[Event] #ThePanel (Fashion Ed.) at Royal Flush Studios

[Event] #ThePanel (Fashion Ed.) at Royal Flush Studios


Do you know in your heart that you have a fashion sense like no other? Do people tell you all the time that you should become a t know how? Foreign State of Mind has put together an event just for you on Sunday April 27

It will take place in Royal Flush Studios at: 675 Metropolitan Pkwy, Suite 2059 Atlanta, Georgia 30310.

There will be special guest panelists like boutique owner Ebonie Ward, creative director for Wish ATL Frank Cooke, marketing rep Prince, and many more influential professionals! The panel will be moderated by Ashley Marietta.

Along with the invaluable information you’ll be getting, there will be give-a-ways from Rocksmith, 8&9 Clothing Company & more! And we can’t forget about the complimentary drinks from Twenty Grand Vodka!


[Event] Schweinbeck Industry Mixer 4/18 at Sledge Lounge

[Event] Schweinbeck Industry Mixer 4/18 at Sledge Lounge


Industry greats will meet and greet at this upcoming mixer on April 18. The event will be hosted by Fort Know, and will include performances by High $ociety, TheCoolisMac, Runway Richy, GH da Border Hopper, Jaytez, Zip K, Messiah and a host of other amazing talents. 

The Schweinbeck Industry Mixer will begin at 9 p.m. at the Sledge Lounge (4186 Buford Hwy Atlanta GA 30345). 

The entry fee of $5 will increase to $10 after 10:30 p.m., so be sure to get to the Sledge Lounge early. Mixed drinks will be available for $5. 

[Event] ‘Keepin it Cool’ on 4.5.13

[Event] ‘Keepin it Cool’ on 4.5.13


DJ Will Trill is bringing together some of the hottest indie talent in Atlanta at his “Keepin it Cool” event on April 5, 2013.

BMX Beesy will be hosting the shindig, with performances by JuJu Gotti, Mulliano, Young Lyxx, Suni MF Solomon, Zip K, Will Hill and more.

On April 5, be sure to arrive at 543 Stokeswood Ave, Atlanta, Ga to take part in this awesome event. 

[Event] Schweinbeck Presents NoVa ‘Music For The Eyes’ Listening Party

[Event] Schweinbeck Presents NoVa ‘Music For The Eyes’ Listening Party


With the upcoming release of his new project, NoVA is doing things a little different with this listening party. Rather than gathering fans, partners, execs and media for a typical listening session of his work, NoVa is presenting his mixtape, titled 1, on a big screen.

The event is suitably called “Music For The Eyes,” and will cater to more than just your hearing senses. Fort Knox will be hosting the party, with special guests Lady B and Schweinbeck to appear. 

Get your ticks here, and be sure to attend the “Music For The Eyes” event on April 3 at Studio Music Grill in Duluth, Georgia. 

Concert Review: Janelle Monae is the #1 Electric Lady

Concert Review: Janelle Monae is the #1 Electric Lady 


As the lights dimmed, the crowd of eager Janelle Monae fans shrieked in excitement, and two men dressed in white lab coats and black bow ties approached the stage to set up.

 Up until that point, the energy in the room had been driven by the opening acts, Rahbi and Roman GianArthur, but when the time had come for Monae to hit the stage the excitement doubled in anticipation.

 To say that Janelle Monae is a great performer is an understatement, but for fear of sounding like a groupie fangirl, I am just going to leave it at that. 

 Tuesday night at the Tabernacle was the last scheduled show of “ The Electric Lady Tour,” and while there was some fear that it may have been cancelled due to previous cancelations of other show dates, Monae did not disappoint.

 The Atlanta show was kind of like a homecoming for Monae because she and her team at The Wondaland Arts Society are based out of Atlanta. So, she said that she was very excited about it.

 To start her set, Monae began with the edgy duet  “Givin’ Em What They Love,” which features Prince. While there was no surprise visit from Prince himself, Monae still sung the song flawlessly by herself. Then, she kept the energy of the show going with a performance of her single “Dance Apocalyptic.”

 From start to finish, Monae did her best to keep the energy upbeat with fast tempo songs,but she she also allotted for some quieter moments in the show. For example, when she sung her song “Victory” it became a very spiritual and emotion moment.

 Also, when she performed “Primetime” two couples got engaged, which was a really sweet moment as well. Monae even stopped the show to congratulate them. After that, she quickly picked the pace of the show back up again when she sung “Tightrope,” and  fans were overjoyed when Big Boi from Outkast came out to join her in the song.

 Aside from the music, the outfit changes were really cool as well. Each outfit was a variation of Black and White. She started in white skinny jeans, Knee high black boots and a white and black pinstripe moto jacket. Then, later on she was in a floor length cape, and by the end of the show she ended up in black skinny jeans, a white button up, a black and white pinstripe cardigan, bowler hat and flats.

 Another thing that was very admirable in the show was how close Monae was willing to get to her fans. At one point she went down into the crowd and jammed with them, and during one of the songs she made heart symbols with her hands and blew kisses out to the audience. She also crowd surfed.

 All in all The Electric Lady concert was something that many will remember and talk about for a long time. Janelle Monae is definitely a real talent!



State of the Industry Panel at GSU

State of the Industry Panel at GSU 

20131112_212515University Housing at Georgia State University welcomed “State of the Industry,” a panel consisting of three individuals heavily involved in the Atlanta music scene, on Nov. 12.

Record producers, Sonny Digital, Que, an up-and-coming rap artist, and Sean “Famoso” Mcnichol, the Director of Creative at Disturbing Tha Peace Records, discussed the dos and don’ts of the music industry.

Evan Owens, a senior at Georgia State University and a co-founder of Lyftd Clothing Co., lead the panel. He recognized the magnitude of students at GSU who aspire to work in the music industry in both the business and the creative realms.

With this recognition, he planned and executed what he deemed a “beneficial and successful” event which allowed students to gain insight on this industry. Another goal for the “State of the Industry” program was to educate individuals on the many ways to be in the music industry other than being an artist, whether that be through writing, managing, or producing.

Owens, gave each guest an opportunity to introduce themselves, and after the introductions, he began the discussion in Q and A form. From there, the audience listened in on honest feedback and humorous remarks from the panelist.

When asked to give one piece of advice (physical steps) to those who are interested in a path within the music industry, the informed panelist believed hard work and dedication was the key to success.

“Work and stay working,” Que, said.

Famoso chimed in about the importance of using what is in front of you.

“Utilize the resources closest to you. Using social media is vital especially on the artist side,” Famoso said. “Keep people around you if you want to be on the business side… You’re never gonna want to say ‘what if’.”

Later in the program, Owens asked the special guests to give their personal Dos and Don’ts of being in the music industry.

Believing in the power of relationships, networking, and keeping a level head, Que said, “Don’t burn no bridges and Stay humble.”

“Be responsible with your money,” Famoso said in regards to inconsistent payments for your projects and underhanded deals made within the industry. “Make sure you have a good lawyer.”

Sonny Digital added to the others comments.

“If you gone break into the game, learn about taxes,” Ditgital said. “Don’t forget about Uncle Sam.”

To wrap the program, Owens gave the audience an opportunity to ask their own questions. One of the heavily discussed questions was in reference to the amount of successful lyricist in the Atlanta area. There was a general consensus that the overall essence of Atlanta prevented meaningful and moving artistry of that nature from thriving in the city. The three panelists firmly and openly stated that our city is known for its club scene, and people do not want to be moved emotionally in or on the way to the club, when they are looking to let go and have a good time.

Though Eminem is his favorite rapper because of the lyrical value in his songs, Que admitted, that he would rather  listen to Future or somebody, when he’s going to the club.

Following the program, the three panelists stuck around for a small meet and greet with the audience members to answer questions and give additional advice. In the midst of all the chaos, Owens gave his final statement.

“The panel was beneficial to the students,” he said. “Sonny Digital was a good addition. Everyone just was honest […] there wasn’t any sugarcoating.”

The Come Up (R&B Edition): Ron Shirley

The Come Up (R&B Edition): Ron Shirley

Photo by Raven Schley

Photo by Raven Schley

In a small back room of the Vesuvius Pizzeria restaurant, chattering voices faded into silence as Ron Shirley II, the featured guest, took the stage.

The event  entitled “The Come Up” was an evening filled with musical self expression, and Shirley was the main attraction. Both close friends and family gathered in support.

As Shirley performed, his outer exterior seemed to shed until all that was left was a raw and unmasked being, and In that moment, the passion that he had for his music became tangible.

“I think it’s a newer type of Neo-Soul,” Shirley said as he described his sound. “ A Neo-Neo-Soul.”

He said that his music is lyrically and metaphorically alternative, but still soulful at the same time. So, If he had to label himself, he would say that he was an Alternative Neo-Soul artist, which could be heard through his cover of The Beatles famous song “Eleanor Rigby.”

From a young age, Shirley  started to developed his interest in music. He drew upon multiple things for inspiration including his mother and the arts.

“I have to say my mom inspired me a lot to do…well, art in general. Like when I was younger she was a director in The Alliance Theater. She did acting,” Shirley said. “All my life I’ve been in like acting schools or theaters, and I really think the theater is what really made me want to continue on singing.”

Shirley also labeled Prince as a major influence as well on his music.

Each song performed during the event was relatable and could connect to someone on some level, which was part of Shirley’s ultimate goal for his music.

“I want people to feel good, and I want people to feel sexy,” Shirley said. “I want people to not feel alone. I want people to know that they’re not the only ones in whatever thoughts that they have. You know? I want people to feel like they have someone to relate to.”