INTERVIEWS

13 G’s – [ILLYMINIACHI]

By Brodie Harvey // 7 May 2021

Over the past few months, ILLYMINIACHI has been releasing some of the best music of his career. With a unique voice and approach to his music, there has never been any question that ILLYMINIACHI stands out amongst the pack. His laid-back delivery matches perfectly with complicated production that lines up for something that sticks with you after listening. As we move closer to the release date of his highly anticipated project CAMPAIGN, ILLY blessed us with another single titled “13 G’s” which is another upbeat banger that is set to test the bass in your speakers. The last time we heard from ILLY, he was venturing into new territory with a UK Drill influence. On his latest release the Vancouver artist performing at his best, riding the pocket over astronomical production by 13Graeme. While the past year has seen travel come to a standstill, ILLYMINIACHI has spent a good portion of his time in Nigeria working on music. ILLY has always been one to pull from a multitude of influences, going back home is sure to have unlocked some different sonics that we will hear in the not-so-distant future. To accompany the single release, a video was released to bring the …

ST LGND 94 – [Jay Worthy & St. Ides]

By Brodie Harvey // 6 May 2021

There are very few artists out that have put in the work like the living legend that is Jay Worthy. The independent hustler has never let something like a pandemic slow down his growth, with real street rap seeming to be as popular as ever Worthy is at a very interesting turning point in his career. He has an established reputation as your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper and it’s well earned. P Worthy is a timeless artist, he has stayed true to himself and consistently brings a different level of storytelling to a new generation that often lacks to look back further than a decade when it comes to music that stands out. His sound is west coast rap at its finest, laidback music that hits best in a convertible playing as loud as possible. He recently dropped a mixtape in partnership with an iconic brand that further cements himself as one of the biggest hustlers in independent music. This is a must-listen for any reader’s craving the gritty nature of ’90s rap and Where Worthy excels most is as a storyteller though, both in his lyrics and in conversation. He’s a true student of the game, picking up knowledge …

Joyfriend: The Lemonade Stand Interview

By Elliot Montanez // 4 May 2021

The Lemonade Stand is one of the two interview series that we have here at Lyrical Lemonade, it takes place right here in our headquarters and I have had the honor of speaking with many talented musicians through this series. The latest episode is featuring alternative artist Joyfriend, he’s become one of my favorite new acts from the Chicagoland area, so I had him stop by the office a couple of months ago to discuss his journey so far. I spoke with Joyfriend about a variety of topics such as growing up in Park Ridge, his influences, his experience at Maine South High School, his amazing Dog Fight EP, the role that his siblings played in his life, and much more. When it comes to the alternative/DIY artist in the scene, there’s no one that I am more excited for than Joyfriend, he’s extremely talented and I am having a great time watching him develop. Watch this brand new interview below, and if you aren’t already, give Joyfriend a follow on Instagram here!

Amira Jazeera: The Lemonade Stand Interview

By Elliot Montanez // 27 Apr 2021

Amira Jazeera is a mega-talented artist out of Chicago who has been making a name for herself over the past couple of years, so it’s only right that we had her come by the LL office a couple of months ago for a new interview on The Lemonade Stand. I had my colleague Lee Mcintosh host this interview, and he asked her about plenty of topics including her musical influences, her older brother, manifestation, making her own beats, investing in a home studio during the pandemic, her experience as a woman in the music industry, artists she wants to work with in the future and much more. Get familiar with one of Chicago’s rising talents by watching this new interview below!

A Conversation with Forrest Nolan

By Sam Morrison // 26 Apr 2021

Forrest Nolan is truly one of the most promising up and coming talents in the industry. Odds are if you’ve heard one of his songs, you’ve experienced his dynamic vocals and innate talent. I’m a huge fan of his music, but I’m even more of a fan of the person he is. Instead of just writing an article about his recent tracks, I thought it would be immensely beneficial to sit down and chat with this exceptional individual. To get a refreshing dose of good conversation, continue reading down below! — Sam: Alright, tell me about yourself, your upbringing and how you came to love music yourself? Forrest: So, I grew up singing in boys choir. That has been my foundation for music and I started that when I was four. It wasn’t something that I was ever excited about though. I think maybe if it was co-ed and I got to meet girls, but no, it felt like a pretty nerdy thing to do, but I owe my music director kind of everything, because I just learned so much from having that experience. Being in that world my whole life made me develop an appreciation for more experimental music …

Serena Isioma: The Lemonade Stand Interview

By Elliot Montanez // 23 Apr 2021

Chicago native Serena Isioma is a rising star out of the city, we did an interview with her about six months ago, and she recently came by the Lyrical Lemonade office again to chop it up with on a new episode of The Lemonade Stand. You will find Serena speaking on plenty of topics including her ‘Sensitive’ EP, her musical influences, her success so far, growing up in multiple different places, being a youth group leader as a kid, blowing up in the middle of a pandemic, Lizzo + Doja Cat playing her music on their social media and much more. I am so excited for Serena, she’s a special artist that I feel like will become one of the most well known artists from Chicago within the next few years.

A Conversation with syd B and Floyd Fuji about their new song “Guilt Trip”

By Sam Morrison // 21 Apr 2021

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to feature one of my favorite artists, syd B for her latest song, “Freezing” and today, she’s back on our pages for her new offering called, “Guilt Trip”. What’s best about this one is that syd didn’t do it alone; The up and comer enlisted help from her dear friend and close collaborator, Floyd Fuji which makes for a full piece overall. Instead of just writing some words in article format, I thought it would be beneficial to sit down with both syd and Floyd to talk about life, music and their working relationship! Continue reading to check out my conversation with them! — Sam: I’ve actually never written down questions for interviews. I just like having conversations and seeing where it takes us; So the first thing I’d love to know is how the two of you met. Both of you can take turns telling your side of the story. syd: Okay, I want to go first! Floyd: I knew she was going to try to go first! She hopped up so quick! syd: Okay, so, we both went to Berklee kind of around the same time. I’m a …

A Conversation with Reece

By Sam Morrison // 16 Apr 2021

Virginia artist Reece was one of my favorite artists that I came across during quarantine and today he’s back with another song that is worth your listen. Instead of writing a regular article, I thought it was only fitting to sit down and talk to the talent about life and music! Continue scrolling to read this conversation with Reece. — Sam: Now that I know that you’re from my home state of Virginia, I’d love to hear about how you got into music, especially growing up in a place like Woodbridge. Reece: So, music for me was really a heavy part of my life growing up. My parents weren’t musical, but we listened to a lot of music, and I listened to a lot of weird shit as a child…and not weird, but just weird for a child to be listening to at the time. So I was introduced to a lot of different types of music and also I have a lot of older siblings and they would listen to some cool stuff too. Then 2012, I was in 10th grade and a lot of really cool music started coming out that year, like Channel Orange by Frank Ocean …

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