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Producer .@kylestemberger talks process, Burna Boy collab, and more in exclusive interview

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Kyle Stemberger had an amazing year last year, and the crazy thing is that he’s just beginning. He practically lives in the studio, securing collaborations with artists like Jorja Smith, Burna Boy, and Flipp Dinero, and he’s quietly on the trek to becoming one of your favorite producers – you just don’t know it yet.

We caught up with the rising producer to learn a bit about what his process is like, how he got into

What’s your approach to making beats? Does it differ from artist to artist?

It depends on where I am. If I’m just at home making beats I usually just start messing around on the keyboard or guitar until I get something I like. Sometimes, use a melody that one of my homies created, then I just add whatever drums on top of it that fit the vibe of the melody.

If i’m in the studio with an artist it really depends on who i’m working with. For example, recently I was working with one of my good friends WHATUPRG for a while on some new music and I was just cranking idea after idea out and there were a lot of those moments where something just clicks or someone has that lightbulb moment when they hear an idea. Those moments are the best to me.

How did you get into producing?

I started off playing piano when I was extremely young, like 5 or 6, then I eventually got into guitar as well since I grew up on a lot of rock music. I got into electronic music a little bit when I was in middle school and I looked up how it was made because I was curious, then ended up downloading FL Studio and watching some tutorials. I got into rap music heavily around the same time and the rest is history.

What was it like working with Burna Boy?

Unfortunately I didn’t get to actually be in the studio with him for that single. I played the guitar and did a little vocal for that record. That song is probably my favorite that i’ve ever worked on. It’s crazy to have not only Burna Boy, but Jorja Smith on it as well. I think they meshed perfectly on it.

How do you manage to land such high profile replacements?

Collaboration. Through working at my craft, I’ve been able to catch the attention and send ideas/loops to some of the biggest producers ever. Big or small, collaborating with producers will get your beats heard by more people who you may not have direct access to. As soon as I get my foot in the door somewhere and see new opportunity, I try and kick the door down and really show them my potential.

What would you say that your favorite collaboration that you’ve ever worked on is? Why?

Jorja Smith’s “Be Honest” ft. Burna Boy or Flipp Dinero’s “How I Move” ft. Lil Baby are my favorites. “Be Honest” was my first placement outside of just rap music and I’m trying to branch off this year and get some more songs done with artists people wouldn’t expect me to work with. It was my first time hearing myself on the radio as well. “How I Move” because growing up in Georgia, everyone is a fan of Lil Baby and Flipp Dinero here. A lot of people were, and still are, playing that song. It feels like my first song where people actually know it and listen to it like that, locally at least.

What do you think makes a good hit? In terms of Sonics, is it replicable? Why or why not? 

I think every “hit” is unique in its own way, most of the time one hit is not like the other. In my opinion, it has to have just the right amount of repetition and a chord progression/melody that is very memorable as well. What comes to mind is “Ransom” by Lil Tecca. You don’t hear chord progressions like that a lot in rap music, so it’s pretty unique and i’m sure just about everybody reading this has the hook or at least part of it memorized. I think it can be replicable, but it’s never gonna be as big of a hit as the original is. I think it’s best off trying to do something new and fresh.

What are you looking to accomplish this year?

I want to grow more as a producer. I want to go back to my roots and focus back in on my piano & guitar skills, definitely a lot more live instrumentation. As far as achievements, I want to work on some big pop/dancehall records and some R & B stuff. I still haven’t got that #1 yet so that’s been my driving force recently. If I keep grinding for it, even if I’m not getting it, i’ll still be having a good chance of filling up the other hundred spots. I also want to develop a new artist, I haven’t found one yet and I’m not really actively searching, just want it to happen organically. And of course I want to work harder than I did last year and blow 2019 out of the water.

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Miami Artist Jiggz Drops First Solo EP “Jiggy World”

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Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Jiggz is an independent artist that has a versatile sound and is ready to make a positive impact with his music. The up-and-coming artist takes pride in being authentic and writing lyrics that are relatable.  Formally a dedicated football player, Jiggz found that music was the perfect alternative for him to express his thoughts.

“Music is the way I express myself. It’s the only way I let out my emotions because I tend to bottle things up unless I’m in front of a mic.” He said, “I also have a competitive nature in music as well and strive to always be a better version of myself as an artist.”

Starting his musical career back in 2017, Jiggz has been quite successful in the past few years. You may have heard his music on popular shows such as Daredevil, The Chi, The Grand Army, and a short film called Holler. Ultimately, the independent artist hopes to have a long-lasting career by inspiring and encouraging his fans to chase their dreams.

“I plan to make a positive impact in a way where when people listen to my music they feel a certain way of themselves in a positive light.” He admits, “I want to impact everyone who takes a listen.”

Representing the core of Miami, Jiggz is the next artist on the RISE! Ready to make moves, the independent artist has been working on his first solo EP “Jiggyworld” that is dropping today!

The independent artist has more up his sleeve for 2021, but first make sure to check out his first solo project “Jiggyworld”. Available on all streaming platforms or stream down below!

Follow Jiggz on Social Media for Music Updates and MORE!  

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Yung Bleu’s Manager Mike Anthony Dives Head First Into the World of Artist Management

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Mike Anthony from Mobile, Alabama is the CEO of MA Music and manages Yung Bleu, the artist behind the hit song “You’re Mines Still” featuring Drake. From a young age, Mike has always been a music head. Growing up, he listened to Old School R&B and Soul Music, but had no idea that it would lead him into the music industry. Yung Bleu and Mike met about seven years ago, however he didn’t know much about the industry. Initially, he just wanted to invest and support Yung Bleu because he believed in him and his vision. But Yung Bleu wanted Mike to become his manager.

Since taking on Yung Bleu as an artist, Mike has learned so much about the music business. “What might work for one artist might not work for another, so you have to learn as you go and continue to learn,” he stated. As a manager, Mike is very laid back and is always keeping up with what’s happening behind the scenes. He explained his management style, stating that he lets his artists control their own image and creativity because it allows them to be themselves. On the other hand, he focuses on business administration, recordings, bookings, etc. When Mike is looking for a new artist to work with, he likes to work with the underdog – an artist with a vision others can’t see. An artist with a passion for music and someone willing to give it their all. When he signs an artist, he believes it’s essential to get to know them and build trust and loyalty. “It’s not just about the music or shoving a contract in your face. We have to have trust and loyalty, like a family.”

This may be your first time hearing about Mike Anthony, but this year, expect to see and hear a lot more about him. The possibilities are endless for Mike. Although he focuses on management, be on the lookout for his new music publishing company coming soon and follow him on Instagram @MAmusic to stay connected and informed.

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Michael Dean Has Over 24,000 monthly listeners on Spotify

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Rising Artist Michael Dean has delivered his long-awaited debut EP “Almost Famous” which features seven tracks that showcase a unique blend of various hip-hop sounds.

Almost Famous” is a sarcastic, dry side of me that’s why the name fits so well. I take my music seriously, but I also love making it.” He said, “It’s a whole vibe and feels to every song and track.”

Despite enduring a difficult year as a musician, Michael Dean was focused on releasing his debut EP which received an overwhelming amount of support from his growing fan base. 

Since his early childhood, Michael Dean revealed having a connection with hip-hop music. Throughout the years, the Orange County artist found comfort within the process of making music creating a bond that could never be broken.

Now, Michael Dean is associated with Compton Menace Collective (MHG) and has worked alongside notable producers and artists such as iLL Faded, Daylyt, Compton Menace, Caskey, King Los & more.

Following the success of his past singles and accumulating at least 24,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, rising artist Michael Dean is continuing to build his fan base with his EP, proving how diverse his sound could be. 

Michael Dean’s “Almost Famous-AF” is now available everywhere you can stream music. 

For more information on Michael Dean, check out his social media sites below: 

Contact Person: Dean Martinez
Artist/Company Name: Michael Dean Official
Instagram: @MichaelDeanofficial
Twitter: @itzmichaelDean
Email: MichaelDeanofficial@gmail.com
YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/c/MichaelDeanOfficial

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