Setting down with DownTown Mystic

We’ve been lucky enough to interview DownTown Mystic in April of last year. In the 18 (or so) months since then, what has changed for DownTown Mystic?

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There’s been a lot going on. We’ve recorded a new project called Rock’n’Roll Romantic and I decided to take on social media as a full time job to start promoting it. And when I say full time job, I’m not kidding. I can understand why it’s easier to hire people who do this for a living. But I wanted to be hands on and try it for myself. As an artist it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to just release a full album. Why throw 10-12 songs out there all at once?  Before I release the full Rock’n’Roll Romantic album, I want to build up to the release. Continue reading “Setting down with DownTown Mystic”

Cole Phoenix Interview

How did your latest single, Hello move from initial thought to finished effort?
 
“Hello” is ultimately about the struggle to move on, to start looking again after falling for someone or even something that has proven to be toxic. It’s a survival song heralding a new beginning. That’s why New Year’s Day felt very appropriate for its release – hello 2015!

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Meliya Interview

What’s your story?

“Well, I have been performing in covers and originals bands professionally since I was about 17 and have always loved singing, playing guitar and writing songs. But even though I knew it was my passion, the practical realist in me would tend to create self-sabotage. I would say to myself, I know you love this but you have to be practical, seriously, it’s competitive and these days it seems like everyone wants to be a famous entertainer of some sort. Continue reading “Meliya Interview”

The Conduit Interview

Six is your latest album. How did the release move from initial thought to finished effort? Initially, I wanted to develop a technical and progressive musical project that was still viable enough to resonate well with a large demographic of people. I love heavy metal music, and I want the public to understand this genres sophistication. With this in mind I am discovering formulas to make my original ideas more attainable to people who don’t understand the beauty of technical music. I don’t want to only have appeal to a metal demographic, I want everyone to enjoy The Conduit. When the production of my first EP became finalized, I don’t know if I accomplished this “widely attainable metal” vision as well as I originally intended, but I feel that completing this EP is taking a leap forward in making progressive metal a more secular genre.

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Why is the album called Six? I had my tarot cards read by a clairvoyant numerologist and she said that the The Conduit project would start having a great impact this year because my numerological identity is the number 6, so it places me in this cycle. I also love and worship this number. The Conduit is currently ranked 19th in the RDX metal charts, has been added to 13 fm radio playlists world wide, and it receives more acclaim each day.

What is your favorite composition off of the album? My favorite composition is Intention 2. This song captures a profound assimilation of emotional chemistry through the way the instrumentation is written and performed. My supporters understand that the feelings conveyed through Intention 2 are authentic and genuine. When writing this song I focused intensely on constructing a unique and pure identity. I don’t focus on emulating music that has “worked”. I want to start something brand new, sincere, and significantly influential.

Who has influenced you as a musician? My favorite band right now is Vildhjarta. They have initiated an extremely infectious movement in the djent metal genre with a remarkable chemistry, a heavy attitude, and a more complex identity than any other musician I have heard. These guys are innovative and can unveil some of the darkest aspects of the human psyche if you’re receptive to their music. I also love Between the Buried and Me, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Tesseract, Monuments, and Protest the Hero.

How supportive is the Orlando metal scene? The Orlando metal scene seems to receive this project well. I get many compliments and many critiques but I try to ignore every remark. If metal people love it thats great but I expected that. I don’t need compliments because I want no external influence deviating this movements course. I don’t care for critics unless they’re people who have already achieved in attaining what I am pursuing. Every critic has an idea of how music SHOULD work, so they should go write it themselves. My best supporters are just those who groove to the music and I have many like these nationwide that I am eternally grateful for.

Do you have any particularly interesting stories about your travels as a musician? I just got back home today from traveling with the 95 South group of Orlando, Florida. Be careful to not find yourself in gang territory when you travel to New Orleans, Louisiana. We arrived at a hotel last Saturday with blood stains on the ceiling, holes in the doors, carpet torn up, and SUR 13 painted on all of the walls. We got out of their immediately once we saw people watching us while we stood outside. Apart from that, I performed with my band in a tree house mansion in Boston, Massachusetts where most of our audience was comprised of flower children under the influence of Mollie. I think the venire was called Cloud 9. I don’t think kids should do drugs but I am just glad that they had a good time and didn’t get hurt.

How does a track move from initial thought to finished effort? I devote much of my concentration into a single guitar riff. I probably write 5 or 6 riffs that I enjoy before I start writing guitar harmonies, drums, and bass. Once I have the instrumentation recorded, I write lyrics about things pertaining to altered states of consciousness, demonology, love, hate, and apocalypses. This is usually what my poetic identity alludes to but this is constantly changing. I write melodies in the most captivating way that I can then I have it recorded to the instrumentation. If I like the final product i release it eventually.

Are there any live dates or events that you will be performing to support Six? The band will be officially touring in July. We are still waiting on our agency to know any dates. We will be performing shows locally until then.

What are your plans for the rest of 2014? I want to achieve more acclaim through the radio campaigns, tours, and press releases to provide The Conduit with more viable momentum. The main goal is to just keep writing music for the public to enjoy. I have positive intentions and my only purpose here is to contribute something influential. Maybe the music will inspire engineers, inventors, and charitable causes that change the world for the better.

Do you have anything else to tell NeuFutur readers? Keep it real. Thanks for your support.

Sharp Practise Interview

“Steal With Pride” is your latest album. How did the release move from initial thought to finished effort?

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The initial thought was very much in the mind of Nigel Clothier, our sole songwriter. Nigel wanted to mix sounds that were evocative of the classic albums of the 70s with lyrics about things that are happening right now and wrote about 14 songs which tried to achieve that. Four of those songs got lost along the way, leaving the ten tracks you hear on “Steal With Pride”.

Once the songs were written, Nigel took them to the band to work up from lyrics and chord sequences to performable pieces. At this point our producer, Niall Ladyglove, got involved and started to think about how the songs should sound to capture that 70’s feeling. A fair chunk of the work was trying to capture a more immediate, live sound while still taking advantage of the facilities that the studio offers.

We have our own 24 track set-up, so then it was a process of laying the basic tracks, building up the overdubs and trying out some options to see what works best. Fran Ashcroft masters our material and acts as a mentor to us, and he always throws in some subtle but highly effective suggestions to help capture the right mood or sound quality. We spent a lot of time, for example, picking the right reverb sounds on this album to mimic the less sophisticated spaces that classic albums tended to be recorded in.

Once we were happy with the album we also put a bit of thought and resource into the album sleeve to reflect the musical content, and also to picking the right track (“Hard Heart”) to shoot the first video for.

How does “Steal With Pride” fit into the larger tapestry that is Sharp Practise? How has your style evolved and changed over the period since you first started?

We’d have to say “Steal With Pride” is overall our most rocky and musically simple album to date. Sharp Practise started out as a vehicle for Nigel’s songs and our initial output was quite eclectic. The odd song really rumbled along (for example “Bed of Rhythm” on our second album “Radiocity”) yet we often enjoyed the odd acoustic interlude as well.

With the tightening of belts under the austerity measures in the UK (and elsewhere) we felt it was time to harden our music too. So it was out with the replacement chords in the second repetition of the chorus, the playing with chord extensions and the false intros, and in with the bluesier, more traditionally British rock sound that basically everyone in the band grew up with.

Who is inspiring Sharp Practise right now? Which artists or styles most influence your overall sound?

We’re getting into a bit of a Thin Lizzy phase at the moment and Nigel is beginning to think that the next album might draw on that with some 12/8 time signature songs and some Celtic influences. It won’t be a derivative of course, we have one guitarist and don’t intend to try and mimic the definitive Thin Lizzy twin guitar harmonies!

We’ve always had an influence from The Who (for example check out “Good Speech” on “Steal With Pride”). Our music over the years has tended to start out with one acoustic guitar and voice and then develop into full band arrangements so you’ll probably hear some Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Counting Crows and Crowded House in there somewhere. Having said that, we’ve always rocked a little so there’s some Free and Eric Clapton in the mix too.

What distinguishes the music on Steal With Pride from the rest of the music that listeners hear at the gym, the radio, or the club?

First of all the range of influences – even though we’ve tightened up our range for this album no two songs are in the same style, although they’re all definitely rock tracks. Secondly, there are moments when the music sounds like a car crash in a railway tunnel (check out the solo in “Burnin’ Blood), which is how we think all good rock music should sound. Not everyone has that aspiration! Finally, it’s the world view in the lyrics, which try to tell stories that most people can recognize and hopefully many people can relate to.

What artists have you most liked playing alongside? Can you tell us a particularly interesting live story?

We tend to enjoy playing most with young bands with great potential for which you can easily see a career in the music business opening up. For example, there’s a group in Bristol in England called Wolfhound that we played with on our recent UK tour who have talent, great songs and the whole package that should take them a very long way indeed.

We guess our most famous live story concerns a gig where our road manager complimented us afterwards on our professionalism. Of course, when you’re on stage you can’t see a thing because of the lights, so we carried on playing normally only to be told afterwards that a rather attractive young woman had spent most of the show flashing her bare chest at our guitarist!

What has provided more of your fans – Facebook / Instragram / Twitter or traditional word of mouth?

We’d have to say traditional word of mouth – we do occasionally tweet and we’ve just started a Facebook page but most of our internet presence has been through our website.

How should people find your music and the latest news about yourself?

The best place to find our music is to look for Sharp Practise on the CD Baby website – all our stuff is available there either as single song downloads or as physical CDs. The best place to get our latest news is our website at www.sharppractise.com and we’re always keen for people to get in touch directly with us via admin@sharppractise.com. We don’t bite, we do reply to every message and we don’t add anyone to a mailing list unless they specifically ask for that, so you won’t get loads of spam from us if you do e-mail us!

Do you have any thoughts for our readers at NeuFutur?

Just that music is a wide palette, so whether you listen, write, perform or critique there’s a place for you, and a place for all sorts of music. Not all music will be to your taste, and some can be very hard to listen to for any length of time, but if it’s made honestly and tries to communicate what’s in the musician’s hearts then it should have an audience, no matter how small or how vast.

Seconds Before Landing Interview

What specific forces facilitated the creation of Seconds Before Landing?
I had just finished up a project that I had created, called “Mister C’s Beginning Drums.  I, of course being Mister C.
I love what I do so much, I wanted to be able to share some of my enthusiasm with kids.  I created an audio book, and also a Cd Rom, that went over wonderfully.
Once I finished with that, my plan was to go back into my studio and begin writing music for a new album.
I wrote a few tracks, and they sounded really good, but I wasn’t satisfied with the direction they were headed.
Every night I would go home, listen to the tracks and say to myself, “this isn’t me anymore”.   I have more to say now, and these songs are simply not saying it.
After some soul searching, I decided to write an albums worth of material that only mattered to me.
An album that said everything that was on my mind, and that created the ambience and the sounds that were in my head.
The Great Deception is the result.
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How does a track move from initial thought to finished effort?
Keeping in mind, I write completely alone, I spent about 2 years in the studio working 6 days a week.
I began experimenting with sounds, loops, midi keys, you name it.
I tapped on pots and pans, used wind chimes from the backyard….anything I could get my hands on, I recorded and then manipulated the sounds to suit me.
As i did that, my vision on what I wanted to say, and how I wanted to say it became clearer and clearer.
I was beginning to reinvent myself, from a drummer/percussionist, to a composer.
Once I was comfortable, the next step was me creating and recording all of the principal tracks by myself….After that,  I reached out to some wonderful musician friends of mine, who fortunately said yes when I asked them to contribute.
Once their parts were added, I had a nice conversation with Andy Jackson from Pink Floyd fame.  I explained to him my ideas and direction I was heading, and he agreed to master it for me.
I sent all of the files overseas, and after 3 tries, “we” (Andy and I) decided it was ready for release.
I was truly blessed to have some of the finest talent on the planet involved with me on this project.
What artists and styles most influence the band’s overall sound?
 
Well, reviewers/critics have said that this album has elements of Pink Floyd, a touch of King Crimson, and maybe a few others.
If possible, I both agree, AND disagree with that……
Which musicians (living or deceased) would you most like to play with?
 
Well, keeping in mind that I am a drummer, as a kid, I was hugely influenced by Carmine Appice, and Tim Bogert when they played together in their band Cactus.
Fortunately I have been able to tell personally them both how I would sit on the floor in front of my parents big box stereo that had  a single 15 inch speaker, and blast One Way Or Another, over and over and over again.
It’s interesting how life works too…….. Years later, Carmine is sitting at my Mom and Dads kitchen table, having breakfast and listening to me ramble about how much I loved him and Tim.
It was one of the greatest moments of my life, and I truly owe it all to Carmines late mom Mary for helping make that happen.
Thankfully for Tim, when I was able to tell him of his influence, I toned it down a bit 🙂
To really answer your question correctly though, I would have LOVED to play with the original “Funk Brothers”.   Although I am a so called progressive rock guy, my heart truly lies with all of the old music of Motown, Stax, Chess, and the like.
In my opinion, they created the best “groove” music ever.
And, had I been able to, I would have loved to sit beside the late great Joe Morello, just hoping that a speck of his greatness would have somehow attached itself to me.
Listen, there are MANY others who I would love to play with, but the list would be too long for here.
For those that do not know SBL, which one track would you have a potential fan listen to? What does that song say about the band?
 
Boy, thats a tough one.
I am going to choose “Solitary Man”, and here is why.
When I wrote this one,  I became so lost in this character, that I frightened myself a little bit.
I felt the loneliness, the despair, and the complete isolation of this guy.
I keep the studio dark when I am working.  Too dark some say.
For x amount of moments, i “was” this guy, and it was very hard to resume my day after going that deep inside this character.
And then, when Steve Schuffert added his lead guitar, it really was a moment for me.
Tell us more about the recording process for The Great Deception. How long did it take to completely lay down the album, and how was the dynamic between the members of the band?
 
Well, my process goes something like this.
I get to the studio by about 11 a.m. each day.   I turn all the equipment on, and just sit there for a few minutes gathering my thoughts.
Then, I say a prayer and begin.
I have an idea where I am heading most of the time, but if I am working on music, and a lyric pops into my head, I immediately stop what I am doing and write it down.
That lyric may change the entire tone and tenor of the day for me.   Without sounding too “hippie-ish, I am all about going with the flow of things.
Once I create all my parts, I usually lay down a scratch vocal, and then present it to whomever I am going to have play on it with me.
All of the guys I have are so talented in their own right,  after just talking a bit, they understand what I am looking for, and their parts(s) are then recorded.
Once all of the music is recorded and in place, I go back and re record my vocal track, and then after that, I begin the mixdown process.
If something needs added, its added.  If something needs subtracted, its subtracted.
Once I get it “close” I send it to Andy.  He works his magic, and then sends it back to me to listen to.
Its at that point, all of the “tweaking” begins.   More reverb on guitar, turn the bass up a bit, etc etc.
I have learned a ton from Andy just by him being patient with me.  I am very appreciative.
What are your most memorable experiences as a band, either live or in the studio?
 
I would say having Trey Gunn from King Crimson, and Tim Bogert from Beck Bogert & Appice, Cactus etc, say “yes” when I asked them to play on this album with us.
Inside I am still a 12 year old boy.  I am  huge fan of both of these guys, and having them play on music that I have written….having them help shape the sound and direction on a specific track has been very gratifying for me.
Also, i really feel the need to thank my core group of players here as well.
Maurice Witkowski who plays Acoustic Guitar & Rhythm Guitar on the tracks,  as well as Lead Guitar on “They’re All Around You”
Steve Schuffert, who plays all of the remaining Lead Guitar parts.
J.D. Garrison, one of the baddest bass players on the planet.
And last but certainly not least, my 2 amazingly talented background vocalists, Vanessa Campagna, and Carrie Marie Jackson.
Working with these people has been a very memorable experience for me, and I would publicly like to thank them all !
What does Seconds Before Landing contribute to music? How is the music on The Great Deception substantively different from other progressive rock?
 
Another interesting question….
Of course, I hope Seconds Before Landing has created something that the listener will enjoy sonically.
i “highly” recommend listening to this album with a headset on, to experience it the way it is meant to be experienced.
More importantly for me though, I hope that the subject matter and overall theme of this album makes people “think”.
We are living in troubled times.  Volatile times.  And I do not just mean here in America.  I mean worldwide.
You may be surprised how many emails I receive daily now, people telling me how I have said what was in their hearts.
How the music has touched them in some way.
Not just in the states here either……  Russia by far has embraced this album right away.
Places like China, Brazil, Japan, and on and on, have reached out to me by the hundreds, telling me that they understand my message.
I spent a long time alone writing this material.  Truth be told, sometimes you ask yourself at various points, “will people get this” ?   “Will they understand what I am trying to get across here” ?
Thank God for the musicians I worked with on this project.  I could always call them and vent.
Each one always gave me the nudge of support I needed at that time, and I cant thank them enough.
Also, DaraD, Riaan, Boz, Bill Harding, and Patty…….  The project would have never made it to this stage without your support, and I thank you as well.
Thats what we contributed here….. A body of work that tells a story, and sounds sonically great.
What does the rest of 2013 hold for you, and how can readers connect with your band and your music?
 
Right now, a conceptual video is being made for the track “Welcome, To The Future”.
 
I received and approved the treatment about a week ago, so production is just beginning.
 
I’m very excited about presenting the music this way.   Assault the senses !!
 
I am already writing for the 2nd Seconds Before Landing album.  It takes me a long time to do it, and do it correctly, so I figured I better get right back to work.’
 
There are no plans to tour this first album.    The production would be so big, and costs so high, that it just isn’t the right thing for us to do right now.
 
The road is in our future, but not till after album 2.
 
For people who would like to connect with us now, we have a variety of ways….
 
 
 
Email @ sblmusic@aol.com    
 
And the music is available @ www.secondsbeforelanding.bandcamp.com     as well as itunes, amazon, cdbaby, and most other digital outlets.
 
We truly appreciate all of the support that has been shown for this album early on.   Thank You !!!     John Crispino.
 
 

DJ Fred Malone Interview

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For over a decade DJ Fred Malone has been playing all type of events, parties, weddings, & clubs, everything you could think of. He started at a very young age and despite adversity & uncertainty in his family life, DJ Fred Malone stayed determined to master his craft. Now, In addition to DeeJaying, he works with underground rappers through his production company to help them get the attention they deserve.

So how did it all begin? What made you want to become a DJ?

I started at a young age, about 12yrs old. I grew up in a tough area with gangs, drive-bys, increasing crime rates and violence. Instead of hanging with the boys after school you could catch me in the basement mixing on the turntables. I had a mentor & teacher named DJ Stormy. I would see how other DJ’s were so into it whenever they were on the turntables, beat mixing, or being a hype man. Also, Seeing people having a good time with the music and the DJ being the main influence of it, made me want to DJ..

In May 2002, at 15 years old I stepped into the booth for the 1st time and ROCKED the show. I loved that feeling of make people have a good time. After the gig people came up to me & asked who I was and said “you rock” “you did your thing boy” and I thought to myself hmm, I might have something going on here.

What’s the best event you’ve played at?

Fuel Cyber Café, it was a very large club & could fit well over 400. It was 2007 and I was 19 at the time. It was a 21 and up club so I was most likely the youngest one there. To this day I remember that because the club was set up to where I could look over every one. And as I played my set I was really going ham on the CDJs, people loved it. After awhile everyone just started chanting my name. It was a great feeling. It seemed like I could make the crowd do whatever. It was like I had them in the palm of my hand. We all had a good time. It stands out to me the most because that felt like the MOMENT that I arrived on the scene in a lot of people’s minds. My name was made that night. I’ve played several clubs in Houston Texas, Night Moves, Club Intense, Magics, & Club Fantasy. I’ve also played in Chicago, and other area’s.. I’ve also played at over 30 weddings and numerous basement parties and halls.

What genres of music do you spin and on what equipment?

I play all kinds of music. From rap, trance, top 40, rock, pop, country, oldies, whatever you ask for I will play. I was always taught the more you play the more venues you can open for.

I use a Numark NS7. I was taught on Vinyl but never really got into it. I always was a CDJ type of dude. My 1st mixer was a Gemini CD dual layer from Radio Shack. I have over 10,000 CD’s and Mp3’s in my repertoire.

How is the DJ scene in your eyes at the moment?

It’s greedy for DJS. It’s like they don’t want to just help the artist anymore. It’s kind of like a rapper gives a tape to a DJ, and then the DJ is firing back saying here, listen to my mix tape as well. I understand everyone needs to get noticed but the thing is as the DJ your job is to let the streets know WHAT’S hot and what’s new.

Are there any DJ’s out there that you respect & would aspire to be compared to?

DJ Scratch, DJ Kid Capri, Jam Master Flex, & DJ Screw to name a few.

Tell us about your Production Business & some of the artists you’ve worked with.

DJ Malone productions, was a DJ service that grew into a full production company. We produce songs, albums, & make beats. We host mix tapes and promote artists. I have a team of guys and we’ve worked with some notables such as F.O.E from Houston TX, & Kroosh from New York. People say “I get a good vibe” coming to DJ Malone Productions. The company serves the cities of Chicago, Kansas City, Houston, and surrounding areas.

How can people check out your skills and connect with you?

My mixtapes are on Coast 2 Coast and can be heard spinning on Urban Indie Radio-L.A. You can catch my Blog talk show “Malone’s Hype Line” Mondays Wednesdays Fridays at 930pm Central @www.blogtalkradio.com/dj_malone . I can also be reached through social networking on twitter@djmalonepro, &, facebook/djmalonepro or my website http://www.dmpproductions.net.

Media Inquiries to URBAN STARZ MEDIA & P.R c/o Lashaun Turner (951) 665-8365

 

Moss Interview

 

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“Moss” CEO of C.U.F Gang Entertainment is a super-charged dynamic Artist/Entrepreneur who has his talented fingers on the pulse of urban entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion. He is CEO of C.U.F GANG Entertainment- which consists of aspiring and established music artists, producers, designers, promoters, models and other professionals. His company has a fashion clothing line in addition to a music division. Moss will be dropping HOBB CITY ( Hustle Or Be Broke) the mix-tape mid June, and a new album “Cash on Delivery” due out later  in 2013.

Tell us about when you first realized you would become an entertainer?

 

When I was 7 years old I played football for the Fort Stewart Cowboys in Georgia. Football was my first love, but it was also when I first became a performer on a stage. The football field was my first stage. It was in those early moments that I then realized that I could get paid and praised for my talents. I felt that I was the best at what I did and no one could tell me anything different. And just like with my music it came naturally, it was easy.

What makes your music unique and how would you describe your music to listeners?

My music presents the image of a real man, raised by the streets and telling his story. It’s what I like to call “street hop”- part hip-hop but in reality, it is more than hip hop, it is realer than hip hop. It’s for and from the streets.

My music is like an autobiography set to a melody.  Things I saw and did. I came from a broken home, my pops wasn’t always around.  I was raising my younger siblings and being the father. The streets raised me, good and bad, and I learned everything from them. My music reflects that. Listeners can expect to hear this “street hop” reality.

What would you say is your biggest inspiration for being an artist and the entrepreneur that you’ve become?   

In one of my recent songs, “Reflections of a Hustler” I answered that question -I don’t do it for the love, I do it solely for my sons sake. I want to give my sons something to look up to and set a foundation of a strong man as an example for them. To stay out of jail and take a more positive approach at life.

Music is also my therapy. No matter what the situation is and what I’m going thru, I can always find release thru my music.

Who are some of your top musical influences and what artist would you compare yourself to?  

I was raised listening to old Soul and R&B music like the Commodores and Stylistics, Smokey Robinson, Isley Brothers, those artist molded me to LOVE music. Every melody, every lyric, every sho-woop. But as I grew older my attention was grabbed by the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop, Tupac, Jadakiss. And, more recently I’ve been inspired by Pushta T of the Clipse and Joe Buddens. After seeing his TV show I was able to see his life behind his music and that  is someone who I can relate to. What he raps about, I have seen and been there. It is not about what you can see or read about, but it is about what you can relate to. The Jay-Z or Nas lifestyle is not one that I can relate to, but the life of someone like Pusha T, is what I know.

 I saw how Pusha T tried to go mainstream but he was so hood that he could not cross over. If he had changed, he no longer would be true to himself, just as I feel about myself. Even without the money I would still do the same things. Telling my story, the truths, is where my passion lies. He convinced me that he was the same type of man and stayed constant.  I can respect him.

Is there any particular song of yours that really stands out as your personal favorite or most memorable?

“Airplanes”…it is a walk down memory lane, enough to make a grown man cry. It tells the story of when I went and talked to my Pops and spoke to him as a man. Some of the realest emotion I have ever felt but on a track.  “Pops, I am already grown, it’s hard to be like a man that I have never known. It’s hard to change the pic of this man that I have drawn, but I open up my arms like welcome to my home”… The lyrics speak for themselves.

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What are your immediate music career goals?

Right now I’m working on putting out a mix-tape HOBB City that will have alot of my own songs on it.  Later this year I’ll be dropping a full album “Cash on Delivery”. I’m going to flood the people with so much music they have no choice but to listen. Love it or hate it, they will be forced to listen. My only goal is to stay relevant. Get in the game and stay relevant, until I decide that I don’t want to do this anymore.

You’re the CEO of your own company-tell us about the C.U.F Gang Organization and how that relates to your music?

“C.U.F. Gang Entertainment represents a lifestyle of hard work, loyalty and success. As entrepreneurs, we only have one rule to live by….we need our Cash Up Front…and no time later”.

In 2009 me and my partner Shauni Garrett , felt that it was important to create a branding strategy that set ourselves apart from what everyone else is doing. There are a lot of artists that have clothing labels, and, clothing labels that sponsor artists. But we are our own brand. We have taken ourselves and created a visual element that reflects our music and characteristics.  People can check out our gear at www.cge.bigcartel.com

What’s the one thing you want fans to take away from Moss the Artist & CEO of C.U.F Gang Entertainment?

C.U.F Gang is a “Movement”. I represent a team of go-getters who are not stagnant or complacent; we will not stop moving until we reach our goals. We move together, united in loyalty, and we will keep on moving until CUF Gang is a respected and known entity. Me, I will tell you no lies. You can follow me every day in my life and know that I don’t have to be the greatest rapper alive, just the realest.

My music presents the image of a real man, raised by the streets and telling his story…..anything other than that is just speculation.

How can fans connect with you? MEDIA KIT @http://cufgangpr.wix.com/hobbcity www.facebook.com/cufgang     www.instagram.com/cufgang      www.twitter.com/cufgang     www.instagram.com/moss4k   www.cufgangent.com .  For booking  Music Performances, Fashion Shows, or collaborations- Email –shauniis220@me.com or encidoe3@yahoo.com. For media inquiries contact Urban Starz Media & P.R c/o Lashun Turner (951) 665-8365

 

 

 

The Circus In Your Town Interview

Who are you and how long have you been active?

(Tracy) Tracy Dyson Guitarist/vocals, Josh Morgan drums. The Circus In Your Town, has been making music as a band since 2002, and this July will be 11 years.

Who are you listening to right now?

(Josh) Blink 182, Pantera, and The Black Crows (Tracy) Ubik a local Seattle WA. band, Mokshya a band from Flagstaff AZ, and The Color Morale

How does a track move from initial thought to finished effort?

(Josh) It starts as a jam and we molded from there, we spend a lot of time tweaking things and experimenting with parts and sounds, when we feel we have something we record it and take notes as the music listener.

How has your style evolved and changed over the time since you first started? Where do you think that your overall sound will go to in the months and years in the future?

(Tracy) The style in the beginning was straight up rock, than it changed to more noise rock with a solid structure, we really experimented with all different kinds of sounds and styles in the beginning. It’s really hard to pin point on where the sound of the band goes within a time frame, we constantly jump around a lot in the way we write. It is a very in that time and moment style of song writing and right now we are trying the 2 piece band of just guitar and drums with a massive heavy low end sound. In the future maybe adding more members I think a 2nd drummer with a more electronic sound and kit would be cool, but who knows we just go where the music takes us.

What bands would you say are your greatest influences, and how do they factor into your sound?

(Josh) Nirvana, Guns And Roses, The Melvins, Soulfly, Alice In Chains, Tool, Pearl Jam. These bands factor into our sound by their power and emotion that each band put out in their own way, and what we take from those bands and put into our music is the individuality and original concept of being your own band and not the sound our influences.

On any Youtube video, there are countless genres thrown around for any song. How does that help or hurt music and musicians, and what genre(s) would your music fall into?

(Tracy) Youtube has hurt music and helped it mainly by laziness and convenience especially pointed toward the music industry in artist discovery and concerts attendance that I have seen in my opinion, but it also has done amazing things on those same exact notes. For indie artist it opens doors to reaching fans, concert attendance, and music industry discovery. Musicians can show their skills, gear, and put up their own lesson teaching videos. Bands can post music videos, interviews, and live performances in hope of getting some new fans and expand to a bigger audience. The Circus In Your Town genre, as we like to call ourselves experimental hard rock.

How do you feel things are different musically and culturally between Italy and the rest of the world?

(Josh) We really don’t know on what’s going on in the rest of the world musically unless it’s put right in our face by the main stream media. Culturally makes it even harder to compare for me when I’ve never gotten the chance to visit Italy, so I have nothing to compare on. We would love to come visit and play shows to the fans if given the chance in a heartbeat.

We’ve heard and seen some crazy things at performance; what incredible or crazy times have you had on the road?

(Tracy) A funny story we ended up breaking down when we were on tour in Oregon twice. We blew our thermostat going over Grants Pass in Oregon on our way to California. We made it off the freeway and into Heaven and Earth Café parking lot, dropped our trailer and got towed back to the nearest town to get parts for a simple fix. When to the auto parts store and the employee’s had no clue on what a thermostat was. We finely after seven trips in and out of the parts store got the right part and installed it, after install we notice the new replace thermostat gasket the store gave us was the wrong one after we had put it all back together.

They had no more and told us to go to a repair shop up the road that they would have parts, so we when to the shop asked for a new gasket they told us we had blown head gasket, tore out our brand new thermostat destroyed it to remain open in hopes to cool the engine from overheating, so the shop claimed it was not a thermostat issue that we needed to leave the car for a week and them pay $1500.00 to fix a blown head gasket. We said no and left hoping the fix would hold and ended breaking down again down the road from the repair shop so call fix. We ended up cancelling the shows and getting home we found out later it was the thermostat and all we needed was the right thermostat gasket a $3.00 part and we would have been fine, and the shop had slashed our radiator hose the whole trip set us back $2400.00 but it was still fun.

What does the rest of 2013 hold for you, and how can readers connect with you and your music?

(Josh) We are always writing new music, shows and some touring, all in support of our new album Full Spectrum for the rest of 2013, and hopefully at the end of 2014 record and put out another album. Our music is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/thecircusinyourtown, www.thecircusinyourtown.com for Itunes link, facebook page, twitter.com/tciyt, reverbnation.com/thecircusinyourtown,

Are there any other factoids or bits of information about you that Neufutur readers should know about?

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has placed The Circus In Your Town on the Official Ballot for the 2010 Grammy Awards in the following categories:

Category 16 – Best Rock Performance By
A Duo or Group with Vocals
The Circus In Your Town – Never Again
Award goes to Artist: The Circus In Your Town
Ballot Entry # 038

Category 17 – Best Hard Rock Performance
The Circus In Your Town – Induce the Mind
Award goes to Artist: The Circus In Your Town
Ballot Entry # 011

Category 19 – Best Rock Instrumental Performance
The Circus In Your Town – #2
Award goes to Artist: The Circus In Your Town
Ballot Entry # 012

Category 20 – Best Rock Song
The Circus In Your Town – Never Again
Award goes to Songwriters: Tracy Dyson,
Jerry Ithurralde, and Josh Morgan
Ballot Entry # 119

The Circus In Your Town music has been played and continue to be played on radio stations around the world in the USA, Canada, Europe (Greece, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland), UK, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and The Netherlands

 

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