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elix Da Housecat has been producing music for more than 20 years. He’s known for his electro house sound and for working with artists like Diddy. I recently spoke with Felix before his show at 1OAK in New York, where we discussed his latest music releases and planned show at Clé on May 7. JMG: How long of a break did you take after touring for 20 years? Felix Da Housecat: It’s funny because since 2001, the longest I’ve had a break is about two to three weeks. So when I went to Asia, my body was just shot. It just shut down. So I needed some time off. I think I was off for like a month, but I think I took a show in Phoenix, but I still wasn’t 100%. So I’ve been chilling out for about two months. I’ve just been eating healthy, not partying and none of the things that come with the nightlife. I just walked away from it to reset, you know. And sometimes you have to do that because if you’ve been touring for that long without a major break, then that can definitely wear you down. Yeah, of course. Especially since I’m 45 (laughing). Now I know you’ve played instruments like the clarinet ever since you were younger. Do you try to incorporate instruments when you’re producing new music or for a live performance? I started playing the clarinet when I was 13 to 15 years old. I stopped when Prince came out with “Purple Rain” in ’84. I was in my high school band and we were playing all of these Prince numbers, and I was like “I can’t play the clarinet, I want to get more into production.” So I just stopped the clarinet and then I started to get more into production with songs and music. I’m self-taught on the keyboard, so I do incorporate live bass instruments on some of my productions. So I do incorporate that and merge it with synths and electronic music. I ran across your “Tour Your Body” mix on SoundCloud and it has a nice little deep house sound to it. Do you have any other new mixes or releases coming out soon? I have a new label that I launched with my partner out in Montreal
called Founders Of Filth. The first release is a track I did with Jamie Principle, who did “Touch Your Body.” The new song is called “It’s Your World” ‘cause Jamie’s like one of my heroes, her and Prince. When Jamie worked on “Touch Your Body” with me, it was a big thing because that was like 15 years of us waiting to hook-up. So we ended up doing like 12 songs. The first release may be coming this May, I’m not sure. So let’s see what happens. You collaborated with Diddy back in 2006. Have you seen him in person or worked with him since? As a matter of fact, he just invited me to this thing he’s doing with the Tribeca Film Festival. But I have a sound check at the same time, so it’s going to be a tough one. But we’re close. We talk like once every two weeks. We’ve been working on an album for about 10 years since 2004. We’re sitting on 20-25 songs. I made about four to five new tracks this year that we’re collaborating on. He’s such a perfectionist. He just wants to redo his vocals. I always tell him that his vocals sound fine. But I mean its Puff Daddy, you have to respect his wishes (laughing). So yeah we still talk. He’s like a big brother. Well that’s cool that after all these years you’re still communicating and working together. But it’s definitely time to put a release date on that music. Definitely. Now you have a show at Cle on May 7. What can your fans expect from your set? I’m always vibin’ off the people. I have an idea of what I’m going to do. But if I haven’t been there so long, I try to go through a whole timeline of my roots up to now. I try to squeeze that into a two-hour set, or sometime I just vibe off the people. I never know what’s going to happen. I’m sure the people are going to give me some beautiful energy. I’m excited because I haven’t been there in so long. When you’re doing multiple shows back-to-back, do you play the same sets each night or do you mix it up? It’s weird because I play on Traktor. If I play a good set in one city, then in the next city I might try to play it. But it’s a different city and a different vibe. They may not be into what the other city is into. It’s always different every time I play. I may go in thinking I’ll try this, but if I see it’s not working, I’ll move on to something else. I’m kind of unselfish and more for the people. But at the same time, I have to educate and stand my ground. It just depends on the vibe and the vibe of the crowd. But that’s a great question.
I’m kind of unselfish and more for the people. But at the same time, I have to educate and stand my ground.
IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE VIBE AND THE VIBE OF THE CROWD.
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You’ve heard me say this before but East Downtown is absolutely on fire right now. People are starting to catch on with what new developments are under way and what is about to happen in the area. Property values are certainly going to be reinforced if not raised so now is a great time to get in the area for a home for yourself or a rental property – the townhouses in the area have fantastic rental potential. One property that I just put on the market is a great example of what I’m talking about. 3542 Cline is on the north side of the Bayou in a gated community built by In-Town Homes in 2005. It holds 3 bedrooms along with 3 full baths with a great open kitchen that lends itself effortlessly to entertaining. The high ceilings along with the bright natural light make the hardwood floors glisten like diamonds – it’s really fantastic to see them shine! The neat thing about this house is that the entire third floor is the master retreat – a huge bedroom with high ceilings, an oversized bathroom, and wonderful walk-in closet. This house is an
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is cove lighting displayed in all of the raised areas as well so you get an elevated sense of height. The master bathroom is covered in marble from the floors to the shower to the countertops. It’s pure, clean and luxurious. The unit as a whole is 2 beds, 2.5 baths, right at 2,200 square feet and is priced at $1,995,000. Unit 3006 will blow your mind! WORDS Jeremy Fain PHOTO Andres Ariza TK Images Four Seasons 1400 Lamar Houston, TX 77010 713.650.1300 FourSeasons.com/houston
rt is always in. That’s why Houston never fails to showcase various art exhibitions all over the city at any time of the year. Art continues to inspire, educate and entertain; it never goes out of style. Here are a few of Houston’s latest and greatest showcases for the coming months:
Comicpalooza has been deemed the largest pop culture
festival in Texas. People have access to cosplay, live art, and gaming competitions for three days at the George R. Brown Convention Center, and they also get to meet some of the world’s greatest actors and entertainers. Robert Englund, Chuck Norris, Anthony Mackie, and Felicia Day are among some of the entertainers that will grace the festival from May 12 – 14, 2017. Visit comicpalooza.com for more information. 10 JMG May/June 2017
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LISTINGS MAY 12 – 14
The Market at Sawyer Yards
May 11 - July 8
May 20 - July 1
May 30 - Semtember 3
June 3 - October 1
Julia Brown, “Our Color is Animal”
The Propeller Group
June 3 - 5
Sip & Stroll
August 19 – November 26
Comicpalooza George R. Brown Convention Center Comicpalooz.com
Art Car Museum Artcarmuseum.com
Moody Gallery Moodygallery.com
Archway Gallery Archwaygallery.com
First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights First Saturday Arts Market Firstsaturdayartsmarket.com
Asia Society Texas Center Asiasociety.org/texas
FotoFest International Fotofest.org
Blaffer Art Museum Blafferartmuseum.org
Galveston Arts Center Galvestonartscenter.org
Sawyer Yards Sawyerstreetmarket.com
Jumper Maybach Fine Art jumbermaybach.com
Blaffer Art Museum blafferartmuseum.org
Sip & Stroll
Annabeth Rosen, “Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Camh.org
Shirl Ricetti Waiters with Golden Bowling Balls – Ink&Image
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ouston’s theater scene is always an option when looking for
some entertainment to get into.
Though there is almost always an awesome
performance going on all year long, the next few months have some gems in store.
Sister Act (June 9 – 24) Who didn’t enjoy the whit, talent, and passion that Whoopi Goldberg showed in the 1992 classic Sister Act? Now the story of a disco diva turned nun and choir director is being retold through a Broadway musical that you shouldn’t pass up. From the music to the dancing, to the overall performance you’ll be glad to say that you didn’t miss this kind of greatness. Visit ph1960.com for discounted prices on tickets, show times, and much more.
The Lion King (June 27 – July 23) The Hobby Center is also showcasing one of Disney’s greatest masterpieces, The Lion King. This show is an extraordinarily coordinated piece that has held over 24 global productions and is the 3rd longest running Broadway show. The costumes, choreography, and musical numbers are like nothing you have ever seen before— next level—and it is all gracing the city of Houston in a few months. Visit thelionking. com for tickets and more information.
The Bodyguard (August 15 – 20) You know the film—the one that features the late and great Whitney Houston and tells a thrilling and touching tale of a gradual love story. The film was so great that they turned into a play, and it’s coming to Houston’s own Hobby Center! Whitney Houston’s role and all of her greatest hits will be performed by none other than the amazing Deborah Cox! It’s an irresistible performance that you don’t want to miss. Visit thehobbycenter.org for more information. These shows are a big deal! They capture the classics as we know to them to be and turn them into something we’ve never seen. Put the theater district on your calendar this summer/fall!
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LISTINGS MAY 11 – June 4
MAY 20 – 22
Front Porch Society
The Ensemble Theatre Ensemblehouston.com
Bayou City Concert Musicals The Ensemble Theatre Bayoucityconcertmusicals.org
MAY 26 - June 18
June 6 - 11
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Pearl Theater, Pearland Pearl-theater.com
BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center Houston.broadway.com
June 2 - July 2
June 9 - 24
June 14 - July 1
June 17 - July 30
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrode
The Wizard of Oz
A.D. Players Adplayers.org
Main Street Theater The MATCH Mainstreettheater.com
July 14 - 29
June 21 - August 6
The Wizard of Oz
Alley Theatre Alleytheatre.org
Playhouse 1960 ph1960.com
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Stageworks Theatre The Berry Center, Cypress Stageworkshouston.org
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WORDS Raveen Johnson and PHOTOS Ulisses Garcia (FPSF)
here is no better way to bask in the summer season than to find a few festivals to crash. Sun, vibes, drinks, music and fun—these are all of the things that
make a festival what it is and, fortunately, Houston has tons of that in store in the coming months.
Free Press Summer Fest FPSF is one of the biggest festivals to happen in Houston every year. It features some of music’s biggest artists, and this year is no different. With performances from Solange, Lil Uzi Vert, G-Eazy and more, FPSF 2017 is sure to be one for the books. Aside from experiencing nonstop music from music acts over a two-day period, you also get some of Houston’s tastiest bites, a chance to make cool memories in the featured photo booths, and a chance to experience various art installations. This festival is not your average festival ,and if you want to have any fun this summer, FPSF should be in your plans. The two-day fest happens June 3-4 at Eleanor Tinsley Park. For more information about tickets, visit fpsf.com.
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Essence Festival The Essence Festival is kind of a big deal. It isn’t held in Houston, but it isn’t too far from us as it will be in the great city of New Orleans. This festival is the epitome of African American culture. It brings together some of the most legendary artists and performers, the most inspirational speakers, and the most informative conferences that uplift and inspire the black community. Commonly referred to as the “official party with a purpose,” the Essence Festival is sure to bring you fun, positivity and culture. Artists such as Diana Ross, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Doug E. Fresh, Jhene Aiko, Chaka Khan, and many more are amongst all of the musical greatness that will grace the Superdome during this festival. They even have panels to assist you in any area such as beauty and finances. Iyanla Vanzant, Maxine Waters, Ava DuVernay, and Kim Kimble, amongst many other greats, will also be in attendance to shed some of their light. The Essence Festival is a powerhouse for the arts, and it is definitely worth adding to your summer plans. Catch all of these greats at the Louisiana Superdome from June 29 – July 2, 2017. For more information, visit essence.com.
Houston Fajita Festival What do you get when you have a love for Houston, an appreciation for fajitas, and a knack for festivals? You get the Houston Fajita Festival! This festival is making its mark in Houston for the second year, and attendees are suggested to come hungry and ready to have fun as they celebrate Mexican culture, experience local bands and live art paintings, play interactive games and win prizes, and enjoy carnival treats with handcrafted cocktails. Houston is known for many things, but food is a major key. HFF will have sizzling fajitas from beef to chicken to shrimp, and much more. All of this fun will take place on July 22, from 1-9 p.m. Tickets are available now! Find more information on thefajitafest.com. The summer and fall seasons are jam-packed with festivals that are sure to keep you tied up with an overload of fun, a variety of food, and never-ending music and culture. If youâ€™re a true party animal, make time in your schedule to go to all three! They happen once a year, and every year is better than the last. Round up your friends and family, and share an experience of a lifetime.
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LISTINGS MAY 12 – 13
MAY 20 – 21
Rock the Ranch Music Festival
The Ultimate Women’s Expo
Texas Wine & Spirits Festival
June 3 - 4
June 16 - 18
Free Press Summer Fest
Houston Exotic Auto Festival
International Gem & Jewelry Show
June 24 - 25
June 16 - 18
Texas Home & Garden Show Sumer
Galveston Cajun Festival
June 29 - July 2
July 22 - 23
Essence Music Festival
Houston Fajita Festival
August 4 - 6
September 29 - 30
Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
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Eleanor Tinsley Park Fpsf.com
NRG Center Ticketmaster.com
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Kempner Park Galvestoncajunfestival.com
2202 Summer, Houston, TX 77007 Thefajitafest.com
Galveston Island Galvestonislandshrimpfestival.com
Zedd Float Fest 16 JMG May/June 2017
NRG Center Ticketmaster.com
Mary J. Blige Essence
Bayou City Event Center Texaswineandspiritsfest.com
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Engine Room DJscrewfest.com
San Marcos Floatfest.net
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Jason Derulo Rock Ranch Fest
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Captain Crawfish Has Some Tasty Bites in the Katy Area Captain Crawfish 979 S. Mason Rd. Katy, TX 77450 281.599.3848 Captaincrawfishkaty.com
Crawfish season is soon ending, but that shouldn’t stop you from being able to enjoy some delicious mudbugs from an authentic Cajun restaurant. Captain Crawfish in Katy offers delicious and fresh crawfish for customers year-round, in addition to several other tasty Cajun selections like po-boys, etoufee and seafood gumbo. What started off as a mobile food operating business strictly during crawfish season has turned into a brick-and-mortar style business for Captain Crawfish owner Jason Galvan.
In addition to offering a dine-in crawfish and Cajun restaurant in the Houston area, Captain Crawfish also offers the option for catering services as well. This would be a great option for the quickly approaching graduation party season. All your guests will surely enjoy these flavorful bites. If you’d like to get more information on what the Captain Crawfish menu offers or how to get your future party catered, please visit them online at captaincrawfishkaty.com. WORDS Victoria Richards
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heory, a modern and contemporary clothing retailer, will open soon in the River Oaks District location. The clothing store will offer women’s wear, menswear and quality handbag accessories. In addition to Houston, Theory also has locations nationwide as well as in Europe and Asia. Theory is well known for its modern style with a tailored fit to most of the clothing that it offers. The elongated blazers are very popular and a best seller in the women’s collection as well as the slim crop pants that pair very well with the blazer. Theory also offers a stylish selection of offthe-shoulder Bardot style tops and stretch linen cropped pants. If you’re a business woman or just a young professional who wants to fine tune your work style, I would definitely recommend shopping at Theory in River Oaks District. While the menswear section in Theory offers a great selection for tailored business wear as well, it is more known for the high-quality cotton tees. Theory’s cotton tees for men are offered in a wide variety of shades and come with a pocket to add slight detail for a contemporary look. You can easily pair any one of these cottons tees with Theory’s selection of shorts and trousers. A couple of great options to try would be either the cotton terry shorts or the modern cotton chinos. Although the menswear selection isn’t as vast as the womenswear, there are still plenty of high quality options for the mature male dresser. Also, if you’re seeking to add a new bag to your collection, Theory is now featuring the new “Bowery Bag.” It’s a leather bag with pebble detailing and offers you the option to carry it by hand or comfortably on the shoulder. For more information on Theory and the new Spring/Summer ‘17 collection, be sure to visit theory.com. WORDS Victoria Richards
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Theory 4444 Westheimer #D115 Houston, TX 77027 713.904.1310 Theory.com
Have Some Whimsical Fun with Your Summer Festival Outfits Festival fashion doesn’t have to be hard for anyone. The whole point of festival outfits is to have fun while looking great! You don’t have to dress like a celebrity or your most fashionable friend, and you don’t have to wear culturally appropriate outfits to look amazing. For starters, you must identify what your true personal style is. Are you an extrovert who loves all the attention? Or maybe you might be an introvert who still has a keen eye for attention to detail and style? The latter is my personal favorite. If you’re the extrovert the best thing that would work for your style to stand out is all in the accessories and hair. I would recommend going for
something extreme like the Kylie Jenner highlighted hair color. In addition, adding hair and body jewelry would be a plus for your over-the-top style. ASOS online has cool options for chic festival fashion and jewelry. On the other hand, if you’re the introvert, my recommendation would be something that has a whimsical aesthetic to it with a great pattern like paisley. Free People has some great options for those introverts who enjoy looking great at a festival. It doesn’t have to be hard at all. Festival fashion isn’t rocket science. It’s just pure fun. WORDS Victoria Richards
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THE BIG 3 AURA NIGHTCLUB CELEBRATES ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY
hen DJ Khaled released his No. 1 single “Shining” earlier this year with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the New Orleans-born hip-hop artist wanted to share his respect for success with the masses with lyrics and guest appearances that would last a lifetime. The song definitely expresses how good it feels to be on top and to have those moments of “winning.” And feel-good moments seem to be a common theme throughout 2017 as Houston’s nightlife scene celebrates one of its prime venues – Aura. Aura will celebrate its three year anniversary on Wednesday, May 17, with an epic, mid-week ultraevent featuring Rick Ross. Yes ladies and gentlemen, “The Boss” rapper will return to Houston for a special performance at Aura after making a high-profile appearance at the venue earlier this year during the Super
Bowl. As a high-energy dance club, Aura has seen its fair share of celebrity guests, DJs and performances. The club has welcomed a slew of artists that have performed at the venue including: TI, Migos, Slim Thug and DMX. Some of their resident and guest DJs over the years have included: DJ Ebonix, 30 JMG May/June 2017
Vice, Mustard, Bad Boy Bill, Otto Knows, Jermaine Dupri, 12th Planet, Robbie Rivera, Michael Woods and some others. AJ Ahmed, Edward Hua and Carlos Palomo, the owners of Aura, along with the General Manager Michael Tyler, have done a great job keeping the club fresh with their updated décor and weekly events including Eye Spy Wednesdays, and their most celebrated night – Aura Dynamic Sundays. Later in the summer you can expect upcoming shows including Nervo on June 29 and Tyga on July 23. But in the meantime, tickets are still available for Rick Ross WORDS Jacquari Harris PHOTOS Ulisses Garcia
Aura Nightclub 4701 Nett Houston, TX 77007 713.965.4275 Aurahtx.com
Heights Bier Garten Makes Its Pre-Summer Debut Ah, a nice cold summer beer. Known as the â€œmost consumed alcoholic beverageâ€? of all-time, beer is brewed in almost every corner of the world in a variety of flavors and unique tastes. Locally, you can pretty much find a venue that serves craft beer on almost every corner, yet a new destination has just arrived. Heights Bier Garten recently opened in the Heights at 1433 Shepherd with 94 taps of craft beer. The venue also boasts a spacious patio fit for game watching and beer drinking, or just to get some fresh air while sipping on a nice glass of wine from their curated wine list. Heights Bier Garten 1433 Shepherd
Houston, TX 77007 713.862.4940
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Heights Bier Garten is open throughout the week, including Sundays for their Heights Boozy Brunch. For more information, you can visit the Heights Bier Garten official Facebook page. WORDS Samantha Cooper
Rice Village Welcomes a Lively Trip “Upstairs” The new Upstairs Bar & Lounge is for anyone who lives for handcrafted drinks and classy bites to eat. “Upstairs” is situated in the cool and quaint neighborhood of Rice Village and offers a contemporary vibe for guests who enjoy fresh juices, infused spirits, and a getaway for the perfect first date. The scene at “Upstairs” is more of a chic take on nightlife, offering more of a lounge vibe than a nightclub. It’s well-suited for the working professional or even those who want a place to wind down while still enjoying a full-service bar in plush seating. Picture yourself sitting outside on a sprawling patio
with a great view while sipping a frozen Bellini; it could happen. Upstairs Bar & Lounge is expected to be a lot of fun for those who enjoy trying fresh food while sipping on a glass of champagne in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Houston. Upstairs also has a great happy hour menu for patrons to enjoy. For more information, visit upstairsbarandlounge.com. WORDS Victoria Richards Upstairs Bar & Lounge 2356 Rice Boulevard Houston, TX 77005 713.523.8652
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The Belgium Brothers on Their Latest Releases and Playing at Music Festivals
INTERVIEW Jacquari Harris
hen you think of heavyweight artists in the electronic dance music world, there are so many artists to choose from. But Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are on everyone’s list – that’s playlist, charts, you name it, they’re there. The guys are ranked No. 1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have sold-out stadiums all over the world and they’ve worked with artists such as Diplo and Ne-Yo. I recently spoke with Dimitri while he was in Belgium and he was eager to get me up to speed on everything Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. JMG: What was it like to collaborate with Diplo on one of your latest single “Hey Baby” with Deb’s Daughter? Dimitri Vegas: Well I think it’s always been a combination of all our inputs. We were going back and forth and we had a pretty strong idea from the beginning where we wanted it to end. It’s the perfect melting of our styles together. It’s funny because I like Deb’s Daughter’s voice and she even sounds a little bit like Rihanna. Is that why you guys wanted to work with her? The thing is that we made the instrumental and Deb’s vocals was one of the first ones that came back. As for us, when we heard it immediately we said this is it, we don’t have to look for a big singer to sing this. It’s perfect as it is. Plus her voice really sounds perfect on the track, and that’s the reason why we chose her. Now you guys are used to playing mostly large arenas and big festivals. What’s the difference in your opinion to play in clubs and smaller venues? Well maybe I can say our playlist is a little more experimental. On a festival, you play a one-hour set, and you go for high energy madness; where in the club you 36 JMG May/June 2017
can go with the vibe. Bringing The Madness is a year-end event that you do every year in Belgium at the Sportpaleis Stadium. In 2016, you had a sold-out crowd of 80,000 people. How does it feel to sell out the same stadium that U2, Madonna and Beyoncé have all sold out? For us, it’s still hard to believe. Like 85,000 tickets (sold) and selling 60,000 of those tickets in one hour. Yeah, that’s crazy. It’s so much support from your fans. We sold tickets in Germany two weeks before that. It’s great that Europe supports us so much. It seems like your shows are getting bigger and bigger? Why do you think your fan base is continuing to grow? We have a lot of loyal fans that have been following us for many years, and I think new music always reaches new people. I think the radio success of our latest single definitely also helped. You guys reached No. 1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. How important is this poll to you? Well it’s of course a popularity poll. I think there’s some confusion about what the poll actually is. But it is a worldwide popularity poll and having many fans voting, there’s over a million voters. Of course, it’s a big honor. Do you have any new music that we should know about? We have a couple of new singles coming out, but I can’t reveal too much about them. But I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. There’s going to be some crossover tracks and people might see some of their favorite artists appearing. For more information on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and their tour schedule including a show at Tomorrowland, visit dimitrivegasandlikemike.com.
NERVO-MANIA im and Liv of Nervo first spoke with JMG in 2011 when they first hit the scene after being on tour with Britney and releasing their debut EP. Now, the DJ/producing/writing duo are headlining festivals, their own tours and released their latest single, “In Your Arms.” INTERVIEW Jacquari Harris PHOTO Chloe Paul
JMG: What have you been up to since we last spoke in 2011? Liv: I feel like that’s a lifetime ago. I feel like we’ve grown a lot. We’ve learned so much. We’ve been around the world 45,000 times since then. I think musically we’ve evolved and we’re still evolving. What we’ve learned after time is that what we like at one moment, we may not like in six months or in a year’s time. 2016 was an interesting year for us because we knew we had to make music again that was a little different than what Nervo was in 2015, and in 2014. You know it’s always a little bit of a risk.
they’re coming out or of it ever will. The world is in such a bizarre place, and we’re seeing it from all parts of the globe, not just America. So Mim, I know that you’re singing in “In Your Arms.” I know that other artists that started out at DJs and producers such as Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers are now using their own vocals in music. Why do you think more DJs are moving in this direction? It’s a lot easier. We always like to have other vocals on our records, one because they bring a different vibe, and a different feel. We don’t really love being the vocalists because there’s more expectations of you having to sing to the camera and all that stuff which really scares us. But we’ve tried to embrace it and thank God we’ve had a good reception. Maybe we’ll do more in the future.
When you’ve built some fans or have a network, sometimes you’re really worried about releasing music that’s very different. But we’ve learned now just to do it. So we’ve got a record that’s out now that’s quite different and people seem to be responding to it well. And we were quite nervous about releasing it, but it’s great that it’s different. I think in the beginning during the Britney Spears days, when we were opening for her, we were more concerned about what we “should” release instead of what we wanted to release. We love a lot of music. We’re not “one lane” artists. We write and produce for other people. That’s how we came about in this industry. We, as artists, love a lot of different flavors. So I think our music is always going to evolve. Your new single “In Your Arms” is out now on Big Beat Records. Was the song written because there was someone in particular that you or Liv wanted to be with, or is it a general song for lovers who miss each other and want to be together? Mim: We always draw inspiration from real feelings. Sometimes we amalgamate the story a little bit. We might be speaking to a girlfriend or a boyfriend about this scenario and we might put this scenario in a song. So there’s definitely parts that’s us. Sometimes we’re in love and sometimes we’re happy. Our records are just a diary of our lives. But now the last three records we’ve worked on were all political records. I don’t know when JMGMAGS.COM JMG 37
CeCe Peniston Celebrates Her Biggest Hit, “Finally” INTERVIEW Jacquari Harris
ocal powerhouse and ‘90s dance music icon CeCe Peniston hit a milestone in 2017 with the 25th anniversary of her biggest hit “Finally.” “Finally” is such a timeless song that it can still be heard today on radio, TV and, of course, DJ sets. A couple of years ago I heard “Finally” on an episode of Looking on HBO, and ever since then, CeCe has been on my mind. So I knew I had to catch up with the songstress when I found out that 2017 was the 25th anniversary of the song. So, CeCe and I got together and she gave me her thoughts on her signature hit and making new music.
JMG: How does it feel to still hear your song played on TV, radio and by other artists after all these years? CeCe Peniston: You know I definitely feel blessed and honored that I still get to do what I love to do. As a child, when I was 11 years old, I was like “I want to sing when I grow up.” So the ultimate flattery that you can have is to have someone duplicate your music, and for people to play my song on different TV shows and radio shows. It’s like my little angel sometimes. I think it’s that little bit of love that God gives us to let people know, “Hey I’m still around and I’m still doing what I love to do and I’m able to make memories for other people.”
Hey I’m still around and I’m still doing what I love to do and I’m able to make memories for other people.
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Now with over three millions copies sold of “Finally” and a lot of awards and accolades that you received over the years, the song has brought you a lot of success. But has there ever been a downside to the success of “Finally?” Oh, absolutely! Being thrust into the limelight sometimes people aren’t walking in your shoes, so they don’t know your schedule and all of sudden I’m busy and I’m not able to be your friend right this second. I have to be the artist. So sometimes these are the things that have gotten in the way of relationships. It’s like you’re not able to have a bad day, because my job is to bring you the memories that you need and to take you away from your bad day. So my bad day doesn’t matter at that point. Your two most recent singles “Nothing Can Stop Me Now” and “Sick” are really nice ballads. Do you have a preference when it comes to making more up-tempo music, or ballads, or does it just depend on your mood and the project that you’re working on? It’s the mood and sometimes I just put stuff out there because you know it’s just something that CeCe wants to do. I feel like we shouldn’t have to be in a box. I feel like if I want to do a slow song, I should do that and I’m putting it out there. But sometimes I’m in the mood to do an up-tempo song. You can hear CeCe’s full interview, including an impromptu singing moment, on the JMG Live! Music Lounge podcast at jmgmags.com.
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Baywatch Summer is coming and so are the hot movies to
check out this season. Dwayne Johnson and friends
are bringing back an old time favorite with a new twist. Baywatch Beach, based on the show of the same
name, has got some new lifeguards in town ready to save the day. Mitch Buchannon, played by Johnson,
is the leader of the pack, overseeing all of the beach’s lifeguards. He is tasked with restoring the beach’s image by bringing on new talent he’s not too fond
of. Zac Efron plays Matt Brody, Mitch’s arch-enemy
whose professional sports career has fizzled out and takes on the gig of increasing publicity for the team
of lifeguards. On their quest to rebuild the Baywatch
team, they realize there is more trouble lurking in the water than they expected.
Get ready for a group of toned and tan bodies as
they prance around just as you remember from the hot ‘90s show. This action comedy is full of good,
cheesy fun as the new crew navigates the mystery of a criminal doing business on the beach. An
unexpected death leads them on a path to discover who is tarnishing their image. Mitch and Matt butt
heads throughout as they separate the real from the fake of who are up for the job of saving lives.
Johnson and Efron are joined by Priyanka Chopra
Summer Quinn. Catch all of the slow-motion running scenes you can handle in theatres on May 25. WORDS Sydney Zenon
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Trey Songz, the “Playboy,” Plans Stop at Warehouse Live On the heels of his recent album release, Trey Songz is making his rounds to major cities to celebrate. As a follow up to his seventh studio album release, Tremaine The Album, Tremaine The Tour is set to bring fans the personal touch they’ve been missing. Three years since his last release and the follow up to his 2014 release Trigga, Trey Songz revisits some of his playboy antics on the new release along with revealing his true feelings about his behavior. The album single “Animal” gave us a taste of the sultry sound Trey Songz is known for. Lead single “Nobody Else But You” carried the new release to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 67,000 copies of the album sold. 42 JMG May/June 2017
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In accompaniment of the new album, Songz has released visuals for “Playboy” and “Song Go Off” along with “Animal” and the album’s lead single. Detroit is the first stop on the tour kick-off beginning May 3, along with stops in Washington, New York, and Atlanta before hitting Houston on May 26 at Warehouse Live, where he will introduce Mike Angel as his opening act. Get your tickets online at warehouselive.com. WORDS Sydney Zenon
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NEW RELEASES VOLUME
Lana Del Rey
Machine Gun Kelly
Zac Brown Band
Lust for Life Available April 19
Still dreaming of Honeymoon two years later, Lana Del Rey has some new music and an unexpected cover look. Her new project cover art depicts a bright smile, a surprising departure from past art that featured gloomier looks. The politically driven project expresses a ‘50s vibe that is well paired with Del Rey’s distinctive vocal range. The self titled track features mega pop star The Weeknd. The literary undertones paint a picture of the dark side of Hollywood and adds just the perfect bit of mystery Del Rey does so well.
One More Light Available May 19
Linkin Park is returning with the nu metal we’ve been missing. Their seventh studio album, One More Light, developed with a new artistic approach immediately following their last tour. The band began with recording vocals first then developing the music thereafter. The album also features guest appearances from Pusha T and Stormzy. The lead single “Heavy” features vocals from rising singer Kiiara, whom the band debuted with a performance on social media. The band is known for challenging rigid lines in music genres and this album will be no exception. Get a taste of their reinvented sound on May 19.
Ether Available May 12
Bobby Ray is releasing his first album after a long hiatus, and it’s the first release after his Grand Hustle/Atlantic contract ended, with a new project titled Ether. Get ready to be “4 Lit” this summer with B.o.B featuring T.I. and Ty Dollla $ign as the first single on the album. The summer groove is perfect for a day in the sun. The first release since 2013’s Underground Luxury B.o.B. takes us on a new journey into the next chapter that exemplifies the ultimate backyard pool party with all of the right friends on May 12.
Crooked Teeth Available May 19
Papa Roach will release their ninth studio album titled Crooked Teeth with a lead single of the same name. Their revamped style is a product of reliving their own generation of music while influencing the next. The album features appearances from Skylar Grey and Machine Gun Kelly. The reintroduction of the signature Papa Roach sound is breath of fresh air for the alternative rock enthusiast. The band is sticking with its core audience as they set out to create a classic in its own right with no intent for heavy radio play. Check out the new and improved project available on May 19.
Bloom Available May 12
Despite recent health issues, Machine Gun Kelly is all systems go with the release of his third album titled Bloom. The Wild Boy rapper recently announced the release of the album’s first single “Let You Go” where MGK shares more of his emotional side. He speaks of love and loss reminiscent of ‘90s punk rock sound. Since quite some time has passed since MGK’s last release, he’s making sure to bring an eclectic mix for his varied audience. Expect to hear features from a few of today’s hottest artists including Quavo and Ty Dolla $Sign. Get your copy on May 12.
Neva Left Available May 19
Snoop Dogg has a message for all of those who thought otherwise. The tenured West Coast rapper has a lot to say on his new album Neva Left. A man of many talents, The Doggfather has returned to music to create a project that cements his spot in hip-hop history. As a lover of the music and the occasional herb session, Snoop is honoring fans with a single titled “Mount Kushmore” featuring Redman, Method Man and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. Get the album on May 19 and catch him on the road with acts including Wiz Khalifa and Lil Uzi Vert.
Welcome Home Available May 12
Zac Brown Band’s fifth studio album brings some sentimental tunes to mellow out to on a nice summer night. The band covers many of life’s trials on this project with songs like the lead titled “My Old Man,” describing the changing relationship between father and son. This album is the band’s most personal yet as the first release on Southern Ground/Elektra Records. Their single “Roots” shares more of the band’s beginnings in the music industry. The band will hit the stage on their much anticipated tour along with the new album tunes when the album drops May 12.
Melodrama Available June 16
With the pressure of sophomore album success looming, New Zealand songstress Lorde is set to give the people what they want. Four years since her first release, the “Royals” singer is releasing her second project written after an unfortunate breakup, but don’t expect any sappy break-up songs. The maturing artist explores being alone and relationships just as any 20-yearold may experience them. Lorde’s soft new ballad “Liability” sets the tone for the well crafted project that follows lead single “Green Light.” Dropping on June 16, the album tells a story with all of the endearing and mystical features that is Lorde.
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Hip-Hop and Dance Music Artists Lead the BBMA Nominations The music scene is heating up with the start of this year’s music award shows. The nominees have been announced and it may be a close call for many of the past year’s top artists. Topping the nominations list are Drake and The Chainsmokers with 22 each. Drake joins the likes of Adele, Beyoncé, and The Weeknd all competing for the Top Artist award. Up and coming artists with nominations include Lil Uzi Vert, Alessia Cara, Zayn, Desiigner and Lucas Graham up for Top New Artist award. Twenty One Pilots trail the two top runners with 17 nominations along with The Weeknd landing 13. Get ready for an eclectic set of performers this year including Celine Dion, Fifth Harmony with 44 JMG May/June 2017
Ty Dolla $ign, and Rihanna. The iconic Madonna will also take the stage as well as two ‘90s favorites P!nk and Britney Spears. Joe Jonas will hit the stage as a member of DNCE fresh off recent wins. More performers will be announced as the show date approaches. Last year’s show garnered 9.8 million viewers and is set bring in even more with this year’s lineup. The Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 21, at 8/7 p.m. central on ABC. WORDS Sydney Zenon
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Published on May 6, 2017
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