Prima Queen - Milk Teeth

Prima Queen – Milk Teeth

 

Prima Queen - Milk Teeth

Prima Queen – Milk Teeth

 

ARTIST NAME:   Prima Queen

 

SONG TITLE:  Milk Teeth

 

RELEASE DATE: June 7th, 2019

 

GENRE: Indie Rock/Indie Folk

 

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Prima Queen is an all-female indie/alternative rock band fronted by songwriting duo and best friends Louise Macphail (Bristol, UK) and Kristin McFadden (Chicago, USA).

 

Combining vulnerable and nostalgic storytelling with light-hearted lyrical imagery, their ethereal yet gritty style draws influences from artists such as Julia Jacklin, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

Kristin: Lyrics I connect with and find interesting, but also nice melodies.

 

Louise: When you hear something really relatable expressed lyrically in a way you’ve not thought about before.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Kristin: Joni Mitchell, Prince, Ray LaMontagne.

 

Louise: Julia Jacklin, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Niall Rogers.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

Kristin: I really love the show ‘Easy’ right now on Netflix because it portrays a lot of different types of struggles in relationships, and the whole show feels so real. Also, it’s set in Chicago, which is where I’m from so that’s an extra bonus.

 

Louise: Killing Eve! All the badass women…

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

Kristin: Well fed, slept and watered. Usually, the morning is best.

 

Louise: Confused about something usually – I find songwriting the best way of trying to understand and process feelings about things.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

Kristin: Someone you don’t know singing your lyrics at your show.

 

Louise: Being able to make enough money to live off making music.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

Kristin: Julia Jacklin, Haim, The Dixie Chicks, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow.

 

Louise: Lucy Dacus, Khruangbin, Nilufer Yanya, Laura Marling, Sister Sledge.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

Kristin: The first gig we ever played as a band was at the Water Rats. We made our drummer and bassist (both guys) wear blue wigs because we wanted to be an all-female band. Thank god we have real women now!

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

Louise: One of us will have an idea for the concept of a song usually based on one of our own experiences. Then the other person helps facilitate the most honest form of telling the story. Since we’re best friends we know all of each other’s stories and feelings, so we’re really good at helping each other make the song the truest to ourselves.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Kristin: It’s a lot easier to deal with rejection because there are two of us. It’s comforting to have someone who’s in the same position as you and feeling the same things. We keep each other motivated and inspired.

 

Louise: I think if you’re a solo artist it could be difficult to separate yourself from the music you make, so could make rejection difficult. However because there are two of us there’s a bit more separation which makes it easier for us to deal with rejection – it can still be hard sometimes though!

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Elaborate on the song.

Louise: Because Kristin had to move back to America in 2016 for a year we had to work around the time difference between America and England by sending voice memos of song ideas and playing together over FaceTime. ‘Milk Teeth’ is one of the songs we wrote together in this period and is based on two really bad heartbreaks we had around the same time on opposite sides of the world. The conversations we were having as best friends helped us process our feelings and then led to us writing the song.

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

Kristin: We wanted our band name to be feminine and powerful, so we knew we liked ‘queen’ being part of it. Then we liked the sound of the word ‘prima’ because it refers to a ‘prima donna.’

 

Louise: The title of the track, ‘Milk Teeth’ comes from a lyric in the song referring to the feeling of ice cream on your baby teeth as a child – the sensation of brain freeze can feel similar to the vulnerability and complete loss of control experienced when heartbroken.

 

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Lil Primo – Ignorant

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Lil Primo – Ignorant

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ARTIST NAME: Lil Primo

 

SONG TITLE: Ignorant

 

RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019

 

GENRE: Hip Hop/Rap

 

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An MC who broke out of Los Angeles, California, Lil Primo is a new & hot rapper from the West Coast who has attracted listeners with his Lil’ Wayne-influenced metaphorical lyrics and sexy, slinky hooks.

 

The West Coast rapper first developed a following on SoundCloud and has surprised audiences with his violent, dark lyrics that illustrate inner-city life.

 

His impeccable flow can be heard over new instrumentals and beats; type beats with inspirations from Eminem, Russ, Travis Scott, Drake, YNW Melly, Lil Pump, and 6ix9ine.

 

Lil Primo has deservedly outdone his social media rap peers by scoring many reposts, likes, plays, and follows that make his rap music stand out.

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

My artist name is Lil Primo and I am from Mexican descent. I was born in the United States in Long Beach California. I grew up with a struggling single mother who struggled to put food on the table. I was expelled from multiple schools and somehow was able to graduate. I first began writing music in 2018.

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State your academic qualification.

I graduated from high school and pursued college.

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

I began writing music in early 2018 and first made noise with my single “Bodied.” I represent the West Coast stoners through my brand “Greenleaf Stoners.” I have collaborated with many producers and SoundCloud artists.

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Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.

My genre is Hip Hop. I tend to talk about the fake rap community in my music about how some artists claim to be GANG material but they are just faking.

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

First is music. You need to be able to have good quality music and that all begins with the artist roster. In terms of business, there needs to be a whole organized team behind the execution and development of the label.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I tend to do self-promotion by reaching out to other artists or paying promotion services such as artist union.

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Explain the story behind the song.

‘Ignorant’ is a track that attempts to capture an image of gang life and ruthless behaviour. The talk is around “ignorant” behaviour.

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State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.

The other artist that I would say is a member goes by the name yDeeps and I collaborate with him a lot.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

‘Ignorant’ is a track that attempts to capture an image of gang life and ruthless behaviour. The talk is around “ignorant” behaviour. There are many punchlines in this song that aims to capture audience attention.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.

I began making music in 2018 and I hope to one day make a big name for myself and feature beside mainstream artists.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Besides my lyrics and style, my background, image, and story I portray really differentiates me from every other artist. I am of Mexican descent and hope to be an active voice of my community in the future.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.

My one weakness with music is composing a chorus. My strength would be delivering punchlines and really delivering a message.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Money in the Grave by Drake, Baby on Baby by DaBaby, Pull Up by Lil Keed, Pure Water by Migos, Drop the World by Lil Wayne.

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

I prefer to do it myself. A label will help you with networking and planning but the control they have on you really limits your creativity.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

I am an active member of my community with the hopes of spreading a positive message that will help the future generation achieve their goals.

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List your various works.  

Bodied, Dotty, Wided featuring yDeeps, Brazen, Set-Up produced by DJ Pain 1.

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State the official date of release.

19 06/14/2018

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is Lil Primo. Primo in Spanish is Cousin and I try to reach out to the Hispanic community (and others) and show we can all live as one and we are all family. Thus I am Primo.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song title is “Ignorant”. The theme of the song is about ignorant behaviour that occurs in gang life.

 

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AUTOM8theSKY - Can't Get It Out of My Mind

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AUTOM8theSKY - Can't Get It Out of My Mind

AUTOM8theSKY – Can’t Get It Out of My Mind

 

ARTIST NAME: AUTOM8theSKY

 

SONG TITLE: Can’t Get It Out of My Mind

 

ALBUM TITLE: AUTOM8theSKY

 

RELEASE DATE: May 10th, 2019

 

GENRE: Rock

 

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AUTOM8theSKY`s Jody Joseph, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York is most recognized as guitarist and vocalist of the band Chew the Cud.

 

His talents as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist shows in his predominantly guitar-driven alternative rock indie sound, that’s balanced with a splash of electronics, the likes of which has been compared to a wide array of iconic artists such as The Shins, Wilco, Roxy music, Franz Ferdinand, Jeff Lynne, the Cars and David Bowie.

 

Along with the help of award-winning music producer/engineer Arty Shweky, Joseph just finished recording his new EP and is thrilled for its release.

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Discuss your composition and melody.

I was playing around with the chord progression for a while. I was just finding the right moment to fill it with words. I started this song off with a chorus which is something I don’t do too often. I thought the line grabbed me and conveyed the sentiment I wanted to relay.

 

The melody was a work in process between my producer Arty Shwecky and me. We came up with the riffs together. Arty came up with these faint synth lines in the verses which I absolutely loved. It resonated well because the song described moments where my mind was in disarray and his synth lines fit right in.

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Elaborate on the song.

It’s a song about introspection; doing something wrong and correcting it.

 

I had an exchange with one of my daughters.  I had a lot of things on my mind as there was a lot going on at the moment especially prior to my exchange. I was short and abrupt with her. I felt bad and apologized. As transient and small as the incident was, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind for the next half or so. It bothered me that I made her feel bad and responded to her that way.

 

So I began to write. The song was inspired by my exchange with her but was not about her. It should not be taken literally as I wrote with hyperbole.

 

As I progressed in that writing session, I began to pile on with exaggeration as if to allude that everything in my world was going south.

 

My take away as a response to writing “Can’t get it out of my Mind”; just because I had a moment whereby I was hit with multiple issues at every angle, that should not stop me from handling myself with poise and grace with any interaction within those moments.

 

A common theme in some of my songs is being able to handle pressure effectively.

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Elaborate on your music career.

I’ve been playing, and still do with Chew the Cud. Chew the Cud is mostly a cover band playing classic and current alternative rock. We have been playing together since 2008. The band consists of two very dear friends of mine who are like brothers to me, Jeff Beyda and Ted Salame. We’ve known each other since childhood.

 

Our shows are extravaganzas with all different forms of entertainment. Every year is different. Every year has different guests.  Chew the Cud shows are not so much about us – it’s about the show!

 

We do have some originals and have worked on a concept album that will hopefully see the light of day sometime.

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Discuss your motive behind making music.

Growing up, music has always been like food and air for me. As I got into adulthood and life got busier and more complicated, listening to music on a daily basis was not as much of a necessity as it once was. Of course, I would listen and play music but it didn’t have to take place every day.

 

Ironically, for some strange reason, that’s when I began to write. I realized there were things that I needed to say.   There is nothing better than expressing oneself with words in tandem with music – It makes me feel good. If people gravitate towards my music and it makes someone else feel good, then that is the ultimate accomplishment for me.

 

I always had a sound and style in mind. Along with my collaboration with Arty, we implemented that style and we let it morph into something much more, hence the sound of AUTOM8theSKY.

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Discuss your songwriting and themes.

The bulk of a song can take me a half hour to write or it can take me 3 years. There have been ideas and concepts that have sat idle for years only to be rejuvenated and finally come to completion.

 

My easiest writing comes when I’m amidst a situation – When the subject matter is in full swing when my passion is in high gear. My feelings pour out.

 

The challenge is to make those words sound right with the music you are playing.

 

Once you think the song is written to completion; it really isn’t. It ferments in my brain. It will ruminate in my head for 2 – 3 days.

 

I will then go back to the song and tweak and revise until it feels right to me. I try my best to maximize on each song.

 

Most songs I write, I have a chord progression all tied up and ready to go. The melody develops over time.

 

Each song is different in its writing. Some have one topic; some have 3-4 topics going on simultaneously. Some tell a story, some tell several stories in confluence such as “Cracked Guitar.”

 

A given song may have nonfiction in one sentence and fiction in the next. I always say, do not take all my lyrics literally or autobiographical.

 

Some of my songs are vague and could mean anything. I encourage the listener to hear it the way they want to hear it and make associations to how it could fit their particular life.

 

If I can interconnect and have a symbiosis with the listener, then I have achieved my goal as a writer, musician, and artist.

 

There is some diversity in themes and content in my composition.

 

A lot of my writings tackle sociological issues. How human beings interact with one another or how human beings can improve, self-included. Sometimes problems need to be stated so we can correct it.

 

This world we live in is a beautiful world. What makes it beautiful is that things are imperfect. Some moments are great, some are good, some moments are bad, some moments are terrible and some moments are neutral.

 

We are all faced with challenges and we all have to figure out the best ways to work through them.

 

Some songs make references to my loved ones and how they make me happy.

 

Other songs make reference to things that piss me off.

 

A common theme is being inundated with so much going on at once coupled with technology; trying to streamline so I can figure what the heck that’s bothering me.

 

The need and yearning in giving myself ample time to think.

 

Other themes are the difference in perceptions in people or even me. How the mind is working at a given moment. How the mind can play tricks on you; thought patterns which can affect human behaviour.

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Elaborate on your work and achievement so far in your music career.

Too early to tell – “Real to Me” is my debut album.

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Tell us your opinion on using rhymes dictionary or writing software to develop lyrics.

I see nothing wrong with using rhyme dictionaries. It’s not like you’ve never heard of these words you are pulling out. You just need to have access to these words when you need it. They are not always at the forefront of one’s mind.

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Discuss the music industry.

On a positive note – So many choices today as to what to listen to… So many genres – Many songs and artists are an amalgamation of genres.

 

Music listening today is fragmented – So many different vehicles to listen through. You have streaming services, Satellite radio -Sirius, cable TV radio, internet radio, traditional FM-AM, downloading and so on and so on.

 

Because of these different mediums, I feel it’s difficult for artists to dominate and appeal to the masses like they did when I grew up. It’s also difficult for them to have staying power. There are exceptions of course.  Back then, there wasn’t much choice in finding new music.

 

There was FM radio, MTV, VH1 and that’s it. I would read Rolling Stone and Spin magazine cover to cover. If I saw an artist get positive reviews from two different sources, I went out to Tower Records in the village after a night out with friends usually around midnight and bought those CDs. While I was there I would end up picking up some other artists and go deep into their catalogs. This was a once a week ritual.

 

I don’t feel there is one particular style that the masses are listening to…Very different from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s. It’s unlimited today.

 

People say rock n roll is not in favour today. I don’t believe that nor do I care. I’m going to listen to whatever I want whether people think it’s in favour or not. Incidentally, I have been finding plenty of new modern rock artists that I enjoy listening to.

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Elaborate on how you prepare yourself for a recording session.

When I’m in the studio, I make sure to eat a meal beforehand and I drink a lot of water.

 

Vocally, I take a good 15 -20 minutes of takes before my voice gets warmed up. I make sure not to strain. The voice will come with proper warming and a lot of abdominal breathing.

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Brief us on your preference in terms of tempo as in up-tempo, mid-tempo or slow tempo.

I prefer creating mid to up-tempo songs. In today’s fast-paced world where people lose interest quickly- I feel it’s appropriate.

 

I’m in a phase of high throttle guitar driven songs with some crunch which gets my blood flowing. Incorporate some celestial atmospherics and it sounds right to me at this point in time.

 

That’s not to say I do not like slow songs. I’m sure some slow songs will come – I’m just not there yet.

 

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Jess Glynne & Jax Jones – One Touch

 

Singer and songwriter Jess Glynne and DJ Jax Jones team up to release the song entitled ‘One Touch’ with an amazing video via Atlantic Records.

 

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Timucin Kwong Wah Lam, known as Jax Jones, is an English DJ, record producer, songwriter, and remixer.

 

He is best known for his 2017 single “You Don’t Know Me” featuring RAYE which peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, “Instruction” featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don and “Breathe” featuring Ina Wroldsen.

 

He also featured on Duke Dumont’s single “I Got U”, which peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart in 2014.

 

Jess Glynne:

With a deep and soulful tone similar to Jessie J and Adele, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jess Glynne made her early 2010s breakthrough in the U.K. as the voice of chart-topping electronic dance tracks “My Love” with Route 94 and “Rather Be” with chamber-music-meets-house act Clean Bandit.

 

As a solo artist, she scored additional chart-toppers and a number one album with her 2015 debut, ‘I Cry When I Laugh.’

 

Glynne was born and raised north of London, singing from a young age. Staying connected to the music industry via odd jobs and college courses, she signed a deal with Atlantic Records in 2013.

 

From there, she contributed vocals to several key tracks, which helped launch her career into the mainstream.

 

Route 94’s “My Love” topped charts in the U.K. and Scotland, finding the ears of Clean Bandit, who recruited Glynne for 2014’s “Rather Be,” which became a global smash and took home a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

 

Two singles became Glynne’s first to chart under her own name: both “Right Here” (with Gorgon City) and “Real Love” (with Clean Bandit) hit the British Top Ten before the end of the year.

 

In 2015, Glynne hit number one again as a featured act (on Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go”), but she also topped the chart as a solo act with “Hold My Hand.”

 

Her debut full-length, ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ followed in August 2015 on Atlantic.

 

Buoyed by her success on the singles charts, ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ debuted at number one on the U.K. albums chart. The album led to an extensive touring schedule, which wrapped up in late 2016, only for Glynne to dive back into the studio at the start of 2017.

 

After weeks spent writing in Los Angeles, she retreated to the countryside for additional recording sessions alongside a team of her closest collaborators.

 

She wrote most of the record during that time, including the lead singles “These Days” with Rudimental, Macklemore, and Dan Caplen and “I’ll Be There,” which became her seventh number one.

 

The album ‘Always in Between’ arrived in October 2018 and topped the U.K. charts.

 

She then paired with Jax Jones for the single “One Touch” in May 2019.

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Rusty Reid - The Meaning of Life

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Rusty Reid - The Meaning of Life

Rusty Reid – The Meaning of Life

 

Rusty Reid – The Meaning of Life

 

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Rusty Reid is an American, indie rock, singer-songwriter. He was born and raised in West Texas, later honing his songwriting mostly in Houston. He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles and then to the Seattle area.

 

Rusty writes melodic, guitar-powered songs, many of which are philosophic, political and/or spiritual (not religious) in thematic content.

 

He writes songs for the world, extolling universal virtue, defending the oppressed, and frequently throwing musical fireballs at the citadel of conformity and all its many cults.

 

Rusty Reid’s latest release is the album “Head to Heart,” a 78-minute “Revolutionary Manifesto in Song!”

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Tell us how you build the confidence to face the audience.

I am not particularly shy about facing an audience. The only thing I worry about is remembering the lyrics and chords.

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Tell us your weakness and strength in performance.

My strength is the melodic and lyrical content of my songs. I don’t think of myself as a “performer.” I’m a storyteller and truth-bringer.

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Discuss your songwriting.

I have been writing songs since I was 12 years old. It took me four years to write a good one.

 

In my younger days, my songs were the standard fare about love and loss of love.

 

Over the past few decades, I have been turning my songwriting to explore two primary themes: personal evolution and social evolution. Change for the better, in each realm, is what the world needs now.

 

I still want to deliver original melodies and lyrics that no one has heard before, and themes that discuss the most important concepts, including the meaning of life.

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List your other skills apart from singing.

First and foremost I’m a songwriting philosopher. My singing gets the job done for what I’m trying to communicate. No one else sounds like me. I don’t even sound like me sometimes.

 

My guitar playing is rather unique; I don’t claim to be a great player, but the lines are well crafted and delivered. I do also have players that are world class.

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Tell us the most memorable moment in your music career.

Probably the day I realized that I had been trying to follow the lead of others. Now I am blazing my own path.

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Discuss your first performance.

I started off as an actor, not a singer, playing the lead in a community play. I thought I would have stage fright, but I didn’t. Soon enough I segued into singing and playing guitar on stage. The first time for a large audience was at a high school assembly. In one evening I went from being a ‘nobody’ to being one of the most popular students. Hail, hail rock and roll.

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Elaborate on what you know about the music business.

Enough to know it has always sucked.

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List the instruments you can play.

Guitar, bass, keys, and drum programming.

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Tell us how you tackle a pitch in your performance.

I have never had much problem with it.

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Tell us how you build your melody.

Original melodies are extremely important to me. The clone melodies that predominate much of contemporary pop and country music are a plague (ditto the voices and lyrics… so much same-same-same).

 

I grew up in the 1960s where almost every tune had a great – never heard before – melody (plus distinctive voices… OK, lyrics sometimes weren’t all that great…. It was the melodies that stood out).

 

That original melody is what I strive for.  I usually write melody and lyrics together, so when first starting; either side can lead the way.

 

As the song comes together, its structure will emerge and the rest of the lyrics have to conform. But once the first draft of the song is finished, now it’s time to go back to both melody and lyrics and start tweaking… always looking for that originality. Can this melody do something unexpected? Has this lyric been said before? These are the essential questions I’m asking to transform an OK song into a much better one.

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Describe your live performance and recording in the studio.

I play live solo and sometimes with a band. With the band, I’m more energetic, but also allowing the wash of music to inspire. Think Tom Petty perhaps. I’m not a dancer. I don’t have dancers behind me. I don’t have a light show. Playing solo I try to deliver a little more “soulful” performance. It’s just me and guitar, nothing else. With both, I enjoy communicating back and forth with the audience between songs. I’m not Bob Dylan.

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Tell us if you prefer using live instruments for your recording.

“Live?” You mean everyone playing together in a studio? No, we don’t do that. My players are all over the world. But except for the occasional drum machine, it is real players playing real guitars, pianos, drums, etc.

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Tell us the feedback you are getting pertaining to your music.

So far, so good; although this album is too deep thematically for the attention span of most listeners – “Head to Heart” is a philosophic, political, spiritual journey. Most listeners are seeking a much shallower, quickie, experience.

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Discuss how you record your song.

Each song is different. On “Head to Heart,” I play all of the instruments on a few songs, the rest include at least one other musician. Only one of them, a drummer, is one of my local buddies; all the rest are far-flung around the world.

I send them the work that I have developed so far, and they add their contribution, which may range from a bass part to a complete revamp of the song.

Almost every track on the album was recorded at someone’s home studio. I am in the Seattle area. I have contributors from L.A., Nashville, Atlanta, Brazil, Ireland, Germany, India, etc.

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Tell us if you write all your songs.

Yes, or co-write.

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State your favourite song.

Varies – The most commercial is probably the title song “Head to Heart.” Currently, my fave is “There is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods,” a musical take on the famous poem by Lord Byron.

 

There are three songs on the album that I “co-wrote” with famous poets. The others are “Eldorado” with Edgar Allan Poe, and “Sat Cit Ananda” with the anonymous author of the Indian “Moola Mantra.”

 

In each of these songs, I take a different approach to bringing these old words into the modern world of ideas and problems.

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Discuss the themes of your songs.

Ah, the themes – Simply the most important ideas of human history. The Story of Now. The Meaning of Life. Seeking Oneself. Universal Truth. Wisdom. Compassion. Oneness.

 

And a rundown of everything still fucked up about society: injustice, economic disparity, conservatism, women’s subjugation, animal abuse, pollution, global warming, etc.

 

If you want songs about ego or sex or trucks or bikinis or beer, this is not the album for you.

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Elaborate on the song.

Every song on the album is a philosophical, political and/or spiritual statement. You may or may not agree with the statement. But, if you do not, be prepared to have your mindset challenged. The world is changing; it always does. The question is how is it going to change. For better? Or for worse? And which is which?

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

My name is Rusty Reid. The album was originally titled “Another Way,” because just about every song is speaking to another way of doing things from the way we are currently doing so. But that’s a bit cryptic, so after I wrote the song “Head to Heart,” I thought that might be a more appealing, immediately resonant…

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Head to Heart:

 

Rusty Reid’s new CD, aptly titled, Head to Heart, takes us on a musical journey reminiscent of the 60s, punctuated with tones of East Indian sitar-like sounds in the song, “Sat Cit Ananda.”

 

Raising the question whether the Baby Boomer generation, the one that embraced flower power, has taken us where we wanted to go, Rusty’s musical statements have me reflecting on my past as well as the present.

“To Find Me” is an example of this soul-searching while the song, “Dismaland” commands, “We are better than this; we can turn it around.” Covering topics that should be near and dear to anyone, “Head to Heart” hits its mark beautifully.

– Vicki Welch Ayo, author (“Boys from Houston”)

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Jean-Mikhael – Senorita

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“I leave my stamp everywhere I go” states Jean-Mikhael with quiet confidence. “I would never want someone to hear me on the radio and for them to say ‘who’s that?’”

 

JM was born into a house bursting with creativity. His Grenadian-born mother worked as Boney M.’s hair stylist back in the day and passed on the tales of Jean-Mikhael’s late granddad – a saxophonist who played in Chicago’s live music scene – to the rest of the family.

 

His dad, who lives in France was likewise musical, he was with relatives from day one mastering everything from making ballet shoes to playing the accordion. “Everything was creative,” he explains.

 

It’s a lesson JM has carried with him to the present day. And taking influence from Michael Jackson – whose shoes he occupied for eight months as a young actor – he constantly looks up to Prince, Beyoncé, and TLC; all great artistic powerhouses who command stages with the sheer force of their personalities, express themselves with bold fashion, and who refuse to operate within boxes.

 

“Everything has to be a show,” he says. “As an artist, the image is everything.”

 

Jean-Mikhael’s debut EP, ‘The Deal,’ is all about boundless expression.

 

Theatricality and stunning visuals center his music; a distinct melting pot of sensual R&B, intimate songwriting and inventive, glossy pop production.

 

JM’s songwriting draws on past troubles and emerges from the storm with his head held high.

 

This is an EP that strikes the refresh button, presenting a brand new piece of unheard music to get stuck into, and the first chunky taste of what Jean-Mikhael is all about.

 

And looking forward, JM typically has his eyes on the next creative endeavour. “I’m already thinking about the next thing,” he says. “You need to think, how can I better it?”

 

“No filters” is an apt description for ‘The Deal’ and JM as a whole, too.

 

Influenced by striking conceptual art and high fashion alike, Jean-Mikhael doesn’t believe in style over substance. For him, style is substance instead.

 

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The first track to be taken from the new album, ‘Turn Off The News (Build A Garden),’ the band’s first album since their self‐titled Fantasy Records 2017 debut, arriving at a pivotal career moment.

 

Relentless touring, high‐profile television appearances (Colbert, Conan, debuts on the Grand Ole Opry & PBS’ Austin City Limits), continued work together with Neil Young & Lukas’s internationally recognised song-writing, production & acting work alongside Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga in the smash film ‘A Star Is Born’, which saw Lukas win a BAFTA Award for Original Music for his work on the film.

 

The new album features guest appearances by Kesha, Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Lucius, Shooter Jennings, Willie Nelson + Neil Young. Lukas comes to the UK & Europe in June/July.

 

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lukas Nelson began his career at a young age touring with his father, country music icon Willie Nelson.

 

After relocating from Paia, Hawaii in 2007 to attend college in Los Angeles, Nelson met drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert. The two musicians began playing together, and by the end of 2008, they’d enlisted bassist Merlyn Kelly and percussionist Tato Melgar to form Promise of the Real.

 

They quickly released a live EP called Live Beginnings to sell at their gigs.

They were touring heavily by early 2009, including stints opening for Willie Nelson and B.B. King.

 

Employing a mix of blues, reggae, roots, and straight-up American rock, they issued their first studio recording, the Brando’s Paradise Sessions EP, which included artwork by Lukas’ younger brother Micah Nelson. Micah’s artwork, especially the peace sign logo from this EP, would become closely associated with all of the band’s imagery and he soon began joining the band on-stage, painting during their live sets.

 

Prior to the release of their self-titled debut LP, Kelly left the band and, after a couple of stand-in bassists, was replaced by Corey McCormick.

 

The album further expanded on their diverse, multi-genre sound and included a guest vocal appearance by Willie Nelson on the song “Sound of Your Memory.”

 

Like Lukas’ well-traveled father, the band seemed most comfortable on the road, playing over 200 shows in 2011, including major festival stops and television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman.

 

Their second LP, Wasted, was released in 2012 and the band continued its heavy touring schedule, headlining its own shows and supporting John Fogerty for a stretch.

 

In early 2015, it was announced that Lukas, Micah, and Promise of the Real would be backing up Neil Young on his next album. The politically charged collaborative album was called The Monsanto Years and arrived in June of that year, and was documented on the 2016 live album Earth.

 

Just prior to the summer release of Earth, the Promise of the Real put out its third album, Something Real. That album was followed swiftly in August 2017 with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

~ Timothy Monger, Rovi

 

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Orchestra Fuego - Vengan Todos A Bailar

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Orchestra Fuego - Vengan Todos A Bailar

Orchestra Fuego – Vengan Todos A Bailar

 

ARTIST NAME: Orchestra Fuego

 

SONG TITLE: Vengan Todos A Bailar

 

ALBUM TITLE: Vengan Todos A Bailar

 

RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2019

GENRE: Latino

 

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Discuss your approach to music production.

We compose and produce all of our songs and although we’re a high energy Salsa band, our songs are made for the Salsa dance lover. The tempo is everything to us.

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Elaborate on how you come up with your lyrics.

I usually come up with a topic and one of our singer friends who also performs with the band, then take it from there and develops the song; we then listen and tweak and arrange it.

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Discuss your songwriting process.

Songwriting is pretty simple for us since we have a deep passion for what we do. Our composer can come up with lyrics to just about anything; I mean this guy could write a song about a pencil…

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Tell us about your next project.

We just released our new album titled “Vengan Todos A Bailar” and we’re now getting ready to shoot our next music video.

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Tell us what you won’t do again in your music career.

Hum, that’s a tough one, since we learn from our mistakes and these are the things that get us to the next level musically. I wouldn’t change a thing. I have had the blessings of having the same band members for the past four years, which is very difficult these days with the scarcity of venues to perform.

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Tell us how you ensure your music is engaging.

We’re on all the social media platforms and along with YouTube’s reporting; it gives me an idea of what works and doesn’t work, so I continue making adjustments to help engage our fans. We are the most sought after Latin band in the Tampa, Orlando area.

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Tell us your definition of harmony in music.

With a full Orchestra, Piano, Bass, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, Trombone, Baritone Sax, Two Trumpets, three singers, harmony is where we excel. Arranging all the different parts is challenging, but we try to bring out the best in each instrument.

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State your opinion on the income from digital streaming.

This is a hard subject for most musicians; recording albums have become just an expensive business card these days. With the availability of sharing music, it’s hard to make money on sales of your music. But I’m an optimist; I believe that this is something that can change by eliminating the sharing component so that everyone has to pay for digital downloads.

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Tell us the ways that artists can make a living.

Bring CDs to all your shows; I make extra money at all my shows selling my CDs. Also merchandise, like T-shirts and coffee cups; there are many services that can make T-shirts fairly inexpensive; doesn’t have to be extreme, keep it simple so you can make a profit.

 

Also, email your fans at least every other month to keep them engaged; monthly is best. You can even send coupons to sell you material; 2 CDs for a discount.

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Tell that special moment you discovered music.

That was many years ago while I was in college; I saw a small group of guys jamming at my student center playing Salsa and I was hooked!

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State your best song and the reason.

One of the best songs from my new album is ‘Si Te Vas’- it’s a story about a guy leaving his girlfriend and how she shrugs it off and keeps her head up. The lyrics and arrangement are just fabulous.

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Discuss the difference between recording in a professional studio and home studio.

I have recorded in commercial recording studios in the past and we have just built our own studio from a Shed! Ground up! And with the proper equipment and great engineer, can’t tell the difference. Home studios are becoming very popular and you save a lot of money in the end.

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Tell us how you master your songs.

We have a good friend in Connecticut who has mastered our last two albums and this guy is awesome. He does mastering for some of the best Salsa artists in the market.

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Discuss your interaction with your fans.

During our performances, we love to interact with our fans and we’re constantly reaching out to our fans through social media.

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Tell us how you create the time to promote your music online. You have to set out time for this; it’s an important part of the business. Most musicians hate this part of it and just want to do what they do best, which is performing, but you need to make time to catch up with fans and stay in touch. I like to do this in the morning before my day gets busy.

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State how you coordinate the musicians in your band.

That’s a tough one as well; although I have been extremely blessed to have some great musicians in my band, you also need to be a strong leader and not leave too many things up to musicians to make decisions; like rehearsals, you can’t just assume they are practicing their parts, you have to get in their face sometimes and let them know they need to look at the charts way before the rehearsals so that they don’t waste time at rehearsals.

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Tell us the project you will run to better the society.

My goal is to bring Salsa music back to its glory days. Salsa music has been on the back burner for way too many years and once I’m done with the Orchestra Fuego project, I would like to produce other upcoming artists.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Vengan Todos A Bailar’ is one of the songs in our album and also the title of the album and it’s made for the Salsa dancer; not too fast, not too slow, just right for the avid Salsa dancer. We will be shooting our new music video for this song.

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

I started playing music back in the late ’70s to ’80s when Salsa was at its peak; went to college, became a CPA, then about 4 years ago, re-kindled my love for music and started Orchestra Fuego; my initial thought was to bring back that hot and spicy Salsa rhythm to the music scene.

 

So Fuego (fire in Spanish) was what I wanted the band to perform like; hot and spicy and that’s what separates us from the other local bands; great musicians but they just stand there performing; our band is constantly moving; my singers are dancing in the front; on fire!

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Orchestra Fuego is a sensational Salsa band that performs both original and familiar Latin songs with invigorating new arrangements.

 

Based in Tampa Bay, Florida this twelve-piece live orchestra presents an ear-pleasing and visually alluring performance that magnifies their impressive presentation style.

 

These seasoned musicians with over two decades of experience produce a sizzling show—and the band’s dynamic, high energy sound dominates every stage they play on.

 

Orchestra Fuego delivers a vast and versatile repertoire of songs that includes Salsa – their first love – Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, Cha-cha and more.

 

Their hot Latin passion is on fire and can be felt through their expressive enthusiasm and high energy levels everywhere they perform.

 

A sole piano player’s relocation to a new state marks the origins of Orchestra Fuego.

 

Director and frontman Marcus Hernandez was a veteran performer on the New York City scene in the late ’70s and ’80s at the peak of the Salsa movement with Latin music running deep in his veins.

 

When Hernandez relocated to Florida from New York, he was fueled by two things:  an abiding interest in Salsa and a passion for bringing this sensational Latin sound to his new home state.

 

This quest led to seeking out and performing with other Salsa aficionados in the area, and these original musicians are all now members of Orchestra Fuego.

 

“After playing a few gigs,’’ laments Hernandez, “it became evident early on that the time was ripe to revive the classic Salsa sound in central Florida.”

 

Five years later, these same seasoned musicians have grown together and become a family rich with Latin heritage which makes for a tight sounding, ultra-professional band.

 

It is this cohesiveness that contributes to Orchestra Fuego being one of the most sought out Salsa groups in the Central Florida area.

 

Consisting of three singers, percussionists, brass musicians, a pianist, and a bass guitarist, their blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with Nuyorican flavour has maintained the integrity of what is referred to as “Old School Salsa or New York City Salsa,” complemented by a fresh twist.

 

Since their debut in 2014, Orchestra Fuego has ignited a myriad of dance floors throughout Florida with their upbeat, high energy performances.

 

Additionally, their first album, Encendido, has world-wide download coverage including on the domestic U.S. scene, internationally in the European market, and spanning the Pacific to the far reaches of Singapore.

 

Audiences everywhere agree that Orchestra Fuego’s danceable beats bring energy and exciting entertainment to any occasion, causing people to rush to the dance floor the moment the music begins.

 

Comfortable playing to crowds that number in the thousands or at intimate social gatherings, this versatile group expertly performs in a wide range of entertainment venues from nightclubs and restaurants to country clubs and large corporate events.

And their enthusiastic fan following in Central Florida has deftly positioned them to become beloved by audiences well beyond the borders of the state.

In addition to performing live shows, Orchestra Fuego is also working on several recording projects.

 

They have released four albums Encendido, Salsa Brava, Quemando La Pista, and our newest album, “Vengan Todos A Bailar.”

 

They are also currently producing their fourth music video.

Orchestra Fuego has won best Latin Song of the Year at the Elite Entertainment Music Awards and has been nominated for Best Latin Album at the Independent Music Awards.

 

“We really enjoy performing and watching others appreciate our music,” shares Marcus, “and we are eager to bring our sound around the world.”

Marcus Hernandez Musical Director and Founder  Composer, pianist, and Salsa aficionado, Marcus Hernandez was born with an affinity for Latin music that can surely be traced to the very molecules of his DNA.

 

Growing up in the boroughs of New York City, he was heavily influenced by two local Latin greats: the Grammy Award-winning pianist Eddie Palmieri and Puerto Rican Salsa legend Willie Rosario.

 

Their distinct styles cultivated his love for Salsa which led him to learn and master the piano at a young age.

 

In his early years as a musician, Marcus studied under Oscar Hernandez and Gilberto Colon, and more recently with Arturo Ortiz, who was the musical director for the Ricky Martin Band and Victor Romero who has played piano for almost all the top Latin Artist.

 

Hernandez himself emerged on the New York City Latin scene during the late ’70s when the Salsa movement was at an all-time high.  A major highlight of his New York career was forming the Salsa group Fuego ’77.

 

The band recorded its first album of the same name, Fuego ’77, under the Alegre label, a subsidiary of the famous Fania Records, and Hernandez composed and arranged eight of the ten songs on the album.

 

Fuego ‘77 became an in-demand supporting act opening for mega Salsa artists such as Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, and Hector Lavoe.

 

The band’s resume included performances at all the top Manhattan Salsa venues including The Corso, Ipanema, Casa Blanca, Casino 14, and the iconic Copa Cabana.

As his career flourished into the 1980s, Hernandez continued performing and working with various popular Latin artists such as Adalberto Santiago and Rafael de Jesus.

After taking a break from performing to focus on a business career, Hernandez moved to Florida in 2005 and found a tropical, steamy paradise ripe for the simmering sounds of Salsa.

 

His new surroundings provided inspiration for his current project, Orchestra Fuego, which has become one of the most sought out Salsa groups in the Central Florida area.

 

And after more than forty years on the Salsa scene, Marcus Hernandez is more enthusiastic than ever about composing his own original music and sharing his lively and refreshing arrangements of classic Salsa songs with audiences worldwide.

 

Special Recognitions:

Orchestra Fuego recently won best Latin song on the Akademia Music Awards

Orchestra Fuego won best Latin Music Video on Making Music Magazine

Orchestra Fuego winner of 2018 Best Salsa Song of the Year on the Atlas Elite Entertainment Awards.

 

 

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M.O + AJ Tracey – Choose Sides

 

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M.O + AJ Tracey – Choose Sides

 

M.O and AJ Tracey amaze with a great music video for the song entitled ‘Choose Sides.’

 

The remarkable vocal melody of the song is one of a kind that will bewitch the listeners while the rap verse is thrilling.

 

After their recent breakout smash “Bad Vibe”– their second official Gold Top 20 record (and soon to go Platinum in the UK with over 600K units sold and over 71M streams across all platforms), UK R&B group M.O are establishing themselves as one of the most lively and relevant female acts in the country right now. They return with their bona de new heater “Wondering”, featuring another of the UK’s legendary innovators and breakthrough artists, Chip.

 

Working with the likes of Lotto Boyzz and Mr. Eazi for their last release, M.O played both sides of the fence, uniting tastemakers and mainstream critics while gaining massive support from the likes of GRM DAILY, TRENCH MAGAZINE, THE FADER, THE METRO, BBC R1, 1Xtra, KISS FM, Capital FM, and Capital XTRA…

 

“Wondering” continues M.O’s air for tropical, lilting hooks and melody blended with the bassline that seems designed to light up parties.

 

M.O continue to maintain their position as one of the best female acts to watch.

 

With the vocal ability and glamour, M.O will go on to expand their fan base across the globe.

 

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