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DJ Spotlight: Meet Dj Comma

Seattle’s own Dj Comma is aiming to build a legacy in the music industry. With four years of DJing under…

Seattle’s own Dj Comma is aiming to build a legacy in the music industry. With four years of DJing under the belt, and one solid year of producing, he’s committed himself to excellence. “[I] Always felt a deep attraction to music, even though I didn’t have any musicians in my family,” he tells AAHH, ” but I picked up a DJ console and started mixing in my room. I never looked back.”

He started spinning at house parties then got booked for weddings, proving to him how much potential this route had for him. “I wanted to be involved in the music industry more so I started to learn to produce,” he says.

Get to know Comma a little better; check out the full interview, below.

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Can you describe your sound?

My sound is very widely themed, I’d say a combination of modern music with some early 2000 feel. I am definitely still keeping my music a bit experimental but my sounds influenced by early 2000’s hip-hop and Spanish music. My family is Mexican, and I remember listening to a lot of spanish music that my parents would play when I was younger. I make music that can make people move, not just mentally but physically. Some music just has one feel to it but at the end of the day my goal is to either get your mind thinking deeply or make you get in a trance, but I usually aim to do both that’s what pulls my music apart from other people.

How did you get involved in music?

I got involved playing my music at house parties when I was in High school. Everyone would ask me to play music all the time. Like an annoying amount of times. I remember not even showing people the music I liked to listen to then I realized I had a goldmine in my playlist of music nobody has heard before. Then people got to the point of asking me to get my music playlist ready for the football games and practices.

After I graduated, I didn’t even think about taking DJing to the next level. Instead, I went to school for graphic design in Seattle, where one of my roommates known as Sayu Beatz–a good and committed producer–told me that I should be a DJ after listening to a lot of music I would have playing that he had never heard before. Coming from him, that really made me think about my career path. He brought it to my attention, after all, I was still trying to stay involved in music. I remember going to SXSW to promote my graphic design to artists, but I felt like I had more potential than just that.

Who were some of your influences?

I was influenced growing up by artists like Kid Cudi, 50 Cent, and Enrique Iglesias. Kid Cudi influenced me to be creative every album sounded completely different and included a lot of emotion. 50 Cent music has hype, and he is always motivated and active outside of music, and his music also keeps your eyes open… like people out there struggling but still grinding. Enrique Iglesias was an international artist, sings in English and Spanish I remember my mom would always play his music when I was younger, and I started to listen to him as well as I got older.

Released: I have released one single called Make Em Mad featuring two artists it is on Spotify, SoundCloud, Itunes, and Tidal. It relates to peoples reaction to your success. I had met two artists that I knew had potential to make a good song off my beat. I sent it out they liked how it sounded, and we got to work.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on an album Expected to be released fall of 2018. Have been in touch with big-name artists for some features… More details will be released spring of 2018. I have been working on more content, I have been producing a lot and am send my beats out instead of keeping everything I make for my album.

Biggest achievements so far: I am 20-years-old and created a clothing brand on my own it is being invested at the first drop is expected spring 2018 with a website. I have played a variety of shows from houses to weddings to venues more than the average person of my age which has made me have great crowd control.

What are your goals in this industry?

My goals in the industry are to have the best live performances; I have been building a strong team to help me out with my performances. I also want to be in the music industry for many years creating the best content, and I start it all with my first album dropping fall of 2018. I also want to open people’s minds with deep meaning in my songs and maybe influence some people to do the same as well.

What’s next for you professionally?

I have been booked overseas for a Hip-Hop Festival the month of June in 2018. I am also working on getting on a tour with some big name artists to help me out, then go on tour after my album drops to promote it more. A lot more is coming my way, and you can check out my single in the meantime!


Check him out on Spotify!

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Gage Keeps It A Buck On His ‘With Love’ EP

When it comes to marking out your legacy in the music industry, almost a third of the total recipe is…

When it comes to marking out your legacy in the music industry, almost a third of the total recipe is determination; with determination for success comes plenty of byproducts, mainly sacrifice. With his latest EP With Love, Massachusetts-native rapper Gage Tielr has put these elements of his journey into a concise and impactful package worth a few spins.

Off the rip, the projects positions itself worthy of placement with any major mainstream market. Sure shot single like the intro, “F.W.Y.S.” — an acronym for Fuck What You Sayin’ — the dream big single “Emblem” (which received a visual treatment), and “Speedin'” featuring the silky vocals of Pyro Da God, establish Gage as ready.

 

It’s the insanely humanizing and — if your an artist — relatable tone he takes throughout the project that makes it connect. The lamenting of a fed up partner tiring of sticking it out for her rapper boyfriend’s dream of making bags is universal. The love letter to the one that got away, “Written Down,” and the closer “Talk About” with themes that touch on mental health, see some of the project’s most profound depth.

There’s this unspoken cohesiveness to the setlist that positions Gage in the fast lane; he has an excellent ear for instrumentals and careful curation of his work that make the EP come across as polished — right down to the artwork.

From what is gleaned from the literature attached with the release, it’s the result of two years of working to develop his sound. While the project fails to sonically breakthrough into any new artistic territory, his personality, cadence, and sheer honesty shine through and create a great impression — especially if it’s the first.

A lot of rappers like to take the fake it until you make it approach; Gage keeps it a buck, painting the everyday roller coaster of the road to riches with vivid color. With Love is worth a spot on your playlist this week, hands down.

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Hefe Heetroc’s Box Set Is As Ambitious As It Is Experimental

Hefe Heetroc is not a new artist to us here at AAHH; though we’re familiar with him, it’s always been…

Hefe Heetroc is not a new artist to us here at AAHH; though we’re familiar with him, it’s always been in smaller, manageable doses of artistic output. Alienz & Conspiracies box set is his ambitious new release that — if we’re honest — we were slower to jump on. Not for lack of interest, but rather out of intimidation of its length (it’s 33 songs).

“My dream was always to have a box set,” Hefe admits to AAHH. “I thought a theme compilation boxset consisting of a hybrid of an experimental trap, emo, with ‘3rd eye woke’ lyrics could work.” The elephant in the room — which he points out to us — is that box sets generally aren’t themed experiences, but rather compilations or anthologies of music.

“A friend observed that my older music was all aliens and my newer stuff was all conspiracy theories, a lightbulb popped into my head of not only the title but the theme.”

Though the lengthy affair does have some overlap, such a clips of his songs being played/broke on WRIU FM, and what feels like reworkings throughout the tracklist, there are some gems. Staying heavily thematic throughout, the project is a really complex blend of styles and intriguing writing elements. The delivery, however, is eclectic in nature ranging from easy to follow, to what borders on slam poetry, to distorted and obscured to the point that dissecting becomes a bit labored of an experience.

 
The songs that are more straightforward — concerning its approach and flow — like all three parts of “Do U,” “Shroomz,” and “Global Economics” all (tbh) show Hefe at his best. Even if you disagree, you can’t argue it’s his most approachable. His wordplay and content are all fascinating stuff; peep the bars on “Global Economics,” and even the really dope “Lemon Yellow Sun.” It has this KRS-esque level of actual knowledge injected. We’re talking like keep Wikipedia open and get lost in research type bars. “Truth 2 Be” is another excellent example.

 
“Bravo Tango” is a big record we found ourselves revisiting a few times; what stands out is his cadence, which seems like a warm blend of Madchild and Vinnie Paz, that hugs beats and ride them like Cadillac with the top down on a warm LA night.

He takes on this alternate persona throughout the collection of music of 27 Savage, which he unleashes on songs like “Rap-tilian,” “The Awakening.” While ok in doses, the raspy almost whispery flow does make the potency of some of his bars harder to follow. The same issue presents itself when his instrumental choices become more abstract on songs like “Alien Sky,” with it’s glitchy slightly off/beat delivery that is still contextually strong, but a more frustrating listen.

“On all the conspiracy theory tracks my goal was to try a new poetic device, metaphors, allegories, iambic pentåmeter, and golden and silver lines,” he tells us. “I wanted to try a new poetic device out of my comfort zone.”

As he explains, he used the William S Burroughs cut n paste technique on all his songs that deal with conspiracy theories. It’s this deep level of thought that went into the project that definitely necessitates the need for some context to accompany it, as the behind the scenes details often get lost during musical experiments. Much in the same way, it may be hard for a consumer to wrap their minds around the cost associated with wallpaper that is hand printed, as it closely resembles manufactured work for a fraction of the cost.

That though should never be a deterrent for a true artist, and this collection has this niche feeling to it — Hefe’s artistic merit shines through, like that of an MF DOOM offshoot project like Viktor Vaughn.

Overall though, the project is an obvious labor of love and an example of calculated experimentation. Songs like “Talk 2 Loud” where the premise is that he’s being followed/tapped by the Illuminati as he attempts to pull listeners out of the matrix lyrically are among the various examples of his willingness to commit — reminiscent of a late 90s Kool Keith.

 
Though the message may get a little muddied at times as he leads listeners on a sonically diverse experience, which could best be described as a rabbit hole—hearing some of his more approachable material having bomb sound effects dropped on them during radio sets shows that he is in fact on a sustainable path, should he choose to lather a little more mainstream gloss on his material.

It’s the age-old concept of the iceberg, which we only asses based on the tip that pops of out the water. This box set is the same thing — but instead of an iceberg, it’s an underground bunker built by a man willing to take you on a journey should you take the right pill.

It’s worth tackling.

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Muzik Genesis’s ‘Sequoia’ Is A Call To Action To Discover Our Relationship To Nature

Santa Cruz, California, producer Muzik Genesis drops off his latest (instrumental) LP, Sequoia — the official follow up to his…

Santa Cruz, California, producer Muzik Genesis drops off his latest (instrumental) LP, Sequoia — the official follow up to his debut LP, Retrospection. “I’ve always expressed myself through music ever since I was really little,” the producer explains via press release. “I’ve always also had an affinity for the natural world.

Sequoia is that precise connection between ourselves as human beings and the natural world – we are one with nature.”

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His first LP, Retrospection, reached listeners in Europe and Latin America — and the self-titled single’s music video received national attention stateside, airing on cable television in cities nationwide. It was a vastly different sound, much more rooted in Hip-Rock mashups. Overall the diversity is real.

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Bronx MC Fadetheblackk Teams Up With B*Star For New Single “Visions”

Bronx MC Fadetheblackk grew up in the home of hip hop — Bronx, New York City. It’s this raw energy…

Bronx MC Fadetheblackk grew up in the home of hip hopBronx, New York City. It’s this raw energy that he’s managed to distill into his music, which is built around themes of life, the struggles within, and the battle we face living in today’s society. Roaming behind the scenes for the last seven years, his new single “Visions” featuring B*star is his first offering via the Warner Music indie platform Level Music.

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