We’re all born incomplete and aspire for wholeness.
Thrown into this world at breakneck speeds, immediately socialized by our parents and guardians, who we trust as gods with our childish, wonder-filled minds. Once, we all believed our guardians and teachers and elders knew everything and could be trusted completely.
Alas, they were all once chucked into this world too, raised up by previous generations that may have often convinced themselves that they knew what life was all about. But they didn’t. No one did.
When I was sixteen years old, I wrote and recorded a song called Infection. Eleven years later, it’s become completely cringe-worthy for me to listen to, but that song lead me to some of the most profound realizations I’ve had in my music career so far. The lyrics of Infection were about unrequited love, the negative feelings that come along with it, and the ability of those feelings to spread into other aspects of life.
At that time, I was extremely self-conscious about my voice, and my good friend Ravi Adams would sing on the actual recordings of my songs. Ravi was able to capture the things that my voice was not yet capable of, and for the first time in my life, I experienced the joy of having a completed musical project that I was proud to share with the world.
I continued striving to write better and better music, but one day Ravi stopped me in the middle of recording and told me “Dillon, you write awesome songs, but everything is sad and slow. Imagine what you could do if you changed things up and wrote a happy, more upbeat, song.”
New Jersey’s punk icons Screaming Females released their seventh full-length album on February 23rd. They are by no doubts breaking the boundaries of their so far known and loved straight-forward indie rock. Being more expansive and imaginative, while evoking the energy and spontaneity of their live shows, is hopefully a milestone in them reaching a broader audience.
Our newest featured artist (#14), Aqua Stone Throne, travels by the name Andrew William Prise. An amazing East Coast Hip Hop music producer, sound engineer, photographer, video director, designer and writer. Andrew was born in Bogota, Colombia, raised in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in New Jersey. He’s inspired by HipHop, from his first cassette tape, which was MC Hammer, to his first CD, which was Snoop Doggs Doggy Style. Right there, he just knew that he was going to be a part of the industry in some way.