Andrew Southworth: ‘Open your Eyes’ features organic sounds fused with modern electronic elements

As part of his 2019 journey releasing new tracks every 2-4 weeks, on March 7th Andrew Southworth released his new Chillwave inspired single ‘Open your Eyes’. Featuring organic sounds fused with modern electronic elements, and beautiful spoken word female vocals, ‘Open Your Eyes’ is a track any fans of Odesza, Porter Robinson, blckbrn and more won’t want to miss. The single is available worldwide on all major digital music distribution platforms. BIO Massachusetts based music producer Andrew Southworth is most known for his YouTube channel where he teaches metal vocal lessons, runs sound design experiments, and reviews music gear. In

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

Interview: Miles Casella Getting ready for Live Show in new Orleans!

Miles Casella is a Hip-Hop artist from Baton Rouge, LA, who has released several projects under different aliases since 2014. Miles blends Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Blues to create his own eclectic style. He has just released his album “The Sidewalk Flower” which illustrates the view of a small-town kid caught up in the city life. Apparently many of the recordings used for this album were recorded curbside.

Miles Casella has an upcoming show on January 21st, 2018 at The Willow Uptown in New Orleans, Louisiana. Shows starts at: 6:30pm – Tickets are $12.00 dollars each. This will be the second time Miles will have performed in his career. Here is the ticket Link: www.aftonshows.com/MilesCasella

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

Miles Casella:         I’ve been in the music business for about 4 years now. I started off doing rap cyphers in-and-around my hometown area (Baton Rouge). At the time a small local label ‘Dizzy Records’ was hosting a cypher event at a popular hip-hop bar in the neighborhood. Needles to say, I signed up for it, and I got 2nd place in the cypher. The winning prize for second place was a free song recording produced and mastered by Dizzy Records. I thought well I better trash the freestyle flows and start trying to perfect my songwriting, so I wrote this song called ‘Never mind the Flies’. I went in to the studio to record my song about a week later and the producer I was working with was like fuck it, let’s record you an EP. In May of 2014 I released my first project under the alias Robbing Jane, the EP was called ‘Girls’ a story of my hopeless romanticism haha… and that’s kind of where it all started.

  1. Who where your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

Miles Casella:         Some of my first and strongest musical influences were definitely Eminem, The Roots, and Biggie to name a few. But I listened to a great deal of classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac.

  1. Which artists and/or producers are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Miles Casella:         These days I find myself steering away from the club banger artists, and more towards artist I feel have a little more substance like Anderson .Paak, Goldlink, Royce da 5’ 9”, this group called Earthgang I like a lot too. It would be an honor to work with any of those artists. Producers like Flume, Kaytranada, DJ Premiere and Dr. Dre, can’t forget about the Doctor, it would honestly be an honor just to sniff one of his farts.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?

Miles Casella:         Ultimately, I want people to understand that I like to make music with purpose, and the best way to prevent being pigeonholed in this rap game is to create something different. I make music with concepts, so if you’re looking for some tunes to get lit to then my stuff may not be for you. I want the listener to be engaged.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of emcees emerging right now?

Miles Casella:      Well I think my answer to the last question answers a small part of this. I do not make commercial mumble rap, instead I have adopted a somewhat Jazzy Style for my music. Given I spend a great deal of my time in New Orleans, it’s no wonder some of that soulful inner city Jazz seeped its way into my album ‘The Sidewalk Flower’.

  1. Do you currently have a preferred song in your catalog, and why is it special to you?

Miles Casella:      Two songs from my debut album, ‘Origin of a God’ and ‘Love or Obsession’ are a couple of my favorites. Both of these songs do not have a typical song structure like verse, bridge, hook, etc. instead I kind of went free flow with these songs. Origin of a God is actually an old verse I wrote several years ago when I had virtually no understanding of the world around me. I was 18 and where the lyrics came from for me to illustrate that song has me convinced that I tapped into something truly divine, and I’ve been chasing it ever since.

  1. Are your lyrics predominantly base on real events and personal experience, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

Miles Casella:         The lyrics for my songs come from both personal experiences and creative storytelling. I think it’s important to have a good mixture of both. Draw from instances in your own life, but also know when to juice the story up with a little creativeness at times.

  1. What would you consider a successful or high point in your career so far?

Miles Casella:         A high point in my career thus far would have to be the day I released this album to the public. I know that doesn’t seem like the climax to the start of some prosperous music career but it was important to me. I spent some time reflecting on myself to come up with these songs, and in the midst of it you find out things about yourself that you may not have known before. Now that I can share this with people it actually gives me a feeling of relief. I guess self-expression is important to any artist so you’re happy when it’s finally conveyed the right way. I feel like all of my projects up until this point were just practice.

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

Miles Casella:         In music, it would certainly be promotion. Sometimes whoring my music out to be heard is harder than making the songs themselves, but it’s necessary if you want a fan base and to be able to book shows. Also, I think personally my sound is a little different than most rap, some people may not be open minded to listen. I’m afraid they’ll throw on that first track off the album and here that gritty guitar blues tone, then be turned off of it completely not even giving me a chance.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs, regardless of style or tempo?

Miles Casella:         I guess what key ingredients I work to infuse in my songs ultimately depend on the point/message I’m trying to convey. In ‘The Sidewalk Flower’, I wrote about the 9 to 5 corporate desk job worker, and the rat race to land yourself in a little 5’ by 5’ cubicle paying off your student loans… I wrote about this because it’s happening to me in my everyday life. The flower is a metaphor for my creativity, blossoming from the cracks of this corporate jungle to make music. Much of the lyricism in my album uses this concept as a play on words; the message is what creates the ingredients I use for my songs.

  1. Do you also produce the beats or do you just handle the lyrics on your songs and collaborate with other producers?

Miles Casella:      I co-produced alongside Ben Bryan of Muse & Maker Productions to make this album. I have collaborated with other producers in the past but Ben and I have chemistry, I believe we will continue to work together on projects to come.

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

Miles Casella:         What excites me the most is I know that the sky is the limit.  I have plenty of room to grow and expand as an artist and I’m excited to see it all unravel. My favorite part of the music making process is when the beat is created and it’s time for me to write lyrics for the song. It’s like I’m starring at a blank sheet, and I can manipulate the feel of the song however I please because I am the creator.

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

Miles Casella:         Thomas Sandford is my manager; we started working together a couple of months back. We are currently looking for online promotional teams to help market my music, but for now, it’s just he and I doing the dirty work. If you would like to book me for a show contact Thomas at; MilesCasellabooking@gmail.com.

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

Miles Casella:      I’m sure many of aspiring artist feel this way, but I wish it was easier to get my music in to the mainstream. It’s so hard to make it to the top when the industry is flooded with so many artist in the same predicament I am in. I wish it didn’t matter how many fans I had, or who I know in the business, if the music is good that is all that should matter. Now days you have to sell an image alongside the music.

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

Miles Casella:      I’d probably use words like: Lyricism, Jazzy, New Age, Conscious Rap, and Experimental.

  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 home?

Miles Casella:         Unfortunately, yes I do. Like I was saying, now days you have to sell an image alongside the music. People want to see what you’re up to, who you’re hanging out with, etc. and I’ve never been one to have my personal life all up online like that. It has taken a great deal of discipline for me to remain consistent with posting to social media and maintain my social image. I never had a twitter/instagram until I became Miles Casella.  Follow Me at; @milescasella (instagram); and @casellamiles (twitter)

  1. Tell us something about your latest album release “The Sidewalk Flower”. Who did you work with on it? Does it have any special message etc.?

Miles Casella:         Of course it has a message! The ingredients for my songs are pulled from the overall message of this album. So I work this desk job as an aspiring rapper, to me, The Sidewalk Flower symbolizes my creativity sprouting up from the cracks of the corporate world; and I’m just dying to be picked and carried away to the promise land haha ….  But the truth is ‘The Sidewalk Flower’ has many meanings, it can mean rising up through adversity when the odds are against you, it can mean feeling out of place like a flower in the cement. Whatever it means to you, it is all subjective.

  1. How do you search, discover and choose the features, sometimes performing on your tracks?

Miles Casella:      I actually have no rap features on this album. A couple people I used to sing on the album were friends of friends, but I was very choosey when selecting a singer because I wanted to find people with a very soulful voice, to help give the album that old jazzy feel.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think they are important to your songs? And do you have a specific video you would recommend fans check out?

Miles Casella:      Well it has been a little over a month since the album was released and I do feel that visual media is important but for now I just have one music video until I can make more.  The name of the video is ‘Hey Fine’ it’s a performance I did of one of the songs off of my album.

  1. What’s next on the upcoming agenda for Miles Casella? What can fans expect in 2018 from Miles Casella?

Miles Casella:      People can certainly expect another project from me this year. I am currently working on an EP called ‘My Language’ and basically the instrumentation for the album will solely be made up of sounds of my voice. I’m planning on including some bass elements and drums but the songs construction will be made from layered/effected sounds of my voice, get it? ‘My Language’ I want to play a  lot of shows this year, fans can see if I’m performing in a location close to them at milescasella.com.

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