Our new writer Mike Perry had the pleasure to chat with DJ/Producer/Songwriter Gianni Blu. Gianni recently released 'Tell Me What It Feels Like' which features well known vocalist & collaborator, Mingue, who you might recognize from her work with EDX, Bolier, and LVNDSCAPE.
Your latest track ft. Mingue, "Tell Me What it Feels Like", is a very groovy, down-tempo tune and has a different feel than your past releases. The acoustic guitar is a great touch. What was the inspiration behind the track?
I wanted to try something new to me and I approached the record through a very organic and refreshing vibe. The process began by recording the melodies on the piano, live guitars and base lines all before going into the production. I had the record for almost an entire year before I recorded vocals on it.
How was it working with Mingue? Will we be seeing more from the two of you in the future?
Working with Mingue was amazing. She is such a talented and incredible artist, I would definitely love to work with her in the future.
Why did you decide to make the switch from making trap and bass heavy tunes to producing future house and EDM tunes? How has it been for you?
At the beginning of my career, Trap and Bass came a bit easy to me because of my hip hop background. I was heavily influenced by programming hip hop drums so it was a very natural transition. However, since the very start of my musical journey, house music has been my #1 love. I do have several trap / base unreleased tracks but I'm focused on my house / pop sound at the moment.
Can we anticipate an album in the future?
It's hard to say. I feel that, currently, an album is not what it used to be a few years ago. Music is consumed at such a rapid pace, you almost don't give the songs a true chance to grow in an album format. There's more worth to split say 12 songs and release 1 a month for 12 months. I definitely see myself putting together an EP though!
What types of tracks have you been working on and when do you expect to be releasing next?
II have a couple tracks I'm working on that share a vibe. These consist of a variety of genres like dancehall/ caribbean / pop themed projects. I spent some time in Jamaica and Haiti over the last few months recording with different artists so I'm excited to share the tracks that were influenced by these places. I truly believe these are the records which truly showcase the "Gianni Blu" sound.
Where will you be performing this year? Anywhere in particular you're most excited for?
I'll be playing Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago which is incredibly exciting. Also have several plans in the works that I'd like to keep as a surprise.
Who are your influencers in the future house genre?
Definitely Tchami and Oliver Heldens for sure. I also love Don Diablo's records.
Do you see yourself staying within this genre?
I want to create music that I'm currently vibing with which allows me to explore a variety of genres. Music to me is like ADD. I can't stay to long on one exact genre. I truly believe an artist should be able to paint any sort of picture he envisions as long as he can tie them all together.
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HARD Summer 2018 was better than ever. This year Insomniac has produced the best HARD to date. In true HARD fashion fans were treated to rap stars to EDM's best. Everything was new and refreshing. Fans traveled from everywhere across the nation to experience this legendary event.
Doors: 9 PM | No Dress Code | Ages 18+
This Liverpool born producer and DJ is bringing his unique funky beats to HARD Summer this weekend! Get to know him before you catch him at the Pink Stage this Saturday August 4th at 5pm -6:30pm.
Ready for the time of your life! LED presents Tramps Like Us is returning to the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Tickets are still available here. Your first look at the line up is below, it features Adventure Club, Ekali, Herobust, LSDREAM, Yultron and more.
Los Angeles' Belasco Theater w/ Support: Ardalan presents Ardy Pardy, Christian Martin, Human Resources, Kill Frenzy, Tim Engelhardt, WhoMadeWho, and Worthy
Plus: 12th Planet, Destructo, Gabriel & Dresden, Nora En Pure, Boombox Cartel, Alison Wonderland, Walker & Royce + many more at the Sam Houston Race Park, October 27 and 28, 2018.
If you're headed out to HARD Summer this weekend make sure to download the app to view the set times and map. But for your convenience we have included them both here! This year will feature a new layout, free water stations and shade structures. General parking is FREE. Tickets are still available, get them here!
Dreamers! The time has come to find your way back to trance heaven. Dreamstate SoCal returns November 23rd and 24th! A limited quantity of Early Bird passes are available now! More info, details and lineup will be announced August 20th at noon PT. Layaway plans are available for this trance journey, deposits start at $24.99 for GA and $49.99 for VIP
Grab yours at socal.dreamstateusa.com/tickets
The excitement is building up and TICKETS are selling fast!
Special Guests: The Glitch Mob and Getter, Along with Green Velvet Presents: La La Land, Latmun, Tiga, Boogie T & Squnto, DJSS, Yheti b2b Toadface, Kenneth Thomas, and Weiss and Over 70 Local Artists Added to the Lineup
It’s been a week since Colorado’s biggest music event - Global Dance Festival which took place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High from July 20th - July 21st for its sixteenth installment.
Nocturnal Wonderland is excited to announce their daily line up and their single day tickets! There is still time to purchase your tickets and camping passes. Don’t miss out on dancing the night away under the beautiful moonlit sky at the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino.
HARD Events has launched HARD Recs! This newly launched label is treating fans with a legendary first ever HARD Summer 2018 Compilation. In the compilation, it features 18 tracks from HARD veterans and newcomers alike.
TICKETS for the general public will be available on Friday, July 27th at 10 AM local time.
Introducing ‘Art of the Future’ - Over 14 Technology-Driven Immersive Art Installations + Final Set-Times Announced!
Plus Recondite LIVE, Adriatique, Patrice Bäumel, Hunter/Game, Roland Appel, Brian Cid, Robert Hood, Matrixxman and much more!
Headlined by Nightmares on Wax, Metro Area, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Nick Monaco, The Whooligan, Fitness & Pony and more!
TIMEWARP BRASIL || 2-3RD NOVEMBER 2018 || SÃO PAULO
Featuring: Benson, Breakbot, Conspiracy Crew, Dena Amy, DOORLY, Ekali, FISHER, Generik, Habstrakt, Holy Goof, KAYEX, Kyle Watson, Made in Paris, Miguel Campbell, Mija, Nora En Pure, Patrick Topping, Set Mo, and What So Not
Once a classic, always a classic – ‘Out Of The Sky’ drops back out of the proverbial today, flanked by two exemplary remix revisions.
ITWT unleashes the newest edition of their collection series this July. Menno de Jong, is going solo in this incredible edition which features sixteen amazing tracks (ten exclusive).