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Creative Spotlight - February, 2021 - DC Flyz

Although "Let Go" dropped back in 2020. It couldn't be more fitting for this time of year. It's Valentine's month and many couples are still dealing with fallouts of the pandemic. For those needing to let go. This is for you.

About the artist.

DC FLYZ IS AN AMERICAN RAPPER/SINGER AND RECORDING ARTIST KNOWN FOR HIS SINGLES, ALBUMS, AND MIXTAPES INCLUDING “LET GO” (2020 SINGLE) “CAN’T STOP” (2018 ALBUM), “SELF-MADE” (2017 EP), “DC” (2016), “DOUBLE UP” (2013), “FLEXXIN” (2012), “DOUBLE UP,” (2013) A WIDELY SUCCESSFUL MIXTAPE, “GOTTA GRIND” (2009), AND “FROM DA SOUTH” (2009).

IN 2016 DC FLYZ RELEASED HIS SELF-TITLED MIXTAPE, “#DC,”HOSTED BY DJ SNEAKYDOG ALONG WITH 24K MIXTAPES CEO DJ POP DUKES. THIS MIXTAPE HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT PORTRAYAL OF HIS GROWTH AS AN ARTIST WITH THE SKILLS TO ATTRACT A LARGE FOLLOWING BOTH ONLINE AND WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES. 

EARLY LIFE EXPERIENCES

RAPPER DC FLYZ WAS BORN MELVIN E. KEY JR. ON AUGUST 6, 1991, IN WASHINGTON, DC. RAISED BY HIS FATHER AND GRANDMOTHER, THE CARDS, SEEMINGLY, WERE STACKED AGAINST HIM. DEEP WITHIN, HE KNEW HE WOULD RISE ABOVE HIS CIRCUMSTANCES AND WITHOUT EXCUSE, HE WOULD PLAY THE HAND HE WAS DEALT.

THE GOLDEN YEARS OF 2005 – 2007 SERVED TO WIDEN THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE GLOOM OF HIS PAST LIFE AND THE LIFE HE HAD ALWAYS DESIRED. AS A STUDENT AT CAMDEN MILITARY ACADEMY (SOUTH CAROLINA) DC FLYZ WAS ON A COURSE DESTINED FOR GREATNESS. HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD OF SPORTS—LACROSSE, WRESTLING, SOCCER AND VARSITY BASKETBALL. 

HIS LOVE OF ‘THE BEAT’ LED HIM TO THE DRUM LINE WHERE HE EARNED HIS ‘CRED’ AS A FIERCE DRUMMER. ALL SEEMED RIGHT IN HIS WORLD UNTIL A SERIES OF BAD CHOICES KICKED OFF A DOWNWARD SPIRAL LEADING TO HIS REMOVAL FROM THE ACADEMY. 

IN 2014 DC FLYZ WAS OFFERED A ROLE IN A BALTIMORE BASED MOVIE “CHILD SUPPORT”, UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO LEGAL ISSUES HE WAS SENTENCED TO 9 MONTHS IN A CASE OF NON-COOPERATION WITH HIS PROBATION OFFICER. JUST LIKE A PERFORMER THAT HE IS, HE BELIEVES THAT THE SHOW MUST GO ON, SO ALTHOUGH HE DID NOT MAKE IT INTO THE MOVIE, HE MADE SURE HE WAS THERE FOR THE RED-CARPET EVENT PERFORMING ALONGSIDE MENTOR TYREE COLION WITH THEIR SINGLE DMV.

LIVING THE LYRICS HE RAPS, “PAIN DON’T LAST FOREVER...KEEP FIGHTING FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN…,” HE FOUGHT ONWARD, AND WITH THE HELP OF HIS LOVING GRANDMOTHER, HE FINALLY EARNED HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND CONTINUED HIS ACADEMIC PURSUITS ENROLLING IN TWO COMMUNITY COLLEGES—IN FLORIDA AND LATER IN BALTIMORE. AMID THE NUMEROUS STARTS, STOPS, AND RELOCATIONS, HE FOUND STABILITYAND A WARM WELCOME ONTO THE BASKETBALL ROSTER WITH EACH TRANSITION.

INSPIRATION AND ASPIRATIONS

TODAY, HIS MUSICAL ROSTER IS A REFLECTION OF THE GRIT, THE GRIND, AND THE GOALS THAT FUELS HIS CAREER. THE DISCIPLINE HE LEARNED FROM HIS YEARS AT CAMDEN MILITARY ACADEMY HAS EARNED HIM A FEATURE ON SEVERAL MIXTAPES WITH MR. DJ SNEAKYDOG, CEO AND OWNER OF SNEAKYDOG INC. HE HAS OPENED FOR CELEBRITY HIP-HOP ARTISTS SUCH AS MR. CHEEKS OF THE LOST BOYZ, AR-AB, DARK LO, KING OF PHILLY GILLIE DA KID, AND HAS HEADLINED AT THE LEGENDARY VENUE “WHISKY A GO-GO” LOCATED IN HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA INCLUDING SEVERAL OTHER EVENTS. 

FEEDING OFF OF THE POSITIVE ENERGY AND MAIN FOCUS DC FLYZ FINDS HIMSELF LINKING UP WITH ONE OF THE HOTTEST SMACK/URL BATTLE RAPPERS K-SHINE WHICH LED THE TWO ONTO DROPPING A SINGLE “TEST ME” WHICH ENDED UP GETTING OVER 50K STREAMS IN SPOTIFY WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK OF ITS RELEASE. 

HE DESIRES TO USE HIS PLATFORM AS A VEHICLE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS IN SPITE OF LIFE’S SETBACKS.

RECENT PROJECTS - TOURS

2019 BEGAN WITH AS MUCH FIRE AS THE CLOSE OF 2018. DC FLYZ HAS PERFORMED AT SIX SOLD OUT VENUES ACROSS THE NATION AND IS ON TRACK TO DOUBLE HIS PERFORMANCES OF 2018. OWNING HIS LABEL CRANKEMUP NATION, WHICH HE RELEASED IN 2017, HAS PROVIDED THE ADVANTAGE OF MANAGING HIS TOUR STRATEGIES AND PROMOTION, A TASK HE FINDS BOTH EMPOWERING AND CHALLENGING AT TIMES. HE RECENTLY FINALIZED VIDEO PRODUCTION OF HIS WELL-RECEIVED TRACKS, “IDK WHY,” “ON MY OWN”, AND “CAN’T STOP” FROM HIS DEBUT ALBUM “CAN’T STOP”; NOW AVAILABLE IN ALL DIGITAL STORES. 

SINCE HE STARTED RAPPING AT THE AGE OF 16, DC FLYZ HAS PRODUCED MUSIC IN RAPID SUCCESSION. DC FLYZ CONTINUES TO EXUDE THE STRENGTH, PERSEVERANCE, AND DISCIPLINE THAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY SUPPORT HIS CLIMB UP THE HIP-HOP RAP CHARTS.

social links:

www.iamflyz.com

www.instagram.com/dcflyz

www.twitter.com/iamflyz

Listen on spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/3KP6deWVzzsPCIQpZxY8fi 

Lyrics to Let Go

I Just wanna let go 

The lies the way that you move

You seem confused I don’t want you to choose

I just wanna let go

My mind has been running for days

Ain’t slept for weeks

I don’t know what to do

I just wanna let go

Up and down around and around

The questions running through (My mind)

Baby say something baby come close

I don’t wanna us let go

(YEA) It’s kinda crazy how u played ya position

You always said you different I gotta see it (Yea yea)

I don’t know love is but I done fell in love again

I thought that I was heartless (Yea Yea)

For you I’ll catch a body

Put that on top of a body put that on everybody

Now sing it (Yea Yea)

You knew I was damaged

I don’t know how to handle it

I Just wanna let go

The lies the way that u move

You seem confused

I don’t want u to choose

I just wanna let go

My mind has been running for days

Ain’t slept for weeks

I don’t know what to do

I just wanna let go

Up and down around and around

The questions running through (my mind)

Baby say something baby come close

I don’t wanna let us go

Up and down round and round the questions running through (My Mind)

My Mind has been running for days

Ain't slept for weeks

I don't know what to do (I don't wanna let go)

The lies the way you move

You seem confused

I don't want you to choose (I don't wanna let go)

Baby say something baby come close

I don't wanna let us go

I Just wanna let go

The lies the way that u move

You seem confused I don’t want you to choose

I just wanna let go

My mind has been running for days

Ain’t slept for weeks

I don’t know what to do

I just wanna let go

Up and down around and round

The questions running through (My mind)

Baby say something baby come close

I don’t wanna let us go

Sometimes I wake up all alone

And I wonder where you’ve gone (Take a Look)

I don’t get it yea

Back and forth all the arguments

I'm not with that how you tell me u love me

And go behind my back

Fake love I don’t want it you can have that

I just wanna give u everything that u wanted

You told me you needed somebody that's gonna love u

I know it didn’t start off perfect

So baby I can not let go

I Just wanna let go

The lies the way that you move

You seem confused

I don’t want u to choose

I just wanna let go

My minds been running for days

Ain’t slept for weeks

I don’t know what to do

I just wanna let go

Up and down around and around

The questions running through (My mind)

Baby say something baby come close

I don’t wanna let us go

Up and down round and round the questions running through (My Mind)

My Mind has been running for days

Ain't slept for weeks

I don't know what to do (I don't wanna let go)

The lies the way you move

You seem confused

I don't want you to choose (I don't wanna let go)

Baby say something baby come close

I don't wanna let us go

I Just wanna let go

The lies the way that you move

You seem confused

I don’t want u to choose

I just wanna let go

My minds been running for days

Ain’t slept for weeks

I don’t know what to do

I just wanna let go

Up and down around and around

The questions running through (My mind)

Baby say something baby come close

I don’t wanna let us go

Creative Spotlight - November 5, 2020 - BEYOND FORGIVENESS by Ilan Chouraki 

Beyond forgiveness, composed by Ilan Chouraki, is a trio comprised of a piano, violin, and cello. Performed in four movements that cross over a number of musical cultures.

Inspired by the tradition of symphonic poems, the theme of this work begins from an artistic reflection on the question of… forgiveness.

Beyong Forgiveness is an emotionally affordable piano trio even though the harmonies are sometimes sophisticated. In the spirit of post-modernism, Ilan does not hesitate to include quotes, mixes of styles and sometimes even humor. This piece was premiered in Jerusalem in 2017 with the participation of his son Gabriel on violin.

Movement 1: The Others

The first movement of this Trio is in "Sonata" form, thus tripartite.

The first exposed theme symbolizes the victim's social environment. It offers a coherent, logical character from those who, not being in the emotion, can afford to reason the one who suffers. This discourse is expressed through a fugue, in the manner of Johann Sebastian Bach, from which Ilan has knowingly removed an eighth note in the metric of this first theme. This is normal since one parameter will always be missing from the reasoners' discourse: the experience of the other.

The arrival of the second theme of this movement describes an empathy that is more moral and ethical than compassionate. Like a lullaby, this second theme will be repeated four times, a deliberate redundancy which, like a nursemaid who is only waiting to see the child fall asleep, would like to put an end to this duty pitying.

The return of the first theme describes the annoyance felt at this wounded person who remains stuck in his suffering. The supporting person suddenly appears bolder, free of sentimentality. Here, irritation hides behind an invigorating speech.

Movement 2: Solitude

When the victim is alone with itself, whether he is a man or a people, he goes through phases of melancholy, revolt, and then resilience.

Movement 3: Like Friends

This movement tells the victim's nightmare. The context of this dream is a bullfight in which the piano plays the role of the bull. The matador is symbolized by the strings. One in front of the other they behave "Like friends". Friends who confront each other, who know each other, who dance together until the moment of the programmed killing of the bull. The audience applauds. On the come of the slow part of this movement describes this moment of rocking where the animal is at the border between life and death, between reality and the etheric world. But at the time life has the upper hand, the situation is turned upside down. The bull overwhelms his oppressor and can choose to let him live or not.

Movement 4: The March of the Living

If there is forgiveness, there is also the unforgivable. In any case, in spite of the blows received, in spite of the wounds endured, we must choose life. To go beyond it. To put one foot in front of the other, to move forward. Crippled, lame, amputated, we must move on. This forward movement is Ilan Chouraki's inescapable answer.

Tags: Piano Trio, Post-Modern Music, Violin, Cello, Piano

Album
Beyond Forgiveness
A mixture of Jazz and Classical for every use.New release of Ilan Chouraki’s “Beyond Forgiveness”

Creative Spotlight -August 2020

Every artists has a story. A story about when they fell in love with music. Their personal life story, no one else knows. Remember that song by that artist that completely "turned you out?" into a fan of music and you couldn't live a day without listening to one of their songs? 

For us, we fell in love all again with music when we heard these guys.

In the first installment of our Creative Spotlight series we are beyond excited to present The Horse Puppetts (formerly the Retrosettes). Each month, we will spotlight an artist, band or composer we represent. 

Meet The Horse Puppets.

"The Horse Puppets are a 7 piece band led by singers Paul and Helen Bytheway, a musical married couple from Manchester.  Previously the Bytheways were in ‘The Retrosettes’ band who back in 2016 had a simple Youtube clip online that was seen by Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino.  He then booked the band to feature in the opening scene of his film 'Youth', joining Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in the first shots of the movie. Their version of Candi Staton's 'You Got The Love' became the title track of the film.

Due to the popularity of the film in Europe The Retrosettes then toured with the likes of Simply Red and went on to release an album through Universal Germany and Live Nation.  In 2019 they appeared on stage with a hundred strong orchestra to a sell out show in Paris whilst working with French film composer Vladimir Cosma.
The Horse Puppets have recently released their debut album (during lockdown in 2020) which was produced in their own purpose built recording studio.  The album is called ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience’. "

Thanks to a ‘borrow board’ behind the scenes of The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, a Horse Puppet that should have been returned by ‘Molly’ 2 weeks before gave the band a new name.  A good job really as the previous suggestion of ‘The Suitcase 17’ was vetoed by Tommy’s missus who said it sounded like a front page headline for a murder in the 60’s.

The 5 piece band from Manchester, soon grew into a 6 piece, then a 7 piece as more instruments and sounds were added in recording their debut album.  ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience’ was recorded at Paul and Helen’s home studio in Manchester.  

Paul has been thrown in at the deep end with sound production, and with the help of some local engineers (and Andrzej’s bionic ears, which are both pitch and frequency perfect!!) he has produced the whole album himself.  This has allowed the band to retain a raw and uncoloured sound. All of the music was recorded live (with vocals afterwards) with all the band squeezed into the small room together with no headphones, no glass dividers, a large dog, and most importantly,  a real band sound.

The band have a hybrid indie sound like the more ambient side of The Black Keys or The Arctic Monkeys, mixed with country pedal steel guitar, violin, double bass, electronic synths and large vocal harmonies.

Catch the band playing live during the lockdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N31BctHbREE&feature=emb_title 


“Love that whole swampy Dr John/Alabama 3 groove thing” - Tom Robinson, Fresh on the net & BBC 6 music

“One of those line ups you wouldn’t have seen 10 years ago…..very organic…they’re great to listen to” - Mike Sweeney,  BBC Radio Manchester

“… a smooth and atmospheric indie-rock groove, with hints of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds” - Mystic Sons Blog

"Caught You Out’ is a spare and understated and considered indie tune with hints of Pulp and a dash of country. Low-key, reflective and delivered with a beguiling lightness of touch, its appeal is hard to ignore.” Whisperinandhollerin blog

We are very proud to be working with The Horse Puppets and so excited about their future projects we can hardly contain it.

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