VIDEO: INTERVIEW – J.S. Ondara Talks ‘Tales of America’, American Pop Culture

Twenty-six year old musician J.S Ondara has his own American tale of coming to the United States six years ago. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya to now living in cold Minnesota after being selected from a green card lottery, Ondara shares his life story and the American Dream he envisioned. Ondara discovered American music at a young age through pirated songs, gravitating towards Radiohead, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie and American alt-rock. It wasn't until he mistakenly identified the song "Knocking on Heaven's Door"(an original by Bob Dylan) as a Guns N' Roses original that he became infatuated

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sasha Sloan Talks Anxiety, Plans For New Music

Singer/songwriter Sasha Sloan began establishing herself as one to watch last fall when she wrote and appeared on "This Town" with Kygo, King Henry's "I'll Be There," and on "Falls" with ODESZA. At a young age, Sloan has always been musically inclined playing piano and even buying chord books of Queen. After moving to L.A at nineteen, her musical growth expanded from writing songs for Charli XCX, Camila Cabello, and Dua Lipa to even touring with CHVRCHES, Joywave, and playing at Outside Lands. "I didn't know writing for people was a job" says Sloan. Aside from penning lyrics

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Methyl Ethel Talk ‘Triage’, Jake Webb’s Discovery of The Cure

Methyl Ethel released their latest studio album, Triage, on February 15, 2019 via 4AD, the third album in a triptych started with Oh Inhuman Spectacle (2015) and continued with Everything Is Forgotten (2017), which was named Best Independent Album by AIR, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association. After touring and promoting their album, Everything Is Forgotten, Jake Webb of Methyl Ethel returned to Western Australia and got to work on the material for the album, stating, "I got obsessed with a lot of theory, essentially trying to discover how songs work." Methyl Ethel is the musical project of Webb, but

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Broods Talk ‘Don’t Feed The Pop Monster’, Working with Dan The Automator

The third studio album by Broods, Don’t Feed The Pop Monster, was released on February 1, 2019, to much anticipation after three years since their last release. The LP produced previously released tracks “Falling Apart,” “Hospitalized,” “Everything Goes (Wow),” and lead single “Peach.” The brother and sister duo consisting of Caleb & Georgia Nott, took a different tact when approaching the songwriting process for the album, having traveled numerous countries and cities including, Nicaragua, Sweden, New Zealand, Nashville and San Francisco. They worked with Joel Little who produced for fellow New Zealand artist, Lorde, along with Swedish

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SG Lewis Talks Miami Music Week `19, Early Start in Music, ‘Dusk, Dark, Dawn’

British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis recently released his collaborative single with Clairo ‘Throwaway’ via Casablanca/Republic Records to much anticipation. The track follows ‘Blue’ as the second to come from ‘Dawn’, the third and final installment of his hugely ambitious three-part concept album Dusk, Dark, Dawn, out later this year. SG Lewis stated that Dusk, Dark,Dawn chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. While Dusk (released earlier in 2018) blended disco, smooth electro and funk and Dark explored distinctly heavier yet still

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Don Diablo at Miami Music Week `19

Don Diablo is one of dance music’s perennially pioneering forces. The talented Dutchman was recently named the “#1 most-played producer” on 1001 Tracklists and is called “Future House’s Founding Father” by EDM.com. Diablo regularly averages upwards of 8.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, making him one of the platform’s “Top 300 Most-Listened to Artists” with over half-a-billion streams to date. The DJ/producer has garnered the respect from the likes of Gucci Mane, Diplo, Emeli Sandé, Calum Scott, Ansel Elgort, Kelis, Alex Clare, Dragonette, A R I Z O N A and Tiësto, who have collaborated with Don,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dillon Nathaniel Talks Miami Music Week`19

In just a few short years, Dillon Nathaniel graduated from the Icon Collective, a respected music production school in Los Angeles, and wound up gaining the attention of notable electronic producers A-Trak, Destructo, Chris Lake, Richy Ahmed, DJ Snake, Gorgon City, Kyle Watson and Tchami. Signing to Big Beat Records, his music gained traction from mainstream audiences with exposure from BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM and Sirius XM. The former audio engineer and gear junkie found his footing in music at an early age as a vocalist and guitar player. His father hoped to impress upon him

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dexter Tortoriello of Houses Talks ‘Drugstore Heaven’, Rave Music

LA-based songwriter/producer Dexter Tortoriello AKA Houses has been getting much attention recently from the band's current single “Fast Talk” that's resonated on commercial radio. The track is one of four featured on the band's latest EP, Drugstore Heaven, their first new material in nearly five years and was shaped by Tortoriello’s exploration of rave and drum-and-bass artists from the late ’90s. Though the new EP is Houses’ first release since the A Quiet Darkness LP, the past few years have been busy for Tortoriello with work as Dawn Golden (his producer project via Mad Decent), co-production/writing for Lil

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Adia Victoria Talks ‘Silences’, Meeting The Strokes

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Adia Victoria is currently on tour in support of her second full-length studio album, Silences, released on February 22, 2019 via Canvasback Music. The follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut, Beyond The Bloodhounds was recorded with Aaron Dessner (The National) at his studio in upstate New York and covers topics of mental illness, drug addiction, sexism, and all the elements that consume the day-to-day lives of women attempting to make a world of their own. Victoria had to learn how to adjust to her new and more public life that her music brought to her and the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – mxmtoon Talks Debut EP ‘Plum Blossom’, Postponing College

Eighteen year old Bay Area singer and songwriter, Maia aka mxmtoon, has garnered a loyal and growing fanbase from making YouTube vlogs and tutorials along with sharing her music on SoundCloud. She began playing the ukulele in middle school as part of the new music curriculum and ever since they've been inseparable. Her debut EP Plum Blossom was recently released and hits home many universal themes for high schoolers, and high school grads, such as falling in love and crushes. Plum Blossom is a mix of sad and romantic songs that mxmtoon shared is a therapeutic diary

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – MNEK Talks ‘Language’, Collaborations, Choregraphy

UK singer/songwriter MNEK, who stands at 6'3", has come a long way in his music and writing career. The talented performer started writing poems at eight years old and posting them to MySpace during his teens to make connections, in which he would eventually sign his first publishing deal at age 14. The Grammy nominated record producer has written songs for many recognized artists including, Beyonce, Madonna, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilara, MØ, and so many more. Realizing now is the right time to tell his own story via music, MNEK released his debut album, Language, in late 2018, which

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – BAYNK Talks New Music, Maintaining Independent

Chemical engineering major turned music producer, Jock Nowell-Usticke aka BAYNK altered his career path from the safe and cerebral environment of engineering to the world of music. Upon graduating with the engineering degree, BAYNK relied on the safety net of his formal education to take a leap into a music career after experimenting and working on music while at school. The New Zealand native gained popularity through his Soundcloud page for his single "Sundae" back in 2016. The track was the harbinger for the burgeoning artist after he wrote songs everyday for the previous 60-70

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – UPSAHL Talks ‘Hindsight 20/20’, Living in L.A.

Nineteen year old Phoenix singer Taylor Upsahl aka UPSAHL has always had music in her blood. Playing guitar and piano at a young age and her father being a traveling musician, UPSAHL was born to follow into those footsteps. Now the Arizona native is living in the music core of L.A. "I'm learning to live alone in the biggest city ever" says UPSAHL. She's been an L.A resident for less than a year, which inspired her hit "Drugs" off her recently released debut EP, Hindsight 20/20. UPSAHL admits, "I wrote 200 songs in a year and 5 favorite songs are

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Njomza Talks ‘Vacation’, Early Musical Path Towards R&B

The profile for singer/songwriter Njomza has been raised considerably as of late due to her work co-writing chart-topping songs for Ariana Grande, "Thank You, Next" and "7 Rings", which Njomza has a cameo, but she's been making music for many years now. Born in Germany to Albanian parents and raised in Chicago, Njomza was discovered by the late Mac Miller, who caught one of her uploaded covers, and was the first artist signed to his label Remember Music. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. 2017