Magnificence's Exclusive Mix

Jul 09, 2018
Magnificence's Exclusive Mix
 
Magnificence have become one of the hottest acts in dance music since Swedish House Mafia premiered two of their tracks at Ultra Music Festival this year. The duo’s subsequent Magnificence EP release on Axtone has become one of the most DJ supported EPs of the year as their music has deservedly become mainstays in the top artists’ live sets around the world. With another strong release on Revealed Recordings under their belt last month and a new remix of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano on the way this week, we were delighted to have the guys on board!
 
Robin, Maurice, so good to have you with us today, how’s it going? Talk to us about some projects you have going on at the moment.  
Hi everyone! Thanks 1001 for having us. We’re doing well at the moment, it’s been an exciting year for us so far! Since UMF lots of things have happened actually. Currently we’re working on lots of new music and remix requests are dropping in as well. One of the remixes we did for Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano which we included in our mix is coming out this week on Friday, the 13th of July. Also new singles are coming up, which might get some early support in the upcoming festivals as well, so keep your ears open!
 

How did you guys approach your Exclusive Mix and how does your track selection compare to a current live set of yours?
Since it’s an Exclusive Mix, we've wanted to add something exclusive too. So, you can expect some of our own mashups that we use exclusively in our sets, of course our own releases and we’ve added some tracks by some of the freshest talent in the scene that fit our sound very well. This guest mix gives us more time to get the tracks played in depth, in comparison to the live sets where we always work towards the right balance between our sound and what the crowd needs. In our live sets we intend to play with the crowd, combining different toplines and drops to give that unique Magnificence twist.  

The two of you have enjoyed some well-deserved success this year, with Swedish House Mafia premiering “Cobra” and “Out Of My Mind” during their reunion set at Ultra this year. How did it feel seeing your music being played out during such a historic moment? Did you have any idea that any of your tracks would be included in the set prior to it happening?
This was such an amazing moment for us! We were working with the Axtone team for some weeks already, so we knew there was something big happening, but all SHM news was off topic. After hearing “Fire” in the Axwell/\Ingrosso set on Friday, we got some more hints from the Axtone team. During the Sunday of UMF we were doing an all nighter together, while following the livestream at Maurice's apartment. When we saw that SHM started their show, this was already an amazing moment on its own, however when they played our first record “Out Of My Mind,” we went nuts. As you can imagine, it’s such an honor as producers to get your music supported by icons such as Ax, Steve and Sebastian and especially in this unique comeback show. While being totally focused on the set of SHM, Robin heard the intro of “Cobra,” and to my surprise he suddenly noticed and said: ”They are also playing “Cobra”! For us this was a magical moment, that moment when we got the first support from our heroes in music.
 

You’ve followed up the Axtone EP with a strong return to Revealed with “Drop It Low.” Can you tell us more about that track?
It all started as we were producing a tribal orientated record that suited our club and festival shows. We met Julian Snijder a couple of years ago in our hometown. He is such a talented producer and he actually signed with our management at Epic247 a couple months before as well so a collab was a natural step. After some studio sessions we ended up with this instrumental demo which we sent to Hardwell. Robbert really loved the record and he first premiered the record during Miami Music Week as well, where people started to notice the track during his epic b2b2b set together with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Laidback Luke at the Mixmash party.  

Before your guest mix for Tiësto’s Club Life you said you are constantly trying to evolve your sound and push the boundaries of house music. How would you say your music has evolved since your first track as Magnificence in 2014?
Besides the fact that we got a few years older and that we like to think that we grew production wise, we love to make sounds that we feel is different than the generic sound of the moment. During our sets, we started missing the club oriented records and we felt like producing the tracks that we wanted to play in front of a live crowd. Coming from this feeling we stopped building the big melodic breaks but worked from a more percussive and raw synth approach, to create more impact to get the energy flow to that next level.  

Of course, the industry has changed quite a bit since 2014 and so did we, but we still produce the sound that's in our DNA. In 2014 we started in the more melodic progressive house scene with our early releases, like “Blackwolf” on Spinnin’ or “Blizzard” on Protocol, which were actually more electro house influenced, and although in a new package we like to believe that you can still hear those original Magnificence influences in our current releases.
 

What would you say are your biggest individual strengths that you notice in each other?
Maurice: Well we can proudly say, we are two completely different types of guys. It’s probably because of this that we match so well. I see Robin as an incredibly passionate and focused person, which I think are both two great strengths in life.

Robin: What I really appreciate about Maurice is his easy-going and open personality. Maurice really knows how to enjoy the little things in life and connect with people. In that way we really complement each other, and that also gives us our chemistry as a duo.

Individually, who are your biggest musical inspirations at the moment?
Maurice: I’d say Mat Zo and George Fitzgerald. They both make such cool songs and are great producers. It may be really different from what we do, but it gave me the feeling again of what I didn’t feel in the scene for a long time.

Robin: If it comes to dance music, Swedish House Mafia, Axwell, Tiësto and Martin Garrix have a great influence on me and how they translate their music to people and their shows. I also like analyzing a lot of different genres like hip hop, dancehall and rock music. I’m always trying to find those specific elements and try to translate those into a different perspective in our music. In a way I make it more to sound like “our sound.” I think music overall has a major influence on me and on my daily life.
 

Maurice, you have a side project called Öesha which focuses on the deeper end of the spectrum. Can you tell us more about that and how the project came to be? 
During 2017 we both explored a lot with new music and genres, one of these explorations for me was digging in the more deeper sounds, which quickly led to doing DJ gigs and organizing some events as well. Since this didn’t fit Magnificence I’ve created this new moniker Öesha. The whole “thinking outside the box” process boosted my inspiration for Magnificence even more. Also, I just love this deeper techno and tribal influenced sounds and in the end it’s just one of those things that I love to do and share with my friends.

You guys have both collaborated with a wide variety of artists like Nicky Romero, Thomas Newson, Jaz Von D, Marcus Schossow, and more. Who, in your opinion, have been the most fun and interesting to work with and why?
Well actually, at the moment we’re working in studio with someone who’s just the craziest ever, great vibes all over! An ultimate tease, since we won’t reveal who it is yet ;) But in general we only work with people that we feel related or connected to. The artists mentioned above are all great lads we had lots of fun with in the process, so we couldn’t choose between them.  

Finally, what can we expect in the future for Magnificence? Any exciting news that you can share with us?
A lot of new music! Of course, the Armada Music imprint Sono Music releases our official remix for Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s single “Savages” on Friday, the 13th of July. After this we’re planning a few surprises towards the end of the year. So just keep on IDing those live sets at 1001tracklists.com and you might discover some new Magnificence gems soon! For those amongst you who follow us on IG you might have heard some scoops in our IG stories over the last few weeks, since we’ve been working on these super exciting projects in the studio. We can’t wait to share these with the world!
 
You can pre-save Magnificence's remix of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - "Savages" here.
 
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Odd Mob - Intrinsic [TINTED]
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3:33
ZHU & Tame Impala - My Life (Kyle Watson Remix) [MIND OF A GENIUS]
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03
7:35
Magnificence & Steff Da Campo vs. Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party vs. Kryder & Tom Staar - Out Of Jericho's Rave Antidotes Mind (Magnificence Mashup) [VIRGIN / SIZE / AXTONE]
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Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party ft. ADL - Antidote [VIRGIN]
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Kryder & Tom Staar - Jericho [SIZE]
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Magnificence & Steff Da Campo - Out Of My Mind [AXTONE]
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10:55
Skitzofrenix - Respek Di Woman [DIRTY HOUSE]
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13:33
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano & DYNA - Badman [SONO (ARMADA)]
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16:08
Magnificence & Julian Snijder vs. Axwell vs. CamelPhat & Shapov & A*M*E - Drop It Low vs. Barricade vs. Paradigm (Magnificence Mashup) [AXTONE / DEF JAM / REVEALED]
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Magnificence & Julian Snijder - Drop It Low [REVEALED]
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Axwell - Barricade [AXTONE/DEF JAM]
649x 3x 1x
CamelPhat ft. A*M*E - Paradigm (Shapov Remix) [AXTONE]
120x 1x 2x
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19:11
BROHUG & Steve Angello & Laidback Luke vs. Tommy Jayden - Be Swirl (Magnificence Mashup) [STRANGE FRUITS / MIXMASH]
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Steve Angello & Laidback Luke - Be (BROHUG Bootleg) [MIXMASH]
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Tommy Jayden - SWIRL [STRANGE FRUITS]
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22:17
Magnificence - Cobra [AXTONE]
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Matt Caseli & Danny Freakazoid - Raise Your Hands (Acappella) [AXTONE]
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09
25:13
TV Noise - Weird [STMPD]
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10
28:08
Magnificence & Seth Hills - Fire [AXTONE]
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143x 1x 1x
11
31:05
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Bruno Martini ft. Mayra - Savages (Magnificence Remix) [SONO (ARMADA)]
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34x 2x 1x
12
34:02
AC Slater ft. Acid Mouth - Jaws (Phlegmatic Dogs Remix) [NIGHT BASS]
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13
37:18
JAUZ & Josh Pan & YOOKiE - Dinner Chat [BITE THIS!]
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14
39:53
Kage ft. LexBlaze - ET [RIOTVILLE]
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15
43:12
Platinum Doug - Don't Stop It [ENORMOUS TUNES]
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47:08
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Dog Blood - Next Order [BIG BEAT/BOYSNOIZE]
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18
53:42
J-Trick - Thuggin [CLUB CARTEL]
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56:38
TUJAMO & La Fuente - Funk You [SPINNIN']
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