Here at Leonard Magazine we had the amazing opportunity of interviewing Lex Lidia. LEx Lidia is a vocalist, songwriter and humanitarian. LEx has spent the past few years of his career experimenting with sound, genre, and collaboration to create his own style entirely. Now striving to create a more unified world through music, LEx utilizes his platform and voice to build community and connect people worldwide. Melting jazz, soul, hip-hop, and reggaetón influences throughout his sound, LEx doesn’t identify with a singular genre. Instead, he creates music that speaks to his soul and experiences as an individual.
1. Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?
I was always fond of writing stories and expressing ideas through art. Before beginning my journey in the world of music, I sought to invoke feelings and moods through visual art. Once I started producing music in high school, I began to listen to music from all areas around the world. I immersed myself in worlds of melodic motifs. I was hooked; what truly inspires me to write music is my passion for putting sounds together because it makes me happy, and I love seeing it bring people together.
2. When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
The first time I involved myself in music was through a school choir. I was in eighth grade, and we were set to perform at Carnegie Hall with other schools. Our instructor thought it would be a great idea for us to sign up for solos. I had never done anything like that, so I was hesitant but gave it a shot. We submitted a performance, and surprisingly I was accepted to sing a solo at Carnegie Hall. I remember the butterflies fluttering around in my stomach as I walked onto the stage in my queue. As I took a deep breath and started singing, my nervousness washed away, and the shock of adrenaline pulsed through my body. I was where I was supposed to be, and I have never looked back ever since then. I realized then that music made me feel whole. It was the vessel that harnessed my soul.
3. Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?
I would say that what makes me unique is that I had a hard time finding out my identity as I grew up. Coming from a Mexican household in Southern California, I had several musical influences. I struggled to find a sound because it seemed that genres rotated like fashion for me in my youth every couple of months. I was in a punk band playing bass, and I was studying contemporary opera another day. I started producing and recording with talented hip-hop/rap producers and soon began programming Jazz ensembles and symphonies. I’ve ventured into creating music in my mother tongue, recording Reggaeton, and Spanish trap songs. Only recently did I find out that it’s ok to feel lost. People can push you around and say that what makes you unique is a weakness because there’s no “target audience” for someone who wants to relate to multiple genres. The only reason genres like jazz evolved to bluegrass, then to blues and rock ‘n roll was a thirst for expression to liberate people of their shackles set by society. Expression with no limits. A vast sonic world of infinite possibilities is the realm in which my mind lives. I make music that’s true to who I am and how I feel at the moment when I record it.
4. Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?
My latest releases are two songs called ALL ALONE, and the other one is called RIDE 4 ME. ALL ALONE describes a story of the feeling that we all seek company from others, whether a loved one or a significant other. Growing up can be challenging and unpredictable. You don’t know what’s right or wrong; you just have to follow your heart. The song describes feelings of regret from self-sabotage in a relationship, which leads to repairing a broken heart. It features a sonic background that varies on the spectrum of hip-hop and vapor-wave.
The song RIDE 4 ME was written as a serenade to my loved one, explaining to her my concerns about growing together as young adults. The song delivers the question if love has the power to keep people together while pursuing their individual passions. In conclusion, you must first love yourself for intimacy with others. Seeking and demanding something from someone else will never give you the satisfaction you want. This song was performed on a hip-hop-style production with a solemn lead flute melody to set the scene.
5. Can you give us a brief insight into your upcoming projects?
I have recently shot three music videos with JR Visuals and moods BMP. My next release is ST4R GIRL, which will drop in late June. This new song is by far my favorite. We’ve taken the idea that a star girl is “the main significant other in your life that you would do anything for” and have distorted this idea into a sci-fi thriller music video. We’ve collaborated with Apple, and Makie Dawson, renowned Hollywood FX makeup artists, to bring to life the idea we conceptualized. They transformed our Star Girl, Effy, into a stunning inter-dimensional being. I really can’t wait for you guys to see this music video.
Hiphop Artist Jordan Williams and His Unique Music Style
Music is an art form that uses sound to create an emotional response in listeners. It can take many different forms, including pop, rock, classical, and hip-hop. Artists who create music are known as musicians, and they can be solo performers or part of a band or ensemble. Musicians use a variety of instruments, such as guitar, piano, and drums, as well as their own voices, to create and perform music.
Music is a powerful form of expression and can evoke a wide range of emotions in listeners. It has the ability to bring people together and create a sense of community. Many people find solace and comfort in music, and it can also be used as a form of therapy. He is trailblazing the way for hip hop/Rap and house music to merge here in the U.S. to bring both genres to the future.
The world is ready to be fully conscious and in the future. He did a radio interview for CJRU in Toronto for his 4 track EP back in 2020. His music was played on Chile electronic radio station. His biggest challenge was steeping outside the box and really do something new. Everyone is quick to judge the final product without realizing what I took to bring me here. He over came that weight by dedication and the fear that someone else wants his dream.
He wants this genre that he is creating to be the blueprint for the music in the future. Starting with hip hop/ rap. And next year he sees himself touring and showing the future of music. He wants these articles to fully turn the spot light on him at the highest level. He only gives you full permission to talk about him and his music. To promote his song You Know him and the music video along with his upcoming track that he likes that, Along with just major brand awareness.
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Rising Star Actor Akeem Mair
Interviewer. It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
The funny detail about my story is that I actually never dreamed of being an actor. My dreams were actually to be a financial banker. I blame Micheal Douglas for that passion. I remember as young teenager watching his movie called “The Game,” and being mesmerized by it! You see.. I wanted his 2000 BMW 740 i, the expensive custom pin stripe suits he wore, to be around the exciting atmosphere of the stock exchange office, and to have a personal maid that lives at my house and takes care of my personal needs just like him. Plus I’ve always loved math. I was that kid who carried a calculator and punching in random numbers and math equations all day. But one day changed all of that for me when I was working at the Ralph’s grocery store in Pasadena on Lake and Walnut.
A loyal customer of the store end up changing my life forever. At the time I was a cashier when I caught the customer I knew quite well coming into my line with her head towards her shopping basket. I knew something was bothering her so I wanted to cheer up her with my positive energy. I said with excitement, “hi it’s so good to see you again, I hope you found everything you were looking for?” She said softly, “yes thank you!” I said, “usually I see you happy but whatever you’re going through I know God will guide you through it!” “ He’ll never give you more than you can handle!” After we finished I said, “have a bless day, I hope to see you again!!” She just froze for a few seconds and then looked up at me for the first time and i could see her eyes filled with tears.
She said, “Are you an actor?” I said, “No, why do you ask?” She said, “Because you have this big positive energy. You move people by it. You lifted my spirits after I just lost my home in a foreclosure. ” Her words stunned me. Through out my whole shift her words repeatedly kept playing in my head. After my shift, I went home and wondered, what would be like to be a successful Actor? I thought about how I’ll be able to help my family and how I can infect the whole world with my positive energy! That same night I searched ‘how to become an actor’ and it lead to me Central Casting. The next day I signed up and the rest is history.
Interviewer. I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
Achieving success is a monster. The biggest challenges I’ve ever faced in my life is due to my own ignorance and ego. Early on in my career I’ve never learned to track my progress with a journal, to seek mentors who achieved the things I wanted to achieve, taking the right acting classes and building my resume, getting professional headshots taken by recommended photographers, developing relationships with young actors and actresses who dream of the making it big too, and making relationships with the big and important people. You see I thought if I handed my useless credits and bad formatted resume with unprofessional brick wall or olive tree background headshots to an agent, he or she was going to sign me because I had tremendous ambition and a great personality. I soon learned the hard way when I went down to the agency and they took a lot at my materials then said, “we’ll call you.” Famous polite words to actors who know all to well that means never. The biggest I’ve learned is “don’t chase success, attract it.”
Interviewer. Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
What I really specialize in is being organized and business orientated. When someone googles my name they can already tell how polished I am. From my social media accounts to my acting accounts. Remember, your social media is literally talking for you without you even knowing it. You can beat your competition every time because they are so focus on the fame and money from getting the biggest roles that there are not even paying attention. Do you know how many times I’ve seen actors flash the middle finger, acting a fool and being drunk on camera, smoking weed and taking nude pictures. All of this will cost you a gig. You have to be extremely careful. Notice how I haven’t talked about acting yet. You already scared the casting directors off.
Interviewer. What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
The only way to find success is to track success. I’ll tell all of my readers to invest in a journal. Why? So you can track your progress each day. Some reasons why people can’t find success is because they are not taking the correct steps to reach success. Matter of fact they are walking blindly each day and not even realizing how many small successes they have already achieved. That’s called “going with the flow.”Most people are so focus on the big success and how far they’re away from achieving it that they end up stomping all over their small victories. I have habit of asking people, “hey what’s your goals for today?” And most people would say “I don’t know.” 3 words that are the death for any big success you’re trying to reach. You have to KNOW! If you don’t know then of course nobody else will.
Interviewer. Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?
It means growth and progress. Success at the end of the day is a journey. It’s not a destination. Success is looking back and seeing how far you have come and looking forward to how big you can get. The unknown is what excites me. Nobody knows how much success i can achieve.. shoot I don’t even know myself. That unknown means you can achieve whatever you dream of and visualize. I visualize winning an Oscar one day. Nobody can tell me I can’t get it because they don’t even know the future. That excitement of the endless possibilities means there’s nothing stopping you. If success equals growth then I have to grow and develop myself into an Oscar winning actor. And that’s how I will achieve it.
Interviewer. What’s next for you?
What’s next for me this year is taking my television and film side of acting with more focus. More classes, better headshots, casting director workshops, etc. The aim is get more reels and boost my profile. It’s going to take some time but that’s why you have to track your progress and enjoy the journey.
Interviewer. Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?
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