TGM curated its first open mic of the year this past Saturday at the Alfa Art Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ. Hosted by Ramsey of What’s The Movement and King Letty of Who Did You Meet, TGM chose three special guests to help bring the vision to life; Tevin J. Reese, SIS, and Macc McCray. The event was focused on J.Cole and his growth from the beginning as a rapper and artist. Additional artists had the opportunity to sign up to perform and a chance to win a FREE studio photo shoot by BeezShotMe. Take a look at some of the performances below!
Venturing out into the music industry is never an easy task and sometimes can be daunting for all of those involved. Artists have one of the biggest challenges especially, as they have to not only brand their unique image and sound but to ensure their music gets in the right hands that will lead them to success. Winnas Only partnered with Loft9 to put together an insightful event for those in the industry entitled #MeetTheDJs. The event was a panel discussion with some dope DJs from Jersey who offered their advice to artists and other upcoming DJs who were looking to follow their journey to success. The panelists included DJ DARKKENT, DJ Drewski, DJ Tarzan, DJ Shy and Ray Swag.
Throughout the night, everyone had an opportunity to network with people in the industry from artists and DJs to photographers, bloggers and those in media as well. The discussion focused on artists mostly and how they can be heard, how their music can be heard. Each panelist had an opportunity to bring their own perspective for how they achieved their success and how they maneuvered in this world. They expressed the best ways for artists to get in touch with DJs, branding one’s image and ultimately how to be the best version of yourself at all times.
Even though I am not a music artist, I was happy to walk away from this event having learned a lot as someone in media. Behind the lens, I was able to not only capture connections being made, but I witnessed growth and overall development through Loft9. I am a writer first but as a woman in media with a brand and platform, I learned a lot about how to take myself to the next level and how presentation is sometimes and usually, everything. If you missed the first one, make sure you catch the next one as Winnas Only and Loft9 seem to be only warming up! Check out some pictures below from the event and please be sure to click the pictures to enlarge and get the full quality!
I had the privilege of attending Loft9’s Speed Shooting 101 event this past Sunday in New Brunswick, NJ. This unique event catered to beginner and upcoming models, photographers, stylists and make-up artists to not only improve their portfolio, but for an opportunity to connect with other individuals in the industry. The event included multiple backdrops, props and spaces throughout the space and even on the space’s rooftop where models had an opportunity to transform their looks between photographers’ stations. The event was hosted by Loft9’s owner DJ DARKKENT and his colleagues Amber, Kaila Boulware, Cooke and Jasmine Eaton.
As I moved throughout the event, I was able to really take in each moment, each snapshot of beauty that the models exuded. It was chaotic at times as there were many moving pieces, but I enjoyed witnessing the interactions between so many individuals. I had time to talk to some photographers such as Najee from Rebellious Visions, Where’s Diggity?, and Joshua before I also ran into some other familiar faces from social media and local events. It wasn’t long before I ran into Hajirah, from Urban One Radio who was modeling a few different looks throughout the space. Being able to watch these individuals create and network was a breath of fresh air and ultimately an inspiring way to end the weekend.
Loft9 is a local business and ultimately a space for creatives to use to expand their visions and crafts, was able to step out of the norm and execute a vision that was not only memorable but beneficial for all of those involved. As the music soared behind the beauty being captured in front of the camera, I realized I was surrounded by passion, ambition and peace. Each individual there had a purpose and was using their resources to execute it to perfection. This was a dope event and I am eager to see how they expand with future events or a Speed Shooting 102 sequel. Make sure to follow their page for more or contact them directly for your creative needs. You can find some pictures from the event below.
I tried my best. I had a vision in my head for what the next event would be, how it would feel to those performing or those attending and I tried to execute it perfectly. It was a dream, that remained in the forefront of my mind that I chased and tweaked so it could fit the mold and purpose of TGM.
My last two events which took place in Hoboken and New York were dominantly music showcases, a platform for local artists to perform in front of others for pure enjoyment. I wanted the artists’ hunger to take front stage, providing them the perfect outlet to express who they really are. #ViewsFromThaGrey was unique, as artists hit the stage, and artwork hung against the walls, I incorporated local vendors and/ or businesses who are doing something positive with their brand. You see, there are negative connotations about young African Americans, but through these events we are able to start to chip away at them. Ultimately I wanted to shed some light, well major light on young, black-owned businesses who are striving to do something for this community, for the underground.
And you all contributed to making the day beautiful.
So, I wanted to say thank you for coming out to thagreymatter‘s 3rd event at Loft 9 in New Brunswick this past weekend. It was very hot (trust me, I know) but also exhilarating to witness and be a part of. We rejoiced to words of wisdom from poets, we sang alongside a soulful R&B singer and we rapped the bars of some dope lyricists and rappers all for the love of art. We connected, we worked together, we built and are still building.
And I emphasize we because I am not alone; I couldn’t do anything without you all, so Ithank you!
With every step my foot touched going up the stairs toward the main event, I could feel the music already hitting my body, pulsating through my veins until I hit the top step. Passing through security, I entered a large space where people stood awaiting the fist performance.
The annual concert, Dear Summer, took place at the Majesty Loft in Montclair, NJ. The vision of artists from different creative walks of life coming together for a concert was made possible by promoter and artist himself, Mar. It was a showcase of multiple talents from across New Jersey. Hosted by Tweek, the concert started with some powerful and relevant words from Simply Honey. She highlighted flaws with the current generation and was effortless in her poetic attack of the world we live in.
The concert continued with performances from King Ras who continued with spoken word and Karma who used her singing capabilities to dominate the stage. While people continued to pour into the room, she maintained remarkable stage presence, never losing sight of each audience member. She finished her set with singing acapella, it provided everyone with a glimpse into her raw talent.
Lamont Glxry took the stage next. This rapper’s turn-up energy was perfect as the crowd was more established and become hyped with his performance. Before he could fully get into his second song, he had ripped his shirt and continued to hype his fans.
Switching back to singing, the next artist Sean Love was having fun with the mic as he used his vocals to woo the individuals in the room. Big Ave was up next before the intermission for the concert.
The intermission was perfect timing and served its purpose of giving everyone time to mingle and network in this space. Once it was over, the first artist to take the stage from the second half of the concert was Jelahn Kruze. He introduced a new song during his set entitled, “FaceTime” and hopped off stage to sing to a few ladies, including me.
A few rappers took to the stage after starting with a arguably new rapper, C4, who finished his dope set with some dance moves proving his versatility as an upcoming artist. Whiiteboy used a royalty-type chair on stage for part of his set when he performed “Still Fuck”.
Next up was Rob Get-It who performed some of his own music before doing a song with Mar. The third song was a perfect transition for the next rapper, Bleszt, who also performed alongside the rapping duo. Performances continued from artist Ave and more.
But the momentum of the concert was at an all time-high with rappers continuing to bring their best to the stage. The concert concluded with artists such as Jay Smallz, King Braize and last but not least, Sxint Chris.
Each one of the artists used their craft on stage to bring a great energy into the room. Each moment, each word was memorable and had a way of sticking with you throughout the entire concert. I was in a trance for a while, allowing each beat to hit me, allowing each word to form meaning in my ears, I was in a state of intoxication with the music. And I wasn’t the only one by the looks of the other concert goes. Maybe they were in a trance too or wondering who would be up next for the third annual concert.
I figure the latter.