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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH AVILA BROTHERS

Bobby OF AVILA BROTHERS

1. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

My name is Bobby and I’m from The Inland Empire So Cal!  My father was the one who influenced me to get into music. 

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create?


Music and the world around me is what inspires me 2 create. I’m a lover of Gamble & Huff, Jam & Lewis, Prince, Teddy Riley, The Bomb Squad, Pete Rock, Toto, Lee Ritenour, Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen and many others  

3. How would you describe your sound?

Timeless 
4. What is your creative process like?

It’s concept driven, its melody driven and organic 

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor 

6. What is one message you would give to your supporters?

Always B Open minded 

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
 
My ability as an executive 

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?

Music would be doing me 

9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

Prince and Stevie Wonder…..there were no boundaries with them and they pushed their talent and ability 2 the highest of heights and we’re amazing creators that changed the world in general 

10. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Always remember that U aren’t bigger than music 

11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I would restructure the deals for the creators who drive the business. It’s called the music business and not the business music 

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

I would like 2 empower the Latinos and pave a way 4 them in this music industry that continues 2 display limitations 2 us all 

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

IG, Facebook and Twitter:  Ahvlah 


IZ Avila  OF AVILA BROTHERS

1. What is your Name? Where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry? 

IZ Avila. Im from Rialto, California. My Father introduced music to me

2. Who and / or what inspires you create?  Golden era Hip Hop is what still inspires me to create. 

3. How would you describe your sound? 

Timeless

4. What is your creative process like?

 I dig through sounds.. snares, kicks, baselines.. chords.. old vinyl and then I start to build the band around the idea I hear in my head till it sounds exactly what I imagined.

5. What artist (s) would you like to collaborate with? 

Q Tip, Stevie Wonder, Lucky Daye, and Kendrick

6. What is one message you would  give to your supporter’s? 

Time is too precious to waste on doing something you don’t love. Find what that it is immediately.

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? 

The ability to be just as great in life as I am as a creator.

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? 

Fishing

9. Who are some artist/people you admire and why? 

Prince… he never turned being Prince off… his commitment to music excellence every single second he was on earth.

10. What is the best advice you’ve been given? 

Yesterday’s score don’t count in todays game.

11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? 

Creators having a 100% ownership in what they create. 

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? 

Releasing great music and future timeless artists on our label ABMG.

13. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? IG: IZ_Avila Twitter: IZ Avila

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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH Henry Kellem

  1. What is your Name? Where you’re from and what first got
    you interested in the entertainment industry?

    My name is Henry Kellem.
    I was born and grew up in the small rural town of Wallace, NC.
    While I was in college, I would help friends and colleagues to
    organize events in my free time. Since I had great “people
    skills” and an eye for a detail my peers at the University told
    me I should start a business. Those, connections and
    friendships I made, while there, materialized into a full-blown
    business. That lead me to creating, Heights Entertainment.
    As CEO of Heights Entertainment, I’ve had the opportunity to
    host some of the biggest events throughout the nation,
    including New York Film Festival events, All-Star events,
    events with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and
    the Cannes Film Festival.
  2. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
    There is a man I want to thank for being such an inspiration to
    me throughout my life. That is Shawn Carter, better known as
    Jay-Z. Growing up in the Marcy Projects, a public housing
    complex riddled with domestic abuse, drugs, and gang
    violence, Jay-Z had the same urge of breaking free from a
    cycle of poverty as I had growing up on Dirt Road in North
    Carolina.
    That very same urge became an indispensable inspiration in
    launching his rap career, as well as it was inspiration in my
    career. Our childhoods have many similarities, as well. His
    father left the family when he was only 11. I grew up without
    my father.

Initially, I was drawn to his lyrics but he became so much more
than just a successful rapper. He became the epitome of the
American Dream, rising from almost nothing to the top of the
rap industry. Thanks to him, more than any other rapper, Rap
music has proven itself as a conduit to artists, not to only get
rich, but also to have significant and lasting impact on popular
culture as we know it today.

  1. How would you describe your sound?
     Through my songs, I want to show the people the Infinite Mind-
    Body connection and how our thoughts, attitudes, and
    behaviors affect our physical health. I want to show them that
    the science and the religious scripts are nothing but two sides
    of the same coin. To me, the aim of science is to uncover the
    deepest spiritual truths, and the aim of spirituality is the
    search for the cause behind scientific fact.
    In my opinion, both, physical and spiritual scientists, are
    seeking answers to the same question, but in different ways.
    The physical scientists are trying to prove God to themselves
    through the outer eyes and ears, while the spiritual scientists
    are trying to prove God to themselves through their inner eyes
    and ears. While physical scientists gaze at the stars through
    powerful telescopes and listen to radio waves from distant
    stars through instrumentation, spiritual scientists gaze at the
    inner stars and listen to the inner music of the spheres through
    meditation. They both sit in silence, watching and waiting.
  2. What is your creative process like?
    Well, in my opinion, creativity is a process, which is subjective,
    deeply personal, and difficult to articulate. In this hectic world
    we’re surrounded every single day with hundreds of
    distraction that are hindering our creativity.

Luckily, there is a place, my own Safe Heaven, where my
best ideas about the music come. It is in the shower. Over
and over again, if I lack inspiration, taking a shower always
helps since shower is a safe place that provides all the factors
ideal for the creativity and idea formation: dopamine high-
relaxed state, distracted mind, and a time the ideas need in
order to marinate, bake, and form before they move forward.
On the other hand, it wasn’t too difficult to find the inspiration
for the album since I have lived through all of these songs. The
lyrics are my own actions and lessons.

  1. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
    Definitely Jay-Z.
  2. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
    I’ve learned that the most important trait one can have in this
    world is to be passionate about what you do and to possess
    the Gangster Mentality, a mentality of unwavering
    perseverance despite all the obstacles and relentless faith.
    Together, they will take you far in the direction that you choose
    in life, and they’ll make you a winner.
  3. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people
    don’t know about?

    We all have something special that makes us unique. Some
    people are good at art or music, while others excel at sports or
    math.
    When I was little, I loved nature and spent my time observing
    nature up close- tiny insects, ants collecting food for their
    colony, worms crawling through the ground, snails moving
    along the grass, ants fighting on a piece of bread. I had always
    wanted to be involved with animals and, at the age of 10, I
    volunteered helping out in an animal shelter.

At that point, I had never considered myself an artist, but I
loved watching documentaries about animals and I even based
some of my drawings on this knowledge.

  1. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing
    music?

    To me music is not only an attitude towards life itself but also
    an attention-grabbing megaphone with which I can send the
    message out into the world.
    Facing obstacles in unavoidable throughout our lives. Many
    people adjust to and welcome the change, but others may
    have a hard time coping and need extra support to get them to
    the next level in their lives.
    Sharing my life experience with other people and helping them
    avoid the mistakes I did in my teenage years, is what pushes
    me forward every single day.
    Therefore, when I’m not writing songs, I help people of all ages
    move forward toward bigger and better things in order to get
    past the bumps along the path of life.
  2. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
    See answer to question #2
  3. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
    The best advice I’ve ever received was a piece of throw-away
    conversation between a very good friend of mine and me. I
    was walking in from the parking lot to my office to start my day
    when I notice my friend beside me.
    He asked how I was doing, and I responded with my typically
    glib, “So far so good…but it’s early”. It was something I had

said a thousand times and it usually drew a half-hearted
chuckle out of whomever I was with, but not this time.
My friend looked at me, now very serious and said, “Make the
day, don’t let the day make you.” The idea stuck with me and
gnawed at me, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and its
implications.
What if the difference between having a bad day and having a
good day was a choice? I finally figured that I had nothing to
lose by trying so I did.
At first, it was hard, my entire nervous system was
programmed to react with resentment, disappointment, and
even anger at any setback, and I would have to reprogram it.
Little by little, I started forcing myself to become optimistic and
see the silver lining in life’s hardships.
Tragedies will befall us all from time to time—that is an
immutable law of life—but we don’t have to carry those
tragedies around with us for the rest of our lives. People will
disappoint us, even betray us, but we don’t have to carry a
grudge like it is our full-time job. It may sound trite, but
forgiveness truly IS a gift we give ourselves, unfortunately, I
came to that realization late in life.
We can’t always control the bad things that come into our lives
but we always have a choice as to how we react to them. If
we’re driving to work and someone cuts us off, we can choose
to either stay cool and move on, or we can let a complete
stranger “make our day” for us—that’s just insanity! Why would
we give control of our lives over to a stranger who drives
poorly?
But perhaps what I love most about this advice is that it
reminds us that we aren’t just hapless victims of
circumstance, that we have a choice of whether or life is

filled with misery and regret or brimming with joy and
happiness.
Optimism is a choice. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks
are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I’m
great admirer of science, which has found that Lincoln’s
assessment is generally correct.
So, my advice to others is: Decide to be happy, in the grand
scheme of things life is too short not to grab every bit of
happiness we can find.

  1. If you could change anything about the industry, what
    would it be?

    I believe that music industry has strong future since the total
    global revenue in the music industry has increased more than
    50% in the last seven years. On top of that, the future upswing
    will be driven by changing consumer habits, an online
    streaming, which now has more than 60% share of overall
    revenue, and the exploitation of undeveloped markets in some
    of the world’s largest countries.
    Musicians, meanwhile, remain in the most precarious position,
    even while the industry they work in is booming. Are you aware
    that the average annual pay for a musician in the US is
    $44,798 a year, which works out to be approximately $21.54
    an hour? This is the equivalent of $862/week or $3,733/month.
    This being said, I fully support a fairer distribution of revenue
    among labels, platforms and musicians, which will improve the
    artists’ position.
  2. What’s next for you, where would you like to see
    yourself in the next year?

I’m simply wrapping up work on my second creation and I’m
anticipating getting back in the studio again after the Summer,
with even more up-to-date material.

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

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/henrykellem/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HenryTKellem/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbCb9j6FO2uITToyfUVqmZQ
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/HTKellem
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Meet Christina Clement of Dynasty Healing

1. What is your legal name and age? Dang, ya’ll want my government given name?

Lol Well New York knows me as Christina Clement, born on Christmas, 2 gifts not 1. And not a big ass teddy bear either.

 2. What is your stage name and how did you come up with it?

People call me Queen, I don’t know why they just started calling me Queen. I often share with people that I used to correct them and say my name is Christina, but they still call me Queen, so It just stuck. Even when I tried renaming myself to Unity, that didn’t work either, lol. So Queen it is and I’m fine with it. So thank you to the people.

3. Where are you from?

I am from everywhere, I am energy. My birth body settled in New York, born to and raised by West Indian parents. I love reggae music, roots and culture. My dad (DJ Jah T) was a DJ and played as a child with Bob Marley, so I heard roots and reggae all the time, I love reggae music. Dem ting and ting.

4. Where are you now?

I have moved to Georgia so my children can have some grass to play in. I love nature. My children are getting older now but I built such an empire here in Georgia, I have more planting to do here.

 5. How would you describe the work that you typically create? 

My message I am promoting is that it is okay to be your true self. I am on an assignment from GOD so the message isn’t going anywhere and it has always been consistent, To thine ownself be true, Each One Reach One, teach One. I speak about the journey also in my book on Amazon, Locs linked to spirituality by Christina Clement. (https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Clement/e/B09QNK69L1?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000)

6. Who influenced you most throughout your career?

GOD, Danielle Thompson, Freak, The Hype Magazine, Ugly Money Music, Coalition Dj-Big X, Dj trini, Hoodrich, & Derrick Simmons. Other artists Just seeing their passion and willingness to grind through pain and hunger to reach their goals. That’s real dedication. I see some driving cars that look like they shouldn’t even be on the road, but they are doing what they have to do in the game and that feeds me and what I do. So many don’t have food in their place of stay but they are still laser focused. I also started an Artist Admin Team which is a freelancing service so artists can make money and get their paperwork done without being wronged or just ignoring the business part of our career because that’s where the money is. (www.artistadminteam.com)

7. What are your most notable achievements in the music industry?

We won business of the year with ARS Radio in Atlanta, and I have mentored so many into their passions, and businesses where they range from script writers-motivational speakers- to legends in the industry. (King & Queen (Conversation’s) Episode 3️⃣ (Trust The Process)  Queens Ig:@Dynastyhealing To see us excelling moves my heart and I love what I do. I support Passions.

8. Talk about your latest release. 

My clothing line which is soooo, let’s just say I am super excited about that. Along with the sponsorship www.leadinggrindscoffee.com. My product line will share a platform with them on their website. So artists can earn money selling the shirts too. My videos will also be on you42.com platform, you will find other content creators on there like Killer mike and King June, which I have the pleasure of being offered a channel on there. I will also have other conscious artists on my channel. So to all the artists, I will support that music that you really want people to hear and feel and that is true to you. Send it into me and I’ll have a channel on my network for you.  My Ig is @dynastyhealing @njshaircare when you are ready to get your locs right. www.loccommunityassociation.com

Contact:  cclement@dynastyhealingcorp.com and dynastyhealing1111@gmail.com and For premium roasted coffee beans and DH clothing line inquiries info@leadinggrindscoffee.com and for locs maintenance, loc community association njshaircare@gmail.com

website URL, www.njshaircare.com www.leadinggrindscoffee.com www.artistadminteam.com www.loccommunityassociation.com

social media links – @dynastyhealing @njshaircare @leadingrindscoffee @sportscards4sale2022


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[LA BODEGA]QUARANTINE TALK:DIONNY TABBAREZ

WELCOME TO La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK, WHERE WE’VE HELD VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTIST’S & GROUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VIA ZOOM, EMAIL, SOCIAL MEDIA EVEN PLAIN OLD PHONE CONVERSATIONS.

WELCOME TO THE 31st EDITION OF La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK.
THE ARTIST WE HAVE TODAY IS DIONNY TABBAREZ
YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR CONVERSATION DOWN BELOW



SO. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?
DT. Dionny Tabbarez, born in the Dominican Republic. I Started singing in church, my grandmother took me as a very young boy and I started to sing with the church choir.



SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
DT. Life is a major part of my inspiration, the experience of it, the moments that come and go, so I try to capture it all through my songs.

SO. How would you describe your sound?
DT. My sound is as gentle as an ocean wave on a clear blue sky, I’m also influenced by all types of music, hip hop, classical, Latin & rock.

SO. What is your creative process like?
DT. The songs come to me in various melodies, out of nowhere, I will hear a melody and start humming, I usually record it on my phone, before I used to carry a small tape recorder and then would proceed to work on the words later. otherwise, I would lose that melody and would never come back.

SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
DT. That’s a tough one, so many? Kenney Chesney, would love a duet with Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Allen, Eric Church & Luke Combs.

SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
DT. Just to give me the opportunity to make my music, to listen to it and hopefully I can win them over as fans and to join me on this beautiful musical journey.

SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
DT. I’m a great cook, super handy and my wife says I give great massages.

SO. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
DT. I will probably be doing what I do now, being a great husband and father to my two beautiful girls, working in Logistics and living life to the fullest, none of that changes, music is a compliment to my already beautiful life, it’s the icing on the cake.

SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
DT. As far as artist Dolly Parton, she has done it all, great singer songwriter business savvy. A wonderful giver to charity and helping others and what a career, still going strong, a true legend. People I admire have to be my mother and my beautiful wife, my mother being a single mom, raising two boys in a foreign country working sometimes even on weekends to provide a better life for me.  My wife for supporting my dreams and being my best friend and for helping to raise our wonderful girls, without her none of this would be possible, she’s my rock.

The best advice I got was from my mother. She would always tell me as a young child, you were not born to be a seed, you are always growing.

When asked What is the best advice you’ve been given?



SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
DT. I would not change a thing, I feel that the industry is at a good place, independent artists like myself can create and share our music more than ever. The music industry is at a good place and it will continue to adapt to the times.

SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself next year?
DT. Next for me is to continue to putting music out, working on my next single and hoping to have the LP done within a year or so,  I’m really excited about the future and can’t wait to share all my music.



SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? 
DT. My Landing page is the following https://linktr.ee/DionnyTabbarez you will see all my other socials there.
Instagram: @dionnytabbarez
FACEBOOK @dionnytabbarez
Spotify Artist: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2VFS34cqroCtmmJSE4SvuF




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Q&A with Virginia Songstress Damikia Jackson

By Mikala ‘Vibe’ Zelalem

A woman inspired by greats and on the path to become great herself, Damikia Jackson is here with the upcoming release of her debut ep  “Promise in the Rainbows”

From 8 years old to a mother of 3, the one constant for Damikia has always been her love for music. Through so many trials and tribulations, music got her through it all. She understands the depth and comfort that music can provide to its listeners, and that is something you can feel all throughout her music. In this interview, we get deep with Damikia Jackson about where her journey began and where she plans to go.

In one sentence, who is Damikia Jackson.

A pure reflection of Divine Majesty.

When did your love of music begin?

It hit me one day when I was jumping on my momma’s couch. There was Prince – Diamonds and Pearls,  when I heard the song I sat down. My momma came around the corner right afterwards, so it’s safe to say music saved my natural born life.

Who would you say your biggest inspiration is?

It’s not true if I say just one person or thing is my inspiration, unless I first give honor and credit to The Grand Creator of it all, who we’ve all mirrored our special talents after. I’ve found his reflection in art, fashion, literature, but mostly music. Artists such as, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jill Scott, Aaliyah, 2pac, Bone Thugs in Harmony, Outkast, Brandy, Monica, Andre3000, Sade, Amil Larrieux, Diana King, Zhane’, Maxipriest, Arrested Development, Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle, and so many more. I really couldn’t get enough of music once I started to experience life.

How long have you been on this journey and what keeps you going?

I started singing in front of people at 8yrs old. That was a long time agos days, but I remember it because I hadn’t originally planed to do so. It’s my fathers doing. See, that Monday at school we had Show and Tell. I had this Barbie Horse and Buggy that I wanted to show. Well as kids were often scolded to put our toys away and were under the constant threat of them being thrown away. So we were outside playing and saw flakes falling. We were so excited to see snow but as it fell we quickly realized this wasn’t snow. My dad had our toys in a barrel burning lol. So for Show and Tell I got the courage to sing in front of my class. I kept at it from there. Life has given me so many reasons to stay true to this. While I don’t let it take over my life, it’s a huge and unapologetic part of who I am and I absolutely love it.

Why should people listen to your music?

Maybe there’s some kid out there jumping up and down on their mommas couch. Bob Marley said, “one thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” It certainly would feel better than a fresh pair of house slippers across these hind parts. My music will sit you down. It’s filtered so that you and anybody you’re in company with, can listen with all ears.

What is the theme of your EP?

Back in The Day Vibes, a reminiscent vibe

Which song is most special to you and why?

SUNSHINE

It’s dedicated to my 3 children. Each verse is written with a different version of my personality that each child reflects. I’ve gone through so much in this life, some trauma, some things due to not knowing how to truly love myself. But despite all that I endure and overcome, I’ll carry the weight of the world on my shoulders just to see them smile. Any parent that has natural affection for their children would do the same.

What is one thing you want your audience to take away from listening to this body of work?

It’s ok to be ahead of your time. It’s ok to go against the current flow of the way the world around you thinks. Stay Bubbly with positivity in hard times. Blaze them with truth always. Face yourself and continue to grow. And spread that feeling of Sunshine to those you love and who love you

Follow Damekia on Instagram: @freestyle_ambiance

Stream “Promise In The Rainbows”: https://open.spotify.com/album/17xgP1Ruh94vJIKVv8W2fd?si=fJFHVvU0QWil55QHF2Pbgg&utm_source=copy-link

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[LA BODEGA] QUARANTINE TALK: PENTESILEA ROAD

WELCOME TO La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK, WHERE WE’VE HELD VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTIST’S & GROUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VIA ZOOM, EMAIL, SOCIAL MEDIA EVEN PLAIN OLD PHONE CONVERSATIONS.

WELCOME TO THE 30th EDITION OF La Bodega QUARANTINE TALK.
THE ARTIST WE HAVE TODAY IS PENTESILEAROAD
YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR CONVERSATION DOWN BELOW




SO. What are your Names? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
entertainment industry?
P. Hi all, this is Vito from Pentesilea Road. Thanks for hosting the conversation!
We’re actually all from Italy, if we exclude the guest musicians who played on the album.
About the third question I can only speak for myself and state that I have never been
interested in the “entertainment industry”; music is an artistic expression, in my opinion,
and art is placed orthogonal the serialization of the industry.

SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
P. Well, anything about the world around is a good source of inspiration: books, movies,
news…even a nice walk in the park. From musical perspective, I am an instinctive
composer…I let the music take the lead and I rarely plan in advance what I would like the
music to sound like. Probably this is the reason for the album is a mix of different styles…

SO. How would you describe your sound?
P. It’s indeed a fusion of different styles: I like to put together complex structures, close to
more naïve, yet musical, solutions. I used to describe our sound like post-progressive, as
originally there were some post-rock inserts in the album, although in the final version they
gradually almost disappeared…I’d probably will have to update the definition ��




SO. What is your creative process like?
P. As said earlier, I am completely instinctive in the composition phase. I do not always start
from the guitar part…sometimes I build a bass line first, some other time piano or keys, even
drums. In some cases, I do define the structure of the song first, in other case I build a song
on top of a riff and so on. This is just to say, that I do not follow any precise process and I am
comfortable with this approach. The only exception is about the lyrics: while vocal melody is
also part of the music build process, I always write the lyrics at the end. This is necessary for
me to give a sense of logical continuity to the whole thing. Working a project so lyrically
complex starting from the actual lyrics…well, I would find it even more complex frankly.

SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
P. Actually, we are very happy with current setup. We are working on the new album and it’s
progressing really well!


SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
P. If you like our music please keep an eye to our Facebook page, we will publish all the news
about the band’s next steps over there. We really appreciate support from our listeners and
that’s especially needed for independent bands like ours!

SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
P. Ah, I like to make pizza, the proper way! Not sure whether I do have talent, but it’s actually
pretty good!

SO. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
P. Probably exactly what I am doing now. I am professional in the field of technology and I’m happy
with it…

SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
P. Well, it should be pretty clear I am a big Fates Warning fan. I do have deep respect for Jim
Matheos, and I do consider him one of my main influences. However, there’s plenty of good
people around…from Riverside to Steven Wilson, from Opeth to Neal Morse…Pain of
Salvation, Leprous… I mean, I am coming from classic Heavy Metal, but in the last 2 decades
I have been mostly attracted by musicians who can really do something “new”, as well as
musically great. Of course, I am only sticking to the musical domain, with my reply.

SO. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
P. I would say “if you got something good, don’t wait for other people”. I have been waiting for
many years to find some band mates to get this album done. At the end it only worked
when I got on top of everything and decided to do all on my own; the rest of the band came
at recording stage. And they came to stay. I’m really happy about it, but it could have been
done a few years back….

SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
P. You just said that: the “industry” part. The idea of subordinating the artistic mean, to something
systematically organized, serialized, streamlined in order to optimize sales, in my opinion is
suffocating the artistic potentiality of so many musicians. The situation gets worse when labels are
involved: at the end of the day the sales process might be often in radical conflict with the domain of
the muses.

SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
P. With the rest of the band, we are actually busy writing the new album. This time we will
have a band approach and I’m sure it will be interesting. There’s already quite a lot on the
table, but it will take some time for the second release. We will also like to get ready for
some live shows, when the scene will fully resume. Let’s wait and see…

SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? 
P. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp…however the most active pages
are by far our Facebook page and the Bandcamp. I would suggest to follow us on Facebook,
Bandcamp and Spotify, mainly, and of course we will appreciate deeply your support!



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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH DEMI LOWRELL

  1. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

My name is Demi Lowrell. I’m from Memphis, Tennessee, and my parents
inspired me to go into the entertainment industry. I have a very musical family.
My dad used to be in a singing group when he was around my age. My mom
can sing, my sister plays the violin, and my brother raps; he can also play the
drums. I loved to sing at school, around the house, and in church when I was
little. My parents talked to me one day and asked, “Why don’t you take this
seriously?” So here I am now, making my dream come true.

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? What inspires me to create is watching my favorite artists and other artist
perform, do interviews, and seeing the passion they have for the entertainment
industry. This makes me want to go even harder for my dreams not only in
music but acting.

3. How would you describe your sound? I would describe my sound as R&B but with some pop every now and then. In the future, I would like to add to my sound, without completely switching it up to a new genre. I would like to try country, rock, and other genres to add into my R&B music. Like Tina Turner did with “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” That pop, rock, soul, and R&B combined.

4. What is your creative process like? I would usually find a beat to get my creativity flowing during the creative process. Writing comes naturally to me, so I would listen to the beat once and hear the arrangement and how I would like it to sound. I would write the lyrics, meet with my producer to create an original track, and boom, the song is ready to record.

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? I would love to collaborate with Beyoncé. She is one of my favorite artists. Her swag, voice, confidence, and class set her apart from most entertainers. She’s someone I look up to in the music industry.

6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? Stay dedicated to your craft and never give up on your dreams, no matter how long it might take. Yes, it can be frustrating, overwhelming, and a lot of work, but continue to believe in yourself.

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? A talent/skill that most people don’t know about is that I like to write movie and   TV scripts and that I would also like to direct films.

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? If I weren’t making music, I would go into film and video as a director and writer for movies and TV shows. 

9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? I admire Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. They are legends. I grew up watching them both, and they have tremendous impacts on their fans. I love everything about them.

10. What is the best advice you’ve been given? The best advice I have received was “Do not be afraid of anything that can’t  kill you” it’s the best advice I’ve ever received because it makes me feel courageous.

11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? Our culture greatly influences those who listen to our music regardless of race or origin. It is time for artists to create more positive and influential music that does not demean women, talk about drugs, and, most importantly, killing. It seems like violent and hostile music gets more airplay and attention to listeners than music with substance. As a young adult and artist, I need to influence the youth positively with my music.

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? In the following year, I would like to see myself winning Grammys, MTV Awards, BET Awards, and even an Oscar. I would travel around the world touring and being in movies and tv shows.

13. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?  All my social media is under Demi Lowrell. You can contact my manager at dlagriffin3@yahoo.com  and my publicist at miriam.graham.pr@gmail.com

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Southern Playa ‘Clay James’ spits a smooth freestyle on ‘High Off Life TV’

Southern Playa ‘Clay James’ spits a smooth freestyle on ‘High Off Life TV’ where he touches on his current relationship status, hometown, and his outlook on the rap game coming up as an independent artist and CEO. In this freestyle Clay pays homage to Atlanta hip hop legend ‘T.I.’ by closing the freestyle with this bar: “I can tell you ain’t grow up on Tip, that’s why you lame as f***!!” Check out the video on YouTube and follow Clay James as well as High Off Life TV on all social media @WhoIsClayJames @HighOffLifeCo.

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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH MELVIN RILEY

1. What is your Name? MELVIN RILEY

2. Where are you from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?
FLINT MICHIGAN, The love of Music and enjoy hear great music and seeing a
great performance.

3. Who and/or what inspires you to create? Seeing people enjoy live shows and enjoy my music

4. How would you describe your sound? Feel good, say good music.

5. What is your creative process like? Sounds have to hit me and move me and then I find how to use the sounds and the music comes together from the different sounds I hear, then I create the hook and the words and melody.

6. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? Any old school singers that get it and new school singers that get it.

7. What is one message you would give to your supporters? Thank you so much for believing in me and my music.

8. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? Education and mentoring young people.

9. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? CNN news reporter.

10. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? George Clinton, Prince, Stevie Wonder. True genius of music and artist development.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? Always keep God first

12. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? Music executives are not so afraid to stand behind a great song because of new fad music.

13. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself next year? Continue dropping music, videos and having fun.

14. What is your social media?How can people get in contact with you?
IAMMELVINRILEY.COM ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA.

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Triggerrun Turns Up With Latest Single

The Real Dj Spins Got The Chance To Chop It Up With Triggerrun Recently And Got To Get The Inside Scoop On The Groups Latest Moves As Well as All There Is To Know About The Group And Whats To Come In 2022

What is your Stage Name?
TRIGGERRUN: Knegil, H3theArtist and Syncere

Please tell us where you’re from?
Atlanta by way of Albany (229)

What first got you interested in the entertainment industry?
For Knegil, passion for music started at an early age with my father being in a singing group Joe Page & the Diplomats and mother sang Opera style in the church choir and played piano so it was innate to a sense. In elementary, I would follow suit in music as I played violin and saxophone through middle/high school. However, it was New Edition and Michael Jackson that I aspired to at an early age.

For me, H3, I grew up in a house of music appreciation. The soundscape of my home was as such: My mother would reimagine songs in a choral/operatic fashion, my father would croon in the shower with melodic rhythm and blues overtones, and my big sister would be practicing classical music on our Baldwin piano in the garage. Also, during my childhood, all of the programs I loved the most were complete compositions ranging from the theme songs of: The Electric Company, Sesame Street, Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood, Johnny Quest, Space Ghost…The Facts of Life, Different Strokes,etc. No matter what you turned to, the musical complexity of compositions were of the highest level. This was inspiring to me and setting the stage for my future aspirations. The proverbial moment of my musical awakening was the Motown 25 Review, when Michael Jackson took to the stage to usher in a new movement in entertainment. When I saw him perform…on that night…I was forever transformed. I knew then that I would pursue a career in the music industry.

Who and/or what inspires you to create?
The inspiration comes from the pure love of the musical art form and the ability to create an arrangement of sound thus turning it into a beautiful masterpiece.

Creating art is subjective and is the highest form of self-expression. Through self-expression in any form, in any genre, there is freedom. The freedom that you have in your expression translates to those that witness your art, whatever that may be, to experience freedom for themselves.

How would you describe your sound?
An eclectic mix of East Coast meets the ATL Dirty South fusion.

What is your creative process like?
You can never plan to capture magical moments. However, we listen to every genre and form of music for inspiration.

Our most magical creative moments come by way of happenstance. So our process is simple, whatever feels good and sounds good in the moment. It’s all emotion. Whenever or wherever we catch a vibe.

Our process is to simply capture the moment by recording it on the spot to revisit later. We create a safe space where we give one another the creative freedom to share ideas no matter how “off-the-wall” it may be. In that space, there is honesty and support. Not all ideas are used, but all ideas are allowed to be expressed.

What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
It doesn’t matter! Coming from the TRUE school my favs are Rakim, Nas, Tupac, Biggie, Outkast, NWA as each one of these artists changed the face of hip-hop.

If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
Man tough question… H3…That is tough, it would be great to open for MC Hammer, or any of the icons that are Hip Hop Royalty: LL Cool J, Dougie Fresh, etc. It would be dope to open up for J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Silk Sonic…I mean…if they are a vibe…it will be a pleasure, cause The Trigger is a whole vibe!

What is one message you would give to your supporters?
Never give up your dreams. Music is for the young at heart, stay on your grind & set the narrative.

What is the most useless talent you have?
Knegil: Whistling.
H3: My most useless talent is the one that I don’t use. I don’t feel I have any useless talent. But I do have talents that are least utilized. And sometimes, even my most utilized talents become dormant due to inactivity. As an artist, you must continue to stir your gifts.

What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
Youth sports mentoring, giving back to the youth which is what I did on my hiatus from the music business.
H3: If I wasn’t doing music, I’d probably be acting and studying the craft more. I enjoy the art of storytelling and stretching my potential and taking on different modes of thinking. That’s hardwired in my personality.

Who are some artists you admire and why?
Rakim is one of the cornerstones that the foundation of hip-hop was built. His style of MC’ing and lyricism still reigns supreme until this day as one of the ill-est to ever spit. H3… I’ve always admired, and am a fan of, Busta Rhymes. He’s a “linguistic mad man”. His CRAZY performance energy and verbal flow has always been amazing to me. He’s Kinesthetic!! I am drawn to that! I also love Soul /R&B Artists with clever and conversational lyrics such as: Musiq Soul Child and Ne-Yo.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Knegil: Stay humble, be prepared and wait your turn. And when opportunity presents. Kill It!
H3: Walk quiet and carry a big stick. We have always been about action and execution.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Knegil: The stigmatism and negativity (elaborate)
H3: Expand the musical limitations. Allowing the creativity of artists to breathe in the industry and allowing for diversity of styles and musicianship to take place at higher levels across the board. There’s so much potential in artists. The industry tends to pigeon hole an artist into one faction of his or her expression. We are all living our dreams out loud…Why limit the dream?

What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?
Next, is winning awards/nominations on this new independent platform while transcending and elevating to higher levels of achievement in this game. Having our music and our likeness used in feature films, games, soundtracks, and other intellectual properties to establish our legacy and dominance in the game.

What is your social media?
How can people get in contact with you? IG: @triggerrun; FB: Triggerrun Trp; Tik Tok @triggerrun; YouTube: Triggerrun

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