“HAZEY (The EP)” finds a way to highlight every element of its artistry

Hazey aka Yung Doowee is a 19 year old producer and artist from Dallas, Texas. He moved to Portland 2 years ago and has devoted himself to his music. His latest EP release is the 10 track self-titled “HAZEY (The EP)”. Hazey oscillates between extremes of exhilarating and surreal, through the album, both musically and lyrically. There’s plenty of wheedled and growled phraseology, as well as temperate and tuneful melodic singing, too. Hazey, makes the eccentricities of “HAZEY (The EP)” sound like embryonic visions of a future, calculating take on trap music. The results are something to behold. In its

Flexico Deeskie: ‘Leanin’’ falls within trap’s ever-expanding parameters

Flexico Deeskie comes out of Dallas, TX, to where he moved from Kansas City, MO, in 2005. Fresh on the grid, he became an active artist in July of this year, and has been steadily dropping singles to build his catalog and fan base. Flexico’s emphasis on a positive attitude and grinding, pops up regularly as does his commitment and dedication to his craft. These trademarks of his personality and style, are of course very much evident in the single project, ‘Leanin’’. Trap music’s roots date back quite a few years, and it’s been a presence in rap’s mainstream in

“Trump in the Trunk” attacks political, social and cultural issues

From Backwards is a master at creating high quality music with low quality satire. The only thing more surprising than how well those two aspects mesh, is how well he performs them on stage. His genius, however, lies within the fact that while he will laugh at (not with) almost everything he does, his audience will nod and move in sheer appreciation that someone is able to articulate the frustrations they otherwise are unable to deal with. From Backwards is the much needed fifth of whisky to last year’s presidential debates. Hip-hop and politics have been together for a long

Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ takes synth-pop to a different set of limits

There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic just about any sound today…if you know what to mimic of course! Our current generation of electronic heroes can knock up the most devastating beats, create massive drops, and stirring buildups, so synth-pop might seem like the simplest form of electronica to them. Technically that is. Because musically we’re talking two

C-Los N.S: “Ye-Tape” features a wide range of thought-provoking lyrics

Songwriter and Rap Artist C-Los N.S (Carlos Ruelas) was born in Santa Rosa, California (East L.A.), and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He recently released his mixtape, entitled “Ye-Tape”. After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is a mature product. C-Los N.S sounds like he has graduated from the rap game. He has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music, while the experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers. The production created is haunting with each song bringing about a different mood but it fits the messages masterfully. Beginning

Third Realm: “The Suffering Angel” – a bold and compelling addition to the group’s growing legacy

Recently signed to Distortion Productions, Third Realm is the eclectic dark electronic project founded in 2000 by Nathan Reiner of Buffalo, New York. The danceable darkwave band with powerful industrial tones, is known for their shadowy, sexed-up blend of synth rock and intense vocals. On their brand new album, “The Suffering Angel”, the collective spends half the time perfecting their gritty, driven sound and the other half eclipsing all expectations of their efforts. The result is an intense listen with tremendous highs, and outstanding performances by members, Nathan Reiner (Lead Vocals/Music Production/Songwriter), Arrow Fitzgibbon (Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Sampler), Melanie Beitel (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)

Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

Nika Starr, female Soul/RnB singer from Toronto, is currently working with her mentor DT the Artist for Artist Development from the ‘Ground Up Program’. Her latest single is “Connection” which was produced by ClevaMix Records with an instrumental from ShamGodBeats. Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, means they always want to back you into a corner and force you to wear a label. Unfortunately, that means you either fall into one of two categories: sexy or cute, and maybe lust or love. Now more than ever people need to be reminded that women can be in more than

Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Jack Travis is set to challenge today’s hip hop competition

Jack Travis is not one for a lot of colorful words and shiny packaging. “I wanna bring some true spittin back to the game,” he says. An Alabama native, Jack Travis spits aggressive and uncompromising lyrics rooted in his Southern upbringing. A fresh face in the hip hop world, the Atlanta transplant takes the diction of the rap game to new heights with engaging metaphors, similes and analogies that fuses his humble beginnings with pop culture. Influenced by the rap culture of the mid to late ’90s Jack Travis is set to challenge today’s hip hop competition. Not only with the lyrical side, He produces and engineers much of his music.

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

Jack Travis: I released my first piece of music in Sept. 2011. I’ve always had an ear and interest in music, from crying for a drumset when I was young to lying beside the jambox all night waiting for the right songs to record on my cassette tapes a couple years later. Although, my original plan for moving to Atlanta was to create a record company and a cousin of mine was to be the “rap star” but that didn’t work out as planned and I soon saw that the talent that I saw in him could only be bested by me and certainly not any “artist” that I was running across. All that came together, to bring about my rap career.

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

Jack Travis: I’m a fan of music period and can remember all sorts of music from the past but the 1st song to catch my attention was from “The Pharcyde” “Passin Me By”, 1st CD I ever bought was “A Tribe Called Quest”, ”The Low End Theory” but ultimately Outkast and that whole Goodie Mobb/Dungeon Family movement got me.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Jack Travis: Jack Travis (Even though… I don’t listen to my music that much, I listen to theirs even less) \\_(*,*)_//

  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?

Jack Travis: I wouldn’t say necessarily “resistance” it’s been more of an “unwillingness” as far the certain people that one would like to be interested. Here in Atlanta it’s more about “who you are” than “what you are/trying to be”. With that said, I haven’t had many people that had something bad to say about my music. I have certainly heard that production, engineering, etc… could be better. A hater will bear the wrath… A constructive critic will get a salute.

  1. What are your thoughts on visual media and Youtube? Do think that video is an appropriate marketing tool for your music, and do you have any videos published for fans to see?

Jack Travis: ABSOLUTELY. In fact, these days a good visual representation can get you just as noticed as a hot song. Here’s my most recent video http://bit.ly/1iBywh2

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

Jack Travis: It’s not a matter of preference, in my case I’ve done more creating in the studio then I’ve done live shows but I feel as though if you can’t be great in the studio you can’t be great on stage.

  1. Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle, and which do you outsource generally?

Jack Travis: Aside from being an artist, I also produce. My previous efforts have been an mixture of both my and outside production. Recently I began engineering my own music. I’m open to outsourcing, but at this point my musical journey has dictated I do most of it myself.

  1. What is the title of your latest music release and where can fans find it? 

Jack Travis: “I’m Back!” is my latest music release. Song here: http://bit.ly/1OEzEhX Video here: http://bit.ly/1kd1ANT Website here: http://impyre.wix.com/jacktravis 

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

Jack Travis: The fact that I am an artist first and foremost, in a time where these “Newcomers” are merely rappers. In my opinion that gives me the “special sauce” to out cook the competition.

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  1. 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?

Jack Travis: For me it’s passion. I’ve always had an obsession and a difference when it came to listening to music I knew i heard nuances, and was captivated by it. I can do many things in life but my passion for music overrides it all.

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

Jack Travis: It’s funny… just that. The fact that I’m an indie artist is exciting because in theory that means more money in my pocket, but at the same time being an indie artist is the most discouraging because that means I literally have to fund the campaign myself and hope that it catches on because if it doesn’t I don’t have a machine in my corner to pick up the slack.

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

Jack Travis: At one point not too long ago, I had to manage everything myself, here lately though, I’ve been fortunate enough to run across a couple of people that are lending their assistance in expanding my visibility in this here rap world.

  1. How do you achieve your sound? Do you work from a private recording environment or do you use a commercial sound studio?

Jack Travis: Private studio for the most part but I do have access to a couple of post production studio’s that I use for the final listening sessions.

  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?

Jack Travis: The best piece of advice I’ve followed so far is don’t stop, stay consistent. The piece of advice that I didn’t follow and wish that I should have from the start was invest in yourself. I was too busy looking for people to invest in me.

  1. If you had the choice which famous and/or successful producer would you like to collaborate with?

Jack Travis: Kanye.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to independent artists and indie music in general, or do you think it only creates ‘fake of fabricated fame’?

Jack Travis: I definitely think it’s important but I do realize how easy it is to fake an image and also how vital it is to have a real core fan base that you can touch.

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

Jack Travis: Aggressive. Solid. Fresh.

  1. Straight of the top of your head, how would you describe the current state of Hip-hop, R&B and Rap?

Jack Travis: Stale and mediocre.

  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 any other tangible milestone? 

Jack Travis: With the way I’ve seen individual trophies downgraded lately due to maybe not the most deserving artist winning… they don’t hold as much importance. Standing on the stage with a crowd full of people chanting my name and lyrics is what I dream about constantly.

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

Jack Travis: Be wack.

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