Smily’s featured Track

Hello Sunshine’s ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒž

It’s that time again for another one of my featured tracks. Today’s track is by Richard van Dongen from the Netherlands.ย  I’ve gotten to know him on Twitter and he always is happy to share tracks and ask for feedback. First let’s hear from the artist.

About the artist by the artist

Hi I’m Richard van Dongen and my alias is Rico Garcia. I have been active in the Music industry for 25 years. I am not tied to one genre and produce clubhouse, trance, Techno, indiepop,electro etc. I have been an active DJ for 17 years. I’ve had the honor to work with great names like Funkerman,Tiรซsto,Mental Theo and more. I constantly busy myself with finding new talent to work with and creating projects for live artists and studio performers.

About the track by the artist

The song Blue Sky is the second track working with vocalist Lorraine Gray who I found on Soundcloud. This track is a timeless lovely Summer track.

I appreciate it for it’s simplicity and lovely vocals, work all can identify with. I’m also excited to announce this track will be added to the game app Beatfever. I hope you’ll enjoy my track.

Cheers and thx Rich..xx

About the track by Smily

This is one of those easy to listen to songs filled with Good Vibes. The kind you happily listen and dance to with family and friends while bbqing on the beach. Filled with happy summer vibes. To me it’s a nice tropical dance tune with lovely vocals.

So now it’s your turn to listen and see what you think. Oh and give the artists a follow too ๐Ÿ˜„ย @richvdongen andย @lglorraine

Here’s the track!

What’s your opinion? Please let me know here or on Twitter.

Much love to you all

Smily ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’™

Smily’s featured free download!

Hello all you beautiful souls!!!!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’–

Do I have a special treat for you my fellow music lovers. A free download from Jack Taylor! Let me tell you how this came about.

I was speaking with my friends Martin from Norway @HMTharald on Twitter who together with a team managesย @JVCK_TVYLOR a talented artist (in my opinion) and my friend Chez from Australia @astateofChez who actively supports them.

During our conversation they mentioned how Jack made a really great DJsnake bootleg remix that was going to be posted on SoundCloud. I was looking forward to hearing and sharing it with all of you, but there were some complications in getting it uploaded to SoundCloud, it just would not allow it to be put up there.

No one should keep good music from the world so we came up with the idea for me to share this lovely remix as a free download via my blog.

So here it is my dears a free download courtesy of @HMTharald andย @JVCK_TVYLOR please give them a follow as a thank you and look forward to more great music in the future. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽถ

Here’s your link to download. Tweet me if you have downloaded the track and let me know what you think. ๐Ÿ˜™

https://m.fanburst.com/jacktaylormusic/dj-snake-ft-lauv-a-different-way-jack-taylor-x-clean-sober-remix

๐Ÿ’žAs always much love, Smily

 

 

Review – True Stories Avicii

Hello my lovelies โค I’d like to introduce my dear friend Chez @astateofchez She wrote a beautiful article about the documentary that just came out about Avicii. Please enjoy her article below.

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The intense scrutiny a mega star endures is part and parcel of the career path they have chosen. Some of us view it as such and dream that we too might live what appears to be ‘the dream’; the underbelly of this beast called Fame is laid bare by a brutally honest Tim Bergling aka Avicii.

If the film maker, Swedish nativeย ย Levan Tsikurishvili set out to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and unease then he achieved it monumentally. There are moments within even the first minutes of the film that tell you this will not be about the girls and the glamour of huge festivals and fans adulation, but rather the encapsulation of a young man’s life thrust from virtual obscurity by a possessive and power driven manager determined to make Avicii into a global phenomenon.

Avicii comes across on screen as a very young and naive yet brilliantly talented teenager who has one complete passion in life: Music Production. His memories of school and teenage years show a boy driven to perfect sounds and melodies, to write music that was contained all within his own mind, how he managed to put that amazing imagination onto a DAW and make it into the music thousands of people danced to is a process I doubt many could recreate. Where most artists would play a keyboard or guitar and find that idea played out, with Tim it was all contained within his head. It is simply the Avicii way.

The film is separated into three chapters, early years, the difficult years and the end of it all and as all encompassing as it is with Levan being with Tim every day for 4 years, I found that perhaps there were far more questions by the end of the film than what there were answers. Yes we were privy to the all conquering anxiety that filled Tim with dread and stress at every show, the perfectionist at work in a studio forgetting to eat meals that his friend and bodyguard Semi brought in, beseeching him to eat something. The stories from Tim’s own mouth how he felt the utter hopelessness of tour life and the happiness of fans left him nothing but anxious and unfulfilled save for a very few minutes even behind the decks where he was satisfied. The lurking underbelly was always close by and although it wasn’t given a name by Tim within the film one felt that while watching him tour the globe with the team and noย Arash (Ash) Pournouri more often than not you drew your own conclusions.

I feel that if Avicii had thrown his former manager under a bus it would have been well justified by the end of the film. The mere fact he does not and leaves it up to the viewer’s opinion says more about the character of Bergling more than anything else. Towards the end after the endless hospitalizations for his pancreatitis, the ruptured appendix and gall bladder that was suggested back on his Australian tour he have removed (he waited until Ultra) you see a gaunt, sunken eyed Bergling wrestling with constant pain and prescription medications including Percocet which left him in a complete state of fog and yet the endless cycle of tour commitments were thrown at him from phone calls and schedules demanding his attendance. Some of the saddest facts of this Avicii branding was a young man unsure of what he could and couldn’t say in an interview because answers were pre determined by management. Again this was slightly touched on but it gave you a sense of someone completely at the mercy of a much more experienced and ruthless company man.

The film makes no mention of the two girls in Tim’s life, the appearance of Bettencourt is pixelled out in a hospital scene which gives me to believe permission to use their time together was not given. Tim does state his 8 months off towards the end was for ‘therapy’ and the prescription drugs of course for pain and anxiety is a classic addiction. The total honesty of Avicii in knowing death was an inevitability should he keep going with his schedule and total hatred of touring he wrote out his letter of retirement and surprisingly sent it to Ash for release. This is where to my thinking again the lines are blurred between artist and manager. He dutiful sent it there first yet there are times in the last chapter of the film that leads you to believe Pornouri had lost his complete control over Bergling yet it’s a veiled reference and only fueled by a late appearance of Ash who contritely says Tim is naive and unable to understand money. It’s a surprising cameo right there and moments after this are the words across the screen of the split between manager and artist.

Do I feel this gave us all what we hoped it would? No I don’t.

Do I think Avicii gave all he was allowed to give without legalities coming into it. Yes I do.

Tim has left quite a lot up to the fan and viewer of this documentary to determine how they think it all went to hell. I also believe that it shows a man still passionate about the music and making it to the best of his ability and his honest belief that it will not end. I do see Tim as a deep thinking, respectful young man who is trying to regain his life and control over it that was ripped away from him in becoming a global brand.

It made me want to sit down and have a deep honest discussion with a man who hates small talk and find out the rest of the story but for now this is all we will get and the music will have to do.

I hope he finds that balance in his life because he knows better than anyone, fame is fleeting.

Rating 9 out of 10

Article introduced by @smilydutchgirl written by Chez Harvey aka @astateofchez

Smilys featured track

Hello my dears ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒž

It’s time again for one of my featured tracks. This track is by DJ CO$MO aka Jacob, who I’ve had the pleasure to talk to via Twitter for a while now. I like Jacob’s positive attitude and how he wants to help others. Let’s let him have a word, here’ssomething about the artist by the artist.

A bit about the Artistย 

Hi, my name is Jacob Lloyd Saulnier, AKA DJ CO$MO. I am 20 years old and was born and raised somewhere in Canada and I have a disability. You probably want to know how I got my DJ name, right? Well, 4 or so years ago I’ve started to produce music (EDM) and I didn’t have a name for myself, so I searched the great wonders of the internet and found nothing that’s being used. So I finally figured out it’s going to be DJ CO$MO (yeah I know I might have to pay someone someday) but in the meantime I’m gonna stick with it. I love all kinds of Music Genres,ย  EDM, Trance and PSY-Trance. I’m starting to produce Trance, like you see here. My favorite accomplishment so far is that I’ve been on the radio in the UK with my track “Skin Deep” Ft. Lorraine Gray. Friends on social media helped guide me along the way. I always think to myself “It’s not just me that I make music for, it’s for the whole world” remember that.

A bit about the track by the artist

The reason why I made this track, is because I always feel chills going through my skin when I listen to Uplifting Trance.ย Some tracks take longer than others, this one took almost 2 and a half months of production. A friend of mine who is a great producer assisted me with mastering.

About the track by Smily

I like that this a track that focusses on the music. It’s not a generic cookie cutter track. (Thank you for that) In my opinion it’s a nice uplifting Trance vibe, good beats and a sweet melody.

Letssupport Jacob by sharing this article, listening to his track, and reposting and sharing it if you like it ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽถ and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts.

Much love always,

Smily โค

Smilys featured Track ๐ŸŽถ Earthquake by Merco

Hello all you beautiful souls ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽถ

It’s time for my next featured track. This one is by Merco/DJ Merco who I had the pleasure of getting to know in the Netherlands. He’s a great producer and DJ as well as a nice guy.

First a note about this track and inspiration by Merco himself ๐Ÿ˜Š

Short Description:

This winter I have been working hard on a very special Moombahton track. Here is my new release Earthquake! With a big bassline, lot’s of drums and a lovely vocal this track will give your upcoming summer some extra heat!

Inspiration:
For this song I got inspired by a Dutch music trend: big brass and baselines. I gave it my own ‘organic’ touch with real instruments to make it feel more real and not computer made. This song is different because it is in between a radio friendly song and a club track. I think this is a new way of making Moombahton songs!
Smily’s perspective on this track.
This is such a happy summer song. The kind of track you dance extra hard too when you are out with friends and it comes on or blast while you are traveling to where you need to go. It’s a song filled with good vibes and has that flirty romance feeling to it. I like it a lot it definitely gets the Smily stamp of approval๐Ÿ˜
Not only do I like the way it makes me feel and the sound. When you listen closely you can hear it wasn’t just thrown together. A lot of good producing went into this. Great job Marco๐Ÿ˜ŠโœŒ
ย Please remember to listen to the track, share this article and give @DJMerco a follow on Twitter. These things help support the artist. ๐Ÿ˜
Here’s the Spotify link
There’s other places to listen to this track as well.
Now I ‘d love to know how YOU like this track so comment here or tweet at me.
Keep smiling and dancing ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’™
So much love,
Smily