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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’

A Dark Angel

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

 

 

Logic’s Newest Signee John Lindahl Drops 2 Singles Off Upcoming EP ‘Changes’

 

Logic adds a new member to the Team Elysium fam, and it’s a talented young artist by the name of John Lindahl!

Lindahl is the newest pop artist to join Logic’s team, and we could not be more ecstatic. His voice is silky and charismatic, and his vibrations will be the next tunes you add to your winter break getaway and summer escapade playlist.

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The energy in this superstar’s music is honestly the kind of music we need right now, especially as days & nights feel longer. Lindahl is here to  bring a little life to our days with well-produced dance tunes. The 1 of the 4 signees to the label is now preparing to release his debut EP CHANGES, today! The EP features two of his already released tracks, “Contagious” and “The Feeling” ft. Logic.

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“Contagious” lives up to its reputation. It’s a simple melody with a catchy tune matched to a lovely trop-house vibe. With the same enjoyable sounds of the N’ Sync boys and smoothness of Chris Brown, Lindahl’s voice is a heartthrob in this track that loops around your body and pulls you onto the floor. You can’t help but smile as you hear the song.

In “The Feeling”, we get perfect layers of nostalgia, old school vocals, 80’s vibes, and the striking and emphatic power of Logic’s words. Together the two create this fantastic single that can’t be missed and only further demonstrates their strengths in sound.

Logic had created Team Elysium in hopes of protecting the artists that meant the most to him. (Including artists: Jessica Andrea, Big Lenbo, and Damian L Hudson). He told Billboard on the announcement day that “Elysium was created mainly because I don’t trust anybody else with the precious cargo that is my family… I wanted to create a place where they can feel free and literally do whatever they want because this is so much more than just music.”

Well, now Lindahl gets to prove that himself, that this is more than just the music and that he has what it takes to give us a good feeling about what’s to come for him.

Follow him now on Spotify, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

[Exclusive Interview]: Artist Chuck Adams Once Lost But Then Found & Stronger Than Ever

 

Take him as he is

That’s all this talented Nashville-based singer-songwriter asks for. Chuck Adams has an interesting tale to tell, one that many do not have to share and one that definitely needs to be heard.

So where do we start? Adams once wrote a radio hit that landed him with both a lot of money and a deal with Jay-Z. Sounds surreal right? Well, he then made one mistake and the next thing he knew, he was being dropped from the label via Twitter. This was just the abridged version.

Now he’s starting from scratch.

With his newest release “Take Me As I Am” released through 300 Entertainment, he’s making his entrance once again. It’s hopeful, it’s thoughtful, and it truly gets down to the core of a person with an emotional desire for love and acceptance. It represents the most basic of human needs in a smooth, melodic form, and most certainly transcends to listeners wholesomely. It’s pure compared to what the artist explained he was working on in the past.

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Back in 2008, when he was making music before the whole debacle, he was becoming pretty well known among the NYC songwriters crew. This is when he was invited to take part in a songwriting camp and somehow ended up writing the Ludacris hit, “One More Drink (feat T-Pain).” This then rolled into the deal with Roc Nation, that changed his life completely; not only once, but twice.

His former stage name was Range, where he released a song in collaboration with Rick Ross called “Ghetto Dance”.  A quarter of a million dollars was put into the video of this track and the buzz marketing began, but still something wasn’t right. “It felt weird. It wasn’t me. I wanted to put out slower, more melodic music and they wanted me to be aggressive. ‘Ghetto Dance’ wasn’t a phrase I ever used. They misunderstood the tag and I changed the lyric to make them happy. It wasn’t the message I wanted to put out there. But you take the check and tell yourself it’s okay, even though deep down you know it’s not” confesses the musician.

After being dropped, the young artist explained how it felt like the “death of dream”, thus spiraling into a whirlpool of dark songwriting. But once he ended his rants, he felt relieved, revitalized, and ready to get back into the music world and make the music he wanted to make.

Adams moved to Nashville, with a life that went from college to making 6 figures, to having no label, to being taken by a new manager, and to being completely broke and happy. “My life is now what I want it to be. Going to a café and reading a book and making music every day. Nothing beats a good song. Though it’s a bit daunting to go back to square one, I trust the process and am taking it a day at a time” says the artist reflectively.

“People see me and don’t expect me to be making music that sounds like this. But this is me.”

When I jump on call with the “social introvert” (as he calls himself), he is at his mother’s in Kentucky for the holiday week. He calls it “peaceful and quiet” and though life has been bit hectic since releasing his new music, he’s been ok with that.

I ask how he happened to get into music to begin with, and he starts to explain how he was just a fan, like anybody else, and how slowly but surely as he began making his own music, he realized he was imitating artists that he loved; “whether I be rapping or singing someone else’s song, I enjoyed the sound and making a career of that”. He was in school at the time, attending university and studying  Business Administration while making music. He thought one song in particular was a hit record, wrote it, and pitched it which got reached by Ludacris, and that’s when the Roc Nation label grabbed him.

“Writing led the way. I always wanted to be a writer and wanted to know what that meant. I always thought you were an artist or you were not. I realized you could get in and be successful by writing music. So, I just pursued that until I found my place” admits the songster.

It seems like his music comes from a deeper, introspective place, which allows him to think beyond what happens in the past and present, but what can also happen in the future. This is another time and space that fans can relate to, so when I asked him about this and his hypothetical story telling he said, “I just thought about this on my drive here to Kentucky. I definitely tell stories, and hypotheticals. I’m a lot less poetic. Yes, you nailed it, it starts with my story, and then it goes to this place of melody and then I fill in with my story. I try to keep it just me, and occasionally it’s a hypothetical.”

If there was anything that the debacle of Roc Nation taught him, it’s that he learned how to self-identify himself truly, and realize his own self-worth  and desires. “I learned how to decide what I wanted, with them, it’s almost as if I didn’t earn it. Once it ended, my life had some more intent, I was making decisions on my own; this is what happens now.”

I had a tough time defining what his sound was and is, because he has touched so many kinds of sounds, but he explained, “the genre thing is kind of tough for me. I don’t like to put it on my music because I just make what I love. I think it’s the sound that makes us do that.” He’s not wrong.

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For his recent single, “Take Me As I Am” there was an incredible meaning behind it, and one that he wanted to share with his listeners. “I was feeling alone. It’s my letter to people that you’re not alone. It’s like a ‘hey, heads up.’  It’s a moment, which is kind of cool about songs, it sucks that it’s that moment that you dont want to relive forever because the song goes on, but for me it’s a beautiful one. I like to spin on everything I do, and everything I say, even my social media. No matter what I’m going through, I try to use it to encourage someone else and let them know it’s ok. For me, over time, that’s how I get a peace of mind, like nothing bothers me once you get to know me.”

Now, if Adams could collaborate with anyone, he would very quickly choose John Mayer.

Adams then answered my favorite question, “what color would you call yourself?”. He replied, “I’m an introspective, contemplative person, I could think about things forever, so to save you that, the first thing on my mind was like a green, darkish kind of green, like a forest green. Maybe because that smell is on my mind, that Christmas time, candles, trees and stuff.”

We then took it back to the music and his experiences and the difficulty of navigating the industry. What would be the hardest part for him?

“Good lord! Turning myself and my art to a product and exploiting myself in that way, because it’s almost against most things that make all the great minds that I look up to. I don’t feel like that would make them be an artist. I don’t think they would sell their art like this, it’s what they live off of. It’s tough for me to do, write something somewhere or do a picture of something and have a business say do this all the time, we love this do this all the time. for me, ya this was me then. If you love me and my work, then you will love me tomorrow when I do this instead. It’s Chuck Adams, I just want to be me. I wrote urban stuff yesterday, but doesn’t mean I’ll be writing that tomorrow.”

The mover and shaker is excited tone performing live for his fans everywhere.  He confesses, “I love the stage, I love to sing. That’s my favorite part”.

So, what’s this emerging OnTheVerge of? “Heaven. Everything I do is to help and to just inspire people to do better and for me to do better and me giving, hopefully, anything that I can do.”

Be sure to follow Chuck Adams on social media to find out more about young artist and what he’s up to via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and be sure to check out his music on iTunes, Website, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

San Holo Releases New Single “One Thing” Today, Now on New Music Friday

He’s got the One Simple Thing

A lullaby that whispers a beautiful melody through an intricate composition comes the newest San Holo tune “One Thing”.

“Wandering, searching all the world for one thing” sings the light vocals of the female artist as San Holo creates a stunning track about constantly looking for the one simple thing that makes us tick or that one person who makes our world go ’round.

With a simple melody, but an uplifting atmosphere, the song about aspirations is motivational and inspiring and absolutely worth adding to your playlists. It’s got just right amount of rhythm, number of beats, and vocals to make the song a beautiful wandering daydream.

I had the chance to catch up with this incredibly talented young artist on his tour when he made his stop to Boston last Friday, performing at the well-known venue Royale. If there is any way to describe San, it is that his music is not the only thing that is great, so is the man behind the music. He is such a kind, genuine, and sweet man, and I am honored to have been able to sit next to him and chat and to be able to take pictures of his incredible show that almost sold out the entire space that could fit 1000 people!

San Holo is originally from The Netherlands, where he began his musical career, working with some of the best in the business, bitbird, Heroic, and Sony, he has been able to get his footing right in the music industry.

His hit single “Light” skyrocketed to over 83 million streams on Spotify, and continues to grow each day. He is so humble as an artist, and the connection he has with his touring team is incredibly heart warming. I loved the way they were able to interact with each with ease and calmness that it felt that though bumps always arise for big shows, nothing was going to mess with their positive state-of-minds.

San performed “Light” as both his opener and his closer, adding a perfect layer of symmetry to the night. He hyped the crowd both at the beginning and at the end of the show, leaving them showered under a hues of technicolor LED lights tones and melodies endlessly playing in their dizzy heads. He also then performed his newest single “One Thing” before it’s release to the crowd, and they absolutely adored it.

Check out the song above now, which is also on New Music Friday!

Here are some images below from the show:

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I hope to see San again when he comes to a city near me, and I am excited to hear more and more of what he is to release in the coming year and next year to come.

Be sure to check him out now on SpotifyInstagram, Twitter, and Facebook !!!

Diggy Lessard’s “Our Love” Music Video is for the True Breakfast Clubbers of Our Day

 

The newest getaway jam

Finding a new spirit song is always an exciting moment, and that is exactly what “Our Love” by Diggy Lessard’s song “Our Love” is (at least to me). The song he just released last night has reached 576 views so far, but it needs and deserves more!

This is the song for the dreamers, for the passionate and melancholy, for the banished and popular, for the Breakfast Club lovers, and the revolutionaries, the kids who wear their hats backwards, fall in love too easily and talk too deeply, and for the light-hearted who sometimes are not here for a long time, but are here for a good time. This is a song that brings emotions of love to any being who has a love for the past. Incorporating elements of the 80’s/90’s pop tune and the enchanting indie-rock sounds of The 1975 and Empire of the Sun, Lessard makes nostalgic music sound fun again!

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I can’t stress enough the fact that even though I don’t know much about this up-and-coming artist, what I do know is that this track is the perfect blend of the millennial qualities. Sometimes we just love, and our misunderstood by those older than us, and it’s up to us to make sure we’re not taken astray from those special moments that make all of this worth it.

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The music video is a perfect depiction of what I described above. Just youngins, enjoying their time together, partying away without a care in the world, and there’s no obstacle nor limit that would keep them from having the time of their lives. I hope to hear more from this artist as he begins to delve more into this hemisphere of music, and hopefully we’ll find out if a project is on the way!

Be sure to check him out on YouTube, Soundcloud, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!