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#ArtistTalk: Du Ya Dee Brings Multicultural Influences to Musical Realm

Du Ya Dee multicultural roots really show through her music.





Turkish-born, Belgium raised, international artist Du Ya Dee is taking her music globally. With an upcoming album on the horizon and her single ‘I Belong To You’ currently in clubs, the singer recently sat down to give her fans insight into who and what has shaped her sound, and her thoughts on the ever-changing landscape of the music industry.

Who were your musical influences growing up? 

Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Ne-Yo, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Queen, and Michael Jackson.

How has your multicultural background influenced your sound?

I was influenced by classical music and the love for the piano at a young age when I started ballet.

Also the fact that I was born and raised in Belgium, and having Turkish roots, I was confronted with a wide range of different sounds and styles of music as a child. The love for American soul and R&B music was always something that I loved most and that’s what got me into writing music in the first place.

Every artist has their own process when in the studio. What’s your creative process?

Experimenting and trying to express my emotions through sound and word in the most honest way as possible.


Collaboration is an integral part of music-making. How important is it for you to when it comes to producing new musical content?

The most important thing about a collaboration in my opinion is making sure it complements each other, even if sounds and styles are different, there has got to be some kind of connection which creates that vibe. I’m always open about experimenting and exploring myself through music.

How would you describe the current state of the music industry?

It is not easy and it never has been. Especially nowadays because technology seems to take the overhand in the music industry. The priority is not only good music, but they expect the full package on a silver platter. You already have to have success before you get recognized.

Have the technological advances used in modern music-making made it easier or harder for true artists to thrive?

It has a lot of advances if you know how to use the tools in the right way, but it also makes it harder because technology seems to grow faster and artists have to try to keep up with the latest trend. Also the fact that you depend on views and likes doesn’t decide if you are a true artist or not in my opinion. The social media however emphasizes and creates this illusion in my eyes.

Which artists and/or producers would you like to make music with?


‘I Belong To You’, produced by Leroy Chambers 

Which mainstream artist(s) have a career that you would like to model your own after?

A combination of Beyonce, Rihanna, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

Describe your sound in a phrase?

Soothing and smooth.

To keep up to date on the latest Du Ya Dee and her upcoming album, follow her social media network:

Artist website: http://www.duyadee.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duyadeemusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/duyadeemusic/

Du Ya Dee’s ‘Work it Out’ Video

Triston is a performance artist, journalist, event organizer, and activist. As a writer, he has been published in The Huffington Post, FashionTV, Urbyn Loft, The Pulse (New York) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently published the first book in his series about life in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia: 'Heaux Confessionals: The Sintroduction'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renown clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide. Brace yourself.



#ArtistTalk: Don’t Blink On Eyelid Kid

See why you should never sleep on this artist.

Christina Jeter



Paul Grant aka Eyelid Kid was born in Austin, Texas and music has always been a part of his life. Some of his first memories with music are of him dancing under the bar light to his father’s Blues tunes. Naturally, Eyelid Kid followed in his father’s footsteps and created a world for himself within music.

Eyelid Kid’s first single off his upcoming Untitled EP will be titled ‘ROSEGØLD’ and is set to release early 2018. The single’s album art features actors Violett Beane (The CW’s ‘The Flash’), Tyler Posey (MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’) and Sophia Taylor Ali (MTV’s ‘Faking It’).

A rising force in the music industry, Eyelid Kid also designed the EK Fashion Line that consists of both screen printed and digitally printed designs on high-quality fabrics. The EK Fashion Line is available here.

What made you want to become a musician?

My father is a musician, so it seemed to come pretty naturally.

What inspires you to write a song? 

Any heightened state of emotions usually gets channeled into a song. However, there doesn’t seem to be a very linear timeline to what is bottled up on the inside, so some songs can seemingly come out of nowhere.

How has growing up in Austin influenced your music?

Growing in Austin has greatly influenced everything I’ve done. It’s a very supportive city with a lot of creative resources to offer. Honestly, Austin is one of a kind and everything that comes out of it has a certain tick to it.

What advice can you give people to find a partnership like you have with your longtime girlfriend actress Violett Beane, who directed, edited, and starred in your music video, ‘Landscape’?

I wasn’t actually looking for a long-term relationship when I met Violett but there was no avoiding it. I guess my advice would be to keep an open mind and heart towards everyone that enters your life, people can often surprise you!

Describe the feeling you get when you are performing on stage? 

Every time I step onto the stage, all my doubt is washed away and I feel like I can breathe again. In other words, I feel hype!

What is the single ROSEGØLD” about?

“ROSEGØLD” is a house inspired original that conveys feelings of desperation and determination. This track seems to provoke a lot of emotions without needing to say too much… Plus it’s perfect to pregame to!

What inspired your stage name Eyelid Kid?

I was asked to brainstorm a name for a college short film that I acted in and Eyelid Kid was one of the names I came up with. I later convinced the director not to use it, cause I planned on making it my new alias.

Do you play any instruments?

YES! Piano, guitar, and vocal chords!

When can fans expect your next single or EP?

Can’t say exactly but my “sophomøre” EP is in the works and on the way so SOON!

What is the story behind you designing your fashion line ‘EK Fashion Line’?

Apparel has always been one of my focuses and my goal with the EK line is to take it a step beyond band merch. I wanted to create something that could be appreciated separately from the music but that also compliments it at the same time. Keep your eyes out for the “ROSEGØLD” Tee!

Links to “ROSEGØLD”:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0KrgwPNB13LtF3RvOVsN9S

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#ArtistTalk: Darnell ‘Showcase’ Taylor is a Man of Many Talents

Musician Darnell Taylor gives us some of the many reasons why his nickname is “Showcase,” and the future looks bright for this talented artist.

Brennen Jones



Who is Darnell “Showcase” Taylor?

I’m a musician, songwriter, producer, and engineer who never stops dreaming of the power of creativity. I’m a creator who believes that anything is possible if you hone your craft and work hard.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Moncure, NC, which is a small town with a population that is smaller than most of the arenas where I play. When I reflect on the journey, I can’t help but be amazed. I am grateful for my roots and excited about all that is to come.

What or who are some of your musical influences? Who inspires you? Describe your upbringing?

My musical influences were passionate local musicians that I met in the church such as Kelvin Crump, Xavier Martin, and Joe Nathan McKoy. I’m also inspired by other professional musicians, especially when I see them giving their all to this industry. I’m also moved by everyday people who excel at what they do. I am a firm believer that I can learn from anyone in any environment. The attributes that make you great, like determination, resilience, and humility, work across all industries.

If you were to take our readers on a tour of where you come from, what would we see? What experiences can you share with us that led you down this path of chasing your dreams?

This is an awesome question that makes me really appreciate my humble beginnings. The 2010 Census reported that there are 711 people who call my town “home.” To put this in perspective, I play guitar for Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton who just tore the house down at the Hampton Coliseum in front of 10,000 fans. That’s more than 10 times the population of Moncure!

Moncure is a special place where people take the time to get to know you as a person. The people who run the market, the gas station and the local shops are all people who you know. Whether you played as children or live on the same street, there is always a personal connection. Moncure doesn’t have glitz and glam but it has a charm that feels like you are somewhere where you’re more than a number.

"Showcase" | My Guitarist | The boy is bad!

Darnell "Showcase" Taylor | My Guitarist | The boy is bad!

Posted by Anthony Hamilton on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How did you get started performing? What was it about that roped you in figuratively speaking?

I started performing for a gospel solo artist named Mary Lowery. She and her husband asked me to join their band. A few of my cousins were already involved so I was excited to be included! At that time, I had been playing music about two years or so. I still remember that we rehearsed on a Wednesday night. That weekend, I was on local stages playing a solo on her closing song called “God is Real.” Every show, people would always compliment me, especially because I was so young. As a 14-year-old, I was hooked on the magic of performing. The crowds, the stage, the lights all had me amazed. It was a way to travel and see something bigger than my town and earn money. I’ll never forget making my first $100 dollars for playing in church. I was there for two hours and played only 30 minutes and they paid me “all” of that money. I knew right then that music would be a big part of my life.

How do you come up with the ideas for your songs? Is there a particular method to the “madness”?

Ideas come from so many different places. I can be in a restaurant and hear a sound. I can hear a guitar riff or chord progression in my head and say, “That’s it.” I also warm up by playing different notes and sometimes my fingers just go. There is a magic that just ensues.

How many instruments do you play? And did you go to school to learn how to play or are you self-taught?

I play Guitar, Bass, and Piano, which was all self-taught without any formal training.

Take us through your thought process of how you create your music?

I create music with the final product in mind. I think of the final mix, mastering and the marketing of the song. I ask myself, “What will people be inspired to do?” It’s more than just those three to four minutes. I think in terms of lifestyles and what action I hope to motivate. After I create the melody or main progression, I then build the different parts from there. I always hear different sounds and parts in my head. The challenge is to get them to come out the same way that I heard them.

How was it working on a successful show like “Shots Fired”?

“Shots Fired” was a great experience. I can’t fully explain the value of seeing the process of a Hollywood production and to be part of an amazing movement. The music supervisor, Jabari Ali, is a great spirit who was beyond committed to creating a family of musicians who understand that “Music Provokes Change,” which is his coined tagline. Although this show is fictional, this music is real. The themes of the show like police brutality, failing schools, and poverty is real. I can’t wait for my next film/television project so to all the music supervisors out there, let’s work!

What artist(s) out now, if you were to compare yourself to someone, would you compare yourself to? Who would you want to work with?

As an artist, I see myself in my own light with my own approach to creativity that varies greatly. However, if I had to mention artists who consistently inspire me, I would have to salute Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds because I’ve always admired his writing/production skills. I also have incredible respect for Master P in terms of how he learned the business and recognized the power of entrepreneurship.

What’s your favorite thing about being an artist?

Every day I wake up with the goal of creating.  I am so thankful that the thing that excites me most is also the thing that pays my bills. I grew up admiring a guitar brand called Ibanez and now I have an endorsement deal with them. It’s just an indescribable feeling. Furthermore, to know that your creativity inspires people across the world is also amazing.

During the NAMM Trade Show earlier this year, I met two people from Japan who are fans of my work.  They shared that they keep up with me on YouTube and other social media.  I was blown away, to say the least.

What’re your future plans? What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my first solo project, which includes traditional soul/jazz elements. There is also a track that fuses trap music and I am so excited to show the world that you don’t have to choose one genre. I am also creating a cartoon and producing a project with soul artist Calvin Richardson. I’ve also been mixing songs for other artists. Simply stated, I’m just so grateful for the opportunity to live a life of purpose.

Make sure you follow Darnell “Showcase” Taylor on Instagram, and check out his website.

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#ArtistTalk: JC Triple Threat Shows Why He’s a Threat to Heat up the Airwaves

JC Triple Threat’s style is different and he knows it. He embraces it and uses that vibe to help fuel his growth as an artist.

Brennen Jones



JC Triple Threat

Brennen Jones: Who is JC Triple Threat?

JC: I am an urban pop artist who intertwines different styles and flows in each song to create a unique sound.

I couldn’t help but notice “Triple Threat” being a part of your name.  What exactly is a “triple threat” in your opinion?

To me, a “Triple Threat” is someone who does not want to be known for just one thing. They want more and do more then what is expected. A triple threat is not someone who just does three different things, for example I got my name “Triple Threat” because I started on all aspects of the football field. This included offense defense and special teams. I did it all.

What makes JC a  “Triple Threat?”

I would say that I’m a triple threat because I strive to be more than just a pop artist and more than just a rapper. I want to leave people a performance that they will remember. Doing things that are unexpected for others, but expected out of me. I don’t want to be known for just one thing.

I got you. So where are you from?

Born in Ohio, but raised in Arizona.

What or who are some of your musical influences?

The music that I grew up on for example; “Earth, Wind and Fire”, “Prince”, “Michael Jackson”, “Linkin Park”, “ACDC”, “U2” and more.   

Who inspires you?

My Family. They’ve shown me what strength, determination and hard work looks like.

Describe your upbringing?

There was music always playing in the house no matter the genre. That’s where my love of music comes from, but football was my passion at the time. My parents were very supportive of me doing football as long as I did well in school. Education was always a priority in my household.

After My injury in football, I was left with my education. I was very thankful that I had that going for me. I still had options in life, but I felt incomplete like something was missing. I came to realize that music filled that void for me and thus started my music career.

If you were to take our readers on a tour of where you come from, what would we see?  

You would see a person who is 100% dedicated to his passions and dreams.

What experiences can you share with us that led you down this path of chasing your dreams?

I had a career ending injury that made it impossible for me to compete in football. I used music as a means to cope with my injury and that’s when my passion for creating music was kindled.

JC Triple Threat – I Know

How did you get started performing?  

My parents would tell me stories about when I was very young I would put on shows in the grocery store for random people and comedy show for the teachers and kids in the preschool. I guess I always had an affinity for performing to entertain people. The only thing that had changed was the medium that I used.

What was it about that roped you in figuratively speaking?

Once Big Heff started working with me on artist development, I got to perform in places I never had before. I got the chance to perform at  SXSW on four different stages, I even left the country to go to Toronto for a performance. I got to see first-hand that music can take you anywhere and I want to take my music everywhere now.   

How do you come up with the ideas for your songs?  

From life experience or even just a story, I want to tell.

Is there a particular method to the “madness”?

I really don’t have a process, my end goal is to make good music.

JC Triple Threat – Don’t Stop

Take us through your thought process of how you create your music?  

I like to immerse myself in the instrumental and let the song reveal itself to me, much like how a statue is revealed before the sculptor puts a chisel on the slab of marble.

What artist(s) out now, if you were to compare yourself to someone, would you compare yourself to?  

Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, Drake and a drop of Kanye West because that’s all you need.

Who would you want to work with?

My top two would be Childish Gambino and Justin Timberlake.

What’s your favorite thing about being an artist?

Songwriting and going through the whole process of recording a song.  Performance is a close second.

What’re your future plans?  What are you currently working on?

I’m working on the video treatment for a new single that was produced by Young Yonni as well as going on a mini promo tour in SoCal during BET weekend.

You can learn more about  JC Triple Threat over at his website. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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