Meet Audio Engineer: Mika ‘Jimmer Millions’ Claus. “As long as music is being made, there will be people in need of help perfecting it.”

When I first created Arcane I wanted it to become a music haven for people looking for new talent. It wasn’t until I was putting the finishing touches to the site that I realized this site could be used for much more. Around October-November I was having a conversation with a close friend of mine and that conversation is what inspired this interview. The outcome of this conversation was that not only could I provide information that would be useful for music listener’s, I could provide information that is useful for people in the industry.

This conversation is initially what made me seek the songwriters, and the producers/engineers – basically the “behind the scenes” people that you will see in due time. I think it is important for every person who takes part in creating a moment to get that acknowledgement.

This interview is with Mika, an audio engineer that I was introduced to through my close friend (thanks friend). Not only is this interview informative, but it’s refreshing to hear from a perspective that people often look over.

In this interview we speak about the differences between an audio engineer and a producer, finding work, career highlights, and much more.

Enjoy!


Q: Before you start, can you briefly explain what it is an audio engineer does? — Are there any major differences between an engineer & what a producer does?

A: The term audio engineer is a broad one and can refer to a range of jobs such as post production, electrical engineering, and live sound engineering. Studying this field includes knowing about electrical signal flow, acoustics of rooms, microphone characteristics, and so much more.

Mainly the job of an audio engineer is to tighten up the sounds that are sent in from a producer or recording company. Whatever sounds that are recorded or created artificially must also exist in a virtual space that makes sense to your aesthetic goal.

If we just record an array of instruments and try to put them together at the same volume, it will be unpleasant to the human ear. Thus, we use compression, equalization, and other processing tools to emulate a certain environment that the human ear is familiar with. People need to know how to place their instruments while producing so many engineers are producers first; however, the difference is where you place your focus.

Q: Did you grow up knowing you wanted to be in the music industry? Was there any specific event that let you know you wanted to do this professionally?

A: I was always into music as I think everyone is, especially growing up. It is something we use to escape from our daily lives or find inspiration from. I was always into computer programs and found some music making programs (DAWs – Digital Audio Workstation) and just went crazy.

At first, imitating sounds and songs that I liked, and eventually creating my own album at the age of 16 just for fun. After some positive feedback and a lot of bad feedback on the quality of the sounds I decided to take it a little more seriously and learned as much as I could about the post production side.

I eventually attended a audio engineering school/internship combination at Chung King Studios in NYC; this was probably the defining moment that shaped my knowledge and finalized my decision to pursue this “hobby”, as a career.

Q: When you initially decided to be in the industry did you have the support of your family/friends? What advice would you give someone who wants a career in music but is too afraid about what others (specifically, their family/friends) think?

A: My friends were very doubtful about this because to many it seems like an industry that is hard to get into. However, after researching the industry and surrounding myself with like-minded people I have found that there is a plethora of opportunities that aren’t going to make you “famous” but instead will give you a fulfilling life doing what you love to do.

As long as music is being made, there will be people in need of help perfecting it. Even if you don’t end up working as a post production engineer, the skill set you learn will allow you to work in many other fields including on television broadcast, movie sets, festivals, performances, and the list goes on.

Q: Was it easy find work in the beginning? How do you find work now?

A: It wasn’t easy finding paying work but it was very easy to find people that needed it done for free. Being a good post production engineer is all based on how happy your clients are. If you can do a couple projects for free and do a great job your reputation in the “industry”, whether it be worldwide or just local, will increase and your value (or price that you can charge) increases as well. Currently, word-of-mouth helps me get more work.

Q: When someone sends you a song, what is the usual process you go through? How long does it take you to complete a song?

A: The first step is to talk to the producer or the artist to find out what the goal of this song or project is. Many people have different fan bases and different values; so it is important that the producers and I have the same aesthetic goal. I write down a detailed list to base my mixing off of and begin listening to the track. If the feeling we are looking for exists in a certain track, I try to emphasize that instrument or voice.

After that it is a process of making all the instruments fit around that one sound and into a designated acoustic space. The mixing process is long and complex but once that is done, I make sure to listen to the song on multiple different speakers (laptop, car, bluetooth) and then determine whether it sounds right to me and the producer. If not, I repeat the process until the producer is happy. This can take anywhere from 5 hours to a month if the production is large and complex.

Q: How long did it take you to hone the craft of engineering? (Do you have any training)

A: The craft of engineering is always evolving. Although I feel very comfortable with the ideas of compression, equalization, spacing, and gain staging, there is never a moment when I don’t have to look something up or try something new just because the situation requires it. I’m extremely happy to have the professional experience that I have; and I’m still receiving it from masters of the trade. Nevertheless, I am also aware that engineering will never be perfected especially with new technology constantly influencing the way we make and hear music.

Q: Are there any tips you could give aspiring engineers?

A: My tips would be to try as many DAW’s as possible and to diversify your production skills. That way, when you are faced with difficult or confusing situations, you will be comfortable troubleshooting and finding the right answer. Technically, engineering is all about computer skills; but on the other hand remember you need to know how things sound in different spaces. You need to question what makes certain songs sound a certain way; try to recreate these sounds and try to connect with as many like-minded people as possible.

Q: Do you have anyone who has musically influenced you?

A: I always had an interest in the way songs were mixed from the times I listened to classic rock in the car with my dad. The band, Boston, did a lot of panning. It was probably the first band I tried to imitate production wise. After that, there was a lot of 90’s hip hop that inspired me to make broken and/or distorted drum beats

Q: Are there any artists that you want to work with? Dream collaboration?

A: Kendrick Lamar, obviously. From what it seems, he has a very precise workflow and knows exactly what he wants his voice, instruments, drums, everything, to sound like. Often as an engineer you get rappers who say: “give me that auto tune voice and then make it sound good”. Engineers hate the word “good” because it doesn’t mean anything. After Kendrick I would add Chris Webby as a personal favorite.

Q: If you had the chance to engineer for any album(s), what albums would you have engineered?

A: Nas – Illmatic & Kendrick Lamar – Section.80

Q: Do you think engineers; or anyone who is part of the “behind the scenes“ (songwriters, producers, etc.) get enough credit?

A: It is definitely possible to do the research and find who was a part of every song and I think that’s exactly what engineers want. It is a path chosen by people who often don’t want the attention or fame but instead love making the music and helping the artists reach their goals.

Q: When you look back on your career in 20-30 years; what are some career highlights would you have liked to achieve?

A: Winning a Grammy; I think is everyone’s dream, but if I help any song make it to the Billboard charts I think I’ll be happy.

Q: Would you ever mentor someone looking to build a career in your field? If not now, ever?

A: Yes, engineering can be a very tedious job and sharing the workload while teaching someone the craft is probably the most productive, win/win situation for everyone.

Q: Do you feel successful yet? If so, what moment made you feel it. If not, what do you think you will need to achieve in order to feel that?

A: Success is relative to what you did in your life before this moment. I have definitely become more successful but I am constantly looking to improve and find more connections.

Q: Should we expect to hear big things about you in the upcoming months (2018)?

A: I have been putting out instrumental albums every 6-7 months using my alter ego “Jimmer Millions” but I have taken a hiatus from that alias to concentrate on a collaborative album with a few of my friends.  Although I’m not positive it will be completed within 2018, it’s definitely going to make some noise soon.

Meet Upcoming Singer/Songwriter: Soma. “I want to express nothing but my truths.”

In this interview I get the chance to speak to NYC based singer/songwriter: Soma. Having known her for more or less six years I can attest to the dedication and love she puts into her craft whether it be her music, poetry – anything having to do with the arts.

I would personally like to thank her for believing in what this site could be (even more than I have at times) and for helping me throughout the entire process. She’s always been someone that I could speak to when it came to my writing – for both poetry and music.

In this interview we get to catch up and speak on some of her dream collaborations, concerns of being a singer versus a songwriter, and she even gives some advice to aspiring artists!

Enjoy the interview!


Q:  Before we start off, can I get the backstory of Soma? – Is she something like an alter ego?

A: Soma is a deity of the moon. Growing up, my dad always used to call me ‘mi luna’ meaning my moon. It was always something that meant a lot to me. As a child I was always fascinated by the moon and it continued as I grew older. Dia Reeves said, “She was like the moon—part of her was always hidden away,” and I resonate with that deeply. I feel that am a child of the moon.

 

Q: I’ve known you for around six years and I knew that you dabbled in writing but I had no idea that you were interested in music until 2017. Is music something you’ve always wanted to take on professionally?

A: I’ve always loved singing growing up. I always wanted to pursue music, but never really felt the push until this year. I feel as though it was something I was made to do.

 

Q: When did you start writing music? I know that you wrote poems for some time – did it gradually stem from that, or were you always writing whole songs as well?

A: It all started from poems. I thought I wasn’t good enough to write songs until my best friend told me that poems and songs are no different. Now when an idea sparks, I can differentiate whether I want it to be a poem or a song.

 

 

Q: Do you go through a process when creating a song? How do you decide what you are going to write about?

A: Most of everything I write about is personal to me. I would say about 99%. It’s an emotional release for me. I usually get a few songs about what I’m currently going through. Lines always hit me out of nowhere—when I’m least expecting it. One of my favorite artist, Banks, mentioned that she gets some of her inspiration like a mantra before falling asleep and so do I. I’ll be half asleep and quickly jot down something in the notepad on my phone.

 

Q: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?

A: The first song I wrote was about classic middle school drama. A loss of a best friend. It was terrible by the way.

 

Q: Have you ever gone through a creative block? If you have, are there any artists/songs you listen to to help give you inspiration?

A: I am completely inspired by different artists. I’ll listen to SZA to Charli XCX to The Smiths. I think different genres of music and writing styles can help spark something inside of me and I will begin writing again.

 

Q: Are there any artists you want to collaborate with? Do you have a dream collaboration?

A: I have so many dream collaborations. I would love to collaborate with SZA, Banks, Sia, Billie Eilish, Charli XCX, Cupcakke, Tove Lo, Raye, Wafia, Broods, Lana Del Rey and Tara Carosielli. There’s so many different amazing women in the industry.

 

Q: Is it important for you to draw inspiration from you real life?

A: It is very important to me. I want to express nothing but my truths. For me, listening to songs that I relate to help me through difficult times. I want to be that type of artist for other people.

 

Q: What kind of advice would you give writers who are just starting out?

A: There is no right or wrong way to write anything, whether it be a song, poem or short story. Just say what you want to say, don’t try and limit yourself, but also don’t try to push yourself too hard. Give yourself some time. Be patient with yourself.

 

Q: Aside from being a songwriter, you have dabbled in being an artist as well; Do you ever think you will release your own project?

A: That’s my ideal goal. I’m hoping for this year.

 

Q: When you decided to take music seriously, did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: I haven’t told my family yet but my friends are completely supportive of me.

 

Q: Because you are both a singer/songwriter – would you ever consider collaborating with other writers when it comes to YOUR work?

A: Absolutely yes. I am incredibly open to hearing about other people’s ideas. I’ve already collaborated with two of my friends and they bring the best writer out of me. Sometimes they say things in ways I couldn’t even imagine and I’m just like, “I never would have thought about that.”

 

Q: If you have any, what are some of your concerns when it comes to being in the spotlight as a singer compared to being behind the scenes as a songwriter?

A: More scrutiny. I’m a very anxious person who unfortunately cares a lot what people think about them. I believe there’s a lot of pressure for singers to be perfect whether it’s their appearance or their lyrics. I don’t want to let anyone down.

 

Q: There are a lot of aspiring artists out there, many of them too afraid to put out their work in fear of their own self doubts, is there any advice you can offer them?

A: You have a lot more to offer than you think you do. There are a lot of people out there waiting to hear what you create. A lot of people who need to hear what you have to say. Always pursue your dreams or you will regret it. I’m rooting for you.

 

Q: Are there any artists that you listen to that you’re hoping gets more attention in 2018? If so, who and why?

A: I’m hoping that Wafia gets more attention. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she writes songs about important issues. Her song “Bodies” is about the Syrian Refugee crisis. I also hope Billie Eilish gets the credit she deserves as someone who is so young but is incredibly talented both vocally and lyrically. Raye and Tara Carosielli as well.

 

Q: What are your plans for 2018?

A: Music, music, music.

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your supporters?

A: Thank you for rooting for me because even I don’t believe in me sometimes.

Meet Pop Artist: Mariami. “Don’t focus on the end result and just begin.”

I’ve been songwriting for around nine years but there was a point where I didn’t see the type of music I was writing being accepted. Yes, I appreciate the music that stays in heavy rotation on the radio but I also enjoy music that allows be to think, music that allows me to relax and just focus on lyrics – especially, because I’m a songwriter. Around 2014-2015 I took a brief hiatus when it came to creating, and focused solely on finding artists that could cater to me. One of those artists I happened to come across was Mariami, a musician from Georgia, Russia based in New York City.

She had just released her debut project Gates, which covered genres such as jazz, pop, and soul. Normally, it takes me a while to warm up to artists but from the very first song I heard , I knew she was one of those artists I would gravitate towards when looking for inspiration and she undoubtedly has.

When I decided to create Arcane, I knew that I was going to talk about Mariami – whether it was through an article, a review, or an interview – I knew I had to introduce you readers to her music. I did not think that I would be able to get an interview with her but I reached out and since then she has done nothing but support me and what I want this website to become.

In August she released her sophomore project Vortex that was noticeably different from her first, as far as sound, but just as good. In this interview we briefly get to speak about her career beginnings, the inspiration behind Vortex, and much more!


 

Q: For some readers, this is the first time they are hearing about you, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: My name is Mariami, I’m a Songwriter and Recording Artist from NYC, by way of Georgia (country, not the state)

 

Q: How would you best describe who you are as an artist and the music you are creating?

A: I would describe the music I create as soulful, retro + reflective. I aim to tell stories that will stick w/ my listener as something they can relate to, but use musical language + tools unique to me and who I am.

 

Q: Is music something you were always interested in? When did you decide you wanted to become a professional?

A: Always. I got militant about it in 2012 — that’s when I started writing Gates. It was a steady build up until now.

 

Q: I know that you are based in the United States, but you are a native of the Republic of Georgia. Do you feel having this background has somewhat influenced your music?

A: Absolutely. The Gates album was influenced by the legacy of Queen Tamar. I was also really influenced by the landscape + the grandness of the Caucasus Mountains. Nature plays a big part in my art. Georgian church music is also very vibey + rich. Lots to draw from.

 

 

Q: In January 2015, you released your first project Gates, were you nervous about how it would be received?0007722529_10

A: Yes. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything epic. I quit all my part time jobs when I released that album and thought upon its release, I’d become famous. Looking back, it was a slow burn to achieve recognition for that writing. I wrote every song and produced the album myself and can humbly retrospect and take pride in the sacrifices needed to make that vision a reality.

 

Q: Did you write all the music for the project yourself? If so, are you open to collaborating with other writers?

A: Yes, I write everything by myself and only in 2016 began collaborating. Wish I had started that sooner. A larger portion of my projects are collaborative now.

 

Q: What kind of advice could you give someone who wants to release their own project but has no idea where to start?

A: Get the pen + art out. Any form will do — voice memos, notebook jots. Don’t focus on the end result and just begin. Upon doing so, the next steps present themselves.

 

Q: This project included a range of genres such as reggae, funk, and pop; with this being said, who are some of your musical influences?

A: List is way too long. Sade + Pink Floyd hover on top.

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Q: Skip to August 2017 with the release of your second project Vortex, was there any significant difference in your creative process between this and Gates?

A: Massive difference. Gates came out of a real studio, I recorded Vortex in my apartment in Bushwick. I built a studio in my closet and tracked one of the songs in a hotel in Sedona, Arizona. Vortex is pure spirit + destiny. The EP came out of a break up w/ a person who played a significant role in my career + life. It had to be gritty, raw and honest. I didn’t aim for perfection.

 

Q: Rather than being another project filled with dance and soul music, this EP is predominantly alternative pop – was this intended?

A: I didn’t set pre-determined expectations for how Vortex would be received. The project was a reflection of a moment, a time capsule to capture what was happening in 2016. It was a completely different effort than Gates.

 

Q: Do you think it is important for artists (both aspiring and mainstream) to explore different types (ranges) of music?

A: It’s good to explore all music, it’s not imperative. When I wrote Gates I didn’t listen to other people’s music for nearly a year.

 

Q: Who are some current artists that you enjoy?

A: Rae Sremmurd, Kendrick, Frank Ocean, Chris Stapleton

 

Q: Are there any artists that you want to collaborate with?

A: Frank is and has been at the top of my list since Nostalgia.

 

Q: Since your newest project release, you have already released three more songs, do you think it is important to be consistent in this industry?

A: Consistency is important in any career, but I also think that strategy and doing things with purpose is just as powerful. If releasing contrasting sounds is part of larger picture or goal for an artist, then do it. Being random seldom works.

 

Q: What are some tips you can give aspiring artists?

A: Listen to your gut, whatever it says is typically the key to unlock any door.

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: My gratitude is really grand. Thank you for your love + support.


Make sure to support Mariami’s latest singles:

To stay updated on Mariami by following her on Instagram & Twitter.

Also, to hear more music from her make sure to follow her on SoundCloud & Spotify.

2018 pt. III: Artists to Watch

If you read “2017” part one and two then you will already be familiar with some of these artists. Since this is an “Artists to Watch” list rather than me just exposing you to underground/independent artists, I will be listing artists that you may have heard of although they have yet to attain mainstream success. It’s Friday which means that I’ve already posted artists based in America (part i) and international (part ii) separately. To make it easier for both you and I, this list will include musicians from all over the world. Of course I will let it be known where they are from/based, and any other information I feel is useful.

If you have any recommendations, feel free to comment at bottom of page), send me an email, or whatever you feel is necessary. AGAIN, this list is based off of personal opinion so please don’t give me a paragraph about why you do not believe an artist will make it or anything along those lines because within the first three words I will stop reading.
In order for you to enjoy and get the most from this website you honestly have to be really open minded to the music I share. If you are looking for one specific genre of music or the same type of music to be shared I am sure you can find other sites that fit your personal criteria. But, if you are interested in being exposed to people either in or looking to get into this industry (from all over the world) – I hope that you enjoy and take a listen to the music.


 

Photographer: Matt Moram

Rina Sawayama (singer/songwriter) – London

Rina is an Japanese-born, English pop singer from London. If you enjoy artists such as Sky Ferreira (think: Everything is Embarrassing), Solange (think: Don’t You Wait) then Rina is the perfect artist.

The first time I heard about Rina, it was for the series “i-D meets” on YouTube a few days before she released her self-titled debut project RINA. In this series, they have a habit of playing the artist’s music in the background and one of the songs that grabbed my attention was Cyber Stockholm Syndrome (Genre: Pop). Besides it being an amazing song, the visuals were just as pleasant – which is ultimately why I ended up looking at of her music videos.

If you listen to her songs: Afterlife (Genre: Synth-pop), Where Are You (Genre: Synth-pop/R&B), even if we go even farther back into her music history Tunnel Vision (Genre: Alt. R&B) – you’ll understand why I cannot categorize an artist such as her. Her voice has the ability to sound perfect over any genre or type of beat and honestly, as a songwriter myself – I was in awe. I personally feel that if more artists made music from the heart and experimented with their sound as much as Rina does, we would be taken back to the nostalgic late 90s-early 2000s era in music (if you were alive during this era then you know what I am talking about).

Make sure to follow Rina on: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

To listen to Rina’s debut ep RINA click here.

 


 

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Millic (producer) – South Korea

Millic is a South Korean producer known for his affiliation with Club Eskimo (members include: Dean, Crush, and Miso – all S. Korean acts) as well as his debut album VIDA [supported by lead single: Paradise (Genre: KR&B)]

Before I say anything, I must say that this album is an amazing debut and although not EVERY song is in english, everyone who truly loves music will appreciate this project. When I initially decided to share this album, I was a little hesitant because I was not sure how receptive people would be toward it. I already have the reputation of listening to music that nobody listens to so I didn’t want this to be another thing that got overlooked – especially not with the amount of talent that was showcased on this project.

From the artists that were featured on VIDA, I get the impression that Millic also listens to music that has yet to be accepted by mainstream media. (such as his features: Rejjie Snow, Han, and TA-KU – which I will admit, all artists I had not heard of until this album.)

When I shared songs from the project I was pleasantly surprised to see such the positive reception it got specifically to the song You (ft. TA-KU) (Genre: Pop/R&B). If you don’t listen to any other artist that I recommend in this article, I would suggest that you give Millic a chance because he has music for literally everyone.


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Photographer: John Ahn

Satica (singer) – Long Beach, California

If you enjoy artists such as Billie Eilish or are influenced by any indie pop artists,  I would strongly suggest that you begin listening to Long Beach native, Satica. With over four years of music released, two projects, and over a 2.9 million streams under her belt, it’s hard to imagine why she hasn’t taken over radio airwaves yet. Listening to her sultry vocals, it is easy to see why her musical inspirations include artists such as Swedish dream-pop artist Lykke Li and American alt. r&b musician Frank Ocean.

Although her songs may be more known than her face, seeing the response she’s received on her latest project Drippin’ (which has garnered over 292,000 streams in total since its release in October) makes me think that she has a busy year ahead of her.

To listen to her latest project Drippin’ click here.

Make sure to follow her on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud


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Hayley Kiyoko. (singer/songwriter) – Los Angeles, California

The first time I heard Kiyoko, it was around 2010-2011 when I had come across a group she was in called The Stunners. Honestly, at the time I did like her voice but I gravitated towards one of her band-mates, now known as Tinashe.

When the group broke up in 2011, I followed up on Nashe’s music but I never made it a thing to follow up Hayley’s. If I could go back I wish I would’ve continued listening to them both rather than just focusing on one BUT things came in full circle in late 2017.

I was roaming across YouTube as I tend to do and one of her older songs Girls Like Girls” (Genre: Pop) (yes, she’s gay – anyways) was in my recommendations. I don’t know if I listened to it at the time but I know that a couple weeks passed and then I noticed her name again, this time for her newly released song called “Feelings” (Genre: Pop/R&B) which is a single from her debut album dropping this year. In an article with Flaunt Magazine Kiyoko explains the meaning of the song saying:

“I wanted to write an anthem celebrating these ‘feelings,’ as opposed to suppressing them like society often makes people do in today’s dating scene. We have feelings, we get involved, and sometimes we can’t control it. After all, we’re human.”

Kiyoko creates music that is relatable, and honest. She dabbles in synth-pop, r&b, indie, and many more genres which means anyone could probably find at least one song in her whole catalogue that they enjoy (even if it’s just a tad).

To follow her on social media: Instagram, YouTube, Twitter


Honorable Mentions

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  • Name: Croosh
  • Genre: R&B, Indie, Rap
  • Similar Artists: Eli Sostre, Don B
  • Notable Songs: Ziba, Vibrations, Zeus

Brandy Haze (4)

  • Name: Brandy Haze
  • Genre: R&B
  • Similar Artists: Chayse, Taliwhoah, Shanell, Candice, Natasha Mosley
  • Notable Songs: Conditional

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Abi Ocia (2)

  • Name: Abi Ocia
  • Genre: R&B, Alternative
  • Similar Artists: Lyves, Jones
  • Notable Songs: Running

 

Janinie

  • Name: Janine
  • Genre: R&B
  • Similar Artists: Jhene Aiko, Sabrina Claudio, Alina Baraz, Sinéad Harnett
  • Notable Songs: Hold Me, Never the Right Time

Lolo Z.

  • Name: Lolo Zouai
  • Genre: R&B, Alt. Pop
  • Similar Artists: Sofi de la Torre, Alyana, Raye
  • Notable Songs: High Highs to Low Lows, IDR

 

And with this we conclude the 2017 series as well as the first week of Arcane. Thank you to all the readers who have emailed me or contacted me through social media complimenting the music that I’ve shared so far.

If you go to our official soundcloud you will notice that there are two playlists. These playlists have music from all artists listed throughout the 2017 series as well as music that has come out during the week of 1/01-1/05.

It is still undecided whether the playlists will be weekly or every other week but since the response this week was so encouraging, I created two (with the help of 2 of my music-oriented friends).

See You All Next Week,

SB.

2017 pt. II

Before I start, I just want to thank everyone who has visited the site since it’s launch earlier in the week. If you’ve read the first part of this 2017 series, you already know what to expect (if you are new to the site click here to read part one). Although I have yet to receive any negative feedback, it was pointed out to me that out of all the music I shared, only four of them were from guys (yes, it was a guy who pointed this out). Unfortunately, that may be a reoccurring problem since 90% of the music I listen to are females who have yet to be acknowledged by the industry BUT – fair is fair. . .

I’ve decided that I will in fact, give both sexes the same amount of attention on both this site and my real life and make sure everyone has something (or someone) they can gravitate to.

NOW! Before I start, I will note, it is Wednesday therefore the artists that are being posted are not (currently) based in the United States.



Category I : Favorite Debuts

 

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Blessed (South-East London)

  • Genre: Pop
  • Similar Artists:
  • Notable Songs: Howlin’, My Yute, Pride
  • Debut Project: See Through the Colours (released August 17, 2017)
  • Latest Project: Howlin’ (released December 8, 2017)

 

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JNYR

  • Genre: R&B
  • Similar Artists: Ty Dolla $ign, Kalin White
  • Notable Songs: Twenty Ten

 



Category II: Favorite Projects

VIDA

Millic (South Korea)

  • Title: VIDA
  • Released: July 10, 2017
  • Genre(s): K-Pop, Alternative, R&B
  • Standout Song(s): Paradise (Korean), You (feat. TA-KU)

 

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Villette Dasha (Auckland, New Zealand)

  • Title: Drip Crimson
  • Released: December 15, 2017
  • Genre(s): R&B
  • Similar Projects: Sabrina ClaudioAbout Time, Janine – XXEP
  • Standout Song(s): Stronger

 




Category III – Favorite Singles

 

avelino-no-bullshit

Avelino (North London)

Only Love

Wafia (Perth, Australia)

  • Song Title: Only Love
  • Released: December 14, 2017
  • Genre: Pop, R&B
  • Off the Project: VIII (to be released 1/18/18)