Friday, July 01, 2022




Monday, June 27, 2022

‘Blurred Vizion’ takes out anger through music while supporting research for the blind - Q&A PODCAST!

‘Blurred Vizion’ takes out anger through music while supporting research for the blind

By John Hacker

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Brandon and Eli Olbeter have never had it easy. Losing their eyesight at ages 9 and 20 respectively, the two have had to struggle through life in ways that most people take for granted. But they haven’t let their genetic disability keep them down. In fact, they’ve excelled in many ways far beyond what most people would have expected from them. This is especially true when it comes to music.

While looking for a vehicle to channel their anger and frustration, the young Olbeter brothers found an outlet through music – specifically, Hard Rock. That sound and style became something through which they could release their anger. And though learning to play instruments was extremely difficult (Eli plays drums and Brandon plays guitar and bass), they overcame those obstacles and have now been creating music for more than a decade. Most recently they’ve been doing that alongside their friend, Joe Enlow, a vocalist and rapper who they met while in high school. Today the three of them make up the band Blurred Vizion, and their Hard Rock sound is about to come front-and-center with the release of their new EP “My Guardian Demon.”

The first single from the project, “Torture,” is slated for a June 6 release. It’s a song that sets the stage for a project the explores emotions of depression and self-doubt and anxiety – all things the brothers have dealt with while learning to live with their disability. Each of the six singles on the project will deal with those emotions and anger in some way or another. Following “Torture,” the other five singles will come out on all streaming platforms on the sixth of each month until Nov. 6, when the entire album will drop. 

“We kind of look at ourselves as a less political kind of Rage Against the Machine,” Eli said. “Kind of that hard rock with a little bit of a rap mixture, but we try to stay away from the political stuff as much as possible. We’re more about real life – more our own personal lives rather than the life in the world.”

Though the Olbeters’ battle with the genetic disease Retinitis Pigmentosa is unique to them, the feelings of frustration and anger and depression and anxiety are universal emotions that many people will connect with. And hard rock is the perfect vehicle through which to emit those emotions, Brandon said. And as they are able to connect with other people through music, their hope is to bring an increased awareness to blindness and the various avenues through which efforts are being made to help people dealing with disabilities like their own.

“Our disease starts with night blindness,” Brandon said. “It takes your night vision away first, then it starts to take your peripheral vision. Then it slowly takes that away until you have nothing. At some point, unless there’s a cure, we are going to be 100 percent blind.”

To help advance the chances of finding a cure, Blurred Vizion works with The Foundation Fighting Blindness. The Olbeters have participated in medical studies to try to help find a cure or treatment, and they also plan to sell T-shirts and donate the proceeds to that charity. But their biggest platform for awareness is the stage. And every time Blurred Vizion gets to perform live in front of a crowd, they’re showing the world that losing one’s eyesight doesn’t mean life stops.

“That’s the goal that Brandon and I always had,” Eli said. “To help come up with a cure so future generations won’t have to deal with this. It’s very tough to deal with, but we try not to let it affect us. That’s the whole point in the story behind what we’re trying to do. We won’t let this beat us down. There is hope that with the right mindset and the right attitude. Anything is possible. A cure can happen.”

Make sure to stay connected to “Blurred Vizion” on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.

Friday, June 10, 2022



Afro-Pop Artist Cadáze Hits the Jackpot with “Easy Love” single


By Ann Swinderman

BOWIE, MD - Taking inspiration from hip hop, Afrobeat, and reggae, Cadáze blends her African heritage and American influences to create a signature vibe in her latest single, “Easy Love.”

“Music to me is art, and I believe art is the best way that I can express myself. I like to think that my music is unique and I also believes it shows my personality, my upbringing, my history and my ambitions.”

Born in Cameroon, Cadáze arrived in America at age 11, settled in Maryland, and began absorbing the American culture. After two years of building her discography, Cadáze’s music is synonymous with mixing cultures and genres. Taking inspiration from American artists, Cameroon and Nigerian trailblazers like Daphne, 2Face and P-Square, Cadáze creates her vibe with her music. “Afrobeat is taking over and I would love to be a part of that representation. You will hear everything in me,” she said. “I’m an afrobeat artist with two different cultures and influences by many people.”

Dropping on June 3rd, on Spotify and other streaming platforms, “Easy Love” is Cadáze’s next hit which is a single from her soon to be released EP Skin. The EP has everything from singing to freestyling, to a beat that does not stop and a mystical ambiance-like vibe. “Easy love is about how an ideal love should be, lol. I want people to feel me, hear me, and experience what Cadáze is feeling,” she stated.

Paying tribute and honoring single mothers and women who struggle to survive in the U.S. and across the globe, the EP’s title song, “Skin,” is dedicated to her mother and grandmother who have been through many difficult times but still choose to do great things in their communities and families as single parents. “Many African Black women go through a lot, and I saw a lot of tough African Black women while growing up. ‘Skin’ celebrates Black women. I want African women to know they are unique and tough,” she said. With a relaxing beat and lyrics like “never play with the dark skin,” the track promises to mix Afrobeat with melodic vocals like nothing ever has.

In addition to her musical artistry, Cadáze’s resume includes a master’s degree and entrepreneur. She is working on launching a fitness apparel store that aids her fitness and exercise obsessions. Cadáze strives to empower women by encouraging them to achieve their full potential without letting society stomp on their dreams.

“As an artist, I’m always evolving,” said Cadáze. “My music is not just me signing; it’s a whole package of what I represent and who I am.”

Make sure to stay connected to Cadáze on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.ázeC

Wednesday, June 08, 2022



TyStringz is a cloud software engineer and Afrobeats enthusiast making a name for himself


By Brennan Stebbins

TyStringz graduated from college at age 19 and earned a master’s degree in computer science at 22, and then Microsoft came calling to hire him as a cloud software engineer.

The Nigerian native says he can write codes from morning to night, but his real passion lies elsewhere.

“Music is not work for me,” he says. “Music is fun.”

And so TyStringz, after finding success in his professional life, has now set out to make a name for himself as an artist, and he’s not wasting any time. He released his debut single just last year, and the official video earned a quarter of a million views in just 10 months. That single, “Shalaye (Reloaded),” went so far as to chart at No. 2 on the iTunes Chart Worldwide Genre. It even went above the most popular Afrobeats song of 2021 – “Essence” by Whiz Kid – for a couple of days.


His latest release, “Shy,” already has 50,000 plays in only two weeks.



“My music is a blend of different genres and styles of music,” he says. “I play six musical instruments and I can play you jazz, soul, Delta blues, bluegrass, rock and roll, R&B. I’ll play anything, but I’m Nigerian and I’ve only been in the states since 2015 so when I play those styles, those elements, those melodies you can hear the Afrobeats influence. I’m very big on lyrics and very big on melody. Melody is what draws emotion with the lyrics.”



Music has always been an escape for TyStringz, and when he found himself working from home during the pandemic, he decided to pick up his acoustic guitar one day and write “Shalaye,” the first song he’d ever written in his life.



He followed that up with “Far Away,” with the official video being viewed 550,000 times in the last three months. It’s an uplifting song he wrote about being in the kind of happy relationship with someone where “you want to get lost with somebody.”



“We’ve all been in that happy place in a relationship or in our life where we feel like man, nothing can go wrong from here,” he says. “Whether it’s 10 or 20 minutes, an hour, two weeks, whatever. That happiness, that is the melody.”



TyStringz teamed up with L.A.X. to produce “Shy,” which he says covers every aspect of Afrobeats from the melody to the emotion and the vibe it conveys. He wants to give listeners a sense of feeling from the music and its lyrics, which talk about a woman “trying to blossom but there’s a lot of things inside her that she can’t express herself,” he says. “Whether you like it or not, you are special.”



TyStringz tries to write songs with what he calls a “sunshine melody.” He wants to incorporate that happiness regardless of the style he’s writing. “Body” is more of a club banger, while he envisions “Far Away” being listened to at a wedding or tea party.



“What I’m trying to do with Afrobeats is blend it with different styles of music to appeal to a wide global audience,” he says. “Afro jazz, Afro pop, Afro R&B. But I’m using elements that are familiar.”



He’s already got as many as 30 songs recorded and ready for release, and anticipates the first of those will be out in a month or two.



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

Monday, June 06, 2022


 Detroit artist Aday weaves R&B, hip hop sounds into newest album “Voice Memos’


By John Hacker

Her sound is soulful and strong and it comes from a heart molded by life’s experiences and challenges.

Detroit musician and songwriter Aday is working hard to pass on a message of confidence and perseverance as she paves her own way through the musical industry with the release of her newest album titled “Voice Memos.”

People who live in Detroit might recognize some of the names Aday gave the songs on this newest EP, including “Plymouth Rd,” I-75s,” M-53,” Featherstone,” and James Cir.”

“All of these titles are from the actual voice memos,” Aday said. “Wherever I was at the time I recorded a voice memo to remind me of something I wanted to record when I got home it was the name of the street address where I recorded the voice memo. The names aren’t connected to the content of the songs.”

Aday said she’s been rapping since before she could write. She attributes this to her mother who used to rap she was pregnant with her and in her younger years. 

Aday said she knew she wanted to be a star from the age of nine when she formed a musical trio with a couple of her cousins.

“It might not have made perfect sense at that point, but me and my two cousins, we formed a group and recorded a few songs,” Aday said. “They were two boys and they didn’t really take it as serious as me. One of them doesn't rap anymore at all and one of them he kind of tries but I eventually branched off on my own because I took it very serious.”

Aday said her name comes from a nickname her little brother gave her when he was just learning to speak.

“My stage name is Aday, when I was younger my little brother could not say my name,” she said. “My name is Adrienne and he started calling me Aday and everyone from my neighborhood, I grew up in midtown Detroit very close to downtown, called me that as well and that became my name, Aday.”

Aday credits her musical sound to the influences of her musical parents as well as artists such as Missy Elliot, J Dilla, Aaliyah and others.

The songs on the album “Voice Memos” reflect a time of great change for the artist.

“I think that this was a huge year for me mentally in my life and I went through a lot,” Aday said. “I moved back from Atlanta, broke up with an ex, got into a car accident. One of my cousins got shot, one of my cousins took her own life away, it’s been a pretty extreme amount of things going on this year. I’ve literally been in my car a lot. I was recording just off my phone or my iPad before I had to sell it, recording on my phone every singe idea that came into my head.

“It was all the experiences. A lot of the lyrics in the songs were things that were happening in my life and after that breakup type thing I didn’t want to date anyone and then boom, I found somebody I was messing with.”

Aday has an edgy style that cannot be confined to just one category. She performs a broad selection of genres of music including but not limited to house, hip hop, R&B, and rap. 

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


Wednesday, June 01, 2022


Yusuf Misdaq ‘goes home’ with new EP meant for Afghan people

By Brennan Stebbins




Yusuf Misdaq takes a lot of pride in his Afghan culture – his new stage name, MASSTAKAI, is taken from the tribe his family descended from thousands of years ago.



“A tribe of people who were very joyful and musical and used to dance,” he says.



An accomplished solo artist who’s released nine albums and EP’s, Yusuf’s newest project is his first meant specifically for the people of Afghanistan. Born in England and now living in the US, Yusuf says there’s been a rise in consciousness of Afghan culture among those living in the West, and that’s influencing his new music.



“There’s so much to be proud of with Afghan culture, so much history and music and spirituality,” he says. “The Taliban just came back to Afghanistan and they ban music. It’s a big deal for me. I’ve been there, my dad was living in Kabul and I know the culture there pretty well. Needless to say, Afghans love their music, it’s a huge part of their lives. The only Afghans able to produce new music now are those in the West, but even that is kind of implicitly intended for Western audiences, or it’s music with a kind of depressive, heavy energy. So what I’m trying to do, because the Taliban are not sophisticated enough to filter out specific websites or videos, is to just reach people back in my country through these very raw, honest songs.



“It’s a sort of spiritual quest for me to touch my people, reach my people and really connect with them,” he says. “Connect with my heritage and my culture.”



Yusuf’s music sprouted from 90’s UK hip hop and added ambient, electronic synth-pop and acoustic folk sounds. His new release, the three-song EP Ziyara, is a nod to the 70’s and 80’s pop music that was once popular in Afghanistan. Slated for release on May 17, it incorporates some lo-fi and world music elements with an electronic background. The title track begins with a funky beat that expands into an ambient movement for several minutes, accompanied by Yusuf’s free word association.



“It’s very slow and dreamlike,” he says. “This constant sense of journeying and going deeper into consciousness, into your history. That’s the meaning of the word Ziyara.”



The EP uses an unusual – for Western audiences – 7/8 time signature, one native to Afghan music, and in a first for Yusuf, the lyrics are in the Farsi language.



“It’s not typical pop music, right?” he says. “the last track ends with a beautiful prayer in Farsi for Afghanistan. It doesn’t make it radio friendly. I look at my music, especially on this EP, as something more like a drug, so for the people it’s meant to reach I want it to sink into their heads slowly and affect them on a subconscious level where they might be more sensitive to spiritual things around them.”



Yusuf says the project is part of a larger worldwide movement of people “going home,” which accelerated during COVID as many people moved back home and out of the cities.



“People want to get in touch with what really makes them unique and what better way to start than your culture, your family history, the stories your parents told you,” he says. “I see it as a worldwide return, a spiritual homecoming that’s happening right now. One of the lyrics on the title-track is actually a principle in Afghan spirituality, Sufi philosophy, which literally translates as the journey home.”



Yusuf released his first album in 2004, and each project has served as a remedy for a different period of time in society. That first release, From a Western Box, was a response to the war on terror.



In addition to his new music, Yusuf is planning an online education initiative for Afghan girls and boys, utilizing platforms like YouTube and Instagram.



Make sure to stay connected to Yusuf Misdaq on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.


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Monday, May 30, 2022


Hip Hop Artist Lilérrehendrix Drops “’Lérre,” a Rap Welcome Party to His Musical Artistry 


COLLEGEVILLE, PA - Lilérrehendrix knows what he wants. By blending genres, he creates a unique hip-hop style that positions him to be a rising artist in the industry. 

Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, Lilérrehendrix’s youth was spent dealing with his parent’s divorce and the magnetic draw of street life. When life happened, and he was thrown into the street life, he quickly witnessed what a lifetime of hustling would be like. It was then that he knew he needed to leave that lifestyle. Music was his way out. 

“My inspiration for music started after I saw the movie ‘Straight Outta Compton.’ Music was a way to get out,” he said. 

LilérrehendriX has been producing music for more than six years. Starting in his momma’s basement under the name Piérre Hendrix, he spent countless hours crafting instrumentals to his ears’ liking.

As an independent artist, Lilérrehendrix is a singer/songwriter and producer specializing in hip hop and rap while showing extra love for the 808 style. “I’m inspired to write about whatever is exciting,” Lilérrehendrix said. “I just want to be happy all the time and show that in my songs.”

Written in 2021 inside his home studio, Lilérrehendrix’s latest album is titled “’Lérre,” contains nine hard-hitting songs.  Additionally, he released a deluxe version with 19 tracks that exceed one hour in length, which Lilérrehendrix noted could have easily been two to three hours. His love of music and passion for “’Lérre” is evident. 

“The original album (“’Lérre”) is about my introduction to me and who I am. The deluxe album is that plus ten,” he explained. 

“’Lérre” is filled with hip hop songs for the club, driving, and just chilling, but two pieces are a little more special to Lilérrehendrix.

The single “2TONE” is packed with an up-tempo vibe mixed with a wicked synthesizer pushing the song to a climax. “The song starts with women empowerment in a way, money struggles, drug addiction, and then it gets fierce before it calms,” he said. 

Utilizing Drake’s flow, “Casanova” is an emotionally upbeat song and personal to Lilérrehendrix, who left school to pursue music. “This one is a party banger. But you need to be safe out there. There’s going to be a lot of partying going on when this song is on,” he said. 

While Lilérrehendrix listens to many hip hop artists to learn from the best, he is currently inspired by Thouxanbanfauni and his song, “Ultra Violet.” Even though Lilérrehendrix is a newcomer to the hip hop game, his music shows musical and lyrical contention for being a rising artist. 

“I’m constantly working on new ideas, and right now, ‘Lérre’ is a really good piece,” he said. “It’s entertaining, and I hope everyone can enjoy it. Ultimately, I fantasize of a luxurious lifestyle in some of my music.”

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

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Thursday, May 19, 2022


Rising artist IAO Carla aims to help people heal within with her music

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By Brennan Stebbins

IAO Carla has fire on her fingers, eternity in her eyes and ruins in her voice.

Born in Morocco with Egyptian, Jewish and Greek heritage, the artist’s unique blend of dream pop, tribal and enchanting music – with some techno vibes and trippy beats mixed in – is meant to help listeners heal their inner wounds and accept their darkness.


“I’ve always been very attracted to ancient teachings and to ancient temples and to everything ancient,” she says. “I started a spiritual development quite a long time ago during a very low period in my life and I saw how when we detach from the mind and the body then our true self emerges and this is what I am teaching through everything I do with my art and my creations.”


IAO Carla’s upcoming song “Sun Yesod” explores Jewish mysticism and the 10 points of entry in the human body, coupled with a pop-like feel. It’s slated for release April 21 with an accompanying music video. In the video, IAO Carla is sharing secret meditative techniques that mix all ancient wisdoms and teachings. She is sharing them with her movements and the drawings she received from nature. She said the audio/visual mix is truly healing and life-giving. 

“There is a sense of revolution to it,” she said. “It almost feels like I’m triggering some knowledge we have deep within us but aren't aware of.  I am referring to the fact that the planets and universe outside of earth is basically what is also happening and what is ruling inside of us as well. Very old teachings said those points of entry correlate to different planets, and the point of entry that is called Yesod basically means that our sun is like our foundation so this is a spiritual kind of music but it’s quite entertaining. It’s healing to the planet.”


She plans to release another song called “The Dark Melody” on May 13, which she describes as a “very succulent, poetic song.”


“It’s about the whole melody of life,” she says. “The hidden things I want to say in those lyrics is that when we listen to music we listen to the low and to the high frequencies and we enjoy both frequencies. Just like in life.”


The messages IAO Carla delivers in those songs, and her previous releases, is all part of her intention to offer people an experience of within. She wants people to dance with their shadows and transform them into light.


“I intend to have people realize that the dark is actually completely light and with no light no darkness can be,” she says. “I want to produce a very sweet and seductive sound at the same time as really hard beats that are taking us into a trance kind of state. I intend to have people travel inside spiritually with my music.”


Now based in Los Angeles, IAO Carla previously lived in a small village in the middle of a forest in Scotland and also studied mathematics for six years. She’s always been obsessed with sounds, even as simple as those produced by using her hands and feet on the floor. She was more interested in sounds than music, in fact, because every type of sound and noise tells a story.


She’s played the piano and guitar for 10 years but has only been making music formally for the last year, releasing her first tracks three months ago. But in that short time her songs are already resonating with thousands; “Come and Meet Me” has been played more than 60,000 times between Spotify and SoundCloud.


“All the feedback I’ve received is that it’s very different and it’s very emotional,” she says. “I am very expressive on that track but it’s very simple with piano and my voice only. It gets a lot of engagement with all ages, too. There are 70-year-old people listening to it and recognizing there is something particular in my voice and the word they say is that it’s very enchanting.”


IAO Carla has completed a total of seven singles that will be released this year, and she’ll drop her first album in September. Apart from music, she teaches at conferences and serves as a motivational strategist.


“What is important for me is to grow a community that is going to be able to heal through what I can bring them,” she says.


For more, follow her on Instagram (iaocarla) and check out her music on Soundcloud and Spotify.

Monday, May 09, 2022



Trapboy JT delivers trap bangers and West Coast anthems on new album ‘Never Again / No AutoTrap’


By Brennan Stebbins

There was a time when music was just a hobby for Trapboy JT, with most of his time spent involved in “criminal activities,” as he describes it. Then came some clarity of mind.

I saw the street life only ended three ways: jail, institutions and death,” he says. “So i figured might as well give this music a real shot before I end up dead or in jail.”

Now, with two years in the rearview mirror, the Southern California artist has reinvented himself as an up-and-coming rapper, producer and director and his new album Never Again / No AutoTrap showcases his mix of hype, uptempo trap bangers and smooth street rap anthems with a West Coast flair.

You’re going to get a lot of head banging in the car and then a lot of slow head nodding and you’re going to get some laughs and some moments where you just want to be in a mosh pit,” Trapboy JT says. “It’s a completely unorthodox pairing of styles of music. It was supposed to be two different albums but I feel like that balance of energy and relaxation is like a musical rollercoaster. It’s like an audio Indy 500 where it slows down on the corners and then hits high speeds on the straightaways.”

The 14-track album opens with “Jesus Chris (Jack in the Box),” a song that features a “heavily blasphemous video of me dressed up like Jesus Christ, throwing up signs with my fingers and dancing out in front of a Jack in the Box.”

His Mercedes got a flat tire while shooting the video, an incident he said is probably more than coincidence.

Trapboy JT then brings some positivity with “Fendi Fact,” in which he raps “I’ve got a job and changed my life” but “I’m still gonna trap.”

A lot of people are scared to talk about actually getting a job and manning up and being responsible but I’m still gonna trap of course,” he says.

There’s also “Shitty Nigga,” which he describes as a heavy West Coast banger with some funny undertones, and “Section 8,” which features ILLAH, a native of India.

He moved over to America, grew up in the Fruit Town neighborhoods in Compton and me and this guy teamed up on a whole comedic adventure with this song, but at the same time it’s a very, very hard hitter,” he says.

Trapboy JT likes incorporating humor into his music, and says his sense of humor is what got him through several years in jail and several more on the streets. It’s also something contemporary hip hop is missing, he says.

That element of laughter and fun it used to have in the 90’s,” he says.

Never Again / No AutoTrap is also his first album that refrains from using autotune, and was meant as a tribute to the West Coast.

I have to get something out there for the West Coast culture,” he says. “I might have to come back and dip my fingers in a West Coast style again and a more hype style. I am a fan of autotune because it enables me to express the emotion I want to put into my music, but I feel like the game might be a little oversaturated with autotune right now and it might be time for some rappers who are just having fun and delivering quick punch lines and sick word play.”

For more, follow Trapboy JT on TikTok (jtfakeversace) and Instagram (trapboy_jt). His music is available on YouTube and Spotify.


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Friday, May 06, 2022


Leaf in a Forest’s debut AltPop album inspired by famous works of art


The name for Josh Falling’s new band, Leaf in a Forest, wasn’t chosen on a whim.

Falling’s father grew up on a Cherokee reservation, and for generations the family’s traditional last name was Falling Leaves. The band name is a tribute to that history.

And the debut album from Leaf in a Forest was also inspired by the past, but in a different way. Titled Galleria, the 14-track album is a nod to art throughout history. Each song was inspired by a different piece of art, and all but two of them borrow their titles from famous works, like Starry Night (Van Gogh), The Old Guitarist (Picasso) and Waiting in Vain (Banksy).

“I find it easier to write if I have something more specific to write about,” Falling says. “I found the paintings I wanted to write about that gave me emotions or stories based on looking at those. In the lyric book on my website (, my friend made paintings based on the songs based on other paintings and we used them for the background of the lyrics.”

Most of the songs were written a few years ago, when Falling was playing in a band called Rain and Leaves. But when the pandemic hit and live music came to a halt, Falling decided to record everything again from scratch, settling into his small home studio for six hours a day. He changed the vibe of the music quite a bit, transitioning from something with more techno and electronic elements into something more natural and organic with strings and horns.

A natural guitarist, Falling didn’t use that instrument once on the album. Instead, most of the music is based on the ukulele, which helps set it apart.

“I would still call it AltPop, which it was before, but the difference is I went for a more organic sound,” Falling says. “Before it was very synth-based with drums that were almost like dubstep. Now the drums are more traditional, almost like pop punk, and instead of synth its strings and horns and saxophones, flutes, clarinets. Most of my music has some poppy upbeat tones but it’s more alternative and I felt this was a more natural sound for the music.”

Falling drew inspiration from bands like Twenty One Pilots, AJR and Panic! at the Disco.

Only two of the songs aren’t named after famous works of art. The first song is called “101” as in Art 101, an introductory class. And the album’s final track is “Self Portrait,” which is more of an introspective look.

The album’s third track is “The Old Guitarist,” titled after Picasso’s painting of a hunched-over guitarist. The lyrics were inspired by someone who has spent their whole life as a musician but never got anywhere.

“Like a lot of musicians, going through life and thinking of what could have happened,” Falling says. “Despite being a sadder song it has a more upbeat feel and I like that duality. A sadder song with lyrics to have an upbeat feel so it’s not too depressing.”

The fourth track is another nod to Picasso. Called “Girl with a Mandolin,” it’s Falling’s favorite on the album with a distinct shift in feel as it switches into the bridge, with cinematic-sounding strings accompanying the ukulele.

Then there’s “Starry Night,” a reference to the famous Van Gogh painting. Falling wanted the bridge to feel like the biggest part of the whole album – big and sweeping.

“Like you’re looking at that Starry Night and it’s exploding and feels really loud and energetic,” he says.

For more, follow Leaf in a Forest on Facebook and Instagram and visit the band’s website  HERE

Wednesday, May 04, 2022


Atlanta’s Finest, Retro2000 storms the Hip Hop scene with Debut Single “Till the Wheels Fall Off” 

By Ann Swinderman


ATLANTA - The hip-hop scene grows daily with new artists. There are pretenders, and then there are industry contenders like Retro2000. 

The dynamic, by blood trio blends old and new school hip hop to create a new and refreshing sound. From the witty wordplay to its melodic flow, “Till the Wheels Fall Off” is poised to explode once released. 

“We’ve created our own lane, refusing fit into the industry, we call it, “Thug Inspirational,” said trio member MaDukes. “By using both the old-school hip-hop messaging and the present Savage culture of Hip Hop, we hope to relate to both generations, old and new school.”

Making that connection, Retro2000 includes MaDukes, Krypto, and Ice. Each member brings a unique quality that contributes to creating Retro2000 magic. 

MaDukes takes the reins as the creative force and conceptional founder, highlighting meaningful lyrics from the past, hence the name “Retro.” At the same time, Krypto and Ice encapsulate the 2000 era of new hip-hop. Krypto focuses on lyrically savage lyrics, but Ice has thug-like vibes and tendencies when rapping, hence the name “2000”. Together Retro2000 successfully fuses hip hop of yesteryear with today’s hottest styles. 

“When hip hop began, it was about each one, teach one, lifting each other up. Back then, there was a balance between destructive and constructive rhymes, a blend, and variety in our music. Without those blends and varieties, we wouldn’t Savagery today,” explained MaDukes. “So, in our music, we try to focus on finding balance, focus on what we feel and relate to, and those who can relate, hopefully, they’ll embrace us.”

Retro2000 does not just rap about sex and drugs to maintain their style but also reflects on the collateral damage that drugs and sex might propel into your life. “We want to be inclusive, yet unfiltered, speak to people as human beings experiencing this life through different mirrors, or even maybe, helping you see the world through our lenses,” she said, “But ultimately, our purpose is to uplift our culture.”

The trio’s debut single, “Till the Wheels Fall Off,” is an articulate anthem that the world needs. Originally written a few years ago by MaDukes, the song is pertinent to life and encourages pushing forward through trying times.

“‘Till the Wheels Fall Off’ is my fight song, a reminder to myself to never stop trying, never stop dreaming, no matter how many times I mess up or make the wrong decision. As the song says, LIVE YOUR LIFE!”  MaDukes explained. “It’s an anthem for all my warriors in the battle on these streets, those working from nine to five and can’t make the ends meet, the real struggle.”

The single drops on all streaming platforms on March 25 and promises to inspire every listener. With the cartoon-like graphics of Retro2000, there is a hint of nostalgia in the single’s artwork. “Till the Wheels Fall Off” was produced by MaDukes and mixed by Grammy-award-winning engineer extraordinaire, Master Engineer himself, Mike Wilson.

Using the hashtag #r2kATL, Retro2000 will make history, as this unheard of, unique, by blood relation is ready to take the world by storm.  

“Life can be unfair and trying sometimes,” said MaDukes. “But I hope our song makes people believe that they are warriors, no matter how hard the road gets, hold on, keep riding - “Till the Wheels Fall Off.”

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