Newcastle’s emerging alternative rock outfit Honeyflux recently released their new single ‘Hourglass’. Hourglass is effectively all about change but presented in a very indirect way. Using fictitious examples in the verse lyrics, we harness imagery that portrays both the passing of time and arising situations that command a level headed thought process to make it through.
“When I (Joe) first moved to Newcastle, I found myself in a situation in which I didn’t know many people; my career had not yet started to gather any speed and my family all lived hundreds of miles away. What I did have, however, was my partner (now wife) who consistently kept me grounded through a very unstable time. I wrote ‘Hourglass’ within this period as a way of relieving myself of the stresses of uncertainty. I was conveying my feelings of standing on a cliff edge, staring into the unknown whilst I waited for my life up north to start. Wording it (and most of my lyrics) abstractly with lots of imagery helps me convey my thoughts in a way that’s cohesive to me. I’m dyslexic and ultimately have more thoughts in images as opposed to words, so painting a strong image in our listeners’ imaginations helps me feel connected to the people who have been kind enough to listen to us.”
“North-East alt-rock supergroup Honeyflux release their latest single, Tear Us Apart a groovy, beautifully crafted, genre blurring number complete with soulful and melodious vocals and soaring chorus.” – NARC Magazine
Composed of members from Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, The Baghdaddies, Prudent Primate and Shields UK, Honeyflux write and perform with the utmost technical ability. Blurring the lines of alternative rock, Honeyflux’s sound is influenced by bands such as Steely Dan, Soundgarden and The War On Drugs, placing them amidst a magnetic blend of genres. Forming in Newcastle, Honeyflux all live and operate creatively in the North East; growing up, playing music and building ties within all areas of the region.
Contributing to the regional arts sector, being involved with Arts Council funded projects, developing music based projects with circus and theatre companies, all the members of Honeyflux have been involved with furthering music as an important part of the arts in Newcastle. Honeyflux are currently preparing for the recording sessions that will be released as their debut EP, featuring tracks composed since lockdown began in March 2020. The EP is scheduled to be released in 2021.
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?
The Italian Composer Aria Releases New Single
Assieme Edizioni from Sanremo, Italy is proud to announce Aria’s new holiday single, “A Christmas Letter.” Aria has continued his tradition of releasing ensemble collaborations with talented singers and musicians. In April it was the call to arms for animal rights, The Next Life, and now it’s a song of recognition for working mothers around the world who can’t be at home with their children for Christmas.
Some may know Aria (real name Mariano Schiavolini) for his work with the Italian progressive rock group, Celeste, but in recent years he’s been traveling the world looking for the perfect artists and sounds to “contaminate” his fusion pieces. In the last few years alone, this has led him to South Africa, Los Angeles, and France.
In 2021 he traveled to Prague to work with the world-renowned City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. What they achieved was nothing short of breathtaking. We’re happy to introduce the first song from that session.
“A Christmas Letter” is a classic soul/R&B tune in the Motown style. It features Sherita O. as a lead vocalist (Boney M.) and North Macedonia’s Heruvimi children’s choir. We’ve also released a beautiful music video.
Christmas is a time of joy, when people come together. But so many can’t be home with their loved ones. Think of the mothers in the military, in the service industry, and what about those in war zones? During this magical time of year, let us all stop to think of those precious to us and take a moment to wish peace upon the world.
“A Christmas Letter” is out now in online stores!
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