Don’t Take It Personal | “Can’t Talk” by Tiera Beverly

R&B/Soul Singer, Tiera Beverly, Works with Famed Producers on New Single, “Can’t Talk”

Cant Talk by Tiera Beverly - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Tiera Beverly’s leading single “Can’t Talk” was produced by Jason Mater (Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Eminem) and Brandon Rogers (Alec Benjamin, Troye Sivan, Bea Miller) as well as mastered by Evren Gokna at Capitol Studios. The highly anticipated release oozes with sultry vocals, dramatic drums, and soaring smokey harmonies, creating a throwback feel to Beverly’s love of 90’s girl groups. The track is brought to life with live musicians and twinkling keys, emitting a mesmerizing ambiance and showcasing her love for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Aaliyah.

Watch Music Video for “Can’t Talk”

Thematically “Can’t Talk” narrates the journey of youth and realizing that to reach your goals you need to put yourself first. Beverly reveals, “This song was inspired by what I view as the current state that we live in, as far as technology. I do like things about social media, but I do feel like we are in a world so fueled by the need for constant reassurance and instant gratification. I definitely think that a lot of people have such a short attention span and it can cause insecurity in relationships”.

“Can’t Talk” is Available Now on Apple Music, Amazon, & Spotify!

R&B Soul Singer, Tiera BeverlyAbout Tiera Beverly
Tiera Beverly is an R&B soul singer from the Bay Area. Now based in Los Angeles, the young songstress has been melting listeners with her distinct blend of old school R&B and fresh, modern elements. Born into a family of musicians, she credits her upbringing for her array of musical influences. With a father and grandfather (the famed Frankie Beverly) both musicians and accomplished artists, Beverly was propelled into the industry and has not looked back.

Engraving her own unique sound into the Los Angeles music scene, Beverly hopes that her music can inspire someone to come to the realization that it’s unselfish to be selfish every once in a while. Using her past relationships as inspiration, she was able to take her experiences and mold them into a song, as a form of self-medication and healing. She confides, “I guess it kind of empowered me in a way. I hope that people in similar situations can find some kind of empowerment in my song as well”.

Tiera Beverly continues to bewitch listeners with her hypnotic melodies and seductive vocal tones, with “Can’t Talk” slated for release late summer 2019.

Twitter: @tierabeverly
IG: tierabeverly

Week 61 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist

Music reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Robot by Beach Riot - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Beach Riot
Track: “Robot”
Brighton-Based self-described fuzz-pop outfit Beach Riot drop a rapid dose of alt-rock indie guitar grind with new single, “Robot”.

Six-strings kick-off left then right, fuzzed and blunt funky, tasty; bassline drops on the grunt, heavy hulk, overdriven obnoxious and awesome. Kick and snare punch the beat, double impact; metal fizz, rasp, and shimmer. The 3-minute 19-second track lurching at a glitch, percussive robotic.

Vocals ride on the rush, running the lyrics with ease, but at pace. Backing vocals adding width and depth. Additional flanging FXs bleeds hyperspace-texture left/right through the chorus. The light-glide of the vocal line contrasting the draggy groove and grind of the guitars.

Soaring, rocket-propelled, saturation-sonics lift, twist, and contort out of the track; glorious cacophonous distortion noise, swell and surge. Heavy-hit toms tumble in the flick, scatter, and landslide.

Cast raucous in the close sweat, the heave, and the rush of a packed pub gig, “Robot” delivers crowd-pleasing Independent goodness in thick, noisy portions. Never once missing a beat, the track drives throughout; a cover to cover barn-stormer. Come and grab some noise!
Twitter: @wearebeachriot
IG: wearebeachriot

Trouble Everyday by She Drew a Gun - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist:
She Drew The Gun
Track: “Trouble Every Day”
Singer-guitarist Louisa Roach aka She Drew The Gun lights the fuse on a rallying call to arms with new single, “Trouble Every Day”.

‘Well, I’m about to get upset from watching my TV. Checking out the news until my eyeballs fail to see.’ And with those words, Roach lights the fuse on her latest release, “Trouble Every Day”. A lone acoustic builds in protracted rake, and percussive stroke; beats snap and cough in tight, dry stabs; the six-string opens up in rhythmic rattles, hi-hat snips and nips at the track, hustling it onward.

Roach’s vocals gather pace, chasing the beat; words crammed with increasing punch and drive, a streaming-lyric of outrage; manifesto in frustration.

Bass riff crunches and shifts, cranking down the center with low force and push. Tremolo electrics drop in a shimmered lick, Morricone overtones. Sonics burst in shards left and right, distant gun and cannon fire.

The 3-minute 22-second track rises up off-balanced and intentionally unhinged, a wild animal likely to snap. Roach delivers a shuddering, unrelenting tirade, a call to arms; a rallying cry to stand up, denounce, and fight the shocking inequality and injustice of our social/political system; a wake-up call to all of us who have been sedated, comfortably numb to the normalization of exploitation en masse.

In a world where freedom has been exchanged for convenience, where freedom to consume has replaced freedom of speech, where the people are dosed dormant and cast serf by a ruling class, whose privilege and wealth are equaled only by their insane greed.

If you’re not angry, you’re simply not paying attention.
Twitter: @shedrewthegun
IG: shedrewthegun

beyond the grave by notelle
Track: “Beyond the Grave”
Nashville-Based independent artist Notelle delivers a haunting, heady dose of her trademark ‘heavy, messy pop’ with new single, “Beyond the Grave”.

Beginning in breathy atonal pulsating chants, more akin to speaking in tongues than conventional vocal, sub and bass shudder and grind out of the shimmering ambient. Claps, stacked and distant, burst and smack. Melodic hook whistles, unreal, yet not unnatural; dark sonics modulating with fizz and shifting tone. Piano keys count down in deliberate steps, as a riser lifts ethereal.

The 3-minute 22-second track erupts in great saturated waves of blunt, odd, phonics; the beat skipping and snipping at speed, a percussive rush of high-frequency energy. A massive soundscape of deep, low pressure, pushing at the gut and swallowing the body.

Notelle’s vocal drifts rise and falls. A ghost melodic, caught in perpetual contradiction; soaring to die back. Well-judged vocal FX add glitch and stutter, textures EDM set against the strange cinematic sound design. The production shadows Notelle’s voice throughout; massive tides of sound are driven skyward, only to plummet into darkness or ebb abandoned into the dirt of the noise floor.

Set willfully at odds with itself; dance-pop trading blows the alternative, experimental, and macabre, “Beyond the Grave” is a darkly inspired composition of intriguing and unsettling depth; an oddity of genre, an intentional exploration and act of self-expression in confusion; and yet, with undeniable strength of purpose and method of intent. Pop as it was meant to be and of the highest quality.
Twitter: @notellemusic
IG: notellemusic

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About Tobi
Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.
Twitter: @masteredbytobi
IG: masteredbytobi

Hot Drops! | “Drop Dead” Music Video by Josh Dean

Josh Dean Debuts New Music Video For “Drop Dead”

Drop Dead by Josh DeanNew York, NY – Rising singer, songwriter and visual artist, Josh Dean debuts his new music video for his single, “Drop Dead”. The dreamy, yet futuristic visual oozes fashion, sex appeal, color and unconventional choreography. The video is directed by acclaimed director, Child (Lucky Daye, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ari Lennox) and serves as the first visual introduction to the amazing young talent.

“Drop Dead” is a soul, pop and funk-infused track taken from his debut EP, Dear BlackSheepe, which was released in March 2019 and was praised by Billboard for it’s innovation and breakthrough sound! The project draws its name from his experiences feeling like an outcast while growing up in Alabama, Florida and Atlanta. It was during this time that Josh developed a love for music, first singing with his grandmother in her church choir.

Watch Music Video for “Drop Dead”

Stream Dear Blacksheepe EP Now!

Dear Blacksheepe EP by Josh Dean

While, Dean has recently earned writing credits on Janelle Monáe’s GRAMMY-nominated LP, Dirty Computer as well as sung background on the #1 GRAMMY-nominated hit single, “Classic Man” by Jidenna, he actually received his first big break in the music industry as a graphic designer! Yes, Josh started his career as an intern for Bryan-Michael Cox before eventually becoming Art Director for Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, where Janelle accidentally discovered his raw musical talent after Josh left his vocals on a Jidenna demo when learning how to engineer his voice.

Singer, songwriter, visual artist, Josh Dean
Twitter: @jrd
IG: joshdean

Music Squad Goals | TAGMG

Baltimore’s Brotherhood of Entertainment

Hailing from Baltimore, MD, TAGMG (Talent Aspires Greatness Music Group) is a talented group of individuals coming together to provide a great foundation for each other as well to create nothing but GREAT MUSIC for the world. This is more of an independent label or brand of solo artist that share a brotherhood and have been creatively making music together for at least 15 years. Together they’ve created their own sub-genre of rap/hip-hop in which they call the “Squadsound”. Think of the great groups or labels such as Wu-Tang Clan, Def Squad, SlaughterHouse, TDE, Rocafella, No Limit etc. A few less than a dozen well round and versatile artist that can come together and create the best quality sounds for the world.

TAGMG just completed their very first studio album entitled “The Worrrying Comes Later”.. The album is collective of twelve original records all of different sounds. These artist, courtesy of TAGMG came together after recording with each other and growing as brothers over a decade and made a moment. The Worrying Comes Later album was produced by Street Scott. Two of the records were produced co-produced by Chuckie of TAGMG. The Worrying Comes Later album stars all TAGMG artist such as Jase Kevion, King Dro, Street Scott, Drag, Pharaoh Ze, Ase, WESTSIDEDRIZZLE, Master P.O.E., Bink Baghdad, L. Monday, Xtian Tyler, MATEYO and Marq Nash.

Within the last few months TAGMG had released four singles which all have totally different sounds and all are loved by many. These singles were ONLY released via youtube. Therefore, you had to see the visual before owning the record. The first single Coming Through is available to stream or download on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Tidal and more.
Twitter: @tagmg_squad

March 11th “The Worrying Comes Later” 2nd listening Party in Baltimore at Vita Blu The Hair Art Studio | 7pm-10:30pm | 424 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD | 21+

The Unexpected

As an aspiring artist you may have practiced your award acceptance speech since the beginning of your journey.  However, have you ever practiced your speeches, statements, Twitter and Facebook feed messages if your work isn’t widely accepted?  Not to scare you or have you feel like there is no need to keep trying, but it’s a great tool to know how to turn low sales and low radio play into positive messages. We’re all human and even though celebrities are put on a pedestal, it is ok to show your fans how well you bounce back.

How do most artists bounce back?

  1. Rants via Radio, TV, and Social Media
  2. Ignore and continue to put out the same type of projects which receives the same results
  3. Take a hiatus from you specified talent and go into other business ventures

These are some common reactions artists take when their project is a flop. However, positive measures can be taken to combat these down turns and fans can see you as the victor!

Phrases such as “Now I understand what my fans want…”, “I appreciate the criticism and “I am working towards getting back to the music you love” will allow fans to see that you’re listening to their feedback and/or complaints and willing to turn things around.  Not only speak these things, put these words into action.  Lose your ego and take heed to the positive criticism. (Notice I said positive because haters will pop out like roaches if there is a hint of a bad album. They won’t even take the time to listen for themselves.) Find ways to turn this feedback into an action plan to make your project better. You could even put out a remix to a song that you feel should have received better airplay but fans just wasn’t getting the message. Sometimes the way we process messages in our head can be viewed differently by a listener. Now when I say remix in this context I’m not speaking of keeping the hook and putting your famous colleagues on versus. It’s a good look but challenge yourself.

It is also a good practice to team up with your publicist and find a way to work out these tactics because they are specialized in spinning various mishaps into positive outcomes for you.

You can be yourself when making music however don’t get so wrapped up in YOU to where you forget about what your fans want because they buy it. Don’t let one bad album, single, or mixtape bring out the worst in you.  You’re not always going to get recognized by mainstream but your true fans will see your perseverance and stick with you.  They will also be inspired to share your story with other music lovers which can enhance your fan base as well.

Just something to think about…….

Musical Time Machines

Listening to “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West had me thinking that today’s music can serve as a unique marketing tool for yesterday’s chart toppers. When I heard this song for the first time I quickly Googled Otis Redding and began listening to his greatest hits which reminded me why he’s one of the great male vocals. Other than “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” I didn’t hear much of Otis Redding’s music (Which I should be ashamed of being a Macon, GA native myself).

Some older individuals think that hip hop artists “mess up” original songs by sampling them for a good chorus or background sound.  Just because their life is no longer here doesn’t mean the music had to die as well. But is sampling really that bad when newer artists are selling good music as well as exposing younger generations to great artists who are no longer with us?  That question could be answered and many different ways depending on what song has been sampled and how it was executed.

If I had a great song that was relevant after I was long gone I would want my estate to jump on that marketing opportunity and release another greatest hits album with the song that was sampled as a featured hit.  The release would push the exposure of my past hits to the young listeners and help stimulate a love for what the Baby Boomers Generation likes to call “good music” since, in their eyes, we don’t know anything about that today. This would also keep the cycle of great music relevant.

However some songs should go untouched because past artists sung those songs a certain way and they cannot be re-created to that same level of greatness no matter how much you remix, sample, or chop & screw it. For example, Purple Rain would need to be left alone.  A song like that is timeless within itself. What oldies would you love to hear sampled by one of our top Hip Hop and/or R & B artists of today?