Thursday, May 16, 2024


“What You Deserve” is a fine hip-hop/R&B mix that deserves a move to the top


By Kurt Beyers

Influence has been making hip-hop for a long time, about 25 years, performing in lots of venues and competitions, but he only started pushing his music out to the public last year.

“I’m done cooking up the style,” he said. “Now it’s time to put it out.”

To kick off the promotion of Influence and the multitude of sounds that characterize his music, he chose “What You Deserve.”

“‘What You Deserve’ is basically a hip-hop, R&B kind of dance track. It definitely has an Afro-centric dancehall vibe to it.”

Info Black sings the hook and Influence raps the verses.

All I need is one night, just give in girl don’t fight it, Don’t be scared cause I don’t bite, only if you like Only for tonight, tell me what you like

In addition to the hip-hop, R&B and dance, bongos give the Afro beat an island lilt, which Influence attributed to the producer, Majestic Drama.

“I’ve heard a lot of those type of beats, and this is, in my opinion, one of the better ones.”

He made his first song when he was 16 and really got into it when he was 21. He is 41 now.

He has not, he admitted, given it a hundred percent all those years. He has a family and, in addition to music, he is an entrepreneur. “So, you know, music is not the only thing I have going on.”

But in the beginning, it was different.

“When I first started, of course, I was giving it a hundred percent — selling CDs out the trunk, way back in the day.”

Music is back as the main item.

“I know that it’s a dream that God put in my heart for a reason. I’ve always believed that I was gonna become successful at music. I think that I’m too talented at it to not be put in that position.”

Talent plus work. He never left music entirely. He has performed a lot and his winning competitions include the Uplifting Minds 2 National Talent Competition; The Best In The West 2 Hip Hop Competition; LA’s Next Up Music Showcase; The Showcase Tour; and the Coast to Coast Live Music Showcase. He was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. 

He will be an official artist in the Mic Check Wynwood Season 2 in Miami from July 12 to July 15.

In his official bio, he says “R&B sparked his mind, but Hip Hop ignited his soul and became the driving force that drove him into the studio.”

The influences that impelled him to his own music come from hip-hop — Tupac, Biggie, Nas, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg — and R&B — Ginuwine, Dru Hill and Boyz 2 Men.

And what was it about hip-hop that fired up his soul?

“I think, really, it was the ability to express your art in that way.”

 “That way” means, “I like rapping over hip-hop beats, obviously. I more so grew up on listening to R&B before I was introduced to hip-hop, and then it was like, ‘Ahhh! There we go.’ I do both. I rap and I sing.”

“And that’s why,” he explained, “a lot of my music has so many melodies in it and why I switch up my tone so much and do some of the things I do vocally.”

Each of his tracks is markedly different from the others. That is for a combination of reasons. One is personal preference.

“I take pride in being a versatile artist. I don’t want to have my sound boxed in. When I talk to producers and they ask me what type of beat or what type of vibe I’m looking for, I’m like, ‘Let me hear what you got.’ I really never know what I’m in the mood for, or you never know what’s going to jump out at you until you start listening. I’ll listen to 500 beats and pick one.”

Another is that, once he has a beat, he writes to it.

“I just start catching the vibe and words and melodies start flowing through my head. That’s usually the one I pick because it’s like, ‘Okay. I can put some energy into that.’”

Another is inspiration. Or something.

“Some people ask me, ‘Oh, man, what inspired you to write that?’ or ‘What female were you talking about when you wrote that one?’ and I’m like, ‘Man, I wasn’t even talking about nobody in particular.’ Really. It’s just where the song took me. That song was 100 percent creativity.”

Where he wants to go is to the top.

“I've been doing this music thing for” — he sighs — “way longer than I should have been doing it not to have been on by now. I’ve been patiently waiting. At the end of the day, this was all about God preparing you for this blessing that has been bestowed upon you, and so, I’ve just been getting ready, man.”

Waiting and prepping are over. He is making his move.

“I think ‘What You Deserve’ has the potential to be the song of the summer. I’ve gotten nothing but great responses and positive reviews. It has a great vibe, and people love to dance to it.”

Follow him to the top by connecting to Influence on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024


Rescue and “Little Sugar” will sweeten up anyone’s musical life


By Kurt Beyers

“Little Sugar,” the fun R&B ’70s throwback single from Rescue, the new album by Ed Morales, will make people play steering-wheel drums.

Or dance.

The rocking country “Texas Lady” will have feet stomping under tables.

And the chorus of “Rescue,” the “anthemic” title song and final track, will stand neck hairs up to attention.

The single and the album drop on April 24.

The 11 songs of Rescue are about experiences of life, and “Little Sugar” was inspired by the romantic potential in puff pastry.

The origin story of “Little Sugar”: “I like to cook and was watching Food Network. A very attractive chef was preparing a recipe for puff pastry. As I was listening to her describe the recipe, I said, ‘This is somewhat suggestive.’ So, I went online, downloaded the recipe and I thought ‘Well, I’m gonna have a bit of fun with it.’”

Gonna come right down 

Help you with the recipe 

A pinch of this and a dash of that

Maybe something to squeeze

This is set to music inspired by combination of R&B and Pop influenced dance music  Ed grew up with in the ’70s and 80s, Chic, Earth Wind & Fire, and Duran Duran. 

He chose it as the song to tease the album because it is fun, lighthearted, double entendre with a gravitating combination of rhythmic guitar, bass, drums and sax of “early dance”.

“I wanted the feel and the groove of it, the instrumentation, the saxophone, to be inviting, uncomplicated - simple.”

And people related to it, even his kids, he said.

“It’s a flirtatious, groovy kind of song about a guy coming over to cook with his love. There’s a bit of innuendo, but the inspiration was watching someone on Food Network cooking puff pastry.”

Leave it in until it’s done

Waiting for this is half the fun

Serve it while it’s really hot

One last thing to hit the spot

Give a Little Sugar to make it all better

Ed’s career in music spans several decades and is a gifted musician, singer and songwriter. Beginning in the 1980s, Ed has recorded both as an independent artist and signed to labels. He has journeyed across the country, including a time in Nashville, and still performs to a large following in the Texas Hill Country area around San Antonio, where he currently lives.

“At this juncture in my career, I don’t have delusions of grandeur,” he said. “I really want to reach people of my age. You know, the Gen X group who experienced great music and styles of the ’60s, ’70s, and 80s. People seeking a voice, speaking their ‘language’. Someone who grew up at the same time and understands the juncture we are in our lives. Those are the ones that I’m most trying to appeal.”

But he is ready to take his music to a wider world.

“If the opportunity presents itself for me to travel and perform in other places around the country and around the world, absolutely, I will. Nowadays, the reach is so pervasive you can connect many people around the world. My ‘day-job’ allows me to connect daily to people across the globe, so I know there is a broad, like minded audience.”

Rescue is a collection of songs composed and produced over the last few years, he said. The songs are in a variety of musical styles – a confluence of Rock, Pop, R&B and Americana. Ed calls it “Urban Americana”.

“It is an assembly of the different influences that I’ve gone through pretty much most of my life, but primarily as I was growing up. You’ll hear influences of Tom Petty and Beatle-guitar oriented rock like a song called ‘Rena.’ Being from Texas, one can’t help but be inspired by Texas country stylings of Lyle Lovett and Don Henley in songs such as ‘Steady My Heart’.”

Another song, “Greetings from Asbury Park,” named for Bruce Springsteen’s first album, is an ode to Springsteen musical and lyrical influence, “written as I was driving down a highway listening to the album.”

His music is the kind that reveals something new at every listening.

When this is suggested to him, he said, “Well, I think that’s another aspect of this album. It is layered. It’s about taking people through a journey. There’s a very prescriptive way that the songs flow through the album.”

“The whole album is about experiences. Seeking and embracing experiences in life and all that life has to offer.”

The songs, based in life experiences, are musical experiences worth having.

The title of the album, Rescue, has both positive and negative connotations for him, and a certain poignancy. It is the first music he has released in seven years. In his day job he is an IT professional.

“I still have things to say and music to play, and this was a way of realizing the other part of my spirit.”

During the time he was recording the tracks of Rescue, his life was in “somewhat” of a challenging phase, he said, and the album “recording, writing music — became a release —something I could escape and focus while all the ‘noise’ was going on around me.”

“It did in a sense rescue me from the things that were going on.”

None of that shows in the songs, the album, except in the way that great music and lyrics are relatable to anyone and can help them transcend the chaos of life.

Even make it fun.

When I get there to your door

One more thing left to score

Give a Little Sugar, give a Little Sugar, yeah

Give a Little Sugar to make it all better

Make it all better. Connect to Ed Morales on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.



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Monday, April 29, 2024


Go Away Robot Showcase Their Unique Electronic Punk Sound in Latest Single ‘Strange Days’

By: Nadia Sobehart


Electronic punk band Go Away Robot brings listeners a captivating new single featuring their unique cross-genre sound.

The members of Go Away Robot grew up playing in their respective local punk/hardcore scenes before coming together—Jon in the North Bay, Dan in Pacifica, and Alex in Florida. Their moniker was inspired by the negative sentiment towards automated technology, from self-driving cars to AI.

“We started writing dance music mixed with emo and hardcore. Heavier music mixed with electronic music,” shares Alex. They didn’t quite fit in any one genre, so they made a sound of their own.

The single, “Strange Days,” was born in a time that was very unusual, uncomfortable, and downright perplexing at times. Alex was listening to a lot of hip-hop and his vocals were influenced by Lupe Fiasco. “Alex and Jon were in each other’s COVID bubbles and continued writing,” tells the band. “This song is basically about fighting with addiction…and inevitably trading one addiction for another, not ever really solving the problem,” says Jon.

“Strange Days” is the title song on their 3-track album “Strange Days.” The album has a picture of a flaming keyboard on the cover, a keyboard that the band set on fire for this album release.

A mainstay in their music is the prevailing theme of drug and alcohol abuse, alongside other darker topics. “Their album has a lot of imagery on what’s going on in San Francisco as far as drug use and people on the streets,” explains Go Away Robot. 

Go Away Robot’s rowdy live performances involve mosh pits, dance offs, and occasional police incidents. Their habit of bringing their own dance club live audio system with them has got them some heat with the authorities.

Whether they are performing live on stage or capturing their sound in the studio, Go Away Robot delivers through and through.

“We make music we want people to dance to, music we want people to hear the lyrics and feel them. Our lyrics are typically sad but with electronic happy parts and more aggressive parts as well.”

In the coming months, Go Away Robot looks forward to sharing more releases with fans.

“We love working on music and want to share it with other people,” tells Alex, as Jon adds, “I just hope they wanna come out to shows and get crazy.”

Make sure to stay connected to Go Away Robot on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.


Friday, April 26, 2024


Hammaz shows off his versatility in new album AlphaMale 4: Magnum Opus, featuring the fresh new track “Shitz”


By Bobby Martin

Delaware based rapper Hammaz has been surrounded by music through friends and family his whole life, and most recently he created the album AlphaMale 4: Magnum Opus, which includes the single “Shitz” that will reel in listeners as it is catchy and pops.

“This one is more drill,” Hammaz said of “Shitz” which features MusicByDre. “There’s no playing around. I’m back and letting you know. I want all the shitz, I want all the smoke. I’m coming for it. I’m there for it.”

AlphaMale 4: Magnum Opus wasn’t just whipped together, as Hammaz took his time and selected everything for a reason. Instead of just writing freely, he wrote about specific events and people, and topics that were going on in his life.

“I was able to tap deep into a certain bag, and to be able to put it all together in one project, is like one of the greatest art forms I’ve created over the bodies of works that I did,” Hammaz explained. “I have a personal relationship with PeeWee Kirkland, so I had a couple of sit downs with him. One of the songs on there talks about him and his life.”

There are 12 total tracks on the album that also includes “Boss Talk 2,” “End of the Road,” and a song called “Becky, Karen, Susan,” which he said is a little story about three of his favorite teachers. The song “Again,” is one that shows off his range and has GRAMMY written all over it, Hammaz said. 

“I am really proud of the artistic ability for me to jump from different topics and different subjects, and stay in that pocket,” he said.

Hammaz has a versatile style of music, saying that he performs hip-hop most of the time, and is also a great storyteller.

“I’m good in each department,” Hammaz. “Some people bounce from topic to topic, but struggle in different areas like storytelling, club songs, or drill music. I think I have an A plus in all those departments. Every day ain’t the same. Every story ain’t the same. Different things happen.”

Hammaz was born in Jamaica, but he moved to Delaware when he was eight years old where he lived near the Southbridge projects. He grew up with hardship in his life, but it didn’t discourage him, as it actually motivated him to share his life stories. He knows he’s not the only person who has had hard times, and he hopes his talent can have a major impact on listeners who can commiserate. 

“I grew up in the hood,” Hammaz said. “Life was like anything else that you see on TV, like in The Wire. Like Brooklyn or Chicago, it’s just that Delaware is small so you don’t really see or hear about the shootings, drug dealings, murders or kidnappings. You don’t hear about it as much, but it happens.”

Hammaz is able to incorporate his upbringing in his work, but he said he doesn’t need to intentionally tell it in his story. He is doing what he loves, and as long as he continues to improve, he feels good about what he is accomplishing.

“I am just like anyone else,” Hammaz said. “I’ve been through adversity, the ups and downs. I have a story to tell just like anybody else. I am pretty sure that everyone who has been through anything, anyone else who is striving for anything can relate.”

Hammaz is inspired by all kinds of music, including hip-hop, R&B, rap, reggae and even country. He also said his inspirations come from his life experiences.

“I just like creating and seeing my thoughts and life story being played out,” Hammaz said.

Hammaz has been around music forever, saying that being from Jamaica, his father and his cousins were into Caribbean style music and DJing.

“When I started playing around with it, I figured I had a little natural knack for it,” Hammaz said. “With a couple unexpected breaks, I was like, you know what? I’m going to make a little lucrative hobby out of it, and before you knew it, it became a nice little career.”

Hammaz has worked with some big names like Waka Flocka Flame and Johnny Blaze. One of his biggest hits, “Boss Talk,” was featured on DMX’s Mixtape right before he passed away. 

The rapper was underground for years, but Hammaz got his big break when he started the entertainment company Alpha Male Ent. He had the opportunity to record the albums AlphaMale 3 and AlphaMale 4, as well as the yet to be released AlphaMale 5 at Grand Hustle Studios in Atlanta.

AlphaMale 4: Magnum Opus, and the video for “Shitz,” is coming out on April 4. Be sure to keep up to date with Hammaz and his music available on all platforms.

Thursday, April 25, 2024


 Resurgent Reggaeton Artist Altur Santos Drops New Single "Vice Versa"

By: Kurt Beyers


Altur Santos, the dynamic reggaeton artist heralded for his infectious beats and electrifying energy, has released his much-anticipated second single, "Vice Versa,."

"Vice Versa" embodies the essence of feel-good music, inviting listeners to move to its irresistible rhythm. Altur describes it as “the perfect anthem for those moments when you're feeling good and just want to let loose” – whether dancing in the club or simply vibing at home.


Altur explains that the song captures the essence of a fleeting romance, where two individuals navigate the complexities of love and lust in a fast-paced world. "'Vice Versa' is a reflection of modern relationships," Altur explains. "It's about the dynamic between two people who understand the temporary nature of love and choose to embrace the moment."


Altur Santos' musical journey began at a young age, nurtured by a deep-rooted passion for music inherited from his mother, who was a musician herself. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Altur honed his skills as a saxophonist before transitioning into singing and songwriting. His artistic evolution led him to collaborate with renowned talents worldwide, culminating in his current venture with Toronto-based label JML Entertainment.


Under the guidance of his management team, Altur has embarked on a new chapter in his career, aiming to elevate his music to new heights. His recent rebranding and the release of his debut single, "Sin Dudas," marked a significant milestone in his journey toward international recognition.

As Altur sets his sights on the global stage, he remains steadfast in his commitment to producing music that resonates with audiences on a profound level. With a forthcoming EP on the horizon and plans for a full album in the works, Altur Santos is poised to make waves in the music industry.


Join Altur Santos on his musical odyssey by following him on all major platforms for updates on new releases, videos, and social content.

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Altur Santos is a reggaeton artist hailing from the Dominican Republic, known for his infectious beats and electrifying performances. With a diverse musical background and a penchant for crafting catchy melodies, Altur is poised to take the music world by storm. 

Through his partnership with JML Entertainment, Altur is on a mission to captivate audiences worldwide with his unique blend of Latin rhythms and contemporary sound.


Friday, April 19, 2024



Apollo Liberace celebrates his birthday with the release of new R&B single “If I Said I Had the Answers, Would You Listen”


By Bobby Martin

Apollo Liberace has spent his whole life involved in music, dating back to when he was a just a young child. Now the hip-hop/R&B artist feels that he is putting out some of his best material yet, with his single “If I Said I Had the Answers, Would You Listen” set to be released on his birthday, February 27. 

His newest song is an R&B track that will be complete with a music video featuring himself and his girlfriend “Wolves.” It captures the essence of love and being in a relationship, and Apollo Liberace said it is melodic, while also featuring a little bit of rap and indie vibes.

“The song is talking about everything you go through in a relationship,” he said. “The main lyrics are, ‘so cry alone, or you can cry on me if you want to.’ Just talking about two different people in a relationship. It’s displaying all the emotions you go through when you’re happy together. If you love somebody it’s never going to always be great. It’s really who you’re with, to argue with, the rest of your life.”

Also in the works is a single titled “Paradise,” featuring Tyla Yaweh, who has worked with the likes of Post Malone, Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa.

Down the line, Apollo Liberace has plans to create an EP. He said the first song is mostly R&B, but others will feature him on acoustic guitar with a more “indie-folk” feel.

“It’s a lot different than what I’ve done before,” he said. “I think it’s the best music I’ve made. It’s real and full of emotion, with different stories.”

Apollo Liberace uses life experiences as his source of inspiration when making music. This includes the travel he has done, relationships he has been in, heartbreaks and success along the way.

“The more you do in life, the more your brain expands,” he said. “And once it expands, it doesn’t go back. It changes it in every way. Once you see outside the country, you realize how big the world is. It definitely influences all of it.”

Apollo Liberace started his musical journey at a young age, singing in the church choir and at youth camps. He wrote and recorded his first song when he was 10-years-old while living in San Antonio, Texas. He followed in the footsteps of his older sister, who was producing records and performing. When Apollo Liberace was 12 he had already found success while working alongside his sister, singing originals along with covers of the Jackson 5 and James Brown before turning to the hip-hop scene.

When he was 15 he moved to South Korea due to his parents being on military assignment. While there, he performed as the opening act in the G-Unit Far East Tour, and was eventually signed by Korea Def Jam Far East. 

He moved back to the San Antonio where he had a song on the radio at the age of 17, and performed at events with thousands of people every weekend. After a stint in Atlanta and then moving to Los Angeles, Apollo’s hip-hop trio Minus Gravity was signed by Capitol Records and had success making music.

The group split ways after about a decade together, which he said was hard because they were friends he had known since he was a kid. But since then, things have been taking off for Apollo Liberace. He is not only working on putting out new music, but will also be on a Paramount Plus television show with TV personality Chanel West Coast coming out this summer.

“Things just started falling out of the sky for me,” he said. “I’ve got so many things in the works.”

The namesake of Apollo Liberace pays homage to the Greek god of music, and also the eccentricity and flashiness of legendary pianist Liberace. He can relate to both, as his style is a bit different than the average person, but also has some edge.

“I really liked his story and his showmanship, basically,” he said. “So I combined those two things.”

Apollo Liberace loves the pure creativity that making music brings to his life. For a long time he was creating what he thought other people would enjoy, but now he is making music for himself and he feels that it is top tier. Apollo Liberace is focused on making “true art.”

“There are limitless possibilities,” he said. “Whatever you think of, and then seeing the outcome and being able to hear what you did with the rhythm is always inspiring. There’s always magic to it, just being able to create.”

He added, “I think that’s what music is: convergence of different feelings and different energies. What I put into the mic or the studio that day, I think that will come out. I hope people catch those same moods and feelings, and I think they will with this new music, for sure.”

Be sure to check out Apollo Liberace’s music available on all platforms.






Thursday, April 11, 2024




Josh Conklin has rather quickly amassed over 300,000 Tik Tok followers doing what he loves, and that's digging for relics. It's not easy to get well over a quarter of a million people to want to follow you, but he's done it. He goes by "Conkdetects" on Tik Tok and people flock to his LIVE streams as soon as they get the notification. There's a reason for this. Well actually, there's a few reasons.

Conklin doesn't just live stream his efforts to find relics, he does more, he entertains. After all, he is an entertainer. He's a songwriter, an instrumentalist, he sings, and he makes electronic music. So why not? Let's throw beatboxing in there as well.  

Josh is known for his impressive beatboxing while he's streaming. His fans love it. Furthermore, the dude is just funny. His quirky sense of humor, coupled with catchy phrases has created a lingo that all of his regular followers understand. Some people call it "Conklish" sort of a group language that people soon figure out, especially his loyal following.

In this Podcast we will take the listeners back in time a bit and find out where Josh grew up, his journey in the music world, and how metal detecting became not just a hobby, but now a full time job. Yea, you heard that right. Sit back and enjoy the show. 

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To purchase Conk merchandise and shop for metal detecting equipment, visit Conk's website  HERE 


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