Exclusive Interview with Larry Taylor






So tell us about your project!  What is the concept behind your project and the message that it conveys?


My latest project, "Signs And Wonders", is a Christian rock opera based on the first five chapters of the biblical book of Acts. The message it conveys is the story of the start of the Christian church, picking up where my previous project, "He Is Risen - A Rock Opera", ended. I grew up in the 1970s when the first rock operas such as "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Tommy", and "Quadraphenia" were released. I would spend hours listening to each one, with the headphones turned up and the libretto (lyrics) in front of me to follow the action. I wanted to create projects in a similar musical style, but with the story based on scripture.


Do you find yourself growing as a recording artist? Explain


Yes, I think I am growing a bit as a recording artist. This growth comes from continuing to improve my guitar playing, and in learning to use the many great software tools for music production that are available to an independent artist.


What's the best thing that has happened to you musically in the recent time?


I would have to say finishing this album project is the most recent best thing for me. There is a significant sense of achievement once you hear the final mix that makes all of the hard work worthwhile.


Suppose if there's another path for you besides music, what would it be?


Actually, music has always been my second path. My primary career was as a software engineer. There is a lot of synergy between engineering and music, and my technical background is quite useful during the recording process.


Would you like to have a dream collaboration, if so who would it be with?


No particular person comes to mind, but I am always open to collaborating with any talented Christian artist with a good voice. 


Do you feel that your genre of music has a step of evolution to reach?


My music is part of the Christian music genre, which is always evolving. There are so many subgenres: Praise and Worship, Gospel (Southern, Urban, Traditional, etc.), Pop, Adult Contemporary, Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Metal, Blues, Bluegrass, etc. As long as there are new musical ways of expression, Christian music can use them to glorify God.


Where in years to come do you see your legacy being forged?


If I leave any legacy, it would be to change lives through my music by encouraging listeners to look into their need for Jesus.


How do you manage to keep a creative mind in making music?


I try to do simple things like jotting down possible song titles or recording interesting musical phrases so I can have a reservoir of ideas to develop.


Any last remarks?


Thank you very much for this opportunity to be interviewed and answer a few questions about my music.



https://www.larrymtaylor.com/


Exclusive Interview with music Artist Chanidu



 

Chanidu


Where are you from and could you tell us a little bit of your upbringing?


My name is Chinedu Nwaziri  a.k.a. CHANIDU as my artist name.

     I am originally from Imo State, Nigeria in West Africa. I am just one of ten children of my parents.

My parents put ten of us through college. I mean we grew up average middle class riding on the shoulders of Almighty God alone.

     


What genre of music do you make and when did you first decide to be a musician?


I would say multi-genre, a little bit of this and that. Listening to my music, you can hear a little bit of Country, Pop and Rock blends. more like a Modern Alternative rock artist. Whenever you hear more pop dance beats, that is experimental , just to see if people like that.

     Obviously there is not one artist who decided to become a musician. It comes naturally, you are either an instrumentalist, a songwriter or a singer, any of these can cause you to become a musician.

There is no set time to manifest your talent, you can start at young age through old age and by the way there is no age limit in making music as long as you are physically and mentally capable.



Who are some of the notable artists and people that influenced your career thus far? 

Every musician from the seventies to present has had some influence on me. The two Country legends who had the most impact on me are Dolly Parton and Don Williams, just the way they write with sentiments. In Rock music I would say the Simple Minds and Candlebox rock band. In pop-rock music , the beatles.


Could you tell us about your latest projects and its direction?


Currently I'm working on an EP for this year but I also have another single due to release this month.

The title is "What's love without you".


What should we expect from you in the near future?


In the near future I want to get more people listening to my music, visiting and interacting with me on my website at Chanidumusic.com , and on all social media platforms including Spotify and Apple Music.




Could you give us some advice that you can offer to someone who is just getting started in making music? 


One thing I have not done is forgetting my passion for music. I am frequently faced with challenges in life but songwriting provides a way of escape for me. I believe it is easier to quit what you cannot do than what you can do. This means the affinity gets stronger when you like what you do.

Moreover quitting sometimes indicates failure which brings about regrets.


Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music?


I think the most important achievement I have made is getting people to listen to my music. All lyrics written and sung by me.


Besides music, what are some of the things that you are into?


Besides music I like travelling, swimming, watching soccer and wrestling.


Are you currently on tour or planning to be?


I have been asked if I would like to open shows for some artists. As you know most independent artists cannot afford  tours because of  expenses and liabilities involved. My answer is yes I will be willing to consider that.


Any last remarks

I appreciate this invitation and I am grateful to  you and everyone listening to  my music. I hope to continue to make more music as it appears I"m gathering more listeners.Thank you to all.


Ii



Exclusive Interview with Sometimes Julie




Where are you from and could you tell us a little bit of your upbringing?

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in and around Denver, Colorado. I still have a lot of family in both places. My upbringing included a lot of music and a fair amount of chaos, which provides some great inspiration for songwriting. I was a pretty serious, studious, and yet, intensely rebellious kid. I’ve mellowed a little over the years - but only a little! 

What genre of music do you make and when did you first decide to be a musician?

Our genre is typically described as indie rock, but our music contains elements of blues, pop, americana, and classic rock and roll. I have always loved to sing, but I’d say I became a musician in 2012 when I met my partner, Rick Walker, and we started writing songs and performing together.

Who are some of the notable artists and people that influenced your career thus far? 

I am influenced by rock artists like Heart, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders, and songwriters like Neil Young, Thom Yorke, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. As a performer, I’ve been inspired by Trombone Shorty, Lucinda Williams, Smashing Pumpkins, and Lukas Nelson as well as Bonnie Raitt. In a pinch, I ask myself, “What would Lukas do?” I also want to thank Dave Keuning of The Killers for his encouragement. 

Could you tell us about your latest projects and its direction?

We are thrilled that “Seven Wishes”, our fifth and latest album release, has turned out so well! It is exactly what we had hoped for in terms of the energy, authenticity, and emotional quality. I loved contributing not only with writing and vocals but also playing piano this time around. The production and quality of the mix is fantastic throughout! The theme is all about wishes and this album is a wish come true for us. 

What should we expect from you in the near future? 

We are working on a few music videos to celebrate and promote the new songs “Missed the Boat”, “Fool’s Wish”, and “Wish on the Wild Side”. Additionally, we are currently back in the studio working on the next album - a piano-oriented collection that’s going to be a little bit “unplugged”. Fourteen new songs will be released in 2024!

Could you give us some advice that you can offer to someone who is just getting started in making music? 

Listen to yourself, be true to your vision, collaborate when it feels right but in the end, be sure to follow the song. The song is always right!

Connect with other artists and enjoy the ride! Keep learning always and practice, practice, practice. Understand the difference between rehearsal and practice. 

Take ownership of what you know makes you special, keep your commitments, be cool, be you, breathe.

Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music?

The response to each of our five albums has been amazing. Being nominated for best rock album by the San Diego Music Foundation for our 2021 release, “Where Are You?,” was truly an honor. 

Recently, we’ve been celebrating the accolades bestowed on “Seven Wishes” by several influential music bloggers, as well as the significant worldwide radio airplay the album’s been getting.

 All seven songs on “Seven Wishes” have been selected as featured songs of the week by Reverbnation, and our Spotify listeners now routinely number in the thousands. We are so happy with and honored by the response to our music!

Besides music, what are some of the things that you are into?

I enjoy walking and hiking, as it clears my head and helps me feel connected. Yoga and pilates helps me be mindful and strong. I enjoy traveling to beautiful places like Costa Rica and Spain. I like to celebrate diversity in nature and in people every day. I love spending time at the beach and in the mountains. I enjoy eating the incredible fresh, healthy food we have available to us in Southern California. But most of all, I appreciate spending time with family and friends and my two dogs - Tabitha Rabbit, a Golden Retriever, and a Tibetan Terrier puppy, Dolly Llama.

Are you currently on tour or planning to be?We are planning to play a number of coastal California gigs in the next few months, and then see where we go from there.

Any last remarks? I am so grateful to everyone who supports our band, whether it is fans and friends close to home who come out to see us live, or fans who are worlds away listening to us on radio and internet. The outpouring of love for what we are doing is truly heartwarming, and this latest project has helped us connect and reconnect with so many amazing people. So, thank you all and please keep listening and telling us what you think!





Artistry Over Wealth | Exclusive Interview with Sampson The Poet


 Where are you from and what’s it like in your hometown?


I am born and mostly raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. New Bedford is full of hardworking and creative people. It's got It's ups and downs just like everywhere. For me it's home and where I feel the most comfortable. The art scene is really taking off over these last few years and added with some great restaurants, it's really growing.

What inspired you to develop your craft as a music artist?

The journey started without music. Poetry started as a way out from the world. It saved my life. So I guess you could say my struggle with depression at an early age was the match that lit the fire. After that it was just curiosity and finding out where I wanted to go with it and being open to new adventures.

Has the lifestyle of being a poet influenced your personal life in any way?  If so would you care to shed light on your experience?

Poetry has literally saved my life a couple times. I get lost in my head and writing has always sorted it out. Pursuing poetry has enabled me to bridge gaps within and has connected me with many other artists as we. I can say if I never chose to write about what I was feeling when I was fifteen years old, I probably don't make it to twenty.

Who are some of the notable people that pushed you along your artistic path?

Shihan Van Clief was a major player in me pursuing spokenword and really just the idea of me performing at all. "Flashy Words" on def poetry was really mind-blowing for me. Def Poetry Jam in general was a whole new world for me. Outside of that, my friends, my son, and the people I choose to work with really keep things fresh and push me to keep building my skillset. 

So tell us about your latest project…

Recently I wrote a short children story titled "Peaceplease" that is available on amazon as an ebook and on bandcamp as an audiobook.

I am also working on doing more open mics and I'm working a new project with a friend that you'll see something from shortly.

So what we can expect from you in the near future?

MORE WORDS!

Besides art, what other things do you find interesting?

Being a full-time single parent is pretty interesting haha. I've been back into martial arts training for few months. My first love was Taekwondo.

Do you feel that the industry has lost its potency due to the social media uprise? 

Social media ruins a lot but overall I think it was helped give opportunities for artists to get exposure and other ways to earn money from their art.

If you could do any other venture what would it be?

I've been meaning to get into learning the guitar or something but I just haven't.

Where is the best place to indulge in your artistry?

spotify, bandcamp, amazon, and instagram

Any last remarks?

People sleep on how much writing and just finding a good creative outlet changes your whole game. We all need that productive outlet to help mediate the stress from our lives. It's the difference between life or death for some like it was for me and for others, it's a bridge to their full potential.

It's not about the approval of others unless you want it to be.

Hip Culture New music!




His roots and inspiration in music came from all sorts of Artists from the Beatles to The Gypsy Kings ( who are his favorite band). He studied piano and eventually Music Theory finishing my studies in Liverpool England under a private Tutor.

Hip Culture was born in Sicily, immigrated to Canada when he was a little boy and his parents settled first in Kitimat B.C. Then for a brief stint in Montreal. They finally ended up in Oshawa Ontario where he grew up. Now he lives in Stouffville Ontario.


He releases a song about going back and forth in time looking for that one special place. HIP CULTURE has released the new track Time Machine. Opening with ethereal vocals over synthesizers, Time Machine pulls listeners into the clouds with a poppy sound and upbeat groove. While guitars, mandolins, and bass provide colorful intrigue to the song, it is the keyboards that give the tune its signature sound. Honing in on the wonderful potential of time travel, the lyrics take listeners on a ride through history on the eponymous time machine. The lyrics are sung with a bright tone the soars above the music. They immediately give a sense of wonder that is present through the entire tune. Overall, Time Machine by HIP CULTURE is a bright new pop tune that lights up with the wonder of time travel


https://hipculturemusic.com/