Keeping It Smooth with a Jazz Attitude: Mayila

Mayila is a recording artist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA; a native of Columbus, OH, Mayila has been cultivating a dogged commitment to her craft from an early age, training in various disciplines like dance, acting and music, until ultimately finding her calling in writing and performing her own songs; she then moved to Washington, D.C., attending the Duke Ellington School of the Arts to become a classically trained vocalist, and, as a student there, found herself performing with legendary acts like Patti LaBelle, Adam Levine, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many others; shortly thereafter, she transplanted herself to New York to intern at Atlantic Records, and this stint served as her break into the professional music industry; the A&R staff at Atlantic quickly took notice of her vocal abilities and storytelling prowess, and eventually convinced and helped her to make the transition to L.A.; since moving west, she has proven herself to be a creative and prolific force in the hip-hop and R&B scene, writing for a slew of industry heavy hitters like Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jeremih, among others; this past year she found herself crossing the Pacific to Korea to co-write a track for the South Korean boy NCT 127, an assignment that she hopes will help establish her skills as a global commodity; the space within the music world that Mayila occupies is an inimitable one, defined by a duality of selflessness and self-love, wherein she shifts seamlessly between sprinkling her magic on others and weaving some for herself; when she is not busy working with and for other R&B artists, or conducting workshops for aspiring songwriters and producers, she is writing and recording her own songs; her debut EP …Loading, released in January of 2018, not only showcased her exceptional writing skills, but revealed her vocal chops, as well; but it wasn’t until she dropped a cadre of new singles in 2019—”Me + Me” in January, “Receipts” in July (a two-way split between her and her peer Allyn), and “Energy” in October—that she garnered widespread attention, thanks to her magic formula that combines her sultry, seductive vocal stylings, her astute lyricism, and ’90s-tinged R&B flavor; visit her Spotify page to listen to her latest releases (including the deliciously boppable “Bonnie and Clyde,” released two months ago), or her Soundcloud to check out her earlier work; follow @mayilamusic on Instagram for updates on upcoming releases, workshops, live streams, and shows

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on November 17, 2019; some of these photos appeared in 1.11VEN Magazine


Purple Reign, Purple Reign: Gabe Rickard

Gabe Rickard is a creative influencer, content creator and model based in Los Angeles, CA; his focus is on skincare and wellness, but he has since started to venture into fashion and style; he is currently steeped in a project where he explores his favorite hues in the color spectrum via creative shoots; this photo shoot was for his homage to the color purple; follow @gabeybby on Instagram to join him on his colorful journey

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on July 12, 2020, with social distancing precautions in place; makeup by Emilee Mae (@emileemaemua); nine of these photos were taken using 35mm film (expired Fujicolor Superia X-tra 800)


All of the Lights: Demie Cao

Demie Cao is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer based in Los Angeles, CA, signed to 5A Label/MRMG (Mister Rocks Music Group); she broke into the scene in the summer of 2019 with her debut single “Night Vision,” released as part of VIBE Presents: Urban Asia Vol 2, the much-heralded compilation album of Asian rap and hip hop presented by VIBE in partnership with Hong Kong-based b2 Music; the song held its own among a flurry of other tracks from top rap and hip hop names from all across Asia and the Pacific (including Ramengvrl, Mrs M, MIYACHI, etc.), carrying a torch rather than shrinking in the shadows, thanks to the unique contours of her voice, the trilingual verses she spits and freewheeling eclecticism of her melodies; “Night Vision,” along with  the high-wattage, hyper-vivid and hypnotic visuals of the accompanying music video, was quick to earn her a cult following not only in Asia, but in the U.S., as well; as a dancer, she has appeared in music videos for Lydia Paek and Sik-K; she has also penned songs for other Chinese and Korean artists; earlier this year she dropped her much-anticipated follow-up single, “Yung,” which quickly became a fan favorite; and, as if to prove she is as prolific as she is talented, just this past month she released another single, the deliciously catchy and danceable “Sage,” a collaboration effort with Holly, and, as of this writing (August 7, 2020), she just released another new track, “Rari;” she is currently working on her debut EP Airplane Mode, which she plans to unleash later this year; when she is not busy working on her EP or writing songs for other artists, she is donning the hat of label A&R for 5A Label/MRMG, flexing her music business muscles and broadening her scope (she graduated with a B.A of Arts in Music Business from USC); click here for Demie’s official artist bio; visit her Spotify to listen to her songs, or her YouTube channel to watch her videos (the video for “Night Vision” can be found in b2 Music’s channel; visit the 5A Label/MRMG Website or follow @demiethedestroyer on Instagram for updates on upcoming releases and shows

Photographed by Angelo Kangleon in Los Angeles, CA, on June 13, 2020, with social distancing precautions in place

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