From NMIXX to Dwarves: The 164th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from UMEK, R&B from Tone Stith and Cydnee With a C, pop from NMIXX, punk from the Dwarves and Negative Approach, and so much more.
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From NMIXX to Dwarves
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Print stars grouptherapy told us that, “Beyond the obvious acting/film connection, the culture of being an LA native is very specific,” they say. “It’s one of the few places in the country where, no matter how much money you have, you’re guaranteed to see super-cars and celebrities. There’s this beautiful pipeline to super-stardom sewn into the experience of living here. Unfortunately that ends up being a magnet for grifters and swindlers offering shortcuts to success. The stakes feel higher and the possibility of fame, positive and negative, looms in the background constantly. It’s a very surreal place. It requires you to be extremely adaptable and crafty. There’s the cliche New York saying ‘if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.’ L.A.’s version would probably be ‘if you can make it here, you’ll be comfortable anywhere.’”
In “Not Another DJ,” UMEK said,
“‘Footmachine’ is basically another stomper I recorded in my studio in Ljubljana. It contains a big kick, pitched down AI vocals, and I’m very happy that I can record this stuff myself instead of hiring vocalists and then having problems with creative miscommunication. It’s pretty hard to explain to other artists what I’m trying to accomplish with my tracks. With AI, you can just type in the lyrics you need, sync them to the project, and use them without any delay in the creative process or waiting for delivery times.”
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