Sonic Shanghai Music Festival is almost here! The iconic festival from Japan is launching its debute in Shanghai on the 17th and 18th of August! The festival will happen in the Shanghai Stadium and Shanghai Indoor Stadium in Xuhui. Headliners include nu-metal band Korn, Limp Bizkit, Kei J-popper Miyavi, Li Quan and Black Panther. Make sure not to miss out on this first-timer and be prepered for a great show! Drink sponsor Bacardi will assure that you won't leave the place thirsty!
See the full line-up below.
Experimental, young and very fresh in the music industry, the Belgian duo, "Mumbai Science" (Maarten Elen & Jonas Kiesekoms), opened a whole new window to the scene. Mumbai Science is not your typical DJ/Producer, but their funky beat, a mash of indie & electro genre will put you into a trance and coming back for more!!
Hey City Dwellers!
The Shanghai party scene is far more well known for its obsession with Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber then for its appreciation of house and techno music but slowly its changing one City Moments party at a time!
Hi City Dwellers,
Formally known as Jerome (Jay) Sebag, the multi-talented French singer, songwriter, arranger and piano player from Paris started off his music career at a young age, venturing into USA to seek new inspirations for his music. Jay has worked with many famous producers and artists such as DJ Yass, and percussionist & producer Arno Lucas, who has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight.
Jay Sebag has also been nicknamed "The Voice of Martin Solveig". Together, they have produced one of the most rockin' and upbeat tunes that shot to fame almost instantly. "C'est La Vie", "Something Better" & "Rejection", amongst many other tracks.
When being interviewed, Jay Sebag displayed such passion & joy for his work:
CM: You have worked with many different DJs and artists. Is there any particular DJ/artist you look up to and would like to work with?
Jay: My schedule is so hot that i'm happy with it right now!! but i do like the work of Fedde Le Grand for his Phat sound and his funkyness. Bob Sinclar for his crazy ideas too!
CM: I’m sure I’m not the first person to tell you that you have a very unique singing voice. When and how did you realize you could sing like that?
Jay: Thanks a lot still! I started when i was 19 but it's a long process to find your own style and to develop your skills...i'd say 10 years!
CM: You’ve been known famously as “The Voice of Martin Solveig”, but now you have ventured out into collaborations with other DJs, do you still stay in close contact with Martin? What was it like working together?
Jay: We're still friends of course but we're both busy so it's been a while we haven't hung. All the sessions, tv shows, touring, clubbing, were a lot of fun. He's a very serious and organized dj-producer-businessman , but when it's time to play, perform, it can turn to the craziest kindergarten with this guy!!!
CM: Most artists have known that they wanted to be in the music industry at a very young age. Have you always wanted to be a singer? If so, who inspired you to purchase this field and genre of music? If not, what were your other aspirations?
Jay: Well i was a bit more late than that...I wanted to be a veterinary!!! Even when i started my first gigs at the age of 19, i was still a student so i was seeing it as a job on the side...but at that point it shortly became clear that i was meant for music. That's when i got deeper in soul music, with the master of all time Stevie Wonder.
CM: After performing in so many places, do you still remember the craziest fan experience you ever had?
Jay: Hard to tell: crazy girls trying to touch my feet while on stage, others willing to take me home....nothing to brag about!
CM: Your latest hit with Syke n Sugarstarr, ‘Like That Sound’, was an amazing track that rose very quickly on the UK charts. How did you guys get together, since you are in different countries? Was it difficult working together due to the distance?
Jay: The clubbing scene is n international business , that's the magic. First, we heard from each other thru a common belgian agent, then we played together in Moscow...we liked each other's sound, obviously, so i flew to Hambourg, only 1:30 from Paris... simple, easy! It's possible to work from Paris to Japan or to Australia (i've done it, i can testify), but the vibes, the exchange of energy and therefore the result at the end is so much better, more better when we get together in person and share a magic moment of music.
CM: Have you ever had the fear of a lukewarm spirited crowd or a bad turnout? What do you do in such situation?
Jay: Indeed i do fear this...and it did happen more than once!! Most of the time, we're having a great time with the audience though. I learnt to accept that when the audience is cold, it has nothing to do with me: i'm doing my job which is to give 100% energy, spread out Love, feeling happy so i can make them feel happy; if they don't want to take it, because they're stuck up, because it's an upscale club, because of the local culture-whatever-, it's not my problem.......but you still can't help but hurt a little!!!!!!
CM: After performing in so many different cities, which city do you think has left you with the best impression of its party crowd & ambience?
Jay: Sydney, Australia was really cool, but as far as the dedication of my audience, i'd place eastern Europe first (Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine)...not all the time, but some were memorable because they're really into singers over there. I can't wait to play in China: new experience with a new public which i heard is amazing!
CM: After working with so many different artists, I am sure you must have encountered situations where both parties don’t agree. How do you usually deal with such occurrences?
Jay: Always! But it's only on details matters: structure, chords...we're still managed to think thru, give our arguments, and decide who's closer to the truth; in the bottom, if we're here together, it means that we have a vision in common so we work it out.
CM: Thanks for taking your time out for this interview, Jay. Do you have any word of advice for your fans out there?
Jay: Listen to all kinds of music, don't get specialized in one thing, that's the first step of narrow-mindedness. Work hard on your shit, it's not gonna happen in 2 weeks. Believe in your originality, don't let yourself tempted by copying an artist you love or a stream: it's already out there we don't need one more!
About Tom Pooks
Born in Montpellier, Tom Pooks has started his musical trip in the middle of the 90’s, hanging around a few raves, and started to get interested in producing his own music.
CM: When did your career start? What made you want to produce music?
TP: Well i started my career 17 years ago, when i was in a rave party in north of spain.
I have been really touched by the union between dj and the crowd, and between all people dancing looking into the same direction, same way. So I decided to become a dj.
Then i had the feeling that it wasn't enough and I wanted to give a real piece of myself to the crowd so I started to compose music.
CM: What equipment do you use to produce?
TP: I use Mac and Logic Audio as software, plenty of sound banks and plugging to treat the sound as I like, a midi keyboard and most important great monitors to hear as well as possible what I make.
CM: Can you talk to us about your label Moovment?
TP: Moovment is more than a label, it's a friendship project where we all play what we like. We are a few working on it and it's mooving all the time as we look for what we can propose to people.
Actually we love to party with my friends, so we use Moovment to party around!
CM: How did you come to playing with Carl Cox in Ibiza and how do you feel the scene has evolved over there?
TP: In fact I have been introduced to Carl by Josh Wink, who is a very good friend and best guy I ever met!
Carl wanted to know the guy who made a track on ovum rec (josh's label), and it was me! So as we were touring together I met him, then we started a very nice story with Carl..
He is THE man, really nice, full of humility..always trying to get his music family bigger. He's used to give a chance to all people he trusts, really handsome man.
So he proposed me to play with him at Space for his party it was great , and i think his nights are almost the only one where you can find the old ibiza spirit.Many others are a little bit too much "fashion" now, you see. ..
Watch the video of Tom Pooks and Carl Cox
CM: What's your involvement in Kazantip? And can you describe this Festival?
TP: Kazantip is the biggest open party in the world, Wild true underground but really accessible to anybody who likes music it's the only place in the world where you can dance 24hours a day for 4 weeks!!!!!!!!
There is a president , his name is Nikita and ministers ...I have been contacted by the artistic manager a few years ago because they like my music I made a very good DJ set , they loved it and then we started to work together. I've been playing there for almost 5 years and I love this mood. Then I started to help them with my experience of European dance-floors.
So now as I believe in this event, I promote it all over the world officially for them.
CM: After having played around the world, what is your best Gig experience ever? What's your worst?
TP: Best is Space Club with coxy (Carl Cox) and Kazantip! by the way I played last year with Carl in Kazantip..But I have to say that in South America, Argentina, I played in a very warm venue, Rosario City. I played 7 hours and people didn't want me to leave!!! they used to call me Santa Pooks!! Unbelievable!
That is music, sometime you live a magic moment ...
The worse is when there are thousands people in front of you all waiting for you to play and because of a technical problem you can't play, it happens sometimes...
CM: What's always in your suitcase on your world tours?
TP: Pix of my daughter Charlie and my headphones
CM: Ok, thanks for your time with City Moments and see you rocking the
dancefloor on November 12th in Bar Rouge!
TP: Thanks to you to guest a Frenchy there! I cant wait to see you all there!
If you haven't realized we made a big leap this year regarding our own events! You all have been to at least one of them and we hope you could actually be at all of them!