Emily Curtis’ New Single “Battleshade”

Charleston SC based musician, Emily Curtis has released her new soul pop single “Battleshade” off her upcoming EP titled “Hindsight” coming out Nov. 10. Check out the single here:

The video, directed by Chris Viera, scenes flash between the many sides that comprise a woman: insecurity, comparison, liberation, frustration, confidence and beauty. The lyrics in “Battleshade” is a rallying call for all women who have dealt with discrimination and was written by Curtis as a response to her own insecurities about pursuing music. She said, “Remember me. Say you will. I’ll leave a mark. It won’t fade. It’s such a bold statement to make about yourself, but singing those phrases does something in me that makes me feel brave.”

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The five-track EP is a mixture of styles and flavors that contain pop, jazz, soul, and country. The resulting experience will leave the listener with introspective feelings of individuality as Curtis’s strong suit is her ability to share her own bravery through soulful lyrics of empowerment and self-acceptance.

Stay up to date with Curtis on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, and her official site.

Enter the Venture Magazine Issue #3 Released Today!

It’s Oct. 1, 2017 and that means Enter the Venture Magazine’s Issue #3 is out today! It features zenxienz on the cover as well as stories on the Ninkasi Brewery’s recording studio, the new Broke Royals music video that raises deaf awareness, the making of Lola’s latest EP and much, much more! Check it out the magazine here:

Agency – Album Review

R&B and Soul artist Agency has recently released his album “Resist,” a political-infused album about the struggle for equality fighting the power. Check out the song “Backwards” from the album here:

“Resist” starts off with a powerful speech followed by sirens. The opening track “What’s Going On (Right Now?)” is a bouncy track but with a powerful message that questions the world we live in. The clap beats give the song an upbeat feel but there is clearly more substance between the surface. “Till & Marrow” is a slower, introspective, and soulful song with R&B influences and sultry voices. You’ll find yourself nodding your head to the beat as well as the message.

The piano and guitar enter the fray in “Rumours” to add a breath of fresh air. Backing vocals and a hip beat mixed with civil rights movement-based lyrics clearly define the album’s message of making a political statement. “Backwards” also uses piano prominently as a groovy instrument with “I won’t go down without a fight” as a line that echoes the album’s namesake in “Resist.”

“Black Boys on Mopeds” (a cover from Sinead O’Connor) opens with acoustic guitar and shows off the album’s variety in styles that make for a rich listening experience. Sonically, there are many elements that make up the sum of this album’s parts; for example, sound clips of historical audio clips are played throughout the album in tasteful ways to add context to the theme of the album. Agency’s Drake-like voice also adds a layer of flavor to the sound, as it is strong yet vulnerable and yearns for a positive change in the face of hopelessness. “March on Babylon” even adds trumpets to the mix for a truly exotic feel and “Red to the Moon” has strings and mechanical background noise to truly round out the listening journey. The avant-garde approach on some of the songs is akin to the likes of FKA Twigs and suitable for anyone looking for a new, bold, and enriching collection of music.

Overall, “Resist” is an essential for any R&B fan but also anyone who enjoys a wide spectrum of music, as it covers a lot of ground in its scope and execution. The songwriting is top-notch and the message is always present, making for a cohesive piece of art that stays on track while utilizing an array of tools in the music making department.

To stay up to date with all things Agency, be sure to check him out on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and Soundcloud.

Manchado – New Video Release

New York-based alternative hip-hop artist Manchado has released his latest video “Wild Child,” the finale of a three-part video series. Check out the song below:

Manchado is a DIY producer/dancer/singer who moved to New York from Bogota, Columbia, at age 18 by himself to pursue his passion in music. The alternative Hip Hop artist has finished his three-part video series, which includes “Part 1 Break” and “Part 2 Out of Control.” All the videos in the series feature Manchado surrounded my masked dancers who join in on the choreography to make for interesting videos and danceable tracks. He uses the people and the characters in his videos as metaphors to illustrate a bigger point about the human condition. Notable for writing and producing his own songs, Manchado is looking to take his underground status to the next level.

After starting his music writing career at the age of 7, Manchado took it upon himself to learn the craft of writing songs, performing, and learning to correctly work a crowd. For a crossover genre comprising of EDM alternative with a Hip Hop vibe, Manchado likes to put an interesting twist into his music, which truly comes to light in the finale of “Wild Child.”

To stay up to date with all things relating to Manchado, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and his official site.

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Sydney Lauren – Solo Artist Interview

Sydney Lauren has recently released a new EP titled “Left in Motion,” a five-track record that covers both happy and sad songs. Sydney spoke with ETV today about the making of her EP, the meaning behind her songs and her plans for touring. Check out the track “Haunt Me” here:

Sydney grew up in a town called Harrison outside a New York City, a place that no doubt left an impression on her.

“I was definitely influenced by New York, living so close to the city gave me opportunities that opened my eyes to different music, art and experiences,” Sydney said. “It has an energy to it that will always influence me, I love it!”

Sydney wrote all the songs on “Left in Motion” in about five months, with another five months to fully complete the recordings. Sydney’s lyrics and melody found a home with co-writer Tad Kubler from the band The Hold Steady, who wrote and produced the music. The result is a collection of pop tracks and introspective ballads that showcase Sydney’s distinct vocals and hard-hitting lyrics.

“I’m so happy to finally have the music out after sitting with it for so long, now people can hear what I was working so hard on!” Sydney said.

The making of the EP was both challenging and liberating, as creativity and concentration became the focus during the recording sessions.

“I like the creativity that is constantly happening during recording,” Sydney said. “You have all the tools to test out new ideas which is always really fun. I found the hardest part to be the final vocals. It can be hard to fully emote when you’re singing in a silent room by yourself. We weren’t going to stop until they were the best they could be!”

One listen of the EP will evoke a multitude of emotions for any listener. “Haunt Me” is a song about leaving the past behind and not letting it linger on to haunt the present. The universal appeal is enough to hook new listeners, but it’s the deep meaning that goes beyond the surface that will keep them coming back for more. Sydney spills her heart out on this track and although she can write a happy song, she said the sad ones come out much stronger.

“I always like to make sure there is a big message or lesson learned in a song,” Sydney said. “It should make a point!”

A song on the EP that is more on the political side is “Save Us,” inspired by the 2016 Orlando shooting. See the video here:

The lyrics are in reaction to the terror that many felt after the incident occurred and how love and compassion will always outweigh hate. Her lyric “One shot to the masses / Builds stronger passion” demonstrates the real-life response of how people came together to comfort those in pain. The depth in Sydney’s lyrical approach is her greatest talent and we look forward to what’s in store for her next release. In the foreseeable future, Sydney plans on touring to share her songs to a greater audience around the world.

“I am hoping touring will occur in the next 12 months!” Sydney said. “I love performing and want to share these songs with people every day!”

To stay up to date with all things Sydney Lauren, be sure to check her out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and her official site.