Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:08

OG ILLA

"With almost of decade of work in Richmond’s hip-hop scene, OG ILLA continues to fight for citywide acceptance. He’s simultaneously the most popular white hip-hop artist in the city and one of the most underappreciated." - StyleWeekly 

"From the music to all of his varies business dealings, he embodies what it means to be an independent music mogul on the grind. To be frank, OG ILLA simply finds a way to stay working and relevant." - TheCheatsMovement

(PRESS RELEASE) OG ILLA is a rapper, producer, visual artist & entrepreneur born and raised in Richmond, VA. Birthed to a teenage mother who lacked the resources to properly care for her children, he and his two older sisters were placed in foster care at the age of 10. As a foster child, OG carried from his early upbringing a love for Hip-Hop, Pop, Gospel and R&B music that his mom would play constantly around the house during his childhood. 
 
After spending a year homeless, ultimately living in a friend’s laundry room, OG decided to start utilizing his passion and turned it into a profession. OG ILLA linked up with Aura HD and opened a studio/music video production company. Starting his own promo company, Broad Street Elite, he partnered with Kingdom Nightclub & was put in charge of the Hip-Hop/Nightlife department. This helped him become a pioneer in developing the Hip-Hop scene in his hometown. He began event coordinating his own shows, special events, and parties with tons of notable independent/major artist; allowing him to establish a name for himself within in the music business.

OG ILLA debuted his first album independently on The Source Magazine and is currently working to develop his brand and expand his craft/fan base. He has dedicated himself to his music and has continues to overcome the obstacles of being an indie Hip-Hop artist.
 

OG ILLA shared stages with many hip hop artist such as: Riff Raff, Lil B, Ace Hood, Action Bronson, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Los, Vinny Cash, Kid Daytona, Jarren Benton, Phil Ade, Lil Wyte, Cory Gunz and numerous other independent artists.

 
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Published in Music
Monday, 07 November 2016 03:56

Sam Robbins

One listen to Sam Robbins smooth and soulful voice, and we've become fans.  New England native, Sam’s voice is described as a blend between James Taylor and Jason Isbel, yet his acoustic vibe still sets him a part.  Serenating covers from Earth Wind & Fire, to Stevie Wonder, to Ed Sheeran, to Beyoncé and more, including his amazing rendition of Blackstreet's - No diggity No Doubt, plus originals, all can be found on his youtube and shows his versatility as a singer.  

 

Sam's recent album Up North featuring his single - Do You Remember Love? can be found on:

Apple Music

Spotify

iHeart Radio

Bandcamp 

and more

Follow him on:

Facebook 

Bandcamp

Published in Music

Pandora, the online music streaming platform is great for music discovery and promotion, whether for advertisers, or independent musicians (and even comedians). However as good as that may sound for the independent artist, Pandora actually restricts its platform for users outside of the US due to, according to Slashdot, licensing issues. Nonetheless, according to Triphackr, there are ways to experience that platform if this affects you.  

Strategy 1:

For the independent artist who lives outside of the U.S interested in submitting their music to Pandora, work with someone who does live in the U.S or check out this link  from Pandora.

This strategy, working with a team within the U.S, Diversal, worked for versatile Venezuelan singer, Jonah Ramirez.  We were able to get him on Pandora and now can be found by either typing in his name or his single titled 'Vida'. Here is Jonah Ramirez's Pandora Station.

Strategy 2:

For the individual inside the U.S, follow these steps. After submission, you'll get an email letting you know about the next steps.   You may get another email several weeks to a few months after that letting you know where they are in the process, however the email letting you know that the station has been created and now searchable takes about 5 - 6 months.  Long wait time, but worth it! It may have took longer because the artist was located out of the U.S.  

CdBaby put out a great article to follow to get on Pandora.  

WikiHow also has a great article on the process that has images also to follow.  

Published in Resource
Thursday, 24 March 2016 23:55

Spring has Sprung

Whelp, you know what time it is! The weather is turning, the air is ripe with flower jizzum, even the birds are chirping: It's Festival time! 

Time to empty your wallets (quickly, quickly, tickets selling fast) in $100, $200, $300, even $400 increments in order to get the best "live music" experience as possible. By that I mean a drunk lead singer who sounds nothing like the album you have been playing on repeat more days of your year than not, bright LED lights sweeping over yourself like a multi-colored rainbow facial, and definitely the musk and weed smoke of your fellow mosh pitters.

With shows like Bonnaroo, Coachella, even the great Burning Man entering the mainstream atmosphere year after year, it's getting harder and harder for me to remember where the point of it all really lies. You go to a live show to support your favorite artists, as well as discover new sounds and vibes. That seems pretty sensible, right?

So what happens if the venue isn't paying artists as well as they could, or should? What happens if you're favorite festival-next-door is now sponsored by Heineken and Hooters? Now you're in the middle of 40,000 of your closest friends, eating $7 hot dogs and drinking $8 beers. I'm a young man, so forgive me for my ignorance of how times were before I came of age, but it appears to me that festivals have lost their soul. Sure, there are most definitely small festivals out there that hold true to themselves and do it with purpose. And I suppose that's where the purists flock to, escaping the false harbor of commercialism and consumption. The gigs I see plastered all over Facebook during the summer resemble an orgy of self-absorbed fools more preoccupied with making sure they have been seen than really seeing.

I don't mean to be cynical, and I recognize that I'm not offering any better alternatives here. But I swear to God if I have to watch the RHCP headline one more time I'm going to lose it.

What do you all think? 

M

Published in Festivals
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 00:00

Part 2 of Galaxy Dynamite video from VB

This is a longer segment, part 2 of the performance on March 16th, 2013 in Va Beach.  The memories, the vibes, the colors, the energy, the music! Gotta love some Galaxy Dynamite.  

Published in Live Performance
Sunday, 25 January 2015 04:00

Pindhurst Farms

Pindhurst Farms

"You probably have a lot of questions surrounding the name ‘Pindhurst Farms.’ Well, our answer to any of those would simply be, use your imagination. The Long Island based band was officially formed in spring 2011 by Jeff Johnson and Drew Pouliot as a jam/indie/pop project. The band was soon joined by Drummer Jenna Noe. After some time, bassist Pouliot, had stepped up to guitar and the band then obtained bassist Nicole Lovisa. By Taking inspiration from rock, pop, and ska music and mixing in a jam aspect, Pindhurst Farms has created a sound that sets them apart from other bands today" - Pindhurst Farms

Download on Itunes!

 

Published in Music
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

Tai Wo

Tai Wo

Positive lyrcis coming out of Richmond, Virginia! 

Check out his youtube here, and his videos below. 

 

 

Published in Music
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 19:00

Jonah Ramirez

Jonah RamirezSinger/Songwriter 

Biography

"Jonah Ramirez is an emerging Singer-songwriter from Venezuela.
His debut album Mientras EstemosJuntos which in English translates to
while we're still together, had its digital release on December of 2014.
The album goes thru different styles like, Reggae, Rock, Electronica and Folk" - (Source: Bandcamp)

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Nacido en Araure, estado Portuguesa, en el año 1987, su vida cambió cuando en el principio del nuevo milenio se mudó con su madre a Orlando, Florida, en medio de este nuevo horizonte este cantautor se enamoró de la guitarra un amor que marcaría el rumbo que hoy recorre día a día.Luego de 8 años y muchas experiencias vividas Jonathan vuelve a su ciudad natal convertido en un cantante y compositor lleno de ideas y con ganas de mostrar su talento desde Venezuela para todo el mundo.

El estilo y la forma de afrontar la música de Jonathan se plantaron rápidamente en la escena musical local, luego de unos cuantos toques privados ya la gente empezó a conocer el talento de este portugueseño en su tierra.

La polifacética carrera de Jonah, como también se le conoce, pasó por géneros tan radicales como el metal, para luego de tantas metamorfosis bailar entre acordes de reaggae, R&B, la voz única de Jonathan es su carta de presentación sin duda alguna.

Trovador, productor, bohemio y con muy buena vibra Jonathan admite que detrás de los sombreros y las bufandas que marcan su atuendo quiere llevar un mensaje positivo a quién pueda disfrutar de su música.

Un mensaje cargado de toda esa paz y ese amor que tanto le hace falta al mundo, todo esto lo motivó a recopilar todo lo que había estado creando y de manera independiente se montó en el tren de su primer disco.

“Mientras estemos juntos” es el nombre de su ópera prima que viene cargada de toda la creatividad de Jonathan para él este trabajo es el néctar del esfuerzo que durante años le ha puesto a la composición, “Vida” es el primer sencillo que se desprende de la producción que consta de 11 canciones que se pasean por géneros con los que la gente ya asocia artista como el Reggae y el R&B, y experimentos con sonidos electrónicos de vanguardia.

Precisamente y en las palabras del cantante, esta canción Vida, “es un tributo a la felicidad que Dios me dio con la llegada de mi hija Vida Sophia”, la canción suena insistentemente en las radios nacionales y ha recibido muy buena crítica en toda Venezuela.

El disco se completa tanto con canciones compuestas en años anteriores por Jonah y que cuentan con nuevos arreglos como parte de lo que en estos momentos le ha dado la musa a este brillante músico emergente.

Jonathan asegura que sigue en busca del sonido como le fluye el viento y como le brota el sentimiento sin ataduras a una banda o a un género, y todos los que han escuchado las

diversas notas que da su guitarra pueden dar fe de la forma en que este artista ve la música, universalmente.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Blu Mar Ten

 


Blu Mar Ten

Made in London

Formed in the big-bang of 90′s drum & bass and regular faces at Rage, Metalheadz, Speed & AWOL, Blu Mar Ten were rapidly spotted by LTJ Bukem and signed to Good Looking Records, cementing their position in the genre as originators of complex, atmospheric music.

They quickly grew and mutated beyond the confines of the jungle into lush experimentation with downtempo, ambient, house, breaks, techno & left-field for labels such as Naked MusicTCRGuidance and Big Chill, with another two full albums of non-d&b material on Exceptional Records.

Returning to drum & bass, Blu Mar Ten released a string of tracks on Hospital RecordsMed SchoolRenegade HardwareShogun Audio31 RecordsTangentand many more.

2009 saw the establishment of their own Blu Mar Ten Music label with the Natural History album project. The LP delivered an incredibly wide range of drum & bass tracks from the deeply abstract to the unashamedly dancefloor, all bearing Blu Mar Ten’s trademark stamp of quality and augmented with remixes from KluteSebaStrayBopKastle & Badmammal.

In 2011 Blu Mar Ten delivered the album Love is the Devil achieving widespread critical acclaim and chart success.   

2012 saw a series of remixes from Love is the Devil featuring dBridgeMarcusIntalexBCeeSunchaseJoe SyntaxUnquote & Sincopate.

In 2013 Blu Mar Ten released their new studio album, Famous Lost Words, featuring long-awaited collaborations with Seba and Robert Manos.

As well as their studio productions and a busy international DJ schedule, Blu Mar Ten have also opened up their Blu Mar Ten Music label to a host of fresh young talent emerging from the leftfield of Drum & Bass including rising stars Frederic Robinson and Stray.

Blu Mar Ten have remixed: Erykah Badu, Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys, Seba, Terry Lee Brown Junior, Jakatta, Tom Middleton, Bop, The Ananda Project, Doc Scott, Fink, Blame, Unquote, Kubiks & Lomax.

Blu Mar Ten have been remixed by: Marcus Intalex, dBridge, Bcee, Sunchase, Tom Middleton, Joe Syntax, Unquote, Cicada, Fink, Rennie Pilgrem, Terry Lee Brown Jr, Nor Elle, Sabre, Blame, Seba, Klute, Bop, Kastle, Stray, Badmammal, Social Security, Kubiks.

Published in Music
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

Location

The music of Alex Jackson whose music composer name is Location, has been featured on projects that have achieved national news coverage on sites such as YahooNew York Post, and more. The song used in the linked videos is Powerranger by Alex Jackson, a.k.a Location. Click here to listen.

Continuously adding to his catalog of over 250 music compositions ranging for film purposes, musicians, markerting vids, Virtual-Reality, Mobile-App games, Location's (Alex Jackson) sound is a blend of hip hop, alternative and electronic.

-A chill atmosphere to vibe to, in any Location-

He began making remixes and uploading them to his YouTube account he created several  years ago, and since gained 349 subscribers on Youtube and over 51k views on a total of 64+ videos.  While you can find some of his work on soundcloud, bandcamp and other music sites, his main focus is growing his collaborating with other artists and growing his music catalog in the Vibe Catalog. 

 

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