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Bleep Bloop

Bleep Bloop Talks '10 Watt Lazers' EP, DJ Shadow Relationship & Outer Space [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Exclusives Dec 2014 11:50AM EDT

Northern California producer Bleep Bloop is on a mission. Aaron Triggs, known professionally as Bleep Bloop, aims to bring his cosmic soundwaves to the masses. The DJ Shadow protégé just made his debut on Shadow's new label Liquid Amber with a new three track EP 10 Watt Lazers. We had the chance to chat with Triggs on the heels of his EP release to discuss his relationship with DJ Shadow, talk about the creative process behind the EP and his love for out space.READ MORE

Lennon & Maisy

Lennon & Maisy Contest: Win Autographed Prizes From 'Nashville' Sisters

Exclusives Dec 2014 11:50AM EDT

Lennon Stella, 15, and Maisy Stella, 10, are currently working on their first major album, and recently spoke to Music Times about performing for thousands of people while still trying to figure out how to make friends at school.READ MORE

Jim Kerr (center) and Simple Minds are looking up.

Simple Minds and The Meaning of 'Big Music': Jim Kerr on The New Album, His Dream Dual-Headlining Tour, and Respecting "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

Buzz Dec 2014 13:18PM EDT

Simple Minds has its mind on big music, instrumentally and otherwise. Vocalist Jim Kerr spoke to Music Times about the new album 'Big Music,' his ideal American tour, and giving the fans what they want.READ MORE

Guthrie Trapp

Acme Feed & Seed 'Trapped Above Ground' Curator Guthrie Trapp Talks 'Getting The Cool Kids'

Exclusives Dec 2014 13:24PM EDT

The weekly Wednesday night bill at one of America's hottest venues has already featured names such as John Oates, Alan Jackson and "Big Al" Anderson, while Trapp describes himself as "executive producer/host/curator/house band leader/guitar player."READ MORE

Acme Feed & Seed

Acme Feed & Seed: How One of America's Hottest New Venues Is Turning Nashville On Its Head

Exclusives Dec 2014 13:01PM EDT

Elite food options and four themed floors of entertainment make Acme Feed & Seed the current "it" place in Nashville. The roof provides a beautiful view of the Cumberland River and the Tennessee Titans' pro football stadium. But don't get it twisted; music is the centerpiece.READ MORE

Ash Wednesday (left), Uncle Meg (middle), Clara Bizna$$ (right)

"Lena Dunham" Rap Trio Hand Job Academy Dish On The Story Behind The Song, Their Name And More

Exclusives Dec 2014 19:54PM EDT

Last month we shared a video (filmed by Taylor Swift) of Lena Dunham dancing along to a song named after her by the all-girl Brooklyn rap trio Hand Job Academy. Although the song isn't actually about the GIRLS creator, it references her in the hook and on the line "finna let it all hang out, Lena Dunham." The video for the song also features a parody the text from Dunham's book cover for her biography Not That Kind Of Girl, switching out "a young women tell you want she's 'learned'" for "a bad b*tch tells you what she's 'learned." Music Times caught up with the women behind the Dunham-approved track, Clara Bizna$$, Uncle Meg, and Ash Wednesday. Here's what they had to say:READ MORE

goodbyemotel

goodbyemotel Talks New Album 'iF,' Their 4-D Live Music Experience, Iconic Cover Artist Storm Thorgerson, And Other Ongoing Projects [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Exclusives Dec 2014 16:45PM EDT

Aussie-born, New York-based rock band goodbyemotel is finally ready for their close-up. After years of lineup changes, experimentation and development, they've found the foundation upon which they plan to build their legacy, and out of that has come their new album, iF.READ MORE

MAKJ

MAKJ Reveals Status Of Nicky Romero & Axwell Collabs, Talks Rock-Inspired Debut Album & Why You Should Sign With Multiple Labels [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Exclusives Dec 2014 14:59PM EDT

We had the chance to chat with MAKJ about the decision to release projects with a label or independently, details on his upcoming album, which is going to have a mix of rock and hip hop and is "not going down the realm of electronic, big heavy bangers," and why ghost-producing really sucks. He also reveals what he has in the works, in addition to the album, and what happened to that Nicky Romero collab (the answer might really surprise you). See what he had to say below, and grab his new song "Generic" on Beatport.READ MORE

Maisy Stella & Lennon Stella

'Nashville' Duo Lennon & Maisy Talk TV Stardom, Writing New Music And Trying To Make Friends At School

Buzz Dec 2014 12:47PM EDT

Lennon Stella, 15, and Maisy Stella, 10, have been charming viewers of ABC's Nashville for the past two years while blowing away millions of YouTube users in their spare time. The girls grew up in tiny Oshawa, Ontario, with no television or Internet before moving with their parents (known professionally as The Stellas) to Nashville in 2009.READ MORE

The Fooo Conspiracy

The Fooo Conspiracy Talk the Conspiracy, Performing with Justin Bieber and Crazy Fan Experiences [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Exclusives Dec 2014 16:46PM EDT

Boy bands are back in. One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer are leading the way in the new British Invasion, but a cold wind is starting to pick up out of the northern reaches of Scandinavia in Sweden. A newly formed Swedish boy band, Grammy-Award-winning The Fooo Conspiracy — for Felix, Omar, OG and Oscar — have become immensely popular in their home country and in the surrounding countries, and are primed to bring their talents abroad. When the average person thinks of Swedish pop, names like Abba, Robyn or even more recently Tove Lo come to mind. Electronic music has become one of the country's chief music exports, featuring the likes of Avicii; former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello; Alesso; and Eric Prydz. Now Sweden can say it has a superstar boy band in the making set to explode on the world stage, with their well-oiled choreography, slick dance moves and catchy songs that make their outfit the complete package. They were booked for their first show opening for Justin Bieber on his three-day stint in Stockholm at the Globe last April after Bieber's manager saw The Fooo's video for "Kangaroos" and contacted them to be the supporting act. They have since been doing pop-up acts and smaller shows all across Scandinavia. Their recent EP, "Serenade," shot up to No. 1 on the Swedish charts when it was released earlier this year and has been re-released on Spotify for the U.S. audience. We had the chance to sit down with the high-flying quartet to discuss how they got started, their big wins at the Swedish Grammys and MTV EMAs and the story behind the "conspiracy." We also dive into their dance moves and get them to show off some flips for us outside the office on a chilly November day in New York City. They shared some crazy fan stories, including some moments with some pretty hands on fans in the United States.READ MORE

Documentary Film Composer J. Ralph

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Composer J. Ralph Talks Scoring 'Garnet's Gold,' 'Virunga' Soundtrack, Upcoming Projects And More!

Exclusives Dec 2014 13:29PM EDT

Two of the most powerful documentaries that came out in 2014 had to be Garnet's Gold and Virunga. One depicted one man's search for what he believed to be a grand, buried treasure while the other documents a group of brave individuals coming together to face death at the price of saving the last of the world's mountain gorillas. Composer J. Ralph was brought in to provide the main music for these films including the score for Garnet's Gold and the original song "We Will Not Go" for Virunga, tying together the imagery and message of each project with his accompaniments.READ MORE

Blessing Offor

Interview: Blessing Offor of 'The Voice' Season 7 on Superstar Coaches, Songwriting and His Christmastime Single "Like a Child"

Exclusives Dec 2014 15:06PM EDT

For many budding singers and songwriters, nabbing a much-coveted spot on The Voice is a dream come true. For Blessing Offor, it was a launching pad for the next part of his career.READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'The Imitation Game' Score And More!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks 'The Imitation Game' Score And More!

Exclusives Nov 2014 17:42PM EDT

The Imitation Game tells the true story of Alan Turing and his task of breaking the Enigma code during World War II, while also dealing with his personal life as a closeted homosexual during a time when such a lifestyle was illegal. This dramatic motion picture has a star-studded cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, but to really engross the audience in the film, composer Alexandre Desplat was brought in to take on the musical score. Check out our exclusive interview with the multi-talented composer right here!READ MORE

Jackson Browne

Celebrating Jackson Browne: Producers Tamara Saviano and Jimmy LaFave Talk 'Looking Into You' and the Art of Tribute Albums

Buzz Nov 2014 15:02PM EDT

Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave and Dallas entrepreneur Kelcy Warren opened their Music Road Records label in 2007, releasing the Woody Guthrie tribute album 'Ribbon of Highway Endless Skyway' the following year. The partnership led to a slew of other releases featuring original material but Warren had an itch to scratch. The co-founder's extreme fandom for one of the most prolific songwriters around sparked what would become the pair's second tribute effort: 'Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne,' which came out in January. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and Don Henley came running.READ MORE

DJ Fenix

The Kremlin Ready to Rave with DJ Fenix at Musicbox Awards Tonight [EXCLUSIVE]

Exclusives Nov 2014 12:40PM EDT

The Kremlin is known for its two noticeable features: the distinctly Russian Orthodox architecture and the power that emanates from the seat of power it has held since it was built in the 13th century. Tonight, however, there will be a grand party — the Musicbox Awards — to celebrate the music from around the former Soviet countries at the Kremlin, and noted Russian disc jockey DJ Fenix will be on hand to play. This will be the first time a DJ has performed at an event like this in Russia, especially at the Kremlin. DJ Fenix knows the significance of this, calling it "very important for the EDM industry and DJs." DJ Fenix, born Alexander Mamoniv, is familiar with the big stage. He has been DJ-ing for more then a decade around Europe and performed at Moscow's fashion week earlier in the year. His upbringing in a military family and as an Olympic volleyball player gave him valuable experience in being disciplined and how to treat your body right by "not taking any drugs, eating healthy and not drinking much alcohol." He hangs with some Russian heavyweights, like Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, whom he met out while playing clubs in Moscow. Fenix said rather matter-of-factly, "We are friends because we are fans of the same team."READ MORE

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