Katie Belle

 

 

Katie Belle
Katie Belle

 

 

Katie Belle

 

Katie Belle hails from the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Katie has been active in the entertainment industry since she first began songwriting and producing her own original music at the tender age of 12. Her first original, “Born for This” produced in Nashville in 2011, rings true with her lyrics.  Since the debut of that single Katie has not stopped!  She continues to song write and release originals; a new group of singles is currently wrapping up production.

 

Katie is passionate about her songwriting and is a writer on all her originals. She looks to her life and those around her for inspiration. Her lyrics can be described as poetic, insightful, empowering, fun and energetic. Katie’s most recent single release is her original, “American Wild”, which has over 255K views on VEVO, and over 160K digital streams. She spent most of 2017 and early 2018 putting the finishing touches on a series of singles. This group of singles takes a more pop influence than previous works. The first in the group to release is, “Promises“, releasing in late May 2018.

 

Being the creative person she is and listening to those around her, Katie has been encouraged to utilize her talents in singing, songwriting, modeling and acting. This city girl books jobs in modeling and acting.

 

The Atlanta film scene is very active and Katie stays busy booking featured extra…

 

Katie has graced the runways of NYFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, Miami Beach Fashion Week and more… this all goes to Katie’s motto of “staying diverse and open minded” about opportunities in  the entertainment and fashion world. Recently signing with CLICK agency in Atlanta, she is also represented by TTM Agency Nashville, TN.

 

Katie is a featured model for the well-known boutique Fab’rik home based in Atlanta. She recently completed an ad campaign for Minus-33 outerwear, a video commercial for Delta Airlines and promo video campaign for Grey Goose Vodka.

 

Katie enjoys her fans and stays active on social media with her followers. Her music is independently distributed across all streaming services!  She releases her newest single “Promises” and continues her acting and modeling.

 

 

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Villagers – A Trick of the Light

 

 

 

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Villagers release fourth album The Art Of Pretending To Swim

 

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Villagers – A Trick of the Light

 

 

Always restless and inventive while always true to the power and glory of songwriting and melody, Conor O’Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers’ fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, released by Domino on Friday 21st September. Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015’s Darling Arithmetic, O’Brien’s new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers’ 2010 album debut Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s Awayland while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital, creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, The Art Of Pretending To Swim is the most brilliantly realised Villagers album to date. The album was written, produced, mixed and primarily performed by Conor O’Brien in his Dublin studio.

 

The video for ‘A Trick of the Light’, the first single from the album, was directed by Bob Gallagher.

 

Conor says of the collaboration:

 

“Myself and Bob got together and discussed the song thematically and came to the conclusion that there was no other option but to make a short film in which we follow a disheveled shamanistic protagonist who mysteriously triggers an altered state of consciousness in everyone he meets, or at least believes that he does. We also wanted lots of dancing and to inspire a general feeling of “what the hell did I just watch?” in the viewer.”

 

O’Brien has a string of accolades under his belt including two Ivor Novello Awards (the most recent being 2016’s Album Award for Darling Arithmetic), two Mercury Music Prize nominations and is also a previous winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize. Additionally, Villagers’ music recently featured in the high profile HBO drama ‘Big Little Lies’, Conor has collaborated with the composer Nico Muhly (that track featuring in the forthcoming Paulo Sorrentino Berlusconi biopic ‘Loro 2’) and Villagers’ Spotify session of ‘Nothing Arrived’ has hit over 100 million streams.

 

The Art Of Pretending To Swim is available to pre-order on Domino Mart-exclusive deluxe LP (includes 10” of a 12-minute version of ‘Ada’ and B-side ‘This Is The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ plus signed lyric booklet), Deluxe LP (includes ‘Ada’/ ‘This Is The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ 10”), Standard LP, CD and Digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital.

 

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Yogi, Maleek Berry, RAY BLK, Kid Ink – Baby

 

Yogi, Maleek Berry, RAY BLK, Kid Ink – Baby

 

Yogi has dropped the exciting visual to his brand new single “Baby” featuring Maleek Berry, RAY BLK and Kid Ink directed by Francis Wallis. Yogi samples Julio Bashmore and brings his unique flavour and international influences into the masterful production, once again positioning himself as the one to watch for in 2018. Set in the middle of a cinematic race track, the video, much like the song itself, is fueled with exhilarating energy.

 

“We shot this video at a racetrack on the outskirts of Los Angeles. A group of people break into the venue and set up a pirate radio station, leading to a crazy night of fun, action and great performances from Maleek Berry, Ray BLK and Kid Ink. It’s a nod to the UK pirate radio scene of the 90s, something I know that Yogi was a part of and still something that resonates with his broader fan base. I loved the energy of this song and knew how significant it was to create the right mood and tone, using our location, lighting and smoke to maximum effect in achieving the look we wanted!” Francis Wallis

 

 

“Baby” is undeniably a hit, filled with its vibrant rhythms reminiscent of carefree summer nights. Since its release the track has racked up an impressive 1Million streams across Spotify, as well as reaching #38 in the iTunes Hip Hop Charts and #9 amongst the Viral Charts. Peaking at #58 in the Shazam charts, the track has also been play-listed across 1Xtra. Earlier today, a fiery official remix for ‘Baby’ arrived by production duo iLL BLU, further emphasizing the track’s potential as both an underground anthem and mainstream record.

 

 

About Yogi
Born and bred in Brent Cross, North west London, Yogi existed in his own world. But having lived in Los Angeles for the past three years, Yogi’s upcoming debut album is centered on his personal connection between the two cities. He’s been coming back and forth here for the past five or six years as an in-house producer at Interscope, the label founded by Jimmy Iovine – and through which he ended up meeting and signing a production deal with the legendary Dr Dre, and an artist deal with Skrillex’s OWSLA to release his own music. These connections became the catalyst for Yogi’s journey across the Atlantic. And it’s these relationships Yogi fostered that’s put him in a position to bring the likes of DRAM and Kid Ink, together with UK acts such as RAY BLK, Lady Leshurr on his debut album, successfully marrying the tone of two of the world’s most iconic cities into one unique, jet-setting sound.

 

His production credits include some of the best in the game at the moment. Names like Rita Ora, Stormzy, Tinie Tempah, AlunaGeorge, Kid Ink, Professor Green and Santigold, are only a testament to Yogi’s strength as a powerhouse producer and his demand is sure to sky rocket. Yogi produced Wretch 32’s single ‘Traktor’ which came in at No.2 on the UK Official Charts.

 

Yogi describes his upcoming album as “a driving album” – one built around memories of cruising around London and Los Angeles, the different feelings each place evokes and the tunes he would play along the way. In a nutshell “I wanted to aspire make something like the Chronic 2001 of 2018,” he says, before going on to explain how the album is a marriage between LDN and LA. There’s also one final point he wants to get across – which is that the album is also going to have the kind of bumping tracks that hark back to his days as a DJ and could easily be played in a club.

 

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ARTIST NAME: Layla Renn

 

SONG TITLE: Sorry

 

RELEASE DATE: February 4th 2018

 

GENRE: Electronic

 

ARTIST NAME: Layla Renn

 

SONG TITLE: Hallelujah

 

RELEASE DATE: February 15th 2018

 

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Tell us your history.
I grew up in a really musically diverse household. I started out with the cliché school choir. I was constantly given solos to perform, so when I got to around the 3rd grade I was already pretty confident in my voice. I tried writing here and there; convinced my parents when I was 10 to get me a guitar. I was self-taught, but after about a year I decided to focus on my voice and set the guitar down for a while. Music has been kind of a love/hate relationship. I love how good I am at it, but sometimes I hate the fact that my dreams are one of the most difficult to attain. So far the past years I’ve been writing and keeping up on my guitar skills. In the past year my boyfriend (Instagram handle:@kahdeeproductions) had suggested I get back into music full-time and was very supportive in that; and for Christmas he surprised me with a full home studio so I was finally able to work on music how I’ve always wanted. And thanks to some amazing experiences over the last few months, we have a lot of awesome projects that are currently in the works.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I like to draw from a lot of different genres and writing styles to almost create my own genre within a genre. Using influences such as Amy Winehouse styled vocals and melded with a modern day electro-pop song. I also like taking a lot of bluesy and soul influences and doing the same; mixing in a modern twist to almost create my own genre, having multiple styles working within the work.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

I don’t really like being genre specific. But I’d mostly say pop with some edgy vibes with also a hint of soulful-blues, as I like to convey a lot of emotion in my vocals.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

“Sorry” was an insightful suggestion that my manager thought would highlight some aspects of my vocal range and style; as well as a way to let some raw emotion to come through a song.

 

As for “Hallelujah”: that has always been an all-time favorite of mine, specifically Leonard Cohen’s original version. And there’s something about the theme light versus dark that is very inspiring and motivating.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

On certain songs I write and I come up with many melodies that fit, and it takes a while to pin-point exactly which style of song I want to produce. I generally have found at this point I like putting out a song with an overall vibe that kind of makes you think.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

Once we get an overall sound that we like, the recording goes pretty quickly. The vocals of the tracks, generally take less than a few hours. We have created a really good system that we incorporate a lot of emotions into our songs whether they are originals or covers. I like to be very detailed oriented in the beginning, so what you are hearing in my songs is very raw and real, and there isn’t too much post production needed.

 

“Hallelujah” was actually recorded in one take all the way through. No cuts or anything was needed for that song. I even played the guitar live as I sang the song for the recording.

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List the names of blogs, radio or television stations that have supported you so far.

So far I have been on a few radio stations, some even internationally. I have “Sorry” playing out in Tel Aviv, Israel currently on their number one hit station. A few of my other songs are on rotation in a radio station in Chicago as well. We’ve been trying to hit large cities to get my music out to more people. Blogs have been something we have been trying to get more support from, so reaching out to as many as possible has been one of our more recent projects.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.

I enjoy playing local shows when I get the chance. I really like playing live performances. I have done a lot of acoustic takes on popular songs that are really popular. My main focus however is to work in the studio for the time being. We are currently working on my debut EP.  As far as future goals go, I really would like to get signed by a major record label in the next year. My end goal is a little different however; I really want to help people eventually. I have plans for creating a nonprofit to benefit homeless youth in America.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

A lot of the times when I write, it’s not about the words that I’m saying, but the emotion I’m trying to convey. Not all of the stories I tell are exactly how they happen, but are based off the fleeting emotions as they come and go in my life. However I do have a few songs that are loosely based off certain experiences that I did want to turn into a story, and hoped that people could not only relate to the feeling, but the lyrics as well.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Don’t throw any material away ever. I have an entire file dedicated to one liner that means if I ever think of a catchy lyric that doesn’t fit in any current work that I’ll file away. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a bump in a song and I’ve gone back to that file and taken a sentence or two. And remember creativity only breeds more creativity.

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Don’t compromise what makes you unique.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

As an up and coming artist, these are a lot of things I hope to be achieving in the next year or two. I have had quite a bit of success putting my music online: millions of streams on SoundCloud, however I’d love that to translate to my performances. I can’t wait until I am in front of a crowd of 20,000 people as they sing along to my lyrics.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

If I’m working on a track that doesn’t have any collaborators, I generally prefer doing the writing in private. I set my surroundings accordingly to the feeling I’m trying to portray in my music. If it’s a moodier song, I’ll turn off the lights and put on a small dim light. I like writing a lot in the evening, right at dusk. Not only is that when I’m more creative, but I can connect more to what I write. The world gets a little quieter at night, so it makes it easier for me to focus on my music.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

Somebody that I draw inspiration from and work with regularly in the studio and out, who has been motivation, not only in the music world, but in my personal life as well would be Alex Kade of Kahdee Productions. We work well together in the sense that I handle the beginning stages of a song, like the writing and melody, and he handles the end like the production and publication.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Probably all dogs. (haha) I want an English bulldog and a bull terrier dog to add to the collection of bully breeds that I currently have. Although the money would be a good foundation to start up my non-profit.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

Well my boyfriend Alex is not only my producer; he also plays the role of my manager. He focuses on getting my music into as many outlets as possible. He reaches out to radio stations and blogs to try to get my music heard. We’ve also gotten a lot of requests for collaborations which are nice, so we are trying to find time to work with other people as well as on our own projects. What I like to do, however is to play a lot of live shows locally so people who live near me can find me easier as well.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

That’s kind of the role that Alex plays. He does a lot of the stuff for me. Without him I honestly don’t think I’d have a lot of the things accomplished so quickly that I have. We make a good team: I’m the musical talent, but he’s definitely the ambition and drive.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Layla is a tribute to my paternal biological grandmother who was also musically inclined, but unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Hallelujah”: imperfect people can sometimes do perfect things. The entire song is about people feeling less than or feeling not as important, but still pushing forward, and still being able to accomplish great things. It’s more than just a biblical reference. There are many types of Hallelujahs in the world.

Alexis Lynn – Promises

Alexis Lynn – Promises

 

With her debut single “Promises”, available now on all streaming services, 19-year-old Alexis Lynn is showcasing the powerhouse talent that she possesses. With a modern pop/R&B blended with instrumental hip-hop undertones, “Promises” does not disappoint in the dynamics of Alexis Lynn’s powerful presence. Produced in Los Angeles by Daniel Simmons and written by Alexis Lynn and Ele Ivory, “Promises” is also the official debut of Alexis Lynn as a songwriter.

 

 

 

 

Alexis Lynn - Promises
Alexis Lynn – Promises

 

As a performer, singer, and writer, sharing a part of myself with an audience is nothing new, but releasing music to the public is completely foreign to me,” describes Alexis Lynn.

 

Proving herself as a force to be reckoned with, Alexis Lynn knows that finding the sound and the right song takes time, but it’s a challenge and a journey that she is excited, prepared and so ready to be a part of.

 

“For something that feels so long awaited, it’s equally exciting and terrifying letting the world know who I am. There has been so much hard work, dedication and passion put into this single, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

 

Noted as “One to Watch” from national music blog “The Reviews Are In,” following her 2017 Indie Week performance, Alexis Lynn knew that now was the right time to finally release her highly-anticipated debut single.

 

“I’ve been writing a lot over the past year, and the progression of the songs is evident, they get better and better each write, but there was just something about “Promises”. The write itself was so smooth and as soon as I made a demo of it, I just had a feeling. The song just felt so right. I guess when you know, you just know,” says Alexis Lynn.

 

In 2016, Alexis Lynn was acknowledged as a Top 20 Under 20 Talent during CBC’s Searchlight contest and honoured as a 2016 Fraser Valley award-nominee. Professionally launching her career in 2015, Alexis Lynn made shockwaves in the music industry, winning “Best Original Song” and “Audience Favourite” at The Star Experience Songwriting Competition, chosen as a Top 10 finalist for the “She’s The One” competition held at Ottawa Bluesfest and being chosen as one of ten acts to perform at Launch Festival Vancouver.

 

Philanthropically, Alexis Lynn places a strong importance on giving back, actively volunteering with The Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Vancouver Downtown Eastside Community.

 

“The Multiple Sclerosis Society is very close to my heart as my sister was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2011. MS, is known as a treatable but incurable disease. I think it’s so important to aid research in any way possible to improve treatment options and hopefully one day find a cure,” details Alexis Lynn.

 

“The Vancouver Downtown Eastside provides support to low-income residents, which is incredibly important to me. I simply think to help someone in need is not the right thing to do, but the human thing to do. Being fortunate enough and having the privilege to be able to give back is something I take advantage of and try to utilize as often as possible.”

 

Alexis Lynn is no stranger to dedication and hard work. From a young age, Alexis Lynn found her athletic outlet playing soccer and has channeled her hard work ethic into putting her heart and soul into her music.

 

“Playing competitively at a high level definitely taught me a lot about commitment, self-discipline, the importance of teamwork, and perseverance. The sport itself required a lot of hard work, but the coaches and teams taught me much more about what it means to work hard not only for yourself, but for a greater goal in mind. My parents also made sure I never missed a practice, meeting, or game, that I was otherwise able to be at because they always reminded me to follow through with the commitments I made, explains Alexis Lynn.” “While I may no longer be playing soccer at that level, the life skills it taught me are what gives me the perseverance and determination to share my music.”

 

With “Promises” now released, Alexis Lynn is back working, and preparing her brand new EP, which is guaranteed to be full of powerful and emotional lyrics, paired with a vibrant, new sound.

 

“It truly feels like things are finally coming together, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where this journey takes me.”

 

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Daniel Correa

 

 

Daniel Correa

 

 

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

Daniel Correa, US, I grew up in good surroundings with loving parents, but I was bullied as a kid due to having a short temper and not understanding social cues.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I’m a senior about to graduate from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My music career started when I was twelve and I formed a band with some friends I had made at a music camp called Rock Camp. This went on for a few years until the band dissipated and I went ‘solo’ at 15, working with my now longtime collaborator Ahmed Barroso. From there I’ve spent most of my time writing songs and producing songs with Ahmed while also attending music school where I’ve been involved in other projects; mainly a ska band I co-started with my friend Zachary called The Zognoids. I now continue to pursue a music career under Daniel Correa and the Collective Bus.

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

The genre of the song is pop. The original concept of the video was to be a straight up traditional music video filming the band playing the song, but only Ahmed and I were available for the shoot. So we improvised. I came up with the idea of playing on cardboard instruments and just have some fun with it. The whole thing is a ‘happy accident’.

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

The only advice I can distill is that planning out your content is very important. One needs to have supplementary content to be able to promote their work.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

My team and I have been promoting the music through traditional social media avenues like Facebook and YouTube; we try really hard to make sure that all of the music is out there on all the digital platforms.

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Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.

My dogs make me happy. What makes me sad is that the world can’t be simple and pure like in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

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Explain clearly the story or concept behind the song.

The concept behind the song is that the depression personified into this ghost-like being known as The Wraith.

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List the radio stations, TV stations and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.

“The Wraith” was just released a week ago and so far we have been honored with a super flattering write up by Melanie Gomez of Celeb Mix and the song has been getting mad love radio play by Randy the Maestro at Q-108 Kingston Canada.

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Give us links to where the song can be purchased.


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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The other member of Collective Bus is my longtime collaborator Ahmed Barroso, the video was wonderfully directed by Luis Castaneda who has directed most of our past videos, and the cardboard instruments were made by him and his girlfriend. We shot it in an all white house that my dad’s nephew had just built to sell, and we white paper taped the background. The shooting was all done in one night. Limited funding and ingenuity can work… Ironically, my family and I later stayed in the house for a few days during Hurricane Irma as our Miami home is in an evacuation zone.

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

I have been honing in my craft as a songwriter, composer, and performer during my time at the Frost School of Music for a few years. I hope to one day take these talents across the country in the form of a tour.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I think what makes my music unique is my voice. Its timbre is the real ‘signature’ on all my songs.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I would say my weaknesses are production and notation, but I am a really strong performer.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Georgia by Emily King

 

 

What is Hip? By Tower of Power

 

 

BLEACH by BROCKHAMPTON

 

 

Making the Most of the Night by Carly Rae Jepsen

 

 

3 Irish Legends: No 1. The Tides of Manaunaun by Henry Cowell

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

DIY is necessary in this climate. The more you can do the better. Got to keep all your options open.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.

I like video games and listening to podcasts.

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List your various works.

So far I have released 3 albums: “Progressions”, “Polluted” and “Melodramatic”.

 

Two of my tracks: “Don’t Stop” and “Fold it Back” have made it onto various Billboard charts.

 

 

Hopefully “The Wraith” could be my third…. I’m currently working on 4 more tracks that we will be releasing as singles.

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January 25th, 2018.

Wooly and the Uke I Janat Sohail Aziz

 

 

Wooly and the Uke / Janat Sohail Aziz

 

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

My name is Janat Sohail Aziz and I was born in Lahore, musically one of the liveliest cities of Pakistan. My date of birth is the 17th of December, 1993.

 

As a child, I always found rhythm in the tiniest of mundane things, like tapping my feet with the ticking clock or making a song with the dial tones! I was innately a very quiet child, fumbling with words rather often, so when I got my first guitar, I took a plunge into a world where my emotions no longer existed as just a surreal entity inside me. Music managed to break its way into the little hallways of my head and I couldn’t have felt closer to myself.

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Tell us how you start your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I was a part of Pakistan’s first all-girls ensemble in Nescafe Basement, which made quite a few waves with its initiative of breaking barriers and normalizing the idea of women as beyond the roles that society’s social constructs restrict them to. It was, especially, through that platform that I discovered to take a leap out of my comfort zone and introduce my own music to the masses- hence, Wooly and the Uke came into being.

 

Wooly and the Uke is a solo project that had started a long time ago, only to be named and announced in 2017. I started writing when I was very young and my music evolved with my personal experiences and growth- rather a lot through human interactions. For me, it’s about storytelling- opening the doors to thoughts you wouldn’t be able to express otherwise and I had almost always been telling my story, even if in the confinement of my room.

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

I would like to believe that my music identifies with the avant-garde genre; pushing and spilling out the boundaries. I don’t carry the interest or the capability to work my music around structures or the set standards, I feel free when I can stretch my limits and experiment.

 

My new track, “Circus”, is a rather satirical comment on the capitalist driven society today- it’s about the rat race that we encircle around, nibbling on each other’s dreams and forgetting our existence as beyond the greed. This human condition has always existed as a series of puzzled thoughts in my head and that’s what inspired me to really describe them through my music.

 

The idea fell through effortlessly like collapsing dominos- from the music producer to the film director, each element was delicately intertwined with the others and experienced growth from there. The emotion the song carried navigated its way to the video- it is a montage of a veiled turmoil, a cold state of an end coming and stumbling across your frail soul amidst the chaos.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I wouldn’t say that I faced many ups and downs in the music business, as I’ve never been as connected to the commercial aspect of it to begin with. However, I did struggle with discovering what it is that I really want to do to feel at peace with myself. I realized that creating music that conformed to others’ idea of it made me grow weary and less connected to myself, so I decided to do otherwise.

 

As a musician, I produce what fulfills me and then, channeling those thoughts to the others listening- it’s a process of reciprocating human emotions.

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Tell us about other members of your band, crew or music video director and how the music video was shot.

Wooly and the Uke is a solo project! So, it’s me- Janat Sohail Aziz.

 

The music for “Circus” was produced by Jamal Rehman, the founder of True Brew Records.

 

The music video was directed by The Retro House Productions- it was shot in multiple locations, including the North. Ironically, the most memorable part of the shoot was me surviving a massive mirror fall on my head!

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

I slid into the music industry with my presence in the Nescafe Basement, Season 4, in 2016. It was definitely a stepping stone, as it helped me open up to bigger crowds and be introduced to an array of genres.

 

Following the advent of Wooly and the Uke, my aim is and shall remain to express thoughts through what fulfills my head and the heart!

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

The inner thoughts, what brews inside the little hallways of my head.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Try and really listen to the wavering voice in your head.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

To anybody who’s felt a connection to what I’ve done, thank you.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

As hard as it may be, condition yourself to believe in what your heart wants- help your head feel connected to what lies there. Just do it, dammit!

 

 

Conceit

 

 

Conceit

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

Hello all, my name is Conceit, I’m a Hip Hop artist originally from Jersey City, N.J. but now living in Phoenix, A.Z. and IT’S HOT… but I digress… I am a disabled military veteran and a single father. Music is my full-time job/hobby/therapy/life… Music has been my focus for over a decade now and I feel I will be in the position I’ve been working for one day… but it tough… It’s tough to keep pushing towards a dream that most of the people I started with have already given up on. I know I’m great and I won’t let anyone, or anything stop me from showing the world… I never give up on anything because I know my 10-year-old son is watching and he is why I grind…

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State your favorite genre of music and your reason.

I enjoy all types of music from Classical to Hip Hop if it’s written well and has a purpose. I hate rappers that mumble and can’t stand people that rely on a beat and can’t stand on their own.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

It’s tough… It’s tough moving to a new city and not knowing anyone but trying to find stages to perform on or producers to work with. I move around a lot and I always have to start over when I get somewhere new, but I think it makes me better at networking than most. I wish I could focus solely on the music and have a team to handle the rest but since day one I’ve been my only backup. I love being on stage and I love creating music, but I despise the music business and all that comes with it.

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

Me, Myself, and I…Wait… I have to say thank you to a producer that was once the only person I thought had my back, but we had a falling out unfortunately over something silly. His name is James Barrett and he is an outstanding producer. Early on he would give me beats and he was the only person that I trusted with mixing my music. He did a lot to get me where I am.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I want to be more… I want to be better… A better artist, better person and a better father. I work every day of my life to be better than I was the day before, therefore my last day alive I should be the best version of me that has ever walked the planet… I like that idea.

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Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.

Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe and vote how they wish to vote. People grow up with different values and different circumstances so of course we are all not going to agree on everything, but the solution isn’t to hate or demonize the other side, it works better to listen and try to see it from their perspective. Unfortunately, you can’t have an honest conversation if you’re not honest with yourself about who you are and why you believe what you believe. This goes into the difficulty of having an open and honest debate with the people that support the current administration. I’m not going to say anything more about this subject because I don’t know who will be reading this and I don’t want to offend anyone that is making decisions on my music… I NEED THE EXPOSURE… I GOT BILLS.

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

I always hear from fans about how different songs have touched them or how my music makes them feel. I love it when a stranger comes up to me and starts quoting my music. It’s the best feeling in the world next to being on stage and killing it. I have done shows in Montana and Idaho and many times people come to me and say they don’t like Rap music, but they loved my songs or loved seeing me on stage. That’s a feeling I’ve not been able to not long for… It’s addictive as hell.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

They don’t care about artist; they just want an image and a catchy song. They want you to look and sound like you’re on drugs and I can’t do it. I have kids that look up to me and I don’t want them to think it’s cool to pop prescription drugs and act ignorant. I want my image to be something my kids will be proud of and not something they won’t respect. Which is why I don’t have a record deal or anything like that, but that is OK… As I say in “That Boom Bap” “I’d rather be broke and awoken, than to be rich and blind”.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

Nas is my favorite Hip Hop artist because of his lyrics, delivery, wordplay, style and his catalog. If I had a soundtrack to my life it would be filled with Nas, Frank Sinatra and my own… .

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

Facebook

 

Facebook

 

Instagram

 

iTunes

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I don’t’ write anymore, I just think of everything (mainly while I’m driving) and I record it in one take because I’m a fucking beast… I feel it helps me feel the lyrics and not just read them off a phone or paper. I love being able to walk in the booth and shut all the lights off and just black out literally and figuratively.

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

I just love making good music so I don’t care if it is alone or with a group, I can masturbate or join an orgy I’m always down… wait what are we talking about again?

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

There is room in music for both types. I have nights that I’m going to the club about to get drunk and make some bad decisions, I don’t want to hear something conscious like J.Cole or Nas I want something IGNORANT as hell so I can be IGNORANT with it… Give me some Future or Gucci… But on the other hand, if it’s a normal day and I’m driving to Wendy’s to get a baconator the last thing I want to hear is some IGNORANT rapper talking about pills and lean. Everything has its place in life… Sometime I want Soul Food (Nas, J. Cole) sometimes I want fast food (Future, Gucci).

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

I know to always protect your music and try to show respect to other people’s ideas.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

I’m with BMI and I’ve had a good experience so far.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

I produce a few of the tracks on my new album. Unlike most hip hop I use a lot of live instruments and not MPC or beat making programs. I perform with a band whenever I have the opportunity because I love having the option of going somewhere completely different if the crowd asks for it. I use violins, violas, harmonicas, guitars, all types of horns and drums, I love it all.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

I jumped in the booth and recorded the entire song in one take and was done in less than 5 minutes. I’m always an easy day for an engineer. They love seeing me because they know it’s one take and we out. .

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Discuss your music performance.

I love to be on stage. I love to look in the eyes of a person that just heard a dope ass line that they will never forget. Or when I say something funny and the cute lil sexy thang in the front starts laughing and blushing. I enjoy being around people but only If I have a microphone and everyone is looking at me. I love the pressure of people wanting you to fail but when you get them on your side. I love it all.

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State the official date of release.

The music video for “That Boom Bap” was released on February 15th 2018. The album “Destine” which features “That Boom Bap” was released Late 2017.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My music name is “Conceit” and of course the majority of people think it has something to do with vanity or being full of myself but it’s much deeper than that.. Any “real” MC is a poet, right?! If you took away the beat and put the words on paper the majority of the time you will have a poem if the artist is any good. In poetry a ‘conceit’ is an elaborate or extended metaphor, my full name is “Conceit Music” thus “Elaborate Metaphor Music”… Basically my name is an elaborate metaphor for elaborate metaphor… and I’m full of myself… lol.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is titled “That Boom Bap (I AM HIP HOP)” in Hip Hop the term “Boom Bap” signifies a feeling that a dope ass beat with a heavy bass drum and tight, hard hitting, snare or clap gives you… when you hear a “Boom Bap” beat you know it and I knew I had one with this track. The main part of the hook is a chant with a bunch of people (children and adults, youngest was 4 and oldest was 59) saying ‘I Am Hip Hop.’ This has a deep meaning because the majority of people believe Hip Hop is music and it isn’t, hip hop is a culture (or people) that includes Rap. There are other elements to Hip Hop including Djing, B-Boys (Break Dancers) and Graffiti artist. Some people add Social Consciousness as the 5th pillar of Hip Hop but traditionally there are four. I put this song together to pay homage to what Hip Hop really is and to show a difference in what’s going on in the mainstream. I am not that and they are not this.

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

Album is titled “Destine” and its meaning is rooted in my belief that I am destined to be more than I am. The opening track of the album, which shares the name of the album, gives listeners a rundown of my feeling and my wish to go down in the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest lyricist ever. I don’t shy away from my desire to be compared to my idols like Nas, Biggie and Kanye.

Lee Michael Walton

 

 

Lee Michael Walton

Discuss your existence.

I am a composer/singer/pianist and my work is a fusion of various genres including contemporary classical, world, ambient and pop/rock. My songs are often introspective, drawing on inspiration from spirituality, dynamics in relationships, particularly influenced by my training as a psychotherapist and my life experiences including revolutionary, groundbreaking treatment to remove and reconstruct the entire roof of my mouth. My subsequent breakdown was a transformational experience and my ability to improvise spontaneously was highly augmented following my recovery. This instrumental will be on my forthcoming concept album The Journey Home, which tells this story and celebrates the strength of the human spirit and our relationships with each other, and the potential for healing and transformation. This track expresses the time leading right up to my breakdown. The vulnerability captured by the violin and the separation between the violin and the piano at the very end expresses the fragmentation that I experienced. This track was recorded on the beautiful Fazioli grand piano at Fieldgate Studios, Cardiff, UK.

 

 

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