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Interview: Valerie Warntz Shares Insights On Her Musical Journey

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Short haircut, sports, French… Now all of that is the part of Valerie Warntz’s life: a young singer-songwriter from Saint Petersburg. We were lucky enough to talk to her on topics such as: how did she celebrate The New Year, why did she decide to learn French, what does she usually eat, and many more.

Hello, Valerie! It’s such a pleasure for us that your first interview this year is for our website. Tell us please, how did you celebrate The New Year 2021? Do you like this holiday?

— Hello! Thank you for the invitation. I don’t like this celebration as a whole, but I was waiting for The New Year 2021 very much and was so excited. Probably that’s because 2020 was, without any exagerration, extremely tough for me, so I was waiting for it to end: it was going very slowly. In December, I got cheerful New Year mood for the first time in many years. I celebrated amazingly too: on my own. Before that, I treated this as a ‘family holiday’, so I always celebrated wity my family, but this time I decided to make a change and celebrate this way. And, to be honest, it was the best The New Year celebration in my life! I’m very introverted-type person. I love my own company. So yeah, on January 31st I made some dishes, bought a juice, and in the evening put on Christmas and New Year music and just enjoyed it while gazing at the sparkling garlands. After that, I ate a little, watched the president’s speech and fireworks, and went to bed. Without any noise and nerves: especially since I’ve noticed that, before celebrations with somebody, something always went wrong: we quarreled or something. And now everything was perfect!

Sounds interesting. As you’ve mentioned stereotypes: we know that last year you also ruined stereotypes about appearence and cut your long hair off. Tell us why did you decide to do it? Did you regret about it?

— No, I didn’t. At first, it was unusual feeling, cause I used to have long hair since childhood, or, at least, they were longer that shoulders. But I got used to it for around a week, and noticed the benefits right away. I’ve already said many times that, as well as many others, in childhood I was pushed to think like it’s not good for women to do a short haircut, and so on. It seemed like a truth, so I couldn’t even think about cut my hair off before. Honestly, I don’t remember exactly, what really inspired me to go ahead and do it. Probably I started noticing more women with haircut and read their stories about how comfortable and economical it is. Yeah, also I was motivated by the fact that long hair often make working out complicated even with a ponytail, and also, while actively shaking a head, hair is falling out a little, so you have to sweep quite often. You don’t have these problems with a haircut. And honestly, if I knew that before, I would do it in childhood.

As you mentioned sports, our next question is: when and why did you decide to do sports?

— Overall, I used to play volleyball at school, and also used to ride a bycicle and jumprope everyday in summer, in the countryside, til’ I turn 12 years old. It was the only physical activity I did. Now I’m 22 years old, so I haven’t done any sports til’ the quarantine: around a year ago I started doing exercises for arms. Though I was doing it for 2 months and then stopped, because 1) as I said before, 2020 was hard for me, so I didn’t have energy and resourses to continue that time 2) I didn’t have enough motivation. But somehow, in the end of October, I stumbled upon Alexandra Trusova, Russian figure skater. I was impressed by her energy, power and muscules. Of course, there is much more in her, but her muscles shape… I was amazed by how athletic she is, and how strong willpower it takes to reach this, not to mention she is 2x Junior World Champion and is in the Guinness Book of Records! That being said, Alexandra inspired me, so in November I started doing sports and stretching. At first it was very hard and unusual, especially since I started doing it right away. But later I started liking it! Now I really enjoy working out, though stretching is really tough, I still do it regularly and do my best.

Tell us about your day. Do you workout everyday? What do you eat?

— I do strength training on Monday and Thursday, stretching — every other day, cardio — I try to do it everyday, back exercises — Wednesday and Saturday. Overall, that’s how my usual day go: I wake up and lay in bed for around an hour, where I just surf through the Internet. Then, I fill my 1,9 l bottle with water for this day and do 15-min dance cardio. After that, if it’s Monday or Thursday, I do strength workout on legs, then — stretching, then — training on arms and ABS. If it’s not, I do either stretching or back exercises. After that I breakfast: it’s usually either smoothie from banana, vegan milk (I like many), flax seeds, peanut butter and probably some salad/spinach/berries, or oat meal with berries. For dinner and/or supper I prefer soups and pasta with vegan cutles and ketchup or simply with oil and salt. I also like bread with hummus or Japanese tofu pate, or to do vegan fish analog from tofu and nori. Sometimes I please myself with pizza or sushi, but try to follow healthy lifestyle. Back to the topic: after that I usually study French and help foreigners with Russian grammar and pronunciation. Then I work if I have to, or play: usually it’s online billiard, solitaire or cards, or races, or parking and design games. I also like intellectual apps: words, Sudoku, tetris. Sometimes I also do tests about correct stress/emphasis in Russian words and use apps for increasing my English vocabulary. Also, I quite often sing in app Smule!

That’s deep! By the way, you said through your Instagram that this year you are celebrating 8 years of being vegan. Congratulations!

— Thank you!

Of course we can’t escape asking: why did you decide to study French?

— I wanted to learn it a long time ago, since I visited France for the first time and fell in love with this country 9 years ago. From beautiful Paris to small villages: France is a magical country with calm and pleasant atmosphere. I lived in French families and listened to French speech: it’s very beautiful. Before now, just like with sports, I didn’t have enough motivation to start learning this language, and I also didn’t know where to start. But recently I discovered useful stuff and started learning, step by step.

Very cool! By the way, you also posted in Instagram your attempts to ice skate. It must be Alexandra Trusova who inspired you to do it as well?

— Yes. Before that, I was never interested in figure skating, because I saw only pair skating in show «Lednikoviy Period», which my parents used to watch long time ago. Pair skating doesn’t fascinate me, and that time I didn’t know about women’s single skating. But when I watched it, I was amazed by the grace and, at the same time, power of this discipline and skaters, cause you have to have a lot of strength to skate fast and smooth, as well as to do various elements. It’s amazing and inspiring. Of course, Alexandra Trusova is number one for me, but I also like Alyona Kostornaya and 2 juniors: Sofya Akatieva and Sofya Samodelkina. So yeah, I wanted to learn how to roller skate and ice skate too. Now I can do it very slowly, but I have much fun!

That’s amazing, good luck to you! What about music? Do you plan to release something this year?

— I can’t say certainly at the moment. I write new songs when inspiration comes, and think about the concept of the next album. Releasing new music for me is more a spontaneous process: I can release something unexpectedly, just write a song in a day, like «what I needed.» and «Beautiful Places». But now I’m focused on what we’ve discussed earlier.

Ok, thanks, Valerie! We’ll be looking forward to your new music! Good luck and thanks for talking to us!

— Thank you too!

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Gospel music artist Called 2 Repentance delivers “The Good News” of Christ with a captivating and memorable performance.

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Gospel music artist Called 2 Repentance delivers “The Good News” of Christ with a captivating and memorable performance.

Christ’s own disciple who has accepted the call to be used as a vessel for the Lord’s work, Called 2 Repentance, is a Christian artist, singer, songwriter, and rapper from Florida. His songs emanate from a heart of worship as he continues to grow in experience and fan appeal. He aims to use his music to foster positive change, heal, uplift, and inspire God’s people, and win more hearts for Christ. Using his voice, songwriting, and music production to spread the message of Christ, Called 2 Repentance is an artist to watch. He presents the true gospel in a way that resonates with listeners of all ages.

Believing that everyone faces conflicts, both external and internal, as much as the good and the evil in this world, his latest single, “The Good News,” was the perfect way to relay God’s message of reconciliation.

The spiritual war between good and evil is what inspired this song. Here, the proclamation is that the Lord’s goodness always prevails over evil. No matter how much trouble comes, if you’ve built your life on the Rock of Jesus Christ, you cannot be shaken.

The production is lively, featuring a futuristic hip-hop beat that provides a captivating backdrop for Called 2 Repentance’s singing and rapping. The lyrics pertain to breaking chains and freeing yourself from your own prison, with an unforgettable chorus that underscores the song’s message: in Christ, we are indeed born again and all our sins forgiven. He leads and protects us from all evil.

With its meaningful message and stunning production, “The Good News” is an ideal tune for your playlist and one to constantly remind you of Christ’s graciousness.

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When the Streets Called, Hip-Hop Whiz Daraja Hakizimana, Known as $TYLJA, Answered With a Game-Changing Masterpiece, “MVP (Mix 1)”

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When the Streets Called, Hip-Hop Whiz Daraja Hakizimana, Known as $TYLJA, Answered With a Game-Changing Masterpiece, “MVP (Mix 1)”

Painting the intricacies of his own musical canvas with multiple colors is the producer, rapper, songwriter, and singer Daraja Hakizimana aka $TYLJA from Houston, Texas, and a proud member and contributor of “My Block Recordz,” a Houston-based indie label known for transforming the dreams of so many upcoming art creatives into reality. As a producer, Daraja has a knack for creating infectious beats and haunting melodies that tell deep and relatable stories. He released the 12-track album “MVP (Mix 1),” which received critical acclaim, with many applauding his production skills and competency to tell stories with mere beats.

“Shut That Trap” brings life to the beat with its ethereal vocal layers, sirens, and other distinct additions to elevate its appeal to stunning heights. The production fits the right merit for those introspective listening experiences, seeing that it has not been overdone and is still expressive in its own captivating ways. A fine balance has been achieved here between atmospheric appeal and laid-back melodicism.

With “Back To Work,” the stripped back foundation serves as an earworm for anyone listening and serves as an exceptional accompaniment for morning drives to work. The beat feels special and soothes the soul as well as warming the heart.

The song “Practice” gains depth and intensity from the famous quote by Allen Iverson, “I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game” sampled over the exquisite production.

Featuring eye-catching NBA clips, the music video for “Majic” elevates the jam to epic heights as you enjoy the music and get fascinated by the killer moves and dunks being unleashed by the players. This is a music clip that captivates and holds your attention.

Throughout this album, $TYLJA continues to showcase such production excellence with some otherworldly music in “We Outside,” “After The Game,” “Gang Gang,” and “She Needs To Go.”

The collection stands as a work of art, akin to a musical hall of fame (if it exists!)

After the long day you’ve just had, you deserve to listen to some good music, and $TYLJA offers just that with “MVP (Mix 1)”

The streets were calling and this is how Daraja Hakizimana answered the call—think of him as a musical Batman.

Check out the link below, make sure you subscribe to Daraja Hakizimana’s YouTube channel, listen to the album, and let us know how you feel about the music.

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Florida-Based Hip-Hop Maestro Hero Da Kyng’s “Lean On Me” Echoes The Struggles And Triumphs Of Life With Unmatched Lyricism.

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Florida-Based Hip-Hop Maestro Hero Da Kyng's "Lean On Me" Echoes The Struggles And Triumphs Of Life With Unmatched Lyricism.

Based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hero Da Kyng is as versatile as they come, with a strong lyrical flow that can adapt to any mood, vibe, or message. His lyrics are a tapestry of personal triumphs and trials,, delivered with a rawness and authenticity that compel the listener to pay attention and dive deeper into the narrative he weaves with each line. With each new release, Hero Da Kyng delves into the essence of the craft, showcasing an unparalleled pen game marked by masterful, thought-provoking rhymes and intricate flows. His music strips away the excess, focusing on art, confidence, great storytelling, and charisma, capturing the listener with his vivid storytelling and magnetic beats.

Hero Da Kyng has just released his new single “Lean On Me.” With this new tune, he delivers a potent mix of thought-provoking rhymes, exceptional flows, and effortless cadence over a robust hip-hop production. His voice commands attention, weaving through the beat with precision and power.

The performance is direct and genuine, stemming from a place of honesty and raw emotion, showcasing bold lyricism that pulls no punches. The chorus, interspersed with his intellectual flows, is catchy and unforgettable, one that compels a listener to go back to the track and continue playing in the head long after the final notes fade away.

“Lean On Me” is not just any other rap song; this track has some emotional weight, capturing the essence of life’s struggles and hardships that are inevitable as Hero Da Kyng aims to bring hope, integrity, and direction with this jam. At the end of the day, we are so much more than the struggles we endure. Our resilient spirit has always been something we can evoke in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversities, and this is the message being passed through this tune.

Hero Da Kyng’s approach to this track is a reflection of life itself, drawing rich inspiration from his own personal experiences to allow a listener to instantly identify with the jam.

A masterpiece of lyrical substance, infectious beats, and top-notch production, this track is likely to become a staple in your daily listening routine.

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