EXCLUSIVE Interview with: Dwaine Hayden

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Soulful singer-on-the-rise DWAINE HAYDEN made it to the interview seat this month – his spin on Shawn Mendes’ hit, Stitches made you guys toe curl with pure pleasure – and it’s time to find more about this super powerhouse, who appeared on the The Voice UK.

NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

DH: It’s my pleasure, thanks for having me.

NLM: Earlier this year, you took on Shawn Mendes’ hit Stitches. What was the public’s reception on the cover?

DH: Yeah I did, it was great to sing. I enjoyed covering it and putting my own twist on it, to be fair i got quite a lot of comments saying that they liked how I made it my own.

NLM: You were on this year’s The Voice UK with Pamola Faith as your judge. Was it like working alongside the eccentric singer?

DH: It was an amazing experience, I can’t lie. Having watched these type of shows before i always wanted to have a go but never went for it. Now I’m honestly glad i did, Paloma’s awesome, very wise and knows her stuff but fully on the banta too, she’s funny.

NLM: Tell us what projects you’re working on at the moment?

DH: Right now I’m taking the opportunities that have been presented to me, getting the chance to really hone my sounds and take it to the next level. I’m working on my own EP at the moment which is totally new. I’ve always featured on tracks or backings for artists but to be doing a me project excited me even further.

NLM: Were you in a group before you flying solo?

DH: Yeah I’ve been a busy body! I’ve worked as part of a vocal duo for a while and was part of a band as one of the lead vocalist before.

NLM: How would describe your sound to potential fans? Would you compare yourself to any of your music influences of today?

DH: Smooth, Soulful, Fun.

NLM: If you had a choice to collaborate with just ONE mainstream artist, who would it be and why?

DH: That’s so hard to answer as there’s so many right now, but I’ll say years and years, I like what they are doing.

NLM: If you were granted three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

DH: Ooooh nice question. Well ok then, 1. To bring music back to a state where it’s more about the enjoyment than the money; 2. That contracts weren’t so scary; 3. And MJ (Michael Jackson) was still alive.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

You can check me out @ http://www.DwaineHayden.com,
Instagram – @DwaineHayden
Twitter – @DwaineHayden

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with: Becca B

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BECCA B decided to shake off her pop princess image and enter the realm of smooth R&B – and the gamble certainly paid off! Her latest single, Ready and Waiting was the most popular track last month on NEW LEASE MUSIC. Come on, let’s find out more about this blue-haired siren.

NLM: Hey how you doing? Thanks for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC

BB: No Problem! Thank you for the interview!

NLM: First of all, tell us the moment you wanted to become a singer.

BB: Although it’s quite emotional, it was when my Grandma passed away. She always used to encourage me with singing even when I was a little girl, so I’ve stuck at it and I’m loving every moment of it.

NLM: You released your single, Ready and Waiting (named song of the month by NEW LEASE MUSIC) last month. What’s the public’s reception been like since its release?

BB :That’s Great! It’s been awesome! I’ve loved getting this new style of my music out there and can’t wait for people to hear more from me!

 

NLM: How you would describe your music to potential fans?

BB: Fresh, current and sexy! It’s music straight from my heart!

NLM: So what artists you’re digging at the moment?

BB: I’ve been a huge fan of Rihanna for a long time and absolutely love her new work. Pink is of course up there too – love her!

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be and why?

BB: It’s a bit cliché – but it has to be Justin Bieber. His new music caught me off guard, it’s incredible!

NLM: So what other plans you have for 2016? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

BB: I’m currently looking to continue my studio work and create more and more songs. Then who knows what kind of gigs or festival plans I have eh?

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

BB :I’m always on social media! Facebook is the best place: “Becca B Official Fan Page”

NLM: If music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

BB: Well I do some work as a manager at a construction firm, so maybe something even more in-depth in that area? I don’t know really!

NLM: Finally, any shout outs?

BB: A huge thank you to all the people who have been sharing, liking and downloading my new single along with my producers at Electric-Bear Productions and Electric-Bear Records for helping with my release!

EXCLUSIVE Interview with: King Dice O

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From the start, KING DICE O was featured on NEW LEASE MUSIC. After a lengthy hiatus, The Owl Life entertainment recruit returns bolder than ever with a string of hot tracks…and his hard work paid off because one of his latest singles, Pain Of Fortune, went down well with you guys, receiving the most listens last month. I think it’s about time we know a little more about this master of wordplay.

 

NLM: First off, I wanna know how did you come up with the stage name KING DICE O? I’m so intrigued!

KDO: Dice’O that’s my street name, known for gambling with my life. I add the king to acknowledge my worth….

NLM: Since releasing Pain Of Fortune (named Song of the Month in January by NEW LEASE MUSIC), you knocked out two more tracks, Working and Street Poet. What’s the response been like on the tracks since its release?

 

KDO: First off, I would Like to thank you for giving me an opportunity to be featured on your site. Pain Of Fortune is so real, that’s my life in motion. I knew the fans was going to respects it but they really loved it.Working was just excuses for my lyrical wordplay. Street Poet I gave u the chance to see how it all started and why I’m known as the street poet…

 

NLM: You release your mixtape, The Life Vol.2 (The Quiet Storm) today. What can potential fans expect from your latest project?

KDO: I’m not going to front, comparing this to my 1st mixtape, this is a big step up, got my team on the mixtape. We’re working, perfecting our craft every chance we get, I feel I’m definitely going to change the game with this new sound. I want you to judge it for yourself but your going to hear the growth.

NLM: What’s your proudest on the mixtape work and why?
KDO: I got a few but hands down Dear Dom that’s a letter, I wrote to my son it took a lot out of me, mentally as a father I’m going threw it and this is my therapy.

 

NLM: So what artists you’re digging at the moment?

KDO: J Cole

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be and why? 
KDO: Common sense of course. He’s the reason why I respected the flow . I remember when I was a young knuckling head, I heard this track called Book Of Life of his album Resurrection poetically he was spitting knowledge… Had my eyes open from then…
 

 

NLM: So what other plans you have for 2016? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

KDO: Wow It amazing you say that! Got a few gigs coming up and a lot show cases coming up. Me and my team are working, my clothing line is out “Owl Life Branded for life”, photo shoot coming out soon, also we’re dropping the music video for 4am in the Bush… It’s going to be a busy year!! Owl Year !!!

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

 

Instagram: OwlLifeBrandedForLife  and King DiceO
FaceBook: KingDiceO
Twitter: KingDiceO,
Gmail: OwlLifeBrandedForLife@gmail.com
 

NLM: If music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

KDO: Design clothes, starting a business or a chief.

NLM: If music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do? 

KDO: Design clothes, starting a business or a chief.

 NLM: Finally, any shout outs?

KDO: My Son Dom he the reason why I’m working so hard. That’s my life right there… Big shout out to you, been rocking with me from the start that’s real, my team owl life/ cannon gang they grew with the life, to all my fans and my supporters, I’m here for ya’ll, I’m nothing with without y’all, thanks for listening. peace family much love…

EXCLUSIVE Interview with: Wunda

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Take a good look at this face, because it’s going to be around quite A LOT in 2016! Star-on-the-rise WUNDA cause serious waves on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his super smooth effort, We On. So before his worldwide hype really kicks in, get to know this South African hip-hopper.

NLM:  I need to ask this question straight off – is Wunda your real name?

W: Yes & No. It’s a nickname my mom gave to me at birth & I’m currently in the process of putting it on my ID documents officially.

NLM: What’s the rap game like in South Africa? Is there anything you would change (or not)?

W: It’s on the rise, the quality of our music is definitely improving. The one thing I feel needs to change is our huge focus on pushing numbers. I get it, I know they don’t lie but what begins to happen is artists rush their albums because they’ve got one hit single that needs a follow-up. Which begs the question “what about making the classic album?”

NLM:  You dropped your track We On a couple of months ago on SoundCloud. What’s the reception been like since its release?

W: It’s been great! It’s beginning to heat up. I have high hopes for that single & once radio begins to spin it, I believe it will make big waves.

 

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

W: It’s new, It’s fresh & nothing like what they’re used to hearing.

NLM: You have pretty neat discography on SoundCloud. What’s your proudest work and why?

W: Thank you! Woah that’s a tough one. Well Night lights is one of my favourites but We On has this smooth & authentic bounce which I’m really proud to have achieved. I have to commend Gordo for his production on that record.

 

NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in music?

W: All I’ve ever wanted to do was to make music. Well & design cars & shoes… At the age of 5 I could recite entire songs and my sisters would be so shocked because they couldn’t, so they encouraged me to follow this dream. Ultimately it’s always been music & it’s always going to be music.

NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?

W: My mother. She has some pipes on her. But from a lyrical & performance stand point, Brenda Fassie, Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Nwa, Nas, Kanye west… I’m a fan of a lot of music so list is really long.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?

W: Adele. Without a doubt!

NLM: What are your plans for 2016 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

W: In 2016 I plan to drop my debut album titled By Design; I plan to tour Brasil & to shoot awesome videos for some of the tracks on the album.

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

W: They can follow me on twitter my handle is @wundaoftheworld also like and follow my band page on Facebook Wundaoftheworld & for more music they just search for Thewunda on Soundcloud.

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

W: Wow It’s difficult to imagine a world without my first love but I would most definitely design cars & shoes.

EXCLUSIVE Interview with: King Faro

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KING FARO made it to the interview seat this month, as his track Auto Love was a big hit with you guys! The RnB/hip-hop experimentalist has since dropped another track, Ballroom X…it’s the perfect time to check out the latest masterpiece…and to get acquainted with the man behind those out-of-sight beats!

NLM: Hey how you doing? Please introduce the person behind King Faro.

KF: Hey, I’m doing well! Thanks for having me, I appreciate the opportunity. I would say King Faro is more of an idea rather a person.(lol) That might come off as strange but ideas are the only way to shift the culture. I look at life as if I’m painting. I could have all the colors of paint in the world but if I don’t have an “idea” what’s the point? I want to be remembered as more than just another musician who came and went. Music is all about feeling and being able to relate to certain situations which is why I never hold back on a record. I say the things that most people are too afraid to. I speak vicariously through the lonely hearts of the youth.

NLM: You recently released your track Auto Love. What’s the story behind that track?

KF: First off, much love to Amir Abbassy over at AllDefDigital for believing in the idea and posting the video. It’s currently sitting at over 20K views so yea much respect to him. Also shout out to the team UltraCulture. AutoLove is a story of letting go. I know personally how hard letting go of someone or something is but, if you don’t let go, you’re only hurting yourself and them. That track is basically for everyone who has ever felt that way.

NLM: What’s the reception been like since its release?

KF: Mostly positive which is a blessing because people are actually relating you know? I’ve had fans DM me saying how I inspire them. That alone is why I chose to make music so as far as I know, my dreams are coming true. I mean you will always have those people who don’t understand or maybe just don’t want to but I appreciate that as well. Someone wise once told me that ridicule is just curiosity most of the time. As long as people are giving an opinion I don’t mind at all. At least they’re listening.

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

KF: LIT (lol). I think myself and the team have figured out how to deliver great production along with catchy melodies but still continue to tell a story and get out a certain POV. I like to dance so that’s always a goal when it comes to a record. If you consider yourself a dope individual then we should have no problems vibing out haha.

NLM: You have pretty neat discography. What’s your proudest work and why?

KF: Well, I just recently released a song on Spotify titled “Ballroom x” which is a really special song to me but as of right now Auto Love remains my proudest work just because it exceeded the plans we had for it. But, I have a lot of unreleased music that I love and am very proud of.

 

NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in music?

KF: I used to attend Kean University is Union NJ. I was studying to be a graphic designer which was cool but I always felt like I could be doing something much more important and plus college is crazy (lol). I went for a full year before I left and ended up at a community college which wasn’t any better. I left there after a semester and just decided to focus on music.

NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?

KF: Drake is a big musical influence for me (go figure, right? Haha). Just his wordplay and confidence on a track are to be admired. I’m also a big Travis Scott fan. His production and stage presence are remarkable. King Krule is another. I know weird right haha. He’s just so believable and authentic. It’s amazing. outside of music I would say my mom is a big influence. She’s probably my biggest fan which is great. I’ve disappointed her a lot in the past but she continues to believe in me no matter what.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?

KF: Justin Bieber has been making some pretty dope music lately! I would definitely be honored to work with him.

NLM: What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

KF: I have a show coming up December 11th which is going to be great as well as a lot more music dropping very soon. The official video for “Ballroom x” which we shot in Puerto Rico is dropping soon. I have another video shoot next week for a track called “Primadona” and a couple of college radio interviews on 90.3FM and 97.5FM December 5th so yea, we should be pretty busy haha.

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

KF: Follow me on twitter.com/KingFaro_

Also on Instagram.com/KingFaro_

As well as Soundcloud.com/KingFaro

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

KF: I would definitely be a chef. I love food haha. And once I learn how to cook 5 stars meals, you can’t tell me anything!

Thanks again for having me, I definitely appreciate it!