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

Shellee Coley: “Story Like This” – a maturity that is mesmerizing!

Shellee Coley is a Texas-based singer-songwriter that has released three full length albums. Her current focus is a 5 song book of musical meditations called The Becoming Project that is being released one song or “chapter” at a time by the independent label Red Tree Music Group. Essentially, Shellee has created a unique style that blurs the boundaries between genres and categories. There are recognizable influences from classic songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Lennon & McCartney and Bob Dylan, as well as from some more current acts. Coley is able to absorb them all, and filter them through her own sensibilities

All Atomic: “? ? ? (Track With No Name)” builds multiple climaxes and movements

All Atomic is an electronic music producer and artist from Bristol, UK. He has just released his debut for indie label Pink Dolphin Music, entitled – “? ? ? (Track With No Name)”. The majority of listeners will agree that this track is perhaps one of the best examples of wickedly detailed and technically rich techno and house out there. If that is a mouth-full, it should be. All Atomic has defined the amazingly intricate form of electronic dance music that weaves clever beats into unusual and unexpected sounds to create a masterpiece of rhythmic movement and audio ecstasy. It’s

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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