Rising Artist: Axel Knox

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Axel Knox, an aspiring house music producer out of Dublin, Ireland is making some real noise coming into 2015. Having a good track record over the last few years Axel has been releasing tracks with record labels such as Dirty Red, BRM Electro, Phethouse and Pop Rox Muzik. He has also made onto top 5 charts with names like Audio Jelly and Track It Down with his hit single Elev8tor. His succession into the EDM community is gaining him a lot of support and respect among audiences and artists alike.

Knox has more than one track up his sleeve that has gotten him his much deserved recognition. Not long ago Armin Van Buuren himself gave Axel a shout out on his hit trance radio broadcast “A State Of Trance“. AvB went ahead and featured Live Without You , a progressive house tune with beautiful female vocals, after its release giving it airplay to a wider global audience that will surely enjoy the audio experience. Axels style and sound can most definitely capture the ear of any audiences across the globe.

Knoxs creative talent is takin him to make music that will pretty much please the ears of any house music listener. His most recent track Mogass via Pop Rox Muzik takes the listener through harmonious synths and crunchy acid house basslines. Giving the listener a trip any trance and acid head would enjoy and an idea of knox’s talents among a wide range of music genres. This is one for your next mixes playlist.

All that being said, Knox should be looking forward to a great year ahead of him. The kind of tracks he is generating is definitely addictive and once he hits a more larger audience he will be unstoppable, which should not take long. Recently striking up a publishing deal with Stadium RED in New York, it is only a matter of time through all these networks before his music is heard by a more national and even global audience. So keep your ears open for Axel Knox so you do not miss out on the excitement!

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FIRST LOOK: ERIC “MACHOBEATZ” CAMACHO

MACHOOOOBecoming a music producer can help pioneer and outline the careers of many different musicians. It also requires time, patience, talent, training and contacts. MachoBeatz has it all on lock! Chicago native, Producer/Songwriter, holds the responsibility with music production, both on the creative and the business sides. A Producer supervises all aspects of the recording process, from helping to select songs, to contracting with session players, selecting the studio and engineers, booking studio time and overseeing the recording. No genre is too hard for him to plunge into.

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MachoBeatz create beats that are abstract and endorsing to an audience. Genres that Macho constructs is Rap, Trap, Hip-Hop, Indie and more. He has knowledge of musical skill with performance experience, combined with a thorough knowledge of musical genres. Music and sound production in a recording studio is also another expertise of his. When not in the studio creating hit music, Macho is an student and majoring in Communications, Media, and Theatre courses (Arts) at Northeastern Illinois University. This big man on campus is also apart of the Student Union where they generate decisions to help guests relax, connect, learn, and grow from quality programming, art exhibitions, and a wide variety of other services. In other words they have Turn up parties on campus! He has performed at the Music Garage Open mic as well as the Cubby Bear up north in Wrigleyville area.

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What’s coming up next for MachoBeatz

He’s currently working on an album with RhymSter as well as collaborating with another producer Frekwenzy on a beat tape. MachoBeatz is also making beats for a mid April show at Northeastern Illinois University. He and RhymSter will be performing at Northeastern’s “Nest Fest” opening up for Hellogoodbye on May 5th. On June 9th he also has a set at The Subterranean (SubT) in the Wicker Park area of Chicago.

Eric “MachoBeatz” is an Producer/Songwriter from Chicago looking to spread the love for original music. Need a beat? Check out MachoBeatz music on Soundcloud and Follow him on all his social media pages below. Want advice on recording? He is always open for collaborations with all musicians. Contact him also via email @MachoBeatz@yahoo.com

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Makin Sound In The Underground: RhymSter

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Local Chicago Hip Hop MC RhymSter is stirring up quite the buzz around the underground scene. Since the release of his last singles You Don’t Know and Can’t Fuck With Us RhymS has been busy making more music, networking and doing shows around Chicago and getting his name and brand out there. These days you can catch him bouncing around open mics in Chicago between Lily’s on Lincoln and Halsted and Subterranean in Wicker Park. With this ambition he has been turning heads and gainin some street cred.

While building a good name for himself at open mics, underground Chicago artists from SAK Crew have taken notice to RhymSters talents . One thing leads to another and RhymS and the SAK Crew start doing shows together. Recently headlining a show at the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville, RhymSter invited SamIAm the MC from SAK, an off the top Freestyler, MTV World Rap Battle finalist and BET‘s 106 & Park Freestyle Friday Hall of Famer, onto the stage to cap off a wicked set. It was not long before RhymS was initiated a member of their crew.

While RhymS chit chats with the local artists, gaining support for total world control, he has also been hard at work making beats with those same artists. Just a few days ago releasing Ya’ Playin, a head bopper with SamIAm the Mc, produced by the talented Hip Hop producer and RhymSters go to beat maker from Germany, Henrik3000. Also givin away another collab for free, Yin & Yang, produced by Frekwenzy and Sandlot MC L.x.

With all this being said, it is only the beginning for RhymSter. He has so much more planned. Linguistic Rhetoric, an EP in the works, straight hip hop, is gonna be a must if you love that creative flow. More work with Henrik3000, MachoBeatz. Shows, of course, you have to catch RhymS at one of the freestyle open mics at SubT, or Lily’s or where ever he finds one, no place is safe. Or you know you can wait for a tour. He knows how to catch a crowd, even from the top of his dome.

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FIRST LOOK: SMOOTH RHYTHM

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Smooth; adjective smoother, smoothest.

Defining the word Smooth can have many different meanings. It could mean being easy going, having a way with words, to be extremely cool or just completing everything down the line with finesse. Smooth Rhythm, a singer/musician and a #SANDLOTCREW member, was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. Watching him play his guitar certifies he has the qualities of being smooth and the rhythm he brings with his talent will make people move out their seat.

Listen above to Smooth latest song titled “Wait A Minute” produced by Eric “MachoBeatz” Camacho also an #SANDLOTCREW affiliate. In this song Smooth expresses how he sees this pretty lady at a lounge where he had to stop and get those digits before she preceded to leave out the door with her friends. Smooth also encourages his fellow Men on his SoundCloud page with this statement, “To all my dudes get your game on and talk to that lady…” As you can see he’s definitely not afraid.

As a musician Smooth is a Universal Artist. There is no one genre he attaches himself with, he does it all. From Hip-hop, Spanish, Reggae, to R&B , thinking outside the box is more of his mechanism. Smooth not only enjoys listening to all different types of music genres, he is open to working on collaborations with other artist as he progressing with his own music career.

Smooth is currently performing his titled song “I wanna love you” which is inspired by the hit song made by Bob Marley. This version is transformed into his own style and lyrics. Log on to Facebook and Click This to see a live performance.

Ladies get ready to throw your sexy panties to the stage. Per a previous conversation I had with Smooth Rhythm, his music is for everyone all over the world to listen to, nevertheless, he is a Ladies Man. Possibly there will be special moments when he may even grab a special lady out of her seat to sing and dance with him on stage. Wouldn’t that be a treat? Not only does he sing good but from the looks above he may even be good with his hands. Which could lead to why he plays the guitar so passionately.

What’s Coming Up Next for Smooth Rhythm

Smooth Rhythm is presently performing at different Open Mics around the city of Chicago. He is writing, recording, making music with other artist and gearing up for a music video for his song “Wait A Minute” which will be featured this Summer. Follow Smooth Rhythm on all his social media pages below to keep up to speed with his latest news, interviews, music projects, shows and more.

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FIRST LOOK: ABELMINDEAD

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Codi Laflure a.ka. AbelMindead, a young fellow from Michigan who has made a home in the heart of Chicago. He is an Rapper/Hip-Hop artist currently involved in various music movements around Chicago. AbelMindead is recent to the music scene with his local new recording family #SANDLOTCREW, upcoming group of artist who rap, sing, produce music and more. Want to see a freestyle of AbelMindead? Click This if you are logged in to your Facebook account.

AbelMindead music genre can be an intertwine of Hip-Hop, Trippy Hop and Rap. In his song titled “Rabbit Hole” it creates an emotion of an cool vibe psychedelicly tripping or unwinding with some friends on a warm summer night. With unbroken lyrics and flow, this is an opening approach for what is to come, collaborations and more.

What’s Coming up next for AbelMindead

On March 21st he has a show at The Store with the Sandlot Crew. On April 21st he has an radio interview and live performance on 88.3fm WZRD at 10 am Northeastern Illinois University Radio (Please tune in). On Other days when he’s not recording in the Lab, Catch AbelMindead at various Open Mics around the city of Chicago especially at Sub T (Subterranean) in Wicker Park every Tuesday.

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AbelMindead is currently working on a mixtape to be released on May 19th at Sub T in wicker park. Look out for more live interviews, music, events and post on AbelMindead also keep up with him (Below) with all his latest projects coming out soon!

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Probcause & Friends

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Local Chicagoan Colin Grimm otherwise known as Probcause is gettin known quite quickly from fans to artists and labels. It is his unique style of rapping and the energy he brings to a stage for an audience. It is his music itself that has alot of energy on its own so it is hard not to get known, only to feeding his ego!  Getting the attention by some real dope artists too.

Prob has turned the heads of the Lowtemp crew and other artists alike and the music they make together is pretty perfect. It is like perfect match in creative minds. Recently hookin up with another Chicago artist Manic Focus to make a sexy remix of Exmags track Tilt Mode with Gibbz. Prob is not unknown to Exmag either, having made a track together on his latest album Waves and working with Lowtemp creator Gramatik on a real cool super creative beat that will make you wanna grab a beer n party till you get loud!


Speaking of collabing with dope artists Colin has started another project aside from Probcause. Linking up with Hologram Kizzie, aka Psalm One, to give you Zro Fox. Get it? Pretty cool, and they announced the collab with a serisouly dope music video for their single Might Not, as a preamble to their album to be released later.

Hologram Kizzie and Prob have been workin together for a while since 2008 from live sets at the Bottom Lounge up to Lincoln Hall in Chicago, to working on a few songs here and there on records such as the Recipe Vol. 1 & 2 covering multiple genres. Recently playing here in our very own city of Chicago in Lincoln Hall, is where they first layed down Zro Fox’s single Might Not and it was magnificent.

Watching the two flow together on the mic so flawlessly was amazing. They work very well together, them and Kat V the beautuful violinist, Cofresi and other artists that Prob likes to collab with frequently and bring up on stage. Manic Focus is also known to work with a violinist, Colin n JmaC share some similar interests! Colin definitely knows how to spot and pick a good artist that would be compatible to collab with him. Having a show with Big Gigantic at the Aragon Ballroom this Saturday the 14th, I am excited to see what Probcause has next up his sleeve.

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Mat Zo – Real Life [Free Download]

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Mat Zo is a repeat favorite here on Ever Evolved. Always changing up his style, challenging boundaries. Recently released the Up, Down, Left, Right EP and a flawless I See MONSTAS remix on his independent label Mad Zoo. Mat Zo has managed to pump out a few more tracks for his label, just in time for warm weather festivities. Switching it up again from a nice groovy filter house vibe with Giving It All Up, to downright dirty melodic dubstep with Ruffneck Bad Boy.


With his next single, premiering on edm.com, Mat Zo delivers a smooth electro hous mix to you for free! After listenin to Real Life and most of Zo’s music you can really tell he is a master at manipulating the emotion with nothing but sounds! He gets better with every track, so keep up with him on his soundcloud!

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IT TAKES TWO (TEGAN AND SARA)

Tegan and Sara Quin were born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1980 and began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of Fifteen. These Canadian twin females have been in the music industry for over 13 years. These ladies are in a lane of their own. Making a musical statement in a vast industry they bridge rock, pop, electronic and alternative into the indie world with many different artist. This has allowed their music to cross over into other genres. They have been covered by The White Stripes with their original song “Walking with a Ghost” to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta, Morgan Page and many more artist.

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Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album Heartthrob and they are acclaimed international celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, attaining the band’s highest US chart position thus far. Below is a snippet of the whole album in less than 4 minutes!

Looking back to their previous work Tegan and Sara have released 7 albums; Under Feet Like Ours (1999), This Business of Art (2000), If It Was You (2002), So Jealous (2004)The Con (2007)Sainthood (2009) and Heartthrob (2013) including special DVD’s, releases and unheard demos.

Tegan and Sara opened for the band Fun on their Most Nights Summer Tour which began in Toronto, Ontario. When Tegan and Sara are not in the studio recording or chilling back home in Canada they can been seen traveling on Tour across the world. They have performed in many well-known festivals including Mariposa Folk Festival, Sarah McLachlan’s Lillith Fair, Coachella, Lollapalooza, SXSW, Boston Calling, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and The Toronto World Pride 2014. In July 2014 the duo opened for Lady Gagas 2014 concert tour in Quebec, Canada.

Though their music is not openly political, Tegan and Sara are very politically and socially engaged. They are outspoken advocates for LGBT equality and have done countless fundraisers for youth organizations, music education, literacy, cancer research and LGBT advocacy.

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Tegan currently lives in Vancouver, Sara lives in Montreal. Tegan and Saras music connects all people, whether your in a relationship, about social change, learning to become your own person in life, dealing with a personal situation, losing a loved one, finding love or just partying with your friends, listen to the lyrics and let it get in your heart. In the words of these two, “Close your eyes, and then you free your mind, You’re free to fly.”

Watch this hilarious Interview with SNL star Andy Samberg. Sorry Andy your not their type of Heartthrob 🙁

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Joker – The Mainframe LP

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Joker just recently released what could very well be the best album to come out in a while; The Mainframe on Kapsize records. This Lp includes his hit single Midnight, which was premired on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 broadcast about 3 months ago and released on the 8th of Dec. and his collaboration with Zak Abel, which has accumulated quite a lot of views with the official music video since its release on Joker Presents. These two songs alone are enough to turn heads.

Aside from the music video, Joker successfully teased the albums release in early January with a preview on youtube, confirming the speculations of how badass it was going to be. Did not disappoint. Containing 13 tracks, the Mainframe takes you on a journey of awesome sounds and emotion. Just do no skip a song on your first listen! Each song blends into the next. Connect to jokers soundcloud page, link below, to keep track of him and learn how you can own such awesome music.

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WHO’S THAT GIRL? FKA TWIGS

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Small Petite woman. Music with a deep tempo beat of electronic and dream pop, voice of whisper in your ear but so clear and smooth and beautiful. FKA twigs (Formerly known as twigs) is from Gloucestershire, England. Her real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett born Jamaican, Spanish and English. She is a singer-songwriter, producer and dancer.

In 2013 she released her debut album EP2 with only four tracks “How’s That“, “Papi Pacify“, “Ultraviolet” and the most popular hit “Water Me

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In 2014 she released EP1  which has 10 tracks including the song below “Two Weeks

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FKA twigs single “Two weeks” has over 8 million views on YouTube (above) with lyrics:

“Higher than a motherfucker, dreaming of it, it’s my lovin’ (High)
Flying like a stream of thunder, only way to do each other (High)
Pull out the insides and give me two weeks, you won’t recognize her
Mouth open, you’re high”

Her creativity flows with dance and song and she is on the rise. Being distinctive from the majority of popular musicians in today’s society, she will catch you eye. With a bit of sexual references added while watching her videos it will make someone think of what is she really trying to say? Is this Art? How does her music make people feel?

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In this Interview it gives a sense of the Artist of who she is and how she started. FKA twigs felt like a loner and was sensitive at a very young age. Being the only mixed race girl in her school, she felt really separate.  Even if someone was being nice to her she didn’t know how to welcome it. Describing a small story in this video,her dad gave a friend from school a ride home and her friend asked her, “Why was her dad listening to Jazz music? It’s so sad.” After that she was ashamed and asked her father if they could listen to something else when her friends got in the car from there on.

The pressures of fitting in when young will never cease. Not until self-esteem is built and self-awareness to the point where no fucks are given about what others think. That’s what FKA twigs did, she started to appreciate where she came from and states “being in your own bubble is not a bad thing.”

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As of last year FKA twigs is currently dating  Twilight Saga superstar Robert Pattinson. They have been recently seen at British Awards together and out on the scenes displaying PDA for the paparazzi.

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Nevertheless with Her fashion bondage and S&M fashion sense, her hair braided with her edges slicked wavy to the side, septum piercing, stimulating choreography, she is an individual on sight. Are there any other Artist you have seen like her? Nothing can compare to her voice, listen to her voice, the beat and rhythm of the electronic tempo.

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