The High Five is a series where we talk music with the musicians and tastemakers that we dig and ask them to share what they dig with you. This week, our LA-based Savior of Sound Brazzabelle shares her top five tracks of the moment below, check it out and take a listen!
1. Montell Jordan - This is How We Do It
Where do I even begin with describing my love for this track. It’s just such a classic and always sets the right mood for a party. I play it in every set whether is the original or a remix but I like to just quick mix it in out of nowhere to switch up the party and everyone always goes crazy. It’s definitely one of the high points in my DJ sets.
2. Haddaway - What Is Love (Brazzabelle Festival Remix)
The original has been one of my favorite songs for as long as I can remember. I wanted to bring it up to current music trends to fit into my sets better and I’m really happy with the outcome. Its a great track to change up the mood of the party and give some cheesy 90’s club vibes with everyone in the club singing along.
3. Rich Homie Quan - Type Of Way (Sikdope Remix)
Sikdope is one of my new favorite producers. I’m always super excited when he sends me tracks, this one I’ve been playing in every set since he sent it to me 6 months ago. I am always in love with any sort of hip hop flips to fit into festival type sets and this one takes the cake as my fave!
4. Tony Junior & Baggi Begovic - Plur Warriors
Baggi just sent me this track last month and I’ve been in love ever since. A lot of big room stuff has been sounding really boring lately and not enough people are taking risks and being innovative, so I was really pleased to hear this track with its big room edge but still sounds so different than everything out there right now.
5. Saint & G-Buck - Gijibae
G-Buck is another producer I recently fell in love with and this new track he just posted for free DL is fire. I love the hip hop/pop Usher style synths in the second drop with the booty beat.
About the artist: Boots Bowles, better known as Brazzabelle, is an American DJ & producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Cave Creek, AZ, Brazzabelle began DJing in 2010. By 2011 she released her first debut production “Break Your Body”, was named a “Leading Woman in Nightlife" by 944 Magazine, and earned residencies at Southern California’s biggest clubs. Having graced the mainstages of EDC Puerto Rico and Electric Zoo New York, she was also named an "Artist to Watch" in 2014 by the BPM Network, The DJ List, Electric Family, and Dance Music Northwest.
Meet Marlon and Ralph, the electro house masterminds behind Bassjackers. We got a chance to pick their brains about upcoming releases, memorable tour moments, and their favorite summer jams. Brace yourself, things are about to get out of control as Bassjackers take over the soundwaves. Get to know our Saviors of Sound in this interview and dance the summer night away to their awesome summer playlist.
SR: So what do you guys have planned for the rest of the summer? Any tours, new releases, or vacation plans going on?
Bassjackers: We just had a release on August 18th on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s imprint Smash The House. After that we have a remix coming up for Dannic on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings. On the touring side the summer is always packed with festivals and club shows.
SR: After all the summers you've spent working on music, what's been your most memorable music related summer experience?
Bassjackers: Back in the days when we would go on vacation with our friends in Spain we would always play the same songs and albums on repeat. When chilling at the pool, before club, at the after party. After the vacation Ralph always made an aftermovie and used those songs as a soundtrack. These songs would be stuck in your head forever. The music varied from rock to hiphop to dance.
SR: How did this musical pairing come about? It seems like a lot of DJ duos were first friends in college or something like that.
Bassjackers: Marlon started DJing in college and Ralph had been producing music on his computer since high school. At some point we decided to join forces. This was the start of Bassjackers.
SR: We want to know a little more about what kind of artists you guys are into lately. In your opinion, who's really killing it and producing great music?
Bassjackers: New kids like Jay Hardway and Thomas Newson are releasing some serious bangers lately. We play a lot of their stuff.
SR: Got anything particularly interesting on your tech and hospitality rider?
Bassjackers: Not really. Our riders are pretty basic.
SR: We're really interested in what you guys have in store next. What are you guys working on now and when can we expect to see some new music?
Bassjackers: We are always working on new music. Besides the releases we mentioned before there is another solo track due for October. We have lot of unfinished projects/collaborations that we hope to release later this year.
SR: I'm sure you guys have experienced some pretty crazy or memorable things behind the scenes at your shows. Are there any moments from before or after a show that you'll never forget?
Bassjackers: Sometimes we do meet and greets before or after the show and its amazing to see the impact that our music has on our fans. For example sometimes fans burst out in tears of happiness. This is probably something we’ll never get used too but it is a great feeling to know that what we do makes people happy, gives them strength or motivates them.
SR: Do you have any pre-show rituals? Even if it's jogging around the stage, there's got to be something you do to get the blood pumping.
Bassjackers: Before a show I (Marlon) usually want to chill for like 10 minutes in the dressing room have a drink and just clear my head. Then 10 mins before set I want to check out the stage and the vibe. And then its GO time!!
SR: Now describe your sound in two words. Choose carefully.
Bassjackers: ENERGY BASS
SR: So what does an average day look like for you guys?
Bassjackers: A random Tour day would be: Wake up, go to the airport, fly out to the next location and get your pickup to the hotel. Get some rest and exercise. Do a lil preparations for the show. Then have diner and go to the venue. Maybe some interviews or meet and greet. Then it’s showtime. After the show interview and or meet and greets and then back to the hotel or after party or straight to the airport for the next show.
SR: Where in the world can we catch you next?
Bassjackers: You can find our tour schedule on our website. Check it out.
SR: There's so many up and coming producers out there trying to put themselves out there. What advice do you have for the new kids on the block?
Bassjackers: Work hard, have fun.
SR: A huge part of music these days is how you market yourself, how do you guys set yourselves apart from the hoard of producers in the industry?
Bassjackers: We try to take ourselves not too seriously while at the same time we take this very seriously. Get it?
SR: As technology becomes more prevalent and more advanced, it's becoming easier for people to make hit music out of their bedroom. What are your thoughts on this?
Bassjackers: It’s good that there's easier access nowadays to make music. This way more people will be able to do it and the bigger the chances that great talent will expose themselves to the world.
Let them take you to house heaven with their crazy summer playlist:
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Hold on tight as DJ SLiink takes this SOL REPUBLIC Podcast deep into the realm of Jersey Club and booming underground sound systems. Although this genre-bending New Jersey native is known for his signature blend of Jersey/Philly/Baltimore Club, he is no stranger to experimentation, often incorporating elements of Pop, Hip-Hop, Moombahton, and House. You name it, he's got it.
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