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Tony Valor Interview

Today, we are speaking with Miami-based artist Tony Valor. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Well I’ve been into music since I was a little kid. I would always observe my father when he was working on his projects as early as 3 Years old. I Tried to observe the most I could before getting into the practice of music. I knew since the beginning that this I what I wanted to be. I come from the USA originally but I’ve lived much of my childhood elsewhere. Lived in China for a few years of my childhood and then went back to America.

What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your music?

I like to build my songs from scratch. That includes singing, producing, recording, and sometimes even making the choreographies for that singles music video. When it comes to the producing field of the business I’m not really a fan of samples. And yes it does get difficult and requires patience because good ideas don’t come just like that all the time.  but with the endless effort and countless hours of trial and error you can develop  yourself to be the “sample maker” rather than the sample taker sorta speak. Once you’ve honed that skill you can be unstoppable.

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I’ve started with protools and I will always love & use pro tools. It’s actually a pretty nice studio set we spent a lot of time building it. I was 16 at the time. One of my favorite plugins (programs) I use for sounds and quality is nexus!! I love nexus!! Highly recommended if you’re a music maker!!!

Tell us a bit more about your new single, D’ Nah Nah (Shaky Bum, Bum). There’re a few different versions of it, correct?

Yes there are 3 versions. 2 versions (English/Spanish) with an artist from Romania called Zuka. The third version is with a Philippine group called 4th impact.  My intentions for the listener with this single in particular is to have fun!! It’s a really fun song to jam to, dance to, and you can do pretty much anything else with it LOL;)

How does this song introduce you to listeners that may not be familiar with your music?

I like to think it reaches out to various types of audiences. The song is very culturally oriented. It has a lot of hip-hop, regeton, middle eastern, and pop elements. My intentions not only as an artist but as an entrepreneur is to expand my horizons, grow in every aspect and business venture that comes my way. To me it’s the only way to achieve that “global reach”.

Which artists are the greatest influences for you? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?

The true influence is A lot of oldies!!! For instance, Charlie Parker, Eric Clapton, Metallica, the Beatles, Benny Goodman, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, the police Neil young  etc. I’d love to perform with Justin Timberlake, Katy perry, bad bunny, faruko, The Weeknd, daft punk, future, wiz Khalifa, and Rihanna.

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I love instagram!! That’s where I’m active the most!! The difference is everyone is connected because of the internet. So without question you’ve a better chance at reaching out to many more through technology than doing it in person.

What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

I wouldn’t even know what to expect from myself. We evolve everyday. As far as response is concerned I’ve gained enough notoriety and support to get me to this point in my career. A couple million views on my music videos and more engagement in social media than ever before. I’m great full however never satisfied. Everyday we only progress.

How’s Miami different than New York (e.g. culture, music, life)?

Miami has an extreme urban culture with the current generations. Also it’s  a very different mentality down south compared to up north. The music choice is actually similar in both states. Life in newyork is very fast paced. Down here we don’t have subways and a millions taxis .

What does 2018 hold for your music?

A Tony Valor you haven’t seen before. Many new styles and genres that I’ve adapted to and learned to love! Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers? 

When you fail and it stings, remember it’s not about how hard you can hit it. It’s about how hard you can get hit! Grow from your struggle. If there ain’t no struggle there ain’t no progress!! The struggle is the very thing that lets you see the value in your achievements and molds your thicker skin.

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Lyrikha Interview

Today, we are speaking with Lyrikha (Erica Leonard). Can you give us a little background information about yourself?  How did you get into music?

 

I was told I sang before I talked.   My mother was a great inspiration for me. She sang at home and church played the piano.  Her voice was so power I remember how it radiate our home.  I connected with music at a young age. I sang in church, school and then professionally as a career in music.  It was my calling as a child and needed to be expressed and experience. Continue reading “Lyrikha Interview”

Nipun’s NOOP sits down with us

Today, we are speaking with Nipun from NOOP. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Well I guess my tryst with music started at the age of 6, when i found myself plonking keys on a family friend’s piano. Apparently I was making music, much the the awe of my parents. They saw the spark in me, and put me into piano classes. Over the years, my interest spread as my intrigue with music in general did… I picked up the guitar, bass, drums, mouth organ, flute, xylophone, djembe, and kept the list growing… when I lived in india, I formed a band called public issue, which ended up becoming pretty popular, resulting in a couple of national tours and a lot of awards. I guess that’s what started my professional music career… almost happened joyfully by accident. Music has always been my first love, so everything I’ve done has come purely from a place of joy, which I feel keeps it moving in the right direction Cuz it’s coming from a sacred space.

 

You have just released a single, E-Volve. What all do you do on this track?

With NOOP, I’ve thus far released the single “E-volve”.. there is plenty more to come… I released “E-volve” to see how honest music with no lyrics  would resonate with the world… I think in terms of notes, melodies and chords more than words… so the music kept coming to me…. I decided to experiment with it and it t out to see how people would like it… but it far exceeded expectations!  With over 100,000 views on Facebook and 30,000 views on YouTube within a week of its launch!

For E-volve, after I put the team together, conceptualized, composed, performed guitar, produced, executive produced, mixed, mastered and edited the entire song, and video. Having said that, every element and person that was a part of it was crucial to its success… I’m extremely grateful for the incredibly talented musicians and filmmakers that lent me their skills: Lemuel Clarke on drums, Renny Goh on keys, Gabriel coll on bass, with the help of my incredible co-producer Brittney Grabill, and cinematographer Isiah Taylor.

 

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I wrk primarily from a home studio… so I’ve got a very powerful Mac Pro as my production computer, my midi drum kit to me left, my full range hammer-action keyboard to my right, my guitars and basses on a rack next to the keyboard, a native instruments maschine on my desk, and a behringer mixing board as well… everything runs through my UAD card that is built into my Mac Pro. My main DAW is logic. I find it wonderful as a Composer… very intuitive, easy to use and fluid workflow… I also use a vast library of virtual instruments to do my demos. However once the NOOP track was fully composed, We recorded everything LIVE at blue dream studios, because I really wanted the audio to be live so that it’s as organic as possible!

 

You describe yourself as an instrumental fusion project; which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music?

I really love to listen to a diverse range of music to expand my style. My playlists go from classical eastern and world music, through jazz, hip hop, funk, RnB, Soul, Pop and Progressive Rock.

Some of my main influences to my music would probably be Snarky Puppy, Dirty Loops, Shakti, Emily King, Vulfpeck, Jill Scott, Dixie Dregs, Stevie Wonder, Jordan Rudess, Mateus Asato, Guthrie Govan. As you can see, it’s quite a mixed bag.

 

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I’ve had the most success so far with Facebook. Primarily, because it’s easier for viewers to continue watching your videos while they continue scrolling… This really helps with today’s incredibly low attention span that people have. While it pops up on facebook, people usually don’t have the patience to watch a video for more than 10 seconds…. So having the video go down into a corner, while they continue to scroll, I think is a fantastic feature that facebook allows for. Youtube is still great, but it’s a lot harder to spread.

Social media services are very different from face to face meetings and performances, in the sense that they reach a wider audience, and an audience who’s schedule may not even be accommodating enough to come out to a show. However… I think the two can co-exist beautifully, because once you’ve got a fan online, they’ll go through the trouble of seeing you live, cuz eventually, there is no experience like a live experience.

 

What should listeners expect from your music in the future?

In a nutshell, my listeners should expect the unexpected. I love to let the music just flow, without trapping myself within genres, and specifics. I like to stay modern with my sounds and production, while keeping an extremely organic, musical flow… But then again, since my influences are so widespread, it really depends on what inspires me next… But the common thread, that you’ll find in all my music… is that it’ll be approachable, easy to listen to, smooth, and it’ll take you on a journey.

 

How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

Well,.. it’s only been a couple of days since NOOP’S Single was available online due to some technical glitches, but as of now NOOP’s Single is available online on all the various music platforms (itunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc…) . It’s a niche market, but the market exists, and the fans are loyal. Judging by the response we received during the launch, I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s received on these platforms!

How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music?

The easiest way as of right now is to follow our facebook page www.facebook.com/noopmusicofficial

And our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/noopofficial/

 

What does 2018 hold for your music?

Noop is going to be releasing another 2 singles very soon, after which we will be working on live performances, following which a full-length album will be in the works.

Thank you so much for your time.

My Pleasure

 

 

 

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