June 29th, 2018 Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake, dropped what has been said to be the album of the year! The album, rightfully named “Scorpion,” for it’s lethal lyrics and of course to represent his Zodiac sign of Scorpio, has seemed to break the internet.
Coach Wave is a rapper, producer, and graphic designer from the east coast who loves the color green and describes himself as an artist in the truest sense of the word. He says that he raps for fun and doesn’t want to confine himself to any particular creative field. We caught up with him on vacation in California, where he was visiting his girlfriend and living the Verde lifestyle.
IdOMUSIC: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! I know you're in Cali right now, but where are you based out of?
Coach Wave: I live in DC right now. I connected with a lot of people in New York City as well, and we still rock with each other.
IDM: Cool, that's how we caught onto you. It seems like you're pretty involved in the scene over there. I've seen you produce tracks for other artists, rap on tracks produced by other people, and rap on your own production. Do you consider yourself more of a rapper or a producer?
CW: I’m an artist. I produce, graphic design, rap, everything. I really just rap because it’s another creative outlet for me. I don’t see myself rapping forever but I see myself producing and graphic designing forever. Rapping is cool, it’s fun, but at the end of the day I just do it for fun.
I would ultimately like to get into management and publishing. I went to school for music business and stuff like that. I just want to have my hand in whatever I can.
IDM: Yeah, that seems to be the wave these days amongst the people who go on to become genuine world-shapers and influencers. Speaking of that, who would you consider to be your biggest influences as far as production goes?
CW: I don’t know. I’d really say Pharell. I started making beats because of Purple Haze by Cam’ron. That album really motivated me to start producing. Also Indy music prod like Passion Pit, that’s what made me produce. Most of my production skills come from my friend Adam, (@moedoisnice). I don’t really have a style in particular. I just make what I think is good.
I just kept producing. I started producing and rapping at the same time. I still fuck with Pharell as a producer to the max, but I just don’t feel like I’m channeling anybody when I’m making beats.
IDM: I really love the cover art for "u know" did you make that yourself?
CW: Yeah I did. I used a burnt polaroid. I just burned a polaroid and put it in a bunch of different positions and took pictures of it. I'd never seen anyone else do it but I thought it was a dope idea.
IDM: So what are your goals as a creative and an artist? Do you want to be famous or just create art that you think is great, or both?
CW: Everybody needs a bag. So I need a bag first and foremost. I just create just to create. I like the idea of people having an opinion on work done. Just seeing growth in work. I'm not in it to be famous. That's not my goal. If a wave was to catch it'd be lit. I'm all for it, but that's not my goal. That's why I fuck with production. It don't make a difference to me how I get it, I just want the bag. It's not about the money. I didn't start creating to start being rich or nothing like that. I wasn't thinking about being an actual rapper or anything like that. I just thought that shit was fun.
IDM: Who’s one musician you’d absolutely love to be able to lock into a studio with and build a 5-track EP with?
CW: Definitely Young Thug. Just to be in the studio and be on tracks with Thug. He would have my shit turnt up.
IDM: Who’s one creative person you really admire, from any artistic area? Like an author, a rapper, a filmmaker, anyone.
CW: I don’t really look to a lot of people. I fuck with certain people. Musically I could say Jay-Z I guess. Anybody right now. Like the niggas who made Lyft and Uber. You know they be doing shit. All that is lit. I don’t really look to niggas like that for inspiration. I look to inspiration from real life. Like my family. It’s unique. Like anyone can get inspiration from Steve Jobs, but not everyone can get inspiration from my family. Plus I don’t even know that nigga, or person or woman or whatever, so I like to find my own inspiration. I like people when they’re not trying to ride anyone else’s wave.
Check out Coach Wave's new project, Green Island 4, recently released July 2nd.
August is a month for planning and executing the blueprint for the Fall. We are entering the last quarter of the year and as we start to take tally of our wins and losses there is an important question to answer: "What is next for me?"
Kodak Black recently released a highly anticipated song named “Tunnel Vision”. “Tunnel vision”, Kodak’s latest single, was produced by one of the hottest producers blazing through Atlanta, Metro Boomin. The title of the song gives a great insight into what the focal point of the song will be.
As the 2016 year comes to an end, a new legion of artist are pushing to the front with singles and EPs that seem promising going into the new year. With legend after legend being taken away, we must give attention to the new voices of the generation. The way music is consumed today it is easy to miss all the amazing talent actively werking. Lucky you have programs like Cookies and Lemonade which keep you updated on the new records coming out! I have compiled a list of 10 artist you should put an asterisk beside for 2017. These artist range in musical style and content. Simply click on image to go to respective Soundcloud page. Enjoy.
Thankful for all the great music being released as 2016 comes to an end and the streak continues with Yasiin Bey's 'December 99th' album. After going through much drama with South Africa where he has been detained since top of the year for attempting to leave country with a world passport. He has now been deemed an "undesirable person" by the country's home affairs department and will not be allowed to return.
The unfortunate events have led to new music solely produced with Ferrari Sheppard. The entire project was recorded in South Africa. Long time fans of Yasiin will rejoice to hear new music. The project is streaming on Tidal and tonight you can watch the exclusive concert. With such a story behind the music would it make you want to listen to the album more or does it matter? Give the album and listen and share comments .
Patchwerk Recording Studios is known for supplying artists with that sonically superior sound that will set them apart from the competition. During a session in Studio 1019 you are supplied with a certified tracking engineer that will assist in bringing your record to life.
The IdOMUSIC® Social Sessions Sunday is coming up this weekend, and we have a few artists scheduled to hit the stage. One of five acts you will see for this extended edition is Trendz Morrison.
Trendz Morrison was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Miami, Florida. He was known for his clothing line and throwing parties for the hottest artists in Miami, and Trendz always had a passion for various types of music, with hip-hop being his love. His influences include Nas, Tupac, and Mos Def. He worked on refining his rapping skills, leading to the release of his first mixtape, "Live Slow, Die Old." Once Trendz started building his fan base, he decided to direct his own videos and strengthen relationships with DJs and producers.
He took this positive energy and moved to Atlanta to start working on a new wave with some friends. Never forgetting his roots, Trendz travels back and forth to Omaha and Atlanta to help build the platform for his city. His journeying between the two cities has led to the latest mixtape, Alwayz F.E.A.R, meaning "Face Everything And Rise."
Trendz is a true hip-hop artist with a clear message: "You can make it out of anywhere and be somebody great. Simply follow your dreams. I'm not going anywhere. The music is my best friend, and God is good, man."
Get a preview of Trendz Morrison below, and stay tuned for more spotlight stories leading up to this weekend! Have you purchased your ticket yet?
Meet another one of our spotlight artist performing at IdOMUSIC® Social Session Sunday taking place tomorrow December 21st! He goes by the name of Mercury Jackson!
Mercury Jackon is a one-man rock band!
Known monogamously as Mr. Jackson. He is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and DJ. He is nothing short of a powerhouse. He makes the music he loves, and the people love it just as much. Born in sunny southern California, and raised in the relentless bass scene of Atlanta. He is a taste-maker and party commander with a priority for making people move.
Mercury Jackson is a genre busting hit maker with an in your face mix of electro and hip hop.Every song on his upcoming release is huge and phenomenal. With an undeniable amount of pop appeal and love for hip-hop; He effortlessly fuses two worlds together in the DJ booth, or in the recording studio. Mercury Jackson knows how to make people feel emotion on the dance floor.
2015 will be a big year for this young hit maker. Armed with hard hitting bass loaded hip-hop
anthems, and big beat epic club bangers, this young star is on fire.