Music

AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

On October 20th, the first ever ENVSN Festival took place in Brooklyn, NY at Industry City. Founded by Sharifa Murdock + Laura Stylez, #ENVSNfest is designed to provide an interactive learning, networking, shopping, and entertainment experience for a multi-generational group of creative female hustlers — the dreamers, go-getters, and future leaders.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT BROOKLYN'S 1st ENVSN FESTIVAL

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

It’s been one year since singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko released a three part project, or M.A.P. (movie, album, and poetry book), that was created to guide her back to her purest, most authentic form. In a mission statement for the project, Jhené discussed how when she lost her brother, Miyagi Chilombo, to an inoperable brain tumor in 2012, she also lost herself… And that over the years, she has used writing and creating music as therapy while taking, both physical and drug-induced, trips to escape anything too familiar that could remind her of her brother’s absence.

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

BRINGING HAPPINESS BACK TO MUSIC WITH IMANí SCOTT

The philosophy behind DARLA is that we can all make our “Dreams And Real Life Align” by following our hearts, working hard, and taking care of ourselves in the process. We love having conversations about what triggers inspiration and drives us to push through to achieve our goals. We recently had the opportunity to connect with Imani Scott — a singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. Imani started her own record label upcon graduating from college and combined her knowledge of business fundamentals with her art + creativity. Check out our interview below for Imani’s insight on music, developing healthy eating habits, and more.

BRINGING HAPPINESS BACK TO MUSIC WITH IMANí SCOTT

TRAPXART PHILLY 2018

trap x art is a movement created by Jesse and Amina Brooks that fuses art, hip-hop, and the spirit of being your own boss. The traveling art exhibition was established in the Bay Area of California and has appeared in cities across the nation. All trap x art events feature a curated group of artists and vendors showcasing their work with opportunities for networking, exposure, and profiting from sales.

TRAPXART PHILLY 2018

SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS CRISTINA LIZZUL TALKS ABOUT GETTING BACK TO MUSIC WITH HER NEW SINGLE, "APOLOGIES"

When we first spoke to Cristina Lizzul almost two years ago, she had just put out her debut EP, Percipience and gave us some insight to her life as a Singer/Actress living between Los Angeles and Italy. She's proven herself to be an artist who's dedicated to the grind of making her dreams a reality as well as one who's passionate about sharing her raw experiences; channeling her thoughts and feelings through the art creative expression. Whether it's through an acting role, or writing a song, one of her main goals is to create something that people can feel; something they can relate to.

SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS CRISTINA LIZZUL TALKS ABOUT GETTING BACK TO MUSIC WITH HER NEW SINGLE, "APOLOGIES"

SINGER/SONGWRITER KAYLA BRIANNA SHOWS US WHY YOU CAN'T CHEAT THE GRIND

In a world so heavily influenced by the media and strategized content, it's easy to mistake something faux for what's real. When it comes to becoming "famous," it seems to only take some good selfie angles and a high social media following to make it happen... But when it comes to achieving longevity and making a solid impact, "You can't cheat the grind..." And that's word to Kayla Brianna — a girl who knows, firsthand, what it's like working in Hollywood.

SINGER/SONGWRITER KAYLA BRIANNA SHOWS US WHY YOU CAN'T CHEAT THE GRIND

SINGER/SONGWRITER ALEX VAUGHN'S AV + FRIENDS SEND OFF PARTY

When working towards making Dreams And Real Life Align, every move (major and minor) is a part of discovering and building on the bigger purpose. We don't always notice as it's happening and we may go through rough patches of situations that make us doubt the process, but like R&B Singer/Songwriter Alex Vaughn says in her song, "Blessings": Anything you want is waiting all for you, but you just gotta breathe to receive all the blessings.

SINGER/SONGWRITER ALEX VAUGHN'S AV + FRIENDS SEND OFF PARTY

AUDIOVISUAL: SUNNIE X SETTLE

At the top of the Editor's List this week is Indie R&B Artist, Sunnie + the video for her song, "Settle." A creative and timeless sample of Erykah Badu's, "Next Lifetime..." Sunnie's, "Settle" tells a story of an anti-relationship-yet-still-special kind of love... One of my favorite tracks from her latest album, Magic. This classic, indie film-inspired video directed by Sam Lans provides the perfect visuals to complement Sunnie's effortlessly confident lyrical ability + dreamy harmonies. A flawless collaboration. 

AUDIOVISUAL: SUNNIE X SETTLE

JAMAICAN R&B ARTIST, RIKI INTRODUCES US TO HER LIFESTYLE LEAD BY SPIRITUALITY, ART, AND LOVE

Meet RIKI — an underground, Alternative R&B Artist signed to Gee Street Records in Jamaica. Born in Kingston, Jamaica with time as a young adult spent living in the U.S. in Cleveland's vibrant art scene, RIKI has a disciplined and sophisticated background of prep school and award-winning track running mixed with the free-spirited artistic lifestyle she's currently living out back in Jamaica. This self-described, "Soul Rebel" brings a 'new soul' sound to R&B that's a true reflection of who she is in her most natural form.

JAMAICAN R&B ARTIST, RIKI INTRODUCES US TO HER LIFESTYLE LEAD BY SPIRITUALITY, ART, AND LOVE

IT'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC: THE LIFE OF CHICAGO RAPPER, FEMDOT

Femi Adigun, aka Femdot, is a Chicago based rapper on the rise. He separates himself from others lyrically while also being a great student academically, as he studies biological sciences with a health science concentration and a minor in peace, justice and conflict studies at DePaul University. Throughout all his work at school he still finds time to release new music and continuously delivers. This Nigerian-American artist, at only 22 years old, has been making music his entire life and there’s no stopping him now.

IT'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC: THE LIFE OF CHICAGO RAPPER, FEMDOT
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AUDIOVISUAL: AZIA X PULL UP ON YA

Female Hip-Hop artists are currently on the rise and Brooklyn's, Azia is on her way to be a new name climbing up the charts to claim the throne. Previously recognized as 1/2 of the group, Thirsty 4 P.O.P., Azia has now taken the steps towards establishing a solo career with the release of her new single, Pull Up On Ya, featuring Azor.

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AUDIOVISUAL: AZIA X PULL UP ON YA

INTERVIEW: TAPZ, NEW ZEALAND BASED RAPPER/PRODUCER

This week, DARLA is opening ears to New Zealand based Rapper/Producer, TAPZ who has introduced us to the genre of "Noir R&B" music; a blend of Rap, Grunge, and Punk. After fleeing the war torn country of Zimbabwe at a young age, TAPZ began a new chapter of life in Auckland where he was introduced to technology that inspired him to express himself through the art of music.

INTERVIEW: TAPZ, NEW ZEALAND BASED RAPPER/PRODUCER

KEHLANI UNITES AND GIVES BACK TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES DURING HER SWEETSEXYSAVAGE TOUR

A night at the SweetSexySavage Tour was one of those events people will tell their grandchildren about in the future. DARLA attended the Philadelphia show of Kehlani's tour on July 10th at the Electric Factory and we're happy to have been able to witness such a beautiful night. Hours before the show begun, fans were lined up for blocks outside in hopes of getting a good spot close to the stage.

KEHLANI UNITES AND GIVES BACK TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES DURING HER SWEETSEXYSAVAGE TOUR

LISTEN: CLARITY MIX

I've recently come to the understanding that things really do work themselves out with time. I know it may seem cliché, but it's true. I used to always want the answers; I always wanted to be able to define and explain everything I was going through because I didn't like not knowing... But clarity is something that comes with time. Stepping back from situations to look at them from different perspectives... Letting shit ride... Feeling what you feel rather than trying to control your emotions... Waiting for the fog to clear on it's own... Is a more peaceful way of achieving a clear understanding of any dilemma.

LISTEN: CLARITY MIX

CRISTINA LIZZUL: SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS

When you have a real hunger to win and a real love for putting in work, seeing results seems much more rewarding than it would had you been comfortable with just chillin' in the lost world of idle time. The journey of getting to our goals has the potential to be a long and physically/mentally draining process, but the most driven learn how to embrace all that comes with grind to success.

CRISTINA LIZZUL: SINGER/SONGWRITER + ACTRESS

LOUISE CHANTAL: R&B ARTIST + PRINCE$$ OF ARANBI

Louise Chantál is an independent artist who is changing the world by creating one of her own. Being passionately concerned about the lack of accurate representation of women of color in the media is what lead LC to create the world of Aranbi, which she describes as a place that will be for the misrepresented or underrepresented to have a voice. The Prince$$ of Aranbi is also a Queen of Underground R&B, racking up over a million plays collectively on her original songs and mashups via Soundcloud.

LOUISE CHANTAL: R&B ARTIST + PRINCE$$ OF ARANBI

90+ Mix

I made a new mix last night with some of my favorite 90's and early millennium R&B songs + current songs that sound like 90's music. It's lowkey sweet, because I'm crazy in love and every time I make a mix it somehow ends up being mostly love songs, haha. I hope you like it! XOXO

90+ Mix