What We’re Spinning (Indie Shout Out!) Vol. 53

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know on-the-rise rapper and Trap/Hip Hop Sensation DamnThatsLevi.

Maron Smith (better known on the streets as LEVI) was born on November 27th, 1996 and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  Going by the name DamnThatsLevi, this up and coming artist has had a remarkably fast and impressive rise to notoriety. Discovering rap and hip-hop at an incredibly young age, LEVI took his love and respect of the genre and slowly developed his own unique execution and style. Citing other respected artists such as Drake and PartyNextDoor as influences, LEVI has brilliantly crafted his own unique style that is sure to compete with many of the genre’s already established greats. 

Growing up on the rough streets of the Eastside of Detroit and dealing with the daily struggles within the projects had a humbling effect on this artist.  LEVI comes from a place of struggle and has showcased an exceptional will to fight. Growing up, Bless didn’t have it easy, but he was able to overcome and dominate his struggles and transform them into something uplifting and sonically honest.

Last year, DamnThatsLevi began working with the highly respected Los Angeles-based producer DJ Exotic and released his first mixtape entitled “Welcome To The Ceremony” to mass critical acclaim and praise from music lovers everywhere.

Check out the FIRE Single “Golden Nigga” from the mixtape:  
Stream on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/damnthatslevi/golden-nigga 

Now, LEVI is back with a DOPE remix of Kendrick Lamar’s Humble. Featuring a brand new flow and style, LEVI’s take definitely rivals the original.

Check out The Dopeman (Humble Remix) here: 
Stream on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/damnthatslevi/levi-tha-dopeman-humble-remix 

This is an artist you simply CAN’T IGNORE! Be sure to follow DamnThatsLevi on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DamnThatsLevi  

Instagram: www.instagram.com/DamnThatsLevi 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/damnthatslevi/levi-tha-dopeman-humble-remix

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0goZVllsHHSTnX7HCcbS5g

Exclusive Interview: Aastik Koshy of Blue Magic Records

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the wildly innovative and incredibly ambitious Aastik Koshy (founder of the newly acclaimed electronic, experimental and chill out record label Blue Magic Records.)

Blue Magic Records (BMR) label was founded in the state of North Goa in early 2017 as a sub-label to Turquoise Sound Pvt.Ltd. It is an electronic experimental and chillout label with free form and unconventional styles of music including jazz / fusion and ethno–classical electronica music.

Aastik was able to sit down with us and provide better insight into what makes Blue Magic Records such a groundbreaking and unique label.

SMP: Now that we are more than halfway through 2017, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for the label? What’s in store for the rest of 2017 for Blue Magic Records?

Aastik Koshy: BMR© is a new label in progress.We are well underway with many new projects and releases with collaborations and solo albums filled with offbeat, eclectic and eccentric choices. Amazing, lively and productive, would be some ways to describe the label.

 

How did Blue Magic Records first come to be? Can you talk about the formation of this company?

Blue Magic Records© is a part of‘Turquoise Sound Pvt Ltd (TSC)’ that I founded while working as a producer, composer and sound design artist. Set up in 2015,TSC serves as a vehicle for my numerous music creations and collaborations, to be curated and released in a structured way, with office and studio based on an idyllic organic farm in North-Goa, India. Blue is beautiful. The vastness of the sky is our creative inspiration, the blue sea shows us limitless power and the sheer magic of music fuse together perfectly here in the sunny little state of Goa! BMR© follows a different aesthetic from the Lounge,Electronica and jazz chill out styles  released through TSC, and is unique in it’s approach to breaking conventional norms. We encourage our performing artists to be their creative best with us.

 

How has the environment that you work in influenced how you conduct your label?

The environment is pure, organic and conducive to the artists creative flow.The label uses this approach to its core functionalities and remains true to the musical freedom it stands for. 

 

Have you embraced the surrounding culture and has it informed your business ethos?

BMR uses a universal approach to creating its music.Our collaborating artists appreciate the integration of the cultural ambience surrounding BMR in its approach,functionality and ethics.We concern ourselves with individual artistic growth to create our music,and this comes from the observation of the fluidness of nature. 

 

If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

The label would be hard to define with just one song.Each of our tracks crafted will definitely leave the listener quite surprised and curious about the next track! . A few to look out for are Aastik Koshy-Interdimentional Butterfly’,’Inhabited Stars-Journey I’ and ‘InternalEye-Cyclic’.

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music?

A constant change in the way music is perceived and produced is vital.With  change being the only constant, it comes across as an organic way of expression when this flow is applied, almost like a universal source of endless possibilities.  Apart from fearless experimentation we attempt to be as prolific an artist as one can, and thats what we try to achieve with every track we present to our audience.Everyday and every moment to the artist is different, and the label believes the music released should be a reflection of these limitless possibilities.

 

Any upcoming releases your way?

Projects under Blue Magic Records to look out for right now are

INTERNALEYE (Rohit Bushan), his music is a melting pot of deep and emotionally charged soundscapes, lush, ambient textures and new-age grooves.A sensory delight capable of transporting listeners to surreal territory bound only by one’s imagination. His new album on BMR. titled ‘Garden Of Stars’ is an eclectic journey through emotionally charged chilled beats and lush dreamscapes.This album is filled with electronic goodness, following a downtempo and emotive-chill sound, its nothing short of inspiring.InternalEye has been an artist to look out for in his field of music, and BMR is the chosen stream for this particular sound.’Garden Of Stars’ is the perfect album for those lazy hazy evenings just as much as early mornings. This album is recorded at InternalEye SoundLab,Mumbai and Mastered by Turquoise Sound Pvt. Ltd.

Check out “Cyclic (Intro)” by InternalEye:

INHABITED STARS – a BMR © music collective formed in 2017  by Aastik Koshy featuring different artists with each release while showcasing different forms of music.The first release is a mix of ambient bliss with heavy shifting dnb inspired electronica and touches of psychedelic influences.The first instalment in the series named ‘Journey I-VII’ features collaborations with artists such as V3K,a genre bending artist responsible for some of the best combinations of ethinc music and electronica. Freakuency,an experimental sound designer who works on psychedelic projects apart from his avant-garde creations is another artist to look out for.Frequent collaborator and musical advisor AshkaFlutes is a part of the project and brings touches of ethereal flute to the mix in the first track. Recorded at Turquoise Studio A (Ch Island) North,Goa/Glitch Studio (Blr)/Freakuency Lab (Kodai) and Mastered by Turquoise Sound Pvt.Ltd

Check out “Journey I (Earth And Stars)” by Inhabited Stars: 

 

Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?

The best place to find our musical showcases would be the BMR© youtube channel, which is constantly updated with snippets and excerpts from upcoming projects.

check out the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzHmf0Vr5LYeFkQFM_ZcHBA

 

Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about Blue Magic Records?

Apart from the ones mentioned earlier we also have incredibly innovative experimental ambient albums by Aastik Koshy- Seasons, Aastik Koshy – Antigravity- (Voyage I-VII) and a section of electronic chill tracks (VA-After Hours) and will be available across online stores soon. A special thank you to all the people who support our work and vision!

 

Be sure to like/share/follow Blue Magic Records on:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/bluemagicrecords/

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: goo.gl/2BNE8b

YOUTUBE CHANNEL: goo.gl/kh8Wvv

What We’re Spinning (Indie Shout Out!) Vol. 52

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the refreshingly insightful and incredibly talented singer/songwriter, performer and guitarist Mike Marino.

Mike Marino is a highly acclaimed and wildly versatile artist and performer from South Jersey. Mike has gained notoriety for his undeniably infectious and unique vintage-inspired brand of music. With a brilliant fusion of Rock, Folk, and Americana music (executed with incredible mainstream appeal), Mike Marino has meticulously crafted a sound that he can rightfully claim as his own.

Perhaps one of Mike’s strongest assets is his exceptionally strong songwriting abilities. Mike was initially inspired to pursue music by the British invasion (the influx of UK-based Pop/Rock bands beginning in the 60’s), and eventually expanded his tastes and style into that of American Blues, Folk & the Bakersfield Country Influenced West Coast Sound. Mike names Gene Clark & Gram Parsons of The Byrds and Stephen Stills & Neil Young as a few of his favorite songwriters and biggest influences. 

Mike Marino is best known for his ability to tell captivating stories through his clever and unique songwriting style. A common theme in Mike’s music is his ability to craft emotive songs detailing his life experience and the classic Americana and Blues/Rock style he lives so authentically. Showcased within his impressive catalog, Mike has effectively seized nostalgia as a force to inform his songwriting. Mike has used nostalgia as a songwriting tool and emotional vehicle to make sense of the world both externally, epitomized by the drastically changing American landscape, and internally, in terms of longing for a feeling of warmth and belonging that slipped through his fingers as a child.

Check out the incredible live performance of previous hit “Melissa”

Mike’s distinct musical brand has brought him an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades. Many of you may already be familiar with Mike’s work with his band “his Restless Soul”. Previous entries in his catalog have been praised by National Reviewer Keith “Muzikman” Hannaleck and the esteemed UK publication Blues Matters. Remarkably, he was chosen as the featured artist pick on Philly’s WXPN 88.5FM. He has also received the ASCAP Plus Emerging Artist Award for extended plays, and placed as a Semi-Finalist in both the Great American Songwriting Contest and the Dallas Songwriting Competition.

Mike’s highly acclaimed song “Edge of Dawn” won a contract with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) to be used on a episode of the revered series Revision Quest. It is also interesting to note that his song “Twenty too Late” (A Tribute to Stephen Stills & the Folk Rock migration from Greenwich Village to the Sunset Strip) was included on Volume 38 of The Acoustic Rainbow (Poetman Records Publishing) alongside such artists as Judy Collins, Stephan Stills and Vince Gill among others.

Now, Mike Marino & his Restless Soul is back and about to capture your heart and mind again with his brand new album entitled “Tomorrow’s Yesterday”.

Check out the incredible behind the scenes studio footage for the album: 

Tomorrow’s Yesterday was tracked at Forge Recording with Mike sharing production duties with Ron DiSilvestro. It features a handpicked selection of all-star players such as Nashville greats Jimmy Heffernan and Danny Eyer, along with Carlo Dalessandro, and nationally-recognized bluesman Mike Dugan from Mike Dugan & the Blues Mission. Grammy winner Phil Nicolo (Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Hooters) mixed the album, and multi-Grammy winner Richard Dodd (George Harrison, The Traveling Wilburys, Tom Petty, The Jayhawks) mastered it.

The album showcases a lively, emotional, and wonderfully triumphant sound. The album serves as an ode to Mike’s recovery from a life-threatening illness that took an incredible toll on body, mind, and soul. During his struggle with the illness, his family never left his side. His father, who sadly passed away during this time, was a constant source of strength and encouragement. As Mike describes, “I kept his picture in the studio because I wanted to finish it for him, and, in the end, I dedicated this album to him…making it made me more positive. It forced me to reach deeper into my soul.”

Listen to the groovy “Turn it Around” of off the new album: 

The brand new album is truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. It differs from many familiar mainstream releases in that this album is full of substance, integrity, honesty, and fun spontaneity. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is arranged to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more.

Listen to the graceful final track “Lonely Road”: 

There is no doubt that, with this new release, Mike Marino will add to his already impressive and out-of-this-world list of awards and musical accolades. This album is a MUST LISTEN!

Be sure to support/like/follow Mike Marino on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mike-T-Marino-1674070686183375

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/6oce322CjAevGBDnmwebz8

Official: http://www.miketmarino.com/

  


New Single Spotlight: Armada Named Sound’s “My Girl”

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the insanely innovative and multi-talented electronic-infused artist, and producer, Armada Named Sound.

We were first introduced to Armada Named Sound through the explosive new Single entitled “My Girl”, which features the amazing vocal talents of Marta Karis.

Armada Named Sound began as a simple enough idea in the ambitious, London-based producer Spiros Maus’ mind: what if electronic music could transcend genre and arbitrary labels? Expanding from this concept, Spiros decided to embrace the whole spectrum of electronic music rather than limiting himself by operating within a specific predetermined genre.  It is impressive to note that Spiros composes, arranges, performs, mixes and produces all of his music himself. Close friend and talented visionary Christos Mavridis masterfully creates an enthralling visual story for almost every song that Spiros releases.

For each one of his releases, Spiros collaborates with a growing list of accomplished female vocalists with different timbres, ranges and personalities. This unique blend of skill and talent is beautifully tied together under the distinctive Armada sound. The Armada sound features a compelling mix of multi-inspired electronica with a strong cinematic feel and frequent use of the wall of sound technique first popularized by legendary producer Phil Spector. Every song is injected with expressive character and tells a story of its own. This is certainly showcased within Armada Named Sound’s newest Single “My Girl”.

Check out the dance-inducing Single here: 

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released Single is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. The mix itself is absolutely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. The genre is brilliantly undefinable, with Armada Named Sound sculpting its own self-defining soundscape.

This is truly an accomplishment for this artist. When approaching newly released music, it’s hard to do so without inherent cynicism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. We, as listeners, are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie-cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. Though these types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and infectious music; they ultimately amount to being entirely forgettable, soon to be replaced by the next musical doppelgänger.

Armada Named Sound has fiercely rebelled against this current trend; creating something innovative and unique, yet entirely approachable and digestible.

This artist will almost certainly be taking the electronic music scene by storm. Please be sure to like/share/follow Armada Named Sound on:

Official Website: http://www.armadanamedsound.com
SPOTIFY:spotify:artist:3RMrUOgFETuqNt2WVXqCWW
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armadanamedsound
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfFURVALERhmE6i3tKi9UQA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/armada_baby
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/armadanamedsound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/armadanamedsound

New Single Review: Nate Utley’s “What Up”

We recently had the pleasure of listening to on-the-rise acoustic rock singer/songwriter and lively performer Nate Utley. We were introduced to Nate through his explosive new Single “What Up”. 

Nate Utley has had a remarkably musical upbringing, embracing  and nurturing his natural talents at a very young. Nate first picked up the guitar at the ripe age of ten years old. As he mastered the instrument, he also began experimenting and learning how to play several other instruments. In his earlier years, Nate thoroughly explored the heavy rock and metal genres. By the age of 13, Nate decided to expand his skillset and broaden his tastes, and decided to begin tinkering with the acoustic guitar. After experimenting with acoustic singing and songwriting, while drawing inspiration from various pop sub genres; Nate’s unique and distinct sound began to take shape.

Interestingly, Nate cites famed acoustic artist Jack Johnson, celebrated ska-punk band Sublime, and notorious jam rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers as some of his earliest influences.

Nate Utley’s music can best be described as a brilliantly crafted blend of acoustic rock, reggae, rnb and pop. As showcased in his newest Single “What Up”, Nate has a unique ability to seamlessly combine all of his influences into something that feels entirely fresh and unique.

When approaching new music within the indie/pop/acoustic genre, it’s easy to do so with inherent cynicism. It seems that within the current frustrating culture of Pop influenced music; we, as listeners, are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. These types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and ultimately forgettable songs.

With that being said, Nate Utley’s “What Up” is an undeniably refreshing exception.

Check out the official music video here: 

The lively Single opens with gentle acoustic guitar work, only to be completely opened up with huge dance inducing percussion. The track progresses by falling back and forth between melodic and calm sections, and spirited dynamic sections.The track is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and add undeniable character to the track.

Nate really showcases his vocal prowess and displays a strong command of pop vocal melodies and lush harmonies. With the subtle and effective backing of piano, electric guitar, and engaging percussion; Nate proves that his voice may just be one his strongest assets. His vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response with his pained delivery of the relatable line “Why did I start loving you?”. The Single is an irresistibly catchy acoustic guitar accompanied pop anthem that will be sure to get stuck in your head and have you singing along.

Listening to Nate Utley’s “What Up” is truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. The Single differs from most pop releases in that it clearly oozes with integrity, honesty, and emotional awareness. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. I definitely see this artist climbing the ranks and becoming a household name. Not only does he have the ability to craft infectious pop hooks and melodies, but he does so with a remarkably unique blending of genres and evident care for messaging and content.

This is an artist that you simply CAN’T IGNORE! Be sure to share/like/follow Nate on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NATEMUSIC1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nateutleymusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathanutley1992/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nateutley

Official: https://nateutleymusic.com/

What We’re Spinning (Indie Shout Out!) Vol. 51

We recently had the pleasure of listening to the wildly infectious and multi-talented singer/songwriter, Pop artist, dancer and performer Kendra Black.

We were first introduced to Kendra Black through her explosive Single eponymously entitled, “Air Pack Jet”.

Check out the official video for the new FIRE Single here: 

This extremely versatile and wildly talented artist is based out of New York City, and has taken the local club scene by storm with her insanely catchy vocals and dance-inducing music. She recently released single “Air Pack Jet” from her upcoming album “The Edge”.

Behind the scenes of her upcoming album “The Edge”:

Her upcoming album is produced by the highly revered L.A. production team Trend Def Studios and co-written with respected songwriters Nick Nittoli and Lachi.  The upcoming album features collaborations that you simply CAN’T ignore; notably Snoop Dogg is featured on the single ‘Rude’.

Check out her incredible live presence: 

This artist will almost certainly be continuing her rise to the top. Please be sure to like/share/follow Kendra Black on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kendrablackmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kendrablacklive

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kendrablackmusic/?hl=en

Official: http://www.kendrablackmusic.com/

Album Review: EØN c h i l l’s “Memories And Dreams”

We recently had the pleasure of listening to the wildly innovative Hip Hop/chillwave newcomer EØN c h i l l with his incredibly ambitious debut album entitled  “Memories And Dreams”.

This wildly versatile and inventive artist is based out of Chicago, IL and has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully do-it-yourself independent artist. We find that one of the most glaring setbacks for new-coming independent artists is the lack of professional mixing and mastering that is necessary to break through into the mainstream markets. This certainly isn’t the case with EØN c h i l l, as showcased in his debut album.

How many albums can honestly be described as a seamless and cohesive blend of nearly every major genre? With music being so subjective, and encompassed in endless revolving discussion; most people can’t even agree on what genre a band or artist’s work perfectly falls within. Moreover, it is constant hot topic of debate about which artists have been able to seize a genre, tip it upside down, deform it and completely redefine it. This is precisely what EØN c h i l l does, and he does it with curious and sophisticated precision in his mind-blowing debut album “Memories and Dreams”.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the new(ish) influx of hip hop sub genres; trip-hop/chillwave/ect combines elements of psychedelica, jazz, funk, soul, experimental, chill-out, and hip-hop music, to create what is often a down-tempo, moody mixture of genres. When this is done masterfully, it creates an often grandiose, sophisticated and artistic effect; which is definitely the case with EØN c h i l l’s “Memories and Dreams”.

The album begins appropriately with “Miracle”, which shows EØN c h i l l’s impressive skill at effectively splicing together samples and provides an appropriate introduction to his talent. Both opener “Miracle” and follow up “Fall in Love” open with an electric piano riff that continues throughout the whole song, and immediately adds a dreamy air to the music. The drums, like with many songs on here are heavy and urban inspired, adding a really strong backing to the music, and further atmosphere is added with subtle vocal sampling sprinkled within in the mix. Although this will be a frequent observation and theme during this review, it really can’t be emphasized enough— The overall effect of the music on this album is similar to that of a dream. You feel as if you have heard it somewhere, it is strangely sentimental, yet it feels entirely fresh at the same time. As you can imagine, this is a disconcerting experience, and yet it’s somehow simultaneously reassuring as well. Each track flows seamlessly into the next, and while each track contains its own distinct flavor and character, it all flows together as one magnificent piece of work.

Third track “Baby” has an incredibly relaxed yet driving feel, with calm keyboard chords opening the song before funk influenced drums introduce a series of groovy scratches and samples are effectively intertwined within the music. What definitely does have a remarkable effect is the appearance of one of the best basslines featured on the album, which continues which, when combined with the keyboard and driving beat, creates a truly cool soundscape that inevitably leaves the listener feeling as if he’s just emerged from a particularly pleasant dream. This leads perfectly into “In a Lie”, which opens with a similarly effective beat as that on “Baby”, although the mood is even calmer, thanks to the presence only of light, gentle keyboard work, and more subtle bass.

“Fly” begins with a floaty and airy atmospheric pad. Sampled vocal blips and subtle ambience over the top of it add a more mystical feel, but all that gets tied beautifully together by some strings that enter the mix, only to leave it equally quickly. Otherworldly synthesizers effectively fade in and out of the music, creating gorgeous layers of sound that roll over one another repeatedly, making the listening feel as if they are “flying” as the title suggests. Finally the song ends, going into simple piano keys of “The Light”, while effects quietly flow past in the background, before static waves signal the arrival of the sampled vocals, beginning with more focused drumming and a quiet ethereal effect in the background which sounds as its flooded in glorious light. A beautiful saxophone line seems to be perfectly hiding amiss the layers of magnificent sound.

The album closes with “How I Feel”, which is another incredibly soothing song, largely down to the female vocal samples which flow brilliantly over layered keyboards that seem effortlessly to slide past each other while a keyboard plays an infectious melody. This is another brilliantly experimental song where it’s hard to tell what instrument is making a certain noise.

Deep, funk-style drumming provides the focus for the opening minutes of the song, joined by another groovy bassline. The song a masterpiece of mood music, with all parts of it intertwining beautifully and mixed to perfection. The drums gradually disappear, leaving only the pads and melody, before the drums once again enter the song at the very end. Another definite stand out song on the album, and an amazing way to close the album.

Listen to the album in full here:

This is an album that seems to pass in a matter of seconds and leaves you begging for more. In writing this review alone, I must have listened to it at least ten times, mostly due to the fact that while writing it I inadvertently stopped typing and just sat and listened to it, absorbing every thoughtful layer and sound. Its dreamlike qualities, along with the sheer flowing beauty of the music makes it an ideal album to listen to relax and destress to.

This is certainly an album that fans of any and all types of music can appreciate and return to again and again. We are eagerly awaiting what EØN c h i l l  will do next. This is truly a musical achievement, made even more impressive by the fact that this is EØN c h i l l’s debut album.

Be sure to like and follow EØN c h i l l on: 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpZgVQU7rsGchPO89ZHZw_A

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/eonchill

Indie Interview Series: Hefe Heetroc

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the multi-talented and remarkably versatile producer, singer, songwriter, performer, and artist Hefe Heetroc.

I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and immersive. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?

Answer: Really it all starts in Cubase, (after I program the beat; sounds I’m going for, etc.) I program the melody; Picking a nice sounding chord progression. From there, I program the bassline, pick the MIDI plug-in sound I’m going for. Then write the chorus & lyrics, those I write a few rough drafts at first, by the 3rd draft, I’ve usually ironed Out the kinks.

Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?

Answer: More comfortable in the studio, I have yet to perform live, stay tuned!

If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

Answer: Space Energy, Shr00mz, Damaged

What does it take to be “innovative” in music?

Answer: To not copy everyone else. Be transgressive with your topics.

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Answer: My mixtape “Blind Allegiance” dropping 4th quarter of 2018

Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?

Bandcamp: hefe-h33troc.bandcamp.com

Instagram: instagram.com/hefe_h33troc

Twitter: twitter.com/HEFE_H33TROC

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/weznilez

LINKS TO MUSIC:

bit.ly/Spotify-Hefe-Heetroc

bit.ly/YouTube-Playlist-Hefe-Heetroc

bit.ly/The-Shadow-Cabal-of-the-8-Oligarchs

The undefinable, unrelenting, ever-evolving Hefe Heetroc is almost guaranteed to continue his steady rise to prominence with the release of his newest groundbreaking album “The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs”. Staying true to form, Hefe Heetroc is brilliantly undefinable, yet insanely addictive.

Beside to check out the new album here: bit.ly/The-Shadow-Cabal-of-the-8-Oligarchs

Hefe Heetroc is simply an artist you CAN’T IGNORE!

Album Review: Hefe Heetroc’s “The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs”

The Hip Hop genre as a whole is one that (especially in recent years with increased accessibility to self-record) can often feel uninspired and frustratingly tired due to the lack of variation, ambition, and innovation applied within the songwriting and production stage. It seems that every week we are introduced to the same regurgitated beat with the same lazy mumble-rap verses and auto-tune saturated hooks—- only to fizzle out into forgetfulness.

Hefe Heetroc’s newest album “The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs” lands a devastating blow to this terrible trend, and in the aftermath, sets an incredible new standard for all new coming Hip Hip-inspired artists.

This wildly versatile artist is based out of New York, and has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully DIY independent artist. We find that one of the most glaring setbacks for new-coming independent artists is the lack of professional mixing and mastering that is necessary to break through into the mainstream markets. This certainly isn’t the case with Hefe Heetroc.

It is an extremely rare occurrence that we are introduced to an independent artist that absolutely blows our minds; Hefe has done just this.

If you are familiar with Hefe’s back-catalog, his remarkable versatility and clever unpredictability is always on full display. His impressive instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess are undeniably alluring and captivating. These remarkable qualities are precisely why Hefe has become a hot artist to cover in nearly every recognizable indie publication on the net. With over one hundred (and counting) music blog features under his belt ( each of which given stellar reviews of music within the last year), this artist shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

It is also impressive to note that Hefe has had the coveted advantage of being featured with heavy rotation on WRIU FM, Rhode Island’s top non-commercial radio station. He has also had the honor of having French Montana’s Coke Boys official DJ spin and introduce his record to the masses.  After listening to his newest album, all of this is unsurprising and much deserved.

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released “The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs” is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. The soundscapes are masterfully complex and unrelenting, the pointed raps are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer

The mix itself is absolutely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. A truly arduous task for anyone defiantly accepting the challenge of being TRULY independent. This risk has undeniable paid off, as the tracks showcased here are alluringly fresh and entirely unique. The genre is brilliantly undefinable, with Hefe Heetroc sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style.

This is truly a milestone and an accomplishment for this artist. When approaching newly released music, it’s hard to do so without inherent criticism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. We, as listeners, are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie-cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. Though these types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and infectious music; they ultimately amount to being entirely forgettable— certain to be replaced by the next musical clone.

The explosive intro track entitled “I Already Got That” opens the album as the perfect mood-setter. The track begins immediately with a sort of feedback/glitchy electric guitar with a driving, perfectly crafted beat. The hard hitting, unapologetic rap vocals enter immediately carrying venom and exuding confidence. This serves as a brilliant starting point for the album “…I am the best on the microphone… I already got that…” The track is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, with each layer capturing its own space, but never distracting from each other. Hefe’s skillful production work and songwriting prowess are on full display here.

The glitched-out and trippy follow-up track “Who the Fuck is High as Me” opens with a wildly evolving synth-line that almost begs you to dust off your favorite piece and sing along to the anthemic eponymous hook. If you thought you had this artist figured out by the first track, the follow up serves as the perfect slap of unpredictability and allows a sort of reintroduction to an artist that evidently vows to keep you guessing.

My personal favorite on the album is “This is History”. Opening with a feverish synth-line; the track bursts into a powerful wisdom-filled/poetic lesson with Hefe’s songwriting and production prowess at one of its finest moments. The track infects your mind with it’s confident, yet biting lecturing and poetic fury.

The final track “Take that Toke that” opens with insane trip hop soundscapes, with a simple yet ridiculously catchy beat. The pointed raps phase in and out in a way that makes the song feel almost alive. The production gives the track a brilliant character and personification, making it feel like a giant deep-breathing monster. It definitely leaves the listener begging for more, making it an incredibly effective closer.

Listening to Hefe Heetroc’s “The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs” was truly an engaging and refreshingly unpredictable experience from beginning to end. This album oozes independent integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for Hip Hop inspired indie artists hoping to break through in the scene.

We highly recommend that you dust off your favorite piece and prepare yourself for a wild journey with electronic/Hip Hop virtuoso Hefe Heetroc.

The undefinable, unrelenting, ever-evolving Hefe Heetroc is almost guaranteed to continue his steady rise to prominence with the release of this brilliantly undefinable, yet insanely addictive album.

Be sure to check out the new album here: bit.ly/The-Shadow-Cabal-of-the-8-Oligarchs

Hefe Heetroc is simply an artist you CAN’T IGNORE! Be sure to support/like/share Hefe on:

Bandcamp: hefe-h33troc.bandcamp.com

Instagram: instagram.com/hefe_h33troc

Twitter: twitter.com/HEFE_H33TROC

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/weznilez

LINKS TO MUSIC:

bit.ly/Spotify-Hefe-Heetroc

bit.ly/YouTube-Playlist-Hefe-Heetroc

bit.ly/The-Shadow-Cabal-of-the-8-Oligarchs

What We’re Spinning (Indie Shout Out!) Vol. 50

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the multi-talented and remarkably versatile Hip Hop/Vaporwave producer, singer, songwriter, performer, and artist Hefe Heetroc.

Hefe Heetroc is an independent Hip Hop/Vaporwave artist and producer that has been impressing critics and avid music lovers alike with his incredibly unique brand of glitchy electronic chillwave — meets experimental 90’s Hip Hop. If your brain has melted upon trying to imagine how that might sound… GOOD, that seems to be the point! 

This is precisely what makes this artist so interesting. Hefe Heetroc has effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned with style and flair —  and much like a mad scientist, he has stirred ferociously until what has emerged is unrecognizable — an infectious monstrosity of delicious sound.  

Hefe has gained notoriety for his distinct flavor of electronic-infused, throw back Hip Hop sound. With his brilliant fusion of genres and style, as well as his evident refusal to operate within any boundaries or industry standards; Hefe has been awarded with national visibility and growing eminence. Hefe has become a hot artist to cover in nearly every recognizable indie publication on the net. With over one hundred (and counting) music blog features under his belt ( each of which given stellar reviews of music within the last year), this artist shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. It is equally impressive to note that Hefe has had the coveted advantage of being featured with heavy rotation on WRIU FM, Rhode Island’s top non-commercial radio station.

Check out the wildly stylistic (self directed/produced) music video for hit Single “Shroomz”: 

Listening through his catalog, his remarkable versatility is always on full display. His impressive instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess are undeniably alluring and captivating. Perhaps the best quality of Hefe Heetroc’s music is the almost frustrating inability to perfectly label and define it. At times the music resembles gitch-hop— which then unexpectedly transforms into trip-hop —- then evolving into chillwave  or vaporwave, with the sensibility and execution or a 90’s underground Hip Hop legend. 

The undefinable, unrelenting, ever-evolving Hefe Heetroc is almost guaranteed to continue his steady rise to prominence with the release of his newest groundbreaking album “The Shadow Cabal of the 8 Oligarchs”. Staying true to form, Hefe Heetroc is brilliantly undefinable, yet insanely addictive.

Be sure to check out the new album here: bit.ly/The-Shadow-Cabal-of-the-8-Oligarchs

Hefe Heetroc is simply an artist you CAN’T IGNORE! Be sure to support/like/share Hefe on:

Bandcamp: hefe-h33troc.bandcamp.com

Instagram: instagram.com/hefe_h33troc

Twitter: twitter.com/HEFE_H33TROC

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/weznilez

Links To Music:

bit.ly/Spotify-Hefe-Heetroc

bit.ly/YouTube-Playlist-Hefe-Heetroc

bit.ly/The-Shadow-Cabal-of-the-8-Oligarchs

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