Midwest Hiphop duo Strangers Of Necessity drop their new single “Abundance”

Strangers Of Necessity are an American hip-hop duo, based in the Midwest, consisting of prolific producer, CoryaYo and veteran lyricist, Fooch the MC. They linked via Twitter and quickly became friends, sparking an immediate chemistry and need to make quality music together; hence the name Strangers Of Necessity. They instantly began recording music and doing shows locally, generating a nice buzz in the area. Their sound is best described as a fresh take on that golden era of hip-hop, blending tasteful jazz and soul samples, crisp snares, boomy kicks on wonky patterns with a soulful delivery, dense schemes and potent

Kilo M.O.E. – ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’ – serves as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism

The Baltimore-based producer, songwriter, rapper, Kilo M.O.E.’s evolution over his past three albums has been inspiring to see. I’ll always admire artists who push themselves creatively, and that’s exactly what, Kilo M.O.E. has done on his fourth studio album, ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’, and it pays off in leaps and bounds. Each instrumental is rich and developed, serving as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism. Something that this recording and Kilo M.O.E.’s recent albums have done well is allow him the freedom to rap for the sake of his craft within the confines of the album’s larger

Jim Wyly – “You Took Me” – It’s rhythmically tight, warm and edgy

Texas singer songwriter Jim Wyly is back with another soul-stirring track from his “The Artisan” album. Over 40 years deep into his craft, the Austin troubadour sounds like a home-cooked meal. He deals out comfort food for the head, heart, and soul. All of this serves his finely drawn guitar lines, bourbon-stained-like vocals, and funky acoustic-driven grooves as thick as molasses. A subtle blend of blues, country, folk and southern rock runs right down the middle of “You Took Me”. “Musicians’ musician” is an overused term. Why wouldn’t anyone with two good ears appreciate Jim Wyly? As Jim doesn’t cater

Hanen Release Brand New Video For The Song “Breathe”

It’s never been easier for artists to stay independent. Of course you can get good music producers, good visual directors for videos, good rappers and good singers to feature on your track without a great budget, but you have to search the world over to find deals you can afford, or convince creatives to work with you. Texas born artist, now living in the LA area, Hanen, somehow got it all together on his latest track called “Breathe”. He sings soulfully and raps with an urban edge all by himself, backed by an atmospheric slow-burning, and ear-warming beat made by

Angry B – “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)” – reflects the realities with a good dose of wit

On his latest single, “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)”, underground music hobbyist Angry B pinned his rap skills and dark wit, to the sounds of mainstream pop and a funky EDM template. He blurs the lines between genres with the top of the charts — and only the top — in his sights. As can be deciphered from the song title, Angry B pulls his aspirations from the dramatic Covid-19 disease hitting mankind across the globe. “It’s one of the most critical situations we’ve had and there will be a lot of sad stories connected with it,” says Angry

Izzie’s Caravan – “Leo’s Guitar EP” – an understated guitar virtuoso

On the recording, “Leo’s Guitar EP”, Izzie’s Caravan and his guitar conspire to use every single crayon within the blue color box to deliver one of the best underground independent studio blues releases I’ve heard this year. Among others, Izzie takes his cue from greats such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, and Eric Clapton. So you can expect a wide and wholesome finger bending spectrum of sounds. The aforementioned guitar heroes are points of reference, not simple deductions for resemblance. The opening song, “Two’s In The Bush”, has a highway drive, and jangly timbre that’s upbeat and

‘Mind Blown’ – The Video and Brand New Single by EyeKonic

EyeKonik is an artist with a focus on creating punchy and appealing pop music with a personal twist. Recently, he released a brand new single called ‘Mind Blown’. What really makes this track stands out is definitely the fact that it’s so well produced, and the performance value is excellent as well. EyeKonik sings with passion and intensity, and the artist’s vocals soar through the atmospheric melodies and punchy tones of this mix. Fans of artists as diverse as Mac Miller, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Eminem are definitely going to enjoy this amazing single. Check out the newly released music

Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff release the Indie Rock Video “Zodiac Killer”

Zodiac Killer is a wild Indie Rock song with crazy slide guitar laid over a rockabilly beat. The song is about a woman who frequents a night club called Zodiacs by nights, and cruises around town by day. Deep Purple Sage is a CD, Vinyl, and Digital release by Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff. The album blends Alternative Rock with Psychedelic Acid Rock. Recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Skylab Studios; the album has an underlying desert theme.  The LP is recorded in the old school style of Acid Rock vintage tube amp guitar sounds, mixed through analog

THE BRKN DEBUT EP ‘NO. 3’ OUT NOW VIA INGROOVES

FRONTMAN JACOB CADE’S ‘ACOUSTIC HANG WITH JACOB FROM THE BRKN’ WILL LIVE STREAM VIA THE BANDS INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK THROUGH THE END OF APRIL AT 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST THE BRKN recently released their debut EP No. 3 via Right Brain Music Group/Ingrooves. Their new video for their song “Broke” has garnered over 100 views in just two weeks. Since the band’s spring tours have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, frontman Jacob Cade will be live streaming acoustic sessions every Tuesday through April via the band’s Facebook and Instagram. Tune in at 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST at https://instagram.com/thebrkn or https://facebook.com/thebrkn and #BeatTheVirusWithTheBRKN. “We’re

D-Witt flexes the pen of a budding cinematic storyteller

I recently heard about an artist called D-Witt from Rockford, IL.  Illinois is the home of some prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. I’m expecting an unfiltered rebel who is unafraid to bare his soul and burn down buildings. A fearless heart is a quality that makes fearless art, and I hope that’s exactly what D-Witt has arrived to present us.  So I press play on the first track called “Enemy”. The sound is open and strong-willed. There’s no doubting that D-Witt has something to say. The amount of care that goes into his lyricism stamps

INTERVIEW: R&B and Soul singer Brandon James is creating a buzz

The R&B/Soul singer Brandon James is creating a strong buzz with the release of his single “So Emotional.” The track is the first single off the upcoming E.P scheduled for release soon. Brandon states that he started doing music as an outlet for depression early in life. “I wasn’t very popular in school and I was considered a latchkey kid due to my mother’s work schedule and my father’s battles with alcoholism,” says the artist. On a teacher’s suggestion to find extracurricular activities, Brandon joined the choir. He finished the eighth grade with a determination to elevate his understanding of music and succeed with his own music. To better his craft, Brandon James has taken voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn, Ars Musica, and Andrew Schultze. He has played with Earth, Wind & Fire and performed at some of Chicago’s most notable venues including the UIC Pavilion and the House of Blues. Brandon has also earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College of Chicago.

  1. How long have you been in doing music, and did you have any formal training?

Brandon James: I have been perusing music seriously for about 10 years now right after college. I have had voice lessons from some incredible people such as Bobbi Wilson of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

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

Brandon James: always loved Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder, but that list can go on and on if you let me lol.

  1. Which current artists do you consider worth listening to?

Brandon James:  oh there’s a lot. You have SZA, Beyonce, HER, Luke James, Jessie J. Just to name a few.

  1. You are released your new single, “So Emotional” recently. Could you tell us something about how the song came about, and its message or meaning?

Brandon James:  It’s a song about wanting to do the right thing in a relationship after it’s too late. I remember being in rehearsal with the band and discussing relationship drama and my bass player at the time started playing that bass line out of nowhere and it was all she wrote lol.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people will enjoy about this track, and your music in general?

Brandon James:  I believe the vocal & instrumental performance will get the listeners attention as well as keep them captivated. I also believe that the dynamic range of the song will take them on a nice ride.

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

Brandon James:  I am really owning this old school live music vibe. I am really focusing on the performance of the song and challenging the listener to vibe with everything that’s going on vs repetitive hooks or chants.

  1. Could you describe your creative process? What do you usually start with – lyrics or music – and how do you go about shaping these ideas into a song?

Brandon James: I usually start with the music and the melody to shape the mood of the song then I take that mood and write the appropriate lyrics to what I see and feel.

  1. Where do you do most of your recording and production work? And do you outsource any or all of these processes?

Brandon James:  I do all the recording between two local studios here in Chicago.

  1. What are some of the main challenges you’re facing now, in recording producing or marketing your music the way you want to?

Brandon James:  just financial challenges. It gets hard doing everything yourself as an independent artist but I make it work.

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

Brandon James:  I would love it if the industry really focused on talent and artist development again. We got most of our legends at a time when labels, managers, and agents really wiles for their clients.

  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?

Brandon James: oh absolutely! It’s almost hand on hand. I think the technology is a good thing because as an independent artist I can expose my music and message to lots of people who would not have seen me otherwise.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music, and will you be producing one for your single?

Brandon James: I think that music videos are very important as people are more visually stimulated than ever! They also extend the life of a song by a great deal.

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

Brandon James: I love writing and performing. Recording and doing music videos can be a bit taxing on you but it’s all worth it in the end.

  1. Do you only create and work in a studio environment, or do you also find time to perform live? And which of these two do you ultimately enjoy more?

Brandon James:  I do both but perform a lot more. I’m sure you can tell which one I like better lol.

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

Brandon James: “Soulful Divine”

  1. How do you handle criticism and/or haters? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Brandon James: I take constructive criticism and the haters and allow it to motivate me to do better. I don’t dwell on any of it to much as art is subjective and I have to stay true to myself but there are some nuggets of gold that you find in some constructive convos with people.

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

Brandon James: I believe starting my own monthly showcase “Soulful Sunday” in Chicago and getting music on every platform. Those things have been huge milestones for me.

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

Brandon James: Well musically speaking dealing with people is always hard. Everyone can do everything until it’s time to deliver and then things fall flat. There also seems to be more people out to take advantage of artist than actually help them. But that’s life and we keep moving.

  1. What’s your personal opinion on the general state of R&B and Soul music in 2019?

Brandon James:   I think that Soul music needs a revival. I think it’s not getting the love it deserves and we need more fresh faces like myself out there.

  1. Do you have a specific musical milestone set for the near future, and what else can fans expect from you this year?

Brandon James: I will be releasing another single late summer and my new music video within the next few months. I also hope to be on a major tour soon as my next milestone and making bigger waved with my music on all streaming platforms. This all with the hopes of getting that big breakthrough I need!

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