DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith Directs Sky Ferreira’s Music Video

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 11.02.22 PMSky Ferreira’s boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith from the band DIIV directs her latest music video –Omanko– from album “My Time, My Time”. I guess they decided to change it up a bit after Ferreira’s latest accomplishments after releasing her first album. Now that Ferreira is catching many others’ attention with her music this video best categorizes her relationship with boyfriend Smith together with her lifestyle.

Her new album’s name will be “Masochism” and I can’t wait to hear more about it. Hopefully we won’t have to wait forever and new music will be out soon.

Beatles Fan? This is a Must See!

I grew up listening to The Beatles thanks to my dad and since then I’ve always loved their music. “Nowhere Boy” perfectly summarizes the beginning of John Lennon’s life and what later became the iconic band of The Beatles. I’ve seen this movie so many times that I have lost count. Plus, Aaron Taylor Johnson –who is such a hottie– does an incredible job. You can find the movie on Netflix! Here’s a little sneak peak:

CRSSD FEST at San Diego

Even though it’s been a while since I attended the CRSSD Fest at San Diego, I wanted to share my experience and some of the pictures I took on the trip. So one of the main reasons I decided to go to this festival was to finally see Pleasure State, which is of my favorite groups right now. Also, the lineup itself was incredible, many great artists played that weekend, such as: Maceo Plex, Bixel Boys, Jamie Jones, Hot Natured and Seth Troxler. IMG_9964 One of the best highlights of the festival was that it wasn’t very big, so it was very easy to walk to different stages and see all of the artists you wanted to see without choosing one over the other. That’s one of the downfalls of attending music festivals, when they schedule two of your favorite artists to play at the same time and on opposite sides, which sucks. Yet, CRSSD Fest was very different from previous festivals I’ve attended. It was a lot more chill and soothing because even though there was a lot of people,IMG_0001 there wasn’t as many where you felt like you were suffocating. Plus, the view was beautiful specially in the afternoons with California’s incredible sunsets. Even though it was a very hot weekend it was a very magical one as well. Coming from a girl who has lived in Texas all of her life, I was excited for that Cali weather, which wasn’t what I was expecting. The weather was very VERY hot. Good thing the festival was at the Waterfront Park, which has several fountains where people would go get wet. I never actually did it, but was very tempted to. IMG_9978 So now to the good stuff. The music was amazing! My favorite set was probably the Bixel Boys B2B Viceroy. It was the first time I saw all of them live and it was definitely the best out of all of the others I saw. They had such a good vibe going on and everybody was having such a good time, including myself. Pleasure State played right after their set and they were awesome! This stage –The Palms– was actually my favorite of all; it’s where I had the most fun! Jamie Jones B2B IMG_0170Seth Troxler was right after Pleasure State, so that basically says it all. This stage had all the good stuff going on and being a small stage makes it even better. I love being close to artists when playing and having that personal interaction with them, even though they’re doing their own thing. Plus, I got to meet Anabel Englund right after her Pleasure State set and she’s very cool with an awesome personality.

I’ll finish up telling you about Maceo Plex B2B Shall Ocin set. People were in a different dimension thrown in their own world of underground music. I’ve always had a thing for individuals who are completely devoted to focusing on the music –the sound, the bass, the melody. It’s something that inspires me when listening to music or attending music festivals. IMG_0264Music is such a powerful thing and can transform individuals or change their state of mind for at least a couple of hours. This set had all of these things. People were dancing,  feeling the beat every single second.

You can check out all of the pictures I took here.

Interview: Max Chapman and His Musical Journey

319639_310100862432208_397297309_nEnglish DJ, Max Chapman, has been making a name for himself in underground music. His first debut track aired on the Pete Tong show on BBC Radio 1, and since then, Chapman has been making and releasing a variety of music, from electronic club music to house.

“When I was about 20, I visited my friend’s house and his house-mate had music coming out from his room. It was crystal clear and really subby, which is what caught my attention, so I had to go take a look. At first I thought he was mixing, but to my surprise, he had a little studio in his bedroom. He had a little midi keyword, some monitors and a little midi drum pad. When I asked what it all was, I couldn’t believe he was making music in his bedroom,” says Chapman.

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As of today, Chapman has been touring a lot and playing in different clubs around the world. He’s been playing in Mexico, United States, South America, Australia, and everywhere in Europe, including the UK. “I am so busy! I’ve never had so many gigs, and I’m really excited for this year. I have a residency at Sankeys in Ibiza for Magna Carta, which is a massive London-based brand and also gigs all up and down the country and in every corner of the globe,” he says. “There’s a lot of new music too, I have 3 EPs coming out in the next few months and different remixes coming out throughout the year.”

Chabe: Can you talk a little bit more about your record label? How and when did you start Resonance Records?

Max Chapman: Resonance Records opened in March 2012, started by me and two friends. It started as a platform where we would release our music, as the industry was tough. It wasn’t long before we went our separate ways, and it’s now just me in control of the label, although we are still very close. The first few releases were so successful that we were getting regular support and features from Beatport, and it basically snowballed from there. Now we have a bunch of artists that are up there with the best, and we’re still rapidly growing. The next few releases are absolutely huge!

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Even though Chapman plays all types of music genres his favorite ones to play are between tech house and house. “…but if I had to choose, it would be tech house. I like to play tracks from artists like Waff, Leftwing & Kody, Dale Howard, Detlef, and that sort of vibe,” he says. However, he does like to listen to everything, and one of his favorite artists at the moment is Detlef. “His stuff is sick!,” remarks Chapman.

You can find Chapman in different clubs around the world: The Warehouse Project, Space, Fabric, Pacha, Ministry of Sound, and many more. Max Chapman’s new EP from Lost Records is out now! For more info on Chapman, visit his website here.

Interview: DJ Till Von Sein

1385649_10151674296452676_1907041851_nBorn in Berlin, DJ Till von Sein took some time off his busy schedule to answer some questions for ChabeChrod Music Blog. Von Sein has had a lot of success djing around the world and I got some sneak peeks of what he has planned for 2015.

Von Sein started making music at a young age, and after he learned what djing was all about he knew he wanted to do it. “I always liked the idea of djing ever since I first saw it in my early teens, but never really had the money to buy a proper set up,” he says. “…when I had my first job that was the first thing I did; that was around 1998 or so.”

Since then, Von Sein has continued his journey as a DJ and he has a lot planned for this year, which involves his second album. “I just finished it and it’s coming out on SUOL –an independent Berlin based record label– 10993405_10152560967427676_844659307223381011_nin May. So that’s my main focus right now… this also includes a heavy touring schedule taking me all around the world,” he says. Von Sein started the year off by playing in South Africa, China, Mexico, U.S., Spain and many others. “I have a four week tour in the U.S. and Central America before my album tour kicks off in Europe,” he reveals.

So, aside from having amazing djing skills, Von Sein is also part of Clique Bookings. The agency started in Paris and is now based in Berlin working with artists all over Europe, such as: Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Lebanon, Belgium, and the UK. “Clique is an agency one of my best friends started 10 years ago. I joined it seven years ago and I’m30262_397546882675_5488298_n still stoked on how far we made it; I love my job,” Von Sein says. “I can’t really tell what I like more, I mean djing is still maybe the best for me, but I always need that balance in my life between working with music and still having that office life.”

I also got to talk to Von Sein about his music interests. “I listen to a lot of rap and soul/R&B music. Right now I listen to the selection radio show every week and a lot of LA Funk music like Dam Funk, Brian Ellis, etc.,” he says. “And of course always some D’Angelo, Sade, Marvin and well, the list is endless.”

Melissa Brooks and The Aquadolls Release New Music Video

securedownload The Aquadolls’ “Sinus Infection” music video is out now! I had a brief interview with Melissa Brooks to talk a little bit about this video and the song, and this is what she had to say: Who came up with the idea for the Sinus Infection music video? I wanted to close out the chapter of Stoked On You with a nightmarish video that broadcasts my darker side with the use of a black and white camera, haze, dancing, and rock and roll with the full band! How does the music video tie into the song? This video is more of a performance video, but the song itself is meant to be creepy and evil with a touch of sensuality. The lyrics “You were a dream, but not a good one” start off the video in a hazy dream-like manner, and the video continues to be going between reality and the unconscious mind. How did you come to direct the video? This was the first video that we worked with an outside crew, and it couldn’t have worked out any better! We were blessed to have the videotumblr_nkep8iWupN1raar9ro1_540 directed by Susie Francis, who is a genius. She had the really cool vision for the video, and I danced and flipped my hair a zillion times and had a great time! True story, but I actually head-banged so hard for a day straight that I couldn’t move my neck two days after filming haha. ROCK AND ROLL! xx Hope you enjoy the video!

The Aquadolls will aslo be performing at SXSW: Here’s their schedule

Spencer Ludwig Talks New Projects

spencer 4While many recognize him as the amazing, talented  trumpet player from Capital Cities, Spencer Ludwig has a lot more going on. I got the incredible opportunity to interview him and talk more in-depth about his future plans and new projects. We talked everything from working together with his band mate, Ryan Merchant to his personal life and his family, including his girlfriend who he adores. There are many exciting things happening right now with Ludwig’s career that are sure to leave you intrigued. Plus, he also gives some pretty great tips to others trying to move forward in the music industry. Here’s what Ludwig had to say:

So how and when did you start playing the trumpet? When did you become such an incredible trumpet player?

I started playing trumpet after I discovered the great Miles Davis when I was 17 years old. I was determined to be able to musically communicate on his level of sophistication and coolness. At the time I was going to be a senior in high school and I wasn’t very focused. I decided to use the trumpet as my ticket into college. I taught myself, recorded an audition CD and applied to the one and only school I was hoping to get into to study jazz, which was CalArts. Somehow I got accepted with a full scholarship, which is where I studied jazz for four years from 2009-2013. Since I needed to support myself during that time I taught trumpet to elementary school students and gigged and rehearsed with different local LA bands on a nightly basis. I ended up getting pretty deep into both the teaching and the LA gigging worlds. Capital Cities was just one of my ‘gigs’ – when things took off with them is when the next chapter of my life began.

How has being part of Capital Cities changed your life?

Before Capital Cities I had never thought of performing in front of huge crowds or dancing and rocking out with my horn as a goal. I was focused on jazz and making ends meet in the LA music scene.10899568_768227849936236_715257175_n As things with Capital Cities progressed I started to embrace what it meant to be a trumpet player in a indie/electro/pop band. My influence had expanded beyond comprehension and to this day it still grows. My goal has always been to send truth, spirituality and positivity through my music and performances and to bring a deep appreciation to the trumpet — Capital Cities amplified my ability to do so beyond what I could have ever imagined. Now because of Capital Cities I have amazing platform of knowledge and experience to work from. I can also thank Capital Cities for showing me the world. You don’t grow up thinking that you’ll play trumpet and see the world but over the last three years I’ve been lucky enough to do so at least three times.

Now that you’ve transitioned from playing the trumpet to also having your own project as a singer and songwriter, what are your goals for spencer 3this new phase? What are your feelings on it?

I’ve always been a singer and a songwriter. I was a lead singer, songwriter and guitar player in my 8th grade rock band “The Hollow Dolls.” When you get older and you’re also playing music to survive you don’t always have the luxury to do what you musically want to. Now that Capital Cities is taking some time off to work on the second album I’m using this time wisely to work on my own songs and collaborations. I plan to put out a solo record as soon as possible.

Could you talk a little bit about HISTORY? What are its future plans?

HISTORY is my side project with my friend and Capital Cities band mate, Ryan Merchant. We ended up writing a bunch of songs on the road and “History” was the one we finished first and felt compelled to share with the world. I became good friends with RAC after SWSW 2014 so when we were looking for a producer to take “History” to the next level I thought Andre would be perfect – and he was! It was very exciting for me to release this into the world since it was my first piece of original music that featured my vocals since my 8th grade rock band. Other than continuing to write and release music there are no specific plans for HISTORY.

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How is working with Ryan Merchant? Why did you guys decide to start HISTORY and how is it different from working together in Capital Cities?

After traveling the world together and basically living together for the last four years I can say that Ryan along with the rest of the guys are like family. Me and Ryan have a really great friendship outside of the band so working together on music comes very naturally. We have a similar style and desire to write about our feelings, which is very different from the vibe of the Capital Cities music. I think because of our closeness it’s easier to speak about more personal subjects. As Capital Cities we are always in tour mode but with HISTORY it’s writing mode – that’s how it’s different.

I know you also have the Ludwig & Stiegler Co. going on. How long have you been part of this group?

The Ludwig & Stiegler Co. started in January 2014. It’s been a blast since day one in Manila! I improvise over fun new-disco and deep house music that my buddy DJ Jason Stiegler spins. It’s a really fun low pressure project. We mainly do corporate events but someday we hope to bring in some original music and turn it into a bigger thing. For now it’s just another way to play music with friends for fun. I also usually invite friends Channing C. Holmes of Capital Cities to play drums, Justefan to play vibraphone and James King of Fitz and the Tantrums to play sax! They are all beasts.

I’m sure you’re a busy musician. How do you balance your work life with your personal life?

I work 24/7 but when I’m home in NYC with my girlfriend Diana I try to ignore my phone and computer as much as possible. Since we spend so much spencer 2time apart I really try to make being with her as much about her as possible. She means everything to me and has been a huge support to me since I was 15! Between her and my music there isn’t much time for play but I make a huge effort to keep in touch with friends. I’ve made amazing friendships around the world over the years that I intend to keep forever. Family is also extremely important to me. I try to speak to my parents a few times a day at least. I also try to make it to LA at least once a month  – I’m a mama’s boy at heart.

What musicians have inspired you throughout your life?

Miles Davis got me hooked on the trumpet. Mars Volta inspired me to get started with writing and performing. Keebody made me want to speak the language of music and make everything I play funky and complex. Chet Baker influenced me to have a sweet tone and to play melodically. Michael Jackson pushed me hard every day – I want to be the trumpet playing version of MJ. Stevie Wonder is my favorite soloist. I love Phoenix and Debussy and Daft Punk and pretty much everything out of France. I love Balkan music, I love Salsa and Iove Brazilian music. RAC is a recent major inspiration – he puts out more quality content than any musician out there. Capital Cities had a huge influence on my songwriting too. I love deep house. I love all the oldies between the 40’s – 90’s. I love hip hop too. Niles Rodgers and Pharrell are also major influences.

Would you say you’ve accomplished your goals as a musician? What advice would you give others who are also trying to make it in the music industry?

Every day is a series of finishing some goals and starting others. I’m proud of what I’ve done so far yet I’m eager to accomplish so much more. As far as I’m concerned I’ve only just begun to accomplish what I am truly capable of. I will never be totally satisfied. I am always pushing myself to grow and to improve. I would advise young musicians to never give up and to 11049241_1411087562527286_726226863_ncollaborate with as many people as possible because you never know what will come of the music you make. Never stop making art. It doesn’t matter if music becomes your profession or not just continue to push yourself to improve so that you can unlock one of the most universally beautifully languages in the world and to be able to speak it with whoever crosses your path.

Throwback to SXSW’13 when I met both Spencer Ludwig and Ryan Mercant:

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