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

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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 &

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

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Sofia Evangelina: “This Is Your Song” – a powerful force, full of life and personality

More so than many of her peers, 16 year old Sofia Evangelina can really let it rip. With a crystal timbre, she seems destined to howl away on hits for years to come. It’s tempting to root for Sofia – she possesses one of the better pure voices of the current teen-pop crop. But as any well-navigated industry professional will tell you, talent is only half the story; you need many more ingredients to make an impact. Sofia is at her most powerful when she is at her most raw; in fact, she feels most in control when she’s truly baring her soul, rather than kowtowing to generic, corporate musical trends. That may sound flattering when discussing a long standing, hit-making songstress, but it becomes a stunning statement when describing a 16 year old aspiring pop singer from Canada.

Sofia Evangelina’s  latest release comes at a curious time for female pop stars, who have been marginalized by the streaming-borne hegemony that allow Soundcloud’s mumble rappers to somehow become worthy of multiple No. 1 singles. To compound that of course, Sofia is still a very young outlier compared to those in pop’s upper echelons.

However her voice is a powerful force, full of life and personality, and able to leap octaves, and in a time when women are often reduced to dishwater-dull “featuring” presences, on edgy urban songs awash with hedonism and debauchery, Sofia’s artistic audacity is a breath of fresh air.

The young teen pop singer has chosen to stand for change and to inspire her contemporaries, through her music. Her new single, “This Is Your Song”, is aimed directly at those who suffer the negative effects of bullying and peer exclusion. For those not aware, Sofia is also an accomplished freestyle skier who has been the youngest to compete on the World Cup circuit in her discipline.

Hence she has traveled the world and has been able to focus her vision and form her own perspective on societal behavior, especially on issues pertaining to youth culture.  Moreover, she makes a lot of universal tropes feel personal thanks to her emotive delivery.

She takes her personal experiences and blends them with her professional participation – which has seen her work with Beverly Delich and Bryant Oleander, known for their endeavors with Michael Bublé – to form an explosive artistic package that matches substance with style.

Consider that, besides releasing her album, “Butterfly”, which features covers of iconic songs by legendary artists, the Calgary native has won several National talent competitions including Canada’s “National Overall Talent Awards” at Talent INC 2014, and has also appeared at various festivals throughout North America.

Sofia cites her major influences as Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé, as well as legendries of the past such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. This alone should give you the measure her artistic insight and ambition.

“This Is Your Song” is contemplative, but anthemic and inspiring for the wounded, as Sofia sings: “You have all the power to make your dreams come true. Can’t you feel the fire inside, telling you it’s time to break through? We are the kids of the world.” The piano driven production teases out directions that Sofia takes further with her emotive interpretation.

She lets her talent fly as high as she can, solving pop’s current obsession with box-ticking by nudging their lines into shapes that fit her persona. “This Is Your Song” is an endearing pop song, one that leaves a lasting impression. It keeps pace with modern pop trends while remaining true to its message. With Sofia Evangelina, positivity has finally found an empowering voice within the youth movement.

“This Is Your Song” will be released as a standalone single, as well as be featured on a compilation alongside 15 other artists promoting social change against bullying and other negative trends in youth culture.

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