Thaddeus J Releases a “Killer” Neo-Soul Single for Us

Killing me softly.

Dallas-based neo-soul artist, Thaddeus J drifts, you off to his sonic world with this latest single. His voice that is both deep and extremely seductive reminds you of artists like Bryson Tiller, Eric Bellinger, and Elijah Blake.

Thaddeus was a young start to begin with singing since the age of 3 years old. The professionalism though began when he turned 11 years old performing his own pieces and winning several songwriting awards. His studio productions have brought him much recognition and intrigue, and of course with a smooth, unique bellowing voice, he garners attention.

Today, the songster releases his newest song “Killer”, which is the perfect at-home comfort song. With heavy hitting beats, smooth lyrics, and candle-side feels, there’s not way that this single would not have you cozying up to boo or perhaps be chilling inside, hiding away from a broken heart. The song is a getaway into your mind and emotions and has a relatable storyline! Even the composition itself carries a personality of its own of attitude, remorse, and mystery. his rhythm, his vocal range, and his preciseness creates a killer combo for this single.

There is no doubt this artist is someone worth keeping up with and hearing more of.

Be sure to check out Thaddeus on Facebook and Instagram.

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Taska Black Releases Soulful Single “Sandpaper (feat. Ayelle)”

Soften the edges

Producer, Joachim Gorrebeeck, also known as Taska Black, brings us an all new track with a powerful message and a forceful production! Featuring the stunning vocals of singer/songwriter Ayelle, “Sandpaper”comes to life in an exotic and ferocious way.

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Taska Black has recently garnered millions of streams in 2017 and gained listeners in over 58 countries. He also had the amazing opportunity to perform for the big leagues of festivals including Lollapalooza Paris and Bonnaroo.

To start off the new year right,  he releases this spectacular track which is sure to bring more attention to his sonic works. “Sandpaper” only demonstrates how well the two can work together in harmony and in total control of the music. Taska Black creates a pop song containing hardcore elements of warped moans, electronic drops, and high-hitting snares that give the track a revolutionary feeling, as if it’s off to the races.

“Speak to me softly, I can be your sandpaper. Come soften the edges And I can give you space”, softly sings the songstress. The repetition within the layers and the melodies draw you back to the overall experience of the track: “You say that I’m too much, I say you’re out of touch”.

“I think relationships are tough because they force you to work on yourself and grow as a person, sandpaper is a metaphor for that and how we polish a relationship in order to make things work” explains Ayelle about the meaning of the song and the connection it has with people in every day life.

The constructor of noise mentions that, “For me this was a very interesting project because I decided to come out of my comfort zone and create something that’s more pop-influenced and accessible than my previous records.” He’s right- in the past the artist created much more trap-heavy, electronic music that would be best fit for that particular group of listeners. However, with a song as dynamic as this one, he’s able to reach various crowds.

Be sure to take a listen to the song above now!

Check out Taska Black online at: SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

And connect with Ayelle on: SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Friz Transforms Maroon 5 & SZA’s “What Lovers Do” Into an Anthemic Dance Track

This song is a love trip.

If you don’t find this a fun remix, please re-listen, because this rendition of the radio, pop single hit “What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5 and SZA, is one to bring sunshine to any avalanche-covered town.

Though we may be in the depths of winter darkness, that doesn’t have to put a damper on the mood, and this song is just the track to fix that. Sure to be a sensation at all the bloc-parties, this remix has “Good Vibes Only” tattooed over every riff and layer of tracks incorporated in the piece. So, who’s behind the dose of joy in a bottle? None other than emerging electronic producer Friz.

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Friz (neé Ryan Frizelle) was born in Seattle, Washington before moving to Los Angeles to pursue the widely known music dream. There he entered the Icon Collective, LA’s premier music production school, where he could hone his energies into. He practiced to create his electronic genre-style by piecing together elements of light synth melodies, metallic beats, and strong bass backdrops.

“I started making music four years ago. I never really did anything musical before that, so once I discovered producing I fell in love and would spend hours and hours in my room creating songs. I began DJing in college which led to playing some shows and clubs. That really took everything I was doing to another level and showed that I could really do something with my music” notes the artist of sonic distortions and intonations.

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In the past, Friz had remixed Frenship’s hit single “Capsize” which racked up over 185K plays on Soundcloud alone. Soon after that release, he performed at select shows in LA such as Avalon Hollywood, thus cementing his position amidst the forefront of the crowds’ minds.

“Recently I’ve been blending pop with house music. I love how dancey house music is especially when there’s a good bassline. When you mix that with a catchy melody or vocal, you’ve got yourself a song that has some serious potential” remarks Friz.

Friz is here to offer the audience what they want to hear and how they want to hear it. He mentions to me how much he wants to give his listeners something to enjoy. “I love music that makes you move. That’s my goal with the music I make. I want to make you feel something that also makes you dance.”

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Friz genuinely loves what he does, and isn’t that end point we all want? It’s amazing too, that the artist has fans that he can rely on to have his back and that already his music is beginning to resonate with people. It’s something he has started to recognize and truly appreciate. #CareerGoals. “Playing shows is one of my favorite things to do. When you’re vibing out with a crowd that’s jumping and down and dancing to your music, it’s hard not to lose your shit. There are a lot of people I notice who continually make their way out to my shows and it’s such a powerful and humbling feeling. That support means the world to me and I’m forever grateful for those people.”

2018 is here, and so is Friz with a whole new array of tracks, videos, and shows coming up soon. So be sure to stay tuned and up to date with this electro-songwriter.

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“There is a lot to come in 2018. I have a ton of new originals, remixes, and collabs. We’re planning on putting on more events with my manager (Alek Blik) and I’s event company Open Doors. We’re going to be releasing a lot of video content featuring new music, friends, and dopeness. 2018 is going to be a big year and I’m really looking forward to it!”

The remixed single will have you moving regardless of the situation and brings the popular song to life in a whole new way, that actually may be better than even the original (tbh).

Take a listen for yourself at the track above and be sure to follow Friz on Soundcloud, Spotify, YouTubeInstagram, Snapchat @rfrizelle, and Twitter. For his official website, check it out HERE.

[Exclusive Interview]: Adrian Daniel, The Man Behind ‘FLAWD’

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Caution: This music is for the seductive and cynical souls. The sounds are charismatic in the most heartbreaking and savage ways.  Adrian Daniel is a Brooklyn native who intends to make his mark  on the R&B/urban music scene. The falsetto-ist who has been making music for sometime now has finally announced the release of his third project FLAWD, which is set to release on March 2, 2018.

Have you heard of him before? If not, now’s the time you do. The man is like a blend between The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and Bryson Tiller- a killer combo, no? Billboard, Complex, Beats1, Highsnobiety, The Fader, and others think so too. A storyteller from the core, his music is the making of slow, melodic, captivating tunes and harmonies. Without a doubt, his music is enchanting and mesmerizing as it takes you through the anti-wonderland, perhaps the apocalyptic version as Alice follows a rabbit down a hole to nowhere. It’s erotic and enigmatic.

Adrian Daniel is the product of a rich history, an artistic city, genres of soul, funk, and rhythm and blues, and dance! Younger Daniel has performed his dancing at the Apollo Theater and the Brooklyn Academy, but in 2012, that is when he turned to music as his primary focus. His sound is exciting and offers a new edge to the alternative R&B scene. His music has most definitely evolved and all on a spectrum of spectacular to amazing. Today, he releases his latest single “Deadly Attraction”, which you can listen to above!

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“My brother got me started in music. He forced me to to write songs and they weren’t good at that time haha. What I love the most about music is that I can say what ever I want. So instead of turning to social media to say the things I’m thinking, I can just put it in a song,” commented the artist who explained to me how he got his start in music. His influencers include a very eclectic bunch spanning various occupations outside of music too, such as Tim Burton, Steve Jobs, Quentin Tarantino, Pharrell, Michael Jackson, Zaha Hadid, Kanye West, and Goku & Vegeta.

As a man who goes very deep into the meanings and stories of his music, I wondered what the creative process behind this upcoming album was like. He elaborated: “Every time I start an album it’s mostly because I’m watching some movie and I’m thinking of creating the theme music for that movie. Then I start with writing the songs; The lyrics and melody. Then I sit with producers who I feel are inspiring me at the moment to create the sounds that go with those lyrics and melodies. We build everything from scratch and create this sonic sandwich that I hope goes down smoothly.” He continues on about the project: “Flawd is exactly what the title is. It’s me revealing and accepting the flaws of myself and other people. We often get in the way of our own happiness by our fantasy of what a relationship should be, and that could be friendships/ family, lover; Any relationship. Flawd is realizing we have wounds that we carry around with us that we don’t embrace and work on which leads to our own undoing in relationships.”

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A connoisseur of the tormented and loving,  you can hear the actual pain in his silky moans and the crying electric guitar chords integrated subtly within the compositions. His voice is so perfect to blend with other vocals as well! He mentions how if he could collaborate with anyone currently it would be Stevie Wonder, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Jai Paul.

Currently, Daniel is trying to expand his horizons, and is learning photography and interior design. I then had to ask my favorite question: If you could soundtrack your life to an album, which album would it be?

Daniel responded with, “This is an amazing question and it would be between My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ( Kanye ) and Random Access Memories ( Daft Punk ).”

The sonic narrator then answered my other favorite question: if you had to choose a symbol, emoji, image etc. to describe yourself, what would that be?

“😑 & ⚡️”

Daniel’s thoughts on the music landscape of Brooklyn is extremely interesting, and one I think not many were aware of. “The music scene in Brooklyn is really tight and a lot of artist from here inspire me, but because of ego a lot of the time artist are afraid to say that they are inspired by and are fans of their peers. I don’t care about all that, if I’m fan you gonna know I’m a fan. I’m a fan that makes music at the end of the day. The band “Phony ppl” are actually the guys that inspired me to create my first project on my own. Watching them work on their music together and not relying on no huge writer and producer to make amazing music was incredible to see.” He humbly notes the people that give him that extra push, which shows that true character of the man behind the music.  His vibe is real too. It’s dark, creepy, and trippy– it’s got that beauty in ugliness sound.

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As recognized by VIBE magazine, “Brooklyn-bred singer [has] a trippy sound trip reminiscent of Frank Ocean meets The Weeknd meets Childish Gambino”. It’s true! He incorporates the falsettos, the slow-sexy tempo, the monologues, the voice recordings, and the warped voices that add a cinematic experience to his music. This perfectly brings us to the question of how the artist and his interests in anime and Marvel are incorporated in his life, sense of style, and artistic direction.

“They play a huge part. All the colors and aesthetic choices I end up using can be traced back to some anime or comic book character or show. I actually created a comic book character to go along with this album. If you go to my instagram and scroll down you can see him”. The artist fills us in on a little exciting animated adventure that we will be seeing then for the new production to come!

I then asked Daniel what is next for him? What does he want to do next?  He answered enthusiastically, “I really can’t wait to tour this music and perform it for people. It’s gonna be really fun. I’m always trying to better myself, so I make it my business to learn something new every year. I want to be the best version of myself, in every aspect.”

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The crooner is hitting the road as well to share the music starting in London and ending in the renown SXSW festival. He is know for his extremely entertaining performances, so if possible, try not to miss a chance to see him live. Check out the tour dates below:

FLAWD Tour Dates:
 Feb 22 - London, UK
 Feb 24 - Paris, FR
 Mar 7 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
 Mar 8 - Songbyrd - Washington DC
 Mar 10 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
 Mar 12 - Middle East - Boston , MA
 Mar 13-18 - SXSW (official showcases TBA)

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Be sure to follow Adrian Daniel Online:
Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

 

 

Troye Sivan Drops Dazzling Euphoric Single “My My My” with Stunning Visuals

OH MY MY MY

Sorry, I had to, but sincerely, every one of my bones in my body is under the Troye Sivan spell. This single not only made me re-love this artist all over again, but the music video made me feel that kind of first love dizziness, that peak of life thrill, and that exciting summer erotica. The anthem is disastrous, grimey, stunning, and psychedelic. It’s the modern day breakfast club single and an ode to the hopeless romantics.

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Do those descriptions make sense, I’m not sure, but those are the emotions I’m feeling. It was almost instantaneous when I heard the song, that I switched over to watch the video and struggled  to stay in my seat. I would say Sivan is one of the most underrated artists, and that he should be recognized for his range.

This single only reinstated how talented the pop artist from Australia truly is. The music video that dropped today is the perfect alignment to that of an erotic wonderland, where the modern day flashing lights and the old school black and white and 80’s synth neon colors meld into one. The angles, the dancing, the force — the entirety of the visual fit the track perfectly and had my head spinning over the euphoric overdose I received from this experience.  It was like walking into a PT Barnum’s circus crossed with a ZAYN music video.

Put it this way, as soon as I watched the video, I immediately began starting a new post because I wanted to be able to review this track. The single had me dancing, had me hoping and dreaming, and had me practically shouting “Oh my my my”.  The visual endeavor has you strutting through his insomnia-driven world and gives you hope that love can work; “let’s stop running from love, running from love” sing-chants the hypnotic ringmaster of pop.

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So allow me to stop writing now as I quickly wrote this report in less than 20 minutes out of pure adoration for Sivan and everything he creates, and go enjoy the music video for yourself. Allow yourself to be taken away by his sultry and elegant ecstasy and don’t come back until you’ve dreamed of something bigger or smiled bigger or even got out of your seat and danced your heart out.

“My My My” by Troye Sivan now available on Spotify HERE.

Delving Into Rex Mac’s Talented Music: The Release of “ABLOOM” & More

He’s keeping it one hundo for us

Introducing a Massachusetts Asian-American native and a truly talented hip hopper in the scene, Rex Mac. This young lyrical master and hypnotic maestro has been working on music for years now.  He is also a journalist for Know Your Scene, but of course devotes his time and love to his one true craft.

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Since 2012, Rex has been transforming noise into ferocious, elegant tracks (but the passion really began when he was just 12). With a keen eye for the matching of sounds, this artist took his abilities to a whole new level when creating his recent project ABLOOM, which released this year. He demonstrates his competence and expertise in what he does each day, and it shows through the production of this album, which he did all on his own- wrote, produced, and mastered.

The songwriter mentions, “It took me four years to make Abloom, so I felt like a wholly new person by the time I finished it. I named the album after all of its songs were made, and the title just made sense. The image of a big, open flower that Abloom brings to mind was an effective way for me to visually reference vulnerability, honesty, life, the women in mine, and an overall born again feeling. Also, it’s kind of close to the word, ‘album,’ no?”

ABLOOM was created to discuss a deeper and darker topic that many are afraid to express transparently, and Rex made sure to be there to represent the masses. It is an album that touches upon the impacts of detrimental mental health and the thoughts and needs of those affected by it. With each track, he reaches into the soul and brings out the topics that matter most: doubt, self-love and relationships, and understanding. ABLOOM is bursting with various shining colors, vibes, and emotions. “Every song on Abloom tackles the idea of what it is to be your best self. For me, the album’s 10 tracks were simply the songs that materialized when I personally resolved to no longer let depression or anxiety suffocate my day to day. Those two themes have formed and still somewhat drive my narrative, but now I make my demons work for me. I use them as a means to let my listeners know they’re not alone.”

ABLOOM has received praise and review from such publications as Allston Pudding, Boston Hassle, Millennial Noise, and Mmmmaven.

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In an interview with Allston Pudding, the artist recalls, “Songs on the record that sound overly happy were actually made in moments I felt pretty down about myself and my lack of movement in life. In those moments, now that I look back, I think those songs materialized because I was writing love songs to myself in a time when I needed encouragement. ”

The album starts out with the title track, “Abloom”, which is the best intro for this compilation of ingenuity. Following that is “The World is Not Enough”, which is a fun, fast-paced single that kind of sounds like an acoustic version of a video game track. “East Meets West” is a witty tune that features a past GMAD-reviewed artist, Rowlan, a good friend of Rex’s.

To compare and contrast Rex’s music, he reminds you of new day Cam Meekins meets old-school Snoop Dogg & Slick Rick. The music itself is an impressive experimental sound like Kid Cudi’s, but incorporating more 90s West Coast G Funk and Kanye West millennial, forceful simplicity. All the beats are melodious, which is what I think I love most about his music. A healthy balance of tunes and tones, with smart, sincere lyrics.

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“How To Be Alone” is a track about learning to be isolated with oneself . What is very artistic and intriguing about his sounds too are that many of them lead down an unbeaten path of tempo change and rhythmic distortion into a whole new sounding song. It gives listeners a chance at a fresh new experience all in the same the track. At the end of this song, it concludes with a little Frank Sinatra-esque riff, without the autotune and just the raw vocals of Rex, telling the sincere truth of emotion.

“Mantra” is a bumpin’ track that gets you movin’ to the tempo, and the strings are an interesting touch giving it a more spiritual experience.

The whole album in its entirety is like a spoken journal of a man’s thoughts and emotions as he goes through his day, in his own narrative voice and locked inside the chambers of his own mind. “Sonically, I had a blast making the beats for this album. They’re quirky… minimalist. I had the Konmari method in mind when I selected sounds for its songs. The song, ‘The World Is Not Enough,’ doesn’t have a single kick drum or hi hat. ‘Rogues’ doesn’t have a single snare. There are secret songs not mentioned in the album’s tracklist. I wanted to give listeners a deep world to wander”, relays the artist.

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The retro hip hop tunes are honestly really invigorating because we don’t really hear this kind of sound anymore. “One Hundo” gives  us a taste of that. The whines of the 808’s and the slow and smooth flow of the voice and words remind you to appreciate the history of hip hop. Rex perfectly reflects that sound. Definitely my top pick on the album!

I wanted to understand what Rex thought of the current climate of the Massachusetts music scene, especially since there are so many talented ones out there, but such an underground niche hidden beneath the surface of it all. He thoughtfully answered:

“People keep asking why I never moved to New York or Los Angeles upon graduating college to pursue music, implying that the creative grounds are infertile out here. I’ve chosen to remain firmly planted in Massachusetts because I see all of its personality and potential. This is why when I’m not performing I’m writing articles on Boston artists and their backstories. I’m invested in why people do what they do, especially in an area where the infrastructure isn’t as supportive as it should be. Human spirit in the face of resilience is gangster. I thrive off the energy of our underdogs and channel it into my own work”. The artist proceeds with his reasoning:

“Massachusetts is so heavily revered for its leaders and establishments..from academia, to medical advancement, to sports. But for some reason, only a small number of the scene’s current hip hop artists are brought up in national conversation. I’m happy for all of Token and Joyner Lucas’s recent success, but I see so many more hip hop folk out here really executing thoughtful, creative visions.”

He also mentioned that even the female music and art scene is rising and is very strong.  He offers a few suggestions of women that are currently making waves of their own to see for ourselves, such as Jamilah Unique’s multi-genre showcase Art Plug; hip hop artist Oompa’s album, November 3rd; Amanda Shea’s Hope Inc. Showcase; and Anna Rae’s All Together Now POC/LGBTQ/Female focused showcase. “Ultimately, I just want to see a futurist rise out of Massachusetts. I want to see a Kanye or Pharrell pop up out of Boston. I’m not sure who it’ll be, but I won’t stop working till I see that person emerge” enthusiastically chimes the sonic connoisseur.

Rex is working hard, and putting his heart and soul, and every inch of being that there is of him in it. He’s proving that and no question will this artist be able to rise to more fame in which everything will finally blossom and bloom into a stunning career.

To hear more of Rex’s tracks off the album, listen HERE.

Also: Check Out This Exclusive Playlist of Some of Rex’s Favorite Tracks Right Now Both In & Out of Boston!

Be sure to follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Check out his site HERE.

A New Year Means a New Playlist – Dreams of Consciousness

Press Reset, then Press Play, and listen for New Tunes to Soundtrack a New Year.

A new year has sprung, and everyone is coming up with their new year resolutions and their dreams and aspirations, and it’s always a very self-reflecting time of the year, so here is a new playlist for you to stay motivated and inspired.

With all that has been said and done, all that has been endured and all that has been conquered, we come to the final day. The final hoorah, as some might say. This is the day we look back at all that has happened over the course of the year. (Definitely some memories are better than others… eep). We think about times we laughed, times we cried, and times we just have really no idea what the hell was going on. Maybe we traveled across the world, maybe we landed the dream job, maybe we graduated, maybe we found true love, or maybe we self-realized something about ourselves. Whatever it was that made 2017 worth remembering hold on to that, and forget the negativity that has been lingering in the back of your mind. That is what time is. It comes and it goes. So let those moments go. Let them disintegrate into thin air and let 2018 be another time to experience the absurdities of life and its ups and downs. Let 2018 be a year of dreaming and achieving. Let it be a year of incredible adventures and undeniable memories.

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In this fun and eclectic playlist, there are songs to help spark the fireworks that your mind holds. The playlist includes artists like: Foster the People, Khalid, Lauv, Blackbear, Cashmere Cat, SZA, Jeremy Zucker, Moon Taxi, Quinn XCII, Alina Baraz, Daniel Caesar, Louis the Child, Opia, R.LUM.R, joan, San Holo, Odesza, Banks, GoldLink and more!

With music that is calming, dreamy, exciting, and intense, you will be listening to all of the sounds you want to hear to start the new year off right!

So tune in, zone out, and go into your dreams of consciousness above! Liked what you heard? Follow us on Spotify HERE for more customized playlists!

An Exclusive Interview with Newest Member to Team Elysium John Lindahl

John Lindahl feels very lucky to have known his passion from the start.

He has the right to be! With a voice like his and a kind, down-to-Earth personality, no wonder he’s such a heartthrob. With the perfect retro-pop sound, he brings a new age flare to his fun, classic-like tunes.

As mentioned in a previous article, the pop star released his latest EP Changes, which includes six exciting and exhilarating tracks of his own and features the founder of Team Elysium himself, Logic.

I really enjoyed this chat with Lindahl as he explained how thrilled he was to have released this EP finally! He admits that he never really listened to it in full, only because it seemed weird at first, but by the time of our conversation, he gave it a run through. His final conclusions? Proud.

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The artist was originally born in Maryland, but grew up for most of his life in Southern, California, where he resides currently.

We dove into topic spanning across the spectrum from his experiences in music to past concerts he went to things to be looking forward to, and for the season, what holiday traditions his family had. Lindahl began by explaining how his humble beginnings in music started at a really young age. He would find himself amongst performers and back stage with them a lot of the time, and his influences came from some of the legends such as Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson, and others. You can even hear it in his sound, a little George Michael here and a little Prince there, and more. He admitted that these artists “inspired me to perform and be on stage  and try to pursue my dream in that way… I’m lucky enough to have always kind of known what my passion was, which I know people search their lifetime for a passion, so I feel very grateful to have known what I wanted to do since I was 5 or 4!”

I asked him what song he is currently jamming out to, to which he chuckled and replied, “You’re gonna laugh, but I’ve been bumping “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump.”

The last concert Lindahl attended was LCD Soundsystem, only showing you how big of a variety his taste in music is. “I went with Brian who produced the EP… and Daniel who played guitar for the EP. The light shows  were my favorite part of the show!”

I then wanted to get insights of what it must be like to be an artist now, so when I asked what’s his favorite part of the music industry, he genuinely responded with, “being an artist and creating music is definitely the best part, and all of the little victories to get along the way. Because there are the times where you get pulled down and shot down and you feel a little discouraged, so the little victories along the way when you pour your heart and soul and you start to see a little return on it I think is the best part.”

One of his close friends and co-workers happens to be Bobby himself, aka Logic! How they met was a serendipitous and sweet story of how Lindahl met Logic’s audio engineer and how through a few writing and listening sessions together, the two became friends instantly. That is when he introduced Lindahl to Logic, hanging out with him in the studio during the making  of The Incredible True Story.

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Logic then decided he wanted to start this label (Team Elysium) and asked Lindahl to be a part of the formation of its foundation, and Lindahl couldn’t pass it off. “I feel like a member of his family”, so it only made sense for him to be apart of this crew of amazing and talented people.

As every album should have, Lindahl did have an experiential and eye-opening moment. “My biggest revelation [during the making of Changes] was finding that I was truly coming into my own,  as an artist and as a creative. I know that you’re always learning and that you’ll always get better, but I finally feel very comfortable in my own skin in the studio, on stage when I’m performing, the words that I’m singing, the way I’m conveying the message that I’m try to say. I think it was an overall revelation of comfortability with myself as an artist, which is great, because I have always struggled with confidence in myself, and now I feel like I have arrived today.”

My favorite song happens to be “My World” and “Contagious”, so I asked him what was the influence at least behind “Contagious?” “I’ve always loved ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Ritchie or “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, all these fun records I’ve always wanted to capture and emulate. And I just wanted to make a really fun song about the power of music in general, because it is contagious, the one true universal language is music. I would say my main thing behind this process was I just wanted to make an infectious feeling that people would want to sing and dance to, and just be together with other people.”

If the young songster could collaborate with anyone, he explained that it would be artists like J.Cole, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, and Mayer Hawthorne, but he also say that he would be willing to collaborate with anyone.  He loves hearing their talent and finding what makes them uniquely their own being in the music scene.

Music is not the only area he shows talent in! He also dresses really well, so when asking about his fashion, he talked about how he goes about picking his outfit of the day. “I look kind of normal, and so do my clothes, but what I do have to do is make sure that my talent is extraordinary! So in my fashion, I try not to go too over the top. It’s the little things in my outfit that pop, nothing too extravagant…nothing that’s too insane, but something that draws your attention”. His fashion-icons are Michael Jackson and A$AP Rocky, and a few other artists, but overall, he explained how just by adding a denim jacket to a look, or wearing an all white outfit and pair of different colored shoes, you can really make a look pop in the chillest way possible.

Describing himself in one word? “Imaginative”, Lindahl elaborates, ” I’m such a dreamer to my detriment. I am always  looking at the future, and always think about if I do this, and if I do that, but I am very lucky to have parents and people around me who know my goals and dreams. My parents have been super helpful in creating an environment to show me how I have to work to achieve my goals, because if I didn’t have that proper training, I would still be dreaming and never act on it. I have to thank my mom and dad and the Elysium team for believing in me.”

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Being only 21, I thought it would be daunting to be in this scene of experienced pioneers, but Lindahl explained that there never was a disconnect, and he was always the youngest in the room, from the start, so he has grown up amongst these people.

“I never want to be the most talented or the smartest in the room, because I can always improve upon myself.”

So, what do we have to be excited for in the near future? Lindahl expressed his excitement of releasing videos to go along with the songs from the project! He sees it as being able to give every track it’s own moment. “I feel like ever song deserves a chance at its own visual.”

Since ’tis the season, I had to know if the artist had any special holiday celebrations or traditions that he did with his family…”My mom is driving my sister home from college, and we always go to a Christmas tree farm and play this intense game of tag. All my family are athletes, so it gets really crazy but it’s so much fun. We knock down so many of the trees”.

Off the EP,  the R&B crooner explained to me that “Changes” would be the the most important track in the project, but “Contagious” is the one that would best describe his demeanor in his current state.

What’s Lindahl OnTheVerge of? “Success.” TRUE. Check out my last article, check out his EP Changes below, and keep on the look out for this emerging artist!