Wednesday

FLYAH INTERVIEW WITH J - Props






J-Props, how long have you been working on music?

I started making beats in 2009, which I don’t do anymore,  and I started rapping in 2011, in which I did not get serious about until this year.

 

 

 

What was it like coming up as a kid in Pittsburgh?

Nothing out of the ordinary. I spent most of my days riding a bicycle, playing video games and engaging in sports at the playground. However, childhood was very tough since I was picked on to extreme levels as a kid.

  

 

I understand you were good at sports, would you say that the music industry is like a verbal version of sports?

 

No. Sports is all about competition. Many artists are not what I would say competing, but trying to get their message out to the world as they hope for success of other artists, along with their own success.

 

 

Have you ever wished to collaborate with any major stars?  Who is your current favorite artist?

 

Yes. Actually, I have a song featuring Killah Priest, on a beat I produced, and a song featuring Rick Ross & Gucci Mane, which on that one, the beat was produced by Maybach Music. Both artist featured tracks were made possible by Anno Domini.


My current favorite artist is Tech N9ne.

 

What was your influence to become a Hip Hop artist?

Writing poetry definitely pushed me to develop my art of music. Combining unique rhyme schemes with the use of poetry and discussion of real life experiences, this is my story.

 

 

So tell us about your music, what projects are you currently working on?

There is never just one set project I am working on at any given time. Creating music is a constant work in progress for me, but I am currently aiming at building a bigger audience.

 

 

What school did you go to for business? 

Bradford Business School.

It was a great experience meeting people with many different backgrounds. I began the development of my marketing skills, enhanced my communication skills to a great degree, and got the chance to create electronic & physical graphic design portfolios.

 

 

Is there any other genre of music you're interested in besides Hip Hop?

Although I am considered a hip hop artist, my music also crosses a variety of other genres in forms of the lyrics I write, in addition to the music itself. My songs touch many forms of Rock, some parts of Alternative, R&B, Soundtrack, even some metal here and there.

 

 

So tell us about your song "Love N Fame", what was the direction and concept for your current project?

I wanted to point out the general aspects of daily life all the way down to the ins and outs of falling in love, and combining that with some discussion of the development of a music career.

 

 

Are there any last remarks?

For any artists out there, go live your dream and never let anyone tell you that it is not possible.

FOLLOW J - Props online at his official website

https://j-props.com/


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Monday

EXCLUSIVE Interview With The Finite Beings


 



Interview Questions Flyah Magazine


With the group name like “The Finite Beings; you seem original and interesting. Can you tell us what's the meaning of the name and what you guys stand for?

Mike: The Finite Beings was a term that Donny and I often heard in a theology study we both attended. It was run by a good friend and pastor that truly played a pivotal role in shaping our view of the world and our human condition as we live out our lives. When it came to deciding on a band name, Donny’s then girlfriend and now wife, mentioned the term “finite.” We loved it because it described who we are as we walk and grow through this life. We are finite beings with a limited view and perspective of something so much bigger than us. I find it to be a very humble name to represent such a big sound with substance. We want to take people on a spiritual journey with our music as we evolve and grow as people and artists. We want the listener to wonder and stir up emotion in them as they take the journey with us; all while pushing the boundaries of thought and musicianship. 

How long have you guys been working on music together?  How did concept come about?

Mike: As mentioned, Donny and I met at a theology study in 2010. So we have been writing music together for about a decade. Our concept came about by wanting to take our classic rock influences and blending them with a fresh contemporary rock sound. All while using a writing style that provokes emotion, thought, imagery, and substance. The addition of Hunter this past year has been a huge blessing and key ingredient in taking our sound to another level. He serves as producer as well as multi instrumentalist. I’m happy to call him our third member.

We always hear issues about bands staying together; what keep you guys on the same page creatively and socially?

Donny: I think It’s important to have a clear vision. Also you need someone to be the leader. Mike and I used to clash more in the beginning before we figured out our roles. Mike is definitely the leader of the Finite Beings, which makes things easier. He drives the vision and purpose of the band. When we write a song, it’s usually Mike’s song. Hunter or I may write chords or a riff to start, but Mike shapes and molds the song in a way that works best with The Finite Beings. I feel I have more freedom and creative input now more than before when Mike wasn’t the official leader. Mike is great at getting us together and pushing us to make the best song we can. I’m very proud of the way we work together now, and glad Hunter has joined us. 

So tell us about your latest album "A Life to Come Renewed"?

Mike: The album was originally written and released in 2014 with the title, A Life to Come. In 2019, we decided to rerelease it with 2 additional tracks that were written after the original release. We felt it really filled out the album and now I can’t imagine those 2 tracks not being there. 

Donny: We felt these songs were of the same essence of the album and fit in perfectly where they were placed. More people have listened to the Renewed version, so I’m glad we made this decision. The album is less of a concept album compared to our first album, but had similar subject matter. It’s all about the human condition.

What's it like in your hometown of New Jersey?How has it influenced your music career?

Mike: That sounds like one of those questions they used to ask the bands from Seattle during the 90s grunge era lol. We all grew up in NJ and love it here. Unfortunately, the rock scene isn’t what it used to be. Now with the pandemic, all shows have really ceased. We are hoping to connect with some local bands and play some shows when things settle. 

Being you have a song called "The Virus", explain the impact of the pandemic on you guys career?

Mike: So when it comes to our new song, The Virus, I had a lot of time to reflect in quarantine. In these very trying times, I felt it on my heart to share my thoughts and emotions in a song. I wanted to be genuine and honest with my fear and doubt, while also expressing my confidence in brighter days to come. This is what ended up coming out. A song that confronts the harsh reality that we are in, but also walking and growing through it with hope. 

If you could create any other genre of music, what would it be? 

Donny: The Finite Beings have a variety of genre influences in our music. I think it would be interesting to hear a country/southern rock centered song/album. Specifically classic country/southern rock. More folk inspired like Neil Young, Jim Croce or John Denver.

Mike: I like Donny’s answer and could def see something cool coming from that. Especially something with a Neil Young vibe! For me, I think it would be cool to experiment with an electronic/industrial sound like a NIN or Depeche Mode. 

Are there any other passions and challenges that help shape your music career?

Mike: A serious challenge that did shape my writing and music, was being diagnosed schizophrenic in my early 20s. Thankfully, I have fully recovered. My journey to recovery and my fascination with the mind are two things I often write about. I like to be imaginative and paint a picture for the listener through my lyrics. All while surrounding it with the intricate atmosphere of our music. I think this combination is what gives us our own unique sound. 

Name some of the Alternative Rock hero’s and people you would like to work with? and Why?

Donny: Alternative Rock is a really interesting genre, kind of all over the place. I’m more influenced by older music and classic rock. However some of my heroes of Alt rock are Elliott Smith, Wilco, Richard Swift, Metric, and Christian Lee Hutson. I’d love to work with Emily Haines from Metric, I think she’s the best songwriter of the last 20 years. Her blend of genres and ability to constantly change every album is way underrated. I think The Finite Beings could make a cool song/album with Emily Haines.

Mike: When it comes to lyrical writing, I have a high regard for Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. The way he imagined and created the album, The Wall, blew me away. It had so much imagery and symbolism; a true work of art. Some bands that influenced and shaped me were: Sound Garden, STP, Deftones, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Pantera, Pink Floyd, Tool, System of a Down, just to name a few. If I had my choice though, I would sit down and write a song with Roger Waters.

What could the fans expect next for the dynamic trio?

Donny: We are working hard on another album. Creativity, we could finish this album by the end of 2020. We have a lot of fresh ideas coming. The material is so different and interesting. I think It’s some of the best work we’ve done. Part of that definitely has to do with Hunter joining the band. He adds another level to our sound.

Mike: I’m very excited to release this new material. I think it holds true to our unique sound, but shows a level of maturity and growth. I also feel that our chemistry between the three of us continues to evolve with every song. I would like to make some music videos for these tracks and one day hopefully perform them live. 

Are there any last remarks?

Mike: Thank you for interviewing us! Look for our new material to be out next year! In the meantime, go to our website www.thefinitebeings.com for information and updates. Also, check out our brand new single, The Virus, which is available on all major sites. 



Saturday

Terrell Moore - The Young Musical Entrepreneur (Exclusive Interview)



CHECK OUT THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FROM PHILADELPHIA’S HIP HOP ARTIST TERRELL MOORE!


How long have you been doing music and where did you first get inspiration for such a craft?

I’ve being doing music since 10 years old but professionally doing music for 5 years now, my inspiration has come from R. Kelly, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Tory Lanz, The baby, Lil baby, Roddy rich, Ti, Young Jeezy, and many more.


Where your from and what’s it like at home?

 I’m from PHILADELPHIA and basically it’s a very though place to live, so if you can make it in Philadelphia then you can make it anywhere!


Beyond music, do you have any other talents or hobbies that you're great at?

 Besides music I love sports and working with my hands .


If you had to describe your music and style, what would be the sum of it all?

 

My music style is very versatile. I use my R&B vocals to help me with my rapping ability they both work hand and hand.


Where do you see yourself in your career in the next 5 years?

 I see myself being a platinum artist and traveling the world. 


How has the new digital music scene affected your music career currently?

 It actually by the grace of god has been well .


So tell us about the Freshmen album!  How was the recording process?

 The process was very smooth and great I actually knock the album out in 1 day .


As a musical artist and producers, what are some of the challenges and goals you're out to reach?

 Well one hard thing is building your fan base and plus doing the promotion on your own , and making the music on your own as well it hard when you don’t have support.


If you could do any other style of music, what would it be?

 Pop or gospel, plus jazz and country.


Any last remarks?

 Shout all to my Philadelphia family shout out to jersey, Delaware, New York , Washington much love and respect.


CHECKOUT HIS MUSIC ON SPOTIFY AND APPLE MUSIC  https://open.spotify.com/album/1XkZiJktvkgGaFUuOAKdRb?si=0pEbUNJ1Rr6qFnFBcfsMIg

https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-freshman/1495350599

CURTIS MOSLEY - "Music and Much More" Exclusive Article!


 



CURTIS MOSLEY - "Music and Much More" Exclusive Article!

 

When they say that every artist is different, people often refer to singers and musicians' styles, genres, and sounds. Sometimes, though, we are lucky enough to encounter those artists that break the limits of a single genre, exploring, evolving, and embracing sonorities that belong to different styles, creating songs for every occasion. Among those, it is rare to find artists who are good at this "excursionary" songwriting, like Curtis Mosley, who has the natural ability to create real masterpieces regardless of the music genres. It takes incredible musical knowledge, excellent songwriting skills, and artistic awareness to be proficient in all styles, and Curtis Mosley stands out of the crowd thanks to his talent! Today we have the great pleasure of diving into the world of this incredible artist, discovering and sharing with you some of his compositions, so sit back and enjoy the journey!

 

Curtis Mosley is a talented artist from Texas. Composer, arranger, songwriter, and much more, Mosley is gifted with vibrant and versatile composition skills that make him confident and incredibly useful in numerous genres such as Country Music, Folk, Christian, Americana, Blues, Pop, R&B, and Gospel, to name a few. His catalog is truly impressive. His discography is a constellation of tracks for every occasion, authentic soundtracks for every moment of our life!

 

Among his latest releases, we can appreciate the exciting "The Original Thanksgiving Song" the exciting rockabilly of the first part of the song and its contagious energy and positive vibes, leave space for the emotional and intense ending of the song, a perfect closure for the track that gives a real celebrative feeling to the whole track. Balanced and modern, the arrangement makes the music flow smoothly from start to finish, a real soundtrack for everyone's holiday time!

 

Spot on the intense Country tracks "The Best Things In Life Aren't Things," "Sunday," and the emotional "I Wish You Could Have Kept Your Blue Eyes on Me." If you are a Blues lover, you will enjoy the inspirational vibes of "Remember Every Bad Day" and the energy of "Let's Just Ride"! Curtis Mosley is a real talent whose explosive creativity will leave a sign in the contemporary music scene thanks to his incredible compositions and genuine and honest style!

 

Check the links below, discover more about Curtis Mosley and his music, and don't forget to add his tracks to your favorite playlists!

http://www.echoesthroughouteternity.com/


Friday

A Talk With VINNE Vidal!


 


WE HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO VINNE VIDAL READ THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BELOW


How long have you been doing music and where did you first get inspiration for such a craft?

I started exploring music when I was 8 yrs old and my momma bought me a little keyboard. I remember shutting myself in my room to try to play songs by ear. I really connected with the idea of being able to replicate a tune, to change it up and add my own twist!

What was it like directing a church choir?

Directing a church choir was an amazing experience because I had the control of the end product. I was able to direct the choir in the melody that I created so it was a dope extension of the compositions I came up with.

Beyond music, do you have any other talents or hobbies that you're great at?

Other than being a musician, I have been an award winning stylist for many years! I love to play billiards and I play premier soccer.

If you had to describe your music and style, what would be the sum of it all?

I would say my music style is classical trap. It's a mix between classical music and trap hip hop.

Where do you see yourself in your career in the next 5 years?

In 5 years I will be producing amazing music with talented artists through my label, Royal Play Records.

How has Covid-19 affected your music career currently?

Covid-19 was a blessing for my music because I was able to zone in without a lot of the daily distractions and I’ve had a lot of studio time.

What was it like moving from Baghdad to Canada?

I was born in Baghdad but moved to Turkey first, living there for 3 years before my family moved to Canada. It’s definitely two different worlds. Things are much easier in Canada and thre is a lot more opportunities.

  

 As a musical artist and producer, what are some of the challenges and goals you're out to reach?

As a musical artist the hardest thing is understanding the music you love to create might not get the best numbers, largest audience and traction while sometimes it’s the least favorite songs that you’ve created that will explode. It’s really about knowing your audience and balancing your creativity and voice with what they love to hear.

If you could do any other style of music, what would it be? Why?

As a pianist, I would love to do classical music as a side genre - dope symphony music!

Any last remarks?

While I have been creating custom beats since I founded Royal Play Records when I was 15, I just this year started releasing my own singles. DIsorder, being released November 8th, is my 19th single. Being an independent artist, CEO of a company and an entrepreneur I am very goal-oriented and focused. I find in this industry and on social media you need to ignore a lot of the noise of others and just remain on your path. Several of my singles talk about this, “Tunnel Vision” and “Hustle Hard” are all about success and the journey to achieve it. I always remember to “watch out for people that are always bragging about who they are, a lion will never have to tell me it’s a lion”.


CHECK OUT HIS MUSIC ON SPOTIFY AND OTHER PLATFORMS 


ILL Delivery releases “Dad”






DAD is a Deep track about the relationships we have with our fathers. Sometimes we look at our Dad’s as if they are super hero’s. The truth is no one is beyond the laws we abide by and we are all subject to flaws!  

NOW AVAILABLE ON ALL STREAMING APPS AND FOR FREE DOWNLOAD HERE


 

Thursday

Albero della Vita is A Big Moment in Music History



Shivan Luca has graced the Flyah Flock with a stupendous album of oneness!  Here what our new creative writer had to say below!


 This is a great album for the rain/snowy winter season. The songs will keep you warm and cozy as you curl up under a blanket or sit dressed head to toe in a sweat suit and fuzzy socks. 

The album moves through different feelings with ease as it reminds us to take risks, love like no one’s watching and keep in touch with those we love. The indie/folk element uses a simple melody to portray varied experiences; from reflection to falling in love, even giving us a song that is reminiscent of one of a past teen romance. It’s sentimental in places and fantastical in others. We are taken on a journey during this album that feels, in parts personal and universal. 

Two songs that stood out were ‘Give Me a Little Time’ and ‘Don’t Go’. The first gave off the sense of a cute falling in love song, while other is a confession to a lover that, honestly has a bit of a jig to it.

There is one song with a video, ‘Too Late’. The song is one that reminds us to take risks and the video manages to capture a world where risks are taken; even small ones. The link to check it out is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D0JyyZwW-k

Shivan Bonanno, known by his artist name, Shivan Luca is a singer/songwriter, producer, performer and molecular neurologist. His debut album, Albero della Vita was released on September 1, 2020 and can be found on several streaming services: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/shivanluca/albero-della-vita. Once you’re finished with the ‘Too Late’ music video, you can check out the other wonderful songs on his YouTube channel or check him out, every Wednesday, at 5 pm PST on Instagram Live. If you’re loving his work so far, don’t worry, his second album, The Mad Hat will be coming in December 2020.

Sunday

CHECK OUT GEM - FLYAH EXLUSIVE INTERVIEW







GEM is to headline the Los Angeles Power Women Summit in December, bringing this new style of medical-music to the masses. She has been able to make use of her time in isolation: perfecting her EP, creating a YouTube channel and working on a plethora of collaborations with other global artists.
The new single, If I’m Honest, is arguably the first of its kind. It has been specifically produced in the key of B. The musical note B is associated with the crown chakra, the 7th chakras in the Buddhist tantric system. Buddhists believe that by listening to music in this key, corresponding to the crown chakra, it can heal and awaken the listener, helping to release stored negative energy and energetic blockages in the body.

WE HAD THE CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH GEM READ WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY!

 

How long have you been doing music and where you find the inspiration?

Music has always been a part of my life, although being visible in the producers chair has been a natural progression over the past 4 years. Releasing my own original music is new this year! 
I am constantly inspired by the universe and all her magic. 


What city do you come from and what's it like back home when you were growing up; do you have family members that were musicians as well?
I grew up on a farm in a place called Mandalong, which is country Australia. There were way more animals than humans! It was a lovely place to grow up. I have a very creative family, lots of musicians. Music has always been at the heart of us.

How did the opportunity to headline the Los Angeles Power Woman Summit arrive?  How exciting is a big event like this?

I am beyond excited to do a set at the power summit and to have my new single If Im Honest featured over the 3 day event. It is very exciting to be infant of high level women from entertainment and technology industries. 


So tell me about this new EP you created; do you have a favorite track or tracks that stand out in this project?

The EP is very special because it is my first original project, it’s always so nerve racking releasing your own music. Like letting little babies out into the world. 
It is very authentic to where I am right now and I feel it incorporates a lot of elements of my personality and life, including the spiritual side which I am excited to bring to the forefront. I have weaved this into the EP through alternate tunings and intentions. 
I believe that intention + frequency = healing and I have really embedded that into the core of this project. 
So as an example, this new song - recorded in B most closely aligned with the crown chakra (the one in your head/ or called the 7th centre) it is used for connecting to the spiritual relm, so you need to surrender and allow yourself to have deep realisations. 
I don’t have a favourite track, they each activate a certain wellness element and are important as a whole.


How did you get introduced to Serge Courtois and Dale Becker?

Both were recommended through networks in LA, I am very honoured to work with them. Huge talents and they bring so much to the project.


Where do you see yourself going in the next 5 to 10 years in the music industry?

I would love to continue working on my own original music and really grow that brand where I could have major guest artists. Collaborate on projects that are close to my heart and continue to blend new age properties into a more modern style of music. Creating a new genre under the new age banner. 

Tell me some ways that Covid-19 has affected your music career; being a electronic beat producer/DJ, do you believe in traditional or innovative?

Covid has been tricky, obviously all gigs were cancelled. I was in Melbourne at the formula 1 ready to perform the after party and was cancelled when I was in the hotel prepping my set 
On the other hand, it has given me the time to really sit alone in the studio and work on my original sound- bring you this new music. 
I miss the collaborations in LA, and look forward to seeing everyone again. 


If you could be doing anything else, what would it be?

I am where I belong right now, doing what I love.. I couldn’t imagine dong anything other than music.

Any last remarks?

Thank you for supporting independent artists - Please hit the little heart to show love on Spotify it really helps.




Wednesday

Michael Coleman Is back with another Anthem!


 

WE HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH MICHAEL COLEMAN, READ WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HIS MUSICAL JOURNEY! 



Michael Coleman, where are you from and what's it like in your hometown and how did you get the nickname "The Metropolitan Cowboy"?

 

I was actually born and raised in San Diego, California.  San Diego is just an awesome town although like everywhere else in California, it costs a fortune to live there.  My nickname, “The Metropolitan Cowboy” actually comes from a television project I was doing a few year’s back. I wrote and produced an adult-oriented sketch comedy show and since I was always dressed with a cowboy hat on and looked metrosexual we decided that should be the name of the show and my brand and I have been called that ever since.

 


How long have you been songwriting and where do you find the inspiration?

 

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, however I didn’t decide to take it seriously until I had a milestone birthday, I won’t tell you which one and it was shortly after that milestone birthday that See Your Shadow was created.

 


What is it like to be the Artistic Director of See Your Shadow Songwriting, is it tough shoes to fill?

 

Oh yes indeed because you are managing so many different moving pieces and parts and still trying to create as well.  I tell my friends I work so much that I literally work in my sleep and that is the truth.  With that said however, I wouldn’t have it any other way because I love to create and that is my passion.

 


In country music, do you like the new innovative sound or more traditional? Please explain

 

I like the stuff I grew up with or the more traditional stuff.  Every now and then one of the newer pieces catch my attention, but what is missing in the newer stuff is the emotion that makes country listeners feel.  I think that is why we were so successful with “I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello” because although it was a modern arrangement, it still packed the one two punch of emotion people were hungry for.


I know you're more than just a songwriter, you also do film making production and photography, give some details of a typical day of creation with Michael Coleman?

 

I am an early riser as I deal a lot with people on the east coast and internationally.  No day is really typical it all just depends on what we have going on at the time.  For example, early in the year before COVID hit we were producing our game show, “Are You Worth a Rug Bun?” which was going to be the mainstay for our newly launched television station and that was in addition to running See Your Shadow, so a typical day was me holding auditions, writing the copy for the game show, shopping for props, rehearsing, etc.


What's it like being an international artist; are the fans highly engaged?

 

It actually is really cool.  When I look at our distribution reports and where our records are trending it is satisfying to know that we have fans all over the world, plus many times international audiences show more love to independents than American audiences.  


Did you ever think that country music was popular in places like South Africa; what was the feeling when you first climbed the charts?

 

That took me totally by surprise.  I had no idea we were even trending there, my publicist had to tell me we were number 1 with “I Will Tell Jesus You Said Hello” and then when we hit number 1 the second time with our follow up, “My Worth” that was just incredible.  Now, we are going for the trifecta with “Christmas on Cellblock 9”.

 

If you could be doing anything else, what would it be?

 

Oh what a good question as I have done practically everything I have wanted to do jobwise, but on my bucket list is to hold public office.  

 

Any Last Remarks?

 

In a year that has been tough on so many and that has been full of so much heartache.  I hope we are able to bring a smile to people’s faces with the latest record, “Christmas on Cellblock 9” 

 

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Oliver Lovekin And Afraaz Mulji Collaborate with Pizzazz








 Q: What city are you from?  What’s it like back home?

A:

Oliver:

I’m from Toronto, Ontario! Here in Toronto unfortunately we’ve just gone back into Stage 2 Covid Re-opening (as of mid October) which means indoor dining has been stopped (which includes indoor shows), gathering sizes have shrunken, and generally, people are once again in ‘stay at home’ mode. 

 

Afraaz:

I am from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Dar is a bustling city on the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is a commercial hub and as such, there are lots of industrial endeavours and activities which take place. However, the pace of life is much slower than Toronto where I currently live. I draw inspiration from the Dhow and Tarab music. My favorite place in Tanzania is Zanzibar's historic Stone Town. Particularly the magnificent doors. 

 

 

Q: How long have you guys known each other and how long have you been a group?

A: 

Both:

We’ve known each other for a little over 3 years now. We actually met in Montreal, playing chess in Café Pi on St. Laurent Blvd. At the time, we were both studying at McGill University. It was before I made the transfer to music full time, when I was studying History and Classics, and Afraaz was studying Composition. After a year, I moved back home to Toronto, and started music full time. When I heard Afraaz was also living in Toronto, we eventually decided to get together and play. The recording we’ve captured is our first time playing ever, and our first time seeing each other in 3 years. 

 

Q: I understand you both are multi-talented artists, what motivates you guys to perform at such high standards?

A:

 

Oliver:

I would say I am very lucky to live in a great creative hub like Toronto. By constantly being surrounded by phenomenal musicians, I would say that the motivation to perform at high standards is thanks to not only my own influences, but also a combination of my peers, as well as the great creative minds on the scene.

 

Afraaz:

My practice draws from the realms of literature, philosophy and spirituality. From Zen Koans to Sufi whirling, from Mughal Gardens and Dancing Fountains, I seek to capture the essence of ineffable beauty and distill it into sound. I am motivated to present and curate sounds that meets the standards of best practice established by the most rigorous methods of my craft. 

 

 

 

 

Q: If you had to describe your music, what would be the sum of it all?

A: 

 

Oliver:

My Music. Period. Ok, just kidding. That’s a really hard question- one reason is because I’m into many different styles, I think it would be better to describe what aspects I look for in music, which would then permeate into the music I enjoy playing.

 

One of the big things I really want is for whatever I’m playing to be ‘in the moment’. Music that allows for things that aren’tprepared to happen. In the vast majority of classical music, pieces are composed with the intent of the composer’s vision to be realized, but less so on the micro level of the individual musician’s creative goals. For what I enjoy doing, as a performer, I prefer to have more say in what I play, so music that has improvisation, from jazz to hard rock, will usually be higher on my list. And there are always exceptions. In some of the most through-composed avantgarde classical pieces, there are open solo sections with tone-rows as reference material. If you don’tknow what that is, no bother. It is just to point out that virtually all music genres have elements of spontaneity, with varying levels. “Free” music, or sometimes dubbed “Free Jazz” arguably has the most spontaneity, since nothing is pre-meditated, and everything is ‘in the moment’. It is perhaps the most honest and transparent insight into a musician’s influences, and their overall sound aesthetic since there are no idiomatic limitations or expectations. 

 

Afraaz:

Music and indeed all the humanistic pursuits are a reflection and embodiment of the inherent Pluralistic, Interdependent and Interwoven natures of our existence. Therefore, I see my practice as a call to acknowledge and embrace the Cosmopolitan Ethic, to celebrate our differences and see them as a source of strength and inspiration, while also acknowledging our commonalities, that is, what makes us human.

 

Q: How was it coming up as a youngster, what big moments shaped your career today?

A:

Oliver:

One of my earliest examples of music I remember was when I was being bathed as an infant. My father would see to it that I was safe and, from nearby, he would be playing his acoustic guitar, playing classic British Invasion era music, like Rain Songor Lola or Over The Hills and Far Away. Seeing a role model like my father playing guitar was a pretty powerful combination, and then when I was in grade 6, it only helped support my pre-teen need to have a cool electric guitar! In high school, I found that the absolute coolest and most high-profile ensemble was the Senior Jazz Big Band. With several of the music staff having gone to jazz school, they would sit in and take a solo, which blew my mind! I felt that even though it was Satin Doll or Shiny Stockings, when they took a solo, it was like a super-power! How did they know what to play, and how did it always sound right? I had to learn more! Over the course of high school I had that chance to play in the Senior Big Band, as well as the Jazz FM91 Big Band, and a few smaller groups. All this made me want to pursue music even more, enjoying not only the study of music, but the camaraderie and collaboration between other bandmates. After applications and transfers, I’m happy to say that I’m doing what I wanted! In music school, studying with like-minded people, and playing shows and collaborations! Itsamazing to think that, just last week, I was in Humber Recording Studios recording on the same acoustic guitar my dad played for me some 18 years ago!

 

Afraaz:

I was fortunate to grow up in a pluralistic society which had influences from many diverse cultures. I had friends from all sorts of backgrounds and ethnicities. As a result, I was exposed to many ways of life and ideologies. From that melting pot, I was able to identify what inspired me and what resonated with my values, thereby creating a hybrid amalgamation of systems of value which have shaped my artistic voice and identity. 

 

I have been fortunate to perform and record at such prestigious venues as Maison Symphonique, Roy Thomson Hall, Four Seasons Center and the Aga Khan Museum. These opportunities have enabled me to play the finest instruments in some of the most remarkable acoustic settings, a privilege I do not take for granted.

 

Q: Are there any notable musicians that influenced you during your upbringing?

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Oliver:

This is going to serve as a list of not only my influences, but if you asked my family, the music I’ve played ad-nauseum: Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis Quintet, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Lorne Lofsky, Ben Monder, Webern, Messiaen, Ligeti, Bartok, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg

 

Afraaz:

An eclectic plethora of artists have shaped my style, from Oscar Peterson and Art Taum to La Monte Young and Samson Young. My influences also include Zakir Hussain, Allan Holdsworth, Cameron Carpenter and Messiaen. My most important influence is, without a doubt; Brian Eno

 

Q: In Jazz music, there's always room for experimental sounds; what are some of the techniques used to expand your boundaries?

A:

Afraaz:

I have studied classical technique and repertoire extensively, while also constantly experimenting with free improvisation, world music and polyrhythms. The resulting sound in distinct and unmistakable, a blend of musical traditions that embraces the distinctive traits and heritages of the sonic worlds I inhabit.

 

Oliver:

To name a few, Twelve-Tone Rows as a source of melodies or harmonies, the Triadic-Chromatic concept (George Garzone), Generic Modality Compression (Tim Miller + Mick Goodrick), Liberated Dissonance (as coined by Dave Liebman), chordal superimposition (on a G- chord, a Bbmaj9/G would give a G-11 sound!), and Pedal-point common-tone modulations with chords bigger than 7 chords (ie: EMaj13 and Bb-Maj9 both share C#/Db and G#/Ab, so, bridging the two very different sounds by said “pedal point common-tone modulation”). 

 

 

 

Q: If there is anything else you could be doing right now, what would it be?

A: 

Afraaz:

Skydiving, Architecture and Gardening. Designing fountains

 

Oliver:

Call me boring, but honestly I’m pretty happy doing what I do! I regret not being able to jam as much with other musicians at this time, due to the covid-19 pandemic, but in this field of study, having time alone at home is invaluable. For me, this is a great time for personal growth and diligent study. All my heroes put in a lot of practice and work before they became as successful and in-demand as they are now. My only hope is that I look back critically on this time and am happy with how I used my time to better myself, and my goals. 

 

Q: How has the pandemic affected your musical process? Has it taken a toll on your career?

A:

Afraaz:

It has caused me to become more introspective, pensive....

The pandemic has certainly taken its toll on my career. From losing gigs to not being able to practice on a pipe organ.

 

Oliver:

Regarding my musical process, the pandemic has allowed me more undisturbed practice time at home, which was an unexpected benefit! On the flip side to that, I’ve had lessexternal influences for a while, which has forced me to think up and develop my own answers and approaches to musical problems. Career wise, unfortunately there was a Musical I was going to be doing session work for, playing in the ‘pit orchestra’. That was cancelled. On the other hand, before we went back to Stage 2 in Toronto, I got the chance to do my first ever residency at a venue, doing a five-week residency at a great whisky bar called the Emmet Ray where I played jazz music on Thursdays in either a Trio or Quartet. The venue had plexiglass screens on the stage, and everybody wore masks, but it was still really funand was livestreamed on Facebook! I also played a livestream show from my home, and am about to record for the second time in 2 weeks in Humber Recording Studios

 

Honestly, you never know what’s going to happen nowadays, but in anticipation of further lockdowns, I have improved my home-recording capabilities, which will help with more from-home livestream shows! 

 

Any last remarks?

Oliver:

The group that Afraaz and I have started is just at the conceptual beginning. With covid limiting gathering sizes, and now indoor shows shut down for the foreseeable future, we will resort to home-livestreams, composing, and recording. We’ve been considering the addition of a bassist, and perhaps a drummer too. Beyond quartet, we are both excited to use this group as a vehicle for experimentation, and have already spoken about projects that could see this group doing performances alongside art gallery exhibits, write music for a larger, chamber ensemble, or even orchestral works. The sky’s the limit, but the founding principles of openness, spontaneity, and a mutual affinity for experimental music, jazz, classical, ambient, and rock will still be the strong bedrock that we create from. 

Afraaz:

Cadences by Afraaz Mulji

 

Windows open wide,

To embrace the cadences of my heart.

cherish each sound, moments...Eons...

You are my Muse,

You are my Music...