IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – SPLITTING IMAGE – ILLINOIS’ HOTTEST STAR!
Mar 2013 06

Splitting ImageIAA:  What is your music background?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  Our music background began in our childhood. We grew up listening to music by great artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Beyonce. As children, we would make up songs and beats for them. As we grew older, we began to find unique ways to hone our craft. Leshai, the singer of Splitting Image, began to cover songs by our influences to find her voice and her sound. As producers, Hood Angel and I began to practice making beats by using a music production program called Ableton Live to perfect our sound and learn how to become better producers.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  We really want to use music as an outlet to speak about our past experiences and give our fans something they can relate to. With our beats, we tell a story that is unspoken. We tell stories through instruments the same way a poet would with words. Leshai brings the emotional aspect to the music by singing about love, heartbreak, and just having fun.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  The songs that we make are about life. What we have experienced is a big part of the songs we create. We usually come up with a concept and build on it. For instance, if Leshai comes up with a melody or song title that we all like, we immediately dive in and try to develop a sound that will bring out that concept. We put a lot of our own thoughts and feelings into our music.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed toward?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  As producers, most of our fan base consists of unsigned hip-hop artists looking for beats that will bring out the message of their song or image. The artists are usually looking for a hot beat that sounds like what you hear on the radio, but is also unique.  Leshai’s fans are mostly young men and women between the ages of 18-30 in all areas of the world from the US to India.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

SPLITTING IMAGE:   We have been influenced by Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott and Timbaland.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  Our music can be described as something different and unique. While we try to make music that can be played on the radio, we do not always look to the latest trend when making a song. We go for what sounds good, and what feels right to us. We stay true to our music, so the best description for our music is that it is 100% original.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  We stand out by being three sisters with three separate talents and personalities that merge together to create a musical force. We are all years apart, I am 23, Leshai is 17, and Hood Angel is 14. We also write, record, compose, and produce all of our own music.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  We are currently working on Leshai’s sophomore album and working on new hip-hop and r&b beats to put our for our fans. We are hoping to release Leshai’s album this spring.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  Even though we all have our own individual goals, one common long term goal we all have is to become a prominent force in the music industry. We want to build a legacy through music, but also make a name for ourselves in the television and film industry.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

SPLITTING IMAGE:  Fans can listen to our beats on reverbnation.com/splittingimageproductions, follow us on twitter @ImageBeats, and like us on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Splitting-Image-Productions/471564112874893

Leshai’s music and videos can be found on reverbnation.com/leshai, YouTube.com/bsosweet18, and on her facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leshai/226256030739750

 

 

 

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – SAY LAH VEE – ILLINOIS’ HOTTEST STAR!
Mar 2013 05

saylahveeIAA:  What is your music background?

SAY LAH VEE:  I come from a musical family.  My grandparents toured the Midwest as a country-western band.  My uncles then made careers in music, one selling songs he had written in Memphis, TN until his death.  Myself, I tried singing as a child and was told every time that I was tone-deaf, and would never be able to sing.  After hearing that enough times, and still feeling the need to make music, at the age of twelve I ended up taking money from a small savings account my parents had set up for me to buy my first guitar.  That’s where it began.  For the next 5-6 years, I continued to play rhythm guitar in a band consisting of my brother, and cousin.  Due to the moving around as a child I was separated from my cousin and the band for 50 out of the 52 weeks of the year, so what it was eventually died.  After the end of that I took up solo acoustic playing, and upon getting asked “Why can’t you sing your own songs?” after sharing one of my projects, I devoted most of my music time to vocals, and never looked back.  Sometime after, I landed the front man gig for a small time metal band called WreckLoose.  It was fun, but didn’t last long.  I blame musical differences and our own immaturity at the time.  It wasn’t until then, that I reunited with an old friend of mine and got the idea to make a studio and speak our minds in a different way.  I started with a Guitar Hero microphone, nothing else.  But I learned, and I upgraded.  Now 2 years later I have a fully functional vocal studio and music that is actually taken seriously.  In 2012, I really broke out of my shell and began doing shows within the Chicago city limits.  Shows were nothing new to me, as a musician, but they were new to me as a solo artist.  What I took away was priceless. Now I am at better point than I’ve ever been, set to release my next mix-tape.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

SAY LAH VEE:   I started my current endeavor in an attempt to create a form or (Modern) Rap that I enjoyed.  In doing so I was able to make connections finding out that there are others who feel like I do. I personally feel that I have the ability to give certain people something different, in regards to my genre(s).  The eclectic style with the style of lyricism I tend to stick to is different than what’s “out.”

IAA:  What are your songs about?

SAY LAH VEE:  Majority of my music tends to be motivational in some way shape or form.  My main objective is to promote self-worth, confidence, and determination.  A lot of my songs follow a blueprint, as far as lyrics are concerned.  I treat a song like a story, per se.  It must have some form of conflict and resolution.  So more often than not, I tend to have the verses be negative, and the choruses are positive.  A sort of “Rap the bad, Sing the good” formula.  I try at all costs to avoid random lyrics or punch lines that don’t really tie to the songs concept.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

SAY LAH VEE:  My target demographic is mainly in the 18-30 range, and it tends to stand out just a little bit more to the female gender.  The ages can vary, but there are some explicit lyrics in a few of my songs, so I believe 18+ is the best target.  I have also been approached by more seasoned fans telling me my music can even appeal to the older crowd due to the positive nature of my overall messages.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

SAY LAH VEE:  Individual influences are scarce.  I tend to draw influence from song to song, rather than artist to artist.  Although one artist has had a bigger role in just the pure motivation of my music in every stage it was ever in, and that’s Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria.  His creativity knows no bounds.  His skill as both a guitar player and vocalist are unbelievable in their own rights.  The concept to which everything he does pertains to, really takes the “storytelling” aspect to a new level.  Mr. Sanchez has been my biggest influence since I became a fan of Coheed in Middle School.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

SAY LAH VEE:  Different.  I have such strong influences from such a wide variety of artists and genres.  I am consistently trying to find a way to incorporate the different styles of music.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

SAY LAH VEE:  Versatility.  I am able to sing as well as rap and engineer. Being able to record has also seemed to give me a leg up so far.  Similar to the last answer, my ability to  blend and mesh styles sets me apart, in my opinion.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

SAY LAH VEE:  I am currently putting together my next mix-tape “Unfortunate, But Necessary” piece by piece.  I have a few collaboration tracks coming out soon as well.  Up until now my main objective was to focus on my tape and get it finished.  I have only a few songs left to finish up as far as it’s concerned then it’s on to promotion.

IAA:  What are your career goals?  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

SAY LAH VEE:   I am striving to make a name for myself as a unique artist.  A writer with lyrics that can be easily recognized and associated with motivational music. I want to have a voice that can be easily identified. I want to constantly be improving.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you? 

SAY LAH VEE:  As of right now, there are a few ways to access my music.

A few profiles of mine include:

www.soundcloud.com/saylahveemusic

www.reverbnation.com/saylahveemusic

www.facebook.com/saylahveemusic

And for contact:

www.twitter.com/saylahveemusic

www.facebook.com/metalmouthsc

 

 

 

 

 

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – M-DOT- PHILLY’S HOTTEST STAR!
Mar 2013 01

mdot1IAA:  What is your music background?

M-DOT:  I have been rapping as a hobby for years. I have been professionally pursuing rap as a career for about a year now. I have always been a good writer. I have won many poetry contests and essay contests. I transferred my writing skills into songwriting.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

M-DOT:  I want to make music because I love it.  I have experienced a lot in life. I know that my music can make a change in the world. If I can change just one person with the power of music, then my life has a purpose.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

M-DOT:  My songs are about life and my interpretation of past and current events. My songs are about my relationships, family, financial standings, my love of sports and my daily struggle to get closer to God.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

M-DOT:  My music is aimed at hip hop fans of all ages. A pre-teen just starting to develop taste in music to the average listener as well as a true hip hop head who grew listening to Doug E Fresh or Big Daddy Kane can all relate to my music.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

M-DOT:  My father who taught himself to play the piano has influenced me greatly. I am also influenced by my uncle who plays the trombone. Some of my favorite artists are DMX, 50 Cent, Eminem, Michael Jackson, and  Jay-Z.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

M-DOT:  I would describe my music as an inconvenient truth. As an artist I try to have the listener visualize what is being said. There is no sugar coating going on. This is real life. If you’re into that bubble gum rap then I might not be the right artist to listen to.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

M-DOT:  I stand out from other artists because I’m not here to give you glitz and glamour, I’m here to bring back real hip hop. I want people to hear me and say to themselves if he can do it than anyone can do it. I’m here to talk about things that other artists don’t talk about especially in the black community. I’m here to make sure the spirit of hip hop lives on

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

M-DOT:  I am currently working on an upcoming album as well as some music videos.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

M-DOT:  My goal is to bring real hip hop back not this “dumbed down” trash that is out now. I also would like to get into Hollywood doing movies as well as develop other artists. As for where I see myself in 10 years, I see myself bringing in new artists as well as expanding the reach of hip hop worldwide.

 

 

 

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – HOSTYLE GOSPEL – ILLINOIS’ HOTTEST STAR!
Feb 2013 28

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At the intersection of street beats and solid scripture lies Hostyle Gospel: a dynamic Christian hip-hop group merging musical talent with the Word of God to point souls to Christ. With pulse pounding rhythms and raw lyrics, Hostyle Gospel is igniting a fire of passion for the Lord across America.

Though they reference the Gospel as hostile, hostility is merely the method of delivery. Terse messages merge with edgy compilations to lend a sense of urgency to a searching generation. Countering a culture full of distraction and temptation, Hostyle Gospel is wielding the sword of the spirit, opposing Satan’s advances and winning souls for Christ. Armed with the raw energy of their performances and the ammunition of their Faith, Hostyle Gospel is appealing to youth and adults alike. Hostyle Gospel Ministries originated in 2003 from a central Illinois group called The Elite M.O.C. (Men of Christ). After the founders were called to individual ministries,two members, Proverb (Raynard Glass) and King Soloman (Demetrius Morton), began to refine their vision for the group. Big Job (Fontaine Pizza) was added in 2005 as a frontline member, joining them in performances and on recordings. Since 2005 the group has added King Son (Joe Glass), Teckniek (Omari Thomas), Kamikaze (Daniel Enomoto) and Hdavid (Hdavid Garcia), all of which serve in music production, graphic design, and web administration. Currently Hostyle Gospel has completed two albums and three mixtapes. Their latest album entitled Immortal Combat was released January 11, 2011, and is available via iTunes and other online retailers. Physical CD’s are also available at performances, or HG can be contacted directly for personal orders. The ministry continues to grow along with the number of people who have found Christ through the music of Hostyle Gospel.

Hostyle Gospel ministers to todays generation in a way that is both relevant and entertaining. The live shows include a mix of original songs and lyrical, Christ-centered re-mixes of Top 20 hits from major artists. Performances flow more like a worship experience than a concert. The crowd is invited to join in on the praise and to focus on worshipping God. The Gospel is prominent in every aspect of their presentation, whether it be rapping, dancing, or preaching. Hostyle Gospel is ready for expansion. Eventually the group wants to hold youth conferences in which they would teach as well as minister through music, start a clothingline, publish books, and continue to minister the Gospel of Christ in every way possible.

IAA:  What is your music background?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  Hardcore Christian Rap.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  To win souls to God and to make people feel good.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  Taking back music from Satan and getting people crunk about God.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  Our fan base is directed towards troubled youth and Christians.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:   Lecrae, Trip Lee, Thi’sl, DA’ T.R.U.T.H.,

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  Battle music

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  We talked about a fight again Satan. No Christian Rap Artist is talking about killing Satan and his demons.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  Our 4th album entitled “Desperation” and our 5th mix-tape entitled “The Storm”.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:  We plan to be on every Christian station across the globe, we plan to be the face of Christian hip hop and we plan to be on BET, MTV and VH1 in 10 years.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

HOSTYLE GOSPEL:

http://hostylegospel.com/music/

https://soundcloud.com/jsr777

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hostyle-gospel/id271178822

www.rhapsody.com/artist/hostyle-gospel

www.pandora.com/hostyle-gospel/fans

www.amazon.com/Hostyle-Gospel/e/B001LH2JAU

www.reverbnation.com/hostylegospel

 

 

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – SLIM GOODY- CHICAGO’S HOTTEST STAR!
Feb 2013 27

slim-goodyDespite the overabundance of rap artist emerging from the “music city” otherwise known as Atlanta, Georgia, Slim Goody still remains unique. His individuality and artistic mind, raised his popularity over his dirty south competition. Although his music career developed in Atlanta, he was born Randy James Lewis in Chicago, IL on July 20,1984. Making music became an early hobby, and he played piano throughout grade school. By the time he was in high school he had already mastered piano and the snare drum, favoring in the genre of jazz. At age 18, he moved to Atlanta to further his career in music. In 2004, for the first time his Atlanta family learned of his musical talents and began entering him in weekly open mics around south-side Atlanta. His older brother, Derrick Lewis, whom he calls “Pop”, purchased studio equipment so that he could produce and record his own songs. Later, he formed two groups “First Born” then “Goodfellas”, managed by his brother Derrick Lewis.Goody performed at many musical events around Atlanta including the  Atlanta Music Conference and Power Fest. Goody later found his comfort as a solo artist nick-naming himself “Chi-City Rebel”. From 2006-2011, he moved from Chicago to Atlanta to California, to Oklahoma. Goody inherited the respect and different music styles of each area, which only boosted his own creative ideas in music and lyrics. Being independent in thought and action; exhibiting such independence, he titled his first album Maverick. This album, which he also produced, won him more shows, production sells, magazine interviews, radio plays, and distribution opportunities. Maverick includes the  singles Something You Should Know featuring Libido Ink, Rock-n-RollinChi Lights, and Who is She. Slim Goody is currently pushing this album Maverick, touring from state to state, increasing his fan base, and collaborating with major artists. Slim Goody, is patiently awaiting his moment to be claimed as one of  the best musicians, produces,lyricists, artists of his generation.

IAA:  What is your music background?

SLIM GOODY:  My music background comes from being inspired by my father. He was a musician as well, and had a great influenced on me. Jazz and blues was played regularly in my household. When I first move to Atlanta, I decided to become an artist and I incorporated hip hop into my music.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

SLIM GOODY:  I want to record and release my own music because I feel my music and lyrics are worth listening too. My music is relatable to my audience, and I want to put a new sound on the waves. Everybody wants to be accepted for something. Don’t you want to be accepted? Well I do, and this is what I want to be accepted for.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

SLIM GOODY:  My songs are about real life struggles, trying to make it in the music industry. My music is definitely about me, and whatever influences me at the time.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

SLIM GOODY:  My fan base is directed towards independent individuals. People like me, who have been through what I have been through.  My music is for people who are looking for something new, looking for something original and real. My music is for people who like real talent.  I like to refer to my music as “interstate music”. Anytime you are riding, you can bump something from me.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

SLIM GOODY:  I am influence myself. Whatever comes to mind and heart, is what you will hear on a track. Rap artists that influence me would be Twista, Kanye and T.I. Twista was arguably the king of Chi and his fast flow pretty much molded me. Kanye being the heavy hitting producer with the cheap beats in the city has influenced me greatly. T.I. gave me my southern pieces, elegance, class while still keeping it G. Everybody else, I’m aware of. I’m a fan of a few.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

SLIM GOODY:  I would describe my music as hiphop/Indie Rock. Not all of it is outside the commercial canon, but most of it refers to the community of musicians, fans and others that support non-commercial, or independent music.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

SLIM GOODY:  Professionalism is what separates me from other artist. I treat my music like it’s a career. I always take the time to thank the promoter, club owner, sound guy, etc for allowing me to perform while the other artist don’t. I do the homework and tap into experts like IAA to help guide me. I’m unique in as many ways as possible, and work hard at it. I built my brand around it.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?

SLIM GOODY:  I am currently finishing my latest mix tape “Necessary Roughness” set to be released beginning of 2nd quarter. Also, I’m working on my authentic album, for which I haven’t decided on the title yet. I am also working on projects with other artist in Georgia as well.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

SLIM GOODY:  My first career goal is to get established as a artist. Secondly, I would like to have a worldwide fan base and headlining tours. I want to make hip hop/ Indie rock genre more known. I want to sell over 500,000 my 1st album signed. I want to be known as 1 of the top Artist/producers of all time. I also want to work with artists that have influenced me. I plan to stay current for the next 10 years. Winning a Grammy for my 1st album would be sweet. I want to be known as a great producer and already crossed over to movie scores within the next 10 years. The list goes on, I’m a pretty goal oriented person.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

SLIM GOODY:   www.reverbnation.com/chicityrebel www.YouTube.com/slimgoody60644 www.twitter.com/chicityrebel www.Facebook.com/chicityrebel www.soundcloud.com/slim_goody

 

 

 

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