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U Are – An Exclusive Premier by Paul Oakenfold and BRKLYN & Amba Shepherd

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His two last albums have been centered on great singers and wonderful tracks, all of which have cutting edge rhythm. Over the years, there has been notable change and electronic music has now become mainstream. His latest album is not very much different from what he has previously done but the perception is likely to categorize it more as a pop record.

Paul Oakenfold is gearing up to the release of his full length album known as PopKiller which will be out later in the year. From that album is the track U Are which is a collaboration with the singer/songwriter Amba Shepherd and the producer/multi-instrumentalists BRKLYN.

In the words of Oakenfold, the track is the setup record for his first single in the album. The core of U Are is a light vocal from Amba Shepherd whom according to Oakenfold has a great vocal tone.

BRKLYN hinted that it is Oakenfold who originally asked them to do an acoustic version construct of the U Are track. Cameron Trowbridge, one of the BRKLYN duo points at hard work as pivotal to success. He also emphasizes that great songs don’t have to be forced because they ought to come naturally. He knows that some songs take a week, others days, but U Are took only a couple of hours and it was off the production studio. After BRKLYN added the instrumental details, the song U Are started having a unique appeal and Oakenfold loved it.

Paul Oakenfold’s Music Career

In podcasted interview, Paul Oakenfold gives a description of his early life as a bedroom DJ. He grew up fancying the Beatles and at the age of 21 years, he moved to 254 West 54th Street with Ian Paul. His music career formally began in the late 1970s when he played soul music in a Covent Garden wine bar. From there, he began to grow in experience and his moving to West Harlem in New York City was more of a breakthrough. During this time, the most popular sound in the area was hip hop. As Oakenfold was working as an A&R man for Champion Records, his career was ushered into the mainstream.

His first official studio album, Bunkka, was released in 2002 when Oakenfold signed to Maverick. It also happens to his bestselling album of all time with total sales exceeding one million copies worldwide. Since May 2015, Oakenfold has been at the forefront in world talent search and the development of mentorship programs. He is heading the department of DJs, EDM vocalists and producers.

Better – The New Single from Mija and Vindata

Ever since they arrived on Skillex’s label, Mija and Vindata, the OWSLA crew members have been making critical impressions. They have been featured severally on the OWSLA Worldwide Broadcast and Nest HQ and done remixes of top artists including Missy Elliot and DJ Snake. In addition to the major festivals they have played all around the globe, the label mates have now released a new infectiously optimistic single known as Better.

The track is bright, bouncy, and comes complete with a video of the OWSLA crew in Miami. The single is certainly a future bass gem that brings together Mija’s playful and irresistible production with the airy synth work which has become known as Vindata’s trademark. Mija and Vindata are based in Los Angeles and this latest single puts them in the contest for the song of the summer.

Ryan Farber the Director

The visuals for the track which was directed by Ryan Farber captures every essence of good times atmosphere thanks to the variety of tour diary snapshots and hangs with friends. The Better video according to the producers didn’t really need much direction because the entire concept was based on showing a bunch of friends having fun and crazy time.

According to Farber, the idea of a conceptualized video is amazing because it involves piecing together of arbitrary moments and trying to find a rhythm and cohesive fashion in the process. However, the challenging part with the video according to the director is that filming was done at every point because no one knew exactly what was going to happen next. Moments were just unfolding and happening thus making the whole combination more of a suspense production.

During editing, Farber had the idea of splitting the video into two parts; Miami and LA. Because of the heavy tours, the director had to cut the video together and that was more of a challenge to him. Despite some delays in meeting deadlines, the Better track came out so nicely and everyone seems to like it.

Getting Up Close with Mija

Born 30th May, 1992, Amber Giles professionally known as Mija is an American DJ, promoter, and producer originally from Phoenix in Arizona. At age 17, Mija became a rave promoter after she gave up singing because of the inability of her family to support her. She grew fond of bass, drums, and hardcore.

Before coming to mainstream attention, Mija booked Skrillex and lived with several deejays at the age of 18. In 2012 at the age of 19 years, the promoter started deejaying on a full time basis in Phoenix. Giles got the name Mija which is Spanish for my daughter from her then-boyfriend. In October 2015, she was listed by Billboard as one of the 15 female deejays you need to know now. She believes that the male domination of electronic dance music is slowly giving way to the female folk and soon they will be equals.

She has appeared in a number of shows and festivals including the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Winter Music Conference in Miami, Full Flex Express Tour, and the HARD Summer music festivals.

Alone – Marshmello’s Debut with Monstercat

The intriguing productions and mysterious persona of Marshmello is continuing to attract lots of funs making his career to snowball. Considered a newcomer, Marshmello reached yet another crucial milestone in his career following his signing to Monstercat, the prolific Vancouver-based label. His first release, Alone, is perfectly aligned with the vision of Monstercat. Listening to the song, you can’t help but enjoy the jubilant chord progressions bouncing along the crisp bass layers.

Through the song Alone, Marshmello fosters an atmosphere of unity and hopefulness. The masked artistic has managed to serve a celebratory dance anthem to his audience. The song begins with an upbeat melody and thereafter descends into a fun drop. Throughout the entire song, you find a futuristic sound melody, bouncey synths with chopped up lyrics, a hammering bassline, and trap snares. The lyrics to the song sound a little bleak as if sang by someone who is trying to find their way home.

According to fans and critics, Alone is by all standards one of the best works from Marshmello where he carefully combines all the attributes to make it a great 4-minute hit.

Unmasking Marshmello

Marshmello is an anonymous new age producer who has been churning out superb trap music. It seems his main goal is for his fans to enjoy the music and stop worrying about his identity. Based on the scanty bits gathered about him online, he seems to be an artist who has been enjoying a great deal of profile support. Following the release of his track, a number of well recognized artists quickly shared it and this led to a mass coverage of his fresh production style on a number of major music publications.
Many people have had reasons to believe that Marshmello is a side project of an artist who is already established.

Other Hits by Marshmello

Earlier, Marshmello had released a number of hits which include:

Keep It Mello – This video which features Omar LinX is more of a fun video where Mello and LinX cruise around Los Angeles. The reason why this is a big hit is because almost every producer is featured on the house party including Mija, Kayzo, Yultron, K Theory, Dillon Francis, Swage, Ookay, Getter, and Ghastly.

Want You 2 – Produced around valentine, this video is a soothing future bass anthem that brings together lots of good vibes from the beginning to the end. In producing the video, Marshmello teamed up with Slushii, the LA artist.

Summer – This video starts calmly with a rather laid back beat. Compared to the other releases by Marshmello, the Summer track progresses more naturally and somewhat slower. It doesn’t have the energetic and frantic pace. It can actually lull you into a wistful daze leaving you daydreaming with bonfires, beaches, and long awaited summer weathers.
Know Me – This track has a heavy bass line that will keep you going and dancing. It is actually one of the strongest tracks done by Marshmello and you will certainly find it captivating and an irresistible addition to your play list.

Marshmello is definitely one of the interconnected wizards of networking and production that we shall see more of as he releases more new tracks.