Career Highlights: Camila Paiva

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Emerging from the elite Los Angeles music scene, rising pop artist Camila Paiva has been garnering a massive street buzz from her vast array of hit singles & music videos that have amassed thousands of YouTube plays and digital downloads. And she has no intention of slowing down her momentum anytime soon.

History: Born To Perform

Camila was born in Brazil and moved to Boston during her childhood years, where she grew up and began hitting the ground running in the music realm. It was around age 5 that Camila found an affinity for singing karaoke at family cookouts and began creating her own renditions of American songs. By age 8, Camila took an interest to writing poems and eventually started turning them into songs. She also began learning her craft at the keyboard by watching videos, and developed a niche for songwriting as well as performance.

During her high school years, Camila was introduced to producer Mike Cip. And it was there at Split2nd Entertainment Studio that she began her journey into becoming a seasoned musician. Mike became a friend and mentor, and was incredibly supportive of Camila’s work. That same studio is where she met Justin Mercurio, a Boston bred producer/artist who also became a good friend, music partner and collaborator.

Currently, Camila is working on releasing an array of singles varying from hard hitting hip hop hybrids to Brazilian funk crossovers to pop hits thats are already making their way across Spotify and leaving their mark on the web as well as on LA’s up and coming music scene.

Camila: The Music

Her Spotify playlist (titled “Popular“) has an incredible selection of versatile tracks that are multifaceted, multi-genre and atmospheric. Her angelic and subtle vocal tones have an impressive range and lends great pacing to each track. Her single “No Comparison” offers up an excellent demonstration of this and really showcases her craft as well as authenticity that carries her voice through it.

By far, this song brings out every element that shows Camila‘s vocal capabilities and melody structures. Every verse is ambient and sustains powerful ascension and anticipation. Then that chorus hits and completely captivates the energy in the song structure, and grabs hold of the listener. It’s the type of song that is timeless, memorable and hits where the heart is.

If this is the first time discovering Camila, then you’ll be left with an everlasting impression. And you’ll be enticed to check out the rest of her catalogue of hit singles, which are all available on digital music retailers and streaming platforms including Spotify.

She continues to compose, create, and manifest new material. And from the way things are looking, if she keeps it up at the rate she’s currently going, Camila Paiva will be a household name.

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Artist Review: Zama Rripa – “American Soul” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With great spirit, good nature, and a whole hearted eclectic sound driving his passion for music forward, Zama Rripa proves with his newest album American Soul that his message is just as powerful as his music.

Zama, emerging from the elite Miami music scene, has been garnering an insatiable street buzz with his indie-folk-americana rock style and free spirited lyrics that are uplifting and warm; yet take a stand at the same time in a positive and protesting way. He has performed all over the world in various bands as well as a solo artist, and his solo effort in American Soul really touches on his experiences, views and adventures into finding one’s journey and purpose.

Each anchor single off this album is very anthemic and has a very vibrant and almost tropical feel at times. With some reggae influences in the mix with a modern folk and americana signature, each track is very eclectic in its structure and timeless in its message.

With smooth acoustic textures and clean guitar layers that blend in with a very rhythmic flow, Zama‘s songwriting structures are very fresh, bold and deliver an authentic feel that is genuine and heartfelt. You can feel the passion that has been put into these tracks, and it really authenticates Zama‘s artistic merit every time each song plays out. There’s no specific formula – he writes and plays what he loves, and that’s what makes a songwriter truly influential.

If there’s one thing I can say about American Soul, it’s that Zama aims to inspire to be inspired. And to truly take in his music for what it really is – inspiring. He’s one of those artists that truly wants to make the world a better place through his music. And American Soul encompasses that with every track.

American Soul officially releases on October 26th and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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Career Highlights: Young Cuban Opera Singer Dian Rene Crosses Over Into The US Latin Urban Genre

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to being an artist, many millennial sacrifices are made. And if there’s one artist that has truly made the sacrifices and life-changes one has to make to reach a remarkable feat in the world of music, it’s young on-the-rise Opera singer Dian Rene. Someone that has moved mountains in his life to get to where he currently is.

Rene grew up in the Cuban city of Holguín and began singing at a very young age. He studied opera at The University of Arts of Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Arts, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2013. He studied opera because classical music was all that was offered at the university, but Rene quickly found his passion for it. He also sang popular music to make a living.

Rene became a well-known singer in Holguín, performing concerts as a tenor in a company. He was a singer full time, but he said that with Cuba’s economy, there wasn’t many opportunities for opera, and it also didn’t help

that opera isn’t as popular in Cuba as it is in the U.S.

That’s when Rene and his sister decided to come to the states and make his dreams of being a full time singer in the U.S. market a reality. But it was no easy task. After being subject to hazardous jungle environments, detainment in Mexico and literally singing his way to freedom to the guards that had him and his sister held in a prison area, the siblings made a safe cross over the US border into Texas, eventually settling in Harrisonburg.

After tackling the Opera genre since he began hitting the ground running in the music realm, as of October 19th Dian Rene made another crossover, this time into the Latin Urban genre, where he can showcase his vocal versatility and multifaceted musicianship more exclusively within his craft and passion for music. He released his first US single and is currently working on new material to solidify his signature sound and become a household name in the US market.

With endless possibilities ahead of him within his talent, vocal range, image and artistic merit, Rene is comfortably settled in the US and heading forward with his career in his designated market.

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Artist Review: Winston-Salem – “Hell Is A Turnpike” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s rare in today’s music era when you can run into truly well written songs. Songs where the actual songwriting is priority, and an effective showcasing of true musicianship factors are present. One of those rare gems is the Winston-Salem single “Hell Is A Turnpike,” a group from the UK that is really hitting the ground running.

Known for their very charismatic Alt-Americana signature sound, “Hell Is A Turnpike” makes use of great guitar progressions, catchy vocal melodies and a 90’s style songwriting structure that reminds you of Gin Blossoms with Tom Petty singing lead vocals. The guitars blend together beautifully as they interchange between a solid crunch and clean acoustic textures, and really compliments the authentically versatile vocals that are driven by heartfelt lyrics and melody arrangements.

The band encompasses an indie sound but also has elements of today’s modern production value that really gives the band relevance and their own identity. They’re the type of group where when you hear one of their tunes – you know it’s them. They have a style that they can truly call their own and it’s something their fans can identify with, as well as every music fan that discovers them.

Winston-Salem is definitely into something. And “Hell Is A Turnpike” is a great introductory track if it’s your first time hearing them. You’ll definitely be looking forward to their upcoming releases after hearing this track. You’ll be glad we sent you to them.

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Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

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