Lorraine Bautista – Frontline [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Pop, Soul, R&B 🙂

Frontline contains a classic, bass heavy R&B instrumental and an expressive vocal delivery. Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the main idea behind it?

Well in short, the main message of the track is about perseverance and faith. When you have a vision, sometimes the journey is not always easy. “Frontline” was written to convey the importance of believing in yourself in spite of uncertainty and doubt.

What first got you into music?

I liked music as a child and later learned that music can connect people from different parts of the world while also being a great source of comfort and inspiration— so that’s pretty cool

Favourite album of the past decade?

I would have to say JoJo’s album Good to Know. She’s always been an inspiration of mine growing up so I was so ecstatic when she finally released her album. So many good songs on that album!

What would you change in the music industry?

Well, I think the fair answer would be that the music industry has changed over the years and there’s more opportunity now than there ever was. Just like in every area of life, opportunity is out there you just have to put in the work.

Favorite film ever?

I wouldn’t say I’m huge on films but I would say Good Will Hunting & Dead Poet Society

What is the most useless talent you have?

I mean I definitely wouldn’t say it’s the most useful, but I can do a 3-leaf-clover with tongue haha

Thank you!

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Damon K. Clark – Holy [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

This is a hard question. Maybe soulful, critical, honest.

Holy is a blend of spoken word, and a gospel infused euphoric chorus. Tell us a few things about it.

Well, I was messing around on the piano and started playing the little melody you hear at the beginning of the song. From there, the chorus just came to me all at once. “Holy! Worship me slowly. Let me be your only. Let me in.” I kind of sat on it for a few days then started trying to write the first verse. I didn’t know it was going to be spoken word at first, but that seemed to be the logical thing to do as I was saying the lyrics that came to mind.

What is the story behind it?

“Holy” is a musical and lyrical exploration of a past relationship where I felt completely seen, very vulnerable, but also fully empowered…even worshiped. You rarely experience a love like that, where you’re perceived, but not judged, where all your faults and ugliness are laid bare and you are still wanted. I still tear up at times when I think about it; not from sadness, but because I got to be loved like that.

What first got you into music?

Sheer force of will. I grew up in a cult. To be honest, my musical ability was acknowledged early on in my life and I even had music lessons; piano, voice, dance, acting. But life in a cult didn’t allow for a person like me; someone who wanted to pursue art as an actual career. I did it anyway though, against everyone’s wishes.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’ve been working on my album, so I haven’t really been listening to anyone else’s music. Oops!

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

Trying to find ways to pay for an album is always a challenge for independent artists. I’m no exception. I’m just grateful to have loyal, patient fans who get it.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Well, I don’t think anyone should be distractedly reading while listening to my music, but I think everyone should read Octavia Butler’s amazing work like “Parable of the Sower”.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

If it wasn’t for my fans, I would probably have never started putting my own personal life story to song. My fans lovingly pushed me to it and I am truly grateful. It’s been a cathartic and revealing experience.

Thank you!

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Neepz – No 2nd Guess [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Sonic, Universal, and Engaging.

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘No 2nd Guess’. What is the main idea behind it?

It’s for everyone who knows that the one is THE one… ‘that someone’ who fits the puzzle piece you’re missing and you no longer have to wonder.

What is the story behind your name?

Well, that’s a whole organic happening. My given name awards with Neep and overtime people started calling me Neeps, so I when I starting DJ’ing and recording, I just flipped the ‘s’ to a ‘z’.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’m feeling Billie Eilish’s release, “Happier Than Ever”. The production and vocals are impressive.

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

Keeping up with the new trends and trying not to be boxed-in to a specific genre.

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

I enjoy listening to other artists’ music, creating playlists and cooking vegan meals.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

No real vices, but I’d say watching, criticizing, and laughing at bad movies.

Thank you!

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Bekim! – Close Your Eyes [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

R&B, timeless, catchy

In Close Your Eyes you blend acoustic sounds with a classic rnb beat. Tell us a few things about your new ballad.

I love 90s and 00s R&B and also 50s and 60s ballads. So I tried to combine that retro 90s sound with 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll ballads. Although I have been born in 1970 I always loved listening to records from that era. And I think all these influences can be heard in my new single.

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

I do like the idea of collaborating. But it is always a matter of finding an artist you get on well with. Although songwriting is a lonely process, it’s liberating and fulfilling, at least for me

Favourite album of all time?

2Pac – All Eyes On Me

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

Finding good singers that really fit your style.

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

When they are in love and grateful for that love.

Future plans?

I am working on new songs. My next song will be kind of New Jack Swing Hip Hop R&B. Although R&B has become a niche and not many people listen to this genre, I hope this will change eventually.

Thank you!

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Sigma Defence – Vagina Girl [Interview]

In your latest single we can hear a piano centric instrumental uppon a downtempo rnb beat mixed with melodic vocals. Tell us a few things about it.

Yes, this song is produced by Oli of Temper Beats from the UK. This sound actually inspired my singing in the song. Its hypnotic and sensual yet mysterious and a little spooky.

What is your creative process like?

I usually record my music at 3AM when the world is a little less noisy and calmer. It helps with me accessing that part of the creative celestial wireless. I write my songs using a voice recorder on my phone then I write it out on a notepad and tweak it.

What first got you into music?

I used to write poetry for my classmates in elementary school. One day, a schoolmate asked if I would be interesting in writing a song for him to perform. He never performed it but it inspired me to start writing and performing.

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

There is a french artist called Flex. I really like his sound and his bravery.

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

Spotify is good for what its worth but I think they need to get better with paying artists their fair due. You could have a song with over 10k streams and get less than $2 for it. I still prefer selling physical copies.

Favorite film ever?

This is a very tough question to answer. I love movies. I am a cinemaphile. I really loved that new Batman movie but I am also a fan of The Room by Tommy Weiseau. I cannot just select one movie…

One last thing we should know about you?

Music is like therapy for me, I wish to make my music therapeutic for you and the listeners as well. I hope you will join me on this journey of sound. Follow me on Twitter @SigmaSXM

Thank you!

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Taylor Roche – Similar Feeling [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Lots of synths

Similar Feeling has a very nice nostalgic vibe. What is the main idea behind it?

This song is the result of a collaborative co-writing session with my good friend and New Zealand producer/songwriter Joel Jones. It’s a journey that dwells on the idea that we sometimes never truly move on, we just search for the comfort of a similar feeling in someone else.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

In this single, I honestly find the most personal lyric to be in the line “I found a similar feeling, in someone else”. It’s such a simple lyric but so unspokenly relatable. Not everyone fully moves on from someone they loved – life does go on and we do “move on” but more often than not, that love never really leaves, we just eventually find ourselves finding something similar in a new companion. I don’t know, I just think that line is so beautifully simple. Probably why we made it the name of the song.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’ve been super obsessed with Ryan Beatty’s album “Boy In Jeans” and also unbelievably clutching The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM” so would be between those two.

What would you change in the music industry?

One thing that has always baffled me and I’m not really sure how I or anyone could change, is that to be a musician/artist almost always requires you having another one or two sources of income to afford it alone. Like when you think of it, people become teachers, nurses, business workers etc which is their sole occupation/income, but to be a musician, it’s so rare to have just that as your main job. I don’t know, to me I’ve always hated that because it truly does suck a lot of the craft out of a musician to juggle more than one job just to survive. Not sure how I could change that, it’s just more of a rant I guess haha.

Which book should we read while listening to your music?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

What is one message you would give to your fans?

Thank you for letting me into your lives through music – even if you only listen to one of my songs. I know how important music and my go-to artists to listen to are to me, so I strive to be that for someone. Keep streaming my music & keep spreading love.

Thank you!

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Obeeyay – Winnin’ (feat. King Los) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

A good time.

Winnin’ (feat. King Los) is very melodic but also has a trap infused bass heavy beat. Tell us a few things about it.

Honestly that’s what we were going for. I gravitate towards beats that have melodic overtones in terms of synths and what not, but also with that kind of timbaland hit hard heavy percussion. When I first wrote this single I knew that it was meant for the club and I wanted people to go hard to this. That’s been the goal all along.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

One of them is “Is it bad that I hate you with me if that means your friends show up”

When I’m dating, sometimes that girl I’m with has friends who are NOT for the relationship and it messes up the whole situation. So literally I’d rather not hang out with the girl I’m with sometimes if her friends decide pull up. Personal but true.

Favourite album of all time?

Confessions, Usher

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

You never know how close you are or far away from making it big, and that’s always the exciting yet nerve racking part. So I’ve learned to not worry about that and let my music speak to my audience and keep hustling all the way through.

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

Well, I’m a BEAST at ping-pong, so i do that. And at times i’ll just lock myself in a movie theater for a day and watch every movie.

What is the one habit/thing you cannot live without?

COLD STONE

Thank you!

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Dorian – Reign Love [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Authentic, Soulful, Inspired

‘Reign Love’ has a very nice chill vibe. What is the main idea behind it?

The idea behind the song is rooted in the concept of being prepared for a blessing to come into your life. It’s a very personal song for me and some of the lyrics touch on my own life journey, my dreams, and ambitious desire to prepare for the next levels of my life.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“You are becoming. Yes, you are transforming.” It’s such a direct and affirmative statement. I use that lyric as a personal mantra to remind myself that I’m on the right path.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

So many! On the male side I’d say: Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd. On the female side: Monica, Brandy, Rihanna, Destiny’s Child & Beyonce

What would you change in the music industry?

I would love to bring the authenticity back into the music. Where not only the hits and music were created organically, but also where each artists had their own unique sound and lane. It made music a lot more interesting and everlasting; so I’d definitely bring that back!

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

I actually imagine and hope that people are in all kinds of states of mind when listening to my music. Whether you are happy and in love, sad and lonely, bored and looking for entertainment, or a music lover looking for something fresh & new—I have a song for people to relate to and I hope they listen to it!

When was the last time you danced?

Just earlier today lol!

Thank you!

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Sasha Hromyk – Dance [Interview]

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

I was working on tracks throughout 2020 and 2021 for an EP. My good friend and producer Jordan Marcotte brought me this really moody sounding vibe that I fell in love with. I wanted a song that celebrated both individuality and being in love. It may sound like a dichotomy but that’s how I view life. I see things through multiple lenses.

How would you describe your musical progress over the years?

I didn’t feel in control of my own artistry at first. I was afraid to speak up and change anything (i.e. production, direction, overall release). I didn’t really know how to be honest with you. The older I get the more I realize that each release is an extension of where I am, how I feel, and what I want to express. It has to meet my own standards before release day. I like that kind of creative control.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

. It’s actually in my song “All The Right Ways” but the lyric goes “so pathetic, that I’m forgetting, I feel my face turning red”. This actually happens to me more than I’d like to admit. I turn red – easily – for many reasons that I won’t discuss here.

Favourite album of the past year?

I’ve been listening to a lot of John Splithoff. His album “All In” is what I’ve been diving into. He’s clear and direct – lyrically, vocally, musically. It rolls together so easily. At least he’s makes it sound that way.

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

My biggest challenge has been to stop caring what others think and just be the artist I want to be. Not who others want me to be. Not how they want me to sound. At the end of the day if I don’t believe or even like the art I present, I’ll resent it and eventually be consumed by the regret.

Favorite film ever?

Titanic. The stories and backstories the movie intertwines make the film more profound that one may realize upon first viewing. I could go on but I’ll leave that there.

When was the last time you danced?

I kinda dance all the time to be real with you. Daily.

Thank you!

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Enoka – More Than Friends [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words?

Raw, 80ths synth bass

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

To take you back in time with a more raw material where we take in the sound from the 80’s where you do not overpower the song with effects. Same thing with the production which is oldschool with modern elements. The lyrics speaks for it self haha, I want to be more than just a BFF with my homeboy.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

It’s definitely Im Alive. I wrote this when I really dipped in the music. It is a constant struggle to fight your way forward and you fight because the passion is so big and deep in you heart. I can not bear to continue but without the footbridge I am not alive.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Whitney Houston, MJ, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Baby Face, Toni Braxton. They frame everything I love with soul and rnb from the past. Voices and styles I look up to today Eva Max, Rita Ora, Rihanna.

What would be your dream performance venue?

A packed Globen, home plan and that everyone sings along to my songs, what a dream. I sang there, it was packed with me singing behind an artist. I want to experience the same but as the main act

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

since I believe that I have circled many different styles, I hope that everyone finds something in me that they can resemble both in style and text. Without being scattered and still getting recognition, I do not want to commit to just one style.

What is the one habit/thing. you cannot live without?

Besides Singing I cannot live without swedish candy.. and then I’m a diabetic haha, and still cant live without it.. very hard this habit of mine.

Thank you!

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