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EMBRACING RECOGNITION IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY—Stratøs

Short and sweet interview with Los Angeles’s rising star, Stratøs! He shares his favorite aspects of making music, working with veterans in the game, and more upcoming fresh music.

Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

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My name is Stratøs, I’ll be 26 this October 1st, and I’m from Ann Arbor Michigan. I currently live in Los Angeles, California.

What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

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That the learning process Is cyclical. I don’t need to (and in fact, can’t) learn a concept perfectly before moving on. I’m supposed to come back to concepts again and again. It can be years before I revisit something I’m practicing. This helped me get over the paralysis of trying to get something “perfect” before moving onto the next thing.

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

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Practice, write, produce, photograph more when I was younger and had more time!

What is still your biggest challenge?

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My biggest challenge would probably be just navigating the music industry as a whole. It’s a tough industry that’s currently not equipped to sustain actual musicians, and that’s a struggle every day.

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

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The music does. No matter how tough things get, the art is still here. I’ll never stop making art because I simply cannot – it is my purpose in life. Taking a step back from your art is something stigmatized, but is perfectly okay, and healthy, and normal. This industry is grueling. It’s important to take a step back sometimes to gain perspective and preserve your sanity. It’s okay to step away for a bit and come back.

Talk me through your creative process.

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There’s a lot that goes into my creative process. I’m a saxophonist, composer, producer, and film photographer, and each discipline takes a different set of skills. These days I’m doing a lot more composing because I’m working on my third album. My composition usually involves taking unrelated elements and try to make them relate. My tunes usually have some sort of concept at the core of them that I’m trying to work out.

How do you currently feel about the state of “Your genre” in general?

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The state of “jazz” has always been interesting. Firstly because this style of music isn’t even really called “jazz,” because that was a name originally given to the music intending for it to be derogatory. This music falls under the “Black American Music” umbrella and from its inception it’s always been about progress and pushing boundaries. There’s a lot of amazing “jazz” these days because people from all walks of life and backgrounds are adding to it and making it more and more unique. It’s great!

If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

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I’d love to open for Flying Lotus some day!

How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

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I keep an organized calendar, and I try to write things down.

What are you focusing your time on now?

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As I kinda touched on before, I’m currently working on my third album. I don’t wanna say too much, but I’m using all of the resources and knowledge I’ve learned from all parts of the album making process and putting them into this record. Also, since I just moved to LA, I’m focussing on getting connected in the music scene here and just getting settled down.

How can our readers follow you online?

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You can follow me on all social media platforms @stratostones, as well as my website www.stratostones.com. I also have a print shop where you can buy prints of my film photographs here: https://stratos.darkroom.tech/. You can buy my first album Planets here: https://stratosmusic.bandcamp.com/album/planets and my second album Hohenheim Suites here: https://stratosmusic.bandcamp.com/album/hohenheim-suites. I’m also on all of the streaming platforms like spotify and apple music, just search “Stratøs.”

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Kelsie Kimberlin stirs sizzling fiesta vibes with “Parking Lot”

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Famous international artist Kelsie Kimberlin ignites the dance floor with her mesmerizing new release, “Parking Lot,” a sizzling fusion of pop and Latin rhythms that captures the vibrant culture city’s heartbeat. Filmed against the vibrant backdrop of Cartagena, Colombia, the song pulses with infectious energy, drawing listeners into its irresistible groove.

Collaborating with legendary Colombian producer Pedro Vengoechea, who lends his talents alongside mesmerizing Colombian dancers, to create a sensory delight from start to finish with her velvety vocals. Vengoechea’s Latin rap interlude adds authenticity to the extra layer of spice of “Parking Lot.

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At its core, “Parking Lot” celebrates movement and allure, with lyrics that vividly depict a confident, vivacious dancer who captivates everyone in her orbit. She exudes joy and empowerment with each beat, inviting listeners to join her in revelry. The song’s driving force is its pulsating rhythm, anchored by the mesmerizing strumming of a Spanish guitar. This emotive vibe seamlessly complements Kimberlin’s soulful delivery, creating an intoxicating yet exhilarating sound.

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As the night unfolds within the confines of the “Parking Lot,” Kimberlin’s voice rises above the fray as a beacon of light amidst the darkness. With every verse she delivers, she entices us to immerse ourselves in the music and surrender to the primal impulse to dance. In “Parking Lot,” Kelsie Kimberlin once again showcases her musical prowess, establishing herself as a formidable figure in the pop music industry. With its irresistible beat and undeniable charm, this song will set the night ablaze wherever it’s played.

 

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Steward’s soulful vocals and Jacques Wilkens’ insightful lyricism culminate in an engaging narrative that resonates with the audience. The artist employs the song’s lyrics to pursue harmony, peace, and love while exhibiting his humility and passion to nurture affection. The track boasts an impressive amalgamation of various music genres, emphasizing the Haitian/Caribbean music style. The song’s captivating melodies and well-polished production blend modern influences, adding complexity and depth to an enchanting sonic experience.

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I Was Wrong You Were Right” is a testament to Steward’s journey, resilience, and dedication to uplifting his community through the power of music. It is an exceptional work that is worth investing one’s time and attention.

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