Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

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

The Dj Scarface Interview

Deejaying since the early 90’s with a residency on Groove Radio 103.1FM, and a residency at the best club in Hollywood, Billboard Live. Nowadays Dj Scarface spends most of his time in the studio making music. DJ Scarface has released host of mixtapes and remixes. His latest project features Big Prodeje. The synergy between DJ Scarface and Big Prodeje on this collaboration, entitled “Dope”, is bottom line infectious. In a recent interview Dj Scarface told us the ins and outs of his lifelong hustle.

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

DJ Scarface: been djing since early 90s. Listening to Dj Richard HumptyVission on power 106 mixing got me real excited about djing

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

DJ Scarface: Rakim, Nas, NWA, Eric B, Richard Humptyvission, Prince

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

DJ Scarface: I’m listening to Dr Dre and would love to be in the studio with him.

  1. Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ from within the industry, and if so how have you handled that, and how do you handle criticism and haters in general?

DJ Scarface: there is resistance everywhere, I don’t let the haters get to me but I instead used the haters to fuel my fire and keep on plugging.

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  1. What are your thoughts on visual media and Youtube? Do think that video is an appropriate marketing tool for your music, and do you have any videos published for fans to see?

DJ Scarface: Of course, videos are a great tool for your music. I have a few videos which you can on YouTube at djscarface3.

  1. Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

DJ Scarface: Studio making music

  1. Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle, and which do you outsource generally?

DJ Scarface: I outsource everything, I got a great producer who beats I use, and I know a lot of dope MCs to work with too.

    8. What is the title of your latest music release and where can fans find it?

DJ Scarface: DOPE album feat Big Prodeje of South Central Cartel and can be found on iTunes from October 6th

  1. Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre thriving with newcomers?

DJ Scarface: My 25 year experience as a Dj.

  1. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

DJ Scarface: Passion, because my passion for hip hop is stronger than anything else

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

DJ Scarface: the process of making music excites me the most; dealing with shady artists is what discourages me the most.

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

DJ Scarface: I do have a management team that I own, I do everything and wear many hats.

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  1. How do you achieve your sound? Do you work from a private recording environment or do you use a commercial sound studio?

DJ Scarface: I just find the best beats available, but my beats are not yet up to par.

  1. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

DJ Scarface: Don’t cheat people is the advice I follow and keeping a cool head is the advice I should have followed!

  1. If you had the choice which famous and/or successful producer would you like to work with?

DJ Scarface: Dr Dre and Swizz Beatz

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to independent artists and indie music in general, or do you think it only creates ‘fake of fabricated fame’?

DJ Scarface: In today’s hip hop it is definitely a good thing but sometimes it does fabricate fake fame.

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

DJ Scarface: Energy

  1. Straight off the top of your head, how would you describe the current state of Hip-hop, R&B and Rap?

DJ Scarface: Wack rappers making wack music but don’t fear Dj Scarface is here to change that!

  1. As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or any other tangible milestone?

DJ Scarface: Music Sales!

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

DJ Scarface: I don’t kiss ass!

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