The NQM just posted the video clip for Ayah Marar’s “Lethal Dose.” With a raw look into Ayah’s world, The NQM calls the video, “amazing piece of work.” The NQM even gave props to Calvin Harris for giving her more exposure in the scene. You can check out the original post here.
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Lifestyle website, Influxxx recently posted a feature/interview for Ayah Marar. With a Calvin Harris featured single just released and her debut album The Real following closely behind, it only makes sense for her to be in the spotlight lately. Influxxx posted the interview with her, where Ayah speaks about her take on the EDM scene, her relationship with Calvin Harris, her music inspiration, and much more. check out that interview below, or have a look on Influxxx here.
The Real is set to drop on July 9th, but you can exclusively stream it on our website here.
What was the music scene like when you first came to the UK and what influenced you at the time?
To be honest I didn’t really know what the scene was like until I started spending time in London. I arrived and went to university in Warwick where we ran a weekly DnB night, then I started going to illegal raves in London, so that was my first exposure to the dance scene and I loved it!
What would you say was your inspiration to get into music?
I can’t even remember a definitive moment I decided to do it, at the risk of sounding cheesy there was never any other way for me. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.
You are quite close with man of the moment, Calvin Harris, how did that relationship come about?
We met a long, long time ago when I worked at a record shop in Soho and he moved into my spare room. We made some tunes together in his bedroom studio and have been the closest of buddies since.
What steps do you take to say writing a single or an album? Do you just go into a studio and start writing or write as and when you feel inspired?
In the case of THE REAL, yes Will Simms and I just locked ourselves in Kilimanjaro Studios and wrote day and night, it was epic. Otherwise I have to be able to write at a moment’s notice as I do a lot of songwriting for other people, but that is more work than play.
The album was great for your fans who wanted to see you do a lot of your own music rather than more features; it was a great hit amongst us at Influxxx, what song resonated the most with yourself from the album and why?
Thank you very much, I’d have to say LETHAL DOSE, as it means a lot to me, plus it’s the latest single so, every push helps!
You’ve put in the hours and hard graft to say the least, to get where you are, what’s your opinion on music talent shows such as the X-Factor and The Voice?
Honestly I don’t give them much thought, to each their own, as long as it doesn’t give people false hope I don’t mind what they do. Things like that will exist whether we like it or not.
What’s your take on the whole electronic music scene (that includes dnb, dubstep, garage, it’s such a hard genre to define!) experiencing a boom in the last couple of years?
It has always been the same in my eyes as it’s all I’ve ever know, but I’m very proud that it’s at the forefront of the music scene at the moment and I will continue to do my best to do right by it.
Which artists have caught your ear recently and what’s the one track you’re listening to most at the moment?
I love people like Funtcase, Marger, Eptic, Document One, More Like Trees, Trol23, Joe Driscoll. I’m rinsing the Kendrick Lamar album still!
Away from music what do you do as just to chill out?
I love movies and TV shows, I’m a bit of a geek about it.
As a fashion site as well, we feel compelled to ask, how would you describe your style and what’s your favourite brands?
I’m not very bothered about all that, I like nice clothes but I go for comfort. A mix of urban and grunge with a bit of elegance thrown in, I guess …
What advice would you give to people starting out in the music industry?
Take your time, nothing is so pressing that you have to compromise for it. And things NEVER go to plan so always be ready to face the challenge.
What does the future hold for you? Are you going to work on a second album? Plans for the summer?
I will be working on a bunch of singles, and a lot of UK and European dates over the summer.
This morning, news came that Calvin Harris will be releasing his ninth single off the album 18 Months. That single? It’s “Thinking About You” featuring Radikal’s own Ayah Marar! “Thinking About You” is also the closing track off 18 Months, and what better time than now to release it with Ayah Marar’s debut album The Real on the horizon for a summer release this July.
While you wait for The Real, have a listen to Ayah’s latest single “Lethal Dose” by clicking on the artwork below. You can also have a listen to the Calvin Harris track, “Thinking About You” below also.
Ayah Marar’s “Lethal Dose” video is already getting shouted by some heavy hitters on the social networks. This includes one of her collaborators, the ever popular Calvin Harris. In a recent tweet, Calvin posted the video clip which is sure to garner a lot of attention.
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) May 13, 2013
It’s every EDM fanatic’s absolute fantasy and worst nightmare combined: who to see this New Year’s Eve?! In the NYE party capital, New York City, Afrojack, Dada Life, Armin van Buuren, Pretty Lights, and many more tearing it up, while the west coast is set to be rocked by an insane lineup of DJs playing the “White Wonderland Festival.” The EDM Gods haven’t forgotten about Miami, which will be entertained by Kaskade, Calvin Harris, Nervo, Alesso, Tiesto, and Steve Angello, along with Detroit being rocked by Skrillex and Dog Blood. So let us know: which one of these amazing shows will YOU be attending?!
Superstar DJ Calvin Harris is never one to follow the trends of others, and it certainly shows in his new video for “Drinking From The Bottle,” that explores the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, where drugs, prostitution, and violence run rampant. On top of showing the shocking truth behind the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, the video stars none other than the Devil himself, who, in between setting people on fire, smoking marijuana, and drunk driving, is galavanting around tinseltown with strippers and the homeless. No doubt that this fact alone will stir up quite a bit of controversy, but in our humble opinion, it is a refreshing wake-up call from other popular music videos, even if it does push limits. Check it out above, and let us know what you think!
It has been said by many that 2012 was the year that EDM truly took over and went mainstream, and Forbes annual “30 Under 30″ list certainly drove that point home. Grammy nominees and winners Skrillex, Calvin Harris, and Avicii have all managed to make the list this year, which is considered a collection of “young disruptors, innovators, and entrepreneurs…impatient to change the world.” The EDM heavyweights newest honors put them in the same ranking as the likes of pop superstars Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Bruno Mars, and Ke$ha, along with R&B/rap/hip-hop moguls Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Frank Ocean. Only time will tell where these talented artists will go, but we have no doubt that they will all be in the spotlight and changing the world for a long time to come. You can check out the full list of musicians along with other top lists here.
This year has been loaded with awesome, tracks, remixes and epic releases of electronic dance music. We have talked about some awesome music throughout the year and we’ve randomly picked ten of our favorite songs from 2012. Trust us, there are so many other good ones out there!
In no particular order, our favorite electronic dance music from 2012!
The Veldt – Deadmau5 Featuring Chris James
Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
Make Some Noise – Chuckie and JunxterJack
Spectrum - Zedd
Roll It, Light It – Cypress Hill & Rusko
Killin’ It – Krewella
Let’s Go – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
Can’t Stop Me – Afrojack & Shermanology
Bangarang - Skrillex Featuring Sirah (We know, it came out in 2011 but, it was days before 2012!)
Get Stoopid – Bombs Away & Seany B
Let us know your favorites from 2012!
Have you heard of Al Walser? No? If you have it’s probably because he’s been all over the music blogs since he was nominated for a Grammy. In fact we posted about him last week. Here is a little overview and update so far.
His song, “I Can’t Live Without You” was nominated for “Best Dance Music Recording” alongside artists like Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Calvin Harris. The world of music blogs is in a sort of shock and awe over this extremely random nomination.
Yahoo music refers to the song as “an effort that’s not quite Rebecca Black-level terrible, but pretty close in terms of, well, not exactly making the professional grade.” House.net stated, “Certainly, it is difficult to believe that Al Walser’s single was legitimately nominated for the award in question, particularly when one actually listens to it.”
It’s hard not to feel embarrassed for Al Walser because this song is so bad! So bad in fact, we have to share it with you, again!
Here is the additional information. Strangely enough, there is also a video on YouTube of Deadmau5’s Joel Zimmerman reacting to Al Walser’s nomination that was posted under the user name “Al Walser.” It’s hard to tell if Zimmerman is angry, sarcastic or actually doesn’t care at all. Check it out for yourself.
As they say, any publicity is good publicity, what do you think?
When this year’s “Best Dance Record” Grammy nominees were announced, nothing seemed too out of place at first. The contenders were all big-name stars such as Avicii, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, and Calvin Harris. All of them have countless fans, millions of YouTube hits, and hundreds of sold-out tours. So when the completely unknown (and, in our humble opinion, not good,) DJ Al Walser suddenly popped up on the ballot, more than a few eyebrows were raised.
The track in question, titled, “I Can’t Live Without You,” is a corny dance catastrophe that at the time of nomination, only had 20 views on YouTube, while Al Walser had less than 1,500 FaceBook fans. So just how does something like this happen? Nobody seems to know! It seems that no matter how impossible it may sound, Walser has actually managed to fix the Grammys. We’ll be bringing you additional details as soon as more information is released, until then, check out “I Can’t Live Without You,” if you dare.