behind the music
Morgan Hamilton- Lee
Santa Rosa, California
Morgan has been making films for about eight years and goes on to tell us about his first few projects. Saying that he is successfully able to look back at his first few films and laugh. Citing that there were issues left and right ,but sees them as part of a huge learning experience. "I would definitely say I am an independent filmmaker. Even if I had the resources to make a large scale film, I think I would stick to Indie. It's my favorite genre and its where I'm comfortable". "One day I went to see Spectacular Now in theaters and as cliché as it sounds, that day changed my life in a way. I consider that experience my conversion to Indie films. Writing, directing, acting; its all I've ever wanted to do." Morgan states that he hasn't personally tapped into any communities that are taking risks on talent. Right out of college he went to a Junior College close to him taking a film class and then onto a screenwriting class. Through those classes he met about 30 people and that number began to grow which led him to join an existing community, which he states has been the greatest and most helpful things he could have asked for. Morgan comments "film is not something you can do on your own, it takes a village as they say". His group is where he says he got all of the actors for his series Falling Apart which includes 8 main characters, 6 supporting characters, and 15 cameos. Morgan says he wants to help aspiring artists to see that it's not all about the big break citing endless auditions, getting an agent, and searching forever to maybe eventually getting your movie made. Morgan's 8 episode web series Falling Apart will debut on Depth Xpressions Network in mid May, stay tuned!
At 23, coming from Baltimore Willie Blaze states he doesn't have a pretty past revealing he has been back and forth to jail, spending time in the foster care system, and comments that rap is all he has had. He finds that creating his own fan base is the most challenging part of pursing his music career. "I feel like real Hip-Hop has passed and it is mainly fake musicians, it's more popularity over talent". Rapping since the age of 11, he says Lil' Wayne inspired him. When asked which outlets he finds most helpful in promoting new artists Willie cites social media. "I think social media works good for promoting new artists, it's good to be on different independent sites to expand and reach ears in different locations". Willie says that he is very dedicated and determined, prays, focused and aware of his peers and surroundings. Check out new singles Heart Of the Streets, Hood Symphony, and Hard Work and Determination on Depth Xpressions Network , Spotify, iTunes/ Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, and Pandora.
Asked what's it been like getting started Country Girl says "it wasn't easy, I started out like everyone else promoting myself and just basically starting from the bottom". In the country genre she feels as though she is a versatile artist stating it's difficult, but it's about how you carry yourself and how your fans see your personality". Starting out as a musician she began singing in church and watching Paula Abdul's commercial for diet Coke saying "that's what I'm going to be". As a musician she says she is without regrets, but there have been sacrifices, but that's what makes us stronger. As far as her career goes she can see herself winning awards in the country genre, going on to organizations, and so on. Giving thanks to God and all of her fans and supporters who have been with her from day one she encourages artists to go for their dreams and never give up. Check out Country's Girls new single New Era on Depth Xpressions Network, Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, and Google Play.