Posts tagged with "music producer"

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LaJune Performs LIVE!

*360 MAGAZINE Presents @IamLaJune ‘Mind’ LIVE Performance via 360TV on YouTube

Hip-Hop songstress LaJune resurrects with new music YA, off her new project Insecure. Available now at iamlajune.com and all streaming platforms. The follow up to Go girl off her debut EP entitled Body. June’s new track is reminiscent of iconic Timbaland and Neptunes tracks. Ears aroused from the beginning, base transitions crescendo in the background of the melodic hook. A true “Party & Bullshit” vibe, witty and wise with her pen combined with textured tones proves she’s far from insecure.

The title of her 2nd EP takes a glimpse at the structure, mind and soul this new artist is comfortable with exploring. Taking her artistry to the next degree, the first female established into 106 & Park Freestyle Friday hall of fame. No stranger to the stage, showcasing her talents opening for R&B legend Joe, Touch ME Tease ME Case and Grammy-winning singer Chrisette Michele.

Set to release her third EP Mind at the top of the New Year. The follow-up to her Insure EP released summer of 2020. A trilogy of transparency reflecting the mind, body and soul expected of a budding artist. Timing is everything, and at 12:21 am Lajune will release her 2nd video to date entitled “What you got”. 

To commemorate the conjunction of the two largest planets Jupiter X Saturn; in Aquarius on 12/21 which seemingly occurs every 200 years. A representation of the planets appearing to touch. Instigating a new cycle, a shift in power and alignment. A befitting release is relevant to an artist who is aware of herself and her destiny. The visual treatment takes you on a  journey of consciousness and self-reflection. If 2020 ironically hasn’t questioned us what you got? 

Cinematography by Tukes productions and directed by Ameer Copper the visual journey depicts the conflict of the higher and lower self. The duality portrayed with care but not to shy away from the harsh realities. Far from second-guessing, Lajune exudes confidence and strength. The opening scene draws you into Lajune’s environment, digesting the recent televised injustices of African Americans. Sporting custom designs of AOHSOA derived from stylist/designer Armon and beauty provided by Tykima

Her performance scene allows a glimpse of the artist’s personality, overflowing with animation. “Life is for the lesson” is an understatement considering the year, LaJune challenges her audience to be equipped with awareness; encouraging mental health and celebratory culture. Therefore the leap to a higher vibration through her thought-provoking in-your-face lyrical content proves this arises toes no lines. 

Challenging social norms without judgment, the Vh100 podcast host exhibits her acting chops in the interrogation scene with actor Jim Shearer. Be sure to check out the BTS of “What you got “ by Amenze Victor for a closer look at the highly anticipated project and artist who needs no explanation.

About LaJune

Currently, she is the Co-host to VH1’s podcast V100 devoted to discussing Pop culture and more. Stick shifting her career, LaJune navigates the release of a new project and motherhood. A year in the making, time only knows the length it takes a Rose to bloom.

As of late, LaJune teamed up with Armon Hayes for creative direction and visuals shot by artist Tony Anderson. Inspired by her love for the hit HBO series Insecure now in its 4th season staring and created by Issa Rae. Join LaJune on her musical journey, an independent artist who’s talent refuses to be shut-in.

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Alesso x Charlotte Lawrence – The End

Today, Grammy Award-nominated artist Alesso & dark-pop artist/songwriter Charlotte Lawrence share their new single THE END via 10:22pm/Astralwerks. The euphoric yet emotionally raw track was co-written by Alesso, Lawrence, Ali Tamposi and Andrew Watt. THE END matches Alesso’s magnetic and masterful production with a poignant vocal performance from Lawrence. Listen HERE, and watch the performance video HERE.

Equally parts heavy-hearted and effervescent, THE END centers on Alesso’s immaculate sound design, revealing his undeniable pop sensibilities and gift for crafting addictive beats. The song’s bright textures build a brilliant tension with its narrative a detailed story of a toxic romance, beautifully captured in Lawrenceߣs dreamy vocals and gut-punching lyrics (e.g., “Never held my hand so you donߣt have to let it go”).

THE END follows Alesso’s powerfully uplifting single Midnight (feat. Liam Payne), an April release accompanied by a performance video from the duo. In addition to earning praise from Rolling Stone, E!, and People, the track was lauded by the likes of MTV (who called it “the kind of mid-tempo, easy jam that lends itself nicely to big vistas”) and Billboard (who hailed it as “a soaring anthem built on Alesso’s grand-scale production”).

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Sky Rompiendo Nominated for 4 Latin Grammys

Alejandro Ramírez aka Sky Rompiendo, one of the most sought-after urban music producers today, celebrates his 4 nominations at the most important award ceremony in the music industry, the Latin Grammys.

Sky Rompiendo won his first Latin Grammy in 2015 for the production of the song “Ay Vamos” by J Balvin. Then, it didn’t take long for him to win his second golden statuette in 2016, for the production of the album “Energía”, also by J Balvin. Also, he was nominated in the ceremonies of the year 2017, with the song “Mis planes son amarte” interpreted by Juanes, and in 2018 for the album “Vibras” and the song “Downtown”, both by Colombian J Balvin.

The academy announced the nominees for this year’s ceremony. For the 4th time in his artistic career, Sky Rompiendo appears in the prestigious lists in 3 different categories:

Album of the year: “Oasis” J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Album of the year: Colores” J Balvin.

Best urban song: “Rojo” J Balvin.

Recording of the year: “Rojo” J Balvin.

The young transgressor, pioneer and “mastermind” behind the success of J Balvin’s artistic career, has enjoyed professional success from an early age. His ideas, creativity and original sound have earned him the respect of the highest authority on music in Spanish, and his 4 nominations confirm this.

The Latin Grammy ceremony will take place on November 19th and will be broadcast through the screens of the Univisión network, taking into account all health measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

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Kiwi.Tabasco Featured in 360 MAGAZINE

Kiwi.Tabasco Announces Fifth Studio Release, ‘LaCroix n Crunk’

Earlier this week, Kiwi.Tabasco released her fifth studio album, “LaCroix n Crunk.” The cosmic house anthology includes 10 out-of-this-world tracks featuring the futuristic melodies fans expect from her. It’s a sound that she has branded as “cosmic funk.”

“Imagine an alien was chilling at a picnic on the beach,” Kiwi.Tabasco joked, describing the first track, “Vanilla Drop.” “All inspiration has a reference point, and mine happens to be the wonders of outer space. So if these radio waves reach the next dimension, beam me up Scotty.” 

The description is fitting, as her album is very much a sci-fi groove. The transient chords and heart-charging beats are as perfect for the nightlife scene as they are for the next big action feature film. 

Like many other Producer DJs, Kiwi.Tabasco has spent the last few months performing for neighbors from the balcony of her 17th floor Miami apartment and for social media followers. Fans were first introduced to the new music at a live-streamed album release party on Aug. 8. 

“This project is most special to me as it reaffirms my musical voice,” said Kiwi.Tabasco. “I have settled into my style and believe it’s sophisticated and distinguished. Immediately any fan can hear and know this is a Kiwi Beat.”

Kiwi.Tabasco describes herself as a self-taught producer. She released her first album, “X Factor: The Age of Tron” in 2018. Since then she’s performed at Beats on the Beach, Brewdokon at Safety Harbour, and The Warrior Women’s Retreat of Miami. Now she’s setting her sights on the types of artists she’d like to collaborate with in the near future.

“I’m not a rapper but my beats got bars,” she said. “If I were a rapper the flow would in the area of Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Missy Elliot, Red Man and Method Man, Lil Wanye, Kanye or Nicki Minaj. I don’t make beats with room for a chorus – 32 bars straight through. Give me fire round for round.”

In sync with her new album, she’s launched the LaCroix n Crunk Show, a livestreamed DJ set paired with her signature cocktails and home-cooked cuisine. This year also marks the debut of Conversations with Kiwi, a podcast that features her music and comedic musings.

“LaCroix n Crunk” is available now, streaming on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud. Follow Kiwi.Tabasco on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok

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Kem × Toni Braxton

On the heels of KEM’s smash hit Lie to Me which has maintained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for six weeks in a row, the R&B superstar releases his new single, Live Out Your Love featuring the iconic Toni Braxton. KEM’s signature silky vocals give way to Braxton’s rich, sultry sound on the track, which is from his upcoming album, LOVE ALWAYS WINS (Motown), set for release on August 28. The two artists co-wrote the song and KEM produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen. 

The collaboration was sparked last year when Braxton extended an invitation for KEM to perform at her Valentine’s Day concert in Detroit. My wife and I went to Toni’s show at the Fox Theatre, recalls KEM. She called me up onstage to sing with her and it was an incredible moment.

While working on his new album, KEM began to envision Live Out Your Love as a duet and asked Braxton to join him. Due to COVID-19, they couldn’t record in the same room. When Braxton sent her vocal to KEM, he was blown away. I loved the way she recorded, the texture of her voice, he says. The pairing of our voices was just amazing.

The pre-order for LOVE ALWAYS WINS launched today. Fans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive Lie to Me and Live Out Your Love. As a special treat to fans, merch will be available at www.musicbykem.com

Essence said, KEM knows just how to make anyone believe in love, fall in love and sing about love. Praising the smooth and sexy Lie to Me, Billboard observed, The body-swaying mid-tempo number perfectly captures the relatable themes of unconditional love and devotion. Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart in nine short weeks, Lie to Me is the fastest-rising of KEM’s six chart-topping singles, which include It’s You, Love Calls, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Why Would You Stay? and Nobody. KEM co-wrote Lie to Me with Anthony Hamilton, Salam Remi, and James Poyser and produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen.

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is the follow-up to KEM’s 2014 album, PROMISE TO LOVE, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, becoming his third consecutive top five album on the tally. PROMISE TO LOVE contained the hit singles Nobody and It’s You, which each spent multiple weeks atop the Urban Adult Contemporary radio charts. Nobody earned KEM his third GRAMMY nomination.

The internationally renowned R&B singer/songwriter has to his credit: one Platinum album (KEM: ALBUM II), two Gold albums (KEMISTRY and INTIMACY), three GRAMMY nominations and six No. 1 singles. In addition, KEM has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, two Soul Train Awards and a BET Centric Award. In 2012, KEM founded Mack & Third, Inc., a Michigan domestic non-profit organization that provides funding to humanitarian aid organizations related to: homelessness; hunger; substance abuse; domestic violence; natural disasters; education, etc.

Toni Braxton is the legendary, multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time GRAMMY Award-winner behind timeless hits such as Love Shoulda Brought You Home, Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again, Seven Whole Days, He Was’t Man Enough and Un-Break My Heart. The official video for Un-Break My Heart recently broke 500 million views on YouTube. The multi-talented singer/songwriter has expanded her skill set along the way to include music producer, Broadway musical star, television actress/producer and best-selling author. She also devotes time as spokesperson for Lupus L.A. and Autism Speaks.

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TURBO – HEART STOP

A truly original and fearless artist, Calgary-bred, singer, songwriter and producer Turbo, combines the gritty authenticity of outlaw country with hard-hitting hip-hop inspired beats and rhymes on his debut single “Heart Stop,” released earlier this month. Today, he follows up the single’s breakthrough success with an accompanying music video.  

Filmed at Ghost Lake in Alberta, Canada, he invites viewers onto “Turbo’s Ranch.” Featuring sports cars, horseback riding, smoking and drinking, Turbo tells the story of his own fantasy life: living fast, falling in love, and flaunting it all.  

Featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday US and New Music Friday CanadaWild CountryFresh Finds: Country, and Next from Nashville, Turbo’s debut single “Heart Stop” was heralded by rising artist blog, Ones to Watch, as the artist “proving country/hip hop [crossovers] are more than a passing fad.”   

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE    

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LIL JON DROPS NEW TRACK ON IG LIVE

As Skam Artist’s Lil Jon performed a virtual DJ set, music artists Ludacris and Usher joined him to celebrate their new track ‘Sexbeat’ (written by Jermaine Dupri) with an Instagram Live. 

Cyber partying, a common Quarantine activity, has taken over the internet these days. One night to particularly note was on Wednesday, April 9, 2020 when Lil Jon, Usher, and Ludacris joined Instagram Live to party, laugh, reminisce and promote their newest hit single: Sexbeat. Sexbeat, which dropped officially on April 9 at 12:00AM. It was previewed during the cyber rager with Lil Jon on the DJ turntables, drinks in hand, and people applauding the new hit virtually with the hip hop and R&B community coming together to support the artists through the comfort of their own homes. With well over 20,000 people tuned in, thousands of comments, likes and shoutouts were given to Lil Jon. Lil Jon mixed it up and played some of his hit classics, such as Lovers & Friends. Other artists such as Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa tuned in as well, joining the virtual DJ set, and leaving humorous and/or supportive comments to their fellow artist friends. 

(Photo courtesy of Instagram)

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OCASO 2020

“Be prepared to be teleported into a quantum realm of whimsicality.”360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery × Sam Berman

At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet. 

What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat. 

Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.

Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.

A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.

Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all. 

The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list. 

Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into. 

For additional information visit Ocaso Festival.

Local Guide

Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.

If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:

Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.

Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.

STREAM “ANTHEM” FT BONN

Nineteen-year-old producer Connor Bvrns has a smash of a debut single on his hands. Fittingly titled “Anthem,” it’s a forward-thinking dance production with BONN, the transcendent vocalist known for his collaborations with Avicii, Martin Garrix and Axwell & Ingrosso.
 
CONNOR BVRNS recently toured with Jauz, performing at shows in 19 different cities in the USA and Canada.

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OCASO UNDERGROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FOOD × ART EXPERIENCES AS PART OF DAILY ACTIVITIES

International Chefs and Artists to Showcase Their Talents Every Night at La Senda Resort

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com), is returning to Costa Rica for the fourth year in a row and announced today all new food and art experiences for ticket holders to enjoy every night January 9th – the 13th at the La Senda Retreat (www.LaSendaCostaRica.com), in Tamarindo, CR.  

Healthy food and lifestyles have always been pillars of the Ocaso Festival mantra, and as such a very special nightly international food experience has been added to the festivities.  Under the direction of Costa Rican Chef Pablo Bonilla – of Sikwa and Francisca and recently written about in Forbes and National Geographic, will be leading a team of chefs from Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador and the US. Each day, one international chef will be teamed up with some of Costa Rica’s best local chefs to provide a unique culinary experience each day of the festival.  A rundown of the chefs is as follows:

Guest chefs 

Ariel Millaman (Chile) 

Cesar Zapata (Colombia/USA)

Gabriela Guaimare (Venezuela/Spain)

Mauricio Barbón (El Salvador/Peru) 

Néstor Sical (Guatemala) 

Pablo Díaz (Guatemala) 

Stephanie Bonnin (Colombia/USA)

Local Chefs

Andres Sandoval (El Gallo Rojo, CR) 

Diego Hernández (Sikwa/Francisca, CR) 

Gilberto Briceño (Las Catalinas, CR) 

Hugo Gutiérrez (Cala Luna/La Senda, Mexico/CR)

María Elena Espinosa (Guaitil, CR)

In addition to the dishes of our visiting chefs, Bonilla will also be teaming up with Maikol Acuña, executive chef of Alma de Amón in San Jose, to provide a solid menu of regional street food that festival-goers can sample each day of Ocaso. 

“In keeping with the culture and mission of Ocaso, we want all of our food to be locally sourced, organic, and purchased from sustainable farms,” stated Bonilla. “Our amazing international chefs will be displaying ancestral techniques in the preparation of their dishes. In striving to show respect for their local cuisine, it is important for us to provide them with the best products available – and to us that means organic and sustainable.”

Ocaso will also be taking over the kitchen at the Best Western Vista Villas where a daily menu of healthy breakfast, lunch and smoothies will be available. 

Furthering the vision of a holistic festival will be a group of international artists from the US and Costa Rica who will share their art during live painting exhibitions at the festival grounds from 11pm-2am every night.  Featured, internationally acclaimed Artists will include Brendan Cooney, Dan Buell, Diego Fournier, Hector Gordillo, Joseph Navarro, Marjorie Meplón, Sam Flores and Telopa Treloky.

Ocaso has quickly grown into a cornerstone in the world of underground electronic music festivals and this year will present major performers including 2019 DJ Award Winner for Melodic House and Techno Maceo Plex, 2019 DJ Award Breakthrough Artist winner Artbat,  Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, and Shiba San.  Hosted on the iconic La Senda retreat grounds, festival goers will be treated to a mystical journey through Costa Rican beaches and jungles, all while experiencing an unforgettable week of transcendent music where DJ’s and fans from around the world can meld together to partake in the incredible energies of the land.

Shuttle service to La Senda will be provided from the official host hotel of the festival, Best Western Tamarindo each day starting at 5pm and will return trips will be available until 30 minutes after each night ends.  Shuttles cost one token each way. Tokens for shuttles, concessions and more can be purchased at will-call which will be located poolside at Best Western every day from 11am – 2am, as well as on-site at La Senda. With intermittent wifi at La Senda, festival runners strongly recommend purchasing tokens at the Best Western before traveling to the main event venue.  

For more information, DJ line-ups, tickets, and more visit www.OcasoFestival.com, and follow them on Instagram @OcasoFestival and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ocasofestival/. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.tixr.com/groups/ocaso/events/ocaso-underground-music-festival-16719

About Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com

Ocaso Festival is an underground electronic music festival in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A destination festival, Ocaso is one of the most unique festivals in the world.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the festival promotes a single-stage experience, having only one performance at a time. Set in Tamarindo, Ocaso’s home base is a surfing paradise, known for good vibes and a bourgeoning electronic music scene.