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In this exclusive RTT interview, we sit down with Canadian DJ and producer Defunk, who recently unveiled his latest masterpiece, The Voyage. This 14-track musical odyssey marks his triumphant return to the scene after nearly a decade, and it’s his fifth exceptional offering to date. As you’ll hear below, the talented act invites us to delve into the genre-blurring realms that have solidified his status as a trailblazer in the realm of bass-influenced music. Beyond the beats and melodies, “The Voyage” is a profoundly personal exploration, reflecting his artistic evolution and life journey, which encompassed navigating the global pandemic and embracing fatherhood. During the interview we explore Defunk’s inspirations behind the new project, what fans can expect from his upcoming tour, and what’s next on the horizon for him.

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RTT: Congrats on the release of “The Voyage,” your first full-length album in almost a decade! Tell us more about the inspiration behind the project – how does it reflect your personal and artistic evolution over the years?

This album was written during the covid pandemic and this album became a story about the isolation, introspection, and eventual change I went through personally through the pandemic. For example, I started a family, and some of my beliefs and values changed through that time as well. The pause in music allowed me to experiment and evolve my sound quite a bit, which I trialed in some of the livestream mixes and sets that I did early in the pandemic. The time away from touring allowed me to really focus more closely on the music that really made me happy and felt right. I moved away from some of the sounds I had been known for from 2012 to 2019 and really channeled a more mature, deeper and bass-music-focused sound.

“The Voyage” encompasses a wide range of musical influences, from funk and hip-hop to bass music. How do you creatively approach blending these genres, and what inspires you to push the boundaries of bass music in this way?

I’ve always strived for variety with my releases, simply because I just enjoy so much music but also because I love being able to go in many different directions in my live sets. Quite often I get inspiration from lots of different artists and sources, and then I sit down inspired and try to find a way to make a song out of the multiple sounds I just listened to. For instance, I loved the latin trap of Cardi B and the punchy swag bass of a track from Joyryde, so I sat down, created the framework for Losing It, and then sourced hip hop vocals and a live horn section to complete the sounds. Quite often my musical process works like this for most of the songs I produce, where I could point to three or four songs that helped inspire each track and you’d easily be able to tell once you had heard them.

You’ve mentioned that this project is deeply personal and centered around your journey as both an artist and a father. Can you share some real life experiences that directly influenced the making of this LP?

Like mentioned, this album was about the pandemic and the isolation and eventual realignment with normal life. The isolation was a dark and challenging time, especially living in a small downtown apartment through the long, cold, Canadian winter. Friend visits were hard to come by, and eventually one of my main forms of solace, the gym, was shut down. I was drawn more to playing and experimenting with darker, heavier music, but I was also drawn to very melodic progressive house music which was something very new to me. It was a good way to detach and zen-out, so to speak. The combination of both of these attractions helped me develop an album that both had some of the heaviest music I’ve created yet, and also some of my favourite melodic moments in the second half of the album. It has really shaped my desire to have a good balance of heavy and uplifting/melodic in my sets as well.

Your live performances have been praised for their captivating and ever-changing nature. What can fans expect from “The Voyage Tour” as you take this album on the road?

It feels great to be back at it on the road, and it feels even better to be able to play out a large body of work in my sets that is super current and that most fans will recognize. This album was a big step up in terms of vocal collaborations and strong catchy toplines, so it has been great to see fans singing out some of these new songs.

With the release of “The Voyage” and now the upcoming tour, what’s next for Defunk? Where do you see your craft evolving next in the future?

I’m going to continue down the road of experimenting with bass music, drum and bass, and house. I feel very comfortable with where my music is at, and now I can really focus on building out this sound and really looking for new talented vocalists to collaborate with. I also aim to work with visual artists to develop a lot of custom content for each one of my tracks for live shows. It all will come together to help tell a story when I perform live.

‘INTERVIEW: Defunk Talks Inspiration Behind New “The Voyage” Album, Upcoming Tour, and Plans for the Future

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Afterlife Announces Second Miami Music Week Date

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In a thrilling statement, Afterlife, the renowned label and event promoter, has just unveiled its plans for a second date during Miami Music Week 2024. With a pulse on the beating heart of the Electronic Music scene, Afterlife has become synonymous with transcendent visual experiences and cutting-edge sounds. The anticipation reaches new heights as the announcement of a second date answers the prayers of thousands of fans who so desperately asked for another date.

As the magic of Miami Music Week approaches, Afterlife sets the stage for a sonic voyage that will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. Quite possibly the single fastest-growing event inside Dance music, this 2-day extravaganza is set to be a memorable one.

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Miami Music Week events are pivotal, uniting global talents, setting trends, and creating moments etched in Dance music history. For an entire week, America gathers some of the biggest personalities in the scene for a week of connecting, partying, and making sure the best of the industry is ready to shine in the upcoming year.

Having not only one, but a second date added due to the high demand, speaks volumes about the work Afterlife is doing. The label owned by Tale Of Us has turned Melodic Techno into one of the strongest subgenres around. Now, they look forward to further cementing their legacy inside America during one of its most important weeks.

Taking over the Miami Marine Stadium, attendees to such an iconic week will have the chance to enjoy the performance of the moment.

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Tale Of Us, their very talented roster, and thousands of fans are ready to make these two of the most memorable days in recent dance music history. There’s no guessing what might happen. The ultimate audiovisual experience of dance music comes to Miami Music Week.

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What So Not, Trivecta, Henry Fong, and 4B Join Phase 2 Lineup For Pulse Event’s Spring Festival: Lunar New Year Celebration

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Pulse Events is bringing the heat with its phase 2 lineup for their Spring Festival: Lunar New Year Celebration at Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner on February 18-19, 2024. Headlined by SLANDER and Alan Walker, this two-day event is not just about music but promises a full-blown celebration of Chinese New Year and the Lunar calendar’s spring. Tickets are still available for purchase on DICE.

The Phase 2 lineup introduces a mix of local Asian-American talent. SLANDER leads the charge on Sunday, supported by Trivecta and Samplifire. The Great Hall will also feature local talent REMIX and Jom Zeng B2B Zion. Sunday night at Kings Hall boasts dynamic performances from local acts like G-NET, Orlost, DYVERGENT, GRIMMACE, and PSYTOXI.

Monday sees Alan Walker in the Great Hall, joined by 4B, Henry Fong, 4YU, and CYBERPUNK. What So Not headlines Kings Hall on Monday, with support from SunRyse, Kasi Opi B2B Charmy, and closing acts Auxygen, Minijoy B2B 1MO.

Pulse Event’s Spring Festival goes beyond music, featuring a lively night market with Lunar New Year treats. Attendees can enjoy immersive experiences like a glam station, interactive photo booth, Kandi Bracelet stations, Spin The Wheel excitement, and a Fortune Wall for writing wishes.

Established in 2015, Pulse Events has emerged as a key player in the Asian-American electronic music scene, specializing in organizing concerts and live performances across North America and beyond. With a mission to pioneer cultural and media innovation, this event producer and promoter brand has successfully hosted industry-leading electronic music artists like Afrojack, Gryffin, KSHMR, Kill The Noise, Like Mike, Seven Lions, Vini Vici, Yellow Claw, and others. Pulse Events has also produced world tours for South Korean acts such as EXO and Big Bang.

Pulse Events aims to represent Asian-Americans within the global dance music community by paying homage to the Lunar New Year. In 2024, Pulse Events will further champion the Asian American market by holding more events and supporting youth organizations and groups that highlight Asian culture. In addition to dance music events, Pulse Events created the Krazy Super concert to promote K-pop music in New York and Los Angeles, uniting more fans who love Asian culture.

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Tomorrowland Turns 20: Meet This Year’s Stage Hosts

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The legendary Belgian EDM festival, Tomorrowland, turns 20 this summer! Booming with excitement, it’s set to be an unforgettable experience for fans in Boom, Belgium. Get ready for a stellar lineup of stage hosts igniting the party.

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Dive into the Vortex of Atmosphere Stage

The Atmosphere Stage, an iconic behemoth crowned by a soaring 105-foot tent and bathed in 12,000 dazzling LED lights, is a vortex of excitement. 26-year-old Andromedik, Belgium’s rising Drum and Bass star, will take over Atmosphere with “Andromedik Not Invited.” Having etched his name in history as the first Drum and Bass DJ on the Tomorrowland Mainstage since Netsky in 2018, Andromedik is ready to blow the audience away once again.

Amber Broos Takes Command

But hold on, the party doesn’t stop there! Amber Broos, a 21-year-old Belgian DJ and producer renowned for her fresh blend of Techno and Belgian Retro, will take command of the Atmosphere stage next. Get ready to be captivated by her unique sound, as she injects Tomorrowland’s 20th chapter with a vibrant jolt of energy.

Crafted by Masters: The Art of Stage Hosts

It’s no secret that the selection of stage hosts is the secret sauce of the Tomorrowland experience. Core, Afterlife, Lost Frequencies & Friends and many more add their own distinct flavor and talent to the mix. This festival has always been about embracing innovation and pushing boundaries. The 20th chapter promises to be a monumental testament to its enduring legacy.

Stay tuned! Tomorrowland will soon unveil more exciting announcements, introducing the diverse lineup of artists who will shape this momentous celebration. The anticipation adds another layer of excitement to this already eagerly awaited event.

Get ready to immerse yourselves in an unforgettable experience as Tomorrowland turns 20. Prepare for a world of music, lights, and unparalleled energy that only Tomorrowland can deliver.

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