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Where Has Real Music Gone ?

We live in an era, where everyone is in competition with everyone else. For the life of me, artists, musicians, producers, have lost their individuality, their flavor. At times, its hard to tell what genre is which, I guess we are creating Universal Music, no pun intended.

When all else failed in life, people had music to turned to for inspiration and motivation. I remember growing up to the greats such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Emotions, Temptations, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, ColdPlay, Earth Wind and Fire, and so many more, these artist wrote and performed what they felt. History has shown us that these artist are legends because today’s producers are sampling from our past but no one is creating our future. The music that plagues our airwaves is a fad and many artist well be successful for a season and then forgotten about.

Every song and every artist had it’s unique identity. Artist today are forced to the computer synchronized beats and auto- tuned processed vocals. As a genuine music lover and musician, music is in a state of emergency. Will the real Artist stand up?

There are very few artist that refuse to sell out to this new waveform of the Music Industry. The artist that provide a message that is positive and give music hope are often not on the shelves of music stores. If you ask any music lover for any genre, they all say the same thing. Where has real music gone?

Due to the evolution of music and DIY market, it makes it hard for real artist music to gain major recognition. Artist no longer have to get their demos into A&R’s hands, its simple a click of mouse and marketing on social media, to generate a buzz. Due to modern technology, it makes “real” music hard to survive. In the past, artist needed record labels for studio musicians, orchestras , producers  and great sound engineers to make a great record. Now all you need is decent audio interface, microphone and DAW system. This DIY model has created a vicious cycle, and left record labels and artist homeless. The supply and demand caters to the consumers who want music right now. Many artist have to look to other branding avenues to make it because of piracy and lack of revenue due to album sales.

Where has real Music Gone?




Makin It Music Play of The Day “Hard Rock Lover” by Prince




HARD ROCK LOVER makes its presence today on Soundcloud, which comes to much surprise due to Prince ‘s complicated relationship with digital media. This new song is simply incredible and is just musically bliss. Lyrics from the song: “Turn my guitar up/ So I can make this scream”. Prince is known for his metaphoric writing and symbolization. He has survived several generations of music and by far is one hellva performer, musician, writer and artist.

This song is definitely very intriguing check it out on the CLOUD.



Apollo Phox ….. Join The Club EP




Apollo Phox hails from Bristol, UK, this beat smith needs no formal introduction, his music speaks for him. With futuristic snappy beats,  jazzy undertones, and vocal cross fades, Apollo Phox brings life back to music. His new EP “Join the Club” expresses creative freedom and pays homage to his surrounding area.

“ Join The Club” is firmly rooted in Instrumental Hip Hop, with classic Boom Bap production and chopped –up samples.  For our youngster’s, Boom Bap came from the early 90’s and was made popular by producers from New York City such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, KRS-One, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Prince Paul, J Dilla and many more. Boom Bap is still prominent in alternative forms of hiphop. When listening to Apollo Phox new EP “Join the Club” it took me back to when music had feeling and its own identity.

The EP pays homage to the film “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk’s, you will hear samples from the film, that pay respect to the surreal nature of the story which influence its creation. Join The Club also features recent single “Arson Meets Monday” with scratchin from DJ Rogue, a stalwart of the Bristol beat scene.

Exclusive Interview with Adaku …….


This songstress hails from the Nation’s Capital Washington, DC. She is no stranger to the music scene, performing throughout the DMV area. Her music speaks a mixture of “dignity and depravity”. She is multi-instrumentalist playing both guitar and piano. Her musical style is a fuse of pop, rock, funk and soul into one. Her vocal texture is “authentic and pure” and refreshing to the listener.

Let’s get up close and personal with Adaku ………

  • So tell us little about yourself, how did you get into music?
    • I was born and raised in Nigeria. I came to the United States at 17 years of age for college. I don’t remember the exact time I got into music. i just know I always loved to hear myself sing ever since I was child. My voice wasn’t always great but I always felt great whenever I burst in melody. I started learning to play the guitar right after undergrad while waiting on grad school decisions. I started graduate school and began posting video  acoustic covers of my favorite songs on youtube. That.That progressed to posting an acoustic version of my own song “Or You Can” on youtube. Everyone seemed to love it. I started working with a producer, Paul Boanton who was interested in making a studio version of “Or You Can”. The studio version of “Or You Can” received even better reception and so we decided to make even more songs.
    • What has been your biggest challenge as independent artist?
      • Biggest Challenge has to be visibility. Getting a wider reach has been a slow process and I am still trying to figure how that should work effectively.
    • What do you think your “biggest break” or”greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?
      • Performing on Live TV was cool. It was my first live TV experience and I hope I have many more.I dont do a good job of balancing because I feel exhausted after a while. Eventually one has to give way for the other.
  • Let’s talk about your Album “Plasma” what are the creative process behind this album” (Production, Lyrical Content)

You know since it was my first time creating an album. I didn’t really have a process. I just had all these ideas that turned into songs and we had to make it work. It felt like I was walking in the dark, stretching my hands trying to hold on to something. Next time around, I think it’ll be much more fun since I have been there done that. I have an idea of what to do and what not to, what is efficient and what is not. Most of the songs started out with guitar chords and lyrics as the foundation and then we built on that.

Let’s talk about your song “Bridges”? (Production, Creative Process) 

Bridges started out as a Whatsapp conversation. My friend who co-wrote two songs on the album (including bridges) sent me a message saying I should write a song about Bridge.  He sent me a line “Love is a bridge where two people meet” and It came to me to complete it with “with so much under they got over”. I immediately imagined two people who hadn’t had the best experiences in love, meeting each other halfway. I was blessed with some great chords for that song. I recorded it on garage band with lyrics and guitar then sent it to the producer, Dapo Torimiro who lives in California.  He transformed my stripped down acoustics into something wonderful. I became even more excited about it. I went to the studio and recorded my vocals over the track and sent it to Dapo for final mixing. and that is how “Bridges” was born.

If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit? (Name Three)…….

I’ll call it alternative soul. The skeleton of it is definitely soul but then you can hear some rock and pop and reggae in there somewhere.


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Where Has Soul Music Gone?

Has music lost its flavor? With majority of music artist striving for mainstream, music has lost its “soul”, its ability to resonate through your mind, body and soul.

There are few artists left who are creating “soul” music, the kind of music that speaks into the inner you that give’s the everyday man or woman hope, inspiration, the sense of “feeling good”.

Soul music derives from cultural phenomenon; it’s everything from cultural struggle to evolution. Soul music isn’t just related to the African –American culture, but can be identified in a number of cultures, regional, ethnics.

We pay homage to artist like Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown to name a few that brought this kind of music to the forefront. Throughout time “Soul” music has been label as the black people’s form of “rock and roll”. When we look at history and we look at where “Soul” music derived from, it was birthed at a time that was very challenging for our culture. “Soul” music was birthed right out of struggle, oppression, segregation, and people needing hope. Its musical elements and textures are similar to common musical forms such as jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, gospel and rock &roll. “Soul” music is a sense of “consciousness”. Soul music is simply what it is, music that touches the soul. Very few artist in today’s media stream, are willing to put their “soul” into the music.