INTERVIEW: Tom Fall (2013)

Darude is easily the best known DJ/producer from Finland.? Along with the rising talents of Super8 & Tab, Maison & Dragen, and Orkidea comes the engaging Tom Fall. His tracks like “iRok,” “Untouchable,” and “All This Time” showcase a variety of sounds that build on his massive debut “Cubic.”? Embracing the different elements of EDM, his unique sets are always quite memorable for the way he mixes his own productions with his reworks of other people’s tracks. Watch out for his forthcoming artist album.? I look forward to chatting with him again, not only for his vibrant personality but his amazing accent.

RS:? So you are from Finland, what is the Finish dance scene like?
Tom Fall:? It is growing rapidly, especially now that more and more Finnish artists are breaking through internationally.

RS:? Your first demo got picked up and exploded; did you have any idea that it would become as big as it did?
Tom Fall:? ?Cubic? was absolutely amazing, it was the first demo that I ever sent out and it was amazing how well it did, I was blown away.
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SONG OF THE DAY: Boyan & Boyer ft Emma Shaffer – “Touch” / “Rave Crave” EP

When an artist releases a double single, it is often hard to decide which one to feature. “Touch” is an exploration in contrasts – emotionally vibrant and melodic vocals from 17-year old newcomer Emma Shaffer sung over dropouts that are really harsh and aggressive, if not angry, electro – bordering on the chainsaw sound you would expect from someone line Bl3nd or R3hab. Some of the vocal effects allude to a “touch” of retro rave sounds which are more fully explored on “Rave Crave” – a full on retro-rave monster. There’s a trend for the electro guys to sample classic ’90s techno in the productions, well “Rave Crave” is much more realized. The operatic stabs, rhythm structures, and yes, the almost comical transition noises- recall the fun and simplicity of old-rave/wave, yet the modern production makes it fit perfectly in 2013 DJ sets. You know how Disney movies are aimed at kids but contain jokes for their parents, “Rave Crave” is the EDM version of that – containing the sounds of today for club kids with references to old-school rave for their parents who drive them to the party.

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CONTESTS: Darude Remix Contest (Deadline October 10th)

Ever wanted a chance to remix a superstar producer? Here’s your chance! Go to the Darude Remix Contest Soundcloud Page and download the parts of Darude’s upcoming single “In the Darkness.” The top 5 remixes will be posted to Darude’s Soundlcoud and two winners will be selected – one by popular vote and one by Darude. The two winners will receive the chance to remix a track on the upcoming Darude album and a one-on-one Skype or in person production Q&A Session with Darude. For all the details go to the Darude Remix Contest Soundcloud Page.