[VIDEO] Arjan Chats With Martin Solveig
French DJ and producer Martin Solveig is taking Europe by storm with his new album "Smash." The record was introduced by the hit single "Hello" (featuring Dragonette) that has been massive pop hit across Europe and is now edging to the top of the dance charts in North America.
"Smash" features a slew of exciting collaborators who add their own unique twist to Solveig's rocky dance and pop riffs. The always fun and often quirky Solveig recorded three additional tracks with Martina Sorbara of Dragonette, plus he teamed up with rising pop sensation Dev, newcomers Sunday Girl and Bloc Party's Kele. I recently caught up with Solveig in Paris to talk for a few minutes about the unexpected success of "Hello" and his new album. (Note his description of Dev on "We Came To Smash." It has me cracking up everytime.)
Video Interview: Arjan Chats With Colette Carr About Her New Music Video
Colette Carr continues to bring her sunny Malibu vibes to the rest of the world in the video for her new single "We Do It (Primo)" that premiered yesterday on Vevo. It's a free-flowing video that packs a message of living the "Primo" life - letting go of worry and living in the moment. The song was produced by Frankmusik who also makes a cameo in the video. (Watch the video)
I caught up with Colette last night to chat a little bit more about the video and the big idea that inspired it. We also talked about her upcoming Cherrytree London performance that marks her very first stage performance as a singer. Colette also gives a big shout out to the Goers, her dedicated and growing army of fans who have supported her ever since she released her first mixtape.
Video Interview: Arjan Chats with Plan B
Almost a year after it was first released overseas, British artist Plan B (aka Ben Drew) is taking his award-winning and top-selling LP "The Defamation Of Strickland Banks" to North America. It is an incredibly accomplished soul record that fuses the sound of Motown, Stax and Northern soul, filtered through the grit of contemporary East London.
But it is not only the unique sound of the record that makes it so remarkable. It's also the captivating story that Drew shares on the record. It's an "urban fairytale" that chronicles the life of his alter-ego Strickland Banks, a man who finds success hard to handle and then hits rock bottom. It's one of those rare albums that you need to listen to in its entirey and cannot be experienced by only downloading a few singles.
Plan B started out as a writer of R&B tunes, but over the past few years he has developed into a rapper, soul singer and actor with an extraordinary cinematic vision that makes his music unlike anything you've heard before.
In fact, last Thursday, Drew sweeped the annual Ivor Novello songwriting awards grabbing statues for "Songwriter of the Year," the album award for "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" and the most performed work for his single "She Said."
I recently chatted with Plan B to talk about the album, his vision, songwriting and more. It was an inspiring chat that could have lasted a couple of hours, but I edited it down to a web-friendly 3 minutes to give you a taste of Plan B's talent and point of view. Make sure to catch Plan B on tour with Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars in the U.S. in the next few weeks. Download the "The Defamation Of Strickland Banks" on iTunes.
Exclusive Free Download: Eric Solomon Mixtape feat. John Legend, Jessie J
You may remember that I first posted about Canadian pop singer Eric Solomon back in 2009 when I featured a download of his Passion Pit remix that hit number one on Hype Machine a few days later. Since then, Eric has continued to make music and produce remixes, and he even starred in MTV's Youth Electric, a reality show that chronicled the lives of three Vancouver artists.
Eric is currently in the process of writing and recording his new LP. To keep us entertained in the meanwhile, he is releasing a special mixtape exclusively here on ArjanWrites.com that features remixes of some of his current favorites (including John Legend's cover of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and Jessie J's "Price Tag") plus a few of his own tracks, such as "Destructive Girl," "I Found Love" and "Freedom Fighter."
He even threw in a kicky cover of The Romantics' "Talking In Your Sleep" that should please '80s fanatics among you. The Kickdrums and Hype Jones helped Eric remix the songs into one solid package that is free for you to have. Excellent mixtape. Dynamite stuff. Grab it now.
Video: Arjan Chats with Electrolightz About New Free Mixtape
Los Angeles outfit Electrolightz knows exactly how to stir up the dancefloor with their party-starting, peppy blend of pop, dance and hip hop. For the past few years, rapper Namebrand, singer Rami Dearest, production/keyboard wizz e-Roc and beatmaker Barry Romance have been tuning their genre-mashing blend of pop by cranking out remixes and mixtapes, and playing shows to slowly but surely build a scene around their music.
Following the release of their debut album "It Happened Over Night" late last year, Electrolightz returns today with "Bang With The Lightz On," a brand-new mixtape which includes a mixture of original tracks, plus remakes of popular tracks by artists like Robyn ("Dance Hall Queen") and Uffie ("Difficult"). Dynamite stuff. Check out a brief video interview that I did with the guys from their North Hollywood studio to chat a bit more about the mixtape and their unique sound.