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Fly Interview: Rising Songstress Ms. Karoline Talks New EP, Musical Influences, & More

Miami songbird Ms. Karoline is gearing up for the release of her debut EP Elephant In A Song this fall. The Colombian Florida native has always had an affinity for the arts, but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that she picked up a pen and tried her hand at songwriting. Since then, the soulful singer has been honing her craft while simultaneously channeling her ups and downs into her music. SFPL sat down with the songstress to discuss her upcoming EP, some of her favorite artists, and other projects.

Hey, thank you so much for chatting with me. Your upcoming EP is titled Elephant In A Song, can you tell me more about it? 

Elephant In A Song is an 8 track EP and each song is about a different person or relationship. “Elephant In A Song” is a record about an ex while “What If” is about my relationship with my father and how things would’ve been if things had gone differently.

What’s the main message you want people to leave with after listening to your EP?

I think honesty and vulnerability. To get the vibe of going from a place of fear to being like this is who I am. I have gone through different situations in my life that I feel people can relate to; but they don’t really know how to express it, so they listen to music to find what connects with them. Mainly sincerity. I would definitely say the theme for the project is honesty.

Awesome, I like that. It’s like your own musical diary. How long have you been working in music?

With my own music I began 3 years ago when I started songwriting. I kind of just was like I want to make an EP. I want to be able to write music and see if it would connect with people. I’ve been singing since forever. I was in musical theater, and I went to school for it. So I’ve been around music for most of my life. I started taking voice lessons when I was 15 or 16.

Is singing something you were always drawn to?

Yes, since I was a little girl. I would grab a brush, stand in front of the mirror, and you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t singing to thousands of people. I just knew it was something I wanted to pursue.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?

Amy Winehouse, and you can kind of hear her influence in my style. When I discovered her I had just gotten home from school and I was watching MTV. Her video for “F Me Pumps” came on and I was just like who is this woman? Where did she come from? Why is her voice like that? It’s amazing. I need to know who she is. I immediately started following her. I even cried when she passed. She will always be one of my all-time favorites. Also Lauryn Hill. I actually got to meet her in person. She has such amazing sides to her and soul. I think she’s just very misunderstood. I really liked Nelly Furtado too. Another one is this French singer from the 1930’s, I had a cassette that I would listen to of Edith Piaf.

I love her.

I just really love her story, how powerful her voice was, and how minimal her performances were. It was just her, a piano, and her voice and everyone was so captivated by her. I feel like nowadays you have to give people a lot more because it’s harder to keep our attention for even 3 minutes. You have to have 3D images jumping out of the screen, and all this other stuff that’s going to stimulate our brains. When before it was just like let me hear the pain in your voice, the lyrics, and what you’re going through, and see if I can relate to it. And even if you didn’t relate you still felt that pain and the beauty in that.

Back then the focus was definitely more on the voice. They were also limited by technology but Edith Piaf is one of the greatest singers of all time. She just had a very beautiful and powerful voice.

Nina Simone is another one. Donny Hathaway, I love Donny Hathaway. Alternative music too. Bands like Radiohead. I grew up on The Beatles. My Dad loved them. He was really into The Police, Journey, and Cyndi Lauper. I remember asking him what his favorite thing of being a part of the 80’s was and he said the transition in the music was the best. You had Hip-Hop which was new, and then you had synthesizers and that was funky. He definitely felt that the 80’s was one of the best periods of music.

I can see that. Do you agree with your Dad?

Definitely I feel like the 80’s was a time when music was really changing. I love early 90’s stuff too. I love 2Pac, and Biggie. You know very lyrical rappers. I can bop my head to what’s out now and get drawn in with catchy lyrics and dope beats; but I definitely love a good lyricist. Like J. Cole, I love J. Cole. Kendrick Lamar. Those are lyrical rappers.

I love J. Cole. I’m obsessed. Are there any other artist out now besides Cole and Kendrick that you’re really in to?

There’s this British singer Joy Crookes. She has a bit of an Amy vibe going on. Lizzo. I think she’s very funky, I love her. She kind of reminds me a bit of Missy Elliot. I love all kinds of music. I love people who can do that. Play with different styles. I don’t really think that I could do that. I’m more soulful. But I definitely love to listen to something that’s going to get me going. I love to work out and so I have to listen to music that’s going to make me want to be in the gym. Kali Uchis I mean she’s who I identify the most with. She’s Colombian as well. Jorja Smith, Sabrina Claudio. Sabrina Claudio she’s also someone I really look up to. She’s from Miami too. Her music is so great. I know she had some setbacks with an incident on Twitter but I believe people make mistakes and they learn from them. Ari Lennox is another artist I really enjoy too.

Ari is great. Her last project is amazing.

Hiatus Kaiyote. I was definitely inspired by their music. They’re this band from New Zealand and the lead singer she was featured on the intro track for Drake’s More Life. They’re this jazzy kind of R&B group. They’re super soulful; but their style is really gothic so it’s kind of interesting.

Who would you say is your dream collaboration?

Kali Uchis for sure. I love her voice, and style. She is who she is and doesn’t fit into this box. Especially as an artist who is latinx you can get put in box and at times are expected to fit a mold.

So besides the EP, are you working on any other projects?

I’m actually currently working on an independent short film as well. I also enjoy acting so that’s something else I wanted to tap into. I’ve been putting together visuals for the project too and I have a pretty good idea of what the next project will be about.

That’s cool, tell me more about the short film.

It’s by a local Miami filmmaker. I connected with her through a college friend. She reached out to me and told me she wanted to tell this poetic love story about a girl who finds love in Miami. It’s actually in Spanish. I have been asked before “why don’t you sing in Spanish.” Whenever I sing it’s always been in English, that’s just been my preferred language. So, doing something in Spanish is definitely something I wanted to try. I sing in both languages; but writing wise I don’t know how strong I’d be in Spanish so I’ve been a bit hesitant. I am Colombian so I definitely have to step out of my comfort zone and embrace that part of me.

Is there a title for the film and a release date?

It’s called Corazon Cantando and not release date yet. I believe sometime in November or December of this year.

What does fly mean to you?

Fly is honesty. It is being and owning who you are 100%.

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Fly Stream: Billy Blue – ‘Revelations’

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Miami’s own Billy Blue releases his highly anticipated new album Revelations April 17, 2017, featuring guest appearances from Lupe Fiasco, Kiddo Marv, Bruno Mali & Slim Diesel with production from Freeway TJay, 808 Mafia, Mista Kingz, Jay Run and more. ‘Revelations’ available online via Datpiff, Audiomack and MyMixtapez App.

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Instagram | Twitter | Facebook : @BillyBlue305
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Fashion

Champs Sports “Her Take” Hosted by Steph Lecor & Norma Now Takes Over YouTube at DJ Khaled’s Champs Sports Store, Steph Visits SXSW & more

Watch Steph Lecor and Norma Now as they recently kicked off “Her Take” in style at Art Basel, where Champs Sports launched the Nike Lunarcharge at DJ Khaled‘s Birthday Party at his private Champs Sports store! Watch the full episode above.

Other episodes include Rapper and G.O.O.D. Music‘s head honcho, Pusha T, Empire‘s Bre-Z, DJ Dimples, Lifestyle Ambassador Missy Diddy LA and more.

Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode of “Her Take.”

**UPDATE**

During the 2017 SXSW, Her Take took over Austin with special guests.

In the mecca of Austin street art, Steph linked up with DJ Brittany Sky to talk sneakers, international style and earning respect in a male dominated industry.

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Check out the rest of the episodes HERE.

Instagram: @StephLecor | Twitter: @StephieLecor
 
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Miami’s own DJ Smokey’s Drops “Hella Band$” feat. Billy Blue & Zoey Dollaz (Prod by. Freeway Tjay)

Miami Heavyweight DJ Smokey releases his third single “Hella Band$” featuring Miami superstars Billie Blue and Zoey Dollaz. Smokey links up with producer Freeway Tjay for another joint collaboration.

Check it out above.

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Music

Bizzy Crook Scales The City of Miami In “The Come Back” [New Video]

Cruising the sunny sides of the #305, Bizzy Crook takes us back to his city of Miami as he takes on the town, and its scenic views. Crook drives down the highway in a drop-top convertible with a lovely female companion on his side, dropping a few bars on what he envisions himself as an artist, coming back to the forefront.

His upcoming EP A Part Of Everything is landing on September 28th and there will be no stopping Bizzy who is ready-and-set to change the rap game, engraving his name permanently into the music industry.

In Case You Missed It: 

Check out Varsity Felix featuring Bizzy Crook – “Get Familiar”

Also, peep Bizzy in Brutus In The Booth Freestyle Series:

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Music

Sensere Debuts Their Soul-Filled Visual “HOLLA” feat. Mo Bless [New Video]

Combining Rhythm, Blues, Soul paired with Gospel, Miami’s own Sensere brings their new visual to the masses entitled “HOLLA.” The song/video also features lyricist Mo Bless who adds his flavor to the toe-tapping hit tune.

In the visual, Sensere emphasizes on their classic 60’s renaissance style, which is also heavily influenced by their music as they dance their troubles away with a full band, and a few friends.

“HOLLA” available now on iTunes from the album Kingdom Therapy.

www.SensereMusic.com

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Entertainment

Watch: PROATHLETE TV + NFL Star Josh Gordon Takeover Miami Art Basel

Recently, PROATHLETE TV released an original video experience featuring NFL star Josh Gordon at Art Basel in Miami – where he showcases his artwork, explores SCOPE Art Show, meets top artists and musicians including Swizz Beats, Alicia Keys, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and CJ Hendry, and talks about how a season-long suspension from the NFL changed his perspective on life.
This video experience shows a new, unknown side to Gordon as both an emerging artist looking to dive into the art world as well as a maturing professional athlete accepting of his past and looking to the future.

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Last Night In Miami: PUSHA T DEBUTS SHORT FILM AND PERFORMS AT FLAUNT MAGAZINE & GUESS’ ART BASEL EVENT

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Last night, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist and G.O.O.D. Music President Pusha T, debuted his limited edition Flaunt Magazine cover and his short film trailer titled Darkest Before Dawn,  at the exclusive Flaunt + Guess party.

While viewing the trailer, guests enjoyed a live performance of highly anticipated songs from Pusha T’s upcoming pre-lude album, which included new single “Untouchable”.  Later in the evening Pusha T put on a special performance with The Martinez Brothers.

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The fete, held in Miami at the Nautilus Cabana Club & Sixty Hotel, also featured a special screening of Jefery Levy & Susan Traylor’s film ME and honored magazine cover artists Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Julie Mehretu.

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Last Night In Miami: Dwyane Wade, Gabriel Union, The Miami Heat & more Party It Up with Amar’e Stoudemire

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NBA All-Star and Miami Heat Player Amar’e Stoudemire celebrated his birthday in lavish fashion; party presented by Haute Living and Hublot, took place at famous Miami hot spot Cipriani’s with Miami elite in attendance.

On Sunday November 15th, 2015 Miami Heat Player Amar’e Stoudemire threw a star studded birthday event, pulling out all the stops to make his party an ‘all things luxury’ bash.

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The upscale event, presented by Haute Living and Hublot was also sponsored by Zacapa Rum and Bertaud Bellieu. Decadent from top to bottom, the event had a Ferrari in the dining room, new model La Ferrari Hublot watches on display, a custom on site cigar roller provided by Fuente Cigars was present, and Basquiat ‘King Pleasure’ candles filled the room with the baller’s favorite scent, an ode to his love for contemporary artist Basquiat, Amar’e gifting the same candles to each of his guests in attendance.

The power forward was joined in celebration by Miami’s elite including fellow teammates Dwayne Wade and wife Gabriel Union, Chris Anderson and Udonis Haslem, Team coaches Eric Spolsotra and Pat Riley, Miami Heat team owner Mickey Arison, as well as other guests such as South Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Ballers Cast members Donovan Carter, Arielle Kebbel, Diddy’s Mother Janice Combs aka Mama Combs, Retired Miami Heat Player Alonzo Mourning, Artist Ace Hood and more. The Miami Heat team owners and players chipped in, with the help of event sponsor Hublot, to present Amar’e with a special edition Miami Heat Watch custom made by Hublot.

Photos by Loamis Rodriguez & Seth Browarnik of WorldRedEye.com and Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Haute Living

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Trick Daddy Speaks On The Rap Game: “4 out of 5 New Artists Sound Like Future” [Video]

Trick Daddy is back! Representing the city of Miami, the veteran southern rapper keeps it all the way trill touching on subjects of; music, sex, waist trainers, instagram and rap names, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Vivica Fox, East vs. West coast, family and so much more.

A few quotes from Trick Daddy Dollars:

The Rap names are worse than some of these instagram names.

The last couple of years, I was not interested in doing music, I didn’t care nothing about music because I saw where it was going, I hated it.

About allegedly being an “old bitter rapper” based off the interview:

See one thing about it, you have to live to get old. I don’t do nothing I can’t do. I stay in my lane and I do what I can do. I don’t consider myself a rapper, and yes i’m getting old. I thank God I can get old. My oldest child is 20, my next child is 14 — if I can live to see them get grown and see my grandchildren, then i’ve done enough for the world. The truth ain’t gon’ never be fake, and the lie ain’t gon’ never be the truth.

There’s so many gems that we would be literally typing ALL DAY. You gotta watch this FULL interview below: