Layla Renn - Sorry

Layla Renn

 

 

 

 

 

Layla Renn - Sorry

Layla Renn – Sorry

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Layla Renn

 

SONG TITLE: Sorry

 

RELEASE DATE: February 4th 2018

 

GENRE: Electronic

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Layla Renn

 

 

SONG TITLE: Hallelujah

 

 

RELEASE DATE: February 15th 2018

 

 

 

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Layla Renn

 

Tell us your history.
I grew up in a really musically diverse household. I started out with the cliché school choir. I was constantly given solos to perform, so when I got to around the 3rd grade I was already pretty confident in my voice. I tried writing here and there; convinced my parents when I was 10 to get me a guitar. I was self-taught, but after about a year I decided to focus on my voice and set the guitar down for a while. Music has been kind of a love/hate relationship. I love how good I am at it, but sometimes I hate the fact that my dreams are one of the most difficult to attain. So far the past years I’ve been writing and keeping up on my guitar skills. In the past year my boyfriend (Instagram handle:@kahdeeproductions) had suggested I get back into music full-time and was very supportive in that; and for Christmas he surprised me with a full home studio so I was finally able to work on music how I’ve always wanted. And thanks to some amazing experiences over the last few months, we have a lot of awesome projects that are currently in the works.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I like to draw from a lot of different genres and writing styles to almost create my own genre within a genre. Using influences such as Amy Winehouse styled vocals and melded with a modern day electro-pop song. I also like taking a lot of bluesy and soul influences and doing the same; mixing in a modern twist to almost create my own genre, having multiple styles working within the work.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

I don’t really like being genre specific. But I’d mostly say pop with some edgy vibes with also a hint of soulful-blues, as I like to convey a lot of emotion in my vocals.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

“Sorry” was an insightful suggestion that my manager thought would highlight some aspects of my vocal range and style; as well as a way to let some raw emotion to come through a song.

 

 

As for “Hallelujah”: that has always been an all-time favorite of mine, specifically Leonard Cohen’s original version. And there’s something about the theme light versus dark that is very inspiring and motivating.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

On certain songs I write and I come up with many melodies that fit, and it takes a while to pin-point exactly which style of song I want to produce. I generally have found at this point I like putting out a song with an overall vibe that kind of makes you think.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

Once we get an overall sound that we like, the recording goes pretty quickly. The vocals of the tracks, generally take less than a few hours. We have created a really good system that we incorporate a lot of emotions into our songs whether they are originals or covers. I like to be very detailed oriented in the beginning, so what you are hearing in my songs is very raw and real, and there isn’t too much post production needed.

 

 

“Hallelujah” was actually recorded in one take all the way through. No cuts or anything was needed for that song. I even played the guitar live as I sang the song for the recording.

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

So far I have been on a few radio stations, some even internationally. I have “Sorry” playing out in Tel Aviv, Israel currently on their number one hit station. A few of my other songs are on rotation in a radio station in Chicago as well. We’ve been trying to hit large cities to get my music out to more people. Blogs have been something we have been trying to get more support from, so reaching out to as many as possible has been one of our more recent projects.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.

I enjoy playing local shows when I get the chance. I really like playing live performances. I have done a lot of acoustic takes on popular songs that are really popular. My main focus however is to work in the studio for the time being. We are currently working on my debut EP.  As far as future goals go, I really would like to get signed by a major record label in the next year. My end goal is a little different however; I really want to help people eventually. I have plans for creating a nonprofit to benefit homeless youth in America.

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

A lot of the times when I write, it’s not about the words that I’m saying, but the emotion I’m trying to convey. Not all of the stories I tell are exactly how they happen, but are based off the fleeting emotions as they come and go in my life. However I do have a few songs that are loosely based off certain experiences that I did want to turn into a story, and hoped that people could not only relate to the feeling, but the lyrics as well.

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

Don’t throw any material away ever. I have an entire file dedicated to one liner that means if I ever think of a catchy lyric that doesn’t fit in any current work that I’ll file away. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a bump in a song and I’ve gone back to that file and taken a sentence or two. And remember creativity only breeds more creativity.

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Don’t compromise what makes you unique.

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

As an up and coming artist, these are a lot of things I hope to be achieving in the next year or two. I have had quite a bit of success putting my music online: millions of streams on SoundCloud, however I’d love that to translate to my performances. I can’t wait until I am in front of a crowd of 20,000 people as they sing along to my lyrics.

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

If I’m working on a track that doesn’t have any collaborators, I generally prefer doing the writing in private. I set my surroundings accordingly to the feeling I’m trying to portray in my music. If it’s a moodier song, I’ll turn off the lights and put on a small dim light. I like writing a lot in the evening, right at dusk. Not only is that when I’m more creative, but I can connect more to what I write. The world gets a little quieter at night, so it makes it easier for me to focus on my music.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

Somebody that I draw inspiration from and work with regularly in the studio and out, who has been motivation, not only in the music world, but in my personal life as well would be Alex Kade of Kahdee Productions. We work well together in the sense that I handle the beginning stages of a song, like the writing and melody, and he handles the end like the production and publication.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Probably all dogs. (haha) I want an English bulldog and a bull terrier dog to add to the collection of bully breeds that I currently have. Although the money would be a good foundation to start up my non-profit.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

Well my boyfriend Alex is not only my producer; he also plays the role of my manager. He focuses on getting my music into as many outlets as possible. He reaches out to radio stations and blogs to try to get my music heard. We’ve also gotten a lot of requests for collaborations which are nice, so we are trying to find time to work with other people as well as on our own projects. What I like to do, however is to play a lot of live shows locally so people who live near me can find me easier as well.

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

That’s kind of the role that Alex plays. He does a lot of the stuff for me. Without him I honestly don’t think I’d have a lot of the things accomplished so quickly that I have. We make a good team: I’m the musical talent, but he’s definitely the ambition and drive.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Layla is a tribute to my paternal biological grandmother who was also musically inclined, but unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Hallelujah”: imperfect people can sometimes do perfect things. The entire song is about people feeling less than or feeling not as important, but still pushing forward, and still being able to accomplish great things. It’s more than just a biblical reference. There are many types of Hallelujahs in the world.

David James

David James “Downtown Kids”

 

 

David James

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Album: ‘DOWNTOWN KIDS’ Digital EP OUT NOW

 

 

 

ONE TO WATCH! CANADIAN RISING STAR

 

 

 

David James “Downtown Kids”

 

David James is a rising star on the Canadian country music scene. The Manitoba native had a very successful 2016, following his signing with MDM Recordings Inc. That year included the release of his debut EP “Songs About A Girl”, which was recognized with two Canadian Country Music Association Award nominations, including one in the “Rising Star” category.

 

 

 

In Canada, ‘Downtown Kids’, his sophomore EP was released in late 2017. It spawned a Top 10 Canadian hit, ‘Sun Set On It’ and the latest single and title track is making waves with airplay and streams on the increase.  In Australia, the EP is available now digitally and “Downtown Kids” (the single) is at media.

 

 

 

This tune is about remembering the good times of growing up and the unconstrained fun that was had. It’s about the effervescence of youth and what comes along with that – being “rebels in a small town, hands up, windows down.

 

 

 

Known for his charming sense of humour, like many artists, music and songwriting has always been in David’s soul. He jokes his career path was clearly defined,

 

 

when at age 14, following my impassioned performance of Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’, I came in almost dead last and lost my junior high school Canadian Idol.  I knew then that music must be my destiny!!

 

 

Signed to award-winning Canadian country music label MDM Recordings Inc., David describes his sound as melodic pop-rock influenced country.

 

 

 

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We Made Out

Houston Bernard Band – We Made Out

 

 

 

We Made Out

 

 

Houston Bernard Band – We Made Out

 

Born in Oklahoma, Houston is a direct descendant of famous gunfighter George “Bittercreek” Newcomb, a member of the infamous Wild Bunch and a most-wanted man in the 1890s. More recently, Houston’s father and uncle played in country bands with stars like Tanya Tucker and Sleepy Labeef. The two men were a staple in the Nashville and Oklahoma Country music scenes known as The Rebel Brothers.

 

 

 

The Houston Bernard Band is a must see! Their brand of original country music is fresh and hard-hitting. Houston delivers one crowd-pleasing country anthem after another with both polish and passion, while the band cooks up the good stuff; tight, modern country beats, soaring harmonies and expertly crafted solos. Nominated for Country Act of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and Having share bills with Old Dominion, Clint Black, Cadillac Three, The Lacs, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Josh Thompson, Scotty McCreery, Pure Prairie League among many other great acts they are considered one of New England’s most respected country acts.

 

 

 

In 2014 they released Houston Bernard LP, with a successful international line dance hit “Shaky People.” In 2015 they Release “Knockin’ Boots” to some international success with their single, “Home is in your Arms” and a very popular video for their song, “Yoga Pants.”

 

 

 

Their newest release, “We Made Out” has top 20 hit written all over it. Now it is up to you!  HBB is planning a national tour and would love to perform for you and be part of your community.

NIMSAY & Eldorado

NIMSAY & Eldorado

 

 

 

 

 

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NIMSAY & Eldorado

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: NIMSAY & El Dorado

 

 

SONG TITLE: Be Real

 

 

ALBUM TITLE: Still Standing

 

 

GENRE: Hip Hop, Rap

 

 

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NIMSAY & Eldorado

 

 

NIMSAY & El Dorado (also known as Pedrinho in the Zouk dance industry) are Hip Hop Rappers. They met in September 2017 in UK Dance Connexion where their passion for music and dance made them cross paths. Within a very short period of time working together they released their first single ‘Like This’ which was a success. They are young and innovative rappers with a real passion for music. They are currently working on the album “Still Standing” which will be released soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discuss your personality.

We are positive and very optimistic about life and what the future holds for us. We have come from a humble background and believe that through effort & hard work we can achieve our dreams.

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Discuss your existence as a musician.

El Dorado – My interest in dance and music began at the age of 10. I asked my parents to let me join a famous dance school in Brazil where I learned fast with a lot of discipline and determination. I was so ambitious and motivated that in a short period of time I was already traveling the world teaching and performing. I felt very satisfied with this, but I wanted more.

 

Since I was already familiar with rhythm (music and dance are intertwined) I ventured into DJing @ London Sound Academy (one of the best DJ and Production schools in London). I learnt the fundamentals about music & how music is defined.  I had always felt a very strong desire to create music and share my ideas with the world, so when I met Nimsay I decided to take this on board and continue to accomplish my dreams.

 

 

Nimsay became my sister. She showed me the way and encouraged me to do this when nobody believed in me. It’s more than a blood connection; she is the sister I never had.

 

 

 

Nimsay – I started music at the age of 12 when I began creating vocal melodies and rhymes on my cousins’ beats. We would spend days and nights in the studio writing and recording. Unfortunately life pushed us apart and I then came to the decision of continuing my music journey alone.

 

 

 

As I grew, my passion for songwriting increased. I would write songs, record them and send them off to auditions. I tried my luck not knowing where this was going to take me. Before I knew it I was signed by a record label in London. As we all know, life can throw unexpected challenges at you and this is what happened. The timing couldn’t have been worse. I had to leave the country and head back to my hometown in Spain. As a result of my frustration I quit music for a year. This was a defining moment in my life because it pushed me to decide that never again will I give up on my dreams. A few years later here I am back in London, building again from scratch and with more motivation than ever.

 

 

 

When I returned to London I met ‘El Dorado’ and we immediately connected, it was an automatic click. We connected not just as friends, but also for the love we shared for music. It was only a matter of time for us to start a partnership, it just felt right. He is my partner in crime and my brother, the one I always wished I had.

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Go into details on the changes in your life for choosing music as a career.

For me being creative in dance & music has always been fulfilling and is my bread & butter. But as a child my dream was always to make music. I didn’t have support from my family, I had to fight hard to be involved with Music and Art but they didn’t believe that was a promising career for a living. I come from a poor area in Brazil with not a lot of opportunity, when I found art I knew what I wanted for myself. It didn’t come easy I was setting up and cleaning up music events and shows to make some money while the dancing wasn’t making anything so I was doing that until I was 17 years old. When I turned 17 I did an audition for a company in Sao Paulo where we were learning Dancing, Music and Theatre. In Sao Paulo was where I found my love for Rap/Hip Hop, Sao Paulo a city of 12.11 million people and dreams. The Brazilian Rap gave me voice, all the songs were relate to daily basis problem with society and they gave me power to go on day after day. Slowly I was able to get in to the music and dance scene. Met a manager for international tour and was able to leave Brazil and work abroad with amazing dancer and musicians I was finally able to use my own voice as a way to encourage others to chase their dreams. As a dancer it has never come easy. I have worked in the most difficult environments just to present my art.  With music it is exactly the same. Late nights choosing passion over sleep. Sacrificing work for my music.

 

 

 

 

Nimsay – Music has been a part of me. I express myself through my music. I feel through music I can encourage people to keep pushing through the dark moments. We all have to maintain a life where money comes into play. But that doesn’t stop us fighting what is deep in our hearts and soul and that is what music is for me. My outlet, my saviour and as previously mentioned the setback for me in my career was the challenges of life that stopped me personally creating my music. The setbacks a creative artist feels is that to be able to survive you have to put music on the side and create in the middle of the night when you should be sleeping. You make sacrifices that might seem like a setback. But with all the challenges you are creating for you and the belief that someone will get strength from your song.

 

 

 

Art is a journey in itself by choosing it as a life career you will always face the difficulties that come with it.  It’s not a 9-5 job with a set salary. But it is a way of life, a life that you are constantly creating. Investing in to making our dreams come true is always a risk. But the benefit is you are free to create, fill people’s life with positivity through your music & reminding people that life is your own creation.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

If I haven’t chosen this life I would have never been involved so deep in to music and I would have never met NIMSAY and she is the only one who supported me when I was about to give up.

 

 

Drawbacks – the time and the investment, and low value payment is the worst part, so you need to keep working on some other jobs and find the time to do what you love the most.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

We’ve been hustling hard since we were kids, we want to create a stable carrier to perform around the world, we love what we do and we want more people to hear what we have to say. Everyone wants fame; it’s a consequence of a good work, we want fame so we can provide for our family and enjoy life doing what we love, I want my baby to have everything I never had, I want my wife with me everyday, not working to make a living.

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Elaborate on the storyline of this song.

“Be Real” came to our mind as a frustrations that few rappers all they do is make noises on the songs with reverb ,they have no meaning or purpose and yet they have millions of people listening to that. It made us think what is going on with Rap. That’s why “Be Real” was created be real to yourself and your life, don’t just copy what’s going around.

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

For a duet who recently got together we had some amazing experiences, on the first month of our career together we were invited to sing in international dance festival in PRAGUE, AMSTERDAM, MADRID and our song “Roof Down” got us in to the LA Coast 2 Coast.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

As new duet; our only reviews are on our live shows, it’s been going well since we had our first show in London we kept getting invitations to perform internationally.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

We love being on stage together, that’s where we belong and where we want to be all the time everyday. We’ve been performing on all sorts of stages from small club floors to big international stages in festivals. Live is one of our strongest points as we’ve been dealing with Music and Dance our whole life.  Love tours around the world, nothing better than see your work being recognized.

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Discuss the changes in your life as an artist.

The changes are that your main focus becomes your art. You work 365 days to see your music on a radio or to perform for a big audience. No sleep you are either creating or performing.

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State the names of the most important people that boosted your music career and how you met them.

We are the ones pushing ourselves everyday, we don’t have a team behind us.

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Explain what you have in mind before considering music as a career.

We are in this for real.

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Discuss your experience in life.

Life hasn’t come easy to us; we come from different countries with different cultures.  We believe in energy and how the universe guides your path into what you’re supposed to do. Doesn’t matter how low you are you have a choice, you can choose to suffer and become a victim or stand up and fight. Actions make a difference especially if you want to get somewhere.

 

 

 

The way we met is a big example. We met at a random dance event and we start speaking because she was wearing a gold apple watch and I was full of rings and gold chains, that day changed our lives forever.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

Tupac, DR Dre, Notorious BIG, Eminem, P Diddy, Michael Jackson, Prince, Nirvana , Nas, Kanye West, Whitney Houston, Usher, James Brown, Queen, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, Madonna, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix etc.

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Discuss your moment of rejections as a musician/artist and how you are able to cope and move on with your career.

In 2011 we were in the auditions for The Voice in London. We had passed to the final stages of the auditions and were rejected just one step before hitting the live TV shows. It was disappointing to make it so far and not pass through, but that rejection only gave us more power to restructure ourselves and come back stronger. We are in this for the long game and rejection will only give us more reasons to fight.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received.

As a female rapper I kept getting reminded that it’s a male dominated industry and that I would have to work double as hard to be successful. El Dorado came into my life with the determination of proving all these comments wrong and to use that frustration as power to make every song bigger and better.

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Elaborate on the song.

“Be Real” is a really important song and it’s who we are and where we want to be. It shows that our reality will never change our final goal. NIMSAY talks about her frustration with music and disappointments in life (our current situation) while El Dorado speaks about the ambitions that we won’t let other people control our dreams; we are working hard and the money will come.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

NIMSAY (stands for YASMIN) Yasmin always did her life backwards, that’s where the name came from. El Dorado (Pedro) Pedro was always in to gold since 10 years old. So Yasmin gave him this name of El Dorado (The Gold).

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Be Real”, it’s about be real to yourself, don’t deny that you have failed but also don’t let go of your ambitions, your survival and your dreams will keep you going.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

We chose “Still Standing” as the title of our album to give us and other people who felt helpless a voice and motivation to keep going. We want to be heard and tell the world that no matter what, you can always fight your way back up.

 

 

 

El Dorado – 2018 was a tough year for me. My business fell a victim to Money Laundering. This was a very hard moment to soldier through and it affected my life a lot, especially with a new-born baby. I felt so helpless and kept getting told that my case was too small. As a cause of this I lost 15k.

 

 

 

Nimsay – Life has thrown loads of challenges at me as well as life threatening experiences. I have fought through many paths and learnt from all the tough journeys. At times I was at my lowest point willing to give everything up however I always found my way back up. This is where the inspiration of the album name “Still Standing” came from. After all we have gone through as individuals we are here and STILL STANDING.