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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Christina Rubino

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In short, you’ll like her music, sense of humor and honest words. Check out the interview I had with Christina Rubino. She’s taking the Folk scene by storm and her new song “Godspeed and Guns” is simply woderful! Christina has received positive reviews from The Nashville Music Guide, Indie Artist Alliance, Pop Dose Magazine, The Examiner, and more… Learn more about the artist below:

1 – How would you describe your music style?

I want to say that if folk, country, and punk had a hyper-emotional, attention deficit disordered and semi-unpredictable child……that child would be my music.

2 – Do you find that Christina Rubino the artist is different than Christina Rubino the woman?

Not so much. When I am writing or creating anything – be it a song or a painting or whatever I am doing – I go into that zone, but as soon as that trance is over I am pretty much the same person everywhere I go. It gets me in trouble sometimes. I forget that not everyone speaks fluent metaphor or has a sadistic sense of humor. Sometimes people in the deli just stare at me.

3 – Why do you think you are dubbed as the female version of “Johnny Cash”?

I think probably because I wear a lot of black, write many songs in story formats, and have a voice as deep as Shrek. I should probably just be dubbed Shrek.

4 – What was the inspiration behind the lyrics of “Godspeed and Guns”?

There was nothing in particular that inspired me to write this song. The song came, knocked on my head and asked to be written. There was a fluid rush of inspiration in my belly, so I sat down with a guitar and chords started shaping. Right behind them came lyrics…a story started emerging with visuals, which worked fabulously for the video. The song revealed its meaning to me little by little. It has guided me way more than I have guided it. It’s about our unconscious long term reactions to pain. “If I would have known that this battle could not be won, I would have taken Godspeed and Guns.” To me, this means that if I do not become aware of my defects and true motives, I will never get free of them – I am living in my default version of a hellish prison. A concept of original sin, if you will… therefore, if I am never willing to look at myself, and not just forget my past and move on – but forgive my past and get to a place of true understanding – I stay sick. Without truth, I will be lost. I stay imprisoned. And, if I had it all to do over again… I would not only do it the same… I would take godspeed and guns, meaning I would raise even more hell and take as many people down with me as possible. Maybe the song bubbled from my unconscious. Maybe I have done that myself. I have gotten into plenty of trouble because I was more willing to blame my past for my own defects of character rather than take a good look at myself and where I set the ball rolling in my own chaos.

5 – How did the story of the music video for “Godspeed and Guns” came along?

The visuals that presented themselves while the song was shaping were clear as day. I saw my sister and myself on this Thelma and Louise type of killing spree. That was how it started. When Frankie (Director, Frankie Nasso) wandered into the studio (that happens to be in his basement) and heard the song that Jerry (my producer) and I were working on- he started talking about a cinematic quality to the song. We sat down and brainstormed. We were literally seeing the same storyline. It was like the storyline was revealing itself to us. I would love to take creative credit for the cool storyline, but the fact is that this story wanted to be told and it simply found a few artists who were willing and able to tell it.

6 – I liked your performance on this video. Have you ever been to an acting class?

Thank you! I have never taken acting classes, but Frankie did suggest I make a reel! That was super flattering……but I think that any artist who is immersed in his or her project can just about pull off anything necessary to get it accomplished. I was so intimately involved with the storyline and the characters, that the performance came fairly natural. On the days we were shooting, I felt like I WAS those characters. I scared a few people with a very convincing portrayal of a psychopath, on and off camera. Once I was immersed in the character, it was hard to bounce back and forth to my regular self.

7 – What’s the best thing of being an Indie artist?

Well I wouldn’t be able to compare it to being an artist where anyone else has any sort of control over what is being put out there – so I don’t know what it is like to have any sort of pressure or coercing from a label. I guess in that light, the best thing is that nobody owns me or what I do. Don’t like the video treatment? Too violent for broadcast? Awesome….don’t play it. Ain’t nobody trying to get famous over here paw, we’re just trying to catch inspiration like butterflies so we can help others to experience that inspiration too.

8 – What are some of your fears or insecurities on stage?

It is very strange, but before I am about to play a slight feeling of aggression comes over me. Maybe it’s the way my brain deals with fear. My fight or flight becomes fight…….and I just sort of want to eat the room……while growling.

9 – What kind of advice would you give to other young singers that are starting their careers?

Do not get too caught up with anything that doesn’t grow you as an artist. Practice your craft and turn your attention INWARD to connect with the magic. Your craft enables you to bring the magic into the world, and the world desperately needs the magic. Don’t let anything overshadow that connection. Your ego will continuously try and drag you away from that. Ego kills art and makes it entertainment. Its a dead thing. Don’t do it.

10 – What can fans expect to see from you in the next year?

I am releasing a NEW music video on January 6th along with a single called “Down to the Sea”- and the album has been pushed to a Valentine’s Day release. Shows to support that album… this video is nothing like the first. No blood or severed heads 🙂 I promise… It’s a piano ballad and it’s pretty.

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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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Diego Druck Reveals What Listeners Can Expect From “A Different Way”

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Get to know Diego Druck, a talented EDM artist who discovered his passion for music at age 14 and has since channeled his eclectic influences into his productions, including remixes for Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi. He has just released his new single “A Different Way, all details are revealed in this interview!

1 — How would you describe your sound and how has it evolved over time?

I’m an extremely eclectic guy, so in my productions, I always try to bring inspiration from all kinds of music genres and masterpieces that shaped my music taste throughout my life.

2 — When did you realize you wanted to turn music into a career?

At age 14 I went to my first EDM festival and got to see first hand Vintage Culture playing a set while the crowd went crazy happy. At that moment I realized what I wanted to do with my life.

3 — Can you talk about the experience of remixing for artists like Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi?

It was unbelievable for me when I first found out I would have a chance to submit a remix for both of them. Even more when they got approved. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity of working with these icons and share a track with them. Both of them are huge inspirations for me.

4 — What is the inspiration behind your recent song “A Different Way”?

At the time I first wrote the song with my guitar, I was going through some internal conflicts about some decisions and my life paths. “A Different Way” is a reflection of myself.

5 — What steps did you take when producing it?

It started as a Jazz-like sound on my guitar, and I kinda free-styled the lyrics on it. Later on I passed it to my DAW and started building a House beat behind it, then recorded all the vocals and guitar sounds over it. Fun fact: the acoustic guitar used for the riff fill was the guitar my father got from his father when he was only 5 years old.

6 — How do you hope listeners will respond to this tune?

I hope everyone can assimilate what I was feeling and inspire reflections about themselves. I guess everyone has these kinds of thoughts about their own life choices.


7 — Is there a formula to gain a million streams?

Just try to do music just like you would love to hear!

8 — Are you already working on upcoming projects?

Not only working but there are several tracks ready to go for the next months, originals and remixes. Stay tuned!

9 — How did Florianopolis shape your music?

The EDM and clubbing scene is very strong in my city. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience it from a young age, and it has opened many opportunities for learning and expanding my musical background ever since.

10 — Musically speaking, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Just as I am now, learning and exploring the infinite universe of musical possibilities.


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Beth Crowley: From Books To Music — A Revealing Interview

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In this revealing interview, Beth Crowley shares insights into her creative process, the challenges she faces as an artist, and her passion for books and reading. Get ready to dive into the mind of this talented woman and find out what makes her music unique.

1 — Can you tell us about your new single “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” and how it relates to the book of the same name?

“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is based on the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, which is about a woman who makes a bargain with the devil where she will get to live forever, but the catch is that no one she meets will remember her. It’s such an interesting premise for a story — how much of life’s enjoyment comes from the people around you who love you? For the song, I wanted to capture how sad and haunting it would be to know that you can’t truly make an impact on the world. I tried to take some themes from the book so that people who have read it will know the “easter eggs” in the song, but it’s not so specific that people who haven’t read it wouldn’t enjoy it.

2 — What makes this composition worth listening to?

I am always proudest of my lyrics. It’s such a careful and painstaking process to craft the exact right lyrics, so I hope that alone makes “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” worth listening to.

3 — Is there any specific book or author that has had a significant impact on your music?

I don’t think my first book-based song “Warrior” would have taken off like it did if it weren’t for Cassandra Clare (the author of the books it was based on) being incredibly kind and supportive not only when it came out but in the years since. I will always be grateful to her for that.

4 — What would be the title of your life story if it was a book?

Well, This Has Been Unexpected.

5 — Your tunes are often described as emotional piano ballads with cinematic elements. Are you open to experimenting with different sounds in the future?

Absolutely! I don’t think I have painted myself into a corner throughout the years with only having one “sound”— I have had songs that are a little more Rock, musical theatre, or even Country. Doing the same thing over and over again is boring, and I don’t ever want my music to get too predictable.

6 — “Warrior” is your most popular track to date, and it has been streamed over 16 million times on Spotify. What do you believe to be the key factors that contributed to this achievement?

Like I said earlier, Cassandra Clare sharing the song and being so supportive is a huge factor in that. But I also think “Warrior” just resonated with people. It’s about realizing that you are stronger than you think you are, which is something we not only see in tons of different characters through books/movie/television, but something people relate to within themselves as well.

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7 — How do you know when a song is finished and ready to be released?

I hate to be vague and say that it’s just a feeling I get, but it really is. When I am writing a song, sometimes I’ll finish a full set of lyrics and just sit with it for a while to see if it still feels right. But sometimes I immediately know it’s done. When I am in the studio, my producer Daniel and I will usually get to a point where we think it might be ready, then listen all the way through one more time just to make sure. It really does just boil down to a “feeling” though.

8 — What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your artistic career?

I think my biggest struggle has been trying to not take numbers and social media algorithms too personally. No one really knows how the algorithms work, which can be frustrating when it feels like they control if people are going to hear your music or not. When the algorithms don’t work in your favor and a song doesn’t do as well as you hoped, it’s easy to feel like it’s a failure even if the people who do hear it have good things to say about it. I have to remind myself that I can only do so much and just keep putting out music that I am proud of.

9 — When not working on new music, what other hobbies does Beth Crowley enjoy?

Unsurprisingly, I love reading. There is something really therapeutic about listening to an audiobook while doing a jigsaw puzzle, so I do that pretty often. I host trivia once a week at a bar, which I love. And I spend a lot of time with my family.

10 — Finally, can you reveal details about your upcoming projects?

“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is the first single from my upcoming album ‘Unabridged,’ which is going to be all book-based songs. I am really looking forward to seeing people’s reactions when I reveal which books I chose to write songs about, and I have some really great videos and other fun things to go along with them. It’s going to be a lot of fun.


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More To Discover: Additional Insights Into Rubayne’s EP ‘Connections’

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Don’t miss out on rising artist Rubayne’s new EP ‘Connections,’ a blend of genres he calls Bass Pop exploring the ups and downs of love. With a special live performance airing on February 24th and music videos planned, it’s an EP not to be missed. Read the interview to learn more.

1 — What is the main theme you explore in your new EP ‘Connections’?

The EP is a set of eclectic love stories that are connected to each other. Throughout the EP, you will discover the feeling of falling in love, being in love, and holding on to love in the toughest time.

2 — Is there any special meaning behind its title?

There are multiple. Firstly, the titles of the songs relate to each other. In addition, I made a stronger connection with my music by involving myself in the songwriting as well.

3 — Did you collaborate with other artists or producers on this project?

Yes. There are a couple of great singers involved with ‘Connections’! Some new, some I do know from the start. I must give credit and big ups to Romy Dya, Yunnee, EthanUno, and Ansaly for their amazing work.

4 — How did you go about crafting the overall sound and style?

The approach for creating ‘Connections’ was different in comparison to my regular creative approach. With each project, I first focused on selecting a main instrument that would characterize the song. Unattainable has the guitar, “Connections” has the bass, and “In Love Tonight” has the piano. After the main instrument and its melody, I would carve out the full production.

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5 — Did you have any specific genre in mind while producing this material?

I had not, but I focused on having a blend of genres that I and the love theme associate with. I would say this blend of genres can be best described as Bass Pop.

6 — Is there a particular track on the EP that you have a special connection with?

Nope! They are equally special to me and as they complement each other, I feel that I have a special connection with the project as a whole.

7 — Are there any things you wish you had done differently?

When it comes to the EP, there’s nothing I wish I had done differently.

8 — In what ways do you think your songs will resonate with listeners?

I think this project, as well as other songs I have made, encourages its listeners to open up and acknowledge their feelings. I hope my music provides the listeners with a better understanding of themselves.

9 — Have you ever considered creating a music video for any of these news tracks?

I did! I feel like each of the songs has a visual story to tell. However, I have prepared something special for this EP which is visually pleasing as well.

10 — Is there anything else you would like to share about the EP that we haven’t covered in this interview?

To celebrate the release of  ‘Connections,’ I recorded a live performance of the EP with all the vocalists and an amazing guitarist (Rob). It will air on February 24th and you can get notified here.


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