Buddy

Buddy – That Much

  

Born and raised in Compton is the rapper by the artist’s name Buddy that just released an EP titled Magnolia which is having a song titled “That Much,” which the music video came out recently. The video features Buddy cruising with grandma and a friend while rapping around his hometown of Los Angeles in a car before pulling up to a party.

Buddy is an expert in delivery when it comes to flowing. He is dope and extraordinary. He is really making waves with his lyrical style of rapping.

About Buddy:

“I got hella songs I’ve made that have never been heard.” Buddy, the Compton-bred rapper who looks to be one of the biggest breakout stars of 2017. His five-track EP produced entirely by the Canadian producer KAYTRANADA, Ocean & Montana, was released in late May via Cool LIL Company. Only 3 months later and Buddy has shifted his attention to Magnolia, a follow-up EP produced entirely by Mike & Keys. Where Ocean & Montana showcased Buddy’s ability to glide over left-field beats and booming hip hop production, Magnolia demonstrates his versatility as he fits in so naturally on soulful Mike & Keys beats. Listening to this pair of extraordinarily smart, adventurous EPs, it’s easy to see that it’s finally Buddy’s time.

Hip-hop is filled with harrowing stories of Compton childhoods, but Buddy’s included an important sort of escape. When he was only 7 years old, his parents sent him to a performing arts program at Amazing Grace Conservatory in mid-city Los Angeles. He was away from his native Compton, but he found a home on the stage, starring in plays like The Wiz, Oliver With a Twist, and Dreamgirls. Before long, though, the school became too expensive, and Buddy withdrew to attend a more affordable Arts school in Long Beach.

The other half of his musical origin story came through the church. Buddy’s music today is brimming with a sort of soul and emotional intelligence that you can’t dream up in a studio. It’s personal, and it feels lived in. “Every time I get off the freeway in Compton, it’s a damn fire truck or a damn police car pulling somebody over,” Buddy says. “Sirens, all of that. The roads still got hella potholes. People are still standing around doing nothing, gangbanging. You could still potentially get robbed when you walk around the corner.” That sort of peril absolutely informs Buddy’s work, but the love he has for his

hometown is undeniable. He says with a sly smile: “People in my neighborhood for sure still remember me.”

Buddy has spent years in some of the most powerful rooms in the industry, from having an underground hit when he was just 18 (“Awesome Awesome”) to being taken under Pharrell’s wing. But until now, the timing was never quite right. “The first time I put out music, I was just rushing,” he says. Things have changed. He’s expanded his world, both metaphorically and literally; the simple act of bouncing around Los Angeles County to write and record has allowed him to fold more atmospheres into his music. “I’m in a position where I’m not just picking up one energy from one location, I’m moving a lot.”


 

Buddy: Magnolia EP

iTunes

http://smarturl.it/MagnoliaEP/itunes

 

Apple Music

http://smarturl.it/MagnoliaEP/applemusic

 

Spotify

http://smarturl.it/MagnoliaEP/spotify

 

Amazon

http://smarturl.it/MagnoliaEP/amazonmusiclisten

 

Google Play

http://smarturl.it/MagnoliaEP/googleplay

Chylite

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

Born in Chicago’s South Side, the jazz influence is already deep in Chicago and his mother followed suit blaring soulful artists from The Bee Gees to Marvin Gaye. As his family moved around the city of Chicago; his love for music grew. Expanding from what he grew up on and neighborhood playlist of juke music, his love for Hip Hop touched each coast. East for their lyrical dexterity and West for grimy gangsta rap. South for the bass mixed with home cooked lyrics. And Midwest’s ability to manipulate syllables with wordplay that created rapid fire flows. Between life’s ills like the divorce of his parents followed by his father’s death, he gravitated to the allure of drug money. But no matter how crazy life would get he would always find peace in rap music. As his family continued to relocate he would continue to meet people that would help mold his own ability to manipulate words. Fast forward 10 years and the evolution of what Hip Hop has become allows Chylite to lace some of the most complex orchestration with his unique rapid fire rhyme style. Proving such on numerous projects from his collaboration with 2Toxic on “Music Is My Lifestyle” to his most recent mixtape “12s Or Better”. Chylite is an artist whose unique style and wordplay constantly sets him apart from every other artist. As his motto goes… YOU SEE IT.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

My favorite genre would have to be rap. Not just because I do it but there’s a complexity in wordplay from all artist that has a Shakespeare-esque quality. If you really got some game; it’s never too complex to understand.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I’ve had too many cliché experiences in the industry i.e. managers, D.Js, other artists. It’s all led me to act how I want other music people to act. But it’s more like chess. You got to plan ahead and move with purpose.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

“TOT” is about not sticking to mold of what a song should be. Just bars on top of bars. No hooks or bridges. I feel that gives you a good idea who the artist is when anyone does that.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

Mack Bizz, Mynus, Absolut, and Scotty… Diar Lansky, Juice Master Jordan, 2Toxic, Dj Nicekicks, Boobie and his family were all people that helped me musically.

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Tell us about your future goals.

In the future I just want to see my snowball get bigger. I shoot my own videos; edit my own music, so I want to lock down promotion and merch. That’s the wave.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

Religion and politics seem to be here simply to separate the greater number of people. It seems like most in a position of power don’t give either too much weight. So neither do I.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

If my music does anything other than make you want to drop excuses and pick up a purpose, you heard it wrong…

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

As artist, we are in a prime position to stay independent of companies that would enslave us. Yet and still, most artists just want a deal for cars and chains.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Jay Z is where most praises go because he is forever inspirational.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

www.chylite.com

@CHYLITE

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

Most lyrics are ideas. Actual wordplay and metaphors. But if I’m not satisfied with the finished product, I edit, rewrite and do that until I’m satisfied.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

Dealing with other artists is almost like dealing with thugs on the street. You got to feel out their intentions. Are they clout chasing? Trying to make a good song? Or trying to steal lyrics?

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

Both are necessary. You have to sometimes be inspired to do great things. Other times; ass MUST shake. Music is simply the soundtrack to life. So I try to not do one more than the other. It’s just what I’m feeling at the time.

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

I’m BMI. Get you copyrights in order. That’s what I know.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Right Organization.

If you sign up to a PRO, it’s like just knowing someone is making sure all goes well as far as getting credit and residuals. It’s like being certified.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

When recording, I usually know what I’m going to say in the first 30 seconds of the beat playing. Soon as I hear something I run it back and start building a song in my head. Sometimes hook first sometimes verse first. It’s like hearing a song you heard in a dream. Lacing the vocals can sometimes be hard because you can’t capture what you heard in your head.

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Discuss your music performance.

It’s imperative to have a good DJ for a good hip hop show. The audience can feel the vibe of what you’re doing on stage and complement your performance. As a performer it’s as simple as connecting with the crowd. But that too is a give and take. It’s real symbiotic.

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Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.

I’d call myself 8 out of 10. Simply because I have room to grow, but I have an established foundation and bodies of work that would show you who I am as an artist.

DANSU

Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

Bas van Nienes, Eljakim Okkerse, Jeroen van der Werken, born in the Netherlands.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

Bachelors of music.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.
We play in DANSU, have been touring in Europe, Japan, Israel and Canada.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
DANSU plays indie pop. We recorded the video in Israel; we run around with a green bucket.

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist.
We’re signed to Thistime Records in Tokyo, Japan. Rest of the world we promote DIY.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.
Though submit hub.:-)

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.
Happy: Holidays.

Sad: Seeing people not living life to the fullest.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.
Sometimes you’re tired of running around all the time, what’s the use of stressing over futile things…

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.

We had a radio hit in Israel (Galgalatz), were featured on national radio in the Netherlands and were played by a lot of international music blogs (Indie Shuffle etc.).

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.
itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/dansu/560499645?l=en

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

We record / produce / mix in our own studio in Amsterdam. Video was recorded in Israel after we did a tour there.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We started DANSU late 2016. We love to reach as many people with our music as possible.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.
Weakness – We can be pretty stubborn.

Strength – We can be pretty stubborn.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.
“Lisztomania” – Phoenix,

“I am John” – Lonely Dear

“La Prima Estate” – Erlend Oye,

“Go To California” – Motorpsycho,

“Last Friday Night”- Katy Perry

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Tell us your position on “DIY” Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
We’d love our music to reach as many people as possible, we’re not opposed to signing to a major label, but DIY is fine for now.

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

 Vocals, synths, bass, guitar, percussion and drums.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.
Going on a holiday in a few hours!

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.
Awful and amazing at the same time.

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Tell us the best way to make money in the music business.
Airplay / syncs / streams.

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Tell us your experience pertaining TV/Radio plugging.
That’s hard. We stopped doing that.

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Narrate your recording experience.

We love recording! We have our own studio and we’re working on a few cool new tracks.

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List your various works.
We have released three singles so far.

soundcloud.com/wearedansu
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State links to connect you on social media.

wearedansu.com

soundcloud.com/wearedansu

twitter.com/wearedansu

facebook.com/dansuband

instagram.com/wearedansu

Destiny Malibu

Destiny Malibu

“Kissed By An Angel”

Singer/Songwriter/Musician  from Malibu, California.

​Follow Destiny Malibu’s journey on American Idol 2018

“So excited to be on American Idol 2018! I look forward to your continued love, support and feedback! I am going to need every ounce of good vibes I can get! And thank you for continuing to listen to my debut “Kissed by An Angel EP” ! My journey as an Independent Artist continues thanks to you!

As I reflect on my career, there is so much to be thankful for, from releasing my debut EP, being nominated for Best Independent Pop Song and best independent music video by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, to the radio shows and interviews, numerous blog placements, the 7,000+ participants who entered my Time Remix Contest from over 100 countries, reaching almost 2 MILLION+ views on my Youtube channel, TLC Network placement of my song “Sweet Dreams”, being on the road and on tour, playing the iconic House of Blues, the Viper Room in Hollywood, the Canyon Club, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and more- I am thankful! The messages and comments from all of you who listen to and support me as an Artist and my music keeps me focused on continuing to write new songs and continue the Kissed by An Angel Tour in 2018! ! love the way music brings us together in such a magical way. Let’s make 2018 the best year ever!” – Destiny Malibu

ABOUT

Destiny Malibu, as seen on American Idol 2018, Fox 5 San Diego, TLC and the Hollywood Reporter, as heard on KFI AM 640 and I Heart Radio, named a Top 25 Break-Out Artist, by Shutter 16 Magazine will continue to sing from the rooftop stage of her 40 foot tour bus promoting her debut “Kissed by An Angel EP” across the USA and abroad in 2018!

KISSED BY AN ANGEL EP

Destiny Malibu debuted her “Kissed by An Angel EP” in Malibu, CA on Saturday, August 19, 2017. The exclusive Red Carpet Event was held at the iconic Casa Escobar- a venue known for decades of legendary performances. Malibu locals, Industry Executives, friends, celebrities and fans were in attendance. Destiny Malibu was accompanied on stage by musicians Michael Snoddy on drums and Michael Leeese on guitar.

​Now Streaming on Spotify, Applemusic, Deezer, YouTube, Pandora, Amazon, Sirius XM, Tidal, Soundcloud and more.

​​Reverbnation Pop Charts as of 01/02/2018 ranks Destiny Malibu:

Local #1

Regional #2

National #4

Global #4

Destiny Malibu has toured 8 USA states to date and continues her”Kissed by An Angel” Tour including Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas, Florida and Tennessee.  Check Destiny Malibu’s Tour Calendar for upcoming locations and times.

Connect on Instagram and Snapchat @ DestinyMalibu 

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Destiny’s first television appearance was on the network Univision at the age of 5 for a 911 tribute song. Before turning 12, Destiny had written 5 songs heard on 23 radio stations. Destiny pursued her passion for music and entered and won multiple songwriting contests. Her sophomore year in High School, after winning a regional contest, Destiny was prized with going to Remote Control Studios- home of 4-time Grammy Award winner-Hans Zimmer! Before her High School graduation, at 17 years of age, Destiny was signed as a songwriter to Burnett Music Group -by the son of industry leader Mark Burnett, producer of such shows as “The Voice” and “Shark Tank” ! In addition to songwriting for other popular artists, Destiny is now collaborating and working with multiple pillars in the industry and on multiple music projects including her newly released “Kissed By An Angel EP”.

Destiny is a prolific and eclectic songwriter with over 150 original songs in multiple genres. Destiny’s original song, “Sweet Dreams” for example, premiered on the TLC Series, “Answered Prayers” hosted by award winning actress and producer, Roma Downey! ​ And her song, Love Hurts was nominated for Independent Pop Song of 2016, by Hollywood Music in Media Awards and was featured in China.

Destiny has had the pleasure of touring 8 US states to date and performing at legendary locations like the House of Blues with a lineup that included the celebrated group “Earth, Wind and Fire”! Her live shows at the renowned Viper Room in Hollywood, the Canyon Club, the Texas Rockfest, the Gorilla Fest, the Florida Music Festival, San Diego’s Brick by Brick and her shows in Berkeley, CA and Tennessee’s SAU University have pleased audiences of all ages.

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You can find Destiny Malibu music videos and songs on Youtube, Itunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all major Digital outlets including her music video, “I Feel Alive”, which was Nominated for Music Video of The Year per The Hollywood Reporter! 

Join Destiny Malibu and over 100,000+ #angels on their own journey with Destiny!

Follow Destiny on:

Website: DestinyMalibu.com
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Abi Wade

Using cello, vocals, orchestral arrangements, choral ensembles, location samples, synths and piano Abi Wade explores human nature through real and abstracted personas on her debut album ‘Beautifully Astray’.

Haunting brass and a blissful wind section filters through sweeping strings to form an orchestral arrangement that perfectly complements Wade’s heartfelt lyrics on relationships and human nature.

New single ‘A Bit Like Love’ is a rousing figurehead of this moving and impassioned debut. Its pulsating rhythms combine with dulcet yet melancholy vocals to sharpen the foreboding edge to this track with nods to the likes of Kate Bush shining through Wade’s contemplative and often sentimental songwriting.

Abi wrote most of the tracks on the album on cello initially in various locations of her old hometown of Brighton, from the living room of her seafront apartment to the dark belly of Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. From this starting point, Abi set out on a sonic exploration, getting field recordings in locations as diverse as a printworks, a tap dancing club and following a chance meeting there, a fishing boat:

“After the tap dancing class I was explaining to the man who ran it how I was trying to get onto a boat to record some sounds and by pure coincidence it turned out he was a fisherman, I did not expect a tap dancing fisherman! It was truly an amazing experience to go out first thing on to the water and share a moment of time with such an interesting character.”

Following a move to Camden the tracks were fleshed out with orchestral arrangements and were recorded in Jay Malhotra and Sam Duckworth’s Amazing Grace studio in Hoxton. These sessions included brass, wind and choral ensembles. Abi then worked with ‘the patron saints of print’ Eley Kishimoto to create the visuals for the album matching the story of each print and pattern to the story of each song. Their patterns are featured on both the album and single artwork and has been a source of inspiration throughout the making of the album.

‘Beautifully Astray’ was recorded with support from Help Musician’s Emerging Excellence award, and the release with support from PRS for Music Foundation’s Women Make Music.

While developing as an artist, she has toured the UK & Europe with Patrick Wolf, sold out her debut EP and released music on the label set up by Daniel Copeman of Esben & The Witch and has played shows with the likes of CocoRosie, Polica, Michael Kiwanuka, Other Lives, Deptford Goth and festivals such as End of The Road, The Great Escape and Wilderness.

The album ‘Beautifully Astray’ is available to pre-order and includes exclusive interactive artwork available to those pre-ordering the album. Abi says “The idea is inspired by the dadaist approach using surrealist techniques to inspire”. RSVP a creation of your own using elements from the artwork itself to inspire a new song by Abi Wade responding to and incorporating the words that are received.

Abi plays Sebright Arms in London on January 22nd.

Pre-order here: https://abiwade.bandcamp.com/album/beautifully-astray

 

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Jordan Wilson

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

Jordan Wilson started his career at an early age and to us all that means is that he has been surrounded by hip hop since the beginning.

This Irish born native brings true lyricism to the table and toggles with wordplay in an unbelievably high fashion.

At 10 years old, Jordan was tuned into Mac Miller and from there developed a love and passion for making music. Being a white kid from Ireland the dreams of making it big in the music industry seems too far away from most, but not for Jordan Wilson.

He took the challenge and is now a house hold name not only in Ireland, but in the surrounding countries as well. After completing a 17 show tour in Germany, and playing in 4 different countries, this highly motivated 18 year old is on the right path towards success.

Jordan is currently working on his first full length album with Citizen Soldier Entertainment and will be releasing his new material soon.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I have loved hip hop since I was a child. There was always something about the way people could put words together in such a complex and intelligent way that interested me to the point that I started making it.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I have been writing lyrics since I was ten years old and performing since I was 13. My first performance was in the Twisted Pepper in Dublin, Ireland just before I turned 14. Then I performed all over Ireland, and went onto my audition for MULA 2014 in LA when I was 15. I’ve also toured Germany with Infidelix and Papke on the StrassenMusicIstIllegalTour201 7. During the tour we also played one of our shows in Austria and it was sick. I have had beef with a lot of artists over the accent that I rap in. Being a native Irish kid rapping in an American accent causes a lot of problems with other musicians but I never really cared about it they can get over it if they don’t like my music. I just love to do what I do it’s as simple as that.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

My song is a throwback to old-school hip hop with an R&B feel to it. I tried to capture the old-school vibe as much as I could. The chorus was written to have a smooth vibe and cool style which I thought was fun and easy to listen to.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

I’d like to thank Infidelix, Pablo Smith, Saul Blake, Luke Blake, Amy Morris and Gavin YoYo Mckeogh mostly. I have a lot of other people to thank but these are the biggest influences in my career to date more than definitely.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I want to tour as much as I possibly can, I want to play shows all over the world and have my own sold out tour by the time I’m 23. Performance is my biggest passion. Then hope to have hundreds and thousands of views on each song I have uploaded by the end of 2018.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

My music is usually wrapped around how I feel and I just feel like people can relate to what I say. Its honest music and there’s not much of that these days.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

I have watched rap evolve over the years, I started off when I was just a kid listening to Eminem and Kanye West. I watched rap go from RnB and Boom Bap to mumble rap and Drill. I find the new hip hop music very stupid but aye if you want to party that stuff is really fun to listen to for real.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Mac Miller, Chris Webby, Eminem, Hopsin and Kendrick Lamar. Because they have all said some crazy stuff in their raps and their bars are sick. These are the people that made me want to make hip hop, and when it comes down to it they have all changed my life.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ JordanWilsonOfficial/

Instagram

@jordan.wilson.cse

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I make my lyrics in a pretty simple way. I always start off with the chorus and then move onto the verses cause the chorus is the base of the whole song if you get me. I usually listen to the beat a few times while I’m walking around and write down the concepts that first come to mind to give it the smoothest feel.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

Collaborating is always fun but I feel like you can get caught up in that side of making music too much.

It is mad fun to sit there and write with friends, the competition to see who has the best verse always ends up with someone not being happy with a sick verse in the end. It does help you grow as a lyricist but writing solo songs really helps you to grow more as an artist that’s really it.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

I love hip hop in all senses and I love electronic music too. I mostly find all music entertaining; mumble rap included. I love to go out to techno nights in Ireland so I see no problem with however you want to make music, just make sure it’s good.

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

I know to use beats that aren’t sampled and that I’ve leased. And obviously to make my own original content.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

I haven’t had any experience with any impact of any organization if I’m being honest, I’ve just performed and there has usually been no problems.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

I go to my producer’s house and we talk concepts, then he makes the beats I need for my projects.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

I recorded this song over the course of a year but really only 2 – 4 hours in the studio, I recorded the first version of the chorus and the first verse when I was 17 then forgot about the song for about a year. I then came back to it and re-did the chorus and finished the second verse. The difference in sound between the 2 verses was something I liked because it showed some progression in my voice and style over time and I thought that was pretty cool. So I kept it regardless of people telling me to change haha.

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Discuss your music performance.

Performance is my favourite part of the job. I love walking out into the crowd and spitting at a circle of people around me. There’s no feeling better than a whole club around you having a good time listening to you. Live performance is just the craziest feeling in the world. That’s some natural ecstasy right there.

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Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.

It’s simple I want to be one of the best rappers in the world one day, I think I’m great at what I do and I know a lot of people that think the same so I have no doubt I can become a legend. I don’t rate myself as at all right now because I haven’t done as much as I hope to but I’ll let you know when the time comes.

Melanie Edwards

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a composer, singer, songwriter, pianist, violinist and music therapist.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

Singer/Songwriter.

 

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

This is my 112th song.  I write from darkness with my piano.  If you want to hear happy, listen to some EDM artist, hit a space bar on their Mac as they loop it for an hour.  This song is in the vein of melancholy, per usual, but I also wanted to write something that was uplifting.  It seems like there’s a lot of transition happening as we enter a new phase of evolution, and with that comes a lot of instability, fear of the unknown and anxiety.  I just wanted to encourage folks and say “don’t give up, just don’t stop’ – if nothing else, just to see what happens, because it’s going to be interesting.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

The music business has become a free commodity, like water, in the sense of streaming and there is no way to sustain business via record sales.

Thus, the leftover industry has corrupted the digital market and cut deals with dried up labels, to offer some artists (the 1% mainstream) different price points than others (the 99% indie).

Indie musicians then have to find ways to generate tours to build monetary gain off live shows and merchandise.  I’m not facing any problems as a musician in the sense of why I do it and how I use it to cope.  That’s still the same.  It’s just a business.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

Words and music – Melanie Edwards.

 

Producer and sound engineer – Doug Whipple.

 

Cover art – Kelly Schneider of Kelly Schneider Fine Art.

 

Recorded at Kreeger Studios, American University. 

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Jamsphere, GiGhive, Ourstage, The Deli,  Museboat, Woman of Substance Radio, Nickelodeon, Pawn Stars, Sivana, Voices from the DMV, Music Alley Radio, Sim Live Radio in Germany, The Independent Music Network and loads more.  I’m lucky to have a lot of independent music sites take interest!

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals.

I began singing at age three and playing the piano and violin at nine.  I wrote my first song and won a talent show at age 15.  I’ve been a professional singer/songwriter for 23 years.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Pain. Fear. Attachment. Depression. Anxiety. Childhood Trauma. Hormones.  Being a Leo sun, Aries moon and Scorpio Rising.  I’m serious about that last combo.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Pay for it. And that’s not even a secret.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

“Don’t buy drugs.  Become a rock star and get them for free.” – Love Actually.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I think just going to my website would be the best: www.melanieedwardslabs. com

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I ALWAYS have my instrument; usually, piano.  I might write a word or two on a piece of paper during the day, as a thematic.  But I need the music to tell me what the song is about.  The composition is critical for me and the words are born from the music.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

Sadly, Dolores O’Riordan was one of my inspirations.  RIP.  I also love Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Kate Bush and the Posies.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs.

 

Facebook: Profile: MelanieRyanEdwards

 

Facebook: Page: MelanieEdwardsLaboratories

 

Twitter: MelaniEdwards

 

Instagram: MelanieEdwardsLabs

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

 The day I didn’t care anymore.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Invest it, grow it, donate to charity supporting therapy for children of divorce.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Truly, music is the only thing I do.  Day in and day out. I do yoga, meditate, play with my old dog and drink wine if there’s any left over time.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

 I don’t predict those things.  I’m a day by day gal.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music. 

 When words no longer do justice, use music.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music. 

 Coping strategy. Connection with the Supreme. 

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

The day I “Just Don’t Stop”.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power. 

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.  Figure out what you’re worth and ask for it.

Find your purpose and then give it away.  Leave a legacy because people will remember how you made them feel, always.

 

Prime Society

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

Prime Society is a hip-hop group centered in Phoenix, Arizona since 2016. The group’s core consists of brothers Infin8 and J. Reid as well as lead producer Gage Green. Infin8 and J. Reid have been devoted to their love of music since their early days performing a variety of instruments at their father’s church. The group’s members have sustained a commitment to improving their musical knowledge throughout their lives. J. Reid inspired by his passion as a guitarist went on to college to study music in 2014, while Gage also sought to enhance and prove his musical abilities in school at the age of 17. They have structured their group to reflect this deep understanding of music.

Still continuing to build on their multitude of skills, Prime Society embodies what it means to be a lifelong advocate for well-rounded musical intelligence. The group’s music aims to unite sounds of the past with their own exclusive sound to produce a unique energy to the hip-hop community.

The group’s latest single, “POMW”, was released in January 2018 and has been praised by many for its distinct production by Gage Green and spirited lyrics from J. Reid and Infin8.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

Reid: Blues- I love the blues because it lets the artists express themselves without always singing. Jimi Hendrix and BB king can make a guitar say more than a person can. I love old soul too, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and James Brown.

Infin8: R&B/Soul – most songs were created to uplift and alter your mood. It’s easy to turn around a bad day with some ‘01 Usher.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

Infin8: I grew up classically trained in piano and picked up a couple wind instruments over time. I took all my teaching and experiences and fused them with hip-hop.

Reid: Same here, Infin8 forgot to mention we also grew up in the church. We were lead musicians in our dad’s church when we were like 9 and 10. I played drums and Miles was the pianist.

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Tell us the theme of your song. 

Infin8: it’s really just a flex song, people really act like they forget we’ve done…guess we needed a reminder.

Reid: I’d say the same. Basically “POMW” is a track just about Gold jewelry. Because I love gold. Only gold jewelry.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

Infin8: My parents, my brother and Keith Joiner.

Reid: My dad, Infin8, Keith Joiner and Gage.

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Tell us about your future goals.

Infin8: Well since my siblings never supported me, I’ll win 100 Grammys and add them all to my family tree.

Reid: Just to be the greatest artist ever. To make sure I can grow exponentially with music. 100 Grammys would be nice too, but really just about making the best product I could make with the right resources.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

Infin8: My dad is a pastor and I was raised really religious, I don’t go to church often anymore but that’s because it’s instilled in me. I think religion is about your relationship with whatever “higher power” you believe in, not necessarily your church. Politics don’t really attract me, I know that whoever gets in is going to do things beneficial to them and there’s always an ulterior motive for every move made.

Reid: I don’t really care about “politics” but I care a lot about social issues. I guess I’m for the people, for the little man and for equality. I believe in God. I’m as religious as I can be for a rapper but it doesn’t mean I’m closed minded. I respect other people’s beliefs, just like I feel others should respect mine.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Reid: We don’t really have fans, but we hope our music can inspire our future fans who have a creative passion to keep creating and keep pushing and no matter where you’re from you can make it happen.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

Reid: A lot of new weirdo rappers. Gimmicks.

Infin8: I’ve seen an emergence of artists able to curate their own fan bases and tours without the “help” of major labels; more or less I’ve grown up in the era of internet rap.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Infin8: Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Usher.

Reid: I’ll just say JAY-Z. He’s incredible because nobody has just done only what they’re good at and grown like him. Jay never changed his rap style, never tried to sing, never tried to change genres. He just rapped an album after album; it kept selling. He was in his twenties watching a 19 year old NAS (from the same city) blew up and Jay couldn’t even get a decent record deal. He was 26 when he made his own label and 22 years later he’s the richest man in hip-hop. God bless JAY-Z.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores. 

Infin8

Instagram.com/infin8prime

Twitter.com/infin8prime 

Reid

Twitter.com/jreidprime

Snapchat

PrimeSociety

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics. 

Infin8: really most of my lyrics come from real life experiences, so it’s really just finding a way to convey those events everyone goes through in a way no one has expressed.

Reid: All my lyrics just come from whatever tune or flow comes to my head. I fill in that tune with lyrics and then tie them all together. So basically I’ll hum or mumble through a track and then then next time just start writing lyrics.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist. 

Infin8: nah. Prime.

Reid: It just depends on how much ego is there. I like working with artists who want to build something WITH you. A lot of artists just want things done their way, but that’s not the point of collaborating.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

Reid: All music with rhythm will make people dance. Sad songs will get a different dance than happy/fast songs. The most difficult thing to do is inspire people. I think a lot of inspiration is fake that we hear in music now. The only time I’ve ever inspired someone through music; it’s at my own expense. My life situations and how I dealt with them is what inspires others. True inspiration comes at a cost.

Infin8: Dance songs are fun because everybody dances…but I could never make a dance song. I mean how do you gain respect from your peers when you’re seen as the “dance song rapper”.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

Reid: I had to google it but it seems pretty important because I want to get paid when possible.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

Reid: Whenever I make a beat, it really just comes from a sample, or just messing around on the keyboard. Sometimes it’s just complete randomness that develops into a beat. Just playing a guitar riff or a piano chord can send me into a beat making binge.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

Reid: We usually just get our verses together and start recording. We hate recording to be honest; it sometimes ruins the creative feeling. We don’t do our mixing or mastering anymore, we’ll pay someone to do everything for us, because we want to JUST be artists.

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Discuss your music performance. 

Reid: I’m not sure if I’m answering this right, but I’m classically trained in piano. My best instrument is the guitar. I love playing bass the most. I can also play drums, French horn and harp.

Infin8: I’m more classically trained in piano than J is haha. I played saxophone in grade school and trombone.

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Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist. 

Reid: Great all around artist. With unlimited potential haha. There’s no ceiling for us as artists. If rapping doesn’t work, I’ll be a blues guitarist or a rock bassist or drummer. I’ll just produce beats if all else fails. 11 out of 10. 6 stars.

Black Veil Brides

The marvelous rock band based in Hollywood, California by the band name Black Veil Brides has released a fantastic music video titled “Wake Up”. The cinematic video is first class with a sharp production. The song features a male vocalist singing on top of a striking sound of rock music. The band which started in 2006 in Cincinnati is made up of Andy Biersack (lead vocals), Ashley Purdy (bass, backing vocals), Jake Pitts (lead guitar), Jinxx (rhythm guitar, violin) and Christian “CC” Coma (drums). They are famous for their use of long hair, body paint, black makeup, and tight black studded clothing, which were all inspiration from the stage personas of KISS and Mötley Crüe, as well as other 1980s glam metal acts.

To purchase or stream VALE please visit https://blackveilbrides.lnk.to/Vale

To purchase official BVB merchandise please visit http://shop.blackveilbrides.net

Catch BVB on tour

http://blackveilbrides.net/tour

Wake Up (Official Video)

Directed by Robby Starbuck Produced by Rii Coleman + Robby Starbuck

For RSMCreative Music video by Black Veil Brides performing Wake Up.

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