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Verge Campus BU x Off the Cuff Present: Off The Verge (2018)

On the Verge of being Off the Verge.

This past Friday (April 6th, 2018), was the 3rd Edition of what was the Boston Breakthrough, revamped and renamed as Off the Verge. This year, team Verge Campus BU decided to partner with the major fashion club on Boston University’s campus, Off the Cuff, to bring a unique twist to our usual showcase. Once again, 8 artists were chosen and premiered, featured, shared, loved, and highlighted by our team of editorialists, marketers, and creatives.

All hands were on deck, decorating, preparing, laughing, dancing, sound checking, and more! It was a wonderful time, getting together with hard working, ecstatic students to put together an incredible showcase that was intensely and thoroughly created over the course of a month.

At the event, there were streetwear brands like Allston Crawl and Buch America; there was jewelry designed by BU student Ameera Hammouda; there was Sony Music U merchandise; and there was a food sponsor Eat Your Coffee.

The saying holds true, third time is the charm! Of the three production of this showcase, 2018’s, this year’s edition of the show was the best outcome yet with tons of amazing articles, playlists, photos, instastories, graphics, and a wild promo video (filmed and produced by Jared Brill), there was no doubt that the show was going to run just as well. As a matter of fact, it did, with the most attendance we have had, we were able to offer our performers and vendors a chance to share their craft to a full crowd.

However, we can not forget our main attraction, which was that the 8 artists (unfortunately, 7 due to medical reasons) performed throughout the night, serenading the audience and demonstrating their talents on the stage of BU Central under the lights and surround by glow sticks.

It was certainly a night to remember, and one to be proud of because of all the hard work our teammates put in together.

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As Editor-in-Chief of the Boston University chapter since its genesis, this was my last Boston Breakthrough event. The event I wanted to create in order to allow our team members to work together as an actual team, as a family. At the end of the day, this is my family. I love them all so dearly, both the old and the new, those whom have been with me since day 1 and the ones who just joined this last semester. Everything about Verge Campus has formed what I have been able to do, and what I have been able to see. Without this, I don’t think I would have ever bene able to become a leader, to understand that music industry or meet the people in the music scene who I have met. This is a thank you to not only my teammates for keeping me afloat and inspired and motivated, this is a thank you to all of the artists, both small and large, who have given me the chance to speak to them, to write about them, and to share their music and my words through this platform. Thank you to the artists who participate in Boston Breakthrough and thank you to Off the Cuff for this amazing collaboration.

Remember that what you give is what you get, and what you show passion in and hard work in will reflect back in the career or life path of your dreams. Don’t be afraid to work hard and don’t be afraid of others. But most importantly, don’t be afraid of yourself, because as long as words, music, friends, interests, and experiences exist, you will always be able to create and show off something incredible that was made or done entirely by you.

Here’s to once being on the verge to now being off the verge. 

Love, Neelu Mohaghegh (4.11.18)

(P.S. If you go to our Verge Campus BU Spotify account HERE, you can check out the exclusive playlists of all of our acts from the night of Off the Verge)

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A Provocative and Beautiful Spotify Original Series: I’m With the Banned

 

When people can’t travel, music can.

If there is anything in this world that has moved me more, or impacted me more, it would be this series. A beautiful documentary split into episodes of collaborations between two artists from two worlds. The US travel ban restricted 6 countries to come to this country, but music will not let that happen. Watch above.

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Spotify decided to give President Trump a backhanded slap for the absurdity and disgusting Travel Ban he put in place, which  is intended to keep citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Yemen, and Libya out of the U.S. completely. Spotify’s idea? Using what they do best, which is discover and share new music. With Spotify, beginning to enter the video realms of the digital industry, they produced their very own documentary series titled “I’m With the Banned“, in which they take an emerging artist from each one of those forbidden countries, and fly them over to Toronto, Canada (a safe zone), where they would collaborate with an American artist. The message relayed is that “Music has no boundaries”, “Music without borders”.

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In each of the 5 episodes so far produced, we get a glimpse into the worlds of each artist both from the U.S. perspective and from the third world country viewpoint, and we have the chance to learn how different their musical backgrounds are.

The U.S. artists are K. Flay, Desiigner, Pusha T, X Ambassadors, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

The artists from the banned are: Waayaha Cusub (Somalia), Methal (Yemen), Moh Flow (Syria), Kasra (Iran), Sufyvan (Sudan), and Ahmed Fakroun  (Libya).

Each collaboration fabricates a different product and outcome. They’re all beautiful. They remix elements of their cultures into one and meld the DNAs of their music into a completely new  and exciting species of song. The best part is that each composition has a story, and through that story they tell the tale of what music means to these artists and where it has come from for them.

Why is this series important? Besides the fact that they are very cool and fascinating films, they also show how large corporations, like Spotify, can make a difference. They have the power to influence society in what they hear and who they are moved by far more than the president does. This makes them more forceful in sending messages to the masses. With a platform like Spotify that can transcend oceans and mountains to all parts of the world , and that anyone and everyone can use, it only makes sense that they stand to have a significant voice in the lives of the world’s population.

Music is an intangible, yet an impactful product, that I can safely say EVERYONE listens to, even if against their own will.

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Spotify is also a culture. It feeds lifestyles with the sounds we want to hear, but as a bonus, it offers the sounds that we need to hear. With video now involved and a shaky political climate, Spotify has the power to show that there are no differences in a human being when it comes down to it. At the end of the day, we’re all music lovers. At the end of the day, we all live a life and we all have something we love. This series shows a step in the right direction. It shows that businesses can be good, fair, and caring. Spotify is taking a stance and it’s using its best retaliation strategy: discovery. Real people meeting with real people and producing music, producing a beat, and a song. With Spotify playing this card for change, it only shows that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Be sure to check out the full length documentary (31 mins) on Spotify, as well as watch the episodic series above, and then listen to the playlist. Truly an incredible movement.

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Artist Spotlight: G-Eyez Releases Music Video for “Sacrifice”

This is a song to relate to, to feel for, and to understand. It’s a song that is meant to cope along with and help you recognize the things you’ve accomplished, the hardships you’ve been dealt, and then a way to go about resolving the issues.

2018 is a big year for G-Eyez’s music and for his career. With his company doing well and his music finally getting the attention it deserves, he’s given his all to make this work. You can hear in his music the raw intensity, the pure love, the agonizing pain, and the true emotion placed into each riff. Even in the music video, real life unfolds before our eyes, as G-Eyez takes us for a ride through his tale of his single “Sacrifice”. With amazing production, impactful scenes, and ominous lighting, we get a very distinct feeling of nostalgia and hardships all in one while watching the visual.

G-Eyez, stands for an abbreviation of “Golden Eyez”.  After 10 years in the difficult whirlwinds that make the music industry, he has now made a place for himself and a name that he can reflect upon with pride. The artist was born in Cambridge, MA and then lived in Texas some years. He has numerous success stories working with artists such as Termanology, Red Café, Joe Budden, and more! In his debut album, the artist takes poetry and redefines it with the elements of his beat-heavy compositions, profound energies, and hypnotic rhythms.

The Boston-based rapper has thus far released his sophomore record “Retro Series” and an EP titled “Chasin’ History”. Currently, he is working on his next EP to follow up the last one and to complete the creative thought process. As if music as a performing artist was not enough, G-Eyez  launched his own publishing company CMB Publishing (Cambridge Music Business Pub Co LLC), and is a partner in a booking agency called Capitol Front Booking, all in 2017.

The artist has been on a crazy, hectic U.S. tour and has performed at every SXSW since 2013 (amongst many others). The connoisseur of hip hop has even opened for major artists such as Rae Sremmurd, Migos, T-Pain, Fabolous, and a few others. There’s no doubt that the trajectory of this artist’s future is  clear in view with positivity and opportunity, and we’ll be here to continue to see him climb!

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

Olivia Noelle Impresses Crowd in Boston at House of Blues

 

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There is a new songstress in town that is about to hit the music industry by storm.

With her passion and love for the music, you can already predict a bright future for Olivia Noelle. Born in Queens, NY, but raised in Oregon, Noelle has been working on her music and perfecting it to prepare herself for this amazing opportunity to tour for her first time.

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As a new addition to the Columbia Records roster, Noelle has worked with one of her good friends and producer Lauv (Like Me Better) to make some amazing music! Similar to queen bee’s like Demi, Dua Lipa, and Anne Marie, this artist is a force with her strong and emphatic vocals, and her witty, charismatic lyrics. The best way to describe her sound would be “Left of Center”– somewhere in between the worlds of Urban and Pop Music.

Some of her influences, who she has mentioned in the past, include Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Outkast, Whitney Houston, the Spice Girls, and the Backstreet Boys.

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Noelle is lucky to have come into an era that is so filled with unique and exciting methods to portray music as she is able to share her music now with so many. She has received notable recognition from publications like Refinery29 and has collaborated with well-known apps like Aaptiv to show off her recently released singles! With only 3 singles out, Noelle has been able to garner her success and bring her fans along for the ride of her journey to fame!

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Now on tour, Noelle has been opening for the electronic duo, Hippie Sabotage. I had a chance to see her perform live for Boston, MA at the House of Blues, and the responses from their crowd were amazing. Every person I spoke with never knew of her before this show, but after they were hooked. You could see the impressed looks on their faces as they moved and jammed out to her dance-worthy singles. Most of the audience even expressed how they would go see her again if she were to come out to Boston again! The entirety of the show, she looked like she was having a blast, singing out to the crowd that would be the first stop on the tour. She was humble and thankful after every song and you could feel the energy and effort she put into each record as she performed it live. This was her moment! A symbol of women power, there is no question that Noelle is going to be a breakthrough in the music scene.

I even made a jacket for her recently released single “High for Me” ft. Kid Ink, which hit New Music Friday and garnered over 450K streams on Spotify and she was a sweetheart to comment and wear it when I met her backstage! With a heart and personality made of gold, Noelle is easily going to be an artist anyone can relate to and love.

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Be sure to check her out on Spotify, Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook for more on Olivia Noelle!

 

Russell Elliot Releases Electric & Chilling New Music Video for “I’ll be Damned”

 

The king is back with another stunning visual for his fans to immerse themselves in.

Russell Elliot releases another incredible single “I’ll Be Damned” today, and to accompany it comes a beautifully filmed and intensive storyline music video. Two for the price of one. Here is a sneak peek above!

With a mysterious and almost psycho-like beginning, we see Elliot dressed in all black and a red scarf across his mouth venture into the snow. The winter samurai then goes in with an axe to manically and addictively chop would, which then transfers us into an abandoned space. There we find the artist sitting in silk nightwear by a fire, eyes glazed over and mind set on something else. That’s when his voice comes in and takes us away to the troubles he is facing in his mind.

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“’I’ll Be Damned’ ends abruptly on purpose (the song and the video). I hope you felt a little unsatisfied and surprised at the end. That’s how I felt when this relationship ended out of nowhere. It’s hard when you don’t get the answers you need for closure. So. Fucking. Hard. I ended up channeling that simmering demand for answers into one of my strongest vocal performances yet. I remember taking a moment after recording that bridge. ‘Okay damn. We felt something, huh?’ Listening back, I’m drawn to the strength in the vocals over the hurt of the memories. That feels like growth to me.” The artist explains and reflects on the track for us, giving us the truest meaning behind the lyrical impulsiveness and darkness.

Just like every one of his tracks, Elliot captivates us by the soulful and magical R&B vocals he possesses. Lovestruck for his voice and for those ocean-blue eyes, we jam out to “I’ll Be Damned”.

Be sure to stay tuned, as this single is a sneak peek into the forthcoming sophomore project Elliot will be releasing, titled Split Ends.

To here the entirety of the song, click HERE. Be sure to also check out Elliott’s socials on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook!

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.

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

 

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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!  

Energetic Electronic Duo WITHOUT Releases their Music Video for “Love Liike This” ft. Essie

 

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Now, here’s a fun duo that will always manage to have you dancing to funk vibes. Bringing back the old school genre, comes the electronic UK duo WITHOUT (Oliver Smith & Luke Vidamour).

If there was a way to describe this pair’s music, it would be best reflected in the sounds of KAYTRANADA and the vocals of RKCB and Opia. The two have been writing for a while now with songs such as  “Wanta Be”, “Your Love”, “Sum1 Else”, and “VYZA” all from their EP Cheap Touch.  They now are happy to announce the release of their new single “Love Liike This” and an mis-matched accompanying music video written and directed by Gianluca Ricceri.

Why is the music video silly? Well, it is focused upon a Sicilian synchronized swimming quartet practicing, and it actually matches really well with the music, but is so confusing to follow as to why this was the artistic choice for the song. The guys of WITHOUT explain,“There’s something about discipline that bridges sport and art – the dynamic between technicality and emotion is fascinating. We felt it would be an unusual but relevant visual for the track which itself balances synthetic sounds and beat making alongside live instrumentation and a heartfelt vocal.“

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Of course when they put it that way, it only makes sense as the absurdity alludes to the stylings of Mura Masa and Lido and more. WITHOUT is slowing making their debut to the music scene, especially in the UK Underground Club, which was established by Disclosure.

In this particular song, WITHOUT really pays attention to detail of when to let a beat in and when to alter the tempo and tune. In collaboration with the Scandinavian vocalist Essie, the song becomes a very fun, thrilling track with reminiscent to the 90’s. Her wavery voice during the chorus is perfectly slipped into the track and matches the sounds of the watery visuals created above. As the song places upbeat percussion throughout the entirety of the composition, we hear discipline and artistic expression it took to make the track. There are hints of gospel, video game tones, funk, soul, synthesizers and old-school pop all intertwined to one magical creation of sound.

The two have began their record label, which they call The Peace. And if it wasn’t enough having that success of releasing their own single under their label, they have also been on top of the most “shazzamed” song in the UK list, and “Wanta Be” has earned over 1 million plays across DSP’s and has ranked on the Spotify Viral chart in the US. Their singles have already made it on notable platforms such as Beats 1, Radio 1, and LA’s Dim Mak Records, and there’s WITHOUT a doubt there is still room for them to move upward in their careers.

STREAM the track now on Spotify, watch it on YouTube above, and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.