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Los Angeles Producer Kosie Is Taking Over The Game

Buzzing producer Kosie is taking over the game one placement at a time. His skill has been carefully crafted over the years, leading him to work with some of the hottest acts in the game. With accolades and recognition growing daily, Kosie is mushrooming in his moment.

If you aren’t familiar with Kosie, let me just give you a hint on what not to expect. ”His just another producer”. Wrong!! his not just any producer, he is the producer and he’s here to prove that by overtaken the spotlight. I had a chance to talk to Kosie and set up a Q&A interview. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think!

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.

My name is Alekos Syropoulos but some people call me Kosie. It’s been an old nickname that turned into my producer name. I’m 31 years old and I’m from Philadelphia via Miami, FL. But I’m currently based at Los Angeles.

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

One song will not define you. Most artists are so concerned with being labeled as something they don’t relate to or a genre that maybe isn’t their most preferred. Nowadays, the more songs you put out, the more likely people will come to relate to your vibe or message over time. Make something, put it out, and don’t hold onto it.

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

I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Learning through the experiences and mistakes is what builds character and will power.

What is still your biggest challenge?

Having said what I said about putting a song out without holding on to it, it still is the hardest thing for me to do! I’ve tried for years to be less judgmental of myself and accept where I’m at in the process. This all comes with time and positive experiences with those in your community! Be honest with yourself, develop solid relationships, and you can move past the self-judgment and mental roadblocks.

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

Knowing that being creative is what brings me the most happiness and sense of purpose in my life. Even if I’m not making as much money in a particular project or let’s say a pandemic hits again, I try to cling on to what I know most about myself. Creative freedom keeps me ticking.


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

I’d love to open for Kaytranada. His music has been very influential to me and I’d love to make the connection.

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

I don’t necessarily feel that I always fall into one genre but I do like where music has been in this past decade. Soul, r&b, hip-hop, jazz, and electronic music are all relatively in a cool place. I’m not always up to date on everything that comes out so that I’m not always comparing my music to a standard. Overall though, the 2010’s have been solid!

What are you focusing your time on now?

I’m focusing my time on making my own music, producing for other artists, traveling, and being outside.

 Talk me through your creative process.

Creating songs of my own versus songs for third parties vary in method, but there are many similarities in the process! Typically, when I create my own music, I write chords and melodies at the piano first. In this beginning stage I try to find core inspiration for a song through a particular sound or feeling that defines the identity/vibe/energy. I’ve always loved the use of synthesizers and vintage keyboards so finding a way to create a dark, bright, or a color in between helps unify the theme at hand. If I’m not starting with this direction, I’m building a song based off a groove or tempo that I connect with the most. I always try to listen to what I personally love most and not let mainstream standards dictate my creative templates. Creating for others obviously requires more attention to the artist and the vibe they want to create so that’s another ball game. As the process unfolds, I pay more attention to the arrangement and production as a whole, which is very exciting. Not following one particular song form formula is usually the best way to retain creative freedom and an open mind. This helps productivity when many songs are to be completed!

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

Crystal clear communication, positive reinforcement, consciously setting up warm vibes, and having fun!  As silly as this sounds, the most productive sessions and projects I’ve had with artists/musicians have all stemmed from goofing around and making decisive moves ahead of time. The less the artist feels that the project is a serious, high pressure situation, the more likely they’re able to deliver something that feels most organic and true to themselves. Talking through the details and common goals beforehand keeps the process professional and people relaxed. This may not always relate to the content of the music specifically, but for the expectations for sessions, workflow, and references in common.

How can our readers follow you online?

My artist name is Kosie! My personal music is on streaming platforms under that name. Much of my sideman work is under my real name “Alekos Syropoulos.” On Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook, my handle is @kosiemagee. Cheers!

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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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