Artist Review: WÃVY MAY – “Ignorant Ways” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Sometimes you run into a music video that truly keeps you at the edge of your seat. WÃVY MAY‘s video for the hypnotic Hip Hop track “Ignorant Ways” is one of those rare gems.

First and foremost, whoever shot/produced the video has a true gift for cinematography, editing, and capturing an authentic vision. From suspenseful outdoor shots to innovative camera work and frame transitions, this video is a mind-blow from the second it starts.

And the best part is, WÃVY‘s track resonates beautifully with the visuals we get. His dynamic lyrical structures and multifaceted rhyming techniques are very evident, crisp and very well though out. The South London rapper really encompasses a craft that sets him aside from a majority of today’s Hip Hop, and is more living proof that underground artists truly make magic happen.

His verses and flow keeps you interested and delves you into his artistic merit, and delivers an energy that never lets up. He holds his own throughout, and is a great glance into WÃVY‘s vision as an artist and lyricist.

If you want the whole package that contains an explosion of modern audio and visual components with endless likability factors, then WÃVY MAY is gonna be one of your new instant favorites. And his video for “Ignorant Ways” serves up something unwavering, undeniable, and top-notch in its entirety. You will not be disappointed in the least. Get ready for an intense ride into the innovation and evolution of Hip Hop.

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Press Release: S T A R S – “Infiniti” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Every now and then you encounter an artist that captures your attention with insatiable passion, versatility, and a signature style that brings you to a whole new musical spectrum. We get exactly that with the birth of S T A R S’ debut album Infiniti.

With a sound that is completely innovative and next-level, S T A R S encompasses a genre described as Sci-Fi/Pop; which dynamically combines an ambience of EDM blended with her subtle and soothing mid-ranged vocals and hybrid feel. You can literally hear the distinctive vibes of her atmospheric genre the very second you start listening to the album, and it provides a very inventive aura with musicianship factors that really make her stand out from any other artist reminiscent of the Pop genre.

S T A R S is more than your average musician though. Hailing from the landscapes of the UK, she is a multifaceted solo artist that takes on many roles including singing, songwriting, sound engineering, music producing and is also a staple in the fashion industry as an elite designer. She has worked with other notable musicians including Mr. Hudson, Metronomy, Jana Kirschner, United Vibrations, among many others.

After many years of establishment into the music and entertainment industry, S T A R S is ready to emerge onto the scene as a solo artist that is authentic and captivating. And Infiniti is a massive debut album for her, considering its raw originality and mind blowing production value. It’s gonna leave you anticipating what S T A R S has up her sleeve for future releases, and entice you to keep a close eye on the rising starlet.

Infiniti released on September 17th of this year, and is currently available on all digital music retailers and music streaming platforms. You can get details on her official website, and any other info you may desire as she continues reaching for the stars.

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Career Highlights: KI Back At It – Jersey We Lit Records

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

His name is Alterik Finney, also known under the stage name KI Back At It. And he didn’t choose music…music chose him.

Currently owner/CEO of Jersey We Lit Records, KI Back At It began hitting the ground running in the music realm by creating concepts and writing music for over the past 10 years, contributing his multifaceted skills for both small indie labels and larger ones for independent artists as well. Since then, he has manifested into a versatile and innovative artist with his own signature sound and stylization.

But things weren’t always so easy for the Elizabeth, NJ native who was once featured on Americas Most Wanted for an armed robbery. He recently opened the doors to his label as an insatiable and passionate effort to do things the correct way this time around, and is looking to genuinely help artists get their careers off the ground — primarily New Jersey artists, to help market and create commercial music, even performing management work.

“I’ve been working behind the scenes of the industry. Learning the ropes with everything from paperwork/business work, video editing, filming, online marketing, vocal recording, mixing, mastering and anything else related; and plan on being in full effect by the end of 2018. As Jersey artists, we’re known for sounding like others or sounding like street rappers, and it has never gotten us anywhere. My plans, with help from business-minded people, is to be the “Def Jam of New Jersey,” opening doors for NJ artists who want to sound different and connecting mainstream artists to small indie artists on collaborations.” –KI Back At It

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Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

If you need material for rehearsal, here is a website where you can get piano sheets for free.

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Press Release: Ignacio Peña – “Songs For The Fall Of An Empire” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

The type of artists that really capture your attention with their artistic merit and brilliant execution of musicianship are very, very few and far between. Ignacio Peña is one of those rare gems.

This Puerto Rican rocker is no stranger to the industry at all though, and is completely multifaceted from writing, recording, performing, producing, directing, media creation and more. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Peña rose to fame in the Latin market with the release of his debut album “El Mundo al Revés” in 2000 and the subsequent tour which saw him perform festivals in Argentina, Venezuela, Panama and the United States. Peña‘s albums have garnered critical acclaim and are considered by many to be some of the best rock music to come out in Spanish.

From 2015 through 2017, Peña has been nominated for five NATAS Suncoast Chapter Emmy Awards, winning two for the WIPR-TV Short Subject documentaries “Por Qué Conmemoramos” (Why We Commemorate) and “Soy De Una Raza Pura” (I Am From A Pure Race) respectively.

Now fully loaded with his next collection of rock anthems, his newest album creation Songs For The Fall Of An Empire is one that delivers a concept about the history of debt, and really delves deep into telling a story effectively. With two singles accompanied by music videos for each, the visual aspect adds unwavering power, depth and anticipation as these songs truly keep you at the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The first single/music video for “The Same Replies” is an explosive introduction to what this album is about, as well as how the music resonates with it. With an eye-catching intro that locks you into pure anticipation, this move-trailer-like intro to the song is masterful, mind bending and astonishing all on its own as the perfect powerful entrance into a song. With ambient guitar leads, melodic chord projections and soaring harmony-driven vocals, this track hits you in ways you’d never think possible.

Shifting from Peña and his band members to the song’s visual concept is what makes this video one of the highest-energy experiences you could ask for. Every verse has incredible pacing with thought-provoking, intelligent lyrics with a dynamic rhythm section driving the song forward and smashing its way into a chorus that is melodic, catchy and suitable to any rock listener that appreciates an unforgettable chorus. The dark elements of the song really carries the weight of the song’s concept as well, and the production value couldn’t be better. This is a song and video that will stay with you even after it’s over. It’s one you have to see to believe.

Bridging over to the second single/video on the album, we get a thrust of heavy ambience with the song “Sound The Alarm” which carries over from the previous track as continuity of the same concept the album has been centralizing. From strong yet subtle verses that continue to tell a very political and supercharged story that gets the listener to pay extra close attention, we get one of the biggest buildups in anticipation before this song’s extremely in-your-face and most highlighted chorus yet.

From ascension to attention, the energy really flies high and is definitely one of the best written rock choruses of this caliber you could come by. With heavy-gain guitars and rhythmic riffs that drive with a force along with a pounding rhythm section, this climactic track is definitely gonna be one of your favorites of the album, and really puts the defining factors of the song right into the forefront where it’s most effective as a whole.

“Sound The Alarm” releases on September 17th, and is definitely gonna set the bar high for concept rock albums altogether, as well as videos.

A new song from Songs For The Fall Of An Empire will be unleashing every three weeks until the album release date of December 10th. Mark your calendars for this masterpiece.

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Artist Highlight: Calvin West

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

In today’s music world, the internet has been a focal point and cornerstone in almost every musician or band’s career. From platforms like YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, and other social media outlets, there’s always something behind the scenes to help enhance a music maker’s presence.

That’s where professional lyric video artist Calvin West comes in. A man that creates innovative and groundbreaking lyrics videos for any artist, any genre and with any kind of theme. Whether it’s a song that has a certain message or atmosphere involved, West is that visionary who can put all the pieces together for you and bring your song to live through an eye-catching lyric video.

Artists have especially taken interest in releasing lyric videos on behalf of getting fans to learn the words to a song, or perhaps put out a YouTube release of a track with some kind of character to it; in case an official music video just isn’t in the cards yet.

West has worked with over a thousand musicians and record labels from all over the world, and it’s a multifaceted combination of his background and ability that keeps his clients coming back. He understands their artistic identity and strives to channel it through the lyric videos he makes, and never fails to grasp at the artist/client’s vision for a project. Which is truly what separates him from the rest.

West is also a Top Rated Seller on freelance network Fiverr, with over 1,000 five-star reviews from artists all over the world that come to him for his abilities behind the screen. It doesn’t matter the challenge, it doesn’t matter the deadline – if you hand your work or artistic vision over to Calvin West to bring your song into a whole new spectrum, this is the man that will get it done. It gives musicians and their fans to encompass a whole new perspective on a very articulate audio and visual journey unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Press Release: DLOW – “Need It More” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are very few artists in today’s era that really know how to grasp at catchiness in a whole new realm. Chicago’s DLOW does exactly just that with his versatile new single “Need It More.”

If you wanted more of DLOW, then here is what you want and a whole lot more. The rising rapper has amassed an immaculate fan base collectively through shows, word of mouth and internet presence. And we definitely get more with “Need It More” for sure.

Delivering a sing-songy style that really brings his charisma and melodic approach to the forefront, “Need It More” is an exercise in R&B infused Hip Hop and unlimited swagger. This track’s lyrical structure keeps a solid flow throughout each measure and dives into melody and authenticity; centering around his natural talent and gift of lyricism.

It’s a song for ladies and gentleman with a genuine craving for a fresh Hip Hop track with a vast array of likability factors. If you’re an R&B hungry fan, this chemistry will also satisfy as well. This song blends the perfect mix of monumental modern elements of genres today that are usually convoluted and unconvincing. But that’s what makes DLOW stand out from the rest; this track is done right, and it’s one that will stay in your head even after it’s over.

He’s conveying a sound and message without trying to outdo himself. He keeps it completely real and really leaves the window open to explore other elements of the Hip Hop world that his voice could easily capture. And that’s one of the best focal points and cornerstones of his ability as a rapper, his ability to be universal. And that’s what you get with “Need It More.”

The single is available now on all mainstream digital music platforms as well as streaming outlets. This is definitely not a song to sleep on anytime soon.

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