Hello everyone and welcome back to the final Electronic Music Alliance Newsletter of 2020 - your monthly update on the latest goings on from the EMAlien Mothership! We hope you have had a nice Christmas and, of course sending positive vibes for a better 2021 for all!
We send our well wishes to everyone in regard to the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic and want to say thank you to everyone caring for the sick and the more vulnerable - you are all legends! Please keep looking after each other and stay safe.
Thanks to everyone for getting involved with EMA and sharing all the good vibes on our Twitter page! We've been keeping busy with more releases on the community run Electronic Alliance Records label, the DJ Mixes and our once monthly playlists! So without further ado, let's crack open this newsletter and see what's going on under the hood of the Mothership!
As always, thanks to everyone who continues to follow our EMA and EAR Twitter! Here's a quick summary of how things are looking for EMA and EAR:
We're inching closer to 5,000 followers on Twitter now and an impressive number of releases which continues to grow as the EMAliens share with the world our creativity despite the current global climate. Keep those awesome vibes coming!
The once-monthly playlists are proving to be very popular so we might as well include this month's Spotify playlist in our featured section also! These playlists feature tunes no older than 3 months from the EMAliens and are a great showcase of the variety on offer to fans of any genre and may give you a chance to explore more tunes from the underground scene you may have missed! Click play and welcome to the Mothership!
EMA DJ Mixes
We have continued the good vibes from the EMA DJ Mix Series each week thanks to Radio Dark Tunnel. Our 1 hour slot is on Friday evenings from 19:00-20:00 UTC for the time being, where our EMAliens showcase their mixing talents along with a host of electronic music ranging from downtempo to house to drum and bass. Feel free to stream the latest mixes from our Mixcloud page below:
Electronic Alliance Records
Our community run label Electronic Alliance Records continues to grow this month from our EMAliens who have been beaming their beats down from the Mothership! Make sure you follow us on our Beatport page for the latest releases. Wrap your EARs around these:
Each month the "Featured Artist" section of our newsletter gives us a chance to find out more about one of our EMAliens. This time, we're going to be shining the spotlight on one of the EMA Co-Founders, "Mr Bu" aka Bufinjer! We digitally sent Nicky Havey over one last time to find out more about "Gif-injer" and this is what happened!
Hey hey Mr Bu! I hope you've managed to stay safe in these uncertain times and keeping well. I'm sure a lot of EMAliens are looking forward to hearing more from you here as our Featured Artist this month! So, tell us more about you and how you got involved with music?
Hey there Mr Havey, blogger extraordinaire, traveling man!
I’ve always had a love of music from early on. I started out when I was probably about 8 years old, falling in love with rock music. I listened to everything from AC/DC, and Black Sabbath, to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. In the 80s I discovered hair bands and glam rock like Motley Crue, Ratt, Twisted Sister, and Def Leppard.
Then in the 90s I got my hands on this new artist called Nine Inch Nails. The Pretty Hate Machine album. That changed my music style forever. That was my introduction to electronic music and I never looked back. I still listened to rock then too, but electronic was my main focus. In 1999 I was up late one night watching tv and saw an advertisement for Sony’s Acid music making software. I ended up getting it for my birthday and I’ve been making music ever since.
It's pretty amazing how just listening to one artist can completely change the direction of our musical path isn't it?! I'm sure the others will agree that we're happy you discovered the electronic side! So what kind of music do you find yourself making now with these influences?
I make all kinds of music. I don’t do just one genre, I rarely even stick with one genre in one song! Haha. I know it’s probably not the best approach as far as developing a fan base, but my listening of music has always been eclectic, and so is my music making. I make various types of electronic music, and even dabble in the experimental styles, and even rock.
Haha! Yeah you do have a great variety in your tunes with the ever changing beats you put in there. Let's just call it the "Bufinjer" genre?! Speaking of which, have you got any releases or DJ mixes with your signature style on them - tell us more!
In January I have my next installment of the #EMA DJ Mix Series coming. I like to keep the mixes fresh so it is still work in progress.
At the end of December, on the 28th I have my album Reflections coming out. Since the year 2020 has been an interesting one, I thought the name was fitting. Good or bad, there’s been a lot to reflect on from 2020. The album consists of all my tracks released in 2020, well my solo ones, not collaborations. Looking back at the tracks they tell a story of the year that passed.
I also have a few tracks finished that will be coming out in 2021, one for the next installment of the Future Sounds Anthology compilation.
EMAzing man! Plenty of things to reflect on for all of us in what has been a very challenging year so we're looking forward to hearing your musical stamp on it! Where can people find out more about you?
I am on most of the usuals that one can find me on and there are many other sites I forget now! Also my website http://www.bufinjer.com/ which I just redid after I decided it was time to change my logo. I’ve always loved the idea of the Phoenix raising from the ashes, so I created my logo with the Phoenix.
Love that idea behind the new logo, I'm sure we can all relate to rising from the ashes, particularly this year! All that leaves me to ask is the usual question regarding EMA - although being a co-founder, it might be slightly different! Perhaps you can share more about EMA’s backstory, history and your thoughts/feelings/experiences about it all?
After Nicky, Davey, and I talked more and more we all started to discover we felt the same way about music promo, what works and what we feel doesn’t work, and what could help us all in the Independent music scene. Creating a group where we all can help each other grow was always the goal.
In the almost two years we’ve grown and done some amazing things. Getting artists together to collaborate is one of my favorite parts of the group. If by our compilations, or just introducing people to one another who decide to work together, has been one of the most rewarding parts of setting things up in EMA.
Also I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished with the EAR label. Starting out as a simple idea to get our own music out to the world via a label, then introducing it to our members to use the label for releases, I never expected it to grow like it has. We have some great members, and a lot who have stuck with us and stay active, and for that I am very grateful, and honored.
One thing I wish, was that we had more members stay active and we all could help each other more. The idea of the rising tide lifts all boats would be so much greater if more of the 160+ members could help promote each other more. I understand we all have lives to live and our own music to promote, and we tend to spread ourselves thin, but if we could all focus more on the community we’ve created and help each other more we could greatly help our members and ourselves with our releases, and even sales.
I’m hoping that maybe with the new year some changes can happen in this crazy world of ours now, for the better of course, and maybe the community spirit will pick up again.
Couldn't have put it better myself and agree with all you said as a fellow Co-Founder. We've seen a lot and introducing new producers of similar styles to each other or even just pushing people out of their comfort zones to produce some epic collaborations has been the shining light for me personally this year with EMA. Thanks for taking the time out of your hectic schedule for the interview Mr Bu!
Be sure to check Bufinjer out on all the usual places via the icons below:
Notes From Nicky
As this will be my final newsletter for a while, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's shared, read, left a comment and been involved with all the blogs I've written on the EMA website for the last couple of years since we started this venture. It's been great fun and in some cases, a little challenging to actually keep up with all that goes on with so many different projects happening from different producers in the Mothership!
That's a testament to all of you who've embraced the community spirit of EMA and created your own epic adventures with your fellow EMAliens, despite the global crisis. As Buf mentioned, it's been an honour to get to meet so many different people in the last 2 years but for me personally, I'll be taking a step back, recharging and re-focusing my energies - 2020 has taken its toll on everyone.
Stay safe and hope 2021 is a much better year for everyone.
We hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter, let us know in the comments below and catch you soon for the next one!
(Bufinjer, DaveyHub & Nicky Havey)
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