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Joey Lehning is a DJ and music producer that has influenced and reached millions of people with his melodic and futuristic bass music. He is increasingly known as N3WPORT, but whatever you want to name him, these figures show you may label him a star: over a million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 85 million streams total, as well as live appearances at three major music festivals, including EDC Las Vegas with 470,000 concertgoers!
Although N3WPORT debuted in 2015 with a couple of electro-house singles, he didn’t receive much attention until he released a rendition of the Cranberries’ “Zombie” in 2017 with Universal Music signee Besomorph. Over 7.5 million listeners have heard the song so far, and that number keeps rising.
A new atmospheric masterpiece, titled “In My Heart,” has been released, marking the return of the emerging talent on the release radar. He collaborates on this single with Los Angeles-based singer Monika Satucci, whose ethereal vocals work beautifully with the offering’s melodic bass. The result is a song that is excellent in every way, with pulsating, warm toplines that will win over listeners all around the globe.
N3WPORT has no intentions to slow down as he strives to satisfy his ever-expanding fan base with frequent releases of high-quality music. “Expect a lot more from me over the summer and fall! I’m also very excited to hop on the road with Crystal Skies at the end of this month in Denver and have been talking with a few other friends about shows, so more to come on the live front, too.” the DJ announces. N3WPORT has a jam-packed schedule planned for the remainder of the year, and fans shouldn’t miss a thing!
When asked what sets his music apart from others in the dance music genre, he answered, “To me, the 3 most important elements to making a good song are that it (1) makes people feel something, (2) gives people energy, and (3) provides a place for people to feel whatever they want (and hopefully, often joy!).”
To learn more about N3WPORT, including his definition of success, read our full interview below.
Q: Before we dig in, what's next for you?
I’ve been working on a lot of new music over the past few months, and this new one with Monika is just the beginning! Expect a lot more from me over the summer and fall! I’m also very excited to hop on the road with Crystal Skies at the end of this month in Denver, and have been talking with a few other friends about shows as well, so more to come on the live front too! It’s ramping up to be a busy rest of the year for me, and I can’t wait to show everyone what I’m working on!
Q: What are your thoughts on the meaning of success, and how do you define success for yourself?
Success comes in all shapes and sizes, and I think the most important ‘meaning’ to success is the one that you give. For me, I like to break that idea up into different areas of my life. Success with music means reaching as many ears and hearts as I can with what I make in the studio. Success with friends and family means that I’m spending time laughing with and enjoying the ones I love. Success is very relative, but regardless of your ‘level of success’, always be happy with who you are.
Q: What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever bought?
Tickets to a Creed concert, but gosh it was worth it.
Q: What sets your music apart from others in the dance music genre?
To me, the 3 most important elements to making a good song are that it (1) makes people feel something, (2) gives people energy, and (3) provides a place for people to feel whatever they want (and hopefully, often joy!) I believe that the way I combine those factors into every song, I think sets myself apart from a lot of others.
Q: Where and when would you go if you could travel back in time to any moment in history?
I would love to travel back to when the western US was being discovered. I think hanging with some of the transcendentalists like Emerson and Thoreau and discovering America’s natural beauty before westward expansion.
Q: What place have you always wanted to visit but have not had the chance to?
I’d love to go to Rome, and many different parts of Europe to see their history and culture!
Q: What is your philosophy on happiness, and how do you strive to maintain a sense of happiness and well-being?
Happiness is easy to find short term, but long-term happiness is only achieved through a community that loves and supports you. This could be friends, family, people with shared interests, and everything in between! The best happiness one can find is through loving others, and by receiving that love from others.
Q: How do you see dance music evolving in the future?
I love to see dance music becoming more mainstream and popularized on the radio and social media. I hope that it continues to expand. House has been big right now, but I’d love to see the more emotional and niche genres come into the limelight as well! I’m also always very pro new very strange and nuanced genres being created too!
Q: If you had to be stuck in an elevator with one person for 24 hours, which dance artist would you want it to be?
I think I’d have to say San Holo. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and is super genuine. I think we’d have great conversations and there’d be no big worries about the fact that we’re stuck in an elevator together. I would be curious to see who establishes the pee corner first though.
Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever Googled?
My Google history is all over the place, but I think one that would be funny to stumble upon: my friends and I like to play a game where we guess celebrity ages. I’m often the host of that game, so if you look through my history, you’ll see “Tom Cruise age” “Jennifer Hudson age” and “The Weeknd age” all back-to-back to back. Crazy to think Pharell is 44 – he looks incredible for his age.