IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – YOUNG EILY – CHICAGO’S HOTTEST STAR!
Feb 2013 26

youngeilyIAA:  What is your music background?

YOUNG EILY:  I have been writing on and off for about 10 years now.

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

YOUNG EILY:  I  record and release my own music because I love music. I want to show people that they are not the only ones going through struggles and it’s ok to talk about it.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

YOUNG EILY:  My songs are about my life, my pain, my struggles, my accomplishments. I write about real issues that people can relate too. It is time to go back to being honest with the fans.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

YOUNG EILY:  My music reaches out to all people. I make songs about enjoying life, money, love, the hood, politics, and more.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

YOUNG EILY:  My musical influences are Jay-Z, T.I, Jadakiss, Fabulous, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, and French Montana.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

YOUNG EILY:  My music is inspiring, real, and raw.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

YOUNG EILY:  I stand out because I am always myself. A lot of people are not comfortable in their skin and only do what they are told to do by others. I am a man before anything. The things I talk about will make you respect me.

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

YOUNG EILY:  I am currently working on my street album called, “Show & Prove PT. 2.” That is what I am focusing on right now. I am also working on a few mix-tapes and collabos.

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

YOUNG EILY:  I want to have more than 10 number 1 hits, at least 2 diamond albums, and a world tour. I also want to have endorsement deals, my own label, studio, and a publishing company to show upcoming artists how to promote and market themselves.

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

YOUNG EILY:  My fans can find me on a few sites.

Reverbnation.com/Youngeily

Twitter.com/Youngeily

Myspace.com/1Youngeily

Youtube.com/Youngeily

Soundcloud.com/Youngeily

Linkedin.com/Youngeily

Instagram.com/Youngeily

 

 

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO TO KNOW – D.O.- ILLINOIS’ HOTTEST STAR
Feb 2013 21

DOIAA:  What is your music background?

D.O:  Well, I have been writing since I was 9 years old, but never really was financially stable enough to afford studio time. In December of 2011, I was offered free studio time. Ever since then I have been able to record and pursue my music career the way I want. My fan base has been growing rapidly ever since.

IAA:  What inspired you to pursue music?

D.O:  I just love music all around, in every way. I love giving my fans the music I love to hear. The feedback I receive keeps me pushing out new music. Music is my life, my dream, and my ambition. I will always pursue music despite any obstacles. My biggest inspiration comes from my fans. My fans are my family.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

D.O:  My songs are about different things. I write about what I have experienced in life and what I set out to be in the future. I like to make party music, storytelling music, and anything thrown my way.

IAA:  Do you write your own music?

D.O:  Yes, I write my own music. All around it’s the best part about making it.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

D.O:  My biggest influence would have to be Eminem. I listen to a lot of MGK. He is one of my biggest influences as of now.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

D.O:   I would describe my music in a few different ways. Depending on what I am aiming for, I would say I like to make story telling, lyrical, and party/club music. I like to make music that my fans want to hear. I want to make music that you can feel, relate, and bob your head too.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

D.O:  I believe that no two artists are the same. I have my own flow and personality. I feel that my outlook on music is very different from most peoples. Every song I make I feel like I can do better. I inspiring myself to do better each time, on each track.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on? – D.O:  Currently, I am working on a few singles. I am also working on my second mix-tape that will be titled “Still Breathing”. It’s called “Still Breathing” due to surgery I just recently had on my lung. My lungs  collapsed 3 times and this 3rd time they decided to do surgery. I now have a 95% chance it will never happen again because nothing is guaranteed 100%. Going thru this career of music not letting anything stop me. Music is my passion.

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

D.O:  My career goals are to inspire and change lives through music. I would also love to tour the world. In 10 years, I see myself still making music, inspiring, and changing peoples’ lives.  I would also love to have toured the world and help younger, upcoming artists reach their goals as musicians as well as I can.

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

D.O:  My music can be accessed on many different sites like www.reverbnation.com/dopinker , www.youtube.com/dylanopinker , and www.facebook.com/d.opinker . I can also be contacted by fans at DoMusic100@yahoo.com and www.twitter.com/domusic100.

 

 

 

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW -SHOWTBODE STAKKS- ILLINOIS’ HOTTEST STAR
Feb 2013 20

showtbodestakksIAA:  What is your music background?

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  I just love all genres of music. I am a beat person, if you got a good beat you got my all around attention. I listen to lyrics also.  If you trying to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and all you have is the jelly then it won’t work. So that is what I keep in mind with my music. I want my listeners to have the whole thing and that’s what I like in the artist I listen to.

IAA:  What inspired you to pursue music?

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  The drive for being a musician comes from both sides of my family. Both my grandfathers were musicians. Eddie Lane is my grandfather who had his own band named Phaze 2 . My uncle (his son) is Micheal Lane aka Mico Wave who was signed to Columbia Records. Michael played alongside his brothers Chris Lane and Ricky Lane.  Music  is in my blood. My Inspiration comes from them as we’ll as a lot of other people.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  My songs are about real life situations, experiences, feelings, and problems.

IAA:  Do you write your own music?

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  I write my own music and do most of the recording.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:   I am influenced by Da Brat, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, Mc Lyte, Queen Latifah, LL cool J, Kris’s Kross, and Onyx.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  My music is cocky, explicit, versitile, motivational, and on 100 at all time.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  I stand out because I am a stud an I represent the LGBT community .

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

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  I’ m trying to get my ” Initiate Intimidation” Vol 1, mix-tape done and start selling my clothing line named “KidKand” (kid candy)

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

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:  I see my self 10 years from now with my own label and my team taking over the industry!

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

SHOWTBODE STAKKS:   www.facebook.com/showtbodestakks Reverbnation.com/Showtbodestakks Showtbodestakks@hotmail.com YouTube: Showtbode Stakks(TV) Twitter @stakksknodat

 

 

 

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW -ELLEE VEN – LOS ANGELES’ HOTTEST STAR
Feb 2013 19

elleevenGroovetronics: That’s how electronic/dance act Ellee Ven personifies her musical signature: a fusion of rock, pop, rap and electronica. Somehow, the mesh of seemingly disparate elements unifies for an upbeat ethereal grab bag of tribal beats and treats, accompanied by Ven’s dreamy, girlish vocals, which lie somewhere between Stacey Q and Everything But the Girl’s Tracey Thorn. Seventh full-length CD “Her Wildcat Lovin Majesty”— featuring accompaniment from Antony Lee on guitars, is vast in its stylistic presentation, from the trippy, trance-inspired “Under My Skin” and dark, Depeche Mode-conjuring “Signals” to blippy ‘80’s-reminiscent “What Am I Running From,” rock/rap jam “Next To You” (featuring a rap from Prodéje) and stripped-down acid flashback “Wonder Where These Roads Will Lead.” The common theme throughout is a positive, mood-enhancing flow, suited to Saturday nights in clubland—acknowledged by Ven’s recognition with a nod as Artist of the Year at the 2009 South Bay Music Awards and winner of the 2008 Los Angeles Music Awards’ Electro Pop Artist of the Year. Who needs chemical enhancement? Ellee Ven’s “Majesty” is one fervent elixir.

 

IAA:  What is your music background?

ELLEE VEN:  I am not classically trained though I participated in theater as a child.

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

ELLEE VEN:  Because I feel writing combines my most natural talents and because music is a great unifier.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

ELLEE VEN:  Love, change, growth.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

ELLEE VEN:   Anyone who appreciates the journey more than the destination.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

ELLEE VEN:  Sade, Madonna, Lisa Stansfield, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people ?

ELLEE VEN:   Groovetonics…makes you move, lifts your mood

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist ?

ELLEE VEN:  I don’t write for an audience per say. In fact my music is very much a part of my evolution and reflects the many ways we change personally and professionally.  My fans seem to appreciate that.

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

ELLEE VEN:   GIveintothegroove 2013! It’s an annual charity event we have produced and it combines tons of local talent in the name of local causes.

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

ELLEE VEN: Hopefully producing other events and artists while continuing to write and perform myself.

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

ELLEE VEN:  By visiting www.elleeven.com or emailing giveintothegroove@me.com

 

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – DARIUS COLEMAN- PHILLY’S HOTTEST STAR!
Feb 2013 18

SONY DSCPhiladelphia native Darius Coleman is a phenomenally talented and gifted young man, excelling not only in music, but equally in dance. He is an alumnus of the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia, PA. It is there his natural abilities were nurtured and cultivated, and was the perfect environment for such an artistic and passionate young man. He comes from a family rich in musical heritage and his love for music and singing is intrinsic in his design. Once you’ve heard him you could not easily disagree, he was born to sing! Darius has graced major stages both locally and abroad including the African American Heritage Festival, Settlement School of Music Charity Benefit Concert and the 2012 Philadelphia Comeback. He has also made numerous appearances in the ABC Network Thanksgiving Day and Cherry Blossom Parades. Most recently Darius was named as “Someone to look out for in 2013” by Philadelphia radio station HOT107.9fm. Everywhere he goes he is able to uplift, encourage, and mesmerize all who are present. His sound is rich and warm. His voice resonates with fire and passion and is sure to inspire as he blazes a trail of his own. So get ready for a revolution. The likes of which have not been seen before. If you’ve been waiting for radical change, your wait is over. Darius has the goods and is willing and able to deliver.

IAA:  What is your music background?

DARIUS COLEMAN:  I come from a family that is rich in musical and creative talents. That is where I first became aware of my gift. I was incredibly shy about my voice very early on and didn’t really want others to hear me. As I got older I began singing in the church choir where I gained some confidence. I had not realized that the sound I produced, was actually pleasant for other people to listen to. After that realization singing was like breathing, it just happened naturally. I went on to train at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts where I studied vocal musical and gained the balance of classical technique to combine with the raw passion and emotion of church singing. I have since completed two private vocal coaching studies and continue to learn to master my voice.

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

DARIUS COLEMAN:  I want to be able to empower, encourage, and inspire others to live their dreams and to be courageous enough to look adversity in the face and conquer it. I believe that music is the platform that will allow me to convey this message of hope and I plan to use the platform strategically to do so. Additionally, I love to sing! It wakes me up in the morning and it’s the last thing on my mind before I sleep. Being able to do that everyday and share what and how I feel with others is priceless. There’s nothing else like it!

IAA:  What are your songs about?

DARIUS COLEMAN:  My songs range in subject matter from life experience to having fun however, I prefer writing songs about love and relationship. I have a unique way of expressing myself and I enjoy discussing these topics from my perspective. I love the idea of love and because of that I have a soft spot in my heart for tender love ballads. More than anything, I hope to communicate who I am and how I feel as clearly and concisely as possible through my music.

IAA:   Who is your fan base directed towards?

DARIUS COLEMAN:  My fan base is directed toward females ages 18-40.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

DARIUS COLEMAN:  Some of my musical influences include Kim Burrell, Michael Buble, Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend, Brandy , Tank, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Beyonce and Frank Sinatra.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

DARIUS COLEMAN:  I describe my voice and my music as vocal silk. You can wrap yourself in the warmth and comfort of my smooth, warm tenor voice. While also enjoying the head bopping, finger popping up tempo records. I enjoy music and musicality so you can anticipate warm beds of vocal harmony and raw, authentic emotion.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

DARIUS COLEMAN:  There are a few things that make me a stand out artist. The first is my talent. God gave me a great ability and because I have learned how to manipulate and navigate my voice, I have a wider range of songs that I can sing and multiple vocal options for delivery. I am also a classically trained dancer and I include dance as a part of my stage show which will help to add to the quality of my stage show. Additionally, I possess a strong work ethic which I believe will help to set me apart from others who are trying to achieve the same goals as myself. Finally, I have an unbreakable determination that will push me to succeed . There is no quitting with me; it’s all or nothing.

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

DARIUS COLEMAN:  Right now I am putting the final touches on my forthcoming EP while continuing to write and submit songs to other major artists. I am also booking shows and performing in order to expand my fan base and make more people aware of me and my music!

IAA:  What are your career goals?

DARIUS COLEMAN:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  I have many goals that I intend to realize. I plan to be a household name and to be the face of multiple companies in the way of endorsements. I plan to be a multi-platinum selling artist and to be a record breaking and record setting artist. I intend to pen classic records that people love and respect long after I am gone. I intend to change the perception of male singers in R&B as only being sex symbols who only sing about sex. I want to tell stories with my music and take people on a journey. I plan to have a clothing line of my own and to be the CEO of a multi-billion dollar luxury brand. I plan to collaborate with some of the artists I admire most and inspire the next generation to go for their dreams. I want to make a difference in the world so that when I am gone it will have been a better place because I lived. Within the next decade, I see all of the aforementioned having come to pass!

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

DARIUS COLEMAN:  You can friend me on Facebook: Darius Coleman. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ dariuscoleman_ and subscribe to my youtube channel : youtube.com/dariuscolemanmusic

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