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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: INSPIRED FLIGHT

photo by Justin Lee

1. what’s your name(s), where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

our names are Eric Poline (a.k.a. Openoptics) and Gabe Lehner (a.k.a. Chavez) and we both were born and raised in coastal North County of San Diego. we have both been big fans of listening to music since being young kids, especially hip-hop. in third grade Eric started learning guitar, which he kept up till he got obsessed with turntables, DJ’ing, and scratching in junior high. i, Gabe, grew up with a father who played guitar in bands, and in tenth grade i got the bug to learn myself. he taught me guitar and music theory, and i was so into The Beatles then that i got obsessed with songwriting. Eric and i each kept along our musical paths until we met each other in 2007.

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

Eric had a really cool signal chain going on in his home studio of a Korg Triton on a really cool patch going through a Roland Space Echo, into a Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp. he had come up with the chord progression synth part, like how the song starts, and i thought it was so cool when he showed it to me that i said we should work on it right then. then next thing we knew “It Always Takes” had pretty much been born, and it was one of the first songs we actually made together.


3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

for both of us everything inspires us to create, whether that be all kinds of different music we hear, or just life in general. we stay inspired by continuing to listen to music, putting effort into collaborating with people, and by doing as much awesome stuff as we can all the time when we’re not making music.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?).

in our case that is absolutely necessary, and we encourage people to download our music, even if illegally through torrent sites, and then share it. the fact that our career is where it’s at is because so many fans have done just that. it is kind of weird that we live in a culture now where people feel entitled to get music for free, even though its a livelihood for many artists, and takes a lot of energy, time, and money to create it, but since that’s how it is we embrace it and just want our music to be heard. we put out a lot of music for free, as do many other artists these days. we think it’s stupid for big artists and labels to come down hard on fans with lawsuits, or even threats of lawsuits, for illegally downloading and sharing music.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

the best place to listen to our stuff, and buy it, is inside of the gift shop next to the flamingos at the Boston Zoo. If you can’t make it there then www.inspiredflightmusic.com is definitely the second-best place. as for final words, please stay tuned to what we are doing right now because we are nearing completion of our second full-length album, preparing to put out some other projects this year on our own Create Fate label, gearing up to do some touring and play some music festivals, and we will be releasing some free remixes soon. thanks for the love!

i’d like to personally thank Chavez for reaching out n getting in touch with me about the inclusion of their track. their original version doesn’t appear, but it proves how dope the song is on just the lyrical/vocal tip too. i’m very glad to have y’all be a part of it. YES i’m still pimping this mix lol, listen/download at the following spots: .zip/.rar/Soundcloud.

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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: MAXPTAH

1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

MaxPtah, from Memphis, Tn. got involved just from being a fan and lover of music first. i was more into sports and my brother was the musician of the family playing the sousaphone at Grambling State and later on in the Navy. one of my cousins gave me his DR-5 to hold for a minute while he was in school and i just learned it (no instruction manual at all, lol) and that’s where it all started.

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

the emcee i did this project with, Infinito 2017, sent me some accapellas of his from a few albums he’s done already and i just remixed a few to put together this particular project. this track in particular though was already made and it just so happened that the tempo was the same. i decided to slap it on there cause Infinito is that dude and i knew it would get out there to the masses. this is probably my favorite track of any i’ve ever made.

 

3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

the love of music in general for one, and some of my fellow producers in the city that i work with keep me inspired: Fathom 9, EMPEE, DJ Homework and IMAKEMADBEATS just to name a few. staying inspired is hard because life gets in the way often. i get to points i don’t want to do anything cause something else has my attention and that’s something i’ve got to get out of. music is my safehaven though. so regardless if i’m distracted somehow i’m at least listening to a lot of music and that serves as the means of staying inspired also.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?).

i love it! i don’t like being force fed anything and i feel like that is what the mainstream is doing right now. i like hearing what these guys (and gals) have cooking up. it feels rawer and truer than what’s on the mainstream level. not to say there aren’t any artists in the mainstream that don’t have that feel, it’s just that at least with the “unsigned, under-the-radar, bedroom artists” you know for sure that they aren’t held back by anything. period.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

go here for everything MaxPtah. and also thanks to you for putting this compilation together and including that song in it. thanks to everyone for their support. we genuinely love every single ounce of support that comes our way, even the criticism, because that would imply that you took the time to listen to our art. also i got an album coming out in August called “Live From Everywhere” so be on the lookout for that too. Peace!

Max‘s track “El In Tune With Nature” (featuring Infinito 2017) appears on CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1: .zip/.rar/Soundcloud.

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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: JODECI BOYD

and we come to what could be my favourite interview of the lot so far (even tho it’s the shortest it’s the most serendipitous). one late night almost a month ago i got into an 90s r&b mood, which happens pretty often as that’s the shit i mostly grew up listening to. so it kinda sticks and you end up having these 2-3hrs blocks of time where it’s nothing BUT 90s jams. in the midst of that, i naturally fired up some Jodeci. and as always i went to YouTube for the quick and easy access, where i stumbled onto a random video of a cool chick singin an acoustic track, simply titled “Beautiful Company”. weird thing was it was labeled as “Jodeci” as well, which i thought was a mistake. turns out, it’s not. after fallin in love with the song, i ended up using it as the last track on the C.O.A.C.M. Vol. 1 mix (after editing and EQing it a bit). eventually i got in touch with her ppls and here we are! get to know her, folks. i’ma do all i can to promo her stuff in future so keep an eye (and both ears) out.

1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

my name is Jodeci Boyd, i’m from Moreno Valley. i got involved in music at a young age, i’ve always loved singing & listening to music, just the different styles & genres.

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

this song was written from a personal experience of mine. one day i was just in deep thought jamming, came up with the chords & just freestyled the lyrics.

3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

my love for music, the struggle of life, any & everything good in life will continue to keep me inspired. i just wanna keep writing & keep telling others about my stories. maybe one day i’ll touch people on a way deeper level.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?).

i think it’s awesome. i love that it gives artists leeway, it helps get them a little fan base going . this website inspired me to start posting more, seeing that people have been downloading it gives me more confidence to post more of my music for people to listen to.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

honestly i’d have to go with YouTube. it’s my favorite place to look for artists & music. i’m not big on being online anymore so i haven’t really been downloading music, but when i do i get it off of YouTube.

Jodeci‘s laid back acoustic ditty “Beautiful Company” closes out the CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1 mix (edited & re-mastered by moi). i truly appreciate the random way in which this song dropped into my life, not to mention it also helped spark this entire idea into existence. please take the time to check both the mix and the song out. SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC. download the mix here: .zip | .rar | Soundcloud.

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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: JUSTIN DEREMO

1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

my name is Justin Deremo. i’m from Joplin, Missouri but grew up in different areas due to my father being in the army, so that i don’t identify my childhood with any one particular place. when i was very small there were adults around who talked about music a lot so that i always assumed it to be a big part of life; i started paying close attention to MTV and the radio around seven. when i was 12 someone gave me a guitar and i took lessons. a year or two after that one of my friends purchased a four-track and a combination delay/pitch-shifter pedal that both remained at my house for unusually long periods of time. my musical activities continue to be an extension of sitting on the floor and playing with instruments and effects.

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

i let my emotions point organically to whatever forms or concepts may develop. the Joplin tornado is the dominant thread in “Bless No Stress,” but it also associatively alludes to the Japanese tsunami and Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita.” not in a way that makes complete sense intellectually, but rather as an impressionistic ebbing and flowing, similar to a dream environment. dub is the skeletal form on which associations are hung, appropriately so since where reggae may be thought of as conscious, so dub is the subconscious – literally the flip-side in the case of vinyl.

3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

inspiration is anything that moves me, which may come from any area: personal life, the works of others, global events, public discourse. staying inspired is not something i perceive as a problem since there are infinite varieties of experiences and ideas in the world and i do not have enough time for everything i want to do/take in as it is.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?)

it’s an artificial situation in the past century that music has become such a controllable economic commodity via physical recordings and mass-production. art may thrive independent of economics, suggesting that its inherent value is not economic. this isn’t to suggest some over-simplified idealism or to say that culture and economics don’t overlap, only that the way things are extends from the natural dynamic of average people sharing their talents with each other and heavily-subsidized art remaining the realm of the affluent or privileged. technology has revealed the artificial nature of the 20th-century economic situation with regards to music, causing the bubble to burst.

via the internet, we have access to greater numbers and varieties of people, allowing for more opportunities to share and learn from each other, not being stuck to our villages and towns. culture is surely at a peak, even as many lament its downfall. increased interactions means greater opportunity for mutation: more muck destined for extinction, but also more opportunities for evolution.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

Soundcloud.
Bandcamp.

i hope you may like it or find it interesting on some level; i promise to keep making things as long as i live.

Justin‘s (aka ajiav) track appears exclusively on CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1, why haven’t u listened to it yet??: .zip/.rar/Soundcloud.

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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: THA-D.COM

1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

my name is Dimitrios, i use Tha-D.com and D.M.T. as production handles, i’m from the South East of Melbourne, Australia and my musical journey began when i was about 11 years old and i first heard Robert Miles‘ groundbreaking single “Children”. i started by experimenting with a keyboard, creating piano riffs that all followed the same vein as Miles‘ famous track. slowly learning the foundations of sequencing through Music2000 for the PsOne, teaching myself guitar and drums along the way, i’ve found myself in every form and genre of music over the last 17 years, creating sound and score composition for film, playing guitar in metal bands, beatboxing during hip-hop workshops. music, i love it.

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

i had spent the better half of the day working on some original score for a television commercial i had produced and decided i needed a mid-afternoon break. was listening to a lot of Zapp and Quik at the time, got inspired, whipped out the axe, played a few funky licks and here we are. just a regular 30 minute lunch break.

3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

life is the biggest inspiration. my most memorable pieces have usually come from the biggest emotional episodes thrown at me. i stay inspired by new music, new adventures, new reflections. now, more than ever, people are reaching out to me to collaborate on stuff or even just hear my personal pieces. if music is to tell my story, it’s only up to me to add to the chapters.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?).

thanks to the digital revolution, filesharing/copyright integrity has been a massive thing since its initial conception. plenty of argument coming from either side of the fence. as an art form every artist deserves to have the right to protect their work from plagiarism and maintaining their piece’s integrity. artists spend their early days dreaming of reaching a wider audience and it’s with that in mind i maintain an open approach to file sharing. distribution of my music has never been a concern. it’s when others profit from your hard work that it takes a sour turn. i know how many Friday nights i spent sitting in the lab perfecting my craft, countless jam sessions spent in rehearsal studios refining my sound. should someone profit from my life’s work before i is the line in the sand.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

some of the greatest pieces of music can be heard on our street corners, in our train station underpasses, on our city streets. talk to your friends, never hesitate to ask someone what it is they’re listening to. support your favourite artists. revisit the discography of yesteryear. to quote the man who began it all for me;

“Music: Indispensable component of life. . . Recognizes no limits and no confines. . . Uniting black with white, young with old and the good with the bad”
Robert Miles.

Tha D‘s Troutman-inspired jam “Return To D-Funk” appears exclusively on CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1: .zip | .rar | Soundcloud.

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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: LYLE HOROWITZ + MIDPOINT

1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

what’s up? my name is Lyle Horowitz. i’m from Queens, New York and i got involved with music through my first love, film production. i attempted to score a short film that i co-directed and things kinda evolved quickly from there…

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

the beat was originally created in the Nothing Says Hello Like Goodbye sessions, an album that i produced in one night and released the following day. during that time, i was working on some demos with a vocalist from Florida named Loud Pack Lucy and she heard the beat and recorded to it without hesitation. MidPoint (one half of Night Creatures, one of my side projects) offered to remix the song once the original was finished and that’s how this track came to be.


3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

i’m just inspired by life and the pursuit of inner balance and personal growth. staying creative is never an issue, the wheels never stop turning and the well of ideas has never dried up.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?)

i think especially for unsigned/bedroom artists, sharing is essential and actual damages are hard to quantify. then again, if you’re putting material out there for sale that is questionable to copyright laws, you have to assume the risk.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

the best way for you to listen to my tunes would be Bandcamp or by looking me up on YouTube. thank you for listening, i hope the music speaks for itself.

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1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

my name is MidPoint, though many know me as Staxwell. i am from the Bay Area and currently living in San Francisco, CA. music was always a centerpiece to my life, though i got into production in high school. i play drums and was in a few bands growing up, but a bassist i played with had turntables he wasn’t using so eventually i bought them off him and figured out how to record into my computer without an interface. i’ve just been building ever since. i also DJ.

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

Lyle Horowitz released a beat tape called Nothing Says Hello Like Goodbye and after hearing the Blue Lights instrumental, i hit up Lyle almost immediately about doing a remix. i have a string of remixes of Lyle’s work, so this was the next one on deck as far as i was concerned. Lyle told me he was already releasing a version of the track with Loud Pack Lucy and having a remix would be perfect for the single release. Lyle then sent me the sample (“143” by Musiq) and i went from there.

3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

that is hard to say specifically. i am not one to really create stuff that doesn’t reflect who i am or how i feel, so i would say the greatest inspiration is just life in general. i try not to force anything so keeping the music honest is the best way to keep myself inspired.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and
bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?).

giving back to the artist is always nice but artists making music to get paid aren’t doing it for the right reasons. in today’s climate it is much more viable to maintain an income with performances and such. that being said it’s great that artists can still make money. i am definitely not mad at anyone doing their thing, i just am not a fan of hearing artists complain about it. steal my music, share it with your friends.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

Bandcamp will have all available releases, however, catch me on Twitter.

Lyle & MP’s joint (one of my personal favs) “Blue Lights” is featured among many awesome tunes selected by yours truly for a mix that promises, and delivers, eargasms. checkout CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1 via .zip, .rar or Soundcloud.

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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: OPTIONS

1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

Options from Chicago. i was born with a love of drums, but it kinda stayed dormant until my college years when i was introduced to Hip Hop production. then it came back with a vengeance. my first piece of ‘gear’ was MTV Music Generator for the PlayStation. i actually still have that. it’d be fun to pull out and mess around with now…

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

this track is my remix of a song by the band Inspired Flight. it was for a contest. i didn’t win, but it ended up being a great exercise for me because it forced me to work differently than i do normally. rather than finding a nice vinyl bit and working from there, i’ve got a song in a particular key and with a particular vibe in a style other than Hip Hop to build around. it stretched me and gave me a hint of what i could do if i stepped outside of my comfort zone.

3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

other artists inspire me to create. not just other musicians, but anyone creative, no matter what their medium is. seeing other people painting/writing/taking photos–whatever–and getting their ideas out makes me want to go home and get busy on my stuff. because of that, it’s not really hard to stay inspired.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and
bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?).

i embrace what the internet has allowed artists to do. the tools we have to work with now for promotion and other things (which i honestly haven’t been using as much as i should!) are really amazing. a lot of unsigned artists just want to be heard, so it makes sense for them to make their music as easy to get as possible. if it’s then shared by fans, it only increases the artist’s profile, so it’s great up to a certain point. but the downside to sharing in general and the easy accessibility of everything is that things get devalued if they are so easy to get and replace. it can become disposable and no one wants their work to be viewed that way.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

for now, the best places are my Soundcloud page and my Bandcamp page where i recently put up an EP of tracks i made while living overseas the past couple of years. actually, almost everything i have online now is fairly old. the stuff i’m doing now is still Hip Hop at its core, but i’m incorporating aspects of other genres i listen to and just generally working to take tracks further than i used to.
as for final words, just a sincere ‘thank you’ to anyone/everyone who’s listening to/commenting on/downloading my stuff. there’s so much music floating out there now, so i appreciate anyone listening to ME. check out my sites and stay tuned because the new stuff is coming and i’m excited for people to hear it. also, peace to Vahé for this platform.

Options‘ most awesome remix to the Inspired Flight original is, imo, far superior and i’m proud to spotlight it for y’all here and in the CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1 mix. download as .zip, .rar or via Soundcloud below:

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