Artist Interview – Sophia

Sophia is an upcoming Singer / Songwriter from London who works in the genres of Hip-Hop, Electronic, Dubstep and Pop music! We thought that Sophia’s music vibe and music was perfect for Essential Pop so were delighted when she agreed to complete a full feature about her work and experiences. Read on to discover what music Sophia enjoys listening to, what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months and how she creates her unique blend of electronic pop music!

 

Sophia

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Sophia, 19-year-old urban girl, Singer, Songwriter whose music is Youthful, Aggressive, Vulnerable, Edgy & Unapologetic.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I started singing from a young age, growing up listening to R&B, such as Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah & Usher.  I started playing piano at 11 and went on to study music production at a fantastic Music school. I’m a songwriter first, above anything. I love writing for other artists and working with great musicians.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

This time last year I just put out my first single “Till We Die”, which was a Pop/Dance track.

I’ve since moved onto more Hip Hop Electronic, Dubstep sound this year.

I’ve been writing a lot and working with some great producers. I’ve been concentrating on getting an original sound. I’ve managed to get a lot of great magazine features, radio play and got my track played on some cool TV Programmes, so it’s been a great 12 months. I feel like I’ve grown a lot with my music since my first release.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I listen to a lot of 90s Hip Hop and R’n’B. I love Biggie & Aaliyah, but The Weeknd and Rihanna’s music really inspires me. There are a lot of great songwriters also, such as James Fauntleroy & Ester Dean.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Rihanna’s one of the coolest artists out there, she has great music. Beyoncé is amazing; she’s such a magnificent live performer. Also, The Weeknd and Drake; I love their sound.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Musically, It would be a dream to collaborate with producers Hit-Boy & Chase & Status.

 

Sophia

 

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Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?

I love Lana Del Rey, especially her lyrics. Rihanna’s latest album Talk That Talk is a favourite too, and I’ve always got 2Pac my playlists.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I usually write the lyrics and melody first. Then, the producer and me establish our ideas for the music, everything from the drums to the vocal. During the writing process, I know exactly how I want it to sound. It’s also important that the person your working with gets you and your style!

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both for me. I guess melody in general as it’s what’s the catchiest, and stays with most people when they hear a song. But the lyrics make the song what it is. They determine the vibe. The lyrics are the story.

 

Q: Where are you based?

In London, baby!

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I grew up the first half of my life in Dubai. So, I’ve been around different environments!  Dubai’s beautiful, and London has great energy. Everyone has a dream; everyone’s motivated to get somewhere! I love being around people like that.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m always writing. I recently wrote a song I sent to Cassie. I’m also working on new Dubstep tracks of my own with a brilliant DJ, and collaborating with great rap talent in London… stay tuned!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I wrote a song with Grammy Award winner Mack Woodward who did Beyoncé’s ‘Ego’.

And having the support from such established, talented musicians is helpful. Their wise, they know their stuff and give great advice.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I’m looking forward to going to the States to work on great music with Grammy winning production team Savant Soundz.  I also hope to get a few videos done, and to get some radio play on 1Xtra would be a dream.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I’ve got none planned at the moment. I’ve done a few gigs in Mayfair clubs, including Embassy. I’m concentrating more on the music side at the moment. I would like to start doing stripped down acoustic sets, their always fun.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

New York! The lights, the art, the diversity, the energy, talent and pace. Everything you could want is there.

 

Sophia

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Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Be original, be yourself, and believe in what your doing or no one will.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I’d love for you guys to check out my latest track ‘Malibu Love: The Remix’ on my Soundcloud page: www.soundcloud.com/sophiaofficial

Don’t forget to leave a comment ;)

 

Editor’s Note: Sophia has all of the ingredients to enjoy a very successful career in electronic music. We’re looking forward to Sophia’s album with a great deal of excitement at Essential Pop.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Sophia, just follow the links below:

 

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/sophiasofficial

Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/sophianow

Web page link: www.onlysophia.com

Soundcloud link: www.soundcloud.com/sophiaofficial

Artist Interview – S. Burley

S. Burley is an upcoming Hip-Hop performer and producer who is originally from Georgia but currently is living and working in Tampa Bay. When we first checked out S. Burley’s track “Off In Da Club” on Twitter we loved the vibe and were therefore delighted when he agreed to complete a feature interview with Essential Pop. Read on to find out about S. Burley’s musical inspirations, what he’s currently working on and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

S. Burley

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Q: Who are you called?

The name I was given at birth is Shebastian Burley so I wanted my artist name to still represent me so I chose S. Burley.

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Young poet with a unique style and persistence to be a successful entrepreneur.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I was signed on an independent label now I’m an independent artist under TBJRentertainment, John Casablanca Modeling and Talent Agency, Hollywood Auditions and Star Video Productions.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months have been a long lesson. I’ve learned so much in the past year and continue to seek knowledge.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I’m inspired musically by life in general. I’m more of an observer so when I write. My music reflects the true emotions and feelings I have upon the world.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I look up to 50 Cent and Jay Z a lot especially from a business point of view. I mainly listen to Kendrick Lamar and follow his music. I like the messages in his music. He’s really saying something.

 

S. Burley

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Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I would love to collab with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil Wayne, The Game, Eminem and most of all my favorite rapper 50 Cent.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

At the moment I listen to Kendrick Lamar a lot. I love music with soul, passion and a message behind it. I feel I can relate to his music cause I’m also an artist trying to find myself in this world. Also he doesn’t follow others. I also create my own style and continue to reinvent myself.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Since I create all my songs from scratch, I start with an idea or melody and build from that sound till I feel I have created a masterpiece defining a part of who I am as a person in a soulful type of way. As far as my writing creativity goes, it’s more of a feeling or inspiration I get from the track. I feel sometimes the words just come to me subconsciously and I always try to incorporate some type of knowledge or inspiration for the enlightened listeners that keys in to every word so that they fully understand the message. My ultimate goal is to create an art form that connects with the listener to the point where they become believers instead of just fans.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Personally I think the lyrics are more important. I’m more geared towards the conscious art form of rap and like to have a strong and sometimes deep message in a track that shows off my knowledge and creativity. The way I see it is if your not making somebody else’s life better then what are you doing with your thoughts? Positive thinking brings a positive aura; negative thinking brings a negative aura. I’m a strong believer in thoughts creating reality.

I love to create melody’s I feel that if your melody, lyrics, and song as a whole connect with you. Nowadays it’s all about being yourself as a artist and branding yourself. If you’re imitating other artists its shows that your not original.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m based in the Tampa Bay area but I’m originally from Georgia.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s a little tough but with faith and persistence you can overcome any obstacle.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I do more then just rap and make beats. I’m a model/actor for John Casablanca and Hollywood auditions as well in California. I’m currently working on getting my clothing line ‘’S.Burley By Conde Couture’’ launching off soon. We’re gonna have the S.Burley shirts up for sale for everyone who wants to support.

My album ”Through It All’’ is in the works. We have some amazing songs on the album that I personally think touch many topics and show my creativity like no other. I’m really excited to release my album I will definitely key yall in when we find out when it’s releasing. It should be within the next few months.

 

S. Burley

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Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I would say the respect and advice I got from the people I look up to, One of my best friends Andres Yepes of Star Video Productions taught me a lot and my clothing designer from Conde Couture just the positive people I put myself around. My manager is most definitely the most influential person in my life, how much more blessed can you be to have a mother who’s there for you and believes in you when nobody else believes.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Within the next year I feel my limitations are limitless. With persistence I hope to have a successful clothing line, excellent career in acting/modeling, get my music widely known to the world and keep making songs. I feel will gain a larger range of audiences.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I’m currently working more towards my fashion shows to start marketing my clothing line and launching it within the next few weeks.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I meditate a lot its keep me stress free and I feel like I gain an abundance of wisdom after every session. I strongly recommend meditating its part of my way of life.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My favorite places to vacation would be either Las Vegas or California because I have always wanted to go for as long as I can remember.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Be yourself, stay positive and humble If you’re planning on being successful and growing your brand. Don’t just do music, try to be an entrepreneur. The more you can venture off into other positive aspects of business the more knowledge you can gain and opportunities that can come your way.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

This is just the beginning of my career I plan on many other ventures and success stories to come I’m looking forward building my exposure and gaining new fans/ believers I plan on having many more music videos and many more albums to come. I want to thanks Essential Pop for believing in me and allowing me to gain more exposure. Much love and peace to all.

 

Editor’s Note: S. Burley utilises his infectious, dynamic personality to create some very appealing Hip-Hop tracks with a commercial. We’re looking forward to how his career develops over the coming and years.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with S. Burley, just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.tbjrentertainment.com

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/sburley

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SBurley/205341092833277

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shebastianb

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SBurleyTBJR

Website Features: http://www.813area.com/entertainment/s-burley-hot-local-hip-hop-artist-on-the-rise.html http://swagmagazineca.com/pg9.html

Website Features: http://www.makorecords.co.uk/s-burley-i-know-you-see-me-video/

Website Features: http://www.hiphop-legacy.com/music/s-burley-off-in-da-club-directed-by-andres-yepes 

 

Artist Interview – Choze

Choze is an upcoming singer and dancer from Pittsburgh, PA. Choze has already enjoyed some success working with national recording artists such as Ja Rule, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Run DMC and Flo-Rida. Despite Choze’s ever-increasingly hectic schedule we were delighted that he agreed to complete a feature interview with Essential Pop. Read on to find out what Choze’s recently been working on, his current career highlights and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Choze

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Pittsburgh’s Playboy, Pretty Boy Swag

 

Q: What is your musical background?

Well I come from a musical family, my mother was a singer, and some of my uncles all played instruments, and I use to play keys a little.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Well I lost my father this past year so that was one of the hardest things I ever had to go through, also a lot of ups and downs with this music, and just life in general.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

When I here good music, that inspires me, also just the love and the passion for it, as well as the release from it, good or bad, there is so much feeling in music!

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I’m not really sure if there is one artist…? I think there are so many that are good, when I just here something that is good, it just does it for me. But if I had to say, I would say Flo-Rida, Eminem.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Would love to do Mac Miller or Wiz Khalifa just because there also from Pittsburg, but other then that, I think Eminem would be awesome or Maroon 5.

 

Choze

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Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Pumpin’ some Choze, and whatever crosses my ears that I like, I like alternative, some rock, love the 80′s early 90′s so…

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Well I think it’s different for every song. Sometimes I listen to the music, and then whatever I feel comes out, or sometime I can just be somewhere and come up with a concept I think would be cool, or dope, and then I roll with that!

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both sometimes… sometime the lyrics because what the person is saying might be really important, but sometimes the melody because of the way the music sounds and the way it makes you feel..!

 

Q: Where are you based?

Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Working on the new album witch I can’t name at this time :) but its definitely going to be a banger!!!! Trust me!!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Opening some sold out shows, Sean Kingston, Wiz Khailfa, Ja Rule, Bone Thugs & Harmony.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Just do what I feel I have been put here to do, tour/perform and work, help my family and people that are less fortunate and give them hope, and hope there is something special in me that they see, that helps them in some way.

 

Choze

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Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Checkout the official website for everything…

www.chozemusic.com

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Just chill, relax, shop kick back watch some TV, I love movies or a nice massage, or time on the beach :)

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Cabo looks beautiful :) but who knows, I could think of a dozen places I would love to go!!

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Be creative, never give up, and stay focused.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Make sure you follow me on Twitter @ChozeMusic I’m always there so, also lookout and remember my face and name!!

 

Choze

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Editor’s Note: Choze has worked hard to develop  a unique voice in his music with a distinct sound. His style, dynamism and energy definitely make him one of Essential Pop’s “One’s to Watch” for 2012 and beyond.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Choze just follow the links below:

Website:  www.chozemusic.com

Soundcloud:  http://soundcloud.com/chozemusic

Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/chozemusic

Artist Interview – Darius Lux

Darius Lux is an upcoming singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California who effectively combines rock and soul to produce some great pop music. Darius has incredibly profound and varied experiences in music and we were delighted when he agreed to complete a feature interview with Essential Pop. Read on to discover who inspires Darius musically, what he does to relax when not working and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Darius Lux

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Soulful and thoughtful rockin positive pop music by a singer-songwriter, legal alien and lover of life.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I began playing classical piano and violin at age 6 and within a year was accepted at a music conservatory near London. By the time I hit early teens I felt unfulfilled by the rigidity of classical music and developed a strong hunger for American R&B, Rock and Hip Hop. This fuelled me to teach myself guitar, bass and drums and move to NYC where I got involved with all levels of production and performance.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

It’s been a good past year with many new challenges and accomplishments. Most recently, I have found myself magically surrounded by people who make videos and have thus created 2 unique music videos over the last year which have been satisfying in different ways.  I feel more open to the visual medium now and seeing where to take an idea beyond just recording it musically, I am excited to interface more with video in the future. I also played to the biggest crowds of my career so far with a gig at the Castro Street Fair in San Francisco to 1000’s of people – definitely felt like we were taking it all to the next level.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

So many people do and for different reasons. As a small child I was dazzled by Michael Jackson and Prince as entertainers and performers. Stevie Wonder has been a big influence as a recording artist, writer and singer. Artists like Tom Waits and Bob Dylan inspire me as lyricists and storytellers. Bono inspires me in his ability to grasp a bigger perspective of the world thru his music.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

More recently I have been very inspired by bands like Muse, so glad grandiosity and virtuosity have been brought back to Rock. I also love MuteMath – they have such a great, original sound and an epic live show. Michael Franti (Spearhead) inspires me as a human being; his message resonates greatly with me. Ben Harper too, every record just gets better and better and he is so prolific and always keeps it interesting with constant new collaborations.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Ha, what a great question – you know, I’d love to write a song with Chris Cornell, his voice is staggering and it would be fun to really road test those pipes one-on-one, not sure I could gig with him tho, he’d blow me out the water! Gigging would be a different thing altogether, I’d like to play a gig with acts that are diverse and different from me like Foster the People, Collie Buddz, Keane and Nikka Costa.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

At a glance, “Cough Syrup” by Young The Giant, “Somebody that I used to know” Gotye,  “Us and Them” by Easy Star All-stars, “Cinema” Remix by Skrillex, “Valleys of Neptune” Jimi Hendrix, “All the right moves” by OneRepublic, “Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

Different every time, could be a lyric that is floating around and drives it, a new guitar gadget with a groovy sound, waking up in the night with a bassline playing in my head – the spark of inspiration is random and the process then varies on what type of catalyst I’m dealing with, it never gets boring ;)

 

Darius Lux

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Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

That’s a good question, its close but I’d have to say melody since music does ultimately transcend words – like, I could still fall in love with a song even if it was sung in a language that I don’t understand.

 

Q: Where are you based?

LA

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s the tops. I really love LA and Southern California tho I grew up in London and studied/lived in NYC. LA is perfect for this time in my life – it has so much live music and festivals all year long and who can resist the beach and the sun. Plus, I can go skiing in the winter a few hours away, or pop to Mexico or go into the desert.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

A new album, on the one hand I wanna press a button that will just have the whole thing done and at the same time I am enjoying the new journey of making music again, allowing it to flow naturally, allowing it to change and be different than before…

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Honestly, I don’t think I would say there’s been a monumental highlight yet – I had a great record release party at the House Of Blues (Hollywood), playing to 1,000’s at Castro Street, making the last video (“Way That It Goes”), but there is so much I am still driven to do that a real highlight is still waiting to manifest in its fullness…

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I’d love to be put on the map of popular music in some way or another – whether it’s a viral video, actual radio play, a great placement on a TV show or movie – any of those things would help greatly and make a difference now

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I’m in the middle of booking the summer festivals – first one I just got confirmed for is the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna. We play from 7-9 pm on July 20th; the rest is still coming together right now.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Hot tubs usually do the trick;) I love to be in nature, far away from the noise of industry and the city, being able to sit with my feet in a stream and listen to the birds is probably the most perfectly relaxing thing I can think of.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

Thailand, I have been before for and stayed for 2 months and would go again in a heartbeat. I love how it feels almost like another planet, there is modernism in the midst of ancient tradition and it all somehow works. I have traveled all over Thailand and visited the islands and it is jaw-dropping from the hill tribes to waterfalls to fruit dropping off the trees to 2000+ year old temples. Plus the people are so sweet and really do smile everywhere they go – hence its nickname “Land of a thousand smiles”. I’d also take a week in Fuji or Aruba too LOL

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Never say never and never take “no” for an answer.

 

Editor’s Note: Darius Lux has the technical ability and all of the artistic attributes to enjoy a long and successful career in the music industry. We’re looking forward to his next album with much anticipation at Essential Pop!

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Darius Lux just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.DariusLux.com

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/dariuslux

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/DariusLuxMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/DariusLux

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/dariusluxsongs

Artist Interview – NOVA

 NOVA is an upcoming Hip-Hop artist who is currently living and working in Atlanta, GA. NOVA is our latest Sonicbids feature artist competition winner and we were delighted, despite his increasingly hectic schedule, that he agreed to complete an interview with Essential Pop. Read on to discover NOVA’s musical inspirations, what he’s currently working on and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

NOVA

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Q: Who are you called?

I am called NOVA. AKA The Tall Slimmy. AKA SUPERNOVA. HA!

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

The most colorful box of 6 foot four random shit on earth.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I was in my school chorus since 4th grade until 9th grade…..I’ve been writing and recording my own music since I was 10 years old using video game music and a tape recorder. I took Keyboard class in 11th grade and was in our Keyboard Ensemble group in 12th grade……I sang the Grinch live over keyboards people……….KEYBOARDS…..I also remixed it and added drums, but that’s for another interview! ;)

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

I just had my first child in the last 12 months………how do you think it’s been??? haha! The last 12 months have been the most engaging, challenging, and powerful 12 months of my life thus far. I couldn’t be happier. I truly feel like a SUPERNOVA now.

Q: Who inspires you musically?

People in general inspire me. People who aren’t artist AND people who are….just PEOPLE……fighters, mothers, street people, musicians, wrestlers, rappers, painters, tap dancers, FANS……people man. To be honest the most important inspiration I have musically is my Mother and Father. I want nothing more than to give them a life they never thought possible man. Word up.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

LL Cool J, Will Smith, U2, Nas, guys like that I look up to genuinely….Jay of course….Eminem of course…..I just love how they do so much and HOW they do it.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Me and Wiz Khalifa at the highest points of our careers……that is inevitable…..we already performed together underground as we came up together in Pittsburgh….now I wanna do it when we both got a Grammy. As far as COLLABORATIONS……..Without QUESTION I need 30 days with Missy Elliott and Timbaland TOGETHER………..I need another 30 days with THE NEPTUNES together in a room…………..I need a song with Queen Latifah produced by Easy Mo Bee……..and I need a song with Will Smith AND DJ Jazzy Jeff featured…..I also need to perform a gig with U2…..would be unbelievable.

 

Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?

A bunch of SUPERNOVA…uh….The most RUGGED hip-hop I can find with the most flagrant cuss words……annnnnd Electronic Light Orchestra! HA! I’m eclectic and erratic so sue me!

 

NOVA

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Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

There is none. Whatever feels right at that moment, whatever the record tells me to do….that’s what happens. If it’s “write the lyrics now with no beat on”….I’ll do that………or maybe its “don’t write at all”……I’ll do that. Its whatever my heart feels.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

What does the song FEEL LIKE! Feeling. That’s most important. Which means it is a gumbo pot of everything that matters. I love Waka

Flocka sometimes……I love C-Rayz sometimes…….it’s HOW DOES THIS MAKE ME FEEL…….THAT is most important.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am originally from Ambridge, PA. I represent Pittsburgh, PA. I reside and love currently Atlanta, GA.

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s like living smack dab between a forest and a volcano…..hard to explain….

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

My new album SUPERNOVA will be free to download on June 11th, 2012 from novatribe.com! IT’S GONNA BE F*CKING GREAT!!!!!!!!! GREAT I SAY!

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Watching Wiz Khalifa make it. Hands down the most humbling and amazing experience…and it’s the highlight of my career. Just to be a part of the same struggle we come from as Pittsburgh hip-hop artist and to

WATCH that happen how it did……then to see him again recently in

Atlanta and meet Snoop Dogg. Truly something amazing just to witness and having performed with him numerous times. When we got to talk and I just got to say congratulations……I was just very happy to WATCH and in a small way…play a part as a P-city MC that helped support.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Live, Take care of my family, and perform SUPERNOVA music like CRACK!!!!!!

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Please keep track of me and what I’m doing show wise at

www.novatribe.com ……maybe one day….I’ll end up in YOUR city!!!

 

NOVA

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Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

It would have to be…..Kentucky………….as in….Kentucky Fried Chicken. Because I’m Black and that’s where I’d like to spend my holiday biiiiiiiitch! HA! Naw but for real………….I have no idea. I don’t know enough about awesome places yet.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Nobody cares more than you do. Do what you LOVE….Do it yourself……Do it until you cannot. Fin.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

My new album #SUPERNOVA will be free to download on June 11th, 2012 at novatribe.com! Please keep up with me at www.novatribe.com as well! I promise that what I do will entertain you for years to come……F*CKIN YEARS YO! HA!!! I love my #novatribe!!!

 

Editor’s Note: NOVA moulds catchy, commercial hip-hop with intricate lyrics to produce an appealing sound. If you’re around the vicinity of GA make sure you check out NOVA perform live!

 

If you’d like to learn more about NOVA just follow the links below:

twitter link: twitter.com/iamnovatribe

facebook link: facebook.com/novatribe

myspace link: myspace.com/novatribe

web page link: www.novatribe.com

soundcloud link: soundcloud.com/novatribe

reverbnation link: reverbnation.com/novatribe

Artist Interview – J. Dash

J.Dash is a rapper, songwriter and producer from Jacksonville in Florida. When we first checked out J.Dash’s song WOP we loved the beat and his style and were delighted when he agreed to complete a feature interview with Essential Pop. Read the full in-depth interview below where J. Dash discusses, amongst other things, what he’s recently been working on, who is currently inspired by and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

J. Dash

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Vintage progressive, trying to keep a classic twist on a futuristic sound.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

At the beginning it was classical, then I moved into Blues/Jazz, then into urban Hip Hop and into Pop. Now I’m into Dashism, whatever that may be.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

It has been the most awesome ride ever. I cant even say that its been a rollercoaster because although there are always ups and downs in life I’m in a great place compared to where I was twelve months ago its been awesome to see how things move and showed me the value of having a great team.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

My daughter. My life and great musicians like Cee-Lo Green, The Gap Band, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Trick Daddy, Ludacris, Flo Rida and producers like J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Kd Lamb?

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Absolutely! Cee-Lo would have to be #1 on that list. Stevie Wonder would be incredible, Lil Wayne, Scarface and LeCrae and LAWS, signed to J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.

 

J. Dash

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Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Honestly now I’m listening to a lot of newer artists from my city. I’m trying to keep it local; I want to build up the music scene in Jacksonville there are great artists like, Tough Junkie, Yung Trap and Young Cash.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I go into my studio and I turn off all the lights, I have blue lights in there so we call it the blue room. I sit at the keys and its just me and the keyboard and I’m just playing. I mix in various sounds and when I hear something that clicks I run with it. I don’t stop when I create I add everything I can think of and figure it out later. I call it the moment of impact, that’s the most important moment when creating music.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

They are very equally important. Think of any music that has longevity, anything you listen to today that you listened to ten years ago, they have both.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Definitely has its ups and downs, what I’ve noticed in my travels lately, people that are in the music industry know there is a lot of talent in Jacksonville but the general public doesn’t know who are from here, e.g. the Limp Bizkits of the world. Its frustrating being from here and seeing all the talent and knowing the world doesn’t appreciate it so I’m trying to get people to turn heads this way.

 

J. Dash

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Q: What are you currently working on?

A couple records with Smash Mouth that I’m really excited about, did a record with Cupid called “Pop It Girl” and I’m working with a lot of artists here in Jacksonville. A free project to showcase the talent from JAX as well as working on my next project and touring in support of Tabloid Truth.

My ultimate goal in music is to score movies. I am working with some filmmakers who are doing short films and scoring some movies.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Meeting Stevie Wonder. I met Stevie Wonder last January at the NAMM conference in Los Angeles and he was one of the coolest most down to earth guys I’ve ever met. He was playing a YAMAHA keyboard and he was just playing and singing in front of a few guys and me. Had I not stuck with music and been doing this I wouldn’t have had that chance.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

Over the next 12 months I hope that people really get a better sense of me as an artist. I want to show my musical versatility. Hopefully in 12 months no one will be able to put me in a box or say that I’m not a musician. I don’t particularly care if you love or hate the music as long as you respect the craft.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

I like to do a lot of charity work so I am doing some shows for the Police Athletic League and my best friend Jeremy Mintzy who just got resigned to the Jacksonville Jaguars does an annual event that I go out to. I have shows in Florida and Louisiana coming up as well!

 

J. Dash

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Q: What do you do to relax?

Everything that I told you in this interview so far! A lot of people consider me a workaholic but that’s where I find my contentment and my peace. Besides that I listen to classical music and read the bible but the main thing is making music. When music becomes a job that’s when people lose the joy.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My Dream vacation would be Fiji. I’ve always wanted to go there just because it’s so beautiful. I haven’t been too far out of the country but I’m looking forward to going all over the world. Take a week off.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

I’m still aspiring myself in a lot of ways but I would say don’t ever stop! Don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing or what their plan for you is, have a goal and stay focused on it because you will be your biggest proponent.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Follow me on Twitter @therealjdash! I just got on instagram same handle, thats my new toy, so follow me there. With instagram you can show what you’re doing so hit me there therealjdash. Hit me up!

 

J. Dash

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Editor’s Note: J.Dash combines intellect, a high degree of musical ability and abundant style to create an appealing commercial urban sound. One of Essential Pop’s International Artists to watch over the coming months and years.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact J. Dash just follow the links below:

Website: http://www.therealjdash.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/therealjdash

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/therealjdash

Artist Interview – Tyler Medeiros

Tyler Medeiros is a singer, songwriter and dancer from Toronto in Canada. Tyler is currently touring with Flo-Rida and Pitbull and despite his incredibly hectic schedule we were delighted when he agreed to complete an in-depth feature interview with Essential Pop. Read on to find out about Tyler’s musical influences, what his current career highlights have been and what he’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Tyler Medeiros

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Real edgy pop.

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I was lucky enough to be discovered at a young age so I was really in the studio by artists I love and respect.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Hectic! I’ve been busy getting ready for touring and my album but its been a dream come true.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Rihanna, Chris Brown, Usher, Ne-Yo, The Dream, The Weeknd, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Michael Jackson and anyone who is making good music!

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I would love to collaborate with Chris Brown because I think he is incredibly talented.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I listen to everything but I’ve been really loving Kid Cudi “Pillow Talk,” Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” and “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I like to hear the beat first and then vibe off the beat. The rest comes from that.

 

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Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both! You can’t make a great song without them.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m based out of Toronto, CA.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It’s great! I think it’s the best city in the world, come visit me.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

Finishing up my debut album and preparing to release my debut US single “Radio” ft. Flo Rida. I am also currently on tour with Flo and Pitbull.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

I would have to say performing at Summer Rush and working with Flo!

 

Tyler Medeiros

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Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I’d like to see my album released and have my own tour. I also want to make music the fans love.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Well right now I’m on tour with Flo Rida and Pitbull, we have a show coming up in Toronto I cant wait for.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I like to listen to music, take a bubble bath..I like to work on my music to relax.

 

Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

The Bahamas. I’ve never been but it looks amazing.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Always be real and work really hard. If you can accomplish that, things will work out.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I love my fans and thank them for everything.

 

Editor’s Note: Tyler Medeiros has everything in place to enjoy a long and prolific career. His great array of tracks, charisma and technical ability will surely ensure that he will be in the spotlight for some time to come.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Tyler Medeiros just follow the links below:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TYLERMEDEIROSCP

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TYLERMEDEIROS

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/tylermedeiros

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TylerMedeiros/featured

Artist Interview – Adore

Adore is an upcoming singer and performer who is originally from Russia but is currently living and working in London. When we first checked out Adore’s music and portfolio we wanted to know more and were therefore delighted when she agreed to complete an interview with Essential Pop. Read on to discover Adore’s musical background, what she does to relax and who she would like to collaborate with given a chance.

 

Adore - Photography and Makeup by Irena Eastington (http:// www.irenaeastington.co.uk/)

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Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

The type of genres that I feel my music fits into and I am working on right now is: dance, pop, electro & house

 

Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

The aim of my music is to give off a feeling enabling energy, happiness, positivity and love to all listeners.  

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I have been singing since my childhood, going to music camps. I used to dream when I would grow up that I would study at a music school so I moved in London and went to the London School of Contemporary Music (LCCM).

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Since my childhood I have absolutely loved Michael Jackson, his music gives me the feeling that I should never give up. His music says a lot to me and speaks out to me. I am also very much inspired by Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and I am crazy about Barry White because his voice is so unique and I can really relax listening to him.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Adele, Michael Buble and Robin Thicke. I think they are amazing artists.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I would definitely want to work with David Guetta. His songs always make me happy.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I listen to a lot of Adele. Robin Thicke and Will Young, and then it really depends on the mood I am in for example if I am going out I would listen to club music and I would never listen to ballads, however if I am sad I would listen only to up-tempo songs to cheer me up like dance music.

 

Adore - Photography and Makeup by Irena Eastington (http:// www.irenaeastington.co.uk/)

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Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I actually wrote one song in a very weird way it was so magical I just started to attend guitar lessons and I hardly knew how to play it, I just picked it up and started to play chords I knew and start singing. I just sang the whole song. I was crying. I literally wrote the song in 5 minutes, including the whole lyrics and melody. I didn’t have time to write it out so I recorded myself on the computer video to not loose it, so when I listened back I realized that I said whole story of what I was going through and I have heard myself and the things I was too scared to admit or even say it out loud to myself.

I heard it within my song. I haven’t recorded the song yet but I sang it on one of my gigs so if readers would like to hear it they can see it on my YouTube page 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEgkthx5hH4

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

In my opinion they are both very important because you need a good melody to get people listen to the lyrics:) but I pay a lot of attention to lyrics as well. When I create lyrics it always means something to me and I am trying to say something so it is big part of my music.

 

Q: Where are you based?

Central London.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

It feels like I have made a lot of sacrifices, as I have to be far from my family and people I love, in order to do what I love. I know it will be worth it to follow my dream. It is though nice being in place where the ground is not frozen so I can put my heels more often and not being scared to fall over :)!

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I am working on my new songs, which I am very excited about, and than I will be ready to start promoting my music; so I can get myself out there more.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

My biggest highlight so far in my career would be making my first music video and having positive feedback from people I don’t know. This really keeps me going and makes me want to create more and more songs for people.

 

Adore - Photography and Makeup by Irena Eastington (http:// www.irenaeastington.co.uk/)

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Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I would like to complete numerous recordings and start to promote myself, gig and create as much of a fan base as possible, because you are nobody without your fans.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love watching movies and being on the Internet searching for things which could inspire me. I love to go in nice restaurants, I also love cooking, having a glass of wine and listening to Nina Simone in order for me to sit back, relax and contemplate about things.

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I would love them to know that every time I start writing a song, I write it for them. Just keep up with me and see you soon.

 

Editor’s Note: Adore has an incredible voice which is suited to a wide array of popular music. At Essential Pop we’re sure that Adore’s many attributes will ensure that she enjoys a successful career in the music industry.

 

Special thanks to Irena Eastington: http:// www.irenaeastington.co.uk/

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Adore just follow the links below:

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/#!/Adoremusic1

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ninoshka24

MySpace link: http://www.myspace.com/adoremeofficial

web page link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adore/206187669439983

Artist Interview – Jeremy Thurber

Jeremy Thurber is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California who has an impressive and ever increasing portfolio of upbeat Pop songs. When we first checked out these we were really keen to interview Jeremy. Read the full in-depth interview below where Jeremy discusses, amongst other things, what he’s been working on for the last 12 months, which modern day artists he is inspired by and what he does to relax when not working.

 

Jeremy Thurber

 

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

My tagline would be… Music of the heart Music for the should Music to dance to Music to stand by you
!

 

Q: What is your musical background?

My musical background all started through dance at a very young age, becoming a professional dancer by 15 years old, everything else is self taught and grown through experience and passion.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The past 12 months have been Amazing. I’ve been able to work with some very, very talented people (producers, writers, artists) and have seen a lot of goals and dreams come to life and a lot not so much. This journey is quite crazy with 1,000′s of unexpected twists every day it feels like. I love working and that’s exactly what the past 12 months have been but I LOVE IT! It all lead to me releasing my video for “Forever & A Day” directed by David Lehre, you can check it out on YOUTUBE.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

I’m inspired by a lot of new talent, anyone who fights for what they believe in and who believes in them self. I love most contemporary artists who inspire me everyday but I really have a thing for the 80′s Richard Marx, Duran Duran, Flock OF S! And I really dig Dido and Ester Dean. I’m all over the board but that’s one of the amazing things about music, you can find something in every genre.

 

Jeremy Thurber

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Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I look up to anyone who can make me feel or heal me thru his or her music. I love Katy Perry’ new song “Part Of Me” which I recently did an acoustic cover to in the original key! BOO-YAH! : P

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

On collaborations. hmm, well again I would love to write with Dido or Ester Dean, Dr Luke, Richard Marx.

 

Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?

Been working on a whole bunch of new stuff so a lot of that but also Nicki Minaj, Katy, and a lot of K POP.

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

When creating ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS; doing what feels right. You cannot go wrong

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

What’s more important, Melody or lyrics? Both just as important but I would say Melody.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am based out of Los Angeles CALIFORNIA and born in San Diego, CALIFORNIA

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Where I’m from; it’s amazing, there is so much energy here and so many creatively talented people to work with, and I love it.

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a lot at the moment, writing for a bunch of artists and constantly writing and recording for myself. I just debuted my First ever Music Video for a song called “Forever & A Day” which you can catch on YouTube or at www.jeremythurbermusic.com

 

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Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

The highlight of my career thus far? There are SO many… its hard to say, maybe being on a radio tour in Canada or quite possibly shooting the music video for “Forever & A Day”

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

In the next 12 months I hope to get my music out to the world even more and create a platform to where I can be totally creative and honest with my songs and to be able to perform for everyone on the road.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Working on those AS WE type!

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My favorite vacation spot…. Well, I just went to Hawaii for the first time in a few years this past holiday season and its amazing there, you could definitely get caught in the island vibe and never leave if you wanted.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

My advice for new artists or aspiring musicians would be; Patience is key, never give up on your belief as to who YOU are as an a artist. Stick with it, because hard work, dedication, and experience always pay off! PROMISE

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Yes! There’s always more! You can check out much much much more at www.jeremythurbermusic.com Bio, Pics, Music, Videos, everything you could ever wanna know or see! And please follow me on twitter and FB, I love to chat with all my fans and see what’s going on in other parts of the world. ALSO the Katy Perry Cover I mentioned “Part Of Me” -- Jeremy Thurber. think you will dig it!

 

Editor’s Note: Jeremy Thurber’s music effectively molds the best parts of pop and urban music to create and upbeat, appealing sound with a commercial edge.

 

If you’d like to learn more about or contact Jeremy Thurber just follow the links below:

Twitter link: www.twitter.com/jeremythurber


Facebook link: www.facebook.com/jeremythurbermusic


Web page link: www.jeremythurbermusic.com

Sound cloud link: www.soundcloud.com/thurberfans