Interview with Buffalo, NY Artist Conscious

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Hip Hop Artist Conscious

NY-based artist Conscious recently dropped a new release titled “LIES”, we caught up with him to get the details on his project. Check out the interview below.

Hip Hop Artist Conscious

 

“LIES” is your latest single, what inspired this track?

This is a very deep & personal song to me. I wrote “LIES” in a very dark place and it’s based off a real life experience that I know resonates with many. The song follows a past relationship of mine that was very toxic and full of lies (pun intended lol) & cheating. In the music video the name of the guy she is meeting is literally the name of the guy my ex cheated on. Petty or dedicated to the craft? You tell me.

Tell us the story behind your stage name?

I came up with the name Conscious after much thought. There were a few different ideas in the mix, but when the team started designing the logo it just stood out to me. I knew i wanted my music to have purpose and to invoke feelings and thoughts from situations and experiences that weigh heavy on one’s conscious during the day. Now with the impact the brand has made & with the name tatted on my skin, there is no doubt in my mind I chose the right name.

We heard that you weren’t initially a rap fan in favor of some other genres, what was the turning point that drove you toward now being a rap artist?

I’ve always appreciated rap, my dad & brother always were playing artist like Biggie, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Fugees, 50 Cent, the list goes on. But it wasn’t until Kayne West dropped 808s & Heartbreak that blended many genres, and the golden age of Kid Cudi, Drake, Lil Wayne, etc. that really pulled me in and it was over with after that. I became engulfed and passionate.

Are there any artists out there that have inspired or influenced your style?

I’m heavily influenced by Drake in all aspects of the game. The way he dominates the music & business side of things and is unstoppable rise is truly inspiring. I’m also inspired by Oliver Francis, as he is independent artist who really built his who buzz and following with quality music to back it up and I find that we have alot of similarities.

Recently, you released a music video for “LIES”, what are some of the challenges you face as an independent artist in putting together a production of this caliber?

I think wearing all the hats and being a one man operation is a gift & a curse. When it comes to productions like this, to make it happen you need to find dependable people who are dedicated to the project and all have the same goal in mind. It’s very tough to find those people who can be passionate like I am. I was very blessed with “LIES” as the crew worked wonderfully and we were able to get the shoot done in one day as were facing time restraints and production limitations.

The end of the video leaves viewers with some questions about what happens in the aftermath, is this story to be continued?

Good question! *SPOILER ALERT* As of right now, there is no plans for a part two. But who knows, that is always subject to change. If enough people want it, we’ll make it happen.

What are your favorite tracks currently in your playlist?

I’ve found myself addicted to a few bodies of work, ‘Arizona In The Summer’ by Role Model, ‘Reloaded’ By 88GLAM and ‘A Tape To Remember’ by Smiley_61st. They are all so different & unique from each other but I believe they are great projects.

You manage multiple aspects of your brand, how do you find time to focus on creating new music?

It’s hard, very hard. Especially when balancing all the other different balls in the air. I write & record all my own music, I direct and edit most of all my photo shoots & videos. I do all my own promotion and branding. I’m apart of every bit in the production. I just have a method to my madness. I won’t stop til I make it. Sleepless nights and restless days is how things get done. What helps me on the music side is that I’m always writing whether it’s in a notepad, or in my phone, or even typed out on the computer. I’M ALWAYS WRITING. Also, having my own studio allows me to record at my pleasure, which is truly a blessing.

What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment as an independent artist so far?

I’ve had many proud moments from making it on the televised news in my hometown, to the release of my first project : Waking Up The Neighbors, to being featured on Soundcloud. To seeing my mailing list grow to the thousands. Every step and little goal hit is just as meaningful to me as what some consider a “big accomplishment”. But for me, the most important accomplishment is when a fan listens to my music and tells me it saved their life or resonates with them on a deeper level. That’s why I do what I do.

If you could collab with any other musicians, singers, songwriters or producers, who would they be?

I would love to work with the likes of Drake, Juice Wrld, Kid Cudi, Kayne West, Oliver Francis, I think we would make some super dope music. Honestly, I’d love to work with anybody who is passionate about making quality, meaningful music.

You hail from Buffalo, NY, where do you hope your music will take you next?

ON TOUR! That is the big goal right now. I’d love to make a tour happen and play my heart out across the world and meet the amazing people who support me. Specifically, I would love to make it to Atlanta or LA for business purposes as that’s where the real connections are made.

In the realm of rap and hip-hop, cultural appropriation is always a hot topic, as an artist with a growing platform, what is your stance?

I guess I don’t have one. I stay out of things like that as much as I can. I think it comes down to one’s intentions and what they intend to do. There is a difference between appropriation & appreciation. Speaking for myself, I respect and appreciate the origins of rap & hip-hop. I’ve studied the greats and the history. I listen and keep up to date with the happenings and when making my art I may draw inspiration but I would never do it in a way to violate.

“Lies” is not your first project, you’ve had some other successful releases on major streaming platforms, what can fans expect from Conscious in the near future?

I have a lot of things in store for the future! I can’t speak on everything right now. But expect tons of new material including new singles, collaborations, music videos and my 4th project, “Path To Redemption’. So be on the look out for all that & much more!

Check out Conscious “LIES” on Apple Music

Discover more music by Conscious. Follow the links below.

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Jersey City Artist Mateo Ahki ‘No Plan B’ Album Equal Parts Grit and Realism

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Mateo Ahki No Plan B

Jersey City-based hip hop artist Mateo Ahki has released his latest project ‘No Plan B’. Labeling the compilation of street-heavy mixes as simply dope would be an understatement. While “No Plan B” delivers on the typical rap conventions included but not limited to deep bass lines and intricate lyrical acrobatics, Mateo Ahki delivers a unique vibe for listeners, one that is equal parts grit and realism.

Much like his single “Selena”, Mateo introduces a raw perspective. While the tracks on ‘No Plan B’ are not as playful as the single, they are equally as entertaining showcasing a larger than life personality. In fact, Mateo’s performance style is noteworthy and incredibly original.  As an artist, Mateo presents a multi-dimensional experience that breathes a fresh new life into the ever-morphing realm of hip-hop.

Through cuts like “Fulop” and “Diego”, Mateo makes contemporary references to aspects of popular culture which fans will easily relate to. As fans navigate through ‘No Plan B’, they will interact with a variety of experiences as shown through the lens of Mateo Ahki who communicates lyrically-speaking through a vast selection of tracks that vary from dark and mysterious to dreamy and melodic.

‘No Plan B’ is a dynamic body of work that speaks to Mateo’s diversity of an artist. Every track on the production offers its own energy and ambiance. While Mateo has a distinct cadence, his delivery varies greatly while still maintaining an overall chill essence.

Mateo Ahki brings back to light the elements of underground hip-hop that have most recently been elusive in the mainstream. Tracks on the project such as ‘Muddy’ however, are smeared  with heavy grime but catchy enough to appeal to the popular audience. Ahki’s tracks could contend effortlessly with the likes of artists such as Drake, Young Thug and Wiz Khalifa just to name a few.

Hip hop fans will enjoy the vivid storytelling that Mateo performs on tracks such as “Money Trees” and “Blue” which are two of the most popular tracks on the album. Mateo delivers an abundance of metaphors. He uses descriptive verbals to set up details scenes seamlessly.

If you happen to be a music connoisseur with a wide range of preferences in terms of genre, you will enjoy the sounds of Mateo Ahki. Though he is a young artist, he is deeply plugged into the origins of hip-hop and there are few artists that are capable of pulling of this type of sound in today’s pop-infused climate while still sounding current.

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Based in Jersey City, Mateo Ahki was described by Mike Borik of the The Source as “bringing a unique sound to the game”. The track “Selena” which is also featured on ‘No Plan B’ garnered over 52K plays on YouTube. New fans who encounter ‘No Plan B’ can expect to hear Mateo’s signature fusion of genres which include hip-hop, R&B, alternative and more.

‘No Plan B’ is available on all digital music platforms, so get some.

Connect with artist Mateo Ahki by following the links below.

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Visit www.melvelmusic.com

VA Rapper Camp Hip Hop Artist to Watch

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VA hip hop artist Camp

VA hip hop artist Camp

It’s no secret that the 757 has been home to some legendary hip hop artists and producers who by now are internationally recognized for their contributions to music over the last decades. While the earliest hip hop acts landed the area on the map as a formidable challenger in the rap arena, newer artists, groups and collaborations continue to emerge.

Still, giving a nod to their predecessors, the latest wave of rap artists are creating new styles, defining new boundaries and testing the limits of both creativity and imagination. One of the rising talents in hip hop is an artist who goes by the moniker of Camp. Based in the 757, Camp delivers a unique lyrical style that is equal parts grit and raw.

Check out the latest release by VA rapper Camp, “Gook”, now streaming on Soundcloud.

 

 

 

Just shy of 19-years old, artist Camp has always been drawn to music since an early age. The artist whose crafted a signature sound in his most recent release had aspired to be singer but later discovered rap and began penning his own lyrics and also performing freestyle. Keep an eye on the scene, your ear to the streets and stay tuned for what is to come from this hip hop artist to watch. Follow the links below to connect with Camp.

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Damian Redd Caught in a Fantasy Official Music Video from Upcoming Album 'Birth By Sleep: Genesis of Damian Redd'

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Damian Redd Music

Damian Redd Music

Artist, Damian Redd released an Official Music Video for his single “Caught in a Fantasy”. The track is a sultry production with salacious rhymes and lusty ambiance. Check out the video to “Caught in a Fantasy below.

Check Damian Redd “Caught in a Fantasy” on YouTube

 

Damian’s album ‘Birth By Sleep: Genesis of Damian Redd’ is now available for pre-order and on sale in all digital music stores on February 23, 2018. Learn more about Damian Redd by following the links below.

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Listen to Damian Redd Birth By Sleep: Genesis of Damian Redd

Young Beyond Don One Day An Uplifting Hip Hop Track from Upcoming EP I Traveled The West

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Young Beyond Don

 

Young Beyond Don

 

Artist Young Beyond Don just released a lyric video for his latest track “One Day”. If you enjoy uplifting hip-hop with a positive vibe and dope lyrics, you will enjoy the sounds of Young Beyond Don. Check out the video for “One Day”, now streaming on YouTube.

 

Watch Young Beyond Don “One Day” 

“One Day” is from Young Beyond Don’s upcoming EP Release ‘I Traveled The  West’, produced by YBD due to drop mid-2018.

Learn more about Young Beyond Don by following the links below.

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Interview with Shades Band Iowa City Indie Pop Duo Breaks Ground With New EP 'Can't See The Haters'

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This month we are featuring Iowa City band Shades, a brother and sister collabo whose debut EP ‘Can’t See The Haters’ is currently making waves across the music sphere. We wanted to get some further deets on the band’s project and gain some further insight into their ethos. Check out our interview with Shades members Casey and Mary Mattes below. 

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Can each of you share with us how you got started in music?

Our dad is a professional guitar player, so we’ve grown up with music as long as we can remember. I’ve played in small bands with friends since high school, and decided to pursue music on my own while studying it in college. Once I noticed my sister’s passion for the same creative arts, I knew we needed to team up to create something amazing.

What inspired you to team up to form a band?

Music is about expression. We’ve both been through so much, and we know that our fans have too. Mary puts her heart and soul into the lyrics of each song we produce, bringing forward problems that people our age are facing daily. We wanted to find an impactful way to address these issues presented throughout life and make our fans feel as though they’re not alone.

Shades has a very eclectic sound, who would you say are some of your musical influences? What types of music is in your playlists right now?

We’re huge fans of Twenty One Pilots, Jon Bellion, AJR, and Halsey. We’ve also heard that our indie pop sound reminds fans of The Chainsmokers, Daya, and James Blake.

Shades_Cant_See_HatersWhat made you decide to come up with the name Shades for your band? What is its significance?

We wear our Shades so we can’t see the haters!

Can you describe what a typical creative session would be to come up with a new song? What goes into the whole experience that we as listeners hear on the other end.

We’ll be creating some BTS videos to demonstrate the answer to this question. But for now, I (Casey) produce instrumentals and hand them over to Mary. She writes lyrics, we record, and I mix/master the music. Our beats and lyrics stem from very personal experiences.

‘Can’t See The Haters’ is your first EP, how did you decide on the song selections for the band’s debut?

We created an array of songs, but chose these because of their importance in creating our image. They’re based around our band name and everything we stand for. And, man. This EP is just the beginning.

Most kids today are just looking for a good beat it seems, especially in the mainstream. How important do you feel lyrical content is in music?

Lyrics are everything. A song without meaningful lyrics is wasted potential.

As an indie band and being in control of all aspects of your art, are there any difficulties or challenges in putting your music out and if so what are they and how do you manage them?

It’s difficult getting your music out there for just about any band without many industry connections. We’re based out of Iowa City, IA, so that’s a tricky work-around as well. Our band manager, Teressa Mattes, is doing a great job distributing our music to our passionate fans around the globe via the internet. Mary and I are perfecting our live show now, as well as recording more dope tracks for future EPs/albums. We’re going to continue putting in the work! It’s all about the grind, after all.

How long did it take you to work on your EP?

Almost 2 months!

Now that the EP is out, how do you feel about its reception?

We love seeing the feedback on social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook. Our fans are the best!

Can you tell us a little bit about the music scene in Iowa City?

Iowa City has a very tight knit music scene. Most bands who play here are still in college, except for the occasional more prominent artists who plays at Blue Moose. I’ve played as a solo artist at Blue Moose a number of times, and am looking forward to returning with Mary this year.

What are the best and worst things about working with your brother/sister?

We value family most out of anything out there. It’s amazing to be able to collaborate with the people you know and love, and at the same time work together to bring new experiences and ideas to the table when it comes to creating new music. We both have our own taste in music, so sometimes that delays creating new tracks, but it is always for the best. If we both approve a song we work together to produce, we know that fans of multiple genres and sounds will too!

Are there any other acts that the band would want to collaborate with in the future?

We’re down for anything.

The new year is really just starting and you definitely kicked in some doors with your project, what is next for Shades?

Keep an eye out for our next EP drop at the end of March 2018! It’s as gritty and lux as it gets…

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Shades is an American indie pop band formed in September 2017. The duo consists of siblings Casey Mattes (producer), and Mary Mattes (singer). Shades is a DIY pop group who writes, produces, and mixes/masters their own material from their home studio in Iowa City, Iowa.

Casey Mattes’ original music has been featured on “Spaced Out Magazine”, “VERSED”, and has won Artist Prolist’s Platinum Spotlight Challenge TWICE within the same year. Mary Mattes has been featured throughout Casey’s original songs over the last 4 years. Mid 2017, the brother and sister decided to combine their talents into the hit duo you see today.

Shades’ music style has been described as “dynamic”, combining elements of electropop, alternative hip hop, and EDM. Their lyrics, written by Mary, are poetry-based and reflect the all-too-real emotional states of many twenty-somethings who struggle to thrive in today’s world filled with hate.

In January of 2018, Shades dropped their first EP, “Can’t See The Haters”, consisting of 6 songs. “You can either let the hate blind you, or you can block it out,” said Casey, referring to their latest release. “This EP both introduces our band name to the world and describes the underlying meaning behind every piece of work we create. We wear our shades so we can’t see the haters, and we encourage you to do the same.” Casey continued, “This EP is just the beginning. We’re so excited to share with you what’s next.”

Their opening track on the EP, “Kill the Darkness”, was written to express the frustration built from the blossoming of an irrational, yet sweet fixation. Mary mentioned that this song represents an expression of consequence; when you let yourself recklessly fall in love with someone you can’t have, knowing damn well you’re diving into some murky morals.

In a nutshell, “Not Really Sorry” is a snarky, taunting song written about rejection. But more so, it’s lyrics represent the celebration of a sheer reluctance to compromise independence for a relationship. “Independence is an empowering trait,” said Mary. “This song for me conveys a realization of self importance and self empowerment… It’s just snarky as heck.”

Rainbowz” is by far the most unique song on the EP, loved by fans favoring all types of musical genres. “Writing this song was a unique experience. At the time I had just become homeless, so I was bunking in my car for the night. With nothing to occupy my attention, my mind fell down a Wizard of Oz rabbit hole, puzzling over how f***ing weird of a story it is, and all the conspiracy theory potential it has… Naturally, that segued into forcefully rapping about rainbows. But, in all seriousness, this song is an adaptation of the story’s concept- an interpretation reflecting my state of mind at the time.”

The statirecally written, romp of a song “American Dream” describes the current state of both our country and the world we’re forever evolving, for better or for worse. “I’m forever going to utilize social and political f***ery for creative inspiration,” stated Mary. The song lyrics take an independent stance for women and men of all traits, and implores acknowledgment from governmental personas.

Back & Forth” is an extremely catchy song about being fed up with shady powerplay in all facets of life… We’ll just let the lyrics speak for themselves:

Back and forth

lamenting the natural course

up and down of a power source

we’re stuck in a game, an oscillation

and I’m borrowed time

i’m reaching a decline

for a twisted rendition

of something more divine”

The title track, “Can’t See The Haters” started out as an instrumental track which Casey composed between midnight and the early morning hours of one single week. Mary was given the song, & told to “run with it”, both vocally and lyrically. Mary explained, “For a while, it was just ‘Sad Song in F’. We wanted something genuine and impactful for this song. It took delving straight into my feels and digging out my most vulnerable self to pull together the exact sound and feeling.” This anthem of a song is a fervent breath of fresh air in the music industry today. “Can’t See The Haters” is quickly becoming an intoxicating, enduring crowd favorite among fans.

Shades’ unique mix of indie pop and alternative hip hop has become a crowd-pleasing genre which the duo has used to gain a massive following in their hometown. It won’t be long before their music is sung by audiences across the nation!

Listen to Shades’ Single “Can’t See The Haters”

Connect with Shades Music

Listen on Spotify http://spoti.fi/2EYU4Qy

Visit  https://www.shadesbandofficial.com

Check out Shades’ EPK: https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/shadesbandofficial

Like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cantseethehaters/

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Shades Can’t See The Haters EP-Casts a Brilliant Light through the Darkness Relatable, Gritty and Intoxicatingly Beautiful

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Iowa City Indie pop duo Shades recently released their debut EP ‘Can’t See The Haters’. The band, which consists of siblings Casey Mattes (producer) and Mary Mattes (vocalist) is squad goals. After all, some of the best bands have had the sibling connection (Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance) so it only makes sense that Shades’ undertaking is purely in sync. ‘Can’t See The Haters’ consists of 6 singles, all of which showcase the band’s performance prowess, vocal talents, songwriting skills, and musicianship.

Though Shades is considered an indie pop collective, upon first listen it is evident that their music has a distinct mainstream appeal. Listeners will capture elements of alternative rock, hip-hop and EDM music. Casey and Mary are dialed into the sounds that are current today, the sounds that mean the most to younger audiences.  

Even though their music expresses a strong sensibility for what is trendy, Shades’ sound is by no means basic. ‘Can’t See The Haters’ is a complex formulation of luminescent melodies, inspiring lyrical content, and youthful vibrance. Though Shades’ inception is relatively new, it is evident that the respective artists have been working diligently to craft their sounds for quite some time. We’ll take you through the 6 tracks on the EP and share a few highlights, but we highly recommend delving into the sounds of Shades for yourself to gain the full experience.

The Music

The first song on the EP is “Not Really Sorry” which casts a very bright light in terms of ambiance. The song has a pleasantly rebellious flair that is reminiscent to Tay Tay’s 1989. No shade (no pun intended!) we totally love Tay Tay but let’s keep it one to the hundred, “Not Really Sorry” has much more bounce and goes to places where Miss Swift probably wouldn’t dare. The track is edgy but not gritty, spirited but not vexed.

“Not Really Sorry” is layered with ear-pleasing instrumentals, delivering a fun pop sound with a bit of dirty bass making it a perfectly cool club sound factor or a laid-back chill tune. The song presents a fusion of synth-infused EDM, dreamy melodies and cooling ambient waves. Fans of pop and EDM blends will enjoy the festive feel of the song.

Although the track has an elevated feel, the lyrical content contrasts the vibe of the song. Mary expresses some frustration with a relationship and asks some pertinent questions that seem to lead to some form of self-discovery. Mary sings, “I’m not the type to follow your agenda”, which speaks to the freeing feelings associated with being independent. She goes on to sing, “maybe, we’ll see I’ll try to stick around, if you try to hold your ground, there is no guarantee”. This is a theme that anyone can relate to in terms of balancing a relationships and personal aspirations. We get the feeling that Mary feels no regret if she has to shelf a partner, friend or foe and focus on her goals, we can dig that.

The next track on the EP that fans will get to absorb is “Kill The Darkness” a dynamic track with a fantastic hybrid of electronic music elements. As the song progressives listeners will experience a wave of emotions as expressed through vocals and music intertwined. Once again, listeners will encounter a production that deals with the changing tides of human relations. “Kill The Darkness” conveys a conflicted experience that will resound with listeners.

As Mary sings, “we got problems, the list runs as long as the road that’s before us”, she makes no mistake to still mention, that she has “tunnel vision”. We really appreciate being able to experience the raw emotion behind this track which is complemented by the instrumentals. Mary showcases the diverse range of her skills by also spitting a few rap bars on this track, doing so in the most poetic manner.

“Kill The Darkness” starts of with warm set of melodies which quickly transform into electrifying sonic waves and dub sequences which roar across the mix. The track has an interesting tropical vibe that is temperate but also refreshing. The vibe of the track is energetic, uplifting and sensory.

Following, “Kill The Darkness” is the fitting mix, “Rainbowz” which has a grittier edge. At this point in the EP it is clear that the songs are arranged in such a manner to tell a story. “Rainbowz” takes a very direct approach and also has a slightly darker ambiance than the previous tracks, despite its title. The song morphs before the ears, delivering a multifaceted listening experience that journeys from street to dreamy and dark to light with vocal musings.

“Rainbowz” transitions through classical sounding instrumentals to cinematic waves and beyond urban-laced beats. The track has a deep dark base line and sharp percussive accents. Ambient waves peer through the arrangement while stretchy synths linger in harmony with Mary’s vocals which alter from theatrical to gritty rap.

“Rainbowz” is truly an artistic production that is deep in terms of lyrical content and complex in terms of musical production. The song is as aggressive as it is subtle and as uplifting as it is pensive. By the song’s finish, fans will feel an odd sense of elation and a touch of hope as delicate melodies and an epic vocal performance gently fade out.

A song that tells another moving story while showing off the band’s wide rage is “American Dream”. The track offers an orchestrated sound that is mashed up with a folksy feel and retro pop vibe. The song deals with many different topics and issues that are relevant today, making the song timely. Despite the energetic feel of the track, there are some heavy messages expressed through the songwriting.

When, Mary sings, “What would you say if I stood up an walked the fuck away”, listeners can feel frustrations with conventional means. The song is sung from several different perspective which creates an interesting balance in the storytelling. The focus of the song toggles in such a way that it conveys a series of emotions that range from anger and frustration to contentment and resolve. Lyrics that stick out which sum up the experience are “My dream is not your dream, but I really like it”.

Shades bring the tempo down on “Back & Forth”, another powerful song with enticing instrumentals and a compelling vocal performance. “Back & Forth” introduces fans to a different side of Shades, one that will not be experienced in the previous tracks. This song which also delivers quintessential songwriting, is immense though it plays out like lounge staple. Mary gives a sultry vocal performance over grooving sonic layers for a completely infectious experience.

Shades slays on this song in more ways than one. Mary sings, “Catch me and lock me up, cuz you’re in control, you’re on top” and then “ you out of line, a rogue detonator and when your trigger’s pulled my walls are fallin’ down’. We are here for this explosive track that is delivered with such subtlety that it will either hypnotize you into submission or leave you picking up the pieces.

We’re excited about the instrumentals on this track because they are a delectable fusion of throwback synths and futuristic ambient waves with a faint hip-hop vibe. “Back & Forth” is complicated and intoxicatingly beautiful.

‘Can’t See The Haters’ concludes with the title track, a song which starts out with cinematic waves and rich piano melodies. The song performs like a dark street ballad as each layer slowly builds from the dark, converging with illuminated moments before returning to shadowy areas. Fans will enjoy the changing textures of this track which convey feely vibes and an emotional vocal performance.

Shades gives listeners strong lyrical content and powerful songwriting that lingers in the mind touching on realistic complexities. Few artists are able to do this while also bringing good music to the table. Often we are forced to accept one or the other and take the trade-offs as they come for the sake of mainstream entertainment. “Can’t See The Haters” accomplishes the daunting task of putting out great music that speaks to the spirit while delivering powerful messages. Check out the single, “Can’t See The Haters” on Spotify.

Listen to Shades “Can’t See The Haters”  on Spotify

‘Can’t See The Haters’ by Shades is a street anthem for today’s millennial. The band touches on relevant themes that will resonate with listeners from coast to coast. Shades has discovered a way to connect with fans through inspiring performances that are both fearless and entertaining. Through descriptive storytelling, reverberating music and uncomfortable conversations, Shades ironically brings to light the challenges faced by young people on a wide scale. If you enjoy bands such as Twenty One Pilots, Chainsmokers, and Paramore, and artists such as Halsey and Melanie Martinez, you will enjoy the sounds of Shades.

Shades Band_Can't See The HatersHailing from Iowa City, IA, Shades is a “DIY pop group” meaning they write, produce, mix and master their own material right from their own studio. The producer and singer-songwriter duo are brother and sister and their eclectic sound has been described as “dynamic”. Shades is known for blending together facets of electropop, alternative, hip-hop and EDM. Mary, the vocalist of the team pens the lyrics and they are often rooted in poetry while also reflecting the ethos of twenty-somethings who struggle to thrive in today’s world filled with hate.” (Shades)

Shades released their debut EP ‘Can’t See The Haters’ in January 2018. About their project the band’s producer Casey states, “You can either let the hate blind you, or you can block it out”. Casey goes on to say, “This EP introduces our band name to the world and describes the underlying meaning behind every piece of work we create. We wear our Shades so we can’t see the haters and we encourage you to do the same.” Casey lets fans know, “This EP is just the beginning, We’re so excited to share with you what’s next”.

Shades’ music is a fusion of indie pop and alternative hip hop, a genre which today’s millennial music lovers are drawn to. The duo continues to make ground with their music as they a have already amassed a legion of loyal followers from their hometown. It is just a matter of time before Shades becomes a household name and their songs are being sung by a global audience. Learn more about Shades by following the links below.

Connect with Shades Music

Listen on Spotify http://spoti.fi/2EYU4Qy

Visit  https://www.shadesbandofficial.com

Check out Shades’ EPK: https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/shadesbandofficial

Like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cantseethehaters/

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shadesbandofficial/

Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-112041493

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cantseethem

Shop Shades Band on Apple Music

Artist Mike Maro Releases The Weekend Remix A Personal Perspective on a Relatable Experience

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Mike Maro

Mike Maro

UK-based hip-hop artist and rapper Mike Maro just released a remix to “The Weekend”, chart-topping smash single from singer and songwriter SZA. The track was the third single released from her debut album ‘Ctrl’ in 2017. The song was wildly popular and even received a Grammy Award Nomination for Best R&B Performance. There is little wonder why Mike Maro decided to select this particular song to remix a la hip-hop, but fans will discover that there is a little more to the story.

It is important to note that “The Weekend” remix is not a debut project for Mike Maro. In fact, the rapper has released previous renditions of popular songs and freestyles via his YouTube channel over the last year. Thus far, each of the artist’s releases have received ample play and countless nods from fans far and wide.

“The Weekend” Remix is set alongside a sultry composition of instrumental layers that are bear a close resemblance to the vibes of neo-soul. The artist, with laid-back energy, spits a flurry of hip-hop bars speaking directly to a female muse. Mike Maro, who has gained recognition for his previous renditions, asserts himself as a legitimate rapper with some seriously dope skills.

While the mood of the remix is subdue, the lyrics are anything but. While Mike does not travel down the same path that SZA does in terms of theme, he does put his own spin on the track and creates his own visuals through his performance. While SZA is speaking to another female about essentially sharing a man on the weekends, Mike discusses a personal relationship with his own partner. The rapper uses a series of salacious metaphors to explain what he plans to do with his lady love.

The artist tells us that, “‘The Weekend’ remix of SZA’s original touches on my personal relationship and how me and my girl almost always broke up on the weekends, but instead made up and resolved it all before things got worse”. We can respect an artist that decides to bare himself to the world. He goes on the say, “I made the song reflect my own life as opposed to the original which was more flirty”. Drawing on an intimate will certainly impact with fans who will find the overall theme of the remix to be very relatable. Check out the video below.

Watch Mike Maro “The Weekend” Rmx Now Streaming on YouTube

Mike Maro was born and raised in Nigeria but relocated to the UK at the age of 17 in order to undertake a Law degree at the University of Essex. Upon graduation, Mike decided to pursue his dream of being a rapper, something he has desired to achieve since he was a child. The artist is recognized for producing catchy remixes from popular artists.

Though fans have come to love his renditions from notable acts, he has plans to release his own self-produced material with dates to be determined. For now, Mike Maro the law student turned hip-hop artist is working to expand his reach and connect with a broader audience.

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Mateo Ahki Selena-An Infectious Hip-Hop Track Underground Vibes Meet Mainstream Smash

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Mateo Ahki

Mateo Ahki

Jersey City music artist Mateo Ahki recently released “Selena” a new hip-hop fusion with dark beats and salacious lyrics. The track is highly-infectious as it catches the attention with bang up hook and imaginative bars. Mateo Ahki is a bright artist with a unique flair for the original. Selena which has evolved into a household name and pop-culture staple continues to re-emerge in different forms whether it is to pay homage to the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez or the Disney star turned pop sensation Selena Gomez, the name has its own inherent power to evoke a myriad of emotions for music fans.

Judging by his latest release, Mateo Ahki is a formidable emcee who has crafted a signature style that is signed, sealed and delivered specifically for the masses. While “Selena” has a dusty underground vibe, the song is righteously addictive and has mainstream smash hit qualities. The track which is entertaining offers a slight party feel with a distinct street edge. Though Mateo hails from New Jersey, fans who dig the sounds of Southern rap, will enjoy listening to “Selena” which advances at a slower, laid-back tempo.

Mateo spits his bars across the track in a deep tone. The artist maintains a balanced performance in terms of the tone of his voice however, he does show off his personality when he nails some accents at the end of every hook. Mateo has an ear-pleasing rap cadence that conveys the lyrical content of the song effectively. His voice in combination with the instrumentals are expressed in a steady manner, creating a seamless hybridization of sound factors for listeners.

Throughout the track, Mateo demonstrates his skill as a lyricist. During “Selena” he drops some famous names in pop culture outside of Selena such as Venus and Serena, Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman, Gina, and Aaliyah just to name a few. His metaphors are relevant and his topic of discussion is lighthearted. Fans from across several generational spreads will recognize these references and quickly find the irony in Mateo’s mentions which is affirmatively dope.

In addition to the track release itself, Mateo dropped a music video for “Selena” which is currently streaming on YouTube. The video was released on February 7th and has already locked down over 4,000 views in just a few short days.

The music video for “Selena” is nothing short of pro status. Set against several different backdrops inspired by the city lights and night liffe, “Selena” progresses with Mateo Ahki transitioning through different frames spitting flows solo and among his camp. Visuals of female actress who we presume is symbolic for Selena are woven in between the video’s frames throughout the display. Check out the video for “Selena” below.

Watch Mateo Ahki “Selena”


About “Selena”, Mateo says the song, “takes listeners on an emotional roller coaster as they experience many different creative sides”

The artist is clearly a stunning creative that will shake things up on the music scene. Judging by the time that went into producing his video, Mateo is on another level while the rise to the top gets even more fierce and competitive for independent artists who are now making music on their own terms. With a style that is difficult to match and a sound that is all his own, Mateo Ahki will be a strong force to reckon with. We can’t wait to see what’s next on the menu for this young creative who is seriously serving up some solid rap skills.

Mateo Ahki is hoping to “bring a new sound to the game” as he states. His music is a blend of hip-hop, R&B, alternative music and many other popular styles. Mateo creates what he describes to be “musical masterpieces” while showcasing his wide range as an artist. These elements can be experienced on his most recent track “Selena”. Look for Mateo Ahki’s EP release, coming soon. In the meantime, follow the links below to learn more about the artist and his music.

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BLOW_FLYY MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT Get Litty with this Party Track

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Blow Flyy

 

Blow Flyy

Artist BLOW_FLYY has just released a music video for the track “You Know You Like It” from his album ‘It’s Like I Got a Set of Wings’. Check out the visuals, now streaming on YouTube.

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BLOW_FLYY Music

Canadian Hip-hop and Rap artist Anthony Grant who goes by the moniker BLOW_FLYY is inspired by a passion for music and his personal experiences. He is bringing a new sound and unique style of performing through his lyrical content and throwback rhythms.

BLOW_FLYY started penning poetry at a young age which led him to creating his signature flow. His style is a fusion of hip-hop and pop. He spent a good deal of time in the underground scene and was able to study the industry, and later open up opportunities for other indie artists. With a knack for growing an audience through online communities, he has made new discoveries and perfected his craft.

The artist is known for delivering a clean but entertaining experience, one that skips over vulgarities that are common with rap music. BLOW_FLYY is a rare find. BLOW_FLYY continues to pursue a career as an independent artist, gaining global respect within the industry and breaking new ground in both Canada and the U.S.

 

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