M.C. ZackAttack: “Rap Or Die!” – on his daily grind!

Zachery Duncan, or rather M.C. ZackAttack , has been influenced by new age lyrical poets who speak their mind through music since 2010. Soon he’ll be releasing his newest mixtape “Mind Over Madness”. M.C. ZackAttack  has recently dropped his single, “Rap Or Die!” Let me start off by saying this track isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it, I would say it’s a hit and miss for certain people.  We all know that the quality of hip-hop has gone downhill, with a lot of artists either going for shock value with vulgar lyrics or relying heavily on glossy production

MoEoStAr: “Algorythmic Intelligence” – You’ll find a sense of comfort in the quaintness

Norwegian Independent producer Mattias Gillis Winge Rudh better known as MoEoStAr, played the clarinet and saxophone in various bands while growing up. He started producing in the 1990s, but gave it up while pursuing an engineering degree. For a period in his life, he was simply an active music listener, until he discovered the new production software via a smartphone app. In 2016 he started the “less than a $1000 Album” project, where he aims to produce and release a full album on a $1000 budget. In the meantime MoEoStAr has dropped the single, “Algorythmic Intelligence”. Notwithstanding its modern technological

J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Big Chris: ‘Bad Timing’ – high quality production and seamless transitions

After a successful release of his last single ‘F The World’ in Summer of 2016, UK based RnB artist and producer Big Chris releases his newest album ‘Bad Timing’ available via all major media providers. Recorded by Big Chris and John Robinson at Clique Studios, London and Miami Live, Miami. The album mix was finalized by Mixbytrip at Circle House Miami. Inspirations of The Dream, Mike Posner and R Kelly can be heard throughout. This album has some really original, unique, futuristic cuts on it, as would be expected. Big Chris is a more audacious artist than most in the R&B game right now, because he says what

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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