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September 15, 2014

Artist Experience : Sam Allan (Winner of New World Punx DJ Invitational with RPM Presents)

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Last weekend, New York’s RPM Presents and Wavo gave contest winner Sam Allen a day to remember as he was gifted the opportunity to share the bill on Governors Island, NY with dance music legends Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten aka New World Punx.

We chatted to Sam after the show to get his reaction to the big event. Here’s what he had to say : WP_20140914_004

Sam Allen … “I had an amazing experience at Governors Island Beach Club. The weather was prefect. One of the best feelings was stepping up on the main stage. Just knowing that all of the best DJs from around the world have played on this very stage.”WP_20140914_011

“Besides that the ability to meet and hang out with Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten in the green room was whole another unbelievable experience. Both great down to earth guys. It was an honor to meet them. The overall Artist experience for the day was great and I’ll always remember this for the rest of  my life. All from a DJ competition that may have given me an amazing opportunity to advance my DJ career.”

Follow Sam Allen : Facebook // Soundcloud

 

September 15, 2014

Artist Experience : Altervoice (Winner of EDX Invitational with Sunburn Music Festival)

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Last week Wavo & Sunburn (India’s premier electronic music brand) gave contest winner Altervoice the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to open for dance music titan EDX at his show in Mumbai. Needless to say, the young Dj & Producer had an unforgettable evening. We caught up with him this week to find out all about the experience. Here’s what went down!

Altervoice on… Opening for EDX

“Opening for EDX was like a dream come true. This is probably one of the most important things I’ve done. The poll had some amazing sets by really popular local DJs.”

Pre-game prep

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“I was well prepared for the gig (since it was my first gig, Ha!) Backups, this that. My bud Aarif helped me get my shit sorted out and we planned on opening together.The biggest problem we had was my laptop crashing 5 minutes before the gig. Hoooooooooooooly. Glad it worked after that tho.”

The Best part of the experience

“Getting to meet the artist I’ve idolized almost all of my life as a producer, EDX. Imagine having the person you’ve been a big fan of, standing right in front of you. Aarif and I could barely say ‘Hello’. He gave us his email and we spoke about our music.Couldn’t have imagined a better night. Thanks to Sunburn and all of the organizers for making a dream come true.”

Follow Altervoice Facebook // Soundcloud

August 26, 2014

Interview + Six Exclusive Free Downloads with Ninth Floor Mannequin

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Jarrod Pedone is the man who “wrote, performed, mixed, and mastered” all of the wonderful music under the moniker Ninth Floor Mannequin. Jarrod took time out of his schedule to shed light on this project. 

Ninth Floor Mannequin just released six exclusive Free Downloads via wavo for all to enjoy. Find them here, and the interview just below our player!


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And here’s our interview with Ninth Floor Mannequin: 

Where are you answering these questions from?

I’m in my humble little office/studio/computer/closet room. I do most of what I do from this type of space. The room has a tendency to relocate from city to city but, the contents remain the same.

How long have you been playing music?

In a broad sense…about 17 years. I started playing different instruments at different ages but I didn’t begin seriously writing until more recently. However, it technically began with sneaking in some playing time on my oldest brother’s bass guitar when he was out of the house. I was about 11.

Who are your musical influences?

Like most musicians, my influence list is long. However, if I had to boil it down to the essentials, I’d go with Paul Simon, Erykah Badu, Frederic Chopin, Broken Social Scene, The Get Up Kids, Jeff Buckley, Bjork, Fleet Foxes, Bad Religion, Bon Iver, Radiohead, The Zombies & Danny Elfman.

Who are you listening to right now?

At this very moment, I’m listening to a playlist of Erik Satie & Chopin piano pieces. I absolutely love this stuff but, it usually falls into my background music category. As far as more current music, I still can’t put away that Father John Misty album. When I’m drumming with ear buds in, I’ve been listening to a lot of Hiatus Kaiyote. When I’m cooking, it’s Etta James. When I’m exercising, it’s Passion Pit, Bad Religion, or Tame Impala. It all depends on the time of day, the accompanying activity, & the weather.

Any new releases that you are looking forward to?

I know that it’s not exactly hip underground indie but, I just heard that Radiohead is headed back into the studio. They don’t often disappoint & their last couple albums are two of my favorites from them.

How did you come up with the name, Ninth Floor Mannequin, for your first solo project?

- “The After Hours” is the first episode of The Twilight Zone that I’ve ever seen. In that episode, a mannequin is given the chance to live as a human being for a month before returning to the mannequin lifestyle. The subject forgets that she truly is a mannequin until she revisits the ninth floor of the department store where she previously resided. I can’t say for sure what my next songs will be about. However, the debut EP happens to correlate with my five favorite classic plots of that series.

Northwest Prime, as well as other sources, has documented your accident and subsequent coma, can you recount that time of your life for our readers/listeners and how it helped you craft this EP?

Physical therapy & mental recovery are interesting things. Though I did have a pretty significant setback, I am still the same person. As I mentioned, I’ve been a musician since age 11. Making music is what I do. So, I naturally resumed where I left off. Understandably, hospitals do not have therapeutic programs specifically designed for musician’s skills recovery. So, I scoured my hard drives for ideas. I found them. I relearned them. I finished them. I compiled them. I made a debut EP out of them. This was my musical therapy program.

By the reaction we have gotten from the tracks on wavo.me it is obvious that your songs fit intomany of our charts from Alternative/Indie to Folk and Rock. Was it your intention to cross genres?

I had no pre-existing genre intentions. Although the subject matters of my songs may be considered a bit strange, my intention is to keep the music as honest as possible. As a musician, I see that many bands put themselves in a creative box with their bio that mentions their genre. Personally, if the lyrics call for a harsher sound…overdrive is my tool. If the lyrics are more narrative…a folkier arrangement leaves more space for the lyrics to resonate. If the story has a bit of an eerie characteristic…I like ambient vocals layered with synths & slide guitars. For me, each song needs its own individual arrangement. I try not to use genre cliches as a fail-safe that would dodge my songwriter’s block & finish my four minute song for me.

What are your thoughts on today’s music distribution and delivery?

The streaming & digital download platform is a double-edged sword. Artists can quickly & easily get their music out there without the cost & hassle of physical distribution. However, this has led to decreased audio quality, hundredths of a cent per stream for artists & complete over-saturation of musical content for the average listener. “Come to our show & buy our record,” was a good thing for artists while it lasted but, those days seem to be dimming. Nowadays, it seems to be “like, share, retweet or stream this link to my music.” Ninth Floor Mannequin is unfortunately closer to the latter for the time being. Hopefully, it slides back toward the former quite soon.

Any plans for touring?

Of course this project will find its way onto the road. The 9 piece band is prepped & damn, would it be a great thing to play with those folks every night…folks can play…good people, too. I would be a happy guy if that was happening sooner than later. However, I have a bit of work to do before we can embark.

What is next for Ninth Floor Mannequin?

Ninth Floor Mannequin lives indefinitely with the record button on. There are a handful of new songs already sitting on a hard drive in that room I mentioned. As usual, the next release is already in progress. The next performance is on the horizon. With continued support from the wonderful folks at places like Wavo, we could be on a stage near you soon.

Alexander Lagman hails from the Detroit area and it one of Wavo’s top contributors. He has a lovely wife and 2 amazing children. He used to DJ nu-disco house in the early 2000s to crowds of tens for free bar burgers and discounted drinks. He now has two of the best jobs in the world.

August 13, 2014

Life in Color Mexico Round Up

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Wavo x Life in Color would like to thank all the DJs who submitted their mixes for the Mexico City DJ Invitational by Life in Color Mexico. We had so many great entries, with the chosen winners being Daniel Roberto Diaz Castro, who will be playing their set at the Life in Color concert in Mexico City. Here are a few mixes that deserve a mention and remember to check out all the tracks in our playlist below!

Mixes we love:

WINNER: Daniel Roberto Diaz Castro’s epic house mix! 

2. KMRA ™‘s (@KMRAdj) heavy banger mix!

3. Dj Tommy XS‘s (@DJ_TommyXS) electro house mix

4. Gil Garcia Reyes‘s mix with Mexican influences!

5.Noisze‘s (@djnoisze) edm mix!

Most hearted mixes:

1. Dj Byrd_Mx‘s electro mix with over 1550 hearts!

2. Hell Boys Mx‘s banger mix with over 960 hearts!

3. Isaac Pastrana jr‘s progressive house mix with over 630 hearts!

4. DJ Mastachi‘s awesome mix with so many original edits with over 440 hearts!

5. Our winner Daniel Roberto Diaz Castro’s mix with over 320 hearts!


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Congratulations to the winner and thank you to all the artists for your submissions. We hope to see all artists in our future competitions.

August 13, 2014

Sun City Artist Incubator Round Up

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Wavo x Disco Donnie x Sun City x Dancing Astronaut would like to thank all the DJs who submitted their mixes for the Artist Incubator by Sun City Music Festival. We had so many great entries, with the chosen winner being, The Audio Nerdz, who will have the change to play the festival and an after party, and be interviewed by leading dance music publication Dancing Astronaut! Here are a few mixes that deserve a mention and remember to check out all the tracks in our playlist below!

Most hearted mixes:

WINNER: The Audio Nerdz’s huge progressive electro mix with over 800 hearts!

2. Dasquo‘s (@Dasquo) mainroom house mix with over 690 hearts!

3. RizeOfficial‘s (@RizeOfficialDJ) hard dance mix with 450 hearts!

4. BACE Music‘s (@BACE_Music) mashup house mix with 290 hearts!

5. Medikk‘s ultra house mix with over 220 hearts!

Mixes we loved:

1. Zilver Fox‘s minimal mix!

2. DJ krizmak‘s (@krizmak) electronic mix!

3. Dj-Reason‘s banger mix!

4. NxOfficial®‘s (@OfficialNxDj) progressive house mix!

5. Ramiro Rubio‘s (@IamRamiroRubio) mainstream house mix!

 


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Congratulations to the winner and thank you to all the artists for your submissions. We hope to see all artists in our future competitions.

 

August 12, 2014

Aston Shuffle Remix Competition

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Aston Shuffle x Wavo want to thank the all the artists who submitted to the Back and Forth Remix Competition! We had many great entries from artists spanning a wide variety of genres! A huge congratulations to Nho-j for winning the competition with an awesome future house remix! Here is a rundown of the some we felt deserved a mention! Don’t forget to check out all the remixes in our playlist below!

Top 5 hearted:

WINNER: Nho-j‘s future house remix with over 100 hearts!

2. Jordan Magro‘s progressive house remix with 80 hearts!

3. TANISH_M‘s huge house remix with over 35 hearts!

4. Jaiyden Toquero’s tropical house remix with 35 hearts

5. XeroMusicOfficial‘s (@_XeroOfficial_) progressive house remix with over 30 hearts!

Remixes we enjoyed: 

1. Antonio Decibel‘s (@AntonioDecibel) electro house remix!

2. Cire Musics‘s strong progressive vibes remix!

3. Exhibit A Music Producer‘s (@ProdByExhibitA) trap remix!

4. Dream Fiend‘s (@funkydreamfiend) nu-disco remix!

5. ThePhantomOfficial‘s (@DigitalLotus) hard dance remix!


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Congratulations once again to the winner, Nho-j, and to all those who entered the contest!

August 12, 2014

Silent Remix Competition Round Up

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LessThan3 x Harem Records x Wavo want to thank the all the artists who submitted to the Silent Remix Competition by Paris& Simo! We had many great entries from artists spanning a wide variety of genres! A huge congratulations to Gatis Girdenis for winning the competition with an awesome chilled out remix! Here is a rundown of the top 5 hearted(popular) mixes as well as some of our favorites! Don’t forget to check out all the remixes in our playlist below!

Mixes we enjoyed:

WINNER: Gatis Girdenis remix!

2. Dj Jasko‘s (@DJ_Jasko) progressive remix!

3. Nomadiano‘s (@DjNomadiano) banger remix!

4. Rahil Mathur‘s huge edm remix!

5. Marley Cadigan‘s (@MarleyCadigan) electro remix!

 

Popular Remixes (Top Hearted):

1. Renegade Agency’s (@RenegadeAgency1) progressive house remix with over 300 hearts!

2. DJ – AAMR‘s electro house remix with over 165 hearts!

3. Arthas Awther‘s (@ArthasAwther) dance remix with over 160 hearts!

4. Manè Official‘s (@manedeejay) progressive house remix with over 135 hearts!

5. Sono & Etwas‘s banger remix with over 85 hearts!


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Once again congratulations to Gatis Girdenis for winning the competition and thank you to all the artists and voters who participated. We look forward to seeing all your submissions in our future contests!

August 11, 2014

FREE DOWNLOAD: Twoloud – Track Three

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Twoloud (@twoloud) just hit 300K likes on Facebook, and as a treat we’re lucky enough to receive this seriously BIG track as a free download.

Track Three is a serious, big room banger that hits hard and is definitely going to get the party started, wherever it is that you’re partying. Pure size on this one – large synth stabs, heavy drum programming and a seriously main stage, peak time feel to it.

Don’t sit down for this one! Enjoy and definitely don’t sleep on this free download, whether you’re a DJ or a fan! Check it out below and make sure to add it to your library!

August 11, 2014

FREE DOWNLOAD: Tujamo – Darth Theme

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Germany’s own, Tujamo, released his newest track this past week, a remix of Darth Vader’s terrifying theme song, turning it into a dancefloor stomper. The only thing we are loving more than the originality from the German EDM hero, is that the track’s a free download! Get it straight intro your library by clicking the song below!

August 11, 2014

Life in Color Honduras Round Up

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Wavo x Life in Color would like to thank all the DJs who submitted their mixes for the Honduras DJ Invitational. We had so many great entries, with the chosen winner being Guillermo Zelaya, who will be playing alongside Legendary DJ Cedric Gervais, Carl Nunes, Allan Nunez, and Bartosz Brenes. Tegucigalpa native, Zelaya’s mix impressed the judges with its creativity, song selection and impressive number of hearts! Here are a few mixes that deserve a mention and remember to check out all the tracks in our playlist below!

Top Five Hearted:

WINNER: Guillermo Zelaya‘s mix with over 1830 hearts!

2. Alezeth‘s banger mix with over 1700 hearts!

3. Rafaelarevalo‘s progressive mix with over 570!

4. Manutorres‘s (@manutorresmusic) electro house mix with over 420 hearts!

5. Jacbeat‘s hard electro mix with over 300 hearts!

Mixes we enjoyed:

1. Dj Fernando7‘s dirty mix!

2. AndreY (PlusTrance)‘s trance mix!

3. ZILIEZAR‘s (@LeonSiliezar) dupstep mix!

4. Blas Ramos‘s electro house mix!

5. EdenGarcia420‘s (@edencitooo) techno mix!


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Congratulations to the winner and thank you to all the artists for your submissions. We hope to see all artists in our future competitions.

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