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Exclusive Interview With Serafin – DJ Remixer

Serafin is often referred to as one of the top 10 remixers of all time. The Los Angeles-based DJ got his first set of turntables at age of 12 has been celebrated for his electrifying remixes and savvy technical style. He is a well-known rising star and performer in the international DJ community.

Serafin is a Self-Taught music producer and remixer who started his career in 2008. Jive Records signed him on for his remixes for superstars Livvi Frank, Jordin Sparks, and Britney Spears. In 2009, he proffered his skills to the Hip Hop All-Stars video game app, the first DJ video game for the iPhone.

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He released his first original track “WHUT” under Peak Hour Records in 2010, and followed it with the single “Never Leave Her” in 2011, under Vector Mode Records. In 2011 Serafin produced “This That Shit” with the legendary Greg Nice. In 2013 Serafin also lent his remarkable production skill to Remax Parliament’s “FLASHLIGHT” in the Motion Picture HEAT, starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and Produced the opening score in Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

In 2014 Serafin started sharing the stage with the band “Royal Machines” in a Sold out show at The Mayan in Downtown Los Angeles, which is composed of rock legends, from Ozzy Osborne, Billy Idol, Dave Navaro, Courtney Love &amp, James Belushi.

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All these achievements are what make Serafin an outstanding DJ Remixer.

We have the honor of interviewing Serafin exclusively and here is more to learn from him:

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Questions:- 

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  1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Serafin: Music was part of my life growing up, my grandfather was the Frank Sinatra of the Philippines. I’d go and play his records every time he’s not home.

My Uncle thought me how to DJ at the age of 12, and I got hooked ever since.

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  1. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Serafin: Love the travel, seeing the world through djing is a blessing. It’s a paid vacation!

  1. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Serafin: I would have to say… don’t tell the club owners that you don’t drink lol.

I was in Shanghai for a 3-week Residencies. I used my Per Diem on food instead of alcohol. Didn’t know it mattered how I spent my Per Diem.

I lost my Shanghai Residency due to not Drinking, they told the booker to never book a sober DJ again.

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  1. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Serafin: I had the opportunity to produce and DJ this group called the EDM Rap Pack. It was a fusion of hip hop legends mashed into the EDM Scene. Sen Dogg from Cypress Hill, Baby Bash, and Lil Nate Dogg (Son of the late Nate Dogg)

http://www.edmrappak.com/

Right now, I’m excited for on first collaboration with Producer & DJ Sammy Slade.

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Our Track PLAY comes out May 28th. It’s a cover of the classic freestyle track by Shannon, Let the Music Play.

It’s been a busy year so far, just launched the first only Electronic Music Pool https://pitchthetempo.com/ with my partner Romi Lux. It’s an Electronic Music Platform for DJs & Producers.

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  1. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Serafin: I’ve met so many and if I have to pick one I have to say, Ozzy Osborne. My green room was directly next to his. His professionalism & passion really gave me a different outlook on this business. The people only see what the media gives them how rock stars or celebrities. They are who they are because of the work they put in.

  1. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Serafin: Consistency is key, hype doesn’t last. Make great music that you love and not for the trend. Do you.

  1. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

Serafin: Embrace your failures, which are the only way to achieve success when you learn from them. Never stop learning.

  1. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Serafin: Stop procrastinating! Set Daily Goals. This doesn’t happen overnight.

  1. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

Serafin: (1). Invest in your brand. I wish I knew this from the start, marketing is key.

Serafin: (2). Stop Impressing your peers. There’s a reason why some of the DJs come to see you, they want your job! Stop impressing them and impress your crowd.

Serafin: (3). It’s OK to say NO. You don’t have to take every single gig, If it doesn’t fit what you can do, it’ll most likely hurt your brand.

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Serafin: (4). Get an LLC. I know it’s just a hobby at first, and LLC for an entrepreneur/self-employed has its benefits.

Serafin: (5). You haven’t Made it until you’re Hated. Stop wasting energy on the negative naysayers; you don’t have to prove anything to them.

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  1. Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Serafin: It’s my number above. “You haven’t made it until you’re Hated”

  1. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Serafin: My uncle for sure, Tito Caloy, was the one who showed me the art of djing. As far as Producing goes, there are so many. I can’t just name one LOL, if you reading this you know who you are. My family, My Mother supported my decisions and from the beginning. My Girl Christy, who pushes me every day that being basic is not an option.

  1. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most good to the most people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Serafin: Kindness.. take time to share your knowledge.

  1. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Serafin: Oh boy, this is a tough one. Representatives from General Atlantic or Hillhouse Capital Group, I would love to pick their brains over Brunch. Chase Carey or Stefano Domenicali, I’m a huge fan of Formula 1, and it’s a Multi-Billion Dollar industry.

14 How can our readers follow you online?

Serafin: Follow me on:

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Instagram: @djserafin https://www.instagram.com/djserafin/

www.djserafin.com

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Bookings: https://sleepinggiantmusic.com/

On Air (Dash Radio): Every Friday, 9 pm PT 12a ET #theserafinshow on Dash Radio ch. Overdrive

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Michael Odu is the founder of Goshenvilla Limited and official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. He shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

Album Review

Album Review: Pete Miller’s “Live on Record”

When it comes to genuine and unembellished music, Pete Miller’s debut album “Live on Record” is a revitalizing breeze in the current music landscape. Released on MTS Records, the LP presents an artist who, despite the modernity around him, channels a vintage, heartfelt essence that’s increasingly rare. Combining elements of folk, country, and rock, Miller’s work is a throwback to an era where music was raw and storytelling was genuine.

A Connecticut native who now calls Pennsylvania home, Pete Miller’s journey to his debut album wasn’t one paved with glitter and glamor. Escaping the allure of New York City, Miller worked various blue-collar jobs, including landscaping, warehouse labor, and construction while chasing his musical dreams. His life’s experiences, genuinely reflected in his songs, make “Live on Record” an autobiographical piece that resonates with the “everyman.”

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From the get-go, Miller’s voice draws comparisons to the legendary Johnny Cash, a resemblance he carries with pride. His rich baritone and poetic lyricism are reminiscent of the Man in Black’s storytelling prowess. Influences of Townes Van Zandt’s melancholic narratives also weave through the album, grounding Miller firmly in the tradition of great American singer-songwriters.

The album’s opener, “A Light Out There – Intro Version,” sets the tone with a soulful introduction that hooks listeners. The lyrics, “You may go away, but the story will survive. You want to return, but wonder if you’ll arrive…” instantly pull you into Miller’s world – reflective, tinged with melancholy, yet hopeful. The full version of “A Light Out There” has  garnered significant attention, amassing over 119K streams on Spotify and breaking into the UK iTunes Top 20 Singer-Songwriters Chart. The full album is quickly approaching 1 million Spotify streams!

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Each song on the album is meticulously crafted to tell a story, from the contemplative “The Star Showman, Pt. I” to the earnest “Oh, Lord,” each track offers a glimpse into Miller’s life and experiences. In “The Dazzling Kimberly,” Miller’s narrative style shines through, painting vivid images of characters and emotions with minimalistic yet powerful instrumentation.

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The simplicity of the album is its greatest strength. Miller’s acoustic guitar work is untainted by overproduction, allowing the natural sound of the instrument to take center stage. His playing is rhythmic and engaging, supporting his vocals without overshadowing the poignant lyrics. Tracks like “I Wrote Hannah a Letter” and “Hard to Find” showcase this beautifully, with Miller’s jangling guitar providing the perfect backdrop for his homespun poetry.

“Midnight Blue” and “The Raven & the Dove” delve deeper into Miller’s introspective side, offering meditative and almost haunting melodies that linger long after the song ends. They’re a testament to Miller’s ability to evoke strong emotions through his music, making listeners feel the weight of his words and the authenticity of his experiences.

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The album’s closer, the complete version of “A Light Out There,” is a fitting end to the journey. It encapsulates the overarching themes of the album – longing, resilience, and a quest for meaning. The lyrics, “When you suffer, you’re out of this land. When you came back through that door, the waves didn’t remember your feet on the shore,” resonate with anyone who’s felt lost and found solace in the simplicity of life.

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“Live on Record” is an album that doesn’t aspire to be flashy or trendy. Instead, it focuses on being real and relatable. Pete Miller’s music is a reflection of his life – unpolished yet profound, simple yet deeply meaningful. His storytelling is the heart of the album, and it’s this authenticity that makes his debut a standout.

As Miller works on his follow-up album in the woods of Pennsylvania, one can only anticipate the continuation of his musical journey. If “Live on Record” is any indication, Pete Miller is poised to carve out a niche for himself in the music industry, staying true to his roots and delivering music that is as raw and real as it gets.

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For more information on Pete Miller and to connect with his music, check him out on Facebook.

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Music Review: Pam Ross – “Doublewide”

Pam Ross’ latest single, “Doublewide,” set for release on August 9th, 2024, is a captivating fusion of rock, Americana, and country that showcases her knack for heartfelt storytelling and infectious melodies. As the lead single from her highly anticipated LP, “Outside the Box,” “Doublewide” is a testament to Pam’s ability to connect with her audience on an emotional level.

From the outset, “Doublewide” pulls listeners in with its country-rock infused sound. The track’s vibrant instrumentation and Pam’s distinctive vocals create an irresistible energy that captures the essence of newfound love. The lyrics paint vivid images of being swept up in the fervor of a passionate relationship, with lines like:

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“I’M OUT DANCING ON A HOT TIN ROOF
EVERYTHING’S BEEN DIFFERENT SINCE I MET YOU
NOW I’M MAKING CHANGES TO PLANS I HAD
AND STAYING IN ON FRIDAY DON’T SEEM SO BAD”
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These evocative words resonate with anyone who has experienced the transformative power of love, making the song both relatable and deeply personal.

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Recorded at Goodluck Studio and masterfully mixed in Nashville by Marc Frigo, “Doublewide” boasts a polished yet organic sound. The production allows Pam’s voice to shine through while ensuring that every instrument plays a pivotal role in the overall composition. The song’s dynamic range keeps it engaging, with energetic verses building up to a memorable chorus:

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“YOU AND ME GOT A LOVE SO HOT
WE’RE GONNA BURN THIS DOUBLEWIDE DOWN
EVER SINCE YOU TOOK MY HAND
FOLKS SEE FLAMES FOR MILES AROUND”
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The chorus is anthemic and catchy, destined to be a sing-along favorite at live shows and a staple on playlists.

What sets “Doublewide” apart is its ability to evoke a wide spectrum of emotions. Pam Ross has a gift for making listeners feel the intensity and joy of love through her music. As she herself puts it, “I just want people to enjoy my music. I hope they sing along, and it makes them feel something inside when they listen.” This intention is beautifully realized in “Doublewide,” a song that is sure to leave listeners feeling uplifted and inspired.

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With “Doublewide,” Pam Ross reaffirms her status as a versatile and emotionally resonant artist. The single not only stands out on its own merits but also sets the stage for what promises to be an exceptional album in “Outside the Box.” Fans and new listeners alike will find much to appreciate in this vibrant, heartfelt track. Be sure to mark your calendars for August 9th, 2024, and get ready to experience the magic of Pam Ross’ “Doublewide.”

 

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