We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview rising talent Deerock about his career and his latest release. Hailing from Long Island and a recent grad from JMU Deerock has channeled his passion for music to a budding career. be sure to click here to check out the full interview to learn more about him and his music!
Rising Artist Interview: Jay Bird
We had the opportunity to interview California based artists Jay Bird who recently released a song with us “The Reason” which is an amazing catchy future bass song with great vocals that will leave you wanting more. Click here for the full interview, take a look into what drives him to make music, and get to know more about the man behind the music!
Rising Artist Interview: Squired
We got the opportunity to Interview up and coming producer, Squired, get to know more about him, his influences, and what he’s got going on as the year is coming to an end! Click here to check it out!
Click here to listen to read our exclusive interview with Sangarang and be sure to head over to spotify to check out his album How Did We Get Here!
Exclusive Interview: Jack Be
We got the opportunity to interview Jack Be after he dropped his most recent song 'Beauty Hurts' an absolutely beautiful song with such a well shot music video to go with it (all shot on vhs tape.... impressive right?) One, you're not gonna wanna stop listening to the song when you hear it (link in the interview) and two, you will definitely want to follow Jack after getting to know more about him. He's a talented creative and on top of having a beautiful voice and really great vocals he's got the work ethic to make it in this industry. be sure to follow him @JackBeThatsMe (instagram). Click here to read the full interview!
Exclusive Interview: Shmittee
Click here to listen to read our exclusive interview with Shmittee and be sure to head over to Hypelist.io to check out his latest release ‘Clouds’
Trap n Chill: Now On Spotify!
Thanks to our friends over at Nectar Collective we've been able to bring our brand to Spotify with a branded playlist to support all of you! With 16,000 followers and counting this playlist will only help us provide more support for your music. Feel free to visit the submit page and get a boost on Spotify!
Exclusive Interview: Opvs
So as we understand Opvs was originally a duo, what made you decide to pursue solo acts, and do you have any plans to collaborate in the future?
Sean and I worked together for over two years growing Opvs, and it is crazy to look back at some of the things we were able to achieve together. He definitely made me a significantly better producer, and I think it is safe to say neither of us would be where we are at today without leaning on each other.
As a duo it can get hard to find your own artistic vision, and that is what we were struggling with. Making music is such a personal experience, and it can get hard to try to translate the state of mind you are trying to express in a song to someone else. Both of us grew a lot and started taking our sounds to different places, so we thought rather than hold each other back, lets just go for it on our own. We are still very good friends and support each other in any way possible, so I am excited to see where he takes his sound!
We aren’t collaborating on music at the moment but we are going to be playing a show together at the Mercury Lounge on April 28. I’ll be in the crowd wilding for his set and him for mine so I’m really looking forward to that.
VRS.US so great to have you on board! Can you give us a little background on you (your life, what got you into music, any other background that may be important) to start for the people who may not be familiar with you?
Thanks mate, it's great to be doing this release with you. My path in music started in rock music, before starting VRS.US I was playing with Dead Letter Circus on guitar and keys. That experience really shaped my interest in honing my skills in song writing. As I started to get more into electronic music I was really appreciating all the weird and futuristic sounds that could be made outside of a standard rock context. I guess that curiosity was the spark that started VRS.US.
Click here to read our full interview with VRS.US!
Exclusive Interview: Sammi Constantine
What was it like to perform at your first show, what emotions were you feeling? Have you ever been anywhere in public and heard your music playing, if so, what did that feel like?
Being on stage is where I actually feel most myself and completely comfortable! Of course I get a little nervous sometimes but something my dance teacher told me years ago that always stuck with me was “Butterflies mean you care, if you didn’t feel a thing then it obviously doesn’t mean anything to you’. Its such a rush! I've been working out at the gym and shopping and heard a recent collaboration I did with Mashd N Kucther “Need Me” playing on the speakers…. The first time that happened to me, I filmed the entire thing so I could remember it forever because it was such a dream come true!!! completely surreal but AMAZING! Click here to read our full interview with Sammi!
Exclusive Interview: LIONE
So this is the first release of 2018 and it’s definitely going to make a splash because it’s absolutely amazing! What can your fans look look forward to for the rest of 2018?
Thank you! I have a ton planned for this year. I’m really challenging myself super hard to release much more music, much more consistently this year. My fans are absolutely amazing, and they’ve been so patient for so long, so I want to give them as much music as I can this year. Aside from that I just launched the first piece of my clothing line here (lione.merchtable.com), and am super excited about it. I’ve wanted to design and make clothing for so long now, so it’s a pipe dream to see it come to fruition. I’m planning on expanding and building that alongside my music and playing shows, so very busy but very exciting this year haha!
How long have you been making music and how did you discover your unique style?
Whats good! I’ve been making music for a while, exploring different genres from hip hop to big room EDM before I settled into my zone where I’m at now, and I really feel like that process led me to the prefect place. I think as a musician it’s important to try different things and learn about different genres so you can bring more to the table when you sit down to write songs. For more on dEVOLVE how he was featured in Diplo's insanely popular Diplo & Friends radio show, and what he has coming next, click here to read our full interview with dEVOLVE!
Exclusive Interview: Aries
You’ve been producing and singing on your own tracks, how has that helped set you apart from other producers? What’s your creative process when writing a song?
Producing and singing has helped set me apart because I can truly create exactly what’s on my mind. I don’t have to ask someone to sing on my song for me because I need a certain melody, etc. and the creative process is different every time but I’ll spend hours just messing around with weird sounds till they
Who is someone you really want to collab with this year, why?
I'd love to collab with young thug! His voice is crazy to me and he creates the nicest melodies
Were both of you involved with music before meeting each other? If so, how?
Max: I kinda won a teen competition and was allowed to play a slot at the festival we met at. We've known each other from school, but I was two grades above chris before I graduated so we barely got to know each other before that. I did know that he was making music too, and digged his productions too, but we never really approached each other. Not until the festival at least. After that It kinda clicked and we've been working together ever since. Before that I had classic piano lessons for years as a kid. It wasn’t until after graduating high school that a friend of mine who really wanted to make some Hip-Hop tunes showed me a few DAWs. I got hooked immediately and started watching hours maybe weeks worth of tutorial videos on how to produce on a computer. After that it didn’t take me long to discover soundcloud and that chris had been on a similar journey.
Chris: I played the guitar and sang in a band during my time in school which is kind of how I got involved with making music. After switching to electronic music a few years later I really got hooked though. I started producing drum and bass and went to several electronic music festivals. Thats when I met Max. Since we were in the same school I knew he was making music as well - so we met up for a producing session.
After such a successful 2017, what can we expect for the new year?
Late 2017 has been amazing, and I've really evolved as a producer. For the new year, expect some new styles, I recently dropped a little acoustic for everyone on my SoundCloud, and plan on releasing more tracks with my vocals soon (even some RnB, indietronic, etc)! I have some huge collaboration tracks coming soon, and possibly some big label releases, so stay tuned!
You're currently living in Atlanta right? How do you think the city has influenced the music you make?
Yea born and raised in Atlanta my whole life. I try not to put too much thought into keeping up with "the Atlanta sound" though, I love the music here and how influential it's become as the forefront of hip hop. I draw inspiration from the music that meant something to me when it was just a dream for me. Like ‘dedication 2’ and ‘drought 3’. A lot of Wayne from that era; I actually still listen to it daily. I would say current Atlanta music doesn't influence me as much as classic, like Young Dro’s first album and watching T.I. become a mega success. Post Malone and J Cole are probably my biggest influences now to keep it 100 lol. As strange as that seems it gives me my own unique sound, blending in could help in the short run, but it'll be short lived. I want a legacy...