#TBT.. Ass on The Floor

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Can’t believe it’s been two and a half years since this video came out (Shout out to Marco Bobadilla and his team).

We originally had 5 songs for 3AM Tokyo’s EP, this was one of them. Somewhere along the way we did “Sky Is Falling” which completely changed what we wanted to do with the record as it had a different sound and frankly was better than everything else we’d recorded so far. “Ass On The Floor” still had a catchy feel so we did a soft release of it and shot a video, turning the song into a buzz single (it didn’t make the album). “Brighter Days” was the only other song of those 5 that made the cut too after some serious revamping, in case you were wondering.

If you haven’t been to a 3AM Tokyo show, you should, it’s all about having fun. No drama, no trying to be cool, just dancing your ass off. We wanted the song to reflect that and just get you in the mood to party when you listen to it.

We wanted to incorporate Ellen Degeneres’ ‘Dance Dares’ to try and get some viral buzz, plus we find that whole segment hilarious! The story of the video basically follows a group of guys who just wanna party but have that one friend who’s not in the mood. By the end of the video they succeed in getting him to join in the fun. It’s a pretty funny video and a lot of people worked really hard to get it done and we are still appreciative of that.

You’ve also gotta love the Full Force cameo at the beginning!!

Hit play and enjoy!

-HS

Follow Up Friday- Sam Smith/Tom Petty

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On Monday we discussed how songwriters can accidentally use other people’s melodies without realizing, seemingly happening with Sam Smith’s hit “Stay With Me” sounding a little to similar to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”.

Today we came across a statement on the Smith/Petty situation from Tom Petty himself where he called the whole incident “a musical accident no more no less“. It was great to hear him talking of how easily the problem was resolved and that he had never considered taking it to court, as was initially suggested by reports. Petty echoed what we had mentioned in our piece about how easy it is to write a song with unintentionally borrowed melodies,

All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.”

Again we commend both parties for putting the music first! For Petty’s full statement head over to Billboard.

Have a great weekend!

-HS

Meghan Trainor expected to be No.1

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We’ve always been All About That Bass so nothing new for us there (great song by the way), however what is interesting is the slow shift in Top 40 music’s sound through 2014 and into 2015.

Meghan Trainor, according to Billboard, is set to knock Taylor Swift from atop the Billboard 200 next week. This is interesting because it follows an underlying trend of more live, organic sounding songs becoming popular again. EDM (what an awful name for dance music..) ruled the charts for a long time, we’re not saying it’s going anywhere but with the emergence of artists like Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran’s steady rise in popularity we’re starting to hear less beat driven songs on the radio. Having had a quick listen to her album, Meghan is riding that wave with an old school, live instrument vibe mixed with a current Top 40 sound. We really like it.

In truth we saw this shift coming (how awesome are we..) when we made the 3AM Tokyo album. We essentially time proofed the songs so they would last the 2-3 years we knew it might take to get them into the mainstream. Seeing Meghan make it to number 1 with a different sound is good for music. It’s good to keep pushing the audience to experiment with their tastes. At the same time none of the songs mentioned by the artists above sound out of place on radio, which speaks to the excellent writing of the artists and collaborators. So congrats to Meghan and a big salute to all the artists and writers trying new things and not following the crowd.

We’ll leave it there as the weekend’s coming, and who wouldn’t wanna get ready to get their ass on the floor tonight right????