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Alexx Mack, XYLØ, Mr. Little Jeans, Lane 8 & More: New Music Monday!

October 12, 2015

Alexx_Mack_Retro_Romance_skyelyfeEven though the weather is still scorching hot in L.A., you can at least get somewhat of a fall feeling from many of the songs in this week’s New Music Monday playlist.

From XYLØ‘s “L.A. Love Song,” to Lane 8‘s “Undercover,” to Selena Gomez‘s powerful ballad “Sober,” these, along with several others, are sure to give you your taste of sounds perfectly fitting for those hopefully upcoming drizzly days.

But while there are a good handful of slower songs in the mix, my favorite song on the this week’s list is Alexx Mack‘s “Red Eyes,” a playful party anthem from her just-released four-song Like We’re Famous EP. If you recall, I chatted with the edgy pop singer back in February after falling in love with her fun song “Bad,” a track I still listen to regularly. I also included “Retro Romance,” another song from the EP. Her stuff is too good to just include once.

Click on the playlist below for the list of 18 fresh tracks, which also includes Mr. Little Jeans, Autograf, Ellie Goulding, Alex Metric, Cazzette and an interesting collaboration with Zhu and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony:

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Skyelyfe Is One Year Old! Thanks to Everyone Who Has Been Supportive Along the Way!

September 24, 2015

skyelyfe_logo_facebookMy, how time flies!

Even though so much has happened in the last 365 days, it really does seem like just yesterday that I was sitting on my couch (this was before I put together a crafty little work desk), and sending out emails to let people know that after 3.5 months of WordPress-coding/template agony,finally launched my music/lifestyle blog skyelyfe.

And now as I celebrate being one full year in existence, there is so much more I want to do in this next phase. I want people to guest report and I want to post personal essays by guest writers (should you have any submissions or ideas, please send to dahvi@skyelyfe.com). I want to start doing events for the site. I have so many ideas regularly flooding my mind.

But at the one-year mark, I am grateful that I’ve had 162 posts-worth of material I’ve been able to share on my own platform. Whether it was attending tastings, going to events and concerts, trying new fitness trends, interviewing some incredibly successful musicians (RAC, Cazzette, RAS, Cedric Gervais, O-Town, SomeKindaWonderful‘s Jordy Towers, DWNTWN‘s Jamie Leffler, Hayley Kiyoko and Noelle Bean – to name a few), creating playlists, or simply just writing about things and people I love, I’ve had the chance to share new information solely from my perspective and freely write about whatever I want.

I can’t be more grateful to all the publicists, friends, musicians, etc… for supporting what I’m doing from day one. Thank you for giving me content opportunities, reading the site and following skyelyfe on social media (friendly reminder: FB: facebook.com/skyelyfe, Twitter: @DahviShira, IG: @skyelyfeLA).

Here’s to another successful 365+ days!

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Seven Lions, Chris Brown, Goodbye Tomorrow & 30 More Artists: New Music Monday!

August 17, 2015

seven-lions-falling-away-skyelyfeI have 33 new songs to share for today’s New Music Monday!

Lights is the perfect vocal accompaniment to Seven Lions‘ melodic “Falling Away,” and of course I am all over Chris Brown and Rita Ora‘s “Body On Me.” Ok, the song technically came out two weeks ago, but I feel like it hasn’t gotten enough play yet, so I’m still considering it brand new.

Dillon Francis has a new song “Coming Over” with Kygo – and if one new Kygo song isn’t enough, give a listen to Hamilton and Hedvig‘s “Trippin.” The sound has a striking resemblance to the “Cut Your Teeth” artist’s.

If rap or hip-hop is what you are craving, give a listen to Goodbye Tomorrow‘s “The Way,” B.o.B.‘s “Back and Forth,” Tory Lanez‘ “Say It,” and Mac Miller‘s “100 Grandkids.”

Check out the playlist below for a wide variety of EDM, indie-electro and pretty much everything else in-between from GEMS, Deorro, Allegories, Cazzette, Robyn, Duke Dumont, Michael Brun, Attlas and many more!

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New Music Monday: Sage the Gemini, Cazzette, Late Night Alumni & 25 More Artists!

June 8, 2015

Sage-the-gemini-NMMRapper Sage the Gemini enlisted the help of Nick Jonas‘s vocals to take things down a notch on the R&B-influenced “Good Thing.” The collaboration works impressively, making this track one of my favorite to kick off this week’s New Music Monday.

And speaking of mellow tracks, Late Night Alumni‘s “Another Word for Love” follows in their signature dreamy, downtempo sound.

Cazzette gets the party started with “Together,” TJH87 takes you on a fun little nu-disco adventure with “Lost Into the Night,” Wynter Gordon brings some stellar pop vocals with “World on Fire” and Bonnie McKee released one heck of an ’80s fitness throwback video with “Bombastic.”

Click on the playlist below for 27 new songs, also including tracks by Lincoln Jesser, Flume, Major Lazer, Tear Council, Karmin and Lolawolf:

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Electronic Duo Cazzette Dishes to Skyelyfe on the ‘Problem’ with ‘EDM,’ Who They Think Will Be the Next Big Thing in Music and Why They Miss the Old Stuff!

November 4, 2014
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Photo Credit: Alex Wessely

Cazzette has made 2014 their year! The Swedish duo, consisting of Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björklund, are fresh off the heels of releasing their new melodic dance track “Blind Heart,” and they feel like they’re in a great place.

The lovely lads, who are under Avicii‘s LE7ELS label and are best known for 2012’s “Beam Me Up” and this year’s “Sleepless,” recently sat down with skyelyfe on the picturesque rooftop of Sixty Beverly Hills to talk about being more in control of their sound now than before, why they refuse to be classified as “EDM” artists, how they are “down to earth guys who don’t do crazy stuff” and why Flume is going to take over the music world.

SL: What do you guys think of L.A.?

Sebastian: We love L.A. It’s a very nice city and obviously the weather is very nice. There are very good vibes here. It’s obviously a big city to music and film and we’ve been meeting people here. It’s so easy to meet people in the music industry. Everybody’s here basically, so it’s nice. I wouldn’t move here because I’m still in love with Sweden and I’m a big New York guy more than a West Coast guy, but I love it here for work and for a short amount of time to hang out.

SL: You guys recently performed at Avalon in Hollywood. What was that experience like?

Alex: Avalon is great. It’s a big venue, which is cool. It has that theatre vibe, which we like. And this time was the most fun we’ve ever had playing there because we’ve changed a lot over this past year. I feel like we’re way more honest to ourselves now and with the music that we make and play. It’s more exciting to play now because we’re playing 100 percent what we like. We slightly try to educate the crowd a bit with playing the music that we grew up on even though it doesn’t sound like the typical Top 40 for music. We play tracks from 2004-2007, like old Axwell, all old stuff.

SL: Going off of that, who are some more artists whose old style of music you miss?

Alex: Laidback Luke. I miss his old stuff.

Sebastian: Yeah, he was great before. I mean I haven’t heard his [newer] stuff that much. I just love his older stuff. Everybody has to evolve in a way, so I get it, but his old stuff was incredible. As producers, we were like, “Whoa, what’s this?” It was so interesting at the time.

SL: What’s your take on this whole “EDM” craze?

Alex: I think there’s a problem with that word “EDM.” I mean, sure, it’s electronic dance music, but I’d rather it be “EM,” electronic music. You can’t compare dubstep and house. They are two completely different things.

Sebastian: I think they misuse the word, and that’s the problem. This became a big term in America. It probably will never be a term in Europe. I’ve never heard anyone use it there. I think when people got educated here, they put it on blogs and they were [labeling] a dubstep act with EDM. I’m not saying not saying it’s the blogs or anyone’s fault, I just think it’s been misused. People think everything is EDM and it’s the same stuff. If you compare rock music, it’s very broad. There are tons of stuff within rock music. There’s indie rock and there’s pop rock, but you can’t put them in the [exact] same category. And that’s the same here. Dubstep is completely different from house music. House music is completely different from electro and techno. Of course they have the same elements, but it’s still different vibes.

SL: Do you guys classify yourself in what’s considered “EDM” or in some kind of sub-genre?

Alex: It’s a problem for us because we’re like so many different kinds of genres, but right now I would say house.

SL: Congratulations on “Blind Heart.” Tell me about the inspiration behind that song

Alex: The inspiration was from just listening to the acapella. That’s usually how we work if we receive an acapella. When we hear something, it’s like, what kind of vibe does this track have? How are we going to capture what we fell for in the acapella?

Sebastian: It was a very long process to make because we were changing our minds all the time about arrangement. We were discussing what the chorus is, but then we decided, fuck it, there’s no chorus. Let’s just go with vibe and people can decide what the chorus is. The song is very specially structured. It’s not the typical verse-chorus.

SL: Aside from people you’ve worked with, who do you admire in the music scene in general?

Alex: Kanye West.

Sebastian: Pharrell Williams, Moby, Justin Timberlake, obviously. From the hip-hop and trap stuff, we like Flume. He’s incredible. There’s a guy from Sweden called Skogsrå. He’s a new guy. There are so many people who inspire us in general. We love rock, we love hip-hop. Sometimes we listen to jazz.

SL: Any predictions on who’s going to be the next big music thing in the states?

Sebastian: I think Flume is just going to get bigger. What he does is incredible and he’s just going to keep growing.

SL: What’s something about you guys that your fans don’t already know?

Sebastian: [laughs] We have no dirty secrets at all. We just want our fans to hear our music. Our personal life is kind of irrelevant because at the end of the day, it’s about the music. Of course it helps if you have  a personality. I wouldn’t say we’re boring, but there’s not too much to know. I think we’re very calm. We’re down to earth guys who don’t do crazy stuff. If there’s something people should know, we work a lot. We always spend time in studios. That’s our crazy life [laughs].

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