Jeremy Piven has just been cast in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’as Colonel Walter Marx, and is presently filming his scenes. A Warner Bros spokesman has confirmed that the plan was always to come back to London and shoot this extra stuff.
“Closer To Heaven” Listening Party was held at the Dream Downtown on Monday (August 12) in New York City.
Connor was joined by producer DJ Poet and singer Mason Musso during his live set, where he debuted his very first single.
Connor has launch his first single, ‘Closer to Heaven’.
He has enlisted singer Mason Musso, formerly of pop-dance band Metro Station, and songwriter/producer DJ Poet, a frequent Black Eyed Peas collaborator to help him out.
”I was trying to make an upbeat commercial dance music track that makes you feel good and is more of an anthem,” Connor tells Billboard in an exclusive interview.
Produced solely by him and co-written with Musso and DJ Poet (given name, Jamie L. Munson) along with Che Brooks, ”Closer To Heaven” is a four-to-the-floor pop tune wrapped in a sound plucked straight from the dance festival stages of 2013. It’s an EDM track by genre, but by form, it is far and away a pop tune, thanks largely to the influence of Connor’s pop-credentialed co-stars.
“I have always loved working with DJ Poet,” says Connor. “Ever since I started producing he has really helped to mentor and guide me through the whole world of music.”
Poet’s most successful collab with the Peas, “Boom Boom Pow,” earned a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, and like that track, “Closer To Heaven” showcases an efficient topline that lets the production take center stage. Musso’s breathy tenor balances Connor’s trance-inspired counter-melody that intentionally wobbles on each note — an effect that is not only unique but somewhat daring for a first-time producer.
“When I made the track I had Mason’s voice in mind the whole time,” says Connor. “When it came time to put a vocal on it, having him was perfect.”
Recorded in Los Angeles, “Closer To Heaven” is Connor’s first venture into production, though he has been making a name for himself in the last year as a DJ, playing parties with Nervo and Steve Aoki. Connor says it was another teenaged DJ who had him bewitched with the beats. “I have always loved house music since I was a little kid but when I saw Madeon at Coachella [in 2012]. That really inspired me to go fully into EDM and producing.”
Check out the single HERE.
Connor had lunch with a friend at Cafe Primo on the Sunset Strip yesterday.