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#TuneIn Good Spells is back with a dark electro-pop single: Who We Are! Watch It Here…

You have to check out this Who We Are by Good Spells and add it to your playlists!

Beautifully crafted, with a longer-form melody than most pop songs, fusing that harmonic meander with a more dark structure for something that essentially delivers the best of both worlds.

Good Spells is leading with an immediate appeal for blending a decidedly colorful soundscape with a catchy pop hook that’s quickly anthem-like in its attractive vocals and melodic embrace as well.

Who We Are is a well-worth exploring track with a lo-fi melody and a dark pop flow until the end of the track. Without a doubt, this whole thing will give you a smooth-vibing boost and at the same time, this is a fine mood fixer too.

Artist / music producer, working out of an Airstream trailer AKA Spells’ Lab. UK music maker with a history of session work and ghost producing, Good Spells ventures forth with self-indulgent, solo synth, and sample work… mixing experimental ambient sound design with dark-pop aesthetics.

Who We Are introduces the skillfully meandering vocal harmonies of Good Spells in a way that feels acquainted yet also indicative of an artist ready to pave their own way, with a likable beat that injects a level of weight and easily recognizable styling into the track.

The clatter of the beat and the conflicting tap build a vastly attainable dark pop-like mood from the start, with an experimental vibe. Weave in these deep verses, passionately and cleanly blended, and things will gradually but steadily shift towards totally fresh realms.

The dark electro-pop instrumentation makes up the arguably simplistic soundscape, yet they never fail to intrigue and keep the listener engaged with the complex structure and layered elements.

You will not be disappointed, Good Spells’ branding and authenticity is something you will not find in many artists. Check out Who We Are today!

This is our absolute favorite thing to say. If you’ve read any of the blogs we publish, you’d know we put out this message. Connect with Good Spells.

More music will certainly be in their future! We are as excited to keep you in the loop on future projects!

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#SongReview Someplace Better is a recently released indie rock EP from LeadBoots: don’t miss out!

LeadBoots has a new project to show you. Listen to Someplace Better here! The LeadBoots project “Someplace Better” is fantastic! It has a great mix of old and new indie rock inspiration and we can’t get enough of it…

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Artist Bio

LeadBoots’ fourth EP – “Someplace Better” follows the 2020’s well-received ‘The Call of the Void’ and highlights the band’s refusal to adhere entirely to a single genre. With an emphasis on hooks and melodies, the band manages to seamlessly weave the fabric of blues, folk, punk-pop, and indie into a patchwork of something new, yet timeless and familiar.
The band started out as an acoustic duo in Norwich, playing intricate folk and blues arrangements. Increasingly leaning towards their love of indie and rock, their rhythm section was employed with the aim of creating a range of songs from Radiohead to 1920’s delta blues. The result is a sound that can take inspiration from anywhere, but is undeniably LeadBoots.

The indie rock instrumentation across the project makes up the arguably simplistic soundscape, yet they never fail to intrigue and keep the listener engaged with the complex structure and layered elements of each song.

The meaningful lyrics are truly soulful and display emotional narratives of dark yet insightful driven stories, open to personal interpretation from the listener, which helps in creating a bond between the music and listener, that builds a strong listener base!

The soulful indie rock vocals are introduced seamlessly each time, and the harmonies are at the forefront, and constantly take the spotlight.

LeadBoots’ Indie Rock project “Someplace Better” is an excellent mix of upbeat and somber vibes. It’s well-produced and has a great sound that will make you want to listen to the entire project over and over. If you’re a fan of indie rock, or just want something different, this project is definitely worth checking out.

In the music industry, attaching a strong brand to music is extremely important. We think that LeadBoots is definitely on the right track in this regard. It’s no surprise that with time, the music and the brand continue to just keep going up!

This is our absolute favorite thing to say. If you’ve read any of the blogs we publish, you’d know we put out this message. Connect with LeadBoots. More music will certainly be in their future! We are as excited to keep you in the loop on future projects!

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out LeadBoots.
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EXCLUSIVE: Xoochii is in heavy playlist rotation with latest Hip Hop / Rap song: Toppy Freestyle #NewMusic

NEW MUSIC ALERT! We’ve got music from Xoochii! Today we’re featuring Toppy Freestyle…

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“I’m keepin’ my kin, as close as I can. I’m breaking down doors… I’m bustin’ right in.” – Xoo

Toppy Freestyle

Xoochii is a rapper, lyrical genius and musical artist who has been igniting the Rap scene for a while now. Their latest release, Toppy Freestyle demonstrates their lyrical abilities, opening with a captivating vocal performance — and melodic flow. All on his own, the soothing musical landscape creates a creative contrast and allows it to flow perfectly with their aggressive yet soulful vocal tone.

Living in Detroit and originally from New Orleans, Xoochii’s writing capabilities demonstrate the depth and grasp of the talents required to create songs that speak to his own trap yet soulful experience. He is becoming a brand name to be acknowledged in an ever-growing industry that’s in desperate need of a new generation of music. Xoochii brings a combination of lyrical flow, hypnotic beats, and emotional pull that captivates the soul.

The story, concept, and performance of Toppy Freestyle — including clever wordplay – are key components of the music. Xoochii’s music is unapologetically honest, raw, and masterfully crafted.

This song, in particular, exemplifies what vulnerability and openness feel like to connect even with an audience of global listeners who are thousands of miles away. Stay on the lookout; he’ll soon be making waves in Los Angeles & beyond very soon.

The quality of the “Toppy Freestyle” experience is captivating; certain moments truly grab your attention and make you want to revisit this space and listen again.

Artist Interview

Modern Soulful Music Awards (MSM:) What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?:

Xoochii (Xoo:) Past Pain… and my mother.

MSM: What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

Xoo: I’m the most honest egotistical person I know. I acknowledge my weaknesses as well as my strengths as an artist and I actually work on them. If I say I’m the best I gotta prove it right?

MSM: If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?

Xoo: Tobe Nigwe & Fat
Kendrick Lamar
Cory Gunz
Badu
Sade
Jill Scott
6lack
Mo3 (R.i.p)
Andre 3000
The Roots/Flying Lotus

They possess this element I call Trap soul. Soulful hood sh*t . It’s a different impact on the spirit for me. I like sh*t that makes yo’ spirit Crunk in the most graceful way. (*laughs)

MSM: What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage of being an Indie artist?

Xoo: Biggest Disadvantage: I’m on my own.
Biggest Advantage: I’m on my own.

MSM: Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?

Xoo: Depends on the deal. But being your own entity and having labels run to you sounds more lit..so independent.

MSM: Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?

Xoo: For me, it’s “Out The Mud!” It’s a crowd favorite. (*laughs) Sometimes the people pick their own favorites.

MSM: Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?

Xoo: STAGE!!!!!!! Cuz’ I love performing with every fiber in my being!! Being in the people that love/hate yo’ face is refreshing.

MSM: What would you consider the most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?

Xoo: Shiiiiiit it’s a lot..but when baby Xoo heard saw me rapping, he would always kick in the womb when he heard me. But seeing his face was my reassurance that I’ll never stop.

MSM: What inspires you the most about the music industry these days?

Xoo: Bars!!!! And collabs…

MSM: If you weren’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?

Xoo: Basketball. You know some n*ggas sh*t! (*laughs)

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out Xoochii.

Sacrifice is a recently released Alternative Hip Hop track from Jimmy B Fearless: don’t miss out!

The 2022-2023 Modern Soulful Music Awards have been opened. We know that a lot of you are here to strictly find your next favorite artist and song, so if you want to get right into the music, check it out below here!

NEW MUSIC ALERT! We’ve got music from Jimmy B Fearless! Today we’re featuring Sacrifice.

Jimmy B Fearless is an artist known for throwing a wrench into the works and going against the grain of the current music trends by providing an alternative vibe. Their mannerisms are all their own.

Hailing from ‘the place to be somebody’ aka Wilmington, Delaware, much of Jimmy’s upbringing in a less-than-ideal neighborhood inspired his musical journey. But like most, he and his family made the best of a bad situation, and Jimmy took to making beats to distract himself from the inner city troubles of his area.

The Sacrifice tune employs a genuine calm feel alongside a single vocal lead and minor echoes of voice for added impact, with essential yet melodic background and intense pace.

The vocal tone of Jimmy B Fearless, the sharp delivery, the dynamic flow, and the similarly sharp, smart arrangement of the bars all contribute to the weight.

In both sound and lyrics, Jimmy B Fearless’s voice is becoming increasingly distinct from the rest of the artist’s repertoire. In addition to being familiar and appealing, it authentically conveyed the song’s atmosphere, presented honesty, and revealed exposure. All while weaving through a series of flows that continually return to the creative and melodically captivating hook.

Sacrifice by Jimmy B Fearless is a definite highlight, with captivating melodies, a relatable theme that is packaged in a unique way, and great storytelling.

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out Jimmy B Fearless.

FINAL WEEK of the #ModernSoulfulMusic Songs of the Summer contest – Deadline next Sunday

The 2022-2023 Modern Soulful Music Awards have been opened.

It’s our last Summer Songs contest opportunity of 2022 before the Best Awards 2022-2023 Modern Soulful Music Awards.

Next Sunday is the final deadline for the Summer Songs contest this year.

Enter your best songs with a summer vibe this week and you could win a Modern Soulful Music Awards trophy. Plus, your entry will also compete as a Best Artist of the Year 2022-2023 Finalist.

ENTER THIS YEAR’S CONTEST BY SUNDAY, September 25th
ENTER AT modernsoulfulmusic.com/awards

All Summer Songs entries will also compete in the Best Artist of the Year 2022-2023 Finalist competition.
1 Song = 2 ways to win.

Winners are announced on social media. Follow @modernsoulfulmusic on Instagram & Facebook, and @SoulfulAwards on Twitter.

#SongReview Zhake releases the alternative single Changing Seasons 

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Changing Seasons by Zhake ft. Dalila is a definite highlight, with captivating melodies, a relatable theme that is packaged in a unique way, and great storytelling.

Adopted from Tver, Russia at 7 years old, Zhake, also known as Jake Mitchell, is an indie artist. He grew up in Ohio and still lives there. Self-produced, Zhake is a self-taught musician who creates, records, mixes, and masters his own tracks. Day and night, Zhake has been working on music since 2018 and is set to release his debut single (Best Joke) on all platforms in July 2021. Zhake has been an aspiring actor and mobile for many years in his PMTM, but in 2018 he decided to shift his artistic focus from acting to music when he met a special person (DALILA), a local musician. 

To this day Zhake has been proving people wrong, and strives to be what some say he could not be; And the latest song he just released is (Changing Seasons) FT DALILA leads the start to a happier version of himself and a new genre.

“Music is my passion, and I am ready to leave my legacy.. It will be great! I did not travel halfway around the world to be another brick in the wall, so just watch me I’ll be great someday”

– Zhake

Akron-based artist and rapper Zhake continues to raise the bar in the alternative, soulful, and storytelling alternative hip hop, with the striking intensity and equally inspiring visuals of Changing Seasons.

Zhake is an artist known for throwing a wrench into the works and going against the grain of the current music trends by providing an alternative vibe. Their mannerisms are all their own. 

The Changing Seasons tune employs a genuine calm feel alongside a single vocal lead and minor echoes of voice for added impact, with essential yet melodic background and intense pace.

The vocal tone of Zhake, the sharp delivery, the dynamic flow, and the similarly sharp, smart arrangement of the bars all contribute to the weight.

In both sound and lyrics, Zhake’s voice is becoming increasingly distinct from the rest of the artist’s repertoire. In addition to being familiar and appealing, it authentically conveyed the song’s atmosphere, presented honesty and revealed exposure. All while weaving through a series of flows that continually return to the creative and melodically captivating hook.

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out Zhake. 

#SongReview Check out Lawd Cheezus latest Hip Hop track: I Ain’t Got It All

Meet up & coming rapper – Lawd Cheezus, CEO/& Artist and Founder of hip-hop rap label Y.B.S. Lifestyle LLC

I Ain’t Got It All by Lawd Cheezus is a definite highlight, with captivating melodies, a relatable theme that is packaged in a unique way, and great hip-hop storytelling.

“As a Co-owner and Artist of the 2007 SEA “Group of the year” Award winning Super Group Down Bad Ent; Lawd Cheezus is also known for his regional success in the southern regions of the United States. He has 3 beautiful kids that he loves so dearly, 2 beautiful daughters and a JR. With the help from his fans and supporters, he has a plan to be one of the most successful, talented, young hip-hop rap artist to come out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana – in addition to Boosie/Webbie, Kevin Gates, & NBA YoungBoy. Keep Lawd Cheezus on y’all rap radar!

Baton Rouge-based artist and rapper Lawd Cheezus continues to raise the bar in alternative, soulful, and storytelling hip hop, with the striking intensity and equally inspiring visuals of “I Ain’t Got It All.”

Lawd Cheezus’s low-voiced bellow is deep, atonal, and easygoing, and its contained coolness is captivating. It’s a kind of rap rendition that wraps you around its low-voiced bellow.

The I Ain’t Got It All tune employs a genuine calm feel alongside a single vocal lead and minor echoes of voice for added impact, with essential yet melodic background and intense pace.

The vocal tone of Lawd Cheezus, the sharp delivery, the dynamic flow, and the similarly sharp, smart arrangement of the bars all contribute to the weight.

Lawd Cheezus is an artist known for throwing a wrench into the works and going against the grain of the current music trends by providing an alternative vibe. Their mannerisms are all their own.

In both sound and lyrics, Lawd Cheezus’s voice is becoming increasingly distinct from the rest of the artist’s repertoire. In addition to being familiar and appealing, it authentically conveyed the song’s atmosphere, presented honesty, and revealed exposure. All while weaving through a series of flows that continually return to the creative and melodically captivating hook.

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out Lawd Cheezus.

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Entertainment for Social Good: Music is “On The Way” to help us heal and recover from The Pandemic. Check out this upcoming international campaign…

According to the organizer of the “ON THE WAY” charity campaign, “This campaign aims to give hope to those barely getting by regardless of culture, race, religion, language, and generation, that there is a better world awaiting them.”

A global charity to overcome the above problems is ‘ON THE WAY,’ the purpose of this campaign is to collaborate with famous artists to create diverse content focused on art and music, to help people live a normal life. To bring inspiration and warmth to the weary. Like the 1985 big campaign “WE ARE THE WORLD” with top artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Dylan.

Grammy Award winner Venus Brown will lead the ON THE WAY campaign as General Producer, while seven-time Grammy Award winner Timbaland will serve as Music Director, composing and arranging the campaign songs, raising expectations for the album.

Venus Brown said, “Participating artists Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled, Justin Timberlake and will.i.am will also join the campaign to support the vision of spreading positive influence through music.”

The problem of disproportionate quarantine care in many low-income countries in Africa and Central Asia due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its various aftermaths is a problem to be solved by multinational organizations.

The title track of the first single album recorded in Korea, USA and Ireland will be released as an album and soundtrack. ON THE WAY’s global campaign soundtrack is set for his December release, and the bulk of the album’s sales will go to several organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Program (WFP).

In addition to the pre-announced participants, other world-renowned artists will participate in the recording and the production process will be released later as a documentary. The next group of participating artists will be announced on the website: http://www.ontheway.org.

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting soulful artists for the social good of all is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out the upcoming ON THE WAY campaign. 

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  • Contact(person): Claire, OHsite : http://www.ontheway.org
  • Country: Republic of KOREA

#NewMusic Ari Lennox is back with her sophomore album: age/sex/location! Listen Now…

Ari Lennox’s sophomore album is finally here…

You have to check out this new album age/sex/location by Ari Lennox and add it to your playlists!  

A mix of retro-soul and high quality R&B with neo-soul vibes

Her smooth tone, gentle vibrato, attractive octave range, with consistent flowy soulful RnB instrumentals make Ari Lennox’s sophomore album “age/sex/location,” a Contemporary / RnB masterpiece that also offers a diverse production to keep things soulful, vulnerable, and emotional throughout the entire project.

POF 

“Destined for greatness” is always what my mama said. Young Black woman approachin’ thirty with no lover in my bed. Cannot settle, I got standards, NASCAR racin’ in my head”

The retro clatter of the RnB beat and the conflicting tap of the soulful “POF” builds a vastly attainable sensual mood from the start, with a quite nostalgic neo-soul vibe. Weave in these deep verses, passionately and cleanly blended, and things will gradually but steadily shift towards totally fresh realms.

Hoodie

“You know how these things go. Ready if you say so.”

The jazz-trap instrumentation makes up the arguably simplistic soundscape, yet they never fail to intrigue and keep the listener engaged with the complex structure and layered elements.

Waste My Time

“Waste my time. Get on my line. Cause I got the time to waste”

Silky and sticky vocals directed with breathy intend and multiple layers of delicacy on Ari Lennox’s uniquely winding, the self-aware new retro-pop track “Waste My Time” shines through, especially at 2:10.

Pressure 

“Takes a lot to excite me. Baby, give me what you got. I’m a tough cookie… baby, hit the right spot.” 

Pressure introduces the skillfully meandering vocal harmonies of Ari Lennox in a way that feels acquainted yet also indicative of an artist ready to pave their own way, with a likable beat that injects a level of weight and easily recognizable styling into the retro-soulful track.

A/S/L 

Vintage online dating and the idea of catfishing back in the 90’s are explored on this interlude track. 

Mean Mug

 “There’s magic in your eyes. I genuinely hope that you’re alright.”

This was one of my favorite tracks, with a feeling of nostalgic 90s vibes. Introducing the track with a beautiful whistle note, harmonic and silky jazzy vocals are direct with breathy harmonies and multiple layers of delicacy on Ari Lennox’s uniquely winding, self-aware new soulful song Mean Mug. Beautifully crafted, with a longer-form melody than most pop songs, fusing that RnB meander with a more comforting jazzy-trap structure for something that essentially delivers the best of both worlds.

Boy Bye ft. Lucky Daye

“My angel, angel. And I love all your angles, angles”

In both sound and lyrics, Ari Lennox’s voice is becoming increasingly distinct from the rest of the artist’s repertoire. In addition to being familiar and appealing, it authentically conveyed the song’s atmosphere, presented honesty, and revealed exposure. All while weaving through a fun series of flows with Lucky Daye’s vocal assistance, that continually return to the creative and melodically captivating hook.

Stop by

“Come take me higher, Heaven angels gon’ believe. Said come on, baby. You got me waitin’, waitin’, waitin’ Stop by, baby, undress me”

“Stop by” is something different coming from Ari Lennox corner, fusing together a catchy 90’s soundscape with theatrical story-telling origins and a blissfully soulful RnB vocal – the result is something that feels like rhyme and ultimately paves the way for a more creative, sensitive, and immersive RnB of yesterday’s realm of tomorrow.

Outside

“Say, whether you bought your body. Whether you worked your body. Love your body (Hey)”

The modern girl-power anthem with an urban twist… “Outside” sheds new light on the artist, striking a chord with spectators because of its transparency, fragility, purity, and the powerful artistic thread that runs through the work. Perfect for a night out in the city and my personal favorite from the ARTIST line.

Leak It

“I’m leakin’, you got me drippin’ (Drippin’.) Holy water, that’s what you drinkin’. I’ll makе you drown way in the deep end”

The hands-down, sexiest and best vibe on the entire album! The melodic r&b vocals are sensually introduced seamlessly each time, and the harmonies are at the forefront of the track, and constantly take the spotlight. With the assistance of Chloe Bailey, “Leak It” introduces the skillfully meandering vocal harmonies of Ari Lennox in a way that feels acquainted yet also indicative of an artist ready to pave their own way, with a likable beat that injects a level of weight and easily recognizable styling into the track.

Blocking You

“Feelin’ too accessible. Exhaustin’ the only peace I’ll ever know. Searchin’ for something tangible. Privacy is cardinal”

The effect of “Blocking You” is to draw the listener’s attention to the soft and soulful rhythm and…of course, Ari Lennox’s vocals in the background. Or, more precisely, the intimacy of the lyrics — there’s a wide range of them on display. 

“Queen Space” ft Summer Walker

“There’s one thing we should speak on. This royalty you’re seekin’. Don’t have a problem even (No, no.) There’s something I am sure of. I deserve something purer. My love is a privilege (Yeah)” 

As a result of the overall mood shift of Queen Space, the audience’s spirits are lifted as a result. It is only a brief moment, but the swagger and empowerment of the lyrical passages are swiftly restored, and we begin to connect with the bold and beautiful undertones that run throughout this song by Ari Lennox and Summer Walker.

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out Ari Lennox’s new project age/sex/location. 

#ArtistSpotlight Exclusive Interview with Jared Matthew…Check out Jared Matthew’s latest Rap/ Hip Hop track: “Sun Will Shine” here! 

The 2022-2023 Modern Soulful Music Awards have been opened. We know that a lot of you are here to strictly find your next favorite artist and song, so if you want to get right into the music, check it out below here!

Hit that play button to deep dive into the music! You might have just found your newest playlist addition!

Jared Matthew is a rapper, lyricist, and musical composer who has been igniting the Rap scene for a while now. Their latest release, “Sun Will Shine” demonstrates their lyrical abilities, opening with a captivating vocal performance — and melodic flow. Still, the soothing musical landscape creates a creative contrast and allows it to flow perfectly with their vocal tone.

Growing up in North Carolina, Jared Matthew’s writing capabilities demonstrate depth and grasp of the talents required to create songs that speak to their own experience. They are quickly becoming a brand name to be acknowledged in an ever-growing industry that’s in desperate need of a new generation of music. Jared Matthew brings a combination of lyrical flow, hypnotic beats, and emotional pull that captivates the soul.

The soundscape created by Jared Matthew creates the perfect atmosphere for the harmonic flow and exceptional story-telling that follows – the music has a classic yet fresh, crisp feel and rhythm to it. Furthermore, Jared Matthew employs a one-of-a-kind rhyming style and lyrical craft that brings the most conscious and emotional weight possible.

The story, concept, and performance of “Sun Will Shine” — including clever wordplay – are key components of the music. Jared Matthew’s music is unapologetically honest, raw, and beautifully crafted.

This song, in particular, exemplifies what vulnerability and openness feel like to connect even with an audience of global listeners who are thousands of miles away. The quality of the “Sun Will Shine” experience is captivating; certain moments truly grab your attention and make you want to revisit this space and listen again.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

Modern Soulful Music (MSM:) What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?

Jared Matthew (JM:) Passion to create. I honestly believe there is nothing else like it in the world. The feeling you get expressing yourself through a song is incomparable. I love the idea of starting with a blank canvas and creating a song or album.

MSM: What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

JM: Tenure, work ethic, and realism. I’ve been at this for 10 years, growing and getting better every year. I know what it takes, and I feel like we are getting closer and closer to that. My work ethic is unmatched, in my opinion. I do everything on my own, and I’m running businesses outside of music. Realism is the biggest though, I’m not rapping about sh*t I didn’t live. If you listen to my whole album I think you’ll hear that realism. You’ll feel it. You’re hearing real stories and the real heartbreak.

MSM: If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?

JM: I mean my dream collab would be J. Cole, ’cause he’s “The G.O.A.T.” to me. Any of my idols on a track would be crazy to me, NF, JID, Millyz, or Rod Wave. But my favorite local collab is this dude by the name of Grxhxm, look him up and you’ll see why.

MSM: What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?

JM: Biggest advantage is for sure creative control. That and authenticity. You can feel it more when people have yet to make it, in my opinion. The biggest disadvantage is the platform and budget. Like, you make a record that you think a large audience would appreciate, and that’s hard enough. But what’s 10x harder is actually getting it in front of that audience.

MSM: Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?

JM: Independent. 100%. I used to want to sign a deal when I was like 19 to just, be okay money-wise. But I’m alright now, so for me, it’s all about having control over my music.

MSM: Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your best song and why?

JM: That’s a tough question. I think “Sun Will Shine” is my favorite song with a purpose. It’s the last song on my album: Late Nights. After 3 years of sad songs, I finally felt a little sun in my life and just ran with it…I’ve had a lot of people tell me “You And Me” is my best song, and I can see why. I put my whole heart into that one too.

MSM: Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?

JM: Creating. Hands down. I don’t need the attention, don’t care for it honestly. I love the creation process. Nights before the studio feel like Christmas Eve. I dream of being able to go all day every day as my job. I made this album in like 20 studio hours… let me get 200 and see what I make.

MSM: What would you consider the most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?

JM: I was going to eat at a restaurant in my hometown and when I sat down they played one of my more popular joints “Cham-Pain” without anyone even saying a word to me. That was pretty cool.

MSM: What inspires you the most about the music industry these days?

JM: The opportunity. So many gimmicks, so many plants, and repetitive sh*t. I think the real stuff is going to come back around. People need to feel that.

MSM: If you weren’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?

JM: (laughs) if I wasn’t able to make music, I dead a*s wouldn’t be here anymore…

Here at Modern Soulful Music, supporting artists is our #1 priority, we kindly ask you to check out Jared Matthew.