Brace yourselves, fellow readers, for we have one great guest today! We had a chat with the man of the moment, the one and only Modapit. We caught him right before quite the week for him, as the mysterious producer behind tracks like ‘Dancing’, and ‘Time To Run’, is about to star in this weekend’s EDC Orlando.
Still coming back down to Earth after his acclaimed debut album Devotion, and an official remix for an iconic blast from the past, ODESZA’s ‘It’s Only’, Modapit, the man behind the dark veil, sat with us for an exclusive interview regarding absolutely everything from his origins as his current name, his firework-like rise to fame, his ways in the studio, and even his vision going forward as an artist.
Without further to do, here’s our chat with Modapit:
1. Where does the name ‘Modapit’ originate? What’s the story behind it?
Modapit: It was completely made up. I only found out later from a friend that “Moda” actually means “fashion” or something similar in Italian and Spanish. I might have been listening to Passion Pit when working on a name and identity, as well. Those two words just sounded good next to each other to me, so that’s what it ended up being! I like that it just sounded like a name, but also entirely made up.
2. When going down the route of covering your face to give way to the music, why did you choose the veil instead of, say, a mask?
Modapit: The veil just seemed like a really weird idea that I had not seen anybody else do yet. I was one of those peculiar goth kids in my younger years, so I am very inspired by goth-influenced fashion.
Putting a fishnet on my head was kind of an accident, but it felt so cool. It was actually just a fishnet shirt that we draped over my head, and when I took a picture of that, I was obsessed. Fishnet and leather remind me of techno events, as well, which is another genre of music I’m extremely inspired by. It just all made sense to put it together like that.
3. In the studio, what’s your go-to process towards crafting new tunes? What inspires you to create a new idea?
Modapit: I don’t really have a process. I sit down, and I’ll start playing on a keyboard, messing around with melodies and chords and at some point. Eventually, something just sparks. I will get an emotional response from something I’m playing, then I record it, then I put drums down. Next thing you know, I have a song. Sometimes, I’ll have an acapella from a vocalist that I like and I’ll make a song around that. It depends on if the vocal sounds like something I would write.
4. Do you have a favourite VST/Analogue synth?
Modapit: A lot of the synths I make are just in Serum. Serum’s versatility is truly remarkable. It kind of feels like an analog synth sometimes. My truly favorite analog synths are the Korg M20 and the Prophet-6. It is hard for me to deny the sound the Prophet-6 creates. They both create such rich sounds that I end up captivated by anything I create on them.
5. Your rise has been explosive! Did you expect to be at the point where you are now in your career when you released ‘Dancing’ back in January?
Modapit: I honestly had no idea what to expect. When you start a project, you can have goals and expectations, but it is impossible to predict whether fans and listeners are going to connect with it or not. Things feel fantastic right now and I’m happy with how fans are connecting with it. Every show I play, it seems more and more people keep coming out to see me who are actually interested in my music.
I saw a few people actually singing the words to my songs at Freaky Deaky in Austin, Texas, this past weekend, and that truly blew my mind. It definitely gave me validation that the music is connecting and that people are listening. I am truly grateful we can unite with people that way and that Modapit is reaching listeners in that same manner.
6. What are some of your bucket list venues/festivals to play, and have you played on any so far?
Modapit: My goal is to be able to do Brooklyn Mirage or the Shrine. Those are legendary venues in my eyes, and it marks a point in an artist’s career. Being able to play circuitGROUNDS at EDC Las Vegas was a pretty huge deal for me as well. circuitGROUNDS is a pretty unique stage for their lineups, yet I would like to get to the point where I’m one of the main acts on circuitGROUNDS. I hope we will get there eventually!
7. About your debut album Devotion, what led you to produce an entire album instead of, say, a handful of EPs?
Modapit: An album just feels like such a huge level of effort that not a lot of artists are doing in the electronic space. I think debuting an electronic project with an album, not only did I want to show a really thought-out body of work, but I wanted to make a statement.
10 songs is a lot to produce. When you put it all together in an album and make sure they all fit together seamlessly, it is very tough. Also, not even knowing how people are going to receive it is such a huge risk from a business standpoint. But I think this is what separates art from business.
8. We heard there’s a special edition vinyl pressing currently happening for Devotion. Could you tell us a little about what makes it stand out from other pressings?
Modapit: Well, there’s only 50 of them available for purchase and once those 50 are gone, we are never printing them in this color again. We have already had a bunch of them gone. It is crazy to see them go since they are so limited. It’s also in my favorite color, Royal Blue. I love how it came out and I hope people appreciate it!
9. Are there plans about new singles/collaborations/EPs/remixes you can tease us about in the near future?
Modapit: I have at least two more albums worth of music that is unreleased. Are they going to be collaborations or EPs or even a next album? We are just going to have to wait and see. Just know, there are a ton of songs waiting to be released. A lot of them exist in the mixes I have posted online.
10. What’s your ultimate goal as Modapit? How would you want people to recognise you in a few years’ time? In other words, what image would you want to carve into the EDM industry in the following years?
Modapit: My hope is to transcend the EDM space and reach audiences that aren’t just restricted to Dance music. I would love to bring people from Hip-Hop, Indie, and Pop into my music. By working with a bunch of artists outside of Dance music, we can start experimenting with the music Modapit is making and opening up different audiences to Modapit’s music.
11. How will your EDC Orlando debut differ from your EDC Las Vegas debut? What are you most excited about for the upcoming performance?
Modapit: EDC Orlando is going to have a mess of new music. My plan is to bring EDC Las Vegas to Orlando but with new music. EDC Orlando is going to hear music that hasn’t been heard by anybody yet. I hope that’s exciting for people because it makes me nervous!
Thank you, Modapit, for the lovely chat. We wish you the best this weekend in Orlando!
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Published Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2023 10:45:40 +0000
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Three Upcoming Artists Who Are Pushing The Boundaries At AREA15
Think of Vegas and you think of top-notch food, over-the-top drinks, and entertainment unlike any other. And for dance music lovers, Las Vegas truly is the mecca.
From dubstep to house to underground techno, Sin City has it all, you just need to know where to look.
But for just as many mainstream headliners that are plastered across billboards on the strip, AREA15 has its own buffet of innovative and creative performers ready to show just how versatile electronic music can be.
Here are three upcoming artists you should know that are pushing the boundaries at AREA15:
This addictive house producer hails from Chicago but now lives in LA and combines the classic roots of house with the new-school creativity of the California music hub. Known best for her undeniable swagger and ability to get a crowd moving, J. Worra is a certified party starter.
Jamie Sitter (J. Worra’s real name) began her music career after she noticed the lack of female representation at a local music festival in her hometown and decided to join the scene ready to take over.
She told Gray Area, “I went to a festival early in my life and saw no women on the lineup at all. I had to give it my best to join this world and try and flip that. Now there are so many of us doing our best…When I started it was desolate for females but we’re seeing a big surge now. Men are paying more attention, and women are trying harder to help one another out.”
Now Sitter is an advocate for women in the scene as well as LGBTQ+ youth, a community she identifies with, and supports local charities and animal rescues.
One of the heaviest new bass artists to come on the scene, already being noticed by Bassrush and Lost Lands, is Mexican-born artist Jessica Audiffred.
Audiffred’s signature blend of bass and trap is a monster in the United States, but it was difficult to break through in Mexico.
She told Forbes, “When I was beginning to produce music, it was so hard for me because I didn’t have it anywhere. I didn’t have any spots for me to play my music here in Mexico City. It was hard for you to produce but then not showcase your own music. That’s why we had to create our own events and festivals, and that’s where we are right now.”
Breaking the mold and carving her name in the bass scene has already garnered Audiffred plenty of dedicated fans who appreciate her brand of authentic production both in her home of Mexico and right here in the States.
Now she’s joining giants like Excision on tour, selling out venues with Riot Ten, and releasing viral tracks that have the headbangers in a neck brace.
Fans of Boris Brejcha and German techno should know the name Ann Clue.
A musician at heart, Clue’s balance of both the light and dark elements of German techno brings a pure and genuine underground sound that’s rare to hear outside of Europe.
Her passion for the underground goes even further, telling Dancing Astronaut, “I think it’s because Germans have a dark soul and history and we tend to compensate a lot in hidden spaces – where we can lose control and let go of all the darkness.”
She continued, “I think that’s what you feel with techno – especially the type that has its highest peak now. It’s dark, rough, fast-paced, hard, and chaotic. This underground culture shows the darkest side of our souls and nature, which needs to be embraced like the bright side, but we are often afraid to show it or let it come through. Humans often think they have to hide their dark side because it’s not so pretty. But the whole world is about Yin and Yang – the Yin (dark) side needs a lot more attention in order to let go of fear and anxiety. And to see the beauty in it. ”
This understanding of the true culture that makes dark sounds so intriguing makes for an immersive experience unlike any other.
Grab tickets to these industry-shaking performers’ shows at AREA15 here.
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By: Danielle Levy
Title: Three Upcoming Artists Who Are Pushing The Boundaries At AREA15
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Published Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2023 20:32:33 +0000
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Corey James, Thomas Newson – ‘Sinister (Axwell Mi Amor Remode)’
Just because Halloween is over that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to the dark side. In this case, Axwell remodes Corey James & Thomas Newson‘s latest, ‘Sinister’. The track is nothing short of sexy and spooky. With heavy Latino influences and somber yet beautiful vocals. Axwell’s label Axtone released the track this past weekend after charming his sets throughout the Summer.
The base of the Remode is Mosimann & Antoine Delvig’s Mi Amor, a powerful record that released under Axtone in 2021. The newly added elements bring out the darker, mystical side of a love song. Adding sinister textures and lots of reverb that bring out a flowing element to the track. Moreover, the Swedish House Mafia member still allowed the song to carry an effortless and playful vibe, making it a hit on international dancefloors.
The trio has been wrecking the Dance scene recently. On top of this massive release, Dutch DJ Thomas Newson earned Rank 33rd on 1001 Tracklists’ Top 101 Producers of 2022 and 2023. In addition, Axwell has been touring with Swedish House Mafia and releasing top hits like ‘Ray of Solar’. Ultimately, Corey James had a mindblowing hit with Steve Angello’s edit of ‘The Underground (House of God)’, climbing through Beatport Top 40.
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Title: Corey James, Thomas Newson – ‘Sinister (Axwell Mi Amor Remode)’
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Published Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2023 12:49:38 +0000
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Apple Music Replay Drops Before Spotify Wrapped
Apple Music Replay is back for another year, offering users a retrospective of their musical journey. Launched in 2019, the feature underwent a significant update last year, aligning it more closely with the popular Spotify Wrapped. This year’s Replay, accessible through Apple Music’s webpage, provides a comprehensive summary of your most-listened-to songs, artists, albums, and more. To kickstart the musical reflection, Apple has released Replay just days before Spotify is anticipated to unveil its Wrapped stats.
A Web-Centric Experience
Unlike Spotify Wrapped, which boasts highly shareable charts, A.M.R.’s stats lack the same visual appeal for online sharing. Interestingly, these statistics are not directly integrated into the Apple Music app. However, users can still access their 2023 Replay playlist within the app. The Replay feature not only showcases a delightful highlight reel of favorite songs and artists but also includes a milestone tracker, measuring accomplishments such as reaching the milestone of listening to 1,000 songs.
Navigating Your Replay
To view your Replay for the year, simply head to replay.music.apple.com and log in with your Apple ID. The platform provides an in-depth breakdown of your listening habits throughout the year. With Spotify Wrapped set to launch in early December, Apple seems keen on giving Replay a head start, ensuring users get a chance to explore their musical journey before being engulfed by the impending Wrapped stats, widely shared on social media platforms,
For more information, be sure to check out Apple Music’s official website, here.
[H/T] – The Verge
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Title: Apple Music Replay Drops Before Spotify Wrapped
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Published Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2023 13:52:35 +0000
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