When 7 dropped last month, it immediately grabbed the top spot on the iTunes charts, reaffirming that when one thinks of today's top electronic artists, David Guetta is the first name that comes to mind. Featuring artists like Sia, Justin Beiber, Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj, and J. Balvin, songs off the massive double album have already garnered over one billion streams. Partly due to the album's immediate success, Spotify currently has Guetta listed as the 8th most streamed artist in the world.
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Interview | The Huntertones

Members of the band talk about their latest album.


"At the end of the day, good music resonates with people regardless of the instrumentation."

The Huntertones — a seven-piece instrumentalist band based in Brooklyn — have made a splash with their viral tribute video to Michael Jackson. But the group isn't just about covers, they offer fans original music, too. Their recently released studio album, Passport, features a selection of songs that draws on inspiration from their travels all over the globe. The band is taking their show on the road soon, touring North America with shows in the US and Canada.

Members of the band spoke with Popdust about their upcoming projects, the album-producing process, and more.

Your band made a big splash on the scene last year when you filmed a tribute video to Michael Jackson. How did that decision come to pass? What other artists have impacted your music?

Jon Lampley: We'd already been experimenting with covering different types of songs in that trio format. The songs we decide to play are based on artists that have influenced us as musicians and created music that we love. Michael is one of our favorites and he has so much timeless music from every era of his career, so we tried to fit as much as we could into the arrangement and make it feel smooth. We were all surprised with how well the video did!

The list of artists that inspire us is a ridiculously long one. Here are a few that have influenced us as a band as well as individuals: Louis Armstrong, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, D'Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest, Snarky Puppy

What do you think about the current instrumental music scene? Why don't you think the genre is more popular?

Dan White: I think there are a lot of people who dig music without vocals. It's an uphill battle in the US though. The way we think about it is, if you take away something from the music like the lyrics and a vocalist, then you have to make up for it in another creative way. As instrumentalists, we think of music differently and love to collaborate with vocalists. At the end of the day, good music resonates with people regardless of the instrumentation.

Tell us a little bit about the writing and recording process for the new album, Passport? I read it was inspired by your travels in South America, Europe and Africa.

DW: Each track is inspired by a different place we experienced as a band. We had the opportunity to travel and collaborate with local musicians from Togo, Egypt, Peru, Georgia (the country), Zimbabwe, and many others. The music we wrote varies widely, but what ties it all together is the band and how we play together no matter what the style or groove is. Many of the compositions start with a very simple idea that gets spun out and layered upon.


Diversity is one theme of the album. Why was that important to you?

DW: We collaborated with more people on this album than we ever have before. While working together, our differences were a very positive thing musically. If we all were the same, touring and playing shows night after night would get very boring. For Huntertones, our differences make the band stronger.

Do any of you have favorite tracks off the album?

JL: My favorite songs on the album are Hondo, Change, and Togo. I'm really proud of how the entire project came out, but these are my personal favorites.

What's next for you?

JL: So we're celebrating the release with a show in New York City on Friday, October 12th, which we're very excited about, followed by a show in Connecticut on the 13th. We also have some shows coming up later in the year where we're supporting other bands on tour. We were out on the road for about four months of 2018 and in 2019 we will be on the road quite a bit so we are looking forward to spending some time at home this fall. We're always working on new content so keep an eye out on all of our social media pages and website!

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Belle VEX premieres his new music video, "Something New," today on Popdust.

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Brent Butler releases "vybrent [REMIX] ft. Deascent & Ohene Cornelius"

Stream the single now and watch Brent Butler's latest music videos here!

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Brent chops up Michael Jackson vocal samples and brings in top tier indie rappers for the remix to his single, "vybrent." - now available everywhere!

Out today, NYC-based rapper/producer Brent Butler's latest track brings the sounds of summer to an already fresh beat, adding an energetic flair and some cool collaboration from rappers Ohene Cornelius and Deascent. "vybrent [REMIX]" is ripe and ready for a never-ending summer, taken up a notch from the original with bold sounds and brand new lyrics.

For an unsigned artist, mostly producing music in his bedroom, this kid's got serious talent. But I'll let you be the judge.

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"When rapper, Ohene Cornelius, heard the original '
vybrent' he immediately demanded a remix with a verse of his own. At that time, I still had months of writing and producing ahead of me to finish the EP – remix considerations
were nowhere on my radar."

Undeterred, Ohene crashed a studio session later that week. According to Brent:

"Ohene laid down a verse that captured the energy of the song so perfectly that I began rethinking everything. Cut to the next day: Deascent wanted in as well. His verse completely blew me away; I couldn't ignore fate... a remix was inevitable."

Original "vybrent," featuring indie rapper, Crimdella.

"This is a track I'm probably most proud of. I've always been inspired by producers from Pharrell, to Just Blaze, Kanye, and even rock producers like Rob Cavallo. I hope "vybrent," both the remix and the original would make all of them proud."

2018 has been a big year for Brent. 2 months ago he traveled out to the deserts of California to shoot this new video for another single off his debut solo EP, L I L A C, which was released in June, "in the desert," featuring vocals from the incredible singer, Lauren Renahan.

Popdust featured all three of the talented musicians from "vybrent [REMIX]" (and 8 others!) back in February, when he brought 13 local artists together for the appropriately titled single, "13."

"I'm all about collaborations, so working on my first solo EP, L I L A C, may have had me a bit stir crazy in the studio. When Deascent heard the track and responded with his own 8 bars, I was like... okay let's go nuts... Next it was 4 rappers, then 8, then 11, and it kept going. It easily would have gone over 13, but we drew the line there decided to do a surprise release on the 13th... cuz you know, numbers."

Read our exclusive premiere, and check out the teaser below.

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Stonestreet's new video drives us into what she describes as a "left of center world taking us back to the dirty glam of the 90s, with vintage dresses, wigs, and busted barbies." I'm sold.

"With another banger in the bank, it's only a matter of time before Stonestreet starts cashing in." - BILLBOARD

Following her debut single, "Bankrupt," Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and all-around badass, Skyler Stonestreet, is back with her much-anticipated new single, "It Kinda Hurts." The record, which just dropped today, describes that sticky place after a relationship, in between love and hate, where seeing someone for whom you once had feelings… well… kinda hurts.

The video for "It Kinda Hurts," stylishly directed by Jason Koffeman, shows Skyler on the way to see an ex, with her new beau – a blow-up doll – along for the ride.

"This is a song about how emotions and connection don't just disappear because you've stopped dating someone," shares Stonestreet. "Sometimes people move on, or convince themselves they have, and it causes a lot of mixed feelings. I've been through this, and I know so many other people have. Trying to be happy without someone when they are seemingly happy without you…kinda hurts."

For the video, Koffeman and Stonestreet worked hand-in-hand to create a kind of left-of-center world, taking us back to the dirty glam of the 90s with vintage dresses, wigs and busted barbies. While there's a sparkle of Cyndi Lauper and a touch of Courtney Love, it's Stonestreet's beautifully breathy vocals that really shine through.

"We wanted to make a video that tapped into that messy feeling Skyler is singing about. A love story for nobody and everyone all at once," said director Jason Koffeman.

Born in Las Vegas, Stonestreet moved to Santa Barbara when she was nine years old, finally moving to Los Angeles after high school. After a brief stint at a music school, Skyler dropped out to pursue her career full-time.

For nearly a year, Stonestreet found herself in and out of doctor's offices, unable to figure out what was ailing her. After undergoing a series of tests, she was told that she had breast cancer – not to mention at a frighteningly young age (Less than 2% of women with breast cancer are diagnosed before the age of 30).

Stonestreet is now cancer-free, and proudly rocking short hair to inspire young women. "Breast cancer is just one piece of my life," shares Skyler. "It doesn't define me. But now I want to help other people who are going through it. And I want girls to know that they should feel okay in their own skin."

Stonestreet has been a writer and vocalist on tracks like The Chainsmokers platinum single "Kanye," Marshmello's dance hit "Chasing Colors," and Dua Lipa's massive song "IDGAF," which has well over 600 million streams and is a bonafide global hit.

Stonestreet's music has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill (CW), Jane By Design (ABC Family), Switched At Birth (ABC family), Royal Pains (USA), Ghost Whisperer (CBS), as well as on MTV, VH1 and Oxygen.

Music has saved me," she says. "As long as I keep writing, keep playing, and keep inspiring others through my music, I know I'm right where I need to be."

Exclusive interview with the star herself:

Skyler, welcome to Popdust! How have you been?

Thank you! I've been great! Excited about releasing new music

Can you talk to us more about "It Kinda Hurts?"
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this?

It Kinda Hurts is a personal story from start to finish, inspired by a past relationship and the complex emotions that come up when you run into that person.

Tell us a bit about the concept and making of the video!

For the video, I worked with the incredible Jason Koffeman (director) on creating a left of center world taking us back to the dirty glam of the 90s, with vintage dresses, wigs, and busted barbies. The video also reveals my new love interest....which is a blow up doll. :)

Which wig was your favorite? (mine was the #lilac one)

I loved them all to be honest, but I definitely think the orange was my favorite, I loved pairing with the baby blue dress.

What's your writing and recording process?

For my own music it's always different. Sometimes the melody and lyric come out at the same time which is really fun, or I have a concept that will sort of write itself, I've even had songs and ideas come to me in dreams.

Does this mean we can expect more new material from you - how's that coming along? If so, any tentative release date or title in mind for the next project?

Yes! So excited to be putting out new music, I've been working a lot with Nick Monson (Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Britney Spears) and Lauren Christy (Bebe Rexha, Avril Lavigne, G-Eazy, Dua Lipa) and I can't wait to start releasing it.

Any plans for upcoming shows?

Definitely! I've been in writing mode for the last few months but playing live is honestly one of my favorite things. It's where you can let all the emotion out and connect with all your new friends listening.

Connect with Skyler Stonestreet | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube |

Brent Butler is a NYC-based rapper, producer, and guitarist. He is a regular contributor to Popdust and host of Popdust Presents. Follow Brent on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Soundcloud | and check out his debut solo EP, | L I L A C|

From YouTube to the world stage, Devin Hayes makes sparks fly with his new music video, "Best Mistake."

"Music is my diary, and it's amazing I get to share that with the world," Devin Hayes tells us in our exclusive interview with him (read more below)! Devin first started growing his online presence by live streaming at home. Viewers quickly fell in love with his voice and personality and eagerly searched for more places show support. Fast forward to today and Devin's more than a viral sensation; he's a certified pop star.

Less than two weeks ago, Hayes' new single "Best Mistake" hit the web, and without missing a beat, he fast-followed today with a killer visual featuring the lovely Carrington Durham.

In 2017, the social media hunk felt like he was hitting a sophomore slump, and began considering other paths. On the verge of giving up, Devin received an email that changed his life. ABC's reality series Boyband knew a star in the making when they saw one, and they wanted Devin on the show. His national television breakthrough got him all the way to the final nine contestants, and although he didn't win he knew he had what it takes to be the one.

Devin Hayes, strolling down memory lane

Earlier this year, Devin packed up his bags and headed for L.A. Focused, he began swinging at the music industry like never before. With the first punch, he landed himself on Jake Miller's aptly titled, nationwide "Hit and Run" tour. Then came the knockout: his debut album, The Mind's Diary, and of course, his newest single, "Best Mistake." What's the next horizon for Hayes? He tells us in his own words below!

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