Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

Interview with Florida rapper Jae Mottie

Jae Mottie, one-half of Jacksonville, Florida based hip-hop group N.E.S. (Never Ending Struggle) is a dual threat as an MC, producer and also mixes tracks. His solo debut album “GreenLights​:​GreySkies” showcases all of these qualities as Mottie has produced 10 of the 15 tracks himself. Jae Mottie’s distinctive vocal deliveries are mature, with a recognizable Southern rhythmic bounce, as he shines as an artist with some substance; a breath of fresh air in the now-stagnant world of hip-hop.

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  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

Jae Mottie: I started taking things seriously around 2007 tho I’ve been writing since 7th grade. I got into writing in middle school, my partners was like “ let’s start a group” out of the blue. Around ‘02 ’03, I recorded my first song with my brother best friend Aaron. He told me I had potential. I continued to grow from there. I bought a Roland mc 505 and started making beats, and progressed from there. Thus here I am today.

  1. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Jae Mottie: My mom played a lot of Gladys Knight and ZZ Hill so they grew on me a lot, other than that a lot of soul music. Far as hip hop goes I came up on Bone their arrangements were on another level, Outkast, Jay Z, No limit era, but ultimately Nas got me into lyrics and wanting to rap. I wrote my first song to “The Message” beat on It was written.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Jae Mottie: Currently I’m on that duval tip, so people in the city Reesyro new tape, Dola, my own beat tape, I like to ride and listen to beats. I have some joints with Reesyro we gonna knock out some more. Haven’t got into the lab with Dola yet but planning to soon.

  1. Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ from within the industry, and if so how have you handled that, and how do you handle criticism and haters in general?

Jae Mottie: I haven’t experienced any resistance so to speak, folks just have to get to know you. I’m an advocate on having your own opinion, so I handle criticism very well. I take it all constructively. I like to know how people view my music, but more importantly how did they come that conclusion.

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  1. What are your thoughts on visual media and Youtube? Do think that video is an appropriate marketing tool for your music, and how do you produce your visual media?

Jae Mottie: I feel it’s vital. I grew up on rap city on cable TV to static filled music videos on the box. It allows the people to get a feel of you. Music videos, interviews, etc. it’s about letting the people into your world. My music is very descriptive already so creating a treatment is basically listening to the song and bringing it to life with a little added flare.

  1. Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

Jae Mottie: It’s hard to pick, I enjoy both equally for different reasons. They go hand in hand. That excitement of recording a new joint is refreshing, and then to perform it and see how the crowd gravitates towards it is priceless.

  1. How do you usually make your beats, is it sample and synth based? And do you use real instruments at any time?

Jae Mottie: I love the sampled sound, but that hasn’t clicked for me as of yet how I would like it to. I just make everything from scratch. Come up with a melody and go from there. I have had musicians come in and play for me. It makes a world of difference. I want to do more of it as I teach myself to play live instruments.

  1. Which piece of hardware or software would you consider the most essential in your setup, and that you would be a little lost without?

Jae Mottie: Apple iMac most definitely, It brings everything together. The beats, rhymes, artwork, it’s a beast.

  1. Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre thriving with newcomers and wannabes?

Jae Mottie: I really don’t know. I just focus on being the best artist and person I can be. I feel that’s for the listeners to answer, but I think they feel my sincerity in what I do.

  10. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

Jae Mottie: Passion all day. I love listening and creating music. It’s the universal language. A song can touch you in many different ways and affect your mood.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Jae Mottie: Being able to do what you want, when you want without any ones approval. If I choose to make a song about whatever and put it out I can with no problem. On the other end of the spectrum you have to structure everything, from booking shows, artwork design, social media networking, etc., but mainly putting up the money for everything can be the biggest discouragement. .

  1. How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?

Jae Mottie: I started doing everything myself through hand to hand. Social media is cool but being seen and enter-acting with people to me is best. Larry carries the load nowadays, which is good for me, gives me more time to create.

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  1. How do you achieve your great sound? Do you work exclusively a private home recording environment or do you use a commercial sound studio too?

Jae Mottie: I do everything in house. It’s more intimate and you can take your time. I then outsource my mixes for mastering.

  1. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Jae Mottie: The best would be just by myself. There are plenty of other artists but only one me. I feel I should have relocated, but everything happens for a reason, I feel that’s coming soon though.

  1. Gives your personal shortlist of hip hop’s 3 greatest producers – living or dead?

Jae Mottie: Organized Noize, Mannie Fresh, Pimp C

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and indie music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web, making it difficult for real talent to emerge?

Jae Mottie: I wouldn’t say its fundamental because there are artist with a huge online following but no huge sales or sold out shows. On the flip side there are artist with a low online presence, but have a huge buzz in the streets, and can pack a venue. It does make you more accessible that’s great, but it also does make it harder to get folks to take a listen because of all the trash flooding the feeds.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which 3 keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

Jae Mottie: Southern, cool, original

  1. Straight off the top of your head, how would you describe the current state of Hip-hop?

Jae Mottie: Its cool far as business goes. An artist can hold their destiny in their hands so to speak nowadays.

  1. As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or some other tangible milestone?

Jae Mottie: Things like that doesn’t do anything for me. A lot of the artists that inspired and motivated me don’t have some of those accolades on their resume. Being able to touch a person’s soul, rocking a crowd and the impact you can make in someones life is the ultimate reward.

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

Jae Mottie: Sell my soul for fame or fortune.

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