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Billy Gro – Thoughts on Less Love, the music industry, and Snow White Trash

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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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H Da Monsta Toronto’s Under Dog

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Every artist has a story and sometimes that story can create a legend. H Da Monsta is one of Toronto’s fastest 2021 rising hip hop artists to definitely keep an ear out for. His unique sound is guaranteed to have you asking more questions. Raised in the tuff Toronto streets every song is passionately orchestrated and lyrically accurate in the message he Deliever’s to his constantly growing fan base.

H Da Monsta has accumulated millions of streams across various music plat forms including Spotify, SoundCloud YouTube etc his latest music video entitled “Dumb Bitch “ has already accumulated over 100,000 streams in as little as 2 months and he is constantly proving he is a force to be reckoned with within the music industry. The phrase “Do or Die” became a slogan a phrase which he constantly repeated in his earlier records when asked why he said “it’s all or nothing with me this is all I got”.

His hunger and drive is something I’m sure most people haven’t seen in awhile breaking through barriers and making him self globally known despite not have a major record or viral songs. H Da Monsta has been relentless from December of 2029 to June of 2021 releasing 2 mixtapes and 1 Ep called “Demon Hours” which is currently doing amazing numbers after just being released May 1, 2021 the day his mother was born. It’s clear that H Da Monsta has no plans of slowing down and is constantly dropping music for his fans to enjoy .

Despite his earlier running with the law he has managed to turn things around and turn “nothing into something” like he likes to say H Da Monsta is not like any other artist he is the definition of unique as his style really has no barriers he has high tempo songs to amp you like “High Definition” and other songs that just make you think like “Pound Cake” there really is no direction he can not take and with his drive and ambitions he plans on taking things to the next level this year

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The rising hip-hop artist swazythebag

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Based in Chicago, SwazyTheBag is a multitalented and versatile Artist gaining the attention of worldwide music lovers. To fulfill his childhood passion for music, he started creating excellent compositions at an early age. Although he was fond of all genres of music, he focused on composing his favorite: hip-hop. Whether we are considering lyrics, voice, or music beats, SwazyTheBag is no less than a professional Musician Till now SwazyTheBag has composed and released several soundtracks with different themes; prominent ones are: ‘Pop My Shit’, ‘Moving Different’, ‘Too Hard’, and ‘Money Bag’. You can listen to his songs on various platforms including Spotify and Apple Music.

Most of his song’s themes and lyrics are based on his true experiences and reality. SwazyTheBag knew that music lovers, especially people fond of rap, admired reality-based songs. Plus, it gives him a way to express his emotions and situations. That is one of the main reasons he was interested in hip-hop. Another unique feature of his songs is the fusion of other genre music elements i.e., pop and R&B. His main purpose to do so is to bring something new for the listeners. The popularity he is gaining for his music proves he is getting successful in it. How does he do it? When asked this question, he said: “When it comes to making music some would say I have an orthodox approach because for me in most cases I listen to a beat and try to catch the pattern then I would freestyle and write it down on my phone if I felt like it was worthy enough to be incorporated in one of my verses.”

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Toriqul Islam Tusher – The Youngest Bangladeshi Singer and musician

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Toriqul Islam Tusher – The Youngest Bangladeshi Singer and musician

Toriqul Islam Tusher an 25 year old Bangladeshi Musical Artist, Entrepreneur & Digital Marketer who started his career studying side by side had a dream of achieving something big. Along with his studies he started his social media platform thus helping in various campaigns for variety of industries to scale their business using the same Digital Marketing strategies that he utilized to grow his Learn Freelancing With Tusher.

That’s what made Tusher a renowned name in the social media world. Becoming one of the top influencers and carrying a good amount of experience Toriqul Islam Tusher left no stone unturned for maximum revenue generation and marketing through social media means. Thus passing over the same to the others. It’s his dream to become a millionaire and there’s no looking back for Toriqul Islam Tusher

Toriqul Islam Tusher Is An Underground Rap Article. He Join Many Bangladeshi Cypher Events In Dhaka, Rangpur And Sylhet. Toriqul islam tusher Represent Rangpur District Culture.

Toriqul treats social media as a gateway to showcasing one’s skills and ability to earn revenue and find a purpose in life. However, he makes it clear that before getting influenced by the glamorous side of social media blogging, youngsters should create a sturdy base for themselves, which they can fall back upon. He brought up Pirganj, Rangpur and finished tutoring here. He has two sisters. At the age of 13 he started his Digital Marketing & Musician career.

He never hesitated in experimenting. At a very young age, he opened his company Learns Freelancing With Tusher with a vision of becoming one of the greatest in the Digital Marketing Industry.

Learn Freelancing With Tusher is a digital advertising and organization that gives in All Social Media advertising platforms. Dealing in internet development/Designing, App improvement, SMM, search engine optimization, Audio Distribution, understanding Panel, Social Verification, e-mail advertising and marketing, and so on. Connecting emblem to people. Developing Influencers on Social Media.

With his hard work, dedication, and passion, the company has reached its peak in a short span of time. As a social media influencer and marketing strategist, he promotes social messages, movies, brand videos on social media with his influencer network across Bangladesh. All of our dreams of something exquisite to become, however, not every person gets the opportunity to be what they continuously wanted to turn out to be. Toriqul is such folk who didn’t sit up for the opportunity to return as a substitute he created his very own.

Toriqul Islam Tusher Works Digital Marketing Development On His Own Foundation “Learn Freelancing With Tusher”. Toriqul Islam Tusher Inspired Ayman Sadiq.

Toriqul Islam Tusher Release His All Music Video Icecream Studio And Also Other Support On His Own Team “Learn Freelancing With Tusher”

At a very young age, tusher was a design inspiration for the youth there. He came from Bangladesh and shared the mantra of his success “Sohoj Freelacing; embark on your success through your unique vision and strategy”.

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