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ALEX KUNNARI feat. MIKE SCHMID – This Fire

‘This Fire’ is an inspiring trance track with vocals from star vocalist Mike Schmid. It’s the perfect track to fire up your party!

Listen to the track here.

Making his mark on the A State Of Trance imprint, Alex Kunnari teamed up with star vocalist Mike Schmid for an inspiring Vocal Trance gem. From the sizzling melody to the warm vocals and back, ‘This Fire’ is a song that will keep burning within Trance fans for a long time.

 

ALEXANDER POPOV & LTN feat. CARI – ALWAYS CONNECTED

Alexander Popov shows he never lets us down with his single ‘Always Connected’ from his ‘Intention’ album. Together with LTN and stunning vocals from Cari, Alexander Popov made a track that is meant to be in your favorite playlist!

Listen to the track here

In tandem with LTN and vocalist Cari, Alexander Popov proudly presents another stellar single from his ‘Intention’ album. Characterized by a perfect balance between the raw, electro-scented bassline, angelic vocals and powerful melody, ‘Always Connected’ truly is a song that sticks.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LET’S MEET INTERNATIONAL ARMADA’S PR JUSTINE AND LISANNE

Le’s face it ….

IT’S A DIRTY JOB…BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT! 🙂

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an international PR at Armada Music? Who are the guys behind all your favorite artists? And what do they do exactly?

Well we had the pleasure to have a nice chat with two of the best PRs in the business, just to quench your thirst of curiosity and we’re ready to share the juicy details!

 

TBA: When did you start working at Armada music?

Lisanne: I started working at Armada Music on January 2, 2017. I finished law school, but felt I needed to have more creativity in my life. I love Law and will never regret choosing it as a study, but my creative / musical heart needed attention. I worked in the entertainment business on the TV side first, but soon discovered that there is only one place that will make me happy every day: the music business. So here we are!! And to be honest, I don’t think I will ever leave the music field.. 🙂

Justine: For me, it was early 2016. I was working in fashion, but needed a change of scenery. One day, I was at this Pablo Nouvelle concert in Paradiso in Amsterdam as a fan and got overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of a certain group of people dancing in front of me. They had a great influence on the overall vibe of the crowd that night and somehow really caught my attention. At a certain point, Pablo Nouvelle announced he recently signed with Armada Music and while saying that, he pointed towards this specific group of people standing up front. It turned out they were working at Armada Music and were there to support him. You could tell they were very proud of him and enjoyed working for him, which was why I told my friend ‘I want to work there as well!!’. The day after, I sent this exact story in an open application letter to Armada and the rest is history.

 

TBA: Can you describe us your job?

Both:

As you know, we both work for Armada Music – currently the biggest independent electronic dance music record label, founded by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis. At the label, we represent a wide range of acts (e.g. Armin van Buuren, ARTY, Andrew Rayel, Fedde Le Grand, GoldFish, Lost Frequencies, Loud Luxury, Morgan Page, Ørjan Nilsen and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano), as well as the label itself on a PR & Promotion level.

Together with the Product Managers, we try to create a hype around the tracks that get released via the label. It’s our responsibility to put the word out there, get the tracks known and streamed as soon as possible after release. Therefore, it’s our job to arrange promo tours, (online) interviews, radio/tv visits, social media take-overs, meet & greets, contest/giveaways etc. At the end of the day, we want our releases and artist roster to grow and become well known/more popular on a global scale.

 

TBA: What is the most challenging part of it?

Both: The most challenging part of music PR is to create the right PR angle/story to go with a release. For us, it’s important to build on a good story to make you stand out from the huge amount of music that is being released each day.

 

TBA: What is the funniest part of it?

Both: Creating that story/unique angle around a release can be quite fun sometimes.. We try to collect as much information as possible beforehand about a specific release and/or artist and sometimes you’ll find out about some funny, juicy details. Apart from that, promo days and festivals are definitely the most fun as we get to go out there and build on the relationship with the artists we represent.

 

TBA: How is it like to rub elbows with so many big DJs ? (And did you ever get use to have Armin around?)

Lisanne: I love to spend time with the artist, because I love music. To be around people who love the same thing as much as you is always great. That is in general the thing I love most about my job. Hahaha, yes I am used to having Armin around, but always love it when he is at the office because he is such a nice and funny guy.

Justine: It’s always a challenge of course with so many DJs and tracks being released every week. But I think the most important thing here is to actually believe in the music you represent and like Lisanne already mentioned; have a passion for music in general. Being passionate about what you do definitely makes your job a whole lot easier. I think Armin is one of the best examples of someone being really passionate about his career and having him around definitely has a positive, inspiring effect on the entire team here.

 

TBA: A day in the life of Lisanne and Justine …. let’s go wild and tell me everything:)

Lisanne: Well, most of the days aren’t as exciting as most people think, I guess.. I get up, walk to work (with Justine) and grab a cup of coffee. Then I try to get all my e-mails sorted before lunch and make sure I have a to-do list ready for the rest of the day. The music business is a fast-moving business and things don’t always go as expected, so we need to be able to respond to this fast. Having the inbox in order makes this easier. In the summer, we have a lot of festivals in the weekend and in October, we’re obviously really busy with ADE. But most of the days are spent at the office in Amsterdam. For me, that means liters of coffee and typing my ass off.

Photo by: Floris Heuer – www.florisheuer.com

Justine: I think Lisanne’s description is quite accurate.. spending 24/7 on our phones and computer talking to media partners, artist management, event organizers, promoters etc. and setting up meetings to discuss strategies and promo plans. Definitely no 9-to-5 job as we work with a lot of different time zones. Besides that, Lisanne and I are having a lot of one-on-one sessions where we brainstorm and try to think of new ideas/ways of promoting releases and the label in general.

 

TBA: ADE has just been over, how was this edition for you?

Lisanne: This was my second ADE. I was better prepared for all things that were going to happen and knew better where I got myself into. ADE is hectic, but one of the best weeks of the year for us. During the day, we have loads of meetings and we schedule a lot of press moments with our artists. During the night, we try to attend the parties or events where our artists are playing or the ones that our partners are hosting. We don’t get much sleep done during this week, but because of all the things going on and the positive vibes all around, it makes it quite easy to keep going.

Justine: I couldn’t agree more. ADE is definitely the best week of the year for me! For us it’s the perfect opportunity to meet up with everyone that we’ve been working with all year (that aren’t exactly based ‘around the corner’) and to meet new people as well. Apart from the meetings/panel talks/events/parties we attend during that week, we also organize and host the ‘Armada Invites ADE marathon’ in our very own in-office club, which is very exciting to work on as well!

TBA: You have to deal with a lot of people, artists, managers, press and so on, it requires a lot of patience, positive attitude and energy I think…. how do you keep yourself going all the time ?

Both: It really helps that we are both extremely passionate about what we do; this definitely makes things easier. It’s important to keep in mind that we’re all trying to reach the same goals here and that it’s important for us to work together to be able to achieve these goals.

Teamwork is key, and this way, we try to keep inspiring and motiving each other on a daily basis.

 

TBA: ASOT900 is approaching, how much are you involved in that ? And what are you gonna do?

Lisanne: ASOT900 is the biggest indoor trance festival in the world and a proud project of Armin. Because I am responsible for the promotional side of not only Armin, but all the trance acts at Armada, I will be organizing and coordinating press opportunities for all of them during this night. With it being such a big event, loads of media partners from all around the world will attend, which gives me the opportunity to build on the relationship and create promo opportunities for our artists and the A State Of Trance label. I will probably ask Justine to help me out during this night, as this is always very hectic and it never ever goes according to plan.

Justine: Like she already explained, Lisanne is in charge of all the PR & Promo around this event but like every year, I will definitely be there as well to help her coordinate and assist where needed.

 

TBA:Lisanne, would you  tell me a secret about Justine ?

Lisanne: Hahaha! Not going to spill the beans here, but Justine has a very easy way to go undercover and sometimes uses this when it’s Sunday and she doesn’t wants to be recognized.. 😉

Justine: Hahaha, so true!

 

TBA: Justine, would you tell me a secret about Lisanne? 

Justine: Besides her passion for electronic music, Lisanne’s guilty pleasure is listening to Dutch Folk music.

She’s attending every show, standing front row, singing along to literally every song they play, haha!

Oh and 1 more things: if you ever meet Lisanne on the dance floor, make sure to ask her about ‘The Vacuum Cleaner’. Trust me; it will be a mind-blowing experience!

 

Photo courtesy of Floris Heuer and Bailey Frank Hyatt

OUT NOW: OMNIA FEAT. ROBIN VANE ‘GUIDE YOU HOME’

Omnia is back with the brand new song ‘Guide You Home’ recorded with the rising star singer Robin Vane who definitely has super skills as the vocalist, but also is a great author. Lyrics of the track is a true revelation of the feelings that most of us have when we’re far away from home or our loved ones. And musically, there is no doubt that ‘Guide You Home’ shows the new side of Omnia as sound-producer and composer. High quality production and a mix of electronic synths in combination with acoustic guitars and live pianos give that emotional splash and makes this track unforgettable. ‘Guide You Home’ is not only the final song from Omnia in 2018 but rather a first step into the new Era of 2019 introducing this brand new sound! 
Robin Vane: ‘Guide You Home’ is one of my biggest releases yet. It’s a song that we wrote many years ago. When I heard that Omnia loved the track and wanted to release it, I was so happy and thankful he had the same love for this song. In life we tend to listen to our feelings and be guided by our feelings, but I think sometimes our feelings betray us. Just follow your heart, cause love will guide you home. Where do you really want to be in life? What do you want to achieve? Let love guide you home!’
Omnia: ‘Guide You Home’ was that case when I had so much ‘space’ for creativity as a sound-producer. I’ve been lucky to hear some songs from Robin Vane and there were no doubt that I want to do something with him, so I contacted Robin on Facebook and purposed to work on something together. He sent me an original demo of ‘Guide You Home’ and I was like ‘WOW’! Musically this song gave me an opportunity to use some real instruments and basically to mix it with energetic drops which makes this tune great in both dance & pop ways at the same time. And I also think that the lyrics behind the ‘Guide You Home’ has its personal touch for all of us. No matter how far you are from your loved ones, love will guide you home…

GARETH EMERY & EMMA HEWITT DROP LONG-AWAITED SINGLE: ‘TAKE EVERYTHING’

It’s without doubt a team-up long awaited by fans across the dance music spectrum since their stunning 2010 collaboration ‘I Will Be The Same’, and it’s happening today. Off the back of their recent, brilliant live acoustic cover of Avicii’s ‘Without You’, frequent live collaborators and fellow Trance icons Gareth Emery and Emma Hewitt have joined forces on a drop-dead gorgeous single certain to empower, enchant and inspire every step along the way: ‘Take Everything’.

Listen to Gareth Emery & Emma Hewitt – Take Everything

 

Already tried and tested live at Gareth Emery’s Laserface Dreamstate show, ‘Take Everything’ sees the two industry icons set an emotionally charged backdrop and serve up a resolute message of emotional survival as poignant as it is defiant. Combining Emery’s inimitable, signature sound with Emma Hewitt’s sublime vocals, the song captures the emboldened spirit of rising from the ashes of a past gone wrong and starting again. From bitter endings to the possibility of new beginnings, ‘Take Everything’ is the resounding declaration of an unbreakable spirit.

 

Gareth Emery: “People have been asking for years when Emma and I would release another song together and when we finally sat down together in LA to write, ‘Take Everything’ just arrived so quickly and naturally…it was one of those songs that was just ready to be written. We have been performing this live on the recent Laserface shows together and it is unbelievably satisfying to see it resonating with people emotionally on such a scale even before the record has come out. I am really proud of this record.”

 

Emma Hewitt: “Working with Gareth was an absolute blast too; he is not only one of my absolute favorite producers in the universe, but also one of my very favorite people.  He was on the exact same wavelength with this song and the session just clicked. ‘Take Everything’ is really a declaration of independence for me; it is saying that after the storm, there will always be a new start and a universe of new possibilities in front you. It is a really powerful thing to sing that idea to life and to believe in new beginnings; I hope people take heart in the idea of new possibilities and the pages yet to be written…”

 

ØRJAN NILSEN COOKS UP NEW, TASTY SINGLE: ‘LOVE RUSH IN’

They say the way to a man’s heart lies in serving him his favorite meal, and Ørjan Nilsen shows that this doesn’t just apply to food-related subjects. Whetting the appetite of electronic music lovers from all over the world, his new single ‘Love Rush In’ has all the ingredients of a prize-winning dance music dish.

Listen to Ørjan Nilsen – Love Rush In

 

Following Ørjan Nilsen’s sough-after recipe of dance music production to the letter, ‘Love Rush In’ sees the Norwegian wonderworker serve up out a true pièce de résistance. Built on a foundation of mouthwatering chord progressions with Gabriela Geneva’s sweet vocals and tantalizing guitar tones sprinkled on top, this tune is exactly why The Viking is widely regarded as one of dance music’s most esteemed tastemakers.

 

Ørjan Nilsen: “’Love Rush In’ doesn’t really hold some sort of a fun or mind-blowing story, but I can tell you I was cooking at home when this idea suddenly popped up in my head. So I just left all my cooking behind, jumped into the studio and worked on the melody. It was the perfect track for a vocal, so I reached out to the guy who writes most of my vocals, Mike James, who immediately found the best fit for it. I’ve been waiting for the right moment to release it, and I am super happy we took our time to let it rest as I believe the wait was definitely worth it.”

SEVENN DROP TASTY NEW SINGLE ‘LOLLIPOP’

US duo Sevenn is back with an absolute monster of a tune in the shape of the lickably delicious ‘Lollipop’, out for release today via Armada Music.

Listen to Sevenn – Lollipop

 

With jumping rhythms, outlandish FX and top lines, and a mammoth bottom section that should give the best bass bins in the industry a run for their money, ‘Lollipop’ is an all out banger that will set fire to countless dance floors and Spotify playlists around the world.

 

The track’s signing to Armada Music, the world’s largest independent music label, should come as no surprise to those who have been following Kevin and Sean Brauer’s meteoric rise over the past couple of years. From their Tiesto/Gucci Mane co-production ‘Boom’ to their ALOK collaboration ‘BYOB’, to a sensational debut show at none other than the mecca of all things dance, Tomorrowland, the LA-based brothers have quickly carved out a reputation for themselves as one of the most exciting young acts coming up through the hotly competitive US ranks.

 

Sevenn ‘LOLLIPOP’ is available to stream and download worldwide via Armada Music. For more information on Sevenn, including all new releases and international tour dates, visit www.facebook.com/sevennofficial.

SEVENN // TOUR  DATES:

Dec 09 – Colors Party Festival, Sao Paulo BRAZIL

Dec 14 – EOL Festival, Maringa BRAZIL

Dec 15 – Brazilian Bass, Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL

Dec 16 – Jundiaí Music Festival, Jundiai BRAZIL

Dec 21 – estúdio 5, Manaus BRAZIL

Dec 22 – resenha, Brasília BRAZIL

Dec 28 – Parador Maresias, Maresias BRAZIL

Dec 29 – Green Valley, Balneario BRAZIL

Dec  31 – Carapituba, Bahia BRAZIL

ESTIVA – THE MAZE

Estiva’s new track ‘The Maze’ will make you lose yourself on the dancefloor.

We spoke to Estiva about how the track came to be. This is what he had to say: With The Maze I wanted to focus on getting lost in the music. The whole track evolves around a straight forward arpeggio sound, accompanied by a driving bassline. You constantly feel tension and you’re asking yourself where the track is taking you. The up- and downrising fx on the main lead give you that extra dimension of hypnotic vibe which I love on the dancefloor!”

Listen to the track here

Once the winding build-up enters the equation, you can’t go back. A tune you can’t help but lose yourself in, ‘The Maze’ sees Estiva conjure up another signature Progressive Trance cut meant to keep you hooked from start to finish. It’s one of the most-lauded singles from his ‘Spectacle’ album for a reason, y’know?

ARMADA MUSIC CONTINUES 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS WITH ‘ARMADA 15 YEARS – DELUXE’ ALBUM

As all-encompassing as the ‘Armada 15 Years’ album may have been, one album is hardly enough to accurately showcase Armada Music’s past decade and a half. So, to magnify what started with the release of the first album on June 1st, the Amsterdam-based record label releases the album’s deluxe edition today, which sees a number of artists deliver some exciting, and above all exclusive originals or remixes to make sure this wonderful milestone year will never be forgotten.

 

Listen to ‘Armada 15 Years’

To help fans dig deeper into all that the Amsterdam-based record label has to offer (ranging from evergreen classics to present-day hits and tracks from future stars), the Deluxe Edition of ‘Armada 15 Years’ album peppers the celebrations with forty-six original tracks and remixes from artists such as Afrojack, Andrew Rayel, ARTY, Dash Berlin, filous, Laidback Luke, Loud Luxury, Ryan Riback and more.

 

Founded by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis on June 1st, 2003, Armada Music has been a trailblazing imprint since its inception fifteen years back. Throughout the years, the label managed to spread to almost every corner of the electronic music spectrum, signing records and labels across a plethora of genres from highly acclaimed artists such as Afrojack, Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery, Kevin Saunderson, Lost Frequencies, Loud Luxury, Morgan Page and W&W. Now widely considered the biggest independent dance music label in the world, Armada Music has been gearing up to show the world that they’re ready to remain one of the industry’s staple imprints for at least another decade and a half, and this Deluxe album shows exactly how they intend to do so in anniversary style.

OUT NOW: Marcus Santoro – Hijack

‘Hijack’ is Marcus Santoro’s debut single on Armind. The high energy track is made to blast through your speakers and light up the dancefloor!

Listen to the track here:

Taking over the club culture with its pounding bass and tremor-like kick drums, Marcus Santoro takes the reins and gives them a yank or three. From the thrilling staccato strings and synth-wave effects to the insane build-up and destructive drop, this man’s debut single on Armind is bound to tear sound systems to pieces.