What a crazy year it has been, 2015. There were so many great tracks, so many great albums across all genres of music. It’s been a year that will be hard to top but I have no doubt that things will only get better in the music world. As long as the people who in habit the industry remember that, music is about the music and only that. For Change It Up, We saw an incredible year with incredible guests. From myself I would really like to quickly thank all of them for being a part of the show and helping it get to this point. It was a year where one episode alone surpassed over 11,000 plays on SoundCloud thanks to the great tropical house producer, Le Bouef. I got my first female guest in Nora En Pure. We made some new friends in Nico Tenza, Adam Foster, and Kids Want Techno. There were other great guests and I cannot thank everyone enough for how much they helped. Before we end this fine year of 2015, and start announcing my guests for the new year, I leave you with one more Change It Up Episode and ONE MORE GUEST…
My guest this week, HEADPHAZE. HEADPHAZE is made up of two guys, Michael and Donnie. Michael attends Temple University in Philly, while Donnie is out in Boston at Berklee College of Music. The two are known for one thing in their production, and that is making absolute bangers. I was lucky enough to spend a night talking with 1/2 of HEADPHAZE. Michael and I talked music and the industry and he showed me some of the things he has been working on and I know there are good things to come from the duo. As HEADPHAZE, they have played all over the great city of Philadelphia, including sets at the pinnacle EDM spot in Philly, Soundgarden Hall. Funny thing I actually just found out, two years ago when I was playing under a different name, I actually opened for HEADPHAZE at a small club in Philly and had no idea at the time, small world lol Anyway, the guys have sent us over a mix that is straight fire. There are a few of their own originals and remixes as well as a couple mashups. As is tradition here at Change It Up, check out the EXCLUSIVE interview with the duo…
1.When did you guys first start getting into producing and making music? Were you always into electronic music or did you guys have other musical interests?
M: I first started getting into dance music in 2006, when I was playing DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) religiously. A few years after, I had my first real exposure to dance music when a friend of mine took me to my first “rave”/show at the Roseland Ballroom in 2010 (the trifecta) where I got to experience different styles of electronic music for the first time. After seeing Deadmau5’s set live, I became curious with how music production worked from a procedural aspect. Before production, I spent most of my life playing instruments, such as violin, piano, flute, and the guitar.
D: I played guitar and recorded my own songs throughout middle and high school, spending countless hours recording guitar tracks for days on end in my house. I used Cubase and Reason back then, and when I eventually started studying music production separately from guitar, I started taking interest in dance music and the cultures surrounding it. The interest definitely came from a technical aspect at first, but I was drawn in by the culture and the music soon after.
2. When did you guys meet and realized you wanted to produce together?
We actually met at our church youth group. There were a lot of different instruments to play and we both knew how to play most of them. After we started college we reconnected and worked on a few tracks together. It felt right, and we continued to meet to generally have fun and make music.
3. When you start a track where would you say a good deal of your interests come from?
I think starting a track is different for us each time, whether it comes from a sample, or an idea for a melody. We usually lay down one foundation and then build upon it. We throw ideas back and forth on top of that one theme, and then stick with one that fits best after trying out a few different approaches.
4. Who are your influences?
No specific influences currently; however, listening to music outside dance music inspires us to expand our sound.
5. Have you guys played anywhere besides Philly? Or do you have another city that you would really like to play in?
We’ve played in NYC and Boston area in the past. Chicago or Seattle seems to have amazing culture and we’re very interested!
6. What is one thing that everyone should be aware of when they listen to or see the name Headphaze? What do you want to get out of this experience?
We want everyone to know that we’re trying to make our set a smooth and hard-hitting experience. We’re all here for the music. The reason we’re able to do what we do is because people enjoy this culture we’re gratefully part of and we want our music to be forward thinking while having bits of nostalgia. I think what we want out of this experience is to change and inspire the music industry. More specifically, dance music has changed our lives and we want our vision to make a positive impact to our audience.
7. Where did the name come from?
When we started producing music together, we worked from the evening until early morning and we constantly shared one pair of AKG’s to produce so naturally, HEAD-PHAZE came about. The “Z” for some flavor?
8. Are you working on anything special right now that we can hear about?
We have a track we use often in our sets. It’s a remix we think you might appreciate!
9. Cali or Philly?
Oof… that’s a hard one. Cali! We plan to be out there possibly by next year!
10. Favorite place to get a cheesesteak?
M: Tony Luke’s on Oregon Ave. Mmm baby ヘ(◕。◕ヘ).
D: Jim’s on South Street!
Thanks to HEADPHAZE for the interview and for being our guests for the final episode of Change It Up in 2015. As for my mix, I’ve got remixes of Justin Timberlake, ZHU, Ellie Goulding, and Mario. There are also a few others tracks in there remixed by JackLNDN and Real Clouds, as well as originals from Tough Love, Alex Brandt, and James Oklander and Stephen Murphy. My chill pill of the week, is not the newest of tracks but it is something I have not been able to get out of my head for the last few months so I am throwing it on there. It is the Bender remix of ZHU’s “Cocaine Model”.
Sherm’s Change It Up Mix
- Zimmer – Escape (ft. Emile Adams) [JackLNDN Remix]
- Justin Timberlake – My Love (Michael Andre & SMB Remix)
- Alex Brandt – Suffer For Love (feat. Christen Kwame)
- Tough Love ft. Nastaly – What You Need Is Me
- ZHU – Cocaine Model (Bender Remix) **Chill Pill of the Week**
- Mario – Let Me Love You (DubRocca Remix)
- James Oklander & Stephen Murphy – Cruel Night
- Caden Jester – Sugar (ft. Christopher Blake & Rob Grimes)[Real Clouds Remix]
- Ellie Goulding – On My Mind (Instrum & Chris Meid Remix)[Sofia Karlberg Cover]
HEADPHAZE Guest Mix
- HEADPHAZE – ID
- Jetfire feat. Authentix – Yalem (Original Mix)
- Alex Metric – Heart Weighs A Ton feat Stefan Storm (Galantis Remix)
- A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt – Push (Cazzette Remix)
- Jack U – To U (Skidope Remix)
- Merk & Kremont x Feenixpawl – Amen in My Mind (HEADPHAZE Mashup)
- LOOPERS – Tell Me (Original Mix)
- HEADPHAZE – Typhoon (Original Mix)
- Showtek feat VASSY – Satisfied (Blinders Remix)
- Benny Benassi & Pink is Punk – Perfect Storm (Clockwork Remix)
- Chocolate Puma & Gregor Salto – Gimme Sum (Original Mix)
- Congorock & Stereo Massive – Bless Di Nation (Clockwork Remix)
- Flakes feat. Micah Willis – Whacked Out (Original Mix)
- Wiwek & Gregor Salto feat. MC Spyder – Trouble (Original Mix)
- Yellow Claw & Mightyfools – No Class (HEADPHAZE Bootleg)