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Bakermat Premieres New Single "Learn to Lose," and Comments On The Future of Melodic House

"I think a lot of guys are going for quantity lately, not quality. For me, music is about spreading a personal message, and I don't see that a lot anymore."

Dutch producer Lodewijk Fluttert, known as Bakermat, is not a name mainstream audiences would necessarily recognize, but they should.

The soft-spoken 27-year-old is one of melodic house's forefathers, and everyone from Kygo to Lost Frequencies and Klingande have credited the DJ as an inspiration. Bakermat paved the way for tropical house artists and is still one of the sub-genres most consistent creatives, but frankly, the sounds growing popularity concerns him. "I haven't been very optimistic lately about the direction melodic house is taking," Bakermat told Popdust. "I think a lot of guys are going for quantity lately, not quality. For me, music is about spreading a personal message, and I don't see that a lot anymore."

The DJ's new song, "Learn to Lose," premiering exclusively on Popdust, is strong evidence that Bakermat cares more about crafting compelling ideas than radio hits. "All the songs now are about love, but there's so much more to write about than just heartbreak." The single, featuring Alex Clare, describes the pressures of a hectic career and offers advice for those looking for guidance. "In order to succeed, you have to learn to lose," Bakersmat said of the track. "I hope this song helps people who are working hard to achieve something. I hope it will push people to go for it, no matter what."

We sat down with the DJ to talk about his new single, its quirky animated music video, and the future of melodic house music.

Tell me about the new single. What was the creative process like, and how did you connect with Alex Clare? How is this single different from your past work?

Well, I was looking for a good song and got sent "Learn To Lose" by Rhys Lewis. I immediately fell in love with the message of the song and thought it would be perfect in combination with my production. I think I made the track in a day because I knew exactly what I wanted. After that, it was a no brainer who the singer would be, because I've worked with Alex before, on 'Living,' and this song has a similar vibe and message.

The music video is adorable! How did the idea for it come about, and why did you feel stylistically this was the way to go?

Since I don't really feel comfortable being in front of a camera, I wanted to find a way to make my videos personal without appearing myself. That's when I came up with the idea to have an animated version of my dog star in them. I approached Studio Plumeau (an animation company in Utrecht, NL) with the idea and I fell in love with the first sketch they made. From there on we started coming up with storylines.

What are your plans for 2019?

I have some very exciting new music that I've been working on for a long time now. It's completely different than what I usually make, and I was afraid to release it for a long time. But now I'm confident enough to release it and show it to the world. Will probably be after the summer!

As a prominent figure in melodic house music, where do you see the genre going? Who do you see as being torchbearers of the genre?

I think the most important element of melodic house music is combining genres. It used to be a combination of jazz and house, then it kind of moved to a combo of disco, blues, soul, and house. In order for this genre to remain fresh, producers will have to keep experimenting by mixing genres together. The idea behind melodic house is that melody is key, whatever style you're going for. Torchbearers for me are guys like Lost Frequencies, Klingande, and Ofenbach, who try to remain unique and bring fresh original music.

Get more information about BakerMat's latest tour here


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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Having participated in Valentine's Day for the past four years, I'm surprisingly relieved to have this year off. Sure it's a nice holiday and believe me I jump at any opportunity to show my loved ones how much I love them, but let's be honest- Valentine's Day get expensive. So, as part of my celebration of being a single-lady-who-doesn't-need-no-man this year, I bring to you the single persons playlist for this year. Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with the Ladies or having a night out with the Bros this playlist will get you pumped to love the best valentine of all -- YOURSELF!

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

You knew this was coming and I'm not sorry because it's iconic. Lady, man, non-binary, or otherwise you'll definitely relate to this song. You might just be "up in the club" because "you just broke up" this Valetine's Day and that's ok.

Woman

If you buy your own things and pay your own bills you'll love this. I love Kesha and her new album and it's chalked full of independent anthems.

Sometimes it's best to just admit it. Halsey proclaims, "I'm bad at love," and girl I feel you. This song is super fun to dance to so play at an at-home anti-Valentine's day party or request it at your local bar.

Same Old Love

If you're also so sick of the same old love.

Material Girl

If you are going on one of those Valentine Day blind dates remember that you deserve to be a Material Girl every now and again. You too guys.

Hard Feelings/Loveless

Lorde knows a thing or two about self-care. This is my very favorite song of hers. Sometimes you just need a night at home for yourself-- plus, the end of the song is a total banger.

New Man

Is your ex blowing up your newsfeed with photos of him/her and their new significant other? You and Ed would agree you don't want to know about how happy they are thank-you-very-much.

Too Little, Too Late

Jojo is basically my favorite. This is the perfect song for the time of the night that you're in your feelings. Remember why you let that person go in the first place.

Worship

Don't be afraid to tell your Valentine's Day booty call to "Worship" you.

Stronger

Put your foot down this February with this excellent throwback. If this one doesn't get the entire bar singing this Valentine's Day, I don't know what will.

An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)

The title says it all but what really speaks to me about this track is how confidently Courtney Barnett doesn't seem to care she's lonely. To me that says it all.

Wanna Be Cool

When I think about songs that really celebrate the self this is at the top of my list and Donnie Trumpet happens to be one of my favorites.

Hurricane

If you ever need to feel awesome about feeling single repeat this to yourself: "I'm a wanderess, I'm a one night stand. Don't belong to no city. Don't belong to no man." Be the hurricane.

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It Ain't Me

Were you in one of those relationships where you were always cleaning up after your ex's mess? This one celebrates no longer being responsible for that.

Forgetting All About You

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IDGAF

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