Messa Explains The Animal Within [VIDEO]
#UKCHH Podcast EP11 - Have the veterans of CHH failed to help the new?
We are now at Track #5 and we are almost through our "Making Of..” series giving fans a unique insight to Messa Montana’s song “Animal” of the “Be Kind, Rewind EP Vol. 1”. A unique insight to the darkness, the temptations, and the reason for the hope for Christ..and they know you by your fruit, by your dependance in Him. Very encouraging in a genre which steers very close the glorification of prideful thoughts, even in Christian Hip Hop.
Rewinded and Reviewed by Reformed Bars
New podcast out now on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube and we are well into the double digit episodes! In show #11 we discuss DJ's and how important they are to the music game. Is the art of the DJ fading away, will they be around in 5 years? How much should we respect Dj's in today's culture? We also discuss "Have the veterans of CHH failed to help the new?" Could the effect and influence of the older generation be more intentional. Or is it horses for courses?
Blind Beatsmith Adds Color to ToneCrafters
Salute to all the independents out there! We are an independent label sharing in that Holy Spirited balance of faith and hustle. Life as an independent artist, producer, engineer entreprenuer, Mom-preneur, writer, musician, student, teacher or missionary can be a lonely venture, we get you all! It can be like jumping out of a plane into the middle of the desert heading to an oasis somewhere, meandering the dunes, enduring the elements and acknowledging that the biggest enemy is ourself. Doubting the gift, the fear of getting lost, the lack of faith in the Creator, we get you. Our hope is that with everything you watch, hear and read is a chronicle of the test of our faith, the soundtrack to yours. We hope it edifies. Messa Montana’s EP just got reviewed by Carlos Newton of Reformed Bars. Watch it here.
Freely Give This Season
In a world where digital music creation is the norm, having a computer screen for visual representation of the process is essential. Not for Christian Alexander, our new member of the ToneCrafters family is an anomaly, he is blind.
Discover more about ToneCrafters latest addition to the ToneCrafters Production Menu in today’s blog now.
UKCHH PODCAST – EP10 – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RAPPER ICIE ABOUT NEW ALBUM
I just came back from a much needed short family break, its great to pour yourself into your others and give them you! This experience really got us thinking. With the 2019 lent season upon us we would like to do something truly unique during the same period. The ToneCrafters label believe that we are called by the Creator to create for the community, that responsibility is a big deal for us, so in today’s blog we are giving away free music. These songs are currently available on all platforms, so they are still of value, however, we are freely giving away the songs below to inspire you to give away a piece of yourself to whomever you want with no strings attached! Sound like a good idea?
Let Messa Be Messa [VIDEO]
Episode #10 and this one is special. We interview UK Christian rapper ICIE in a special in depth interview about his brand new album Moment of Clarity. We discuss each song and what was his thoughts behind it. We’ve dug into the finer details to understand the man behind the music. To be a father, husband, and rapper, how does one balance?
That Guy You Avoid In EVERY Party
We now at track four in the short “Making Of…” series. Messa continues as he talks about a fan favorite "Let Me Be Me" of the recently released EP "Be Kind, Rewind Vol.1”. Check out the vlog now.
Living out Loudly - Introducing THE BAND
If you are new to these blogs, my name is Calvin FOOD Venus, Im a producer, engineer, studio manager and CEO of ToneCrafters and everything you see is literally a dream to me. Welcome all.
Consider this a little pit stop from the content we’ve been putting out recently. Rest is good right?! Well thats what I keep telling myself…a self-confessed workaholic, who endeavors work heartedly, to be more efficient so I can love my wife and kids well. I find it very easy to wear multiple hats and I’m happiest serving quietly in the background. I love to network, love to wax lyrical about the amazing artists, musicians, producers and staff on the label, however, I hate talking about myself.
We are very very blessed here at ToneCrafters, dope artists, songwriters, producers, the engineer is ok lol (ahem that’s me) and the musicians. Today the spotlight is on Live Out Loud Band. A six piece band, working pros who have working with notable artists such as Tobe Nwigwe, Oshun, Kurk Whalum, Marvin Sapp, Kyle Turner, Solange Knowles, Mario, Willie D, Jim Gilstrap, Shawn Macklemore, Scarface and now our very own Chans Thomas.
The ToneCrafters Soundtrack Playlist
Check out Episode #2 of The Re:Fill Podcast with the host Anthony B Mitchell who connects with singer Darris Sneed about his album Lost & Found, our soul star Chans Thomas and more! Plus they invited music tastemaker Derrick Tchie from Gospel Hydration to share 2 songs you need to hear! All that and more on the Re:Fill Podcast. Your Christian music journey starts here.
But wait, there is more…
Messa Montana, Chans Thomas and now Speez has just released EPs from ToneCrafters. Twenty three songs, an hour and a half of music, three incredibly thought provoking and inspiring artists.
So we created a playlist of our Neo Soul and Hip Hop that we believe is a sound track to music fans who appreciate diversity in style yet maintaining a vibe of edifying music you can enjoy…so you can probably guess what i’m gonna say next…
Sing It Loud with Chans and THE Band!
We are a creative collective of artists, producers, musicians with a very simple aim, to honor God through our calling by any means necessary. As much as we love the feedback for our current works, we have a hunger and desire to give you our very best reflecting the undeserved grace that God has drenched us in. We encourage you to join us in this journey as we provide the soundtrack to our lives. So it may appear crazy that we about to release yet another EP, but allow me to explain why.
UKCHH PODCAST – EP9 – IS CHH DYING OF IMMATURITY?
Since the release of Chans’ debut single “Inductive Reasoning” the response has been beyond all our expectations, we are incredibly grateful. How we managed to acquire fans as far out as in Australia is both exciting and intriguing? All this success makes me very excited to tell you what i’m about to announce in this blog. If you are a first time viewer of our blogs, hello, welcome, join us as we hope to document our journey into creator inspired creativity to the community.
Gospel Cyclist vs Speez - "Locked In" SOLO SESSION
We now at episode 9 and we dig into comments made by Christian Hip Hop artist Canon about the state of CHH in regards to the level of maturity and explicit in its music. Our usual hosts are DJ Cass C (Ruach Radio) Calvin ‘Food’ Venus (US Billboard Engineer/Producer CEO of ToneCrafters) (@TheFoodAudio) and Charles (@kcmix_uk).
Be Kind, Rewind - Out NOW
Some people feel closer to God in church, others in quiet moments alone. With Adrean, its when he is in the skate park, enjoying the gift of expression. He is an artist, you are an artist, we all called to create something with our gifts. Weather you are a teacher, a student, a musician or like me, every time we pull off that move we been working on…thats a hallelujah moment. Ride on!
Messa Reveals Controversial Decision Between Integrity and Profit
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Be Kind, Rewind Vol.1 is out now! Messa and the team at ToneCrafters want to take the earliest opportunity to thank all the friends, family and fans who have been supporting us, by turning up to our gigs, buying our singles and showing love through your activity on social media, we don’t measure success through numbers, but by the small impact we make to you. Please let us know how this blesses you all.
Messa Talks About Track 2 "Feel It" in Vlog Part 3
The EP is almost here, and we already 3 songs into the Making of “Be Kind, Rewind” YouTube vlog series. Are you excited? So far we have learned about how Messa had issues with overthinking, the perils of seeking affirmation and in today’s episode we look at track number 3. Cant Serve Two.
As the title suggest Messa explores a biblical truth in Matt 6:24 where you cannot serve two masters. He searched his heart regarding music for the soul vs music for the wallet. He sought the help of two of Houston’s own creatives David Maldonado and Red Lion Poetry for a more dynamic production.
Locked In and loaded: Speez Music Video and EP Launch date
The search for affirmation can be a perilous journey, that many artist struggle to find. While exploring the foundations of his musical tastes Messa camped at a Tribe Called Quest, he found his oasis. In reflection a story came out, sometimes that how songs emerged. Sometimes, you just have to jump out that plane and wait for the parachute to deploy. Thank God he did.
Houston native, Messa Montana continues his thoughts through music as he searched for affirmation, and how he found it when writing and producing track 2 "Feel It".
Speez Declares Loyalty to Royalty in Vol.1
Yesterday without warning we announced that Speez’s EP is coming here on ToneCrafters, today, we get to launch the music video for “Locked In”. This track will be on his upcoming EP “Loyalty to Royalty Vol. 1” which will be released March 1st 2019.
I get to be Steve Jobs with “but wait, there is more”…there is a simple competition to win a Speez Gospel Geek T-shirt just like one in the video.
Oh Yes, another ToneCrafters release to be announced this week, and why not? Regular subscribers to this blog know we love music, you love music and we got so much music to come out this year. So let’s get started. Ladies and gentlemen…Speez.
So here it is, third EP from the label and today’s spotlight is on Speez. Seasoned rapper from Virginia Beach who combines unwavering thought provoking biblical truths with inspiring life application that would appeal to all of student age through to those who have grown up with 90s hip hop and RnB. The only producer with a gold disk on the label who artfully weaves trap beats, boom-bap grooves and soulful attention grabbing sounds.