MUSIC, PEOPLE

INTRODUCING: CASHIUS GREEN

[Photo by Kayla Reefer]

I met the charismatic CJ – more commonly known as Cashius Green or Pastor Green – through my friend Anthony (Speak!) around this time last year when we all stayed at the same house in Palm Springs for Coachella.

I think anyone who knows CJ personally will agree, the first and most striking thing about him is his way. He walks into the room with so much style that it’s hard not to stop and stare. His swag is effortless; He dresses like a 90s pimp enroute to a pool party – Not an easy look to pull off but CJ kills it.

While he hails from the West, his accent drips with a Southern drawl due in part to family roots in Memphis. His voice on a track is unmistakable – He has a rap style that goes hand in hand with his look and personality; the words dance over the beat with dynamic and calculated rhythm.

His is the type of cool you can’t emulate.

[Cashius Green by Me]

Get to know the Pastor –

Dove: Who are you, where are you, what do you do, & why do you do it?

Cashius: I’m an artist, Botanist, Outer-space Baller, Astral Traveller, Healer, Teacher, International Pleyboy, Son, Brother, Uncle, & Father. I’m in PLUTO.

I do it because I love it.

Describe the area where you grew up? What does the music coming out of there sound like – Is there a distinct “regional sound”?

That’s a tough question for me because I grew up in a lot of cities throughout Southern, CA. But all in all, the sound was always funky and funky brings out the genuine side of an artist. You tell it like it is type of swag.

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INTRODUCING: KOJEY RADICAL

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We live in a world full of possibilities. “Pop Culture” is such a loose term in 2014 because in the last decade we have witnessed creative output reaching the masses at increasingly viral rates. In a recent conversation with my housemates, we assessed the pros and cons of this undeniable fact – I questioned whether access to this much information and talent has killed any hope for original thoughts or ideas. After trying to make sense of the technological age in which we live, it was hard for the 3 of us to ignore the fact that in a lot of ways, we are lucky. Never before have we seen such a culture of sub-cultures. The internet has brought forth a home for anyone and anything. While there is clearly still a formulaic “mainstream,” no longer is it necessary to water everything down, filter out the outlandish, and eventually spoon-feed a lesser version of the initial creation to unsuspecting consumers. The internet has placed some of the power back into the hands of the people.

A decade ago we may not have seen a Kojey Radical. A decade ago his unorthodox art may not have reached and touched as many people as it has been able to in the last year.

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INTRODUCING: TENTACLE.

Aptly named Canadian-guitar-playing-beat-maker, ‘Tentacle.’ makes some of the most dark, beautiful, and soothing sounds I’ve heard in a long time. Just one listen will tell you exactly why this musical pseudonym is gracefully fitting – His creations seem to float, ripple, and glisten, much like the multiple arms of our ocean dwelling friends.

Truly uncompromising, Tentacle. doesn’t often stray too far from his perfect artistic formula which sounds like a funky D’Angelo guitar solo on lean mixed in with some trap drums, and finished off with that taste of jazz or soul you might hear in the dark corners of a late night poetry cafe. The recipe is without flaw. Already amazing as stand-alone instrumentals, his beats also sound just as at home beneath chopped and screwed Waka or Kanye raps, as well as under his own singing voice. (A new thing he’s trying, and obviously finessing)

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A QUICK CHAT WITH: ESTHER STEPHENS

 

[Photo via Esther’s Instagram]

Muli-talented Kiwi beauty, Esther Stephens is a force to be reckoned with. I met her properly last year in Melbourne but I was already more than familiar with that face and voice thanks to a little TV show called Go Girls (On air for 5 seasons – HOLLA!), collaborations with Young, Gifted, & Broke, and her consistent presence in both the New Zealand and Melbourne music scenes.

Esther makes being multi-faceted look effortless. A captivating singer AND actress, if you are lucky enough to catch her in either one of her artistic realms, the unbridled passion she shows for creative expression is inspiring and palpable.

Her latest musical project involves another trio of amazing Kiwis known as The Means. Together they are Esther Stephens & The Means – aka The greatest thing to happen your eardrums in a minute. The music is a refreshingly seamless fusion of soul, funk, pop, jazz, psychedelia; basically just a beautiful celebration of beats, rhymes, & life.

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