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Darrian Gerard Interview: Powerless and looking for a new home

As she opens the door and shows us inside her supremely creative and friendly brain, Darrian Gerard guides us slowly us into her Tom DeLonge and Avril Lavigne birth theory, telling us about her new single Powerless, while also enchantingly enticing our tastebuds with (possibly) the best recipe ever invented.

We appreciate you taking the time to speak with us today, Darrian Gerard. What does a nutritious dinner in your household entail?

Darrian: Hmmm. I love a good homemade Tomato Basil soup when I get around to making it. I also eat a lot of pasta with vodka sauce and Hawaiian pizza, but that’s not super nutritious, shhh 😉

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard a song before?

Darrian: I would describe my sound as anthemic, cathartic, and full of pop-rock instruments. If Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge and Avril Lavigne were combined into one person, some say you would get Darrian Gerard.

Powerless. Please tell us more about your 2nd release and what the song means to you?

Darrian: Powerless is such an important song to me. It’s the first song I’ve written in the perspective of someone else, but as you read through the lyrics, it can be compared to so many other situations in my life or others’ lives; the feeling of being powerless. Powerless was written in the perspective of someone without a home, who has no where to go, and doesn’t know what to do next with their life. I came up with the beat one night before bed, slept on it, then wrote the lyrics in what felt like minutes and fully produced the song the same day. I usually write the lyrics and melody before I produce a song, but this time I did it the complete opposite. Powerless is definitely one of my favourite songs I’ve ever produced and I’m extremely guilty of listening to it on repeat.

British Columbia, Canada. Please detail which small town you grew up in and what was it like as a young musician?

Darrian: I grew up in a small town on Vancouver Island, BC. I was very fortunate to have parents that let me explore and be creative and when I asked to play guitar at 7 years old; they bought me a $20 dollar guitar from the local auction and put me in lessons right away. I’ve always had a thing for music and sounds and how things can be combined to create something wonderful. After a year or two of guitar lessons, I wanted to learn more and ended up song writing, learning piano, bass, and drums. Although it’s a small town, it gave me ample opportunity to learn guitar and further my experience through band groups, and more.

What advice would you give a new musician starting out in this game?

Darrian: Don’t stop making music just because one person told you so. Release that single, post your cover on YouTube, spam your Instagram followers with your music because no one is going to care if you do or don’t. Forget what people think and just keep creating and making music because you love it. Eventually, you will gain some traction and listeners because they see how passionate you are about your music career, and things will tumbleweed from there.

Your EP called Basement Stadium is going to be available from 2023. What should new and older fans expect?

Darrian: I am SO excited to release my brand new EP Basement Stadium. I just finalized the release date for early 2023 (announcement soon!!) and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for everyone to hear what I have to say. You can expect a few brand new songs, and a few older songs that mesh well with each other. A coherent ensemble of songs that I think flow so well together. One of the new songs on the EP is definitely one of my most vulnerable and I’m quite scared to hear what people think as I let them deep into my head, but I think showing emotion is beneficial to listeners.

Last of all, where can we find you live next or do you have any exciting projects lined up for 2023?

Darrian: I have so many excited things planned for 2023! First off is the EP, then I have a few live shows booked. I can’t wait to perform these songs for everyone to hear live for the first time!

Listen up to this fine track on Spotify. See this angelic wonder blossom on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Prayer Can Be Fun: Texas-based Christian hip-hop artist BC reminds the kids of the classic dinner table tradition with ‘Say Grace’

As she realizes that getting kids attention with all the distractions and over-stimulation from the internet that these young minds are facing, BC thanks the plate that we are blessed to receive on her new single aimed to help the youth stay grounded with ‘Say Grace‘.

BC is a soulful Christian hip-hop artist who is based in Bryan, Texas. She makes an introspective blend of music that speaks about important messages from the Bible, that have made her so inspired to express through her chosen art form.

The mission is to teach Bible stories and Christian morals to the next generation.” ~ BC

Rapped with a smooth atmosphere and educational bars that are consistent and full of energy that only wants to help the youth – as their valuable attention can be swayed so easily with modern technology – this is a take-time-to-give-thanks cue we can’t forget.

Say Grace” is more than a sing-a-long at the dinner table. With everything grabbing children’s attention these days, it’s a fight to help them stay on course. “Say Grace” was carefully and creatively designed to plant the seed of Jesus into as many children as possible. BC’s overall goal with her upcoming track is to remind kids to Say Grace and thank God for blessing them with their daily bread.” BC

Say Grace‘ from Bryan, Texas-based Christian hip-hop artist BC, is that true message about giving thanks for what we have in life. Created as a way of reminding the kids of today about core values in this wild world full of temptation, this is a soulful single full of good intentions and love.

Hear this graceful new single on Soundcloud and see more on her IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Canadian emcee T KELF 2FIDDY shows his frustration with ”my father”

Kelowna British Columbia, Canada is the home for T KELF 2FIDDY and he fires through the mic with his powerful new track ”my father”. This song speaks about his tough life growing up in foster homes as his parents couldn’t look after him due to their drug addictions.

T KELF 2FIDDY’s pain is especially apparent for his deadbeat father who he has clear disdain for. His anger on the mic is very clear and tears through the bars one by one. The Canadian emcee is in imperious form here and think this is his best effort yet.

my father” is one of the most powerful songs so far in 2020. This is a personal output that I bet he has been waiting ages to release. The beat helps matters here and paints this disturbing picture of a young boy being left practically on his own. The lyrics are raw and from the heart with astounding results.

Head through to his Soundcloud to hear from this excellent lyricist.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

‘Faded’ by Fellow Kids: Feel good music with a hardcore message.

Fellow Kids have a great summer hit on their hands with ‘Faded’. Their interpretation of gritty, funky rock is a young persons dreamscape. These are young pups with old souls, evidenced by the clever and thought provoking lyric and topline, floating nicely above seriously cohesive guitar chops. Vampire Weekend and Two Door Cinema come to mind very briefly at times as does throw back artists like Duran Duran and The Fine Young Cannibals. But the similarity ends there.

These guys really know their stuff and it comes across in the way they work together to create what is nothing less than magnificent and nothing short of ingenious. A deep curtsy to the lead singer who’s gravelly tone and vocal range are teaching materials for neophytes. Seems like growl, belt and falsetto are all well within this young bands remit and his vocal riffs are the cherry on top of already decadent cake. Lush!

Be warned – ‘Faded’ has a hook thats going to play in your dreams……’Don’t leave the lights on coz I’m never coming home’? Best breakup line EVA!

Listen to ‘Faded’ by Fellow kids on YouTube and get those ears ready to chomp on candy!

Review by Susan Harriott