Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:29:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Australian Hip-hop artist BISON, brings us Moly Music! http://jamsphere.com/news/australian-hip-hop-artist-bison-brings-us-moly-music http://jamsphere.com/news/australian-hip-hop-artist-bison-brings-us-moly-music#respond Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:21:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44642 Bison is a Hip-hop artist from Liverpool, a suburb of Greater Western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The artist, who dropped a few singles last year, with the likes of Corey Jones, and has had mainstream collabs with Fedarro IE Music, is currently set to release second mixtape “Molly Groove” by the 12th of March 2021, produced by long time veteran in the game Beatz.Lowkey.

Bison

Bison, who also has a been working with Kyla Imani on “Doing Too Much 2”, has an alluring and compelling sound, allowing his Molly music to pierce through any opposition. It encompasses hypnotic storytelling – in terms of introspection and emotion – while subconsciously making you bob your head to a heavy beat.

Bison not only showcases his rapping flexibility, but he also satisfies a niche within the streaming-era, providing relatable stories, combined with a grooving Hip-Hop aura. Bison’s ability to bare his thoughts in his music is painted all over his tracks. His sincerity flows from his heart into our souls, giving words to the uneasy feelings and experiences we can be too afraid to unpack at times.

Each of Bison’s songs produces a different form of quality, vibe and beat. He produces music with his dominant voice that flows perfectly through the track’s progression, revealing something that is fresh and new in today’s often cloned musical era. Bison relies less on hype, and more on sharp delivery, smooth production, and his fluid flow to carry it over the top.

Bison does not shy away from throwing references back to the city that shaped him as a person, as well as the music he makes. His songs are so cool they may breeze by during the first few listens, so give them a few spins to really capture your attention, allowing you to take in every emotion, lyric, beat and brag, for the best possible experience.

“Hiphop is for everyone. Molly music for those who can relate and understand the vibe that I’m bringing,” affirms Bison.

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Mallika Mehta – Unearthing every nuanced vocal detail, and surrounding herself with an impeccable production crew http://jamsphere.com/news/mallika-mehta-unearthing-every-nuanced-vocal-detail-and-surrounding-herself-with-an-impeccable-production-crew http://jamsphere.com/news/mallika-mehta-unearthing-every-nuanced-vocal-detail-and-surrounding-herself-with-an-impeccable-production-crew#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 16:02:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44635 Indian singer-songwriter, and growing pop star, Mallika Mehta, better known as The Adele from Mumbai, represents a strand of traditionalism within mainstream pop and R&B music. Mallika has found her musical calling as an unpretentious pop artist – a fiercely honest voice telling immensely personal stories in an age of authenticity. Radiating self-confidence and assuredness, Mallika who sings in five languages – Hindi, English, Gujarati, Punjabi and Spanish – bolsters her existing catalogue of luxuriously layered pop songs with deep moments of introspection and love.

Continuing her upward trajectory, in 2020 Mallika Mehta released 3 original singles – one in English and two in Hindi. She was covered by Rolling Stone, Times of India, India West, Urban Asian, Score Magazine, Mirchi Play and a lot of other media. She was interviewed by many radio stations globally, like Sabras Radio (UK), Red FM, Radio One, All India Radio – Rainbow FM, Big FM etc.

Mehta penned the song “Kahan Hai Tu” – produced by Shivang Arora, and mixed and mastered by Aasa Singh – during one of her midnight writing sessions when she usually sits with her keyboard. She says, “The song is all about craving, missing, longing and waiting for the one you love.” Although the Mallika has sung in Hindi before, this is the first time she’s written completely in the language. She says, “It falls under a new territory for me. I never thought I’d write and release a Hindi single so soon, I thought it would still take me a while to write one since I had never tried that out but it just happened.”

The piano driven ballad “Kaafi”, another Hindu release, deals with dilemma of being in love with someone who isn’t loving you anymore, and sees Mallika reach deep down into her soul to process the despair and devastation of the sentiments that plague one during moments of affliction brought on by love. By inviting you to take a peek into this narrative, Mallika is offering the chance for you to adopt her tale of traversing the emotional potholes that growing and loving may dispense.

The aforementioned song, in some way ties in emotionally with Mallika Mehta’s other 2020 single release, “Way Too Long”. The lyrics in this track, portray the emotion of regret, and describe flaws in people who have feelings for one another but “take things for granted by not calling or expressing their feelings in time.” It is a deep dive inwards, as Mallika chips away at the mortar of the walls we unsuspectingly build around ourselves, crafting a personal reflection in the hope of finding understanding.

In unearthing every nuanced vocal detail, and surrounding herself with an impeccable production crew, Mallika Mehta has ensured a timelessness to her song releases, which remain free from the strict constraints of any one genre. Her songs continue to feel like music made by lovers of music, where every quiver of a string, strum of the guitar, or note of the piano, has been carefully mapped out.

Mallika’s powerful lyrical poetry exudes the same meticulousness, and completes the distillation of what makes her so special: awareness cut with sentimentality, shot through with primordial emotion. At its core, sits hope and a brightly curious outlook, all lending to the captivating nature of her persona. All of this makes Mallika Mehta’s music vital, for what seems like a disaffected generation.

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“Penny Lane” – Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers Deliver Classical Renditions of Beatles Songs http://jamsphere.com/news/penny-lane-jeff-lake-cellophane-flowers-deliver-classical-renditions-of-beatles-songs http://jamsphere.com/news/penny-lane-jeff-lake-cellophane-flowers-deliver-classical-renditions-of-beatles-songs#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 11:21:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44627 Take a Wistful Walk Down Penny Lane With Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers
Tantalizing Troupe Presents Gorgeous Classical Renditions of Beatles Favs

“Penny Lane”, the new release from singer/songwriter Jeff Lake and his classical music compadres in Cellophane Flowers, is available now on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, and all the major music services. Hard copy CDs have also been released to retail in January. Standout tracks include “Sugar Plum Lucy”; a delightful fusion of Tchaikovsky with elements of both The Beatles & Elton John versions of “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds”.

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM “PENNY LANE” ON AMAZON MUSIC

Jeff Lake & Cellophane Flowers put a new spin on the music of The Beatles by turning to an older form of music — classical music!

The group replaces electric guitars with violins & cello for its core sound while adding traces of modern production, acoustic guitar & Lake’s smooth vocal delivery.  While tracks such as “Penny Lane” take a minimalistic baroque-era approach — string quartet & voice — other tracks such as “Within You Without You/ Tomorrow Never Knows” are a psychedelic joy ride.  And “Honey Pie” will transport you to the bygone era of cabaret & vinyl. Whether you’re a Beatle fan or not, this album is a fresh take on music written over 50 years ago. Cellophane Flowers of yellow & green forever.

Be sure to check out the next, few virtual shows at The Fest for Beatle Fans on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cellophaneflowersmusic

Visit https://cellophaneflowersmusic.com/ for the full story.

About Cellophane Flowers:

Cellophane Flowers is a reinterpretation of Beatles’ songs arranged for string quartet & voice. Founded by singer-songwriter Jeff Lake in 2016, the group began by playing venues in NYC such as The Bitter End, & The Slipper Room, before becoming a mainstay with the annual Fest For Beatle Fans. A year later they signed with WBA Records in Nashville and began performing at theaters across the U.S.  Cellophane Flowers has a repertoire that includes other classic rock artists, a Xmas show, as well as their own original music.  Lake’s debut album is expected to follow in the spring of 2021.

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Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine February 2021 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-february-2021 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-february-2021#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2021 19:47:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44624 Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine February 2021 – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Love Ghost, Michael B. Sutton, Love Ghost, Comboverdose, BigJohn, Melting Tree, iAMJFK, Tae Zu, Cy Matik, BIGTTHOI, KAHNLI, Brady Arnold,  3Mind Blight & Sophie Dorsten  – 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 February 2021

By Rick Jamm in JAMSPHERE Indie Music Magazine

32 pages, published 2/27/2021

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine February 2021 – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Love Ghost, Michael B. Sutton, Love Ghost, Comboverdose, BigJohn, Melting Tree, iAMJFK, Tae Zu, Cy Matik, BIGTTHOI, KAHNLI, Brady Arnold, 3Mind Blight & Sophie Dorsten – 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…
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Samie Bisaso releases New Single ”For Better Or For Worse” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/samie-bisaso-releases-new-single-for-better-or-for-worse http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/samie-bisaso-releases-new-single-for-better-or-for-worse#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:27:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44613 The multi award-winning International singer, songwriter, Samie Bisaso is back again with another new single, titled “For Better Or For Worse’ – a positive Christian love song written for special couples and special friends.

James 1:17 says: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of lights.”

Samie Bisaso says: ”I got nothing against Love or Love songs. I believe every good friend, husband or wife is a gift from above. God is a giver of anything that’s good.”

“Get For Better Or For Worse” by Samie Bisaso on Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify

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Miss Mahogany – ‘On Point’ (Mike B Mix) – Now on all major streaming platforms! http://jamsphere.com/news/miss-mahogany-on-point-mike-b-mix-now-on-all-major-streaming-platforms http://jamsphere.com/news/miss-mahogany-on-point-mike-b-mix-now-on-all-major-streaming-platforms#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:49:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44607 Hot new music that will have your speakers knocking like the police. “On Point (Mike B mix)” by female rapper, Miss Mahogany of Houston, Texas is available now on all major streaming platforms, including Apple music and Spotify. Miss Mahogany describes this track as being about that feeling you get when you master something you do every time you do it.

Rapper/Songwriter Miss Mahogany was born and raised in Birmingham, Al. She became a mom at 18, and dedicated her late teens and early 20s struggling and focusing on raising her two small daughters, therefore she didn’t start pursuing her music career until the age of 25, but don’t let the late start have you in doubt, Mahogany has been writing songs since elementary school.

Since the day she started recording, Miss Mahogany has been dropping bangers regularly for almost ten years. Whether performing or pushing her mixtapes, she shows she is a force to be reckoned with. A self-proclaimed Sexy Thug, she has an edgy, classy, hood, but sophisticated flow; if you get my drift. She is very versatile.

There is no doubt that this woman is driven and dedicated. Miss Mahogany was nominated twice for the statewide Alabama Music awards in 2016 and 2017. She pursued her music career in Birmingham for 5 years before moving to Houston, Texas in 2015. Although, she is a new resident of Houston, she has been gaining a great amount of exposure from performing and having a strong social media presence with her Houston audience.

She has released four mixtapes and two albums, “Made For This” and “Double or Nothing”. Miss Mahogany has music streaming on all major digital platforms.

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INTERVIEW: Actress and filmmaker Giovannie Espiritu http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-actress-and-filmmaker-giovannie-espiritu http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-actress-and-filmmaker-giovannie-espiritu#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2021 17:27:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44588 Actress and filmmaker Giovannie Espiritu was nominated alongside Academy Award Nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress at MethodFest for the Mynah Films feature film Fiona’s Script. Her primetime credits include a recurring role on ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Gilmore Girls (ABC), and Trauma (NBC). She can currently be seen as the lead in the Amazon series, “Dyke Central,” which was featured in After Ellen, BuzzFeed, Bust Magazine and Curve Magazine as a top LGBTQ series to watch. As a filmmaker, she was featured in Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaHa Media for her parody song, “An Introvert’s World,” and her storytelling has been featured in Ms. Magazine. A three-time Outfest Fusion Filmmaker, her short film, “Ultra-Feminist,” was awarded Honorable Mention. Her film, “Ally3000,” just won Best Screenplay at the Culture and Diversity Film Festival (Los Angeles) and the Cyrus International Film Festival (Toronto). It also picked up several awards in the categories of Social Justice / Women Filmmakers / Scriptwriting / Humorist in the IndieFEST Film Awards and International Best Shorts Awards. She can also be seen as Melody in the film, Middleton Christmas, alongside Eileen Davidson and Michael Paré. The inspiring teen drama was released in the holiday season 2020.

She coaches kids/teens online nationwide through HollywoodActorsWorkshop.com and was just named as one of the top 40 Audition Coaches in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Winners Circle founded by Wendy Alane Wright, a top talent manager. Her students are represented by the top agencies in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and notable student alumni include William Lipton (Daytime Emmy Nominee, Cameron on General Hospital) and the Espina Sisters (Hosts of Dreamworks’ “Life Hacks for Kids on the Road”). In her spare time, she rock climbs and advocates for Domestic Violence Awareness/Prevention and LGBTQ equality. She has served on the Board of Directors for C.O.R.A. (a Bay Area domestic violence hotline and agency) and been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Senate for her community service.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about where you come from and how you got started in acting?

Giovannie Espiritu: I actually moved over 12 times when I was younger, but I guess I was born in Tondo, Manila. It’s a small town in the Philippines, kind of notorious for being one of the poorest districts in what is already a third world country. My mom had me when she was just a teenager, and we immigrated to the United States when I was 2. *That’s a story in and of itself. I actually got started acting in a weird way… I was part of a doomsday cult and living next to the National Forest and I used to try to keep telemarketers on the phone because I didn’t have any friends. One of them said that I had a really interesting voice and that I should try voice-overs. I had no idea what that was at the time, so I looked it up on the internet (this was still in the dial up days) and I found the biggest agency in SF, and sent them a really crude recording. The actually called me in, signed me, sent me on my first audition for a video game, and I ended up booking it and recording it that very same day. I took it as a sign from God (although, I don’t consider myself religious now…but at the time, I was still in the cult mindset).

  1. What was your prime motivation behind wanting to become a successful actress?

Giovannie Espiritu: Money… honestly, I just had a kid when the above story happened and his father quit his job because he didn’t trust me as a mom /thought Jesus was coming back soon/I don’t even know why anymore… and the fact that I booked a job where they paid me hundreds per hour to play a little boy in a video game was kind of a miracle to me. I just kept doing it because I had to put food on the table and I didn’t know what else to do. I had dropped out of school because of the cult and I didn’t have an education or other skills that I thought was marketable at the time.

  1. When you decided to be an actress, did your family support you?

Giovannie Espiritu: I remember being younger and my mom supporting me at a speech competition I did in grade school, and I took a few classes at The Young Conservatory when I was in middle school that my stepfather paid for (mainly as a bribe because he was abusive and wanted me to keep it a secret)… so my history with the arts and my parents in general has been a bit complicated. When I booked my first major role (a recurring role as Med Student Ludlow) on the ER series, my mom was proud. I don’t know about my dad though. A lot of the messaging I would get from him was that it wasn’t a “real job,” but I didn’t talk to him that much.

  1. What kind of student would you say you were during your school years?

Giovannie Espiritu: I think I wanted to be a good student. I was President of my elementary student council, and then I was Vice-President during my freshman year, but sophomore year was when things took a drastic turn, family-wise, and we ended up moving back to the Philippines and I got involved in the youth group that turned out to be the beginnings of a doomsday cult.

  1. As an actress, what is the most challenging role you have ever taken?

Giovannie Espiritu:  I think Gin in the series DykeCentral (Amazon) was particularly challenging because I had my hair braided for the pilot and the first couple of episodes. I’m being facetious, but I really do have a tender scalp and I cried a lot. That project was amazing because I love Florencia Manovil (the creator/showrunner) so much and I love the team that she puts together. We were like family.

  1. In which role do you personally think you have given you best performance to date, both technically and emotionally?

Giovannie Espiritu: It won’t ever be seen, but the first audition I did for Dale Fabrigar (the director of D-Railed with Lance Henriksen), I will always be particularly proud of that one – the casting assistant sent me a text right afterwards that said: “Holy Shit. That was amazing.” It wasn’t filmed, but I laid my heart on the line and went through death and back. I think that it was the strength of that audition that led Dale to write in a part for me that was not originally in the script.

  1. How do you handle performance anxiety?

Giovannie Espiritu: I allow myself to feel it and relabel it as “excitement” instead of “nervousness.” I think I suffer more from social anxiety and crowds more, especially these days during the pandemic. I had a mild case of agoraphobia for a bit.

  1. What is your dream collaboration and/or movie role?

Giovannie Espiritu:  I love the Wachowskis. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE them. But I think the part that I have always loved was Needy in Jennifer’s Body. He went from a shy wallflower into a complete bad ass. That’s kind of what I want my life path to look like actually. I would love to work on a sitcom or on a set where people have a lot of fun and laughter, respect each other, and make a lot of money while doing it. That’s the dream. The business isn’t that glamorous though… there are moments where it looks so fantastic and glamorous (like awards shows and premieres), but most of it is 12-14 hour days and waiting in a trailer.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing youve had to endure in your career so far?

Giovannie Espiritu:  The standards Hollywood has surrounding body image are the most debilitating.  I have so many friends with body dysmorphia and are afraid of aging. The apps that pre-filter our faces don’t help things either. Being a woman in this industry is hard because the number of roles available are already limited (men have the majority of speaking lines in a film), and being a woman of color limits the roles even more. And then, on top of that, I’m a pretty average looking actress and not considered beautiful by Hollywood standards, so that further limits the roles that I am considered for.  And then on top of that, you add in the sexism… it can be pretty bleak. Just last week, I was on a set (for the first time since the pandemic), and while I was in handcuffs, an extra made a prison rape joke in front of a majority male crew. I’m fine… I know he was joking, but it was still pretty humiliating.

  1. On the other hand what would you consider a most successful, proud or significant point in your career so far?

Giovannie Espiritu:  I was nominated Best Supporting Actress early on alongside Academy Award nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving pretty early on in my career for a film called, “Fiona’s Script,” so that was nice… but most recently, I started writing in response to the frustration that I was feeling in seeing that there just weren’t the number of roles available to actors like me, and I won multiple awards for my short film, “Ally 3000” in the last year. I’m writing a directing more these days to help foster change in the industry. I’m currently developing my first feature film, “Dis-Graced,” which is loosely based on my cult life, and it won the inaugural Winston Baker Pitch Competition.

  1. As a fairly successful actress, what inspired you to take the time to coach kids/teens through the HollywoodActorsWorkshop.com?

Giovannie Espiritu: Money. Again… don’t get me wrong, I love teaching kids, but I started teaching when my former acting school asked me to teach a class for $50/week. The 2008 WGA strike hit and a lot of the acting jobs dried up and I had to support me and my kid as a single mom, so I branched off on my own. I teach kids through adults (my oldest student was in his 60s and booked an international film that took him on a press tour to the Philippines), but I’m known for my work with kids/teens… they probably like me because I’m such a goofball.

  1. Do you feel that your acting career has given you back just as much as you have put into it over the years, or were you expecting something more, or different to what you have achieved?

Giovannie Espiritu: I don’t know yet. I’m proud of what I have achieved thus far, and could probably die feeling fulfilled career-wise. But there are still things that I want to do and places that I want to see outside of acting. I guess I wish that it was more lucrative monetarily. I think that people don’t understand that actors are primarily gig workers… even if they get booked on a major network show, if it isn’t renewed, we are back to square one.

  1. How would you define the word success” as a working actress? What does success” in doing what you do, mean to you personally?

Giovannie Espiritu: I think that I am reframing my meaning of success to “moments of joy that I create.” I generally enjoy who I work with and feel like I am lucky being able to make a living in an industry that I have fun working in.

  1. Putting aside the accolades or criticisms that fans or the media may afford your performances, what do you think is the one thing about you, or your craft, that people overlook, misinterpret, or underestimate most often?

Giovannie Espiritu:  I’m generally overlooked and underestimated ALL THE TIME. But I kind of like to fly under the radar incognito… especially as an introvert. I think people think I’m an extrovert because I can be very energetic when needed and tend to get cast in high-energy comedies, but I actually am a very private person and don’t talk to more than a handful of people in real life.

  1. Do you have a particular hobby or activity outside of career that you use to rejuvenate your creativity or inspiration?

Giovannie Espiritu: Since the pandemic, I’ve been taking Zoom pole dancing classes. I used to boulder and rock climb, but since the gyms were closed and the pandemic made me even more scared of people-ing in person… pole dancing has kind of been my go-to. I also am learning how to be sexy, since I’m usually socially awkward.

  1. What drives you day after day, more than anything else, to continue pursuing your career and craft?

Giovannie Espiritu: Providing for my kid. Also, I don’t know how to do anything else. I didn’t really have a secondary plan. But I do know that there is an inherent power in storytelling to help shape the world around us. It can make people more emphatic towards one another. I do want to be part of the storytellers that help change the world into a more inclusive society.

  1. What for you is the most exciting and stimulating part of the film making process?

Giovannie Espiritu:  I like the deep dive into humanity. Being an actor is such a lesson in psychology and human motivation. It also gives us space to feel things that society teaches us to repress.

  1. With social media having such a heavy impact on both private and public lives in general, how do you handle criticism, haters and/or naysayers in general? Is it something youve had to deal with, and do pay attention to, or do you simply ignore?

Giovannie Espiritu: So much of social media is a lie. One of my mentors told me, “What anyone thinks of you, good or bad, is none of your business.” So much of an acting career is about rejection – so you have to have a thick skin anyway (at the same time be able to be super vulnerable in scenes).  It does hit sometimes though… the lyrics to that parody song that you featured (the one about Ariel being an Introvert) were taken by a prominent YouTuber without permission and she used my lyrics on her channel and it went viral to 3.2 million before I even found out about the plagiarism. She is stereotypically beautiful (thin, white, pretty) and has a “nice girl” persona online. So when I first tried to get credit/compensation for my lyrics, she had her celebrity lawyer say that I had no value and that I should feel grateful that she even noticed me. When people on the internet found out, a lot of the comments were defending her and that was a little hard to take.

  1. Do you have a favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

Giovannie Espiritu: “But the great thing is…” – It’ a phrase I use to turn my brain from the problem in a situation to the solution.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Giovannie Espiritu: I enjoy creating good stuff with friends. I miss that. I think the next thing on my list is to learn how to create and run a production company so that I can start telling the stories that I want tell with really awesome people. And learn how to monetize the venture so that we can ALL get paid the bucks… or at least have decent health insurance.

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SPRING MARATHON by FromKing – Starting March 19th,15 weeks of House Music! http://jamsphere.com/news/spring-marathon-by-fromking-starting-march-19th15-weeks-of-house-music http://jamsphere.com/news/spring-marathon-by-fromking-starting-march-19th15-weeks-of-house-music#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:08:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44575 From Friday 19 March 2021, every Friday on all digital stores!!

Starting March 19th, every Friday for 15 weeks, FromKing will release a new song, keeping us company with his House music every for the entire spring. Hence the name of the project, Spring Marathon.

The result of a project postponed due to the pandemic, FromKing has decided to release a new song every Friday to offer the public a vast ongoing repertoire that will keep us hooked every week waiting for a new song. Each song, purely House, with strong underground connotations and old school inspiration, offers the listener a mix of highly danceable rhythms and grooves.

In this journey made up of 15 tracks, FromKing wants to transmit years of life and travels around the world, inspired by a series of ethnic music and traditional folkloristic sounds that he has decided to rework in his songs – passing from the strident Indian sitar to the sweet American harmonica, from the melodic Afghan guitar to the African tribal drums, up to the sound of noble Chinese flutes, creating a unique groove of its kind, contaminated by 80’s/ 90’s synthesizers and drops with fast rhythms, to give shape to house music with progressions of a truly fusion flavor.

FromKing’s goal is to produce music to dance to, but at the same time entertain the audience with happy and anxiety-free music, breaking down all the ethnic barriers and borders that divide us, combining the flavors and ingredients of the various continents as often happens in fusion cuisine. This is the recipe used in FromKing’s sound, to create a groove, rich in ingredients that can leave a unique memory, like a trip around the planet!

Every Friday, starting from March 19th 2021, SPRING MARATHON, one song a week, on all digital stores. Follow FromKing on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK to not miss any of the release appointments and find out more about the artist.

More About: FromKing began his dance path in the best Italian underground clubs in the early 90’s. In the years that followed, alongside his passion for EDM, he developed and channeled his creativity into various artistic productions, using his experiences and making them available to the world of Events and Advertising. He produces and directs large events, TV advertising spots, conventions and product launches for great international brands.

After years of success and worldwide travel, he has considerable life experiences to contribute to his passion of underground music. He now selects a series of ethnic music and traditional folk sounds, which he has decided to rework in his songs, ranging from house music to progressive.

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CHNGE Releases Infectious & Message-Heavy Afrobeat Single – ‘No Worry, Mama’ http://jamsphere.com/news/chnge-releases-infectious-message-heavy-afrobeat-single-no-worry-mama http://jamsphere.com/news/chnge-releases-infectious-message-heavy-afrobeat-single-no-worry-mama#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2021 23:06:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44553 CHNGE releases her captivating single “No Worry, Mama.” The afrobeat track contains every element to get the listeners grooved and uplifted. “No Worry, Mama” takes the listener on a musical journey, showcasing CHNGE’s artistic versatility, infusing a nostalgic Afrobeat style with a modern pop vibe. The emotional-drenched vocals and the atmospheric instruments work together seamlessly for a must-listen record.

“No Worry, Mama” contains a strong lyricism that will hook the listeners, due to the relatability and captivating storytelling. The release is dedicated to her mother and all the mothers around the world who sacrifice everything for their children. The release also encourages young children and adults, especially those in Africa, not to give up their dreams. Moreover, it is every child’s dream to see their mother grow old and happy.

 The uplifting beat and the melodic elements give the vocals a motivating, personal feeling. With mesmerizing lyricism, CHNGE maintains a fully charged arsenal of high-quality music, supporting the fact that she is set to make a prominent impact on the music industry and the charts. This release is a testament to CHNGE’s versatility as a musician and her innate talent.

The release is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

Brief Biography

Stephanie, or better known as CHNGE (pronounced Change), is an emerging Afrobeat/Reggae/R&B/Hip-hop/Pop/Gospel artist, singer, and songwriter from Dallas, Texas and also an origin of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. CHNGE is also a philanthropist, who finds great delight in helping others. CHNGE believes that it is important to impact lives not only through music, but through giving and consistently caring for others. She believes that it is her duty to care and support those in need, and also to encourage her peers and her family to do the same.

The talented artist is poised to make waves on the scene with her unparalleled sound and captivating lyrics. Inspired by her life experiences, CHNGE seeks to create music that connects, impacts and inspires people around the world. Overcoming major obstacles in her life through a healthy and strong faith in God, CHNGE’s lyrics paints a blank canvas that will mesmerize any listener.

The talented musician’s aim is to push the envelope with her sound and to bridge various elements of different genres in order to create a well-rounded, dynamic style. With every release, CHNGE will have every listener engulfed in the world she creates with her sound, lyrics and unique style. CHNGE is an artist that everyone should keep an eye on and an ear out, as she is out on a mission to impact, enrich, empower and inspire people through music.

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Veteran Bay Area Rapper Thug Misses Joins Forces with Eargazm Music Group for New Track “YFN” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/veteran-bay-area-rapper-thug-misses-joins-forces-with-eargazm-music-group-for-new-track-yfn http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/veteran-bay-area-rapper-thug-misses-joins-forces-with-eargazm-music-group-for-new-track-yfn#respond Sat, 20 Feb 2021 01:42:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44534 2020 was a tough year for everyone, but particularly those in the entertainment industry–especially musicians. With live concerts coming to a screeching halt, many artists’ livelihoods, even major ones, took a hit. However, many more decided to use the time off stage to bunker down in the studio to let the creativity fly. And with that creativity, there were also opportunities for artistic collaboration.

Veteran Bay Area Rapper Thug Misses didn’t let the pandemic keep her from creating memorable new tracks or partnerships. In fact, it was one of her most fruitful years ever.

Now in the music industry for over two decades, Thug Misses writes, records and mixes most of her own work. As a single mother to one daughter, her purpose is to show that girls and women can do anything they put their minds to. Her signature sound is a combination of smooth sexy sounds and hardcore rap–always with a unique East Bay flavor.

“2020 was the year to really find myself as an artist, studying my craft and rebranding myself. 2021 is the year of takeover!” commented Thug Misses.

Last year, Thug Misses reconnected with JG, the founder of Sacramento-based Eargazm Music Group, known for work with Eve, Kanye West, and Common, to collaborate on her newest track YFN.

“I’m really expanding myself and digging deep into my art to push the boundaries of my music. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and with my new singles YFN and Stand by Me creating an entire new sound for myself,” she added.

Together, Thug Misses and JG were both in a position to structure their business model in a way that capitalized on resources that each one of them possessed. This laid the groundwork for a strong 2021 presence by rebranding Thug Misses as a well-rounded artist with the ability to reach a bigger audience.

For Thug Misses, this collaboration is just the beginning of a career that feels like it’s about to take off full force.

“I have some big projects coming up with Empire but not really able to really speak on that yet, but stay tuned 2021 I have a lot of good things coming out!”

Follow Thug Misses on her Instagram and watch YFN on YouTube here.

ABOUT THUG MISSES:

Bay Area rapper Camille “Thug Misses” Carlos is a black and Latina rap artist. She’s been in the rap game for over 20 years now. At the beginning of her storied career, she was signed to the West Coast Mafia/ Awol records label. Eventually she branched off into an indie artist. Camille has a bachelor’s degree in Sound Arts. She is a recent graduate of Expression College graduating 2018. Camille writes, records and mixes most of her own work. Camille is a single mother of one daughter, a strong, determined woman who wants to inspire little girls to do anything men can do and more! Camille loves mixing hardcore rap with smooth sexy melodic sounds. Her latest single with Eargazm Music Group,“Stand by Me,” features R’N’B singer L.J., and is an homage to New Edition. Her love for music has blended gangster rap with a commercial vibe. Camille has a passion for supporting the LGBTQ+ community, inspiring young girls, and spreading the West Coast vibe in the most creative ways. More information can be found here.

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Ace-T drops the single #SHUTUP ft. Theron http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ace-t-drops-the-single-shutup-ft-theron http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ace-t-drops-the-single-shutup-ft-theron#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2021 23:21:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44530 Ace-T the artist aka Tripleacetre the producer, is from Houston, TX. His styles and sounds are different from what you are used to coming from his city. His art is Hip-hop, but he also creates sounds for all music lovers. Ace-T is on radio rotation with the track #SHUTUP ft. Theron

OFFICIAL LINKS:

https://music.apple.com/us/album/shutup-single/1549237001?uo=4&app=itunes&at=1001lry3&ct=dashboard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr5QLP4asOA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_wn-tb27T0
https://www.beatstars.com/acetre
https://www.instagram.com/tripleacetre/

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INTERVIEW with American rapper, model, dancer, and actress – Justis Bratt http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-american-rapper-model-dancer-and-actress-justis-bratt http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-american-rapper-model-dancer-and-actress-justis-bratt#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2021 11:44:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44510 Justis Bratt, is an American rapper, model, dancer, and actress. On Feb 14th she released her second EP “Spoiled Batt”. This energetic and empowering project kicks off with “Run It Up”, which centers around a classic hip-hop beat, a catchy bass line, and the encouragement of breaking away from the pack and being a powerful, independent woman living to your own tempo. The message is clear, but so is the need to play this in a club and get everyone on their feet moving. “Got Milk?” deals with a modern twist on the age old song “Milkshake.” Justis Bratt takes this bass bumping, fun, hip-hop beat and gives it a feminine touch. This song discusses female empowerment, loving your body no matter what size or shape you are, and shaking what your mama gave you. The final track to close the EP, is “LHPS” (Long Hair Pretty Skin). This track is, not only a crowd favorite [due to its commercial success], but, it’s a bass filled, hard, trap beat that Justis Bratt flips around into a booty shaking, hair flipping, self-loving rap anthem. The EP’s high energy vibe gets the listener moving to fast-paced beats as well as empowering them to be the main character in their life; a sure fire record on any hip-hop and rap playlist.

  1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?

Justis Bratt: trying to pinpoint exactly where I came from is actually kinda hard because, due to my family’s very poor beginnings, we moved around a lot, so I never really had a city to call home. So, I claim the overall state of Virginia as my hometown because that’s the state I spent most of my life. Music has always been a part of my life. My brothers, sisters, and I started off as a rap group. We called ourselves “The Trail Kids” because of the trailblazer we rode around in. At that time, we promoted clean music for kids. All of my other siblings grew out of music, but passion for it only kept growing and when I was around 13 I knew music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

  1. Do you handle both the songwriting and beats on your songs, or do you collaborate with others?

Justis Bratt: I do all of my own songwriting. I made a promise to myself that I would never be a rapper with a ghost writer. One of my proudest traits is that I write all of my music. Music producing though? Yeah nah, I can’t produce to save my life haha. And it’s sooo sad because I can hear beats in my head that I want to create, but when it comes to putting it together, my hands just don’t know what to do lol. I find all of my beat producers on YouTube. You can find GREAT quality producers on YouTube. Small people, just like me, that are talented as fuck and just looking for a chance.

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

Justis Bratt: My earliest musical inspiration was and always will be Beyoncé. One of my favorite parts about being a musician is being able to perform. I looooove the theatrics that come along with performance. I love costumes, dancing, putting together stage equipment, and etc. Without Beyoncé, I wouldn’t be the same performer that I am today

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Justis Bratt: I want everyone listening to my music to simply have a good time. I hope my lyrics are resonating

  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 music maker, and the transition towards your own style?

Justis Bratt: Oooohh yeahhh I spent a lot of time emulating myself after other artists. When I was 6 I wanted to be just like Beyoncé. When I was 10 all I wanted to do was be just like Nicki Minaj. When I was 12 I swore I was gonna be the black hip hop Lady Gaga. I’ve only recently come into what I like to call “my musical awakening.” I’m grown now, I’ve come into my womaness, and the more I fall in love with myself, the more I open up in my music. Who I am right now could possibly be someone else 10 years from now.

  1. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, 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 technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?

Justis Bratt: As much I love to use music as an outlet for my own personal self-expression, it would be foolish to act like music isn’t an important part of a lot of young people’s growth. I know when I was younger I used listening to music as an outlet for literally all of my problems. So, just as I make music for myself, I do my best to keep in mind that I’m potentially influencing an audience.

  1. Do you write a song with current musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you simply focus on your own personal vision and trust that people will empathize with your sound?

Justis Bratt: I feel like I do a blend of both. I like to keep up with the trends and create what I know for a fact people are going to enjoy and want to listen to. But, I d o it in a way where I add my own twist to it because no one likes a carbon copy.

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do you usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a beat, or a narrative in your head?

Justis Bratt: It’s always a narrative in my head first. I could be on a run, and then all of a sudden a lyric will come in my head and I HAVE to jot it down IMMEDIATELY. One thing after another, I have a verse sitting in my head and I HAVE to find a beat to put it to.

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

Justis Bratt: One of hardest parts of trying to be a rapper is getting yourself out there. It’s really hard trying to convince people to give you a chance, you know? And even though I know my music is good and I know I perform phenomenally on stage, trying to keep up with constant changes of the industry is not only hard but it’s also sooooo expensive. But it’s all about not giving up.

  1. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or career so far?

Justis Bratt: The proudest moment in my career happened very recently actually. I was riding in a car the other day and decided to google myself and I found this website that keeps track of every artist’s chart achievements. Well, somehow I missed it when it was actually there, but my song LHPS had reached #13 on iTunes South Africa. I cried actual tears of happiness that day. It was one of those moments where you sit back and think to yourself “holy shit I might actually make it.” Mind you, I’m not signed to a label. I chatted on iTunes, completely independently. I did it all by myself, with my own promotions and marketing. I just hope every independent artist knows that if I can chart in the top 20 of iTunes by myself then you can too.

  1. Putting aside the accolades or criticisms that fans or the media may afford your releases, what’s the one thing about you or your music, you think people overlook or misinterpret most often?

Justis Bratt: There’s this line in my song LHPS that goes “face acute, hips obtuse” and it’s a line I feel like is so underrated because no one ever talks about it. I love that line so much because it’s a pun on acute and obtuse angles. And geometry is my favorite form of math.

  1. If I switched on your media player right now, which artist or song will I most likely hear?

Justis Bratt: If you’re gonna open any playlist of mine you can 100% expect to hear Nicki Minaj. Just about 80% of my playlist is Nicki Minaj. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by where I don’t listen to Nicki.

  1. If you had a choice to go on tour with any acclaimed international artist in the near future, who would you choose, and why?

Justis Bratt: If I could go on your with anybody it would probably be Billie Eilish. Not only because I love her music, but mainly because our music styles are soooooo different. I think it would be dope to have a half HipHop half E-Girl emo tour.

  1. With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the music business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Justis Bratt: I don’t ever worry about what people say about me online because I know I’m not a problematic person or artist. I never fear being canceled because I always do my best to be a good person on and offline.

  1. Could you tell us something about your latest project and what the highlights are to watch out for?

Justis Bratt: I came out with an EP (Feb. 14th) called “Spoiled Bratt.” It’s an energetic and empowering rap album that features 3 songs. “Run It Up” centers around a classic hip-hop beat, a catchy bass line, and the encouragement of breaking away from the pack and being a powerful, independent woman living to your own tempo. The message is clear, but so is the need to play this in a club and get on their feet moving. “Got Milk?” centers around a modern twist on the age old song “Milkshake.” The EP takes this bass bumping, fun, hip-hop beat and gives it a feminine touch. This song centers on female empowerment, loving your body no matter what size or shape you are, and shaking what your mama gave you. The final track to close the album out is “LHPS” (Long Hair Pretty Skin). This track is, not only a crowd favorite [due to its commercial success], but, it’s a bass filled, hard, trap beat that the EP flips around into a booty shaking, hair flipping, self-loving rap anthem. By the end of the chorus, it’ll have people young AND old singing “long hair pretty skin, bxxxx mad yeah!” This album’s high energy vibe gets the listener moving to fast-paced beats as well as empowering them to be the main character in their life; a sure fire album on any hip-hop and rap playlist.

  1. Do you have a personal favorite track amongst those in your catalog that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very special to you?

Justis Bratt: One of my most meaningful tracks (not my favorite though, because my favorite is Run It Up) out of my whole discography is LHPS. LHPS is the first song I ever released to receive any mainstream traction. Before LHPS, I was just another wannabe flop rap artist. LHPS, literally, single-handedly changed my life.

  1. Creative work in a studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two options excite you most?

Justis Bratt: Interaction with a live audience is literally my drug. Sometimes I don’t even know who I am on stage. It’s like having an out of body experience and I’m merely watching another person from a first person point of view. Most performances I don’t even remember what I did on stage. It’s kind of like I blacked out and just became one with the audience, stage, and the music. It’s a beautiful experience.

  1. What’s your favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

Justis Bratt: A mantra I live by is that if you want to succeed you have to invest in yourself. If you’re not willing to spend your own money on YOU to make YOU better, but you’re fine with giving money to all these fast food restaurants, clothing brands, and miscellaneous stores, you’re doing yourself disservice. You’re doing nothing but making somebody else Rich. If there’s a dream that you have. Invest in it. You wanna have your own radio show? But that mic. You wanna be a hairstylist, buy that practice mannequin head. You wanna be a rapper. Get out of your city and buy that bus or plane ticket to where the shows are so you can be seen. If you’ll spend the same amount of meal at McDonald’s, then you can spend it on yourself too. It’s gonna be hard. It always is. But nothing ever comes easy. The road to success and satisfaction doesn’t come with roller skates. You crawl that road with bare feet. Nothing worth it ever comes easy.

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

Justis Bratt: Oh yessss music videos are sooo important in giving your audience a try look at how you are as an artist. I recommend that everybody go watch my Minecraft Music Video for LHPS. I edited it myself. I promise you it’ll not only give you a good laugh, but the editing is quite impeccable if I do say so myself.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Justis Bratt: The most rewarding thing ever is knowing that one day maybe 60 years from now there will be somebody on this earth who knew who I was a musician. I believe that we live in the memories of other people and if there could be at least one person to keep my spirit alive after death, then that’s the most rewarding thing ever.

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INTERVIEW: Split Persona is an up-and-coming rock band hailing from Reno, Nevada http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-split-persona-is-an-up-and-coming-rock-band-hailing-from-reno-nevada http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-split-persona-is-an-up-and-coming-rock-band-hailing-from-reno-nevada#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2021 11:41:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44488 Split Persona is an up-and-coming rock band hailing from Reno, Nevada. Their goal with their music is to reach as many people as possible and leave a lasting, positive impact. Any rock fan will easily identify themselves with their melodic, uplifting sound. Split Persona put a high emphasis on bringing the energy to shows and making them a well-rounded experience for the audience. They’re always hungry for more and will stop at no one’s expense to continue delivering music that will resonate with the listener.

  1. How long have you been performing and recording as Split Persona, and how did the project come together?

Mike Patterson: Split Persona formed I believe around fall of 2019. Darren and I were previously in a reggae/ska punk band by the name of Sell the Sun. Zander came to us that summer looking for musicians to start his own band, but when we told him about Sell the Sun, he offered to do photography for the band and hangout. After kicking back with him for a bit, hearing his musical talent in the green room, we took some time to think and offered him a spot in the band. He was incredible, and just what we needed. After some time, Sell the Sun started to crumble on its own, and Zander wanted to form a hard rock band to put his archived music to use. While searching for more musicians, that’s where they found Brogan, Connor Kremsner and I. Brogan was in a class with Darren, Darren offered him a tryout, and after playing Unchained by Van Halen, Brogan was instantly, without a thought, chosen for the band. Connor Kremsner was the original drummer, who we all knew prior to Split Persona but fairly recently parted ways with the band on other endeavors. The Self-Titled EP was recorded throughout November and January then, they played the Whisky a Go Go, Renos Punk Flea Market afterparty, and quite a few shows. Once COVID-19 hit the country, we were forced to stop playing shows. I filled in once for a private graduation party over the summer, due to Connor having a medical emergency. Darren at this point was living with me, and I always had updates and sneak peaks on occurrences of the band. After jamming out with the boys quite a few times, and the mutual split with Kremsner, I was asked to fill the seat, so here we are today, as Split Persona, Preparing to kick ass at the first chance we have!

  1. Who have been your major influences in your writing and playing style?

Mike Patterson:  Personally, my biggest influences are drummers such as Dave Lombardo, Dave Grohl, Chuck Biscuits (Danzig), and Tommy Lee. Now, speaking for the band, I’d say our music is influenced by bands such as the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Deftones, Mötley Crüe, just to name a few, as well as putting our own unique twist into our art. Our love of Rock, Metal, Punk, Grunge, and any other subgenres in between is truly outstanding. Really if there’s about any band dating from the 60’s through now, we will bond over our love of the music.

  1. If I was to turn on your media player right now, which artist/song would I most likely hear on your recently played list?

Brogan Kelley: Most likely some Van Halen, Machine Gun Kelly, Royal Blood, and everything outside and in between that.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with rock listeners?

Zander Hoschak: The element of the shows, and the diversity of the music. I don’t ever write a song to appeal to a certain group of people or genre, but the fact that our music naturally swerves through genres I think is something that already is resonating with listeners. There’s the group that hates “Strawberries” and loves “All us Three” and vice-versa, which basically tells me no matter where we play, we can please even the pickiest of listeners.

  1. With the music industry rapidly changing and evolving, what are the things you like, and don’t like about it currently? And if you could change one thing about how the industry works, what would it be?

Mike Patterson: Hard to say. I’m the oldest in the band being born in 2000, so we weren’t around for the biggest events or eras of music. Hell, I didn’t even start paying much attention until the 2010’s as I got older and more coherent on the current state of the industry. I like some of the more modern bands but from what i understand, the term “local artist” has died down quite a bit. Reno isn’t a very musical city to begin with. Motley Crue was selling out the Whisky and the Starwood early in their careers, The Sex Pistols became icons with just one album. In an old band, Darren and I cranked out as much advertising as we could and the only people that showed up were my dad, the front man’s wife and a couple who stumbled in for drinks. I’m very grateful to hear that we are the most streamed band in Reno. I’m looking forward to the future of Split Persona, as we gain more publicity and popularity. If i could change anything about the industry, I’d have them keep genres in separate lanes. With rap becoming the “new Rock n Roll,” or artists like Taylor Swift and Jay-Z being nominated for the RnR Hall of Fame. Keep rock with its different genres in one place, and rap and country in their own places. Other than that, the industry is a business, I respect their business, and I hope it keeps evolving for the better!

  1. What’s your view on the current state of rock in general?

Darren Menning: Although I don’t think rock is dead by any means, I feel the time has surpassed for rock bands to become known like those of time’s past. It’s up to our current generations to reverse that, and I really hope we are able. With modern electronic, rap, and pop taking the main stage by far, it’s not going to be an easy task, but the very nature of music proves its possibility. I strive to be a part of that revival in some way shape or form. This is not to say that rock is superior to modern genres; however, I don’t think it should be left behind by any means.

  1. Do you ever write a song with current musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you simply focus on the band’s vision and trust you will find an empathic audience?

Mike Patterson: A little bit of both, actually. As musicians, we make sure we have well-structured songs. We’ll add harmonies, polyrhythms, catchy melodies that won’t get old. No more of the old 4 chord structures. We as “Die Hard” rock fans kind of know what the rest of the community wants to hear. Whether it be slower heartfelt songs such as Melted Clocks, or more intense headbangers like All Us Three, we don’t skip out or hesitate on what we think sounds good. But of course, we also do feel that we want to bond, share emotions, and talk about things that the audience can relate to, whether it be feelings of sorrow or anger, happiness or confusion. Part of what brings a musical community together is understanding and relation.

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Is it a democratic process between the members, and who does what?

Zander Hoschak: The songwriting process is always different. Personally, I can’t just sit down with the idea of writing a song and write one. Inspiration randomly strikes me whether it be during a rehearsal or at 3am in my room. With a song like Strawberries, I wrote that whole song lyrics and all in one sitting and took it to the band later which we then built on into the song you can hear on the EP today. With writing the new album, there were a few songs that I just wrote and took to the band to build and change, while others were written in pieces that every band member contributed to. My biggest thing is that song’s aren’t entirely written by me because this isn’t the “Zander Band”, it’s “Split Persona’ and it wouldn’t sound that way without the great musicians that MAKE Split Persona.

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

Darren Menning: Currently, I’m a live front of house and post-production mix engineer as my job. Most, if not all of the production work for this band is managed by all of us together, however I’m just in charge of making it happen. As far as the first EP goes, that was produced by Tom Gordon (Whitesnake, Collective Soul, Dr. Dre, etc.) and mixed by Charley Webb (Kanye West, Ariana Grande, etc.) But for this record the majority of the work is being done by me and the band. We like the idea of a high quality self-produced, self-distributed record to show other bands that you don’t need a record label to make a quality album, you just need creativity, drive, and solid work ethic. The mindset of a label being a necessity is something I personally have seen a lot of musicians struggle with, but when you take a step back and look at the industry as a whole, some of the most successful and creative artists are running the independent route. I think that’s such a cool prospect to strive for.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or significant point for yourself or the band so far?

Zander Hoschak: I think the most proud I’ve been of myself and the band was the ability to record that EP. It was a painstaking process for me and Darren to be able to record 5 songs in 3 days, and have it mixed and mastered in less than a week for its release date. We started recording in November of 2019 booking only 2 studio days thinking it would be easier than it was. Tom Gordon, the engineer working with us at the time, laid out our schedule for us as follows: “We’ll tackle drums on day one, and record the rest on day 2”. We had Matt ‘Toast’ Young come in and play drums on two of the songs being “Stay Away” and “Strawberries” and him being a professional, his tracks didn’t take much long to record. Now I don’t consider myself the best drummer, or a drummer at all, but I knew what beats I wanted played for the song. The next day, I was unfortunately struck with a gnarly food poisoning which almost instantly took the possibility of vocal tracks being done that day. I didn’t tell anyone I was suffering though due to my commitment of at least finishing the instrumentals that day. After 5 hours, I finally confessed my sickness to the rest of the studio, who we’re all very understanding, and proceeded to book a day that coming January to finish vocals. Once we finally got back into the studio and finished the record, I was just proud we were able to do it. Even if it never got released. The fact that we’re recording our full length album independently, really just shows me we have something that a lot of bands out there don’t have right now, which ups my hopes for the future of Split Persona.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which 5 keywords would you personally use to describe your music?

Brogan Kelley: LOUD, Diverse, Catchy, Memorable, and Passionate.

  1. Is there a particular song in your catalog, in which you feel you delivered your best performance, on all levels, to date? And is there maybe one song that you keep thinking you should have done a little differently in some way?

Brogan Kelley: The song we’ve done the best on is definitely “Keep It” because we’re constantly improving and changing the way it’s performed. It’s the song which we can really jam on and improvise with on stage and interact with the crowd the most.

  1. Do you have a favorite track in the band’s catalog that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very special to you personally?

Darren Menning: There’s a song that will be on our new album has been in the works for quite some time now that speaks to me on so many levels. The instant I heard it, I felt something was missing. I sat down at my desk that night, with a failing relationship that I cared so dearly for, financial problems, in the midst of a brand new pandemic that I wasn’t adjusting to well, and I cried my eyes out for hours writing vocal harmonies. When the rest of my life didn’t seem to love me, music did. I wrote for quite some time that night, composing what, in my eyes, was the perfect bassline and vocal harmonies to encapsulate my raw emotions at the time. I couldn’t sleep until that vision came to life, and looking back on it, it made this song so much more incredible and powerful to me.

  1. Do you think is it important for fans of your music to understand the real story and message driving each of your songs, or do you think everyone should be free to interpret your songs in their own way?

Darren Menning: On a personal level, I can guarantee that I don’t feel this music in the same way that my bandmates do. Each of our interpretations are totally different despite Zander telling us his motives behind his lyrics. And I think that’s one of the most beautiful aspects of music. The very fact that we can write something that means a lot to us and have it interpreted entirely differently by others makes it that much more special. Its really a wonderful feeling, one I know other musicians feel just as strongly. Music is a language known by all, and our goal is to allow others to relate to it in their own special way.

  1. Putting aside the accolades or criticisms that fans or the media may afford your releases, what’s the one thing about your music you think people overlook or misinterpret most often?

Zander Hoschak: Something that is often overlooked about our band is that we’re just kids. Although I still think the name “Split Persona” is the dumbest band name in the world, I came up with it when I first started playing when I was 12. I am 17 turning 18 in about a week, and no one in the band is over 20 yet. The fact that we’re all so young and thriving in the industry completely independent currently still amazes me. I never would have thought when I came up with that name that I would one day meet the musicians I’m playing with today, play the shows we’ve played so far, and write and release music. It’s kind of crazy.

  1. What’s the most exciting part of the process of putting a new song together for you?

Brogan Kelley: The most exciting part to me is when everything “clicks” and we have something we’re all really excited about and really like.

  1. Creative work in studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two do you ultimately prefer and why?

Zander Hoschak: Honestly, I personally love both. The adrenaline of playing a show versus the writing and recording process is like comparing apples to oranges. But you can make as much music as you want in a studio, for me, playing a show is about seeing how the audience reacts to it. Are they gonna slow dance? Or create a wall of death?

  1. Can tell us something about your latest project, and which highlights to look out for?

Brogan Kelley: Our latest new project is currently in the works, but personally I would look out for the harder songs on Side A because they pack a punch. Our goal with the project is to create something really memorable that will be remembered and talked about for years to come.

  1. What’s your favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

Zander Hoschak: “Bring the arena show to the bars, and bring the bar shows to the arenas.” Putting on a memorable show for me is just as important as writing good music to play live. I learned this lesson years back when I caught the Foo Fighters at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, but was bummed that I would have to “sit though” the opener who happened to be “The Struts”. Once they started playing however, my face was melted by pure British rock and roll, and I asked myself “THIS is the opener??” and “Why aren’t they the headliner?” I’ve come to like and follow their music since that day and I realized, even when you’re playing the noon slot at a music festival and you’re the first band to play with the smallest audience, it doesn’t matter. We’re still going to play like we’re in front of an arena full of people. And we’re still going to kick-ass.

  1. Do you have a specific musical vision or goal that you want to achieve in the near future?

Darren Menning: We want to make a difference in the world. We only have a short time here, and the most important thing is leaving your mark. I want that to be a positive mark, and for everyone who listens to Split Persona to relate with each other, and understand the struggles we all as humans go through on a personal level. And most importantly, I want to spread the message that music is the single handedly most impactful outlet for emotions. It’s saved my life several times, and I truly hope to save someone else’s one day too.

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Chelsey James Lays Down the Law with New Single “The Men and the Boys” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/chelsey-james-lays-down-the-law-with-new-single-the-men-and-the-boys http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/chelsey-james-lays-down-the-law-with-new-single-the-men-and-the-boys#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2021 01:08:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44482 Chelsey James has nothing to hold back in her latest single “The Men And The Boys,” a rock-edged anthem encapsulating all the grit you need to know that the powerhouse country vocalist is here, and here to stay. Take a listen here.

For someone who didn’t even realize her talent until college, Chelsey James has pipes that will shake you to your core and wonder where the heck she’s been all your life. And you won’t be the first to wonder it – James’ impressive musicality has been praised by listeners nationwide, including Nashville’s decorated veteran producer Kenny Lamb, whose name can be found on track credits for artists like ‘N Sync and Rhett Akins.

“Chelsey has a voice made for big melodies and guitar riffs,” Lamb notes. “She is a rare vocalist and a rare performer.”

This all holds true in “The Men And The Boys,” which impeccably showcases James’ vocal strength and the confidence that shines through her performance. The rock-influenced country song comes loaded with distorted guitars and heavy drum beats with a force that screams “don’t mess with me.”

“I wanted to write something that could compete musically with the men who are dominating country music by using the power of a female’s voice,” James explained. “There’s this stigma separating men and women in country music and beyond, but I don’t think it needs to be there; female emotions can take on an energy that’s historically been viewed as masculine and vice versa.”

To learn more about Chelsey James, visit her website at www.chelseyjames.com and follow her on social media @ChelseyJamesMusic. Watch at https://youtu.be/4yoHbeQ4LZM

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Coming from Poland, Yellinek draw inspiration from alluring rock music of the 80’s http://jamsphere.com/news/coming-from-poland-yellinek-draw-inspiration-from-alluring-rock-music-of-the-80s http://jamsphere.com/news/coming-from-poland-yellinek-draw-inspiration-from-alluring-rock-music-of-the-80s#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2021 22:59:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44476 Yellinek is a new rock band founded by Richard Jellinek in 2020. With intriguing, emotional music, our sound is a beautiful composition that connects with listeners instantly on their first listen. In few words Yellinek play modern rock with referring to the best sounds of 80s.

Formed in pandemic time 2020, the band includes Richard, David, Arkadius and Lukky. In each song you can hear charismatic voice of Lukky. Moving sounds, full of emotions and strength compositions by Richard Jellinek, filled with guitars, enclosed in easy to remember melodies.

Coming from Poland, Yellinek draw inspiration from alluring rock music of the 80’s. Although Yellinek is just starting its story, they can be considered one of the best musical discoveries of the year, and it is very probable that within some years they will join the group of the best rock bands ever.

The next few years will see Yellinek reach out to other regions and continents with their amazing ability of documenting love, romance and the emotions we can’t talk about. Driven by passion, past experiences and future experiences, they hope to sing their way into the hearts of people one at a time. With their innovative sound approach, they look to take listeners along with them on their musical journey.

WEBSITE:
https://yellinek.com
FB:
https://www.facebook.com/YELLINEK/
INSTAGRAM:
https://www.instagram.com/yellinekband/
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https://www.youtube.com/c/YELLINEK

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“Respect, Don’t Panic! (Corona Rhapsody)” by Berlin artist “Jo Oliver” – Corona song calls for mutual respect! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/respect-dont-panic-corona-rhapsody-by-berlin-artist-jo-oliver-corona-song-calls-for-mutual-respect http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/respect-dont-panic-corona-rhapsody-by-berlin-artist-jo-oliver-corona-song-calls-for-mutual-respect#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2021 02:56:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44459 “Respect, Don’t Panic! (Corona Rhapsody)” by Berlin artist “Jo Oliver” is an appeal against the increasing splitting of our society – Corona song calls for mutual respect!

This energetic song is an appeal against the increasing splitting of our society: “If we don’t learn to listen to each other and treat each other with respect, we will have “American conditions” in a few years,” says the Berlin-based artist. Especially in Corona times, minds are divided on the right way to deal with the crisis. Therefore, we should listen to each other and especially to scientists, even with different positions, without bias.

Manni von Bohr & Jo Oliver

Jo Oliver has packed the appeal into a catchy style mix of rock and funk. No wonder that the first radio stations have already put the title on the playlist. A short intro with a rocky riff and choir vocals is followed by a restrained verse with funky guitar accompaniment, which turns into a power rock riff with ear catcher character for the chorus.

The artist sings and plays all instruments himself, which testifies to his extraordinary talent. Musically, a great, powerful mix of funk/soul and steamy guitar rock awaits the listener!

Released in summer 2020, the track has already been streamed over 150,000 times to date (over 100,000 streams in the “Radio Edit” version alone) and has found its way onto numerous private playlists… Jo Oliver, who also works as a songwriter/music producer for other artists (e.g. for Gliffo – www.gliffo.net)  seems to be hitting a nerve with his raw rock/funk sound, but also thematically, and is getting more and more listeners, especially on Spotify.

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Artist website: www.jooliver.net  Music video “Shine On (you)”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6E69Xi0Xg  

Jo Oliver on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jo.Oliver.artist/   

Jo Oliver on the list of best Soul / Rock artists at ranker’s:

https://www.ranker.com/list/soulrockbandsandmusicians/reference  

Jo Oliver reviews: 

https://www.tunesdayrecords.eu/produkte/cdsnaturger%C3%A4uschek%C3%BCnstlercds/jooliver/  

Spotify Artist Profil für Jo Oliver:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4pQ4IhvzyjHkJzl2X7rwVP?si=m4O46mPuQaecc5Uaz3ljw  

More information:

https://www.jooliver.net/english/media/respectdontpaniccoronarhapsody/

Jo Oliver reviews & features international:

https://www.tunesdayrecords.eu/produkte/cdsnaturger%C3%A4uschek%C3%BCnstlercds/jooliver/

Song direct streaming & download:  https://song.link/i/1528505189

listen on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/track/1AfLXkCmc9xoKfwx2vXKbd  https://open.spotify.com/album/4GYy58cpW5siSB0Im1OlRm

download on iTunes / streaming on apple music:

https://music.apple.com/de/album/respectdontpaniccoronarhapsody/1527936708?i=1527936709&uo=4&app=itunes&at=1000lHKX

download on amazon:

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B08F2RR7KM

streaming on amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/albums/B08F2RQCV7

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  1. Can you tell us a little bit about where you come from and how you got started making music?

JamesDJJ: I was born in Rome and I grew up there and in United States, and from many other places in the world, I started making music because I loved it.

  1. Have you had formal training or are you self-taught?

JamesDJJ: Both, I had learned to do what I do mainly because I loved it and I did it myself, and also because I had lessons, I’m an Hybrid.

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

JamesDJJ: it depends a lot from the genre and the mood I’m in the moment that I’m listening or writing music, but mainly Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and many others, I can get influences from everything, I’m very chameleonic.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

JamesDJJ: Everybody could find different key elements in my music, and in everybody’s music, but mainly the lyrics. Every time I release music people are like “wow that’s so lyrical and sentimental” and I’m like “well, I wrote that for that reason”

  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 music maker, and the transition towards your own style?

JamesDJJ:  Everybody takes inspirations from others, but there is a big difference from taking inspiration and copying someone, I never struggled for being authentic to my “artistic” side, it comes natural to me, but a lot of people copied me after I did something that was memorable.

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

JamesDJJ: Music and Art could mean everything, I could speak of mental illness or social problems in my music, although those 2 themes are so different, that’s still music.

  1. Do you ever specifically write a song with musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you simply focus on your own personal vision and trust that it will be appreciated by an empathetic audience?

JamesDJJ: Actually in my first album ‘Invictus’ not all of the lyrics were mine, some lines were wrote by others mainly because that style was more appreciated, but since I started having my audience I begun to be more personal and authentic with them, in fact my new music is all wrote by me.

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do you most often start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed musical piece? Do you usually start with a beat, a narrative in your head, or a melody?

JamesDJJ:  I could start from a beat that I really like and start writing lyrics on it or I could start from a piece of poetry or lyric that I wrote and put that on piano, I am really versatile

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your musical career, or life, so far? And how did you overcome that event?

JamesDJJ:  The most difficult thing I had to deal with in my life is the same thing that could be so beautiful: people, you can’t imagine how cruel people could be, and sometimes so nice.

  1. On the other hand what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or career so far?

JamesDJJ:  the best part of my career are always people, my fans, those who follows me and tells me to go on.

  1. With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the music business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

JamesDJJ: I don’t mind about other people thoughts, that’s what my friends says about me too.

  1. Putting aside the accolades or criticisms that fans or the media may afford your releases, what’s the one thing about you or your music, you think people overlook or misinterpret most often?

JamesDJJ: My image, I am like a human chameleon, I change look, hairs, clothes, sound in minutes, and I do that because as an artist I have the power of changing myself to tell a story, being an artist is like completing a portrait, I can chose how to change that white canvas in whatever I am thinking at the moment.

  1. Where did the original idea and inspiration behind your single “Emily” come from, and is there an overarching theme and message you’re trying to send out via the project?

JamesDJJ:  Actually I have a friend that stated that Emily was a girl that wasn’t happy for many reasons, what I did was to re-use that concept by saying that we are all “Emily” and what really matter is to get up again no matter what life may throw on your way, that’s why the song starts with: “Wake up another day, ready to fail”

  1. Do you think is it important for fans of your music to understand the real story and message driving each of your songs, or do you think everyone should be free to interpret your songs in their own way?

JamesDJJ:  Art, and music, has free interpretation, and people can see whatever they want in my art, and many times is also difficult to understand my messages, I’m a living enigma.

  1. Do you have a particular hobby or activity outside of music that you use to rejuvenate your creativity or inspiration?

JamesDJJ: Actually Art is my hobby, and I made that my work, fashion, music, photography and much else now is in my life every day, and I’m glad for that.

  1. Do you have a favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

JamesDJJ: My motto would be “Be yourself no matter what the price is.”

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

JamesDJJ:   Both, depends how I am feeling in that moment, if I want to create of expose my art.

  1. What’s the most exciting part of the process of putting a new song together for you?

JamesDJJ: Many thing have their “fashion”, press, interviews, TV, fams and concerts, when that’s possible (coronavirus).

  1. Do you ever collaborate with other artists? And if you could work with any international music star right now, who would that be, and why?

JamesDJJ:   I had many opportunities to be a featured artist in someone work, I preferred not to because I didn’t find myself in that art piece and I preferred not to be in that. You’ll see what I am working on with a Star.

    1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

JamesDJJ: I achieved my goal, making music and art my work, what’s amazing is to be appreciated while you’re expressing yourself through your voice, that is a representation of my whole body many times, more than my clothe choices.

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rafaricho – Missed call | Official Lyric Video out now! http://jamsphere.com/videos/rafaricho-missed-call-official-lyric-video-out-now http://jamsphere.com/videos/rafaricho-missed-call-official-lyric-video-out-now#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2021 02:10:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44422  

rafaricho has released the Official Lyric Video for his new valentines track “Missed call”

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INTERVIEW: Hawaiian Talent Ryan Lagup To drop New Album! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-hawaiian-talent-ryan-lagup-to-drop-new-album http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-hawaiian-talent-ryan-lagup-to-drop-new-album#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2021 20:47:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44410 Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ryan Lagup was raised in Aiea by his parents, who migrated from the Philippines to Hawaii for a better future. Ryan has an older sister, and though the two are ten years apart, they are very close. In High school Ryan attended Dance classes (Hip-Hop) and did a little bit of modeling at the Vogue International Model & Talent Agency. Ryan awas also a student at the Performing Artist Academy School for the Performing Arts where he studied Acting, Dance & Vocal. Ryan has performed all over the US mainland and throughout Hawaii. He has sung alongside, and opened up for, major acts like Stevie B., Nicole Scherzinger, and Jocelyn Enriquez to name a few. A Famecast Top 5 finalist in Season One, Ryan curiously has also proven to be an able shoe designer.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about where you come from and how you got started making music?

Ryan Lagup: Paradise. LOL. Hawaii, born and raised on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

  1. Have you had formal training or are you self-taught?

Ryan Lagup: Yes, I was a student at the Performing Artist Academy School for the Performing Arts. There I studied In Vocal, Acting and Dance.

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

Ryan Lagup: It was my aunty Jackie and my father who were the strongest influences. As for artists, Boy II Men, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Ryan Lagup: For this upcoming album, you can tell by listening to the music I got some relationship issues, lol… so I’m sharing them in a upbeat style…

  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 music maker, and the transition towards your own style?

Ryan Lagup: I’m still learning and growing but I think I’ve grown up a lot when it comes to my writing, I’m more open now and with my own style I’ve just discovered it believe it or not and I’m having fun with it.

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

Ryan Lagup: This business is rough. That’s why I changed my name I wanted nothing to do with that name being out because of management problems I had in the past it was so politics and I hated it. Now, I’m just having fun and doing me. I have a fan support behind me and I’ll keep going as far as it takes me.  I’m under my own label and in control of everything I do now.

  1. Do you specifically write a song with musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you focus on your own personal vision and trust that it will be appreciated by an empathetic audience?

Ryan Lagup: A little bit of both. For this album I’m really going on my vibe and what I feel. I am not focused on how it should sound or if I should get with the trend. I’m doing what feels good. That’s why my new album has a bit of everything. This album is totally me and I believe this is my sound and I’m hoping it will be appreciated.

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do you most often start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed musical piece? Do you usually start with a beat, a narrative in your head, or a melody?

Ryan Lagup: I start mostly on a beat from a producer or a beat I find and lease. Then I basically free style everything. Then I go back and go from there.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your musical career, or life, so far? And how did you overcome that event?

Ryan Lagup: My old contract and management. Just evil. I won’t mention names but hey look at me, I’m Back! Bitch! I almost quit this whole music thing but I found myself missing it so much. My past team was all users and money hungry and I’m glad I’m out of that situation. I’m good now =)

  1. On the other hand what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your career so far?

Ryan Lagup: I’m proud of Famecast definitely opened many doors for me. I’m proud I get to have another chance at this and so proud I have a record label I own and run, legally. The support a swell. I have great fans who stuck by me still since 2007, I love you guys!

  1. Do you feel that your music has given you back just as much as you have put into it over the years, or were you expecting something more, or different?

Ryan Lagup: Yes. Every project is different but yes. I never expect more. But when those unexpected positive comes I’m even more blessed and thankful.

  1. Putting aside the accolades or criticisms that fans or the media may afford your releases, what’s the one thing about you or your music, you think people overlook or misinterpret most often?

Ryan Lagup: Well, this is the first album that the lyrics are so explicit and sexual but hey we all have those moods right, I just tend to write it as a song. But people who know me know I’m caring, down to earth and its ok to have a few explicit words right?

  1. Where did the original idea and inspiration behind your single “Talk of the Town” come from, and is there an overarching theme and message you’re trying to send out via the project?

Ryan Lagup: Talk of the town is a whole mix of my truth, my experience and friends experiences…lol… basically tired of being the other half of a cheating relationship.

  1. Do you think is it important for fans of your music to understand the real story and message driving each of your songs, or do you think everyone should be free to interpret your songs in their own way?

Ryan Lagup: Watch my upcoming YouTube Documentary. I will explain every song…lol.. but of course everyone is free to interpret their own opinion. But really you will be shocked by the real story behind these songs. Lol…

  1. Could you tell us something about your podcast show Radio Jukebox and the plans you have for 2021?

Ryan Lagup: Here in Hawaii I host a radio program Radio Jukebox on a FM station here and I have a huge following. I left radio but I miss it a lot so I’m going to do online radio, podcasts would be great I thought. I already have hundreds of artists emailing me to feature their music and I except everyone because I know how it is to be in their shoes.

  1. Do you have a favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

Ryan Lagup: Yes, If you’ve been down before and you think the world is over, believe me pick yourself back up and try again. No matter how many times you fall.

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

Ryan Lagup: I’m a performer. I love performing and Entertaining a huge crowd, the Bigger the better. Before I go on stage I’m a nervous wreck but when I get on stage I’m totally different, I transform into something else. I shock myself all the time… after my performance I go back to the shy kid, I know it’s weird. So to answer your question performing and interacting with an audience is what I love best.

  1. Which important lessons did you learn from your experience on Famecast Talent Competition Season One?

Ryan Lagup: I was in that for 3 months it was hard but I loved it. That experience was the best experience ever. There I learned how to promote and I won the best artist promotion award but I did place in fourth at the finals but hey I was so happy and proud by that time I knew opportunity was coming and I met 4 other artists who I’ve become good friends with. No one can ever take that away from us we were the first five on the first season, that’s awesome!

  1. Do you have a personal favorite track amongst your compositions that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very special to you?

Ryan Lagup: On my past album “Carnival” I have a song “Playing with Fire” that song is personal and means a lot to me.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Ryan Lagup: When I get a royalty check every 3 months, LOL! Kidding, for me honestly when my fans message me and tell me how my music makes them feel, is really something I take to heart. What I want to achieve is to be on Billboard Charts, I don’t care what number as long as I’m on that chart! That would be just great if I could make that happen. I already debut on iTunes Charts which was amazing but I want Billboard and I want my album to go GOLD or PLATINUM! I’m determined to make that happen. Mahalos (Thank You)

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Website – http://www.ryanlagup.site
Soundcloud – http://www.soundcloud.com/ryanlagup
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Sco38eqO5q26aJ77Tkitv
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ryanlagup
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/ryanlagupofficial
Lagup Shoes – http://www.ryanlagup.site/shoes
iTunes Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ryan-lagup/918390848
Reverbnation – https://www.reverbnation.com/ryanlagupmusic

Virtual Release Party Feb 21st Facebook Livestream – https://www.facebook.com/events/1323418164681054
Album Release Date – February 26th – Available at all music platforms online

The first single “Never Did” debut on iTunes Charts at No.3 – https://www.top-charts.com/songs/reggae/belgium/itunes/2020-W50

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