Straight from Paris, the french producer Solberjum is back with a new peak-time club weapon: the Remix of Dr. Shiver’s massive hit “Brave Love”.
Doing what he does best, he drops a fresh house masterpiece with a magical mix of tropical, deep and chill vibes. Jmi Sissoko’s heartfelt vocals complete this beautiful house anthem.
For Dr. Shiver
- Talking about your recent release "Brave Love" ft. Jmi Sissoko, how did you choose Solberjum as official remixer ? and did you felt the need to release a remixed version of your song?
Well, when I made this track I just wanted to create a nice pop track. I was thinking about finding a good remixer for this track when Solberjum was in the Studio with me and, after hearing the original version, he told me “I love this one, I think it’s perfect for radios, but don’t you think a house mix can work better for clubs?”. The reaction from my side was immediate “Bro, it’s funny ‘cause I was thinking the same, since you love the track and I love your sound, why don’t you do a nice house remix?”. After one week the remix was already there! A great job, really! Samir totally understood the potential of the vocal and really developed a fresh remix that is giving the right space and emphasis to the vocal, but at the same time makes the track perfect for any kind of club!
For Both Dr. Shiver & Solberjum
- As artist, what do you want to tell to world with your music? Where do you take your inspiration from?
Shiver: Music, to me, is just a way to express myself, my emotions, my feelings. I have been playing piano since when I was 5 and I have learned that it is easier to communicate with some music than with a thousand words. Music is a worldwide language that everybody understands: a minor chord progression will communicate sadness to anyone, while a powerful major chord progression will bring happiness. This is just the basis of how it works but it already gives the idea. Everything can inspire me: it can be a person, an experience of life, a nice lake or some crazy wild nature. Mostly, since I love to use music to communicate myself, it is my inner feeling that inspires me the most: love or hate for something, sadness, happiness and so on. I try to listen to what I have inside me and then simply to put it in music.
Solberjum: Until today, my music has been mainly focused on club oriented tracks, with very little room for lyrics. So I would say that more than spreading a word to the world, I try to spread good vibrations through my music. My biggest wish is to inspire people in their life. In the same way I get inspiration from other artists by listening to their music in different genres. The sun, the beach, other people’s success give me inspiration. I'm myself inspired by good vibrations: I'm also very attentive to upcoming trends and I feel them, that's why my music is always moving. So I hope to inspire people like I'm inspired by others.
- If you would choose up to 5 songs, which track would you play most in your recent sets?
Shiver: This is a hard question. I believe there are no “MUST PLAY TRACKS” in any set. I try to get inspired by the moment, the place and the crowd, so it can happen to me to play 5 tracks in 10 different dj sets in a row, just like it can happen not to play any tracks from any previous dj set of mine. For sure, at the moment, I love my track Something as well as my remix of “You Got The Love”. Also my new collab with Solberjum titled “Bla Bla Bla” (we will release it on Art&Music March,12th) is something that I love to play. Lately I have been in love with the remix of “Yeah Yeah” by my brother John Christian and with the collab of my bro Nicky Romero and Teamworks titled “Champion Sound”.
Solberjum: For sure I will play my remix of “Brave love” from Dr. Shiver. I will also definitely play my track “Right Back”, the track from Bougenvilla & Lazy Jay “Float My Boat”, “Balls” from My Broder Madara and the Bass House track from Cazztek ft Kiyoshi called “If You Really Wanna”.
- What are your plans for 2018?
Shiver: Too many! I have 12 new tracks to be released soon. A new collab with John Christian, tons of huge events to play at and … Miami, Ibiza and Amsterdam are waiting for Dr. Shiver & Art&Music Recording.
Solberjum: 2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for me. My music is better than ever before, I've got a bunch of new tracks on the way, I feel inspired to create new music and it's also the year of the launch of my new project Broderskab, which is the most refreshing and inspiring project that I'm developing with my partner Madara. We've created a new crew of creative people from all around the world inspired by a common lifestyle. We're also developing the recording side of Broderskab with Dr. Shiver & Art&Music. We have a lot coming up, and 2018 is gonna be full of travels, music, videos, art and shares. I'm very proud to say that we already have members in Asia, based in Hong Kong and Indonesia. We're definitely attentive to the creative force from this part of the globe. I'm sure you'll hear about us very soon, if you haven't yet.
- Please leave a message for your fans in Asia!
Shiver: Thanks for being there and supporting my music guys! Get ready for an incredible 2018 full of new music! Lots of love!
Solberjum: Thanks to all the DJs and music lovers for the love and support. I will come back soon with my crew to rock your clubs and parties. Keep on dreaming and fight for your dreams. From Paris with Love. Solberjum
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@2018 DJ MAG ASEAN
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For the first time in a long time “Thai Techno Queen” Nakadia has returned to the city of Pattaya. However, this time, she is far more a personality than she could of ever imagined. Charging up the ranks on the global stage and collaborating with some of her idols within her scene, she has been changing the face of the club scene here in Thailand and across Asia.
Nestled in her hotel before her set at the newly open Ibiza-esque Cocoon,
our very own Ray Ray gets up close and personal to discover a little more about how she made the jump to international acclaim.
Q. So how did everything start, your career, your opportunities, your DJing career, how did it start?
Well, it all started when I was fifteen, it is a little bit of a long story. I love to hang out I love to party, I live in Korat, the East of Thailand, so I went to the club for the first time and I was like wow, this is my world.
I was working in a factory and I was always quite happy to go to the club a few times in the week. Even working in many different factories at that time, at the end of the night I would always go and party.
Then in 2002, I was in my early twenties, I went to Germany. It was there that for the first time I saw a female DJ. I was like wow, there is this girl rocking the dance floor - DJ Marusha. It was from there that I see the real DJ life. People really waiting in a long line to get to the club and they very much respect the artist. They come for the artist, and for the club. So it was in the middle of the dance floor I realized, that is what I want to be, after then I could see what the DJ life could be and can have a future (in it).
So right away I go to a record shop (in Germany), and buy some (my first), vinyl. After, when I get back to Thailand, I went to the local club I used to hang out and asked if I could use the turntables to practice. It didn’t really work out for me then, as I had no one to teach me.
After that, Sebastian (my manager), asked me why don’t I come back to Europe? So he set me up in his friend's room at a university to practice for three months. I practiced, like every day, like I study… in a university basically. In the last week, another friend of Sebastian had a DJ Agency and he asked me if I was ready to play n the club? So I say, yeah I really want to play in the club… So my first party that I play for, was like for 2,500 people. Starting on vinyl, I moved to from Korat (once I returned from Europe), to Koh Samui, as I knew there was a lot of beach party there and I began with Deep House and Progressive back then.
Q. So it is great that you came to start on this small island (Koh Samui) and we know you are doing amazing things on this island right now. During your Asian Tour you are returning every second Friday, right? You are also doing something amazing there with an icon in your genre…
Yeah, you know, Sven (Vath), I love his music and his energy… so why not bring Sven to the tropical island where I begin and the people there would love to see him there more often. So we make it very busy, all the flights coming in and all the boats - so now everywhere is busy and sold out.
Now I have also become a promoter (through the success of this). I never thought to become a promoter but I want to bring a good thing for Thailand. We have the scene, very small, and I want to grow the scene. Also, what is very good is we have the local support in different areas; like in Phuket we have the Bermudos that play a kind of Deep, Tech House and Techno in that area, in Bangkok they have local DJs playing underground music and, also, in Koh Samui. Plus it is nice to invite outside (international), artist to join us also to help the scene grow. And I believe we are doing very well in the last few years. In Bangkok last night (for example), I play in a new club - Violet. It was a new experience for me, as I play for a lot of Thai people in the club. Like 50 percent Farrang (Expatriate), and 50 percent Thai. Normally my club is always full of European. I am very impressed how open-minded Thai people are - they really get into the music and they love my music, so yeah, very happy.
Q. So that means now, your Thai fan base is growing at the moment as well?
Yeah, it is doing very well. You see the thing is, Thai people, they love music and they are open-minded. We just have to educate them, we have to show them that this is Techno. See before, they didn’t really know what Techno was and now it is fashion.
Q. Do you think the Techno Scene is evolving in the past few years?
Yeah, I think it is really true, that the Techno scene grows big time. For example, here in Thailand, it was only a little scene and now the scene is getting bigger and bigger. More and more people are coming to enjoy Techno music. In Europe, this happen a long time ago. Four weeks ago I went to South America, Argentina and now the scene is really big there. They have dance floors of 10/20 thousand, just for Techno. My friends over there say they have been doing very well for the last five years now.
Q. We can see that you are also evolving, as a big fan for many years I see you growing. Now you are doing your Asia, South America and Australia tour, tell me a little about the past months?
The past months have been very crazy because I passed five continents in five weeks. So I start South America; I play in Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia and the highlight (there), is Columbia - amazing… I play five hours set, the official is that I play three hours but the people stay on in the club, so I go on two more hours. Ha ha ha. With around 1,500 in the club, the people there come for the music and the come early because they know they want to party longer. Then the next weekend I am in Europe in Hungry, then for one day in North Africa, in Morocco, then straight to Australia and then onto Asia, now, with the start of my Asian tour.
Q. Do you know where your biggest amount fans are at the moment?
Sometimes I don’t really know... how many fans I have? Every corner I went to, I have fans, and people know me. I think, because it is the country I play a lot in, is Italy… so I think I have a lot of fans there. Oh and Romania as well... I must have fans right? Because they keep inviting me over to play again and again and again and the place, and it is always busy.. so... I have a fan..
Q. What is your biggest achievement so far?
I do everything really step by step. I play the club I want to play, I wanted to produce and I produce - I work with a good guy also, as a team to produce because I don’t have too much time. So everything going really well with my career. Now I become a promoter, my next party will be with Loco Dice. I am happy with what I did now, everything going really well and I didn’t expect anything. Everything seems to come in the natural way. I will be happy I think, in the future, I am fine. And from the past I am very pleased with what I did, I’m so proud because I work so hard and keep on fighting - not only just as a DJ and trying to make a career but I also have problem with my visas. When I go somewhere, sometimes, I have to make like two, three times. So even though I am tired now, I am tired with the traveling, when I am in the club, I am happy. When I see my dance floor, I really feel good.
Q .Once you finish here in Asia and return to Europe for the summer, you have some big things coming up?
I will play for Elrow, headlining at Amnesia Ibiza and I also have a residency at Zoo Project where I will be the last act on the main stage. So I now have ten gigs in Ibiza, which is also great. They are both really busy venues, Elrow (for example), was sold out every Saturday last summer. So I am really excited to play for them.
Q. I know you are busy but do you ever take a little time for yourself or do you just keep on focusing on keeping the gigs coming?
Hmm, I don’t really have time for myself. I do my ways in my personal time and before I go to bed, I use a lot of cream, ha ha ha. You know why because it is my relaxing time. First cream, second cream, just before I go to bed. It is my personal relaxing time.
Q.Do you have any advice for an Asian fellow DJ or Producer?
It is not so hard to become a DJ, anyone can really do it, but to be famous, you have to work on it and follow your heart. What do you want to be, do you want to be a commercial DJ or an underground DJ or Techno DJ or whatever - you have to know what you really want. And then, the next step, you have to produce these days. And not just any label, you need to release on a big label that can take you to the top and then know the right people.
Q.Do you have a new EP or any new releases coming up soon?
Really soon, my track with Citizen Kane will be released with Filth on Acid Records.
So level-headed and driven, Nakadia, is set for a vibrant career for sure, a real inspiration to any artists in Asia looking to aim for the big time. It was great to be with her and yet there was so much more discussed but there is a limit to the number of words I can place in any one article. So, to really get a feel for this wonderfully warm woman, her passion for her music and fans alike, check out the full interview with Ray Ray in the video below. And if you like what you have read and would love to check the girl out on the wheels of steel, just grab a look at her movements across the region on this link….
As for us, we can’t wait till she is back. And Nakadia is back in Pattaya very soon indeed as she’ll be lifting the vibes at Cocoon again just over a week.
Written by Raymond van de Luitgaarden & Daniel Johnston
@2018 DJ MAG ASEAN - THAI ARM
A singer and songwriter of Electronic Music, she was born in Brazil and she's been crossing cultural borders bringing her Pop Electronic Music into the world's map. The Kraken had her second song signed by Universal Music and featured in Hit Mania 2016 Album along with big names such as Hardwell, Avicii, Lost Frequencies, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and many others. She's now with her new releases signed by Warner Chappell Brazil, with half million views on Youtube and with more than 600.000 plays on Spotify. We want to know everything!
01 - Let's start with the real beginning, as you are a singer and songwriter my first question is why Electronic Music Kraken?
" I know it's sound's confusing right? Since I'm not a Dj... Well, for me, music is frequency and also a very powerful way of communication, the way my mind talks with my heart. So I was writing songs and I was already working in the studio, studying everything I could about music. And one day I heard a very famous House Music track called "Fade Into Darkness" by Avicii. I was amazed and started to search and study everything about Electronic Music because I loved the way this music genre was so focused on making people feel good, loved and not alone. It had everything to do with my first goal with music, changing people's energy and making them feel good. "
02 - I Got you Kraken! You are right, Electronic Music is very powerful and your background is full of those references, tell me more about it before we get into the new releases!
" Yes! It's funny because now I'm having new fans, coming from hearing and seeing the videos of the new releases, until that point was ok but some of them are really digging into my previous songs... They want to talk about "Light Up" or " Lucky " or "Release Me". I always say that each song has their own story and thought they are connecting pretty well at this moment, looking back when I made these songs It was about connecting crowds of people, with the strong beat, calculated rhythm, to support my lyrics that would make people feel better by not being alone, feeling good as they are and proud of themselves despite their problems, in that moment everything would be ok. I can even say I still hear them when I need "
03 - As you are the songwriter of your own songs my question is: why in English?
" I don't know (laughs), the truth is since I started writing songs I wrote them in English, I expressed myself well and I just kept doing that. I learned English and Spanish by myself but my country's language is Portuguese, and writing songs in English was a huge problem at the beginning because the record labels in Brazil didn't accept songs that were not in Portuguese. I heard several times - Why don't you write in Portuguese?! It would be easier! - But now what I do and the way I do it is what stands out. "
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6MPGR5F2KiceFIJBeuaVrC?si=BGuHpwINTLi2WOoK8OXVtA
04 - Let's get into to them! First I want to know about "You and I" with half a million views on Youtube, what the idea behind it?
" You and I is a very special song for me because it was my second step towards what I wanted to do now. I was back from my first business trip, where I spent 3 months recording, writing and having meetings with different producers, rappers and DJs between Europe and USA. My song "Pirate Of Samba" was signed by Universal Music and featured on Hit Mania along with big names such as Hardwell, Avicii, Jason Derulo... And I needed to figure out what I wanted to do. I was already into Pop Electronic, so as soon as I heard that sample I wrote and recorded the lyric at the same time in the studio. It was clear to me, I wanted something that could touch people's heart but at the same time could be funny and soft. (laughs)"
- So why the "I Die" on the lyrics of "You and I"?
" (Laughs) The song tells the story about a person that falls in love but couldn't see that coming, and get's surprised at how strong is the feeling, so "I Die" is a tricky verse, it doesn't really mean dying. In Brazil, young people say "I'm dead" as a funny way to refer dramatically to something that impacted you. So I use it to express that. - dramatically saying how you feel when you are in love! - "
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1x3Brda5yyNuP71Rf2TT98?si=jhzWbP_WSW-vANG8fGzcKA
05 - What about your last release? "What About You"?
" This one was my third step, first in music I had the vision, like what I wanted to say with my music, then with - You and I - I had the way I wanted to say, and - What About You - was responsible to give an image for that. Both of these songs I talk about love in our reality today, with social media, with festivals, our daily life filled with our insecurities but nothing can keep us away from falling in love. So I wanted to play with that with my own image, I know it sounds crazy (Laughs), but in the lyric video, I used colors to express the confusing emotions and different hair colors and looks to represent different styles. After all - What About You? - when you are falling in love?
06 - We notice an Asian cultural influence in some parts of your new image what can you tell us about that?
" I was born in a country (Brazil) made by immigrants for all over the world, my own family it's a mix of cultures such as Italians, Germans, Portuguese, African and Brazilian Natives. So I naturally have a passion for new cultures and my geek side made me grew up on Mangás, Cartoons and video games. My sports side made me into climbing and Muay Thai, and my mom raised me with Chinese medicine. So it came naturally to me adding so many different cultures into my image. I love and respect them. "
07 - What would you say to your fans in Asia?
" Oh I've been receiving a lot of messages from new fans from different parts in Asia and nothing makes me feel more grateful than to read those words and see how my songs are reaching every one of them. I want to say that: I see each one of you and you are very special to me! My Pirates! Thank you for the support and a lot of great things are coming this year! "
About Mauro Ferdinand
Mauro Ferdinand is a young Peruvian EDM producer. His career as a producer, and the birth of Mauro Ferdinand, took place in 2014. He has various releases on world-class labels such as: Karma London Records (VEVO), Dirty Beats Records and Ensis Records, developing his work exponentially, with his deep melodies and the energy he provides in each of his tracks. His music has reached different countries in the region such as Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina, with 250 thousand streams in all digital stores worldwide. His music has also been played on very well known brands around the genre, like Slam FM and DJ Mag Malaysia. Having the support of great artists from the scene like: Sick Individuals, Don Diablo, Cedric Gervais, Justin Prime, Flaremode and many more, Mauro establishes himself as one of the most talented rising producers of the local scene and aspires to be one of the greatest. He is also a resident of one of the most important online radio stations in Latin America, Dirty Beats Radio, where he also participates as a teacher at Dirty Beats Academy, inspiring a large number of young people to follow his audacious steps.
Diego Zevallos also known as Dzasko. He is a young Peruvian talent whose love for electronic music began at a very young age. With his 20 years, Dzasko grew up with electronic music and became addicted to this magical sound immediately. This leads Diego to experiment with electronic music at the age of fourteen. In 2014 he made his debut on Megaton Records with "Why do You Love Me", a song he made with Steerner and Jonny Rose, achieving 1 million streams in all digital stores worldwide.
In 2015, Dzasko joins the successful EDM duo StadiumX on "Time Is On Your Side", published on Armada Music. This song reached # 4 on Beatport and achieved a total of 3 million streams worldwide, as well as being part of the schedule of various radio stations in the world, such as SiriusXM Radio and iHeart Radio (USA).
In addition to this, the theme was played at different festivals around the world such as Tomorrowland and Creamfields, with the support of great artists on the scene such as The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Tiësto, Dash Berlin, Deniz Koyu, Thomas Gold, Blasterjaxx, Lucky Date, Tom Swoon, Borgeous and many more.
In 2016 he made his debut on Protocol Recordings, Nicky Romero's label, with "Crashed", his collaboration with Feider in the Miami 2016 compilation, reaching the Top 10 of DMC Charts and achieving 100 thousand streams, with the support of Nicky Romero, Florian Picasso, Blinders and José de Mara.
In 2017, he makes his comeback in Protocol Recordings with a new collaboration with StadiumX entitled "I Feel It All", achieving half a million reproductions and with the support of Quintino, Nicky Romero, Dash Berlin, Firebeatz, Lucas & Steve, Danny Avila and Tom Swoon. Dzasko has taken his music to different parts of the planet, like Italy (Holi Festival, Hifi Music Festival, Colormob, among others) and Netherlands (Jaz In The City, during the Amsterdam Dance Event).
Talking about your recent release "Wandering Stars" ft. Matthew Steeper, can you tell us more about this collaboration?
We are 2 artists from Lima - Peru, we actually meet on a couple of festivals during 2017 as we got the chance to share Stage, that led to us to talk about sending some ideas over. And as a result we ended up working on the studio in Amsterdam during the ADE week, we have a good chemistry and we worked around 3 tracks and Wandering stars being a result of one of those. And we cant be more proud of it, Wandering stars is very special song to us and of course our first collaboration.
As artist, what do you want to tell to world with your music? Where do you take your inspiration from?
As an artist, I always like to reflect my own feeling, each piece melody created, word and sound has an special meaning for me. I always take inspiration from the songs i currently like at the moment, no matter the style. Aswell as a huge source of inspiration are past memories and current thoughts that goes throughout my head.
I mainly try to tell stories with every song i make, capturing a special background story and certain feeling depending on the mood i am.
With inspiration, it could be really anything that triggers the “switch” from going out to for a walk to watching movies.
If you would choose up to 5 songs, which track would you play most in your recent sets?
If I have to choose 5 songs, they could be: my single “Living In The Clouds” with Aviux and GraceAnne, “Ciao” by Merk & Kremont, my single “Wandering Stars” with Dzasko and Matthew Steeper, “Cocobolo” by Flaremode and finally, my official remix to “Remember Me” by King Lotus. Of all those, “Living In The Clouds” it’s the most played track by me.
My top 5 songs at the moment are:
1. Mauro Ferdinand & Dzasko - Wandering Stars
2. Troiboy - Grimey
3. Louis the Child - Last To Leave
4. Remedy - Home
5. Seven Wonders - Fleetwood mac
What are your plans for 2018?
My plans for this 2018 is to take my music to different parts Of the world throught shows and get the chance to play in big festivals.
For this 2018, hopefully will be a crazy year, will go from releasing a bunch of music i’ve benn working during all 2017 to getting more into live shows and be more present into the media, gonna be LA based in 3 months so will be really exciting.
Please leave a message for your fans in Asia!
Asia definitely is very important for me, and I hope to play there very soon, thanks for all the support!
Stay tuned because there a lot coming up, and hope to see you soon.