When the KingQueen band takes the stage, the crowd knows they’re in for a great time. Today Ina joins us to discuss their new single ‘Roller Coaster’, their inspirations what we can expect from them in the future! Make sure to check out our interview below:
We are happy to have you today. Tell us about your fall season so far! What have you guys been up to?
With the lockdown and everything, I’ve just focused on finishing up mixing songs that were recorded with the band before the lockdown that started in March. And of course, editing and releasing the music video for “Roller Coaster”
Can you share more with our readers about your latest release “Roller Coaster”? What inspired the single?
I write a lot in my car while driving. Melodies and words pop up and this one I started and finished writing on my way back to LA from a gig in Vegas. It was honestly a mix of emotions not towards one person but just to people in general. It’s not like I wrote it as a breakup song to a singular person it was more of my thoughts on how some people just can’t be clear but will hit you up whenever they feel like or when they are drunk haha. I guess we all have been in that situation so it’s a tribute to us all that have felt a bit used and not given the attention we actually deserve. Or the answers we needed in the moment. So yeah it’s about heartbreak but not like a deep and sad kind of heartbreak, more like “ehhhh this sucks and you’re messing with my mind” kind of thing.
How did the band first get started?
Wow. So KQ have had so many different band members throughout the years. But the band itself started in 2011 after I left a record deal with Universal as a pop solo artist. I was craving the pop punk rock I was born to perform. So I became independent and have followed my heart ever since.
How did you all decide on the band name KingQueen?
KingQueen actually was my solo artist name and nick name. After a long night out with my drag queens I was named KingQueen and I kept it and performed under it and I love it and I love what it represents and it’s truly me and the sound of the craft we perform.
How would you describe your sound to someone who just listened to your music for the first time?
Energetic, powerful, in your face and inviting at the same time. It’s a mix of the past and the future.
How has these past few months of quarantine affected you all creatively?
Creatively it’s actually been a blessing. I’m obviously not happy about this pandemic and I miss performing live sooooo much! But it’s given me the time I’ve begged for these past years to just sit down and tune into the mixing and production part. Truly work through the songs. And I love it. Now we have tons of music coming out that I’m truly proud of since I got to work through it with no distractions.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in starting their own band?
Do it. It’s not easy! It’s a relationship, learn when to let go and when to give. Some people will stay some people with go and that’s the heartbreak of music and bands but don’t worry, those who are meant to go all the way will be there. And don’t take it all personally! Keep doing you. Keep going!
How do you get pumped up before a big event?
Ohhhh man. It’s like so exciting I get so nervous and excited at the same time it’s like a ball of energy so honestly, I do nothing all day I’m lame. I am quiet and I just prepare mentally and then as soon as my feet touch the stage it’s like lighting comes through my body and it’s showtime. It’s where I feel like life happens. Life is that stage, the people, the band, the music and the lights. I love it!
Biggest lesson learned in your career so far?
There are so many. But I think the most important one is to let go of all the noise. The times I didn’t quite enjoy the stage as much was when I knew someone from the industry that was important was watching and I regret that! I let it cloud myself and it kind of ruined my moment of fun because I was thinking to impress rather than just do what I always do. So I think that’s a big lesson because it’s important to connect and enjoy and do your thing every time. Industry people are just people and opinions. In the end of the day what matters is how you feel about yourself.
Are you currently working on any special projects?
Yesssss!! Releasing a single every 2 months, both with the band KingQueen and solo as Ina Of KingQueen. I do solo stuff for different genres or song I don’t think fit to perform with the band and then collaborate with other artists too. The next one is “Bad Kids” with She and Bandits and Blake English. Super excited for you all to hear!
Thank you for speaking with us! For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?
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Indo-Pop Enchantress Mariami Invites You on an Intimate and Thrilling Road Trip of Passion and Adventure in Her Latest Single “Foglights”
Mariami, the enchantress of Indo-Pop, has once again graced us with her musical magic, and “Foglights” is the shimmering jewel in her crown. With chart-topping singles, a Berklee College of Music education and a penchant for blending genres into mesmerizing melodies, Mariami has carved a niche for herself in the global music scene. Strap in, because we’re about to dive deep into the seductive world of Mariami and her latest musical masterpiece.
“Foglights” serves as a nostalgic time capsule, transporting us back to the vibes of 2016, a year when Mariami penned her hit “Lakeside” and numerous other gems, kept under wraps until now. With this release, she unveils these hidden treasures and it’s a treat for both her loyal fans and newcomers alike.
This track opens with Mariami’s velvety vocals, setting the stage for a narrative of adventure and desire. Lyrics recount a spontaneous road trip, where two souls embark on a journey filled with secrets and promise. Mariami’s storytelling ability shines through as she invites us into this whirlwind romance.
As the chorus kicks in, “Foglights” takes a mesmerizing turn. The catchy melody paired with Mariami’s sultry vocals creates an irresistible combination. It’s a musical crescendo that mirrors the rush of emotions that often accompanies spontaneous decisions, like leaving on the foglights and racing into the night.
The bridge adds depth to the song, briefly slowing the pace before catapulting us back into the euphoria of the chorus. Mariami’s skillful use of musical dynamics keeps the listener engaged and invested in the story she’s weaving.
Production quality is top-notch, with the music perfectly complementing the lyrics and Mariami’s vocal prowess. The fusion of classic soul and modern pop elements creates a sonic landscape that’s both nostalgic and contemporary.
What makes “Foglights” truly special is its ability to evoke vivid imagery. The lyrics transport us to a world bathed in violet strobes, where desire and passion ignite like flames. It’s an expression to Mariami’s songwriting prowess that she can paint such a vivid picture through her music.
In the luminous world of “Foglights,” Mariami doesn’t just craft music; she crafts moments that resonate with the very essence of our lives. As she sings, “My memory faded, I think we left the foglights,” we’re reminded that life is a journey illuminated by fleeting moments of passion and adventure. Mariami’s music encapsulates the beauty of those moments, and “Foglights” is a timeless reminder to embrace spontaneity, follow our desires and let the soft glow of love guide us through the foggy unknown. So, as you lose yourself in the sultry melodies of “Foglights,” let it inspire you to chase your own adventures and create memories that shine brighter than the fog.
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Canada-Based Producer Songwriter Turtle and The Galaxy Council reunite one last time with the sonic masterpiece, “Look Up”
A celebration of musical excellence that has defined so many of their collaborations, Turtle and the Galaxy Council close off an indescribably beautiful musical journey where they have created not only music but unforgettable memories. “Look Up” is their last dance the last time all members of The Galaxy Council were on a track was “Galaxy Hero Party” and, “My Moon”, With this last release, they truly made it memorable, transporting us to another dimension with such artful excellence and indisputable showmanship!
This track captures the essence of both Turtle and the Galaxy Council’s artistic visions, incorporating a seamless fusion of genre-bending sounds and heartfelt storytelling. From the moment the first notes hit, listeners are enveloped in a sonic landscape that is nostalgic, warmly familiar, and refreshingly innovative all at the same time!
Each note is a heartbeat, a brushstroke, painting an intricate portrait of growth and transformation. Each rhythm evokes memories, guiding listeners through a euphoric journey they long to experience again. As you listen through, you’re overcome with the irresistible urge to turn up the volume as you surrender to the melodies and let them rekindle the magic…the magic you always feel when a collaboration between Turtle and the Galaxy Council is released!
A symphony of synths, intricate electronic instrumentation, top-notch rapping, and heartfelt singing encapsulate the spirit of love and celebration. It’s a melody woven from memories, a reminder of the ecstatic nights when the world fades away and the music becomes our heartbeat. So close your eyes, “Look Up” and let the beats carry you back to that unforgettable and magical night under the electric sky!
This is the kind of music that is less heard and more felt; you can feel it with every bone in your body, and you somehow wish it was endless—with the loop/repeat button on your device becoming your saving grace!
There is music, then there is Turtle and the Galaxy Council music; “Look Up” is the latter and simply a tour de force in electronic, synth pop, and hip hop/rap music transcendence!
What a climax!
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Canada-Based Songstress Jurelma Graça Encapsulates God’s Benevolence and the Essence of a Liberated Life with Her Latest Single, “Set Me Free.”
Jurelma Graça crafts contemporary gospel songs with salvation-themed messages that uplift and empower. Her original tracks, written and performed by her, are based on biblical spiritual texts and ideas that communicate a faith-based philosophical perspective as she presents truth in love, drawing from her own personal experiences of God’s refining work. Through her spiritually rich lyrics, she illuminates the wonders of Jesus’ character and the anticipation of His second coming. She hopes to inspire people in their relationship with God.
Her latest single, “Set me free” is a bona fide anthem that features a vibrant, upbeat melody that really works well with the positive affirmations all around!
Breathing life with her incredibly rich, mellifluous vocals and exuding such a soulful range, Jurelma vividly paints images and provokes thoughts with crystal-clear singing with lyrics that delve into the realm of God’s never-ending grace and how a life surrendered to Him is a life of total freedom and joy.
With God by our side, there’s no need for worry; He liberates us from bonds, insurrections, and impending dangers. This track praises God for his faithfulness towards His children in the consistent building and strengthening of foundations made in Him, setting us free from false beliefs, restoring us to our heavenly heritage, and pulling us closer to complete freedom.
The depth of the lyricism, the skillful execution of the music, and the impassioned, soul-stirring vocals are why “Set me free” is a must-have for any music fan out there. Let the fulfilling message and infectious melodies fill your heart today!
Follow the link below to stream and add this song to your playlist…it also wouldn’t hurt to recommend it to a friend or family member!
Follow Jurelma Graça on Instagram for an intimate glimpse into her journey and explore her music on all major streaming platforms.
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