Icona Pop ARTIST#TALK with Arjan Writes

Icona Pop

Last week Arjan Writes threw another one of his infamous ARTIST#TALK events (sponsored by HP and Windows) at the Hotel on Rivington in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His guests were the electro-pop duo Icona Pop, who are very dear to PopBytes' heart. We have been following these Swedish ladies since their smash hit "I Love It" graced the web. I calculated how many times I've seen them perform and I reached the number eight. In just over a year MORE

Emeli Sandé ARTIST#TALK with Arjan Writes!

Emeli Sandé

2012 was a massive year for Emeli Sandé. At the beginning of the year, the Scottish singer/songwriter released her masterful debut album, Our Version of Events, to soaring critical acclaim. The record, which overtook Adele’s 21 to become the UK’s top selling album of the year, paved the path for Sandé to win the prestigious Critics Choice Award at the BRITs (the British equivalent to the American Grammys). She also was the only artist to MORE

Far East Movement ARTIST#TALK with Arjan Writes!

Far East Movement

Two weeks ago, Terminal 5, one of Manhattan's most popular concert venues was transformed into a colorful tech-music paradise. Giant computer monitors installed with Windows 8 were set up everywhere. Blue lighting effects were projected on an all white ceiling, while DJ Robbie Wilde was spinning tunes. A life-sized HP Envy Touch notebook was on the floor. It was amusing participators and spectators alike. It was a bit strange watching people step MORE

Ellie Goulding ARTIST#TALK with Arjan Writes!

Arjan Timmons and Ellie Goulding

The Lower East Side doesn't look like it used to. There's restaurant after restaurant that serve dinners that cost more than $20 a plate. You forget that a punk scene even existed here, with all of these young professionals walking around in their button downs and dark blue denim jeans. Attempting to avoid the Friday night shuffle, I turn the corner on to Rivington and walk towards a swanky hotel I have never heard of before. The Hotel on MORE