Being the creative that he truly is, Gabriel Black has been on our radar for some time. Not only is he an outstanding singer/songwriter, he simultaneously creates all of the cartoons, and visuals seen on his cover art and also in his music videos. In his latest release 'Jump' via CloudKid records, Gabriel pairs up with the sultry Sofi De La Torre to ensure that this track becomes your next favorite. Dark guitar melodies riddle the simplistic track that swells with percussion and lyrics that linger in your head after the first chorus. With such a unique sound and signature style we have no doubt Gabriel is one to watch this year. Unwind, and get loose with this dynamic piece- watch this space.
It's posts like this one that make my heart warm with love for all parties involved - the artist because we love Justice Skolnik, the management because the ALT:Vision team are our homies, and all y'all out there that get to hear this new track because it's fire! This new track "Cameras ft. Jeremy Zucker" is the first single from this bay area rising star, as well as the first release via the new label venture between ALT:Vision (K?d, Medisan, Blu J) and Republic/Casablanca. This new partnering has got the industry buzzing, and we can't wait to watch them grow a killer catalog! So grab your headphones and get into these vibes .... everything is gonna be alright!
Disclaimer: Justice Skolnik is managed by Beautiful Buzzz Contributor Hunter Thompson
Oh boy .... it's that time again! Prince Fox in San Francisco is like your birthday and Christmas fun all at once! Our bestie is coming back to the bay to SLAY, and this time Beautiful Buzzz is teaming up with VITAL to throw one hell of a rager at Mezzanine on April 28! Our Prince Fox shows have quite the reputation of raging bliss. We've put together a fantastic lineup with Ship Wrek, our Aussie homie Yahtzel, and the official SF debut of that top industry dog .... Lil Hank! Bananas! Tickets are on sale now, so swoop them ASAP! Also, check out Prince Fox's new cover of "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World.
Independent artists who do it all are becoming more common in today’s new music business. Los Angeles songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tim Atlas, who makes groovy indie pop tunes with seemingly timeless melodies, is helping to define that fiercely self-sufficient ethos. He’s even gone so far to book his own full US and European tours.
Last week, Atlas released his second EP, entitled All Talk! It’s a collection of 5 songs, including previously released singles “Dive”, “Unwind”, and the 11-million-stream 2016 single “Compromised”—in addition to intro and outro sketches which help bookend the body of work into a cohesive story. Sonically, the project displays a juxtaposition of analog and digital sounds, with Atlas citing influences from Hall & Oates to Tame Impala to Toro y Moi.
One of the new singles, “Figure A” is a standout track and a great example of Atlas’ nostalgic sensibilities. 80’s-style synthesizers and a slow and steady groove set the scene for vintage west coast vibes galore. Lyrically, it’s seems to be a sort of self-discovery tale, about “figuring it out.” Listen to All Talk! for yourself to discover why this independent artist is making big waves across the industry.
Catch Tim Atlas live in Austin at SXSW or in LA at School Night on April 30, more info here.
The 21 year old Antwerp based producer, Taska Black, has quickly swept the dance music landscape with his luscious anthemic tracks. His journey started at the young age of 4, with violin and piano lessons, which then led to dabbling in production, where he ultimately blossomed and fell in love with the freedom of expression he had through it. Now Taska has been taken under the wing of San Holo and has found a home within bitbird, and even more recently had his Monstercat Debut. If you we're wondering what his favorite plug-in is, his pet peeves, and what he has in the works then check out our interview below!
Hey Taska, thanks so much for letting us have a couple minutes of your time! Let's get started with a couple short questions, so we can learn more about you.
Who’s your biggest inspiration? Benny Blanco
What is something that drives you? The will to be better at everything than I was before.
Something on your bucket list. Perform at Coachella.
Biggest Pet Peeve? When people use way too many hashtags on Instagram
Favorite Holiday? Christmas
Any hidden talents? I’m a procrastination expert (don’t tell my managers)
Now let's talk a little more in depth...how was school and growing up for you? Were you the cool kid, the nerd, the athlete? And how did that lead to you being in music?
I had a very average childhood I guess. I’ve always been an introverted kid and I still am, but over the years I learned how to deal with that. I’ve played the violin for a long time since I was four but never liked it, only now I’ve come to appreciate it again. I also took piano lessons for 10 years and I think that’s where everything started. I figured I was better at improvising melodies than playing songs from sheet music. When I discovered that it was just a small step into production.
How did you come up with the name Taska Black and how does that relate to your music?
I told myself multiple times to come up with a cool story behind my name because the truth is pretty silly; A friend of mine directed a short movie about a homeless guitarist in my hometown Antwerp. At that time I was looking for a stage name and this guy in the video was talking about his dog called ‘Taska’. I ended up using that name and added the word ‘Black’ which refers to my darker aesthetic and musical style.
How did you make the move to working with bitbird/San Holo and how has it been?
I got in touch with them pretty early on. They were still a promotional platform on Soundcloud and I liked what they were putting out so I sent them my song ‘Right Now’ which we ended up releasing on the label. Both bitbird and San grew so much in 3 years and I’m so grateful to be a part of the family. San has believed in me since day one and gave me an audience to begin with. bitbird will always be kind of a home base to me.
What DAW do you use and what is your favorite plug-in.
I use Ableton Live! It’s hard to pick one favourite plugin but I do use Waves S1 way too much. It’s basically just a stereo shaper but I use it on every element of a song to give it a place in the stereo image.
Say we’re starting a track from scratch just you and me. Where do you start and how do you know it’s finished?
I always start in front of my piano or MIDI keyboard. I get a chord progression going and let my creativity do the rest! And to answer that last question; you never know when it’s finished, it actually never is. Sometimes you just have to call it a day.
What was the best & worst part of 2017 and a lesson you learned along the way.
The best part was my manager calling to tell me that I was playing at Bonnaroo 2018. The worst part was finding out I wasn’t allowed into music conservatory after quitting my engineering studies. It turned out for the better though because I decided to just start doing music full time instead of going to college. One lesson I did learn along the way was to take some time to relax and not think about music. After a while I felt like I didn’t appreciate music as much as I used to anymore because of the work I do.
What should we be expecting from you in 2018?
I have a lot of music to show this year. New originals, maybe even an EP, remixes, very exciting collaborations I can’t talk about yet. As far as shows go I’m super excited to be playing at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza Paris this year, that’s all I can say for the moment unfortunately...
Aww yeah, it’s party time! Sydney producer POOLCLVB recently dropped his highly anticipated new single “Freefall” courtesy of our friends at Etcetc Records. Known for his unique sound and ability to push boundaries, POOLCLVB showcases his versatility blending future edge sound with nostalgic 90’s summer vibes. The party-ready track is full of playful melodies, light-filled basslines, and punchy synths that will have you grabbing a cocktail and moving poolside. This laid-back Australian house tribute is masterfully delivered, paired with mesmerizing hooks and vocals from featured artist Doolie. This track is less about sound and more about feeling, so sit back, relax, and listen.
In an enchanting collaboration, New York's progressive electronic producer Fareoh and singer-songwriter Lilianna Wilde teamed up to unveil "Famous," an intellectual future-bass psalm. Fareoh takes off with a soft, near rustic, electro-pop beat that illuminates Wilde's crystal clear vocals. As the track continues to unfold, passion ensues as geometric sounds oscillate Wilde's emotionally demanding verses."Famous" manipulates tunnel vision echoes, and seamlessly combines future-bas, electro-pop, and future-trap. Marinated in soul, and punctuated by illustrious intellect, "Famous" is both humbling, and grand- watch this space
This weekend we are getting together with of our favorite indie label Next Wave Records (Louis The Child, Manila Killa, Jerry Folk) and this line-up is something fierce! With Bearson and josh pan already announced, we've added a group of amazing artists who are going to round out an incredible night: X&g, Dylan Brady, Aire Atlantica, and KWON. I've heard that there are also going to be some secret guest showing up as well .... I wonder who?? Tickets are on sale now, you know what it do!
Sometimes finding tracks that really catch your attention in the constant deluge of amazing music swirling around in the ether can be overwhelming. Then something zips by and pulls you into its orbit and captures you with its gravity. NYC-based singer, songwriter & producer Billy-On enlists rapper Jay Boogie to weave together “Ghost Limb”, an atmospheric genre bender that defies my attention deficit and just keeps me coming back for more.
Before dropping his first original track Billy-On embarked on the familiar path of remix releases to develop his sound. Safe to say, the work paid off and this music junkie cannot wait for future releases. Keep these gentlemen on your radar and you won’t be disappointed. Click here to stream or purchase “Ghost Limb’ for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!