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Hear KDHN's Euphoricon EP

Amanda Giordano

Graphic design by Panini.

Graphic design by Panini.

Why did you make this album?

I wanted to create a project that represented all the music that I enjoy and grew up on. From classic R&B to Punk Rock. I wanted to blur the lines by not coloring in the lines when it came to genre. I wanted to tell my story through my own lens, introducing a perspective of growing up as a black kid from Staten Island.

What inspired the title 'Euphoricon?

Euphoricon was a word that I made up meaning a “Beautiful Lie”. What seems like paradise always has a price. Take America for example, ‘the land of the free’ isn't as free for everyone. We strive for perfection that isn't obtainable. Coping with placebos whether it be our phones, drugs, material or superficial things. Euphoricon became a city of my depression that I had to escape in order to save myself.  

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

Kid Cudi would have to be on my track ‘Hollows’ for sure!

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

I've been helped in many ways throughout the journey of this project. My friends who have helped produce this project, their experience of life that they describe to me. My own self reflection and the people that I have encountered also. My team LWA also, MANTRABLU, SENSEI, MARC R, Marc Adrien, RAVE all have produced Euphoricon. I was the only writer on the project besides rappers YF and Monk.  

Graphic design by Panini.

Graphic design by Panini.

 What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track would have to be Hollows. I was vulnerable with this song. I reflected my anger for the first time. I channeled my trauma and conviction. To me thats where I healed from my depression, the music.

What is your goal as an artist?

To reach someone. Simple as that. To save someone, change someone, inspire. I want to introduce ideas. Add to history and let people know that perfection lies in our individuality. We are ALL necessary and worthy of life.

When did you know you wanted to make music?

Since I was five Ive been making music and creating, but at 15 is when I started taking my poems to melodies. I was always shy with my art but I couldn't run from it. All my life music was there. When I was alone music was at the bedside. In the dark was always a melody. I just had to answer back. I wasn't brave enough to think it was obtainable. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more 

Being a black man is already an obstacle. The stigma of what genre we belong in is slowly but surely diminishing. Im not a traditional artist. I don't look slim and have a six pack. Im loud and sometimes clumsy. I have some stories and a pulse. Ive always been considered different, how I spoke, my interests and ideas. I was the kid who just did his own thing really. If I like it it didn't matter who had a say. I was always persistent.

  Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

That I'm just another artist who just wants to call myself an artist. I want to be taken serious and build a legacy of innovation and inspiration. I want to reflect the times with my artistry.

Some last words 

Theres a power in being yourself. Walk in it day by day.

Taken by George Rivera, Make up by Moshoodat.

Taken by George Rivera, Make up by Moshoodat.

John Kurschner TYPE88 Interview

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Born and raised in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, John is a staunch example of sweat and hustle. Since 2007, he has barreled his way up and down the East Coast, from clubs to lodges to resorts to firehouses to casinos to festivals and everything in between. John has a Bernie Williams soul with a Don Mattingly work ethic and it all shines through the second his voice hits the mic.  

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Respect The Shooter with William Leigh

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into photography/videography? 
I never thought about picking up a camera until my breaking point with depression.  Failed relationships, trust issues, unwillingness to communicate, etc… all led me to seeing a therapist.  After about 2 months of weekly sessions, my therapist recommended that I keep a diary.  I told her I didn’t have anything to write about except for depression… She then suggested as a weekly assignment, that I get a camera and take photos of things that were of interest to me, then write about how the images made me feel or related to past life experiences.  I started taking photos at first with my phone just to kind of do the assignments and shut my therapist up, but after a couple months of doing this with my phone, I found myself walking around more and more searching for things to take photos of that I could use to represent the hurt and pain I was expressing in my writings.  Before I knew it, I was researching actual cameras to buy so I could take better photos to go along with my journal writings I had to turn into my therapist. From there it just kind of turned into a passion.

What did you first use to take photos?
I started off using my iPhone 6.  I frequent a lot of antique shops and vintage stores searching for records, and I would always come across interesting items and artifacts, so I would pull my iPhone 6 out and try to get an interesting photo of whatever it was that caught my attention.  It worked for awhile until I wanted better results and more detail in my shots.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?
I did undergrad at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.  Then I went on to complete graduate school at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania where I received my MBA.  I said all that to say this… none of this education helped me in any way shape or form with my passion for creative arts and studying photography.  I learned everything from just watching Youtube videos.  If I could do it all over again, I would have went to school for media arts.  

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?
Most people call me Dee.  I think because that was usually the final grade I got in most of my classes in grade school.  (hahaha.. just kidding).  I was named after my Dad and they needed a way to differentiate between the two of us.  So I was called Dee.

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?
-Spike Lee
-David Beckham 
-Lady Gaga

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?
-Muhammad Ali
-Jesus Christ
-Jimi Hendrix

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?
-Sydney, Australia
-Havana, Cuba
-Prague, Czech Republic

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?
I think the best photos are the ones that weren’t meant to be photos, so my goal is to capture individuals in a way that doesn’t look staged and appears to be part of their normal every day life.  It helps give a glimpse of their story and can sometimes invoke emotion or an emotional attachment from the viewer.  It’s all about the story and the emotion for me.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?
Depends. It’s usually something with a little bounce and a little soul. I love hip hop with dope samples.  Editing photos can get boring sometimes so I need that soulful energy.  Drake, Meek Mill, Cousin Stizz, Jay-Z…. To name a few.

What's your favorite app on your phone?
Outside of Instagram, I would say my favorite app on my iPhone is the VSCO app.  It’s the first app I ever used to edit photos before I started using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  VSCO has some pretty dope editing options. 

What is your dream as a photographer?
My dream is to create a multimedia company/platform consisting of fashion, art, music, and photography that exceeds the normal boundaries of what and how we see, hear, and consume creative media/arts.  I would go further but I can’t divulge too much due to the confidentiality agreement I am bound to.  This dream is currently in the process of coming to fruition with a small team of like minded creatives.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?
My advice to someone with the dream to be a photographer is to not be a photographer, be an artist.  I don’t consider myself a photographer, I consider myself an “artist”.  There’s a difference.  I don’t just take pictures, I create art.  Create visions with video.  The camera is a tool, sort of like a paintbrush.  Use people and the elements in the environment to create art. If you’re just a photographer and you only take photos you will be left behind and soon obsolete. But to answer the question, whether you want to be a photographer, an artist, videographer, dancer, director, doctor, lawyer, etc.., these are some of the rules I live by (and these can go for anything in life)…  Always quality over quantity.  Be yourself and create what you like, not what you think others like.  Act on your dreams, otherwise you’re just sleeping.  Don’t be afraid to fail or mess up.  I’ve made so many mistakes in life, and the one thing I know how to do very well is fail, but with failure comes loss and with loss comes a lesson and with lessons come learning and with learning comes experience… (get the picture).

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)
Currently I live on Instagram and Facebook.  I’m in the process of getting my website up which will be announced on Instagram once its up, but in the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @byWilliamLeigh

Dream Warriors Interview with Jamel

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Hey guys it’s Jessie, the lady recognizing the warriors. Representing with the Dreamers and creating the highlights of the DreamWarriors found around the world. We are all back from the break , hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and Happy New Year to all. Peace and love to the year 2019 even to the non supporters, thank you for all you do. Introducing our next DreamWarrior is a 32 year old full time dad from Brooklyn. Some things he likes to partake in are lifting weights , scratching records and taking photos. He also likes cooking with his daughter. Everyone please give a warm welcome to Jamel!!!

Jamel: Thank you for having me interviewed, it’s a privilege. 


Jess: No problem, I appreciate you taking the time out, and also appreciate the support of my DreamWarrior shirt. For all of the audience that doesn’t know, @stereotypeco and I collaborated on a shirt a few months back. Jamel happened to be one of the supporters that bought a #dreamwarriors “Nothing less, but definitely more”. It means so much to me because the saying is basically my whole life story haha..and the quote is from my poetry book “Gloetry” published and available on Amazon. Now enough of me. 

What is being a DreamWarrior mean to you ?


Jamel:Being a dream warrior is more than just a name on a shirt. Its a way of thinking positively. Being able to be a risk taker. Not being afraid of falling.



Jess: Would that mean chasing after 1 dream or multiple dreams? 


Jamel: Dream warrior is based on fighting for multiple dreams. It can be personal or family oriented, it’s all important.


Jess: What are some of your dreams?


Jamel: One of my dreams is to get a master in psychology, even going further to say,getting a doctorate in that field. I want to open my own practice dealing with at risk youth. Making a living djing and doing photography are also dreams of mine.


Jess: Anything that influenced you specifically that may feel there’s youth at risk in your neighborhood ? Also, you work with children now?


Jamel:  Want to prevent gang related shootings, leading to deaths. I’ve been to too many funerals for kids under the age 18. To answer your other question, yes, I'm a paraprofessional for the board of Ed and a Team building specialist for an afterschool program.


Jess: Any turning points in life that made you experience a speed bump ?


Jamel: Fighting through the court system to get custody of my daughter. As a black man we go through alot of heartache; especially when you are trying everything in your being to be the best father you can be. Ultimately after 2 years I won full custody.


Jess: That’s amazing ! One thing I will never have my daughter to experience that on my terms. If the other person want to make it difficult for themselves to be around their child; wouldn’t be my choice 

to keep her away. I’m so sorry you had to experience that, it’s unfortunate for the good dads and unwilling mothers.


What can you say you learned that you can give other guys advice?


Jamel: it’s very unfortunate, stay focus and do your research.If needed so hire a private lawyer. I didn’t at the time, I decided to represent myself. Understand it's okay to be angry but remember to play chess not checkers.

Jess: With that being said there you guys have it, another DreamWarrior in the books. Check out Jamel at his Instagram @mr_biggz_daboss for any advice or questions. The interview can be seen at Instagram @stereotypeco and their website and also my page in my link under DreamWarriors blog, ig page @jessie5_world.

Thank you again for tuning in guys and thanks Jamel for coming 


Jamel: Thank you for having me

Davon Campbell Respect the Artist Interview

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into art?

I was first introduced to art by my Grandmother and Uncle.  A lot of it started with arts and crafts based projects, and then took off from there.  All the way from elementary school to graduating as an Illustration Major from The Fashion Institute Of Technology (FIT) in 2017.


Do you have an Artist name?  How did you get your Artist name?

I go by “Day Illustration.”  Day, short for my name Davon, has been my nickname that family and friends have called me since I was born.  So, during college I naturally just added on the “Illustration” and that’s how the name became about.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

Draw everyday.  Create new work every time new ideas popped up in my head.  I’ve never really felt a lack of ideas or experienced a “creative block,” so I always had new projects and ideas to throw down at all times.  A lot of knowledge honestly did come from many of my classes at FIT and I’m forever grateful for that.                    

Who inspires you?

The first person on that list is always myself.  Besides me, it’s the other artists I see on social everyday experiencing and achieving the goals I also wish to obtain in the near future.  My peer artists are who inspire me and push me in this respected competition.

What is your goal when you make art?

To separate my work from everyone else’s.  To give people the feeling that whatever I just produced is one of the best they’ve ever seen.  Where they go, “Wow, this kid is one of the hottest out right now.  He’s killing it like no other.”

What's your go to song right now?

“No Bystanders” by Travis Scott.

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What is your dream as an artist?

To be able to support my family and I solely off of my craft/talent for the rest of my life.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

If you don’t love this shit, don’t do it.  Don’t say you have a “passion” for this because it’s cool to say and artists are getting more exposure and growth right now.  Do it because you feel like you were born to do this and you want to do this until you can’t anymore.  If you know, you know!

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram: @supreme_tho

Facebook: Davon Campbell (Day Illustration)

Twitter: JUSTJuice_NYC

Website: dayillustration.com

E-Mail: dayillustration.nyc@gmail.com

East Pendragon is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano

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Why am I not like the other kids?
Because I listened to what I heard and that was it
As though that’s all there was
getting in trouble for causing a fuss

when I’d continue to ask questions
knowing there was something else behind the lessons
just to come up short when taking the tests and
never getting the answers
as I swore there was more
but made to think I was just guessing

To speak my mind becoming timid and scared
sound of my voice or get awkward stares
for being myself so deciding to just fit in
then to find I dampened the light I was given

From the source of it all
penning through ink and playing ball
tom boyish yet underlying my true gifts
5’2 and a half but today I can stand stall

Considered strange stating the universe has a depth of Love
as I speak of truth and have an understanding of
the purpose behind my rhymes and consciousness
the same thing I held back then, today I trust

The message is clear and the intention is deep
embrace your vision and practice your creed
the unifying practice of compassion is needed
in the present moment is where all elevation is seeded

Cmazin - Road to Paradise 2 Interview

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this album?

I made this album early last year while I was going through a break up with a woman I was with for 6 years. I decided to speak about the emotions I was going through and release my stress through my music. I felt that if I gave up on myself I would never see paradise. 

What inspired the title 'Road to Paradise 2'?

The Word “Paradise” is what inspired me. Paradise to me is a place where happiness lives. Where people spread positivity where land is your biggest appreciation. Therefore I’m On The Road to happiness. 

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?
If I could remix one song on my album it would be “Wrongs”. I would want to do a dancehall remix version of it and would have Tory lanez and fabulous feature on it. Tory brings a great sound and content to remix songs so def him. Fabulous is just fab lowkey the king of features so def would have my boy come lay down a fire verse. 

Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
First I want to say shoutout to my ex she helped make this album by putting me through what she put me through. I want to thank DevoRaw for producing Three songs on this project ( I gotta Vent , On The Road , Put you on) DevoRaw Has the hottest beats out now and helped bring a lot to this project. I also want to send a big thank you to real job Hason for engineering the album. He made everything sound professional to the best it can be. RealJobStudios the best studio Out In Staten Island. I also want to thank My Manager MikeLoco for the support behind the tape regarding legal work , promotion , marketing , etc. MikeLoco helped with everything I needed for the album appreciate him. 

What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track on the tape is “Wrongs” for a couple reasons. Wrongs is such a powerful song. I always felt like I wasn’t good enough to the female I was dating. Till I realize that Im great myself I should love myself more then I would act like I did. I realize that every other guy was basic to me why would this woman look else where. I became so curious , was I writing my wrongs with this woman or was I wasting my time on someone who might not love me as much as I do. That’s how that song came about. 

What is your goal as an artist?

I got three goals.

1. Buy my momma a beautiful crib pay off anything she needs me to pay off and give her the world  

2. I want to donate millions of dollars to charities 

3. I want to break every record people think I can’t break and be the best I can be so I can leave a legacy for my kids to look up to. 

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I discover the art of music when I came across the legend “Micheal Jackson” I loved the swag that man had on stage. He was unstoppable, very creative , and a smooth criminal. His song writing skills his moves his power of an artist is what inspired me every single day to become a singer and follow my dreams. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I don’t have any dreams I live everything I use to dream about. Now this dream is reality everyday for me. 

Some last words : I want to say shoutout to stereotype for always showing love and being a great brand love you guys. Shoutout to all my supporters I love every single one of y’all. Thank you to everyone who helped on this project. I got more music on the way look out for new videos , new interview , more shows. We working everyday to be the best never stop following your dreams. Never give up. Love yourself and you will see how far you get. Cmazin World

Watch Trinity Noriega's new short film "Sweet Toof" here!

Amanda Giordano

Why did you make this short film?

I made this film because I wanted to do something fun and quirky with an adult edge on it. I’m hugely inspired by shows like The Marvelous Adventures of Flapjack and South Park.


What inspired the title 'Sweet Toof'?

The title “Sweet Toof” came after many titles... at first we had Sugar Rush, Sweet Toof, Sugary Thievery. I chose Sweet Toof because the name was unique and really stuck with me as something memorable. The f in tooth just adds a really cute twist on the film since they’re a cat and a little girl.

Who helped make this short film what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

A majority of the film I did myself. From set design to character modeling to lighting. My boyfriend Jordan Garay (t.h.0.t.p.0.c.k.e.t.) helped me with writing key funny moments. I had a friend Andres Rodriguez (@sanandres340) help me out with providing assets to fill up some of my sets. Him and a friend Nelli Toh (@nelli.toh) heavily assisted me with animation. The music in the beginning scenes was composed by Anthony Taylor. (im_just_squidding) I had a great crew of supporting friends and my siblings kept me sane through it all.


What is your favorite scene? Why?

My favorite scene has to be the scene where the cat is snorting smarties. I think it’s really a relatable scene, hear me out haha. I’m elementary school there were two fake “drugs” our friends would pretend to do, the candy cigarettes and snorting smarties. That joke really landed with the audience.


What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

My next big project is under development now, and should be released in a year and a half! 


Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I usually get stereotyped because of my background, my piercings, my tattoos, and the way I dress. I’m going to an affluent type of art school with my lower middle class background. I usually face a lot of prejudice when it comes to these things. People usually think they’ll effect my work ethic and define me as a person.


Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

I tend to break these stereotypes by displaying my work and my work ethic to everyone around me. I really try to always push myself to be better, despite what people think of me. I let my work speak for itself most of the time.

Connor Davis is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano

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“Your love for dinosaurs.” -My Best Friend
“Experience. That’s about it.” -My cousin
I dare say there are others with a love for giant Jurassic reptiles, so it's not VASTLY unique. And apart from a few freckles, the sound of my voice, and a handful of unpopular opinions (regarding tomatoes, wearing socks to bed, and the consumption of multivitamins). 
What DOES make me different then? My boy Poe put it best.
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
I dream with my eyes open. I dream proactively.
I chase my dreams with every step I take. 
I say things. I do them. 
Show me someone else in my generation who actually follows through with plans.
THAT’S how I’m not like “other kids”. BECAUSE that’s how I dream.

Connor Davis @pigeon_brisk

Special Shout to Maralee Nielson