New Music: Arizona

Photo Credit - Arizona

Photo Credit – Arizona

I was recently introduced to one of the most exciting, up and coming bands I have heard in a very long time. They are Arizona, creating heady soundscapes, one song at a time.

Each release from the New Jersey natives makes for addictive listening and choosing just one song amongst their repertoire to feature was a hard choice. I finally settled on their latest release, ‘People Crying Every Night’, a indie pop gem them that would seamlessly fit in at almost every radio station.

Another gem is ‘Let Me Touch Your Fire’, an instantly enchanting, chillwave listen. Their cover of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood is particularly haunting, adding a new depth and completely different, darker take on the hit.

Arizona is set for big things. Keep an eye out for them!

Interview: Deeziak

Photo Credit - Peter Hudson

Photo Credit – Peter Hudson

I caught up with up and coming DJ and producer, Deeziak, who is playing at Grietfest later this month, to learn more about him, see what he was what looking forward to about the festival and projects, from record labels to events, that he is working on.

Who are your influences?

From Bob Marley, Rage Against The Machine, Bad Company, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Krafty Kuts and Bonobo to name a few. I take influences from lots of different genres and artists.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound could be described as a mixture between more energetic rolling style and darker neuro-funk Drum & Dass. At Grietfiest 2016 I will be playing something different to what I usually play out at events, so im very excited for that! Expect some serious JUNGLE!

You shared the stage with some of the greatest International Drum & Bass acts including DJ Fresh, Camo & Krooked, Sigma, what was the best experience you had?

All of them have been a super unbelievable, but if I had to choose one – It would have been when [SiRENSOUND] hosted KASRA (UK) at Critical Winter 2015.

Explain how you became involved with the event and why you chose to perform at the festival?

I always aim to only deliver the best quality sets with new and exciting material. For me, it’s all about the tune selection and mixing style. Grietfest is definitely an event that showcases acts like myself who are passionate about the music very well.

What are you looking forward to about Grietfest? 

Im looking forward to seeing what the organisers will blow our minds with this year. I know the venue is sick and getting to play at a festival with artists like Friction, Apashe, The Oddword and more is definitely something to be amped about!

Who are most excited to see perform and why?

Most definitely Friction (UK). He is one of my favourites in the D&B world. A real inspiration! SHOOOOGUUUUUN!

What are you currently working on and do you have certain projects that you are excited about?

I am currently busy rebuilding my studio and focused on a lot of projects I am very excited about. From running an upcoming record label to hosting some of the best international artists in SA at the events I am involved with.

Listen To This: Nothing Left

Photo Credit - Daily Mail

Photo Credit – Daily Mail

If you are anything like me, you are starting to countdown the days to summer. I happen to have the perfect summer entree, in the form of ‘Nothing Left’ by Kygo and my hugely underrated favourite, Will Heard.

Heard lends his soulful to the song and Kygo, his irresistible and unmistakable sound. In this case, the funky and tropical spin on the song is thanks to Tropical Thunder and it is sure to have you grooving.


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