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Incredible work by Tyson Kraft and Tiff Fung, as they team up for “Haunt Me,” the newest single to be added to my personal favorites this week. Fung’s enchanting vocals are scintillating, with Kraft providing the harder, beat-driven elements necessary to balance this track out.

Stellar new grooves coming from Auckland producers Chores who have dropped their brand new single, ‘Losing You’. It’s got all the makings of a modern day hit, moody and edgy while pristine in production. The song is about desperately clutching onto someone who you believe to be becoming distant. It also explores how people can get caught up within their own emotions when they feel they are losing someone, when in reality, it might just be their own perceptions,” Chores said.

We’re pumped to be premiering pop singer-songwriter Bryan Stave‘s debut single, “Chasing Platinum.” Set for release tomorrow, “Chasing Platinum” is the first single and title track from the Nashville-based musician’s forthcoming EP, rumored to be dropping in Spring 2018. Mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Christian Davis, Stave’s first single is a bright pop tune that showcases both his natural gift in singing and a deft touch with songwriting. “Chasing Platinum” came about through an intricate process that involved his development and maturation as both an artist and fan of multiple genres. He says “though I fall under the pop “umbrella”, I’ve got songs (especially when still in acoustic form) that would fall into all different genres so when I get up and do reggae-rap or surf tune it’s usually a significant change of pace which is always fun.” Although he is just embarking on his new artistic venture, the future is looking bright.

Treasure Fingers and Vanilla Ace are back with a fresh new EP and we’re stoked to have the premiere. The two-track Sweat EP features a wide range of sonic influences, with the title track “Sweat” delivering a healthy dose of driving 808 drum loops, topped off with a subtle and eclectic Western Asian horn melody. Track two, appropriately titled as “Crazy,” is the perfect soundtrack to your late night escapade, designed with the sole purpose of getting your feet moving and grooving. Out now via Treasure Fingers’ imprint Psycho Disco!, the Sweat EP also comes in conjunction with a series of U.S. tour dates which can be seen via the flyer below. The EP can be purchased here.

 

Smooth, sensual, and intrinsically emotional, Provocado‘s “Only You” has the makings of late night lovers jam. The visual for “Only You,” out today and premiered here via Discobelle, portrays the underlined communiqué of the song’s title via homing in on a day-in-the-life of one beautiful metropolitan woman walking the streets of Manhattan. New York-based musicians Derek Chilvers and Eric Essebag have done a magical job of capturing the essence of the city that never sleeps, injecting heaps of New York soul and flair into their newest single. Watch the video below:

Video Shot by Yurek Akbar

 

 

‘Saved By The Belle’ is a platform for artists to speak up. Tour announcements, chart toppers, sold-out shows… all we read about as fans is success, winning, and the picture-perfect life that artists supposedly live. The ‘Saved By The Belle’ interview series is about authenticity and transparency – It offers artists an opportunity to share their story, speak up about causes they’re passionate about, talk about interests outside of music, etc. There are no restrictions and the only requirement is being genuine.

Joining us for the third installment of SBTB is the artistic, free spirit who goes by the name of CRAY. We wanted to know what makes her tick, what she’s passionate about, and how she manages to stand out and be herself. Her message of self-confidence and belief is an inspiring one, her music is infectiously addictive, and every bit of evidence suggests that this special human blend of positivity, talent, and vision makes for a formidable culmination of artistic potential. Learn more about her below via this exclusive interview w/ Discobelle.

1. Hi Cheney, thanks for joining us for the second episode of “Saved By The Belle.” Before we get into anything, let’s start with something a bit simple – who are you and what should we know about you?

Heyo, thank you for having me. I am a human being I think uhhhh. I’m a producer, gamer streamer, newly singer and songwriter. I’m a big fan of cheese and muffins. I really dislike strawberries but got a strawberry tattoo so I force myself to love them.

2. Why do you make music?

I make music to express myself. Making music is a therapy for me, a comfort and is a huge release of emotion. I make music to show that emotion to people, to be there for them. Music has saved me, has saved all of us and I do it for that reason. – There is no better feeling than having that impact on someone else’s life, it makes it impact your own. Music has always been there for me, and I want my music to be there for others.

3. As an artist, how do you shutout the distractions, outside noise, and focus on your craft?

I used to be really bad at shutting out distractions. It would consume me. I get overwhelmed very easily and shut down. I have found meditation and breathing to be a huge help in my life. It’s still hard. I have two jobs, Twitch and music, find the balance at first was very difficult for me. I got burnt out for a while and had to center myself and focus on my goals. My life is all about balance, everything can be achieved if you give time to everything equally instead of over working one and burning out.

4. What/how do you challenge the status quo?

Honestly I spend little time worrying about what’s going to “do well” and focus on what does right. Not everything has to be a calculated move that will ” succeed” from day one I’ve always done what I wanted. For better or for worse I just do shit when it feels right. I upload chill music, or trap music, I put out whatever I want whenever, with artwork made in 3 mins. I just want to be authentic always, I think that people aren’t used to that.

5. Tell us about Twitch and how you’re using it to grow your brand.

Twitch is my family. I’ve always been a gamer, but never knew the world of Twitch until last year. It has become a platform for me to express my thoughts; tell fans when I’m doing something, how I’m doing something. My streams can consist of me gaming, djing, singing, ranting about an issue or even building Legos. I think it has also shown people that I’m a real person. I can cry, be upset, be passionate about things and still be a cool artist. It’s very real, being live you can’t hide much. If I’m having a bad day everyone knows it but its real and honest and my fans/followers resonate with that. Social media only shows a small portion of my life and I use Twitch to show the real, vulnerable side of me.

6. What do you love/hate the most about working in this industry?

I love when I find something meaningful. You can sense when a song has meaning and it inspires me. There are beautiful people in this industry and I look up to so many people and feel included and equal. The other half is full of shit. I think working hard for your place is rad but there’s a whole game of money, power and political bullshit that I don’t understand. People fighting over time slots for lineups, for where their name will be placed on a song, etc. I don’t think that should be such a focus.

7. If you could change the world through your music, how would you do it?

Music does change the world. I think one of my songs helping just one person get through something makes a difference. I always try to have my writing be about shit that’s real and not cheesy bullshit. I try to connect with people, music has saved us all and always will.

Pegboard Nerds, veteran producers of dance music, release “Speed of Light (Pt. 2)” feat. Taylor Bennett & Skylr before their US Fall tour. With a resume that includes over 300 million streams, two EP’s, chart-topping singles on Beatport and Billboard, Pegboard Nerds are verified stars within the space. Their collaboration with Bennet and Skylr comes as a surprise, tastefully executed.

‘Saved By The Belle’ is a platform for artists to speak up. Tour announcements, chart toppers, sold-out shows… all we read about as fans is success, winning, and the picture-perfect life that artists supposedly live. The ‘Saved By The Belle’ interview series is about authenticity and transparency – It offers artists an opportunity to share their story, speak up about causes they’re passionate about, talk about interests outside of music, etc. There are no restrictions and the only requirement is being genuine.

Another week, another episode of ‘Saved By The Belle.’ This time we’ve got Nick Wisdom on deck and we couldn’t be more excited to push his message of staying humble and committed to your work. His Intimate Strangers EP is out now and we also touch upon subjects like his Potatohead People crew, his side hustle, and learning lessons as an artist every day. Enjoy!

1. Hi Nick, Thanks for joining us for the second edition of our “Saved By The Belle” series. Before we get into anything, let’s start with something a bit simple – who are you and what should we know about you?

My name’s Nick Wisdom. I’m a producer & DJ from Vancouver, Canada. I’m in a group called Potatohead People & co-host a radio show called Polar Radio. You can listen live on Friday’s 12-2pm PST at www.nofunradio.com.

2. Your Intimate Strangers EP is smooth and subtle sexiness to it. How would you classify your sound and what’s the motive here?

Over the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time collecting records, particularly Funk & House records for playing out. At some point I realized that I wanted to make records that fit with what I was digging so that I could play them in my sets too. I would say my sound is a good mix between those two things.

3. Talk to me about the corporate divide. Some would say money and art don’t mix but you’ve obviously been supported by some pretty big brands like Mercedes and Netflix. Would you say that affects the way you think creatively when making a song?

I’ve been very lucky to have had the opportunity work with some of these big brands without compromising my artistic integrity. I think it’s important to stay true to yourself and your art. If money is your motive you might not be in the right industry. There are always exceptions though.

4. You’re in some great company with the Potatohead People crew. What sets this particular collective of artists apart from the rest?

Potatohead People is my friend Nate (AstroLogical) and I. We’ve been friends for years and have been making beats together for almost 10 years. What I think might set us apart is that our sound is inspired by a wide range of styles of music.

5. Tell us about a lesson you’ve learned recently about being a producer in the modern music landscape.

Support your local scene and the young talent within it. Don’t be afraid of it.

6. Is there a side hustle outside of music? How do you sustain your lifestyle when music isn’t selling ?

For a long time I worked as a cook but I always told myself I didn’t want to end up one of those 40 year old grumpy kitchen guys who hates his life haha. I work at a brewery right now. I guess you could call me a bottle boy. I DJ around town from time to time.

7. What do you see as your biggest obstacles to overcome as an artist today?

Finding a way to promote myself without feeling like an idiot. Also, finding ways to stay inspired while working full time and taking care of all that other life stuff.

Follow Nick Wisdom:
https://www.facebook.com/nickwisdombeats
https://soundcloud.com/nickwisdom
https://twitter.com/nickwisdom
https://www.instagram.com/nick_wisdom/

For all ‘Saved By The Belle’ submissions: david@discobelle.net