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Artist of the Week: Q&A Session with VOGGE [ OCHO, and OSTINATO ]

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KE: What’s your name & what do you do?
OCHO: First off we want to salute everyone reading this interview and we also want to thank you konpa events for this interview . We appreciate it .

We are VOGGE which is a duo formed of me , OCHO, and OSTINATO. We make world music , our sound is influenced by a wide variety of genres which helps us to create our own sound our own vibe and our own lane .

KE: Where do you want to go with this?
OSTINATO: Our vision is very large to tell you the truth , to sum it all up we want to share and paint to the world our views our stories and our music the best way we can and represent Haitians around the world positively .

KE: What inspired your works?
OSTINATO: We’ve been doing music from an early age , listening to all kind of genres from hip hop to kompa to rock and pop inspires us to do what we do

OCHO: Also seeing other artists succeed in music inspires us to succeed in what we do as well and give it our best .

KE:  What’s the best thing about being an artist?
OCHO: Being an artist is a challenge , it requires a lot of sacrifices but being able create music that identifies with people is one of the best things for me . You have to realize music helps people relax , through music you can give an advice and you can touch millions of people .

OSTINATO: For me the best thing about it is the influence you can have in a community and the world . We want to have a positive influence in our community and one of the best way to do it is by being an artist and deliver quality art.

KE: Name three artists you’d like to be compared to?
OSTINATO: As an artist I think Micheal Jackson is example of what an artist should be. We look up to a lot of artists, however we would like to stand on our own and not be compared we are VOGGE .

OCHO: Exactly, give me permission to be bold lol only VOGGE can do what VOGGE does lol

 

KE: What’s your most embarrassing moment?
OCHO: my most embarrassing moment was having sex with my girlfriend at the time in a public place and being caught my mom’s friend.

KE: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
OCHO: well entrepreneurship was always my go to skill . I remember in Haiti in high school I use to buy things in the states and comeback to sell them to my friends cause we couldn’t find them in the town . I ve always been self employed or creating a business.

OSTINATO: it’s been entrepreneurship for me as well . Since an early age I was in business with my graphic designing skills and photography.

KE: Name something you love, and why
OSTINATO: I’m a gamer I love playing video games and also playing instruments I believe it develops the mind . Playing instruments is like learning another language

OCHO: I’m trying to be PG 13 over here lol for this interview . I love playing sports . I believe staying active is essential to the mind as well it helps one to stay sharp .

KE: Without Music………………….
OSTINATO: Without music I would be depressed

OCHO: Without music, I would be depressed as well

KE: Music is…….
OSTINATO: Music is LIFE

OCHO: Music is Everything , my escape

KE: My Music Make me…….
OSTINATO: My Music Makes me feel upbeat and happy

OCHO: My music make me feel excited and ready to party

KE: Where can we find your music and info?

Soundcloud: voggenation

YouTube Page: voggenation

And my social media accounts:

Twitter: @voggenation

Facebook: @voggenation

Instagram: @voggenation

Our manager is Evens Shakaitutu .

For bookings contact him at 305-776-6417

We also want to announce that our debut EP will be coming this August and we have our new video “PLACES” that we invite every one to listen and enjoy through konpa events ! YAGA

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Featured Artist Of The Week: Alexandre LeGrand / XTASSY – Q&A Interview

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KE: Tell us a little about yourself. Where you are from? 

AL: I go by Alexandre LeGrand, 21 year old of Haitian and Colombian descendent. I was born in Haiti but throughout my teen years, I had the chance to travel and experience other countries’ culture with my family. Few years later, we decided to move to Long Island, New York where I graduated from my alma mater Westbury High.

After Graduation, I started college at Monroe College located in New Rochelle however only stayed up to my sophomore year. I have always had a passion for music ever since I can remember. It was always there which is why when I stopped school; I decided to focus on that aspect. I actually started my own band practice at a friend’s house and to be honest it was amazing.

Moving on forward to 2014, an opportunity of a lifetime was offered to me, which involved moving to Florida and joining, the youngest Haitian band in the HMI called X-TASSY as their lead singer. Since then, I have been a proud member of the X- tassy family.

KE: How long have you been making music? 

AL: Although I have been making music professionally for 3 years now, I used to practice on my own all the time. I always had a passion for it so I would listen to my favorite artists not solely Haitian musicians but all kinds musicians from all over who I have inspired me and I would sing along and improvised my own tricks in the music.

I started first as a hobby when I used to write music in pieces of paper whenever I’d have alone time and I really enjoyed the process of finding ways to connect and create something that makes me feel good and then wanted to make it bigger. I thought to myself, if I can write and make music for me then I could share with other people and make them feel good about themselves.

KE: What influences you in making Music? 

AL: Personally for me, music is like an art. It is a precious gift to be able to make music and I am lucky to be one of the people that have mastered that gift. My inspiration in making music comes from a lot of places such as my family, my drive to always continue to be better than I was and also the society.

I play music for the people because in such way I hope to have an unforgettable effect on them on redefining what having a good time is, what letting go fully means. So yeah, I’d say my drive to make music is mostly my fan because they are the ones pushing me to keep on writing.

KE: Describe your music, and what separates you from other? 

AL: Being the youngest band in the HMI circle, we have brought a lot of diversities in our music and that’s what so unique about us. Our music is new and no one ever knows where are we going next with our music or what type of sound are we going to use.

We are always trying to find ways to surprise our fans in our next music or album in order to just keep the excitement going. Being able to go over boundaries of what the expectations supposed to be in making music is what sets us apart from others.

KE: Name three artists you’d like to be compared to? 

AL: There are so many people to name because I find my inspirations in many of them however I hope years from now I could be compared to Pipo from Klass, Tjo from Kreyòl-la and Reginald Cangé.

These musicians have been my greatest mentors in their music and helping choose music as my career. I can gladly say that I owe it to them and it would be nothing but an honor to be compared to them.

KE: Who would you like to work with in the near future? 

AL: If and when the opportunity comes by I would love to work with Richie from Klass, Nickenson PrudHomme from Harmonik and Reginald Cangé.

KE: Production wise, who are your influences? 

AL: When in comes to production, we as group influence each other. There are a lot of diversities among us in such ways that we bring different ideas to the table. By sharing different ideas, it brings this whole different energy and phenomenon that makes our music enjoyable and influential.

KE: Who does your production? And who would you like to work with? 

AL: So far we have been doing our own production. We however, sometimes reach out to our close musician friends for pointers about the music.

KE: Can you share with us your most embarrassing moment in your music career? 

AL: It may sounds unbelievable but I have not yet had my embarrassing moment. However who’s to say, it’s only been 3 years anything can happen.

KE: What’s your favorite sport teams / Car / food / movie or drink? 

AL: I love to watch and play basketball. The Cavs have been doing amazing on the court and I am rooting for them till the championships. Europeans’ cars are my favorite; so distinctive from other models. I am foodie guy and enjoy a lot of seafood however I do not see myself as big drinker.

KE:  Any current or future projects you are working on or promoting? 

AL: I would like to let my fans and everyone know that our newest single “Let’s get down #LGD” is out. Make sure you check us out and show us support. A lot of people have been asking if we are doing a video for the song and all I can say is stay tuned and you won’t be disappointed.

KE:  Can you give us a brief description of the creative process of your latest single/album?

AL: Our single speaks of being completely in love with someone and wanting to spend the remaining of your time with that person. Truly, it happens in everyday life where a boy or a girl would choose to do anything for their partner or even choose her/him again in their next lifetime.

This song is for our fans and for the people going through this feeling. We made this music in the hope that it can have a positive effect on them as in they are not the only one and how their feeling is completely normal.

KE: Where can we find your music and info? 

AL: You could find us on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, YouTube, iTunes, SoundCloud. Facebook: X-tassy
Instagram: Xtassy_konpa
Twitter: Xtassy_konpa

SoundCloud/ iTunes: Xtassy

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Featured Artist Of The Week: Abojah Da Godman – Q&A Interview

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KE: Tell us a little about yourself?

Abodjah: I am Abojah Da Godman, I was born and raised in Port au Prince, Haiti, lived in Simon-Pele (aka SP) most of my life. Affiliated with Zodjak Klan, EnigmatiQ, I.L. Click.

KE: How long have you been making music?

Abodjah: Feels like forever but let’s say 15 years to be on the safe side.

KE: What influences you in making music?

Abodjah: All type of sounds, music, and artist but Hip Hop and Reggae (especially Bob Marley) are my greatest influences.

KE: Describe your music and what separates you from others?

Abodjah: I make music to speak on how I see people, situation, time, and space. I used some philosophy and psychology in my poetically (of course) expressed texts on a Rap/Hip-Hop instrumental. I try to disappear into the sound with my “flow” and lyrics while trying to bring a positive message. I have to say I fall in the category of “conscious artists”.

KE: Name 3 artists you would like to be compared to?

Abodjah: I admire much more than just 3 artists from different backgrounds, cultures, and generations, with each his ,or her own style and ways which makes the question an uneasy one for me to answer.

KE: Who would you like to work with in the near future?

Abodjah: My inability to predict the future unfortunately prevents me from answering yet another question. But I wouldn’t mind working with anyone with a positive message to deliver (and of course a “good”sound)

KE: Production Wise, who are your influences?

Abodjah: Hip Hop greats, Rakim, Nas, Biggy, 2Pac, Master DJi, RGM, IZI-One… (the list goes on and on and on…)

KE: Who does your production? And who would you like to work with?

Abodjah: Episode, Kenken, Bojixta, Rickstyle, Aro, Mo’Beatz, I wouldn’t mind getting a few tracks from names such as FredHype, Maestro, Power Surge etc…
Can you share with us your most embarrassing moment in your music career?
So we are at a party right, musician, rappers, host, DJs, and I kept referring to someone as someone else during the whole time. What is more embarrassing about it is I knew the person I was confusing the fellow with for a very long time but never knew that it was him. It’s funny now. But I didn’t hear the end of it throughout the whole party

KE: What’s your favorite Sports Team/ Car/Food/Drinks?

Abodjah: Haiti,Chicago Bulls (Jordan Era), Argentina. I’m not a such a big car fan. Diri a legim, sos pwa congo to the side, or diri blan with that sos pwa kongo and chicken mixed with it, also Bouyon , oh and Haitian with avocado. Movies, most Tom Hanks, Denzel, All Bruce Lee… Phenomenon, Marvel movies, Revolver, Inception, Memento, Pulp Fiction… the list doesn’t end…

KE: Any current/future projects you are working on or promoting?

Abodjah: Working currently on an Extended Play (EP) and the compilation of most of my work will be on “A”Like Abojah” presented by GoEvil and TRAS, thinking about an album also and the TRAS movement projects just to name a few.

KE: Can you give us a brief description of the creative process of your latest single/Album?

Abodjah: Sometimes I get the beat first and the sound dictates what would be a fit as far as the subject matter. Other times I already have the lyrics and would work with a producer to find a perfect fit for the text if we can. For “Chanje Vim” the latest single (produced by RickStyle. Video by Mackendy Jeune for TRAS)on the other hand, I partly had the lyrics there and when I heard the sound I felt like I had to make it into a whole song.

KE: Where can we find your music and info?

Abojah Da Godman Facebook, Instagram
@abojahdagodman twitter
Soundcloud.com/sizonnen
Youtube Page: Mackendy Jeune

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Artist of the Week: Q&A Session with Yuri “Da King” Silencieux

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KE:  What’s your name & what do you do?

Yuri: Hello everyone my name is Yuri “Da King” Silencieux and I am a producer, singer, bassist, & audio engineer.

KE: Where do you want to go with this? 

Yuri: I would to become one of the major producers for Haitian music as a whole and one of the most popular artist

KE: What inspired your works? 

Yuri: Well my inspiration and passion for konpa started when I was exposed to the album “Pa Bouje” by Phantom as a child. But I made it my mission to carry on the konpa legacy when Phantom discovered me, giving me my first opportunity to play bass with them, now that was a dream come true!

KE: What’s the best thing about being an artist? 

Yuri: I would have to say the best thing is the reaction of the fans when you’re on stage and when they fall in love a song you’ve worked on. To be able to connect to all types of people through music is a gift from God.

KE: Name three artists you’d like to be compared to? 

Yuri: Actually I wouldn’t like to be compared to anyone because everyone has their own flavor, but in the future I’d like to be spoken about amongst the greats that have contributed to our music.

KE:  What’s your favorite Car/food/movie or drink?

Yuri: Car: all BMW models – Food: lasagna  – Movie: the matrix

KE: What’s your scariest experience?

Yuri: I can’t say i’ve really had one.. Im usually calm

KE: What’s your most embarrassing moment? 

Yuri: I’d rather not say lol

KE: What jobs have you done other than being an artist? 

Yuri: I’ve been a waiter, I’ve worked at various clothing stores,  but i went to school for audio engineering so most of my jobs ultimately have to do with music.

KE: Name something you love, and why

Yuri: Music because it is a magical language that speaks to the soul and our deepest emotions.

KE: Just for Fun fill in the blanks! 

Yuri: I’d like to thank Konpaevents for this interview epi Konpa Direk Devan!

KE: Without music…………

Yuri: I would be…… non existent

KE: Music is……………………………

Yuri: Life

KE: My Music Make me feel…………………

Yuri: like I’m on top of the world

KE: Where can we find your music and info?

Yuri: On my soundcloud and Facebook

Soundcloud: Yuri Daking
Twitter: Yuri_da_king
Facebook: Yuri Daking
Instagram: Yuri_da_king

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