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It’s a brand new year and we’re back with our artist interview series, 5Q! We’re starting the year off proper with Atlanta-based rap artist, J.Nolan. With the recent release of The Upbringing, this 23-year old is bound to make substantial buzz in the hip-hop community. DOWNLOAD: The Upbringing New Haven isn’t really known as a hot-bed for hip-hop / rap artists. How has moving to Atlanta impacted your music career? That’s very true. New Haven and Connecticut as a whole hasn’t…

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5Q: Chris Von Uckermann If you’re a follower of our 5Q series, you know we like the occasional dual actor/singer talents on the site. Today, we’re graced with the chance to talk to one of Mexico’s biggest heartthrobs, Christopher Von Uckermann. To celebrate his second release as a musician, Uckermann talks about transitioning into music, the benefits of working as a DIY artist and whether or not he considers himself a sex icon.

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5Q: Tennis Just to honor their big release coming up on Feb. 14, we wanted to highlight Tennis and their new LP Young & Old which is now available for pre-order on ONErpm. Luckily, we got to catch up with Tennis during their busy tour around the world. The band, led by married couple Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, talked to us about the joke behind the band name, sailing around the world and working with The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.

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5Q: Fleeting Circus We’ve pitched some strange alternative marketing tips, but we bet you’ve never considered building a circus event around your live shows. That’s what Fleeting Circus from Rio de Janeiro did, and they’re making moves and building a strong following. Fleeting Circus took the time to chat with us to provide some interesting insight about the now-emerging digital music culture in Brazil and greater Latin America.

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5Q: Happy Lives Now that we’re finally past the painfully slow first quarter of the year, music-wise, things are gonna pick up in a big way with cool new bands, which takes us to Happy Lives. These three Brooklyn lads were the runner-up champs (thanks to some serious ONErpm lobbying) in the Survival of the Bands event at The Knitting Factory on April 1st, and they put on a hell of a show. When describing Happy Lives, one can’t help but hear NIN, Nirvana and a little James Blake. You

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5Q: Beecher’s Fault Last week we highlighted the runner-up to our Survival of the Bands contest, Happy Lives, but we can’t skip the kings of the night, Beecher’s Fault. This folk-based Queens act had the crowd swooning that night, so they’re doing something right. We were proud to give them our zombie-head trophy. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Read the interview.

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5Q: Jake Klar It gives us great honor to work with really talented musicians like Jake Klar. The CT-native is very much symbolic of what folk music is in the industry: perpetually tapping into an older time in a timeless style of music. Bob Dylan clone? Might be too early to tell, but this kid has some serious talent waiting to be discovered.

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5Q: Circa Survive We’re especially excited to share this interview because Circa Survive have a very interesting journey as they’ve built their own brand after leaving a major record label. They have a unique perspective of running their own label and playing the music as well. A lot of people like to talk about the disconnect between labels and musicians, but these guys know both sides.

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5Q: PERNETT In aiming to promote our beloved artists and to genuinely spread good music around (as we all should), we’re launching a weekly Q+A series (a.k.a. “5Q”) for our artists. They’re short, punchy and spend most of the time asking hardworking musicians about marketing tips and general wisdom on the industry. It also makes sense since our artists come from all over the world and they continue to be somewhat of a mystery in the U.S. Also, we’ll do our best to t

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5Q: Darryl Jenifer (Bassist for Bad Brains) Our second installment in our 5Q series is a biggie. Darryl Jenifer, bassist for the famous afro-punk group Bad Brains, graced us by answering some questions about his new solo LP “In Search of Black Judas” along with subjects on nostalgic pop music and marketing tips for DIY artists.

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