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Interview: Dieter Schaaf

A couple of weeks ago I've heard I am a child for the first time and I directly downloaded the free album on Dieter Schaafs Facebook page. You can download it yourself ofcourse, https://www.facebook.com/dieterschaaf! I was so impressed by this young man and I asked him for an interview! He was so kind to reply, so here is the result! I hope you like it and show him your love for his music!

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The Music Beam: Dieter, you are not so known in Belgium (for now), but can you tell our fans who Dieter Schaaf is? 

I was raised in Middleton, Wisconsin, and currently attend college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I’m actually about the graduate!  Recently, I released my debut album, ‘I Am a Child,’ which is entirely self-produced, recorded, and mixed.  All the songs on the album were written and recorded while in school and growing into adulthood.  Apart from my music, I would consider myself a ‘normal’ kid who best expresses himself through music.

The Music Beam: When did you first started making music? Or when did you first thought 'that is what I want to do'?

I started playing guitar in the sixth grade and shortly after bought an 8-track digital recorder.  I remember spending a lot of time recording melodies and writing music, but eventually realized that I was limiting my creativity to only 8 audio tracks.  Starting college, I had finally completed a computer-based recording studio in my parent’s basement and recorded the songs, ‘You, Me, and Scotty,’ ‘Biochemistry,’ and ‘This Moment’ my freshman year.  Basically, I had been putting a lot of work into song writing without any clear music goals, but it wasn’t until three years ago that I told myself I was going to put together an album.  That was probably the point at which I wanted to challenge myself and make music my career.

The Music Beam: I've read somewhere you recorded your first album, which I really like listening to, inside your apartment at college. Was it hard to get that first album done and are you happy with the result?

It took a lot of hard work and patience to finish ‘I Am a Child.’  I had all the time in the world to finish it because no one really knew who I was, so there wasn’t very much pressure.  I second-guessed myself a lot, though, and remixed and entirely re-recorded a couple songs.  I put a ton of time into mixing and editing to my standards using stock sounds and plug-ins, and, of course, I wasn’t recording in a studio.  The production cost was about as low as it gets, but I am extremely satisfied with the final product!  It couldn’t have happened any other way.

The Music Beam: Are their any bands/songs in particular that influenced your style of music? Which music did you like when you were young?  

When I discovered hip-hop, I remember being like a kid in a candy store.  I never really listened to the lyrics, but I absolutely loved the beats.  I honestly like all genres, starting at a young age.  I can find influence in pretty much any genre or artist.  I like Enya, Jai Uttal, Trevor Hall, Ratatat, Rage Against The Machine, JoJo, Explosions in the Sky, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, ATB, Buena Vista Social Club, Balkan Beat Box, Coldplay, and the list goes on and on.  I know it sounds cheesy, but I enjoy all forms of music.  If you had to pinpoint my true inspiration, it is a very well produced and well-mixed song.  I am obsessed with the art of music production.

The Music Beam: Are you already busy on making new songs or have released a little break after that first album? 

Right now I’m concentrating on publicizing my music.  I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of my publicity efforts.  I’m always writing new music, though, and I have tons of material that I could have included on ‘I Am a Child’ but wanted to save it for future releases.  I’m all about quality over quantity.  In short, yes, I am taking a bit of a break on recording, but only briefly.

The Music Beam: If you have a message for our fans, feel free to tell them!

Hello Music Beam fans!  If you are curious after reading this interview, I highly encourage you to take a listen to the debut album I have created through many years of hard work.  Your listening enjoyment means the world to me, and I thank you very much for your support.

The Music Beam: Thank you Dieter for this small interview and I hope to see you in one the venues in Belgium soon, and good luck with your career!

Haha you’ll be the first one to know if I come to Belgium, and thank you for my first interview!



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Flight Facilities (Feat. Grovesnor)

Wow! Very cool new song by Flight Facilities! I had listened to the remix of this song and that was quiet a blast, but the original is so much cooler! With You is a funky poppy song with some awesome vocals! I hope you guys enjoy this! 

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Interview: Midi Matilda

We have done quiet some interviews over the year with all great upcoming bands and this time Midi Matilda is up. Enjoy this small interview and the nice song called Day Dreams!

The Music Beam: Because you are not that known in Belgium, can you give a short introduction on the band and its name, and how you 2 guys came together?

Midi Matilda: Of course,  we call ourselves "Midi Matilda."  We're from San Francisco and the two of us have been making music together for almost five years now.  We met each other while attending Ex'pression College in Emeryville and we've been in and out of different projects ever since.

The Music Beam: Are their any bands/songs in particular that influenced your style of music? Which music did you guys like when you were young? 

Midi Matilda: We draw inspiration from all kinds of music but just to name a few: Bruce Springsteen, Chumbawamba, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Eiffel 65, Billy Idol, Daft Punk…and of course Michael Jackson.  

The Music Beam: What kind of genre do you consider your music to be? 

Midi Matilda: I guess it would be correct to label us Indi-Electro Pop or something along those lines.  It's hard to say, we are constantly trying new sounds.  We like to let the songs dictate their own direction without worrying about genre.  

The Music Beam: You guys have only released two singles yet, what are the plans for the future, maybe a complete album,...? Are you already working on some new stuff?

Midi Matilda:  We recently released an EP with five songs available for download on our band camp page.  We're trying to get our EP some attention right now but we do have some new material we're eager to release very soon!

The Music Beam: The videoclip of Day Dreams is quite amazing! It must have been a hell of a job creating the video? You are a video producer yourself, do you do all your artwork yourself? 

Midi Matilda: Thank you, it was quite the undertaking.  Yes we do all of the video work ourselves with help from a team of colleagues.  Logan has been making videos since he was very young and is a professional videographer on the side.  I've been writing short films and music videos for a number of years as well, so we work very closely to conceptualize the ideas for our video and art babies.  

The Music Beam: Have you guys been touring yet in America? Are their any plans on going abroad or nation wide (Europe) in the future?

Midi Matilda: We have not toured yet but we have some shows booked in San Francisco and Los Angeles in June and it seems like future tours are just a matter of time.  Hopefully we can come visit you guys in Belgium sooner than later!



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I've found this hip hopper called Jahzel a few months ago and with his very cool groove he jumped out of all the other hip hop songs. But the most important reason why I share this song is because I love it! It's been in my head for a few months now so I thought it was about time to put this in TMB. I hope you enjoy it to!

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Jakwob just released his newest mixtape, and I was very excited to hear it. I find it very comforting that Jakwob changed his style a little bit, he doesn't only create these mainstream dubstep songs anymore, no, instead he called in vocal help from British hiphop-sensation Ghostpoet, Youngman and Kano. You can download the full mixtape from his website: www.jakwob.com! My favourite tracks are: Island, Sailing, Please and Feeling the Desire.

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Dieter Schaaf

I just came across this young artist called Dieter Schaaf. His music jumped right out, it's not just another hip hop song or a remix of a popular pop song. This young guy has his own tune. A very cheerful tune. He recorded his first album in college, in some dorms. I am a child, the song I will let you hear bellow, is the first single. A very nice song and perfect for the summer! I hope you like it as much as I did, but I'm sure you will! 

You can download Dieter Schaaf's album for free on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dieterschaaf


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A couple of months ago we first posted Logic with his debut mixtape Young Sinatra, he kept making really great music since then and know he has made a really great track called Tic Tac Toe. Lovely to see that some of TMB favorite artists are doing it so great! Enjoy and keep an eye on him!

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