Interviews | Midwest Featured Music Artists

Chicago band to watch: Blah Blah Blah

  • May 27th, 2009 3:21 pm CT

Their name might suggest bored indifference, but the music of up-and-coming local band Blah Blah Blahmakes it clear they want nothing more than to offer an escape from all that's forgettable about indie rock. This summer the band will introduce their melodic, melancholic-yet-jangly and hummable rock (think The Smiths and The Cure with a little bit of Radiohead thrown into the mix) with their debut EP, Charm, and are offering a taste with a free download of one of the tracks, "Why Am I the Only One Laughing." Get it here:

Blah Blah Blah - Why Am I the Only One Laughing

If this track is any indication, Blah Blah Blah are the real deal and have the chops to attract a lot of attention.

88.9 FM's Own D.J's V-MANN & FLYING BEE of [IIT] FUSION Radio in Chicago

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88.9 FM's Own D.J's V-MANN & FLYING BEE of [IIT] FUSION Radio in Chicago IL. Introduces Gotown Records & Interveiws ["Founder/Ceo/Executive Producer/1st Artist - Young Dave Da Don the Official Prince of Chicago"] Company's Involved: Gotown Records, Soldier Feild ENT., L.P.P., ALB Production, What Label? International. Discussing (DETAILED) the new album

Dane one interview on Chicago Radio station 88.9 with Host Sweet Tea!!! 

Bella Lucci Records Events 

Bella Lucci Records Block Party Event 

Location: 79th st. /Champlain St., Chicago 

Electronic Music / Dance Music (House, Techno, DNB, Electro-Funk, Groove Lounge, Etc.) All Genres

Check out CZBoogie Spinning her next set @ 5 Magazine Holiday Party

Europe's Featured Artists

That Performed for Us 

Loretta Ogbomo


"im an artist from the bottom of my heart....i attached some pictures and songs......

i sing soul, blues......and rare funk.........

my last band i had in germany....called
just take a look.................but thats just a small amount of me......i wanted more so i moved to the states, im an solo artist now..and my way is up..."

Loretta is interested in collaborating with other artists and bands. 

I got this off of

this really applies to any music talent.

8 Things That Are Working For Hip Hop Artists

Filed Under (Music Business) by FuNkwoRm on 10-03-2011



1. Social Networking

Sites like Twitter, Facebook, and even Youtube, when used correctly, are proving to be the most effective ways to build your fan base and keep them updated. Make it a point to follow other successful artists to see how they are using these tools to their advantage.

2. Creating An Artist Concept

What do you represent? What are you about? The answers to these questions are key to finding a fan base. Whether it’s connecting with avid weed smokers or others who share your political philosophy, being consistent with your message helps attract fans to you because you become a spokesman for their lifestyle. Trying to be everything to everybody never works. And if you haven’t already noticed by now, lyrical skill and banging beats are not a sure winning formula for success. We now live in an era where J.Cole and Lil B can coexist and be successful in hip hop. Just make sure you’re not being boring.

3. Video

Audio is good, visual is better. It stimulates an extra sense. This is a good thing when done well. Fans are more likely to pass around something visually entertaining than something that’s just audio. You don’t need a big budget to create something visually clever and entertaining to accompany your music.

4. Mixtapes

Free mixtapes and EPs are still proving to be effective for artist. These are done best, in my opinion, when the performances are mostly over original beats. Keep in mind that your beats are an important part of establishing your signature sound as well.

5. Frequent Releases

Release music and release it often! People have a short attention span and short-term memory. Keep them engaged. Don’t let them forget about you.

6. Physical Products

Tangible products are still cool. True fans still want to have something physical in their possession. CDs still sell. I’d personally like to see usb flash drives fully replace the CD format. It’s a great way give your fans extra media such as videos, pics, and higher quality files of your music. There are a lot of cool ways you can distribute them too. There are customizable usb wristbands and other cool things you can do with them. Hip hop has been the setting the trends for a long time and I believe that if our community started to collectively support a different and better format for the music, that it would no doubt become the standard for the industry as a whole.

7. Collaborations

We’re now starting to see artists from different sides of track doing more collabs these days. Why? Because they’ve figured out that it’s more productive than beefing and hatin’. You may think that other artist is garbage, but he could have and audience that’s not familiar with your music and one that would most likely become fans of yours if you two did a joint together. Beefs don’t have the shelf life they used to. Hip hop is evolving and there’s more benefit in making allies instead of enemies

8. Live Shows

I always tell artist. When you hit the stage, make sure the audience remembers you afterwards. I don’t care what you do, but leave an impression. Get your performance tight. Most of the time, this is your best opportunity to sell your music and merch. This is the time to make that audience become a believer. Do your homework. Go to Youtube and search for the live shows of other artists. Study how they put it together and work the crowd. Then make the proper adjustments and tweaks to your own show..




 Multi-Percussionist, Songwriter, Music Mentor

JoVia Ljiljana Armstrong 

JOVIA ARMSTRONG is a Detroit-bred multi-percussionist, educator, songwriter, and producer. She was a 2009 Detroit Music Award nominee for Outstanding World Instrumentalist. She studied Afro-Cuban percussion at Michigan State University and earned a BA in Music Business at Columbia College, Chicago. JoVia has taught percussion, piano and music production at Youthville Detroit and Street Level Youth Media. She played cajon (box drum) for the “Tour of the Americas 2004” and has shared the stage with many famous world music acts.

Check out the Program she helped design for the youth where she is a Music Mentor @ the Chicago Public Library Main Location Downtown.

Toshi has been featured in guitar/music magazines around the world including; Guitar Player, Guitar World , Guitar/Guitar One, The Guitarist Network. Internationally in magazines such as Young Guitar, Guitar F.P.M. and Guitar Magazine (JAPAN), Musica Pro (South America), Guitar Chef (Italy) and others. He also writes instructional columns for several guitar oriented magazines... ..Having been featured on over 10 CD's (including all four of Guitar World magazine's 'Indie Bin' CD's - the only guitarist asked to be on all four CD's!), in 1998 Toshi released his first solo CD, the critically acclaimed and award winning 'Full On!' (Over The Top! Records), and also collaborated with former Dixie Dregs bassist Andy West to record and co-produce 'RAMA 1' on Magna Carta records. This project also features such renown musicians as drummers Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Liquid Tension Experiment), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs/Winger/Jazz Is Dead), Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani/Einstein) and keyboardist Jens Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen/Stratovarious), T. Lavitz (Dixie Dregs/Jazz Is Dead) and Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa/Steve Vai). Toshi now plays 7-string guitars exclusively and is considered to be the foremost rock player and authority on 7-string guitars, currently owning over 99 of them... ..In 1996 Toshi co-organized and performed at the 'First Midwest Jason Becker Benefit For ALS' in Chicago, Illinois. The Benefit that Toshi spearheaded featured such stellar musicians as Eddie Van Halen, Marty Friedman, Zakk Wylde, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe, Billy Sheehan, Steve Lukather, Richie Kotzen, Michael Lee Firkins and many, many more!.. ..T 

BELLA RECORDS Underground Open-Mike Sessions 

Bella Records scouts rappers right in the Hood on the "9"!!!   

Location: 79th st./Champlain | Chicago next door to Te 'Chris Salon

Video Clip: Courtesy of GOTOWN RECORDS

 David O. Van Dyke (a.k.a. Young Dave Da Don)

Check them out under their label @

Producers on Digital Game are :

Dj Phonz The Architect Herb HEAD KNOCKERS Brasko Yung Deniro (NYC) and Budgie from ..London England Features on this Album is Never from Crucial Conflict and MC the Bull featured on "How we get it" and A-Plus from Souls Of Mischief featured on "Digital Game" the song. The Album Has sixteen traks get urs NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOOKING 773 565-7181 

Dane One is from the southside of Chicago and he linked up with Never of the legendary Crucial Conflict and fellow up and comer MC Da Bull for an uplifting track for the streets "How We Get It". The contrast between the three styles is evident in the speed of the verses and even looking at the chorus. Fans of rappers on the slow flow or of the break-neck variety get what they want on "How We Get It". The chorus is inspiring to the inner hustler inside everyone helping to make this gritty hip hop track one that we can all at least appreciate. Also be on the lookout for the video for this track, which we'll also premiere in the coming weeks, that is directed by Brooklyn's George Easley who most recently worked on the Notorious film. Keep it locked!

Down below lies a handful of tracks featuring Rick Ross on the "Rude Boy RMX" (shouts 2 Rap-Up), Ace Hood, T-Pain (shouts 2 NCB), and Ester Dean. Lastly in comes another Kidz In The Hall interview as they continue on their nationwide tour. Enjoy!

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Jason Holley a.k.a. TW Prophet 

" No Peace 4 Da Wicked" is one of the Songs off my album, "The Calling"

It won the Unsigned UK ITV o2 Wirelsss Competition that got me performing at the o2 wireless Festivall in Hyde Park , London, UK in 2007.


Pugz Atomz

The Decade in-stores now on BBE Records.

Kinda like a rapper more like a MC... Pugs Atomz arrived a Leo in Pittsburgh PA., son of a radio host and a painter. His love of hip hop developed when his family moved to Chicago; during grade school he would see the graffiti on the trains and in his neighborhood of Englewood, these trains also would have rap groups and singers performing for spare change. The leader in him was born in high school, when a few friends thought his idea to be a Nacrobat was a great thing to be. Fast-forward a few years and Nacrobats (90 members strong) encompassed everything he wanted and had learned watching the structure and moves of Zulu Nation, Chi Rock, Lo Lifes, and Dem Dare. Breakers, Graf writers, DJs, Poets, Promoters, MCs all under his umbrella spanning Saulk Village IL., to Chicago IL., to Rockford IL.. At this time his parents would have people like Oscar Brown Jr in his living room performing "Signifying Monkey" and various poets and visual artists of the time schooling him to give him a sense of culture and balance.

His first solo adventure "Thanks for not Rhyming" on Galapagos 4, featured battle rap bravado and production from the Molemen. It received a warm response from the underground and started him doing shows across the US. That same year he started CTA Radio with Thaione Davis and K Max, a show dedicated to Hip Hop with interviews and freestyles, pushing Chicago artist on the legendary WHPK. His second release was "24 Years later" on his own Birthwrite Records which fared even better, getting him shows overseas and hosting the "Barbershop Hip Hop" tv show (youtube it). After seeing all the graf in London and Germany he released the cult classic "Playing With Matches" (2004) his autobiography of a graffiti writer. In 2007 a mature Atomz arrived on "Conversations with a Chamelion" with production from DJ Hi Tek and a 8bit music video to boot. Pugs started getting into fashion in 2008, designing clothing/fitted hats with the likes of American Needle and Afro Wear. Around this time he meant DJ Vadim, who had him open for Sound Catcher tour's US and Canadian dates. Being away from home and noticing music was changing, he quickly adapted to the blog world releasing numerous mixtapes, singles and videos for free download. April of that year saw a rise in violence in Chicago schools, so Mr Atomz penned "You and me " addressing the violence. He got involved with Coalmine Music, the Stop The Violence Movement, and teaching with After School Matters. In the last few years Pugs has released albums with Raptivism, So Flo Ent. and Fat Beats and most currently "The Decade" with BBE.

”Pugs drops fun and thoughtful albums that take a few listens for you to realize how rare that combination is nowadays. It’s clear he takes rapping seriously without being so himself, always exuding laid back confidence" (Okay player).

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