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BY JEENA JOHNSON

Tricky Mandrake is a solo artist from Casper – Wyoming, who does all his own work for every song. Coming from a rough back ground, music became an escape at 12 years old for him. Tricky experiments with many different styles of music, attempting to come up with something unique. Tricky translates his creativity into music through the use of various instruments, including the piano, guitar, drums, and bass guitar. He says he want others to see what can come out of the joys of music.

Tricky-Mandrake-ProfileImagine that most artists are in the shape of squares. You see what kind they are and what sort of music they put out labeled straight on them. Tricky Mandrake is different in the sense that if you take a few steps to the side, you’ll discover many different faces and find that you were looking at a cube. He doesn’t just stick with one style of music. He keeps changing and adding various new elements to his sound. Thus we arrive to his latest offering, the single entitled, “Over and Under” – a heavy synth-driven, metal-core track with booming drums and organic undertones.

While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it really is something that grabs your attention and cannot be ignored.  “Over and Under” packs a punch that has not been felt in a very long time with its raw sounding “garage-band-basement” riffs, catchy lyrics, soaring vocals and head smashing drums which brings back memories of the late 90’s. There is so much power, strength and emotion wrapped around this song; it can power a small town. The music is great from the first tone to the end of the track.

“Over and Under” seems like a mix or a blur of everything Tricky Mandrake has done until this point, including tracks like, “Bout Us feat Task and Eazy” and “Shoes That Bleed feat Feeki”. It has the same rap/rock influences, only this seems a little heavier than he has been before. You might say that “Over and Under” is a return to the glory-days-sound, of a grittier and more rock focused, young Linkin’ Park. Tricky Mandrake seems like he is on a rampage to track something down, bringing out the beast inside his music.

Well, Tricky has found his screamier and tenacious side, with a style that is even grittier than anything he has done before, and the recording methods he uses here, makes him sound more like a hybrid between high-energy-driven techno and raucous raw metal – a truly fun, powerful and exciting musical direction. I hope Tricky Mandrake continues this trend, because he has definitely grabbed my attention with “Over and Under”!

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BY JEENA JOHNSON

Haj was born and raised in Queens, NY to a family of Punjabi descent. This 80’s baby learned the meaning of hard work and loyalty growing up in the streets of NY. He’s always had a strong passion and love for music. His musical inspiration originates from his favorite emcee Nas. Haj’s latest release, the single “Whole World”, is one of those songs that become part of your life’s soundtrack. It’s catchy, uplifting and makes you want to groove along. It inspires warmth and a sense of well-being that can change your perspective in an instant.

HAJ-WORLDThis song appeals to any generation, race or creed. “Whole World” will touch your soul and trigger a visceral reaction in you. We need as much music of this nature as we can get to deal with this crazy world of ours. The music pulsates with regularity of wonderful heartbeats. Musically it kicks into gear with a quirky keyboard of sorts, using a repeating electric piano chord, while a sturdy snapping drum comes in, accompanied by Haj’s smooth sing-song voice declaring: “ I got the whole world in my hand and I know I can change it.”

Throughout the song Haj describes the emotion of brotherly love and making the world a better place – not as a far-fetched theoretical concept, but as a real living entity that has a physical nature, and through which happiness could easily reached. He sings: “Change started from the bottom, just think about it. Pyramids weren’t built from the top.” And then he further explains: “First love yourself, then love another.” And firmly concludes the concept with: “Raise your mind, raise your voice. Change the world like only you can.”

HAJ-PROFILEWhat is most impressive is the nature of this song’s possibly massive cultural impact. While trendy songs have always come and gone in the past, even ones that had a positive message to them, it’s been a very long time since a song that represented pop music in a musically meaningful and sophisticated nature has such a positive source of inspiration. I remember Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, coming from a similar place of peace, but with different connotations.

Mood-enhancing, but with a stripped down musical production, Haj as deliberately created a soundscape which allows the lyrics to be clearly upfront and not lost in a surplus of sound or trapped in a bunch of rambling and ranting rap verses. Haj has kept things simple and uncluttered, allowing the song’s message to arrive in a timely manner.  I think if everyone listened to this song and truly followed its example, one day, all around the world, everything would change in an instant!

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BY JEENA JOHNSON

Ditsea Yella is an electro-grunge duo from London, consisting of Diana and Phil, after having met in a boxy studio in Shoreditch while working on separate projects. The duo is a much unexpected surprise indeed. With their tracks, “Sin Mona Lisa”, “Boys and Girls” and “Vampire”, the listener is thrown back to authentic Alternative music. Something that is sorely missed in today’s world. Experimentation with great songwriting and hooks all over makes it hard to ignore these recordings.

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Ditsea Yella is a breath of fresh air in today’s music industry; setting their own trend and creating their own unique sound.  Their songs harbor a wide range of edgy styles, while Diana’s sultry vocals joined with the heart pumping electro-rock fusion make them wildly eclectic and delectably addictive in a crazy way. Throughout the songs Diana has this amazing sense of sensual wickedness, creating a marvelous persona that is so infectious and so intoxicating. This is particularly evident on the deliciously mischievous “Boys and Girls”.

Phil and Diana have the uncanny ability to create massive side to side beats combined with atmospheric and sonic anomalies; each listen reveals hidden layers that seem to peel back to uncover new sounds.  A few listens to tracks like “Vampire” and you will know this duo is all about twisting and turning mainstream conventions – experimenting with sound, creating new hybrids of funky ear-candy, whether they draw from harder rock, simpler pop or groovier electro. And at the same time they are telling a story and sending a message. “Vampire” deals with how people sometimes – deliberately or not – deplete, debilitate and devitalize others, completely draining them, both literally and emotionally.

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Ditsea Yella make songs that kick and cry, moan and tease, and sometimes they do it all in one song, like in “Sin Mona Lisa”, with which I made a horribly embarrassing spectacle of myself in traffic by cranking the volume in my car on the way to the coffee shop and home again, to the point I know I was offending someone somewhere around me, even with the windows up and the sunroof closed. I know I went into shop reeking of music, the volume having been so extreme it forced the notes and words and chords and melodies into my clothes and hair. It’s not the kind of sound I’m used to, but that’s ok, because this music still makes me feel and think and feel groovy.

With that said Ditsea Yella isn’t for everyone, as their music requires you to pay attention while listening to their electro-rock agglomeration. They incorporate different textures, techniques and sound that, when layered, form a complex network of eclectic rhythms and melodies that give them their infamy. Ditsea Yella meshes cryptic lyrics with the sporadic lapse into peculiarity, overdriven jagged guitar chords, and the occasional eccentricity, to form 3 satisfyingly diverse singles that go where few newer bands have gone before.

BY JEENA JOHNSON

Nubia Emmon is set to release her debut 5-track EP, entitled “Nubia Emmon 93” on April 12. In the meantime Nubia has dropped the SWV and Michael Jackson inspired single, “Hooked on Your Love”. A smooth R&B classic sound, flavored with a delicate Hip hop edge.  Out of Austin, Texas, Nubia Emmon is a singer, rapper, dancer and songwriter.

nubia-emmon-200bShe is a distant cousin of The Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson, her father grew up performing in an R&B band along with his brothers and sisters and her brother also performs in his own band. This innate love for music and constantly being in the presence of her family’s artistry was passed on to Nubia, who was singing by the time she was 3.

This young lady has the gumption to take on the R&B world and succeed in it. Her sound and approach brings to mind what I think Aaliyah would be putting out if she was still alive today. Nubia leaves no stone unturned when it comes to relationships on “Hooked on Your Love”, as she examines the pros and cons of her man.

She proves you can still stay relevant while singing from within. Her music is very deep and something that people can relate to. She really opens up her heart and soul and puts all of her doubts, feelings and emotions out there.

nubia-emmon-200She is pretty much showing how she is in love with someone and how much she really loves them and what they mean to her; sometimes too much – as her love for that person becomes intoxicating to the point of no return. This is the type of song that plays in your head over and over again because it is that good, catchy and thought-provoking you will never get tired of it. Especially if you love in the same way!

Yes the beat is hot, but her smooth, easy going voice is the gem that makes this track. It’s all about the vocals. Nubia really brought it to the table on “Hooked on Your Love”, and single-handedly killed it. I think what struck me most about this this track, after the voice and beat, was its mature approach to love and relationships.

It flies in the face of the countless albums from female R&B artists that continue to sell only sex. It seems like everybody else has forgotten about the impact unconditional love has on relationships. Not Nubia Emmon, who shows us that she is still “Hooked on Your Love”!

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The dance pop genre is full of artists putting music out there every day.  Much of it is self produced in their bedroom and unfortunately will never see the light of day with the low quality production.  The genre is a tough one to crack and the artist that goes out and finds the right people to partner with has a huge advantage.  Bernie Journey is well aware of this and has made the right connections.

Bernie Journey

Born as Bernard David Journey in Cleveland, Ohio, he took in all the power of rock n’ roll being honored in his backyard and let it influence his musical development.  Bernie Journey dove into meeting the right people and showing them he had the chops to have them produce his sound.  His very first recordings and EP were made with the help of music producer Joe Vulpis who is known for his work with Lady Gaga.

The connections continue and Bernie Journey has now released his latest song “Patience With My Heart” on J2 Records.  A single is never enough when you have the right friends.  Bernie released an EP with 7 different distinct versions of the song.  Featured on the release are 3 club friendly dance remixes by Wayne Numan (Cher, Madonna). The original version was produced by Peter Litvin along with an alternative version of the original, featuring Argentinian saxophonist Hendrick Valera. Rounding out the single EP are the “Chilledelic Mix” with more of an urban groove and “On Island Time” version which has a lounge feel to it.

Every one has its own feel but they will all get you up and dancing by the chorus.  There is a sensual element to the song that works perfectly for this Valentine’s Day season.  There is passion, lust and a groove.  Take a listen and buy the EP at:

 

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/album/patience-with-my-heart/id1080002311
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B8A5WGW

BY JEENA JOHNSON

Andi Young is able to play several instruments such as the piano, violin, and more. He is a classically trained violinist, who delicately threads his diverse influences into the combination of modern pop and classical music which can be heard in his releases. Andi released his single, “Time To Say Goodbye”, a few weeks ago and it has now become the #1 in the Top 50 on SoundCloud. The SoundCloud Singer/Songwriter chart is full of successful artists such as Ed Sheeran, James Bay etc, and Andi Young is no doubt a dark horse, and his songs are now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google and other online stores.

Andi Young

  1. When did you decide to take music seriously and how did you go about getting started?

Andi Young: I uploaded a song to SoundCloud, thinking it won’t get noticed, cuz you know, there are countless songs there from everybody in the world, and you normally get a few clicks and that’s it. But after a couple weeks when I checked that song, it got more than a million plays already! I was surprised at how many people around the world are listening to my music, so I decided to make more music for them.

  1. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Andi Young: I started playing the violin since 4, and singing and dancing when I was about 6 or 7.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Andi Young: Singers? A lot. Tori Amos, Queen, Christina Aguilera, Etta James. Those are the names you would know because they are in the modern music world. But I actually like classic music a lot. I listen to compositions by European composers such as Fritz Seitz. You know him? Haha.

  1. Have you ever had any formal training and do you think it is a necessary requisite for artists today? 

Andi Young: Oh yeah, I was classically trained to play the violin, to dance and to sing. I learned not everything about singing from the anatomy of how we produce sound, how vocal cords work to musical expressions etc. I think they are important knowledge, and I would refer to that knowledge when I need to and that’s just a bonus. I mean, every artist needs to express freely and naturally. Even if you don’t have that knowledge you might still be able to do very well, so it’s important but not necessary.

  1. What are your thoughts on visual media? Do you see video as purely a marketing tool or as a creative extension of your music?

Andi Young: Absolutely the latter. Visual sense is too important to us. We wanna hear the music but if we can also see the music then what’s bad about it?

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  1. Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

Andi Young: I like both and I am a crazy live singer haha, I love singing live so they can see how I express music as a whole and not just through my sound.

  1. Do you write all the lyrics and music to your songs, as well as arrange them, or do you collaborate with other creative writers? 

Andi Young:  I write everything on my own. But I also work with other extremely talented musicians for the instrumental arrangement just to get the deeper part of me out sometimes.

  1. What kind of a songwriter do you consider yourself to be. Someone who is inspired at the spur of the moment, or someone who ‘locks’ himself away, and works at it until the right idea comes along? 

Andi Young: All of them. I started by locking myself away haha, but after I got all those demons out, I started writing for the moment.

  1. Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a business thriving with newcomers and wannabes?

Andi Young: My music is not commercially driven. I mean, lots of songs you hear are perfected in a business way, because labels think that kind of songs will sell because they are on the charts, so they just copy and paste. I write music for music’s sake. I don’t write to suit my audience, rather, I remain true to music, because it is an expression that I cannot ‘make’, I can only get it out and let music write itself, so it is ultimately nature’s work, not my own. And I have strong influences from classical music.

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  1. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this tough and sometimes cruel business? 

Andi Young: All emotions are important, but for me, I think everything is derived from sorrow. That makes me think, it makes me see things through and ultimately become happy.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Andi Young: I get to do the music I love. What discourages me… when there aren’t enough outlets for my music to come through.

  1. Do you personally choose the engineers and producers for your recordings? How do you find them? And who are the most important creative people you have worked with thus far.

Andi Young: I do. Yeah I pick the ones I wanna work with. I try a few engineers and pick the one for the final recording. Yes, it is a long process for me, because I want my audience to hear the best quality. Every producer and engineer that I have worked with has made me grow. I learned from every body.

  1. What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Andi Young: You gotta be strong enough to be yourself. Think about it, it’s too hard to be strong and be yourself, but it is the best advice an artist can follow.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

Andi Young: Original, classic? And special haha.

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  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Andi Young: Internet is too important now. Every artist needs a platform and the internet provides lots of opportunities to be heard.

  1. What is the title of your upcoming debut release and where and when can fans find it?

Andi Young: I released Time To Say Goodbye, and Star and You Go Left I Go Right, and there will be a few more songs coming up.

  1. Are the songs on your EP predominantly personal and confessional or more in pursuit of the greater world that surrounds us all?

Andi Young: Personal, intimate, confessional and the exploration of the world haha all in one. That’s why we write songs right?

  1. As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or some other tangible milestone? 

Andi Young: Music sales are contaminated these days, and Grammy maybe, but these are not very important to me actually. I want to be there for my audience, you know what I mean? Like if one day I hear from someone telling me a story of how any of my song helped him or her go through a difficult time, then you know what, that’ll be the pinnacle of my life, and that is why I wanna do music.

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career? 

Andi Young: Nothing.

BY JEENA JOHNSON

Bobby Craymer the musician has decided to come out of hiding. A real life story of a playing musician who decided to walk away from music 25 years ago, to pursue a real life, yet in his heart and soul he wondered “Where did the music go…” A few people found him in Los Angeles leading a very different life and slowly with the ease it takes to walk and talk and with patience, showed him a very different music business than the one he walked away from. Bobby Craymer has since dropped a series of singles on his Soundcloud profile, one of which is “She Comes To Me”. Totally outstanding and thoroughly entertaining Craymer is priceless, a true gem in the world of pop-rock. Years after his debut he is back with this new track and it certainly holds up to expectations.

bobby-craymer-350The song has words that ring out about inward struggles, enlightenment and truth. The words emote, and are compelling because they fit so well with the melody and production of sound. The harmony speaks, the singer speaks, the guitar speaks, the song seems to be reaching out… trying to communicate a bigger picture. The beauty is that the bigger picture is never quite defined, yet it’s right there, and if you’ve experienced it, then the song comes home to the heart.

Bobby Craymer has some great ideas fleshed out into strong melodic rock. On top of that, it is obvious that his music is a serious labor of love, no sloppy playing, singing, or messy recording, a completely professional effort. “She Comes To Me” is a bold re-emergence of a songwriting talent after a 25 year hiatus. There is just something different about this guy. I have to say that he is what I would call a true artist. If you know his work, you know that there is no discernable compromise in his art. Whether it is his first record or his most recent, this is a guy who seems to do what he does because he was made that way. His lyrics, arrangements and vocal harmonies all make sense according to his own true calling.

Bobby Craymer’s music is not too difficult to articulate, the purity, and the intimacy of it feels, to me, so close. There are many great artists out there, but at the end of the day, my favorites are the ones that ‘speak to me’. Listening to Craymer’s latest tracks feels like being at an intimate house concert. The words are clear and heartfelt, and the musical arrangements are just enough, while Craymer’svoice is in perfect form. As a result his songs have a sense of familiarity about it while also feeling fresh. Lots of images and feelings arise as you close your eyes and just listen to “She Comes To Me”; very powerful stuff indeed.

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