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If you’ve been reading the Silo over the past few years then some of you may know me, but in case you do not my name is Brent Flicks, I go by
the name B-Flix, and I am an R&B/ Hip-Hop artist. June 25th will mark the release of my first full length project, called Everything Changed. This project has been a labour of love since about the beginning of 2013, and has brought out the best in me creativity wise.
Over the past numerous years I have spent a lot of time focusing on writing and learning about production, specifically vocal production. I have learned that the slightest addition of backing vocals, or vocal double on certain words helps to emphasize important lyrics in each song. Personally, I feel that in Hip-Hop music backing vocals are not used enough, I have found that the feeling in my songs have been elevated by small additions, and have brought my works to a more professional level.
This mixtape/ CD came into vision at a defining moment in my life. At the beginning of 2013 I was at home recovering from being quite sick, and writing music was the only thing that sort of made things feel “normal” again. I don’t want this article or this project to be about me being sick and recovering, but in all honesty, if I hadn’t of gotten sick, these songs probably wouldn’t have been made.
For this project I bought my own recording equipment and recorded all of my own vocals at home on Garageband. I then exported the individual tracks and sent them to my friend Shane McCurdy who mixed and mastered the project, and was also an executive producer on the CD. I really wanted to mention that part because sometimes artists get blinded by the light and think you need a big studio to make a musical project. With today’s technology you can get some fantastic home recording equipment for a portion of the price of studio time, and still come out with a project that you’re very proud of. I’ve learned that mixing is the most important part of the process.
In its infancy this project was looked upon as a “mixtape”, which in the Hip-Hop and R&B world means a free downloadable project used mostly for promotion. After putting so much effort into it, I decided to also have physical CDs available for purchase. So if you’d rather just download the music for free you’re more than welcome to do that, on June 25th just visit my website (see next paragraph) for information on how to do so. If you would prefer a physical CD you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll figure out a way to get one to you! Please mention the Silo when contacting me.
I would also like to take the time to thank everyone that had anything to do with this project: Shane, Rob, Rose, Evelyn, Patrick, Alison, Dee C, Carlo-Andres, Legendarybeatz, Pdubby, Burd&Keyz, Freysh Prince, The Emsee, Ricardo Vaz, Claws, and anybody else that I might have forgotten. July 12th Everything Changed will be celebrated with a release party at the Simcoe Rec Center, again visit www.bflix.ca for all the info.
Free single download- http://www.datpiff.com/mixtapes-detail.php?id=603903
With the warm weather arriving, I hope that my music can be a soundtrack to your summer. Something you can listen to in the dark of the night, something that provides solace when your heart has just been broken. Something that makes you think before you speak, and lastly, something that forces you to not only chase your dreams, but grab them when in reach. For the Silo, Brent “B-FLIX” Flicks