5 Questions with Cookie Monster Galaxy
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What inspires you and motivates you ?

My inspiration is the nature, my family, my friends and in particular, every story I live every day. My motivation is my mom.

What’s the best part about what you do ?

Build an idea in my head, in my world and make it live in the real world.

What new projects are you working on ?

I just finished a new mix dedicated to Nujabes “Four Seasons for Nujabes” in collaboration with felfelosophy.com (My friend Eliot).

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work ?

My state of mind is in my music.

What can we expect from you in the near future ?

Do a concert in Japan! (laughs) It’s my dream!

5 Questions with Chris Bullen
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Not exactly sure why but hearing new unreleased tracks from artists really gets me determined to up my game and get into the studio.

What’s the best part about what you do?

That it’s just so much fun! I don’t see it as a job…And I hopefully never will. I just see it as a hobby, and the fact that there’s people all over the world listening to sounds that I make on my computer just amazes me.

What new projects are you working on?

I have a remix for Joeysuki that I just finished, 2 new originals and a few collaborations in the works.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Usually the mood I’m in on rainy days makes me extra keen to make music, knowing that I can’t go outside just gives me that little nudge of motivation to get something going. Also, a coffee always helps!

What can we expect from you in the near future?

Plenty of new music and gigs!

What inspires you and motivates you?

Limitation inspires me in the sense of having few tools and making them work using my imagination, nature and children and other artists.

What’s the best part about what you do?

Best part of what I do is having the freedom to express myself in any format, music, videos and art.

What new projects are you working on?

I am creating an installation to go with my album “talking animals” coming out later this year -a 6 foot rose made out of cd’s connected to speaker. Some guest vocals for house/dance tunes. I am thinking about doing a little exhibition of my digital art.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

No specific mood or state of mind.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

At the moment I am writing an orchestral piece . ( I know that sounds pretentious sorry about that) but I love classical music and it’s a lifelong dream.

5 Questions with Astronaut Husband
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Most of the time I look at things that happened in my past to find inspiration. Even if it’s a really mundane memory or something, I change it up or just draw from it to write a song.

What’s the best part about what you do?

I just love making music. If people like listening and can relate to a song that’s just an extra bonus. Always makes me feel great when people say nice things to me about my music.

What new projects are you working on?

I might be doing another Figures of Dawn album with a buddy from Oregon. Last summer we sent tracks back and forth through email to write some pretty cool songs. It would be fun to do that again.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Most of my songs are a little on the melancholy side. Not that I’m always sad, I just find it easier to write songs about being lonely or confused easier than writing upbeat tunes about awesomeness.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

I actually have two new albums coming out in the next week or two. Another Astronaut Husband album titled “Then & Now” and my other band, Haunter, will be releasing a new EP with Otherworldly Mystics. Lots of music coming up

5 QUESTIONS with J-KRAKEN
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What Inspires and Motivates you?

I’m inspired by many things not limited to listening to music created by my favorite producers/artists, long drives down by California’s coast, rainy weather, tea, and video games. The dream of one day being able to do what I love for a living motivates me like no other. I’m also very grateful to have an incredible support system in my family, friends, and my wonderful girlfriend. They’re all awesome and I love them.

What’s the best part of what you do?

There are those moments when I’m making music, and I’ll write something that just clicks. It could be a melody, a riff, a crazy bass sound, whatever.. and in that moment, I’m just filled with immense joy and I’ll proceed to dance around my room awkwardly. I live for those kinds of moments. Also, worth mentioning is the feel of sharing my music with others. Nothing is more gratifying than people getting stoked on what you do.

What new projects are you working on?

I’m currently working on a few progressive/tropical house remixes of some kewl songs. I also want to start writing an original song as well! As much as I love doing remixes of popular music, as of late, I’ve really been craving that feel of writing something super personal, as well as something that’ll help define my sound as a producer. I’m excited.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

I tend to create my best work when I’m well rested and/or highly caffeinated. I drink a lot of coffee or tea when I produce, depending what time of the day it is. As far as mood goes, I have these Christmas lights setup around my studio. They create this warm, dreamy atmosphere (especially at night) that sets the mood for music making.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

A lot more music for sure! At the moment, my near-future goal is to get an original song of mine signed by one of my favorite EDM labels. I’d also love to DJ more shows where I live. EDM is still relatively small over here, but the fans are super passionate about it all. WORD.

 Tatyana Boutique is making it’s way into Toronto soon (likely August 1st) at 322 1/2 Queen Street West (Between Spadina and Beverley).Paola Seminario, Social Media Marketing Manager at Tatyana Boutique, gives more information in the questions below.Why was Toronto a great destination to expand? Tatyana’s styles appeal to Canadians more than any other nation.  We’ve had years of experience where clients come from Toronto to visit our stores at The Mall of America, New York and Fort Lauderdale.  We thought it was time to bring our fashions to the fans that have supported us over the years.  We are excited beyond description!Why was Queen Street the best spot?Queen Street West is the epicenter of cutting edge fashion.  Shoppers can expect a constant array of new and exciting styles from Tatyana - but always created with the that same heart and love of beauty that has become synonymous with her fashions.What makes the store unique?Tatyana appeals to the elegance of days gone by - the golden age of Hollywood glamour and the demure “housewife” of the 1950s.  The difference is that shoppers can find the beauty of that age recreated with modern formulations, fabrics, prints and patterns.  We create a wonderland of vintage inspired styles and elegance - but for the modern, up to date woman.When can we expect the store to officially open?We’re shooting for August 1st!

 

Tatyana Boutique is making it’s way into Toronto soon (likely August 1st) at 322 1/2 Queen Street West (Between Spadina and Beverley).

Paola Seminario, Social Media Marketing Manager at Tatyana Boutique, gives more information in the questions below.

Why was Toronto a great destination to expand?

Tatyana’s styles appeal to Canadians more than any other nation.  We’ve had years of experience where clients come from Toronto to visit our stores at The Mall of America, New York and Fort Lauderdale.  We thought it was time to bring our fashions to the fans that have supported us over the years.  We are excited beyond description!

Why was Queen Street the best spot?

Queen Street West is the epicenter of cutting edge fashion.  Shoppers can expect a constant array of new and exciting styles from Tatyana - but always created with the that same heart and love of beauty that has become synonymous with her fashions.

What makes the store unique?

Tatyana appeals to the elegance of days gone by - the golden age of Hollywood glamour and the demure “housewife” of the 1950s.  The difference is that shoppers can find the beauty of that age recreated with modern formulations, fabrics, prints and patterns.  We create a wonderland of vintage inspired styles and elegance - but for the modern, up to date woman.

When can we expect the store to officially open?

We’re shooting for August 1st!

5 QUESTIONS with DJ SHAW-T
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What inspires you and motivates you?

New music. Movies. Sports. Anytime you can step away from making music for a little while it helps with inspiration. I’m always motivated by the thought of improvement

What’s the best part about what you do?

Being your own boss and helping people get their ideas out.

What new projects are you working on?

I’m consistently working on new beats for my site http://www.DJShawt.com. I’m also working on a few albums for different artists in a bunch of different genres. Oh… and doing ghost production for any DJ that can’t produce. (smiles)

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Avoiding stress. It kills creativity

What can we expect from you in the near future?

More beats. More songs.

5 QUESTIONS with NORDIGAZ
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1. What inspires you and motivates you?
- What inspires us most is love for music. We listen to music every day and we want to make it our job in the future. Our dream is to become big name in the EDM scene and travel around the world performing in front of huge crowds.

2. What’s the best part about what you do?
- Best thing about what we do is freedom. We can do the kind of music we enjoy and do it when we want to.

3. What new projects are you working on?
- We have many different kind of projects that we are working on at the moment. Every project is unique and we can’t wait to get them released!

4. Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?
- No, not really. We are always motivated about making music so there isn’t really a specific state of mind needed. But of course when we are in creative mood and get a lot of ideas, we get the most work done.

5. What can we expect from you in the near future?
- A lot! We started making music just few months ago and we are learning new stuff every day so our expectation is high! At the moment we are working on releasing a new track on a record label which should come out soon.