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Norman Doray Dishes On Working With Avicii, Music Drops, Tour Traditions

As French powerhouse producer, Norman Doray, prepares to drop off his new single "Filtré" via Avicii's record label 'Le7els' (July 8), he takes a moment to sit down with VIBE, discussing new musical endeavors, travel traditions, the secrets to success and getting on the level with Avicii:

VIBE: You’re going to be quite the globetrotter this season, making appearances at festivals across the world. Any particular city/country you’re looking forward to visiting/playing at? Which ones and why?
Norman Doray: Yeah, as an international DJ I'm a nonstop globetrotter for sure. I'm gonna play in a lot of places that I like, but I'm really looking forward to be back in Las Vegas for my residency at XS, and I'm also really excited to play at Creamfields in the UK again this year. That place is so unique.

Which area of the world would you say has the most energetic fans?
Probably places like India, UK and US…there are also other places but these three stand out to me.

Do you have any unique traditions or rituals when you land in a city or before you perform a show?
I used to go out and visit every single city I was going to. I was really taking the chance to travel and discover new people and cultures, but sometimes I just need to sleep. I guess sleep is now my only ritual.

In your career, you’ve caught the attention (and had the chance to work with) a lot of your genre’s top players. Including Nervo, Steve Angello, and Avicii. Who would you say has made the greatest impact on you, and was the most significant piece of advice they gave?
I don't know to be honest. We are all friends, and we always share good times together. We are all different though, which is a good thing. I really appreciate the fact that they are all positive energy people, and when you work together, for sure you get touched by this…same for the talent!

Going back to Avicii, you’re actually releasing some new material on his label LE7ELS. Can you give us a sneak peek on what we can expect from "Filtré"?
"Filtré" is a complete different track from me. I did it for fun as I wanted to do something like "Roulé" from Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter or crydamoure. These labels inspired me so much during years, that I wanted to get away from the big room sound to something more groovy, funky, and above all, for fun! Then "Levels" asked for it as they are really open to change things - you can see this with Tim and his new single - but also with the others artists that they are signing. I thank them for that.

The cover art looks similar to something you would see on a ‘James Bond’ movie poster. Do you happen to be a fan of the man with a shaken martini, or was it just coincidence?
I guess its a coincidence, as I wanted something more summer with an old car and sunset cover, but I really like this one - really classy and kinda old fashioned! Le7els did a good job!

Since it’s going to be released on his label, did Avicii assist in the making of your new single?
Nope, not really, but we talked a lot in the past about this French touch sound and the groove in the track. We have the same roots, so I know he likes this. A few years ago I released a single called "Kalifornia", which was already in that direction. Tim did an edit of it, but never came out…damn!

No doubt, the actual song ‘Levels’ was a huge milestone in electronic dance music history - what are your thoughts on the producer’s breakout hit? What did you take from it?
Really happy for Tim. Actually there is a whole story behind it. When i was with Tim creating "Tweet it" in the studio, he actually played me "Levels", which was named "Good Feeling" at that time. There was something special to it for sure but never thought it will become such a hit. He is a nice and talented guy, so I'm really glad for his success.

Are you working on any collaborations at the moment? Would you ever consider collaborating with a hip-hop artist in the future?
Yeah, I'm done with my solo stuff. I have three or four singles ready for now, so I'm starting again to work with my buddy Arno Cost on new music. Something different I guess - more like what we were doing in 2008 or 2009. The groove needs to come back…people and even DJs are tired to play the same music every time. Concerning hip-hop artists, I don't know. I'm always open, if it's from jazz to rock or hip hop…I just need to feel it!

What do you think is the one thing a producer-DJ needs in order to be a success in today’s music industry?
I really want to tell you GOOD MUSIC, but it's not necessarily the truth, so I guess…support! Nowdays people are only attracted by the big guy. If you have a support from a big guy, tweeting that you are amazing 20 times a day, you will have success really soon, no worries.

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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.

Whitney Houston’s Hologram video

— 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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