Remix Winner: Preston Powers

We have a winner! Last month, we held our first-ever Ableton User Group Remix Challenge and invited the music production community to take a stab at Digital Den’s latest release from Subalias. Specifically, the song “Take Me Out”:

The winner is Preston Powers a/k/a $PIC¥ BØ¥$!

From a production standpoint it’s mixed well, and the sound design is on-point. Stylistically, I love the energy … this track slaps! — Subalias

Here’s a quick Q&A with Preston Powers

Subalias said this track slaps! How did you get it just right?
I know a really, really good ghost producer… Just kidding! The little things like compression, reverb, eq, filters, panning, saturation and automation really add up in the end. Don’t be afraid to slap some effects on a sound; if it sounds better, keep it! If it doesn’t, drop it and move on!

Which do you think is the best part of the jam?
The second drop unexpectedly switching up causes a small explosion in my head that gets me going! My favorite element is that rolling bass coming in at 54s and 2:26 – Takes Me Out … back to Europe.

What do you enjoy most about Ableton?
What’s nice about Ableton is there are so many resources out there to help you reach that mastery level. Shout-out to Mmmmmaven! (and YouTube, heh!)

Preston wins a dope prize pack which includes the *dope* Making Music (Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers) book, Ableton expansion packs, and more!

For more Preston Powers, click through:

This is a mix we did for MIX 24/7 EDM Radio! Most of the songs are $PIC¥ BØ¥$ originals with a dash of other spicy songs we enjoy! Thanks for listening!

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Learn about music technology from some of the talented women from MMMMAVEN — friends, partners, alumnae, and current students.

This event will feature DJ and live performances, gear demos, Q&As, and general discussions.

Generations of girls have grown up believing technology is not designed for them. Times are a-changing, but for many women that ingrained idea is still true. We want to feature some of our graduates and have them tell you their story and show off their skills.

There will be plenty of awesome music, networking opportunities, refreshments, and fun!

Performances by: Azurely, BEYUN, Dissoule, abco, Guzzalina, Nara DJ, Jayana, Musicisart, C8, DJ Machi

Punisher Invades Detroit!


Newest #MakeItNew resident DJ Punisher hails from the birthplace of techno, Detroit, and as such she’s making three appearances this weekend. In celebration of Movement, the city’s now-legendary Memorial Day super fest, Michelle will have three high-profile gigs:

Midnight to 1am Set
Friday, Prelude at Northern Lights Lounge and Garden

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Alongside Stacy Pullen, DāM-FunK, and LTJ Bukem (?!) at Cambridge homies Soul Clap’s House of EFunk Showcase:
Saturday, House of Efunk at TV Bar:

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With Detroit icons DJ Dez Andres (!), Rick Wilhite + Acid Jazz icon Mark Farina
Sunday, Sampled 16 at Marble Bar:

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Be sure to stop and say hello if you’re in the Motor City this weekend!

Can’t make it? Punisher make her second official appearance upon her return… alongside Sweden’s Sebastian Mullaert.

Punisher is excited:

Sebastian is one of my biggest musical influences, so honored to be sharing this night with him. Take my advice and come see his LIVE PA, it will change your life!

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!