by The Alchemist
Otis Fonde is a kid from the rural town of Prince George, VA that chose to sit in his room to make beats and write rhymes over watching television and playing games. He would spend hours, nights and weekends making songs, yet everyone overlooked this particular dedication and focus to music. Instead, he was told to make sure he goes to college and get a good job. After continuing a federal government job in Washington D.C. and becoming consumed by the typical “work to live” lifestyle, he decided to venture off to Las Vegas for his career and a change of scenery. His practicality allowed for an engaging and adventurous experience; yet, Otis Fonde always maintained his genuine characteristics as a sincere, loyal, and passionate person. It was in Vegas where Otis Fonde met a few other aspiring artists in the music industry such as Deon, a close and dear friend who has always been a strong driving force in his music from Day 1. Despite life’s changes, trials, and tribulations, music has been the one and only thing that always makes Otis Fonde feel complete. Otis Fonde’s lyrics are methodical, well thought out, have a meaning and describe a story or situation, that is capable of pulling emotions out of the listener. Wise and always thinking years ahead, many of his songs explain a scenario or life event long before it actually happens in some shape or form. His music creates a mood that takes you on a trip. Otis where we going!?
His newest track is called, “804 Part 2” and has some of the best lyricism we’ve heard in a while. The beat is a Drake-esque beat that has samples that we fell in love with. As you listen to this song you’ll admire the upbeat feel to it, as this is a great song to listen too while working out. 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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