Berklee Spotlight: Jilly May


Born and raised in upstate New York,  Berklee College of Music undergraduate singer-songwriter Jilly May captivates audiences with a sound reminiscent of the musical love-child of Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michealson. With authentic lyricism and natural vocal inflections,  her music can do nothing but make your heart smile. Jilly May is a sure bet on anybody’s playlist.

Here is her latest music video, “Beauty of Life”:

 Currently studying abroad at the Berklee Valencia campus in Spain, Jilly hopes to hone in on her craft as she returns to Boston in the new year.

You can find Jillian’s music here:

Music Video of The Week – Equilibre – Hocus Pocus ft. Oxmo Puccino

Production : On And On / Fadereight Films
Réalisation : 20Syl / David Couliau / Kévin Couliau

Music :

Hocus Pocus’ latest opus, ’16 Pièces’, is a major step up in terms of production for this band and this track showcases the blend of jazz and hip-hop that the group is so well-known for. Sylvain Richard, aka 20Syl, is truly a master of the MPC and music production and sampling have virtually no secrets for him. He is also an incredible lyricist who knows how to manipulate the French lexicon with finesse and creates puns smart enough to tickle the brains of the most pedantic members of the French Academy. In this track he pairs-up with another French master and poet : Oxmo Puccino. This guy’s diction and articulation give the French consonants a new voice and sonority. Together, they write about the human paradoxes that are present in all of the lifestyles that run in parallel on this planet. And how the ‘Equilibre’ (french for balance, equilibrium) is impossible to reach, no matter how much anyone writes, sings, or talks about it ; ‘Face au vent je ne fais pas le poids, ma plume n’a qu’une masse dérisoire’ – ‘Against the wind I don’t stand a chance, my quill only has a derisory mass’

Video :

The video for this song was shot in New York City. It is shot with beautiful cityscapes and backdrops of New York rooftops and seafront. Split screens sequences reveal some unusual and quirky street-signs that add a ‘je ne sais quoi’ of French vibe found in America. Around three minutes into the video, a little interlude shows 20Syl messing around on a MPC, playing around on a bass, looking for scratch samples on a turntable, and locks it all back into beat as the song resumes. If you want to see him make a beat from scratch and appreciate the talent of the man, watch this 8 minute video here.

Meet – Rekstizzy


J-Key Rekstizzy Hoya – Oh Yeah
A fresh talent in the Asian American music industry, Rekstizzy, a New York based rapper is one of the artists who is collaborating with an amazing producer CHOPS (see my last post!).  He also recently released his second album “Whatever You Say”. Rek is all about having fun, and wanting to connect with the listeners. He knows what he wants to say, and has a very strong presence on stage & also social media like twitter and instagram!
Rek mixes well-crafted verses with a “class clown” sense of humor and is carving out his own flavorful niche in the industry.
I had the honor of interviewing him! Please meet Rekstizzy!
Tell us about yourself! 
Aw man, God bless America. I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I started rapping since a youth but only started pursuing it as a career in the last few years. I laugh at all my own jokes and drink soda.

How did you start rapping/artist career?
I stopped making music just for me and started thinking about how I can make a connection with the listener. I improved drastically after that and am only getting better at it.

How would you describe your sound/music?
Focused but random. I know what my mission is but I’m drawing from a lot of influences so you’ll hear me reference something only hip hop heads would know about and then I’ll mention something from Napoleon Dynamite in the next. I think a lot of people in my generation are like that and it’s a good time.

What inspires you?
Everyday people. People are funny. Mad stupid, mad smart, cruel, and compassionate. Nobody knows what they’re doing or what it’s all about, myself included, and that inspires me as an artist.

Tell us about your album Whatever you Say and your tracks!
Whatever You Say is an album about living in America. As a minority, I think it’s important to let people know where you stand, so I’m saying things like “I was born in the US, this (is) my motherland, diss my motherland, I’ll go to war for the US”. At the same time, I’m poking fun at a lot of the same things I’m celebrating. I tried to capture the attitude of right now.

Your favorite song from your album
Man, I love “Come At Me Bro”. It’s aggressive but it’s funny and I got one of my favorite rappers to guest on it. Whenever I perform that shit somebody ends up dying. Not literally, but sometimes.

I know you just did a release party in NY. How was it?
We actually didn’t plan on doing the party this time around but there were a lot of fans and friends asking us about it because we always throw parties where everyone gets turned the f**k up for no reason. So we put it together and me and rapper homies Dumbfoundead, Awkwafina, and Sonny Bonoho performed a couple songs and people got turned the f**k up for no reason. There was also this one random old white lady who was at the venue just to eat and if you look at the event photos, she looks SO MAD.

Are you proud to be an Asian American artist? What is it like?
Meh. I remember I tried to book a gig a few years back but the last Asian rapper they got was so terrible he cockblocked that opportunity for me. That s**t ain’t make me proud, not one bit. It’s something we gotta deal with because we haven’t had our real breakout artist yet like an Eminem or a Big Pun so we gotta work twice as hard for a limited number of opportunities. I’m proud of my heritage but that’s a different question.

Any Asian artists in the states you admire?
I’m in a crew with Dumbfoundead and Awkwafina called Saturday School. We don’t have any plans to do any projects or nothing like that yet but they inspire me with how they put their rhymes together and their sensibility is closest to mine. Also, Cool Calm Pete is pretty amazing. I’ve been waiting on his new album for years now and I hear it’s almost done.

Who is your favorite artist?
I think right now, it’s gotta be Pendleton Ward for creating Adventure Time. Everything from the stories to the character designs is amazing to me. I mean, LSP got lumps yo! If you mean in hip hop, it’s probably Kanye. I’ve been a fan since he had like one freestyle on Napster and I love how he continues to challenge himself and his listeners. Yeezus was dope.

Any passion other than music
I have other passions but I don’t think it’s really worth talking about until I have something to show for it. For a long time in my life I’ve been one of those people who just talk about things they want to do. I think after you finally complete something for real, you start to talk less and do more.

Who plans and manages your projects and how does it work?
It’s a collaborative effort between my manager Jaeki, myself, and my engineer Marcus aka Avec Plaisir. We get a lot of things done because we know how to communicate, we don’t take things personally, and we trust each other’s taste. It’s my project and my voice, but if they tell me I should try it another way, I’ll try it. Anyone who works in a creative field will tell you how valuable that is.

Your future plan? Goal?
Man, it would be nice to own a yacht and like a Wendy’s franchise or two. Musically though, I’m trying to get this album into more ear holes but I’m always thinking about what’s next.

What do you think about the Strength in Numbers project?

Man, Chops made a lot of folks sound better than they ever have with his production and direction. It’s a real testament to his skill and experience. For my contribution to the project, I actually got to record with him at his studio in Philly and learned so much from that one session. Anyone supporting the project is saying, ‘yeah son, reach one, teach one’. Salute to the big homie. My favorite joints are the Rocky Rivera “Mary Lou” and the Ann One joint with Chops rapping, “Come Go With Me”. Fiyah.


Check out Rekstizzy’s MVs!

Come at me bro

God Bless America

And don’t forget to follow, like, share Rekstizzy!!



The impact of the recent hurricane Sandy in New York has provided a big debate regarding to the amount of losses who has been encountered in the live entertainment industry. Companies as Live Nation, AEG, are suffering in a significant way and the reschedule of the concerts is not a comfortable and convenient thing.

President of AEG, Randy Philips, says that this happening is serious because of involving one of the most significant entertainment industries and the amount of expenses encountered by stakeholders will be hardly recouped. That’s because at the moment it’s difficult to predict what will happen again.

This blog reflects the relationship between artist and promoter who don’t have to pay a guarantee provided that this is a case of force majeure clause application. On the other hand, there have been significant losses related to marketing and promotion costs provided by the cancellment of big concerts, apart from damages that not every venue covers in terms of insurance due weather conditions.