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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Bxndzszn

Hello Bxndzszn, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

For starters, music has always been a part of my life but I really fell into creating music based on it being my way of expressing myself due to me being an introvert .

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

If I could describe my sound/style in one word it would be evolutionarily because as I age so will everything else.

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

I would tell  them to keep going no matter what and if that’s what they really want it is possible!

What quote or mantra do you live by?

“Get rich or die trying” and “with age comes wisdom”

What is your hobby outside of music?

Outside of music I really just like to enjoy life. My hobby outside of music would probably be me just staying positive and staying productive whether that’s playing the game or seeing the world.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I see myself having achieved a lot of my goals in which I’ll be making music, living life, and spreading positivity. I am Bxndzszn !

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

Lol I’m consistent so there will always be. But I plan on getting more music and content out!

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

The inspiration behind my latest song “destiny “ is in alignment with my life and how it’s not all positive 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Honestly this is a question that I can’t really answer because although there are things that I wish I was told… the fact that I did it for myself makes it more worth it, in my opinion of course!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I’d recommend to them that breaks are very much needed and that mental health is very important. 

How can our readers follow you online?

I go by Bxndzszn on all platforms EXCEPT Instagram in which it’s @fuckbxndzszn

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Forsaken delivers a vibrant new EP, “For The Hell Of It”

Forsaken

Orlando, Florida-based rapper Forsaken, aka Donnie Sproat, has recently shared a new EP, For The Hell Of It, with various themes featuring Gawdzy, available to stream everywhere. The track follows the previously released “No Time” and “Air It Out.”

The emerging singer and songwriter Forsaken delivers a wonder EP titled For The Hell Of It, a 6-track body of work. His newest release, “For The Hell Of It,” is themed around living in the moment and making the best of every situation. Forsaken found passion in making music as a creative outlet to express his emotions and lifestyle that are responsible for who he is today. With his impressive vocals and a sharp ear for sonics, Forsaken has proven he is ready for the mainstream. So, stream the EP below and vibe out!

Stream Forsaken’s For The Hell Of It on Spotify. 

Connect with Forsaken: Instagram 

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Los Angeles Producer ArjayOnTheBeat Is Pushing the Perimeters of the Music Industry

To stand out in music, especially a genre like Hip Hop, an artist has to have a presence not only the presence but commanding energy to them that makes you invest in their artistry, which they present for us to buy into. That separates an artist who you only give one listen to and who you start to keep up with. ArjayOnTheBeat brings that confident swagger to his approach that makes you want to stay connected, as he has been unfailing when connecting with his audience and executing vibrant and unique records from a career standpoint.

Arjayonthebeat discussed with us and answered our uncommon 11 Questions. Check it out below.

 

HONK: Let’s start by introducing ourselves. You know the basics, like name, age, and where you’re from, as much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

ArjayOnTheBeat: Artist Name: Arjayonthebeat /Arjayonthebeat3x

Legal Name: Robert Dickson Jr 

Hometown: Los Angeles, California 

 

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

ArjayOnTheBeat: The best advice I’ve ever received concerning music was about mixing. I was honored to have had a one-on-one session with a Grammy-awarded engineer, Leslie Brathwaite, who engineered Pharrell’s “Happy,” which headlined Despicable Me 2. He listened to my beats and told me, “everything was great, but one thing, your mixing.” He then said when it comes to mixing your beats, nothing should be panned to the center but vocals”. In other words, every sound in your beat should be panned between the left and right, never down the middle. 

The best advice of my life…

 

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

ArjayOnTheBeat: One thing I would have done differently is take more of the presented opportunities rather than rejecting them due to being overly cautious.

 

HONK: What is still your biggest challenge?

ArjayOnTheBeat: My biggest challenge is finding an artist with the potential/ talent to take them to the top and team up. Until then, the search continues. Most artists don’t take it as seriously as I do. I instead get plaques/awards with one artist repeatedly than try to get one plaque out of multiple artists… if that makes sense.

 

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

ArjayOnTheBeat: My daughters (Indiyah & Xia) and my family are the ones I need to be successful. My goal is to leave generational wealth /money behind for them. 

 

HONK: If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?

ArjayOnTheBeat: Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown, or DJ Khaled

 

HONK: Could you talk me through your creative process?

ArjayOnTheBeat: When it comes to my productions, I never force them. I only make beats when I feel like it, so I don’t burn out my creative juices. 

If I’m not working, I typically listen to various genres to get ideas on enhancing my sound daily. Every genre has something you can learn from…

 

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

ArjayOnTheBeat: I always try to keep the customer/ clients happy, mistakes can occur, so I’ll always offer something in exchange for the mishap to reach a positive conclusion.

 

HONK: What are you focusing your time on now?

ArjayOnTheBeat: I’m focusing my time on executive producing more projects rather than singles & building my artist (once they’ve been found).

 

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

ArjayOnTheBeat: We need more substance in the hip-hop community and a different topic to rap about rather than hoes, guns, apps & negativity. I feel it’s time to switch it up, or else we won’t get as successful as other genres like folk rock & country music.

 

HONK: How can our readers follow you online?

ArjayOnTheBeatInstagram | Twitter | YouTube 

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