Amir – Stolen

Amir – Stolen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amir – Stolen

Amir – Stolen

 

 

 

 

 

Born in North-London to a Punjabi father and a mother from the midlands, Amir has always had a burning passion for music.

 

Since a young age, music has been the only path for the gifted performer.

 

Starting with the drums, he soon found music; an addiction taking on the guitar and piano. Since then, he’s worked to become the complete musician.

 

Music has been Amir’s life since before he can remember, though it’s not been without its hardships.

 

Working with previous management led to a crisis of identity and a pressure to conform to perceived ideas of “British Asian” artists.

 

It’s a discourse Amir’s glad to see the back of and hopes to inspire others of their individuality as he reveals in a telling interview with The Metro.

 

“The Pressure in the industry of having to cater to “British Asian standards” just doesn’t sit well with me.

 

The Asian Network have helped me get that message across. I’m lucky with my family as they have never pressured me to be something I’m not. But it’s not the same for some of my friends. They have service the family name before they are allowed to be happy, which ultimately messes us all up.”

 

His hard-work and undeniable talent have begun to bear fruit, leading to opportunities to work with Grammy winning producers in the United States and Europe, including Peter and Daniel (Matoma, Galantis, DFA) and Patrick Patrikios (Little Mix).

 

Since starting out as a solo artist, it’s been an emphatic, upward trajectory.

 

 

Tracks like ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘Drench Me With Your Lust’ were instant favourites with Kiss FM, BBC Asian Network, the latter regularly supporting and shortlisting him as an artist to watch.

 

Soon after, came support from Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2 and Craig Charles on 6Music.

 

Last year’s singles have also received worldwide support from Spotify’s editorial team, where he’s racked up over 300k streams.

 

Looking to 2019, it’s sure to be the biggest year of Amir’s musical journey to date.

 

The release of his debut album is set for the spring, preceded by a number of outstanding singles.

 

Not to neglect his love for performing, he’ll also be setting out on a number of tour dates including a date at O2 Shepherds Bush.

 

The first release of 2019 is the funk-rich, pop leaning “Stolen”.

 

A statement of intent for the feel-good vibes of the album, it’s unapologetically retro with a contemporary production standard.

 

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Tristan + HHIT - Olso

Tristan + HHIT – Olso

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tristan + HHIT - Olso

Tristan + HHIT – Olso

 

 

 

 

 

23-year-old Belgian vocalist, composer and producer, Isolde Van den Bulcke, also known as Tristan, is pleased to share the video to ‘Olso’, taken from her new EP, out now via PIAS.

 

Considered one of Belgium’s rising female artists, her new EP ‘Delidomia’, released 8th March via PIAS, fuses elegant vocal pop with ambient sounds and cosmic jazz and draws on influences such as Björk, Boards of Canada, Arca, Oneothrix Point Never and Wayne Shorter.

 

Her spellbinding debut EP ‘Illusje’, released in 2018 to critical acclaim, led to Belgium’s leading arts and culture publication Focus Knack to promptly ask, “Is this the Flemish Melanie de Biasio?”

 

‘Olso’ is a schizophrenic song, says Tristan. ‘I tried to combine an almost classical piece with EDM drums in a clever, yet self-evident way. We have recorded everything, including the strings and percussion, in our home studios.”

 

The track features her boyfriend Lander Gyselinck (STUFF.) on drums under the guise of HHIT (High Hats In Trees).

 

Composing, producing and performing her own music, Isolde studied jazz vocals at the Conservatory of Ghent and Tilburg University and at the tender age of 17, she took her first steps towards a promising recording career when she formed SIAM and won the prestigious East Flemish music award, Oost. Best.

 

Her most recent live shows as Tristan have not gone unnoticed either with a sold-out show in her hometown Ghent and rave reviews for further shows at We Are Open (Trix) and Gent Jazz.

 

She also caught the attention of Belgian-Egyptian musician Tamino who invited her to support him on tours throughout France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Tristan has already received her first radio play on Belgian national radio and appeared in numerous ‘Artists to Watch’ lists across many national media outlets at the end of the 2018.

 

“Beautifully crafted ambient pop that sounds dark, spacious and full of jazz” – Red Bull Music

 

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Tristan – Maljaande

Tristan – Maljaande

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tristan – Maljaande

Tristan – Maljaande

 

 

 

 

 

Tristan known as Isolde Van den Bulcke is considered one of Belgium’s rising female artists, her new EP ‘Delidomia’, released 8th March via PIAS, fuses elegant vocal pop with ambient sounds and cosmic jazz and draws on influences such as Björk, Boards of Canada, Arca, Oneothrix Point Never and Wayne Shorter.

 

Her spellbinding debut EP ‘Illusje’, released in 2018 to critical acclaim, led to Belgium’s leading arts and culture publication Focus Knack to promptly ask, “Is this the Flemish Melanie de Biasio?”

 

Ahead of the release, Tristan is pleased to share ‘Maljaande’, the first track from the EP. Her most pop-centric song to date, beguiling sounds and mesmerizing grooves exhort a magical and hypnotic dreamscape as the track shuttles between darkened electronics, pop and jazz.

 

“Maljaande’s narrative deals with the paradox of a young, Western woman living a happy-go-lucky life while struggling to truly enjoy it, in the knowledge that outside her cultural bubble, the world is a mess”, she says.

 

Composing, producing and performing her own music, Isolde studied jazz vocals at the Conservatory of Ghent and Tilburg University and at the tender age of 17, she took her first steps towards a promising recording career when she formed SIAM and won the prestigious East Flemish music award…

 

Tristan always got noticed either with a sold-out show in her hometown Ghent and rave reviews for further shows at We Are Open (Trix) and Gent Jazz.

 

She caught the attention of Belgian-Egyptian musician Tamino who invited her to support him on tours throughout France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Tristan has received her first radio play on Belgian national radio and appeared in numerous ‘Artists to Watch’ lists across many national media outlets at the end of the 2018.

 

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Amahla - Dorothy's Verses

Amahla – Dorothy’s Verses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amahla - Dorothy's Verses

Amahla – Dorothy’s Verses

 

 

 

 

Palpable uncertainty of issues like Brexit, immigration and women’s rights threatens to douse the flames of creativity in the next generation. But in times of hardship, authentic voices, stories and creativity can always thrive.

 

Hackney native Amahla is a prime example of this. After graduating with a 1st class degree from UCL with a thesis on African American brutality, Amahla was mentored by Songwriter Carla Marie Williams (Beyonce, Britney Spears) as a finalist in her songwriting competition.

 

A year later Amahla was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize for outstanding emerging female songwriters.

 

Amahla then closed 2018 as a recipient of the second ever MOBO Awards X Help Musicians Grant for her exceptional voice. Making industrious use of her community Amahla has cemented her reputation as one to watch for 2019.

 

The young artist has already performed at legendary venues such as The Jazz Cafe and Camden Roundhouse, as well as a forthcoming show at The Royal Albert Hall.

 

She also featured on the co-written “Red Honey” alongside Bronswood future bubbler Shunaji. The track landed the #1 spot on Radio 1Xtra’s EP of the week, where Amahla was named “One to Watch”.

 

She then released her first solo single “Old Soul”, garnering support from BBC Radio 1Xtra, 6Music and a number of tastemaker online media.

 

Looking to 2019, Amahla is set to release her full EP mid-February, with a launch event at The Roundhouse on February 19th.

 

The first release from the EP is the affecting, soulful and exquisitely performed “Dorothy’s Verses”. The track tells the story of Amahla’s grandmother, a domestic abuse survivor who now suffers from Alzheimer’s.

 

“Dorothy’s Verses” explores what truth is, looking back at her life through the lens of the fragmented memories she has now. It’s a song that’s reflective in its nature, telling a personal story, while also speaking broadly about the need to amplify women’s stories in the era of Me Too, a sentiment all fans can take something from.

 

Amahla states:

“Dorothy’s Verses” is my grandmother’s story of looking at her life through a new lens of Alzheimer’s. But it’s also about the need to hear women speak from their truths. We’re living through Me Too, a movement where women are reclaiming their stories and pushing them into our collective memories, this is but/just one verse.

 

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Lucy Mason - 3am

Lucy Mason – 3am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Mason - 3am

Lucy Mason – 3am

 

 

 

 

 

Following the release of the first half of her debut album, dream-pop soloist Lucy Mason is returning with ‘3am’, a remarkable new single taken from ‘Flashback Romance: Side B’.

 

‘Side A’ came out to eager audiences everywhere earlier in the year following a slew of lauded singles.

 

New cut ‘3am’ perfectly showcases Mason’s songwriting talents and sets the stage for her follow-up to recent tracks like ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘High and Dry’.

 

The entrancing and emotive vocal performances she’s both honed over her career and become known for are firing on all cylinders here as delicate keys and swelling synths build dramatically around her.

 

‘3am’, and ‘Flashback Romance’ in its entirety, was produced and engineered by Jess Ellen alongside Lucy in their home studios.

 

This very personal and DIY approach can be felt within the records intimate style but you’ll hear nothing but the highest quality of pop-sheen here.

 

Its approach gave the recording process a relaxed environment allowing her to explore the full extent of her range in a safe space.

 

The release follows a storming year which saw Lucy Mason not only achieve what many others can only dream but also overcome her own personal obstacles, plus the release of hit single ‘Hunger’ followed by her debut EP, and a performance at Buckingham Palace for HRH Prince Harry.

 

Her earnest lyrics, unique style and captivating voice have already seen her receive critical acclaim from the likes of The Independent, The Metro, Wonderland, The 405 and more.

 

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Delena - Holy Ground

Delena – Holy Ground

 

 

 

 

 

Delena - Holy Ground

Delena – Holy Ground

 

 

 

 

Born in Kiev, Delena relocated to a Switzerland school at just 12 years old and went on to London, to study at the London Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance.

 

Music was always in her veins, through her relation to Ukrainian screenwriter, film producer, and director Alexander Dovzhenko.

 

Moving to London was a new lease of life for Delena, who, inspired by the likes of Eta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Queen to name a few, began to develop her distinctive, sassy style of pop.

 

Now the young songwriter is looking forward to a busy 2019, with her first album on the way later this year. Firstly, fans can expect a new EP in February that showcases the versatility and songwriting guile of Delena.

 

The first single from the project is the rousing, captivating piano-led single “Holy Ground”. It’s a departure from her previous, pop-leaning releases.

 

The track crescendos to an anthemic, stirring chorus complimenting Delena’s vocal exquisitely.

 

Lyrically, it’s a motivational masterclass that’s sure to inspire her new fans across the globe.

 

Holy ground is my idea that there’s a place in everyone’s heart which no one can reach except you! Where we can escape to when things become too much.  It’s a beautiful place where there’s no pain because it’s completely untouchable and safe! So the song is a kind of prayer in a way and I wanted to give it a bit of church like feel.

 

We have a great tradition of religious singing in Ukraine.  It’s a very special sound and although this doesn’t sound like that kind of singing at all it was my inspiration.

 

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Dancing On Tables - Black

Dancing On Tables – Black

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing On Tables - Black

Dancing On Tables – Black

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing On Tables are a five-piece pop-rock band from Dunfermline, a small town just outside Edinburgh.

 

Originally friends from school, Robbie, Callum, Hamish, Gregor and Reece named themselves after arriving at a show, without a band name. When asked for their name they noticed that punters were dancing on tables and decided to run with it.

 

The band rely on a youthful energy and determination, as well as their close ties since school days as the driving force for their sound.

 

The band were signed early on by US Label LV Music, who went on to release their first single “OH”, followed by the “Space Race” EP. The two releases received support from Wonderland Magazine, Clash Magazine, Shazam and Record of The Day. Spotify’s curation team have also backed the music, resulting in over 1 Million Streams on their platform.

 

Off the back of overwhelming support, the boys’ live game has gone from strength to strength. Just off the back of a UK tour support with Cassia, the band sold out a number of tour dates across the country.

 

They’ve also performed at industry melting pots The Great Escape and Live At Leeds festival, all gearing towards their own UK tour later this year.

 

Live music is an issue that’s incredibly close to the boys’ heart, coming through the grass-roots scene in Scotland, they’ve seen many venues come and go. There’s a rising concern in modern times, that community and culture in the North are being shafted in society.

 

The new single showcases the undeniable versatility of the band’s sound. It’s a track that ebbs and flows between melancholic and energetic with expert delivery. Vocally, the band have a distinctive character that anchors them to their roots. They’re undeniably, fast becoming one of the UK’s most exciting new Indie-Pop prospects for 2019.

 

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The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

 

The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

London four-piece, The Skints, have clawed their way up from the depths of an underground punk/ska scene to a unique fixture on a global reggae stage.

 

Drawing influences as wide as soul, pop, grime and hardcore, their original brand of “tropical punk” has seen them evolve in to one of the hardest working and most respected bands in UK music.

 

The band’s new single ‘Learning to Swim’, released 18th January via Mr Bongo globally and Easy Star in North America, fuses the tenderness of lovers rock, the catchiness of pop with the urgency of hardcore punk, to create a unique sound that promises future stardom.

 

Few British bands blend different genres of music with such freedom, fun and invention while singer Marcia Richards’ philosophical and personal lyrics strike an emotional chord.

 

“For those who have lost a loved one, it’s not unusual to find comfort in the fact that you’ve spent more of your life with them than without. After 13 years of using this small comfort to keep afloat, 2019 will be the first year that the number of years without my sister Roanna will exceed the years she was around.

 

As I became increasingly aware of this date approaching and my life raft sinking, I wrote ‘Learning to Swim’, a song that musically flips through time and space,” she says.

 

“The chorus has no words, but flips to an era of punk and pop music that my sister was deeply into. Just as my mind gets wrenched back to that precious time so often, the song does too.” She adds, “The feeling as the years go on that it becomes more difficult to picture their face, to hear their voice. The rest of your life without them stretches ahead of you like a vast sea – it’s time for Swimming Lessons.”

 

Formed while at school in 2007, The Skints hail from the Waltham Forest and Redbridge boroughs of North East London, and they cut their teeth in London’s underground punk scene before venturing out of the M25 to play their first self-booked DIY venture and embark on a heaving touring regime across the nation’s “toilet venue” circuit.

 

Debut album ‘Live, Breathe, Build, Believe’, released at the end of 2009, received late night/specialist rotation across radio including BBC Radio 1’s Punk Show, whilst 2012’s ‘Part & Parcel’, was the second full-length album by the band and further built their fan base and opened doors to heavy touring, festivals and markets outside of the UK and across Europe.

 

The follow-up album, the critically-acclaimed ‘FM’, released in 2015, reached number 5 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and number 7 on the Independent Albums Chart in the UK and saw The Skints tour relentlessly across the USA, Canada and Japan.

 

Since the band’s inception, The Skints have toured extensively across the globe, playing hundreds of shows and festivals including Summerjam (Germany), Dour Festival (Belgium), California Roots (US) and ReggaeSunSka (France).

 

In the UK, The Skints sold-out their most recent 10-date UK tour including Shepherd’s Bush Empire and have performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown Festival, performing to 15,000 fans.

 

In addition, the band have supported bands that include NOFX, Less Than Jake, Mariachi El Bronx, Gym Class Heroes, Protoje, You Me At Six, Sublime with Rome and Easy Star All Stars.

 

Supporters of The Skints include BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross, Robert Elms on BBC Radio London, Steve Lamaq and Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6 Music and David Rodigan on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

 

Mr Bongo is a Brighton based independent record label and home to Hollie Cook, Protoje, Seu Jorge, Prince Fatty, Incredible Bongo Band, Jorge Ben and more.

 

 

 

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Filmspeed – Bless My Soul

Filmspeed – Bless My Soul

 

 

 

 

 

Filmspeed – Bless My Soul

Filmspeed – Bless My Soul

 

 

 

 

 

GENRE: Pop Rock/ Alternative Rock

 

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Two parts Motown, one part Tinseltown, all parts moving. The power trio of Filmspeed is comprised of two lifelong friends and a born music machine.

 

From humble beginnings in 2004 outside Detroit, MI and thru the gamut of the independent music industry, unyielding passion always precedes the sound.

 

Combining blood pumping anthems, melodic hooks, and soulful grooves, Filmspeed thrives on the live music experience.

 

Every minute of every album is written, recorded, and produced by the band themselves.

 

In this modern music scene of smoke and mirrors, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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

Not many people know this, but our real names are Slippers McDonalds, Santa Payne, and Thomas Kraft-Foosball. We were all born on the same boxcar running through Fayetteville, AK. Weirdly enough, we’re not related though. One of those weird coincidences I guess. We all grew up down the street from each other, but actually didn’t meet until September 2016.

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

Craig found a guitar in his dad’s closet at age 6 and took it out. When his father found him, he scolded Craig and told him never to look in his closet again and shooed him out of the room. Curiosity got the better of him, and every night from then on Craig would sneak into his father’s room and teach himself guitar. Thank goodness his parents were heavy sleepers. Thus began the musical career of Craig Broomba.

 

Nick was walking through the woods in Baltimore at age 14 and a bass guitar fell from a tree and hit him on the head. Thinking nothing of it initially, he continued his walk. A mile or so on, he saw the same bass guitar lying on the path in front of him. Same serial number and everything… at this point, he decided to turn back out of the woods. As soon as he turned around, the bass guitar was already in front him again. Sprinting now, he reached his car at the park entrance. The bass was in his passenger seat! Nick had no choice but to learn bass.

 

Oliver came out of the womb holding drumsticks. Growing up, his parents told him that this was perfectly normal, and that in fact an astonishing 24% of all babies are born with Stick Hand Syndrome. While not a curable condition, it is certainly treatable, and his responsible parents started him on drum therapy as soon as doctors deemed it safe. As of today, Oliver is on a strict regimen of 13 hours of drum practice a day, with hopes of cutting down to 3 hours over the next ten years.

 

We three friends came together to form Filmspeed. We chose the name after our favorite Keanu Reeves movie.

 

Skills-wise, Craig is a 4 time Regional Bingo Champion, Nick can yodel like nobody’s business, and Oliver can tie cherry stems in a knot with his tongue.

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

We are terrible with genres, so we just like to use the umbrella term of “rock n’ roll” and leave it at that. As for the music video and the song, we’re hoping they’re prime examples of that. The song is a jam we hope will get people riled up and ready to party. We actually had very little to do with the video, we hired our friends at Stage Twelve Productions to come up with a cooler idea than we ever could have on our own. Shout out to them for sure. We think it’s funny and poignant all in one, and we’re just happy we could provide the soundtrack.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

We prefer carrier pigeons, but have yet to see any great returns from them unfortunately. So I guess in the meantime we stick to all the usual social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are all firing on all cylinders. Seriously, wait for our pigeons though.

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Explain the story behind the song.

The song is called “Bless My Soul” because we all know that moment when you see the most beautiful person in the world that can’t be anything other than proof of a higher power. That’s what the song is about.

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

The other “unspoken” members of Filmspeed are Buttons Hyde-Wilson on zither, Kyle Kalbi on key tar, and of course the lovely Michelle Calzone-Ricotta on nose-flute. We’d be nowhere without them.

 

We are luckily enough to have been able to produce everything ourselves so far.

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

We did? Bless My Soul is about seeing the hottest person in the world and trying to seduce them, and the music video is our buddies at Stage Twelve Productions’ brain child, so you’d have to ask them where they got the idea.

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Tell us your future goal.

With regards to our future, we just want to conquer the world…

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

One of our biggest weaknesses would have to be that we don’t actually know how to play our instruments…

 

Our greatest strength would probably have to be showmanship, though.

 

So while we may not be playing our instruments right, you’ll sure as hell believe we are.

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List your favourite songs including the artists.

My Sharona – The Knack

My Bologna – Weird Al Yankovic

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

Well, if you’re signing to a major label, you’re no longer doing it yourself, so they’re kinda mutually exclusive. We’re pro-both, though.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Craig is an avid sculptor and ceramicist, Nick is making great strides in the field of experimental video art, and Oliver has sound installations in 5 different continents.

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List your various works.

Filmspeed has a couple albums and various singles under our belts, all of which is available…

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State the official date of release.

January 18, 2019.

 

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Baby D – Mama

Baby D – Mama

 

 

 

 

 

Baby D – Mama

Baby D – Mama

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Baby D

 

SONG TITLE: Mama

 

ALBUM TITLE: Queen Of Judah The Mini Album

 

RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2017

 

GENRE: R&B/Soul

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

We love music and find it as a spiritual way to bond communicate and work with one another.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

Listening to the flow of the rhythm and calculating what to say and when to speak.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Working day to day job and looking forward to doing something creative that can make a difference in this world.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

The Creator, great artists like Peter McIntosh, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, One Nation, Notorious B.I.G.

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

I would rather entertain on a full level. I feel good making others feel good.

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

Like I do with Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock, and R&B; we are mixing it up and trying something different.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Menace II Society, Juice, Lean On Me, The Lost Boys, Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon – nonstop fun and originality

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State the meaning of the song.

The song is about falling in love.

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

Queen Of Judah means the Tribe and its Queen shall rise again after 400 years of Hardship.

 

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