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An Elite Conversation With Abhi The Nomad

Get familiar with Texas-based newcomer Abhi The Nomad

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For the latest Edition of our Elite Conversation Series, Darryl chats it up with Texas-based Newcomer Abhi The Nomad. During The interview the two chop it up about on his musical inspirations, his favorite albums, his brand new single titled “Mama Bling” and much more.

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Featured tracks from the episode:

2:37 – LITHIUM (Nirvana Cover)

7:20 – Somebody to Love

14:27 – Teenage Dirtbag / Say It Ain’t So

21:13 – Mama Bling

31:26 – Warheads (Ft. Foster) (Prod. Nomad)

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An Elite Conversation With MACEDO

An Elite Conversation With twin-sister duo Macedo

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This week I had the pleasure of speaking with multi-talented twin-sister music duo MACEDO, composed of Michelle Alicia and Melissa Ann Macedo. Sometime this year the duo are set to release their brand new album Ghost Town, featuring stand-out singles “Supernatural,” and the recently released smash “Truth Of It.”

Not only are the duo set to release their new album Ghost Town, but they’ve also landed roles in the new Netflix series GIRLBOSS as Stacie and Stephanie, and lead-roles in the upcoming James Franco film titled “Blood Heist”.

During the interview we touch on their experiences of growing up in a musical household, musical inspirations, their upcoming album Ghost Townwhat inspired them to take up acting and much more.

Who are Macedo?

We are an indie duo based in Los Angeles made up of twin sisters Michelle & Melissa Macedo. We love to focus on harmonies in our melodies. We play piano, guitar, sing, and write all of our own songs.

What was it like growing up in a musical household?

We come from a very musical family. Our dad introduced us to music in every genre imaginable. That is how we fell in love with jazz, classical, soul, pop and folk. Our childhood was filled with everything from Sam Cooke and Otis Redding to Debussy to The Beatles. Our maternal grandmother played piano and our Dad plays as well. There really isn’t a genre we didn’t grow up listening to. We both grew up playing piano and some violin. Michelle started playing guitar when she was about 11 years old and has played ever since. Today, Michelle plays the piano in the band and we both sing. We have sung together for as long as we can remember. We were always harmonizing and writing songs together. We grew up hitting up the local music scene and started to play live around L.A. when we were 16.

What artists inspire you?

Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Claude Debussy, Otis Redding, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Radiohead were huge influences. We really appreciate amazing songwriting and we feel like all of those artists tell a story in such an impactful way. We knew we wanted to affect other people in that same way.

Pursuing a music career wasn’t always your first choice, what made you stick with it?

Actually, we always wanted to pursue music and acting equally. They both played such a huge part of our lives that we couldn’t imagine one without the other. Each outlet improves the other. We both are incredibly hard-working and give ourselves fully to anything we do, so we always knew it was all or nothing. Of course we had reservations and some family members tried to warn us against it, but we stayed focused and had each other for support. As an artist, it’s incredibly important to have a support system filled with people who want to uplift each other.

You recently released your new single “Truth Of It.” Can you break down the meaning behind the single?

We wrote the song “Truth of It” together. It was really very conceptual from the beginning. We wanted the verses to feel like the reality of the situation and the choruses to feel like a sort of fantasy. It was written about a relationship that just wouldn’t work. There can be a lot of mixed feelings towards the end of a relationship. One minute you’re trying to talk yourself into staying and the next you are trying to get out as soon as you can. We wanted to capture that manic duality.

Alongside your music career, you’ve also landed roles in the Netflix series GIRLBOSS, as well as starring as the leads in an upcoming James Franco film titled “Blood Heist.” What inspired you to take up an acting career?

Acting is something that we’ve both just always known we wanted to do. We are both trained actors and have pursued it along with music our entire lives. We are equally actors and musicians. It’s another way to express ourselves and to really share our art with the world. We feel passionately about empowering young women, so we love to have that thread in our songs and it was serendipitous that GIRLBOSS is such an empowering and powerful show for women. “Blood Heist” has a very empowering, feminist message and we are excited to be a part of that project as well.

You’re gearing up to release your new album titled “Ghost Town’. Can you break down the thought process behind the album?

“Ghost Town” emerged from a really difficult time. It is a reflection and exploration of the ghosts that we all have and the ways in which we are haunted by our past. This album is a lot about the past and our relationships. “Ghost Town” is a reflection of memories that became a part of our identity. In essence, how we’re each being haunted, in good and bad ways. It was a very raw experience to write this album, there was no holding back.

What would you say is the ultimate-goal of your careers?

Our goal as musicians is to keep evolving and stay true to the sound that encapsulates the next musical phase of our career. In each project we have done, we can very clearly hear emotionally where we were. We would love to get on the road with this next album and connect with people. We want to continue to tell stories that could empower others, especially if they are feeling alone.

If you could only listen to one album for a lifetime, what would it be and why?

WOW, That is a tough question. I (Michelle) would have to say Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors”. It is such an incredible album with such a variety of sounds and really encompasses such an incredible story. I love the songwriting on that album. I (Melissa) would have to say Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”, it was a life changing album and I never get sick of it!

Check out MACEDO‘s latest releases below

Follow MACEDO: Twitter | Facebook |Instagram| Soundcloud

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An Elite Convo With London Newcomer Amy Steele

Get familiar with London newcomer Amy Steele

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Starting the day with fresh new talent, today we’re introduced to the sounds of London-based singer-songwriter Amy Steele, whose received praises and support from popular publications BBC Radio 1, Clash and Wonderland Magazine.

For her first official appearance on Elite Muzik the talented UK songbird sat down with us for what we like to call an Elite Conversation. Along with the interview Amy gave us the green-light to share the Refmix version of her brand new single titled “Graces.”

Check out the interview and her brand new single below.

Who Is Amy Steele ?

Hi, I am a singer songwriter based in London.

What Type Of Music were you exposed to growing up?

I think I was exposed to and have an appreciation for all types of music, from Jazz to soul to pop. I think that has influenced my sound to be quite varied in terms of its influences.

What song instantly puts you in a good mood?

Blessings, Chance the Rapper

What are your main inspirations and greatest influences?

I think I’m inspired by all sorts of stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve what you want on your own terms. I think that is universally inspirational, regardless of what field it’s in, or in what way you overcome the barrier.

What year did you decide that you wanted to sing professionally? 

Deciding I wanted to be a singer was more of a gradual thing for me rather than I defined moment. From the first time I went to the studio I really loved it, and it just became a path that I started to follow until it grew into a professional thing.

How would you describe your sound?

Future Soul or Alternative Pop. I think my sound is quite nuanced in that it doesn’t fit in a defined category, it’s just music.

Today you’re sharing  your new single “Graces” which sounds absolutely amazing,  what was the inspiration behind the record? 

Graces is about all the positive feelings where you’re happy in a new relationship. But it’s also about separation in the face of that positivity. So its hope that everything will work out, tainted by a bit of dread, that deep down you know there’s a good chance it won’t.

Are you currently working on new album/project? if so when can we expect it?

Yes, I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my upcoming EP titled Memories in Watercolour. It’s an 8-track record, with each track telling a different stage of a story. It’s coming later this year!

Give Amy’s new single a spin below

Keep up with Amy Steele: Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

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An Elite Interview With Director Alex Di Marco & HustleCake

An Elite Conversation with Alex Di Marco and HustleCake

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Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Director Alex Di Marco and his music video production Company HustleCake, recently known for directing the music video for Khalid’s popular smash “Location.”

During the interview we touch on everything from artistic direction, artist they’d love to collaborate with, the direction behind Khalid’s “Location,” music video and much more. Check out the interview clip above.

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An Elite Conversation With Sosa412

An Elite Conversation With Pittsburgh emcee Sosa412

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Today i’m proud to present you guys with an audio interview via Elite Conversation. I sat down with Pittsburgh emcee Chris Oden known under moniker Sosa412. We touch on everything from his upcoming project, his views on hip-hop, Nicki Minaj versus Remy Ma and much more.

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An Elite Conversation with HSVN

Vegas artist-producer HSVN sits down for an Elite Conversation.

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Kicking off the new year Vegas-based artist-producer HSVN, released his debut album BACK2BACK, featuring my favorite cuts “On You,” “Ask No Questions,” ‘ICGH,” “Come Fly,” and “I Got.” Over the weekend I spoke with HSVN, touching on his new album, his production style, and more.

Check out our conversation below.

Growing up what type of music we’re you exposed to ?

I actually grew up on r&b and a lot of jazz. Then I turned to alternative rock and deep house in my early teens which changed my perspective on music. It allowed me to explore different sounds.

What artist / producers are currently your favorites ?

I really fuck with Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, and A$AP Ferg. They’re all unique in their own way and stand out. They kind of have they’re own little pocket in the industry. I’d probably say my favorite producer right now is Southside. The ambience he creates in his music creates a perfect bed for his drums which I feel like are pretty consistent and necessary. I’m big on drums.

What Year Did you first start producing? and What Motivated you start ?

I started making beats in ’04. My homie Cam put me on FL Studio at the time and I always wanted to try making a beat. He was actually the one who motivated me to make them because his beats were so tight. He actually just won a Grammy for songs he produced on chance the rapper’s album.

The game is filled with more than a handful of producers, just starting out what were you’re expectations?

I wanted to be an engineer when I got into the game. That’s what I did for my first 2-3 years in the game. I always worked on my beats in the mean time, and once my production was strong enough to take off on its own I never looked back.

How Would You define your production style?

My production style is progressive, it’s constantly moving from beginning to end. I’ve never made a beat that I can say doesn’t move or build. I’m always working to accomplish something with my beats.

What Artist or producers would you like to work with?

I really wanna work with Pharrell and Chad, their chord progressions make me everything I am today. So it would only be right to work the guys who’ve mastered that, in my opinion at least. I wanna collaborate with Gnarles Barkley, Little Dragon, and sbtrkt. As far as producers go I’d say Southside, Sonny Digital, and Cashmere Cat.

There are times in any career when your personal life isn’t going to well, how do you keep your mind on your work without losing focus?

I honestly only focus on work. I lose track of personal relationships on a daily basis because my work is basically the only thing I care about right now. I try to combine my personal life with my career as much as they allow, so it doesn’t feel like I’m working all the time

Touching on your new album BACK2BACK, (my favorites being “On You,” “Ask No Questions,” ‘ICGH,” “Come Fly,” “I Got,”) What direction/Sound we’re you going for on this project?

My goal for Back2Back was to make songs that felt good to me personally and connected with me emotionally. Every song was about shit that I was going through during that process. I spent the last year developing the perfect beat for me and my voice that would move people (I honestly didn’t think it would the way it has lol). I needed every song to bounce and take you for a ride.

What is the ultimate goal that you wish to accomplish during your career?

To work with anyone that is looking for a record to be created for them. I’m an artists producer that can also write, I understand how to connect with people to produce the exact thing they’re looking for from scratch. It normally takes me 2-3 hours to produce, write, and record a record. I don’t like sending over a batch of beats to people until I’ve talked to them to understand what they like and what’s missing from their project. I’m the icing on the cake for any artist. I just make my own songs because I want to show people how talented I am, and if I can create this for myself imagine what I can do for someone else

Stream HSVN‘s debut album ‘Back2Back‘ below.

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An Elite Muzik Conversation With Farah Washington

A Quick Conversation with California singer-songwriter Farah Washington

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This past weekend California-based singer and songwriter Farah Washington, released her new single titled “Are You,” the first official release from her upcoming EP “XELF” set to release very soon.

Following the release of the single, over the weekend we asked Farah a few quick questions for an interview or what we like to call An Elite Muzik Conversation . Check out our conversation below.

What Type Of Music were you exposed to growing up?

Growing up I listened to all types of music from R&B, rock, and hip hop. Korn, Lauryn Hill, Mya, Aaliyah, Sade etc.

What song instantly puts you in a good mood?

Mario’s “Let Me Love You”

What are your main inspirations and greatest influences?

Sade is definitely the one I look too. She’s amazing and her voice is everything.

How would you describe your sound?

I would say it’s R n Bass.

Along-side singing you’re also a songwriter, Do you follow a formula when writing records?

I usually get in the car, blast the instrumental and write. I might smoke sometimes.

Out of all the songs you’ve written, which ones would you consider your favorites and why?

I would say “You Ain’t Ready” because I actually wrote it while I was in the mood.

Today you blessed us with your new single “Are You”, what was the inspiration behind the record?

Well within the generation, it’s much harder to find love and know who’s who, so I wanted to write a song like “is the guy I’m attempting to make things happen with the one? And would show me something different if he was.

You’re Currently hard at work on your brand new EP ‘XELF,” what type of sound/vibe can we expect?

Except something refreshing, I’m trying to take a different perspective as a female and show the side most of us aren’t talking about.

If you could only listen to one album for a life-time, what album would it be and why?

Hm…808s & Heartbreaks fasho. It was just an amazing album to me and I fell in love with the sound of it and how different of an approach he and Kid Cudi took.

Stream her latest single “Are You,” below.

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