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

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

Interview with EDM artists Purplehed

After discovering that their father could not pursue his songwriting dream, the two brothers (Ashutosh and Anurag) decided to make the dream their own. Their passion drove them to study in prestigious colleges (IIT and NIT, respectively). Working on jobs, setting up ventures, traveling around, they kept exploring music and dance. Now finally their project, Purplehed – has completed its first official song and music video – Feel the Passion – which is meant to convey the message that listening to your heart and following your dreams, is the ultimate bliss.

  1. How and when did you get started in the music business?

Purplehed: Songwriting was my father’s dream – a dream he could not pursue. My brother and I decided to make his dream our own. From a small town and modest background, the journey to music production was a long one. I went on to study engineering at IIT Kharagpur. I had been a part of music bands since college days, but I had no formal music training. I worked on day jobs and spent time on music whenever I could. So, it took some time before I could get into composing. I started with creating background scores for my brother’s (Anurag) dance musical productions. At this stage, composing music to recording it to producing commercial quality music – everything was a challenge for me. After several years, Purplehed began operations on May 14, 2014

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

Purplehed: My first musical influences were Pink Floyd, Metallica.

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

Purplehed: I appreciate the work of many artists. I love exploring various artists of different genres. A few from the current generations would be Adele, Sia, The Weeknd. I would love to collaborate with any artist who shares my vision.

  1. How did the name Purplehed come about and who exactly is part of the project?

Purplehed: Purplehed is the brainchild of my brother, Anurag Upadhyay and me. Purplehed  vision’s to explore diverse music and dance art forms with the aim of inspiring people. Purplehed is also my stage name. Anurag Upadhyay and Krupa Shah are the lead Performing Artists for our Current and Upcoming Projects.

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  1. What was the initial attraction towards electronic and EDM-based music?

Purplehed: EDM thrives on fresh of sounds as well as interesting of the songwriting. This freedom to be able to play with new sounds is something great but EDM.

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

Purplehed: The high of performing live is an amazing feeling. On the other hand, the creation process at a studio is a lot of fun too. I love them both. Currently I am more focused on creating our upcoming music video.

  1. Your Lyrics sometimes read like poetry. Inspiring and emotional. Do you consider the lyrics of equal importance to the music when crafting a song?

Purplehed: I strongly believe the lyrics of the song should be able to add a new dimension to the melody. Meaningful, poetic or inspiring lyrics play a major role in Songwriting, for me.

  1. Who does what on your current release, “Feel The Passion”, and how did the song come about?

Purplehed: The song interweaves realistic stories of four diverse characters, each of them in the quest of realizing their hopes and ambitions. The one thread that binds them all is their passion to push themselves to follow their aspirations. The lyrics embody their belief of living in the moment and their will to embark on the uncertain, yet full of possibilities, path of their dreams.

The song features Shilpa Singh, who was Miss Universe – India, 2012. Feel the Passion has been directed by Biswanath Rath (a NIT alumnus and Founder of BnR Films) and choreographed by Anurag Upadhyay and Krupa Shah, who also feature in the song. The post production has been done by Jackson Garg (an IIT alumnus). I composed the music and lyrics for “Feel The Passion”. I am also the lead singer of the song.

  1. Which piece of hardware or software would you consider the most essential in your Production setup, and that you would never want to be without?

Purplehed: A good machine, DAW such as Logic, protocols, good audio interface, microphones, monitors, headphones and acoustically treated room are things I can’t go without.

  1. What is the title of your upcoming music release and what is the song about?

Purplehed: Our upcoming song is called ‘Burn Like the Sun’. It’s a tribute to ex – President of India – Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was a not only a scientist but a great leader and philosopher. Slated to be released in January 2016.

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

Purplehed: The freedom to experiment with diverse art forms and subjects and freedom of expression as an independent artist is very exciting. On the other hand, making and marketing music as independent artist are quite challenging.

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

Purplehed: I market and manage my music career myself. No we don’t have any management team.

  1. Do you work exclusively a private home recording environment or do you use a commercial sound studio too? For example, do you outsource your mixing and mastering?

Purplehed:  I’ve worked in both private and commercial setting studios. I mostly record in commercial sound studios. Yes I do collaborate with experts for my mixing and mastering.

  1. The best piece of advice you would like to give to fellow artists?

Purplehed: Creating something new is a time-consuming process and requires tremendous faith and perseverance. The process may entail a lot of iterations. So, it becomes important to choose something one is passionate about. If one enjoys the process, it becomes easier to get through the countless failures before the eventual success.

  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?

Purplehed: Not really. We do evaluate criticism constructively. If something positive comes out of it, we try to use the inputs.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and independent music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web?

Purplehed: Internet and social media websites have open a lot of possibilities for independent musicians. However, with such low entry barrier to music industry, the amount of new music has also increased many folds. Hence, good quality and originality still matter a lot for new independent music to get noticed.

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

Purplehed: Passionate, Inspiring.

  1. What usually comes first when you set about composing a song, the lyrics or the beat?

Purplehed: The workflow is not fixed as such but. A key lyrical idea or a melody is a starting point for me in most cases.

  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 some other tangible milestone?

Purplehed: A Grammy award is right up there because that generally means that all other check boxes have been ticked.

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

Purplehed: To compromise on being myself and being original.

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