

IHM: I remember our first time seeing you was at SnowGlobe.

GRYFFIN: That was actually my first live show that I had ever done and it was literally like minus 5 degrees outside. And I’m like trying to play the guitar and I can’t even feel my fingers on the fret board. And this is … if I can make it through this then I can make it through the live shows any where else. Man, it feels like such a long time ago, but I love that festival and I love Tahoe.

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IHM: So you play a bunch of instruments. Were you self-taught or how did you learn?

GRYFFIN: Em, well, kind of. I started taking classical piano lessons when I was seven. I played all the way through high school. In that sense, I wasn’t self taught. I learned classical music playing Mozart and all that kind of stuff. Maybe when I was 11 or 12 I was getting really into rock music. Ironically Weezer, maybe we’ll see them here tonight (at ID10T Music Festival), and that kind of music. I decided I wanted to start jamming, playing guitar and with friends, and that was self taught by just looking online for tabs and videos on how to play guitar and stuff. Then in high school I’d jam around with friends. So that’s really where all the music kind of came from. 

Then as I got to college that’s when I really started to get into dance music. I remember listening to Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers and that kind of stuff, and I was into it, but it wasn’t until I got to school that I got into the big players like Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, when he was coming up. And I remember the first time hearing Skrillex, it was like, “oh my gosh, what is this music?” It’s so insane, it’s so futuristic sounding, and that’s when I decided I should try to make it just for fun.

IHM: Would you go to a bunch of shows?

GRYFFIN: Yeah I did. I would go to the shows at The Shrine, HARD Day of the Dead…

IHM: So basically all these SoCal shows?

GRYFFIN: Yeah.

IHM: And it’s pretty awesome, for music, in LA.

GRYFFIN: Yeah it is. For that scene it was bubbling at that time, I mean it still is, but it was cool going to Together As One. I went to Coachella. I remember being at Coachella when DeadMau5 revealed his mask that lit up for the first time. I was in the crowd thinking, “Oh my God, this is insane.” That was when I was like, “I want to try and do this.” Not as a career necessarily, it was that same mentality as in high school where I just wanted to make music.

IHM: Well you still have White Panda don’t you?

GRYFFIN: I’m not part of it anymore. I don’t talk about that too much. That was really where everything started, making mash-ups in college. Then I realized I wanted to do more than make sample based music, because, I know how to play instruments. I want to make music and I don’t want to just sample stuff. That was how the Gryffin project spawned.

IHM: Gryffin is obviously a play on your name, but does it symbolize anything to you. Are you a big Harry Potter fan?

GRYFFIN: Hahaha, I wasn’t at the time but I am now. My girlfriend is a huge Harry Potter fan. And I’m glad I picked the good one, GRYFFINDOR right? It’s not like I was Slytherin or anything. But yeah, I based the name off… well it is my last name, but a griffin is a mythical creature. It’s majestic, and since it’s a half eagle it conveys a lot of flight, uplifting, soaring type of energy themes. That’s what I try to do with my music is make it uplifting and beautiful, kind of a sort of floating feeling. That’s why I went with this creature, because I love everything that it represents and the mythology behind it. It just felt like a good fit.

IHM: And with your Flight Log mixes, that’s perfect.

GRYFFIN: EXACTLY. I’m still trying to figure out the debut name of my EP. I still want to keep the aviation flight theme going so if you guys have any ideas, let me know. I’m going to bring back the Flight Logs this summer actually. I’ve been getting a lot of flack from fans about it, “it’s been a year dude, like come on.”

IHM: I’ve been telling my friends too, “At least he did a Night Owl Radio mix”.

GRYFFIN: I did do that! But I want to do another Flight Log because I have a lot of new music I want to put on there. A lot of remixes of the singles and stuff. And that’s definitely going to come this summer.

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IHM: How far along are you with that EP?

GRYFFIN: It’s almost done. So it’s three of the singles that have already come out and three brand new singles. I actually played one of them tonight, or a snippet of it. But they’re basically done from the production stand point. I got to find a vocalist for one of them.

IHM: How do you go about that? Do you hear a voice and you’re like, “I got to have that”?

GRYFFIN: Yeah, at this point in the record, the production and the songwriting is finished. It’s just the singer, she’s a songwriter and she has no aspirations to be an artist. She just wants to be behind the scenes, which I totally respect, but she’s got an amazing voice. It sucks because she sounds amazing on the record. Now I’m trying to reach out and talk with other artists and getting them to take their impression of the song and put their own flavor to it and see if it’s the right vibe. So I’ve been doing a lot of sessions in LA when I’m not on tour. But it’s basically done and I’m hoping to put everything out in August.

IHM: So have you started reaching out to people asking them to remix certain songs?

GRYFFIN: Actually, no. Not for the new records. But the ‘Feel Good’ remix package is coming out next week, which there are some really good remixes out there.

IHM: Do you get in contact with artists or they reach out to you to do a remix?

GRYFFIN: It kind of goes both ways. So half the remix EP was people that reached out to me or cold submitted it and I just loved them. And the other half, I personally asked Crankdat, I personally asked Brooks, and they have really sick remixes.

IHM: Great! So we’re here at ID10T fest, and it kind of feels weird that it’s comics and music put together. It kind of feels like a segregated crowd.

GRYFFIN: Yeah, it was definitely a bit eclectic. I was talking with Hugo earlier and they were asking me right as I got off if it was alright. And, you guys are right. It is segregated where some people came here for the comedy but others came here for the music. But the fans that came here for the music are fans of all three of us (Gryffin, Jai Wolf, Madeon). 15 minutes into the set I look back to David who’s doing video and I’m like, “Yo, this is pretty lit. People are really into this right now.” It ended up being… and I didn’t want to downplay the festival, but the crowd was awesome and Jai Wolf and I were saying the hospitality’s been really good by the festival.

IHM: Jai Wolf is playing right after you. At Lollapalooza you guys are doing an after party together.

GRYFFIN: Hell yeah!

IHM: How does that come about?

GRYFFIN: We’ve been homies for awhile. We have the same agent, and when I was living in New York he was living in Long Island, and I went over to his house several times. We kind of just became friends. That whole crew of Manila Killa, Louis The Child, Jai … I’m like super tight with all them now. I love seeing them and doing stuff with them.

IHM: You’re friends with Brett [Blackman] right? (URL2IRL CEO/founder, mgmt Moving Castle for AOBeats, Manila Killa, SAKIMA, Hotel Garuda)

GRYFFIN: Yes! I love Brett!

IHM: Brett is awesome!

GRYFFIN: He is the man. I’m going to see him in LA. Manila has a show at El Rey Theatre in like a week. I haven’t seen Brett in months.

IHM: I’m going to see Manila Killa at The Regency Ballroom on July 8th.

GRYFFIN: Yeah! It’s going to be amazing. I love Chris (Manila Killa), dude. I would honestly say he’s one of my closest friends out of producers. He’s a really good person.

IHM: I love watching him on stage, even when he’s not performing. He’s a really good hype man.

GRYFFIN: But yeah, Jai [Wolf] and I were briefly talking about what kind of production we wanted for that. It should be a really fun show.

IHM: Can we expect any b2b?

GRYFFIN: I’m going to start off the night, then he’ll come on. Depending on how the vibe is we may come on together. We just want to make it a fun vibe because we’re homies outside of music.

Gryffin is looking forward to time off next month. He’ll be spending it in the studio working on new music and preparing for his tour this fall. He’s also released an official remix today for Kygo & Ellie Goulding’s First Time, which can be streamed via Spotify, here. Watch the video for his latest original with Illenium, Feel Good, featuring Daya, below.


We had a great time chatting with one of our favorite artists, a versatile songwriter, dexterous musician, and captivating performer. His scintillating live performance in the Mad Decent dance tent at Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival was colossal. Thank you, Gryffin!

You can catch Gryffin’s live set at Lollapalooza in August. We’ll be on the look out for further details regarding his tour later this year! 

Gryffin: WebsiteFacebook / Soundcloud / YouTube / Twitter

June 6, 2017
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Australian four piece Haiku Hands describes themselves as an elusive crew of artists who’s influence can be felt across live performance, visual art, and production. The intriguing quartet arrive with an edgy, ravey debut named Not About You. Dance, hip hop, and pop mesh as one on the high energy bop. It’s like a confluence of all that is manic electrifying and clamorous invigorating from The Ting Tings, CSS, Zebra Katz, and more, with a dose of Die Antwoord delirium and a hard Jersey bounce. Haiku Hands’ sassy, gutsy debut leaves us curious to learn more about the visual side of their artistry. They’ve been working with some of Australia’s finest writers and producers, such as El Gusto (Hermitude), Joelistics, Jaytee Hazard and Lewis Can Cut to form genre bending songs that span across a wide variety of genres. 

February 26, 2017
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The temperature may have dropped to the 40s yet again here in San Francisco, but for just a few minutes, we’re transported to a drafty summer day by New Zealand’s BAYNK as he waxes wistful with new single Poolside. The producer’s glassy glazed, gently thumping electronica is frothy light and soothing smooth. We lounge by that pool under a cool shade, daydreaming the day away as we gaze into its clear sparkly waters under a magnificent blue sky. BAYNK’s Poolside is out now on iTunes.

July 7, 2016
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You know a song is massive when its appearance a mere two weeks ago inspires an endless sea of remixes. That’s exactly what occurred with Maggie Rogers’ Alaska, an incredible blend of alt folk and R&B pop that many have been applauding as one of the best tracks this year. One of the latest remixes of Alaska to grace our ears is a deep melodic house edit by German duo SAXITY. Of course, a SAXITY remix wouldn’t be complete without some horns. This Alaska is a summer soiree. Any glacier ice would have melted instantaneously under the warm hands of SAXITY as they transform Maggie Rogers’ song into a dance spectacular. They add a complex array of additional live instruments to the song, creating a breezy bouncing, joyous festive jamboree. The remix is a free download, here.

April 1, 2016

*interviewed by Nick 

Last month, I Heart Moosiq and Nora En Pure had an in depth conversation right before the Zurich based producer crushed it with a spectacular set at Ruby Skye in San Francisco. Read on to see what we talked about!


IHM: We’re glad to see you going back on the road as that hopefully means personal matters were resolved at home. As someone who doesn’t tour I’ve always wondered what artists do to keep from being home sick. What remedies do you have for yourself?

Nora En Pure:

I’ve always traveled a lot and had to fly to places on my own in a young age, so I guess I got used to it already before touring. Now to keep in touch Facetime, Skype and all those things help a lot! Being always on the go means it also keeps life interesting. There’s almost never a dull moment and you appreciate home much more. I guess it’s about how you deal with situations and try to get most out of it always.

IHM: Nora En Pure to me is a global artist with roots in South Africa and a home in Switzerland. You’ve also been to Australia, South America, the States. Is there any part of the world you haven’t touched?

Nora En Pure:

So far I’ve been missing out on Asia. I have been in India a couple of times which I enjoyed very much! Also in South America I’d love to go play in more countries. I have only been in Brazil and Uruguay until now.

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IHM:

How do you balance your wanderlust and enjoyment for nature with your persona as an artist? 

Nora En Pure:

Being a DJ brings you mostly into big cities but sometimes also to remote areas which you’d never see if it wasn’t for the music. So I love the constant change of scenery. At home I go on long walks with my dog. After all a lot of time is spent in hotels, clubs, airplanes so at home I like to stay away from noise and the hassle and enjoy being outdoors.

IHM:

What exposed you as a child to Opera, Metal, and Rock and who were your favorite artists?

Nora En Pure:

As kids we used to be in those skater circles. So punk, rock & ska was the cool music. I loved Linkin Park and Offspring but also more Indie or as you said Metal Opera like Avantasia 😉 It’s definitely not everyone’s music but I was very captivated by it. I would still now absolutely go to their concerts.

IHM:

Could you ever see yourself performing as anything other than Nora En Pure? For example as an actress in an opera.

Nora En Pure:

Not really, I am actually a rather shy person and don’t like exposure too much. Music and playing live I love that’s why I feel always comfortable with it. But I think for acting and singing I’d be far too nervous to enjoy it. Plus I’m really bad at acting..

IHM:

When you released your first Purified mix did you imagine you’d release as many as you have now?

Nora En Pure:

Of course the purified mixes were planned to become a regular podcast. In fact I should be further already than I am now. But sometimes there were too many things going on and I couldn’t manage everything in time. Now it’s a radio show on a 2-week basis and that’s good!

IHM:

In an interview I saw before you stated that you listen to Classical music in your down time. Is there any genre that doesn’t appeal to you?

Nora En Pure:

Classical music helps me to relax. But also there are pieces which are very heavy. I prefer the relaxing soft classical pieces. In general I don’t like really noisy music like the EDM from the past few years. I’m not a fan of German vocal music, also folk music is definitely not my favourite…

IHM:

When you’re out touring what takes up most of your time while traveling?  

Nora En Pure:

I guess time in the airplane. I fly every weekend somewhere. Mostly different countries on one weekend. But the whole process to get to the airplane bugs me more. I just came back from our North American bus tour and that was amazing. No airports, no planes, no checks. Having a bed and being able to walk around and being flexible while driving was amazing!

IHM:

Also in the cities you play are you more driven to explore sights or explore places to eat?

Nora En Pure:

Definitely to eat 😉 I’m not very much into sight seeing. I love to experience a country but not from the tourist perspective. And mostly I simply don’t have the time to go around a lot.

IHM:

You majored in Criminal Psychology. What is your take on Netflix’s docu-series “Making a Murderer”?

Nora En Pure:

To be honest, I haven’t watched it yet. I am a series junkie but I just don’t find the time for it these days. I will definitely give it a try sometime soon.

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IHM:

The No Xcuses Vs. Enormous Tunes Bus Tour seems like it was inevitable. EDX, Croatia Squad, and you have done remixes and overall seem like a family. How is it touring with them?

Nora En Pure:

It was great, as mentioned above I most appreciated being in a bus, that was amazing. We are in fact one team, it’s like family. It was also a really good experience musically, to see each other play and we complemented each other very well with the sound.

IHM:

Any nicknames you guys have for each other?

Nora En Pure:

Hmm… not really. Nothing that could be disclosed here 😉

IHM:

Pretty soon you’ll be in Miami at the same time as Ultra Music Festival. As a successful artist who usually has to perform at events how hard is it to become a regular festival/concert-goer and enjoy shows in the crowd?

Nora En Pure:

When I was younger I used to go to festivals myself. Now I prefer not to be in huge crowds. I love the shows that have less people, one can move and dance nicely, get a drink whenever you want, it’s way more relaxed. 

Miami is always busy there are so many events, this year I am playing many more shows than last year. The day pool parties are my favourites! The vibe is excellent and my music fits really well.

IHM:

I’m a little biased being from California, but how excited are you to be performing at Coachella?

Nora En Pure:

Of course I am very excited. It is an honour to play there. They feature huge acts, legends and new cutting edge talents. It’s amazing that they were interested in me and I can’t wait for it.

IHM:

Have you ever been there before?

Nora En Pure:

No, it will be my first time!

IHM:  Who are you most excited to see this year?

Nora En Pure:

I like Rüfüs, I have met them a couple of times but never actually heard them play. Black Coffee from South Africa I have also never heard live. Then obviously heavy weights like Guns n Roses…

IHM:

I’ll be excited to see you Friday at Ruby Skye and at Coachella! Thanks for your time.

Nora En Pure:

THANK YOU!

(Of note, Nora En Pure is not playing Coachella anymore due to scheduling conflicts, and IHM is much gutted about that…)


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April 1, 2016

There nearly seems to be a unpredictability to Olga Bell’s Randomness, its quirky electropop and hypnotic house a spumescent mass of dark dance euphoria. The New York based artist, who sometimes collaborates with the likes of Tim Vek and Dirty Projectors, has unleashed an equally captivating music video for the strange but addictive tune. Randomness comes from Olga Bell’s forthcoming new album, Tempo, out May 27th, her third full length and one entirely self written, produced, and performed. Pre-order Tempo from various outlets, here.

December 3, 2015

AUTOGRAF Interview @ The Fox Oakland 11.28.15 

*interviewed by Nick

*Mikul was not in attendance as he was in Dubai


JAKE: So of our shows I play every show, well until we do our big tour next year, I do every show because I do the live rumba and stuff, and Louis and Mikul trade off with the djing. But our full live shows with be different, we all can be doing different stuff.

IHM: Cool, so how was your guys’ Thanksgiving? Were you able to go home and celebrate?

JAKE: Yes

LOUIS: Yes, for like two days.

JAKE: I went straight off the plane from Singapore straight to my mom and dad’s house.

IHM: That had to be nice after traveling for so long. And yesterday was Black Friday or Record Day. Did you guys buy any records?

LOUIS: Dude, I had like a 26 hour flight back to The States. Then it was basically Thanksgiving. Then we had like one day off. I just did nothing. You know I probably should have done laundry but I didn’t even do that. Just catching up on sleep. We been away to Europe and Asian and I haven’t even really been back to my home yet in Chicago for about a month. I finally go back tomorrow.

IHM: What was your guys’ favorite stop in Europe?

LOUIS: Oh my god … definitely Paris.

JAKE: Paris, Paris was fucking awesome.

LOUIS: The show was amazing, we had a lot of fans there. We had an amazing experience there and then we left Paris to play a show in Italy. That was pretty much 48 hours after the Paris attacks.

JAKE: When we were in Italy my brother was texting me like ‘dude, are you out of Paris?’ and I was like ‘yeah, why?’ because that was right when the attacks happened so we had literally just missed it.

IHM: How close was the venue that you guys were performing at?

JAKE: I mean it was in the city center so you know, just, probably like a kilometer. Probably less than a 10 minute walk.

IHM: You guys are doing a stencil donation where you match the donation of anyone. Have you been bringing those to your shows or are they an online thing?

JAKE & LOUIS: Online.

IHM: Is it closing any time soon?

LOUIS: No it’s open. Yeah, just everyone please donate what you can. Even if you don’t want a stencil just go to the charity site and donate.

JAKE: It’s like, you don’t need that extra Chipotle burrito.

LOUIS: Hahaha, no you don’t. You don’t need that extra pumpkin spice latte.

JAKE: Haha, yes. Give up that pumpkin spice latte for one day and you’ll put a big smile on your face. And it’s like you’re living outside of yourself.

LOUIS: And it’s a proven fact that if you do a random act of kindness, just one random act for a day, it’ll make you happy.

(Learn more about Autograf’s Peace For Paris and Beirut Stencils, here,
200% of the proceeds will go to the following relief funds: Mercy Corps, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders. Autograf will match your donation 100%.)  


IHM: To be honest, when the attacks happened I was traumatized. I didn’t want to go to a show for a while. But then I saw you guys doing the stencils and thought to myself I should do something positive and not take anything for granted. Just go and actually enjoy the shows.

JAKE: If you take that mentality that’s them winning. You can’t stop doing that. I mean it’s not like it’s about winning or losing. If that was their end-goal, to prevent people from going out and having fun, then you don’t want that to stop you from having fun.

IHM: Exactly.

LOUIS: And I think it’s more about enjoying every moment. Life is fragile and precious. We need to make the most of our friends, families, and relationships.

JAKE: It’s kind of like flying in a plane seems pretty futile if it weren’t for turbulence. Turbulence makes you realize ‘Holy shit, I’m 40,000ft up in the air flying at like 1000mph’ like ‘ this is a miracle of human technology right now.’ And you wouldn’t even know that if the plane wasn’t shaking itself apart at the seams.

IHM: Does turbulence scare you guys?

(LOUIS Shakes head)

JAKE: It USED to scare me until I read the statistic that only 73 or 75 planes have ever crashed because of turbulence in the history of flight. That’s less than one plane a year. So if you think about it, how many people die from lightning and shark attacks, and seemingly other …

LOUIS: From taking selfies.

JAKE: Yeah … hahahaha. Selfies are more deadly than shark attacks. I don’t know if you guys knew that.

LOUIS: Taking a selfie is more deadly than a lot of things.

JAKE: Yeah, so turbulence should be the thing that you’re worried about the least on Earth. You should be happy that turbulence happens because it reminds you that you’re on a plane witnessing a human miracle.

IHM: Honestly any time I’m in a plane with turbulence I just throw on Steve Aoki’s ‘Turbulence’.

JAKE: I always think of that song too when it happens man! I’m not the only one. Man, because I was like “I know he was on a plane when he thought of the name of that”.

IHM: So you guys have a cruise in Singapore right?

JAKE & LOUIS: Yeah.

IHM: Now this was your first cruise?

LOUIS: First cruise festival, yeah.

JAKE: We played a couple of boats, but man, I thought this was a big boat. We played on Lake Michigan, and we showed up to this thing and it’s like a floating skyscraper. Including crew it’s 5000 people living on this.

IHM: Man, that’s a floating city.

JAKE: Yeah, it’s a floating city. And it really feels like that because even when you’re going like 20 knots out in international waters you can’t tell, like, it feels like city pavement. It’s that steady.

IHM: Was the food good?

JAKE: It was a lot of curry.

LOUIS: Like, a lot, of curry. There was food 24 hours.

JAKE: And it’s all inclusive.

IHM: So was it like dim-sum?

LOUIS: Like currys and fried rice.

IHM: What was your favorite cruise on you guys’ ‘world tour’?

JAKE: Shit man!

LOUIS: Dude, man. It’s Parma, Italy. Where we had Prosciutto di Parma straight from Parma. Fuckin’ amazing.

IHM: I don’t even know what that is but it sounds amazing.

JAKE: Prosciutto di Parma is like meat candy. I would put it up there as one of my favorite things of all time. That food was incredible, but I’d also say French cooking is pretty damn good. As far as individual meals go, Parma.

IHM: When you guys were on the cruise you had a mini-golf meet and greet, how did that go?

LOUIS: I won!

JAKE: Hahah, yes. This mothafucker won the whole thing.

IHM: Wait, was it just you two playing and he got to meet…

JAKE: No, it was with a bunch of people on the boat… Sooo, I didn’t think we were taking it seriously when we first started playing. There were some midgets on the boat, and hahaha, so the first hole I’m really hung over when we first started. I was on my sea legs. So I hit the ball and it lands maybe two feet away from the hole and there’s this midget standing here with this flag and he kicks my ball. It just went flying so I’m like ‘okay cool this is a joke’ and then everyone else is taking it seriously. By then I’m playing catch up.

IHM: Did they have a whole course set up on the cruise?

JAKE: Yeah a whole 9 hole course.

LOUIS: They had a lot more than the mini-golf. They had a rock climbing wall, a basketball court, there was a lot of shit on this boat.

IHM: I guess you got to meet a bunch of fans that way then.

LOUIS: Yeah and I think that’s the big draw of these cruise festivals. It’s very intimate.

JAKE: You’re in this miniature city with all these djs.

LOUIS: Yeah, all the artists have to eat with, you know, in the same place where everyone else is.

JAKE: I mean there are some artists that don’t interact with the people because they’re “too cool” for it but that’s not us. We were out there hanging out with everybody the entire time.

IHM: That’s cool man. Everyone appreciates that. Last question: are you guys ready for Snowglobe at the end of the year?

JAKE: Hell yeah.

LOUIS: Oh fuck yeah.

IHM: Alright, so you guys are okay with the cold weather?

JAKE: Dude, I LOVE the cold weather. I’m always making fun of Louis because sometimes when we’re on tour and we end up sharing hotel rooms. I like it arctic cold like a Scandinavian white guy, and Louis…

LOUIS: Yeah my ancestors are from the jungle of ‘nam. I like it nice and hot and humid.

JAKE: I swear it’s like a fucking battle whenever we have to stay in the same room.

IHM: Good luck at Snowglobe then!


Catch Autograf this winter on their just announced Metaphysical Tour. Tour dates and ticket info, here. For more information on Snowglobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe, CA this December 29-31, click here.

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August 11, 2015

It’s dope video meets hot tune time as we jump into this new clip for Digital Farm Animals’ electronic debut True, a soul house jam that hooks immediately with Miike Snow and Galantis like piano chords. The British producer brings plenty of summer sun and infectious melody on the superb fusion of dance and pop music. There’s no doubt we’ll be hearing more about DFA as the year progresses. The producer has upcoming dates supporting Bondax and has previously supported the likes of Gorgon City. Debut single True is available now on iTunes.