A former student at Berklee College of Music and originally from Wisconsin, she now resides in LA. They DYI artist designs her own artwork and films and directs her music videos and online visuals. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
The well known rapper DMX has passed due to an unfortunate drug related overdose that caused organ failure.
In a statement to press, X’s family said:
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”
The songwriting landscape has changed today. How? Singers are taking credit for songs they didn’t write. Why? So they can look more credible, and more importantly, earning song royalties. Sure this has always happened, but a shift is happening and those days may be coming to end.
You probably haven’t heard of the name Emily Warren Schwartz, but you definitely heard her songs. She’s written with The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Khalid, Sigrid, Melanie Martinez, and Shawn Mendes. She co-wrote the mega hit Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now”.
The in demand songwriter is sick of being extorted and bullied she tells Rolling Stone.
A popular singer was demanding a huge fraction of publishing in exchange for recording a song written by Warren, but that artist didn’t contributed to the writing process.
This led to a call of action via an open letter from members of the songwriting community including Justin Tranter, Victoria Monet, Ross Golan, Tayla Parx, Savan Kotecha, and Amy Allen.
As legendary songwriter Diane Warren once said “How can someone look in the mirror and know they didn’t do something and their name is on it for money for credit, it’s a lie.” Apparently, it’s pretty easy.
Watch out for Andy Gorel’s new musical project LA Parties. He released his debut and self titled single LA Parties that comes off his forthcoming four-track debut Romance EP. Think All American Rejects meets Weezer with a sound update.
“It’s a song about looking at the ‘Instagram life’ – what we see on TV and social media – and discerning it as fake,” shares Gorel.
It looks like we moved past last summers 80’s trend and are now riding the 90’s wave. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders Playlist.
Watch out for Elena and the electro pop track Models Have Feelings. Fans of Billie Eilish and Swift will like this. The Canadian native attended Berklee College Of Music in Boston before moving to London.
Elena’s landed Spotify’s New Music Friday and Fresh Finds. Elena’s upcoming EP “Have U Ever Met a Model With Feelings?” comes out Summer 2021, while her concept-album, “Holy Tender Artist”, expected autumn of 2021. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders.