When N3 first started making beats he was 12 years old. He loved music and he found a way to make his own, and that was the virtual studio program "Fl Studio". He loved how the program worked and with it he made beats and would let his parents hear all the time.
After discovering a way to make his beats, he wanted to start rapping. At first he just made simple freestyles over other artists beats and then he started getting serious and making his own beats and rapping on them. After finding himself, he decided to put more time into producing & engineering music. In his early producing days he started off working with artists from his hometown Lynwood, California, which earned him his first major placement on a song he produced featuring RBX .
In 2012 N3 started to work heavily with Spiffie Luciano, which led to producing & mixing for AD, Quincey White, Pacman da Gunman, Tiu Muzic, Kokane, & LilCadiPGE. After expanding his clientele & coming across so many talented artists throughout Los Angeles, N3 came up with an idea to start his own media platform that kept independent artists in mind first. This is when 'LA On Lock' was born. After securing the LAOnLock.com domain, he wasted no time & began to type up blogs in support of any good music that was submitted. Over the years the brand has grown to curating events, exclusive premieres, a podcast show & more.
N3 released his first compilation album "New Classics" in 2015. Fast forward to 2019 he's just released his second compilation album entitled “N3 On The Track, Vol. 1” along with features from Marty Blaze, D.R.E, Slum Baby, Garrett Douglas, Elijah Banx, Deuce Biggs, Rozo Regal, Karma Laws, Stophe Malone, Macharo, Steve DaMar, Howie Khepri, Rimpau, AD, Radio Base, AhmniMay & more; + collaboration on production from FameBeats, FynessOnDaTrack, Austin James & Deuce Biggs.
"I feel like this is my redemption album. I know people doubt me, & I feel like my choice of production has a lot to do with it. We're breaking down those barriers this year."
Trap Soul, Chill & Mellow vibes produced by BabyGotBeatz (rising Canadian production team). This song is about getting away from everyday reality and living young forever. Collaboration with FANFAN adds a special touch to the song.
'Bullshit' Armanie is a 24 year old, self taught singer and songwriter. Her music is inspired by real life events and a pleasure in helping others who may be going through similar situations. 'Bullshit' is her latest single.
Although all of Armanie's prior songs were written about things from her perspective, she decided to try something new this time around and wrote this song through someone else's eyes.
Armanie explained it plain and simple. "I have a friend who was going through it with her boyfriend. So she decided to play his game and have a side dude. But that side dude caught feelings and couldn't stay in his lane anymore. This song is for him or anyone in his same position."
Elias Boussnina shares ‘Bring The Pain’ featuring UnoTheActivist, the forth track, taken from Elias debut EP ’Shameboy’, set for release in February 2019.
Elias drops a brooding soulful vocal over dramatic electro-synth beats, the result is an irresistible brand of RnB that draws us in from the offset. Lyrically ’Bring The Pain’ continues to focus on the destructive impact of infatuation and addiction, two reoccurring themes that are present throughout the EP. ’Bring The Pain’ was produced by Louis Winding (Nelly, Brandy, Outlandish), as well as written and co-produced by Elias himself.
Speaking about the track Elias said “Bring The Pain is about feeling unable to keep yourself away from something you clearly know isn’t good for you, you keep returning to it because it feels great in the moment, but you know deep-down that it will all come crashing down in the end.”
It’s a sound hard not to love, pitch perfect heartfelt vocals underpinned by a rhythmical soundscape of rolling percussion and pounding synth beats. The final verse features acclaimed Atlanta-based rapper Uno The Activist, who, on hearing ‘Bring The Pain’ being presented to Republic Records in New York was hooked “He liked the track so much, we decided he had to jump on it for the last verse” said Elias.
Of Danish-Tunisian descent, Elias speaks English, Danish, Arab and French. He grew up listening to hip-hop and American soul and first found success in 2015 under the moniker of Rap artist Yung Coke. When that project came to its natural conclusion, Elias began writing more R&B infused tracks and transforming his sound and identity into the expertly crafted art you hear today. Elias’ first three singles, ”5:30”,“Lost Ones” and ”Candy” were released to critical acclaim in Denmark, and the artist is now poised to reach an international audience in 2019.
Elias Boussnina releases his debut EP ’Shameboy’ on February 15th 2019 via Universal Music Denmark.
Rising Norwegian pop-kid Trevis Brendmoe has just revealed his new RnB single ‘Pretty Girls’ produced by JV The producer (Fifth Harmony, Ella Mai)
The talented 19-year old - who cites Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Travis Scott as his major influences - has been writing songs since the age of 16 and describes his latest single ‘Pretty Girls’ as being about, ‘having a good time at a club or at one of my shows, seeing pretty girls and wanting to get to know them.’
Trevis released his debut single ‘Hard To Get’ in November 2017, when he moved back to his hometown Oslo, Norway after studying and recording in LA for 3 years.
‘Hard To Get’ was playlisted on Norway’s biggest radio stations and was playlisted on Spotify’s New Music Friday. Subsequent single releases this year have been equally well supported and Trevis has already achieved over a million streams on Spotify. Already a bit of a superstar and a hit with his growing teenage fanbase over in Norway, Trevis also currently has over 30K likes on Instagram.
This summer saw Trevis warming up for The Vamps in Norway, performing at H&M Loves Music festival, Palmesus (Europe’s biggest beach festival), Arthur Ashe Kids Day and a performance at the 2018 US Open.
With more singles to follow ‘Pretty Girls’ and plans underway for Trevis to play live in the UK, 2019 looks like an exciting year for Trevis.
Sam Robins is a multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He is involved in the entire creative process in the creation of his music: he plays and records all instruments and vocals, and produces and mixes all of his records. His music is genre bending, with influences from: hip hop, psychedelic rock, jazz and blues.
In 2017, he released his psychedelic Debut EP "Escape my Head", along with an acoustic version of "Forever" (it can be found on his Soundcloud). This year, he released his new single "On You" with a more commercial sound. He is also beginning to produce for other acts and has several collaborations on the way.
‘Shoulda Known’ is an uplifting and energetic track that is full of International flavour, combining neo-soul with elevating Australian-style RNB and is the latest indicator that Billy is forging new territory here and abroad.
'Shoulda Known' was written by Billy Davis, KYE and Matt McGhee and produced by Billy Davis, Fossabeats and Louie Lastic. The track was mixed by Jamie Snell (Nao, Mura Masa, JOY, MØ, Dua Lipa) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, Drake, Rihanna). ‘Shoulda Known’ is the first single off Billy’s forthcoming album, anticipated in 2019. Of the track, Billy explains:
"All this music stuff happened so fast and I'm incredibly thankful and blessed for all the opportunities. But I know along the way I made some mistakes. I prioritised things I shouldn't have and hurt people important to me. In the lead up to my album, which is a tell-tale lesson about everything I’ve learnt, ‘Shoulda Known’ is a cry from myself. It’s about acknowledging that I made mistakes and learning from them.”
Billy Davis’s unique sound, positive approach, and sheer drive has piqued the interest of many international artists, who have become not just contemporaries but friends. He’s collaborated with the likes of Goldlink and Brockhampton, music directing and performing with them both on triple j’s Like A Version, as well as music directing and performing in Goldlink’s NPR Tiny Desk. Meanwhile, Denzel Curry appears on standout track ‘Goldfish’ from his debut album, A Family Portrait, released late last year.
Along with building up a global network of creative collaborators, Billy has shared the stage with Anderson Paak, NoName, Thundamentals and Blackalicious, played at Australia’s most recognised festivals including Let Them Eat Cake, Golden Plains, Laneway Festival, and Lost Paradise, and received accolades from Hypebeast, High Snobiety, LNWY, Acclaim, Purple Sneakers and Red Bull Music, just to name a few.
Billy’s musical inklings began young. Born in the western suburbs of Melbourne, he was raised by his single mother after his father tragically passed away when he was only three. It was another leading figure in his upbringing—his uncle—who first exposed him to artists like the Doobie Brothers, the Bee Gees, and Boney M. These artists, combined with the gospel that he grew up listening to at church, formed his musical foundations from an early age, which you can still see shine through in his eclectic, barrier-less approach to making music.
A musical juggernaut, Billy’s band The Good Lords is constantly evolving, morphing, and expanding, and features up to 11 members on stage at any given moment. Collaboration, with his band and other artists, it at the heart of everything he does.
Last month, Billy Davis was invited to perform for Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at a reception at Government House that involved young Victorian leaders and community members.
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Aliché pronounced (aa-lee-shay) is an independent artist/singer-songwriter based in Florida. She writes various genres of music ranging from alternative r&b to electro pop.
"Try" produced by Blue Lab Beats, is the second single release, following "Insecure," from Staten Island songstress,rapper,writer JUSTY. "Try" will be featured on JUSTY's fall project entitled "Soul Food: An Album." The single touches on maintaining the will to fight for things that are worth it, regardless of the outcome. With hints of R&B, crossover jazz, and rap, "Try" elevates over feel good production and demonstrates Justy's ability to balance lyricism and simple, but poignant vocals.
After releasing tracks with BJ The Chicago Kid and Royce Da 5'9, Peter James is back with the first track from his new EP resistance.
Melbourne producer Fossa Beats today shares his collaborative new track 'Please Believe'.
The track features a number of incredibly talented artists; rapper/ producerFKi 1st (executive produced Post Malone's debut studio album 'Stoney', '5% tint'by Travis Scott, 'Deja Vu' by Justin Bieber & 'Let Me Love You' by Ariana Grande & Lil Wayne) and singer Allen Ritter (has written for the likes of Drake, Rhianna, Kanye, Cardi B). It also includes additional production from Charlie Handsome ('Fade' by Kanye, 'Love Lies' by Normani).
Of the track, Fossa says, "It’s amazing to have such respected and high profile artists in the music industry apart of my project. FKi 1st has been a mentor and close collaborator over the past few years so I’m stoked to have him feature on my debut single."
Co-written and produced by Dem Jointz who recently produced a few songs on Anderson.Paak's recent release 'Oxnard.'
Los Angeles based R&B songstress Ámani makes a stunning entrance with
her debut EP "tbh.". Showcasing a combination of alluring vocals,
unapologetic lyrics and well-balanced production, the project serves
as a deeper dive into an artist well-worth watching in 2019. Speaking
on the release, Ámani states:
"A lot can change, transform, evolve, and grow within a year; I have.
My surroundings have. My relationships have. My perspective on life
and death has. This year has been my most successful to date, but also
filled with the most loss. This year I became a graduate of Berklee
College of Music and the first person in my household to have a
college degree. I also mourned the death of 6 family members and I’m
still learning how to navigate my grief. I moved to Los Angeles and
gained so many new beautiful and genuine friends while also seeing
others for who they truly are and let go of toxic relationships.
Trusting in uncertainty is the most crucial lesson I’ve learned along
with committing to living my truth."
"Finally Alone" describes what so many people go through today: the desire to be with someone you really care about but technology getting in the way. While it's sexy and makes you feel like a million bucks, there's a bittersweet melancholy to it lyrically. "Finally Alone" is the pop/R&B-crossover track that will help Mack transition to the R&B sound he truly belongs in in 2019.
Bridesmen is Los Angeles based Kenton Chen, an indie neo-soul, R&B singer/songwriter who has set out to encourage others to find power within themselves and use compassion to enact change. Known for his work on NBC’s Sing-Off, as well as his performances with Postmodern Jukebox and Scary Pockets, Chen’s latest project is a radical departure from his jazz/a cappella roots. Chen strives to explore the darker side of human nature, the dichotomy of morality and how to be a good person in a world that ostracizes you, i.e. a 'bridesmen' at a wedding.
The root of the new project Bridesmen, is an outlet for Chen to convey the artistic side of himself, unrelated to other people. With a running theme of expressing individual freedom and responsibility, the singer narrates the emotions of loneliness and the effect it can have on people. Chen reveals, "We hurt when we don't understand each other and we hurt when we are unwilling to change. The best thing we can do is be ourselves within the context of what we were given”. As a gay Asian second generation immigrant, he grew up feeling isolated, constantly hiding behind masks to protect himself. In Bridesmen, Chen aspires to uncover these masks in an effort to live a boundless and truthful life. "I want people to know that as I have grown and matured as an artist and a human being, I've come to realize that my specific experiences of being gay and Asian are not particular to me. My life story reverberates far beyond my specificities, and anyone from any race or sexuality can empathize with the need to belong and be understood”, expresses Chen.
Leading single, 'Someone Who Loves Me' highlights Chen’s warm silky vocals, enchanting modern R&B melodies and hypnotic instrumentation. Thematically the single addresses the loneliness we all feel throughout our lives and assures others that we are not alone. "It's okay to be sad, to be frustrated, even angry in our pursuit of life, love, and happiness. And the more aware and vulnerable we can be about it, the more we can be there for each other”, confides Chen.
The stunning visuals for 'Someone Who Loves Me’ features friends of the artist of all races and sexualities, from all parts of the US. One thing they all share in common is their deep need for love. Chen explains, "The idea behind having bare skin is pretty simple. Each person is beautiful in their own skin. I want to highlight that. In our nakedness, we can't hide behind any brand, or gadget and we have to face how we feel in our own bodies. When we come together at the end of the video, I want people to realize that we are on the this journey together”. Combined with Chen’s honest and raw lyricism, the result is a vulnerable yet empowering delivery.
Chen has found success performing/supporting with artists such as Katy Perry, Kesha, Sara Bareilles, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson, as well as touring with Portugal the Man and Ben Folds. His work with Postmodern Jukebox has reached over 8.6 million views on YouTube, garnering attention from across the globe. Chen continues to deliver listeners with poignant storytelling and his indulging neo-soul infused music, with ‘Someone Who Loves Me’.