Sycosis – Meet Me in the Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sycosis + John Davis - Meet Me in the Sky

Sycosis + John Davis – Meet Me in the Sky

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Sycosis

 

SONG TITLE:    Meet Me In The Sky

 

ALBUM TITLE: Mostly Me II

 

RELEASE DATE: 3/30/2018

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop / Pop

 

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Chicago Hip-Hop artist Sycosis or S.Y. for short is one step to the left of the line for “ordinary rappers.”

 

Combining “Conscious Rap” elements with aggressive delivery and hard hitting punch lines, Sycosis has a style that varies but a message that stays consistent.

 

Sycosis (psychosis) literally means to be detached from reality and to hear and see things in your own mind, in their own way.

 

At age four his father went to prison, a traumatic experience which later became the emotional fuel he would need to write music starting at age twelve.

 

Nine years later he became the one of the first members of his family to graduate college.

 

He returned to Chicago and continued working on new music while teaching and mentoring troubled youth from Chicago’s inner city schools and teaching adult education inside of the Cook County jail for the last ten years.

 

With two official Mixtapes in the “Think Twice” series, Sycosis set to establish himself as a legitimate professional with the 2010 release of the “Mostly Me” album – A fitting title that he used to define who he wanted to be as an artist, bold, lyrical, diverse, and passionate.

 

His second album entitled “Tri-Polar” aimed to take that goal to the next level with the release of six videos for tracks such as “My City”, “Black Whip”, and “Over Everything.”

 

Sycosis proclaimed “On this album you got to see all different sides of me as an artist, aggressive, intellectual, and easy going which is why I called it Tri-Polar.”

 

Since officially releasing Tri-Polar on Halloween 2011 its tracks and videos have been featured on several blogs, global websites, internet and college radio stations.

 

In addition Sycosis has opened up for major artist such as Twista, Ying Yang Twins, Crooked I, MC Light, Crucial Conflict and more.

 

After being nominated as “Artist To Watch” in the 2012 Underground Music Awards NYC, Sycosis has been setting his own standards high.

 

He followed that success with being nominated for “Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year” by the Midwest Urban Music Awards.

 

In 2013 Sycosis was ranked the #1 Hip-Hop artist for Chicago from May-August on Reverbnation.

 

Today his music is being streamed globally  in over 60 countries around the world.

 

In January of 2015 Sycosis launched Gr8er Than Self Entertainment Company with his partner LDorado Jonez.

 

By the summer, Sycosis and LDorado Jonez embarked on a new journey founding the “How The Midwest Was 1 Tour” uniting over 50 independent artists from across the region at major venues. From The Abbey In Chicago to the Roxy Theater in Denver they built a bond and a brand simultaneously.

 

In 2016 Sycosis expanded his reach on the music scene landing several major placements on television.

 

Songs like “Against The Wall” and “My City” have landed in spots like Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order SVU, Dude Perfect, Chozen, and Sunny Delight to name a few.

 

He continued landing placements on international television networks leading into 2017 from ESPN to NBC while growing his brand and developing his craft.

 

2018 was a landmark year with the release of the 3rd studio album “Mostly Me II” released on March 30, 2018.

 

After more than six years since the last full studio album, and eight years since the original “Mostly Me”, Sycosis made his return bringing his growth and development to the forefront with storytelling, music for the clubs, radio, and the streets.

 

With his most diverse sound and well-rounded production to date, anticipation for the return was high and the reception was even better.

 

This year Sycosis will continue to push the envelope further, with his first performance at SXSW in Austin TX, as a part of the Music Gorilla Artist Showcase.

 

With new music set to be released this summer, Sycosis will continue to stay “In Motion”.

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Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song.

I think refining any song takes starting with the end in mind. In other words have an idea of how you ultimately want it to sound in post-production and after it is recorded you have to listen to it in several kinds of speakers, headphones, and sound systems. Listen over and over and use your gut feeling to make adjustments on where it is and where you want it to be.

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Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.

I start with an emotion that I want to capture after listening to what the music tells me.

 

I learned that the songs will write themselves for you if you learn to listen better to the melodies, the instruments, and the drums.

 

After that I try to hone in on the first theme that my mind settles on.

 

Next it’s picking a flow and the voice that I think suits the music, and lastly it’s picking the actual words to get the message across.

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Elaborate on the theme of most of your songs.

I think the theme of most of my songs is triumph or overcoming some kind of battle.

 

Sometimes the battle is the political system or prison industrial complex.

 

Sometimes the battle is love or a relationship.

 

Others the battle is the music industry as a whole and the uphill battle of being a creative writer with something to say in the middle of so many cookie cutter / copy paste sounding artists and songs.

 

But probably the biggest battle I write about is overcoming myself and my fears.  That’s the story my latest album “Mostly Me II” tells.

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Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.

I believe as a whole “Mostly Me II” is my greatest musical work because I allowed myself to experiment with so many different sounds in the production and did a lot of genre bending that I don’t think most listeners hear on one project.

 

I went from hardcore aggressive Hip-Hop songs such as the intro “A.N.C.”, to Caribbean style dance songs like “Meet Me In The Sky”, all the way to gospel influenced songs like “Be Blessed”.

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Tell us those behind your music process.

I write all my own music but I have a strong team that helps it comes to life.

 

My partner LDorado Jonez from Gr8er Than Self Entertainment plays a huge role in the executive production of my projects.

 

Additionally I have one of the best engineers in the industry in Matthew Sawicki of Suburban Pro studios, and one of the best producers and writers The Homie Chris from St. Louis.

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Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music.

I promote my music through ads on social media, digital streaming services, and YouTube.

 

I work with DJs and DJ teams to add my songs to record pools.

 

I work with Bands In Town and Song Kick to promote performances.

 

Lastly I look for partnerships with outside entities that work with artist or use music as a part of their services like Music Gorilla and other sync licensing companies to get my songs in TV shows, commercials, and film.

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Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish.

I have several goals both inside and out of music but one of the goals is to tour internationally as soon as possible.

 

Being on the stage I think is my true calling.

 

Outside of that I want to create a learning and creative space for kids back home in Chicago to help them actualize their dreams.

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Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.

I think the digital steaming platforms have changed the landscape of music a lot.

 

I think it has increased the amount of competition as fans can get music so easily on their phones and has decreased the anticipation of new projects.

 

However it has also created new opportunities for an independent artist that wouldn’t have existed outside of a major record deal and that’s where I see myself fitting in.

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Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.

Changing who you are to sound like whatever is trending.

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Tell us how you boost your performance.

I think creating as many sounds as you can gives you an array of songs to pull out your bag no matter what stage you are on so you always feel like you have something they will like, even if they have never heard of you.

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Explain the structure of the song.

“Meet Me In The Sky” features John E. Davis III and is produced by Petrofsky of Sky Beats.

 

I wanted to make a song that right away had an international feel with the music and drums, something that feels like you are on the coast near water.

 

Once I got the track I wrote a chorus to it that just felt uplifting and titled it Meet Me In The Sky.

 

John found a perfect melody for it and gave it a catchy sing along feel to elevate it to another level.

 

After that it was a matter of me telling the story of meeting a beautiful woman that I had to figure out how to win over while John uses the melody and hook to tie it all together.

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Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.

The piano chords are the first thing you hear on this track followed by a guitar, drums, synths, claps.

 

The production is pretty simple but effective in laying the ground work for the melody that John adds to it, with the harmony and singing.

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State your musical skills.

My biggest skill I think is being a story teller. That’s what I think I am best at.

 

My job is to take an emotion or thought process, and paint a visual picture with words through a story that captures how the listener feels. That’s why I picked the name Sycosis.

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Tell if you consider acting in a movie.

I would love to act in a movie. In fact my business partner and fellow artist LDorado Jonez is a SAG AFTA actor who has had speaking roles in film and television. I actually do readings with him for auditions so I’ve been working on my acting skills.

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Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.

Sound proofing as much as possible, using condensers and pop stoppers are huge but having the right equipment and engineer are the best answer.

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List the name of artists you cherish most.

There are too many to name but one of the biggest influences on me as a child was a group from Chicago called Psycho Drama. Their song “Magic” was probably the first Rap song I ever knew all the words to and I was blown away by how cool, smooth, and aggressive they were able to be with ease on any song.

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Tell us how you get inspiration.

I just keep living, as long as my life is not stagnant and I’m doing new things I think I will always feel inspired.

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Elaborate on the song.

Meet Me In The Sky is track 4 on my album. The album and the artwork themselves are a story. So this song takes place as the rising action of the story where I just found my confidence and focus to get back into music and boom, I’m distracted by a beautiful woman who then becomes the focus of the next 4 songs as the relationship progresses then ultimately breaks down.

 

The song itself though reminded me of the Caribbean and West Africa and I hope every woman and especially Black Women hear this song and find the power in it that I’m hoping to speak into them.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

I picked the name “Sycosis” at 12 year-old after spending a week reading the dictionary trying to improve my vocabulary as an artist.

 

It just spoke to me as someone who lives in their own world and you can’t convince them that they are out of touch, they just see it different.

 

The album title “Mostly Me II’ is the sequel to my first album where I revisited where I am and who I have become since releasing my first album almost ten years ago now.

 

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Darick Dds Spears – Cop Killuz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darick DDS Spears – Cop Killuz

Darick DDS Spears – Cop Killuz

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Darick DDS Spears

 

SONG TITLE:  Cop Killuz

 

ALBUM TITLE: The One Love Project

GENRE: Hip Hop / Rap

 

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Darick Spears is a songwriter / artist / producer that enjoys all genres of music.

 

Though his core is Hip Hop; he loves to blend different elements of jazz, rock, country, gospel, and just about any sound together.

 

His style is unique and original. He doesn’t like the idea of sampling, and in his catalogue of over 500 plus songs, he is the one-stop shop.

 

With anywhere from protest songs, to songs dealing with any human emotion; Darick always uses his own life experiences as his motivations for his music. He is truly a rebel in a pushing the envelope in anything he does, kind of way!

 

Following the successful reception of Darick DDS Spears’s 2014 The World Is Yourz album, the man spent the year playing shows around the Midwest, New York, and even Los Angeles.

 

“The World is Yourz,”  received praise from Lifehack.org, calling it one of the “25 Best albums to Listen to for Productivity.”

 

In this album Darick writes about true life experiences, including relationships, motivation and community issues.

 

When Darick decided it was time to start recording his second album, he found the songs that shared some emotional states and community narrative threads.

 

In June 2015, Darick released a powerful social EP album called The One Love Project and an audio-book album version of his Amazon Bestseller Book “The Diary of a Stay-At-Home Dad: My Journal Behind Bars, which were both recognized on The Grammy Ballad.

 

Inspired by what’s going on in the world today: police brutality, crime, injustice, religion.

 

The One Love Project’s first song Cop Killuz, was nominated for a Global Peace Award in Hip Hop June 2016.

 

In September 2016 he was nominated for 2 IMEA Awards as a solo artist for Hip Hop Artist of the Year and Hip Hop Song of the Year from his 2016 album release called Breathe.

 

Between January-March 2017; Darick released the singles “Paranoid” which won a Global Music Award, Growing Pains, and Where is The Love, and a full-instrumental album called “The Workout Album,” which were all well-received.

 

Darick DDS Spears produces, writes, performs and arranges his own albums.

 

Musically, his label Elevator Muzik Group both polishes and expands their listeners approach.

 

In the summer of 2016 he re-released his underground albums FreeZone, FreeSpeech, Daydreams, & I Hope You Can Relate.

 

Some things just don’t mix together, like water and oil. Some people just don’t work well together like Kobe and Shaq. But some things just happen to have a touch of fate that brought them together, like the music industry’s new phenomenal and diverse group called “Happenstance.”

 

This group is comprised of Pop Singer Dennis Sy, Jazz/Pop Singer Natalie Jean, and Hip Hop Artist / Producer Darick “DDS” Spears. Could they be the next Black Eye Peas? Nope. I would say they are the first “Happenstance.”

 

What brought them all together in late 2016, was a powerful single called “Shine On” which went on to receive numerous awards, and even recognized on Grammy Ballad.”

Shine On was so well-received that Deejays, radio stations, and other people were wondering what would be next. The group is now working on their EP release which has no title at the moment.

 

In June 2018 Darick released a new Hip Hop album entitled Penmanship.

 

The album which contains the much-praised song Save the Babies: a video has been released on YouTube. Darick says that he dedicates his new album to the Babies, musicians, poets, freedom fighters, and artist. Like The Wu-Tang Clan, Darick DDS Spears is for the babies.

 

In late 2018 the album Here Comes Trouble was released to acclaim as well as the all-instrumental album entitled The Beatsmith Vol. 1.

 

In May 2018, Darick released a short-documentary called “MILraculous,” which set up for his acclaimed album release Milwaukee, which is now available on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Milwaukee was praised by several publications as a critical acclaim.

 

On October 5, 2018 Darick released an All-Instrumental Album entitled “The Mad Scientist.”

 

A week later he released a new video for his upcoming Hip Hop Project called “Rhyme Junkie,” which is already getting great reviews.

 

As an author, Darick Spears is known for his recent release and Amazon Bestseller “The Diary of a Stay-at-Home Dad: My Journal Behind Bars.” Thought Catalog called the book, one of the top 3 books for fathers who are trying their best. He has begun a new book department called the 21st Century Shakepears Publishing Company.

 

Releasing two books The Diary of a Stay-At-Home Dad, Sex Tells (A true story with such suspense, sexual innuendo, and much more), Poetic Confinement (find Darick at the core of his poetry), and the “Most Controversial” Book to date “Bitch… Nobody Raped You (A true story from the life of Darick Spears.)

 

In late 2018 Darick released Pastor… Please Don’t Please The People, and the acclaimed book And You Call Yourself a Christian.

 

In addition, Darick released his first lyric book called “The One Love Project Lyric Book,” based off his Grammy-Recognized album The One Love Project.

 

In 2019, Darick has decided to release a new book every month. So far he has released “Milwaukee: The Lyric Book, Slaves To Obligation, & Sound Doctrine.

 

Look forward to more releases – All available on Amazon & Kindle.

 

Darick has written, produced, composed, and acted in several films in which he has made.

 

These include A Look Within The Prison Walls, Portrait of a FreeSpirit, Rebel of the Church, Pastor Howard: The Legacy Documentary, and MILraculous (The Documentary).

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Discuss your musical ability.

I am an artist and musician at the core. I use my ability to write music, lyrics, and create / produce music as a way of speaking to the world.

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Tell us the reason you want to rap.

The core of my art is Hip Hop / Rap. But there is always a way to marry the tunes, harmonies, and spoken word together.

 

I like to make it seem as though I am singing a beautiful song to my listeners through my rap lyrics about the harsh realities of society.

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Tell us your most memorable live performance.  

My most memorable performance would have to be in 2018 during The Grammy weekend in New York. I was headlining a show that weekend and I decided to play the drums while I rapped. It was completely spontaneous and the crowd loved it.

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Discuss how you build your song.

Many a times, I write daily, expressing my true feelings about my life and the world around me.

 

As a producer, I make beats, music, concepts all of the time. So, sometimes it may begin with a melody, or a beat I created that strikes up a feeling. Then, I grab my notebook and many times the lyrics to the song have already been written in my daily notebook, so I just go in my studio and record.

 

It comes out magical. I crack the door and let God come in with me, and we make classic music.

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Tell us how you impress your fans with your music.

My fans just love my honesty, my rawness, and my braveness when it comes to stepping outside the box and being original.

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Discuss the relevance of promotion to music business.

The business side of music is a constant struggle to get your music promoted.

 

As an artist I want my music to be heard everywhere. I think when some artists say they only want to remain underground; they may really mean that they want the people who really can appreciate their music to listen to it.

 

But promotion is very important because it can grow your fan base, your sales, and opportunities to expand.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

Apart from music I am an author and filmmaker. I currently have a few of my documentaries on Amazon Prime that were written, directed and produced by me. (MILraculous, Pastor Howard: The Legacy, Behind My Prison Walls).

 

I am also an author that has self-published through my own Publishing Company The 2st Century Shakespears Publishing, which has 10-plus book available on Amazon, libraries, and many other platforms.

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List the names of the instruments you can play.

Piano, drums, bass, bongos…

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Tell us if you have any music background.

I have a music background in church. I was the main drummer and in the music department for many years growing up. I also took a little band in high school.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.

Celebrate your wins, always keep a positive attitude. Never be scared to step outside the box with your ideas and music; and keep making music.

 

Things aren’t always promised in the music world. You can have a hit today and be a-nobody tomorrow.

 

But never let a fan or critic make you feel like a-nobody, because your belief in yourself is what matters the most.

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Elaborate on melody and rhythm.

Melody is the sound that creates the mood, and rhythm brings that melody to life. It brings in the vibes and movement. They are very important parts of the song, but the lyrics are the icing on the cake.

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Tell us your future goals.

To expand my territory in the music world: bigger fan base, more collaborations, more money, more shows, more awards, more music licensing / publishing deals, and to completely rock this world.

 

I want the whole world to have an album or three in their catalogue by Darick DDS Spears.

 

Also, I plan to expand in the world of film, books, and public speaking; also in outreach into my communities.

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Share your music experience with us.

My music experience has been rough. I have had failures after failures to chart, to get synch agents to choose my sound, to get a lot of people to understand and accept that I am and was born different.

 

I have always gotten called “crazy” or “too different” or “unique,” but I have continued to garner fans because of these reasons as well.

 

But I am confident in my ability and I just won’t stop dreaming and working hard to accomplish them. My fans deserve to hear real music!

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Tell us the most difficult part of recording.

I am a perfectionist, so I will not be satisfied till I have it perfect.

 

Sometimes, though the rawness of a song outweighs the cleanliness of a song.

 

People want me to censor my music, but then I would be cutting out the truth, and so I dare to keep the track raw, whether they accept it or not.

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Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

I was once collaborating with an artist who I call a “safe artist.” She didn’t want to include anything in the song that was political and I decided to take out one of the verses to my song.

 

I had never done anything like that. I feel like I compromised my art, and I will never do that again.

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Tell us how you build up your composition.

Writing is easy. You just write. But putting words together that rhyme and also come together perfectly as a storyboard or message is a gift from God.

 

I can’t give you all of my process, but I can say it’s totally natural.

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Discuss the relevance of relatability of the lyrics to the listeners.

Music and comedy are similar. A lot of successful comics are just relatable with their stories.

 

People in the audience can just feel like they can relate to the comic or the lyrics from a song.

 

Once they can relate, then you got them. Sometimes people can’t relate and they still appreciate you sharing your stories with them because they got a new experience through you.

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Elaborate on the song.

I wrote a song called “Cop Killuz.” I was bringing much shock value by the title, and people at face value thought I was talking about killing a cop.

 

But then after hearing the song, they realized that the song was actually me asking the cops why they kill us?

 

Police brutality isn’t a new thing in the Hoods of America, but now that social media is a big thing, we are able to globally see how many cops abuse their authority.

 

So, I wrote the song and put it out on an EP album called The One Love Project and the song was nominated for a “Global Peace Award,” and the album was Grammy-Recognized.

 

There is a new book I released called The One Love Project – Lyric Book that conceptually breaks down the entire song and album now available on Amazon and many other places.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

My name has always been peculiar; I have never run into someone who spelled their name like mine.

 

Although there are a few people in the world with similar spellings I am able to see over internet.

 

I chose to be myself and no gimmick. The DDS in the middle is actually my initials and my nickname growing up.

 

All of my friends call me “DDS.” So, my artist name is Darick DDS Spears.

 

I chose to title the album that has the single “Cop Killuz” on it The One Love Project. This is because the world will forever be working on that project until God returns. It seems like it’s hard for us to love one another.

 

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Tommy Homonym – Love is Fun

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Homonym – Love is Fun

Tommy Homonym – Love is Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Tommy Homonym

 

SONG TITLE: Love is Fun

 

ALBUM TITLE: Two Waltzes

 

RELEASE DATE: January 18, 2019

GENRE: Pop / Jazz / Singer / Songwriter

 

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Tommy Homonym is a late-blooming artist, following the leads of Susan Boyle, Clementine Hunter and Grandma Moses.

 

Openly imaginary, openly old-ish and openly evasive about his sexuality, the reclusive Tommy specializes in both original songs and inventive covers of pop and rock tunes, which he arranges and produces in collaboration with trusted friends who are real, as opposed to late-blooming, musicians.

 

Tommy’s debut album was “Uglier Than You” in 2013. His most recent EP, “Two Waltzes,” includes two songs written by Tommy and arranged and produced by John Allen Watts, featuring a band of internationally acclaimed jazz musicians.

 

Tommy has made three music videos in collaboration with Texas filmmaker George Wada.

 

The video for his original song “Ride a Wave” has been selected for screening at film festivals around the world.

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Tell us your view on old and new school music in terms of preference.

I can’t keep up anymore, but there are a few current artists I follow: Frank Ocean, The Internet, Lana Del Rey.

 

All-time fave bands and artists include the Beatles, Blondie, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Aimee Mann, Bill Evans.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

Making my live singing debut in Kansas City, last year at the First Friday Film Festival.

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TOMMY HOMONYM RELEASES TWO WALTZES EP

 

New double single features sophisticated pop-jazz arrangements.

 

Jersey City, New Jersey – Reclusive singer-songwriter Tommy Homonym has released Two Waltzes, a “double single” featuring original songs by Tommy, with arrangements and production by John Allen Watts.

 

The songs on Two Waltzes, “Like a Ghost” (4:17) and “Love is Fun” (3:35), find Tommy venturing into fresh musical territory with sophisticated pop-jazz arrangements devised by John.

 

The songs explore the ups and downs (mostly downs) of relationships, from the euphoria of new romance – “the highest of the highs us higher apes have found” – to the heartbreak of “love undone… the single most unwelcome, unpleasant surprise.”

 

Along with Tommy’s vocals, the songs feature acoustic bass by Paul Nowinksi, drums by Luiz Ebert, piano by Klaus Mueller, flugelhorn (on “Like a Ghost”) by Dan Urness and alto flute (on “Love is Fun”) by Jorge Continentino.

 

The EP was recorded in New York City and Yonkers, and is mixed and mastered by David Darlington for Bass Hit Recording in New York.

 

Two Waltzes is available for streaming and download on most major music services, including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

 

Tommy’s previous releases include the album Uglier Than You, the single “What I’ll Do All Day,” and covers of REM’s “Let Me In” and Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move.”

 

Tommy’s videos, created in collaboration with Texas filmmaker George Wada, can be seen on YouTube and Vimeo.

 

His video “Ride a Wave” has proven popular on the film festival circuit, with screenings in Los Angeles, Dallas, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Muskogee, Jersey City, Asbury Park, and Lonavla, India.

 

Tommy – who is rumored to be the “openly imaginary, openly bisexual and openly old-ish” alter ego of New York playwright and former Dallas Morning News writer Tom Sime – has recently given live performances in Dallas and Kansas City.

 

“I’m excited to come out of my shell to sing for people,” says

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“Though I’m also excited to get back into my shell as soon as possible.”

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Tell us how you protect your singing voice.

Lots of water – And I just bought some stuff called Vocal Eze but I haven’t tried it yet.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

It was on my bucket list, and the bucket is closer every day.

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Discuss creativity and originality in music.

I strive for both.

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Tell us your plans pertaining music.

I hope to become a cult figure.

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Tell us the secret of success.

If and when I am successful I will tell you.

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Tell us how you get started as a musician.

An iPad and GarageBand finally let me create my own tracks.

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Tell us what makes you happy and sad on this project.

The memories the songs are based on are painful, but by turning them into music I felt joy again.

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List the people that assisted in making this song.

Written and performed by Tommy Homonym

 

Arranged and produced by John Allen Watts

 

Acoustic bass: Paul Nowinski

 

Drums: Luiz Ebert

 

Piano: Klaus Mueller

 

Flugelhorn: Dan Urness

 

Alto flute: Jorge Continentino

 

Mixed and mastered by David Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, New York City.

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Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.

Working my ass off at my day job. Tax refunds.

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Tell us the genre of your music and the reason for choosing this genre.

I’m into pop. This music is jazz-infused because I got the chance to work with wonderful jazz musicians.

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Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.

I like to write my own songs, but I look forward to doing more collaborative songwriting in the future.

 

I also like to do occasional cover songs. I have a very nice version of “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King.

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Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.

I like to work with professionals, but I self-produced my earlier work, and it was great fun and every empowering.

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Tell us the story behind this song.

Each of these two songs is based on one of my failed marriages.

 

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Nevena Božović – Dangerous Drug

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nevena Božović (born 15 June 1994) is a Serbian singer-songwriter.

 

She debuted by representing Serbia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song “Piši mi”, placing third.

 

Božović rose to prominence as the runner-up on the televised singing competition Prvi glas Srbije in 2013.

 

The following year, Božović and two other finalists, Mirna Radulović and Sara Jovanović, formed the girl group Moje 3 and represented Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song “Ljubav je svuda”, failing to reach the finals.

 

She was the first ever artist to ever compete in both the adult and Junior Eurovision Song Contests as a main performer.

 

Božović will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 again as a solo artist with the song “Kruna”.

 

Her single ‘Jasno mi je’ (It’s Clear to Me, English version “Dangerous drug”) was awarded at the 2019 Balkan Music Awards Ceremony.

 

 

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Barry Alexander King

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barry Alexander King is an English / Irish Singer Songwriter who was born in Lincolnshire UK.

 

He began his musical career in the 90’s playing in various bands and touring around the UK and later Germany and Southern Europe.

 

He eventually settled in Germany and over a period of ten years got involved in two bands writing and playing their own original material.

 

The latter band Piping Toms who had a small following, released an album titled “Voyeurythm” in 2002 which had a moderate success in Germany.

 

As of 2004 the band took an indefinite hiatus so Barry continued to write and perform solo over the following years.

 

In 2017 he began sorting through songs he had written over the previous four years which culminated in the recording and producing of his first solo album “Leave It All Behind”.

 

The album was recorded in the USA, UK and Germany and co-produced by top guitarist Justin Lewis and Grammy award winning producer / engineer Tony Daigle (BB.King, Mark Knopfler)in Lafayette, Louisiana.

 

The album of twelve Pop / Rock songs has just been released and is already making an impact especially in Barry’s second home of Malaysia and Asia where Pop Rock and Adult Contemporary are still very popular.

 

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Lūkka – Feelings For You

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lūkka – Feelings For You

 

ARTIST NAME: Lūkka

 

SONG TITLE: Feelings For You

 

ALBUM TITLE: California, Baby!

 

RELEASE DATE: March 29th 2019

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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Born as Lauren Clark, Lukka formed as she started writing melodies, hearing hi-hats, and humming her own made-up tunes.

 

By ten years of age, she had written enough material to make up two or three albums, and started writing the lyrics to her ‘yet to release’ debut LP at the age of 12.

 

Living in Los Angeles now, Lukka decided it was time to begin the production of the twelve-track pre-released record.

 

August 16th 2018, Lukka made her debut with the funky-fresh pop anthem, “Feelings for You.” Sky-rocketing herself into ‘Discover Weekly’ and ‘Release Radar’ the song managed to hit over 100,000 streams within the first month of its release.

 

Lukka continues her journey as she prepares her LP for its release.

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

Music hasn’t even necessarily been a career for me up until I started putting out music.

 

I’d more so consider it an outlet, or a lifeline. I’ve always wanted to be someone who encouraged others to do what they felt they wanted to do, and if I become living proof of fighting to do what I love, and people can watch that – I think they’ll do it too.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

Lyrics for me are where it all begins. If you can’t read a song through like a story after taking away all of the instrumentation and synth claps, then you’ve missed the whole point.

 

I write 100% of my lyrics by myself as of right now, typically in a dark room, on a classic electric piano or acoustic guitar.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

I’m an average kid. I’m sixteen and literally can’t tell you a thing that I genuinely know for sure about the world.

 

I spend a ton of my time in my car driving around, trying my best to make it to class on time, literally running on five miles of gas, all while singing my heart out to any R&B music I can find on Apple Music’s, “Mood” Playlist.

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Discuss your music career.

When I was getting potty trained, my mom actually recalls finding me several times, singing made up lyrics on the toilet in the dark because that’s just how it worked out best for me.

 

Growing up, I could sense others’ emotions and the way that they felt about certain situations, and quite frankly, I started being able to interpret them for them.

 

It was odd, no one really knew why or how, and then soon enough, I started writing those interpretations down, and they turned into songs. I matured, but I kept the honesty. That is the only reason that any of my songs have turned out the way that they have. It’s crazy that people want to hear them, that’s the only career I’ll claim.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

This is super funny but my dad actually came up with it. He was in the Bahamas and we were trying to think about things that could work for a name. When all of a sudden, he just messed around with his words for a minute, and Lukka came out. It’s “bringer of light,” in Latin.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Violet – Daniel Caesar; hands down one of the most genuinely creative people ever.

 

Slow Dancing In The Dark – Joji; his actions display unbelievable and radical emotion of what heartbreak does to the soul.

 

See You Again – Tyler, the Creator featuring Kali Uchis; this dude knows how to connect confusing and tantalizing emotion and makes it all make sense and familiar.

 

Come Through and Chill – Miguel; this is one of my favorite videos because it takes you to a perspective from two individuals that you feel like you KNOW after you’ve watched the video.

 

Exchange – Bryson Tiller; Bryson puts me into some type of retro / indie video that makes me literally want to go make a music video as soon as I watch it.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

My source of inspiration stems anywhere from heartbreak to relational fallouts that need a song written about them – For me, it’s all about the music; every single part.

 

It drives me crazy because knowing that there’s always something more to write about, makes me just want to write it.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

My fans are my friends. My fans are my people. The people that connect with me make me want to work until I’m blue in the face.

 

There are people out there who need to experience closeness with others and I genuinely want my music to be the Segway between people when it comes to listening and being heard. That’s all anybody wants at the end of the day.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

“Feelings for You” is literally the story of when I liked a guy who was so unbelievably off limits.

 

I recorded it along with the rest of the album in Laguna Hills after writing the album several months before.

 

It was like talking to a familiar friend that I actually didn’t know at all.

 

I had written the song but was in such a different place now than I was then, that it felt completely new.

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Tell us your future projects.

I started my debut album, “California, Baby!” in September 2017, and I am so proud to say that it’s finally coming out March 29th 2019!

 

It’s an 8 track project, including “Feelings for You.”

 

I am incredibly excited for you to hear it. I also have a song coming out almost EVERY month of this year.

 

That concept is called the Lukka Lounge, where I manufacture different tracks in my bedroom and then throw them into the studio where the real product comes into play.

 

I’ve also started my second album which is going to be strict R&B; I’m super excited about it.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

Nigel Martinez, Producer of my debut album

 

Toby Clark, Manager and Marketing Agent

 

Cole Boillat, Producer of Lukka Lounge / 2nd Album

 

Georganne Gould, Vocal Coach

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with intentional tuning if it’s intended to sound a certain way, there are plenty of songs that I believe should have vocal tuning because they are meant to sound cleaner than the voice can on its own.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

If you don’t think the song is good enough to be heard by the world, it’s not ready to be put out.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

Everyone has the right to a life in and outside of their career. I think that musicians should be pushed and held to a standard of having a life outside of what they do for a living.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

I think there are multiple ways to categorize different songs in the way that they are marketed. I think it’s fully possible for a song to be pop and R&B.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I can’t name a genre I necessarily despise but I’d say I definitely despise pointless music – Music that’s made purely for financial reasons or for fame.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

La La Land: This is my all-time favorite movie because it shows a modern musical as it should be made – The perfect mix of film and music.

 

Memento: This movie is honestly just mind-boggling, so interesting.

 

Ratatouille: This is my favorite kids’ movie because it never fails to keep my attention and it makes me smile.

 

Spider-Man: I honestly just love Spider-Man, and Toby McGuire.

 

The Notebook: Because who doesn’t love a sappy love story?

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Feelings for You, this song displays a wide range of emotions in the realm of high school.

 

Liking a guy who’s completely out of reach – Pretty crazy to think about how that type of stuff changes.

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

California Baby!

This title is actually written from one of the songs on the album – which is pretty funny. The song is all about being new to California, like I was just three years ago.

 

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