Wednesday, November 11, 2020

New Release Alert: "When The Morning Star Fell" by Shadows You don’t Know About

Shadows You Don't Know About is a band that combines the dark, brooding sound of deathcore with the intensity of alternative music. They recently debuted with an EP, but went to great lengths since then, creating music that sets the bar higher and defies the usual genre limitations and cliches. 

AIM: First of all, how did you come up with the band name “Shadows You don’t Know About”? 
James: I was at a music video shoot for a band I was in previously and one of the camera guys said to another, to look out for shadows you don't know about that can mess up a shot, and i wrote it down because i thought i could use it one day. 

AIM: Tell us about the band. Who is Shadows You don’t Know About and where are you from? 
James: We are deathcore/post-hardcore band from bethlehem pa, consisting of James (myself) who played the majority of the instruments on the album and Matt our drummer and producer.  

AIM: Tell us about what led you to want to be a writer and music artist? 
James: I have always been a writer since i was a child, and growing up writing and writing music made it seem very easy to make music into something more i wanted to do in my life.  

AIM: Are you self-taught or did you have any professional music training? 
James: I am a self taught guitarist and bassist, but I took vocal lessons to improve my voice. Melissa Crosses zen of screaming is an essential for anyone trying to do harsh vocals.  

AIM: What or who were your most influential music artists as a child? 
James: A lot of rap and hip hop artists like eminem, lil wayne, Wutang clan, Snoop dogg, D12, tupac, etc all influenced me to be more lyrical or more of a storyteller when I write.  

AIM: What music artists inspire you now? 
James: I have been listening to a lot of post-hardcore classics like chiodos first album, and deathcore stuff like the mitch lucker memorial show, so many great suicide silence songs done by monsters vocally. Phil Bozemans vocals on unanswered are the gnarliest.  

AIM: What do you want your listeners to take from your music? Do you have a message that you want to convey to your listeners? 
James: I just hope people enjoy the music because I enjoy making it and won't be stopping anytime soon.  

AIM: What are your thoughts on the Corona Virus? Do you think it is a real pandemic real or do you think it is a world government takeover hoax? 
James: No comment lol  

AIM: Great answer lol 

AIM: Outside of music, what are some of your interests, like what are your favorite activities, movies, tv shows, video games, and stuff outside of music? 
James: Well career wise besides making music I am an assistant chef at a restaurant, and for fun I am an avid poker player. Video games I play are mostly Skyrim or Call of duty when I have free time.  

AIM: Who has helped you along the way? 
James: I’d like to thank our drummer Matt for the amazing production and to Jaime Irles for the album cover art. Also a big thanks to my friend and colleague Mitch Kresge of plum for doing a featured vocal part on one of our new songs, and to Chris Kennedy for photography and shooting and editing our album release promotional video.  

AIM: If you could tour and perform with anyone, past or present, who would it be? 
James: I’d love to tour with Ghostmane and have original member Chiodos as a guest on the tour!  

AIM: Tell us about your plans in the near future. What can we expect from SYDKA? (More music? Music videos? Virtual performances? Live tour? 
James: We are currently working on recording a live set to be recorded and posted to Youtube as a way of performing until shows can happen again. Also we have a cover song that will be coming out hopefully by the end of the year.

Find more of Shadows You don’t Know About

Friday, October 30, 2020

KGUP FM Emerge Radio Announces the 2020 Artists of the Year


KGUP FM Emerge Radio Announces the 2020 KGUP Artists of the Year 

LOS ANGELES – October 30, 2020 - KGUP FM Emerge Radio announces the recipients of the 2020 KGUP Artists of the Year awards. The awards recognize and honor eight local emerging music artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in music performance, songwriting ability, and visual arts. KGUP honored the eight awardees in Los Angeles, CA.

At the start of the year, HR Cole, CEO and Founder of inDspotlight Television and Mikey Jayy, Program Director and Founder of KGUP FM Emerge Radio discussed having a festival over the Summer featuring all the top emerging artists, including hosting an Awards event in 2020, but Covid-19 upended all our ideas. An online event was considered, but without a live audience, all these ideas felt flat and uninspiring, so a single category was created to recognize the Top 8 most recognizable emerging local music artists in the industry and was named the

2020 KGUP Artists of the Year award!

These 8 finalists were based on a number of factors:

1. Artist's music overall has to be SPECTACULAR 2. Artist has to be an exceptional songwriter and story teller 3. Artist had to have at least 3 songs that exemplified both 1 and 2 4. Artist has at least 1 music video that is outstanding in production and visual appeal 5. Artist must have gone through a revelation or had overcome a life changing event 6. Artist needs to acknowledge our existence (at bare minimum, the Artist needed to say, "Thank you" when getting featured on our social media or regrammed/shared our story from a featured post, accepted our invitation to be interviewed, or had exchanged some form of dialogue to and from KGUP

Congratulations to the 2020 KGUP Artists of the Year!

Genre: Pop / Singer Songwriter

Genre: Pop/Alternative Rock

Genre: Pop/ Soul

Genre: Pop


Kat Leon of Holy Wars 
Genre: Pop / Alternative

Genre: Pop / Soul

Genre: Pop / Surf Trap

For more information about each of the award winners, go to:

Keep on the look out for more episodes of KGUP PRESENTS and subscribe on the podcast platform of your choice, so you don't miss these great interviews, plus you can even re-listen to previous episodes! If you would like to be considered to be a guest on KGUP PRESENTS, we are currently accepting submissions from anyone with great music or anyone with a great story to share. We'd love to hear from you! We will consider any topic! Contact us at

KGUP FM Emerge Radio 
6843 Lennox Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 91405

Established on April 12, 2012, KGUP FM Emerge Radio is an Independent music radio station based in Los Angeles that showcases and supports local emerging artists.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Janel Nabong's new song "Breathe" is a much needed message

Going as far back as 11 years ago, Janel Nabong has posted dozens of cover songs ranging from Demi Lavato, Halsey, Linkin Park, Twenty One Pilots, and Billie Elish just to name a few. It wasn't until 2019 that Janel began releasing songs of her own, beginning with "Hear Me". In 2020, Janel released her first full-length 10 song EP entitled, Temperamental now available on all streaming platforms. Her most notable titles off the EP include "Hear Me", "Temperamental", "Everything", "Mr. Time", "Manic", and "Breathe".     

So, who is Janel Nabong? 

Janel Nabong is an American artist that is both diverse and determined. This multi talented artist is not only a Pop Singer Songwriter, she is a DIY. DIY as in she writes, produces, and performs all the instrumentation herself. She creates a unique pop sound with a melancholy undertone, yet she performs from the heart by invoking a way of forward-thinking as a poster child of self-discovery and songs of self-healing. Forged by her own unique sound combining synth pop, emotional lyrics, and electronica in her newest single, “Breathe”. 

"The darkest nights will end. We'll rise and rise again," she sings contentedly in the lyrics. The gentle beats sound under her soft delivery, as she casts a warm spell of love and understanding, while leaving a pop soul sound like an intimate serenade with the most gorgeous message of hope. Her vocal delivery is quite exhilarating yet infectious. Her personal message is, "All you can do is breathe and get through it and it will be okay," Janel says.


Janel Nabong is endorsed by top level music industry insiders, such as Brett Manning, former vocal coach of Hayley Williams from Paramore, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, and many more. Since releasing her debut single “Hear Me” in 2019, Janel has attracted a devoted following with her music , as well as with her 'Tortuga Tavern’ live streaming shows on YouTube and Sessions: Live Music Streaming. 


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Monday, September 14, 2020

GLOBAL RIGHTS CONCERT Celebrities Advocate for Animal & Human Trafficking

Date: 9/14/2020
#RESET #GRC2020 #GlobalRightsConcert

One week prior to the G20 2020 leadership meeting in Saudi Arabia, on National Pickle Day, the 1st Annual Global Rights Concert will Air on Nov 14th. What does this mean? Influential Artists, Musicians, Actors, Actresses & Hosts Globally around the World will Advocate to World Leaders, Concert Viewers, Consumers and Corporations as they perform for Animal & Human Rights (Trafficking, Cruelty, Torture & Modern Day Slavery & Discrimination & Forced Child Labor). To create awareness, education for the viewers & leaders.

We are excited for the opportunity to invite Global Artists, Organizations, Corporations, and Media to participate & perform & advocate in Your Way, with Your Voice & Your Influence to bring awareness to our modern society that we claim as being sophisticated, cultured with morals & values though blinded ignorance still persist with global violations of animal & human rights. Let’s no longer turn a blind eye.
We need to educate & challenge our global viewers to buy slave free, cruelty free, torture free products and encourage them to no longer ignore these treacherous acts in their countries. The more people are aware of these violations in their town, city, state, province and country, your voices will carry over. Worldwide corporations, manufacturers, suppliers, vendors, distributors will be in a pickle as we demand them to comply to corporate social responsibility as it relates to Animal & Human Trafficking. Now who’s got power? In a pickle yet? Or Cat caught your tongue?

“With what we have learned from the #METOO Movement, the #GeorgeFloyd Movement, that we have been silent too long! Today, the Zoonotic Diseases (animal to human transmitted virus’) caused COVID19 (from an animal that consumed a bat), SARS (from Dogs), MERS (from Camels), Let’s not wait Let’s voice to end Animal Trafficking, Cruelty and Torture”. said Saima Khan, Sr. Executive Producer & Director of the Global Rights Concert “And on the other hand, How can we rest when individuals, children included are used for forced labor and sexual acts worldwide? Our basic morals & principles must remove these anomolies and create humanitarian boundaries. Let’s RESET during COVID19 –let’s do it collectively based on the root of the problem and the impact on our society”, She continued “Our Global Rights Concert will honor the organizations who are on the ground saving Animals & Humans daily. LET NO ONE BE LEFT BEHIND!”

The Concert Components Comprise of:
1- A Live Concert Performance will be Broadcast & Streamed on several platforms across the World with Virtual Reality and some VR Stage for local Performances (Participating Continents include: South Asian IndoPak Region, Middle East, Asia, Africa, South Africa, Europe, North America, South America, and Australia)
2- Pre-recorded messages from Hosts, Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Animal & Human Rights Organizations Globally
3- Nominated Animal & Human Rights Organizations will be recognized for their work with Awards
4- Viewer Experiential Experience Voting Polls: The Viewers of the Concert will be able to Vote for the award the organizations receive
5- Viewer online participation & interaction in sweepstakes and gift Quiz’s
6- The Concert will raise a minimum of $1 Million of Donations for the Organizations nominated and they will each get donations from the viewers to help their organization.
The concert will raise a minimum of 1 million dollars during the concert for the organizations. The experiential concert will call for the viewers to vote for their favorite Animal & Human Rights organizations.
The concert artists will perform a variety of genres of music from Pop. Hip Hop, Rock, Soft Rock, Jazz, Country. Global voices will sing & perform in order to raise awareness for Animal & Human Rights. The G20 will hear these voices. Leaders will be asked to take a hard look and reset in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Policies must be enforced top down from leadership, corporations, countries, states, provinces, cities.
The concert will be live streamed on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Broadcast Globally. other applications to reach multi million viewers globally. Your voice matters.

Your Influence Matters. Please help us, participate, advocate and get to the audiences who are receptive to your influence and your activism for animals & human rights globally. They will be listening at the G20. 1-805-444-2013 Contact: Saima Khan Email: ###

Date: Nov 14th 2020 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Indie Music Notes: artist basic success secrets

Written by Michele McManmon

Artistic careers should be treated as a organized business from the very start. Having a solid foundation for you music career can be simple if you keep the basics in place. It takes hard work, self respect, and a passion to suceed no matter how many rejections come your way. Keep your ego in check, your eye on the prize and you will live your dream.

Musicains, PR people, Label owners, Club owners, Record producers, Dj's, Vj's, Record shop owners, Managers, and Agents. All of these individuals have opinions about what it takes to make it in the Industry. The truth sometimes is that no one really knows, and that's where luck, talent, and being at the right place at the right time comes in. Even The Beatles and Kurt Cobain had to hustle for years before making it big.

This bi-monthly series explores different perspectives from insiders in the industry on what it it takes to make it in the Music Industry. Tips, tricks, advice, and information will be presented to struggling musicians that read this column. The goal is to help those artists get a chance to live their dream.

Please comment and add on any thoughts, ideas, or opinions based on the writings. Any ideas may also help other musicains, so please, place your thoughts in the comment section below the articles.

Continue to read the rest of this article here

Read more about:
1. Write. Study. Learn.
2. Shameless Self-Promotion
3. Use of social media
4. Submitting your work to print media
5. Watch "Advice for Artists by Derek Sivers"

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Soulblind: a musical story of individual spiritual journey


"One song, just for fun." That was the plan when two church friends, lead vocalist Mindi Odom and bass guitarist/keyboardist Andy Graves, headed into the recording studio. Instead, spurred on by a suggestion from their producer to collaborate together on more songs, an explosion of music happened! The Contemporary Christian band Pivotal Awakening was born. 
Their debut song, Soublind, quickly attracted an international following and was nominated for four 2020 Detroit Music Awards, with Mindi reaching the finals in the Outstanding Christian Vocalist category. Written in a keyboard-led pop style, Soulblind changed their lives. That “one song” idea has now blossomed into an incredible friendship and musical partnership.
Working with producer Marshall Block at Real II Reel Productions, the duo has written sixteen songs together (so far). Their fifth song, titled ‘Not That Different’, will be released on August 25, 2020. Mindi and Andy explore challenging subjects in their songwriting that are not often heard in the world of Christian music. Grateful every day for their incredible journey, Pivotal Awakening can’t wait to see where God and music lead them next!


Friday, August 14, 2020

Leaving While You Stay: New Release by Greg Hoy and the Boys


The new single made by Greg Hoy & The Boys “Leaving While You Stay” has been finally released over  many sources and made into a music video on Youtube! The song is basically a combination of original hard rock and not just a recycled sound spread over many repetitive songs. The song consists of Greg Hoy’s vocals along with the spontaneous and welcoming sound of his guitar. As well as, The direction of Carissa Johnson supplies this song with clear cohesion and a sound that will leave most people wanting more. Dennis Galway delivers the perfect beat with his exquisite drum skills and with Mark Nichoson completing the package with master bass skills. The song depicts a “certain” person tweeting away while their nation crumbles apart due to leadership. For instance, the song states “Fight for love or Fight for glory?” which symbolizes the confusion in which this “certain” person is heading. This song also utilizes excellent visuals that match the overall grove mood of the song. It makes the song seem like a comic book life right now in the pandemic. 

Who are Greg Hoy & The Boys? Greg Hoy isn’t only some guy in a band-he is many things like a label record owner to an astounding “marketing guru”. Greg Hoy was inspired by the fact that music and sound can convey such richness and emotions. This is prominent when Greg Hoy himself states, “Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” on headphones at the behest of his big brother. “I was immediately drawn to the richness of the sound, and the idea that you could manipulate emotions with sound—like a certain fuzzed out guitar and drum beat could make you feel a certain way.” This truly explains his love of music and it paves the roadway while also making it clear that he will later lead on with the music industry. Greg Hoy & The Boys focus on multiple themes like being a middle-aged man in the middle of a new technological future. Overall, Greg Hoy & The Boys show how starting from a “Tiny Telephone with John Vanderslice in San Francisco” can really go a long way. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


Visionz2turnt or V2T for short, is a versatile rapper who pins down his music on everyday struggle and real-life experiences. He mixes rap, trap, hip hop, and pop all into one ball and delivers it both at a rapid speed and mellow.

Clarksville, TN- --- Javon Everett better known by his stage name Visionz2turnt is a diversely gifted personality. Visionz2turnt is an in-demand rapper who started rapping at the age of eleven. Born on November 11, 1989, in Washington DC, he started writing poetry in elementary school, which later turned into freestyles. He was the middle child of five in which he was the oldest male in the home. Music became more and more distilled with his life due to the daily struggles endured growing up.

It wasn’t an easy ride growing up for Visionz2turnt. After the loss of his oldest sister (from kidney failure), he moved to Henderson, North Carolina to finish high school. While in NC, he met Bigmoshawty, a great rapper who seeing his talent, started him a recording in a studio to elevate his sound. Amidst his early desire to make waves in the music industry and care for his family, Visionz2turnt was not alone on this cause of success as he has been inspired by different artists like DMX, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, 2Pac, Lil Wayne, Outkast, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, etc.

Visionz2turnt has worked on many albums that have continued to attract great fans to him. As he got older the talent began to grow and the music became stories of his life, family, and friends, which he witnessed firsthand. Visionz2turnt has worked on several EP’s like "DRIP GLITCH" & “Shattered Heart”, which you can find on Datpiff, ReverbNation, Soundcloud, Youtube, etc. His 2019 hit Video “IDK” is now out on WSHH in which numbers are rising tremendously. Despite his spell in the United States Army and his interest in Urban Street Design Automotive, he has never lost focus on his inner burning desire for music. His objective is to bring the fun back into the love of music. Visionz2turnt is lyrically versatile with the ability to not only Freestyle but write. He just released a new video titled “Letter To The Heavens” on Youtube. V2T(Visionz2turnt) formally known as "Visionz" has also signed a distribution deal with Bentley Records. In all, he is awesome and a great talent to watch.

To know more, one can visit:
Contact: V2T (visionzturnt) 
Tel: (919)397-5898 
Twitter: @visionz2turnt 
Instagram: @visionz2turnt 
Facebook: Visionz2turnt 
Youtube: V2TMusic 



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Right Now by Chelsea Perkins

The AIM featured song today is "Right Now" by Chelsea Perkins

Chelsea Perkins is an American singer, songwriter and producer from California. She is known for her eclectic look, undeniably unique vocals mixed with her playful alt-pop sound.

Chelsea Perkins released her debut EP You’re Busy independently in 2015. She made her major label debut in 2016 by releasing EDM singles California Dreamin with producer Fontaine Ivory through Armada Music and Night & Day with music duo Bormin through ElektraFrance (Warner Music France).

Chelsea is currently working with Outasight and Cook Classics on a new EP that showcases her natural sing song flow over multiple genres. Chelsea’s songs are fierce, female empowered and full of energy. They are real, authentic anthems that only this girl from Cali could pull off.

Find more of Chelsea Perkins 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

KGUP launches new Forum Community

Fasten your seatbelts! KGUP has just launched its brand new Forum Community!

For people needing to connect with like minded individuals within the Music and Entertainment community and beyond, this will become the place to connect!

Keep in mind, this is a brand new page, so it is very empty, which is why you play a vital role in making it successful.

How can you help the KGUP Forum Community grow? It's simple! Help the KGUP brand by helping yourself!  Post your own content in the Forum!
- Post about your Brand
- Post a video
- Post music content
- Post your website and/or social media links
- Post want ads seeking out talent, writers, content creators, and producers
- Post jobs
- Post For Sale ads as well!
- Post off topic discussions too!
- the sky is the limit!

And so much more... you'll just have to find out for yourself

And a huge thank you to everyone that jumps on board to us shoot this forum into orbit!

So, what do you think?? We wanna hear all your thoughts.

We hope to see you there!