Drosz – 2NITE [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

upbeat, smooth and consistent.

Tell us a few things about your new song “2NITE” . What is the story behind it?

2NITE was written as a response to my wife who was my girlfriend at the time. We were vibeing out, having a good time and the connection was cool and chill, so my question to her was “what’s good for tonight?” lol, I was feeling myself way too much that evening to be honest, but we were seeing each other for a while and obviously I liked her and she liked me, so at the time it just felt right to take it to the next level. That’s basically how I came up with the idea behind the track.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

The hook is what I’m definitely proud of. The flow of the sounds and the vocal came together so well that I knew from that point I had something, it was just a matter of building out the rest of the song which I think came out great.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

An artist you should definitely look out for is RIC808. He’s a DJ out of Bronx, NY. He’s probably going to kill me for this but besides being a well known DJ in NY, his productions skills are pure fire! and his vocals on tracks are unique and takes the song to a whole other level. Don’t let him fool you, He got vocals, lol!

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

The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far as an artist is just putting everything together myself. I’ve had help from some close people of course but when your indie, just starting out and the budget is cool but not where you really want it to be, there’s always obstacles that kind of slows down the momentum but that’s what makes the journey and come up that much better. Wouldn’t have it any other way. It forces you to think outside the box a little and be creative.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Just to go hard at whatever it is you want to accomplish without being distracted. Follow your path and go with what moves you and makes you happy, whether it be physically or mentally. You want to go at it with passion and excitement. The rewards will come from the hard work put in.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m just getting started man! We have a lot of dope music coming and other projects down the line that I’m extremely hyped about, and can’t wait for fans to hear and experience.

Thank you!

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Kubota – In My Head [Interview]

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

During 2020 I started to place a bit more focus on my mental health. This was a time where I was just laid off from work because of the pandemic and I only had time on my hands. I didn’t want to continue the detrimental cycle of habits and I put a lot of effort to be as productive as I could be in bettering my mental health, and I’m so glad that I made that decision. But around the start or the middle of 2021, I realized that this pursuit for mental stability doesn’t simply end and it can actually turn into a cyclical chase to better oneself without the payoff of doing so. Essentially when I resolved one problem, another problem arose and it became more of a toxic state of mind. This was the lens that I was looking through when I wrote this song.

How would you describe your musical progress over these months?

Compared to my prepared releases, I’d say my newer songs and style have continued to evolve. It sucks because the music that people hear is music that I made like a year ago but it’s kind of nice to know that I’m sitting on some tracks that I think are musically the next step forward. The downside is I begin to hate my music pretty fast so by the time it’s out, I don’t enjoy listening to it. Nonetheless, I think with each song, my style is evolving and I’m starting to dip my toes in other genres that I want to incorporate into my music.

What first got you into music?

I’ve been playing music since I was like 8 years old. You know that stereotype that all Asians took piano lessons? Well… I fit that stereotype. But honestly, it wasn’t until my dad taught me my first few chords on the guitar when I really got into music. After doing my first couple of lessons, it was an upward trajectory from there with my interest and skills in playing the guitar which ultimately got me into writing my own songs.

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

Back when I was in a band, I definitely enjoyed performing music live more than writing. Now that I’m kind of a single act, I think I enjoy the confines of my room while I make songs, but I’m playing more shows and really enjoy it still. Also, playing music with others definitely relieves the stress of messing up and embarrassing yourself.

What would you change in the music industry?

I’d like to switch all business-oriented executives running the industry who don’t understand the life of an independent artist to be switched out with musically creative professionals who have an experienced background within the business side of the music industry. Something that would be fun is to take those business executives, give them the living situation and budget of the average independent artist and tell them to start making their own music while building their own fanbase without the connections that they have. I think that would be a great reality show!… don’t steal my idea.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would probably berate him with crippling insults on his moronic behaviors (past and future) first. Then I’d say “Buy Apple stock and Bitcoin.”

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

There are quite a few stories I could share here but I’ll share a more tamed story.

In middle school, my friend and I stole some alcohol from a market and we were chased out by the security guard and some cops that happened to be there. We bolted out of the store and took a sharp turn into the alleyway where there was a bush with a small opening. While my friend kept running forward, I dove head-first into the bush, went full prone position, and watched the dudes chasing me run right past me. Good times.

Thank you!

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Chris Ah Gee – Its About Time [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Funky, Filthy and Fresh

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

I wrote this song in the recording studio whilst my partner was working on her album! I had the concept of “It’s About Time” in my head as it had been over 5 years since my last release and I felt that the title of my first release needed to relate/explain my 5 year hiatus from the scene. So I sat in a little room and played a chord progression and things just started snowballing! After hearing artists like Anderson Paak. And Mac Miller come out with such incredible music I really wanted to allow myself to create music from those who I draw inspiration from. The song is all about chasing your dreams and working hard throughout the years, “I haven’t lost sight just grown up, increasing my understanding” refers to the current industry climate of Quantity over Quality. It’s About Time touches on some relevant issues from 2020/2021 such as Donald Trump, Covid and the 2020 Bushfires.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

After having a falling out with a teenager we harboured from an alcoholic and abusive family I wrote a song called “Hurts” the rap breakdown has some truth sprinkled throughout.

“Yo mumma buys you a party fridge and she stocks it, you never drink for fun, you drink for numbness. It’s pain relief from your upset, unresolved issues left to long, your influence shapes your growth, if you started in the wrong direction how are you supposed to know which way to go?”

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

I love both sides of music creation equally! There is something so free about sitting in a room with your thoughts and creating music that you vibe to. However something that is equally as fun is bringing that music to life on stage and giving/receiving the crowd energy!

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

The biggest challenge I have faced as an artist is my own thought patterns and inner critique. With music I sometimes feel like the more you know the more you realise how little you know. Being critical of your own work as an artist is integral to creating meaningful art you can be proud of, however if that inner dialogue ends up slowing or ruining your ability to release or enjoy music you have created then you have to find a way to silence it. I have seen too many incredible musicians not release music based off of their own insecurity.

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

When I am not writing music I find myself either; Practicing music, performing music or watching my fellow musicians at local venues, weddings and functions.

However when Covid struck our industry I was fortunate enough to get a job as a guitar luthier and technician at my local music superstore Mooloolaba Music. Going into work daily has helped me gain a more productive lifestyle and rigid schedule, I am so grateful for their support as I chase my dreams daily to be a touring original music artist.

When was the last time you danced?

I danced up a storm on stage at Caloundra Music Festival and at my Original show at Lefty’s! Basically any time I am on stage singing original music I’ll be dancing.

Thank you!

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Craig Cooney – Careful [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Inspiring , captivating and versatile

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

It varies from track to track and project to project . Some days I could sift through dozens of beats and get nothing, other days I could pick 1 beat and instantly get a vibe off it , I generally freestyle over beats to see what sounds , flows and melodies sound good and then I’ll build from that . My daily life has a massive influence on what I’ll write about too, that energy then gets passed to the page, I feel it’s real good for the mind , I love writing when I feel a strong emotion (happy, angry, sad , love etc) because I know everyone is human and we all feel emotion , it’s a great way to connect with the listener.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I’d say my most personal song I wrote was coming home , I was at a very trying point in my life and felt like giving up . My partner who is extremely supportive told me to try and sing on a track instead , it was such a vulnerable track for me and I was brutally honest in it . I’m not the best singer but the passion really shines through in the track and you can really hear the uncertainty coming through the lyrics.

I’m a very honest writer so I couldn’t really fixate it on one lyric I’ve written but my top 3 would be:

  • They call it present because this moments a gift .
  • I used to care how they felt about me but then I opening up my eyes and I see
  • Reals about raising your girl to be queen and raising your sons to be kings.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Favourite rapper would be Aitch. He has fun with it , and has some crazy flows and word play.

Favourite lyricist would be Dermot Kennedy , he’s incredibly descriptive with his words and you can feel every line he says.

Favourite producer for me , I’d have to keep it close to home and say Chris Kabs , the man is genuinely a genius , if you listen to any tracks from his massive catalogue the level is incredible , he has an incredible eye for details and really makes sure every production matches the songwriting

Trap music came to rule the world, but at the moment the genre feels stagnant. What does the future hold for hip hop in general?

Music is like fashion , it changes with seasons and always evolves , right now drill is massive , I do see this changing , there are so many sub genres in music and it’s really hard to put your finger on one and say, once artists are being authentic and do what they love then they will excel further that they’ve ever imagined

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

I’d imagine people would listen to my music , when they need that kick of motivation to inspire them to do something and make a change , I write music for myself but it’s massively impacted a lot of people I’m so grateful for that , I’m only human though and like anyone I have my struggles, I put my thoughts , plans and pain on paper and that’s what I enjoy about it

Should we expect an album in the near future?

Further down the line I will definitely work on an album , I will be working in my debut E.P very very soon , I want to showcase what I can do as an artist and after that I can really see me working on an album as I grow as and artist

Thank you!

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King Uche – Uche Musa [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words.

Determine, Motivational, Energetic

Tell us a few things about your new work.

King Uche is a Nigerian artist who currently lives in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California: this allows him to give his music that touch of originality and uniqueness gave by hip hop and afrobeat sounds of West Africa, mixed with the optimistic taste of life in California. Today he presents his latest EP entitled “UCHE MUSA”, which deals with real-life events: the reign of Mansa Musa, the Nigerian civil war and the fight of King Uche to be born in the ghettos of Nigeria.

All this gave him the inspiration for his music, which the singer wants to make as a sort of spiritual stimulus for all those who have no motivation and impulse: a positive and uplifting message on the notes of Hip Hop and Afrobeats. Despite his failures and his past, King Uche’s determination has not waned, but rather gives comfort and companionship to anyone who listens to him!

Which song of the EP reflects you the most?

The EP, ‘UCHE MUSA’ is one that is based on a couple of life events. The reign of Mansa Musa (whom the EP is based off), the Nigerian Civil War (that led to the loss of over a million indigenous “Igbos”), and King Uche’s own life struggle of being born in the harsh, poverty-stricken ghettos of Nigeria have all inspired him to become a man of his own, with a purpose greater than him. In the EP, King Uche dives into sensitive topics that interest him. Such as Love, Life, Hate, Purpose, Society. On “Rise Up’ he reflects on the political turmoil and the after effects of the #EndSARS global movement that made U.S. President Biden and Hillary Clinton to speak up about. In his song ‘Can’t Lose’ he speaks to the youth and motivates/reminds them that anyone can win and achieve anything as long as they want it and never give up on it. In ‘Love Go’ King Uche dives into the world of heartbreaks and betrayal as he himself suffered the biggest betrayal of his life from those closest to him. The entire EP elicits very strong emotional responses from all who listen to his words.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Jay Z, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Dolph, Kodak Black, Meek Mill,Travis Scott

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Raw freedom of expression

Favorite music related film?

Lion King

You’d give up making music for…

nothing at all I love this artistic process!

Thank you!

MidSõlis – Changes [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Eclectic, honest, unique

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

‘Changes’ is a track about my trials and tribulations during the summer of 2019. Narratively, it is split in two sections. The first one follows me dealing with rejection from someone by hanging out with my friends and joking around. The second is an introspective view of how I wasted part of my summer by chasing after women’s validation rather than hanging out with my friends more.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

For this song it has to be:

“​​Writing lyrics like they’re
Hieroglyphics matter
Real interpretation
Comes from he who flipped pyramids”

For me, this is truly special because when you get the context it paints a clear picture.

I like writing my verses with explicit and implicit details. It gives me more satisfaction knowing that for my listeners to get what I’m saying, they have to engage actively with my words. So, I think of my lyrics as hieroglyphs. Linking to that word, I use ‘pyramids’ to connect this part of the song to the previous one. When I hung out with my friends, I would flip into the river. When anything hits the water and sinks, it makes the water around it move to the sides, giving the illusion of an upside-down pyramid. So, I’m flipping pyramids by flipping into the water. In a few lines I’m providing a lot of context of me as an artist and me during that time period.

Favourite album of all time?

Good kid, m.A.A.d City by Kendrick Lamar. It has so much emotion and amazing storytelling.

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

Acknowledging you always have to learn. You can’t become comfortable if you want to be great. The biggest and most influential artists are who they are because either they or/and their teams have been students of the game they’re playing. So, I’ve learned that no matter what point I am at, I have to keep working to be the best and most educated version of myself, as an artist and individual, so I can keep making music and enjoying that process from start to end.

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

Mid90s is really inspiring. It’s where I got my name from.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

Sticking to schedule. Little flourishes to finish a song can start another and by the end of the session I just have two unfinished tracks. When I set myself schedules, I’m good at meeting them, but I don’t usually set those to let creativity lead the way. I’m starting to find a middle ground though, so you’ll get new music quicker from that.

Thank you!

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A.D. – Whoa Feat. MC Beastly And Weez [Interview]

Tell us a few things about your new song “Whoa”

“Whoa” was originally gonna be a solo track but I was in the studio chucking beats around with MC Beastly and Weez and I told them I have this one to hand because we were looking for something weird. They gravitated towards this one so I told them I’ll take my verse out, we’ll extend the beat to create a 3rd verse and we’ll get it cracking. I also re-wrote the hook to be catchier and voila…”Whoa” was born!

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

I’m actually on the verge of changing my creative process as I’d like to stop using leased beats as much (keep your ears peeled for song I’ve produced myself!) but usually I’ll jump on something like YouTube or dive into my inbox where producers have sent me beats and I’ll pour over those until I get something. I usually know the mood/vibe I’m going so I’ll search by that. There’s not really a number of beats I’ll go through before I strike gold, sometimes it’ll be the first beat I click on, often times it’ll be within the first 10 beats, sometimes I’ll be 20+ beats in and still haven’t found something. Once I land on it though it’s time to get cooking and so then I’ll start writing my lyrics in direct accordance with the beat, taking into account how the beat varies and matching my bars to that. It doesn’t take me long at all to write my songs from beginning to end (these days it’s never really more than 2 hours including time to practice and perfect the performance of it) but once I’ve got it done and dusted I’ll record a video of me doing it so I remember how the song is meant to sound/so I can hear it back and eventually I’ll lay that down in the studio.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

It’d either be “I’ll always show love and I’ll always show respect // But I’ll die before I ever claim to be content” from my song Content (the last song I wrote right before my dad passed away in 201or “My dear beloved pops, I’ll do my best to stay alive // But I can’t believe I lost you at the age of 25” from my song Letter To My Dad

Favourite album of the past decade?

Of the last decade?! I can’t choose! I’ll just go with my favourite album of the last year which is “The Off Season” by J. Cole.

Trap music came to rule the world, but at the moment the genre feels stagnant. What does the future hold for hip hop in general?

The great thing about Hip Hop is that it’s ever-evolving and only getting stronger and more popular year on year. Think about how things started in Hip Hop from the 1970s and where we’ve ended up…the past gives way to the present and that’s simply what we’re seeing with trap. It’s already going into drill music and that, too, will give way to something new.

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

Some of my fans tell me they’ve got my song in their gym playlists so I imagine they’re trying to get hyped and motivated whenever they’re listening. Otherwise I imagine they’re looking for a vibe while they’re driving so they’ll bump my music.

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

I’d say it was when I was falsely arrested for suspicion of possession with intent to supply. I wasn’t actually in any trouble whatsoever and the police even admitted to me that they didn’t think I was a drug dealer but purely because I was with people where drugs were found nearby THEM that’s why they arrested me. I’d never been arrested in my life and I was furious that I was targeted for it when they knew and I knew that I was innocent. It was also extremely embarrassing to be put in handcuffs in front of a growing crowd of people for a crime I didn’t commit. I’m a person who likes to avoid trouble at all costs so I don’t take chances with legal things. I don’t drive without insurance, I don’t dabble in drugs, I don’t pick fights with anybody, I just keep myself to myself and live my life accordingly so to still be singled out by that really made me feel a certain type of way at the time. Being a young black man never gets any easier

Thank you!

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Ovtsxder – Money Talking [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Hype, Creative, and Chill

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

Well honestly when I first was coming up my homeboy who also raps, he goes by the name of JC 1700, made a bunch of beats for me to rap on and I really fw his beats because of how unique they were so it’ll be like one or two listens and I’m already making a new song

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

If you ever check my catalog, my song Skye has many honest lyrics it’s about my daughter Skye who passed away in 2019 and also the lyric on Money Talking “Getting money I can’t chase a hoe” always live by those words because they come and go but you gotta keep them pockets swole

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Honestly I used to fw mainstream artist and producers but the underground is killing it right now! My homeboy JC 1700, RedTheKid (@redthekid__), Prod. TUGIN, My homeboy upo_surge on Instagram, and Prod Deliriousare my favorite producers right now plus more to come. And I’m my own favorite artist I love listening to myself I mean I’ll listen to Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi, Lil Yatchy, YN JAY, Kasher Quon, and even Wu-Tang Clan from time to time

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop symbolizes growth and just the love of sound. I’ve heard so many artist be creative and do things others wouldn’t even attempt to do. Ol’ Dirty Bastard is definitely a great artist to listen to he was unique and ahead of his time

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

I binge watched Regular Show almost all Quarantine Rigby be having me crying lmao

One last thing we should know about you?

This is only the beginning. Soon Ovtsxder will be a name to remember, Music Videos, Video Games, Comics, Movies, Collabs, Fashion, so much will be coming involving Ovtsxder. I’m here to stay. Also add me on Instagram @ovtsxder_ for all new content I got a bunch of new songs dropping and soon an album so look out for that and don’t forget to stream “Who I Am” on all platforms. Shout out to my boys y’all will know all our names soon so be on the lookout

Thank you!

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Odd Wall – Fear [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Original, Current, Honest

Tell us a few things about your new work “Fear”.

‘Fear’ is my debut album which has been in the works for over a year. I’ve worked with artists from all over the world. United States, Japan, Brazil, Grenada, and my home the UK. I don’t stick to one genre, you will find some hip hop, r&b, chill out, drill and uk garage, all the genres i grew up listening to. You can definitely hear who my influences are on this album and a couple of the songs are very personal.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

This is a tough one to answer but i’ll go with ‘Radio’ just because its a really personal song about a friend of mine who passed away a few years ago. When i started DJ’ing over 20 years ago he was the one that helped me the most, at the time he was the best underground DJ on the pirate radio scene and his shows were legendary. This song is all about wishing I could hear him on the radio one last time. I think this song reflects me the most because it’s about the man who got me started.

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

Oh definitely, there are so many independent artists out there doing their thing and i thinks that’s where its found. It just takes a bit of effort to find it but it’s there. You listen to Grizzy Hendrix, Locksmith, all the rappers on my album etc.. THAT is underground hip hop.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

To me it symbolises a way of living, a culture. Growing up as a teenager in the 90’s it was my escape, my hobby, my life basically and still is to this day. It symbolises honest truthful music and i think it also symbolises hope to people from all walks of life.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Believe in yourself and don’t let other peoples opinions stop you in your tracks. This is the reason I called my album ‘Fear’ because I was always scared to put music out or let anyone hear it. That fear I had in me that someone was gonna say they didn’t like it but you have just gotta believe in yourself, and finally that’s what i’ve done. Also younger me, invest in bitcoin lol.

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

Haha this is a good question. No comment.

Thank you!

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Wolf – Mentality [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Energizing, genre crossing and different

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

Well, believe it or not ‘Mentality’ was written a few years back (circa 2017-2018) whilst I was still in Uni. During that time, I was hyped just the thought of releasing music way before any work or thought was laid down. Few years later, I had a collection of lyrics and thought to myself ‘right, it’s been 3 years since I’ve written the lyrics and established myself as an artist, I might as well work on said song’. I was torn between 2 songs but Mentality was the one that spoke to me. It’s ironic and funny how the lyrics for Mentality is so relatable today what with Covid ruining everyone’s lives and the government is failing its citizens. Originally, the whole premise of Mentality was to flip the middle finger to those that has forced you to change who you are just so you are accepted in society. There’s one of you so be unique and be yourself!

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Definitely ‘Fuck what you think coz I don’t need no acceptance’

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Rapper would definitely be Eminem (who doesn’t love a bit of Em), lyricist would be Scarlxrd (always speaks the truth and not afraid to show his weaknesses and vulnerability through his music and lyrics) and my favourite producer has to be Sullivan King

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

Definitely getting heard and noticed by others. Music is being released every day, every minute and every second so your art is going to get buried among the hundreds of thousands songs every day. Nowadays people listen to music that’s relatable to them (well most of the time) and Mentality for me speaks to every aspect of it. It’s relatable and is the ‘now’ song.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

I don’t know, I don’t think I’ve received any best advice before (in terms of music anyways). Although I will give advice to the upcoming producers/bands/aspiring musicians; ‘You do you, fuck what others say. At the end of the day, you’re doing music because it makes you happy not for the pleasure of others.’

One last thing we should know about you?

Check out my band ‘The Wolf Within’ on Spotify and other streaming platforms. We’ve got new music in the works. If you like our music, go and follow us over on IG: @thewolfwithinofficial

Thank you!

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