Indie-alt artist, producer, and composer, K.eena, recalls her first encounter with music technology in high school when she took a music technology class. It was there that she was introduced to Logic Pro X and film scoring, which led her to pursue a degree in Music Technology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2019, K.eena won the NAMM President’s Innovation Award and she also released her first single, “East Coast Summer”, a light-hearted, nostalgic tune about driving along the coast and enjoying the warm breeze.

K.eena is undoubtedly good at what she does. The song’s production is tight and…


Filipino-artist, Lucas Geniza or better known by his artist name, “Lukey”, recently shared his journey as an Asian-American artist on the FOCUS Podcast hosted by Marina Ballesteros.

Aside from writing and producing his own music, Lukey creates his own cover art and has built an aesthetic concept for himself as an artist. Characterized by pastel colors and grainy photos, Lukey’s music is catchy, cleverly-written, and mainstream. Lukey’s production is stellar to the point that it might even be comparable to that of his inspirations, Frank Ocean and Toro y Moi.

In the podcast, Lukey talks about trying to find his…


Montreal/Toronto-based singer-songwriter and producer, Vanessa Richardson, hypnotizes listeners with her immersive, cross-genre songs. At 17, she released her debut self-produced EP, ‘Dawn Cadence’. Being entirely self-taught, she describes a process of forming melodies in a world of her own — her head, which are then transferred to her software and unleashed into our world.

Her latest single, “Spider” is a standalone work of art that draws the listener in with its low melodies and experimental sounds.

Richardson’s production techniques are creative and personal. …


In an exclusive interview, I sat down with Emily Li, also known as Emili, to talk about her music career thus far and plans for the future.

As the pandemic continues to impact the lives of people around the world, restlessness is becoming a common feeling for those of us who have been stuck at home for months now. Many people have begun picking up new hobbies in an attempt to escape the boredom. But what does it feel like to do nothing? In Emili’s new single, “Nothing”, she talks about exactly that.

Emili is a an emerging pop singer-songwriter…


Like many of you, I have been stuck at home for so long that I don’t even remember what day it is anymore. One day, I opened my window and saw that the June sunshine had arrived which reminded me that it was Pride Month. This celebration of the LGBTQ+ community is usually greeted by the annual Pride Parade and countless other live music festivals and concerts around the city but this year, everything is different. There is no live music and no parade. Yet, Pride Month still must endure. …


A little less than two years ago, a hopeful young R&B artist released her debut EP, Vacant, a unique, upbeat collection of songs produced by students at Humber College. Now, the 20-year old, Nigerian-born, Pickering-raised Amaka Queenette shows her soulful side in her new visual EP, Fleeting, Inconsequential.

Fleeting, Inconsequential is a stand-alone gem in its complexity and creativity; it’s unlike anything other R&B artists are doing. Queenette reminds me of Daniel Caesar, the Oshawa-native who has taken the world by storm. Her music draws from contemporary R&B elements while creating a whole new world inside of each song.

“Suffocate”…


Many songwriters will often tell you that the inspiration behind a certain song is to send a message to someone that will no longer listen to them. The key is writing down what they wanted to say and crystallizing it into a beautiful piece of art that forces them to listen. For Brooklyn-based, Vietnamese-American artist, ÊMIA, her inspiration came after being ghosted by a former love interest.

In her new single, “Behind the Scenes”, she sings about feeling used and hurt by someone she thought she had a connection with. The opening line, “I get a little panic attack/thinking about…


In the music industry of 2020, anything goes. Particularly, the resurgence of 90’s rock and punk sounds such as Service Delay’s new EP, Splash.

However, Splash is anything but nostalgic. From intricate guitar solos to a live crowd call-and-response, the EP is yet another example of the hidden gems of the Toronto music scene. No doubt the band is very tight, having been playing together since 2017. Service Delay has since released two EPs and numerous singles. …


Last month, at the recommendation of a friend, I went to see the album release show of an emerging Toronto artist. The George Ignatieff Theatre at the University of Toronto (which I’d been to many times before for piano competitions), was packed with people of all ages eager for Daniel Monte and his band to hit the stage.

In short, it was one of the best concerts I’d been to in a while; the production and flow of the show were planned perfectly and he brought his audience deep into his music. The fluidity with which he switches between the…


As 2019 comes to a close and we move into a new decade, we reflect on the music genre that took over the music scene: bedroom pop.

One of the trademarks of this past decade was the inception and popularization of DIY artists and home studios. A DIY artist is an independent artist who writes, records and produces their own songs, usually in their own homes. With the advancement of DAW (Digital Audio Workstations) such as Logic Pro X by Apple, Ableton Live and FL Studios, more and more artists are leaning towards making their own music. Gone are the…

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