Indie Film Shout Out: “Record Safari”

For fans of vinyl records, the admiration for the medium is seemingly endless. We at SMP certainly prefer vinyl over any other format, and it isn’t simply for “hipster” or snobbish reasons. The virtues of owning records on vinyl range from the warmth of the sound — to the utter satisfaction of slicing through the plastic wrap after purchase. Vinyl sounds amazing. Vinyl looks spectacular. Vinyl feels good and sentimental, it conjures up sweet nostalgia. Beyond what some still see as a hollow fad, lives deeper reasons why we still love vinyl. Luckily the new documentary “Record Safari” is thoroughly exploring this fascinating rebirth and craze, and we are beyond excited to see it.

Record Safari is a feature length documentary exploring the restored love, appreciation and consumer demand for vinyl records in the age of the digital revolution. We follow professional collector Alex Rodriguez on a road trip across America as he discovers, purchases and curates records for Coachella’s on-site record store. As he journeys through cities all across the country, Alex will meet fellow collectors that share his passion for the medium as well musicians, record store owners and vinyl producers. Record Safari is a music-driven road trip movie that will serve as a love letter to the record, and the distinct sound of a needle on vinyl that can’t be replicated anywhere else.

Be sure to watch as this amazing film takes shape, and definitely support/like/share Record Safari on:

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

Official: http://www.recordsafarithemovie.com/ 

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

 

Artist Spotlight: Bravo & Bandit

We recently had the opportunity to get to know the venomous and infectious upcoming Rap/Hip Hop sensations Bravo & Bandit.

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know these incredibly ambitious Missouri-based artists, and we were beyond impressed. Recently, it seems like every new rapper we meet describes themselves similarly. It usually goes something like, “I want to be the next Kanye/Drake/Lamar…” This sentiment is then often uncomfortably showcased in their music as a shameless imitation of their heroes. In fact, it’s hard to approach any new music without inherent cynicism and skepticism. 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. Although 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. This trend has infected almost every musical appendage and genre, whether it be commercially produced or independently released. Specifically, this pattern has nearly crippled the Rap/ Hip Hop scene.

In a refreshing twist, Bravo & Bandit is fiercely rebelling against this trend and quickly emerging as independent Hip Hop sensations.

Check out the previously acclaimed “Lego”: 

It is completely natural to become inspired by your industry forerunners, but you must stray away from riding on their coattails by replicating their distinct sound and style. This is precisely what Bravo & Bandit naturally does so well. Upon discovering this artist, we were immediately struck by what may be his strongest asset: his courage to be entirely unapologetic in his assertion of their own unique identity.

Bravo & Bandit are quickly proving that with their addictive, unique, and undeniably infectious style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and one-dimensional Hip Hop/ Rap, and become something much more cutting and immersive. Bravo & Bandit has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. These brilliant artists not only act as  unique innovators; but they also effectively channel their vision through an impressive command of the Hip Hop/ Rap genre. Avoiding the gimmick they could easily become; Bravo & Bandit stand out among an overpopulated market as fearless and honest artists with a story to tell.

Now, Bravo & Bandit have released “This is Why feat. Chloe Gendrow (Prod. D.R.O)” a genre-bending tune made for all listeners of all types. Bravo & Bandit and Chloe are working hard to break out of the small town of Missoula, and have teamed up for the upcoming project “Watch Out”, which will be released by Bravo & Bandit on 8/23/17.

Check out the new track here: https://soundcloud.com/bravoandbandit/this-is-why-feat-chloe-gendrow-prod-dro

It’s pretty damn refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and talented behind the mic. Shying away from the typical clichés of both of the genres that they borrow inspiration from, Bravo & Bandit have a remarkably unique style and sound which they maintains throughout the track. While Bravo & Bandit certainly pay homage to the great hip-hop standards; they frequently veer away the genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable. 

Bravo & Bandit are a remarkable duo and are definitely a breath of fresh air within a tired industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. Bravo & Bandit is a MUST LISTEN!

Please be sure to support/share/like/follow Bravo & Bandit on:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE3EYu3jXPAL3rQxCRP8Opg


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bandit.344/


Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bravoandbandit


Email: reid.birgenheier@gmail.com

Indie Interview Series: Mary Ann Caneba

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the notorious “musical prophet” Kung-Fu Jesus.

Mary Ann Caneba is based in the town of Keweenaw, in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, USA, but her groundbreaking and alluring work has gained a remarkable interest across the globe. This artist will almost certainly continue her rise with the recent release of her groundbreaking new album “Maybe Tomorrow”. 

We were so impressed by the creativity and thoughtfulness showcased within her newest album, that we just had to learn more about this incredible artist. Mary was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions.

 


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?

MaryThe song idea and rough lyrics usually come first since I aim to deliver a message with every song. Then the melody is developed hand in hand with revisions on the lyrics until they are tightly woven. The beats also become obvious and inevitable during this time, as a result of the phrasing and syllabication of the lyrics. Since most of my songs are of the multi-genre, easy listening variety, achieving a particular beat is not a main objective at the start of my songwriting process.

 

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

MaryIf the opportunity presents itself soon enough, I might muster the courage to perform live, if only to get my music out to an audience. I released my debut album in 2016, so I am relatively new and a complete unknown to the industry. I feel more comfortable and content performing in a recording studio for now.

 

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

Mary:

My songs reflect the gleanings of one aged 50-plus, in an effort to stay relevant with current times and to augment the nostalgic music of one’s younger days. Not knowing anything else about the new listener and what will move him/her and considering that my songs are of varying themes, it’s difficult to pick just one song. I have other favorites in my first album as well. But from my second album I’ll have to pick two. First, the song, Maybe Tomorrow, because it is an inspiring song about something we all have experienced or might experience sometime in our life – illness and despair.  Second, the song, I Now Kiss the Day, Goodnight, because it is a feel-good preparation for sleep which is something we all desire. The song is a unique contemporary lullaby celebrating the day just about to be over, the night now here, and the next day to come. It lends nicely to end celebrations and events, and to sign-offs of mass media broadcasts. Furthermore, these songs are relatively shorter than most of my songs (only 4-5 min long), and well arranged in my opinion. Lastly, since I have a deep personal connection to them, I can likely render them justice even in a live performance, in case I am fortunate to be given that chance soon enough.

 

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

Mary:

To a singer/songwriter, being “innovative” is being able to write, arrange, and render one’s own songs. Being innovative is being able to tread uncharted waters in order to create, fill, and promote one’s own unique niche even in a field so crowded, such that getting heard becomes a possibility and not an exception. Speaking only from my viewpoint as an unknown inexperienced artist, I would say that it would take some basic know-how, a creative inclination, and a determination with the hide of an elephant to create, to fill, and to promote that niche. Innovation is embodied in the originality of the music, in the subject matter of the lyrics, in the robustness of the arrangements, and in the unorthodox approaches in promoting the product. Inventiveness is a driving force in me from how I try to find solutions despite meager means in many aspects of my life including music. I know some basic music theory and I have had engineering and business exposure. Not affording the luxury of a band of real instrumentalists to render my arrangements, I use virtual instruments, a technological innovation open to anyone. Even though they could not replicate the camaraderie of a real band, I am content just being able to concentrate on creating music that is limited only by my imagination, the depth of the voices calling out from my heart, and the strength of my lungs through my vocal chords.  The result, being able to create a completed original product to fill my niche, is now within my means.

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

MaryMy goal is to release one album or several singles at least every year while I still can. Most likely my 3rd album or several singles will come out sometime in Spring or early Summer 2018.

There are no tours coming my way and I have already accepted that fate. In fact I have devoted a whole page (Virtual Tour) about this predicament in my website. Being able to send my message through musical recordings to others willing to listen is blessing enough.

 

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

Mary: One can read my artist bio, my virtual tour page, and view 90-second nature video clips of each song at my newly created free wix website:

                 www.maryanncaneba1.wixsite.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Please give it a visit and if you like the music, kindly help me spread the word.


Mary Caneba is an artist that you simply CAN’T IGNORE!

Be sure to support/like/follow Mary Ann Caneba on:

Official: http://www.maryanncaneba1.wixsite.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Artist Spotlight: Mary Ann Caneba

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the undeniably prolific and refreshingly unpredictable, Mary Ann Caneba.

Mary Ann Caneba is based in the town of Keweenaw, in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, USA, but her groundbreaking and alluring artistry has been gaining visibility and recognition everywhere. It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music where It seems as though fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any integrity, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy tunes. Powerful messaging and honest content in music has been sadly lost due to this trend; it is growing more and more apparent that the main driving force  behind many new “artists” entering the industry is simply a thirst for fame and money.

Mary Ann Caneba makes no attempt to conform to these market tastes and trends— and this is precisely what makes her such a respectable and remarkable act.

Check out her previous album “Here’s To You: The Music Of A Life”: 

This brilliant artist acts as a marvelous innovator, and he effectively channels her deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive display of prolific songwriting and inventive musical arrangements. With her provocative, unique, and somewhat unorthodox tunes; Mary Ann Caneba has reignited the approach that music, as an artistic medium, should transcend the label of “commodity” and become something much more powerful and impactful. She is unapologetically committed to supporting her vision with her tools of artistic expression, rather than exploiting them for the cash-grabbing gimmick that they can so easily become.

Mary Ann Caneba, in my honest opinion, has the potential to go down as one of those rare phenomenons whom helped change the musical landscape, and will fondly remembered among some of the most groundbreaking independent musicians.

After exploring Mary Ann Caneba’ catalog, her remarkable versatility is always on full display. Her impressive instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess are undeniably alluring and captivating. Perhaps the best quality of her music is the almost frustrating inability to perfectly label and define it. At times the music resembles classical contemporary— which then unexpectedly transforms into folk rock —- then evolving into lush gospel/christian —with the melodic and anthemic sensibility of a Pop legend. If that makes your head spin… good, I think that’s the sheer brilliance of it all.

Her previous album “Here’s To You: The Music Of A Life” was met with wide-acclaim from general-music lovers. Now, Mary Ann Caneba has presented us with another musical masterpiece. This is definitely a release you shouldn’t miss out on!

Honestly, I don’t think it would be silly or outrageous to suggest that Mary Ann Caneba just might be near the summit of the top songwriters that I have personally encountered in the independent music scene. The album is not simply a collection of electronica/retro-rock-inspired avant-garde pieces per se – certainly not in a strict or literal sense. Rather, it is comprised of a large fraction of remarkably accessible, easy-listening, and folk-inspired pieces with a detailed, encompassing, and immersive sound. On the contrary; the album also features ornery, engulfing sonic barrages of rhythmic sensibility and infectious vocal work. Each track featured on the album has a uniquely different feel and quality to it where it can easily stand alone; but as a whole, each track effortlessly flows into each other and provides an incredibly special listening experience.

“It Suites Me Just Fine” particularly stands out upon first listen. The sonic landscape crafted within this track alone fully encapsulates the dynamic nature of the album as a whole. The track showcases a fusion of sound that feels intimately roomy, well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on gorgeously shaped backdrops that add a refreshingly organic quality to the track. The beautiful sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy while maintaining a strong Pop melody.

Another immediate favorite, “Peace Above My Storm”, utilizes a similar approach. The song is gorgeously sequenced with each unique layer expanding and meandering in a flowing fashion. These sounds have the uncanny ability sweep you in and push you out much like the dragging waves washing on the shore of a dark beach. These meticulously crafted textures are wonderfully seasoned by small intricacies, alluring sounds, and soothing pads. Like many other tracks on the album, each sound seems to memorably interfere in an oddly irregular, yet efficacious fashion. This magnificently builds upon a growing excitement and sense of anticipation for something to emerge which never fails to deliver.

Impressively, Somewhere within these ambitious and inventively crafted tracks there’s an amazing injection of anthemic and inspiring instrumental and vocal pieces and that flow in an organic and spiritual nature. The textures featured within the album are lush, but not in the literal definition of the word; rather – in the very sound of the word. Each track is uniquely stunning, with each thoughtful sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. The genre is brilliantly undefinable, with Mary Ann Caneba further sculpting her own self-defining soundscape and style. The soundscapes are masterfully complex and unrelenting— the alluring and infectious vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer.

“Maybe Tomorrow” is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent albums that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the more unorthodox genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of the songwriting within this album will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. It’s pretty refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and innovative pursuing music as an art-form. Shying away from the typical clichés of the plethora of genres that she borrows inspiration from, Mary Ann Caneba has a remarkably unique style and sound which she maintains throughout the album. She certainly veers away the each genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience feels entirely new and unpredictable.

We highly recommend you check out this album. We rate it a MUST LISTEN!

Be sure to support/like/follow Mary Ann Caneba on:

Official: http://www.maryanncaneba1.wixsite.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Artist Spotlight: Aaron Avanish

We recently had the pleasure of listening to on-the-rise singer/songwriter and outstanding artist Aaron Avanish. We were introduced to Aaron through his Soulful and Rock-infused EP “Love”. 

Aaron Avanish’s music can best be described as a brilliantly crafted blend of Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, Reggae and Folk music. As showcased in his newest EP “Love”, Aaron has an almost uncanny ability to seamlessly combine all of his influences into something that feels entirely fresh and unique.

Listen to “Love” here:

Musically, Aaron Avanish has effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned it with his own distinct style and flair and stirred ferociously until something entirely new has emerged — an infectious blend of incredible, emotive sound. It is impressive to note that Aaron has taken on the undeniable challenge of being FULLY independent. What I mean by this is that this remarkable artist has taken on the duties of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, AND producer. The audio production exhibited in the freshly released EP is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is incredibly dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. Each sound within the EP is uniquely stunning, with each sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. Aaron’ musical prowess shines brilliantly on this EP, with this artist quickly proving that he is a wildly talented singer, multi-instrumentalist, and an incredibly accomplished producer. 

In Aaron’s impressive new EP, his remarkable versatility is on full display. The impressive accompanying instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting are undeniably alluring and captivating. His soothing vocal prowess draws you into an authentic and emotional sonic journey. This is a perfect example of what sets his music apart; it has an incredibly organic and soulful aspect to it that feels as if the music is living and breathing and evolving with every second.

The EP progresses by effectively falling back and forth between melodic and calm sections, and spirited dynamic sections. The EP is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and infuse wonderful personality into each song.

Aaron really showcases his vocal prowess and displays a strong command of infectious vocal melodies. With the strong and effective backing of electric guitar, bass, and engaging percussion; Aaron proves that his voice may just be one his strongest assets. His vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response with the delivery of each relatable line. His songwriting style is remarkable and clever, and each single track is an irresistibly catchy anthem that will be sure to get stuck in your head and have you singing along.

It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music crafted by today’s generation. It seems as if fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any integrity, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy copy of a copy Singles.

Aaron Avanish is a refreshing exception, quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and emotionally authentic style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity”, becoming something much more intimate and immersive. His music feels much more like an “experience” than a product. 

Listening to Aaron Avanish’s “Love” was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. The EP differs from most newer indie releases in that it effortlessly flows 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 melodies, but he does so with a remarkably unique blending of genres and evident care for messaging and content. We can’t wait to see what this artist does next!

Be Sure to support/like/follow Aaron Avanish on:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aaronavanish 

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/aaron-avanish

Official: http://aaronavanish.com/sitio/

Apple music: https://itunes.apple.com/mz/artist/aaron-avanish/id965866502

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4wAancl63iJchhGLKcdaJ6


Artist Spotlight: Matej Dezelak

Matej Dezelak’s music can best be described as a brilliantly crafted blend of acoustic rock and pop. As showcased in his newest Single “Together”, Matej 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, Matej Dezelak’s “Together” 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.

Matej 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, acoustic/electric guitar, and engaging percussion; Matej 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 “it’s not just you, it’s not just me, blinded by the anger we can’t see”. 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 Matej Dezelak’s “Together” 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.

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released Single is nothing short of spectacular. Each gorgeous sonic layer is given ample space to breath and evolve. Focusing on minimalism, the sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy.  Furthermore, it is paced and sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. He has no-doubt perfected the art of writing relatable, yet non-cliche songs. Matej Dezelak, in my honest opinion, has the potential to go down as one of those rare artists whom helped change the musical landscape, and will fondly remembered among some of the most groundbreaking independent acts.

Matej Dezelak an amazing breath of fresh air within an industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. We can’t wait to hear what’s next! “I Love You But It’s Over” is a MUST LISTEN!

Be sure to support/like/follow Matej Dezelak on:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dezelak

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/matejdezelak

SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/user-228628357

Instagram: www.instagram.com/matejdezelak

Artist Spotlight: Ke’Lonn Darnell

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know multi-talented Rapper, Singer, Songwriter and a Radio Host from Dallas, Texas, Ke’Lonn Darnell.

Recently, it seems like every new rapper we meet describes themselves similarly. It usually goes something like, “I want to be the next Kanye/Drake/Lamar…” This sentiment is then often uncomfortably showcased in their music as a shameless imitation of their heroes. While it is completely natural to become inspired by your industry forerunners, but you must stray away from riding on their coattails by replicating their distinct sound and style. 

This is precisely what Ke’Lonn Darnell naturally does so well. Upon discovering this artist, we were immediately struck by what may be his strongest asset: his courage to be entirely unapologetic in his assertion of his own unique identity.

The Hip Hop/Rap 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. In fact it’s hard to approach any new music without inherent cynicism and skepticism. 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. Although 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. This trend has infected almost every musical appendage and genre, whether it be commercially produced or independently released. Specifically, this pattern has nearly crippled the Rap/ Hip Hop scene.

Not only has Ke’Lonn Darnell recognized the same tired trend in the music industry, but he has made it a point to aggressively rebel against it. One of the first characteristics that we noticed in Ke’Lonn’s tracks that immediately set him apart was his willingness to be vulnerable and honest. Too often, rappers feel the need to push a familiar facade (which at this point, has become a parody of itself), or they mistake humbleness for weakness. Ke’Lonn does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it. It is important to note the Ke’Lonn is no stranger to the industry. He first discovered his passion for music at the young age of 5, and he cites his influences as; A Tribe Called Quest , Queen Latifah, Prince, Earth Wind and Fire, Erykah Badu, Pharrell Jay Z, Rick Ross and Kanye West. Besides singing/songwriting, he is also a well know Radio personality of AlterVibes.com (AlterVibes Media), a London based media network that has achieved huge success breaking new talent and discussing life issues during his radio segment. In July 2017 Ke’Lonn released a free EP called “Deposit$” for what Darnell claims is his rebirth in music.

Listen to the new EP here: https://soundcloud.com/kelonndarnell/sets/deposit

Listening to “Deposit$” was truly an engaging and refreshingly unpredictable experience from beginning to end. Each track oozes venom, 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 indie Hip Hop/Rap artists hoping to break through in the scene.

 Ke’Lonn Darnell is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent artists that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the hip-hop or rap genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of Ke’Lonn’s newest tracklist will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners.

Its pretty damn refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and talented behind the mic (and so brilliantly selective with the production). Shying away from the typical clichés of both of the genres that he borrows inspiration from, Ke’Lonn has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout these tracks. While Ke’Lonn Darnell certainly pays homage to the greats; he frequently veers away the genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable.

This artist will almost certainly be continuing his rise!

Please be sure to like/share/follow Ke’Lonn Darnell on:

Soundcloud- https://soundcloud.com/kelonndarnell

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/kelonndarnell/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/kelonndarnell

Official- http://kelonndarnell.com/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/kelonndarnellmusic/

Indie Interview Series: Klef Mikaydo

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with on-the-rise Hip-Hop/EDM sensation Klef Mikaydo.

Klef Mikaydo is based in Los Angeles, California and has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly unique take on the Hip Hop/EDM genres. We were first introduced to this artist through his infectious new Single entitled “Last Night”. 

Check out the FIRE Single here: 

We were so impressed by the creativity and confidence showcased on the new Single, that we wanted had to learn more about this stellar artist. Klef Mikaydo was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions.

 


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?

Klef Mikaydo:  It all depends. Usually I come up with a melody first and build the beat around that sound. Melodies tend to move and inspire me to be more creative as the groove puts me in a zone. There are other times where I come up with lyrics and a melody and build the beat around my vocals. 

 

 

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

 Klef Mikaydo: As a rapper I’ve performed live multiple times. I used to go by the name G.Klef but as I transitioned into singing, I changed my moniker to Klef Mikaydo. I haven’t had the chance to perform as a singer because I’m just doing fully into that craft. I’ll definitely have some performances scheduled soon!

 

 

 

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

Klef Mikaydo:  Right now I’d pick my single Last Night. We’re in a time period where everyone wants to party and get lit. I think Last Night has the energy to captivate people of all backgrounds and gives you that sense of enjoyment. I also believe a lot of people can relate to seeing that one person in the club you’re attracted to and end up hitting it off.

 

 

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

Klef Mikaydo: Consistent creativity. Sometimes artists get stagnant and comfortable. You have to go out and see different things that may inspire your creative juices. Something as simple as taking a walk or a hike can inspire innovative thinking.

 

 

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Klef Mikaydo: I’m currently working on a 6-7 track EP.  I’ll keep everyone updated via social media as I progress. Right now I’m focused on get Last Night to the world.

 

 

 

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

Klef Mikaydo: Yes indeed! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter: Klef_Mikaydo. My single Last Night is currently available on all Platforms. iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Google Play, etc. 

 


 

This is definitely an artist that you need to WATCH CLOSELY. We are certainly eagerly awaiting what he does next!

 Make sure you support/like/follow Klef Mikaydo on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Klef_Mikaydo

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

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2fXUoIm

iTunes: http://apple.co/2i6ov0L

Apple Music: http://apple.co/2v2v7yF

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fUkLyW

Artist Spotlight: Klef Mikaydo

The Hip Hop and EDM genres as a whole are ones 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 familiar “anthemic” hooks—- only to fizzle out into forgetfulness.

Klef Mikaydo’s newest Single “Last Night” lands a devastating blow to this terrible trend, and in the aftermath, sets an incredible new standard for all new coming Hip Hip/EDM-inspired artists.

Check out the FIRE Single here: 

This wildly versatile artist is based out of Los Angeles, California, 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 Klef Mikaydo.

It is an extremely rare occurrence that we are introduced to an independent artist that absolutely blows our minds; Klef Mikaydo has done just this. It is also incredibly rare that we are introduced to a rapper that has PIPES! Klef can definitely sing, and his vocal talent is just among his many assets.

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 soundscapes are masterfully complex and unrelenting, the pointed raps are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer. Everything about this Single is absolutely stunning, with each sound 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 track showcased here is alluringly fresh and entirely unique. Though obviously Hip-Hop/EDM inspired, the genre is brilliantly undefinable, with Klef Mikaydo sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style. The repeating bell motif will be stuck in your head all day, that’s a promise! The hook is undeniably strong and catchy, and the confident raps are hard hitting. Klef Mikaydo’s skillful production and clever wordplay are on full display here. 

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.

Not only has Klef Mikaydo recognized the same tired trend in the music industry, but he has made it a point to aggressively rebel against it. Too often, in-coming artists feel the need to push a tired facade (which at this point, has become a parody of itself), or they mistake humbleness for weakness. Klef Mikaydo does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it.

One of Klef Mikaydo’s most distinguishing qualities is his ability to craft infectious rhymes and frame unforgettable hooks. Each thoughtful lyrical phrasing and clever word jumbling carries a hidden punch and remarkable depth that is not often found in newer indie releases. While other notorious Hip Hop artists are tasked with focusing the listener by removing all musical distraction with pure spoken word records to show off their genius; Klef Mikaydo is able to effortlessly blend sophistication and flow with masterfully crafted sonic soundscapes. Add some infectious beats and brilliant song sequencing and structuring to the mix, and you have an irresistible fusion of catchy music oozing with substance. 

“Last Night”is one of those increasingly rare transcendent Singles that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the Hip-Hop or EDM genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of Klef Mikaydo’s newest Single will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. It’s pretty damn refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and talented behind the mic. Shying away from the typical clichés of both of the genres that he borrows inspiration from, Klef Mikaydo has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the track. While Klef Mikaydo certainly pays homage to the great hip-hop standards; he frequently veers away the genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable. 

Klef Mikaydo is quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and infectious style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and one-dimensional Hip Hop/ EDM, and become something much more cutting and immersive. This artist has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. Avoiding the gimmick he could easily become; Klef Mikaydo stands out among an overpopulated market as an ambitious and insanely talented artist with limitless potential.

Klef Mikaydo is a remarkable artist and is definitely a breath of fresh air within a tired industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. “Last Night” is a MUST LISTEN!

 

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Indie Interview Series: Japz Soul

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the notorious EDM/Rap sensation Japz Soul.

Japz Soul is an undeniably gifted recording artist/song writer from The Windy City, Chicago. His describes his style as Escape music, and brings us bouncy commercial tracks that stir up the imagination. With a brilliant fusion of Hip Hop and Edm, Japz delivers songs that feel good and take you on roller coaster rides.

Check out his FIRE Single “Comin Up”: 

We recently caught up with Japz to get his thoughts on the Floyd Mayweather and Connor Mcgregor fight this weekend.

 


SMP: So, we saw you asking your Twitter followers who they think would win, who does Japz think will win?

JS: Everybody knows I’ve been a Floyd Mayweather fan since day one, so I’m rolling with the money team but shout outs to team McGregor I think he’s one hell of a fighter, and shows a lot of heart but this ain’t Kung Fu, or Tikwando this a sport Floyd has been dominating for decades.

 

SMP: Do you think he’ll win by knockout?

JS: No cause I’ve seen McGregor fight and he ain’t got no glass jaw, this one going the distance but Floyd will record more accurate punches.

 

SMP: Do you think Floyd should have taken this fight?

JS: You know some would say he dumb for taking this fight and putting his 49 and 0 record on the line when he already got money and don’t need the bread, but a great saying goes you can take the fighter out the game but you can’t take the game out the fighter.

 

SMP:What do you think is Floyds game plan?

JS:I think he’ll be all right if you just play his game Floyd is one of the best counter punchers in history, his defense and quick reaction is what will get him points. I heard his interview saying he would bring it to McGregor instead of ducking action, but I think that’s just reverse psychology to throw his opponent off Floyd know what he doing you don’t get 49 and 0 being stupid.


I guess we’ll have to wait until this Saturday to see for sure!

Be sure to support/like/follow Japz Soul on:

Official: https://japzsoul.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JapzSoul

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