I “Figured You Out” Johnny Burgos


Johnny never lets us down! The future soul singer/songwriter, just released a video coming from a deep place, so we had to ask:

SOYYO: Did it come from a real life experience?

Johnny:  "We've all been drawn to someone or something for the wrong reasons and naively ignored some minor red flags, until they accumulated into to one big, undeniable lie. 'Figured You Out' is a retrospective look into the rumination and second guessing that went on in my mind, that finally ended in feelings of hurt and anger from confirming my premonitions. However, the song was originally inspired by my relationship with the music industry and how I almost played right into what I thought I needed to be to be successful, only to realize that success in this game meant more to me than numbers and superficial co-signs."

SOYYO:  You just released this album and the response has been great. My guess it’s because it comes from the soul. Do you have any performances coming up?

Johnny:  Right now, I don't have any shows planned because I'm taking my time building a live show that will match the standard of emotion and execution that went into the record and visuals. It's really important to me to push the standard in every aspect of my artistry and have learned the value of patience when planning and building. I'm excited for what's coming though!

That said, I love to play private, one-off events and sit in with other talented artists, so holla if interested!

SOYYO:  Who did you work on this project with?

Johnny:  For this project, I kept it in the family and worked primarily with Ben Lindell (Ryan Leslie, J. Cole, MGMT) and Rob Grimaldi (Queen Naija, Noah Cyrus, Alyson Stoner), who are the talented additional legs of a full-service production company we have together, based out of The Engine Room in NYC. Other members of the family include my long time go to on Guitar, Keenan McRae (Tank & The Bangas, Big Sam's Funky Nation) my good homie and soon to be super producer, Frans Mernick (Miguel, ASAP Rocky, Mark Ronson), orchestra leader and string extraordinaire, Kristine Kruta (Little Kruta) as well as guitar virtuoso VJ Brown.

For Visuals I did the same and worked with my very talented homie Max Skaff (www.422luxe.com) on the Picture Perfect video and my long time friend Kevin Pastor (www.untitledproductions.com) on my latest for Figured You Out.

SOYYO:  Anything else coming out that we can look forward to.

Johnny:  I'm currently in the midst of completing my follow up record, which has gotten the best feedback of any of my music to date.

I've also got a few surprise releases coming up soon, as well as some plans for live versions of EP songs, new cover videos and some collaboration projects dropping in the new year. There's def more on deck and I'm excited about it all!!!


Dermot Kennedy has that "Power Over Me"

Dermot Kennedy
Dermot Kennedy

Drop: November 13, 2018

Label: UMG (on behalf of UMGRI Interscope)

Title: Power Over Me

Genre: Singer / Songwriter

Tracks: 1 track / 3:42

Tour Dates:

Thursday 11/15: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

Friday 11/16: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Sunday 11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel

Monday 11/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

Our thoughts:  

Dermot Kennedy, is the talk of the year. Since independently releasing music, to showcasing at SXSW in 2018 he is keeping momentum with consistent releases. His powerful vocals have gained him millions of fans. His poetic verses, artful visuals and dynamic musical flow keeps him on top charts.

He released, “Power Over Me”, yesterday and its a must listen with a video so well telling a story of growth and overcoming hardship. The video begins with subtle glimpses of the struggles taking place in what appears to be a third world village. Two young women surviving on the bare minimum with an alcoholic guardian who can’t keep the lights on. The older woman escapes daily to train, and punch her pain into a punching bag. She is working to provide for her family, and sweats out the sadness we can see in her eyes. In this visual story of progress we see her victory in the boxing rink which leads us to the happy ending, matching the strength of Dermot Kennedy’s lyricism.

watch the full video below:

Moody Monday: Femme Fatale trio with a 'Body Count' Remix

Body Count
Jessie Reyez

As we celebrate the anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, it is only fitting to feature three badass women who are conquering the music scene. Jessie Reyez, Kehlani, and Normani just released a remix of ‘Body Count’. The song originally by Reyez is given an uplifting spark with features by the uniquely talented Normani and Kehlani.

Normani comes into the mix with an empowering verse that expresses the power of her sexuality and independence. She then joins Reyez on the chorus, while adding a layer of her gentle, yet mighty voice. Kehlani, chimes in with her verse in which she throws shade to the misogynist of society. With personal favorite lines,

“I’m sure if tables turned and it was dollar signs per body

You would be one very rich and wealthy man

I dodge dick for some pussy, something that we can agree on”.  

The trio’s individuality in musical style complements “Body Count” and bites back to a generation which has been so deeply influenced by the patriarchy. These ladies want to speak freely and let the world know that they can play just as hard, if not harder as the boys.


Kehlani’s voice so sweet like honey, with Normani’s sexy fierce vocals, and Jessie Reyez’s unmatched range gives the ladies a song to empower and uplift the spirit. Have you heard it? What do you think?


Moody Monday is feeling a little grimey

Splurgeboys out of the pan

Hip Hop celebrated its 45th Birthday on Saturday, and of course, just like everything else in the arts, there is evolution and enhancements that then create something new. In this particular scenario, we are talking about Grime music, which is considered to be one of the most innovative genres coming out of the UK since Punk after Rock and Roll. 

With influences from Dancehall, Garage, Reggae, and Hip-hop, Grime has emerged out of the underground of London. The genre is defined by its signature 140 BPM, and today we will introduce you to Splurgeboys who are always cooking something out of 'The Tank' (their home-based studio). The brother duo comprised of Splurgeboy Tee, and Splurgeboy Rocket released, 'Out of The Pan' early this year and we can't help but bring the album back because it is full of playful tracks to hype up the night or add a bit of spice to the mix. And we always need a little bit of spice to kick off the week.

The Splurgeboys are the heart to innovations coming out of Grime in London. Their production, collaborations, and visuals in their execution show you just that, and as we have followed their journey we see there is always something new about to be dropped. Check out their full album below. Tell us what you think, because there is more coming.

Tuesday Ten with Soul Tigers

Soul Tigers

“I am what’s necessary to improve the life of the students I encounter." - Kenyatte Hughes

SOYYO:  What is your current role in Soul Tigers?

KH:  I’m the founder and executive director of the Soul Tigers marching band. As the executive director I oversee day to day operation of Soul Tigers Marching Band, Inc., Monitor music and performance skills, set up shows and performances, interview impending candidates for employment and relieve those who don’t work out, maintain program’s budget, Assist in the writing of grants, Cultivate strong relationships with parents, Attend all relevant school and community meetings, and teach the band. Amongst other things.

S:  Why did you come back to Soul Tigers?

KH:  I came back to the Soul Tigers because it was the foundation of my marching band experience. Band changed my life forever, and I’ve been directing the Soul Tigers for 16 years now. I changed a few things as it pertains to the colors of the band, made it into a non – profit, trademarked the logo, and name.

The Soul Tigers Originally started at P.S. 137 in Brownsville, Brooklyn in 1970, under the direction of Connie McMillian. I started with the Soul Tigers when I was in third grade, it was my first experience with a marching band. When I returned from the Marines and I decided I wanted to start a marching band. I couldn’t decide on a name, but I knew the band that I came from did not exist. I called Connie to ask if I could use the name, and she gave me her blessing. She said she was waiting for someone to pick up the mantle, and she was very happy it was me. Connie comes around every now and then, she stopped directing the band because of health issues.

S:  Did your time with Soul Tigers change the way you thought about everyday life?

KH:  My time in the Soul Tigers did change what I thought about everyday life. It showed me what hard work was and changed the “I can’t” to “I can do anything, I put my mind to”.

The Soul Tigers was only the beginning of my marching band career. After graduating P.S. 137, I went to the Jackie Robinson Steppers and learned more about marching band from its director John Walker an Alumnus of Grambling State University’s Tigers Marching Band. I learned even more about the southern style of marching and HBCU’s (Historically Black College’s and Universities) and what they had to offer Black Americans. I still take Soul Tigers on College tours, it’s the main reason we do what we do. To see students, graduate and attend college. Music is only one aspect of what we do at the Soul Tigers.


S:  How has it influenced you in your career?

KH:  I wanted to be a lot of things when I was growing up. My love for music period pushed me into marching band. I wound up turning the Soul Tigers into a non-profit and this is how I make my living.

S:   How many members are in your band?

KH:  Right now, we have about thirty members, but it grows every year. Marching band is not as big here as it is down south. Even in the South, marching bands on the High School level and the College level have been taking huge hits to it’s funding. Many directors like myself use our own paychecks to keep the programs running.

S:  What's a day to day routine like?

KH:  Well, Monday thru Friday band practice is from 2:30pm – 7:00pm, and Wednesday we have our conversation circle where we talk about issues that affect us as a people or just personal issues that the kids might want to vent about. Some days we go to sections where the students work on things that were taught the day before and some days we have full band practice where all the sections come together and work on new and old material.

S:  How are new routines inspired?

Our Percussion Instructor Osei smith is the heart of the percussion section, the music and the arrangements come from him, it’s either original or inspired by band on the college level that he and I enjoy listening to.

S:  How many hours a day do you guys practice a day? A week?

KH:  Band practice is life, so our students give up a lot to be in band. We practice 6 days a week 2:30 -7:00pm during the school year and 9:00am – 6:00 during the summer. The summer is also when we get new students, either incoming freshmen or Students who enter our summer program.

S:  Tell me more about what your mission is.

KH:  Our Mission objectives and attendant outcomes are comprehensive and use music education as the conduit to develop these young people on the cusp of adulthood so that they may reach their personal potential and be assets to the community at large.

We also plan to bring our type of musical performance overseas, to other countries, schools, and students that might me interested in learning how to play an instrument and perform around the world. We want this program to be able to take students from where ever they come from and allow them to see the rest of the world through music. As they travel the world we would like them to do so while keeping in mind that we want them to earn a degree, and use the band as a catalyst to escape whatever they may be going through at home.


'Bare Maximum' by Sindigo


We were first introduced to Sindigo by the beauty of SoundCloud. She gave me chills. Her voice brought back the R&B spirit of the 90s and the production is true to the old school vibes of the genre's nature.

As Sindigo releases her new album we had the opportunity to know about it in her own words! See what she had to say below. To learn more about Sindigo cop the second issue of SOYYO Magazine where you can read some more about Sindigo. 

SOYYO:  Who produced the album? Any honorable mentions who helped you with this project?

Sindigo:  "The album was mixed & mastered by RAWQWLTY. As well as written, recorded and vocally produced by me."

SOYYO:  What inspired this album?

Sindigo:  "Everyday life and lessons. The title of the album was inspired by Steve Lacy’s concept of the Bare Maximum. I often feel like I try too hard, go too far out of my way or do too much because I’m so passionate. This idea of making the most out of whatever you already have was a like weight off my shoulders. This album is a “no frills” expression of my human experience."


Soyyo:  How do you hope this will make your audience feel?

Sindigo:  "I hope this album will make my audience feel good. It felt good making it."

Sindigo is on to something by bringing back the old school. The introduction to new soul jazz in her tempo brings a new sense of the “no frills” vibe.

She's riding her own wave and you have to follow it now!

Check out her album, now available on all streaming platforms: https://www.reverbnation.com/SINDIGO



MOODY MONDAY takes you to Vienna, have a listen!



Austrian's finest electro pop duo, LEYYA, releases an experimental intrigue, "Wannabe" that takes us into a cycle of emotions. The song is a play on words taking us through the ongoing Nh battle of wanting to be like those people next to us, while they too secretly wish to be just like you. The song and video showcase the beauty of being self with the surroundings of your natural environment. While the dance beat grooves we are taken through the rabbit hole of stop and repeat of visuals of, "Wannabe".

The LEYYA duo is comprised of Sophie Lindinger and Marco Kleebauer. The two also star in the music video and give us their playful take on wordplay, and tasteful musical production. Sophie's soft vocals take us on a journey from gentle to high spirits as Marco lifts us up with some uptempo drums and "bubbling synthesizers". 

Listen to the song here and stay tuned for more on the Vienna natives, LEYYA.



Moody Monday: With Yore and his Debut Single, "Knew Better"


“Have you ever wondered what it’ll be when it all runs out?" Yore sings over piano and soft strings to match the elegance in his voice. Followed by, ”Who will you be when the world blows your cover?" A progressive question that leads into an internal conversation in Yore's songwriting vulnerability.

Co-produced Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, Dvsn, Little Dragon,), best known for being one half of the musical duo Quadron and founding member of Rhye, "Knew Better" is a compelling introduction to Yore's forthcoming EP1, and sets the tone for what audiences can expect. 


Says Yore of the release, "The song is an expression of new vulnerability and regret I started writing three years ago. I was going through an intense period of alone time trying to figure out my life, listening to a lot of meditative ambient music, and found this beautiful instrumental by a Ukrainian composer called Heinali. There was a melody I couldn’t get out of my head, so I just recorded a demo right there at home and forgot about the song for some time. Several months later , a friend introduced me to Robin. I've always been a fan of his musical sensibility, his attention to detail, his intentionality. He really pays attention to everything and was able to bring my vision to life."

Listen to the song here: 

'The Living Room Series' A benefit concert for M.A.D.E Transitions

photograph by, @misterwil   photographed left to right: Joel Cross, Melissa McMillan, Ross Pederson, Addison Frei, Julia Adamy, Tarik Green, Toney Earl Jr., Tahira Clayton, Paul Adamy, & Dr. Deborah Adamy. 

photograph by, @misterwil 

photographed left to right: Joel Cross, Melissa McMillan, Ross Pederson, Addison Frei, Julia Adamy, Tarik Green, Toney Earl Jr., Tahira Clayton, Paul Adamy, & Dr. Deborah Adamy. 

There's something so liberating about allowing yourself to be your ultimate best. Sometimes we are compartmentalized and kept from reaching our highest potential, but with the help and support of others, we can bring the brightest light to the world. The M.A.D.E. Transitions program, founded by Tony Earl and Tarik Greene, allows previously imprisoned individuals to pursue a life after conviction.

They each pursued their own path with a mission to bring awareness to the challenges of transitioning into the real world post-incarceration.  Tony and Tarik founded M.A.D.E. Transitional Services, which stands for Making A Difference Everyday, with a mission are to design a path to a new beginning.

On Sunday, Dr. Deborah Adamy, PhD., of Enlighten.NYC hosted a benefit concert in support of M.A.D.E. Transitions. There were performances put on by a group of talented musicians of the ‘Living Room Series’ which originated out of Brooklyn last year. Vocalist, Melissa McMillan, and performer at last night’s benefit concert was the producer of the series and partners with different organizations to raise money while coming together with friends and family to share original songs. Last night was similar but a bigger version for the M.A.D.E. Transitions cause. The line up consisted of other talented musicians including Melissa Mcmillan (vocalist), Tahira Clayton (vocalist), Joel Cross with original songs and strings, Ross Pederson on the drums, Julia Adamy on the bass, and Addison Frei on the keys.  

To find out how to make a contribution to this amazing cause, see here! Stay tuned for more opportunities to give back. Coming to a place near you, SOON!


Make it Clap!

Make it clap
NYC Bass Colelctive
NYC Bass Collective

The video was directed by Bridget Moriarty of the collective production company called The Good People of NYC , produced by Anthony Fonseca & Amanda Bociek of NYC Bass Collective and shot by DP Blaine Dunkley . Shot on location at The Keep

 “Make it Clap” by Beat Kitty & Monikkr featuring TT The Artist , official music video was released today. The eerie visuals bring life to the up beat booty shaking track. 

The video begins with the squad gathering around TT in an eerie basement for a ouija board séance that quickly turns into one of the members becoming possessed by a sexy, glow in the dark Aztec warrior accompanied by a crew of alluring dancers. From there, it can’t help but turn into a black light, booty-clapping party. Choreographer Robert McBay perfectly captures the essence of the video with his perfected dance moves.

Visually & audibly captivating, the “Make it Clap” video is as enticing as it is entertaining. Stay tuned for “Make it Clap” remixes by Anna Morgan, Huda Hudia, Banginclude & Illexxandra.

What happens when you give a room full of creatives a mask?

soyyo magazine
soyyo magazine
soyyo magazine
soyyo magazine

Eleven Sixty Six and SOYYO Magazine came together to give you a fusion of music, art, fashion and a dose of fantasy. The night began with ProtectYoHeArt’s Uncasso live painting of his signature wall “Love Is…” for all the creative spirits to partake throughout the night.

Light beats were flowing through the room as Monsters On The Horizon’s lead drummer, Kevin McAdams, orchestrated a vibe. As people began to fill the room those who came to be a part of Ritual walked to the designated altar being blessed by Shei Phan’s Yin and Yang Pandas while masks of all faces and colors were picked one by one. An hour into the Ritual, spirits began to awake through the melodic tuned of performers like - I Am Monk, Monsters on the Horizon, Kaiju Killer Klan, Indica Wave, Vice Royale, and many more. Check out the photos below, and stay tuned for the behind the scenes interviews.

soyyo magazine

Rolling Loud

jaden Smith
Gucci Mane
Dice Soho
Chaz French

From small pop up events in Florida, Tariq Cherif and Matthew Zingler have now come to produce a massive Hip Hop festival in San Bernandino, California. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Rolling Loud. This event highlighted the power of music culture at its finest - promoting artists from various sub genres of Hip Hop. Headliners ranged from Schoolboy Q all the way to Young Thug and of course crowd favorites such as, Post Malone and  Gucci Mane. Between 3 stages you find music lovers in all directions alongside your every day stoners stating there were, “Fire” food choices. And to top it all off, the California weather was the cherry on top to this well curated event. Fans near and far congregate annually for shows to feed their musical groove - moving forward, we will continue to capture and enjoy Rolling Loud alongside the best musical talent!

Christopher Pierantoni
Schoolboy Q
Lil Xan
SS Warhol

Turn it up playlist

Its winter and New York City is freezing over, but this year we've had some FIRE tracks released by some of our favorite musical prodigies. Check out our quick weekend playlist below and let us know which is your favorite in a comment below!

1. To wake up your inner Cardi B listen to PONY B - Yoo Q

2.  To empower your inner thug, BVNDGXD -  CHXPO [Produced by OOGIEMANE]

3. For a new wave Tornado - James Pyke [Produced by Kadey James]

4. To remind you of a weekend love affair Nigh Time Lovers by Indica Wave

5. To plan your next escape LAX [Produced by BigHead] - The Underd0g

6. Bring some House party vibes with Codes, "Tap That A**"

7. Winter Session Mix 004 - SNBRN

8. and to end the weekend right we can listen to Walker & Royce's latest EP Self Help on a "Sunday"