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Ojefe Hits The List Of Rap Music

Who can deny the revolution that hip-hop has brought in the current era? Through education and discernment, rap music has stimulated a wave of social awareness regarding the negative aspects of life, such as violence and guns. Among the most popular rappers, the name of Ojefe tops the list at such a young age of only 30 years.

Background

Like many other artists, Ojefe also belongs to an ordinary middle-class family living in Montgomery Village, Maryland. After realizing his passion for hip-hop music, many of his loved ones left him, for they didn’t believe in his talent. He had been writing music for more than 8 years unless he realized that he would adopt music as his profession by January 2017.

Ojefe’s Work till Now

Ojefe is the star of Youtube. Until now, he has dropped over 32 music videos and performed 55 times doing shows. He has performed in many live music concerts arranged in different big cities of the USA, such as Washington D.C., Silver Spring, Atlanta, Florida, Miami, Austin, Wheeling, Brooklyn, NYC, and New York.

Today, he is recognized by many music industries. He has been promoted by various online websites and hip-hop blog magazines like Respect Mag, Elevator, Vocal Creators, The Odyssey Online, and Genius.

Despite facing the language barrier, he didn’t stop and touched the strings of the hearts of his fans through his outstanding performance. His brand-new studio release “Snapping” relates to all the people from different backgrounds and receives an enormously positive response from his fans.

Ojefe is Not Afraid of Competition

Rap music has great competition in terms of musical sounds and meaningful themes. Ojefe’s music has got all these characteristics besides having an amazing and most attractive personality. He has a sound knowledge of the current trends introduced in hip-hop music; this is why he has got many offers from various music companies.

He openly confirms that he is not afraid of the rising competition in DMV metroplex and believes that he will get a big record deal from a big company like Atlantic.

Ojefe Came to the Fore after Incarceration

Ojefe emerged as a new talent in the rap music industry after he faced incarceration for almost 4 and a half years. This was when he decided to introduce himself by his name Ojefe from his government name Omar Ramos. He returned his home with full motivation and dedication for hip-hop music and has been continuing his buzz in DMV and even beyond, today.

Ojefe Responds to His Fans

Despite earning his name in the list of top musicians, Ojefe remained down-to-earth. He responds fully to all his fans in real life and on social media. Therefore, almost 86% of the people call him the best rapper for his ultimate talent and humble personality. Even one of the famous anchors and music experts, Robert Peterson, could not stand behind and called him the artiste of rap music.

Ojefe is an Inspiration to His Fans

Having gone through all the hardships and setbacks, Ojefe is truly an inspiration to those who live with limited resources but are determined to follow their dream of becoming the best rapper in the world.

Contact Ojefe:

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Big Zvch Released “How It Be” And Has Been Scoring Big

Big Zvch, is an artist from Asheville, NC who has recently released his latest single called “How It Be”. This is the only rapper’s third single this year and it’s starting to solidify him as a major artist to be reckoned with. 

“How It Be” starts off strong as it opens with attention grabbing ad libs with a 80’s vibe piano in the background. After this, Big Zvch wastes no time and goes straight into lyricism as he raps about his lifestyle and how there is no reason to worry because he has been dealt a specific lifestyle and there is no changing it.

With this only being Big Zvch’s third single, and him already getting on major industry Spotify playlists, it’s no secret that the Asheville native has a bright future ahead.

You can stream “How It Be” on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/0F1CA61zzhzipvaUldOaPn?si=giBY6gfQTamY7o5VfZ_vPA

Follow Big Zvch on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/bigzvch/

INTERVIEW: Oh Well

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for having me, VENTS! Things have been crazy the past few months. Social media has been insane to keep up with in terms of police killings of innocent P.O.C., the general dumpster fire that is the Trump presidency, COVID-19, mass protests and violence from law enforcement against unarmed civilians. Besides all that…I’ve personally been well; and I feel more fueled than ever to create new music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost Time Traveler”?

As I wrote this song I envisioned a brilliant scientist with a wife and children he loved very much. He worked long hours on projects and would begrudgingly miss family events for work. One day he invents a time traveling device, and as he begins testing the prototype, something goes wrong. He becomes lost—trapped between space and time in a sea of nothingness. In vain, he wishes he could be with his family again. Alone and desperate, he screams with despair to go back to the time before he built this stupid time machine.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

We are all impacted differently by the world around us. I have particularly found it hard to reconcile our current timeline with the past. For instance, Barack Obama, an African-American, was once president of the U.S. Now, in president Trump’s America, the KKK appears to be alive and well. But I digress. What inspired me was my desire to go back in time. To go back to a time “before.” Before all of this happened. Before COVID, before the Trump presidency, before Epstein was murdered so it actually went to trial, etc. I want to go back to that timeline. That’s what inspired me to write “Lost Time Traveler.”

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

The lyric video is now streaming on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjaBAf-Hhzs

How was the recording and writing process?

Everything was written, performed, recorded & mixed by sole member of Oh Well, Ryan Oswald. This song was super fun to remix, especially the effects on the vocals in the chorus.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

Before I moved to Chicago I lived up in Madison, WI. A few years ago I was in Chicago for a Born of Osiris concert and literally moshed into the girl of my dreams. Fast forward four years later and we’re living in Chicago together, going to shows, etc.  One day when my girlfriend was out building a home for Habitat for Humanity, I wrote a song about her that became “Falling for You” and my first track as Oh Well. If it weren’t for Chicago, the music capital of the midwest, these stars wouldn’t have aligned. Once COVID is done keeping venues closed, I can’t wait to gig some more in this fantastic city.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

This newest single is intended to keep my fans held over until my next EP is ready, which should be just a few more months. I’ve got at least a half dozen unfinished songs sitting in the hopper that I’m really excited about. I’m super picky, so a few will stay unfinished, but the next EP should have a good three to five tracks on it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Winter 2020-21 ideally.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not quite yet. Can’t wait to gig in Chicago as things open up!

What else is happening next in Oh Well’s world?

Oh Well is looking for other anti-pop and rap artists to collab with. Interested parties should please reach out to [email protected]

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5 things you need to know about Jason Innocent

Emerging artist Jason Innocent gained notoriety in recent years for his graffiti and stencils in lower Manhattan combined with short phrases or words. His work can be considered within the confines of conceptual art as it combines drawing and text to deconstruct the rules of language from satire. His first pieces explore the effect of typography by altering its traditional uses.

Beyond street art, he does not limit himself to a particular genre as he has investigated graphic design, drawing, and audiovisual productions. However, above all, Innocent reminds us of the power of words by conveying secure messages in his images that denounce contemporary conflicts such as inequalities, racism, power structures, stigmatization, and gender stereotypes. An example of this is his controversial work “American Flag,” in which the artist re-interprets the American flag and questions what it represents for citizens through the words NO RACISM, NO SEXISM, NO ABLEISM, NO FATPHOBIA, NO AGEISM, NO TRANSPHOBIA, NO HOMOPHOBIA, AND NO HATEFULNESS.

Innocent defines itself as a political artist. He believes that today’s society needs more socially committed artists to awakening the anesthetized conscience of citizens and promoting social change. In his own words, “we need more pieces like Picasso’s Guernica that helped draw attention to the Spanish Civil War.” Here are 5 things you need to know about the conceptual artist.

Innocent was born and raised with his brothers and his parents from Haiti in Brooklyn Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a neighborhood made up mostly of working-class and immigrant residents.

 He completed his high school education at Murry Bergtraum High School, then briefly studied art and left to attend business school at (CUNY) Medgar Ever College, a public university named after civil rights leader and NCAAP field secretary Medgar Wiley Evers. However, Innocent does not conceive art as an industry since business and art are two different worlds. The artist believes that he is creating new and different rules that challenge the established. He has a performative vision of art; he sees the world as art.

Although he studied arts briefly, Innocent had stated that he learned to be an artist by going to museums, studying other artists, and watching cartoons with his brother when they were young. From an early age, Innocent has been interested in art to interpret reality; he believes that at about age 5, he began drawing the characters he saw on television and in children’s books. Proof of this is his book “39 Drawings”, which collects the drawings he has done since his teenage years.

However, New York City has been his primary source of inspiration. He has grown up admiring the tremendous experimental art galleries, and since then, he has dreamed of being an artist.

Innocent considers himself a self-taught artist since he has no formal training. He has stated that it was not in his plans to wait for an internship to get to exhibit in a gallery because this rarely happens to black artists.

He received this recognition thanks to his works “Egomaniac Trump” and “39 Drawings”. In 2016, Innocent made a public intervention with Getty Image’s photographer, Alex Wong, with the image of Donald Trump. His face was graffitied with the phrase Egomaniac Trump. The poster was distributed during his election campaign in the streets of different neighborhoods.

Through street art, the artist expresses his political stance and, most importantly, reminds

passers-by of the importance of the democratic vote. This work is also a representation of culture as a social right.

On the other hand, “39 Drawings” was his first important work. It consists of a collection of drawings with phrases that were made throughout his adolescence. These works are characterized by the curved lines’ childlike character, the abstract and simple drawings, the use of primary colors, and spontaneous writing. Innocent explores writing in its graphic expression, and the deconstruction of language as some words can be upside down, joined together in a similar way to a Scrabble, or crossed out.

His most recent achievements include two audiovisual projects, “Dissection” (2019) and “Masculinity” (2020). In “Dissection,” the artist collected a series of interviews with African- American men, women, and transgender people on various topics that reflect the experience of being black in the United States.

In “Masculinity,” the interviews this time portray the social pressure on manhood that has been called toxic masculinity due to the damage it has caused to both men and women. The short documentary discusses the supposed masculine qualities such as strength, leadership, and coldness imposed and naturalized. Innocent takes a theme that men often ignore, and this documentary piece aims to change that. It is necessary to make it visible to realize that the patriarchal constructions hurt all citizens. In addition to being a visual artist, Innocent is considered an emerging filmmaker representing the complexity of the African American experience in New York from an everyday perspective.

To learn more about Jason Innocent visit: www..JasonInnocent.com

No Party For Cao Dong

Hi No Party For Cao Dong, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Same old, same old. Originally, we had planned for our first ever nearly 10K stadium concert back in May. But just like many other artists around the world, due to COVID, our stadium concert was cancelled. While it felt like a small setback, since we were quite excited about what would have been our biggest show ever, it also gave us a rare chance to fully concentrate on our songwriting. After being on the road for over two and a half years, since mid-2017, we are now in the process of making our much anticipated second album.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Same Old, Same Old”?

In terms of musical style, we tried some different things than before. “Same Old, Same Old” was also the name of our last international tour. It kind of concludes the past two years of our life, marking a transition between our debut album and the second one. The single is meaningful to us in not only our career but also life. Back in May we livestreamed an RPG live action show in place of the concert. The interactive show we livestreamed on YouTube played with a similar concept as the song’s theme of “change is the constant” and complemented each other very well. The usual is that life itself is unusual. Placing “Same Old, Same Old” as the ending theme song for the livestream series was a very intuitive way to tease the single before the digital release.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Rather than saying any particular event, it was more a sum of the past two years or so of touring. All the days spent in so many different cities, all the hustle and bustle on those streets, all the unfamiliar faces seen every corner we turned inspired feelings of comprehension and confusion towards the ordinary and the extraordinary in life. The lyrics, the melodies, the chords and even the rhythm of “Same Old, Same Old” both stir and stand still in the same ways that these days of travelling strike us. Times pass, scenes change, but we go on performing as usual. Are we the constant or are we the change in this journey? Perhaps only change is the constant.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

The four-episode multiple-choice RPG live action series, We All Love Our Moms 5.0, was our longest video content released so far. The mini-series that livestreamed one episode per night from May 20-23 was an entirely new format and gamified livestream. Each of the first three episodes was about an hour long and the finale was approximately 30 minutes before the single was revealed in the end to conclude the story.

We hired professional actors to perform live according to fan decisions. The whole show was shot from a first-person point of view. In this way, the viewers became a role through the camera lens that the actors interacted with directly. Three characters in each episode would share their struggles and even make wishes for help from the viewers, making the viewers and their “playing” a part of the narrative. Fans would reply or talk to each character by voting on one of the multiple choices that appear on-screen. Poking fun, playing God or ruining lives, the audience decides and the narrative follows. This kind of interaction encouraged engagement on a whole different level. It’s more than just performing, chatting, asking fans for feedback or comments or answering fan questions. We’re actually counting on the fans to continue the livestream. If they didn’t choose, we wouldn’t know what twists and turns the story would take. There were a few comments in the live chat that asked what would happen if no one voted. LOL. Thankfully, they still voted despite asking. But to be honest, we didn’t know what exactly was going to happen in any case. Nerve-rackingly exciting. This is as live as it gets. We had a plan and what we imagined could happen. But still, it was like leaving the control of the livestream in the hands of our fans.

How was the recording and writing process?

“Same Old, Same Old” was composed, arranged, rehearsed, recorded and re-recorded bit by bit in between the breaks we had while flying around everywhere. So to finally produce the official studio recording of the track felt like opening a time capsule. From when we first wrote this song and performed it only live, to now recording and producing it, every phase in this whole process led to new understandings and interpretations of this song that evolved as we did. After we started recording the track in the studio for official release, we learned more on the production side of things. We usually think about making music from habit, ways that we’re most used to, as the most direct approach. But this time was unlike before because we had the chance to review what we’ve made with fresh eyes. This was different from just going in and out of the studio in between tours. We were able to tweak things that we otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to. Opening this time capsule was a very real and raw process which pushed us to rethink about a lot of things that we went through over this period of time. We got to reconsider our younger thought process from a more detached and almost objective angle. We don’t usually get another shot at past decisions. It’s rather special.

What role does Taiwan play in your music?

Our creation comes from everything in our life and the society and environment where we grew up inevitably influences our writing. The inspirations to our music were gathered from the rawest moments and most honest places. Where we’ve lived, what we’ve seen and how we’ve felt here weave together the authenticity that we try to express in every lyric written, every guitar riff, every bass slap, every drum kick and every note sang. But the overwhelmingly accepting response we’ve received from our fans all over the world made us realize that such authentic expressions through music is universal. We’re actually closer than we imagine.

With your RPG livestream you guys show that you like to push boundaries – how does this get translated in your music as a whole?

Stepping out of our comfort zone always brings many challenges, often in positive ways. These steps may lead us to perspectives that we’ve never seen through, especially with creators from different fields of expertise. In the pre-production phase of this RPG livestream, we enjoyed the experience of bouncing ideas around with the video production team as well as the actors and their crew. It’s very interesting to see the same concept seek a fresh form of life with a new and different artistic interpretation. Collaborating with other creative talents than musicians taught us what it was like to approach the same things in different ways. Everything we’ve learned through this entire process contributes and solidifies our own musical creation. Diversity really drives our creativity beyond boundaries we didn’t even know we had. It takes a while to digest and internalize but also makes us look forward to what we can do in the future.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Yes, of course! This does mean we are focusing our efforts on the upcoming second album. The new work is something we are all looking forward to. Obviously, it’s still a work in progress but we have also been getting some intensive, immersive and all-inclusive training to improve ourselves, musically and physically. It’s a very different lifestyle than being out on the road. We almost forgot what it was like to “go to work” in the studio but returning home at the end of each day to our own beds has its merits.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes, we have a tentative release date and title in mind but we’re not quite ready to reveal them because the timing isn’t here yet. We have a lot of tracks lined up and are taking it slow for the best possible outcome to share with our fans.

Any plans to hit the road?

It’s been a while since any artist has been able to hit the road, so we also hope that we’d be able to go back out there to see our UK fans as soon as it is safe to do so. Our fans here have always given us incredibly warm welcomes and the loudest cheers. The level of love and support our fans have shown us ever since our very first (headline) London gig back in late 2018 was really moving when they snatched up all the tickets to the 450-cap venue within 12 hours. We couldn’t believe it. That was insane. Then to be invited for a festival run last summer, from Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape and then all the way to Glastonbury was not only such an honor but also a tremendously humbling experience to play alongside so many other amazing artists. There is nothing like the energy of a live show and we’d love to see our fans in person again. But for now, the health and well-being of everyone are our priority. Please take care until then.

What else is happening next in No Party For Cao Dong’s world?

We are knee deep in the world of no party, literally, but all album production (with some proper social distancing). At the same time, we are brainstorming music video ideas and new digital content that could potentially develop into some fun stuff. We’re not sure what things will look like but hang tight for now and you might be surprised. After all, change is the constant.

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Bringing Joy and Making Headlines Across the World

Singer-songwriter LeRoy Mobley has been making headlines across the world for bringing so much joy in a time of so much darkness. COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives in a way we could have never imagined, and some of us have even lost loved ones, but COVID has also brought about opportunities to connect as a global community.

That’s exactly what LeRoy Mobley and his music has been doing. LeRoy, not a stranger to darkness himself, has been spreading joy and love with his passionate and soulful music.

Born to a Vietnam Veteran father and Gulf War Veteran mother, LeRoy grew in Florida, attending a school in Tampa where he first found encouragement to share his talents from his teacher. He began singing at school and church, and picked up the guitar and other instruments for the first time.

It was only after attending university that LeRoy experienced a long period of deep, dark depression, that sucked him in and wouldn’t let him go. He experienced suicidal ideation and sexual addiction. It wasn’t until a fateful night at the end of 2010 that things turned around for him. On that night, he experienced a miracle that changed everything for him, and he vowed to follow his faith and share his new found light with others.

After that night, he found the strength and momentum to change his life around and get on a new path. He only has one song out now but has plans in the works to release more and attend festivals as soon as our current circumstances make it possible to do so.

Obviously, this inspirational story hasn’t just hit home with us – he’s been featured on ABC, Fox, LA Wire, Fox’s Good Day New York, and numerous other places. Despite COVID and everything life has thrown at him; LeRoy is determined to share his music with as many people as possible.

LeRoy’s music is uplifting and soulful, and has a vibrancy that propels it into popular music. You can truly hear his musical influences (Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, David Guetta) in each and every track. With a history of acting on stage and in front of the camera, and dancing, his energy on stage is magnetic.

When he’s not sharing his music with others, he loves traveling and keeping fit. He’s been to countries all over the world, from Japan, Australia, England, Canada, and the Dominican Republic, among many others. He is dedicated to his fitness, which helps him stay in great shape both physically and mentally.

Mobley’s goal in life is to share his faith and happiness with as many people as he can, while helping combat fatherlessness, PTSD for veterans (a cause close to his heart), and poverty. LeRoy is truly inspirational, so if you’re struggling with loneliness, depression, or simply sadness in our current circumstances, it’s well worth getting sucked into his world.

LeRoy is based in West Hollywood and is currently performing house concerts, and will be returning to public performances and festivals once the world returns to some semblance of normality. To follow LeRoy Mobley and hear his music, go to his website and Instagram account, or listen to him on YouTubeSpotify, and Apple Music.

Can Dust Affect Vinyl Records?

One of the most notable downsides of vinyl records is that they require significant physical storage. Unfortunately, storage mean dust. Dust can affect your vinyl records in several important ways.

If you want your records to sound their best and last as long as possible, and if you want to prevent damage to your record player, maintain your vinyl records.

How Can Dust Affect Vital Records?

If you are inattentive to dusting, the next time you sit down to your favorite collection of Elvis Presley vinyl records, you may find that the record player skips and the sound quality is reduced. Dust interferes with the ability of the record player stylus to make contact with the surface of the record. 

Not only does this affect sound quality and cause skipping, but it can even lead to your record being damaged. If the stylus becomes damaged from too much contact with dust, it can make inappropriate contact with your record, even gouging into the vinyl.

How to Maintain Your Vinyl Records

Thankfully, vinyl records aren’t all that difficult to maintain. Deliberate storage and maintenance makes it much more likely that your records will last a long time and sound great. Here are some things you can do to maintain your records.

Store Away from Dust

One of the easiest ways to keep your vinyl records clean and sounding their best is to keep them away from dust when you are storing them. The large, irregular surface of records attracts dust and dirt very easily, so it’s best to keep dust from getting to your records in the first place. 

Use a glass display case, keep records sealed in their cases, or put records in a closed box to keep dust from getting to them.

Wipe Down Records Regularly

When you bring new records home from the store, wipe them down immediately with a lint-free cloth. This step is especially important if you buy used records. If there is stuck on dust in the grooves, rinse the records with cool water. 

Ideally, use distilled water so that no impurities will get into the grooves and stay there. Do your best to avoid the label so that it won’t become discolored or come off in the water. 

Make sure the record is completely dry before playing it. Don’t just wipe it down, but also allow it to air-dry so any water in the record’s grooves will have evaporated.

You should also wipe down records before and after you use them. If you have a large collection in storage for some time, it may be a good idea to periodically wipe them all down even if they are stored away from dust.

Rely on a Record Cleaner

If your records are dirtier than water can take care of, a deep cleaning solution may be a good idea. Buy a cleaner designed specifically for vinyl records. It is generally based on water or enzymes that will not damage the vinyl. 

Scrub the vinyl gently in a circular motion with a clean, soft cloth. The cleaner will remove dust and dirt much more easily than water alone. Again, try not to get the label wet so that it will not be discolored.

Protect Your Vinyl Records

You value your vinyl record collection and your record player, so you don’t want them to be damaged by something as simple as dust. Store your records properly, clean them regularly, and be attentive to the accumulation of dust and dirt, and you will be sure to have beautiful, clear sound every time you put on a record. 

INTERVIEW: Jay Ham

Hi Jay, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Whassup yall! Thanks for having me! I’m doing amazing! Holding up in all of these crazy times to say the least. Staying busy but trying to keep my balance as well.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Last”?

Yeah definitely! Personally, it’s one of my favorite songs because of the amount of time we put into it and because of the topic at hand. It’s also my first song with my good friends Saticöy which I’m pumped about because they are all amazing guys and crazy dope instrumentalists. I love to slow it down and get more personal at times and this is one of those tracks. I try to make sure people know I have an emotional side for sure.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The love of my life in particular. She inspires a lot of my songs. It’s rare you’ll hear a song of mine where I don’t slip a reference of her or a memory of ours in a song. However, sometimes I like to really get deep and talk to her personally on a track. Especially, if the beat hits me emotionally just right with my light skin ways haha. But on a serious note, I’ve always known she would be my Last since the first moment we met, and this is a tune to put emphasis on that feeling for people. I knew it was over for me when we met each other back in 2017, and we been rocking ever since.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Ironic, because we actually just finished filming the video in Downtown Los Angeles, twelve floors up, a couple of weeks ago. So that would be a yes, for sure. I can’t wait for people to see it because it will definitely be a different visual from me. Saticöy was there to play the song as well for the video so it was just a crazy loft type of vibe. My guy @covell.rd also is an amazing director and videographer that shot the video, so the aesthetics of the visual definitely fit the mood of the song. No set date on the video yet but it won’t be too long!

How was the recording and writing process?

Quite the process, let me tell ya. But not difficult at all haha. It was just one of my songs that is super detailed and we took a lot of time on. It started with my producer Tre Wright, JonnyAve (Bass player in Saticöy), and I in the studio one night earlier in the year. I asked if JonnyAve could come by the studio so we could get some strings for my upcoming album since he plays all types of strings. And the riff he started playing for me when he pulled up just caught me right away, and we were honestly done writing the song in a few hours right there in the studio. Tre and I knew with JonnyAve being a part of Saticöy that it would be dope if the rest of the band members added their own flavor to the track as well. So Derek Long did his thang with some strings and added a bridge that he wrote, which is crazy fire! My guy Tim added some smooth ass keys for us and Jaron came in clutch on the drums and production with the ear candies.

What role does Stockton play in your music?

Well it helped mold who I am yanno? I moved around a lot as a kid, from California to South Dakota to Ohio. But Stockton was where I was born and raised for quite some time until my teens. So my early influences came from the West and the Bay Area. I’m always a 209 boy at heart, no doubt. Shout out to all my homies from The Mud.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Oh for sure! We just released a few songs before “Last”, and we are coming with at least two more singles before the actual project. But we are definitely done with creating the summer material and in release mode. We’re always making new music for the future seasons but this body of work is definitely something I am proud of. Nothing but hits.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

For the release we are looking at mid September most likely, and as for the title we’ll be calling it Sunset Potions. We wanted to give this to our fans a lot earlier in the year but with everything that’s been going on we wanted it to also be received well, so we held off on releasing it. But Tre and I also have a lot more music and work to release in the near future, so we didn’t want to hold it for too long.

Any plans to hit the road?

Man, I can’t say right now. I definitely want to be able to hit the road and wish we could go to festivals to turn up and perform. But for now, it’s better if we all consider each other’s health and well-being I feel. I just pray and hope things get better in due time so that we can do those things that we all love doing outdoors in general.

What else is happening next in Jay Ham’s world?

Sheesh, too much to even keep up with! Haha, Between music, modeling, and being a family man, there’s not much else I even want to take part in right now. My love and I just had our first baby last summer so I’m enjoying the whole father thing, but still trying to get the hang of multitasking it all. So one day at a time.

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Nikki Lerner’s incredible new album Human Too

Soul music is having quite a nice summer, and you don’t need to look any further for some of its best harmonies than the tracklist of Nikki Lerner’s incredible new album Human Too, currently out everywhere that quality indie music can be found. Driven by its potent vocals and raging grooves, Human Too’s best songs – like its title track, the passionate “What I Really Meant to Say” and live “Welcome to the New” – are anything but one-dimensional. Lerner gives us one potential hit after another here and, simply put, sounds like an elite player if I’ve ever heard one before.

BANDCAMP: https://nikkilerner.bandcamp.com/

Though they were recorded live, “Longing,” “Home” and “Love Again” show us a Nikki Lerner who is seemingly just as comfortable in this context – if not a little more – as she is in the studio-born “Colors,” “Solomon’s Song” or “Falling.” She’s got an easygoing stride no matter which of these tracks we’re listening to, and when taking into account how wide-ranging and versatile a lot of the material (and the venues) are in Human Too, this tracklist feels like all the more of a testament to her talents as an artist.

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There are definitely some not so subtle jazz influences in “Strength,” “Longing” and the title cut in this record that I would love to hear Lerner expand upon a little further in future recordings, but in the context of this effort, they’re partly what make this album feel like the diverse fire-starter it undeniably is. This artist has such an amazingly multifaceted musical profile that there’s no caging her many-splendored melodies once they come pouring out of the stereo speakers in droves, and while she gave her fans reason to have high expectations with this latest release, she surpasses everything I’d hoped to hear out of her for sure.

The arrangement of the songs in Human Too allows for a fluidity in the material that I haven’t heard a whole lot of when reviewing mainstream pop and soul lately, and to some extent, it reduces the contrast between the live and studio recordings in a positive fashion. This really does feel like two albums in one, but there isn’t a major shift in tone as we move from “Falling” into “Welcome to the New.” Call it gilded producing if you will, but from my perspective, the continuity in this LP starts and ends with Nikki Lerner herself.

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Whether or not she had anything left to prove to audiences and critics alike in this release isn’t up for debate – prior to Human Too, Nikki Lerner was already a shining star of the underground, but with the release of this third album, I think she solidifies her status as one of the best vocalists around on either side of the dial right now. There isn’t a stitch of filler that will require your hitting the skip button when listening to this record – if anything, I would recommend hearing it all the way through without interruption, as that offers the best experience any pop enthusiast can get ahold of this month.

by Cassandra King  

Some Gave All by Broken Past

Metal has always been about celebrating intensity of all varieties, and in this sense, the new single “Some Gave All” from Broken Past is no different. Both sonically and lyrically, this is a track that espouses the very epitome of championing dominant perseverance; “Some Gave All” is about honoring those who gave their lives in service of the American people, and it utilizes one heck of a heavy riff structure to do so. Shaking and quaking in all the right ways, this latest release from Broken Past could be one of the best metal songs I’ve heard all year long.

The music video is as frills-free as it gets without being a barebones DIY effort, and I particularly like how well it blends the images of veterans with the band playing in an open-air environment. It has a cinematic chill to its concept, but it’s not overambitious for what the band is capable of at all. These guys aren’t one of the big four, but here, they’re not trying to be – their priorities are right where they belong, which puts them a step above quite a few of their peers in and outside of the underground this summer.

Equal potency isn’t often afforded to the vocal and guitar parts in metal song, but that’s partially why I think the dynamic in “Some Gave All” works as well as it does – it’s somewhat untried, and ironically the band wears the look better than anyone else I’ve seen attempting it in the past. Seamless physicality is the cornerstone component of this single, and because no one in Broken Past has an ego about their role in the master mix, we’re getting a throttling performance out of their camp that feels as selfless as it does cohesive around every twist and turn.

While some would probably have preferred a slightly increased bassline presence in this track – and justifiably so – I think the leaner sound that Broken Past ultimately decided to go with is a little more becoming of their overall musical profile. It reminds me a bit of …And Justice for All-era Metallica, which was debatably the band’s most efficient period prior to parting-out their sound for a refurbished look in the 90’s. “Some Gave All” has a similarly themed-bend in its lyrics and melodic might, but I don’t think there’s any accusing the song’s creators of being derivative – it’s simply too passionate a cut for that to be the case.

I didn’t know much about Broken Past before I got into “Some Gave All” this month, but the effort that they put into this latest release is just too powerful to be ignored – even by the most discriminating of music critics. You don’t have to be a hardcore headbanger to get into the message and the melodies that are to be discovered when listening to “Some Gave All,” but for those of us who are, it’s a seriously provocative track that doesn’t waste any of our time with pointless synthetic aesthetics.

by Bethany Page 

INTERVIEW: D.A. Stern

Hi D.A, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m personally doing well but the world is much different than it was the last time we chatted.  Trying to stay positive, educate myself, hoping to affect positive change given the state of the country and world.  But I’ve also been working on plans to break some Guinness Book records and it’s tough to do some of what I have in mind while wearing a mask. 

Out of all the songs out there, why did you choose to cover Weird Al’s “Since You’ve Been Gone”?

I had been wanting to cover “Weird Al” for a long time to show my appreciation.  He’s obviously known for his parodies, but his originals are just as eligible candidates for being covered as anybody else’s.  “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the other “Weird Al” song I covered, “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” (with Photo Ops on vocals), have always been two of my favorites of his originals and I thought I could approach them from different perspectives.  The whole thing is way less ironic than one would probably think.  I mean, I’ve seen “Weird Al” live… he’s one of the few people I got starstruck meeting.

What was the approach you went after with this track?

The original’s brevity really reinforces the set-up and punchline of the lyric so I wanted to honor that.  It’s also an a cappella so I felt like I had to find a way to arrange the track while retaining some of its breathing room and make sure the joke comes through.  When someone listens to “Weird Al” the lyrics are the hook and they’re what people listen for first… I guess I tried to to be mindful of that.

Did it feel weird or way too meta for you to cover a song of a man known for doing covers?

I think if I felt it was too anything you probably wouldn’t have heard it!  But, like I said, this whole thing comes from a very genuine place, so I tried to approach it with the same deference I would with any other cover.  If anything was meta it’s that I was in my Al costume for the full duration of recording the song and the editing alone took a few days.  My dog didn’t recognize me at first but after a while it was all he knew.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well, obviously I didn’t write it but I recorded the whole thing at my studio, Big Mazel, in Los Angeles.  Except for saxophone—which was played by my good friend Greg Marino—and vocals, I made the entire arrangement over a few days.  It started with the drum groove, which I played with spatulas in homage to Yankovic’s “Spatula City”, and then just grew.  I’m down in the dungeon alone so my process is pretty much to throw as many things at the wall until something sticks.

How much of the original did you intend to rescue on your version?

The original is a barbershop quartet style-parody so it’s not like there were many elements that even could have survived… but, naturally, I kept all the lyrics!

What was it like to work with Chris Tomson and how did that relationship develop?

How much did he get to influence the song?

One of my best friends from college is country singer Nick County.  He and Chris grew up together so I met him years ago through that connection and now we’re practically neighbors in Los Angeles.  I’ve been working with a lot of guest vocalists and whenever I have a track I always try to match it with the voice of someone I’m friends with.  I’ve been a fan of Chris’s voice and music ever since the Dams of the West record came out and thought it would be a good fit.  It was an honor that he was gracious enough to agree to go along with it and it was his idea to project UHF on every wall of the studio and set up a TV in the bathroom.  That’s the kind of insight you can only get from being in a band as successful as Vampire Weekend and it paid off.

What role does LA play in your music?

I don’t know if the environment I’m in comes through in the sound at all but I know that I get a lot of ideas when I’m stuck in traffic.  So, I guess it plays a big part in the process.

Does the release of this cover mean we can expect a new original material soon – how’s that coming along?

Mmxxtape, which has both originals and covers, comes out September 25th and features a bunch of other guest vocalists: Fat Tony, Colleen Green, the aforementioned Photo Ops, Ben Hozie from BODEGA, Alex Winston, Party Nails.  I’m also working on another full-length.

What else is happening next in D.A. Stern’s world?

Outside of those releases, really just the Guinness Book stuff.  My neighbor is an astrophysicist and we’ve been spending a lot of time in his garage, at a safe distance of course, tinkering away on a working wheel-less hoverboard prototype.  I can’t tell you too much about it.

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QuanDot And Mone 2Much Silence Haters With The Release Of “Behind The Scenes”

Christian Anderson (also known as the artist Trust’N) is a force in the world of Marketing and PR. He is currently the youngest member of the Forbes Communications Council. After marketing his own hip/hop album “Lapse” to #12 in the world on the iTunes charts, he decided to offer his services to help artists and entrepreneurs as well. As an entrepreneur, Christian was exposed to the field of Public Relations through his desire to verify himself on Instagram. After acting as his own manager, he was able to produce impeccable results and completed the task he set out to do. Christian took that experience and started working as a freelance PR for other artists & entrepreneurs with the desire to provide them with the same successful results. After impressing the CEO of Bentley Records in NYC, he was offered the position of Executive Director of Public Relations, being the youngest ever to be given the opportunity. He worked beside Luca Dayz at Bentley Records for a year and then decided to pursue a new opportunity working beside Jeremy Cohen, the owner of Preach Management, Preach Records, and Preach Media Group. Driven by his success, large connection base, and drive to win as an artist & entrepreneur he founded Lost Boy Entertainment Co. to provide artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses the same services he had to scratch and claw to find himself. Being the founder and original Lost Boy, Christian serves as the company’s CEO and Director of Public Relations & Management. He is an incredible artist, motivator, leader, businessman, and entrepreneur leading Lost Boy Entertainment into the future. At the young age of 21, he is currently making major contributions to help musicians, artists, businesses, and entrepreneurs flourish in the global economy

Montreal R&B/hip-hop artist Lubalin tackles inner turmoil with “cycle”

Canadian R&B/Hip-Hop artist Lubalin has released a new visual for his new single “cycle,” which was inspired by a dark period of struggle and introspection.

Through vulnerable lyricism, he embraces a minimalistic/downtempo pop approach that pulses back and forth with dark intonations and a lo-fi sound. The accompanying video is full of moody energy with an epic build and a cathartic release.

Lubalin elaborates on the single, “I was going through another period where I was pretty down. When I’m in it, it always feels like it’s gonna last forever. This song came from the realization that like, no, it comes in waves. And it will pass, and there will be good feelings again, and I just gotta ride it out. And just like, the relief of accepting it.”

INTERVIEW: LOVEDAY

Hi Loveday, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! I’ve been really good thank you, I feel like the last few months have been tricky or everyone, but now things are (sort of) returning to normal and I’m on cloud nine!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Can’t Dance”?

‘I Can’t Dance’ is my favourite single that I have released so far! I love how energetic it is compared to my older stuff. I wrote the lyrics about how I have two left feet, but it’s important to not let that stop you from dancing however you want even if you look ridiculous, it’s all about having fun and doing what makes you happy.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

There was no particular event, it was based on a feeling that I’ve felt so many times on the dance floor. I used to allow myself to feel easily embarrassed which would often hold me back from having the best time possible, but now I’ll just do whatever makes me happy.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

I had plans to film a music video for this track before lockdown, but then the whole world sort of got flipped upside down! I would love to pick up my video ideas where I left off but given the Corona situation it’s tricky and things are a bit unsure at the moment, but hopefully in the future there will be more visuals for this track!

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing this song was such a un process! I started writing this track in a studio session in London with producer Peter Lyons. We had started writing that day with a completely clean slate and were playing around with different drum/bass sounds. Peter started playing that bass line that you can hear in the song now and I loved it straight away. We built the instrumental song that day and when I got home I wrote the lyrics and melody. Recording the vocals in our next session was really fun. It took a little while because we

wanted to get it perfect, but I got to get really shouty with it which I love.

What role does Midlands play in your music?

Although the music scene around the Midlands is not the largest, it holds a special place in my heart as this is where I did all my first gigs. They were mostly in small pubs, and not many people were actually listening, but I had so much fun gigging around the midlands when I was 13-15 years old. Also, I’ve received amazing support from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, which I’m so grateful for.

So Sammy Porter has a remix of the song coming up – how did he come on board and did you get to work together with him for this rendition in particular?

Yes, the remix is out now! I had heard some of Sammy’s past work and loved it, luckily my managers made it possible for him to remix I Can’t Dance. I had no involvement in Sammy’s creative process for this remix. The original song was my vision, and I was happy to trust Sammy to take the track wherever he wanted, and I love the finished result!

Having people remixing your work – do you tend to take that in consideration when writing a song?

No I don’t. When I’m writing a song, I just go with my own vision in the moment and don’t really think about what will happen to the song afterwards. It’s interesting to see how remixers make something that was mine completely their own.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I am working on lots of new material at the moment. I am focussing on my production skills, it is my aim to release a song written and produced by me in the next year or so.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not currently, no. I like to just go with the flow, my sound is always adapting and changing, I’ll know when the time is right.

Any plans to hit the road?

Next year I hope to relocate to London so that I can be more involved with the music scene down there. It is a dream of mine to go on tour, but that will be in the future (hopefully not too far in the future!). I would also love to support a band/artist on a tour.

What else is happening next in LOVEDAY’s world?

I am going to be gigging more next year (if the current situation in the world allows it!). Other than that I plan to carry on writing as much as possible, collaborating with different artists, releasing new material. I guess we’ll see what happens! I can’t wait.

INTERVIEW: Tibasko

Breakthrough UK duo Tibasko are quickly establishing themselves as purveyors of an epic, highly melodic and unique sound that sits somewhere between breaks, house, techno and trance. Annie Mac has been a huge supporter over the last couple of years, which has led to plaudits from BBC Introducing, naming them in The Hot List of acts in August 2019 and number three in their Ones to Watch 2020 list. 

They’ve also been named by Kiss FM as Ones to Watch for 2020 and have had previous releases on notable labels such as W&O Street Tracks and Toolroom with DJ support including Denis Sulta, Hammer, The Black Madonna and many more.

Their latest is Reverie, which lands on the Another Rhythm imprint early next month: a label to which Tibasko are far from strangers having been a part of their journey from the very start.

Ahead of its release, we caught up with Tibasko to get the lowdown on what to expect from them over the coming months.

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey guys, thank you for the invite, we’re excited to be here! It’s been as good as it can be during these weird times but we’re both doing fine. It feels a lot better now that lockdown is starting to ease up here in the UK.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Reverie”?

Of course, so Reverie was actually a track that we’ve been working towards for just about a year or so. It was around this time that we started to find the sound that we wanted to follow. We’ve been super lucky enough to be working closely with Another Rhythm Records for just over a year, and ‘Reverie’ is the follow up track from our previous release with them – ‘Solum’.

The crux of ‘Reverie’ is that we wanted it to conjure that same feeling of euphoria on the dancefloor, when you’re focused on that one moment with your best mates around you and your thoughts just get lost in the music. That’s where the name ‘Reverie’ stems from – it’s the state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts: a daydream.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Whenever we make a track, we always envision how it would sound contextually in a live music setting and what kind of emotions we want to evoke.

Around the end of 2018, we both went to see Bicep perform a live set at The Printworks. They’re one of our biggest inspirations when it comes to making music. It was really incredible to feel the emotional atmosphere that their tracks created on the dancefloor and it’s something we both really want to emulate in our tracks as well.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes! We’ve been working closely with a 3D visual designer from Edinburgh called Ally Baird (@allybairddesign) and he’ll be doing the visuals for most of our next releases. He’s the wizard behind the amazing visuals we had for our ‘Solum’ release. This time round, we’ll be following the same style with really intricate 3D visuals but with a subtle narrative that relates closely to the track. We’re excited to share this with everyone – it looks incredible.

How was the recording and writing process?

Usually, writing and recording a track can be pretty straight forward. However, we’ve had to go through quite a few revisions for Reverie as we kept changing our minds about specific elements which we weren’t sure sat right. But we got there in the end!

What role does Herts play in your music?

Both coming from a small town, it does feel like we’re in a little bubble here. I guess it’s motivated us to pursue big dreams and get our music out there, well beyond Hertfordshire.

With the major reception your music has gotten – does that put any pressure on you as you work on these new materials or rather the opposite?

To be honest, we don’t feel like it’s put any more pressure on us for our new material. We’ve never really felt the pressure to produce music inclined to a certain sound. We make music because we love to do it and it’s our way of expressing ourselves.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

We’ve been waiting patiently to show you the next few releases, coming out after ‘Reverie’, for over a year – so we can’t wait for those to drop. After that we’re working on some new music we honestly believe is some of our best. We’re really aiming to bring about a new age of Tibasko music over the coming months and into next year and beyond. We’ve always been constantly evolving as an act, and this next evolution is something we hope is going to connect in a big way.  We’ve also got a bunch of remixes forthcoming for some exciting artists so definitely look out for those.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We’ve got a busy release schedule this year but to put into light the more recent ones:  we’ve got a two-track forthcoming on W&O Street Tracks on 28th August which features the older melodic sound we had going. It’s got a deeper sound geared towards clubs, complete with strings and swirling basslines. We’ve also got a single coming out on Stress Records VA on October 6th alongside some incredible artists, so very excited to share that with the world.

Any plans to hit the road?

It’s really difficult to say in these times until it’s right and possible to do so again. However, we’re both itching to get back out there!

What else is happening next in Tibasko’s world?

Lots of lots of releases. We’ve working on a bunch of collaborations with some really exciting artists from a variety of genres, including a classical composer and an array of amazing vocalists that we’re huge fans of. Aside from the two-track forthcoming after Reverie’s release on W&O Street Tracks and single on Stress Records VA as we mentioned earlier, we’re gearing up towards a big project in 2021 that we can’t disclose of yet… so keep your eyes peeled.

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