#2: When did music became your first love, especially Hip-Hop?
#3: Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
Michael Jackson being the first. He just knew how to create something that wasn’t yet created in the music world. I’ve been inspired by his music, era, and just his drive to be the best that he could be. Always competing with the old you.
#4: While reading your brief bio, it stated that you “listened to everything from Run DMC to Def Leopard.” Based on your wide range of musical influences, how does that translate in terms of defining your own sound?
#5: What was the very first rhyme you wrote as you were an up and coming lyricist?
Don’t Really remember the first rap I wrote, but I do remember people telling me after I did it, that I had something special. That it may take people years to catch on but thats just because you ahead of your time. LOL
#6: Share five facts about you that your fans may be surprised to know.
#7: What are some things that you appreciate about your loyal fan base?
#8: What do you think is harder for a lyricist to master: Freestyling or Storytelling? Why?
#9: Where do you see yourself in your career 10 years from now?
Hopefully, still making music, and creating something new. Either if its me working with an artist, or just producing new records For myself or other artists.
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#1: When did you first fall in love with music and performing?
When I was 16 years old, I started taking singing lessons. Then I went to my first audition.
#2: Who are some of your most influential music artists you admire?
I started off listening to musicals like Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar. As the years passed, I listened to classical and pop. I love Hayley Westenra and Celtic Woman. I loved Symphonic Rock music artists like Within Temptation, Nightwish, and Epica. I admire Sharon den Adel the most. I hope to sing a duet with her someday.
#3: Explain what Symphonic Rock Metal is and how does it differ from Alternative Pop Ballads.
Symphonic Rock/Metal is a combination of rock music with a classical touch. So the sounds are more soft. Most off the time you can sing very high notes in the music. I love to do that! I written my own Alternative Pop Ballads. They are a combination from pop and classical sounds. But there is nothing rocking about it. That’s what I love from Symphonic Rock/Metal.
#4: What five words would describe your sound and why?
These words grab my emotions for my sound in a melodic way. It gets pretty heavy in both slow and fast songs.
#5: Share five facts about yourself that your fans may be surprised to know.
1. I didn’t have a good time at school. No one understood me.
2. I love to do Reiki.
3. I have technical skills like setting up websites. My website that I have up (Studio Nikita Lumet) is for singing and therapy (reiki, quantum touch, regenesis touch).
4. I love Classical Ballet.
5. Every holiday, I go to the mountains to walk all day.
#6: If you could pick 10 songs to represent the “Soundtrack of your Life” what would they be and why?
I would say my whole album because the songs on there are all about my life. They describe my path of my life very well. Because I change styles, I would end with the rock version off of “The Phantom of the Opera” from Nightwish with that last very high note. It feels like I am up and running with my music.
#7: What are some things that you truly admire from your dedicated fan base?
If people try to get me down, my fans make them leave. They support me so much. Even if they requested a song from a long time ago, if it isn’t the best they would love it.
#8: You have participated in a few YouNow Contests. You are a finalist in the MTV Voices Street Caster Contest (July 2013). You were not only the winner of the weekly Karaoke Contest but also a runner-up in the weekly Dance Contest. How was it like participating in each of these contests?
For the Karaoke Contest, I was nervous. I thought to myself, “What will people think of me? Will they like my style?” When I went on to broadcast, I was relaxed and enjoyed doing it. It was so much fun! Of course my fans came in and supported me.
In the dance contest, I thought I wouldn’t be in the final round. I was doing a mix of modern and classical ballet on pointes. I never expected to go on. I even took off my pointes and let it all go. So yes it was exciting to go in to the final round. Someone even said “She already won the dance contest” because the host wanted to call my name. I don’t think that mattered at all, but being a runner-up was perfect. Can’t them win all!
MTV Voices was amazing as well. Yet I think my first round was better, but I loved to talk so it was great. Out of all the contests I did, I loved the karaoke contest was the best because singing is truly where my heart belongs.
#9: Where do you see yourself 10 years in your career?
Performing on stage every week! I just made my own artist website (http://www.xsnienke.nl). I performed with my new entertainment management company and decided that I would go on under the stage name Nienke. They are handling in booking performances for me. So now I think my singing career has started! I even made an extra fan page on Facebook.
#10: Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?
This adorable guy is Maxwell Yi. He goes by the name of AznInvazn (Asian Invasion). Maxwell is a 17-year-old aspiring DJ and Music Producer. Maxwell who was born in Los Angeles and currently resides in Texas has been studying music for about 10 years. So he began studying music at 7 years old. In my personal opinion, he is a freakin musical prodigy. So from his musical training he has produced and done Electronic Dance Music (EDM) remixes for many independent artists. So what does the AznInvazn wants? He wants you to party rock to the music he gloriously creates for your listening pleasure.
Want to know how Maxwell got his DJ name of AznInvazn? He shares the epic story of how of his stage name came to be:
“I actually got my stage name from my friend, Jaron. I was asking him what my stage name should be and he, at the time, would keep saying stuff like, Asian Domination or Asian Persuasion or Asian Invasion. He kept saying, “DUDE, do Asian Invasion!!” I figured, why the hell not since I couldn’t think of anything else, plus it’s so ridiculous that hopefully it’ll stick in people’s heads.”
So I can only guess that when Maxwell becomes successful, his friend Jaron shall be known as the one who said “DUDE do AznInvazn!” Which could simply be translated as: “DUDE your stage name should totally be AznInvazn!”
I asked Maxwell aka AznInvazn some questions so that people who have never heard of him can get to know him and fans of him to get to know more about him. Here we go!
#1: When did you first fall in love with music that transitioned you into becoming a DJ?
It’s a funny story actually. I use to hate DJing, let alone the idea of DJing. I hated Electronic music (What I referred to as “Techno”). It wasn’t until high school that I became interested in EDM (Electric Dance Music). People kept talking about this guy named deadmau5, and I figured I’d listen to his stuff since people kept talking about him. I came across Strobe, and I fell in love with EDM and eventually started to get in the habit of DJing seriously (I started DJing as a whole when I came across a featured YouTube video entitled “How to DJ with Virtual DJ”).
#2: How is your mixing style differs from other DJ’s that you have heard or seen?
To be honest, I don’t think my “mixing style” differs that much. I mean, every DJ plays tracks and transitions in between with the exception of various effects and samples thrown in. If there’s one way I would categorize myself apart from other DJs, I would say it’s the kind of music I mix, but even that isn’t all that different from other DJs. It’s all EDM in the end. What REALLY differs is the music I produce, considering the fact that it’s music that I wrote (With the exception of remixes and edits)
#3: Who are some of your musical influences that are important in helping shape your career?
My influences from the EDM realm include deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, and Zedd. In terms of my influences all together, there are way too many to list.
#4: Just like any other genre of music, do you believe Djing is a musical art form that the majority of people tend to misunderstand?
Nope. What art is there in button pushing? I think the art and talent lies inside the production of a track. By that, I mean the writing of the melodies, harmonies, chord progression, designing sounds, placement of the sounds, mastering and EQing, etc. Anyone can push buttons and slide a crossfader, but the “talented” ones can write the music they mix.
#5: What is one question people ask you about Djing that irritates you the most? Why?
“What kind of equipment do you use?” See, I don’t have a problem answering that question if I get interviewed and what not, but when other ‘beginners’ ask me that repeatedly, then it’s just like stfu. Its not that I have anything against ‘beginners’ since I’ve been there before. It just gets annoying sometimes.
Hey my name is AshleyNerdStar. And this is my brief story of how a girl from Saginaw, Michigan gave birth to something creatively special. Follow me if you will on this journey through the art of storytelling.
On November of 2011, I had a dream. I had a dream of creating one of the most interesting blogs in the history of my own mind. So the “AshNerdStar Hip-Hop Music Blog” was born. The blog initially focused on Hip-Hop music and culture. Readers of the blog liked it very much. In August of that same year, I stopped writing blog posts completely. Okay, I’ll be honest with you all. I was slacking. I procrastinated. I became a little bit overwhelmed. Why? Maybe I was afraid of just pushing myself into making this blog a big success as time progressed. Maybe I was just afraid of my own abilities. But I made a solemn vow to myself, that I would return, and keep writing no matter what.
So during the time of me taking a break, I had so many awesome ideas flowing through my big head of mine. I changed the blog name from “AshNerdStar Hip-Hop Music Blog” to “The AshNerdStar Report.” Why you may ask? I shall gladly tell you my fellow homies. The first reason I changed it was because I felt like the blog posts I was doing was in “reporting to the masses” format. I felt I was sharing content that I thought was cool in an interesting and constructive manner. The second reason why I changed the name was because I was really tired of saying “AshNerdStar Hip-Hop Music Blog.” It was too long. Third reason of why I changed the name because “The AshNerdStar Report” sounded pretty darn catchy.
About six months, ago I stumbled on this social networking site called “YouNow.” The website is a magical world where you can broadcast live and share your many talents to complete strangers. It allows you to interact and meet people in a cool way. Ah, the joys of the internet. One of my good friends Belle Bee (AKA Baby Mama) told me about this Cover Song Contest they were having. Yes ladies and gentlemen I can sing. I went on the website a few days before the open call of the contest to check it out. I have never heard of YouNow until Belle told me about it. Thought it was pretty cool. The open call for the contest took place a few days after that. I managed to make it to the semi-finals and then to the finals. Unfortunately I didn’t win the contest. I finished in the top eight out of over a thousand or more singers who participated.
After the Cover Song Contest had ended, I was invited to broadcast on the Featured Channel for about a week. During that time I really enjoyed broadcasting. There are people who actually became fans of me. Can you believe that?!?! Me! Apparently I don’t bore them when I broadcast just talking about random stuff or singing. So I made up my mind to keep coming on YouNow. Now I broadcast quite frequently on the website. I have also met and talked to so many cool talented people. Now my story transitions to the present. I hope that I have not lost you. If I have well I will write the Cliff Notes version of this story at a later date.
As I stated before, I have met so many interesting, cool, and talented people on YouNow. A few weeks ago, I started thinking how great it would be to interview and write blog posts about them. I wanted to promote what they love to do and why they share their talents so others can love it too. In addition to those interviews I also wanted to talk about all kinds of music that I am into. I am still going to talk about hip-hop, sneakers and other dope things I love. Don’t worry. I guess I just wanted to expand my writing horizons and discuss about many different things.
My dream job is still the same. I would like to be an entertainment magazine writer. It would be cool to interview musicians, actors, photographers, in addition to doing music, TV show, and movie reviews. Maybe dab into a little bit of opinion pieces here and there. I feel that this is my calling. So I wanted to re-ignite my passion for writing and keep that sum bitch fired up! I hope you all will join in this journey with me. Because it is always good for others to support your own dreams to take flight and at the same time help with theirs.
That ends my reintroduction of why I wanted to make a fresh start with this blog.
That I shall leave you with this quote for you to ponder upon:
“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jessie Owens
If you don’t know who Jessie Owens is, Google it.
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.
Additional Note: I still have the blog on Tumblr, but I decided to make one on here to gain more followers.
Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to share a tale with you about a young man from Lakeland, Florida with a dream. His name is Cameron King. Cameron’s dream is to make music for the masses to enjoy. Since the 19 year-old Floridian started his YouNow journey in August 2012, he currently has over 2100 fans on the massively popular social website. During the middle of his magical YouNow journey he had over 500 viewers watching his broadcasts a day. His viewership numbers have declined since then, but he wants to bring back up those numbers. This very talented musician would like share his love of music with others. Why? Not only music soothes and frees his soul, but it also takes him to a happy place. Cameron was so gracious to allow me to interview him so he can share his tale with you. Please enjoy.
#1: When did make up your mind and say: Music is my love and I want to do this for the rest of my life as a career?
Actually really,really young. Three years old um I heard Elvis on the radio. And after I heard Elvis, I started to sing, well try. It was terrible at first. It was like the worst thing that you probably ever heard. But yeah I started out singing Elvis and then after that as I got older at around like 7, I started to be an Elvis impersonator. And I was like you know what? This is what I wanna do. Because I love entertaining people and putting a smile on their face.
#2: Who are some of your most important musical influences (past or present)?
I have like a few. Right now my main musical influences are, I don’t know if it makes me sound like a douche bag because people are gonna say: “Awww man if you like John Mayer you’re a douche bag.” But it’s between John Mayer— like Stewie on steroids (Family Guy reference here): “I’m really into John Mayer right now” and Dallas Green of City and Colour. They are both really big inspirations for me right now. Because John Mayer got that you know bluesy pop feel and Dallas Green has this dark, acoustic, coffeehouse kind of sound. I don’t know I’m really into it.
#3: Where do you get your biggest inspiration to write songs? It could be a specific person or place that gives you the fuel to write.
My musical inspirations comes it really from life itself in general because I’ve lived a tough one like everyone else has. Everyone has their story and that’s where my music comes from. It’s a story. Me and my mom we haven’t always been on the best of terms. I never really met my father. He abandoned me before I was even born. It’s been tough growing up like that. So basically that’s a lot where my music comes from. That pain and through the past year it has been a lot. There is this song I wrote called “Home” and that was basically about even though me and my mom are not on the best terms, but I always tried with her because you know it’s my mom and I love her. And uh even though she decided to choose a man love over her son, you know it fuels me to write.
But there’s that and for also kind of inspired me into doing music was my father whom I never met. From what my family told me about him was that he was a musical genius. He you could give him any instrument, give him like 5 minutes with it, and he learned how to play it. He could sing anything you wanted him to sing. And I guess after they told me that when I was around like four or five I was like: Well if my dad could do it, then so can I. So basically that’s where music started for me.
#4: What three things do you believe would make a songwriter’s song so authentic to draw listeners to it? I know you said that the majority of where you get your inspiration to write songs comes from life experiences. So do you think life experiences are one of them?
That’s something for okay — it’s not for every artist. For Ed Sheeran it definitely is for him. You can definitely tell that he had pain and love and this and that. And that is what makes artists music so authentic for them because everyone expresses their pain or their joy different. It’s um like every book has a different cover. In every book you are gonna find a different story. How we get it out? Pop artists they pop it. Blues artists you know they got soul. Whatever speaks to your heart, because music is more than just sound. Music speaks to you.
#5: If you could describe yourself and your sound in five words, what would they be and why?
Awww man -laughs- uh
Crazy – That’s just me in general. I am a crazy person so that can easily come by my music.
Depressed – I actually suffer from depression and anxiety so that is something that I struggle with everyday. The way I found my way through it is music.
Happy – Music makes me happy. And that is what I usually do to get through the day and keep a smile on my face. I usually try to keep a smile on my face because I notice if you go around all day looking depressed everyone around you is gonna to be more depressed. It’s like a never ending cycle.
Hopeful – There usually is a lot of hope in my music. I am working on this one song right now. And basically it’s a song about saying sorry to everyone in my family that I have let down over the past few years. It’s called “Sorry If I Ever Hurt You.” It’s basically like an apology and looking towards the future thing. I am gonna be better. Like I have a lot of stuff planned for the future.
Soul – Awww man, ever since I was like okay I was about 13 when I first heard John Mayer, I started listening to all kinds of different—Bill Withers, B.B. King, uh Natalie Cole. I love soul music.