Jōviky – Clouds [Interview]

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

“Clouds” is that feeling of being so present with yourself that you can’t help but see all the beauty in life. I’ve realized it’s the little things in life that are the most important. Driving with the windows down, listening to the sound of the ocean or sharing a really great dinner with an old friend, etc… Those moments are the story behind “Clouds.”

Is there a bright spot in every dark cloud?

Oh wow, we’re getting a little philosophical now. I don’t really think of it that way. I’d say that if you wait long enough every dark cloud will eventually pass.

Imagine you are in a place with a view above the clouds. What are your first thoughts?

My first thoughts would be I wish I could just run and jump from cloud to cloud and just feel infinitely carefree.

Does your music help you talk about truths, difficult to reveal otherwise?

The short answer is yes but it’s much deeper than that. When I create music, I’m tapping into the core of my spiritual, sentient soul and oftentimes I feel like I’m in a space that’s neither past, present or future. It’s a place in which emotions and the truths of the universe present themselves. Sometimes these are my truths that I’ve hidden from myself. It’s a beautiful process when I’m able to create in this way without my ego getting in the way.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

I recently lost someone that was like a little brother to me. When I was in the thick of the grieving process, a friend of mine said the best thing to do to honor the person you lost is to focus on doing something in the world that they would have wanted to do before they passed away. And it really helped me change my perspective. I’m still grieving but there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel now.

Favorite TV series?

My favorite TV series right now is probably The Mandalorian. The depth of storytelling and character development in the show is amazing and it gives me that feeling of Star Wars nostalgia but doesn’t feel antiquated.

You’d give up making music for…

Nothing and no one.

Thank you!

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Love Ghost – Ghost Town [Interview]

Tell us a few things about Ghost Town and the story behind it.

I made ghost town in Mexico with the artist Santa RM. the song is really just about my personal journey with loneliness. Fun fact: I had a crazy stomach bug when we were recording lol.

You blend more rock oriented elements with hip hop beats in a very creative way. Where did you draw inspiration from?

Thank you, I’m glad you like our music. I was really inspired by the SoundCloud movement of the late 2010s. Like juice WRLD, lil peep, XXXtentacion and lil skies to name a few. I feel like blending the world of Emo culture and hip hop was really dope and I was inspired to make my own twist on it .

What is the story behind your name?

Honestly it’s really just a combination of what inspires most of my art. Love and death. However “Love Ghost” as a whole represents something that is more than human to me. Almost like an Emo kid with superheroes. It’s a character that I wish I would’ve had around when I was younger.

Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?

Of course, there’s always hidden talent lurking in places that you would not expect.

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

Honestly just proper exposure, I haven’t really had any big break or any crazy connection yet. I’ve just slowly laid down a brick every single day and am trying to build a solid foundation .

Favorite film ever?

I have a few, maybe place beyond the pines is my favorite movie. Or Akira, or maybe this French film called “La Haine”. I like movies a lot especially ones that have a slightly disturbing feel to them .

What is the most useless talent you have?

I’m very double jointed. I can bone break. I don’t know if it’s a useless talent, because it’s a pretty cool thing to whip out on someone.

Thank you!

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ELI MONTANNA – Recovery [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Inspiring, Melodic, Persistent

Tell us a few things about your new work recovery

Recovery is me stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things I wouldn’t have done before in fear of failure.

Which song of the EP reflects you the most?

Down To Earth.

Which is/was the biggest healing obstacle you encountered?

Healing from depression and fear.

What does Hip Hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop symbolizes many different things but for me it symbolizes feeling. I like my music to captivate the listener.

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

Working or going out with family.

One last thing we should know about you?

I want to become a fashion designer one day.

Thank you!

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Jordan Jones – Sabotage [Interview]

Tell us a few things about your new work Sabotage, what is the story behind it?

Sabotage is a high energy fun pop song about being triggered in a relationship and wanting to leave. The real story behind the song is the battle with the self we have when triggered because of stories and walls we’ve built to block ourselves from getting hurt. Holding on to these walls and stories often have a byproduct of self Sabotage. Thats what this song is for me. Its the battle I was going through internally when my relationship hit the 2 year mark and we were questioning if our core values and relationship goals lined up. I was fighting with should I say fuck it, walk away, and Sabotage myself because I was afraid to really dig deep and address what was blocking me from opening up fully. Or put in the work and break through the stories I tell my self. I chose to walk away in Sabotage which made me see through the bullshit I was telling myself. Writing this song helped remind me that putting in the work is always the better path.

How do you know it’s time to leave a relationship??

If we’ve legitimately exhausted all other options then we should know if the relationship serves us or not. It’s important to really look at yourself with an honest perspective before leaving a relationship. It’s so easy to blame others for the mistakes they’ve made but have we taken accountability for our own actions? Has our partner or friend or family member expressed some concerns that have fallen on deaf ears? Are we holding ourselves with the same accountability as we hold others to. I can only speak for my self that it took me really deconstructing my self to see that I wasn’t hearing what my partner needed for the relationship to grow. In that process I was able to hone in on what I needed in the relationship and was able to clearly communicate that with me partner as well. So in short, if we can’t find a way to communicate with each other, if our goals and core values don’t match, and if one or both persons stops trying and/or don’t care to try then leaving the relationship may be the best decision for both parties.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always loved music from a young age. I grew up in a very religious family put for me music was always my religion of choice. Ive found more comfort in lyrics more then any bible. Because of that I found myself writing poetry at a young age then progressively writing songs. Music has always been there for me when I feel alone so I naturally feel like I just need to give back to the Church Of Music.

Favourite album of the past year?

Oh man thats a loaded question! Haha There were so many good albums this year but hands down I think one that really shook my world was when Ab-Soul dropped Herbert. Fuck I love everything about that album. The beats are the right amount of old school and lyrically….mind blown. I was also really in to the August 08 albums Towards The Sun and Towards The Moon. Which as we know were later combined to make Seasick. Love the sounds and direction of the production with that release. I know you asked for my favorite but I also need to shout out to SZA for dropping SOS. Damn that shit hits different!

What would be your dream performance venue?

Damn! No question my dream venue to perform at is Madison Square Garden. Period.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Fuck the judgment of others and create art from a place of pure courageous vulnerability. And just put it out.

Future plans?

I’m in the studio all year pushing singles again. Working on putting the funds together to drop an EP. I’ve got an acoustic version of Sabotage coming. Just playing shows, create more music, and connect with other artists. I’d love to collab with other artists this year and just create a solid community.

Thank you!

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Zenodro – Ven Aqui Feat. Zano [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Eclectic, rich, and distinct.

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

I’ve been slowly developing my sound, and I wanted to try some different things. Wanted to work on my wordplay on a club sounding track. I think it came out pretty well!

How did you meet up with Zano? What is the most challenging part of letting others into your creative process?

I actually met Zano at a Hip-hop show where we were both opening. Great experience, he absolutely did an amazing job and I knew I had to work with him.

In regards to my creative process, it could be difficult to verbalize the ideas I have for certain songs. This is because with certain songs, I like to become more vulnerable and it could be hard to talk about those ideas with collaborators.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My favorite rapper of all time is Eminem, my favorite lyricist is Kendrick Lamar, and my favorite producer is Dr. Dre.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Freedom of expression. I feel that hip-hop is an outlet that allows people to freely express themselves. Artists like Kendrick Lamar to Public Enemy to Tupac, have used hip-hop as a form of expression to help influence many people including myself.

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

I want my audience to be engaged when they listen to my tracks. By being engaged they’re able to comprehend some of the lyrics that may otherwise go over their heads.

One last thing we should know about you?

I actually have a new single coming out February 9th with another very talented hip-hop artist: Samuel Vincent. It will be produced by Sir Nicolas.

Thank you!

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V of 40M – PWR [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

A. Revolutionary
B. Gangsta’
C. Different

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

Most revolutionary rap song of the millennium, facts. 40M Tye, Hippie G and V of 40M, we got us a movie. Motion picture s***, heavy on the M. Arab Mxfia, whatup. Wanted an anthem for the movement and the Creator, the Universe and the Ancestors provided. We’re sowing the seeds of Black Power and Independence into one of, if not the, most influential components of our culture. If generations of our people can be pushed towards self genocide, etc through music and “entertainment” then we figure the same can work in reverse you feel me.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Most personal on PWR, “If you ain’t speaking truth to power, then I don’t even wanna talk” and I mean that s***. Anything else is just small talk or time passers. lol As far as honesty, they’re all honest to keep it a k but the ending bridge on PWR is high key fire for real. “Ain’t no gun factories in the hood, ain’t no pill factories in the hood, ain’t no coke factories in the hood, ain’t no dope factories in the hood – so how does it get here yeah?” We’ll let the gov’t answer that jawn.

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

Don’t really have a favorite beatmaker but I’m heavy on Afrobeats and Drill so if you’re a producer with a unique sound who’s trying to build something timeless – tap in! Fave rap flow besides the M’s? Rock with quite a few musically, including but not limited to Dusty, Meek, Lanez, Joyner, Polo and Sheff G. Got a thing for Ice Spicee too and if she ever reads this – link up shorty lol.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Our culture and our influence. They say we’re a or the “minority” but we know how bad them motherf***ers lie. With that being said and despite of it, the whole world follows our culture and is influenced by what we do – hiphop is an example you dig.

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

A revolutionary one. Motivated and inspired for real.

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

We’re grown, ain’t no such thing as “in trouble” – especially in regards to the opps and their nut a** laws. I have been “kidnapped” aka locked up quite a few times though, mostly for selling poison to my own people as a young bull. That of course being before my inner M was fully awakened but now – that’s a whole dub.

Thank you!

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Lukács Márton – Scribble [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

space, laidback, future

For Scribble you blend the piano with electronics in a very nice way. Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the main idea behind it?

Thank you! It has elements from different aspects of music I’m interested in: it combines the language of jazz with some textures found in electronic music. For these types of songs the main building point is always a piano/keys improvisation that reflects a current mood, and from there it evolves in a direction that feels natural.

What first got you into music?

I don’t have a distinct event, but I started learning the piano at age 5, and it is a part of my life ever since. Alongside I have listened to many different types of music, changing with me on a wide range of styles.

Favourite album of the past year?

Anomalie – Galerie

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

I create music in genres considered niche, or at least not mainstream (contemporary classical, jazz, jazztronica, experimental electronic), so I think the biggest challenge is to find and reach the (right) audience of my works.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Be more decided, take the opportunities that present themselves.

You’d give up making music for…

nothing:) I can’t imagine completely abandoning this aspect of my life.

Thank you!

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Jasper Williamson x Cenk Esen – Medley [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

(J) Our sound in 3 words would be esoteric, playful, and emotive
(C) Experimental – Projectional – Improvisational

Medley feels as an actual medley of numerous songs indeed. What is the story behind it? What is your creative process like?

(J) Medley came to fruition when we had stitched several ideas together from a session we did together in London, at Jomy’s place. We just played together for a few hours with no predetermined direction… just improvising, and we recorded it all. A few weeks later, I started sorting through the session and began picking out the bits that I thought made the best loops, like you would find in a hip-hop sample for instance, and I found about 10. We wanted to share these somehow so we picked the ones that we liked the best and smashed them together, adding a few things on top as well, like the piano solo. So really, Medley is 4 different pieces that we originally had named: Smoke, Jump, Moment 2, and Delicate… in that order.

What first got you into music?

(C) My parents are both serious musicians so that is definitely the main factor… Even when I was a baby and very young, there was always music playing in our house. I would be taken to my father’s concerts and I believe growing up surrounded with all these sounds subconsciously prepared me to get into music.

(J) What first got me into music was listening to cd’s on my walkman as a kid. And playing drums in the elementary school band, where my teacher gifted me a drum kit and I played it with pencils until I got a pair of sticks.

Favourite album of the past year?

(J) Tough question. Two I really love are “Where I’m Meant To Be” by Ezra Collective and “Damage” by Kim Doeon.

(C) There have not been many albums that I was extremely drawn to this year, but I really enjoyed some of the tracks in Domi & JD Beck’s album “Not Tight” (especially the mixing). Have also been checking the band and album Azimuth recently, even though it is a few decades old…

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

(J) To me, hip hop symbolizes self expression and celebration of life. It is also home to a massive range of emotions and perspectives, and it’s an outlet where people can express both of these things.

(C) I feel like hip hop symbolizes the ability the be laid back rhythmically – in a literal and metaphorical sense. The music’s also really open to unique,personal statements that strive for self expression both with lyrics and instruments.

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

(C) I think our music has the vibe to be listened to in any emotional state – whether being upset, excited, joyful, disappointed, melancholic etc… Philosophically speaking, I think the tracks go great with a mind state of contemplation, curiosity about where sounds & art can go as well as being okay with surprises and unexpected turns that the music may take!

(J) I think that people would connect most with our music when they are in a state of mind that is open, self-reflective, and curious.

What is the most useless talent you have?

(C) I am one of the best FIFA (video game) players you can find!! Can also say the same thing about Poker, been very good with the card games since a young age.

(J) I like this question because it makes you realize how many things you can do are actually useful. I am very very good at Mario Kart.. and that’s not super useful.

Thank you!

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J-Luv Da Prince – Come 2 Terms [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Happiness. Passion. Hurt.

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

The entire project, “Come 2 Terms,” is aimed at removing whatever anguish I have built up over the past few years. I speak about a time when a close friend chooses betrayal over loyalty on “Right Here.” “Ahead” is about a man who begs another woman for her hand, but at the same time, he knows that he can’t give her what she wants because he hasn’t closed the door on past pain himself. “Come 2 Terms” depicts a man who gives his all to his city, only for the city to denounce the talent he brings. However, he still cannot let the passion he has for this certain place go. All types of emotion flow through these three components.

How do you deal with a friend’s betrayal?

I believe that acknowledging the betrayal is a good start. Your emotions can only take you so far, you need a clear mind. Take a moment to be yourself. Do not let anger or disappointment control you. The good and bad of the entire ordeal should be highlighted. Who was to blame? Did you play a part in the betrayal? I don’t believe that people stop and think enough when they feel they’ve been wronged. They often blame the other person. I still belong to that group. Ultimately, it is about trying to change.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

To say that I have a favorite is to say that I model my music after someone, especially when that is not the case. It’s more like a time period. The 90s will always be a part of my music. You listen to my music, you hear it. For producers that channel that time, I have two. They are Obrian and Smidi Beats. They are worth checking out. You will not be disappointed.

What does hip hop symbolise in your opinion?

A lifestyle. It gives artists a chance to be creative and let loose. I use it to cope with everyday life. I would like to say that it is an expression of free speech, but it is becoming much different these days. You can’t even express your opinion anymore without someone taking offense to it. But I suppose it has always been that way. These days, I see it more often. No matter the future of it, it will always be an inspiration to me.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Please stop giving a damn about what people think of you. I could have overcome so many obstacles if I had stuck to that motto. Make sure that you are doing what is best for you and the people you care about. Watch those who are close to you. You should pursue what you are passionate about. It won’t come to you. People will be negative. That seems to be all they know. Use your hands more. Skilled hands can make a difference. The list can go on for a long time. There are numerous things I wish I had done differently 20 years ago. But then I think that the person I was, made me into the person I am. So, I’m where I’m supposed to be. No doubt.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

Be your own person. Although you probably hear that often, I’m speaking differently. Regardless of what society expects you to do, you should do the opposite. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Don’t waste your energy on the wrong people. You find those who deserve it, and you cherish them.

Thank you!

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Eagle Owl – INFINITY [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Unique, Expanding, Experimenting

Tell us a few things about your fresh EP INFINITY. What is the story behind it?

INFINITY is about the Infinite possibilities in our lives. The EP is an experimental Dark Hip-Hop/Dark Pop/Rnb piece with new experiences with some catchy hooks mixed into it. For instance, ‘LET GO’ is about letting go of someone special in your life. Each song has a different meaning that might represent best for someone if their dealing with hard times right now.

Which song of the EP represents you the most?

Ever since I finished the EP I’ve been really repeating listening to ‘Gray’. Gray is about how life can be sometimes gray in our lives for everyone. I’ve been seen as an outcast my whole life so ‘Gray’ helps tells that story and shows people I’m gonna be here for awhile and in this industry.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Funny enough my music is Christian based as I talk a lot about god, and my story but then My favourite rappers and musicans arnt Christian. My favourite rappers have to be G-Eazy, Future, 6LACK, 12AM, Josh A at the moment. But if we’re going for favourite lyricists/artists I would have to say Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin), Noah Sebastian (Bad Omens), Billie Eilish, Trevor McNevan (Thousand Foot Krutch), and Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) to name a few to represents what my music taste comes from.

Your sound incorporates many dark elements. Does this reflect you as a personality as well?

No honesty. I’m very much a quiet, shy person when you first meet me but I tend to open up after we talk alittle bit about how we got to where we are at that moment. I love meeting new people and going out to shows, new places, etc. I don’t usually tend to talk about my problems to people cause no one actually asks me like how are you doing. It’s usually the other way around people tell me their dark elements, what’s going on in their lives and I try my best to help in some way. I don’t have many friends in my life that I can go out and have a drink, just talk. It’s hard having someone you can go to for that now adays as who can you really trust.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

That’s a good question. If I had to tell my younger self something. It would be you are going to deal with some hard battles along the way, shift with friends, family and everything. But know that you will find something you enjoy and stick to it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.

Future plans?

INFINITY will be out January Probably have a few singles this year including maybe B-Sides from the EP at some point. My main goal for 2023 is to perform as much as possible, get my fan base grown more. Maybe possibly do a few shows in America if the timing is right. We’ll see what 2023 has to offer.

Thank you!

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