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Chlay in the DAA Interview

Devonshire based singer/songwriter Chlay chatted to DAAHQ about her music, creativity and her new EP.

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Bandcamp Store: Now Open!

DAA is now on Bandcamp! To celebrate the launch, you can download the first two Winter Of ’82 singles, Hex & Bless This House for FREE! Hit Buy Now, enter zero, then sign up to our mailing list to get yummy free downloads. We will NOT be inundating you with a ton of spam, but you WILL be able to get loads more awesome FREE new music from DAA artists very soon. Head to http://daamusic.bandcamp.com right… now!

The Last Roar Of Stadium Rock Dinosaurs (Hopefully).

By now you will no doubt heard of the, umm, collaboration between U2 and Apple. In case you live under, well… U2′s new album has been released via iTunes, not just to those who actually want to purchase it to every iTunes user. Bono and Tim Cook have dreamed this gift up; placing the new album in every single iTunes user’s library. That’s around 500 million accounts. Apple are very pleased with themselves about this. Its a historic music industry event, we’re reliably informed. Or, if the reaction on twitter is to be considered, it’s an incredibly arrogant and spammy move from brands that should know better.

The complaints on twitter have been non stop today. As far as I can see, the *whole* world is actually offended by this. It’s incredibly conceited behaviour, to presume that enough people would want to hear the new U2 album. At best it’s a spammy tactic; hoping that people will listen because it just happens to be there. This isn’t just a free download; Apple have already placed the album on your iOS device, and in your iTunes library. Whether you wanted it or not.

I’m not bagging on U2 here. I actually like one or two of their reords. For me, this says sooo much about the ‘old’ way. Within the distorted bubble of a U2 tour, it probably seems to Bono that the whole world loves his band, and 500 million people will gratefully receive his gift. Of course, today proves that not to be the case. There’ll never be a new band that reaches the colossal scale of U2 again; the industry that made them is long gone. I think that’s why I find this all a bit sad. I’m of a generation that watched that industry fall aprt. I used to think I’d grow up to be a Thom Yorke, a Michael Stipe; hell why not, a Bono. Those *huge* acts that were born not from hit factories, but ‘real’ music, placed on a pedestal by an industry that could invest millions to support them. That era is gone. Gone gone gone.

That’s not such a bad thing. Music is more interesting now. Anyone can have a chance to be heard, potentially at least, and music technology means that there is so much more music to here. When I started writing songs, I dreamed of impressing a record company enough to spend big on letting me make records; there was no other way. DAWs were in their infancy; now you make a record on a mobile phone.

The Apple/U2 move *stinks* of the old way. A huge company giving a massive boost to a hugely successful artist that doesnt need it. It says nothing about where music is today. There’s nothing modern or inventive about this; it’s an irrelevant last hurrah of multi-millionaires patting each other on the backs. Sigh. Apple have annoyed millions of their customers to please four blokes who were already doing okay…. I’ve chatted to people who are huge U2 fans that are still annoyed by the intrusive arrogance of it. If U2 fans aren’t even impressed, well, what does that tell you?

This is a glitch. The industry can’t support or make bands that big now; once the dinosaurs are out of the way, music will be truly interesting again… :)

A.Squared – Holocene

Jess pointed me in the direction. She knows me too well. All vocals (think Medulla era Bjork), beautifully processed and arranged in Ableton Live. It’s a hell of a thing…

Burn Down – Ian Halsall

I’m always excited when new music gets sent to DAAHQ. Not all of it is good, but thankfully most is. This most definitely is.

I’m a drum n’ bass head. Have been since I got a cassette of Goldie’s Timeless passed to me at school in about 1996. I was up to my ears in Oasis at that point (wasn’t everybody?) – the breaks on that blew my mind apart. I’ve got with other styles over the years, but DnB remains very much my beat.

Burn Down is a tight, focused tune. In a post Rudimental climate, this is a good thing. Emma Boudin’s silky smooth vocal slides down the beats perfectly; she has a fantastic DnB voice. Reminded me of Onallee from Reprazent, which is a very good thing in my book.

The breaks are razor sharp and minimal. I’m an old skool breaks guy (Amen, Brother!) but this approach suits this track. Lets it breath. Good work indeed.

So here it is. Check it for yourself. Good stuff indeed…

Kris Halpin

Kris Halpin



DAA is run by me, Kris Halpin. I'm a music fan first, it defines me. That's why I became a producer. DAA is my music production company and record label; a labour of love to bring you the music that I love most... the music I work on.

If you have something life-changing I should hear, please let me know.
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