Exclusive Artist Interview: Rhyme Poetik

When it comes to clever lyrical punchlines and a dynamic signature style that can resonate with just about any Hip Hop era, Poetik is your draft pick. Active since 2005 and emerging onto the scene as a solo artist in 2011, Poetik began hitting the ground running since his inception and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. He has received critical acclaim, has amassed an insatiable fan base and has artistic merit that makes him a standout of his calibre. He’s a come-up story that is inspirational, authentic, and full of twists and turns.

Influenced by industry heavyweights like Tupac, Wu Tang, The Lox, Big Pun, Canibus, AZ, Nas, Royce 5’9 , King Crooked, Dipset and Ransom, Poetik‘s style touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; combining a sound that resonates diligently with yesterday’s old school flavors and today’s more wholesome modern music approach. He is an authentic artist on the rise and has proven he’s willing to grind his way to the top, so we sat down with Poetik for an interview to get to know his career more exclusively.

•What got you into music? Tell us about your musical foundation.

I was always into music since I was a child, used to family house parties gatherings, but what got me wanting to rap were my older cousins and older guys back in Portugal in my neighbourhood

Miratejo- Margem Sul, there was always some sort of cyphers going on, even thou I was a kid that wanted to play football day and night.

•What are some of your musical influences?

National influences; Black Company, Boss AC, Chullage, Sam the Kid, Valete, Nigga Poison & Celso Opp, I came up listening to alot of their music, international influences, I was heavy on Tupac, Tha Dogg Pound, Wu Tang, Canibus, Big Pun, The Lox, Mos Def, Common, the list goes on – the so called Golden era of HipHop!

•How is your city’s music scene in Portugal?

The music scene in Portugal and countries of the same language in the diaspora, mainly Africa and South America I wouldn’t say its easy to thrive, but I can say its more difficult to convince the masses to get acostumed, there are many musicians, competition is at an all time high, so as an artist one must thrive to really stand out or end up hardly unnoticed.

•The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live show experience. How has the coronavirus affected your music career?

Adapting to the pandemic during the Corona virus times has not been easy. Initially from the gate I had 3 shows cancelled straight away! Those 3 shows would have been the segway to more shows eventually. Many recording studios had to close and that affected my recording process because I don’t have a home studio I can at least apply my vocals and ideas to. As I got more aquented with the pandemic regulations, I decided to use the availability of time to get back into my creative process, as far as song writing and perfecting my craft.

•If you could go on your with any musical act, who would it be and why?

If I could go on with a musical act, ermm I’m not sure, probably Nas, to me he embodies what a real HipHop artist should represent, and that is the culture first and above everything!

•When is your next music release coming out?

My next music release is a combined project I have with an artist called Don Jaga, we are aiming for around easter times but no set date specifically yet.

•What are your plans for the rest of 2021? Give us the goods.

The rest of my plans for 2021 is to keep working on my artist endeavours, I have 2 projects in the making, a mixtape and an LP. So as soon as this pandemic fixes up I will get back to the lab (studio)


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Exclusive Artist Interview: Eønian

Eønian is:

•Marcello Convertini – Keys, Lead and Backup Vocals

•Ferruccio Rosellini – Electric Guitar

•Antonio Valente – Drums, Lead and Backup Vocals

•Paul Salvatore Ferrarotto – Acoustic Guitar, Lead and Backup Vocals

•Simone Sassi – Bass Guitar

Hailing from the landscapes of Pisa in Italy, rising recording artist quintet Eønian‘s most recent record ‘I Still Believe In You’ gained exceptional acclaim shortly after it hit the market. Coming from a variety of musical backgrounds collectively, the band members’ experiences have made the band more diverse and when writing together or individually bringing new songs into their repertoire, true magic manifests into a distinctive signature sound and keeps the band hitting the ground running. We recently sat down with Eønian for an exclusive interview to get a better glimpse into the band’s career and versatile stylization.

What got you into music? Tell us about your musical foundation.

Ferruccio Rosellini started playing guitar in church with friends and studied further with teachers. Marcello Convertini studied the piano as a child, then the guitar and bass in high school. Loved playing along with records and eventualy with others. Antonio Valente studied the piano and flute as a child. At 15, he started singing with a friend who had a band. As a drummer he’s self-taught. Simone Sassi studied the piano as a child and as an adult picked up the bass as there was a great need for bassists. Paul Salvatore Ferrarotto is a self-taught guitarist who was involved in audio-video production for an educational project for children. He also collaborated with Jeremy Spencer from Fleetwood Mac.

What are some of your musical influences?

Marcello’s influences: The Beatles, Led Zepplin, David Bowie. Ferruccio’s influences: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Paolo Conte.

Antonio’s influences: Genesis, Peter Gabriel. Simone’s influences: Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Vasco Rossi, Zucchero.

Paul’s influences: Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Lucio Battisti, Francesco De Gregori.

I see you are from Italy. How is the music scene there? Is it easy to thrive in your musical outlet there?

The music scene is pretty tough in Italy. Talent shows are the big thing now. The live music scene is saturated with cover and tribute bands leaving little room for original artists to flourish.

The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live show experience. How has the coronavirus affected your music career?

The global pandemic put has hindered us just as we were ready to play live and showcase our latest album.

If you could go on your with any musical act, who would it be and why?

Ferruccio: Paolo Conte – he just likes his style. Paul: Negramaro – a nice bunch of guys with heart and an edge. Antonio – Peter Gabriel, because he’s an artist with depth. Simone: Elio e le Storie Intese – a group with a sense of humor. Marcello: U2 – a group he shares values with and are just a great guys.

When is your next music release coming out?

We are currently working on two projects simultaniously. Our first album had a mix of Italian and English songs. We’d like to release an English and an Italian album. We hope to have them both ready later this year. Stay tuned!


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Exclusive Artist Review: Alex Woburn – “Clown” Single

Any song with two key changes is okay with us. A finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest and hailing from the elite London music scene, rising artist Alex Woburn proves with his new single “Clown” that he continues to hit the ground running.

Comprised of a distinctive signature sound with several multi layers throughout the song’s duration, Woburn‘s newest single is a dynamic stroke of genius when it comes to an effective Indie/Pop approach. His attention to detail is front and center from start to finish and truly embraces indie elements with absolute precision and transparency. Woburn‘s vocal range has appropriately placed melodies and uses proper techniques to solidify his vocal execution effectively. His lyrics also parallel the production value accurately, maintaining a consistency that makes this song the gem it really is.

This track definitely has staying power – the ability to stay with you even after it’s over. It’s the type of track you can put on repeat and hear more detail each time. It’s carefully crafted, dynamically versatile and will definitely entice you to delve into Woburn‘s career and discography. If you haven’t heard him yet, then this song will instantly give you fan status. “Clown” is available now on YouTube, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than happy you gave it a listen.


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