Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:48:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Release from Terror Records, Inc – “It’s My Birthday” by Da General http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/new-release-from-terror-records-inc-its-my-birthday-by-da-general http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/new-release-from-terror-records-inc-its-my-birthday-by-da-general#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:48:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34445 Da General’s latest single – “It’s My Birthday” hit the stores, and YouTube, on January 23 and if you haven’t heard it yet – you are missing out! This club ready birthday anthem is the follow up to his singles “What If” and “Checklist” and is sure to have the ladies twerking, and the fellas […]

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Da General’s latest single – “It’s My Birthday” hit the stores, and YouTube, on January 23 and if you haven’t heard it yet – you are missing out!

This club ready birthday anthem is the follow up to his singles “What If” and “Checklist” and is sure to have the ladies twerking, and the fellas telling the dj to turn it up.

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Tuscan Rockers THE BUGZ Set The City Of Pisa On Fire! http://jamsphere.com/news/tuscan-rockers-the-bugz-set-the-city-of-pisa-on-fire http://jamsphere.com/news/tuscan-rockers-the-bugz-set-the-city-of-pisa-on-fire#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:36:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34432 The Bugz are back. After four years of inactivity here is the event that everyone was waiting for. The Tuscan Rockers set fire to the show of the return of The Bugz. Is storming the Café Albatross concert hall. One hour of pure rock and roll and massive punk exalt the large audience. The Bugz […]

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The Bugz are back. After four years of inactivity here is the event that everyone was waiting for. The Tuscan Rockers set fire to the show of the return of The Bugz. Is storming the Café Albatross concert hall. One hour of pure rock and roll and massive punk exalt the large audience. The Bugz are in shape, they sound better than before.

They thumped strong without compromise. Everything is magical, fantastic, Rock and Roll. The public remains glued throughout the concert under the stage to praise their heroes. The Bugz confirm themselves as one of the best realities of Tuscan underground music.

Their energy and groove are a trademark that continues to make the difference. The concert location is also excellent. Café Albatross is confirmed as the best club to listen to quality live music in the city of Pisa.

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INTERVIEW: Rob Sky Brings His Kaleidoscope Pop http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-rob-sky-brings-his-kaleidoscope-pop http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-rob-sky-brings-his-kaleidoscope-pop#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:31:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34421 Rob Sky first appeared on the NYC music scene with his debut single, “Beautiful”, in 2007. His debut album, Right Now, was released in 2010 and followed with a tour in the UK. Rob has performed on stage with MJK, Blu Cantrell, and Monique. In 2017, he released TEN, an anniversary album that included previous […]

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Rob Sky first appeared on the NYC music scene with his debut single, “Beautiful”, in 2007. His debut album, Right Now, was released in 2010 and followed with a tour in the UK. Rob has performed on stage with MJK, Blu Cantrell, and Monique. In 2017, he released TEN, an anniversary album that included previous unreleased tracks from the recording sessions of his debut album. After an 8 year hiatus, he returned to the studio and began recording again, releasing a few singles before finally completing his latest album, “What’s Left of Me”. Rob is already back in the studio, working on the follow up.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

Rob Sky: I’ve been singing forever. I was a musical theatre kid in middle school through college. So that’s where my love of singing comes from. My way of dealing with emotional experiences (good and bad) is just to write them down and get it out so it’s not bottled up inside anymore. I got signed to my label in 2006 and have been with them ever since.

  1. Who was the first album you remember buying or listening to?

Rob Sky: First album I ever bought was Paula Abdul, Forever Your Girl. I STILL have the cassette! She was also the first concert I ever went to!

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to, or would like to work with?

Rob Sky: I’m listening to H.E.R. a lot. I really hope she wins the Grammy for Best New Artist. And Teyana Taylor’s new album KTSE is on repeat!

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?

Rob Sky: An emotional release. I want to help people through the breakup, or express their feelings of love, with my music.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of artists emerging right now?

Rob Sky: My songs are deeply personal and relatable. A lot of music today is nonsensical. I like to tell a story with my songs.

  1. Do you currently have a preferred song in your catalog, and if so, why is it special to you?

Rob Sky:  Hmm. That would definitely be “I Fucking Hate You” off my latest album. I had just caught my ex cheating on me through Facebook. I was looking at tagged photos of a mutual friend’s party, and there in the background of one photo, they were making out with someone else. So I was on a breakup song binge, but nothing came close enough to how angry I was. Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” was on repeat, which inspired this song- you can definitely hear it in the opening guitar intro and the big anthem chorus.

  1. Are your lyrics predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

Rob Sky: Everything I write has happened HAHA. The good and the bad. I don’t know any other way to write.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your career so far?

Rob Sky: My latest album, “What’s Left of Me,” hit 10,000 streams in the first 8 hours of release. I woke up the next morning and I was pretty blown away. I never expected it to take off the way it did.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your music so far?

Rob Sky: Getting back into the groove of recording after such a long hiatus. It was definitely a process, but once I got back into the groove, it was easy.

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  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs, regardless of style or tempo?

Rob Sky:  Piano! I think every single track I’ve ever made has a piano on it.

  1. Do you produce the beats and write the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of these endeavors?

Rob Sky: I write the majority of my lyrics on my own. Sometimes I’ll collab with another writer, but that’s rare. Beats on the other hand, I suck at HAHA. I’ll have an idea for a beat, then it’s just a matter of conveying that idea to the producer I’m working with.

  1. How did the performance with Blu Cantrell come about, and what did you take away from those experiences?

Rob Sky: Someone I was dating at the time worked for Billboard, and they were getting ready to open up a new club in South Beach. Blu Cantrell was headlining, and they wanted to give upcoming acts a chance to open for her. They submitted my name and after an audition, I was told I’d be opening for her. It was my first time in front of a live audience. I will never forget that night!

  1. Which aspect of the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Rob Sky: The most exciting thing is seeing people react to your music or DM you that a breakup song you wrote helped them through a rough time. The hardest part is definitely forming a cohesive body of work sometime. I can be so all over the place with ideas for an album, that culling them down to a single theme can be a pain in the ass.

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about how the music business works right now, what would that be?

Rob Sky: Enough of these mumbling rappers. I really don’t understand that genre at all. I’ll take Eminem, Jay Z, or Drake over them ANY day.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

Rob Sky: I have the perfect answer to this! HAHA. One recent review of the album described it as “kaleidoscopic pop.” And I thought that was the coolest thing ever. It perfectly described my style. It’s pure pop, but all these different layers and textures come into play depending on the song.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Rob Sky: 100% fundamental. There is no way around it. I love Spotify’s artist platform, because it gives you SO much insight into your audience.

  1. Could you tell us something about your latest release “What’s Left of Me” and your collaboration with Producer Michael Jay (Eminem, Celine Dion, Mandy Moore, Paula Abdul, Jane Zhang)?

Rob Sky: I know artists say this all the time, but this really is my most personal album to date. Every song comes from a specific experience in my life. Working with Michael Jay was a dream come true. He’s worked with so many iconic singers that it really was surreal.

  1. Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?

Rob Sky: This is weird but I prefer the studio. The rush of performing live is great, but the studio is where the real magic happens.

  1. Do you have a specific musical milestone set for the near future, and what can fans expect from you in 2019?

Rob Sky: I’m already working on a follow up to this album. I originally wanted to make an album of covers, but as I recorded the sessions morphed into something else. So now that this album is out in the world, I’m revisiting the idea.

Discography: Beautiful (2007), Right Now (2010), Take What You Got (2015), TEN (2017), Already Home (2018), Cinderella (2018), Wait For You (2018), Strangers (2019), Ignore Me (2019), What’s Left of Me (2019).

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INTERVIEW: Katie Garibaldi has proven to be an artist with staying power http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-katie-garibaldi-has-proven-to-be-an-artist-with-staying-power http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-katie-garibaldi-has-proven-to-be-an-artist-with-staying-power#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:56:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34413 This gives her a dreamy and soulful musical sound drenched in sparkling memorable melodies. The prolific songwriter hailing from San Francisco, CA, continues to stretch the boundaries of any genre walls with her releases. Garibaldi has won an impressive 50 awards for her hit music video “Delightful,” standout song off her EP release Rooted Clarity, […]

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This gives her a dreamy and soulful musical sound drenched in sparkling memorable melodies. The prolific songwriter hailing from San Francisco, CA, continues to stretch the boundaries of any genre walls with her releases. Garibaldi has won an impressive 50 awards for her hit music video “Delightful,” standout song off her EP release Rooted Clarity, and currently her videos “Unhappy Holiday” and “Star in the East” (a claymation take on the biblical Magi traveling to visit Jesus after his birth) are screening at film festivals internationally. An endorsed artist of Breedlove Guitars and a creative who has continued to release a consistent stream of original new content fueled by positive messages, the ever-evolving Katie Garibaldi has proven to be an artist with staying power.

  1. How long have you been performing and recording, and when did you first realize that’s what you wanted to do?

Katie Garibaldi: I started performing and recording when I was in high school, so I’ve been doing it for roughly 18 years. But I started songwriting before that, around 11 years old. I fell in love with writing songs and it was really natural for me once I picked up the guitar. Performing outside of my bedroom and recording the songs, took a little more time for me to work up the nerve to do. But once I did, I was spellbound by all aspects of music and being an artist.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

Katie Garibaldi: One keyword would be Rootsy because the organic resonance of an acoustic guitar is so key to my sound. I also love incorporating other stringed instruments in my recordings. And I have a storytelling style to my songwriting, which is reflective of country and folk roots. Another keyword is Soulful since I tend to sing behind the beat to drive the soulfulness of the song, sometimes stepping into gospel territory (especially for my more spiritual-themed songs).

  1. If any, who were your first musical influences, and which current artists do you listen to or respect for their artistic endeavors?

Katie Garibaldi: I listened to a lot of old-school pop and rock when I was young because that’s what my parents had on in the house, artists like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Elvis. Before I learned the guitar, I loved listening to country singers and also pop singers like Mariah Carey. When I learned guitar, I discovered Jewel and also learned a lot of traditional folk songs. I think those influences blended into my taste of soulful syncopation, love of ballads, and honesty in storytelling through the art of the song. A current artist I’m listening to a lot right now is Christian artist Lauren Daigle. I love how she breaks genre boundaries.

  1. Do you remember the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased? And which is the one piece of hardware or software you’re still looking to add to your setup now?

Katie Garibaldi: My parents bought me my first guitar when I was a kid, so maybe my first purchase was a guitar capo. I remember I brought a Jewel song in to my guitar teacher (which I often did for him to teach me in the place of the lesson’s homework I was supposed to do!) and I was so frustrated because I told him, “I know Jewel is playing these chord shapes but it doesn’t sound right when I do it. I found the shapes but the guitar must be tuned differently.” He told me the chord shapes were indeed correct, but it wasn’t the tuning; she was using a capo. Everything changed for me as a songwriter at that point. Long live the capo! For more equipment based gear, my biggest first purchase that made a difference for my sound was the Fishman Artist Loudbox, which I love and still use. Currently, I would actually really like to learn how to use a simple recording setup to make rough demos, such as GarageBand. I normally just record my solo performance of a song on a voice recorder to send to studio musicians, writing out what I want. But I would love to be able to learn a software program to actually have something tangible to show musicians to better help me communicate my sonic vision.

  1. Where do you do most of your recording and production work? And do you outsource any or all of these processes?

Katie Garibaldi: I generally spend a good amount of time doing pre-production before I even go into the studio. That way, I know the vision for each song—what instruments I want on it, what sounds on other records reflect what I want, what the overall goal is for the vibe. I have recorded in several different studios in both the San Francisco Bay Area (where I’m based) and in Nashville (where I visit a lot). I definitely let the engineer do his or her job for the technical side of things, but I have grown to love producing more and more.

  1. Studio work and music creation, or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Katie Garibaldi: If you had asked me this any time before a couple years ago, I wouldn’t hesitate and I’d say live audience, hands down. Now, I’ve become less intimidated by the studio setting and actually quite enjoy it. My confidence has come from experience and I’ve learned that the tribe you have in the studio creates the vibe, which will directly affect the product you produce. So I’m more careful about who I invite into that personal space now. Performing with a live audience is incomparable, but when the formula is right in the studio, it can be an equally transcending experience.

  1. Which one of your latest original songs gets your emotion and adrenalin pumping the most? Does it have a back story?

Katie Garibaldi: The first song that comes to mind is my song “Wonderful Mother Mary,” which is off my latest album Home Sweet Christmas and I just released a music video for. The back story is I actually had a dream where the Virgin Mary appeared with her hands raised up in praise. It affected me so much because I felt like she was reminding me of my ability to have faith. The song came to me shortly after that dream. “Wonderful Mother Mary” is about her journey of faith and the importance to keep on keeping on, no matter what. At my album release show, I cried in the middle of singing it because I was overwhelmed with emotion. It’s still a difficult one to sing live without getting emotional. I hope people can be inspired by the message because I know it’s important.

  1. Is there a particular song in your catalog on which you feel you’ve delivered your most perfect performance, technically and emotionally? And is there maybe one song that you keep thinking you should have done differently in some way?

Katie Garibaldi: Nothing is ever perfect, yet everything is perfect. Meaning, everything is the way it is meant to turn out because a song is a snapshot of that particular moment and what I was going through, so how can it ever be wrong? And how can it ever be perfect? A song is like a moment in life to me, so there are things you look back on in your life and start to think, ‘That wasn’t the best. I wish I did that differently.’ But then upon reflection you might think, ‘No that made me who I am, so I’m actually proud of that and wouldn’t change it for the world.’ I would say one of my most recent songs I’m particularly proud of for both the emotional and technical performance is “Safe and Warm (Lullaby for Jesus).” For as long as I can remember I wanted to write and record a true gospel-drenched song with a choir. I knew this was the song to record in that style, but it’s also very true to my roots production wise. Sometimes it’s hard for me to capture the emotion of a song on “tape,” but I really think “Safe and Warm” was successful in doing that.

  1. Could you describe your creative process? What do you usually start with – lyrics or music – and how do you go about shaping these ideas into a song?

Katie Garibaldi: I play by no rules when it comes to songwriting. A song can come about in any old way. However, I used to be much more prone to playing guitar first and coming up with chords and the music part first and then letting the music dictate the lyrics, which I still do a lot. But for my last album, Home Sweet Christmas, I often came up with the lyrics and melody first and then would have to find the chords on the guitar to match what was in my head. Either way, I try not to force the creation and let it come when I’m inspired. The key is to jump on that inspiration when it hits. If I wait, it will be too late and the idea will be gone. So that means pulling over in the car, running out of the shower, and telling someone to “hold on” in the middle of a conversation so I can go record something on my phone so I won’t forget (all things which I have done!).

  1. What were your main compositional, performance and production challenges in the beginning of your career and how have they changed or evolved over time

Katie Garibaldi: Compositionally, when I was a young kid my songs tended to be very long, like between 5 and 8 minutes sometimes. Over time, they’ve gotten more compact and easier for the listener to digest. But I have the occasional 5-minute song still and it doesn’t bother me. Performance and production wise, I’d say the biggest challenge for me at the beginning of my career was feeling comfortable in a studio setting in order to perform at my best and produce a high quality recording. I’ve definitely evolved since my first few albums, but still feel like I’m finding my voice in the studio production wise, which I think comes from experience.

  1. What are some of the most important tools or elements you use in creating your distinctive sound?

Katie Garibaldi: The guitar I’m playing now is a custom-made Breedlove guitar. I was able to tell the company what I wanted in terms of specs, like the types of wood, the neck measurement, and the pickup. I’ve had my custom for over four years now and I think it’s really become a signature tool for my sound. My capo is also my best friend because I like playing high and singing low, or playing low and singing high. It adds a cool balance to my guitar-vocal performance. I use and love the G7th Capos.

  1. How essential do you think video is in relation to your music? Do you have a video you would suggest fans see, to get a better understanding of your craft?

Katie Garibaldi: Video has become really important to my artistry ever since I released my music video “Delightful,” which I filmed in Nashville. The director was able to tell a completely new story to the song using visuals, but still reflected the spirit of what the song was about. It opened my eyes to the creative freedom music videos can give you and how they add fresh life to a song. I’ve since gotten really involved with the film side of creation and was able to add production ideas to my video “Safe and Warm (Lullaby for Jesus).” Both videos are available to watch on my YouTube page at youtube.com/katiegaribaldi.

  1. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, social and/or spiritual vehicles – and do you try and include any of these thematics in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of artistry and entertainment?

Katie Garibaldi: Music is an extremely powerful tool for self-expression so I think it’s important for an artist to be true to their authentic subjects of interest that they want to covey through music. For me personally, my music tends to have a lot of spiritual undertones or even more obviously spiritual sometimes. I never really intend for a song to be about something when I get inspired to write, but I follow the muse where it takes me. If I end up speaking about God in the song then I just let it flow and try to allow the message to come through. I believe there’s always a spiritual element to my songwriting because I let the creativity come from somewhere beyond the walls of just little old me.

  1. With more and more musicians creating and releasing music on their own, what are your feelings on how the music business works right now with all the digital platforms and streaming services? Do you have particular ‘likes’ and ‘don’t likes’ on the subject?

Katie Garibaldi: I think it’s a great time to be an artist because you can indeed create and release your own music on your own terms. It’s a wonderful time to be a creative. Having said that, the value of music is not so great. In other words, the general public is not seeing the worth in paying a fair price for music. They are not paying the artist and songwriter their dues for giving them a life with music in it, and part of that is because streaming is so relevant today and the royalties are not appropriate for a songwriter to make a return on their investment to make the music.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your endeavors so far?

Katie Garibaldi: I have loved Christmas music ever since I was a young kid, and I always wanted to release my own Christmas album. It was a dream of mine, but I didn’t want to just record a bunch of classics, I wanted it to be my own stamp on my favorite holiday. I finally received the inspiration to write my own Christmas songs and that’s what my album Home Sweet Christmas is. The album has 11 original songs and I also did my take of “Silent Night.” I’m really proud of that album because I feel almost like it was a lifetime in the making and now it’s finally something I can hold and share.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Katie Garibaldi: Yes, I think the Internet and social media are definitely fundamental to today’s independent artist’s career. You have to be findable online, or else people will not know what’s going on with you. And videos are an essential piece of the puzzle that make up an artist’s online presence. It can be overwhelming to keep up with everything, but I think the important thing to keep in mind is to just be authentic to what’s right for you. If you’re not careful, you can get sucked into the comparison game and become more interested in what other people are doing as opposed to what your path is. My personal relationship with it all has been a love-hate deal for a while. But recently I have become more conscious of my time spent on social media and have limited it a great deal, sticking to what I want to share and not allowing it steal too much of my time other than the task at hand.

  1. What is the best piece of advice regarding the music business that you actually followed so far, and what is the advice you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Katie Garibaldi: The best piece of advice probably sounds cliché, but that’s because it’s true: be true to yourself. I have always honored that advice and I think it’s really helped me accomplish a lot in my career. As far as advice I didn’t follow, I suppose the importance of releasing singles is probably something I ignored for a while because I’m such an ‘album girl.’ I like the package deal of the album’s journey. But in today’s world of streaming and short attention spans, I do see the value of releasing singles to lead up to an album release. It’s a process that gains momentum for your project and captures more people’s awareness for your new music.

  1. Reaching audiences usually involves exploiting media opportunities, and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Are there any specific improvements you’d like to see?

Katie Garibaldi: There are so many great opportunities for indie artists today regarding press and radio, especially due to the power of social media and being able to reach out to people like publicists and bloggers for media coverage. There are plenty of potential circumstances where an indie artist’s song can be placed right next to a major label artist’s song on Spotify, or an indie album review printed right next to a commercial artist’s album review, or a lesser known music video screened at a film festival right before a big artist’s video. The door is wide open for possibilities to be seen and heard. I would like to see more PR companies cater specifically to an individual artist’s needs instead of lumping them in with other clients because each project is different and should be promoted differently in turn.

  1. Do you have a specific musical vision hidden somewhere in your closet, or in your mind, that you’d like to see realized some time in the future?

Katie Garibaldi: Oh yes, so many. I would like to do a full album with only string instruments. I want to do a full-length original gospel-roots album. I’d also like to experiment with sounds outside of my comfort zone to create a sonic landscape that is unlike anything I’ve done before.

  1. Could you tell us something about your latest release, and where fans can find it?

Katie Garibaldi: Home Sweet Christmas is my latest album release, and that’s my original holiday and faith-inspired album. That’s available everywhere online and on my website katiegaribaldi.com. I express a lot of spirituality on this album and I think even though a lot of the songs are based around Christmas, it’s an album that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Also, my new music videos are “Safe and Warm (Lullaby for Jesus)” and “Wonderful Mother Mary,” which can be watched at youtube.com/katiegaribaldi.

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Interview with Texas artist YBL Richy http://jamsphere.com/news/interview-with-texas-artist-ybl-richy http://jamsphere.com/news/interview-with-texas-artist-ybl-richy#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:28:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34363 YBL Richy (Richard Carrington) was born May 22, 1998 in Coldspring, Tx. He started making music when he was 18, after he and his friends moved to Austin, Tx, where he currently resides. YBL Richy came on the rap scene with a different alias (Once Playboy Richy) which he changed when he created a group […]

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YBL Richy (Richard Carrington) was born May 22, 1998 in Coldspring, Tx. He started making music when he was 18, after he and his friends moved to Austin, Tx, where he currently resides. YBL Richy came on the rap scene with a different alias (Once Playboy Richy) which he changed when he created a group with his childhood friends which was YBL. The other members of his group is YBL Antboi, YBL Kel and YBL Rodd. YBL Richy has stated his music influences are Kendrick Lamar, Tory Lanez, Drake and Rich Homie Quan. He started making a name for himself with his debut single Sleep On U, (feat. Tory Lanez). Although YBL Richy is an Underground rapper, he has the talent to reach Mainstream success. As for the future, his upcoming Debut Album “Finally Made It” is slated to drop early 2019.

  1. How long have you been performing and recording, and when did you first realize that’s what you wanted to do?

YBL Richy: I started rapping around 14 but didn’t take it serious until 18 when I moved to Austin, and I just fell in love with making music.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

YBL Richy: Rich Homie Quan, Tory Lanez most definitely I like how they both are very diverse with their music and the messages behind their songs.

  1. If any, which current artists do you listen to and respect for their artistic endeavors?

YBL Richy: Tory Lanez and Drake, Also Kendrick he’s the goat.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?

YBL Richy: My Story, My Pain, and Also the come up. Rags to Riches hahaha

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of young artists emerging right now?

YBL Richy: Most new artist are mumble rappers or just turnup music but my music has meaning, like i can drop a club song or a street song, and even sometime drop a RnB song, I’m very diverse.

  1. When writing a new song, where do you usually start with the lyrics or the beat?

YBL Richy: Both. Sometimes I could randomly think of some bars or a couple lines and write it down, and later find the beat to fit or i sometime just Freestyle to a beat I like.

  1. Do you produce your beats and write all the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of these cases?

YBL Richy: I write all my songs, but i work with producers.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your career so far?

YBL Richy: Reaching 200k Spotify streams on one of my songs.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?

YBL Richy: Losing family and friends has been the most difficult but i use that pain and hurt to make songs.

  1. Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?

YBL Richy: I like the studio environment, just chilling laid back writing bangers.

  1. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of artistry and entertainment?

YBL Richy: I think music should have a hand in politics and society. I love being a voice for some people and in my music talking about issues like, poverty, racism, and police brutality.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and music label excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

YBL Richy: I love being independent all the royalties come to me, but if the right deal was brought to me i would consider signing

  1. Reaching audiences usually involves exploiting media opportunities, and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Are there any specific improvements you’d like to see?

YBL Richy:

  1. Are you satisfied about the way the music business works in today’s digital age, or is there something you would change?

YBL Richy: Nahh I definitely like the digital age, it’s better for streams and money.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

YBL Richy: Legendary.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

YBL Richy: Yes social media is the key to being successful in music nowadays. I use all social media to build my brand.

  1. Could you tell us something about your debut album “Finally Made It”? Does it have a specific backstory and message?

YBL Richy: I named it “Finally Made It “because where I’m at in life and my career, I feel like I really finally made it, thru all the obstacles and problems I made it thru. And also because I been teasing a project for like 9 months so I’m finally dropping it

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout so they can get in touch with what you’re doing?

YBL Richy: Videos are very important to your music career, however it’s hard to find a good videographer, but I recently found one so I’m gonna have some videos coming soon.

  1. What is the best piece of advice regarding the music business that you actually followed so far, and what is the advice you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

YBL Richy:  Promotion is the best advice I have received. And something I learned from was help only people that help you. Like i used to help promote people that i thought were friends but were really in disguise.

  1. Do you have a specific musical vision hidden somewhere in your closet, or mind, that you would like to see happen one day?

YBL Richy: Be The Greatest Ever…….. To late I Already Am.

Find out more, and follow YBL Richy on Instagram @yblrichy and Twitter @yblrichy

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Jamar: “Beat It Up” – a master of melody http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jamar-beat-it-up-a-master-of-melody http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jamar-beat-it-up-a-master-of-melody#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 17:36:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34324 Hailing from Washington, DC, Jamar is excited to release “Beat It Up” and “Press Play” from his upcoming EP “Room Service”. Working on the project throughout his collegiate career, “Room Service” was inspired by the people who have touched him the most throughout his years at Howard University. Jamar embraces today’s trends in R&B on […]

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Hailing from Washington, DC, Jamar is excited to release “Beat It Up” and “Press Play” from his upcoming EP “Room Service”. Working on the project throughout his collegiate career, “Room Service” was inspired by the people who have touched him the most throughout his years at Howard University. Jamar embraces today’s trends in R&B on his latest effort, but he uses them as tools rather than crutches. The blurred lines between R&B and rap suit his writing style as a solo artist. He tends to forgo the graceful, poetic lines that characterized R&B in past eras. Instead, his lyrics are often more straightforward and conversational.

From the very start of “Beat It Up”, his writing style stands out. The song is built for the bedroom, as he describes the excitement he gets at the yearning for the lady on his mind. He makes some playful comparisons along the way – the boxing ring is his metaphor in the visual.

The track proves to be a love anthem that establishes him as a master of melody. The chorus that he sings is catchy, and on his verse he bends syllables in a way that makes the simplest phrases stand out.

Jamar has stuck to the blueprint of real R&B: powerful vocals, silky harmonies and lyrics that either have you seeking love or falling deeper into it. But, he has his own personal twist and finds the perfect formula of incorporating old school into new school.

Jamar stands out as an artist from even just his songwriting alone with its pure emotion, depth and authenticity. He makes feel-good music that can appeal to all ages. It’s always seemed odd that such a talent as Jamar can fly under the national radar, but that’s more or less the way things have always worked here.

Where many singers would go all out, with the vocal arrangements and full-throated, ad-libbed runs, Jamar shows more restraint while still allowing the hooks and beat to hold center stage alongside his voice. This makes for a more homogeneous, less abrasive listen.

If you are a true modern day R&B fan then Jamar is the closest you will get to an authentic soulful sound in the genre’s modern guise. Not every artist puts their soul into their music, Jamar is an exception.

Throughout “Beat It Up”, his pipes are on-point, and is among the crème de la crème, with the urban contemporary artist channeling his feelings through his nuanced tenor, including a dash of ripe falsetto. His voice shines through with great sincerity as he passionately asserts, “I take you to my crib, ‘cause girl I got a plan”. The sexual innuendo is implied, but Jamar keeps it clean and classy.

Everyone plying this craft aims to succeed in music, but all of it is going to take time and effort, nothing is given. I respect hearing people who are coming up on their own. Jamar is one of them, and definitely someone to keep an eye out for in the near future.

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Jay Felicite Drops The Third Installment in the 758 Stories Series http://jamsphere.com/news/jay-felicite-drops-the-third-installment-in-the-758-stories-series http://jamsphere.com/news/jay-felicite-drops-the-third-installment-in-the-758-stories-series#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 20:20:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34301 From seductive melodies to hard hitting lyrics, from love stories to street stories, from the dancehall floor to the rough and wicked roads… this project covers it all. Jay Felicite’s third instalment in the 758 Stories series is built to keep your ears locked and in tuned from the minute you press play until the […]

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From seductive melodies to hard hitting lyrics, from love stories to street stories, from the dancehall floor to the rough and wicked roads… this project covers it all. Jay Felicite’s third instalment in the 758 Stories series is built to keep your ears locked and in tuned from the minute you press play until the second this 10 track project ends.

Whether your preference be the don-like feeling you get when listening to songs like — Caporegime, Sicario & Joogin’ featuring fellow St. Lucian musician; Islands, or, the waistline rolling feeling inflected when listening to songs like — Bumpa Rolla, Pressure featuring Lucciano, Get serious or Pressure remix featuring artist; Arthur Allain, also hailing from the 758 camp, 758 stories will have something or two made just for you.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

758 Stories 3 [FREE DOWNLOAD] – https://soundcloud.com/jayfelicite/sets/758-stories-3

Bumpa Rolla Official Video – https://youtu.be/AJvtxmZLlCM

Apple Music/Spotify/Tidal and more via – www.smarturl.it/758stories3

Jay Felicite Socials:

Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat: @jayfelicite
Facebook: https://facebook.com/jayfelicite758

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bastiko releases his single “Running Around In Circles” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bastiko-releases-his-single-running-around-in-circles http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bastiko-releases-his-single-running-around-in-circles#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 04:47:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34285 bastiko emerged in the late 90s on Germany’s Hip Hop scene and has since evolved into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and style. Music has always been a cornerstone in bastiko’s life since he started playing guitar, drums and vocals in his first grunge band when he was 15 years […]

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bastiko emerged in the late 90s on Germany’s Hip Hop scene and has since evolved into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and style. Music has always been a cornerstone in bastiko’s life since he started playing guitar, drums and vocals in his first grunge band when he was 15 years old.

Towards the end of his teenage years, he formed a strong interest in exploring the electronic music scene in Stuttgart, Germany, and started experimenting with fast-paced Hip Hop beats over his own lyrics, gradually refining this to become his unique signature style and making his mark in Stuttgart’s music landscape.

After finding his respective niche in the Hip Hop genre and adding new skills, such as self-production and playing the piano, to his portfolio, bastiko released his single “Running Around In Circles” in 2019. A song that – through a tasteful mix of Electro-Pop with bastiko’s infectiously catchy Hip Hop sounds – solidifies his unique style and artistic merit.

This spin on adding innovative blends of Hip Hop and Electronic music to Pop music makes bastiko’s style one that touches on originality and familiarity, and gives his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

bastiko is a promising artist who is passionately creating new original material to share his sound with a continually growing audience worldwide.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Apple Music: “https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/running-around-in-circles/1450637622
Spotify: “https://open.spotify.com/track/1gcicg6VNx85uYuNTK52HD

bandcamp: http://bastiko.bandcamp.com
instagram: http://instagram.com/bastian.koller
facebook: http://facebook.com/bastian.koller

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AURAL FRAGMENT Releases “Oceanic II” on all digital stores! http://jamsphere.com/news/aural-fragment-releases-oceanic-ii-on-all-digital-stores http://jamsphere.com/news/aural-fragment-releases-oceanic-ii-on-all-digital-stores#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 04:22:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34275 After a two year break following Oceanic’s success which made it to #1 on Digital Albums-Greece category and #1 on Greece’s Electronic Charts, composer AURAL FRAGMENT presents Oceanic II. The album is released by FM Records and is available on all digital stores. AURAL FRAGMENT paints musical landscapes which take listeners to the open seas […]

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After a two year break following Oceanic’s success which made it to #1 on Digital Albums-Greece category and #1 on Greece’s Electronic Charts, composer AURAL FRAGMENT presents Oceanic II. The album is released by FM Records and is available on all digital stores.

AURAL FRAGMENT paints musical landscapes which take listeners to the open seas and bring the oceanic world to life, its serenity and beauty along with its eerie nature and the terror it strikes.

Inspiration for the musical themes are drawn from creatures that have been associated with the ocean since ancient times, themes ranging from the vastness of the seven seas to the loneliness that accompanies the traveler who wanders over them. Four (4) instrumental and two (2) vocal pieces are included:

1) The trident of Poseidon 2) Shine on water 3) Arctic ocean 4) The song of the mermaid   5) Equator 6) Atlantis

The musicians who participated are:

AURAL FRAGMENT (Giorgio A.Lazarou) -Synthesizers-Keyboards-Samplers-Theremin-Vocoders-Vocals.

Julie Filippidou: Vocals and lyrics in the following songs: 1) The trident of Poseidon 2) Shine on water, 4) The song of the mermaid.

Nikos Koulouris: Saxophone on 5) Equator.

Music processing- Sound recording – Mixing and Mastering took place at Leadvoice Studios. Composition and Production: Giorgio A.Lazarou (AURAL FRAGMENT)

Record Label FM RECORDS.

The wonderful journey in electronic music continues…

 

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Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine January 2019 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-january-2019 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-january-2019#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:58:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34195 The January 2019 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – KC Sisters, Hookdiggy, Daud Aur Yahudy, Grand Rezerva, ImprovFusic, Zawandi, Revolushn, OBD, Built on Principle, Bad Bones, Brazil Hill, Dreamstate – Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every […]

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The January 2019 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – KC Sisters, Hookdiggy, Daud Aur Yahudy, Grand Rezerva, ImprovFusic, Zawandi, Revolushn, OBD, Built on Principle, Bad Bones, Brazil Hill, Dreamstate –

Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop for our magazine, ready for digital download or to be delivered as a physical printed copy right to your door. Copies are also distributed to industry professionals and music’s top tastemakers, as we continue our quest to make indie irresistible!

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine January 2019

By Rick Jamm in JAMSPHERE Indie Music Magazine

32 pages, published 1/31/2019

The January 2019 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – KC Sisters, Hookdiggy, Daud Aur Yahudy, Grand Rezerva, ImprovFusic, Zawandi, Revolushn, OBD, Built on Principle, Bad Bones, Brazil Hill, Dreamstate -Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop for our magazine, ready for digital download or to…

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Kiran Biswa: “O Warrior” – a special and a beautiful piece of music! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kiran-biswa-o-warrior-a-special-and-a-beautiful-piece-of-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kiran-biswa-o-warrior-a-special-and-a-beautiful-piece-of-music#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 19:19:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34187 The Australian indie artist, Kiran Biswa was born in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Unfortunately he had to flee from the country and spend 19 years of his life in a refugee camp in Nepal where music was his only hope to fight against all the adversities. Kiran says, “Music gave me the power to […]

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The Australian indie artist, Kiran Biswa was born in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Unfortunately he had to flee from the country and spend 19 years of his life in a refugee camp in Nepal where music was his only hope to fight against all the adversities. Kiran says, “Music gave me the power to smile against all odds. It is the music that kept me moving forward, and I want to share the message of struggle, hope, enthusiasm and resilience through my music to the global music lovers.” His dream was to create a unique fusion of cultures, reflecting unity in diversity, and take music lovers to a sphere of healing and soothing ethnic sounds within a rock context. The result is his first single “O Warrior”, which intends to bring forth all of Kiran Biswa’s aforementioned aspirations and ambitions. “Everyone is born as Warriors! And nothing can stop your dream and hopes,” resonates the song lyrics, making its intentions clear.

Big soundscapes that run the gamut between driving progressive rock and colorful world music, meet outstanding melodies and rich harmonies that provides you with over six minutes of inspiring and thoughtful music. But “O Warrior” isn’t only for die-hard rock or world music fans.

Quite the contrary, it’s also for fans that have been always been a little daunted by complex and multilayered songs. Kiran Biswa’s music offers a great entry point into the musical world of lusciously rich arrangements. The tune is easy to digest while still maintaining it’s passion for arcs of diversity, with musicians from Australia, USA and India, as well as the sound of reputed Australian musician, David Hudson’s didgeridoo.

This all makes “O Warrior” a special and a beautiful piece of music. The mix too, is excellent. It is vibrant, clear and warm, with good definition between the instruments. Indeed the playing throughout is of the highest quality from musicians at the top of their game.

The vocals also match the beauty and wonderfully crafted melodies that interchange between each different phase of the song. With this release, Kiran Biswa, in many ways, defies categorization and expectation, by consistently imbuing the music with a seemingly infinite and richly diverse series of cultural influences, in which he finds himself poignantly inspiring and occasionally spiritual.

Kiran’s composition is unequivocally progressive in nature, its complex, often multi-layered complexions harkening back to a time when musicians, schooled in other disciplines like classical and jazz music, felt the attraction to take that craftsmanship and apply it, somehow, in some way, to a rock context.

Given Kiran’s penchant for bringing together a multitude of diverse influences into a still deeply personal conception, “O Warrior” is a track as expertly crafted as many of Kiran’s peers have done before him. The track draws upon his far-reaching musical tastes for its colors, textures and complexions, ranging from crunching guitars and thundering percussion to string-driven soundscapes, choral beauty and ambient landscapes.

There may be no single truth in a world of social media posturing, where world leaders are more accustomed to pomposity than building unity, growth and fair ethical treatment for all. However there can be little doubt as to which direction “O Warrior’s” definitions of the truth are pointing. Kiran Biswa, the song, and its collaborating performers, are absolutely ready for a bigger, global audience.

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Pale Blue Dot: “Only Love” bursts through restrictive stereotypes of genre http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pale-blue-dot-only-love-bursts-through-restrictive-stereotypes-of-genre http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pale-blue-dot-only-love-bursts-through-restrictive-stereotypes-of-genre#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:16:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34182 We all have our different approaches to what kind of music makes our world spin but some bands offer so much to everyone, they make you feel alive and emotional. I just recently started listening to Pale Blue Dot – I know what their fans are thinking: “Where have I been?” I fell in love […]

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We all have our different approaches to what kind of music makes our world spin but some bands offer so much to everyone, they make you feel alive and emotional. I just recently started listening to Pale Blue Dot – I know what their fans are thinking: “Where have I been?” I fell in love with my preview listening of their 2018 album – “Anatomy”. They definitely have a unique style in everything they have produced, and they have provided the variety, instrumental excellence and passionate vocals which appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Their artistry shows, as well as an honesty of where life has, and is, taking them. Pale Blue Dot is a band based in Charlottesville, founded by musician Tony LaRocco as a way to bring fellow musicians together to explore the possibilities presented by his songwriting. Pop, alternative, progressive rock, folk and bebop jazz are all sources of inspiration for the band’s ever evolving sound.

Pale Blue Dot strike hard from the very first listen. Quality writing and production make the presentation of their songs a pleasure to listen to. In an evolving line-up, the guitars add the bite and crunch the band needs to acquire its edge, while the bass and drums, drive the rhythm section through its many rhythmic complexities and nuances.

And then there is the immense band leader and songwriter, Tony LaRocco, on vocals and guitar. He quite simply turns in vocal performances you’d never have imagined possible. Throughout this record, he is confident, clear, and proud, discovering and displaying unexpected subtleties in his bluesy rasp.

It’s actually a little hard to focus on what the rest of the band are doing for the first couple of listens, because Tony’s presence is so dominant. His vocal melodies, are expressive, expansive, and totally considered. Listen to “Yesterday’s News” and “Suitcase”, to better understand what I mean by Tony being “dominant”.

Luckily, I listened through the album quite a few times, which allowed me to appreciate the brilliance of the other band members too. One of the most balanced and accessible tracks on the album, is the single “Only Love”. Upbeat and bustling with vibrancy, the track finds Tony LaRocco repping Charlottesville, alongside singer Yolanda Jones, and John D’Earth on Trumpet.

It’s a very fine performance from a collective who seemingly grow in stature, confidence, and ability by the bar. Bassist Drew Pompano and Johnny Stubbelfield on drums, drive the engine room with relentless zest on this track, while the shimmering keys by Butch Taylor fill in all spaces between the guitars of Sam Wilson, Peter Balogh and Will Thomas Reed.

Without forgetting Tucker Rogers who manages to ably squeeze his Dobro into the mix. “Only Love” is, indeed, totally awesome; a song that bursts through all of the restrictive stereotypes of its genre to reveal itself as something totally inspiring.

Pale Blue Dot is a collective with a defined sense of purpose – they focus on immersing you in their music, and letting the emotional peaks and valleys do the work of knocking you out!

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INTERVIEW: Producer and Artist DiZZY NiNJA http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-producer-and-artist-dizzy-ninja http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-producer-and-artist-dizzy-ninja#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 02:16:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34174 Scott Thomas (a.k.a DiZZY NiNJA) has been producing music since his childhood. He has dabbled in just about every genre out there, and loves helping others bring out their musical talents as well. He produces his own beats, writes his own lyrics, as well as records and mixes his own tracks. When did you start […]

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Scott Thomas (a.k.a DiZZY NiNJA) has been producing music since his childhood. He has dabbled in just about every genre out there, and loves helping others bring out their musical talents as well. He produces his own beats, writes his own lyrics, as well as records and mixes his own tracks.

  1. When did you start making music and what or who were your early passions and influences – producing or rapping?

DiZZY NiNJA: I’ve been into music creation since I can remember. I can remember singing into the mics at restaurants when I was like 3 years old. At around 8 I got a Casio RapMan, and it was on then. I knew at an early age that music would be a big part of my life. I love the performance part but must say I long for the studio. I love to produce and create so it’s like being a kid in a candy shop.

  1. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and producer, and the transition towards your own style?

DiZZY NiNJA: Truthfully I’ve never been a fan of performing covers, and though it can be fun to jam out to your favorite songs with your friends, I never got satisfaction from performing someone else’s song publicly. My music has a unique sound and my secret is this: when I’m producing new music, I generally don’t listen to anyone else’s music. I feel that this keeps me from sounding like other artists out there.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

DiZZY NiNJA: As far as influences, it’s a long list but some of my biggest would be Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, Vanilla Ice, Hammer, Warrant, Cinderella, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, NWA, Dre, Snoop, Chamillionair, Bone Thugs and the solo projects, 5 Finger Deathpunch, T.I. / T.I P., Excision, Dead Mou5, Chrispy,  And the list goes on and on and on.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?

DiZZY NiNJA: Well, I really hope my music inspires other artists to tap into their God given talents and share them with the world. I also try to show people that they gotta think for themselves and not let the powers that be control them by simply accepting and not questioning, as we should be. But the main point I would like people to take from my music: it isn’t hard at all, to be good person, in fact it seems to me like its more energy and time consuming to do each other wrong.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of young artists and producers emerging right now?

DiZZY NiNJA: Well, for one I’m a lot older than most of the emerging artists out now, but aside from that, my message and delivery. I try to add a little wit to my lyrics in order to challenge my listeners’ minds. It’s like hip hop has lost a lot of its intelligible credit. I hope to inspire a rekindling of smart rap. No disrespect to the current industry, but come on guys… I need a little more substance than this…

  1. When writing a new song, where do you usually start with the lyrics or the beat?

DiZZY NiNJA: It’s varied over the years from song to song. But for rap I usually start with the instrumental. I’ll put it on repeat and just let it talk to me. Usually it will write the lyrics for me in my head. Once the words are clear, I’ll jump on the mic and lay it down. I also use a da-da-da system in which I use da da das to figure out rhyme patterns and syllable structures. It’s silly to hear out loud, I’m sure, but it helps me find some of the swiftly spoken patterns I use sometimes.

  1. How strict are you with genres? Are you comfortable working with most genres and styles and what is your preferred style?

DiZZY NiNJA: I’ve dabbled in every genre that exists, it seems. Music is music and I love creating ANY kind. I’ve been a dubstep dj, drummer, guitarist, rapper, and vocalist. Hell, I even started a music group using chopsticks and ashtrays, literally. I also now drum and rap on the side for a Christian Band called Fearless. I desire to evolve musically in any way I can. In any genre I can.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your career so far?

DiZZY NiNJA: Seeing my music being streamed all over the world. It was cool knowing it was being heard nationally, but seeing streams from China, Russia and many others really blew my mind. I mean, do they even know what I’m saying?!?!

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?

DiZZY NiNJA: Losing people. Unfortunately, to follow dreams, we sometimes have to cut people loose. But I have to live for me.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your tracks, regardless of style or tempo?

DiZZY NiNJA: It’s all about lyrics with me. I try to make sure my words have depth to them, regardless of the style or context. Regarding my instrumentals, I add depth there as well. Sure a hard beat and a fat bassline are great, but I like to build on the melodics of a song, usually blending multiple synth parts into my groove.

  1. What were some of the main challenges and goals when starting out as an artist/producer and how have they changed over time? What is it about making beats for others that makes it interesting for you?

DiZZY NiNJA: I never had the money to invest in good equipment. This made it hard to get good quality recordings. I slowly gathered resources and now have a full studio atmosphere to develop and create in. Very few rappers have had the pleasure of rapping over my beats. I’m kinda stingy with them, but I’m actually thinking of offering them to other artists in the near future.

  1. What was your first set-up as a producer like? Has your set-up evolved since then, and what currently is the most important piece of gear for you?

DiZZY NiNJA: My first recording setup was all software on an old rebuilt pc that should have been retired many years before. Now I get to play on midi DAW controllers, racks and other cool hardware pieces. We’re slowly building up our gear at RaKUGO Productions, my indie label newborn. It’s all important, because it’s all part of the whole setup. I can really experiment and create to my heart’s content.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and producer excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

DiZZY NiNJA: I love when I get to hear a composition come together. Nothing compares to hearing a song and being like “wow, I made that.” This kinda work takes time, if ever, to pay off. It can be discouraging, factoring in the time and energy that it really takes to make good music.

  1. Are you happy about the way the music business works in today’s digital age, or is there something you would change?

DiZZY NiNJA: The digital age has made it so easy for unheard talent to get heard. This, to me, is an incredible aspect. However, it has also made it easier for trash to make it to the market. So, it’s a catch 22, if you ask me.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

DiZZY NiNJA: Different, Witty, Deep. I really don’t know the answer to that. I’ve found it hard to classify myself. So it may take time before I can properly answer that.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

DiZZY NiNJA: Social Media has played a major part in my musical campaign. It has also made it easier for underprivileged artists to get their talents exposed, which to me is incredibly important.

  1. Tell us something about your latest release and where fans can find it.

DiZZY NiNJA: My latest release drops on February 1st 2019. It’s a silly little track called Eargasm. You’ll be able to find it at https://DiZZYNiNJA.com or any other major streaming/download platform.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout so they can get in to what you’re doing?

DiZZY NiNJA: Absolutely. Videos are a great way to visually represent your song to your fans. I’ve only made a couple videos, thus far, but intend to make many more soon. The latest video I created was for Earthlings and it can be found on my YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/dSKnhScQzDM

  1. Do you only create and work in a studio environment, or do you also find time to perform live? And which of these two do you ultimately enjoy more?

DiZZY NiNJA:  Performing is fun, but it’s the studio atmosphere that I crave, ultimately. However, I will still do live shows when promoting new music.

  1. What’s on your ‘must do’ agenda for 2019?

DiZZY NiNJA: I hope to build RaKUGO Productions, my label, into something that can help other unexposed talent make it to the fans eyes and ears. You can watch our progress at RaKUGOproductions.com

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKINSTAGRAMTWITTERSPOTIFYGOOGLE PLAYTIDAL

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DANTÉ drops his latest single – ‘From Mexico To Tokyo’ http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dante-drops-his-latest-single-from-mexico-to-tokyo http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dante-drops-his-latest-single-from-mexico-to-tokyo#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 18:41:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34170 Formerly known as DIABLO, US native DANTÉ has been working very hard in the studio to improve on his production skills and get the creativity flowing. Releasing tons of remixes and mashups every month since the start of the year, DANTÉ has been showing off his production skills on his Soundcloud page while also gaining […]

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Formerly known as DIABLO, US native DANTÉ has been working very hard in the studio to improve on his production skills and get the creativity flowing. Releasing tons of remixes and mashups every month since the start of the year, DANTÉ has been showing off his production skills on his Soundcloud page while also gaining some followers along the way. DANTÉ says he is ready to take it to the next level in the new year with tons of new stuff coming.

With personal Latin, Spanish and Italian roots, he showcases each of these in his brand new single ‘From Mexico To Tokyo’. The ethnic guitar strings fill up the break down and bring those ethnic vibes to the fore front. Before you have time to think about it, the buildup comes and you find yourself with tons of anticipation built. The drop hits with massive kicks and soaring synths which send the energy levels through the roof. This main stage anthem is perfect for festival dance floors around the world.

Follow Dante:
https://soundcloud.com/diabloonfire
https://www.instagram.com/danterodriguezofficialinsta/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1tahzlpw1Y5vw5eEbk8aJB?si=rcL9CB5PQ7e0bCSuZqD-gA
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Rikke Normann Launches Official Video for “Fragile” ft. Bernhoft http://jamsphere.com/videos/rikke-normann-launches-official-video-for-fragile-ft-bernhoft http://jamsphere.com/videos/rikke-normann-launches-official-video-for-fragile-ft-bernhoft#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 02:29:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34124  About the track: Fragile is the fourth single off Rikke Normann’s upcoming album “35”. This self-penned mini classic is a catchy, up-tempo, soul-duet, featuring fellow Norwegian, and previous Grammy nominee, Bernhoft! It makes you smile and feel a kind of old-school-analog warmth in your body right from the opening bars. Though it sounds quite […]

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About the track:

Fragile is the fourth single off Rikke Normann’s upcoming album “35”. This self-penned mini classic is a catchy, up-tempo, soul-duet, featuring fellow Norwegian, and previous Grammy nominee, Bernhoft!

It makes you smile and feel a kind of old-school-analog warmth in your body right from the opening bars.

Though it sounds quite cheerful “Fragile” still has an important and timely message to deliver, as do all of Rikke’s songs. As the title suggests “Fragile” talks about the way we live and how we take things for granted. The people around us, our relationships, and most importantly the world we live in, which is as fragile as ever.

Recorded live in studio Paradiso, Oslo, with no add ons, Rikke and Bernhoft’s voices carry her strong songwriting and its message effortlessly. The track is minimalistic not needing much more than their soulful harmonies, backed by a small but tasteful band.

Rikke actually dreamed of Bernhoft singing on this track when she wrote it, thinking their voices and need to address important topics, would be a perfect match. People would agree she was right, and this duet is a dream come true for her. It musically doesn’t get any realer or more fragile than this, yet the song and vocal power couple make you feel so safe and steady. Like it’s all gonna be alright. 


About the video:

“We wanted to make a quirky video with skeleton puppets to emphasize and underline the message (and title) of the song. Like, what’s more fragile than a skeleton? We decided to go with the quirky, fun and kind of naive feeling of the video to contrast the seriousness of the lyrics, and also the vibe and way we humans treat the subject of climate change, environmental challenges and takings for granted. We all say it, don’t take things for granted, but we have a hard time learning how not to do it.”

Follow and find out more about Rikke Normann at FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.


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Bad Bones – “Midnight Rider” consolidates the band’s load of relentless energy http://jamsphere.com/videos/bad-bones-midnight-rider-consolidates-the-bands-load-of-relentless-energy http://jamsphere.com/videos/bad-bones-midnight-rider-consolidates-the-bands-load-of-relentless-energy#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 13:05:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34108 The latest video by Bad Bones, “Midnight Rider”, once again consolidates the hard rock band’s load of relentless energy. Lead singer Max Malmerenda sounds better than ever – his vocals right high up in the mix – and the venerable guitar of Sergio Aschieris cuts through with conviction.  Lele Balocco delivers a smart mix of […]

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The latest video by Bad Bones, “Midnight Rider”, once again consolidates the hard rock band’s load of relentless energy. Lead singer Max Malmerenda sounds better than ever – his vocals right high up in the mix – and the venerable guitar of Sergio Aschieris cuts through with conviction.  Lele Balocco delivers a smart mix of speed and traditional classic hard rock drumming, while brother, Steve Balocco’s bass-rumble drives Bad Bones’ rhythm as always. Die-hard fans of hard rock and metal will embrace this, and those with an appreciation for the qualities that make contemporary rock and metal compelling along with an acknowledgement that the melodic leanings of the 80’s power sounds were integral in pushing the message to a broader audience will find “Midnight Rider” both technically and stylistically stunningly authentic.

Photo by Gabry Temporiti

“Midnight Rider” may just be my favorite song on the “High Rollers” album – both lyrically and musically – because it has the classic hard rock riffage that is just so irresistible. The guitar solo in this song alone is so classic that you would swear you’ve stepped back in time. You hardly hear this kind of playing style anymore.

Bad Bones have made a super heavy record with hooks and grooves in all the right places. One minute you are banging your head then the next you are singing the chorus. The choruses often utilize rhythm-intensive, lunging riffs to spike the adrenaline in favor of sustained chords and a gleaming melody.

A cinematic and empowering song that surges with an anthemic refrain and layers of vocal harmonies, “Midnight Rider’s” surgical, rolling riffs and fills before and after the climactic solo buildup showcases Bad Bones’ ethos of paying attention to every sonic detail.

The first thing you’ll notice about the track, is how insanely huge it sounds, as the band draw out their finest, most fiery performances imaginable. “Midnight Rider” is ruthlessly contemporary and gleams with an almost classic polish, delivering more punch per square sonic second than most of the band’s contemporaries have wielded in a long time.

The album cover artwork

But as dazzling and monstrous as the production is, Bad Bones’ true brilliance lies in the song performance itself. Comfortable in their tee-shirts and jeans in the video, this is the sound of Bad Bones connecting with what they do best: honing and crafting music until they hit peak hard rock efficacy.

The vocals soar and scream, while the rhythm section is tighter than two coats of paint. And it’s all done and dusted within four and a half minutes. That’s all the time Bad Bones need to deliver hard rock in its untainted form, and with a confident attitude. It’s the sound of a band treading familiar territory and paying homage to the past, while sounding relevant and looking to the future.

“Midnight Rider” is an excellent single supported by a video clip that further validates Bad Bones’ claim to classic hard rock authenticity in today’s musical climate. The band’s performance proves that Bad Bones pack some heavy artillery and can hit the target – bullseye on every shot!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – REVERBNATION – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – SPOTIFY – ITUNES

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Actor Rodrigo Rocha to feature in “SSW Of The Border” Movie http://jamsphere.com/news/actor-rodrigo-rocha-to-feature-in-ssw-of-the-border-movie http://jamsphere.com/news/actor-rodrigo-rocha-to-feature-in-ssw-of-the-border-movie#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:51:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34087 Actor Rodrigo Rocha is not slowing down anytime soon. After a slew of roles, he is preparing to lead a feature indie movie, “SSW Of The Border”. Set to start production in the first quarter of 2019, the film is projected to be released early next year. “SSW Of The Border” will be directed by […]

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Actor Rodrigo Rocha is not slowing down anytime soon. After a slew of roles, he is preparing to lead a feature indie movie, “SSW Of The Border”. Set to start production in the first quarter of 2019, the film is projected to be released early next year.

“SSW Of The Border” will be directed by Felipe Bretas and Bruno Vieira. Other casts of the movie include Kayky Brito, Zhubin Rahbar, Eduardo Magalhaes, Dani Antunes, Eben Reinhardt, Joao Gevaerd, Dimi Papas, Kenzie Dodds, Rhaina Rodovalho, and Juliana Amador.

“SSW Of The Border” movie will start production in April 2019. An official release date has been revealed and the film should be coming to theaters in February 2020. Stay tuned by following Rodrigo on Instagram and Facebook.

More info on “SSW Of The Border” can be found on the official website.

Links: IMDb
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rodri.rocha/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/odri.rocha/
Official Website: http://sswoftheborder.com/

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GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – a smooth fusion of sounds! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gentlebeatz-soul-city-a-smooth-fusion-of-sounds http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gentlebeatz-soul-city-a-smooth-fusion-of-sounds#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:18:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34049 Sometimes a recording catches you off guard, rising from nowhere and worming its way into your ears with new sounds and ideas. Such a recording grows on you over time, and eventually can reorient what music and sounds you thought you liked. “Soul City” released on December 31 by artist and producer GentleBeatz, is such […]

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Sometimes a recording catches you off guard, rising from nowhere and worming its way into your ears with new sounds and ideas. Such a recording grows on you over time, and eventually can reorient what music and sounds you thought you liked. “Soul City” released on December 31 by artist and producer GentleBeatz, is such an EP. Emotionally rich, musically rich, and technically brilliant, it appeared with little fanfare or publicity to mesmerize our senses. GentleBeatz is an artist and producer currently residing in Mozambique. The eclectic creative crafts his tracks in the lo-fi hip-hop/chill-hop genres. Here he includes flavors taken from Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, Soul, Blues, EDM, RnB, Folk, Indie, and World music, which enable him to create a distinct sound.

Available on all major digital stores, the “Soul City” EP contains 8 tracks which is described as “An emotional journey from broken-hearted to healed, from sadness to happiness.” The title track, and current single, has the rhythm and flow of free form poetry, and speaks its own musical language. It’s a hip-hop song at its core, but like a handful of his eloquent contemporaries, GentleBeatz utilizes the smooth, fresh nature of jazz and chill.

Think the late Dilla, but with more emphasis on the instrumentation and smooth fusion of sounds. There’s typically so much going on, but it’s so masterfully structured, that it seems like GentleBeatz merely happened upon this beat and rhythm.

Whether it be a dash of rhythmic tranquility, or a spoonful of instrumental brightness, there’s something special that makes “Soul City” standout, as it all feels so painfully natural. Digital effects like precise reverb, filtering, and vocal sampling are like the stain on a fine piece of furniture – they make an already strong creation sparkle and shine.

A crescendo built up to by meticulously melodic guitar plucking, rising and falling keyboard melodies, and that driving percussion, are all elements inside GentleBeatz’s tool bag, and he uses them with flair on this track. Establishing an existential and quasi-spiritual tone, which runs the gambit of pure emotional ecstasy.

“Soul City” sways with colorful, pleasurable tones, dependent on a highly-communicative melody and vocal harmony adlibs. It’s a song written for the real world, where life can be melancholic and sad, as often as it is purposeful, joyful and fun. The sound, both cultivates and reflects a mood.

GentleBeatz seems to make music to express his own inner sensibilities and passions, and to stir the hearts of many. His style of music innovates, excites, and exemplifies the magic that can happen when sounds, emotions, and technologies blend through music in just the right proportion.

The neat thing about “Soul City” is that the listener is left to wonder, free to create personal interpretations and connections with GentleBeatz’s music. Listen to it once, and you will find something beautiful within its silky smooth soundscape. But listen to it again and again, and the music becomes an experience, a journey, a life. Something truly emotional. “Soul City” is ready for the world to hear.

Links to Single:
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gentle-beatz/soulcity?in=gentle-beatz/sets/soul-city
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6SgXRhAHCIFsnfnkET5QTH
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gentlebeatz/id1292947926
Bandcamp: https://gentlebeatz.bandcamp.com/

Social Media Links:
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSAEX6RCS-IY6kRvy2Ur2A
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gentlebeatz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlebeatz
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gentlebeatz/

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Younk – Now Music Hits are Ready to Become Your Business http://jamsphere.com/news/younk-now-music-hits-are-ready-to-become-your-business http://jamsphere.com/news/younk-now-music-hits-are-ready-to-become-your-business#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:31:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34046 Success in the music business has always depended on connections. The only way to make it was to know the right people or be lucky enough to play in front of someone with influence. Today, everything has changed. Younk now allows artists to get their music heard by listeners, quickly build a fanbase, and even […]

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Success in the music business has always depended on connections. The only way to make it was to know the right people or be lucky enough to play in front of someone with influence. Today, everything has changed. Younk now allows artists to get their music heard by listeners, quickly build a fanbase, and even create professionally produced Tracks and music videos with recording industry experts (when they receive enough support from the community). Younk’s group of show-business experts and world-famous producers make, for the first time, the music business transparent and accessible for all. There’s no red tape to cut through. If your songs resonate with fans, you can potentially become a star!

Visit Younk – https://younk.com

This is the world’s first music platform that enables artists from around the globe to receive support for their Tracks from a community of listeners and fans. Musicians simply upload their Tracks – and the community can discover, listen to, like, share, and co-produce their favorites. The platform’s mission is to provide all musicians the chance to reach fans and get support in music video production, funding, and promotion.

Community members at Younk can be actively involved in the music business. They’re able to have a direct impact on the evolution of their favorite performers’ Tracks, receive an executive producer’s certificate, and get bonuses for each $1 spent on Hit Funding (which is like crowdfunding for music, but more powerful and influential).

When fans support their favorites through Younk, it’s not just for fun. In addition to producing tracks for actual future benefits, they also rack up bonuses just for listening to songs and sharing them on social media.

Listening to music for bonuses AND real-life benefits?! This is now possible!

In the past, someone else always decided which music topped the charts. That was a privilege reserved for producers, editors, and other show-business tycoons. We were told that huge budgets were the only way for a taxi driver, clerk, or office manager to start a music career.

But the rules have changed. The internet now allows musicians to receive immediate feedback from their listeners. Today, each time you click “Play,” you get an opportunity to become an executive producer. Now, you can help to decide who becomes a star!

There’s no reason to just dream about being a famous recording artist or successful producer/music mogul. It’s time to get off the sidelines and make your wishes come true! Younk has already helped several promising musicians produce major-league tracks and music videos. One of them, Kosi Jah (“Tha Love”), is really on fire.

Kosi, an Uber driver from Texas, is also an author of children’s books. It’s easy to wonder whether she would have ever been heard by larger production companies or famous labels before Younk existed. Yet when she uploaded her track to this platform, she was quickly supported by the community – leading to the professional production of her song and a stunning music video in no time.

Learn more about Kosi and watch her thought-provoking and inspiring video here:

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