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A Different Type of Hip Hop Genius meet “Tone Da Boss”

What was the first piece of music that you bought for yourself and what was the medium?
It was Michael Jackson cassette tape. This definitely just reminded me of my age. Michael’s sound to this day is one of the most unique original pieces of art that can’t be duplicated. At the time I was just a fan but reflecting on it now I feel that he inspired me to be different, and to focus on doing my music my way instead of trying to capture the sound of anyone else.

What’s at the top of your professional bucket list?
I love music however I’m not just doing music for professional success. I want to help as many people with their music as I can, either by working with them or through inspiring them. Music is my life, it speaks to my soul. I grew up in a household where music of all genres were played. I correlate music to emotions good and bad. I want to make music that gets everyone to smile, be happy and create memories. The top of my professional Bucket list is to help more people be heard, embrace their passions, and live out their dreams.

How did your hometown/city shape who you are?
Born in Chicago, grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I went from everyone around me being black to being the only black person around. It taught me adversity, the importance of unity, and forced me to be comfortable with being different. In Chicago I was raised to be a soldier, to try and survive, and protect my family. In Iowa I was raised to be a scholar, to live my best life, and provide for my family. My life would be so much different if I just stayed in one place.

What’s the last song you listened to?
Pop Smoke – The Woo. Pop Smoke is not only gone too soon I still would have been a huge fan despite his early demise. I’ve been a 50 Cent/G-Unit fan since their debut and I feel like not only does he pay homage to that sound but knowing he got the co-sign from 50 Cent makes me a fan of his even more.

If you could see any artist in concert dead or alive who could it be?
Tupac without a doubt. His message and voice transcended music, I would love to see his interludes more so then his live performance. I feel like he would use his time between songs wisely.

What’s one thing that even your most devoted fans don’t know about you?
My favorite genre of music is actually soft rock. As a DJ I listen and play all different genres, but I never really get to play like 2000s rock music. Being in Iowa for so long it was all they’d play on the radio so I heard it enough to learn to love it and now it’s my guilty pleasure.

If you were not a musician, what would you be?
I would run a community center for the youth to have fun, learn things they aren’t taught in school, and generate income. Actually I might still do that even though I am a musician.

Tell us about your latest single ? When is your video release ?
My latest single is my song called “Free” to the general public it talks about a life after the Pandemic is over, but for me it talks about my personal journey after going through divorce, leaving my 9-5 job after 10 years, and finally living Free. The video is available on all platforms as of 1/12/21.

Follow Tone on social media 
Check out Tone Da Boss Video release 1/13/2020 https://youtu.be/DvRGgHcHpdQ
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The Grynd Report kicks 2021 off with an exclusive interview from Michael Matthews, CEO of DigitalRadioTracker

The Grynd Report had the opportunity to sit down with DigitalRadioTrackers CEO, Michael Matthews. This interview is an in-depth look at how Michael Matthews started DRT, the benefits from using the service and more. Check out Mr. Matthews on issue 64 cover of The Grynd Report Magazine.

Thank you for spending time with us DigitalRadioTracker, please introduce yourself to The Grynd Report.
Thank you Grynd Report for having me. My name is Michael Matthews, and I am the founder of DigitalRadioTracker.com Inc.

You were founded in 2011, tell us how it all came about.
This all started one day as I was talking to an associate. You see, I come from a radio promotion background and we started to notice that more and more of the songs that we were promoting were being played on digital radio. At the time, it was referred to as Internet Radio. As we began our research, we discovered that no one was really monitoring the activity of songs on digital radio. As a record promoter, you always want to know what is going on with the songs you are promoting and be able to illustrate to your clients that you are working for them. In talking to some of the main monitoring companies, we found out that they were not interested in monitoring airplay on digital radio as well as some small-market FM stations. These stations are known to support new and developing artists and are much easier to garner airplay from. Being that this was a void in the music industry, we thought if no one wants to do it, maybe we should try and develop something. What started off as an internal software to show our clients that their song was being played at various levels of radio, has now turned into a global monitoring company – DigitalRadioTracker.

Who can benefit from using your services?
DRT is utilized by artists, publicists, managers, promoters, radio station programmers, DJs, music industry executives and more! The global airplay data that DRT collects is very useful to artists and record labels because they can use the information to book shows and tours, set-up interviews, sell merchandise or promote their songs to other radio stations to secure more airplay. Artists and record labels can also use the airplay information to assist in collecting royalties on their music and further build their fan base. Or they can use the data to develop promotional strategies and learn which markets to further promote as well as monetize their brand.

What genres of radio stations do you work with?
DigitalRadioTracker prides itself on working with many genres of music. The main genres we monitor are Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Country, Gospel/Inspirational, Adult Contemporary and Rock. However, we also monitor a small number of Jazz, Americana and Blues stations. We also track an array of Terrestrial FM, Satellite and College radio formats from around the world. DRT’s primary focus is monitoring digital streaming radio stations globally.

You currently track over 5000 radio stations; how can new stations get involved?
We are delighted by many the requests we have received from stations wanting to join our community. DRT does not discriminate on the size of a radio station or how many listeners it has. We are about building a strong broadcasting community that represents a true voice as to what music is being played. If a radio station is interested in being monitored by DRT, they can simply register for a free DRT Account on our website. Once registered, login to our web portal and select a monitoring plan from our “Buy Packages” section. We will contact the station to complete the monitoring process and tracking will start within 48-72 hours. Radio stations from any territory globally can sign up to be monitored by DRT.

Are your services available worldwide?
Yes, DigitalRadioTracker understands that technology has changed the landscape of the music industry. We are now in a global industry. It is no longer about a song’s local reach. It is all about what a song is doing globally. DRT monitors over 45 million song titles a week in more than 125 countries around the world! Music industry professionals can access DRT’s database from anywhere in the world via our user-friendly web portal.

Describe to artists how important it is to have their music tracked by a service like yours & how they can get started.
It is vital for an artist to have their music tracked by third-party monitoring companies such as DigitalRadioTracker. I cannot express the importance enough. In the music industry, one of the hardest things to obtain is getting validation as an artist. A song’s analytics is one of the main ways the music industry determines whether an artist is trending or not. It can also be used to determine how successful an artist or song may become. DigitalRadioTracker is the only monitoring company in the world that does not require any special encoding or fingerprinting. By using its proprietary software, DRT can track songs from the first time it is played! Other monitoring sources cannot monitor a song unless someone sends the song to them to be encoded first. This is especially important as spins are often missed on songs which can affect promotional strategies and royalties on a project. One of the unique things about DRT is that we also track different versions of a song such as a feature or remix. Other monitoring companies simply merge the song detections under one file. DRT has simplified the process in getting a song tracked. Get your song played at least one-time on any of the 5000+ stations that DRT monitors and a DRT file will be created on that song. Register for a free DRT Account on our website and then login to our web portal to generate a DRT Report at any time on your song. It is that easy!

It is a brand-new year, what is new and different that we can expect from DigitalRadioTracker in 2021?
As technology continues to expand with devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, DigitalRadioTracker plans on monitoring more digital streaming stations on these devices. We plan on increasing stations that are streaming in millions of cars that now have Internet Radio. DRT’s goal is to be the first broadcast monitoring company in the world to track specialty shows such as DJ mix-shows, ministries, talk shows and more!

Any words of advice to our readers?
We recommend to everyone interested in airplay data to utilize our free artist/broadcaster searchable database. Simply register for a free DRT Account and take advantage of this great tool to research which songs are receiving current airplay. As for the artist reading this, do not overlook digital streaming radio as it is making a great impact on new music discovery. There are thousands of digital streaming radio stations around the globe who are willing to support and break your music.

Where can we follow you online?
You can follow DRT on Instagram/Facebook @DigitalRadioTracker and Twitter @DRTRadioTracker.

Be sure to visit https://www.digitalradiotracker.com/

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Rain 910 paints a perfect picture with his new project “Amber Vision”

Lately, the Carolinas have been making major music waves throughout the world, and in the lineage of elite rappers, Rain keeps the wave going with his new project “Amber Vision.”

“I was inspired by the music I grew up to; on this album, I wanted to give people the same vibe and energy I felt growing up,” said the Fayetteville native, Rain 910.

With a fire list of 20 songs such as Let em know, Confidence, and Love Traps, Rain never disappoints his audience with a 90’s hip hop vibe. From dropping albums such as A perfect day to die, Forgetting tomorrow, and Live Fast and die young, with this new album, he continues to show the culture of Hip hop why he will never fail.

The contentious rapper recently chopped it up with JC Live on her podcast to talk in-depth about this project’s making. He also discusses Fayetteville artists, music collaborations, and his future projects.

 

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Click the link to download the album: https://crwnmusic.ffm.to/rain910ambervision

 

 

Follow Rain 910 on social media:

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/Clubouse

@Rain910

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Straight Official Sits Down With Crissy J

A few years back when I went to the Fleet Dj’s Music Conference held in Charlotte NC, I met a model by the name of Crissy J. A Fleet dj approached me saying he feels Crissy J is a great model and suggested that I speak to her about becoming a Fleet Model. 

We spoke briefly and I invited her to come in be a part of the fleet model photoshoot. Even though she couldn’t attend we were in touch a month or so later. My first impression was she was just genuinely kind! That is hard to meet in this industry. No air of conceit and she was very humble and personable. I admire her work ethic. She is a business owner, mother and a all around Boss! With her cup very full, she still finds time to help assist me with the Fleet model organization. I couldn’t wait to sit her down for an interview.

 

 

 

SO-  Hey there Crissy J, thanks for speaking with us. Now tell us, how  long have you been a model?

I’ve been modeling for about 3 years now. 

SO – Ok, that’s dope! Now enlighten us with a fun fact that only those close to you would know? 

 One fun fact that is not widely known is that I ride motorcycles! 

SO-  I would have never guessed that! So moving on to the current events of this season; how has the pandemic affected your modeling? 

It did affect me at first, because it created an inability to shoot with photographers. As time passed I ended up making it happen! 

SO- Awesome! Now we know that being a business owner is tough. How hard is it for you to juggle modeling and  running the business? How do you stay on point with everything so well? 

It is very hard. Running a business requires no days off so sleep doesn’t exist lol.  Also, what is time? You have none😭You just find a way to make things happen.

 

SO- Now Crissy, do you have any advice for anyone who wants to enter into the modeling world?

 Yes, the advice I can give would be to be consistent. Always have new pics & a variety of looks. It’s also great to be sociable. 

 

SO That’s great advice! Now, please provide the readers with your social media links so they can stay connected with you. 

Sure! My links are as follows

IG: @itsmecrissyj

FB: CrissyJ

Twitter: @hey_its_crissyj

Grab Crissy J's Calendar here
https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1902545

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Straight Official Sits Down with Fleetmodel Tori Gr8ce

 

 

Many years ago, I came across a  blonde bombshell who took over the modeling scene. She was petite with a ginormous work ethic! Tori hosted every mixtape that came out as well as every elite party in Atlanta. Time came to pass and she had her own show. One thing for sure, her shoots were always phenomenal.

We first met in Atlanta, at the fleet djs conference. We literally bumped into each other in the mall and that is where we introduced ourselves. She has always been very kind and definitely encourages and uplifts everyone she encounters.
Not to mention, Ms. Tori Gr8ce is a mommy that owns her own company called “Comfort handmade”. Check out the website below. https://www.etsy.com/shop/comforthandmade
ToriGr8ce returned to be a Fleetmodel after a short hiatus;  I  couldn’t wait to sit down and interview her.
S/O– Being a model, I know it’s tough in the industry. How do you set yourself apart from others?
TORI-I set myself apart by being me. I know totally cliche’ but I’m short, curvy and a unique. They work for me. I also host so that helps as well. The two go hand in hand for me, plus I have a funky little style.
S/O– How long have you been a model, and how did you get your break?
TORI-I’ve been modeling for off and on for 9 years. I took a break 6 years ago to have a little person and just now getting back into things. I honestly started modeling at 19 and never really though much about it as a career until after I had my oldest. Then came the break smack dab in the middle of the height of my career.
S/O–  thinking of your modeling, what’s the most different experience that stands out to you?  For example it could be a shoot that went right or absolutely wrong, wardrobe malfunction with one thing stands out in your mind?
TORI-Once I had a shoot with my hair stylist and complete grabbed the wrong too. I had a whole sleep shirt on. I’m glad she’s bomb with the hair because I total screwed that up. I don’t think I ever told her that.
I’ve had tons of fun shoots though. I’ve shot with several amazing photographers as well as had some fun at independent artist shoots.
S/O- how has the pandemic affected your modeling?
TORI-WHEEW! For me it’s given me a chance to really work out. Literally work out. I’ve been working on maintaining my shape and figure. I’ve also worked on submissions for upcoming projects and rebranding. It has kept me inside but that just means find another way. I’m currently working on ToriGr8ce exclusive products. I have done 2 more shoots and about to release those images as well.
S/O– do you have any advice for anyone who wants to enter into the modeling world?
TORI-It’s work! It’s not just show up and be cute. You have to brand yourself like you would for an artist. You need to have a portfolio and get busy. There are tons of beautiful women out there and you have to set yourself apart.
S/O– please provide the readers with your social media links for contacting you.
TORI– IG: @iamtorigr8ce
Twitter: @torigr8ce
Snap: @torigr8ce
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. Make sure you go and follow Ms. Tori Gr8ce now!
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Straight Official Sits Down With Sam Chris!

 

 

 

Samual Christian also known as Sam Chris is American singer, songwriter and composer. He’s worked with the likes of OutKast, Big Boi, Too Short, Bun B, Earth Wind and Fire, Busta Rymes, The Game and Nappy Roots to name a few. His smooth husky voice has been featured in some of the greatest hits on charts such as”I can’t wait” “Hey love” “No competition” and “Lax files”. He’s been on the scene musically for a long time working both in front of and behind the scenes. 

Most recently Straight Official has the opportunity to speak to Sam Chris. The conversation went something like this

SO: Hello Mr Sam Chris! Thank you for sitting down with us and allowing us to speak with you! Now you’re a phenomenal singer, songwriter and producer amongst so many other things. How did you get your start in the world of music?

SC: Derik Nichols, offered me a contract to sing background for JOE the R&B singer. I had just graduated high school, I came home and left for tour the same day.

SO: So tell us about Ticket booth?

SC: I met Scotty through Brian Austin Green, and Shane Mooney. We’ve been brothers since the late 90’s. When Scotty started producing, he played it for me, and it was DOPE!! So he said we should start a production, and I replied, “we already are homie”.  Then, “The Ticket Booth” was born.

SO: Has the pandemic had an effect on you musically? Have you had the opportunity to create more music or have you taken time for yourself to just rest?

SC:  The pandemic changed everything, but I still work on my music regardless, it just really slowed down my traveling. 

SO-  what is your contact information so the readers can contact you directly? 

SC-You can always reach me at. 

Twitter @I_Am_SamChris

Instagram @i_am_samchris

@the_ticket_booth

 

SO: we thank you Sam for taking timeout of your busy schedule to speak with us. Do you have any parting words, shout outs etc? 

SC: Nuff respect to First Classe, for taking the time out of her busy schedule, to interview us. To everyone else, thank you for listening, and stay Blessable my people!

 

Thank you for speaking with us! Remember follow me, @Firstclasse for updates.

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[LA BODEGA] QUARANTINE TALK:CASAGRANDE

Welcome to the 10th edition of La Bodega’s Quarantine Talk.

Where we have conversations with various artist and groups from around the world via email, zoom & phone.

The artist we have featured is CASAGRANDE From London

#GetSOM Via @DJGojabean @CSGRNSMN  @StraightOfficialMag

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#STEMCELLRADIO #ROCKANDROLLMUSIC #ROCKINVIBES #ROCK

SO. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
entertainment industry?
SC. My name is Simone Casagrande, I am from a small village in northern Italy, but due to
unemployment, I moved to London in 2016, where I currently live. I think to be a creative
person and my friends/colleagues often say I am funny. So I think to have a natural
direction towards the entertainment industry.

SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
SC. Personal experience first and then also the unknown, life…

SO. How would you describe your sound?
SC. Progressive old school thrash/post-industrial metal.

SO. What is your creative process like?
SC. There are two ways. I can start with guitar riffs and then with the help of session
men/drum loops finish the song or create a drum track first then I play the bass lines.
Finally, I jam on it to create riffs sounding good. When I find a good compromise I start to
write the vocal parts. The process can require lots of time, even years.

SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
SC. I wish Mr. Eloy Casagrande from Sepultura to be my drummer. I tried to post a song of
mine ages ago on his Facebook page, but he or an administrator removed it. We have the
same surname and I suppose he belongs to an Italian family like the Cavalera brothers
whose father is from Gaeta. They split from the band and formed another one named
Cavalera Conspiracy. My band is Casagrande, so why not have another Casagrande in
the line-up..? Of course, I know he has better things to do, and I probably cannot afford
him as I cannot afford any session man as well. But during these hard times of lockdowns,
he may find some time to record some drum midi track for me. I wouldn’t deny any collaboration for some pop songs as Eddy Van Allen did with Michael Jackson. If some hot
emerging single female singer needs a shredding solo, here I am.

SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
SC. Take care of your future. Don’t uncritically listen to the mainstream media. Be aware of
the world we now will no longer exist. It is up to anyone to stop this madness.

SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
SC. I am afraid I have no secrets, sorry.

SO. What would you be doing right now if you weren’t doing music?
SC. I had five years stop, from 2003 to 2008 where I was not playing the electric guitar at all. I
was in a relationship with a person who didn’t like my metalhead; attitude.
Unfortunately, anything comes to an end. Doing something else than music doesn’t make
sense now…

SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
SC. I am admiring whoever is doing its job honestly. Any medicals, journalists, politicians,
artists who are telling us the truth and acting for the good of all…

SO. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
SC. I was told to stop chatting too much about my boss’s choices at work, and I didn’t. When
the company went bankrupt he unexpectedly founded another one and didn’t hire me. I
could be still in Italy at the moment even if, due to the current situation I am not sure
what it is better for me…

SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
SC. Honestly, I think the main changes to a total digitalization have been already made and
that’s how I can be noticed worldwide.

SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
SC. Frankly speaking, I would like to see me still working in the same place, unemployment is
rising even in the Uk, and lots of people have been laid off in even the retail industry, but
if you let me dream, I would like to have my own band and have a freelance job in It as I
tried before moving here.

SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?
SC. https://www.soundclick.com/casagrande it’s my oldest mp3 page where I moved since
MP3.com became for pro only.

https://www.soundcloud.com/casagrande7 it is my official now as it seems the whole
underground artists moved there

https://www.instagram.com/csgrnsmn
https://www.facebook.com/csgrndthrshr
https://www.youtube.com/videoindipendente my channel is not about my music only.
Unfortunately, the rules are constantly changing so it has been demonetized, a good reason
for you to subscribe and play all the videos. Thanks.
https://www.patreon.com/videoindipendente I launched this page just to support other
YouTubers, but if you want to spare some money…

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[LA BODEGA] QUARANTINE TALK:HOT SUNDAY BLOOD

Welcome to the 9th edition of La Bodega’s Quarantine Talk.

Where we have conversations with various artist and groups from around the world via email, zoom & phone.

The group we have featured is Hot Sunday Blood From Torino, Italy

#GetSOM Via @DJGojabean @Hotsundayblood  @StraightOfficialMag

#LaBodega #QuarantineTalk

 

SO. What are your names? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
entertainment industry?
HSB. We are:
Andrea (vocals), Marco (guitar), Andrea “Andy” (guitar), Paolo (bass), Carlo (drums)
We are all from Torino, Italy. We all are long term musicians that one day met and
decided to play together.

SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
HSB. Music comes from what we are, situations we live, how we see the world. It’s “simply” a
way to express our inner being. We have solid rock and metal roots even if everyone of us
likes different things and tries to bring his vision into play. I think the ultimate motivation
is that we like it. We like how our sound comes out, and we like to evolve and search for
different solutions.

SO. How would you describe your sound?
HSB. Something dark, unusual and somewhat uncomfortable. We can attach the very generic
tag of “alternative metal” which means all and nothing. It’s something you may or may
not like, but for sure is genuine, it’s what we are: naked.

SO. What is your creative process like?
HSB. Usually all starts with a guitar riff that gets elaborated and expanded. Lyrics and voice
melody comes after. Everyone in different ways brings its own, but we can say that
everyone is involved. The interesting thing is that the outcome is -every time- far different
from what we had in the beginning. It may even shift genre!

SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
HSB. It would be awesome to work with Pyogenesis and Katatonia! But this is a question that
must be asked to every different member of the band.

SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
HSB. In those difficult times, stay strong, which means focus on what’s really important in your
life and care about whom you love. And, of course, listen to HSB!

SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
HSB. Our bass and guitar players are very intelligent people with a sophisticated sense of
humor!

SO. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
HSB. If we weren’t doing music we would be trying to do some music, elementary 🙂

SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
HSB. Everyone of us has its own answers. Generally speaking we love the ones which give us
emotions through their music, and our preferred artists come from the grunge and metal
scene. We could start with Type O’Negatyve and Alice in Chains for their darkness and
rage, while Soundgarden, Katatonia and Faith No More for the energy; Pyogenesis and
Linkin Park for the melody…I could go on forever.

SO. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
HSB. One fundamental advice was to always think as professionals, even if we are not (yet!).
No matter where you are playing, don’t be late, support the PA guys in soundcheck, don’t
leave your personal belongings in the way, don’t play overtime and so on. In other words,
try every time to do your best, and things will come.

SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
HSB. Undoubtedly more chances to play live! But we think the problem, at least in our country,
is not only with the industry itself but also with people’s mentality. Lately lass and less
people move their asses to go listen to live music.

SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
HSB. Well… on stage with Korn? Jokes apart, obviously outside of this pandemic at first. Then
we hope to gain a little more evidence outside our borders and maybe touring a little bit
more!

SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?
HSB. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotsundayblood
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotsundayblood
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeiqyUE9OfGsiLo9D62yiw

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[Interview] Ron Brandon for Kingston Royal

The 30 Best Image Makers Right Now! These are the photographers, videographers, and art directors who are responsible for documenting today’s most powerful artists—including Drake, Travis Scott, and Rihanna—and making work that matters. Almengo boasts a long list of photography credits and celebrity subjects. Whether he’s on the ground shooting for New York Fashion Week, contributing full-page photography for Nylon, Billboard, Forbes, Fader and others, or managing to grab portraits of some of pop culture’s most elusive personalities, Almengo’s work speaks for itself. His photos, guided by bright, tropical colors have featured the likes of Rihanna, YG, Saweetie,
Miuccia Prada, and more. Between well-produced editorial or in-the-moment Polaroids, Almengo captures things as they are—and puts his own spin on them. – Skylar Beglr

Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/E7_ZwsHkiog

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR
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[INTERVIEW] Straight Official Sits Down With “Oneluv Mahugu”

What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry? Oneluv Mahugu, Philadelphia p.a, I was always into theatre and art ever since elementary school and the passion progressed as i got older.

Who and/or what inspires you to create? I believe I caught inspiration from a combination of artists growing up, from Michael Jackson to Brian McKnight , Babyface , Barrington Levy Levy, Super Cat and many more, I absorbed them all like a sponge…I fell in love with performers. I decided to do something productive with my artistic ability and time so I decided to do something musical. It felt good, it felt like heaven.

How would you describe your sound? My sound is ethnic , my sound evokes rhythm and dance, my sound is versatile

What is your creative process like? My creative process derives from life and what I am feeling at the time, that is why my songs vary in subject matter. So I put my feelings on paper. I normally acquire original beats, select one that I like and literally write to it, write about a subject matter in a poetic way, I believe songs are poetry. In my youth I would always write poetry so as I got older they turned into songs.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? I am very versatile and can generally make a hit with anybody but if I was to pick a few I would say Ryan Leslie, 50cent, Jay -z, Sean Paul, Super Cat, Barrington Levy, Eminem , Drake , Nas, Jon B , Keyshia Cole for starters .

What is one message you would give to your supporters? Gratuity seems to have a ripples effect on people and improves lives so in short I am grateful to every individual who has supported me via social media or randomly turned up and purchased tickets to my shows or downloaded my songs online, you individuals not only validate my creative process but inspire me to continue improving and striving to do more…thank you! The best has yet to come I promise.

What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? That no one knows about me? I play piano by ear, I am a film producer , extremely athletic and I am a great writer.

What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? I would be an owner of a gym or art studio.

Who are some artists/people you admire and why? Ryan Leslie and Kenny Babyface Edmonds. Why because they are extremely talented and versatile .

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

A friend of mine who passed once told me that

“ Second by second you lose the opportunity to become the person that you want to become” that statement has been embedded in my mind for years and I’ll live and die with it. It was the best advise I’ve ever received…to strive for your purpose without wasting a single minute, to own your dreams.

 

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? I would make major labels give full writes and masters of music to the artist

What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? In the next year I will be booked out for shows nationwide, collaborated with numerous artists, steady promotional features and a lot more music and visual work released, endless action.

What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?

Instagram : Oneluv Mahugu
Facebook : Oneluv  Mahugu
twitter: Oneluv Mahugu
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