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December 4, 2014

Wavo Interview: Abstraxion

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French producer/DJ Harold Boué, aka Abstraxion, has been making music for nearly ten years.  His organic, explorative brand of electronica has earned him accolades from some of the industry’s best, from Simian Mobile Disco to Erol Alkan.  The follow-up project to his successful 2013 album, Break of Lights, Abstraxion’s latest offering is the four-track I Can’t EP, available December 8th, 2014 via HAKT Recordings.  We sat down with Abstraxion for a quick chat about his musical influences, inspirations, and upcoming releases.

Wavo:  What was the inspiration behind the I Can’t EP?

Abstraxion: My inspiration for the release came from life experiences.  It may sound cliché, but my music is based on emotions – love, melancholia, and difficulties overcoming life problems.

Wavo: You’ve been producing for almost a decade – what has that been like?

Abstraxion: I released my first EP in 2005, and I’ve had the chance to release music on Biologic, Different, and Marketing, which has been great, and most recently, my album Break of Lights last year on both HAKT Recordings and Nicolas Jaar’s label, Other People.

Wavo: Who are some of your greatest musical influences?

Abstraxion: I would say Aphex Twin, Caribou, James Holden, and my father.

Wavo: How did you decide who to work with on the remixes for “Around Me”?

Abstraxion: I met Jake (Fairmont) in Barcelona, and I really liked his energy, and, of course, his music.  We’ve kept in touch since that meeting, and felt that it would be interesting to remix each other’s tracks.  I also really respect My Favourite Robot’s work, and felt that they would be the right ones to do a second remix of “Around Me”.

Wavo: Who are some of your favourite artists right now?

Abstraxion: I really like DJ Koze, John Talabot, Roman Flugel, Soundstream, and Barnt.

Wavo: How does it feel to have the support of some of the biggest names in electronic music?

Abstraxion: I’m really happy with the feedback I’ve received so far on the release of my album.  I met both James Holden and James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco a few years ago, and I love the work that they have been doing, especially on their last albums.  They also really influenced my creative process in the studio.

Wavo: Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?

Abstraxion: I’ve finished an EP with Kasper Bjørke that will be released next year on Biologic Records, and we’ll be touring for the label’s ten year anniversary around Europe.  I’m also starting to work on my second album, so I hope to give you more news soon.

Stream Abstraxion’s I Can’t EP on Wavo below.

December 1, 2014

Sitting Down with Sonny Alven our Kuaga Contest winner

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We love when Wavo opportunities work out better then we could anticipate. Sonny Alven entered his incredible remix of Kuaga into our remix contest and got released worldwide on the legendary Cr2 Records.

Sonny Alven is definitely going to be  a producer to watch in the coming year! He’s only  21 and hails from Norway. There seems to be a lot of talent coming from there these days with names like Kygo and Jerry Folk quickly becoming international stars.

We sat down with Sonny to talk Kuaga and what’s coming up next.

What inspired your remix of ‘Kuaga’ and is this a style you’re hoping to make your own?

What really inspired me to remix ‘Kuaga’ was the amazing vocal sample that Pierce used. I think the original master is great, a super solid production. But I wanted to make a more chilled out version and turn it into a more tropical/deep house track. I also got very inspired by the great chords that he used, so I wanted to stick to them, but switch them up into another rhythm, which I think turned out great. It was a super fun track to remix. This is definitely a style that I am really into, it’s all about creating a good vibe, and that’s what I want to do with my music. If you blend a good vibe with emotions, then you got something special. 

How did you get started with music production?

I’ve been a huge fan of electronic music for the last 6-7 years, which means that when I was listening to music, it was mostly house and electronic stuff. Around three years ago I got myself a macbook with Logic 9, and instantly got hooked on music production. I’ve always been a creative person and interested in technology. I’ve always felt the urge to create something. Earlier on I was really into film making and that was my passion, but when I opened up Logic for the first time, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. So for the last three years I’ve been making music pretty much everyday. Always trying to find new techniques to improve my craft.

Have you always produced house?

Yes, I have always produced house music. I just love the groove and the feeling you get from listening to it. I have done tracks in some other genres, but that was more as an experiment to become a better producer. 

What usually inspires your original productions?

I get inspiration from a lot of places. Watching movies, discovering new sounds, grooves, and of course other music and people. Most of the time I start my tracks with some chords, and build the rest of the track upon that. 

Besides House, what is your second favourite style of music?

That’s a really hard question, as long as I think the music is good, it doesn’t really matter what style it is. I listen to everything from pop to indie, maybe even some jazz sometimes. I really like all type of music. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Hopefully I’m making a living from music and spend my time writing, producing and performing. I don’t know what more to say, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Maybe I’m even married and have kids, who knows, hahah. 

What’s been your highlight of the last year?

I think this year has been great for me, I have managed to get my name a little bit out there. In May I had like 200 followers on Soundcloud and now I’m soon at 4000, which I think is great. Winning Pierce Fulton’s remix contest is definitely a big highlight! I can’t wait till next year, I know it’s gonna be a good one! 

November 20, 2014

Wavo Interview: Pat Lok

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Vancouver-based DJ Pat Lok has had an incredible past year, consistently releasing dance floor friendly originals and reworks of artists from Olympic Ayres to Sirma.  Available exclusively on Wavo today, Lok’s Could Be Mine Remixes features the smooth, soulful vocals of Patrick Baker along with quality production work from Wantigga, Chores, and Red Milk.  We caught up with Pat for a quick chat about his musical inspirations, creative process, and upcoming projects.

Wavo: What’s the story behind this new remix package? How did you decide who to work with on it?

Pat Lok: As a music nut and DJ, I’m always looking for producers doing cool things regardless of genre.  At the time, Wantigga and Chores both popped up on my radar, while Red Milk was actually on the same compilation as the original “Could Be Mine”.  All the remixes are so fresh and add a different vibe to Patrick Baker’s vocals, I’ve been riding them hard in my sets and think listeners will love them too.

Wavo: What’s your approach to production like?

Pat Lok: Usually I’ll start off messing around on my Rhodes piano to find chords or a melody I like.  Once there’s an idea, I’ll quickly lay it down in Ableton and sequence drums to create a basic beat.  Before that gets too repetitive, I might chop up some vocals or samples to give it a bit more life, or write a bridge / B section.  Sometimes the idea comes together easily and it just needs refining, but other times the track can be a long process and the end product is something like the 75th version! For example, my original, “Body II Me”.

Wavo: What inspires you to make music?

Pat Lok: Total cliche alert, but I’ve been surrounded by music my whole life and everyone in my family plays something.  In terms of what gets me excited to write, a mixture of new and old music combined with whatever’s going on in my life.  I try to see a lot of live shows and still do my share of crate digging – even if that’s more on YouTube now.  It’s hard not to get excited when you hear a genius riff played by a long-forgotten session musician from Philadelphia, or a vocal off a B-side from a 90′s one-hit wonder.

Wavo: You have a monthly party, White Noise, in Vancouver.  What started that?

Pat Lok: White Noise is a monthly party founded by myself and my friend Nathan (of WMNSTUDIES) made possible with the help of several friends.  We were getting booked a lot together and realized there was no reason not to just start our own party.  At White Noise we support our favourite artists, but are also building “more” than just your typical DJ night – from impromptu live jams, special guests, and contest giveaways it’s always fun and unpredictable.

Since our February launch the crowds have been great – we’ve had established names like Moon Boots and Bit Funk but also given up-and-comers like Rainer and Grimm and Bear Mountain their first dj shows here, which is exciting.  Our Halloween party sold out and we’re about to announce Goldroom for New Years’ Eve, so more big things in the works!

Wavo: Who are your top three artists, dead or alive?

Pat Lok: Gotta defer to my man Dave on this one (c/o Skratch Bastid).

Wavo: What’s your favourite city and venue to play?

Pat Lok: So tough to pick.  For venue, probably the legendary Razzmatazz in Barcelona.  Favorite city, probably Bogota (Colombia) or Mazatlan (Mexico) because of the people…but you need to have some CanCon in there too, so Toronto gets an honorable mention for always bringing it!

Wavo: Any tour plans or upcoming projects you’d like to share?

Pat Lok: There are a few things – I’m constantly writing and searching for new artists to work with.  In the near future, my official remixes for The Knocks – “Classic” and Gold Fields – “Hold Me” will be out, likely January.  I’ve also got an original featuring this terrific singer named Desiree Dawson dropping as a Toolroom Records exclusive, and another single featuring local Vancouver band Dirty Radio that’s a little more poppy.  Hopefully people will be into the new music!

Stream Pat Lok’s Could Be Mine Remixes on Wavo below.

November 17, 2014

Artist Round-up : ODESZA – ‘Say My Name’ Remix Contest

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Wavo, ODESZA & This Song Is Sick would like to thank all the artists and voters who participated in this month’s ‘Say My Name’ Remix Contest. We had a great collection of artists from a variety of genres enter the competition and the standard of submission was incredibly impressive! A huge congratulations to the top three contestants Auto Laser, Luke Shay & The Geek X VRV!

1st place : The Geek X VRV
2nd place : Luke Shay
3rd place : Auto Laser

With such a high quality level of submission, ODESZA have chosen five more remixes that caught the eye. Make sure to check em’ out!

Basic Tape - Quality House rework from Basic Tapes. He brings the deep disco vibes with a tasty piano line, some fine guitar licks and a thumping kick.

Dapa Deep - Groovy deep progressive mix from Dapa Deep. The Vilnius producer kills it with a fat bass-line, beautiful atmosphere and strings and a well-effected vocal! 

Stelouse - Stelouse brings the future bass with a smashing rework jammed with super melodies, great energy and a stellar drop.

CLNQuality down-tempo electronic mix from CLN. Dreamy atmospheric touches and soft pianos keys the standouts.

Dub Scout - Killer future bass remix from Dub scout, beautiful arps & great use of the Zyra vocal. A whopper switch-up with the drop too!

Check out the remixes below!


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Once again, congratulations to The Geek X VRV for winning the competition and a big thanks to all who participated! We hope to see all artists in our future contests!

November 13, 2014

Artist Round-Up : Pierce Fulton Kuaga Remix Contest

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Wavo & CR2 Records would like to thank all the artists and voters who participated in this month’s Kuaga Remix Contest with Pierce Fulton. We had artists from all over the globe and from a wide variety of genres submit mixes and the standard of submission was truly impressive. A huge congratulations to the winner Sonny Alven who took first place with a beautiful, deep progressive mix!

With such a fine level of submission, we present five runners up who caught the judges eyes. Make sure to check em’ out!

1) The Eden Project – killer melodic Dubstep/HipHop blend.
- https://soundcloud.com/the-eden-project/kuaga-eden-remix

2) Topi – Down-tempo maxed out house music from Topi!
- https://soundcloud.com/topisl/pierce-fulton-kuaga-topi-remix-1

3) Andrei K – One for the groove crew, this is a high energy mainroom belter!
- https://soundcloud.com/andreik/pierce-fulton-kuaga-andrei-k-remix-competition

4) Lautlos – Mystical house rework from Lautlos with beautifu atmospheric touches.
- https://soundcloud.com/lautlosaudio/pierce-fulton-kuaga-lautlos-remix

5) EXILES – Ubercool melodic trap mix from Exiles. Whopper saw synths!
- https://soundcloud.com/exilesofficial/pierce-fulton-kuaga-exiles-remix

6) Dirtywork – Great energy & tension in this big room mix from NYC man Dirtywork.
- https://soundcloud.com/dirtyworkofficial/dw-kuaga-remix

Once again, congratulations to Sonny Alven for winning the competition and a big thanks to all who participated! We hope to see all artists in our future contests!

 

October 30, 2014

ThisSongSlaps x Wavo : Ultimate Trap Playlist

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Wavo teams up with ThisSongSlaps in order to deliver an Ultimate Trap Playlist. It was hard having to narrow the number down to only 40 tracks but we hope this selection will deliver enough trap madness to your ears with tracks from Brillz, LAXX, Keys N Krates, Hucci, LOUDPVCK and more.

 


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Tracklist :

  1. Gent & Jawns- Kings
  2. Galantis- You (Brillz Remix)
  3. Gent & Jawns- Turn Up
  4. Skism-Like This ft Virus Syndicate ( Antiserum & Mayhem remix)
  5. Yellow Claw & Yung Felix- Dancefloor Champion
  6. Krewella-Come And Get it ( DMNDZ Remix)
  7. Eminem- Rap God (DMNDZ Remix)
  8. Flosstradamus- Roll Up( Bauuer Remix)
  9. Flosstradamus & Dj Sliink- Crowd Control
  10. London Future & Djemba Djemba – Look At Me Now feat. Ifa Sayo
  11. RL Grime – Core
  12. Jackal – Shakedown (LOUDPVCK Remix)
  13. Paper Diamond & LOUDPVCK- Wylin
  14. Apashe- Black Gold
  15. Blasterjaxx – Mystica (Goshfather & Jinco TR&P FLIP)
  16. Pegboard Nerds- Badboi
  17. HeRobust-SHEKNOWSHEBAD ( Grabbitz Remix)
  18. Two Fresh & HeRobust- Throw That
  19. Hucci- The Fall
  20. Keys N Krates- Treat Me Right
  21. Massappeals- I’m Good
  22. Baauer – Clang
  23. Henry Fong – Stand Up (Milo & Otis Remix)
  24. Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix)
  25. AutoLaser- Holding You
  26. Pegboard Nerds & MisterWives- Coffins
  27. Alison Wonderland- I Want You (GANZ Flip)
  28. Valentino Khan-Make Some Noise
  29. MIA-Yala ( Bro Safari & Valentino Khan Remix )
  30. Tropkillaz-HOTDAMN!
  31. Yellow Claw – DJ Turn It Up
  32. LAXX-Step Two
  33. Aazar-Jigglin
  34. LOUDPVCK X GLADIATOR – Tony (Feat. Nipsey Hussle)
  35. Katy Perry – Roar (Brillz remix)
  36. W&W & Blasterjaxx – Rocket (Lookas Remix)
  37. Sikdope – Black Magic (Sikdope Unicorn Trap VIP)
  38. Showtek & Ookay – Bouncer (ZEKE&ZOID REMIX)
  39. Aquadrop Vs. Nadastrom – Favelas (RL Grime Private Pussy Edit)
  40. Foster The People – Best Friends (A-Trak x Gladiator Remix).

 

 

October 28, 2014

Artist Experience : DJ Haidz (Winner of the Life In Colour Kalamazoo DJ Invitational)

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This month Wavo & Life In Color gave contest winner DJ Haidz the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to open for one of the hottest acts in dance music; The Chainsmokers, at one of the craziest events in the world; LIC Kalamazoo. Needless to say, the young Dj had an unforgettable evening. We caught up with him this week to find out all about the experience. Here’s what went down!

DJ Haidz on…. getting prepped

“My friend and I arrived early to make sure my equipment would work. Everything ran smooth and I got to play with the speakers for almost 2 hours before they needed to run official sound tests with the other acts. The backstage crew were really helpful and friendly”

DJ Haidz on….  the set

“This was my first event like this and I didn’t know what to expect. I got to play an extra 10ish minutes onto my set as well. After my set I met some of the other lesser known djs who I have been talking to on FB now”

DJ Haidz on…. the experience

“one of the coolest nights of my life”

Once again, congratulations to DJ Haidz for winning the competition and a big thanks to all who participated! We hope to see all artists in our future contests!

Follow DJ Haidz – Facebook // Soundcloud

October 28, 2014

Artist Round-up : FreakNight

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Wavo & FreakNight would like to thank all the artists and voters who participated in this month’s FreakNight DJ Invitational. We had a great range of artists from a  variety of genres enter the competition and the standard of submission was very impressive! A huge congratulations to the winners GlideForm who will be opening the Twisted Big Top on Saturday, November 1st.

With such a high level of submission, we’ve selected five runners up who caught our eye. Make sure to check em’ out!

1. Aesthetik - Killer mix from Adam Pearson aka Aesthetik, the 20 yr old Vancouver man rocks it with a quality Halloween-themed intro and mix stacked with big hitters. Make sure to check out his Soundcloud for lots of tasty remixes and originals.

2. Venice – Orlando duo Venice bring the noise with a high octane mainroom mix. Tight mixing and great energy on this one. With a treasure trove of tracks on their Soundcloud, we’d advise taking the trip!

3.  TMB - Washington’s TMB provides a stellar mix packed with big room belters. Impressive track selection and mix progression the standouts on this one! If you like what you hear make sure to check out his Soundcloud for more mixes!

4. Koister - 21 yr Old Koister attacks from the deep end, he’s delivered a quality mix which stands out not just for the fresh style approach but also for killer track selection! Banging mix from the Canadian.

5. DJ Sky – Wrapping things up we have a top mix from DJ Sky, who brings the Melbourne Bounce with his forty minute EDM blend!

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Once again, congratulations to Glideform for winning the competition and a big thanks to all who participated! We hope to see all artists in our future contests!

October 22, 2014

Artist Round Up : Something Wicked

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Wavo & Something Wicked would like to thank all the artists and voters who participated in this month’s Something Wicked DJ Invitational. We had artists from a wide variety of genres submit mixes and we were very impressed with the level of submissions to the competition. A huge congratulations to the winner PizzaPolo!

With such a high level of submission, we’ve selected five runners up who caught our eye. Make sure to check em’ out!

1) Exceeder & WynterKill - Quality mix from WynterKill & Exceeder. Beautiful blend of electro & progressive house. The guys are fresh from a #1 on globaldancemusic.com with ‘Ready To Jump’ & Exceeder has just released new track ‘Incredible’ as a free download. We recommend checking out their combined side project WeRNuklear!

2) The Audio Nerdz  - Another standout big room mix, killer track selection too! For more mixes and some tasty originals, check out their Soundcloud!

3) DJ Ramping - A tight mix filled with stompers from Houston man Ramping, loving that intro too!

4) DJ Mirage – Engrossing ensemble of progressive belters, big room hits & even a splash of trap from Mirage. Two Thumbs up!

5) JonyD  -  Great energy and super track selection from JonyD. Very enjoyable mix!

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Once again, congratulations to PizzaPolo for winning the competition and a big thanks to all who participated! We hope to see all artists in our future contests!

October 20, 2014

How we deal with cheating at wavo

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One of the big ideas behind Wavo is that a robust community of music lovers can help surface great music and artists more quickly than traditional labels, media and radio.  And then after we can help connect those trending artists directly to industry to take them to the next step.

We do this by letting our community vote up the tracks they like so that they trend and reach a wider audience on our platform.  We call it crowdsourced music discovery.

Over the past year Wavo has grown to have more crowdsourced music charts and opportunities for emerging artists than any other service on the planet. Our communities have helped thousands of new artists get tracks signed, play the largest festivals in the world and break their tracks across our site and others.

In trying to build the most democratic platform for music distribution, one thing we take very seriously is manipulating voting by any means: manual, mechanical, or otherwise. This forbidden vote manipulation can include (but is not limited to):

  • Using fake or multiple accounts, voting services, or any other software to increase votes on Wavo
  • Spamming Wavo communities asking for votes
  • Participating in a ‘voting ring’ – a group of people who share links to their submissions with the expectation of “vote for my track and I’ll vote for your track.”

Briefly, an individual voting on a track should be doing it because he or she likes the music.

Having said that, marketing is a key tool in any emerging artist’s toolbox.  We are absolutely cool with artists marketing their tracks.  For example, asking your fans on other networks (Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, Reddit, etc) to vote for your track is fine.  Marketing is not cheating.

Unfortunately, as we’ve grown, we’ve had to deal with some users try to game the system and we wanted to make clear how we deal with cheating:

  • Wavo has automated systems in place to detects various kinds of suspicious activity using multiple different signals.

  • When suspicious activity is detected, the team is notified.  In cases where the vote manipulation is clear and obvious, the artist that submitted the track will be notified as well and will receive a message like the one below:Wavo-cheating

  • We investigate each instance of cheating manually and take action when warranted.  These actions can include anything from votes being removed to a user being banned.  We also reserve the right to notify contest partners of vote manipulation.

  • When a contest ends, we will again manually check each track for cheating.

Often we get messages from users reporting suspicious activity. That is awesome, it helps keep the site clean and we look into every report we get.  But we also want to make clear that in most cases we are already aware of the issue — we just wait until we have manually checked all of the votes, so that we don’t make any mistakes.

Cheating or attempting to manipulate voting will result in your votes being removed, money you spent wasted, your account being banned, and in some cases your reputation taking a hit with exactly the people you want to impress.  So don’t do it.

Let’s all work together to make Wavo the one place on the web where music breaks for one reason and one reason only — because the people love it.

- The Wavo team

 

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