SNBRN talks family love, new tech house EP ahead of Groove Cruise [Interview]

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After hit release “Raindrops,” Kevin Andrew Chapman’s career took off thanks to his house hits and dynamic live performances. The LA-based producer, who is more commonly known as SNBRN, has releases that span from deep to tropical house, giving fans from a variety of genres something to like.

Dancing Astronaut spoke to Chapman about everything from his favorite book to what he has in store for 2018, and his responses prove that the producer is more than meets the eye. When he is not creating music, SNBRN is an avid reader and family guy, noting how much he loves playing in San Francisco because family is able to come to his shows.

The enigmatic producer has performed all over the world — including fulfilling his teenage dream of playing at Coachella. He is performing on the sold out Groove Cruise this year alongside the likes of Markus Schulz, Dada Life, Thomas Jack. With a new EP on the way, and upcoming tour dates with 3LAU, the house connoisseur is setting the stage for a big year ahead.

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You recently tweeted “Reading books is sexy!” What is your favorite book?

Now that’s a tough one! My favorite book to gift that I’ve read a million times is Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative‎, and my current favorite book is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

 

You became interested in music and music production at a very young age. Who and/or what genres of music were some of your inspirations for this interest? 

My inspiration as a kid came from rock music- Queen, Led Zeppelin & Sublime. As I got more into electronic music, Fatboy slim and Moby pretty much became my idols.

 

Do you have a favorite city and/or venue to play at? 

I would have to say San Francisco. Always an amazing vibe, and my family comes to every show. 

 

What has been the most exciting moment for you in your career so far?

Playing Coachella last year takes the cake! That has been a huge dream of mine since I was 16 years old.

 

What do you have in store for us in 2018?

I have passion project EP of tech house coming out early this year that I am really excited about. I’m also exploring new sounds and tempos for some bigger vocal singles coming out later in the year.

Set sail with the artists of Groove Cruise 2018: Bonnie X Clyde

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Groove Cruise continues to ride out the waves of EDM despite the scene’s ever-fluctuating tides. From its humble beginnings in 2004 with a mere group of 125 people, Groove Cruise has expanded into the world’s largest floating dance music festival. 2018 will mark founder Jason Beukema’s 13th dance-music-themed excursion, where he’ll be removing the boundaries between performer and attendee in the festival’s biggest fashion yet — complete with championing the buoyant sounds of today’s EDM with artists like Markus Schulz, Gryffin, Dada Life, Jamie Jones, Shiba San, Kill Frenzy, and many more fronting the bill.  Ahead of Groove Cruise setting its new course for the Bahamian islands of CocoCay and Nassau aboard the Royal Caribbean, Dancing Astronaut’s touched base with some of the rising “captains” of EDM and let them steer us in the directions of their past, recent, and future excursions.

Bonnie X Clyde are known for drilling deep into the mines of “nu-EDM.”

Since the debut of their single “The Ride” in 2015, the duo has carved a niche in the realms of emotional dance music, trap, and future bass alike. They’ve also continued to deliver on their cheekily-dubbed “vocal bass” style with a series of outputs on Insomniac Records, which began with “Rise Above,” amassing millions of streams altogether on Spotify through their releases with the behemoth brand.

Their talents stretch beyond releases as well, with the pair bringing their sound to a performance setting with bookings at an impressive array of festivals. Bonnie X Clyde embody a keen understanding of the changing tides of EDM, and as a result, their tunes charmingly fluctuate in sonic composition.

Ahead of Groove Cruise Miami’s 2018 installment, we had a chance to chat with the budding duo about their high school days and more.

At what point did it hit you guys that you ‘made it’? Was there a specific moment?

“There hasn’t been a single point where we. could say “we made it” because we feel like we haven’t, we’re just getting started.”

Would you say there have been one or two people who have been instrumental in your career and getting you to where you are now?
There are too many to name in so many different dynamics, but none of this would have been possible without our manager Paul Campbell and his team over at NU Management.

You were friends in high school and now we are here. How has your dynamic evolved from a friendship in high school now that you are touring the world together?
In high school we were really great friends but never imagined becoming a duo and traveling all over the world. We were great friends who partied together but it just wasn’t in our minds. We went to different colleges and it wasn’t until later in college where we got together and both shared a love for music. We had this whole life where we knew each other and were great friends before the music really brought us together and it’s something that’s special to us. Some people get together purely for the music but we got together because we were great friends first. I think that’s why things have been working out so well because we genuinely like each other as people.

You both have been huge proponents of women creating in this man-driven world. Do you think 2018 will see some female-power breakthroughs? What specifically do you think needs to change here?
Bonnie: I think it’s up to us as women to use our power properly. I get frustrated by these questions because I don’t think being female should be a defining feature where the music should really speak but I also understand their aren’t a lot of women in the room so it’s nice to be an example for those that feel it may not be possible. However, it bugs me when I see women using their bodies for their advantage because I think we have so much more to offer. I want the music to stand out and our performance to stand out more then my body.

What can we expect from you two in 2018?
We are focusing on what we want to give to the world. As our fanbase grows we don’t just want to give you new music we want to change people’s lives. BELIEVE US, this year we will be giving you the best music you have heard from us thus far, but we hope to change the world in the process. Make things better for the next generations. We are really focusing on making that possible, keeping things fresh, doing more than just music.

Groove Cruise sets sail from Miami January 26 and sails through January 29 to CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.

Photo Credit: Jacob Mandell 

 

Set sail with the artists of Groove Cruise 2018: Kill Frenzy

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Groove Cruise continues to ride out the waves of EDM despite the scene’s ever-fluctuating tides. From its humble beginnings in 2004 with a mere group of 125 people, Groove Cruise has expanded into the world’s largest floating dance music festival. 2018 will mark founder Jason Beukema’s 13th dance-music-themed excursion, where he’ll be removing the boundaries between performer and attendee in the festival’s biggest fashion yet — complete with championing the buoyant sounds of today’s EDM with artists like Markus Schulz, GryffinDada LifeJamie JonesShiba SanKill Frenzy, and many more fronting the bill.  Ahead of Groove Cruise setting its new course for the Bahamian islands of CocoCay and Nassau aboard the Royal Caribbean, Dancing Astronaut’s touched base with some of the rising “captains” of EDM and let them steer us in the directions of their past, recent, and future excursions.

Belgian-born and Berlin-based producer Kill Frenzy, known for his crude, lewd, and dark vibrations is one of tech house’s veritable heaveyweights.

Rinsed in a plethora of sounds, from melodic underground house to booty-shaking’ techno, Kill Frenzy’s tunes please an array of audiences and DJs worldwide. As he gained a following and began to flourish artistically, he officially signed to Dirtybird Records in 2012. Fans of the flock might know him by his infamous Dirtybird releases like “Make That Booty Clap,” “No Panties,” or “Gorilla,” though his filthy and funky discography contains considerable more depth. Considering Kill Frenzy’s dexterity, and his ability to bridge the gap between genres, cliques, and crews, it’s small wonder he’s garnered extensive playtime in sets by superstars like Soul Clap and Skrillex.

Kill Frenzy is fresh off a tour of the US and Australia. Fortunately, we had the chance to touch base with him ahead of his performance at Groove Cruise and chatted about being a European transplant in the tech house scene, the resurgence of techno, and more.

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Many say that techno has made a huge resurgence. It is going from underground to more of a mainstream role in the electronic community. What are your thoughts on this? 

“It already is the biggest thing at the moment. This cycle has been repeated in many genres that gain momentum with a lot of people. First It starts out very original and pure. It attracts more and more people, this fuels creativity very much I think but then shortly after you start seeing watered down and formulaic versions appear which is where it crosses over to a more mainstream crowd and becomes almost like a feedback loop where watered versions fuel more watered down versions until people lose interest. That said I do think that techno seems to have a stronger core fanbase that calls out bullshit so I think it won’t go full on mainstream like electro house did. Almost intrinsically techno doesn’t like to play along.”

As a European transplant- we all must know: Best/Worst thing about living in America?

“The best thing about living in America is the optimism and motivation of people here It’s inspiring. Starting new ventures seem to be encouraged. Financially things seem less restricted so I think you can make more money here quick compared to Europe but you can also lose it quicker. The life standard for me is a bit better in Europe and things moves a bit slower and less career focussed. Also I can still not figure out what people’s opinions are on my music. In Europe if I show somebody a new track they will just tell you if they like it or not.”

Who are your musical influences?

“Dance mania, Databass records”

What can we expect from you in 2018?

“I have a new EP coming out on Waze and Odyssey’s label W&O Street tracks that includes a crazy collab I did with Chambray.”

Who have you most enjoyed collaborating with?

“I have great memories working on tracks with Nick Monaco, Justin Jay and Sacha Robotti.”

Groove Cruise sets sail from Miami January 26 and sails through January 29 to CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.

Photos courtesy of Kill Frenzy 

Cosmic Gate & Markus Schulz’s ‘AR’ remix competition offers insane prizes

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Since the September release of “AR” on the Materia – Chapter.Two album, collaborators Cosmic Gate and Markus Schulz have kept up the momentum of the track with a huge remix opportunity.

Partnering with Groove Cruise Miami, MetaPop and Native Instruments, the duo are giving fans a chance to remix the trance anthem for a shot at some huge prizes. The winner of the remix competition for “AR” will get an opening DJ slot with Schulz on Groove Cruise Miami, taking place Jan. 26-29. In addition, the winner will receive an ocean-view stateroom for two guests, a Groove Cruise Recordings schwag bundle, and a debut of the winning remix on the Global DJ Broadcast with Schulz. To beef up the winner’s studio game, they will also receive Native Instruments’ Komplete Ultimate 11 (valued at $1,199), Native Instruments’ Maschine Mk3 (valued at $599), a Native Instruments store voucher for $200, a one-year pro subscription for LANDR, and a commercial release on Black Hole Recordings.

Those interested in submitting to the remix competition have until Nov. 29 to do so, and entries may be submitted here.

 

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Good Morning Mix: Thomas Jack delivers prolific five-and-a-half-hour Groove Cruise Miami set

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‘The world’s “largest floating dance music festival,” Groove Cruise recently wrapped up another installment in its Miami party series, sailing to a Coco Cay Private Island and Nassau in the Bahamas as more than 50 artists set the tone for the trip, delivering sets that would form the cruise’s collective soundtrack.

Thomas Jack, one of Groove Cruise’s headliners, stunned all aboard with an ambient house set five-and-a-half-hours in duration. Rife with clean rhythms and seamless transitions, the set had surfaced in recorded form as a sensuous sampling of the late night” approach to house music mixing that has characterized Jack’s summer stint as a Hï Ibiza resident.

A luxuriant exposition of Jack’s progression as a live performer, the set is sure to make all listeners grateful that the performance has been recorded and released, rather than forever anchored in the evening of Jack’s 2017 appearance on the Groove Cruise.

 

 

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Groove Cruise announces 2018 phase two lineup for Miami sailing

Grum shares intoxicating Groove Cruise LA warm up mix [Exclusive]

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Groove Cruise is in the midst of priming itself for its second voyage of the year. Setting sail this October from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico—the “Cinderella of the Pacific”—Groove Cruise LA, returns after a one-year hiatus, where attendees can enjoy some of music’s finest all while on the sea.

This year’s lineup boasts a bevy of acts, headlined by an impressive array of artists like 3LAU, Green Velvet, Thomas Jack and more. But what’s considerably special about this voyage is that attendees will also bear witness to some of the heaviest hitting undercards that electronic music has to offer. One such act is the Anjunabeats‘ artist Grum who exemplifies this tenfold.

Since his introduction into the Anjunabeats Family, Grum’s become considerably well-known for his presence on the label, dominating the electronic music landscape with his slew of quality releases. Now the artist is taking his downright infectious set to the seas.

In preparation for his Groove Cruise LA performance, Grum has curated an exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut. Known for his captivating cultivation of brooding tracks and smooth synth numbers, Grum has generated an entrancing mix. For the mix, Grum showcases his artistry, finding just the right balance between his own sound and pushing the envelope, hinting that a fiery set can surely be expected from the seasoned Anjunabeats producer at this year’s festival.

Tracklist:

1. Way Out West – Tuesday Maybe (Guy J Remix)
2. Luminary – Amsterdam (Grum Remix)
3. Grum – Reflections
4. Grum – Price of Love
5. Grum – Inflight
6. Seven Lion & Jason Ross – Higher Love (Grum Remix)
7. Kydus – Eclipse
8. Grum – ID
9. Grum & Josep – The Love You Feel (CYA Remix)
10. Grum – We Are One
11. London Grammar – Hell to the Liars (Kolsch Remix)

More information and tickets to this year’s Groove Cruise LA are available here

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Listen to Huxley’s new Orbit playlist ahead of Groove Cruise Miami

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Groove Cruise is one of dance music’s favorite festivals at sea. With a successful Cabo edition safely returning to port back in October, the Miami edition is gearing up to set sail at the end of January with a stacked lineup lead by Lee Foss, Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Umek and more.

A house savant behind the decks, Huxley is certainly a favorite undercard act playing on the ship, and to start preparing his fans, the UK outfit has taken over our Orbit playlist series to give fans an early look at what he’ll be spinning.

Diving straight into the hypnotic realms with Chris Carrier’s “Inside,” Jordan’s “In2Me,” and the Bass Dub of Tripmastaz’s “Sublimely Relieved,” Huxley carefully selects an hour and a half of entrancing tech house that will surely have Groove Cruise attendees curious to see him on the ship.

Listen to Huxley’s Orbit takeover below and be sure to follow Dancing Astronaut on Spotify here.

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Groove Cruise Miami 2017 announces phase one artist lineup

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While its sold-out spin-off to Cabo San Lucas just came to an end, Groove Cruise isn’t wasting anytime preparing for its flagship edition in Miami. The 96-hour rave cruise bulks up on its lineup year after year but Groove Cruise Miami 2017 sees its most impressive and diverse roster to date locking in acts like Lee Foss, Sam Feldt, Roger Sanchez, Dash Berlin, UMEK, Markus Schulz, Cosmic Gate, Jax Jones, Chus & Ceballos and more. See full lineup below.

The next iteration will also introduce a new cruise line and destination. Groove Cruise Miami will set sail to the stunning shores of Grand Turk n Turks and Caicos onboard the Carnival Victory from January 23-27. Staterooms are available on their website.

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