Rising EDM DJ Jacob Plant Releases House Fueled Single 'Amnesia'

Rising EDM DJ Jacob Plant Releases House Fueled Single 'Amnesia'

Catching the eyes of both Calvin Harris and Rihanna, Jacob Plant continues his international emergence into the house music scene with new single 'Amnesia' featuring James Newman.

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You may not have heard of London-born DJ and producer Jacob Plant, but the EDM world certainly has. In 2012, he caught the eyes and ears of Calvin Harris, who later signed Plant to his record label that same year. Plant's big break followed in 2013 from his two singles 'Shakedown' and 'Fire' and has enjoyed a meteoric rise of recognition with support from other DJs including Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Mistajam, and Diplo.

Two years after the success of his singles, Jacob released 'Drop That', which was commissioned by Rihanna for the soundtrack of the Dreamworks movie Home. He also produced official remixes for Rihanna and other artists such as Iggy Azalea, Tinie Tempah, Benny Benassi, and Calvin Harris.

Despite the number of extensive commissions, Plant kept his string of impressive singles going by releasing 'Only Love' last summer featuring singer-songwriter Becky Hill, which BBC Radio 1 named as their Ibiza anthem, reached #8 in the UK Shazam Chart, and peaked at #1 in the UK Shazam Dance Chart. 'Amnesia', the newest single from Plant as of late, features singer-songwriter James Newman who also carries a number of notable credentials such as having written Calvin Harris' 'Blame', and Little Mix's 'Love Me Like You'.

With the release of 'Amnesia,' it's no wonder why Jacob Plant stirs up excitement in the EDM and house music community. James Newman's smooth vocals flows seamlessly Plant's deep bass and piano that picks up that makes more an even funkier tune when the drop hits. The lyrics talk about struggling to get over someone, but music is so upbeat it actually does make you forget the story 'Amnesia' is telling.

I was lucky to ask Plant about the making of Amnesia, where and how his attraction to house music came from, and what lies ahead for the DJ.

Your most recent single, 'Amnesia' featuring James Newman has received positive feedback from fans. How do you perceive the successful result of Amnesia?

I'm really happy with how it's turned out. The reaction I have received has been really positive, which is always what you want when you release music! I was lucky enough to self-certify the record on MistaJam's Dance Anthems on BBC Radio 1 a few weeks ago which was cool.

Would you mind walking me through the music making process behind Amnesia? How did the songwriting and lyric process come together?

James Newman had the vocal idea already. It's such a strong vocal and his voice is amazing so as soon as I heard it, I knew I wanted to work on it. I actually have about 2 or 3 versions of that on my Mac. The first demo I did was 80's and Stranger Things influenced but it didn't really suit my previous releases. I'm happy we went with the piano house version, I think it complements the song!

How did the collaboration with James Newman happen?

We were actually introduced through my management. We did the song over email, so we didn't even meet until after the song. It's funny how that happens now. It's so cool you can do that.

Your music has caught the eyes and ears of many throughout the years, including Calvin Harris, who signed you to his label when you first started out. How did being reached out to by him feel?

Yeah, it was a dream come true. He was always a massive influence to me, so when he reached out to me about my music it was so exciting. He really helped me at the beginning of my career, and I'm really thankful for that.

What attracted you to producing house music/the house music scene?

I love house music. I grew up to a lot of 90's music and house music was a massive part of that era. I've tried a lot of genres but house music seems to be where I am most comfortable. I feel like there are so many genres within 'house music' so you can really experiment and play around.

Any special projects or new music fans can expect in the near future?

Yeah, I'm working on a bunch of new music at the moment so expect some new songs and new sound in 2019!

Soon after its release, 'Amnesia' became certified on Mista Jam's BBC Radio 1 show and just this month was remixed by EDM duo Just Kiddin. So many music producers, artists, DJs, and listeners put Jacob Plant on their radar, so why haven't you? You can listen to Amnesia with any of the links on his website here, and visit his Soundcloud for his latest songs and remixes.

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A Letter To My Dancers

Everything your dance teacher wants you to know.
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When anyone (especially a child) chooses to invest their time, talent, and passion into dancing, it's nothing to take lightly. These kids spend more time with me at the studio than they do at home with their parents. Before long, they're my "kids," too. When I only have an hour to lead a warm-up, teach choreography, and rehearse a number, there isn't much time to express the thoughts and feelings I'd necessarily like to. Being a dance teacher is the most spectacular and rewarding job - and I want my students to know that. Between the great rehearsals and the frustrating ones, the competitions and recitals, and the endless hours we spend together each week, there are just a few reminders I need to share with them.

Dear Dancers,

Please love yourself and love what you do with every ounce of your being. Do it with so much passion that your heart wants to burst. Dance is the most special thing; it's something we are privileged and lucky to have, so don't take it for granted.

Please believe in yourself. You are worthy. You are talented. You are strong and capable of everything you set your mind to. Strive to be the best version of yourself every day, not the reflection of the girl next to you. Dance like you. Move like you. Experiment and find what makes you, you. Be an individual. Trust me when I say I don't want 20 carbon-copied robots. I want you.

Trust that I have your best interest in mind. Sometimes my choices and decisions won't make sense, you might be confused, hurt or frustrated, but keep the faith that I'm on your side. I don't want to see you fail, and I'll do everything in my power to help you find the success you're looking for.

I want you to succeed, but for me to do that, you need to tell me what you need. Do you need the counts again? Do you need me to review the transition to floor one more time? If you understand, tell me. If you don't, tell me that, too. Be vocal, be present, be smart, and be prepared. Practice on the sides. Pay attention to the small details. Ask questions. Don't be late, and definitely don't forget your choreography. Take responsibility for your responsibilities and lead by example. Do you have any remote idea how many children look up to you? Who want to be just like you someday? Dance just like you? Kids watch, listen, and copy. Make sure the behaviors you're teaching them are behaviors you're proud of.

Make memories with your dance family while you still can. Cherish every 9 a.m. Saturday morning rehearsal, every competition you attend, every fundraising event, and every team sleepover. It'll be gone so fast. You're going to miss these days. Please, enjoy them.

Don't compare yourself to other dancers. You are you, and nobody can do "you" better than yourself. Don't wish away your abilities by secretly wishing you had Suzie's feet, Betsy's port de bras, or Charlie's center. The only thing you need to worry about is being a better version of yourself than you were the day before. You are your only competition, so don't be too hard on yourself. Be kind to your mind and body. You work day in and day out to perfect your craft and artistry. You work to mold and create yourself. You'll be rewarded with time if you keep fighting and don't give up. Usually when you want to throw in the towel, it's after you don't get the part you wanted or you don't make the team you hoped to. What you need to understand is the answer isn't "No," the answer is "Not yet." You know you're trying and working hard, and those efforts don't go unnoticed -- even if it seems they are.

Please, remember that it's not going to always be fair. You're going to be let down, and you're going to feel disappointed from time to time. You're not always going to win the trophy. You're not always going to get the featured solo part, and not everyone can be the front row and center dancer. This doesn't mean you're "bad" and this doesn't mean you're not "meant" to dance either.

Quite frankly, it's just how it works, you guys. It doesn't mean I don't like you, and it doesn't mean the dancer who does have the solo is my favorite. The dancer just might be more talented. Yeah, I said it. They might have better lines, straighter knees, or stronger stage presence, and that is entirely okay. You're going to run into this for the rest of your adult life. Someone is going to be smarter, more qualified, more desirable for a particular job or position. So instead of despising and resenting these dancers (and especially me), try to learn from them instead. You'll learn more from each other than you could imagine. But if you take away one thing from this, know that you are still worthy of my best training, my best analogies, my best choreography -- whether you are featured, in the third row, or even off-stage for the turn section.

As your teacher, it's my job to teach. Learning (and learning correctly) requires close attention to detail, incredible focus, and a plethora of corrections on my part. Yes, I will go out of my way to critique you, and I will continually tell you what needs fixing until it's fixed. I might have to tell you over and over and over again. And you know, I might even get frustrated with you once in awhile because of it, but here's what you need to understand: This doesn't make me mean or a bad teacher. This doesn't mean I hate you. What it does mean is that I see potential in you and I want to help. I just have to ask, do you see what I see in you? Do you see the talent and abilities I see?

Corrections are good. Success is an incredibly long and never ending process that takes time, but the corrections I give you are helping you get one step closer. So next time you catch yourself getting upset about receiving the same critique week after week or you want to complain about how mean I am, please remember that my intent is not malicious. I'm doing my job.

It's also my job to instill perseverance, dedication, discipline, trust, humility, confidence, creativity, bravery, and strong work ethic into you. I want to push your limits. Test you. Challenge you. I want to mold you into the person you want to be. Even though you probably don't even know who that person is, I do.

There are so many possibilities, opportunities, and challenges that are out there once you enter the world of adulthood. The dance world is so much bigger than your studio, competition routines, and conventions. At the end of the day, no one remembers or cares (especially your future employers) if you won a quadruple diamond platinum plus on your lyrical solo in 2016. They don't care about your first place overall at Showbiz. They don't care if you're Teen Miss Winner of the World. They don't care. What people do care about is your character, your heart, and how you made them feel.

Dancers, I will always support you. Whether you want to pursue a professional dance career in Los Angeles or New York City, in a company overseas, on your college dance team, I will support you. Whether you want to teach dance or choreograph locally in town, I will support you. Whether you don't want to dance at all and maybe be an engineer or a cosmetologist, I will support you. I will always fuel your dreams, goals, and desires, no matter where they'll take you.

I love you and I'm proud of you.

Sincerely,

Your Dance Teacher


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