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Artist Spotlight: Issah Contractor
Artist Spotlight: Issah Contractor
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Artist Spotlight: Issah Contractor

Up close and personal with one and the only – Issah Contractor, a multi-faceted Vancouver, BC recording and session artist: drummer, bassist, composer, screenwriter and film director.
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Don’t Skip Ahead: Our Chat with Skip Reality
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Don’t Skip Ahead: Our Chat with Skip Reality

    Congratulations to Skip Reality on your 2nd Place Finish in StarBeat’s Top Talent in Philippines 2017 Contest!  We sat down with the trio to dig in a little deeper.   SB (StarBeat): Sibling Rivalry: I see you guys are siblings, when did you decide to form a band together? SR (Skip Reality): It […]
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You’ll Want to Stay a While w/ Antoinette’s Music
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You’ll Want to Stay a While w/ Antoinette’s Music

  Let’s take some time to get to know more about Antoinette – a fresh yet soulful singer-songwriter based in Vancouver, Canada.   SB (StarBeat): From the Top: How did you get started with music? AL (Antoinette Libelt): My mom is a singer as well and I grew up going to her shows and seeing […]
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Making Music Her Way w/ Madeline Merlo
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Making Music Her Way w/ Madeline Merlo

Award-winning country singer Madeline Merlo will soon be making her way up the charts with her new single ‘Neon Love’ after her big move down south to Music City. She makes sometimes thoughtful, sometimes fun music that reflect all different pieces of her.   SB (StarBeat): Intro: Sounds a bit like a country song – […]
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Broad Notes w/ Nick Broadhurst
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Broad Notes w/ Nick Broadhurst

Turning ‘gibberish’ into a groundswell, Nick Broadhurst writes powerful songs that deliver emotion directly to the listener. We had a chance to ask him about his process, his inspirations and who he may want to share the stage with (his answer may come as a surprise).   SB (StarBeat): Start-Up: How did you get started […]
Winner-Philippines-Contest-2016Contest Winner Interview: Nazarina Jose – The Philippines
Contest Winner Interview: Nazarina Jose – The Philippines
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Contest Winner Interview: Nazarina Jose – The Philippines

SB (StarBeat): Firstly congratulations on winning StarBeat’s Top Talent in the Philippines Contest. How does it feel? NJ (Nazarina Jose): Thank you so much! It was my first competition ever so it feels pretty good to win something. Being an introvert, this is actually a pretty big accomplishment for me but I’m happy I got […]
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Ian Rivera Runs Through Q&A’s About Music and Life
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Ian Rivera Runs Through Q&A’s About Music and Life

  StarBeat takes a chance to chat with Ian Rivera, a singer/songwriter/musician from the South Bay area of LA in California. His YouTube covers often include cool mashups of the current Top 40 hits. Let’s find out what he’s all about –   SB (StarBeat): Getting to Know You: How would you describe your music? […]
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Getting Lost in The Music w/ Samuel Di Leo
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Getting Lost in The Music w/ Samuel Di Leo

Let’s get to know the smooth sounds of singer-songwriter Samuel Di Leo from Canada, who likes to get lost in the music to connect with his fans.      SB (StarBeat): Great Beginnings: What led you to get in to music?   SDL (Samuel Di Leo): I grew up surrounded by musicians. At first it […]
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Flip Side w/ The Filharmonic
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Flip Side w/ The Filharmonic

StarBeat got a chance to catch up with The Filharmonic a cappella group who make regular appearances with James Corden, were nominated for a Shorty Award and who have just released their new single ‘Stupid’ today. They have been together for 5 years now and we would say their future is looking fine.   SB […]
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Official Results: The World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboarding 2017

    This was an insane freestyle championship!  The World Round Up 2017 brought out the best from the best international flatground virtuosos. The competition was so close the point leaders seemed to shuffle the top rankings like it was a deck of cards.  But one 14-year old phenom seemed to have an ace up his […]
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Sugar and Spikes and Everything Nice w/ Singer Christie Palazzolo
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Sugar and Spikes and Everything Nice w/ Singer Christie Palazzolo

      Her songs feature strength and power but have a positive message inside for a great mix just like leather and lace, or sugar and spikes. StarBeat had a chance to light it up with this young singer/songwriter from Canada.     SB (StarBeat): How and when did you first get started in […]
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Crash, Bang, Boom w/ Bailey Walker
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Crash, Bang, Boom w/ Bailey Walker

Let’s check out what happens when Bailey Walker (aka BaileyDrummer) picks up some sticks Down Under.   SB (StarBeat): Intro Time: How long have you been drummin’? BW (Bailey Walker): I’ve been drumming for 8 years and in that time have played in a variety of groups and bands across Melbourne.   SB: School Time: […]