Jōviky – Intervention [Interview]

Tell us a few things about Intervention. What is the story behind it?

“Intervention” is a a call-to-action for those pursuing dreams in the face of overwhelming adversity and negativity. Los Angeles is the place where people come to make their dreams come true but more often than not, artists can’t overcome the many obstacles in their way. With this song, I wanted to give a little hope to all the artists out there but also acknowledge how difficult this artistic journey can be.

In this song you team up with MaxxWell Q. When did you two meet?

It’s funny you ask, because Maxxwell Q and I have never actually met in person. We’ve exchanged a few emails and messages on social media. Long story short, over the pandemic I got a crazy beat pack from him and recorded about 20 songs to his beats. I’m hoping to get in the studio with him soon, I’m curious what we could come up with in real time. He is always booked and hustling though, so hopefully we can make it happen sooner rather than later.

What is a freethinking person in a few words?

A freethinker is someone who is independently minded and doesn’t just accept things because society says so. A freethinker takes time to look at the world around them from multiple perspectives and is okay with changing their mind when presented with new ideas. Freethinkers make the world go ‘round, because they’re not afraid to go against the grain. They’re not afraid to dream, to express themselves and create new human experiences.

Your dream collaboration?

There are so many artists I’d love to collaborate with, but if I had to pick one I’d say Pharrell. His taste in music is impeccable and I think we could explore new sounds and come up with something really dope and unique.

How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?

I think artists have a responsibility to share their thoughts and feelings about what’s going on in the world from their own perspective; whether that’s through the music they make, social media or other mediums, it’s up to them to choose how they deliver their message. However, I also feel artists shouldn’t feel obligated to weigh in on every political matter just because they can. It’s important to stay true to your feelings and speak on things that you truly care about. I think Kendrick is a really good example of using his art and his platform to speak on social issues from his unique perspective. It’s a beautiful thing when an important message is delivered with great art.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

No matter what, strive to be your authentic self through and though and don’t worry about fitting in.

Should we expect an album in the near future?

Everyone has been asking me if I’m dropping an album! I guess that’s a good thing… To be honest, I see a full length album in the future but right now I’m focused on developing my sound and growing a loyal audience. That being said, I am releasing my second EP by the end of 2022. So be on the lookout for that. The songs I’ve recorded so far are pretty damn good. I’m excited for y’all to see my growth as an artist from where I started a couple years ago.

Thank you!

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Glenn Valles – A Troubled Mind [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Moving, Meaningful, Memorable

What is the main idea behind your track A Troubled Mind?

Mental health is quite a concern these days and is a subject that goes unspoken more often than not. “A Troubled Mind” is a song about weathering the various “storms” in our lives. The lyrics that I’ve written in the Bridge says it all.

“The days I measure
Not by hours
But something I call
Sheer will power”

If we can somehow tap into our inner strength – our “will power”, a lot of what’s going on in “A Troubled Mind” can be overcome. That’s the main idea behind my track.

You have been awarded in many song contests. What moment in your career are you most proud of?

Each award that I’ve won is very special in its own way. Winning an award in the 1st edition of The Clef Music Awards in my own country, India and then winning an award for “Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting” at The Great American Song Contest earlier this year were one of those special moments for me as a Songwriter. Besides being a great honour, it’s also a validation of the effort that goes into creating and producing original music.

Favourite album of the past year?

‘Sour’ by Olivia Rodrigo

If you want to feel with your soul, how do you first connect with your soul?

Here’s what you need to do. Close your eyes and let yourself get swept away by that wave of emotion you feel when something touches you deeply. It’s a Divine experience that helps you connect with your soul. You start feeling things at a much deeper level. I’d like to share what a listener wrote in a comment for one of my songs “If I close my eyes and listen to the lyrics, I feel like I can envision everything. So awesome!” That comment was the ultimate compliment a Songwriter could get. I do my best so that my listeners can “see with their ears” and “feel with their souls”.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Take chances!!! I’ve written a song called the “Story Of My Life”. You can listen to it on my YouTube Channel – Glenn Valles Music. There’s a line in the 1st Verse that goes like this – “Didn’t take the chance to chase my dream” (of being a Songwriter). So yeah, I would definitely tell my younger self to take more chances and follow one’s passion.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

Getting completely immersed in the creative process of writing and composing songs to the extent of being totally oblivious to everything that’s happening around me! I’m sure my wife would vouch for that! 😂

Thank you!

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Maddy Storm – Last Resort [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Pretty punchy pop.

Tell us a few things about your new song Last Resort. What is the main idea behind it?

The main meaning behind ‘Last Resort’ lyrically is highlighting the importance of putting yourself first. It’s making note of the realisation that it isn’t selfish to spend time on yourself and put your own well-being and healing as a priority.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I recently release my mini-LP ‘Forced Extrovert’ and there’s a song on it called ‘Natural Disaster’ where the verse lyrics are “I want you to be excited for me/Today in the shower I could not breathe/In all honesty/I’m scared you won’t be proud.” This track ends the Mini-LP and encapsulates my anxiety around how me and my music are received, providing some self-reflection on the body of work as a whole.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I have such a varied selection and I could write you a list of influences longer than my arm but I’m going to go with Kate Bush, Radiohead, Spill Tab, BANKS, The Beatles and my mum.

Does putting yourself first improve your happiness?

I think knowing when to put myself first improves my happiness. For me it’s all about balance, knowing when to pay attention to the needs of the people I love and when I need to prioritise my own wants and needs.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t worry! You don’t peak in high school.

Which person is Your last resort?

I’d like for other people to answer that question. The subject of ‘Last Resort’ could be your old self, you last partner, your family member, your ex best friend. Who do you think of when you hear the song?

Thank you!

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Proklaim – JESTER/ MOONLIGHT [Interview]

Tell us a few things about Jester. What is the story behind it?

Jester was a boombap beat that I came across online and liked it instantly for its high energy feel that reminded me of early 2000s hiphop club bangers. I purchased it online and got to writing to it. As usual I wanted to create a song with a message. The beat reminded me of classic bangers by 90s rappers some of whom are no longer alive specifically tupc and biggie and I got to thinking of the various things that lead to their demise. What came to mind was that wrong interactions and friendships and betrayal and wrong women were causes..I wanted to communicate that and that’s how I went about writing the song. The chorus came to me pretty quick without writing it…I remembered a line from an old batman movie I saw..The Joker used to say..”have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight”…I thought it was memorable and used it.

What Makes A Record Timeless?

A timeless record requires a timeless message that remains relevant no matter what generation itsnplayed in. It also requires the right energy which is created by a perfect marriage between the music and the artists vocal on the music..that creates a feel that immediately will engage a listener even if they are not from the era the song was made in.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always liked music from the time I was a little kid. Certain songs as a kid of every genre would evoke strong feelings in me. My dad had a record collection and when they’d have parties we’d dance for the grownups. I remember loving the feeling certain songs made me feel. When I got into listening to hiphop as a at around 7 years old it really struck a chord with me for its expressiveness and ability to put so much material into a single song..so many pictures would form in my mind listening to lyrics of so many rap artists..it was amazing to me.
I was a fan till I got to college and in my final year of college I began to try writing lyrics of my own and never stopped.

Favourite album of the past year?

My favorite album of the last year is definitely Nas’s Kings Disease ..I was impressed by his ability to rekindle that Golden Era feel of 90s hiphop classics and still sound fresh. It felt good to listen to and Nas also sounded like he’d grown as an artist his cadences were more varied and the production and overall song writing was great.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop is the language of several generations. It has for a long time been global. It is the most powerful genre of music to me. The reason is because so much more can be said in 1 rap verse than any other type of music…therefore more can be communicated to a listener. I don’t think we have seen the maximum potential that hiphop can have in society. In truth it has potty control the world. Rappers have potential to get more power than politicians…the thing is almost none have seen that potential they can create with messages..most rappers today say nothing potent…they cant see rap can be hot and still carry a message

What advice would you give to your younger self?

My advice to my younger self would be to be sensitive to the things I find I’m inclined to..remain true to those and once I identify them be dedicated to them regardless of anyone’s opinions..Carpe diem…have routine and remember to master any craft..practice it consistently.

How do you relate to the music scene of Namibia?

I’m not a keen follower of Namibian music in general but I am aware there is definitely hiphop talent in the country. Hiphop is not the main genre in Namibia and I actually dont follow the local genres of music so wont really be able to say whats really going on in those scenes. I’m aware of talented artists in the rap community here. What I hope to see is hiphop artists from the country and overall Africa in general begin to penetrate the global market and get the respect they deserve. I do believe it is a matter of time before globak hiphop greats begin to appear from other parts of the world besides the US.

Thank you!

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Kellan. – Why Am I Like This [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Facetious Paranoid Bangers

Why am I like this, is a ‘doorway into the darker side of your anxiety-ridden mind’. What is the story behind your last song?

The song comes from a corner of the mind that is half frantic confusion, and half exhaustive investigation. The titular lyrics “Why Am I Like This”, is both “why does my brain and emotions work the way they do”, and “why is it happening to me”. It’s hopelessly rhetorical, and yet, I think we’re all looking for that answers.

We all have things we hate about our conscious, and we all have insecurities, frustrations, or annoyances that really make no sense from a logical perspective. Whether it’s social anxiety, relationship problems, self-destructiveness, selfishness, a lack of empathy, hating your body—whatever. It’s the part therapy where mindfulness meets the wall of “ok, I get this is a trick my brain is playing on me, but what the fuck, I’m still falling for the trick”.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

Now I hate, that I hate, my reveries of better things
The guilt-ridden pity party, did you RSVP?

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

For this song? Slug, Patrick Stump, Kanye, and Robert Delong

What does hip hop symbolise in your opinion?

Hip-hop is an entire culture. It’s not just the music, and it’s not just the art. I think hip-hop is a massive collection of people, community, and expression. I am just part of one branch of hip-hop—I rap. Hip-hop is a symbol of culture.

You are doing very well on Spotify. What advice would you give on new producers?

As much as it sucks, you have to focus on marketing. It’s not fun. It’s not, flat out. It’s work. But, if you’re serious about spreading your music, getting fans, and have an ultimate goal in mind—no matter what that might be—as a musician you have to market yourself. Play to your strengths. I suck at networking, but, I’m great at the internet. So I use it.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’ve never had a cavity, and I rarely floss. Boom. Mic drop. But also, follow me on instagram for crazy shit, antics, and producer tips. @kellanrad on Instagram.

Thank you!

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Chip Pirrs – When In Rome [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Angsty, Lush, Spacious

What is your creative process like? Tell us a few things about your new work and how it differs from your previous tracks.

My favorite part of the whole music making process is the initial construction of the idea in the form of the musical track. So usually start there, playing with different sounds until something sticks out to me. I used to complete the entire process in my home studio from track to vocals. Now I have a collaborator, and once I have a song in raw but understandable form I take it to his (Josh Valleau, The Glass Wall) studio and we work through it. My newer tracks are on new level now that there’s someone to help.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

I think I’m proudest of being able to make the last part, of When In Rome, a bop. I was happy with how those lines turned out and sounded on the track.

Do as the Romans do.. What is the importance of adaptation?

My whole life people have said to me, When in Rome you do as the romans do, meaning when you’re in someone’s else’s element you should act like they act. Take their example. So I used that idea as an excuse for a guy coming home after being on a trip with his friends. It’s like, “it’s not my fault how I was acting out at the club or wherever. I was with my friends I was just fitting in with what everyone else was doing.”

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

I’m not sure any art should always do any one thing. I know that I really enjoy when a complex song unlocks for me and I understand what the artist is doing. It’s an enriching feeling for me and I feel like after it happens my understanding of art as a whole deepens.

Favourite music related film?

Purple Rain

What would you say is your biggest vice?

Music. I spend more time listening to music than anything else.

Thank you!

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Onbar – GOOD [Interview]

Good has a vivid feel good factor and will put the listener in a great mood. Tell us a few things about it.

It definitely has those vibes! I think what helped was the fact that it was made in San Diego, CA. Beach vibes and perfect weather birth this track!

You finished the song in just two days. We were wondering, what is your creative process like?

When I landed in the studio, I had a chord progression I came up with the day prior. I think what made the creative process so smooth and fast was due to how open I was to the ideas being introduced. Working with others helped me come up with new ideas!

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“I’m not playin’ around, I’ll make you feel GOOD!”

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

I think I enjoy both equally. With writing, I get this rush when I come up with dope melodies and lyrics to go with it. With performing, I am moving and singing in a way that’s natural.

What would you change in the music industry?

I want to inspire people to be themselves and create the music they want to create. I know what it feels like to not be validated for my sound, so I hope I can encourage people to grasp their deserved validation.

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

It can range from chill to heart broken hours.

When was the last time you danced?

The last time I performed my music 🙂

Thank you!

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akilbeatsdenver – Intrinsic [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

healing, energizing, smooth

Each song of intrinsic is titled after a vitamin. What is the story behind it? Tell us a few things about this album.

#musicismedicine is the mantra for the project. music has an interesting and powerful way of helping the brain retain information. i can recite rhymes or sing songs that i was introduced to decades ago. because of this unique aspect of music, and my desire to help healing, i was drawn to the idea of the project being nutritional for the mind body and soul. i imagined conversations around songs by using their title, either sparking curiosity, “where do i get/what’s the importance of thiamin” or subconsciously increasing a desire to be aware of what we ingest, without it being too directive.

Is music a form of healing?

absolutely, in a way that’s very unique, it changes brainwaves, and even cymatics shows that there are physical properties to sound that can create order and harmony.

We really loved the beats in this album, really chill and smooth. We are wondering, which is the best broken beat you wish you had composed yourself?

firstly thank you so much for taking the time to listen, i really do appreciate it. there are so so many, what immediately came to mind was havoc of mobb deeps’ “trife life”. it never gets old and the way the filtered loop of the song “you are my starship” by norman connors creates that muddled bassline is just hypnotic.

What does hip hop symbolise in your opinion?

it’s an expression of the voice of the unheard or unseen, and has morphed over time into the predominant global forefront of culture and individuality.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

bet on yourself, no one is coming to save you, no one has your best interest in mind more than you do.

One last thing we should know about you?

i’m really proud of this project, i am going to continue to create of course! i’m also focusing on placements for movies, tv shows, commercials, content. the vibe of intrinsic is one that i think works well for visual media as background or definitive. i’m excited to see where this journey takes me, i already feel accomplished by being vulnerable and giving a chance for the world to hear my compositions. if someone can listen to intrinsic and it improves mood, or get an extra hour of study in, a couple more miles on the bike trail or finally finishing the dishes and laundry, accompanying drinks by the fire or daydream music on a long drive to the mountains, i will have completed my mission!

Thank you!

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L3o – 1969 [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

The futures in

Tell us a few things about 1969. What is the main idea behind it?

A really interesting piece. The prism changes from what you can usually hear, and it’s always good to find a new source to draw from when looking to feed on aesthetics as ambitious as the one presented here. The piece lives very well and carries the colors of an ambitious music.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

At the end of my song Blue Skies: P.T.L.L.

I hope I’m lucky
most kings die young still at rookie
So I’m chasing demons
Hope the lead me to a place in Eden
Where angels and devils dine together every season
No reason pastor tweaking screaming
Cause I’m speaking treason
Take me to the deacon or the flames
Witches burnt at the stake suck little games but whose to blame
Why can’t good and evil be Leo
God The father son and spirit me as a trio
And I hope you don’t take that line outta context cause it’s way to complex for you to understand
Jesus was the first rockstar and I’m a fan
Let my light guide you there Alex in wonderland

In your album you blend different styles from pop to soul. What do you listen to in your personal time?

Jimi Hendrix The weekend Kendrick Lamar
Russ Chomp 2

What would you change in the music industry?

For Artist to get paid more from there steams on platforms

If the music of 1969 was in the end credits of a fim, which film would that be?

The Batman

Future plans?

To have my music in a lot of movies tv shows and video games and write a book.

Thank you!

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Dani Twice – Sad Boy [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Alternative Latin Hip Hop

Tell us a few things about your new song SAD BOY. What is the story behind it?

It’s a very old song where I started flipping a tango sample and it went through many mutations, the track is essentially the “Hell” section of the album.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Momma was mugged on the streets for her coat”. In Bogota, my hometown, shit was wild, and I saw my mom go through that and I was a naive kid not even processing what was happening

What is your opinion of hip hop nowadays? Do you think the audience is tired of listening to the same generic trap beat again and again?

To some yeah but to others it works. That’s why it sells so well, people putting their own unique spins on things will always receive attention and I believe real talent is recognized

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

To me Hip Hop means authenticity and overcoming your pain and making something great from it

It is ok to feel sad. But what is the one thing that makes you sad?

The thought of losing my loved ones

One last thing we should know about you.

i don’t care about wearing matching socks

Thank you!

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