Echezona – Ride [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Limitless, heartwarming, eventful.

Ride is a blend of afrobeat and chill R&b. What is story behind it?

Ride was inspired by two records, mainstream and local, with the goal of channeling my inner warrior – knowing my worth and standing on it, even if it means having to let go of someone I love.

What first got you into music?

My introduction to music came from my upbringing being filled with listening to traditional Nigerian gospel and highlife music, as well as being a part of my church choir at the early age of

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

I enjoy both of them to the max, honestly. But there’s such an excitement I get in writing songs that I’m in so enthusiastic about it. Plus, these days, I write songs envisioning how they’re gonna be performed on stage. The writing ultimately sets the tone for how big those crowds will be. With that being said, I’m gonna go with writing the songs.

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

I honestly don’t even know. Spotify is a platform that can’t be neglected as the music industry progresses. A good amount of my friends use it, and I have an account myself, so I’m sure there are incentives that come with that privilege.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Stay disciplined and never get comfortable.

When was the last time you danced?

I dance almost everyday, so it honestly might have been a couple hours ago.

Thank you!

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CHILDREN OF ADAM BAND – Timbuktu [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words:

MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE

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

“TIMBUKTU-THE HUMAN JOURNEY” IS OUR PMB-POSITIVE MESSAGE BEARING MUSIC VOL.2 THAT TAKES THE LISTENER ON A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE FROM THE “AGE OF REASON” TO QUESTIONS UNANSWERED THAT LEAD US TO THE PRESENT.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

ALL SONGS IN THIS CD ALBUM RESONATE BASED UPON THE LISTENER’S TASTES. WE’VE HAD SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT FAVORITES. I PERSONALLY, NOT TRYING TO SOUND BIASED, LIKE A NUMBER OF THE SONGS.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

OUR MUSIC CONTAINS ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND DIALECTS. WE’VE BEEN INFLUENCED BY EARTH WIND & FIRE, WAR, MANDRILL, INCOGNITO, TURKUAZ, AND SO MANY OTHERS.

What would you change in the music industry?

SO MANY ARTISTS HAVE GONE PUBLIC WITH THEIR COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. THE LESSONS ARE ALL PUBLIC NOW, FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LEARN. WE STRIVE TO AVOID CONTROVERSY
. IT IS, WHAT IT IS, WHICH IS WHY WE REMAIN INDIE ARTISTS.

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

BECAUSE THERE IS LITERALLY “SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE” IT VARIES.

When was the last time you danced?

WE’RE ALWAYS DANCING! HA HA HA!

Thank you!

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Superflip – Zurück Zuhaus [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

melodic funk pop

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

Zurück Zuhaus translates to “back at home” in English and of course it was inspired by the nice feeling of being at home. However, the song doesn’t refer to the place where I live, like my flat or my house. Rather, it praises my local community, my friends and family, without whom I’d probably be a totally different person.

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

I love both collaborating with other musicians in the live context. Also in the studio I have worked with several artists. When writing lyrics or composing songs, I tend to need all my concentration, and therefore I typically withdraw.

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

Writing music often feels like solving a puzzle. All the different pieces need to find their place. When the song is done, it feels like a big success. Performing my own music live elevates that feeling even higher, as I can see the immediate reaction of the audience.

What would you change in the music industry?

Personally, I think the digital age brought some great liberation to the music industry. Before digital age, music studios were accessible to a very small elite exclusively. Nowadays, kids with a laptop are reaching an international audience, which was unthinkable just a couple years back. Also my music wouldn’t exist without cheaply available digital technology. At the same time, competition is fiercer than ever, as there are literally millions of highly skilled and determined musicians out there. And there are some players in the industry that obviously build their business model around taking advantage of this situation. I wish people would treat each other more respectfully.

Favorite music related film?

I used to listen to the Beastie Boys a lot when I was younger. Recently, I saw their documentary and enjoyed it quite a lot. Also I remember the movie about Ray Charles as impressive.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

Not taking myself seriously in situations where I should.

Thank you!

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Vienna groove unit – RAW [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Energetic, rough with straight musical attitude, funky and warm hearted

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

It is an instrumental band so the main focus is on straight musical parameters like groove, hook lines and themes, voltage curves. Behind that it is a hommage to an artform called “Viennese funk school”, a very laid back based form of playing funk and soul music, influenced by Viennese waltz tradition , so we are doing a combination of so called “black music” and Viennese tradition.
Furthermore you find 3 different types of styles on that album, combined over this specific style I mentioned above: the funky style represented on “Vaccine” or “Song for Charly” (a typical Viennese school funk tune), the bluesy style on “Boogaloo for You” and “The reverent” and the jazzy influence mainly transported by “Mr. Trixler” and “The Travel”.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

As I mentioned above, it is combination of 3 styles based on the instrumentation (hammond C3 with leslie, guitar with VOX AC30, bass and drums) and a specific way to compose and play. Maybe “Song for Charly” is representing everything,, but I do not want to only mention 1 song. The funky side is represented by “Vaccine”, the bluesy side by “Boogaloo for you” and the jazzy side by “Mr. Trixler” the most. But “Song for Charly” represents the “Viennese funk school” the most and “The reverent” is more straight soul – bluesy than “Boogaloo for you” which is combination of bluesy and funky influences.

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

Both sides are great, at the moment and also the last 2 years this band was more into writing and recording because of the worldwide pandemic situation. But for sure this music lives through the live performance, the energy and the improvisational part a lot which is transported and reflected the most when playing live.

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

Doing instrumental stuff and being heard 😉

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

I listen to it a lot when I drive my car or clean my flat (no joke), or when I have to do things where I need energy and some sort of continuity (which would be interrupted by lyrics). Also while doing sports it is great, gives you all sort of moods and grooves. So I can imagine that this happens to others too, by the way we are also part of a big playlist for people that want to listen to music while studying. That is functioning great because of the inherent continuity of this kind of music.

When was the last time you danced?

When ironing my flat listening to “Raw”…before that I guess it was when listening to Cuban and funky music in my fav pub…

Thank you!

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Jordan Bakewell – Get Funky [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Smooth Melodic Vibes

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

I started writing this song in the very first covid lockdown period. It was a time of uncertainty and fear for everyone so I wanted to write something up Beat and happy for people to escape and enjoy and smile for a moment. I feel at that time any sort of pick me up was needed so a song like this should of hopefully lifted your spirits a little.

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

I would absolutely love to collaborate with more artists and producers. It’s always so good to connect with more artists and learn from them also. If anyone is reading this and would potentially like to work with me then hit me up 🤙🏻

I really enjoy songwriting and it naturally comes quite easy for me when I hear a beat I like. If I can hear a catchy chorus then the rest of the song just follows. Some songs take longer than others to write but generally it all comes really natural to me. I definitely say I take more time now when I am writing and go back and forth with the song to see if I can add more depth and Elevation to the composition.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

My main influences definitely include Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Chris brown, Ne – yo, Mario etc. Naturally I have always been drawn towards the soft R&B side to music and feel that definitely fits my voice well. Singing along to MJ and the Jackson 5 when I was younger has definitely helped my voice and range growing up. MJ has been the most biggest and prominent influence in my career.

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

The biggest challenge I have faced as an artist so far would be the fact that I am an independent artist. Being an independent artist can be difficult at times as your solely relying on yourself to promote and pay for your tracks and promotion etc. Money can be a issue sometimes as you always want the best product, but obviously that can sometimes come at a cost as I don’t mix and master my own song’s. But if I keep pushing and believing I am sure everything will fall into place and the right people will hear my music.

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

I think I have a variation of music in my repertoire from R&B, Dance, Funk & Soul etc. So I think I can appeal to a wide range of audience to be honest. Generally though most of music is quite up beat and happy. Definitely party vibes.

When was the last time you danced?

Currently I am touring with a boyband show called “Boyz Beyond” so I am always dancing and singing every weekend when we gig around the UK.

Thank you!

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Janelle Sy’mone – AllNight [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words.

Pop. Soul. Loud

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

“AllNight” was written about a crush I had back when I first started doing music. He was a musician and we did a few shows together. Of course , with business being the way that it is, we had to keep everything hush, hush. As it said in second verse, “ Keep our little secret baby….”

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

My most personal and honest lyric actually comes from a song I wrote called “Prove It To Me”. In it I write, “who’s gonna dry these tears of mine, when I’m crying alone in my room. So I’ll guess I try and sacrifice and do something I’m not that use to.” Essentially, the song was about letting go of control and allowing yourself to fall in love.

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

Performing live is the best thing in the world to me! Better than anything I can think of—when I’m on that stage, something takes over and I’m invincible— The paradox is the stage becomes the most scariest and the most safest place on earth. There’s nothing like it.

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

My biggest challenge as an indie artist is ultimately—the investment . It takes real work and real money to build your brand and to market yourself correctly. But I look at it like this…. I read once that sometimes the Universe will not move without the proof of your unyielding faith in your destiny. And what’s more unyielding than throwing every extra dollar into a dream that may or may not give you an adequate return?

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I’d tell my younger self that the results are derived from the belief. If you believe in your inadequacy, then the results still validate that belief. My younger self was way more doubtful and critical than I am now, and I would’ve love to help break her free of that negative belief system a long time ago.

When was the last time you danced?

Yesterday. I’m a daily dancer, so it’s an everyday thing for me. Moving my body just reminds me that I’m still here…I’m still alive and blessed.

Thank you!

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Mulholland Jive – Bad Moon Rising [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Catchy funk awesomeness

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

Bad Moon Rising is an adrenaline-fuelled mix of explosive guitar, infectious drums and piano solos played at break-neck speed. It was written in the middle of lockdown and the increasingly frenzied sound reflects my mindset at the time. I deliberately wanted to challenge some very talented students of mine with this track – the piano solo in particular has been a source of much consternation for everyone who has attempted it!

What first got you into music?

My grandparents had a piano in their house that I was pretty much obsessed with from the moment I saw it at a very young age.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’ve had Michael League’s “So Many Me” on repeat a lot.

What would you change in the music industry?

Increase streaming royalties.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Eat more vegetables.

Future plans?

Hopefully some live performances in the not-too-distant future, then finishing my next EP, then world domination.

Thank you!

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Stemin – Our Universe, Our Galaxy [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Uplifting, mezmerizing, soothing

Tell us a few things about your new work “Our Universe, Our Galaxy”.

Our Universe, Our Galaxy is my new single from my upcoming project ‘Unspoken Dreams,’ which speaks of dreams, desires, words, wishes that have been hidden so far, but see the light because love is involved. Love is the natural force will create a safe place for our emotions to run free when given freedom of engagement. Our Universe, Our Galaxy takes us into this world of hidden emotions. It’s a world made for people who are madly in love and feel different from society. They feel different because they are riding a different wave of emotions. Therefore, the single takes listeners into a hidden world of desires that are on the brink of becoming fully realized.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

Rest your soul as you lay
On my chest all night
Do that thing again
Go back to my dream

It’s an invitation to detach from reality for a small instance and dive into the world of dreams, where our emotions are safe to find a tangible expression.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

There are so many musicians and artists that have influenced my upbringing and my music since my childhood. From classical to pop, from jazz to soul music, here are a few names that have and still inspire me: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Jazmine Sullivan, Prince and Justin Timberlake.

What would be your dream performance venue?

Madison Square Garden in New York.

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

When people are deeply in love with someone, an entity, or even something like an idea, a vision, or just a concept. That someone can also be yourself. I feel that we as musicians and artists need to create a safe place for people to express themselves in all kinds of forms, colors, shape, sounds and emotions. I personally feel obliged to do so. My music tries to create a safe place where you can express yourself however you want. I also love to include strong visuals that break common sense, or provoke and leave space for imagination and creativity.

When was the last time you danced?

Just before. I dance every day. Dance is part of who I am. It goes along with my music, my creativity. The body is one, and can’t be detached from movement. Dance is part of who we are. When we are children, we dance because we don’t care who is watching. It should stay that way as we grow older.

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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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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