Jon Sadiku, who performs under the name ION, released “Xeno” on July 14th. The title of the track invokes the image of everything different.
“I use the word ‘Xeno’ in this song as a metaphorical expression for our individual quirks. We each have our own ‘out of this world’ ways of perceiving, behaving, and living,” ION says about the track. “They make YOU who YOU are and there is no right or wrong in that! ‘Xeno’ thus elaborates on this sentiment, where I talk about my own gradual acceptance with my ways.”
He leads us through this journey with dreamy instrumentals that weave in front of and behind the vocals of the track. His voice seems to come out of the woodwork, explaining to the listener that he is finally happy with where he is in his life, no matter how weird it may seem to others.
The London-born artist spent a lot of time in the mountains of Kosovo, where he cultivated his love for abstract art. This passion for abstraction is clearly seen in ‘Xeno’ with the way that ION combines the calming rhythms of hip-hop with the synthesis of trap music. You can feel the influence of his life in the mountains by the way this track rises to peaks before settling in valleys over and over in a range of ways.
Keep an eye out for this emerging star as he continues to innovate new ways to bend genres by following his Instagram. “Xeno” is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Percy Sampson, New Orleans born and Virginia bred, is finishing up their time at University of Mary Washington, where they are double majoring in English and Theatre. A passionate writer, they spend most of their free time working on (mostly horror) scripts and short stories.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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