Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Elias Dani Interview

Muzique Magazine Interviews Elias Dani

Muzique Magazine. When did you start making music and taking it serious? 
Elias Dani. I've been making music for around 10 years now. I started taking it seriously in 2017 though, when I began singing on my own tracks. This was new to me but it allowed me to take my music in a whole new direction. 

Muzique Magazine. Do you feel that the industry needs more artist like yourself? Why?  
Elias Dani. With my music I try to blend different styles and try new things. I think the industry definitely needs more of this in order to diversify what we hear on the radio. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Matt Warren Review

Matt Warren Birthing A Nu House Nation
By: Thomas Hendrix

Meet the Nu House, same as the old house. Well, not really, if you examine it closely. The Nu House Movement is picking up steam as the next iteration and tributary of the famed Chicago House Music genre. For the uninitiated there is so much about house music that they think is the same. The stomping four-four beat, the EMD flourish around the edges of the production. The continued catering to its birthright of the cutting-edge LGBTQ dance clubs around Chicago. Creativity is in abundance in the community and it gets reflected out in different forms. Dance music was just the most fun of all the creative avenues available.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Darrell Kelley “Unity” Album Review

Album Review
By Thomas Hendrix

There are some artists that can put out a good song or two, but it is a whole other thing to put out full length collections that strive for a cohesive message and have a larger impact than a single could. Unity begins with a plea from the Pastor Darrell Kelley for Unity. “You know we all need to come together as one, you know our blood is the same color, so that means that we all are, sisters and brothers. We all breath the same air, and where is the love and the care?” Questions and answers are a recurring theme from this artist. Good art has always had that kind of push and pull. It is also a fact that you get answers by asking questions.

Darrell Kelley has been a longtime entrepreneur and author, musician and pastor. Combining these passions in his life has given him an avenue to express a God centered drive. He has done this in his book on the power of “UWGEAM”. A book designed to speak to the inner voice of God in man, without getting hung up on religious labels. That is; about feeding the soul. His restaurant “Soul Delicious” feeds the body. Talking to his congregation keeps in touch with their physical presence, and releasing full length albums like “Unity” keeps his followers in touch with God when they all may not be in the same room. Reaching back vocally to influences like Donny Hathaway and other 70’s soul influence, coupled with a more hip-hop approach production wise, gives Kelley a unique sound for him to launch his spiritual messages from. He addresses the concepts of reaching human potential through struggle in the song “Be Great”. When the beautiful beginning vocals come in over the slinky wah-wah guitar and muted horns, it is soft back door approach to get people out of their own way, when they have to hustle to make it in the secular world. He addresses how his fellow human beings will always be there to point out the shortcomings of anyone and that God is the voice you should focus on to get you from inertia in your life, to participating fully in humanity.

With “Believe In Something (Kneel)” Kelley skirts the edges of the controversial subject of kneeling in protest during the anthem. He clearly thinks there is no bad time to take a knee in protest or prayer and that combining the two will result in a powerful message. “Focus” shines a spotlight on the person who may have tried and failed and is lost, not knowing where they will find the drive to get up and out into the race again. He reminds the listener that God’s voice in humanity is the best motivational speaker anyone can ever hear. He will give you the strength to get up and try it again. It is a hip-hop take on the old parable, If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. No one can hear that enough in this cruel world.

“Come Over” touches a subject that few do in the hip-hop world. The fact that indiscriminate hooks-ups and women holding onto their freedom while resisting the traditional and natural symbiosis of the man woman dynamic, is refreshing after much of the degrading views many in hip-hop have towards women and what they see their role as. Asking a woman to get married should thrill the woman, not make her run away and hide. It leads to levels of friendship and intimacy that is so much more satisfying than any 2 AM booty call. “Until the End of Time” addresses the calling that Kelley has been so passionate about. He explains his inner mission and he explains the acronym of “UWGEAM”: God of the Universe, God of the World, God of all Gods, God of Everything, God of Anything, including Me. Kelley is doing great work and it shows in the scope and promise of the releases of all his efforts. This one in the musical field hits the mark more times than it does not.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Muzique Magazine Interviews Guitarist Sven Jørgensen

Interview with Sven Jørgensen

Earlier we got a chance to take a minute to have a Q&A with the multi-talented Sven Jørgensen. He is very passionate about his music and has begun to carve his name in the memories of fans across the world. Equipped with a guitar and his voice, Sven Jørgensen is sure to take the music industry by storm. Check out his interview below to find out more...

Muzique Magazine. How did you come by your stage name?
Sven Jørgensen. Years ago someone said I looked like a scandinavian. I thought Sven Jørgensen

Monday, November 26, 2018

Charles Matthews Jr. Releases “Interpretations” Album

Chicago’s Charles Matthews Jr. has toured the world as keyboardist and musical director for many R&B royalties including Jerry Butler; The Impressions; Lloyd Price; Gene Chandler; Angela Charles & Windsong; The Chi-Lites; Shirley Jones and the Jones Girls; Tyronne Davis, and many others. After many years of touring and sharing the stage with these legends of the music industry he’s now released an album titled “Interpretations”, where he is able to perform the many classics that have touched our minds and hearts and bridges the gap between smooth jazz and classic R&B interpretations.

Twelve tracks are compiled from yesterday’s R&B classics, today’s popular music standards, tomorrow’s unforgettable Jazz tunes, and are all