VISION: A Showcase of Florida’s Local Arts Community

VISION: A Showcase of Florida’s Local Arts Community

Valued Artists:

Venue 578 will be hosting a local artist expo to showcase the unique talents of Central Florida’s emerging and established artists. VISION: A Showcase of Florida’s Local Arts Community is looking for up to 40 artists to exhibit and sell their works. We would like to invite you to join us on the evening of October 4th, from 7pm to midnight, at Venue 578, in the historic Firestone building to take part in this showcase and present your talents to an audience of local art enthusiasts. We are looking for visual artists, fashion and accessory designers, hair and makeup artists, body painters, photographers, and everything in between, and we have a couple different ways for you to participate.

  • Artists can secure a 6’x 6’ booth space for $40 that will allow them to showcase their artwork and sell pieces commission free, the artist keeps 100% of the profit. Along with this registration, artists will receive complimentary event admission for two guests. If you are interested in securing a booth at VISION, please fill out our registration form and pay the booth rental fee at: www.visionartsshow.com  
  • Artists can submit a piece of artwork for our juried art competition “A VISION of Our Community” showcasing art that represents what community means to our local artists. The submission fee for this competition is $15, and the artwork can be any medium you choose. Please fill out the submission form, and pay the submission fee at: www.visionartsshow.com

Drop off and pickup dates for art works submitted are as follows:

Drop off dates: September 27th, 28th, and 29th from 11am to 4pm.

Pick up dates: October 5th and 6th from 11am to 4pm

The competition winner, as well as the first and second runners up will receive a plaque and a complimentary booth space at the next VISION event to take place in January. The first-place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and a $50 gift card to Sam Flax. The first runner up will receive a $25 gift card to Sam Flax, and the second runner up will receive a $10 gift card to Sam Flax.

 All registrations must be paid in full by September 20th to take part in the show. 

We hope you will consider joining us for VISION, as the local arts community is very important to Venue 578. Your talents would make an excellent addition to this celebration of the arts in our community.

Pendulum Heads To Venue 578 This Saturday For Our 24th Year Anniversary!

Pendulum Heads To Venue 578 This Saturday For Our 24th Year Anniversary!

Australian/British electronic rock band, Pendulum will perform live at Venue578 this Saturday, June 24th. Known for their unmatched abilities to blow the roof off of a venue, this show is sure to be jam-packed with electrifying sounds, hard-hitting bass, a mix of hard rock and electronic music and synths that send chills down your spine.

For those of you unfamiliar with Pendulum they are one of the biggest names in electronic music across the globe. We're super excited to host them since they hardly perform only a handful of times, which in the past have been surprise performances.  Now if you've been a fan of Pendulum since the early 2000's then you know there's a duo within this group called Knife Party.

Band members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen formed Knife Party when Pendulum took a hiatus break from the music industry. Their energy can only be characterized by riot-like mosh pits and rowdy tracks like "PLUR Police”, “Parliament Funk” and “Internet Friends”. Both sets are going to be filled with talented musicians, high energy music, synthesized melodies and so much more. So really this is like a 2 for 1 package. And who can be mad at that?

 

VENUE 578 WELCOMES GREEN VELVET & LATMUN

VENUE 578 WELCOMES GREEN VELVET & LATMUN

CREATE at #Venue578 has sought to bring the best acts in electronic music every Thursday night. This week they host Green Velvet and special guest Latmun. Green Velvet is a Chicago native that has been recognized for his DJing gigs, radio friendly and house inclinations productions.

Fans can look forward to reciting some of his most famous lyrics from popular songs  like "Preacher Man," "Answering Machine" and "The Stalker." We’re honored and excited to have him at the venue because he is one of many EDM icons who have paved the way for electronic music.

This week is also going to be a big deal for him with the upcoming celebration of the 25th anniversary of his famed record label Relif Records. So you know the show is going to be super amazing especially with the addition of Latmun's coherent energy and infectious grooves. Be sure to follow all of our social media handles for more information and stay up to date with what's to come.

Heat Of The Week: Itchyglock

Heat Of The Week: Itchyglock

Bio:

Itchyglock is not your average rapper, he has a mindset that is determined and ready to take the game over. He wants to change the way Central FL is looked at in the rap game and he wants to work with other artists that want to work with him.He was born in 1999 and started rapping in 2015. It started as a hobby that he did for fun but when his friends actually started to like his songs he had a talent and couldn't waste it.

The Interview

Who is ( artist name), how do you want to be perceived?

I want to be perceived as a public figure that’s here to change the world. The modern day John Lennon and inspire others.

Is (artist name) just a play on words, or are you looking to hold a certain image of comradely?

The idea behind the name itchyglock comes from my dad, It represents a political stand against the government and gun control. If the government takes our guns they will control our lives even more!

Love the beat, what made you pick it?

I love the beat because of the mood it sets off, it is different than what other rappers now rap on. It was produced by Dran Fresh Beats.

Tell me about the process of making (project name)

The process of “infLuenSeD” pretty much went that I found the beat, wrote to it while I faced a blunt. After practicing it for about a week I recorded it in my room and mix and mastered it.

Did you always want to be an artist?

I knew I wanted to be famous since a young age but never knew what for, I always assumed it would just happen but as I got older I realized I need to offer something for fame, and I started to rap in 2015.

Do you remember the first song you made?

My first song was recorded on a webcam mic and I recorded on an old desktop computer with JayT. It’s still one of my favorite songs i have made until this day. It was called “Goon Collision”.

What makes you different?

Things that make me different is my vibe, the mood I set off on a song or even when I'm just in the same room as you. My energy always makes everything lit no matter what, that’s just who I am!

Greatest accomplishment in life/music?

My greatest accomplishment in life is graduating high school because now I just have time to work on my music career. My greatest accomplishment in music is winning Heat of the Week for Venue 578.

5 Artists you want to work with?

Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, XXXTENTACION, Asap Rocky, and Wiz Khalifa.

2 artists from the Central Florida area you’d want to work with.

I honestly haven't heard anyone really heard anyone from central FL besides Caskey but I want to work with anyone who wants to work with me.

Favorite album?

3001: A Laced Odyssey

Favorite Producer?

Erick Arc Elliott

Who’s the hottest in the game right now?

JoeyBada$$

Ideal path into a successful career?

Wherever life takes me.

Any other talents?

I can pearl a Backwood!

Where are you from?

Saint Cloud / Kissimmee

Who are your inspirations in life/music?

My parents and friends inspire me more than anyone!

Are you currently working on anything?

I am working on a second mixtape called “reLeaSeD” it is going to represent being released from school into the real world.

What’s the greatest thing about Central Florida?

The greatest part about Central FL is the culture. There are tons of differently cultured people coming through Central FL everyday and it makes things different all the time.  

What makes Central Florida home?

My Friends and Family.

Anything you love about Orlando?

How it’s not hard for me to get dope.

Any people in the Central Florida art/music scene you want to shout out?

I want to shout out vwesome, she is a clothes artist and makes the dopest clothes ive ever seen. I also want to shout out all off GGOD Dj Humble, TrillWill, Legendcy, and Zen. I also want to shout out my photographer Chris Hernandez.

Ever been to Venue 578 if so, do you have a favorite show or memory?

I have never been there personally but my cousin has performed there but i always missed her show because of school shit!

 

Links To Music and Videos:

Music Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGJl1_rYVYg&list=PLgQCs_LCJdCnTRl9FS6uN3TjLIe6JmYHp&index=1

 

Tapes And EPs

“infLuenSeD”

https://soundcloud.com/itchyglock/sets/influensed

“YEAH”

https://soundcloud.com/itchyglock/sets/yeah-by-itchyglock-x-legendcy

“Sound”

https://soundcloud.com/itchyglock/sets/sound-by-rud

Singles

“Used to be” ft Legendcy and JayT

https://soundcloud.com/itchyglock/used-to-be-by-rud-x-jayt-x-legendcy

 

Social Media Links:

Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/itchyglock

Twitter
https://twitter.com/GG_RUD?lang=en

Instagram
“Itchyglock”

https://www.instagram.com/itchyglock/?hl=en

“Ggodworld”
https://www.instagram.com/ggodworld/?hl=en

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoHohA-2_wkr_TuUVygylJQ

 

 

Heat of the Week: Week 13, Vote Now!

Heat of the Week: Week 13, Vote Now!

The Heat News: We have officially announced Round 2 of The Heat Showcase. The Showcase will be on June 20th! The major headliner that the winner will open up for has not been announced yet, but keep your eyes open because it will be a good one! Just a reminder, Gabriel, Schama Noel, +indigo, and Via Cj are the Heat of the Week winners that will be performing. The only redemption artist will be Lvyson who had over 1000 votes for his week. IAMPVYNE, our first showcase winner will be opening up for T.I and the Hustle Gang tour on Friday, June 9th! Come see the first heat winner share the stage with the trigger man himself! This week we have some up and coming rappers from all over Central Florida, from Daytona to Saint Cloud. Listen to all the songs and vote on your favorite! Don't forget to stay tuned to Blazin 103.7 FM to listen to the heat winners on the radio!

 

Max Jr. “Nothin’ Last Forever”

AOA “Kindness 4 Weakness”

Adot “FLY”

Day Day “No Days Off”

Itchyglock “InfLuenSeD”

Heat Of The Week: Saint

Heat Of The Week: Saint

Bio

 Saint is the complete opposite of Raphael, his government name. Saint’s the relentless side of Raphael, a little more outspoken a little more aggressive and a little more eager! Any time he’s in the studio recording, writing, mixing promoting...anything dealing with the art of music or even just being around it…..THAT’S SAINT!!.....Ask any artist that question everyone wants to be perceived as GREAT….Be that ICON artist….He’d love that but as long as his fans perceive him as that attachment to them then I’m good. He is 27 years old. He has 3 projects. His latest project NOTHING LEFT 2 PROVE (NL2P) EP is out now you can go Download it and listen to it on SoundCloud. He has been doing music on a serious level for about 4 years now, but he’s always known at a very young age that he would have a career in music jus wasn’t exactly sure on what he’d be doing. His interests of course music, huge passion for motorcycles, dirt bike, 4wheelers. He has a fetish with food. When it comes to food he is greedy. He loves to eat. Although he is small, he has a big appetite. He also love bowling, he says “that’s like my secret hobby its not something I do all the time but when I do I’m excited about it!...it’s fun...if you use bumpers you can’t bowl with me” 

Interview

Tell me about the process of making “swing my way” 

The process of SWING MY WAY 1st off shout out to my producer JUNE very dope and talented guy! I remember talking to June and telling him the direction I wanted to go for the next project (NOTHING LEFT 2 PROVE #NL2P) and we discussed doing an upbeat kind of party record and a few days later the beat was in my email…..it took me a minute to sit with the record before I actually put the lyrics down... I was on and off with it for about a month or so maybe. Not because it was a bad record...I knew I had something great on my hands I just had to feel the approach….moments later the hook sort of came I had the melody in my head while just driving around listening to it in my car then I kind of fill in the blanks lol...so the hook was 1st and that’s NOT how I always write my records it just depends but the hook came 1st then the verses just flowed easily and there you have it...SWING MY WAY!! Which will be the #1 record in the country in about a year and a half maybe 2….And believe I have more up my sleeve so by the time that record really takes off…..YEA!!! Lol you’ll know SAINT

Did you always want to be an artist? 

Yes ALWAYS...I knew I had something that people could relate to..love..and appreciate it just took ME to make it happen for me!

Do you remember the first song you made?

Yea my very 1st record I ever made like full record with hooks and verses was an actual DISS RECORD LMAO LOL LOL

What makes you different?

That’s something I rather show than to tell

Greatest accomplishment in life/music?

Every accomplishment is the greatest for me..every opportunity every step was taken in the right direction. Every new follower I get every new fan every bit of positive or negative comments on the music. Everything about what I'm doing right now.

Who’s the hottest in the game right now?

Drake... DJ Khaled...Migos...Travis Scott...Kodak….Russ…..Chance The Rapper….Future etc oh and SAINT lol

Ideal path into a successful career? 

Take the bumps and bruises along the way...never give in and never give up!! Understand you’ll hear NO a thousand times before you hear YES...INVEST into your own career don’t look for anyone to invest in your or believe in you til YOU do so in yourself first!!

Any other talents?

I'm a jack of all trades lol I can pretty much do any and everything….But I definitely want to do some acting in a film in the near future.

Where are you from?

Daytona Beach FL...the West Side of the city...DERBYSHIRE and 3rd to be exact!

Who are your inspirations in life/music?

My mother, she influenced me heavily in music tho she may not know….just riding in the car with her as a kid listening to people like Marvin Gaye...Isley Brothers...AL Greene...Anita Baker….Barry White...Sade….to mention she’s one of the strongest...sweetest...kind hearted women I know

Are you currently working on anything?

Just shooting more visuals from the EP and record more records

What’s the greatest thing about Central Florida?

Daytona...Orlando...Duval...Melbourne….Tampa It’s a vibe here….I guess Duval is more north Florida but I mess Duval heavy so we claim them lol

What makes Central Florida home?

Palm trees...beautiful women...beaches...and combos lol I'm a real FLAWDA boy so we love chicken wings and fries lol (COMBO’S)

Anything you love about Orlando?

The diversity

Any people in the Central Florida art/music scene you want to shout out? 

Teddy replay...june..certified boyz…...tonygohard...makeithappenmoe….robb banks….pouya….skyy….dro king...crown…..akwardarts….skeebo...daytona jitt….hotboyteck….leegit….dre neal...and venue 578!!!!

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy4Se3O8C2o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=put1Luqy33Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC-5Qp7JReA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fizp3OUbnnQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWAQiZ3ZUm8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8l_8EJcIro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVick9XUaFg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puT7tOViEvw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Zt1lKtvEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrIdrV_8XYU  

Links

https://soundcloud.com/saint_09

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiupv9EL6Wl0GUtmPZRFQUQ

IG:Saint386
Twitter: @saint_386

Heat of the Week: Week 12, Vote Now!

Heat of the Week: Week 12, Vote Now!

Last week, we had another tough race. We haven't seen the Heat of the Week go down to the last wire in a couple weeks now. Shoutout to La Connie and Roofless for putting up a fight to the end. They came in second place, but everyone should still follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and most famously, SnapChat. Their song “Get it on Snapchat” is buzzing around the youth of Orlando and could be the next radio hit to come out of the O. Congratulations for Your Cousin, Alex on winning Week 11. His song is the perfect get ready song to start your day. It has a serene and nostalgic feel to his backyard BBQ song. Check out his bio! We have artists on this week that have been hustling in Orlando for awhile now. Each of them have their own cult following, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top! They all bring the heat in their own genres, listen to every song and vote on who you think deserves to be crowned, Heat of the Week, presented by Venue 578.

Chase Prince “Just Like That”

MaveRetrospket

Hotboyteck “AyeAye”

Saint “Swing My Way”

Brendan Morris “This, That”
 

Heat of the Week: Your Cousin Alex “Fix Me a Plate”

Heat of the Week: Your Cousin Alex “Fix Me a Plate”

Bio

25 years old, and was in band all through grade school. He play the clarinet primarily, and a few other instruments by ear. He is into all sorts of genres, most notably funk, salsa, bachata, and hip-hop. He has rapped since he was about 7, but didn't start taking it seriously until he was about 11. Your Cousin Alex always had an ambiguous look and energy about him, so it's always been easy for him to maneuver through all different types of scenes and crowds of people, without anyone really being able to put a finger on who he was or what he was about. Eventually he’d show up places and different people would start introducing him as their cousin (as a joke), and no matter who it was that said it, people always believed it, because he looked like he could be mixed with anything. After awhile, he kind of just ran with it, and started introducing himself to every new person he met as "Your Cousin Alex". He found that introducing himself that way made for a great ice breaker, because people either immediately understood the joke, and went along with it (and usually never forgot who I was or how we met) or they would take it literally, and dispute whether he was actually kin to them or not, which he found hilarious. Usually the people that didn't understand initially, would find the joke even more amusing after he explained it to them. Ultimately he want everyone to see him and treat him like their favorite cousin. He’s had a lot of people tell him that they felt like he was like a cousin to them, so he tries to live up to that. 

Interview

Tell me about the process of making “Fix Me a Plate”?

Fix me a plate was a very fun song for me to make. When I first heard the beat, it sounded like theme music to a bbq/ cookout, so I just tried to bring that visual to life though the lyrics. I wanted everybody to smell the grill through my bars.

The whole album is titled “Fix Me a Plate” and the song has the title, why is the album named this?

Initially, "fix me a plate" was just supposed to be a single, but Thanksgiving was right around the corner, so I figured I would capitalize off of the holiday, and make an entire project loosely themed around. The single served as the backbone for the entire project and set the pace for the rest of it, so I felt like it was only right to name the entire project after the single.

Did you always want to be an artist?

I've always had a passion for music, and I knew that I'd end up pursuing it in some way. Aside from a becoming a rapper/musician, the only other dream I had was to become a commercial pilot, but I have horrible vision, and you need good eyesight to go into that file, so, unfortunately, I was not able to pursue that. 

Do you remember the first song you made?

The first song I ever made was when I was about 12. I recorded on a karaoke tape deck and my friend Tony's house. It was a freestyle over "Ether". He lost the tape, which had about a 2 dozen other freestyles on it, and we never made any other copies, so that was that. 

What makes you different?

I feel what makes me different is my diverse frame of reference and attention to detail. I'm extremely picky about what I choose to rhyme over because ultimately anything that I put together has to create a perfect picture of my head space at the time. I go out of my way to bring listeners into my world with every song and tell a story. My favorite thing to do is go into great detail in every line about whatever it is I'm talking about because I feel like details are what make any story/ narrative great. I also consider myself extremely well rounded as an Emcee. There isn't a style of rap or another Emcee that anybody can name that I wouldn't feel comfortable going toe to toe with on a track. I feel at home on anything I get on. 

Greatest accomplishments in life/ music?

I honestly don't know what my greatest achievement in life has been, but I do know that I feel most accomplished whenever I'm inspiring anybody, or helping people around me feel confident in anything positive that they are trying to pursue. Musically, I think my biggest achievement has been pushing myself to become an extraordinary lyricist/storyteller, and mastering versatility in my style. 

5 Artists you'd like to work with

5 artists I'd like to work with are Toro Y Moi, Pac Div, Dom Kennedy, Willie The Kid, and Earl Sweatshirt. 

2 Artists from the Central Florida area you'd like to work with? 

2 artists from central Florida I haven't worked with yet That I would like to work with are Chester Watson, and O-town Marco. 

Favorite Album?

My favorite album would definitely have to be between "It Was Written" by Nas, and "Diplomatic Immunity" by the Diplomats. I know both of those albums better than the back of my hand. Line for line, all the way down to the adlibs (Jim Jones is the Adlib goat, sorry Jeezy)

Favorite Producer?

My favorite producers would have to be my friends and frequent collaborators Alfonso X and Ross Munroe because we have so much chemistry together. I have a group of about 5 producers that I work with, but I've put in more work with them than anybody. 

Who's the hottest in the game right now? 

I think the hottest in the game right now is Vince Staples, hands down. I don't know if anybody agrees with me I not, but that's how I feel. His music is refreshing. 

An ideal path into a successful career?

My ideal path to a successful career would definitely be doing as much independently as possible, and crafting a solid and consistent sound that my fan base can relate to and grow with. 

Any other talents? 

Other talents that I have include but are not limited to: dancing like I came straight out of a soultrain episode, shaping the homies up with the straight razor and doing a better job than their barbers, and keeping a straight face/ monotone voice In almost almost all conversations. I've been told that I'm like a male Daria, not sure if that counts as a talent or not.

Where are you from?

I'm originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but I've been in Florida for some years now. 

Who are your inspirations in life/ music? 

Musically, I have too many influences to name, but a few of them are Nas, Redman, Camron, Ismael Rivera, Frankie Ruiz, Antony Santos, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, and Parliament Funk. I grew up watching a lot of blaxploitation films, and was always fascinated with pimp speak/ culture. My favorite movies were American Pimp, and The Mack. I feel like a lot of my ism and demeanor came from observing pimps and players. Not necessarily because of what they did for a living, but because of the way that they presented themselves, and how smooth and sharp they were. Those were my superheroes. 

Are you currently working on anything? 

Currently, I'm working on a few different projects. I'm working on a sequel to a project I released a few years called "Leather Music", and a surprise EP that I plan to release sometime in the summer. 

What's the greatest thing about Central Florida? 

The greatest thing about Central Florida is the diversity that is found here, and there is always something to get into. Also, the weather is nice. 

What makes Central Florida home?

Family, friends, and the experiences that I've had in central Florida, despite not being a native, are what make it home for me. 

Anything you love about Orlando?

The Theme Parks for sure!

Any people in the Central Florida art/music scene you want to shout out? 

I'd like to give a shoutout to my team The Art Dealers, The Left Field Theory, Paid in full, Colours Of The Culture, T.Y.S., Scumbag World, Pablo Vasquez, The Young Parisians, The Weirdos, Chives Creative, my homie Zav, and everybody else in Central Florida doing their thing. I'm sure there are a lot of other people I'm cool with that I can't think of at the moment. 

 

Videos 

Me & My Mama

http://youtu.be/Bu-dmH8B8FU

The World

http://youtu.be/Vn3Uzhb4rZY

Imagine

http://youtu.be/134Jnrxdl-M

Diary Of A Dreamer

http://youtu.be/1zRhzKgOLFA

Fully Automatic Alex

http://youtu.be/BrmAexxJDnY

Projects

Fix Me A Plate 

https://soundcloud.com/yourcousinalex/sets/fix-me-a-plate

Leather Music 

https://soundcloud.com/yourcousinalex/sets/leather-music-1

 

Links

Soundcloud:

Soundcloud.com/YourCousinAlex

Facebook:

Facebook.com/yourcousinalex

YouTube: 

https://youtube.com/channel/UCvcHUkLKCtF0kjM6oQbpXwA

Twitter:

Twitter.com/yourcousinalex

Soundcloud:

soundcloud.com/yourcousinalex 

Instagram:

Instagram.com/yourcousinalex

Heat Of The Week - Week 11 - Vote Now!

Heat Of The Week - Week 11 - Vote Now!

The next Heat Showcase is right around the corner! It is a little over a month away. Mark your Calendars for June 20th because we will have our next heat of performers competing to open for a major headliner. Last showcase IAMPVYNE won the chance to open up for T.I and the Hustle Gang Tour. Stay tuned in for when we announce the next major artist our amazing local talent could open for. The four Heat of the Week artists that are performing in this showcase are Gabriel, Via CJ, +Indigo, and Schama Noel. The one redeeming artist is Lvyson. Last month, the redeeming artists took home everything, so you never know what is going to happen. We have a competitive week, this week all of the artists have a solid fanbase behind them. It’s going to be a close one, so make sure to listen to all the songs and decide who you think has the best track. Vote Now!

 

Your Cousin Alex “Fix Me a Plate”

Justyce “Roll One”

La Connie x Roofless “Get It On Snap Chat”

J☻Y B☻Y “It’s Not You, It’s Me” 

$we Decapolis “Bars Over BS” 

 

Heat Of The Week: Ca$per the Friendly Rapper

Heat Of The Week: Ca$per the Friendly Rapper

Heat of the Week

Ca$per The Friendly Rapper “EVP”

https://soundcloud.com/thefriendlyrapper/evp-prod-black-diamond

This song proves what every quality rapper wants to prove, that Ca$per can actually spit good bars. From the sample at the beginning, Ca$per is leading the audience into a song that he knows is quality and persistent. The first thing you might notice when listening to the song is his fast flow. The flow is just a great addition to the rest of the track. Sometimes rappers are depended on a fast flow to make their song good, but Ca$per’s flow elevates the solid bars he is spitting within it. He even has little background samples/ad-libs that add to the song that the average listener might miss. The song ends with another vocal part that says, “Who’s next to blow out of the Sunshine State”, applying that Ca$per himself is next to blow.

 

Bio

Ca$per The Friendly Rapper started doin' his thang back in 2009 at the age of 13 when he and a couple of his best buds from middle school jokingly started a rap group, calling themselves "Cabbage Patch Gang." The trio would throw together silly rhymes over simple GarageBand loops but soon realized the blossoming potential of this talented writer incorporating poetry in his rhymes in addition to exhibiting his lyrical abilities, even in the beginning as a fledgling musician. Before long, what had started out as an after-school hobby developed into a burning passion and a dream for the young emcee. Ever since Ca$per recorded his first solo-track in 2011,  the young artist has consistently been putting in work to achieve his dream. Ca$per has been able to build a network and a following through social media, local shows and by continuing to pump out fantastic tracks with better and new production!

Interview

Who is Ca$per The Friendly Rapper, how do you want to be perceived? 

I want to be perceived as myself- a young talented artist following his dream of making music that expresses my feelings and thoughts. I hope that the stories I tell through my lyrics inspire others to open their minds and pursue their own passions. Some people say “Oh, you don’t look like a rapper,” and I aim to break down that stereotype. He is soon to be 21, in less than a week matter of fact. He started making music when he was 13 years old. Two years later, he recorded his first solo track on a pair of Turtle Beach headphones over the “She Said” instrumental by The Pharcyde. he uploaded the song to YouTube and actually managed to rack up over 3,000 views. At that moment he realized “Wow, he can actually do this.” When he was 16, he recorded his first song at a professional studio and soon after formed a second rap group called Off The Wall Gang, biting off of Odd Future Wolf Gang, who they were super into at the time. They recorded a few songs, but eventually disbanded. He later attended the University of Central Florida and met LanlordCollectin, a local DJ/producer, and soon after recorded his debut mixtape, “Tree House Club”. He started doing shows in Tampa and Orlando at clubs such as Crowbar, Backbooth, and Venue578. He has built and continued to build a solid fanbase. Some of his additional interests include visual art, poetry, vinyl records, and socializing.  

Is “Ca$per The Friendly Rapper” just a play on words, or are you looking to hold a certain image of comradely?

I gave myself the nickname Casper in middle school because my initials are actually C.A.S., and I’m white like a ghost. 

Love the beat, what made you pick it?

The beat was produced by Black Diamond, who has also made instrumentals used by the likes of Mac Miller, Logic, and Pro Era. I found the beat five years ago and thought that the sound matched my style. 

Tell me about the process of making “EVP”. 

Well, when I originally heard the instrumental, I immediately started writing. However, I was only 16 at the time and didn’t think I was good enough to rap on the beat yet. Recently, I felt as though my ability is up to par with the level of production and I started rewriting. In about a month I finished the song to my satisfaction and recorded it. I soon after released it to the public. 

Did you always want to be an artist? 

No, I actually wanted to be an astronaut when I was a little kid. I started doing theatre in 3rd grade and began pursuing a career in acting. I actually managed to land roles in a few commercials and was an extra in a TV show and a movie. 

dDo you remember the first song you made?

Yeah, that was with the Cabbage Patch Gang. My verse went something like “Spitting llama, Zooiemama, baby mama drama. Something bigger than the ears on Barack Obama. Cabbage Patch ya up, like a band-aid. Went from Joker of the deck to the ace of spades...” that’s all I remember though.

What makes you different?

I’m not afraid to be myself and I have an innate ability to value people for who they are and build relationships. 

Greatest accomplishment in life/music?  

I was an opening act for Curren$y and Juicy J. I also performed at the TakeOffxLanding Hip-Hop festival in Tampa. 

5 artists you want to work with?

Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, Andre 3000, Mac Miller, and Gorillaz.

2 artists from the Central Florida area you’d want to work with.

Schama Noel and Caskey. 

Favorite album?

Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die

Favorite Producer?

I really like MF DOOM and Flying Lotus, but I’d have to say that J Dilla is my favorite producer. 

Who’s the hottest in the game right now?

Kendrick Lamar, without a doubt. 

Ideal path into a successful career? 

Persistence, patience, and a “small loan of a million dollars”. 

Any other talents?  

I can play the didgeridoo. 

Where are you from? 

Polk County; I was born in Lakeland, Florida. 

Who are your inspirations in life/music?

As far as music goes, I draw inspiration from all artists. If a rapper or singer does something positive I will admire and try to emulate that. On the other hand, if I see an artist doing something negative I’ll attempt to avoid making the same mistakes. In life, I am inspired by Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King Jr., Quentin Tarantino, and many others. 

Are you currently working on anything?

Yes, I’m currently in the process of creating my second mixtape, “Spooky Tales and Ghost Stories”. 

What’s the greatest thing about Central Florida?

I love the diversity and the art community is definitely on the rise. There are also a lot of fun things to do and see. 

What makes Central Florida home? 

I’ve been here my whole life and most of my family and friends live here as well. 

Anything you love about Orlando? 

The girls. The party scene and atmosphere are pretty cool too. 

Any people in the Central Florida art/music scene you want to shout out? 

Of course, 

Money Mike @moneymikeprod_

Gabriel @gabr13lll_

Lanlord @lanlordmusic

Everyone at Studio 18 @Studio18FL

James McCabe a.k.a King Jame$ @jamesmccabe3_

Raza @razatwn

And P.W.P. @pwp_music

Ever been to Venue 578 if so, do you have a favorite show or memory?

Yeah, I performed there as an opener for Juicy J on the T.H.C. tour and Curren$y on the Pilot Talk III tour. I also went to my first hip-hop show there- I saw Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. It was off the chain!

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYBc2UDipzI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gA1gkaaLic

Projects

https://soundcloud.com/thefriendlyrapper/sets/tree-house-club

Links

thefriendlyrapper.com

soundcloud.com/thefriendlyrapper

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB5-k7dH6z456OxRfGy49SA

https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlyrapper/

https://twitter.com/dafrendlyrapper

https://www.instagram.com/thefriendlyrapper/

Heat of the Week: Week 10, Vote Now!

Heat of the Week: Week 10, Vote Now!

The Heat Showcase was a huge success! First of all, thank you to all the fans that came out to support their favorite Heat of the Week artists. Shoutout to Pleasant Pointe, Club13, Drex Carter, Amiir Hasan, and Randy Santos for giving their all and delivering great performances. The ultimate winner of the night was IAMPVYNE, he had the trifecta of performance of the night. He had the best overall content, delivery, and crowd response combined. He will be opening for T.I and the Hustle Gang tour on June 9th. This week we have some exciting local artists. Westside Lucas is holding it down for West Orlando and was apart of the first week ever of the Heat of the Week competition. Elixir Flow recently opened up for T.I at Venue 578. D.R and The Mike Wilson have been blowing up around Orlando area with their multiple performances, and Casper the Friendly Rapper recently held it down at his recent performance in Downtown Orlando. Click on the artists’ names and listen to all of the songs, then chose which song you think deserves to be the next Heat of the Week! 

Westside Lucas “The Bottom (unmixed)”

D.R “Flow like Water”

Elixer Flow “Get Up” (I Love It)

The Mike Wilson “These Things”

Ca$per The Friendly Rapper “EVP”

 

Heat Of The Week: Schama Noel “Doubtful Thoughts”

Heat Of The Week: Schama Noel “Doubtful Thoughts”

Schama Noel “Doubtful Thoughts” 

https://soundcloud.com/schamanoel/02-doubtful-thoughts-prod-by

With 600 total votes Schama Noel came on top this week with his song, Doubtful Thoughts. He took the lead early and kept it going throughout the weekend. This song isSchama at his best. He is racing through different flows over a nice clean banger of a beat. If you're just looking for a song to turn up to this is it, but there are many layers to the song as well. This song will give you motivation through its sound, but the lyrics are on another level. He goes through a couple bars using the starting line “what If I…” This method of lyrical placements makes the artists really feel their mind racing through these doubtful thoughts that Schama Noel is having in his head. This song is relatable because we all have these thoughts throughout our everyday life. A highlight of the song is at the very end where he speaks some wisdom after the beat drops off. He proclaims that he doesn’t want to get famous over night and that he wants to have a gradual growth to the top. Not many artists would say this, but the greatest artists in the world slowly built their success in this way.

Bio

Schama Noel is the cool, humble, well-spoken, & approachable guy that makes music that everyone can listen to, even if they hate rap. He turns 23 July 15th, he can play the piano a little bit like create his own melodies but can't read notes, avatar the last air bender is in his top 5 television series of all time & he’s extremely good at Yugioh. He is the official rap emulator. This means he has a perspective so universal that you can put yourself in the shoes of virtually anyone and study hip hop religiously so that you've mastered all the elements that you try to emulate. He was writing poetry in the 4th grade, the oldest memory he has was when he was 2 years old, he was playing on a toy piano with a pen in his hand and it exploded all over him, he feel like this experience was supernatural .  

Interview

Which artists is best to emulate?
My Kanye emulations always do very well and I enjoy thinking of things Kanye would say 

Which is your favorite to emulate?
Eminem is my favorite because I like to challenge my rhyme schemes and metaphors

Does this help your original content?
Absolutely, it forces me to be innovative so people don't put me in a box

Tell me about the process of making “Doubtful Thoughts” 
I was completely blown away when I heard the beat & knew I had to write something crazy, something that matched its energy

Do you remember the first song you made?
I don't remember the first song I made but I do remember the first song that got me some recognition, "The Last Dragon" it's on my god's playlist mixtape, samples J Dilla and hip hop legend Masta Ace has cosigned it and even wanted to jump on the remix 

What makes you different?
Well I don't curse or have any sexually explicit content & I have my own unique flows that can't really be mirrored by anyone else

Greatest accomplishment in life/music?  
I performed in Dubai in 2015, I think that's one of my greatest accomplishments, just being recognized by people from across the world

5 Artists you want to work with?
Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Frank Ocean & Chance The Rapper

Favorite album? 
Good Kid; Maad City

Favorite Producer? 
Timbaland

Who’s the hottest in the game right now?
Honestly X probably is, the hype around him is unbelievable and he has a cult-like following that continues to grow

Ideal path into a successful career? 
Getting introduced to the right people who understand the industry and have the best of my interest

 

Any other talents?  
Playing yugioh I guess lol

Where are you from? 
I was born in Haiti, moved to Orlando when I was 2 years old

Who are your inspirations in life/music?
Jay Z is a huge inspiration, to come from where he's come from and to rise above all of the violence & poverty is remarkable, he definitely influenced a lot of artists to become their own bosses

Are you currently working on anything?
Yeh I'm working on my next project but I'm very picky with beats so I'm taking my time, I'll be releasing new music soon though

What’s the greatest thing about Central Florida/Orlando?
The underground music scene, it's so slept on and there are so many innovative artists that the world will soon be introduced to

What makes Central Florida/Orlando home? 
Honestly the weather, theme parks and beaches, that's what makes me feel like I'm back in Florida but in a few years I predict that the music scene will be just as relevant 

Favorite food spot in Central Florida?
My grandma's kitchen

Any people in the Central Florida art/music scene you want to shout out? 
@Trippyville(amazing painter, does digital art etc)
@CharlesWheatle(producer & videographer)

Ever been to Venue 578 if so, do you have a favorite show or memory?
Yeh, I went to a Logic show there once, Logic literally has extra lungs, he's a great  performer

 

Videos

https://youtu.be/CYJ_u2_1jew

https://youtu.be/SRsHaxz_ELg

Projects

https://soundcloud.com/schamanoel/sets/eternal-feels-ep

https://soundcloud.com/schamanoel/sets/ear-candy-ep

Heat of the Week: Week 9, Vote Now!

Heat of the Week: Week 9, Vote Now!

The Heat showcase is next Tuesday! Make sure you come support the Heat of the Week winners as they compete in a live performance for a chance to open up for T.I and the Hustle Gang tour. Mark your calendars for May 9th! This week we have songs from Elicit Vibes, Slim Papi, John P, Schama Noel, and Mikey Macaronii. These are all artists from the Central Florida area putting their talent on the map to become the next Heat of the Week. This week’s winner will be the last artist selected for our June Showcase at Venue 578. Check out our last three winners to see who else will be performing with this week’s winner. The stakes are high! but remember this is all love. We are trying to build and support Orlando’s hip-hop culture to find our next Hometown Hero. Click on all the links and listen to every song, then vote on who you think deserves to be the next Heat of the Week. Show some love by commenting and expressing your support. Voting ends at 8 pm on Sunday.

 

Elicit Vibes “Distractions”

Slim Papi “Cash Convo”

John P “Blowin' Up”

Schama Noel “Doubtful Thought”

Mikey Macaronii “Trust No Soul”

 

Heat of the Week: +indigo☹ “Viral”

Heat of the Week: +indigo☹ “Viral”

Heat Of The Week - +indigo☹ “Viral”

Bio

+indigo☹ is an artist who wants to push limits, create raw material, and one that can not be copied. He wants to be perceived as someone you can’t really put a label on. He finds interest in icons who do anything they want, and the moment you try to figure out or name call what they are on, the energy transcends & develops something into something you can’t. He’s always been that way, personally and with his artistry. He is 22 years old. He does not have any no other musical history other then playing the recorder in fourth grade. He can't read music at all, but he always knew he was made for this since he was 5 years old riding passenger in his mom’s whip. He’s been listening to music for so long creating it became 2nd nature. His interest include Horror Movies, Anime, playing PS4, trying to make more fire music, out-do himself, CROWD SURFING, and successfully making moves to further his career.

Interview

What’s with the sad face?

- You are the goat for asking me this. My name has plenty of meanings but the plus sign is a representation of everything in life that is positive. The frown face represents everything in life that is negative. My name is in the middle of them both because I am in the balance of both. Everyone is. There is no more bad than good, & vice versa.

Tell me about the process of making “Viral”

- I was in my cousin Breezy’s room and I wanted to make a banger… I found the beat (shoutout Packman Beats) I wrote my verse & just freestyled the hook. I engineered myself, and dropped it! It's also Part 1 of a story. The 2nd part is called Meningitis. As in “Viral Meningitis”.

Did you always want to be an artist?

-Yes. I always knew I would be. When I was young, I didn't know how I would be one.. but I knew. When I got older and got out of high school it got put on pause because of

depression, a relationship, family issues, insecurities, and whatever people use as an excuse for not following they dream. I also was doing the job & college thing. I worked for Mcdonald's, AT&T Tier 2 Tech Support, Staples and dropped out of Seminole State College…. But honestly, none of it was for me. I needed a life, & to not live in a box just to make other people happy you know?

Do you remember the first song you made?

- Yes lmfaoooooo, its called 27 Club (Super Chef). It's on a slowed down Makkonen beat. It still does the best on my SoundCloud to this day. It surprises me how well it does despite it being my first song ever. It taught me that you never know what people will resonate with.

What makes you different?

- I’m here to be myself & actually see how nasty I can get with this music. I’m not trying to win you over by copying someone else’s sound, showing you who I'm affiliated with on IG or whatever... People forget about that part sometimes, the actually having talent part. I’m different because I'm always gonna stay in my lane, and true to myself, but grow 30x doing it.

Greatest accomplishment in life/music?

- Doing exactly what always know i could, despite people i used to love telling me that i could never. & Opening for Xavier Wulf at Backbooth was lit too. We went crazy….. it was the first time i crowd surfed.

Five Artists you want to work with?

-Abra, Earl Sweatshirt, Los Hosale, Young Thug, and La Flame.

Two artists from the Central Florida area you’d want to work with.

- Diana Etienne & Donny Blanks.

Favorite album?

- I listen to wayyyyy too much fire to have a favorite… but After Dark 3 (DJ Wi$h6one), Slime Season 3(Young Thug), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Yeezy), Views Chopped & Screwed (Drake x DJ Purpberry), Future/HNDRXX Chopped & Screwed

(Future x DJ Purpberry) Only Built 4 Cuban Linx(Raekwon), & this new Carti (Playboi Carti) have been in heavy rotation these last 4 days.

Favorite Producer?

- Again with the “favorite” huh? Lmaooooo

808 Mafia, Khaed, Cris Deniro, La Flame, RZA, Nuri, Ronny J, Packman, WondaGurl, Danny Wolf, Donny Blanks, DJ Wi$h6one, Icytwat, & NI**AISTOLEDABEAT

Who’s the hottest in the game right now?

-No one has bars for Earl Sweatshirt however it would be crazy if him and Kendrick had rap beef and dropped them diss tracks so we could really see wassup.., Future/Young Thug have untouchable flows whether you like what they saying or not, and 808 Mafia is running the beat industry.

An ideal path into a successful career?

- High key, I'm just trying to get a solid manager to get me more shows & festivals, once that happens I got it from there. As far as answering that question for anybody else, stay solid, create, love your craft more than the negative comments you will receive for it, and never let yourself be put in a box. Not one. Don't tolerate it, not even if it's your family because the family wouldn't do that to you.

Any other talents?

-I can write poetry, graphic design, fix computers, cook 5 star snacks, ghost ride the whip, engineer, curate, produce, and teach a novice how to do all of them very well in a very short amount of time.

Where are you from?

-Orlando, FL

Who are your inspirations in life/music?

-My Grandmother is my god. I have no other life inspirations other than her. Point blank.

Are you currently working on anything?

- Yes! My first project called “THE SEPHIROTH’S CHARAÉ” is dropping this summer... I’ve been working on it since early last year and i'm in love with it. Its inspired by my mother and what became of me losing her. It’s why i rap, why i'm different to all my old friends now, why i'm even on this platform… it all falls back to her. It also pays tribute to my love for anime, Florida, conscious music, crazy beats, vivid productions, poetry, & knowing that light comes after every tunnel.

What’s the greatest thing about Central Florida?

-Food, Black Women, Spanish Women, the undiscovered talents that are ready to thrive globally, the lowkey recording studios & what it made me.

What makes Central Florida home?

-What doesn’t?

Anything you love about Orlando?

-I’m not gonna lie, it’s starting to grow a lot more for the ways the YOUTH needs it too, i’m glad things are progressing, I love to see its growth.

Any people in the Central Florida art/music scene you want to shout out?

My #collectivedead brothers ( @crimsonthegawd + @HTDre_), RAWSWIM, Swirlsss, BackBooth, Venue 578, Mango Beats, AMH, HomeTeam, Donny Blanks, Danny Towers, King Carlow, OG Records, Imperfections, OutHereVisuals, Brianna Mundle, Drelue, and everyone who has ever supported me in any way, shape, or form.

 

Ever been to Venue 578 if so, do you have a favorite show or memory?

YOOOOOOOOOOOO me and my brother Christian came to Venue to see Travis Scott when he was on his Rodeo tour. IT WAS SO LIT. we had V.I.P, there were maddddd fine shorties in da building, and I saw some guy get a Street Fighter Mortal Kombat piece to the dome in the mosh pit. 10/10 birthday gift for real lol.

Websites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deathofindigo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deathofindigo/
Tumblr: http://deathofindigo.tumblr.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/indigo27club
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deathofindigo/

Heat of the Week: Week 8, Vote Now!

Heat of the Week: Week 8, Vote Now!

There is a little over two weeks left until the first official Heat Showcase. Everyone should come out to watch past Heat of the Week winners battle it out for the chance at opening up for the T.I Hustle Gang Tour on June 9th. The Heat presented by Venue 578 and the Music Plug will be on May 9th. The winner of this week will perform in a similar showcase in June with the chance to open up for a major headliner as well. This week’s selections were picked because of their unique styles. We have 5 artists that are from all over Central Florida that are proud to represent their area. Give them all a listen and vote on which song you think deserves to be the next Heat of the Week!

Kid Krippy “Old Times”

Scoob The Gaud Himself “The Beacham”

+indigo “Viral”

Bonni3 featuring Nicodemus “The Real Ones”

John De Vinci “Shrek and Fionna”

 

Heat of the Week: Via CJ “Weapons”

Heat of the Week: Via CJ “Weapons”

Bio

    Before anything is said, Via CJ is documenting his entire life/journey on Youtube. Via CJ is an 18 year old rapper, social media consultant, and weekly Youtube vlogger from Watertown, Connecticut. His full name is Christian Jovan Febles. He was always a kind, humble, “what can I do for you?” type of young man… He gets this generosity from watching his mother and father make sacrifices to make sure he had the best baseball training, was on the best baseball teams, and made sure to travel the country with him for his national baseball tournaments….yes, Via CJ was an athlete his entire life who spent most of his childhood chasing a baseball scholarship. However, his parents were not rich by any means. He watched his mom go to work 7 days per week, for well over 2 years, while his father worked around 6 days per week on average. At the age of 16, CJ suffered a shoulder injury and underwent season-ending surgery which required him to rest and recover all summer long. This meant Via CJ had to find another outlet that wasn’t baseball. After many summer nights depressed in his room, he discovered creating content and digital media on Youtube. He started making graphics (which he still makes for himself and other artists) and vlogs. This is the platform he uses to build his audience for music and any other creative endeavors. 

 Via CJ was making graphics and videos long before he started making music. Music came along slowly but surely. Since he was 12 year old, he would always freestyle in the hotel with his close-knit travel baseball teammates. Eventually at the age of 17, Via CJ was in Time Square, NYC with his mother, father, and girlfriend. It was Christmas time so the lights and atmosphere was tingling his creative senses. He decided to walk into the nearest Best Buy, and spend all of his current funds on a cheap USB Microphone called the Blue Yeti. He set up a small recording studio in his closet at home and spent about 6 months making mock tracks and finding his sound (which are not longer on the internet due to poor quality)...This was a life changing experience for Via CJ.

     After graduating from Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden, CT, Via CJ eventually landed a college baseball offer, but declined it so he could move to Melbourne, Florida, continue his relationship, and pursue his music career as “Via CJ”. He was attending Eastern Florida State College chasing a Psychology degree (intrigued by his long term seasonal depression), but dropped out after his first semester due to debt and time constraints. He quickly became self-aware and realized that being creative and making music/videos is his biggest strength. College was not in his best interest. Via CJ quotes; “I’m ready to fail...I want to win...but I’m ready to fail..I’m 18, none of this is supposed to be happening to me but I’m gonna run with it. College will always be there, but this opportunity won't.” 

     Being in Florida for only 8 months, Via CJ has made some very humbling friendships with other creatives that push him to create at his highest level and continue raising the bar. He travels weekly to Studio 18 in Orlando so he can make music in his favorite environment. To support himself and his creative ventures, he works as a social media consultant out of the Melbourne/Palm Bay area. Via CJ is skilled in running target marketing social media ad campaigns for business owners and artists just like himself. This is just the beginning and Via CJ looks forward to shaking hands and meeting new faces as he gains traction in the Central Florida music scene. When he isn’t working on music, videos, or marketing, he can be found chilling at the beach with loved ones, flying to and from Connecticut, and playing some Xbox One.

Interview

What is your age, musical history, interests, etc. ?

 I am 18 years old, turning 19 on May 14th. As far as music history goes, I played violin in 3rd grade for a couple weeks and then quit haha. Then I started self-teaching piano a bit but am still very amateur. I’ve been singing, rapping, and freestyling with my friends for many years though. 

Did you always want to be an artist

Hell No! Haha I always wanted to be a professional baseball player, but once the surgery happened, I quickly realized that was out of the question. Music is what just came naturally to me, I believe the universe gave it to me. 

Do you remember the first song you made?

Yes, it was so embarrassing. The song was called “Wildin” and I just spit any bars I could think of. I’m laughing just thinking about it haha. 

What makes you different?

I am different because I don’t only make music. I am a complete Social Media Internet Kid Hybrid. I make videos, put out weekly vlogs on my Youtube channel, and on top of all that I manage social media accounts for several businesses and a few successful artists. 

Greatest accomplishment in life/music?  

In music, my greatest accomplishment is winning Heat of The Week; Week 7, hosted by the lovely Venue 578. My other greatest accomplishment is gathering over 30k total views on my debut professional song “Weapons”...other than that I’m just hype that I’ve never been arrested or anything like that. 

Four Artists you want to work with?

This is a tough question because I look up to many artists, but if I had to only choose 4, I would say Mike Stud, Russ, Travis Scott, and G4shi

Two artists from the Central Florida area you’d want to work with.

There’s definitely more than 2 but I’ll attempt to only pick 2. I would have to say my man Malachi over at Studio 18 who goes by the artist name “TEL”... Another artist I would love to work with is Drex Carter

Favorite album?

This may sound crazy, but my favorite album is Encore by DJ Snake. The variety of genres mixed with the insane level of production is just a straight up eargasm.

 

Favorite Producer?

That’s a tough question. Even though I’ve never actually recorded a track on one of his beats, my favorite producer would have to be BAD ONE. 

Who’s the hottest in the game right now?

You may be expecting me to say Drake, but I’m gonna go ahead and cast my vote for Russ as the hottest out in 2017.

 

Ideal path into a successful career? 

 

My ideal path to a successful career has a lot to do with patience. However, speed is also crucial. I guess it is all about having long term patience (not wanting everything to happen today) MIXED with short term speed (getting things done quickly day in and day out.)

Any other talents?  

I am really good at doing yo-yo tricks, writing essays, and drawing. Oh yea, I’m also pretty nasty in Call of Duty...1v1 me...

Where are you from? 

I was born in Waterbury, CT. At 4 years old I moved to Watertown, CT. Then at 16, I moved to Meriden, CT. Now I’m living in Melbourne, FL. 

Who are your inspirations in life/music?

My biggest inspirations in life are my parents. They’ve handcrafted me. All glory goes to them. I’m also inspired by Logic, because his message his all about peace, love, and positivity. A lot of my inspiration/self-discipline comes from my lifelong involvement in baseball.

Are you currently working on anything?

I am currently working on my next song called “My Time”... I promise it’s super creative and not cliche haha. 

What’s the greatest thing about Central Florida?

The greatest thing, in my opinion, about Central Florida is the creative scene. There are so many creators who are more talented than me and it truly pushes me to new heights. 

What makes Central Florida home? 

Although I’m from a completely different part of the country in Connecticut, Central Florida still feels like home because of the level of acceptance they have for me. Especially Orlando. Studio 18 took me under their wing and so did all of Orlando and I am beyond blessed. 

Anything you love about Orlando? 

I love the quality of artistic competition. I also love the fact that Orlando is up next in the music industry. I also love the food, shoutout to those quesadillas I had the other day at Hunger St.

Any people in the Central Florida art/music scene you want to shout out? 

Yes! Gotta shout out the first creator I ever met in Florida. He is a photographer named Kadeem a.k.a ArrogantWatcher. I want to shout out my man Ignacio a.k.a BAD ONE a.k.a PROTOOLSSHAWTY. He is the first engineer/producer I ever met here in Florida and he is the guy who mixed my song “Weapons.” Another shoutout goes to my guy Stephen Oliviera who is a local photographer in Palm Bay.  I want to also shout out a fellow artist in Orlando named Drex Carter. He inspires me and he just dropped a sick project called Wolves. I wanna shout out my boy Count Morris who is an Orlando engineer/producer who is actually from the same hometown in CT as me. Another shoutout goes to Circa and gang over at Indepreneur for teaching the cutting edge ways to build a true audience online. Also, want to shout out my man Cupp who mastered my song “Weapons.”  Another shoutout goes to IMG Complete in Palm Bay, FL, for doing everything that they do and helping me evolve as an entrepreneur. Lastly, I want to shout out my homie Malachi a.k.a TEL over at Studio 18. 

 

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkl3mmOpZbEgVzSqSkhNLkQ

Projects

https://soundcloud.com/via_cj

https://play.spotify.com/artist/73psb0hWCxURLL833HOSQj?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/weapons-single/id1208717363

 

Links

https://twitter.com/via_cj?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/itsviacj/

https://www.facebook.com/itsViaCJ/

Vision Artist: Lissette

Vision Artist: Lissette

Lissette is an avid supporter of the art’s community and has incorporated her artistic passion into handmade accessories made with natural stone beads. She has always had a passion for the fashion/art industry and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She discovered her love for accessories shortly after college.

She believes accessories can make or break the outfit. Her work includes rings, pins, etc. She uses vibrant colors derived from wire, stones, and clay. Her creative outlook on the artistic side of the jewelry making process has advanced her work into something unique and original that can be shared in everyday life.

Lissette’s accessory art is selftaught and she encourages others to pursue their passion and dreams no matter how big or small. With time and dedication she is now a proud owner of a small business located in Orlando and is excited to continue to see the growth of the art/fashion industry.

Vision Artist:  Cianna

Vision Artist:  Cianna

 Born and raised in Orlando, Cianna Piercey has flourished as an artist, with her work being displayed at several showcases including the Winter Park Arts Festival, City Arts Factory, and the Purple Orchid Café. Cianna has been a life-long visual artist, painting since before she can remember when her mother would leave random art supplies for her to explore at her own desire.  This passion for creativity has brought her to where she is today, and her paintings have been an integral part of the growth and development of the art world in Orlando.

 Cianna’s creations explore the ineffable, with her focus on altered state of consciousness and the inner workings of the human mind.  Cianna paints to evoke feelings and convey messages, but art also serves as a tool for her to navigate the existential questions of life.  She says that through her use of black lights and vibrant color, she attempts to “render dimensionally-unbound abstract hallucinations into two-dimensional representations.”

Cianna is currently studying psychology and studio art at UCF and hopes to one day practice as an art therapist. She is an avid believer that art is not merely expressive, but also has the potential to heal.  It is with this need to help others that Cianna plans to fuse her passions, and offer the world a vision that provokes not only thought, but action.

To view more of her creations, you can visit her Instagram at instagram.com/knottyart

Heat of the Week: Week 7, Vote Now!

Heat of the Week: Week 7, Vote Now!

Heat of the Week Update: On May 9th, Venue 578 will be hosting The Heat. The first four winners plus two redemptions for a chance at opening of for T.I and the Hustle Gang tour. These artists will be judged on content, delivery, and crowd response. This is a great networking opportunity for all local artists in the area to come together and support each other on a major scale. Come meet members of Venue 578 and the Music Plug to see what steps you need to take in becoming the next Hometown Hero. Tickets are $5 dollars and for 15$ you can have all you can drink for the first two hours. The winner of this week will compete in the same showcase in June for the opportunity to open for a major headlining artist. The Heat of the Week winner’s will grow their resume more than ever before, so give them all the support they can get. These artists represent your culture, so listen to what they have to offer and vote on your favorite song.

 

Myke Nation “Cortex” 

Nino Ca$ino & Julius the Superb “Wavy” 

Contra Saturn FT Gloria Marie “Time” 

Via C.J “Weapons”

Otis Oak “Glitter” 

Heat of the Week: Gabriel “Neverland/Awake”

Heat of the Week: Gabriel “Neverland/Awake”

Bio

Gabriel was born in Lakeland, FL, which is a pretty small town on the I4 corridor in between Tampa and Orlando. His mother was born and raised in Lakeland, but his father emigrated from Saudi Arabia in the 90s. His family is originally Palestinian, Gabriel’s grandparents on his Arabic side were from the West Bank, but were forced to move because of conflict with Israel. There aren’t a lot of Muslims from where he is from, so growing up was there was pretty interesting. There were a lot of people who didn’t understand it being a different religion, so for a while, I had to deal with people belittling everything about it, especially after 9/11 and during the Iraq war. Gabriel is a poet, more than anything.His last name “Al-Shaer” actually means “family of poets” in Arabic, so it’s in his blood to be a poet. That’s what he aims for when he create, rather than going for any specific type of genre. Gabriel is 22 years old. His elementary and middle school, Rochelle School of the Arts in Lakeland, was an art school so growing up he had a lot of different influences from all these different aspects of the arts. Gabriel was in chorus from 3rd grade until 8th grade,  played saxophone in band and jazz band from fourth grade until eighth grade, keyboard from third to fifth grade, and show choir from seventh grade until eighth grade.

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 After middle school, He didn’t take part in any organized musical activities, but would always be singing and freestyling, just fooling around in class getting on the teacher’s nerves. Junior year a couple of his friends and him started a band for a community service project, where we would play music and volunteer for events. During exams senior year, they performed at the school talent show - nothing serious, just a medley of covers, and the girls went crazy in the audience when we started performing. Gabriel played football so nobody thought he could sing, but it was seriously surreal. He felt like a Beatle. His mom was an amazing singer, though. She’s the one who really taught him to how to do it well, like the mechanics behind it. Some of my first memories are with her singing in the car.

Once he got to college, after his freshman year when he still played football, he started doing open mics around UCF to get back in that feel of performing. He was mostly performing covers because, at the time, he didn’t have his own written material yet. He started taking music a lot more serious when he started recording and posting material with one of Orlando’s up and coming producers landlordcollectin. Shouts out to him because he saw something in Gabriel, and he was the first to get him to take this seriously.

Besides doing music, he likes to play chess - He’s been playing since his grandfather taught him when he was five. It’s a great game. he reads a lot as well, and he’ll play FIFA every now and then with the homies. 

Interview

 Did you always want to be an artist? 

-When I was really small I remember my mom asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I wasn’t sure exactly how to describe it, but I remember I had seen this guy on television performing in front of a bunch of people and I thought that was so cool. I remembered they’d called him a rock star on TV so I told her I wanted to be a rock star. Her reaction was funny, though, she just responded, “Oh, that’s not good. You don’t want to be a rock star, honey.” So I was just like, “Okay whatever you say.” So for a long time it wasn’t an express goal to be an artist, but it was always something I thought I wanted to do so I would think about things I would do if I ever had that platform where I could achieve that goal - sort of internalizing the skills without going after it until I had that independence to finally do it. 

 

Do you remember the first song you made?

-The first song I ever wrote was with the community service band we started my junior year in high school. We called ourselves EGK, by the way. We were doing a cover of ‘Where is the Love’ by the Black Eyed Peas, but we were doing it for our school Hamlet project to show we understood the themes behind the play. I rewrote the whole song. It was the first time I’d ever done anything like writing a song, but I remember just being amazed when we were finished that I could do it. One of the lyrics went, “If my soul is mine to keep, can I set another free,” and I remember thinking to myself, at the time, that that was pretty deep. 

 

What makes you different?

-A lot of things make me different, just like with any other artist. I think growing up and having to reconcile being a part of a different religion than my friends gave me a different perspective that a lot of Americans never have to go through. It’s helped me to look at the world by how others might perceive it instead of with just my own perspective. 

Besides that, my friends and family have definitely impacted me to want to be better. Everybody’s been so supportive and inspiring to me in their daily endeavors that it’s made me want to be a better person. I don’t know if my support system is any different from other artists but I would not be who I am today without them.

Greatest accomplishment in life/music?  

-When I was in sixth grade I got really sick and had to miss a couple weeks of school. We had a big poetry project due for when I got back so I just worked on that, off and on, while I was sick at home. I got an A+ on the project, and it baffled me, to be completely honest, because writing it seemed so natural. One of the poems ended up getting published in a Polk County Poetry Anthology, and I thought that was the coolest thing - being a published writer. 
 

Top 5 Artists you want to work with?

-This is a tough one. 

Number one, I would have to say Frank Ocean. I love the emotion he puts behind his music. You have to be fearless to display feeling with so much honesty.

2.] Number two would be Noah “40” Shebib. His production is iconic, and was a huge soundtrack behind my high school years, and my artistic development. 

3.] Number three is Post Malone. I love classic rock, especially Fleetwood Mac, and his cover of Fleetwood’s “Dreams” was so freaking cool. Man, I would love to do something like that.

4.] Number four would be Hozier. His lyrics are ethereal. And the way he combines blues, rock n’ roll and gospel is beautiful. 

5.] Lastly, I would have to say Kendrick Lamar. The themes that he represents through his music are timeless and, at this point, are another aspect of American countercultural history. Plus, he’s the greatest of all time.


Favorite Producer?

-My favorite producer of all time is Noah “40” Shebib. His production perfectly captured how I was feeling during high school, and especially with Take Care. I listened to Take Care every day my entire junior year. Every time I listen to it now I get nostalgic for that period.

My favorite producer right now is Flying Lotus, though. I haven’t stopped listening to his last album “You’re Dead,” since it dropped two years ago. 


Who’s the hottest in the game right now?

-Kendrick Lamar. No question. It could just be because his album dropped only a couple days ago, but that’s all anybody is talking about. He has that kind of influence where his name just markets itself. 


The ideal path into a successful career? 

-I’ve seen Dave Chappelle talk about how his career advanced at a natural pace, where he kept improving as his opportunities arose. He said he didn’t know if he would have been able to handle everything if it had been sprung upon him at a younger age, like how it happens with some in the entertainment business. I believe in the process towards success. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The ideal path is a natural progression where how talented you are is dictated by how much work you put in and stay consistent with, which will lead to bigger and bigger opportunities. Otherwise, I believe the success can destroy you.


Any other talents?  

-In high school I played linebacker and was actually captain of the varsity football team. I went on to play a year of college football at Stetson University before transferring to UCF. I also took part in an international chess tournament once, but I only did alright. 


Where are you from? 

-I’m from Polk County, or more specifically, Lakeland FL. It was a lot smaller, but it’s still growing pretty steadily. There is a nice art scene, but it’s mostly known for high school football. A couple of NFL players that have come out of Polk are the Pouncey twins, Ray Lewis, Bilal Powell and Chris Rainey. Tracy McGrady is actually from Polk County too. 

Who are your inspirations in life/music?

-Music-wise some of my biggest inspirations include Bizzy Bone, The Doors, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and The Beatles. 2pac has always been of my biggest inspirations, as well. Not mostly for his music, but that he used his life as a platform to talk about his beliefs on the world, and that he stood up and stood for those beliefs and looked to make changes in the world to make a difference. 

 

Are you currently working on anything?

-I am currently working on an EP that should complete a trilogy of tapes that I’ve been working on for the last two years. It’s exciting to see an artistic vision come to life the way it has, but the final tape is still only a couple songs in right now.

 

What’s the greatest thing about Central Florida?

-The greatest thing about Central Florida, by far, is the diversity. Growing up, all my friend groups would have every different kind of race you could imagine. There’s a large Arab and hispanic population in both Tampa and Orlando, plus, because of the temple in Lakeland, a rather large Indian population, as well. One of the bigger musical conglomerates in Central Florida, Colours of the Culture, represents this diversity extremely well, and showcases with their various styles the many influences that people growing up in Central Florida have been a part of. I don’t think there are many places as diverse as this Central Florida region in America. 

 

What makes Central Florida home? 

-Central Florida is home, and will always be home, because this is where I’m from. I’m not the type to be perpetually nostalgic, but where I’m from is where I’m from and I will always represent myself with that in mind. I love this place. 

 

Anything you love about Orlando? 

Oh man, so much. I love the diversity and the aesthetic. It seems like you really can’t pinpoint Orlando, or box it into one area because it’s so sprawled out and massive. You can be near Oviedo and UCF, and get a completely different vibe from the city than you would being in the downtown area. And there’s just so much going on if you take the time to look. Whenever I first came here I was almost overwhelmed at what to make of everything, but over time you really find what you need to and where you want to be. The people here are amazing too. Growing up in a small town boxes you in as to what kind of personalities you’ll see. Coming here was one of the greatest things that’s happened in my life, by far.

 

Any people in the Central florida art/music scene you want to shout out? 

-Oh, yeah!! shouts out @moneymikeproductions, @lanlordcollectin,, @razatwn, @Creatives_Only, @swirlsss, @ColoursoftheCulture, @beatsbyjimmy, @thanksjoey, @tsashowcase, Much love <3

Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0x6jL4-BLQ&list=PLYs7TaXZsV8NoqjgKZsRYm21Ef838-3Mj

 

 

Projects

She Left Home

https://soundcloud.com/gabrielknowseverything/sets/she-left-home

 

Ignorance is Bliss

https://soundcloud.com/gabrielknowseverything/sets/ignorance-is-bliss

 

Too Long (Series)

https://soundcloud.com/gabrielknowseverything/sets/too-long-ep

 

 

Links

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHN7atYJeiJEVAAtf251dQ

Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/gabrielknowseverything

Twitter - https://twitter.com/gabr13lll__

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/gabrielknowsnothin/