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The single Snow White Trash (Trump’s Americans) by the Oklahoma Rock band LESS LOVE is angry and it is loud. With a uniquely strange video that has been nominated for a Los Angeles Music Video award and a growing range of airplay interest in the “censored for your protection,” radio-edit version of the very explicit song it is beginning to appear this might be the breaking point for a band that has just spent 14 years in artist development.

Enlightening us on his own personal experience with the band Billy Gro took the time to speak candidly in a recent letter to the editor.

Billy: Any time I am called upon to discuss music, or the industry built to sell it, I feel like I am discussing a beloved relative that has died. Sorrow, difficulty in forming cogent thoughts about the matter, and memory probably clouded by nostalgia muddle my attempts at discussing it.

I joined Less Love many years back [2006] initially as a way to assist Sky with some recording, arrangement, and sometimes songwriting. Intermittent meetings slowly evolved into a full-on band experience, complete with Less Love, and my passion project Wondernaut, sharing studio space, practice space, members, and more. Sky always had a nascent vision for what he wanted, and I tried to always help bring it forth. I often felt like that while he heard a symphony in his head, I was transposing nursery rhymes on a baby’s first keyboard. While I think Sky was often satisfied, I often felt adrift trying to help craft songs.

This is one of many things where Sky and I think differently. I always relied on manic inspiration, perhaps too heavily. Sky had a more workaday approach. “Inspiration is for amateurs,” said Chuck Close. Sky said treat it like a full-time job. And it worked for a while. We produced some good stuff. One of the overarching problems was that of finding a reliable singer.

In my formative years, I developed a worldview about so many facets of life that turned out to be just plain wrong. Among them, the average person was a passionate connoisseur of music, and that musicians strongly desired to play in bands for a living. Neither of these is true. Tied into this is that Less Love had difficulty keeping singers around. Sky had always gravitated to wanting a female singer, and a lot of them came and went. Dilletantes that liked the idea of singing in a band, but no real interest in the practical reality of it. I was trying somewhat hard to get Wondernaut off the ground, so I didn’t really want to be Less Love’s main singer. Sky had his own reservations.

In the middle of all of this, the music industry and music fandom were changing. People stopped buying music. People stopped caring about music. But then again, I don’t think they ever cared about it in the first place. To the average person, “Let it Be” is no more profound than “Shake It Off”. Music was something to simply be enjoyed in a cursory manner, not pondered upon. I had for most of my life mistakenly thought differently. Despite that, people came to care even less for music when it all became free on YouTube and streaming platforms. Simple economics. Unlimited supply equates to less demand and less value. Quality control plummets. “Paper plates vs. china” to paraphrase Dave Pensado.

This shift in the music industry was a little soul-crushing to me. I am something of a dreamer and my dreamworld came crashing down. A lie I told myself. A reality I turned a blind eye to. A cultural shift that saw rock music become virtually ignored, and music, in general, become homogenous and generic. I find it ironic that in an era when people are rabidly clamoring for diversity, that there are fewer songwriters contributing to Top 40 music than at any time I can remember. And the millions of other songwriters out there clamoring for attention are all stymied by cultural groupthink.

Around the time that Spotify became free on phones and my blossoming realization flowered, Sky was trying to write music and prepare for the next phase of Less Love. In my self-imposed grief, I lost the will to contribute anymore. The music industry was dying. Rock was dead. Maybe I was a bit too needy for validation from the world. What was the point of writing music anymore?

While I helped out in the studio as much as I could, I couldn’t really summon the desire to do it anymore. Touring, press, performances? I lost my desire. Even for my own project. But I gave my best effort at the time. I think?! Despite it all, I still cared about music and trying to help my friend and bandmate.

I remember working on “Snow White Trash” in this period. Sky had a vision for the song. I tried to help facilitate it. A particular drum beat. Guitar tone. Solo. I tried to help with vocal exercises and harmonies. I feel like it came together pretty well. I loved the offensive lyrics and how it would make people squirm when they heard them or when we discussed them out loud. Puritanism runs deep in America regardless of your political bent. We brought in several musicians to try to lend a voice to particular parts. A few different drummers if I remember correctly. I think I played the bass. Sky had long before had most of the guitar parts hashed out. It was just a matter of guitar tones and overall vibe. Making sure we didn’t let it devolve into the pitch-perfect nonsense that dominates earbuds these days.

And when Sky showed me his idea for the video, I heartily laughed out loud. We seldom see eye to eye on many things, but we definitely share a love of particular kinds of humor. The subtext of the chameleon and the subtle movements in the video relating to the music. The idea of people having to look at a near stationary image for several minutes in an age when attention spans are ridiculously stunted. Goddamn, it made me laugh!

Eventually, I grieved enough, but both Sky and I gravitated towards new phases in life. Around the same time, we both decided to leave America for more foreign locales. Sky to the Philippines, me to Russia. And we arrived at our destinations to learn that people outside of America still seem to care about rock music. So, while we are separated by thousands of miles, I still feel a part of Less Love. And I will always try to contribute if I can. I will do what I can in Russia, he in the Philippines, and maybe we can find that audience that the numbed-up, dumbed-down masses of America couldn’t provide.

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Dance on the beat with TyviOctober

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Dance on the beat with TyviOctober

Tyrone Roberts, who is well known for his name in the music world as TyviOctober, is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a rapper, songwriter and a dancer. He got influenced by extraordinary, musicians such as Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and rappers like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. TyviOctober is an inspiringly talented Musician whose dedication to music is beyond any doubts. He has made up his name in the music world by his impeccable performances and creativity.

TyviOctober has the crazy love for EDM and Lo-Fi. Starting his career with Hip Hop dancing and acting before coming to the music world was not an easy choice for him, but the love of music didn’t leave him hanging there. Dancing and creating music have been his passion since early childhood. He took the world by storm by his first single ‘Crazy Life’ which received critic appreciation from the globe and won for him fans around the world.

TyviOctober is a creative musician, with his amazing way of creating class music. When making music, his mind first creates a beat of his choice, and then he writes the lyrics with that beat. The rhyme and beat he practices again and again to improve the overall sound. That is how he creates his music after so much hard work. In the end, he brings that music into life-giving many a people’s life to dance to his beat.

His single ‘Chill Tyvi’ will take you on a journey with positive chill vibes as it is a lo-fi melody that has an instrumental this song is one of a kind. He says “Fans that have a love for beats would gravitate to this song. They can dance or vibe out to the lo-fi feel that ‘Chill Tyvi’ gives off.”

He does not produce all the time, there is a team which works with him. His team work very hard with him in each project. His love for music in his words goes as, “I love to make music with beats all around going in my head. Its such that something extraordinary is coming to my mind, and I love to bring this into life”.

His recent track ‘Beat around da bush’ is in the social media and is already grabbing fans for him. It has a very chill vibe to it, which everyone is in dire needs of – especially right now.  It’s also for the people who just genuinely enjoy having some reliably chill music in their playlist.  Keep your sights on him, he’s a wavemaker at heart.

About – Tyrone Roberts aka TyviOctober born in Philadelphia PA, October 27, 1986

https://www.tyvioctober.com/

https://instagram.com/tyvioctober?igshid=55pqzdq9ywhl

Http://Twitter.com/TyviOctober

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Time Bulletin Miami Model Ana Nello Finally Pursues Her Passion with Music

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Time Bulletin Miami Model Ana Nello Finally Pursues Her Passion with Music

The end of 2020 was a time for a new beginning for model and influencer Ana Nello. She has been a successful model for years but has recently transitioned her focus to the music industry. A couple of months ago, the new musician debuted her first three releases, begging her journey for a passion she always had secretly had.

Growing up in Miami, Florida, Ana Nello would always sing everywhere she went. She would also often use music as a coping mechanism anytime she was going through hardship. Once Ana could make a stable income as a model in 2020, she then decided it was time to focus on what she’s always been meant to do.

Now managed by the renowned Dillon Shamoun, the two together have taken the Miami music scene by storm. Even though most of the clubs are closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ana Nello still has found a way to market herself via the internet. Her first release, “Basement,” went viral on Tik Tok and was promoted just as heavily on Instagram.

Music industry stardom is just around the corner for the Miami native, but she will need to stay consistent to achieve this. About her future releases, she said, “I have big plans for 2021. I’m going to be releasing one song each month for the rest of the year”. If Ana Nello is able to stick to this schedule, she will soon be playing at every major festival come summertime.

Follow Ana Nello on Instagram here.

Stream Ana Nello’s music on Spotify here.

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Snoop Dogg Contest

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Snoop Dogg Contest

Win a Snoop Dogg Rap Feature 

Snoop Dogg is always looking for innovative ways to expand his brand and now, He’s come up with a contest encouraging aspiring lyricists to step up to the mic.

Dubbed The Snoop Song Contest, the unique competition asks applicants to submit their music to an all-star panel of judges in an effort to win a feature from the inimitable D-O-Double-G.Created by Snoop,multi-platinum producers Anno Domini and Legion Gabe,the contest will run from (Wednesday) November 12 until February 2021.

Once submitted, the tracks will be judged by an expert panel, including Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound, Mistah F.A.B., KXNG Crooked, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Wu-Tang Clan’s Killah Priest, “Smart Rapper” artist coach Rob Level and Snoop-affiliated A&R Rep Matthew “M-Eighty” Markoff.

Start racking up points and prizes for the giveaway by checking your email, sharing your link, and taking other actions.

Share your link to every rapper and singer you know.

Get creative and blast  your link out to Facebook groups, discords, etc. to increase your chance of winning

Download some viral images you can post to encourage people to give you more points.

Copy your share link and paste it in your social media bios.

if you refer the winner, you win too!

Don’t cheat… we’ll know and we will disqualify you from the contest. Only refer other actual rappers and singers.

Snoop Giveaway is open only to those who sign up at the online giveaway page.

By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by the Giveaway Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein.

By entering you agree to release and hold harmless the Company and its subsidiaries from any liability from entrant’s participation in the Giveaway.

What’s Happenin: This is your boy ShoNuff “ AKA”  Mr Show Me the Money.. Himself.

Look !!   I’m 100% all in to Snoop, If you’re an independent artist and or Singer and you’re looking for that once in a life time opportunity.? This is it.

NO Scams, NO Tricks, This is 100% the real deal. Man ,I got all kinds of HOT Beats in my Pack. As a matter of fact at the end of the video and you can click the link to sign up , You’ll also hear one of the “Beats” and you can hear my submission. So,click the link at the bottom of the video. Easy as A B C 1 2 3. It’s as simple as that.

If you’re serious about your carrier, This is your opportunity to put you in connection with the right people. “Legion Beats” speaks for themselves.

I am SHO : Over and Out…Peace

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