Smily’s featured free download!

Hello all you beautiful souls!!!!💜💚💖

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 manages @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 and @JVCK_TVYLOR please give them a follow as a thank you and look forward to more great music in the future. 😎🎶

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

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

💞As always much love, Smily

 

 

Review – True Stories Avicii

Hello my lovelies ❤ 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 native  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 no 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 💕🌞

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 Artist 

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,  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. 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 😎🎶 and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts.

Much love always,

Smily ❤

Smilys featured Track 🎶 Earthquake by Merco

Hello all you beautiful souls 😘🎶

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 😊

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 approval😁
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 Marco😊✌
 Please remember to listen to the track, share this article and give @DJMerco a follow on Twitter. These things help support the artist. 😁
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 💕💗💙
So much love,
Smily

Alterity Remix

The first track I’m featuring is a remix by Alterity.

A word from the artist:

It’s a lot less of the party banger tracks I used to create and more of the emotional, resided side of me. There are a lot of different influences explored ranging from R&B to Emo to Ambient that go more into what I’ve really felt over the past few years. My hope is the result can finally result me in what I’ve been longing for in this exotic journey of mine

Here’s the track darlings 😘💜

Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien – i hate u i love u (Alterity Remix) by Alterity #np on #SoundCloud

Smily’s perspective on it

A lovely remix that gets you feeling the emotions. The choice of snaps over snares very much screams of the modern “scene” with a personal signature on the style of the drop. I really like it a lot 😊✌🎶

Now how do YOU feel about it? I want to hear. Reply on my blog or tweet at me 😊😘💚 Also remember to support the artist give him a follow and listen to the music 😊

Love Always,

Smily

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Music much more music.

Hello all you beautiful souls 😘💜💚💛💙 I have been away from publishing articles for a while, but I’m back filled with inspiration to share so much more with all of you.

I guess I haven’t really been away, I’ve shared my music on Twitter and I started a new job where I’m learning a lot and I’m very passionate about 😊

So my plan is to share some tracks on my blog with a small paragraph of the artist view on the track and a small section with my feelings on the track. Then I’d like you to listen to it and give your feedback. Won’t that be a fun way to discover each other’s taste in music?

As you already may know I had the chance to spend ultra weekend in Miami together with my dear friend Chez from Australia who you know as @astateofChez on Twitter. I have lots of things I want to share about that wonderful weekend. The music, friendships, PLUR and Ravefamily we got to grow.

I look forward to putting out some new info and chatting with all of you 💜

Love always,

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Review – Markus Schulz – Houston TX

Hello all you beautiful souls!  Not very long ago it was my birthday and someone very near and dear to my heart surprised me with a ticket to go see my favorite trance artist, Markus Schulz.  I was extremely excited, and thankful for this present, it had been a while since I’d attended an event and I NEEDED to dance to some good music. Thank you so much for this perfect present ❤

I have seen Markus several times before and he never disappoints, so I knew it would be a magnificent show.  I was curious about the venue, and as I like supporting local and up and coming artists I was also excited to find out who would be in the opening show so that if I enjoyed their music I could support them.

Ready to dance the night away I put on a cute outfit, comfy shoes, sparkly make up and light up bunny ears to help me go down the rabbit hole 😉 of course! First of all the drive was easy which is a relief for someone as directionally challenged as I am even with a GPS I manage to get lost at times hee hee. 😀 The venue the show would be in was Stereo Live, and as I pulled up I was happy to find there was parking at the venue for $10 right in front of the building.  For safe parking I feel this is a very reasonable price.

As it was my first time at this venue I was not familiar with where to enter etc.  The ticket stated that the show started at 9pm, and I got there at 9:30 pm and there was nearly no one there yet. I asked the gentleman at the entry that check your ID and ticket why it was so quiet, and they stated that the time on the ticket was merely when doors opened up and the show would not be till much later.  I certainly did not mind as it would mean I would have a great spot at the front hurrayy!!

Stereo Live had a warm feeling, the building was clean, so were the toilets which is always nice.  I got a drink from the bar, went to the restroom and walked around a bit.  After a bit the music started and two opening acts played.  The first DJ played nice warm up music a deep/tech house feel and vibe. And the second DJ played some amazing trance tracks including some that had just been released that week, I was very impressed. I went to look to find who the opening acts were, it was not posted anywhere at the venue nor did the artist introduce themselves. I was unable to get this information which to me was unusual, I have never been to an event where it was impossible to find out who the opening act was. I later went on the Stereo Live Website, AND tweeted at them and never got a response.  So though I’d really like to support these artists, because they did a good job, I am unable to do so.

The opening acts were great, but I was ready to see Markus and finally at about midnight the show I came for started.  And what a show!  The combination of great sound and the lights and beautiful images on stage made for a truly magical experience.  A slow opening with galaxies floating by built up the anticipation and when Markus got on stage he made a great entrance, saying Trancefamily are you ready? As he dropped the beat.

His charisma was as vibrant as always, when someone loves what they do it just beams from their face and body language doesn’t it?!  It’s a gorgeous thing to see and it makes the whole experience all the more lovely.  He played a great variety of his own tracks new and classics, with and without lyrics.  The perfect balance in my eyes (or should I say ears 😉 ), and he also included some great remixes of tracks most serious trance lovers will get excited about. He pays attention to his fans, reads the energy of the crowd and plays off of it.  He smiled and waved at me happily which put a smile on my face. He also had several of his vocal artists there and they all sang live with the songs, there was no lip-syncing (being in the front I could hear it clearly) and they belted out their songs without any trouble at all.

My very favorite moment of the night was when I heard the opening sound of the track Free Tibet and realized he was going to be playing that.  I whipped out my phone and recorded part of that to share, not all of it because my dear people I also wanted to sing, dance and get lost in the moment.  And I sure did, during that track I was dancing while tears streamed down my face, I could feel the music deep within my soul and at that moment I felt so extremely happy, that moment all your worries are gone and you just appreciate the beautiful things in life. Isn’t that one of the magical things about music like this? I have uploaded a few video’s to You Tube so you can experience a little bit of the show.  I highly recommend you go see Markus Schulz next time he is performing near you.  I’m willing to travel hours to go see him, but that may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

After Markus finished and said his goodbyes, I went to drink water and use the toilet and then sat down a bit, at that time I realized that the two guys that opened did a session together to close the night out, that was the first time I’ve seen that happen at a venue but it was fun.  The last track they played especially – Dominator I was really happy with and I recorded it and posted it for you all to see.

All in all it was a lovely experience and I’d go again in a heartbeat. The only thing I’d like to see in the future is please let us know who the supporting artists are so we can support them as well.

Later that night or really the next morning when I got home I had received a message from my girl Chez from Australia, (follow her on Twitter @astateofchez ) that she spotted me on Markus Schulz snapchat, she screenshotted it and sent it to me so I included that in today’s pictures, that’s me the blonde in the front middle with the light in her face ha ha.

I had hoped to make some friends at the event, I talked to many people, but did not meet anyone I had that click with yet, so maybe next time!  It was all Good Vibes and a happy experience.  Please enjoy the pictures below.  Oh and if you’d like to see my video’s you can do so here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxbgLq_UnJSDlM1pfa97olw

Have a lovely week everyone ❤ keep smiling ❤ Love, Smily

November SoundCloud Playlist

Good afternoon darlings.  Here´s a bit of information on the SoundCloud playlist I shared on Twitter last week, with a link to the playlist of course.  If you haven´t already, please listen and enjoy, and help support the artists who you think did a great job by reposting their tracks and reposting my playlist.  Thank you all 🙂

Track 1 – dubblasta – this is ACidTechHouse

A lovely track you can drift away on and get lost in.  Dubblasta is an artist that creates several lovely genres and is a huge supporter of artists on both Twitter and Soundcloud. So show back some support, share their music and follow them on twitter @dubblasta and Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/dubblasta

Track 2 -Die Antwoord – Daddy

A fun upbeat track by Die Antwoord from South Africa with Ninja and Yolandi I love how unique their music is and Yolandi has the sweetest voice.

Track 3 – On June x KEVI – Sunrise

A lovely summervibe, happy track, perfect to dance to till the sun rises 😉

Track 4 – Expectaz – I’ve got news for you

I found this group through a mutual twitter connection (thank you @chatsongmusic) I checked out their music and love that they are not stuck to one genre. They are from the Netherlands #shoutout to my dutchies! and be sure to follow them on Twitter @expectaz and repost their track if you love it 🙂

Track 5 – ASOT – Alexander Popov & Jonathan Mendelsohn Denis Kenzo remix – World like this

Beautiful remix of this lovely track ASOT always makes you feel SO good!

Track 6 – marshmello – Ritual – ft. Wrabel

Yeah I am part of the #mellogang I remember when I heard the very first track and immediatly tracked down who made that lovely sound, and immediatly following marshmello and sharing the music with Twitter followers. I fell in love with the style of marshmello’s music. I think it’s awesome that this delicious treat can also produce amazing tracks

Track 7 – Tydi Remix of The Chainsmokers – All We Know.

A lovely remix by the Australian Tydi who now resides in the USA. A very talented artist indeed!Tydi has shown he is skilled in many different genres and always manages to keep his own sound and lovely sense of humor.

Track 8 – DJ CO$MO – Differently (ft. Lorraine Gray)

A talented artist from Canada who is an all around nice guy, 19 years old and disabled, and driven to be a great producer. He will be featured in an upcoming article. Support him on Twitter follow @mrdjcosmo and re-post his music if you enjoyed it please!

Track 9 – Ookay remix of Galantis & Hook N Sling – Love on Me

If you listen to this track you feel instantly happy! A really well done remix by Ookay giving off those positive vibes.

Track 10 – Anjunabeats – A&B pres Oceanlab – Another Chance

This song is so beautiful, the type of music you feel deep in your soul. So enjoy, float away to dreamy music that has the power to give you goosebumps and tears in your eyes.

Track 11 – Alterity remix – gnash ft. Olivia O Brien I hate you I love you

A great remix from this Trap producer with a Tropical twist. I feel very strongly about how much I love this track and how incredibly talented this artist is.  He likes to remain mysterious and be all about the music, but believe me when I say this guy knows his stuff and he’s been around a while. Support and follow him on Twitter @AlterityMusic and share his music. You won’t regret it.

Track 12 – SutajioWest – Skyline Acid

A lovely track by this tech/techhouse/deeptech/acid etc producer.  Also a very kind supportive person of other artists and lovers of music.  Please follow him on Twitter @SutajioWest and share his music.

Track 13 – Dominator – Armin van Buuren vs Human Resource –  Bass Modulators extended mix

A track that get’s your blood pumping and heart racing. Whoop Whoop FEEL this track and let goooo.

Track 14 – Tommy Trash & Taisun – IOUE

Lovely just lovely, the vibe of this reminds me of the old school Daft Punk tracks.  Enjoy everyone!

Track 15 – Markus Schulz – Remember This

Because I love trance and Markus Schulz will always be my favorite, and this is one of those tracks that just never ever get’s old.

Track 16 – Starkillers & Nadia Ali – Pressure (classic mix)

A lovely track both musically produced SO well and lovely vocals that blend perfectly with this track.  One you can just listen to on replay.  Despite being a well known artist @Starkillers stays down to earth and will interact with people on Twitter.  A very nice person as well as talented, please be sure to support!

Track 17 – DJ Soleman – Kid

You can hear the skill and feel the music in this awesome track from this house music DJ from Scotland. He doesn’t brag and even downplays his achievements and how great he is, that just makes him even more likable as a person and artist in my books.  He managed to reach the final 6 in the movida corona National DJ competition out of over 1000 entries. He will be featured in an upcoming article. So please support Paul and follow him on Twitter @Paul___Rayner and share his music!

Track 18 – Amr Mohsen – Star Glider

Amr Mohsen from Cairo creates such wonderful Trance melodies, you will be hooked once you start listening. He is also a very kind and compassionate person, willing to help others and also able to listen to feedback. So you can get to know him better I will feature him in an upcoming article. Please follow him on Twitter @AmrMohsen247 and enjoy his music. Trance is for us dreamers ❤

Track 19 – Wasted Penguins x Villain – Dimensions of the Underworld

As a Dutch girl hardstyle is in my blood. This duo from Sweden creates some of the most exciting hardstyle/hard dance out there. This one has both the great hardstyle feel and that bit of a creepy feel at the same time. Great to dance the night away to! Here comes the monster!

Track 20 – TBM – Vijay & Sofia Zlatko ft. Lisa May – Are You Magic

The Bearded Man often has those little treasures of songs that you can drift away and feel happy to.  This track by Vijay & Sofia Zlatko in Belgium sure is one of those, I wouldn’t be saying too much if I said they are magic 😉 Show your love and support by following them on Twitter @VijaySofia

Track 21 – Paul Picasso Remix Psy or Die – Carnagextimmytrumpet

Paul Picasso is a supportive friend and talented producer with his own unique sound. He is one of the people that encouraged me to write my own blog and not give up on my dreams to remain active in the music industry. Show your support by following him on Twitter @MrPaulPicasso and share his music.

That is it for this playlist.  Please listen and enjoy! Do not hesitate to send me tracks to be considered for my next playlist!

Keep smiling,

Love, Smily ❤