We are coming up to the end of a big year for dance music. The sound is evolving, and true artists are starting to emerge through all the bullshit. LA based underground duo NIGHTOWLS, made up of Andrew Sierra and Scott Dro, are starting to become a household name. From releasing big bootlegs to now doing huge official remixes for major labels as well as pumping out original content, it seems like there is no slowing down in site for them. They are finally starting to play shows, with a big one coming up Wednesday 11/25 in Albuquerque, NM. They will be taking the stage b2b with Aaron Jackson as well as Ghastly and Dr. Fresch. We caught up with them and asked them about their musical influences, they chose to curate a playlist for us. Bugs Bunny isn’t the only person that made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Get lost in this nostalgia playlist curated by NIGHTOWLS.
The Kinison – New Way To Dance (Andrew’s 1st pick)
I remember when I was 13, this tune was non-stop on my 1st gen iPod nano. They used to be one of my favorite bands, got so sad when they broke up. Man the feels are real with this one.
Underøath – A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White (Andrew’s 2nd pick)
Aaron Gillespie is arguably my favorite vocalist of all time. In fact, it would be a dream come true to work with some vocals from him someday. Was so hard to pick one tune from them because they are all so amazing, but love this one.
Tenacious D – Wonderboy (Andrew’s 3rd pick)
This song takes me back to when there were no worries, just fun with friends. Halo 2 on xbox live until 3 am. Air soft guns in the streets of my suburban hometown making all my neighbors hate us. Take me back!
Kid Cudi – The Prayer (Andrew’s 4th pick)
This one takes me back to when times weren’t so good. Being 18, not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life, making some not so good decisions. Can say that music was always there for me, this song specifically, and partially made me who I am today. Blessings in disguise.
Rusko – Woo Boost (Andrew’s 5th pick)
Plain and simple, this song made me fall in love with dance music. Inspires me as a producer to this day. A timeless track. We actually have a remix for this song in the works 😉
Ignition x Do You – Phoebe Ryan (mashup) (Scott’s 1st pick)
Perfectly captures that radio-ready vibe but snugged into the arrangement of modern-EDM. Her whispery vocals get stuck in my head for days, but I’m not complaining. Also, the fact that the song hardly has any drums (minus a vague, atmospheric percussion-loop) brings a v refreshing feel to it.
San holo – we rise (Scott’s 2nd pick)
I listen to San Holo’s music pre much daily. I dig the song, “We Rise”, as well as every song on his “Cosmos” EP. What inspires me the most about “We Rise” is the happy, lush anthemic riffs that go so well along with the powerful vocals.
Benny Benassi – Illusion (Scott’s 3rd pick)
Crispy, warm bassline, catchy chords and bleeps synths all mold together to help drive the vocals. Heavily inspired by this track, as well as Benassi’s entire, “Hypnotica” album. I listen to this album to get into the zone when I am aiming for a more classic house vibe.
Slander – Love Again (Scott’s 4th pick)
Opens w a dreamy, delayed pluck that paints the atmosphere of the rest of the song, beautiful vocals that leads in to a short build and drops into a bright, anthemic climax. It’s a dynamic mixture. This song has soul.
Benga – 26 Basslines (Scott’s 5th pick)
Something on the more bassier side of things. “26 Basslines” by Benga. Classic song, legendary artist. The tune is about 8 years old so it’s interesting to listen to bc the song is mixed down into such a dirty, raw, loose form. You can still hear so many new nuances and sounds every time you listen to it. However, those artifacts, imo, put the “life” into this track.
Make sure to catch Ghastly VS Dr. Fresch + NIGHTOWLS VS Aaron Jackson Wednesday November 25th 2015 at The Historic El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, NM.