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Interview | Questions & Answers With Zaritza

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With innate talent and good training, Zaritza is an artist to watch out for. Influenced by classical Russian composers and contemporary European electronic producers, her pop music links the new with the old. Scroll down to discover much more about her latest single “Slot Machine”.

1 — First of all, why did you decide to make music in America and not in Russia?

Despite growing up in a very isolated village geographically, I was lucky to be exposed to a variety of music that enriched my life and influenced my own creativity. Much of the music was, of course, Russian, including traditional folk music and the great Russian classical composers — Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Glinka and, by far my favorite of all classical composers, Rachmaninoff. In addition, my father introduced me to American/British pop, rock n’ roll music, ranging from the Beatles to Motown to my all-time favorite rock band, Queen. This music from “the West” was so magnetic; it opened up an entirely different world of musical possibilities for me and led me to focus on pop/rock and later electronic music as an artist in my own right. So when I first came to America as a teenager, I immediately felt energized and inspired to explore the music scene here without compromising my values and my authenticity! I first arrived in America from Russia many years ago, I was extremely fortunate to be introduced to and spend a little time with one of my musical heroes, the legendary songwriter, performer and producer Nile Rodgers, who generously gave me musical and career advice that continues to help me to this day.

2 — What’s something you miss about your homeland?

Aside from my family who is now spending more time with me here in the US, I miss Russian nature – seeing miles of beautiful fields, birch trees, getting lost while mushroom picking, all the simple but often magical things and surroundings of suburban Russia.

3 — Are you musically trained or self-taught?

My arts education, on scholarships, included nine years of both dance school and music school, where I trained in my greatest passion, classical piano. Every year I competed in regional dance and piano competitions, frequently placing first. At age 15, I started composing my own music, combining Russian classical with modern forms popular with my generation. After immigrating to the US, I took piano, music theory and musical theater courses at Rhode Island College, and later studied voice with Kathryn LaBouff, chairperson of the voice department at the Juilliard School.

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4 — What kind of emotions do your tunes give to listeners?

I would hope that my audience connects to my music in their own individual way, finding some reflection of their feelings, desires, experiences or struggles in my lyrics or at least in the tapestry of sounds each tune shows. I love hearing when people find their own meaning to my lyrics and interpret them through their prism of emotions.

5 — What was the creative process behind your new song “Slot Machine”?

I wrote the initial idea on piano (my most common way of writing demo ideas) and then I took it to my friend Chris – collaborator of my new music, a guitar player in all of my live performances in last two years and just an incredible musician overall – and we’ve worked on producing the song together and experimenting with different sounds for a few months. Then, I finished remaining lyrics with my other collaborator/producer and long-term friend Steve who has helped me bring more wild and daring ideas out of me and put the last touches to the song.

6 — What is the deep meaning of a “Slot Machine”?

The title is obviously a play of words, referring to gambling, feeling lucky and free to experience pleasures and deepest desires, even in one night. The concept of the song was originally about exploring sexual fantasies but then it formed into a stronger statement of female sexual confidence, desires, and expression.

7 — Is there any funny anecdote while you were filming the video?

The video shoot was quite ambitious with different scenes involved that all had be done in one night, almost 14 hours of non-stop setting and shooting, so it was very intense and dramatic at times. But the most challenging and funny experience of all was a club dance scene where I had to wear a very heavy costume with chains and belts attached to it, plus the boots! Through sweat and struggle, I was dancing for hours and cursing at myself for creating such crazy wardrobe ideas 🙂

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8 — Do you consider yourself a feminist singer?

I do support feminism in many ways that are essential for women to function freely without any constrains and additional challenges that men don’t often face. With “Slot Machine”, I express my desire for women to be less oppressed with regard to their sexuality, to always have a choice and power. I’ve always believed that feminism is about embracing female sexuality and celebrating it, as opposed to denigrating sexually aware and empowered women.

9 — What can we expect from Zarita in the next months?

I am currently in the production of my next EP, which has even more focus on my electro-pop influences and a strong emphasis on the visual aspect for my live performance – including choreography, dancers and video elements. I also am planning on a small UK/European tour this coming Spring which might even take me to my native country, Russia!

10 — Finally, how much have you grown up as an artist through the years?

As you always wish to evolve as a human, I certainly hope to grow as an artist as well! Through pain and happiness, disappointments and inspirations, loss and gain, self-criticism and self-praise, you learn more and more about yourself which is essential to artistic growth!


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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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DENNII Opens Up About Latest Track, “Back 2 Love” — Interview

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Allow Electro Wow to introduce you to DENNII, a rising European music producer and DJ with enough talent to impress. Frankly, “Back 2 Love” is the kind of housey track that will grow on you in mere seconds. We had a chat about his latest single, so scroll down and read the full interview right here!

1 – How are you feeling with the release of “Back 2 Love”?

I feel great about it, cause’ I’ve spent a lot of time to find something that fits me and emotion that I wanna bring, something different, enough club oriented but still radio-friendly and unique on the market.

2 – What artists inspired you to produce it?

There are a lot of artists I am amazed by like Tchami and his basslines, Matroda and his power to always bring something new, Chris Lake, Hugel to name few. I am always trying to stay true to myself and my sound to keep it simple, catchy and unique.

3 – What message are you trying to send with this song?

There is no message really in it, at the moment when my friend sent me the vocals I enjoyed it cause’ there are a lot of heart-breaking moments’ in our lives and I founded myself in it and hope that people are also going to. It went great, lyric about broken love and energetic background. My next single “Burn” is gonna send strong message and it’s out 1st of April.

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4 – Who is the singer behind the powerful vocals of “Back 2 Love”?

I really don’t know, one of my friends gave me these vocals, he said he bought it from some ghost singers and didn’t know what to do with so I took it and worked great for me.

5 – What made you come together and work on this track?

Music. As I told before, I really don’t know whose vocals are, but I would like to find out.

6 – The music video looks amazing I like how the camera captures the reaction of your fans. Where was it filmed? Please tell us more about it.

The video was filmed by one crazy guy who likes to spend time with his camera more than his girlfriend I think. Different places, different venues, clubs, and festivals. So he wanted to do it with his material and I said yes. Some of the material is from my show’s here in Switzerland, some in Croatia.

7 – I know you are about to release your next single, “Burn” in April. What can we expect?

I am leveling up with this one, which really describes me in all ways. Energy is also stronger and bigger, the message from this one is that you always have to go further, no matter what, you have to fight for something. I think a lot of people is going to find themselves in it.


8 – Where exactly can we listen to your mix sessions, ‘Music Like Religion’?

My “Music Like Religion” sessions I am publishing on my Mixcloud profile, it’s the best of what I have at the moment on my playlist for live shows. Every month I publish one. Besides my radio-friendlly tracks are also the IDs that I work for live shows which are more energetic, party-oriented tracks which I am releasing in April too.

9 –Is there any live show you would like to announce?

There are few, but I am still in negotiations with the agency I work for. The Castle Club, Thun CH, I’ll be a resident in April and May. Summer festivals in Switzerland, Kalypso Club in my homeland Croatia, Zrće Beach.

10 – Finally, what would you like to achieve as an artist in 2020?

I just want to enjoy what I am doing and make people also enjoy it. I hope I will fulfill expectations from everybody. Thank you a lot for having me.


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Eric Remington REVEALS ALL About His Music Project Lavender Galaxy — Interview

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This interview lets you discover more about Eric Remington aka Lavender Galaxy. Without a doubt, his new music project caught my attention mainly because it’s a blend of funk-infused, chill, energetic Pop melodies. Scroll down to read all!

1 – Thanks for your time, how do you feel as an artist after 13 years hiatus?

Oh, man… I feel like a huge void has been filled. Words really cannot describe the feeling of making music gives to me.

2 – What does your new project Lavender Galaxy mean to you?

Lavender Galaxy is a new beginning for me. A dream fulfilled. A dream lived.

3 – What themes are your lyrics about?

Finding the love of your life, finding happiness in what seems a dark place, hope, and living your life to the fullest. “Lip Gloss” was the song that started this whole project. I always like to surprise my wife, and she can be a tough one to surprise, so I made her a song… “Lip Gloss”. The lyrics in “Lip Gloss” are all about her and the fun we have together.

4 – Your self-titled album sounds pretty good, how did you come to collaborate with all the vocalists?

Well, I worked with quite a few vocalists and writers until I found the right people to fulfill this vision… to get the right sound. Once I found Marvin, Antonia, and Nekane, I knew this was it. The internet is a never-ending resource of untapped talent. If you need a bass player, look online. If you want someone to sing harmonies with you on a track, you’ll find one.

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5 – How did you get your creativity flowing while recording this material in the studio?

Ideas usually happen in the damnedest places. Most time you just hear something that starts that creative fire. Sometimes it’s just a word someone says, something I see, or simply just a strange thought that transitions into a lyric, which transitions into a song idea.

6 – Do you have a favorite song? If so, what makes it so special?

I have two favorite songs. One is “Pills Of Pain”, which I wrote almost 15 years ago. It was my late cousin Mike’s favorite song, whom I lost to drug addiction, and I’m currently working on remaking and releasing it in honor of him. The second favorite song is “Time With You”, which is by one of my best friends, Jeremy Hartman. Damn tune still chokes me up when I hear it 15 years later because it reminds me of when we were all learning to make music together, and all the things we lived through together.

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7 – Are you planning to release a music video? Please tell us more.

I actually just released the music video for “Paradise”, which is an anime based story I wrote, which actually sets the stage for all the other Lavender Galaxy videos. They’ll all be tied together in some way. The video for “I’d Follow You” just finished filming and is expected to be released before the end of March. The video for “Here You Are” is starting filming soon and is expected to be released later this month or early April.

8 – How does this album differ from your previous music projects?

Lavender Galaxy is a lot more upbeat and fun. My older works had more of a saddened and darker tone to them. This is some serious night and day differences from way back when.

9 – What about an album remix? Do you like this idea for the future?

I’d consider it, for sure. I love working with other musicians. In fact, Jenn Desantis did a short remake of “Paradise”, which I loved so much that I asked to put do a little mastering on it. She’s got a spectacular voice and I’m seriously considering collaborating with her in the future.

10 – What’s next for Lavander Galaxy?

Where do I begin? You’ll find out in 2021.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Kēvens

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There is nothing new in the fact that greedy corporate interests represent a threat to our Mother Earth. Climate change is a critical issue that will get worse in the next years if we don’t take action and protect our planet. In this interview, I had the pleasure to chat with Kēvens, who worried about the environment, created a music video entitled, “World Is Burning”. Open your mind to his words, and let’s raise awareness together for the conservation of nature. Learn also about the artist’s career below.

1 — Do you really feel the world is burning?

I certainly do. I learned long ago if your neighbor’s wall is on fire, it’s your problem too. What happened in Australia will happen again somewhere else, I pray not but it’s up to us to be vigilant and do everything in our power to reverse global warming. That window of opportunity is closing fast.

As a Florida resident, the last few hurricanes we went through have gradually intensity and I have a nauseating feeling that’s not going to stop.
In 1992, I experienced my first cat 5 hurricane and it was devastating. Now due to increasingly careless human activity on the planet, primarily the burning of fossil fuel that pump (CO2) in the atmosphere, methane, and other greenhouse gasses, the atmosphere and oceans have been heating up, glaciers melting way faster than originally predicted. Yes, World Is Burning 🥵

2 — Why is it important to create awareness through music?

Music is a language everyone can speak, it is the best platform for sonic expressive communication I know. If you have something serious to say, put it in a song.

3 — How do you respond to those who deny the reality of climate change?

I simply tell them the climate crisis is real, whether they believe it’s manmade or the Earth’s natural cycles, climate change is happening. In the end, no matter what, Mother Nature will heal herself, but we may not be able to recover.

4 — Where do you find the most inspiration to write your lyrics?

I’ve been asked this question the most over the years. My source of inspiration comes from The Almighty through life’s experiences.

5 — Can you tell us more about your life’s mantra?

My life’s mantra is “Positivity is a Necessity “ When I was much younger I had a best friend, Anthony Booker, who died tragically. I felt at a loss since we had plans to take our band Le Coup at the time to higher heights.


Years later after countless trials and errors in the music industry in addition to personal failures in love relationships, I discovered meditation. Through that new outlet, I came to know the power of positive thinking.

In 1997, a gentleman by the name of Jason Donavan (of Zenfest) hired my group, to perform at The Florida Zen Music festival. After my performance, DJ and Producer, Francisco Mendez said to me, there is trouble brewing by the main arena, the audience is being rowdy due to the heavy police presence. He urged me to get on stage and “do my thing”. Mind you, this is the rave era when parties got shut down regularly.

I went on that stage, while a member of Rabbit in The Moon (DJ Monk) was spinning. I did a little toasting to the drum and bass track he was spinning to get in sync with the audience before I decided to address them. I told the masses, “Most of us have travelled from far to be here. We don’t want to cause any trouble with the authorities, we just want a chance to dance and celebrate life!” They responded with loud screams of joy, to my surprise.I went on to say, “We don’t want this party to get shut down, so let’s raise our voices and tell the Police ‘Positivity is a Necessity’ “. At this, the crowd started chanting along with me — there was little to no music playing, just me and thousands of “strangers” raising their voices in peaceful resistance. That was the first time I used my motto in public and saw its effect. After that, things cooled off, and the event continued without any more tension with the authorities.

6 — Would you describe your musical style as drum and bass?

I would say that drum and bass is the foundation of my musical style. The drum and bass I am talking about is not the modern one but from the early reggae dub days.

7 — Over the years you’ve performed in different music festivals. Which one is your favorite? Why?

I have three special moments that comes to mind and want to share them with your audience.

A.- Being the closing act at the Ultra Music Festival Soundstage in Miami back in 2003 Bringing an all live band to an EDM scene was a challenge back when I did it in the rave days and it’s still is today. Closing that night validated me as a headlining act and changed the way I promoted my brand.

B.- Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in New Mexico. Over 500 tribes come together to dance, I had never seen anything like that before, so many spiritual dancers with costumes and songs, a treat for the mind-body and soul and experience of the Native Americans no books can teach you. To have been invited to perform in that arena was a true honor, one I will always carry with me.

C.- My all-time favorite to date is in a little town called Takamatsu Japan, the festival was One Love Fest. It was the very first time I performed in a foreign country as a Headliner. Although it was a small arena, I will never forget that experience. I ended up doing three encores, on the last one, the people in the front row rushed the stage, lifted me, and attempted to carry me. It was surreal, I never experience fans with that loving intensity until that point.


8 — What would your pre-show ritual be before performing alone on stage?

There are a few things I always do:

A.- Pray for a strong spiritual connection with the audience, that’s most important to me always.

B.- I like to be alone and silently visualize my intro, a strong intro set the pace.

C.- A quick check with my stage manager making sure the band is dialed in, dancers ready and my wardrobe person is the last person I interact with before walking on stage.

9 — What are you most excited about right now?

At this very moment in time, I am very excited to have lent this song to The Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI) with the support of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lagos, Nigeria in a campaign against Climate Crisis to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of United Nations.

10 — Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

With guidance from The Most High, in 10 years my brand will be well established globally for years, inspiring young and old towards taking positive action in improving the human condition.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Keldamuzik

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“Magic” by Kelda Williams aka Keldamuzik is a sexy RnB jam you should definitely add to your playlist. With a total of 4 albums, this is the first single off her upcoming 2020 record via Digz Media Group. Her passion for the entertainment industry has taken her to divide her time among, TV, film, and music projects. Discover more about this new track and her artistic career down here!

1 – First of all, what got you into music?

I started writing a lot of poetry, I decided one day this needs to be converted into music because people were digging it! I always had a passion for writing and performing, I can’t imagine my life without doing this.

2 – How do you think growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area has influenced you as an artist?

Heavy influence for sure, from all the artists that come from the Bay to the culture, it has definitely had a major impact on my career lyrically and musically.

4 – How would you describe your music to someone in just three words?

Fly, unique, inspiring.

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5 – Do you consider yourself a multi-talented artist? Why?

Because I can apply myself to any type of music and I’ll still be me, I can be on a rock song and someone will be like, yeah that’s Keldamuzik!

6 – Have you ever signed a record deal or do you prefer to stay indie? What are the pros/cons?

I have signed a record deal, it was an indie deal. The pros were that you had access to bigger resources to further your career, the cons were they have many other artists just like you and when they get to project they do, if they don’t, then they don’t and you’re just left on the shelf. I rather stay indie and have my marketing teamwork behind me under my label.

7 – Why is your new single entitled “Magic”?

I wanted something catchy for people to listen to. “Magic” is a fun and radio-friendly song and it has a global appeal.

8 – What is your favorite line from this song?

My favorite line is “Ya candy rain just fell on me”… haha, I don’t know why but I like that line a lot.

9 – Is there any funny anecdote while you were recording the music video for “Magic”?

Hmm…Well, my producer and I were just thinking of something sexy and catchy so we were like when a couple comes together it’s like making “Magic” yeah magic! And shout out to Mrs. Thesis for writing this, while I write all of my rap songs, I get help when it comes to my Pop and R&B sounds.

10 – What else can we expect from Keldamuzik in 2020?

More music, more movies and more content that will be on my channel Keldamuzik Presents which is on Apple TV and Roku… check it out!


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Interview | Questions & Answers With L.A. Bliss

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Check out this exclusive interview with L.A. Bliss. The artist’s storytelling lyrics revolve around obstacles, journeys, searches for self. Meaningful songs that share messages of reflection are sonic gems that never go out of style. For this reason, we discuss one of her best Pop songs to date, “Stranger Love”. Learn more here.

1 – In your opinion, what makes Los Angeles so special for you and other artists?

It’s a place where you can come to be accepted for your creativity and individuality. So many of us come from different backgrounds where choosing a creative career is frowned upon-a pipe dream. This is a community where you can find strength from others who share your passion and don’t judge you for it.

2 – When and where did you write the lyrics for “Stranger Love”?

I wrote Stranger Love about two years ago. I was coming off of about 8 years of pain and struggle. I was finding my way through that heartbreak.

3 – Is there a message you are trying to convey with this song?

Yes, I want to let people know that toxic relationships are just that. No matter what title that person has in your life, you do have another option to choose- yourself. If a relationship isn’t serving you for your highest good it’s ok to leave and detach with love. It’s about self-love.

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4 – Are all your lyrics based on personal experiences?

For sure, the song is about my family. I found that strangers were giving me what I expected my family to give. Which would be love, acceptance, and support.

5 – How much were you involved in the creative process behind the music video?

It’s all me. I wanted a story to drive the message home. The metaphorical suitcase we all carry around. It’s life’s baggage. I try to throw it off a cliff, bury it, dig it back up and burn it. So many of us have our issues bubble up and we try to bury it but it always rears its ugly head. It never goes away. At the end of the video, the sunflowers symbolize a new perspective on my baggage (suitcase). It’s replaced with a healing and hopeful view of my pain. I allow myself to carry that instead. A transmutation of that pain.

6 – Can you tell us more about locations and anecdotes while shooting this clip?

I need locations where I could shoot this all in one day. The car scenes needed a beautiful backdrop so Malibu was perfect. The beach would be an easy place to bury the suitcase and throw it off a cliff. The scene where I’m singing and journaling is a depiction of the inside of my head. I used the inside of my friend’s garage. She had some great stuff lying around that were nods to my interests growing up and some are still today. Like the dress, a form is a nod to my apparel company I’m starting. I have a wig from my old band, Warped Angel. Rollerskates, crystals, my mother’s blanket, my books, old dance shoes… they are all easter eggs. I used to do display design so I put that set together in a few hours.

7 – Is it true you are currently working on your first EP? When is the release date?

Yes, I am working on my EP as a solo artist. I really want it to be released this summer hopefully the stars and schedules align.

8 – Can you reveal to us important details about this project?

It’s going to be a very personal insight into some of the topics that you would find in that suitcase.

9 – Do you think your songs only target young women?

Well, I hope not. I want to reach all walks of life. If you are human then you can relate. If it’s not something close to what you have experienced then maybe you will find compassion through the lyrics and music.

10 – Finally, where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

Inspiring the world to heal and create with my music, films, designs, and philanthropy. To be limitless with creation.


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