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Sarantos Is Heartbreaking On “Looking Up At The World”

Singer-songwriter Sarantos is back with a brand new single. Unlike the artist’s usual laid-back fare, Sarantos’ latest endeavor is a heartbreaking and raw outburst of emotion regarding the artist’s battle with chronic pain and COVID-19. Serious topics like this demand attention and sympathy, so today we’ll be giving “Looking Up At The World,” a closer look in our full review.

Considering how it’s a more melancholic-leaning Sarantos song, “Looking Up At The World,” opens with surprisingly warm and inviting instrumentals. As the song continues, the folds of the artist’s acoustic ballad unveil themselves, allowing the song to breathe and grow organically. Instrumentally, it’s an interesting tune, as electric guitars and light synths kick in providing some much needed atmosphere.

Slow build up is the name of the game with “Looking Up At The World,” as emotions slowly rise and the lyrics grow into soaring statements of sadness. There’s a lot of pathos in Sarantos’ performance here, which is understandable. Every feeling in the song comes through, making it easy to sympathize with the artist on his plights.

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What truly carries the single however is the raw songwriting on display here. All subtlety is thrown out of the window here, as Sarantos’ wails about how upsetting it is. Feelings of being boxed in, helpless and unable to do anything come through loud and clear. Despite all his hard work, he finds that he can’t even stand up without getting exhausted, and it frustrates him to no end.

These raw emotional outbursts are what make “Looking Up At The World,” as effective as it is. For people in similar circumstances, these plights are sure to be relatable and understandable.

Sarantos’ talent as a singer-songwriter shines through with “Looking Up At The World,” a testament to the artist’s skill. He’s been working at this for a long time now, and he’s only improved with time. As he vents his sadness and frustrations to the world, it’s hard to not to feel for him and the way the world has treated him.

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Despite all this, we hope the artist pushes through and manages to keep making his craft. “Looking Up At The World,” is an excellent single showcasing Sarantos’ efforts to the fullest, and we can’t wait to see what else he has in store for the future.

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–Jason Airy

Artist Spotlight

MEET THE ARTIST MEL THE PROPHET

Hello Mel The Prophet, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

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

Mel the Prophet- I first got into music in 2016. I used to freestyle with my friends and I was becoming really good and around that time I went to a NIpsey Hussle concert and an epiphany and was inspired to speak about my truth over music to inspire people how I was inspired by Nipsey  

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

Mel the Prophet- If I could describe my music in one word it would be, [ UNIQUE ] because , my music comes from real experiences while being witty and aggressive with intention to motivate the listener to view themselves and the world in a different perspective. 

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

Mel the Prophet- What I would say to aspiring artists who look up to my work is always be a learner and humble but always be honest with who you are before doing music, no matter what!

What quote or mantra do you live by?

Mel the Prophet- The mantra I live by is, if no one existed on the earth but you, how would you feel and what would you do and who would you be? ,,, now feel, do and be that with everyone existing on earth! 

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What is your hobby outside of music?

Mel the Prophet- My hobby outside of music is working out, reading and learning new ways to help others become more self aware.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Mel the Prophet- Where I see myself in 5 years is living on a ranch with multiple acres being a household name in music and the mental health industry providing value in creative ways to those who need help.

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

Mel the Prophet- What I have upcoming is a musical project, “SELF HELP” the self awareness guide and I’m also working on a RnB album 

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

Mel the Prophet- The inspiration behind my latest song, “Help 1 Self” (Mental Health Anthem) was experiencing the pandemic when a lot of people became afraid and aware of the fact their mental health was at stake.

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

Mel the Prophet- The 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started: 

Expect no support from the people you want or expect support from. I was always a good person and a person who was “friends” with many people, not just around me or in my community but all around and thought I was going to get support from them because I was doing something good.

INVEST IN YOURSELF: Even though I did invest in myself, I was expecting others to invest in me because of the ideas I had and how beneficial they would be for others.

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FOCUS ON THE BIGGER PICTURE: As much as I thought I was focusing on the bigger picture, I actually wasn’t. I was rushing the process to become what I knew I am and I would attempt to force myself and my vision onto people without trusting the process of just doing the work day in and day out.

KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO!: Being a good person can be tiring when you’re attempting to help anyone and everyone. Some people do not align with your mission or purpose. I would give my hand out to anyone who asked for it and then be in a situation where the person or people would just attempt to take advantage of my kindness.

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FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE and not your ego 

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

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Mel the Prophet- Some tips for my colleagues not to burn out: 

1: SOLITUDE (spend time with yourself and your own thoughts).

2: Spend time in nature without technology . Nature is the essence of our being, being able to breathe in the air and listen to the natural habit of nature is a key element to self awareness to redirect your energy. 

3: SLEEP WELL + REST.

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4: Spend time with family and people you love doing things that are fun and not just work all the time .. finding the balance.

How can our readers follow you online?

Mel the Prophet- Readers can find me on ALL social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube,Tik Tok under @meltheprophet or Mel the Prophet my direct website is www.help1self.com

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BAINS. shares new single “Feel Awful”

Feel Awful

Vancouver, Canada artist BAINS. has shared a new single called “Feel Awful”. The second single from his upcoming album Punch Drunk, this self-produced offering contains emotive sonics and relatable lyricism- making for an evocative and memorable listen.

BAINS. comes through with captivating lyrics that find the artist at a low point, ruminating over past mistakes and time lost. Also themed around his love/ hate relationship with alcohol, the honesty of this single’s subject matter shines through and impacts the listener directly.

Production-wise, “Feel Awful” is engagingly dynamic, with bouncy percussion and grooving bass dropping in mid-way through the first verse and crescendoing in the chorus to create a gripping effect. Drawing the listener into the song’s atmosphere as it builds, the production here is sharply-crafted and vivid.

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The latest from BAINS., “Feel Awful” combines hip-hop, alternative R&B, and alt-pop influences into a vibrant and refreshingly personal medley.

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