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

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,

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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