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Tall Sasha’s new Hypnotic Dance Single, “IN MY HEART”, with remixes by D:Fuse and Sir Thomas

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 17, 2011 – Up-and-coming San Francisco DJ and producer, Tall Sasha, today released the new dance music single “In My Heart” on Curvve Records, along with three club remixes by D:FUSE, Jamaster A and Sir Thomas. A hypnotic track featuring sexy female vocals by San Francisco’s own Janice Bailon, “In My Heart” keeps the dance floor moving with a pulsing groove and driving bass line. The single and remixes are now available on Beatport.

The original version is 6:30 minutes in length and kicks off with a hypnotic journey of electronic piano and a driving beat. Janice’s vocals begin a wavy, dreamy voice, which continues to drive the rhythm and melody throughout. The D:FUSE remix infuses his uniquely energetic sound, reworking the vocal, bringing the bass line to the forefront and keeping the groove pulsing. Sir Thomas creates a deep and dark version of the song, while Jamaster A brings out the most energetic remix with a Euro dance sound.

Tall Sasha has risen to one of the most popular DJs in San Francisco in a relatively short amount of time. Just in the last year alone he has been picked to share the decks in legendary Ruby Skye, San Francisco with the world’s most respected DJs from David Guetta, Roger Sanchez, Axwell, Swedish House Mafia, Mark Knight, Avicii, Ferry Corsten and many more. When he’s not touring internationally, Tall Sasha is often seen spinning in his top three San Francisco venues Ruby Skye, Supperclub and Vessel.

“I’ve wanted to create a sound that just flows nicely and it’s not too energetic and not too mellow,” says Tall Sasha. “The vocals and melody have always been the most important to me in electronic music, and I wanted to make a song that adjusts to your own listening mood.”

“My idea on the remix was to chop the vocal up a bit and rearrange the verses just a bit to focus on the hook,” said D:FUSE on his remix. “Then it was about bringing some funk with the bass line. It’s honestly the type of track I’m always searching for and it has been tearing up my floors. Very happy with my remix and love the original as well!”

“This track can reach a very broad audience as its a mixture of genres, and my remix could suit many different tier one DJs as it is deep, dark and full of bass with sexy vocal to back it up,” said Sir Thomas.

To preview and purchase the “In My Heart” original track and remixes today, visit: http://www.beatport.com/artist/tall-sasha/206775. For a limited time, if you download any of the 4 versions, and send a receipt to info@dj4life.org, you will get a link to download a special edition, free one-hour podcast from D:FUSE and Tall Sasha.

Saeed Younan: Life, Drums and Magic

Saeed_YounanA world class globe-trotting DJ, a recording artist, a sought-after remix producer, and head of his own record label, Saeed Younan has excelled as a true artist in the global dance scene.

Following the success of a string of chart topping singles, and being elected as #13 on the Top 100 American DJs List, Saeed found the time to sit down with Curvve for an interview on his life, career and upcoming remix, “Magic.”

Q: Where did you grow up? Please tell a little about yourself.
A: I was born in Iraq but grew up in Washington D.C lived here since I was 11 years old.

Q: Do you think the area you grew up had a big influence your musical taste?
A: Yes, the early 90’s rave days were big influence on me. D.C had a great clubbing scene back then. And had a chance to catch a lot of good DJs growing up.

Q: When did you begin producing music?
A: My first production was in 1992 right after I graduated from high school. It was with Gossip Records and YoshiToshi.

Q: What started off your music career?
A: I guess it be that gossip record and Yoshi releases, and things really picked up when I started my own label Addictive Records in 1995-2004

Q: What is a piece of equipment you cannot live without?
A: Logic and Ableton Live.

Q: What music genre would you like to experiment in?
A: I love Drum n’ Bass and dub Reggae. I’ll probably produce some in the near future. But house music will always be my specialty.

Q: Do you have any big projects coming up in the near future?
A: I just released an e.p Called “Port Saeed”. All 4 tracks made the top downloads on beatport.com. I have a remix coming out on Ultra for Austin Leeds and Starkillers. I’m also Working on a new mix comp which will come out early next year on Younan Music. And few other solo original projects.

Q: What past tracks do you feel really showcases the direction that your productions are heading?
A: My new e.p “Port Saeed” has 4 tracks that showcase the style I lean toward these days.

Q: How did you end up deciding on a direction for your remix of Magic? Was there a specific sound that you were trying to achieve?
A: I just wanted to produce a fun and sexy remix. I also like to stray away from the obvious. And take a different approach all together. And I feel that I achieved that.

Q: Was there anything special about this song or vocal that really made you want to remix it?
A: I like the vocals and thought be nice to make them sound more hunting and reversed them in few parts.

Q: What gear or software was influential in the making of this remix (and maybe your sound in general)?
A: I used logic for this project, with some elements from LIVE to chop up vocals and loops. I also used the Albino 3 for the bassline. And lots of drum kits with manipulated sound effects.

Q: Are there any bands or artists out there who influence your sound?
Not really, I kinda go my own way. But don’t get me wrong I listen to a lot of different type of music and artist and I’m sure a lot of the stuff I do has been touched by other genres or sounds.

Q: What countries do you enjoy travelling to ??
A: I enjoy playing in S.America a lot. But I also enjoy Canada and Eastern Europe has a great scene.

Q: How do you feel about the European culture and it’s influence in today’s music?
A: I think it’s great. We can defiantly use some of their influence here in the states especially with radio and T.V

Q: What has been an unforgettable gig for you?
A: Summer Dance Festival in Colombia is amazing I played there for 2 years straight and it was one of the best events I’ve done.

Q: Is there an interesting fact or piece of data about your that most people don’t know?
A: Some people don’t know that I’ve been making music and djing since high school. I started back in 1988 (when I was in 9th grade) and been at it ever since.

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Tiesto supports 'Flow' on his Beatport Summer Chart.

Vinny Troia’s ‘Flow’ once again continues to turn heads, this time receiving massive support from Tiesto. With sultry vocals from Jaidene Veda and a stellar remix from Gareth Emery, the track has withheld the test of time by continuing to re-appear in sets of the world’s biggest DJs.

Along its already large list of accomplishments, Flow reached #1 on Beatport and #24 on the Billboard Hot Club Play charts. It was also featured in Armin Van Buuren’s ‘A State of Trance 2006’ compilation, several of Paul Oakenfold’s ‘Perfecto on Tour’ Sirius Satellite Radio Shows, Markus Schulz’ Global DJ Broadcast, Matt Darey’s ‘Nocturnal Radio’ and Paul Van Dyk’s ‘Vonyc Sessions’.

To continue the long line of support for Flow, Tiesto has featured the song at #5 on his Beatport Summer 2008 chart. The video below shows a live clip of Tiesto playing ‘Flow’ at a show in Pheonix, USA.

Click here to view Tiesto’s Summer 2008 Chart.

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Flow is currently available at all digital retail stores including Beatport, Itunes, DJ Download and more.

Christopher Norman bytes into Curvve with his remix of Gareth Emery's 'More Than Anything'

Christopher Norman has spent the last three years under the pseudo name “Retrobyte,” offering roles as singer, songwriter and producer.  During that time, Chris has had the rare opportunity of being protégé to Gabriel and Dresden and working with many other well established artists and labels.

This interview with the esteemed musician, about his life and recipe for success, marks the latest release on Curvve Recordings with his remix of Gareth Emery’s “More Than Anything.”

How did you come up with the name “Retrobyte”?

I hate to disappoint, but there’s really not a cool story to go along with it – it just popped in my head back when I was in high school and I let it stick.  I’m making the slow (and painful) transition back to my real name and I’m starting to wish I didn’t have an alias in the first place!

Were you involved in any music classes in high school?

I started doing piano when I was 6 or 7, and that led to playing in band in school.  I also went to an arts high school for two years and did piano there as well.

Who were your biggest musical influences?

Growing up I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson and Queen, and my parents both loved folkier stuff too.  In recent history some big influences have been Jamie Lidell, Basement Jaxx, Ozgur Can, Feist, Gabriel & Dresden (of course), Robyn’s new record is fantastic…just too many to list!

What was it like working with Gabriel and Dresden? Was there any one thing that you learned from them that you feel is most important?

Working with them was a dream come true.  I guess the most invaluable thing I’ve gotten from them is direction and knowledge in the industry – it’s really difficult to know if you’re going in the right direction, and they remain a great compass to this day.

What advice would you give someone who is starting out at producing?

As trite as it sounds, keep at it and don’t get frustrated if your productions don’t immediately sound like hits – it takes a while to get up to snuff.  And don’t let anybody tell you that you need a specific piece of kit or software – try things out and see what works for YOU, then go from there.

Do you experiment with different sounds?

A lot of people don’t know that dance music is actually a small part of what I do musically.  I play guitar, I sing, I write.  I’ve been working on loads of non-dance stuff – now it’s just a matter of what I’m going to do with it!  I’ve actually been really getting into dubstep lately and have been trying my hand at that – it’s proven to be a pretty interesting learning experience. I do use an 808 tom at LEAST once in every track though.  See if you can find ’em!

When you first heard “more than anything” was there anything in particular that excited you about the song?

When Gareth first came to me and asked me to take a listen the very first thing I noticed was the vocal – I’m a sucker for a good, catchy male vocal.  His material is also always incredibly well produced, so that got my attention off the bat as well.

How did you originally envision yourself remixing it? Did you have a particular sound in mind? Or does it just come as go?

As anyone who has been in my studio in the past year knows, this song took me AGES to remix.  I tried every single genre and went through my entire bag of tricks and nothing clicked.  I must have gone through at least 10 different versions before I got to one that actually worked.  This is probably the longest I’ve ever spent on a remix.  From when I got the remix pack to when I turned it in, it was probably about 8 months.

Is there anything that you feel sets this remix apart from your other productions?

This is definitely on the progressive / trance side of the tracks on my resume – usually I try to avoid that word and style like the plague but this one needed to be a bit more anthem-ish.  It kind of brought that out in me.

Which of your songs or remixes have given you the greatest satisfaction and why?

I did a remix of Jose Amnesia & Jennifer Rene’s song “Wouldn’t Change a Thing” last year, that’s probably one of my favorite ones to date.  I put a lot of love into that mix – did backup vocals and played guitar and everything – and it’s one of the few productions I’ve done that I (for lack of a better term) just wouldn’t change a thing on.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Aside from music making, schooling, and the day job, I do a lot of cooking and baking.  I’d eventually like to start a home mail order business for my baked goods and write a cookbook.

What are you currently working on now? Any upcoming gigs or projects?

I’m actually finishing my degree in the fall, so until I graduate I’m just focusing on production and songwriting.  I’ll play a gig here and there, but no traveling or intense schedules.  I’m doing a lot of production work with my good friend and fellow DJ Anthony Attalla, and we have a lot of stuff filtering out in the next couple of months.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve, too, so stay tuned!

Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

My first original track (in over a year), “Otherside” with Topher Jones, comes out July 14th on Black Hole.  We’ve got some great remixes on the project (Patrik Bjorkman’s beats the original, I think) so check them out when they come out.

I also just finished a cover of Martin Gore’s “Compulsion” and posted it up for free download on my MySpace page: myspace.com/retrobyte

Be sure to check out Christopher Norman online and his latest remix of Gareth Emery’s “More Than Anything” which is available now at Beatport, DJ Download and AudioJelly.

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Paul Van Dyk drops Curvve's own "Wake Up" to a packed crowd!

Watch the video of Paul Van Dyk playing the Starkillers remix of Sir
Thomas’ “Wake Up” to a pack crowd at Dante’s nightclub in St. Louis!

“Wake Up” is currently available at Beatport, DJDownload and all other digital retailers.

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Sex, Drugs and Bacon Rolls: Curvve Interview with Dumb Dan

“Sex, Drugs and Bacon Rolls.” That was Dan’s reply when he was asked what the movie title to his life would be.

Hailing from Sweden, Dan Lindeberg, aka Dumb Dan is a well known name in the EDM society. His productions have gotten the attention from some of the major international players and have landed his work on labels like Stone Boy, Whoop and Armada. After having a great run on the Beatport charts with his remix of Moussa Clark’s “Regret”, he is now focusing his time on his international DJ gigs and running his own label, Dumb Recordings.

In the midst of all his hard work, Dan’s latest release, a remix of Shawn Mitiska and Vinny Troia’s “House Revisited” has just been released on Curvve Recordings. Click here to check it out.

But being a successful producer, DJ and label manager is only one side of the story. Here are a few things that you may not know about him:

Q: Everyone dreams of being a superhero. Who would you be?

A: “I’d have to say the Phantom”, he said in a recent interview with Curvve. “It would be cool to live with a beauty queen in a cave in Africa that has a room full of high tech stuff.”

Q: Speaking of high tech, what is the one piece of equipment that you could not live without?

A: “Voxengo’s Curve EQ”

Q: With your interest in this tech environment, does that make you a PC guy or a Mac guy?

A: “I feel a little Mac sometimes, but I’m pretty sure I’m PC. “ He goes on to say, “Some of my best friends are Macs, I have nothing against them.”

Some of us have a routine when we play a set or when we produce. Dan is no different. His ritual includes “having a big pot of coffee all day long” and definitely wearing his lucky KISS t-shirt. This is the sort of preparation that has led him to produce an edgy, tech house driven remix of “House Revisited.” He also swears that he wore his lucky shirt during the entire production of the remix, which is why he can guarantee that it will be a hit.

Q: Did anything interesting or funny happen to you during the recording of your new remix?

A: Yes, Shawn Mitiska told me all about his favorite trance records.

Business aside, Dan believes that if his remix of “House Revisited” was an animal, it would definitely be an Okapi: an edgy looking animal that is a cross between a horse and a giraffe.

Interesting! But has this avant-garde way of thinking ever caused Dan to be stalked?

“Yes,” he replied, “but only by nice people.”

Be sure to check out out Dumb Dan’s remix of “House Revisited” by clicking here.

More Information about Dan available at

www.dumbdan.com

www.dumbrecordings.com

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Curvve to offer free monthly track downloads

For Immediate Release

Curvve Recordings will be offering a free monthly MP3 download to everyone subscribed to the Curvve Recordings Newsletter. It’s our way of saying Thank You for your continued support. Each monthly download will be sent to every member on our mailing list and will be a selection from our catalog. The song can be in any genre, including house, progressive, electro or trance. If you are not already a member, you may register here.

For more information, please visit www.curvverecordings.com.

Probspot returns to Curvve with a remix of Noodles

Following his previous success with Curvve, Probspot is at it again with a chart topping remix of Rowan and Jaytech’s track, “Noodles”.

NoodlesConsidered to currently be one of the top producers of electronic music today, Probspot has been in the scene in 1996. Over the years his originals and remixes have gained the attention of global djs Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold and Armin Van Buuren. Both his original track “Stalker” and remix of “Necromancer” for Curvve quickly climbed to the Beatport Top 10.

Click here to listen to audio samples or to purchase the track on Beatport.com

Making a debut on Paul van Dyk’s ‘Vonyc Radio‘, this remix of ‘Noodles’ is a funky progressive track that delivers a smooth consistent beat . The driving base makes ‘Noodles’ a great choice for the midnight dance floors.

‘Noodles’ marked Matt Rowan and Jaytech’s first release on Curvve. The original version is a cross between techy beats, electric sounds and spacey melodies that was favored by Andy Moor, Gareth Emery and Armin Van Buuren.

Click here to listen to audio samples or to purchase the track on Beatport.com

You really have to listen to it a few times so that you can fully understand the complexity of the track, there is so many layers all stacked so neatly together, much like noodles actually. The raspy bass line is reminiscent of some of BT’s earlier works with the deep kick giving the track enough punch to shake the walls of any club. If you’re looking for something a little different to inject some life into that set of yours, you should give Noodles a listen. “ – DanceNode.com

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OMG! 'Don't Stop' with Lifelike, Kris Menace and Island9

Excerpt from URB Magazine

“Following their successful first release with Heartache, Emjae and Mashtronic, OMG! Recordings deliver another club banging EP. Don’t Stop has been coined “the most beach friendly EP since Fred Falke’s Music for My Friends.” Featuring artists Lifelike, Kris Menace, and Island9, this French Touch release is playing favorites with Surkin, Boys Noize, Don Diablo, Basement Jaxx, and Les Petits Pilous! “From front to back, OMG! has delivered the blog house anthem of the summer!”

Click here for audio samples or to purchase the track on Beatport!

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Mohawk to release "Celestia" with Noel Sanger and J-Soul

For release on May 28, 2008: Mohawk “Celestia” with remixes by Noel Sanger and J-Soul

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Hailing from the U.K., Mohawk, who’s already proven himself as an immensely skilled soundscape magician capable of conjuring up some of the hottest beats to grace clubs and dancefloors across the globe with an array of singles and remixes signed to the likes of Positiva/EMI, Cuurve, Somatic Sense, Baroque, etc., whips up an astoundingly tantalizing and jaw-dropping beatpumper that will leave listeners moving frantically in harmonic space.

Noel Sanger takes the remix up a notch by laying down a few amazingly catchy twists of his own, which will do more than enough to utterly tear any respectable dancefloor into pieces, with just enough scraps for residents to fight over, while Russian remixer J-Soul deftly delivers a deep, moody, and soulful interpretation that any true enthusiast of progressive house shouldn’t pass up.