Cris Marshall’s music will ensure he hooks as wide an audience as possible

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Midnight Watchman: “Liquid Universe” – an extremely focused record

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Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres

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John J: “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters” – strap yourself in and enjoy this vibrantly orchestrated roller coaster

I have always been eager to pick up every piece of music John J issues because of the lyrical expertise he demonstrates in every song, and the attention to the music production and features he provides. John J has just dropped a 5 track bonus EP, entitled “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters”, which comes hot on the heels of his latest release, “Pain To Power”. Like his previous recordings, each song on this EP carries a different succinct feel and hook while the flow stays swift and acrobatic. The beats, features and subject matter again excel well above average.

Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – sneakily inventive and massively engaging

The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort

The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

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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