Drosz – 2NITE [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

upbeat, smooth and consistent.

Tell us a few things about your new song “2NITE” . What is the story behind it?

2NITE was written as a response to my wife who was my girlfriend at the time. We were vibeing out, having a good time and the connection was cool and chill, so my question to her was “what’s good for tonight?” lol, I was feeling myself way too much that evening to be honest, but we were seeing each other for a while and obviously I liked her and she liked me, so at the time it just felt right to take it to the next level. That’s basically how I came up with the idea behind the track.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

The hook is what I’m definitely proud of. The flow of the sounds and the vocal came together so well that I knew from that point I had something, it was just a matter of building out the rest of the song which I think came out great.

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

An artist you should definitely look out for is RIC808. He’s a DJ out of Bronx, NY. He’s probably going to kill me for this but besides being a well known DJ in NY, his productions skills are pure fire! and his vocals on tracks are unique and takes the song to a whole other level. Don’t let him fool you, He got vocals, lol!

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

The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far as an artist is just putting everything together myself. I’ve had help from some close people of course but when your indie, just starting out and the budget is cool but not where you really want it to be, there’s always obstacles that kind of slows down the momentum but that’s what makes the journey and come up that much better. Wouldn’t have it any other way. It forces you to think outside the box a little and be creative.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Just to go hard at whatever it is you want to accomplish without being distracted. Follow your path and go with what moves you and makes you happy, whether it be physically or mentally. You want to go at it with passion and excitement. The rewards will come from the hard work put in.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m just getting started man! We have a lot of dope music coming and other projects down the line that I’m extremely hyped about, and can’t wait for fans to hear and experience.

Thank you!

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Pedro Samp – Silver [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Cinematic, Profound, an Experience

Your music has an experimental tone. Should music as a form of art always challenge the listener?

Music should always be evolving, provided is not losing its “accessibility” to everyone. Music is meant to connect, to bond, protect and nurture one’s soul.

What first got you into music?

I come from a broken home that was once filled with happy memories. I simply used music as an escape, a time machine into happier moments throughout my entire life. It’s a magic trick.

Favourite album of the past year?

Mac Miller – Circles

What would you change in the music industry?

That’s a tough and rather personal one. I reckon every answer will vary according to each stage in your professional career. Being 100% upfront, I think the practice hurting new artists the most is “pay to play” of any sorts. From play-listing to gig slots contaminating the industry as a whole.

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

Whenever they’re in need or looking for an escape.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I can seriously shake my own eyes. Like proper trembling.

Thank you!

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Odaiba – Help [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Cool, Chill, Groovy

Tell us a few things about your new song “Help”. What is the main idea behind it?

I composed this funky instrumental and I was looking for a female voice on it. I had already recorded my vocals with vocoders and treatments in order to have a reference. I wanted a rather specific artistic direction. Anna’s intelligence did the rest.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

I’m not writing lyrics, i’m a producer and beatmaker.

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

For the moment, i love to compose music in my studio. Take my time to find the right sound and the right frequency. Look for the right notes and the right tones.

What would you change in the music industry?

The most annoying thing right now is the mass consumption of music. An ep or an album does not live as before. it is listened to and ended in oblivion. Today we must regularly release titles so as not to be forgotten.

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

Maybe a cool crowd whose favorite hobby is chilling

When was the last time you danced?

Everyday in my living room…

Thank you!

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Kubota – In My Head [Interview]

Tell us a few things about your new song “In My Head”. What is the story behind it?

During 2020 I started to place a bit more focus on my mental health. This was a time where I was just laid off from work because of the pandemic and I only had time on my hands. I didn’t want to continue the detrimental cycle of habits and I put a lot of effort to be as productive as I could be in bettering my mental health, and I’m so glad that I made that decision. But around the start or the middle of 2021, I realized that this pursuit for mental stability doesn’t simply end and it can actually turn into a cyclical chase to better oneself without the payoff of doing so. Essentially when I resolved one problem, another problem arose and it became more of a toxic state of mind. This was the lens that I was looking through when I wrote this song.

How would you describe your musical progress over these months?

Compared to my prepared releases, I’d say my newer songs and style have continued to evolve. It sucks because the music that people hear is music that I made like a year ago but it’s kind of nice to know that I’m sitting on some tracks that I think are musically the next step forward. The downside is I begin to hate my music pretty fast so by the time it’s out, I don’t enjoy listening to it. Nonetheless, I think with each song, my style is evolving and I’m starting to dip my toes in other genres that I want to incorporate into my music.

What first got you into music?

I’ve been playing music since I was like 8 years old. You know that stereotype that all Asians took piano lessons? Well… I fit that stereotype. But honestly, it wasn’t until my dad taught me my first few chords on the guitar when I really got into music. After doing my first couple of lessons, it was an upward trajectory from there with my interest and skills in playing the guitar which ultimately got me into writing my own songs.

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

Back when I was in a band, I definitely enjoyed performing music live more than writing. Now that I’m kind of a single act, I think I enjoy the confines of my room while I make songs, but I’m playing more shows and really enjoy it still. Also, playing music with others definitely relieves the stress of messing up and embarrassing yourself.

What would you change in the music industry?

I’d like to switch all business-oriented executives running the industry who don’t understand the life of an independent artist to be switched out with musically creative professionals who have an experienced background within the business side of the music industry. Something that would be fun is to take those business executives, give them the living situation and budget of the average independent artist and tell them to start making their own music while building their own fanbase without the connections that they have. I think that would be a great reality show!… don’t steal my idea.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would probably berate him with crippling insults on his moronic behaviors (past and future) first. Then I’d say “Buy Apple stock and Bitcoin.”

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

There are quite a few stories I could share here but I’ll share a more tamed story.

In middle school, my friend and I stole some alcohol from a market and we were chased out by the security guard and some cops that happened to be there. We bolted out of the store and took a sharp turn into the alleyway where there was a bush with a small opening. While my friend kept running forward, I dove head-first into the bush, went full prone position, and watched the dudes chasing me run right past me. Good times.

Thank you!

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J.Ele – Will You Be Mine [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

My sound is
A. uplifting B. soulful C. honest.

Tell us a few things about your new work “Will You Be Mine”.

“Will you be mine” is a story of love and how it gets deeper and richer with time. But don’t take yourself too seriously, you need to have fun and laugh!!!

What is the story behind your name?

My Name is Juan Luis and my family calls me JL because there were so many Juan’s is the family. Which during the time I sang salsa, folks called me Juanele. So with this project I made a hybrid of the two names, thus J. Ele.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Donny Hathaway, James Brown, D’ Angelo, J. Dilla, Oscar de Leon, Alain Perez, Carlos Santana, Mana, Pink Floyd, Credence Clearwater revival, Nirvana, and Gospel music are among many of my musical influences/inspirations

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

Balancing family and artistic inspiration and the blending of the two. Children inspire but keep you humble. You have to keep you ear to the pavement because inspiration doesn’t always come during your office hours!

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

Hanging with the family, jamming with my wife and my kids!

When was the last time you danced?

We have regular dance parties and let me tell you the rugs get cut out here!!!

Thank you!

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Isa Somparé – LE MONDE EST FOU (the World Is Mad) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Playful, Mixed, Chic

Tell us a few things about your album “Le Monde Est Fou”.

That album is born during the quarantine. Ironically, this album is turned towards the outside and approaches the sensitive topics of the current events: the ecological disaster, the migrants, the prostitution…
It is in french so it’s a kind of “chanson française” but the music is a mix between jazz, blues, soul, electro, all the influences that I like. I’m looking for the groove from black music married with Chanson française.
And I hope to get A fresh sound, melody lines and meaningful lyrics

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

Maybe “j’attends”. It’s a very slowly blues about the time that passes, the life that goes sometimes too fast and sometimes too slowly. But anyway, all the moment of life are to be lived say the lyrics.

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

I like both ! I love being in the studio, recording and sculpting sound.
And I like very much performing because it is on the stage that the songs live the most, they take life on the stage, in front of the audience, with the audience.

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

The biggest challenge as a musician today is to be heard. There are so many tunes, and so many artists on the web. I saw a few days ago a broadcast on the rolling Stones. Huge stadiums filled with people ! Today it seems unbelievable.The music production is exploded, and artists work on niches. But I’m sure that your interview will make me hear a little 😉

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

I saw “Drunk” during quarantine from Thomas Vinterberg with Mads Mikkelsen. I don’t know if you saw that movie, but it asks a question : do we have to be drunk to be happier ?
As far as I am concerned, I drink very little and music is my drug 😉

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

What do you want to say ? trouble into music or trouble into my life ?
I don’t have too many problems in my life besides love problems sometimes 😉 I am just very concerned about the world and the current geopolitical problems, and there are many ! so I talk about it sometimes in my songs.
And thanks to my love worries, I can also write love songs 😉
And sorry for my mistakes in English, you kow… I’m French 😉

Thank you!

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Chris Ah Gee – Its About Time [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Funky, Filthy and Fresh

Tell us a few things about your new song “Its About Time”. What is the story behind it?

I wrote this song in the recording studio whilst my partner was working on her album! I had the concept of “It’s About Time” in my head as it had been over 5 years since my last release and I felt that the title of my first release needed to relate/explain my 5 year hiatus from the scene. So I sat in a little room and played a chord progression and things just started snowballing! After hearing artists like Anderson Paak. And Mac Miller come out with such incredible music I really wanted to allow myself to create music from those who I draw inspiration from. The song is all about chasing your dreams and working hard throughout the years, “I haven’t lost sight just grown up, increasing my understanding” refers to the current industry climate of Quantity over Quality. It’s About Time touches on some relevant issues from 2020/2021 such as Donald Trump, Covid and the 2020 Bushfires.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

After having a falling out with a teenager we harboured from an alcoholic and abusive family I wrote a song called “Hurts” the rap breakdown has some truth sprinkled throughout.

“Yo mumma buys you a party fridge and she stocks it, you never drink for fun, you drink for numbness. It’s pain relief from your upset, unresolved issues left to long, your influence shapes your growth, if you started in the wrong direction how are you supposed to know which way to go?”

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

I love both sides of music creation equally! There is something so free about sitting in a room with your thoughts and creating music that you vibe to. However something that is equally as fun is bringing that music to life on stage and giving/receiving the crowd energy!

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

The biggest challenge I have faced as an artist is my own thought patterns and inner critique. With music I sometimes feel like the more you know the more you realise how little you know. Being critical of your own work as an artist is integral to creating meaningful art you can be proud of, however if that inner dialogue ends up slowing or ruining your ability to release or enjoy music you have created then you have to find a way to silence it. I have seen too many incredible musicians not release music based off of their own insecurity.

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

When I am not writing music I find myself either; Practicing music, performing music or watching my fellow musicians at local venues, weddings and functions.

However when Covid struck our industry I was fortunate enough to get a job as a guitar luthier and technician at my local music superstore Mooloolaba Music. Going into work daily has helped me gain a more productive lifestyle and rigid schedule, I am so grateful for their support as I chase my dreams daily to be a touring original music artist.

When was the last time you danced?

I danced up a storm on stage at Caloundra Music Festival and at my Original show at Lefty’s! Basically any time I am on stage singing original music I’ll be dancing.

Thank you!

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Brendan Lane – Fame Falls Away (feat. QuesMark) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Groove Oriented Rock

Tell us a few things about your new song “Fame Falls Away”. What is the story behind it?

I wrote the song 10 years ago when I was in high school about the incredible friends I had in my life. As I grew and I started playing more shows outside of my hometown, the song became a staple in my live sets as a tribute to those times and friends I love so dearly! The song was produced by Chris Jennings of Stardust Productions Int’l and features the incredible QuesMark.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

My most personal lyric is in my song “Sweet Tooth”, Its a lively song about live concerts and entertainment. The line that means the most to me is, “The show is over/ all things must pass/ take this feeling home with you/ forever It shall last” I love the idea that the art doesn’t end simply because the music stops. The feeling we get when we lose ourselves is joyful and can live with us beyond the confines of the music hall.

Favourite album of all time?

Born to Run or Sgt. Pepper are the greatest in my opinion. They both shaped who I am as a person and an artist.

Your music has lovely grooves. Tell us a song with a groove you wish you had composed yourself.

There is a Bill Withers song called “Kissing My Love” that has such a sweet pocket. Also a lot of Stevie Wonder’s music or the classic motown. oh! Or “Rosanna” that shuffle is iconic!

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

I watched “Peanut Butter Falcon” and that was a fantastic movie!

When was the last time you danced?

I like to listen to a radio station from New Orleans as I get ready for work in the morning and occasionally they’ll play some stuff that REALLY swings, like the kinda swing we just don’t hear anymore, and a few days ago I found myself grooving around the kitchen as I was making breakfast

Thank you!

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Fer Guinea – Moment In Time [Interview]

Tell us a few things about your new song “Moment In Time”. What is the story behind it?

Moment in time is about meditation. It is about the place I go to, when I meditate
A place where everything disappears and I am all by myself, living in the moment.
It is about getting to a state of peace, beauty and pure love.

How would you describe your musical progress over time?

My musical progress started with my study of jazz, thanks to it, I was able to further my understanding of music. After that, I studied production and modern music which gave me the tools to produce and compose every instrument section in my music. And finally my life experiences and listening to different genres has expanded my music universe.

What first got you into music?

I was into music since I can remember, I got my first keyboard at 7 and I was singing in the choir so music has always been a part of me.

Favourite album of the past year?

Favorite album of 2020 would be ‘It is what is is’ by Thundercat and ‘ Restless as we are’ by Talk black guy. I just love their vibe and I can’t stop listening to them.

What would you change in the music industry?

The music industry is a very complex machine and it can be overwhelming, what I would change is more support for starting artists and to stop focusing everything on social media. There are a lot of talented musicians and artists that have low following and it is very hard to be heard and to grow. So I guess that would be what I would change.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

The best advice I’ve been given is to trust the universe and all it brings to you

You’d give up making music for…

That is a hard question, I don’t think I would give up music. Music is the love of my life, it’s always been there for me and it is the most powerful thing there is in this world.
Music heals, it is a time machine, it unites people and it’s everywhere if you listen.

Thank you!

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Rubber – Synth Pop Idol [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Bouncy
Emotional
Groovy

Tell us a few things about your new song “Synth Pop Idol”. What is the story behind it?

‘Synth Pop Idol’ is a song about identity, “don’t wanna be a synth pop idol, don’t wanna have the hips or smile” deals directly with the pressures I face as the front-person of the band to be skinny, bubbly, consumable. This song is a statement. I am an imperfect narrator, a jester, a musician, an artist, but in no way an idol. It is one of 2 singles being released in October that felt like they needed to come out before we dug in and started serious work on the debut album.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Peace offer get smarter, I’m a highwayman. Case closer blind robber taking everything I can”

Favourite album of the past year?

Fishmonger by underscores

Your also have lovely grooves. Tell us a song with a groove you wish you had composed yourself.

“Liquor Store” by Remi Wolf

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

Late night drive with a romantic interest

When was the last time you danced?

Sunday at a house show in Philly!

Thank you!

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