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The Rhyme Times: Dizasterpiece-Jersey’s New Hip-Hop Savior

1012791_348842165219362_1613668946_n “I’m from another dimension” boasts Dizasterpiece, New Jersey’s freshest force of prodigal underground hip-hop. The lyric taken from the third track of The Abominable Showman, Diz’s recently self-produced debut album, explains much more than anyone would ever let on. While boldly emerging into a flooded and over-imposed mixtape era, Diz represents everything we used to know and love about rap.

Dizasterpiece, aka (wishes to remain anonymous), has a unique super-power. That power is the ability to bend music to his will. It is rare, and perhaps almost non-existent, to see talented MCs evolve from other tribes of music these days. The Abominable Showman is a 10-track album that transcends genre on an almost incomprehensible level. To be clearer, Diz has “the touch” when it comes to sampling. That and his immersive, skeptic-charged writing are the two ingredients that make the album a perfect snack full of crunchy beats. Though Diz’s 90’s throwback production vividly time-travels listeners back to the glory days of Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest, he was not always the hip-hop paragon he seems to be becoming.

Before embracing the art of the pen and sampler pad, the artist now-called Dizasterpiece was something else entirely. Preceding rap as his chosen genre of expression, and at the core of his experience, Diz is a veteran punk/hardcore/metal musician. Formerly the front man for experimental grindcore band Hey Lovey Dovey (among others), his major influences pre-rap include Glassjaw, Poison the Well, Deftones, American Nightmare, and Senses Fail. Despite his love for the genre he grew up with, Diz found he was constantly being let down by bandmates. As a closet-rapper since high school, Diz would contemplate complex rhymes behind closed doors, writing his first rap at 17.

Starting with MC classic giants like Nas and Snoop Dogg, he would slowly become more and more immersed in his hidden talent for rap expression. Eventually, he set aside his straying band hopes for a more personal, complicated form of expression; one he had been withholding all along. The Abominable Showman is clearly influenced by the defining style of the early-to-mid 90′s hip hop scene. Diz pays homage to these classic giants in his tracks. In “Open the Blinds”, he even references A Tribe Called Quest song: “Can I Kick It?” In his iconic- styled drum and bass riddled rhymes, Dizasterpiece lashes out against what modern culture and social trendsetting has twisted popular music into. Melding his passion and naturally developed hip-hop skills with his punk/hardcore rooted background, The Abominable Showman is a record that captures a refreshing, reforming attitude on the genre.

Everything about this album contributes to its overall success. Even the order of tracks on the record has meaning. “Intro” casually sets the stage for what listeners should expect, that is, before dropping definition bombs like the following tracks “Dizasterpiece” and “The Abominable Showman”. After taking 3 raps to mesmerize the listener into a clear vision of what he is, Diz describes his detailed transition into hip-hop in the track: “From MPE to MPC.” As a subtle yet logical intermission, “Sampler Pad Freestyle” is a perfect break in the chaos of artistic definition. After the intermission, Dizasterpiece leaves nothing to be desired in the record’s still-determined second half. Returning to the lyrical beats after the short pad freestyle, Diz unleashes “Open the Blinds”. This is arguably the best track on the album, as it utilizes everything from smart, provoking rhymes and consistent beat production, to guitar and thrashing metal breakdowns.

The entire second half of the album, in fact, is completely packed with emotion and emergence. “1-800-LITHIUM” and “Beyond Us” tell intimate stories of understanding and personal evolution. These verses are complicated and full of meta-understanding, and yet, they come off as extremely relational and listen-friendly. The Abominable Showman experience comes to an end with “Open Mic Night”: A track with arguably the most progressive production of all. The rap naturally acts as a frustrating and hypnotic cliffhanger, leaving listeners desperate for more as the replay button stays locked on repeat. With the end of this track comes the conclusion to a powerfully produced and artistically flooded debut album. That is, until Diz returns for seconds, and hopefully thirds.

Take a listen to his “Beat Fresstyle 2014 ” below!

For more information on Dizasterpiece, visit:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dizasterpiecehiphop

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImDizasterpiece

 

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Interview: Get to Know Kansas City Natives, Pilot For A Day

unnamedAfter hitting the studio together to create their first 10 tracks in 2012, pop-rock band Pilot For A Day has officially released their first album, Better Air, which was released July 1 and contains three exclusive acoustic tracks.

The foursome, made up of Nolan Smith, Craig Harper, Brandon Rimmey, and Harry Datkowitz, are inspired by only positive vibes, including living life to the fullest extent and accomplishing anything you set your mind to. Better Air was produced by Marc McClusky, with help from co-writer Andrew Volpe and drummer Cory Muro.

We scored an exclusive interview with Pilot For A Day, and wasted no time getting to know the Kansas City, KS natives.

How did you come up with the name for your band?

Nolan: We wanted a name that not only sounded good, but also meant something. We strongly believe that you can make any dream real. If you were a pilot for one day, you’d have a plane. You could go anywhere you wanted with no limitations. Thus, Pilot For A Day. Live your dreams and let your heart guide you.

How did the four of you meet/come together?

Nolan: Brandon (guitar) and I met through a Craigslist post I put up in late 2010. We worked together until 2012 when we decided we were ready to record the album. Then after the album was done, we met up with Craig (drums) and Harry (bass) who were awesome additions to the band and made it possible for us to play live. This was three or four months before the release of Better Air.

What was it like touring and sharing a stage with several other bands?

Nolan: Sharing the stage with other bands is literally the best part about touring and playing out. You really start to build a community with other bands and we all help each other. Even if you’re not playing with bands because your genres don’t match, it’s still really important to connect and network with them. And on top of that, we’ve met some of our good friends through sharing a stage with them.

Who are some dream artists/bands that you hope to work with in the future?

Nolan: I’m a huge fan of Josey McFaddin (The Wildskins, former This Love) right now. He’s an incredible musician and I’d love to collaborate and learn from him. We’re also huge Mayday Parade fans and would love to someday share a stage with them.

How has life changed in the past year and a half for you guy?

Nolan: Life has changed a lot, and mostly in good ways. I think every person has a tendency to expect something from their future, and when it doesn’t go the way they planned they get upset. We’ve really learned to let life take us where it does. As long as we live from our hearts, we’ll always know the next move. And in general, things have been great and we are excited for what’s next.

Have there been any speed bumps in your career that helped change you for the better?

Nolan: Many. In fact, we hit speed bumps every single day help us change for the better. I think speed bumps are built into our dreams and are there to keep us on track. So, of course there have been speed bumps and there will be many more, but none large enough to run us off the road.

What is the most challenging part about being in the music industry?

Nolan: The most challenging part is learning what works and what doesn’t. The internet and social media help us a ton, but we’ve learned to not rely on it to create our success. Just because you’re accessible doesn’t mean you’re good, so we do our best to really focus on the music. I think that’s the hardest part. There is so much we have to do as a business that it is easy to put the music aside, but we know we can’t do that because the music is what we’re here for.

What’s a typical day like for the band?

Nolan: Right now a few of us still come back to day jobs when we’re not on the road, so after work we always try to practice. From there we might have a meeting to see what tasks are on our agenda and what we’d like to accomplish. Then we designate homework between us to keep things less stressful for each other. Then we head home. And I usually come home and write.

What do you guys like to do for fun when you’re not making music or touring?

Nolan: Now that it’s summer and the beach is near, we spend some good time there. We also do a good amount of disc golfing. And being so close to NYC, it’s always a good time getting out for the weekend and enjoying the city.

What can fans expect from the band in the future?

Nolan: We are writing. Our plan is to have new music out by the end of the year, but nothing set in stone just yet. Other than that, we just want to continue to do what we love and stay happy. We’ll be playing plenty of shows and reaching as many people as possible, so help us spread the word!

For more information on Pilot For A Day, visit:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pfad.co

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PilotForADay

YouTube: www.youtube.com/PilotForADayMusic

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Behind the Industry: Meet Founder of Infectious Mag, Angela Mastrogiacomo

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Over the past five years, Infectious Magazine has been featuring many popular indie acts and Warped Tour bands on its site, making a household name for itself. Now including pop acts into the mix, Infectious Magazine will be attracting more loyal readers. Many readers know the magazine and the brand (the cool and hip logo explains it all!), but who’s the person behind the growing, yet successful magazine?

Meet  Angela Mastrogiacomo, the young entrepreneur who makes her dreams come true. Not only is she the founder of Infectious, but she’s gotten into public relations with her new company Muddy Paw. When she’s not overseeing her editorial staff and interviewing her favorite bands for the magazine, she’s helping newer bands get recognition through her thriving company Muddy Paw.

I got a chance to chat with Angela about founding her two companies at the age of 25, her highlights and lessons working in PR and the publishing field as well as her artists on Muddy Paw and developing a strong team for Infectious Magazine.

How did Infectious Magazine come about? What inspired you?

Angela: I started Infectious about five years ago. I’m 25 now. I remember that I was really inspired and I wanted to start something. I was sitting on my bed in my parents’ house and just going back and forth about names. I don’t know how I thought of infectious as the name. I guess I was trying to think of how I felt when I saw the band, The Coming Weak for the first time. Then our logo was finished, which is a needle going through a tape cassette. I really wanted to incorporate a needle because of the infectious thing, but I couldn’t find a way to do it without it seeming drug related. (Laughs).

I’m completely self-taught and that is what keeps me motivated. I have to be that way or else it wasn’t going to happen. In the beginning, it was just finding that inspiration and having that dream. Now it’s very similar, but it’s also pushed by the fact that I’ve seen so much that I have done and that’s really cool. So this little dream that I had has changed into these opportunities that I’ve never expected to happen.

What’s the key to having a strong team? How did you manage to keep a solid team?

Angela: It definitely took me a while to learn how to have a team. Having a team was something I was afraid of because I was scared to let anyone else in because this was sort of like my “baby.” Somebody kept telling me that I couldn’t possibly grow at a rapid pace without some help. I couldn’t do everything myself all the time. I started with a small team of 2 to 3 people that helped out with content and social media stuff. From there I got more comfortable and now we have like a team of 20 people helping out. I really could not do it without them. One person can only do so much. It’s just the matter of finding those same passionate people. As long as everyone is having fun and learning, you’ll go somewhere and when that stops, you are in trouble.

For those people new to Infectious Magazine, what can that expect to read and who type of bands can they find?

Angela: We cover a lot of national artists as well as unsigned artists. We cover a lot in the pop/punk/rock scene. Basically I call them Warped Tour bands. (Laughs). We cover a lot of bands you expect to see on Warped Tour or tours like that.We just started doing pop, so the more radio-friendly names have been popping up. This is just to add to the mix of things.

It’s really important for me to keep introducing new and unsigned artists as well. We don’t cover news, but we do guest blogs and playlists. It’s a better way to introduce readers to newer bands. Like if there were a news story on an unsigned band, people wouldn’t be interested enough. If the article or music shows their personality and the readers find interesting, then it’s a win-win situation. People really enjoy reading our guest blog posts, which covers people’s journeys and advice. Those posts will really help both bands and readers.

What are some of your highlights of 2014 thus far?

Angela: Let’s start with the good first. (Laughs). There were a couple of bands that I really wanted to interview and I never thought it would happen. One of those bands were Anberlin; they have been my favorite band for a long time. They were one of the first five bands I interviewed after starting Infectious.  I just wrapped up my fourth interview with them, so I feel so so lucky to be able to interview them so many times.

There are some things that I should have done differently. The first thing is asking for help sooner. I was being so stubborn, trying to do everything on her own. The second thing is networking. I realized how important networking is. I really thought people was exaggerating when they talked about how important it was, but they’re not, they actually mean it (laughs). It’s always going to be 100% of who you know. So i wish I would have realized that sooner. I recommend for people whether they are bands or people working in this industry, they should be networking all the time.

How has social media help you with your magazine and branding?

Angela: Social media was tough for me to get a hold of, especially with Twitter. I just didn’t understand how it worked. I don’t really get it, but I do it because it is really important. It’s so helpful. It’s cool to see the interaction on there with bands favoriting our tweets or retweeting them. For a branding standpoint, social media is not going anywhere. It’s constantly changing and evolving, so you have to stay on top of it. Twitter is the new networking, so you should use it to your advantage.

Let’s talk about Muddy Paw and the creation of the public relation company?

Angela: I wanted a new way to promote the bands that I love.  I wanted to run my own company and it wasn’t going happen with Infectious. I’ve always been on the receiving end for press releases. I feel like I have a good understanding on what does work and what doesn’t. It was bit easier this time because I’m a little older and wiser. I did some test runs with friends’ bands and I was pretty good at it.  This is something I am going to do and focus on full time.  We are a growing company with afforadbale rates.  If bands are looking for PR, come check us out. We’re open to all types of music and work with all budgets.

Who are some of the artists on Muddy Paw?

Angela: I’m working with a couple of bands now. One band, Only On Weeknds, are kind of alternative rock. Another band is Aziza & The Cure. They are really interesting. It’s sounds weird, but it’s kind of an indie mix with classical music. Pretty cool. We have more artists that are coming up. Summer will be busy.

For more information on Infectious Magazine, visit:

Website: http://www.infectiousmagazine.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InfectiousMag

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/InfectiousMag

Check out Muddy Paw here: http://www.muddypawpr.com

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Breeze Embalm Releases New Joint “TiminG”

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Breeze Embalm’s “TiminG” has not only a sick beat, but also a good message behind it. From verse to verse Breeze keeps the message real and straightforward. Time is very influential and is possibly one of the most influential aspects of our lives. When time is thought about, it is usually in numbers, but time is much more than that. Time is powerful, can be wasted, and should be appreciated.

Breeze believes that time is powerful because in the right amount of time, money, knowledge, and even success can be gained and achieved. Breeze believes that time can be wasted if you don’t attempt to make anything positive out of our life. Why just go through the motions of life, when life can be lived to the fullest?

Breeze also believes that time should be appreciated because once time is gone, it can’t be taken back. Nobody wants to be sitting around feeling sorry for themselves about time they have wasted. “Life is short and the only loss is hours lost,” is a line from “TiminG” and that verse emphasizes the idea that everyone should live life to the fullest and not waste time. Breeze repeatedly says that he will “take my time with that” and by “that” in that verse, he could possibly be talking about how he will take his time and enjoy life as he gets to where he needs to be in life. Everything takes time, Breeze Embalm wants to make sure that nobody takes time for granted. It’s a great song to listen to and it is quite uplifting!

 

 

On June 27, we had the chance to interview Plaid Brixx on the release of their EP “Chemistry,” which released today, July 8.

Interview: Ohio-Based Trio Plaid Brixx Releases “Chemistry”

On June 27, we had the chance to interview Plaid Brixx on the release of their EP “Chemistry,” which released today, July 8.

I had the chance to interview Plaid Brixx on the release of their EP Chemistry, which released on July 8. The electro-pop and rock band is made up of three members, Chris Duggan on vocals and guitar, Mark Smith on drums and Cole Bradley on bass. Duggan is the main songwriter and producer for Plaid Brixx. We had the opportunity to interview Duggan on the release of their EP, upcoming tours and concerts, his writing and producing process, and his favorite moments of recording Chemistry.

What are you most excited about the release of Chemistry EP?

Duggan: I’m very excited for people to hear the songs on there. Our first EP was kind of an electronic-type of music. I’m excited, also a bit nervous because I put a little bit of myself into each song.

What were your favorite moments in recording the EP?

Duggan: There’s always that moment when you come up with a really awesome melody, especially when you’re doing stuff with synthesizers and playing around with sounds when you’re just like, “Oh my God, that sounded so good!” (Laughs) When you find that melody that just works, there were a couple of those moments. It was just wonderful and makes the whole process just worth it.

What’s your favorite song from the EP and why?

Duggan: I would say “Chemistry”, the song that whole EP is named after. It kind of sets the tone for the whole EP. A lot of the songs there deal with break up as the subject matter, but in a positive way. I tried to find a positive way in break ups so it sets the tone for the rest of the EP. It’s also really catchy.

What should your fans expect from Chemistry?

Duggan: I think they should expect a very enjoyable and listening experience. An interesting juncture of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) music mixed with rock as well as electronic and really catchy.

Any upcoming tours?

Duggan: We’re planning to do a regional tour right now actually. We’re looking at dates and probably Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, a lot of cities around Columbus within six hours. We’re in the process of selecting those dates right now. We’re also playing for the FMM music festival in the summer.

Oh! How is that going to be?

Duggan:We’re playing the Fashion Meets Music festival in Columbus. There are some big names like R. Kelly, New Found Glory and Cold War Kids. We’re pretty excited. We’re also playing the Day and Night Festival in Cleveland.

So how was Plaid Brixx formed?

Duggan: I actually went to high school with all of the other members in the band. Then we all went off to college and then it was like gone to the wind. Then after college, I moved back to Columbus and they were here looking for something to do too and I was like, “Hey, I need some people to play some songs with me that I’ve been working on.” So we’re playing music together again. We played music in high school together. I think they were like 14 and I was 16 and we were making really stupid songs. We had this one song called “Long Live the Yeti” that we used to play. We played together because we know each other’s styles and how it’s played so it worked really well.

How did you come up with the band’s name?

Duggan: I thought it would be really cool to see a plaid brick wall and I was just talking about that. I got a weird fascination with that. It sounds really cool. The name came out of that variation.

What are your influences behind your songs?

Duggan: Most of them are about ladies or break ups or relationships in general, I would say. I would say Blink 182 is probably one of my biggest inspirations in songwriting. As for production, it sounds more like Blink 182 and Muse, kind of pop, rock and punk.

What got you interested in music in the first place?

Duggan: Blink 182 playing on MTV and I think they were playing “What’s My Age Again?” I was thinking, “Oh my God!” I don’t know. I was just magnetically drawn to it. That Christmas, I asked for a guitar and my parents asked me if I wanted an acoustic guitar to learn on? I said, “No, it must be electric.” (Laughs.) SO I got a really crappy 3-cord electric guitar and a tiny little amplifier. I really had no idea how to play it. I messed around with it and then I took lessons. I don’t really remember my thought process.

What are your inspirations behind your writing process?

Duggan: Well the way I write, I write chord progression, and then I would loop it on a guitar. If it’s a really good chord progression, that would inspire me to keep working on it. The lyrics are actually the last thing I put on there. So it makes for some interesting combo because I have a tendency to write really upbeat, happy-sounding stuff and then I’ll put a heavier subject matter on there. It will be like happy sounding songs dealing with something that’s not as happy, but it will kind of bring the heavier subject into a brighter light.

What are your favorite artists?

Duggan: Definitely Blink 182. I love them. In terms of bands playing today, kind of similar bands. The band Fidlar of Los Angeles is a really awesome skate punk band that I’ve been listening to a lot. There’s also Skaters from New York City. They have really catchy stuff and I’m excited to see what they’re going to do.

Any last words?

Duggan: I really hope you enjoy the album because I made it for you. Thank you for all of your support!

Check out their EP Chemistry now on iTunes!

For more information on Plaid Brixx, visit:

Website: www.plaidbrixx.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/plaidbrixx

Twitter: www.twitter.com/plaidbrixx

 

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Netta Brielle Releases “3XKrazy”

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You’ve been looking for the next addition to your house party playlist and we’ve found it: Netta Brielle of Oakland has brought the heat to California just in time for summer with her latest single “3XKrazy” – a sizzling slap that pays homage to the ‘90s hit by 3x Krazy “Keep It On The Real” and demands to be blasted from your favorite set of speakers.

Brielle never provides her listeners with anything less than the best of beats. Her tendency to find balance between old school tunes and a more modern style continuously impresses devoted fans and new followers alike as she teeters on the brink of mainstream stardom. Each song by this artist is a mixture of all that she hopes to present to the world: a dash of empowered women (think Mary J. Blige or Janet Jackson), a pinch of audacity, a hint of seductiveness, and a nice big dose of confidence as she aims to become her own self-fulfilled prophecy.

“3xKrazy” is no exception. One push of the play button and listeners are bound to feel the Bay Area beckon as the hip hop artist dishes out alluring vocals over a bouncy rhythm that makes up her version of the west coast classic. By fusing her R&B focused vibes with a set of unapologetically sensual lyrics (“Baby I’m turning up / You’ve got me sweating sweat, I’m feeling your persona…”), Brielle has seemingly brought forth a track capable of transforming any room into a space for bold flirting and sexy movements.

Produced by Traxamillion and the HBK Gang’s P-Lo, “3xKrazy” follows Will You Go With Me? – Brielle’s  mixtape from 2013 that has only added to any previous well-earned success. The songstress continues to strive for accomplishments, refusing to quit until she gets to the top. With ambition as steadfast as her quality music releases, Netta Brielle is a voice worth tuning into. Give her a try and listen here.

For more information on Netta Brielle:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nettabrielle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NettaBrielle

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We Were Astronauts Give Special Tribute to “Doree”

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Indie/pop band We Were Astronauts has released their official music video for “Doreé,” a painfully reminiscent number off their late album Outside Boston. It tells of the eternal nostalgia a man experiences in regards to his high school sweetheart.

While many of today’s videos tend to steer from the heart and meaning of the song, director and producer Chris Cucinotto chose to keep things simple in his interpretation of the Boston-based group’s homage to the aforementioned lost love known as Doreé. Viewers are taken on a small town journey as they watch a conflicted man recall the simpler moments that make up his past – a conversation in a hallway, a giggle fest in a thrift store, a slow dance under strung lights. The past and present are easily differentiated with the help of an antique filter similar to the quality of an old movie in both appearance and effect it has on the audience.

Despite the somewhat subdued lines delivered by lead singer Antonio Cassanta and the bits of poignant footage that may just activate your forgotten tear ducts, both the song and video maintain a certain level of light heartedness given the use of major chords, flowing piano, upbeat rhythm and hummable melody. As We Were Astronauts strums and drums away, every relatable lyric is captured in the wistful scenes that unfold before your eyes and leave you with the urge to pick up the phone and dial the digits of the one that got away.

From sweet start to fairytale finish, We Were Astronauts has left their mark on the hearts of many with their video for “Doreé.” The band is currently in the midst of completing Artificial Light, their new album set to be released in September.

For more information about We Were Astronauts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wewereastronautsmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeWereAstronaut

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Track Review: Rohan Da Great Wants to “Rule the World”

Hailing from Brooklyn, renaissance man Rohan Da Great, a CEO and artist of L.A.R. , or Leaders of the Artistic Revolution, has been working the scene for some time now, but has finally dropped his much-hyped single “Rule the World”, off his upcoming solo EP The Real. Has it been worth the wait? We’ve got the inside dish for you.

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