• Calvin Harris Talks New Single, New Musical Direction, and Thoughts on EDM

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    Calvin Harris
    Calvin Harris

    Fresh off the release of his dancehall-influenced single “Nuh Ready Nuh Ready” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, Calvin Harris joined Annie Mac for an interview on her BBC Radio 1 show on Thursday.

    Among the many topics, the Scottish DJ/producer discussed what prompted him to move into a different musical direction on his last album. He also talked about how he feels about dance music and why he put Migos on “Slide.”

    On what influenced him to change his musical direction:

    “At the end of 2016, I put out a tune towards the end … And it came out and did alright. And I was like ok, great. And then I realized I never felt so unexcited about what I was putting out in my life … I knew that I needed to take action for my own sanity because my entire life is making music. I don’t do anything else. So I was like no, I need to be elated with what’s coming out. So then the last album I did was a reaction to that. I was like, you know what? I’m just going to do whatever I want and I’m going to spend all the money I’m making in Vegas on features and I’m going to get everyone to do a hip-hop album … I’m going to put Young Thug on a Motown funk tune, because no one else will because it’s a waste of money. So that’s what I did.”

    On how his new musical direction affected him:

    “… what music is now, it’s like, what playlist is this going to be added to? Or, is radio going to play it? And I didn’t care. So it felt amazing! I was like, I know this isn’t going to be successful. And then, I don’t know how, but some of the tunes did well. I was like, that’s absolutely amazing! So I had an amazing year and I felt so good about it that I was like, I’m just going to keep doing this. I’m just going to do whatever I want to do.”

    On his renewed thoughts on EDM after taking a break:

    “The other thing that’s funny as well is that at the end of 2016, I was like I hate this EDM thing. I think it’s awful. And then after taking a break I was like nah man, I think it’s amazing. Some of the best producers in the world make EDM … they’re amazing and I love it. So it kind of refreshed my opinion of all that. Some of the best producers in the world are Dutch, you know? Face facts. It’s true.”

    On why he put Migos on “Slide.”:

    “I’m not going to do a trap record, like an EDM trap record, because that makes me feel sick. Just the thought of doing that. I can’t do that. I wanna do something with soul and something that I want to listen to again. So I’m like, I wanna put everyone on something that I think is gonna work.”

    Stream the entire interview here.

    Related: Calvin Harris and PARTYNEXTDOOR Drop Dancehall-Influenced Single and Video, ‘Nuh Ready Nuh Ready’

  • Annie Mac Addresses Cell Phone Usage in Clubs

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    Annie Mac. (Source: Facebook)

    In 2017, Annie Mac presented Who Killed The Night?, a BBC Three documentary which explores the controversies around the closure of almost half of the UK’s clubs over the past ten years. In a recent interview with Music Week, the BBC Radio 1 host discussed how the modern obsession with cell phones is damaging the clubbing experience. She also offered a potential solution.

    Mac, who recently went on a tour for the first time in two years, noticed a “distinct difference,” among club goers.

    “That difference was phones – it was next level. Everything had to be recorded on people’s phones, or they were asking me to take selfies… It was constant phones in my face.” she told Music Week. “I feel like that’s a really big problem in terms of clubbing now, because the ultimate idea and goal of clubbing is to connect…”

    As for a possible solution, Mac used New York’s Output and Berlin’s Berghain nightclubs’ no photos or videos policy as an example:

    “You’re either not allowed to bring your phone in, which I think is a bit extreme, or they put a sticker over your screen so that you can’t take photos,” she said. “I think what will happen moving forward is that it will become the thing to not have a phone in a club. I hope it will become the norm – I think that would be really good for clubbing in general.”

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  • iLL BLU Drop a ‘Tribal Manifestation’ Mini Mix for Radio 1

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    Two friends from North West London, Def 1 and Jreel form the funky production duo iLL BLU. Last night they dropped an exclusive mini mix for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. Their “Tribal Manifestation” mix features a selection of infectious new and classic club bangers. Check out their mix above.

    Their new track “Tribalist (Get To Know)” featuring Glowie is now available to download on DJcity UK.

    Follow iLL BLU on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    Related: Watch: Styluxtakut Performs a Mini Mix for DJcityTV

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  • Kanye West Interview With Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1

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    Kanye West called in to Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 show for his most recent interview. Annie played Kanye’s “Fade” from The Life of Pablo as her “Hottest Record in the World”.

    Kanye also discussed wanting to work with IKEA, possibly running for president, police violence, and the problems with his 2015 Glastonbury headlining performance. Listen to the interview above as he made a few interesting comments.

    “People say, Kanye he’s so crazy, he’s this, he’s that. People call you crazy so much you start to believe it yourself”.

    “People couldn’t give an F about how many cars you got any more. It’s about the way the music sounds, where you’re going, the experience you’re going to hanging out with your friends, the type clothes that you’re wearing – all of that’s art”.

    “How about dreaming out loud? How about feeling that something can happen to make the world better and inspire people? Is that OK for one second?”

    Related: DJ Cable Drops ‘The Best Of Kanye West’ Mix