“I like to play with different genres. I love rock, Latin rhythms, Caribbean rhythms, salsa, reggae… I don’t have limits,” said Pedro Capó in an interview with The Cornell Daily Sun. Capó is an emerging latin pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, and actor with deep roots in music and artistic expression. Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Capó has now found success on an international level, bringing his latin style to countries around the world.
For centuries, music has proven to have an impact on our lives, regardless of whether we like it or not. With the right mixture of tantalizing beats and powerful lyrics, the art of music plays with our imagination and evokes emotions that we may never have known about. Sometimes, just a few simple words in a song can hit us. I would have to say that was the case with rising star, Ava Max.
As an Atlanta native, reading Lil Nas X’s hilarious tweets and witnessing the success he has enjoyed as a result of his country-rap hit single “Old Town Road,” fills me with an unexpected feeling of kinship and satisfaction. Here in Atlanta it can feel as if wanting to be a rapper is some sort of rite of passage for black men—especially for creatives from low-income backgrounds. I personally know more black men independently pursuing music than I can count on both hands, and it’s a really beautiful form of artistic expression to be surrounded by.
Steven Victor sees the music industry as more than just a numbers game. In the world of Spotify streams and YouTube views, he needs to see the artist as more than just their statistics. As Def Jam’s executive vice president and head of A&R (Artists and Repertoire), Victor is always on the lookout for new talent. He oversees a staff of 20 people responsible for A&R. Together, they’re in charge of the task of finding each new breakout artist the label signs.
“The philosophy is to keep doing what we’re doing and to enjoy it. We’re coming from a working class background and a working class town, we’ve had to fight and work for everything we’ve got. We’re only getting started man. The fact of the matter is we’re doing a hobby and making it a reality day after day. We’ll just continue to work hard and achieve big things,” said Stevie Jukes in an interview with The Seventh Hex.
Comfortable in her own skin. Her flaws are purposely revealed on camera for the world to see, and her presentation includes no obvious filters.
I instantly noticed natural black hair with no real formation; pretty dark skin with an occasional trace of acne here and there, no body briefer or any direct restraint to make this black woman appear to be smaller and “in tact.” Instead you get a raw, authentic Nigerian-American woman who looks like someone you may know personally. The self-image that she displays is awe-inspiring, and conveys a message that she has all creative control.
Moonchild’s fame began, quite literally, with a starry night. “We were just laying in the grass hanging out,” Andris Mattson, the Los Angeles based group’s keyboardist, synthetic bass player and trumpeter, says in a WBGO radio station interview. “It was someone’s backyard we were staying with and it was outside the city so you could sort of see a good chunk of stars. “You can’t really see stars in LA,” lead singer, tenor saxophonist and flutist Amber Narvan interjects.
In early May news broke of Dr. Dre’s promise to become the first billionaire of hip-hop. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and every media site was all a buzz about the history that was to be made through the likely sale of the headphone and speaker company, Beats Electronics. Owned by American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur Andre Young better known by his stage name Dr. Dre and record & film producer, best known for co-founding Interscope Records, James “Jimmy” Iovine, the sale of Beats Electronics to Apple Inc. for a whopping $3.2 billion is definitely worth talking about.
Briggs’ passion for music and performing started at a very young age. While her family still lived in Japan, Briggs explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly the very moment she recalls falling in love with the art. “I think it’s a rite of passage that the minute you land in Japan, you have to go to a karaoke bar. So that’s what my family did. I moved there when I was 4.” She continued, “My dad went up and sang Frank Sinatra, and I just saw this joy and this light in his eyes, and I just wanted a piece of it.”
Briggs got the piece that she wanted, and then some. She also took to karaoke while in Japan, giving her the opportunity to sing in public and showcase her talents. She was later discovered while performing at a bar in LA. This led to her working with the production team of Mark Jackson and Ian Scott. The irony of being discovered performing at a bar, in similar fashion to stumbling upon her love for performing at the karaoke bar with her dad at 4-years-old. They worked with her on her debut single, “Wild Horses,” and her first single off the album “River.” “Wild Horses” took on a life of its own shortly after being released. The song was picked up by Acura and used in one of the car company’s commercials. The song caught the attention of many of her future fans, who discovered her by using the Shazam app in order to find out who performed the song.
She’s since had the pleasure of performing at Coachella in 2017, before her debut album had even dropped. Her debut album “Church of Scars,” came out in April 2018, introducing the world to her sound. Which is often described as “dark,” but that doesn’t seem to bother her one bit. In the hit single, “River,” she described a scenario of falling out of love “faster than a hairpin trigger.” Some of her songs are about love. Her single, “Baby” is one that has a different element. “I’m very drawn to darkness, so the thought of releasing a song that wasn’t so heavy didn’t seem in character,” the singer-songwriter said in an interview with Billboard. “But I felt like it was too honest to not release it.”