Independent Music Reviews & Features

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New Independent Music Reviews & Features

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Jersey City’s TAYNZAE are the Life of the Party

This week I am finally getting through the mountains of emails that have come through Photobombshell.media and photobombshellradio.com. When I opened a new music promo email from DJ Chase, the bold heading, “Jersey City’s Own,” caught my eye. Upon closer inspection, I learned that the featured artists are TAYNZAE, Jersey City natives, and unsigned artists. ‘Life of the Party,’ which was released on all streaming platforms on November 4, had landed in my inbox. Being a long-time former Jersey City resident of 15 years, I knew I was in for something good and listened to the track. Here are myContinue reading “Jersey City’s TAYNZAE are the Life of the Party”

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Love Vampire: Behind the Scenes of Songwriting with Ashley Quinter

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten into the behind-the-scenes of music creation with an artist, but I enjoyed putting this interview with Ashley Quinter together over the course of the past few weeks. I think you will all enjoy insightful moments about her writing process, how she selects instrumentals, her journey to get where she is today, and a few nuggets of advice for independent artists from a peer. Read the Full Interview with Ashley Quinter Hi, Ashley! Thank you so much for taking part in this interview. As you know, I am a fan of your work andContinue reading “Love Vampire: Behind the Scenes of Songwriting with Ashley Quinter”

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Independent Artist TrappDee Heats Up with Latest Album, Trapp Skylark

The artist on deck today is an independent artist with new music you need to hear. TrappDee connected with me on social media like many artists but impressed me by reaching out via email with links to his music and some unreleased new music just for me. You know a girl loves exclusives. While scanning his catalog, I was impressed by his sound and drawn in by some creative album art. Today, I share about his most recent project, an album entitled Trapp Skylark. Let’s get into it! Who is TrappDee? TrappDee connected with me through Instagram by way ofContinue reading “Independent Artist TrappDee Heats Up with Latest Album, Trapp Skylark”

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New All-Independent Spooky Season Playlist for Your Halloween Kickback

If you are looking for a Halloween music playlist, you’re in the right place! I am sharing my current Spooky Season playlist with you this week, featuring thirteen (my lucky number!) of my favorite independent artists that happen to have songs fitting the theme and season. Feel free to save the playlist, share it with your friends, stream it at your events, and enjoy!  Spooky Season Playlist Details This Halloween music playlist, hosted on Spotify and Apple Music, features the following songs that I know you will love:  Check out all of these artists and their complete catalogs! Many artistsContinue reading “New All-Independent Spooky Season Playlist for Your Halloween Kickback”

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How to Get Featured on Spotify Playlists

In the time that I have spent as a streaming radio show host, attraction marketing lover, and writer in the independent artist scene, I’ve learned that there are gaps in marketing for independent artists and that artists signed to the majors don’t have to bridge. One of those struggles centers around getting new ears to hear and ultimately falling in love with your music. Playlisting seems to be a small part of the answer here, but with so much information on playlisting, how it works, and how to catch a big break on a massive list, it’s hard to differentiateContinue reading “How to Get Featured on Spotify Playlists”

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Louisiana Artist, PgmKing, Drops New Track, ‘EyesOnYou’

PgmKing is one of the many artists I’ve connected with through my work with independent artists on social media. His music has a uniquely eclectic sound, represented in his rap, R&B, and hip-hop catalog with a little southern vibe. Because his music doesn’t check just one box, I asked PgmKing how he would describe his style. From what he tells me, he doesn’t define his sound because he can work his way into many genres. Instead, he focuses on expressing himself in any given moment. For the future, he says he looks forward to trying new things and experimenting musically.Continue reading “Louisiana Artist, PgmKing, Drops New Track, ‘EyesOnYou’”

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Chris “Phantom” Fields’ New Album, “What I Meant To Say”

Every single day I see and respond to requests for new music. Where are you looking when you say you can’t find fresh sound? There is so much talent pouring out of social media pages that your friends and friends of friends are making. All you have to do is pay attention. That is how I connected with Chris Fields. He is a friend of a friend who caught my attention with a single verse. If you follow me, you know RichFraz from my past articles. Fraz is a childhood friend and someone I used to sing with in theContinue reading “Chris “Phantom” Fields’ New Album, “What I Meant To Say””

New to You Music: $kumbag Deuce’s ‘BUSSIT’ is Worth Spinning the Block

I am so grateful to the collective of artists and creatives who continue to support what I do. My online community here at Photobombshell.media and in my social media circles is a microcosm that takes care of itself and one another. The content I produced for my radio show almost four years ago continues to work hand-in-hand with building relationships with independent artists, highlighting their work, and helping me to discover their industry challenges and needs. Through learning about all of you, I am better able to provide or navigate toward resources to make independent musicians competitors in the musicContinue reading “New to You Music: $kumbag Deuce’s ‘BUSSIT’ is Worth Spinning the Block”

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One Last ‘Baecay’ Before the End of the Summer

CAL. is a marketing professional, independent musician, rapper, producer, the guy who does everything, and the ‘Friday Night Frequency’ series guest host for Photobombshell Radio. Since I connected with him years ago, he has been supportive, innovative, and relentless in promoting his music and the music of independent artists (sound familiar?). Because he never misses an opportunity for promotion, CAL.’s new song and a digital call to action landed firmly in my inbox on July 22. Now the track is nearing 10,000 streams, and while I am three weeks behind everyone else, I am now falling in love with hisContinue reading “One Last ‘Baecay’ Before the End of the Summer”

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Island Pop/Hip Hop Artist, Kupid aka Q, Releases New Album

In July 2022, the album ‘Thank Q‘ landed in my email inbox, and after a quick preview, I knew I wanted to write about the project. The rap sections are solid, and, in general, the project makes me move. Follow along with me as I break down the project track by track and share what I learned about the rap, hop hop, and island pop artist, Kupid aka Q. Who is Kupid aka Q? Q is no stranger to the music business. He has been performing since he was a teen and made his first big break when he joinedContinue reading “Island Pop/Hip Hop Artist, Kupid aka Q, Releases New Album”

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Independent Artist, Rich Pesos, is the Self-Proclaimed ‘MVP’

I run into new artists in the funniest ways. I honestly don’t know how I ended up connecting with today’s artist, but he stood out to me because of a few things. He doesn’t spam with links, sends specific requests in the DM, and pays attention to what I tell him in passing discussions. If you work with me, especially if you submitted a song for review, you know it will take me a minute to get to you – I am a one-woman show over here, running my shit and some other people’s too. This artist followed up correctly,Continue reading “Independent Artist, Rich Pesos, is the Self-Proclaimed ‘MVP’”

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Meet Independent Artist, Slay Mayas & Why ‘It’s My Time’

As with most artists and musicians I’ve met in recent history, today’s artist connected with me through Instagram, so anyone who says that it’s not a tool for music discovery isn’t trying that hard. Today, I want to take a few moments with a meet the artist feature and answer the question: Who is Slay Mayas? Who is Slay Mayas? If you take a few minutes to read her biography or google her name, you’ll learn that Slay Mayas is an American singer and songwriter originally from Queens, New York. What is not in that bio is her passion forContinue reading “Meet Independent Artist, Slay Mayas & Why ‘It’s My Time’”

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Song Review: Boom Bangaz Debuts New Single, ‘Island Girl’

This week, I check out another summer vibe sent to me from Riddimstream Marketing, ‘Island Girl‘ from Boom Bangaz. I receive numerous emails and submissions from this particular marketing team regularly, but ‘Island Girl’ stood out to me because it falls into the usual genres that I review and because of the striking pink on the album art. Yes, these small things ABSOLUTELY do matter to people whether they notice that about themselves or not. Your imagery and submission to bloggers, playlisters, and venues in genres that align with their typical work are critical when seeking placement or press. WhoContinue reading “Song Review: Boom Bangaz Debuts New Single, ‘Island Girl’”

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Independent Musicians, Here’s How to Write Emails That Get Opened

I have shared a few times on this platform about increasing your reach through publications and blogs, getting more press for your music, and networking with influencers in the industry to promote your work. Many times, one of the first steps to building those relationships and garnering powerful partnerships that help both sides is an email. How do you write an email that grabs your recipient’s attention and keeps them interested long enough to view your inclusions (electronic press kit, anyone?)? Read on for how to write emails that get opened! Formatting For A Winning Email Based on my personalContinue reading “Independent Musicians, Here’s How to Write Emails That Get Opened”

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Song Review: New Music from Ike Rhein is a ‘Summer Breeze’

Managers, marketers, independent record labels, and public relations firms have flooded my inbox lately with gems. I am never sad to have so many GREAT songs to listen to and review, so expect a constant stream of song and album reviews stacking up here at Photobombshell.media to publish in the coming weeks (Wednesdays and Saturdays!). There is something about the summertime that brings good vibes, fun tunes, and rhythms that move you. Recent submissions for review have been nothing short of a breath of fresh air, with today’s topic included. This week, I take an in-depth look and listen toContinue reading “Song Review: New Music from Ike Rhein is a ‘Summer Breeze’”

10 Things to Include in an EPK That Stands Out

Your Electronic Press Kit (EPK) is your business card, resume, and social media master document. For artists, the EPK is a powerful marketing piece shared with various organizations when seeking press, placement, air time, bookings, and more, so it must be professional, polished, and complete. Today, I share tips on preparing your EPK and 10 things to include for an EPK that stands out. In a perfect world, your EPK will live on your website. While this is not possible for everyone, depending on where you are in your musical career, there are other options for sharing your kit. You canContinue reading “10 Things to Include in an EPK That Stands Out”

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‘Instagram is a Liar,’ New Music from Beniton

I have finally reached the level in my music writing career where promoters, managers, and marketing teams follow directions, sending electronic press kits via email without asking me in other places. Directly emailing me saves so much time by not having to duplicate efforts and streamlining my creative process. Streamlining my process seems like a small thing, but it has taken years to build my name to this point, and it is AWESOME. The downside to being well-loved by labels and other marketers is that I receive tons of off-genre or underdeveloped artists who immediately end up in my trashContinue reading “‘Instagram is a Liar,’ New Music from Beniton”

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New Music from Wiz Gains Quick Wins Through Calculated Risk

Wiz Hard Hittin, or Wiz as he is commonly referred to, is a rapper from Worcester, Massachusetts. I connected with Wiz through Instagram and my radio show, immediately noticing his bright red beard which was a topic of discussion when we first connected and in his radio interview on Photobombshell Radio. Through my conversations with Wiz, I learned that from an early age, Wiz knew he intended to follow his dreams through a music career. Because of this early passion for music, it is not surprising that he released his first group project in 2013, named 508 Alliance, which allowedContinue reading “New Music from Wiz Gains Quick Wins Through Calculated Risk”

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Get Lifted to Keithian’s Latest Album, ‘Green Clouds’

Writing a review on anything from Keithian is hard for me because I LOVE Keithian, and anything he touches is gold. How can I be unbiased? Today, I take an in-depth look at new music from Keithian, focusing on his recent album release, ‘Green Clouds,’ and discuss why this album and his entire catalog have something for every music lover. Who is Keithian? Keithian is one of my favorite independent artists of any genre. He is creative beyond measure, understands how music connects to human emotion and has the animal magnetism necessary to be a star. I have had theContinue reading “Get Lifted to Keithian’s Latest Album, ‘Green Clouds’”

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Song Review: Mikyla Cara Releases New Single, ‘Wondering’

From 2019 through 2021, I created, produced, and hosted a streaming radio show on the Stationhead app. I built the radio show highlighting independent artists and welcoming them to the streaming community on that app. Word of mouth got around through a handful of very cool artists, like Ciph Boogie, who shared the news about what I was doing on the app. Caljamonit (who we lovingly call Cal), an artist and marketer, who would become my mini-series guest co-host and one of my favorite music marketing colleagues, approached me to put some of his artists on my interview list. IncrediblyContinue reading “Song Review: Mikyla Cara Releases New Single, ‘Wondering’”

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