5 Questions with Lil Larry
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What inspires or motivates you?

What inspires me is to know that music can change the world because music changes people. Although I performed abroad when I was a kid with my father’s band, it was not until I did it as an adult that it was all about the music. I recall a performance in Germany. We didn’t speak the language but captivated the audience with song and dance. That proved to me that music is universal and I can write, sing and performance for the universe. That is what inspires and motivates me as a songwriter and recording artist.

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

“Your music takes me on a lyrical and visual journey. It takes me to another place where I just want to dance, love, and be happy!”

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

My best state of mind is being very spontaneous. I love to pull from all aspects of life. Whether I’m in a good, bad, happy, or sad mood or in the shower, driving, sometimes even in my dreams… Song inspiration usually hits me out of nowhere. I just take it in, capture the feeling, and paint the picture with lyrics to my music.

What’s next for yourself?

I’m presently promoting my current single “Good Man” (now available on iTunes) and working with the label to secure placement of my material on TV and in movies. Also, I’m gearing up to shoot a music video and continue to gather music for either an EP or album for release in the coming months.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Soon to be released will be some new cover songs for promotional purposes. I will continue to stay focused with career goals I’ve set for myself as I enjoy this journey travelling and performing nationally and abroad. Remember this is not a goodbye but an “I’ll see you later”. I do ask that you follow me via my website and social networks at www.lillarry.com.

5 Questions with Dennis Cartier
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What inspires or motivates you?

My friends and parents, people who dancing on my productions.

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

“Have patience, rewards will follow. Never give up. You have an unique style.”

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

I’m always happy in my studio, doing my own thing.

What’s next for yourself?

To make many productions and of course international gigs.

Anything else you’d like to say?

It’s a hard world, but I’m still working! It’s a passion!

http://www.denniscartier.com

5 Questions with Cattykits
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What motivates you?

I’m a pretty emotional person but I usually keep my emotions to myself and I internalize a lot. Music is a way to express myself in a way that I would not normally be able to with the people around me. Expressing myself and making other people feel something as a result of something I’ve created is what motivates me. That, and striving to become better and improve with each song.

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

This one time someone hit me up telling me they’d just gotten through a lot of personal issues and my music had really helped them to feel like they weren’t alone and it healed them which was really sweet.
Having people listen to my music just inspires me to put out more as an artist and also improve myself creatively.

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

Usually at night time or right when the sun’s about to set I’ll just sit on my balcony and write. I’m super sadgirl so I write a lot when I’m sad too

What’s next for yourself?

Basically finished an EP and am looking to create a lot more full compiled projects just so I’m not releasing only singles all the time. Also probably working more on sampling and what not and focusing more on producing, because that’s been on the backburner for a bit.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Keep creating and growing! Also networking is super important. I’ve met a ton of super amazing people through the music community both online
and irl and it’s amazing to think that you can create something so magical that people can feel so strongly about. Love all of you and stay positive and based.

1. What inspires or motivates you?
As a duo, the first thing that inspired Mathias and me to collaborate was hearing each other’s music, as well as a range of rock and pop songs from past decades that we wanted to reinterpret and bring fresh life to - that’s what motivated us to form Fanatico. We’re also inspired by interesting, compelling rhythms, and by musical ideas that propel electronica in new directions.
2. What’s the most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?
That the music transported them – physically through dancing, or cerebrally via imagination. I think we’re most pleased when our music has this joint effect.
3. Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?
As each of us mostly works separately in different cities (Cologne and New York) I think we each have different source moods, but when we are in the studio together, we’re go into a total creative energy state that is at once very cool and confident, but very exciting. We have great musical chemistry.
4. What’s next for yourself?
Mathias and I are currently working on new original songs for our next recording. We work on them back-and-forth long-distance, and then when we’re ready, we plan to get together and record chez Mathias’ studio in Cologne.
5. Anything else you’d like to say?
I would encourage music lovers to keep listening for new sounds beyond what’s fed to us via mainstream popular culture and media. By widening our breadth of music listening and supporting new and independent artists, we can all help keep music from becoming homogenized and stagnant.

1. What inspires or motivates you?

As a duo, the first thing that inspired Mathias and me to collaborate was hearing each other’s music, as well as a range of rock and pop songs from past decades that we wanted to reinterpret and bring fresh life to - that’s what motivated us to form Fanatico. We’re also inspired by interesting, compelling rhythms, and by musical ideas that propel electronica in new directions.

2. What’s the most inspiring thing a listener of your music told you?

That the music transported them – physically through dancing, or cerebrally via imagination. I think we’re most pleased when our music has this joint effect.

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

As each of us mostly works separately in different cities (Cologne and New York) I think we each have different source moods, but when we are in the studio together, we’re go into a total creative energy state that is at once very cool and confident, but very exciting. We have great musical chemistry.

4. What’s next for yourself?

Mathias and I are currently working on new original songs for our next recording. We work on them back-and-forth long-distance, and then when we’re ready, we plan to get together and record chez Mathias’ studio in Cologne.

5. Anything else you’d like to say?

I would encourage music lovers to keep listening for new sounds beyond what’s fed to us via mainstream popular culture and media. By widening our breadth of music listening and supporting new and independent artists, we can all help keep music from becoming homogenized and stagnant.

What motivates you?

The human experience. The chance to share my thoughts and feelings about the world, and what it means to be a part of it, are what drive me to create.

What’s the best part of what you do?

The moment I realize that I’ve successfully conveyed the idea or emotion that I was trying to get across when I’m producing, or when I select the exact right song for a crowd while DJing.

What is the most inspiring thing a listener of your music has ever told you?

The other day, I got a message from someone who told me that they’re a huge fan and have shared my music with all of their friends. This is so cool and something I hope to inspire in everyone who discovers my music. I also recently found out, from a friend, that one of my remixes was being played in the terrain park on a mountain near Banff (one of my favorite places in my home province of Alberta). Hearing one of your songs being played public place (or being told about it) is true serendipity and one of the most interesting feelings I’ve ever experienced.

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

Lately, melancholy has been the fuel. For reasons outside my control, I’ve had to temporarily move back to Edmonton from Los Angeles. It was difficult at first and put me in a profound state, but only good things have come from the situation, and I now find myself with more projects and opportunities than ever before.

What’s next for yourself?

I’m starting a monthly party in my hometown called Foundation Edmonton. It’s a small, no frills event inspired by the weekly parties I attended in LA. The first one is set to take place on September 11th and will feature myself alongside local talent on the decks.

What inspires or motivates you?

I live and breath music. I started playing the Piano at the age of 5 and started playing the Drums a few years ago. Once I discovered the art of producing 5 years ago, I fell in love with it. My number 1 motivation is to be able to make music that brings happiness and energy to people who listen to it. I’m inspired by artists who worked hard and are now able to make a living by doing what they love.

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

I’m always inspired when listeners of my music tell me that my music inspires them to create their own music or that my music drives them to work hard for their dreams.

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

I tend to work well when extremely tired, it’s a strange habit but producing at odd times seems to produce great results.

What’s next for yourself?

I’m currently studying a Bachelors in Sound and Music Design at University, so I’m always learning new things in regards to production and sound design. I’ve also started a Youtube series called “Ask Shazzka” which is a mix of comedy and answering questions fans of my music ask me. I plan to do them more often (Once a week). Ofcourse I will also continue to make as much music as I can for people to enjoy.

Anything else you’d like to say?

I’d like to thank everybody who has given me nothing but support and has always shared my music with their friends. The support you guys give me is what keeps me going.

5 Questions with Monoverse
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What inspires or motivates you?

I take a lot of inspiration from just living in New Jersey, living not far from New York and always having the city skyline in sight or taking a trip to the beach. Besides that, a lot of my inspiration comes from memories that make me feel nostalgic. For motivation, I think a lot of it comes from a constant need to improve upon my music. When I hear music that blows me away, it drives me to work harder.

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

One listener told me they make a conscious effort not to over-listen to my music so that they never get tired of it. While it could be misconstrued, I thought the idea was really flattering. Recently, I’ve also been getting a lot of comments about how I’m the next “big” trance artist from the states and just hearing that is both reassuring and inspiring.

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

Oddly enough I make my best music while going through trials in other aspects of life, but I usually don’t realize it’s happening until after things have calmed down.

What’s next for yourself?

My next step is finishing off my first original vocal single, as up until now I’ve only handled a few remixes of vocal tracks. From there, I would like to release a few more singles before working on a full length album that’s not strictly trance.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you for the questions and the opportunity to share some thoughts! And thanks to those who have listened to and/or shared my music, it’s greatly appreciated.

5 Questions with Sean Dean
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What motivates you?

From the moment I first picked up a microphone and tried rapping, I was hooked. I love the way I can become a stronger form of myself, extend myself into a parallel form of existence and I love that initial feeling of hearing a beat that makes me want to write on the spot.

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

The most inspiring thing I’ve been told is “you should be a signed artist”.

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

Yes most definitely , it’s best when I don’t premeditate writing a song or force the issue . I’d say that all my best songs are spontaneous e/g I’ll be up at 2 am and hear a beat in my folder and just start writing on the spot.

What’s next for yourself?

At this moment in time , my eyes are fixed on improving all forms of my music and media outlets as well as developing my brand. I love this music and I want people to recognize me as a serious artist .

Anything else you’d like to say?

I’m working on a large number of songs at the moment and will be finalising a serious project when the time is right . Also follow me on Twitter for updates @seandeanartist