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Interview: Grandmastaskunk inspires us all with wizard-like beats

Learning more about the music scene and telling us how it is, Grandmastaskunk sat down with us recently and let us deeper into his vision. We found out more about what it takes to be the best and what the process actually entails.

Thanks for your time Grandmastaskunk. Please tell us readers about the time you first knew you wanted to be a musician.

Grandmastaskunk: I immediately knew I wanted to be a Lyricist/Artist the first time I listened to the late artist Big L’s “98 Freestyle”. He was a truly inspiring artist in my life RIP.

Where in the world do we find you today and what was it like growing up there?

Grandmastaskunk: I am currently on tour but I spend a lot of time in Colorado. Growing up in Texas I had no stability in my earlier years moving back and forth from different cities and states.

What is the production side like and do you enjoy the creation process?

Grandmastaskunk: I personally only use FL (with register key lol) Making beats was very complex at first, but with help from Marvylus, years later I can have a mix done fairly quickly and I love every single second of the creative process.

What was it like working with the Wu-Tang Clan legend Raekwon?

Grandmastaskunk: That show specifically was legendary. LoudLifeCrew brought me out to perform with them and I couldn’t believe I was on the same stage as him, nonetheless in the same room. As a child, I was very much influenced and inspired by Raekwons’ Only Built For Cuban Links and The Purple Tape. Shoutout to Raekwon & SwizZy B.

Who inspires you to be better each day?

Grandmastaskunk: My daughter motivates me to work harder and do better every single day. Aside from that we share the same birthday on October 29th.

Where are some good live music spots to visit when we’re in your local area?

Grandmastaskunk: I would recommend Light Speed Curations, 306 S 25th St, Colorado Springs, CO.

Finally, how would you describe your sound to a music novice?

Grandmastaskunk: Southern Hip-Hop/Rap, Lofi, Trap Metal, Indie Rock, SoundCloud rap, Chopped & Screwed, Scream rap and Experimental.

Tune in deeper on Spotify.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Learn Your Ocean Spell: Arden Snow wants to calm the raging waters on Calypso

Compared to Bowie and lacing our veins with something so natural and soul-healing, Arden Snow shows us the experience needed to lead the world into more acceptable waters on Calypso.

Arden Snow is a Colorado Springs-based indie alternative rock artist, music producer and much-respected multi-instrumentalist who performs with a rare passion.

After perfecting his craft for the last 3-4 years, Arden felt he was ready to start releasing his own music professionally, starting with his debut album, Succubus, which was released on Halloween of 2022.” ~ Arden Snow

Showing us the whispers of the world-class ability which has many enthusiastic for the future, Arden Snow blends in something rather special to witness. He seems to catch all attention rather quickly, just like a real pro who knows where to go.

Calypso from Colorado Springs-based indie alternative rocker Arden Snow is a superb effort from a promising artist who seems to have that extra creative quality needed to find a home in 2023. Each note has been made to perfection and the variety in the melody shall surely warm all cold souls like a welcome heater on a frosty day.

Hear more on Spotify. Check out the vibes on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Isaiah Mclaughlin remembers those sad tears on this important single, ‘As a Parent’

Originally written back in 2016/17, Isaiah Mclaughlin brings us a vital topic of exposing those spineless abusers who put so much strain on a young mind that needs to flourish in only good vibes with ‘As a Parent‘.

Isaiah Mclaughlin is a Colorado Springs, USA-based indie-pop singer-songwriter who has constructed so many versions of this single but has decided that now is the time to finalize proceedings.

As he skillfully conveys those emotions that no one should have to go through when the lights are out and the owls are awake, Isaiah Mclaughlin flicks on the switch to our imagination to show us that many out there have had to go through so much trauma that is often swept under the rug.

On a fast-lit beat that is raised to a level that wakes you up from any previous slumber, we are thrust into a vocally-charged performance that leaves no doubt that this is something real and vital to know about.

As a Parent‘ from Colorado Springs, USA-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Isaiah Mclaughlin is a heartbreaking story about being scolded for no reason on this striking new electro-fused effort. In a world where so much good can be done when teaching the youth – this is a reminder that not is all well – behind those locked doors where evil monsters may roam freely and without anyone to stop them from wreaking torture on innocent souls.

Listen to this honest release on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen