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Hip-Hop (Group): Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees
Just like Florence, singer-songwriter Vieem is a one woman non stopping machine. The Brooklyn native has been getting attention since first dropping her video, "If Only You'd Know" she made her name with. Now back with her latest "Be It Hated" from the same title album, it's ba-bye sad song and hello Vieem!
With a killer hook and uptempo beat "Be It Hated" sits on pop rock majesty with influences way back to Alanis. Hey, not bad at all. From her clothing to her dance moves to the way she swings a stick, Vieem is all over this one and "in your face". What also sets it off is in the video is the buidling momentum. Pouncing on the screen just as a scorned songstress would. The symbolism of a disheveled hotel room points to the way a person's mind would be after love has melted away in deceit. Other aspects of the wooded and rural areas makes it eerily to swamps where they find bodies. Places where nobody goes and nobody knows how those corpses got there. Seedy hotels out in the middle of nowhere that make you wonder has someone died in here. Creepy, yet entertainingly sublime with twist of artistic flair all set to music.
The video is choreographed in a way that dancing to the rhythm is a must. A real must watch video. I find different aspects in it every time I view it. So, if you like symbolism or just plain like Vieem . Then give "Be It Hated" a look see for sure. If you want to learn more about Vieem visit her website at www.vieem.net. Also, buy "Be It Hated" on her website or Amazon.
417.3 is an instrumental post-rock/ post-metal band from Russia. I first heard them just recently thanks to facebook. Their album "2", which is their 2nd full length album, came out on December 7, 2012. A link to listen and purchase the album was posted on facebook through a post-rock community page. I was first drawn to 417.3 by their heavier drome/ doom sound and low tunings and low end tones, then was mesmerized and addicted to the sound as it turned a bit softer and more melodic. It is a perfect balance of heavy and melodic which draws the listener to a surreal place away from reality and into the world 417.3 created. 417.3 first album was quite different from the newest album "2" as i was surprised to find. The band previously consisted of many instruments including violin, contrabass, and cello (as you will read more about in the interview). The first album was much more avantegard, if you will, with a lot of well placed off key breaks and genius song writing skills. I enjoy both albums nonetheless. I am truly addicted to the album "2". I absolutely love the long track lengths and how smoothly it switches from one mood to another. I highly recommend purchasing and listening to this album from a one of a kind Russian post-rock band. I have been speaking to 417.3 via email and with great thanks to the band, they agreed to answer an interview I sent them. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy their music as much as I do. I give the album a 9/10 easily.
1. How and when did 417.3 form?
417.3 was formed in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, in the end of 2005 by two friends who earlier had been playing in the other band called Scotopic Vision (post-metal/doom). At that time 417.3 consisted only of a guitarist, violinist and drummer. In the beginning of 2006 a contrabassist joined the band. From 2006 to 2008 the band had been playing with two violins, contrabass, drums and guitar. In 2008 musicians replaced two violins with a cello. In 2010 a second guitarist joined the band (he also played in the band Scotopic Vision). And in 2012 417.3 has completely changed their sound, which now is: two guitars, synths, bass guitar and drums.
A few weeks ago I had a chance to sit down with St. Louis hip-hop artist, Bo Dean (@bovember24th), and ask some questions about his new project, the #MashUp. Those who have followed the FLUX9-produced series, BOcumentary: Road To The MashUp, have already gotten a taste of the new tape, as well as the concept behind it. Bo isn't just hopping on different artists' beats like others have done in the past. Instead, he kicks it up a notch by mashing together several beats from one particular artist into one single song, changing up his flow as the beat changes. See what Bo has to say about his most ambitious project to date below.
Collapse Under The Empire is an instrumental / post-rock duo from Hamburg / Germany. They formed 2007, when Chris Burda and Martin Grimm got together to develop their own music. Collapse Under The Empire is a 2-piece post-rock band with an electronic feel which makes the band unique, but equally inspiring and other said bands of their genre. Fusing keyboards, synthesizers, guitars, and drums to form a soul searching ambience that speaks volumes to the world through music. The thing I love about intrumental music is that anyone in the world can listen and enjoy it. You dont have to understand a certain language for the song to speak to you, and the music speaks to everyone in their own personal and different way.
Their latest album "Shoulders & Giants" which was released in late 2011 was their 3rd full length album released by the band. The album, and their previous albums, inspire me as a musician and a person in general and gave me the idea to reach out to them for more information about C.U.T.E and learn more about what it takes to become an internationally touring band and just to have the privelege of talking to an amazing band. I sent this interview off and this is the result. I hope their words and music inspire you all as much as they have for me. If you like instrumental post-rock/ ambient sounding music as much as I do, then im sure that you will. Thanks and enjoy.
1. Tell us a little about C.U.T.E and how you formed and when.
It was more by chance that we met each other. Both of us had moved to Hamburg because of new jobs, and because of the distance, we had to leave our bands. In order not to be completely “bandless”, we founded Collapse Under The Empire, and from that point on, we’ve been refining our sound.
We both played in many different bands before Collapse Under The Empire. Some were rougher, some were softer, but we never really left the path toward rock. We still remember our beginnings well- the hours-long rehearsals in small, dark cellars or the first live performance in front of an audience of three. In any case, it was a great time, the kind of thing every musician should have to go through, a time in which you experiment a lot, learn from things, and above all, rock out.
Upcoming St. Louis rapper @TyLan has a unique style and delivery, and quickly stands out in the scene. We had a chance to sit down with him and discuss who he is and where he's from, and what he has coming up in 2012.
S: First off tell us a little bit about yourself and where you're from?
-T: Well I was born here in St. Louis, but I've also spent time in Thailand, when I was a child. When in Thailand my Grandmother taught me how to speak Thai fluently. [not as fluent as I'd like to be any more though] So you can probably figure out where the name came from. I figured if people can call themselves "China" and "Asia", why not take on "Thailand", since that's half my heritage. So, I just shortened the name to TyLan, you know how it is in #HipHop, nothing ever gets spelled correctly anyway [laughs].
S: Your mixtape Never Silent dropped awhile back if I'm not mistaken. How's the response been so far?
-T: I dropped Never Silent back in January of last year. I released it the night that I opened up for Afroman, and man I had a blast at that show! Afroman packed the place up with his loyal underground following, so that was cool. I performed quite a few songs off Never Silent that went over extremely well with the crowd. It surprised me that I had people I didn't even know who were singing my hooks flawlessly along with me. The title speaks for itself, because my music speaks for itself, it never shuts up, it always delivers quality.
If These Trees Could Talk is an instrumental post-rock band from Akron, OH. To me, ITTCT is one of the most talented and clutch post-rock bands EVER. The guitars form the melodic and spiritual sounds that ITTCT achieves so well. The 3 amazingly written guitars are followed and matched by the bass lines, and the drums are a perfect mix between technicality and simplism which lets the music as a whole shine and speak to your soul as it was meant to.
If These Trees Could Talk is definitely one of my favorite bands of all time. I just fell in love with the tone and formation of the songs. It is therapy for me to listen to and the whole world should listen to this band and give them a shot. ITTCT just recorded a new album titled Red Forest which is being released on March 20, 2012 and performing an album release concert in their home town of Akron, OH on March 16th.
I've had the privelage to catch up with the band via email and ask them a few questions about their history and recent news about the the band and the new cd. Hope you guys enjoy the interview as much as I did. Thanks for reading and check out the first song released from the new album which is available for purchasing on March 20, 2012. This song is called "Barren Lands of the Modern Dinosaur", great tune.
@RellTheProducer is an up and coming Producer from St. Louis, MO. He comes at the game with a unique style which I can't put my finger on. He's been collaborating with Stevie Stone for his upcoming release. We had a chance to sit down and talk with him about who he is, and where he is going.
S:First off tell us a little about yourself and where you're from?
-R:I'm 24 and from St. Louis, MO. I'm a pretty laid back dude. I like the typical shit. Making beats, making more beats, making even more beats, and making fire ass sandwiches wit cheese. You know, real nigga shit.
S:How'd you get into making beats? Do you play any instruments?
-R:Well my Pops was always making music. He had a studio in the house when I was growing up. So I always fascinated by it. I got a guitar when I was young, and started playing in bands around the area. But I've always wanted to do my own music. The first beats I ever made were on a Playstation 2 - MTV Music Generator. Then I came across a program called Reason. Thats my software of choice.I don't think I'll change that up anytime soon.
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Parhelia is a 4-piece instrumental post-rock band from Dublin, Ireland. I have recently had the privelege of speaking with them via email. Their music is a huge inspiration to me and never fails to speak volumes to the soul. They were kind enough to let me ask them a few questions for a little more information about Parhelia's story and any news on the band. Here is what they had to say to a few questions i threw their way:
Tell us a little about yourselves and how Parhelia formed and when?
We formed in 2005. Myself Cathal and Andy had been in a band called Revile, who were influenced by Pearl Jam, Katatonia, Anathema amongst others. When we parted ways with our then vocalist, we fully intended upon continuing with that style of music. Over the course of the year and many auditions later we agreed that the auditions didn't feel good, and the type of music we were starting to make maybe did not warrant a vocalist. So we just started playing anywhere we could as an instrumental band, as we got more confident with it we decided to change the name and release an EP.
S: Tell us where you're from and who you are?
-H: They call me @Hystory, and I'm from the southeast side of Chicago. I'm an up and coming rapper making a name for myself in St. Louis. I moved here when I was 12 years old and met @bovember24th shortly after, and we've been doing our thing ever since. I started HBN [Hustlaz By Nature] with Bo, Dange, Phantom, and L'z a couple years after that. These days I keep it solo, but I still fuck wit them all.
S: Who are some of your influences?
-H: I first got inspired when I saw Lil Wayne rapping at such a young age. So I'd definitely have to say him, Jay Z, Eminem, Big L and most importantly my Mother
S: You dropped your debut mix tape "Two Weeks Notice" last year, what's the response been like so far?
-H: Man the response has been crazy so far. I got fam and friends up in Chicago so they've been feeling the love real hard. And of course my city rocks with it, so it's been good man, real good. Makes me feel good because of the work I put into it.
Check out St. Louis local rapper Jyung History's video for "I'm A Boss" off his upcoming mixtape, entitled Papers & Pipes. History spits over Meek Mill's "I'm A Boss" and he definitely goes in. Be on the look out for History, and his new mixtape later this year.
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@LOVeSwim is an up and coming producer and rapper. @LOVeSwim brings hard hitting drums, over laid with airy synths and funky leads. We had a chance to sit down with him to find out what goes into his process, and what to expect from his debut release "Nebulove"
1. First off tell us a little bit about yourself and where you're from?
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii for 8 years and moved to VA In 2000, and I've been here since. As for me, not much to say without putting everyone to sleep, but I'm 19 and I have too much to do. That includes the time I make for producing music, gaming like a mother fucker, and other dope shit like writing the T.V. series I wanna get out.
@Aeronaut is a post-rock/instrumental band from St. Louis, MO. Aeronaut was formed when Joel Kelly and Zach Grzeskowiak were both looking for something more than the music they were playing. They both have strong influences from Ambient/Instrumental bands, and hadn't really heard anything that exact style in their local scene. They got together and jammed in mid 2011, and have been playing as Aeronaut ever since. I sat down with the guys who just began pre-production work on their self produced first independent e.p.
1. How'd you guys first come together and start playing music?
Z: Well we had known each other for years, but had lost touch. We ran into each other a few times through mutual friends, and started talking about jamming. It just kind of came together.
What up Bo, first off tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist.
@bovember24th I’m a hip hop artist from St Louis Missouri, trying to put a permanent spotlight on my city. I am inspired by life in general. Most of my music talks about life situations. I’m inspired by things that I have experienced, saw and heard others go through. I try to be universal with my music, can’t really place me in one style of rap but if you had to, I would consider myself as a story teller artist. A lot of my songs you can play, close your eyes and become the character in the song.
Your 4th mixtape "Bovember 2: Music for the Soul" just dropped back on Thanksgiving. How's the response been so far?
Man the response has been nothing but love so far. I think a lot of joints on this mixtape hit home and touched on things that the listeners had went through or know somebody who went through it. It was a very personal project.
We definitely dig it over this way man. The production is top notch, what are some of your favorite beats on the tape?
I appreciate the love y'all been showing me fam. Some of my favorite beats on the tape right now would have to be “Compare” produced by Fly Life ”Fly High” produced by Sid ROAMS ”Never Break Me” produced by Whurld ”If The Walls Could Talk” produced by Robbie Anthem, "Marinate” produced by Serious, it changes everyday[laughs]
This is your second tape of the year if I'm not mistaken, the first being "Enough Said" featuring L'z. Do you have any plans for any other collab tapes in the future?
Yea actually I do, Calhoun from F.A.M ENT and I are talking about doing a collab album in the near future, L'z and I will definitely do a follow up to “Enuff Said”. I’m definitely about to start doing more collabs with artist in the city and out of town. I got some cats in Texas called Sun$et that’s pretty nice, I have a few collabo’s with them in the works. Shout out to the whole $et.
Who are some of your biggest influences? On the artist and producer side?
One of my biggest influences far as rappers go is Fabolous, dude is just so consistent. I have honestly never heard a wack verse from Fab. A new cat that caught my ear is Swaggaoy Los, dude is next up. There is a lot of talented artist in my city that’s doing they thing as well Tef Poe, Shotta G, White Out & RT Fact, Saint O, Verb, Trixie, A-Game., Y.E.$, Dharma Jean , Journii Walker, My TEAM…The list goes on.
As far as producers go, man if they make bangers, I rocks with em. Shout out to the Sound Click producers who are doing they thing, I definitely respect their grind.
What's up next?
Well my boy Hi$tory is finishing up his next mixtape “Papers n Pipes”, L'z is working on “The 3 O’Clock Mixtape” and I think I may do a jacking for beats mixtape and just spazz on ya favorite rappers beats, haven’t done that yet. After that though, I got something reeeeally nice I’m cooking up. Can’t let the rabbit out the hat just yet on that though but stay tuned.
Keep doin you man, and keep it locked on FLUX9!
Will do! I “FLUX” with yall to the max!!!
What's up man tell us a little about yourself.
Best to ever use the New York Knicks on NBA 2K, period. Seriously though, name's Kevin AKA P. I head up a production team named Drum Gang and I've been chasing this music dream for like 12 years now. Gods with us so I know were closing in on exactly where we want to be. Produced for some great artists and am having a blast doing what I always dream about.
DrumGang has been all over the place this year, what are some of your favorite placements?
We've jumped everywhere this year, it's been hectic. My favorite placements THIS year had to have been the tracks we did with Fiend AKA International Jones. We went from doing one track for him[And honestly finding out last that he used the beat lol] to building a great friendship with one of the OGs of the game. That one song has turned into 10+ Tracks produced for him in a 10 month period, plus we did the majority of the engineering on his most recent tape, Smoking Champagne hosted by Don Cannon. I grew up listening to his music, and the fact that he even knows we exist is a major accomplishment in our eyes. And now that he sees us as partners in this music shii? If that isn't a dream come true homie, I don't know what is.
The Young Dro Feature was dope too because they showed us real respect on the artwork for the mixtape. He had an all star lineup of producers but the only people who got credited were us, that was a blessing. Preciate Young Dro for that man, him showing us that love opened up a lot of doors.
What's good man, tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist?
King Legend, I'm 24 yrs old. from Waynesboro, Ms(Eastside Hwy 63) CoOwner of Slush Records w/ Team Twillie and Homicide. First cd dropped in 2009 entitled "CheckMate". Won the Beat Block Mixtape of the Year Award. 3 time SEA nominee. Currently on the Duck or Die tour w/ Papa Duck.
Your latest tape "Tellafriend" has been heavy in the streets since it dropped. How's the overall response been on that?
Its been incredible. I chose not to officially release it on the internet and focus more on the ground work, being that is where most of my fan base is. We pressed up thousands of cd's and hit campuses, clubs, and neighborhoods across Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Alot of artist's do great internet numbers, but aren't known in what we know as the hood. I came to find that my hottest songs on the net aren't hot in hoods. I've never performed my top 3 most downloaded songs.
What are some upcoming projects you got?
Papa Duck and I are still hitting the road every weekend and working on the follow up to Hood Alumni. We don't have a name for it. My big bro Team Twillie and I are about 5 songs into a project called "Blunts and Magnums". My patna J Garvi from Atlanta got an Ep called "Hoodlums".(Shouts to MMI and Outter Circle). I got joints w/ MS artist Blizz of the Coast Squad and my man Da Kid, who is an incredible artist from Atlanta.
You were on tour with Papa Duck for a little second if I'm not mistaken? How'd that go for you.
It went well. I met a lot of DJs and learned a lot from him. He introduced me to markets that I never knew, and never knew me. I learned how to actually put on a show and not just recite my songs on stage. You have to actually make people apart of the show. Most importantly, that you don't have to compromise who you are or what you stand for to be successful. As long as you're true to yourself and give people the REAL you, and be accessible so they can verify that it's real, the streets will accept you and you won't need bullshit co-signs from people who think more of their opinions than anyone else. I respect and love Duck a lot. Thats my big brother.
The Washington Examiner had a chance to sit down with Adam Young, better known by his electronica project Owl City.
There's something incredibly endearing about the humble attitude Adam Young, who records under the moniker Owl City, projects when he discusses his work.
n a world where style is often touted over substance, it's refreshing to find a musician who takes joy in crafting music that echoes the title of the his latest release, "All Things Bright and Beautiful."
"Early on it was a bit tricky to try to not overthink it," said Young, whose self-released 2007 EP, "Of June," charted on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums and was just a warm-up for the kudos that would be heaped upon his subsequent recordings. "The first record was far more successful than I ever anticipated. I try to write very pure, very heartfelt songs, not for Billboard or anyone else."
That began when Young took to the basement of his parents' Minnesota home and began to create music that he shared on MySpace. Who can blame him for his surprise at the almost immediate wave of accolades he received? His self-released "Maybe I'm Dreaming" reached No. 13 on the Top Electronic Albums chart, and his major-label debut, "Ocean Eyes," went platinum, bringing with it a host of critical acclaim including from such musical luminaries as Taylor Swift.
It's not those high-profile laurels that Young speaks about, though, except when prompted. Instead he outlines his music process, which is to create about 99 percent of the music before he turns his attention to lyrics.