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Exclusive Interview With Standish, A Fast Rising Artist Who Is Paving His Way Up In The Music Industry

Christopher J. Standish JR popularly known as Standish is a fast-rising indie talent artist whose musical expression has defied categorization in the music industry. His striking lyrical abilities and all-encompassing sonics distinguish him among the 2022 class of independent stars-to-be. His hunger for success has been the battery pack to his excelling music career.

Standish has achieved a lot in the industry over the years, he has worked with names such as MTV, A&ETV, BravoTV, NFL, NASCAR, Mac Miller (RIP), DMC, Three 6 Mafia, and many more.

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Hello Standish, welcome to HONK! Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

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Standish – What really inspired me to write music began with the place I was born in, Kansas City, Kansas. Surrounded by so much talent & music at such a young age, it definitely inspired me to write myself. Also, my father being from Cali, was always listening to that West Coast rap, that got me!!!

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

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Standish – I honestly thought I’d never drop any music, but, with COVID hitting, it made me go crazy on another level. We are up now!!!

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

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Standish – I’m different. It’s different. Give me an ear, I promise you’ll playlist me! Standish913.com

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

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Standish – My latest release is called “Early in the Morning” (Leave Like This)… I was inspired by many things at the time I wrote this, but this one was just different so I dropped it.

Can you give us a brief insight into your upcoming projects?

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Standish – My upcoming projects are absolutely insane! A whole new single & album are on the way… I also have an icon/legend featured on them! Stay tuned!!!

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

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Standish – Sheesh… SO MANY THINGS. But first and foremost, MARKETING & PROMOTION IS EVERYTHING! Spend Money To Make Money! Period!!!

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) that you are passionate about?

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Standish – I’m also an Entrepreneur with many different niches that flood income. I’m a graphic designer, label owner, marketing guru, published author, & more!

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

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Standish – KEEP PUSHING!!! Someone will recognize you, it only takes the right 1!!!!

How can our readers follow you online?

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Standish – You can all follow me on Instagram – @standish913

For more visit me on my official website: Standish913.com/

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Going For Positive: DPB’s “I Feel So Good Today (Happy Mix)” Brings The Goods

DPB’s latest single, “I Feel So Good Today (Happy Mix),” is a vibrant testament to his unwavering commitment to positivity and anti-bullying advocacy. The track, imbued with an infectious energy, is both an anthem of joy and a didactic tool aimed at fostering a healthier, more empathetic community among listeners

The song opens with an upbeat tempo and a bright instrumental arrangement that immediately sets a jubilant tone. The production, handled by DPB Muzik Inc., uses a blend of pop and rap elements that are accessible and uplifting, perfectly aligning with the song’s message. The beat, characterized by a steady kick drum and rhythmic claps, provides a buoyant backdrop for DPB’s optimistic flow.

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Lyrically, DPB’s verses are peppered with motivational affirmations and Christian references, reflecting his personal faith and positive outlook. Lines like “Welcome to the good life” and “I got the king in my hand and I’m staying” showcase his commitment to spreading happiness and resilience. The chorus, with its repetitive and catchy hook “I feel so happy, I feel so good today,” is designed to linger in the listener’s mind, reinforcing the song’s core message of joy and positivity.

The lyrics are an uplifting mantra filled with affirmations and encouragement. DPB employs vivid metaphors, such as “thumbs up like a hitchhike” and “circle of life like a cheerio,” to convey positivity. The verses emphasize resilience, faith, and the transformative power of a joyful mindset. The repetition of the phrase “I feel so happy” in the chorus reinforces the song’s joyous theme, making it a powerful anthem for overcoming negativity and spreading happiness.

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The accompanying music video, premiering on YouTube, serves as a visual extension of the song’s message. Directed with a keen focus on storytelling, the video portrays a poignant bullying scenario that resolves with empathy and understanding. This narrative is not only relevant but crucial in today’s social climate, providing viewers with a tangible example of positive conflict resolution.

The inclusion of ‘THE HAPPY DANCE’ in the video, a simple yet engaging routine, invites audience participation, further cementing the song’s aim to spread happiness and encourage community involvement. The animations and effects by Ouiwey Collins add a playful and dynamic touch, enhancing the overall viewing experience.

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“I Feel So Good Today (Happy Mix)” is more than just a song; it’s part of a broader movement titled “Share Some Love Give Someone a Hug.” The video mentions vital anti-bullying resources, such as stopbullying.gov and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, making it a valuable tool for educators and advocates alike. By integrating these resources, DPB not only entertains but educates, reinforcing his role as an artist who uses his platform for social good.

DPB’s track record of community involvement shines through in this release. Known for his uplifting performances and advocacy, he continues to inspire through initiatives that address critical issues like peer pressure and bullying. His music, which has graced platforms like BET’s Teen Summit Gospel Special and Sirius/XM radio’s Holy Culture Radio, serves as a beacon of hope and positivity.

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Final Thoughts

“I Feel So Good Today (Happy Mix)” stands out as a jubilant and purposeful track that resonates with listeners on multiple levels. It’s an example of how music can transcend mere entertainment to become a powerful tool for social change and personal upliftment. DPB’s ability to blend a catchy, feel-good melody with a significant message is a testament to his artistry and commitment to making the world a better place through music.

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The song’s vibrant energy, coupled with its powerful visual storytelling, positions it as a cornerstone in the fight against bullying, inviting everyone to join the movement and share some love.

For those seeking to explore more of DPB’s work, his previous hits and collaborations with renowned artists like Bootsy Collins and D.O.C.  are worth a listen. His official website https://worldofdpb.com offers more insights into his music and ongoing projects.

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Elena Matei Delivers Heartfelt New Single and Video “Here For You”

Elena Matei

Elena Matei’s latest single, “Here For You,” stands out as a heartfelt anthem of unwavering support and profound connection. Released alongside a visually stunning music video, this track is bound to resonate deeply with anyone who has ever felt the enduring power of love.

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“Here For You” is a powerful testament to Matei’s vocal prowess and lyrical depth. Co-written and produced with Greg Shilling and Stephen Santa Teresa, the song explores the theme of unconditional love and the lengths one will go to alleviate a loved one’s pain. With poignant lines like, “I’m here for you, Cry on my shoulder, I’ll take your pain, Until it’s all over,” Matei encapsulates the essence of emotional support and devotion. Her delivery is both soothing and stirring, a blend that showcases her wide-ranging talent.

The accompanying music video, directed by Justin Thorne, is a visual feast that complements the song’s emotive core. Set against the backdrop of a vast, open field, Matei’s different outfits and expressive movements bring the song’s lyrics to life, creating a cinematic experience that is both beautiful and introspective. The simplicity of the setting allows the raw emotion in Matei’s voice to take center stage, making the video a perfect visual partner to the song.

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Elena Matei’s journey from international supermodel to burgeoning music star is as fascinating as her art. Discovered by Elite Models at 16, Matei graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle before diving into her first passion—music. Her unique blend of pop and operatic influences, honed in her native Romania, sets her apart in the crowded pop landscape.

With “Here For You,” Matei reaffirms her status as a multifaceted artist with a profound message.

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