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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Big City Cowgirl

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Big City Cowgirl is a Country music singer and songwriter seeking to spread her music worldwide. You will be pleased to discover important details of her brilliant artistic career and learn more about her views on music. So, relax and enjoy your coffee while you read this exclusive interview!

1 – Where does the name Big City Cowgirl come from?

It’s really rather simple. I am a city girl with country music in her heart. I picked the name Big City Cowgirl because I felt that it fit perfectly with my persona. I’m a girl who lives in the big city who loves all things country.

2 – Is your family musical?

I’ve had a few relatives who were musically inclined. The most notable of those is my Uncle Mort, who passed away last year. He played the recorder and used to create musical pieces, mostly stuff that was classical. He used to write and direct whole musical performances and would find people who would perform his compositions for audiences. Other than my uncle, I think I might be the only other one in my family who writes music. I have hopes that one day my daughter will write music. My daughter seems to be musically inclined. As soon as she was born, she was into music. She would tap her hand in time with music. She sings melodies and makes up lyrics. She also tries to play the guitar. This year we are going to get her formal training.

3 – When did you discover your singing voice?

I discovered my singing voice when I was a pre-teen. I always loved to sing, but when I was in elementary school, the choir director heard me sing once and pursued me to join the choir. When I agreed, he pushed me to develop my craft and gave me a lot of confidence. I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t remember his name, but I owe him a lot because it was the first time that I took myself seriously in regards to singing and starting a music career. Since then, I have sung a variety of different genres, and recently I started taking vocal lessons with a prestigious vocal coach so that I could better my singing prowess.

4 – What’s the name of your most recent single? What inspired you to make this song?

The name of my most recent single is “Game of Love.” I wrote it because I’ve been through both good romances and bad relationships, and I’ve wondered a lot of the “game of love.” I’ve also spent a lot of time talking to people about relationships – friends, family, acquaintances would catch my ear with their stories – and it was my fascination with the “game of love” that inspired me ultimately to write the song.

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5 – Where was the music video filmed? Any funny anecdote?

My music video for “Game of Love,” my most recent single, was filmed in Asharoken, Long Island. Asharoken is a lovely oceanside town where my in-laws live. They own a gorgeous home in which part of the video was recorded. I am so appreciative that they let me use their home and that location. There is a “funny” anecdote about the filming actually. There was a hurricane headed for Long Island that developed right around the time of the video. Everyone who had been hired to do the video was panicked that the video couldn’t go forward on that date. But, as it turned out, the hurricane went out to sea by the time it got to New York and all we got were awesome winds and waves, which made recording the video in that area dynamic.

 6 – Have you written songs for other artists or bands? How can people contact you?

I have co-written songs for a variety of bands in which I performed, but I have not written songs exclusively for other artists or bands to record. I’m not opposed to doing so though. People can contact me through my website, bigcitycowgirl.com, or by connecting with me on ReverbNation, Twitter or Google.

7 – We know you are also a lawyer, How is possible to combine your artistic career with your other profession?

I don’t combine them necessarily; I balance them. It takes a lot of logistical planning to do so. I do it the best that I can so that I can pay my bills but still have stress relief from pursuing my passion. One thing I will say about litigating is that it involves a degree of performance, which is not all that different than doing music. I can’t sing my opening statements, summations, or arguments, but I can use inflection in my voice to be persuasive and use words to evoke emotions. I hope my songs do the same for people.

8 – What is the most criticized aspect of Country music in America?

I think the most criticized aspect of country music in America right now is that most of it is not authentic old school country music. Country music has become what I call country plus – country plus pop, country plus rock, country plus rap, country plus hip hop. I miss the old school country music even though I can appreciate the new. I find myself vacillating between the two in terms of what I write and how I produce it.

9 – If you were not a Country singer, What different style of music would you choose? Why?

Well, in my past, I’ve written just about every style of music you can imagine. And I love, love, love all styles of music because I feel as though they all have something important to contribute to the music world. But right now, if I were to choose a genre, and it couldn’t be country, I would choose pop music. I love to throw myself around when I perform – so I would want to do songs that are upbeat and uplifting – but I also love the intimacy of ballads – so I would want to do that too. I think that you have the most amount of leeway in doing both with pop music.

10 – What’s your ambition for the year ahead?

My ambition for the year ahead is to continue putting out music from my heart and soul. I would love to make a career of music so I could focus on music and nothing else. And who knows? Maybe I will see that happen in the year ahead! Being a mainstream country music artist is definitely my ambition.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Exclusive Interview: Jenna x On Debut Single “When The Party’s Over..”

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emerges in 2021 with “When The Party’s Over..” which is an incredible debut single that plays equally as well at the party, at the afterparty, or the next morning. Definitely, the best asset is her melodious singing voice. Scroll down and learn more in this exclusive interview.

1 — First of all, how would you describe your sound?

My sound is constantly evolving within Pop, but it’s more cinematic. I envision each of my songs as a scene from a film and try to capture everything that would be there—the temperature of the sunlight, the scent in the air, the city sounds, and the words that are being spoken.

2 — Why did you pick “When The Party’s Over..” as your debut single?

It was the exact type of sound and message that I wanted to release as my debut single. I also think that it’s a good representation of me as an artist because it’s a song that I really tried to be honest with myself about, as well as the other parts of myself that I am revealing, like my inner thoughts, emotions, and philosophies.

3 — Is this song based on a personal experience?

Yes! The party in my song is both literal and figurative—I, like anyone else, have gone to a party or a large gathering just to fill the emptiness I was feeling inside, only to leave with a greater sense of loneliness. I’ve also felt like I have nowhere to go emotionally, which is the figurative part of the song.

4 — What’s your favorite line from it? Why?

The entire chorus is my favorite part, especially the “will there be anyone to watch me die / someone just shows me how to cry” part. I think they really capture the essence of the song and are the parts where I am the most direct with what I want to say. The second half of the chorus is almost like a cry for help you can’t ever let out.

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5 — What came first, the melody or the lyrics?

For me, they usually come together but for this song, the lyrics came first. I had a clear idea of what I wanted the song to be about lyrically and then used the melody to fill in the blanks.

6 — Given the situation the world is in at the moment, do you miss partying?

I’m not the type to usually enjoy large parties, but I do really miss gatherings with my closest friends. But who knows—by the time this is all over I might be dying to go to a huge party.

7 — What makes you different from other singers?

I like to think of my music as very visual—I always try to paint a picture with my music and focus on what the music is painting. Each sound is like a color I use to paint the song, and the way they are delivered are the brushstrokes.


8 — Who did you grow up listening to?

I think I had a lot of phases where I was into different types of music and different artists. I grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. I was always fascinated with how brilliant and revolutionary their melodies and lyrics were. Later in my teens, I had A Great Big World’s albums on repeat. A part of me is also in love with classical composers, like Elgar and Rachmaninoff. The second movement of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

9 — When you’re not at the studio, how do you usually spend your time?

Usually prepping for studio time! But if I’m not working on music, I’ll watch movies or binge a show. Right now I’m on season 4 of Criminal Minds, and it’s been sucking me in. I’ve also been really busy these days with my new release and everything that goes along with it, but I’ll still find time to video chat with my friends and listen to my favorite albums on repeat.

10 — What are your plans for the upcoming months?

Working! I have an EP coming out in February, so I’m prepping for the release and other music that I’ll release during this year. The upcoming EP is part two of the story of loneliness I started telling with “When The Party’s Over..” and the more colorful, visual part of the story, so I’ll be working a lot on perfecting that. I also hope to be wherever I can be with my music, doing whatever I can to express myself through it.


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Dar.Ra Talks Latest Single And Confirms New Album In 2021 — Interview

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Following the release of his latest single “Rise Like The Sun” along with its proper EP, Dar.Ra also plans to drop a new album in 2021. ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has been confirmed to be out by the end of January. In this exclusive interview, the British artist talks about the recent single, the most important details on the upcoming album, but also his various side projects, which include his own radio show.

1 – Can you reveal to us the name of your upcoming album?

I have two new projects out, a single called “Rise Like The Sun” with 6 killer remixes. One from Columbia and one from Sri Lanka from a killer Producer called Vidula who did the “Lights” remix from the new kinda normal album.

I did the other mixes which have a tribal House feel and an Ambient 6 am Chill Out mix. All mixes have a Sunshine title, from UK Sunshine mix, Indian Sun mix to Australian, Indonesian, USA, and Columbian mix. It’s all about not being dictated too in your time here and “Rising Like The Sun” every day of your life.

The other project is more of an alias back vibe and is a compilation of slower more Ballad type songs that I have had released over the years. I am doing a radio show called The Kusha Deep Radio show which is going out around the world through various Radio outlets and I did this show which featured some of the laid-back tracks I’ve done and I thought it would make a great album of torchlight songs. The album is 12 tracks long and is titled ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ and is out later this month.

I am also working on a new album of songs for the spring with a new single planned for the first quarter of the year release.

2 – Were there specific things that helped you get creative?

I’m always inspired by life, it’s hard not to be unless you shut off from what’s going on around you. Even in the middle of a global pandemic, I had two singles out “Stand Up For The Heroes”, “Rise Like The Sun” and the ‘Whisky n Honey’ EP plus two remixes out. I also started doing a new project which is now syndicated around the world called The Kusha Deep Radio Show, which started off playing tracks that I had out over the past 25 years.


I also started doing a TV show with a Washington DC-based journalist MJ Godfrey which is a cultural review show looking at things happening in the UK and the USA. I’ve also written the next album to follow up on 2019’s ‘New Kinda Normal’. If you stay open to ideas and let them flow it’s a natural vibe for staying creative.

3 – Are you discovering new sounds on this new record?

I explore different sounds all the time, I’m getting known for merging styles and creating new hybrids like Rock Step a vibe that featured on the ‘New Kinda Normal’ album which mixed the elements of Rock and EDM together which you can feel on tracks like “Nightstepper,” “The Beat” and “Heart Shape Pill.” There’s also a genre called Gothic Soul which you can hear on tracks like “The Lights” and “Whisky n Honey.” I was feeling the Latin vibe on “Rise Like The Sun.”

I wanted something uplifting that holds no allegiance to what’s happening in the charts but has a classic Santana vibe mixed with that Gothic style vocal.

The actual record itself is truly global, the mixes and mastering were done all over the world, the drums recorded in Italy, the Horns in Portugal, the rest in the UK. I love that about the technology vibe that you can work with people everywhere now.




4 – How many tracks will there be on the album?

The album ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has 12 tracks and “Rise Like The Sun” single has 6 mixes on it. The new album will have around 12 tracks on it as well, value for money I say!

5 – What themes will the new album explore?

The new album has some wide themes such as loyalty on a track called “No Time For Tears” which has a cool Rock vibe about it. There’s a track about power struggles with relationships on “Don’t Make Me Beg.” There’s a track about migrants looking for a safe place to call home on “Renegade Serenade.” At the moment, it’s looking very love-oriented in one way or another.

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6 – Did you collaborate with other artists?

I do work with other artists when the vibe is right. I’m doing a track with a producer called KDX in the UK, a Deep House kinda groove.

7 – What makes your latest single “Rise Like The Sun” special to listeners?

It’s honest, it’s real and it’s played with passion.

8 – What exciting projects can we expect from your label Kusha Deep Records?

All the above and more.

9 – Can you tell us more about your 2021 tour? 


We were supposed to be doing a US tour last year, not sure how things will pan out this year but would be good to get out on the road again for a bit.

10 – The global pandemic forced the music industry to try innovative things. What do you think about private live zoom concerts?

I played Rock the Lockdown back in May and we had a few thousand people all rocking out to the set. I also did a US online tour in the summer which broadcast shows into the venues from my studio. I’ve been doing lots of interviews from Brazil to America, Australia, and the UK online which is ace as you don’t have to drive anywhere. Less hit on the climate and you can hit so many more people with a live stream if it’s set up properly.

Nothing will take the place of a jam in front of people, but I think the live stream is here to say alongside the live gig. I love technology though so it’s all good in my book. Be safe out there and looking forward to partying with you all soon!


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Quickfire Interview With: SOUNDQ

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Hailing from Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland, Kuba Kubica aka SOUNDQ carries the flag of innovation when it comes to producing electronic music. The interview below is very clear and gives you a deep insight into his art. Scroll down to read his answers.

1 – You’ve been composing songs since…

Year 2000. The year when computer records got screwed by the two 0s was the year when I started programming a dodgy Korg workstation.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

I found it liberating not to have to depict anything. To be able to express what I feel without saying or drawing what it was.

3 – Your sound is…

As incomplete as I am. There’s always at least one element causing some imbalance. You’re never quite sure if it all won’t fall apart.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

I am most creative when I’m deadbeat and stressed out. So, in a way, pressure inspires me – or rather makes my creative juices flow faster.

5 – People should listen to your new track “Bad Lot” because…

It offers a glimpse into a complete world – fatalistic, sexy, and dangerous.

6 – If you want to know who SOUNDQ is, listen to the track…

“Bad Lot.” And if you’ve heard it already, give “This Heart” a spin.

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

Crossing the Ural Mountains in -30 degrees Celsius to play a death metal gig in Jekaterynburg.

8 – Your dream is…

Long forgotten the moment I wake up.

9 – Your next release is called…

“Disco Turista Antifascista.”


10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

That’s a tough one. I’ll go with “My Kingdom” by Future Sound of London.

11 – Your favourite place to write songs is…

I love coming up with ideas when I’m traveling. Not a lot of occasions for that in 2020 though.

12 – If you weren’t an artist, you’d probably be…

An Instagram influencer pretending he’s a XIXth Century French flaneur. All dressed in epoch clothes doing product placement for travel gear and shit.

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I don’t think I have it in me to stop.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

Able to go out without a mask, play gigs, laugh together with large groups of people. Travel to big cities and get lost wandering through them.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

It’s evening already, so I’m going to be busy writing music till late.


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