Exclusive Review: Christopher Dallman – “Digital Blue” Album/LP

Coming out swinging from the second this album starts, Christopher Dallman‘s ‘Digital Blue’ is an absolute visceral experience from start to finish that is comprised of many versatile elements including Electro-Pop, Synths/Keys, Dance, EDM, Alternative and everything in between. It leaves no stone unturned and is doused with melody that is taken to new levels, new heights and realms unheard of. And that’s just a brief description of ‘Digital Blue’, as well as the artistic merit that Dallman possesses. But then again – so much more.

The record is innovative, powerful, and all the more soothing as the first few tracks settle in. “How I Swim” has extremely fresh ambience that is supercharged with a subtle flow and nostalgic harmonies that immediately garners Dallman his own individualism that is rarely heard with today’s contemporary artists – and it really shows. Subsequent track “Highway Lanes” stays on a similar calibre but this time with keyboard melody drive and precisely executed harmonies that easily parallel each other. The synthesized touches and textures easily tie the entire song together as well.

These opening gems really give Dallman a true persona and personality that really round him out as a musician and writer – pushing musical boundaries to new heights that have breathed new life into a signature stylization that is melodic, symbolic, insatiably crafty. The rest of the record, especially with a track like “Butterfly”, we have a hard-hitting drum anthem that really puts a searing edge into Dallman‘s musicianship factors that isn’t afraid to explore new borders and boundaries – all while still staying reminiscent to his already-established predecessors of this album. Closing track “Faith For Damn” is more slower, downtempo, melodic and very story-telling about a man that’s at the end of his spiritual rope. It’s a powerful listen and truly brings forth lyrics about a man facing his own inner demons – which is a track that many will resonate with. 

All in all, Christopher Dallman‘s anthemic 10-track juggernaut has twist, turns, moods, battles, poetry and a captivating style that is futuristic and melody-driven to new levels the industry has yet to touch on. These are songs that need to be heard to be believed – and once you take that plunge into Dallman‘s masterpieces, you’ll understand exactly why. This is the kind of album that will change the world one listener at a time. ‘Digital Blue’ is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Interview: Winston-Salem Rising Rapper Iontez Sheds Light On His Upward Career As He Continues To Hit The Ground Running

Since coming out the gate in 2019, NC-based rising rapper Iontez has developed an insatiable knack for witty rhyming techniques, versatile lyrical concepts and everything else in between. Known for his multifaceted skill set behind the mic, Iontez has proven that relentless determination and passion for the craft will take your career to many places. And even with twists and turns throughout the course of the musical journey, it’s true artists like Iontez that show the industry at large that failure is never an option; one of his biggest focal points since his manifestation.

With a vast array of impressive releases under his belt since his inception into the market, the prominent DIY artist has kept his consistency out in the forefront and continues to keep grinding away at what he does best. Us at Artist Reach caught up with Iontez in an exclusive interview recently regarding the prospect of his career’s future and plans for 2021 and beyond.


•I see you got into music at the age of 13. How did that all manifest during that time? What inspired you to start so young?

Music is something that I enjoy doing. I was inspired to make music by my friend Moonz from Sweden who told me that I should start recording music and that I was a good at rapping. Ever since then I loved making music and it is amazing to also be able to make money off of something I enjoy and love to do.

Give us some insight on how you came up with your artist name.

My artist name is the same exact name I used for my gaming username. I thought the name would be perfect because it is unique and it makes it easy to find my music, all you have to do is search up “Iontez” and you can find everything.

•I see you have quite an eclectic background as well. MWho are some of your artist influences?

My influences are very versatile and you can hear it in my music. Some of my artist influences range from Playboi Carti, Duwap Kaine, BoofPaxkMooky, SauxePaxkTB, Yanko 7th, NAV, Young Thug, Chief Keef, and the list goes on.

We’ve had quite the pandemic sweep the nation and world at large this year. How has it affected you and how have you been utilizing your time during this COVID period?

It gave me more time to work on my music since school is closed. I have a studio setup in my room so I can work on my music any time I want instead of spending money and having to drive to a studio. The pandemic really had a positive impact on my career.

•I see you’re from the Winston-Salem area. How has that scene treated you and what would be one of the best parts about the scene? (Venues, other artists, etc.)

Winston-Salem is slept on. We have some of the greatest artists from here. Shoutout to Tia Corine, Apex3400, KloK, SauxePaxkTB (Rest In Peace), 52Paco, and there is so much more talented artists from Winston-Salem. I’m trying to put us on the map, when you hear North Carolina you think of Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro but I want Winston-Salem to come to your mind when you hear North Carolina.

What’s the name of your most recent release and what are your plans for 2021?

My most recent song is called 336 and it features my bro Lil Joker on it. It’s currently up on YouTube and SoundCloud. My plans for 2021 is that I’m going to stay working on my music and keep up my grind. I’m probably going to release a EP in 2021 too so stay tuned.

NOTE: Full Music Review coming soon this next week.


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Album Review: Matthew Hunkins – “Feed Duh Flames” LP

Coming out the gate in 2017 as a solo artist and subsequent to playing in a vast array of bands over many years, California-based musician/producer Matthew Hunkins has been wearing many musical hats and continues to prove that he’s a standout of his calibre with his most recent album Feed Duh Flames.

Matt‘s raw talent and authenticity really shines through on this record. Delving into a signature sound that is clever and formulaic, his multi-genre approach is not only effective but also fresh as well. Opening title track “Feed Duh Flames” is a brilliantly crafted song with several components of rock, indie and even experimental vibes that get you comfortably acquainted with Matt‘s very versatile techniques. Strategically implementing melodies that are both flavorful and ambitious, his solid mid-to-high range vocals really set the bar high for the rest of the record and keep you focused on the multi-layered detail tracks like this have.

Another highlight on this album is the funky-edged and charismatic banger “Eye Got My Mask On,” an insatiably upbeat track that will definitely heighten your intrigue upon first listen. It also continues to effectively explore many facets of Matt‘s songwriting skills. With this record having many twists and turns with its multifaceted genre bends, guitar-driven track “Eye Ma Dope” is a visceral heavy banger with all the down tuned guitar chugs you could ask for. This song is especially effective when it comes to highlighting Matt‘s vocal approach; he keeps clear consistency throughout each track’s execution but also tailors his vocals to suit the stylization each song requires at that given time. It definitely shines light on several angles of his musicianship factors and his ear for detail really solidifies this album’s production value as well.

There’s something for everyone on this record and those of you who have a true knack for music theory will find themselves absolutely indulging in every aspect of this album from start to finish. If you are well acquainted with Matthew Hunkins, you’ll definitely find this album raising the bar for the rising artist. If this is your first time hearing him, then prepare to become a lifelong fan because you’ll be blown away by just how cleverly executed Feed Duh Flames really is. The album is currently available on Matt‘s official website and Twitter. You’ll thank us later for recommending it.


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