Music Monday: Latest Dance Mix from NYCAngela

Happy Monday everyone! Just because it’s raining in NYC, doesn’t mean you should feel gloomy. Listen & download my latest dance demo to brighten up your day! The tracks played through out the set include:

  • Chromeo- Don’t Turn the Lights On (Christian Martin Remix)
  • Afrojack vs. Way Out West feat. Tricia Lee Kelshall -Replica of Mindcircus (Dave Dresden Mashup)
  • Sultan & Ned Shepard feat. Nadia Ali – Call My Name (Kaskade Remix)
  • Adam K & Soha – Circadian Rhythm (Original Mix)
  • Florence & The Machine – Cosmic Love (Morgan Page Bootleg Remix)
  • Kaskade – Dynasty (Dave Martin Remix)

Click here to listen & download! 🙂

Created by: Angela Samartano

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Music Monday: DJ Joe Zagame February Mix

Need a President’s Day pick me up? Check out the latest mix by DJ Joe Zagame of MarkJoseph DJs that will give you a reason to dance today. The New York native currently is one half of the Mark Joseph DJs collaboration. You can catch their music featured on the weekly online radio show, Utopic Sessions, which airs every Thursday through Listen and comment on DJ Joe Zagame’s February 2011 mix. The track list includes the following songs, enjoy!

01. Cliff Coenraad – Booty Slam (Original Mix)
02. Orjan Nilsen – Agnus (Original Mix)
03. Conjure One Feat. Jaren – Like Ice (Marcus Schossow Remix)
04. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Greg Downey Remix)
05. Markus Schulz Feat. Dauby – Perfect (Funabashi Remix)

Article by: Angela Samartano


Music Monday: Utopic Sessions Episode 30

A few weeks ago, I had told you all about how MarkJoseph DJs landed a guest slot on the Utopic Sessions radio show owned by DJ Don Micho. Based out of Germany, Utopic Sessions gives listeners the newest and best in trance & progressive music. Episode 30, which has just been released for download on, includes music from such artists and DJs like JES, Cosmic Gate, and Sean Tyas. MarkJoseph DJs are based out of NYC and have such a massive sound. Their inspirations in EDM include Richard Durand, HeatBeat, and Sander van Doorn. This is a perfect download for your iPod, listening to this at the gym is amazing! I’ve included the full tracklist below, happy listening!


01 Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello (Michael Woods Remix)
02 Ali Wilson & Matt Smallwood – Morph (Original Mix)
03 JES – Awaken (Inpetto Remix)
04 Wezz Devall – This Is Your Day (Original Mix)
05 Marcel Woods – Tomorrow (Matthew Nagle Remix)
06 Ummet Ozcan – Insignia (Original Mix)
07 Ben Gold – Llacuna (Vocal Mix)
08 John O’Callaghan – Botnik (W&W Remix)
09 Sean Tyas – Banshee (W&W Remix)
10 Adam Kancerski Feat. Anaeym – It Takes Time (Filo & Peri Remix)
11 Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire (Cosmic Gate Back 2 The Future Remix)


Be sure to check out the official MarkJoseph DJs facebook page for more info!

Music Monday: Vic Latino

Radio personality & DJ, Vic Latino has been well known in the music industry for several years. Vic Latino has appeared on various radio stations including, ABC, NBC, and FOX. During his 5 year residency at WKTU 103.5, Vic was able to reach #1 on the New York airwaves amongst one of the hardest age groups, men ages 25-54. Now, Vic Latino holds down his hometown of Long Island on his morning show, Vic Latino’s Neighborhood on Party FM. In this Music Monday feature, HAUTE NYC chats with Vic Latino about his love of music.

HAUTE NYC: How did you first start out in the music industry? Did you always look to become a DJ or a radio personality?

Vic Latino: I started out as an intern for Ed Lover and Doctor Dre when they were at MTV.  Actually, it was an opportunity that became available, I fell in love with it and never looked back.

HAUTE NYC:  You have been very successful in electronic dance music, and are signed to ULTRA Records. What do you look for in a song when creating a new ULTRA DANCE album? Is there a lot behind the decision making process?

Vic Latino: I look for songs that are commercially successful when choosing the first cd.  Songs on the second cd are more of a representation of what today’s electronica sound is.

HAUTE NYC:  What has been the greatest experience of your career so far? Why?

Vic Latino: Everyday in the radio/TV and music business lends itself to a great experience for me.  I have been able to take my career full circle, from an intern to now an owner of my very own radio group.  I am constantly surrounding myself with smarter more educated people which are constant avenues of education for me.   To me that is the greatest experience for me, the constant education I receive form my peers in the industry.



HAUTE NYC : The majority of your career has been based in New York City. Has there been any significant changes in the music audience in NYC as far as what listeners want to hear?

Vic Latino: The NY scene as much as it seems has changed, really has not, in fact the only thing that changes in the scene is the way we receive our medium.  In the past radio’s biggest competition was cassette tapes, then vinyl, then cd’s, them pp-3’s now i-pods, but at the end of the day we are all still enjoying music.


HAUTE NYC: You currently appear as radio personality for morning radio show, VIC LATINO’s Neighborhood on WPTY Party FM which is based in Long Island, NY. What do you like most about being a radio personality? Why?

Vic Latino: I love the energy that radio gives me, it allows me to be a part of the avenue that people receive music and news from, I am  the voice that some people come to for music, for news, for information, or just that voice that people come to when they are having a stressful day.

For more Vic Latino, check him out on Party FM 105 or on

Music Monday: Utopic Sessions with MarkJoseph

Electronic music continues to take the world by storm with Utopic Sessions. The German based radio show is available for download all over the internet &  showcases the latest in trance & progressive music. Don Micho, owner of the show, exclusively broadcasts through every Thursday from 7-8pm (CET) for listeners to tune in. Most recently two of my close friends, Mark Mancino & Joseph Zagame collaborated together to become MarkJoseph, & joined the Utopic Sessions team. Their latest set was recorded for Utopic Sessions Episode 26 and features Let Go by Aruna, who featured in last week’s Music Monday. MarkJoseph will be working with Don Micho on future episodes. To download episode 26, click here.

Be sure to check out MarkJoseph & Utopic Sessions on Facebook for updates on their latest sets.

Music Monday : Aruna

Los Angeles born, Aruna has been serenading the ears of listeners all across international dance music charts. This singer and songwriter has had success in the electronic dance music world with songs such as Ashley, (Safe) Wherever You Are, and her latest single, “Let Go”. Angela of HAUTE NYC chats with Aruna in the latest Music Monday feature to discuss her latest endeavors.

HAUTE NYC: What is your musical background? Was there a defining moment that made you want to pursue a career in music? Why?

Aruna: My journey started in pop music. Growing up I listened to a lot of 70s and 80s: Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Heart, Foreigner, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Duran Duran. But once I got older my tastes started diversifying. I got into hair metal in my pre-teens, and then thrash and death metal as a teen…yes I guess I had some anger issues back then, haha! In college I went through the requisite Lilith phase, listening to lots of Tori, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLaughlin, which is where the more recent influences on my writing came from, as it was around that time that I really began consciously honing my craft. On top of all that I was studying classical piano from the time I was 10 and then jazz piano for 10 years after that. So you could say its quite a hodgepodge up there in my head.

Pursuing a career in music was never a conscious choice for me. I feel like it chose me more than me choosing it. I honestly can’t even remember a time where I DIDN”T feel like music was my future. Ok, for a few seconds I toyed with the idea of becoming a marine biologist because of my early obsession with sharks, but I was always scared of the ocean ever since seeing Jaws, so that kind of ruled that out.

HAUTE NYC: Your newest single, “Let Go” has taken over dance floors world wide and is currently #4 on Beatport charts. What were your influences behind this song?

Aruna: Lyrically the song was inspired by the recent demise of a two and a half year relationship, which unfortunately ended pretty badly. On a musical level, I knew that this would be my first artist single, and so I wanted something that would mark a return to my pop roots, keeping the dance elements as well, of course. I had been writing a ton of trance singles the past few years, which are great and I love them, but at the same time I was starting to feel very limited by their structure, and also the imagery that they impose from a lyrical perspective. Since the tracks and the sounds in trance are so big and lush and epic, the lyrics kinda have to follow suit, so they end up being somewhat abstract. I was missing the intimacy of pop lyric writing and arrangements, which allow the melody and the story of the song to be the main focus, not the kick drum and the lead lines.

HAUTE NYC: The remix pack of Let Go was just released and is available for download. What artists have been your favorite to work with at this point in your career? What DJs do you hope to collaborate with in the future?

Aruna: Working with The Thrillseekers was a great first step into the EDM world. Steve is so talented, and he really pushed me to my limits with that song, both in terms of the writing and the performance. So it set my bar very high very early on, and I’ve continued to work at maintaining that standard of excellence ever since. More recently though, I’ve really enjoyed working with Myon & Shane 54. The three of us felt an instant chemistry from day one, on all levels, which of course was why we ended up forming Velvetine together. The thing I love most about working with them is how consistently good everything coming out of their studio sounds, especially the vocals. I also get the sense that they really respect me, not just as a singer and writer, but as a composer and arranger too. They’re the first producers I’ve worked with that actually ‘let’ me contribute ideas regarding the track itself: chord changes, piano parts etc. And lastly they’re just so much damn fun, sometimes I forget were actually working!

I would love to continue working with them in the future, in fact I’ll be leaving for Hungary in 10 days to do exactly that!  But additionally I would really love to work with Kaskade, BT and Morgan Page…and possibly Gabriel & Dresden too (if they end up reuniting as it seems they may). All of them have a great instinct for pop arrangements and song structure, and have managed to find a really beautiful balance between those elements and the more traditional electronic aspects of EDM. Plus they’re musicians, in the truest sense of the word…so it would be great to be able to speak the same language.

HAUTE NYC: Many of your fans commend you on your beautiful choice of lyrics. Do you write your own music? Do you contribute to the creative process behind your songs?

Aruna: Yes and yes. Writing my own lyrics and melodies is and has always been a non-negotiable for any collaboration I consider doing. I just can’t sell a song I didn’t write in the quite same way.

HAUTE NYC: My two personal favorite songs of yours are Under Your Spell and Everywhere You Are. Which of your songs would you consider to hold closest to your heart and why?

Aruna: Wow, thats a tough one. All of Mommy’s babies are precious! If I had to answer that question honestly though, it would be a track I just finished, which is a potential follow-up single to “Let Go”.  It sort of picks up where “Let Go” left off, talking about releasing yourself from old energy and the freedom and space that that creates for something new and beautiful to emerge. In addition there’s a forthcoming Velvetine track inspired by my new relationship with Myon that’s particularly close to my heart for obvious reasons. Lastly the forthcoming track I did with Boom Jinx called “LIght As A Feather” seems to never get old for me. Can’t wait until that’s released!

HAUTE NYC: What was your most memorable experience in your career? Why?

Aruna: Well the most memorable experience in my career overall was landing a song on the Hannah Montana Season 1 Soundtrack, and specifically the first time I ever heard her sing it, which was on YouTube at the Radio Disney 10th Anniversary Concert to a crowd of 15,000 screaming fans. I was in such shock that I almost fell off my chair. I was in tears. In that moment I knew my life would never be the same. It was the first real success I experienced, as that album went on to sell 2,000,000 copies in its first two months, and as such I’ll never forget it.

Specific to my career as a dance artist however, I would say one of the most memorable moments was the first time I ever did a live PA. It was in Da Nang, Vietnam in 2008. The club was so packed you could barely walk. I had four security escorts around me at all times, even just to go to the restroom. Coming from playing little LA coffeehouses and clubs to 35-75 people, this was quite a shock, in the best possible way. Since then I’ve had a handful of amazing and unforgettable live experiences: Pacha Buenos Aires, Cairo last New Years Eve and the 2 recent shows I did in Canada at the top of the list. The love from the fans was so palpable, it blows me away every time.

HAUTE NYC: Looking into 2011, what can listeners expect from Aruna in the new year?

Aruna: It seems 2011 could be a pretty significant year for me, a year of a lot of changes, ideas that I began sowing the past several months that could begin to fully blossom. I can’t yet reveal a lot of what that entails but I will say this: expect new singles from both Aruna and Velvetine, expect the first original releases from my new house project with Myon called Starfarmers, expect to see me working a lot more behind the scenes as writer on tracks you might not even know I had a hand in, and of course, expect lots more live shows!

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Article by: Angela Samartano

Music Monday: Axwell at Webster Hall NYC

Last weekend, DJ/producer Axwell of Swedish House Mafia brought electro house beats to famous New York Club, Webster Hall. Axwell is the #10 DJ in the world according to and he proved to NYC exactly why he holds that spot on November 20th. Swedish House Mafia has had worldwide success with their latest club hit, “ONE” that is mixed by all three members of the group, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso. In this Music Monday, I have included some of my own videos from the event at Webster Hall. You can see in the videos alone just how crowded the venue was by the time Axwell took the stage. This was truly a haute event where seemingly everyone was singing and dancing along to every song.  Be sure to check out Webster Hall the next time you are in NYC!




Written by: Angela Samartano @NYCAngela


Music Monday: Light a Fire in Your New Shoes

One of my favorite songs of the moment comes from Illinois born dj, Kaskade. With a busy schedule filled with gigs all over the world, Kaskade will be returning to New York City at Pacha NYC on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The song that I just can’t stop listening to collaborates Kaskade with Martina, the voice of the Dragonettes. Fire in Your New Shoes is an upbeat, sultry song that can’t help but make you dance. Check out the official video for one of Kaskade’s latest hits. Like what you hear? Join Kaskade at Pacha NYC on December 4th for hours of house music that will keep your feet moving. Doors open at 10pm. For ticket information, click here.