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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | CloZee

The French electronic artist is taking her first album on the road.

Composer and producer Chloé Herry (AKA CloZee) has established herself as one of the hottest upcoming artists on the French electronic scene.

With more than 300 concerts around the world in the past three years, CloZee has performed at top festivals like Coachella, Lightning In A Bottle, Shambhala, Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, Buku, Envision, and Ozora. Audiences love her surprising style-mixing bass lines, funky off-beat percussion, and unique incorporation of world instruments with emotional cinematic sounds. Her tracks are about to reach 40 million streams on Spotify and she released her first full album Evasion this year.

We caught up with CloZee to chat about her music and upcoming worldwide tour.

What is music to you? How would you define it?
Music is a bridge, a universal language. It brings people together and transcends cultural differences. That's what I love the most about it, and this is why I create music.

Where did your interest in music stem from?
I'm not sure. I listened to music all my life, it's kind of part of me. The main catalyst is probably my mother who listened to a lot of different music all the time. There was always something playing in the background when I was a child.

What inspires you?
Anything. Traveling, touring, meeting new people, nature, other artists, dancers, etc.

Which city are you looking forward to the most on you tour?
All of them, but I always have a crush on Denver, CO!

Have you been to NYC before?
Yes, last week's show was my fourth time.

What do you love most about the city?
The high energy and the great community of artists. Also, the choice of all the awesome restaurants. (I love food!)

What do you love about creating music?
The fact that we can collaborate with anyone, regardless of language, country, or culture.

What was your inspiration behind two of your favorite songs?
'Aurora' - I composed this music while remembering all the sunrises I experienced in my life. 'Our Voices' - wanted to compose a powerful track for women after the #MeToo movement started.

Where can readers go to find out more about you?
Anywhere on the internet. But if they want to know something specific, I have a facebook group where you can interact with me directly: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clozeetribe.

What do you love most about performing at festivals?
To play for a lot of people who probably never heard of me before, to try to get new fans. Also being able to check out music before and after my set, and just hanging out and walking around.

Where can fans see you perform live?
I can't announce them yet. I'll be mostly in Europe, but will play a couple of shows in the U.S. this spring.

How would you sum up your music in two words?
Escapism, bass.

What feelings do you associate with your music?
Positivity, motivation, imagination, and confidence.

Follow CloZee on Facebook and Twitter.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | GRUM

The Ajunabeats star sits down with Popdust for an intimate interview.

Having made his Anjunabeats debut earlier this year, GRUM has quickly become a favorite of trance and EDM fans worldwide thanks to his modern take on classic progressive and trance influences.

GRUM, who DJ Mag recently lauded as having "the magic touch," has produced a Radio 1 Essential Mix that has gone viral. He remixed artists like Sigma, Martin Garrix, Gareth Emery and Above & Beyond, to name a few, and lent their songs the infectious beats that GRUM is known for. He is also coming off some electric sets in Hong Kong as the Asia-World expo, that cemented the DJ's talent as internationally appealing.

GRUM #ABGT300 Live at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong (Full 4K Ultra HD Set) www.youtube.com


The next generation of Anjunabeats performers, including GRUM, promise to launch the label into a new realm of superstardom. Now, GRUM promises fans a new trip into rhythmic bliss with forthcoming album, D E E P S T A T E.

Pop Dust had the chance to sit down with the music-maker to pick his brain about his musical inspiration, the upcoming release, and more.


What is Music? How would you define it?
Personally, music is the one thing that keeps me going, through thick and thin. I'd define it as the universal language, a way that people from different cultures or languages can connect on the same level through shared appreciation.


Where did your interest in music stem from?
I did well in a music test in school, which meant that a trumpet was given to me and I was given lessons. Instead of playing the sheet music, I tried to work out how to play the stuff that I was hearing on the radio. Then I discovered the Human League and Ferry Corsten, and really wanted to work out how they made those sounds - and now here I am.

What Inspires you?
I go through different phases of inspiration. For my first album I was really into 80s sounds. At the time it was quite amazing that you could recreate a lot of those classic synthesizer sounds using soft synths on a laptop. Over time, I have gradually gone back to my trance and club music roots though - that idea of euphoria and energy. Its fun to try and approach that in new ways without going back to simple 140bpm stuff.


Which city are you looking forward to the most when you tour?
Probably LA as I have the most friends there and the shows are always great. I probably have my biggest fanbase either there, or in New York.

Have you been to NYC before?
Yes, many times.

What do you love about the city?
I'm not a big city kind of guy, but I do love the energy and buzz the city has - as a visitor. Its nice to go and experience that then go back home to the slightly slower pace of Scotland.

What do you love about creating music?
My favourite thing in the world is the initial buzz when you get a good idea going. Obviously that tails off after you've heard it a thousand times and make hundreds of adjustments, but that first phase is magic. The key is to try and then finish it as quickly as possible while you're still in the zone.


Where can readers go to find out more about you?
www.grum.tv

What festivals are you performing in this summer? Where can fans see you perform live?
I just did a bunch of US dates this past month, but coming up I have a sold out London open to close show, Toronto, Montreal, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, and an India tour.


How would you sum up your music in two words?

'Deep State'

Follow GRUM on @grummmusic on Twitter and check out his music on Spotify and SoundCloud.

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RÜFÜS DU SOL Releases Third Full-Length Album

The live-electronic trio released 'SOLACE' under their newly-launched imprint, Rose Avenue and Reprise Records

Globally renowned, live-electronic trio Rüfüs Du Sol has released their third full-length LP, 'Solace' from their newly-launched Rose Avenue imprint and Reprise Records today.

Equal parts rock n'roll temperament and ethereal electronic soundscape, the album shepherds the band into a new realm of sonic exploration. They haven't lost the anthemic qualities that propelled them to become one of electronic music's juggernauts, but from the outset, 'Solace' is their darkest and most introspective work to date.

The release comes as the band embarks on a US tour that includes sold-out shows at LA's Shrine Expo Hall and New York's Terminal 5, as well as a Halloween performance at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center. They'll also stop by Emo's in Austin, The Van Buren in Phoenix, and The Fillmore in Denver, and Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in New Orlean's before heading to Europe, Australia, and Mexico.

Official video for 'No Place'

Tyrone Lyndvist's cry for help on 'Underwater' is visceral, but its urgency will still make packed crowds dance:

Help me out before I die
Save me now before I give up
Help me out before I drown
'Cause I just need some some space

It's this duality that makes this record so fascinating and captivating. Rüfüs Du Sol has managed to make an album full of kinetic energy and dance floor appeal, and packed it full of pain.

A sense of place has always been a crux of the Rüfüs Du Sol songwriting process. Their debut album was recorded on Australia's idyllic east coast, and their sophomore 'Bloom' was produced in Berlin. These environments imbue each record with a certain flavor, and 'Solace,' written and recorded in Venice, California, is no different. But it was not Hollywood glitz that manifested itself into 'Solace,' but rather the darker underbelly of Los Angeles and the barren-but-beautiful spaces of the desert.

'Solace' features a singular fusion of analogue sound design and emotional songwriting that has earned early support from industry titans like Pete Tong and Zane Lowe. In September, they were named Mixmag's "Cover Stars" and recently performed on KCRW's Morning Become Eclectic: