Olisha Interview: Getting To Know Pop Singer Olisha

 

 

Olisha is one of a million in the modern pop world. As she works harder and becomes more determined to show her talents to the world, Olisha explores her talents to a further degree.

We spoke to Olisha about her life, love of music and her many inspirations.

 

Q: So, your recent release of new track ‘Strangers’ is a great pop track, what do we need to know?

A:“The project is self-funded and every aspect of my music is straight from my heart to you. I believe in myself. I believe in my dream. I believe in breaking down boundaries and making history through my music”.

Q: Can I ask about the bigger picture? What is the Ultimate goal you want to reach with your music?

A: “I want to break down boundaries and make history. I want to bring people of all walks of life together through my music. I write music from my heart. I want people to relate to my music and hopefully help them get through something that they experiencing in life”.

 

Q: So early on, what was you first musical inspirations?

A: “I grew up listening to pop music…Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue. I love the big choruses and beautiful melodies that you can’t get out of your head”.

Q: How has your Indian Heritage influenced your music?, does it have any creative input? 

A: “My Indian heritage has not affected the way I make or listen to music. I love listening to many genres of music from pop, r n b, hip hop to Punjabi and Bollywood music. Being Asian, I do get lots of support from my Asian community because we love to support someone who is trying to break boundaries of colour and do good in the world”.

We thank you Olisha for speaking with us. Check out her new single ‘Strangers’, Out now.

 

 

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GET TO KNOW: Mike Maro

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I was consciously heavily attracted to music when I was 8 years old. I remember a 16 years old friend of mine rapping Sisquo’s song “Unleash the Dragon” and I wanted to know how he could memorise the flow and sing along like that. Ever since then I isolated myself with music, learning lyrics as I listened to songs and even buying various lyric books. My household made it easier for me to find music as well. There was always some new music I would discover like a Michael Bolton CD or Phil Collins down to Winans Phase 2 etc.

I was so inspired when I heard “We Got Next” by Winans Phase 2. Intrigued by the fact that they rapped and sang well at the same time. Their melodies, story telling skill and the fact that it was an album dedicated to God was what first got me amped about music.

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up listening to a bit of everything and I am still finding new sounds which has helped me evolve as an artist. As a child I listened to Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Winans Phase 2, 2face Idibia, Backstreet Boys, Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, P-square, Biggie & Pac, Usher, Naughty by Nature, Sisquo, Ja Rule, Mya, Missy Elliot etc basically old school music and tunes from the 90s era.

In my teenage years I listened to artists like Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Drake, Eminem, Destiny’s child, The Fugees, Boyz to Men, Ginuwine, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys etc.

Growing up and now because I am still growing, I try and find artist I never listened to like Frank Sinatra (even though this was in my household as a kid), grime music, so Skepta, Dizzie Rascal, AJ Tracey, Chip, Bugzy, Stormzy and so many more. I am currently hooked on Little Simz “Stillness in Wonderland” I think it is a proper concept album and well put together. I also love Sampha’s latest album “Process”.

Every song I listen to, circumstances in my life, incidents, ideas of what things were and what things could be, me, my personalities, all inspire me to create the music I make. One thing I know for sure is that I want to make history and I know that my music cannot be mediocre and it has to be timeless. Therefore, I draw from literally everything in my life to this point and beyond to make music.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

It all started with writing poetry and then love poetry at the age of 9/10. I starting writing songs when I was 11. Formed a trio boy band called “Born Stars” at that age as well. We began performing for our school assemblies and other venues and had gained some notoriety when we turned 12. When my group was no more I decided to become a solo MC at 15. Since then I have focused on bettering my craft and am now at the stage where the world needs to listen to what I have been working on for these past years.

 

 How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

To be honest not very often and that is because my focus has been perfecting my craft and making the songs, coming up with ideas for my projection and figuring how I want to be perceived in my videos. What you can expect from me at this point is more material online. When I feel I have much more online then I will focus on performing gigs for the people.

However, I love attending open mics and participating as well. So if you’re in London and do the same, keep an eye out.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Every time I make a great song or a really catchy tune, is a favourite moment for me. I love when people hear my music and hit me up with a speechless reaction. I truly believe I am going for the longevity of a music career so I am hoping for and expect more favourite moments to come. Be it in the studio, on stage or wherever life takes me.

Where is the best place to find you online?

I always urge people to subscribe to my pages especially my YouTube and Soundcloud because that is the source for dishing out my material. Also on

https://www.facebook.com/officialmike.maro/

https://www.instagram.com/mike.maro/

https://twitter.com/_MikeMaro

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pTQQtDML1CcApmkivFLfA

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mikemaro

GET TO KNOW: M3staken

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I first got into music heavily about 7 years ago.  Nothing in particular inspired/influenced the music I make.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Both of my parents frequently played music around the house and my father is an avid music listener.  What they listened to then definitely shaped my foundation in music.

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve played music for about 12 years and I’ve been focusing on writing/producing for about 7 years.

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

During the spring/summer I DJ live events for fraternities/sororities at the uni I attended.  On request, I also perform my solo work at a local pub in my hometown (http://www.newbrooklandtavern.com/events)

What has been your favourite moment in music?

I don’t necessarily have a favourite moment with music.  I just really like making it

Where is the best place to find you online?

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/stefoncakley

GET TO KNOW: KADI

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I first got in to music in Church to be honest. Going to a Pentecostal church the drums would always being going, someone on keyboard, the singers and there was always that energy so that was always around me. I could sing so I started to rap and write poetry as it gives you that freedom of expression. Next thing you know your flowing over a beat and it all started from there.

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up listening to Tupac, Nas, Lauren Hill and so many artists. But the artists I just mentioned had the biggest impact on me as they always had a message through their music. No matter what I write there is always a positive message in it for someone.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I  used to write poetry as a form of expression then starting turning them into songs. Even if I’m not recording I’m still writing.

 

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

My last gig I played I was the before act for singer Omar. This year I will be focusing on doing more live shows especially as my EP will be released this year to so that is a priority .

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment in music was when I first heard a song I was featured on playing on the radio. That feeling was just amazing knowing that what I created was appreciated and being heard by others. It was completed unexpected as well which made it an even better moment.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook- Kadi_official and Kadiofficial

GET TO KNOW: Jethro

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I was always inspired from a young age, I used to always feel so much emotion listening to music as a child, I got into writing poetry and expressing myself and I started to make it rhyme when I was really young and that progressed into rapping over music. I think the song “Dear Mama” by 2pac really inspired me, I felt if  Tupac could be a tough alpha male rapper but still talk about loving his mama and the song “Brendas got a baby” about teenage abortion, raw human needs and pain then so could I, I started to write and release and it felt like therapy to me.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Lots of Irish music, real story telling music, folk, bob Dylan, bob Marley, 2pac , native American music, classical a whole melting pot of all music, it has all inspired me in some way or another. 

How long have you been playing/writing?

Since 2004. that was when I released my first CD “clipped wings” it was just experimenting. 

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I haven’t played live for a while as I’m so busy in the studio producing for myself and others and writing. 2017 is gonna be a big year for gigs I’m getting booked up! were launching my new website alonestar.co.uk next month. All my gigs will be listed. 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Gig wise performing in Russia to 90,000 people. it was insane! Hearing my song on the radio for the first time and performing gigs and seeing a fan sing or rap along with you is pretty awesome.

The best thing though was when an American lady messaged me she had lost 2 sons in the Iraqi war and was so alone and depressed and was about to commit suicide but she was listening to my song “Catalyst” and she said it changed her mind, she started crying and made a decision to keep on living. It really touched me of course and made me realise the power of music. It was real! 

Where is the best place to find you online?

Twitter.com/alonestar

facebook.com/alonestar

soundcloud.com/alonestar

smarturl.it/AlonestarMUSIC http

instagram.com/alonestarphoto

Speed Autobahn – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Growing up i always had a passion for writing and doing music but never serious until I was in college. In college my passion and skills improved to the point, I decided to pursue a career in music. i was inspired by the drive and passion to create music that people could dance, party and groove too, but at the same time deliver a great message. having a great team around me like my manager Cyph Campaign, producer Danny Switchblade and singer Ezo helped push and inspire me to make my musical dream possible.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Growing up being from from queens, Nas was definitely my first musical inspiration and later artist like T.I, big L influenced my writing lyrically and uptempo flow. more seasoned  artist like James Brown, Prince, Michael jackson, David Bowie, David Guetta, kid Cudi, lady gaga and Chuck barry influenced me to become a greater entertainer and search for my own cool diverse sound. Bands like the Beatles, phantom, imagine dragons also help shape my sound.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I have writing music since a kid, but started taking my music career serious in 2010.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I usually perform live every couple of months and in between work on new material. i have a few gigs coming up in August 2016 in NYC (August 23rd) and working on booking some gigs in August, early September in Las Vegas. I have a new project, E.N.S (earth Need 4 Speed) being released July 15th that will featuring my new single “Live It Up” and July 27, i’m releasing my new video “Shirts Off”.
5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?
I have a few favorite moments.
1) During one of my performance in New York, one of the audience members became so pumped and amped that he broke a beer bottle across his head. He started to bleed from his head, but continued to dance and enjoy himself as the rest of the audience cheered also kept on dancing.
2) During another show in New York, while performing my song “Shirts Off” members of the audience (males and Females) rip their shirts off as they danced and enjoyed themselves.
3) My first 1 hour performance at NYC’s Trash Bar in 2013. I was extremely nervous and hoping i would be able to rock and entertain the audience for the whole hour. During my performance, the energy was great and the audience was the amazing. I left the stage so motivated and pumped, that i knew i was born to do music.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Website: Speedautobahn.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Speed-Autobahn-Fan-Page-293420584009339/
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/speed-autobahn
Snapchat: Speed Autobahn
Instagram: speedautobahn
 

Interview With Norell And The Dub Factory

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who inspired you?
Being a band there is no set answer to this question, we shall say that the majority of us can’t really recall the day we started playing music, it just happened at some point and it brought us all together as we are today. Inspiration has a different meaning and beginning to everyone of us, for myself Norell it was the incredible passion for being on stage performing since I was 5, for Niko on bass it was the love for the crazy green hair-style of Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and more funny stories could come up but I guess we all agree saying that the amazing feeling of making music is what made us want to learn how to do it and become the musicians we all are today.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Listing the influences that each of us had would be as silly as impossible I guess, sometimes we spend our nights all together chatting and listening to old tunes that we used to love when we were kids and it’s crazy how different we were and we still are. But for some reason when it gets to play original music we’re all united under a sound and one name: Norell & The Dub Factory.  To answer your question here’s what we all grew up listening to: Norell started with pop music as well as rock from Pink Floyd to Queen when she was a teenager, funny enough Akira, the guitarist of the band, would say that Pink Floyd and Queen were the first bands he worshiped and took as a model too. Niko was into the hard rock sound of Led Zeppelin and RHCP, Carlo loved hip-hop music, local and international singer/songwriter music and Ska while Sam grew up with her mother’s wide music collection, most memorable are: Kate Bush, Guns ’N’ Roses & Diana Ross.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
The project started in 2013 and from then on the band has been settling down during that year until we finally established who the members where and what everyone’s role was. Most of the music which has been released until today has been produced and written by Norell & Niko but the full band adds some sort of magic and life to the songs when played live with all of us 5 together. We have been playing live for more then a year now and we’re constantly adding something new to the set which expands as get tighter.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We play quite regularly in London, we normally have at least 1 or 2 gigs per month plus any last minute show that might come up. Our next very interesting gig is going to be at The Gorilla perfume shop, that is going to be an acoustic session that will feature our songs associated with essences from the boutique, it’s going to be quite special, follow the link for details https://www.facebook.com/events/120263931727179/
More gigs will be soon announced so make sure you’re following our facebook page as we keep everyone up to date on that platform.
The Stow Festival and a few stages in Ibiza for the end of the summer will also be welcoming us for some shows.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
That’s a tricky question, we like to think that the future is going to bring us loads of incredible memories and moments that we will remember forever. Thinking about it, there are gigs that have made us feel incredibly good on stage and some amazing fans that have been following us for quite awhile now spoiling us with love and massive support. This make us all feel part of a great experience which can’t be divided in better or worse moments.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to get to know something about us is our website which you can find at norellandthedubfactory.com which is where you can follow us on socials, listen to our newest and older songs and get an idea of our look as well. Don’t forget to join our mailing list as well so to keep you updated with what is happening with us and to always get some treats and previous from us.
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Prince William – Interview

 
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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
September 2011, it started off as my friends and my neighbors joking around trying to get me to freestyle and one day I just went with it and ultimately used life as inspiration.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My mom played alotta different things around the house from Earth,Wind, and Fire, Whitney Houston, Kirk Franklin to Tupac Biggie and Jay-z. Growing up on different types of music impacts my music by simply saying there’s no wrong way to express yourself.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
5 years.A Million Ways artwork
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Not too often.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Creating every track and using each one as a stepping stone.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Twitter.com/Prinncewilliam
Soundcloud.com/glavish

J Keys – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I grew up listening to DR DRE , SNOOP DOG AND EMINEM

2 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Been writing and rapping for 10 years 

3 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

Play live on special occasions

4 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Best time in music is just after finishing recording a great new song! or on set of one of my music videos!

5 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Best place to find me and ALL my links : WWW.MONEYMUSICGROUP.COM 

MSL

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I first got into music at the age of 6, my brother was my inspiration he got me into music.

 

 2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you  create now?

I grew up to listening to 90’s Hip hop such as Mobb deep, Ghost face, common & nNas, this has a big impact on the type of music i create to the flow and the delivery i have.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started writing/rapping when I was 13

 

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

Not as mush now because i have been working on my recent project Extraction Vol2 with Sammy Sose founder of Shodem records, so we’ve been working on getting more exposure abs generating a buzz my last performance was at Camden Proud.

 

 5 – What has been your favourite moment in music? 

Getting my 1st Debut Videos on SBTV & LINK UP TV

 

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

On Facebook [Msl Classified]

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Twitter: [@infamosmslsly1]

Instagram: [Infamosmsl1]