Artist Interviews – Vents Magazine Music and Entertainment Magazine Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:09:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 INTERVIEW: Ilton Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:09:55 +0000 Hi Ilton, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I am a Leo and it’s Leo season ! I Couldn’t be better 🙂

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Closer”?

“Closer” is probably one of my favorite songs I’ve written.  I grew up on a lot of UK Garage and this one has a lot of nostalgia for me.  It adds a very dark layer and dimension to the overall sound of the EP and has a very personal message.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

 I think at some point I felt so stuck with constantly comparing myself to peers that I considered more successful or better than me. This song came about when I realized that I wouldn’t trade who I am or what I am for anything. It really is  just about focusing on yourself and trying to get as close to what you envision as your “best self”. It’s about striving for self-excellence.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

Oh yeah, coming out sometime in the Fall!

The single comes off your new album Good & Gone – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s a little self explanatory, it’s about letting go and growth. Moving on from whatever it is that has made you feel like you can’t go on. You really actually can, it takes a bit of time to just come to terms that you come to this place alone and you leave to another one alone. You are responsible for how you heal and your happiness.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had just learned how to produce music, so everything came together in a very experimental way. I don’t think I can actually sit down and purposely produce something like this again. It was a moment.

At the time  I didn’t have a studio so a lot of the recording was actually done in my shower with the lights down, my computer set up and this cheap mic I had. Haha , I know it sounds weird, but sometimes you gotta just improvise!

Later on when I met Emmett Kai we got to polish it and  re-record some parts in his studio. That was a very special day.

What role does Greece play in your music?

To be honest, I can’t put my finger on it, but I am from there so I know that my upbringing has a lot to do with how I feel and view the world. I’m sure subconsciously it has a big role.

What were some of the things you get to self-discover and struggles you get to explore on this record?

 I really came to terms with a lot of things. Whether it was my relationship to my family , moving on from a failed relationship , a failed band, friendships that were shifting, etc. It kinda just hit me that things in life really never stay constant. It’s unrealistic to think that we can always be happy and figured out. I think we learn lessons till the day we die. There isn’t a single thing, answer, or magic pill that can just figure things out for you. You have to learn how to be happy by yourself. It’s imperative.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

A lot of natural landscapes. I was so low at a point a few years ago that I just took my dog and moved back home to my parents house. They live close to a lot of beautiful hikes, so my daily routine involved a lot of miles in trails and very serene places. It was the only way I could cope , to just look out and understand how small I am to all this massive beauty that exists on this planet. It used to humble me and help me understand the bigger purpose of what we are here to do.

Any plans to hit the road?

Of course! I’ve only performed three shows.

What else is happening next in Ilton’s world?

I just want to keep going. I don’t have plans for a full album, I want to keep making music and really developing my style. I am just excited to have this work out and move on to the next stage.

For More Information About Ilton Visit:

SoundCloud | Spotify | Instagram

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INTERVIEW: Sabina Beyli Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:22:57 +0000 Hi Sabina, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great! Working on a lot of new music that is coming soon and also doing lots of school work…

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Close”?

“Close” is the upcoming single from my first ever EP! You can listen below:

It’s a chill song that everyone must have in their playlists because it’s so relatable and unfiltered. This song means EVERYTHING to me. I’m so young and this song just talks about how I may seem indecisive and unsure of certain things, but that’s only because I’m human and am scared to risk it sometimes. It’s like I’m young and afraid, but also confident and not afraid at all. It’s very personal to me, and the lyrics are pretty straightforward so once you listen to the song you’ll understand.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I guess you could say so. I’ve had relationships with people that would tell me I’m a very shy, and a very closed person. In this song I’m specifically talking about how the reason to why I act that way is because I lack experience and am a little frightened to open up to everyone. It’s also about me wanting to be close to someone specific but that must stay a mystery.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was genuinely very fun to make because before beginning writing  “Close”,  my amazing producer Skyler and I talked about the message I wanted to deliver. We discussed my personal life and how things have been going for me. That gave us lots of ideas and inspirations for the single. He then showed me this really cool beat that I thought would fit perfectly with this song and I got into the booth and started mumbling some ideas for the verses and the chorus. And then both of us start writing the lyrics.

 It’s kinda crazy how music gives you the opportunity to talk about literally anything in such a beautiful way. It’s art.

How has Ariana Grande and BTS influenced your writing?

BTS are the most hard working and humble people out there, and the messages in their songs are very deep and so important. They talk about self love, self worth and much more, which made it easier for me to accept myself the way I am. It also made me want to be be very honest and authentic with my listeners. Same goes to Ariana Grande, she’s a workaholic and talks about literally everything in her songs. Even though I’m exactly 10 years younger than her, I feel like I understand and relate to her music on so many different levels.

With the great reception your music keeps getting – does that put any pressure on you as you keep putting new material out, or rather the opposite?

To be honest, I do feel very pressured to put out new material but that’s only because the songs in my EP are the best ones I’ve made so far, which makes them so much more personal to me. I’m a perfectionist so I want everything I put out to be exactly the way I want it to be. I always put 100% into what I do which makes it a little harder for me sometimes, but at the end of the day it’s totally worth it.

Does the new single mean we can expect even more new music – if so, how’s that coming along?

Yes! I’ve been working on my first EP (mini album)  and ‘Close” is a song from that EP that will be coming out a little after the single comes out. This EP will have 6 songs all together (including “Close”). All of these songs are great pieces of music that I’ve put my soul into, and they mean the world to me. I really hope people love them as much as I loved making them!

What are some of the feelings you will be exploring on this upcoming record?

Relief, nervousness, joy, intimacy and pride! I’m very proud of how it turned out but i’m also very nervous (good kind of nervous)

Can you give us any hints for your other singles?

One of the songs (“Replace You”) is about me trying to replace someone that once meant everything to me. Another song is called “First Place” and let me tell you this: it’s so badass, cool and grungy.  Every single track is different and shows a lot of self worth because there’s no one else like you, and you should be proud of that! Some other songs are about me needing taking my time to figure myself out because time is money and you shouldn’t be rushed to do anything. Make sure to stay tuned because these songs won’t disappoint.

Any plans to hit the road?

With the EP coming out, I have 11 songs in total and going on tour is an absolute dream to me! I am currently working on it and hopefully I’ll hit the road very soon!

What else is happening next in Sabina Beyli’s world?

Well, currently Sabina is drowning in the amount of school work she has to do, but she’s also pumped about her EP and has high hopes for it. In all seriousness, I have a lot coming and I can’t wait to share it with the world! Follow me on Social Media so you can keep up with my journey!



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INTERVIEW: Unveil The Strength Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:06:57 +0000 Hi Mark, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Doing well, thank you for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hell’s Never Over”?

Yeah, Hells Never Over is pretty much four on the floor, an electronic element, catchy chorus, monster low end, and an Andy James ripping a solo. The song was written to touch on the topic of embracing whatever your going through and using that pain as a way to grow. Mental is talked about a lot but unfortunately still not enough. Look out for the people in your circle 👊🏻.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

For me it was dealing with my PTSD from combat. For this video we teamed up with Heart Support. They are an amazing non profit that was started by Jake the singer of August Burns Red. They provide mental health to music fans and musicians. Go to create an account and be the difference you want to see in the world. The only way that I can justify going through what I have would be to try and make a difference for someone else.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We worked with Matt Zane in LA. The video was a lot of fun. The best story from the video was the scene when I was interrogating Tim, the drummer. Matt Zane said, “Rolling.” and I was screaming at the top of my lungs like an actual interrogation and immediately Matt Zane goes “Cut, cut!” I didn’t mean to scare the shit out of everyone but it was pretty funny. After some direction from Matt, we got it sorted. So the fun fact about the video is every time you see me in the interrogation scene I’m actually whispering.

How was the recording and writing process?

Coming from all this incredible bands and musical projects – did you approach this new group as a follow up or rather complete departure? Well we recruited Robert Kukla from Fredman Studios. We also has some help from Alan Sasha Laskow. Rob flew to Austin, TX for the vocals and everyone else tracked in their studios. It’s amazing what you can do with technology. For mixing Henrik Udd did the record. He did an amazing job. One of the best in the business.

You guys also come from different personal backgrounds – how does all of these gets to influence the music and writing on the band?

I think a lot of it is personality. Andy James knows exactly what he wants, Matt Snell is more whatever it takes I’m flexible, and I’m the pain in the ass because I don’t really believe anything is done and I like to try different things. So it’s a lot of compromising and for me personally I try things if they don’t work and you have something better I’m all about it. I just want the song to benefit. You have to trust the people you work with and respect them.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

An entire record is done. We wanted to take a different approach and release one song at a time. The market for new bands is different. If we released our record everyone would would forget about us in two weeks. If I give you a new song every 4-6 then I can keep your attention much longer.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The collection of songs will be titled Foundations. Once the songs are all released and there is a demand for a physical we will do it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Working on that now hopefully spring 2020

What else is happening next in Unveil The Strength’s world?

Right now it’s just growing this machine and connecting with new fans. Grinding everyday.

Watch here

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INTERVIEW: The Statistics Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:46:14 +0000 Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great! Just living the dream. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Maryanne”?

Absolutely. We are so damn proud of this song.  It’s a song about nostalgia and becoming your own person. We come from a small town and this song is really about what it’s like to move on from that place to something bigger.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I found myself watching a lot of the people I went to high school with grow up and have kids. All the things people do as time goes on. I noticed that there were kind of two groups within that. There was the group of people that married someone, bought a house, did the normal thing. Then there was the group of people who moved to a big city and tried to make something of themselves. I just wanted to write a song about that process because even though it ends differently for those groups, it’s a shared experience for everyone. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Well. We got the day wrong. We had gone for haircuts, got new clothes and loaded up our car with all our gear. We started driving out to the set and we think we’re going to be late so we phone our director. He says “You know we’re filming tomorrow, right?”

Nope. We didn’t know that.

Once we got there, the filming was a ton of fun. It was our first time working with a proper film crew so that was a learning experience. It’s odd walking into a professional setting like that and having everyone there working on your vision. It’s kind of intimidating. Everyone that worked on it was so fantastic and friendly. We are so, so grateful for them.

The single comes off your new album The Robson Street Hymns – what’s the story behind the title?

It was kind of allegorical of a time in my life where I felt I was really growing up and learning what that meant. My friends and I would sit in bars all along Robson Street in Vancouver and plan our lives together. We were all constantly broke but, still hopeful.

What was the recording and writing process like?

Intense. We really wanted to step up the quality of what we were doing. That requires finding new gears that you didn’t know you had. Writing a record requires a ton of self-reflection and holding your self up to the light. You learn things about yourself that you didn’t know before and maybe things you didn’t want to know. I think we came out of it with higher standards of ourselves and our team. It’s also really nerve-wracking. While we were driving down to our sessions, Darby, our lead singer, gave himself horrible neck problems and headaches that the doctor said were caused by stress.

How did your perspective change as you move into the big city?

We still live in a small town. We have lived in a big city for a short time but ended up moving back because Darby ended up with such bad anxiety that we needed to be closer to family. But it’s true what they say: You really can’t ever come home. You never let go of that sense of how big the world is and how big you can build things. Once you’ve seen what’s possible it’s hard to go back to more limited scope.

What aspect of moving and new beginnings did you get to explore on this record?

We really got to dig into a few parts of that experience quite deeply. One of the things movies and songs tend to gloss over is how much of your past you bring with you. Whether in the form of nostalgia or emotional baggage, it’s always there. So many people try and escape their problems by changing scenery but, I found if the problem was me, no amount of running would ever help. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I think your environment as an artist is super important. So many of our songs over the years have been written about random events and relationships we have. They can really be anything. A small interaction that sticks with you or an important life event that fundamentally changes you. We also grew up listening to punk where big complex things are often broken down to their simplest forms. Usually with a touch of ironic angst. Who doesn’t like a little teenage angst?

Any plans to hit the road?

Tons! The road is one of our favourite places. We have a tour of Eastern Canada and the United States in the fall. Then we have even more plans for the spring. Stay tuned for that.

What else is happening next in The Statistics’ world?

Grind, grind, grind. Not even the fun, sexy kind. We are working on a tour in the spring and a new record sometime after that. We already have a bunch of new songs and are chomping at the bit to share them with everyone.

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INTERVIEW: Sharon Lia Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:17:50 +0000 How would you classify your music?

Fiery, epic, powerful, tender, emotive, emotionally charged, piano driven alternative rock, progressive pop.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

My influences may not sound that sexy…  Blockbuster movie soundtracks and Phantom of the Opera composer Andrew Lloyd Weber’s music have moved me more than most other music. I like the way the music engenders emotions in me. That’s how I want to write. Other than that, I would say the music of Cold Play, Muse, the Killers, Florence, Pat Benetar, Heart, Fleetwood Mac even the Beatles and Pink Floyd are influences-they definitely stir the soul with their music!

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want my songs to inspire others, to stir up the dust of forgotten moments in a listener, or to be a lifeline to someone who themselves are in their own moments where these songs reaches them and they know they are not alone. It’s all about connecting people, music has that power.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

We have a great music scene, Philly. SO many great artists and producers have come from this area.

What is the best concert you have been to?

I am a massive fan of festivals, and I loved seeing Florence and the Machine and Coldplay (Glastonbury on MTV does that count??? lol)

What do you like most about playing live?

I get a rush, I feel the vibration between me/us when we are giving our all, and the audience vibes right back… you can feel that…..

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

“Why ‘Can’t We Pretend” is very personal to me….it is the most gripping and compelling, emotionally expressive and pulsing song. Tender and explosive. It encapsulates all we are as a band.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

This past year has been very hard. I am overcoming a significant injury but, the year before it, set something in motion and we found a way to keep the momentum going.  Felt like giving up too many times to count, but, I have said this before, for me, it’s about never giving up. In an interview with a local publication, the interviewer told me I had grit. I’m going to say that grit has kept us going and knowing that without the music, we wilt and lose hope. Music is hope to us. Music gives us purpose, and fighting for my voice to help others has become even more critical than ever since I have learned that I inspire others…don’t want to let anyone down.

9.  If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

To experience this with a band or artist who rocks as a musician/songwriter, and as humans would be awesome. We know bands and artists from a distance, and I do not know what their constitutions are. At face value, I would be thrilled to meet any mainstream artist who’s rocking it in a meaningful and positive way. **Could I add that meeting a music supervisor for a primary film production might curl my toes the most!

What’s next for you?

We stayed focused, had investors, a team of people behind us, worked with Grammy-nominated producers and award-winning musicians all leading up to this moment. This release is our first full-band release (our debut album was a mix of my solo work and band work and was prior to working with our mentor and producer David Ivory). We intend to get this music out there and go where the journey leads. New music has already in the works. I think we will enjoy the summer, do some big performances and start back in the studio in the fall.

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INTERVIEW: Say Never Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:21:51 +0000 Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello, we are well, we have been focusing on writing, recording and releasing music and videos mostly.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Do It Again”?

“Do It Again” is our 2nd single and video. Billy Grey (Fozzy, Tattoo The Scars) graciously lends his guitar soloing skills for the solo portion of this tune. Rich “The Duke of Metal” Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo) mixed this single.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

We feel that the song captures the everyday working man’s feeling of looking forward to the free time after the work day whistle. We all have had or currently have jobs where the only thing we think about everyday is punching that damn time clock and heading to the bar to recharge our batteries. That is what “Do It Again” is all about.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The “Do It Again” video was directed and edited by our very own bass guitar player Paul Lawrence. Paul had a vision for this video and the rest of the guys in the band pitched in to help bring that vision into reality.

During the “Do It Again” video shoot, one of the mini HD cameras we were using for low to the ground video footage was crushed by the El Camino. Luckily we were able to salvage the memory card and the footage from that HD camera. (At least we were able to get some great footage before that camera got flattened. lol)

Another interesting video tid-bit. You will notice a cop car pulling right behind the El Camino at the very end of the “Do It Again” video. We kept that footage in the video because it really happened. Homeowners in the near by area where we were filming called the cops complaining about “a extremely loud red El Camino speeding and racing in the area.” So, the local police arrived and pulled over our model in the El Camino, ending the video shoot for that day!

We had a blast filming the band footage at Iron Vine Studio Metal fabricating shop. “Crazy” Dave added some fantastic metal grinding sparks and welding footage that we think really helped the working man storyline for the video.

Here is the YouTube link if you would like to check out the “Do It Again” video for yourself

How was the recording and writing process?

“Do It Again” is a song that Jonathan had been working on for a while and recently we were able to finish it. The recording process was interesting. We recorded the music and vocals in different locations and Billy recorded his solo at his home studio. Technology today makes things a lot easier.

What was it like to work with Billy Grey and what did he bring to the table?

Billy is s fantastic guitar player and we were very excited when he agreed to record a solo for this song. Jonathan and Paul have played acoustic cover shows with billy in the past so the chemistry was there already.

Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Normally collaborations tend to be spur of the moment decisions for us.

What role does Atlanta play in your music?

Atlanta has quite a bit of musical talent. There are a lot of good Rock and Metal bands here and that seems to help everyone stay on their game.

Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?

We are focusing on writing and releasing singles right now and later our plan is to bundle some of these singles along with other unreleased material and release a full album or EP.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not as of yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are actively searching for bands and tour partners. We will probably start off by touring the south east US first, then expand out.

What else is happening next in Say Never’s world?

Writing, Recording, producing videos, promoting and playing shows. We are doing this ourselves with some help from a friend or two. We have no record label and there are many hats we have to wear with a lot of time and hours invested.

Please visit, like and follow us online.

Thank you.

Say Never

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INTERVIEW: ITCH Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:14:46 +0000 Hi Dusan, welcome to VENTS!

Hello, nice to meet you guys!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mangata”?

Sure. mångata is a Swedish word for roadlike reflection of moonlight on water.

We love to wrap our brains around some melancholic theme or event. Sometimes it can be funny, sometimes not soo funny.

We couldn’t print anywhere   Mångata with a Swedish å so it simple became Mangata. And it was probably a little bit problematic for the keyboards. 🙂

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

It came from a dark place with a glimpse of hope. I think everyone in the band likes good storytelling and structure. At least we’re trying to create it. We don’t want anything to be too linear.

The single comes off your new album Round 2 – what’s the story behind the title?

We’re from a small country. It’s not so usual around here that you have the opportunity to travel the world, sign to a big label, or get some recognition or reward. Round 2 is actually what happened between 2 albums and a backslap to all those who didn’t believe in us. When you sit between two rounds and contemplate your next step, you know…(laugh)

How was the recording and writing process?

Producer Milos Mihajlovic(studio Blaze) helped us a lot. Since we’re coming from different musical backgrounds, it’s as easy to fall into certain “Creative traps.” Finding your identity and creating something personal, yet accessible can’t be easy. I don’t think we’ve made our best record yet, but it’s something that we’re striving for. I believe every song you make is like Voldemort Horcruxes. If you’re not careful, it’s going to get you.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?


What role does Serbia play in your music?

Do you want an honest answer or a diplomatic answer? (laughs)

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

For example, Yura (song from Round 2) is about a Soviet Bear who was like a circus bear, and they would give alcohol to a poor creature. He got rehabilitated in some animal resort. Shit, you not, I read the article somewhere, and I was so pissed off.

 Defpotec is a funny story. I was hammered at a bar, and I went to the bathroom. There was a picture of some letters. Turn’s out to be; it was the same one as you can see at the Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) when they check your eyesight. I couldn’t see at first then I tried to focus, and the letters were Defpotec(if you can’t see this from 3 feet, it’s not good) The owner of the bar thought it was funny to check you’re eyesight at the bathroom when you’re probably drunk. You can check word Defpotec on Google. Then I called the guys, and we made a song about Drinking, etc.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. American Soil. I hope soon.

What else is happening next in ITC H’s world?

We got some remixes from Beau Hill, brilliant and humble guy, one of the creators of Interscope records. We got Couple of remixes from Adrian Hawk Melendez and Mazel the Soundmaster.

Were exploring our possibilities, you know EDM and other stuff. It’s entertaining. We got a lot of demos to work on.

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INTERVIEW: MARLOE. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:12:50 +0000 Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Future Is Now”? / Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yeah so “The Future Is Now” is a song written for anyone who’s ever been stuck in a relationship that no longer serves them. Its about the moment you realise you’re going to be so much better off without this person. There wasn’t a specific event that inspired this song, it was more a build up of multiple events that then pushed me over the edge. The lyrics “so now you’re here again knocking at my door” and “I waited for you in the passenger seat” are two moments that were breaking points for me in this particular relationship.  

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I would definitely love to do a video for this single but there are no set plans as of yet.

The single comes off you new self-titled album – why naming the record after yourself?

I think releasing the EP as self titled was my way of telling listeners this is who I am and this is what you can expect from me.  

How was the recording and writing process?

It was so much fun! I was in Nashville working on the EP where we wrote and recorded the entire thing in 4 days. “The Future Is Now” was actually the last song we did, and definitely had its challenges at times, but thankfully it turned out pretty great!

What role does Queensland play in your music?

Well I grew up in Queensland, however it’s a very large state in Australia so I don’t think it’s played any part in my music haha.

How would you say your perspective changed when you went over to the US?

My perspective changed in a lot of ways, it definitely gave me a deeper appreciation for Australia and how incredible our country is, but I think the biggest shift I noticed was the way I viewed myself. When you pick up and move across the world all by yourself at 19 you definitely start to trust and believe in yourself more. So I think if anything it taught me how to love who I am.  

How does your acting background influence your music and the other way around?

It helps me to be a better story teller and to share parts of myself with other people.  

How has Lorde and Vera Blue influenced your writing?

I fell in love with the electronic pop genre when I found Vera Blue, her music definitely influenced my sound. I think both Lorde and Vera Blue do such a great job lyrically with pushing boundaries while staying true to themselves, which is something I’m exploring more with the new music I’m working on.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

All of the songs on my EP were inspired by these lightbulb moments I’ve had in my life that have helped shape and define who I am today. Some of which happened over 7 years ago.  

Any plans to hit the road?

No plans yet, but stay tuned.  

What is happening next in MARLOE’s world?

I’ve been working in the studio a lot with a bunch of incredibly talented producers on some exciting new stuff, so I’m focusing my time on that and getting it out into the world!

Listen here

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INTERVIEW: Insyde Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:37:47 +0000 Hi Insyde, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been doing AMAZING! My latest single has been doing very well in terms of streaming numbers!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Something Real”?

Definitely! “Something Real” is a song about unstable relationships. It is written to help the many people who are going through similar situations as depicted in the song.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not really. I have not been in any relationships myself, but I have heard from other people who have been in similar relationships. I have also gathered information from my observations and other stories that I have heard.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We have recently released the music video and it is doing very well. It is a very unique music video. There are things that are not typical of the average independent artist’s music video.

How was the recording and writing process?

It went very smooth, I wrote my verses relatively quickly and sent off the draft to Tot and Hennest. They got their verses on within about a week. I did sound engineering for another couple of weeks, and then we submitted it to be released.

With the great reception from your previous work – were you any nervous or felt any pressure or rather the opposite?

At first I was kind of nervous, but after I had listened to the completed song, all my nerves went away, because it actually sounded okay. I was under a lot of pressure to write new music, but I did not let it get to me. I took a long break after writing my first song and I did not want to rush the creative process. I wrote “Something Real” when I was ready.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Not really so far, but that’s because we did not record the song together, rather we all recorded separately and they sent in all of their verses. It may be different when I actually start recording with people in the studio. I have a unique way of recording music I kind of listened to the beat and freestyle to it and see what I like and see what I don’t. I expand on the stuff that I decide to keep. When I have a good lyrical draft, I rerecord it.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I am currently working on an album.I already have made about 4 songs for the album.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I don’t have a title in mind, but I most likely will release the album around winter break sometime in December.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not currently. I may go on tour after college.

What else is happening next in Insyde’s world?

I kind of want to start a YouTube channel that is not all focused on music. I want to do cool and epic stuff so my fans can enjoy it. Byte, the successor to Vine, will be coming out soon and I plan to be focusing on content for that.

Thanks for having me on and interviewing me!

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INTERVIEW: SMO Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:35:35 +0000 Hi Smo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Excellent! I’m getting ready for my new album This One’s For You to come out next week!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Boss 2.0″?

Absolutely.  It’s been a decade since Boss of the Stix, so I wanted to create something to pay homage to that old sound and just to remind everyone I’m still the King of the Kuntry.  Boss 2.0 is kind of like my way of introducing the album like, “Here we go again!”

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I’ve been working with D-Ray at Dammit Boy Entertainment and we wanted to have a sound that’s basically like a revisited beefed up version of the old stuff.  Plus, I was able to work with my old DJ and producer DJ Orig and he was able to put that old SMO sound on it.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Filming the video was awesome.  Everything was shot at the farm with my family and friends and we were able to get that old SMO video style with the new SMO swag.  I was also lucky to work with Ed Pryor. I admire his work, so I’m excited to see what everyone thinks!

The single comes off your new album This One’s For You – what’s the story behind the title?

The title of the album came from the idea to bring back the “old” SMO that everyone was saying they “missed”.  I went back to my old sounds and vibes and thought, “You know I want to craft something especially for my kinfoke and get back to some of the sounds and themes they love.” Sure enough, I got to work with some amazing artists, writers, musicians, and producers and I feel like this may be one of my best albums yet!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was awesome to work with D-Ray.  Like I said, the writers I got to work with were so incredible.  The process for writing the album took years. Some tracks, not as long.  It varies for each track. But it was definitely great to get to work with D-Ray and some of my old friends again.

What role does Tennessee play in your music?

I write what I live, and Tennessee is my favorite landscape.  I travel all over the world and my backyard still gives me the most inspiration.  Except, if you check out Colorado Bound on the album, you’ll find Tennessee isn’t the only state that inspires me!

How did you get to blend the old school with your much modern musical sensibilities?

I’m thankful I have a team that sees my vision.  All of us like a ton of different kinds of music and we can pull ideas from our different interests and inspirations.  To me, it’s just making art.

What were some of the life lessons you get to explore on this record?

Walked On is a track for the haters.  Sadly, you always have to have a bad guy and that song is for people like that.  Ready to Fly talks about being ready to, well, die.  But it’s about dying with a peace and understanding you did the best you could. How I Roll with Colt Ford has some tips on how to make it in this industry.   This One’s for You-the title track on the album is about overcoming anything from addiction to the blues.  Some of the life lessons I’ve explored personally were coming to terms with my finality and admitting that not every day is a good day, you have to let the light shine through.  This album has a lot of fun songs on it, but I definitely try to sneak a little life lesson in here and there.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everywhere.  I meet a lot of people and see a lot of things, and I take those experiences and think, “Hmm, this could be a song.”   Dirty Girl for example is a tribute to all my Kinfoke Queens out there holding it down on the farm.  Muddy Love is a love ballad for all my Kinfoke that make mud not war. Bonesplitta is for all my hunting Kinfoke.  Tear Da Mud Up was inspired by Tear Da Club Up because I’ve been a Three 6 Mafia fan for years- getting to have DJ Paul’s blessing is a dream come true.  Colorado Bound featuring Afroman was inspired by my trips out there to my buddy Logan. It’s just a little bit of anything can eventually inspire me to be a song.

Any plans to hit the road?

As a matter of fact, I’m headed to Mexico on the Kinfoke Krewz for five days.  We will leave out of New Orleans after the album release to set sail South of the Border.

What else is happening next in SMO’s world?

Look forward to the new episodic YouTube series SMO on the Go where you can follow me literally everywhere I go!  Also, be sure to check out my new autobiography My Life in a Jar: The Book of SMO.

Go to to pre-order a copy “MY LIFE IN A JAR: The Book of SMO.”

For more information about Smo, visit Follow IG/FB/TW – @therealbigsmo

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