SONG OF THE DAY: Yinon Yahel ft Alon Sharr – “Reach Out”

Looking back at 2012, one of the best trends in club music has been the rise of male vocalists.? Major hits featuring Matthew Koma (“Spectrum” and “Years) and John Martin (“Don’t You Worry Child”) led the way.? Teaming with producer Yinon Yahel (Offer Nissim, Maya Simontov, Meital), Israeli singer Alon Sharr is another one to watch.? His raw vocal performance on “Reach Out” elevates the progressive big room track to an emotional anthem.? The universal message of questioning the start of a love relationship can be embraced by anyone.? DJs will definitely gravitate towards the track as an opening track? (with lyrics like “come down on take me, reach out and touch me”) or as a great bridge between progressive house and harder electro tracks.? Either way, “Reach Out” sounds like it might be the first big male vocal anthem of 2013.

Image Courtesy of Yinon Yahel.

SONG OF THE DAY: Fedde Le Grand – “Raw”

A hooj choon – exactly what every DJ wants for Christmas! Following up the massive collaboration with Nicky Romero and Matthew Koma “Sparks (Turn Off Your Mind),” Fedde Le Grand flies solo and unleashes a track made for the big rooms. Close your eyes and you will hear elements of Daft Punk-ish electro, jarring glitches, and robotic voices combined with a “Raw” sensibility which no doubt inspired the title. The frenetic feel continues, even through the groovy dropout showing a nice change in groove without losing the energy. “Raw” is more proof that Fedde has a knack for bouncing between big vocals and big instrumental tracks. With its release on December 24th, “Raw” is a track that DJs will be buying for their big Christmas sets.

Image Courtesy of Spinnin.

INTERVIEW: Zedd (2012)

With both parents being musicians, German producer/DJ Zedd got his start playing piano at a young age, moving on to drums, then eventually playing with a “post-harcore/rock/metal” band (as he describes it). His education in classical music is reflected in his productions, and moving into the EDM world he received major attention by winning two Beatport remix competitions – Armand Van Helden’s “Witch Doktor” and Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice.”? Zedd’s music quickly got noticed by heavyweights like Skrillex and deadmau5 and led to remixes for major artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Swedish House Mafia, and Lady Gaga.??? Currently working on his debut artist album,? he has also worked with Swedish super producer Max Martin on a track for Justin Bieber’s album. His production for Eva Simons’ “I Don’t Like You” hit number one on the Billboard Club Chart. And now, with the crossover success of male vocal tracks like Calvin Harris’ “Feels So Close,” it seems the perfect time for “Spectrum,” his current single with label-mate Matthew Koma, to follow it up the Top 40.

DJ Ron Slomowicz:? I want to ask you a bout a few of your big tracks that have become cult favorites.? What inspired you to make? “Legend of Zelda” into a club track?
Zedd: I just think the theme song of “Legend Of Zelda” is one of the best musical pieces ever created. I absolutely loved the song and I played some of the Zelda games. Basically the whole song was just something I’ve really wanted to do. I didn’t really think about making a club banger or releasing it in the first place, I just wanted to do it.

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