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Music is genuine expression of the mind

Posted: January 18, 2018 in Band
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A-Badman2Who is Badman Caesar and why the name?

My name is Ojodale John, and I am from Kogi State, from Igala. So I’m proudly an Igala native. I am popularly called Badman Ceaser but you can just call me Caesar.

On why the name, at a point every individual come up with a name, something spectacular that would stand them out. For me, it used to be Caesar. My other name is Julius. So Caesar came out of Julius. Caesar is a king and I am from a royal lineage. My father is called the lion, so I am called the young lion. Putting the Badman is just to make it a little spectacular to standout

At what point did you venture into music?

I have been doing music since I was nine. I was always going to rehearsal with my mom, before you know I was in the choir singing and playing drums. I started playing drums as the youngest kid in the choir in my church, Living Faith, which I attended from 1999 to 2006 before we moved, and then I started attending another church. At that time, it was usually like, where is this boy, come and play the drums. That’s everybody story anyway. All that happened in Yobe. I continued when we moved to Abuja. When I turned 17, I knew I could sing well; I started doing little bit of singing at local events, and then went to school.

The passion made way for me. In school a friend had heard me singing and felt we should go to the studio and do some recording because I play guitar as well. My first guitar was a gift on my 18th birthday. Gradually, I became the 2face of ABU; I was always the headliner at every show on campus. There was no show you wouldn’t see me. Before I know it, I started getting shows from Kaduna, Kano and Abuja and that was it.

What kind of music do you do?

I am an all rounder; the only thing I don’t do is rap. I tried to rap but it doesn’t flow, so I stick to what I can. I do variety of music; I can wake up today and do reggae. I see music as a genuine expression of the mind. The mood also affect the individual, so when you are in good mood you tend to write good stuff and when you are in a bad mood, like when a girl breaks your heart you tend to write it. That is how it works with me. I try to keep away from things that affect me negatively, keep a positive vibe because of music. Basically, I do Afro, R&B, Reggae and Pop.

Any album so far?

No album yet, but I am still working on some song. I wouldn’t call it an album because I want to drop them in singles to see how far they can go. I have a couple of songs online including a Peace Song I did in 2013. The song went viral and that was the song that took me to the presidential villa. I performed there and I went on a tour with Press Play Nigeria o about 24 higher institutions and was awarded a Peace Ambassador. I never knew that song would take me that far. I was just at home one day and they called me, since I was in Abuja, I decided to go for the peace concert. There were prices for people to win. I just did my song and when I got to the peak of the song I realized that everybody was clapping. I never saw that song as a song that would make everybody clap. The concert was put together by 2Face Vote Not Fight Initiative.

What are you trying to do different from other artistes?

I am putting so many stuffs together just to get to where I am going. I know it is not going to be easy, and at some point I felt like giving up. All I am doing now is to focus on my career, which I believe will get me to where I am going.

What are your plans like for the next three years?

I have a big dream that kind of get me scared. What I see is too big, so trying to explain it is difficult. But in one word I see a star in the next three years. The world would know about me and where I come from because where I come from is very significant. Everybody talks about the minority; we are minor but very major because without Kogi you can’t cross to the East and to South; you can’t cross to the West or come from the other end to the north. I believe in Africa so much that in the next three years, people would be hearing about Africa in a different way

What is your take on the development of Nigerian music industry and challenges face by upcoming artiste like you?

On a scale of 100, I will put the Naija music industry on 60 per cent. The reason is that the entertainment industry right now requires money, which makes it difficult for people like us who are trying to come up to be heard. I have a video, which I am struggling to push on TV because it is capital intensive. South Africa has a more organised sector. People record and drop songs online with ease and as they are downloaded, it generate fund for the artiste. My song is on MTN music plus, I have fought severally to be paid but nothing is working. The other issue is that if not Lagos, the music industry does not really sell anywhere. Other regions are still trying to catch up. I must appreciate people and stations that have been supporting despite the situation. I have lost friends; friends have turned to enemies. Financial challenges are there. No record is willing and ready to make commitment to upcoming artistes. I am not signed to any label now, so I am open to business. The day I will get signed to a serious record label that will turn my career around and be the happiest day of my life.

So what do you really think needs to be change for the industry to be better positioned?

There should be strict copyright laws. Artists survive basically on shows because as soon as the song is out people just duplicate it. Government needs to listen to the plight of the sector; the industry has brought and it is still bringing revenue to government. Entertainment and agriculture were voted sustainers of the Nigerian economy and that is already happening. There should be platform that encourages young entertainers to thrive.

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Calling all Canadian VIXX fans!

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The stunning six member Korean boy group are set to make their appearance at the 2016 Toronto K-pop Con.

After its inaugural convention last year, Toronto K-pop Con is back with three days of Korean pop and culture related events. Attendees can look forward to meet and greets with famous YouTubers, dance workshops, celebrity panels, vendors selling K-pop merchandise, and so much more. Toronto K-pop Con even boasts talent and fashion competitions and a Korean style games room with prizes sponsored by the Korean skin care brand The Face Shop.

Since VIXX’s last North American performance at 2015 KCON in New York, they have released two spectacular tracks that fans are eager to see live. At the end of August, VIXX’s first sub-unit project group LR (made up of members Leo and Ravi) made their debut with the captivating and dark “Beautiful Liar.” Then, in November VIXX made their first group comeback since February with “Chained Up.”

VIXX is scheduled to be the first of four headlining acts. Anticipation is high to see who else graces the stage at Toronto K-pop Con.

Toronto K-pop Con (#TKC16) will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 20 to May 22, 2016. Tickets are on sale throught their official website.

After they released their individual ‘Basic’ image teasers yesterday, Brown Eyed Girls are continuing to build up hype for their upcoming album by revealing the full tracklist through a physics term-filled teaser image.

The album will contain 10 songs:

1. Ice Cream Time

2. Wormhole

3. Wave

4. New World

5. Obsession

6. God particle

7. Light

8. Atomic

9. Dice Game

10. Fractal

All titles of the tracks are linked to physics, with the exception of the first and fifth songs, “Ice Cream Time” and “Obsession,” respectively.

It seems like Brown Eyed Girls will take on an extremely innovative space/physics based concept for their comeback. The teaser image also included other physics-based concepts, like geometric shapes, fractals, waves, wormholes, atoms, and the mysterious equation that was on the individual teaser images.

To come and think of it, the concept is rather irony when the teasers are so complex!

Brown Eyed Girls will be releasing their album on November 5th at midnight.

JYP Entertainment’s wildly popular seven-member boy group, GOT7, is back with an angst-filled music video that’s sure to set fans’ hearts a-flutter.
After teasing fans for over a week with a string of gorgeous photographs and angsty videos, GOT7 has finally released the full version of their new music video for the lead track off their new EP, “MAD.”

The track, entitled, “If You Do,” was produced by Black Eyed Pilseung, the talented composition duo made up of Rado and Choi Kyusung responsible for such hits as 4Minute’s “Volume Up,” A Pink’s “HUSH,” Trouble Maker’s “Trouble Maker” and “Now,” and SISTAR’s “Touch My Body.”

Staying true to their word, GOT7 has stepped away from the colorful, feel-good vibe that made their last release, “Just Right,” so popular, by embracing the darker, more mature concept they promised would set “If You Do” apart from their previous work.

With a song that describes the pain of loving an apathetic girl who spends her time dwelling on the flaws of her boyfriend, GOT7 are definitely showing off different personas as the video for “If You Do” is full of angry men, destructive behavior, powerful dancing and perfect bias hair.

For those fans that have been waiting for the day GOT7 put aside the cute and cocky concepts to embrace an angsty bad-boy image, that day is here.

 

maroon-5(Photo : Christopher Polk | Getty Images Entertainment)

maroon-5(Photo : Christopher Polk | Getty Images Entertainment)

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine offered an apology to Korean fans after canceling a concert last minute.

On Sept. 6, Maroon 5’s Daegu concert, part of the group’s Maroon V Tour, was suddenly postponed less than two hours prior opening. The group received widespread backlash from Korean fans, who had spent time and money traveling to the southern city.

Levine recorded a video, which was then broadcasted on Korea’s TBC channel news show later in the week.

“Hey everyone, this is Adam Levine of Maroon 5,” the lead singer said. “We are so truly sorry that we couldn’t make the show in Daegu. We were so excited to see it for the first time, we’ve never been before. But we’ll be back on Thursday so hopefully it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience. We love you, we love you, we can’t wait to see you guys.”

He ended the video by blowing a kiss at fans.

Shortly after the Daegu concert was cancelled, Levine posted a picture on Instagram showing himself wearing a neck brace.

“Hey guys. sorry we had to reschedule…” he wrote on Sept. 6. “I posted this photo of sad neck brace Adam purely for your sympathy. See you Thursday! #Maroon5 #Vtour2015.”

The Daegu show was postponed until and held on Sept. 10, while the group were able to perform at their Sept. 7 show in Seoul without any issues.

Fans took to social media to express their disappointment. Many Korean fans took to Maroon 5’s official Facebook page and commented in either Korean or English about how sad they were, and the difficulties that many would face trying to attend the show on Thursday.

“My [and] my hubby came to Daegu for the concert,” wrote Hayli Cho. “We regretfully have to sell our tickets because we will work on Thursday.”

“Can anyone help?” asked Lesley Rutter. “I had tickets for last night, but I cannot attend on Thursday, it is too far.”

Fans also expressed anger at the concert being cancelled less than two hours prior to the show, and wrote about the confusion at the concert due to lack of proper communication from the concert staff and organizers.

Maroon 5 has had several issues throughout the “Maroon V Tour,” and had to also cancel shows in Liverpool, England on May 29 and Sept. 1 in Osaka, Japan.

Gareth Emery Promo

The long weekend is upon us! As per usual, a litany of things are happening all over Los Angeles. If you are staying local and feel like you might want to get down on the dance floor at some point, here are the Top 5 events to get your dance on this Labor Day Weekend.

1. Paul Van Dyk @ Exchange LA – Friday, August 29th – Tickets

Trance legend Paul Van Dyk returns to Los Angeles this Friday, August 29th, for a Labor Day Weekend set at Exchange LA alongside Niko Zografos. The GRAMMY-nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ is preparing to release his new album, The Politics of Dancing 3, this fall via Vandit/Ultra records.

2.The Crystal Method @ Avalon Hollywood – Friday, August 29th – Tickets

The Crystal Method are set to rock Control at Avalon on Friday with supporting sounds from Jacob Plant, James Egbert, Wes Smith, and Zombie Killaz. The platinum-selling duo of Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan released their fifth full-length studio album, The Crystal Method, in January. Just in time for their 20th anniversary, the album vaulted to #1 on iTunes Top Electronic Albums Chart.

3. Gareth Emery @ Budweiser Made In America Festival – Saturday, August 30th – Tickets

For those of you in the mood for some progressive trance, British DJ/producer Gareth Emery will perform back to back days at the bicoastal Budweiser Made In America Festival. On Saturday, August 30th, you can catch him on the James Dean stage in LA as a part of his Drive – An American Road Trip national tour in support of his latest album, Drive.

4. Borgore @ Create Night Club – Saturday, August 30th – Tickets

Borgore, electronic dance music’s scandalously wild rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer, is on the third phase of his #NEWGOREORDER tour, and you can catch him at Create Nightclub alongside Jordan V or at Budweiser Made In America Festival on Sunday, August 30. The tour is in support of Borgore’s debut LP, #NEWGOREORDER, which debuted at #1 on iTunes Top Electronic Albums Chart.

5. Steve Aoki @ Budweiser Made In America Festival – Sunday, August 31st – Tickets

For Steve Aoki, the future is not only bright, but glowing, multi-colored, and neon. The Las Vegas-based producer/DJ is set to perform in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles at Budweiser Made In America Festival. Catch him in LA on Sunday, August 31th, at the Dylan stage. Just about a month out from the release of Neon Future I, the first installment of his dual disc album, Steve Aoki is blazing from coast to coast so see him when you can.

Did we miss anything? Share in the comments below how you’re rounding out the month.

Gareth Emery Promo

The long weekend is upon us! As per usual, a litany of things are happening all over Los Angeles. If you are staying local and feel like you might want to get down on the dance floor at some point, here are the Top 5 events to get your dance on this Labor Day Weekend.

1. Paul Van Dyk @ Exchange LA – Friday, August 29th – Tickets

Trance legend Paul Van Dyk returns to Los Angeles this Friday, August 29th, for a Labor Day Weekend set at Exchange LA alongside Niko Zografos. The GRAMMY-nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ is preparing to release his new album, The Politics of Dancing 3, this fall via Vandit/Ultra records.

2.The Crystal Method @ Avalon Hollywood – Friday, August 29th – Tickets

The Crystal Method are set to rock Control at Avalon on Friday with supporting sounds from Jacob Plant, James Egbert, Wes Smith, and Zombie Killaz. The platinum-selling duo of Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan released their fifth full-length studio album, The Crystal Method, in January. Just in time for their 20th anniversary, the album vaulted to #1 on iTunes Top Electronic Albums Chart.

3. Gareth Emery @ Budweiser Made In America Festival – Saturday, August 30th – Tickets

For those of you in the mood for some progressive trance, British DJ/producer Gareth Emery will perform back to back days at the bicoastal Budweiser Made In America Festival. On Saturday, August 30th, you can catch him on the James Dean stage in LA as a part of his Drive – An American Road Trip national tour in support of his latest album, Drive.

4. Borgore @ Create Night Club – Saturday, August 30th – Tickets

Borgore, electronic dance music’s scandalously wild rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer, is on the third phase of his #NEWGOREORDER tour, and you can catch him at Create Nightclub alongside Jordan V or at Budweiser Made In America Festival on Sunday, August 30. The tour is in support of Borgore’s debut LP, #NEWGOREORDER, which debuted at #1 on iTunes Top Electronic Albums Chart.

5. Steve Aoki @ Budweiser Made In America Festival – Sunday, August 31st – Tickets

For Steve Aoki, the future is not only bright, but glowing, multi-colored, and neon. The Las Vegas-based producer/DJ is set to perform in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles at Budweiser Made In America Festival. Catch him in LA on Sunday, August 31th, at the Dylan stage. Just about a month out from the release of Neon Future I, the first installment of his dual disc album, Steve Aoki is blazing from coast to coast so see him when you can.

Did we miss anything? Share in the comments below how you’re rounding out the month.