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Published on June 10 2015

Potta La Motta: " The world of music was opening its doors to me"

Potta is a very talented beat-maker from France, experimenting with old-school hip-hop beats, reggae, jazz and trip-hop.


So far he published 6 original singles on Jamendo, that raised quite some interest in the past few months: the most popular one, “Skibidubap”, has been listened to more than 25,000 times.

 

 

Hi Potta! What’s up? First of all, can you tell our readers about you? What’s your story and how did you start making music?

 

Hi man! I’m fine thanks! I started making music a long time ago when I was still in high-school. One day a good friend visited me and told me "I got a new software bro, you need to check it out!”. It was Logic Pro and my first steps were very abstract because I had never learnt music theory nor tried any instrument before, but I loved too much music not to try it. Six months later when I was done with high-school, I chose to attend an audio engineering school to see what was up there and that’s when the story began… Everything I wanted to know and understand with music was talked about, every question was answered the world of music was opening its doors to me.

 

 


In your music, we can hear a strong focus on old-school hip-hop beats. What are your music tastes and your main influences?

 

I like this question! I started making music during this “old school era” of hip-hop. I fell in love with the analogic tone and with the vinyl grain. These old school flows mixed with a bit of reggae vibes were awesome. My main influence as a beat-maker is Pete Rock with his deep boom bap! His album with A Tribe Called Quest became a reference for me. The choice of samples, drum flows, etc… I loved everything! I’m not staying on one type of music only, I’m really open minded about that.

 

Potta La Motta: " The world of music was opening its doors to me"

Your most listened and downloaded track on Jamendo is “Skibidubap”. It carries that typical 90’s hip-hop vibe, like Biggie’s “Juicy”. A little scratching, female vocals in the background... In your opinion, what are the best ingredients for a perfect hip-hop beat?

 

For me a good hip hop track is: drums made with my MPC layered with vinyl samples, because it’s got the warmth of the analogic sound, and the boom bap sounds perfect. I mean, if the analogic process is respected, I think that’s when hip-hop sounds really amazing. For me it’s very important but for the moment I need to save money.

 

Potta La Motta: " The world of music was opening its doors to me"

How do you feel about the interest around your music on Jamendo?

I was very surprised when I saw my downloads increasing! Jamendo's concept is very interesting because it gives us exposure with the audience we want to reach. It also allows artists to earn some money with the Licensing system.


How does it work when you collaborate with singers or rappers? Do you usually brief them on your vision of the track, or do you like to leave it open to their creativity?

I generally choose a great artist like Sika and Miss Paca who collaborated on “Skibidubap”. I often let them express themselves the way they want to, but sometimes I can interfere with their choices. Sometimes I would act like a vocal coach with some MCs when I want something specific.

Potta La Motta: " The world of music was opening its doors to me"

What is your best souvenir of collaboration with an artist?

I think the best collab' I did was “Skibidubap“, we made the track in one night (beat plus vocals). It was very interesting for us to make music like that, very freestyle spirit.


Do you have any projects for the future?

For the moment I’m looking for a job as a sound engineer or a beatmaker. I’m more focussing on a professional career than on releasing a lot of music as an amateur. I’m not working on an album project currently but I will as soon as possible. I’m working with some artists right now, producing their albums, I’ll let you know what’s up real quick! Cheers!

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Published on May 20 2015

Mirva : "Staying inspired is the key to life"

 

Originally born in Sweden, Mirva now lives in Sydney. She recently released her second EP Get Ready on Jamendo. Her first EP One was critically acclaimed and ranked her #4 in the Australian Independent Music Awards (AIMAs) out of over 5,000 entries.

 

"I want to create feel-good, inspirational & serotonin-raising musical experiences”, she says. Under the Mirva umbrella, I strive to make music that is good for the soul with a positive approach aimed to inspire and spread happiness in our world."


One achieved tremendous success on Jamendo and Mirva returns with new songs that channel the same vibes that got her popular in the first place: happiness and energy.

 

 

 

  • Hi Mirva! It’s a great pleasure to have you on the Jamendo blog! We already know how awesome you are, but just introduce you to the entire community in a few words!

 

Hi there! I'm Mirva. I'm a singer/songwriter, an author and a holistic entrepreneur. I am passionate about making feel-good music and spreading happy vibes onto the music scene.

 

 

  • Your first EP on Jamendo was downloaded 18,000 times and listened more than 400,000 times, congrats! How do you feel about it, generating that much interest in your music?

 

Amazing! It's been great to generate so many new fans and such tremendous recognition. I'm so happy people are connecting with the songs and the message.

 

 

  • Did such exposure and success result in anything for you as an artist?

 

It's done many things. First of all, people have been using my music all over the internet for their video clips, podcasts etc which has been really heart warming. Seeing "I Am The Sun" on wedding videos or "This Is How We Stand" in a  beautiful nature clip for example really warms my heart. I have also been contacted by quite a few media outlets that are wanting to use my music in several ways which has been really cool. The most important thing though is that it has really given me the positive feedback I needed to get inspired to go on. All the amazing comments and reviews from the Jamendo community has been truly good for the soul so, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

 

Mirva : "Staying inspired is the key to life"

 

  • Let’s talk about your brilliant new EP, Get Ready. What is the inspiration behind these new songs, musically and lyrically?

 

Get Ready really is a natural extension from the last EP "One" which was inspired by the idea of oneness and connecting to your inner self. Get Ready is about stepping out on life's stage and into your own, standing in your own power. It's about being proud and owning all that you are. As the lyrics of the feature song say: I'm ready now, so hold on, don't try and stop me."

 

 

  • Do you collaborate with other musicians, for writing and producing your songs?

 

I do co-write at times but not that much. I feel writing is a real personal thing for me. I quite enjoy sitting alone by the piano and let the music take me wherever it wants to. It's kind of like a meditation to me. When it comes to producing though, I always have someone working with me. On the last 2 EP:s I have been working With Braddon Williams which has been amazing. His expertise when it comes to executing my ideas is extremely valuable. We have lots of fun producing together.

 

Mirva : "Staying inspired is the key to life"

 

  • Could you share with us what an ordinary day in Mirva’s world looks like?

 

Well, it differs a bit as I like to stay creative but most days I start and end my days with a meditation. I have been doing that for years now so it's as natural as brushing my teeth. Meditating puts me in the right state of mind for the day. I also try and do some form of physical activity every day as I find it makes me feel great and I religiously watch or listen to something inspirational every day like a podcast or a youtube clip as I find it feeds my soul. I don't watch the news or surf TV channels really at all. I find time is too valuable to watch stuff that doesn't make me feel good.
I have a very flexible job that allows me to honour that in everything I do so I feel very blessed. I can't write songs and promote positive change unless I am at a positive place from the inside out myself so making choices that supports that every day is priority number one for me.

 

 

  • What are your future projects?

 

Well, at the moment I am incorporating some more juice into what I am already doing and promoting. I am a HUGE believer in Positive Psychology and helping people connect to their greatness and creativity from within so I am doing a few workshops around connecting to your creativity this year. I have also just created a session for a new App called MindPT which is really exciting! MindPT is a personal trainer for the mind in the form of an APP and my session, called Mad About Life, is created to help people connect to their inner fire and creativity. MindPT is in my opinion the BEST new self-development tool on the market out there and I am so excited to be part of it. After that, I'm sure a new EP will be on the cards, music is never too far away. As I've said many times, writing a song is like finding a friend that knows exactly what you need to hear, and who wouldn't want more of that in their lives!

 

Mirva : "Staying inspired is the key to life"
Mirva : "Staying inspired is the key to life"

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Published on May 13 2015

Devon Elizabeth : "I'm proud of my missteps because I would not have what I have today without them"

« I’ve been doing this for a long time, and finally I have a group of songs that I’m completely excited for people to hear. »

 


Coming from Charlotte, NC, Devon Elizabeth released her last EP « The Loneliest dream » in 2013 on Jamendo with 5 dynamic pop/rock tracks where she tells us about love and boys who don’t like her back.

 


•    Hi Devon! We’re glad to have you on Jamendo! Could you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us more about your story as an artist and your album?


Haha kind of a long story! I started performing music 10 years ago.  I got my first guitar for Christmas in 2004 and less than a year later I was playing gigs around my University's town, Columbia, South Carolina.  After graduating, I lived in Berlin, Germany where I released an EP of 6 dance-pop tracks called As of Late.  I then moved to Charlotte, NC and released another EP in 2012 called Neon Night (kinda Motown-y pop-rock stuff) and then The Loneliest Dream in 2013.  The same year I moved to the beach in Charleston, South Carolina and formed a band called Half Strangers with a few friends. We released a self titled alt-country EP in 2013 and played in Nashville, DC and around North and South Carolina.  We were a great band, but for most of the last year I slammed into a huge period of writers block.  My job at the time was really stressful, I barely touched my guitar and lost a lot of motivation to create.  I think I just burned out.  BUT you can always make changes to your life.  We all have control over how we live, and there is no excuse to let yourself get stuck.  Earlier this year I relocated back to Charlotte and have a few new songs that will be released June 16th on Summer Suite Vol. 1.

 


•    In your album, you’re writing about a heartbreak and upsetting relationships. Do you mostly write about your personal experiences or do you often get inspired by other people or stories?


I write from personal experience almost all the time.  I was 23 when I wrote all the songs on The Loneliest Dream.  Dating and relationships during your early 20s are so uncomfortable and awkward, especially in the United States and especially with Facebook and dating apps eliminating crazy concepts like "having face to face conversations" and "developing a healthy sense of self worth".  While I got hurt a few times, I grew up a lot and The Loneliest Dream would not have happened without those experiences.  So in a way, I'm proud of my missteps because I would not have what I do today without them.

 

Devon Elizabeth : "I'm proud of my missteps because I would not have what I have today without them"

 

•    Do you write all your songs yourself or do you have collaborators? Also, how do you produce your music?


I write everything.  When I was younger I thought that made me really great and special, but I think that is a huge mistake a lot of young songwriters make.  2 heads are definitely better than 1 and young songwriters should embrace other musicians' ideas, not feel threatened by them.  Jason Scavone produced The Loneliest Dream with me and before we started recording he had me send over some demos for each song.  Basically he came back with "Your songs are too long, you need to get rid of a few verses because all those words are not important."  After the initial panic of someone actually being honest with me, we were able to condense each song to the best lyrics and arrangements.  The arrangements on The Loneliest Dream are very full, so I had two friends come in for bass and drums and Jason filled in on some of the guitar and piano parts.  I definitely value the talent and input of others.

 

 

•    You sell your music online, but you also share it for free on Jamendo: what encouraged such a decision?


Jamendo offers a community of music lovers who are ravenous for new and unknown artists.  I have been playing music for a long time, but I am unknown to that entire community.  At this point in my journey, I just want people to enjoy and share my tracks, money doesn't matter.

 

Devon Elizabeth : "I'm proud of my missteps because I would not have what I have today without them"

 

•    Is it something important for you to manage your music yourself as an independent artist?


At the moment I do not have management, but just like creating music, I absolutely value input and guidance from talented people.  It's important to know the kind of artist you want to be, but it's also important to get rid of the ego and just let people help you.

 

 

•    You perform multiple shows around Charlotte, NC, could you share with us your best live memory?


Probably Pride Charlotte a few years back.  Beautiful weather, great crowd, lots of love all around.

 

 

•    Any plans for the future?
    

My next EP, Summer Suite Vol. 1, will be released on June 16th through Jamendo.  4 stripped down, acoustic/soul/jazz tracks with a summer vibe.  Lots of shows coming up too!

 

Devon Elizabeth : "I'm proud of my missteps because I would not have what I have today without them"

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Published on March 12 2015

Cloud Maze: "We really like to add some crazy synths to our sound, maybe that's what making our music kinda unique!"

Cloud Maze is a three-man band from Moscow, Russia. Their dynamic pop-rock is filled with pure energy, delicious guitar riffs and crazy synths: we were blown away! No doubt that these guys are having great fun playing their music everywhere in Europe. They've just released their first album Maybe, U Decide on Jamendo... So get on board and have a listen for yourself through the interview!

  • Hi guys, we are thrilled to welcome you on Jamendo! As a kick-ass intro, can you tell us who Cloud Maze is and what’s the story of the band?

 

Hi. First of all we wanna thank you for such a great service that you’re giving for all musicians and listeners all around the world (we talking about your great site Jamendo.com) and secondly we wanna thank you for getting in touch with us.

 

So, Cloud Maze is – three guys who are living in Russia and want to prove to everyone that russian people also can create European-American kind music. And we hope that we really make it... if not – you should check our new album which will be released in the next year ☺

Our Band was formed in 2013. We already had 4 tours, including Italy tour at may 2013, Russia-Ukraine tour 2014, European tour 2014 as support for our album (Czech Republic, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) and another Russian tour at December 2014. That was a really hard year for us.

 

Cloud Maze is:

Sergy – vox and guitar;

Anfir – bass;

Alex – drums.

 

  • Your first album on Jamendo Maybe, U Decide contains powerful, catchy and dynamic pop/rock songs, blended altogether with indie sounds. Do you feel like you have found your own unique sound? Are you still heavily influenced by other artists?

 

We don’t want to be like critics and saying that we create our unique sound…it’s all up to you and to all our listeners to decide. But I should say that we really like to add some crazy synths to our sound, maybe that's what making our music sounds kinda unique?!

About other artist – of course we do, especially a new band called “Royal blood”. That band really blew our mind with their unique bass sound.

 

Cloud Maze: "We really like to add some crazy synths to our sound, maybe that's what making our music kinda unique!"
  • Do you have a specific approach when writing a song? How is your creative process as a band?

 

Yep, before creating songs we meet at basement of my home right at 9pm and sacrifice women or goat for praise Cthulhu ☺ ok, ok, enough for the jokes tonight. No, nothing specific, usually it goes like this – I’m (Sergy) creating the vox melody with all parts of guitars, synth, drums and other stuff using VST instruments. Next step – I’m bringing that demo on our rehearsal to discuss with guys and they, of course, creating much better bass and drums parts than I do. So, that’s the main process.

 

  • What kind of message are you trying to convey through your music?


All our songs about human feelings and about my life experience. Each song was created due to some circumstances that were happening in my life…sadness, happiness, bliss, breaking up with a girl and etc. We really hope that our music helps people to handling life difficulties.

Cloud Maze: "We really like to add some crazy synths to our sound, maybe that's what making our music kinda unique!"
  • If we were to take a look at your personal music collection right now, what would we find?

 

No doubt, you will find The Mars Volta, Foals, Gorillaz, Tool, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Kasabian, Royal Blood and even Eifel 65…if you remember their hit song “Blue”. It was my number one song at age 9.

 

  • Russia, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Czech Republic… you guys have hit the stage everywhere in Europe! What's your best live memory? Which country has the most awesome audience?

 

All countries and cities were incredible. The best memories were:

  • When we couldn’t park our van in Paris, owwww, I thought that was impossible, but we found somehow the parking place, but it was in 4 km away from the club where we were playing that night.  By the way, I’m in love with that city, it’s so romantic and crazy at the same time.

  • Next memory we were driving right after Amsterdam to Belgium at night. Tour manager said that we should go to hotel and we entered the address to our GPS system. At 5 am we drived to our destination, but it wasn’t a hotel it was a farm near corn fields, like in horror movies. We were really surprised and our tour manager said that it wasn’t a mistake, the place is correct. Nobody opened the doors at this farm, but in 5 minutes the police came in and they were thinking that we are some kind of terrorists. They searched all our bags, but I understand them…Anyway, the owner of the farm explained everything to the police and we went to sleep.

And the last about the Tour – the most lovely audience was in Germany, a lot of people came to the show and they were so crazy – we really liked it.

Cloud Maze: "We really like to add some crazy synths to our sound, maybe that's what making our music kinda unique!"
  • What's next for your guys? Any future plans for the band?

For now – the release of our first video clip for “Trick” (that’s gonna be amazing video... a lot of hot girls, party, hallucinations and other stuff). Next – the release of our new single called “Cigarettes”, then we are going to record a new album and we are also planning to hit some stages in Asia or maybe UK, not really sure for now.

 

  • Last but not least: did you guys find how to exit your "Cloud Maze" yet?

 

Ahahah….nooo, we lost the map ☺  

 

 

Cheers guys!

 

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Published on February 20 2015

Neon Niteclub: "Most of the feel of my music comes from the breezy vibes of a lot of the 80’s pop hits!"

The Florida-based producer, Neon NiteClub just released a new EP After Hours on Jamendo. Since he got into music, he has been making waves throughout the online world with his retro 80’s synthpop style, drawing comparisons with the likes of Chromeo or even the French robots from Daft Punk.

Get to know him and his "perfect rollerblading music" through our interview: it will certainly leave a mark!

 

  • Hi there! It is a pleasure to have you on our blog! We had the opportunity to discover your universe back in 2011 with the release of your first EP Eighty4 on Jamendo. Your new EP After Hours really got our attention so we’d be thrilled to hear about your story! When did you start making music and how did you become Neon Niteclub?


I started producing music when I began college. I produced mainly for hip-hop artists. I then started playing piano/keyboards for a few bands. Although I enjoyed producing and playing in other bands, I never really had a musical outlet that I could call my own.

I’ve always had an affinity towards 80’s pop music, and I finally started creating the sound that would become Neon NiteClub on New Years Eve 2010. I didn’t have any plans that night so I just stayed home and worked on some music. From that, I produced my first EP in the span of 5 days, 1 song a day. It actually came about very effortlessly and I hit the ground running!

 

  • Your songs have a really shiny and relaxed vibe. Does the endless sunny weather of Florida influence your production?

I’m sure the great weather we enjoy here does play a part in the vibe of my music! Most of the feel of my music comes once again from the breezy feel of a lot of the 80’s pop hits. I try to capture that feel and imagine what would someone driving with the top down to the beach want to hear.
 

Neon Niteclub: "Most of the feel of my music comes from the breezy vibes of a lot of the 80’s pop hits!"
  • What is it you like the most about that big 80's synthesizer pop sound?


A lot of the keyboards and drum machines were just being created during that era. I love how they are used in some of the early days as producers of that time were messing with midi sequencing and other effects. Although 80’s is sometimes looked at as “cheesy”, there is a lot of nuance to some of the great keyboard work of that time. I love the tone that it creates and the tightness of all the elements combined.

However, in my newer songs, I am trying to incorporate more live instrumentation when possible in order to create more depth to the tunes.

 

  • With such groove in your music, we hear influences from of artists like Chromeo, and also Daft Punk (vocals on Dreaming Of You). Can you tell us a bit more about your songwriting process? What are your main inspirations when creating new material?


Those artists are definitely modern influences to the songs I create. In all honesty, as a producer, I am usually thinking of the musicality of the track first and foremost. I usually start with drum loop and I’ll add a bass line or chord progression. Oftentimes, I have a song in my head that I want to emulate at first, then twist it around and give it my own interpretation. I usually create a bulk of the track with full instrumentation and layout before I even begin working on vocals. I might be humming melodies in my head during production, and then I take those melodies and attach words to them.

Another confession is that I am fully aware of my limitations lyrically. Being an independent artist and having to produce and engineer all my own music, I am usually pretty fatigued when I get to the point of having to write lyrics. I try to write some catchy hooks but I am more worried about the rhythms of the vocals and not necessarily the words per se.

Neon Niteclub: "Most of the feel of my music comes from the breezy vibes of a lot of the 80’s pop hits!"
  • Love hold a special place in your lyrics. Why is it such a recurrent theme for you?


Love seems to be universally the main theme for all songwriters. You can draw from personal experiences or project ideas of fictional love which you create. I often think of situations I have been in before or take ideas I have heard from friends of mine for the basic framework. Sometimes, I even think of different characters from movies and write lyrics from their perspective in the film.
 

  • Do you play a lot of shows? Any fun anecdote about a past performance?


I haven’t played any shows recently and don’t really have plans to at the moment. I will say the first ever show Neon NiteClub has was awesome! I had been in bands where the music was more low key and introspective, so a driving force of Neon NiteClub was to create music that would be interactive and fun to be played live. The reception from the crowd was great and it felt like the music had done its job!
 

Neon Niteclub: "Most of the feel of my music comes from the breezy vibes of a lot of the 80’s pop hits!"
  • What are you listening to at the moment? Any favorite tracks you’d like to recommend?

 

I have actually found that the soundtrack to the 1989 “Batman” movie by Prince is pretty awesome. I had heard some of the songs while watching the movie before, but I checked out the entire album and it’s great. It’s funny to think about Prince doing a soundtrack to a dark superhero movie, but I think it’s a testament to musical risks taken in the 80’s that aren’t really explored today.

 

  • What's next for Neon Niteclub?

 

I just released a brand new LP "The Dream Machine" that you can find here.

I am currently working on a new record! I have 5 or 6 tracks I am excited about already. I am trying to make this a summer album with upbeat grooves and an overall feel good vibe. When I started writing music that would become “Neon NiteClub”, I wasn’t really concerned with the results or reception. It was a more of a personal outlet for myself.

I have been so thankful and humbled by the reception of the music by people. It really is more than I could ever hope for. I will probably keep writing music and honing my craft regardless of the reception, but I really am grateful for the response and the small following I have created. I hope to catch up and keep giving them better music!

 

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