D.O.E - Babylon

D.O.E – Babylon

 

 

 

 

 

D.O.E - Babylon

D.O.E – Babylon

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  D.O.E

 

SONG TITLE:  Fucc Boy

 

RELEASE DATE:   March 2018

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Rap

 

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Discuss your existence.

First of all, D.O.E is an acronym for Definition Of Excellence. I’m a Nigerian but I reside in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

I studied at the American University in Cairo and graduated with first-class honours in Information Science.

 

To cut the long story short; I decided against the 9-5 to follow my passion, which is music.

 

Music started from the love of music which has taken me to Ghana, Egypt, and Nigeria (where I am from), presently I am in South Africa.

 

I have worked with some artists around the African region, the likes of Gemini Major, Cheecky Chizzy,Kay Switch, TuShow and lots more.

 

My last album was featured in BBNaija 2018 (Big Brother Naija #DoubleWahala).

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

My favorite genre of music is “Rap”, but there’s no limit to the kind of music I listen to, I basically allow my mood to make that decision.

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State your experience as an artist.

Well I have had so much experience in this industry, and have been to some places following this career… First working in Nigeria music industry which is really not gender based as your talent basically speaks for you.

 

I was with an Entertainment group (Bloo Dolphins Entertainments) in Ghana also, the industry is a very competitive one, and your craft will open a way for you; because they have so many talented artists and dancers also.

 

Here in South Africa where I work with Slim Visual Entertainment, I mean first the diversity of the country itself speak about the competitions, it’s like a den of various talents from all parts of the world, and as someone who likes competition, so this kind of basically made me stick to the country.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

I am very versatile in my music style and this infused in the diverse themes I choose when I do music.

 

Music is just meant to be good, and this is what I vision when I do music. So my song entitled “Babylon” is basically a piece of victory music, motivational theme, I try to use wordplay to try to describe how I never gave up and kept pushing my craft or my life generally. It’s easy to relate to and anyone can relate it…

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

Well everybody I have met along my music journey have made a great impact in my development and my success, so from Nigerian I will say a big thank you to my friend/producer/co-artist CHEEKY CHIZZY, who is the main producer to D’banj (KOKO Master), Kay Switch also (brother to D’banj), Big Brother Naija Crew for accepting my song to be featured on their show.

 

In South Africa: I would say a BIG thank you to Slim (My Manager) of Slim Visual, Gemini Major, Don Picasso & Picasso PR Agent , Du Jasko Group, MTV Base, Daily Hype, Pappy Thrill, Question Music, Hamilton Music, Bush Radio Cape Town, YFm South Africa, and other radio stations around South Africa that have interviewed me and played my music.

 

In Ghana: Oracle Entertainment (Bonez Beat), Bloo Dolphins Entertainment.

 

In Canada: Seeds Visual.

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State your future goals.

I am still planning to collaborate with more artists in South Africa and Nigeria and possibly around the world… I am a music lover and just having more ways to show my craft remains a drive for me.

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Share your feedback on this song.

Well so far the review has been fantastic, I have lots of music but I know this track “Babylon” gets people jumping more in most of my performances and events I have attended.

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

In various ways, I will say, because I try to stay motivational in the ways I craft my music, so the themes are mostly motivational.

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Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.

Well, I think it falls down to style and generations. So things have changed a lot in terms of how it’s done in some part of the 90s to now, but I know some people still keep it real and stick to a certain style, even if the fan base is limited.

 

I believe we should do music to reach the world, so we should always flow with the transformation, we shouldn’t stay behind always.  Nokia 3310 doesn’t have iPhone 10 features.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

I like Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne, the reason is how they try to pass their messages using wordplay and different styles but still a bit commercial, so they don’t limit the kind of song and feature they flow in.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I try to choose a certain situation or topic and try to elaborate on it.

 

I take my time for the style to flow in me which comes from oblivion.

 

Sometimes listening to a certain beat gives me quick motivation on what I would like to do on it, or who I would love to jump on it with.

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

I love working with different artists and sometimes I work solo, I love both worlds a lot.

 

Working with others broadens your ideas of what to say how and all, two heads are better than one kind of thing…

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State your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

Like I elaborated earlier, I think music should be done to reach the general public, we’re (artists) like those ones they fall back on when a certain mood calls…I am not saying all artist should or must be versatile, but I try to be versatile so if you look back at my history on the kind of songs I have done, you will see how diverse I have been… I go from dancing to passing message kind of music.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

Just like the lyrics; I also take my time to distinguish the kind of instrumentals I use and melody I choose… I am more of a bouncy and mellow when it comes to hip hop and stay in whatever other genres I choose…

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Go into detail on the recording of ‘Babylon.’

This track “Babylon” was recorded in Cape Town by X-Fecta, who I gave the concept of the beat and we had to both create it in some ways before I finally recorded the song itself.

D.O.E - Babylon

 

I already wrote the lyrics alone so we recorded, the same night we shared a little sample online and we’ve already started getting reviews.

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Discuss your music performance.

Well, my music performances are always and very electrifying… I attach much importance to connecting with the fans, giving eyes contacts, shaking hands when I can and basically I just enjoy myself.

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 State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My stage/artist name is D.O.E people call me DOE, but basically, it’s an acronym that stands for (Definition Of Excellence).

 

I chose this name to fit the style I brought, and this is different from the crowd which I define as my own excellence…

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State the meaning of ‘Babylon.’

The title of the song is “Babylon”, a little biblical in terms of how the Neo-Babylonian Empire ended. I used it in comparing myself and hater, enemies or whatever people want to relate it with. It indicates the fall of failure and rise to success.

 

 

The album’s name is “Babylon EP” since the song was speaking of a rise from grass to grace, well I felt the song itself will be best to describe the title of my first album; where I am coming from, where I am going to, and where I am going to be.

 

 

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Random Gyan - Outbox

Random Gyan – Outbox

 

Random Gyan - Outbox

Random Gyan – Outbox

 

ARTIST NAME: Random Gyan

 

SONG TITLE:  Outbox

 

ALBUM TITLE: Just Some

 

RELEASE DATE: 15th Feb 2018

 

GENRE:  Pop/Rock

 

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Tell us your country of birth and names.

All of us are from India.

 

Random Gyan:

Anubhav Srivastav – Vocals, Guitar

 

Protyay Chakraborty – Violin, Vocals

 

Shivang Kapadia – Drums, Percussion

 

Harmish Joshi – Saxophone, Trumpet

 

Raag Sethi – Bass, Keyboards, Production.

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State your academic qualification.

We all come from different backgrounds, Harmish has an MA in English, Protyay is an engineer, Raag is in education, and Anubhav has an MBA.

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Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.

The name of the band is really a reflection of our music. We don’t really conform to a single genre or style.

 

“Gyan” in Hindi means knowledge, so Random Gyan translates roughly to random knowledge, but in context has a more frivolous connotation, akin to the random pieces of solicited or unsolicited advice everyone loves to give.

 

So, “Just Some (Random Gyan)”, our debut EP features four very different tracks telling four very different stories, in spirit of the theme of random, spontaneous experiences, conversations and ideas.

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Tell us your genre and the idea behind your song.

The song details the flurry of thoughts that go through people’s minds while initiating text conversations with someone that they’re attracted to.

 

To have that ‘perfect’ mix of charm and to not come across as desperate, while dealing with some insecurities about your own shortcomings.

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Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

Listening to what artists want and need, rather than focused on getting music out and gigging relentlessly, we aren’t signed to a label, but friends of ours have mixed experiences.

 

Having a label that is focused on purpose rather than completing tasks for the artist would be amazing.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

We are relying solely on our fans. We have had a couple of blogs and radio stations that have aired and reviewed our music.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

RSJ Online

 

Creativeyatra

 

That Eric Alper

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Explain the story behind the song.

Anubhav (who wrote this song): I always had a flurry of thoughts after sending text messages to the women I felt attracted to.

 

During the subsequent wait for their answers, the usual thought came to mind-blowing if I sounded desperate, should I take a little longer to respond or will the moment pass by in case I take too long.

 

My feeling was that a lot of people would go through similar feelings, irrespective of genders and could relate to it.

 

So I wrote the song to confirm the above hypotheses that I had in my head.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

We’re genre-agnostic. All of us come through with widely varying interests in musical tastes and background.

 

The key is that we’re a closely-knit group of friends who can leverage that diversity mutually to create a sum that is greater and more interesting than its parts.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.

Weakness would be the distances that we all function under at this point. So coming together to make music is a big challenge.

 

Strengths would be the aforementioned diversity. Also, a big chunk of the strength comes as each one of us being a piece of a puzzle which everyone completes.

 

For example, for every loud/vocal personality or detail/complexity oriented individual in the band, there is a quieter person with a clear, simplistic approach towards things.

 

Both musically and personally, we’d be prices of a jigsaw completing the puzzle. Complex much, eh?

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List your favourite artists.

Benjamin Clementine, Novo Amor, Jon Bellion and James Blake – (strictly for good production values).

 

Paolo Nutini and Sharon Van Etten amongst many others.

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Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

Raag has a studio, so it made most of the recording part easy, as he engineered and produced it; much of the DIY was accomplished that way.

 

Since there are so many freelancing mix engineers and producers up for hire these days (not to mention how affordable audio recording technology is) that anyone can make a good sounding record now, and there are some great things happening… promoting indie talent and getting discovered.

 

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Young Taee – The Baddest

Young Taee – The Baddest

 

Young Taee – The Baddest

Young Taee – The Baddest

 

ARTIST NAME: Young Taee

 

SONG TITLE: The Baddest

 

ALBUM TITLE: Patience

 

RELEASE DATE: 11/15/2017

 

GENRE:  Hip/Hop

 

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Share your life story with us.

I was raised in Carthage, Texas; a small town on the east of Texas. I lived with my momma, brother, and sister.  My parents divorced when I was 12 years old so I was inspired to be the man of the house whether it’s helping her clean or buy shit from stores to resell for profit; I have been a hustler since and thriving to become something I aspired, and my focus at the moment is to change my mother’s life for good…

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

Since 2014, I had much support from my brother Zayvionn every year we improved and never gave up on what we going for!

 

My mother has always been the support of my life because she wants this as I would do anything in the world to keep her happy.

 

Also, I’ve had a lot of support from close friends peers, and people I don’t even know but I appreciate all the love and support because without them I wouldn’t be who I am today!

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

The process for “The Baddest” was crazy! I think I was in the studio for a whole day nonstop putting it together because I have seen potential in it as I was recording.

 

It’s a catchy vibe and I feel like when most people hear it they can almost relate to the situation…

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Discuss your songwriting.

My songwriting is simple, whether I make a beat or get one sent to me, the first thing is figuring out what the topic of the whole song is going to be and if it correlates with the sound and melody then I freestyle the song to get a feel on what it should sound like.

 

I go back and pull things to work off of the freestyle…

 

I will just write the bar for the bar as I play the beat and rap to it.

 

I will just keep coming up with new lines then I will replay the beat over and over till the song is complete!

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Elaborate on your future projects.

I’m getting ready to release my EP’s, Mixtapes and eventually a Debut Album this year.

 

I don’t want to go too deep into the names and release dates yet but it’s going to be amazing.

 

I have been having people hit me up like “when you dropping that” or “when you dropping this” it’s crazy but it just lets me know I got eyes on me so I got to go 100 the whole mile.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

Interacting with my fans, letting them know I care about them, talking to them and building relationships so as I grow I have a strong fundamental that will push me for greatness in the long run!

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

I had plenty of moments that thought came to mind, like at least 50 times in a year but my people keep me going, my momma keeps me motivated.

 

I’m a businessman, I like to move in business and build so you do not give up on something you grew up wanting to be so it’s like are you willing to take the necessary actions to make it come to life? I keep asking myself that question daily and that has kept me strong and passionate to make a living for myself and my family.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

I make my sounds based on my emotions and feelings. I move off the energy of my heart and soul when I make a melody I just play what sounds good and grasping to the ear…

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

Music licensing is the licensed use of copyrighted music. Music licensing is intended to ensure that the owners of copyrights on musical works are compensated for certain uses of their work.

 

A purchaser has limited rights to use the work without a separate agreement.

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State your favourite genre of music.

Hip/Hop.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

Every song I make has a story behind it. Most of my songs I put out I try to motivate someone or y’all about shit I know people go thru in life but don’t have the voice or platform to express it.

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Elaborate on this song.

Basically on the song ‘The Baddest’ I was in college at that point and I had just left for lunch and I saw this one chick I never seen her before and she was looking good but she was walking alone and I saw everybody else with somebody but she was just alone so I’m thinking like maybe she was just antisocial or hurt in a way so my intention was to walk up to see what was going on and at that moment that’s really were the chorus fell together “baby you the baddest I got to see the status wanna put you in a palace.”

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

I currently use Distrokid as my digital distribution because the pricing is just outrageous and being able to release an unlimited amount of music and profit from it makes me look that much more as a serious artist rather than someone that’s just rapping because I take this music to heart like this is really what I do and this is really what I am inspired to be.

 

This is the gateway for me to release myself, my feelings and my thoughts.

 

Music is the outlet and I love to express it for other people to relate to and listen to as well.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Using the right marketing methods, reaching the right target audience, interacting with fans, improving and building more quality content.

 

Learning more and more throughout the process is one of the biggest ways you can increase and improve your revenue because you have to prove everything and not just say it, and I always lived off that.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

I think it could be helpful, I have nothing against it because at the end of the day you are gaining knowledge on something you want to do in life whether you learn on your own or you go to school for it.

 

I think everyone must do whatever it takes to make that dream something already accomplishable if it is a dream for one to accomplish.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

I think it takes a lot of discipline, focus, passion and it takes a lot of motivation throughout the whole process like when you are working on a new song and you start to feel like “this a hit” – take more time on making it the hit you know it got the potential to be.

 

Don’t try to get it done fast, focus on every single aspect of the song in order to make it last because music nowadays is in and out, and you can have a hit song for a few weeks or a few months then it’s just a song again; so targeting the hit song is one of the best ways to have your music last a little bit longer in this industry.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Young Taee came up when my mom used to call me Tae, a nickname I was raised with growing up and at the time listening to YMCMB; I defined myself as “Young Taee” inspired by some of the best in Hip Hop today (Lil Wayne, Drake, etc.)…

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“The Baddest” came up from me seeing a beautiful woman but she was alone most of the day and I didn’t know why she didn’t interact with anyone so I walked up to talk to her on why she was not talking to anyone and it turned out she has been through a lot and I wanted to help her through it by uplifting her with a song and that is how the song came up.

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

The title of the album “Patience” came up from my understanding that everything you do in the music industry you must have patience.

 

I came to realize that when you are doing music and everything you do; you need to have patience whether it is releasing, promotion, finishing the song or whether it’s how long it’s going to take in the studio to get the good music out.

 

In order to create that masterpiece, you must have patience.

 

No rushing, it takes commitment and it takes a lot of motivation to get it done.

 

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