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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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From the Karaoke Machine To Center Stage, DC Rapper Nell Burna Is Heating Up The Rap Game With His New Single ‘Quarter Mill’

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Having opened up for well known artists such as 2Chainz and Trina, Nell Burna has been promoting good vibes through music since he stepped in the studio for the first time at twelve years old. 

The DC native’s music infuses the DC ‘go go’ style with the natural rap flow that he describes as being versatile, ranging from a trap music flow similar to artists like 2Chainz to a softer flow similar to that of Certified Loverboy, Drake. A multifaceted artist, Nell Burna writes his own music, and has tried his hands in the areas of producing and engineering. His catalog includes projects he has written specifically for the ladies such as his twerk song, ‘Lil Freak’ https://open.spotify.com/album/58JqNlVuG46LIGZAvwUEbN?si=bUtpUGZYThC9fBBDjlwAuw&dl_branch=1

Currently an independent artist, Nell Burna released his first EP entitled ‘Unleashed’ in 2015. Today, he is working on releasing singles that inspire others to believe in themselves. 

As he continues to work toward achieving his full goals, Nell Burna is focused on the hustle right now, making new music and promoting it on social media and streaming platforms. He recently collaborated with his DC neighbor, Xanman from Maryland, on a single called, ‘On the Lowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82LtyqRJDd8 and hopes to link up with ASAP Ferg in the near future for a collaboration. 

Even while experiencing the highs and lows of the music industry, Nell Burner says he “could never run away from music.” He would advise rising artists to “just believe in yourself even if others don’t.”

Be on the lookout from new music and visuals from the DC artist. Nell Burna’s music is available on all streaming platforms. 

Follow him on IG @nellburna1

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Jeda Voice Explains His Lane As “Alternative R&B”

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Southern California native Jeda Voice is bringing edgy to R&B! The up-and-coming artist fell in love with music at a very young age and although he recorded his first record at the age of 14, his passion for it started way before that. “I wrote my first poem in elementary school,” he says. “After that, my grandma had a big stereo tape player, and as kids, we would play around. I pressed play by mistake, and Jodeci came on. That’s when I fell in love with the art of music.”

With over 1 million streams on Soundcloud, fans are loving Jeda’s distinct and edgy R&B style – or as he calls it “alternative R&B.” Nevertheless, the singer always knew that music was his calling. “Music has this deep soul tie with me. I believe it chose me and we all have choices and my choice is to use my gift the best way possible.” Even when others doubted him, Jeda did not give up. “In the beginning I was told that I couldn’t do it, I was told I wasn’t good enough, people literally laughed at me in the studio,” he says. Having been through the setbacks and negativity, the singer claims he makes music for “the lovers, the underdogs, the rejected ones, the ones that people envy and the ones that people hurt.”

As he continues to work on his craft, Jeda is also looking to dabble into the business world. For now, the rising R&B singer is focused on releasing new music in 2022, and he is currently working on his short film/music video for his single “Purple Rain Pt 2”. Check out “PW8 II” available on all streaming platforms, and follow Jeda on Instagram @jedavoice.

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Dre-Ski Teams Up With JayUncut In New Song/Visual “Get Back” Out Now

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Dre-Ski is an upcoming artist from Virginia Beach, VA who is destined to make it in the music industry. His upbringing consumed of listening to Jay-Z, DMX, Dip Set, Nas, and Biggie during the late 90’s early 2000’s. Along with being an artist, Dre-Ski is currently in the military which is one of the things that he is most proud of. As an artist who creates Rap and Hip-Hop music, you could describe his sound as a mixture of Fabolous and J Cole. Both artists have had a very high influence on Dre-Ski’s sound.

When asked why is music a passion of his, Dre-Ski responded “My passion for music has always been undeniable. Growing up, my parents listened to all genres of music, primarily R&B, 90’s and 2000’s Hip-Hop developed my passion for music greatly.”

The goals Dre-Ski hopes to achieve are to get a distribution record deal. Another major goal of his is to continue to build his fan-base and reach a different audience world-wide. With the hopes of making an influential impact, Dre-Ski really wants to engage with his audience and leave a long lasting impression. He is currently working on his next EP titled “4 Real Ones Only Pt. 2”. Keeping the momentum going, his newest single “Get Back” produced by JayUncut is out now along with the visual so be sure stay tapped in!

Instagram: @TheReal_DreSki

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