EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Ronnie Walka is a perfectionist when it comes to his craft

Like a cool breeze on a humid day Ronnie Walka comes in like a breath of fresh air with his new offering. Coming off of the visuals for “TIFTL”, his soulful tribute to womanhood, “You and I” is a passionate plea from a man nearing the end of a relationship that he’s battling to save. In the process of the breakup he begins to reminisce about better times yearning to turn the clock back. A real make up to break song that will have you feeling every single word. Ronnie is a perfectionist when it comes to his craft, with an amazing voice that races and soars. You will be stunned at his vocal power, range, nuanced delivery and insightful lyrics. Both the song and video are out now and available on various platforms including iTunes and Google Play. Stay tuned for more hot music from Ronnie Walka including the forthcoming EP “I am R&B”.

Ronnie Walka was born in Brooklyn, New York. The oldest of four children, he had to face difficult times in the mean streets of Brooklyn, but before he became a dead statistic, Ronnie was able to leave the streets and the gang life behind. He learned the basics of filming and writing and his creative ability allowed him to merge photography and cinematography so well that he has become very much in demand. He took it to the next level and became the publisher for Caution Magazine, but he has also produced a short film, and he is a graphic designer for many publications and books around the country.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get your first break into the scene? 

Ronnie Walka: I was born into the music. Mother wiped at birth. My first break was with DR. Period.

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

Ronnie Walka: Sam Cooke, Patti LaBelle, Freddy Jackson, Temptations, New Edition.

  1. Which artists in your genre are you currently listening to, and respect today? 

Ronnie Walka: R Kelly, Tank, Jamie Foxx, Jodeci, Boys to Men.

  1. Are there any of these you’d be keen to work with on an original project? 

Ronnie Walka: Jamie Foxx, Tank, Boys to Men.

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

Ronnie Walka: My experience in life. I lived a little more and went through the same. It’s like I’m at the in between… too old to be called young but too young to be called old.

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

Ronnie Walka: Love and having a good time.

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

Ronnie Walka: A little bit of both.

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

Ronnie Walka: Performing at the Apollo.

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

Ronnie Walka: The loss of my love ones who believed in me and wanted to see me win.

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

Ronnie Walka: Soul.

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

Ronnie Walka: I do make beats but I like to work with other people.

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

Ronnie Walka: I’m more excited when I create fire…I’m discouraged never… Always on track no matter the time or distance.

  1. You wear many hats, as a singer, writer, actor, producer, director and celebrity photographer/videographer. Which one of these is most predominant in your heart? 

Ronnie Walka: Definitely singer.

  1. Are you satisfied with how the music and entertainment business works today in the digital era, or is there something you would change or desire more?

Ronnie Walka: I’m satisfied with it. It makes the business easier.

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

Ronnie Walka: Soulful, reality, life, love, sex.

  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?

Ronnie Walka: I love the internet. It allows you to do several things at one time. You can create music and showcase it at the same time. While cooking, cleaning or watching a movie.

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

Ronnie Walka: “You and I” is my new song. It’s a relationship based story; your make up to break up type song. It’s available on iTunes and Google Play, the video is on YouTube. The project is distributed by Global Sounds Records and Entertainment One.

  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?

Ronnie Walka: Our relationship is kind of like a desperate house wife; with media being the house wife. I work too much behind the scenes so I’m not able to be on social media as much as others. As far as music video I truly believe that video is important because it paints a clear picture to the listeners. It helps guide the song in the right direction. I have a new video out titled “You and I” and I’m working on finishing my album followed by more video project for the new songs.

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

Ronnie Walka:  I prefer to work hard creating memorable songs in the studio so that when I hit the stage my audience can enjoy the song as much as me.

  1. You’re also the publisher for Caution magazine, creative art director for Stack Models and Titaniumgirlz Magazine. Do you still have time for any other projects, and if so, what do you currently have cooking in your creative kitchen right now? 

Ronnie Walka: Yes I’m currently the art director for Modelocity Magazine and designing Papa Wu’s new website. Along with projects for PR Guru Angelo Ellerbee and book cover designs for Mathew Knowles.

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