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#MUSICMONDAY feat. Charlie J Memphis
Photo Credits to Cal Quinn

Photo Credits to Cal Quinn

“Here is a list of songs that currently move me. They made this list because they have been influential in developing my sound, inspired my writing, or just allowed me to escape. I listen to music across all genres while seeking out great writing & unique artists, which often leads to hours on Spotify going down the rabbit hole seeking artist with original sounds like The Builder and Butchers or Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.”
— Charlie J Memphis

Another Monday calls for another round of #MUSICMONDAY. This week we’re introducing 17-year-old Swamp Rock artist Charlie J. Memphis! “What do you do when you’re an old soul trapped in a young man’s body?” Well for Charlie that means dusting off an old guitar & powering it up with a gritty American sound!

Growing up in the west suburbs of the windy city we know as Chicago, Charlie grew up like most boys who loved playing with the classic Lego sets, video games, & had a deep interest in history. As a history lover since a young age, he’d go out & visit downtown Chicago’s museums & was first introduced to music by his dad & from there he wrote his first punk song at the age of 12 titled, “Heroes & Villains”. This rock artist was enrolled in the School of Rock in Naperville Illinois, & from there his music journey took off. After playing in some bands & getting the amazing opportunity to play in a number of famous venues like Lincoln Hall, Double Door, & Subterranean! After moving down to the good ol’ south of Texas, he took a step back from his music to find out who he. “My writings for the new EP 'Bloody is the Water', are a reflection of this time. I then began working with a vocal coach & fine tuning my music”, Charlie tells us. Stoked to release & share his first EP with the music world, on October 19th at Good Records, he has a great ambition to continue learning for the rest of his life & is determined in helping bring back the beauty of raw music.

Watch Charlie perform at Smoked Fort Worth on Saturday, October 13, & come to get a taste of his unique style of music.

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The CultureHype Collective: Meet Kali Ah Yuen
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EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Kali Ah Yuen is a senior PR Executive here on the Culture Hype team. Starting as an intern while attending the University of North Texas, Kali has graduated & grown into a pitching maven. She is artistically rounded with a background in writing, singing, dancing, design & fashion. The music scene is where she thrives. 

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

It was to own my own public relations firm or at least make it to work for People’s Revolution, which is a huge fashion PR firm in New York/LA/Paris. However, getting my music going to the point where I can inspire & motivate others around the world would be amazing.

What is your random special talent?

I’m a singer-songwriter, but I’m not sure if that’s very random. If we’re talking more along the lines of a party trick...then I can mimick Lil Jon’s infamous “yay yeah” to a T.

What is your favorite perk of being in the PR business?

Gaining more knowledge & a unique experience that I wouldn’t get doing anything else. I really love learning the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work that goes into a project. You also get to meet a lot of cool people along the way.

If you had to choose three words to  describe yourself, what would they be?

Intellectual, free spirit.

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

Anything compositional. I’ll go to a scenic area, listen to some good tunes & let my mind wander. It usually sparks something inside & gets my creative juices flowing.

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

As an avid music enthusiast, this is tough. It’s a tie between “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande & “In The Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith.

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What do you bring to the DFW creative scene? Why are you proud of it?

Being from Hawaii, I think I bring the island vibes to Dallas’ creative scene. I’m all about supporting artistry & just hanging loose. I think sometimes it’s hard to be in the entertainment industry, but being kind & friendly never hurts.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Any Beyoncé song.

Who is your celebrity crush?

As heartbreaking as it is, Paul Walker was my biggest celebrity crush. So, I’m gonna go with Justin Bieber.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

My distressed jeans jacket because it goes with everything.

What is unique to you about living/working in Dallas?

Just like the West & East coast, Dallas has it’s own creative scene & I’m here for it. The city is full of amazing talent & a little something everyone can take away from.

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How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in? When did youknow that’s what you wanted to do?

I watched this reality show on MTV when I was growing up called ‘The Hills’ & loved Lauren Conrad’s lifestyle. So, when it was time to go to college I looked up what she majored in & went with what was closest: Public Relations. I graduated from UNT & ended up getting a job at the place I interned for. Now, two years later I’m officially in Dallas’ creative scene!

Who is your fashion icon?

Rihanna. I also  tend to look around for fashion inspiration everywhere from the streets to Instagram.

Tattoos?

One right now, but more to come. It says ‘faith’ on my forearm to always remind me to stay strong throughout this journey.