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1.Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?

My new song "fix me" is one of my favorite songs of mine, me and friend Jauque X were trying to get a song together and he sent me over his vocals over this beautiful piano loop. Right from the start I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about on the record. I ended up telling the story about my friend who committed suicide a few years ago, he didn't think anybody would miss him and it broke my heart. But after some I realized that life must move on, and that's kind of what the whole songs about. In the second verse, I talked about my last relationship and how my ex broke me and I didn't know how to move on from it for a long time. It's all tied back into Jauque X's chorus, hoping somebody will fix me, but in the end I realized that I had to fix me. 


2.What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?

What makes my music unique is how everything I write is a true story about my own life. I don't make anything up to make a better story or anything, they're all my personal experiences. But what really makes my music standout in my opinion is my voice. Everything I do with rap always has this raw emotional feel to it, and I think that's why my music has been doing so well. 

3.Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

Best moment of my career so far had to be getting calls from labels or linking up with Masked Mortal. Both of them just symbolized to me that I was finally in the game after all the hard work I put it. It was also just beyond cool to see major labels reaching out to me directly about potentially signing some songs. 

4.How do you balance your music with other obligations — family, friends or work?

Balance is a really tricky thing, I was actually working a full time job up until only a few months ago. I ended up in the hospital with a collapsed lung because of it, and that's when I realized I had to go all in, that same day my lung collapsed my debut EP had just came out, "Forever Alone" that project was a huge hit for me right on that first day so that's when I realized I had to quit. Now that I'm full time, it's much easier to balance my life, but there's still a lot of struggles with maintaining relationships with my friends and family, but I found just letting them know what's been going on with me and touching base every once in awhile when I'm thinking about them has helped maintain most of my relationships. Sadly though I have lost a few friends. Balance definitely isn't easy. 


5.What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

My advice to aspiring musicians is to always believe in yourself first and foremost. You need to believe you're going to blow up so much that it's engraved in your head, and everything you do all day is focused around that goal. Once you get that obsessed, you just need to stay patient and work, work, work. That doesn't just mean create music either, study the game, get into your genre's community and be a part of it. Learn how to succeed and when it's your time, all the stars will align for you, just have some faith :)


6.If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

My message to my fans is that no matter what you're going through in life, you can always find a way to grow from it and become successful at what you do. I fully believe the key to life is first figuring out what you love and then figuring out how to make that your everyday reality. I want to help my fans do that by proving to them that you can do it. Also, I just wanted to say, the wave gang family are the best fans in the world. I never thought I'd have fans as die hard and loyal as you guys are. Y'all are like family to me and I love you all <3


7.What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?

I have a lot of cool things in the works. Lately I've been working with a buddy of mine Rnla who's a big lofi producer. We've made a couple songs together and they've turned out amazing and I'm super excited to share those with my fans. I'm also working on an album, but I'm really taking my time with it! 



OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ELY WAVES

                                           



Coming straight from Tampa, FL DripLee is our best singer of the day. His latest single “better without you” is an outstanding song that comes from genres such as alt-rock, pop-punk, and in the most surprising way, he just blends in the genres altogether to create magic.


Having started writing music as an impractical hobby at only 16 years old, he started to discover raw talent. Upon building up a passion for music, he decided to take his craft seriously and recorded his first single two years later at 18 years old.


We are, as always admiring the way DripLee is capable of delivering is hypnotic while remaining innovative and unique. The song“better without you” sets the tone of a new world. A robust drum/guitar backing provides the song’s foundational framework while angsty, dynamic vocals maintain the listeners’ attention.


He has blown our minds earlier as well with his musical work but this track is insane and the music video adds the cherry on the cake for making it visually so appealing.


Indeed, the splendid track gave us a strong dope of energy and motivation to start this new grey season on a better note, it disconnected us from our daily routine thanks to its infectious color between pop/punk and uplifting energy.


Stream now and enjoy the video:



OUT NOW: "BETTER WITHOUT YOU" BY DRIPLEE




1. Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?

My new song is called “9:11” I’m excited for my label to finally release some new music of mine. I made this song 4 years ago and I made this song because growing up and till this day I continue to see the time 9:11 every day. I’ve been trying to figure out what it means and why I see it. But only God knows why but it won’t stop me from trying to figure it out myself!

2. What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?

I find my sound, my alter ego, and myself to be very unique. I’ve had a lot of famous people message me telling me they like the road I am taking and how mysterious I am in the game. My fan base is strong, and they continue to push me to never give up and stay true to myself and who I am. Lil Conscious has grown so much, more than I have ever imagined.

3. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

I have had a lot of great moments in my music career, but if I had to choose I’d say meeting Trippieredd and getting the advice he gave to me. He’s my favorite artist and always has been, also I would say meeting Machine Gun Kelly in Marfa Texas, didn’t think he would respond to me let alone take time out of his day to meet up with me and helping him and his team find somewhere to eat in Alpine Texas

4. How do you balance your music with other obligations — family, friends or work?

Balancing Lil Conscious has been the biggest struggle, I have lost friends, and family because I have been so invested in myself and my craft! I’ve since then begun to reach back out and try to rekindle the broken relationship I have caused over the years

5. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Don’t stop chasing your dreams, even if it’s not your first priority anymore. Keep pushing and pushing, sooner or later something will pop and every day you will bring yourself growth. The key is to have a constant push even if it’s a small amount every day

6. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

Take every shot! Even if you miss. You miss more in life when you just assume the outcome

7. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?

I have several projects that have yet to be released by my label. I guess I’m excited for all of them. At this point in my life, I just hope you all get to hear them one day. Always stay independent and never sign yourself away. Every label is the same, be yourself







OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LILCONSCIOUS


Our journey of the month is full of hope in the music industry thanks to Ryan Bauer's latest track where captivating sonorities and epic energy meet together to invite the audience into an extraordinary musical journey.

It is entitled "Argue”, the powerful opening, to the intense beats and lyrics, the track truly delivers a new artistic world and productions that strays from the norm between subtle instrumental elements.

The production quality is really something else. There’s just so much richness there. While the guitars drive the action and set the tone, Bauer is brimming with dynamic melodies and emotionally powerful lyrics. 

Professional musicianship is evident on every track by this artist. Though this music is incredibly polished and precise, it retains its soulful spirit, thanks to some genuinely organic performances. This is a vibe that just makes you want to chill, make your head bounce, and have a moment out of reality.

Listen now on Spotify:


FOCUS OF THE DAY: HIP-HOP ARTIST RYAN BAUER


 


1. Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?

It’s called Melrose. I made it with the intention of manifesting my future, what I want in life.


2. What makes your music unique? And how
would you describe it?

I feel like the songs I create gives people good energy.  Like it makes life better. I’d describe my music as something that u can yell in your car and turn up with friends to.


3. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

Getting on bangers only on YouTube. They’re strict about what they post on YouTube so it gives me confidence in my work.


4. How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?

I work a 9-5 furniture repair job. So when I get done with that I just go to the studio till 1 or 2 am. I honestly don’t leave the house unless it’s for work. All my time goes to music.


5. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Don’t give up. There’s gonna be times where you feel like shit and wanna give up. Just put your head down and keep pushing. U got this.


6. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

We goin up, our time is now.


7. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?

I have a lot of music lined up for the next couple of months. Some stuff I’d definitely consider different. I think the listeners are gonna love everything.

OUR INTERVIEW WITH KYLO VIOLET FOR HIS NEW RELEASE “MELROSE”


1. Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?

My recent release NIGHTS LIKE THIS is a mixture of R&B and the profound drill rap that's becoming the new rap sound in the music industry.  The story behind this song is that it's a late-night love or entanglement, whatever situation you're in with a girl/guy.  Collab with one of my closest friends since grade school, Xavi, he and I tell a narrative how the women we're currently affiliated with have us in our feelings and that we're deeply attracted to their presence. 


2. What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?

I consider myself a versatile artist because when you look at my discography, I like to try all different sounds of music such as R&B, rap, punk/alternative rock, whatever sounds right to my ears, I'll lay my vocals on and make a hit.  I don't want to be entitled to one particular sound because then every song I make, may sound repetitive, however, I listen to my fans and give them what they enjoy hearing.


3. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

The best moment of my career easily had to be the year 2020.  Even with the pandemic, I managed to step my foot in the door of reaching out and getting as much engagement as possible and it paid off.  I dropped two mixtapes starting my own series called Heartbreak Melodies, had collaborations with Day Lee and Unodavid, had an article written about my song Vwu 2.0 featured on Banger of the Day and had the money to actively invest in my music and build my home studio.  3 years into my music career, it shows that hard work really pays off.

4. How do you balance your music with other obligations — family, friends or work?

I try to accumulate my time surrounding myself with people and environments that help me stay focused on achieving a full-time music career.  I'll admit, I'm not perfect.  I'll have days where I feel out of touch with music and not work on it for weeks because of work, however my job fuels my investments and passion for making music.  Also, I have my family and closest friends to give me their full support. I'm actively in touch with them and my relationships are on very good terms which helps me alot mentally.  I'm always there for them for anything and everything as they are for me, and I'm very grateful for them.


5. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Thoughts become things.  If you can envision the dream/goal, feel what it's like to be in or have it, it will happen.  You just have to believe and surround yourself in situations that'll bring you closer to your end result.


6. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

Hard days set us up for better days.  Always be positive.

7. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects? 

Make as many songs as possible and when I know mentally it's ready to be released, I'll be dropping weekly, leading up to my debut album.



OUR INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH WITH AP SIL

 


1. Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?

Before I recorded BLACKOUT I had just got off a flight and touched down at the studio. I was off the liquor n a couple things and puked outside. I don’t feel like I was really even rapping when I recorded, I was sitting down in the booth, High and feeling like trash, talking my shit all monotone into the mic. It sounded fye so I kept going. The song was done in 20 minutes then I passed out. You can feel all that in my voice on the track, very authentic. 


2. What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?

I’m a monster, so I make music about stuff monsters do. I don’t use beats, I write lyrics during my day about the things I see, say, and do. To me that's what makes my music so unique, my life has never been simple or similar to anyone. I fucking hate people, and love drugs, that influence translates heavily into my sound. 


3. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

I made a song that hundreds of millions of people know all the words too even if they didn’t mean to. That’s pretty cool, but I’ll be proud of myself when I do it 100 more times. When Drake followed me and told me he liked my song I was tweakin. Right then I knew I was doing something crazy with this rap shit. 


4. How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends, or work?

I ate my family for dinner. My friends are my family now otherwise I keep to myself, but I would say having solid people is key. Fuck working, sell crack.


5. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Do whatever the fuck you want. There are no standards anymore just get to the bag by any means, never stop working.


6. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

I’m just an ugly guy saying ugly things and I fucking LOVE anyone that ever took time out of their lives to listen to my music, it’s truly insane and so fucking incredible anyone listens to me. I hope you degenerate die with a positive K/D ratio!


7. What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?

I’m collaborating with a few artists I like, I've been making crazy music this year and I’ve got special shit planned + SADFRIENDD and I have an EP on the way titled “Now That’s What I Call Sad”, it’s fucking beautiful.

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OUR INTERVIEW WITH LIL KAPOW FOR HIS NEW RELEASE “BLACKOUT”

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