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Kimberly Shires of Hear Me Roar Studio: “It’s Not a Dude’s Thing”

Kimberly Shires, Female Producer and Owner of Hear Me Roar Studios

A continuing conversation in the music industry is the role of female music producers; today, about 4% of the music producers are women. Kimberly Shires, music producer and owner of Hear Me Roar Studio, is looking to change that statistic. Join contributing writer, Margaret Adams, as she and Shires discuss the industry and how producing music isn’t as hard as it looks. Shires’ deep background with music informed her journey to being a studio owner. She played in an orchestra as a kid, leaning on a classical side for most of her life. After graduating college with a degree in Clarinet, she felt burnt out from music and took a hiatus. “I just pivoted, I changed directions completely and put it away,” Shires said.

Stephanie Mathias Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: Daring, Vulnerable, and Pushing the Boundaries

Stephanie Mathias "Hispanic Heritage Month" Press Photo

For Stephanie Mathias, music is an integral part of life. The pop singer-songwriter has gone from playing violin in orchestras in Mexico to running a music podcast (DC Music Rocks) to collaborating with local DMV artists on her own songs. As an award-winning violinist, singer, songwriter, and pianist, her diverse repertoire in the music industry speaks for itself, but Mathias has much more up her sleeve.

This Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrate with Stephanie Mathias as she and contributing writer, Margaret Adams, explore the ways in which Mathias’s own Hispanic…

Heyni Solera and Rodrigo Avalos Mix Tango and Classical Music in “Bach en Bandoneón”

Heyni Solera and Rodrigo Avalos “Bach en Bandoneón”

Recent Articles By Margaret Adams Washington D.C.-based bandoneonist Heyni Solera has released her album “Bach en Bandoneón” in collaboration with her colleague, Rodrigo Avalos. The musicians’ first album features expert arrangements of classics from Bach’s wide range of iconic pieces, as well as original compositions that honor Bach. While Solera began playing piano at four […]

Beth Ann McDowell Returns to Her Roots in New Album, The Sim Is Real

Beth Ann McDowell The Sim Is Real Album Art

Recent Articles By Daniel Warren Hill Beth Ann McDowell offers a bit of whimsy in a new track, “The Sim Is Real,” from her new album of the same title produced with indie rock veteran R. Walt Vincent (Liz Phair, Pete Yorn). Beginning with keys and drums for a short introduction before being joined by […]

Breaking Up Storm Clouds with ‘Sunshine on a rainy day’ by sunsets and bad bets

sunsets and bad bets_Sunshine on a rainy day

Recent Articles By Charlie Maybee Amsterdam based singer-songwriters, sunsets and bad bets, have released their debut single “Sunshine on a rainy day”, which manages a healthy dose of optimism to help round out latter half of the week. With the combined efforts of classical composer David Collier and jazz singer, Sydney Imani, we get a […]

Marvillous Beats: ‘People Look at Me as Bridging the Gritty Roots of Hip-Hop and Fusing It with This Super Classical Instrument’

D.C. violinist Marvillous Beats fuses hip-hop and classical music

Bronx, New York-born, D.C.-based violinist Marvillous Beats is no stranger to success. He’s produced songs for Tory Lanez, performed live with Wale, appeared with GoldLink on NPR Tiny Desk, and more. After only a few minutes with Marvillous Beats, you realize one of the secrets to his growing appeal exists in his warmth, authenticity, and ability to serve as a bridge. Learn more about Marvillous Beats’ journey, including how architecture influences his creative process, the effect of fatherhood on his art, and the role his Jamaican roots play in allowing him to inspire young Black males.

Alexia Christian Finds Herself in the Process of ‘Losin’ Myself’

Rockville, Maryland native Alexia Christian releases empowering single, "Losin' Myself"

Recent Articles By Cynthia Gross https://youtu.be/4QoBRCneuFQ This Alchemical Records article is read by the author to provide a multimedia experience for our audience while increasing the accessibility of our content to persons with hearing loss, low vision, dyslexia, physical or motor disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum. With her recent single, “Losin’ Myself,” Rockville, […]