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Sub Lights Shine With Their indie- Electronic, Social Commentary Album Medicine

New York City duo Sub Lights releases their indie-electronic psych-pop project out of the bedroom and onto the stage with their first album, Medicine on November 1, 2021. Medicine is available on a platform that the band supports, as well as all major digital streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. The lead singles off the album, “I Wanna Start a Riot,” were inspired by the #metoo movement.

The band members, Stephen & Meredith Duncan, used the NYC lockdown as a way to channel their passion for social justice into music. As they both share songwriting, instrumental, and vocal duties, the album delves deep into the murky depths of the psyche and wrestles with issues that other artists often shy away from. “I Wanna Start a Riot” is a prime example: building on the hook–a product of one of Stephen’s nocturnal songwriting sessions–Meredith took the torch and finished out its fiery melody and lyrics, while the two collaborated in their studio on layered rhythms and synths. Medicine’s other tracks, like “No Alarm,” “The Bleeding Machine,” and “Sympathetic” similarly bloomed from core ideas (from the protest against political corruption to personal grief and a hopeful statement on solidarity) into full collaboration.

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As Meredith says about the band’s process: “Our music acknowledges the beauty and grit of life. Living in New York has a way of making you feel connected and more aware of how unique yet the same we humans are. The random conversations in close spaces, the unexpected kindness of strangers, and the utter diversity of experience become fuel for our songwriting.” After a lot of experimentation, late nights, early mornings, deep meditation, and variously enhanced psychic explorations, Medicine has emerged as a “soundtrack for the psy-pocalypse.”

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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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BENNIHUNNA LAFLARE: AN EMERGING STAR IN THE MUSIC WORLD

BenniHunna LaFlare is an emerging star in the music world, and he has recently got fame due to his reality-based music rap music.

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

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

BenniHunna- I have always been into music. Like I love how it makes me feel or puts me in a mood. I started rapping in 2017, I was on & off. I really just made rapping a career 2 years ago when I decided that this is really what I want to do for a living & that’s where I am now.

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

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BenniHunna- Hustle or vibe. I use my voice as an instrument sometimes to give me sounds the beat can’t give you so I fill in the blanks. My subject of music really about hustling in a financial way or hustling to put myself in a better position like mentally or emotionally 

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

BenniHunna- Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Future, Giveon, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller 

What quote or mantra do you live by?

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BenniHunna- Treat people how you want to be treated. You never who you need in the end 

What is your hobby outside of music?

BenniHunna- Fashion. I’m in love with fashion. I’ve designed clothes for some of my favorite artist

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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BenniHunna- On tour & starting a label

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

BenniHunna- Yes. Another single is on the way. We’re planning the video shoot now.

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

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BenniHunna- It’s like a wakeup call for the people that aren’t paying me any attention to let them know that they should be & if they don’t I’m gonna make them regret it 

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

BenniHunna- Save your money cause it will come in handy. Rap is expensive & you gotta have money to play this game. I’ve expedited missing out on feature opportunities & traveling opportunities that prolly would’ve had me further along if I was financially smarter back then.

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BenniHunna- Don’t let the lack of support tear down your confidence. I mean everybody is not going to support you & that’s okay. Just cause they are not supporting me now. Doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. You gotta put in that work & stay focused. Keep ppl around you that want you to win so you can keep that confidence.

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BenniHunna- Maintaining your confidence. Once you lose confidence you lose faith & you start doubting your talent. When you lose faith your audience will too. They can only believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. 

BenniHunna- Be more spontaneous. Everything doesn’t have to be planned out strategically. Sometimes you just gotta get in there & go do it. Don’t think about it. Don’t prejudge it. Just go make it happen. & see what comes from it. I’m not saying do that every time. It wouldn’t hurt to do it sometimes because that spontaneous move might just give you what you been looking for that you couldn’t plan for.

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BenniHunna- Believe in your talent at all times. You need to believe it til the point when people that just met you can see that you have a light that can shine way brighter than how it’s shining. You just have to believe in yourself & never stop believing.

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

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BenniHunna- I say different flows & beat selection. Try different types of music. You don’t want the audience to feel like they’ve heard the same song over & over. You can even keep the same style but just switch it up lil bit so they can’t predict how the record will sound.

 How can our readers follow you online?

@Bennihunnaaa is my name on all social platforms. & BenniHunnaTV is my YouTube channel.

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