I interviewed Nacey a while back, and ever since to my delight I’ve receive new tracks straight to my inbox. Now that’s a great email.
I listen to Misun while I hike and I always think, “I can’t believe they’re not huge yet.” I love their positive, catchy vibe and I there stuff doesn’t get old with me. I know once a few catch on, which they will, they’re going to go big. The vocals of Misun Wojcik are striking and powerful, yet soothing at the same time. The DC aquawave/emo-pop band (pronounced ‘me-sun’) met while working in different capacities at the Dupont Circle bar/restaurant. The band is produced Nacey, which you can listen to more of his stuff here.
Their upcoming show is in New York City at Pianos on June 5th if you’re in the area. Enjoy XO, SWP
I hope you all had an amazing weekend. If you were in LA, you were probably enjoying the sun. Today I’m sharing with you Music Mondays with 1/2 of a burnt body, lovely I know!
I love this song for so many reasons. I love how it builds and builds. I love James’ voice and Bear Face’s takes on it. It definitely makes me think of summer and all things creative! If you’d like to keep up with me through out the week to find out what I”m listening to, find me on Soundcloud here. Happy listening! XO, SWP
Sometimes SWP goes Hip-hip. Today is one of those days. This morning I received an email with Cam Young’s new music video,”The Chase.” The video is based off a dream where Cam is trapped in a hallway and behind the door lies all of his “Hopes & Dreams”.
Cam is known as one of the next biggest faces in Hip Hop. “Cam Young,”born Cameron Burwell, recorded his first song was recorded in his single, Bedroom Closet at 14. Although still fairly new to the urban music scene, Cam’s already strong following has helped him stand out amongst his peers. With over a quarter of million views on YouTube, the release of his music video ‘Don’t Let Go’ as well as the video of him rapping for Jaiden The Cure and Tyga’s management has gained Cam Young a wealth of online attention and has solidified a healthy fan base.
“I won’t put something out until I feel something big from it. I make so much stuff and what gets put out is a very small percentage. I have to feel really happy or have a big reaction.” – Clams Casino
There is music that grows on you, for example, some of the stuff you hear on the radio, and then there is music that just hits you, instantly. That’s Clams, aka Clams Casino. His music runs deep, and not only will you be into it, you’ll find it drives emotions in you – be it happiness, feeling excited or many times, just plain emotional. That’s what sets this man apart and why some have named him as one of “the best hip-hop producers out there.”
I had the chance to speak to Clams, Mike Volpe, a couple Saturdays ago. What I really wanted to know is where this music comes from, what’s his secret? It’s obvious to me, his million fans and the acclaimed music writers that have interviewed him, he has something. Well, it’s not what he eats for breakfast (the man doesn’t do breakfast). He says he doesn’t really know himself, but he did say something that struck me. “I won’t put something out until I feel something big from it. I make so much stuff and what gets put out is a very small percentage. I have to feel really happy, or have a big reaction.”
There are very few musicians who have a sound so distinct that they fall into their own category. James Blake, for example, is one artist who you can say this about, but there are not many. Clams Casino blew up and the media didn’t know how to describe him. Washed Out sounding, maybe similar to S.T.A.R.S, he’s really on his own.
Mike has a pretty cool story, too. He started making beats and was making them solely for artists to rap over. Luckily for MySpace, he could send them directly to the artists he wanted to work with and became known for working with high profile rappers like Lil B and Souja Boy. Clams didn’t officially make his mark on the music industry though, until he released his free mixtape in March of 2011 at just the age of 23, which is still available. This was so well received; it was covered by almost every huge music publication. Even if you’re not into hip hop, these sounds are so compelling most can enjoy it.
Clams started getting big reactions from songs like “I’m God” and began to make similar stuff. Many have actually said they prefer the instrumentals more than the rapping on top of it. You can compare the two below. “I’m God with Lil B”
“I’m God” Instrumentals Only
This song, however, is a brilliant example of everything just working together. A&SP (featuring Santigold)
I asked Clams what are some of the tracks he is most proud of. “The first mixed tape is pretty important to me. Collectively, those tracks are over a few years and the stuff with Lil B are some of my favorite things.” He mentioned the tracks with A$AP Rocky and some of his newer stuff, too. “There’s a lot.”
Clams’ brilliant production brings everything together, these songs wouldn’t be nearly what they are without his claps, synths and hazy instrumentals. They speak for themselves alone and any artist is lucky to be collaborating with his unique sound, I think. They’ll catch on.
I asked him what’s up next. “The only thing he can talk about is I’ve been doing a lot of work with Mikky Ekko, which has really cool.” His range is huge from rappers to sing/song writers like Mikky Ekko, who has been making a mark of his own lately. He’s been working a ton in the studio and collaborating a ton with many new artists, so I guess we’ll have to eagerly wait for what he’s going to delight us with next. Don’t expect to see him out playing anytime soon though. He’s focused on the studio work right now.
I still didn’t find out his secret. He did say his mom used to take him to concerts when he was in the belly. He said he’ll have to ask her to find out which ones. All I know is there’s a lot of kids given drum sets and DJ equipment at a young age, but there are few able to produce a sound as beautiful as his. He’s got a gift.
“It got to the point where I wasn’t even going out,” he says, “Everyone else would but I’d stay at home making music and sending it to blogs.”
Jakwob, aka James James Jacob, is a British producer known for his remixes combine elements of dubstep, electro, classical piano, cinematic orchestral soundscapes, Indian fusion music and breakbeat. He is only 22 but was given a full set of DJ equipment at age 10.
He didn’t make his mark until his bootleg of Ellie Goulding‘s Starry Eyed was released. Jacob explains that he doesn’t want to make music that’s too difficult to listen to.
His recent new single ‘Fade’ featuring Maiday is available on iTunes now: tinyurl.com/am79de8.
Check out more of his work below and a few free downloads to enjoy.
The lights dimmed, the mini disco ball begins to twirl and the lights bounce off the walls of dark, Hollywood club. Then a girl, with a blonde pixie cut and a black mesh panel dress paired with elbow length fingerless gloves took the stage. A heavy beat echos in the room and the people begin to dance.
That evening was Kelly Sweet’s first night performing tracks from her newly released Sirens EP, and it made her feel special the audience was receptive to her new music. “It warms my heart,” she says.
Receptive doesn’t begin to describe how much people enjoyed her music, as Sweet signed copies of her EP for fans, posed for photos and gave out an endless amount of hugs. She’s looking forward to performing her next show, she says, which will be sometime in February and will be announced via her MySpace and Twitter.
Sweet says one of her favorite things to do as a musician is to perform live, “ My favorite part about performing live is expressing the whole song at one time, it’s like telling a story” she says and it’s “great feeling the energy and seeing people react to the story.”
Kelly Sweet’s dance-ready music was recently featured on Elle’s Dispatch Culture where Sweet was acknowledged for her captivating voice and her versatile sense of style.
Her implicative voice brings to mind bands like Metric and artist Ellie Goulding synth-infused and all. Her music video for Sirens track Ashes of my Paradise is a look inside to the artistic and fashion driven life of Sweet. This won’t be the last time we hear of the Los Angeles songstress.
I’m not sure what took me so long to get turned on to this brilliant producer/musician, but I’m glad I finally did. Italian-American hip-hop producer, Michael Volpe, is bringing much more to the table than hip-hop. This musician is definitely talented through multiple genres and capable of providing ears with tantalizing, surprising beats that will keep you guessing.
What were loving? He’s only 24, brilliant. He may be one of the hottest producers on the planet right now. He’s versitale – his electricfying beats have been all over mixtapes from Lil B, Souljah and other undergound hip hop artists, but has people talking with his INSTRUMENTAL releases. You have to be really, really good to grab and keep someone’s attention just with instsrumentals. Trust you’ll be seeing much more of Clams Casino to come, with pleasant surprises outside of his typical romantic R&B. If you couldn’t tell, we’re highly impressed.
Enjoy some complimentary beats from our friends at Record Download Lable HERE.