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Summer Watson Speaks Out About Her Big Return After Surviving Cancer, New Music And Creative Process

A big voice with an even bigger heart, soprano Summer Watson is a singer on a mission. The chart-topping international vocalist aims to inspire as well as entertain. “Go for your dreams and never give up” is the message of this world-class classical crossover artist. Having beaten breast cancer and survived a deadly train crash she knows all too well the setbacks that challenge us in life. But Summer also understands the importance of determination, the healing power of music, and how to let talent flourish.

 

Hello Summer, welcome to Honk Magazine, we are thrilled to have you with us today!

Thank you so much for having me!!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a British Classical Crossover artist, who now lives in LA. I trained at the Royal College of Music, London, my love of classical music and more contemporary music initiated the spark within me to want to be able to blend classical music with more contemporary music such as Sting and film music on the same album. I signed to Sony and had the honor of recording at Abbey Road studios, London – the album went to #1 on the iTunes charts in the US.

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As well as performing the wealth of amazing music out there – I also love to write my own music. My inspiration comes from life’s journey embedded with the love of the phenomenal nature here in LA, Malibu being some of my favorite scenery. I love to reset at least once a week and head to Venice beach to swim.

“Break The Silence” marks your big return after battling breast cancer. What is the lesson you want your listeners to take from this single?

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It is crucial for us all to take some time to get quiet, what is our inner self trying to tell us? And then to break the silence and release the authentic you. The Break the Silence song & video represents that many people work their whole lives and are never happy and go against what their inner voice is telling them. It doesn’t matter what we do in this life – but it is crucial that we are being authentic and can break free and live our truth.

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You are a stunning warrior! Where do you find your strength?

Aww, that’s so kind of you to say! I pull strength from meditating every day, from the greats before me like Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Princess Diana. My drive and strength on a daily basis comes from my amazing Mum. She has supported me my entire life.

You have traveled a lot, and your life’s story is truly inspiring. How does experiencing so many cultures influence your music?

I love this question. I think it is so important for all of us, especially artists, to get out of our bubble and experience as many cultures and different ways of living as possible. The weeks I lived in Africa and got to spend time with the Massai tribe and seeing the most amazing safari and landscapes definitely plays a part in the orchestration of one of the new singles in my upcoming EP Unveiled. Visiting Iceland & New Zealand and seeing the most epic scenery allowed for the visuals in my head for the new EP to come to life. Experiencing so many different cultures has allowed me to see that essentially we all want one thing and that is to feel connected and to be happy.

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How do you create your music? Do you first write the lyrics or compose melodies?

I am extremely blessed to have been writing with my writing partner Taras for over 6 years now. I tend to share something that is inside of me that I want to express, we write the chord structure on the piano, then a vocal melody usually comes to me, and then together we write the lyrics based off of the story I want to share.

Your latest release topped iTunes charts, do you feel any pressure with your upcoming EP? Can you tell us a little bit more about this project?

Firstly it is still surreal that the SUMMER (Spotify) album with Sony was #1 in the States on the iTunes chart. I am more invested in the process of creativity than the outcome. Obviously, I would love everyone to be inspired by the new single Break the Silence and the whole EP Unveiled, but I personally am extremely proud of it as it marks a new chapter in my life. I have had an amazing year and it has been one of my most creative years to date. In April, my golden retriever Marleigh passed away in my arms and the pain was unbearable. The only way out is through – so I committed to being in the studio every day. Writing and recording every day releasing the pain from within was such a healing process. The other singles on the album represent different stages of the metamorphosis we all have inside of us. Break the Silence and release what’s inside of you, Unveiled is unveiling our inner beauty, This Life celebrates life – showing us that life is so beautiful.

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How would you describe your sound?

The best way to describe my sound is to imagine an Adele pop-style vocal with epic Bond-esque cinematic orchestration. Classical, but mostly pop-driven, deep harmonies, and big ensembles for the world stage, with soaring but elegant vocals.

As a crossover singer, you create a truly unique kind of music! Would you give a chance to experiment with other genres like hip-hop or edm?

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In a heartbeat – I love collaborating with different artists! I think those genres would lend themselves very well to a classical crossover vocal artist such as myself.

Who are some of the artists you would love to collaborate with?

Drake, Pharrell Williams, Sting, Adele, David Foster

What’s your current favorite song and album?

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My friend and amazing singer Connor Duermit & Sam Fischer are two artists I love.

What’s next for Summer Watson?

Really excited to be telling everyone about the upcoming singles. Planning a new video for one of the singles. Lots of time interacting with everyone online. And then the plan is to get writing in the studio again!

Thank you so much!

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Thank YOU so much Honk Magazine – it has been truly an honor to be featured in your fantastic magazine.

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Artist Spotlight

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ORION PAXX, THE NEXT RATED INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Orion Paxx is a multi-talented independent artist from Miami. He is also 1 1/2 member of the hip-hop duo Bckgmn (Backgammon) with J. Sexton. From touring in Japan to rocking in the U.S., his music is a blend of lush sonic landscapes and hard-hitting rhymes, attracting all walks of life!

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Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

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Orion Paxx – What really inspired me to write, and get into music, was probably while I was in school. I was like 14, and one of my friends showed me some rhymes he wrote, and I was like, “you wrote that?” So after that, I thought to myself, “if he can write something like that, I know I can, and it’ll be way more dope!” So I got myself a notebook and started writing. Inspiration is also drawn from artists I listen to. From Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Tupac, Snoop, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Common, Wu-Tang, Talib Kweli, Kanye, Big Pun, Fat Joe. The list can go on forever!! Those are just a few names.

 

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

Orion Paxx – I think I probably realized that music was something I wanted to do, and take more seriously was prob around the time I came back from Japan, on tour. Which was amazing!! That was around 2015. My team and I have really been going hard for the past 3 years. In the studio, working, creating, etc.

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

Orion Paxx – I think what is unique about myself, is that I’ve had the opportunity to travel and live in different places around the world. My pops were in the military (Air Force) So my family and I moved and traveled a lot. I lived in Japan for 4 years, when I was little, all throughout the U.S. also I lived in Italy for 4 years, which was an amazing experience, by the way! In Italy is where I really got into music, started writing, etc. I have been all over Europe. From Paris, Switzerland, Brussels, all thru Germany, and I think having that experience made me a more well-rounded person, that can appreciate different cultures and different people. So the music is not one-sided, because of that, it’s a blend of everything, a representation of me. And it’s dope!! If you enjoy good music, then you def have to check me out!!

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

Orion Paxx – My latest releases are with my Hip-Hop duo I started with my dude J. Sexton. We call ourselves Bckgmn (Backgammon). This means “Be Confident Keep Grinding Make Noise” BCKGMN We have 2 releases out now, via Spotify, Apple Music, all streaming platforms. The first one is called, “4th Quarter” produced by my guy; Ash Grayson. That record is basically about the grind, coming up, putting in work, staying focused. And the second one is called “Get Me Out of Here” produced by Ash Graysun. That song is basically about getting out of the state of mind that you’re currently in, whether it be physically, or mentally. We also released music videos for both of them as well. You can subscribe on Youtube!! @bckgmn to check them out.

 

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

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Orion Paxx – So I’m really excited about this new release!! We, my group Bckgmn just released our first album, called “Boarding Pass” which is available everywhere to stream!! People are really feeling the new project, and the responses have been nothing but positive. So if you haven’t checked out the new album, Boarding Pass, by Bckgmn yet, I encourage you to go check it out!! Also, I wanted to give a huge shout-out to my team, J. Sexton, Ash Grayson, RKO. Those guys are my brothers, without them none of this would have been possible. Love those guys!! We continue to push each other daily, and uplift each other. That’s my fam!!

 

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

Orion Paxx – I think what I wish I was told when I first started making music, would be, to have yourself a team, of people, doesn’t have to be a huge team, but a team that you work with, which will uplift you, and are positive and believe in your dreams, and aspirations. I’ve been working with my team for about 10 years now. To find you a team!! People that believe in you.

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

Orion Paxx – Well besides making music, I also work on the radio. I’m an on-air talent on 103.5 The Beat here in Miami. And I’m also the affiliate producer for the Breakfast Club morning show, in south Florida. I have a Sunday afternoon show that I do, I’m on-air from 3 pm-7 pm Sundays. Gotta tune in to ya boy!! If you’re not in Miami, you can listen live with our iheartradio app. It’s a free app to listen to thousands of radio stations across the country. I do voice-over work as well for our iheartradio app, and other clients. I enjoy working on the radio, making people smile and feel good while I’m on the air. And when I’m not working, I like to work out, play ball, hang with the fam, my brothers, my niece. I’m a huge nerd, so I love going to local comic shops around my area, and also I’m a movie nerd too, so I watch a lot of movies as well.

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

Orion Paxx – Any advice I can give for artists just starting out is to keep grinding, and network. Networking is really important. Building relationships with people, whether it be via social media, or out at events.  Any local shows, open mics, showcases, in your area, head out there sign up. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. And lastly, just be true to yourself, who you are, and what you represent.

How can our readers follow you online?

Orion Paxx – You can follow me on IG: @itsorionpaxx 

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Also, subscribe to the @bckgmn Youtube channel.

On Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming platforms search Orion Paxx, and my group as well, search bckgmn on all streaming platforms.

Facebook.com/bckgmn

Twitter: @bckgmn

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Better Be – Can’t Hardly Wait

When hearing new music, we all expect to hear something fresh. Something different than the usual, as you hope to discover something that you’ve never heard, but everything you hoped to hear when hitting play. That’s one of the funniest parts of music, with getting a chance to hear something incredible that will stick with you. Better Be has that type of music with his new song “Can’t Hardly Wait ”.

Better Be brings an incredible sound full of innovation and creativity on his new song “Can’t Hardly Wait ”. We’re always a fan of great art, and this one stands out as one of the best with an intrigue to it that makes it stand out from the rest. Once you hit play you get a brilliant sound, that is layered to perfection to let the listener dream. As special as the sound is,  Better Be is even more with a unique vocal approach that is a match made in heaven with the sound, to show off the artistry to the fullest.

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Better Be “Can’t Hardly Wait ” is an amazing record that carries the freshness new music should have. It thrives in it’s ability to stand out from other music you hear, with a creative approach to the sound that pays majorly for this thriving artist. Hit play now and enjoy the magic of this sound!

you can check out Better Be “Can’t Hardly Wait ” below and follow him on instagram;

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