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: Rock & roll revivalist, Josh Christina

Rock & roll revivalist, Josh Christina is bringing retro back in all the best ways. Reminiscent of an era when music sold itself, Christina’s classic energy humbly commands his audience, both on stage and through the stereo. With a sound described as “an infectious blend of piano driven, high octane boogie-woogie and pop ’n’ roll,” Josh Christina has not only received high praise from Daryl Davis (band leader for Chuck Berry) and Kent Wells (producer of Dolly Parton), but also gained international attention on Ireland’s The Late Late Show. Josh Christina’s latest single “Old Piano”, illustrates the lifecycle of timeless melodies narrated by hammers and strings. “Old Piano” serves as a thoughtful, contemplative and inspiring ode to Christina’s forever muse—the grand piano.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about where you come from and how you got started making music?

Josh Christina: I’m from Cockeysville, Maryland. I was always around music growing up and at the age of six I heard Elvis Presley and it changed my life. That led me to Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Elton John and that’s when I started playing piano and songwriting.

  1. Have you had formal training or are you self-taught?

Josh Christina: I’ve had a few lessons, maybe half a dozen but besides that’s I’m self-taught.

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

Josh Christina: First was the king, Elvis and then all those rock and roll guys. Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry. That sound was so raw and real.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Josh Christina: For me, I always try to keep the piano upfront. You don’t really hear that a lot in today’s music, the piano as the lead instrument. I think it makes my sound somewhat unique.

  1. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and music maker, and the transition towards your own style?

Josh Christina: When I first started singing, I tried to sound just like Elvis and it took some time to grow out of that phase. I think some of it stuck around so on certain songs, you can still hear that influence. Same with piano. I wanted to play just like Jerry Lee Lewis. I think all artist go through three phases of development: Inspiration, emulation and innovation.

  1. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?

Josh Christina: I try to keep politics and all out of my music. Gospel music was a big influence of mine so I do that and write that style from time to time but mostly I try to write what I’m feeling and for joy and entertainment.

  1. Do you ever write a song with current musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you simply focus on your own personal vision and presuppose that it will be appreciated by a specific audience?

Josh Christina: I mix it up. Some songs are trendier with the lyrics or chord progressions or productions. Others are more old school and more random.

Josh Christina

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do you most often start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed musical piece? Do you usually start with a beat, a narrative in your head, or a melody?

Josh Christina: For me it all starts with a hook or the main subject of the song. Then I’ll write the chorus and then next the verses and bridges. I usually always write the music along with the lyrics.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your musical career, or life so far, and how did you overcome the event?

Josh Christina: I’d have to say right now with COVID. I live performing live and traveling and with the current situation I can’t so that’s been very hard. I’m very hopeful for a great 2021 though!

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

Josh Christina: In 2018 I went to Memphis and recorded a live studio album at Sam Phillips Recording. Such an historic place. Got to record on a piano Jerry Lee Lewis played and got to hangout in a place so any legend stood. Was such a cool experience!

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which 5 keywords would you personally use to describe what you and your music is all about?

Josh Christina: Tough question but I’d say energetic, real, emotional, fun and storytelling.

  1. If the name Josh Christina came up in a conversation among music fans, alongside which other current artists would you most like to be associated with in that conversation?

Josh Christina: I feel like there’s not too many current artist I get associated with. Meghan Trainor has a throwback kind of vibe and so does Chris Stapleton so maybe the two of them? I get compared to some older artist all the time which is a huge compliment.

  1. Where do you do most of your recording and production work? And is that where you recorded your new project “Old Piano”?

Josh Christina: My last two singles I worked with Skyline Brigade out of Nashville. They’re great to work with and really can take my sound and amplify it.

  1. Where did the idea and inspiration for “Old Piano” come from?

Josh Christina: I had an idea about if a piano told its life story. Pianos last forever and get passed around and moved around a lot. They get played by many different people and cross over many generations. I wanted a song to express that. Like if the piano was writing down it’ story.

  1. What were the main compositional, performance and/or production challenges you came across on the new song?

Josh Christina: Actually can’t really think of anything. It went pretty smooth. I know at the end we wanted to convey the piano being older so that took a minute but it wasn’t really a challenge.

  1. Are you entirely happy about how the track came out, or is there something you keep thinking you should have done differently in some way or another?

Josh Christina: This is probably one of my top five tracks of any song I’ve written/recorded. I really love it.

The cover artwork

  1. How long did it take you to complete the song – from its conception to its recording and the final production – and which phase took up the most of your time?

Josh Christina: I wrote the song in probably twenty minutes or so? Then there was a few months of not recording or anything. Took us three days in Nashville to record it and all. From start to finish, probably four months I’d say.

  1. With all the various music genres flying around, what initially drew you to becoming a rock n roll revivalist?

Josh Christina: There’s just something about that era, that style that hooked me. The rawness of it all. Also the history involved. Rock and roll did only change music but it changed culture forever.

  1. Do you ever collaborate with any other artists? And if you could choose to perform alongside any internationally famous artist right now, who would that be?

Josh Christina: Not really. I’d love to perform or tour with Elton John. He’s one of my hero’s in the business but up to this point, I haven’t really worked with anyone else.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Josh Christina: The most rewarding thing to me is a live show and a lively crowd. There’s nothing like it. The electricity in the room and all is the best. I’d love to to keep performing and playing bigger and better shows. There’s nothing like people coming to hear you play your music live.

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