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A chat with the Trance Queen…Emma Hewitt

Emma Hewitt doesn’t need any introduction, her very recognizable voice and distinctive style, made me fall for her the very first time I heard her singing; after so many big collaborations (Cosmic Gate, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin..to name a few) and the great success of her album Burn the Sky Down, she is now back with another stunning tune in cooperation with Mark Sixma,called “Restless Hearts”.

I am so excited to share this interview with you guys,she’s not only an amazing trance singer and song writer, not only a beautiful woman, but also a wonderful soul, so kind-hearted and down to earth, and I am feeling really blessed she made the time to support my blog!!

J: Hello Emma,
thank you for supporting my blog with this interview 🙂

E: Hey Jess, it’s my pleasure! 🙂 Thanks for chatting with me 🙂

J: I know you started to sing when you were really young, so would you tell me
how did it all start?

E: It was never really a conscious decision, I just always wanted to sing and
be involved with music in some way. I started singing in bands when I was
still in school. As soon as I finished school my brother and I were saving
to record demos and send them to anyone who would listen. Through this
process, and constant writing and learning, we went in and out of different
record and publishing deals, different managers, many moves to different
countries and a lot of trial and error before we came to where we are now,
in electronic music.

J: What is the difference between being in a band and being a trance singer ?

E: The songs are all still written in the same way, on an acoustic guitar or
piano. The main difference for me is the freedom to travel around the
world either alone or with one other person and perform. With a band there
was always 6 of us and a sound guy, so travel and shows actually became
quite expensive. I must say it was a lot of fun having so many other
people to bounce off though. I really enjoy both worlds to be honest.

J: What inspires you the most when you write your lyrics?

E: Always life. The stories of the people around me. My own emotions.
Songwriting is a very therapeutic exercise and for me allows me to express
emotions and nostalgia that I probably wouldn’t otherwise express.

J: What is the most emotional gigs you remember?

E: Most of them actually become emotional in some way. There is often so much
energy from the crowd and I am always trying to give as much energy as I
can back. I think perhaps for me, the first solo sets I did at some of the
big festivals were kind of a milestone for me, as for a while people told
me only djs could do that.

J: Who would you like to work with in the next future ?

E: Anyone who writes a fantastic song and has a great sound…and of course is
a good person too 🙂

J: in your album Burn the sky down (that I adore) there is also a cover from
Placebo, This Picture, can you tell me why did you choose that tune ? (I am
a huge Placebo fan too)

E: Oh you are? Awesome! I am a huge fan of 90’s rock and industrial music.
I grew up with this darker kind of music, so I wanted to give a nod to that
genre.

J: What are the ups and downs of your job?

E: The ups of course are probably too many to list. I get to do what is
absolutely my passion, for this I count myself very lucky. Seeing places
all over the world that I would never otherwise have the chance to visit is
a wonderful perk, meeting people and making friends from other countries,
the crowds and energy of the shows…
Perhaps the only downside, which I would never complain about still as I am
grateful to do what I do…but I would have to say it would be missing out
on spending time with family and friends. Also perhaps the instability and
not particularly belonging anywhere. But I am happy to continue being a
traveling gypsy as the goods far out way the negatives!!

J: Any new project on the way?

E: Many! I have quite a few new collaborations lined up and I am also looking
at releasing a solo ep or album early next year. I took some time out from
releasing music for a while to gather fresh inspiration. Now I am fully
inspired and writing like crazy! 🙂

J: How did success affected your life ?

E: I guess it is difficult for any of us to really gauge our own success or
see ourselves as successful. For me I am always looking to the next
project or the next thing I want to achieve. I wouldn’t consider myself
successful until I have achieved all I want to. And I think if I ever
achieve all I want to I will become stagnant…there is so much more I want
to do before I would say I have reached success though.

J: You travel a lot, what are the things you always carry with you?

E: Always my kindle…I read a lot on flights. Black mascara is always a
must…without it I look like I have no eyes…if I stand in front of a
white wall you can’t see me. I always have my TC Helicon voice live vocal
effects so that I can create delays and reverbs for my live vocals,
ultimate ears in ear monitors so I can hear myself onstage…My
laptop…some giant shoes so I can pretend I am taller onstage :):)

J: Do you have a lucky charm?
E: Not a lucky charm so much, but I do travel with a few crystals that fit in
my pockets for good vibes and protection.

J: Are you coming back to Italy any soon?

E: I truly hope so! Italy is one of my favorite places in the world to
visit!! I absolutely LOVE the people…and the food!!!! Fingers crossed I
get to visit soon!

Thanks again Emma, really loved you find the time in your extra busy schedule for this lovely chat, and hope to see you again very soon 🙂

Here you can find her latest masterpiece with Mark Sixma “Restless Hearts”

https://armind.lnk.to/MSEHRHearts

Emma Hewitt on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/emmahewittofficial?fref=ts

Emma Hewitt on Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/emmahewittofficial

Emma Hewitt on Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/emhewitt

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRANCE GATE!!!

Save this date: Saturday November 7th 2015 because the 10th anniversary of Trance Gate party will be celebrated.

10 years of the highest quality trance music brought to Italy thank to my friend, the amazing promoter and event organizer, Gianluca Ferrandu.

The 10th edition of this unique one night called Trance Gate started off last September 26th with Driftmoon (that we interviewed last month) and Re-Order.

This year we will see less parties, not the usual monthly event, but be sure that mr.Ferrandu will keep the quality at the maximum level, bringing us international trance djs from the biggest worldwide events.

And to celebrate this amazing goal, these first 10 years of big happenings, we find an extra special line up with 3 huge international artists:

MENNO DE JONG (NL)
https://www.facebook.com/mennodejong

DARREN PORTER (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenPortermusic

MANUEL LE SAUX (I)
https://www.facebook.com/ManuelLeSauxOfficialFanPage

The warm up set will be hosted by ENDRY++
Sabato 7 novembre 2015 si celebreranno 10 anni di eventi targati Trance Gate,
10 anni di musica trance con i migliori djs al mondo in esclusiva italiana grazie al lavoro dell’amico promoter e organizzatore di eventi Gianluca Ferrandu.

La decima stagione della one night Trance Gate si è avviata il 26 Settembre scorso ospitando in consolle Driftmoon (che abbiamo intervistato) e ReOrder.

Quest’anno la festa non avrà più una cadenza mensile, verranno proposti meno eventi ma state pur certi che la qualitò delle line up resterà altissima, con ospiti internazionali provenienti dalle consolle dei principali eventi Trance del pianeta.

E per celebrare questo magnifico traguardo, questi primi 10 anni vedranno una line up d’eccezione con 3 grandissimi artisti:

MENNO DE JONG (NL)
https://www.facebook.com/mennodejong

DARREN PORTER (UK)
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenPortermusic

MANUEL LE SAUX (I)
https://www.facebook.com/ManuelLeSauxOfficialFanPage

A fare gli onori di casa con il Warm Up set ci sarà ENDRY++

L’evento si terrà in Via Toffetti 75 a Milano dalle ore 23:00 in poi.
presso il Galimba’s
Space. La location è facilmente raggiungibile con ogni mezzo e si trova a pochi
minuti a piedi dalla Stazione Fs e metropolitana di Milano
Rogoredo.

Iscrivetevi all’evento ufficiale, in palio per i più
fortunati degli ingressi omaggio!
Prezzi
10 euro donna / 20 euro uomo con 1 drink incluso All
Night Long

Tessera Entes obbligatoria, tutti i possessori della
tessera Entes con la dicitura 2014/2015 possono presentarla all’ingresso.
Chi non è in possesso della tessera potrà ritirarla
alla cassa (costo 3 euro).

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mail : trancegatemilano@gmail.com

MARTIN BUTTRICH – TWO NEW PROJECTS BORN SIMULTANEOUSLY

OCTOBER 16TH SEES THE FIRST COLLABORATION TITLED “SYNCHRONICITY” WITH MATHEW JONSON.

Hot off the back of writing, producing and recording Loco Dice’s Underground Sound Suicide LP, Martin Buttrich launches his new label, Rhythm Assault.

This project is intended to be an outlet for impulsive releases of his own music, free from the constraints of rigorously organised and planned imprints.

The label’s first project gives birth to Collaborator – A two volume project seeing Martin release a continuous stream of brilliant collaborations with the likes of Carl Craig, Guti, DJ Tennis, Loco Dice, Timo Maas, The Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber to name but a few. October 16th sees the first Collaboration titled Synchronicity, with Mathew Jonson.

There’s a common misconception that Buttrich merely engineered the myriad tracks he’s worked on over the last two decades. In reality, his long-running partnerships with the likes of Timo Maas and Loco Dice were fully collaborative.

“I was never someone who would get told what to do in the studio” he says. “I like it more like a creative process. Really having hands on the song was most important. I haven’t really ever just engineered other artists, apart from maybe here and there for one song. I would say it’s co-writing, co-producing. I have requests where people would ask me, “can you mix my album?” and I’m absolutely not interested in that. Even for my own productions now, I’m thinking about getting a mixing engineer. For me, mixing is pretty much one of the worst jobs!”

Buttrich began producing at the age of 18 after being bitten by the dance music bug in parties in his hometown of Hannover and Berlin. A wealth of output under many different aliases ensued, but it was teaming up with Maas – whom he met when they both worked at legendary house label Peppermint Jam – in the late ‘90s that saw his career gain global significance. Their groundbreaking remix of Azzido Da Bass’ Dooms Night helped spawn entire genres, crashed into the UK Top 10, and led to remixes for everyone from Madonna to Muse, Kelis, Moby, Placebo, Jamiroquai and to a Grammy-nominated rework of Tori Amos. Former hip-hop DJ Loco Dice made for his second key partnership in the early 2000s, Buttrich helping him to become one of underground house and techno’s biggest stars and forming the acclaimed Desolate imprint with him.

His incredibly slick, highly musical yet intensely technical productions under his own name have been released on the likes of Cocoon Recordings, M_nus, Supplement Facts and Planet E, with his acclaimed debut album Crash Test landing on Desolat in 2010. There is no now doubt that he is amongst the house and techno scene’s finest artists in his own right – but rather than follow a path of self-aggrandisement, he’s decided to focus his new album and tour around collaborations once again, yet this time Martin will step from the shadows and into the light.

His 20 Years Of Martin Buttrich Global Tour – dubbed #9414 – saw him take his live show to some of the world’s finest clubs from September 2014 to December 2014. Martin teamed up with one of his favourite DJs for each date. “I was looking through old stuff, and I just thought – ‘wow, 20 years’. It’s just chance to give a little bit back to all the people who have supported me over the years, and it was also an opportunity to get together with the people I always wanted to play with.” With the likes of The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Guti, tINI, Mathias Tanzmann and Mathew Jonson in tow, the tour reached from Berlin’s Panoramabar to Chicago’s Spy Bar and makes for a timely reminder of his enduring – and ongoing – contribution to the scene.

Earplugs…A must have!

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Recently, I’ve seen a post by one of my favorite artist in the scene (Ruben de Ronde) on the socials,
He posted a picture of his earplugs and stated “safety first”….actually we all should 100% agree with him on this point.
But when I attend events, honestly I still see people who don’t wear any plugs, exposing their ears to terrible damages…I also seen some weirdos putting their heads directly into the speakers at some parties!!

Normal levels of conversation are around 65 decibels loud. At a level of 110 decibels, (which is the Noise levels around the stages at music festivals) hearing loss can occur after only two minutes of exposure.

That’s like standing next to a jackhammer drilling into concrete

The longer you are exposed to levels that loud, the greater chance of hearing loss you have. So, just think about attending an all-day music festival without any ear protection.
It is not just the music that can quickly exceed the danger zone of 80 decibels, but also the noise around you that can cause long-term damage to your hearing, let’s think to all the people talking around you, partying and dancing, they all make loads of noise.

Even if at the biggest festivals, foam earplugs are given for free, most people refuse to use them and in a recent survey I found out that 84% of festival-goers experienced dullness of hearing or ringing in the ears after listening to loud music…this is alarming
We could say we don’t have a proper education to this….we grow up exposed to a lot of dangerous noises, factories, traffic, power tools and of course loud music.
And While we don’t think twice about getting our eyes checked on a regular basis and to wear contact lenses or glasses, for some weird reasons, we often neglect to take care about our ears.
I always underestimated the fact I could really damage my ears, and when I was kid I always listened to loud music, and never worn plugs at clubs…
Until…………………
I attended a party in one of my favorite Italian club, Armin was the headliner and of course I wanted to stay front row until the end.
Let me tell you that night the music loudness was really off the roof!
My ears were buzzing for a couple of days …I had a big headache and couldn’t communicate properly the day after the gig and my ears rung
After that, it all was ok, I was feeling good again and apparently I could ear normally…..
But…my bf, a sound engineer who is always trying to give me an education about music in general (must say I’m pretty wild in this and never listen to him 🙂 ) explained me quite clearly that what happened was probably a serious damage to my ears, even if, at first the hearing loss was temporarily, if I went on that way, the hearing degeneration could have been permanent with all the consequences of the case;
Hearing loss and tinnitus can cause a significant decline in overall quality of life. It can lead to reduced cognitive function, communication problems, depression, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of falls, irritability , frustration and of course the incapability to enjoy my favorite music.

From that point I started taking care of my ears properly following all his advices, (yes, I even set my limit volume on iphone, ipod and so on) I use quality headphones when I listen to music (actually I am a lucky owner of Tiesto’s signed AKG) and I try to avoid to be exposed to loud noises when I can ( I still listen to dubstep from time to time tho….lol )
And of course, I started using plugs at every event I attended….I tried several earplugs till now, some worked, some others just were not ok for me …there are so many plugs and so many prices:
Ear plugs are inserted to block the ear canal.
They may be premolded (preformed) or moldable (foam ear plugs). Ear plugs are sold as disposable products or reusable plugs. Custom molded ear plugs are also available.
Semi-insert ear plugs which consist of two ear plugs held over the ends of the ear canal by a rigid headband.
Ear muffs consist of sound-attenuating material and soft ear cushions that fit around the ear and hard outer cups. They are held together by a head band.

The choice of hearing protectors is a very personal one and depends on a number of factors including level of noise and comfort. Most importantly, the hearing protector should provide the desired noise reduction. It is best, where protectors must be used, to provide a choice of a number of different types to choose from.
If the noise exposure is intermittent, ear muffs are more desirable, since it may be inconvenient to remove and reinsert earplugs.

And if you think your ears just got used to high volumes and crazy db levels at festivals well it’s possible the damage has done already and remember when hearing is gone, it’s gone for good .
So I hope this article helped you understand the importance of protecting your ears,and please remember it doesn’t take a life time of attending loud events to cause a hearing loss, you can damage your ears in just one event.
So, what about you, are you wearing plugs when you go clubbing or to festivals ? Or maybe you use them at work? What kind you prefer? Let me know 🙂