Mortinus – “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” – gently beatific music

As the months pass slowly into years, it becomes increasingly plain to all concerned that Danish electronic music producer, Mortinus is taking his craft very seriously. He has been extraordinarily prolific and has maintained an enviable level of quality in his releases. When approaching his two singles “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” the question that arises is how will Mortinus sound fare in the altered musical terrain of 2020? Well the two new singles, are fine examples of some of the best ambient, chillout, downtempo and cinematic instrumental music being made today. Mortinus’ sound is alive and well, and his

Stiff Lauren – “Faith In Me” demands the spotlight!

Fearless and uncompromising, Stiff Lauren is back to deliver a triumphant track about having faith in yourself no matter what. Stiff Lauren is a hip-hop artist who is no stranger to speaking what’s on his mind. Since he hit the scene, he’s never been one to hold his tongue or been one to fear throwing the first punch. Whether or not you’ve followed Stiff from the beginning, one thing has been apparent through the highs and the lows: he’s talented and confident – his latest single “Faith In Me” is a perfect example of that. Stiff Lauren once again takes

Phreckle$ is carving out a music presence with “IDFWP”

Phreckle$ is an independent solo artist out of Los Angeles, California. She writes all her own songs, and produces professional quality artistic music videos. A precocious talent, Phreckle$, played trumpet at 9 years old in the school band, by 12 she was performing at the Carnegie Hall, and a year later she started going to punk shows. At 17 she was playing bass in 3 different punk bands. At the age of 22, she was discovered as a model and is now an internationally signed model working with the top photographers and magazines in the industry, which has put her

“No Mas” oozes with Nancy Diaz’s palatable understated sass

Canadian born Latin pop recording artist Nancy Diaz has been navigating her way through the Canadian music scene since 2011 with her pop single “Summer Addiction” along with official music video. Her sexy and sassy fusion of English/Latin music has led to the release of many well received singles, garnering her critical acclaim and audience satisfaction. Apart from firmly establishing herself among her musical contemporaries and peers, Diaz has also made her mark in the modeling world posing for magazines, fashion labels and fashion photographers such as Cliché Magazine, Deniori Couture and Monarch Photography. Directly involved in quite a few

Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is still a skillfully crafted song

I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the fear of social turmoil that comes with that.” Everything just grooves so well together; it’s a blend of sounds that I haven’t heard done this well from any progressive, jazz, or electronic artist in quite some time. It’s a masterful melding of electronic machinery with

Temperature Falls Release The Video For Their Latest Single “1-2-3”

The sound and atmosphere of Temperature Falls is built around somewhat gritty, blended organic-electronic sounding tracks that hearken the listener back to earlier times. Their latest track, ‘1-2-3’, is a seductive track that pulls the listener in with an eerie melody, sultry vocals and an ethereal reverberating atmosphere. Mixed beautifully, this is the perfect example of what to expect from this indie trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. ‘1-2-3’ is a gorgeous, melancholic song that is heart wrenchingly beautiful. Temperature Falls is one of those bands that are absolutely necessary

Pop Music Artist DAYVID Releases Music Video for “Same Old Feeling”

This song was released last Fall on his self-titled debut EP. DAYVID explains that “Same Old Feeling” was the last song written for this EP. It reflects on an old love that was like no other. “Same Old Feeling” was co-written by DAYVID and Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid (Marshmello, Jack & Jack, CHROMEO). “Same Old Feeling” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music: http://dayvid.lnk.to/SameOldFeeling. The production is simple with piano, vocals, and an 8-member gospel choir providing backgrounds. The lyrics and vocal performance make this song meaningful and powerful. All elements support the soaring voice

Arrows – “After Hours” – Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks

“After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it bang. Every song delivers big in the keyboard hooks department and the moods are consistently melancholy and wistful throughout. “After Hours” is Arrows hitting their stride; this is what it sounds like when a young band is killing it. Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video

PWJazy – “Heroes” – the mind of an alternative creative

LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed up in any other manner. “Heroes”, his latest single, is a really intriguing, diverse recording. I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but the uniquely experimental alternative rock sound, the bombastic lead guitars, and the dark, mysterious lyrics somehow fuse together to produce

João Tostes – “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” exhibits dazzling musical dexterity

How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the most diverse countries – from Brazil to Canada, Italy and South Korea, among others. Someone who dropped a parallel career as an Information Technology entrepreneur in 2017 to fully dedicate himself to music and the ukulele. The Brazilian musician, composer, arranger and musical educator, in

Shannon K is a 16 year old singer with pride in her heritage

Shannon K is a 16 year old singer who was born in India and moved to London at the age of 6, but not before initially appearing on stage at just 4. Her father, Kumar Sanu, is one of the most decorated and award winning vocalists in Bollywood history. Shannon has studied music from the Royal School of Music, London. At the age of 6, she had the honor to perform a classical Indian dance, Kathak, that she learned growing up at the Bollywood Awards’ night, US. She released her first solo song in May 2014, as well as a full-length album, “Perpetual”, in 2017. She has since worked with Poo Bear, who has written several songs for Justin Bieber and has also collaborated with A-League producer Kyle Townsend.

  1. When did you start singing and did you have any formal training?

Shannon K: I’ve been into music since what feels like forever but I professionally started singing when I was 12. I received training from the royal music of London while I lived there.

  1. Did you suffer any kind of pressure from your parents or family, or have they been supportive of your endeavors?

Shannon K: My parents are the most supportive people on this planet, they’ve done nothing but lift me up all my life. They’re believers of tough love. They support me and are there for me but want me to work hard and do things on my own so I’d learn to be independent. I don’t feel pressure from them at all. I feel pressured by my dad’s fans who compare to him despite knowing that I don’t sing in the same language, genre, or style as him and that he’s been an artist for longer than my life so it’s a bit upsetting to see someone say that ‘oh your dads a great singer but you’re nothing like him! You should sing like him!’ like yeah I’d love to but I just didn’t grow up in India so I wouldn’t know. Another would be that, there’s super famous artists out there that do things which aren’t so great and I know I can’t do the things they do and people know that to yet I’m still compared to them. People have to understand that I was raised differently, with different values and morals so there’s things that I can’t do and it has nothing to do with religion it’s just my mind set and my beliefs that come from me.

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

Shannon K: My dad of course would be the first and strongest musical influence but I grew up listening to artists like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and other legendary artists who I could find myself in their music. Now I listen to artists such as all of the mentioned above along with Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez who I find very inspiring.

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

Shannon K: I think usually when I perform or when I make music, I strive to be simple yet heart touching so I want people to feel the same emotions I do when I sing my songs or just feel the meaning behind each song that I release.

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

Shannon K: That’s a tough one because obviously there’s artists out there better than me, but I feel like every song of mine is different from the last like there’s variations in melody, production, and lyrics. So I think that would be something that sets me apart.

  1. Tell us something about your songwriting /music producing processes? Who does what?

Shannon K: I write with my sister Annabel, who is a great songwriter, and we just usually pick up different vibrations that surround us. When a producer hops on the project then both my sister and I try to see how we connect and that’s where we find a beginning.

  1. How do you handle criticism and who is your biggest critic?

Shannon K: I’m gonna be honest and say that I am not good with handling criticism. Actually when I was younger and I had just released a song, there were a group of people constantly writing hate comments and sending hateful message to me almost every day and I decided to read them one day. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking but the things they said got to me and I self-harmed. I’d like to add that this story would be one inspiration behind one of my recent works “Give me your hand” which is an Anti-bullying song. So I think I’m better now at handling criticism because I don’t let it get to me. Whenever I see a hateful comment or hear something bad then I just tell myself that there is nothing they can say that will change who I am so I shouldn’t break that. I think the biggest critic in my life is me. I always go back and make notes about things I could’ve done or things I could’ve done better. Which to me is healthy. I think we all should always keep moving forward but also know that we’re the only ones allowed to bring change in our lives.

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

Shannon K: I think where I am is a big bounce from where I was before so I’d say that my current position would be the highest. But my proudest moment was releasing “give me your hand”. I’m very proud of that because the song itself means a lot to me.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your singing, recording or live performances so far?

Shannon K: Well, there’s this one cool story. When I first met Poo Bear, who produced and wrote “A long Time” my single, we talked and he heard my music and he told me to come to the recording studio later that week and so I went there. At first I thought we were going to work on the song but nope! He played the song for me twice and then told me to hop onto the mic and said that he would sing the lines and I would sing them back. So I did and to be very honest I was shaking so hard when I walked up to the mic because I’d never been in a situation like that before but I think it made me stronger in a way so thanks Poo Bear!!

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

Shannon K: My Indian heritage is visible in my songs, and I like to explore that side. Meaningful lyrics always have to be there. Inspirations taken from my past or from close ones.

  1. What do you feel are you main challenges and goals right now as a sixteen year old female singer?

Shannon K: My main challenges are that I look up to certain artists like Selena Gomez or Beyoncé but the thing is that I don’t get opportunities for me to be in the same category as them. Getting my songs played on a Radio is a challenge for me and sometimes I have to face unnecessary rejection because I’m Indian. I’m told that for certain things they want people of color but not my race and instead the more popular races.

  1. How much free choice do you personally have in the songs you sing or record, the performances you do, and the way you dress and wear make-up?

Shannon K: Being an independent artist right now, I have all the rights to do everything that concerns me. I write what I want, I wear what I feel, and I perform where I want to.

  1. Which aspect of being a singer and indie artist excites you most, and which aspect discourages you most?

Shannon K: What encourages me the most is that as I earlier said, I am free to write what I want and do what I want which means I get to represent me. But what discourages me is that there are closed doors everywhere as I mentioned that my songs don’t get played on the radio as much. People don’t pay much attention to you or consider you important because you’re not signed or with an agency. Also, people keep bringing up age. I’m turned away a lot for my age because I’m “too young”.

  1. What do you think is the best piece of advice anyone has given you about pursuing a career in music so far?

Shannon K: The best advice was given to me by Poo Bear that, “your vocal chords are amazing and you should keep working hard. Your work will get paid off one day. People are not that bad that they would overlook your hard work and talent”.

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

Shannon K: My music is a fusion of young Indian music and pop and there’s meaning to each song.

  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?

Shannon K: Social media is important and necessary to reach out to your fans and create an awareness about your music. Sometimes it can be tough when people start being hateful but other than that it’s important.

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

Shannon K: My latest release is “Always” written by me and produced by Kyle Townsend. You can check it out on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube!

  1. What is your relationship with visual media, as far as your music is concerned? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout so they can get into what you’re doing?

Shannon K: I think music videos are important because there’s certain things you feel when you make a song that you want your audience to know and so to do that you want to make it easy for them. Visuals only aid that. I’d suggest “A Long Time” and “Give me your hand”, I think they reflect my music a lot.

  1. As a young and upcoming artist, what are your thoughts on talent shows like American Idol, The Voice, or The X Factor, etc.? Is this something you would consider doing?

Shannon K: It’s great that these talent shows exist and it’s easy and fast to get recognition from being a contestant on shows like this but the speed you get famous at and grow popular, you come down just as fast. Right now I don’t have plans to go on talent shows but maybe in the future.

  1. What’s on your ‘must do’ agenda for 2019?

Shannon K: I’m gonna write up a few more emotional songs and try and connect with more people through them. I’ll keep pursuing my goal no matter what.

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