5 Questions with Claire
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What inspires you and motivates you?

I love the night… after dark something magical happens to my ears, and to my mind. That moment when the sky is midnight blue, almost black, right after sunset. That’s when the magic starts to happen.

What’s the best part about what you do?

Music makes people happy! It’s always a pleasure to give pleasure to others, while at the same time feeding my own soul with beautiful music.

What new projects are you working on?

I am working on a couple of new EPs for two great labels in South America—Krad Records (run by Hernan Bass) and Loob Label (run by Du Sant). I will be going on tour in South America this coming Spring, so I am planting the seeds for a wonderful adventure there. As well, my first track on **vinyl** for Monoclap, a vinyl-only label based out of Spain. And a remix for Japanese producer Kaitaro. One of my favourite producers at the moment. After that, I would like to work on a new album!

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

Yes, feeling either very happy or very sad.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

More tracks, more live sets, jamming with Analogue gear and more VINYL!

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5 Questions with Coco Morier
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What inspires or motivates you?

Literally everything around me, I write music almost everyday and can be inspired from a text someone sent me, or a book title, or something in my imagination. I don’t ever know exactly where it comes from and wish I could calculate it better, but I just try to stay open and keep the creative muscle working.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

I can’t think of anything someone said specifically, but I’ve been really inspired by people either covering my songs or dancing to them or self made videos on YouTube. Seeing how music can spread and how people can interpret something I created is amazing to me.

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

Healthy and happy but with a bit of time pressure is best. I don’t work well in an emotional state. I used to think I needed all that angst to have something to say but I realized it was quite the opposite.

What’s next for yourself?

A full length album!

Anything else you’d like to say?

Check out the artist collective www.ingrd.com I am part of. We are releasing cool new music all the time.

5 Questions with Caserta
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What inspires or motivates you?

Its really quite nerdy but my favorite thing to do musically is to be in the studio mixing and engineering. I’ve always been most interested in the science of sound and the infinite ways you can manipulate it. So most of my motivation comes from listening to music I love not only for the lyrics or the song itself but how the engineer shaped the vision of the producer and artist and how he/she put their emotion and vision into someone els’s art. It could be anything from Steely Dan Aja to Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox. I’m always inspired by the technique and methods that make a demo sound like a record.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

A couple years back I went to a friends party when he booked legendary mixer/engineer/remixer John Morales to DJ. The DJ played a song he and I worked on together that I mixed. So we were all in the booth and John said: “You Mixed This? The low end sounds really nice.” It might seem like a really small thing but for someone of his caliber and history to compliment even a part of my mix made me realize I was on the right track.

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

Its kind of weird, maybe its because I played sports most of my life and was competitive but I tend to work best if I have a little chip on my shoulder. Not like a “Ill show them!” kind of chip (lol). More like “Listen to how Manny Marroquin made the guitar to sound on that new Bruno Mars song I gotta get there!” kind of thing. I’d probably say I work best when I’m challenged or the bar needs to be raised a little. Oh and liking the song I’m working on certainly helps

What’s next for yourself?

To keep learning and becoming more in tune with my craft and the music itself. Nothing in music or even life for that matter is linear. You can’t make a great song every time out but that doesn’t mean the songs that weren’t so great were pointless. There’s always something to take away from each experience good or bad. Anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you for having me!

You can check me out at Soundcloud.com/CasertaMusic and Facebook.com/CasertaMusic

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5 Questions with Tanko
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What inspires or motivates you?

A lot of the inspiration (musically) I’d say comes from the emotion of the music I tend to listen/sample. Its beautiful how just a vocal segment or bar of strings can really take you somewhere far, far away. Its almost as if the song takes on a personality of it’s own at times and that’s when I truly feel moved to expand, rearrange, and/or create something entirely new. As for motivation it comes from the overwhelming support of my friends and listeners. Nothing keeps me locked up more than an email or personal message sharing love or criticism.


What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

A friend of mine told me that one of my songs brought back memories of his home town in Pakistan. He told me it brought him to tears remembering the struggles of his and his friends childhoods and how it motivated him to keep working towards the future so that he could come back someday and help those in need. The fact that what I assumed to be a simple track could inspire such compassion and emotion is something that still drives me to this day.

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

It’s hard to say… Some of what I believe are my best works were done its vastly different moods. If I had to choose it’d have to be that feeling of being grateful. Making music is a privilege that can be easy to forget sometimes when one is surrounded by the daily trials of life. When feel the least entitled to work that’s when I can really attack any project.

What’s next for yourself?

I’d love to continue expressing myself musically however possible. Although I really want to find a new outlet for spreading a positive message. Perhaps collaborations with vocalists is the answer for the future.

Anything else you’d like to say?

I’d like to thank TOlifestyle.com for considering me for this segment and especially all my friends/listeners that push me to continue doing what I do. Be it in music or life

5 Questions with Chu
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What motivates you?

Heaps of stuff motivates me to be honest. My mum, coffee, sunsets and meeting new people. Basically whenever I’m sort of happy and content, it leads to me making beats. My biggest inspiration or motivator though is new and different music. So motivating listening to a new tape from someone you’ve never heard of and being super inspired by it.

What’s the best part of what you do?

The best part of what I do..? well its probably, just being in the studio vibing out. When I’m jamming out and coming up with ideas I’m always in my element. You sort of forget about the bullshit in life. Social Media, work and stress seems to just leave for a little while.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

This one guy told me once after a show that he wanted my sound cloud link so he could download a song to walk down the Isle too at his wedding. Not sure if it ever happened. She probably left him due too his obscure taste in music. (laughs)

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

Not exactly a mind state or anything like that. But I do find that if I stay in on a Saturday night and drink coffee, around 3am I get this crazy motivation to just write stuff. I think that’s when my best stuff comes out. Spontaneous 3am sessions. It’s so quiet at that time.

What’s next for yourself?

Got a few tracks ready for releasing now so just trying to sort a couple of things out and they’ll be dropping. Trying to submit to a couple of labels as well at the same time. Also trying to collate a bunch of sort of left over beats from my hard drive to make another messychops release before the years out.

5 Questions with Matt Zanardo
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What motivates you?

Hearing from established artists/producers that one of my tracks has inspired them on something, or they’ve questioned how something I’ve designed was created. Also when I hear from fans that I’ve turned them onto production, or they’ve come to shows that I’m opening just to hear myself and not the headliner. I’ve always been motivated musically as a passion, but hearing these things pushes me to keep doing it and sharing it with everyone.

What most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

That they think that a sound I’m onto is the next big thing, or that I could be the next breakthrough artist. I recently was at Veld festival walking through the crowd and I had a handful of kids come up and ask for pictures, with one group saying they were so excited to get one before I “blow up”.


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

I wouldn’t say specific mood, but rather an energy level. It difficult to write on the computer when I’m tired as opposed to say writing on guitar. Music is also unique in the sense that sometimes I’ll sit down thinking it will be a great productive day and nothing seems to work, while other days ill sit with the intention of doing something else, and end up working on a track for hours straight cancelling other things I may have to do.

What’s next for yourself?

Exploring some new genres and vibes like what I recently did with “Love Blind”. Some collaborations I’ve been working on are also just about getting wrapped up so I’m excited to see what the reaction is with those.

Anything else you’d like to say?

To anyone wondering why I haven’t been releasing a lot of my music – unfortunately this industry is controlled by people more powerful then myself, and I’m just another artist to become a victim to that. I’m working hard to try and get the music out as quickly and best as possible.

In celebration of National Coffee Day in Canada, Tim Hortons is offering a $1 small Dark Roast offer from September 22 thru to 29.

In celebration of National Coffee Day in Canada, Tim Hortons is offering a $1 small Dark Roast offer from September 22 thru to 29.