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The music just keeps flowing from Lreds
One of my favorite talents to date, producer/songwriter Lreds, has released 30 singles in the genres Pop, EDM and Alternative music. Lreds, under the name RedL, has also released experimental music, the songs Interference & Waves. Lreds latest release UPNDOWN featuring Daisi Winch is now out on Spotify and other music platforms. Lreds took the time to answer our 21 Q&A. Here's what he told us.
Young Prodigy On The Rise In The Music Industry
Path of Music The hip-hop industry has evolved over the years, inspiring generations to create and express. Some start their musical journey at an extremely young age, some start when they are old. Prada J is a young producer who is going to be a name to look out for in this industry. At 16 years old and producing for only a year, he has grown tremendously and hit the ground running. He started off watching genius deconstructed videos, and saw himself pursuing a dream of being an industry standard producer. He does not see it any other way, manifesting the path that he wants to take. Some of his inspirations consist of producers and artists that are on top at the moment. Artists like Lil Peep, Snot, and Polo G, played a part in the growth and development of this producer. Famous producer Nick Mira, led the way and paved this path for this young producer to push limits and make new sounds to show the world. He aspires to work with artists like Snot, Polo G, Wifisfuneral, Lil Skies, and Machine Gun Kelly. Artists like these have opened his mind to new horizons and gave him the ability to create and innovate the sounds he does. He is leading the youth into a revolution of fresh music.
MARINA: Music, Mental Illness, and Me
It's been a long time since I first heard Marina's music. Back then, she was known as Marina and the Diamonds and was currently in the midst of her Electra Heart era. I was 13 years old and in the midst of my own inner turmoil. "Teen Idle" found me at a time when I was at my most scared and alone- and I think it saved my life. I immediately listened to her entire discography. I was obsessed. As I struggled with mental illness, the razor-sharp lyricism of The Family Jewels and the upbeat nihilism of Electra Heart became my solace. But that was a long time ago.
Dear Jim: Sending Love, Lemons, and Joy
Dear Jim, It’s ridiculous how important you are to my happiness. You’re a rockstar. I’m a 50-year-old superfan. In Past Times, I followed you around Canada. Literally, Jim, I tagged after you from coast to coast, seeing you play in Vancouver and St. John’s and many cities in between. I made it happen by using flight rewards, sleeping on friends’ couches, and taking along granola bars so that I didn’t have to pay for breakfast. I’ve stood in line under the blazing hot sun, through finger-pruning drizzle, and in the chill of the December air. Front row centre is where I need to be for you.
Take a Breath: A Playlist
Ever just feel like stopping and taking a deep breath? This world's all kinds of crazy, and we often get so lost in ourselves and our worries that we lose sight of the present moment. It's so easy to miss out on right now when you're thinking of tomorrow, next week, the months and years ahead.
Some years ago I came to an impasse. Having taken illustration commissions on and off for thirty years I stopped. Stopped dead in my tracks. Some personal projects remain unfinished, and I stopped promoting my work. I didn’t know why. It just happened.
Be Happy And Shine
Yesterday I published a story of an amazing singer who calls herself Nightbirde (real name Jane Marczewski). Later on I decided to dig in a little deeper. I was curious to know how somebody who is just thirty years of age, who has had cancer three times and been given just a two percent chance of survival, who still has cancer in three parts of her fragile body and to top it all was abandoned by her husband in the midst of her worst hours, what on earth has this woman got that has enabled her to reign victorious on America's Got Talent?
A Song from 1958 Helped Me Discover My Hobby
What's my favorite hobby? My favorite hobby is… Wait a minute. You know what? Let's play a game for this particular topic. I don't want to make it too easy. Enough with all the dry and vaguely-written essays that can't connect with the reader.
Twice, Taste Of Love, Mini Album Review
Twice made their summer comeback with their 10th mini album, Taste Of Love, with six summer-y tracks, and is a great start to the summer and shows of Twice sexiness. So let’s dive in.
The Strangeness Of Not Being Fiction
It’s hard to fully explain why my story is very hard to tell. You would never expect that from a person who was a planned pregnancy by two, responsible, intelligent and successful parents. I've wondered if the world was made for those with little sensitivity. As an infant, I would cry if any sad music was playing. There are people who find little acceptance from most people around them their entire life.
How to Download Music from Tidal to iTunes
iTunes allows users to not only access streaming music, buy favorite tunes but also upload local files from other sources. It gives users one place to collect and listen to all music – including playlists, podcasts, streaming radio stations, local files, and more.
Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry Review
This review comes from my Letterboxd profile, where I write reviews like this of every movie I see. I got a free trial of AppleTV+ just for this documentary, okay, don't judge me! It was so worth it! Now listen, I actually originally didn't want to see this film. It wasn't because I don't like Billie Eilish -- on the contrary, she's one of my favorite artists to listen to currently and one of my favorite currently working artists (I love when the swapping around of words brings two entirely different meanings). I love pretty much every single one of her songs (although there are some I just find less interesting than others), I adore her live performances (yes, including her Oscar performance), her brother Finneas is a genius when it comes to producing and songwriting, and come after me if you want, but in my opinion, she and Finneas earned every single Grammy they've been nominated for. So why didn't I want to see this movie if I'm such a big fan of Eilish? Because in general, the marketing made it seem like another run-of-the-mill artist-struggles-with-fame-and-touring documentary that, sure, is entertaining to watch once but doesn't really have any lasting impact beyond that. There's been a pretty recent trend of these films lately, and I don't know, I just got burned out from how many came out at once even though I admittedly haven't seen that many of them.