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Too Many Zooz are the subway sensation known for collaborating on Beyonce’s Lemonade as well as a searing series of live busking viral videos. Pioneering the sound of the streets, their recent single Warriors featured in the Google Pixel 2 advert, seeing the track garner huge TV plays across Europe, North & South America and Japan.
All of this brought the track to the attention of UK record producer KDA – whose previous single with Tinie Tempah & Katy B hit the UK Singles Chart at #1. Knocking up a bootleg, the momentum quickly grew as tastemakers including YouTube influencer channel SubSoul, club DJs Marco Carola, Busy P, Steve Lawler, Kevin Knapp and BBC Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac, Danny Howard, Pete Tong and MistaJam all lending their support.
Now an official Transatlantic collaboration between New York’s finest animal lovers, Too Many Zooz and (until recently) London’s most mysterious record producer KDA, Warriors has been picked up for release by the UK’s biggest dance music label, Ministry of Sound. As if that wasn’t enough, the collaboration has been given the highest tastemaker award in the country, being named as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World.
Too Many Zooz have evolved their unique sound from a continuous stream of live street performance. Busy touring Europe, Too Many Zooz are made up of dancing sax wizard Leo P, the ferocious percussionist King of Sludge and nimble-fingered trumpeter Matt Doe. After meeting by chance, busking at Union Square Subway station in NYC, commuter-shot footage of their high-octane performances shot to viral fame.
South London boy, KDA, is known predominantly for his number one hit Turn the Music Louder featuring Katy B and Tinie Tempah. The track since achieved gold status and sold more than 500,000 copies. Having only just released himself from anonymity, KDA is the sought-after producer behind Just Say and Hate Me. KDA’s DJ support is an endless list of equally varied tastemakers including the likes of Jackmaster, Seth Troxler, Black Madonna and Jamie Jones.
Bringing Too Many Zooz’ raw, untamed sound of the subway and KDA’s sleek and rhythmic dance music power, the new version of Warriors demands your attention. A clash between two acts that has created an undeniable summer anthem.
Buy/Listen here: https://lnk.to/TMZWarriors
Too Many Zooz
LSDREAM Unveils Debut Album ‘Voyager’ On Liquid Stranger’s Wakaan
“He makes a huge impact no matter what” — YOUREDM
“Can’t wait to see what comes from this new project” — RUN THE TRAP
LSDREAM is a concept born within the deepest realms of the experimental mind. A long time in the making, the LSDREAM project is the sonic brainchild of internationally commended music producer, Brillz. Stepping into an entirely new venture, the producer has delved far within his artistic conscious to implement a creative drive and inspiration that has been under cover for far too long. Now, it’s time for LSDREAM to take centre stage as he reveals his debut album Voyager, on Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN imprint.
Enigmatic and mesmerising, the LSDREAM experience is truly a spiritual one. His creations hover on the murkiest edges of the electronic spectrum, yet maintain a genre fluidity that spills over in to the realms of trap, dubstep, glitch and far beyond. Pairing his music with an immersive visual experience, LSDREAM invites bass fans to dip in to territories entirely uncharted by the Brillz project alone. A new vision curated by the heart and soul.
LSDREAM showcases his multidimensional talent with Voyager. Tracks like Oblivian, Godspeed, As Above So Below and Psychadelix bend the very fabric of the bass music landscape, as Ten of Pentacles, Awake and Activate shapeshift and hop between genres as the LP refuses to be categorised. Darkly emotive and majestically crafted, Voyager shares an insight in to the mind of a producer who isn’t afraid to flip the boundaries of the norm on their head.
LSDREAM’s Voyager is OUT NOW via WAKAAN
SOCIAL MEDIA Here
Every March, the spotlight shines on Miami. The Winter Music Conference (WMC) & Miami Music Week is on now, followed by Ultra Music Festival (this year celebrating its 20th Anniversary – kicking off from tomorrow at 6am AEDT via livestream: ultramusicfestival.com Sat/Sun/Mon). With the ‘who’s who’ of the Dance Music industry embarking on the Florida Beach Music Capital, it also features the annual ‘International Dance Music Awards’ (IDMAs in its 32nd Year). This year’s winners included:
Best Male Artist (Mainstream) – Armin van Buuren
Best Male Artist (Underground) – Carl Cox
Best Song – ‘More Than You Know’ – Axwell /\ Ingrosso
Best Music Event – ‘A State of Trance’
Best Label (USA) – ‘Ultra Music’
Best Streaming Service – ‘Spotify’
Best Female Artist (Mainstream) – NERVO
Best Podcast / Radio Show – ‘A State of Trance’
Best Music Festival – ‘ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL’
Best Label (Global) – ARMADA
We in Australia are fortunate to host some of the biggest Artists, Events & Festivals from across the globe. We recently were introduced to the ‘ULTRA Music Festival’ family (‘Road to Ultra’ held in Melbourne) which was a huge success and over the next few months, we’re super excited to host some of the biggest Artists in the scene!!
Armin van Buuren is currently playing LIVE at ‘Armin & Friends Pool Party’ at the SLS Hotel – South Beach, Miami. Next up is Australia’s MaRLo watch here: https://www.facebook.com/arminvanbuuren/videos/10155429810793316.
PURE 2018 - CARL COX, PACO OSUNA, NASTIA, FABIO NEURAL & ERIC POWELL
Friday 20 April - Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Saturday 21 April - Festival Hall, Melbourne
Tuesday 24 April - Metro City, Perth (Anzac Day Eve)
Friday 27 April - Family, Brisbane
Saturday 28 April - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Plus Locals: Sydney: Nick Reverse // Spektrum DJs // Wild Fox
Melbourne: Josh Wain & Paul Lynch (Autosea) // Leighboy & Handsdown
ISTORIA 2018 MELBOURNE - ARMIN VAN BUUREN, ØRJAN NILSEN, RUBEN DE RONDE, WILL ATKINSON
Friday 20th April, 2018 – Festival Hall – Melbourne
A STATE OF TRANCE 850 SYDNEY - ARMIN VAN BUUREN, GAIA, MARLO, ØRJAN NILSEN, RUBEN DE RONDE, WILL ATKINSON
Saturday 21st April, 2018 – Sydney Showground
CARL COX AND ERIC POWELL'S MOBILE DISCO
Saturday 19th May 2018 - ULU Cliffhouse, Bali
(Many Aussies are travelling for this one)
ABOVE & BEYOND ‘COMMON GROUND’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
Friday 8th June – Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 9th June – Exhibition Halls, Sydney Showground
WILD NIGHTS TOUR – CASCADA, DJ SASH!, DJ ALIGATOR, N-TRANCE, LOVE INC. (featuring vocalist Simone Denny)
+ Special Guests: Nick Skitz + MC Kidd Kaos
Friday 15 June – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Saturday 16 June – Big Top Luna Park, Sydney
Thursday 21 June – HQ Complex, Adelaide
Friday 22 June – Trak Lounge, Melbourne
Saturday 23 June – Metro City, Perth
In the lead up to their Australian tour and the release of their new album, Cut The Strings, Ozclubbers' @GALLEON chats with Booka Shade about their music, the album, and just life in general!
We warmly welcome you both Arno & Walter back to Australia for your run of dates in March. You have frequented our shores regularly in the last 10 years. What is it that keeps bringing you back down under?
Ever since we first came in 2007, we have found an enthusiastic and loyal fanbase who not only cherishes the classic tracks, but also embraces more recent songs such as LOVE INC .
We played some of the biggest festivals such as big day out, future fest etc, but also enjoy the headline club shows, like Melbourne last weekend and the ones coming up in Brisbane, Auckland and Adelaide (during fringe festival) .
As the new album is only coming out in a couple of weeks, we play a lot of unreleased album songs in Australia, and it´s great to see the reaction of the crowd.
Your previous live shows have never disappointed and always left the listener wanting more. Can you let us in on a few secrets as to what we might experience this time around?
I guess it´s not really a secret when I say that we simply LOVE performing on a stage. that´s what we are really good at (together with producing music I hope) .
And on this tour, also because the sound of the album is more ´back to the club´, our setup is very condensed , we have all channels for synthesizers, effects, drums under control on stage, we can react quickly and can interact more spontaneously , which gives the set great energy .
With your last album Galvany Street, you took a different approach to your previous albums, which included the use of more hardware and featured various collaborations. Does Cut The Strings have any similarities to Galvany Street or have you gone back to a predominantly club approach?
After our 2013 album EVE we had the feeling that we had said everything in terms of bass lines and riffs. we had the feeling we would only repeat ourselves if we continued in our ´usual´ way, and as artists, we definitely always want to progress, evolve, not repeat.
Which sounds risky, because we have a career we could perhaps simply continue for years and years.
But that would be too easy …. :-)
So on GALVANY STREET, we made an unusual step and produced an album outside of the techno box, no techno 4/4 beats , no ´booka synth riffs´ , a lot of vocals, even pop song writing.
Most of the vocal tracks are together with Craig Walker, former member of the UK band ARCHIVE. btw he´s got a new project coming up called THEM THERE.
We also collaborated with Fritz Hilpert from KRAFTWERK on a Dolby atmos mix of the entire album which was released as Blu-ray disc and is part of the Box Set we released.
We needed this time out to recharge our club batteries and indeed, we found new inspiration for club music !
And now, with this new enthusiasm for the club, comes CUT THE STRINGS .
After the galvany street the only guideline we had was that we wanna go back to more clubbier music and that we don‘t wanna work so crazy long on tracks as we did in the past.it should be more spontaneous and open minded.
You have worked with Troels Abrahamsen (vocalist on Kolsch 'All That Matters') on your latest single and title track, Cut The Strings. How did you get to know Troels?
We actually contacted him years ago, shortly after ´all that matters´, and recorded a first version of what would later become CUT THE STRINGS.
But then the GALVANY STREET project came in between and we put the song aside for a while, and picked up work in the autumn of last year.
One of the novelties of the album CUT THE STRINGS is that we worked much more spontaneous and finished the production process quicker.
On previous albums we easily worked for 2, even 3 years on an album. Again, that´s something we wanted to change in 2018.
With your latest live show, do you individually have specific functions within the show or do you collaborate on all aspects?
The work spaces are clearly defined since we first started: Walter plays keyboards, vocoder, sequences, Arno plays the drums and whenever we play longer sets, he does a DJ part in the middle of the set.
When writing Cut The Strings, did you find any tried and tested production techniques useful?
We used some instruments that we didn‘t use for a long time , for example an old EMS vocoder which we bought from Ian Stanley a former member of the 80‘s group tears for fears.
You can hear it on tyrell and of course EMS love.this little box has a very special sound.
How much do you find your methods of producing music evolve with the vast amount of software and plugins available?
Even if it is so easy nowadays to do a good sound with all the plug inns which are out there ,we‘re always looking for new sounds with a character which can help to improve the trademark sound of Booka Shade.
Not easy but it‘s worth it.
It‘s all about challenging yourself and not be stuck in a formula.
How do you both remain resilient and at the top of your game while touring given the long hours and continual amount of work needing to be done to make your performances so memorable?
We have a pretty good time management, considering we both have families and a lot of obligations aside of music. also, we live a rather healthy lifestyle lately, and it´s incredible how much you can get done in a day and how much more energy you can have even with little sleep.
Looking into your back catalogue, you both have an extensive history as producers under various aliases and in several groups stretching back to the better part of 30 years. Would you ever consider reviving any of the older projects you both worked on together (for example Superstring)?
Ha ha, you´re digging deep …… well not everything was gold , but having said that, most of the rights from the 90´s should have long fallen back to us, so you never know…. go listen to old demos and releases every now and then and then look for sounds and sequences on old hard drives. you can imagine, there are dozens of old computers and hard drives ...
In the last few years you have set up Blaufield Music. Tell us a little about your label and its functions.
We had founded the label Get Physical together with our friends M.A.N.D.Y. , DJ T. and Peter Hayo in the early 2000´s and left in 2008, so we needed a new outlet for our music. and every now and then we release songs from friends of ours, for example fellow berliner CHI THANH, who has produced a magnificent remix for Body Language btw).
Could be that after the summer we´ll release a project of friends of ours from Melbourne.
Within the music industry, you as individuals and collectively as Booka Shade are known for having a great reputation and being highly professional while always remaining humble. Are these qualities you would recommend any DJ, producer or musician should withhold in order to maintain longevity in the scene?
Absolutely. most people who have been successful over a longer period of time (not just two summers) are very professional, work hard and stay grounded.
Who would you say has inspired you the most musically over the last 30 years?
Depeche mode, The Cure, New Order, Sven Vath
Do you have any tips as to who is about to blow up in the next couple of years?
ARTBAT from Ukraine are having a good run atm, look out for them.
Finally, feel free to tell us a fun fact that we wouldn't know about Booka Shade.
We love gardening in our free time.
Album Pre-order: https://sweatitout.lnk.to/CutTheStrings
Booka Shade – Australian Tour Dates
Friday 9th March: Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Mafeking Victoria
Saturday 10th March: Days Like This, Victoria Park, Sydney
Sunday 11th March: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Friday 16th March: The Met, Brisbane
Saturday 17th March: Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Sunday 18th March: Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide Fringe Festival