Dallas Observer Music Awards

I am so humble that I got to experience and be apart of the Dallas Observer Music Awards(DOMA)  production this years . It was truly an experience, I got to meet and listen to so many different artist it was amazing and some how eye opening.

Saturday / The Showcase

DOMA got over 100 of Artist, Musicians, & Djs to perform in 1 of the 6 venues Dallas Observer  provided. On Saturday all the artists performed and put on a showcase for that particular venue to which they was assigned . I stage managed at the venue Club Da Da where musicians ands bands like Pearl Earl, Sudie, T.Y.E, Gary Owen, & many more put on a show! The venue I was at had so much talent I can only imagine what was going down at the other venues! I had time to slip into Off The Record and caught Dj Mike B on set and he was jamming ! He made OTR a whole vibe! My day started from 1 pm to 2 a.m so you can imagine when the last set was over , I was over ! It was a long and beautiful day. I admire everyone that came out and showed support.

(It was such a busy day I have no pictures)

Tuesday (The Ceremony)

The Ceremony was held at Canton Hall sister to The Bomb Factory. The Ceremony was held so that the Dallas community could come out and see some of our best artist get  recognize. Throughout the Ceremony  different artists & bands performed, the performances that caught my eye was M3CCA, Medicine Man Revival  & 88Killa. Whom all performed covers of popular Dallas Musician.

The categories & category winners I am going to list is the most important to me so it is important that you check some of these artist out!

 

Best Album / The Best Country Act: The Texas Gentleman, TX Jelly

Best DJ: Dj Sober

Best Dj Night: Fresh 45

Best EP/ Mixtape: Sudie, Prism

Best Female Vocalist: Sudie

Best Pop Act: Sudie

(She won 3 Awards, Which is no surprise because she is truly amazing !!) 

Best Festival: Homegrown

(I’ve personally never heard of Homegrown, so I was surprised they won because not only have I not heard of the event but  JMBLYA was also in the running & that’s my shit) 

Best Hip Hop / Rap Act: Bobby Sessions

Best Song: Bobby Sessions, Dollar & Sense

Best Producer: Sikwitit

(He produced Dollar & Sense for Bobby Sessions) 

Best Music Video: San Leo, Grenade

Best Venue (Under 500 capacity): Club DaDa

Best Venue (Over 500 capacity): Bomb Factory

( It was a lot of good venues in the running for this but the Bomb Factory is the Bomb so good choice) 

Everybody did an amazing job, I can not wait till next year!

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Fiesta Production, Giving Back Edition

A Fiesta Production, Giving Back Edition

To Family & Friends
This is a Fiesta Production! It’s that time of the year again , last year I collected donations from individuals to give back to the less fortunate. It turned out to be such a team effort & good turn out that I would like do it again . Over hundreds of donations were received and passed out last year, so it has to be bigger and better this year !
This time I want to collect snacks, water, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toiletries ect. Any donation is appreciated, but the ones listed above has been noted to be important!
I will be collecting donations now-Dec 28. I will assemble the donations on the 28th so that they are ready for delivery on the 29th. If you would like to meet up just contact me or you can drop off the items at Starr Abamu’s (Sisters) house.
Everyone is welcome to join the pass out process we can even grab lunch afterwards!
“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living”
Sincerely,
Fiesta

No Jumper x Lil Yachty

@Fiestacray

@NoJumper

@Adam22

+ Fiesta’s Unasked for Opinions =

(This isn’t college ! I legit got all my info from Adam22 “NoJumper” interview featuring Lil Yachty, I fw the interview so much I had to speak on it)

We all know I am a Lil Yachty fan, maybe one of the biggest! I mean I been there from jump, I’ve said this plenty of times in previous blog post. I have been fiend for an interview like this and I couldn’t be more lit that I finally got my fix! This interview literally answers all my life questions (boost) but Yachty related, YES! Man… I don’t know where to start but lets get into it!

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Photo: No jumper

 

Sound Cloud Artist

I heard my first Lil Yachty song on Sound Cloud so I guess it is safe to say he started as a “Sound Cloud Rapper” but as mentioned in the interview he was not boxed in that category for long. Adam22 and Yachty speaks on how when he was on sound cloud the beats was harder and the music was raw and I couldn’t agree more but we’ll speak on that more when we get into the “Mainstream” topic. When I first started listening to Yachty the music didn’t make sense but I liked it, it was different and I was here for it. After the Freshman Class XXL 2016 emerged from Sound Cloud the music has not been the same in my opinion but after the interview Yachty seems to agree. The Sound Clod music scene is becoming weird but not in a good way Yachty took the words out of my mouth when he said, “Ni**as be doing weird shit for attention”. Don’t get me wrong I still turn to Sound Cloud in hope of running into some of my favorite artist throw aways or just to listen to some of my upcoming friends but for the most part these Sound Cloud Artist is becoming a bunch of mumbo jumbo that I cant relate to. Yachty admits that when he was on Sound Cloud it was easier for him to grab better beats and the beats was actually better and I can see that. Now he feels like he has to reach out to bigger producers like Metro Boomin because the others are harder to reach due to his status.

Mainstream

Let me start by staying one of my pet peeves is when I’m talking about lil Yachty and a mf is so oblivious to were I have to start signing “I SPY” or “Broccoli” and then they get it! I knew the day would come when Yachty had to go mainstream but because I’m loyal I was ready for it and I supported it. Yachty mentions how he had to get to the money in many different ways rather it being going mainstream and making an album for mainstream fans or hopping a Target endorsement. In this interview Yachty is smarter than we think, he understands he had to elevate in every aspect. If you are a real fan you know that Lil Boat and Lost Files sound completely different from Teenage Emotions. When you watch the Interview Yachty explains why. In my opinion her put the main in mainstream but he still wow’d us by putting his unique twist on things by relating to all different kinds of “teenage emotions” its genius !

Lil Boat 2 ON THE WAY!

Man Oh Man! When Yachty kept mentioning how Lil Boat 2 is on the way I almost fell to the flow, I mean seriously. Now we can get that radio sh!t out the way and get to the real deal, that raging sh!t ! I do not believe if he set date but I will surely be on the look out!

Overall

@Adam22 did an amazing job covering old and new beef, upcoming projects, and really just picking Yachty’s brain. I didn’t cover even half so you defiantly have to check out the interview. CHECK THIS INTERVIEW OUT!

 

 

Evanda

I met Evanda when she was pursuing her fashion career, she put me on with the opportunity to be in a fashion show. Ever since then we’ve stayed in contact and I have been able to see her grow and be successful in many things. Evanda is known around Dallas for being a hair slayer and her unique style but just these past 6 months she has been making a lot of waves with her music alone.

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Evanda made her big debut with a girl boss inspired EP, Paradox which features her major hit “Pretty Girl Gang” which is one of my favorite songs as well! This EP can be found on SoundCloud  or you can even buy a hard copy on her website http://EvandaElite.com . Within days of droping the EP she also dropped a visual / music video for “Pretty Girl Gang”. A very live and vibrant video featuring herself & her girl gang !

 

On this EP you will hear a lot of girl impowered or boss bi**h music. Doing an Interview with Dallas’s most popular radio station 97.9 The Beat, Evanda mentions how she has always been big on embracing women and enhancing their beauty. While being an influential young lady herself, Evanda is influenced by early 90’s girl group TLC & Missy ElLiot.7EF0FD1A-4106-41B4-905C-C42517A815A8

Evanda says, “we can expect another amazing visual on Black Friday.
I love y’all thanks for supporting me I have so much under my sleeve so stay tuned by subscribing to EvandaELITE.com and turning on my post notifications on instagram.”

 

Dear Evanda ,

You’re doing great sweetie, keep doing you!

Follow her on her social to CHECK OUT MORE !

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Kid Cudi

Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin Tour

a.k.a a VIBE X1000

It’s no secret that 2016 was a hard year for Kid Cudi but if you are a true fan, you know it is a deeper message behind all of his music and he has always had a hard time far as being accepted and just going through life period.

Let me be the first to tell you that he is back and better than ever! His presence on stage was ecstatic, he kept a smile on his face literally the whole time and I don’t know if it was just me but you could literally feel his happiness and I knew he was in a better place. He came on stage alone, NO ENTOURAGE, and NO DJ so it was easy to focus on just him. The energy he gave us was so rich I could taste it, he danced and the crowd followed. I want to take notice to how Cudi did not come out in a whole Gucci fit with 10 chains on, he had on a red Adidas shirt & some pants, NO FLEX ZONE on a serious level. I mentioned that because Cudi produced his whole album which means all that Money is all his but he shows us he doesn’t need to be iced out to show he really in his bag!

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Set

I usually never speak on stage set up but this was one to talk about, so lets talk about it! The set was covered in prop WEED PLANTS! The building was already so fogged out with weed smoke, that it really complemented the set. Throughout the concert there was snow on some scenes and when it was snow it reminded me of smoking and chilling in Colorado (even though I never been to Colorado but I imagine that’s how it would be ).

Merch

Merch was high as hell! The end. No seriously I’ve never seen merchandise so high in my life. I planned on getting a hoodie but it was $105 which is outrageous. When I got home I notice a Champions logo on my shirt and it all made sense. We all know when it is designer we are paying for the name.

Recap

Yall know Lil Yachty is my favorite performer  and far as concerts I always give him the number but that spot has been changed. This was literally one of the best concerts I have ever been too. Everything was perfect, the song choices was perfect, even though this was for his new album he still showed a lot of  love to his old hits. He even brings King Chip out, who is featured on “Just What I Am”. As I mentioned he is in a much better place and if his body language and vibe didn’t confirm it, right before he performed “The Pursuit of Happiness” he spoke on his pass and how he is in a much better place which really warmed my heart because it really shows. He announced that he will be back sooner than we think and has more music on the way! Which is very exciting to me because its been a long time come and I’m ready!

(when he performed “Surfin” I came alive!) It is very important to remain doing you, create your own wave & ride that motha fucka!

 

Brandon Paul

I am not sure how but I stumbled upon Brandon Paul’s music via SoundCloud but the first song I ever heard I instantly became a fan. Later I soon found out Brandon and I have mutual friends, one of my friends had a show and I got to meet Brandon myself. It was so funny because I was truly having a fan moment to where I was so nervous to even walk in and say HI! After breaking the ice Brandon is very down to earth and easy to talk to. I love and relate to his music so much so it was an easy decision on  who was going to be the first featured artist in my new Artist Category.

Earlier Life

Brandon was born in Atlanta, Georgia he moved to Dallas when he was very young but soon enough moved back to Atlanta in 8th grade. To keep it short he spent a lot of time between Dallas and Atlanta, he came back to Dallas at the age of 17 and graduated from Duncanville High School. Needless to say and most importantly Brandon calls Dallas home!

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Brandon Paul is a man of many talents he writes his own music, engineers, and produces, all beside makes beats. He has engineered some of our favorite Dallas artist music such as: Kev Quais, Sleaze, TayK, and Wa$teey which I love the thought of that because those are also other good artist with good music. Although Brandon has collab and helped a lot of people he pays much respect to @MoneySignPeso and @TopflightBlue for helping him the most throughout his journey.

We see a lot of artist getting caught in the hype and never really know their motives so I think it is important to mention that Brandon writes music for the odd bods at school or in the work place. He wants his message in his music to be “Be ok with being different” which we all need to be reminded of sometime.

Now onto the music, I always feel that the artist favorite song is their best song but unfortanly for us Brandon Paul’s favorite song which is  Delusion, will never be released due to higher beings<<<. This is his favorite song because he feels like when he wrote it he had an outer body experience and he was more in touch with himself and feelings.

If you’re looking to check Brandon out, my favorite song is Recognize . I like to think of it as an inspirational song; it is one verse in the song that always leaves me thinking, it goes, “calling on God I think that his stalling.” I asked him what did he mean by that and he explained when he wrote that song he was in the point in his life when he was figuring things out but believes things take time and is patient with Gods timing. With that being said I asked him does he think its taking him a minute to get the full recognition he deserves. He replied with no because like mentioned before he believes in timing.

 

 My favorite part and what I was curious to know is why Brandon doesn’t promote himself and music as much, he had the most unique answer, he asked me, ” how many facebook commercials have I seen.” I literally had to think about it but of course i’ve seen none.” Facebook has been promoted word of mouth and has had a successful outcome. Which is the point, Brandon rather his music speak for its self.

For a little fun I personally like to know what other artist influence that particular artist to see if their music some how corresponds with one another in a way. For example if SZA was to say Kehlani influences her, that would make sense because they both make music for bad ass independent women. So I ask him these question and unfortunately he responded , ” Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper and Michael Jackson. I said unfortunately because my assumption was wrong and slightly because those artist are pretty basic far as that being everybody’s favorite, I was expecting him to say Kid Cudi and once you listen to Brandon’s music you’ll see why.

Be sure to be on the look how for Brandon Paul next project titled “Good Advice” and I know we all need some GOOD ADVICE!

SZA

THE CTRL TOUR

I Honestly don’t have too much to say…

I was so excited to see SZA, herself and Kehlani  are my spirit animals so I was more than ecstatic to see her.

Merch

Merch was very simple very SZA, she had solid color T’s with Ctrl printed on them. The shirt I got was the closes to unique, it has a flowers, an avocado, and a candy corn on it…

The concert

The concert was a vibe but it went by sooo quick! It was not much of a dj to hype the crowd but in the same sentence that may be how she likes her sets to be. SZA has a shy spirit about her which is cute but kind of made the show boring. She didn’t play much of her old music which was fine with me because I’m a CTRL album fan but for the old heads I’m sure they would have appreciated it. The concert may have went by quick because it started an hour late and she probably didn’t get to use all of her time, I’m not sure. This is literally all I have to say about this, I would still go to another show I just know what to expect.

Recap