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Andrew Bayer Discusses Mentors Above & Beyond And His Kanye West Fascination

After the global launch of his sophomore album, If It Were You, We'd Never Leave, on Anjunabeats in April, rising progressive house-trance producer-DJ Andrew Bayer sits down with VIBE to discuss his journey through electronic dance music. It began in his preteens when Bayer first left his hometown, Washington D.C. for a trip overseas that would forever change his fate and continues to evolving and diversify by the day.

VIBE: Describe your sound at this very moment compared to six months ago?
Andrew Bayer: I'm currently promoting my sophomore full-length album titled If It Were You, We'd Never Leave. Since it is a concept record, it's intended to be the soundtrack to your day, as opposed to my clubbier offerings in the past. I like to focus on one thing for a bit of time, then move on to explore other pastures to keep things interesting, and to keep learning.

What or who influences evolution in your sound?
Entertainment, films, TV shows, other music, art: anything can be an influence. As I said earlier, I will definitely delve into a certain thing for a few months and really dig my heels in to learn as much as possible about something before jumping in headfirst elsewhere. The same goes for inspiration. Sometimes I'll draw a lot of inspiration from films I watched while I was growing up, and sometimes I'll just listen to a bunch of music from a different genre and try to fuse it with my sound to create a new style.

We've read you first got into electronic music during a trip to Germany when you were 12. Which artists made the most impact on you at that time and why?
I was super into trance when it got pretty big back in late '90s, early 2000's. I was absolutely enamored with everything Ferry Corsten, and Ranked number 1 at the time. I still love those "old school" classics!

How did your parents react when you came back from Europe and wanted to be a producer?
They were very supportive, but just wanted to make sure I was well rounded, and not just putting all my eggs in one basket, which was great advice and smart.

What makes Anjunabeats stand out as a label?
Their willingness to branch out, try new things, and the diversity on their roster. Also, internally they're the best people I've ever worked with in the industry, and we are all like a big (ridiculous) family. That is really important to me.

What has been the greatest lesson you have learned working with the label and Above & Beyond?
Communication is king. Collaborating is so fulfilling, and especially working with Above & Beyond is amazing. We are constantly teaching each other things, which really makes for a healthy and creative environment.

As a producer who is finally starting to get his name across the "EDM" community, what is some advice you have to offer to today’s struggling DJs-producers?
Never stop trying new things. Doing new things teaches you how to do the things you already know how to do better, and will give you a unique identity in the sea of new producers that have emerged over the past few years since the EDM boom.

I’ve read that your dream collaboration would include Chris Martin, Tom Yorke and Bon Iver. Are there any hip-hop or R&B artists you would want to collaborate with as well?
I think Kanye West is a really interesting person and I love reading about how he's collaborated with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). I am super into Hudson Mohawke as well - I think he is phenomenal. I love a lot of the artists on Ghostly International's roster, which includes left field hip-hop like Mux Mool, and Dabrye.

You dropped your second album in back April. Have you had time since then vacation, or is it straight back into the studio producing new tracks?
Vacation? What's that???!

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Whitney Houston’s Hologram Gears Up For European Tour

Whitney Houston’s hologram is hitting the road for a European tour, eight years after the music legend's death. Earlier in the week, Houston's hologram popped up on the British TV show This Morning to perform “The Greatest Love Of All” and fans are already shuttering at the teaser of what the show will look like.

Video of the performance has been circulating the internet and appears to show a grainy ghost-like holographic droid belting out one of Houston’s best known hits.

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— WHITNEY HOUSTON daily (@AllAboutWhitney) February 19, 2020

The production is a collaboration with BASE Hologram and features dance routines from choreographer Fatima Robinson.

Houston’s sister-in-law and former manager, Pat Houston, asserts that the tour will be exactly as the late music legend would have envisioned. “Now is just the right time,” Pat told the Associated Press. “In the spirt of Whitney, I know we’re doing all the right things right now. This is something that she wanted to do. I get very emotional watching this because it is so, so close to what she wanted. The only thing missing is her, physically.”

Fans are less than excited about the jaunt.

I'm not saying the Whitney Houston hologram tour will be a hot mess, but they are suggesting she had as much grace as a malfunctioning The Sims character wafting away a fart on #ThisMorning

— Mr Adam Remain 🇪🇺 (@MrAdamR) February 19, 2020

Whitney Houston hologram on This Morning. Looks nothing like her, and doesn’t look at all real. Just looks like a big TV screen playing a slightly laggy video of a lookalike.

— Charles Thomson (@CEThomson) February 19, 2020

I wish I WOULD see on somebodies snapchat story of them being at a Whitney Houston hologram concert .

— Trevor Norris (@trevor_norris0) February 19, 2020

Houston's digital doppelgänger joins holograms of Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard. An Amy Winehouse hologram tour was expected to launch last year but never got off the ground.

“An Evening With Whitney Houston: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” will include hits like “Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Will Always Love You.”

The tour launches in England on Feb. 25 and runs through April. U.S. dates are expected to be announced at a later date.

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USC Will Offer Free Tuition For Students From Families Making Under $80,000

USC announced a new effort to make attending the university affordable to students from middle and low-income families. The school will offer free undergrad tuition for families making less than 80,000 a year, USC president Carol L. Folt announced on Thursday (Feb. 20).

Thanks to the new policies, owning a home will not be counted in calculating the student’s tuition needs.

“We’re opening the door to make a USC education possible for talented students from all walks life,” Folt said in a statement. “This significant step we are taking today is by no means the end of our affordability journey. We are committed to increasing USC’s population of innovators, leaders and creators regardless of their financial circumstances. Investing in the talent and diversity of our student body is essential to our education mission.”

The announcement comes as USC remains embroiled in an admissions scandal that became public last year.

As for the new policy, USC will increase undergraduate aid by $30 million annually which will expand financial aid for more than 4,000 students. The new policies will be implemented for incoming students beginning in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021.

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Boosie Badazz Claims He Was Kicked Out Of Planet Fitness Gym Over Dwyane Wade Rant

Boosie Badazz may have to find a new place to workout and record Instagram videos. The rapper says he’s being discriminated against by Planet Fitness for recording a rant about Dwyane Wade’s trans daughter from inside the gym.

Boosie claims that a gay gym manager wouldn't allow him to enter a Planet Fitness in McDonough, Ga., “Because of my past actions on social media about gender etc,” he captioned an Instagram post on Thursday (Feb. 20)

Boosie urged his 6.9 million Instagram followers not to support the company because “they racist and they have roaches” and the “shower don’t get hot.”

“Do not go to Planet Fitness they racist, they haters. They just put me out because of what I said about Dwyane Wade’s son,” he claimed in a video recorded from his car while leaving the gym parking lot.

He also says the gym accused him of using a gay slur against an employee.

Watch Boosie’s full video below.


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