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MADE IN CANADA
MAGAZINE
MAGAZINE
I S S U E 1 5
M A R
Artist
&
talent
SPOTLIGHT
Canada‘s Talent
Canada‘s Talent
MUSIC, FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT
Featuring interviews with artist such as
Ace millions, Max Winds & MYSHYLIFESTYLE.
NADA
M A R
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I S S U E
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03 Artist Spotlight
06 Interview
2024
20 Fashion
33 DJ
27 Photography
Plans for 2024? Album? Mixtape?
Who inspires you in today’s music?
How long have you been doing music? What inspired you?
Where are you from? City or province?
I've been deeply involved in making music for well over a decade. My journey began with influences from iconic
platforms like 106 & Park, Freestyle Fridays, and Much Music. Growing up with Caribbean roots also allowed me
to experience a rich variety of genres from a young age which also played a big role.
I hail from Mississauga, Ontario, originally born in Brampton. Raised between Toronto, Brampton and
Mississauga due to my parents' separation, I've had the unique opportunity to absorb the diverse
cultural influences of all three cities.
Currently, my musical inspiration draws from a diverse spectrum. I have a lot but to name a few; Lil Wayne
stands out as a lyrical genius, alongside Vybz Kartel's impact on the industry is undeniable. Partynextdoor,
hailing from the same city as me, captures my admiration for his unique melodies and storytelling. Lastly,
the journey of Justin Bieber, who went from playing the guitar and singing outside every day to being
discovered on YouTube and being one of the biggest in the world serves as a source of inspiration for my
musical endeavors today.
In 2024, my plans include collaborating with more well-known artists. I've been fortunate to travel the world
while working on music, and I aim to continue those experiences. Additionally, I'll be focusing on building my
brand, Early Campaign, which embodies a motivational and go-getter ethos. Alongside this, I'm venturing
into the custom high-end jewelry business, specializing in pendants, rings, grillz, and more. Im definiatly
motivated to create my own lane and path. Im tired of working for someone else and helping them
accomplish their dreams. Im taking the risk to chase mine and create my own legacy for myself and futures
to come.
CANADIAN TALENT
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
AZ
CANADIAN TALENT
Who inspires you in today’s music?
How long have you been doing music? What inspired you?
I've been into music since I was a young girl back in Kenya. I would watch big artists on tv and envision
myself as a star too! I was in choirs and in a girl group while in high school which helped me learn music,
sounds and harmonies. Move forward to when I relocated to Canada and eventually began my
professional music recording career in 2018. I have been pushing since then trying to make a name for
myself and where I come from. I'm highly inspired by the ability to make nothing out of something. It just
amazes me that something that can be so personal or seem so small can impact the world! Music helps
me transform hard situations into life lessons.
Plans for 2024? Album? Mixtape?
I have a few singles up my sleeve that I can not wait to share! My first single of the year, All I Know, will be out
on Mar 21st 2024 ! It is an amapiano inspired track, produced by DJ Tee, with inspiring lyrics reminding
listeners (and myself) to keep pushing and to keep finding a reason to exist even when life feels
meaningless. I recently met and collaborated with an amazing artist & producer, Triple EX, on an EP that will
be out this summer. Can't say too much about it just yet but it will be one for the books! Look out for that!!
My music today is inspired by my young self. She was alone and misunderstood. She could sing but
never felt like she had a voice, like her opinions did not matter. I'm fighting for her. It is her resilience
that got me to where I am today . I want her to be proud of herself for not giving up . I want her to
know that all the sacrifices she made were not in vain. I am on a mission to become better everyday
and that can be felt in my new music.
Where are you from? City or province?
I was born and raised in Kenya but I am currently located in Toronto, Canada.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
SHY MUSIQ
INTERVIEW
INTERVIEW WITH
ACE MILLIONS
Canadian based london Influenced Lawyer turned
Singer/Songwriter/Producer “Morello” has an Extra-
ordinary way of cutting through to the core of his
listeners emotions in his Songs. The Conventry
University Graduate with a passion for songwriting
bequeathed from an early age has an array of
versatile talents such as playing the Piano,
Drums, Conga, the Ukulele, Saxophone and the
Talking drums (Gongó). Morello’s style of music is
the “Afrostyle” has layed hands and finds the
Afro_reggae unique.
07 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
A lot of travelling
& networking
along with many
singles & visuals.
International
collab’s & Local
show’s.”
HIP HOP MAGAZINE
08 •
Q: How long have you been doing music? And what inspired you?
I’ve been making music seriously for about 2 years. Before that it was
something that me & my friends would do to pass over time with & Listen to
together.
Q: Where were you born? City you live? or rep?
Q: Music plans for 2024? What can the people expect? (Album, Mixtape, etc)
A lot of travelling & networking along with many singles & visuals. International
collab’s & Local show’s.
I was born & raised in Hamilton Ontario. North end Mainly.
Q: Who or what inspires you musically?
What inspires me musically is not really a who due to inspiration being
everywhere. I feel like what inspires me to make music is having an outlet to
express my self & explain my experiences & future aspirations. Finding
different ways & sounds to explain my story.
Q: Have you experienced any obstacles that you have had to overcome
within the industry?
Just mainly trying to make everything fall under your schedule & your time
frame. It takes a lot of preparation & resources to really make a vision come
to life.
Future, Drake, Jadakiss, 50 cent, Birdman, D
block Europe, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Money Man,
No Cap, Rylo Rodriguez.”
I N V E S T I N Y O U R S E L F
09 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
Q: Is there a particular artist signed or
unsigned that you’d like to
work/feature with?
Future, Drake, Jadakiss, 50 cent,
Birdman, D block Europe, Lil Baby, Lil
Durk, Money Man, No Cap, Rylo
Rodriguez.
Q: How was your childhood? Was music a big thing in your
family?
I keep my personal life Private Thank you for the question but
next please.
Q: What do you want the fans to take from you’re music?
(Youth,day ones, family,the world)
I want the Youth & the world to Just be yourself mainly, & Get up &
chase the life you envision your self living. We’re all on our own Life
Clock’s at the end of the day. Never be anything but you.
Q: When your in the booth do you feel pressure? Do you go into
your sessions alone or with a team?
Not really pressure, Just really the feeling of being perfect & saying the
right things, & portraying something positive due to having eyes on me.
I usually go myself to cancel out all outside distraction.
Q: where can the fans find you
(socials networks)
Ace Milly on All streaming Platform’s
@acemillions & @Billionairesznn on
Instagram | @Billionaireszn on Tiktok
@BillionaireSzn on Youtube
ACEMILLIONS
Q: We see you recently travelled overseas to the U.K, how was the
networking out there? Did you land any features?
It was a blessing to be blessed with an opportunity to go over there & really meet the whole
UK Industry & have conversations with them about the music game. A Valuable Lesson i’ve
learned after conversations with many influential moguls is “This is a Marathon Not a Race”
Everyone has a fan from a different part of there career & accumulated there fan bases
throughout time & made some of there best music through out time. You guys will have to
wait & see what i have in store i have a serious collaboration nobody would expect.
Q: Can you explain the importance of avoiding a criminal record and how
important is it for one’s music career?
As Being Adults I can’t tell nobody how to live their lives & make the
decision’s they do, I wish nothing but the best for everyone. I would just
say it’s hard for you to be heard everywhere being stuck in one place.
You have to be flexible. so yes it is very important for you to be able to
tap into other audiences
Q: Do you feel Canadian talent is under looked? Or the eyes are
on us?
Feel like we haven’t have had an opportunity of our own wave
like other city’s like NYC & LA. But we are our own country so we
have to create those waves ourself. I would love to see more
artist from around canada build there own city’s up & make
different sounds.
Q: Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout to?
My City, My Friends, My family & everything that helped me
become the person i am today.
INTERVIEW WITH
MAX WINDS
Max Winds is a Canadian hip-hop artist based in
Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winds is an acronym for ‘When
Impossible, Never Doubt Success’ and is also a nod to
Winds’s birth city, Windsor, Ontario. Recently opening
for artists like Lil Tjay, NLE Choppa, Dave East, and
Tech N9ne, Winds is highly requested at shows for his
sensational crowd work and stage presence. Fans
come for Winds’s music and stay for his contagious
energy and comedic improvisation. Winds makes
genuine connections with fans and his authenticity
makes him feel more like a household friend than a
distant artist.
11 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
I’m dropping my debut
album “Comfortable In
Chaos” on April 24th. I’m
gonna be releasing a new
single and music video off
the album every month
until it’s released.”
12 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
Q: Where were you born? City you live? or rep?
I was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1998 then moved to Winnipeg when I
was a little kid. I rep both city’s forsure, I wouldnt be who I am if I didn’t
grow up in Winnipeg, but everytime I go back to Windsor I feel more
connected cause that’s where my moms family’s at.
Q: Have you experienced any obstacles that you have had to
overcome within the industry?
Being in Winnipeg it’s limited for resources so I’ve used social media to
my advantage by building relationships with people in the industry
across the world.
I started doing music when I was 13, I always loved music, I used to go
to the skatepark with my headphones in rapping out loud and one of
the older guys asked me if I rapped and he told I should start making
music. After that day I’ve been writing music.
I’m dropping my debut album “Comfortable In Chaos” on April 24th. I’m
gonna be releasing a new single and music video off the album every month
until it’s released.
Q: Music plans for 2024? What can the people expect? Etc (Album,Mixtape)
When I was coming up I was heavily influenced by Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller,
ASAP Rocky, Jeezy, and Juelz Santana.
Q: How long have you been doing music? And what inspired you?
Q: Who or what inspires you musically?
I want everybody to remember, When Impossible Never Doubt
Success. No matter what it is you want to do in life, you can do
it. You just gotta believe in yourself and work for it.”
S H O O T F O R T H E S T A R S
13 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
Q: When your in the booth do you feel pressure?
Do you go into your sessions alone or with a
team?
I record at my crib by myself then I send it off to
my engineer. I like being alone when I’m recording
cause I’ll prolly try some different shit that I
wouldn’t normally do around people.
Q: How was your childhood? Was music a big thing in your
family?
My childhood was regular, I grew up with a single mom and a
sister. I was into boxing and skateboarding hella young. My
moms would always be listening to music. She would be
playing rock, mo town, rnb, rap. Everytime we in the car she
would quiz me on what song is playing and who the artist is.
My moms took me to my first concert in Detroit when I was
8 years old.
Q: What do you want the fans to take from your music?
(Youth,day ones, family,the world)
I want everybody to remember, When Impossible Never Doubt
Success. No matter what it is you want to do in life, you can do it.
You just gotta believe in yourself and work for it.
Q: Is there a particular artist signed or unsigned
that you’d like to work/feature with?
Mozzy, Icewear Vezzo, and Da Crook. Without a
doubt we would make some crazy shit together.
MAXWINDS
Q: Do you feel Canadian talent is under looked? Or the eyes are on us?
I definitely feel like there ain’t enough shine on Canada, most people only
know of Drake, Tory Lanez and The Weeknd. We got a lot of hidden talent
and we about to take over the industry foreal.
Follow me on
Spotify: Max Winds | YouTube: Max Winds | Instagram: MaxWindsLS |
Facebook: Max Winds | TikTok: MaxWinds | Twitter: Max Winds
Q: where can the fans find you (socials networks)
Q: Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout to?
I wanna shout out my team, shout out to the supports, and shoutout my
moms.
INTERVIEW WITH
MYSHYLIFESTYLE
From her roots in Hip Hop to branching out into various genres, DJ
Karyen's career is defined by her passion for music exploration. As a
former DJ on the HOT 89.9 FM's 5 O'Clock Traffic Jam, she became a
favorite for her seamless mixes, music selection and vibe-setting. With
three Stylus DJ award nominations and a DJ of the year nomination at
the Recognize Awards, her dedication to her craft is evident. Beyond
the studio, she's graced stages at popular events like the Toronto
Caribbean Carnival and Carivibe in Ottawa. Featured in Metro News
and exhibited at the Ontario Art Gallery commemorating 40 years of
Hip Hop in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, her impact on the local scene is
undeniable. As a JUNO/CARAS Academy Delegate, she's shaping the
future of music. Now, as an artist manager and event promoter, Karyen
aims to elevate her craft globally. Get ready for a boundary-breaking
musical journey with DJ Karyen!
15 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
I went crazy this year, with
some of my biggest tracks yet.
I accumulated over 50K views
independently on “See Yuh”,
was able to land a feature with
the press machine himself,
Toronto rapper Pressa on “No
Proof” and hit several
milestones whilst all of that.”
16 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
Q : How long have you been doing music? And what inspired you?
Ive been doing music ever since I was about 10 I used to watch my dad
produce an record my cousins from a young age. I also started taking it
seriously about 2-3 years go.
Q: Where were you born? City you live? or rep?
I was born in Mississauga but I was back n fourth between there
an Toronto my whole life. We active from Mavis rd with it.
Q: Music plans for 2024? What can the people expect? Etc
(Album,Mixtape)
My music plans for this year is to drop as much music an content as
possible.
Q: Who or what inspires you musically?
In all honesty what inspires me is my lifestyle I’ve been living
like an artist for as long as I can remember. All the pain the ups an downs
trials and tribulations push me to keep releasing an to keep getting better.
Q: How was your childhood? Was music a big thing in your family?
My childhood was a movie I grew up in a very musical family my dad was
a producer/engineer and my cousins DUOO formal known as A-game were big in
the music scene. My mom an my aunt would be blasting music 24/7 when I was
around as a kid and my teachers. Used to let me write lyrics in class it got so bad
they gave me a writing period in grade 8 just for rapping.
R A I S I N G T H E B A R
Q: Do you feel that there is a possibility of
the city uniting and ending all turf wars and
beefs? If so what would it take to make this
happen?
No hat I don’t know the ins an outs I be caught in
my own world sometimes but let bygones be
bygones if its for the music I get it but alotta street
shit can’t be undone that’s alotta pain your asking
people to forgive an money can’t bring ya homie
back or family member.
17 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
It’s kind of like my own memory book so I
can look back at my younger self in the
future & be able to watch who I was.”
Q: What do you want the fans to take from you’re music?
(Youth, day ones, family, the world)
I just want the fans to understand no matter where you are
in life if I can do it you can do it too.
Anything is possible as long as you trust God an stay
consistent.
Q: What’s your thoughts on the Canadian justice
system?
Maaaaan fuck 12 Shout out my lawyer Shauna Pemberton.
Q: Is there a particular artist signed or unsigned
that you’d like to work/feature with?
Honestly Rylo an No cap forsake on that an tell my homie K
forest link up that about it.
MYSHYLIFESTYLE
Q: When your in the booth do you feel pressure? Do you go into your sessions alone
or with a team?
I have my days where I go by myself an sometimes I go with a team.
I don’t feel pressure anymore at first I did but then I just started to get comfy.
Q: Do you feel Canadian talent is under looked? Or the eyes are on us?
I feel like the talent is over shadowed by the politics like it always is
But we got eyes on us forsake we just have to capitalize on the chances we get.
Q: where can the fans find you (socials networks)
Y’all can find me on all platforms @myshylifestyle
Its the same on every social network.
Q: Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout to?
S/O THE WHOLE MAVIS ALL OF SAUGA AN SHOUT OUT MY
DOGGY PLUTO
FASHION
ELMNT
ISSUE 15 | MAR
Q: what sparked your interest for
fashion?
finally being able to buy some jeans
and fits in highschool after only
wearing the same sweats until then
Q: Tell us a little more about your
company?
Elmnt is an atheleisure brand that
promotes active living through
clothing. To help remind people to
get stay active while in their
element.
Q: tell us about your inspirations and who inspires you in today’s fashion?
Asap rocky, travis, some brands are palm angels, vlone, amiri, supreme, stone
island.
Q: who are some of your favourite fashio designers?
Virgil.
Q: What's your greatest strength as a fashion designer?
Simplicity and a clean look while bringing something aesthetic
Q: Tell me about an important lesson you learned about working in the
fashion industry.
Stick with what you like, you will attract the right people.
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
self expression.
Q: Explain your process for selecting fabrics?
we go through many testing with samples with many washes and tests in real
life to ensure the best fabrics/quality for our customers.
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PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY
LANS
MARCH
2024
|
ISSUE
15
Q: HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN DOING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR?
3 YEARS PROFFESSIONALY
ISSUE 15 | MARCH
Q: WHERE YOU WERE BORN AND RAISED?
BORN IN MONTREAL ORIGIN FROM WEST AFRICA GUINEA.
Q: WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE PHOTOGRAPHY & PRIOR TO SHOOTING DO
YOU HAVE IDEAS IN MIND FOR VISUALS?
ALWAYS BEEN A CREATIVE PERSON I LOVE THE ART OF SHOWCASING
ARTIST IN THEIR TRUE SELF.
Q:WHERE YOU CAN BE LOCATED (SOCIAL MEDIA YOU USE)?
@EYESONTHAPRIZES
Q : W H A T ’ S T H E I M A G E
T U R N A R O U N D T I M E ?
#moments
I M A G E T U R N A R O U N D I S 2 4 -
4 8 H O U R S .
Q : W H I C H L E N S I S Y O U R
F A V O U R I T E ? W H Y ?
2 4 - 7 0 F O R T H E F O C A L
L E N G H I T ’ S A M U S T H A V E
I S S U E 1 5 | M A R C H
Q: HOW DID YOU GET GOOD AT PHOTOGRAPHY?
By practicing & networking with other
photographer. Everyday I try to learn something
new.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SETTINGS?
I love studio work as I get personal with my client.
Q: WHO’S WORK HAS INFLUENCED YOU MOST?
Can Kirk a photographer from ATl I flew their
at his studio and he give me some great tips
that I use today.
Q: IS THEIR ANYONE YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE A
SHOUT OUT TO BEFORE WE WRAP IT UP?
I would to say shoutout to John arono he taught
me the setting of my camera and it was history
from there.
I’d love to create with people I vibe with so I don’t
have specific artist in mind but I would say burna
boy would be cool to shoot for him.
Q: WHO ARE SOME ARTIST YOU’D LOVE TO WORK
WITH?
DJ
INTERVIEW WITH
DJ KARYEN
From her roots in Hip Hop to branching out into various genres, DJ
Karyen's career is defined by her passion for music exploration. As a
former DJ on the HOT 89.9 FM's 5 O'Clock Traffic Jam, she became a
favorite for her seamless mixes, music selection and vibe-setting. With
three Stylus DJ award nominations and a DJ of the year nomination at
the Recognize Awards, her dedication to her craft is evident. Beyond
the studio, she's graced stages at popular events like the Toronto
Caribbean Carnival and Carivibe in Ottawa. Featured in Metro News
and exhibited at the Ontario Art Gallery commemorating 40 years of
Hip Hop in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, her impact on the local scene is
undeniable. As a JUNO/CARAS Academy Delegate, she's shaping the
future of music. Now, as an artist manager and event promoter, Karyen
aims to elevate her craft globally. Get ready for a boundary-breaking
musical journey with DJ Karyen!
34 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
I’m an open-format DJ, so I
play soca, RnB, Hip Hop,
Afrobeats, Reggae,
Dancehall, Pop, House and
Dance music. I have the
most fun playing upbeat
Soca and Afrobeats.”
35 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
Q: What is your style?
I would describe my style as a blend of diverse genres with energetic beats
and seamless transitions, mixing old and new tracks to keep the dance floor
alive. With a natural ability to connect with the crowd, I leave them
energized and wanting more. Whether in a cozy club or on a festival stage,
my passion for music shines through, making me a versatile DJ who knows
how to ignite a party and leave a lasting impression.
Q: What is your specialist music genre?
I’m an open-format DJ, so I play soca, RnB, Hip Hop, Afrobeats, Reggae, Dancehall,
Pop, House and Dance music. I have the most fun playing upbeat Soca and
Afrobeats.
Q: How did you get into djing?
I’ve had a love for music my whole life, but I first got inspired when I saw a female DJ
(Spinderalla) for the first time in the group Salt-N-Pepa. I was pretty shy and quiet in
my younger years, so I never had the courage to pursue it then. It wasn’t until I was a
little older and out in the club scene when I got to know a few of the DJs and caught
the bug. The passion and curiosity wouldn’t leave me, so I pushed past my fears and
pursued it. A DJ I knew had a clothing store in our downtown core with some
turntables set up there. He let me come start learning and practicing there, eventually
lending me his second set of turntables so I could continue practicing at home, and
the rest is history.
R A I S E T H E B A R
Q: How do you approach building a relationship
with venue owners and event organizers?
Building relationships takes time, so I start by
researching the venue to understand what they're
about before suggesting any ideas. It's important that
we're a good match. I make a point of meeting
owners and event organizers in person and showing
support by attending their events. I always think
about how I can help them and how we can both
benefit from working together. Knowing what I bring
to the table is key. When I'm booked for an event, I
focus on being professional at all times, doing my
best, and leaving a positive impression so they'll want
to hire me again. Then, we can look at ways to build
up from there.
36 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
Controllers are really starting to grow on me
though, especially because of the portability and
flexibility when travelling to different types of gigs.”
Q: How do you handle song requests that are not in line
with your set?
Q: What equipment do you prefer to use and why?
I prefer the 1 & 2’s aka my turntables, or Technics
1200s. That’s what I learned on, so that’s what I’m most
comfortable with. Controllers are really starting to
grow on me though, especially because of the
portability and flexibility when travelling to different
types of gigs.
I usually just kindly let the person know that I’ll TRY to fit it
in a little later on with what I’m playing.
Q: Where are you from? City? province?
My parents are from Trinidad and Tobago, but I was born
in Ottawa, ON Canada.
DJKARYEN
Q: If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year
would it be?
I’m an OG, so if I could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene it would
probably be 1996 during the golden era of Hip Hop. When Nas Ruled the World,
The Roots were doing What They Do, and The Fugees were crashing the scene
whether you were Ready Or Not. If you weren’t up on Jeru the Damaja you were
Playin Yaself, the Mobb was Deep predicting Hell On Earth, 2Pac was showing
some California Love and A Tribe Called Quest did it 1nce Again.
Q: What is one of your most memorable nights djing? Also what’s the biggest
crowd you ran a set for?
One of my most memorable experiences was djing on a truck at
the Toronto Caribbean Carnival grand parade in 2023 for EPIC
Carnival. It was an opportunity that came up at the last minute,
that I just couldn’t pass up. That was probably the largest crowd
I’ve DJ’ed for. It’s hard to say what the number was because
there’s people all around, but if you’ve been there you know how it
is.
Q: Do you have a cancellation policy? If so, how much is the
fee?
A 50% deposit is always required, so if the event gets cancelled
the deposit is kept since I’m losing out on other potential bookings
by having made myself available for that day.
Q: What’s your hourly rate?
Varies depending on the type of event, and what’s required.
Q: Do you have insurance?
No.
Q: Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give a shout out
before we wrap it up?
I want to thank my friends, family and fellow DJs, especially DJ
Mace, for always supporting me and putting me on throughout the
years, and DJ Up N Gone. Shout out to Patrick & Justin from the
Cranium Arts Project for always looking out. Big up to my artist
Kyng Moses, a rising Soca & Afrobeats giant.
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MADE IN CANADA MAG ISSUE 15 | MARCH 2024

  • 1. MADE IN CANADA MAGAZINE MAGAZINE I S S U E 1 5 M A R Artist & talent SPOTLIGHT Canada‘s Talent Canada‘s Talent MUSIC, FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT Featuring interviews with artist such as Ace millions, Max Winds & MYSHYLIFESTYLE. NADA
  • 2. M A R 15 I S S U E 2 1 2 9 03 Artist Spotlight 06 Interview 2024 20 Fashion 33 DJ 27 Photography
  • 3. Plans for 2024? Album? Mixtape? Who inspires you in today’s music? How long have you been doing music? What inspired you? Where are you from? City or province? I've been deeply involved in making music for well over a decade. My journey began with influences from iconic platforms like 106 & Park, Freestyle Fridays, and Much Music. Growing up with Caribbean roots also allowed me to experience a rich variety of genres from a young age which also played a big role. I hail from Mississauga, Ontario, originally born in Brampton. Raised between Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga due to my parents' separation, I've had the unique opportunity to absorb the diverse cultural influences of all three cities. Currently, my musical inspiration draws from a diverse spectrum. I have a lot but to name a few; Lil Wayne stands out as a lyrical genius, alongside Vybz Kartel's impact on the industry is undeniable. Partynextdoor, hailing from the same city as me, captures my admiration for his unique melodies and storytelling. Lastly, the journey of Justin Bieber, who went from playing the guitar and singing outside every day to being discovered on YouTube and being one of the biggest in the world serves as a source of inspiration for my musical endeavors today. In 2024, my plans include collaborating with more well-known artists. I've been fortunate to travel the world while working on music, and I aim to continue those experiences. Additionally, I'll be focusing on building my brand, Early Campaign, which embodies a motivational and go-getter ethos. Alongside this, I'm venturing into the custom high-end jewelry business, specializing in pendants, rings, grillz, and more. Im definiatly motivated to create my own lane and path. Im tired of working for someone else and helping them accomplish their dreams. Im taking the risk to chase mine and create my own legacy for myself and futures to come. CANADIAN TALENT ARTIST SPOTLIGHT AZ
  • 4. CANADIAN TALENT Who inspires you in today’s music? How long have you been doing music? What inspired you? I've been into music since I was a young girl back in Kenya. I would watch big artists on tv and envision myself as a star too! I was in choirs and in a girl group while in high school which helped me learn music, sounds and harmonies. Move forward to when I relocated to Canada and eventually began my professional music recording career in 2018. I have been pushing since then trying to make a name for myself and where I come from. I'm highly inspired by the ability to make nothing out of something. It just amazes me that something that can be so personal or seem so small can impact the world! Music helps me transform hard situations into life lessons. Plans for 2024? Album? Mixtape? I have a few singles up my sleeve that I can not wait to share! My first single of the year, All I Know, will be out on Mar 21st 2024 ! It is an amapiano inspired track, produced by DJ Tee, with inspiring lyrics reminding listeners (and myself) to keep pushing and to keep finding a reason to exist even when life feels meaningless. I recently met and collaborated with an amazing artist & producer, Triple EX, on an EP that will be out this summer. Can't say too much about it just yet but it will be one for the books! Look out for that!! My music today is inspired by my young self. She was alone and misunderstood. She could sing but never felt like she had a voice, like her opinions did not matter. I'm fighting for her. It is her resilience that got me to where I am today . I want her to be proud of herself for not giving up . I want her to know that all the sacrifices she made were not in vain. I am on a mission to become better everyday and that can be felt in my new music. Where are you from? City or province? I was born and raised in Kenya but I am currently located in Toronto, Canada. ARTIST SPOTLIGHT SHY MUSIQ
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  • 7. INTERVIEW WITH ACE MILLIONS Canadian based london Influenced Lawyer turned Singer/Songwriter/Producer “Morello” has an Extra- ordinary way of cutting through to the core of his listeners emotions in his Songs. The Conventry University Graduate with a passion for songwriting bequeathed from an early age has an array of versatile talents such as playing the Piano, Drums, Conga, the Ukulele, Saxophone and the Talking drums (Gongó). Morello’s style of music is the “Afrostyle” has layed hands and finds the Afro_reggae unique. 07 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
  • 8. A lot of travelling & networking along with many singles & visuals. International collab’s & Local show’s.” HIP HOP MAGAZINE 08 • Q: How long have you been doing music? And what inspired you? I’ve been making music seriously for about 2 years. Before that it was something that me & my friends would do to pass over time with & Listen to together. Q: Where were you born? City you live? or rep? Q: Music plans for 2024? What can the people expect? (Album, Mixtape, etc) A lot of travelling & networking along with many singles & visuals. International collab’s & Local show’s. I was born & raised in Hamilton Ontario. North end Mainly. Q: Who or what inspires you musically? What inspires me musically is not really a who due to inspiration being everywhere. I feel like what inspires me to make music is having an outlet to express my self & explain my experiences & future aspirations. Finding different ways & sounds to explain my story. Q: Have you experienced any obstacles that you have had to overcome within the industry? Just mainly trying to make everything fall under your schedule & your time frame. It takes a lot of preparation & resources to really make a vision come to life.
  • 9. Future, Drake, Jadakiss, 50 cent, Birdman, D block Europe, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Money Man, No Cap, Rylo Rodriguez.” I N V E S T I N Y O U R S E L F 09 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE Q: Is there a particular artist signed or unsigned that you’d like to work/feature with? Future, Drake, Jadakiss, 50 cent, Birdman, D block Europe, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Money Man, No Cap, Rylo Rodriguez. Q: How was your childhood? Was music a big thing in your family? I keep my personal life Private Thank you for the question but next please. Q: What do you want the fans to take from you’re music? (Youth,day ones, family,the world) I want the Youth & the world to Just be yourself mainly, & Get up & chase the life you envision your self living. We’re all on our own Life Clock’s at the end of the day. Never be anything but you. Q: When your in the booth do you feel pressure? Do you go into your sessions alone or with a team? Not really pressure, Just really the feeling of being perfect & saying the right things, & portraying something positive due to having eyes on me. I usually go myself to cancel out all outside distraction. Q: where can the fans find you (socials networks) Ace Milly on All streaming Platform’s @acemillions & @Billionairesznn on Instagram | @Billionaireszn on Tiktok @BillionaireSzn on Youtube
  • 10. ACEMILLIONS Q: We see you recently travelled overseas to the U.K, how was the networking out there? Did you land any features? It was a blessing to be blessed with an opportunity to go over there & really meet the whole UK Industry & have conversations with them about the music game. A Valuable Lesson i’ve learned after conversations with many influential moguls is “This is a Marathon Not a Race” Everyone has a fan from a different part of there career & accumulated there fan bases throughout time & made some of there best music through out time. You guys will have to wait & see what i have in store i have a serious collaboration nobody would expect. Q: Can you explain the importance of avoiding a criminal record and how important is it for one’s music career? As Being Adults I can’t tell nobody how to live their lives & make the decision’s they do, I wish nothing but the best for everyone. I would just say it’s hard for you to be heard everywhere being stuck in one place. You have to be flexible. so yes it is very important for you to be able to tap into other audiences Q: Do you feel Canadian talent is under looked? Or the eyes are on us? Feel like we haven’t have had an opportunity of our own wave like other city’s like NYC & LA. But we are our own country so we have to create those waves ourself. I would love to see more artist from around canada build there own city’s up & make different sounds. Q: Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout to? My City, My Friends, My family & everything that helped me become the person i am today.
  • 11. INTERVIEW WITH MAX WINDS Max Winds is a Canadian hip-hop artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winds is an acronym for ‘When Impossible, Never Doubt Success’ and is also a nod to Winds’s birth city, Windsor, Ontario. Recently opening for artists like Lil Tjay, NLE Choppa, Dave East, and Tech N9ne, Winds is highly requested at shows for his sensational crowd work and stage presence. Fans come for Winds’s music and stay for his contagious energy and comedic improvisation. Winds makes genuine connections with fans and his authenticity makes him feel more like a household friend than a distant artist. 11 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
  • 12. I’m dropping my debut album “Comfortable In Chaos” on April 24th. I’m gonna be releasing a new single and music video off the album every month until it’s released.” 12 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE Q: Where were you born? City you live? or rep? I was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1998 then moved to Winnipeg when I was a little kid. I rep both city’s forsure, I wouldnt be who I am if I didn’t grow up in Winnipeg, but everytime I go back to Windsor I feel more connected cause that’s where my moms family’s at. Q: Have you experienced any obstacles that you have had to overcome within the industry? Being in Winnipeg it’s limited for resources so I’ve used social media to my advantage by building relationships with people in the industry across the world. I started doing music when I was 13, I always loved music, I used to go to the skatepark with my headphones in rapping out loud and one of the older guys asked me if I rapped and he told I should start making music. After that day I’ve been writing music. I’m dropping my debut album “Comfortable In Chaos” on April 24th. I’m gonna be releasing a new single and music video off the album every month until it’s released. Q: Music plans for 2024? What can the people expect? Etc (Album,Mixtape) When I was coming up I was heavily influenced by Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller, ASAP Rocky, Jeezy, and Juelz Santana. Q: How long have you been doing music? And what inspired you? Q: Who or what inspires you musically?
  • 13. I want everybody to remember, When Impossible Never Doubt Success. No matter what it is you want to do in life, you can do it. You just gotta believe in yourself and work for it.” S H O O T F O R T H E S T A R S 13 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE Q: When your in the booth do you feel pressure? Do you go into your sessions alone or with a team? I record at my crib by myself then I send it off to my engineer. I like being alone when I’m recording cause I’ll prolly try some different shit that I wouldn’t normally do around people. Q: How was your childhood? Was music a big thing in your family? My childhood was regular, I grew up with a single mom and a sister. I was into boxing and skateboarding hella young. My moms would always be listening to music. She would be playing rock, mo town, rnb, rap. Everytime we in the car she would quiz me on what song is playing and who the artist is. My moms took me to my first concert in Detroit when I was 8 years old. Q: What do you want the fans to take from your music? (Youth,day ones, family,the world) I want everybody to remember, When Impossible Never Doubt Success. No matter what it is you want to do in life, you can do it. You just gotta believe in yourself and work for it. Q: Is there a particular artist signed or unsigned that you’d like to work/feature with? Mozzy, Icewear Vezzo, and Da Crook. Without a doubt we would make some crazy shit together.
  • 14. MAXWINDS Q: Do you feel Canadian talent is under looked? Or the eyes are on us? I definitely feel like there ain’t enough shine on Canada, most people only know of Drake, Tory Lanez and The Weeknd. We got a lot of hidden talent and we about to take over the industry foreal. Follow me on Spotify: Max Winds | YouTube: Max Winds | Instagram: MaxWindsLS | Facebook: Max Winds | TikTok: MaxWinds | Twitter: Max Winds Q: where can the fans find you (socials networks) Q: Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout to? I wanna shout out my team, shout out to the supports, and shoutout my moms.
  • 15. INTERVIEW WITH MYSHYLIFESTYLE From her roots in Hip Hop to branching out into various genres, DJ Karyen's career is defined by her passion for music exploration. As a former DJ on the HOT 89.9 FM's 5 O'Clock Traffic Jam, she became a favorite for her seamless mixes, music selection and vibe-setting. With three Stylus DJ award nominations and a DJ of the year nomination at the Recognize Awards, her dedication to her craft is evident. Beyond the studio, she's graced stages at popular events like the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and Carivibe in Ottawa. Featured in Metro News and exhibited at the Ontario Art Gallery commemorating 40 years of Hip Hop in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, her impact on the local scene is undeniable. As a JUNO/CARAS Academy Delegate, she's shaping the future of music. Now, as an artist manager and event promoter, Karyen aims to elevate her craft globally. Get ready for a boundary-breaking musical journey with DJ Karyen! 15 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
  • 16. I went crazy this year, with some of my biggest tracks yet. I accumulated over 50K views independently on “See Yuh”, was able to land a feature with the press machine himself, Toronto rapper Pressa on “No Proof” and hit several milestones whilst all of that.” 16 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE Q : How long have you been doing music? And what inspired you? Ive been doing music ever since I was about 10 I used to watch my dad produce an record my cousins from a young age. I also started taking it seriously about 2-3 years go. Q: Where were you born? City you live? or rep? I was born in Mississauga but I was back n fourth between there an Toronto my whole life. We active from Mavis rd with it. Q: Music plans for 2024? What can the people expect? Etc (Album,Mixtape) My music plans for this year is to drop as much music an content as possible. Q: Who or what inspires you musically? In all honesty what inspires me is my lifestyle I’ve been living like an artist for as long as I can remember. All the pain the ups an downs trials and tribulations push me to keep releasing an to keep getting better. Q: How was your childhood? Was music a big thing in your family? My childhood was a movie I grew up in a very musical family my dad was a producer/engineer and my cousins DUOO formal known as A-game were big in the music scene. My mom an my aunt would be blasting music 24/7 when I was around as a kid and my teachers. Used to let me write lyrics in class it got so bad they gave me a writing period in grade 8 just for rapping.
  • 17. R A I S I N G T H E B A R Q: Do you feel that there is a possibility of the city uniting and ending all turf wars and beefs? If so what would it take to make this happen? No hat I don’t know the ins an outs I be caught in my own world sometimes but let bygones be bygones if its for the music I get it but alotta street shit can’t be undone that’s alotta pain your asking people to forgive an money can’t bring ya homie back or family member. 17 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE It’s kind of like my own memory book so I can look back at my younger self in the future & be able to watch who I was.” Q: What do you want the fans to take from you’re music? (Youth, day ones, family, the world) I just want the fans to understand no matter where you are in life if I can do it you can do it too. Anything is possible as long as you trust God an stay consistent. Q: What’s your thoughts on the Canadian justice system? Maaaaan fuck 12 Shout out my lawyer Shauna Pemberton. Q: Is there a particular artist signed or unsigned that you’d like to work/feature with? Honestly Rylo an No cap forsake on that an tell my homie K forest link up that about it.
  • 18. MYSHYLIFESTYLE Q: When your in the booth do you feel pressure? Do you go into your sessions alone or with a team? I have my days where I go by myself an sometimes I go with a team. I don’t feel pressure anymore at first I did but then I just started to get comfy. Q: Do you feel Canadian talent is under looked? Or the eyes are on us? I feel like the talent is over shadowed by the politics like it always is But we got eyes on us forsake we just have to capitalize on the chances we get. Q: where can the fans find you (socials networks) Y’all can find me on all platforms @myshylifestyle Its the same on every social network. Q: Is there anyone you’d like to give a shout to? S/O THE WHOLE MAVIS ALL OF SAUGA AN SHOUT OUT MY DOGGY PLUTO
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  • 22. Q: what sparked your interest for fashion? finally being able to buy some jeans and fits in highschool after only wearing the same sweats until then Q: Tell us a little more about your company? Elmnt is an atheleisure brand that promotes active living through clothing. To help remind people to get stay active while in their element.
  • 23. Q: tell us about your inspirations and who inspires you in today’s fashion? Asap rocky, travis, some brands are palm angels, vlone, amiri, supreme, stone island. Q: who are some of your favourite fashio designers? Virgil. Q: What's your greatest strength as a fashion designer? Simplicity and a clean look while bringing something aesthetic Q: Tell me about an important lesson you learned about working in the fashion industry. Stick with what you like, you will attract the right people. Q: What does fashion mean to you? self expression. Q: Explain your process for selecting fabrics? we go through many testing with samples with many washes and tests in real life to ensure the best fabrics/quality for our customers.
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  • 29. Q: HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN DOING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR? 3 YEARS PROFFESSIONALY ISSUE 15 | MARCH Q: WHERE YOU WERE BORN AND RAISED? BORN IN MONTREAL ORIGIN FROM WEST AFRICA GUINEA. Q: WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE PHOTOGRAPHY & PRIOR TO SHOOTING DO YOU HAVE IDEAS IN MIND FOR VISUALS? ALWAYS BEEN A CREATIVE PERSON I LOVE THE ART OF SHOWCASING ARTIST IN THEIR TRUE SELF. Q:WHERE YOU CAN BE LOCATED (SOCIAL MEDIA YOU USE)? @EYESONTHAPRIZES
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  • 31. Q: HOW DID YOU GET GOOD AT PHOTOGRAPHY? By practicing & networking with other photographer. Everyday I try to learn something new. Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SETTINGS? I love studio work as I get personal with my client. Q: WHO’S WORK HAS INFLUENCED YOU MOST? Can Kirk a photographer from ATl I flew their at his studio and he give me some great tips that I use today. Q: IS THEIR ANYONE YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO BEFORE WE WRAP IT UP? I would to say shoutout to John arono he taught me the setting of my camera and it was history from there. I’d love to create with people I vibe with so I don’t have specific artist in mind but I would say burna boy would be cool to shoot for him. Q: WHO ARE SOME ARTIST YOU’D LOVE TO WORK WITH?
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  • 34. INTERVIEW WITH DJ KARYEN From her roots in Hip Hop to branching out into various genres, DJ Karyen's career is defined by her passion for music exploration. As a former DJ on the HOT 89.9 FM's 5 O'Clock Traffic Jam, she became a favorite for her seamless mixes, music selection and vibe-setting. With three Stylus DJ award nominations and a DJ of the year nomination at the Recognize Awards, her dedication to her craft is evident. Beyond the studio, she's graced stages at popular events like the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and Carivibe in Ottawa. Featured in Metro News and exhibited at the Ontario Art Gallery commemorating 40 years of Hip Hop in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, her impact on the local scene is undeniable. As a JUNO/CARAS Academy Delegate, she's shaping the future of music. Now, as an artist manager and event promoter, Karyen aims to elevate her craft globally. Get ready for a boundary-breaking musical journey with DJ Karyen! 34 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE
  • 35. I’m an open-format DJ, so I play soca, RnB, Hip Hop, Afrobeats, Reggae, Dancehall, Pop, House and Dance music. I have the most fun playing upbeat Soca and Afrobeats.” 35 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE Q: What is your style? I would describe my style as a blend of diverse genres with energetic beats and seamless transitions, mixing old and new tracks to keep the dance floor alive. With a natural ability to connect with the crowd, I leave them energized and wanting more. Whether in a cozy club or on a festival stage, my passion for music shines through, making me a versatile DJ who knows how to ignite a party and leave a lasting impression. Q: What is your specialist music genre? I’m an open-format DJ, so I play soca, RnB, Hip Hop, Afrobeats, Reggae, Dancehall, Pop, House and Dance music. I have the most fun playing upbeat Soca and Afrobeats. Q: How did you get into djing? I’ve had a love for music my whole life, but I first got inspired when I saw a female DJ (Spinderalla) for the first time in the group Salt-N-Pepa. I was pretty shy and quiet in my younger years, so I never had the courage to pursue it then. It wasn’t until I was a little older and out in the club scene when I got to know a few of the DJs and caught the bug. The passion and curiosity wouldn’t leave me, so I pushed past my fears and pursued it. A DJ I knew had a clothing store in our downtown core with some turntables set up there. He let me come start learning and practicing there, eventually lending me his second set of turntables so I could continue practicing at home, and the rest is history.
  • 36. R A I S E T H E B A R Q: How do you approach building a relationship with venue owners and event organizers? Building relationships takes time, so I start by researching the venue to understand what they're about before suggesting any ideas. It's important that we're a good match. I make a point of meeting owners and event organizers in person and showing support by attending their events. I always think about how I can help them and how we can both benefit from working together. Knowing what I bring to the table is key. When I'm booked for an event, I focus on being professional at all times, doing my best, and leaving a positive impression so they'll want to hire me again. Then, we can look at ways to build up from there. 36 • HIP HOP MAGAZINE Controllers are really starting to grow on me though, especially because of the portability and flexibility when travelling to different types of gigs.” Q: How do you handle song requests that are not in line with your set? Q: What equipment do you prefer to use and why? I prefer the 1 & 2’s aka my turntables, or Technics 1200s. That’s what I learned on, so that’s what I’m most comfortable with. Controllers are really starting to grow on me though, especially because of the portability and flexibility when travelling to different types of gigs. I usually just kindly let the person know that I’ll TRY to fit it in a little later on with what I’m playing. Q: Where are you from? City? province? My parents are from Trinidad and Tobago, but I was born in Ottawa, ON Canada.
  • 37. DJKARYEN Q: If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be? I’m an OG, so if I could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene it would probably be 1996 during the golden era of Hip Hop. When Nas Ruled the World, The Roots were doing What They Do, and The Fugees were crashing the scene whether you were Ready Or Not. If you weren’t up on Jeru the Damaja you were Playin Yaself, the Mobb was Deep predicting Hell On Earth, 2Pac was showing some California Love and A Tribe Called Quest did it 1nce Again. Q: What is one of your most memorable nights djing? Also what’s the biggest crowd you ran a set for? One of my most memorable experiences was djing on a truck at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival grand parade in 2023 for EPIC Carnival. It was an opportunity that came up at the last minute, that I just couldn’t pass up. That was probably the largest crowd I’ve DJ’ed for. It’s hard to say what the number was because there’s people all around, but if you’ve been there you know how it is. Q: Do you have a cancellation policy? If so, how much is the fee? A 50% deposit is always required, so if the event gets cancelled the deposit is kept since I’m losing out on other potential bookings by having made myself available for that day. Q: What’s your hourly rate? Varies depending on the type of event, and what’s required. Q: Do you have insurance? No. Q: Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give a shout out before we wrap it up? I want to thank my friends, family and fellow DJs, especially DJ Mace, for always supporting me and putting me on throughout the years, and DJ Up N Gone. Shout out to Patrick & Justin from the Cranium Arts Project for always looking out. Big up to my artist Kyng Moses, a rising Soca & Afrobeats giant.
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