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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,

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

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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

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

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

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

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Chicago Techno Artist AFTR releasing EP entitled “MAY” on Wake Up! Music

The Video for the single, “Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)” will debut June, 19, 2020.

The Single “Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down”) will drop June 29, 2020. “MAY”, the EP, will release, July 15, 2020.

Wake Up! Music welcomes the summer with a Nu-release by Chicago Techno artist, AFTR.  In a switch of the usual release schedule, the video for the single “Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)” will premiere first, followed by the digital single and then the EP entitled “MAY”.  With a truly Chicago name, “Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)” is a techno-house masterpiece of the sights and sounds coming out of the great city.

Welcome in the underground these sounds then make their way from the dance floor to radio as it moves to your thoughts.  Featuring Chicago House Artist, Pepper Gomez, on vocals, AFTR’s “Humboldt Swagger” entices the listeners with house infused sounds that Pepper Gomez established for herself decades ago. Framed by a driving rhythm that will thrill the dancers and listeners alike, the lyrics are a double entendre, based on Pepper Gomez’ poetry, urging people to look deeper.

The groundbreaking video for “Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)” was created by ACRONYM and is an in your face creation of beauty zooming in on the newest additions to the Wake Up! Music Models – the Voluptuous Vixens.  As they dance to the sounds of the techno-house, they showcase that all sizes are beautiful. They also move us through the lyrics reminding us that we must also look deeper.  This combination is sexy and so needed in this world where the lines between real and illusion blur.  These ladies bring it and bring it hard.  You will be mesmerized and captivated by their beauty as they frame AFTR’s “Humboldt Swagger (Wanna Go Down)”.

Wake Up! Music wanted to create something with ACRONYM that would counter the endless messages reinforcing a one size fits all beauty which has resulted in most women feeling unhappy with some aspect of their bodies. Pepper Gomez says, “Don’t wait even one more day to love every bit of yourself.  When you love yourself, it is easy to love others!”

Quote from ACRONYM: “When presented with the opportunity to film a music video on body equality and self love at no matter the size, I was elated. Also, for clarification, I had to step in as a dancer last minute, which was scary for myself, starring and creating, but having these amazing women by my side, I felt like I could do anything.” – @acronymofficial, Director, Dancer/Model

Quote from Jose Goo AFTR“I wanted to show some love to my city and all the beautiful people in it – so while living in Humboldt Park, I wrote this song, “Humboldt Swagger”.

With AFTR keeping you dancing, the Models keeping you inspired and excited, it is clear that “Humboldt Swagger” will be another Chicago Nu-tune destined for greatness!  Dancers, DJs, EDM music lovers everywhere – get ready, summer is here and the AFTR party is where we all want to be!  AFTR and Wake Up! Music are ready.  Don’t be shy.  Let’s dance to the Nu-Music!

WEBSITE: www.wakeupmusicgroup.com


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