Who is Kemara G. Night

Kemara vows life is not worth living if she cannot create and share the lessons derived from such an act, and she urges y’all to remember: #BlackMentalHealthMatters”

Here at The Artistry we were able to speak with Kemara G. Night, a Published author, seasoned multidisciplinary artist, and social justice advocate.

Below you will find her interview with V-Henny as you learn about Who is Kemara Night.

V-Henny: Can you tell us how you got started.

Kemara Night: The arts are literally in my blood. My grandfather was a musician (sax, piano, and guitar) in a band. Before I even knew all his loves, I found an attraction to them myself. My father is a writer and also musically-inclined. I like to think I got the former from him specifically. Since childhood I have always been creating. My first songs can be found on a cassette tape recorded by yours truly around the tender age of four years old. This was also the age range in which I took a liking to painting, reading and writing (yes she #advanced!), and acting. I was the lead in both my pre-school’s plays (“Swan Lake” and “Grease” respectively) and was often called “a ham” by my mom. I got started in the arts-and-entertainment fields before I even knew what they were. Most children are naturally inclined to creative expression but me? I know I was born to do it.

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music? 

Kemara Night: I didn’t necessarily have an inspiration when it came to songwriting and composition, however I did know I wanted to be like – or more accurately, yield similar impact of – the greats that touched me both sonically and spiritually. I fondly remember going on excursions to the Virgin flagship that used to exist in what I consider the “good old days” of Times Square, NYC. I still own CD’s from there, the last I recall buying [from Virgin] being my Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits and a 50’s R&B anthology pack of three discs. I had to be no more than nine years old or so. My soul has always held inclination towards the eclectic and the classics. I never discriminated when it came to music. It all held value, even if I could admit something was not my cup of tea. My first three CD’s bought for me were P!nk’s “M!ssundaztood”, Beyonce’s “Dangerously in Love”, & Britney Spears’s “Toxic”. Albums that quickly became mine because my mother tired of me blasting them on her stereo repetitively (LOL) include artists Tamia, Janet Jackson, and En Vogue. Both my parents, of Black-American descent often had Throwback Soul (70s-80s primarily) blasting somewhere, but each of their tastes were still quite distinct. My dad was who introduced me to “Old Skool” & Underground Rap; we wouldn’t go anywhere without blasting some Rakim & Eric B., EPMD, Salt n’ Pepa, etc. He also put me on to House which I ironically didn’t cling much to until I entered into the Vogue scene. Where he kept it #onculture, my mom introduced me to the palpable vibes of Classic Rock: Eagles, Aerosmith, Queen, etc. Thus, the inspiration was not any one keyplayer, pun unintended. I believe having that diversity from so young enabled me to expand my interests beyond typical scope. I would joke that my iPod would switch from Sade to Slipknot – except it wasn’t a joke though. Pertaining to music and the arts in general, “singularity” has never been my strong suit. It truly is all-or-nothing, though in the “absence of” there was bound to be something coming from my own throat, heart, or hands.

V-Henny: Have you ever felt discouraged by the industry and if so how did you overcome the thought/feeling?

Kemara Night: Strides have been evident however, the music and entertainment industries still do not widely cater to women like me: dark skin, average build, quirky, and alternative. If you are one or a combination of these things, you will typically find it most favored in a more media-traditional body i.e. light-complected in thin or bombshell mode. In the midst of discouragement, I typically overcome by recalling my purpose. As pessimistic as it sounds, I have toyed with the idea of, “What if I never ‘make it’?” The prospect used to frustrate me but the older I get, I balance this cynicism with the faith that whoever is meant to be moved by me will experience me, period. I have dreams of performing on Saturday Night Live and The Grammys, touring the world, and simply sharing my artistry in various ways. Yet, if I never make it mainstream, at least I know that what I did held merit and I never sacrificed my integrity for a quick buck. The thing is, I know no part of this system was truly made for people like me so if I am meant to make a difference in some capacity, that mission will push through regardless. I am tired every day, but even when I deluded myself into thinking I could stop, the songs persisted, the words poured, and I knew there was no way to deny it. I am here to stay, and any industry is either going to recognize it or lose out. 

V-Henny: In order to succeed in life you have to know how to give credit and give back . Who would you give credit to for your success thus far? `Who would you give back to ?

Kemara Night: God is the first and foremost. In my darkest moments I was provided with insight from above. Stories for another time (catch them on my YouTube one of these days), but I have to always give it up to The One. Next I share that love to anyone who has ever supported me – especially prior to me believing I was “support-worthy”. From the colleagues that paid for my college applications when I couldn’t; to the strangers that were delighted to buy my books and have me sign them; to even a post reshare on The ‘Gram, my work can only expand through the dedication and love of those who experience it. Lastly, I offer my credit to those that have inspired me both through media and personal exchange. Though my work lives within me, often my catalyst for motion came from experiencing someone else in process. There are things I have created that really only made sense after I digested another’s art and for that, I can only be grateful. I too have had the privilege of being that for people and that is the point I think, to inspire others to know they have it in them just as much as I or anyone else does. Important note: if something is directly motivated, I think it is crucial to include a note of dedication or “After” within the piece; great minds think alike – it is only fair, I believe, to praise that “uniformity” when it is starkly evident…

V-Henny: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Kemara Night: I am still struggling to encapsulate my work into a singular phrase. Growing up I would say my favorite genres are “Rock & Rap rolled with Soul.” In essence, this is how I would describe my musical style but even that is not wholly accurate. The issue with labels is that once you try to divert from them, contention ensues. While I’ve come to acknowledge that people only “know” what you show them, I also recognize the cognitive dissonance when endeavoring to expand. Not just with me! This is a phenomenon vastly exemplified throughout media whether it be child stars maturing, or musicians entering different lanes, and so forth. For instance, I have been “making music” far longer than I was a spoken word poet. It was only because I held greater notoriety in the poetry world that people were aghast when I would say I’m something more than that. To that end, I was writing short stories before poems, but I digress! Currently more Rap/spittin’-based music can be found in my repertoire but if one were to peruse my IG, private recordings, or YouTube, they could find Neo-Soul, Rock, Folk, and Gospel influences. Moreover, I also songwrite and there is no barrier to the genres I create for that either. Like I said, I don’t do one thing – don’t think I ever will, LOL – and I like it that way. Thus, let’s circle back to the beginning: I create whatever flows from my soul, and at this juncture, that [Soul] and Rap are two genres heavily touched upon. Ask me again in a year, and I hope the answer will be just as transitional. 

V-Henny: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Kemara Night: Considering I am not “just a musician”, I would truly be doing what I already am. 2021 is the year I have been more pronounced in my solo endeavors but I do this 25/8, truly. It has really been battling mental illness, Anxiety especially, that has kept me from attaining the heights I know I deserve deep down beyond the fear. Yet, I sing and hum everywhere I go; I write on napkins when I don’t have paper; I record myself and entertain friends and audiences; I think, think, think and then make things out of it (share them too). Nothing would change, it would just be awesome to expand who gets to witness it! 

V-Henny: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?

Kemara Night: There is a quote I’ve seen in passing and to paraphrase, it said, “It will haunt you if someone who’s not as dope as you goes farther simply because they believed in themselves more.” As mentioned prior, “I does this” in private for my own joy. The sharing really only began when I was a teen, as people started to notice my inner world and asked that I share it. I allowed this desire because I saw the merit in doing so. People felt less alone, many felt understood, and overall someone often left grateful, if not genuinely inspired.  Frankly, I was not confident! Self-trust was foreign, however, the idea of, “You’re here now so you might as well show out,” would come to mind – so I did or at least tried to. Though my trip to Georgia had its bumps, I came back with more blessings than bruises, feel me? Now I can place “out of state performer” under my belt, all because I respected myself and my art enough to go for it. Time has wizened me to see the value in my gifts, and to then embark upon them because truly, it isn’t always about talent, but passion! 

V-Henny:  How long have you had this creative vision and what pushes you to be consistent ?

Kemara Night: As I answer this, I noticed that the time just hit 11:11 and it’s rather ironic to me because I think “consistency” is a frequent wish – and battle – of mine. Making the art is easy – it’s the consistency in showcasing the vision that bears difficulty. I still have growing to do in that regard. Just today I posted something on Instagram; I didn’t post for over two weeks. I am very private and I struggle  because I feel called to share (indeed, I have seen the powerful results when I do) but squanching the worries of my Ego is a frequent fight. I made a promise to myself to make this the year where I release the most content I can. That includes my first music video, music (check), vlogs, out of state performances (check), and other endeavors. Considering I am a multi-disciplinary artist, I often imagine ways to incorporate my arts into each other. This is my second hindrance to building consistency: healing perfectionism. There are projects I have been yearning to develop and release for months or even years but have yet to for the fear of–, well, just fear. “Perfectionism”, to me, is the fear of not having your own vision measure up to your execution. I feel this is more than just a phase, but a divine mission for me. At my darkest moments i.e. mental hospitals, in the clutches of abusers, etc., the arts were the only thing holding me down. Similarly, I have had people tell me my work is why they do what they do. I cannot take that lightly! Sometimes, I psych myself out with such a purpose weighted on me. I am not the most amazing artist to have ever lived, but I will be damned if my authenticity and artistry don’t manifest into the masterpieces I envision. That stated, 2021 numerologically is a “five-year”. “Five” is the number of change and transformation. This is the time to level-up and alter mindsets from agony to abundance. I am not certain, but I hold conviction and that is what is reminding me to keep up the momentum. Many of us can feel it in the air…”now or never” is in full ass effect.

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans? 

Kemara Night: I often have people walk away feeling like they cannot measure up to me, which is mildly humorous considering I had low self-esteem for so long. Even I look at my scars and wonder, “How could anyone feel below me? Below anyone?!” I want to practice what I’ve been preaching – if you feel like you have nothing to offer, think again. Another great “Anonymous” quote comes to mind: “Someone notices you every day.” Whether you accept that or not, it is important to be mindful of what you’re offering into this world. This is not meant to make you fearful. Instead, consider that we all process information differently. Maybe something I say won’t hit somebody, but when you (whoever that special “you” might be) say that something in your unique way, you may potentially unlock someone’s entire world! I promise You, just go for it as honestly and strongly as you can, “bravery” or “confidence” aside. What you say or do literally could alter someone’s entire moment, day, dare I say Life. So live lovely, and let your truth speak loud in the way (or ways) it most greatly yearns to.

V-Henny: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Kemara Night: A few months ago I shared a photograph I set up of my limited edition Control vinyl. I tagged Janet Jackson in my Story, and miraculously she shared it. No, I was not the only tribute shared, but out of thousands made, it felt amazing knowing someone of her stature would see my creation and repost. It has always been a dream to meet and perform with her, but for the first time, it felt like it could be real one day. Chances are slim but crazier stuff has happened! So I hold faith on that. It would also be iconic as heck to have a track with Rakim The God MC, as well as Tobe Nwigwe and his crew. I also have high hopes for Erykah Badu and Missy to see me – which, sidebar, some of the people I wish to work with have worked together in some capacity so #alignment, haha! Stevie Nicks would be another awesome candidate and J. Cole too (I think Dreamville is the ONLY label I’d let sign me). If Sade popped out wanting some people, I would throw my hat in to create with her band as well. Beyond these heavy hitters, there are many of my contemporaries and colleagues I would love to work with one day also, such as Rocky Snyda, Killa K, and quite a few others (if you don’t know them, go check the vibes after this interview!). I’d be remiss if I did not shout-out those that put me on early (musically) before I had the sliver of confidence I do now: @J_TheGodIs promoting and seeing me; @BrothaBrooklyn for being my first and only bandleader; @RaztahTree for entrusting me on his mixtape, which was also my first hook; @FesahRollins / @Stigity__ / Mike Mezzl (homie has too many handles, LOL), for inviting me to collab on what became my first big music project, “Hallelujah Remix”. I worked with y’all once and I would again – my gratitude is immense. The names listed are just the tip of the iceberg. I have more dreams to manifest, seeing other people within those visions. That is the point after all: to keep the vibe going, long after any of us still are. Áse and much love.

Meet Vero G

Here at The Artistry we were able to speak with the Multi-talented rising star Vero G. Born and raised in the Lower East Side. The Singer/Songwriter reaches many aspects within the industry and strives to be the best she can be. Catch Vero speaking with V-Henny on her experience with the music industry and the in’s and outs of how it works.

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music?

Vero G: My inspiration for making music is my parents who always told me to reach for the stars. I use my pain and personal things I had gone through to use as my motivation and inspiration for my songs. Also want to relate to everyone in my music.

V-Henny: How long have you had this creative vision and what pushes you to
be consistent ?

Vero G: At the very young age of 7 years old I saw my gift and knew at that moment in my life music was going to be a huge role. what keeps me being consistent is pushing myself every day knowing I have a purpose in this world. A mission to inspire people through my vision and my music. 

V-Henny: Please share with us the content behind your latest project.

Vero G: My latest content is my Victory Album which got released in 2020-2021. It is a very heartfelt album. It is very dear to me and personal. I feel this album shows my growth as an artist and the potential for greatness to come. It has great ballads, upbeat songs, and also emotional tracks. 

V-Henny: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Vero G: What I would love to change in this music industry is, to have it equally right for men and women for their salary rate. We as women in this industry get look down on or get the leftovers in pay and need to have equal rights to our royalties, and other mechanics in this game. Also, to have more workshops for all independent artists out there to learn what is their right and what they deserve in this industry as being independent. 

V-Henny: I feel as though an artist’s background and home upbringing plays a
big part in their work . What culture do you resonate to and do you
feel like you are the new breakthrough artist for that culture?

Vero G: Yes growing up in a Hispanic culture music was always a reminder of my passion and who I am today as an artist. I love all types of genres from Hip Hop, Rock, Salsa and so much more. It has molded me to be very diverse in my own music. I have a love for my Latin side of music. It gives me the freedom to express myself and embrace my roots. I do feel that I might be the breakthrough artist in the Latin and Hip Hop field. I want my music to sound different and resonate with my ancestors. To be different and unique. 

V-Henny: In order to succeed in life you have to know how to give credit and
give back . Who would you give credit to for your success thus far?

Vero G: Yes. I strongly believe in giving back and being a humanitarian to your community and to others. Who I want to give credit to is my family, to my management JM Empire Media, those who always believed in me when times I self doubted myself. 

V-Henny: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Vero G: The best advice I had ever got was from one of my former music producers Cool-Breeze. He told me to keep pushing no matter what and to inspire those around me. 

V-Henny: Your project is something like a newborn child to some artist . If
you can sum up the emotion you felt when you finished it with one word
what would it be and why ?

Vero G: The word I would use to the emotion of completing a project you put your heart and soul into is “Rebirth”.

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans?

Vero G: One message I would love to give to my fans is to “Never Give Up”. Going through my own trials and tribulations in my life got to learn you have to stay on your grind no matter what obstacles comes your way. 

V-Henny: What’s next?

Vero G: Working on a lot of projects, will be releasing two EP albums out by this year and next year. Working on more books for my poetry or personal books, got new merchandise for my brand, more film work for a web series will be working on this year and other doc films or productions along the way. 

Make sure to follow this amazing rising star.


Website: www.verogmusic.com

Meet Abwon

Today the Artistry has the privilege of interviewing filmmaker and media personality Abwon. The Irvington, NJ native started out as a recording artist before transitioning to media and production as well as launching his own company “Moonlight Media LLC”. With different projects such as short films, music videos and  reality TV, Abwon has been keeping himself busy. A star on the rise, proving that he is definitely someone we should keep an eye on.

Pyro Da Arsonist: When did your music career start and what led you to that path?

Abwon: Music was always a passion of mine, when I was growing up I’ve always wanted to be involved in the creation process no matter what role I was in. 

Pyro: When did you decide to expand into media and production and how did launching your own media company come about?

Abwon: I’ve always done video production, but at first it was just for fun, I didn’t care about lighting or sound or anything like that. I just wanted to be on camera and express myself. So I wasn’t creating any new music at the time and I decided to start my Youtube channel. A couple of my film reviews went viral and that’s when I started really taking media production seriously. After a few months, I started my interview series ‘Face2Face’ and my now business partner Jen and I had a conversation one night like, let’s just start this company, we’re already heading in that direction. I come from a family of successful business owners, so it was inevitable for me. A few weeks later Moonlight Media LLC was born, and the rest Is history. 

Pyro: You won an award for your short film “Errands”. What was your reaction when you first found out you were up for the award and how was your short film brought to their attention?

Abwon: So when we finished production on Errands I told everyone we weren’t going to show anyone this movie, we were only going to submit it to film festivals and then have a one time premiere and that was it. I know festivals are extremely difficult to get into, I wasn’t even thinking about winning honestly. I told myself if I made it to at least one festival then that’s a W. Right now, Errands already has 5 nominations with 1 win which is crazy to me in a good way. Everything’s a bit surreal, but I’ve never doubted my ability. At the same time accolades are nice so I’m not complaining. The trophy will be here in a few weeks, you know it’s real at that point. 

Pyro: Besides the award you also had one of your videos garner 3.5 Million Views. Which one do you feel is the bigger accomplishment?

Abwon: Definitely Errands. When I first started my Top5 series those videos were going viral left and right, but I didn’t put much effort into them, and I didn’t care about the production value they were just for entertainment purposes. Errands I wrote, directed, and produced. It took maybe 2 months for preparation, and it’s based on something I went through, so I was way more hands on with it. People lick ice cream out of the freezer in supermarkets and get millions of views, but they can’tsay they’ve won an award for a film they’ve made. It just hits different when you know it’s something people respect and hold to higher standards.

Pyro: Tell us about your show “The Cinematics” and how did it get picked up by the Hall Mills Network on Roku?

Abwon: My business partner Jen and I started that as a Youtube show. We discuss news in the film industry, upcoming films, trailer reviews, and we have our own respective segments as well. HallMillsNetwork was looking for new content for their channel, so I sent them one of the episodes we did to Grimm, one of the owners of the Network. He immediately called me excited about it and after the paperwork was handled, the Cinematics went to the next level. Shout out to Big Vegg too, he’s the producer. We also accept music to curate our episodes, so any artists or producers looking for more exposure can contact our musical director at ElijahMajestic@gmail.com. All genres are welcomed. 

Pyro: You signed a co-production deal for an upcoming TV Show “Only At Jay’s” starring Fetty Wap. How did that come about?

Abwon: My Youtube started gaining some traction and someone hit me up asking if I was interested in producing a reality show. I didn’tknow much about the family that wanted to do it, I was just told they have celebrity clientele and they’ve been in Paterson for years and do a lot of good for the community. We setup a meeting and that’s when I found out Fetty’s involvement with them. I wouldn’t say Fetty’s the star he’s just a featured guest. I don’t want to take away from the importance of the family, anyone who lives in Paterson or frequently visits knows who they are. 

Pyro: What is one of the most memorable interviews you have conducted?

Abwon: Definitely Ron Savage, the IG Comedian. He was on his way to stardom and I’m not saying that just because I interviewed him. Everyone I interview, I stay in contact with them and keep up to date with everything they’re doing and vice versa. He DMed me one day saying he was ready to post the interview and he gave me the date he wanted it to drop. The day the interview dropped he passed away. RIP to him. 

Pyro: What advice would you give to independent artists or any other person starting their brand or business on how to use media to their advantage? 

Abwon: Know your audience, don’t clout chase, and stop making excuses. 

Pyro: Are there any other projects that you’re working on that you can share with us?

Abwon: I’m working on a grocery list of projects so I’ll try and narrow them down. My second film ‘Feed’ will be releasing this summer, I Assistant Directed a film titled ‘Moonless Nights’ starring Justin Hurtt-Dunkley from Mare of Easttown on HBO that will be released soon, I’m Executive Producing a musical project with Trini The Body that’s in the works, and my 3rd film ‘Daily Bread’ will be starting pre-production in the fall. At the very least you can still tap into my Youtube channel and check out my individual content.

Thank you for sitting down with us. We appreciate you taking the time out of your schedule to let us and our readers know more about you.

You can follow his work

Only At Jay’s TV Show Trailer: 

Fetty Wap-Way Past 12 (my company did the lighting)

Interview with Actor Johnell Young

Trini The Body-Paper Music Video (I Executive Produced this) 

Indigenous Trailer: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CLnbkEoFn9h/?igshid=hiltsim5ybvb

https://www.instagram.com/abwonuno/

Meet NMW KayJay

STL’s own NMW KayJay brings together intense and fiery themes of strength, passion, lust, remorse – and sculpts them into pieces that are guided by the foundations laid down by the fathers of old-school and new trap sounds. His music can be described as heartfelt stories that take your mind through a journey of deep introspection, while contrasted with infectious beats and hooks that keep the listener coming back for more. Learn more on NMW KayJay as V-Henny interviews him on his process and most recent single

V-Henny:  Can you tell us how you got started?

KayJay: My dad used to rap and he had a studio in his house, I was never allowed in because I was too young, but heard everything they were doing, and one day decided to write a rap. 

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music? 

KayJay: My pops. 

V-Henny: Have you ever felt discouraged by the industry and if so how did you overcome the thought/feeling?

KayJay: Never. The way I look at it is that, I was made to be a part of the industry, my heart is in this, and I’m invested into making it happen. 

V-Henny: What made you want to become a player in the music industry?

KayJay: Music is me, industry or independent, I love music. 

V-Henny: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

KayJay: Full of emotions & relatable story telling. 

V-Henny: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

KayJay: Probably be posted up on the States streets. 

V-Henny: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?

KayJay: Really put a lot of stuff behind me and really focus on me and make a lot of sacrifices.

V-Henny: What projects are you presently working on?  

KayJay: “Fake Love” single just dropped on 4/11, we got the video coming mid May, and a new single called “Rags2Riches” dropping end of June. 

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans? 

KayJay: Stay motivated and  dedicated to what you’re trying to achieve.

V-Henny: Please share with us the content behind your latest single “Fake Love”. 

KayJay: A lot of people want to see you win but plan on your downfall. This song was inspired by fake friends and traumatic situations. 

V-Henny:What’s next for you? 

KayJay: More shows in different states, I got vlogs and skits coming soon along with more interviews and singles. Make sure to tune in on YouTube and hit me on Snapchat @Nmwkayjay 

Follow him on all platforms http://Instagram.com/@NMWKayJay

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLoQHGT-59hR0LCNcUqVPQ

LV Jay Lives with No Regrets!

Meet  LV Jay an artist from Miami, Florida who refuses to live in regret. LV plans to take on his passion to another level and pursue his dreams as an artist and entrepreneur. V-Henny had the pleasure of interviewing him on his process and what he’s been currently working on.

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music? 
LV Jay: As far as who inspired me I would say Lil Wayne  inspired me to make music because he is so versatile and can do a lot and that’s something I strive for in my music myself. My twin brother had introduced me to Lil Wayne music back when we were in middle school. I used to walk around with all his tapes downloaded on my PSP and It was over from then.

V-Henny: What age did you start writing and recording music?
 LV Jay: I actually started writing music at the age of 24 but at first I used to just freestyle with my friends and I eventually made my first track . Most of the time I would go off the flow of the beat & how I’m feeling at the time. But now I actually write my songs out. 

V-Henny: What made you want to become a player in the music industry?
LV Jay: What made me wanna become an artist is the freedom of expression they have and music is something that could help me talk to others that may be going through the same thing I’m going through in life . 

V-Henny: What is your goal with being an owner of a label?
LV Jay: My goal is to have my label big like QC one day and build a label with family vibes that’s very important to me . 

V-Henny: Looking back then to where you’re at now, give me a moment that made an impact within your music career. 
LV Jay: What made an impact on my music from back then to now is seeing my friend Yung JD go so hard and seeing other artists from Florida go hard in the rap game. They make me want it more and become a better artist myself.   

V-Henny: Has it been a smooth road for you as an artist? 
LV Jay: No it hasn’t been a smooth road as an artist because I’m an independent artist and you have to be organized in order to compete with other artists that are actually signed to these big labels . But to be real I Love the grind and the hustle that come with the music industry. 

V-Henny: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
LV Jay: If it wasn’t for music I’ll be going to school getting a masters degree or owning a business if I wasn’t focused on my music career . 

V-Henny: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?
LV Jay: The steps I had to take was to find out what kind of artist I am and what kind of music I wanna make . Then after I discovered that I just started working on songs and investing in myself also started networking within the music industry. 

V-Henny: What projects are you presently working on?  
LV Jay: I’m working on a mixtape that I’m making with Yung JD right now. It’s going well so far and will be a hard tape. The tape will have 10 tracks on it. 

V-Henny: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
LV Jay: I would like to work with Lil Wayne , Future , DMX , Lil Durk, No Cap , Lil Baby , Polo G , Lil Tjay and Drake and many women artists like Summer Walker and Cardi B. 

V-Henny: Other notables you have worked with?  
LV Jay: Other nobles I have worked with was an artist named Saintlee. She has a great voice and we made a track called “Right from wrong” . It’s on my EP “I Jay You” which is on all platforms. 

V-Henny: What’s your ultimate goal within your artistry ?   
LV Jay: My goal is to become a gold artist first and then a platinum artist next. I wanna be the next big thing out of Florida .  

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans? 
LV Jay: The message I wanna give people that listen to my music is a point of view of my life and also a positive message to grind and go get it no matter what challenges you may face. 


V-Henny: What is the best advice you’ve been given to pursue your goal as an artist and a label owner?
LV Jay: The best advice I got as an artist and a label owner is you go get out what you put in with this music game. Meaning the more I work the more progression I’ll see and if I don’t work on my craft you won’t see much change. 

V-Henny: Is there anything else you would like the world to know about you?
LV Jay:  I would like the world to know that I’m going to be the next big artist coming out of Florida. 

You can find more of LV Jay’s work on

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Meet The Other Shade

The Other Shade is a multifaceted artist in which he is known to be a talented R&B singer, a producer and owner of his own clothing brand. Pushing his artistry to become a notable powerhouse, the Virginia native is making a name for himself as he set the tone throughout the industry. Pyro Da Arsonist had the pleasure of interviewing him as you learn more on who is The Other Shade.

Pyro Da Arsonist: Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us what do you do and where you are from.

T.O.S: Thank you for having me, I’m an R&B artist named T.O.S. Also known as The Other Shade. I own a clothing company called KALIFRAGALISTIC, and I also produce beats for movies and musical artists of different acclaimed levels.

Home used to be Fairfax, Virginia, in my early life I moved around different areas in the same county till I came to college in Morgantown at WVU.

Pyro Da Arsonist: Why did you choose The Other Shade as your stage name?

T.O.S: I remember I was making my first Instagram account in the middle of 7th grade and I wanted to make a name no one will think of but that represents me. To me the other shade offers colors and the shade between the lights of things. Basically I’m just always the other aspect.

Pyro Da Arsonist: What or who inspired you to become an artist?

T.O.S: Big L, Rick James, The Weeknd, Tupac, and Nas were the biggest influences when it comes to greats in music. I had two close friends that passed at the beginning and the end of 2020, those two were my most physical influences which is what pushed me to be the no look back artist I am today.

Pyro Da Arsonist: How would you describe yourself as an artist and describe your sound?

T.O.S: As an artist I see myself as very detailed and extremely personable. It’s always been hard to show my emotions but I found the easiest way to express is through music because I can only judge myself. The sound that comes out is very cinematic and has been compared to films more than day to day music.

Pyro Da Arsonist: What project are you currently working on and what kind of feedback have you received from your current single?

T.O.S: So I’m working on my studio album called  “D’evils of beauty” that I’m recording at IMI studios throughout the month of April. My current single “All in Ones” will debut and mark the first release of the project. After submitting to music reviewers I’ve had nothing but positive feedback, the most negative comment was a better mix-down which IMI studios will undoubtedly take care of in April.

Pyro Da Arsonist: What is one of your most memorable performances and why?

T.O.S: I would say my very first one at 123 pleasant St. in Morgantown. It was a beat battle and we had a whole promo and everything for the area. It was my first taste of the life I always felt needed me.

Pyro Da Arsonist: Have you ever had a bad performance and if so how do you move past it without letting it affect your confidence?

T.O.S: My second beat battle had more of a randomness to it, my competitor had lost their father just a few days before so it kind of dulled the atmosphere. I noticed I felt sympathetic but I realized no matter what music is music and pushed forward.

Pyro Da Arsonist: In this age of social media what do you feel is more important in an artists success, talent, number of followers or an investor?

T.O.S: In this age I would say investors for sure, money makes the world work that much faster for you. Social media makes chances more available for the everyday artist but no matter what money comes into play at some point.

Pyro Da Arsonist: What words of wisdom would you give to those who want to start a career in music?
T.O.S: My best advice would be that if it’s been your gut feeling over multiple years and you keep ignoring it? Don’t. That’s how history gets lost. Those artist with a natural tug to them are the ones to watch out the most for because they’re usually behind the scenes till they realize they are the scene.

Thank you for sitting down with The Artistry and we wish you lots of success in all you do.

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3x Grammy Nominated Producer James Worthy Reemerges With Edgy New Song, “In The Dark”

Written by: Julz Mancini

When coming in contact with successful musicians, they typically pinpoint several memories, accolades, and performances that helped catapult their drive to pursue a career in the music industry. For James Worthy, a huge turning point in his life was having the honor of meeting the “King of Pop” himself, Michael Jackson. Webster Hall, a well known venue in NYC, was where the two met for the first time. James recalls Michael Jackson stating, “You are going to be influential in the entertainment industry one day.” This phrase changed everything for the talented artist as he utilized it as the driving force behind his passion. 

The Queens, New York native was surrounded by the diverse sounds throughout the birth place of hip hop. Once James’ interest was sparked, he made certain to study well known musicians and song writers. As he attentively focused on the structure of songs, he soon blossomed as a producer and songwriter with his own unique sound. 

James is the perfect example of an artist who never gives up. Due to his determination, talent, and intelligence related to, not only music, but business, James Worthy embedded his mark in the music industry as one of the most sought after producers and songwriters. His resume and discography are impeccable, portraying his versatility in production, style, and artist selection. Some of your favorite artists have had the honor of working with James Worthy such as, Justin Bieber, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Fetty Wap, J. Holiday, Drag-On, Kurupt, Robin S., to name a few. 

Not only does the prominent producer create music for others. He has continued to work diligently in the studio on his highly anticipated debut album, “Once a Fairytale” due to be released this summer. The first official single from this amazing album is “In the Dark” which is due to be released on April 2nd. The song will surely lure in listeners as James displays his sexy side. “In the Dark” is a metaphorical term within the song, as James speaks on fictional and non-fictional ways of making love.

During a conversation with James, I learned of his inspiration behind his upcoming single. He stated, “In the Dark is more of a spin off of my last single “Goldmine”. It basically talks about spicing things up sexually.” The distinguished artist mentioned that the album “Once a Fairytale” is a theme based project that is more musical and eclectic than any of his previous projects. As we continued our discussion, James elaborated on his creative process while in the studio. “I usually start with melodies then turn them into words. Perfecting the production comes last and a lot of times the content is from real experiences.” 

I have mentioned several times throughout the articles I have written how important consistency is. James Worthy, a three time Grammy nominated musician also shared some words of wisdom to aspiring artists. “Always keep integrity within your craft no matter what. Consistency and passion always win. Continue to work hard at it.”

James Worthy has created a longevous career for himself in music. It’s not every day you come in contact with someone whose passion seeps, not only through their art, but through their entire being. To truly make it in anything you do, you must breathe your calling. James Worthy has made it crystal clear that music is everything to him and his audience apprehensively awaits the release of his new single “In the Dark”. Click on the links below to get better acquainted with James Worthy and his gift. 

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Infused by Golden

Golden is an Hip-Rock artist born September 18th, 1996 in Huntsville, AL. Growing up Golden always found the sounds an instruments in all genres very interesting, so much so that he decided to incorporate different sounds and styles in his music. His sister use to make him do research and listen to rock bands from Nirvana to Black Flag which ended up influencing his hip hop and rock n roll infused music. V-Henny took the time to learn some more on Golden.

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music? 

Golden: My brother Canary julz inspired me to make music early on.

V-Henny: What age did you start writing and recording music?
Golden: I started writing and recording music when I was 10, my brother downloaded FL studios and we used to record all the time.

V-Henny: What made you want to become a player in the music industry?
Golden: I wanted to actually be a player in the industry because growing up I used to love to watch artists perform on stage and after seeing a show in Charlotte that is what I wanted to do after that.

V-Henny: Looking back then to where you’re at now, give me a moment that made an impact within your music career. 
Golden: The moment that impacted my career is when I had the opportunity to be in the studio with Teddy Riley. I didn’t actually get to do anything music related on my end, but to actually just be in the presence of a legend like that impacted my career more than i can even imagine.

V-Henny: Has it been a smooth road for you as an artist? 
Golden: It has not been a smooth ride by no means as an artist. But i know it will all be worth it in the end.

V-Henny: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?
Golden: I had to make some hard sacrifices. I decided to drop out of college and go after the music full time.

V-Henny: Has the pandemic affected your career? If so, how?
Golden: The pandemic has affected be in ways of some big shows i was supposed to be a part of got cancelled and some other moves that were lined up didn’t get to go through. But it has blessed my music because I have had more time to focus on the craft and develop a whole new vision that I have for it.

V-Henny: What projects are you presently working on?  
Golden: ” GOLDEN KNIGHTS” OUT RIGHT NOW ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS!

V-Henny: Other notables you have worked with?  
Golden:  I have had the pleasure of working with some of the hottest independent artists across the country.

V-Henny: Ultimate goal within your artistry ?   
Golden: My ultimate goal within my artistry is to have a strong 15 year career then retire and just go behind the scenes managing artists and opening up my own sports agency along with music production behind the scenes.

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans? 
Golden: BE YOURSELF!

V-Henny: Is there anything else you would like the world to know about you?

Golden: I am the biggest superstar to ever touch the face of the planet in a long time.

Check out his latest album “Golden Knights”

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Meet Sasha Melo

Sasha Melo is an American recording artist, performer and creative from Brooklyn, NY. with a sound packed full of drums, clever lines and a New York spirit. Sasha Melo embarks on a music journey familiar yet uncharted read more below as you learn who is Sasha Melo.

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music? 

Sasha Melo: To make music & pursue a career in it, my cousin, Worldwiide inspired me. I’d say Aaliyah & Drake as the artists who inspired my approach to the craft & industry of music. Aaliyah showed me whatever your style is, be true to it. Do what you must but add your flavor to make it alright. With Drake’s early music I was introduced to an artist who was emotionally connecting & reflecting on experiences that I also was able to resonate with in a sonically different way. It showed me, another example of how music could transcend through tough feelings & experiences. 

V-Henny: What age did you start writing and recording music?

Sasha Melo: I wrote my first rap when I was 8 in third grade. No beat, acapella & it was the hardest rap ever. I don’t remember the words but there was a vibe there. I first recorded music like songform with Worldwide when I was 15. 

V-Henny: What made you want to become a player in the music industry?

Sasha Melo: My love for performing is what drives me. Growing up, my uncle would play music almost everyday in the house. Different genres, but mostly dancehall, hip hop & rap. He & I would come up with dance routines for me to perform to whatever song was hot in the moment. I wanted to rap the raps, dance the routines & sing. I wanted to do all of it. As I got older, my relationship with music just kept growing deeper. & we’re here now. 

V-Henny: Looking back then to where you’re at now, give me a moment that made an impact within your music career. 

Sasha Melo: Meeting and working with my mentor Jhai Signature, may he Rest In Peace. From our first meeting until our last conversations, he was always an encouraging force. Reminding me to trust my instincts, see the potential in myself as an artist, writer & creative. He came in my life right when I needed guidance, right on time. Helping me to tap in to my talent & channel it “correctly”. It wasn’t easy because he never let up on me, always challenging me to be better than my last take. It was pressure then but it’s the discipline that’s paying off now. I miss him a lot though. Especially after a new music accomplishment but I’m grateful for our time together. 

V-Henny: Has it been a smooth road for you as an artist? 

Sasha Melo: It hasn’t been a smooth road at all & I’m not where my destination is but, the journey I’m on is lit though. 

V-Henny: What were some of the steps you had to take to get to where you’re at in your career?

Sasha Melo: In the middle of a pandemic, my step 1 was to realize who really runs shit concerning me, & it was me. Everything else is out of my control therefore out of my worry zone. My Step 2 was to figure out what to do with the truth of  Step 1. Step 3 was to apply Step 2 & make it work. 

V-Henny: Has the pandemic affected your career? If so, how?

Sasha Melo: The pandemic halted me on one journey in a separate profession & sat me down in stillness. In that stillness I was able to mourn, heal, purge, cleanse, create & begin a new journey, completely different path. Really able to tap back into self which at the time when the pandemic hit was needed. As scary as the unknown was, everything coming to stillness was a reset button I needed.

V-Henny: What projects are you presently working on?  

Sasha Melo: My new single Lionheart is on the way. Near the end of March. Something for the people. A song I hold close to my heart about self courage, an ode to cycles of change & rebirth but heavy on the turn up. I also just finished recording some tracks for my mixtape too. Soon come. 

V-Henny: Other notables you have worked with?  

Sasha Melo: My debut single “Choosy” has gotten some airplay on HOT 97 by Dj Drewski & The New Movement, in addition to Desert Storm Radio via The Last Take podcast. I’ve also performed in the Grind or Starve Showcase and will be performing there March 20th. Pop out. 

V-Henny: Ultimate goal within your artistry ?   

Sasha Melo: My goal is to leave a great entertainer’s legacy behind when I’m finished. To be the best Sasha Melo in the spot. To be able to say I helped pay it forward for the next generation of creatives. When you think of Sasha Melo I want you to get hype, get lit & want to make the most of every moment. 

V-Henny: What is one message you would give to your fans? 

Sasha Melo: To my day one OG fans, thank you for believing in me. Thank you for spending your time on me & supporting me. Dancing, engaging with me at the shows. Being amazing crowds, I humbly appreciate it. Thank you for the streams, the reactions. All of it. To the fans on their way, you right on time, wassup widdit ? Tap in with me. 

V-Henny: Is there anything else you would like the world to know about you?

Sasha Melo: World, we soon come. 

Check out her latest music video “Choosy”

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Meet Fireman Band$

Today we are chopping it up with Fireman Band$ a rising star born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the Lower East Side section of Manhattan. With a sound and image that’s a mashup of emo, melodic, dark, punk rap he his definitely making a name for himself not only in the states but also in other countries as well. Anything goes when it comes to his music and to prove it he has a collection of 6 different types of unreleased projects in the works. After moving to Los Angeles Fireman had the opportunity to work with major producers 808 Mafia and Bankroll Got It and with the support of Media like Lyrical Media and Elevator he has gotten himself verified on Instagram. With singles like “Paper Kutz”, “Hell In Minneapolis” & “Gut$” he is showing his versatility, setting the underground music scene a blaze & definitely living up to his name FIREMAN!!!

Pyro Da Arsonist: When did your love of music begin and who inspired your style of music?
Fireman Band$: My love of music began as a teenager and the style was inspired by people like Jimmy Hendrix, Missy Elliott, Busta Ryhmes, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. 
Pyro: How was the transition moving from New York to Los Angeles and did you adapt quickly?
Fireman: The transition was rocky but I adapted pretty quickly with my networking abilities. 
Pyro: Is the underground music scene in the West Coast any different from the East Coast and if so what are some of the differences?
Fireman: Yes. The difference is NYC goes later and harder. There’s an actual scene in New York. LA just has its moments. 
Pyro: You already had the privilege of working with some major producers but what are some other producers that you would love to work with and why?
Fireman: I would love to work with Timbaland, Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Kanye. 
Pyro: Your movement is called “The Green Light Gang” can you elaborate on the meaning of that name?
Fireman: Green Light Gang means GO for your dreams and don’t let anyone or anything stop you or slow you down. 
Pyro: We know you have a collection of 6 different types of unreleased projects, can you indulge us in what are some of those different types?
Fireman: Trap, rock, emo, r&b, rap, pop and dance.
Pyro: Your audience consists of 64% males. Being females are the ones that are mostly buying music do you feel a need to attract more female listeners?
Fireman: Yes but not because of buying power, because I want them to be just as tapped in. 
Pyro: You have supporters out in Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and Brazil. Have you ever performed out there if so how was the experience?
Fireman: No, I’m looking forward to as soon as covid restrictions are lifted. 
Pyro: Where do you see your career in 5 years and what would you like to accomplish in that time frame?
Fireman: I see me being number 1 on the charts several times and me receiving every award possible that caters to music.

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