Step into the world of Mojave Grey, Zander Bleck, and Pozzi as they take us on a mesmerizing journey through the creation of their latest masterpiece, ‘Ride the Fire‘. In this exclusive interview, we delve deep into the spiritual background of the song, uncovering the hidden layers of meaning and inspiration that make it a true musical gem. But that’s not all – we also get a sneak peek into their exciting new projects for 2024, leaving us eagerly anticipating what this talented duo has in store for us next. Listen to ‘Ride the Fire’ at the end of this interview.
EDMTunes: Hello Everyone! This is Oscar Yerushalmi from EDMTunes. Today we are with Zander and Pozzi. Better known as Mojave Gray. Guys, how are you today?
Mojave Grey: We are great Oscar. – Thanks for having us. – Thanks for having us, yeah.
EDMTunes: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us about the release of your new song ‘Ride the Fire’. You guys describe this song as a sonic odyssey, this already sounds fascinating to me. But would you mind explaining to our audience what you guys mean when you say so, and what is the spiritual background behind this song?
Mojave Grey: Yeah, so this song has a lot of meaning for us and it kind of, it’s a little bit more like we approach the song as a soundscape more than normal, a typical song per se. It evolved a lot live. So we had kind of written the initial aspects of the song and we just kept adjusting and evolving the song as time went on in response to how the audience was reacting. We wanted to create, sort of like a mood more than ever before. The song, we wrote it based on a pretty powerful experience that we went through, and yeah, we just wanted it to be sonically aligned with that, and I think we accomplished that.
EDMTunes: Okay Pozzi, do you have some words about these?
Mojave Grey: Yeah. just talking to you now touching on the spiritual element of it. Zander and I have been sort of exploring our spirituality this year and trying to implement those experiences into the music, more and more each time. This song I would say we went a little bit further down the rabbit hole more than what we normally do. And so I think that’s a pairing. I think we tried to capture, as Zander said, an energy and overall feeling. I think we got it there eventually.
EDMTunes: While reading about the song, I noticed there is a Shaman involved in it, and it seems it’s been an experience that led you guys speechless. How relevant or how much did this Shaman influence the creative process of this track?
Mojave Grey: Tremendously. More or less she just said the phrase “ride the fire” and almost as soon as she said it we both looked at each other and were like, “well that’s the name“. It was truly a beautiful moment. We were almost in a very anxious state. We were both so far out of our comfort zones. And basically what she was describing was that anxiety and that fear that was creeping up on us. And like, she created, almost this imagery that we were in a room with a locked door with some kind of energy, this fire, this woman, this goddess, behind that door, and she was pounding at it while we were so nervously holding the door shut. And she’s like, she just wants to come in. She just wants to play with you. She wants to invite the fire in, ride the fire. As soon as she said that, I was taking it back, we both were in awe of how powerful that message was. We were one with that thought of allowing that fear in and facing it head-on, and that just was such a vivid metaphor and point that just, I mean, the song almost wrote itself.
EDMTunes: And besides the name and this experience you describe, what else do you think that the Shaman added to the song?
Mojave Grey: I mean, it was definitely something we had never experienced before, going through such an intentional, psychedelic journey. I think, we just wouldn’t have had the name, nor the vibe of the track. I think it really affected us as a group. And I think this song represents a little bit of a pivot in how we want our music to be perceived, that is, a little bit more on the experiential level. On top of just writing really great Dance and Pop songs, we want to create a mood. You know, we’re based in the desert here. I feel like we wanted to incorporate these types of experiences, this nature that we’re immersed in when we write these songs and just all of those elements into our music. And this song in particular feels like we kind of brought all three of those together. It features guitar in a really organic way and it has a little hypnotizing nature to it which is really what we were going for.
EDMTunes: I can see ‘Ride the Fire’ is a mix of a lot of different types of elements. From Zander’s vocals, Pozzi’s instruments, live music, Rock and Roll… How could you guys put all these pieces together that are so different at the same time, and deliver such a great song? Is this challenging at some point?
Mojave Grey: Yeah, it’s definitely challenging, but it’s also something that comes naturally to us because we’re both, you know, kind of in the classic sense, we’re songwriters and we’re real musicians and we play a lot of instruments. So we actually approach most of our songwriting from, like Zander or I will write something on piano or guitar. It happens that these lines themselves are really solid and then we start building something from them, and making them into what you hear. So we like to keep those organic elements as strong and prominent as possible, because they really represent who we are and what we’re bringing to the space that’s sort of different than most other people around. We also want all our songs to be able to be performed, you know, if it’s just posing on a piano or an acoustic guitar that we still can, you know, soak and translate the feel, whether it’s on the decks or just very intimate. We usually take that approach with a lot of those organic elements, and, as you were saying, it really shines through in this song.
EDMTunes: Okay guys so far, today we have the release of ‘Ride the Fire’. What else are we missing for the rest of 2023? What can we expect from Mojave Gray in 2024?
Mojave Grey: Yeah we’re just getting started, Oscar. We’re excited, we’re ambitious. We have our debut album coming out in the spring.
But regardless, we’re probably going to be releasing, I’d say, a song every five weeks up to the album and then after the album. But we have a pretty large body of work that we’re actually working on as we speak. You caught us kind of right in the middle of working on all these new songs and ideas and concepts. So I think we’ll have a very aggressive live schedule. Next week we’re in Miami for our Boswell, and the following week we’re in Mexico City. I think we’re going to start kind of accelerating that and getting this message of our desert Dance spirit, and we’re going to just keep getting that word out.
EDMTunes: Thank you for your time and answers. To close the interview, do you guys have any messages for our EDMTunes family?
Mojave Grey: Just to say hello, and we’re Mojave Grey. We’re so excited for you guys to take a step into our little desert world. To enjoy each other’s company very soon. Yeah, and thanks for welcoming into us and your community.
About ‘Ride the Fire’
As the journey begins, the soundscape of ‘Ride The Fire’ unfolds gradually, drawing listeners into a realm of tranquility and anticipation. Zander’s magnetic vocals take center stage, their melodic allure beckoning the audience to delve further into the depths of the composition. As Pozzi’s electric guitar enters the fray, as the tempo reaches its peak, a hauntingly beautiful recording of shamanic chants emerges, infusing the track with a ceremonial essence. These ancient chants, which, as you would know by now from reading the interview, served as the inspiration for ‘Ride The Fire’. Listen HERE!
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By: Oscar Yerushalmi
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 12:38:37 +0000
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Diplo Releases New Track “Anthem” with Sharam and Pony
Diplo, the renowned American DJ and producer, is back with another exciting release. Today, he is dropping a new track titled ‘Anthem’ in collaboration with Iranian DJ Sharam and singer Pony. This track is being released under Diplo’s house music label, Higher Ground, and is sure to captivate listeners with its infectious beats and catchy melodies. If you’re a fan of house music, this is a release you definitely don’t want to miss.
‘Anthem’ is just the latest addition to a series of singles released by Diplo on his Higher Ground imprint. Previous collaborations include ‘Stay High‘ with French DJ HUGEL and London artist Julia Church, ‘Diamond Therapy‘ with Walker & Royce and Channel Tres, and ‘Favela Joint‘ with Portuguese DJ and producer Kura. Each track has showcased Diplo’s versatility and commitment to exploring different sounds within the realm of house music.
If you’re ready to dive into the world of ‘Anthem’ and experience the magic of Diplo, Sharam, and Pony’s collaboration, be sure to give it a listen right here!
Collaborations in the music industry can often lead to unexpected and exciting results, and the partnership between Diplo, Sharam, and Pony on ‘Anthem’ is no exception. Each artist brings their unique talents and experiences to the table, resulting in a track that is a true fusion of their individual styles.
Sharam, known for his innovative approach to electronic music and his Iranian heritage, adds a touch of cultural influence to ‘Anthem.’ His production skills shine through in the intricate beats and melodies that drive the track forward, creating a dynamic and engaging listening experience.
Pony, the Canadian singer featured on the track, lends her soulful vocals to ‘Anthem,’ adding a layer of emotion and depth to the song. Her voice weaves seamlessly with the music, drawing listeners in and inviting them to connect with the lyrics on a personal level. Together, Diplo, Sharam, and Pony have crafted a track that is as danceable as it is introspective.
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By: Oscar Yerushalmi
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 18:45:01 +0000
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Sultan + Shepard Unveil Spectacular Album Endless, Dawn
It’s new music Friday, and you know how much we enjoy this day of the week. Today’s mix has This Never Happened superstar duo Sultan + Shepard and their immaculate release Endless Dawn. The wait is finally over for their third studio album out now on every platform. Have a listen and share with us your favourite track. I guarantee that is going to be a tough — maybe impossible — choice.
The lads take this album to a whole new level with collaborations. None of them should be strangers to you lot, Bridges, Elderbrook, Julia Church, LANKS, Nathan Nicholson, Panama, Shallou, Tishmal and Tasha Josephine. If you were in Denver or London earlier this week you could have heard this album live. Ossama & Ned teamed up with Dolby Atmos for a listening party which was a huge success. They also hosted a Zoom meeting for all of us in the other parts of the world. Let me tell you, it was a grand Wednesday afternoon, with people joining from work, the gym, and all multitudes of different places. I was one of the 250 people who attended this party and it was an experience I very much cherish. This tradition started back in the Pandemic when S+S released their first album Something, Everything and hopefully continues moving forward.
Journey of Endless, Dawn
S+S have been in the scene for over two decades. You’d remember them for their energetic festival sets, and mainstage songs. Since then the duo has grown tremendously in the direction of Melodic and Progressive House. They made their imprint by getting grounded with our favourite Lane 8 & the This Never Happened label. The 14-track LP is not only a compilation of Ned & Ossama’s most recent works but tales that were prepared in the past few years. The album as a whole highlights growth, and finding who you are eventually. Songs that have been with them for over 2 years, that didn’t make it to Forever, Now. From the club mixes to angelic vocals, you are in for a treat: falling in love with their music. The tracks line up beautifully, painting a picture of a spiritual evolutionary journey.
In the few months since the announcement and anticipation of delivery, Endless, Dawn spawned a quartet of singles. They commenced with ‘Under The Surface’ with the vocals of Nathan Nicholson followed by Panama on ‘Falling Behind‘, ‘En’ and ‘Highest Love’ with LANKS. The 14 tracks experienced cuts and plays, Lane 8 scattering them in his multiple mixtapes. In Lane 8’s winter mixtape fans previewed ‘All I Know’ with Julia Church and ‘Out of The Silence’ with Tasha Josephine. You may already know this but ‘All I Know’ probably became one of the most rewinded tracks on a mixtape. Winding back to the Fall 2023 mixtape, we heard the collaboration with Elderbrook ‘I’ll Be Here‘. The album today had a flurry of never-heard tracks ‘Murmur’, ‘Endless, Dawn’ and more.
The first track ‘Murmur’ sets up the pace of the album beautifully with the classic Sultan & Shepard sound, the arps and the progressive buildup. Setting up a perfect tone for the next two tracks that feature the beautiful vocals of Elderbrook and Tishmal. The tracks from start to finish paint a story of growth, from who they were as people when they started this journey of music to who they are at the end of the album. The lyrics of Sultan & Shepard’s tracks always create an emotional upliftment. It metaphorically highlights the evolution of them as artists. We take a bit of a break from the emotions to a real mood lifter or they call it ‘Cloud Lifter’ and a banger ‘Bracket Burst’. These two will definitely have a special place on the dancefloor. Each track paints a different story but together this album hits differently. How can I forget the lovely track with Shallou that was co-written with Steven Mckay? The Grammy-nominated songwriter has collaborated on three tracks in Endless, Dawn. The build-up to the title track ‘Endless, Dawn’ is unreal, it actualizes the reserved emotions that rise to the surface creating this fruitful album.
Whilst we enjoy this album, get ready for Sultan & Shepard to join their fans with their live tour. You can check out their page here, to see if they will be playing in a city around you.
Stay tuned to EDMTunes as bring you updates from the Electronic dance music world!
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 22:45:49 +0000
Charlotte De Witte Revamps 90’s Classic ‘Universal Nation’
Past and present result in a thunderous track, as Techno goddess Charlotte De Witte releases her newest rework of ‘Universal Nation’ by Push. The track also happens to be the first release under her new label ÉPOQUE. Under her main label KnTxT, ÉPOQUE serves as a rebirth of Dance classics that translate into today’s scene. Let’s take a deep dive into the past, shall we?
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Charlotte De Witte chose this classic to rework as it is a cultural reset on its own. The original ‘Universal Nation’ has a hard beat that lights up the dancefloor and a groove that was fitting of the raves in the 90s. The Belgian producer spins it into a hypnotic soundscape. The groove turns more cinematic and the main melody gets deeper and darker.
Moreso, the reverbs and distortions blow up into an atmospheric masterpiece. From beginning to end, the song hooks you into a trance as your body follows the smooth rhythm. The subtle acidic elements of the track are just the icing on the Techno cake.
The label’s mission is to bring back the archives of some of the greatest Dance hits and adapt them to the modern world. Through careful design and rebranding, each track ought to inspire the new generations. Charlotte De Witte knows how to create timeless classics, and bring forth incredible artists to her roster. We can’t wait to see how this new label showcases another side of history.
First thing first, let’s indulge in ‘Universal Nation’:
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By: Jay Seabrook
Title: Charlotte De Witte Revamps 90’s Classic ‘Universal Nation’
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Published Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2024 21:27:35 +0000
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