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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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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Who is PROMKNGHT

Let me introduce you to Phajean Francis, better known by his stage name PROMKNGHT.  A recording artist and song writer born in Miami, Fl but raised right out of the “Boogie Down” Bronx. His love and determination for music made him take his hobby as a singer/songwriter to the next level in a decision of making this his permanent career choice. PROMKNGHT has an  alternative R&B sound merged with a hint of 90’s and early 2000’s R&B. His music and passion will thrive you into a nostalgic journey, therefore leaving you, the listener with a taste for more of his music. I had the privilege to speak with PROMKNGHT and get some insight of the artist and his career.

V-Henny: Who inspired you to make music? 

PROMNGHT: Aaliyah definitely played a huge role in me starting to make music .

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

PROMNGHT: I started writing and recording around the age 15 I should say

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

PROMNGHT: I think the whole creating process of it all. I loved the idea of  expressing through my work. Whether it was music or just simply designing. I grew up watching my fav artist perform at award shows, being played on the radio. and etc. All of that was impressive to me and I wanted to do that and finally be appreciated for what I’m good at.

V-Henny: Given the process within your path, give me a moment that made an impact within your music career. 

PROMNGHT: I think my first headline show I had for MajorStage. When so many supporters came out to watch me perform. At that moment I knew this was for me. It was insane and it was so overwhelming. 

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

PROMNGHT: It most definitely hasn’t and I think most independent artists can vouch for that. I’ve made a lot of bad decisions . Went down the wrong roads, Sacrificed a lot. Went broke. I appreciate those moments though because without those moments I wouldn’t be the artist I am now. I’ve experienced, learned what to do and not to do. It’s all about growth and learning.

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

PROMNGHT: I had to learn how to do things on my own and not depend on others to get the job done. 

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

PROMNGHT: I just dropped a project called “When the World Sleeps” that I am super in love with! The fans love it! I am happy. Now I am working on singles and doing collabs.

V-Henny: Other notables you have worked with? 

PROMNGHT: I’m working on it!

V-Henny: What’s your ultimate goal within your artistry ?   

PROMNGHT: Self love, self confidence and I can’t stress this enough. I have to deal with social anxiety half the time and that can block me from being great. That’s a goal of mine is to just overcome that and be great for myself and my fans.

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

PROMNGHT: Without you guys I would be nothing. I wouldn’t have gotten this far truthfully. We have to treat our fans like our family and acknowledge them. You;re never too “BIG” to acknowledge the people that supported you through your career and got you this far!

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

PROMNGHT: I am here to stay and not because I am better but because I feel I am different and a breath of fresh air. Truthfully, I’m starting to understand and accept that I am a beast! I don’t give myself enough credit as I should.

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Who is La Bella?!

LA Bella

The Artistry sits down with latin urban music artist La Bella born Patricia Marrero in Corona Queens to Dominican & Puerto Rican parents. Inspired by her Dad Nelson “El Cacique” Marrero who performed alongside many known Latin artist, La Bella always had the desire to perform in family events, glee club & talent shows since youth. Now she is ready to introduce to the world her recently released single “Bailare” and indulge the world with her fashion, beauty & romance.

Pyro Da Arsonist: You say you were inspired by your dad from youth so what was one of your earliest memories of your father as far as music is concerned?

La Bella: The biggest memory I have of my dad which inspired me to become an artist was when he brought me up on stage to perform with him.

Pyro: At what age did you write your first song and what was it about?

La Bella: My first song was written at the age of 18 and it was about love due to a break-up.

Pyro: When writing songs who or what do you use as inspiration?

La Bella: When writing songs I use my dad as my Inspiration and also what I’ve been through In life.

Pyro: As a latin female artist do you feel your road to success is tougher than your male counterpart and if so why?

La Bella: As a Latin female artist it can be tough. They could try to come on to you or close doors. It is important to keep it professional and continue to grind.

Pyro: How do you handle balancing your time with your music and your family and how important is their support?

La Bella: It’s been a Lil difficult due to the pandemic but I always make it happen. I must say my support system is great. I’ve been blessed with an amazing family.

Pyro: Anyone who follows you on social media sees that you dress to impress, so do you have a stylist or do you style yourself?

La Bella: I don’t have a stylist everything you see on my social media is done by me. Who knows things could change later.

Pyro: You have the talent and the look to make it in this industry so what do you think is the last piece of the puzzle you need to get you to where you wanna be?

La Bella: I believe the only thing I need is that plug.

Pyro: Who are some artists you would like to work with and why?

La Bella: I would like to work with Nicky Jam, Ozuna, and Daddy Yankee. I enjoy their music, they definitely have charisma but over all they are humble.

Pyro: Your single “Bailare” is out now and making noise around the music scene so when can we expect a full project?

La Bella: I’m currently working on more music and  videos. I’m always working and creating new ideas. 

Pyro: Finally what would you tell all the young ladies out there who have a dream but are scared to pursue it?

La Bella: I would tell all the young ladies who want to pursue their dreams to stay focused. Even if they face rejection, keep working and to believe in themselves.

Catch La Bella latest single ” Bailare”

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The Artistry Performance Clip: JayR Dion Ep 128

Catch JayR Dion perform “Been on some Shxt lately “

Watch the full interview as JayR opens up about his latest album “Seen it all”, his writing process, his journey from his roots as a kid fro the Bronx to the Jazzy sound out in Ohio. JayR also performs his song “Been on some shxt lately” off his project.

A Superhero Christmas

In a world full of challenges, a Brooklyn mask crusading rapper by the name Brooklyn Batman gave a new meaning to having “A Superhero Christmas”. As a kid, Never having a chance of celebrating Christmas himself gave him the inspiration to help those in need. The selfless deed super hero decided to Give back to those less fortunate, realizing the gift giving event was indeed a gift in itself.

On December 23, 2020 Brooklyn Batman, Frontline Ent, Aura Connections in affiliation with Evo Agency and The Artistry Entertainment presented “The First annual, Superhero Christmas” in which he donated $5000 worth of toys for the kids in Glenwood Center on Farrugut RD Brooklyn NY. He provided an extravagant bat mobile for the kids to sit inside and interact . Their smiles were priceless! Unity within the community shared a beautiful event having more than just families and kids but Community activist & councilman such as: Farra Louis, Mercedes Narcisse, and Chris banks. Influencers such as HolliTv, Spidercuz and more. The giveaway was a fun family event in which they ensure to follow guidelines. Keeping it socially-distanced, and face masks required,  a worthy effort in not allowing the pandemic to stop and cancel Christmas.

Getting to know Pablo

Today we are sitting down with Pablo a up and coming Puerto Rican artist from Astoria Queens who first started his musical journey at the young age of 14. Since his life changing event of being incarcerated he has been working hard to get his name out there and he has been featured in a few notable mixtapes.

Pyro Da Arsonist: What inspired you to start doing music at such a young age?

Pablo: I was doing an 18 month juvee bid and writing rhymes was  a way of expressing myself and passing time.

Pyro: How did you get the nicknames Buff & Skar?

Pablo: I got the name Skar because when I was 21 years old I had a scar on my face and buff because that’s the nickname of the nuke they dropped on Japan buff stands for big ugly fat fuck. 

Pyro: How did being incarcerated change you as a person and as an artist?

Pablo: Honestly jail is like a school for criminals , if you learn anything you basically learn how not to get caught again . 

Pyro: How would you describe your music and what makes you stand out from other artist?

Pablo: I consider myself a backpack style rapper also I try to spit hard bars , and my music is real as I rap about things that I been through and especially I touch up on the topic of police brutality as I’ve gotten called spic by the police and had guns drawn at me multiple times by multiple police men.

Pyro: What are some steps you think an artist needs to do to gain a following and stay relevant?

Pablo: To stay relevant I feel an artist should just continue to hustle , create , continue to put out music , to gain a following try and get on these mixtapes and these Spotify playlists .

Pyro: How has the pandemic affected your music career?

Pablo: The pandemic hasn’t really affected my music career as I have a studio in my basement including a soundproof booth that I paid for to get built. 

Pablo: How important is it for an artist to stay true to who they are?

Pablo: Honestly I’m Ol’Skool so I say spit real , don’t lie because someone gonna call you on it it’s a small world , just be real before you end up like tekashi .

Pyro: What are your thoughts on the music landacape today?

Pablo: Honestly, I’m happy to see bars making a come back because this mumble rapShit gotta go. 

Pyro: What are your goals for this new year?

Pablo: My goals for this new year are to be debt free and get my streams up and continue to build a legacy for my family. 

Thank you for taking the time to sit down with the Artistry and letting our readers learn more about you. We wish you much success in your career.

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