Since his teen years, Steve Aoki has had a passion for music. From his humble beginnings as a DJ, he's grown into a world-renowned artist and a lucrative entrepreneur. He's always prided himself on being unique and independent. With music as the nucleus for his success, the Grammy-nominated producer has elevated his brand of electro house music to new heights.
When we fall in love with an artist, it’s the intimate, complex package of emotion, communication, and the powerful ability an artist has to guide our consciousness into the lyrics and melody. Sabrina Claudio creates sultry, mature chorus lines that grip our hearts and melt our minds in between the speakers and air.
Kendrick Lamaris undeniably one of the generation’s best artists in any music genre. He continues to raise the bar for the competition, as he meshes his different flows and cadences with elite storytelling. On Friday, May 13th he released his fifth studio album,Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.
Kendrick also released a precursor to the album that sparked a major buzz, coupled with a video that was pretty deep to digest. But, we’ve come to expect that from someone who takes their craft as seriously as Kdot.
Lately, there’s been a lot of coverage about the intellectual property of music artists. Artists such as singer/songwriter Taylor Swift are finding themselves head-to-head with music publishers and record labels in an attempt to gain ownership of their masters, and the added attention on the industry has people questioning the status quo: How does the relationship between publishing companies and artists function? From ticket sales for tours and shows to merchandising and (re)plays on streaming platforms, where does the consumer’s money go? Meet Merck Mercuriadis–not only is he asking the same questions, but he’s offering solutions.
Often times we see artists who fit their genre to a T, but others can traverse outside of their set style and take up various sounds at once. The South African band BLK JKScan not be pinned down to just one genre, as they capture the mixed sounds of punk, rock, African soul, and jazz in their impressive discography. After a 12-year-long hiatus, the band has returned with their highly-anticipated sophomore album, “Abantu/ About Humans.”
“Music is a journey that everyone is taking a ride on. I just want to take my seat and paint my own picture and let the world interpret what they want from it. R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classical, I want to do it all,” said the musical mastermindDernst Emile II better known as D’mile on his official website.