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ARTIST DISCOVERY AN INTERVIEW WITH HIGHJAK

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Remember that youthful energy you felt when you first heard Lil Uzi’s verse on DJ Carnage’s WDYW? I felt that similar energy the first time I heard Highjak’s music. A friend had sent me the Spotify link to his track, On My Way, and I couldn’t help but go crazy. After going through his discography, we had to link up with vert to discuss influences and what’s next! 


1.Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it? 

“On My Way” is inspired by a time after a breakup when I was ready to get back into mingling with other people and meeting other girls after half a year of sitting back and recovering emotionally from the whole ordeal. The song paints a picture of my situation and the situation of many others, where the ex lover is most likely watching out for who the ‘new girl’ is that you’re going out with, and then telling everybody so that everyone who was once your friend through your ex-significant other now officially despises you haha. However, from the chorus you hear “you know they gon’ hate on us, but we don’t care what they say”. And I really didn’t. I was ready to move on.


2.What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it? 

My music is unique because I am able to combine live instrumentation with really solid catchy songwriting. Most pop/hip hop artists don’t have a clue how to play an instrument so it really gives me a leg up in the game to stand out either in the studio or on stage. For example, I put the guitar on On My Way and wrote the hook and everything. When I combine that with the talents of Bergotti (Producer) and Kamaal Malik (Feature Artist), we come up with a crazy dope mix of indie guitar riffs, hip hop type drums, a catchy pop sounding hook, and rap vocals for the verse, all in one track. We use this unique mix of talents to stand out among other artists and it seems to be working so far!

3.Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of? 

 I’ve been the lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist in a band called Captiva for about 6-7 years now. We are an indie/alternative rock band, have over 4 million streams on Spotify, and have toured around the MidWest. Back in 2015-2017 we did an awesome tour run of a couple festivals like SXSW, Backwoods Music Festival, and Fashion Meets Music Festival. I was under 21, playing at music festivals when I’d never even attended one before as an audience member. I’m a straight up hippie at heart and I really thrive in the festival environment so accomplishing all of that at such a young age was very surreal and definitely something I’m super proud of. If you wanna check out the band we are on all platforms and still releasing music!


4.How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?

It’s so freaking tough man. Right now I’m a full-time student with a part-time job. I help manage a pop artist from Austin, TX named Kersty Ryan, have a new girlfriend, and I’m always trying to stay in touch with family and give them attention too, all while getting in the studio nearly 3-4 times a week sitting in on sessions or grinding out sessions for my own music. Basically, I have absolutely no idea how I’m keeping up with everything. I just keep moving, never give up, and never stop believing in myself. However, I wouldn’t be able to do any of it without the incredible support from the people around me (family, friends, fans). Knowing that others believe in my vision and believe I’m worthy of their support pours a full tank of gasoline on an already burning passion that I have for this music shit. And I ain’t slowing down anytime soon believe me. We’re just getting started.

5.What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

My advice to aspiring musicians is that this shit doesn’t come free. It really grinds my gears when artists or producers think that if they work everyday on their craft alone, that they will one day blow up. NO. Hate to break it to you, but it doesn’t work like that. Yes, you need to have that work ethic in order to succeed, but on top of that you need to fiscally invest in yourself too to get your name out there. Save up a decent chunk of money and have a solid plan to execute on promoting all the music that you work so tirelessly on. Otherwise, all of that time goes to waste in my opinion because in this industry, nobody cares until everybody cares, and the only way to get everybody to care is by promoting yourself in any way possible and reaching as many people as possible. If you need help from someone, half the time, the game is sold not told. They are probably going to want you to pay them. If you want to make money off of music and make it your career independently, it takes money to make money plain and simple. Sounds like a lot because it is. If it was easy then everyone would be pursuing a career in music.

6.If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be? 

One message I would give to my fans is just thank you and don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m always open to talk and get to know yall better on a more personal level. Your support never goes unnoticed and has really helped me through some of the roughest points in my life. You all give me a purpose and a reason to live for real. I plan to continue on working my ass off to hopefully give back to all of you ten-fold one day!

7.What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?

Yessir! I have a 6-song EP titled “Voices” dropping this month on March 28th! No matter what genre of music you like to listen to, I guarantee that you will enjoy at least one of the tracks on this project. Got a full-length album set to drop some time late summer as well that I’m super excited about! Big things to come!

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Exclusive Interview With The Upcoming Artist “Las Guapo”

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1. WHEN DID THE IDEA TO BE AN ARTIST/PRODUCER BEGIN?

In late 2017 when I was working at sams club pushing carts and i went on Instagram to notice people like “Lil Pump” were blowing up and i thought to myself if someone like this guy can make music i know I can do it 10 times better.

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON TO DATE?

My favorite project always changes, it’s always the most recent thing I’m working on at the time.

3. CAN YOU ROUGHLY OUTLINE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS – FROM THE BEGINNING OF AN IDEA FOR A PROJECT OR A COLLABORATION TO THE POINT OF COMPLETION?

It’s a lot harder than people think. A lot of people always try to catch you at your lowest and most vulnerable points. Always got to be on ten toes.

4. HOW IS THE REALITY OF BEING AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST/PRODUCER COMPARED TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF IT?

I really just go into the booth and talk about what’s on my mind or what I’m going through in the moment. Nothing is written, everything just off the top of my head! 

5. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES AND DIFFICULTIES YOU FACE WHEN STARTING NEW PROJECTS?

Getting people on board to supporting my new ideas. I set the bar very high for myself so most people will think my goals are me putting a lot on myself at once but in reality that’s what keeps me going. I love the pressure.

6. WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY CALM WHEN A PROJECT IS NOT GOING AS PLANNED?

Really I always have a set plan going into my releases so I do everything I can do avoid anything from not going to plan.

7. DO YOU HAVE ANY INSIGHTS, TIPS, OR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING LOOKING TO START THEIR MUSIC CAREER AND LOOKING TO GET INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?

Take every opportunity you get even if you think nothing will come out of it. You can become successful just off a conversation with the right person

8. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I definitely am proud of myself so far, but there’s no stand out moment that I’m proud of cause I won’t be satisfied until I’m at the top.

9. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?

I’m never not working. I have to be working at all times, if you don’t want to put in the work there’s always someone else that will. The key to this music business is good work ethic

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Our passionate interview with PsychCloned

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1. Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?

Spring Rush is my new single releasing to all platforms on March 18th.  I partnered with Ryan Jones and Space Hobo to help make this Jazzy Pop-Rock bop!  I wanted to release this single as a welcoming to the new season Spring which technically starts on March 20th.  If you close your eyes while listening to ‘Spring Rush,’ you can almost see the flowers blooming and the leaves returning to the trees.  This warm and upbeat instrumental track captures the feeling of a new beginning after a long winter in a way that words never could.  Guitarist Ryan Jones’ leads are playful and evocative, while drummer Space Hobo’s rhythms stretch out beneath constantly evolving harmonies.  The perfect soundtrack to a warm spring day.

2. What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?

All of my music is instrumental but what makes my music unique is that it is genre-defying. I don’t like producing the same type of music over and over and over.  To try and keep the musical storytelling aspect of each song engaging, I try blending multiple genres and song styles into one piece and even diversifying my chord progressions and such so that no two songs sound alike.  Within each single and even within my albums you will find that each song is a journey telling multiple stories.  The magic of instrumental music is that I may have a story in mind as I compose and produce it but the Listener may very well experience something completely different.  Music has such a unique way of speaking to people that you never know what memories and images a sound will produce in their heads.

I also enjoy experimenting with new instruments that you may not hear in mainstream music so sometimes you’ll hear ethnic instruments from international countries make an appearance on a song.  I don’t want to limit myself to the instruments found mainly in the Western world as I firmly believe that every instrument wants and deserves to be heard.  As I gain access to more and more instruments you will be sure to hear them make a splash in my upcoming songs.

3. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

At the beginning of 2022, I released my 26-minute epic, Perlivash. I started my music-producing journey back in February of 2020 with almost no prior knowledge in music theory or digital music production.  I spent countless hours reading articles and blogs, as well as watching several YouTube videos to help myself learn all the nuts and bolts behind composing and producing music and songs.  I never would have imagined that in less than two years I would be able to compose and produce a 26-minute cinematic song.  Perlivash exemplifies all progress I have made throughout the years as it not only showcases my confidence in more advanced musical progressions but also shows just how vivid and wild instrumental music can get! If you have not taken a listen, this is the song I recommend all new listeners enjoy as it is a great introduction to the music of PsychCloned! 

4. How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?

I make music out of pure love and enjoyment. It is something that birthed out of having a ton of free time at home due to the pandemic having forced us to live more indoors, so I don’t necessarily view what I do with music as an obligation or a career. I still have my full-time job in Marketing which I really enjoy and when I have spare time or when the wave of musical inspiration hits I work on music.  Music has and will always be a stress-relieving activity for me.  I don’t want to ruin my passion for music by transforming it into a job of some sort. 

5. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

If you love listening, playing, or making music, then do it!  Go out and show the world the stories and songs you have to offer! I know putting yourself out there is scary and not everyone makes it big, I mean I for sure am still a very small artist, but if you don’t give yourself a shot, if you don’t give all the billions of people out there the opportunity to hear your sound, then it is never going to be heard! You will never know if you are the next star in the music scene.  

Yes, getting started is probably one of the hardest things.  It takes time and money to make good music, but with any hobby or activity, even if you want to view it as a career, you need to put the time and effort to make it work.  Nothing in life is easy.  If you truly want something then you need to go out there and grab it with your own two hands.  Take that leap of faith and reach for the stars! 

6. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

Thank you all for your continued support throughout the last couple of years.  While I am still a growing artist myself, I love to know that there are many out there looking forward to my next releases.  It means the world to me to know that my music and sounds resonate so soundly with each of you.  I want to continue to spread joy and excitement over music so please continue to lend me your support as there are many more musical journeys for us to take.

7. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?

Spring Rush will conclude my “Winter of Melodies” campaign.  Since the start of the new year I have released five singles: Perlivash, Leap of Faith, White Lotus, Full Throttle, and Spring Rush.  Each of these songs are a precursor to the new EP I plan to release this upcoming summer. If you have enjoyed any of the new songs then I think you won’t want to miss the new EP.  Be sure to follow me on your preferred music streaming platform to be immediately notified when the new songs release.  Alternatively, you can find me on Facebook and Instagram, via @PsychCloned, where I plan to post teasers and snippets of the song.  If you want to be the first to hear what new stories are coming, be sure to follow me on there as well!

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Interview of the day with upcoming artist Pxhaxe

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1.Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?

My newest release song would be “ Connection” The story behind it is a relationship or an idea describing sex n weed while being dressed up to impress.


2.What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?

What makes my music unique I don’t try to sound like what’s “Hot” at the moment I stay in my own lane I almost craft the majority of the beats and vocal recordings.


3.Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

The best moment would be a showcase I did in Austin Tx for concert crave. I met some dope artists and made me feel like I was on the right path of my journey. 


4.How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?

I usually take an hour out of my day to work on music or I’ll plan days ahead to focus on what needs to be finished 


5.What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

I would tell them to keep dropping as much music as possible to find their sound or voice to help them stay consistent And to don’t give up gotta remember why you started.


6.If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

Be true to yourself and spread more positivity 


7. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?

I’m planning on putting together a mixtape I don’t have a name for it at the moment but I do have some songs prepped for it. Including “White Heartz into”

Discover Pxhaxe : Instagram | Spotify

 

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