From Lil Baby to Pitbull: The 134th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from KX5 and Man Power, hip-hop from Lil Baby, punk from Social Distortion and Royal & the Serpent, pop from Dua Lipa, and so much more.
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From Lil Baby to Pitbull
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Speaking to us for this week’s KX5 cover story, Kaskade said that, “I’ve got two things I remember. ‘Faxing Berlin — ‘when I heard this, it was like one of those moments where I was like, what’s happening in this song? It was an amazing song. He’d been putting stuff out, but ‘Faxing Berlin’ did well on Beatport. A big song. I still listen to it to this day. Awesome tune. I hit Joel up. Up to that point, he was mainly doing just instrumental stuff and I was doing a ton of songwriting. I had written a song just over one of his instrumentals, just screwing around. I sent that to him and said ‘hey dude, have you ever thought about doing vocal stuff,’ and he was like, ‘yeah, what, huh?’ I sent him that, and he’s like ‘this is pretty cool.’ Then it was off to the races after that.”
“I was never really a fan of vocals, until Ryan kinda got it over to Haley [Gibby] and wrote it, and she sang it and it sounded great,” deadmau5 added. “I’m not like Simon Cowell up here listening to voices going, ‘you need to do this and the tone needs to sound like this.’ I don’t know, I’ve been trying to avoid listening to radio for that reason, just because it’s always overprocessed or tuned, whether it’s for effect or lack of singing abilities. So I never really honed in on who’s a good singer and who’s not. I focused more on the message and the voice was not really processed outside of the standard processing that you do with a vocal.”
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