• Olloway

    Written by Emily Smith Originality and creative freedom are always a driving force when it comes to making music and other creative decisions. Before they were Olloway, the members of the Vancouver-based band were part of another project called FKYA as DJs/producers in their early college days. However, the project left the members wanting more than what they were limited to creating. “With our original music, we weren’t excited about getting toplines from singers and building tracks around them,” one of the members explains. “It essentially felt like remixing and lacked a personality.” Wanting more than just the “DJ/producer” label, the group started over and formed Olloway. Even the name

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  • Mariami

    Written by Ashley Friedman After immigrating to America during the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mariami has quite the story as an up and coming musician. Now, based out of New York, New York with two albums already under her belt, Mariami is consistent and persistent when it comes to releasing music with each song having some sort of truth behind every verse. Her recently released single, “I Survived A War” does just that. The line, “Hiding in a mountain side / yea we all had to flee / oh it’s nothing quite like a pretty girl perched in a tree,” represents strength and resilience. “The hope is that others

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  • CAPPA

    Written by Jamie Glenn With two EP’s under her belt and a few recently released singles within the past year including “Waste My Time” and “Tension,” rising indie-pop artist CAPPA is officially out of her funk. After an almost year-long hiatus away from the industry, CAPPA is back stronger than ever both creatively and musically. Capturing success as an artist in the modern music scene can be something of a challenge, CAPPA shares what her grind is like as an emerging name in music. “If I release a song/video/campaign, within a couple of months it’s time to put out new music again. The time and money it takes to do

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  • Dylan Dunlap

    Written by Emily Smith If one word could sum up the past several years for Dylan Dunlap, it would be “growth.” It’s hard to believe that his first performance, a cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You,” was around 5 or 6 years ago. Dunlap was still getting used to being up on stage. He tells us, “I legit hid behind the piano.” Nowadays, Dylan can be found creating his own music, opening up for bands like OneRepublic and performing around the world. In 2015, Dunlap took a monumental leap by auditioning for the popular TV music competition The Voice where Dylan put himself out there in front of millions of

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  • Ben Haenow

    Written by Emily Smith “It was at an open mic night in ‘The Cool Rooms’ in South Croydon,” singer-songwriter Ben Haenow says as he reflects on his first live performance, “I was petrified to be honest…I just closed my eyes and didn’t really enjoy the experience at all.” Luckily, over time, performing to Haenow became an enjoyable experience and adds, “the more we played, the easier it became over time.” But gushes that he still gets nervous before a big show. One of the biggest challenges for Ben as a musician is being away from family. “Spending a lot of time away from my family and my wife whilst I’m

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  • Cal Combs

    Hip-hop as we know it is constantly changing and our next featured artist Cal Combs is a testament to the shift. Our understanding of the genre of hip-hop correlates directly with the values we characterize it by. Throughout history, if you were to look into the context of any hip-hop song, you’ll begin to notice the number of similarities and patterns between artists. But, this is where Cal Combs stands out from the rest. His approach to hip-hop defies a lot of previous notions about the genre and provides a breath of fresh air for listeners who have yet to find an artist they can wholeheartedly support. “I think my

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  • Kelly Torres

    Written by Emily Smith Music provides a source of inspiration for a lot of people, and has the power to be a part of the healing process throughout hard times. For up-and-coming musician and devoted mother Kelly Torres, music is a way to provide a source of inspiration and hope for others as it did for her when she was younger. “My mother stayed home to take care of my sisters and I, and she died when I was twelve. Even though I had all the time in the world with her for twelve years, when she was gone, all I wanted was more time,” she says. During this time,

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  • Jaclyn Manfredi

    Post Written by Emily Smith “Just do it.” It’s a motto that inspires up-and-coming New York musician Jaclyn Manfredi to create her unique style of pop and R&B. Since she was young, Jaclyn has been giving it all she has got by putting herself in front of a crowd and beautifully overcoming the challenge of being vulnerable by performing her own music. “People are always going to have something to say. No matter how hard you worked on what you created, people will always have an opinion. You just have to accept that and be true to you,” she says. Jaclyn’s day usually begins by waking up, working out, doing vocal

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