“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

Jade Steel – entertaining audiences worldwide with cutting edge rock music!

Singer – Author Jade Steel for many years now, has been entertaining audiences worldwide with cutting edge rock music, containing stories of subjects that range from high hopes to post-apocalyptic warfares with heroes and villains. Stories that tell of world strife and his travels around the globe, and as of late a story revolving around a stone with a single green spot, a rare Green stone that makes up a powerful unique time travel device called, “The Rondo”. As a successful performer and story teller, Jade was born in San Francisco after the summer of love to hippy revolutionary parents. Fresh out of high school he first came into the public eye as a lead singer for a young punk band called Corrupted Youth. After that he become the lead singer for the Northern California Metal Band called “Cold Steel”. During the creation of his first solo album, “Jade Steel”, the world renowned festival “Reggae on the River” was started in Jade’s hometown, and allowed him to become partake and to become exposed and explore other genres of music such as rock and reggae.

  1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

Jade Steel: since I was 15, I started singing in a punk Rock band Corrupted Youth. Now it’s been 20+ years

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

Jade Steel: Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Beatles Stones AC/DC.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Jade Steel: So many can’t list…I love many.

  1. Do you remember the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased? And which is the one piece of hardware you’re still looking to add to your collection now?

Jade Steel: Microphone, I have always been a writer.

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  1. Tell us something about your current band and instrument setup?

Jade Steel: Guitars, bass drums, sometimes 2 guitars.

  1. Studio work and music creation, or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Jade Steel:  Both, I love both.

  1. Which one of your original songs gets your adrenalin running the most, when performing in front of an audience?

Jade Steel: – Good question, it remains to be seen…

  1. On which one of your songs do you feel you delivered your personal best performance so far, from a technical point of view?

Jade Steel: – So far I think “Hold the Stone” is still in the lead, but everyone seems to have they’re own favorite.

  1. Which ingredient (or trademark sound) do you think is most essential in making your music sound the way it does?

Jade Steel: Having a good producer that understands the music is essential.

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  1. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business?

Jade Steel: Heart!

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

Jade Steel: – I like it when the music takes shape and the songs begin to grow, I also like to see the way it affects the fans…The actual music business sucks, it’s cutthroat and merciless, it all boils down to Money not talent.

  1. Tell us something about your songwriting processes. Do you allow songs to come to you naturally or do you lock yourself up in a room and work at it?

Jade Steel: both

  1. How involved are you in any of the the recording, producing, mastering and marketing processes of your music. Do you outsource any of these processes?

Jade Steel: – I’m very involved in all but mastering. No outsourcing yet.

  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?

Jade Steel: Luck, perseverance, campaigning, touring.

  1. At this point, as an independent artist, which is the one factor you desire most, and feel will undeniably benefit the future of your music?

Jade Steel: – A good team, and promotion.

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

Jade Steel: – There is a lot of “saturation” but it also increases the competition of being a good artist.

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

Jade Steel:- “Jade Steel & Emerald Triangle “Hold the Stone” internet, tours and Radio.

  1. What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as an indie alternative rock artist, in your quest to achieve your goals and wider-spread success?

Jade Steel: – Overcoming the huge budget of a successful promotional campaign.

  1. Let’s imagine for one second that you had the chance to be in any word-famous band (from past to present) of your choice, who would that band be, and why?

Jade Steel:- Mick Jagger, he swallowed the world.

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT ever willing or prepared to do, in your quest to achieve success?

Jade Steel: – Sacrifice my ethics!

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