Posts tagged spotify
#MUSICMONDAY FEAT. HOPE ALVAREZ
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Music is a vital part of my daily routine. My playlists are catered to the seasons I’m experiencing or the life events happening around me. Music has grown to become a constant soundtrack playing in the background of my life. There’s a song for every emotion, & when I’m in a funk, music helps me get out of that. This specific playlist is dedicated to transition between Spring & Summer. Everything is blooming & it’s time to feel refreshed, but we can’t go through it without the perfect playlist.
— Hope

Meet Hope Alvarez, our new #TeamHype Content Creator! Hope is a Photojournalism major at the University of North Texas with a minor in LGBT Studies. (Go Mean Green!) She’s passionate about visual storytelling, music, & the wonderful world of social media. She believes in the power of creativity to create meaningful connections.

When Hope isn’t taking photos, you can find her at a concert or hanging out with her cats. Chicago is her favorite city, but she prefers New York style pizza rather than Chicago deep dish. Island in the Sun by Weezer is her favorite song, but Paramore is her favorite band. Come say hi to her at an event!

#MUSICMONDAY FEAT. 7 THA GREAT
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This track-list is ‘the inspiration’ behind “Demigod”, every song means something special to me
— 7 Tha Great

Phantom City Records is on a mission to help Dallas artists reach their maximum potential by providing & sourcing professional recording studios, & executing & implementing 360-degree branding & marketing initiatives. No one knows this more than local rapper 7 Tha Great, whose recently released sophomore album, “Demigod,” is a Phantom City production.

7 Tha Great, aka Ladarrion Burton, has worked incessantly for over a year, writing, recording & packaging the long-awaited record. “Demigod” is a follow-up to his debut mixtape “7 Days,”

“Dude’s a hip-hop thoroughbred,” says producer & Phantom City Records co-owner Chris Nicolaou. “It’s like he was born to do nothing else but fit words together in 16-bar increments to spit at the world. But it’s his determination to learn, hustle & grow that sets him aside from everyone else.

That hustle made 7, a native of the Dixon Circle neighborhood, a perfect partner for Phantom City. The rapper’s homegrown label FGMG teamed up with a then unknown Phantom City Records in 2017. Since then, 7 has jumped at every opportunity to provide support, mentorship & corporate resources to help hip hop artists thrive in Dallas. The rising star plans to help transform Dallas’ hip hop scene for good.

Partnering with artists like 7, Phantom City Records strives to help artists get their music heard without tying them down with contracts that limit creativity.

“We’re changing the culture of hip-hop in our city,” 7 says. “Period.”

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Dyllan Chavez
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This playlist really embodies my energy! At times I can be really high energy & have a bunch of ideas rushing through my mind, but others I’m really chill & like to reflect on my life & my goals. This playlist really gets me into the right mindset no matter how I feel that day.
— Dyllan

It’s a new year so lets start it off right. Our new Content Strategist, Dyllan Chavez, is a recent graduate and Marketing guru from the University of North Texas. Originally from Mexico, Dyllan loves exploring and strengthening his creative abilities, & has done everything from DJing to spray painting. In his spare time, you can find him scarfing down tacos, diving into Tilted Towers with his fellow lads, or spending time with the people he cares about the most.

One day, Dyllan hopes to help inner city reach their creative potential by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, & tools they need to succeed. He is always covered in “drip” (badass jewelry) & has a “cozy” but fashion-forward sense of style.

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Emily Berger
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My music taste is just like my week, all over the place! I enjoy all genres & decades of music. Currently, I have been obsessing over European music. Here are just some of my new favs!
— Emily

Meet our new Creative Assistant, Emily Berger! Emily is a Photojournalism major at the University of North Texas. She is kicking off her Senior year with #TeamHype as a Fall 2018 intern. Fluent in German (her minor), she is also studying Anthropology in school. The rockstar photographer has been mastering her craft for six years now & dreams of becoming a freelance cultural photographer after graduation. On her bucket list is traveling & photographing the world!

The craft beer fanatic frequents breweries & music venues across DFW in between road trips to fests across the U.S. In her free time, she can be found trolling YouTube for new beauty buys from her fav vloggers. A true Texas gal, Emily currently resides in Denton with her orange Tabby, Snacks.

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Buffalo Black
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"Buffalo Black is an unprecedented synergy of soul, expressionism, & lyricism, unlike any previous rapper or performing artist to date. Born & bred in the inner city of Dallas, Texas, Buffalo is a 5 year veteran & an alumni of the University of North Texas. With one listen, you discover why Buffalo Black is one the best kept secrets in hip-hop from a lyrical & visual perspective. He not only continues to push the envelope artistically, but he shines a light on modern issues in a progressive manner. He incorporates cinematic elements with his story-telling while soulfully weaving lyricism with righteous fervor.

On February 13th of 2015, Spike Lee released, "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus", by which Buffalo Black scored a major placement with his record "Enter The Void" from his debut LP "Buffalo Black LP". The record is not only featured in the film but was released on the soundtrack distributed by EPIC Records & soon became a fan favorite of Vice Magazine online when reviewing the film.

This playlist is a reflection of the energy & attitudes I’ve been on so far this year. There are some tracks that’ll make you jump, think, & love someone all at the same time.

His song, "1984" & latest album "Surrilla", garnered attention in national outlets such as 2dopeboyz, DJBooth, & Hip Hop DX, while being nominated as, "Best Song", "Best Music Video," & "Best Hip-Hop Act" at the 2015 Dallas Observer Music Awards. In 2016, the artist won again in the "Best Songwriter" category. Buffalo Black has been billed with such prominent Acts as GZA, Mos Def, D.O.C. Kool Keith, Rakim, Ty Dolla Signs, Living Colour, Jose James, Doomtree, Young Fathers, Isaiah Rashad, Bishop Nehru, & more." Most recently, he released, "Be Like Water", a powerful piece that emphasizes his ability to flow & apply his style behind diverse, vivid audio landscapes. 

#MUSICMONDAY feat Sydney Anderson
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Meet our new pop-country client, Sydney Anderson! She began her quest as a singer at the age of 8, performing country classics like “Leavin’ on Your Mind,” on music row stages such as Tootsies & The Stage. Over the past decade, Sydney has performed the National Anthem for both minor & major league sports teams across Texas, as well as military events, &and national races drawing in crowds of over ten thousand. Talent, drive, & a smile that just doesn’t quit allowed her to sing at local fairs, nightclubs, & opry houses on a weekly basis consistently for several years now. In the past Sydney has captured the title of CCM’s “It Girl,” & has opened for artists such as Three Dog Night.

Sydney has also dabbled a bit in voice-over work. Her voice can be heard currently in The Voice Karaoke app, The Karaoke Chanel, & commercials for Travel Dallas. Her true passion is for storytelling, & this is evident in her songwriting. Sydney’s music is a blend of Texas & Nashville country, full of sass &and energy.  

Watch her new music video "Fool Like You" on YouTube & stay tuned for her EP out Sept. 14 on iTunes & Spotify! Listen to her #MUSICMONDAY playlist below.

This playlist is a mix of throwback & new country. Lyrics are what I connect with most, & this batch of tunes lyrically could never go out of style. A couple of these songs I’ve been covering for years & the majority have influenced me deeply as a songwriter & performer. I’m a sucker for a sad country song & good storytelling.
— Sydney
#MUSICMONDAY feat. Ghost of Blind Lemon

Join Ghost on Aug. 4 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Oak Cliff's Spinster Records for a local live music celebration as our music blogger friend celebrates 11 years with a slew of Dallas-based musicians! The event will showcase acoustic performances by Megan Storie & Jacob Furr, followed by full-on rock debacles  by Mean Motor Scooter & Hand Drawn Records signees Meach Pango.  Then, head over to Double-Wide for a psych rock filled lineup featuring Caved Mountains, Corner Suns, & Sunbuzzed.

If you want to tune into Chris's radio show you can catch Ghost of Blind Lemon Radio every Wed. night at www.deepellumradio.com

Listen to #MUSICMONDAY with Ghost of Blind Lemon! Back in 2007,  Chris Mueller chose the name Ghost of Blind Lemon as a tribute to Blind Lemon Jefferson, one of the earliest musicians of note to play in Deep Ellum. Since then, "The Ghost," has not only been blogging about Deep Ellum & the music scene, but has booked showcases at various Dallas venues such as Club Dada, Opening Bell Coffee, Free Man, & much more for over a decade. In addition to scoring gigs he also is the host of his own radio show on Deep Ellum Radio.

In addition to the blog, Chris works as a teacher at a Charter high school.  When he's not obsessing about local music, he likes to spend time with his cats, play Sudoku, & other "nerdy" things.

I started the playlist with Old 97’s & Deathray Davies because those were the two bands that were most instrumental in my introduction to the Dallas music world. From there, I chose a list of some of the acts who have made the greatest impression on me (musically &/or personally) over the past eleven years. The last two tracks are newer releases that I feel are the best representatives of what the metroplex has to offer right now musically.
— Ghost
#MUSICMONDAY feat. rocker Bryce Bangs
Photo credit: Justin Hamra

Photo credit: Justin Hamra

These are the songs that have been on steady rotation in my house for the last month or so. Some old tunes, some brand new ones. It’s a nice mix of melt-your-face rock ‘n roll, drink away your blues, & party ‘til the sun comes up. 
— Bryce Bangs

Meet #MUSICMONDAY's Bryce Bangs is a Dallas Native who combines blues, rock, & soul in his new self-titled album which debuted this summer with a sold-out record release show at Granada Theater.

Bryce Bangs is a Dallas native who combines blues, rock, & soul in his new album. Growing up, he was inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Ryan Bingham, Notorious B.I.G., Black Keys, & Gary Clark Jr. When he's not recording he loves cooking stir fry, collecting bolo ties, & supporting his alma mater Texas Tech fam. 

“Bryce & his following are ones to watch as they climb the ladder,” said Granada Theater owner Mike Schoder after the artist opened the venue’s recent Bob Schneider show, “expect a fun party where the music takes you away.”

Bryce Bangs’ self-titled sophomore album is now available for purchase on iTunes & streaming on Spotify. For more information about the artist, please visit www.brycebangsmusic.com

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#MUSICMONDAY feat. Kelsey Shoemaker
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Monday’s can be difficult because your mind is tired & unproductive. I wanted to make a playlist that can set the tone for the week with beats that wake you up from that lazy Monday coma.

It's a new week & that must mean we have another #MUSICMONDAY playlist for you! Meet Kelsey Shoemaker, CultureHype’s new content creator. Kelsey is currently a Senior at the University of North Texas (UNT) studying Photojournalism. She is passionate about photography, having previously interned at D Magazine, College Fashionista, & now CultureHype. Kelsey loves surrounding herself with other talented individuals who have a strong visual & aesthetic style, the reason why she loves serving as Visuals Editor for her college paper North Texas Daily.

In her free time, Kelsey loves pouring wine glasses & putting on her Netflix queue which includes teen soap operas & murder documentaries. Kelsey also enjoys reading, coffee, cheese, and is obsessed with pasta.  

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Tori Loudenback
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“The music I love can be described as a compilation of a multitude of genres with a focus on pop, alternative & indie music.”

It's #MUSICMONDAY! Meet Tori Loudenback. From an early age, music has been a driving force and creative outlet for her. Graduating from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a Bachelors in Journalism with a focus in Advertising, Tori is pursuing a career that celebrates and values artistic endeavors.

During her free time, she likes to travel, read, shop at thrift/antique stores, and is always on the lookout for the best Thai tea in town. Tori loves painting and knows the heart required to make authentic art. The love of her life, Scottie, her 15-year-old dachshund, can always be found sitting by her side napping away.

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Tyler Dozier
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Ever since I was able to comprehend music, I knew what my favorite genre was, R&B, & Hip- Hop. I was heavily influenced by my parents & grew up listening to artists like Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Salt’N’Peppa, LL Cool J, TLC, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, & more. My preference in music has shifted over the years, influenced by my friends & the people I interact with.

Introducing #TeamHype's tallest intern in company history, Tyler Dozier! Standing at 6'5" with a size 15 shoe, the brand new 21-year-old is still growing. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, the North Texas transplant moved here when he was just five years old. Now a senior at the University of North Texas (UNT), Tyler is studying Media Arts with a minor in Marketing. Passionate about music, dance, culture, and art, he spends countless hours watching dance videos on YouTube, trolling for the best Spotify playlists, and sharing his life on SnapChat. 

Like most college students, Tyler is still finding his footing in the industry - but who knows what they want at 21? He's excited to get his start as a part of our small but mighty creative team.

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Milan Merlo

CultureHype intern, Milan Merlo, is the girl that spent her youth plopped in front of the T.V. watching E! News and liberally applying Jergens at home gradual tanner. Milan obsessed about the day she would grow up and be the career girl fashion icon behind a big name fashion magazine. Milan is a PR student at the University of North Texas and is a Texas girl born and raised. Her free time is spent drinking copious amounts of coffee, blogging and vacuuming after her always-shedding beagle, Moose. Check out her amazing lifestyle blog, Milan Darling, here

"This is my mecca of playlists with all my favorite songs and artists in one. They're all a little more laid-back picks I like to listen to when I'm driving, working or just in the mood to listen to something chill with a good beat."

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Julie McCullough
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Some of these songs pull me through, some remind me of beautiful times & people in my life; some take me back. Nonetheless, all of these songs transport me, even if for just a minute.

Julie McCullough is one of Dallas' top multi-hyphenates. This badass lady is not only the mind behind Folksie, a clothing line she launched in 2011, but also The Pin Show, a one-night event combining the best up-and-coming fashion designers & music acts on the runway.

Her path to maker, fashion designer, seamstress & producer was paved with grit, determination & a dedication to thoughtful design & collaboration. She aspires to be a champion for those who enjoy the process of hand-made goods while emboldening artists & entrepreneurs with her success as a passionate, self-made creator, designer & event producer.

 

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Jayson LaFrance

Jayson is more than just a web & design specialist, he sees the big picture. His forte is creating unique & strikingly functional experiences for clients & kick-ass branding initiatives. Analytical & creative, Jayson is also the man behind the brand new Longhorn Ballroom website - & a part of the LaFrance family, the owners who've renovated the historic space.

"While there was a lot of country music over the years at the Longhorn Ballroom, I wanted to show the diversity of music that was performed there!"

Click to listen to Jayson's eclectic #LonghornBallroom playlist featuring his fav artists who've performed on its legendary stage in the last 67 years.