I was blessed perform with a live band before the pandemic started. It was at first Fridays in downtown Santa Ana. This was a goal of mine for 2020, I wanted to start a band Called The LOVEMONSTER then boom it happened. We was scheduling practices, looking to add keys & horns we was going all out. I love the process & the build up. I love feeling like a rookie, I was ready for this new adventurer, new lessons. Until venues open again enjoy this majestic recap.
For my album The Love Was Never Hidden, I had listening/Puff & Paint Party. We wanted to create an atmosphere where you can be comfortable with trying something new, very majestic settings. I play the album while people painted and colored these posters we created. This all happened before the pandemic, very grateful for this moment there was unfamiliar faces that became family after the event now we continue to build online. Hope you’re doing well during this pandemic, hope this brings you some type of light.
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Are you ready for the NEW WORLD ORCA?!? My new EP, ORCAMANIA 30,000 drops tomorrow! To go with the release, I dropped new merchandise! Check out the new ORCAMANIA 30,000 merch shirts! Rep for the nWo!
Along with the new shirts, I have stickers for $2, you can get a The Love Was Never Hidden shirt & 4 stickers for $20, an Aloha Orca tour shirt & 4 stickers for $15 or the Aloha Orca LOVEMONSTER shirt for $20! Packages & stickers can be ordered directly through me! Online we have a couple more designs, hoodies, crew necks, fanny pack & tote bag. Also, a free CD comes with ever purchase, even the packages! Hit me up or visit my online shop
With the release of ORCAMANIA 30,000, I’m doing a remix contest! The contest winner gets featured on the remix of ORCAMANIA 30,000 which will be released on my future remix project that will also feature the remix of Buu’s Hungry featuring the original Buu voice!
The fourth track on the ORCAMANIA 30,000 EP has an open verse on it, spit your 16 bars and post it on Instagram. You must be following @Noa_James @ProductiveCulture & @BrickToYaFace tag those pages & use #ORCAMANIA30000 a winner will be picked on 4/20. Since you’re here visiting my site, if you’d like to get a head start, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org & I will send you the track! I’m excited for this contest, I want to hear all the magnificent wrestling bars.
On this road of being an artist, I’ve learned that validation is tricky. I’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt, I know it can blow your head up or put a chip on your shoulder. I’ve had significant moments of validation in my life that have helped me along this journey.
When I first got to the I.E. in the early 2000’s, I connected with a label called VooDoo Nation Records, they had a band on the label named Dogface Gods. I looked up to their professionalism as musicians. They were great performers & always held their composure on stage when things messed up. When they complimented me on my music & performance, their validation helped me build my confidence as a musician.
When I was recording my first studio album, Beautiful Darkness, I was getting features from different artist that I respect. During this time, Dirty Birdy was an emcee I looked up to from a far. I seen him in the Source Magazine under their Unsigned Hype section, he was a frequent guest on The Wake Up Show with Sway & Tech, his bars were raw, his flows were unique, he was dope world wide & he was considered one of the best in the I.E.; I wanted to be that too back in the day. Jynxx was engineering my album & knew Birdy personally, so me made that call for me. When Birdy came through to the studio, he was really nice & down to earth, he blessed me with a lot of gems & I realized we had a lot in common. We both are raw & aggressive on the mic & both are humble & kind human beings. He told me I was dope & has shown me a lot of love since then.
My first time attending Paid Dues was 2012. It was my first time experiencing a hip hop music festival like that. I knew that I wanted to perform on one of those stages by the time I left. The next year came around & I decided to campaign to get on the festival. They sent out an email asking people who they wanted to see at the festival; I took that as my opportunity. As I’m campaigning, I had some doubts. Am I worthy? Am I dope enough? Have I really been putting in work? Do I have a fan base? Once I got the call from Murs that I got the opening slot, that gave me the answer of YES to all those questions. But, with that validation came the tricky part. I thought that getting on Paid Dues would make it easier to get blog placements, show bookings, interviews ect. i was dead wrong! With more light came more critics & more doubters & that made me mean, I wasn’t my humble self anymore because I was trying to humble those people. I let them change me. Through this, I learned to take it all with a grain of salt but also appreciate everything.
When I dropped my second studio album, Granny Said, I was nervous. For me, it’s a hip hop project about healing, overcoming & triumph. The album is me all the way. My Granny is on the cover art & I get to give her, her flowers now. From Murs & HipHopDX listing it at #8 in their top 10 albums of 2018 & the responses i got from everyone, it made me feel like a made the correct choice of being myself.
When I dropped my second studio album, Granny Said, I wI’ve been building with Hit-Boy for a minute. Being an artist in the I.E. & seeing what he’s doing musically, is something that is rare out here & he still reps. For him to show me love on a recent track was very much appreciated. Then he played my project for Nas & that was a childhood dream, knowing that Nas has listened to my music & gave it a compliment, was something more than majestic!
Validation is great, it feels good but it’s just a moment. Don’t let it alter you or your focus. Appreciate it & keep working.
This track Love Will Set You Free is thee vibes. Aye Brook and I met James Gardin on tour with Murs. James Gardin is such a dope artist and person our energy just click and we put together this amazing record produce by Aye Brook.
I know “Love Will Set You Free” is cliche but cliche stuff be winning. Just simple and straight to it, know beating around the bush. Love have definitely set me free in all aspect in life and to help me achieve dream goals. Some people ask me “How do you love so much after being hurt so much”, i feel like that was the only way to go, why would continue to go down that hurt road and i know theres nothing good down this path. I had to try something different but i know its going be a harder path but seems worth it.
Feeling abandoned will never feel good. My Mother and Father were not in my life. Not until my teenage years, I understand they didn’t have the love to give or receive, their upbringing was just as roughs as mines. At some point i realized that i was truly looking for love in the wrong places. Then i looked right in front of me, and the love i was seeking for was always there from my Granny, aunts, friends & anime lol. It was right there, just staring at me like, I’ve been waiting for you. I’m anxious to release this project, making that “Heart on your sleeve” type of music isn’t easy but it lifts boulders off of me. My spirit feels lighter with every release.