Friday, February 15, 2019

DUA LIPA'S BREAKOUT YEAR


Dua Lipa the 23 year old London pop phenom has blown up with her hits “New Rules” , which went platinum in 17 countries, and “IDGAF”.  She’s spent the past year touring around the globe and zealously working on her second album. Now Lipa has two Grammys (Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording) in tow and has absolutely no plans of slowing down. SPECIAL NOTE: She was an In The Mix with HK™ Pick to Hit™ back in April of 2017.

I’m taking a tip from Dua and revving up for this weekend’s In The Mix with HK™! I can’t wait to play with her new single “Swan Song” and sprinkle some HK custom remix flava on tracks from Imagine DragonsAva MaxNFLauren DaigleRita OraDan + ShayPost MaloneWhy Don’t We and so much more! Get ready for new beats, mashups and a couple classics that are turn up the volume sick. I’m dropin’ the needle on an explosive weekend party soundtrack and it’s all goin’ down this weekend.

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Friday, February 8, 2019

GRAMMY WEEKEND ON IN THE MIX WITH HK™



This Sunday is music’s biggest night - The 61st Grammy® Awards!

Being a long time voting member of the Academy plus a previous Grammy® Nominee I take the awards very seriously. Record of the Year is another tuff one this year. This recently expanded category includes a song form all genres. Big hits like ZedMaren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle” and Drake’s “Gods Plan”, Cardi BBad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It” and Post Malone and 21 Savag’s “Rockstar” are all nominated. Plus there are songs from film soundtracks like Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” from Black Panther and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born standing with social commentary tracks like Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and Brandi Carlile's “The Joke”. Not an easy decision to make but for me there is one standout. Who would you vote for? Seriously, I want to know, hit me up at @HowardHKKessler on twitter with your thoughts.

From the performance list for the show, which reads like a who’s who of the music industry, to the surprising speeches, historic fashion and tributes to Dolly Parton and Diana Ross with “Diamond Diana” preforming - DAMN! I love Grammy night!

Even better than Grammy night is Grammy weekend! I'm kicking it off on In The Mix with HK™! We’ll be talking Grammy gossip, what to expect on music's biggest night and I’ll be throwin’ down brand spankin' new custom HK remixes on hits from Ariana GrandePanic! At The DiscoDua Lipa, HalseyMark Ronson featuring Miley CyrusSabrina Carpenter and many more faves. Plus new tracks from Imagine DragonsLivviaThe Struts and mixed in classic surprises. So don't miss a single beat!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

SUPER BOWL WEEKEND - SUPER MUSIC ON IN THE MIX WITH HK™


We all love the BIG GAME, but don’t underestimate the entertainment for heating up the field! First, there’s the singing of the National Anthem. Music legend, Atlanta native and seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will do the honors this year. Gladys Knight may be the first to musically score but three time Grammy winners Maroon 5 are set to be the halftime MVP with Travis Scott as guest! If you don’t have a horse in the race the game is an opening act to the headlining halftime show. A no holds barred extravaganza, not to mention a virtual album seller as well as pressure cooker for the artists invited to the party. Performing for one of the world’s biggest audiences for twelve minutes, all the while trying to make a memorable and definitive statement…no worries right? With the killer halftime show, commercials you actually might want to watch, fun food and oh yeah…the championship football game of the year too, you gotta love Super Bowl Sunday!

I’ll give you another reason to love Super Bowl weekend. I’ve got possession of the perfect soundtrack to kick things off! It’s gonna be a party blitz with exclusive HK remixes on HalseySam Smith & Normani, Zara Larsson, BazziDJ Snake with Selena Gomez & Cardi BRita OraKhalidBenny Blanco & Calvin HarrisThe ChainsmokersTravis Scott featuring Drake and so much more! I’ll be punting new beats from NFElla Mai and Livvia. You never know how the big game will turn out but I know we’re gonna be turnin’ it out this weekend on In The Mix with HK™!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

JORDAN FISHER GETS IN THE MIX WITH HK™


Jordan Fisher is starring in the highly anticipated live musical production of the Tony award winning musical Rent airing this Sunday on FOX television. Jordan’s career runs the gamut from recording artist to actor to dancer and more. He won the 25th season of Dancing with The Stars, has been in a slew of movies, a couple of years ago his EP debuted at No. 18 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart, he joined the cast of Hamilton on Broadway as well as collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Your Welcome from Mona, co-starred in Emmy-winning Grease: Live and currently co-hosts Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. This weekend Jordan, aside from doing the televised Rent live thing, will be on In The Mix with HK™ talking about his obsession with creativity, his first crush and always striving for perfection! 

Meanwhile, I’ll be striving for party music perfection when I throw down custom HK exclusive remixes on 5 Seconds of SummerMark Ronson with Miley CyrusDan & ShayAriana GrandePost MaloneMadison BeerBenny Blanco with Halsey and KhalidShawn Mendes & Zedd. Plus new tracks from Lauren DaigleDean LewisTiesto and so much more! Call the crew and breakout the chips!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

SO WHO IS BENNY BLANCO?


Benny Blanco’s been ridiculously successful as a producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist for years. He’s crafted a crazy amount of hit tracks including Ed Sheeran – Castle On The HillJustin Beiber - Love YourselfMaroon 5 – Moves Like JaggerJulia Michaels – Issues, Major Lazer – Cold WaterKaty Perry- California GurlsRihanna – DiamondsKesha – Tick Tok and more. Now for the first time under his own name Benny Blanco has a top 10 hit with his new single; Eastside featuring Khalid and Halsey. Although Blanco doesn’t like being in the spotlight he started thinking about becoming a solo artist to have more creative control. Benny told Rolling Stone… I remember asking all my friends and peers: “Hey, should I do this? Kind of hoping they’d be like, Dude, shut the **** up and just do what you’re supposed to do and produce the songs!” But every single person was like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe you haven’t done it yet!”  

This weekend I’m doing an exclusive HK custom remix on Benny’s hit; Eastside plus chart topping bangers from Ariana GrandeTwenty One PilotsEllie GouldingZara LarssonThe ChainsmokersTravis ScottLady Gaga & Bradley Cooper. I’ll be droppin’ fresh beats from Chvrches and Foster The People, spinning reimagined classics and so much more!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.