Sycosis + John Davis - Meet Me in the Sky

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

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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