by The Alchemist
Michael “Michael Stefan” Marshall represents a new generation of music makers who artistically push boundaries while challenging society’s status quo of what constitutes normal. Born in Suffolk, Virginia in October of 1995, Michael grew up in a rural setting eventually growing bored at an early age enough to ask, “What is life? Who am I? Why is life the way it is? Who are we as a culture? Why?” The essence of Michael’s being is the making of innovative music today. “Music is my therapy. I need it. Anyone whose seen death close along with drug abuse to those you love without understanding will force you to grow”. The message in Stefan’s unique approach to music shows anyone listening to just be themselves no matter what obstacle. Before being offered multiple major recording deals headed into the Pandemic of 2020 Stefan released two independent mix-tapes along with a few music videos.
His newest track is called, “Rula” and it features Yung Trap, and John Concepcion. The production of this song starts with a catchy sample eventually evolving into a hard-hitting 808 filled beat with vocals that resemble that of Chris Brown (another DMV native). The verses bring some very catchy lyricism by using memorable bars to entertain the listeners’ ear. Check out the song below.
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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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