Undiscovered Track: Vampire - Lazyboy Empire

 
 

Whether you've never heard of Lazyboy Empire, or you're borderline obsessed with them like me - despite the name, do not sleep on this group!  On their only currently available track, "Vampire", this record is so much more than a song to only be pulled out on October 31st.  The first time I heard this spicy little nugget, it was only audio (no video) and honestly I’m glad... keep reading to find out why - and listen below ;)

"Vampire" sucked me in - its has a unique and refreshing vibe, with an awesome unforgettable title - and mixes reggae, island, and house, with a jazzy flair and vocals that never stop groovin.  The record simply does not disappoint!  

 
 

I started sharing the track with everyone and haven’t heard a negative comment yet!  I started exploring further, watching the video for "Vampire" and researching the band.  Let me start with the band - they're about as close to a ghost as you can get: no website, no wiki, hardly any info and no other music (maybe Lazyboy is a little toooo comfortable ;) )

The video is surprisingly gruesome and thought-provoking at the same time.  Imagine if Kavinsky - Nightcall was on the American Psycho soundtrack.. really cool.. but a little creepy! 

 
 

Right now they have just over 2 million views on MrSuicideSheep's YouTube Channel - who first uploaded the track 6-7 months ago - and they have over 1.3 million views on the official music video. They also released a remix album of 4 "Vampire" remixes, compiled from AObeats, Airia, AYO ALEX, Akouo.  Check them out and see which is your favorite - or maybe nothing quite beats the original!

 
 

BPM: 100

When to play it:  Lounge, House set, radio mix, early part of the night... pretty much anytime, anywhere! 

What it blends with: Light It Up - Major Lazer , Work From Home - 5H , You Know You Like it - AlunaGeorge DJ Snake Lean On - Major Lazor

Lazyboy Empire
https://soundcloud.com/lazyboyempire
https://www.facebook.com/lazyboyempire
https://twitter.com/lazyboyempire

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Hits Live Starring Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas fans couldn't have gotten much CLOSEr than they did at the new Hits 97.3's HITS Live on Monday!! There's not much more than a hug, a picture and asking Nick Jonas that burning question that a fan could ask for, other than maybe his hand in marriage ;)

Straight from his vacation in the Bahamas, Nick flew to Miami this past weekend to start rehearsals for his Honda Civic Tour with Demi Lovato which is going down at the BB&T center this Friday July 1st. 

 
 

His Album "Last Year Was Complicated" was released June 10th, and within the last month he has released three music videos from the New Album including, "Chainsaw", "Under You", and "Bacon" as possible follow ups to his Hit single "Close"! All of the videos thus far outside of "Bacon", have featured leading ladies from singer Tove Lo, to star or "Pretty Little Liars" Shay Mitchell with whom he's gotten to showcase not only his acting chops, but his sultry side. Check out all 4 videos below.

 
 

Since going solo, Nick has been able to present a more personal side with many of this album's tracks, delving into what he dealt with in his last relationship, a breakup after 2 years, and the impact going solo had on him and his brothers. Nick has said that he was actually the one to start up the conversation of him and his brothers parting ways and him becoming his own artist again. A part of him always new it was the only way he'd truly be able to showcase who he was, and the R&B/Soul sounds that he loved. He had attempted branching away from the Jonas Brothers in the past, however never as successfully as he's been this time around. He seems to have officially grown in to himself, his talent, his artistry, and there is no stopping him now!

 
 

Back to Hits Live! Nick Jonas walked into the Hits 97.3 Penthouse to an intimate crowd of 60 screaming fans, who all seemed to be in awe of Mr. Jonas, but hey he's multi talented, beyond a triple threat, down to earth, super chill, and knows he can have it all.  Like his other new song says: "Don't Make Me Choose" ;)

 
 

The event was powered by Lexus of Pembroke Pines and Lexus of North Miami and of course the New Hits 97.3! Lexus provided swag bags to each attendee including a towel, keychain, pen, car charger, and more! 

 
 

Fans got a chance to ask Nick Jonas anything during the interview, I've included a few of the questions below!

Top Three Questions: 

1. If you were any blend of coffee what would you be:

Breakfast Blend.

2. What's one thing you do before every show?

Meditate! About 11 minutes of just meditation.

3.) Any chance you'll be doing a song with DNCE in the future?

Maybe? I mean Joe is my roommate, we have a studio where we live so we're always working on music, I'd be down, we just have very different performance styles.

Final words of Nick Jonas:

"Last year was complicated, this year is amazing"

"Enjoy the ride, have fun" :)

Nick's Music Videos:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hits Live Starring DNCE

South Florida fans were DNCE-ing on cloud 9 this past weekend!  Not only was DNCE in town opening for Selena Gomez’s "Revival" tour on Saturday, June 11th, but the band had a chance to stop by the HITS 97.3 Studios for a special and super intimate HITS Live event.  If you're not familiar with HITS Live, or haven't had a chance to join us - this is where HITS 97.3 listeners and fans win a chance to interact with some of their favorite celebrities - in a room of no more than 80 people.  Fans get to have lunch, take pictures, and ask questions to celebrities like Fifth Harmony, Shawn Hook, Sofia Carson, even Iggy Azalea!  

 
 

If you don’t know much about DNCE yet, they are a band formed by Nick Jonas’ older brother and previous member of the Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas. Joe is joined by musicians Jack, JinJoo, and Cole (who has a really punk rock hairdo!).  DNCE was nominated "Favorite New Artist" at the 2016 Kids Choice Awards, and their first single, "Cake by the Ocean" exploded into the top ten on the Billboard top 100 Chart.

 
 

The group has recently garnered a lot of buzz after having the beautiful and first ever plus-sized model to ever be featured on Sports Illustrated’s cover- Ashley Graham - in the music video to their second released single, "Toothbrush".  With a blend of catchy vocals, singalong melodies, and musicians who can ROCK - there is no shortage of fun and flavor when it comes to this band!

New Single:  "Toothbrush" Vibe: Cool driving with the top down record, Weekend Vibes, Spontaneous Karaoke ;)

BPM: 105

Records it mixes with: Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake, Light it Up - Major Lazer, & Same Old Love - Selena Gomez.

Some more details on the event itself are below!

HITS Live with DNCE courtesy of the new HITS 97.3 and Lexus of North Miami and Lexus of Pembroke Pines went down at the Hits 97.3 Penthouse this past Saturday in Hollywood, Fl.  The food was catered by Whiskey Tango with an assortment of mild & hot wings, mac n’ cheese, and chicken strips!! :P

The top 3 fun questions asked by the fans:

1.) If you could be any Coffee Flavor, what would you be?

Joe: Panther Cold Brew

Cole: 100mph Motor Oil Gasoline

JinJoo: Iced Vanilla Latte

Jack: Just a regular plain old Cappuccino

 

2.) Favorite thing to get at Whole Foods:

Jack: Good beer Selection and Cheese

Joe: Healthy unhealthy snacks

Cole: Alcohol/Salsa Selection

JinJoo: Vitamins

 

3.) Who’s the better dancer of the four?

Cole took this one and said they are all different, Joe’s strength is ballroom, his own is weird avant-garde conceptual robot dancing, JinJoo is hiphop and twerking, and Jack’s like the the coolest guy at the rock show dancing. 

 

Some pictures and a video from the event are below:

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The Chainsmokers "Don't Let Me Down"

The Chainsmokers definitely didn’t let us down with their second top 10 Billboard Hot 100 record and 3rd #1 Electronic Dance Music Single.

I’ve known these guys from when “Roses” was first introduced to radio, I’m actually pretty sure I was the first DJ to play “Roses” on-air in the state of Florida, and believe it or not - for a while - I was probably the only one! At that time, I was playing Adam Levine and R. City’s ‘Locked Away’ and when I heard the drop in ‘Roses’, it was such a natural fit that I started using it as a segway between the two genres.

 
 

I got to meet Drew and Alex before a show at Story nightclub (pic above), they talked about a crazy happening between them and Paris Hilton, talked about some of their recent world travels, and then put on a fantastic show that night!  I became a fan, they said they were about to release a new single called “Roses”, and the rest is history.  Rewind a little further back to April 2014, prior to my show with Steve Aoki, Steve was telling us the story about how he found and signed the Chainsmokers and released “Selfie”, which became a massive worldwide smash.  With all that history, The Chainsmokers are definitely part of the family!

 
 

By the time their second single, “Don’t Let Me Down” with the talented young singer Daya, was released this year,  I continued to be impressed about the uniqueness in their music & sound choices. It didn’t simply sound like everything else in their genre, and the song combined multiple perspectives, between their tone as badass producers and DJ’s, Daya’s sweet but haunting vocals, and the collaboration of the pop and dance worlds.

The record fit the cool Kat format and I was drawn to it not only as a DJ of pop and dance music, but as a personality on pop radio, and as a vocalist. Best of all, the record was catchy, vocally and instrumentally, and that beat, well it was aggressive and cool all at the same time.

From the beginning of being exposed to the Chainsmokers’ music, it was fun, it was exciting, and there was a realness to the music that was refreshing.  “Don’t Let Me Down” is nothing short of the same!

Kat’s Purr-sonal Take:

What does the record blend with: Never Forget You - Zara Larson MNEK, Stitches (3Lau Remix), Where are you Now – Jack U / Justin Bieber

What’s the bpm: 80

Their production style: Aggressive and cool at the same time. They make records that can be played at all times of the day and are still digestible to different, atmospheres, age groups, etc

Best time to play the record? “Don’t Let Me Down” has done extremely well at all times of day, it plays on morning radio rotation as well at the height of the night in the mix and club scene.

What do the girls think about this record? What’s great about much of their music is that it blends different perspectives. So their last two records and specifically “Don’t Let Me Down" has a female perspective front and center mixed in with their perspective as guys. So not only is the music a blast to have fun and dance to for girls and really people in general, but girls including myself (guys too, guys too ;) seem to really enjoy jamming and singing along to their music.

The song was previously produced with singer Emily Warren on the vocals, but Daya and her team soon became interested in the song. Daya’s manager believed it was an opportunity for her to grow up in front of her fans since her first single, "Hide Away" was geared towards a more teen demographic, whereas "Don't Let Me Down" targeted a wider audience with a more mature vibe. Daya then came into the studio, smashed the vocals, and both teams loved the finished product! You can listen to their collaboration below!!🎧

 

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