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Interview | Questions & Answers With Souleye

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Souleye 
is taking his music to the next level on a new album called ‘Wildman’. Merging the worlds of Hip-Hop and EDM, his style continues to evolve. Expressly, he reveals the most important details of the fresh record that is on everyone’s lips at present. Scroll down to discover what he has to say about it in this exclusive interview!

1 – When did you know that pursuing a career in music was the route you wanted to choose?

Music began for me almost accidentally. When I was about 15 years old, I started freestyling at a bonfire, just to entertain my friends. I’d never freestyled before, but the rhymes kept coming and I knew then I was tapping into a part of myself that I didn’t know existed. I realized I had a knack for it and so decided then: it was either the NBA or being a rap artist. I blew out my knee on a snowboard while I was in college, and that left being a rap artist.

My best friend was a huge part of my life and one of our passions was rap. We could listen to rap or freestyle for hours together. Around 2004, I lost him to cancer, and his passing was the fuel to my fire and pushed me to continue on my path as an artist.

2 – Do you feel your music career peaked after your performance at Jam Cruise in 2005?

Winning the Relix magazine Jam Cruise Contest in 2005 was a huge motivator for me and it was also very validating as an artist to be selected out of thousands of contestants. No doubt, that was a big achievement, but no. I don’t feel like that was the peak. In fact, I feel like I haven’t actually peaked yet. I’m just getting warmed up. We put out a new album – Wildman – just a few weeks ago, and I’m already back in the studio. I’m just getting warmed up.

3 – What inspired your new album ‘Wildman’? Where did the title come from?

I based the title of the album off my prior release, ‘Shapeshifting’. That was the album that really began to mark what I felt was a musical maturity. I’ve enjoyed every album I’ve done, but the earlier works are definitely trying to find that voice, hone in on the style and the message. ‘Shapeshifting’ really marked a point where that voice emerged. And now, with ‘Wildman’, I felt that it’s the sound of a mature musician. So, with the title, I wanted to basically speak on the transformation of boy to man and keeping that wild, animal spirit alive. I think that’s something we accomplished on this album, too.

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4 – We know you have released a total of eight studio albums in the past. What makes ‘Wildman’ different from the previous records?

When I started working on ‘Wildman’, my immediate goal was to bridge the gap between Rap and EDM. Over the years, I’ve worked in both styles and my songs draw heavily from both. So for this album, I teamed up with Crush Effect, a producer duo that I felt had the sound and style I was looking for. I knew that if I blended my flavor with theirs, it would create exactly what I was looking for.

It’s rare these days to have a single producer or production team do an entire album from beginning to end, and it’s even rarer in hip-hop and rap. What resulted though, is an album that has a strong sound, a definitive style, and an almost concept-album feel. I really believe ‘Wildman’ is something special.

5 – What was it like working with Alanis on the music video for your hit ”Snow Angel”?

Working with Alanis is unlike working with any other artist. She is so creative and is a pure channel of artistry, and when you add to that, we found how our styles are compatible, and the musical themes we have in common, the writing and recording process was very spontaneous and quick – really quick. Honestly, I think it was about 15 mins start to finish for her to hear the track, have a hook, concept, and a record. It was extremely humbling to witness.

Then when it came time to shoot the video- the hook she wrote, the sound and her style really came through. So the video shoot was amazing. It was like watching the vision she’d had in her lyrics come to life.

6 – Do you have any plans to write new songs with your wife in the near future?

I would love to continue writing music with my wife. She is so much fun to work with and such a creative genius, not to mention her voice is like an angel. And she’s incredibly versatile. Listen to “Snow Angel” and you can hear a haunting quality that carries her vocals through the song. Then, flip a switch and she’s upbeat, optimistic, infectious. I’ve had the privilege of recording with some phenomenal singers and songwriters over the years, but Alanis – it’s almost like there’s nothing she can’t accomplish musically, and it’s inspirational to work with her.

7 – How would you describe the sound of your latest single “Wildman” (ft. Lynx)?

The song “Wildman” is a blend of powerful electronic bassy synths and drums, with a strong hip-hop backbone. It fuses live saxophone and a soft melodic hook from Lynx, the Oregon-based singer-songwriter, who’s someone I’ve recorded with before. So we know one another’s styles and music. What happens in the song is, I feel, that it encourages listeners to think deeply and to break a sweat while working out to it.

8 – Are you planning to release a new video in the remaining months of this year?

Believe it or not, I’m already working on a new album. I’ve got about 8 new tracks, which I am extremely excited about. And I feel that I have matured a lot since finishing Wildman. Once the next album is ready, I’ll begin the creative process of video magic.

So I don’t know that we’ll do another video this year – we dropped what, four or five videos this year? – but definitely you’ll see some new videos in 2018 to go along with the new album.

9 – When was your last performance? Do you have any upcoming shows?

I’ve been so busy recording and shooting videos that honestly, my last performance was at the album release party for Wildman. It was held on Hollywood Blvd at Cinematic Pictures Gallery, and I performed several songs from the album. Being back in front of the crowd really inspired me to get back out there and start performing again.

That takes a little time and effort, so I am currently working on locking in a new booking agent and setting up some shows. I’m always ready to rock a stage. Live performance is a passion of mine and also part of the service I provide. I also love feeling the synergistic energy of performing live, it is one of my favorite things, and I’ve missed being with the fans a whole lot.

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10 – Finally, what is the worst music advice you have ever been given?

Haha! I remember when I met my first manager. I was around 23, and he told me from now on to tell people I was 20 – essentially to lie about my age. I believe that I owe it to the fans to be an honest artist, to share with them a true picture of myself; and well, let’s just say he didn’t manage me for long after that.


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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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Singer-Songwriter Media Mogul Martone Ready To Launch IRMIX Radio

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On March 1st, 2021, IRMIX Radio will be your new alternative to find out the hottest music and your favorite talk-shows. Best of all, it will be in operation 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. The CEO behind this online broadcasting station is singer and songwriter Martone who opens up about this project in the following interview.

1 – What should people know about IRMIX Radio, and can listeners expect to hear when listening to the station?

What people should know about IRMIX Radio is that it is not a hobby and that we have a top-notch staff willing and able to conduct serious, fun, and enlightening interviews, plus, shows. Listeners can expect to hear their favorite artists when it comes to RnB, Hip-Hop, Dance, Indie, and Gospel.

2 – How many radio shows will you broadcast?

Possibly ten to twelve in total. We have a stellar show host roster, some of the shows require hosts. While others do not. I am so looking forward to telling you about them.


3 – Have you already interviewed artists in advance of its official premiere?

No, I have not interviewed artists in advance of the premiere date. That will happen around February for prerecorded interviews for the shows. Lately, I have been interviewing strictly for the website at the moment, and those interviews have been extraordinary, not because I did them, but because of the people that I interviewed and their responses to my questions.

4 – Please tell us more about your collaborators or the staff behind IRMIX radio.

The Staff

The staff is amazing, we have Donia Collier, Arricca Oberlin, and LA Jackson who are the account executives for the station. They are in charge of bringing revenue into the station from the banner, and commercial ad sales. They are excellent at what they do.

Lamont Hicks is in a league of his own when it comes to video editing, there is no other that can do what he does, the way that he does it. He created The Legends Panel and Madonna Dearest for VH1. We worked together prior when I did my show Industry Revue in the Mix, so I am proud to welcome him back.


Spotlight

So, I will be hosting a show called Spotlight, where I give an in-depth interview with celebrities about their careers, career longevity sort of like the interviews that I post on www.irmixradio.net/interviews, I will play a few of their songs.

The Bridge with Cory George

Cory George is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, he has appeared on Iyanla Fix My Life on OWN. “The Bridge with Cory George” was created by the author, mental health practitioner, producer, and award-winning television host Cory George and is the vehicle that showcases what he describes as his “purpose work”. On-the-air “soul-work sessions” with those that have been negatively affected by various forms of trauma, crisis, and other negative circumstances combined with conversations with compelling guests whose stories are compelling and riveting yet also motivational and inspiring are the heart of the show. He believes that every conversation is a conversation that is worth having. It’s time to take an honest look at salvageable situations and how information and compassion can lead to remarkable breakthroughs.

Common Sense Required

Common Sense Required is designed around two girlfriends who have a passion for discussing provocative topics including relationships, pop culture, lifestyle, networking, and more. Throughout their conversations, common sense always comes to the forefront. What happened to good old Common Sense? People are always searching and seeking answers from a variety of sources when Common Sense is readily available, and it is FREE! Olivia Pope says it best…“What does your gut tell you?” Where education, intelligence, and street smarts are not necessarily, required, but common sense, definitely is! Stacey and Wanda will be the judge if you have it or not.

Time Tuesdays with Tee

Tina Spence is a former model and Hollywood actress. She hosts Tea Time Tuesdays with Tina. She will be interviewing actors, singers-songwriters about their latest projects, delving deep into their careers.

Friday Night Jamz

Friday Night Jamz with DJ Suspence, DJ Extreme Detroit, and DJ Cos – they have rotating schedules. Their styles vary when it comes to playing music, generally, it is House music in all of its variations. I am talking about traditional House music, the kind of House music that you would hear walking into clubs in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and LA. DJ Cos has been known to play club mixes of RnB songs which is always appreciated.

Some shows are host free, like The Drive which will put you in the mind of The Move on XM Radio station back in the day. The Billboard weekly Top 20 countdown from the hot 100 charts.

I am currently in negotiations with bringing on some syndicated shows, that I really cannot talk about at the moment until the deal is done. I will say that all of these shows are exciting, my team from the administrative staff to the radio show hosts bring the experience and skills to make IRMIX Radio a success. I am very proud of the team I have assembled and their abilities.

5 – What challenges did you face since the start of this project?

Man, I have been working around the clock since the beginning of November, when I decided that I was going to bring the station back. Some of the challenges were building the website on my own, designing the look for the ROKU Channel, writing all of the content that you see on the website, aside from the bios of our show hosts and staff they did that themselves, scheduling interviews for content, listening to the artist’s music, then coming up with the questions for the interview.

Finding the right people who can and will bring revenue to the station, coordinating show schedules, contracts, writing contracts, interviewing potential staff, writing policies and procedures for the staff, and more writing, a lot of writing. Sometimes, I felt that there are not enough hours in the day, but I did all of those things because I believe in what I am doing, I believe in what we are all doing. The funny thing is, I found the time to finish up on my personal development by completing my Life Coaching certification, all within the last 30 days.

6 – Will IRMIX Radio be available globally or locally?

IRMIX Radio is global with a local feel if you can imagine that. We are based out of Detroit, MI but the show hosts are scattered throughout the United States.

7 – Are you working exclusively with the ROKU app?

For now, yes. But I do have plans to expand to other platforms by summer 2021.

8 – Is IRMIX radio a platform for unsigned artists, and being an artist yourself and making the switch back to the interviewer, have you given up on your recording career?

We are certainly an unsigned artist-friendly radio station, but we do also play artists that have established careers in music. For what I have in mind in the way that the programming will go, it will blend seamlessly. To answer your question, no, I have not given up on my recording career, I am just on hiatus at the moment, as you know that this is due to COVID. I do not see the need for me to release any new music right now especially since all of my music is performance-based music, if I cannot perform it the way I want to, then it can wait.

9 – What type of experience do you have when it comes to interviewing guests? What are some things that artists should expect when being interviewed by you, and how can artists submit their music?

A lot of people do not know this, but I was 13 years old when my entertainment career started. I started out interviewing guests for a music video show called Video Control, that I produced, directed, and hosted, in Lansing, MI, on cable access channel 37.

My guests can expect 100% professionalism, as for indie artists, I will be speaking with them from artist to artist point of view. I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that artists face when it comes to being heard and having their music supported, so they can expect an in-depth interview. When it comes to submitting music, they must submit their broadcast quality, no more than 4-minute tracks to submissions@irmixradio.net with that, they must also submit high-resolution photos through Google Drive, along with the photo credits so we can post their info on www.irmixradio.net.

10 – Finally, what’s your ultimate goal with IRMIX radio?

It is two-fold, we have a vision and a mission. The vision is To be the number one source for music, news, talk radio, and entertainment worldwide. The mission It is IRMIX Radio’s mission to create responsible radio programming that will provoke thought and inspire our listeners through music and conversation.


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