Artist Spotlight: Ryan Cassata

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know award winning singer-songwriter, actor, performer, writer and LGBTQ activist Ryan Cassata. 

Ryan Cassata is based in Los Angeles and has been making waves in the indie music scene for his incredibly unique and alluring brand of music. 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.

Ryan Cassata makes no attempt to conform to these market tastes and trends— and this is precisely what makes him such a respectable and remarkable act.

This brilliant artist acts as a marvelous innovator in the indie-world, and he effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive display of creative songwriting and inventive musical arrangements. With his honest, fun, and infectious tunes; Ryan Cassata has reignited the approach that music, as an artistic medium, should transcend the label of “commodity” and become something much more immersive and engaging. This artist is unapologetically committed to supporting his inspiring vision with his tools of artistic expression, rather than exploiting them for the cash-grabbing gimmick that they can so easily become.

Ryan Cassata, 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.

Listen to amazing new Single “Light Up”: 

Listening through Ryan Cassata’s catalog was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. This differs from most recent indie releases in that it is fearlessly ambitious and unapologetically unique and difficult to label perfectly. Each track oozes with integrity, honesty, and emotional awareness. Not only is each track polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. We can definitely see this climbing the ranks and becoming a household name while inspiring a new generation of independent artists. Not only does he have the ability to craft infectious hooks and melodies, but he does so with a remarkably unique blending of genres and evident care for messaging and content.

Listen to previous hit “Virginia, Pick Up the Phone”: 

Be sure to follow Ryan Cassata on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rocassatamusic

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0tFlCZaGI6bC1XxtfzIhmG

Official: http://www.ryancassata.com/

Artist Spotlight: FXXKCHXXS

We recently had the opportunity to get to know the venomous and infectious upcoming Rap/Hip Hop sensation FXXKCHXXS.

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know this incredibly ambitious new artist, 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, FXXKCHXXS is fiercely rebelling against this trend and quickly emerging as an independent sensation.

Check out his FIRE new Single “Don’t Think”: https://soundcloud.com/fxxkchxxs/fxxkchxxs-dont-think

With independent recording continually growing more affordable and accessible than it ever has been; the industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and crowded with wannabes. Due to this, it is becoming ever-harder to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new hip-hop artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route — copy those whom are more successful than you.

FXXKCHXXS is definitely an exception to this. His approach to the genre is innovative and unique, yet entirely approachable and digestible.

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 FXXKCHXXS 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.

This is what makes this artist so remarkable and respectable.

Check out the wicked “Forest”: https://soundcloud.com/fxxkchxxs/fxxkchxxs-forest

Not only has FXXKCHXXS 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 FXXKCHXXS’s tracks that immediately set him apart was his willingness to be vicious and confrontational. 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. FXXKCHXXS does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it. This approach to songwriting naturally injects his music with integrity. His confidence in his own story, as well as his embrace of his own style allows his music to outshine the rest within the genre. His provocation in his songwriting makes it much more organic for the listener to connect with his songs on a personal level. These are qualities that are severely lacking within the current industry, and impressively, FXXKCHXXS has already figured it out as a brand new artist.

FXXKCHXXS has already shown us his alluring versatility as an artist. This is even more remarkable given the fact that he has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully 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 FXXKCHXXS.

FXXKCHXXS 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/ Rap, and become something much more cutting and immersive. FXXKCHXXS has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. This brilliant artist not only acts as a unique innovator; but also effectively channels his vision through an impressive command of the Hip Hop/ Rap genre. Avoiding the gimmick he could easily become; FXXKCHXXS stands out among an overpopulated market as a fearless and vicious artist with an undeniable edge.

FXXKCHXXS 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. FXXKCHXXS is a MUST LISTEN!

Please be sure to support/share/like/follow FXXKCHXXS on:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/fxxkchxxs

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fxxkchxxs

Artist Spotlight: Strych9 Musik

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly innovative and highly skilled artist and producer, Strych9 Musik.

Strych9 Musik is an on-the-rise and widely revered music creator, producer and owner of Magnum O.P.U.S. based in St. Louis, MO. He is the founder of “We Create Music”, a growing social community of music creators that believes in collaborating and empowering other music innovators and entrepreneurs. This artist has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly versatile music catalog, and has recently developed an incredibly unique take on the R&B genre. Reviewing his past-catalog, it is clear that Strych9 Musik has the musical prowess to compete with the industry giants. At times, the artist collaborates with selectively chosen vocal talent, and what emerges is absolutely brilliant.

Strych9 Musik is quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and highly engaging tunes; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and become something much more intimate and immersive. Now, Strych9 Musik is back with another incredible Album. The newly released Album entitled “Overdose” showcases Strych9 Musik utilizing a diverse palette of influence and crafting a track that effectively reinvents the wheel and carves out an entirely unique sound.

Listen to eponymous track “Overdose” here:

Fitzgerald performs the lead single on “Overdose”. His distinct, smooth, and sensual voice conveys a situation where he realizes his fantasies and intimate encounters with another woman is affecting his current relationship.

Listen to “Heartbreaker”: 

“Heartbreaker” is performed by Ashley Nicole feat. Chi The Realist, whose soulful voice and unique texture delivers an emotionally charged story of a woman whose selfishness brings about the demise of her relationship, breaking her man’s heart.

Musically, Strych9 Musik 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 incredible, emotive sound. The audio production exhibited in the freshly released Album 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. Each layer within the track is uniquely stunning, with each complex sound given space to breath and evolve.

It is important to note that Strych9 Musik has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully 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 here.

With independent recording software and equipment growing increasingly more affordable and accessible; the music industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and fame-seekers. Due to this, it is becoming incredibly difficult to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route —- imitate those whom are more successful than you. You would think that this competitive environment would inspire some artists to go against the grain and carve out their own identity, but this is too often not the case. 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 innovation, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy copy of a copy Albums.

While this approach may work well if your goal as an artist is to make fast cash, albeit becoming forgettable, it certainly isn’t the winning formula for industry longevity and lasting notoriety.

The multi-talented and incredibly innovative Strych9 Musik is fiercely rebelling against this trend and quickly carving out his own unique identity.

Overdose” features tantalizing melodies and passionately conveyed lyricism from great artists such as Ashten Majors, Fitzgerald, Ryan Drews, RoyyalT, and Ashley Nicole that delivers an emotionally charged story of passion, sensuality, heartache, and breakup that R&B fans can identify with. This album is an opportunity to showcase Strych9’s abilities as a music producer working on a full-scale project and gives exposure to artists he’s built relationships with over the years. Strych9 is a music creator, producer and owner of Magnum O.P.U.S. based in St. Louis, MO. He is the founder of “We Create Music”, a growing social community of music creators that believes in collaborating and empowering other music innovators and entrepreneurs.

Be sure to support/like/follow Strych9 Musik on:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/strych9musik

Twitter: www.twitter.com/strych9musik

Instagram: www.instagram.com/strych9musik

Official: www.strych9musik.com

Artist Spotlight: Eddie Vegas

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly innovative and multi-talented UK-based artist, Eddie Vegas.

We were first introduced to Eddie Vegas through the explosive Single entitled, “Linkin – Ft. PaperBoi”. This extremely versatile artist is based in the UK, and has been making HUGE waves in the industry for his refreshing take on the Electronica genre.

Check out the infectious Single here: https://soundcloud.com/eddievegas/eddie-vegas-ft-paperboi-linkin-remix

Vegas has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. This brilliant artist not only acts as a unique innovator; but also effectively channels his vision through an impressive command of the Electronica genre. Avoiding the gimmick he could easily become; Eddie Vegas stands out among an overpopulated market as a fearless and honest artist with a story to tell.

Musically, Vegas 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 incredible, emotive sound. Vegas has been steadily gaining notoriety for his distinct flavor of Electronica-infused meets Hip Hop-edge, mixed with outstanding songwriting. In the new Single, his remarkable versatility is on full display. The impressive accompanying featured artist PaperBoi, the creative sequencing, and masterful songwriting are all undeniably alluring and infectious.

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.The most unfortunate result of this trend is the stifling of musical ambition and the lack of innovation to set oneself apart in the industry.

While this approach may work well if your goal as an artist is to make fast cash, albeit becoming forgettable, it certainly isn’t the winning formula for industry longevity and lasting notoriety.

The undeniably fearless and refreshingly authentic Eddie Vegas is fiercely rebelling against this trend and flexing his highly unique brand of sound.

Be sure to watch this artist CLOSELY on:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/eddievegas

Twitter: https://twitter.com/itseddievegas

Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/itseddievegas

Artist Spotlight: JJ

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the on-the-rise, infectious Rap/Hip Hop sensation JJ

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.

When approaching nearly all newly independent-released music, it’s hard to do so without inherent cynicism and skepticism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. We, as listeners, are continuously exposed to these same formulaic, cookie-cutter, 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. The most unfortunate result of this trend is the stifling of musical ambition and the lack of innovation to set oneself apart in the industry.

While this approach may work well if your goal as an artist is to make fast cash, albeit becoming forgettable, it certainly isn’t the winning formula for industry longevity and lasting notoriety.

In a refreshing twist, the undeniably talented and wildly ambitious Hip Hop artist/ rapper JJ is fiercely rebelling against this trend and quickly emerging as an industry sensation.

Listen for yourself with JJ’s absolute FIRE “Up in Cue” : https://soundcloud.com/jj-caro-23254174/up-in-cue

JJ is quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and hellfire style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and one-dimensional Hip Hop/ Rap, becoming something much more intimate and immersive.

With independent recording continually growing more affordable and accessible than it ever has been; the industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and fame-seekers. Due to this, it is becoming ever-harder to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route —- copy those whom are more successful than you. You would think that this competitive environment would inspire some artists to go against the grain and carve out their own identity, but this is too often not the case.

This is precisely what makes this artist such a remarkable and respectable act.

JJ has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. This brilliant artist not only acts as unique innovators; but also effectively channels his vision through an impressive command of the Hip Hop/ Rap genre. Avoiding the gimmick he could easily become; JJ stands out among an overpopulated market as a fearless and honest artist with a story to tell.

 Listen to “Volvo”: https://soundcloud.com/jj-caro-23254174/volvo

The audio production exhibited in each 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. Each layer within these Singles are uniquely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. The genre is a brilliant fusion of JJ’s influences, with this artist sculpting his own self-defining soundscape. JJ’s musical and rapping prowess shines on each track, with this young artist quickly proving that his a wildly engineer, programmer, and an incredibly skilled producer. 

JJ 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. JJ is a MUST LISTEN!

Please be sure to support/share/like/follow JJ on:

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jj/id1190596346

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jj-caro-23254174

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7EFyXBKhvqS73hNEVOCPIV

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_JJCaro_

Artist Spotlight: Hero

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.

Boston-based rapper Hero’s newest Mixtape “Roxbury” 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.

Check out the FIRE Mixtape on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/herorapper/sets/hero
and here: http://www.datpiff.com/Hero-Roxbury-mixtape.815080.html

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

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. Hero does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it.

One of Hero’s most distinguishing qualities as a rapper is his ability to spit venom that has the impact much like that of a celebrated slam poet. Each thoughtful lyrical phrasing and clever word jumbling carries a hidden punch and remarkable depth that is not often found in newer Rap releases. While other notorious rappers are tasked with focusing the listener by removing all musical distraction with pure spoken word records to show off their genius; Hero 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. 

“Roxbury” is one of those increasingly rare transcendent Mixtapes 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 Hero’s newest Mixtape 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, Hero has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the track. While Hero 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. 

Hero 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. “Roxbury” is a MUST LISTEN!

Make sure you support/like/follow Hero on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derek.hutchins.585

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

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/herorapper

Artist Spotlight: James Barre

We recently had the pleasure of listening to on-the-rise Acoustic Pop singer/songwriter James Barre. We were introduced to James through his explosive new Single “Don’t Say”. 

His impressive instrumentation, creative arrangement, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess are undeniably alluring and captivating. These remarkable qualities are precisely why James has become a hot artist to cover in numerous recognizable publications on the net. With the release of his newest Single entitled “Don’t Say”, this artist certainly shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Check out the official music video here:

James Barre is a California Native and was raised by his loving and supportive family in the Central Valley. He was first introduced to performing in the theatre at the young age of five, and has worked tirelessly perfecting his craft ever-since. From a touching anecdote in his bio, “His father used to give him the spare change they would collect while they were out shopping. As his father carefully placed the change into his hands, he would tell him, ‘Don’t ever change.’ After four years, James used all the coins he had collected from his father to purchase his first guitar. He then began taking lessons, and it wasn’t long before his passion for music blossomed.” 

When approaching any new music within the same vein as the Pop genre, it’s easy to do so with inherent cynicism. It seems that within the current culture of Pop 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 tunes.

With that being said, James Barre’s distinct brand of music is a wonderfully refreshing exception.

James really showcases his vocal prowess and displays a strong command of pop vocal melodies and lush harmonies. With his outstanding acoustic guitar playing, James proves that his voice is simply just one of his many strong assets. His vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response. 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. The audio production exhibited in this Single is nothing short of spectacular. The arrangement is brilliantly effective and unrelenting, and the incredible vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing instrumental layer. The songwriting is approached with perfect Pop sensibility, with James Barre sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style.

James has recently released a fully acoustic version of his smash hit “Don’t Say”. Stream that here: https://soundcloud.com/jamesbarremusic/dont-say-acoustic

Listening to the acoustic version of “Don’t Say” was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. Often, when artists release multiple versions of a Single, it serves no other purpose than to extend the longevity of the original. In this case, it adds a remarkably intimate quality to the original track, which makes it feel like an entirely new experience. Furthermore, it allows you to better connect to the lyrics with the minimized musical distraction. Both Singles are refreshing and differ from most pop releases in that they are infused with undeniable integrity, honesty, and emotional awareness. Both versions are polished and brilliantly paced, leaving the listener wanting more. James Barre has once again knocked it out of the park. This young artist clearly has the ability to craft infectious pop hooks and melodies, and he does so with a remarkably unique blending of genres and evident care for messaging and content.

This is an artist you simply CAN’T IGNORE! James Barre is almost certain to continue his remarkable rise.

Be sure to support/like/follow James Barre on:

Spotify: http://bit.ly/dsacousticspotify

iTunes: http://bit.ly/dsacousticitunes

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/jamesbarremusic

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamesbarremusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbarremusic

Artist Spotlight: 9Wise

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know this ambitious, on-the-rise artist through his new Single “Jackson”, and we were beyond impressed.

Reza Savant, (AKA “9Wise”), is a filmmaker, designer, music producer and rapper, based in Melbourne, Australia. One of the first characteristics that we noticed in 9Wise’s newest Single 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. This artist does neither; he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it. 9Wise clearly follows the belief that music should be made without compromising one’s self. 

While it is completely natural to become inspired by your industry forerunners, you must stray away from riding on their coattails and replicating their distinct sound and style. This is precisely what 9Wise 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.

Check out “Jackson”: 
Support on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/9wise/jackson/s-zNaaz

The immersive new Single entitled “Jackson” acts as the perfect mood-setter. The track begins immediately with a sort of fluttery dark keys and opens up to a perfectly crafted beat. The hard hitting, unapologetic rap vocals enter immediately carrying venom and exuding confidence. 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. 9Wise’s skillful production choice and clever wordplay are on full display here.

9Wise 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 9Wise’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, 9Wise has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout these tracks. While 9Wise 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 9Wise on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/9wise/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RezaSavant

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/9wise/

Official: https://www.9wisecreative.com/stream

Artist Spotlight: Names Ace

We recently had the opportunity to get to know the venomous and infectious upcoming Rap/Hip Hop sensation, Names Ace.

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know this incredibly ambitious rapper, 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, Names Ace is fiercely rebelling against this trend and quickly emerging as an independent sensation.

Check out the acclaimed “Ace’s Final”: 

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 Names Ace 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.

Purchase his new album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kylie-20/id1269143196

Names Ace is quickly proving that with his 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. Names Ace has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. This brilliant artist not only acts as a unique innovator; but also effectively channels his vision through an impressive command of the Hip Hop/ Rap genre. Avoiding the gimmick he could easily become; Names Ace stands out among an overpopulated market as a fearless and honest artist with a story to tell.  

Names Ace is a fiercely unique 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. Names Ace is a MUST LISTEN!

Please be sure to support/share/like/follow Names Ace on:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5yKyR0lfL6bTnc39OjVKEC

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GivenACE

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ace.names/

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-245055615

Artist Spotlight: NINA KOTOVA

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly ambitious and undeniably gifted cellist, performer, and composer, Nina Kotova.

While music serves as a general escape and form of solace for many of us; very few artist mediums can be asserted as broadly “beneficial” to one’s well-being with a strong scientific basis. While exploring many of the scientific studies conducted recently, it is true that Classical music does have its real benefits. Among these benefits, it has been generally proven that Classical music has a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Specifically, it can stimulate the brain, improve sleep, reduce stress and also strengthen the immune system. With its complex benefits, aside the pure marvel of it; it makes us better appreciate the sheer brilliance that it must require to craft such a magnificent piece of musical art. This is why Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova deserves only the highest praise for her endless contributions to and successes within Classical Music.

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. While this approach may work well if your goal as an artist is to make fast cash, albeit becoming forgettable, it certainly isn’t the winning formula for industry longevity and lasting notoriety. For her undeniably timeless and masterful contributions in Classical Music, Nina Kotova stands out as a memorable force whom operates at much higher level than most of us music-lovers are used to.

Ms. Kotova has had an incredibly inspiring rise to prominence and has deservedly established quite an impressive resume over the years. The Russian-born cellist began studying the cello at just six years old. When she became older, Ms. Kotova studied at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated from the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Ms. Kotova impressively debuted with her first performance as a soloist with orchestra at only age 11 in Russia. By the time Ms. Kotova was 16 years old, she made her Western debut in Prague with the Prague Radio Orchestra after winning the 1st Prize at the “Concertino Prague“ competition in 1986. Ms. Kotova has also taught as an Artist in Residence at the University of Texas in Austin.

Ms. Kotova has gained international visibility and praise as one of the most distinguished instrumentalists of her generation. As a result, she has had the honor and opportunity to play as a soloist with symphony orchestras in some of the most prestigious halls around the world. Specifically, Ms. Kotova has performed on Red Square in Moscow, for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace. She has appeared in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York,  at Ravinia, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre in London, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Esplanade in Singapore, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonic to name a few.

Now, Nina Kotova further asserts her unique identity in her newest release with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev) featuring Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 (6:24), Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (18:54), and Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (34:08). The acclaimed Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseyev acted as the artistic director and conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra since 1974. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Fedoseyev acted as chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He has also acted as the guest conductor of a number of other symphonic ensembles, including the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra of Paris, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Symphony.

With regard to the music featured on the new release, Ms. Kotova explains; “Although the Variations on a Rococo Theme showcase cellistic virtuosity, a thoughtful interpretation of the score is key to a truly deep understanding of the music. A re ned sense of style encapsulated in the work’s title, ‘Rococo,’ is required to capture the elegance, depth, and poeticism of Tchaikovsky’s music. The music does not tolerate interpretive clichés imbued with sweetness, lightness, and an emphasis on the performer’s own personality. From the first phrases of the recording session with conductor Vladimir Ivanovich Fedose- yev, his clear vision and powerful interpretive insight into honoring Tchaikovsky’s intentions were reassuring of my own beliefs. For me, the journey of recording Tchaikovsky in his homeland with a great conductor reaffirmed the true purpose of making music.”

Within the new release, Nina Kotova showcases a remarkably unique style and an unmatchable level of expertise which she maintains throughout. Furthermore, Ms. Kotova frequently veers away from Classical Music’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable. This is truly a milestone and a massive accomplishment for this artist. The compositions flow with a sort of alluring laser focus, while she tactfully injects her skillful intensity within each strike. As each composition progresses, you quickly realize that this is not only the work of someone with an undeniable gift, but the intimate expressions of a seasoned veteran in the field. Interpreting the works of others can often be a daunting and intimidating task, but Ms. Kotova does so in a fearless nature with respect, responsibility, imagination, and attractive individuality. This release with leave you in magnificent awe; captivated by the demonstrated artistic prowess, and marveling at the sheer thoughtfulness, grace, and emotion reproduced within these compositions.

Nina Kotova once again proves that her rising star is undoubtably well-earned. We remain in awe waiting what this artist will accomplish next. This release is a MUST LISTEN!

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