Currently ranked as one of the 100 most listened musical artists on Spotify (over 18 million monthly listeners), the British-Norwegian EDM producer Alan Walker released his first LP – “Different World” – in December 2018. You might have heard his irresistible dance floor anthems, such as “Faded” (composed at a mere 18), “Alone” and “All Falls Down”. Inspired by illustrious producers such as K-391 and Ahrix, and by the grandeur of the OST legend Hans Zimmer, Alan Walker played at world-class festivals, including Coachella and Lollapalooza, in addition to main stage performances atTomorrowland andUltra Miami.
Alan Walker, as a judge in the Chinese EDM show, “Rave Now”, is determined to discover and coach the most promising producers throughout the competition. alongside with Lay Zhang (member of EXO), Laure Shang (electronic pop starlet), and Wowkie Zhang (Chinese actor & singe. The program is produced by the Chinese streaming conglomerate Tencent Penguin Pictures and Star Media Entertainment.
Really honored to be one of the judges on the brand new Chinese EDM show – «Rave Now» with my brother @LAY_zhang_ ! I can’t wait to check out the great producers hiding in one of the most exciting music markets at the moment 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/kGH595J5g0
Alan Walker felt the huge potential of the EDM scene, currently seducing the whole music industry in China. Emerging talents will soon be taking over local festivals and reaching international horizon in the next few years. Indeed, electronic music is gaining interest on platforms such as social media, radio stations, live events, and TV programs like “The Remix”. The scene is full of amazing talents such asChace, Tsunano, as well as two producers named by DJ MAG in their2018 Top-100 list:Carta (#73) andDJ L (#84).
“Rave Now” showcases a whole new generation of electronic music talents coming from various countries (70 teams overall from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, Canada and Singapore). It already had its big revelation withJasmine Sokko, Singapore’s rising singer-producer who won over the judges with her futuristic style and the track “#0000FF”. Her song even stood among the 25 top videos on Weibo on the month of its release. This way, “Rave Now” set Chinese social media on fire.
Check one of her amazing live performance here:
The winner will have the honour of performing at Tomorrowland 2019. One first step before spreading its tunes to new festivals and crowds, such as in America and Europe. There, young Asian producers will find millions of new ears to conquer, constantly waiting for new phenomenons.
There’s no doubt Alan Walker might be the perfect artist to turn this trend into a revolution. This might be the start of something big for the music world as a whole.
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TYOMA is the new incarnation of experienced electronic artist and producer Artem Kharchenko, also known for his previous creative endeavors as R-Tem and as part of Kooqla. In 2005, Artem became one of the first dance producers from Russia to receive widespread international recognition and acclaim. Being a perfectionist, he prepares each DJ-set with great care. TYOMA prefers to play vinyl and has a big collection of records, so each of his set is a new musical journey. TYOMA’s musical variety is almost unlimited – he can easily mix atmospheric ambient and old school drum & bass, even though his favorites are techno and house music.
Q1. As the General Producer of Epizode, what do you contribute to the festival?
A: I believe that the most important contribution to the Epizode, is leading the project team. All ideas materialize from there: from the festival season title, lineup, art objects, and so on – everything begins primarily with the discussion in the team, and then it gets realized.
Q2. How did Epizode get its name?
A: Honestly, I can’t recall how that word came into my mind 😊 But it was guided by a thought, that the title should be transferred from year to year, and that it should inspire people to play. That’s why, the crowd that’s coming to the festival – are not visitors but actors, and the lineup is a soundtrack. This is much more fun – and Epizode sounds perfect. 😊
The main goal of the festival is to create a completely new format of the music festival in the Southeast Asia region, through the form of contemporary art and music. Epizode becomes a one-of-a-kind opportunity for locals and international travelers of the region who are searching for exotics, to participate in the establishment of a modern culture.
Q3. Where do you draw inspiration from?
A: From various things in everyday life. From people, events, visual images – everything that is around – it all brings the daily inspiration. But most importantly – from the energy that you get while working at Epizode, and live every day in a few time zones.
Q4. What was it like putting together the first Epizode Festival 3 years ago?
A: Although the team organized many festivals – Epizode was a massive challenge; new country, an unfamiliar island. It was an experiment – and it was successful. Now, looking at how the number of international attendees exploded in three years – we remember the first Epizode with a smile. 😊
Q5. What were some of the early challenges after organizing the past 2 editions?
A: It is difficult to isolate particular challenges. There are millions of small and bigger issues every day. The most important is the ability of our team to quickly and efficiently deal with it, and to carry out a complex project as Epizode is. Overall, Epizode itself is a challenge, as we are creating something that is not common in Asia and therefore not easy to promote. But we are happy to be having amazing local partners, in Asia and worldwide, and we are building this project with their support. We hope to grow together – and we see this process as a two-way street: Epizode grows at the same time as the scene grows – and vice versa.
The 10-days long festival EPIZODE is returning to Phu Quoc Island of Vietnam for the third edition of the international techno music festival from December 28, 2018 to January 8, 2019, with a series of international and regional lineup, as well as inspirational soul-touching program, such as movie nights, open deck session, yoga and creative workshops, Happy Holi and more.
Q6. What are some of the artistic highlights at Epizode this year?
A: I would mark each name in the lineup of 132 artists! In my schedule, I want to be an actor during performances of Agents of time (Live), Craig Richards, Dan Andrei, GOLDIE, Mr. G, Praslesh, Nina Kraviz, Seth Troxler, Young Marco. But this is just my program. I’m sure everyone will make their own unique soundtrack this year.
Q7. If you can give 1 piece of advice to a first-time attendee, what would it be?
A: Try to accept that you will not be able to listen to all the artists. It is simply impossible 😊 After realizing this fact – just enjoy what is happening at the Epizode beach, and as I said above – write your own script for Epizode 3, filling it with music, characters, and colors.
Dreams – it is immersion in the unknown, transition to a new state, the weightlessness. You take off the ground but you do not lose the gravity.When you wake up in a place that you have been dreaming of for so long, you feel no weight, but only energy.EPIZODE – dream on.Music: Marsbeing – Demolition
Boris is a kind of charismatic all-purpose weapon in the Berlin club scene. His musical roots date back to the mid-80s, when he lived in New York for four years, absorbing the unique spirit of the iconic Paradise Garage weekend after weekend. Boris learned from his mentor Larry Levan: belief in his own musical intuition as well as in a broad musical spectrum that ranges from disco, hi-ngo, post-punk, cabbage rock, house to techno once played together in a set. Electric Soul had a chance to talk to Boris on his music production aspiration and upcoming projects. Listen and Read Now.
Q: Is this your first time playing in Hong Kong?
A: No, I’ve played in Hong Kong once before.
Q: Which music genres do you enjoy the most mixing in your sets?
A: I like to draw music from a multitude of styles and genres, such as techno, EBM (Electronic Body Music), noise, industrial and other subgenres.
Q: What are the main emotions you want to share through your music?
A: Anything one is able to feel, may it be happiness, sadness, anger or serenity.
ED:In Berlin, Boris became resident in the first Panorama Bar, where he earned a loyal fan-base, especially through the long sets that lasted until late noon. “The audience was much more receptive to music later than at the beginning. I then have the opportunity to present unusual things and to give my feeling free rein.”
Q: You’ve been touring around Europe this year, what is your highlight of the year so far?
A: Closing Berghain on Gay Pride in July was definitely a highlight for me, but also playing at Bongo Club in Edinburgh so far.
Q: What are your upcoming plans? Any new music projects coming?
A: I’m currently working on my own material to be released this year or early next year hopefully. Also, I have some remix work in the pipeline, which I`m happy to work on as well.
As a DJ, he is not just about refining a particular genre, but also about pushing music with special twist.
Catch Boris’s set in Social Room Hong Kong this Friday night (August 18) at 11:00 PM.