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Composer Julian De La Chica and his loneliness

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Brooklyn based, Colombian composer and pianist Julian De La Chica, first visited the United States in 2003 as a guest of Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, then-secretary general of the Organization of American States and past president of Colombia, to perform a concert for the entire diplomatic corps during Hispanic Week. Julian will also be visiting New York City for the first time, where he has lived for above a decade and seeks to find inspiration.

Julian De La Chica at Carnegie Hall Photo by Eugene Manning

This prolific composer, who is equally comfortable composing a string quartet as well as a symphony as he is directing a film, started learning piano at the age of five in his hometown of Manizales, a small city situated inside the Colombian mountain ranges known for producing some of the world’s finest coffee. Julian realized that, while he progresses as a pianist, his artistic interests lay more in the realm of composition than art. He enrolled as a music student at the National University of Colombia in Bogota but dropped out after just one semester due to his dissatisfaction with conservatory life: He didn’t want to waste five years restricted to a rehearsal space, studying the same works as anyone else. It sounded a little monotonous to him, and music can never be dull. He wanted to live, see the capital, move outside of Colombia, and discover where the piece was made.

He then moved to Europe, spending time in Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. During this time, his fascination with religion’s spirituality, metaphysics, and phenomenology contributed to a spiritual awakening. This new aspect of his creative mentality has followed him throughout his career, guiding him, for example, to work with WQXR host and New York Times blogger Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim on her series, Morning Meditations: Beginner’s Ear, and to compose Experimentelle und Umbestimmte Lieder Op. 9 about these subjects (Experiential and Indeterminate Songs).

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Much of Julian’s music develops from this principle. In March 2016, Julian premiered his first string quartet  at Carnegie Hall, together with his cycle of four songs, sung by Jose Heredia. Julian’s next project is with the Russian mezzo soprano Yana Mann, who has recorded a new Spanish song cycle, Poemas de Bar and of course, his first film, Agatha, film that earned a special award for its austere score, unapologetically raw subject matter, and experimental cinematography at the 37th edition of the Bogota Film Festival in his home country of Colombia.

Julián compose music in response to what he sees. Mr. De La Chica finds himself an ‘experimenter,’ not just a ‘composer.’ Composing is a solitary endeavor. It’s possible to have rehearsals, workshops, and other activities, but it’s ultimately a solo career. Julian a lonely person. He prefers to be alone, which is why quarantined or not, this social transition has been minimal for him, at least in terms of practicality. He believes that the isolation he seeks in Agatha is not inherently physical. Próspero does, in reality, live in a crowded setting. Próspero’s isolation, on the other hand, he believes, is a hole left by his hopelessness. It is a void that can be experienced individually or in a group.

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Loon Gz: The Bronx Never Fails With Musical Talents !

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Loon Gz is an on the rise recording artist from the Bronx, New York. Since a young age he had to deal with being in the foster care system. He had to learn to become an adult and help take care of his siblings. During his depression he started to write stories and poems as a coping mechanism. It felt great to be able to express himself in some type of mannerism. He started turning his writings into raps and learned that music was a fond passion of his.

At the age of 16 he decided to drop out of school to work instead. Learning that he soon had a son on the way he was laid off and had to figure out another means for income. The streets came into play. It took whatever to put food on the table for his family. All of the trials and tribulations put a battery in back to make his music and name successful. His music has now been recognized by Freeway, Dragon, Chris Rivers, the CEO of RR and many others. His single “What Else You Need” was even reposted on Nino Mans page. It was great to be recognized by so many hip-hop influencers. His song “Don’t Hate On Me” has over 100 thousands plays and is his top streamed track currently.

Loon Gz is underrated, but will soon been known. His project “We In The Building & We Outside At The Same Damn Time” released just last month. The project has a total of 7 tracks. These are all heart felt tracks and are as real as it gets. Check out his content and be sure to stay tuned for the release of his clothing line “Stunt Bucket”.

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Radio Host BourgeoisLatte Is Ready To Brew New Coffee For Indie Artists

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 Born in Chicago, Valencia Hall-Jones is a radio host for Latte Java Drips Radio. She is most known as BourgeoisLatte or Latte who incorporates her love for coffee and music in giving independent artists the platform that they deserve through various interviews and music showcases. Aside from being a radio host, she is a CEO, content creator, public relationist, and social media influencer. The life of Valencia Hall-Jones has always revolved around art and elegance and she is ready to reach new heights.

Curator of Coffee and Music

Valencia’s passion has always been the same – to enjoy all genres of music and share them with others. She discovered that listening to music is a more enjoyable activity when there is coffee involved and that’s how she got the idea of bridging the culture of coffee and music together. She studied Communications/Theater Education at Grambling State University in Louisiana and ever since, it has been her mission to create a community where everyone can flourish.

Valencia became BourgeoisLatte when she started her radio host journey in an app called Stationhead. There she rose to the top and was awarded #1 radio host on her show “Cougar Club and Bourgeois Cofee Table. She has interviewed several well-known artists in the music industry providing fans with fresh insights and insider info from their favorite artists. With her shows, the aroma of new music spread to people like an espresso coffee on a Sunday morning. 

Launching Her Radio

 BourgeoisLatte has slowly made a name for herself in the music industry. With her shows that provide services such as radio submission, playlist submission, interviews, and promo services to artists, she is now ready to brew a different cup of coffee in her new platform.Her style and elegance coupled with her cool demeanor made her the perfect person to showcase rising artists and hot new music. And she will be doing this by launching a new international radio station called “Latte Java Drips Radio” with a slogan of “Where Latte Keeps It Cool While Making It Hot”.

With her expertise in creating audio-visual experiences and her dedication to the art of music, we can expect great things from her station. Her ultimate mission is to get more and more independent artists to be seen and heard in the industry while being able to enjoy the finer things in life – Coffee and People. Valencia Hall-Jones is a woman of class, coffee, and character. Stay tuned as she will be releasing more and more shows for the people, all for the name of art. 

Learn more about BourgeoisLatte through her Instagram.

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Young Sauce Da God Is Going All Out As An Independent Artist

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Alex Dover a.k.a. Young Sauce Da God is an independent artist from Atlanta, Georgia whose name has been slowly becoming a powerhouse in the underground music scene. Now he is cementing his place as one of the best new lyricists with his hit new single called “All I need ft. Semi Sinatra”. His eyes are set on the top and many are on the lookout for him this 2022.

Looking back to the past

Alex Dover started his music journey by forming a group called Push up Boyz with his 2 friends when he graduated High School. This group has taught him the value of hard work and surrounding himself with the right people. It paved the way for him to flourish as an artist and learned a lot about music production. With the support and love from peers and family members, the group became an instant success. They have been known as one of the best performers in the local music scene in Ohio and delighted the community with vibrant and no-nonsense hip-hop music. In 2011, the group decided to disband and pursue individual goals as an artist.

This allowed Alex Dover to rebrand himself as a solo artist and took the name of Young Sauce Da God whose main goal is to be the best musician he can be. For the last 2 years, his name has been heating up in the underground music scene performing on different venues and shows. He even opened up for some of the biggest hip hop names including Lil Wayne, Future, Da Baby Meek Mill, and Fabolous. Now his name is being heard around the industry and has started to make a reputation as one of the rising artists to watch out for. His debut album titled “Back 2 Da Basics” has reached more than 200k streams on Spotify. This is a testament to his versatility as an artist making songs that give a real connection to the hearts of his fans. 

Looking deeper as an artist

Young Sauce Da God’s creative process is unique to other artists. He creates his songs while driving. This artist definitely gets a lot of inspiration from witnessing life in a personal manner through driving and this helps his creativity to expand furthermore. Just like driving, everyone needs a break sometimes. You get tired of doing something for a very long time. So Young Sauce as an artist implores techniques on how he recharges himself. He makes sure to take a break and clear his mind of all other things that might distract him. Just like in driving, you need to be focused on the road to reach your ultimate destination. These ways keep him grounded and remind him of the reason why he is pursuing a career in music.

Going solo as an artist is not an easy decision to make. It requires grit, faith, and a tremendous amount of hard work. Young Sauce Da God recognized the struggles he faced when he was just starting out to make a name for himself as he shared,

“The greatest challenge I faced so far in my career, I would have to say, is transitioning from a group to solo artist.”

This is why he took the time to continue honing his craft and building his brand as an artist. All this became fruitful after quite some time as he started to create music that slowly made him one of the best underground artists to watch out for this 2022. His new single “All I need ft. Semi Sinatra” has been an instant radio hit and it is definitely a song that is worth a listen. To learn more about Young Sauce Da God’s journey through his Instagram and Youtube Channel.

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