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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nasmore – Adrenaline Storm [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Intense, meaningful, cinematic

Tell us a few things about your new songs ‘Mind In A Maze’ and ‘Adrenaline Storm’. What is the main idea behind them?

I have a passion for psychology, and that’s what inspires me. At the end of the day, music is a psychological tool. It appeals to your brain, and it can make you laugh; it can make you cry; it can make you angry and motivate you. Both songs are quite meaningful and both come with the strong message.
In a way, “Mind in a maze” is a tribute to Dan Brown’s novels – “The Da Vinci Code”, “Angels and Demons”, “Inferno”. Lots of dark history, pointing to the roots of religion and driven by psychology and current state of the mind. It is a thought-provoking cathartic art expressed as a song.
A mix of pop-rock with rap, “Adrenaline Storm” is a reflection to what is happening to all of us since this pandemic started.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

We are soon to announce the new song, called “When will I learn”. So I would have to defer this question to when the song is released.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I am a big fan of Pink Floyd, Klaus Meine and many more. I admire them not necessarily for the music but for their character and strength.

What would you change in the music industry?

I think the industry is acceptable as it is. It might be perceived as unfair to new artists. But imagine you just got hired to a new job. You have to demonstrate who you are, have colleagues to know you and like you, and after a fair bit of time, if you prove your talent, skills and professionalism, you can expect some recognition and possibly promotion.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Haha, I don’t know if I should because I would not listen to it anyways. “Don’t miss the opportunity offered to you. It may be your last one.”

What would be your dream performance venue?

The dream performance venue would be a big stadium. But an excellent performance venue is a small one where you can really connect with the audience.

Favorite music-related film?

I was quite impressed by “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

You’d give up making music for…

I cannot see what could be the cause of that… Unless, for some reason, I had to do it for my family.

Thank you!

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Riccardo Moccia – Freewill [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Fierce, concrete, deep

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

“Freewill” is the first single from “Sensed”, which is a concept album about the evolution of the universe from the point of view of a Being of Light, a story based on ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Indian and Japanese scriptures.
The work is of Death/Post Metal mold, with a very important use of harmonic singing, ergo of Mongolian, Indian and Japanese chants; a peculiarity that makes the album also meditative, as well as merely aggressive.
The rhythms derive from and are inspired by the Indian Konnakol, the oldest musical language of man.
“Sensed” is written, performed (vocals and guitars), produced, recorded, programmed (synth, bass and drums) mixed and mastered by Riccardo Moccia, through Altamira Multimedia.

What first got you into music?

I don’t remember exactly. A sensed voice, I guess…

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

Writing music is a very important part of my life and routine. Performing my music instead is the moment of truth (my truth), where I actually can disappear from this world and get connected with the true essence of my sound: beyond and through my flesh and thoughts.

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

That depends only by the will of the artist in my opinion. We all do politics by the way, but for doing good things we have to think far beyond our needs and dreams, even beyond the humanity itself.

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

That’s a weird question… Everyone knows that time doesn’t exist.

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

Myself.

Thank you!

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Aura Davis – Unbroken [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

fierce, melancholic, honest

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

Unbroken is about this person who is broken, but not broken enough to give up yet. It talks a lot about acceptance but it also comes from a place of strength. The chorus basically says it all. Don’t fix me. Just hold me till I’m unbroken.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I wear my heart on my sleeve all the damn time. So you’ll find a lot of very personal and honest lyrics in my songs – since I always say I’m a writer first. If I didn’t write, I wouldn’t sing. But if I had to outline once specific line, I consider to be dramatic and honest, it’s probably this one: “There was a time I used to dance with death but I got over that and now I write instead”. I never actively talked about that specific time in my life before so that’s as personal and honest as it gets.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Well musically I am heavily inspired by bands like Porcupine Tree, Katatonia or Riverside. It doesn’t really get any more melancholic than that 😂 Vocally it is mainly females like Grace Potter or Taylor Momsen who make me sing on top of my lungs all the damn time and lyrically I look up to people like Julia Michaels or Michelle Branch. Quite a mix there haha but I think it sums it up pretty well. Generally spoken I am drawn to individuals who unapologetically make things happen.

What would you change in the music industry?

To be clear, I am still pretty new in this crazy thing called music industry. I’ve only been active for two years now and covid slowed down the process pretty hard, so my experiences are still quite limited, I’d say. But what I can do is talk about the point of view being a new (female) artist. When I first started to send out demos, I got answers and feedback pretty quickly. The most common comments I heard weren’t about my music. It was about my looks and the market potential they saw in me. I was considered a “full-package”. Beautiful, Creative, Wild. It almost felt like a tick-box situation. I seemed to tick off most of those boxes they wanted to see and so I found support pretty damn quick. The fact that their interest in me wasn’t because of my music in the first place didn’t bother me that much – I was just very eager on getting started and finally making music outside of my living room. I jumped on the first opportunity that opened up for me. Which ended in a complete disaster to say the least 😊 Taking my money, changing my songs to something that wasn’t me, telling me I wasn’t good enough and I needed to “buy” songs from someone else, confusing release dates…

Looking back now I can put it pretty damn simple…
If your intuition tells you to run, you fucking should!

You don’t have to settle for anything. Be bold and loud. Stand up for yourself. Listen, but don’t blindly accept everything just because someone tells you to do so.

In this industry, people hide a lot behind other people’s successes or even take credit for other peoples accomplishments. That’s something I would change, if I could.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Heard that one very recently and it means a lot to me:

“Don’t be so worried you’re gonna fuck it up that you forget to enjoy it”

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

hahaha okay so… It wasn’t exactly “trouble” and I would do it all over again 😊

A few years ago, my former team and I were invited to a Google event in Dublin for the weekend. It was a business trip. The night before we were supposed to fly back home, my team mate left to visit a friend so I decided to go checkout Grafton Street – on my own. Grafton Street was like a tornado of emotions for me. Music literally everywhere.

Long story short…

I met someone, that led to beer, endless music talks, more beer, underground pubs in hidden cellars of Dublin and me picking up a call the next morning being completely wasted with absolutely zero memory. All I heard was my team mate going:

Aura, we’re in the plane – guess you won’t make it?

Thank you!

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Bones in Butter – This Is Not What You Promised Us [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Retro-futuristic harmony

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

If we focus on music as a form of art, then definitely yes. Music must keep the listener alert, music must constantly challenge and inspire the audience and enrich their lives.

What is the story behind your name?

I must disappoint you but there is no deeper meaning behind the name “Bones in Butter”. One evening, I was watching an episode of the crime/comedy TV series “Bones” when the name suddenly popped into my head and I said to myself: “Now this has a nice ring to it” 🙂

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

My parents and my older sister definitely had the most influence on me. As for artists and bands that shaped me as a musician, the most important were Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Jeff Lynne, Franco Battiato, Wall of Voodoo, the Stranglers, Tuxedomoon, Magazine…

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

I guess it is. Spotify and the Algorithm. Now we can argue about whether this is good or bad, but it is simply a fact. In the future, the Algorithm decides which song will be distributed to a wider audience. For artists in general and musicians in particular – talent, creativity and inovation become less important. Instead, they are forced to focus on marketing, socials and numbers.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, a timeless phantasmagoric novel with a strong social commentary

What would you say is your biggest vice?

Haha, that would definitely be my smoking habits.

Thank you!

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Tanoki – It Has Begun [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Unexpected, Fun, Developing

Tell us a few things about your new work.

It’s a bit of a Hip Hop banger that stems from my love of Guitar and Synth based Instrumental music with a rap about Technology all facilitated by the use of new Technologies.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“My kid just learned how to ride a bike/From looking at YouTube and I’m just like/Why can’t you wait let me teach you right”

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

Not that I can think of no!… Then again I’ve no idea what’s above or below ground any more.

What would be your dream performance venue?

I mean from Ireland the answer surely has to be Olympia.

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

Rewatched ‘Popstar Never stop Stopping’ last week and that gets me every time.. so does 1917, but of different reasons obvs.

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

School was nothing but trouble, but honestly nothing worthy of a story, just general nonsense and backchat!

Thank you!

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Soul Chalice – Enter the Game [Interview]

Each member of the band comes from a different background. How do all these different influences fit together? Tell us a few things about your creative process

The creative process is very therapeutic for me. It usually starts with a feeling. I like writing lyrics so I try to explain why I have this feeling with words. I try to paint a picture of what I’m feeling. I also like to show how clever I am. So I am also thinking of metaphors and punchlines that will help me further explain my thought process. I write often, whenever I think of something, so I have material on hand. When we are creating a song I usually like to hear what the band has come up with. I get a feeling from the music they create and write from there and a lot of times I can pull in other ideas I’ve written down previously.

We love the fact that you released a full album. Do people listen to full albums nowadays?

I believe people still listen to full albums. I do. I know several other people that do. I think music heads do for sure.

Do you prefer writing music in the studio or performing live? And what would be your dream performance venue?

I actually love both. I love the creative process and just spending the time in the studio. Those are some of the most fondest moments to me. I also love the rush from performing live. My dream venue would be the Firefly Music Festival. It is held in my hometown, Dover Delaware, and it would be an honor to play for my home crowd and where so many legendary acts have played.

What would you change in the music industry?

We just released our debut album independently and are still navigating the industry. I’ve been trying to navigate it for the past 10 years as a solo artist but I expected the challenges, I knew I had to learn things, I knew I had to make mistakes. The process is the process. Im not sure if I would change anything. Maybe in 5 years I’ll have a better answer.

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

Probably running some other kind of business. I’m more of an entrepreneur. I want to own my own business.

One last thing we should know about you?

We are in the process of recording our second album. So new music is on the way.

Thank you!

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Lewca – Geezer Pop (EP) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Punky Genre Bender

Tell us a few things about your new EP Geezer Pop

It’s a summer EP, I wanted to venture away from the punk vibe of the previous EP “Walking the Hedgehog” and try a alt pop sound with a bit of trap & 90’s dance music thrown in for good measure… it was a lot of fun 🙂

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

That’s a tough question, « My story » is the most personal, hopefully all the songs represent different facets of my persona, that was the idea anyway.

Which track is your favorite, absolute sumeer banger you wish you had composed yourself?

« She’s a rainbow » by the rolling stones, it’s my ultimate summer tune !

What would be your dream performance venue?

Gotta say Reading festival, there are tons of great venues but I do like playing outdoors and that festival has a mythical vibe to it.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I don’t tend to ever do anything useful really, Art is essential obviously but not very useful to be honest… um… I’m pretty good at ping pong?

Future plans?

World domination obviously. There’s a remix EP out soon & I’m currently working on two separate albums, one with my mate DJ sonofapitch who oversaw the production on the first 3 EP’s, the other with Ben Samama & a bunch of feats including The John Michie Collective, Oh Paolo, Shark Star, Chris James Willows, Orange G, Victory Flow, Ynes, Mick Swagger & Mondo Trasho… busy times. Both will be out in 2022 if everything goes according to plan.

Thank you!

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Roos – Dunkelheit [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Discovering my soul

Tell us a few things about your new song Dunkelheit

When darkness came into my life, and it happend a few times, I had to deal with it somehow.One of the worst enemies of man himself is one’s own darkness. I try to see the darkness as an old friend and I know him quite well by now. Its attraction should not be unterestimated..he knows how to get you. But there is still this litte light in me. Like a little candle in a large dark hall, smaller but stronger, nothing and nobody can blow this out. You don’t destroy all the love in my life, not my family, not my friends, and through them not me!

Is language a barrier in music?

I apreceate this kind of question, and I mean the spirit of the question in general. I would say no, I think music is a bridge between our langueges. For me it means realizing that we are basically all the same, the music can speak a language that we all understand. Music could caress my soul in really any language. It can feel like a caress or maybe like a slap in the face. No further words are required.

How do you relate to the Berlin music scene?

I love the variety here! The multicultural Berlin makes music very passionately, is versatile and highly motivated. This is also where professionals meet amateurs, and great new things are created. A wonderful place for creative people.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

I would like to leave the historical significance aside. Hip Hop has something dynamic about it, but it always gives you the power to free yourself. You don’t have to learn an instrument or take expensive lessons, you write freely and practice your texts wherever you are.
Every hip hopper feels like a god from the very first song they write. Free yourself by writing. The word freestyle alone speaks for itself. You just need inspiration and feelings.
Great talents can be found everywhere, regardless of whether you are poor or rich. Nothing prevents you from rapping, getting noticed or just finding yourself.

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

Corona has limited me a lot, I spend most of my time with my family and friends when possible. I green my living space, love to cook or do sports.

Best series you watched during the quarantine?

The Grand Tour

Thank you!

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Super Kreep – Cell Phone [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, sexy, and real

What comes first? The song or the heaviness? Tell us a few things about your creative process

To be honest its a different process everytime. Im very hip hop fueled so believe it or not, a lot of our songs start with some type of loop or beat idea with a rap. Then I send the idea to our bassist hasma who sets the standard for the songs heaviness and funkyness.

Which band introduced you to this blend of Metal Rap?

The Red hot chili pepper’s are probably the first band that made hip hop and heavy music a possibility in my eyes.

Favourite album of the past year?

Ebk young joc – forever 21

What would you change in the music industry?

Higher streaming payouts

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

The wrong missy. That shit had my dyin.

Should we expect a full album? Future plans

Probably not a FULL album anytime soon since we wanna focus on releasing the best content rather than the most content. I live in Australia while the rest of the band lives in los angeles so our main plans are to keep creating great music and content through this pandemic until the powers that be allow us to come together and start hitting the world with some crazy live performances for everyone!!

Thank you!

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