What We’re Spinning (Indie Shout Out!) Vol.8


We recently had the pleasure of speaking with chart topping DJ, and highly respected artist, producer and collaborator, Michael Fall.

Michael Fall has had a remarkable rise to success, specifically in the Belgium dance music scene. In just under a decade, Fall has managed to appear on over one hundred compilation albums worldwide released under some of the largest and most highly regarded labels in the industry including; Universal, Sony, EMI, Armada, Kontor, Zyx, and Blanco y Negro.

Fall is no stranger to the dance music scene, having already released two extremely versatile full length albums. Each release features an incredibly diverse and talented roster of collaborators, notably; Fatman, Scoop, Lumidee, Nils Van Zandt, Sunseekers, and Chappel & Luca Debonaire.

Due to the outstanding roster of talent that he brilliantly assembles for each release, Fall continues to dominate the Beatport charts and has previously held highly sought after chart positions in official dance music charts around the world.

One particular collaboration that was met with much acclaim was the 2016 Single “Winter”, credited as “Charlie Atom & Michael Fall”.

Charlie Atom is a multi-talented instrumentalist, artist, and producer based out of Mexico. Learning to play the piano at the early age of five, and gradually mastering other instruments (such as the guitar, bass, and drums),  Atom has become a highly sought after collaborator in the music scene due to his unique style and impressive versatility.

Due to the undeniable success of their 2016 release, Atom and Fall have decided to collaborate on yet another groundbreaking track.

The new track, entitled “Today”,  perfectly captures the energy and essence of Summer. This enormous sounding house track and ecstasy inducing club anthem features the  beautiful vocal talent of  Brighton based UK singer/songwriter Emma Harrop.

Emma Harrop has been featured on numerous dance releases, and has enjoyed success with commercial placement of her acoustic tracks in various television shows. Known for her diverse taste in music, ability to transcend genres, her remarkable vocal prowess, and her command of contemporary lyric writing; Harrop has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with  in the music scene.

This fantastic fusion of style and talent is perfectly showcased within the trio’s newest release “Today”. With hard hitting lyrics such as, “you can’t force a heart that is blinded by its self “,  this track proves to be capable of blending emotional substance with hard hitting mainstream dance appeal.

The Single premiered March 25th, 2017 on Belgian Radio Q music.

You can check out the radio edit of the new Single here: https://soundcloud.com/michael-fall/charlie-atom-michael-fall-feat-emma-harrop-today-radio-edit

And watch the music video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmGzVpDDX1Y

Make sure you follow Fall, Atom, and Harrop on twitter, and leave a like on their facebook pages!

Michael Fall:
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DJMichaelFa

twitter: https://twitter.com/DJMichaelFall

Charlie Atom:

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlieatom

Emma Harrop:

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emmaharropofficial

Indie Interview Series

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing rising indie star Jake Ward.

I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and organic. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?

 

Answer: Thank you! It’s hard to say, actually! In my opinion, the very most crucial core elements of virtually all great music seem to be engaging beats and satisfying melodies, but it’s difficult to pick one over the other. Oddly enough, when I’m writing I almost always come across the beat and the melody simultaneously.

 

Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?

 

Answer: I have a lot of experience playing live. I’d say it actually depends. I’m tempted to say the studio is more comfortable because I can wear gym shorts and spend hours perfecting the music I’m making before anyone hears it, but for me there are also times where there’s a real sense of pressure to get it exactly right. There’s less margin for error in some sense when you’re making a recording, and playing live frees you up to be more spontaneous and explorative with your music, as well as your performance and delivery. That being said, I’ve always had major respect for musicians who really value and perfect a live sound that rivals their studio sound, and I really strive to be one of them myself.

 

 

If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

 

Answer: I’d pick the song “Never Letting Go,” just because I think it’s the fullest and deepest reflection of who I am as a person and the kind of statement I want to make with my songs. 

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music?

 

Answer: I’m young and up and coming still, so I can only guess based on personal observation at this point, but as far as I can tell, it’s just a vision that is completely unfiltered. It goes without saying that musicians who change the game aren’t typically concerned with sounding too close to what’s popular in their time, but I’m of the opinion that all the greatest innovators in music history were most likely unconcerned with sounding too unlike what was popular either. In my mind, the most exciting music comes from artists who write it and play it exactly the way they feel it should be, without ever even considering whether it fits a popular trend or not. To me, it seems like all the greatest musicians did exactly this and subsequently set new trends themselves. 

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

 

Answer: I plan to tour as much as I can, but it’s still a work in progress. I’m also working on a full length album which I plan to produce myself, hopefully to be released sometime this year. For now I’m continuing to post covers and videos on my youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8aEPJtN2U5zH0iV5MiMGmA and hone my craft. 

Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?

Answer: In addition to working on live rehearsals and the new album, I’m also continually posting covers and videos on my youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8aEPJtN2U5zH0iV5MiMGmA and honing my craft. You can also follow me on social media @ jakewardmusician for updates on what I’m doing, and stream/download Sound With Intention multiple places online. (I’ll give you links below, just in case).

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sound-with-intention-ep/id1165815087

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/5n5hI2KoIDsCgal99GE7ar

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/user-709391890/sets/sound-with-intention

BANDCAMP: https://jakeward1.bandcamp.com/album/sound-with-intention

 

What We’re Spinning (Independent Shout Out!) Vol. 7

What We’re Spinning Vol.7: Jake Ward

We recently had the pleasure of spinning the anticipated first solo release of the highly versatile and multi-talented Jake Ward. While the 5-Track EP entitled “Sound With Intention” is Ward’s first release as a solo act, he has had an incredibly unique and vibrant journey before arriving at this incredible milestone.

Ward discovered his passion for music and songwriting at an astonishingly young age. As a child, Ward showed great ambition in his attempt to self-teach and master a wide range of  musical instruments. Through self-discipline and self-motivation, as well as drawing from from personal experience and curious observation of the world around him; Ward began to use his acquired musical skill to translate these observations into original music. As Ward explains, ““I think creating your own music is somewhat inherent in teaching yourself to play – or at least that was the case for me”.

Ward cites an interesting range of musical influences including; John Mayer, U2, The Script, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, All Time Low, and Yellowcard. Specifically, Ward credits his professional musical awakening at the age of 13 with the discovery of the Goo Goo Dolls. In his own words, “I knew at a young age, particularly after listening to the Goo Goo Dolls, that I wanted music to be more than just a hobby for myself. So I set out to master playing, singing, writing, and producing – and here I am today with my first solo 5-track album now on Soundcloud.”

Since that young age, Ward has played numerous shows; often playing alongside or filling in for countless California based artists, participating in Summer festivals, and he currently continues to sharpen his stage presence with any live opportunity he receives.

It is interesting to note that Ward’s first professional musical endeavor was being a member of a metal core band, which helped further expand his technical skills and progressive techniques. Following that experience, Ward recorded an acoustic based EP appropriately entitled “Boxes & Strings” with his younger brother as member of the acoustic duo “Fall Forward”. Following that project, Ward further broadened his musical tastes and abilities while performing in the metal band “Skypark”, realizing an EP entitled “Ignite”. Following his departure from “Skypark”, Ward began work on what would become his first solo project.

Now identifying himself in his current solo outing simply as “Jake Ward”, he has embraced the stylings of acoustically driven pop, with the soul, honesty, and storytelling backbone of folk music.

Stream his debut EP “Sounds With Intention” here: https://soundcloud.com/user-709391890/sets/sound-with-intention

Give a like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakewardmusician/

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeWMusician

Contact and Booking: https://jakewardmusician.com/

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