MP3: Amp Live – “Penny Nickel Dime”
Cali Producer Achieves Major Success With Hit Single As New Theme For Celebrity Apprentice, Drops New Remix Album
Critical Praise for Amp Live:
“Amp Live delivers powerful sonic backdrops infusing the boom-bap ethos of independent hip hop with tinges of electronic music, mixed with live instrumentation, all rounded out with an edgy aesthetic.” – UndergroundHipHop
“Rainydaze Remixes is most effective when it is at its boldest, accelerating the dreary original of ‘All I Need’ into hard-nosed trip hop punctuated by stabbing brass, or transforming ‘Weird Fishes’ into a gentle drift downstream.” – The Guardian
Amp Live is enjoying a successful 2014 with the release of his latest solo album, Headphone Concerto, which dropped earlier this year along with the hit single “Penny Nickel Dime.” The track features vocals from Anya and Prof and was produced by Amp Live himself. In speaking with The Wall Street Journal who premiered the track on their Speakeasy Blog he explains “The track ‘Penny Nickel Dime’ is about how money can drastically change people,” adding that “I tried to create visuals that illustrated this concept in a really extreme way: A homeless woman comes across a treasure chest of money and gold, but it’s a fairytale gone very bad.” The song has been quite successful garnering over 13k plays on Soundcloud as well as over 11k views on YouTube. Amp Live also released a black and white live-in-studio video via Exclaim who state “The song taps into the jazzier side of Amp Live’s sound, as an electronic beat lays the foundation for organic instrumentation and Anya’s R&B-flavoured hip-hop singing.”
“Penny Nickel Dime” has gained widespread recognition as the new theme song for the upcoming season of the Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Amp Live has created an innovative campaign for the track allowing users to submit their own remixes of the song. The contest is being run through Indaba Music and allows users to upload their remix and is then voted on by fans. The winning tracks will be featured on Amp Live’s official site in early 2015. A notable remix of “Penny Nickel Dime” was produced by Minnesota and premiered on EARMILK who claim “When two talented forces collide, you know sparks are bound to fly.”
Amp Live is known for his innovative productions in multiple genres including hip-hop, electro, rock and dance music among others. He gained global exposure with the release of his initially unauthorized release of Rainydayz Remixes, a remix album of Radiohead’s In Rainbows. Most recently Amp Live dropped Headphone Concerto (Remix Version) a remix edition of his latest album, Headphone Concerto, and features notable remixes of singles from the album. Amp Live also announced some upcoming live performances with tickets available here.
Listen to “Penny Nickel Dime”: https://soundcloud.com/amplive/penny-nickel-dime-featuring-anya-prof
Watch “Penny Nickel Dime”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8enrMwOsr2o&feature=youtu.be
Purchase “Penny Nickel Dime”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/penny-nickel-dime-feat.-anya/id878814973
Listen to Headphone Concerto (Remix Version): https://soundcloud.com/amplive/sets/headphone-concerto-the-remix-edition/s-0HPiD
Read the WSJ Speakeasy premiere: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/06/23/dj-amp-live-offers-cautionary-tale-in-penny-nickel-dime-video-premiere/
Amp Live Background:
Amp Live is building a rep as one of Cali’s most talented and diverse music producer/DJs. After his dreamy soulful beats for the hip hop group Zion I, he has been able to produce for major and independent artist such as Akon (Warner), Flipsyde (Interscope Records), Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussy Cat Dolls (Interscope), Tokyo Police Club, MGMT, Linkin Park, Goapele, and Mystic. In 2008, Amp Live released Rainydayz Remixes, a remix album of Radiohead‘s In Rainbows, to critical acclaim. In 2010, Amp Live released Murder At The Discotech, aka Electroland Part 2, the follow up to ElectroLand Vol 1: Drum n Bass Sessions. In 2011, Amp Live released the free You Are Not Human (The Love EP) and toured opening for Bassnectar, who remixed Amp’s track “Hot Right Now.” Always experimenting, Amp Live has also took on genres of rock, dance, electro, mashups, and drum ‘n bass. While also being one half of pioneering hip hop duo Zion I, Amp Live demonstrates his ability as an innovator, experimenter, and trendsetter that have garnered him solo recognition, bringing together the EDM and hip hop worlds with a technical and classical sensibility.
Headphone Concerto (Remix Version): https://soundcloud.com/amplive/sets/headphone-concerto-the-remix-edition/s-0HPiD