Valerie Warntz: “I Don’t Love You Anymore” – structured and inspired song-craft

Valerie Warntz is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who has been musically inclined since childhood. She decided to be a musician at 9-years-old enrolling into The Sviridov’s School of Arts where studied guitar and piano. During her educational years, she won various awards and at the age of sixteen she wrote her first song “I Don’t Love You Anymore”, which she has now released as a single and music video. The song is also on her debut album “Revelation”. The track is intentionally as heartfelt as it is pensive. Lyrically, Valerie doesn’t leave anything hanging; the song sort of has its completion,

Michael A. Galianos: “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly)

Michael A. Galianos has just released the single “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly) with words and music by Michael A. Galianos and Dan Exactly. Michael A. Galianos is a singer/songwriter from Bergenfield, NJ. He has recorded one EP and two albums since 1997, beginning with the EP “Feel”, under the moniker of M.A.G. (Mad Ass Greecians). In 2006, he released his first full length, “Cerebral Snapshots”. In 2011, he released his second album, “Beautiful Discovery”. His sound is melodious pop/rock, along the vein of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Big Star, with the occasional delve into the experimental.

Dustin Steen: “Mixed Genres” has a strong spiritual element

With an onslaught of pressure from modern record labels to produce high-selling records frequently and consistently, and the need to secure a loyal consumer base, an artist’s ability to experiment and evolve with his or her sound seems somewhat futile in the modern era. It seems that musicians throughout every genre are bound by the limitations of what sound will sell, often creating a disassociation between artistic freedom and production demands. With such high stakes, it takes immense talent and perhaps sheer disregard for self-preservation for an artist to experiment successfully with the many facets of the musical lexicon. Perhaps

Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Interview: Upcoming DJ/Producer DJ Megzz

DJ Megzz is a 24 year old DJ/Producer from Raleigh NC, who produces EDM, House, and Dance music. Megzz started making music after struggling with depression and anxiety. After a thirty day rehab stay Megzz found his love for making music and has been happy ever since. He has recently dropped his latest track “Firefly”, a melancholic and melodic Tropical House tune with a mesmerizing chorus, and followed that up with his very latest release, “Stop” which possesses trend-setting, curve-breaking qualities that will certainly continue to capture attention in the coming months.

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

DJ Megzz: I’ve only been in the music business for about 6 months now, and I started Dj’ing and producing after a rough point in my life, after some struggles and personal issues i needed to make a change and I’ve always had a passion for music and I decided to go for it.

  1. Who are your strongest inspirations or influences?

DJ Megzz: My influences are Kygo, Steve Angello, Benny Benassi, Chainsmokers, and Armin van Buuren. But my inspiration for making music is because I love to do it. When I’m making music i can escape any struggles or issues I’m having at that point in my life. There is nothing better than hearing a song you created that makes your friends and fans dance.

  1. What is it that you love about the Dj/Producing scene?

DJ Megzz: As far as the DJ scene goes, i love to make people dance and have a good time. When your responsible for making a large audience have a good time it can be nerve wracking but also can be a huge high in itself. And when you see the people dance and lose themselves in the music you make….it’s a special feeling. As far as the producing goes, there is no better feeling then when fans and friends tell you how much they love the song, and you know that it’s your song they love.

  1. On the other hand, is there anything that really bugs you about the scene and how it works?

DJ Megzz: If i could pick something that bugs me about the music scene, it would probably be the business aspect of it. ITunes and other music platforms only want to play and feature popular artists because it will make them money. There are a ton of great artists out there that have great music but can’t get a chance because the major platforms are concerned about the business side of things rather than how good the music is.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of D/Producers emerging right now?

DJ Megzz: I think what separates me from other Dj’s/Producers is that the songs I create all have a different feel to them. I don’t just make same sounding songs and stick to one genre. Even though the genre I produce is mainly dance music I still try to make every song unique in its own way.

  1. What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing where everything was restricted to vinyl and modern DJing where most tracks are never put on any physical medium before or after release?

DJ Megzz: I admire how things were done with the old school Dj’ing but i would be lying if i didn’t say i like modern times just as much.

  1. Do you think this has hurt exclusivity of having a certain sound, or a DJ’s ability to have a “unique” style?

DJ Megzz:  No I dont think so

  1. Do you think having your own style separate from all the other DJs/Producers out there, is even important in modern Djing/Producing? Or is it all about how catchy the song is, even if it sounds like everybody else.

DJ Megzz: I think you have to have your own style, if you don’t then you don’t give people a reason to listen to you. Now on the other hand making a catchy song is important too. I think making a catchy song doesn’t make you sound like everyone else, i just think it shows you can create great music. A producer can be the greatest of all time, but if they can’t put out a great song or make great music that is timeless then being the greatest producer doesn’t really matter.

  1. What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ/Producers making, and that maybe you have tried to avoid?

DJ Megzz: The artists i mainly look at don’t make many mistakes lol. But as far as me, I try to avoid the mistake of being content. When you get content you usually tend to not work as hard. So I always try to keep getting better and to never settle.

  1. What do you try to communicate to the audience through your vibe?

DJ Megzz: I try to make them feel happy and to not worry about what else is going on in their lives. For the two hours I’m with them i want them to forget about everything and just dance, and have a good time.

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

DJ Megzz: The most difficult thing I’ve had to endure in my life was the depression I suffered from about a year ago. I’ve gone through a lot of personal demons and that for sure is the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with.

  1. If you could eternally be stuck in one year or era’s music scene, which year or era would it be for you?

DJ Megzz: I want to go back to the 90’s lol. I loved the music I listened to as I grew up in the 90’s.

  1. And from your chosen year/era, what is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

DJ Megzz: Probably the song by Incubus called Drive.

  1. What is it about your genre and style that you love above all over other electronic genres?

DJ Megzz: Like i said before I think almost every song i make sounds different and unique and thats what I love.

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

DJ Megzz: Uplifting, progressive, and meaningful.

  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?

DJ Megzz: I definitely think you have to have social media if you’re an upcoming artist. These days social media provides an outlet to get your music out there. I think its pivotal that you use social media to your advantage as an upcoming artist. And as far as my relationship with the technology at hand, i definitely try to use it to get my music out there.

  1. Tell us something about your releases. Which parts do you personally handle between performance (singing), production, mixing and mastering?

DJ Megzz: I pretty much make and produce everything besides the vocals I use. Obviously I can’t sing lol, so I have to get my vocals from other places.

  1. What is your relation with visual media and YouTube etc. Should fans expect videos of your releases in the future?

DJ Megzz: Right now their aren’t any music videos but that is going to change very shortly, I’ll be releasing a music video soon!

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

DJ Megzz: My latest release is my new single “Stop” and its available on iTunes. It’s a new single off my upcoming album called “Summer Dayzz” which will be released on April 15th.

  1. Do you have a motto or positive message stuck somewhere in your mind to inspire yourself, or anybody else, at any given time of difficulty? If so, what would it be?

DJ Megzz: Let Go And Let God

DJ Megzz OFFICIAL LINKS: ITUNES – SOUNDCLOUD – TWITTER

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