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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WBM Features: Nation Of Family Ties Entertainment.



If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may
be a way of life you should seriously consider.
-Dr. Joyce Brothers


As we start come out into our own, developing a better idea about the things we want, moreso about what we want out of life is very important. The decision we're faced with is either to lead one of normalcy or to live one coloring outside of the lines and moving based on how desires drive us in any one direction or in several for that matter toward what interests us most.

Take Nation of Family Ties Entertainment as a prime example, he, faced with some serious decision to make in his life chose to move and shake the world using music as the catalyst which interesting enough isn't his only ambition. Acting is a lane he has plans to blaze down in the future. He's a man of no limitations.

A hustler by circumstance, yet goal oriented by purpose, Nation plans to make his impact felt all over.

To get an idea of the long lasting impact, Nation plans to create not only with Family Ties Entertainment, but as someone looking to maximize his potential to become great he shared his thoughts with us.



[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




So tell me a little bit about yourself:

Nation: Off top, I'm more than just your typical artist. I invest in myself and every body around me. Big heart for music, low tollerance for ignorance. My son came in while I was still in high school I hung around the hood trying to make somethin shake but shit wasnt movin fast enough. So I wanted to make a quick come-up, I did like 18 months in Iraq with the army. Came back and been doing a hundred every since.

Who is Nation?

Nation: Nation is the American Hustler man, lil nigga from the hood who wants more out of life than what he's seen. And I will stop at nothing less than being respected as one of the "Greats."

Where are you from?

Nation: I'm from Mississippi.

How does it feel working with a producer like Big Fruit and the FTE team?

Nation: I feel that if you surround yourself with greatness then thats what you become and I found that potential here with Big Fruit and the FTE establishment

Interest(s)?

Nation: I have a big interest in acting. I feel like with alot that I've been through, I want to express it in more than just one lane.

How long have you been involved with music?

Nation: I've been involved with music right at about 7 yrs.

Do you play any instruments?

Nation: Nah, but i would love to learn how to play piano

How did your situation with FTE come about?

Nation: Well me and Jr was 2 niggas on the grind where we from. He had his lane and I had mine. We somehow ended up workin at the same place in town and eventually when on to thow some parties together. He linked up with Big Fruit around the time "Peanut Butter & Jelly" poped off for J-Money & Cadillac Don. I was still on the grind in the city. They took off and started FTE. when I came back from Iraq I started making plays and Jr seen me moving and presented me a propostion i couldn't refuse.

How important is innovation in music to you?

Nation: Its not just important to me, I feel it's, more so, relavent just from looking at my rapid fanbase growth.

What does success mean to you?

Nation: Success to me is actually acquiring that goal (you) set for yourself. Just to look in the mirror and say " Yeah, I did it."

Who and what inspires and motivates you?

Nation: I inspire me, my experiences in life along is always what helps me stay focused. Everytime I come off the road and go back home is like a refresher. It rehumbles me in a sense and reminds me why I do what i'm doing. And in that situation is my family.

What's in your iPod?

Nation: Pac, Biggie, Bones Thugz, Lil Wayne, Black Rob, Outkast, Jadakiss, Rick Ross, 50 cent, Game, The roots, Red & Meth and some R&B classics. Man, the list goes on.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

Nation: I'd love to work with Kanye, Jamie Foxx, Andre 3,000, Bun B, and on a business note I'd like to work with Diddy and Jay-Z

Current projects?

Nation: I'm currently shooting all the videos for my debut mixtape that i just finished up entitled "The Belief."

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Nation: A Trending Topic in the entertainment business

Biggest accomplishment?

Nation: My biggest accomplishment is actually submitting a song I wrote for T.I. Not saying he gone use it but his people definitely fucked with it. They called back and asked me to change one thing in the song, so hopefully they fuck with it.

What type of impact would you like to leave with your music?

Nation: I want people to percieve me and my artistry as something that was real and heart-felt. I want to leave an impact on the game like Jordan did, only thing is: when i leave the game, i ain't coming back.

How can people find you online?

Nation: www. youtube.com/familytiesnetwork, twitter.com/nationsaidit, Facebook.com/nationbean, myspace.com/nationsaidit

Who should people connect with if they want to work with you?

Nation: www.twitter.com/ftedono or www.twitter.com/fteyoungstarjr

WBM Movies: RED (Trailer)





Based off the graphic novel of the same name. Coming to theaters October 15, 2010.

WBM Presents: NEWDAY





Reppin' New York, NewDay is definitely one group you need to familiarize yourself with and quick. The future is looking real promising for this crew. Check em out. Here's a vid with a little bit about them.

WBM Certified.

WORDS FOR THE SOUL

MAKE SURE YOUR TODAY STARTS OFF ASSERTIVE, ENERGIZED AND AMBITIOUS BECAUSE EVERYDAY YOU’RE GIVEN A CHANCE TO LIVE LOVE, LAUGH AND CRY. WHETHER HAPPY TIMES OR SAD, WE ALL SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR BEING HERE TO BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING. IF YOU CAN RUN, WALK, SEE, HEAR, TALK, PLAY, SING OR JUMP, BE GRATEFUL. THERE ARE OTHERS THAT MAY NOT HAVE THAT CHANCE OR RECOGNIZE THEIR GIFTS. LIVE EVERYDAY NOT AS IF IT MAY BE YOUR LAST BUT LIVE IT AS THOUGH NOTHING CAN STOP YOUR HAPPINESS, YOUR LAUGHTER OR YOUR SMILES. NEVER LET ANYTHING OR ANYONE STOP YOU. THE LIFE YOU HAVE WILL BE WHAT YOU WANT AND YOU WILL BE WHATEVER YOU SET FORTH AS YOUR DREAM.

BE BLESSED.

WBM Music: Chevy by Scotty - #1 on the rap charts




Now #1 on the rap charts. "Chevy" the smash hit by ATL's own Scotty. Ladies & Gents, this is a banga. Support talented artists making great music.

♫ "Chevy" - @OurStage - http://www.ourstage.com/t/AQTAPGWOHPXS



For More On Scotty:
www.scottyatl.blogspot.com
www.scottyatl.com

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WBM Movies: Rango (Trailer)





Coming to theaters Spring 2011.

WBM Features: A.M.E.E. Event Planning



It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.
-Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


What one receives is direct proportion to what one gives. And the ability to give is what the ladies of A.M.E.E. do best for those in their community. By keeping the needs of their clients in mind while at the same time exceeding their expectation, A.M.E.E. provides and continues to provide an outstanding service have in a just a short amount of time allowed them to become very successful.

Success however, isn't something just attributed to the most common associations. For A.M.E.E., success equates to satisfaction. Knowing that their clients have reached a high level of satisfaction in turn makes them satisfied, and this interestingly enough fuels their passion to do more and assist more people with their efforts.

With some time to share with WBM, A.M.E.E. provides a closer look into what they're all about, the type of impact they've made and how they service the community which is extremely significant, making their organization the next reason Why Blue Matters.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




Who is A.M.E.E. Event Planning?

A.M.E.E. Events: A.M.E.E. is a social event planning agency. We specialize in making your event everything you want it to be and more. Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs by providing excellent service and diligent work habits. In return A.M.E.E. receives a high percentage of our business from repeat customers and referrals. A.M.E.E. welcomes the opportunity to gain your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry. Our team consists of Desiree' Thornton, the owner and CEO, and Nakeeta Rainey, the president

What does A.M.E.E. stand for?

A.M.E.E. Events: Amazing, Memorable, Extraordinary, Eloquent Events

Where are you based out of?

A.M.E.E. Events: Based in the Metro Atlanta area.

What type of service do you provide?

A.M.E.E. Events: We plan, organize, and host events of all kinds. We also offer event consulting services as well

When did you know you want to service the community with event planning?

A.M.E.E. Events: During fall of last year, I (Desiree' Thornton) came up with the idea to start A.M.E.E., I knew I would need help with the task of learning the in's and outs of running the business, this is where President Nakeeta Rainey joined the team. We were more than elated to embark on the task together.

What does success mean to you?

A.M.E.E. Events: Success to me is doing what God has planned for you to do. Seeing your hard work pay off. Success is being able to do something you love and have passion for. An order to successful complete an event for me, I have to know that the requests, needs and wants of my client have been fulfilled and that they are satisfied.

Has that meaning changed over the years?

A.M.E.E. Events: the meaning has not changed for me but it has become more apparent. I am learning what it takes to be successful and i am doing it. I am enjoying the growth and progress that I am making.

What do you like most about what you do?

A.M.E.E. Events: What I like most about what I do is being able to turn a client's dream event into reality. I bring their ideas to life and that's one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

What inspires and motivates you?

A.M.E.E. Events: I love talking to other professionals in the business. They inspire me. I am also inspired and motivated knowing that what I do motivates others. I love being a positive role model to others. I'm motivated knowing that I motivate others to follow their dreams.

Biggest Accomplishment?

A.M.E.E. Events: One of our biggest accomplishments would definitely include the flood drive we hosted in October of 2009. A flood severely impacted the areas of Cobb County, and we felt obligated to help. We organized a three day event. The first two days consisted of collecting items such as clothes, non perishable food, and cleaning supplies for those affected by the flood. The last day the families were invited to come out and enjoy food while picking up any items they could use. Helping those people touched our souls and we will humbled by the experience.

How important is A.M.E.E. to the community?

A.M.E.E. Events: A.M.E.E. is very important. We pride ourselves on doing our part in our community. We host many public kids events. We also work with a local non profit (Positive American Youth, www.payusa.org). We know how important it is to give back to the community and we love doing our part.

What type of impact would you like to leave with your work?

A.M.E.E. Events: I want to leave a major impact. I want to be listed as one of the greats in my profession. I want my events to speak for themselves on class and professionalism.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their business endeavors?

A.M.E.E. Events: My advice is to always believe in God, to put him first and stay humble. Know the significance of hard work and determination. Self determination is very important because sometimes you aren't going to have any one pushing you or encouraging you, and you have to continuously encourage and push yourself. Educate yourself on the legal business of what you are trying to do. Surround yourself with positive people. Who applaud your successes as well as help you when you fail. Be very mindful of the image you portray and the words you speak, you have alot to do with the way people perceive you. Most importantly you have to remember that YOU are YOUR brand. You have to be willing to invest in yourself.


For More On A.M.E.E. Event Planning:
www.ameeeventplanning.com

WBM Music Video: Toni Braxton "Woman"




"Woman," the new single and cover of a song by Australian singer/songwriter Delta Goodrem, Toni Braxton debuts her new video off her upcoming LP, Pulse. Check it out and let us know what you think.

WBM Music Video: FeFe Dobson "Ghost"

Check out FeFe Dobson's second video "Ghost" off her sophmore album "Joy" coming out in August!



WBM/JAP Presents: We Got It Made





On 6.25.10 high fashion met high nightlife at The Parlour in Midtown Manhattan. Featuring some of the most innovative fashion designers & performing artist the evening was definitely a success.

Are You The Reason...?
http://www.whybluematters.com

WBM Presents: Mr Make Moves

Make sure to check out the following videos from WBM certified artist Mr. Make Moves. Follow him on twitter @mrmakemoves Doing Big things in 2010.



Monday, June 28, 2010

WBM Movies: Harry Potter 7 - Part 1 & 2 (Trailer)





Here's the trailer for the final installment of the Harry Potter series. Coming to theaters in two parts. Part one, November 2010. Part two, July 2011. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Get ready.

WBM Certified.

WBM Inspiration: Chris Brown MJ Tribute @ BET Awards 2010




If there's anything to learn from setback and disappointment, is that regardless what happens or what has happened, opportunity is made available to correct it all. On the evening of June 27th, 2010 at the 2010 BET Music Awards, Chris Brown had one such chance.

Many have talked about it and knew since the untimely passing of Michael Jackson in 2009 out of the vast amount talent the music industry had to offer, Chris Brown was most capable to pay homage to The Greatest Performer of All Time-- and pay homage he did. Wow. I'm not sure if this performance resolved his issues, but at the very least this is a step in the right direction.

Here's another look at tribute, honor and redemption personified. Everyone deserves a second chance.

WBM Inspiration.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

WBM Movies: Valhalla Rising (Trailer)




This looks pretty official.

WBM Certified.

Friday, June 25, 2010

WBM Movies: Little Fockers (Trailer)





Just in time for the holidays. Coming Winter 2010.

WBM Cares: Remembering Michael Jackson




Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009


Though not here with us in the physical, he'll be with us in spiritual and mental-- always. Here's a video montage giving tribute to the Greatest Entertainer/Musician/Humanitarian of all time. Simply the best. Forever in the heart and on the mind of the world.

WBM Certified.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

WBM TOP 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending June 27th

1. Alicia Keys - Un-thinkable (SAME)
2. Ludacris, Trey Songz - Sex room (UP1)
3. Drake - Find your love (UP1)
4. Ciara, Ludacris - Ride (DOWN2)
5. B.O.B, Hayley Williams - Airplanes (UP1)
6. Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (UP1)
7. T.I f/ Keri Hilson - Got your back (UP1)
8. Dirty Money f/ T.I - Hello, Good morning (DOWN3)
9. Rick Ross, Ne-yo - Super high (UP1)
10. J.Long f/ Pretty Ricky - Personal freak (UP2)
11. Usher, Nicki Minaj - Lil Freak (DOWN2)
12. Cali Swagg District - Teach me how to dougie (UP2)
13. Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana - Beamer, Benz or Bently (DOWN2)
14. Kanye West - Power (UP2)
15. Usher - There goes my baby (UP2)
16. Waka Flocka Flame - Hard in da paint (UP2)
17. Nicki Minaj - Your love (DEBUT)
18. Neyo - Beautiful monster (DEBUT)
19. Fantasia - Bittersweet (UP1)
20. Soulja Boy - Pretty boy swag (DEBUT)

WBM TOP 10 ALBUMS

WHY BLUE MATTERS

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday June 27th

1. Drake - Thank Me Later (DEBUT)
2. Usher - Raymond vs. Raymond (SAME)
3. B.o.B - Adventures .....(SAME)
4. Plies - Goon Afiliated (DOWN3)
5. Alicia Keys - Element of freedom (SAME)
6. Nas, Damian Marley - Distant relatives (DOWN2)
7. Ludacris - Battle of the sexes (DOWN1)
8. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (SAME)
9. Sade - Solider of Love (REENTRY)
10. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah part 2 (SAME)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WBM Certified: IP MAN vs. 10 Black Belts




Now I usually would add a caption of some sort to accompany video posts, but I think this next video speaks for itself. Shoutouts to IP Man for the footage.

WBM Certified.

WBM Presents: J.Keys Interview On The Beat and Lyrics Show




J. Keys speaks with Atlanta DJ Jay Force about the state of Hip-Hop, his official single "The One Two," the recent release of his mixtape "The Dead Horse," his Detroit/New York connection and more on 89.3 WRFG's "The Beats and Lyrics Show."

WBM Features: Vakseen



Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision,
passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.
- Jack Welch


If there's one thing that remains constant, that would be change--especially when it comes to music.

As time changes, so does the artist. And if the artists change, the music changes as well. However, one incredibly innovative artist turned A&R is changing how the listener adjusts to change and preparing artists to become game-changers of their own.

Vakseen, businessman, CEO, Product Manager, and A&R at Slip N Slide Records with some time to share, gives valuable insight into who he is; his thoughts on music, motivation, inspiration and success and advice from experience on how to achieve your own goals and dreams.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




Who is Vakseen?

Vakseen: As Jay put it, “I’m a business MAN”! I’m the CEO of Vakseen LLC and I’m an A&R Consultant and Product Manager for Slip N Slide Records. Of course A&R’s find, sign and develop the stars of tomorrow. On the other hand, Product Managers handle the marketing for an artist. I’m a boss, creative mind, producer, songwriter, manager, entrepreneur, hustler, chef...you get the point lol! I’m blessed.

Where are you from?

Vakseen: Pops was in the military so I’ve lived in a few different places like Cali and Bermuda. I was born in Athens, GA but raised in “DUVALLLLLLL” lol aka Jacksonville, FL.

Interest(s)?

Vakseen: I like women, long walks in the park...LOL...is this a dating show? I’m all for enjoying life to the FULLEST. I’m usually open to seeing and experiencing new things. Of course I have a passion for music and the arts. I feel like they both consume a major part of my life. I’m definitely into sampling fine cuisine. I love to cook as well. I actually plan on opening a restaurant in the next few years. Oh yeah, I definitely have a sneaker fetish lol. Fashion period, for that matter. When
you look your best, you feel greater!

How long have you been in the game?

Vakseen: Well, I was on the artist side of the game for over 10 years but I started in on the major level towards the end of 2005. It’ll be five years this year. All of the work and grind I put in on the indie level simply prepared me for a long future in this crazy business.

Where did you get your start?

Vakseen: I started interning for Slip N Slide in October 2005. Within a month I started Slip N Slide On Da Grind so I was eating with the label from jump. Basically it’s a division within the label where we give up and coming talent an avenue for exposure. After a few months of seeing my grind, Ted Lucas (CEO) let me know he wanted to bring me on staff full-time as an A&R. Next thing you know, I was put on Plies’ project and signing artists and producers. I’m also Swazy Baby and Camar’s Product Manager.

What do you like most about being an A&R?

Vakseen: I really love the fact that I’m immersed in music 24/7. I enjoy finding new talent and providing them with an opportunity to make a living doing what they enjoy. I love being able to take a project or artist from nothing, then groom and fine tune them into a piece of history. Funny thing is, I enjoy being a Product Manager and handling marketing but my true passion is the creative side. The studio is where I really excel. A producer and an A&R are one in the same so it was really a natural transition. I was already A&R’ing my own projects.

What does it mean to be an A&R in 2010?

Vakseen: I mean A&R’s play a huge role in music. I always say we’re the backbone of the business. It’s our job to continuously seek out the next trend, the new stars. We have to be ahead of the game. If you’re a talent looking to get signed to a label, 99% of the time you have to come through an A&R. Seeing how label’s aren’t doing artist development anymore, A&R’s still have to handle that much needed task. We’re responsible for linking artists with great producers and songwriters. We give the artist direction and make sure everything on the creative side is cohesive.



How do you find producers, songwriters, etc.?

Vakseen: With me being an A&R at a major indie a lot of talent lands in my lap automatically. I’m over new submissions at Slip N Slide so if a new artist is looking to come to the label, they’re coming to me. You’re less likely to encounter dope artists that way but producers are definitely more frequent. The digital age has really changed the game so you really don’t have to go too far. You have your sites like PMP, Soundclick and Myspace, amongst others, where you can find talent worldwide. Naturally, you still have the classic avenues like talent showcases, networking events and word of mouth.

How important is innovation to an A&R?

Vakseen: VERY. Personally I’d think all A&Rs are looking for artists that bring something new and refreshing to the table. Of course that depends on the type of signings you’re looking for. You can be looking for longevity or just the quick lick. I tend to look for longevity. Music lovers don’t want to hear their favorite artists recycled. Sales are definitely down but it’s still very possible to sell Gold and Platinum. Fans just aren’t going to spend their hard earned money on anything, especially when you can get the album online for free! At the end of the day, it’s about the music and fans being able to connect to the artist. Innovation allows fans to identify with an artist as opposed to just a record.

In your opinion, what makes a great song?

Vakseen: Simple. Great production (simple or complex), an extremely addictive hook and greater lyrics! Of course you can’t forget a dope artist to sell the whole package. These things are absolutely necessary.

What does success mean to Vakseen?

Vakseen: I mean there are so many levels of success. Most people think it’s just being obscenely rich and famous. I don’t have to take the G4 to work to feel I’m a success lol. Of course I want notoriety and financial comfort, but success to me is more about achieving your goals, whatever they may be. It’s about being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor and having people you care about to share that with. Success is having a solid foundation, loving family, great friends, good health and financial stability.

What/Who inspires you?

Vakseen: Anyone that has been successful in this entertainment business; from a Russell Simmons, to LA Reid, Craig Kallman or a Ted Lucas. People winning and making their dreams and goals happen inspire me. I love to see people taking risks and pushing the envelope, stepping outside of the box. Standing on your own two is definitely a challenge in this business; life period for that matter. There is greatness in every one of us. If you’re striving towards that greatness, you
inspire me!

What keeps you motivated?

Vakseen: Simple answer. God! I’m motivated by my family, friends, health, happiness and success. I’m also motivated by others’ success. It really puts me in a different mind state like “yo you need to step it”. Success motivates success. If your circle goes hard 24/7 there’s always going to be motivation and friendly competition. Setting and working towards goals definitely keeps me motivated as well.

What's in your iPod?

Vakseen: I have a LOT of music on my iPod. Now as far as current HEAVY rotation, I’d have to say Jeezy “Trap or Die 2”, Ross “Albert Anastasia EP”, Gucci “BurrrPrint 2 HD”, Drake and Swazy.



Favorite Artist(s)?

Vakseen: I’m a huge Hip Hop head. I grew up in the “golden era” but my musical tastes are definitely diverse. I’d say my favorites are Outkast, Rick Ross, Marvin Gaye, Kanye, Parliament-Funkadelic, Jay-Z, Bilal, Jeezy, Gucci, Ghostface and Led Zeppelin. I think that covers most of them.

Current projects?

Vakseen: On the A&R side of things, I’m working on more song placements with any artist that’s currently working on an album! I placed T.I’s first single “I’m Back”, “Gettin Paid” off his new mixtape, as well as Trina’s first single “Million Dollar Girl” off her new album so I’m staying focused on this constant elevation. Far as Slip N Slide goes, I’m just grinding to make sure Swazy is officially broken this year. He’s already known regionally so we’re halfway there. Just staying focused and building the awareness on his new single “I Sang”. The South is on fire right about now! He’s the main priority for the label, aside from the vets.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

Vakseen: I’d love to work with Lady Gaga. I’m a big fan of her work. Of course there’s Jay, Outkast, Kanye and the Roots. There’s actually way too many people I want to work with. Really anyone who’s making dope music!

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Vakseen: As an A&R, I’d definitely say landing T.I.’s single “I’m Back”. That placement opened a lot of doors for me. The record peaked at #7 on the charts. Not too many people can say they placed a top 10 record. That’s definitely a blessed situation. On the marketing side, I have a Gold plaque for the work I did on Plies’ “Definition of Real”. I’m really wanting a Platinum plaque now though lol. I think grinding my way from an internship to being a successful music executive is a huge accomplishment in itself.

What type of impact would you like to leave with your contribution to music?

Vakseen: I have quite a few tricks up my sleeve lol. My goal has always been to create greater, timeless music and provide the cure for music’s ailments. Vakseen = the CURE.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their goals and dreams?

Vakseen: Stay focused and don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your goals. Hard work, faith and dedication are definitely key. Keep more than one hustle. Understand, with ANY business you have to spend money to make money. You have to be willing to invest in yourself if you expect someone else to. Last thing, always, always, ALWAYS handle your business and cover your ass! Greater!


For More On Vakseen:
http://www.vakseen.com
http://www.twitter.com/vakseen
http://www. youtube.com/vakseentv

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WBM First Listen: Buggs Tha Rocka Ft. Freeway "That Groove"





Here's WBM First Listen of the new single off of the July 14th, 2010 debut album Mutant Level 5 release of Buggs Tha Rocka ft. Freeway called "That Groove." Nice joint. Definitely think you'll feel same. Buggs shows with ease that hip hop still has that groove. Download here. (right click to save)




Video Coming Soon.

For More On Buggs Tha Rocka:
www.twitter.com/rockaboy

WBM Features: Rock City



To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about,
but the inner music the words make.
-Truman Capote, McCall's, November 1967


What do the songs, "Music For Love" by Mario, "When I Grow Up" by Pussycat Dolls, "If It Isn't Love" by Jennifer Hudson, "Runaway Love" by Justin Bieber and Hip Hop Smash, "Forever" by Drake all have in common? They all or in part, have been penned by the singing/songwriting duo Rock City.

Hailing from the Virgin Islands, but now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, the group Rock City consisting of Theron (Da Spokesman) and Timothy (Don't Talk) have worked with many of the music industry's greats while also working tirelessly on their own project. Interestingly enough, with everything they have accomplished in such a short amount of time, Rock City is just brushing the surface with what's to come.

Currently working on material for Flo-rida, Rhianna, and T.I., the world can definitely expect some fiyah from the Rock City brothers, especially with the release of their upcoming LP Wake The Neighbors a little later this year. So with some time between travel and studio sessions, WBM was able to steal a few moments of Rock City's time just to catch up.

Here's what they had to say.



[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




Who is Rock City?

Rock City: Theron (Da Spokesman) Timothy (Dont Talk)

Where are you based out of?

Rock City: Virgin Island but we reside in Atlanta, GA

What does music mean to you?

Rock City: Everything it's our life.

Are you musicians as well?

Rock City: No

When did you know music was something you wanted to pursue?

Rock City: Once Kris Kross came out we knew we wanted to be in the music business.

I understand you have an extensive resume, what are some the projects you worked on?

Rock City: Jennifer Hudson "If It Isn't love," Iyaz "Replay" and Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up" to name a few.

What are you working on currently?

Rock City: Material for Flo-Rida, TI, Rihanna.

Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Rock City: Because we are so busy, we love just chilling with our friends and family, whatever they want to do.

How'd you link with Konvict Muzik?

Rock City: Friend Benny D was Akon's DJ and we knew Akon so we made it happen.

You've had an extensive amount of songs placed for a number of artists. How do you know which to hold on to and which to provide to for other artists?

Rock City: It's really hard so we just have to be honest with ourselves and hold what sounds like Rock City.

What keeps you motivated?

Rock City: Family and Friends

Are there any artists that you would like to work with that you haven't already?

Rock City: Beyonce, Jay-z.

Biggest accomplishment?

Rock City: Winning a Grammy.

What's one thing about Rock City that many probably don't know?

Rock City: We wrote The Rain that was sung by Akon in 7th Grade

What can we expect from you in 2010?

Rock City: Wake The Neighbors Album.

What is your advice for upcoming songwriters?

Rock City: Work Hard and believe in yourself.


For More On Rock City:
www.ptfao.com
www.rcitymusic.com
www.twitter.com/R_city
www.twitter.com/Rockcityvi

WBM Movies: The Green Hornet (Trailer)




Not sure what I think of this just yet, but if it's any consolation, it doesn't look bad for a remake. Coming to theaters January 2011.

WBM Music Video: The Roots "Dear God 2.0"



With the release of their new album "How I got over," today THE ROOTS released a video for their single called "Dear God 2.0" check it out and let us know what you think?

WBM Features: Dj SoSt.Cyr



If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would
not bother trying to say it in music.
-Gustav Mahler



Without fail, we're all here to do something on this Earth. And while we're here, much if not all of how we decide to make such a contribution depends on the individual. That contribution oftentimes isn't easy, the timing couldn't necessarily happen when we like, nor is it recognized immediately on surface. However, what's most rewarding is when we as individuals choose to make one such contribution or many contributions for that matter to make a difference in the world.

Take the upcoming Dj and aspiring conductor, Dj So St. Cyr for example. With beginnings, at the parties of his friends, So St. Cyr takes his craft seriously, works hard, and is always looking to improve. As matter of fact, if you're in Central New Jersey, you may even catch him, holding down a party or two. He's definitely someone on the come up and one to watch out for.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




Who is DJ So St.Cyr?

So St. Cyr: I am me. Just a person who is trying to use the gifts that God has seen fit to bless me with.

Where are you based out of?

So St. Cyr: I am from St.Croix the Unites States Virgin Islands.

What does music mean to you?

So St. Cyr: Music is life essentially. It is the only force on this earth that can touch your soul and you are powerless to stop it. We as beat makers, artists, dj’s, and dancers, are, in essence, the vessel of the music.

Has that meaning changed over the years?

So St. Cyr: The only thing that has changed is my approach. Over time, I have made a conscious effort to make sure that I stay open to the growing landscape of music and sound.

When did you know music was something you wanted to pursue?

So St. Cyr: I would say after watching my parents. My dad was a professional musician all the days of his life in addition to his regular job as an architect. My mother is a dancer, choreographer, and an aerobics instructor. Saying all that to say, music was a part of my life from an early age.

How'd you get involved in Dj'ing?

So St. Cyr: I started by doing music at my friends’ parties and it has grown tremendously from there.

What are you working on currently?

So St. Cyr: I’m working on the rudiments of djing. Beat juggling and the many assortments of scratches and cuts and things of that nature.

Outside of music what are some of your interests?

So St. Cyr: I love movies and I love reading and video games.

What keeps you motivated?

So St. Cyr: My mom and my family are my driving force I would say.

Who are your influences?

So St. Cyr: Grand Wizard Theodore, J-rocc and the beat junkies, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Wes Will, Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay

Biggest accomplishment?


So St. Cyr: Dj’ing my first wedding last summer.

What's one thing about DJ So St.Cyr that many probably don't know?

So St. Cyr: I want to be a conductor one day.

What can we expect from you in 2010?

So St. Cyr: More hard work.

Have any advice for those in pursuit of their musical endeavors?

So St. Cyr: Hard work, no excuses. Excuses are the tools of a week mind, and are bricks in the house of Failure, and God Bless.





For More On Dj So St.Cyr:
http://twitter.com/DJSoStCyR
http://www.myspace.com/djsostcyr
http://www.reverbnation.com/djsostcyr

WBM Music Video: J.Cole "Who Dat"

Check out one of Jay-z's newest artists, J.Cole's new video "Who Dat"
Let us know what you think?



WBM Music Video: Kelly Rowland "Commander"



Check out Kelly Rowland's new video for her hit song "Commander" and let us know what you think about it?

Monday, June 21, 2010

WBM First Listen: Dot Silly: Keep Pushing:





Brooklyn accompanied by its streets and experiences has just been personified. Using Dot Silly as the conduit, WBM has a first listen of the latest release, Keep Pushing off his upcoming mixtape, Silly City Vol 2.5. Download here.

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WBM Events: POSSETV Presents GraffitiNation



WBM Music Video: K-Shawn ft Rockstar & Hollywood - Just for the Freaks

WBM presents...
K-Shawn's new video f/ Rockstar & Hollywood "Just for the freaks"
Check it out and let us know what you think?



Sunday, June 20, 2010

Through the Photographers Lens




(Every leader must be lead. In order to guide you must have direction)

(Unknown!)

Welcome to Through the Photographers Lens,

In this week’s post I thought I would focus on Father's day and fathers. I can easily say that after losing my father at the age of 12 I have been blessed to have had men in my life that have stepped up and stood in the gap. Those that have taught me life lessons and shared information with me that in turn helped shape and mold me into the person that I am today. It’s true what they when they say “Father is not always who made you but who stepped up to help raise you. My own natural father passed away when I was but a young pup, but in the time we did have together it was great and no one can or will ever step into his shoes. (Miss you dad!)

One such person that stood in that gap is long time friend and mentor Abraham Viera of Abe V. Systems Inc. (www.abevsystems.com) Abe, as we called him around the shop was more than just a boss but a friend and mentor to everyone who ever worked with him. He took the time to listen to what you had to say and give good sound spiritually based advice and at the same time taught many of us most if not all of what we know about business and business relationships. In fact I can say that many of the lessons that I share with those that I mentor and teach I learned from Abe. I recently had the privilege of sitting down and talking to Abraham and Abe Jr. to catch up and with old friends and what is going on with them these days.

Abe Senior has worked in production for more than 27 years, working with just about every artist you can think of both locally and internationally. Abe senior has also work in many ways with community groups and leaders to help make change in the community and even going as far as giving training, work and thereby hope to many, many now successful, engineers and technicians in the live production industry today. It is even safe to say that there are not many people in the live production game in the U.S. that don’t know of Abe V. Systems ad Abraham and the work they have and are still doing around the country and around the world.

Taking up the mantle, Abraham Jr. is now Vice President of the company and producing events for artists like Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony as well as designing and producing massive events like a 40th birthday event for Jay-Z in Santo Domingo. With a goal of taking the company into more markets, Abe Jr. spends his days running the day to day operations of the company as well as new business and market development.

[As Told to WhyBlueMatters]

How long have you been in business?

I’ve been in business for about 28 years producing events and providing staging, lighting and sound.

Congratulations, you’ve been in business longer than many of the people reading this article have been alive.

I’ve known you for a long time now, Abe and I can say that I have learned a lot from you about myself and about the business, how do you balance being a father and an entrepreneur?

It’s really hard because I am still learning, I make mistakes and they tolerate it. Only time will tell how well I did. I hope the legacy I leave behind is to inspire people to believe in themselves and to go forward.

This is a question for you, Abe Jr, what is the goal going forward? What’s next for Abe V. Systems? Are you going to take over the company?

Obviously it is to continue to expand market share which can be tricky in this economy, but we are working from the philosophy of working smarter rather than harder. So if that means saying no to some shows in order to take on shows that are more complex, then we acquire the tools and expertise to do the more complex shows to foster company growth.

I know at one point you help the title of one of the largest Latin owned production companies, is that still the case?

Abe Jr.: There are a couple others out there that as the Latin market has grown they’ve been able grow as well, but in New York, yes we are by far.

Abe Sr.: The other thing is this as the market place changes and as artists move to different states and make a way for other artists to come forward, it makes a way for other companies to grow as well. So, the sun shines in other states for others as well. However, I must say that here in the states, that though we may not be the largest now we are still among the largest, especially in the Hispanic market. I can say is that I have been the first to get into many markets and venues that have not traditionally been open to minority owned companies. For instance I was the first minority owned company to work Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall and the American Airlines Arena. A lot of the major arenas I was the first, so if there are other companies that have more work or more clients and equipment that’s great but I can say that I paved the way for a lot of the minority companies.

This is one of the most unstable economic periods in history, and I know your business over head must be incredible. How do you manage to stay afloat in this harsh economic time?

Like anybody else you have to cut back. That’s one to the great things about having a family and staff that understands and is willing to cut back with you to make it all work. And deal with the situation as it is. It gets rough, but we stick it out together and that makes it a little easier to get through.

I have seen where you have done a lot in the community and telling some organizations to just make sure that your team is taken care of and you would be glad to work with them. What types of community works and projects are you involved in these days?

I am still a Christian so we do a lot with the churches. Now a days you have to be careful with who you work with because not every organization is made of straight shooters. You develop and intuition for who is real and who is not but we still try to go with what makes us feel good. So we try to help as many people and community’s and even work with some of our competitors to help out where we can. We have in the past worked together with our competitors because we agreed that it was a good cause and we should just do it.

I know that over the years you have also done a lot to help the individual. If it’s putting someone to work or getting someone training or certification for a specific area. What are you doing these days to continue to help the individual to help themselves?

People have a lot of talent and vision. So if you can get into people’s heads and help them to understand that there is a lot of strength within themselves and that they can do it and make them feel positive, I think just by doing that you motivate people. Sharing where you’ve been and what you’ve been through, motivates people. People really like for others to be very honest with them. Like I said before you use your discretion with whom you help because people know when you’re being real and when you are being phony with them. Even with my sons, I thank God for them because with everything they do there is a passion in them for what they do. They do it, not because of the money, although there is a cost and a charge for everything, but because they love what they do. So, if you can motivate someone to go with their hearts and go with what is going to make them happy and not just for money then they can be successful!

Individually, and Abe Sr. I want to start with you, what advice would you give someone trying to get into the production industry?

A lot of people want to get into this field or any field and don’t know their own capabilities. Some people want to do sound, but they are not good sound people but they are good coordinators or have a good vision. What I would say is get into it if you want to get into it if that’s what you want to do. Find out what area is your strength and you really enjoy doing and do the best that you can with it. And obviously keep God first in what you are doing. You never want to take God out of the equation at any point. God knows the desires of your heart and he knows that if what you desire is not going to get you into trouble down the road, I'm sure God will meet your needs.

Exactly! Abe Jr. I want to ask you the same question? What advice do you have for those people who aspire to get themselves in to the VP slot?

It’s a lot of hard work and there’s a lot of soreness before you get the glory. There’s a lot of work that people never see, they just see the end product and it’s just something you have to be ready for. Just like anything else, it requires a lot of hard work, a lot of extra time on your part, it does interfere with your personal life and you have to make a place for that. So if you’re willing to count the costs then it’s worth it, but it’s something you are going to have to be passionate about for it to really work or it can be very, very frustrating on the business end.

What’s Fathers Day going to be like? What is Fathers day going to be like for AVS and the Viera Home?

Abe Jr.: We are going to be filming. MTV direct is doing a deal with us where they are going to be filming my wedding. I'm getting married on August 22nd. So they are going to come on and film the family as one of the pre screening processes for one of their shows to see they cast me and my family and the wedding.

Abe Sr., what are you going to be doing?

I am going to go along with the program. That’s what I do now days. The rules have changed. You know how they say the first shall be last and the last shall be first, will I used to be the parent now I get to be the child. I just go with the flow. I am happy to be healthy, to still have my parents alive, to have my children and to have a woman who still loves me. And I thank God for all those things.

Any last comments from either or both of you?

Abe Sr.: I want to wish all the fathers a Great Fathers Day and to the children always love your parents!

Happy Fathers Day from Why Blue Matters!!!



Rahim Baskett

Photographer

MindSoulVision Photography

Url:
http://www.mindsoulvision.com/

Email: Rahimb@mindsoulvision.com






Saturday, June 19, 2010

WBM Movies: Rio (Trailer)





Coming to theaters Spring 2011.

WBM Events: SCOTTY Live In ATL





Performing live tonight, Block Entertainment's new artist, Scotty. With his smash hit "Chevy" this should be a great turn out especially because Waka Flocka will also be in the building for the event. See flyer for more info.

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WBM Certified: McCafe Shuffle




From the Cupid Shuffle to the McCafe Shuffle, check out the new commercial released today by McDonalds featuring no other than the very talented R&B artist Cupid. This is pretty amazing. The fact that McDonalds recognizes the efforts and ability of Cupid speaks volumes, especially because he is a new artist.

We at WBM recognize his efforts as well and wish him nothing but continued success. Shine bright.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

WBM Events: Steve Lovell & Friends




Though generally known for its warm mornings and even hotter days, Summer just got real cool and smooth for the month of July. Steve Lovell & Friends are playing at two venues in New Jersey, setting the season off right. Please see flyer for more info and check out this remarkable talent.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

WBM TOP 10 ALBUMS

WHY BLUE MATTERS

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday June 20th

1. Plies - Goon Afiliated (DEBUT)
2. Usher - Raymond vs. Raymond (DOWN1)
3. B.o.B - Adventures .....(DOWN1)
4. Nas, Damian Marley - Distant relatives (DOWN1)
5. Alicia Keys - Element of freedom (DOWN1)
6. Ludacris - Battle of the sexes (DOWN1)
7. Lil John - Crunk Rock (DEBUT)
8. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (DOWN2)
9. Rihanna - Rated R (SAME)
10. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah part 2 (DOWN3)

WBM TOP 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending June 20th

1. Alicia Keys - Un-thinkable (UP2)
2. Ciara, Ludacris - Ride (DOWN1)
3. Ludacris, Trey Songz - Sex room (UP1)
4. Drake - Find your love (UP1)
5. Dirty Money f/ T.I - Hello, Good morning (DOWN3)
6. B.O.B, Hayley Williams - Airplanes (UP1)
7. Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (UP3)
8. T.I f/ Keri Hilson - Got your back (UP4)
9. Usher, Nicki Minaj - Lil Freak (DOWN3)
10. Rick Ross, Ne-yo - Super high (UP2)
11. Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana - Beamer, Benz or Bently (DOWN2)
12. J.Long f/ Pretty Ricky - Personal freak (UP2)
13. T.I - I'm back (DOWN5)
14. Cali Swagg District - Teach me how to dougie (UP2)
15. Nicki Minaj - Massive attack (DOWN4)
16. Kanye West - Power
17. Usher - There goes my baby (DEBUT)
18. Waka Flocka Flame - Hard in da paint (DEBUT)
19. Christina Aguilera - Not myself tonite (DOWN2)
20. Fantasia - Bittersweet (DEBUT)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

WBM Music Video: Kelis "4th of July"

Check out KELIS's new video "4th Of July" , let us know what you think?

WBM Music Video: Katy Perry f/ Snoop "California Girls"

Check out the new video from Katy Perry f/ Snoop Dogg. “California Gurls” is the first single off of her new album "Teenage Dream"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WBM Movies: Gulliver's Travels (Trailer)




Here's a little something for the family for the upcoming holiday season. Coming to theaters December 22, 2010.

Monday, June 14, 2010

WBM Movies: Mortal Kombat Rebirth (Trailer)





Definitely have to thank the sis for the heads up on this nugget of information, but word on the street is that there's a new Mortal Kombat movie (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) in the works. Good news is, WBM has a sneak peak of what movie goers can expect in theater near you real soon. Check out this trailer. It's an interesting, more modern approach to video game series that many grew up with.

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WBM Features: PRIMO



Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
-Alphonse de Lamartine


WBM presents PRIMO, a new duo coming out of California made up of artists, Deezy and Ad who are trailblazing a new movement while at the same time trying to create a new sound to reinvent Hip Hop. Diversity is the main component of their lifestyle and is also what makes their musical expression unique. Their motto "Art over money, progression over everything" speaks heavily and is the credo they stand by.


Fresh of the release of their debut album "Lint Season" PRIMO was able to grab some time with WBM.

Take a minute and get to know them.



[As Told To Why Blue Matters]



What are your goals for 2010?

Primo: We’re working on our untitled second album while promoting for our debut album entitled Lint Season, which just dropped. A big goal for us this year is to reach out to as many people as possible, let people get to know us. We’re looking for an audience that is ready for a new kind of hip-hop. And of course we are looking to progress. Progress, progress.progress…

Introduce yourselves

Primo: We are two artists from Sacramento, CA. Some pretty cool kids with a lot of passion. We grew up around a lot of diversity, which has molded us into some open minded and creative young men.

Whats the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

Primo: There’s no real difference. Our stage persona is us, but amplified.

What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

Primo: Starting this Primo legacy. We feel like we brought together our families and closest friends to do what we each do best. It’s rewarding.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Interest(s)?

Primo: Partying, girls, 40 ounces, weed, having fun, mix’n it up, learning about different cultures....etc. We are interested in a wide range of things, but there’s a few crucial interests. One thing we know for sure is that it’s really fucking hard to describe ourselves.



What do you like most about being in the business?

Primo: The grind and getting better.

What's the thought process behind your works?
...from personal experience?
...mere creativity?

Primo: We use both personal experiences and creativity. We’re constantly communicating amongst each other, creating imagery with psychedelic landscapes to describe our emotions from personal experiences.

What inspires and motivates you?

Primo: We motivate each other mainly, but we are also heavily motivated by people coming up to us whether it is at a party or a show and them saying, “Yo, you guys are dope and I feel you.” Thats what keeps us moving. If that stops, we might as well stop. We wouldn’t be helping anybody out, especially ourselves.

How was life changed for you since being you started ?

Primo: We feel like we have a purpose. We feel accomplished even though we are just starting. And it feels like every time we see people we haven’t seen in a while, they bring up our music.

What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

AD: I’d probably be away at a university living the college life.
Deezy: I’d be traveling somewhere.

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

Primo: The Recovery by Eminem, Grey Oceans by CocoRosie, Wiz khalifa Kush and Orange Juice, LP4 by Ratatat, and Drake’s Thank Me Later

...Why?

Primo: Because they’re dope, and new. All of them are amazing artists and some of our favorite.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

Primo: Don’t try to please everyone, you’ll only hurt yourself in the end. One day what you’re doing will be cool to a lot of people.

What do you want to be remembered by?

Primo: Two great artists


WBM TOP 10 ALBUMS

WHY BLUE MATTERS

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday June 13th

1. Usher - Raymond vs. Raymond (SAME)
2. B.o.B - Adventures .....(UP1)
3. Nas, Damian Marley - Distant relatives (DOWN1)
4. Alicia Keys - Element of freedom (SAME)
5. Ludacris - Battle of the sexes (SAME)
6. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (REENTRY)
7. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah part 2 (UP1)
8. Rihanna - Rated R (UP2)
9. Sade - Solider of love (SAME)
10. Janelle Monae - The archandroid (DOWN3)

WBM TOP 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday June 13th

1. Ciara, Ludacris - Ride (UP1)
2. Dirty Money f/ T.I - Hello, Good morning (DOWN1)
3. Alicia Keys - Un-thinkable (UP1)
4. Ludacris, Trey Songz - Sex room (UP5)
5. Drake - Find your love (UP6)
6. Usher, Nicki Minaj - Lil Freak (DOWN3)
7. B.O.B, Hayley Williams - Airplanes (UP1)
8. T.I - I'm back (DOWN3)
9. Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana - Beamer, Benz or Bently (DOWN3)
10. Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg - California Gurls (UP2)
11. Nicki Minaj - Massive attack (DOWN4)
12. T.I f/ Keri Hilson - Got your back (UP8)
13. Rick Ross, Ne-yo - Super high (UP1)
14. J.Long f/ Pretty Ricky - Personal freak (UP4)
15. Teairra Mari, Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy - Sponsor (DOWN5)
16. Cali Swagg District - Teach me how to dougie (UP3)
17. Christina Aguilera - Not myself tonite (SAME)
18. Eminem - Not afraid (DOWN3)
19. Maxwell - Fistful of tears (DOWN6)
20. Dondria - You're the one (DOWN4)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

WBM Movies: The Expendables (Trailer)





Starring just about all your favorite action movies heroes, then and now, this movie looks pretty good. Check this out.


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WBM Movies: The Last Exorcism (Trailer)





Coming to theaters, August 27th 2010. Looks intense.

Friday, June 11, 2010

WBM Features: Sean Fair




A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
-Leopold Stokowski


Some say Sean Fair has a voice of an angel. Not only does Sean sing, but he also is a song writer. Influenced by music legends such as Prince, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson just to name a few, Sean Fair considers himself a true vocalist. Born and raised in Detroit, Sean starting singing at the age of 3. However, with a significant amount of experience under his belt, Sean Fair is now ready to take his place at center stage. With exceptional vocal ability and a charismatic personality to back it up he is destined to make a name for himself in the industry.

Take a minuite and get to know Sean Fair.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]



So is Sean Fair short for something?

SF: Sean Aubrey Grant-Fairclough


Whats the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

SF: Well, I guess who I am on stage is "the real me." But there is something about being on stage that allows you to be fearless... It's me times 1000. If I'm Popeye then the stage is my Spinach. Lol


How long have you been in the game?

SF: I've been singing professionally since I was 17.


What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

SF: Loving myself, learning how to love myself, and what that really means. All the way from going to bed on time to eliminating the toxic people in my life.


Tell me a little bit about yourself:
Interest(s)?


SF: My interests change from time to time... But, I'm an avid music listener and movie goer. I have about 9000 songs on my ipod. I like outdoor stuff too... like rollerblading, bike riding, hiking, and I wanna learn to surf...


What's your ultimate goal in life?


SF: Well, I guess the answer to this question would probably change depending on where exactly you were in your life. Right now, I think ultimately I just wanna be surrounded by love, financially secure, and a successful artist for the rest of life. I want to be happy. I want God to be happy with me. I want the freedom to be and to live whatever way I choose.



What do you like most about being in the business?

SF: Singing, performing, writing, traveling, creating... probably ever part that isn't "business". Lol. Nothing beats doing what you love, even with all the cons.


What's the thought process behind your works?
...from personal experience?
...mere creativity?


SF: Most everything I've ever written/created has come from my own experience. I think it's more authentic that way. But when i'm creating, it's always important to me that you "feel" me, whether you can understand where I'm coming from or not. I want for the listener or viewer to be able to identify with the emotion and grab hold to that.


What inspires and motivates you?


SF: I'm inspired by everything! Music, movies, conversations, arguments, pain, pleasure, my dreams... it all brings inspiration. And in addition to my passion and my desire to constantly grow; to constantly be better - I'm motivated by other driven people. People who have somehow beaten the odds to succeed, or the innovators who are doing something refreshing, and the fearless.


How was life changed for you since being you started?


SF: That's the thing about pursuing something like music, everything changes, all the time. If it's one thing u can count on in this industry, it's change. I wouldn't exactly call a career in music "stable." But another thing about a career like this is... You don't choose it, it chooses you. If it weren't for the love of this. The burning desire that never dies... I would have walked away years ago...


What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

SF: I'd be dead. Lol. There is nothing else. That's my most honest answer. But maybe I'd be a chef, an actor, or some sort of public speaker... Who knows??? I just know that this is what I was created to do...


What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

SF: I just got Janelle Monae's new record. It's ridiculously amazing. Other than that, I'm into making playlists. Right now I've got a few songwriters (James Fauntleroy, Lonny Breaux Jr, APLUS) in rotation.


What has been your favorite job you've done so far?

SF: Working at the Motown Museum has changed my life. It's given my such a appreciation for my hometown and the concept of melody.


What are you currently working on?

SF: I'm really working hard at finishing my EP. It will be between 3 and 6 songs. I'm looking at having it out by the end of the summer.


Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?


SF: Am I affected? Of course. I'm human. But I understand that for some, it's just there job. For others, it just may be hate or jealousy. And I also know that everything isn't for everybody.... What I'm trying to say is, because I don't who you are, what you're made of, or if your opinion is even valid, it's not hard for me to keep it moving. I'm still new though. The beginning has barely begun.


Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

SF: Find out who you are and what makes you special. That will often be tested, so you have to be strong and confident in what you know. In my journey I've realized that every person who has believed in me the most, helped me the most. And most of those people, I've known the longest. So when reaching out, you probably don't have to look that far. Look to those already in your corner. Never give up.


What do you want to be remembered by?

SF: A respected man, a good person, a great artist, and a person who made his own rules. One day... if they called me an icon or a legend... that would be awesome too. But we can dream right? Lol. Somebody told me dreams come true...


Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

SF: Naw. I talk too much. Lol. I'm not going anywhere. You'll come to know me in
time...