Today I asked: Moonshine

– Nico H.

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Ludvig Evers (left) and Jonatan Gusmark (right) of Moonshine. Photo provided by Moonshine.

Red Velvet haven’t exactly been playing hard to get in 2017. In just this year alone, they’ve had three huge comebacks, starting with Rookie back in February, and The Red Summer in July. Now, the group has come back yet again, topping off their busy year with a bang.

Perfect Velvet is their newest release, and their second full-length album, following their first full-length album The Red in 2015. And like previous releases before it, the album isn’t complete without a new hit title track. “Peek-A-Boo” is a bombastic track with a modern production style and heavy, booming drums. The perfect foundation for Red Velvet’s personality and harmonies to shine through. Coupled with the haunted house concept of the music video, “Peek-A-Boo” sits comfortably among the K-Pop group’s already varied and unique discography.

And the team behind this instrumental is Moonshine, a duo hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. This is their first release for a K-Pop group, but they aren’t exactly rookies when it comes to the industry.

To get a better sense of the duo and the instrumental they produced, I asked Moonshine a few questions about their hit song, and what it’s like to have their K-Pop debut on Red Velvet’s second full-length album. Enjoy, everybody.

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Today I asked: Caesar & Loui

– By Nico H.

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Daniel Caesar (left) and Ludwig Lindell (right) of Caesar & Loui. Photo provided by Caesar & Loui.

K-Pop producers are, in large part, unsung heroes. They are a crucial factor in whether or not a K-Pop group succeeds. The idols themselves can only take their groups – their careers – so far, they need to be backed up by good production, good music. Otherwise, a fanbase will be hard-pressed to grow, flourish, let alone maintain. A lot of credit deserves to be directed toward those producers.

Enter Caesar & Loui, a duo that is responsible for plenty of recent songs, plenty of recent hits. Hailing from Sweden, Daniel Caesar and Ludwig Lindell are the masterminds behind a handful of jams that were released this summer. LOONA’s “Singing in the Rain,” Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor,” and Girls’ Generation’s “All Night,” the third being particularly momentous, due to the song being one of two title tracks celebrating the group’s tenth anniversary.

With their varied, yet layered and focused, production, Caesar & Loui has made a name for themselves within the K-Pop industry as consistent and solid producers. There’s a reason why companies keep coming back to Caesar & Loui for songs.

I recently had the chance to ask Caesar & Loui a few brief questions about their musical careers and how it intersected with the K-Pop scene. Enjoy, everybody.

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Today I asked: Blaise Corvin

– By Nico H.

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Delvers LLC: Obligations Incurred is Blaise Corvin’s newest release. Photo provided by Blaise Corvin.

Writing is hard. Writing for an online audience is even harder. From self-publishing, to website analytics, to a consistent and constant workflow, to the anonymous, critical masses, there’s a lot to consider when wanting to pursue this kind of work. Writing original fiction on the internet, even getting a handful of eyes is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Blaise Corvin, a web serial novelist based in Texas, has managed to make name for himself in both the web serial community and through self-publishing on Amazon. Two very separate, distinct, and difficult markets to tap into, and Blaise has found success in both. He specializes in a genre known as ‘LitRPG,’ literature that borrows elements from video games and role playing games. His characters literally gain experience and level up, all in mixed setting of Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

Blaise is known for his Delvers LLC series, and on April 7, the next installment was released. In being curious about LitRPG and making a career about writing online, I reached out to Blaise to ask a few questions about his works and his process.

Below is a short interview I had with Blaise back in late March. Enjoy, everybody.

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Today I asked: The Colleagues

– By Nico H.

Harrison Johnson (left) and Karl ‘KP’ Powell (right) of The Colleagues. Photo found on The Colleagues official website.

On Jan. 25, 2017, Red Velvet teased Rookie, their upcoming release at the time, but this time around, they brought friends. A vaguely humanoid-shaped flower thing, to be exact, and a puppet. The puppet provided the introductions.

“And we’re live. Produced by The Colleagues. Take one.”

In 17 seconds, the K-Pop world was teased with its newest hit, and formally introduced to the masterminds behind the beat. But who exactly are The Colleagues?

Karl ‘KP’ Powell and Harrison Johnson make up the duo, and they’ve produced songs for 2 Chainz, Plies, and Freddie Gibbs, among many others, including other K-Pop acts. That’s right, they also produced the NCT 127 song “Paradise.” “Rookie” isn’t their first time in the the K-Pop spotlight.

But, it is their first title track, and the mark they’ve left extends past that unique producer tag. A poppy yet funky track, with sharp horns and a bassline that’s worthy of Parliament-Funkadelic, The Colleagues provided a solid foundation for Red Velvet to showcase their own musical quirks. Combine all of that together, “Rookie” is a great song. Plain and simple.

And others seem to agree. The “Rookie” music video is up to 18 million views on YouTube, and rising, and Red Velvet has recently won their 9th award at Inkigayo. Safe to say, it’s their most successful comeback yet. That’s why I wanted to talk with The Colleagues themselves, and what it’s like to kick off not only Rookie the song, but Red Velvet’s fourth mini-album of the same name.

Here they are, the men behind the puppet.

Below is a brief Q&A with The Colleagues. Enjoy, everybody.

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Today I asked: Wildbow

By Nico H.

The web fiction world is a small yet active one. The internet tends to birth communities like that. There’s a wealth of quality stories worth sinking your time – and perhaps your life – into, and if you’re familiar with web fiction and web serials, you’ve probably heard of perhaps the richest writer out there. J.C. McCrae, better known as Wildbow, better known as the writer of Worm, Pact, and the currently on-going Twig. Good stuff, to put it lightly.

But, if the web fiction world is an alien one to you, you can’t go wrong starting off with Worm. Yeah, there’s roughly 1.7 million words, but the payoff justifies the length. It’s a worthy investment.

On Feb. 16, with two webs serials under his belt, and with his third coming along quite nicely, I decided to reach out to Wildbow himself to ask him a few things I was personally curious about, from his different web serials to upcoming projects. There’s some Worm 2 talk in here.

Below is a short and quick Q&A with the man himself. Enjoy, everybody.

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