7th Heaven Q&A With Edwin Vazquez

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Indie Singer/Songwriter, Edwin Vazquez, has been making his mark around the NYC art scene for quite some time now, electrifying audiences with his spiritual song lyrics that touch the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Although he is of Puerto Rican descent, (and has been featured on Telemundo’s El Show de Jackie – one of the largest Latino networks) his music reaches out to Africans, Caucasians, Latinos, Indians and Asians because of his universal messages of love, forgiveness, and compassion for all of humanity… Isn’t that the way to tis the season!

For the Holidays, we asked this gypsy soul singer to answer 7 questions so that audiences can get to know the man behind the music.

  • We know that you carry yourself as a Conscious Artist because your songs carry messages of peace and divine truth. But everyone has favorites. Name 3 of your songs that you feel carry the strongest or most important messages.
  • Which major Artists have you collaborated with in the studio or on stage? Describe the synergistic experience.
  • How do you infuse your music into other forms of Art? Example. musicals, commercial jingles, movie scores, birthday parties, etc. What were some of the creative ways you cross marketed with those companies?
  • Do you have Christmas songs? And what is (or was) your religion? How do you personally feel about the Holidays?
  • What is your new years resolution? Where do you envision your career in 2015?
  • Tell us a little about your manager and band members. How do they inspire you and keep you going.
  • What advice do you give to other musicians? And do you believe that we should all be conscious Artists?

TOCA NYC STORE

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Love is fearless, and when one chooses to love beyond the borders of themselves, then they’re in a position to inspire, uplift and create change where it’s needed. Take this power couple, Justin Toca and Monica Toca for example… This eccentric duo have established a quarterly themed tribal house party at NYC’s Cielo nightclub where they’ve raised donations to fund a children’s organization called The Ale Ale Foundation. Thus, they are giving back to their community while enjoying life together.

Are they twin flames? Soul mates? Or just two love birds who were destined to meet for a greater purpose? Both were born worlds apart from each other with Justin having roots from Managua, Nicaragua and Monica from Dallas, Texas. And yet the two found each other in the NYC nightlife scene to later wed on July 14, 2013. Due to Justin’s heritage, he promoted Latin/Brazilian parties for over 20 years in some of the hottest clubs such as The Tunnel, Palladium, and Limelight just to name a few. And with Monica’s love for the Arts as a former Theater major and TISH NYU graduate, they combined their expertise and produced “The Toca Cielo Party”.

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5thYEARanniversaryFour times throughout the year, they host a spectacular costume themed party with live drummers, conga players and burlesque dancers uniquely designed to provide a fantasy inspired atmosphere. In addition, they’ve even featured a snake dancer. (Yes! A real live snake). Risque, classy, flamboyant and extravagant – are all words to describe this eclectic vibe of Artists dressed in theatrical attire to unite underneath the umbrella of Afro/Tribal/World House Music and Samba.

Wait! There’s more…

On top of their event reaching its remarkable five year anniversary on the 30th of this May, they’ll also be celebrating the 2nd year opening of their Long Island City, Queens TOCA NYC STORE this Summer.  I know what you’re probably thinking? What else can’t this fabulous couple do? They definitely show and prove that the power of two is the secret to success… as everything they touch multiplies!

TOCA NYC STOREWithin walking distance near The Socrates Park and The Noguchi Museum in Astoria Queens, lays their vintage shop which is quickly being recognized as the neighborhood’s treasure chest. Due to the couples love for travel, they’ve chosen unique pieces from around the globe that are rare to come by. Thus, with some of the antiques available for sale, it should be easy to find some beautiful gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Day! Below is a small selection of recommended items.

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Dj Ace House Nation – House Music Veteran

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“The joy that comes out of me is unbelievable when I’m spinning records,” says DJ Ace House Nation, Host of ‘The Cookie Jar Show’ on www.prepartyradio.com. “I like to make people dance, and when I’m playing music in a club, I recycle the energy that people give me and return it back to them ten fold.”

This is just one of the many positive statements coming from a house-head in the house music community. In case you’re wondering what “house” is, it’s a genre of music (mixed with Afrocentric, Latin, and European rhythms) that fall under the umbrella of world wide ‘Dance Music’. In fact, every time an American mainstream song hits billboard charts, (from stars like Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and Mariah Carey) they’re label reps will call a house music producer to make remix versions in order to reach more audiences. Yep! That’s right! Even the biggest, most famous and richest stars have turned to house music to keep their buzz alive! As this trend grew more popular, mainstream decided to just put out dance records all together, which is why we have Rhianna, Katey Perry and others. Yet still, the deep, soulful, house music singers with original house music are still being played worldwide although they do not have the funding that goes along with the larger record label corporations such as SONY MUSIC, etc.

Nevertheless, it’s Dj’s like Ace House Nation who keep the original genre alive and has been doing so since the 1970’s.  For those who don’t know, house music derived from the disco days, back when Dj Ace House Nation was better known as Dj Crazy Ace, battling other Dj’s and dancers in schoolyards of the L.E.S. “Back then, we referred to battling someone on the dance floor as ‘burning them out’,” says Dj Ace.

As a teen, Dj Ace taught himself how to Dee jay with his older brother and dear friend, Hector Cruz, (who passed on from diabetes in 2006). In honor of Hector, Ace decided to rename himself “Dj Ace House Nation” because Hector called himself “House Nation.” And there we have it again – the name “House”.

“I’ve seen people cry on the dance floor”, says the 49 year old Dj Ace House Nation. “I’ve seen them smile, I’ve heard them chant, and I’ve witnessed them catch a spirit. When I play house music, I can tell by the way they’re dancing, that it’s therapy for the soul. The rhythms and sounds get them dancing in a way that becomes a healthy exercise, pumping their heart and making their blood flow faster. If there were any mental or physical blocks before, house music definitely releases their stress and restores joy.”

Whether or not you’re already a house head, check out the station, PreParty Radio, that plays house music to a world wide audience. Not just because it’s on the web, but because they truly do have a following in places such as Amsterdam, Spain, Tokyo, Italy, Thailand, L.A., NY, Chicago and more. To hear Dj Ace House Nation on “The Cookie Jar Show”, click on www.prepartyradio.com every Thursday  from 6PM – 9PM

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The 49 year old Veteran house head DJ ACE HOUSE NATION (Host of ‘The Cookie Jar Show’ on www.prepartyradio.com) talks about his love for house music, and why this musical genre is therapy for the soul!

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Michelle Rivera

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Soulful House Singer, Michelle Rivera, begins her career with a gentle push from an Angel in Heaven.

Most would agree that music is a universal language; especially when certain instrumental rhythms pull people onto the dance floor regardless of what color or creed they are. While dancing the stress away, strangers experience ‘togetherness’, jolting their bodies beside fellow party goers. For some, it’s an escape from the pressures of mundane responsibilities as they set their spirit free to ride the waves of exhilarating sound and vibration, and yet for others, (such as professional DJ’s & Singers) creating music is a way of life that becomes as natural as breathing. 

The beautiful songstress Michelle Rivera wasn’t always a professional Singer/Songwriter who entertained club crowds and music lovers. In fact, she humbly admits that although her new dance singles “Live It” and “Breaking These Chains” are rapidly climbing the charts on TraxsourceBeatport, she’s still just getting used to the idea of calling herself an “Artist” because she’s so new to this part of her life’s journey.

Where some Artists have had a head start since childhood or early adulthood like Beyonce, Michael Jackson and many more, Michelle Rivera, had an epiphany to pursue her dreams at an age when most people (especially women), are ready to give up after 40 if they’re not already established in this field. However, for Michelle, it was different. Her divine timing came shortly after mourning the death of her good friend Vivian Rivera to Cancer in 2011.

“I remember her telling me, ‘Sing! Sing! Sing!’ during her last days here,” says Michelle. “She had been a Singer/Songwriter herself and performed. I was the one who grew up shy and didn’t really spread my wings until later on in life. A lot of it had to do with Vivian encouraging me even in some of her weakest conditions. She’d tell me, ‘If it makes you happy then what are you waiting for? The time is now while you’re alive. Go sing!'” 

In addition to Michelle’s over night success in the soulful house industry, she continues to pass on the torch in memory of her friend Vivian (who coincidentally shares the same last name ‘Rivera’) in her interviews and even in some of her live performances, such as singing a cover of Vivian Rivera’s last song called ‘Chosen’ at a fundraiser.

While Vivian battled her illness (which began with Breast Cancer until spreading into brain Cancer), she found the strength to use her experience as a tool to spread a message of unconditional love to others. In this video, you can see a small clip of her tenacity to go on living and giving hope to others who’ve suffered from the same disease.

It’s because of life experiences such as those that inspired Michelle to write song lyrics such as ‘Live It’ produced by Todd Terry on Inhouse Records where she expresses her views on living positively. “They need to believe in love, They need to believe in love. Live it. Love and life. They need to let go of all the hating inside,” she sings.

“I’m at a point in my life where I don’t wanna waste any more time on drama, negativity and jealousy,” says Michelle. “And when you realize how precious life is because of how easily time slips away during someone’s death, you want to embrace as much light and positivity as you can.”

With such an enlightening attitude to have, it’s no wonder that her career is moving with such grace and harmony. After teaming up with Producer/Dj Saliva Commandos, on their hit single Breaking These Chains, the vocalist has been quickly gaining faithful fans and followers as they soak up the positive lyrics encouraging listeners to live life on their own terms. Who wouldn’t dance to that? In fact, the singer says that despite being over 40, she’s doing what she wants to do and loves – absolutely loves – inspiring women not to give a damn about what other people think if they want to do something. Michelle says, “A lot of people after 40 start thinking, ‘What the hell am I gonna do now?’ But to be completely honest, I feel more beautiful today then I ever did in my early twenties and it’s because I’m doing me.” She giggles before continuing, “I’m just getting started.”

A follow up to her two dance singles, “Live It” and “Break These Chains”, is new music which is currently being produced by Benji Candelario and Charo Velecio. Still unreleased, be on the look out for more projects to be announced soon because this singer isn’t going anywhere! Please visit www.michelleriveramusic.com