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THE BUSHWICK HOTEL CREATE STUNNING MUSIC AND ARTWORK

The Bushwick Hotel

The first single “Take Care of My Girl” by new indie rock band The Bushwick Hotel begins with lively crashing horns and captivates from beginning to end. Their album, Graffiti of the Young Man’s Mind, will be out on November 19th.

As their name suggests, The Bushwick Hotel is extremely artistically minded and based in Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, it’s where they formed out of a shared love for not music, but visual art, which they combine during their live performances into a type of performance art that must be seen to be believed.

According to the group, multiple different mediums can—and should—be enjoyed together, not separately, and in fact, they immerse themselves in the New York visual art scene just as thoroughly as they dive into their sophisticated, jazzy music. They have been together since 2012.

Onstage, the quartet tends to feature other musicians in addition to the band, as well as artists and designers from all areas of the art world, including Catherine Westergaard. They recently supported NY Fashion Week by appearing at the “Fashionably Late” party at Ella Lounge, where Westergaard’s latest exhibit was featured alongside a fantastic performance by the band.

Graffiti of the Young Man’s Mind will feature not only excellent music but beautifully abstract album cover art, which is available to view now on the band’s official website. The Bushwick Hotel’s inclination towards art of the visual variety, and blending various mediums into one, does not mean their musical skill is lacking in any way whatsoever; in fact, their love of art is shown more brilliantly through their extraordinary concoction of jazz, soul, and alternative indie rock, which is sure to gather further attention come November.

“Take Care of My Girl” is old-fashioned yet refreshingly new, brimming with clear, bright instrumentation and held together by a deceptively catchy melody.

For more information on The Bushwick Hotel, check out their website.

Exclusive Interview with Indie Duo David & Olivia

David & Olivia create musical experiences that are amazingly true, honest, and from the heart. This well-traveled Americana group offers a refreshing, unique sound that stirs the scores of listeners across the nation. The group’s debut album, On the Sea, will be released on May 14, 2013. We spoke with David and Olivia on how they met and how their musical journey has been, and here’s what they had to say:

On how Olivia and David started their group venture:

Olivia: “When I met David I was performing solo material and open to all musical endeavors. Everything since has just happened naturally. There wasn’t any preconceived thought of anything other than recording some vocals on his solo record. It’s kind of amazing how perfectly everything came together organically.”

On what intrigued David about Olivia, and Olivia about David:

David: “Olivia’s voice struck me immediately. The honesty and power of her voice were so very refreshing and I knew that she was the perfect fit for this duet I was writing at the time.”

Olivia: “David’s songwriting is pretty remarkable. I met him through his songs when he reached out to me after that show in Hollywood. I loved the true musicianship of his work. Very real, very raw. Ever since that night, people have complimented on the way our voices work together. Can’t deny what the people hear!”

On pursuing music as a career:

Olivia: “I think there were many specific points in my life that guided me down this road. I remember staring at the TV watching music videos on MTV in 1st grade. I wanted to be in Ace Of Base! Then Leann Rimes hit at a young age and I knew I wanted that! Then came Britney Spears and I still knew I wanted that! Then I did musical theatre, then I had a rock band at 14. We showcased for record companies, then Avril Lavigne hit! I don’t think there was a time in my life that I did not know I was supposed to be singing and making music.”

David: I think I realized that music was something that was deeply rooted in me the moment I picked up the guitar at 12 or 13 years old. Honestly, I didn’t know a damn thing about playing, but I just sat in my room focused until I figured out how to put my fingers here or there trying desperately to write songs that couldn’t wait to get out. As for knowing when this was something to pursue as a career, it was pretty simple actually… Music has been the only constant in my life, outside of my family. When I came home from playing a football game in high school. When I was left with heartbreak. When I finished college. When I decided that sitting in a cubicle and climbing the corporate ladder wasn’t for me. Music had always been there. I said to myself, ‘I might as well figure out a way to make a living at it’.”

On the perfect artist to collaborate with:

Olivia: “Oh my. It’s totally not in the genre but I would really love for David and I to work with Timbaland! As an artist, I would just like to see what we came up with together.”

On their coming up with the album title On the Sea:

David: “It comes from a lyric in one of the songs on the record called, ‘Weather Change.’ We wanted something that came from the material. With this being our debut album together it’s as if we’re setting sail and are now On the Sea.

 On their top three favorite songs from the album:

David: “That’s a tough one… we’d have to go with the first 3 on the album ‘Every Now n’ Then (I Could Use A Friend),’ ‘Finally Fine’ and ‘Key to My Heart’.”

On describing their music in one word:

Olivia: “Real. It’s not over produced, it speaks for itself and it’s from the heart.”

On the best memory of the musical experience thus far:

Olivia: “I like to think that the best is yet to come. I’m looking forward to more traveling, more adventures more music in the making. There’s so much more that lies ahead; I’m excited about all of that!”

On how aspiring artists can have the opportunity to do what you are doing right now:

Olivia: “If it is your passion, it is meant to become your life. Fill up your daily schedule with everything you desire and it will become what fuels your life. I truly believe that when I finally let go of bad habits, and all the things that were taking up quality time and energy, my life opened up to music and quickly filled up with all that I knew I wanted. People will tell you to get a real job, and you may need to have a job to supplement your life so that you can do what you want. The key is to not let that become a source of negativity, but a source of gratefulness so that you are consistently putting out the positive energy; you only get what you put out!”

On upcoming tours and shows that would interest fans:

David: “In June we’re headed out to the East Coast for a swing of dates and throughout the summer we’ll be up and down the west coast at various venues and wineries. We’re hoping to route through the Midwest in fall. It’s all very exciting and we can’t wait to spread the gospel.”

Feature Story: Interview with The Voice’s Chevonne

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Chevonne, the cherry bomb songstress, is making moves and is ready to release her debut album. You may know her from NBC’s The Voice (Season 3), where she shocked and impressed the judges with her amazing stage presence, soulful vocals, and bright style. Before The Voice, Chevonne was a hungry artist, looking for ways to enhance her career and taking chances to lead her to her big break. She has toured with British singer Estelle and has done backup vocals for Lady Gaga.

Chevonne is the epitome of a humble and talented artist who strives to achieve every dream. She is a game changer, beating the odds and always coming out on top. I got the chance to talked with Chevonne about her upbringing, her experiences with The Voice, and her Kickstarter campaign. Check it out below!

On her musical upbringing:  

“I’ve been musical and performative my whole life; I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be onstage, or when I wasn’t writing little tunes and making up skits in my own little world.  Even when I was a baby, my parents say I learned to talk and read really early because I was so eager to get started singing and playing the piano.”

On some of her music influences:

“My biggest influences are Prince, Bette Midler, Foo Fighters, and Queen.  They all found a way to turn genres upside down and surprise people with futuristic and forward-thinking artistic choices.  Live shows and visuals were a huge part of all of their careers, and often ground-breaking music videos and iconic live performances alone were enough to catapult them to “icon” status.  Also, all four artists incorporate humor and sex appeal in ways that aren’t overt and one-dimensional.  They all break barriers and push envelopes.  I am looking to do the same while staying in that fun, youthful pop music realm.

Prince, Bette Midler, and Dave Grohl have also had pretty successful film careers.  I’m one of those artists that won’t be satisfied just making records and touring…I want to do Broadway, act in and score movies, write for other artists, host SNL…I’m addicted to entertaining people!”

 On a valuable lesson that she has learned doing her music career:

“Across the board, during my work for Estelle and Gaga, on The Voice, and even while doing the small gigs like weddings and cover shows at bars, the most important part of being a musician/performer is being nice and respecting the job.  My dad always advised me to “show up on time ready to work and with a good attitude.”  He couldn’t have said it better.  There are people who are 8 billion times more talented than I am, but I’ve seen some of them lose their jobs because they’ve got big egos, or they complain during long work days, or they’re just plain unprofessional.

A-list productions like Gaga’s MonsterBall and The Voice take a lot of work and a lot of preparation time.  The crew is hard at work just as much as the cast.  You don’t always get a full night’s sleep; you’re dealing with jet lag; you have to sing and perform your best even when it’s the crack of dawn or a super late-night.  And that’s just the way it is.  It’s challenging work!  So if you’re professional, you make friends and you cooperate.  You laugh, you smile, you keep a positive vibe, and that’s what makes the stage/TV magic. “

 On the blind audition on The Voice:   

“It’s funny, all of my big career-defining moments so far have come from open calls.  I just heard about the audition and went, just to give it a shot.  Honestly, even though I’d just finished the MonsterBall, I kind of felt like I didn’t have a chance going in, but I’d be stupid not to try anyway.  So to make it onto that blind audition stage was really a big surprise for me! When Cee Lo and Blake turned, I was in pure shock.  Their chairs didn’t turn until after I had finished singing, so I was already in defeat mode.  I thought to myself “Wow, how embarrassing.  I’m going to have to go home and face everyone I know, and everyone will watch and see that I just don’t cut it.” And then I just stared in disbelief at these smiling faces.  Instant bliss! I jumped in the air and hooted and hollered.  I was over the moon.”

On her battles against Deborah Garner and Avery Wilson:

“Both rounds were tough because I was paired up with such immensely talented and unique artists.  Avery and De’Borah are so dynamic on stage; they understand how to move and work the space, and they know how to translate the storytelling in both ballads and up-tempo current pop music within a live context.  Not to mention, both of them are my friends!  I guess because of that, it was easier to see the “fight” or the “competition” as a fight with myself, not against either of them.  In music, I don’t believe in pitting artist against artist.  So I just focused on doing my personal best and making it hard for the coaches to choose who to send home because we’re all on the same level regarding technique and originality.  I think in both cases I succeeded.”

On the shocking steal made by Christina Aguilera:

“Especially with the steal, I had a feeling I wouldn’t win the battle.  Dance music is Avery’s wheelhouse; I’m into the quirkier 80s rock songs and songs with more of a live sound.  I knew it was up to me to earn a steal on my own.  And I just set myself free at the end of “Titanium” and nailed the high notes!  I also did something out of the ordinary for a show like The Voice and really staged my portion of the song.  I had power moves for days!  Although Cee Lo said I was overdoing it a little, Christina understood my motivation to bring some really exciting entertainment value to my performance. I was so beyond thrilled and humbled at her positive comments after I was done, and the steal was a complete dream come true.  I was forecasting a Blake steal, but the Christina steal was even more rewarding because she hadn’t turned her chair during the blinds, and also because she’s one of my idols!”

 On her growing friendship with the contestants:

“We all got so close.  I especially bonded with my teammates on Team Cee Lo, because they were so much like me.  Many of them are older, more experienced and seasoned.  We all had similar music tastes as well, and put special emphasis on showmanship and personal style.  When I moved to Team Christina, Laura Vivas was my buddy.  On a team filled with young, fresh upstarts, it was nice to have that womanly bond.  Laura is hilarious and such a powerhouse!  I learned a lot from watching her, and she influenced me to channel my inner metal dude. I still keep in touch with Amanda Brown, Cody Belew, DOMO, Avery, and Ben Taub.  Nicole Nelson from Team Adam is another person I absolutely adore and look up to.

On launching her Kickstarter campaign:

“So, because I am not attached to a label, an agency, or any type of management, I’ve set up a site where the fans and the listeners can be my support system.  Making a record costs money that I just plain don’t have!  So this is an awesome way for people to have an active role in the next steps of my career.  They can choose whatever donation bracket they want–even just a dollar is fantastic–and they get a reward custom-designed by me depending on the level of donation.

Some of the rewards include free album downloads with special backer-only bonuses, customized Chevonne t-shirts, a customized guitar I used to write parts of the album, and a few clothing items I wore on The Voice.  I’m also giving out walk-on roles in the music video, access to backer-only online concerts, and free admission and backstage hangs at my shows.  It’s worth it if you like my music and want to really connect on the deepest fan level possible!

I urge anyone who is interested in contributing to this Kickstarter to not be afraid or feel pressured.  The small donations mean just as much.  And the site is extremely user-friendly.  Also, something many don’t know is that if I don’t reach the goal I’ve set, all the money goes back to the people who have pledged.  It’s all or nothing, so I need your support!  I want the record to be a professional-level, fun pop album with lots of interesting layers and new, exciting sounds!

On her future goals:

“When a gig ends, or I spend some time without work, I don’t stress. I know something is coming and I just put the time and energy to write, create content, and search for the next opportunity.  And when there isn’t one, I make my own.  That’s what I’m doing with this record and the Kickstarter.

[In the next three years] hopefully, I will be making tons of music and playing it across the country!  Creating awesome photos and art!  Becoming a viral sensation!  By the end of those three years, I hope to also be able to snag a spot performing on an awards show.  I’d love to concept and craft one of those legendary, star-making live moments that the whole world watches on TV, and then on YouTube the next day.”

On her motto that she tends to live by:

“Nobody ever hands you a career in the entertainment industry; you get out there like the warrior you are and reach for it until it’s yours.”

For more information on Chevonne, click here.

Visit her Kickstarter Campaign, here.

Artist on the Rise: B2DaDot

There is more to Barion B2DaDotMcQueen that meets the eye.

He is not just a rapper in this hip hop game, but he is a super producer, songwriter, and businessman. Many artists can learn a thing or two (or three) from B2DaDot.

This Delaware native knew he wanted to be an entertainer at the age of 14. With the ambition, determination, and faith, he was able to accomplish that dream.

B2DaDot has worked with great hip hop artists such as Cassidy, Fat Joe, Young Jeezy and B.O.B. Due to his recent success with previous studio writing and producing, B2DaDot has released seven mixtapes, The Dot Com Era (2003); Rookie of The Year (2005); Most Wanted (2006); Industry Ready (2007); Undisputed (2008); Deep Thoughts (2009) and most recently Money Hungry (2010).

On these mixtapes, B2DaDot shows off his lyricism and swag, which makes him a valuable player in the hip hop industry. Many of today’s rappers are in it for the fun of it and are not staying true to the essence of hip hop. B2DaDot is the artist who is in love with hip hop for eternity.

Some of his major accomplishments included a nomination for Producer and Rap Artist of the Year at the Underground Music Awards in 2010, features in The Source, Hip Hop Weekly and MIL Magazine, and achieving a CEO role for Star Made Music Group, which is an entertainment company and record label.

I got a chance to talked with B2DaDot about life as an artist, businessman, and producer, his company Star Made Music Group, and his new project Ciroc Life.

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On being an artist, businessman, and producer:

B2DaDot is a rapper, producer, and songwriter. I consider myself to be a complete artist.  The businessman, owner of my own entertainment company Star Made Music Group and most recently part owner of a new clothing line Ketch Kouture which will be available very soon.”

On his influences:

Some of my influences would be Jay-Z, Cassidy, Diddy, Jadakiss, Eminem and a whole list of others.”

On what he can bring to hip hop:

“I want to add some more originality to the game.  My music is authentic, no gimmicks, no smoke, and mirrors. Everything I rap about is me, and real.”

On his label Star Made Music Group and his artists:

Star Made Music Group is coming along great. Everyone is working on their individual projects right now.  As far as artists to be on the look out for I would have to say, Nick Boots, E-Luc, Javonna and Heartboy YC.”

On his upcoming works:

I just release my latest project entitled Ciroc Life; we are preparing for a promo tour.  Also be on the lookout for my debut album entitled I Told You So and Star Made Music Group’s Compilation album entitled Stars In The Making.”

Separating the artist from the man:

One thing I want my fans to know about me is that I am still a fan of music.  I go and buy albums and support others albums just like they buy my stuff.  I am very normal and am a true fan of music myself.”

On his music and single Body Inkand Pass the Ciroc:

[Body Ink and Pass the Ciroc] “are records just happen organically. At the end of the day, I just want my music to be fun and be a complete representation of me. Whether it be club records, street anthems, storytelling, something for the ladies, etc.  When you listen to my album you will see the diversity and various types of records.”

 On what’s next for him:

“Next for me is the album and shopping for a new record deal.  There are definitely a few labels that have my attention right now that I would love to be a part of so we will see what happens. Oh, and not to forget the clothing line Ketch Kouture.”

Check out B2DaDot at:

His Website

Twitter

New Face on the Scene: Camay

Camay is an artist, lyricist, and songwriter. The young emcee is reaching new heights in the music industry and is taking the world by storm with her gritty storytelling, monster bars, and strong image. Her look is different from other female emcees and artists. She’s one of the guys but can handle her own in the male dominated music scene. She impressed many with her debut mixtape, A Drug Dealer’s Dream. The hip hop industry embraced her with open arms and now it is her time to show everyone that she has what it takes to make it. Her new EP, Judge Me may be some of her best work yet. Her first single, Judge Me is a hard hitter track that talks about the hypocrisy in the world. Her second single So High was placed on the semi-finalist list for the International Songwriters Contests, out of sixteen thousand other participants. Camay is a real emcee. Camay is here to win it.

I got the opportunity to talk to Camay about her musical upbringing, and her EP, Judge Me.

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Lawanda Johnson: Talk more about your musical upbringing.

Camay: I was raised in a household filled with music. Both of my parents are very musically inclined, but [never made a career out of it]. They chose the family life instead.  My mom used MTV to keep me occupied as a baby.

LJ: Your latest single Judge Me is the truth. A lot of people are afraid to talk about taboo issues and often keep secrets from others and themselves. What made you write this song? What was going on at the time that made you think this is what the music industry needed to hear?

Camay: Thanks. Honestly, I wrote the track in ’09 when I was actually being judged literally, I was having run-ins with the law and mentally I was in a ‘me against the world’ state. I don’t make music according to what I think people need to hear; I just write what I feel. That track is more relevant now than it was in ’09 in my perspective. But at the time me feeling judged made me want to respond in the same manner by judging back, which is obviously hypocritical and that’s the real point of the record.

LJ: Talk more on your Judge Me EP. How did you prep for the EP?

Camay: I’m constantly writing music, so really the project was being worked on before I even consciously decided it was. It was originally called Red Mic Special; we had the artwork done and everything, but while we were shooting the video for  Judge Me, we caught some really powerful stills that became the cover for the project.

Overall the producers on the project were on board when I said I wanted to drop some new music. There was no point in keeping [the music] to myself.

*Check out Camay’s music video. for her single, Judge Me.

LJ: Describe your music and style in three words.

Camay: Real, raw, rap.

LJ: What’s next for Camay?

Camay: Shooting visuals for the rest of the songs on the EP… Judge Me set the bar kinda high for the rest. I have performances coming up for this spring/summer … I just wanna stay busy but with enough time to still create.

For more information on Camay: http://www.camaymusic.com/

New Face on the Scene: Interview with Stateside

There is a new name in the indie post-hardcore music scene, who are ranking up on the Reverb Nation’s Top 20 Charts. Members Mike Tarry (vocals), Chip Su (guitar), Phil Zepeda (guitar), Jeff Meiers (bass) and Eliran Malakov (drums), collectively known as Stateside, have just finished their debut album, Stand Clear of Closing Doors, which will release on Feb. 7th and are optimistic about 2012. Their style, which they refer to as Poppy Hardcore Rock fuses an alternative sound with a taste of punk intensity. Rocking hard on their first single, Thoughts of Decadence, Stateside gives listeners the most ultimate rock experience. These guys have headlined at Webster Hall and played along with acts such as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, I Am the Avalanche and Burn Halo. Stateside will be sticking around for a while in the music scene as their fans increase and their music expands. Now let the party start!  Stateside will have an exclusive listening party on AOL for their debut album. Stay tuned.

I had a chat with Stateside about their debut album, Stand Clear of Closing Doors, their favorite songs, and their future goals.

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How did you guys form Stateside?

What started from a mesh of friends, roommates, co-workers and drinking buddies was boiled down to make up Stateside. The name is a term used by soldiers abroad.

Who are some of your musical influences?

A Day to Remember, Thrice, Brand New, Paramore, Silverstein

Your debut album is releasing in Feb 2012. How long did it take you guys to finish the album?

It took us about a year. Front to back it is an evolution of Stateside -musically and lyrically. We experimented with different directions throughout the year. We hope to carry over our progress into our future releases.

What are some your future goals?

We are doing an east coast tour this year. If other opportunities opened, we would love to do more touring.

Fun Fact:

Off the debut album, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Chip’s  favorite song is Make your Move. Jeff’s favorite is Out of Mind and Phil’s favorite track is Highs, Lows, and Everything Else.

Stateside would like to hear from you. Shoot them a message on Facebook (facebook.com/stateside.band) and they will always write back!
For more information: www.statesidesnyc.com

Catch one of their upcoming shows:

Tuesday, February 7th- New York NY – The Studio at Webster Hall

Thursday, March 29th– New York NY – Sullivan Hall

Saturday, March 31st– Blackwood NJ – Whiteman Square Men’s Club

Saturday, April 29th – Teaneck NJ – Mexicali Live

Saturday, May 19th – Atlantic City NJ – Le Grand Fromage

Interview with L.A Native Beat Smith

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Beat Smith is a very talented artist with a different style that includes hip-hop and R&B. Some might see Beat Smith as a rapper, but he is more than that. There is more to his story and his music. With Beat Smith’s latest mixtape, Souled Out, listeners and fans can see a more serious and sexy side to him. Beat Smith writes on personal experiences and tells stories with positive messages. I got a chance to speak with Beat Smith about his mixtape Souled Out, upcoming plans and his future goals.

Lawanda Johnson: What’s the story behind the name Beat Smith?

Beat Smith: “I originally started as a producer so the name is a little more relevant to production. I guess by being an artist, I got the concept of the old school Black Smith. So I kind of got that concept as far as musically by creating my own music from scratch. When I do production, I don’t really use too many samples. Once I started to become an artist, it just kind of developed into itself. So it came from the concept of creating songs and music from scratch. So once I started becoming an artist, the persona kind of developed.”

LJ: What made you decide to do that crossover from being a producer to becoming an artist?

BS: “It was because of a lot of personal choices in my life. My first love is always the production. I always wanted to be a producer. My co-partner of my indie label is El Debarge Jr. I actually started off as doing a lot of production for him. I was the producer and he was the artist. So that’s how it started off. Then we went our separate ways doing different things in music. That’s when I started to get my own style and eventually I was comfortable developing who I was as an artist. Then I went through some personal things that kind of drove me to the next level as an artist.”

LJ: Ok. I have to say that I really enjoyed your mixtape, Souled Out. I love the realness of it and the honest lyrics behind every song. So let’s talk about Souled Out.

BS: “Thank you. Well, it’s a different style of music. For starters, I don’t really consider myself as a rapper. I am an artist. There’s a fine line between the two. I have a style that’s geared to women. I include a lot of R&B influence on my tracks. As far as rap-based, I am more Hip-Hop. With this mixtape, I just wanted to do something different than a usual R&B style that I used to put out there. Souled Out was titled from the meaning that at some point a lot of artists sell out when they are given a certain point of popularity. At the time Souled Out, it’s not about me selling out, but it’s like I’m giving the listeners all of my soul. Like giving all the soul that I have to my fans. That’s the concept of Souled Out. I just wanted it to be strongly hip-hop based also and for the females as well.”

LJ: Why did you choose those prominent people for the interludes such as Maya Angelou and Michael Jordan for an example?

BS: “Those are important messages. The interlude is related to the songs that come after it. I wanted to do a variety of interests people have in society. Some people are more in tune to watch sports. Others are acquired to watch CNN or T.V. Everybody is in their own field. I choose people that stand out and not based on their careers, but as a person. All of these people like Michael Jordan and Maya Angelou inspire me. I look at those interludes in the same way. Basically, the concept of the interludes is to say something that I necessary couldn’t say but it relates to the song and my message in the song.”

LJ: I really liked that. So, Best Trouble Ever has to be one of my favorite tracks on this mixtape. Explain the concept of that song.

BS: “Wow, thank you! I really appreciate that. Well, Best Trouble Ever was actually made for a girl that I was talking to at the time. A lot of artists out here look for inspiration in a variety of things. It could be work, money or sports. That particular song was sort of a inside joke between us. I called her The Best Trouble Ever because she was really an interesting female, but also some trouble. You see the realness of a person and see all their flaws but you are skeptical at times. But you still see the good in that person. You know what I mean (laughs). That was the concept of it. I also found that the Poetic Justice interlude was on there too and that was a perfect fit for that song. Then the Maya Angelou interlude came after and it came all together.”

LJ: (Laughs). I definitely can relate to that. So, Beat Smith, where will you be in the next five years?

BS: “Hopefully on tour. I would love to complete a tour. I want to do national and international as far as touring. I like to go out and see different places. I have a lot of fans that accumulated online. Touring is what I would like to accomplish. As a producer, I always wanted to do production. My goal is to establish a network with other artists and so forth and so forth. Every artist has that one point, where you are like Lil Wayne where you grind really hard for 10 or 15 years or you are that artist where you have that 5-year-shine and then have to move on to something else. I’m not saying that I won’t excel or be eliminated as an artist, but at the same time, I really wanted to fall back on production. That has always been my drive. I think I might go back to production at some point. I will be able to build a connection and network with other artists and producers.”

LJ: That’s great! I wish you the best with that. Have you done any shows lately?

BS: “I have been doing various shows in the L.A area. I just recently got in contact with a promotion company a couple of months ago. I did a show with them; I did a show at the Dragon Fly. Then I did another show at the Plush Lounge (Key Club.) I plan on doing more local shows to get a local fan base. Also, I would like to set up a tour for some opening acts, possibly some college tours. Then expand from local to states to nationwide.”

LJ: Well, I am glad that I did this interview with you, Beat Smith. Good luck and best success!

BS: Thank you. I appreciate it!

To get updates on Beat Smith:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BeatSmith-13eatSmith/191500774194957
Twitter: http://twitter.com/13eatSmith