Who is Jessie J?

Winning the BBC Sound Of…. yearly award can place a lot of expectation on artist but past winners have managed to do okay. Corrine Bailey Rae, Mika, Adele, Little Boots and Ellie Goulding may have various levels of success to their name but each carved out a following and interest of their own.

It is probably no surprise then that the winner of the BBC Sound of 2011 contest, Jessie J, is already riding high at number 2 in the charts with her track ‘Do It Like A Dude’.

To be a pop star today requires a mix of memorable melodies and a personality that is slightly off the wall. It would be unfair to blame all this on Lady Gaga, after all, the best pop stars have always contained an element of kookiness but Gaga has certainly raised the bar on strange behaviour and styling.

What is Jessie J's Muse?

She is not Gaga but she may not be all there

Jessie J is not going to be the British Lady Gaga but she does appear to have a style that will divide critics instantly. Perhaps more importantly, it will grab her attention and followers in no time at all.

The sound of ‘Do It Like A Dude’ could come from anywhere, all computerised vocals and scratchy beats but there is something that remains quintessentially British about it all. This should ensure that Jessie J becomes a star in her home land before she attempts to take over the world.

Does she have the X Factor?

In a funny sense, Jessie J strikes you as the artist that Cher Lloyd would like to be when, and if, she grows up.  The young rapper’s performance on the X Factor every week seemed to create bigger diversions and disagreements between family friends than any other performer but all the while, there was a more fully formed version of Cheryl Tweedy’s prodigy waiting in the wings.

With tour dates in Glasgow, Manchester and Bristol at the end of January and more pencilled in after the release of debut album, ‘Who You Are’, there is no doubt that Jessie J is a face and name you will become accustomed to seeing this year. Transferring the sound of the studio to the live arena is a major test for any artist and this will be where Jessie J needs to perform in order to live up to the potential and hype surrounding her.

Jessie J has to live up to the hype

Early live performances have suggested she is capable of fronting a stage and involving the crowd but now that expectations and the spotlight are on her, will Jessie

J be able to take the step up that will surely come from playing in front of bigger audiences.

Who is Jessie J?

Who is Jessie J?

On initial impressions, Jessie J is a spiky and aggressive artist, which should make for interesting interviews and sound bites. With too many pop acts becoming bland non-entities, there is a big gap for an artist that can speak their mind but deliver pop-tastic tunes and fascinating live shows with it. Time will tell if Jessie J is that girl but the early sings are that 2011 could indeed be her year.

Five Top Spring Parties During Miami’s Electronic Music Week

At the end of every March, thousands and thousands of dance music fans from across the world converge on Miami, Florida for a week of networking and nonstop, nearly 24-hour parties. In previous years, most of the events convened around the annual Winter Music Conference, a long-running DJ/producer/label head convention that launched the whole spring-break-like week.

However, over the past decade, the centerpiece of the Winter Music Conference week rapidly became the associated Ultra Music Festival, which grew over the years from a one-off party on the beach to a two-day affair across a massive public park.

This year marks a watershed: Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference have separated. The actual conference will be taking place earlier in March, with Ultra reigning supreme during the usual last week of the month in which both events previously happened. This turned out to be a bad move on Winter Music Conference, the organization — in an international mutiny, the major DJs and labels are still all having their parties that last week in March, while Ultra Music Festival itself has expanded to a whopping three days.

If you’re an electronic music fanatic, this spring week in Miami is not to be missed, on par on the international party circuit with the Ibiza season and the summer festival circuit. International exchange rates are in your favor, so if you decide to make the trip, here are five absolute must-attend events.







Josh Wink headlines a party for his own label, Ovum. Photo courtesy of Elite Music Management

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DJ Mag’s Pool Parties
The Shelborne Hotel, Miami Beach
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 through Sunday, March 27

DJ Mag has long held some of the wildest daytime pool parties — as well as night club parties — during Winter Music Conference. But with the festivities split up this year into two weeks in March, the magazine is one of the few to host events during both time intervals. Coinciding with Ultra Music Festival, there is a full slate of both daytime and nighttime parties, occupying the poolside of the Shelborne hotel during sunlight and the hotel’s in-house club, Shine, at night. Highlights of the week include an Ovum label party on Thursday, March 24 featuring Josh Wink and Steve Bug, as well as a pool party on Saturday, March 26 sponsored by Pacha Ibiza. Visit wantickets.com/shelborne for the full lineup and ticket details.





Simian Mobile Disco headlines its own warm-up party. Image courtesy of the Windish Agency

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Simian Mobile Disco’s Delicatessen Party
Eve, Miami
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Two days before they take the stage for a live set at the Ultra Music Festival, Simian Mobile Disco will host its own party, dubbed Delicatessen, at the intimate, indoor-outdoor club Eve. To warm up, they’ll be playing a DJ set rather than a full-on live performance. But the two Jameses (Ford and Shaw) are walking musical encyclopedias who know how to work a crowd into a lather, so this is not to be missed. They’re joined on the decks for the evening by Berlin tech-house master Radio Slave, and New York underground club fixtures JDH and Dave P. Visit simianmobiledisco.co.uk for full details.







DJ/producer Diplo headlines the Miami edition of the Hard fest. Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency

Hard Miami
Grand Central, Miami
Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Hard Festival originally started out as a one-off event in Los Angeles, but has since mushroomed into an American brand of loud, rambunctious parties for a relatively young crowd of up-for-it ravers. The Hard sound is brash and in-your face, favoring pummeling basslines and high beats per minute. All the better if you’re all hopped up on caffeine, though (wink, wink). Headlining the event is the multi-genre production wizard Diplo, alongside Canadian electro-house artist Tiga. Support comes from Ed Banger stars like Brodinski, DJ Mehdi, Busy P, and SebastiAn, as well as the seemingly omnipresent Tinie Tempah. Visit hardfest.com for full details.






Dubstep star Rusko performs at Ultra. Image courtesy of the Windish Agency

Ultra Music Festival
Bicentennial Park, Miami
Friday, March 25, 2011 through Sunday, March 27, 2011

Over its nearly decade-and-a-half of existence, Ultra has expanded from a homegrown, oceanfront rave to one of the largest dance music festivals in the world. This year marks the first it’ll sprawl across three whole days of programming, during which nearly the entire world of dance music, full stop, will play. This includes trance titans like Tiesto abd Armin van Buuren, as well as dubstep dons like Rusko, as well as live acts like Cut Copy, Empre of the Sun, and even ’80s synth-pop legends Erasure. Add in there a head-spinning array of other favorites, from David Guetta to Carl Cox to MSTRKRFT to Royksopp to Crystal Castles to Klaxons to Chromeo to Tinie Tempah to Simian Mobile Disco. The music starts early and ends late, but early enough to hit the town for an array of all-night afterparties. Visit ultramusicfestival.com for full details.






Swedish House Mafia gives Ultra a run for its money on Saturday, March 26. Photo by Carl Lindstrom, courtesy of Astralwerks

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Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel
Venue TBA, Miami
Saturday, March 26, 2011

Swedish House Mafia gives Ultra a run for its money on Saturday, with its own megawatt daytime party that gathers together some of the biggest names in house. On their own, the trio of Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso are enough of an international draw, but they’ve upped the ante by inviting along megastars like Pete Tong, Armand Van Helden, Calvin Harris, Dirty South, and turntable whiz A-Trak. More guests are still to be announced, and they surely won’t disappoint. The actual venue for the party has yet to be announced, so visit swedishhousemafia.com for full details.

Artist Interview – SpaceWitchPop

SpaceWitchPop is an electro-pop-dance artist currently plying her trade in Helsinki, Finland. She kindly agreed to complete an interview with us, share some of her amazingly artistic photos and listen to her latest tracks. Read on to what music she listens to when relaxing, her musical inspirations and her thoughts about alien life!

SpaceWitchPop

 

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

hmmmm… This is a question that i’ve always struggled with! Before i used to list a number of genres, like electro-pop-dance etc.. all combined somehow, but im always trying to come up with something new in my music, so there is always some genres left out of that list. So now when asked, i just simply say “SpaceWitchPop” ;)

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Q: What is your musical background?

-ACTUALLY! This is funny, but i started singing in a church choir! its funny because im not a religious person at all, i just somehow ended up in a church choir. Afterall i stil think it is a good thing, because i learned much being in it. After that i sang in a band (MDC) for about 5 years and then started doing music on my own, discovered fruity loops and SpaceWitchPop was born =)

Q: How was 2010 for you?

It had its ups and downs :D mostly i enjoyed it, did a lot of fun things, did music, met new people, made new friends, planned my future things and partyed my ass off ;D

SpaceWitchPop

Q: Who inspires you musically?

oh my god what a question! I think Army Of Lovers is one of the biggest inspirations to me and to my music, in every way. Then there are some singers that i absolutely adore, like Kate Bush, Michael Jackson, Nina Hagen, Gwen Stefani.. Who inspire me to always try to be better, and to beat myself =)

 

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Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I mostly just listen to music thats made before 2000 and some random house music, so this is hard one for me :D I love Christina Aguileras voice and how she can use it, so i look up to her in that way. She is truly amazing. Otherwise some “modernday artists” that i listen to are M.I.A, Scissor Sisters, Crystal Castles, Martin Landsky, Gorillaz…the list just goes on and on.. :)

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

EVERYONE! Actually i cant think of a person who i wouldnt do a gig or collaborate with. i think it is so fun and exciting to mix different type of performers together, and not just have a concert but to have a spectacular show! Thats why i always ask different type of performes to join me in my shows, to make it more fun and to make it my own. In my next show im having cool UV painted hoolah hoopers doing some awesome shit! :D

SpaceWitchPop

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

I DON’T HAVE AN I POD! im still stuck with a mp3 player, but its full off deep house, bimbo jungle house and space pop

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I actually have to wait for a good time until my musically creative side wakes up, sometimes it takes days sometimes weeks, but when its “awaken” i just simply go to my computer and start doing my songs. It feels like im in somesort of a trance, and when i wake up from it my song is ready. Then i just load it up to my 8-track and come up with the singing lines and lyrics =) In some cases i also see a dream and in it i hear my next song, wake up and make it happen :)

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

-MELODY!!! Absolutely, to me the lyrics don’t really matter at all, if the song is fabulous then i can close my ears from the lyrics :D What comes to my own music, i always try to make complete fictional lyrics, but of course sometimes there is some personal stuff accidently involved x)

Q: Where are you based?

At this moment im based in planet earth, but i long back to my home planet, can’t wait to get back there <3

SpaceWitchPop

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It is fabulous!

Q: What are you currently working on?

Currently im just trying to get my computer working again! Without it its quite hard to make stuff happen, but now that i cant make new songs for a while, i’m concentrating on my promotional side, and on my shows of course.

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

As SpaceWitchPop, i havent really had any specific moments, but it is always a highlight of my day to have positive comments from fans and i feel like every show that i do is a highlight of my life, always :D But still waiting for the ultimate highlight ;)

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

A lot ;)

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

At this moment i only have gigs coming up in Helsinki,Finland. and you can always check them up in www.myspace.com/spacewitchpop or in my facebook page =)

Q: What do you do to relax?

It depends ;) sleep, eat, drink, listen to music, do music, have sex, chill with friends, read a book and parrrrtyyyyyyy =)

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Ufos exist and add me in facebook and myspace =)

Editor’s Note: SpaceWitchPop has a certain individuality and style which can’t be taught and she has oodles streams of it. We’re sure that SpaceWitchPop will grow her fanbase throughout 2011 and continue to write catchy electro-pop tracks for us to enjoy.

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If you’d like to learn more about or contact SpaceWitchPop just follow the links below:

 

myspace: www.myspace.com/spacewitchpop

facebook: www.facebook.com/spacewitchpop

Five Essential Funky Electro-Pop Artists

Who listens to music by a single “genre” any more? Thanks to the advent of seemingly endless iTunes libraries and music fans’ ever-more open minds, the best pop music today leaps across old stylistic boundaries. It’s clear, though, that the boundary the most exciting pop acts these days are often crashing is that of dance music. Underground electro sounds are increasingly finding their way filtered into the mainstream, while once-indie acts who just kept it real are being rewarded with crossover success.

Everyone who’s shopped, driven, or flipped on a TV knows acts like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, who rely heavily on absorbing club sounds into radio-friendly. But climbing the ranks behind them are a number of bands who have been plying their danceable electro-pop trade on the trendsetting circuits. Here are five funky electro-pop artists to get to know soon.

Dan Black - courtesy of the Windish Agency

Dan Black - courtesy of the Windish Agency

Dan Black

Origin: London, U.K.

Essential Track: “Symphonies”

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London resident Dan Black is the ultimate pop mad scientist, first gaining Internet notoriety in 2009 for his single “HYPNTZ,” which found him lyrically riffing off the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” while sampling Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Still, Black was once a proper rocker, as frontman of the band the Servant, and as such, his music isn’t all froth. Rather, he brings real melody and song structure to his own original compositions, which borrow freely from R&B and hip-hop instrumentation. It’s a sensibility reflected in his latest crossover hit, a remix of his single “Symphonies” with a guest appearance from Kid Cudi. Check out the video for the Kid Cudi collboration, and download a different remix of the song, by U.S. electro-poppers Passion Pit, below.

MP3 Link:

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Dan_Black/track/Symphonies_Passion_Pit_Remix









Chromeo - Courtesy of the Windish Agency

Chromeo - Courtesy of the Windish Agency

Chromeo

Origin: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Essential Track: “Hot Mess”

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The duo of Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) may hail from Montreal, but as Chromeo, they’ve absorbed all of the cheesy dance flotsam of the U.S. and U.K. and turned it into something new and funky. Disco, hip-hop, easy listening, Latin freestyle, and ’80s electro all meet in a blaze of live instrumentation and analog synth, complete with over-the-top romantic — or just plain lascivious — lyrics. For a taste, check out this video for the track “Hot Mess” off the group’s third and most recent album, Business Casual. It features Elly Jackson of La Roux on guest vocals. Below the video, get a free remix of the track by U.S. dance duo Duck Sauce.

MP3 Link:

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Chromeo/track/Hot_Mess_feat_Elly_Jackson_Duck_Sauce_Remix____









Cut Copy - photo by Leo Cackett, courtesy of the Windish Agency

Cut Copy - photo by Leo Cackett, courtesy of the Windish Agency

Cut Copy

Origin: Melbourne, Australia

Essential Track: “Where I’m Going”

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Titans on the Aussie electro scene anchored by Modular Recordings, Cut Copy have been at their live/electronic blend of dancefloor jams for nearly a decade. Though the band draws heavily on ’80s New Wave and post-punk styles, their output is decidedly pop. The band’s new, third album, Zonoscope, takes things even further in this direction. Its lead single, “Where I’m Going,” is full of big, sunny, singalong hooks over the usual bank of synthesizers. Download the song below — although it’s so new, a video hasn’t yet been released!

MP3 Link:

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Cut_Copy/track/Where_Im_Going









Does It Offend You, Yeah? - CC by ND 2.0, via Schröder+Schömbs PR on Flickr

Does It Offend You, Yeah? - CC by ND 2.0, via Schröder+Schömbs PR on Flickr

Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Origin: Reading, U.K.

Essential Track: “We Are the Dead”

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This Reading fivesome first gained attention at the tail end of the so-called New Rave scene, but have survived such trendy categorization on the strength of its unique take on punk-funk. DIOYY play colossal-sounding dance music, but do so exclusively through live instrumentation, giving their songs a heavy, fist-pump-worthy texture.

Though the band is already a favorite on the festival circuit, thanks to (somewhat unlikely) tour support slots for the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park, the boys may be ready to break out even further. Below, check out the video, and download an MP3 of, the band’s song “We Are the Dead.” It’s the lead single from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You. (To download, once the link takes you to the band’s Soundcloud page for the track, hit the down arrow under the word “info” on the right-hand side of the player.)


MP3 Link:

http://soundcloud.com/does-it-offend-you-yeah/we-are-the-dead-1









Kids of 88 - photo CC by 3.0, via Sony Music Entertainment on Wikimedia Commons

Kids of 88 - photo CC by 3.0, via Sony Music Entertainment on Wikimedia Commons

Kids of 88

Origin: Auckland, New Zealand

Essential Track: “My House”

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This Kiwi duo first scored a major hit in its native New Zealand back in 2008 with its debut single, “My House.” Though it’s one of the group’s oldest tracks, it’s still one of the best, summing up the band’s take on electro-pop: sexy, slightly sleazy, and carried by a decidedly rock and roll swagger. (Actually, make that more than slightly sleazy: The pair proudly self-describes its music as “slutty.”) Rude or not, the songs on the group’s debut album, Sugarpills, are indelibly catchy and danceable, and thanks to airplay on major networks like the U.S.’ VH1, may be poised for a big breakthrough beyond the South Pacific. Below, check out the colorful video for “My House,” and download a free remix of the song, courtesy of the Remix Artist Collective.


MP3 Link:

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Artist Interview – Canal Pop

Emiliano Canal is an electro-pop songwriter and producer from Buenos Aires in Argentina. He is known as Canal Pop and has worked with some amazing singers, such as Lara Sambert, whom was on Popstars in Argentina. We first discovered Canal Pop on Soundcloud and contacted him for an interview. Read on to find out how he got into electro-music, how he produces his catchy tracks and what he will be doing in 2011. :-)

Canal Pop

Q: Who are you called?

My name is Emiliano Canal AKA Canal Pop. I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Canal Pop is the name I use as an artist. I also run the indie label/ publishing company Eternal Sunday, the only label specialized in releasing local artists with vocals in English.

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or number of genres what would it be?

Catchy electropop.

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Catchy electropop with ironic lyrics sung by sexy girls.

Q: What is your musical background?

I’ve been recording and composing songs for more than fifteen years. I was part of the first generation of electronic/ electropop musicians/ producers in Buenos Aires. Instead of learning to play an instrument first and then learning MIDI programming, I started directly using MIDI sequencers to program songs and music. I play keyboards live on stage, of course, but that’s second to me to programming synths. When I started I used a sequencer that ran on a Commodore 128 home computer, which was a nightmare to use, so I can say I witnessed much of the evolution of modern music production technology. I studied traditional music composition and arrangements but had to adapt that knowledge into electropop. One of my main goals as a producer was to be able to record great vocals, which is hard to do, and you can notice this with the younger generation of electronic producers, they have grown up using software like Fruity Loops and Reason and come up with acceptable instrumental music but can’t record a decent vocal track. Luckily I was always able to work with amazing singers, both male and female, and I learned a lot from them.

Q: How was 2010 for you?

It was very good in overall terms. As Canal Pop I released with singer Lara Sambert the album An Electro Tribute To Oasis, and our version of “Stand By Me” was chosen “song of the day” at Popjustice.com. Since they usually chose people like Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Robyn and Ke$ha I think we did great. I started recording our new album with Lizzie Van Der Kink, another fabulous singer.

Being also a label owner I was accepted as a member of CAPIF, the chamber that reunites the most important labels in Argentina (like the US RIAA). Which was great. We had an annual meeting and I sat on a chair and the President (CEO) of EMI for Southern South America (who’s a great guy by the way) came and said “hey that’s my chair… Never mind, I’ll pick another one” and picked another one. As a mere music producer I never was treated with such kindness by these big guys. I also was offered to direct the first radio dedicated to Argentinean bands with songs in English, so it was a busy year.

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I have several sources of inspiration… I spend a lot of time listening to the US and UK charts, since those sounds create the future trends. I’m also a big fan of classic electropop of the 70′s and 80′s (Depeche Mode, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Erasure, New Order, Kraftwerk, those guys). Of course, I also love classic pop and rock music, The Beatles, Elvis, The Who, The Bee Gees, every aspiring popstar should take the time to study them. I like electronic music, specially electro and progressive trance. I’m actually very curious about music (and everything else). I’m listening to swing music from the 30′s these days, and I found some amazing things that I would love to add to a track.

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I’m following the new generation of electropop artists like Robyn, of course Lady Gaga, La Roux… I would like to be considered part of it.

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Well since I interact with other musicians all the time as a label owner, producer and publisher I tend to work alone as Canal Pop (not counting the singers). But I would love to work with any electropop legend like the Pet Shop Boys or Vince Clarke or any of those guys.

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

Oh, thousands… Current music, old music, all the music from my label plus all the demos that artists send me plus several projects of compilations and things like that… I need a lot of storage space.

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Well in all these years I sketched hundreds of songs or musical ideas so from time to time I pick a couple of them and try to match them to an idea for a song. But every song is different. What I do care most is not only the idea for a song but the production process in order to make sure that song will work. I listen to dozens of demos and finished songs a week and sometimes I hear brilliant ideas ruined by a deficient production. Bad vocals, long intros, a wrong structure, too many instruments at the same time, arrangements that sound like fifteen years ago… There are many ways of screwing a song and only a few of making it work.

Canal Pop

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

I love writing lyrics, though English is not my native language. But as a pro I would have to say melody. If you listen to a catchy song in a language that you don’t understand you enjoy it anyway.

Q: Where are you based?

Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Since Buenos Aires is a big city people think of us as cosmopolitan, extroverted, tolerant and open to novelty and a little pretentious. I fit, of course… People dance the tango here although I’ve never learnt to.

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m working on Canal Pop’s upcoming album. The songs are almost ready, the singer has to record six or seven more tracks and then it’ll be time to mix (and remix). You can listen to what we already have at our Soundcloud page. http://soundcloud.com/canalpop/sets/hcg-lfb

HCG&LFB by Canal Pop

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

As I said being a member of CAPIF puts me among the major music industry players in our country and region. That’ll help me as an artist too. As a publisher we co-publish with Universal Music Publishing Group, and that gave me some cool international contacts. The people at UMP Argentina are ultra cool.

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

I hope to finish the new Canal Pop album and I hope to be able to find a partner or label in the UK to release it there. Any suggestions?

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

January and February are summer vacation months in Buenos Aires so the activity resumes in March, we have some gigs planned at some discos but nothing is sure yet.

Q: What do you do to relax?

I meditate. I run 10k races. I read. I listen to classical music. I don’t like smoking pot or drinking.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

There are some wonderful bands from Argentina that sing in English and should have worldwide hits, but since the rest of the local industry only think in terms of selling music in Spanish to the Latin market these have never been given the chance they deserve. Check some of them at the Eternal Sunday site at www.eternalsunday.com.ar or at the Argentina’s Pop For Export podcast http://argentinapopforexport.mypodcast.com/

Editor’s note: Canal Pop creates catchy and individual electro-pop that should definitely appeal to people on both sides of the atlantic in equal measure. I’m waiting for the album to be completed with quite a lot of excitement!

twitter link: www.twitter.com/eternal_sunday

facebook link: www.facebook.com/pages/Canal-Pop/22237411264

myspace link: www.myspace.com/canalpop

web page link: www.canalpop.com.ar

soundcloud link: www.soundcloud.com/canalpop

reverbnation link: www.reverbnation.com/canalpop

Canal Pop blog: canalpop.blogspot.com


Artist Interview – MJS

MJS is a talented songwriter and producer, generally in the electronica / dance genre and is from right here in the UK. MJS kindly agreed to give us a a quick interview regarding his interests in music, how he gets inspired and just how he comes up with those amazing electronica textures in all of his songs.

Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or number of genres what would it be?

I suppose primarily electronica – just because of the way I like to bring sounds together. Although I don’t restrict myself at all. If something sounds right and ‘fits’ then I will use it. So in my music there may be elements of dance, rock, and almost any other genre. I like to experiment a lot with different sounds.

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Someone described it as ‘Music you can play with in your mind… and move to with your body’. Spot on!

MJS

Q: What is your musical background?

I started to get seriously involved in music during my teenage years when I had an avid interest in the sound technology that was around at the time. It was a time when music was exciting, innovative and you could try just about anything. Then I used tape recorders and ‘synths’ (and just about anything else I could get my hands on) to make all kinds of weird and wonderful sounds.

In my late teens and early twenties I became involved with two live music venues in Bristol (UK) where up-and-coming bands (such as U2) would play, and this gave me the opportunity to work with different artists on their projects.

Although I have continued to be involved in music in some way, it was not until a couple of years ago that I really started to seriously produce my own material.

Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was a brilliant year. It was a year when my music has been heard and liked by people all around the world. It has been a time when I have been fortunate to make contacts with many talented people, and a year where my music production has matured and started to move in a very positive direction.

Q: Who inspires you musically?

The inspiration for my music comes from many different people. Musical influence comes from anyone who is new and innovative grabs my attention. From the psychedelic rock of the seventies, through to the New Age and punk movement of the eighties, and into the more progressive artists of the nineties and today. The inspiration they give me is that you can produce something special and unique – dare to be different!

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I think that The Prodigy and Faithless are the most recent artists I can say really grab my attention. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I like everything they do. But they have something unique and continually strive to produce new and interesting music. When they started, they were innovators, they pushed boundaries and continue to do so today. They don’t try to ‘follow the crowd’ or replicate other artists – they are unique. There are many other artists who have similarly influenced the way I approach making music.

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I have met so many interesting and talented people through music it is really difficult to narrow down who I would like to collaborate or gig with.

Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

All kinds of music! A diverse range from metal to classical.

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

First of all, I have to be inspired by something which invokes a feeling in me. It can be from anywhere – perhaps a picture, sound, situation, person, or sometimes something which creeps into my imagination. From then on the process is fairly organic, with the sounds coming together to relay the feeling -- although it doesn’t always work and there have been times where I have spent a long time on a piece of music only to abandon it because it just doesn’t ‘feel’ right. I have to be in the right mood too; otherwise the feeling of the music is lost.

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

The kind of music I produce is primarily instrumental, so melody is the most important part. Although, this year I hope to be working with some vocalists which will be interesting.

Q: Where are you based?

I am based in Warwickshire (UK), although I originally come from south-west UK.

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Where I come from is a beautiful part of the country, and there are so many interesting things to do and experience. The music scene is vibrant and it has life. Sometimes I think I may move back there one day – we shall see.

Q: What are you currently working on?

My current project is ‘Broken Reality’. It is nearing completion and I am in the process of finalising the track listing and making fine adjustments to the music.  You can hear some of the tracks in the embedded ReverbNation player.


You can play the music in the car, on your home stereo, at a party, with your friends or alone, or put on a pair of headphones and lose yourself in the subtleties of the sound which you really can ‘play with in your mind’.

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Without doubt it has been meeting nice people along the journey to today. I suppose the biggest surprise has been being played in locations as far away as Las Vegas and Japan!

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

Perhaps 2011 is going to be the best year yet. A year where my career continues to develop and more and more people enjoy my music.  A year of interesting musical collaborations. A year of fantastic performances and a year of happiness and fun!

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I don’t have gigs or shows finalized at the moment. But exciting things are going to happen in 2011!

Q: What do you do to relax?

Music and more music. Playing it, listening to it, learning new and interesting ways to produce it. Or, being out and about meeting interesting people and visiting interesting places.

MJS

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

You won’t like my music if you think X-Factor is the best on the planet – because your life is already over!

Editor’s Note: MJS is undoubtedly a really talented artist. Creating textures that are enthralling, individual but also pleasing too. I think I’d describe it as reflective electronic dance music. Something you could listen to and enjoy both in a club and by yourself in quiet reflection.


If you’d like to check out more of MJS, follow these links:

Official page: http://www.mjsuk.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/mjsuk
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/mjsuk
Bandcamp: http://mjsmusic.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MJS/151520214870235

Robyn is a Major Funky Electro Pop Star

When it comes to funky electro pop, everyone has their own take on the sound but pop fans recognise the work that Swedish pop star Robyn has made to the world of music. For well over a decade, Robyn was criminally overlooked in the UK charts and by music lovers everywhere but in the last year or two, the artist has been getting the praise and acclaim that has been long overdue.

Robyn

The singer confounded music critics by releasing three separate mini-albums in 2010, all of which formed the ‘Body Talk’ trilogy. Given the changing nature of music availability and the rise of downloads, packaging music in this way makes perfect sense and has made Robyn a bit more accessible. It can sometimes be easy to overlook an album because it has a large number of tracks on it but by providing output in more manageable numbers, Robyn has created a greater interest in her latest material.

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Robyn has worked with some big names

All of which has created a further interest in her back catalogue and Robyn is in greater demand than she has ever been before. Many people first became aware of Robyn through her collaboration with other artists, which indicates she is a vocalist in demand. Basement Jaxx, Britney Spears and Snoop Doggy Dogg are just some of the acts that have benefited from the distinctive vocal styles of the Scandinavian singer.

Robyn

Emerging from a pop background, Robyn’s musical style took on a funkier and electro edge in 2005 with the ‘Robyn’ album. This contained the worldwide smash hit ‘With Every Heartbeat’ and this track remains the bets known song of the song. Although downbeat in tone, the pulsating bass and memorable video brought the singer to the attention of a whole new audience and her musical output since has followed this style.

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Robyn has had a major influence on current artists

It is easy to draw a line from the ‘Robyn’ album to the many female pop singers operating in the UK today. Acts like Little Boots, Ellie Goulding and La Roux have taken great influence from Robyn and no doubt there will be many more artists that release songs and albums in this style. It is not as if Robyn can take the claim for this genre or its popularity but her worldwide success has opened the door for other artists to make music in this manner. Record labels are always keen to have their own version of a popular artist and the number of imitators that have followed Robyn is a compliment to her success.

Even after the trio of releases in 2010, there is talk that Robyn is set to release a new album at some point in 2011, which will no doubt place the singer back on the touring and promotional treadmill. Robyn has developed a strong reputation for live performances in recent years and is a staple act of the European festival circuit. With the singer being in high demand, do not be surprised to see her name appearing on the line-up of a great number of festivals this summer.