Digital Gringo: “Project Mayhem” cannot be described as anything less than brilliant!

Right of the cuff, two things caught my attention about Modesto, California creative, Digital Gringo. Firstly, his biography reads: “Digital Gringo is a rapper that raps”. And secondly, how many rappers do you know that rhyme perfectly to the funky beat foundation of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”? But my enchantment with this atypical rapper didn’t stop there, while listening to his aptly named 12 track album – “Project Mayhem”. In fact, as a description, ‘mayhem’ may actually be an understatement once you’ve run through the entirety of this recording. The tones and moods on this album run from

Omar Bowing: “Women” – the expansive arrangement gives it a progressive bent

Omar Bowing is an independent musician and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. Omar who plays the guitar and guitarviol works with a revolving group of musicians to bring his songs to life. In particular he often collaborates with Tyson Yen, who has lent his voice to almost all of Bowing’s tracks. Omar Bowing’s latest musical creation is simply entitled “Women”. Though mirroring the endeavors of history-making females, the track intends to be a respectful tribute to women in general – from mothers to wives, and sisters to nieces, daughters, friends and co-workers, etc. And in fact the track releases on

Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” delivers sharp, telescopic views

Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And

The Jon Johns: “Road Trip Mixtape” – an adventurous attitude!

The Jon Johns are a duo of musicians/producers who have been making music together since 2018. Their music binds the past and the present together into a harmonious sound with musical influences from the 60’s to now. One-hundred-percent independent, the Jon Johns do everything from writing, playing, recording, producing, mixing and releasing their own music. They currently have their 9 track “Road Trip Mixtape” out now. Within minutes of the mixtape kicking into life, this supremely confident recording suggests a band at the peak of their powers, occupying their own orbit. It starts with “Make My Day”, a vast, expansive

Marcela Iglesias: “Human Doll” (feat. Eric ‘Well Written’ McCoy) – fun, bouncy and all around enjoyable

Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Plastics of Hollywood are gaining traction and making serious waves in the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by Los Angeles, California, Talent manager and producer Marcela Iglesias, the community of plastic surgery enthusiasts are spreading their reach into the film, TV and music spheres. From Ken dolls to Jessica Rabbit and Britney Spears lookalikes Plastics of Hollywood have spent millions of dollars on surgery and aesthetic procedures altering and adapting their looks. Their aim is to simply feel happy and fulfilled in bodies they adore. By the very nature of its scope Plastics

Interview with Californian band City Kings

City Kings is an alternative rock band from Chino, California. Though mainly known for playing heavier hard rock sounding tunes, the band has a very versatile array of musical knowledge. They perform acoustic and softer renditions of their songs on streets of the Inland Empire, or original versions of songs on stages in local venues. The three-piece collective is made up of Chris, Adrian and Ruben. How and when did the City Kings project start and who are the collaborators involved? Christian Blankenship (City Kings): City Kings was basically started on Craigslist! I met our singer and guitarist Adrian after

Midas Well: “3am”- moments of pure body-high pleasure

Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick: “Head Chucka” – a panoply of mic and beat making skills

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick are a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area. Their friendship grew into a partnership that led to collaborations on past tracks and projects. An album had been a goal for the duo, and that dream has finally been realized with “Born Illness”, an eight track LP that’s currently available on all music platforms. The album was produced via a digital collaboration between DJ Raw B and Luke that spanned the course of a year. This release shows a rapper and a beat maker who prove that they are not going anywhere soon. Both unwrap

Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – a Pop-EDM crossover flavor

Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then returned to France before going to Germany. His song “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace, has been aired on MTV, and is currently play-listed on more than 160 radio and TV channels around the globe. Currently preparing his upcoming album, Sevy Campos is also planning to announce

OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced

Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three

Novi Nov – The other half of Wiz Khalifa’s Pittsburgh

Jump started and driven by his sister’s belief in him, NOVI began to perform around his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After making a name for himself in the local hip hop community, alongside artist such as Wiz Khalifa, Boaz, and Mac Miller; NOVI would make his way to Atlanta, GA. Moving on faith and an undying dedication to his craft, he would rub elbows with Jermaine Dupri, T.I., Nelly, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Rick Ross, J.Cole, and many, many more.

Spending years just under the industry radar, the stage seems set for “his time”. He hopes to create a legacy in music that lasts far beyond his years and if for nothing else, to show his lone daughter, Jozi, she can do anything she sets her mind to. Often his rap style is described as “bouncy”, “explosive” and “colorful”. GO Magazine calls him “One of those all-too-rare musicians who understand the difference between playing a gig and delivering a show”.

Novi Nov

Novi Nov

  1. When and how did you get the moniker NOVI NOV?

NOVI NOV: My friends in music have always called me some form of that name. It really derived from one of my old friends Zach Kumer who I made music with as a kid, he called us NOVATRIBE, I held on to the NOVA part to pay homage, and people kept calling me Novi or Novi Nov…..so that stuck with me. Kinda represents everyone that I’ve met along the way.

  1. Who more than any other influenced your style?

NOVI NOV: LL Cool J really influenced me THE MOST. Just the epitome of cool and talented and all the girls loved him, and he could kill any MC….he really is everything hip hop to me.

  1. How do you separate yourself from other artists right now in an industry thriving with new emcees?

NOVI NOV: I think for me it’s about growing in MY place, planting MY flag, doing MY thing. I really don’t concern myself with others so much. I have spent a really LONG time just trying to understand what the fuck I’M DOING let alone try to decipher somebody else years of life. I really just enjoy other emcees and focus on being a dope musician in MY way. I don’t really get hung up on other artist TOO much. You be you. I’ll be me. We’ll be fine.

  1. 2015 was reputed to be the biggest year for two of Pittsburgh biggest Hip-hop stars, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, yet critics are saying that Pittsburgh hip-hop faces a cloudy future. How do you feel you can change that prediction and be embraced by the entire City?

NOVI NOV: I think one of the great things about myself and others like me in our city, is we just are non-stop grinders. We never stop going, creating, building, fighting…..we just have this incredible ability to withstand storms and challenges. Our future will always be bright. I believe right now is a great time to BE a Pittsburgh veteran artist like myself, who’s laid foundation and put in those HARD hours that goes as far back as Wiz and Mac’s infancy in our city. I think a lot of our people KNOW the importance of us getting another guy in the mix and I think it has to be someone who understands what it takes to sustain our future. I’ve been in the trenches; I think guys from all over there can tell you: I was REALLY THERE in the trenches with everyone when there was no scene and we built one together. We just need someone to stand for those people and cultivate a next generation of artist to follow what we did.

  1. According to Paradise Gray, a hip-hop aficionado who witnessed the ’80s New York rap scene firsthand before relocating to Pittsburgh in 1992, the Pittsburgh sound exists — it’s just credited to another section of the country. Would you label your sound as being representative of Pittsburgh?

NOVI NOV: I don’t think I’d say I am THE Pittsburgh “Sound”. I think I am a clear example of the diversity in Pittsburgh music. I am something of a ‘seasoning’ of Pittsburgh. I give you a piece of a person from our city.  I don’t think I’m creating a popularized ‘hey everyone THIS is the new Pittsburgh sound’ thing. I am probably the best representation of our VARIETY as a whole. Something other artist can take pride in knowing they can be creatively free and express our variety even more than I in the next generation.

  1. The title for PITTSBURGH’S NEXT WIZ KHALIFA is up for grabs. Some pundits have been pointing to emcee and political activist Jasiri X who has been building his national profile. Which path will NOVI NOV be navigating to get to the top in this title race?

NOVI NOV: Jasiri X is my BROTHER! Love him to death. I think the “Next Wiz Khalifa” thing is more of a “WE” than an “I”. There is SO MUCH left on the tree in Pittsburgh, I believe I am an extremely important part of that. I think my brothers in the city know that I am important to the “WE” aspect…just as Jasiri is important to the “WE” and a lot of others. I think time will tell the full story but I definitely think if I just focus on doing ME…..”WE” will be the next Wiz Khalifa.

Missy Elliot Tweet

Missy Elliot Tweet

  1. You had props from Missy Elliot who has been encouraging you via Twitter. You have had Mr. Porter of D-12 send you messages of love. You met with Interscope Records in Atlanta and their love for your new single “Thinkin Bout Ya”. How does this all fit into your game plan and the scheme of thing to come? 

NOVI NOV:  My new single “Thinkin Bout Ya” is one of those infectious, bouncy records I do out of habit. It’s really grown legs and I think every piece of those things you stated are important but they’ll be important along the path of work. Missy is incredible; Mr. Porter and I go back and forth. I mean, the universe is TELLING me these people are waiting. Interscope is watching the growth of my new song “Thinkin Bout Ya” VERY closely, we’ve had talks and exchanges and it all really comes down to execution on my part. That’s really the game plan right now. That song is everything.

  1. Thus far what do you consider a really successful or high point in your career so far?

NOVI NOV: I think the high point of my career is this song “Thinkin Bout Ya”. This song has changed my life so far and I can feel the energy of my career changing drastically. That is exciting that what I’m doing NOW feels like the highest I have been and I only see the sky from here.

  1. How is the music and lyrics in your songs developed? Could you explain your process?

NOVI NOV:  I kinda just go with it, I let the music guide my words and I never force anything. I let me be me and I don’t overthink ANYTHING.

  1. What do you feel your listeners should get out of your music and specifically out of your new song “Thinkin Bout Ya”?

NOVI NOV: I think listeners should just get whatever they feel they need to get from my music. I was sent here to entertain people and in doing that I have found my therapy and life coach in this music. I can only hope my music transfers what it does for ME….to anyone who listens.

"Thinkin Bout Ya" cover artwork

“Thinkin Bout Ya” cover artwork

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?

NOVI NOV: I think almost losing my mother in 2015, was particularly difficult to comprehend, but also one of those powerful moments that will stick with me for a VERY long time. You find out the person you were raised to be vs. the person you are supposed to be in times of adversity like that. That was definitely a hard one.

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about the music business, what would that be?

NOVI NOV: The power of a gatekeeper. I think there are A LOT of very questionable powers that be and I don’t love that. I think that’s quite frustrating in fact. If I could delineate the power of the gatekeepers of music, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

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

NOVI NOV: I work closely with allies here and there who can assist me at points, yet I actually do keep the ship afloat by myself. I have no direct manager, though there have been talks. I have no strong solid team built, though there also have been talks there. I am a one-man army still for the most part.

  1. What does your family and close friends think of your artistic aspirations and performances?

NOVI NOV: They are happy for me. They know how long I’ve been working. They understand the heart and passion behind it. I talk to them all the time, I explain to them all the time. They have HELPED ME financially handle some of it. They understand what it is I’m trying to do here on a larger scale and they love it. I’M SURE THEY FREAKING LOVE IT. Damnit!

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

NOVI NOV: Colorful, Bouncy, Intricate, vibrant, expressive, energetic…..I think those are the first words that come to mind.

  1. Besides reaching the top in Pittsburgh, which other goals have you lined up in your ongoing strategy?

NOVI NOV: Well, obviously, I wanna take this music to the next level. We are IN POSITION if you will, and it really rests on the arms of execution at a high level on my part and the support of my records such as “Thinkin Bout Ya” and other projects.

Wiz Khalifa & Novi Nov

Wiz Khalifa & Novi Nov

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

NOVI NOV: I use the different social media stuff to tell my story. Snapchat is personal. Instagram is color commentary and expression. Facebook is also personal. Twitter is my fun space. I use all the platforms to just tell my story from my angles. It’s truly important to connect as much as you can with be it 1 person or 100 people. I take advantage of that opportunity everyday. These platforms can single-handedly build a career in music. It’s been proven countless times now. But I don’t ONLY rest my hat in that space anymore, as I once did. I’ve learned you need a few other tools too, but that’s a whole other interview.

  1. What do you feel is the most pressing or important problem in our society now, and how do you feel your experiences as an artist can aid these issues?

NOVI NOV: I think self-evaluation and self-assessment might be the realest problem our society faces. How many people can look in the mirror and say “I don’t like that image, I’m gonna fix it”. I think my music and my experience as an artist can speak to the power of always reevaluating yourself and searching for betterment of yourself. That can span from finances to religion to race to anything. You have to check yourself, I think being an artist TRYING to improve every day, you have NO CHOICE but to self-evaluate and make yourself better. It’s an incredible reinforcement that being an artist affords you.

  1. If you only had five minutes on earth to perform one of your song that could leave a major impact on this world, what would that song be and why?

NOVI NOV: I don’t think I’ve made THAT song yet. I will. I can’t wait to. That drives me every day.

  1. If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact on fans, what would that slogan be?

NOVI NOV: ‘IT’S CULTURE CRAZY’ of course! I’ll explain what that means one day!

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