Believe it or not, there’s growing talent in Nigeria. With this interview, you will discover everything about FascoJ. The promising Hip-Hop artist just dropped his debut album ‘Curves’, and has a desire to expand his horizons. For the very first time, FascoJ shares with us his own story and latest music project. Scroll down and read the rest.
1 – Tell us about your musical journey. How did you become FascoJ?
My musical journey has been an exciting experience in my whole life career and perspective for me. Because if you asked me these questions when I was young, I would say I wanted to be a doctor or rather a pilot or even a soldier…But then I fell in love with music. In 1999, when I was only 4 years old I had grown siblings who will play music all day after school and I had no choice but to watch and listen to them, while I had my friends watching cartoons at such age, my elder siblings inspired by the whole thing they watched all day which was Hip-Hop, RnB, Pop music and a few Rock and Country music as well.
My real name is John Fasanmade Adeoye (Born on March 11th, 1995), better known by the stage name of FascoJ. I used to be called “Jaguar” in elementary school, and when I got to middle school a group of friends started calling me by my elder brothers’ last name which was David because they saw how much I was inspired by his music through him. I went from “FascoD” to “Don John” in high school but after my first live performance on stage I opted for “FascoJ” as my artistic name. Actually, it came from my first and last name altogether.
Well, I grew up in a country called Nigeria, somewhere in Africa where most people listen to Afro-beats, Apala, Fuji, Reggae and so on… There wasn’t much of Rap, Hip-Hop nor RnB music. Many artists in the country never thought of it as a thing for Africans, but when I was growing up I felt inspired by my elder siblings and the music they used to listen. I found a lot much more interest in the foreign content of music from the sound to the lyrics and I turned them up into poems in my poetry classes at elementary school. I was in love with American and Canadian-type of music. So, I decided to try something a little more different and that’s how I found my style of music a little bit different from other artists in my country. It’s been really exciting for me finding my passion in the Hip-Hop/Rap field of music.
3 – Is Nigeria a good place for Hip-Hop artists? How do you see the music scene over there?
Currently, now in the Nigerian Hip-Hop and Rap field, we have a handful of artists, not to mention citizens that were born outside the country in foreign lands and came back to Nigeria to implement their style. Nearly in 2011, we already had artists playing this genre but I’m not going to lie to you, the promotion has been tough knowing that 70% of people in the country weren’t used to the Hip-Hop style, so it’s a struggle in that field to get fans. However, with experience, effort, and perseverance we’ve been able to acquire about 30% of fans in that area and with our efforts, I believe in the next years to come, there will be a new generation to inspire others in the Nigerian music industry.
Growing up I used to love music, to be more precise, American Hip-Hop, Rap, RnB and Pop musicians were my idols. To cite some artists, 2pac, Biggie, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg , Ice Cube, Xzibit, Big Pun, JayZ, Nate Dogg, Eminem to Ja Rule , Nelly , Bow Wow, Chingy, Lil Romeo, Cassidy, Ludacris, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Bossie Badass, Ashanti, Brandy, Beyonce, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, Micheal Jackson, 50 Cent, The Game, Lloyd Banks, Chris Brown, Buck, Lloyd, Omarion and including the recent artists on the scene like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Wiz Khalifa, Currensy, Berner, Dave East, Young MA, and I could go on for days mentioning them all…
But my first album ‘Curves’ came through me as that experience when entering an unknown field in the music industry where Hip-Hop and Pop wasn’t a people thing, so I thought of all the life curveball quotes would throw at me that time, knowing that this material wasn’t inspired by half of the populations’ in the country. So, I named it “Curves” because life has thrown curve balls and the struggle to find your voice heard in such situations at the time was not easy but with effort, hard work and perseverance I was able to go through success.
5 – Which is your favorite track? Why?
Fortunately, I love every single song on the album so it’s hard to pick one because they all have different melodies and tunes to the heart. But, it was right after I released the album ‘Curves’ and I started dropping singles when I stumbled on my favourite track “No Time” outside the album and I played it over and over till I was in love and even obsessed with it… “No Time” was a great collaborative song for me not with any much specific story in mind, but really something most people listen to because of the bravery and confidence most people usually need when going through hard times of knowing you’re worth and people around trying to ride you down, bring you down in scenarios where you know with all you got, you’ve got to stand for yourself and persevere no matter what the danger or issues are. At the end, everyone is worth it, so the message of this song is to raise people’s hopes and not to belittle anyone for what they want to believe in.
Apart from the fact my music is so different from what most people are used to listen to in the country, It’s exciting for me because the journey wasn’t easy and I was inspired by my own potentials trying to comply both, rapping and trapping, and even the singing aspect is a little bit more with explicit lyrics in the contents. Of course, this felt amazing and creative to what’s known in the Nigerian music industry. So, yeah, it’s an exciting album from my view.
7 – Did you collaborate with other artists on this record?
Yes, I collaborated with a few of my colleagues from childhood friends to intuitional colleagues we all had the same taste and perspective of music, which was amazing. Exploring with them our potentials, I was able to learn more of what the Hip-Hop fans are interested in, which made things a lot much easier to work with at the time we produce the album and the singles. It was such a great experience.
In the current era we live in, social media is everything to me and as someone who has been in the fandom since I was 9 years old, social media has really helped me out in getting myself out. It helps me to find out and listen to other people’s opinions on their music tastes, which inspires me a lot as well in doing what I’m doing now.
9 – What’s next for you?
Well, currently at the moment I started my projects on the ‘Curve’ album. Since last year, I have been dropping song after song and haven’t really set up a music video project on any of the singles yet. So, I think shooting visuals for my songs in order to get more recognition and publicity of who I am as an artist in the world and doing live performances are the next big things on my mind.
10 – Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Well, one sure way to gain a level of success in the music industry keeps relation to the phrase “never ever stop making music” as simple to not stop “being one”. Most artists give up after an overnight success, but in reality, goals are likely to be reached through years in the making.
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Exclusive Interview: Maybon On His New Track “Joyride” And Music Production
I had the pleasure to interview Norwegian electronic artist and producer Maybon about his radio-friendly Dance-Pop number “Joyride,” which is a collaborative effort with Rainage and Skylike. This new track provides a surging dose of ear-worm inducing, feel-good vibes in mere seconds. In addition, he opens up about his music production preferences and more. Continue reading below.
1 – When you started producing music?
I was so young the first time I played around with production. I think the very first time I opened some music production software, I was maybe around 10 years old. I didn’t understand much, but I managed to create some simple melodies. It was not until later when I was 14-15 years old, that I started more seriously with music production.
2 – What different emotions evoke your new single “Joyride”?
“Joyride” is a song that gives me a feeling of happiness and it takes me back to good memories during the summer. This is really nice as we enter these darker and colder times here in Norway.
3 – What did you learn from this collaboration with Rainage and Skylike?
I learned a lot about their workflow, as well as the techniques they use when they’re working. Like how to create different patterns and rhythms on the guitar, from the initial chord progression.
4 – Is there a message behind the lyrics of “Joyride”?
The message in the lyrics is to think back to better days when you are feeling down.
5 – Where was this new song recorded?
The song was written at our school (Limpi) in Lillehammer and was later recorded properly at Need Music in Oslo.
6 – Do you have any favorite set of equipment, tools or software in the studio?
This switches once in a while, but right now I’m really enjoying Roli’s Seaboard. This is a keyboard that is unlike no other, and you can get unique music progressions right away. It works flawlessly with Logic Pro X, and other plugins like Pigments, Equator, and more. Also, I have my trustworthy Roland JU-06, to give me those smooth and warm synth patches.
7 – What’s the process you go through finding the perfect sound?
For me, it’s always a lot of tweaking, but I also believe that if you end up tweaking for too long, the foundation is not good enough. So to me, it’s about knowing when to change the melody or idea, and when to settle with the sound that you have made.
8 – What’s an unexpected collaboration you dream of? Why?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Calvin Harris lately, and seeing the way he manages to switch between styles and still making bangers is really inspiring to me. A session with him would be CRAZY!
9 – How do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
During the next 10 years, I hope to see myself as a well-established producer with a nice studio, and a vast range of songwriters to work with.
10 – What makes you want to keep producing music?
The endless inspiration from the endless opportunities! A lot of songs look alike these days, but you can really dig deep and create something new by experimenting without boundaries.
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Meet Nathan Daniels, A Brilliant Musician In The Balearic Islands — Interview
Nathan Daniels is a brilliant composer, producer, and musician based in the Balearic Islands. The new single “I Choose” walks a fine line between modern RnB and Soul with Pop nuances. In this exclusive interview, you will discover the way this South African artist works and essential information about his instantly-catchy anthem that recently topped the UK iTunes R&B Charts. Happy reading!
1 – For newcomers, how would you best describe your sound?
I offer feel-good-music with influences of Soul, R&B, Motown, Funk, Sophisticated Pop, and Jazz.
2 – What do you think motivated you to write a song like “I Choose”?
I came to realise that not only is there more gratification in giving than receiving, but even if you do decide to do the right thing, it does not exempt you from life’s challenges. I think that these challenges are designed to help you become a better you.
3 – How would you interpret the story behind the music video?
The music video aims to speak about the obstacles one faces when taking on a project, or setting in motion a strategy for reaching a goal. Once we start we are fired up and much sooner than later we hit obstacles that leave us frustrated and demotivated. But if we keep our eyes on the prize it helps us to refocus, and we find what we need to overcome them and we come out better on the other side.
4 – Who are your main inspirations?
My wife (she has a killer attitude for staying positive no matter what), John Legend and Lionel Richie (Composing & Songwriting), Brian McKnight (stage presence) & Michael Bublé (how he manages his career).
5 – Do you have a favorite place to write your songs?
I would exactly say I have a favourite place but my favourite time to write is in the middle of the night when everything is quiet in the house.
Yes. I have been fortunate to have quite a few weeks of daily shows back to back.
7 – How is life in sunny Spain? Is there an active music scene?
Spain is a fantastic place to live. The Mediterranean cuisine is exactly what the body needs and sunsets are breathtaking. Living on an island makes all the above even more amazing. The music scene is quite active and if Latin music is your style then it’s definitely the place to be.
The Brothers Of Soul started performing around 2003. Since then we’ve been entertaining tourists of all ages. We have some followers that came when they were kids, bringing their kids to see our shows and I find that really wows me when I think of it. Of course, the music we offer (Motown and Soul hits) does the job of putting everyone in a fantastic mood, but I sincerely think that the connection we make with the audience is a wonderful experience that makes them come back for more.
I’ve started on my next single that should be out around the end of November and then I’m enjoying the holiday season with my family. I’d like a beautiful snowy destination… maybe even learn how to ski.
10 – If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?
A bit of a tough one. I love people and creative solutions. I guess I’d be doing something motivational. Another passion of mine is helping others discover their hidden talents and help them sharpen it and see the masterpieces unfold. I might even have been a great landscaper, or maybe that’s just my wife’s way of getting me to mow the lawn regularly.
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Learn More About Studio 54 Music Label + New Single — Interview
Studio 54 Music’s label boss reveals interesting details that will positively surprise Disco fans. I won’t deny there’s a certain degree of anonymity behind this project, however, he shares the basic information to meet all your wishes. The new single produced by hitmaker Greg Cohen and The Crush Boys titled “Salt In The Air” is a must-listen. I must confess my parents partied once at the legendary club, and I’m glad to see they’re finally rising up again with this cool initiative. Learn more below.
1 – Whose brilliant idea was it to launch the Studio 54 Music label?
The label is keeping it a secret until further notice. 😉
2 – What’s the vision of this record label?
Disco is back in the mainstream music circuit and has never left the underground, so the vision for the label is to continue fueling this fire, by releasing and promoting an array of modern funky dance music by key players in the 2020 dance music scene.
3 – Is there a team of old-school producers and DJs working behind this new project?
There are old producers involved, but the label is a cross-collaboration between Disco music’s new generation and original veterans.
Yes! Send demos to email@example.com
5 – Besides the record label, did you unveil a radio station? Please tell us more.
Yes, we are in direct partnership with Studio 54 Radio on Sirius XM which launched in November 2008, is executive produced by former resident Jellybean Benitez, features weekly shows by him and another resident, Robbie Leslie. In addition, every Friday we have the Nu-Disco Hour hosted by Danny Valentino which highlights the new school music scene, and Sunday nights at 10PM ET, check out the Mark & Myra show, hosted by original Studio 54 doorman/gatekeeper, Mark Benecke, an original head of PR, Myra Scheer.
6 – Why people must listen to the label’s latest single, “Salt In The Air”?
Dropping this Friday, it’s the feel-good Disco-Pop vibes that people need during these unprecedented times, mixing up new school R&B and Hip-Hop vibes with tightened up Disco sounds.
7 – What’s the next release of Studio 54 Music?
TBA soon – save the date – November 4th, 2020.
8 – It seems Disco never died, do you agree?
Disco is with us forever; it’s this soulful, uplifting, beautiful type of music, where if produced right, is timeless. There simply would be no House Music & Hip-Hop if it wasn’t for Disco, so it’s rooted and present in those genres forever.
Not opposed but not super keen. Disco can be listened to anywhere, but it’s best enjoyed on a funky dancefloor with a big sound system. We want to make a little more special than just having a stream of one of our DJs playing in their living room.
10 – Do you have plans of re-opening the legendary nightclub again?
You will have to wait and see! 😉
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Exclusive Interview: Beca Talks Her Original Single “Calm Before The Storm”
I really enjoyed this interview with Beca. Currently, she’s promoting an original single called “Calm Before The Storm”. Indeed, the title says it all. It is meant to motivate listeners to break past the limitations that they or others have put on them. This is one of many tunes Beca has released throughout her career along with 4 EPs and an album. Discover more exclusively on Electro Wow.
1 – Thanks for your time, what makes your new song “Calm Before The Storm” different from your previous singles?
Thank you! “Calm Before The Storm” deals with bigger picture issues, while most of my previous songs have been more inspired by my inner world. We’re living in a very chaotic time, and I think this track gives voice to a lot of relevant issues. The song is a call to action and asks the listener “are you coming with us?” It’s about the never-ending quest to stand up for what’s right and never back down, no matter how hard that can be.
I co-wrote this song with Danny Ross, who I also worked with on my previous single “Taking Time For Myself” which came out earlier this year. Little did we know we’d soon be facing a pandemic, increasing social injustice around the country, wildfires close to home and other major climate change issues, and an imminent threat to our country’s democracy all at the same time. On a personal level, I’ve had to overcome some mental health challenges this past year and this song serves as a reminder to keep going.
2 – I think it has a good narrative, what gave you the idea to come up with these lyrics?
Danny was in town from NY and we wanted to write about having inner strength and resilience in the face of self-doubt, with all the crazy things going on in the world. And that was before all hell broke loose! I’d been feeling really drained and wanted to find a way to express something uplifting. And today more than ever with Covid, being confined, and all the stress of our political landscape, it continues to be an ongoing battle. We were improvising ideas on the keys and I came up with the bridge idea that depicts a hopeful light peaking through the clouds. The rest of the words flowed pretty seamlessly.
I want people to listen to this song and feel more confident about overcoming whatever challenges they’re facing. I want women (myself included) to speak up when they’re not being listened to or respected. A lot of us are more stressed and exhausted than ever, and it can be especially hard to find our power. But it’s more important than ever so we can show up for ourselves and for others.
5 – I’m loving those infectious synth-based sounds. Was Danny Ross responsible for the sound design?
Yes, he was, and he absolutely killed it on the production! He’s a tremendous talent and it’s been a joy to work with him. We have a great time and don’t take ourselves too seriously while also being creative.
Yes! I’m so excited to be releasing a remix on 10/23 by NICOLAAS, a producer out of Winnipeg who’s worked with the likes of Kitsune, Chela, and Kraak & Smaak. He reached out to me last year about wanting to collaborate and this is one of the gifts that came out of that interaction. I’m a big fan of his music and you’re all in for a treat.
8 – Is fashion still an important part of your music project?
Always. Earlier this year, I composed and produced a song for fashion designer Asher Levine for one of his campaign launches which you can watch below. He creates otherworldly LED outerwear that is completely mind-blowing and has dressed Doja Cat and Lady Gaga. I’m lucky to have such talented and fabulous friends.
9 – When the songs are recorded do you tend to play them the same way on stage or do you adapt them?
It depends on the situation. In the past, I’ve had a lot of fun integrating other versions of my songs such as remixes or stripped down instrumentals. Other times I’ve performed the tracks as on the record in a theatrical way with dancers, lights, and costumes. I like to go big or go home. Though lately with the quarantine, I’ve been spending a lot of time composing in my home studio.
10 – What are your plans for the future once the pandemic is over?
At this point, I’m taking things day by day. I miss traveling and seeing my family and friends who live far away so I plan to visit them as soon as possible. I’m also looking forward to working more with bigger creative teams and live musicians in the same room like we used to. It’s always more fun interacting with people in person. In the meantime, I’ll be here in my bubble doing projects that are meaningful to me and trying to make a positive impact, however, I can.
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Inbar Starr Opens Up About Debut EP ‘Take It’ In Interview
Israeli artist Inbar Starr talks about her first original EP, ‘Take It’ in this exclusive interview. From winning the Jamie Cullum song competition to singing with Taboo of the Black Eyes Peas, Inbar’s gorgeous vocals and smooth R&B style feel so comforting. Her debut EP is a captivating collection of 7 tracks that offers a window into the life and mind of this talented, eclectic, and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter.
1 – First of all, what do you enjoy the most about releasing your first EP?
It’s definitely nice to finally release this project that I poured my heart and soul into. I think I enjoy the part of letting go. I have created this piece of art that will now belong to everyone else and will be there for them to interpret it their own way, to express feelings, healing, and whatever they desire. I’m excited about that. It’s no longer mine to possess which frees me to continue to create and birth other songs and stay in a creative flow.
2 – Where did the inspiration for this EP come from?
The inspiration for this EP came from life experiences. All of these songs are based on true stories or things that have happened. Some of them were very therapeutic for me to write and kind of helped me process some of the things I went through and helped me move on when I needed closure. I hope it brings as much comfort to whoever listens to it as it did for me to write it.
3 – Why did you decide to name it ‘Take It’?
Great question! ‘Take It’ is the title track of the EP and I love that song so much. It was a very therapeutic experience for me to write it. I mainly loved the message behind the song which is to remind us that we are all unique in our own ways and no one can take who we are, even though some people will try and push boundaries with you and try to make you feel small and insignificant. ‘Take It’ is a triumph of staying authentic and true to yourself and knowing your worth and that there’s no one else like you in the world!
Assuming you mean production-wise, the approach was to bring the songs to life the best way that I can while honoring the vibe of each song and the meaning behind it. There wasn’t one approach. We just kind of went with what felt good/right for the songs and brought the best studio musicians and friends to play on it. You know what? I have an even better answer – the approach was to have fun! And so we did.
5 – Which song features your favorite lyrics on this EP? Why?
I really loved the lyrics from “Used To Know You Better.” The song talks about two people drifting apart and the analogy from the sea that describes how much vulnerability and acceptance there was in the relationship before it ended:
“Deeper than the waves we used to go
No matter how the tides were really low
I remember how I thought I used to know
Know you better”
6 – During the creative process, do you usually start with a melody and let the lyrics come to you? Or is it the other way around?
It’s both. Sometimes lyrics will come first, sometimes a melody will haunt me and beg to be written and occasionally a whole song just comes together, which is rarer, but very magical!
7 – If you could change something from this EP, what would it be?
I’m happy to say I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s my heart and soul and I feel very whole and at peace with it. The only thing I might have changed is maybe to have released it sooner.
Since self-iso started, I’ve been diving deeper into the production world, learning more about it, and how to become a better producer on my own. I’ve also been writing songs and collaborating with other songwriters and musicians via Zoom. I also wanna be honest and tell you that I have been watching a lot of Netflix, YouTube, and going through that emotional roller coaster we are all experiencing. And that’s ok. Not every day feels creative to me and I think it’s part of life. It’s important to remember that there’s no light without darkness and that it’s ok if after all this is over, I haven’t yet created my best work or become a well-known artist/producer – though I’m getting there 😉
9 – Finally, what’s next for Inbar Starr in the coming months?
Since touring is not happening right now, I plan to produce and release more singles soon and as much as I can.
I would also love to collaborate with some of my favorite musicians in the (hopefully) near future and go on as many tours as I can, which will lead to bigger tours and festivals when the pandemic is over.
I also want to wish good health to everyone out there. Stay safe and I hope to see you at a future show/tour and may we all come out of this stronger.
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