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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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Malcolm A set to release new song “I’m Just Saying” on August 15th 2020.

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Malcolm A is back with his new single “I’m Just Saying”. This will be his 2nd single released from his new album with the same title. Malcolm A released his 1st project just a few months ago on Valentine’s Day titled “Dreamer Ep”. Shortly after he released the 1st single off his upcoming album titled “She Don’t Love Em” featuring Fly Boi Keno, and produced Dee Day.

“I’m Just Saying” has a roller coaster of emotions in the song. It tells a tale from a male and female point of view. The female thinks her partner is doing her wrong, and the male making his case that he is trying to better his living situation.

The song will be available on all platforms midnight August 15th. Malcolm A promises a full album with the same title “I’m Just Saying”, is in the works and coming soon.

Malcolm A also has 2 videos coming out in the next couple of weeks. The 1st video is for the song “I Got Ya” of the “Dreamer Ep. Followed by a video for “I’m Just Saying”.

Malcolm A says, “The two videos tell one story of that particular relationship”. “I Got Ya” was filmed in San Diego, California. It tells the story of how he met his lady and the good times of the relationship. “I’m Just Saying” was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana. It picks up where the other video left off. It shows the couple now and the good times plus the bad times in that relationship. We were told that you will see flashbacks of both videos in one.

Malcolm A set to release new song "I'm Just Saying"

What else are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up this album right now and also tapping back into writing songs for other artists. I have a song called “Showing Off” that I teamed up with the beautiful Yuli Genes with. We shot a video for that in San Diego also. She’s extremely talented. She is a model, singer, dancer, and actor. She has it all. I couldn’t be more excited for the song and her career. She’s definitely a star. I’m also excited about the events planned for Kampus Smakk. Owner John Godfrey has a bunch of projects planned that I’m happy to be apart of.

Do you have a specific number of albums in your head that you want to release?

No not really, I just want to focus on getting better at my craft and put out quality/timeless material.

With the new album, can we expect the same sound as “Dreamer Ep”?

For maybe a song or two, but as a whole no. I don’t want to change it up too much to the point my core audience doesn’t like, but I don’t want to be put into a box either. With this new project, I kept the same musical approach as Dreamer and turned it up. On Dreamer, I mainly only worked with one producer G Major Productions. This time around I’m reaching out to multiple people for different sounds. I want people all over to enjoy my music. With this album, I’ve worked with British artists, local producers, and I had to call on G Major for a few tracks as well. I’m extremely happy about this project and I hope it is received as well as Dreamer was and still is!

On your “I’m Just Saying” album, what is your favorite song so far?

Honestly, I would say it’s the intro to the album. With the intro, I took the mixtape approach. It’s not really a song and it doesn’t have a concept. It’s just me punching you over and over with punchlines and delivery.

you can find Malcolm A on Instagram and or YouTube.

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Frada Chiffon-Looking Forward To Throw New Music project in 2020

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Frada Chiffon

New York has always been productive when it comes to producing some astounding and inherent music artists. Something that has been seen since its formation is some prominent genre-defining hip-hop artists of all the time come from New York. Just like Frada Chiffon. No doubt she counts at the top of the list and is the greatest artist of all the time.

About her

Born Shavonne Thomas (real name) aka Frada chiffon is an American Rapper and was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States. She also was privileged to serve in the United States Army for some years of her life. She has worked in multiple albums and has made her way in her successful career. Let us know more about her.

Her start of the career

At the very young age of less than 15, Frada started writing music at random times about random topics. She was talented enough to write effortlessly on anything she felt like at a certain time. Also at 15, she wrote poetry in her young years of life. She discovered her love of life after that. But what was it? Excited to know? Let us know in the lower section:

Who were Frada’s Music inspirations?

Writing poetry was all before Frada chiffon discovered rap music. Once she opened up to rap, she never went back rather she chose her path to proceed further in the industry. Over the years she polished herself and made her ways by utilizing opportunities and working regardless of days and nights. Also, she was highly inspired by some big names of legendary music artists like Eminem and Nas and Janet Jackson. The strong vibes of inspiration turned out to line up the backbone of her music in the later years. This was what Frada was made for and she had found it out.

Frada chiffon opened up for artists like Cory Gunz, Fred Da God Son& Papoose, etc. She has her own struggle story and an exceptional experience of continuous hard work. She knows the best how to do a passionate delivery and create energy flow through her sound.

About music tracks

Frada chiffon initiated by dropping her debut album back in 2018 titled “partly cloudy”. This album effortlessly succeeded to establish a loyal and handsome amount of fan base for Shavonne. Frada also was blessed to have thousands of streams across multiple websites. One of her top listed and the most liked track is “Gang Gang” which she dropped the very following year.

Not only these, but Frada has also released some more music tracks that have received a lot of attention worldwide. Some of these are: “On the Road’, “Fake Love”, “Ride With Me”, “LUCKY 7”, “I Think”, “Grind The Final” and “How Many Times”.

Upcoming project

Frada Chiffon after producing some inherent music tracks is all set to throw her new music project titled “Beautiful Disaster”. This is her latest project in 2020. Hold your hearts for a bit while. Something real amazing is on its way. The album released on Aug 1st, 2020.

The story behind the album narrates Frada’s life challenges she has been through during her struggle of music career and childhood to adulthood life. The tape is said to be a very deep and emotional one. Also, it will be expectedly available everywhere for purchasing. So the fans should be all ready to grab theirs’.

Check out her music

Go check out on Instagram and stay updated with her daily news feed. Also, find her on Twitter & Youtube. Her contact dial is also here: 786-234-8973.8786-234-8973

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Brasa Gang the stars of rap italian

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Brasa gang the biography of the artists Salvatore Lo Cicero Rapper class 96 in art Mesca, was born in Sicily in a small town called Sciacca, since he was a child he has a great passion for music that he will grow over time until 2015 when the Brasa Gang forms his musical collective together with Andrea Bentivegna in art Jameflow rapper class 98, born in Milan but also grown in Sicily in Sciacca, together. which therefore affect their pieces making the main arguments.

Mostly self-taught, over the years they have bought their equipment to record and produce independently and the skills are not lacking, in fact their pieces sound good, like and achieve remarkable results. In the songs of the two rapper’s hard subjects are addressed with texts in which reference is made to the inconvenience of young people who grew up in the “bad streets” between the gray buildings but also the desire to make it and true childhood friendships they publish their first mixtape called “brasa mixtape vol.1” which is very successful on the internet and subsequently they are known throughout Italy and publishing on YouTube other singles that collect thousands of views, in 2019 the turning point will publish two songs “tranquo” and “yng legend” songs that will total many plays and make these artists famous nationally.

Trap is the musical genre to which they refer, first famous in France and America, then depopulated in Italy. In the songs of the two rapper’s hard subjects are addressed with texts in which reference is made to the inconvenience of young people who grew up in the “bad streets” between the gray buildings but also the desire to make it and true childhood friendships. In the first months of 2020, by founding their own recording studio in their country of birth, they begin to produce high-quality songs and create a reality that arrived very late in Sicily compared to other Italian regions, their latest song is Part of the Journey available on all the digital stores, a song that is enjoying great success, thanks to the power of the internet and social networks, many already follow them and bet on their success.

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