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[TSS Interview] Born Dirty

[TSS Interview] Born Dirty
Alicia

Born Dirty has been around for a few years; it is a collaborative effort of two DJs/Producers with extremely successful solo careers. Producers and DJs Son Of Kick & Linden Jay came together in 2015 to form the duo, and their production has been vastly well received. Their song ’Don’t Stop Get It’ featuring Kid Sister was featured in an Apple MacBook ad, catapulting the duo further.

We got a chance to sit down with Mika (Son of Kick) of Born Dirty before he played for the party Noise Complaint at Kremwerk in Seattle, WA. They were featured on the bill with a wealth of locals and another epic house producer, Option4. The day before the show, surrounded by thumping Funktion Ones at another local event, we got down to business.

Born Dirty Ft. Kid Sister – Don’t Stop Get It | Free Download |

TSS: So how did Born Dirty start, between you and Linden Jay?

Mika: We just loved making music and fooling around with making tunes, producing. As we started collaborating we realized they were really nice tunes. We really wanted to be able to release them, so we started brainstorming on how to go about doing so. We were sitting around thinking about names, we really liked the idea of using the word ‘Born’ in our name. Funny enough, we saw a cleaning product on the shelf, and came up with the idea ‘Born Dirty‘.

TSS: What influences do you guys draw upon for the sound you have created?

Mika: We listen to a vast amount of music between the two of us. Linden and I have similar backgrounds, we were both classically trained musicians, firstly. We really wanted to combine a lot of different influences in this production, jazz, techno, breakcore, hip-hop, tech house, etc.

TSS: Born Dirty has already collaborated with Shift K3Y, Jaw, and Kid Sister. Do you guys have other artists on your radar to collab with in the future?

Mika: Of course, but most are secret. When its comes down to it for us, its not how big you are that makes us want to collaborate with you. For us, we want to work with other artists that are super open and want to drive the sound we are trying to accomplish.

TSS: What is your favorite guilty pleasure track?

Mika: Isabelle Adjani – ‘Pull Marine’

TSS: If you could give advice to any Producer/DJ starting out right now, what would it be?

Mika: Be yourself, just trust your gut and stay your course. Build your music and sound without focusing too much on what other people are producing. Don’t try to produce something just because its a popular sound unless it’s truly influenced by something specific that you draw upon. Your best new work will come out of staying true to yourself.

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[TSS Interview] Corey James Talks Recent Releases, Dream Collaboration & More!

[TSS Interview] Corey James Talks Recent Releases, Dream Collaboration & More!
Brian Bonavoglia

Liverpool’s best-kept secret is no longer considered a secret and has set out to leave his mark on 2017. With releases on Protocol Recordings and SIZE dropping last Friday alone, Corey James is just getting started. This versatile budding talent has caught the attention of many and right as he prepares to make his rounds on the festival circuit, we had the chance to chat with Corey about his recent releases and what else he has planned for the future.

TSS: Hey Corey James, it’s great to have you here for an exclusive interview at This Song Slaps! We’ve been following your career closely, please introduce yourself properly; where are you from? How long have you been a DJ/producer for? And when was your first musical experience growing up?

Corey James: Hey! Thanks for having me, I appreciate all the support. Well, I’m Corey James and I’m from the Wirral, Merseyside, United Kingdom. I have been a DJ/Producer for the last 5 years (I think haha time flies!) and my first musical experience is hard to say, because my dad is a bass player in a band so I have always been around music. When I was younger, I was much more into Hip Hop/Rap etc, I think the first concert I went to was 50 Cent haha.

On March the 10th, you returned to Nicky Romero’s ‘Protocol Recordings’ imprint, to release ‘Front 2 Back’ in collaboration with Dutchman Regilio, tell us about the track, is it a club-track? A festival track? What’s your personal favourite highlight of the track too?

Corey James: Yes! I always love releasing on Protocol, I think the track is a bit of both! The original idea I sent to Regilio, I was kind of bored of it. I originally wanted to make something festival-driven, but I explained to Regilio that with my new music I wanted to bring a more clubby sound but still be able to play at festivals, and when he sent it back it was a really cool mix of both. I really like the vocal, which I actually got off my good friends Rob & Jack (It was suppose to be for my track with WILL K – RIU, but we felt the RIU didn’t suit a vocal, so I started a new idea using the vocal as the lead Idea).

TSS: How did you and Regilio first come into contact? Was it at a gig or online? Do you think social media is a great tool to connect with new DJ’s for potential collabs etc? How beneficial do you find social media networking as a tool personally too?

Corey James: I remember he was speaking to WILL K on Facebook for a while and as I was in the studio a lot with WILL K and we kind of just started speaking after I overheard some of their music through convos etc. But we did meet a few times at ADE too, he’s a great guy! Social Media is probably the most amazing way to communicate with fans/idols/friends, I love it and its very important, especially in the Music industry.

TSS: You’re also released ANOTHER track on the 10th of March, entitled ‘With You’, which features Santez, via Steve Angello’s ‘Size Records’. It’s well documented Steve Angello is a massive inspiration to you, so to release on his label, how does this make you feel? Career goal completed? What’s it been like working with SIZE on the release too? Easy process?

Corey James: It’s a dream come true! When I started making music it was because of Steve Angello, so to finally have a release on his label feels great. Of course it’s a massive career goal, but hopefully it’s just the first of many to come. It’s been great working with SIZE on this release, super easy, organized and I love the new artwork, it couldn’t have been any more perfect.

TSS: When you listen to both tracks, they are both contrasting in style, so, as a DJ/producer, do you think its important artists are diverse, or should they stick to their ‘sound’ in general? How long were you and Santez working on ‘With You’ in the studio for too?

Corey James: Yes! I’m always experimenting in the studio on new sounds etc! I think it’s all about experiences as a musician or producer. For example, the Regilio collab I made just after ADE because I heard Axwell & Ingrosso’s energy in their sets, and I wanted to make something high energy myself. For ‘With You’ I had just got back from holiday in Ibiza, I was actually there with my close friend Santez, and when we got back, we went straight into a studio session, just playing around with the Housey/Techno vibes we loved to hear in Ibiza, and that’s how ‘Wit You’ was born haha. ‘With You’ was a bit magical if I’m honest, made it pretty much in one night. I said straight away in my head ‘Steve Angello will like this’ because I could picture him playing it on his Radio 1 residency early on. So I sent it to Steve the next day, and he replied saying he loved it. That was a good day haha!

TSS: It seems like you’re always in the studio producing music, or in the gym haha! So, once you’ve had the Protocol and Size tracks released, where else are you planning to sign tracks to this year, how soon after can fans expect another dose of Corey James music after the double-whammy on the 10th of March?

Corey James: Yeah, I’m always making music, or thinking of the next sound I want to make. I have a nice few releases coming up this year, I took a nice little break from releasing over Christmas etc. but now I’m ready to hit it hard… So expect some nice releases! Pretty much every month I hope to have a release.

TSS: This year is also shaping up to be epic in terms of gigs too, you played Ministry Of Sound on the 10th of March (release day), scheduled for Summerburst Festival in Sweden, also Creamfields, which is your ‘local’ and shows in France, Bali and Cotai too! Do you find touring exhausting? Or do you enjoy the adventure? Also, do you have any ‘regimes’ to stop you from getting tired whilst touring too?

Corey James: I love playing shows, I get to see the world, but more importantly I get to meet all the amazing people who support my music. To be honest, I’m the worst person at sleeping, even when I’m home my sleeping pattern is terrible, so I’m kind of used to the whole no sleep thing. My favourite thing is getting back in the studio and using some of the inspiration from the show I just played. That’s when the best music is made.

TSS: Finally, you’ve achieved a lot in such a short time of your career, releases on Armada, Size, Protocol, Sosumi etc, so, if you could collaborate with ANY artist on a new track, who would it be, and why? Also, what’s the best piece of advice a fellow artist has given you too?

Corey James: To everybody else it feels like a short time, but for me it’s felt like centuries haha! My dream collaboration would be Steve Angello, or Eric Prydz. I say Steve Angello, because he’s been a huge inspiration for me, and I have followed him and his music for years now, and I love everything he does when it comes to visuals, creativeness, versatility and persona. Also, Eric Prydz, because I’m a big fan of his music, creativeness and versatility. Both inspire me to make the music I do today. Hmm, the best advice I’ve received too, hmm, hard to say to be honest, because you hear the same things over and over off different artists. I think it’s really important to listen to family and close friends, because they are the ones with your best interests at heart, even If they don’t have a clear understanding of the industry or it’s not what you want to hear, they are telling you to help improve you, from an outsiders point of view, which I think can be really important and helpful.

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[TSS Interview] Bricks Gets It Right With His House Tune “Get Right”

[TSS Interview] Bricks Gets It Right With His House Tune “Get Right”
Alejandro Vega

LA producer Bricks makes groovy bass-heavy House tunes. His latest is called Get Right and will blow your speakers up if you’re not careful with the volume. I got the chance to do a small interview about how he got his name, his inspirations, goals and how he got into electronic music.

TSS: How did your construction job influence you starting the alias?

B: When coming up with my brand, I wanted to keep it authentic. I wanted something that described me as a person and as a producer. So to accomplish that, my lady and I sat down and wrote down words that described me, or words that had to do with construction. She had written down the word Bricks, and it just clicked. Even though I’m a commercial plumber, not a brick layer, something about the word resonated with me. Bricks is blue-collar, hard working, resilient, strong, determined and of course red, lol.


TSS: Who are your main influences that inspired Bricks?

B: A few tracks that have influenced my break style were Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock, Afro-Rican – Give it All You Get, Freestyle – Don’t Stop the Rock, Newcleus – Jam on it, Al-Naafyish – Time, Cybotron – Clear, Herbie Hancock – Rock It and Egyptian Lover – Egypt Egypt. Those are just a few of my favorites and to this day are still great songs. When it comes to that 80’s sound that I love so much, that came straight from watching Tron, the original. Daft Punk did an amazing job with Tron: Legacy, but he OG is still where it’s at for me.

TSS: How will 2017 be different than 2016 for you?

B:2016 was a great year for me cause I was able to finally come out with the Bricks brand. A lot of great opportunities came my way, like signing with Indie Pop management and AM Only. This year, I plan on growing this brand out to the masses. I feel good about this year already. After releasing ‘Get Right’ last week, I am going to release a remix I did for a big artist and another original track a couple weeks after that. I’m working on putting out more music and I hope everyone keeps showing the love.

TSS: What got you into electronic music?

B: I got into the rave scene early with my boy Matt when we were around 17 years old. We’d drive to some sketchy parts of Southern California just to listen to some Hard House. That was fun to just go crazy and have fun, but what really got me hooked was when I heard a track called Launch by DJ Jean for the first time. From that point on, I was hooked. My taste in Electronic Music has grown since then to include a lot of different sub-genres in the EDM world. I listen to everything from House to Drum n Bass and I truly appreciate every genre.

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Self Provoked Sits Down With UGHHBLOG “Exclusive Interview” (Video)

As 2016 comes to an end, Rising San Fernando, CA based Hip Hop artist Self Provoked stops by our headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles.  He speaks to us about his consistent growth as a rising MC, working on a new sound for 2017, production, haters, his recent trip to Brazil and more!

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[TSS Interview] SOFI TUKKER: Your New Favorite Dance Duo, Whether You’re Aware Of It Or Not

[TSS Interview] SOFI TUKKER: Your New Favorite Dance Duo, Whether You’re Aware Of It Or Not
Nick Frazzier

To say that the immensely talented musical duo that is SOFI TUKKER is a unique group would be one of the larger understatements of the last decade. With an out of this world sound and a fantastic infectious attitude, Sophie & Tucker have been working crowds into a dance frenzy ever since they exploded onto the music scene with the release of their first smash hit “Drinkee”.

The craziest thing about these two is they’ve haven’t even really been creating music for all that long, yet it’s all amazing. Through their incredible live performances and their breathtaking Soft Animals EP, which you can buy here (trust me it’s worth every penny), it’s real obvious that these two are definitely a group your going to want to add to your musical library ASAP.

We here at TSS were fortunate enough to have a quick chat with SOFI TUKKER at this years insanely rainy, but insanely great 10th anniversary of Treasure Island Music Festival to hopefully give you a better look into the minds of these genuinely awesome artists.

TSS: So take us through a day in the life of Sophie & Tucker? Are you the kind of group that gets to the studio early to create new music?

S&T: Haha never early that’s a guarantee, we might work until 5 in the morning but we aren’t going to get up at 5 in the morning, unless it’s a flight but we don’t like that.

TSS: Could you guys tell us about your creative process as a whole? Because it seems like you two have been outstanding musicians your whole lives.

Tucker: I haven’t at all haha. I taught myself how to make music because I actually played basketball in college but got sick and basically was bed ridden for a year. I had to do something to stay productive and not go crazy, so I decided to learn how to make music on my computer because I always wanted to. So I guess it all started not that long ago because that was about four years ago. I didn’t really play the bass until we started performing.

TSS: What about you Sophie have you been singing since day one?

Sophie: Well I’ve been writing since day one. I feel like, well ya I’ve been singing for a long time. I have no idea when it began. I had done a lot of choir, then I was doing some musical theater, then I did some jazz, and then I was a Bossa Nova artist, but the guitar has kind of been my accomplice all the way through.

Tucker: But she had never even played an electric guitar until I put one in her hand and was like yo, can we get some electric guitar?

Sophie: Ya it changed everything

Tucker: And then that day, the first time she’d ever played an electric guitar we recorded “Drinkee”

TSS: That’s super impressive

Sophie: Well it’s pretty powerful to play an instrument that you don’t have any auto pilot with because then there’s no place that my fingers will naturally go to try to do what I always do. Ya I play the guitar weirdly because you’re supposed to stroke up & down but I only stroke up haha.

TSS: Well it all sounds amazing. Could you guys take us through the book tree next? because it’s such an awesome and unique aspect of your live set.

book-tree

Tucker: So there’s contact microphones in all the books, their a quarter inch and they connect to a converter that turns the vibrations of the hit into a midi note. So basically when you hit a note it’s like an on-off switch in the midi. There’s a different drum rack in Ableton for each song, so we’re both playing different samples on each song depending on each part and whatever.

TSS: So you two have probably heard this question a lot, but considering your discography is filled with so much quality, and not the most quantity, what are your future releases looking like?

S&T: More quality!! We’re actually almost finished with our full length now and we’re really excited about it. We can’t wait to start playing more new songs, we actually played a good amount that aren’t released in our set today

TSS: There was one that sounded way harder than your usual stuff with Sophie screaming/singing can we expect more of that?

Tucker: Ya we got a few more like that, a couple of the new ones are actually even harder they’re like screaming techno punk haha or something else, who knows.

Sophie: I’ve never screamed before so you’re going to start seeing a trend, and Tucker encouraged me to try it and it just feels so good and really is the most fun.

TSS: When you guys create music do you like to work with other artists? Or do you prefer just working with yourselves?

Tucker: We actually have something in the works with another artist but we can’t share it right now. We mostly work with ourselves. It always feels less authentic and less “us” with other people involved and we do all of the process on our own.

Sophie: It’s really nice to sort of like start and finish a song with just the two of us the whole time and there’s something magical and seamless about the process, so bringing someone else in…

Tucker: Sometimes it’s fun and the song is good but we’re like huh is it us? Sometimes I don’t know if the it’s in that weird space where Sophie & I’s brains connect you know.

TSS: You guys are heading to Europe for a tour in a little bit right? Is there a difference in playing for crowds over there as opposed to in the US?

Sophie: There’s a difference every single crowd in every country it’s so wildly different it’s crazy.

Tucker: And we’re much bigger in certain countries over there than here so sometimes it’s crazy, like we went to Latvia and everyone new all the words to most of the songs on the Soft Animals EP, and we were like really? That’s amazing. We had an amazing show in London and Italy & Hungary are real big for us too.

Sophie: We played a show in Italy at the beginning when we were starting out, for like a TV thing, and we had gone from playing smaller stuff you know, I think at that point we’d opening for The Knocks in the US, and we go to Italy haha and we play in a 12,000 person arena because we had a number 1 song there. Again we were just like what? it was just so wild

TSS: Can you tell us a bit more about your relationship with The Knocks as they are some of our favorite artists here at the site.

Tucker: They were the ones who really pushed us to pursue music as a full career. They’re definitely some of our best friends in New York, we love them. They’ve just been so great as kind of mentors that really helped guide us through the music industry when we were originally starting out.

TSS: Thanks guys, you’re the best

If you couldn’t tell through this interview, these two fantastic artists are some of the most genuinely nice and humble people you will ever meet. It truly is inspiring to see a duo create such incredible and positive music almost on a whim. Be sure to check out their new music video for “Awoo ft. Betta Lemme” below for a better idea of the SOFI TUKKER vibe and the super cool book tree in action.

These two truly are a duo unlike any other so be sure to throw them a like or follow for some of the best tunes you’ll hear these days.

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L-Gunna – Q&A Interview

L- Gunna – “GMF2” Living Proof Mixtape (Review)

Whats up L-Gunna! We really enjoyed your music throughout the past few days! When did you decide to start making Hip Hop? Who influenced you? How did you get the name L-Gunna?

I started making Hip-Hop when I was about 16 but I’ve been a fan since 4 year’s old, writing rhymes, studying my favourite MC’s, their lyrical structures and escaping my own life..basically trying to write my way into a new one. Influences??. Life! But as far as other MC’s Eightball & MJG & 2pac Comin’ Out Hard & Me Against The Wore my 1st and 2nd rap tapes YEAH I SAID TAPES! Lol. I got the name L-Gunna from my first name Lionel (L) and Gunna because basically I’m killing every track I rhyme on. The flip side to the Gunna part it’s part of my younger much wilder day’s lol I’ll leave it at that.

Who has the local Hip Hop community in your city accepted your music and movement?

There’s alot great music coming from my city New Orleans. My Music is slowly but surely being accepted because it’s a different vibe from alot of what’s coming out right now.

Congrats on the success of your mixtape “GMF2” Living Proof. Feel free to breakdown the creative process of the project. (features, production, etc).

GMF2..Living Proof is a vintage style mixtape (Great lyrics over industry instrumentals) but I make them my own. It’s like an audio mini movie how GMF2..Living Proof is written. It’s based on the prior 7 year’s of my life and I think it’s a remarkable listen. GMF2 intro track is a mash-up of tracks from GMF1 made when I was 20 years old. (G.M.F. stands for Gunna Mind Frame). GMF2..Living Proof I’m back stronger lyrically & mature. Give it a listen.

Who are you top 5 MC & Producers?

MC’s

Eightball & MJG
Jay-Z
Nas
2pac
Rakim..No Order

5 more lol

Biggie
Pusha T
Freddie Gibbs
Kendrick Lamar
T.I. and so many more

Producers

Dr.Dre.
Kanye West
J-Dilla
9th Wonder
Cardiak

Any new music videos coming out?

Yes music videos are coming soon.

How often do you perform live?

No much but I’m about to change that.

How often do you collab with other artists?

Not often..everybody not rapping like I’m rapping collabs gotta make sense to make it work in my mind.

Here it is!

Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”? Me!..LOL

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

https://www.reverbnation.com/lgunna6
https://www.instagram.com/lg1recordings
https://m.soundcloud.com/lg1recordings

Lastly, and shout out?

“God 1st & The Grind Continues”

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Everett Gibbons – Q&A Interview

Everett Gibbons - Q&A Interview

New England Area Hip Hop might just have a new hero in their city and we are talking about you. When did you decide to start making Hip Hop? Who influenced you? How did you get the name Everett Gibbons?

I started writing raps when I was like eleven, but didn’t start recording music until I was 16; and didn’t release anything to the public until I was 18. As far as influences, I’d say my peers and other musicians were my biggest influences. The musicians ranged from Outkast and Wu Tang; to Rancid and The Beatles; Kendrick and J.cole; Streetlight Manifesto and Pink Floyd; The Doors and Slightly Stoopid.. Everett Gibbons is my real name, and I was born in Everett, MA, lived on Everett St. and have carried the name since.

What specific area of New England Area do you rep? How has the local Hip Hop community accepted your music and movement?

I represent NH and Massachusetts. I reside about 5 minutes North of Lowell MA, in New Hampshire; 30 minutes north of Boston. The hip-hop community around here is best described as small, but passionate, a lot of artists supporting artists. I’m involved with a weekly hip-hop showcase called “Misery Loves Company” hosted by Cody Pope and Vatican Life, who put on big for the 603. I work the venue at which it’s hosted (Shoutout CARLO ROSE CIGAR BAR). The support is always real, and the place gives a lot of musicians a place to perform in front a crowd, that’s excited to be there.

Congrats on the success of your latest album release, “Dam(n) the Mainstream”. Feel free to break down the creative process of the project. (features, production, etc).

Thank you, a lot goes into a project like this. Inspiration, Delivery, Consciousness, Production and Marketing; while still trying to relate to a listener can be hard to “break down”. Wordplay and keeping your identity as an artist, to me, is crucial in today’s Hip-hop community. Production on “Dam(n) the Mainstream” ranges from Dos Gringos; a duo from the UK, to Boston’s own Louis Mackey and Killa K. Nextwon is from the CHI, and Commacomma is from Australia. All of these producers are professionals and we’re pleasures to work with; creating “Dam(n) the Mainstream”

Who are you top 5 MC & Producers?

That’s a tough question, but off the top, in no specific order…
Producers: Dr. Dre, Preemo, Rjd2, Blockhead, and Pete Rock.

MCS: Kendrick, J.cole, Andre 3000, GZA, and Slug.

What are your plans for getting your music out of your local city and let it circulate throughout the nation?

Social Media is becoming more and more important in today’s age. But I’m looking for unique opportunities to be more personal with my music. Earning new fans through face-to-face meetings, and relating to them. An internet buzz is dope, but I want people to know who I am, by talking with me, and feel comfortable approaching me with conversations about anything. I’m human too, it doesn’t need to be about just music.. Building that kind of positive buzz locally, is what I think will get me buzzing in other places that hear my music.

Are you looking forward to working with other artists near you? Or do you try to keep collabs at a minimum.

I’m down to work with anyone, as long as it’s mutually beneficial. There are a couple local cats I would work with but we’ll see.

What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Underground to me; staying true to yourself, and making the type of music your soul desires. Underground is “Dam(n) the Mainstream”

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

Find me at www.everettgibbons.com. My Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Souncloud links are all there on my website.

Lastly, and shout out?

Shoutout to all the people who give me honest feedback on my art. People who explain how they felt about my music, or tell me what my music made them feel have a huge roll in why I do this. Thank you for liking, disliking and relating to my music. Feel free to hit me up if you ever need to talk.

Thank You!  Everett Gibbons “Dam(n) the Mainstream”

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Mark Will – Q&A Interview

Mark Will - Q&A Interview

Detroit Hip Hop might just have a new hero in their city and we are talking about you? When did you decide to start making Hip Hop? Who influenced you? Is Mark Will your government name of is it just your artist name?

Haha, that’s a dope compliment salute, & I’ve been around music my whole life. My older siblings got me hip at an early age but I didn’t start making music until I was 19. I always had an ear for good music and thought it was a dope way to get a message across. Starting out music was just a hobby but as I got better & more serious with it, It became a passion and I decided to pursue it 100%. As far my artist name “Mark Will” it’s just an abbreviation of my government name.

What specific area of Detroit do you rep? Who has the local Hip Hop community accepted your music and movement?

I’m from the Westside of Detroit. Sometimes it can be tough to get recognition in my city because of the mindset of a lot of people but I can def say this year the hip-hop community has been getting hip and taking notice of my music/movement.

Congrats on the success of your latest mixtape, “MarkMyWord”. Feel free to break down the creative process of the project. (features, production, etc)..

Appreciate it, I put a lot of work into this mixtape! The concept behind MarkMyWord was to give people a look into my life and paint a picture for them to understand my thoughts, experiences, and vision. Each track has a meaning behind it with personal experience. All of the producers and features were an artist from Detroit that I felt had a sound/style that would compliment what I was trying to do with this project. Nowadays I feel like a lot of artists follow trends and make music that they feel is popular. I personally like some of the trends but that doesn’t mean I have to make the same music as everybody else. I Just rap my life and the people who rock with it salute and those who don’t it’s just not for them.

Who are you top 5 MC & Producers?

When I think of top 5 I think of artist who I listen to the most, my list in no particular order is
Tupac
Nipsey Hussle
Future
Fabolous
Mark Will

as far as producers its too many to name, that can vary from day to day just on the type of vibe I’m feeling.

Planning on releasing any videos to complement “MarkMyWord”

Yeah, I def plan on releasing a few visuals to tracks off of MarkMyWord the main one I’m focusing on now is to my single HouseParty. I plan on doing something major for that one!

What are your plans for getting your music out of Detroit and let it circulate throughout the nation?

Me & my team are planning promotion plans and connecting with more outlets to get my music and brand to a bigger audience! My music and brand are growing organically which I don’t have a problem with because it makes you appreciate the grind, allows your fans/supporters to grow with you and it helps mode/prepare you for success. Are you looking forward to working with other artists near you? Or do you try to keep collabs at a minimum?

Are you looking forward to working with other artists near you? Or do you try to keep collabs at a minimum?

I’m always down to collab with another dope artist not only in my city but everywhere. As long as the timing is right and we can create something tight we can make it happen!

What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Underground hip hop to me is a culture. I think of it as a platform for an artist that are talented, hungry and on the come up. It’s a wave of music that everyone isn’t hip to, but the ones who appreciate it and salute the grind.

Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.

Instagram: markwill https://www.instagram.com/markwill/
Twitter @Mark__Will https://twitter.com/@mark__Will
Soundcloud: Markwill313 https://soundcloud.com/markwill313
Gmail: Markwillmusic313@gmail.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbh_Ja8xHfwN_5mrMCsudtQ/featured

Lastly, and shout out? (friends, family, management, etc)
I want to S/O my family, my team RichOak Gang and all of my supporters and people who believe in my vision.

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Chronicle – “Q&A Interview”

Chronicle - Q&A Interview

For the music junkies who don’t know who you Chronicle is, let them know? Where are you from? How did your Hip Hop brand come about? What does Chronicle mean?

I’m from Jacksonville, FL. A city with a lot of talent but no one really has broken out like that. This all started back when I was high school me and my friends came up with “LrK” that was originally formed from our middle names but later was changed into “legendary regime kingz”. It’s funny you ask cause chronicle came from the movie “chronicle” that came out a few years ago. I was like yoooo this a dope name so I stuck with it.

We notice you represent a variety of genres of music? R&B, Jazz, & Hip Hop? What genre did you start listening too and what influenced you into making Hip Hop currently.

I remember when I was younger on Sunday’s was clean up days lol so she would blast rnb music. Artist like Lauryn hill, Maxwell, Mary j, Maxwell, Toni Braxton, erykah badu and so on. That type of music really stuck with me more than rap itself but I always had a love for it regardless. I just thought rnb back then was more soulful than anything else.

Congrats on success of your first ever LP, “Bright Nights”. Feel free to breakdown the creative process of the project. (features, production, etc). Where can people find the project?

Thanks man I appreciate that. The process was crazy I already had the idea of the album back when I released my first mixtape period which was “dark days”. So while I was getting ready to release that my mind was already working on this. I wanted to take my time on this too not rush the process of it and put out a quality body of work even though I was still new to this. I would go to the studio, lay some tracks down,and listen to those same tracks for weeks on end trying to pick apart what I need to fix and things I can add. I’m a perfectionist. Most of the ideas I would come up with were while I was at work lol. A year passes by and I have my first listening session. Only invited close friends and family, to get opinions on it. In my mind I was pretty much finished with it. Just needed a few more tracks mastered and it was done, but like a couple of weeks after the listening I sat down with it myself and said to myself “is this what I want to put out after a year of work? Am I really satisfied with this body of work”. Honestly at the time I wasn’t so back to the drawing board I went but I didn’t want more time to pass without me releasing any music. I ended up putting together a mixtape called ‘Eve of summer’ (almost named it Summer’s Eve lmao) and all these songs were throwaway songs that didn’t make the album but I loved them so much I couldn’t just trash them. Knocked my features out pretty early. I wanted to add a lil edge to the album though. I went back to study albums from outkast, Lauryn hill, J.cole, Kendrick, Drake, Kanye west and childish gambino to see why I loved these albums so much. I even compared my songs to theirs as far as sound quality to make sure my music sounded just as good. Around this time I was diving more into writing poems and writing my raps in this form without worrying so much on rhyming. That’s when I noticed my writing was becoming a lot better when I wasn’t putting so much pressure on that aspect and it started flowing naturally. Always push yourself to your limits because if you don’t you will never know if you can surpass them.

Are you planning on releasing any videos to complement “Bright Nights”. Or are you going to let the record gravitate as an exclusive listening experience?

I plan on dropping a visual for every song on the album. I won’t be releasing another until I do and I’m a man of my word. I already released 3 visuals so far for ‘all drinks on me’, ‘poetry in motion’, and ‘chill ass intro’.

With this industry being so fast pace, being so busy promoting yourself, what advice do you have to those who are barely releasing their first record exactly what you just did, and trying to break into the business?

Even with the industry being as fast paced as it is and people’s attention spans shortening, I still value quality over quantity. I’ll rather listen to an artist who spends 6 months or more on releasing one project that year than someone who is putting out 3 mixtapes in one year. Now if that’s a pace an artist can do and still put out quality music then more power to them, but most just over saturate the market mediocre.

How does social media playing a role in Chronicle’s success? How are fans / supporters helping your movement?

It plays a certain role in case I want to give snippets of something new or future shows. I don’t really use my social medias much though, I’m more of a people person.

With this being an underground hip hop site, we always ask this important question. What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?

Good question…hmm, I guess artist who haven’t quite made into the mainstream media yet like radio for example but still garner enough buzz for themselves to make some noise. I wouldn’t say any particular music is classified as “underground hip hop”.

Where can people find you on the Internet? Drop all the vital links.

https://Facebook.com/marquis.LrK.walker
https://twitter.com/RespectMrWalker
https://lrk-chronicle.tumblr.com
https://Instagram.com/respectmrwalker

Any Shout Outs?

Much love to everyone who helped with the project, Taylor King, Saul xo, ghost/\/ghoul, luxe, Canis Major, Stevie Fanta, soul, and my boy LB on the production tip. Dre rose, Dezy, d-mec, lauree, Vizzle, rj gambino, and jay mac for the amazing features and background vocals/harmonies. Booda, and Ahynte heard for the spoken word. Solomon Powell and my boy Tavion Williams for the funny radio skits. Last and not least to everyone who has or will listen to the album cause without the fans the artist is nothing. Much love to everyone out their pushing forward.

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