Category Archives: Rap

GET TO KNOW: J Keys

How did you get your initial start in music?

I have lots of friend in the music industry , we always used to make music in our spare time.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

My ultimate aim would be to get my record label as big as SONY or UNIVERSAL.

 

How long have you been writing your own music?

I have been writing my own music all my life.

 

Who are your top three influences and why?

My top 3 influences are : Frank Sinatra, Eminem and bob Marley.

The reason for this is because they all speak from there heart, and they all make great music.

 

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

The main thing i want people to know about my new release is…

everything i do is for my fans, without them me or any other artist is nothing.

And also i wrote this song while i was staying at the MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS.

 

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

 

I’m originally from Essex.

After living in Essex and London my whole life, I have now moved to Bournemouth.

I have a huge line of videos that i have released over the last 5 years.

If you aint already seen them.. Go check them out!

 

Give our readers a roundup of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

www.MoneyMusicGroup.com Is where you can find ALL my songs , Videos plus merchandise .

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GET TO KNOW: Jake Aldridge

How did you get your initial start in music?

I started out when I was 17. My Father passed away when I was 11 and from that point on, I was always searching for a way to express myself and my emotions. Music became like my own therapy and I enjoyed the feeling of being creative. The positive reactions from people who heard my music spurred me on and keeps me going to this day, some 12 years later.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

My ultimate aim? That’s a good one, It’s never been about money for me but I guess my ultimate aim would be to make a living out of my music, even if it was just a small one. This way I could put all of my energy into it. It’s not easy to write and promote new music around a full time job, but i certainly do my best.

How long have you been writing your own music?

I’ve been writing my own music for 12 years. It’s gone quickly too. I’ve always written my own stuff and have never really considered covering other people’s. I enjoy the writing process too much.

Who are your top three influences and why?

My top 3 influences would be 1. Tupac Shakur. His work ethic inspired me and his authenticity did too. He was very much a lyricist and I loved that as well. Number 2 would be probably be Nelly. I love that he can seamlessly combine R&B & Hip-Hop, it’s something i try to do in my music as well. I love that he’s not afraid to sing on his tracks either. Number 3 would probably be Nas. I love how he’s never really steered away from the music and sound that he’s always been known for. He never sold out. His music is real and I admire that so much.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Definitely, my new single is titled ‘Fireman’ and I honestly feel like it’s my best one yet ! It features Lisa Ambrose, who is a singer i’ve always loved and i feel truly honoured to be able to work alongside. The track also features production by Ninety II. He’s a producer from Bristol and he and I have been working together for some time now. We’re like Batman & Robin !! The track is set for release via ITunes, Spotify & Google Play etc on the 7th of April.

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I’m based in Suffolk and to be honest the local scene isn’t really geared up for my kind of my music but i try to get it around as much as i can. i’ve received great support from local people as well as the press here too.

Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

Definitely Lisa Abrose, Steve Moyse, Haleana,  Kelly Jenns and Kelly Brooks. I’ve worked with them all and they are incredible at what they do.

Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

The best place to listen to my music is my website – www.jakealdridge.com you can also sign up for my mailing list and receive some free tracks as well !!

GET TO KNOW: Mike Maro

How did you get your initial start in music?

I remember quite clearly, I was 8 years old when a 16 years old friend of mine was rapping the lyrics to Sisquo’s “Unleash the Dragon” and I was so intrigued by this. From then on, I instantly became attracted to the art of being able to memorise and sing songs. I began my journey by constantly repeating all the songs I liked and buying various lyric books to learn the lyrics to my favourite songs.

Aside from rapping I was especially attracted to my church’s choir and only fully decided to become part of it when a girl I had a crush on was involved. Joining the choir taught me how to sing in a range of notes and gave me the first ears I now have for instrument and voice harmonisation.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

Becoming the best version of me I can possibly be. This makes so much sense to me because I believe once you are your true self, it will be much harder for others to plagiarize your work without sounding unoriginal. I want to set a distinct mark for who Mike Maro is and make it very easy for people who feel the music to understand why they feel that way.

Asides this, my ultimate aim is to be seen as more than a rapper. I try my best to tell stories and say things that are relevant to the world we live in today. In this way I can be a part of helping shape the communities we live in and be a source of hope to my listeners.

Lastly, I want to make music that is timeless and be remembered as someone who overcame circumstances surrounding him and leave a mark that will be untouched through out history.

 

How long have you been writing your own music?

I started writing when I was 11 years old and I’m 23 now, so that is almost 13 years.

 

Who are your top three influences and why?

This is a really hard question because I have so many influences but Tupac Shakur would have to be one of them. This is because of what he stood for as an artist and how potent his work is till today. He spoke about things we still can’t fail to mention today and I admire his work ethic and what he was able to accomplish in a matter of 6 years.

Jay Z is a huge influence to me because of how consistent he has been in his career. I respect the fact that he has given kids a vision to see for their selves that no matter what an A&R or Record Label Exec says to you (in terms of not making it), that doesn’t matter because your ambition is greater. The fact that he has given so much back to his community and being able to not get shadowed by  his music alone is something I will always be moved by.

Another one of my influences has to be Drake. I can remember how music was before Drake and that sentence alone is why I respect his influence. The fact that I now know that being your original self is the only right way in this business is because of people like Drake. He was able to move the world simply by putting out what’s real to him out there.

 

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

I actually wrote the lyrics for the song in 2013 and they stuck with me since then so I felt the need to put that into the world. Also, the first part of it is called 0-100, a song originally performed by Drake. You can find a link to this on my soundcloud.

 

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I am currently living in Bromley. I am quite new here so am still exploring the scene. However, I tend to branch out to East Croydon, Hoodoos venue in particular. I like that spot because I get to watch live music from different genres such as rock, folk, jazz etc. as well as be a part of the performing artists there.

 

Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

From the people I have had the chance to work with or be around (From Nottingham) – I’ll recommend Mr Virgo who is a DJ and produces bassline beats. He has just dropped an EP titled “Bits”.

A really cool rapper to listen to is Tey Chaplin – you can find his project “Die Hard” on soundcloud.

Also another dope MC is Snowy from Nottingham.

 

Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

I am currently using my YouTube channel and Soundcloud as my major outlets for the music I am making. You can also stay updated on various projects I am working on by following my social media pages.

The Unique Sound of the Nova Twins

The music of the Nova Twins is the kind of music that slaps you in the face when you first listen to it, leaving you wondering what just happened.

Whilst ‘Hitlist’ might be considered an assault on the ears, its a pleasing assault, if there’s such a thing. The London based duo create powerful punk-infused rock that draws eually as much influence from grime and rap too. A potent combination I think you’ll find.

Heavy basslines akin to Royal Blood and Slaves blend with attitude-injected vocals not dissimilar from the likes of Sleigh Bells which consequently create a sound like no other heard before.

The band note ‘We don’t call ourselves rock or grime. It’s the 21st century, everyone’s mutating now. Girls who listen to pop music will have ripped jeans on. We’re a 21st century band,’.

It seems with their unique brand of music, the Nova Twins are bringing along a new era where anything goes.

Introducing Mr Ekow…

 

1. How did you get your initial start in music?

As a teenager growing up in the early 2000s, grime was a massive influence for me. At the time most of my friends had at least one verse to drop whenever the time called so it was kind of just a natural thing for me to get involved. It’s funny now with the resurgence of grime because my current style doesn’t really reflect that. I never really took music seriously, until I met another kid my age at church who rapped too. We formed a group and did a few shows in our late teens. Fast forward a few years when I started messing around with solo stuff and here we are today!

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I’d love to be able to say I have a grand plan to “revolutionise the game” but really I just want to add to the wide tapestry that is the worldwide music scene. I believe I have an interesting and unique perspective to offer so I just want to put that out there for people to digest. Ultimately my aim is to use music to help change people’s lives, both through the music itself and by developing a platform through which I can act on a larger scale.

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

Well if we’re going back to those early grime days, then for about 12 years haha. In terms of a conscious effort to make music as a solo artist then it’s been about 3-4 years.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

Super tough question! I’m sure my answer would change on any given day…

One of my favourite rappers of all time is André 3000. It’s funny because when I say that a lot of people are confused and ask “the Hey Ya guy?”. However anyone clued up on Hip Hop knows the guy is an absolute beast on the mic and his back catalogue more than confirms that. Past his technical ability in rhyming and his willingness to go completely left, he always manages to make whatever he’s saying unique. It’s something I try to emulate in my writing – what’s the most interesting way I can say this?

Secondly, I’ll go for Sufjan Stevens. I caught on to him quite late into his career but I think what initially struck me about him was the beauty, honesty and imagery in his music. He’s able to say the most powerful things in a really concise way and that’s something I’m trying to do more. It’s funny as a rapper because sometimes I feel I’m almost saying too much, when actually there could be a really quick way to sum up a single thought, that the listener can then unpack for themselves.

Lastly I’ll say Israel Houghton. Growing up in Church, I heard a lot of his songs performed by the worship band and that had a massive role in my faith growing up. Not only that, he was one of the first artists who I really sat down and tuned into musically. Gospel music as a genre is full of awesome “did you hear that?!” moments and I think that’s something which really helped develop my love of my music.

5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

I had a lot of fun making ‘Liberate’ and hopefully you hear that in the track. When people hear it  I want them to groove along and then actually take time to listen to the lyrics. I feel like freedom is one of those instinctual things that we all long for. Even if you don’t agree with where I think that freedom can be found. I hope the song can at least help you avoid some pitfalls in pursuit of it.

6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I’m born and raised in Croydon. I spent a few years out for uni but soon returned after. I’m actually trying to make more of a conscious effort to be fully involved with everything that’s going on round here because with central London just on our doorstep there’s a temptation to see other places as more ‘popping’ or whatever. There are some great regular events in Croydon that I enjoy – Beats and Eats often has a cool blend of artists as do Live & Unplugged and Hoodoos. With the Westfield coming in soon, it will be interesting to see what affect that has on the music scene going forward. Hopefully it’s a positive one! To zoom out a bit, I think the south as a whole has a lot of cool stuff going on – Jacob’s Rock, the Space Rhyme Continuum with Sumo Chief, and Steez are just a few of my other favourite music nights, south of the river.

7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

I think one of my favourite acts to come out of Croydon in the last few years is ‘Hawk House’. They have a real soulful Hip Hop sound while also not being afraid to experiment. There’s ‘Abimaro & The Free’ who offer some beautiful soul music. Eerf Evil is another rapper from the area who is putting out some really socially relevant content. I know I’m going to get in trouble for not mentioning people, but there really is too many to mention! If you ever want some more artists to check out, feel free to get in touch online.

8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

Yeah, you can find me on most platforms:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrchrisekow

Twitter: www.twitter.com/mrchrisekow

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrchrisekow

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/mrchrisekow

BandCamp: www.bandcamp.com/mrchrisekow

(when in doubt, just google Mr Ekow ha)