Justin Martin at It’ll Do Club

1904142_667815799942598_215524503_nHuge fans of house music, underground music, deep house music, or all of the above, know that Justin Martin has it all figured out. FYI: This past weekend I made my biggest record on FitBit, with 17k steps on Saturday, thanks to this dude. I honestly had the best time, especially because my best friends came to visit me in Dallas.

This past Saturday, July 18th, Justin Martin — DJ and producer — played at It’ll Do Club. Dallas locals who love dancing to good music know that this place has the best DJs. Once you walk through the door you know you’re bound to have a good time. It’s one of those places where worrying is not allowed. You don’t have to worry about your outfit, snobby individuals, or mean bouncers. It’ll Do offers a relaxed atmosphere so you can dance the night away with friends, have fun, and meet new people.

Anyway, this was my second time seeing Justin Martin live. I saw him a couple of months ago at CRSSD Fest in San Diego, CA. However, I honestly didn’t enjoy it Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 6.58.36 PMas much as I did on Saturday. There were numerous people who drove from different cities just to see him play. I met people from Oklahoma, others took Justin M. a gigantic pizza from Serious Pizza –a well known Dallas pizza place– and an emo toy baby. Not gonna lie, the pizza looked delicious and well the baby was kinda creepy, but kind of cool at the same time.

Of course, he played my favorite song at the end –Stay– and my phone decided to have trouble issues. I wish I could’ve recorded it all, but at least I took a short snap of it. Overall, the night was a success and I know I’m not the only one who10171172_681936595197185_537150216947766869_n enjoyed it. There was definitely a lot going on all in one place. I’m still kind of curious as to where the pizza ended up.

If you haven’t listened to Justin Martin or never been to It’ll Do, I highly recommend you do both. Never expect anything to go the way you plan, because it’s likely it will turn out way better than expected.

Favorite and known songs: Function, Stay, and Don’t Go.

Amy Winehouse Documentary: A Funny, Emotional and Incredible Film

As many already know, Amy Winehouse’s documentary, Amy, was released a tumblr_nlenar37UU1qcv6efo1_1280few weeks ago in the U.S. And, as a side note for those who don’t know me, one of my hobbies includes watching musicians/artists’ documentaries. I’ve always enjoyed watching movies related to the music industry. It’s only one of the ways I get inspired to learn more about the inner workings of the industry, and my interests range anywhere from Grease to Kurt Cobain’s documentary —Montage of Heck.

Of course, as soon as I got the opportunity to go see “Amy,” I did. And I loved it. I laughed, I jammed to her music, and I cried. Indeed, it’s one of those films that makes you feel a whirlpool of emotions, mostly because of its transparency and the way it described so much about Amy’s life and journey as an artist. I learned various interesting things for the first time, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the film.

tumblr_noo5n9XUpT1r3ptbfo1_540Main reason I loved the movie and why I would recommend it to everyone: the way it changed the way I saw Amy. I don’t only see her as the incredible and unique artist that she was, but I also now see her as a human being, as someone as true and real as any other human being. It’s easy to see artists and musicians
tumblr_nr3djlVQar1sjnjeco1_1280as idols, but it’s sometimes hard to see them as normal people because they live completely different lives from us. It is hard for us, as an audience, to divorce the famous figure from the human being, and that is what this film accomplished in so many different ways. There are scenes in the movie that genuinely reflect how she felt towards her idols, lovers, and some moments where she enjoyed being her goofy self.

I don’t want to be that person that spoils the movie for everyone, but I do have to say this: GO WATCH THE MOVIE! Even if you were never a big fan of Amy Winehouse, it’s a movie I think everyone would enjoy. It was definitely refreshing to see different types of people when I walked to the movie theater. I never expected to see older generations at this film, which I thought was very cool. Knowing that this film is capable of attracting generations of music lovers inspires me to believe in the power of music, and most importantly, its timelessness.

Amy is a funny, emotional, and incredible film. It’s the type of film you may not expect much from as soon as you find yourself sitting down, but it is one that youtumblr_nqq0i9MsGH1s3y9slo1_r1_500 (1) will surely cherish in the end. Highly recommended this film to family, friends, and fellow music lovers, as it is one that is likely to enhance your life perspective.

AMY Trailer:

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.”