Trevour Amunga – Vespa [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Pure, chaotic, creative.

Your EP Vespa has very nice variety in it. Tell us a few things about it, what is the story behind this project?

I started working on it right after my 1st Ep for Akira, but at the time it sounded completely different from the Vespa we have now, musically and subject matter wise. Unfortunately, my dad passed away and so the project changed into something dealing with grief, and how his passing has affected my life and faith.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“I cursed God the entire night, it should’ve been easy to bring him back to life” off my song Bleached.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Andre 3000, MF DOOM, Madlib

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest challenge is honestly just marketing. Making music is really fun, but figuring out how to get the music to the right people is a big challenge.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I’m usually reading poetry, watching cartoons or sports.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Got arrested because some lady thought me and my friend were selling drugs and called the cops on us.

Thank you!

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Lorraine Bautista – Frontline [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Pop, Soul, R&B 🙂

Frontline contains a classic, bass heavy R&B instrumental and an expressive vocal delivery. Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the main idea behind it?

Well in short, the main message of the track is about perseverance and faith. When you have a vision, sometimes the journey is not always easy. “Frontline” was written to convey the importance of believing in yourself in spite of uncertainty and doubt.

What first got you into music?

I liked music as a child and later learned that music can connect people from different parts of the world while also being a great source of comfort and inspiration— so that’s pretty cool

Favourite album of the past decade?

I would have to say JoJo’s album Good to Know. She’s always been an inspiration of mine growing up so I was so ecstatic when she finally released her album. So many good songs on that album!

What would you change in the music industry?

Well, I think the fair answer would be that the music industry has changed over the years and there’s more opportunity now than there ever was. Just like in every area of life, opportunity is out there you just have to put in the work.

Favorite film ever?

I wouldn’t say I’m huge on films but I would say Good Will Hunting & Dead Poet Society

What is the most useless talent you have?

I mean I definitely wouldn’t say it’s the most useful, but I can do a 3-leaf-clover with tongue haha

Thank you!

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HeIsTheArtist – Boom (Doo Wop Version) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Soulful, Sensual, Unique

The vocals in Boom are really sensual while the groove feels very chill. What is the story behind it?

It’s actually based off of a dream that I had where I had relations with an Angel (That’s why there is a religious and non-religious version of the song).

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

The lyrics “Can’t You See? How much you mean to me?” from a religious sense because God is everything to me.

Your music has an old school vibe. Are you into today’s Hip Hop? Or do you prefer to listen to old classics?

I’m into old school HipHop more because HipHop artists back in the day used to be great songwriters and lyricists. However, today’s HipHop is more about “the look” rather than memorable artistry.

What would you change in the music industry?

I wish the music industry would stop encouraging prostitution and using demonic symbols . I understand women feel mistreated in America but there are more positive ways to go about championing it .

The way that women in the industry are going about it now will leave them feeling like a piece of meat instead of a valuable asset to society.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

To stay true to myself. But I learned that from watching shows on “The Disney Channel” and “Nickelodeon” as a kid. Which is why it’s very important that kids TV shows stay for kids and inappropriate content isn’t forced on kids shows because of liberal extremists.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I’m pretty much a law abiding citizen. However, I only get in trouble on social media because they don’t allow freedom of speech due to this era of celebrities who are hypersensitive because they don’t love themselves and every little comment brings them to tears.

I play by the rules of America. People can judge my character based on that.

Thank you!

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Damon K. Clark – Holy [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

This is a hard question. Maybe soulful, critical, honest.

Holy is a blend of spoken word, and a gospel infused euphoric chorus. Tell us a few things about it.

Well, I was messing around on the piano and started playing the little melody you hear at the beginning of the song. From there, the chorus just came to me all at once. “Holy! Worship me slowly. Let me be your only. Let me in.” I kind of sat on it for a few days then started trying to write the first verse. I didn’t know it was going to be spoken word at first, but that seemed to be the logical thing to do as I was saying the lyrics that came to mind.

What is the story behind it?

“Holy” is a musical and lyrical exploration of a past relationship where I felt completely seen, very vulnerable, but also fully empowered…even worshiped. You rarely experience a love like that, where you’re perceived, but not judged, where all your faults and ugliness are laid bare and you are still wanted. I still tear up at times when I think about it; not from sadness, but because I got to be loved like that.

What first got you into music?

Sheer force of will. I grew up in a cult. To be honest, my musical ability was acknowledged early on in my life and I even had music lessons; piano, voice, dance, acting. But life in a cult didn’t allow for a person like me; someone who wanted to pursue art as an actual career. I did it anyway though, against everyone’s wishes.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’ve been working on my album, so I haven’t really been listening to anyone else’s music. Oops!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

Trying to find ways to pay for an album is always a challenge for independent artists. I’m no exception. I’m just grateful to have loyal, patient fans who get it.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Well, I don’t think anyone should be distractedly reading while listening to my music, but I think everyone should read Octavia Butler’s amazing work like “Parable of the Sower”.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

If it wasn’t for my fans, I would probably have never started putting my own personal life story to song. My fans lovingly pushed me to it and I am truly grateful. It’s been a cathartic and revealing experience.

Thank you!

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Super Saiyan Jay – Let Them Be [Interview]

In Let Them Be a great variety of flows blends with a heavy on 808s instrumental. Tell us a few things about it

“Let Them Be” as far as an instrumental was really hitting all the components for me in a beat. The 808’s are strong and rough and the beat just has that rugged sound I was looking for.

Where did you draw inspiration from?

As far the inspiration. I just do what I normally do and just let the music come to me naturally. I never force my pen, which provides me my best creative work when the motivation to create does come to me.

What first got you into music?

What first got me into music was my parents really. I don’t think I can think of a time where I wasn’t influenced by music. I’ve been banging on pots and pans since I was 2 years old. So may from then on is what did it for me.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

Not too sure what you mean by “hidden gem” in the context of how the question was asked. But if I’m answering correctly. I think King Dev, one of the artists that I collaborate with is a diamond in the rough waiting to be found. Dude is really gonna change the landscape in the drill genre of rap when he gets discovered in my opinion.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest challenge for me as an artist so far is really, exposure. You do everything in your power to make good music and hope people can recognize your talent. Sometimes talent gets overlooked. But that’s all apart of the process that goes into it.

Favorite music related film?

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I had to google the meaning of this specific question haha. But I don’t think I could pick just one. There’s a good amount but, Hustle and Flow, Cadillac Records, School of Rock etc. It’s a long list, but to name a few.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

I think my biggest vice is that I’m a perfectionist. Which isn’t really a bad thing in most cases but when it comes to being creative. It can

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CHILDREN OF ADAM BAND – Timbuktu [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words:

MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Tell us a few things about your new work Timbuktu. What is the story behind it?

“TIMBUKTU-THE HUMAN JOURNEY” IS OUR PMB-POSITIVE MESSAGE BEARING MUSIC VOL.2 THAT TAKES THE LISTENER ON A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE FROM THE “AGE OF REASON” TO QUESTIONS UNANSWERED THAT LEAD US TO THE PRESENT.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

ALL SONGS IN THIS CD ALBUM RESONATE BASED UPON THE LISTENER’S TASTES. WE’VE HAD SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT FAVORITES. I PERSONALLY, NOT TRYING TO SOUND BIASED, LIKE A NUMBER OF THE SONGS.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

OUR MUSIC CONTAINS ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND DIALECTS. WE’VE BEEN INFLUENCED BY EARTH WIND & FIRE, WAR, MANDRILL, INCOGNITO, TURKUAZ, AND SO MANY OTHERS.

What would you change in the music industry?

SO MANY ARTISTS HAVE GONE PUBLIC WITH THEIR COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. THE LESSONS ARE ALL PUBLIC NOW, FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LEARN. WE STRIVE TO AVOID CONTROVERSY
. IT IS, WHAT IT IS, WHICH IS WHY WE REMAIN INDIE ARTISTS.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

BECAUSE THERE IS LITERALLY “SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE” IT VARIES.

When was the last time you danced?

WE’RE ALWAYS DANCING! HA HA HA!

Thank you!

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Dylan McCarthy – LOVE IT [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Fresh, Good Vibes, Happy 🙂

In LOVE IT you blend rap with an uplifting, indie pop, guitar driven instrumental. What is your creative process like?

I actually found this instrumental, made by sonder sonics, on YouTube one day when I was kind of in a creative slump. The infectious guitar riff pulled out of my slump and I just started coming up with concepts/melodies. I landed on trying to make an upbeat, catchy, summer hit while lyrically, pointing out that I am a small and unknown artist who is unfazed by big labels not paying attention to me or my music. Opening with the line: “Welcome to the freshest sound that nobodies gon’ listen to” and even in the chorus when I say “So tell me that you love it” I am just wishfully hoping that the listener really does LOVE IT and enjoys the music that I make.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I’m not sure what lyric is the most personal to me but my most recent song that I put out called ‘BALD’ is all personal and honest. It talks about the struggles of balding in your early 20’s while also talking about my hair transplant surgery that I recently had done. This is something that I was very embarrassed about but decided to own it to make a hip-hop banger about balding. I have lines like “had my patience thinning like the follicles up in my hair” and “some girl said I was a hatfish, I guess this is how I cope with it” which although come off playful and funny, these were deep insecurities I had before deciding to make a song pointing it out.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I enjoy the creating process more than anything. My safe haven is when I am in the studio trying to come up with catchy melodies and unique lyrics that stand out. Sometimes these things come easy, and sometimes it takes several days. I then love even more when the song is finished and I get to goof around with my amazing group of friends and make the music video. We like to come up with some crazy and ridiculous concepts for each video because I think music videos are a great place to showcase your personality as an artist.

What would you change in the music industry?

I really wish that labels and radio would take chances on artists that don’t have a lot of views/streams. I think that there are so many undiscovered and talented artists that maybe never get their shine because big labels/ A&R companies are too focused on artists who are already “hot” and have millions of plays, as opposed to finding a gem that nobody knows about and giving them a chance to blow up. This is also why I am thankful to blogs like you guys for giving smaller artists, such as myself, chances to be exposed to new fans.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I would hope that people are in a happy and positive mindset when listening to LOVE IT. My main goal with pretty much all of my songs, but this one in particular, is to leave the listener with a smile on his/her face when its over and hopefully enough to get them to give it another listen.

When was the last time you danced?

I pretty much dance every single day to release serotonin after a long day of work, so I would have to say either today or yesterday at the latest. Listening to music super loud and having a nice dance session either with friends or on your own is a top 5 activity in my eyes.

Thank you!

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Frank Bramble – Spaced Out [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Indie, Hip-Hop, Revolutionary

In Spaced Out you mix a melodic flow with an emo rap touch and a dream pop infused instrumental. Tell us a few things about it. What is the main idea behind it?

This combination has developed as a natural blend of the music I listen to, as well as the directions my emotions at the time took me. Something that a lot of modern song-writers are afraid of is letting the song take its own course, because its not what sells, they add elements because that fits them into the genre, not because it benefits the song. Yes, I probably do this too much, and yes it has been detrimental to the coverage of my music. However, I’ve found its allowed me to enjoy the song-writing and production process so much more, and it’s a spark I hope to never lose 🙂

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Well my most honest personal and honest lyric would most likely be written in songs that may never be released. But in my released songs, I’d have to say the chorus of a recent release “Fall to Flames (Feat. Hanwell and Kyle Horne)”. It goes “Oh, looking back on memories, nothing’ll ever be the same, I try to push my passion back, ‘cus it’s all gonna fall to flames”. These lyrics, while not exactly being specific embodies a lot of pain that I believe we’ve all experience. Saying this is like saying, I know that this situation is going to end up hurting you or I, so I’m going to hide the way I feel because I can’t cope with that pain again.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

Well, I have officially only performed live once! This was at an open mic and it was very scary and exciting at the same time, but I’d have to say the rush I get from writing music is unparralleled. Writing a song is like solving a puzzle that has no correct answer, it makes it extremely difficult, but equally satisfying to set yourself in a direction and let the track take its course.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

As an artist a continual battle is finding the exposure. But specifically I struggle to find my audience, I’ve been fighting for “Indie-Hop” to become an official genre, because at times I sit so tightly inbetween Indie and Hip-Hop that no playlist wants to take the risk!

Favorite music related film?

It has to be School of Rock, Jack Black was teaching kids to be in a Rock and Roll band, what’s not to love? A huge influence on my music tastes and my childhood!

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

There’s a lot to think about with this question, it feels like I’m subconciously answering this dishonestly but I was a chatterbox at school, as a result of this I’d get in trouble even if I was doing nothing wrong because they’d assume it was me. One time I was sat (admitedly bored) listening to my ICT teacher, and I dropped my pen. She started screaming at me, and my automatic response was to start shouting back, bad move I must admit aha. I was put in what they called isolation, where they put you in a completely blank room with nothing to do but your school work. Seems like a broken system to me, because I’ve left school but I still talk all the time!

Thank you!

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Neepz – No 2nd Guess [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Sonic, Universal, and Engaging.

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘No 2nd Guess’. What is the main idea behind it?

It’s for everyone who knows that the one is THE one… ‘that someone’ who fits the puzzle piece you’re missing and you no longer have to wonder.

What is the story behind your name?

Well, that’s a whole organic happening. My given name awards with Neep and overtime people started calling me Neeps, so I when I starting DJ’ing and recording, I just flipped the ‘s’ to a ‘z’.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’m feeling Billie Eilish’s release, “Happier Than Ever”. The production and vocals are impressive.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

Keeping up with the new trends and trying not to be boxed-in to a specific genre.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I enjoy listening to other artists’ music, creating playlists and cooking vegan meals.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

No real vices, but I’d say watching, criticizing, and laughing at bad movies.

Thank you!

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Bekim! – Close Your Eyes [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

R&B, timeless, catchy

In Close Your Eyes you blend acoustic sounds with a classic rnb beat. Tell us a few things about your new ballad.

I love 90s and 00s R&B and also 50s and 60s ballads. So I tried to combine that retro 90s sound with 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll ballads. Although I have been born in 1970 I always loved listening to records from that era. And I think all these influences can be heard in my new single.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

I do like the idea of collaborating. But it is always a matter of finding an artist you get on well with. Although songwriting is a lonely process, it’s liberating and fulfilling, at least for me

Favourite album of all time?

2Pac – All Eyes On Me

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

Finding good singers that really fit your style.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

When they are in love and grateful for that love.

Future plans?

I am working on new songs. My next song will be kind of New Jack Swing Hip Hop R&B. Although R&B has become a niche and not many people listen to this genre, I hope this will change eventually.

Thank you!

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