Underground Experience feature 3/30/018


This months feature is a vocalist who a sultry FL/NC individual looking to give R&B the true shot in the arm it needs lets listen to sounds of………. Levi Darosa

levi darosa Underground Experience feature 3/30/018

Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your artist name?

Levi Darosa: Levi is just short for my full name Levisha, which means beautiful lover of God. It’s something I learned recently and I’m happy I did. I always knew there was something unique about my name even though other people thought it was very urban lol.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

Levi Darosa: I will forever rep my hometown Jacksonville, Florida although I was raised in Charlotte, the Queen City of North Carolina. The hip hop scene here in my eyes is definitely on the rise. I think people are finally starting to look more into our music scene and take it seriously. We have a long way to go though because in Charlotte it’s a struggle building a loyal fan base when you’re local. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but it’s just always been that way here.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Levi Darosa: My biggest influence on my music is the 90’s era. I’m a ninety two baby and so I grew up listening to timeless R&B. Artists like Jon B, Mary J Blige, K Ci and Jo Jo and there’s so many more lol. Overall I’m heavily influenced by my own experiences, so if I didn’t live it I won’t sing about it. My music is very personal to me. I’m inspired by my love life.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Levi Darosa: I would describe my style as very sultry and sensual. I’ve always been very effortless and true to myself when it comes to my looks and how I want to be perceived. Just real laid back and feminine yet elegant with some edge here and there.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Levi Darosa: My best song recorded to date is a track that is currently unreleased right now called “Green Light”. It’s actually the very first song that I wrote and it’s because of that song that catapulted other releases like “Consistency” and “Man of the Hour”. The song itself is so special to me because I literally free-styled it on my way to an event and when I finally got there I immediately told my friend that I just wrote a hit record! Ever since then I felt like I needed to make something of my music career and it was because of that song, which will be released soon lol so stay tuned for that.

Mistajay: If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Levi Darosa: I would love to share the stage with Chris Brown, Drake, and Mary J. Blige. I just love the music that they’ve contributed to the industry. I feel like there’s so many others also but these are artists who’ve directly influenced me and have gotten me through some really tough times in my life…happy times too.

Mistajay: A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

Levi Darosa: It’s super important to me that I learn every aspect of the music business because all in all it is business. Just being able to make sure I’m being compensated for putting my art out in the world for people to enjoy. It also means my family will be taken care of forever and that’s what I want.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2018? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Levi Darosa: Well I’m R&B lol but in reference to hip hop in 2018 I feel like it’s becoming very saturated into something we can no longer call hip hop, so we need to figure out what these new sounds are and let them thrive in their own category. However, in regard to where I fit in, I’d say that my goal is to keep good music alive. R&B for me is good music and I feel like so many people want it back, which is great in my case because I want to stay true to that sound.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Levi Darosa: Well I’m learning to focus on right here and right now, so currently I’m working on my debut EP which may or may not be self-titled but that project is definitely in the works. So far I’ve introduced my sound to my fans and getting their reaction has blown me away. I’ll also be releasing some visuals alongside these new records which are all original, so I’m very proud of that. Overall just focused on getting the songs perfected and having more divine connections such as this interview to get me to the next level in my career.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Levi Darosa: Yes. Promote real talent all 2018 lol

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

Levi Darosa: My lovely fans can listen to my music currently on YouTube just by searching my name Levi with the name of one of my songs “Consistency” or “Man of the Hour” they can also follow me on Instagram @LeviGoddess

NEXT MONTHS INTERVIEW TBD!!!!

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Underground Experience feature Feb/march


This months feature is a Kirksville, MO artist that is looking to expand is place in the Missouri scene lets…….check out Kane James

kane james Underground Experience feature Feb/march

Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your artist name?

Kane James: When I originally started, I used to go by K.A.N.E.
At the time, it stood for Kreating a New Era;
I really felt like I was doing something different than most.
However, I eventually decided that it was not very marketable as a name.
From that point, I threw a few names around and just decided to keep it simple.
So, I started using my legal name. Which is Kane James. 

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?


Kane James: I would really like to belong with the 816, Kansas City area Hip-Hop scene, but I would say I represent my town. Kirksville, Missouri. A small college town in the Northeastern part of Missouri. There is not much of a hip-hop scene here anymore, aside from some of the college which has opened a few doors for me in the past, including making it on to the radio station.


Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Kane James: My biggest influence originally would have probably been Eminem. Which I
know is, like every lyrically inclined artist born after that era’s time. To me,
he’s really fallen off lately though. Another huge influence for me was Ludacris.
As I started really getting into hip-hop I found Kansas City’s own Tech N9ne.
I would probably say, around the time I started making music, he became
my biggest influence. His drive, his skill, his delivery, his flow. It’s like,
everything was so incredible to me. Everything about Tech was what I wanted.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Kane James: My style, I would have to describe, as something unique. I like to be very intricate. I was taught at some point, not to sacrifice words for the sake of rhyme. That was
not a concept I could ever wrap my head around. For me. It’s all about lyricism. Not
so much, punch line, after punch line. It’s cool to throw some deep metaphors in there
but I want to tell people about my life, and my experience, through my viewpoint. I
want to inspire through the things I have went through. Overall, I would describe my
style to be. Inspirational, motivational, and something fresh.

Mistajay: You released your first album Point of Purchase, and have since also released your second album, Forevermore the King and the Sound of Proximity. What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Kane James: My best song, recorded. Personally. Man, that is tough. I would have to say, “When I’m On.”Off of Forevermore. Not necessarily because it’s like, the best. But, because I was really really going through some things in my life that I felt needed addressed. That song is one of the most beautiful pieces of art in my eyes because of what it means to me.
I hope the people who listen to it, can feel my life and where I was at that point in time.


Mistajay: You co-headlined tour across Colorado sharing the stage with Eternal of the Wu-Tang Killa Beez. If you could share the stage with any other 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Kane James: Tech N9ne. Hopsin. And Dr Dre. Tech, because he is the number one independent artist that comes to mind, when I think of how my live shows should be. He is so impressive to watch. It would be an honor to be a part of a tour. Hopsin, because he is always someone that I have wanted to collab with or make a connection with in some type of way. I can’t imagine the opportunity, but if Hopsin sees this. Get at me! Dre, because. Come on. It’s Dre. Who wouldn’t want to share the stage with the man who has turned every artist who comes his way into an elite. Fifty, Kendrick, Eminem, NWA, Snoop Dogg, you get the point.


Mistajay: At one point Not Only Street Records would extended a contract offer to you and you accepted the two year, two album deal. A lot of artists come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

Kane James: Based on my experience; The most important thing you can do as an independent artist is stay INDEPENDENT. The label, did not do a lot for me. I will give respect where it’s due. Not Only Street, did help me work on my stage presence, and they did want to truly help me achieve my dreams. I just feel like, I was too controlled in some instances. A record deal just wasn’t for me. It might be for some, but not for me. Teach yourself how to be your own label. That’s what you want, if you care about doing things your way.


Mistajay: What can people expect from your third album, ‘The Side Effects of Dreaming’?

Kane James: The Side Effects of Dreaming, is my upcoming album. They should expect life. Raw, hardcore, unfiltered, experiences. Lyricism. As always. I’ve never been one to deny the truth, so expect a lot of that!

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2018? How do you see yourself fitting into
that?

Kane James: I see it continuing in the direction it’s going. Definitely a lot more independents making their way into the game. I see that. I’m hoping people get burnt out on the auto-tune
mumble rap that I don’t see any purpose in. I don’t mind, a few of those artists, because
some of it is alright. Catchy, and fun to party to, but it’s getting over crowded with that.
I can’t see myself fitting into the mainstream trends, but if we keep doing what we’re doing
I can see myself really making a name in the underground for the time being.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Kane James: My future plans, are the same as always. Continue to grow and develop as an artist. I’ve
been producing for coming up on three years now and I would like to see the beats that
I create, start to get placements with other underground artists. I want to be more involved
with music. Video, production, and as an artist. Festivals, all of it. For 2018, we will be
touring from March 10th and carry that out for as much of the year as possible.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Kane James: Not necessarily. I just want to thank everyone for taking the time to check this out. And,
those of you that get more interested in me, and eventually become a fan. I want to thank
you for the support and the love. I wanna thank mistajay for the interview. I hope that
everybody has a wonderful and blessed 2018. Let’s make history. Studio Geek.

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

Kane James: facebook.com/iamkanejames -     @iamkanejames
twitter.com/imkanejames -            @imkanejames         (I will start using this year a lot)
youtube.com/officialkanemuzik - @iamkanejames
iamkanejames.com

You can get merch and music on my website, iamkanejames.com starting February 1st;
otherwise, you can get my albums on itunes, amazon, and any other retailer you can think of.

Stream on spotify;

Albums;

Point of Purchase;
https://open.spotify.com/album /4iD3TsQmHjkplnDtbLCDES


Forevermore the King and the Sound of Proximity;
https://open.spotify.com/album /5X7eeQeqELQGajm0XeZM2R

Singles;

Bullet:
https://open.spotify.com/album /1nBWW2yOxPPnNU1TRy8Ia5

Faded;
https://open.spotify.com/album /3dZifp1jtzSeK64mzBNN4n

Thanks for the support!

NEXT MONTHS INTERVIEW TBD!!!!

Mistajay is doing a monthly interview feature the underground experience on the blog www.empiremusiq.com/blog and would like to interview you for this new post please contact nccceo2@yahoo.com to publicize any new projects that you have coming up thanks for your time. Donate or pay $50 dollar interview fee below!!

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/NCCRecords910INC

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