SONG OF THE DAY: Jessica Sutta – “Lights Out”

When singers work with dance producers, there is often a conflict regarding the amount of lyrics in a song.? The singer wants to be the one telling the story, whereas the producer wants the beats and tracks to be the focus.? “Lights Out” stands out as a club track with pop lyrics where the shared focus elevates both elements.? As a member of the Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Sutta is no stranger to the pop world and her forays into clubland with Paul van Dyk, Dave Aude and as a solo artist (“Show Me” / “Again”) have been quite well-received. The track, by Waste Management, varies in styles seemingly inspired by Bingo Players, Zedd, and deadmau5, with enough rhythmic and mood changes to satisfy anyone afflicted with ADD (and yes, that’s a compliment). What others would consider a chorus is simply a bridge for Jessica as she goes for the money shot with the hands-in-the-air chorus.? Whether the song is written to a lover, to a DJ, or simply to a party is unknown but the plethora of hooks (‘oh oh oh’ chants, ‘put my hands higher and higher’ refrain) make it one of the stronger vocal dance records out right now.

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INTERVIEW: Jessica Sutta (2013)

When I interviewed Jessica Sutta back in 2008 around the release of the Pussycat Dolls’ Doll Domination album, I was blown away by her knowledge of dance music.? So it’s no surprise that she has worked with top flight producers like Dave Aude and Paul van Dyk and topped the club chart with “Show Me” last year.? Her new single “Again” is flying up the club chart and is just one of four songs that she is planning to release this year.? We caught up at the Winter Music Conference and chatted about everything going on in her beat-driven world.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: How are you enjoying the Winter Music Conference this year?
Jessica Sutta: Oh my god I am having the time of my life. Miami is my hometown and I love coming home, it is always fun here.
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INTERVIEW: Max Graham (2013)

Max Graham is quite the maverick, letting his tastes in music dictate what he plays and produces rather than being tied to any one specific subgenre.? Even his record label Re*Brand is named for the way he reinvents himself over the years.? With a loyal following and a popular weekly radio show, Cycles (which often trends on Twitter), Max Graham is busy in the studio working on his upcoming artist album due for release in 2013.? I caught up with Max backstage at the Armada showcase during the Amsterdam Dance Event to find out more about his varied music career.

RS: Max, are you singed to Armada right now?
Max Graham: In 2008, I combined my own label ReBrand with one of Armada?s labels. Technically, I am signed to Armada, but through my own label because I only release on Re*Brand Records.

RS: Does the name Re*Brand have anything to do with how you have changed your sound over the years?
Max Graham: Actually in 2007, I was talking about rebranding myself and at the same time trying to figure out a name for the label. One of my friends, Alex K, who owns a club in Montreal called New City Gas, said to me ?call it rebrand, it is something that you keep running into whether you are trying to rebrand yourself or not, it is kind of a word that fits you.? From there I had a good friend in Ottawa design the logo and he came up with the red star above the ?re,? separating the two words so it fit perfectly. All of this happened over the course of 10 days, so I went from having nothing to having a label with a beautiful logo, it all came together and I was super happy.

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