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Artist Spotlight: April + Vista Magically Open for GoldLink

 

A magical duo you don’t want to miss out on.

I had the chance to cover the Goldlink show in Boston, at the Paradise Rock Club, two weeks ago. Let me tell you, it was a wonderful experience! I had arrived at the venue by 6:30, thirty minutes before the doors opened, and already, there was a line out the door and down the sidewalk. The kids were all chatting as everyone had arrived to the show in crews or as couples to the event.

Now, the crowd was already excited for the headliner who started as nothing but an underground rapper, but who is now known as the ring master to his artistry and devoted fans. With the energy filling the space, the first openers were to take the stage, and wow, did they own it. Enter April + Vista, an indie-R&B, neo-soul duo that emulated the vitality and power of The Fugees and the vibes of  NAO, Anderson .Paak, and Frank Ocean combined. Their music is practicality “genre-less” as they bend the status quo and concoct their own cocktail of music.

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Made up of April George and Matthew Thompson, these two, hailing from the DMV, released their debut EP Note To Self back in July of 2016. Their single “Beasts” reached about 53 K streams alone on Spotify. Now, of course, they have given themselves a huge opportunity by opening for both Masego and GoldLink.

Known as the “Stresswave pioneers”, April + Vista’s eclectic sound is truly what separates them from other artists. Honestly, everyone in the crowd was so extremely happy. It was just sheer love for the music, and it felt as though everyone in that room was truly a person who appreciated the noise produced rather than just the person that is the artist. From start to finish, April + Vista mesmerized us. They enchanted and captivated us and used this beautiful aura of melodies and vocals and instrumentals to lift us into an unearthly dimension. The audience was supportive, cheering at the top of their lungs and getting into it. No one minded if you bumped into them or if you decided to dance with them. People were not afraid to dance stupidly and sing at the top of their lungs. They echoed and called in unison, being cooperative to the duo. I had never seen anything like it before, and in the the darkness of the worn venue that is Paradise Rock Club, the intensity of the provocative and innovative pair stole our hearts.

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April surprised us all when she suddenly pulled out her valiant steed, the violin and began to stroke it in this array of beautiful whines! People didn’t know how to react except scream in excitement.

Montreal was a BLAST! Next stop, Philly! Who tryna get some cheesesteaks after the show? 📸: @chrisrocco

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If you have not hear them yet, then you must now! Listen above to be completely engulfed by the magic of these two’s creations.

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Pop Artist Brynn Elliott Helps Us Kick off Boston Breakthrough Exclusive

We definitely like her

Be on the lookout for this Boston Breakthrough queen! That’s right! We’re kicking off our annual BBT event again this semester, and we couldn’t be more excited, but what’s even more exciting are the artists we have in store for you all! First on our list is the incredibly talented pop songstress Brynn Elliott, who is #OnTheVerge of Being in Love with Boston.

Brynn is the cool girl you wish to be and want to be friends with.

A girl with a head on her shoulders and a big heart, she puts her heart into the music and exhibits genuineness in her sound.  A little more on the vocalist? She is currently a senior at Harvard University, but how she got her start in the music industry was when the renown executive producer, Nathan Chapman, found her and asked to work with her.

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Elliott has already accumulated 1.23M plays on Spotify and has toured with notable acts such as: Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Alanis Morisette, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone, Parachute, and OAR. She has been recognized by large publications in the past as well and continues to place herself in the forefront of minds as a power woman to watch. Featured in the Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts, her single “California” has peaked at No. 39!

With 3 well-constructed singles currently available on Spotify “Might Not Like Me”, “Psycho Stupid Crazy”, and “California”, Elliott continues to ride on her journey to stardom.

Many of her inspirations, influences, and favorite artists include figures like Bono, Adele, Sia, and Lorde. As she sets to embark on the next 5 years of her career, she hopes to have achieved releasing an album, touring that album, and getting a graduate degree.

We wanted to know more why she decided to choose the path of pop music with a voice as versatile as hers, to which she replied “because it was a genre that helped me best communicate the universal truths we all feel postbreak up, in friendships and in life.”

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What she loves about being a musician? “How music can constantly surprise you. You can never use the term “bored” in being a musician. The opportunities and experiences are limitless.”

If you want to see her before you see her perform at our event, she will be performing at the Brighton Music Hall on Monday, October 23rd, in partnership with the local Boston charity Y2Y. So be sure to go out and see her! AND to enter into a ticket giveaway for that show, email us your name at vergecampusbu@gmail.com with the subject “BRYNN ELLIOTT SHOW”.

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[Exclusive]: Interview with Tyler Bates – Where Music & Film Combine

When one thing leads to the next

This man is extremely busy, on the go, constantly working, and is following his passions. This is Tyler Bates. I had the pleasure of chatting with the extremely successful film scorer and guitarist about his worlds and got to see behind the eye of the artist at work.

With my colleague, TuQuyen, who is a film student, and myself a marketing student looking to enter into the realms of the music industry, we had one of the best conversations we could with someone so experienced and so in love with what he does for a living.

Bates has currently hit the road with his good friend and fellow artist Marilyn Manson in support of the forthcoming album, Heaven Upside Down. Their friendship goes way back to when they met on the set of Californication and then the next thing you know, Bates produced and co-wrote Manson’s critically acclaimed 2015 album, The Pale Emperor. Soon after, Bates was brought onto the Manson team fulfilling the position as lead guitarist for the band.

But Bates’ success does not stop there! As a renown film composer, he has composed and produced for such big-hit films and TV series (that you probably know) as Atomic Blonde, 300, Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick, Dawn of the Dead, and many more! His creations for 300 is still known as one of the biggest selling score albums to date! How did this musical genius come about?

“I don’t think I ever chose music, I think I was just in music, and one thing led to the next. My career right now doesn’t look like a by-product of a plan I had when I was 15 or 20 years old, it just formed over the years and just continued dedication, curiosity, music, and always being open-minded. I’ve been eager to take on new challenges and discover new aspects of what excites me and what I can learn. It obviously comes from being very opened minded of styles and forms of different music” says the  master of sonic creations.

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As the man who quite literally instills the sound and emotion that goes into a film, he works very closely with the director to find the instrumentation that will compliment the film that he is working on.

“The larger the movie, seems to me a less intimate process, because there are so many voices involved in these movies. Obviously you’re investing time, but part of my job as a composer is to create a process and make everyone feel comfortable that is involved with music, whether they’re the director or the executive, to create an experience for them that’s not only positive but is easy for them to engage in…”

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Bates is a man who trusts his gut, especially since this whole musical journey came as a wonderful and satisfying surprise that triggered all of his best talents, which includes understanding the concept of the film he is working with or the pith of the music he is forming. “I’m obviously trying to tap into the nature of the story itself, ’cause the genre obviously has an impact on my approach… at the core, anything I work on I want to be soulful.”

He goes on to tell TuQuyen and I how even horror films such as The Devil’s Rejects (2005) was a culmination of something soulful though the essence of the film itself may seem disturbing. In truth, the soul is the liveliness that comes from the music itself. Bates attempts to immerse you enough in the music that you suddenly become a part of the moment being depicted on the silver screens. For every genre, there is an individual process of composing a soundtrack, but similarly, Bates explains how there are parallels between horror and comedy at times, just as there is when you are setting up a joke or setting up a scare. “The language might be different, but the purpose of the music might be similar.”

He continues to explain the songwriting process to us: “Often times, directors…will tap into a very unique style of film making and their sensibilities, how they personally relate to their emotions in the context of their stories.” Bates then takes a step in the next direction to discuss the same matter in terms of his writing with Manson. “You know it’s all about storytelling and emotion, and with Manson that’s exactly what we’re doing. In his case, part of his sense of humor is to sort of uncover those things people are hiding in the beneath the file cabinet in the corner of their psyche… The music is written on the spot together, generally based on some story thats happened in his life that day. That’s really the beginning of how we write music together.”

With a life exposed to a myriad of experiences and opportunities in entertainment, there’s a lot to look forward to, but for Bates “its just playing guitar and being completely inspired by guitar players, that perhaps may have helped me shape my style as a young guitarist.” He also mentions how many films and film composers such as  Thomas Newman “definitely made an impact on me– made me think film and music is something I’m interested in. It definitely wasn’t a plan of mine, just one thing led to the next.”

He hesitates for moment to chuckle and reflect back on the roller coaster he has been on and then returns to finish his answer about his love of music and film as one, “it somehow seemed  tangible to me emotionally, I related to it on a more human level. From television to film and making records to playing guitar and performing live, Bates has touched areas of the industry that means the most to him, “and now all of these mediums for me are intersecting and that’s really cool,” he says contently.

As mentioned before, Bates is currently on tour with Manson and a new record is to come out soon! Bates mentioned how Manson and him have a great time together and push each other to do better. “You know when you’re in the moment of doing that [writing and performing music] it makes you feel good, it makes you feel young and alive,” Bates says with zeal. Though this is a massive tour on top of his many other tasks, he won’t stop there.

“I need to balance my life with experience, one experience forms the next.”

So be sure to look out for this accomplished producer as he has more to come for us in the world of entertainment! And to see him live alongside Marilyn Manson, here are the tour dates below!

Marilyn Manson 2017 US Tour Dates: 

Wed. Sept. 27 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring 

Fri. Sept. 29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE 

Sat. Sept. 30 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 

Mon. Oct. 2 - Boston, MA - House of Blues 

Tues. Oct. 3 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount 

Thurs. Oct. 5 - Toronto, ON - Rebel 

Sat. Oct. 7 - Camden, NJ - Rock Allegiance 

Sun. Oct. 8 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 

Tues. Oct. 10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre 

Wed. Oct. 11 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom 

Sat. Oct. 14 - The Woodlands, TX - Houston Open Air 

Tues. Oct. 17 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater 

Thurs. Oct .19 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium

 Fri. Oct. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex 

Sun. Oct. 22 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival 

Mon. Oct. 23 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater 

Fri. Oct. 27 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues 

Sat. Oct. 28 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues 

Sun. Nov. 5 - Devore, CA - Ozzfest

[Exclusive]: Behind the Scenes with Jaymes Young at House of Blues Boston

*Video Credits to Brittany Chang*

 

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“My name is Jaymes Young, I’m originally from Seattle, Washington, and I make music.” Meet the mastermind behind one of the most beautiful album’s of the summer, Jaymes Young (also James McFarland). Though a man from Seattle, he moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to continue doing just what he said he does, to make music.

“When I grew up, there was a lot of music in the house, my parents played all kinds of music. I mean I was just inspired by the variety and they listened to music while they cooked, while they cleaned, every time we were in the car. So, I think that was the first catalyst.

Today, Young is a  Please Rewind/Atlantic Records recording artist with a full-length album on his list of completed achievements. The album is titled Feel Something (released June 23, 2017), and it’s an alluring rendezvous to the erotic desires and haunting dark corners in love. The album is now available on Spotify and the album has thus far accumulated over 30 million streams since its release!

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So, we had the chance to catch up with Young before his opening act for the pop-duo phenomenon Oh Wonder, at the House of Blues in Boston, MA. This sensual songster, caught us by surprise because we knew his emphatic and vivid lyrics from his music, but instead we were introduced to a very soft-spoken, down-to-earth man.

A man who has had recognition from sources in the industry such as EARMILK stating, “The release of Feel Something will no doubt solidify him as a major player in the pop market in years to come”, and Ones To Watch claiming that “The album name and title track, Feel Something, fully encapsulates the core essence of his music–raw and honest interpretations of life and love bundled in a quality alt-pop sound.”

We wanted to learn more from the strikingly stunning voice behind the music. “I think, I had been living in this house for almost 2 years, during part of the writing process, and I was sort just striving for different sounds than the sound that I previously reached out for. It wasn’t necessarily one artist or one experience, it was kind of a myriad of experiences and kind of looking for styles and sounds that I hadn’t really done before”, admits Young.

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So, from the curation of this project, curiosity built as to which song was the one that resonated with the artist himself. “That’s hard, the title track was literally just the most explanatory for the whole album… It set the stage, and it explained everything I wanted to say during that whole writing process.”

With his live show only a couple hours away, we wanted to hear what exciting novel concepts and plans Young and his team had planned for his adoring fans. “I mean we’re doing a shorter set than usual (35 minutes), we’re changing it up a little bit. The songs are not exactly as they are on the album and same with previous releases. Some of them are, pretty close, but we’re kind of taking a different approach, we kind of wanted to make the music feel really organic and be perceived differently live.”

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And those were exactly the emotions we experienced during his set. His music captured an aura of its own, commanding the full-packed crowd (it was a sold-out show that night!) and making heads sway side to side and bob front to back. The music wasn’t exactly the way it sounded off the studio productions, but it was exquisitely redefined  and revamped for the sake of truly immersing oneself in the music. It was as if the whole room was cast under his spell and were really experiencing the performance with him. It was mystifying to say the least.

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“I’m doing what I love for a living so that’s the best part for me, but of course there’s its pros and cons. I don’t think I could do anything else”, confesses Young on the topic of what is the best part of being in the music industry.

I then asked him what one word would be to describe him, and he told me very honestly, “Hungry”. #Tourlifestruggles.

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We followed with what would be one thing he would want to do, that he has not done yet or where would be a place that he wishes he could perform that he has not yet? “Oh Wonder is doing a show in Israel, and we’re not on that, but that has always been on the bucket list.”

So, to be a little more spontaneous and in the moment, I asked him “If you had to write a song, right now off the top of your head, what would it be called?” He replied, “Fuck Traffic”.

We ended the interview with our favorite wrap-up question… of course. Jaymes Young is “#OntheVerge of … writing a lot of new music”!

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Oh Wonder soon followed after the amazing performance by Young, and the crowd was most certainly well-prepared for a night filled with more music to come. Young has much more in store though, so that being said, stay tuned for more this year from the alt-pop creative. Thank you, James, for a wonderful time.

 

 

 

Listen to him now on Spotify and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Website, and Twitter.

Courtnie is Back with the Release of Her Glittering EP ‘I Feel Like Color’

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She’s back, and back with a full project of alternative energy which she titles I Feel Like Color. Courtnie now drops the EP that she had been working on for quite some time.

The EP consists of the alt-R&B track we featured before “Take a Dip”, “Slipping”, which is a winding, crooning melody, “Mesmerized”,  a dark tune with that atmospheric touch of Björk, “Never Be” a bellowing harmony, with the layers of her voice sounding like a ghostly lullaby, “U Don’t Have to Call”, which is a more 80’s soprano track with neon emotions and metallic falsettos about being self-assertive and self-dependent, and “LTMF” here we are offered a more funk-centric track that has the sounds of psychedelic guitar plucks and keyboard riffs along with rich lyrics and vocal tunes.

I feel like color!

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You can see the range of Courtnie’s artistry which spans various genres across the board from just this project, but also from her past work. Each song fits within the EP as if it’s meant to be there and as this self-defining compilation slowly unravels before your eyes, you hear the transformations her voice travels through to embody each sound. She still has work to do to create a solid production, but she is a majority of the way there, with an undeniable talent that has to be heard and needs to be recognized.

Her music can lull you to sleep, but it could also arouse you, and getting blood and emotions flowing, and have the soul want to sing along to the cries she makes in her tracks. With love wrapped around the notes and lines that she confesses to us, we find a place for her music in our hearts and in our playlists.

 

For more from Courtnie, follow her on Instagram, SoundCloud, and Spotify

[Exclusive]: Getting To Know The Band Nightly One-On-One

Somewhere between borders

Though on the road, I had the chance to catch up with the alternative/pop sensation from Nashville, Tennessee, Nightly. Nightly is made up of cousins Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta, and the two of them have been making this music career a success. Formerly known as Dinner And A Suit, the band didn’t begin this fantastic Nightly journey until they met some of their other bandmates and signed to Interscope Records. Soon after the decision, they released what would become their debut EP, Honest, in 2016. The project included 4 of their best songs “XO”, “No Vacancy”, “Honest”, and “Talk to Me”.

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Their hit single, “XO”, is what got them noticed by publications and sites, with over 6 million streams on Spotify. The band has attracted the heart and minds of many with their melodic lullabies and have labeled themselves a dreamy and hauntingly loving band to look out for as they continue to explore the music scene. The band had the chance to tour extensively at the end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017, serving as the opening act for shows like Ke$ha, The All-American Rejects, Zella Day, and K.Flay! As if their resume was not thorough enough the band featured at the We Found New Music showcase at SXSW and after this sprung their headlining tour come April of 2017.

So, if I haven’t convinced you how talented this band is, how incredible they are, and how worthy of your listening time they are, then check out their music at the end of this article,  because I’m sure your mind will change. Their music is intoxicating in the most euphoric way as it takes you on a ride on nostalgia express. With a kind of musical patience, the duo and their band are able to recreate this string of storytelling that dances perfectly to the sonic productions we hear.

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Their music reminds you of The Neighborhood meets The Mowglis, utilizing both dark and light tones and meanings and also heartbreaking and hopeful motifs. The satin-like-angsty vocals put against the smoky, fragmented, 80’s vibes echo against each other in whatever space and medium you are listening to it in or on.

Capeci is the singer and Beretta is the guitarist, and as mentioned before, the two are cousins. “We grew up just outside of Philadelphia, we always wanted to be in a band together since we were 12 years old. But we didn’t do it until later”, remarks Capeci. The two  have been in a few bands before the genesis of Nightly, and only until a year and a half ago from now, did the two actually found this stunning success collective.

“It was nothing that we ever expected, you know, like we’re still on the tour, and have been on this tour to cities we have never been to, and it’s always, without fail, people that show up and know the songs,” Capeci explains as his exasperation with how incredible the process of this journey has been for him and Beretta.

“It’s just a cool, crazy feeling to have people know your music in these places we’ve never been.”

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The band hasn’t had the chance to put out any new material since they have been on the road for sometime now and it causes the writing and recording process to be very chopped up, but Capeci explains to me how they never want to go out for too long without putting out new music for their fans. To them, it’s already been longer than they would like, and so it’s time to start getting back to the studio, and bringing to us some fresh new sounds.

He mentioned how there were 8-10 songs they had actually formally written, but how only 4 made the cut for their recent EP, and so I asked what was his favorite track off the project, to which he replied, “I think I like “Honest”, which is probably like, I don’t know, I don’t wanna say the least popular, but like people would usually say “XO” or “No Vacancy”, I don’t know. I just like the way that it makes me feel when I sing it, I think it’s like the most different from the other 3.”

I mention how it’s also my favorite song, because it’s somewhat of a darker incantation than the others, and it makes it seem more mysterious amongst the other upbeat tunes. He agreed, saying “ya, I think that’s why I like it too, like the beat, it feels good to sing.”

He also gave hints as to how much work the band put into their live performances, and how it’s probably their most important and favorite aspect of being an artist. “That’s the most amazing part, I think, of the whole thing, is being able to perform live, it’s definitely a good chemistry between the two of us and the rest of the band as well, and something that like, even now we just wrapped up the tour and we’re like already talking about what things we want to change for the next one and make better, so that’s kind of the fun of it, it will always be evolving a little bit.”

joining our boys @thestruts for a few shows this fall! tix on sale now at nightloveyou.com ❤

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With so many acts out there, I was curious to know what the songster would find to be the most beneficial aspect of being in a band, rather than going solo. “I think the idea of being a solo artist is better than the appeal to me. Out here doing it by yourself”, he takes a moment to envision that and then continues, “and I know some people like that, but I wouldn’t want to be. I mean I get to be out here with my best friend. Joe is my best friend, so I can’t imagine experiencing all these things by myself or with guys that I just hired or something like that. So, that’s probably the best part I think.”

With thoughtfulness in his voice, Capeci answers what him and Beretta would want to do that they haven’t done yet; “I think playing shows in other continents would be nice, that’s something for sure that we would love to try.”

How would Capeci’s most ideal chill-day play out? It would start by getting up and walking his dog in the park and then going golfing with his friends.

Like any artist experience, there are highs and there are lows. “We’ve had several experiences that we’ve been to cities that we’ve never been to before. I remember on the last tour we went to Columbus, Ohio, and honestly, we were headlinging and we didn’t know if any body was going to show up, but there were kids lined up, and they knew every word to all the songs and they were screaming at the top of their lungs! That was honestly the craziest feeling, because there could have been 5 people there, and that would have been totally reasonable based on the  fact that we had never been there before, but it just, they made us feel like the thing expanded a little. That was just a cool feeling. We’re lucky to have had a few shows like that before, so I think that’s my favorite moment so far.” That intense sensation of feeling when you know that others are aware of your work, and enjoy your art and share it with you, that would be the ultimate feeling of self-recognition and self-assertion, and these guys have done just that with their undoubtedly passionate and beautiful music.

thx for all the love so far on the east coast/mid west shows. west coast starts in a few days ❤

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Their music in and of itself is already a multitude of sounds and genres, and you can hear the influences in bits and pieces of their unique sound. “I really like the killers, U2, coldplay. I really like bands. Those are my top 3”, claims Capeci.

So, as a pair, I had to ask Capeci what one word he would use to describe his partner Beretta; “I’d say this will sound kind of corny, but he’s one of the funniest dudes that you’ll talk to, and he’s also one of the most loyal dudes. Like he’ll take a bullet for his homies, he’s just super loyal and he’s super funny, like he’s always the one making the band laugh.”

So, as we mentioned above was one of the highs of being a band, Capeci also delved into what some of the lows are. “I think one of the challenges is like learning to enjoy where you are right now, ’cause you’re always looking towards the next thing in the future, like the next tour or the next single or the next whatever and trying to just like take that in. You know, you’re playing at a club with 250 people and then you’re thinking about playing at the club that has 500 or 1000 and so forth, and it’s just like trying to focus on enjoying the fact that you’re playing for 250 people, you know what I mean? It’s a tough balance, I think there’s a lot of people that don’t enjoy where they are and always are looking ahead too much that they are never going to arrive somewhere or are satisfied, so that’s probably the hardest part.” Capeci also spoke on behalf of his counterpart, and how difficult it has been to balance work and life at times.

This led us to segue to how even with all the hardships, what are they most excited for and what should we be expecting to come from our favorite duo Nightly? “We’re constantly evolving. I think that’s one thing about us. We’re very critical of ourselves in every aspect just because we grew up listening to bands that meant a lot to us and going to shows and that’s what we wanted to do. So, we take the responsibility seriously that if somebody paid to be in the room, we are putting the best show on. We’re going to be playing songs that haven’t been heard before, we have a whole new set, those are a few things to expect.”

So with much anticipation, we wait to hear the compositions that Nightly will bring us in the coming year, and hope to be serenaded by their illustrious creations soon! So stay tuned, and…

Be sure to check out the upcoming tour dates below:

OCT 12
 Austin, TX, USA
 Stubb's Indoors
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OCT 13
 Austin, TX, USA
 Austin City Limits
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OCT 31
 Louisville, KY, USA
 Mercury Ballroom
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NOV 3
 Columbus, OH, USA
 Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
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NOV 4
 Millvale, PA, USA
 Mr. Smalls Theatre
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NOV 5
 Indianapolis, IN, USA
 The Vogue Theatre

 

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Courtnie Releases New Single “Dip” Produced By Brandon Combs

Take a dip in the reverbs.

Courtnie is an intriguing character with a fresh take on the stylings of R&B. She has accumulated support from publications such as  Saint Heron, Pigeons and Planes, The Fader, NPR and Billboard, and she continues to build a buzz as she constructs her artistry. In this new single “Dip”, she demonstrates the old school nature that she is well-aware of, taking it back to the roots of the genre. However, in the same way, she possesses a cutting-edge composition that makes the track her own, and releases the boldness that makes Courtnie her own in the lane.

With a fire and seduction like that of SZA and the forceful croons of Ella Mai, this chick makes the cut of a passionate R&B songstress in today’s music scene.  An aspect to notice, is how divergent Courtnie’s voice is in comparison to a lot of the artists today, and she is making sure that remains the case throughout her career.

This new track will appear off upcoming EP I Feel Like Color, that is set to release September 29th. The 6-track project will be a compilation of various records she has been working on in the past, and will re-emphasize the strength in her vocals.

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The percussion in the track resurrects an erotic feeling that is both anthemic and mellowing. The tempo change is a fierce move, that I am in love with, and adds another element of animation the already reeling track. Her voice waves in and out and up and down the steady beat painting the image of riffs taking dips into the stereos in the studio and absorbing the sound.

Courtnie is a dynamic like her music. Living in Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and currently: Brooklyn, New York, the girl has traveled to various parts and has picked up multiple perspectives of music. She’s also a writer, which helps develop the lyricist within as she prepares herself for a new project!

While you wait for her EP to arrive, follow and listen to her on SoundCloud, Instagram, Tidal, Apple Music and Spotify!

 

 

[Exclusive]: Interview with Hip Hop #AskJezDior

 

He’s got 2 birds and an album in a row

Jez Dior is an emerging hip hop artist signed to Epic Records, and is currently on the path of releasing what is his solo album.  Jez took the time to let me ask him questions about his musical endeavors and how it all started for the 25-year old man.

The artist began making music when he was 13, but this came from the inspiration of having a father around who was a rock musician. It wasn’t until he was 13, however, when Jez heard hip hop for the first time, and fell instantly in love with it.

“My first Eminem stuff is when I really fell in love with hip hop, [and] it led me to rap. I just really related to it.”

The rapper has now released plenty of content and has been climbing the Spotify streams ladder with each release. “It was just a hobby at first, but then I put out my first song “Candles”, probably 5 years ago, it went straight to number one on this thing called HypeMachine, and … that’s sort of when everything started. I was in Atlantic records two days later, and from there I put out a couple EPs and projects and now I’m working on my first solo album”.

He laughs because he definitely told this story many times before, but the confidence in his voice expresses a feeling of settlement and excitement on how his life took its course .

“It’s definitely been difficult. I’ve definitely gone through my ups and downs, especially in my career. There’s for sure been times when I’ve wanted to quit, and was just not into it anymore, but I always pushed through it. It’s always been a dream of mine, and I love doing it [music].” He sounds contemplative and reflective as he recalls moments of dark honesty.

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With weather of 117 degrees Fahrenheit and a big ‘ol truck in the middle of a desert, Jez’s team took off to create the visual for “Sober”. (Read about and watch the music video HERE.) The epic cinematic experience of this single is raw, intense, and chaotic. “The song is about  the first year that I moved out to Hollywood, and my life was sort of spiraling out of control. And when I say ‘you got me off track’ we kind of wanted to create a visual that portrayed the way that I felt. So we all got together and came up with the idea for that.”

Following the desert escape, Jez released “2 Birds”. ‘”2 Birds” is sort of a party song. It’s funny I didn’t ever think that song was gonna come out, especially when we were first making it.” The rapper explains how the genesis of the song came about, as he sat on the couch in the studio and heard the composition play through the speakers. It was then that in his mind he could picture the melody and the rest flowed with it.

Jez has a lot planned, and a lot to share, and with this new project on the way, he deems we’ll get a better understanding for him in a snapshot of tracks. “There’s definitely something for everybody on there and for most situations. There’s definitely the darker songs that tell my story, and more upbeat songs; it’s very eclectic,” he confesses. “I got songs on there that I think are going to be very important to a lot of the kids who listen to me. In particular, there’s this one song that I released a little snippet of on Twitter like almost a year ago, not thinking anything of it, and kids will still tweet me everyday about it. I think that’s going to be a special one.”

Devoted to and very much appreciative of his fans, he admits, “it’s just a special thing when I get messages from them from Instagram DMs or Twitter messages me, and it happens very frequently when a kid will just say ‘Jez, you saved me life’. It’s the craziest thing… it means so much!”

Our conversation took a diversion from the topic of his music and fans, and we discussed more of his interests. If the artist could collaborate with anyone, he said he would want it to be Leon Gallagher, Oasis’s lead singer. On another note, his social platform of choice used to be Twitter, but recently, he has made the switch over to Instagram more.

As an avid soccer fan, I had to ask him what would be his dream day agenda would look like, to which he replied, “probably to play soccer on Inter Milan’s field in Italy and then get in the studio with Eminem. Then get drunk on a beach in Brazil.”

Jez and I talked more about what fans should be looking for on this upcoming piece, or if there is anything in particular that he is feeling fans should know about him that they don’t already know. “I want to save a lot of that for the album, like I think they’re going to be very surprised in a  good way about what is on the record. I have a plethora of music that they haven’t heard yet and I’m really really excited about it.”

“I think it’s going to translate really well live.” Jez expresses his excitement to be finally playing some of these new tracks live, and thinks fans will be surprised to hear how much of his singing has gone into the project. So, stay tuned for when the album drops!

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