Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

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Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

elconEstharoe – Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin

Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. The Hyper-real Soundscapes of elconEstharoe are at the vanguard of experimental electronica. Through his work with elconEstharoe, Lambro is acutely aware of his acoustic environment and in particular the natural resources around him, utilizing the biophony, anthropophony and the sacred power of sound. From within

Interview: R&B and Soul Singer Zawandi

With a strong desire to sing, and an infinite potential of talent, Zawandi was destined to do music. She grew up in Jamaica Queens N.Y. in a house full of music. She has been singing from the age of 2, and has been influenced by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Stephanie Mills and so many others. Zawandi’s endless talent flows into her songwriting, which she has been doing as long as she can remember. Over the years Zawandi has worked with many up and coming artists, she was lead singer in a band, and has done shows from N.Y. to N.C. Her goal has, is, and always will be, to please the masses with her phenomenal singing and songwriting talents.

  1. How long have you been singing?

Zawandi: I have been singing since I was 2 years old. My mom told me that she would play records when I was a toddler and I would sing the tunes she was playing.

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

Zawandi: My first musical influence were so many different artist. I can remember listening to Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Chaka Khan as a young child just to name a few and I knew then that I wanted to be a singer.

  1. Who are some of your favorite artist today?

Zawandi: I love Mariah Carey, Deborah Cox, Jill Scott and so many others, just too many to name. lol

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

Zawandi: I want to give people a glimpse into my life. I know some of the things I sing about other people have been through too. I want them to know that they are not alone and that life is full of good and bad times, but we are united through our experiences.

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

Zawandi:  I think what separates me from the crowd of artist emerging right now is I’m bringing old school music back. The music that told a story of real love and heartbreak. The kind of song where you would be thinking “Yeah girl I know what you talking bout” lol

  1. If you could sing a duet with an already well-known artist right now, who would your choice fall on?

Zawandi:  I would love to sing a duet with NEYO

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

Zawandi: Most of my songs are from personal experiences, but I do have songs that are drawn from my story telling skills.

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

Zawandi:  The release of my first single “Can’t Let You Go”

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

Zawandi: The most difficult thing I have had to endure in my life has been losing my parents.

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

Zawandi:  The one key ingredient that I try to infuse into my songs is the Truth. I try to always tell the truth about what I say and feel.

  1. Do you also produce the beats and write all the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of these cases?

Zawandi: I always write my own lyrics and I do work with various producers.

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

Zawandi: What I love about being an independent artist is The control I have over my career. I have the last word about everything. What excites me the most is when I get new music from a producer and I immediately know what I want to say in my song. I am not discouraged about anything when it comes to my music.

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

Zawandi: Yes, I have an amazing team that I work with and I have to say I am so blessed to have great people in my corner to help make sure that I am marketed the right way.

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

Zawandi: The only thing I would like to see change is real singers get the accolades  that they deserve and record companies start looking for real talent and not just focus on what you look like.

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

Zawandi: My overall sound would be R& B with a sprinkle of jazz.

  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?

Zawandi: I do consider internet and social media a  great way to build your career in music today. I have been able to reach so many people through Instagram and Facebook. I have gained access to so many of my fans through social media. I love it.

  1. Tell us something about your latest release and where fans can find it.

Zawandi:  My latest release is called “Can’t Let You Go” and you can find it on iTunes and Google Play. This is a love song about finding someone that basically fulfills your every need in a relationship and it is an anthem to all the ‘Good Men’ out there. I think that they should be celebrated.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout and are you busy working on something new for them?

Zawandi: Yes, I do think visual media is very important and I am working on the video for “Can’t Let You Go”  as we speak. I am super excited about it and I hope you guys like to too.

  1. Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?

Zawandi:  Oh wow, that’s a hard question. I absolutely love creating music in a studio environment, but I have to say the high that I get when I’m performing live is like no other.

  1. What’s next on the upcoming agenda for Zawandi?

Zawandi: The release of my album “It’s Time” is coming soon. Look for new music and up and coming events on my website zawandisings.com

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