Friday, April 21, 2017

Josh Milan debuts both his solo LP and a brand new book - selling out fast!




link >> to order the 6.9.69 CD
honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/6969


link >> to order the 'In My Own Words' book
honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/merch/in-my-own-words-book


Honeycomb Music is extremely honored to present the highly-anticipated debut LP from producer and musician extraordinaire Josh Milan. Not only is Josh the CEO of Honeycomb Music, bringing you such hits as "Your Body," "I Will Wait" and much more, he has spent over 3 years producing and developing this exquisite 24-song collection. A nod to his day of birth, "6.9.69" represents Josh's musical journey, fusing influences from some of the giants of music (i.e., Quincy Jones, Pat Matheny et al.) and creating an incredibly crafted debut LP. Josh's lyrics explore topics of politics, identity, race, relationships and love while his music explores his life-long love of live music. This album is simply inspiring and innovative on every level. Even to describe his work in these terms understates the magic that Josh Milan brings to his debut. "6.9.69" is the kind of album you play all the way through without stopping - a masterful masterpiece!

For his own book, Josh MIlan pens this fantastic book of lyrics, thoughts and musings. "In My Own Words" includes lyrics from such timeless gems as: I Will Wait, Confession, Children of the World and more.

Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.
Photography by Joseph Paradiso.
Cover and CD art design by Adam Cruz.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.
©2017 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Honeycomb Music LLC. www.honeycombmusicstore.com

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Honeycomb Artist Spotlight: Kia Stewart - Elation EP (interview)




Honeycomb Music Artist Spotlight: Kia Stewart
By Amanda Frontany

April 9, 2017

link >> honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/elation-ep

link >> honeycombmusicstore.com/Kia_Stewart-Elation_EP-digital_booklet.pdf

On Sunday, April 9th, 2017, Honeycomb Music Recording Artist Kia Stewart released her long-awaited EP titled “Elation.” The album includes her hits “He Still Loves Me” and “Winner”-- both of which have been hugely successful dance floor favorites around the globe thanks to legendary tastemakers Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, and Honeycomb’s CEO, Josh Milan. The album also includes new gems with production by Josh Milan and guest producer Moises “Big Moses” Laporte. We are all elated for Kia’s new project!!!

I caught up with the songstress recently to find out more about her new album, her creative process, her influences, and her future plans as a gifted artist.  Enjoy!

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Kia Stewart!!! Congratulations on “Elation!” The title itself is truly fitting as you always exude so much joy and elation. How did you arrive at this title?

Kia: After Josh and I completed an initial studio session, he said, “go home and think about what this project means to you.” So I put all my feelings together and the word “Elation” came up as I thought about different synonyms and definitions...and the word, the feeling itself, really stuck with me.

It’s a great title. Your singles “He Still Loves Me” and “Winner” are so uplifting and energizing. What can we expect to hear with your new tracks on the album?

Kia: On this new album you will get a mix of jams, some smooth tunes, and they will all definitely pull you to the dancefloor.

I’m sure you will have everyone dancing again. Can you tell us about your experiences with writing and recording music for “Elation?” What was it like to work with both Josh Milan and Big Moses? 

Kia: Recording with these two incredibly talented brothers is an honor. Josh and Moses bring so much energy and creativity to the sessions. I love our working relationships because we get so much accomplished and have a ball while getting it done!!

Aside from the role of Singer, you can also add Director to your list of creative achievements. You recently directed your own video for your single “Winner.” How did this accomplishment come to fruition? And where can we see the video?

Kia: The lyrics for “Winner” are so uplifting. I wanted to bring them to life through some of my personal experiences: watching my family and friends go through challenging times, like cancer and job loss. I was so inspired to put all of these feelings and experiences into a video to let people know that you are a winner no matter what life throws at you. All things will work out-- just stay on your grind, stay focused. So once I decided to make a video, I pulled together a great team assisted by Shawn Reddick. Shawn really helped me turn my vision into reality. You can see the video for “Winner” on Joshua Milan’s Youtube page. 

Here’s the direct link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js4wF9WFXow



The video is really inspiring and complements the song. When did you begin singing professionally? How did it all begin?

Kia: Four years ago I decided to give a professional singing career a chance. Through Shawn Reddick, I was able to take on this opportunity. He took me to a studio in East Orange, NJ, and there I met the engineer Rashad Muhammad. And the rest, as they say, is history!!!

Who are your influences as a singer-songwriter? What music do you listen to when you’re not working on your own?

Kia: I am influenced by David “Pic” Conley and Mary J. Blige. As far as what kind of music I listen to, I listen to all genres. If it grabs me, I gravitate towards it.

In talking with Honeycomb’s Josh Milan, he has discussed how difficult it is for artists today-- in terms of earning a living-- due to the digital direction the industry has gone in with streaming music sites, file sharing, etc. Hardly anyone purchases their own music anymore, and the artists are suffering. What advice do you have for up-and-coming singers/songwriters in terms of pursuing this as a career, or even as a side career?

Kia: This is a very hard business. You can never stop grinding, and working on your craft. In the meantime, definitely have an income coming in from somewhere else because this is an expensive “hobby.” Keep striving until the love of your craft can pay your bills.

That’s fantastic advice. I know you are extremely involved in promoting your own releases as a Honeycomb artist. How will you continue to promote “Elation” over the coming weeks and months? Where will you be performing?

Kia: Yes, I will always promote any and everything that I do, via Facebook, Instagram and my website KiaStewart.com. Upcoming shows are always a plus and yes, I have several planned. On April 22nd I will be performing at the 3rd Annual One Night Only event in Hillside, NJ. We are celebrating the “Elation” album release. Contact me on Facebook for advance tickets and details. In May, I will be in Chicago. And later in May on the 27th, I am performing at the Urban House Movement Music Festival at Lincoln Park in Newark, NJ. I am really excited to perform on Josh Milan’s Birthday Cruise to the Bahamas in June. On August 19, I will be performing in Long Branch, NJ. 

Wow! You are a busy lady! I truly admire your hard work to promote your music.  How do you plan to follow this joy-filled EP? What are you working on for the future?

Kia: Well so far everything has been the feeling of the music. It brings out this feeling where I know this is what I want to sing about. Right now I am still writing, but a new single is definitely in the near future.


And we look forward to that new single as well as “Elation.” Thank you so much for your time. We cannot wait to support your new EP when it is released this Sunday, April 9th at www.honeycombmusicstore.com. Congratulations again to you, Kia Stewart!

“My favorite part of performing is being received by my audience. Seeing them sing along, dance and vibe.  It’s an epic experience.  It’s the reason why I do what I do.”  -- Kia Stewart

For all Kia Stewart booking inquiries, email office@honeycombmusicstore.com

Kia Stewart delivers her debut Elation EP with much elation and pride!




link >> honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/elation-ep

Honeycomb Music is extremely proud to present Kia Stewart's stellar debut, titled the Elation EP. With full support from Grammy Award Winner Louie Vega, DJ Joe Claussell and many notable others, Kia's sound and style has been heating up dancefloors around the world with "He Still Loves Me" and "Winner" - both of them smash singles! For her debut EP, Kia exquisitely explores topics of love, life and optimism. What's the biggest message? It's simple. Kia says that "it's ok to LOVE and to be in LOVE! In life, you will sacrifice and work hard for those you love… never give up!" We couldn't agree more. And why Honeycomb? That too is simple. "Josh makes me see music from another angle… Honeycomb has my heart," she exclaims. You have our hearts too Kia! For more of this good music, get stuck on Honeycomb @ honeycombmusicstore.com

link >> honeycombmusicstore.com/Kia_Stewart-Elation_EP-digital_booklet.pdf

Recorded and mixed by Moise "Big Moses" LaPorte at Shiny Rock Studios and Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East
Stroudsburg, PA, where indicated.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.
©2017 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Miami WMC

March 22, 2017 4:12am

It's 4am!!!! Why is this woman allowing her child to play his Nintendo game with the volume on 11? 
And there's another woman not far from the kid talking. Just talking. And still talking. She's 40 something. She feels cute. Her hair is brunette. She's maybe a size 8-10. But here's the thing. What good is a size 10 if you're built like a crayon? No curves. Nothing at all appealing in my humble opinion. Pasty complected skin. She has the ugliest electric blue mani and pedi with sparkles in it! Ughhhhhh!!!
I wouldn't have noticed all of this had she kept her thin, chapped lips shut. But she went on and on about nothing. And her voice, oh God her voice. She sounded like a nasally cat with throat cancer. It was like a whiney, malnourished chicken. Between her and the video game kid, I'm ready to slap someone. Wait. Wait. 
So I notice a woman walking around seemingly annoyed. Her hair was the equivalent of a dirty weave recycled from a rats corpse. It's a sandy dirt color, kinda matted and kinda braided. Mangled with her natural hair somehow. She's clearly unkempt. Dirt in her fingernails, probably from digging and scratching. I learned that she was annoyed because she was made to check a bag that she didn't feel needed to be checked. So she's walking around pissy and blowing. She's making aggravated noises and talking loudly to herself. She's seeking attention from anyone willing to listen. The problem is, it's 4am!!!! Nobody cares!!!
Well, as fate would have it, she sits right next to me on the plane! Yea! Next to me!! Smelling like sleep. Its the smell of dirty clothes, fresh out of the hamper, mixed with sorrow and pain. I'm going to say one more thing and I'll leave her alone. But, I feel like when a person has a large stomach, they should wear clothes that prevent people from seeing it. I have a large stomach myself. I get it. But this woman is wearing her daughters tee shirt. The bottom of the shirt is right above her naval and her stomach is covering her zipper. Lawd I can't. 

My wife tells me all of the time to watch what I say. So I think I've said enough. 
I'm done! 
But Miami, yay!!!!!!!!
I've been in a tough space lately and this trip to the sun may do me some good. Louie invited me to play and sing with EOL Soulfrito and Dawn is singing BGV's. Dawn is my people so it'll be fun to rock with her and she's always full of laughs. I've got new music to play when I DJ tonight so that should be fun. 

6:22am 
Random thought, why do people say "Have a safe flight"? I'm not in control of the flight. Don't all people want a safe flight? Do they think I'll maybe do some break dancing or up-rocking while the plane is taking off, causing us to have an unsafe flight? Or maybe do laps running up and down the aisle? Why would I not have a safe flight? Now "drive safe" is altogether different. I'm in control of the driving and it's up to me to drive safely. But please tell me, how is a safe flight achieved? Should I make sure the pilot is not texting while operating this machinery?

11:41am

I've landed and Zuleica and Maritza picked us up.
Some of the band members were on the same plane as I. We went straight to the venue. They weren't even open. But because we're having an early Soundcheck we're not going to our rooms right away. Louie's team is professional like that. There's rarely a lot of room for messin about. I actually enjoy it because I don't like to mess around either. I'm an early guy when it comes to work. I arrive early and leave late. 

2:00pm

I'm at Soundcheck and I see a friend that I needed to apologize to. What made my day, was that not only did he accept my apology, he was acting like it wasn't a big deal. I believe if a person does something wrong, they need to acknowledge it. Especially if you respect the person. This experience made this whole trip worth. I'm happy. 

6:15pm

Louie started playing music after the Soundcheck. He was playing slower Funk bands. So I followed his lead with some Funk and although it was the beginning of the night with a few people there, I really enjoyed playing. There's no pressure. No need to mix. Just playing good good music. And some of the people actually got up to dance. I really loved it. 

11:41pm

The show was nice. Louie and I very often have the same ideas. This Soulfrito band is right up my alley. I'm actually doing something very similar to this at Honeycomb. Playing with this band feels natural. Axel is awesome on keys. Gene on bass and Luisito on drums is a very easy combination to play with. 

March 23rd 5:58pm

I'm here at Soundcheck and we have a little time to kill. So I'm out here people watching. And my thought is this, I've got to get my money up!! LOL
To be current within the latest fashion trends, one has to be rich. Or well connected. But more importantly, there's so many people here that have had cosmetic surgery. On one hand I get it. I do. Some people would rather just purchase a better look. But I wonder at what cost? What health risk does one take getting enlarged breast, butt, or lips? We can't all assume that people are going to the best surgeons. In my opinion, it's not worth it. The new body part never looks real. And there's a possible health hazard. Nah. 

March 24th 10:00am

Last night was dope. I played keys and sang background for the legendary Roy Ayers. That's a trip. I've played this man's music for many years and now I'm on stage with him. The show went well. Louie was doing his thing very well. We all had fun. I enjoyed being onstage with Dawn Tallman. We're friends but I'm still a fan. Axel Tosca, Luisito Quintero, Roberto Quintero, and Gene Perez are all very professional musicians. So my job was easy. 
I'm on my way back to do this performance at my CD/Book release party. I'm ready!!!!!!!




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Janine Lyons' dynamic debut 'I Need To Dance' is makin' us all dance!




link >> https://honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/i-need-to-dance

Honeycomb Music is proud and excited to present the incredible collaboration between spoken word star Janine Lyons and Honeycomb CEO Josh Milan. "I Need To Dance" is a thought-provoking dance floor gem that's filled with intensifying rhythms, smooth beats and that signature Honeycomb sound! With Janine at center stage, she eloquently expresses her passion for dance and music while Josh delivers a spell-binding jazz-meets-dance track - perfect for the dance floor!


MUSICAL CREDITS:
Spoken word written and performed by Janine Lyons.
Music written and produced by Josh Milan.
Recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.
Published by Josh Milan Songs (BMI).

Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.

©2017 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mark your calendar for Josh Milan's album/book release party - March 30th NYC


Make sure you mark your calendars for next months album/book release party. Josh Milan will be performing with his band. Tickets go on sale as early as next week.

  • Josh Milan Live!
  • Josh Milan will be signing CD's ($20) and Books ($25) after the show

"We're in rehearsal now. This is my first album as a solo artist. I'm looking forward to this journey. Come out and celebrate it with me" - Josh Milan

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When I heard that Louie's album was nominated, my first thought was....

When I heard that Louie's album was nominated for a Grammy, my first thought was, "where am I going to put my first grammy award?" LOL!


Wow! Everybody uses that word these days. Wow! Oddly, most people are using it to express feelings of disappointment. 
A friend called me recently and left a message that said "Yo, I can't even get a call back? I been calling and you won't return my call? Woooooooowww!!" LOL!
What I've experienced over this weekend at the Grammy awards was so amazing that the word "Wow" just doesn't quite articulate what I felt. 
Every day that led up to the Grammy's was kind of normal. Nothing crazy. No butterflies. No anxiousness. My mind has been on the projects we have going on at the studio really. I didn't get crazy till I got dressed to meet Louie and the family. 

There's so much going on and everything is moving fast. But I think the most important thing I wanna tell you all is that everybody, and I mean everybody there was human. Let that sink in for a sec. 
I'll wait... 

Every artist that was nominated wanted to win. None of the stars there had any superhuman powers. 
Speaking for myself, I can be a little starstruck. 
Yes. I'm guilty. I can be enamored with my jazz heroes and songwriting geniuses. If I met James Taylor, Pat Metheny or Sting, I may pass out. HOWEVER, these people are all normal human beings. And that's something I appreciate even more after meeting a few. 
Soooooooo..... I'm at the Grammy Awards. This is an event that most artist dream of attending. Most artist, at one time or another, practice their acceptance speech. 
I've practiced my acceptance speech since I was a child. 
I'm feeling good and extremely grateful to be here. 
Facebook friends are posting about our brother Louie's album featuring all of the wonderful artist. I'm wearing a tux. LIFE IS GOOD RIGHT NOW. 
Louie and Anane look awesome. Zuleica's suit and shoes were so dope that I threatened her.

Louie's son Nico looked very handsome and Christian wore this fancy jacket that looked like it had tails. We were all amped. 

But then reality hit. 
The Grammy's. This is Hollywood. 
I saw so many things. There was this one woman, who looked like a goddess. She wore a burgundy lace dress with absolutely nothing on underneath. Anane busted me looking at the woman. But come on... Give me a break. She was beautiful! And very naked under that lace! Somehow she did it well, and tasteful. And then there was this other woman wearing a cheaply made, neon red, lace dress. Something out of "Fredericks Of Hollywood". She was very skinny with implants that resembled softballs. They looked very hard and dry. It was like her skin was brittle. The split in her dress was so high that one could fully see her panties. Full frontal. She was unaware that one of her vaginas was hanging out. Lawd I'm scared. The panties were too skinny at the crotch!!! She needed a Labia reduction. I got nervous! I swear I did. Did she see that I saw it? Should I run or act normal? Where would I run? Wait.. Why am I thinking of running? I didn't do anything!! This is just bizarre. But this is Hollywood. And she's OD'ing on it.
Random thought... when women get implants that make their breast all round and grapefruity, what happens when they turn 80? Is that ok?
Anyway. There's people here that are working hard to make a mark on the world. They want to do music that heals, and changes lives. And then there's a more "synthetic" group of people here. Those overly concerned with their toupee, hair dye, face lifts, and Botox. People that can barely walk in their shoes. Anane and I saw a woman walking past us. Her feet were hurting so bad that she walked with her knees buckled. The synthetic crowd is always so entertaining. What would this world be without them. We, as hard working people, need a good hearty chuckle sometimes. 
I saw a guy that looked like he stole a bottle of shoe polish and painted his beard with it. Awww man. It was like poetry! I loved it. 
Seriously though, there's definitely people of all walks around. I saw these Native people perform at the premiere ceremony. I couldn't tell you what they were saying in their song, but whatever it was, it resonated deep within me. It was something very spiritual. They sang from a deep place. It wasn't just a performance. This song had meaning. The way they sang was as though they weren't concerned with the crowd. They seem to be focused on the song itself. My heart was touched. After the ceremony I met them. And they were soooooo nice. They talked to me without having an attitude. I didn't feel brushed off. It was wonderful. 
Lady Ga Ga redefined professionalism for me. That woman was amazing! She did a duet with heavy metal band Metallica. The lead singer from Metallica microphone was out. Lady Ga Ga shared her mic with him. But she did it while dancing and performing. It was seamless, unrehearsed and awesome. Sometimes, artist get soooo annoyed when something goes wrong on stage that they have to let it be known to everyone. Lady Ga Ga handled this with such a profound sense of control. She took responsibility. And handled the problem. That may have been the highlight of the performances for me. I was so glad to see Gregory Porter win a Grammy. He's a very talented dude. I admire his career so much. Robert Glasper was very kind. He went out of his way to shake my hand after I called his name. He could have just waved his hand but he made it his business to properly say hello. That was nice. Things like that will increase an artist's fan base. I'll surely buy the next album for sure. 
When it was time for Louie's name to be called, we were all tense. 
We wanted this for more reasons than having a Grammy. Louie's album would have been a win for everyone doing music under the umbrella of soulful house music, as well as independent artist everywhere in every genre. What I'm mostly impressed with is his independence. What this means is that we all can start a proper label, do an album and get nominated for a Grammy!
Independent of a Major Label. 
My humble suggestion to those with aspirations to start labels is this, have a way to get the music done. Don't start a label and have no way to get product finished. It's a waste. 
Soooo......
Let's talk about Bobby Rush!! (I can almost hear you all in my head. Bobby who?)
BOBBY RUSH!!!!!
I saw a documentary on this blues legend, Bobby Rush. And like you, I didn't know who he was either. But the documentary drew me in. He's an independent blues artist. He's walking right next to me!!! Bobby is 83!!!! So I feel all my manhood ooze out of my pores, and like a school girl, I skip over to him with my thumb in my mouth. And I say, "Mr. Rush, I'm a fan of what you do, and most of all I admire your hustle! He introduced me to his lovely wife who had to be in her 40's. He thanked me and told me he loves me for saying that to him. We took a picture, and I was on cloud 9!

He later won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues album! Wow!!!!!!!
We went to the dinner/performance thingy they had after the awards ceremony. As we're eating and just kinda chillin, Brenda Russell sits down and just chills with us!! Brenda "Piano In The Dark" Russell!!! Songwriting Royalty!! A legend! Someone who's career we all admire!!! She's sitting with us chatting away! This is heaven.

Anyway, I'm inspired. I'm grateful. I'm blessed. But I have to get back to work. The experience was unlike any other. Thanks Louie for letting me tag along. Love you bro!