"The sound, the lyrics, the vibe, it all just fell into place," van Buuren said of the track
Grammy-award winning pop producer Fernando Garibay's latest collaboration with Armin Van Buuren was born out of a deep kinship and served as a natural return to form.
"In our business, we find that goal-oriented writing is sometimes not the most honest, and definitely not the most fun," Garibay told me. "Instead we focused on a beginners perspective; where every decision is based on what we're feeling, regardless of what we know." "Phone Down," the duo's latest release since their platinum hit "I Need You," is a melodically pristine and infectious pop song. "The sound, the lyrics, the vibe, it all just fell into place," van Buuren said of the track.
The song serves as a powerful ode to lost love. "I can't put my phone down; I can't be alone now, when I close my eyes all I'm seeing is you," the unnamed singer croons over a thick 808. Garibay said that the track evolved naturally alongside Van Buuren, and that "Phone Down" was born from raw emotion. "It's like working by pure instinct, but at the same time trying to forget that your instinct comes from experience," Garibay said. The track itself, while catchy and rhythmic, is incredibly melancholic. I asked Garibay to further describe the headspace they were both in when crafting the song. "We try to ask ourselves the right questions," he said. "What are people going through, and what is it that's genuinely moving us right now?" When asked to elaborate on what those answers might be, he said, "When we get chills, we know we're on to something, and that's where we want the listener to live, in that space where we feel heard, loved and perfectly aligned."
Check out the colorful lyric video for "Phone Down" below.
Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.
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Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
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Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."