Posts Tagged ‘Manila Killa’

January 27, 2018
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When new Manila Killa arises, you’d better be ready for a moving electronic experience. The producer, also much loved for his work as one half of Hotel Garuda, tends to tug at heart strings with his melodious and affecting brand of future pop and electronica. Despite how busy Chris Gavino must be with all the various tours, releases, and production endeavors he’s involved in as a multi-faceted artist, he’s found time to link up with honeyed vocalist Nevve on new single ‘Everyday, Everyday’, a dreamy celestial, effervescent springing future pop anthem that leaves us quite breathless with its towering magnificence and sparkling beauty. Could this be our favorite Manila Killa song thus far? It’s quite possible, until of course, we get drawn back into one of his many other sterling tracks of yore. The Washington, D.C. native, a force to be reckoned with in the electronic music scene, will be performing at Moving Castle World this weekend, which boasts an incredible lineup of Moving Castle artists and friends. ‘Everyday, Everyday’ can also be streamed via other platforms, here. Tickets to Moving Castle World in LA are available, here.

November 9, 2017
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Manila Killa sure is a busy man these days. Not only is he on a massive tour with his buddy Candle Weather as prominent electronic duo Hotel Garuda, but the Moving Castle luminaries just dropped a funkalicious new track named Dancing On The Moon with Lemaitre, too. Now, Manila Killa has teamed up with French phenom Kidswaste on a new track named Tonight to give us a very different kind of sound. Tonight is a soft glittering cascade of celestial beauty. Chelsea Cutler provides svelte airy vocals on the chill future beats and downtempo future pop song. Kidswaste and Manila Killa saturate us with gently sanguine yearning with their stunning song’s leisurely sparkle and dreamy floating texture. Stream/download Tonight, here.

November 9, 2017
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Have you ever wished you could dance on the moon? I have. Imagine the possibilities when the pull of gravity is reduced to 1.622

m/s²  versus the  9.807 m/s² we’re used to here on our earth. Then picture how high you’d be prancing to a song like this one, from doubly gifted Moving Castle duo Hotel Garuda, who go fresh and funky on their new tune with the help of Norwegian electronic marvels Lemaitre. Dancing On The Moon is a luxurious oasis of smooth disco and exuberant electro funk. Don’t forget to pretend you’re dancing on the moon when Hotel Garuda hits your city on their North American tour in support of the new record. They’ve even brought some spectacular friends with them, like Daktyl, SAINT WKND, Kidswaste, and Geotheory! Find out more and purchase tickets, here. Purchase/stream Dancing On The Moon, here, then get on up so you can get down to the luscious jam. 

October 5, 2017
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Manila Killa, the Moving Castle production artisan who’s also well loved for his role in Hotel Garuda, has given us his take on Flight Facilities’ disco dance bonanza Arty Boy featuring Emma Louise, and it’s an absolute zinger! We’re blasted with a warm gust of euphoria as this frisky prancing, choppy bounding future beats gold mine bursts with dazzling bright brilliance. Manila Killa’s remix hits all digital retailers on Friday. Catch him in the mist of his tour with Robotaki, dates and details, here.

August 21, 2017
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It’s been less than a week since we shared a sleek intoxicating remix of Manila Killa and Robotaki’s I Want You (featuring Matthew John Kurz) by Los Angeles dance duo Party Pupils. As if that fine edit wasn’t already enough to fire us up for Manila Killa and Robotaki’s impending tour together this fall, this remix of I Want You by Austin pair Bronze Whale has arrived to scintillate us, too. The production duo has given I Want You a bright eyed summer trap remix both dulcet soothing and exuberantly thrilling. The original out on Moving Castle is available from iTunes, here. Jam out to more of the Bronze Whale’s tunage on Soundcloud, here.

August 10, 2017
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Following the release of their colossally successful collaborative single I Want You, Moving Castle prodigies Manila Killa and Robotaki have announced a co-headlining tour this fall, and I’m crying in the corner because I don’t see San Francisco on the schedule. At least the news comes with a new remix of that sanguine skimming, Matthew John Kurz featuring summer anthem by Los Angeles dance scholars Party Pupils. Its pulsing magnificence & stuttering grandeur is more than enough to lift my spirits and instill in me an immeasurable amount of elation. Party Pupils’ rendition of I Want You certainly departs from what we’ve heard from the pair in the past. They venture into a unique neon retrowave/synthcore meets future funk world with the sleek jabbing edit. If only I had a Testarossa to hop into so I could cruise the streets at night in style to the rousing remix. Find out more about Manila Killa and Robotaki’s I Want You tour, here.

July 7, 2017
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The weekend hasn’t even begun yet and I already know it’s going to be an epic one. How do I know this? It’s simple, really. Manila Killa is coming to San Francisco, and I’m going to his sold out show at the Regency Ballroom tomorrow night. I’m really hoping that the adulated producer, also known for his role as one half of esteemed Moving Castle duo Hotel Garuda, will be dropping his fresh new tune with Montreal production talent Robotaki. I Want You, featuring velvet smooth vocals by Miami’s Matthew John Kurz, is a weightless skimming summer anthem. Honeyed pop & fluorescent electronic production meet halfway on I Want You. We dip in its warm glow and sanguine phosphorescence, lost in molten bliss.  Robotaki and Manila Killa’s I Want You is out now on Moving Castle. Stream/download, 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 16, 2017
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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting a fresh new Hotel Garuda for quite some time. Though Candle Weather and Manila Killa have given us some incredible remixes in past months, including their take on Lorde’s Green Light and an edit of Röyksopp‘s Never Ever, it’s been well over half a year since the beloved Moving Castle duo have dropped a new original. That last time they did so, it was a melodic jolting thriller named Fixed On You which featured Sweden’s Violet Days. They now follow it up with Till It Burns Out, which features another ‘violet’ vocal guest, Welsh artist Violet Skies. Hotel Garuda goes swishy swizzling on this cinematic and operatic, stratospheric and effulgent future pop anthem. Till It Burns Out burns with yearning, but its scopic  grandeur fills us with hope. It’s a timeless tribute to the resilience and endurance of great love. The world could be crumbling all around you but nothing will change that limitless love. If this doesn’t tenderize your heart, I don’t know what will. Till It Burns Out can be streamed & purchased via additional outlets, here.

May 7, 2017
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Candle Weather and Manila Killa, our favorite Moving Castle match up who’s now more than well known across the world as beloved duo Hotel Garuda, are huge fans of New Zealand’s pop princess Lorde, just like us. They’ve even been selected to for a high caliber remix of Lorde’s massive new hit Green Light, one of our favorite pop spectaculars this year. Hotel Garuda infuses Green Light with crisp rubbery beats and plump dreamy synths to afford us a fresh new dance approach on the triumphant ballad. If you thought you couldn’t resist dancing to the original, wait till you’re leaping sky high and swimming in euphoria to this brisk throbbing, airy jouncing rush of elation.