POP ARTIST, KENYTH MOGAN, RELEASES NEW SINGLE “REAL ME.”
(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles based singer – songwriter Kenyth Mogan, announces the release of his new single “Real Me.” The song is being used in Del Shore’s newest film A Very Sordid Wedding which has its world premiere March 10, followed by an exclusive two-week theatrical release at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA.
Since releasing his first EP in 2013, Mogan has been finding his place within a burgeoning music scene amongst other out artists such as Steve Grand, Troye Sivan, and Olly Alexander. His debut music video, Unlock Your Heart, staring my amazing friend Ronnie Kroell continues to gain popularity having just passed one million views on YouTube. He is currently working on his third EP.
A collaboration with producer Wild, “Real Me” has already garnered praise from DNA Magazine who stated, “It echoes the best of Lady Gaga.” The song will be released on March 6 via all online retailers.
I’m always honored to be asked to review the work of my artist friends. ESPECIALLY when I’m already a fan of their work. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been listening to Aris Ziagos’ new album Pulse on repeat since it came out last month. To be honest, it has been on repeat in a mix that includes Donna summer, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner.
The moment I heard clips of the songs and a few full songs in a car ride with Aris, I immediately thought of Donna Summer. This actually began my renewed desire to throw on a few of my favorite Donna hits. The first single from Pulse has been out for a while now and it has been making me want to move since first hearing it. I have said that I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve probably listened to it but I am someone who has at least one ear bud in my ear even while I’m working. A good beat keeps me going and in a good mood no matter how much work I have to do or how intense it is.
I listen to very few albums all the way through without pushing past a few songs, even from my favorite mainstream artists so when I can thrown on one album and listen all the way through that is saying a lot. Pulse is definitely a collection of songs that is good for a long car ride, a hike, a workout, or just while you are cleaning and cooking.
The first song, Love (Thank you) features artist Paula Cole. It remind me immediately of Donna Summer’s hit I Feel Love with it’s sexy, breathy repetition and underlying sexy rhythm. Rain is a storm of emotion, desire, passion, and pain. I’ve said I felt like he was in my diary at some point, especially when I hear this one. It just feels that personal and I think it will to many people.
Speaking of Donna Summer, the title track has a sample of I Feel Love and I can actually hear Donna performing this one with approval. Handle It is definitely for anyone who has been wronged by a lover or just not appreciated for who they are. To me, it sounds like a dare to handle me in all my fabulousness if you think you can. But if you can’t, well the hell with you. It is reminiscent of a Beyonce empowerment piece. Basically, take me for what I am or everything you own will be in a box to the left.
Next, I want to talk about the Reborn remix. I do enjoy a good remix, especially when it is different version of the song that brings a new way to enjoy it. This remix does that for me by giving it a new beat. Make sure you check it all out for yourself at Aris’ website and follow him on social media because you are also going to want to check out his covers.
I have interviewed Derek Bishop a few times now and I always enjoy checking in with him. I have had the pleasure of seeing him perform live and am very happy to call him a friend. His music has always reminded me of a mixture of Donna Summer mixed with a little Liza Minnelli. He is a true showman so his live performances are always a treat. His new album was done the old fashioned way and I think he may be on to something! I hope you enjoy the interview and encourage you to check out his all of his music- new and old. If you live in the New York area, be sure to check him out live if you can too!
Q: Your sound is such a combination of styles that it is actually quite unique. It’s been described as bubbly, fun, electro, pop, blues, and more. How would YOU describe it?
Derek Bishop: I haven’t really found the perfect description. For me, the goal was to take everything I loved about the music I grew up with and toss it all into a blender and then pour that into some highly-caffeinated, über-catchy beverage and share it with the world. I think it’s fun for someone to listen to the tunes and hear things that are a subtle flashback to the past. Yet the influences are extremely diverse: 70s Disco, The Muppet show, Broadway musicals, the Partridge Family, and of course, the best of 80s synthpop. I want the songs to be a feast for the ears, and I want the listener to walk away really feeling like they just been treated something fun and unique.
Q: With the new album, I know you took it back a bit & used some retro techniques. How was that for you?
DB: That was really thrilling and quite the exercise. We recorded the album LIVE and to tape, which was so old-school. This meant we all had to be on our game musically because each song was done in one take. I used a ton of very vintage keyboards as the base of the album’s sound. I think it gave it a wonderfully fresh sound combining the retro with the added bonus of today’s technology.
Q: We have a few mutual friends in the business and one of them, Brett Gleason, has played with you in the past and at your album release show. In an industry that can be quite competitive, it must be refreshing to be able to work with friends live and on albums and know them for so long. What’s your take on that?
DB: All the people that worked on the album were either old dear friends, or people that I felt an immediate trust with. That’s REALLY important in collaboration. Otherwise, you end up trying micromanage everything and that’s exhausting. True collaboration in my mind is trusting someone to take your songs and bring the best of their talents and skills into the mix. In doing so, they take your music to a whole new place — and that’s extremely rewarding to be a part of!
Q:If you could have lived in any other time, which would you have liked to experience as an artist?
DB: Between the music, all the great instruments and the fashions, I would have been in my perfect element in the 70s. Loving that era is probably why I continually try to recreate it with my music. I find it such a creative time and so musically diverse too. That was before technology really took over. Back then you still needed talent and skill, nowadays, you can get by with just a laptop and some photoshop.
Q: I like to ask this to everyone lately, What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?
DB: The one thing I can’t live without is a piano! (or some sort of keyboard.) Playing and rehearing is the best de-stressor I’ve ever found. I’m in my own little heaving when I’m at the piano. The thing I’d like to do away with is texts. I really despise text messages. I do not enjoy all those bings, and chimes letting you know you are continually tethered to everyone. There’s a sense of “answer me now” that comes along with text messaging – and I’m not a fan of that. I’d rather talk to you on the phone – or even better: in person!
Q: What’s up next for Derek Bishop?
DB: I’ve got several shows throughout the summer. I’ll be playing in DC, July 18th at Tree House Lounge; NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall, Friday, August 7th at 8pm; my first ever “hometown” show, August 18th at the Rives Theatre in Martinsville, VA; and then in Wilmington, NC at the Calico Room on Aug 20th. Along with those shows, I also have a brand new music video coming out for “Shutting Down” in a couple weeks.
Q: Where can we go to find you online and get your music?
DB: It’s everywhere! Amazon, itunes, Google… Here are some shortcuts:
Q: Do you have a favorite song on this album and a favorite to perform live from all of your work?
DB: My favorite song on the album is called “AUTOMATIC.” It’s the song that really captures the sonic wackiness, the fun we had making the album, as well as the serious & sweet message. That song has it all. Plus, we mushed up so much of the 70s and 80s into that song. It really reflects some lovely vintage sounds. When we are playing the songs live, I really do enjoy “BAGGAGE” – as it just gets everyone up and dancing. Plus, it’s fun (and technically difficult) to play well, so I love that challenge!
Q: What would you say to other artists who are out there struggling to juggle their craft and doing what they have to do to sustain themselves? How do you balance and juggle? Any helpful tips or advice.
DB: Stay focused and don’t give up. If you believe in your talent, then just keep making product — and do what you do best. Practice and get better. Work on your skill sets and do your best to network with everyone. It can take a long time and it’s easy to loose your drive — but don’t stop the determination. If it’s something you really want to do, give up your leisure time, work those daytime jobs to help supplement the income, and become your best cheerleader. You have to believe in yourself…and get used to not sleeping much!
Be sure to follow Derek EVERYWHERE to keep up with all he is doing:
I was recently introduced to an artist from Australia by the name of Brecik. His music is a merger of Pop, Rock, Dubstep, and Club sounds and I think he is more than ready to take on the U.S.. His song, “Stay” is such a beautiful piece but will also have you up nd moving. I was so glad to be able to get an interview with Brecik before he takes over the music scene world wide and hope you enjoy it!
Q: You are from Australia, can you tell me a little about the music scene there and how does the US differ from it?
Brecik: I am from Australia yes! g’day! ooh good question…. the music scene in Australia is honestly really boring…. theres no diversity – unless you do acoustic sets or are a pub cover band theres not really much of an outlet for you… The US has so many different styles and sounds that are all embraced – its amazing!! its like in Australia you either fit the pub band mold or you go on one of those terrible reality singing shows… its like Australia hasn’t developed fast enough to appreciate diversity in music… its sad but you never actually make it anywhere in the music industry in Australia unless you have made it big somewhere else first…
Q: Tell me a little about the song, “Stay”. It is a truly amazing dance song.
B: Stay was originally recorded by Shakespeare’s Sister back in the early 90’s. Shakespeare’s Sister really moulded me as a person through their music -they were the first band i ever got really into. Stay was always such a beautiful track and Mz Ari and i were looking for a ballad to do together and i just couldn’t get it out of my head! Whilst being very conscious of comparisons – I was so happy with our version of the song and the ease that it came about – the passion in Mz Ari’s voice compared to the roughness of mine and the way the producer had taken the music into this day and age. it was heaven to record and i still get goose bumps listening to it! Then me being ‘Brecik’ just had to do a dance version – cause thats just what i do – and jeffo turned it into a real party sounding track… maybe a little anthemic sounding…;) There are 2 Shakespeare’s Sister covers on my close to being released RezErection album… I wonder if anyone will be able to work out which the other one is…
Q: You are a gay artist but do you think there will be a day where everyone will just be referred to as artists and orientation will no longer matter so much?
B: I’m really confidant that day will come! it doesn’t matter to me now, i don’t see myself as anything in particular – I’m just me – I love singing and performing! sexuality shouldn’t even be a factor in this industry – does it matter who i choose to love? i love everybody!! boys, girls, Lisa Vanderpump – its all good!!!!
Q: Are you planning to perform in the US?
B: I would love to perform in the US! id love to do a full pride circuit next year – that would be so much fun! I’m definitely going to be hitting up quite a few clubs when I’m there and chatting to DJs. So tell me where are all the good clubs in LA, Vegas and New York?
Q: Where can we find you and your music online?
B: I’m most active on my Brecik Facebook page, twitter and Instagram – can’t resist that stuff! i also have myspace and reverberation and all my music is available on iTunes. if you head to www.brecikmusic.com – it will take you to all these other pages. I’m one of this people who really enjoys social media and get a bit distracted with it – so you will always catch me on one of the many forms…
Q: What’s up next for Brecik?
B: I’m so excited to release my RezErection album in the next couple of weeks! this album has taken just over 3 years and 4 different producers to put together and get right! i can finally say that i am over the moon with the finished sound and quality of the tracks! Every song has a personal meaning to me from the high i feel when I’m with my other half – to the frustration i felt watching Gina Liano get treated in the Real Housewives of Melbourne – to the sadness of Charlotte Dawson passing, I’m hoping that they will also touch everyone who listens to them in their own way! I’ve already started writing songs for my next album and spoken to my producer Jeffo about them – i get so excited with new music!
The music in Move Your Sexy Body will capture you and have you moving parts of your body before you realize you are MOVING YOUR SEXY BODY. The lyrics have an uncomplicated, fun, sexy appeal to listeners. Catering to society’s intrigue of the power of sexuality.CHERYL recorded this song as an attempt to inspire women of all ages, race, ability, sizes, shapes, to release that sexy, powerful being inside them. She demonstrates the artful expression of MOVING YOUR SEXY BODY in the video. Cheryl says there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who discovers, explores, embraces and maintains her sensual sexuality and having the courage “to be who she is”. Knowing that your only limits, boundaries, or “expiration dates” are those that you set for yourself. We all love women “in control”; (especially Gay men LOVE strong Independent Women) Her lyrics take us there with, “I hope that what I see I like, I may just let you ride my bike”, or “You may just luck up and get me tonight, first you have to show me you can dance, SO DANCE”
Her Video has over 60 THOUSAND views check it out here:
CHERYL, a native of Gastonia NC and now in LA also heads her own label LOTUS Records. Embracing the teachings of Buddha and the Lotus Sutra, another Tina Turner akin, along with the mantra Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō to “attain perfect and complete awakening”; the mission of the label is to develop, promote and attain awakening talent, bringing their dreams to fruition. As her idol Tina Turner once said, “Anything is possible”. For further information on Lotus Records/Bungalo/UMGD check out www.lotusrecords.usand follow on Twitter @TheCherylReid