Chicago Creative Spotlight: Serenity Marie and Her Brand Nitty’s Knocker

Every artist in the Chicago music scene should be familiar with Serenity Marie if they have not already had the pleasure of working with her and experiencing her business acumen. Her connections can get artists into countless events, showcases, open mics, fashion shows, music festivals. She can secure placements for music, get records spun on the radio and offer counsel time. In every sense of the word she is a curator; one who believes in the artist as well as the art and does everything they can to see successful presentation and representation.

Serenity has a weekly radio show, Nitty’s Knocker, Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm on Que4.org which is also AM 1680. There she hosts guest artists and discusses everything from the latest pop culture to politics, artists’ brand and projects to philosophy and the always hilarious mentioning of unicorns. She has hosted industry names such as Quentin Miller, Matthew Knowles, Hott Headzz, Van and Dani Jay of Black Ink Chicago, Milk N Cooks and she has even interviewed Angela Yee of the Breakfast Club. Over the last two years Serenity has grown Nitty’s Knocker into a platform that every artist in the city wants to hop on for an in depth interview and solid media content. Serenity has also produced many events with proceeds going to a charity of choice, highlighting a glance at her selflessness. She hosts and curates a lot of women-centric events as well because she supports and empowers her contemporaries.

When you bring artists together you can only imagine the boundaries to be pushed by their collaborations. Serenity Marie is probably vicariously responsible for a lot of art that gets created within Chicago-land area. Armed with an uncanny networking ability, Serenity and her creative brands will find longevity in the arts and entertainment industries because she possesses a sharp mind and a helping hand. In the end art seeks out the kindest of merchants. Follow her content linked below.

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NEW ARTIST ALERT: ALESSIA CARA

Alessia is Influenced by Amy Winehouse and would love to collaborate with Drake one day. Along with fellow Canadian Drake, 18 year old, Alessia Cara in from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Newcomer to the scene, she has already 500,000 streams in her first week debut breakout song “Here”. Before she was discovered in the music industry, Cara covered songs such as  “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood“Halo” by Beyonce and many more. This new tune is definitely an #Antipartytrack. This goes out to all the people who don’t enjoy going to overcrowded parties where there is alot of BS going on vs. being a chill spot with a small group of close friends laying low. Alessia catches herself asking, why is she even there?  It’s not her usual scene. ALESSIA

      What’s Next for Alessia Cara 

Cara stated in a recent interview her inspiration behind the song “Here” was that, “This one time I went to a party and while there, I realized how much I hated it, along with every other party I had ever gone to. We wrote about it the next day.” – Fader magazine. Alessia recently attended and performed at the Def Jam 2015 Upfronts showcase in New York City. She is signed to Def Jam records and currently in the process of finishing up her upcoming project. AC is a new breakthrough artist, with a sound that is anthemic alt-pop, flipping from skateboard indie-rock to hip-hop swagger. More hits are coming soon as she works with top hit producers Sebastian Kole and Pop and Oak. Until then her fanbase is growing, be apart of that my friends, follow her below on her social media pages and Stay tuned for more ✌ 👋 Follow Alessia Cara @ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud Follow Ever Evolved @ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

CHICAGO EMCEE: ILLA ILLS

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An emcee can freestyle over a beat and move a crowd without missing one step. Straight from the West side of Chicago, hip-hop artist ILLA ILLS has the gusto of becoming the next legendary lyricist in music league. Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and other old school hip-hop pioneer’s have motivated him as an artist. While listening to his music, the message is clearly understood and it is created for all people. From Hip-hop, Jazz, Soul and many more genres, Illa Ills is elevating culture so look to never be disappointed from this guy.

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“3rd Rock” produced by Sagopa Kajmer shows Illa Ills performing around in various places in the city of Chicago professing his love for hip-hop as long as he lives on this planet. He has been writing rhymes since birth and will continue until the end. In this video above he certifies and will devour any emcee competition in his way. However, this is not his main mission to enter the music game, his objective is to uplift people through his music and to bring back real rap/hip-hop to the scene once again.

What’s Next for ILLA ILLS 

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If you are logged in on Facebook watch this Freestyle clip. Not only is ILLA ILLS internationally known and currently creating more music, catch ILLA doing shows at the Shrine in Chicago, his latest interviews on YouTube, and music events all around Chicago. Like and Share all his social media pages below and stay tuned for more!

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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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Skrillex launches Free-Release Label with AC Slater’s Back To The Floor EP

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Skrillex seems to never miss headlines this past year so far, expanding his music empire and reaching out to fans persistantly. With his recent album release “Recess”, in which he collabed with artists Diplo, Kill The Noise, Chance The Rapper, Ragga Twins, Alvin Risk, etc. and headlining Coachella and possibly Lollapalooza, Skrillex isn’t showing any signs of stopping with yet another label (aside from OWSLANest under Nest HQ. 

“The concept of Nest HQ is simple really. It is a transparent vantage point into this culture that we all share and have created together” it reads on their website. “Its origins began with a global network of like-minded people who love to share their passions for music and art. Nest HQ is a window into this culture…” and it certainly is with AC Slater debuting this exclusively free-to-download label Nest with his 5-song EP “Back to the Floor”.

This whole EP will leave you in a groove you haven’t felt before, with some addictive basslines and raw synths, each song will have you like WHOA… In another state of mind. If you listen to the whole thing you’ll know what I mean. It would seem that AC has achieved his intentions stating in an interview on Nest HQ, “I want to focus more on the music and how it makes the individual feel. Everyone having their own experience and vibing out in the club rather than watching someone tell them what to do. It’s okay to zone out and get lost in the music.” That it is and with this idea behind his ep, these tracks would definitely attract a more intimate vibe on the dance floor.

It’s refreshing to see artists like AC Slater releasing tracks with their own style and originality. Bringing the crowd back to more vibin music, beats you can breathe and really dance too, inspiring a whole new crowd of music lovers to be more creative!

With all that being said! Check out the AC Slater’s Back to the floor ep below and as promised by Nest, it’s a free download.