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Kwun Interview: Allowing himself to fully flourish on debut release Supernatural

After impressing us with his epic debut single from October 2022 called Supernatural, Mexico/UK-based creative Kwun takes us deep with the realms of the healing arts and more with such an insightful interview to embrace. Showing us what it’s like to be a music producer and artist, we find a kind soul who just wants to make timeless music.

We appreciate you taking some time out of your busy day to speak with us, Kwun. Firstly, where are you based today and what is the music scene like currently in your local area?

Kwun: It’s a pleasure, I appreciate you taking your time too! So, I’m here in Tulum in Mexico, which is where I live for some of the year. Between here and the UK.

I really don’t know what the music scene is like here, to be honest! I was a healer in a previous profession and still tend to gravitate more towards these kinds of things. Tulum is that sort of place. That said, I have a project on right on now where I’ll be working with some local musicians so will be checking out the scene more to find the right musicians.

What’s it like to be a musician and producer? Do you feel like it’s an advantage or a disadvantage sometimes?

Kwun: That’s a really interesting question, and one that no-one’s ever asked me before! I guess I see it all as part of the same thing, like the whole creative process. The musicianship, the songwriting, the producing. It’s how I’ve always done it. So it’s neither an advantage nor a disadvantage. Though if it had to be one, then I’d go for advantage! I usually have a very clear vision of what I want the song to sound and feel like, and having the skills to see that through is a definite plus.

Though I can see benefits of working with a producer also, for sure. Would totally be up for that, for a future project. It would have to be approached with a completely different mindset though, and would be a different process altogether.

As for disadvantages, it’s has never occurred to me that it has any disadvantages. I work with a bunch of session musicians anyway, so it’s not like I play all the instruments myself. And the session musicians always bring their own flavour and flair and usually something really magical to the mix. Which I love.

In fact with my future single release, ‘Ancient Ageless & True’, I don’t actually play anything on it at all, so I just produce. And I sing. I always say I’m doing karaoke on my own track with this one!

If you met someone who had never listened to music before, how would you describe your creations?

Kwun: Well, they’re a very eclectic bunch of songs with a few rousing instrumentals thrown in. Be prepared to be taken on a journey through sound, textures, beautiful melodies, visiting many different genres on the way. We’ll work our way through from Beatlesque songs, to funk and hard rock, via some Afro-beat inspired grooves and some Jazz. Each track is different from the last, juxtaposed in such a way that will tantalise, intrigue but yet somehow sound familiar and feel like home! Some lyrics will make you think, others might move you to tears, as they have done with some of my friends who’ve heard certain as-yet-to-be-released tracks. The lyrics invoke strong emotions, putting you in touch with your humanity! And many of the tracks are journeys within themselves.

If you were in charge of the music industry for a day, what would you change first and why?

Kwun: I would open up the possibility to take more risks with artists, meaning I’d widen the range of what is let through and marketed in the mainstream. The thing is, people’s music tastes are a lot more eclectic and intelligent than what the industry would sometimes give them credit for. So that’s what I’d change.

Do you have any tips for independent musicians who are new to the game?

Kwun: Well, I’m pretty new to the game myself, but what I’d say is build a really strong team. You’ll need their help! And stay true to what you want to create, try not to be swayed by what you think others want from you. Obviously, an appropriate amount of diplomacy and playing the game is necessary. We’re all doing our job as best we can! But just be true to who you are artistically, and the rest should fall into place.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

Kwun: Well, what comes to mind right now is something my mentor, Francesca de Valance once said. She said to be more expansive and to allow myself to show up as all of me. And to not squeeze myself into a very small box! Words to that effect. It was a permission slip in a way to do more of what I was already doing.

Last of all, where can we see you live next and what goals do you have for 2023?

Kwun: No live plans as yet, I’m afraid, but I’m aiming to shoot a video of a couple of my songs here in Mexico with a live acoustic band. The band will consist of a string quartet and some of the local musicians I mentioned earlier. Not exactly seeing me live in person, I know, but hopefully the next best thing.

For 2023, I’m releasing my debut album, titled ‘Ancient Ageless & True’, after the song I mentioned earlier. There will be a few singles leading up to that, including the title song itself. I will shoot more music videos. I have a few other goals which are in the early stages of planning, so don’t want to say too much yet, but hopefully I’ll be to able to share some exciting news with you all in due course.

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Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Craymo Interview: Leading us into the real story on Love Me Or Leave Me Alone

We sat down with the ultra focused music producer/singer Craymo who shows us deep inside his music career. Currently showering the world with the pulsating new single, Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, we got to know more about sync placements, golf and Elvis.

Well, hello there, Craymo. Thanks so much for your time and we appreciate you chatting with us today about Love Me Or Leave Me Alone and more. First of all, did you dream about being a musician while growing up?

Hi there Llewelyn! Glad to meet you and happy to be chatting with you. Yes, I have always been a dreamer! Being a singer and performer was all I ever wanted to be as far back as I can remember. My earliest memories involve me singing into my Mom’s hairbrush in her dresser mirror all the while dancing and gyrating on my parents’ bed to Beatles and Elvis songs!

You’ve won many awards recently and have had many placements. Tell us more about the exciting progression in your career?

I have been writing songs since high school. I have had a lot of life experiences since then and have written a lot. The more you do something, the better you get at it. My songwriting has reflected the peaks and valleys in my life. I feel I am a much better songwriter now and recently I have been starting to receive praise for my songs. It’s nice to be recognized and acknowledged for my passion in life. I recently won Best Indie EP for “Love Power” and Best Pop Dance Song and Best Dance Music video for “One Love One World (We Are One) Freedom Mix” my song that promotes equality, inclusion, Hope, love, human rights and peace. I believe that we are one human race and we should treat each other with kindness, courtesy and respect. I wrote an anti-bullying song entitled “Be Myself” and a song about suicide prevention awareness entitled “Moment” after my 1st cousin Michael took his own life. I write about things I am passionate about and I am glad other people can relate to them.

Orlando, Florida, is your hometown. Do you spend most of your time there or where do you feel is the best place to find creative energy during these challenging times?

My current hometown is Orlando. I do spend a lot of time here. The creative energy here is very profound. I feel the best times to create are in the silence, the quiet times, meditating. Allowing yourself to tap into the cosmos. Every song I have ever written seems to have come to me from some other place or dimension.

Please let us know more about your golf game. Do you play regularly and what is your handicap?

Ha! My golf game is just for fun! No, I haven’t played in a while. My handicap is probably a fifteen.

What was the vision behind the creation of Love Me Or Leave Me Alone and who is this song for?

Love Me Or Leave Me Alone arose and was written out of angst and frustration over several dysfunctional relationships. We have all been there, the person who wants to spend the rest of your life with you then the next day they, all of a sudden, decide they want to break up! It’s total devastation, and it really messes with your heart and soul. It’s an ultimatum song.

Gaining sync placements is such a key avenue to a better revenue stream. Which platforms have you noticed actually assist you?

Yes, I am trying to focus more on getting sync placements for my music. I have had a lot of success by making personal connections with music supervisors and film makers. I like Music Supervisor.com/We Get Music, Music Xray and Tracks and Fields.

Last of all, do you have any tours or live shows on the horizon?

I don’t have any tours or shows lined up for the new year but “you never know what you least expect the most!” One of my Dad’s favorite sayings! I feel it’s time to perform on television again. The opportunity is knocking!

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Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Dublin’s Jamie Dean eases our busy minds with tranquil masterpiece Alaska

Enhancing our mindsets into a better frame of connection to the earth’s beauty, Jamie Dean is rather special on this soaring new single made with so much love and care towards humanity on Alaska.

Jamie Dean is a Dublin, Ireland-based indie electronic music producer who assembles those exquisite melodies to feel free inside its kind coating.

He plays piano, synths, guitar, bass guitar and drums and has emerged as one of Ireland’s most innovative musical artists and composers.” ~ Jamie Dean

Helping our spirits renew so naturally after so much heartbreak and tragedy, Jamie Dean is the modern day superhero who has just walked rather smartly into our lives. Calm to the core and grabbing us onto a riveting ride to a better place in time, it’s hard not to be completely enticed into this box of relaxation.

Alaska from Dublin, Ireland-based indie electronic music producer Jamie Dean is a simply majestic single with so much elegance and light. Taking us all into the clouds and into happier climates, this is a superb single to swim swiftly into when your soul needs a boost.

When you need to be clear minded again, it’s best to close your eyes and imagine somewhere beautiful.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hold On Me: Gary Mictian longs for that rare moment of body-shuddering love on I’ll Wait

Certain of something which could eventually breeze away into the night sky, Gary Mictian sings with conviction and well-loved kindness and hope with his latest single I’ll Wait.

Gary Mictian is a London, UK-based indie singer-songwriter and music producer who connects electronic pop, dystopian sci-fi and cinematic sound all together like he was born to make music.

Sending us into a romantic flurry of emotions, Gary Mictian can truly rocket into our ears with much excitement because of his hugely likeable music vibration that sends pulses into overdrive.

I’ll Wait from London, UK-based indie pop singer-songwriter/music producer Gary Mictian is a supreme effort of monumental magnitudes. Laced in so much beauty and genuine honesty, this is a fine song to take our hearts into what it takes sometimes for true love to happen.

If you have the perseverance and feel the return energy connection, two souls can be together forever.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

LA-based music professor Poseidon’s Alley intrigues our mind on Haunted

Easing our worries away like a day in the pool soaking those summer rays, Poseidon’s Alley drops a song so sweet it will soothe away all those Haunted dreams which keep on showing up expectedly.

Poseidon’s Alley, aka Tim Herscovitch, is an LA-born music professor and electronic music producer who fuses in lip-licking treats filled to the brim with prog rock, synthwave, and modern jazz.

Drawing inspiration from visual artists, each track functions as a lyric-less canvas that explores memory and seeks to evoke emotion in the listener.” ~ Poseidon’s Alley

Floating rather wonderfully into a universe that needs so much healing, Poseidon’s Alley has released one of the more delightfully tranquil soundtracks to ease all worries away.

Haunted from LA-born music professor and electronic music producer Poseidon’s Alley is the type of song which might make you smile and gaze at those stars tonight. Overflowing with a tranquil ambience to settle all nerves, this is a genuine piece of art that shall transport you into a time machine into a whole new world.

Finding that peace has never been so important.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Walk Alone: dankmt stood his ground on raw new single dead rage

Tearing through the cage and tumbling heartily into the sea to heal all those wounds, dankmt grips us tightly and takes us into a world which so many will truly feel deep inside each carefully created cartilage on dead rage.

dankmt aka D’Monta Markeith Jaleel Evans is an outcast Dallas, Texas-born indie hip hop artist and music producer who shall stimulate every listener with an interwoven blend of incomparable music.

Been through a lot within the last year.” ~ dankmt

Healing through music after the harsh tragedies of recent times, dankmt shall take your emotions through a whirlpool-like galaxy which has so much courage and insightful vividness.

dead rage from Dallas, Texas-born indie hip hop artist/music producer dankmt is an impassioned track which will take you for a ride and scorching heat-filled fire inside our speakers. Packed with such an honest tone and sailing with utmost frequency, this is a raw track to dial up rather loud.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Think Of A Few Things: Skai Pwonmai has got lots of plans on Pikachuu

With a dark and heavy beat to truly get involved inside this piercing sizzler, Skai Pwonmai looks at the honeys and knows exactly what he wants to do next on the vehemently catchy song to dance with all night long called Pikachuu.

Skai Pwonmai is an American music producer, singer-songwriter, rapper, actor, and DJ who grew up on stage and was exposed to music and theater at 6 years old.

He started putting effort into making his first beats and tracks at 13 years old using a PSP given to him by his older sister’s friend and Beaterator – Timbaland’s crossover with Rockstar Games in ’09.” ~ Skai Pwonmai

Formally known as Giavekz, Skai Pwonmai slams into 5th gear and refuses to slow down even for traffic lights on this steaming new song for all the single folks out there in the world.

Pikachuu from American music producer and multi-creative Skai Pwonmai is a slamming hot song which might leave some burns to attend to tomorrow. Rife with intent and showing us it’s best to speak up when you want to be with someone in life.

Listen up to this new single on SoundCloud and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Time Has Come: Queen Lilas urges for the return on the excellent Lamuka

Bringing the world a joyous single which feels like a proposal to humanity that shall be answered, Queen Lilas is in exquisite form with a foot tapping single to get enthusiastic about called Lamuka.

Queen Lilas aka Lilas Lafleur is an award-winning Democratic Republic of the Congo-born indie singer-songwriter, pianist and music producer.

Queen Lilas has had a remarkable musical journey which is still going on. She has won many singing competitions, such as The Jumping Jack (UK) singing competition. Out of 6000 applicants in the UK, Queen Lilas ended up in the top 10 at the final in Coventry.” ~ Queen Lilas showing up how the journey has unfolded so far

Showing all the world class skills that have been gained after learning from the legendary Congolese soukous musician Diblo Dibala aka Machine Gun (speed and skill on the guitar), Queen Lilas has dropped one of the best vocal performances so far in 2022. This is a proper anthem made with so much purpose and passion, leading us to that true meaning of life again.

Lamuka from UK-based indie singer-songwriter Queen Lilas is a natural delight that has been designed with a beautiful glow and will surely leave a smile on many faces. Properly assembled and urging for the hatred to stop, we are entertained by a single that is more than a song.

Showing us that love is actually the answer, this is a rather monumental release made from the heart.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Waiting For Tomorrow: Paul Hand prays for that strength to block those lonely nights away on Mind Give Way

Finding that hard-to-find inner force to move on from the past and those torrid memories, Paul Hand joins paths with the good parts of his soul to see that bright light of progression make everything better again on Mind Give Way.

Paul Hand is a Manchester, UK-based indie singer-songwriter and music producer who performs with a timeless style and keeps it classy throughout.

Pulsating with a catchy energy and filled with so much promise, Paul Hand is in rarified air with a cloud-jumping single about finding that ideal zone to flourish like the birds in the sky. This is a quality listen and is drenched in rather pure vocals to get thrilled about.

Mind Give Way from Manchester, UK-based indie singer-songwriter and music producer Paul Hand is the call to soak into that happy path again and move from the rain-clouds within. Searing with a likeable sound and filled with introspective lyrics, this is a stylish release from a gritty artist who doesn’t know how to give up.

When you get your mind back to the proper place, you can move mountains.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Time Stood Still: Emanuel Harrold feels the love on the superb I Think (feat. Gregory Porter)

I Think (feat. Gregory Porter) by Emanuel Harrold

Knowing that the first impression was so vivid and beautiful for eternity, Emanuel Harrold just wants to hear that special word that shall open up so much happiness on I Think (feat. Gregory Porter).

Emanuel Harrold is a St. Louis, Missouri-based indie jazz drummer, music producer and music writer who creates those clap-loud songs you can’t help but love.

Joining forces so smoothly after touring together, Emanuel Harrold and Gregory Porter show us what that intimate romance should feel like and are rather outstanding on this modern day classic to embrace with.

Hopeful of romance to blossom again, we find a melody so sweet and lyrics so honest, to take us all into that first date scenario when everything is so fondly remembered.

I Think (feat. Gregory Porter) from St. Louis, Missouri-based indie jazz drummer Emanuel Harrold is a lovely song that will get your fingers clicking and those feet stepping rather briskly again. Filled with a peaceful wonder and so much goodness, this is a special song to rejoice with as there is just pure brilliance on offer and incredibly smooth vocals to turn up louder.

When you feel your heart doing backflips, you know that it’s real.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen