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[Exclusive] Interview with Coast Modern on New Album & Fav LA Tacos

Take a dive into their chill, tropical sound waves

This dynamic duo, made up of Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp, is up to something and that something is their forthcoming debut album which is to become the perfect set list of jams for you this summer! The expected release is to be July 28th, so be sure to mark your calendars for when this special day arrives.

A new track we have gotten a taste of is their recent release “Dive”, which is a single off the upcoming compilation. Billboard said “Here’s another certified jam to add to your summertime playlist, courtesy of Coast Modern.”

The best way to describe their music? I’d say it’s the sound of Weezer’s Island in the Sun meets the Beach Boys in a wistful indie dreamland of sorrow and bliss. When you hear their music, you are transported to a sort of middle world of dimensions where ¬†you really have no cares at all and just let the music take you away in this endless stream of consciousness. I decided to take a dive with the guys and learn more about the makings of their sound and little more about them in general.

The guys are always known to be fun and cheeky, and so I thought it would be fun to ask a few unconventional interview questions to set the right scene.

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When I asked 1/2 of Coast Modern about their sound and the genre he perceived themselves as, he replied “It’s funny that before we signed our publishing deal our record deal, I didn’t even know that alternative was a genre, and that kind of surprised me when that was a thing.” He continued to explain the concept behind their recently released track: “when we wrote ‘Dive’ we were kind of trying to capture that nostalgic, youthful excitement. Maybe it’s like fresh love, maybe it’s like exploration. It’s also just very tropical vibes.”

Coast Modern quite literally tries to aim for their namesake, “modern”, in the sense that they are pushing the boundaries of their alternative pop peers and hoping to create a genre where they lead the way all the way through. In other words, their genre could be considered a misfit of alternative rock bands as their pop/electronic influences seep into their old school, beach house aura.

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Similarly, these boys are masterminds behind their brand, utilizing bold, colorful graphics behind their cover art and marketing to match their eclectic sound. Trapp, who writes and produces everything with Atlas as well as sings when they perform live, explained that¬†“early on we knew we wanted something that was bold and had lots of colors. We dug through some artists that were great at that, and luckily the first choice we had, Dai Ruiz, knew exactly what we wanted. She was awesome and we’re glad that we’re still working with her up to this point.”

He stammered for a bit when I asked who were his favorite artists, and justifiably so. “Like I have a thousand answers,” he laughed in exasperation.¬†“Like when I was younger discovering music, it was of course like Led Zeppelin, but I’ve been so inspired in the past couple years by so many artists. Errrr, I don’t even know where to begin. I’d say Dessert, they put out a single last year called¬†“Eyes Wide Shut”, and it comes to my mind because of how fun it was. The most ill party vibes, and I call it “ill” because they played a 90’s hip-hop sample with this very underwhelming melody over it, and the juxtaposition is just very inspiring. There’s also a band called Mini Mansions that I liked and then this collaboration project called Soft Hair that did a song “Lying has to Stop”, and it’s like butter to your ears”, he says excitedly. You could just hear the passion in his voice as he named these artists.

Trapp went on to tell me that his soul song would have to be the classic “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. Why you ask? “Because I got this feeling when I was younger that there is something much deeper than what is sitting on the surface of the lyrics, and ¬†it was the first time I ever got that feeling, so it really stuck with me. Like instead of talking about sitting ¬†on a dock talking about watching time pass, when I heard it, I got this really deep sensation that it’s actually about like going through different lives and eternity, so it gave me this weird out of body experience and it stuck with me.”

I had to ask where their dream place would be if they could perform anywhere, to which he replied jokingly (but pretty seriously) “In space”. LOL. Then he followed that response by saying that he would also like to perform somewhere in Asia, like Japan.

The boys’ history goes way back, but for Colemann specifically, it started back when he was 18 producing for all kinds of rappers and singers, then inspiring to pursue his own music career. The LA scene was a great stepping stone for the boys to get their music out there.

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I asked him what would be his favorite taco place in LA if he had to give us advice. “I really like janky places, not trendy ones, so I would have to say King Taco, Taco King, …” If you couldn’t tell, he likes his regal tacos. “Really the jankier the place, the better it is haha!”

One thing Trapp can’t leave without is his spare guitar, which sits in the back of his truck for whenever inspiration strikes. The guys plan on having more releases and projects coming out down the line in the next 5-10 years, so fans will be on the look out.

After releasing their hit single, “Hollow Life”, the LA-based act has released numerous tracks to keep their musical mojo momentum going. And it only proved to be true as their were garnering air time from notable organizations like SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW. They received set time to perform ¬†live at SXSW, and they were able to open on tour with BORNS, The Wombats, and Temper Trap! Quite the resume they have here. Blogs and fashion press would find them and only help build their name and publicity, and they continue to grow and become more well known as people begin to recognize their powerful and well-crafted sound.

I asked Trapp what they are on the verge of, to which he replied, “being a ‘meme’– we want to be a part of the internet. But as much as we want to be a meme, we’re also doing everything we can to like like make life more physical and to make our brand really something that you can touch…”

It was a pleasure speaking with Coast Modern and I look forward to hearing the full-length album!

Find Coast Modern on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Instagram

 

Logic Breaks the Billboard Top 200 Chart with New Project ‘Everybody’

Everybody is so proud of Logic!

No seriously! Today, the young rapper makes the Billboard Top 200 Chart with his well-constructed and novel project, Everybody.

A tall-tale that is far from fictional, young Bobby tells his story, from beginning to end of living in the midst of biracialism and dealing with the turmoil that came with it. Despite the anguish and hurt he faced each day by a mother who called him her son and at times the “N” word. Nonetheless, Logic doesn’t fear his past, but rather uses it to fuel his celebration of life and diversity.

The Super Mario World man ranks his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums Chart today. The album released this compilation via Visionary/Def Jam Recordings, and according to Billboard there were 196,000 were in traditional album sales.

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DOVER, DE – JUNE 19: Rapper Logic performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Firefly)

The Billboard 200 has always been known to be one of the most prestigious rewards for any artist trying to claim their spot in the music industry, and it is constantly being updated as music is an ever-changing domain of sound.

The Chart also measures in ¬†the number of streaming streams the song receives, which in Everybody‘s case is¬†47,000 in SEA.

Logic dropped this amazing piece of artistry, which released on May 5th, and takes you through an adventure of death, purgatory, and life and offers you sprinkles of wisdom and comic relief. Including such notable tracks as “Everybody”, “America”, ¬†1-800-273-8255″, and “Black Spiderman”, the album includes a myriad of features that keep you on your toes, and desperately asking for more. It’s jus the sheer nature of cliche and profound that gets you. In all of us, we’re all searching for acceptance, and some of us just don’t know how to do that in a world filled with so much hate and destitute. However, amidst the isolation comes an inner hope that Logic distinctly points out within each record.

As you follow the songs play by play (which you have to do in order to get the full story), we get a taste of many thoughts of The Super Mario World man such as his political ad sociocultural opinions and his feelings and experiences living with a drug-abusing mother and father. The album also is set with a man named Atom (radio ­personality Big Von), who just dies in a car crash, only to meet one version of God (astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) in the waiting room of life and death to learn more about how everyone is created equal and how we all return in the afterlife to be reincarnated as a completely different person of race, gender/sexual orientation, religion and age.

Truly a stunning epic; his last album, like his last supper, one not meant to be ever forgotten.

Listen to the Full Album Below!

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K. Flay Releases Sultry New Album ‘Everywhere is Somewhere’

Dreamers, get ready for a trip

K. Flay, neé Kristine Meredith Flaherty, is an American pop-rock princess. Her eclectic and mysterious sound is what got her here in the first place, a position she most certainly deserved. She is a talented young woman with a force to rally the riots.

She now releases her highly anticipated studio production Everywhere is Somewhere, a riveting compilation of tunes and melodies.

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This album will have people singing “I want more” along with this innovative artist who utilizes as many aspects of noise that she can to build a solidified and harmonized world.

She blends worlds of various genres such as hip-hop, pop, and alternative/indie rock and this only demonstrates the power she holds over her own sound. Via melodic murmurs, this Illinois-born rockstar incorporates a sultry sadness in the music she produces.

This album is not one to miss, with amazing singles such as “High Enough”, “Black Wave”, “Blood in the Cut” and ¬†“Dreamers,” you absolutely cannot go wrong with this Lana Del Ray, Blackbear, Bjork, Lykke Li sounding artist.

K. Flay is such an interesting character and a fresh sound, no doubt about that. She was originally a Stanford University of California student, who once picked up the mic to mock pop-hip ballads and their demeaning messages of misogyny, and only came to find that people really enjoyed her version of bold revolutionary songs. Thus began her successful journey down this path as a serious career.

She moved to San Francisco and jumped in the studio and was constructing what would be her first hits. Back in 2004, K. Flay dropped Suburban Rap Queen (her first big debut), followed by Mashed Potatoes, and then Life as a Dog which was the project that made the Billboard Top 200 Albums!

This Interscope¬†Records signee has already toured both the US and Europe, and we’re excited to see what other incredible experiences this woman of force will venture on as she produces more!

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Listen here now:

Be sure to follow her now on both Instagram and Facebook!

[Exclusive]: Interview with Epic Records Rapper Nick Grant at AWOL Listening Party

Baby don’t fight it, you just gotta go with it // Ain’t nothin’ for sale, I just put my soul in it …

Nick Grant spits his rhymes with confidence and charisma as we hear the reverbs echo in our ears.

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Last night, at one of Boston’s hippest urban streetwear retail stores, AWOL, one of L.A.’s rising stars held an album listening party for the city of Boston in promotion of his recent project Return of the Cool, which dropped¬†just a few days ago on January 13th. Now Grant steps out of the studio and into the worlds of his fans as he comes to meet students from the area in this shop to explain in depth the meaning of each track off the compilation.

While at AWOL, we all looked at the merchandise, chatted, and waited for the rapper to arrive. When Grant¬†did, he walked into the store with a smile on his face and zeal, ready to give his crowd an experience to never forget. I had a chance to interview the man himself before we got down to business and you can read our interview below. We all finally sat down and were each handed headphones with green lights to wear as we were going to be engaging in a silent listening party. The room would remain silent as we all listened to music on our own terms. The Epic Records / Culture Republic signee would then explain the meaning behind each song’s production and creation before sharing it with us and what the track itself personally meant to him. While listening, I noticed how the compositions¬†were¬†seamless and the rhymes were¬†bold. He carried such a strong flow and¬†energy in each track that it was almost impossible to sit still. If ¬†you looked around, every person was moving in their own way, vibing to the melodies and infectious harmonies this rapper was picking up and placing down. Smiles cracked when people heard a line or a riff that struck them in the right way and emotions filled the silent store as the music blasted in each of our own¬†ears.¬†That night, we had a chance to hear an amazing and well-constructed album.

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It goes without saying, the music was contagious. Everyone seemed to find that one song that really meant something to them, that one song that really made them feel that they were a part of the great return of the cool. The potential for this artist is outrageous, and Grant clearly found his niche and achieved success in this competitive industry of hip hop and rap.

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To hear the album now, listen to it here below:

AND Here is our interview:

[Neelu Mohaghegh (Me, NM)]: Hey! So, please introduce yourself!

[Nick Grant, NG]: My name is Nick Grant. I’m a rapper from South Carolina, I make hip hop music, with my grandparents raising me, my mother’s mother, my father’s father , so my life was kind of balanced on like how to treat a woman and stuff you should do as a man like pull your pants up, firm handshakes, look people in the eyes when you speak to them. So, it’s a pretty normal life, I just have something people say is to be an extraordinary talent.

[NM]: Awesome, so what’s been the inspiration behind this album that you just dropped?

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[NG]: It started as a mixtape, for so long I was yearning for people to listen to my music and appreciate my music, and when I got a chance for them to do so, I wanted to put out another body of work, but¬†the people on my team felt like it was too soon, too early. And for me, it was always me wanting to put out music. So, it started out as a mixtape, and the inspiration from that came, I wanted people to feel the same thing I felt like growing up as a kid, and that is what I feel hip hop should be present day based on all the great people I’ve been listening to, whether it was: Jay Z, NAS, Tupac, Biggie, all those guys. Pulling from different people, to help build this body of work.

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[NM]: So, what does hip hop mean to you?

[NG]: Hip hop is my life. It’s a form of expression. Hip hop helped a lot of people out of bad situations, I feel like if it wasn’t for hip hop, there would be a lot worse things goin’ on in the world, know what I’m sayin’? Hip hop saved a lot of lives. At one point people were break dancing instead of fighting, like battling break dancing instead of fighting; that’s like the coolest thing in the world. This is something I live and breathe and study everyday. I also feel like it’s a way to connect different types of people throughout the¬†world, conversation¬†wise like “why did you say this” and “why did you choose to say that” or¬†“what is this about”. It’s also a way of understanding people. You know if you don’t understand somebody or some type person in hip hop, you can listen to their music and figure¬†out who they really are. Like you might they say “what did you say that?”, you might see an interview and think why did they say that, and then you say “Oh, I see that now, I see why you said that because I heard this album”. You’ll be able to pin point their emotions because that’s the sort of hip hop music they are making.

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[NM]: So, where do you see hip hop going?

[NG]: I don’t¬†think hip hop should sound one way. I think it’s a lot that is going on with it, but I think it should be more people saying something and pay attention more to the people that they see, because a lot is good, but when one thing oversaturates the other thing, that’s when¬†it becomes redundant, and how it is right now, is just more trendy than really saying anything and having content. There’s been more substance abuse than substance, and that’s just how it is. But¬†I think it’s getting better, it’s turning, it’s turning. Like more artists like myself are coming everyday. I remember a time when nobody wanted to hear me, but now I wake up and I get “this is the greatest album in the world” and there all those times [for us artist] you’re beating on the door to have people let you in, and now it’s turning. It’s in a good space¬†right now, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, this new generation: Big Sean, Wale, Big K.R.I.T., all these people. I also really like all these guys like 21 Savage, Young Thug, I like all of these guys because I wake up feeling like a different person, so I might wake up amped, and some days I might not be feelin’ it and I want to listen to something that is going to make me think and motivate me, and hip hop has that.

[NM]: What’s your soul song or your spirit song?

[NG]: I listen to a lot of old music like Al Green’s “Something Beautiful”, and I’d say my soul song is Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl”. That’s one of my favorite songs.

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[NM]: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

[NG]: Oh man, I’m a comedian. I might say the wrong thing and it’s the funniest thing in the world, but it might offend somebody, so I keep it to myself and stay reserved and relaxed. I don’t really show that side of me a lot to the audience, but when I’m with these guys all we do is laugh and hurt each others’ feelings, haha!

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[NM]: Give your fans advice aspiring to go on this same musical career path as you?

[NG]: One big advice, don’t stop and don’t conform to trendy things, stand out, come¬†from the heart, be consistent with that. I always tell people, for me, it wasn’t just having talent, I had to really match my talent with hard work. People admire hard work, it doesn’t matter what you do, people who show hard work will be admired.¬†People with talent always feel like, aw I don’t have to practice think that they don’t have to work because it will always be there, but people with hardwork & talent are unstoppable.

[NM]: So, what are you #OnTheVerge of…

[NG]: Making one of the most classic albums that you’ll probably ever hear from in this generation.

[NM]: Last question and it’s a fun one, if you had to pick one item in this store, what would it be?

[NG]: ¬†I was looking at those Jordan IX’s. ūüėȬ†

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Well you heard him here. A very talented and intriguing person making big moves with his music. We all listened carefully to each song and truly felt the meaning behind the lyrics and the music that this rapper was trying to convey. He concluded¬†the night playing for us an¬†exclusive track that has¬†not been released¬†yet and has a very¬†special guest feature ¬†ūüėČ , and also played for us a track he performed live on¬†the Stephen Colbert show.

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Check out this artist now on his socials and keep up to date for when this star continues to put out more creative content in promotion for this wicked new studio production:

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[Update]: 4 Everyone’s Eyez, J. Cole Drops New Project + Theory

J. Cole drops his latest project 4 Your Eyez Only, and it’s something entirely novel, fresh, and introspective.

When you first hear the instrumentals of the first track, you are welcomed to the wondrous Cole world. Vocals, bells, and sounds surrounding encompass you as you blast the tunes and tones of the music. The American Hip hop recording artist and rapper extremely transformed from his past self and found a new vocal aura to capture via this studio album.

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He raises the volume as he incorporates percussion and spoken word/monologues interspersed throughout the entirety of the compilation, a trend, as of late, amongst hip hop and R&B artists.

This North Carolina-born singer¬†similarly includes the assistance and production talents of other Roc Nation & Dreamville music industry moguls such as:¬†Elite and Ron Gilmore for production, Ari Lennox as a vocalist on “Change,”¬†Vinylz, Boi-1da¬†(“Deja Vu”),¬†Cardiak¬†(“Immortal”), and¬†BLVK¬†and Childish Major (“4 Your Eyez Only”). What is fascinating is the fact that he did not include any features on this project (something that rappers do left and right constantly and consistently). This really made Cole distinguish himself from the sea of superstars, and he should be commended for that.

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He’s a big deal, and not many recognize that. He’s an artist with a lot of talent and a lot to give, but is also one of the most underrated musicians out there. He’s had successful albums since first his studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011), then to Born Sinner (2013), to¬†Forest Hills Drive (2014), to now¬†4 Your Eyez Only (2016). This is not including his multiple mixtapes including: The Come Up (2007), The Warm Up (2009), Friday Night Lights (2010), and Revenge of the Dreamers (with Dreamville) (2014).

What makes this familiar approach of rap album creation stand out amongst the others (e.g. Life of PabloРKanye West, BlondeРFrank Ocean, Coloring BookРChance The Rapper, etc.) is that it is more low key, less operatic, less aggressive, and more evenly toned. It sounds like our Dreamville Cole, yet with a more mellow, retro vibe.

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Nonetheless, I say bravo to this pioneer of his own hip hop domain as he treks into more musical experimentation.

In addition, this new project received a ton of satisfied responses and excited reactions, and to only make this more exotic and enticing, a fan came up with a theory relating to the storyline embedded within the core of Cole’s album. The fan believed that the album was truly a story about Cole’s own friend who fell in love, reached out to his daughter, and was killed by the street violence of his hometown. Here is the post below:

Interesting…thoughts?

Give this new production a listen now and support our man J. Cole:

[Exclusive]: Remember Jacob Latimore: A ‘Connection’ Between His Music & Acting

Jacob Latimore is going to be making a collateral ruckus that will keep you remembering his name in the months to come.

Latimore is a Milwaukee-born, R&B artist with a lot of heart and a lot of drive. This up-and-comer is rising to the challenge as he not only takes on the music domains with a new album, but also tackles the acting scene, landing a part in the forthcoming film Collateral Beauty, participating along side some of the largest superstars in the game, such as: Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, and Edward Norton! Also, the film will be directed by Oscar-winner David Frankel.

When I asked him what it is like to big amongst some of the big-leagues, he responded, “this is an amazing cast, literally the dream team of Hollywood! I’m just so happy that I was welcomed by all of these seasoned actors. I learned the value of hard work on this set.”

And if it wasn’t enough that this R&B crooner has the talent, the looks, the parts, and the moves, he’s already been recognized by notable publications such as Complex¬†for his track “The Real” ft. Ishdarr, and Billboard¬†for his track “Mutual”.

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Since 2010, he  had been in some of the biggest box-office hits, including Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, The Maze Runner, and Black Nativity with such notable actors as Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Nas. He has also worked with the Oscar-winning, director and screenwriter tycoons Kathryn Bigelow (of Zero Dark Thirty) and Mark Boal (of The Hurt Locker).

At only the fresh, young age of 20, Latimore is asking for more as he tries to connect the dots of his artistic prowess with the various engagements he has become a part of. He is set to release his debut album Connection this winter, December 9th! And guess what? You get an exclusive, inside look into the sound that you are about to witness here, right now.

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Introducing the bed-rocking, soul turning project of Latimore as he demonstrates his own suave sound with power, energy and character. His music can be compared to the music that makes you move against your will.

It has you moving and feeling the seductive emotions of R&B that defines the genre overall. From “Less” to “Mutual” to “Remember Me” and more, we are constantly being hit¬†by the lyrical jabs this¬†wavy artist picks up and puts down for us craving listeners.

Each song dreamily waterfalls into the other as the music keeps you engaged and you keep wanting more fresh tunes from this innovative songster.

The R&B Crooner brings the fire as he not only serenades you with his silky, Chris Brown-esque vocals, but also charms you with his sexy, sleek, Usher-like dance moves. ¬†What’s great about Latimore is that he’s confident and has got a fun, loving air to him that makes you jam right alongside the individual. Moving to the swing of the beat and the groove of the rhythm, ¬†Latimore recreates a pop-sound we all love to hear over and over again.

You can watch the music video of his hit single “Remember Me” in the visual below!

Featuring production work¬†from the likes of Chris Henderson (Jamie Foxx), Mel & Mus (Chris Brown/Justin Bieber/Rihanna/Nicki Minaj), Big Fruit (Lil Wayne/Yo Gotti/K Camp/Plies), SK (Trey Songz) and Ayo The Producer (Chris Brown/Rick Ross/Bryson Tiller),¬†Connection¬†is going to be a heart-throb, a mood-setter,¬†and a dance-floor serial killer. Already, his two popular releases off of the new project have hit over 7 million streams together! (So, obviously this¬†only means it’s got to get better).

“When I was younger, I was inspired by my dad and my uncles, they sing every day! So it’s in the family. However, there isn’t a blueprint to get involved in this industry. You build relationships, perfect your craft, and get in where you fit”, explains the multi-faceted character.

I asked what set him apart from the other artists out there and truly made him stand out against the rest, to which he replied, “what makes me stand out is that I’m able to fill two different lanes at once and be successful at them both. Balancing out music and film is difficult, but I like those problems.”

He continued to delineate the process of constructing this new compilation, Connection, “the process of creating an album takes time, and it can’t be rushed. I’ve lived with all of the songs for months before releasing them. Sometimes you think you‚Äôre done with the project and then you’ll go back and try to outdo yourself. It’s fun and stressful all at the same time.”

You can now pre-order his album on iTunes HERE.

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Looking forward to hearing more about this artist? So are we! Be sure to watch this icon take on the mic and the silver-screen and follow him on his journey via Instagram, Facebook, and Vevo.

[Breaking]: The Weeknd Truly Slays In His New Short Film ‘Mania”

 

Is it possible to have Weeknd-Mania?

Because I think I do. No, scratch that, I know I do.

The Weeknd, née Abel Tesfaye, has been on a releasing rapid fire rant singles one after another in promotion for his new studio album! Something to truly be excited about, and The Weeknd actually kills it in this case.

The most satisfying aspect of this piece, though, is how perfectly the music strings along for the ride, and how previous scenes from his music video for¬†“Starboy” are incorporated into the extended visual. Most importantly however, I love the vibe of¬†this new music-¬†it is starting to sound like his old stuff, but on steroids. It’s got an injection of electronica (cue Daft Punk) and a sprinkle of Michael Jackson-like pop¬†falsettos.¬†It is so incredibly well done and constructed that it has to bring some sort of emotion out of you. It’s erotic, it’s dark, it’s ironically bright in areas, and it’s got such a great vibe. The video includes some of his recent releases such as “Party Monster” and “Feel It Coming.”

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And it is only fair to note, yet again, that every song coming off of the new album sounds so good! The Weeknd takes you away on your own mysterious weekend getaway with these compositions. You can’t help but be hypnotized by his incantations and mesmerized by the noises and beats surrounding his vocals, combining into this tornado of cynicism.

Every scene and frame in this short film is like a photograph, layered by various hues of neon lights and coated in blood. The short itself is like a thriller! It keeps you on your toes anticipating terror to emerge, and you’ll just have¬†to watch it, in its entirety, to find out if you do come across the “Beauty Behind the Madness,” or in this case, the “Madness Behind the Beauty.” The multi-award winning contemporary R&B singer also includes a fierce touch in the video to represent¬†the promotion of his new partnership with the athletic-wear brand Puma by adding an animated character of the jungle cat.

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The story line is simple, yet complex- keeping you “paranoid,” and hostile. But The Toronto-based artist keeps you constantly letting go of your guard as he serenades you with his charming “Starboy” charisma.¬†The fashion is just as seductive, mysterious, and contemporary as the visual and the music and the new Weeknd hair-do.

I honestly got the chills from watching the video and hearing each song transition into the next so effortlessly and flawlessly. The melodic crooner hits your mind with just the right air waves, and overcomes you with euphoria.

Bravo. Bravo.

What is this musical genius to come up with next to promote this new album? When will this album finally come out?! I’m going mad! Yes, this is Weeknd-mania. Check out the short film by The Weeknd¬†above!

Campus Influencer: Silas Goodman, Full Time BU CFA Student & Singer-Songwriter

CAMPUS INFLUENCER ALERT

Meet Silas Goodman, a sophomore at Boston University who is trying to put the worlds of art and music into one cohesive collaboration of sonic masterpiece.

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I had the fortunate opportunity to sit down with this multi-talented and multi-faceted individual who is both a full time College of Fine Arts student at Boston University, studying Musical Performance. His music can be described as a more light-hearted and rawer form of Ed Sheeran and speaks to a lot of college artists out there today. This Swiss-bred artist has a passion for the sound and the vibrations of music starting from the days of his youth and up until now, he has been working on numerous projects, singles, music videos and many more.

And he moved here for his freshman year to BU. The now sophomore in college, has always found his niche in music ever¬†since he can remember. “According to my parents, I wrote my first melodies when I was 6 or 7 years old, just kind of wandering around humming stuff,” chuckles the young composer.¬†He stems from an artistically and musically gifted family, where his mother was¬†a classical singer and his dad played trombone in college. They have always been open to him pursuing music and signed him up for piano lessons¬†10-11 years ago.

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I then proceeded to ask him “as a student musician, how has that balance been for you between the school work and the music?” He thought for a moment and then admitted, “well, I’m a music student, studying music composition, and there is quite a bit of overlap, so it’s quite¬†nice. Although what I am actually performing in class and what I play out at gigs and on the street (I do quite a bit of busking) are¬†quite different.” For class he is usually composing instrumentals in the classical realms whereas his own music which¬†he delivers to the public is more pop & jazz oriented. “So, it is hard to find enough time to update my pages on social media, to keep my site up-to-date, and just organizing gigs. So, it is pretty difficult for me with the workload.”

He goes further into detail on how classical music is very different from other forms of music and of course, it has its own culture, its own “niche music,” as he defines it, in society that makes it harder for other genres to merge with its stylings. “For my music, I try to stick to music that is really more accessible.” In order to spread the word about his songs and to get more affiliated with other artists in the area, Goodman¬†has reached out and collaborated with various musicians ¬†in the area, especially on campus like Jason Sanchez of BU Hip hop, Jonny Glenn from BU’s Music Business Club, and a few others off campus.

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I asked him what his opinions were on the music scene in Boston. He laughed for a little bit and then debriefed how the scene is not as thriving as he would wish it to be. He sees the city as being a wonderful place, filled with lots of possibilities and lots of talent, but not exactly one that is easy to book gigs in. It really is about who you know and who you contact.

He has kept close ties with other artists on campus such as Jonny Glenn, Jason Sanchez, and a few others, and through that he has really built his range in the sonic realms. He tries to distribute his sound to the general public.

“I can’t NOT¬†write. It just comes. I’m always jotting things down and composing stuff as I go. I am also a film student, so I might be composing for a film even.”

I then had to ask one of my favorite questions to ask artists all the time, and that is “what is one word to describe yourself?” Goodman replied, “perfectionist.”

“If you had to choose an actor to play as you in a film, who would it be?”

“haha, Jake Gyllenhaal.”

He has actually used his passion for cinematography¬†in collaboration with his music in order to create his music video for his track “Honesty”!¬†You can watch his music video below:

You can purchase his album Rêverie now on iTunes and Apple Music HERE!

With an album, R√™verie, finally out now, he couldn’t be more proud of his 1 whole year’s worth of work.¬†Completely inundated with his art, he made sure to encompass all fantastical efforts of other art fields and realms such as visual art, dance, and other genres of art to construct¬†this¬†masterwork. He tells me how it’s actually a compilation of tracks that he had been working on for a while and some that he had just created, and then he asked a bunch of his friends to play on it where half of them are from back home, and some are friends from Boston.

He goes on to explain how the cover of his album is actually created by his girlfriend, who is a visual artist herself and how that image that we see on the cover above is actually a photograph of a sculpture she created using Goodman’s vintage typewriter and old, thrown-out ivory piano keys with wires to keep them up! As for his music video, he explains how he was able to reach out to a friend of his who was also studying film and another colleague who was a dancer to create the visual. In the end, the entirety of the project would show off his capabilities and prowess and would also incorporate many modes of art in one. “That’s why it has a lot of pop, a lot of jazz, I was just trying to see how many styles of music I could cram into one without it kind of sounding sporadic, or still making it sound beautiful.”

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As far as the songwriting process goes, Goodman stated that because he is trained as a classical composer first and foremost¬†“because I am a composer and not a poet, I usually start with music, and the melodic comes in straight away, it kind of comes in a package like that. It kind of flows that way. The funny thing is actually, I usually used to just improvise or hum over the¬†instrumentals¬†and find something that I like. I usually find a couple words that I like to play or use in certain spots in the song because of the way the chord sounds or the cut that makes me think of a particular moment. It’s kind of like reverse engineering the track where I have to make the words, so I have to reverse engineer the words in a kind of way. There’s usually a spot that I particularly like that just resonates with me that either makes me think of a color or a moment.”

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“So, what would you say is your greatest challenge in promoting yourself?” Goodman answers bashfully,¬†“I just don’t perform enough out in the city.”¬†

“So, when you’re not doing music, what are you doing?” “I watch quite a bit of movies, try to film, spend time with friends, and I binge watched Game of Thrones this past summer… haha.”

“How’s the music scene in Switzerland?” “It’s dead… haha. Don’t get me wrong, for a classical musician, it’s great, but for contemporary music, there is probably one pop singer out there from here. One of the main reasons I moved”

“What’s one American habit you don’t like?” “People are flakier here; they say they’ll do things and then they don’t. I don’t know if it’s just the culture, I don’t know, but back home, if my friends say they’ll do something, they usually do it. But here, if I ask my friends to come to my show, they’ll say, “Oh yeah! I’ll be there and then they never show up.”

“Do you think college and your studies really supplemented your career path and what you want to do with your life (and you can be completely honest) or do you feel it would have been better if you hadn’t come at all and just went your own path and way for your music?” “So, since classical music is so difficult, it’s almost impossible to make it in the classical world without being trained professionally. Partly I am¬†blessed for this, but partly I feel that my music is very different from this.¬†Although, a lot of the stuff I have learned in class in Tonal Harmony I have applied to my music and stuff. I can say that it has made me a better composer for pop music. I feel like my vision of what is music and what is not has completely changed, you know? Mostly because it’s completely avant-garde stuff. I think in a couple years or so I would like to incorporate some tonality into my jazz and stuff, and just push the boundaries¬†and see what I can do.”

“Favorite food, go!” “Raclette.” (A cheesy potato dish.)

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“Favorite part of Boston.” “The North End is really nice because it reminds me of home, very European, and Brookline is nice, I sometimes go around there to walk and think about my music.”

A great interview with¬†a great guy, you definitely don’t want to miss out on his music. Go check out his cover of Drake’s “One Dance” and some of his own original work, including his album, above! Liked what you heard? Then be sure to definitely check out this artist on his various platforms like: Bandcamp, Facebook, SoundCloud, Instagram, his Official Website.

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