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Jordan LaFaver Interview 2016

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Exclusive interview with Jordan LaFaver! He is an American musician, producer, and record executive known for his work as frontman of Diary of Snow and founding Snowbound Records. Today I had the pleasure to know more about himself as a solo artist, and he reveals everything about his music and his life… Go read what Jordan shared with us, you’ll be impressed!

1 – Many people will know you from the band, Diary of Snow, What would you say are the differences between being a solo artist and being part of a band?

I had this terrible moral dilemma for the longest time when it came to DOS. I was dedicated to only making meaningful music that would speak to people on an emotional level, but every once in awhile I just wanted to make a fun pop record. Back then I viewed that as selling out, so I buried that part of me until I couldn’t stand it anymore.

Everyone needs to cut loose every once in awhile, so being solo gives me the freedom to just write for fun and make something for the people who pushed me to do pop for years. There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll return to Diary of Snow (it’ll always be where my heart is), but for now, this is a long overdue vacation.

2 – Were you surrounded by music growing up?

I was, but probably not what people would expect! My parents listened to a lot of gospel music and I barely recall listening to anything non-Christian when I was really young (except for a Spice Girls cassette tape my dad had for some reason). My grandmother had an old piano that she played around me all the time, and I credit that to my love of music.

I taught myself how to play by ear when I was very young, and my family bought me my own keyboard when I was old enough to appreciate it. That keyboard would be the first part of the amateur recording studio I would set up in my parent’s basement when I was 14, where I would record the first draft’s of Diary of Snow’s first EP.

3 – Did you take singing lessons?

Nope, but to this day I still want to. I tried to take piano lessons twice and both times the instructor got frustrated that I could play fluently by ear, but not understand a single note of sheet music. Ironically I never wanted to be a singer, I grew up dreaming of being a keyboardist for a Christian rock band, but when I purchased my first copy of Autotune I loved the way it sounded and aspired to sound good without it. From that day forward it’s just been trial and error, and a lot of practice. I love singing now.

4 – What sort of artist do you want to be? Please define your music genre.

This has always been a difficult question because I want to do two different things; be a solo artist, and be the lead singer of an alternative-rock band. Depending on which project I’m focused on, my genre will change, and I think I’ll always want to do both. As for what I’m doing right now, I’d like to be comparable to Bryson Tiller and The Weeknd. My album is a mash-up of a few genres but primarily R&B.

5 – Your debut EP is due in this year. How close is it to being finished?

Admittedly, we jumped the gun in announcing the EP this year. Originally I wanted to put out something new as soon as possible (the last Diary of Snow album was released over three years ago), but I had forgotten how rushing that same album had caused me to regret it in the first place. When I announced the EP, I only had four prospective songs. That number is now closer to twenty, spanning multiple genres.

I’ve decided to take the rest of 2016 and really hone my sound, build some buzz, and release a full-length solo album in 2017. That said, I do plan on releasing a few singles this year to keep people interested! I also plan to shoot at least one music video and start a Youtube series documenting the progress of the album on our Snowbound Records Youtube channel.

6 – What inspired you to create the song “Lipstick Stains”?

For years I wanted to release a semi-sexual pop record, but I lacked the confidence to ever achieve it. Whenever I tried it sounded hilarious because you could tell I didn’t take myself seriously. However, I spent the entire year of 2015 losing weight, getting in shape and completely transforming myself into a different person; one who wasn’t afraid to make records like that.

When I showed the first demo of Lipstick Stains to my producer, I played it off like a joke. The thought of the old me doing a record like that was hilarious, so I pitched it as a comedy song. Unexpectedly, he absolutely loved it and pushed me to finish it as a legitimate single. 6 months later, we released it and the wave of support was overwhelming! I felt incredible, and decided that day to pursue a full solo album.

7 – Would you like to get signed to a big record label? Why?

Yes, but also no. Right now I’m not signed to anyone, but I operate under my own Snowbound Records to bring attention to my label that I would love to develop someday. The benefit of being unsigned is I can feely negotiate my own royalties, book my own shows, pick and pay the producers I see fit for each song, and handle my own promotion and social media.

The obvious downside is that every cent required for all those services comes from my own pocket. Promotion, production, copyrighting, touring, and all the other aspects of being a serious musician are incredibly expensive, and I’ve spent thousands of dollars since my last album working on this one.

Being a part of a major label would drastically help with getting my name out there (and take a lot of pressure off me), but you do lose a degree of creative freedom and certainly the ability to choose who you work with. I’ve been offered contracts in the past but every time, it would have put me in debt and the labels cared nothing for me as an artist. For at least this first album I plan to remain solo. Whatever happens after will happen, but I’m very excited and I can’t wait to see how people react to it!

8 – What’s the most surprising thing that has happened to you in a live show?

Once in New Hampshire, while I was a keyboardist for a friend’s band, I started playing Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” while we were setting up between bands. Several people up front started laughing and belting out the words, so I finished playing the entire song while they sang it!

Also when I did my first piano show in Bangor, Maine, I got a standing ovation at the end. I never expected it, but that was definitely one of the best days of my life and motivated me to pursue a career in music.

9 – Is there any local artist that you admire?

Local is a tough word because in the past 6 years I’ve lived in 5 different places, but I’ll speak for my home in Northern Maine. I’ll always be the biggest fan of my producer and artist Erik Mason, who is not only a successful, full-time music producer (and my best friend), but also a very talented singer and rapper. Through dedication alone he’s moved up in the music industry, and I wouldn’t have anyone else handling my vocals for this album!

I also need to give a shout out to my friends in the band Turner, who are far better live performers than myself, and just released their first music video!

10 – Where can we find you on the Internet and social media?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jordanlafaver
Instagram: www.instagram.com/diaryofsnow
YouTube: www.youtube.com/snowboundrecords

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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Inbar Starr Opens Up About Debut EP ‘Take It’ In Interview

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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!

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4 – Musically speaking, what’s your approach?

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.

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8 – Besides working on this material, what have you been up to since self-isolation started?

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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Exclusive Interview: Kory Burns Discusses New Single “Radio” And More

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Kory Burns
was mentored by the late singer-songwriter Betty Wright. Betty wrote songs for Beyonce, Mary J, Jay Z, Gloria Estefan, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Lopez, and Snoop Dog and won a Grammy in 1976 for her song, “Where is the Love.” On the other hand, his vocals have been compared to the one and only Eldra Patrick aka El DeBarge. If this introduction sounds interesting to you, then I invite you to read the following interview so that you can discover details of his upcoming single “Radio” (pre-order here), plus much more. Scroll down and happy reading!

1 — How did you discover that singing was the thing for you?

When I was 3 years old I heard the song “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey and from that moment there was no looking back.

2 — Are you vocally trained or is it all-natural talent?

I believe my voice is a gift from God so I’ll go with mostly natural talent (haha) In all seriousness when I was 14 I started vocal lessons and then at 18 got introduced to R&B icon Betty Wright and she trained my vocals for the past 11 years until she passed on Mother’s Day.

3 — If you could sing one song for the rest of your life, what song would you sing and why?

This is such a hard question! There are so many good ones but I’d have to say my new single “Radio” which is available October 16th on all music platforms (haha) but that’s not acceptable, so I’d have to say “I Swear” by All 4 One. It’s such a good vocal moment and I get to show off a little bit with my singing and that song brings everyone back to a nostalgic time and I am all for some good nostalgia.

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4 — What inspired you to write your new single “Radio”?

I was sitting in the studio with Sean McMillion & Carlos Battey (Producers & Writers) and one of my best friends was with me, we were bouncing ideas back and forth. I wanted something very sexy / Pop / R&B and a little more mature and I think we created that. The song really came to us and we sat in the studio from 10 pm – 9 am. Time flies though when you’re making hits.

5 — How would you compare it to your previous singles?

This song is way more mature. I always want all my music to be universal and I definitely kept that aspect in this song however, I had more fun and gave myself more freedom. The vibe is different as well as my style of singing.

6 — Were there a lot of changes?

There could be 100 changes but I have a way of being able to pull it off and make it work. I think we did that with this song.

7 — Do you think music is helping people to deal with pandemic stress?

My music might not specifically help people with the pandemic but if I’m able to have somebody forget about their reality for 3 minutes from my music I’m here for it. If anything it might get people in the mood and that’s a stress reliever so… (haha)


8 — How do you feel about working with the platinum-selling producer Sean McMillion?

It’s so funny to hear those words. I have been working with Sean on all of my projects starting with my very first song “Count The Ways”. We met at Betty’s House when she was auditioning me to be apart of her music school. He’s seen me grow and mature into the young man I am now and I think that’s so dope. He is a brother I never wanted and I couldn’t be greater full. I don’t look at him any different as I did before and whenever we get to work together it just feels right. He’s my brother.

9 — Are you planning to release music videos anytime soon?

Yes! Doing a music video is one of my favorite things to do! I get to be very creative and I’m very hands-on. I have a great concept for the “Radio” video and I can’t wait for you all to see it!

10 — What do you miss most about performing live?

The energy, the having to win over a crowd because they have no idea who the hell you or where the hell you came from (haha) I just miss the interaction. I love going off stage and walking around the audience and dancing and singing with and to them. It’s amazing. I have the WORST stage fright but once I’m on, IM ON.


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Mou5ZyZZ Reveals Details Of His Upcoming Single “Melbourne Overdose” — Interview

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aka Andrew Niman is making huge waves in the electronic music world. With his high energetic charisma and enthusiasm, he never fails to inject positivity during his live DJ sets. Indeed, the independent artist has achieved something that few in the industry can claim to do: playing in front of 95,000 ravers. Furthermore, it wouldn’t surprise me that he is still ghosting producing for renowned international acts.

Currently, Mou5ZyZZ has a pretty big release coming up soon entitled “Melbourne Overdose”, out on September 30th. Do you want to know more about it? Then, scroll down and read this exclusive interview.

1 — For newcomers, how would you best describe your sound?

Highly explosive EDM music.

2 — Please tell us more about the inspiration behind your upcoming single, “Melbourne Overdose”

The track deals with the excitement and mysteriousness of meeting a stranger in a crowd of thousands of people. Despite the number of people, you somehow feel attracted to this stranger. The track is building up to its climax while enumerating all of the things you want to do and want to be for that stranger. Thinking you could rock their world. But finally, you come to the realization, that when it’s said and done, that stranger will be too much to handle for you. 🎵 MELBOURNE OVERDOSE 🔥🔥🔥💗💗

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3 — Was it hard to stay inspired over the lockdown period?

It was actually easier to be inspired for us as artists since we are producers and usually work behind closed doors in music production, etc.

4 — What was it like working with Yago Music?

This is the second track that I’ve worked with Yago. Me and Yago worked together on a past track called “In The Dust” + featuring DJ Waffles.

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5 — Do you have a favourite lyric from this track?

My favorite lyrics are “I don’t know you, but I know what I want”. 👆😜💗💗💗🐭

6 — Were there any challenges producing “Melbourne Overdose”?

There were some challenges but it only came at the end of the track with mastering. I had to take 5 different vocal tracks that Jakob Faber or Yago Music sent me, it was just a bit tricky trying to combine all, but it sounded good at the end of mastering the track. Plus, with a little bit of time and work, I created the perfect master.

7 — Do the fans should expect something different on this new release?

To answer this question I would see as far as the fans go yes this is gonna be in itself a new surprise all alone. This is my 1st Melbourne Bounce release for Mou5ZyZZ as well as Yago Music. 🥳 🥳

8 — What are your views on ghost producing? Do you still do it?

I’m fine with ghost producing since I have been doing it back in 2006, so I think it is definitely good business for me because I’m good at production as well as mastering. So, it’s very easy for me to make good tracks to potential other artists worldwide. Honestly, I think I’m one of the very first producers to come out and talk about it so freely. I honestly love creating artwork for the world to hear even if it doesn’t have my name on it just knowing that somebody else out there has taken my artwork and created it into something of their own a spectacular honestly. 💯💯💯🙌👻🐭💗

9 — Are there any plans in the making for virtual DJ sets?

Yes, most definitely I am currently working on other things at the moment which has been hard for me since I’m only one person, but yes I do plan on doing more live DJ sets as well as creating more virtual DJ sets. I have been working on making my own custom visuals for a full hour in a 5-minute long set. This was going to be truly awesome when finished. Currently, I’m working on many other projects and haven’t had time for the DJing side project.

10 — How can new artists submit their music to your label Mou5 Chee5e Records? Is there any special requirement?

As far as being an artist on my label it’s very simple all you need to do is to contact me through my messages either on my personal Instagram or via my record label’s Instagram account. you can also e-mail me or even call me directly… mou5zyzz@gmail.com / 5053043630


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Drew Ramz Talks New Jam “Luv”, Songwriting & More — Interview

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Independent rapper Drew Ramz has premiered a new jam you might enjoy titled, “Luv”. Best of all, it’s filled with chill vibes from start to end. I got the opportunity to interview the emerging artist who shares his views on this romantic song, his songwriting approaches, and much more. Happy reading!

1 – As an artist, how have you adjusted to these tough times of pandemic?

2020 has been a wild year. It’s been mentally and physically exhausting each month. In a different light though, it has given me a lot of time to focus on writing music. I took a year away to find myself as an artist and 2020 has taught me that nothing is guaranteed. I have found my voice during these times and I started creating music that I like, compared to the stuff that will make me fit in.

2 – You’ve said in other interviews that you use music to cope with depression. How does the process of music help you?

I am in a constant battle with anxiety and depression. My mind moves at a mile a minute and there are days where it’s hard to focus. Music allows me to express my feelings in ways that I could not normally do. Getting to write down my thoughts to a beat, allows me to express myself to the greatest extent & it eases my mind. I’m super grateful for this outlet.

3 – When it comes to writing lyrics, do you use unconventional methods?

I wouldn’t call them unconventional, I write the thoughts that surround my mind. Whatever I’m feeling that day, I try to write about it. Again, it’s a therapy in a way that allows me to express my inner thoughts freely. I’ve loved writing since I was a kid and my imagination is never-ending. Getting to write lyrics is a great way to tell a story & I love being able to write stories that are true to me and that other people can relate to.

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4 – What themes inspire you to write lyrics?

I’m a huge believer in love. My wife and children are the greatest things to ever happen to me. A lot of the music I write has to do with my wife Jackie. She is an integral part of my life and without her, I’d be lost. Getting to tell our story through music has been a great adventure. I love that I get to write songs about her, she’s my biggest inspiration.

5 – Why people must listen to your new single “Luv”?

“Luv” is a love letter to my wife Jackie. We all have that one person we cherish in our lives & to me, that’s my wife. Sometimes in relationships, words aren’t enough & for me, I got to write a song dedicated to the girl of my dreams. “Luv” speaks to that audience, the people that miss old school songs that are just about being in love. There’s no talk about chains, money, clubbing… it’s simply a man expressing his love to his wife. “Luv” is perfect for anyone that just needs to remind their significant other that they are their world.

6 – Is there any message behind this jam?

Don’t be afraid to tell that person that you have feelings for how you really feel. People tend to throw around the word love a lot, but what do you love about that person? “Luv” to me was just expressing to Jackie all the things I love about her & how she makes me feel like her husband. She’s an incredible wife and this song is all about her.

7 – How does it compare to anything else you have put out before?

After I released “Brand New” back in 2019, I took a break from music because I needed to find myself as an artist. I had always love to sing but I never really tried to sing on a track before. With “Luv” and a lot of my new tracks, I took a step out of my comfort zone & just wanted to be me. I didn’t want to be a cookie-cutter rapper or artist. I wanted to express myself through singing and rapping.

“Luv” is the first release that I’ve sung on, so it’s nerve-racking, but it’s me. It’s honestly the most real I’ve ever been on a track, it’s just me speaking from the heart. The rest of my releases that follow will be the same, just me telling a story or expressing feelings that are true to me. I’m not gonna rap or sing about millions of dollars or a Lamborghini because I can’t relate to any of that, but I can relate to being in love with my amazing wife.

8 – When do you hope to put out more new music

My release schedule is kind of inspired by the artist Russ. When he was starting he would just drop a track month after month. I’m going to follow suit. I think it’s brilliant. Every month is a new chapter in the story of Drew Ramz. My release schedule as of now looks like this:

9/15/20: “Luv”
10/2/20: “20 Something”
10/23/20: “Lowkey”
11/23/20: “Hoodie Weather”

9 – What would your dream music video look like right now?

A dream music video is something paying homage to my favorite TV show, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” I love sarcastic comedy & I’m hoping to drop a single that fits the comedy scheme of that show. Once I do, I’m gonna go all out and just show my love and appreciation to that show!

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

I’m going to continue to release music and be the best artist I can be. At the same time, I’m a family man and my family comes first. I will be starting my Master’s Degree in January, with the hopes of being a principal of school one day. Providing my family is my number one goal & that’s what I signed up for. I hope that one day my music takes off and I can provide for them as an artist, but in the meantime, I’m working my way up to help shape the future generations.


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Exclusive Q&A: Kilo House Reveals All In This Interview!

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Check out our exclusive interview with producer and DJ Kilo House. He’s an alumni of the Icon Collective Music Production School. Definitely, his life is an example of perseverance and effort. Highly influenced by his musical background in the Deathcore scene, he’s now into dark Bass sounds. Frankly, there are many things I have been anxious to know about this enigmatic artist, so he brings to light his best answers. Happy reading!

1 – Let’s start off with your artistic name, where did Kilo House come from?

The name Kilo actually comes from the name of one of my pit bull rescues that I rescued from dogfighting but had to send to a pit bull reserve in New England due to the fact that I lived in an apartment. That was the hardest thing I ever had to do and actually started me on my path to production due to a great bout of depression I fell into. I chose that name because I wanted to embody his great strength love and unbreakable spirit. And House is a reference to the show house and my battle with a great deal of drug addiction at a young age.

2 – Is music production and DJing your full-time career?

Yes, but I also have a life coaching degree.

3 – Were there any obstacles that you had to overcome to establish your goals as an artist?

Yes, way too many to name brotha, I have lost friends, money, my health, and even experienced someone taking my best friend’s life, R.I.P. Raw Ronnie 🙁

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4 – What has changed the most over your musical influences?

I think the fact that I am now influenced by my own music and my own inspiring story is the biggest change. Due to chronic pain some days it is hard to even get out of bed but I remember that I AM NOT A VICTIM but like you graciously put it I AM A WARRIOR.

5 – What kind of sonic atmosphere are you trying to approach in your DJ sets?

I am an open format DJ. I’m DJing everything from Trap and Dubstep to Metal and House. As long as it has high energy, big drops, and a fun vibe.

6 – Tell us more about your latest single “The CHiLDREN”, are you a fan of the sampling technique?

Yes, the use of horror movies and other samples dates back to my days as a Deathcore drummer. Back in the day, Deathcore used a lot of movie samples and I brought that with me over to the Trap genre. Also the freedom I feel when watching a good horror film is the feeling I hope to give my listeners.

7 – How many days did it take you to record this banger?

To be totally honest less than 24 hours brotha.

8 – What else can we expect from your upcoming releases?

 I think you can expect more of the same high energy drops, but “maybe” a few with a bit more silly funny samples.

9 – What release are you most proud of that you produced and what’s the story behind it?

I am proud of them all. My songs are like my children, I birth them, watched them grow, and then released them out into the world to spread light and positivity. So, you can’t pick a favorite child, well the same with the songs you birth as an artist.

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10 – Finally, how do you entertain yourself away from music?

First and foremost, I spend all the time in the world with my “best friend” my pit bull rescue named FLEX also I am a huge UFC fan so I try to make time as much as I can to watch the fights with my family.

I love working out and eating healthily and also am a quite good long-boarder. Plus, I also love expanding my mind by reading about different religions and philosophies.

But for the most part, I try to live a humble and modest lifestyle spending my downtime with my friends, family, and of course FLEX.


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