Interview: IDestiny

It is tough to stand out in a business endowed with so much genius, but multi-talented, multi-genre, DJ/producer, Loren Moore, aka IDestiny, is standing tall and may very well be on his way to becoming a household name. The Dallas-based sensation has taken the world by storm with his unique work, as well as with his remixing skills. Joonbug recently had the opportunity to speak with Loren about his current projects, musical influences, and the future of EDM:

Deftones New Album & North American Tour

Last week, veteran rock stars Deftones released the official track listing off their highly anticipated seventh studio album Koi No Yokan set to drop November 13th on Reprise Records.

The band has been working off of Diamond Eyes’ favorable momentum, already launching a promotional North American tour stopping in New York’s, Terminal 5 on All Hallows eve. Frontman Chino Moreno admits this record will not be as cohesive as other Deftones albums but in seeking to broaden their sound promises a beautifully ethereal album. Sergio Vega continues as their active bassist and Diamond Eyes producer Nick Raskulinecz has undertaken this project as well. For a limited time the Deftones official website is offering a free download of a cut off Kio No Yokan, Leathers

Chino Moreno's Best Kept Secret
Settling back in L.A. after several immense Diamond Eyes generated tours, Deftones front man Chino Moreno, has teamed up with longtime friend and Far, guitarist Shaun Lopez to form the group +++(Crosses). The trio also includes producer/audio engineer Chuck Doom, who layers and links the live and electronic phrases of drums, keys, and guitar that paint each track. Lopez eventually joined in on working with Doom to produce the tracks for Crosses, an atmospheric blend of Indietronica with metal influences that recalls a hazy mixture of absinthe and Ecstasy (add in Chino’s dreamy vocal element and Crosses steers toward trance-rock territory).
EP++, released earlier this year, is Crosses’s second EP, internet release and is available in a deluxe edition, which features five songs, demo seeds, front and back cover art, a digital booklet and in-studio video. Upon listening toEP++, you'll immediately noticed a conceptual approach (EP+ has a more disconnected demo feel in between tracks). Instrumentally, this concept is realized by the steady minimalist/lo-fi tonality felt from start to finish. EP++’s feel is also branded by its recurring lyrical themes. There is a beginning, an end and a story in between. The first track appropriately titled “Frontier” has a cinematic onset. The speaker, (which seems to be the same character throughout the record) offers the subject benediction for his/her enigmatic ways as they embark on a journey towards enlightenment. Echoed synth notes accompanied by a slow tempo electric drum riff are then smeared by a high treble latent guitar phrase in this premise’s noir intro. In comes Chino’s crooning vocals that build toward a cathartic refrain of heavy guitar and bass. This would adhere to the typical Alt Rock/Rock Ballad formula if Chino’s voice didn’t ascend into an ethereal whale moan supported by Chris Robyn’s (also of Far) heaving acoustic drumbeat that joins creating an elegantly gritty shoegaze ambiance. The other four songs keep up this dreamy sythrock style by maintaining similar instrumental arrangements and tempos at around 90 BPM. Lyrically, the songs continue to depict the speaker’s journey, traversing a range of existential circumstances redolent with Christian iconography while always beckoning an elusive “you.” With each song, the listener enters a climactic situation where the subject is given an ultimatum or offered a choice that promises, solace… enlightenment.
This cast of veteran musicians (Chino with the Deftones & Team Sleep, Shaun and Chris with Far and contributing Velvet Revolver/Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan) knowledgeably maneuvers the studio, choreographing striking indie records in a matter of weeks devoid of the “produced in my bedroom” feel that has become synonymous with electronically influenced music. Both EPs have been one-hundred percent produced by the band at their own pace and without interference from record companies. This independence is important to Chino, who has mentioned that album expectations and marketing generated hype ruined the concept he was aiming for with previous project Team Sleep. For many Deftones fans, Crosses represents a resurgence of Chino’s own creative insights (The electronic basis and mystical themes are also major elements in Team Sleep). Organic and commercial free, the sanctity of Crosses represents a truly artistic expression from all its members and is very much worth cherishing.

New York Rivals are Ready For Your Attention

While New York Rivals just formed this summer, they boast a refined, refreshing style that seems to be backed by years of experience writing songs and touring the country. It's no coincidence. With former members of Great Big Planes and Armor for Sleep, this Brooklyn four-piece consists of tri-state area veterans coming together to create something special. While the vocals of Josh Moran have a lazy indie swagger similar to singers like The Strokes' Julian Casablanca, the band boast a hard-rocking sense of musicality more in line with bands like Muse and the Deftones. Having just released their new album on iTunes this week, and with a tour with indie legends The Lemonheads under their belt, New York Rivals are already working like professionals in their 2 months as a band. We spoke to guitarist Erik Rudic (pictured far right) about the band's formation, recording their self-titled full-length, and what the future has in store.

Sounds of Summer: Top 5 Music Festivals

Lollapalooza:: August 5-7, Chicago, IL

This year marks Lollapalooza’s 20th anniversary on August 5-7 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. This music festival will be the granddaddy of all festivals this summer and the most extravagant birthday celebration to date. To help commemorate this phenomenal affair, acts such as Coldplay, Eminem, Damian Marley & Nas, The Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, and Deadmau5 top the Lolla lineup. Other top-tier artists include the Cars, Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, Crystal Castles, Ratatat, Collie Buddz, Deftones, and Pretty Lights. With over 130 performers, this is one birthday you won’t want to miss. Check out the full lineup here.

Happy Happenings About to Happen

This is the first installment of Joonbug's weekly live music preview. Check back here every Monday to see who's coming to town and why you should overcome your crippling agoraphobia.

Tuesday May 10th

Donald Glover - Bowery Ballroom

Donald Glover is making us all look bad. He was hired as writer for 30 Rock straight out of NYU. He’s a staple of the comedy series Community where he gets to riff with Chevy Chase. His videos with Derrick Comedy and Funny or Die have been the bane of any computer bound procrastinator. And to top it off he lashes his razor wit through a mic when he moonlights as the rapper Childish Gambino. Yes, he makes us look lazy, but he also makes us laugh.

Deftones Release Full North American Diamond Eyes Tour Dates

The Deftones released their sixth album Diamond Eyes to critical and fan acclaim. The band started touring to promote the album in Europe and the South Pacific and are finally bring the tour to the United States.

Announced Tour Dates

02/18 – Honolulu, HI – Waterfront At Aloha Tower
04/14 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
04/16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
04/19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
04/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Commodore Ballroom
04/22 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
04/25 – Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
04/26 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
04/29 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
04/30 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
05/01 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Theatre
05/03 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
05/04 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
05/05 – Hampton, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
05/06 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s
05/07 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
05/09 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
05/11 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/13 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
05/14 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
05/16 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
05/20 – Jacksonville, FL – Plush
05/21 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
05/22 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cover Amphitheater
05/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
05/29 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
06/01 – Oklahoma, OK – Diamond Ballroom
06/04 – Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
06/05 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
06/06 – Grand Prarie, TX – Verizon Theatre A t Grand Prarie
06/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
06/13 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

Mixtape Mondays!
Welcome to another Favorite Tune Fridays to savor and absorb for the rest of the upcoming week! We have lots to cover, like...a brief history lesson in England's royal family (mistresses INCLUDED!), fighting hate with Michael Jackson and a super secret, too-much-for-you-to-handle read-aloud from my diary! Who's with me? HAPPY FRIDAY! Back story: I had absolutely no idea who The Knife were until my freshman year of college. Upon buying this hot-damn cute pink dress from the Charlotte Ronson boutique here on Mulberry Street (the dress that I have since handed over to my good friend from high school because it looks way better on her. So nice, right?), I was given a "mix tape" CD created by Samantha Ronson as a get-with-purchase treat from the store. Though I never wore the dress more than once, the songs on the CD have gotten so much play over the past few years that it has absolutely been worth the buy. In addition to being introduced to artists like The Pointer Sisters, Ringside and Main Source - that I had never heard before the CD - The Knife were not only a new sound to my ears, but an increasingly addictive one (heed the artist links! they are youtube vids to the songs). The song "Heartbeats" featured these crazy-obscure vocals grinding up against this dance-y electro/synthpop sound, with infatuation-dizzy lyrics like: "you knew the hand of the a devil, and you kept us awake with wolves teeth, sharing different heartbeats in one night." It was great, it had movement and the words - something that usually draws me before beat - kept me interested and curious to what else The Knife had to offer. And so I went scavenging for anything Knife-related. Back when was actually and not the Myspace take-over that it is today, you could log on, type in a song or a band name, hit the "auto-tune" option and be treated to non-stop music by that artist or by similar artists. So I typed in "The Knife" and a bunch of their songs streamed, keeping me pleased for hours. While at times their lyrics got lost over overly-dense sounds, a majority of their music I was deeply digging. But "digging" was an understatement when "Marble House" came on. The song starts out with a minute and twenty seconds of heavenly, instrumental foreplay that builds up, in a very contagiously sexy way, to Karin Dreijer Andersson's extraordinary voice, which is haunting and ethereal all on its very own, but that reeled me in extra upon listening. If the steady pulsing of the synthesizers don't lure you in, the lyrics will. Rich in some sort of apparent impassioned struggle with the forbidden - be it of love, attraction, power, class or oppression, we don't know for sure - the words give weight to the intensity of the sound. But the lyrics have certainly been up for interpretation. At some Knife concerts, it's been said that images of the Marble Hill House were displayed on a screen while they performed this song, leading people to believe that the song was written about George II, Prince of Wales and his relationship to his mistress, Henrietta Howard, who was also his wife's (Princess Caroline) Woman of the Bedchamber. Fans of The Knife speculate that the song's references to a sort of forbidden love behind marble walls reflects Henrietta's confliction in being someone's servant, while also experiencing these jarring moments of intimacy with them that are only cheapened by her roll in the household as a mistress and maid, therefore leading to confusion - and my favorite part of the song - "I raise my hands to heaven of curiosity. I don't know what to ask for, what has it got for me?" In short, it's a beautiful tale of the fragility and vulnerability in censored love, hindered feelings and it all taking place inside a cold, impenetrable marble house. As much as I've listened to this song all throughout college thus far (including those three or four days it was on non-stop repeat, probably instigating buckets of stabby feelings from my neighbor), I can honestly say it's one of the few songs that I will probably never get sick of. So give it a listen or two (or eight). I decided to not embed the official music video version, since a bunch of the beginning is cut out. The full five minute plus version is above, along with lyrics so you all can do your own analyzing. It's remarkable in sound and depth, vocals and music, and play and replay. Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us And now to completely change the pace, I picked this unapologetically fierce and raw song by Michael Jackson. I'm not going to go into a big ol' spiel about how I was raised on Michael Jackson, how he's my favorite artist, this and that, blah and blah because, whatever, that's not my story. Yeah, we all have been hyper-aware of Michael Jackson since forever, but my love affair with the music didn't start until my older sister (of course) bought his HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album. She listened to it maybe once or twice, in full, and then it was retired back to her extensive collection of other artists on her CD rack. But, being the insolent, bratty little sister that I was (am? huh, what?), I wanted more, more, more! "Tara!" I would bug, "Tara! Put "Scream" on again. Tara! I want to listen to "Stranger in Moscow" ! Pleeeeeease?" Nag. Nag. Nag. Eventually she just handed me the CDs, kicked me out of her room and let me roam free around the house, clothed in Older Sister Trust, with her Michael Jackson CD to listen to as I pleased. Win, motherfriggin win I retreated to the basement with my boom box, slid the second of the two CDs into the player and went straight for the ones I knew I liked - "They Don't Care About Us" being one of them. I learned all the words, (embarrassing confession up ahead!) and even made up a dance or two to it (I was like eleven, give me a damn break) and fantasized about being on stage with Michael, singing and dancing the night away. It was GLOR.I.OUS. Though I liked the song immensely because it had this great rack clack, rack clack drum beat (that was me attempting an onomatopoeia), even at eleven I could hear the pain and anger and frustration in Michael's voice and the words that he was singing. Although it has garnered many misinterpretations - some alleging antisemitic slurs on Michael's part - it is clearly and undeniably a song about the social injustices that we face as humans - be it race, class, religion, sexuality or other. With each lyric he slaps at you (literally, that's what it sounds like!), you can feel his sadness and how he's not just singing about social issues from a pedestal soapbox, but instead straight from the heart where his feelings have been festering and now explode in splendid, chill-giving vocals. Though the song, yes, uses colorful language, it's child's play compared to some of the smut (did I just use "smut" in a sentence? am I seventy years old?) that you regularly hear in songs today, and it's clearly being used to illustrate a point. When I found out that critics were criticizing Michael for using slurs, I was completely dumbfounded. Michael responded in a New York Times article, saying: "The idea that these lyrics could be deemed objectionable is extremely hurtful to me, and misleading. The song in fact is about the pain of prejudice and hate and is a way to draw attention to social and political problems. I am the voice of the accused and the attacked. I am the voice of everyone. I am the skinhead, I am the Jew, I am the black man, I am the white man. I am not the one who was attacking. It is about the injustices to young people and how the system can wrongfully accuse them. I am angry and outraged that I could be so misinterpreted." The video, too, is chock-full of disturbing images illustrating 'round-the-world issues on hate, discrimination and poverty. At times it's hard to digest, but the message over-shines all. PLUS, you get to see Michael Jackson with a mullet. Come on, don't play. Just because he's the King of Pop doesn't mean we can't call a mullet a mullet. Nirvana - Dumb Back story: Wow, switching speeds yet again! Grunge, Alyssa, really? Because there are not enough flannel-wearing fools in the world currently that I need to delve deep into the early 90s and pull out dirty blond unwashed hair, holed jeans and ... misunderstood angst? GOD ABOVE. Anyway forgive me this, y'all, because it's been rainy and I'm feeling all SEATTLE-Y. And, clearly I just discovered the caps button. YOU READY? All right. Unlike many of my contemporaries, I never really went through a Nirvana phase. To be frank, I was way too happy-go-lucky to ever be disciplined enough to lock myself in my bedroom with piles of Nirvana albums, holding myself whilst rocking back and forth, thinking about, like, emotional stuff and shit. Come on, yo. Not my style. BUT, (caps BUT) that doesn't mean that I didn't try. And Lord, I did. Scene: It's my freshman year of high school. Everyone is bat-crap crazy in love with this local band, Sleep Well (now called Sound the Alarm). Well Sleep Well's band members all were still in high school with us, making the fan base extra large, extra angsty and extra crush-addled. I, as I am shameful to admit (and dear God, please don't let my older sister Tara be reading this, because, to this day, I have kept this story from her) fell into the destructive, yet high school-appropriate, groupie syndrome. PERHAPS I had a SORT OF MAJOR crush on Sleep Well's bass player, Colin. PERHAPS my older sister was friends with him, blessing me with a seat next to him in the backseat of her Saab when she would occasionally give him a ride home. PERHAPS I stalked him via AIM, obsessed over his hair, clothes, smile, dimples..... NO, you know what? NO. NOT GOING THERE AGAIN. Too dark. I am a changed woman. Okay. Now. Listen. So, you know when you have a crush on someone and you want to know about all of the stuff that they are into so you can, in turn, know about all that stuff too, rendering the both of you to be, like, SOUL MATES, because you're both into the same books, movies and songs? Do you see where I'm going with this? Okay. Colin liked many bands - Incubus, Deftones, Nirvana...all bands I knew null about. But I wanted him to like me and I wanted him to think I was cooOOOOoool and down with the edgy shit. So, needless to say, I did what any teenager-in-love would have done: raided her older sister and stepfather's CD collection (yet again), scraping up what albums I could find and falling in love with songs I could stomach (because, at that time, none of this noise was the noise that I listened to. I mean, come on, I was dancing to Michael Jackson in my friggin basement! Do you honestly think I had a DEFTONES bone in my body? Absofrigginlutely not). Long story short - and probably a great start to my thesis on My Life In Music: The Early Years, by Alyssa Miele - if I didn't have the crush, if I didn't make the effort, if I didn't purposefully plaster Incubus lyrics all over my away messages (OH COME ON, you remember those) in the hopes of reeling that oblivious boy's heart, I would have never come across this total friggin KEEPER of a Nirvana song (and that's not to say that there aren't any other Nirvana songs that I'm down with, because that's not true. Over time your tastes refine and you see the light, etc, etc...). Always a sucker for the string family in instruments, the violin whispering in and around the rough voice of Kurt Cobain was enough to make me 1. fall in love with the song forever until the end of time, period. 2. Give Nirvana's other songs more of a chance, and 3. Be able to clean up the mess that my broken heart came to be when I learned that Colin was not only into one of my good friend's older sisters, but was ALSO being crushed upon by MY OLDER SISTER (small town...). It was probably one of my top ten Dear Diary moments to date. TO DATE. But, yeah, anyway...Nirvana's "Dumb." Perhaps lyric-appropriate for the silent debacle I made of my tortured heart, the song tells the story of trying to fit in and of the pleasure or security or confidence or whateverthefrig that you get from playing the part and reciting the script. But, you know, it's DUMB, but it doesn't matter because at the time, you feel."happy" (a term, in high school, that is loosely translated to..."I finally have an almost-boyfriend who almost-knows I exist!"). You live and learn, and then you write columns. Colin, I still love you. PS: You want to know the scary part? I even started going to a new youth group at Colin's church just to be around him. WHAT? I was messing with GOD? So dark. Lord, forgive me, he was in a band! THE END. I can't confess to any more this week. You got the Michael Jackson dance and a high school secret love confession on the dubya dubya dubya, what more do you want from me? I'm spent! Until next week, music lovers...