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Get Busy With Boston Based Bands

From Aerosmith to the Pixies to Passion Pit, Boston has seen it all. Home to a handful of the most influential music schools in the country, the city has a vibrant music scene. Looking for exciting indoor activities to keep you warm this winter? We encourage you to check out one of these bands.

The Q-Tip Bandits

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Photo by Holy Smokes Photography

Formed in early 2018,The Q Tip Bandits are already making a name for themselves, having spent the summer touring the east coast and beyond. Home for them is Boston, as both singer, Leo Son, and bassist, Claire Davis are students at Berklee College of Music. Drawing inspiration from rock, R&B and funk, they are singer-songwriters with a twist.

Their music is complex and compelling, without doing things simply to show off; everything is told with purpose. Their songs are driven instrumentally as much as they are driven lyrically, giving them their signature warm, rich sound.  Their charisma will draw you in during their live performances, keeping you dancing along with them for the whole show.

Check them out on their website or via Soundcloud


 Photo by Omari Spears

Photo by Omari Spears

Butch Baby

Butch Baby is post-punk queer rock band featuring a baritone sax in its line up. Witty, unique and unapologetic, their debut EP, Stoned Butch Blues, features the songs TERF Bangs and Running into Your Mom at an AA meeting. With shows around Boston, their performances are high energy, dynamic and stand out from other rock bands due to their catchy songs and exceptional instrumentation.

They play an active role in the Boston LGBT community and are very vocal in their shows about their support and love for their fellow trans siblings, even performing benefit shows for trans charities. Socially aware yet uninhibited, Butch Baby is one of the most uncommon and spectacular bands in the Boston scene right now.

Check them out on Bandcamp


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Saint Lune

Since their creation in the fall of 2017, Saint Lune has taken Boston by storm. Referencing the sound of Delta Sleep, Paramore and CHON, Saint Lune aptly describes themselves as “melodic mathcore”. They experiment with rhythm while still keeping their songs highly vocally driven, appealing both to fans of the genre and those who would not typically listen.

They are high energy with a full-bodied sound, each of their highly dynamic songs taking you on a musical journey. Their first album, Cope, featuring the song, Rocket, the Imaginary Dog, is out now.

Check them out on their website or on Spotify


 Photo by Kaya Blaze

Photo by Kaya Blaze

Sweet Petunia

Singer-songwriter duo, Sweet Petunia, is our generation’s Indigo Girls. Self- described as “loud angry queer women singing folk Americana songs” their songs are self-aware, frequently politically and socially conscious.

They regularly perform around Boston, winning over audiences with their musical chemistry. Mellow and sweet, their songs are carried by their intricate harmonies. Listening to them, it is easy to get wrapped up in their serene sound and never want it to end. Fortunately their self titled EP has been released. It is currently available on their Bandcamp will soon be released to all major streaming services.

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By: Adrienne Schoenfeld

Boston Poetry Slam

Poetry is one of the many art forms that allows people to creatively express themselves on life experiences without judgment. This artistic outlet builds deep connections between speakers and listeners and can spark communication in our community.

As an organization, Boston Poetry Slam creates a safe space for individuals and artists to make powerful declarations of their thoughts and opinions ranging from any subject. They host a show every Wednesday night at The Cantab Lounge in Central Square. They also hold a generative poetry or performance workshop once a month in which the feature of that week presents a writing prompt and allows the audience an opportunity to share afterwards.

Cassandra de Alba has been a part of this community since she was eighteen years old, driving two hours each way to attend their weekly shows. Over ten years later, she has found a way to give back by serving as a co-host and co-booker. During our interview, she touched on how the foundation’s audience ranges from young Emerson College students (specifically Theater majors) to older adults who have been attending for a long time that “grew up with this community.”

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Photo by: Marshall Goff

Cassandra noted that more and more trans people have felt comfortable sharing their work in front of audiences. In addition, over the last few years she has particularly noticed an increase in the number of women who speak for the open-mic; it’s no longer male dominated. Even though there’s a “crowd of regulars,” Boston Poetry Slam welcomes first timers every week

The subjects poetry explores are extremely inclusive and expansive. Cassandra notes, “It’s really for them.

I think a lot of people get taught that a poem is a puzzle they have to figure out or something… But like poetry is something that can be a part of your life and I hope they would get that from the show.”

Poetry encourages intimate relationships and opens communication among people who have gone through similar circumstances or traumas.

“I think honestly it’s… feeling less alone. And having a new language to share those feelings.”

Cassandra hopes that the organization continues to bring poetry to audiences and that more people “who are maybe unsure if poetry is for them come up and share for the first time.” The unique natures of poetry slams are that they give anyone the chance to channel their emotions and experiences into an impassioned monologue. One of the greatest gifts that Boston Poetry Slam grants the artist is the freedom to share their most minor or most significant life experience, without fear of rejection. They provide individuals the ability to craft their thoughts and emotions into palpable and powerful art.


How To Be An Ally To Survivors of Sexual Violence

The nation watched with bated breath on 09/27/18 as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate, accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Her composure and patience during her testimony juxtaposed his emotional and vague responses. Yet on October 6th, Kavanaugh was sworn into the Supreme Court. It felt like history repeating itself, echoing Anita Hill’s similar case in 1991.

In times like these, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated despite the progress of movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp. However, we can still make a difference by becoming allies to survivors of sexual violence. Make a difference in your own community by educating yourself, showing support for survivors and taking action in your day to day life.

Educate Yourself

In recent years, the #MeToo movement has encouraged many survivors to step forward and share their stories. Pay attention to the stories survivors are coming forward and sharing.

Listen to them, show support and learn the patterns of macroaggressions that perpetuate rape culture in our society.

If you are in a position of privilege, use it! Something as small as retweeting a person’s story and showing your support can make a difference.

Most recently, Time’s Up has been highlighting rape culture in Hollywood. Hollywood is a highly public industry that deserves scrutiny, but that doesn’t mean your own industry does not have its own Weinstein. Through education, people will be more prepared to take action as an ally in your own community.

Support Survivors

Let people know that you are a confidential ear. When someone feels comfortable enough to forward and share their story with you, keep the focus of the conversation on them. Each survivor will have their own ways of coping, so refrain from posing scrutinizing or invasive questions.

Respect the survivors boundaries without giving advice, explanations and safety tips. Advocate and survivor of sexual assault, Jasbina Masir, cautions us what NOT to tell a survivor:

“they are handling their assault in the wrong way; that is absolutely not up to you.”

Avoid playing the devil’s advocate or victim-blaming as this further normalizes rape culture.

Take Action

Once you have educated yourself, you are ready to take action and make a change in your community. For too long, sexual assault has been considered a ‘women’s issue’ but assault affects all genders. To create change, we must all be active in changing the culture.

If it is safe for you to point out microaggressions, do so. Don’t laugh at a friend’s rape joke, call them out for it! Take opportunities to educate your friends and colleagues to create a safe environment for everyone. Change is possible.

 
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If you or a loved one needs support, please contact the RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) for the confidential aid of a trained staff member.

By: Adrienne Schoenfeld

Mel Chanté

Poet, Artist, Positivity Blogger

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As soon as Mel took the stage during a Sofar Sounds show in Brooklyn, there was an indescribable calm that came over the room. Her confidence, poise and powerful words left me wanting to know more about the Boston-native creator. We met at a coffee shop in Bushwick to talk about her art and inspirations.

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Mel grew up in Boston and attended Bentley University where she got a business degree. That being said, she was raised in a very creative family. Her dad was a multi-talented poet, singer, and bassist who introduced Mel to music and poetry. Her mother would always sing around the house and in a choir and speak about the power of words. With this background, it was inevitable that Mel got involved with the arts.

Mel draws inspiration from many artists including Maya Angelou, J Cole and Lauryn Hill. After performing her poetry at an event in Brooklyn, Mel decided to move to NYC to pursue her dreams.

I just always wanted to move to New York. It was something on my bucket list.
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Mel is one of the most well-rounded creative people I've ever met. During our conversation she talked about her interest in marketing, blogging, poetry, music, visual arts and pretty much anything creative. She is passionate about encouraging others to find out who they really are and practicing self-love every day. This manifested into an affirmation-based Instagram page called, Vow to Self. Mel wants this page to create a community collective that nurtures self-worth through affirmations.


I say I’m a poet. I say I’m a creator. Just believe that you’re limitless, and even if you say you’re a poet that doesn’t mean you only have to do poetry. You can still just create. Get outside of yourself and just create what you feel.

Mel's next creative pursuit is combining her poetry with a visual component. Her poetry is already very captivating and powerful, so it only makes sense that she take it to the next level by incorporating visuals. She's working towards creating a visual EP that features her poetry. Mel created a short film for her poem, 'To My Future Husband' that captures the essence of self-discovery and giving yourself to another person.

Check out Mel Chanté's latest release called 'Born 2 Love' and don't forget to give her a follow on Facebook and Instagram. We love supporting independent artists and you should too!

By: Tori Leche

A fresh perspective with Phé

23 year old independent artist, Phé, moved to the West Coast in June 2017 to make her mark in the heart of the entertainment industry. We took the opportunity to learn about her newest single, her role as a songwriter in society and what’s next, during an interview.

Born and raised in Vancouver, undergrad in Boston and now living and pursuing music in LA - where’s home?

With LA being the hub of the music and entertainment industry, Phé now calls it home. 

"There is always a session to be had and always something to do and learn."
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Photo by: Ramzey Staples

A working musicians dream, she rates the music scene in LA 10/10.

What role does an artist/songwriter have in society?

“Artists express the mindset of the people.”

Phe believes we are in a transition period, where people feel as though they no longer have to hide who they are... that we are getting back to a place of openly exploring self, authenticity and spirituality.

“And I think musicians and songwriters have played a really big role in starting that.”

How does your work comment on current social or political issues?

Growing up as a biracial woman in Canada, Phé acknowledges the differences of the political and social climates of the two countries. Now having lived in America for 5 years, she is trying to figure out how to use her voice in a way that is real for her and her listeners.

I don’t want to just say something to say something. I want my voice to be authentic and I want to be apart of the change.

Through her music, she puts emphasis on exploring vulnerability. She wants to kick stereotypes like the idea that ‘boys don’t cry’ to the curb and hopes her music will help people understand that,

"We are all just human."
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Have you ever had to sacrifice your creative control for an opportunity that would advance your career?

Phe says that she has never had to sacrifice her creative control, and hopes to never have to. She’s not in this industry to be famous, meet famous people or do cool things. 

“I’m in this to make music, connect with people and create a community.” 

“I’m not perfect. I’m human. I’m just like you.”

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How has your artistic identity evolved since you first became “Phé”?

“I feel like I don’t have to be afraid anymore.”

The singer-songwriter says her move to LA gave her the opportunity to ask herself three imperative questions: 

  1. What do I want?

  2. What’s my plan?

  3. What am I working towards?

As she grows as a person, her artistry is evolving alongside of her. Although the music industry is ever-changing, her values and who she is remain the same. 

"I'm an artist. I'm Phé and this is what I do."

Her upcoming EP “Crisis” is expected to drop Fall 2018. It talks about her first time falling in love and takes us through the beginning, middle and end of that relationship with a final song to mark moving on.

This EP will include her newest release (available on all platforms), “Feel You”. And with over 45k streams on SoundCloud, Phé's debut single “Incredible” will also be featured. Needless to say, this EP will satisfy all your R&B and Urban Pop needs for the remainder of 2018, and the whole of 2019.


Keep up to date with Phe on Facebook and Instagram. To see all the work she’s done over the years, visit her website.

By: Grace Gilbert-Walters

    JSJ Woman Power

    A playlist full of bad bass babes, does it get any better than that? We've gathered everything from rap goddess Cardi B to up-and-coming electro-pop queen ESS SEE. Put this on any time you want to celebrate women (which should be everyday, duh)! Oh and while you're at it, follow us on Spotify!

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    Playlist + Artwork by Tori Leche

    How to Fight Family Separation No Matter Where or Who You Are

    It’s easy to hear the news and feel helpless. On Tuesday, June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor 5-4 of Trump’s travel ban of Muslim-majority countries on the basis of national security. As Becca Heller, director and co-founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project, says, "this will only embolden Trump  to discriminate against everyone his administration [he] deems undesirable, as we have seen in recent weeks,”. However, there are still ways we can all get involved to help to help restore justice,

    Show Up, Volunteer, and Protest

    You can volunteer for organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project if you have paralegal or legal assistant experience (they’re actively looking for “volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche”). Just in case you don’t have a JD to practice law, you can still volunteer your time. Families Belong Together is hosting rallies all over the country on Saturday, June 30; you can find a rally near you or create one to get involved.  

     RSVP here for Boston's rally Saturday, June 30 at 11am. 

    Boston’s rally is happening on Saturday, June 30 at 11am in City Hall Plaza. We'll see you there!

    Call Your (local) Representatives

    Over the last couple of years, the trend to call local representatives has been strong. It’s a small gesture with an impact that goes a long way. You can easily find the numbers to call here. There is a great call script provided by Indivisible based on the type of government official and the party they are affiliated with.

    Support Nonprofit Organizations

    If you are willing to give but don’t know where to start, there is an easy way to help. ActBlue is a nonprofit fundraising platform to help campaigns and organizations connect with new and existing grassroots donors. They have a list of organizations that you can donate to collectively or you can browse the list and see if there is a specific group you choose to support. All of them are great organizations working on the front lines to protect children and families from ICE.

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    Pay Attention

    Sometimes, the first thing you want to do is turn off the TV or shut down your devices when the news appears. It can be overwhelming and it’s important to make sure you take care of yourself in an era of tumultuous politics. That being said, choosing to be ignorant is a privilege that children are being denied. One of most important and valuable things you can do is pay attention. Listen intelligently and with purpose. Follow news sources you find reliable and fact check them, always. Talk about it with your friends and families; encourage them to do the same. And do not give up.


    A Night of Live Music to Eradicate Silence

    This April we collaborated with Berklee College of Music and Berklee’s Bridge the Gap club to put on an incredible live show in support of Time’s Up.

    Founded on January 1st 2018, Time’s Up is a movement against sexual assault and was created by women in the entertainment industry, both nationally and internationally. As many of our creators on the JSJ Events crew work within, and are passionate about the entertainment industry, we knew we had to be a part of the voice for change.

     
    Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

    Miette Hope 

    Miette Hope, 21 year old singer-songwriter,opened the show and captivated the audience with her personal lyrics and infectious melodies... She performed some of her more popular tunes, “Spring” and “My Love” and her solo performance broke down the barrier that is created between a full band and the audience. Miette sang new material that we didn’t know we needed until she started singing; in the spirit of celebrating and empowering women, Miette performed her acoustic arrangement of Beyonce’s “Halo” and left us speechless. Miette’s energy moved, grooved, and swayed the crowd; she set the atmosphere for the rest of the evening.

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    Photo By: Johnny Amadeo


    The major take-home-stats the audience were presented with include, but are not limited to:

    “1 in 3 women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work. 71% of those women said they did not report it.”
     
    “More than one-third of the world’s countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work - leaving nearly 235 million working women vulnerable in the workplace.”
     
    “Nearly 50% of men think women are well-represented in leadership in companies where only one in ten senior leaders is a woman.”

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    Photo By: Johnny Amadeo

    After intermission we welcomed Claire Bryant and The Babes and their electric performance of original music. Claire’s most recent single, “Thank U (4 The Jacket)” was a bold statement that fit perfectly with the theme of the evening and had the audience singing along by the second chorus. Her band, The Babes, were so locked-in that at one point during their set, I thought they must’ve been playing to a track (spoiler: they weren’t… they’re just that good). We danced, we sang and we laughed - Claire Bryant and The Babes were there to let us know that Time, is really Up now.


    We put on this event not only to raise money, but to raise awareness of the ongoing campaign to end sexual assault in the workplace. On behalf of JSJ Events, we want to thank everyone who came out to support the cause and who made the atmosphere as fun, welcoming and inspiring as it was. Huge shout out to Berklee College of Music, Bridge the Gap, and all of the artists who brought this event to life.

    To donate to the Time’s Up Now Legal Defense Fund, click here.


    To keep up with JSJ Events, like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

     

    By: Grace Gilbert-Walters

    JSJ Jams

    Ever wonder what type of music we listen to? Check out this playlist for some tunes the JSJ Events crew has been jamming lately. We've got everything from R&B goddess SZA to indie pop newcomer Zach Benson. Be sure to follow our Spotify page and share this playlist with your friends! Enjoy!

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    Artwork by Tori Leche

    Miette Hope

    We sat down with Miette Hope to talk about her creative process, rejection and her biggest goals.

    Our Society and Miette’s Tips for Young Female Musicians

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     Photo By: Robyn Walsh

    Miette believes the most impressive thing about a woman is when she is comfortable in her own skin. Having plenty of experience working with male producers in the studio, she says her biggest tip is knowing,

    “You don’t have anything to prove.” 


    When asked what aspect of our society she would change through her work, Miette shared some of her two most crucial values as a person and an artist: honesty and transparency. She hopes that if her followers can see how truly vulnerable she is in both her songwriting and live performance, they will feel more inclined to open up too.

    “I think we can all get along better if we recognize that everyone is suffering.”

    With this, her mission is to eliminate the idea that we are all separate from one another,

    “Yes we may all have different paths but if we’re not connecting with each other, I don’t think we’re going to be able to accomplish our goals”.
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    Photo By: Steven Gindler

    When One Door Closes…

    Rejection is part of the process of becoming a successful artist. Miette’s thoughts on rejection are that they shouldn’t slow you down, but propel you forward. “Art is completely subjective… it’s about the perspective you can see rejection from and to try to recognize the purpose in it” She described her experience with rejection as stifling, but that it has allowed her to create some of her best work.

    The Impact of Social Media

    Miette believes the impact social media has had on her work is both positive and a way to make sure she keeps her most authentic self in check. With over 21k followers on Instagram, she regularly livestreams rehearsals and gigs and shares song ideas on her Instagram story. Her willingness to share her craft gives her the opportunity to get instant feedback from her followers. It’s also her way of figuring out what people are responding to, before she even starts recording. 

    “Sometimes I feel like I’m creating just for the purpose of sharing it, instead of just creating for myself… I want to be able to create organically without the idea that I’m going to share it with people”.

    The way she does this is by turning off her phone and spending some quality time with her guitar and loop pedal. For Miette, social media allows her to not only share her music, but connect with her fans and share what she represents as an artist.

    "Art is completely subjective… it’s about the perspective you can see rejection from and to try to recognize the purpose in it."
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    Photo By: Matt Chmielarczy

    Miette’s End Goal

    Since change is inevitable, Miette has taught us to set active goals rather than long term goals. Miette will set short-term goals (i.e. opening up for her favorite artist coming to Boston) and manifest that by telling everyone. Even if it isn’t locked in, she brings it to fruition just by talking about it. “My biggest goal is to be an independent artist” with this intention in mind, she plans to do everything she can to see how far she can take it without a label.

     

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    Photo By: Merrick Winter

    All About That Bass

    Miette attributes her songwriting to the bass lines that run through her head from day to night. If it’s not a bass line, it’s a lyric line, or sometimes, an entire section of a song. She will pull out the Notes app in her iPhone, her loop pedal, or any instrument she is closest to. Whatever inspiration comes to her in that moment, she doesn’t give herself a filter and let’s the inspiration make its way into a song, “...as soon as I have a groove locked in, I know what the song should be about.”

    Collaborations & Trevin Kraus

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    Photo to the right by: Spencer Reintges 

    Miette’s most recent collaboration is with electronic producer Trevin Kraus on their hit single, “Can’t Hold It Against You”. Miette says this partnership is refreshing because they are able to learn from each other.

    She expressed that their work flow is the key component of their collaboration, Miette will add a synth line while Trevin will suggest the perfect lyric. Her advice to someone who might be afraid to co-write is to break the ice. “What you’re getting out of a collaboration is something you’d never be able to get by yourself”.

    You can find their most recent collaboration, “Can’t Hold It Against You” here.

     

    By: Grace Gilbert-Walters

    Tunes to keep You warm

    For this holiday season we put together a collection of songs that will keep you warm and cozy through the harsh weather. We've had such a great year filled with the most incredible music, here are some our favorites to wrap up the year. From Rap to RnB to Singer-Songwriter, there is something for everyone here!

     
     
     

    #1HappyHoliday -DRAM  

    We're kicking off this holiday playlist with the ever playful and fun, DRAM. As part of a three-song christmas EP here is our favorite track off the collection that will start your christmas celebrations the right way. 

    Here is the rest of the EP.


    Focus -H.E.R

     If you plan on staying indoors then all you need is H.E.R to keep you warm. Focus is H.E.R at her best! Her smooth and sultry vocals perfectly complements the thick and modern production. Check out the rest of the songs off her self-titled 2017 release.

    Check out the rest of the album here. 


    Juke Jam -Chance The Rapper(feat.Justin Bieber)

    This song simply makes us feel the love! Check out Juke Jam off of Chance's latest release 'Coloring Book'.

    We suggest taking a shot every time Justin Bieber says baby, maybe and crazy. You'll thank us later :) 

     


    This Christmas (Spotify Sessions) -Lalah Hathaway

    Here we have classic Lalah Hathaway. As usual its easy to forget that this is actually a live performance since her vocal execution is spot one and  ridiculously accurate. If this is your first time hearing her then you are in for a real treat! Check out her latest release that came out earlier this year, "Honestly". 

     


    Easily -Bruno Major

    Bruno Major is one of our favorite upcoming singer-songwriters. The simplicity in his songwriting takes us back to a time when all song needed was a tight back-beat and sincere lyrics. This is Major's most honest-self being laid out on this track. Truly phenomenal! Check out his touring schedule for 2018 here.  

    Check out the rest of the album here. 

     


    While We're Young -Jhene Aiko

    Anyone who keeps up with RnB has heard of this woman right here! While only active for a few years she has established her self as a heavyweight among the genre with her slick melodies, sensual lyrics and polished production. Check out her psychedelic inspired record "Trip", that came out earlier this year to critical acclaim.  

    Find the rest of the work here.  


    See You Again -Tyler, The Creator

    No one can make us laugh, groove and cry all at the same time like Tyler, The Creator. Check out this sincere track off his latest album, "Flower Boy". This track gives us a wholesome taste of what to expect from the rest of the record. Fat beats, artistic/avant-garde sections and Tyler's well-known flow.  

    Listen to the entire release here


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    The Weekend -SZA

    Its really hard not to fall in love with SZA. From the first time we heard her we've been obsessed with her music. Sensual lyrics and vocal delivery, her tracks are oozing with emotion and vibe. Don't miss out on this! 

    Check out the rest of the release here


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    Pineapple Skies -Miguel

    This LA-based singer-songwriter and producer has been dropping killer tracks from day one. The San Pedro native came out with his fourth studio album, "War & Leisure" earlier this year. Here is our favorite track of the record, Pineapple Skies.

    Check out his discography and tour dates here


    Don't Don't Do It! -N.E.R.D(feat.Kendrick Lamar)

    We have been in love with N.E.R.D since "In Search Of..." and when we heard that they came out with a new record we didn't take an extra second to give it a listen. Check out the single off the album featuring the always on point, Kendrick Lamar. 

    Listen to the rest of the album here. 


    Christmas In Harlem -Kanye West

    We had to throw in at least one throw back track in this list. Check out this Christmas vibe back from 2010 featuring Cyhi Da Prynce and Teyana Taylor. 

    Check out Kanye's latest record here.  

     


    Sober -Childish Gambino

    Check out the single off of Gambino's EP Kauai. This track is a great representation of the Gambino sound. The playful and driving back beat is well complemented by his detailed top line and melodic approach, something weve come to expect form the Redbone singer. 

    Listen to the full EP here. 

    Giving Tuesday: Five BOS/CAM Charities That We Love

    It's Giving Tuesday, our favorite time of the year! Here are some of the charities that we love supporting in Boston and Cambridge. If any of these charities stand out to you, press "share the love" found at the bottom of each feature. Happy giving to all <3  


    1)                                                        FamilyAid Boston

     

    Each year, JSJ Events hosts a clothing and item goods drive for FamilyaAid Boston. This is by far the best organization to donate clothing to if you're in the BOS/CAM area, as it gives the clothes directly to the hands of those most in need. Here's a break down of some of the work they do for underserved families in our neighborhood.  

    • "Prevention services to help families who are at risk of becoming homeless stay in their homes.
    • Shelter for families in crisis and without a place to live. In partnership with the City of Boston, we are the only agency in Massachusetts providing 24/7 emergency shelter to families with no other shelter options. In collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we provide apartment-based shelter and support services for homeless families who are working to obtain permanent housing.  
    • Housing programs, including 6 units owned and managed by FamilyAid Boston, which provide formerly homeless families with permanent affordable housing and support services.
    • Stabilization services for formerly homeless families who have entered permanent housing, designed to help them remain housed.
    • Employment Services to assist families enrolled in our programs with finding jobs, advancing their careers, and furthering their education."

    Share The Love


    We had the pleasure of fundraising for Rosie's Place during Pink Noise 007 & 008.

    "Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. 

    Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. 

    Check out this video to learn more about Rosie's Place! 

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    3)                                                       Beats by Girlz 

    We had the pleasure of fundraising for Beats By Girlz in Spring 2017 to help them fund classes for teenage girls to learn electronic music production from local BOS/CAM schools. This is an incredible organization that Boston has the privilege to host. 

    "Beats by Girlz is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum, collective, and community templated designed to empower females to engage with music technology. We provide young women with the guidance, access, tools and role-support to develop their interest (and ultimately their ability to pursue career opportunities) in music production, composition and engineering. We are working towards gender equity in a field where women are highly underrepresented and strive to help other groups mobilize and create similar change in their own communities."

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    4) Science Club for Girls

    "Since its founding in 1994, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has provided the very best in girls-specific programming by connecting girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists through free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment. Our club-based model fosters both scientific thinking and sisterhood for our youngest participants.  Our teen leadership programs give girls the opportunity to be role models, teach young children science, learn life skills, conduct science research in applied settings, and explore careers in science and technology."

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    5)                                                       The Fresh Truck 

    This is an incredibly needed organization that gives fresh foods directly to the hands of those who have the least access. With just $10 you can give an entire bag of fresh veggies, fruits, and other goods to a family in most need. 

    "We love Boston and we’ve been committed to making it a healthier city since 2O13. It all started while Josh was working as a health educator at the MGH Charlestown Healthcare Center. He kept hearing from his families that it was difficult to shop for healthy food — at that time, the only grocery store in the neighborhood was set to be shut down for a year-long renovation. It was this experience and some in-depth research that inspired Fresh truck to rethink the traditional grocery store model, make it mobile and bring it to the people that need it the most. Since our launch in 2O13, we have sold more than $15O,OOO of fresh food, cultivated a citywide network of community health partners, and our neighborhoods have embraced us warmly. We’re hearing the stories of kids trying their first sweet potato and families preparing meals together. We have a big vision for the future of food and healthcare, and we are only just getting started."

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    Farewell to Pink Noise

    The Fall edition of Pink Noise was filled with wonderful moments and great shows from talented artists for charitable causes. As this chapter of JSJ Events comes to a close, we want to reminisce on some of our favorite moments from the most recent Pink Noise events! 


    Pink Noise 012 was a soul-filled event that was oozing with deep RnB and and hip House music.

    Kates opened up the night with her groove-based pop catalogue and had the crowd deep in the pocket from start to finish. Dissoule headlined the night with her eclectic set that highlighted a fresh twist on Electronic/House music.  


    Pink Noise 013 was one for the books! This diverse event had something for every music fan from Folk and Jazz to House and Disco.

    MARO, singer/songwriter from Lisbon, Portugal warmed up the crowd with her intimate and inviting set. She is a truly amazing upcoming talent that  effortlessly fuses elements of folk and jazz into a sound that you need to hear to believe. Keep an ear out for her upcoming EP! Fun Q closed the night with a head-bobbing collection of soul and disco inspired beats. 



    No one could stand still during Pink Noise 014! From the first downbeat, these amazing artists had the crowd moving all night long!

    Miette Hope and her band were first on The Cellar stage. With a modern sound, Miette Hope's songwriting compliments any indie fan's playlists and will definitely be on mine! 



    Pink Noise 015 was our last fall event and definitely the perfect way to end our Pink Noise series! 

    Filled to the brim with talent and soul, Pink Noise 015 showcased an eclectic list of artists. Alanna opened up the night with her RnB-inspired voice that kept the audience hooked. Eliot Baker closed the night with soulful songs off his upcoming release. Check out his latest single here. 


    We want to thank everyone who came out to a Pink Noise event this fall and helped us raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. While we are sad to see Pink Noise come to an end, we are very excited for the future and all of the new events we have planned for you. To keep up with JSJ Events, like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

    By Amin. M

    A Talk With Brian St. John from Atlantic Records

    Brian St. John is an industry veteran whose humility and talent have helped him develop some of the top artists in the game. St. John has been with Atlantic records for over thirteen years. Tank, A boogie, and Cardi B are some of the many incredible talents he overseas on the label. In this interview, Senior Director of Artist Development at Atlantic Records sheds the light on what has sustained his career, what can make yours, and the challenges that present themselves in one of the most fast paced industries

    Jourdan:
    How did you get your start in this industry?
    Brian:
    Through Interning, I started interning at LIB for Gary Bird’s show in the morning, I worked the boards and I also worked in the promotion department of WBLS as well, so I did dual internships. I was also going to school at the same time and somebody I knew happened to introduce me to Rosini Williams, who was Chrissy Murray’s (VP of Publicity) assistant at Atlantic and I came to Atlantic and interned there. One thing Rosini told me was that when you’re interning, act like you’re trying to take my job. So, I stood behind her and learned what she wanted me to. And the good thing about her was that she had a lot of responsibilities to take care of, so once she knew I could handle the work that she had given me, I got to be a lot more hands on. From there, Richard Nash who was also working here in Atlantic was getting ready to move to Elektra Records because Sylvia Rhone was getting ready to run Elektra Records. Richard needed an assistant right away and that’s how I got started in the business.

    Jourdan:
    Do you expect or have a goal for your current position?
    Brian:
    Because times have changed we did a lot more promotion with the urban artists back in the day because that’s usually how we used to promote the artists. We would package them together do radio, meet and greets, etc. to push the artists, but now with touring being so big, we started to educate and switch up a lot of artists to be driven into the touring market. So, that’s really what the change of this department is now, we push more the touring aspect of it more so than the promo tours so that the artists can go out there and become even bigger artists.

     

    Jourdan:
    What is the most challenging task you have to deal with being an artist developer?
    Brian:
    I would say keeping everybody happy, because there’s so many departments who always want to get things done. So, scheduling wise you just have to super serve everyone to prioritize the requests that come our way, you want to keep everyone happy as well as educate new artists and managers on touring as well. Because they’re so used to getting money from clubs that a lot of them don’t understand or are educated on the longevity of the larger picture of getting smaller money and doing smaller tours in the beginning, which will then lead to more consistent and bigger tour opportunities in the future. They can make more money than just getting 50 or 60 thousand from a club gig in the long run.

    Jourdan:
    The music industry has a lot of people with egos, what is your theory on dealing with artists/other executives in this business?
    Brian: 
    Never take it personal. There’s a lot of people with a lot of egos and attitudes, but there are a lot of people that are good as well. A lot of my friends haven’t succumbed to the industry standard of being an industry type person, it’s a job. You can’t let the industry swallow you up and you can’t let it define who you are, you have to define yourself individually.

     

    Jourdan:
    How have labels changed since streaming has become a viable entity?
    Brian: 
    We deal with Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music because they equate with the bottom line of our sales figures. A lot more people stream than physically buy music. So, a lot of conversations we have in our meetings, the streaming companies are always apart of those conversations. We make the artists go to those streaming companies and play their music ahead of time so the companies can understand it, because this generation streams. And now it’s rare that people will buy albums, there’s only a few people that can sell such as the Adele’s, the Bruno’s, the Ed Sheeran’s, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, are a few artists who can still sell big with physical albums. But for a lot of the new and upcoming artists streaming is a very important. The labels make money through streaming as well because the deals that have been cut throughout the years benefit the labels and artists as well.

    Jourdan: 
    Describe how you think you work differently from others who do what you do?
    Brian: 
    I’ve been doing it a long time and having experience in promo/publicity have helped me understand how to prioritize, because they are two very intricate parts of promoting an artist. So, because I came from both worlds, I have an understanding of the importance of what those departments bring to an artist’s career.

    Jourdan: 
    Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
    Brian:
    That’s a tricky one, people ask me that all the time. I’m an R&B person, I grew up with singers, but I like Ro James, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kendrick, it’s kind of trick question.  I feel like a lot of today’s music is watered down, I may like a single here and there, but it’s hard for me to say that I have a love for one particular artist over the other, with the exception of the people I just named.

    “You can’t let the industry swallow you up and you can’t let it define who you are, you have to define yourself individually”
     

    Jourdan:
    What advice would you give to people on trying to get their big break in this business ?
    Brian: 
    Be humble, be patient, never take anything personal because it’s not easy. I think it was a lot easier when I was coming up. There were mentors, there were more labels, there were more avenues to get in and I think there are less now. You have to always find the right person and there are people who aren’t willing to open the doors and help people, but you just have to be patient. Something will always come; you just have to stay networking and maintain relationships. If you’re good at what you do and you keep putting yourself in the right position, there’s always going to be someone that takes notice and gives you that opportunity and takes a chance.

    Jourdan:
    What would you say are some of your weaknesses and strengths?
    Brian:
    Some weaknesses are that I can become complacent; I’ve been here for 22 years and if I’m not around people that are challenging me than I can get settled in what I do and not push myself to learn new things. And my strengths would be communication, I’m detailed oriented, and I’m a person of structure. I like to make sure things are done a certain way, and I like to take control of things myself, I know that if I do that I’m going to do it in the way that I want. That could be considered a weakness as well, because sometimes you have to learn how to relinquish control to other people, but it’s all a balancing act.

     

    Jourdan:
    Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
    Brian:
    Hm that’s a good question, but I hope that I can continue to grow here and get to the next level of where I want to be here at the company and expand my department into a stronger touring department to build more opportunity for our artists and for the company. I also want to help the company advance and grow in other ways. I eventually may want to try to do something else in entertainment, maybe film, television, or fashion because those are also my passions. I think the hard part would be starting over, I think that’s the challenging and scary part because I’ve been at Atlantic for so long, but for right now I want to contribute as much as I can here.

    By: Jourdan W.

    Music Enthusiast & Yoga Extraordinaire: Sarah Hoffman

    Here at JSJ Events, we love shining a light on powerful women so we sat down with Sarah Hoffman, former managing director of MMMMaven and yoga teacher, to find out more about her story!

    For the past five years you were the Managing Director at MMMMaven, a new-era music education project and event producer. Can you explain a little bit about your role and why you took that position?

    I took the position because I knew I wanted to do something business related but creative and I was passionate about music, particularly electronic music at the time. I started as an intern, working 3 days a week, selling the DJ/Producer classes. As the school grew, I ended up working more and it became a full time job. I was very interested in community work so in addition to the sales stuff, I went out in the community and brought music technology to kids. That was something I became really passionate about over the years. After a colleague left in 2015, I took on her admin responsibilities and managed the day to day operations of the school. I did that until I left in summer 2017.

    Recently you parted ways with MMMMaven to pursue your love for yoga full time. When did you develop your passion for yoga?  

    I started practicing yoga about 5 years ago right after I graduated from college. I was dealing with a lot of “life stuff" and needed to learn healthy coping mechanisms. The yoga studio became a safe space where I could move and breath and learn to be OK where I was in that moment. Soon after I started practicing, I felt the benefits of the practice and wanted to share it with others.

    I love providing a compassionate space for people to have fun, develop body awareness, and de-stress from their busy, stressful days.

    How important do you think it is to follow your instincts when it comes to pursuing your passion as a career?

    Why the hell not, it makes life exciting. And following your passion is usually challenging so there is a lot of growth involved. Although I think it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone has the time or resources to follow their passion, maybe they have crippling student debt or a family to support or maybe they are dealing with mental health issues and are just trying to get by. I think it’s important to be aware of these things.  Also, I think it’s important to make sure you are making a positive impact in someway.

    Want to take classes with Sarah?

    Check out her schedule below!

    O2 Yoga: Mondays @ 8AM, Wednesdays @ 6PM, Fridays @ 8:30AM

    The Corner Studio: Thursdays @ 10AM

    For private instruction or private events, email Sarah at

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    Trick or Track?

    Here are some of our favorite songs to listen to on the scariest night of year. We've curated everything from Tipper to Thundercat in the most perfect playlist. Whether your in the mood for something Tennyson low-key or Detroit Swindle upbeat, this is the playlist for you! 


     
     

    Sleep Talking - Ravyn Lanae

    This Chicago native music has been described as “a watercolor RnB Platter with startling depth”. -Austin American-Statesman. Check out one of her break out tracks, “Sleep Talking

     

    Uh Oh! -Tennyson

    A Canadian brother-sister duo that have been pushing the boundaries of electronic music for years. They have been on the forefront of the jazz influenced electronic music for 5-6 years. If you haven't heard of them yet, nows the time! This is one of our favorite tunes, but we highly recommend to check out this album; and every other album they've produced.

     

     

     

    More of Everything Please- Detroit swindle

    A very well established name in the House Music genre. Detroit Swindle always keep us grooving. In May 2017, Swindle preformed at Together Boston, a week-long, city-wide convergence of music, art and technology. Catch Swindle on his US & Intl. tour here!

     

    Cukoo -Tipper

    This British electronic artist specializes in music that ranges from Ambient, through Trip Hop, to uptempo Drum n’ Bass.

     

    Better Give you up - FKJ

    Short for “French Kiwi Juice”, FKJ is an established multi-instrumentalist and producer from France. FKL's juicy and lush beats will keep you begging for more! This is one of the many tunes that we are absolutely in-love with. Check out more on FKJ here

     

    Reconstruct -Photay

    One of the most unique producers on this list. Photay places an emphasis on acoustic sounds and instruments and incorporates them into his music. This song is from his debut self titled album, Photay created in 2014. Since, he's recently released his new album Onism, on 8.11.17'. 

     

    Pizza Party- Max Ox

    Max Ox is a Jazz/Fusion keyboard player from LA. Ox is known for making music that is playful yet technical, instrumental music. With modern vibes, this tune is best described as upbeat synth jazz. This is the perfect song to greet your guests at on Oct 31st! The best way to find out is to give it a listen...

     

    Them Changes -Thundercat

    Break out track from accomplished bass player, Thundercat. Some artists he's recorded with include Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington and Erykah Badu. Thundercat is loved for his effortless of creativity technicality, and musical eptitude. 

    "I try to use as much improvisation as possible in my music" -- Thundercat
     

    Shangri La - James Tillman

    A fresh face on the RnB scene. James Tillman incorporates the classic RnB flavor of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin in the context of modern RnB.  Tillman is from Washington D.C. and has tackled the industry with top quality music from the moment he starting making music in 2014

     

    Call me in the Afternoon - Half Moon Run 

    Half Moon Run is a indie-rock band from Montreal, Quebec that incorporate a wide range of genres into their tracks, fusing elements of indie-rock, folk and pop. Check out their latest release here. Don’t sleep on these guys! 

     

    By Amin M.

    Flesh - TEGA

    The debut single of this up and coming RnB/Soul songwriter and vocalist. Check out his full LP coming out mid-November!

     

    Professor, Songwriter, Producer, Musician, Music Technology Consultant, and Now Soon-To-Be Mama: Erin Barra-Jean

    Erin "Mamma" Barra-Jean is an Associate Professor in the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music and one of the leading product specialists for Berlin-based music software company, Ableton. She's developed and taught several music technology curricula for Coursera, Beats By Girlz, and Berklee. A board member of Women in Music, Erin continues to advance the equality, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts. We had the opportunity to chat with the “creative swiss army knife", discussing how she got her start in the industry, the prejudice of being a woman in music, and new projects she’s working on!

    Erin's musical projects incorporate her skill sets as a professor, producer, musician, and music technology consultant. The soon-to-be mama stated, “I just don’t waste my time," and rightfully so.

    It wasn’t until her mid-twenties that Erin became heavily involved in music technology, recalling the lack of funds required for a professional to make a record. As for mentors, Barra fondly remembers a producer that mixed her first record in New York. While co-producing her next project, he taught her how to use Pro Tools, a Digital Audio Workstation.

    While Barra-Jean has made huge strides for women in the music industry, she admits to facing prejudice, even by students.

    “It's not just men working in the music industry. I get it from my own students a lot of the time because they're used to patriarchy. Berklee hiring me helps us move towards a situation where women don't feel that way. Women in positions of authority, power, and visibility are a big deal, especially for younger women before they form identities. Involving them in different fields that society largely ostracized from them is important,” Barra confessed.

    Involving women in the creation of music is a passion Erin regards highly. She even developed a curriculum specifically designed to empower females to engage with music technology, Beatz By Girlz.

    Erin explained, “From a macroscopic point of view, it provides groups of subregional, microscopic women with the tools in order to open regional chapters in our own needs. We’ll connect them with companies like Ableton, Novation, and Akai, and provide them with the technology that they need—infrastructures like afterschool programs or other nonprofits that they can connect with in order to reach the right type of underserved people. It started in 2013 in New York at the lower East Side Girls Club. Now we are all over the United States. This year we have one in Canada. In 2018 we'll be in the Caribbean. We let it grow organically.”

    "ALL OF THE DIFFERENT THINGS I DO DANCE AROUND THE SAME FIRE."

    As a professor in the songwriting department at Berklee, Erin is constantly exposed all types of artists - some with no technological skills whatsoever. For those lacking music tech skills, she recommends the website Coursera. Fun fact: she designed the course curriculum for Ableton, so check that out!

    She promises, “It’s free and they have everything from guitar basics, to music theory fundamentals, Pro-Tools, and music production. There's a whole swatch of free information for people who can't come but are interested in investigating and learning new skills." https://www.coursera.org/berklee

    In addition to teaching at Berklee, Barra-Jean is one of the leading product specialists for the Berlin-based music software company, Ableton. As a musician herself, she understands that the creation of music is non-linear. She gushed that “the product itself, Ableton Live, is non-linear and Ableton is largely the only non-linear DAW on the market. As a musician, very infrequently are we experiencing music from beginning to end. I gravitate towards that tool because it mimics the way that people actually compose for practice or produce. It's a real reflection of the music making process.”

    Erin prides herself in working with a company that provides the tools for artists to create, as opposed to telling people how to create. She added that “Ableton does very pivotal work— normalizing disenfranchised peoples like women or minorities in the industry.”

    When it comes to teaching younger artists, Erin admitted that “sometimes the hard part is breaking through their preconceived narrative of how life is supposed to unfold. I'll be telling a student valuable information but they might not be prepared to hear it, and so they won't listen. The lack of perspective can be difficult. The easiest thing is that they're young, willing to try different things and be fearless.”

    As for projects, you can find videos and stay tuned for what's next on her Facebook page. Erin also just finished three tracks, all for students. She produced Leon Waldo’s track, “The Only One”, and is conducting a remix contest for another artist named Matilda.

    Erin's parting words: "Support JSJ Events! They do really great stuff and I'm super appreciative of Jami in particular."

    By: Allie Barbera 

    You need to know about Dee Diggs

    Boston DJ Dee Diggs is a force to be reckoned with. She says she has many personas, but especially loves embodying a young femme who loves to have a good time and lose herself to the music, all while showing people what the human experience has to offer. We caught up with her to hear what inspires her and drives her creative energy.

      Joe Curtin

    Joe Curtin

    What inspired you to become a DJ?

    Dee: I think it was a movie and a DJ friend of mine. I was studying abroad in France, in this town called Grenoble. It has this really cool underground scene. It’s like its own alternative mountain city, and there’s a lot of different art initiatives there. There’s lots of bars and clubs, and as a nightlife enthusiast, I try to scope out places to see where the locals are, and what the artist scene is like. I met a bunch of DJs and artists there, and started talking to them about what I was interested in. It was great talking to them about house music, because the way it’s been exported to Europe, you would think it was started there. My friend runs a record label in hish basement called Full Fridge Music, and I was talking to him a lot, and he said there aren’t enough women who are expressing their ideas in this way and [not enough of their peers] encouraging them to do so.


    Then, I watched this beautiful French film called Eden, which is about the rise and fall of a DJ, and it really interested me as well. It made me feel like I could do the DJ life and not fail at it, and [I] was like yeah, I have my head on right. I can do this and not just spiral all the time.

    I came back to Boston, where I was already doing college radio before,but now wanted to mix live on the air. [I] started exploring how to do that, which opened my eyes and sensibilities about music and music technology. Then after the radio station burned down, my friend started booking me to play at different venues around town.”

    As a black female DJ, have you faced any stereotypes or hardships?

    Dee: Thankfully, there’s a lot of social clout in supporting femme DJs right now. I feel like I came at the right time, because so many women have done all the foundational work before me, so my efforts are taken seriously. As I’ve grown into this art form, other women and other femmes have been stepping stones and guardian angels for me.

    And in terms of stereotypes, people assume I’m not going to play the genres I play. They think I’m going to play hip hop, which I have no problem playing, but I can do so much more. Black music is so much more than just hip-hop.

    What is your most important tool as an artist? Is there something you can’t live without when you are creating?

    Dee: I guess the internet? I feel like when I’m digging for the story behind the music, and when I’m stuck and looking for references, you have to go back to the timeline for help. I love where my natural curiosity leads me. It’s so powerful to me that people in 1985 were jacking to this song I found yesterday, and here I am in what was supposed to be in the future, but is actually the apocalypse, dancing to the same track.  I wouldn’t have that depth of understanding if I didn’t have the endless world of [the] internet to help put those clues together.

    What do you think is an artist's role in society?

    Dee: A DJ’s place is something I take very seriously. I do think you’re choosing to be a leader in the space that you’re inhabiting. You are leading people on to an experience, onto a sonic journey. It’s all about how aware you are of other people, how you treat people, and the example that you set. I’m really serious about the atmosphere and the vibe I bring or influence; I don’t just play songs. I’m standing up, asking everyone to trust me for these few moments: Give me your attention and curiosity. Take this journey with me.

    When did you feel most vulnerable as an artist, and how did you maneuver through that difficulty?

    Dee: Every time I play somewhere new, to be honest, [I feel vulnerable]. I am so blessed and grateful that I’ve been able to play in so many different spaces in Boston and New York, so far. There’s no better feeling than walking into a space I haven’t inhabited before, and zoning into the music. I have to trust myself and hope that people vibe to it. When I’m putting these ideas of elements and sounds together—that’s when I feel most at home, even in a strange booth experimenting with whatever mixer im playing on. I have so much fun and sometimes I forget about the time and people. When I look out into the crowd, I’m looking to sense how the energy is building.

    "I WANT TO HAVE REALLY PURE MOMENTS OF SONIC ECSTASY AND BE ABLE TO VISUALLY EXPRESS THAT."

    What are you trying to communicate with your art?

      Georgette Bibber

    Georgette Bibber

    Dee: It’s really important to me to keep digging for and playing the kinds of music that I love, because I feel like it’s all really connected to the black experience and black diaspora. That’s something that’s not really spoken about outwardly, and people don’t like to talk about it in that context, but that’s what it is; a soundtrack. This music is a story that was written for me to find; this is music made by other black weirdos that was made for me to find and share in the most interesting ways possible.

    I think that I really want to remind people where it comes from and what it is, and that that’s the reason why so many people in the world resonate with it. I think it is very important to have the people who look like the ancestors and originators in these spaces sharing this music. I’m happy to share it and I want us to all love this music, but don’t deny the origin and don’t treat me like an outsider. I’m supposed to be here.

    What creative medium would you like to pursue but haven’t already?

    Dee: I definitely want to get my visuals game up, and figure out what I want to put out to share with the world visually. I have weird video ideas that I would love to bring to life. I want to have really pure moments of sonic ecstasy and be able to visually express that. I think that idea also influences how I do decor for events I curate as well.

    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? 

    Dee: Just do it—Nike! Honestly! I’m prone to creative hesitation and saying "I have to think this through and write this down" before I do it, and that’s somewhat of an excuse. What you need to do is figure out where to start, get up and just do it. Don’t be afraid of your own power.

    What current projects/shows do you have coming up? 

    Dee: I have a few sets I’m going to play in New York City and Boston, which I’m really excited about. You can follow me on Instagram to see where.

    I get a lot of my energy from live performances, so I can’t wait and always look forward to them. I’m also a bit of a chameleon as well, so sometimes I meet a new side of myself at a gig because the variables are different; my instincts play out in a slightly different way. I become the element of surprise.

    By Jourdan W.

    Back to School Beats

    We’ve collected some of our favorite tunes, ranging from RnB to house, that get us in a fall mood. Check out these lush grooves from our favorite upcoming artists.

     
     

    Get You (feat. Kali Uchis) - Daniel Caesar

    This Canadian singer-songwriter is breaking boundaries in the music industry. His latest album "Freudian" dropped earlier this month and has been on repeat for weeks. 

     

     

    Easy - Mac Ayres

    Mac Ayres is a 20-year-old New York native that just dropped his debut, Drive Slow EP last month. We're loving it! Blending elements of hip-hop and jazz, he creates a soulful and inviting atmosphere that we can't get enough of!

     

     

     

    Margery, My First Car - Vulfpeck

    It seems like everyone is talking about this Michigan-based group. Combining elements of funk and soul with a modern twist, they keep us in the groove for hours!  

     

    Blame It on the Youth - Jordan Rakei

    This New Zealand native has developed a very impressive catalogue over his short and promising career. With his unique sound and style, he has made huge waves with online communities, and is set for a great career in his genre. 

     

    Talk About - CAPYAC

    "Capyac is what baby dance parties want to be when they grow up: the Platonic ideal, the one percent, the Jay Gatsby of dance parties." — Study Breaks Magazine

     

    Dan Kye - Change

    Dan Kye is an upcoming producer based in London who fuses elements of soul and house to create his signature sound.

     

     

    Wake Up This Day - Tom Misch

    This London-based producer has been making beats out of his bedroom for years, and has slowly built up a substantial following in the SoundCloud community. Check out one of his breakout tracks! 

     

    Go with It - The Internet

    From their Grammy-nominated album "Ego Death," this track is one of our favorites of their most successful release to date. 

     

     

     

    Distance - Emily King

    This singer-songwriter has been creating soulful hits for years, but has really hit a new standard with the release of latest album "The Switch." This is our favorite track from the album. 

     

     

     

    Six Eight - Gabriel Garzón-Montano

    Gabriel Garzón-Montano is an up-and-coming experimental RnB artist that takes influences from ethnic world music and uses them in a soulful and modern context. 

    Let us know what you think about this mix -- and tell us your favorite fall songs too!

    By Amin M.