Girls Love DJ’s Exclusive Guest Mix & Interview | EDM Sauce Presents The Recipe Vol: 035

Girls Love DJs is a name that’s hot on the
lips of those who know in the dance scene right now. While he
recently signed at Dutch powerhouse Spinnin’ Records and
released his debut single, Dynamite, to great fanfare, he is by
no means new to the game. We got the chance to speak with Girls
Love DJs via E-mail as well as receive an exclusive guest mix
for us to share, check em both out below!

MIX

INTERVIEW

What got you into Dance Music, specifically producing
and DJ’ing?

I don’t think that it was a matter of one element, but more
like a combination of music and parties and the feeling I get
by both of them.

What’s the story around the name?
Girls Love DJs is actually a show that leads a legacy.
Named after the much lauded parties and hostings at clubs and
festival all over the world. As the person who became Girls
Love DJs, I showcase the same musical output and vibe as that
of the parties, which started more than a decade ago.

If you had to pick 2 of your tracks to introduce your
sound to someone whose never heard of you, what tracks would
you choose?

‘Dynamite’ and ‘Easy’ because both tracks perfectly defines
my diversity in music. I think you can say that my music can
give you positive, feel-good vibes but as well has an eclectic
mix of sounds. And if I can pick a third one then I would
definitely go for ‘Gone’, my latest release with REASN, which
is a seriously sophisticated pop single. I’m very proud of this
track.

Thanks for the mix! What goes into making a mix like
this, and what are some songs in this mix that stand out to
you?

You’re welcome! I always start by making a selection of my
tracks… this takes a while. After this process, I see which
tracks fits best together and then I basically mix them
together. Of course my latest single called ‘Gone’ had to be in
there and as the icing on the cake is my upcoming release with
Dirtcaps, these two are my favorites for sure.

What are some things you like to do in spare time when
not making music?

I love to spend time in the kitchen, and surround myself
with my friends and family. My life can be very hysterical
sometimes, so I really love to escape from it. I think spending
time with people you love and support is the most important
thing, it keeps me grounded.

What does the rest of the winter have in store for
you?

The beginning of the year is always a moment of peace for
me, especially before I continue to dive into the studio and
have to make everything ready for the upcoming festival season.
Also, during the holidays I love to spend time with my
family.

Since our mix is called “the recipe”, here’s some
food-ish

Favorite home-cooked meal?
Chicken schnitzel with lemon risotto will always be my
favorite ever. But I have to be honest, I really love eating
outside or order food.. But at the end of the day nothing beats
a home cooked meal!

Favorite Junk Food?
Nearly everything from the fryer, haha. Fries and snacks
are just delicious. I guess my new years resolution has to be:
spending more time in the kitchen and eating healthy 😉

 

MORE INFO: http://www.girlslovedjs.com

Girls Love DJ’s Exclusive Guest Mix & Interview | EDM Sauce Presents The Recipe Vol: 035

Alison Wonderland Will Debut Her Brand New Visuals At Lollapalooza [Interview]

This past Tuesday, Your EDM was invited out to an exclusive
event to preview Alison Wonderland‘s new
visuals before they were debuted at Lollapalooza this weekend.



Alison’s visuals have always been a reflection of her
personality, often quite literally – using GoPros, he visuals
often depict some version of herself, layered with crazy
effects and templates to create new scenes and interesting
patterns for ravers. Now, she’s taking that same idea and
evolving it even further with the help of Microsoft.

Part of Microsoft’s ongoing series, Music x Technology, the
collaboration with Alison Wonderland was particularly
exciting as “she was eager to explore how Microsoft
technology could create a bigger and bolder stage show for her
fans,” said Amy Sorokas, Strategic Partnerships Director
of Microsoft Brand Studios. “We are always looking to highlight
forward-thinking artists, who are as excited as we are to push
the boundaries of the music experience.”

Alison Wonderland stated “All I’ve ever wanted was for people
to leave my shows feeling like they have truly
experienced something. I feel like the project with
Microsoft, which I’ve been working very hard on, has really
helped bring my vision to life. I want people to forget
about their phones and enjoy the ‘now’.”

To create the visuals, Alison and her team utilize the
Microsoft Kinect and Surface Book to render visuals in real
time with 3D mapping. In the demonstration on Tuesday, one
Kinect was placed in front of and behind her, created a depth
field for the visuals. Then, her VJ was able to choose from a
variety of templates to affix onto Alison and create real time
movements on screen. It’s truly the next evolution in Alison’s
own imagination.

Before the demo, we were able to sit down and speak with Alison
about “Fuck Me Up On A Spiritual Level,” her new album, and
more. Watch the video below for a better idea of what goes on
behind the scenes, and read the interview below. Alison will
debut a taste of her visuals at Lollapalooza in Chicago this
Saturday, though he says that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
The real fun will begin on her FMUOASL tour.

What’s life been like since your last North American tour?

It’s been amazing. I did not ever see my life turning out
like this because of what starting off in my bedroom. I was
trying to stay sane – DJing at night, and I’ve been writing
music for a long time, for bands and playing cello —

Really??

Yeah, yeah. I’m a classically trained cellist. And so, I
was just kind of making electronic music because it was making
me happy and it didn’t really make me feel any sort of way
except, like, complete. It’s such a cliche answer but it’s
actually what happened. And you know, for the longest time, no
one was writing back to any of my emails and then, all of a
sudden, I’m in American playing shows and that–

The first time I did my North American tour was after I had
done Coachella, which was my first proper American show. I
wasn’t sure what the response would be and it was amazing to be
able to play an album to any type of crowd and have them sing
it back to you. That was crazy. To be honest, that kind of
response kept me going and kept me wanting to write more music,
kept me wanting to play better sets… I kept challenging myself
because I wanted to make the people that came to my shows feel
something.

So yeah, life’s been crazy, and I’m about to finish my next
album so that’s also been insane. Honestly it’s been a bit of a
blur. I’m literally just doing me and the fact that people
responded to it was crazy.

Do you have a favorite song that you feel always connects with
the crowd?

I think a lot of my music all equally mean as much to me.
But I guess “U Don’t Know” really connects with the crowd
because I’ve explained it. It’s one of those songs where I’ve
taken the time to tell people what it was about; obviously I’m
quite open about mental illness. I wrote it about my own
struggle with depression and every time I play that, I tell
people to let themselves go and realize that it’s okay to be in
touch with how you actually feel and to reach out to people. I
guess that’s the one that really resonates the most with people
because I’ve been the most open about its meaning.

But if I were to be open about half the shit I make I feel
like people would resonate with other songs, too.

Is there one coming on the new album that you think could
potentially be like that?

I don’t know. There’s crazy meaning behind every song on
this new album. I guess I’m more comfortable with myself and
putting it out there this time around, and I’m happy to explain
the meaning to all of the songs this time. It’s a scary thing
putting out a record because you have this moment where you
realize that your diary is now public, and people are about to
hear your innermost struggles and loves and…

I know your friend Lido, when he did his album release here in
LA, he took the time and explained every single song. I had
heard the album a couple days before that and I was listening
to it. So to have him explain it all after I had already
listened to it was eye opening.

I’ve got a funny story about that, actually. Before he even
released the album, he was in his studio and he called me up,
he’s like, “Do you wanna come around have a listen at what I’m
doing?” I’m like, “Okay.”

And he sat me down and actually spoke me through every song
before he played it. I was in tears throughout it; I know him
so well on a personal level, I really empathized with what he
was going through. And him explaining it to me made me listen
twice as hard. I was just so moved by it. You can always tell
when something is from a real place.

“Fuck me up on a spiritual level” is a movement — the merch,
the tour, the feeling it represents — Do you remember the exact
moment when that phrase came into your head?

Of course, 100%. The first time that phrase came into my
head I was playing a show — people think that the first time
was at EDC Orlando but it was actually at Voodoo in New
Orleans. I’m really adamant about feeling a real connection
with the crowd when I play. I have to feel it. If I haven’t
felt some sort of connection with the crowd after I get off
stage, I don’t feel satisfied with the show. I need to feel
something very real there; it’s almost like a primal thing for
me.

And I was just up there, and I don’t know… the first track
came on and I just wasn’t feeling it. Sometimes when you’re so
far away from an audience on stage it’s hard to look anyone in
the eyes or have any sort of connection. I don’t know if this
is going to make sense to anyone, I was up there just litearlly
not feeling it. And I was just like, “I need to get fucked up
right now! I need someone to fuck me up!” I need to get that
point where I can just fucking let go and do my thing on the
decks and vibe with the crowd.

So I get on the mic and I say to the crowd, “I just want
you guys to fuck me up! … On a spiritual level!” I didn’t know
how else to say it, those words just came out of my mouth and
the whole crowd just responded. And then we were all on the
same wavelength. That’s how it all started.

Then at EDC Orlando, I think because I was so far away, it
just entered my mind again and we all, again, responded to each
other.

I don’t know if anyone who’s reading this has ever been on
a stage at a festival that’s so far away from the crowd that
you need to feel it. It’s a crazy disconnect if you can’t.

You’re a huge fan of getting out in front of the stage even and
singing and interacting with fans. I saw you last year, there
was a point you came out in front of the stage and sat
cross-legged, just vibing out with the crowd and it was that
connection that really brought the crowd to their feet.

Honestly, I have time for anyone that’s gonna give my music
or my shows the time of day. I respect anyone who gives me
respect. There’s no hierarchy at a show, there shouldn’t be. I
really genuinely believe that. Earlier in this interview I said
I’m a massive fan of going to shows, I love artists, I’m a fan
girl of people. I want to feel like what they’re doing is
legitimate. For me, connecting with fans at my shows, it gets
personal for me. It adds another level to what I do.

Final question, I’m here to see your new visual set up for the
tour. What kind of work has gone into that, what artists have
you worked with, what engineers, to kind of bring your vision
to life?

You’re only seeing the visual aspect of it today – there is
so much more to it that we haven’t even shown anyone yet. This
is just one part of what you’re going to see. I wanted to
create something visually that was more interactive, that I
could use in between what I usually do with my visuals, that
being the GoPros that are over my hands and projected behind
me.

We’re working with Virgil [Abloh], who does Kanye West’s
stage design, which we have yet to show anyone. And the visuals
we’re working with Microsoft. So I was approached by them to
work on a new project and I couldn’t say no. Technology is
moving so quickly that it’s important for me to remain open
minded and move with it, especially in electronic music. For
electronic musicians, you don’t have much on stage. So to have
visuals pushing the sonics is a super dope thing.

Alison Wonderland Will Debut Her Brand New Visuals At Lollapalooza [Interview]

Dada Life Share What It’s Like Creating Their Own Authentic Champagne

Not many DJs, or even celebrities in general for that matter,
can say that they have their own brand of alcohol. Richie
Hawtin has his own sake, sure, but he’s a legitimate
connoisseur.



As revealed by Forbes a couple of weeks ago, Dada Life now
joins that select group with their own brand of champagne, but
it was not an easy endeavor by any stretch of the
imagination. The process to get a legitimate champagne approved
from France is devastatingly difficult – yet Olle and Stefan
persevered and came out victorious.

“First we had to find the right people to work with. We
needed a reliable importer in the U.S. as well as a quality
producer in Champagne, France to
create a proper champagne.
We tasted and tested dozens of different qualities and
styles of champagne.
[…] After finalizing every aspect of the champagne, we had no idea that we needed it to be
approved by this board of people in France. They literally
monitor and approve every bottle that leaves the
country! First they were like ‘no way!’ After several more
conversations we have found a way and now we’re ready to
present it to you: our own champagne. Real champagne; made in France.”

We had to catch up with Olle ourselves to inquire about this
fascination with champagne, and the unique challenges of
getting their own branded.

First things first, when did this fascination with champagne
begin?

We have always had champagne and bananas on our rider –
from when we started Dada Life. So it’s as important as our
music! Almost anyway…

When was your first sip of champagne?

Good question! I have no idea. I remember drinking what I
thought was champagne, but back then I had no idea what real
champagne was. So I can’t really remember the moment when I
tried real champagne the first time.

How was it then and now?

It’s always amazing! Back then and now. As long as it’s
served dry, cold, free and with bananas.

How long have you had the idea to create your own champagne,
and how long have you actually had the idea in motion?

We’ve been playing around with the idea for so long now. We
actually did a sparkling wine first, but then scrapped the
whole idea and started doing the real thing instead. It tasted
good, but it didn’t feel right.

What were your own criteria for the champagne as far as taste?

We wanted it to be light and dry and summery, sort of. It’s
not the champagne you sip. You drink.

How long did the process take to create DADA LIFE CHAMPAGNE
when all was said and done? Was it worth it?

I would say 1-2 years in the making. If it’s worth it? Of
course. Just taste it!

Final question… does it actually go well with bananas?

It’s a misunderstanding. The combination of bananas and
champagne, it has nothing to do with taste. It’s all about the
function. Energy in two forms. It’s all you need.

Dada Life Share What It’s Like Creating Their Own Authentic Champagne

Merk & Kremont Share Exclusive Interview & Takeover Our Dancefloor Spotify Playlist

Italian Duo Merk &
Kremont 
are increasingly becoming staples in
the EDM scene with their heart-pumping, dance-floor filling
music. The Milan duo have garnered support from some of the
biggest names in the scene including Fedde Le Grande, Steve Angello,
Nicky Romero, & many more. Their newest single “Sad Story
(Out Of Luck)” out on Spinnin’ Records is a groovy dance hit
that’s not built for the festivals like their other tracks like
“Gang”, but is built for the bars, the clubs, the beaches, and
everywhere you can “chill”.
We got the chance to ask Merk & Kremont a
few questions as well as have them takeover our
Dancefloor Hits playlist with 27 tracks that
will get you fist pumping, head grooving, & everything in
between. Check the interview & playlist out below!

Interview

What got you into making music, specifically Electronic
Dance Music, and what made you guys decide to team up?

We started producing music when we were 18 when a mutual friend
introduced us, he was actually the first person who showed us
the ropes of music production. We had been deejaying for a few
years prior to that and we were both big lovers of EDM music.

Who are some of your biggest musical
inspirations?

We both love Jamiroquai, they were big in the 90s, they were
super funky; we also really love all of the funk music from the
70s.

If you had to pick 3 of your tracks to introduce
yourself to a brand new listener, what 3 would you
choose?

First would be “Tundra”, the first track ever released
on a big label, Fedd Le Grand actually premiered it in 2013 at
Ultra Music Festival , it’s the track that opened the door for
us.

“Amen” is the track that made us realize we could
actually try and make a living out of this..it got the
attention of Steve Angello, one of our biggest inspiration as
deejays, who released it on his label.

“Sad Story” is our evolution track, we produced it
with an “out of the club” mentality, we wanted to make
something that anyone could listen to…Our moms love it, so..
🙂

Thanks for the playlist! What are a few songs in this
list that stick out to you?

We want our productions to be available to more and more people
as we progress, you can tell by the sound of “Sad Story” and
some of the tracks in the playlist; Charlie Puth’s “Attention”
was conceived similarly to Sad Story, it has a vert dry chorus
and an epic bass line. “Feels” by Calvin Harris,
it has a very interesting and chill vibe, perfect for the
summer. “Swish Swish” by Katy Parry is also one of our
favorites because of its unique sound, very urban uk but also
super easy US pop vibes there, pretty cool mix.

What are some things you like to do in spare time when
not making music?

We recently launched our own fashion brand, we have a new logo
and the project is a mix between merchandise and an actual new
clothing line. We’ve always been into fashion and this felt
right, hopefully people will like it too.

What does the summer have in store for you?

We’re gonna start with a bunch of shows in Europe, and we have
a mini tour in Asia at the end of July. We’re gonna be super
busy in the studio with productions we have in store for next
fall too.

 

Follow Merk & Kremont

Facebook: http://www.facebook/com/merkandkremont
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/merkandkremont
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/merkandkremont
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MerkandKremont
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/merkandkremont
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5rRcnWrevHgbuWjl7Lhft7

Merk & Kremont Share Exclusive Interview & Takeover Our Dancefloor Spotify Playlist

Brownies & Lemonade Makes Huge Strides As Curator of LA’s Red Bull Sound Select [Interview]

Brownies & Lemonade isn’t just a strange nutritional
pairing anymore, it’s also the name of a major movement in LA
dance music. The collective or promotional group or something
else entirely (B&L has worn many hats) has embedded itself
as a part of LA dance music culture, as can be clearly
evidenced by the myriad artists who have called their stages
home. But it isn’t just dance music; the artists booked for
B&L shows are as diverse as the people who go to them.

This year, B&L is honored to participate in the Red Bull
Sound Select series of shows as a full-fledged curator, putting
together a stellar lineup of shows. Red Bull Sound Select
is an accelerator for music artists. It consists of 18 city
residencies, 200+ events each year, 250+ artists, 50 partners
and a growing list of our own festivals like 30 Days and 3 Days
in Miami.

Tonight, Brownies & Lemonade has their own showcase at the
Belasco in Los Angeles that you do not want to
miss… trust us.

We caught up with events producer Chad Kenney to ask him a few
questions about B&L, their partnership with RBSS, and more.
Details on tonight’s show can be found here.

Brownies & Lemonade has been a fixture in LA for a couple
years now. What does this milestone mean for you as a brand,
and also as the founders of the brand?

It’s been a huge milestone being able to work with Red Bull
Sound Select in a creative capacity, and pretty surreal to see
the growth from a couple of kids who just wanted free Red Bull
product at our small parties a few years ago, to a full-fledged
team helping put together a show for the 30 Days in LA series
last year. Working with RBSS on this show at Belasco is a
culmination of that growth as well.

Bringing out special guests like Diplo, Lido, and Alison
Wonderland for shows is a pretty clear indication that you guys
have caught the eyes of some major players. Do you try to stay
visible as a brand or does it come naturally at this point?

Every time we’re able to work with artists of that caliber
it’s always a big deal for us and we definitely don’t take it
for granted. For all the visibility that these artists have
helped us gain it adds more expectations to continue to bring
that level of talent to our shows, so that requires a lot of
hard work that doesn’t come naturally.

You clearly have a devoted group of fans, but also a lot of DJs
who owe a lot of their first appearances in LA to a B&L
show. What’s one of the more memorable debuts you’ve featured?

When looking at the incredible rise of artists such as
Louis The Child, Sam Gellaitry, Jai Wolf, etc. it’s pretty hard
not to look back at their LA debut with us and reminisce. For
me personally I think the first Moving Castle showcase in LA
really felt like a watershed moment for us by being able to
bring out the wave of internet talent that wasn’t getting shine
at that time. And it’s all been up from there.

How do you think Red Bull has been able to bridge the gap
between “just an energy drink” and a major sponsor and mover in
dance music?

They just have the right people making decisions that allow
projects like Red Bull Sound Select, Music Academy, BC One and
Culture Clash to gain the necessary funding and production to
have an impact on music culture.

I think that many companies invest in dance music / events
solely focused on making a return, and Red Bull has focused on
transformative projects that pay them back more through
community and culture experiences than dollars and cents ever
could.

As far as LA fixtures, B&L is a pretty heavy player for
some of the craziest parties. What do you think of the
importance of bringing (mostly) free music to people who might
not have ever heard anything like it before?

None of us at B&L ever believed that music should have
a high entry level price point in order to be enjoyed. When
young, promising artists are playing their first shows how are
you going to convince an unfamiliar audience with a $40 ticket?
Luckily there are some really successful artists and partners
here in LA that also share that sentiment.

A lot of LA party crews tend to stick to the “EDM” model.
B&L has made a point of branching out into a lot of
different styles. Case in point: Denzel Curry or Jazz Cartier.
How have you been able to branch out without alienating a core
fan base?

LA more than anywhere else represents a unique intersection
between so many various cultures and styles that people are
open to. I’m not sure a lot of people could branch out in other
cities the way we’ve been able to. You’ll go to a typical “EDM”
festival these days in So Cal and kids react the craziest for a
Kendrick Lamar song.

Genres have been blurred beyond recognition since the term
EDM was first coined and I think our parties and fans have
embodied that naturally.

Becoming a curator for RBSS in LA is clearly an indication that
you’re here to stay, but what’s next for B&L the rest of
the year? Next year?

We just want to continue throwing shows each week and bring
good music to people that want to hear it.

 

Featured image via Quasar Media // In article image via
Jennica Mae Photo

Brownies & Lemonade Makes Huge Strides As Curator of LA’s Red Bull Sound Select [Interview]