Saturday Night Session 012: Toby Green talks tuning out of external pressures and tuning into his love for dance music

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Saturday Night Session 012: Toby Green talks tuning out of external pressures and tuning into his love for dance musicToby Green

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Toby Green has hit 100 million streams by the age of 22, and the Danish producer is only getting started. Many artists early on in their careers are evolving and trying to define a signature style. Green’s releases are united by their infectious energy and ability to lure everyone to the dance floor, and labels spanning from Dim Mak to Spinnin’ Records have taken notice. Influenced by acts like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, Green describes his style as ‘Stadium Rave.’

According to him, this means, “The ‘stadium rave’ sound is really just me going back to making music for me, drawing inspiration from all the sounds that have made me go ‘Oh damn, that’s sick’ throughout my life.” He continues, “When I was a kid, my older brother introduced me to acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers etc. but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how big of a role that sound has played in my life. I grew up on a mix of Euro dance (Special D is still the GOAT for me) and UK rave music. The ‘stadium rave’ sound is definitely a homage to my musical upbringing.”

In addition to his brother introducing some of his favorite musical influences to him, Green recalls his father as the one who really ignited his love of music. His 2018 release “Ready” is a collaboration with his father, and he considers the track a ‘coming of age’ for him musically. 2019 will be a year of filtering out the noise and external pressures that the industry can put on an up and coming producer while he focuses in on the music itself.

Green speaks about the challenges of being a full time producer, stating, “I think you can very easily get stuck in your own little echo chamber and forget what it’s all about.” He continues,  “It’s easy to forget your physical as well as mental health and get hung up on superficial things that don’t matter. I think some kind of accountability is crucial to living this life; doing it with or for someone, with a purpose other than what’s measurable or countable is what keeps you going in the long run. But then again, I am only 22 – I might find a new truth as I age, but for now this will do.”

Green’s Saturday Night Session is the perfect hour long mix to get a hectic night started, and as he puts it, hopefully it is the kind of mix that gets fans ready for “hopefully the night where you fall in love with dance music all over again.” His Saturday Night Session does just this, so take a ride through his own releases and a high energy track list to keep the party going.

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You recently dubbed your musical style, ‘stadium rave,’ and you said you have been inspired by the 90s rave scene. Can you tell us more about this?
I think the biggest mistake I made in the beginning of my career was trying too hard to be credible instead of just making music I thought was cool.

The ‘stadium rave’ sound is really just me going back to making music for me, drawing inspiration from all the sounds that have made me go “Oh damn, that’s sick” throughout my life. When I was a kid, my older brother introduced me to acts like The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers etc. but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how big of a role that sound has played in my life. I grew up on a mix of Euro dance (Special D is still the GOAT for me) and UK rave music. The ‘stadium rave’ sound is definitely a homage to my musical upbringing.

Is there a specific artist you are most eager to collaborate with?
I would love to do a record with CID. I think he is really one of the most interesting dance artists out there, and I love just about everything he puts out. Congrats on your Grammy nomination, man.

Do you have a specific release that is the favorite you have ever produced?
“Ready” is very special to me. It’s a collaboration with my father, who was the person to introduce me to music in the first place, and I feel like it encapsulates most of my musical upbringing in a single record. It is very much a full circle kind of thing to me. A “coming of age” record, if you will.

When you aren’t producing music, what are you normally up to?
If I am not in the studio, I am probably at the gym or drinking coffee while having deep existential discussions with my buddy Mike Hawkins. This guy drives me nuts on a daily basis, but I always leave more enlightened. Love you, dude.

Where do you draw your creative inspiration from? Other music? The outdoors? A night out?
While other music definitely sparks concrete ideas for new records, it’s usually the experiences unrelated to music that gives me the creative spark to create new material. I’ve found that a few days in the studio, a few days off usually yields better (and more) music than the typical 24/7 grind mentality. I am very fast in the studio, but the inspiration has to be there.

What is the best and worst thing about this career path and being a music producer?
I absolutely love creating, and much more than a few days without making music makes me absolutely crazy. I am super grateful for being able to make a living off music, but it’s not always as easy as it may seem.

As a full time producer, I think you can very easily get stuck in your own little echo chamber and forget what it’s all about. It’s easy to forget your physical as well as mental health and get hung up on superficial things that don’t matter. I think some kind of accountability is crucial to living this life; doing it with or for someone, with a purpose other than what’s measurable or countable is what keeps you going in the long run. But then again, I am only 22 – I might find a new truth as I age, but for now this will do.

What kind of a Saturday Night will your mix get us ready for?
Hopefully the night where you fall in love with dance music all over again.

Lucas & Steve Chill It Down On New Single “Say Something”

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After smashing 2018 with multiple smash singles and starting 2019 with the massive tune “Lunar” which already has crossed 1.2 million streams on Spotify, Lucas & Steve are here with their 2nd single of 2019, “Say Something” a chilled down radio bop. Lucas & Steve continue to dominate 2018, in my opinion, was Lucas & Steve’s

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Nora En Pure returns with upbeat ‘We Found Love’

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Nora En Pure returns with upbeat ‘We Found Love’Nora En Pure

Nora En Pure has teamed up with Danish-Egyptian DJ and singer Ashibah on a beautifully emotional new track entitled “We Found Love.” Inescapably soulful and infectious, the track is a reminder that Nora En Pure has a unique range, an ability she’s been able to turn into two signature brands of music. Departing from the notable organic deep house sounds of Polynesia, the EP she released in 2018, “We Found Love” strikes a chord in the second narrative told across her music—in radio friendly downtempo music.

This latest single for the South African-Swiss producer comes ahead of major performances at Ultra Music Festival and Coachella later in 2019, making this a perfect time for her to build up her repertoire.

Sam Feldt Drops Feel Good Track ‘Gold’ Featuring Kate Ryan

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Over the past three years, no DJ Producer in the world has worked harder than Sam Feldt. The Dutch product has taken the international scene by storm. A wise man once said in his hit track Fancy “In the mall steady racking up the air miles”. That wise man was Drake. I don’t know much

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Throttle proves he is a producer to watch with whimsically dance-worthy, ‘Wanderlust’

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Throttle proves he is a producer to watch with whimsically dance-worthy, ‘Wanderlust’Throttle Wanderlust

At 21 years old, Australia native, Throttle has given himself to a rapidly ascending production career, having already collaborated with modern house blue chips Oliver Heldens and Galantis. Most recently, Throttle has put out his second Spinnin’ Records release of the year with track “Wanderlust,” which has already gained the support from the likes of Morgan Page and Tiësto. Euphoric breakdowns and pulsing beats hold steady alongside a looping vocal cut that avalanches into a grin-inducing dance effort.

“I made the initial idea for ‘Wanderlust’ in my hotel room in Ibiza,” said the producer in an official release. “I came up with the vocal hook exploring the streets of Old Town that morning and built the track from there.”

 

KURA – “Like A Boss” [EDM Sauce Premiere]

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High-flying Portuguese DJ & producer is KURA is back again with an absolutely massive tune ‘Like A Boss’, out on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom imprint. Serving as a follow-up to recent singles ‘Favela’, ‘Young & Invincible’, and ‘Lambo’ – with the latter released also on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label – ‘Like A Boss’ packs a punch

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Sam Feldt enlists ‘Avengers’ actor Jeremy Renner on new single ‘Heaven’

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Is Sam Feldt the newest member of The Avengers? Probably not…but people can dream, as the Dutch DJ just teamed up with Hawkeye on “Heaven (Don’t Have A Name).” Aside from being an Oscar-nominated actor, Jeremy Renner (best known for roles in Hurt Locker and, more recently, The Avengers franchise) is a multi-talented musician, making his dance music debut on this one.

The collaborators performed the track live in Las Vegas during Life Is Beautiful Festival, building hype for its release through various Instagram posts from Renner. Released on Spinnin’ Records, the track is emotional at its core, with orchestral strings and mellow piano chords on the verses, and picks up into a powerful, staccato synth-lead drop (all encompassed by dreamy vocals from Renner). Feldt demonstrates an innovative mindset here, veering closer toward a future-pop sound with his production.

The music video is set to drop on October 11, days before Feldt will play back to back shows at ADE 2018.

Wuki releases old-school hip-hop-inspired heater, ‘Go Deep’

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Wuki releases old-school hip-hop-inspired heater, ‘Go Deep’Wuki Go Deep

Wuki has released “Go Deep,” featuring the bouncing rap stylings of New Orleans born and bred, Nicky Da B, who passed away in 2014. The single released from Spinnin’ Records has an old-school hip-hop bounce, combined with speedy percussion that falls into a bed of sub bass serenaded with a catchy bassline. On the second hook, cascading synths drip amidst house rhythms in an uptempo club atmosphere. With punchy kicks and crisp hi-hats, this project further thrusts Wuki into a category of his own within a space of bass, house and dance music.

Combining so many elements of electronic and hip-hop music created a bit of a dilemma for the WUKILEAKS creator. He went to Twitter to ask his fans what they’d call this genre, simply categorizing it as “dance” on SoundCloud.

MOGUAI & Raumakustik Drop Inspiring New Single ‘The Greatest Speech’ (featuring The Great Dictator)

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DJ/producer MOGUAI and fellow German act Raumakustik bring a ray of light to nowadays dance music audience with their passionate new single ‘The Greatest Speech’. Featuring The Great Dictator, this is a dance record that not only delivers incredible feelgood rhythms, but also one of the most notorious and inspirational speeches in movie history. As

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Sam Feldt Drops Club Mix to SYML “Where’s My Love”

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We’ve been spending our summers on Sam Feldt since he dropped “Summer on You” featuring Wulf and Lucas & Steve back in 2016. The Dutch Tropical-Deep House producer DJ has since reached catestrophic heights in the EDM industry. The “Show Me Love” conductor has since dropped the album “Sunrise to Sunset” which took the world

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