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EXPRESS YOUR PINEAPPLE: REMINISCING THE SOUNDTRACK
October 28, 2016 4:20 am

So, here’s the thing. I’m supposed to write a serious music review, and I totally could, except it’s 2AM on a Friday and I’m watching Pineapple Express on TNT (We Know Drama). I should really be sleeping. That’s what a sensible person would be doing. They’d be sleeping there all numbly-bumbly thinking how sweet it is being asleep safe and sound right as rain, all cozied up gaining valuable, usable energy for the strenuous day that may or may not be ahead of them, I don’t know, I don’t know who we’re talking about. But I cherish that thought, that sleepy paradise. I want it so bad. Dammit if I could only just produce some content first lickety split. And also dammit because this is a great movie. I will, without a doubt, watch this entire thing right now instead of sleeping. Can’t leave Dale and Saul hanging.

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This soundtrack too though, this is a work of art. This is the real winner, all the way through til the end. This is a content goldmine staring me square in the face screaming “Hey what’s up let me just turn your whole world upside down for a second here thanks.” I’ve been thinking about this all wrong, what am I doing?! Well I guess about to review this movie soundtrack, that’s what I’m doing. Buckle up.

Okay first we have Paper Planes, duh. Gotta be first on the list. M.I.A. blew up that year, not saying all because of this movie, but hey I’m not saying otherwise neither. That was a great year for everybody. Stay woke. The song isn’t actually in the movie, but I mean everyone remembers that trailer, right? Fuck this is a good movie.

The real headliner is Electric Avenue from Dale’s sweet opening “you’ve been served” montage. Instant classic. The scene, not the song. It’s an old song. Eddy Grant was already “classic.” But the movie really brought him to the forefront, at least for me, and I’ll always be thankful for that. We need to focus on the good things in life. “Out in the streets!” That’s what he says in the song, and it’s pretty good, because it’s a song about a street. Pure genius.

Next up is the most dopety-dope song ever, and by “next” I don’t mean chronologically next, but rather in terms of my vaunted quality-assessment hierarchy, determined through my capacity as self-proclaimed official movie-soundtrack reviewer. I’m talking of course about Poison by Bel Biv Devoe, and if you don’t know that then you don’t know jack. Wake up. Your world is not as it seems. What a seriously good song, mad props to Pineapple Express. They really nailed it with this whole soundtrack. Jeez Louise!

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Uh oh, look out, we got a piping hot track coming fresh out the oven–Public Enemy‘s Lost At Birth. I like this scene because he says “melon farmers,” which is what they say instead of motherfuckers on TNT (We Know Drama). You’re not allowed to swear on television. Wow, Public Enemy really ties this whole scene together. Somebody did their job real good when they picked that song for this scene. What a sick nasty awesome so fucking sick movie soundtrack.

Damn there’s a lotta reggae on this mix. Wanted Dread and Alive (see what they did there? With the dread?! Cuz they have dreads!), a Bob Marley deep cut (well obviously), a reeeal laid-back Ring Of Fire cover (like Johnny Cash but way chiller). See, the movie is named after a kind of marijuana from the movie, and there’s a lot of people who sometimes associate reggae music with marijuana usage for some reason. So when a movie gets made about a hairy Mary Jane strain, they’re gonna mix up a little reggae in there. That’s just the world we live in. We didn’t choose it, we were born into it. Forced from the warmths of prebirth out into the cruel, unforgiving hellscape we inhabit every waking hour of our lives. I mean it’s just monstrous out here.

Well, that’s all the time we have for today. The movie is over so I’ve now fully exhausted my content resource. Thanks to all who participated, especially you still reading this and also the good people over at TNT (We Know Drama). Let it be known that this is a can’t-miss, won’t-disappoint, doesn’t-even-flinch-as-it-knocks-you-out-of-your-socks kinda flick, and if you haven’t seen it, well why did you read this entire review of a soundtrack for a movie you’ve never seen? Yeah, that’s what I thought, you’ve definitely seen Pineapple Express. It has a pretty awesome soundtrack. I know, right? Cool, glad we’re on the same page. Let’s be sure to always stay positive in the face of any near-universal suffering we might encounter on a regular basis. Okay bye!

MELO-X KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO CATCH BEYONCE’S ATTENTION
October 7, 2016 12:58 pm

MeLo-X  is traveling at warp speed. Pedal to the metal. The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist has a boundless artistic vision that rejects the conventional division lines between sight and sound.

Although best known for his collaborations with Beyoncé—the free-spirited rapper and hip-hop producer has also directed and scored films, designed art installations that they have at the MoMA and Guggenheim, is a trending fashion tastemaker and an advocate for staying grounded and true to your roots.

It would be difficult to find an artist in Brooklyn with a more varied palette than MeLo-X, and that’s saying a lot.

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The self-proclaimed Renaissance man—born Sean Rhoden—got his first big break in 2014 following the release of Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise album. MeLo-X released an unauthorized collection of remixes titled Yoncé-X EP  which when picked up speed and went viral, eventually catching the attention of Queen B herself.

And there’s no one more powerful, more influential in the music biz than Beyoncé.

Pop artists are often treated as gods living among mortals—transcending human existence and amassing devout worship. If ever there was a pop artist that fits—if not demands this treatment from her fans—it would be Beyoncé Knowles.

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So when MeLo-X was asked to co-direct the accompanying film scores to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run Tour, he jumped at the opportunity and didn’t look back.

Soon he was flying out to LA to help Beyoncé co-write and co-produce tracks “Hold Up” and “Sorry” off her 2016 album Lemonade.

Keep in mind, producing a Beyoncé album isn’t a typical of the industry. Rather, to visualize the scale of such a project, it’s easier to liken the undertaking to that of a Hollywood blockbuster—dozens of writers and producers converge on each track to produce the most immaculate, pungent production possible. But that’s exactly where MeLo-X excels—collaboration.

His sparse productions, often centered around spaced-out percolating frequencies, give a dark, spatial depth to the music he touches—his voice is understated yet distinct at the same time.

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Both his overall aesthetic as well as his affinity for collaboration are in full view on his 2015 solo CURATE EP which features music from buzzing hip-hop artists Little SimzKilo Kish, and Raury—he also released an interactive app to accompany the EP allowing fans to create their own remixes.

2016 has been nothing short of a whirlwind for MeLo-X. He hit the year off with another remix collection, titled Adele-X, centering yet again on the music of a pop music enigma as his subject.

MeLo-X  also recently released a track with glitch-centric electronic artist Machinedrum called “Angel Voice”—as well as helping produce track “Cleopatra” for up-and-comer Queens-via-Bengal hip-hop buzz magnet Anik Khan.  While it might be impossible to tell what MeLo-X will take on next, it’s certain he won’t be slowing down his pace anytime soon.

WATSKY’S x INFINITY HARKS BACK TO SLAM-POETRY DAYS
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On  August 29, 2016, George Watsky, a rapper, poet and artist, released his studio-album x Infinity.  This marks the first studio release by Watsky since his 2014 studio-album All You Can Do.

In accordance with his typical flair, Watsky announced that with the release of x Inifinity, he will be going on tour across the United States, doing stops and shows for fans along the way. 

In a recent YouTube video titled, “New Watsky Album, Tour + Goodbye Subaru,” Watsky said that he will be embarking on this venture in his own Subaru, which was popularized in several of his previous music videos, and at the end of the tour he will be giving away the car to one lucky winner.  The people with the chance to win the car are fans who preordered x Infinity that live in North America.

x Infinity highlights Watsky’s cascading raps, and interweaving lyrics that are reminiscent of his days as a slam-poet. In tracks like “Pink Lemonade,” Watsky draws on heavy-hitting, aggressive vocals tonalities, paired with a synth rooted melodies and backing bass. In tracks like  “Love Letters” and “Talking to Myself” Watsky pulls piano elements, and more traditional tonal progressions, which make the album feel very rooted in hip-hop.

All in all, x Infinity echoes the best aspect about Watsky; the music is unpredictable.  You can’t go into x Infinity with expectations, because each track is different from the one that precedes it.   

Listening to x Infinity I found myself thinking about Watsky’s slam poetry days, and pieces like “Drunk Text Message to God.” x Infinity displays the same creative spirit. Watsky is able to touch on some serious topics, in a lighthearted and interesting atmosphere.

Featured Image Source – Gage Skidmore 

ROBBERIES: BAND THEFT AUTO
August 25, 2016 9:22 am

 

With the internet allowing music to be at our finger tips without having to pay for it, many bands tour around the country in packed vans as their only way to make real money. Touring is fun. Going to places you’ve never seen, playing your music to screaming fans every night seems like the dream right? Bands take all their gear, clothes, computers and money and lock it in their vans, thinking it’ll be safe while they go play a show for their fans. By end of the night they come outside and expect to get in their cars and go to the next city. This is when they realize that they’ve been robbed. Everything is gone, from passports and cash to computers and irreplaceable items. This is when touring can go from a dream to a nightmare.

Small independent bands seem to be the biggest target for these types of robberies. Most of these bands reluctantly set up Gofundme pages (an online website where people can donate to a cause) and make posts looking for their stolen gear asking others to keep an eye out for the gear in pawn shops or craigslist.

While fans rally around the bands and support them the best they can, unfortunately most of these cases go unsolved.

Despite all of the difficulties they’ve faced, the outpouring of support can give some bands an optimistic outlook on the situation, while others don’t have the same outlook. Hip-Hop artist Spose, who was robbed in St. Louis, vowed that he would never go back to the city after having his computer and musical equipment stolen. “I had a lot of worked saved to my computer, and some personal things, including pictures of my family,” the rapper said. He wrote on his Facebook page; “I’m done with St Louis, if you want to see me perform in the future come to Chicago or something because St Louis is dead to me.”

It’s hard to imagine having your livelihood stolen right out from underneath you WHILE you are either on your way to the job, or inside DOING the job. For some, it can be devastating, as they may never get back personal items, like a first guitar or computer full of demo tracks. If you see something, speak up, and ALWAYS do what you can to support artists who put their entire lives on the line  to bring music to you. The least you can do is buy some merch!

SUICIDE SQUAD ALBUM REVIEW: RUN, DO NOT WALK TO THE WILD SIDE
August 17, 2016 6:37 pm

 

Whether you loved the colorful action or hated the bland villains and plot, Suicide Squad is out and strong opinions are flying everywhere. Rotten Tomatoes is famous for in depth/no shame ratings of movies, their Critic Score stands at an abysmal 26% rating while the fans score is at 69%. This split on the movie either being horrible or mostly good is everywhere. But with all this controversy over the film, nobody can deny that the soundtrack is amazing. This magic mixtape of artists and styles is impressive, creative and in reality is far better than the movie.

I would describe the attitude of the album as heroically rough around the edges. Just like the villains gone hero in the movie, the songs have a dark intensity while being oddly uplifting and easy to relate to. The album is basically split into two song types: reflective and slow or fast and powerful.

Starting with Skrillex’s and Rick Ross’s Purple Lamborghini could not have been a better choice. This song seemed underwhelming at first for me, but the more I listened the more I saw their subtle teamwork to make a brutal dubstep/hip-hop/rap song. “Wreak Havoc” by Skylar Grey is the perfect punch to the face pop song and Grimes brings her electronic magic right after it. The second to last track is Panic! At The Disco’s cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which is obviously not better than the original, but comes close in reality. From the similarity in the voice to the modernized rock section with added emphasis in the orchestra parts, Panic! At The Disco does it incredibly.

As for the mellow side of the album, “Sucker For Pain” slows it down with a more personal song that speaks the the darker sides of people, but in a good way. With Imagine Dragons, Logic, Lil Wayne, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa all packed into this song, I was genuinely surprised how good it turned out. Twenty One Pilots continues the slower and deeper reflection tones from movie with the odd and beautiful “Heathens”. “Gangsta” and “Know Better” by Kehlani and Kevin Gates respectively are the weakest songs on the album, but they’re not bad, just not up to par with the others. The last track is “I Started a Joke” by ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson, and this song is not that complex when it comes to instruments or vocals, but that’s the best part of it. It starts slightly innocent sounding and then gets darker and more grim as it goes, a true black rose: dauntingly beautiful.

This album is awesome, but there are flaws for sure. Some songs are sound like filler or too geared toward pop culture appeal, but overall it’s worth your time. Being a compilation album with so many artists, I’m impressed that it turned out to be so good. To summarize all this, I would honestly recommend skipping the movie and watching it when it comes out on Netflix or RedBox and then using that ticket money to go buy this album, totally worth it.

 

IS DAMIAN LILLARD THE BEST RAPPER IN THE NBA?
July 25, 2016 11:33 am

There’s a real checkered past when it comes to NBA players trying to make music. On “(I Know I Got) Skills,” Shaquille O’Neal went as far as dropping a line about punching the Statue of Liberty in her stomach, but still made sure he didn’t have to put the Parental Advisory sticker on his album by ending that brutal imagery with an “I don’t give a heck.” It felt more like something the big bad bully in a kids movie would say than a rapper.

Shaq isn’t the only basketball star to have an ill-fated music side project, however. We can’t forget about Kobe’s days as a “Thug Poet,” or the time when Dwight Howard covered Smashmouth’s “All Star.” This is why whenever fans hear about another NBA player taking a crack at music, we proceed with caution and apprehension.

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For all of those reasons, it took me a long time to give Damian Lillard aka Dame D.O.L.L.A. a chance. He’s been one of my favorite players to watch ever since he got drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers, and if he turned out to be a terrible rapper, it would have dulled his luster. But when he went on Sway’s radio show to drop a previously written freestyle like so many other rappers do on a regular basis, even Sway was surprised at how adeptly he was able to rhyme over the iconic “Dead Presidents” beat.

Lillard’s perseverance through adversity is a message that lives in each one of his songs, and it’s something he expects out of anyone listening to do as well. It’s as though his only goal in the studio is to make sure that he’s inspired literally everyone on the planet. Because of that, songs like “Bigger Than Us and “Isley may be critiqued for being a little too preachy, but for Lillard, he seriously does not know any other way. This isn’t a case of a dumb person trying to sound smart with big words they don’t really know. It’s not a facade for Lillard, promoting positive vibes with strong conviction is what comes most natural to him.

And such fervor to be a voice for the people is what lead to the creation of his #4BarFriday campaign in the first place. Lillard created the hashtag on Instagram for users to post their best mini-freestyles on Instagram to be chosen as a weekly winner. It’s been a wild success, and something that no other NBA rapper could have pulled off. Lillard’s passion for making music and reaching out to his fans seems truly genuine. If Kobe ever decided to get really serious about rapping and did this, he’d wind up getting into lengthy #4BarFriday beefs with random users until he quit and admit that Lillard is infinitely better than them at rapping.

So, is Damian Lillard the best rapper to ever play in the NBA? Well, if we disqualify Master P, Velvet Hoop and everyone who appeared in this absolutely perfect Converse Weapon commercial, then definitely. Lillard’s smooth flow and rhymed brimming with passion is what sets him apart from other past basketball rappers. The strongest argument I can make for Lillard is this: a rapper never truly arrives until a song of theirs is used to soundtrack an athlete’s highlight reel on YouTube. In Lillard’s case, he’s his own soundtrack.

Check out his Soundcloud for more of his songs:

 

FLUME GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN
July 22, 2016 4:20 pm

Electronica, Dubstep, Trap, House and Dance are some of your standard groupings for modern EDM. Flume seems to achieve a transcendence of all this while mixing in some profoundly experimental sounds and strong hip-hop elements. His newest album Skin is this great achievement. Suffering from a handful of small issues throughout the album, Flume still brings new life to the genre.

Born in Australia, Harley Streten began making music with a basic production disc found inside his cereal box at 13 years old. At the age of 21, his first album, self-titled Flume, was put out through Future Classic and the next year, 2013, it had a strong US release. With songs like Some Minds that came out in 2015, tours and popular remixes, Streten has been one active young man.

This brings us to Skin. I’ll be upfront, it isn’t my favorite of all his music, but this does not mean that it doesn’t have some seriously impressive tracks that will find their ways to my personal playlists.

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From the beginning of Skin, songs like “Helix” and “Numb & Getting Colder” really show off his deep dedication to EDM and the art of music. He throws out the standard formula of builds and drops on many tracks for progressive pieces that feature very unique sounds and samples. Just like Skrillex and Daft Punk have explored what sounds can be made inside of software programs, Streten brings some surprisingly new sounds to the world. Listen to “Lose It”, “Free” and “Innocence” to better understand this impressive creative nature he has deep in him.

This is the main strength of the album, the ability to meld different sounds and use various samples in odd and interesting ways you’ve never imagined would work so well together. Flume is also a master of bass, seriously, your subwoofer probably hasn’t worked this hard in a long time. With pounds of drums and ambient bass lines, I haven’t heard songs with beautiful bass lines like this since Deadmau5’s 4×4=12.   

He also mixes in a lot more hip-hop than I expected and it makes his music even more appealing and more addictive. You Know is such a progressive hip-hop/rap dedicated piece, if it weren’t for the other similar songs, you wouldn’t believe it was actually on Skin. My favorite on the album is Smoke and Retribution featuring Vince Staples and Kučka, its rhythm is so strong and the pauses with light synth parts is downright powerful.

Skin takes some dedicated time to understand and appreciate. It does something that I haven’t seen anywhere else using very different tones and genre melding tracks even including the infamous Beck. It is a hit and miss though, some tracks are great and appeal to everyone, but others might be only attractive to a select few. But if you like any kind of EDM, you’ll find a new favorite song from Flume.

THE PHILANTHROPIC POETRY OF NAS
June 30, 2016 1:26 pm

Who’s World is This? (The World is Yours The World is Yours) It’s Mine It’s Mine It’s Mine, Who’s World is This?

This year, the world clearly belongs to Nas. Everyone else is just living in it.

Nasir Jones–better known by his stage name Nas–is consistently ranked among the top rappers of all time. He’s been spitting bricks about social justice for minorities and growing up in the Queensbridge housing projects since he dropped his 1994 Illmatic, an essential hip-hop classic. Since then seven of his records have been certified platinum–he is an undisputed master, an urban poet laureate.

Even Harvard University can’t deny his profound impact on culture.

In 2013, Nas forged a partnership with the Ivy League School, thus establishing the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship with the broad intention of funding scholars and artists who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in the arts, in connection with Hip Hop. Now I know what your thinking–Harvard?! But hip-hop is less than 50 years old, has introduced sampling to the general collective conscious, and has been a key factor in not only enabling people of all backgrounds to think critically about society, but also acting as a tool for minorities to offer a strong sense of community and an expression of life through the eyes of the silenced. The Hip Hop Archive & Research Institute and the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute will utilize the fellowship to bring in hip hop talent, fund projects, and allow the next generation of underprivileged poets to reach the pinnacle of academic achievement. It doesn’t stop there. In addition to helping pave the way for the next generation of hip-hop talent, Nas also wants to shake up the white and male-dominated tech sphere.

Nas isn’t alone in his assertion that Silicon Vally doesn’t have a diverse enough workplace–especially when you factor in that California is also one of the most diverse states in the country. Even Google admitted they needed to work on diversity when they released this report a few years ago. Then in 2014, the Internet services giant, along with Nas and software mainstay Microsoft, began collaboratively funding an initiative by The General Assembly (GA). The New York-based vocational program specializes in providing scholarships to underrepresented African Americans, Latinos and women that want to persuit a career in software engineering and web design. Pretty cool stuff Nas.

If you’re still unimpressed, Nas isn’t done giving back quite yet either. Nas will be hosting a free music festival for you New Yorkers this summer! In collaboration with his own Mass Appeal Magazine, Live At The BBQ will feature Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Shadow, Danny Brown, and Machine Gun Kelly.

WHY MOZART AND SKRILLEX WOULD BE BEST FRIENDS: AN ANALYSIS OF MODERN MUSIC’S DIRECTION
June 23, 2016 12:03 pm

The Case

Modern music is going all sorts of ways, from pop crazes to mind blowing electric drops, it can sound a lot like garbage while the music as we once loved and appreciated might seem to be dying off. But I offer you this comparison between Mozart and Skrillex to illustrate how music is not going down the drain but is instead doing more than it ever has.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a young master of music born in 1856, and Sonny John Moore (Skrillex), an edgy electronic king, are two of the greatest artists of their time. Even though 150 years and an unmeasurable amount of musical evolution separate these two men, they aren’t that different. Youthful attitudes, intense passions and powerful ambitions fueled these two for years. I am no expert in the history of Wolfgang Mozart or an ultra Skrillex zealot, but I’m sure they would be tight knit friends, and I’m going to give you three reasons why.

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Mozart was pretty much the life of the party wherever he went. With strong talent and a passion for showing that talent, I am sure when he went out that he was the center of attention. He played for royalty, was commissioned to make various pieces for people of high status and did all this before he was 25. He died December of 1791, but in his 36 years on this green planet he wrote over 600 works. That’s roughly 16 works a year, that pretty crazy. Even Paul McCartney has only written/recorded 600 or 700 songs in his lifetime, which is more than twice as long as Mozart’s career. He also had an array of different pets, enjoyed dancing and wrote a few comedic pieces with his friends. To say Mozart had a youthful spirit is an understatement. His young spirit came through his music, it’s ability to be so light and joyous or dark and brooding is one of a kind.

Moore (Skrillex) may not have been playing for royalty at age 5, but he sure was quite the music fiend. He said in an interview with Katie Couric, ”I was that kid banging on pots and pans, making music anyway I could…I remember having these toy harmonicas that I would play all the time, just whatever I could get my hands on.” He has been exposed to the music since he was a toddler, wanting to play and create his own music. He also talked about how his music is stuff he would want for his 16 year old self, something loud, intense and fun. His music is made for the youth in all of us, not an age group, but an age of the soul.

WolfiMoz1756: Kind Sir Sonny, what plans hast thou tonight?

Skrillex88: Show’s @ 9:30, want to turn some tables?

WolfiMoz1756: Yes! I first must perform in Central Park at 7, soon after I’ll be there.

Dedicated To The Art: Soul Is A Part Of Art

The best way to describe Mozart’s love and devotion to music is by watching the movie or play Amadeus. It may be fictitious in a lot of ways, but from everything else I’ve read, his passion for music is just as obsessive as in the movie. He had been writing music since he was a child, his first work finished and transcribed by his father around age 5. He would spend all his time with music, going to shows, working with other composers and constantly imagining new and innovative pieces. But in his last years of declining health and some sign of depression, he still created some of his most notable works, The Magical Flute, Piano Concerto No. 27 and Ave verum corpus. This man literally wrote music till he died.

Skrillex-Jumping-Poster-Square.0.0With all that Mozart has dedicated to making music, Moore, might still have him beat. He played about 320 shows in 2011, just about one show a day. Seriously intense, that is hours of setup, playing and break down every day. This also doesn’t include how many hours he spent traveling, honestly I don’t know how he did it. From 2008 until now he has easily made/remixed and helped produce in over 100 songs, all that mixing and making while doing shows like a mad man all over the world. Moore has also gotten a lot of hate on him music and dubstep in general for it being curated inside a laptop and not really music but noise with a drum beat. But he just takes criticism and laughs it off humbly and continues to play for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE A YEAR. He is dedicated to playing and creating music that brings people together to have a great time.

WolfiMoz1756: I’m here. Where be thee? The venue looks magnificent.

Skrillex88: yea it is. Brought some tunes to drop?

WolfiMoz1756: You bet I did, thou are ready to party till daybreak?

Skrillex88: 3 times this week, still going strong. I’ll pass the table to you for a bit and sit back to watch the master at work.

WolfieMoz1756: We will see if they can fathom the newest of new music.

Skrillex88: sounds legit

No Risk, No Reward: One Must Sacrifice to Gain Greatly

The young Mozart was not a modest man, he knew the worth of his pieces and had no problem writing and presenting what was exactly in his mind. He wrote for various different people, different genres, operas for royalty, requiems and comedic piece for his friends in small venues. Mozart would create music that he wanted to and would play where he wanted; an apartment building, etc. After a performance of Mozart’s, the Emperor Joseph II of Austria said it was, “too beautiful for our ears, my dear Mozart, and monstrous many notes.” The Emperor and most likely some of his associates thought there were just too many notes in the song, and Mozart simply replied, “[there are] (e)xactly as many as are necessary, Your Majesty.”

Sonny is exactly the same. He is strong in his music and will produce what he wants, what he likes and what he wants others to hear. Dubstep was brand new and the dance scene was growing world wide, but it wasn’t a big competitor compared to other genres five years ago. Putting himself out their and creating music with screams, high pitched electro voices and sounds that you couldn’t imagine, he really set himself up for either success or failure, and that risk is what separates him from other artists. Sonny was one of the first mainstream (if not the first) dubstep artist to bring that style to the masses. His music has been criticized on many levels by journalists and artists, and yet he still produces hard hitting drops and speaker busting sounds. He was even brought onto Transformers 4 for sound design for the impressive and unique sounds that he could create. Sonny rocks his own hair cut, style and music, willing to go out on a limb to climb to the top while never succumbing to the modern music troupe or fads.

Skrillex88: Made it home? I’m dead beat

WolfiMoz1756: I did and I am exhausted. I do believe they enjoyed our collaboration, they went mad near the end.

Skrillex88: i know right! that new stuff you had was crazy. Crowd freaked out, all or nothing right?

WolfiMoz1756: Always till the end my good sir.

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The Verdict

In reality, any musician who introduces new sounds and styles are loved by some and hated by others. Mozart became one of the most influential composers of all time and Skrillex has helped pave the way for dubstep, these being their greatest achievements. People are taking the best of both worlds and creating new and beautiful songs, heck, even Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy and The Lion King Soundtracks) used dubstep in certain songs for The Amazing Spider Man 2. Rock bands are grabbing sythns, rap artists are using orchestras and everything in between is being created now. Mozart’s songs are remixed all over the internet and Skrillex has helped produce some sick new music for K-Pop band, 4-Minute. Music is a giant melting pot of all genres. I have no doubt that if Sonny was in Mozart’s time, he would spend night after night pouring over scores and symphonies to play for the biggest crowds possible. And if Mozart was here with us, he would be combining all sorts of genres and exploring every avenue of music possible. The greatest artists and songs need to brave the unknown and create with no limitations, that is where Mozart went, Skrillex is going and what the greats of the future will do. I rest my case. Music knows no time constraints. It will continue to expand, defy normalities and be better as time goes on.

MY JAM TV IS OUR MODERN TV
June 21, 2016 12:22 pm

Remember when MTV played actual music videos? I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw an MTV music video. Vh1 had it going for a while, but now both channels are overwhelmed with shitty reality shows voiding themselves completely of music. Well, never fear because My Jam TV is the new MTV! The company started last year and is rapidly growing, spreading to London and China, getting on Sky TV, Roku and soon on Apple TV. My Jam TV is causing some major waves.

Here is the real break-down of what it is: It’s a channel where artists pay to have their music videos played on the air in an ever shifting rotation.

What this means for the viewer: An endless stream of music videos of all genres from new and growing artists. We scored a few minutes with CEO, David S. Zucker, and talked about it’s inception and its plans for the future:

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Where did the idea for My Jam TV come from?

After MTV started to die, I talked with my partner, Russ, about how there is nothing that really shows music videos and new artists anymore. I then asked if he wanted to start up a channel that does exactly that. He was a tiny bit unsure but I told him, “We have nothing to lose, why not?” And so we did it. We’re trying to get the word out there so that the independent artists know who we are and that they know it isn’t just another YouTube, it’s a station that is on constant rotation and people all over the world will be able to see who they are. Its tough to start, but little by little we’re trying to get out there and help the independent artist, that’s what it is about.

How does it work for the viewer and artist?

We want to educate the artist. We will broadcast their music video many times throughout the month, they get to build their own fan page, be on a radio show, a chance to be on live TV and play on the air. We also offer digital distribution with the artists to the viewer, but unlike most companies, 100% of the money from buying music goes straight to the artist.

You are broadcast all over the world, are you open to other languages?

We are mostly English right now, we do have a few Chinese bands actually and their stuff is incredible, so in other words, yes we are open to other languages. We would love to also get into the Latino community and even have a separate Spanish channel and possibly other language specific channels down the road.

What do you see for My Jam TV five years from now?

I see us having multiple channels for the various music genres, a hip-hop channel, rock channel, country and so forth. We want all sorts of music on My Jam TV, letting people explore genres they normally wouldn’t. We want to give an opportunity for artists to grow, expand and let people worldwide experience something new.

So for our readers who love new music, you know what to do. The indie channel is right up our alley, sticking it out for the underdogs. If you’re an aspiring artist, they offer a great way to get your name and music out there. Check out their website and enjoy this awesome endless flow of music videos.