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Let’s talk about Loudness

So, let’s talk a bit about Loudness, shall we ?

This nice & short video was posted yesterday by MeterPlugs which I really recommend you to check their website when you’ll have chance.
“Online streaming platforms used loudness normalization. A process that levels the playback volume of different songs. This creates a more enjoyable listening experience for the user because it eliminates larges differences in volume between songs.”

Well, you nailed it mate ! I wouldn’t be able to describe it with better words.

Ok, that’s nice however it’s a bit succinct. It’s is a bit more complicated than that.
So, let’s go back a bit in history and find out why we seem to love it. At least, to a certain point.

Loudness started in the early 1940s with mastering practices for vinyl.  At this time, Jukeboxes became popular  and were often set to a predetermined level by the owner.  In the 1950s, producers have requested louder singles so that songs would stand out when auditioned by program directors for radios and Many Motown records were pushed to the limits of how loud records could be made.
During the 1960s and 1970s, various artists’ hit compilation albums became popular and, when artists and producers found their song was quieter than others on the compilation, they insisted to be remastered in order to be competitive.

Astonishingly, it’s just a perceptive sensation because no scientific studies have proven anything. Thus, it’s useless to crush the dynamics.
Because we all LOVE dynamics in music.

Dynamics :

Let’s make a small analogy in order to understand this concept.
Music is like life : Some days are good and some are bad, it’s pretty simple. Living in a routine is soul sucking because everything is the same all time. You don’t want your day to be same all the time unless you live in the movie “Groundhog Daywith Bill Murray.

It’s the same with music. Which makes the beauty is there are loud and soft passages that create dynamics and emotion. Same goes on with life.

One of the best example I think which shows what is dynamics is the first album of Rage Against The Machine”. Here, it’s THE lesson in terms of mixing, mastering and dynamics. Everything is present here perfectly. Have a listen and enjoy :

You can play it everywhere on every systems : It sounds awesome !  So in my opinion, just let’s go back to this time where we used to enjoy music for the sake of listening.

 

 

Quick tips to improve your workflow

Quick tips to improve your workflow. Where do I start ?

After many years of mixing and engineering, there are a lot of points where I improved my way of thinking in order to get more pro and confident within my job.
Wether you’re a musician , producer or an engineer, these tips can help through this long  journey.

Taking notes 
I know I might sound like your grandpa when saying that, however you’ll find this really helpful when you’ll decide to bring out some of your old drawers projects and you don’t have a clue in the world about what you did at this time. Trust me, it’s a time savior.

Handling Criticisms
We dive here into a rude topic where all of us (from beginner to pro) have a hard time to manage. As long as you get stuck into your comfortably room, it’s easy to think that you’re awesome and genius. Nonetheless,  what happens when it’s time to get your music heard by people ? Because at one moment we have to, right ?
You have to take in consideration that not everybody will dig your tunes for many reasons. On the other hand, it may be revealed some unexpected point of views which will help you to reach to the next level.

Use Reference Tracks
Even if this part would be more considered by producers and mixers, I find it really helpful in terms of songwriting to have some reference tracks.

Why ? Do you remember why do you have decided to do music ? Because at one moment of your life you have listened to some tunes which have made you feel something really strong (in a good or bad way, it doesn’t matter).
Thus, being inspired by someone else work is not a bad thing. Consequently that’s how you will explore your inner vision and feelings to create something different.

Don’t make excuses with regards to tools
This is something I see all the time. But let’s face it : I thought the same by myself in my youth like : “If only I had (put your favorite instruments or piece of gear here), my music would be bla bla bla” rather than trying to get better with the tools I already have.

Nothing wrong here, we’re just humans.
However, the truth is it doesn’t work that way… fortunately ! You can make amazing music with free stuff and no expensive instruments : It’s all about inspiration and creativity.

I hope these tips and advice will help you to focus on what is important. Here’s a proverb to keep in mind :
“One who wants to do find a way. Those who don’t find an excuse.”

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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

Indie Interview Series: BABY GEE VIBES

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the multi-talented artist, DJ, and producer, BABY GEE VIBES.

BABY GEE VIBES is an on-the-rise and widely revered multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ based out of Liverpool, U.K. 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 EDM and electronica genres. 

Check out one of his incredible tracks here: https://open.spotify.com/track/2pjqMMT7SnYrAgR1jgSioP

We were so impressed by the creativity and fearlessness showcased within his catalog, that we wanted had to learn more about this stellar artist. BABY GEE VIBES 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?

BGV: For me, it is always the beat having the beat just gives me the base for all the other good stuff and then the journey begins

 

 

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

 BGV: I have performed when I have been with bands and in clubs as a MC. But I do love the studio but if I am honest I love sending the crowd mental lol

 

 

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

BGV: Wow that is really a hard one because I make tracks to send you on a journey of a lifetime I make music for the brain to give you the vibes that you will never find anywhere else my stuff is very toxic or dark and dirty

 

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

BGV: You must have a open mind I can listen to opera heavy metal edm but I am just dark and dirty and it comes from the acid and deep bass inside my mentally mixed up brain I don’t live by rules I just make it raw

 

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

BGV: You can get your fix every day of dark and dirty techno I work very hard and you can get 2-3 tracks a day every day from my label EDM VIBES MUSIC

 

 

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

BGV: https://soundcloud.com/baby-gee-vibes or follow @vibesgee

Put BABY GEE VIBES into SPOTIFY OR ITUNES

 


BABY GEE VIBES is a remarkable act and 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.

This artist is a MUST LISTEN!

Make sure you support/like/follow BABY GEE VIBES on:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/baby-gee-vibes

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4CkTNNd4KwPfegM2Hapsma

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VibesGee

iTunes: https://exit.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fgb%2Falbum%2Ftechno-warrior-single%2Fid1237152088

Join Us at The NYC Indie Rock Festival 2017

Celebrating ten years of outstanding and diverse indie music, the NYC Indie Rock Festival (NYC’s premier indie rock show) returns on September 8 to the Bowery Electric in NYC.

Fieldhouse / BMG artist Chapell is set to headline the 2017 Indie Rock Festival. Fans will enjoy a preview of music from Chapell’s follow-up album to the critically acclaimed Redhead’s Allegations. Joining Chapell at the festival will be power pop band SlyBoots which is fresh off a hugely successful tour of the UK which included headlining the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Liverpool. The lineup also includes smash rockers White Collar Crime and one of more unique acoustic acts to haunt NYC lower east side over the past decade, the infamous R&B.

Check out the revered headliner Chapell: 


Damien Rios, the co-founder of the NYC Indie Rock Festival shared with us that a special guest will be sitting in with the headliner this year. “There’s a few people who were with us when the festival was simply a handful of dudes on a rooftop in Greenpoint who have gone onto much bigger and better things,” says Rios. “One of them has agreed to come back for this year’s festival. It’s a wonderful display of kindness and loyalty to those of us who were there at the beginning of his career” noted Rios.

The NYC Indie Rock Festival 2017 will take place on Friday September 8, 2017 at the Bowery Electric. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at http://theboweryelectric.ticketfly.com/event/1524841-chapell-sly-boots-white-new-york/.

About Chapell

TimeOutNY Critics pick Chapell might be the most accomplished songwriter you haven’t heard of yet. Chapell’s sound is retro-modern Rock, and his live show has been described as a “carnival experience” with some of the most talented musicians you’ll find in NYC. Chapell’s band includes Lorenza Ponce, Ann Klein and Alex Alexander. You can find Chapell on Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube and www.ThisIsChapell.com

About SlyBoots

SlyBoots means one who is cunning or mischievous in an engaging way. We are four women who play power pop/rock music.

About the NYC Indie Rock Festival

It all started on a roof top in Greenpoint, Brooklyn near McCarron park back in 2007. A few friends who couldn’t piece together enough cash to get into a music festival being held at the McCarron pool decided that they would hold their own concert on their roof. So they pieced together a PA from the equipment that they had, invited a few bands they knew, and bought a keg of Rheingold. And that end of summer jam session gradually grew in popularity over time. The event really took off a few years later as a number of indie rock giants and celebrities began stopping by to play a few songs. It has now become a must attend event for every indie rock fan in the Northeast. For more information, please email NYCindieRock@gmail.com or visit www.NYCindierock.com

About the Bowery Electric

The Bowery Electric, a rock bar opened in the former Remote Lounge space, is a straightforward affair with a hell of a pedigree. Located on the cusp of Manhattan’s lower east side, the Bowery Electric has become the go to place in NYC to hear live indie music. 327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003.

 From the events official statement: This all started on a roof top in Greenpoint, Brooklyn near McCarron park back in 2007. A few friends who couldn’t piece together enough cash to get into a music festival being held at the McCarron pool decided that they would hold their own concert on their roof. So they pieced together a PA from the equipment that they had, invited a few bands they know, and bought a keg. And that end of summer jam session gradually grew over time. The event really took off a few years later when Jeff Mangum stopped by and blew everyone away by playing a few songs.

Over the years the NYC Indie Rock Festival has developed into the premier indie rock festival in NYC. We’ve proudly featured the best and most innovative indie rock acts in NYC.

For our 10th anniversary, we’re moving the event from the rooftops of Brooklyn into Manhattan at the Bowery Electric. The Festival will take place on Friday September 8, 2017. 

Indie Interview Series: Mikey Shyne

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the multi-talented singer/songwriter, artist, and producer, Mikey Shyne.

We were first introduced to Mikey Shyne through the explosive Single entitled, “Across the Line” by Copamore (featuring Mikey Shyne). The Single has set the scene on FIRE, smashing records and reaching #3 on the iTunes EDM/Dance charts.

Check out the FIRE Single here: 

We were so impressed by the creativity and fearlessness showcased within his catalog, that we absolutely had to learn more about this stellar artist. Mikey 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?

Mikey Shyne: Before the melody question, just want to touch base on my creative process. I try to put as much truth about real life in my lyrics as possible. Whether basic emotions or outrageous circumstances that I thought I was the only one who was affected by them. As I begin to reinvent myself and my entire artistic image, I think back on my love affair with music from my childhood days until now… And remember that the most important & essential part of any song is the emotion and message it’s trying to portray. I consider myself very “in tune” with myself and the world around me. I pick up on other peoples emotions in every day life as well as when I listen to music. It’s been a serious work in progress but I have been writing lyrics for well over 15 years and from the thousands of songs I’ve written in hundreds and hundreds of notebooks over the years, the ones that stay embedded in people brains and have that timeless feeling are those that I’ve written when in great pain. Or I have written about someone else’s pain. Everyone knows what its like to hurt. 

So when I find an instrumental I like from whatever producers I’m working with at that time, if it really strikes an emotional chord I have to take a crack at it! I’m a perfectionist in my writing process. Lyrics come incredibly fast now after all these years of hard work but I try my best to just flow through the song as quickly as possible with a “template” and then revisit everything. I notice that when I get caught up on a particular line its BEST to move on and not obsess. This kills my connection with the muse and hinders the creative juices from flowing. 

Finding an emotional beat or instrumental almost always comes first. THEN I focus on the melody and harmonies

 

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

Mikey Shyne: Performing live is one of the greatest natural highs one could ask for! I have to do it completely dead headed sober in order to really tap in to the emotional part of being an artist and to deliver the best performance possible that people can really believe in me and what I’m saying. I’m 100% comfortable on the stage. In fact, I’m more comfortable on a stage under the stage lights than I am in real life. I feel so free and natural like “this really is what I’m meant to do.”

Jumping into professional studios for the first time with highly respected engineers is very intimidating. But after years and years of singing into a mic, I’m at a point where I know how to convey the exact emotion I’m looking for!

 

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

Mikey Shyne: Hmmm, well it depends on what kind of music they’re into. I’m extremely versatile and encompass many genres. But usually my debut single from 2015 “Set Me Free” wins the hearts of all who listen to it. ‘Set Me Free’ is an unforgettable Pop song about the sadness, shock and awkwardness of a breakup; being caught between those two roads of holding on to something or just letting it go. Its got that right blend of raw, emotional & powerful vocals, lyrics that relate to a situation almost every person on this planet has experienced before, and its organic sounding yet modern instrumental. What really hooks the listener in is its very driving & powerful chorus that soars way over the realm of passionate desperation. It has serious mainstream appeal and I’ve had the chance to play it for several big wigs in the industry and have never received a bad review or compliment.

But I am one that always has to stay moving and try to one-up myself! As I mature and my life circumstances change, I am really finding who I am as a man and as an artist. I do music for the people just like the hundreds of thousands of singers out in the public spotlight who came before me. Music is an emotional and spiritual connection between and artist and a listener. Whether they turn to my music to escape, feel joy, help them through a rough or sad time or to just really enjoy good music, there’s something that can’t be explained by human understanding when a listener gets goosebumps from one simple lyrical line or immerses in a stellar vocal performance, melody or riff.

I’m working on all new material that is going to help carry me into the next few years of my career. Every corner of the human experience and psyche will be encompassed in my new releases. I think my days of pure mainstream-only tracks are done. After being down and out to unfathomable levels and being on the brink of death (as well as experiencing mental, physical and spiritual decay) I’m really finding and coming into my own and am ready to show the world what I’m really about. Expect some serious releases the remainder of this year!

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

Mikey Shyne: To me, being innovative is to offer new. But first, innovation must start with inspiration & emulation. I don’t just look to my favorite artists for inspiration but also some lesser- known talent. The world is full of amazing, amazing talent. When I listen to or study an artist, I listen to and relate to many factors such as their lyrics, portrayal, emotion and the actual music itself. I pick out and remember particular things from certain songs that really set me off emotionally.

Things that can make me really THINK, make my stomach drop, give me goosebumps and get my body moving. I use these as reference points. I don’t ‘copy’ what they did but I put my own spin on in it. When I like a metaphor, I relate it to a situation I’m dealing with now and I come up with my own interesting metaphors.

Being innovative is also being ONE STEP AHEAD of the game. I look at what’s popular around the world; in Europe, South America, etc. If there’s something that sounds remarkably different that what we’re accustomed to here in the States, I study it and try to have my producers work on something similar.

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Mikey ShyneI have 3 major releases set to debut in the next month!! I’m back working with the amazing Schaller brothers (Mike & Tom) of Copamore, who I recently released ‘Across The Line’ with. It peaked #3 on iTunes Dance Charts over there in Europe and I’m thrilled to be back working on new projects. They offer AMAZING EDM mixes. We met online about a year ago and it took off from there. I have 2 major international releases to look forward to with them!

Also very recently, a LEGEND in the Hip Hop game (who I won’t disclose right now) came to visit me in New York and lay out his verse in my home studio for a track we are releasing together in the next 30 days or so. It was absolutely amazing sharing MY MIC with a legend and precursor to modern Hip Hop. I have a lot of hopes for the upcoming future! The name doesn’t get much bigger than this undisclosed rapper, and I’m blessed that I’ve been given the chance to work with him on a project.

 

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

Mikey Shyne: To learn more about me, read my bio and history, see media publications and hear new music check out my main site- www.mikeyshyne.com

Music available on my SoundCloud- www.soundcloud.com/mikeyshyne

LIKE me onFacebook- www.facebook.com/mikeyshyne

IG/Twitter- @mikeyshynemusic

 


Mikey Shyne is a true renaissance man and is definitely a breath of fresh air within a tired music industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. This is an artist that you simply CAN’T IGNORE!

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

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mikey-shyne/id1008496027

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/6Yn1xc3YC0ZdUOH5i3LOIM

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikeyshynemusic?lang=en

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

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

Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/mikeyshyne

Official: http://www.mikeyshyne.com/

Indie Interview Series: Deja Boost

We recently had the opportunity to sit with the incredibly ambitious and insanely talented singer/songwriter/rapper Deja Boost.

Deja Boost is quickly turning heads and earning praise in the Hip Hop/ Rap scene with his unique take on the genre. We were first introduced to Deja’s music through his newly released Single “Fucc You”. We were so impressed by the creativity and fearlessness showcased within the tracks, that we just had to learn more about this on-the-rise artist.


Welcome! First off, what’s the reason behind your involvement in music? 

Deja Boost: Before my dad passed away, he got me an iPod for my 10th bday(or near that age) and I’ve been addicted to music ever since. First song I put on was G-Unit – Stunt 101 and played the shit out of it haha I still listen to it sometimes. In middle school I was expelled 7th grade from district for weapons, and 8th grade again for selling porn on cd’s to other kids. In high school I dropped out my senior year (with decent grades) to pursue entrepreneurial things like drug dealing and playing professional poker online.. I was making more money than I’ve ever seen before and didn’t have time to pursue music full time.. years later songs I’ve had in my head won’t stop coming and it’s killing me not to go for it. I even stopped working a really decent job with benefits so I can focus on this. I’m in love with how things sound, the different frequencies, the different vibes, the feels. Nothing helps us escape or inspires us like our favorite songs you feel me?

 

Q: Yeah. Aight, you’ve been making music for a considerable amount of time. With as much success as you’ve had so far, care to share any secrets? 

Deja Boost: I think someone’s success or even idea of it differs from one to the next.. mainly stay focused on what you want, and consistent in making steps toward it big or small.. also, know yourself, show yourself, and give more than you take

 

Q: What sets you aside from everyone else in the rap genre? 

Deja Boost: besides being one of the few Asian people, I have a lot of juice and many styles other than just rap that I draw influence from.. & when I drop projects it won’t sound like the same song 13 times, haha!

 

Q: Do you feel the need to cater to masses or do you prefer to be genuine in your approach? 

Deja Boost: I don’t believe catering to masses disregards sincerity. We all have vibes, we all need connections.. we go thru so much as people, alone and together.

 

Q: Aside from glamour of making great music, take us through some low moments?

DB: Honestly, there’s not much glamour, I think most of that shit is fake at the core. A lot of the real artists are in deep pains, we try to cover up with nice things but we’re normal people. I’m just a dude sharing a new perspective about life, not the same rehashed shit they keep putting out there.. I’m an Asian dude, from the burbs of Rancho Cucamonga(near LA) who was always outside fucking around since like 3rd grade.. I’ve been homeless multiple times, fought drug addictions. Broke many bones. Been heartbroken a lot, broke a few hearts. Made lots of money, lost lots of money. Recovered from mental issues such as suicide/ insecurities. I’d like to help people with my real life experiences bc I’ve actually been thru shit and dealt with it.

 

Q: Who inspires you to make music? Who/what was your inspiration for ‘Fucc You’

DB: I’m inspired by all things from living to dead.. I look for inspiration in everything, every material, every feeling, etc.. ‘Fucc You’ is just that vibe when people only want to fuck with you when you’re winning, it’s dedicated to those fake love givers. Shoutout Damien B!

 

Q: What’s the next thing for you musically? 

DB: I have an instrumental tape I want to release for like to be used in background music haha, it’s like cartoon vibes.. I been playing around with mixing genres too so expect more experimental shit but rap is still going to be the core for me.

 

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

DB: I’m available on all streaming services, but mainly just doing the SoundCloud thing. Social medias are all @DejaBoost

 

 


Deja Boost 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. We highly recommend you check this artist out!

Be sure to watch for updates and new exclusive tracks on:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dejaboost

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/deja-boost/id1245382646

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DejaBoost

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

Indie Interview Series: MRTN

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Rap’s newest sensation, MRTN.

MRTN grew up in one of the biggest cities north of Sacramento, California called Redding. 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 MRTN’s new 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 (and so brilliantly selective with the production). MRTN was kind enough to allow us to get to know him better.

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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: I’m glad you enjoy the sound! For me it could go both ways, sometimes the melodies come first, sometimes the beat, it all depends on my vibe at the time.

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

Answer: YES, I’ve been blessed with some amazing opportunities to perform live. It’s one of my favorite things to do, I love the fan interaction. I’m all about good times and good vibes, I love being able to be apart of it. Studio or live performance it makes no difference for me, I fuck with myself and that’s what matters.

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

Answer: This is a tough one! My latest track is my favorite! But I’d say check out my track titled “Rap Diablo!”

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

Answer: Man, it’s really just about being you, and pursing what you love, writing what you want to the beats you want, be different, be you.

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Answer: I’m working on finishing up and ep right now that will be releasing 8/17, and we’re about to shoot the video for my track titled “Fake Drake.” Shout out to Damion Black with BlackRoadProductions, he does amazing video work!

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

Answer: Hell yeah! First add me on all social media @REALMRTN, I got music all over the place for whatever platform you are using! Free downloads to all my tracks on soundcloud too! Enjoy!
https://soundcloud.com/realmrtn
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7oe4eM3OVdwVvGCy6oZkAV
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mrtn/id477188352
https://www.reverbnation.com/realmrtn?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav
https://www.sonicbids.com/band/realmrtn/audio/

 

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MRTN has recently dropped a FIRE new Single entitled “Like I Should”: 

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

Itunes:https://itun.es/us/AzoZkb?i=1254942299

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/realmrtn

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7oe4eM3OVdwVvGCy6oZkAV

Twitter: Twitter.com/realmrtn

Instagram: Instagram.com/realmrtn

Facebook: Facebook.com/realmrtn

Youtube: https://youtu.be/oIlVtoWD78Y 

Snapchat: realmrtn

Indie Interview Series: Nova Casanova

We recently had the opportunity to get to know the incredibly innovative and insanely creative mastermind behind the “Ultra-Rock” genre, Nova Cassanova.

Nova has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully independent artist, and has been gaining notoriety for his imaginative, unique, and highly unorthodox tunes. We were so impressed with his debut album entitled “While They Were Dancing”, that we just had to learn more about what makes this artist’s wheels turn. Nova was kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions regarding his music. 

 

SMP: 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:  yeah, usually a melody pops into my mind, typically triggered by a TV show I’m  watching

 

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

Answer:  I do perform live when it’s an important venue but I really feel most comfortable in the studio

 

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

Answer: ha, I’d  pick the one I’m working on now which is gonna be added to the record, but as for the rocord currently available I think Notorious because it has a great story line and a catchy chorus.

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

Answer:   You have to have an open mind.  For instance I use an unique guitar tuning which we call “ultra rock” and this influences the entirety of the music and it is that tuning which makes my music different from all others you may hear.

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Answer:  I’m gonna add one song to the album,  I’ve got a controversial single /videocoming out with some starting images, I’m doing a jingle for a large food company and will be starting work on my next album shortly  whew,  quite a lot it seems

 

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

Answer:  Well the record is on iTunes, CDBaby, Reverb Nation, Bandcamp, Spotify, Soundcloud and you can watch all my videos on YouTube (there’s currently 7 there and I have 16 more in the works). Thank you guys for having me on the show!

 

Nova Casanova is a remarkable artist and an amazing breath of fresh air within an industry that has become overly saturated with uninspired and boringly familiar artists. Be sure to pick up the freshly released “While They Were Dancing”, available on most digital outlets. Please be sure to support/share/like/follow Nova Casanova on:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4dc2Io7Glz374EZgWdpAom

Official: http://arclavamusic.com/artists/nova-casanova

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nova-Casanova-Music-764394690408912

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvPDETb_ul_-DOhaPhKBbBg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/novac608

What We’re Spinning (Indie Shout Out!) Vol. 34

We recently had the pleasure of spinning New York-based fashionista and innovative independent electronic Pop artist KAIYA’s new groundbreaking  Single “Games”.

The Ukraine-born, New York-based singer/songwriter and versatile artist grew up stretching her talents into every artistic medium imaginable. Whether it was her tenure as a professional model, her acumen in the Fine Arts, her role as a fashion icon, or her newest endeavor in the world of music. KAIYA never fails to impress and surprise with her remarkable range of talents.

Drawing creative inspiration from classic French romance films, as well as the highly revered and memorable performances of early French Pop icon Serge Gainsbourg; KAIYA has brilliantly fused her eclectic and sophisticated influences to craft a sound undeniably unique and innovative.

KAIYA’s official page describes her sound as, “…Songs by Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse…The femininity of Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren…The elegant sophistication of Antonio Marras and Rocco Barocco’s fashion design…Renaissance and Surrealist art…Klimt’s gilded paintings and Degas’s dancers…the classical ballet and poetry of the 20th century…The tenderness of falling leaves…The soft brilliance of sunsets…” Now, if that doesn’t leave you intrigued; I don’t know what would!

KAIYA recently embarked on the release of her first ambitious Single entitled “Games”. The release has already been met with critical praise and mass acclaim. The Single showcases KAIYA’s sophisticated and notably mature brand of emotive songwriting, mainstream sensibility, popular appeal, and polished electronic/ambient production. KAIYA’s remarkable vocal abilities are on full display with every note nailed with dedication and skill. KAIYA’s vocal tone is soft and intimate and her delivery is passionate and sensual. You will no doubt have an incredibly hard time getting her infectious melodies out of your head.

Be sure to listen to KAIYA’s debut Single “Games” here: https://soundcloud.com/kaiya-music/kaiya-games-produced-by-ambe 

KAIYA is an artist that you absolute can’t miss! Be sure to support/like/follow KAIYA on:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoKaiya

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAI8Xpcxzor5FvwCcje70Lw

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1vFD3Gw8ndLfCHeylSKAq2

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kaiya-music 

 

…and be sure to support KAIYA by purchasing her music on:

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/games-single/id1224818335?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo=4

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y4HMM8X

 

 

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