It’s no secret that ESTIVA is hands down one of the artists we love more here at The Backstage Access, so during last Amsterdam Dance Event, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to join him at Armada Music Headquarter to catch up on the latest news about him and his music.
He played an enthralling set during ASOT streaming that Thursday, featuring 3 brand new tracks of him;
like he told us back in June when we met in Ibiza, Steven has plenty of material for ‘Spectacle 2’ but looks like we need to be patient and wait for the release next year.
We also talked about tour life and the ability to handle it, as it can be stressing sometimes, and then Estiva revealed us he really enjoys testing new tunes to put the crowd out of its comfort zone with something never heard before.
Enjoy our chat here:
Hot on the heels of summer anthem ‘Still Think About It’, Y.V.E. 48 churns out another in tandem with Johnny Manuel. Laden with dreamy vocals, intoxicating chord progressions and swell rhythms, ‘Overnight’ retains that summer feel all year round.
Growing up in Düsseldorf, Germany playing the piano, Y.V.E 48 (Leonard and Rafael) both got into producing in their early teens. With the piano and guitar as their biggest inspiration; they started the Y.V.E 48 project to be able to make music that people can connect with and take them away from their daily lives for a bit. When making music they like to incorporate a lot of melodic elements and keep the overall vibe playful, uplifting and positive.
When Johnny approached them to work together they instantly fell in love with Johnny’s voice and thought the song was really strong. When they started working on the song together the ideas just came very quickly and both Y.V.E 48 and Johnny are really happy with how the final version turned out.
With songs streamed over 60 million times on Spotify only, The first Y.V.E. 48 song ‘On The Road’ being #1 on the DMC Buzz Charts and ’Nothing To Say’ premiered on Sirius XM Chill as ’Chill Trending Track powered by Youtube’; Y.V.E 48 is definitely an act to keep an eye on! They already received support from the major tastemakers in the scene such as ChillNation and MrRevillz, next to other established acts like Lost Frequencies, Lucas & Steve, Oliver Heldens and more.
Fancy to sing along with us?
Here’s the lyrics for you to go wild:
You want what I got
Jealous I know
You’re holding your heart
Afraid to end up alone
It’s a deep dark ocean
But these tidal waves don’t last
It’ll make you stronger
Don’t give up so fast
This kinda love
This kinda love
This kinda love
Doesn’t happen Overnight
Look deep in my eyes
You can see all the years
No it wasn’t always good times
I never ran and through it all I made it here
(Feel free to send us your vocal messages…. we’d love to hear you singing) 😜
We sat down with Elevven at Armada Music headquarter during Amsterdam Dance Event 2018.
The L.A. based duo (Eskai and SNR) explained us how they joined forces for good giving birth to their project called ‘Elevven’ and how they became part of Statement!.
Already supported by all the big names in the scene, they revealed us some funny experiences and a few facts about their creative process.
Enjoy our chat here:
Inspiring Dutch producer Eelke Kleijn proudly presents his third stunning album: ‘Moments Of Clarity’. Drawing on his career DJing on dancefloors around the world as well as his work as a film & TV composer and his background playing piano, guitar and bass, it effortlessly blends club sounds with the melodic integrity required for home listening.
“’Moments Of Clarity’ is about those rare moments where everything seems to come together and fall into place”, he explains. “You find them in all aspects of life, not just in music. They don’t come along often, but when they do I always treasure them. Every track on the album finds its origin in one of those moments.” Clarity is indeed the watchword here, both in terms of his refined production aesthetic and the composition of the tracks themselves. Every element is felt in precise detail. Nothing is wasted, nor overcooked.
‘Maschine 1.0’ kicks off in classic Eelke Kleijn fashion, with graceful orchestral strings gliding over a delicate, atmospheric groove, building to a dazzling melodic synth solo. ‘Lost Souls’ takes a more direct approach, with Ost’s sublime vocals and dulcet pianos pitched against brooding, driving bass tones. ‘1,000 Lights’—originally composed as part of a huge drone installation at Burning Man—provides a dreamy respite with its twinkling pianos and beatless beauty.
‘The Calling’ is a joyous slice of dancefloor gold, with subtle melodic elements and pleasing bass throbs cut through with a bold lead line. ‘Drive’ takes its cues from classic Italo disco with its pleasingly arpeggiated bass and synth combos, making for a fist-pumping, uplifting ride. ‘Glass Waves’ provides a mesmerizing, cinematic interlude that makes Kleijn’s prowess as a film and TV composer incredibly clear, while the brooding low end and beautiful scales of ‘Punta Cana’ take things into a darker direction.
‘De Orde Van De Nacht (Part 2)’ is a continuation of the 2017 original, and is a wonderfully atmospheric breakbeat roller with soaring pads and chord progressions, while ‘Mojo’s Tale’ is a slinky slice of progressive house driven by an elastic, funk-fueled bassline. ‘Maschine 2.0’ increases the intensity of the album to its most potent peak, with rasping techno synth rhythms and taut percussion driving this hard-edge track forward like a juggernaut. It’s no surprise that it has been a huge track in Solomun’s sets in recent months. The title track is another sumptuous breakbeat number, with the album’s most stunning string section working its way over a spacious, glacial arrangement. ‘René’s shimmering, trancey tones make for a perfect ambient closer to round off this magical record.
The upcoming prospect of his new live/DJ hybrid shows is incredibly exciting, with the music on this superb record perfectly suited for dynamic recreations with a degree of spontaneity. Sophisticated, accomplished and diverse, it represents everything that’s so compelling about this continually flourishing artist.
Steve Dekay’s new track ‘Krishna’ will be number one on every true trance fan’s playlist. With its slamming bass and the mesmerizing melodies ‘Krishna’ is a true gem!
Powerful like an almighty god, Steve Dekay’s ‘Krishna’ is bound to rule the Trance empire. Exerting a strict balance between good and evil by way of its slamming bass and gorgeous melodies, this cut is one any true Trance fan is bound to worship.
It’s the collaboration we’ve all been waiting for. Radion 6 & Davey Asprey’s new track ‘Spin-Off’ is everything we dreamed of and more!
It’s actually a pretty simple equation:
Radion6 + Davey Asprey = your favorite tune of the year.
From the magnificent melodies to the energetic bassline and huge synths, their ‘Spin-Off’ scores a ten out of ten on the Trance scale without even breaking a sweat.
Amsterdam Dance Event is definitely the most magical time of the year, anything can happen during that insane week, even bumping into the legendary Ferry Corsten while walking in Armada Music’s hallway!!
We managed to have a quick chat with him about ADE, his project Unity and all the amazing collaborations, his view on some big names quitting the scene recently and more…
You can check it here:
Another amazing talent has emerged and he’s bound to leave a lasting impression. Hailing from the eastern part of the Netherlands, young DJ and producer FAULHABER teamed up with esteemed vocalist Jake Reese for ‘Savannah’, a playful summer tune releases on Armada Music’s The Bearded Man label.
The sonic equivalent of warm sun beams, soft stretches of white sand and ocean waves, ‘Savannah’ emanates that irresistible summer feel from start to finish. Merged with solid beats, Jake Reese’s uplifting vocals and a melody sampled from Sash!’s ‘Ecuador’, the song makes sure a day spent on the beach is only the press of a play button away.
Born and raised in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands, FAULHABER is one of the latest talents to emerge from the esteemed Dutch dance music breeding grounds. By the age of 16, he was already spending every weekend at local clubs to master the art of turntablism, and soon seized the opportunity to cross his home country’s borders and go above and beyond on all dance music related fronts. Now, FAULHABER is making waves internationally both as a DJ and as a producer, a rise to stardom this new single with Jake Reese is bound to intensify.
Easily one of the most sought-after male vocalists of the current dance music scene, Dutchman Jake Reese has been indulging in tons of massive collaborations in recent years. Lending his voice and songwriting skills to artists such as Dash Berlin, David Guetta, Hardwell, KSHMR, Lost Frequencies, Lucas & Steve and Sam Feldt earned him tens of millions of streams on Spotify alone and a tidal wave of international acclaim. His ability to fabricate killer hooks shines through brilliantly in ‘Savannah’ and that’s exactly why he’s considered as one of the dance music scene’s foremost vocal stars.
Although some might take it slow during the holiday season, Maurice West is still racing towards the end of the year at top speed. Fresh from working with some of the biggest names in the scene (e.g. Hardwell, KSHMR and W&W), playing his first sold-out show during the Amsterdam Dance Event and wreaking havoc at the biggest festivals in the world (including Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland and World Club Dome), the Dutch DJ and producer drops a brand-new record bound to slam down hard on the dance floor: ‘The Kick’.
An infectious track made to lay the main stages of the world’s biggest festivals in ruin, ‘The Kick’ is a staple track meant to get stuck on repeat. Considering the raw power of the punchy synths, the impact of the hard-hitting drops and how hard they make it for anyone to sit still, this monster track validates that 2018 has been a tremendous year for Maurice West and drops him off splendidly at his next Asia run, starting next month with Creamfields Shanghai and Hong Kong, We Are Connected and ISY Festival.
Maurice West already made huge waves in the dance music community at an early age. Growing up in a family of skillful musicians, Maurice set his goals as a kid and started out with instruments like the piano, guitar and drums to pave the way for his later endeavors. Now combining his musical background and his ability to create supercharged progressive and blistering electro house to push boundaries, he doesn’t play by the rules and eats the boundaries of genres for breakfast. And that’s exactly why Maurice West is regarded an one of the most exciting talents of the dance music realm today.
Are you ready for a party? Then you’re definitely ready for Rodg’s new track ‘Beam’! This track will give you the energy to dance on the dance floor all night long.
Listen to the track HERE
Coming up with another high-impact cut meant to wreck dance floors, Rodg is giving the fans exactly what they want. Offering energetic basslines, wonderful harmonies and a melodic synergy few tracks can match, ‘Beam’ is like a sonic laser show: gorgeous, impressive and a surefire way to set the mood for a kick-ass live show.