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    • NathanJones
      By NathanJones
      After John Digweed played his first ever B2B set without Sasha (can you believe it?) - with Nicole Moudaber at Japan's Ultra Festival, they spoke to Magnetic Magazine, in what was a very frank, open and witty chat. They talked about tequila, 'doing the bins' and of course, the stresses and strengths of DJ life.
       
      Around this time last week was a very special day for the attendees of Ultra Japan. On day one of the festival, the headliners of the off-beat Ultra Resistance stage were treated to the first ever B2B set from industry greats Nicole Moudaber and JohnDigweed. Not only was this their first time playing together, but this was in fact the first B2B set that John Digweed has ever done without Sasha. Digweed's expertly curated hard-hitting techno blended expertly with Moudaber's hypnotic, melodic style. The end result was skin crawlingly good; as Nicole strung the crowd out on blissed out chord progressions, John would drop a hammer and pull everyone back to earth. 
      Just after this electric, one of a kind set, we sat down with the two of them to fire off a smattering of questions. Between Nicole's no-bullshit, ultra sweet personality and John's dry humor, it was enormously good time. The chemistry continued to impress as we dove into the human side of these two titans of industry.
       
      Magnetic Magazine: What puts the biggest smile on your face?
      Nicole Moudaber: What puts a smile on my face? Honestly, endearment. Endearment and also cheekiness. I'm a bit of both. I'm twisted and dirty or super, super soft. Nothing in between, that's it.
      John Digweed: What puts a smile on my face would be that I’m still doing what I do after 30 years. There's people on the dance floor from 18 to whatever age having a great time. That's why I started and that's why I still love doing it now.
          MM: What's your favorite part about your job?
      John Digweed: Every weekend is different. A lot of people have jobs that they love but they don’t get to experience different things every day. They do the same job, go to the same office, the same commute. Whereas, Tuesday I was in Ibiza, Thursday I was flying out to Japan, tomorrow I’m flying to Beijing. I go back to Europe then to Belgrade, then I go to San Francisco. Every few days there’s a different place, a different country, and a different culture. That’s an incredible life to live. In another world if I took a month slice of my current life and decided “Alright, I’m gonna tour these places” it would be incredible. But I’ve been traveling this way since probably 1994. Traveling opens my mind to how people live outside of my world.
      Nicole Moudaber: I do agree with everything that John says. For me on a personal level, what I love the most is the love that I get from the people. Maybe because I didn't get enough of it when I was growing up, or something like that. But when I get the energy from the crowd, that, for me, is what I live for. Music is my salvation and DJing is my prayer.
      MM: What do you do to stay grounded as you travel all across the world?
      John Digweed: When I get home on Sunday, I’ve got to put the bins out. That's pretty great. I'm not an international DJ in those moments.
        Nicole Moudaber: For me what keeps me grounded is motivation and drive, really. Also, I generally don't drink too much. Actually I need to be honest, for the last six months I've been cheating. I've been letting my hair down.
      John Digweed: Well you've got lots of it.
      Nicole Moudaber: Ha! I am quite proud of this because the last six months I can do this and still travel the next day without feeling too whacked. Do you know what the secret is? Don Julio tequila. It doesn't have any sugar and you don't wake up with a hangover. Try it.
      John Digweed: She’s got an endorsement deal.
      MM: What's your least favorite part?
      Nicole Moudaber: The intense traveling without any sleep. Sleeping is a luxury honestly. I think the last time I slept properly was back in January when I was in Thailand. But you know what, it all disappears once I get on stage. Once you get that whole flow of energy from the crowd, the pain goes away immediately. The tiredness in between gigs is fine, I can live with that.
      John Digweed: I think everyone has to travel to go to work. Someone at Virgin Trains has got far more to complain about with traveling than I do. For me, the hardest part is being away from my family. Traveling is part and parcel of everyone’s job, but this job takes me away from my family at special times.
      MM: Nicole, you closed a recent “In The Mood” podcast with a very interesting statement. “Hold your head high, and your middle finger higher! Most importantly, keep smiling baby!” Where do thoughts like that come from? It was very sweet.
      Nicole Moudaber: I know. Recently I've been showing my softer side. Sometimes people think I'm this animalian, insensitive person because of the way I look or because of the way I say things. Which I get, because I'm quite blunt. But recently I'm learning to be a bit softer.
      John Digweed: That's the Don Julio for you.
      Nicole Moudaber: He’s a good influence in my life. John you're so funny. The things that you were throwing on stage and before we got on, you’re actually funny and I didn't know this.
      John Digweed: I know. It's a hobby of mine. I'm doing stand up on the side.

      MM: Both of you are very high profile figures in the music industry and as high profile figures you have a lot of expectations placed on you. How do you handle these expectations?
      John Digweed: I think the expectations are deserved because if you're on top of the bill at a club or a festival, people are paying money to come see you. You have to give 110% every gig. You should carry those expectations because it's important to deliver on them. I've always been very focused on what I do in the music world. If I’m giving my best and criticism comes, I can analyze it and go “well, I did my best and there’s nothing I can say about that.” I think, like with every public figure, we’re here for a reason. We’re only going to stay here as long as we continue to deliver and play our best all the time. If we slip below our standards we’re not going stay in our position.
      Nicole Moudaber: I can learn from him obviously because with my ups and downs, I'm very critical about myself. I'm not always at my best, because I have my own personal issues. It’s very difficult because I psych myself out. Sometimes I don’t want to get up there because I have emotional problems, or some other personal issue, but I’ve got to put on the face and the show must go on. So it’s a difficult job but sometimes getting up there is incredibly healing when you’re at your lowest. You see yourself in the way the crowd sees you.
        MM: What advice do you both have for people who are having a difficult time keeping their heads up?
      Nicole Moudaber: My first piece of advice is to have good friends around you. Good friends who don't judge you and who tell you like it is. My second piece of advice is to learn how to be by yourself once in a while. That way you can look at yourself and see why you’re obsessed with this, or bugging out about that, and figure out whatever is bothering you. Lastly, I recommend reading other people’s writing and listening to other people speak about their problems; so that you can learn that you’re not alone. 
       
         
      REE FOR  © 2018 Magnetic Magazine    
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Alpha Booking Agency is Australia's first all female and LGBTQI+ inclusive booking agency, run by female agents with the mission to support, empower and navigate a positive and successful career for women in music.  
       
      Founded by Kailei Ginman in 2018, Alpha was the brainchild of a female music industry worker who had not only faced adversity as a woman in music herself, but also saw the struggles her female talent had faced over the years.  
       
      "Our goal is to see social change, not only for women in music, but for women in Australia and globally." – Kailei Ginman
       
      Alpha will work with a roster of female and identifying artists including Australian DJs: Ayebatonye, Feline, Rosie Kate, Sara T, Stacie Fields and Stara and will work closely with charities and other female focused businesses for women's rights and other marginalised communities.

      About Kailei Ginman ‘Alpha Booking Agency’ Founder & Director
      Kailei’s calling into the Australian music industry originated in 2007, unfolding inside the walls of an artist management company with a roster nurturing remarkable Australian talent including: Evermore, Lisa Mitchell and Operator Please.
       
      Armed with a plethora of skills, Kailei then went into a diverse range of roles within the music industry working as a booking agent and promoter with Platinum One Entertainment, a publicist and radio plugger with Shake Appeal, a merchandise-marketing manager with Araca Australia and most recently as a booking agent with Ministry of Sound, harnessing her talents in corporate event bookings and brand partnerships for her roster of over 80 electronic acts.
       
      Kailei’s artist relationships are home grown working with household name including: Havana Brown, The Potbelleez, Stafford Brothers, The Vines, Gang of Youths, Peking Duk and Australia’s leading electronic artists at Ministry of Sound Australia just to name a few.  Spanning across her time in the industry, Kailei has worked on international tours with R&B legends Salt N Pepa, Coolio, Sean Paul, Fatman Scoop and 112.
       
      In 2016, Kailei’s own personal mission, goals and experience as a female in the music industry, ignited the idea of the need for a female-focused agency because her musical roster was filled will an extraordinary tribe of female talent.  It was through this moment in time when Kailei conceptualized and launched ‘Alpha Booking Agency’ with the mission to nurture successful careers with longevity plus to understand and protect the needs of women in touring especially for the female talent Kailei represented.
      Kailei is extremely proud to launch Australia’s first all female and LGBTQ+ inclusive booking agency, representing females and fem-identifying artists, run by females, who employs females in all areas of the company including closely working with women’s and the LGBTQ+ community charities.
       
      For more info, go to:
      IG - https://www.instagram.com/alphabookingagencyau 
      FB - https://www.facebook.com/alphabookingagency 
      W - http://alphabookingagency.com 
       
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Named Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World, a favourite with BBC Radio 1 tastemakers Pete Tong, Danny Howard and MistaJam racking up over 50 plays on the station, as well the official song of Gay Pride 2018, Too Many Zooz & KDA’s Warriors is an empowerment anthem that’s branched out from the clubs into the public consciousness. Now, Grammy award winner Jess Glynne adds fresh vocals to the record on So Real (Warriors).
       
      So Real (Warriors) is the perfect crossover and looks to be the latest success story from Ministry of Sound, renowned for their ability to match the hottest dance music producers with the world’s biggest pop stars. Here, Jess Glynne’s vibrant vocals are matched effortlessly with the energetic Too Many Zooz vs KDA instrumental version, creating a sure-fire pop-dance hit that’s built on a brass house backbone.
       
      New York three-piece Too Many Zooz are no strangers to working with the most powerful women in music, being seen by Beyoncé, who drafted them in to collaborate on her Lemonade album thanks to their viral busking videos. Taking their “brass house” sound from the subway to the world, they also caught the ear of London-based record producer KDA who reworked their track Warriors.
       
      KDA has a history of crafting club records that go on to be pop hits. His previous dance anthem Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) with Tinie Tempah & Katy became a Platinum certified UK #1 single. Seeing an opportunity to blend Too Many Zooz’s incredible energy with his unique take on dance music, KDA’s version of Warriors was born and now looks to follow in the footsteps of his previous crossover success.
       
      Jess Glynne’s involvement simply underlines the power of this collaborative record. An artist who’s not afraid to be herself, and in doing so has achieved 7 UK #1 singles - more than any other British woman - Jess Glynne has her pick of projects. On So Real (Warriors) she draws on her previous pop-dance hits to create an uplifting record that’s set to bring people together as it conquers the charts.
       
      Too Many Zooz vs KDA feat Jess Glynne - So Real (Warriors) is out now.
       
      BUY:  https://lnk.to/SoRealJG
       
      LISTEN:  
       
       
      TOO MANY ZOOZ
       
       
      https://www.instagram.com/toomanyzooz/
      https://twitter.com/TooManyZooz
      https://www.facebook.com/toomanyzooz/
       
      KDA
      https://www.instagram.com/kdabeats/
      https://twitter.com/KDABEATS
      https://www.facebook.com/KDAbeats/
       
      JESS GLYNNE
      https://www.instagram.com/toomanyzooz/  
      https://www.facebook.com/JessGlynn
      https://twitter.com/jessglynne
      https://www.youtube.com/user/MissJayeGlynne
      https://www.instagram.com/jessglynne/
       



    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      When Armin van Buuren hit the Psy-Trance scene with the blistering ‘Great Spirit’ (with Vini Vici), many felt it would only be a matter of time before the five-time #1 DJ in the world would subject the global dance music movement to a record of similar magnitude and style. That moment has officially arrived today. Released on Armada Music, ‘Blah Blah Blah’ proves a telling precursor of what’s to come from Armin van Buuren’s forthcoming ‘Blah Blah Blah EP’, which is available for pre-order now and includes ‘The Last Dancer’, ‘Just As You Are’ (as Rising Star) and ‘Popcorn’.
       
      Listen here
       
      From the foreboding intro with the iconic lyrics to the devastating kick-bass combo, ‘Blah Blah Blah’ has been staking its claim as a main stage staple since its premiere at Ultra Music Festival 2018 in Miami. A buster of speakers and inducer of carnage, this track has fans going wild from Miami to Amsterdam to Sydney and back.
       
      When asked about the inspiration for his second, devastatingly powerful Psy-Trance tune, Armin van Buuren said: “Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah ‘Blah Blah Blah’ Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah. Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah ‘Blah Blah Blah’ Blah Blah Blah Blah.”
       
       

    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      NYC’s subway buskers turned Beyonce collaborators Too Many Zooz and UK producer KDA have called upon the production talents of Armand Van Helden for a club-primed rework of Warriors. The original, featuring UK #1 producer KDA, has been played 45 times by Radio 1, was Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, featured as the official track for London Pride, and has surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify. With a fresh new remix on the cards courtesy of Armand Van Helden, Warriors is poised to be elevated to new heights over the coming months.
       
      Too Many Zooz started off life as buskers on NYC’s long and winding subway system. Fast-forward just a few years and the brass-house trio have reached heights they never thought possible: from guesting on Beyonce’s Lemonade to selling out shows in the blink of an eye across Europe and the US. Composed of dancing sax wizard, Leo P, the ferocious percussionist King of Sludge and nimble-fingered trumpeter Matt Doe, Too Many Zooz are getting bigger and bigger. Hard on the heels of playing Good Morning Britain last month, there’s seemingly no end to the NYC trio’s meteoric success.
       
      KDA is a South London boy who has an equally impressive command of the commercial realm as he does the underground. He’s the name behind the UK#1, Platinum certified single Turn the Music Louder featuring Katy B and Tinie Tempah, as well as Just Say with Tinashe and the socially conscious new underground dance single Hate Me. His first-hand experience of London’s underground club culture has cemented KDA as a highly regarded dance music authority. His DJ support is an endless list of equally varied tastemakers including the likes of Jackmaster, Seth Troxler, Black Madonna and Jamie Jones.
       
      With over 20 years’ experience as one of the world’s most in demand DJs, Armand Van Helden is a name that needs little introduction. The Boston-born dance music authority has dominated the charts with singles ‘Witch Doktor’ in 1997, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ back in 1999, and ‘My My My’ in 2005. He’s released countless club tracks, old and new, that continue to leave their unmistakable mark on the dance music world. Whether he’s DJing the world’s biggest dance spaces or hard at work in his natural habitat, the studio, Armand Van Helden’s talent and reputation is unparalleled.
       
      “Armand has such a creative way of bringing new shapes and colors out of a song, and he did this brilliantly on the Warrior’s remix. It reminds us of those old UK dance records that we love, with that familiar charming energy of the kick and hats mixed with resonant filter sweeps on the trumpets and saxes. Two words: BIG CHUNE!!!!!!!” - MATT
       
      Armand Van Helden’s dance-floor ready remix of Warriors demonstrates all the hallmarks of a club classic. Replete with gargantuan 909 four to the floor beats and deep, billowing basses that underpin Too Many Zooz’ and KDA’s unmistakable ‘brass-house’ sound, the Boston dance music aficionado has provided a heady remix worthy to be played in the world’s most esteemed club spaces.
       
      Too Many Zooz VS KDA – Warriors (Armand Van Helden Remix)  is out on 17th August 2018 via Ministry Of Sound.
       
       
      BUY/DOWNLOAD:
      https://lnk.to/WarriorsAVH
       
      SPOTIFY:
       
       
      Too Many Zooz: 
       
      https://www.instagram.com/toomanyzooz/
      https://twitter.com/TooManyZooz
      https://www.facebook.com/toomanyzooz/
       
       
      KDA
      https://www.instagram.com/kdabeats/
      https://twitter.com/KDABEATS
      https://www.facebook.com/KDAbeats/
       
       
      Armand Van Helden
      https://www.instagram.com/armandvanhelden/?hl=en
      https://www.facebook.com/armandvanhelden
       
       
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