Blastro News

by admin // Wednesday, May 15, 2013 // Interviews // 0 Comments
by admin // Friday, September 9, 2011 // Upfront, News, Interviews // 0 Comments

Recognizing that talent that exists in America and beyond, Blastro has taken interest in introducing its online audience to fresh, new global acts. With a dedicated fan base that is one of the strongest in pop music today, Blastro started programming K-pop music videos in 2008. Although it remains a niche in North America, K-pop has proved to be very popular with the Blastro audience.

Blastro got the chance to talk with Nicky Lee, Flowsik and Eddie Shin of Korean-American R&B/hip-hop group Aziatix about how they came together as a trio, what it means to them to be a successful global act and the meaning behind a few of their hit tracks.

All three of the guys who make up Aziatix started their run in the music industry as solo artists influenced by hugely different backgrounds. Born in Seoul but raised in Los Angeles, Nicky Lee claims he discovered his passion and talent for music by singing gospel in church. On the opposite coast, Flowsik studied various styles of hip-hop from an early age in New York at a time when the genre was dominating. Eddie Shin hails from Boston and started out as a singer-songwriter in the K-pop market. After studying to become a producer at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, he realized he had what it takes to be the artist. The combination of Nicky Lee's R&B/gospel influence, Flowsik's hip hop style and Eddie Shin's sweet, flowing vocals produce a sound that sets them apart from other bands in the K-pop genre.

Humbled by the success of their first few hits, the threesome share how blessed they are to bring something new and refreshing to the K-pop table: "Being a Korean-American was definitely tough, especially in New York, you don't see Korean-American or Asian-American rappers trying to put out work and trying to put things out in the hip hop industry," Flowsik explains. "I was just very confident and I really believe...I know for a fact God blessed me with something different - something unique - and that's what just kept me going."

The trio thank the Internet for much of their success, citing the web as one of the many means responsible for getting their music out to different parts of the world. "That's the beauty of music - it transcends all language barriers. It transcends all color lines. We have been noticing that a lot of our fan clubs have been popping up from Mexico, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore - it's been crazy," Nicky Lee exclaims.

What's great about Aziatix is that they are an American K-pop band. This gives them the opportunity to breakthough to more mainstream appeal. Unlike many American acts, they are global - they work in Korea, USA and Taiwan. Today's music fans are worldwide, and Aziatix demonstrates how to connect and build a global fanbase. Their producer, Jae Chong, has crafted tight songs which showcase the trio's R&B, hip-hop and pop talents. Ready to spread the music on a national scale, Blastro continues to support K-pop music and its quest for success in North America.

To hear more about their unique backgrounds and the idea behind music videos for their hit songs "Go," "Cold," and "Slippin Away," check out this exclusive interview with Aziatix!

by admin // Thursday, January 13, 2011 // News, Upfront, Interviews // 0 Comments


Far East Movement - Exclusive Interview
Watch Music Videos at www.blastro.com

Blending elements of hip hop, electro and dance to create a unique sound, Far East Movement (a.k.a. FM) isn't just a music group, but a lifestyle.

 

Far East Movement was originally the title of the first song that Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman wrote together that reflected the new generation and lifestyle of Los Angeles - including music, food and fashion. The guys, who started teaching themselves the art of making music in parking lots after high school, decided to ditch the song, but keep the name to represent themselves. That kind of mentality, lifestyle and energy is what FM refers to as 'Free Wired.'

 

After noticing that crowds they were playing for at clubs were going crazy for faster, up-tempo dance music, FM got together with producers the Stereotypes and created the group's first major hit, "Girls On The Dance Floor."

 

With a sensational response from fans over "Girls On The Dance Floor," FM built off the hit's 'Free Wired' sound to create its follow-up track, "Like A G6." Although they wanted the song to really reflect a true club experience, the group claims that it wasn't aimed to be a radio hit or to top the charts - they simply posted the track online and it ultimately blew up. The song rapidly went No. 1 on Billboard, climbed to the #1 spot on iTunes and was blasting all over the radio and clubs all around the world. 

 

FM's success continued with the release of the slower-tempoed single, "Rocketeer," which represents themselves and their listeners picking up pieces of dreams, putting them together and flying away as the dream comes true. The pop ballad features OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder.

 

Grateful for their success and support, Kev Nish says,"It's a humbling thing to know that you do something for fun and people are vibing off of it." 

 

Going on to say that their mission was "one day getting out there and being on a platform where everyone can hear our music," FM explains that they made their dream come true by actually teaching themselves everything about the business, from marketing themselves to printing t-shirts for the fans. It's that kind of hard work that feeds one of their mottos to work hard and play hard.

 

To hear more about Far East Movement's 'Free Wired' lifestyle and booming hit tracks, check out this exclusive interview with the guys and get slizzard! 

by Rap Industry // Thursday, May 1, 2008 // News, Upfront, Hip Hop, Interviews // 0 Comments

KAM
We recently tracked down the westcoast emcee to see what he's been up to and, what he has in store for the coming months. He speaks on the westcoast, the whole group thing with Warzone and more.

"The group Warzone came together as a result of Snoop Dogg's "Western Conference," that he held a couple years back to call for peace and unity among West Coast artists. Initially, the only positive thing that SEEMED to come out of having that conference was that Tha Dogg Pound, Daz & Kurupt, got back together. So, there was a lot of skepticism about whether or not that conference was just a publicity stunt for Snoop or something.

But, a few months after that, Snoop reached out to me with a business opportunity. He was supposedly in negotiations to become President of Capitol Records,..." CLICK HERE FOE THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW!

HIPHOP
To Keep up on all the latest Hip Hop-- Log On To RAPINDUSTRY.COM