DxBoY – Lit Again [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Energetic, Fun, Lit

How many beats do you listen to before you end up using one? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

Hmmm this varies to two ends of the spectrum. It’s either I use the very first beat I listen to or I spend 1-2 hours going through beats before eventually calling it a day and starting again tomorrow. So my creative process is first of all to get a beat that hits me from the very first listen. Once I’ve got this, then I freestyle over the beat because what comes to you naturally the first time is usually the best flow you’ll end up with. I then replace words in the freestyle, and that’s the process really

For which lyric you are most proud of?

” Cartier on my arm, you ever been with a star baby?”

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip-hop symbolizes freedom to me. A way in which you can express all the emotions you have without being judged. A sweet escape

Favourite album of the past year?

That would have to be “My Turn” by Lil Baby. “Emotionally Scarred” was definitely the best song of the year

What is the most useless talent you have?

I am amazing at Tetris. I can confidently wager 100 pounds against anyone that I’ll beat them.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m just getting started and have a lot of new music coming out soon. A couple videos as well and maybe dropping an EP before the end of the year. So stay on the look-out.

Thank you!

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Vai Sarmaria – Good Feeling [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Chill, calm and warm

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Good Feeling’. What is the story behind it?

“Good Feeling” is a song that I wrote to express how I feel to be loved unconditionally when I received God’s love as a big part of my healing journey. This kind of love makes me feel secure, calm, peaceful, relaxed and content. Those are good feelings that I embrace. This song is supposed to give you comfort and relaxation which I feel is something that is very much needed at this moment in time.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Not gonna lie, the whole lyrics from Good Feeling are personal and honest, but if I have to choose one part, probably the chorus…. “Come take my hand now and get closer to me, embrace me with your good and sweet love, it’s a good feeling”….. It expresses the whole story.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Melody Gardot, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill and Lianne La Havas

What would be your dream performance venue?

Blue Note Jazz Club, New York

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Hug Time written by Patrick McDonell

What is the most useless talent you have?

I am good at choosing the right sticker to express emotions and telling stories in the telegram messenger app 😀

Thank you!

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Psykobreak! – Sting [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, Fresh, Agressive

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Sting’. What is the main idea behind it?

‘Sting’ was inspired by Notorious B.I.G’s ‘Hypnotize’ but with a spooky, EDM-infused twist. It’s a sarcastic commentary on how rappers act and talk tough only to manifest negativity. It’s the theme song for the character and first performer on the track, BQ, in our web-series.

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

Love collaborating! This project is a collaborative effort for sure. The songwriting can be simpler if done by one person, but sometimes it’s nice to get others’ creative vision; they make can think of something that never even occurred to you.

Favourite album of the past year?

Our favorite album of 2021 has to be Halsey’s ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’. It’s such an unexpected collaboration with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with really groundbreaking results.

What would you change in the music industry?

The fact that popular music today is determined more by TikTok hits than creativity. There are some awful songs from there.

Favorite music related film?

This project mostly started because of ‘Sucker Punch’ and its use of music. When the music starts, we look inside the character’s mind rather than a musical number and that’s the exact formula we’re using in our storytelling.

One last thing we should know about you?

We’re hard at work creating a Sci-fi/Horror/Comedy web-series featuring the performers on this song and others. It’ll be a never-before-seen combination of music and storytelling; keep you eyes peeled!

Thank you!

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DreGarde – Twenty5 [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Authentic, Relatable, Vulnerable

Tell us a few things about your new work ‘Twenty5’. What is the story behind it?

Twenty5 is an audio autobiography of what I was going thru at the age (25) and the earlier part of when I turned (26).

I had family and family friends pass away
My mom wasn’t at her best health , my lady at the time just broke up with me plus I was in a state of transformation within myself.

So much was going on in my life at that time it was very overwhelming, when I heard the beat for “Goosebumps” that’s when the journey of creating Twenty5 started.

Now we here!

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

“Imperfections” I cried writing recording and listening to that song! It’s hard to not feel the vulnerability in it. Also Shoutout the homegirl Limbochildd for blessing me with vocals on that record she definitely took it to another level in my eyes.

Who is your favourite beat maker and which rapper’s flow do you enjoy the most?

I know y’all asked for one beatmaker but I have to give you two producers I’m sorry!!

Alchemist and Cardo got wings is my favorite right now and been for a minute.
to work with any of them would be an honor!

For flows off top Kendrick!
Many may not know of them but Le$ and GT also got flows that I vibe to heavy!

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

The real. Real comes in all shapes sizes and voices. Of course there’s always gonna be some bullshit but at its core hip hop symbolizes the real.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Accept that you’re different from people but not better & embrace it there’s a reason some people don’t fit in. They’re supposed to stand out.

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

I was at a young lady’s house doing my thing back in my younger years and didn’t know her father was a sheriff well his ass came home and I tried hiding in the closet like a goofy lol that didn’t end well! I’m here to tell the story though so it’s all good in the end.

Thank you!

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Natalie Nicole Gilbert – Recovery [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Fresh soul pop

Tell us a few things about your album ‘Recovery’? What is the story behind it?

All of us have been having to hit pause during the pandemic, and for most they’re also facing various injuries of some kind – lost time with family, lost jobs or work hours, lost opportunities to perform or travel – not to mention any hardships they’d been facing before the pandemic began. So I curated this tracklist of songs to soothe the listener – to remind them how strong they are even in their darkest hours. All of us have the ability to bounce back.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Postcard is the most personal song on the album. I wasn’t sure I’d ever release it, since it’s a song about my dad passing. One of my collaborators who worked on it said it really spoke to him and resonated with him as he processed losing his own father, and to me that made releasing it worthwhile.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I love people who are talented but also really make an effort to make a difference. Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Betty White, Matt McGorry, Justin Baldoni – the ones who really use their talent and their platform to reach people, speak up for those treated unfairly, and lend a helping hand. As musicians we always hope our music does that whether we’re in the room with that person or not, that our music can find them and reach them wherever they are now.

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

Biggest – hard to choose just one. The main one I had to overcome, which really drove this album, was being hit by a car years ago in 200I had to have a major hip surgery and learn to walk again, and even years later I still have to wrestle with health issues that may turn up as a result of the surgery or some remaining weakness on that side. We all like to think that when we face a difficulty we confront it and move on but some things stick with us or return later in a smaller way. Recovery is cyclical, it’s not always a straight line of falling down and immediately picking yourself up again. Sometimes it’s taking small steps and just being thankful that you’re moving at all, and remembering you’ll return to the bigger and faster steps down the line.

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

I love to review books for #NetGalley and Bookstagram. I’ve also started working with wellbeing and skincare brands on my social media now that I’ve amassed a following of about 70,000 followers and fans across my social profiles. I’m also working on a novel presently which we’ve begun to pitch to publishers and literary agents, and we started getting some great response in the first week. I love to have multiple projects going at once in various stages, so there’s always a new place to pivot your energy no matter what stage a CD, novel, screenplay, or charity effort is in.

Future plans?

I have a new single releasing January 11, 2022 that’s a remake of a 90s French hit that also did well in America in its English adaptation back then. We’ve given it an updated sound but kept a lot of the passion of the original intact, so it will be fun to see that one circulate both with fans of the original and new fans who are too young to know the first version. Snow on the Sahara is live now on SoundCloud and BandCamp and will hit all the other music platforms January 11th.

Thank you!

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Statz – LOVE/LIFE [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

My sound can be described as A. moody B. upbeat and C. raw

Tell us a few things about your new EP “LOVE/LIFE”. What is the story behind it?

LOVE/LIFE is a double entendre with the idea of love and relationships. Our relationships with others our lives shape our ideals, morals and beliefs as people. Love the life you live and live the life you love. This 6 song EP is an rendition of my experiences with love, people and places in my life.

Which song of the EP reflects you the most?

The song that probably reflects me the most is Strides. It’s a song about the very emotional and intense battle chasing my dreams and never giving up.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My favorite rapper is probably Kanye west. Favorite lyricist is Jay-Z and my favorite producer is just blaze.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hiphop symbolizes our unity, our love and passion. It’s been such a beacon of light to the people of the world. It’s now the biggest, most popular and most influential genre to date. And it will continue to grow and change our lives forever.

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

My music is best in a chill and tranquil state of mind. Very mood like energy.

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

My house got raided while my cousin and I slept. One of the scariest and craziest moments in my life. I’m blessed and grateful to be here still. Had nothing to do with us either lol

Thank you!

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Dj Diverse – That Love [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Variety, Experimental, Melodic

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘That Love’. What is the main idea behind it?

well most of my songs usually start with a beat that I produce. The idea comes from the vibe I was getting from working on it and tossing out some hooks and Melodie’s until I came upon the lyrics I wanted.
The lyrics actually have nothing to do with current relations but are rather inspired from past flings and motives.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

sex, sex and sex. (Insert blushing face)

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Kanye West, hands down. He’s my number one goat because he does all 3 so well.

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

No absolutely not, but I believe they do still play a part.
I believe most labels are still gate keepers using direct connections with Spotify to push their artists songs.

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

I have a little bit of everything on my artist portfolio so it can vary between emotions.
But I understand the state of mind people can experience will vary within their lifetime so I try to make different songs for different occasions.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m winging everything as I go
Including this interview

Thank you!

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David Scott McLean – Te Canto Colores [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Contemporary Flamenco Wanderings?

Tell us a few things about your new work ‘Te Canto Colores’. What is the story behind it?

Each song has its own unique story but I wanted the album as a whole to be a self-composed, performed, produced, and engineered endeavor using local artists that I work with regularly. The title song, “Te Canto Colores” is written in a traditional Flamenco Alegria Letra form. The lyrics are about our daughter who was born extremely premature and the beauty of that struggle that I witnessed between mother and child. My wife used to sing “De Colores” (being of Mexican Heritage) to our daughter in the hospital and I played with the idea of how the act of singing to someone can bring color into their life, and how the spectrum of life’s experiences is sometimes better expressed through music. And each tune has a story. I wrote a song about a mountain in Granada, another about how flamenco gestures tell a story and take you to a dream world, another I wrote for my friend who is no longer with us. En fin, I just wanted it to be honest and soulful.

Do you like the idea of collaborating?

Just as long as the people I’m collaborating with are cool, I love collaborating-luckily flamenco is a highly collaborative art form. I’m always doing shows with singers and dancers and percussionists. Part of the reason why I like Flamenco is that, even though you collaborate with others, you are still given plenty of opportunity to express your own voice. You aren’t tied to doing a song the same way every time because it is highly improvisational.

Is songwriting a lonely process?

I’d say song writing is a “solitary” process, not necessarily a “lonely” one. When I compose my best songs I find that I am often alone in a new place, or in the forest and I have time to just be alone without the distractions of normal life. Not to say I’m never lonely. I am sometimes.

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

That’s a hard question to answer. Writing/composing music is something I’m driven to do naturally . I’ve made up songs since I was a kid. I don’t find performing to be nearly as intuitive. I love the adrenaline of performing, but I have a certain amount of performance anxiety that can be limiting and annoying at times. The best solution for my performance anxiety, however, somewhat ironically, is to perform. So I do.

What would you change in the music industry?

Autotune— I hate it. It completely sucks the nuance out of the human voice and for some reason all kinds of artists use it. I don’t get it-maybe it’s the industry pressure to make everything sound polished and perfect. Music is an expression of the soul and whose soul amongst us is polished and perfect?

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Trust your inspiration. Always be a student. Don’t forget to take interest in other people’s artistic endeavors and to support other artists.

Who is your favorite guitarist?

I tend not to have favorites. But I love listening to Moraito Chico lately . He had such a natural, fun style and his rhythm was impeccably in-the-pocket and every time I saw him perform (when he was still alive) I could see how genuinely thrilled he was to be playing music.

Thank you!

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Drunk Pedestrians – F# [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Time Travel Jams

Tell us a few things about your new work “F#”. What is the story behind it?

There is a whole fictional world behind Drunk Pedestrians with a back story for each member of the band. I work with writers and illustrators to build a whole universe where the music is one part of it. The record F# in general was written during a very dark period of my life so there are a lot of themes like regret and sadness. I wanted to display those sort of emotions in a real way without being overly dramatic. I would head over to https://www.drunkpedestrians.com/the-story-so-far and check it out!

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

I would say “Asleep in Dreams” or “Let it Die” are both very reflective of my life journey.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Oh so many, I made a list for the label, Galacticaz, and it was pages long. Obviously the Gorillaz were a huge influence as well as Goldfrapp. Pete Rock and Kanye are also huge inspirations to me, as is Rick Rubin but I also get inspired by nature and other art forms like literature and paintings.

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

I think marketing honestly is the biggest struggle for most artists. Then just having good habits and putting in the work.

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

I make records as a complete artistic statement so I would hope I could capture ones imagination enough to listen to the whole album, although I think that’s a tall order.

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

I do work in technology as well as music and I love both quite.

Thank you!

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MC Pierre – Paraknowrmul [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Underground, deep and unique.

How many beats do you listen to before you end up using one? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

I choose beats pretty quickly either I feel something right away or I do not. If I am looking for a specific feeling or sound I will listen to a lot of beats. Possibly hundreds but if I am just looking to write I will know right away and start writing. A few things about my process are I always try to make everything personal and real to me and I feel it comes out better that way. There are times I am not in the studio or music setting and I think of song concepts or ideas and freestyle on the spot and if I can write on scraps of paper or in my phone.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

On the Paraknowrmul album, My grandpa’s ghost song is my most deep and personal song about my first paranormal experience and some of my life story in it.

Favorite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Immortal Technique, Eminem and El-P.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip-Hop symbolizes a way to be heard when in other ways you feel unheard in my opinion.

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

I imagine people listening to my music in any state of mind but if I had to be specific I would say when you want to ask big questions and not sure how.

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

In Jr. High School I knocked out a guy in a fight and got suspended for a week.

Thank you!

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