Les Professionnels have been keeping busy these past few months. After signing with Nervous Records, and releasing the Pure Love (Endless Love) EP, where they got the chance to put their own deep house spin on Crystal Water's 90's hit '100% Pure Love,' the Philadelphia trio are back on a brand new record label, RISLabs, with a brand new EP! Check out our interview with Les Professionnels below!First off, how did you guys first get together to start producing music?
Well the funny thing about our origin is that we all grew up within 5 miles of one another in the metro-Philly area of South Jersey. Dan and Chris were friends from 1st grade through high school but kinda lost touch and I [Drew] never knew either of them until we started the group. About 4 summers ago, we all started hanging out at a local clothing store called Fresh Melt Water in the Northern Liberties section of Philly. Fresh Melt had their friends dj in-store events and eventually we all just overlapped at some point. We spoke about the music we were listening to and it just seemed natural to get together and try to make some tunes. We knew pretty quickly that we all had different talents to bring to the table when it came to making music. It felt kinda like Voltron powering up.
Where did the name Les Professionnels come from?
The name Les Professionnels really comes from paying tribute to french house music that shaped our musical tastes. Daft Punk, Mehdi, Justice, Sebastian Tellier, Breakbot and Air all played an important role in why we dig this music so much. There is an Air song called Les Professionnels so it just jumped out at us. It isn't the easiest thing to spell but we've never really had the intention of changing it. People call us Les Prof for short.
Talk to us about your upcoming release 'Don't Give It Away' and about becoming a part of RISLabs.
The single 'Don't Give It Away' is an important song for us in a lot of ways. It's an epic piece of music that defines how we've matured both as producers and as a collective artist. We come from a city that is rich in musical history. Philly International Records, The Roots, King Britt, Josh Wink and many more people have served as the forefathers of the scene here. 'Don't Give It Away' is our reflection of the disco and house influences that Philly has offered up to the world's dance music scene.
As for the RIS family, it's been really amazing so far. We were introduced to the RIS Labs label from a few LA hangs with Eric Sharp and Sean Patrick. They told us their goal was to create a musical environment with the highest quality music from quality people. Both these guys have a serious passion for dance and electronic music. It was easy to want to work with them and put our release together. Everything about the release has been done with the intention of getting the world to hear this music and we are really excited about that. RIS wants to be a collective force and you'll be seeing a bunch of collaborations from artists on the label. We could go on and on about this but we'll just let the music speak for us when it drops.
Pure Love (Endless Love) actually just came out fairly recently! What made you guys want to take on this iconic song from the 90's?
Yes, it just dropped on Nurvous Records a few weeks ago and we are getting amazing responses to that one. In terms of origin, we are always throwing curve balls at our crowds when we dj. It was kind of an experiment when we played the original by Crystal Waters at a party in Philly like a year ago. It is cliche to say but Disclosure was just starting to pop and 90's house music was becoming super-duper popular again and getting airplay. Also, jock jams were everywhere at all the underground spots in Philly. It was kind of a "look what I found on an unmarked cd in my basement" vibe in in our city for like 6 months....straight Haddaway lol. Anyway we played 100% Pure Love to a packed floor and the place almost exploded. We decided to try to sample the original song in a very formal kind of way and then slowly started pulling the samples out until we basically just used Crystal's vocals and had a brand new house jam with a jackin swing to it. Nurvous signing the record was like a dream come true because we respect the hell out of their catalog of music. It was definitely destined for a release with them and couldn't see that song with any other home.
You guys make really interesting and unique music that's sort of all over the musical spectrum, but it seems like nowadays all the really popular electronic songs seem to all follow the same patterns, and the same structures. Do you guys find it difficult to produce music and while staying true to yourselves and your sound in today's musical environment?
We know what you mean about this "format" you speak of but we've never really been influenced by that or tried to assimilate to it so we could get mad popular. It isn't hard to stay true to yourself if you just focus on making the music that you enjoy. That's kind of always been our mantra. Every accomplished artist or producer basically has the same story where they kept making their music and eventually the rest of the world caught up to how good it is. We're trying to stay on that arduous production path because we want to be really amazing at making our music not just decent at trying to make someone else's.
Who would you say are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
Giorgio Moroder, Serge Gainsbourg, David Byrne, Massive Attack, Daft Punk, Quincy Jones, Brian Eno, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and anyone else who made their music meticulously, unapologetically and with love. We'd also like to add birds, trees, coffee, the movie Hackers, egg rolls and pizza to the list.
And finally, who would your dream collaboration be with?
We could probably talk about this one all day but we'd love to get in the studio and make something with James Murphy, Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Tim Goldsworthy, Basement Jaxx, Nile Rodgers, Joe Goddard and a few other people all in one room. At the same time. Seriously. We'll have our people tweet at their people or send a carrier pigeon or whatever.
Check out Pure Love (Endless Love) below and then head over to Beatport to get your hands on a copy!
With the inaugural release of their Throwing Stones EP just out of the way, Nick D' & The Believers are back yet again with their incredibly catchy new Bang Bang EP and you most definitely need it in your life right now. Celebrating the release with their TV debut on Good Morning Columbus earlier in the week, Nick D' & The Believers put out three incredible tracks filled with upbeat, indie pop vibes.
The EP starts off with the synth filled, seemingly upbeat 'Bang Bang,' next the band keep it super light, sweet and simple with 'You Got The Love (YGTL).' The EP takes a final turn with the absolutely rocking 'French Delight.'
Lee Bates, better known as Must Die!, has become a hot talent to watch out for in 2014. Having previously released with a variety of different labels including Never Say Die Records, Play Me Records, and now OWSLA, he's back with a jaw-dropping announcement that will have you eagerly biting your nails.
Just this past Monday, the talented producer officially released a statement discussing his upcoming 'Death & Magic' LP, slated for release on the 30th of next month. As a way to hint fans on what to expect, Must Die! simultaneously released a brand new single entitled "Hellcat". The song is an amazing fusion of house & dubstep, with a little drop of trap thrown into the mix. I couldn't get enough, and we can only anticipate what we're going to hear on the album. Give the track a play, and pre-order your copy of the massive release here.
With smash hits like 'Red Lights' and 'Wasted' blowing up radio stations all across the world (both of which have also gone gold), Tiesto is certainly no stranger to wide commercial success. But after taking a different route with his 'Gold Skies' remix earlier in the month, Tiesto is definitely not afraid to show listeners the many sides of his productions. Today we get the chance to see yet another angle of one of the most famous DJ's in the entire world with his brand new single. 'Say Something.'
The Mastermind saga continues with the release of Rick Ross' new music video single, "Drug Dealer's Dream;" the latest cut from Ross' sixth studio album.
On the track, the Teflon Don spits raw, uncut bars about the perils that come with being a drug dealer, as well as his rise to the top as a don, over a dramatic beat produced by J. Manifest.
The visual, shot in St. Kitts, opens with Ross having a good time on the beach and enjoying the fruits of his labor in one scene; then cooling amongst Kittitians in the island’s residential areas in another.
Take a peek at the visual below and, don’t forget to purchase your copy of Mastermind available on iTunes now!
After the Neon Future I release date was unfortunately pushed back by over a month due to additional production needs for the album, Steve Aoki has ensured that none of that extra time has gone to waste. With three singles and two music videos already in play, Steve Aoki has simply managed to build the hype and anticipation for his second ever full-length album.
In an ever growing world of DIY producers, cultivating the ability to stand out amongst the clamor has been made harder than ever to accomplish. For select few, however, talent has never been easier to find.
Sydney-based artist, Jimi Frew, just recently dropped the release of his highly-anticipated single, "Yalla". Uncaged via John Dahlback's thrown-holding label, Mutants Records, the track quickly racked in a heap of support from a row of DJs and producers around the globe. On first play, this tune just moved us to bounce off our seats and dance around snapping to the beat. It's an incredible mix of modern electro-house sampling, blended in with what seems to be an Eastern-influenced use of guitar. The release is available through iTunes today, so be sure to swing by and grab your own copy here.
One month ago, Tritonal announced the plans for their third and final Metamorphic EP, finally bringing an end to the year and a half long project. Earlier in the month, Tritonal graced us with 'Satellite,' their massive song with the always incredible vocalist, Jonathan Mendelsohn. Now, we all get the chance to take a small, two-minute look at 'Anchor' to hold us over until the full thing comes out later this week.
With the 'Kanye' music video, The Chainsmokersattempt to (almost) completely leave behind their #Selfie past. It may come as a surprise to everyone, but the 'Kanye' music video is surprisingly poignant, and though the song and title may hint at being a troll-y and joke-y, the track itself preaches an important message about having self confidence and taking pride in being who you are.
"'Kanye' is a special video for us in that it represents the ideal that every person should live their life the way they want to," say Drew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers. "Like Yeezy, do what you believe and makes you happy and be confident regardless of what anyone else thinks.... We hope the video conveys just that, the message of self-assurance and living out life on your own term."
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea show appreciation for their protruding derrières on J Lo's remake of her latest single,"Booty." However, their very own bodacious assets are not the only things that Jenny from the block and the Aussie emcee talks about embracing on the vibrant electro-dance track--they also urge other women to embrace their big booties as well.
"Booty" includes Pitbull on the original cut of J. Lo's eighth studio album, A.K.A, which was produced by Cory Rooney and Benny Medina. Don't forget to click on the box below to listen to this fiery club banger!
Dutch superstar in the making, Nicky Romero, has DJ'd his way to the some of highest places in the EDM realm, breaking out with the viral hit "Toulouse," developing close knit associations with some of the biggest names of the moment from Avicii to Rihanna, & is set to rock the house at the main stage at the mega fest Electric Zoo, Friday, August 29th. We recently caught up with Nicky to talk about his process as a producer/DJ, playing drums at a young age, Chris Martin, as well as what the future has in store for him.