From Kay Flock to Black Sabbath: The 127th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Varien, hip-hop from Kay Flock new wave from Josie Cotton and the Pet Shop Boys, metal from Black Sabbath, and so much more.
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From Kay Flock to Black Sabbath
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For our cover story about AI Music, Diaa El All of Soundful said that, “Music or not, we’re surrounded. Everything around us is powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, period. From Siri to Alexa to Google Home to everything, really. I look at Soundful a little bit differently. I look at Soundful as, we’re democratizing music creation for everybody, the same way that the phone has democratized video creation. The phone is just a tool in your pocket. Photographers are able to just take videos or photos right away, high quality. There hasn’t been something to really break the barrier of entry to music creation the same way that Soundful has achieved. Not only that, but also helping well-established producers and artists by really being a tool to augment human creativity rather than replacing it. And build on it.”
In “Not Another DJ,” Varien said, “I think that a fair perspective is that there are equal parts interesting and unimpressive things happening [in electronic music]. I mostly stay in my lane and focus on what I like, so I don’t have many hot takes. There’s so many great acts that have dropped awesome projects these past few years – Spiritbox, ic3peak, Conway the Machine, Machine Girl’s soundtrack to Neon White, etc. All that being said, I do think social media has ramped up the importance of aesthetics and ‘being a brand’ more than ever, and that has affected the music some artists make.”
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