American Rapper Ayo Kia in Exclusive Interview

American Rapper Ayo Kia in Exclusive Interview

Na’Kia Evonne Ricks, known as Ayo Kia, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is known for her motivating lyrics, jabbing punchlines, irresistible hooks, unforgettable story-telling, and melodic delivery. Ayo Kia began to build popularity after releasing her first project in 2021. Her solo project, “Before I Go” was listed on JukeBox Time’s Magazine as a Top 10 Album, where Before I Go ranked as Number 8 and Number 1 in Trending. 1 In Music meets the artist. Ayo Kia Talks About Life, Relationships, and New Music in Exclusive Interview.

“My girl, it’s so nice to have you here! The Queen! Hey, so the world knows , tell them your name and the city you rep?”

Ayo Kia [AK]: What’s good baby! My name is Ayo Kia and I’m repping the Greater New Orleans Area, …. SJP more specifically.

“I feel you! I feel that! So, Tell us about your latest releases, The Your Eyes video just dropped, tell us about that. What inspired you?”

AK: I’ve been motivated to release songs so they weren’t suffocating in a file folder. I used to always ask myself: like if I died today or tomorrow, no one would have heard these and that wouldn’t be fair to me so, yeah! I said ‘Self! Let’s get it! Hit the button.The Your Eyes song comes from my latest album Before I Go which was an all-night winger project. And besides “Running”, Your Eyes was like a song that I just thought I had to expound upon. So, I thought to myself, let’s do this video, it’s going to be beautiful. It’s crazy because that song was recorded like 7 years ago. And I’m just releasing it and making the video today. It’s not new to me, it’s just new to y’all. And my real day one fans, know that. Back when we couldn’t release music so easily, I used to send this song via email and that was the only way you could get it. But today, I have the leverage to release on all social media platforms, so yeah. I just want to be heard before I pass away or something or have children.

“100% Percent! Speaking of children, you have kids? You dating ? Single?”

AK: I’m single. No kids I always say when I’m single, I’m like Jesus, I’m Christ like.

“That’s lit! That’s what’s up! So, tell me what is unique about you and your music?”

AK: It’s designed by me. I consider it ‘designed’. Like certain words, messages, and sound effects, are hand selected for each song. (laughs) And the way I sit and write a song, you would think I was doing heart surgery how delicate I am with the words and the pen. I even write the words on the paper with a lot of pride (laughs) like I’m doing calligraphy. You really have to see me do this. It’s fun! It’s incredible! (laughs)

“Yes! Must do things well! Loving that my girl! So, right now, what is shaping your music?”

AK: I want to say it’s my emotions, past relationships, past friendships, a motivation to succeed and become rich, a desire to be heard and understood.

“And, when did you realize you were going to make music professionally?”

AK: I never realized it (laughs). I had been doing music for so long you know. Like, I had been going to recording studio since I was like 14. I always viewed it as my unique superpower. I want to say that it didn’t truly hit me until I made it to my twenties. Then I was like, ‘Okay, I’m about to do this for real.’

“Okay! Okay! So for the fans – tell them, What type of music do you listen to?”

AK: Everybody knows I’m in love with Drake, Beyoncé, and DJ Khaled. Love Lil Baby, Kanye is like the bestie. I love everybody that’s really doing their thing right now to be honest, because it inspires me to go harder. I always say that. It depends on the time of the day though, like I listen to Classical, Alternative Music, EDM, Gospel, R&B and Trap Music. Classical music is so sexy to me. But so is Trap Music. But, honestly, I listen to mainly rap music. I don’t think I listen to much of anything else. Unless I purposely step away from rap to create a new vibe in my space.

“Okay! Big fan of those people myself! Let’s get it! What do you do when you don’t do music?”

AK: Look for more things to do and become passionate about like, design something new and create a new world honestly. I just try to zoom in on my goals honestly.

“Okay, Okay, So Tell Me: Happiness to you is…”

AK: Peace. Period. Like if there is no peace, I will not be happy, and I think I need to get exactly what I want to be happy.

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

AK: To…

Never give up.

I wasn’t told that when I was younger, like so many people were against me doing music telling me it wasn’t me, but I was good at writing songs, and rapping and singing, and it seemed like everyone had an issue acknowledging the talent and so focus on the character that it hindered me from embracing myself fully. Like people would laugh at me, try to embarrass me and stuff when I told them I was a rapper. They never viewed me as a “tough” girl, just a smart, classy woman. They never viewed me as a musical person, but this was like my biggest talent. I wish someone would have been like “forget them people and do this.” Eventually people did start to tell me that, but then it was just like – too late.

“Wow! I feel that. I’m glad you’re still pushing! That’s why we need to hear about these new things in the works! Tell us about your upcoming projects, Ayo Kia…”

AK: Right now, I’m cooking up something special for myself actually. This next project is a little personal. It’s always personal, but y’all can check it out.

“Is it an album, it’s a single? What is it?”

AK: It’s an album.

“So where would we find more about this and your music?”

AK: Everywhere. Like I tell every body: Google Me B————! (laughs) On the real though, I’m on all social media platforms under Ayo Kia.

“Man Ayo Kia, thanks for joining us today, you have some of the hottest music out right now! Glad you could have this talk with me. Y’all keep it locked! We out!”

www.ayokia.com

An interview with multi-talented musician Noah Fabray

An interview with multi-talented musician Noah Fabray

Noah Fabray is a multi-talented music producer and recording artist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The musician has amassed millions of streams on Spotify, Apple Music, and beyond. Fabray has released music across all genres, ranging from Dream Pop to House, all the way to classic R&B. It seems that there is nothing that the artist cannot do. 1inMusic meets with the multifaceted talent.

1 in Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Noah Fabray [NF]: My music is 100% mine. I write all my lyrics, make my beats, and even play the piano. I like my songs to make people feel seen, heard, and empowered. Whether it’s R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, or something in between, I want my songs to sound fresh and exciting. My newest song, ‘Miami’, is refreshing in the best way and will have everyone tapping along. Definitely the song of the summer.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

NF:

My music has always been a safe space for me.

Noah Fabray

I started singing early on and have always admired powerhouse artists, like Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse, Jennifer Hudson, and the list goes on. My family has

my back, and has always loved me for who I am: whatever that is.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

NF: I knew I wanted to make music professionally when I was living in Los Angeles right after high-school. It’s always been my thing.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

NF: Mostly Pop, R&B, and Dance. Anything good to be honest.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

NF: [The most undervalued artist is] MARIAH F***ING CAREY. The icon we all need to appreciate and RESPECT. She’s everything.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

NF: I don’t! I just go out and lose my mind. Life’s too short to be scared of people who paid to see you.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

NF: I write, I paint, I redecorate my room every other month, travel, take photos, and go outside!

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

NF: [Success, to me, is] Being happy. Being healthy. Not worrying about the numbers or the fame. Just making quality songs.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

NF: NUMBERS DON’T MATTER.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

NF: I have a new song in the works as we speak, and plenty of visuals coming across social media.

1 In Music: Thank you for answering our questions. Where do we find you music?

NF: You can find all my music here: https://songwhip.com/noah-fabray

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/noahfabray/miami-2

Ralph McTell live @ Words & Music Festival

Ralph McTell live @ Words & Music Festival

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Ralph McTell live @ Nantwich Roots Festival

The Words & Music Festival team have done it again. Via their newly-formed Nantwich Roots Festival, they have brought in another legend, filled in the seats against the variants tide and programmed a delicious set at the Nantwich Civic Hall. Ralph McTell is the headliner, supported by Liverpool-based musician Anna Corcoran.

I am lucky enough to have been invited. Ralph McTell is a treat for me. The grounded and humble artist serves unpretentious Folk for the most heart-warming feel. My soul had been starving for food unspoiled by artificial sweeteners and my belief I’d find it on the musician’s set was vindicated. The artist took us on a trip of soul food, great friendship, musicianship and insight into the origin of his songs.

Producer and festival co-organiser Nigel Stonier introduces the evening and announces what was indeed going to be a great night.

Abigail

Words & Music Festival

I’m sitting next to a little girl and her father. Later I find out that her name is Abigail. She was at one point Ralph McTell’s youngest fan, at 4 years old. She was certainly the youngest at the concert on this day. She has met our act before.  In fact, she was in a related BBC programme testifying of that. And she will later go and say hi again, backstage. She will come back having realised that my name was on the Words & Music Festival shirt she was wearing. I think she blushed, how lovely. That made me smile. I love her name, Abigail. I will then take a photo with her, but not as a performing artist giving her that gift. She is the music sensitive artist who wants to learn the guitar and is already appreciating the art. This photo is for me when she becomes a star as I know she will. And I will show it to her to remind her we once had this wonderful experience. Of course, I am not going to post it here! She’s underaged! But for the moment, we are going to watch Ralph McTell live!

Anna Corcoran by wayofthebob live at Nantwich Roots FestivalAnna Corcoran

Supporting act Anna Corcoran starts off the night with a collection of well-received originals and covers. Her versatile piano playing accompanied her lovely vocals to support a varied set including 2016 album’s pieces Adelphi and All That’s Pretty. The Americana Music Awards UK 2021 instrumentalist of the year has played with the likes of Laura Marling and showcases her talent during her opening set. You can find more of what she does at her Facebook page, Anna Corcoran on Facebook.

 

McTell

Ralph McTell live by wayofthebob nantwich roots

After the break, the hearts are served a mix of song explanation in the form of inspirational narration (clearly never meant as much more than contextualisation) and nourishing songs that they had been yearning for.

First love – The first song is that of the boy who invented himself a persona to attract the opposite sex. It is a story seldom told but so often experience by all genders. At this point, this is my favourite song of the set (and my known favourite songs has not even made it yet).

The story of Harlem’s Reverend Bill unveils one of McTell’s musical heroes, inspirational blues and a sweet example of literal blind faith. The Black Blues artists who have fed McTell’s musical muse would be proud that he has developed a style of his own, that his audience relates to.

Capehorn – A 1928 film subtext inspires the next, strumming song. McTell continues to delight with his blend of simple pleasures and uncomplicated waves underpinned by lessons of a life well-observed and simply lived. The lyrical punchline asserts that to love your life, you have to flirt with death.

The next song requires a change of guitar. The artist entertains us with his humble and funny (in the simplest way) narration. “Nigel,” (the organiser) he tells us, “has trouble playing this song.” So maybe the trick is to sit like Ralph to avoid the guitar constantly escaping your grasp. Nigel later tells me that the song is called Nettle Wine. As McTell plays, I’m reminded of the typical Folk arrangements that the likes of Georges Brassens also add to their arrangements. This time, I hesitate to say this is my favourite song so far because I have already been proven wrong three times during the same set.

Michael in the Garden is a ’70s song. It tells the story of a boy institutionalised because people did not understand his way of saying things. McTell remembers parents coming to him and saying “you’re talking about my boy.” Then the word autism came about I guess. I think that’s what I like about this man. He doesn’t wait for acceptance to see, to sing the obvious injustice, what a boy may have endured wrongly for misunderstanding and difference.

Talking about guitars had McTell start reminiscing about the late Scottish Folk musician Herbert Jansch (Bert) who changed the way British acoustic guitar players played. Thalis led him to transition to a song Bert Jansch arranged,  Blackwaterside (I’ve also seen it written as Blackwater Side and Black Waterside hmm…) which he then covered for us.

Another change of guitar leads the songwriter back to the one he’s had since he was 19. He tells us of his friendship with Bert, a man with whom he’s had lots of adventures all over Netherlands, USA, Spain, etc. He cannot but think of his friend every time he plays the guitar for the time they shared and the  tips and tricks they exchanged for best playing their favourite instrument. The nostalgia particularly hit  as he changes his strings every night.

I really, really don’t want to say that Gammel Dansk is my favourite so far. The lyricism is on point, cinematographic and all at once lifting and grounding. The chord progression is beautiful. All that seems to invade my head are the last words “And the rain turned back to snow”.

I was right not to say that Gammel Dansk was my favourite even as only the first few chords of the next song had resounded. One of the musicians who changed his life, this is the 2nd time he plays this, rolling guitar player with a wonderful voice and a beautiful smile – Ralph wrote this just the other day – a little Americana “Mississippi John”

Mr McTell then serves a beautiful, beautiful lullaby “When they were young“. The song was repetitively requested and its air reminds us why. For a moment, I am taken to the most peaceful place within myself. There is love, nostalgia and melancholy. I know for sure there is no point trying to pick a favourite now.

The next song is The Girl On The Jersey Ferry. Ralph Mctell blends melancholy and passion in the piece. The idea germinated from a scene in the movie Citizen Kane. This boy saw this girl on the Jersey Ferry and knew instantly that he was going to spend the rest of his life with her. But she left never and never came back.

Ralph McTell now gets up again to play the rest of his set. I’m thinking how appropriate it is that Abigail was falling asleep (it is late after all) as the guitarist starts performing The Girl From the Hiring Fair. I find the lyrics a little sensual, nothing scandalous (especially considering what pop has been serving us) but still. I loved the lyrics though, gosh, what penmanship!

There is no Ralph McTell live set complete without the song. The Streets of London is dedicated to Jeff (Jeff Pownell, I later find out). I am entranced. The public is one. The main man sings and asks us to join and no voice is louder than another. We sing as one, as a rehearsed choir and it sounds like magic. Nantwich has a beautiful unanimous voice with a beautiful rendition that all at once thanks and celebrate the man.

We get to another one of his heroes. This time it is for American Blues influencer, composer, masterful guitar player and singer Robert Johnson for whom he wrote a song. He reminds us here again of the debt he feels he owes these Black Blues icons. The song’s title is simply The Ghost Of Robert Johnson.

When McTell says “thank you”, my heart sinks. Where has the time gone? Why is it already finished. But the singer-songwriter keeps on giving and before we know it, there is another song. It is the song From Clare To Here. I feel better already. But I know the end is near and at least now I can prepare myself mentally. And the ballad is calming so I am more than grateful.

For his encore, Ralph McTell goes to another kind of hero. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the 1963 second album by the Folk musician. The album, McTell tells us, changed the way people made songs, bringing a new wind in music (I wonder if the pun was intended). Suze Rotolo shares the album cover with the legend and later writes a book A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties about her time with Bob Dylan and other artists. What they create on the cover (shot on West 4th Street And Jones) though sums up the feeling that goes throughout the album, two people free to make music. The song West 4th Street And Jones is an homage to the inspiration the cover, the Folk legend that is Bob Dylan and the book inspired. It is probably why he picks up the harmonica (to complement the guitar), an instrument that has a tendency to feature on Dylan’s songs.

The audience is sated. The smile have not left their faces as they realise the set has reached its most natural end. It is hard to deny what a great evening we have just spent.

An interview with EDM/Pop newcomer Anastasia Silver

An interview with EDM/Pop newcomer Anastasia Silver

24-year old EDM/POP artist Anastasia Silver is originally from Oregon but now live in Los Angeles. The multi-talented artist has been dancing, singing and writing songs for as long as she can remember. However, she didn’t really start to make Arts & Entertainment a career goal until 2020 when she released her single Up in Smoke. Since then, her life has been a whirlwind of becoming an Actress, an Influencer, and a song writer. Excited to see what 2020 brings !

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Anastasia Silver [AS]: I think my songs are unique because I can write from my heart with past experiences I have lived through with my family, my friends, and myself.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

AS: I have a lot of support from my family and friends. However, since I was young, I enjoyed all types of music and appreciated the talents of individual artists from their genres of music. Everybody from Michael Jackson, to Julia Michaels, to Halsey, to Zedd. This has shaped me into the artist I am today.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

AS: Since the release of Up in Smoke in 2020.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

AS: I listen to a vast variety of music but have a passion for EDM.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

AS: Martin Garrix.

Anastasia Silver1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

AS: My breathing exercises as well as hot tea with honey and peace and quiet.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

AS: I am blessed to be acting. I currently have a part in a series that is on Amazon Prime as well as a few paid partnerships (brands) which have labeled me as an Influencer. So between all of those I am kept very busy.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

AS: Success to me is when a person can listen to my music and feel something. Whether they get moved by the words that they can relate to, or just smile because the beat is making them happy.

Success is touching people with and through my music.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

AS: That not everyone is going to appreciate your music. The music industry is very difficult and is a struggle. You really have to have thick skin to be in this business.

Be true to yourself and dont ever give up no matter how hard.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

AS: I am currently working on releasing another single which I hope to release April/May, and start performing in 2022 as well as continuing my acting career.

1 In Music: Where do we find you music: You can find me on Instagram at Stasiavuu, Facebook, You tube and on Spotify.
https://facebook.com/stasiavuu
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=anastasia+silver

https://www.instagram.com/stasiavuu/

An interview with cross-culture mashup master Daydreamix

An interview with cross-culture mashup master Daydreamix

Daydreamix is a Moroccan Independent Music producer. The artist has showcased a great mastery in the science of doing mashups. He started back in 2015 by doing Covers (Vocals and Instrumentals) and Instrumentals only, and sharing them on YouTube. Today, he specializes in doing mashups between songs from completely heterogeneous cultures, languages and genres. Moroccan songs are the pillars of each of his mashups.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Daydreamix [D]: When it comes to what is unique about me, I would say that I have an unconventional way of thinking, a growth mindset and according to what people say about me, I’m rigorous with a cartesian thinking and I have a good sense of humour.

When it comes to what is unique about my music (mashups for the moment), I would say that it is the fact that my mashups are seamless to the point that if you don’t know that the song you listening to is a mashup, you can think that this is a “normal” song really featuring the artists right there on the mashup! In addition, contrarily to mashups done by other artists, I don’t do it the easy way (i.e. Mashup’s verse = song 1 verse/Mashup’s chorus = song 2 chorus, for example), instead, I mix the verses of different songs, the choruses of different songs, so you can feel the mashup vibes at any time of the mashup.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

D: I’m known to be a big fan of Coldplay, so this incredible Pop/Alternative Rock band had definitely shaped many aspects of my music taste and choices.

I have a big support from my family and close friends, I’m grateful for it.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

D: You never know when it comes exactly. I mean it doesn’t come generally at a specific time of a specific day. It’s a relatively long unconscious process which leads you there. For me, I think it started the first time I decided to learn how to play piano (I’m still an amateur), and it was formally decided early 2019 when my artist name “Daydreamix” was born.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to especially with you doing so many mashups?

D: I know it’s cliché to say this, but I would listen to any kind of music as long as it’s good music to my ears. So what makes a piece of music good in my opinion? Melody (of the vocals) and the instrumental. If at least one of these 2 is not perfect, then I can’t listen to it. You may notice that I didn’t mention the lyrics (although they are an ingredient of good music too), because I think they come last, musically speaking. In terms of countries, I listen to Moroccan, French, American, South American, German and sometimes Indian songs.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

D: In Morocco, [an undervalued artist] would be a singer called Issam Harris. He has an unconventional style of music, almost mixing different genres in one new genre.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

D: I’ve done few performances so far, but I’m planning to do some live mini shows in the near future. I’m still preparing for it. I will tell you more about it when all the logistics and technical questions are handled, maybe in a future interview.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

D: I usually hang out with friends, exercice (in the gym or at home), read/listen to an audio book or watch some videos on YouTube on specific topics. I’m passionate about Personal Development, Philosophy, Video shooting and Video editing.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

D: The definition of Success is personal to each individual (i.e. a Success for me, can be perceived as a failure to others, and vice-versa). That being said, for me, the measure of Success is relative to how much you stick to your Purpose in life, on a daily basis. So success for me is when I’m at each moment living my purpose and serving it, and moving towards it.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

D: – Read, read and read books on Personal Development and specific books related to Business

Surround yourself with friends who will uplift you and give you positive energy

Seek help/information from specialists when needed, instead of wasting time looking for it on your own

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

D: Of course! I will be releasing more and more new mashups. Also, I’m planning to do some videos outside, for YouTube, where I make strangers listen to my mashups and get their reactions.

1 In Music: Where do we find all those music projects?

D: For the moment, on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Daydreamix. In the future, I will release my songs on streaming platforms.