Exclusive Interview: Stamen!

stamen musicStamen “Nemanja Stamenkovic” is a House producer with a great reputation. Recently Stamen was nice enough to sit down with us and answer some of your questions.

Q: What inspired you to start making music and at what age?

After some time of my DJ careers I decided to make contact with music production because I saw all the big DJs will also have their own songs.
This was 2008. and I was then only 15 years old.

I remember when I installed Ableton and set up first keyboard I said: What the f*** is this? It was very strange to me that the first contact with music production. I started to work hard, 5-6 hours a day. How I got into it I did not think about my school and nothing other. A few year after my active and inactive productions every day I had a finished my first song and the time has come to ask for a record label that would like to release.

In 2011 when one of the publishing house sent a reply that they want to publish my first song I was very happy. That feeling after that never again never experienced. Very soon after that I started to release music with many great label etc… 2012 year I started the with my own publishing house “Ibiza Ibiza Records” and very quickly I made a success in the music industry with my label and of course it helped me a lot to get in contact with other artists, share experience…. Very soon after that started to be happening magic that my songs they started to support the most famous dj’s on the world and the same to my music plays in the world’s best clubs like Amnesia Ibiza, Space Ibiza and many more… That has contributed a lot in career and I do concerts/gigs with names like Benni Benassi, David Morales, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tom Novy, Arno Cost, Richard Gray, Alex Gaudiano, Daren Emerrson, Brodinski, Cristian Varela, Avicii, Felix Da Housecat, and many more well-knows artist. After all these efforts, obstacles and now I’m very happy as I work with the best publishing houses/label – artist on the world.

Q: Where did you learn your skills from, was it self taught or through education?

Never from anyone did not ask for help to assist me in music production special then I lived in the city where I think no one seriously worked out that way about electronic music. I always thought that I can alone best understand the music and not asking for help from anyone. I thought if I ask for help from anyone, then it is not me, not my talent.

Q: What are your top 5 most loved tracks at the moment?

1. STAMEN, Lenny OBryan – Come on (Original Mix) [SONY MUSIC]

2. STAMEN – Feeling (Original Mix) [Ibiza Ibiza Records]
3. Curbi – Discharge (Original Mix) [Spinnin Deep]
4. Eric Prydz, Chvrches – Tether [Pryda Recordings]
5. Fehrplay – Pyara (Original Mix) [mau5trap]

Q: If you had the chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you most want to collaborate with?

There are many producers with what I would like to make a special cooperation but I can single out Roger Sanchez.

Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring dj/producers out there?

Just listen to own heart and what they do with to work love.

Q: What is the coolest thing you own?

Pleasure and love for what I do. 🙂

Q: You have been very busy in in last few year .. so what do you have planned for 2015?

I had a break for a tour in the last year due to personal reasons. This year 2015 I will start again with great tours and of course the issuance of new music in the best labels.

Q: Then specific questions about growth.. tracks.. etc

This year I expect one of the biggest trades in my career. My team and I have already started to prepare big plans to make regular supposed to begin in the summer. This year also my career in terms of musical production will come back in a big way with great support. We are currently working with a team on that, and I can not talk about it yet but you’ll be among the first to know.

If you want to find more from Stamen follow him on his social media accounts:

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Foo Fighters Sonic HighwaysWith the release of their album ‘Sonic Highways’ set to release on the 10th, BBC iPlayer have put up an exclusive behind the scenes, following Foo Fighters around America recording their eighth studio album.

Definitely worth a watch for fans of all thing Dave Grohl and those ‘music production savvy’. Click here.

Exclusive Interview: Tobu

tobu music producer latvia rigaTobu is a music producer who has been making a lot of waves across YouTube in 2013. The 21 year old Latvian has made a great impression on the electronic music world with his great collection of original tracks. Tobu is one of our favourite RouteNote artists so are you can expect, we were excited to be given the opportunity to interview him.

– What inspired you to start making music and at what age?

I’ve always loved melodic music, my main inspirations definitely included Aqua, Vengaboys and all these bands that had such syrupy and sweet melodies. My first attempt at making music was at age 11. I discovered a software called eJay, where I liked to put samples together, but of course it was on a joke level, I had no idea what electronic music is exactly and that it’s actually made otherwise and required huge knowledge.

More to nowadays. It became a lot more serious at age 17, when I got myself a copy of FL Studio and I’m still using it even today. Very first inspirations back then were Deadmau5 with his masterpiece “Strobe”, of course, Avicii with “Levels” a bit later, when I started to make more melodic music. Archie (who’s alias is now Desso) also were one of the biggest influences for me.

– Where did you learn your skills from, was it self taught or through education?

It was self taught, didn’t go to any special schools for that or anything. Did watch some basic tutorials on YouTube at first, but that’s it, I like to figure everything out myself and do it my own way. Also, I have couple of producer friends, who are extremely good at music’s technical side, so they taught me some game-changing techniques and I can always rely on them and ask for tips.

I’ve never been good at music theory, but when it comes to piano, I used to sit there for hours figuring out a lot of things for myself. It’s even rare that I know what key I’m playing in, most important for me is that I know people will definitely like the melody I’ve come up with. If it’s catchy enough, I write it down and start a new project.

– What are your top 5 most loved tracks at the moment?

It’s very hard to name top 5, there are lot of amazing tracks out there. Here are 5 of them I really enjoy.
1. Jonas Fehr feat. AMPM – Vice Moves (Let Me Go)
2. Young Squage – Transformer (Steerner Remix)
3. Audien feat. Ruby Prophet – These Are The Days
4. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running (Vicetone Remix)
5. Kelly Clarkson – Dark Side (Maison & Dragen Remix)

– If you had the chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you most want to collaborate with?

Since I’m kind of a control freak, I don’t like to collaborate with anyone, I feel like that other will ruin what I’ve made and it would be sad to tell him that in face, not a fan of disappointing people. But if I really had to choose from anyone, I surely wouldn’t turn down Avicii’s collab proposal.

– What advice would you give to any aspiring dj/producers out there?

Don’t ask me for *.FLP, make your own project! 😀
If you know you will like making music, keep pushing yourselves, it takes a lot of time and patience, but the juice is worth the squeeze.

– What is the coolest thing you own?

I would need more precise definition for the word “cool”. Uhmm… I’m not sure if this count as being cool, but I own a professional yo-yo.

tobu official logo music streaming– You have been very busy in 2013 .. so what do you have planned for 2014?

Since this year started out very successfully for me, I plan to make it my full time job and keep making songs that people love. It only used to be on a dream level couple months ago, but recent stats have given me to think that dream is slowly coming to end and becoming true. 100,000 likes on Facebook, 50,000 subscribers on YouTube, just to name a few things from my imaginary check-list for the 2014. 🙂

Where can I find Tobu…

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