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Interview: Stella West Shares Insights On Her Musical Journey

Stella West

While stumbling upon her catalog Stella West expressed the love for music and showcased the compositions that have overwhelmed the fans and followers. This interview gives a brief about the qualities of this great musician and details about her new single:

Thank you for your time. Thanks for speaking with us! How’s everything going?

Likewise. Things are going very well. I’ve been making a lot of music during the lockdown and am quite enjoying the freedom of being able to write and sing every day.

What sets your music apart? What is unique, or at least uncommon?

I was always a writer before I was a singer, so for me, my lyrics are what sets my music apart. I tend to write stories and poems more than anything and I believe that reflects in my music. I also happen to have a good ear for interesting sounds, so it’s a good match!

What is the motivation behind such a lyrically rich and melodically unique single “Ode to the Devil (Mother Mary)”?

Ode To The Devil is about pain. It is a woman pleading with Mother Mary herself to release her of her turmoil and finally accepting that her horror is too abhorrent even for angels to see. Which makes her feel like The Devil in some way. I suppose you could say it is about inner conflict and desperation when in times of grief or great sadness. I feel a lot of people can relate to that. It has this jazzy feel, as I felt that it needed to be tasteful if it was about religion and deep pain and for me, Jazz has always felt very tasteful. It was an interesting record to make.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I don’t. When I don’t have the urge to write I simply do not. I only write when I am inspired or when an interesting thought comes to mind and the songs seem to write themselves. Writing shouldn’t be a chore. I try not to force it, because I’ve found forcing words is almost like forcing yourself to vomit. It can’t be healthy and it definitely isn’t enjoyable. If there’s nothing happening, it obviously doesn’t need to be said.

You have an amazing voice. Are you vocally trained?

Thank you! My voice has changed over the years. It seems the older I get the more my voice carries with it a kind of wisdom if that makes sense. As you figure life out and grow, your voice seems to follow. When I was a naive teenager you could hear that in my voice. When I was a confused 21 year old so was my voice and so on. I haven’t had any training, I feel the evolution of my voice is solely down to me and my life and my story. I am working towards a degree in music and singing which is helpful for certain things, but otherwise, I’m self-taught and/or born with a decent singing voice. I don’t know what I’d do without the ability to sing or write. I’d probably just scream and put some music to it!

What is one message you would give to your fans?

There is never a “right” time. Don’t wait until your hair grows to a certain length or until your weight is perfect, just dive in the deep end. It’s always best to follow your dreams when you don’t feel ready. The universe admires the courage and will reward you for it. I speak from experience. The perfect time never comes anyway.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

There are just so many! The first artist that comes to mind is Nick Cave. I feel his talents and mine would meld beautifully.

Thank you for speaking with us! For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?

My new album Little Black Book With My Poems In will be ready on 3rd June this year. It’s a concept album about a woman’s journey of vengeance and is greatly inspired by Wild West movies. It’s like a whole movie in itself and I hope I can reach new audiences and move people with it. It’s a collection of songs I’ve written over the years and from them emerged this idea. I have been trying to pin down a sound I recognized in both blues and country music and managed to piece them together to make the sound of the album. I hope there’s an interest in the new album as it means a lot to me. Even if it moves and relates to just one person it would be a huge success to me.

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8 Questions With Dj Acoff

 

What has your musical journey been like? Run us through your story.

I was born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama which is a small country town outside of Birmingham, Alabama. In Bessemer the church plays a prominent role in pretty much everyone’s life. Therefore my musical journey began at a very young age because I was in the Choir along with that my granddad who is also involved in music heavily taught me how to play the guitar. However it wasn’t until I was in college I began taking it serious, I was attending Alabama State University It was during this time that my family was facing hard times which caused me to move closer to home and further my education at Stillman University. While at Stillman University, I received a refund check of $4,000 from Alabama State University on accident and knew I would have to pay it back but I viewed it as an opportunity to change my situation. I gave half the money to my mother and used the other half to invest in DJ equipment because I was already thinking about Djing and I knew it would be an easy way to make some money. I began Djing at clubs and throwing my own parties and was becoming so successful, I decided to move to  Atlanta, Georgia around 2015 because it is the music capital in the United States. While in Atlanta I was attending Clark Atlanta University but eventually decided to drop out because I was becoming so busy with music and did not have time to focus on my studies. I began dropping mixtapes and my first two series were called Brick Homies & The Come Up. I went on to host TTO Kt’s debut mixtape “All I Know” and TC Gambino’s mixtape “Heart”.  Around 2017 I took a step back from Djing and focused more on managing and developing artist through my label “Riche Posse”. However in 2020 I decided to relaunch my career as a DJ and began working with Kshiday of 1017 & Atlantic Records and atlantic records A&R Mario Cummings. In 2020 I also released my debut album “Hometown Heroes” which features Famous Kid Brick, Rayy Dubb, Landlord Lo, TLE Cinco, TSL Fetti, Big Petty, GMF Fatboy, ABC Young’N, Babie Ash, Lil Yos and Zayhendo. I am currently working on an upcoming mixtape series as well and will be releasing my second album soon.

Tell us about your business

My business is called Riche Posse which is an independent record label. We work with and manage artist such as Landlord LO, TSL Fetti, KShiday, RawDawg, ChinoNetProfit, TC Gambino and others and with the Producers Twin Beatz.

You made some significant progress in 2020. How did the Global pandemic affect your career?

The pandemic slowed down certain things because we were unable to go on tour or do shows but it allowed me to take a step back and focus on my music which lead to me releasing my first album “Hometown Heroes” I also was able to network with more people inside of the industry because everyone had to find new and creative ways to move.

How do you decide who goes on what song with who?

Usually I decide who goes on what song with who as soon as I hear a beat, but also will decide in studio sessions based on the vibe. I really enjoy booking studio sessions and inviting multiple different artists to create music because it is a more hands on approach. This also usually leads to the best music in my opinion.

But how do you figure out who would be good collaborating with who?

I have a great ear for music so I usually just know who sounds good with who but other times I will see by just trying the artist out together and seeing if they can catch a vibe in the studio together.

You have relationships with a lot of stars and some of the most powerful people in music. Do you have any keys to maintaining and nurturing big relationships?

The keys to nurturing big relationships is to just be yourself. There is no sense in acting like someone you are not, if you are true to yourself people will usually gravitate towards you. Knowing when to talk and when to listen is also important especially when you are around other stars. The key to maintaining these relationships is simple remain loyal and be honest.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

A few things most people do not know about me is I have 21 siblings, I play the guitar and am a fan of Game of Thrones

You do a million different things. Is there a skill you don’t have that you wish you had?

A skill I wish I had is I wish I understood how to audio engineer and make beats using softwares, however I think I will eventually take the time to learn these skills and believe I will be very good at them

For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?

I guess the only thing left I have to add is to tell folks, if you have a dream chase it. It won’t always be easy and there will be many trials and tribulations, however if you keep pushing and never give up you can achieve anything you put your mind to. The road to success is a long and hard road but the final destination is a beautiful one. Also check out my album “HomeTown Heroes” it is out on all streaming platforms along with my newest music video “Might Be” featuring Famous Kid Brick on Youtube.

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Nolan Is Redefining Progressive and Outspoken Hiphop with His Track “The Hustles Of April 2016”

Upcoming striving artist Nolan has put his feelings, emotions, personality, and vocal ability together through his new hip hop track “The Hustles Of April 2016” dedicated to the people of South Sudan.

The musical arrangement in the tracks is deliberately kept straightforward and groovy in order to highlight the strong bars. The artist is meandering through the tracks with his distinctive vocal sound and diverse rap delivery. There’s some clever use of vocal prompts that adds a layer of melody to the hard-hitting verses. The artist provides a musical story that makes sense and maintains interest.

This track brings together the virtues of thematic remembrance and gives the listener something to appreciate and gain perspective.

The artist comes from West Michigan and has imbibed the strains of East Africa in his artistic assimilations. He works with The Crayfish Tribe Records to make his audience happy and find inspiration in his songs. A dreamer of nature and purpose, the song “The Hustles Of April 2016” demonstrates a musical development that is based on the artist’s wisdom and understanding. His music encourages and motivates everyone to dream big and to believe in their own abilities and potential. The artist is direct in his spontaneous gestures and incorporates a complex and culturally digressive sound landscape. It is every South Sudan’s story just told differently and hence the audience can relate to its thematic deductions. Lyrical enrichment has a direct effect on the record and is an enabling factor in the structuring of the song.

Artist Nolan recognizes the idea of lyrical hip hop and how to prepare for reform in the sense of personal challenges. As a result, his music encourages the community in a way and allows them to realize their dreams. Some of his other songs that push his artistic visions include “Showin,” “Wild,” “Path I walk.” All of these songs and those that are yet to come will collectively broaden his creative canvas to a wide global achievement. Be part of this hip-hop legacy by following him on:

 

 

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Kylan Hayes Gives A Stunning Shape To His Unique Creative Style With His Latest Groovy Album “Inner Standing”

With a deep, sultry voice, Kylan Hayes makes his music enthrallingly enough to get his audience hooked enough to make them his loyal fans. His most recent release, “Inner Standing” is the artist’s biggest contribution to the industry. Blending unique production and vocal experimentation, each track is obviously amazing and beautifully refreshing. Progressing through a range of soundscapes, the artist meanders with his vocal talents and brings some potentially immersive moments to his singing. His melodic vocal tone builds the hook on the track in a fairly unpredictable way.

 

All of his works on the album have been tagged with a mark of professionalism that demonstrates just how important music is to him. His songs show his real life and the feelings that he wants to share. The artist’s eclectic delivery of lyrical rhythm produces quite a hook that attracts listeners. Contemporary warmth in a distant progression helps to put down the artist’s convincing confidence across the songs.

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