ARTIST SPOTLIGHT MARCH 2016: ALTernate Ears

Nobody holds you down better than yourself, and for the past year I’ve actually grown into an entirely new artist I’m proud to share with the world. It only felt right ending Women’s History Month by appreciating my damn self. The self that works tirelessly during the day to support another dollar and a dream…

Artist Spotlight February 2016: HI$TO

Baltimore bred, Texas-raised producer, DJ, graphic designer and nightlife curator HI$TO just wants to “make history in this game.” In a short 24 years, he’s already created a label (Sector Zero), curated a successful Baltimore-based party series (PSYCHD) that has gone on to tour in D.C., Philly, and New York, played at the infamous day-festival…

Artist Spotlight January 2016: Swisha

He forced Kanye West to change his album name and received a cease and desist letter from the Swisher Sweets company. While that statement is only half true, I can assure you that 20-year-old Swisha (formerly known as Swisha Sweet) is going to change the way people listen to club music URL and IRL. The…

VOL. VII ($JAYY)

The way the electronic dance scene is set up makes it difficult for many talented producers and DJs to find a steady stream into which they feel comfortable enough to dive. From the talent-less personas that enter the atmosphere just to get a quick buck/rise to fame to the mediocre, yet marketable, talent that is favored over the underground-ers,…

VOL. V (GIANNI LEE)

Remember when everyone, including myself, had announced that Norwegian-producer Kygo was about to “takeover the EDM game”? Well, he was about to, but that was inevitable. It’s obvious, when someone is backed by credible A-level outlets, producers and management. It’s even more obvious, when that said person has already added a handful of major festivals under…

VOL. IV (Alan T)

Don’t let the introverted, lowkey demeanor fool you, this Queens, New York native is definitely someone you should have under your radar… Alan T–rapper, director, and producer–is what I’d like to call a hybrid of new school vs. old school in the hip hop world. By maintaining the integrity of lyricism in his music, while also…

VOL. III ( Āse Manuál)

Jersey Club music: a particular type of club music and offshoot of Baltimore Club that incorpoorates strong roots in hip hop and r&b with BPMs in the 130-140 range. The pioneers of this genre–DJ Tameil and Tim Dolla of the Brick Bandits Crew–have paved the way for some impressively new and refreshing twists, furthering its prevalence. Heavy hitters like DJ Sliink, Nadus,…

VOL. II (jLaSol)

From speaking words to rapping lyrics, jLaSol found his true passion in writing. Born and raised in a Christian Queens, New York household, jLaSol–formally known as Joshua King–wasn’t always a rapper. Having always been a “decent” writer in the schooling system, J began writing poetry his freshman year of high school, “I always felt lost as…

VOL. I (MARVELiTO)

It takes a certain type of DJ that’s able to effortlessly fuse several genres–hip-hop, r&b, dancehall, electronic–with Serato vinyls on Technic turntables; DJ MARVELiTO, also known as “Marvel” or “Marv”, is the jack of many trades that falls into this category. Marv is a Brooklyn bred, Massachusetts native that found his love for DJing at the ripe…