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Elite Muzik & Reverb Nation Featuring Sierra Marie

Get to know California-based Alternative-Pop artist Sierra Marie

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Kicking off the latest edition of our Featured selections with Reverb Nation, we have 18 year-old California-based Alternative-Pop artist Sierra Marie. The talented songbird first caught our attention with the single “Run Away.” For our first interview with Sierra we get to know  by asking a few simple questions about her first music experiences,  artist she would like to work with and much more.

Who Is Sierra Marie ?

I am a singer-songwriter and inspiring producer who hopes that I can break down the genre boundaries and not be put in a box.

What artists were you first exposed to growing up?

Amy Winehouse, Adele, Erykah  Badu, Res, Sade, Duffy

What year did you decide pursue a music career?

2011

How would you describe your sound?

Indie Alternative with a little bit of jazz & R&B

If given the chance What artist would you work with?

Erykah Badu & Brittney Howard (Alabama Shakes)

What goals do you wish accomplish during your music career ?

Too have a large fan base and producing for other artist

Are you working on a new project/album? if so when / what can we expect ?

i’m always working on new material. It’s just a process of releasing them.

Name One album you couldn’t live without and why?

“I’m Sorry” (The neighborhood), because that’s the first album where I generally loved every song from beginning to end.

Stream Sierra Marie‘s latest releases via Reverb Nation below

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Elite Muzik & ReverbNation Featuring Preme Writez

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Continuing the latest edition of our featured Selections series with ReverbNation, next up we have a talented crooner out of the West Coast by the name of Preme Writez, who caught my attention with his stand-out track “Hello Hello.”

Who Is Preme Writez?

Preme Writez is a son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, like most young men making their best effort to walk through their struggle. When I’m not in the studio or playing a show, I’m in school as I am a business major. In my down time, I play basketball or watch movies.

What artist were you first exposed to growing up?

I would probably say my mother as she is a natural vocalist and she then exposed me to 80’s funk bands, Chaka, Prince and Michael Jackson.

What year did you decide pursue a music career?

2006 was when I started recording, I was rapping in-between basketball practice but it wasn’t until 2010 when I actually released my first single “Why Does It Bother Me?”

How would you describe your sound?

For a general description, I would say R&B/Hip-Hop. But to further expound, my sound are like my tattoos. I have many and they are colorful, representing many moods and feelings. That R&B is felt in the bass and in the rap on the tracks. Cause, I’m not going to rap every track, that soul is going to be felt in the vocals.

If given the chance What hometown artist would you work with?

I am open to working with any artist, but especially artists hailing from the west coast.

Your first caught my attention with your single “Hello Hello,” what was the inspiration behind it?

The inspiration behind “Hello, Hello” was that I was finding how difficult it was for people to connect in person, self included. Normally, I am pretty shy but I am not alone. Many people find it difficult to approach someone and say “Hi, Hello” without being on Twitter or Instagram and I wrote that song about overcoming that obstacle.

What goals do you wish carry out during your music career ?

My all-time goal is to reach the performance, songwriting and business acumen levels of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie.

Are you working on a new project/album? if so what can we expect ?

Currently, I am touring in support of The Wood project. I do have some upcoming video releases scheduled for Spring 2017. My new project drops Fall 2017.

Name One album you couldn’t live without and why?

Michael Jackson – Off the Wall. This album displayed the raw talent that Michael had and when you listen to it in retrospect, it’s like re-living the dream over and over again. You knew by the time you finished Off the Wall, Michael was going to be the #1 artist in the world.

Stream Preme Writez latest tunes below

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Elite Muzik & ReverbNation Featuring Janessa Evrist

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Janessa Evrist

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Continuing our Featured Selections series with the great folks over at ReverbNation, next up with we have Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Janessa Evrist, who caught my attention with her incredible new single “Fall Apart,” the title track from her upcoming her début EP.

Who Is Janessa Evrist? ( An Introduction of yourself)

I’m a 25-year-old songwriter / singer living & performing in Los Angeles, Ca. I consider myself more of a writer than a singer. I do sing all my own songs, but focus on the emotion of what I want to say rather than the technique. I also play piano, but taught myself how to play so that I could write my own songs. I think that if you have something important to say it’ll come out the way it needs to, and for me that’s always been in the form of a song. I’ve been writing since I was 15 and it’s gotten me through some of the hardest times in my life. I continue to write music because it’s always been there as an escape for me and I want to help others in that way too.

What artist were you first exposed to growing up?

I remember really liking Sixpence, The Cranberries and Seal growing up because this was the music that my parents played or that I heard on the radio and it always made me feel like I was transported to a different world when these artists came on. I really like genuine, beautiful music.

What year did you decide pursue a music career?

I decided that music was the career choice for me at 17 and it affected me greatly during high school because everything I was learning seemed pointless to me. I knew I wanted to spend all day at the piano writing music and that’s exactly what I did every day when I came home from school. I almost didn’t graduate because I would write songs instead of doing my homework.

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe it as a dream-like escape, because that’s what it is to me. Beyond that, it’s sincere sounding and fits into the genre of meaningful dream pop or indie pop.

If given the chance, what hometown artist would you work with?

I grew up in Thousand Oaks, Ca, and haven’t lived there since I was in high school. So I think I can call LA my hometown for now. I know that Gwen Stefani had some roots in this area, that would be a total honor to work with her, I have always been a huge fan.

You first caught my attention with your single “Fall Apart,” what was the inspiration behind it?

I wrote ‘Fall Apart’ at a time when I felt super pressured to have everything figured out in life. I was in college, absolutely hating it, and had just gone through a break up. I felt like I didn’t live up to any of the high standards I was setting for myself and felt like I was failing at everything. I was trying to meet perfection and trying so hard to control how my life was playing out. It’s a song I wrote because I was fed up with all of that.

Writing the song helped me a lot during that time, it definitely stood out as a message I wanted to share, and one that I need to remind myself of often. Being kind to yourself can be hard but it’s so necessary. I was babysitting a lot at the time too and all the kids I would baby sit had toys that would inevitably break because babies aren’t the most careful or gentle with their things. I got reminded of this while writing and wrote from a toy’s perspective & thought “wow that must be frustrating to not be in control of what happens to you.” and then it just clicked for me that I never was and none of us really are but we can choose how we look at ourselves, and we can essentially fall apart, have things happen to us, but not be broken on the inside.

What goals do you wish accomplish during your music career ?

It’s a huge list. I want to absolutely tour and meet the people who have listened to my music and gotten something worthwhile from it. I want to inspire others and help others achieve their goals, my thinking is that if I can achieve my own goals, I’ll be able to help others achieve theirs.

I want to have my music in movies or tv shows because I think it’d be amazing if someone creative out there had an idea for how a scene should go and my song was the one that brought it together or at least played a role in that. I would also like to write specifically for film music- I think it would be so fun to be given a prompt or story and write from that. I want to make as many albums as I feel inclined to and always share what’s on my mind. I don’t care about becoming well-known, but I want a way to make a meaningful career for myself and help others.

Are you working on a new project/album? if so what can we expect ?

I am, it’s my 5-song début EP, ‘Fall Apart’ is the first single off this EP. The EP will be released one song at a time because we’re making a video for each song , each song has it’s own story.

Hopefully it’ll all be released this year, but if not that’s ok. I really care about giving each song what it deserves and want people to get the most out of my music , so I want to take my time with releasing. I’m very excited to share though.

Name One album you couldn’t live without and why?

Eisley, their album “The Valley.” This is what I listened to all the way through I think my junior and senior year of high school and this was the first band I got super into. The album is really powerful and beautiful, it’s alternative/ indie music and their songs have such great messages behind them. ‘Smarter’ is probably my favorite song off the album because it’s really empowering and I can recall so many times in my life where people have condescended to me , or thought they were being sly, this song is an anthem to me. This band was the first band that sounded truly poetic to me at a time where shallow pop music and club music were the readily available tunes on the radio.

Watch the visual for her latest single “Fall Apart,” above.

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Elite Muzik & ReverbNation Featuring Mopak

4-Piece Alternative-Rock band Mopak

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Continuing our Featured Selections series with Reverb Nation, next up we have 4-piece Alternative-Rock band Mopak, comprised of Phillip Suarez, Colt Westbrook, Claire Westbrook and Evan Chambers.

After meeting in college in 2005, the members of Mopak began playing together. Over the next several years, they released two albums under a different name. In 2011, they made some changes musically and decided that their new sound should be accompanied by a new name. Mopak’s first EP, “Labor,” was released in August of 2015. They recorded this album at Blackwatch Studios in Norman, OK with Jarod Evans. This EP is the result of being stretched and trying out some new things as a band.

The members of Mopak grew up in different areas of the U.S. and encompass a variety of musical influences between them. Some of the bands and artists that have shaped their music include Radiohead, Zeppelin, Sarah McLachlan, Switchfoot, Regina Spektor, The National, Eric Whitacre, The Killers, and Ryan Adams. Channeling all of those influences as they write and arrange has served them well.

After about a year long break from writing, Mopak plans to pick up where they left off sometime this fall. In the next year or two, Mopak hopes to release their first full length album.

Who are Mopak?

Mopak is a 4-piece alt-rock band out of OKC, OK. We all met about 12 years ago in college and have played together ever since.

What artist were you first exposed to growing up?

While we were probably exposed to some similar artists growing up, we all have very different musical influences. Phil (drums) is a big Switchfoot fan while Evan (bass) has always loved Zeppelin. Third Eye Blind and Ryan Adams are two of Colt’s (vocal/electric guitar) influences while Claire (vocal/piano) has admired Sarah McLachlan and Regina Spektor. Our music together sounds like all of us fighting to channel our influences and meeting in the middle.

What year did you decide to pursue a music career?

We’ve all been involved with music on our own in different bands/settings throughout our entire lives. Music has been a passion for all of us for some time. But specifically, as a band, we formed and began working on our first EP together in 2006. Although now we all have full-time careers outside of the band, we value the time we get to write, practice, and make records together. With growing families, it may never make sense to solely pursue a career in music, but we will always make time for it on the side.

How would you describe your sound?

That’s the hardest question for a band to answer! We always just joke and say “Drums, Bass, Guitar, and Piano”. We try to write songs that are patient and pleasing. At times, we combine antiquated song structure with modern sounds.

If given the chance what artist would you like to work with?

We are all pretty fascinated by the music that Kanye puts out. It would be a crazy experience to work with him.

You first caught my attention with your single “Different,” what was the inspiration behind it?

“Different” is a song written by me, Claire. It started out as an angry poem I scribbled down in class one dreary morning in college. I was just a typical college student going through a typical season of cynicism about everything. In this particular song, I was venting my frustration with the people around me who I felt were doing so-called unique and different things just for the sake of being unique and different. I rolled my eyes often about how disingenuous it all felt to be “different just to be different,” to quote the song. Eventually, I took the words to the piano and the song pretty quickly took shape. It all seems a little over-dramatic and juvenile now, but sometimes those kinds of feelings make for the best songs!

What goals do you wish carry out during your music career ?

We have discovered that writing together is our most favorite thing to do as a band. Showing our songs to one another, tweaking chord progressions, adding instrumentals, thinking through challenging rhythmic ideas, and other details like that are the moments that we enjoy most. As long as we continue doing that, playing live shows here and there, and putting out records when we can, our goals will be met.

Are you working on a new project/album? if so what can we expect ?

We decided to take a break last fall as all of our families continued to grow, but we expect jumping back into some sort of rhythm this fall. At that time, we’ll get back to writing together, finishing up some songs we had worked on, and adding in some new ones. This next project will consist of Claire’s songs and her vocals as lead. We began experimenting with her songs last year and really loved the direction we were heading musically. We plan on picking that back up and cranking out a full length album in the next couple of years.

Name One album you couldn’t live without and why?

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that Jesus Freak by DC Talk played an important role in our lives as young kids. We all grew up in church and this album really stood out musically and creatively among the rest. And it still does!

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Stream Mopak’s stand-out single Different below.

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