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Sapphire/Sapphire Faded Genes Band Interview: Surging deeply into Remember When

We were lucky enough to speak with Sapphire/Sapphire Faded Genes Band recently and had one of the most intriguing interviews yet. Thriving with complete honesty and leading many local musicians to a better place, this is a must-read for anyone who cares about their music scene:

We are super enthusiastic to dice it up with you music-wise today, Sapphire/Sapphire Faded Genes Band and big love right at ya for giving us a few minutes of your time. Remember When is your latest release. Please let us into why you made this excellent song and what it means for you?

Sapphire: Remember When is a song that reflects on my childhood and the fun I had with my friends growing up. I decided to create a song that people could relate too, especially during the times when children could play outdoors and not worry about getting hurt by gunfire. My friends and I would dress up alike and skate for hours. This song is very dear to me and I pray that it touches someone in a special way.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. What’s it like living there and do you find the scene vibrant and diverse?

Sapphire: Born and raised Philadedelphia Pa. Most of my life I must say, it was very enjoyable living in Philadedelphia. This is where I learned how to become an amazing teacher, entertainer, and model. In fact, I went to John Robert Powers Modeling School and learned how to be graceful and poise, which helped me later on with my performance abilities. Philadedelphia has paved the way for many established musicians and I am extremely blessed to be one of them. I have adopted vocal skills such as jazz, RnB, rap, pop and blues and this is what makes Philadedelphia dear to my heart. Although Philadedelphia has its challenges and it seems to have lacked in the support department. I tend to struggle figuring out the reasons, especially since we have such an over abundance of talent and a wide variety of styles which makes us that much stronger.

What does the music scene need to do better or become to help indie artists succeed?

Sapphire: Although I’m a firm believer that you have to grind from the muscle and give it all you got. I also believe that opportunities need to be offered to artists who have demonstrated that they can produce if given a chance.

If a new musician came up to you after this interview and asked for advice on how to survive this fickle industry, what would you tell them?

Sapphire: I would advise new musicians to make sure their presentation is on point. I have seen unprofessional videos, music is not mixed properly and their content is dated. Website and social media platforms are unprofessional. Even if the artist can sing. It is very important to create material that will draw your audience to you. In other words, write songs that can help people reflect and relate. Also, stay focused and do not allow social media or someone else’s success to distract or intimidate you. There is plenty room for you and the world will accept you too. If you can accomplish the following, that would be the start of something special.

Do you remember the first time you were on stage, and what it felt like?

Sapphire: I have been performing on stage ever since I was in elementary school. Each time is different and I still get a little nervous. I have learned different techniques to help me perform without the anxiety.

Can we catch you live before 2022 ends or do you have some events slowly brewing for 2023?

Sapphire: Because I am in several projects, I will be performing on stage with The First Ladies of Rock and Soul at The Broadway Theatre Dec.30, Dec. 31 and Jan.1. The new year Sapphire FadedGenes Band will be performing with updates coming soon. Also Sapphire will be performing for the second time a stage play “The Shoeshine Box” April 15 and April 16. So stay tuned for updates.

Listen up to the vibration on Spotify. See more vibes on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Text Me: Becky Raisman needs that touch right now on I CAN BE YOUR CRUSH

As her eyes light up and take her soul into a happier world, Becky Raisman wants that permanent vacation on the romantic new sizzler to dance with all night called I CAN BE YOUR CRUSH.

Becky Raisman is a Highland Park, Chicago-based indie pop singer-songwriter who makes catchy music to feel better with because of its rich context.

The breathtaking Columbia College Chicago graduate Becky Raisman is on fire and shreds the airwaves on her latest hot single. Packed with poise and precision, we find a toe-tapping gem that has been made with that all-powering love.

I CAN BE YOUR CRUSH from Highland Park, Chicago-based indie pop artist Becky Raisman is a fascinating song about showing how much a new lover has changed everything. Sung with pure energy and a content mindset, this is that track to put on when you wish you change the conversation onto kiss-filled intentions.

When you see those eyes spark, you have found someone rather special.

Listen up to this superb new single here and find out more on her Twitter.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Deep In The Forest: Lilith Max roars with so much hunger on Big Bad Wolf

Taken from her recent 5-track EP called Storybook, emerging young talent, Lilith Max sees that smirking face and looks deeper into the monster on her latest feast-filled single, Big Bad Wolf.

Lilith Max is an 18-year-old award-winning German-American Houston, Texas-based indie alternative pop/folk singer-songwriter.

Lilith Max is a YoungArts Winner 2022 in the category Voice. She is also known as an actress in Call of Duty WWll and other productions and two-times the winner of Best Child Actress awards. She was born in Germany and moved to the US at age six.” ~ Lilith Max

With so much poise and grace while displaying a vocal output which is quite sensational, Lilith Max is rather terrific on this terrifying single performed by a true storyteller who knows how to capture our imagination.

Big Bad Wolf from Houston, Texas-based indie alternative pop/folk singer-songwriter Lilith Max is a magnificent single about surviving a beast who has decided to bite a sweet soul away. Projected so wonderfully by a young talent who sings with such joy, this is a memorable single to close your eyes with while imagining that hair-raising danger lurking in the woods.

Listen to this fine new single on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Tiana Dean Interview: Classy vocals and a new EP to feel rejuvenated with

We sat down with the wildly talented Tiana Dean recently to chat all about her new EP and more. Full of life and so much passion, we find out more about this dynamic musician and her current mindset in this challenging world.

Thanks so much for speaking with us today, Tiana. We love your fresh music vibe with such honest lyrics. Let’s start with this. Where do we find you today and how did you get started with music?

Tiana: I can be found at Tianadeanoffical on Instagram and Facebook and Tiana Dean on all streaming platforms and YouTube.
I’ve always been in music. I often tell myself it just runs in my veins. Singing, dancing and writing have always been something I did to past the time as a child. I grew up singing in my church choir as well as early childhood school years.
I was shaped by what I heard around me. The gospel and jazz from my mom the Michael Jackson, Jacket Jacket, and Mariah Carey from my dad. Ciara, Destiny Child, and Eminem, from my oldest sister , to Maroon Five, All American Hero’s, Arvil Laverine from my younger sister and everything rap, Luda, Wayne, Jay Z from my brother. I just always liked what I like and was drawn to certain sounds. I spent hours making up my own beats in my head and writing verses and choruses in my room.
I’ve been recording/releasing music for about 7 years now and fell in love with it the first time I ever recorded a song. It truly is a magical experience.

What core elements do you feel are needed to make the music scene better long-term?

Tiana: Making it more about the music and less about the glitz and glam and who you know. I see a lot of talent and a lot of hard working independent artist trying to make it in a world that’s designed around how desperate people are to be popular and liked. The best music comes from the heart, from emotion and feelings, passion and experiences.

Please explain all about the exciting process to complete your debut 5-track EP and who was involved?

Tiana: The process was rigorous lol. I went through so many songs and so many ideas. I had thoughts of not dropping anything this year and waiting. I was so focused on trying to make a project I thought people would want to hear I wasn’t making anything I liked. I came across a beat off YouTube during the time I called myself giving up and created my single “Lovin It Here” off the “Dear Diary” EP. After being sparked by lovin it here and being able to tell my story that way in a song I was sold on making whatever I was going to drop as a project a pop project.
I found a producer off YouTube named Vshy and literally every beat he had was perfect for the sound and vibe I was going for. I recorded the entire EP at Halfspint Productions Mixed and mastered. There are no features on the project so everything is written by me. All the songs on the Dear Diary EP were written this year within months of the release of the project. Literally my entire project scratched and recreated within months of an album release date because I was inspired by a whole new feel and vibe. Something that was more me.

To release the project and debut the EP a “Night With Tiana Dean” was presented by BlackDolla in Cincinnati Oh. I was accompanied by a live band, The Vault, as well as three amazing opening acts, Siri Imani, Jade Alexis, and Young Reese Rude. It was truly A night to remember and a great introduction into the first project dropped by Tiana Dean.

When you close your eyes and imagine being on a massive stage with fans cheering, what does it feel like?

Tiana: For me, it feels breathtaking. I often imagine how a show will go before it happens and the feeling that overcomes me is overwhelming. Almost too much to handle. I honestly can only imagine what something like that would really feel like! One day though, for sure.

Cincinnati, Ohio. How is the music scene doing and do you feel like the whole local industry is thriving again?

Tiana: I think the music scene in Cincinnati is growing. From where it was when I started to where it is now, it has grown tremendously. I see a lot of artists here getting recognition and getting outside the city. Artists are investing in themselves and working together. It’s a lot of love going around the city, from what I see. So many opportunities are around for artist to be able to express themselves and get their name out there.

Who or what inspires you most in the world?

Tiana: My parents inspire me the most. They are two of the most hardest working, selfless people I know. They were my first examples of what success looks like, what discipline is. I dedicated a lot of life just to make my parents proud and I believe they are.

Where can we find you live next at a show?

Tiana: I’m currently booking for the year 2023. You can follow me on my website and subscribe for notifications regarding upcoming events, new music releases, merch, and shows!

Listen up on Spotify. See more vibes on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Jaytovxn is on the prowl in his dynamic rap track, Pink Panther

Using the Pink Panther theme tune in his hot summer hip hop drop was a bold move for the 18-year-old Southern rapper, Jaytovxn, but given that the official music video racked up over 40k streams before it fell into our ears, it more than paid off.

His track, Pink Panther, with Ja Morant is a fiery, polished new wave production that lures you in with its convictive charisma, collaborative chemistry and the concise delivery of the bars that snap as hard as the beats.

If you loved the creativity within Pink Panther that uses conceptual twists and turns to keep you immersed in the artistry, you’ll be a sucker for Jaytovxn’s recently released EP, Eclipse. It stands as a testament to the luminary’s ability to meld genres to create his blazing signature that others will undoubtedly be keen to forge and assimilate.

Watch the official music video on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Maria Lane is back with a new release: “Crying In A CVS”

Maria Lane is an artist who developed a very personal and one-of-a-kind twist on her sound and lyrics. From the energy of indie-pop to the intimacy of acoustic music, Maria Lane is all about keeping an open mind and avoiding getting stuck in the usual categories and genre definitions.

“Crying In A CVS” is the title of Maria Lane’s recent studio work, and it serves as an excellent introduction to the sound and feel of the artist. On one hand, the song features a huge, vibrant tone with so many details and interesting sounds. On the other, this is a very instinctive, relatable piece of music that the audience is certainly going to connect with on a much more personal level, highlighting Maria Lane’s songwriting skills. This is highly recommended to fans of artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Francis Moon and Daughter, among others.

Find out more about Maria Lane, and listen to her recent release, “Crying In A CVS”, which is currently available on Spotify.

Wacko Fest presents: “This Is Fine.”

Wacko Fest is a project with a truly one-of-a-kind sound and style. What makes the artistry of this musical act so special is that it all started in a very serendipitous way, just from friends having fun and jamming together. The spontaneity at the heart of Wack Fest is still a huge and vital component of this release and a really good example of why their formula is so exciting and always connects with people. Wacko Fest’s most recent work, “This Is Fine,” drops on November 25th, 2022. This is a great introduction to the band’s music and a fantastic example of the broad scope that fuels its artistic endeavours overall.

This release is highly recommended to fans of jangly, melodic and energetic indie rock.

Find out more about Wack Fest: http://www.wackofest.com/

Rapper and producer, JaefKae is razor-sharp in his Reggaeton hip hop single, New Machete

With a danceable versatile flavour like no other, the Chicago-hailing rapper and producer, JaefKae, burst onto our radar with the genre-fluid beats in his latest single, New Machete.

The tropic earworm picks at the roots of hip hop, Caribbean Dancehall, Reggaeton and Soul and plants the seed for a fresh new sound, defined by kaleidoscopically colourful instrumentals and the effortlessly high-vibes in the vocals.

During his career, JaefKae has opened for Nas and Pusha T, taken his high-energy performances across Chicago, and used his platform to represent his Afro-Purto Rican and Japanese descent, be a force of resistance against police oppression and to fight for black liberation.

His moniker comes from JFK because his 200-song discography “will blow your f***ing mind”. Considering that New Machete completely dominates your psyche before flooding it with dance-worthy rhythms and elevated talent, JaefKae had every basis to be that bold when settling on the pseudonym that will ripple across the globe attached to his infectiously upraising tracks.

New Machete is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

WD-HAN matched the chaos of the universe in their raucously seductive feat of electrifying indie rock n roll, Straight Lines

WD-HAN

Rock n’ Roll provocateurs WD-HAN are in lascivious form in their latest single, Straight Lines. After an Arctic Monkeys-Esque intro, Straight Lines quickly evolves into a blisteringly hot indie rock renegade of a track, full of raucous swagger, seductive vocal lines and riffs that will sucker-punch you into sonic submission.

WD-HAN has scintillated us with every release since they appeared on our radar in 2019 with their single, Spaceman. With a sound ever-evolving yet never veering from what makes them so viscerally raw yet tightly finessed, if you haven’t got them on your radars yet, what are you even doing with your lives?

Straight Lines throws away any sense of existentialism. While so many of us doomscroll on Twitter to justify living in fear and stagnation, WD-HAN proves that you can still be a force to be reckoned with and match the chaos of the universe.

After dominating the Floridian rock n roll scene, WD-HAN has recently relocated to LA, where they’re set to make their mark after opening for the likes of Paramore, Walk the Moon, Silversun Pickups and Kaleo.

Straight Lines will officially release on November 18th. Hear it on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast
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Kiss the Scientist is ‘Waiting on the Rest of the World’ in their psych-tinged orchestrally-heightened post-rock triumph

After opening for the Plain White T’s and Hoobastank, LA alt-rock powerhouse Kiss the Scientist is priming the airwaves for their debut EP that is set to release in 2023. Their latest single, Waiting on the Rest of the World, starts with an ambient neoclassic stringed prelude before waves of momentously high energy break around the alt-rock instrumentals.

Strap yourselves in and prepare for off-kilter curveballing progressions that make delving back into Waiting on the Rest of the World infinitely pleasurable. With every repeat listen, you pull something new out of the multi-sensory experience that entices you with the punk ethos in the lyricism and the delicate motifs around the monolithic breakdowns.

The swirling psych-rock cascades cut up by classic rock riffs create a stunning score of ingenuity for lead singer and guitarist Max Tomack to lay down his dynamic vocals that range from ragged post-hardcore screams to hook-filled melodic lines.

As if we didn’t love the latest single already, we were infatuated upon finding out that all of the music that spills from the practice room is a happy accident made through their sheer unadulterated love of making music. We’re officially psyched for the debut EP.

Waiting on the Rest of the World will officially release on November 18th. Catch it on Spotify and all other major platforms via this link. Follow Kiss the Scientist on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast