Simplicity is all that Joella DeVille needs when it comes to delivering great music and more importantly great visuals. Her latest music video for “Goodbye” proves that as you see a few glimpses of her alluring appearance in different locations, while adding a soft touch to her vocals on the song. This NJ native has spent many years mastering and curating a unique sound that sets her apart from other R&B singers. You’ll catch her singing in an elevator or directly into the camera, but it’s more like she is singing directly to you. This video differs from her last video for “Bigger and Better”, as it focuses more on her as an individual. It allows for you to hone in on the song itself and keep on track with the sound of her voice. Check it out below!
Some people feel that music is declining, with an emphasis on music videos and their increasing similarities. Music videos are supposed to play as the bridge between the song and the audience as it highlights the overall meaning and provides a visual for fans to hold on to. Georges provides an intriguing visual for his latest single, “All Night Long”. The song is very sensual, as the NJ based singer uses his lyrics to talk about the things he would do to a woman of interest. He uses the video to show just enough sexual attraction between him and the leading lady and model, Ciania Lexis, without allowing it to overpower the entire video. Directed by Will Drey, you will catch Georges performing some dance moves to his own sounds, with a team of dancers behind him as the video comes to a close. Check it out below and stay tuned for more music from him!
Artistry is more than just someone’s ability to create but also how they distribute the music to their audience. Dropping an album or a project has its pros and cons of course, but Queens rapper F.L.O.W. has decided to have some fun with new music he is releasing. He kicked off his #FlowFridays series last week with the first single, “Forenzo”, produced by Jiggy Hendrix. The beat is simple enough to allow his flow to illuminate, keeping you intrigued with his sound throughout the song. It’s catchy and of course has some bars to remind you that his rap ability never wavers. You can tell with this one, he’s just warming up. Check it out below and stay tuned for his next single that drops this Friday.
When you are a music lover, it only takes one note, one beat, or one bar for a song to really stick to you. The overall sound matters more while the genre matters less; as long it is something that you can jam to with ease. That’s how I’m feeling with Karma’s latest single, “Make Me Say”, which was produced by artist Macc McCray. This R&B singer from Jersey City delivers a vibe on this one. She shows time and time again that she possesses a soulful demeanor like she showed on previous projects such as Life After Love and her joint project i95 & Wifi with rapper SōULFULL. She has continued to evolve, developing her unique artistry and the proof is in this single. Her upbeat verses keeps you boppin’ and intrigued with her vocal flow throughout the song until the very end. Take a listen below and let us know what you think!
Monday’s tend to be rough as it kicks off a new week and in the adult world, can be a daunting thing to overcome. So I wanted to put everyone on to a new song that has been a smooth vibe to listen to on this day specifically. Mona Brea’s single “Flaws” is the perfect blend of eclectic fun and soul over an upbeat sound that you can relate to without delivering an overly serious message. The singer doesn’t just expresses her flaws in the song, but she explains how she chooses to embrace them. Each chorus is powerful and leads directly into the last hook that you won’t forget. Check it out below!
Some artists tend to overcompensate with their music, dropping song after song with little to no break. Whether it’s beneficial or not, I can appreciate the artists who take their time before they drop any new music. Justin Nova is an artist who fits the bill after releasing his latest single, “New Love” about two months ago. The song begins with a light touch before it picks up into the smooth chorus by featured artist Joey Bee. Justin’s verses of lyricism are filled with subtle undertones of confidence and finesse as he talks about a new pursuit in his life. His witty bars make for a fun track and something you will enjoy. He delivers a chill vibe while staying true to his regular sound and demeanor. Check out the song 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.
All photography work done by Joshua Hagwood.