Alummmmni Interview: Ažurely (AŽY)

Ažurely is one of our master class graduates, bringing DJing, Production, and Synthesis in her weapons cache and straight crushing up clubs in and around Boston:

5 years from now, you’ve achieved your dream! What does that day look like?

I’d probably wake up early and do something good for myself like workout, meditate, clean, eat well… Despite the lifestyle this kind of career often comes with, I’m actually super healthy and keen on self-care… Next, I’d check in on my socials, update Instagram, connect with my manager, friends, check industry news. I’m a big proponent on working smarter and not harder… always leaving room to preserve my energy so that could include being social, hanging out with other producers… things that help me feel connected but keep me in the right motivated mindset.

Then, I’d hit my studio and work on music, whether that means working on my own solo stuff, collabs, or warming up my voice and singing.

Being a vocalist as well, I know that like any muscle you gotta use it to keep it in shape.

I’ve been focusing on music primarily but I do a lot of modeling as well. In five years I hope to still be doing that too, having my own fashion line, collaborating with other clothing brands, designing clothes, picking out pieces, shopping, doing a shoot or two. I’d end the day with a show or preparing to travel and go on tour to support my latest releases.

You emphasize A/V in your performance. Can you tell us more about that?

Up until this point, I’ve been wearing a lot of different hats and handling all my own branding. I’ve always been design-oriented. A lot of the vision I have for Azurely is based upon images, colors, visuals, etc. that make me feel a certain way. It drives me and I actually have a lot fun with it.

Aesthetic is everything and is part of the reason why i enjoy creating content so much. I designed the OG Azurely logo but that’s not the one that I’m using now. The current version was made by Salvador Charlie Design and my animated visuals were done by Jason Wildes with NightRide Visuals.

Who inspires your own original music?

I take inspiration from a lot of different places. I don’t know if there is one specific person that I look to honestly, more like several. Sound wise, if I had to throw some names around probably guys like Malaa, Julius Jetson, Taiki Nulight… and then there are labels n’ such like Confession, NightBass, Ghetto Ghetto, Pinnacle Collective, Gold Digger and maybe even some DirtyBird that I vibe with.

I want people to associate my brand not just with my music but how my look and style makes them feel. Azurely is a feeling, and a mindset, it always has been. My next step is to take all these ideas and learn how I can put my own sound and stamp on what’s been carved out already. I’m still discovering myself musically.

What was the most valuable thing you learned at the school?

Put in work. Put in the hours. There’s a lot of amazing resources available at MMMMAVEN but

There’s only so much people can do for you before the responsibility of your progress rests on your own shoulders.

Isn’t she great? … Tour our studios. Hit me up polina@mmmmaven.com. Meanwhile, stay up on Ažurely on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud, and YouTube!

George Fitzgerald LIVE at Great Scott 5/18


After a hit album, a BBCR1 Residency, and massive global club hits (plus multiple appearances at Make It New!), George FitzGerald is coming back to the world in a big, big way. Including a live band appearance at Boston’s Great Scott on May 18th. Tickets of which are on sale now.

“’Roll Back’ is a sad song but there was a lot of joy in making it with Lil Silva. Late night sessions in London and Bedford. Empty trains and night buses home. Things just clicked perfectly in the studio.”

Double Six and Domino Records are very proud to present All That Must Be, the second full length LP from George FitzGerald, due for release on 9th March 2018.

All That Must Be is a record with its psychological roots in two cities – Berlin and London. It documents a period of time when FitzGerald’s decade-long stint in the German capital came to an abrupt end, seeing him back in his hometown of London and becoming a father for the first time. It was against this backdrop that All That Must Be started to form and the result is a record that deals with the processes of upheaval, change, acceptance and renewal that affect us all.

Get tickets for George FitzGerald LIVE at Great Scott on 5/18 here.

A mesmeric, transportive set of electronic songs, All That Must Be is a collection that is moving in both senses of the word. Featuring collaborations with Lil Silva, Bonobo and Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl), All That Must Be plots a route through the landscape, both mental and physical, of its creator over the course of 18 tumultuous months. “I wanted to mirror the uncanniness you feel when a massive event happens in your life”, explains FitzGerald, “Everything looks and sounds the same but it’s somehow different. Your surroundings are less intelligible.”

See George FitzGerald LIVE at Great Scott on May 18th

All That Must Be (DS114) will be released on deluxe 2xLP, standard 2xLP, CD and digitally. You can also pre-save the album on Spotify here.

Pre-order All That Must Be now:
Deluxe LP / Deluxe CD / LP / CD / Digitally

George FitzGerald Tour Dates

19 March – Munich, DE – Ampere
20 March – Berlin, DE – Schwuz
21 March – Cologne, DE – Yuca
22 March – Paris, FR – Nouveau Casino
23 March – Brussels, BE – AB Club
24 March – Utrecht, NL – Catch Festival
26 March – Brighton, GB – The Haunt
27 March – London, GB – Islington Assembly Hall
28 March – Glasgow, GB – The Art School
29 March – Manchester, GB – Gorilla
09 May – San Francisco, US – The Independent
10 May – Echo Park, US – The Echo
12 May – Salt Lake City, US – Kilby Court Gallery
13 May – Denver, US – Larimer Lounge
15 May – Chicago, US – Subterranean
16 May – Toronto, CA – Drake Hotel
17 May – Montreal, CA – Bar le Ritz PDB
18 May – Boston, US – Great Scott
19 May – New York, US – Rough Trade

George FitzGerald online:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

4 Amazing Shows Ahead


Here at Mmmmaven, our Co-Founder and Executive Director Alex Maniatis, in league with our Managing Director Polina Starobinets, put on the Make It New weekly party in addition to running the school. Of course, our ridiculous supporting staff is always worth a thanks, high-five, or fist-bump!

But for over thirteen years, the award-winning weekly at the Middlesex Lounge in Central Square, brings in guests from around the world to show off the latest in music technology, beat-making, and general fun-having.

For our students, they get the chance to watch a legend do their thing, and for the wider audience, it’s a chance to see some huge global names in an intimate space with amazing sound.

And in the weeks ahead, 4 opportunities abound.

1) 11/30: Make It New with Patrice Baumel + Pat Fontes

2) 12/7: Make It New with Moscoman + Rebolledo

3) 12/10: Sunday Social Club #1 (New Day Party!) w/ Roman Flugel, Axel Bowman, and Matt Foley

4) 12/14: Make It New with Martyn (Residency), and Avalon Emerson

See you on the dancefloor!

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Video Games Are Influencing A Generation of Music Innovators

A lot of my drums are just people picking up new ammo and weapons in games. — Burial

Mixmag goes underground with our friends Ikonika, Tokimonsta, and–well, maybe someday–Burial in a grand expose on video game music’s influence on the latest sounds.

Rustie is another artist who flipped perceptions of dance music on their head and ushered in a new generation of producers with his 2011 record ‘Glass Swords’ arriving stylistically similar to, and packed full of hyperactive noises from games such as Zelda.

Of course, Mmmmaven’s five-year mission is to support the unification of music and technology, and articles like this make every sense in the world.

Just take this quote from Make It New alum Ikonika: “My life feels more like a game than a movie. Music is the biggest game I’m playing.”

Much, much, MUCH more at Mixmag.