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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue52

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Obvious Giant clothing is now the official gear of the Pasadena Music Scene

With a lot of independent music-based movements going on in and around Pasadena's vast music scene, the Pasadena Music Scene community organization has been earnestly coming up with ideas and ways to engage with the artists & businesses. The Bringing It Together movement is progressing. And now, reps from the music scene are collaborating with a local, exclusive clothing line: Obvious Giant. 

Obvious Giant is the creator of the DenaBoy/DenaGirl clothing line. With Obvious Giant's stronghold on the city along with the Pasadena Music Scene's Bringing It Together movement, the two entities are working to unite the local music scene by demonstrating positive, non-violent ways to make a difference in society. "We're doing it for the next generation," says an excited Otto Evans, who appeared on an episode of WilsonBlock100 Radio with Mistah Wilson. "They will doubt what we say, but believe what we do." 

Pasadena artist Bing Bing is currently raising funds for Avon's 39mile walk for Breast Cancer research & awareness in Santa Barbara, Ca this Fall (2014). "Look out for my exclusive Bing Bing edition
DENABOY/DENAGIRL t-shirts promoting my upcoming 39mile walk with Avon," says Bing Bing. "Working with Obvious Giant is my way of getting the community involved in what we're doing." In the mean time, Bing Bing is working his magic in the streets to get as many people wearing Obvious Giant products as possible. 

While this collaboration steadily grows, Mistah Wilson has approved of Obvious Giant being the official gear of the Pasadena Music Scene. This means that if you're a Pasadena/Altadena artist, you are entitled to 1 free DENABOY/DENAGIRL T-Shirt. The clothing line has already started taking life of it's own with artists like Phil Phree wearing it in his latest freestyle video. Brandin Bruce, a local producer, has also endorsed the Obvious Giant brand by taking these exclusive photos.

Pasadena artist Phil Phree (Obvious Giant) freestyle

Pasadena artist Phil Phree (Obvious Giant) freestyle

Pasadena Music Scene

How Musicians Can Get Noticed Online (made with Spreaker)

Pasadena Music Scene

Andrew (The Letters Home) Interview (made with Spreaker)



Pasadena Music Scene

Reese B & Bing Bing #bringingittogether at Autism Speaks walk (Rose Bowl)

Reese B & Bing Bing #bringingittogether at Autism Speaks walk (Rose Bowl)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue14 "Man's Other Best Friend"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue13 "Bing Bing Completes LA Marathon."


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue12 "We Are Anonymous"

We Are Anonymous + Martin Luther King March "Unity & Peace" walk + Gaslight Street Interview + Otto Evans + Zachary Sampier + Tammy Minnitt + much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue11 "Ending Gang Violence...And What It Really Means"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue10 "King Of My Own Country"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue9 "The Beauty In Depression"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue8 "Erinn's Meals In Heels"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue7 "Mistah Wilson Puts Stronghold on Pasadena's Music Scene"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue6 "Society Blackmail"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine SPECIAL EDITION "Trayvon Martin, Kendrec McDade, Davontae Sanford, Social Awareness"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue5 "PokeyLo: Pasadena's Hottest New Rapper"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue4 "Washington Blvd. ThaWilsonBlock Network Celebrates 5 Years"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue3 "Mother's Day / No Unity In Tha Community"

Our 1st ever Mother's Day edition featuring a special Hello to all mothers out there. Also: Why There is No Unity in tha Community + Wildcard Exclusive Interview w/ ThaWilsonBlock +  Anastasia Belvidere + Zook + Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Rhyme Disciples + much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue2 "In Remembrance of a King King: A Local Legend"

In Remembrance of King King, a local legend. Also: Tha Hater's Favorite + Cali Allstarr + Altadena's Coffee Gallery + Christy Phillips + The Color of Success + Pasadena Music Scene +  Pronto Catering & Delivery services + Faith Rose album review + Sidewalk Cafe + much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Debut Issue "McDonald Park"

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine brings you the debut issue of it's first official publication. Includes: PokeyLo + Erinn's Meals In Heals +Hathaway-Sycamores + Pasadena Music Scene + Davontae Sanford, + Chief Gang + Bigg Bump + Phil Phree + Marcus Cash + John Eklof + Rough City + Have Hope In Your Hood + Latoya Rhodes + Tobi Hero Signature Guitars +  much more...

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Apartment D" mixtape by Cali Allstarr


Cali Allstarr brings his best Mixtape yet! "Apartment D" Inspired by a true story straight outta Oxnard, CA. Cali is bringing life to this music. He has been plaqued as an Up and Coming artist from Southern California and he continues to bring only the best! This CD has a combination of HipHop, Jazz, RnB, Oldschool and Funk. Keep an eye out for this MC and DOWNLOAD this FREE mixtape, Bump it in your Area. for booking Caliallstarr@gmail.com follow on TWITTER/IG @CALIALLSTARR YOUTUBE - Cali Allstarr PROD. DICKIES SANTORO & SWISHA T

M.I.C.- 90's Flow Produced By: Paco Swartz

M.I.C.- A Night @ The Beach Randumb Enterprises

Relly 2euce releases 2009 throwback "The Round Table" mixtape by Ave Troops. Assures fans that his debut solo project is on the way

Relly 2euce releases 2009 throwback "The Round Table" mixtape by Ave Troops. Assures fans that his debut solo project is on the way
The man who claims to have the most collabos amongst his circle is about to prove why. Pasadena, Ca rap artist Relly 2euce is releasing a 2009 throwback mixtape "The Round Table" exclusively on ThaWilsonBlock Network.

On behalf of the Ave Troops, Relly 2euce is releasing a collection of music that hit the streets but didn't quite get the online promotion that it needed. The Ave Troops, who consist of Black Santa aka Phat RatRelly 2euce, Jon2, &Belvidere, scored collaborations with other local 'icons' who are well known on the indie underground circuit in pasadena such as FatherMayEye, who recently appeared in "Beyond Banging - Outgrowing Gang Life" article in The DENA Magazine's debut issue.FatherMayEye also has an extensive resume when it comes to making music and being involved. Nicky BeacHouses, a legend in the making, also appeared on an exclusive track with Relly 2euce called "Life is Too Short" which is definitely worth checking out. J Rell also came through and jumped on a track with Relly 2euce & Black Santa called "Candyman." You gotta get a bar of that!

With The Round Table mixtape, Relly 2euce sought puttin together a mixtape with the hottest artists on the indie underground circuit in the city. Even if you were a new artist, if you were on your grind, Relly was open to working with you. "Icons" is what he was looking for.

During the time this mixtape was in production, Ave Troop member Belvidere was incarcerated and so he did not make an appearance on The Round Table mixtape. But make no mistake, he is very well a part of Ave Troops. There may be a volume 2 to The Round Table mixtape series that will very much have songs with Belvidere on them. So don't even trip.

Relly 2euce has really been on his grind lately. Releasing his 1st single "Mr. Dixon" on his debut solo project "Verbal Abuse" which is due out real soon. 2euce also appeared on a recent collaboration with Bing Bing called "Tha Ghetto," a mixtape track over "Ghetto" byFeddie Gibbs that will be going on Bing Bing's new mixtape MUSIC & ME as well as Verbal Abuse. Aside from what's happening online, Relly 2euce is a one-man street team. His main grind is promoting Pasadena Music and being a positive example for Urban Youth & Artists in communities not just in his city, but wherever he goes. You can tell he has Pasadena Music in his best interest. And he even assures us here at ThaWilsonBlock that his debut solo project IS COMING!!!

Mistah Wilson interviews Jason Hardin of The DENA Magazine on Business, Community, & Media


Mistah Wilson: When we first met you, The DENA Magazine wasn’t in existence yet. What led you to create your own publication?
Jason Hardin: When I first created The DENA Magazine, I wanted to produce a product that utilized my skills in graphic design and that promoted the local talent and businesses that I support.

Mistah Wilson: What made you decide to focus on the local level?
Jason Hardin: I believe that when you’re trying to accomplish something, you have to start close and work your way out. Besides that, Pasadena has been at the center of almost every major moment in my life, and I wanted to give back to it.

Mistah Wilson: So what’s up with HardTV?
Jason Hardin: Hard TV was the first public access show I produced and directed. It was also my introduction to media and the reason I fell in love with what I do now. Due to The DENA Magazine’s demand for my time, the show is currently on hiatus. However when the time is right, I plan to relaunch it bigger and better than ever before.

Mistah Wilson: You’re quite the graphic designer and businessman. What products have you worked on?
Jason Hardin: Besides my publication, I’ve worked on so many products and projects over the years. I don’t think I can even remember them all. I’ve done album artwork for many independent artist and producers such as Paco Swartz, Steven Sneed, Mike Towns, Zook, Faith Rose, and K Reese, just to name a few. I’ve also produced many advertising and promotional products for a number of individuals, companies, and organizations like iDeposit.net, Noor Events, and the City of Pasadena’s Recreation and Human Resources Department.

Mistah Wilson: Being that you were a Bulldog, how do you feel about Pasadena High School’s loss in this year’s Turkey Tussle?
Jason Hardin: As a bulldog, watching our football team lose the Tussle is never easy. We won the “Bell” when I was in high school, and that feeling is absolutely amazing! I cover it every year in hopes of seeing this younger generation experience that same excitement we felt, as well as to experience it again myself. There’s honestly nothing like it!

Mistah Wilson: Do you think it’s okay that Muir wins every year because PHS has a better academic & basketball program? Do you think that’s a valid statement and why?
Jason Hardin: I believe that the academic program and the basketball program of PHS is better, but I don’t believe that’s the reason why Muir wins. I can attribute Muirs victories in the Turkey Tussle to a lot of other factors such as coaching, scouting, sponsorship, city politics, and even public safety.

Mistah Wilson: Since you created The DENA Magazine, you’ve manifested into an influential figure in the community. What are your thoughts on the random acts of violence transpiring from time to time in Pasadena?
Jason Hardin: First, I believe these acts are anything but random, especially in a city with such a strong history of gangs and gang violence. The fact that there’s been about 30 murders in five years within the same 3 mile radius in a city that’s only 23 square miles big shows that there are more forces at work than just knucklehead youngsters. The entire community plays a part in this violence, including the city government.

Mistah Wilson: This year you worked on the Pasadena Idol competition with S Claz, Paco Swartz, & REBORN. Will we see an article of the winner in DENA MAG’S next issue?
Jason Hardin: Yes. “Chelsea J” was the winner of the 2012 Pasadena Idol competition, and she will definitely be featured in our next issue along with an article written by her and an ad for her campaign that deals with helping young girls deal with the issues of growing up.

Mistah Wilson: What are some of the good things you love about what you do?
Jason Hardin: I love the fact that this industry allows me access to some of the most interesting and influential people in the city and beyond. Not having graduated college or been born into a wealthy family, I never pictured I would have this level of access so early in my career. Another thing I love is that I am now able to open many doors that have been closed to me in the past. This allows me to create opportunities for myself and others in a way that couldn’t if i was doing anything else. Also, I just get a kick out of being invited to places that some people can’t even pay to get into.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires your creativity?
Jason Hardin: Since you can’t control life, you can’t control where inspiration comes from. Anything and everything inspires me! No matter where I’m at or what I’m doing, I’m always thinking of how what’s going on can be applied to what I’m trying to accomplish. The key is being able to identify the value of any experience, good or bad.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to achieve with The DENA Magazine?
Jason Hardin: I want The DENA Magazine to add value to the name “Pasadena”. This adds value to anyone or anything associated with that name, creating more opportunities that benefit us all. To accomplish this, The DENA Magazine brand has to represent what it promotes, and that is the Inspiration, Influence, & Independence of not just Pasdena, but every community in the world.

Mistah Wilson: Who are your Top 10 artists from Pasadena and why?
Jason Hardin: Paco Swartz makes the list for a million reasons. He’s totally mastered his style and has one of the deepest catalog of hitters than anyone I know.... and he make beats.
Revelations has to be one of the most talented lyricist I know personally. This man used to pull me aside at parties and freestyle over whatever song was playing, and I swear it would be some of the dopest bars I’ve ever heard in life. I promise he’s gonna come out with a bangin album if I have to put it out myself.
The Grinch has been awesome a long time, and if he ever comes out with an album, it would be album of the year potential.
Mike Towns impressed me as a rapper back in high school when he performed at the Homecoming assembly and said, “I wanted a hot link, but couldn’t afford the cost, so I asked Ms Lilly to give me a bun and some sauce.”..... killed it.
Che Ski is an older artist I never knew too well personally, but his flow is hot, and he is definitely Dena.
Zone is just about the hardest working artist and most recognized artist out of Pasadena, and that’s why i respect him so much.
Riko Denaro will be the first artist off my own label, so you know he has to make my top 10 list.
Harold Blu makes the list because he has this mellow hustla’s flow that I enjoy listening to a lot. My favorite tracks by him are “The Fig Is In The House” and “Hustle Everyday” which I plan to do a music video for.
Zook has been a long time favorite of mine ever since 2003. I respect his style as well as the way he does business.
P.I. just has a lot of hot tracks in his repertoire . He can rap and sing his own hooks, and I can’t remember him making too many songs I didn’t like.

Mistah Wilson: How did you come to select Riko Clark as the official host of The DENA Magazine?
Jason Hardin: I initially started working with Riko when I chose him to host Hard TV after one of the funniest auditions I can remember. When I started “The DENA Magazine”, it was just a matter of transitioning him into a more professional personality. On top of everything else, he has to be one of the most solid members of my team, and I never have to question his loyalty. Besides that, I feed off his confidence which allows me to be more confident in what I do. We make a good team.

Mistah Wilson: We heard you on “Can’t Ignore The Game” with RIKO and we must say, you had a pretty nice verse. Have you ever considered being a rapper?
Jason Hardin: Like a lot of youngsters, the idea of being a “rapper” used to entertain me, but I never had much interest in it. What few people know is that in the industry, the recording artist is at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to getting paid. I had more interest in being a producer, but after a while, that didn’t even seem like enough for me. Eventually, I got into media and realized that this was the industry for me. But since I believe in creating product and since I got the hottest music crew in the city, you might still see me put an album out.

Mistah Wilson: Interesting enough.What are you creatively capable of in the entertainment field?
Jason Hardin: I feel I’m pretty well-rounded in this field. I can write, produce, direct, film, edit, market, organize and even play the politics of the game. As long as I’m not in front of the camera, I feel very confident in all I do in this business.

Mistah Wilson: What impact do you want to make in your community?
Jason Hardin: I want to be apart of the example that creates positive changes in our community. I want to show others that there are a million ways to become successful in life if you only apply yourself. I want to show people that you don’t have to start with all the money, connections, or good looks to do what so many think is impossible. To be honest, you don’t even have to believe that you can do it, as long act like it. I want to give young people the chance to experience things outside of the environment that they're used to, in hopes that they will be inspired to do something great, thus creating a better community for everyone.

Mistah Wilson: Who did you vote for in the 2012 Presidential Election?
Jason Hardin: I won’t discuss who I voted for, but I will say voting is a very important part of success in this business. With influence comes the power to persuade interest. When you can persuade interest, you can control a voters block. Once you control a voters block, you have political leverage to produce all kinds of opportunities for yourself and your community.

Mistah Wilson: Would you agree that politics plays a big role in business?
Jason Hardin: Politics is a major underlying factor of every business in every industry.

Mistah Wilson: You’ve attended Pasadena’s largest urban event the 11th Annual Yardnic at Brookside Park. How important is this event to the community?
Jason Hardin: I believe events like this are very important, because they actually represent the power of the community. That many young people coming together without a problem shows that we can accomplish anything if we do it together.

Mistah Wilson: Do you incorporate culture from AltaDENA and/or GarDENA in The DENA Magazine? Why or why not?
Jason Hardin: You can see the culture of all of America represented in the magazine. Few people realize the influence Pasadena actually has on the country and the entire world, which makes everything about this city important and relative to everyone else.

Mistah Wilson: It’s no question that you’re good at what you do. Would you care to share some encouraging words for up-and-coming entrepreneurs?
Jason Hardin: If you want your business to be successful, you have to eat, sleep, and breathe it! Being halfway in it, or making it a “side hustle” is not good enough. Even if it is a part-time venture, you better do it like that’s all you do. Also, it’s very important to have mentors to help guide you through the situations you can’t understand. And above everything else, you have to be doing something that you would damn near do even if you couldn’t make a dollar doing it!

Mistah Wilson: And where do you get your INDUSTRY TIPS OF THE DAY from?
Jason Hardin: I make them up as I go along. I think of so many throughout the day, that the best ones don’t even get seen. Recently I started writing them down in a notebook, because I would think of a good one and then forget it, and i hate that. Soon, I plan to put them all in a book or a manual and expanding on each one to help other professionals, entrepreneurs, or anyone in this industry.

Mistah Wilson: Got any shout outs? Let’s hear it!
Jason Hardin: I’d like to give a shot out to Steve Sneed, Paco Swartz, Riko Clark, David Walker, and the rest of my boys for always having my back in all I do. I also want to say “What’s up?” to all the beautiful and intelligent woman that definitely motivate me to be the best man I can be. And lastly, to “Monster” and the rest of my nieces and nephews, because without them, I wouldn’t have the desire to try so hard to succeed.

Mistah Wilson: Thanx for doing this exclusive interview with us, Mr. Hardin. You are very much appreciated!
Jason Hardin: Thank you. The honor and pleasure was all mine.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ryan Aderréy's exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock on his new single, music production, and his journey to becoming a well-rounded artist.

Ryan Aderréy's exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock on his
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new single, music production, and his journey to becoming a well-rounded artist.

Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Ryan Aderrey thanks for taking the time for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock! How ya' been?
Ryan Aderréy: I'm good. Things are busy right now. Lots of performances and traveling. So I'm tired but I feel good. Things are starting to take off.
Mistah Wilson: Real quick, can we get a brief summary of who you are and where you're coming from?
Ryan Aderréy: My name is Ryan Aderréy, a singer/songwriter based out of Boston, MA who grew up in Miami, FL and I've been part of the music scene for about 12 years.
Mistah Wilson: First off, lets talk about how you became a singer and songwriter. What events in your life led you to artistry?
Ryan Aderréy: I started my career as a producer. I did that for about 10 years. Until one day, I was in the presence of one of the best vocal coaches in the industry, Anita Wilson, who heard me sing. I was just joking around when I was doing it but she saw something in me and said that if I came for lessons she could turn me into a real singer. So that's exactly what I did. I went to her lessons seven days a week for two years and the rest is history.
Mistah Wilson: Your single "A Miracle My Love" is hot!!! No exaggeration, I was tuned in as soon as it started. What inspired this track and why did you release this one as a single?
Ryan Aderréy: Thank you very much! Everything we write about is inspired by our real-life experiences or events in the lives of others that we have witnessed first-hand. "A Miracle, My Love" is about feeling as if you have nothing to live for, nothing to get out of bed for in the morning. But then someone comes along that changes everything and all of a sudden you begin to see miracles in the smallest of things that you normally would never have noticed. We picked this song to be our debut single because it has everything that radio is looking for at the moment. It's got a radio-ready production with a catchy melody and an uplifting message. We made a good choice because A Miracle, My Love is now spinning in the rotations of 20 different Top 40 stations around the country.

Mistah Wilson: So tell us a little more about your debut album "What If". What message are you trying to send with this compilation?
Ryan Aderréy: The first message can be found in the title itself. "What" and "If"; two completely harmless words when separated but when brought together form an extremely powerful phrase. It's that kind of power that wanted representing our EP. As for the individual songs, there are a wide array of messages on this album such as love, never giving up hope, letting go of a loved one who has passed away, unity, failed relationships and seduction. The album covers the entire emotional spectrum and the ultimate message that we are trying to send to the listener is that he or she is not alone. We've been through whatever it is that you're going through at the moment. We hope that this will bring the listener closer to us and that they'll find comfort in our words.

Mistah Wilson: What inspired you to start creating your own instrumentals and arrangements?
Ryan Aderréy: My friend Keshav Singh gets all the credit for this one. Keshav is part of the awesome production duo called JusNow (https://soundcloud.com/jusnow). They're very popular in the UK and Trinidad. Keshav and I went to high school together and he's the one who got me into producing. We'd go to his house after school where we'd create electronic instrumentals with Fruity Loops and record them to cassette tapes so we could play them back
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in the car. The instrumentals we created were awful but we were still proud of them. After I graduated and went to Boston University to continue my education, I kept producing tracks as a hobby until one day I realized that I really enjoyed what I was doing and it became my main focus.

Mistah Wilson: You've definitely been in the mix for some time now. How does it feel having worked with big names in the industry?
Ryan Aderréy: It's been a blessing. To be able to learn the tricks of the trade from guys who have won multiple Grammys is something that is so surreal to me. The other day I was working with Jimmy Douglass who is Timbaland's production/engineering partner. Those studio sessions were mind-blowing experiences. I had the opportunity to learn how the superstars of the music world do things in the studio. But the person who gets the most credit for my development as an artist is Zach Ziskin who is also a Grammy winner. Zach produced every single sound that you hear on the EP and each time I came to the studio I could feel myself getting better and better. He's a great guy. He could of looked down on me as many accomplished producers do with up-and-coming artists but from day one he treated me as his equal. I most definitely do not take for granted the fact that I've been fortunate enough to learn from the best of the best.

Mistah Wilson: If I'm not mistaken, you have a degree in journalism?
Ryan Aderréy: That's correct. I've always loved writing so I wanted to have something to fall back upon if I ever decided to move on from music. I actually interned for the Boston Globe for two years when I was a junior and senior in college. I love sports and I love to write so I felt sports journalism was a natural choice. But I also studied creative writing and poetry in college.

Mistah Wilson: So, tell us about your experience playing soccer. How did it impact your overall approach on music?
Ryan Aderréy: I started playing soccer when I was 3 years old. I always loved the sport. I went to Boston University on an athletic scholarship but after one semester a pro team in Holland called OmniWorld offered me a spot on their team so I took it. I went over there and played for three years before chronic injuries and visa problems forced me to come back and finish my schooling at Boston University. But there were so many lessons I learned from soccer that were easy to apply to music. To get to the professional level it took hard work and extreme sacrifice. I never went to prom. I never went to the homecoming dance. I was too busy training or playing in a tournament. The same applies now. You wont find me clubbing until 6 am on the weekends, you'll find me writing a new song or trying to improve my guitar playing. Soccer taught me that every day is a new opportunity to get better and each morning when I wake up I ask myself, "how can I better myself as an artist today?" In addition, playing in front of big crowds in Holland prepared me for getting on stage. Now my mentality is, the more people the better and I get a rush from performing.

Mistah Wilson: In your own words, what does it take to be a great songwriter?
Ryan Aderréy: First of all, I've always been a big believer that songwriting has to be genuine. I honestly don't think it's something that you can fake. You might get away with that for a while but I believe the listener will eventually catch on. Songwriting is about words, yes, but the listener has to believe that you've also walked the walk. Second of all, being a great songwriter takes a tremendous amount of hard work. Sometimes I re-write a verse ten times because I simply won't accept anything less than perfection. Are you willing to do that? Most people would answer no but that's exactly what it takes to make a hit song. And lastly, songwriting is about more than just words, it also includes writing the song's melody. Many people are brilliant with words but that doesn't necessarily mean they're a good songwriter. Ultimately, you want your song to pierce the listener right in the heart and the melody is a huge part of that. You could have the most beautiful lyrics in the world but if the melody is boring it doesn't matter because nobody will listen. So as you can see, to be a great songwriter, it takes much more than people realize.

Mistah Wilson: Give us the names of some of the people you worked with in the music industry and what you learned from them...
Ryan Aderréy: Jimmy Douglass...he taught me to always think big picture instead of stressing
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the small stuff and he taught me how legends like Justin Timberlake conduct themselves in the studio.
Zach Ziskin...he taught me how to be a better songwriter and how to write tracks that are in my most comfortable vocal range. Before Zach, I never thought about that. I would just write whatever sounded good to me at the time. Without Zach I wouldn't be where I am today as a songwriter.
Anita Wilson...she's been my vocal coach for the last three years. Before her, the only place I could sing was in the shower. She's known as the "developmental guru of the south". Her and her partner, Athena Cameron, who's my stage coach, really molded me into the live performer I am now.
Black Violin...they taught me how to be a true professional in the studio. They were hired to play strings on a few songs of mine and they knocked it out in less than an hour. They had never heard the songs before they came to the studio and still, they came ready to put in work, didn't waste of minute of anybody's time and produced a top-notch product.
There are a ton of other names I could mention but I narrowed it down to the most recent/most important.

Mistah Wilson: What are the names of some of your favorite songs? Even ones you may have written for other artists & purposes...
Ryan Aderréy: I've got so many favorite songs in many different genres but right now I have the new albums of Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco on repeat. I'm addicted to their energy in their songs and when they perform. I also love their songwriting. There's so much passive-aggressiveness and cynicism in their words and their melodies are beautiful and get stuck in your head immediately. On those albums my favorite songs are "Young Volcanoes" by Fall Out Boy and "Collar Full" by Panic! At The Disco.

Mistah Wilson: What would you say is the most challenging thing when trying to succeed as an artist?
Ryan Aderréy: To succeed in music these days you have to have an awesome team around you. I've been blessed with that but many artists are doing this on their own and it's damn near impossible to breakthrough that way. In this industry, it really is who you know. Even Macklemore or Tech N9ne, who are the poster boys for doing it independently, had some kind of major help along the way. Don't be fooled, nobody who succeeds in this industry does it by themselves. Macklemore hired a radio promoter/marketer from a major label when he felt the songs weren't getting enough exposure and Tech needed help from Travis O'Guin who started Strange Music and put millions behind the label. If they never got the help they needed, we'd probably be hearing their music on a much smaller scale. The hardest part is getting someone to invest monetarily in your marketing and your promotion. You could have 100 hit songs but it won't matter if you don't know how to attract listeners.

Mistah Wilson: What's do you enjoy most about your job as a singer/songwriter?
Ryan Aderréy: The fact that I get to do something I love for a living. How many people can say that? It's also great to be able to have a healthy outlet for whatever I may be feeling at the time and I also enjoy the notion that I could be the voice for those who don't feel like they have one.

Mistah Wilson: How serious do you take your performances?
Ryan Aderréy: I take shows very seriously. Every performance is a chance to gain a new fan
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who may not have heard about you until that night. We rehearse for weeks before a show. The musicians play to a click track which is synced to background vocals we run off a computer so everything has to be perfect. Also, there isn't much money in album or single sales anymore because there are so many ways to illegally download songs. Most of an artist's earnings come from shows so every time we hit the stage we make sure to give everything we've got because we want to keep being booked.

Mistah Wilson: Who were some of your primary influences as an aspiring artist?
Ryan Aderréy: Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Paramore, Jason Mraz, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Ne-Yo, Nirvana, OneRepublic, Plain White T's, Timbaland, Pharrell, 30 Seconds to Mars and of course my good friend Keshav Singh.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your music?
Ryan Aderréy: That's a good question. We've always said that our existence as a band is exclusively for the listener. Our fans are everything to us. We feel that if you're in it for the right reasons, good things are bound to happen. If you're only in it for money or materialistic things you're not going to last long in this industry. If we can create a large and loyal fan base through a genuine product that fans can relate to, that's a big accomplishment in our eyes.

Mistah Wilson: How important is it to you to give back to the community?
Ryan Aderréy: I was actually thinking about this just the other day. It's a very important thing to us and we'd like to give back in any way that we can. We're nothing without our fans. and if they're generous enough to give us their attention and listen to our music, the least we can do is give back to the community. At the end of the day, being good people is more important to us than being great artists. If you're in a position to help those in need, we feel it's something you have to do.

Mistah Wilson: What inspiring words do you have for up-and-coming artists out there who may be reading this right now?
Ryan Aderréy: HANG IN THERE! In the past, I've wanted to quit more times than I can count but I stuck it out and I'm glad I did. But even more importantly, make sure you network as much as humanly possible. IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW! One connect leads to another which leads to another which leads to a big break down the road. No connection is too small. Every bridge you create matters. Of course releasing music is essential because you need to have something to show people but networking is the most vital thing you can do as an up-and-coming artist. And network the right way. Don't have your hand out asking for favors
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all day. Make sure to offer something in return that you could do for the other person. People really appreciate that and will keep you in mind for opportunities in the future.

Mistah Wilson: Well, thank you much, Ryan Aderrey for coming through for this exclusive interview with us. It was truly an honor to have you. If you have shout outs, let's hear em!
Ryan Aderréy: The pleasure was all mine. I'll shout out my amazing band members, Music Promotion Inc. which is our incredible marketing/promotion team, Sam Kaiser from MVP Entertainment who's gotten our debut single all over Top 40 radio, Zach Ziskin for his great work producing our entire album, our entertainment lawyer/confidant Richard Clarvit, our hard-working PR girl Jennifer Allison who arranges all our interviews, my devoted followers and all my friends, family and loved ones. Last but not least, INTIME Records for their unconditional support and allowing me the creative freedom to grow as an artist.
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