Mindy Mickevich ‘King Benjamin’ Music Video Release Singer, Songwriter, and Poet

0
Mindy Mickevich King Benjamin

Singer, Songwriter, and Poet, Mindy Mickevich recently released her music video ‘King Benjamin’ on YouTube. Check out the video now.

Enjoy listening to Mindy Mickevich? Spread the word and share this post with your friends.

In the mean time connect with Mindy using the link below.

Subscribe to Mindy Mickevich on YouTube

J.P. Edwards EP “Hearticulate” Now Available on iTunes Ed Sheeran Meets Iron and Wine with a Splash of JT

0
hearticulate

Artistry Entertainment Group singer and songwriter J.P. Edwards released his EP “Hearticulate”, now available on iTunes and Amazon. “Hearticulate” is a dynamic blend of pop and folk elements that when combined, introduce a fresh wave of soothing rhythms and lush harmonies. J.P. gives a heartwarming performance as he demonstrates a wide vocal range, captivating listeners on every track.  Get a sneak peek into J.P.s EP release with snippets, now streaming on YouTube.

J.P. Edwards’ latest EP release “Hearticualte” is described as, “a record for the music lover that indulges in well-written lyrics, nostalgic melodies, and appropriate soundscapes to tie the work together”.

While traveling the country with his family throughout his youth, J.P. discovered writing as a method for channeling his emotions while experiencing changing environments. Having spent a great deal of time refining his art, J.P. is known for giving an honest performance. Through his music, J.P. delivers substance, offering insightful lyrics and dealing fondly with matters of the heart. The Texas native is revered for his smooth vocal performance and innovative style. He promotes the the ideas of, “love, light, and hope”. J.P. seeks to be the voice for “those who cannot speak for themselves”. (Edwards, 2015).

In March 2015, J.P. released his single “World Tour”. His newest EP, “Hearticulate” was released on October 16th through Artistry Entertainment Group. Learn more about J.P. Edwards by checking him out at www.artistryentertainmentgroup.com

 

Connect with J.P. Edwards Music

Visit www.facebook.com/jpedwardsmusic

Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jipdude

Book Motown Gold for Your Wedding Celebration

0
motowngold

motowngoldWith Motown Gold your night of celebration is just getting started. This split led group of both female and male vocalists is sure to make your family and friends and any other well-wishers feel like they’re the bell of the ball. As a wedding gift to your loved ones a night of partying with one of the best bands in the business will make this an evening not soon to be forgotten. Earcandy.co.uk painstaking three-tiered audition process is in full force with this act as the crème de la crème rises to the top with chart topping hits sure to inspire, engage, and excited all who attend. The five-piece standard set kicks things off in a major way, but Motown Gold doesn’t stop there. This fully customizable band tops out at a massive ten-piece ensemble with three vocalist, guitar, bass, three brass section players, drums and a sound engineer assuring this colossal orchestration is fully lit and sound checked to garner the best night possible.

Need something in between?

Motown Gold can accommodate any desire. The list of available tunes Motown Gold can preform at a moments notice has everything a couple sharing their first full day together as a complete unit can request. If Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The Four Topps, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The Contours, and Ray Charles are your speed then toss that bouquet off to the next in line and line up on the dance floor where all the real action is happening. This is the most fun a couple can have with their clothes on and there is no better way to express your love than with the ultimate in sing-a-longs. You Can’t Hurry Love, Build Me Up Buttercup, and Baby Love are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding that perfect song for the first dance and the list goes on as you party down to until your feet hurt.

As multi-layered as that double, triple dark chocolate truffle cake, the icing of the night, other than the exchange of vows, is sure to be a band that vows to top the night off with memories that will last a lifetime. Contact earcandy today to book this one of a kind act and let the band take care of the rest. You went to all the trouble of inviting guests, picking out the right dress, the right decorations, the right venue, and you’re ready to spend the rest of your life with the right person, now continue in that tradition with the right send off.

Connect with Motown Gold!

https://twitter.com/earcandylive

https://plus.google.com/+earcandyLondon

https://www.facebook.com/motowngoldband

 

EsZ New Release MIA NIA (Missing in Action, Name is Anonymous) Navigates Complexities of Lost Love EsZ MIA NIA Remembers When…

0
erron esz

erron eszEsZ returns to the scene with another reminiscent track titled “MIA NIA”. While the title conjures images of a gorgeous girl from around the way, EsZ makes a subtle play on words as the acronyms stand for Missing In Action, Name Is Anonymous. Leave it to a true visual artist to design even the title of his release in such a way that it not only conveys an embedded message but also leaves listeners guessing. Getting back to the business at hand, “MIA NIA” is smooth mix that you will want to add to your playlist. If in a fleeting moment you find yourself longing for your ex-bae, the one that got away, or maybe the one whose name you just can’t seem to remember, “MIA NIA” will tug on your heartstrings if you so happen to have any left. Heartbreak is a bitch and love sometimes sucks, but this New York artist makes dealing with it just too “EsZ”.

“MIA NIA” delivers a soft, mellow vibe with delicate chords as EsZ spits out some evocative verses. From a first-person perspective, listeners are introduced to a detailed story about a girl who left a lingering impression as he ponders about her future, exploring the ‘what ifs’ and where. Without giving her a name, the girl who is the subject of “MIA NIA” could easily be any guy’s first love, the one his thoughts return to time after time.  Think Love & Basketall… Poetic Justice, and that is the exact same energy that you absorb when listening to this nostalgic number.

EsZ blesses fans with a savvy music production that encapsulates the ingenious use of metaphors and sonic visuals to develop a sophisticated tale. “MIA NIA” is a provoking wave of reality that will surely sweep across the human mind with substance, something that in popular music, has been amiss. EsZ’s work embodies the aesthetic of a free-spirit, soul of an artist, and is the cultivation of today’s millennial.

Listen to EsZ performing “MIA NIA”, now streaming on Soundcloud.

EsZ is a New York-based visual and music artist who is known for his “gift for words”. Having been inspired by popular hip hop icons such as Jay-Z, Eminem, and Nas, EsZ has discovered his own unique voice. Since his debut, EsZ continues to gain ground in music and can be found performing at venues across New York City. “MIA NIA” is the artist’s most recent release to come on the heels of his project ‘Twisted Visions from The Attic’ featuring “Maybe I’m Trippin” and “UpInTheClouds”. Last year, EsZ Released ‘Songs in My SketchPad, Draft 1’, and was featured on the popular hip hop music blog Neffworking and in the magazine Hip Hop Weekly.

If you have yet to enter Erron’s Attic, you must have been living under a rock but, all will be forgiven as long as you get to know more about the artist by visiting his official website at www.erronsattic.com.

 

Check out our Exclusive Interview with EsZ

 

What’s Up in Erron’s Attic?

Follow on Instagram

Follow on Twitter

Listen on Soundcloud

Watch on YouTube

Visit www.erronsattic.com

Artist Exclusive: Interview with Hip Hop Artist EsZ Behind The Scenes with EsZ

1
EsZ

Fun Facts
One thing I can’t leave home without…
my iPod, I don’t like putting music on my phone..kills the battery faster.

What is on my iPod right now..
old songs like the The Temptations,  and new songs like Drake & Future.. might even hear some Nu Shooz …

The last album I bought was…
Scarface

Looking forward to collaborating with…
Pharrell, Timbaland, Andre 3000, Kanye  ect.

 

Checking out What’s Up in Erron’s Attic with Hip Hop Artist EsZ

erron eszYour latest release “MIA NIA” is a little bit different from your earlier work, what inspired you to make this particular type of track?

I was cleaning my old hard drive and seen old photos. .sparking the hook, about this girl ( Name is Anonymous ), later found this beat I made back in ’09 and was feeling the melody.. the hook matched the rhythm..fixed the drums,
and after a lil cut and paste.. MIA NIA

Can you in 3 words, describe to us who EsZ is and what is this Erron’s Attic we keep hearing about?

3 Words? soon you’ll understand.. Feed the Beast

Besides hip hop, what other types of music do you enjoy?

Anything that catches my ear, folk music, Reggae. .Bachata, anything

What do you think it is that sets you apart from other hip hop acts?

I, Erron, am human,  I Error…

For some reason people are still saying hip hop is dead, what are your thoughts on the discussion?

Hip Hop is about expression..via Dance, Tagging, Rap, Dj’ing and the way you dress… that’s Hip Hop..Can’t say the popular  success  of Hip hop today is what killed it because  if that’s the case, it died once LL cool J and Run DMC got on MTV..or even back to the Sugar Hill days. They to had ” Commercial  Success “.

 Lyrical  content  might not be as it was back in the  ( 80’s – 90’s )  but that was the expression of That environment..we have smart phones that read  and do math for us now..what do you expect?  * takes selfie *

You have been teasing us with some EP’s since ‘Songs in My Sketch Pad’, can fans expect an album in the near future?

lol Maybe, stay tuned..  ‘Songs in My Sketch Pad’ was just a first draft…

 

ESZ_PromoWhat challenges, if any have you faced as an independent artist considering how much music has changed over the last decade or so?

Just getting the music noticed, you know the saying, ” if a tree falls and no one’s there to hear it, does it make noise? “
Well With a label,  all the connections are already made…Radio, TV plugs, Co signs ect.  it’s like you have a head start,  indie is starting from the bottom..

Explain what the vibe was like the very first time you went to perform on stage?

nervous, lol I don’t think anyone would  say different. .unless your like extra high or drunk.. nervous

We were checking out YouTube and found some videos of fan4s doing choreography to a few of your songs, what goes through your mind when you receive this kind of attention?

Amazement, like..WoW, that’s My songs..like its one thing when people say they like a song, but to express  how the song made them feel, using their own art form…its like, wow!  It was touching, I’m very honored..

If there were 3 pieces of advice that you would give to anyone wanting to give a go at music but maybe a little hesitant, what would you tell them?

Keep at it.. I was an art student,  every  time I would like try to let the music majors hear a beat or listen to my song I wrote.. it was like ” yea, but can you draw me a Goku wearing Jordans  or a Tweety  bird for my girl”  now I’m doing an interview  about my music, and you’re reading my answers on this site… so just keep at it, and believe in yourself ..I’m still learning myself, with a long way to go..but when I have more I’ll let ya’ll know

 

Check out more from EsZ by following the links below

Follow on Instagram

Follow on Twitter

Listen on Soundcloud

Watch on YouTube

Visit www.erronsattic.com

 

 

 

Interview with Artist SmartBlackKid BTS Discussion with SmartBlackKid

1
SmartBlackKid Interview

SmartBlackKid Interview

 

Fun Facts:

One thing I can’t leave home without….

Gemstones. I carry gemstones with me every single day.

What is on my iPod right now…. 

I don’t have an iPod, but my iPhone right now? Is playing Bad Like Jesse James by John Lee Hooker.

The last album I bought was…

Can’t tell you the last time I actually bought an album.

When it comes to music, I dream of…

Genie. Kidding. When it comes to music, I see colors swirling around

to match the sound. I see the vibration of the world rising with the right music.

 

Inside the Music with Hakhi Alakhun, SmartBlackKid

We recently checked in with Brooklyn musician, singer, and songwriter Hakhi Alakun to find out the scoop on his newest album release ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’. Check out the deets below!

Your album seems like a huge project, What moved you to release ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol.1’ ?

I gave myself no time to do any promotion when I released an album per month in 2012.  I literally would drop an album, rest for the first week of the new month; and by rest, I mean, gathering the songs, music, pre-production. 2nd week was recording. 3rd week was mixing and 4th week was mastering, packaging and release. When it was all finished? I couldn’t believe myself. But still no one except my immediate fan base from social media knew what I was doing. I knew back then that the next album would be the “Best Of” as a way to draw attention to catalog and actually promote the music.

Can you tell us about some of your music influences and what impact they have had on your style today?

My first real musical influence was Maurice White from Earth, Wind & Fire. My mom shoved one of their albums in my face when I was 5 and she asked me to read the lyrics and pay attention to the words. I did the same thing with Sly and the Family Stone, sitting and reading the lyrics. Then Prince happened to the world and his music helped me discover my voice as a singer. I have a pretty low baritone most times and can’t sing those high tenor songs. Prince had a baritone and a falsetto and by singing his music, I discovered I had the same thing. The energy and spirit of my music is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Lyrically and creatively he seemed to always be reaching for new realities, new ways to hear sound, new ways to play guitar. I try to have that approach to making my own music, to not limit myself to hip hop or r&b just because I’m a black dude. But to really explore.

When did you discover that music was your passion?

I discovered music was my passion at 9yrs old. I asked my mom for piano lessons and she said we couldn’t afford them at the time.  Instead she bought me a Casio keyboard  which I took and sat with my boombox and taught myself how to play my favorite songs. I worked at this everyday with no motivation, and no encouragement. I just needed to know how to express myself with this instrument. I was in love with it and I couldn’t really stop until I developed some level of fluidity.

Everyday after school, I would hold these concerts in my room for about 2hrs, then I would have dinner and do my homework and be a normal kid.

It seems like your music is not just about music but there are some serious messages there, can you give us some insight into what that is all about?

I spent about 10 years of my life in the NYC underground poetry scene and from there I attended an unofficial “school of performing arts” so to speak. I was apart of a large community of artists ( writers, actors, dancers, photographers, musicians, poets, etc. etc) who performed regularly at various venues in the City. The standard was high and the expectation was excellence. I was a spoken word artist who always had a message about self-empowerment through the mind and through spirituality so a lot of my old writing habits from those days are still with me. I feel that writing song lyrics is a serious art and I have a lot to express but I have to be brief in a song. My time as a poet trained me, so to speak, to write about serious issues and themes in a way that is clear and simple. Plus, there’s no one really doing that right now. Bob Marley to me was the greatest example of music with messages done in a very wise and proverbial way. I’m reaching for that standard in my songwriting.

Do you feel that other artists need to be putting out more meaningful music content? If so, why?

Yes. Absolutely. There is a song for everything, every moment, every feeling, every circumstance that a human being can go through on Earth. But for some reason, today’s music only speaks to a few aspects of human life: social status, financial status and sexuality.  It’s a very limited means of self-expression against the backdrop of this very complicated world we live in. I personally need art to help me make sense of the world, and to hear the truth be affirmed. Music is bigger than money and fame; it’s a language of motivation , of love, of community, of society and I want to be counted among the musicians who wrote about more than myself. There are 13 and 14 year olds out there who are big thinkers just like I was as a kid. I want my music to be present for them.  If our world was a plant, and music was the water feeding this plant, it’s a plant that is wilting pretty bad I feel. I don’t feel the love, the insight, the wisdom, the motivation, the affirmation from a lot of today’s music. I hear a lot of the same themes in variation and repetition. Meanwhile, I’m over here trying to eat organic and not consume too many GMOs, I’m thinking about my right to privacy in the surveillance age, I’m talking about coming to terms with my shadows and my own dark side so that I’m not projecting it on others. I want to personally hear music about these things. So I write it.

If there were 3 words you could use to describe ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol.1”, what would they be?

Creative, Intelligent and Visionary.

The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol.1What is your most favorite track on the album so far?

Ohhhhh that is so hard. That’s like asking which finger is your favorite. Hmm.

I would say the song I’m most proud of is Labyrinths Within. I say that because it was inspired by a book

I read on shamanism. Most songs about people target another person as the antagonist, the cheating partner, someone didn’t love you enough, someone hurt you etc. etc. I wanted to write a song about what’s  really going on inside of people. What if your biggest enemy is really yourself? Your ego? We are often projecting what we dislike about ourselves unto others. We blame others for situations we create with our various levels of self-esteem. We are often looking for people to love us in place of not really loving ourselves. The song deals with that and in particular, betrayal , which is something a lot of people can relate to. I really like how I was able to capture a complex idea and turn it into what I feel is a funky, danceable, groove. That was cool. I also like Sell, Sell, Sell because it’s daring to say what people wouldn’t really dare say on a record. Today’s music sucks. Every song is favorite, really.

Your album is available in multiple media outlets, how has the response been from your fans thus far?

As an indie artist in control of my own business, I think the response has been really good but can also be better. Since I don’t have a major machine behind me, every move forward is a success.

If there were at least one takeaway for new listeners just tuning into SBK, what do you hope that one thing will be?

That real music played with real instruments with intelligent lyrics is very very very cool and worth owning and listening to regularly.

So, you do your own instrumentals, vocals, production, have your own label and publishing capabilities. Is there anything that you do not do?

There are instruments I can’t play, notes I can’t sing, and guitar riffs I’m still learning how to play. I have my limitations but I end up attacking them when I get ready. I also don’t eat GMO foods.  I don’t watch TV and I don’t believe everything I see and hear. 

If there were aspiring artists out there looking to follow a similar route in production and distribution, is there any advice that you would offer them?

Make sure you copyright your work twice. You need to own the sound recording AND the composition. Never take advice from amateurs and people who are NOT artists. Create time and space for self-care. Artists like to brag about how long they worked in the studio last night, or how hard they worked on this or that. But speaking for myself? I need to schedule some time at a spa and get a massage; and sit in a hot sauna to get my mind, body and spirit in the right balance.  Always create the conditions that inspire the best of your creativity.

When you are not in the studio or touring, where can your fans find you?

Wandering the streets of New York collecting ideas for songs. Or at a burlesque show being inspired the feminine form.

Your album just came out and is gaining traction, what’s next?

Next is releasing the video for Free Thought which will happen as soon as the planet Mercury comes out of retrograde. Then I will release a series of SBK videos to offer visual elements for the music. Also, be on the lookout for the SmartBlackKid Show which will be a series on YouTube later this fall.

Any parting words for our music-starved readers?

Visit smartblackkid.rocks and support an artist who actually cares about you-the music lover.

Check out our latest Music Review of ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1

The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1 A Mutli-dimensional Rock Perspective Rock Fusions: A Look at SmartBlackKid’s Latest Album Release

1
SmartBlackKid

SmartBlackKidBrooklyn-based rock musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Hakhi Alakhun’s latest album release ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’ is a multi-faceted journey through the organic roots of rock to the modern day. Delivering a captivating performance, SmartBlackKid introduces a series of potent numbers consisting of moving tunes, inspiring lyrics, and distinct artistry. If the world is finally in need of something fresh, different, completely original, then SmartBlackKid is poised to deliver and be received with open arms. While ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’ stands in a class by itself, Alakhun extends a wide reach, touching a vast audience with relevant lyrical content.

Although the album commands its presence as a rock compilation, eclectic music fans will take delight in the variety of genres that have been fused together to create a truly profound listening experience. To engage in the style of SmartBlackKid, all that is required is an open mind and a ferocious appetite for meaningful content that strikes a chord with the mind and spirit. The artistic collective morphs from intense driving numbers to soft mellow performances while capturing a myriad of emotions and expressing varied energy. As we dive into the sounds of ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’, we will highlight some of the most memorable moments to watch out for throughout the albums stunning execution.

Inside the Album: The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1

The album opens up with “Stand Up”, an instant hook, line, and sinker number that teases listeners with a smooth introduction but then quickly revs up into an intense series of gritty guitar chords. A hypnotizing bass line kicks along the background of the score while SBK shreds out complicated riffs and saturates the track with highly-infectious vocals.

“Free Thought”, a single that was recently released from the album, is an upbeat number with a catching chorus and feel-good rhythms. Embedded within the track are powerful lyrics that awaken the mind. “Free Thought” is more than just a fun song; it carries a resounding message that will hit very close to home. Check out our BTS Look at “Free Thought”.

Another inspiring track on the album that fans will gravitate toward is “Powerful”, an uplifting number that is reminiscent to 90s alternative rock. SBK gives a righteous performance as he sings “born to be powerful”. SmartBlackKid is clearly an artist whose music is developed to transcend time.

Listeners will notice a change  in pace and style on the track “Labyrinths Within”, a groovy number that fuses rock and nuances of R&B. SBK delivers a Prince meets Lenny Kravitz production with an edgy twist. “Labyrinths Within” introduces a unique fusion of sultry instrumentals and soul-stirring lyrics.

“Shadow’s Way” draws attention immediately with its deep bluesy feel. SBK gives a remarkable vocal and musical performance on this clean production with wide appeal. “Shadow’s Way” has a cinematic energy that would make it an epic soundtrack for a blockbuster film’s climax.

The intricacies of rock’s evolution are most evident on “Talk About You”. SBK gives a raw performance, contrasting dark and haunting vocals with complex instrumentals. Lingering guitar riffs mirror the intensity of the lyrics as they shred out angry chords, the bass looming in the background. “Talk About You” has a noticeably darker ambiance than the previous tracks and still complements the full package.

Following the extreme performance on “Talk About You”, SmartBlackKid turns it down a scale on “Chill”, a mellow production with gentle rhythms and earnest lyrics. “Chill” sends off gentle melodies and warm waves as SBK gives a suave vocal performance.

“honestly, I just wanted to hear more guitar. I want to make some noise already.”-SmartBlackKid

SBK brings the musical landscape to life one again on “Are You Alive” a melodic number with dreamy instrumentals and inspirational songwriting. SBK really speaks to his audience with a powerful message, asking “are you alive?”. The song is robust with intricate layers and a guitar performance reminiscent to one of the greats, Santana.

“Live Again” is a dynamic number with driving rock instrumentation. SBK’s vocals are virtually flawless and of course listeners are treated to rich lyrical content. “Live Again” is a truly uplifting experience that speaks to the experience of those desperately in need of reinvention.

SBK further demonstrates his eclectic style on “Solar Flare”, a high-octane track with a rebellious energy. “Solar Flare” mashes up some of the most pronounced elements in rock and fuses them with a modern industrial sound. Dramatic chords and unconventional layers make this an unforgettable experience.

The energy remains on overdrive on “Sell, Sell, Sell”, where SmartBlackKid chronicles his relationship with music while revealing a hidden truth. SBK gives an unapologetic performance with brazen realism.

SBK delivers a strong performance on “Gimme Love”, an enjoyable number filtered with retro vibrations and edgy guitar riffs. The track is entertaining, outside-of-the box, and infectious.

“Deserve”, though consisting of music complexities, provides a seamless performance with effortless vocals and steady beats. This production gives way to relatable lyrics as SBK sings, “I deserve r-e-s-p-e-c-t”. When he sings, “you did not enter this life to live with fear”, it becomes clear that SBK has a message for the masses and it definitely needs to be heard.

SBK tells a remarkable story on “Take Your Power”, a full number with a moving social and political commentary. When SBK belts, “it’s time to take your power back”, listeners become aware that there is much more to ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’ than what is witnessed at first glance.

The album begins to wind down with “Enough is Enough”, an instrumental number punctuated by heavy vibrations, and shredding guitar riffs. The production offers its fair share of chills as it digs deep into the embodiment of rock music with dramatic chords and emotive waves.

“These are the ways”, is a revolutionary sounding production that sheds light on matters of the heart. SBK gives a refreshing performance that renews the imagination. The song fuses together dream-pop elements, ambient layers, and picturesque melodies to deliver a fascinating display of ingenuity.

The album concludes with “Persevere”, a motivational track with a positive message for anyone needing a boost. Journeying through the many challenges faced by individuals who walk the earth, SBK has some significant words of encouragement to keep it pushing. “Persevere” is a strong finish to a noteworthy performance.

‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’ is a much needed escape from the madness that surrounds us. Giving rock new meaning, SmartBlackKid innovates a fresh style that is conspicuously unmatched. While the album delivers compelling sound, it sends off messages that are equally as awe-inspiring. SBK gives fans the best of both worlds: good music and purposeful content.

SmartBlackKid_itunes

‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’ is the 11th album release for SBK otherwise known as Hakhi Alakhun, singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. The NY-based released the album on September 13th, introducing himself to his newest army of fans. Hakhi’s previous 10 albums were released between April 2012 and January 2013 when he dropped one album per month. The album releases marked Alakhun’s 10-year long career in music which included private production work and serving as a lead guitarist for bands such as Lo Frequency and Bullyfoot Massive.

‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’ was an enormous undertaking, a feat that many aspiring artists have yet to accomplish. Hakhi did not wait for success to come his way, he took it. The musician performed lead and background vocals on his album, played all the instruments, and produced the project on his own inside of his very own SBK Studios. Hakhi also has his own imprint 4PJMusic Group from which he published his music.

About his music content Alakhun says, “I’m daring to sing about what’s really on my mind, the future of society and our world. I can’t be the only one who cares about that”. Earlier this year, SBK released the single “Free Thought”, a social commentary about the right to privacy in the digital age.

The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol.1Hakhi got his start in music early at the age of 9. He wrote and composed his own work and later performed as a backup singer for local artists and was the lead vocalist for the jazz-funk band Copasetic where he performed at venues such as Nells. In 1998 he performed background vocals on Dennis Edward and The Weather Girls’ “Don’t Look Any Further”. After adventures as a spoken word artist in NY’s underground and a self-taught guitarist, Hakhi started his own band in 2001 called Synai along with Sayo Ogundiran. The band released ‘As Is’, an EP that had been compared to work done by Ani DiFranco and legend Prince.

Hakhi later joined Lo Frequency as the lead guitarist and traveled as a music educator around the world.  After traveling to places such as Beirut, Manama, and San Jose, Honduras, Hakhi performed before the UN General Assembly in 2012. He ventured out on his own taking the time to release one album per month, driven to create inspiring music. Hakhi says, “honestly, I just wanted to hear more guitar. I want to make some noise already.” Alakhun’s latest release ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1’ features songs from 5 of his albums. The album is currently available on iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Amazon Music, Google Play, SimfyAfrica, Tidal, Verve Life, Guvera, Juke, Rhapsody, eMusic, Target Music, Xbox Music, and many more digital stores. Learn more about SmartBlackKid by visiting the Official Website at www.smartblackkid.rocks.

Check Out our Exclusive Interview with SmartBlackKid

Connect with SmartBlackKid Music Now

Follow on Twitter

Follow in Instagram

Visit smartblackkid.tumblr.com

Listen on Reverbnation

 

Web Exclusive: Interview with Artist Zhanè Monique

0
Zhane Monique Legacy of an Empress

Earlier this month we checked out the latest EP from Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Zhanè Monique. Our team caught up with the gifted young performer to find out what inspired her to release ‘Legacy of an Empress’ and what else is in store for this rising Queen. Check out our Exclusive Interview with Artist Zhanè Monique…

Artist Fun Facts

Zhane MoniqueOne thing I can’t leave home without…. One thing I can’t leave home without is my Phone.

What is on my iPod right now…. My iPhone takes the place of an iPod. It has every song that I’ve written in my Notes app

The last album I bought wasThe last Album I bought was Kehlani’s Album “You Should Be Here”

My dream collaboration would be…. My Dream collaboration would be to collab with Future. I think that would be extremely interesting and super fun. 

 

When did you first discover that you could sing?

I first discovered that i could really really sing around the age of 11.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

Some of my musical inspirations are Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Tasha Cobbs, and of  course Beyoncè herself!

Besides some of your musical influences, what other factors have played a role in shaping  your style?  My Mother and Aunt played huge influential roles in my life. Before i started listening to any  R&B artist, it’s was gospel everything!. They were the Children’s choir leaders and directors at  church and also full time Adults Choir members. They taught me everything i know. 

You have a very distinct sound though somewhat reminiscent to Beyoncè, how would Zhané  Monique describe her music to a newbie?

I would describe my music as ambient and distinct. Sometimes the music that I like to listen to  on a daily basis does influence the sound of my music but for the most part i try to come up with  different sounds from other music genres and incorporate it into R&B.

photo 2

How did your collaboration with Titus G. Productions come about?

I met Titus G. through an old classmate. He followed me on Instagram and asked if I would  be  interested in doing projects with people in the music business. I answered yes, we met up  exchanged contact information and i started working with Titus right away. 

Using 3 words, can you describe “Legacy of an Empress”? 

Three words that describe “Legacy of an Empress” is Birthright, Ruler, and Rare.

How did you decide on the title for your EP?

I wanted my title to represent a Legacy. The EP Title had to represent talent that can be passed  on for ages! With hard thinking, Titus and I just put two and two together and came up with  “Legacy of an Empress”.

What is your track “Lambs Become Lions” about?

The Track Lambs Become Lions is about a group of people who were being mistreated and  afraid to fight back or speak out about it. They finally built up enough courage to start a war  fighting to end the mistreatment and would not stop until they succeeded. Until Lambs (babies  or their up coming generation) become Lions (honored and worthy adults who fought for their  rights). Adults fought for their upcoming generation’s freedom and that generation fought for  their upcoming generation’s freedom until they were all free with equal rights.

If there is one thing that you hope listeners will take away from their experience with  “Legacy of an Empress, what do you hope it will be?

I want my listeners to be able to relate and gravitate to the stories that ‘Legacy of an Empress’  hold. The EP is basically a book of situations that people face every single day. It’s about Love  and passion, heartache and heartbreak, being the best at what you do, and never letting  anything stop you from making your dreams come true.

READ Our Review of Zhanè Monique Legacy of an Empress

As a young woman woman pursuing music, what challenges do you anticipate encountering  in the industry and if any, how will you respond?

As a young woman pursuing music, I expect there to be lots of competition. There are tons of  other female artists fighting to hit the top charts in the music industry just as I am. I am prepared  for pretenders coming to persuade me into signing unfair contracts and rip offs in general.  There’s a lot that comes with this music industry success… a lot that we do not ask for.

Do you feel it is the responsibility of artists to be role models for younger fans?

Yes, I absolutely feel that it is an artist’s responsibility to be a role model for younger fans. 

We have checked out some of your YouTube videos and you can definitely kick out some  awesome tunes, can your fans expect more videos from you this year?

You can definitely expect more videos from me this year on YouTube because a lot has changed  over the years from when I last posted. That’s part of the reason why I didn’t post video often or  back to back. I wanted my viewers to sporadically see the change in me and my vocal ability.

ZhaneMoniqueBesides singing, what other activities or interests do you have? Before I started singing I was a Teen model. I went to school at Barbizon Atlanta and attended  IMTA New York. I occasionally did fashion shows in Atlanta on the weekends that did not  interfere with school. I also started to pursue an acting career in which I did some work with J.  Pervis Talent and later signed with a talent agent called TDH Talent where I received my first  opportunity to be in a film called the “Choir Kid”, which totally related to me even though I did not receive the starring role

What other projects can listeners expect to hear from you in the next few months?

In the next few months you can definitely expect some upcoming and up­-to-­date youtube videos  of my original songs and some favorite and requested song covers! Any words of inspiration for other young women looking to pursue music?  My words of encouragement would be to “Buckle down and do what you have to do, so that you  can do whatever it is that you want to do later in your future” that is what that my Aunt always  tells me

Any words of inspiration for other young women looking to pursue music?

My words of encouragement would be to “Buckle down and do what you have to do, so that you can do whatever it is that you want to do later in your future” that is what that my Aunt always tells me.

 

 

Dos Floris Upcoming Release ‘The Widowed Earth’, an Extraordinary Electronic Encounter dos floris 'The Widowed Earth' Album: Music with a Message

0
stampa_Florence1_plain_square

stampa_Florence1_plain_squareThe upcoming release, ‘The Widowed Earth’ by dos floris is certain to be a profound moment representing women in music. Florence Donovan, the Bologna-based singer and songwriter is a one-woman electronic music powerhouse whose bold performance demonstrates a multi-faceted experience on a personal note. ‘The Widowed Earth’ is much more than a collection of iconic tunes and marvelous musings. The album is in fact, an outstanding expression of creativity and insight, a personal testament to overcoming adversity.

Dos floris offers listeners a seamless performance that is both intuitive and intriguing. The album brings forth a unique style and distinct sophistication that will undoubtedly be embraced by a generous audience. From inspiring lyrics to moving instrumentals, ‘The Widowed Earth’ is an all-encompassing project that exudes sincerity. Stimulating the conscious while channeling the subconscious, dos floris creates a mind-bending journey for listeners who should immerse themselves inside of the album. Anticipating the debut of ‘The Widowed Earth’, we share a sneak peek into the album,  highlighting several extraordinary encounters that should not be missed.

Inside ‘The Widowed Earth’

The album opens with “From The Beginning” an eclectic prelude consisting of distinct special effects, preparing the listener for “Rivers”. “Rivers” abounds with compelling harmonies and playful melodies.  Dos floris croons softly, over the picturesque track as it delivers a slightly industrial feel. The track rises with luminescent energy as dos floris has a diverse vocal range.

“Rivers” is followed by “Silence” an ethereal production with enthralling instrumentals and hypnotic vocals. Rolling percussion advances the sound layers as dos floris performs mellow harmonies. Heavier electronic synths alter the tempo of the track as the percussion seems to march in tune with the singer’s heartfelt lyrics. Dos floris lets each note linger on, washing over the track with an effervescent wave.

One such dynamic track to absorb is “All The Kings Horses”, an upbeat song with a relevant message. Utilizing deep metaphors to tell a memorable story, dos floris plays with a series of thought-provoking lyrics, stimulating the mind with unmistakable eloquence. The track builds up and then morphs into a frenzied series of chords and electronic riffs, communicating the intensity of each verse.

“I couldn’t keep myself out of the story but came to realise how connected we are to our natural surroundings and how they can literally heal you”-Dos Floris

Fans, will experience futuristic elements on “Before You Loved Me”, a track that makes a theatrical debut with mysterious ambiance. Singing “before you loved me, there was no one to fear”, dos floris gives a chilling performance. Delicate melodies dance over the track as the vocals trail off into a sequence of calming waves. “Before You Loved Me” is wrought with emotion, drenched in pain, and remarkably genuine.

“Water” is another enchanting number that expresses heartfelt songwriting. A beautiful piano accompaniment accentuates the performance as dos floris’ vocals seem to endure until infinity. “Water” converges with “The Other Side”, a breezy production with inspirational lyrics. “The Other Side” is a mellow number with uplifting energy.

Throughout the album, fans can expect to be engrossed in relevant lyrical content that touches the soul. Dos floris’ voice only makes the messages embedded within each song even more delightful to enjoy as  her voice is most inviting.

“That Day” will draw listeners in with upbeat instrumentals and catchy percussion. Poetic lyrics over the trend-setting rhythms make this track stand out as a timely work of art with a futuristic flair. Dos floris once again uses descriptive lyrics to create an animated illustration through song.

The album turns toward the cinematic with “The Widowed Earth”, a evocative number that captures the spirit with reverberating vocals and an effortless accompaniment. The track has a slightly dark ambiance as it carries a solemn tune.

“Walking In The Night” unfolds with instrumentals that resemble a beating heart. As listeners can hear what sounds like the earth crushing beneath one’s feet, atmospheric sound elements begin to surface. Dos floris gives a soulful performance demonstrating a vast range, building a sonic landscape.

Dos takes listeners into a dreamy realm on “To The Wolves Part II”, a stylish track robust with ambient waves and soothing melodies. A prepossessing vocal performance fuses with orchestra instrumentals to create a dramatic backdrop for the song which is surely stunning, leaving fans in awe. As dos floris sings, “I feel safe in your arms”, listeners are taken to a place of much needed serenity.

The album concludes with “To The Wolves Part I”, another artistic endeavor that touches the heart and mind.  Get a glimpse into dos floris upcoming album release “The Widowed Earth” on YouTube.

Watch dos floris “The Widowed Earth”, Streaming Now on YouTube

In summary, ‘The Widowed Earth’ is a sensory experience with an experimental approach. The eclectic fusion of instrumentals and vocal performance creates a rare experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Through words conveyed with passionate accord, dos floris illustrates a visually stunning work of art. The album emerges from the shadows into the light, warming listeners in a bright ray of hope.

stampa_Florence_4Musician, singer, and songwriter dos floris got an early start in music at the young age of 5, she later learned how to play the guitar as a 20-something. As a multi-instrumentalist, dos floris also played the piano and found music to be an escape from the mundane nuances of school life.  In an interview featured in Know Me Better Music, the artist cited influences such as Tina Turner and PJ Harvey. Her sound has been likened to notable artists such as Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, and Kate Bush but the artist describes her own sound as “avant garde, romantic dream pop”. Dos floris’ upcoming album release ‘The Widowed Earth’ has been described as an “an empowering story for young men and women, girls and boys, who may be struggling with an eating disorder.” Dos floris confronted Anorexia, turning away from music, friends and activities for a period of 5 years.

Having overcome the challenge with the help of family, friends, and nature dos floris reemerged with a new outlook and revived passion for music. The artist hopes that girls and boys struggling with an eating disorder will find the strength to overcome such challenges. Dos will also include a personal message  which will be printed inside the CD casing. Dos floris has shown herself to be a positive role model, giving hope to those who suffer in silence and also in the face of the public. After founding her first band, touring and appearing on radio and TV decided to venture out on a solo endeavor, the culmination of which is ‘The Widowed Earth’. The album is scheduled to be released on November 5th, 2015. To learn more about dos floris, follow the artist on her Official Website www.dosfloris.com and check out the links below for more music.

Connect with dos floris Music

Like on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Watch on YouTube

Visit DyNaMik Records

 

Midnight Mosaic Outside The Lines Quintessential Funk Soul Party Unleashed

0
OutsideTheLines2-2

OutsideTheLines2-2Pop, Funk, and rock collide on the latest release from New Jersey-based band Midnight Mosaic “Outside The Lines”. The energetic track is a polished number with infectious appeal. For a brief moment, “Outside The Lines” takes you back to the punk and alternative sounds of the 90s but, upon hearing the first few chords, you will soon realize that this band of eclectic musicians is introducing a revolutionary style unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Midnight Mosaic emerges with a distinct, upbeat pop-melody with a flicker of old-school rhythm. Funky instrumentals cascade with rock-infused vocals. The band performs and entertaining number with intense energy reminiscent to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Lead vocalist A.t. Hunte along with Dee M. translate ingenious songwriting with an impressive showcase of dynamic range and varied tone. You cannot help but to immerse yourself in the sounds of this remarkable band.

Fast paced rhythms and beautifully layered synths give “Outside The Lines” a timely feel while powerful guitar riffs and moving percussion will get you up and moving. This memorable soundscape takes place as the band uses relevant metaphors to connect with listeners on content that highly relatable in the sense of relationships. There is no doubt that this is a song with a resounding message composed to hit very close to the core. With voice and music combined, Midnight Mosaic performs a captivating number that has absolutely no borders. It is no wonder that Midnight Mosaic is #1 in the region for Indie Rock & Soul on Reverbnation.

Listen to Midnight Mosaic Outside The Lines on Soundcloud

Consisting of A.t. Hunte (Vocals), Jon Skylark (Bass), Ant (Guitar),AJ (Drums), Harrisyn Hartt (Keyboards/Synths), and Dee M (Backing Vocals), Midnight Mosaic is an eclectic original band that delivers a rock and soul fusion. Blending together genres of soul, funk, dance, and pop, the band has innovated a fresh cut, indie voice for today’s generation. Citing influences such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Maroon, 5, and the Foo Fighters, the band was described by Samantha Weinraub at That Music Mag as being “a mosaic of different genres of music, fused together to assemble a collective sound”.

“Outside The Lines” is the latest release from the band who hails from Asbury Park, NJ. The band worked with Grammy Award-Winning Producer David Ivory (Halestorm, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Patti LaBelle). The single was also mastered by Grammy Award-Winning Tom Coyne (Adele, Beyoncé, Pink, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marc Anthony, Usher, Maroon 5, Maxwell, Miguel, Arianna Grande, Martin Sloveig, Carlos Vives, Prince Roys, A Tribe Called Quest, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears), who celebrated his work with Sam Smith’s 2015 Record of the Year, In The Lonely Hour and chart-topping single “Stay With Me”. Pablo Batista lent his expertise to percussion for the single. “Outside The Lines” is currently available for purchase on iTunes and Spotify. Learn more about Midnight Mosaic by visiting their official website at www.midnightmosaicband.com.

Connect with Midnight Mosaic Now

Listen on Soundcloud

Listen on Reverbnation

Follow on Reverbnation

Visit www.midnightmosaicband.com

 

Purchase Midnight Mosaic Outside The Lines on iTunes