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How Keyodo Is Becoming One of the Fastest Growing Asian Producers Based out of Los Angeles

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Having noticed that as a young boy, Keyodo loved music, his parents bought him a keyboard as a Christmas gift. It was right before he went to college, but Keyodo remembers that day very vividly. All Keyodo wanted to do in college was to play the keyboard. “It was one of the best gifts ever because I was able to express myself creatively while in college,” he says. The keyboard had a beat repeater on it, which meant that Keyodo could make one tune and then add another tune on top of the first. “Ever since I learned that,” he says, “I started making music.” At first, the music was not good, but Keyodo says it was at that moment that he realized that making music was one of his favorite things to do. He has been making music ever since and is now one of the most renowned producers of Asian descent, based out of LA.

Revolutionizing Music Production

Throughout college, Keyodo practiced and gradually perfected his music production skills. He started posting his music on Instagram. The response from his followers was overwhelming, with compliments coming from all over. People liked his music. “When they liked it, I started showing it off to bigger producers and people in the music industry, and they too liked it,” Keyodo recalls. At the time, although many producers and artists were coming up and making it, Keyodo could not spot any of them who were Asian. Keyodo saw an opportunity in the music production industry, and he took it. On a personal level, Keyodo knew very many artists and producers of Asian descent who were good at music but did not have the exposure they needed. So he decided to focus on inspiring these people to push their creativity further. He says, “I’m here to show the whole world, especially America, that there is a new wave of creativity that they have yet even to see, and that new wave is going to change the industry in such a positive way.” 

Earning Recognition While in a Crowd

Despite his successes, I wanted to know the obstacles Keyodo faced on his road to success and how he has navigated through. “One of the hardest obstacles that I have had to face in my music career was getting my first foot in the door,” he says. Being Asian and in the music industry, already forces you into a tiny portion of the minorities, and yes, that helps with branding and being different. For Keyodo, it still was tough being able to get his talent recognized. “I have had much praise for some of my melodies, but entering into the industry was a lot harder than I expected,” he adds. Keyodo tells me that he had foreseen it would be difficult to some extent, so he had made plans to help him push further. He decided to leverage comedic aspects with his music. “I have been making funny videos on Instagram with my beats and random strangers in public. Many people liked that twist of a comedic aspect with a fire beat.” This strategy helped Marat get into many crowds of people that ended up just loving the beats and melodies. 

Giving Back as a Way of Appreciation

Keyodo is nowhere near the place he dreams of reaching. However, that does not stop him from giving back to his fans. He believes that by doing so, he will help others grow to be whomever they want to be. “I am getting more than direct messages a day from people who want to work with me and be on one of my beats, so I sat down with my team to see what we could do to give back to the fans,” Keyodo tells me. The team he works with is creating what they call “Keyodo’s Vault,” which gives exclusive access to some of Keyodo’s high-quality beats that some up and coming artists can use. In concluding, Keyodo promised that “Aside from that, our team is working on some pretty big placement deals for some major artists. I can’t wait for the general public to see what’s been going on behind these curtains. It’s time for a new era to rise, and I’m here to show people a new form of music.

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It runs In the family: Amel Elezovic and Anes Elezovic

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Director Amel Elezovic and athlete Anes Elezovic are mega-talented brothers, working in the same industry. They share their favourite memories of stealing candy, running with cheetahs, and being there for each other when things get rough

What’s your first memory of each other?

Amel: One of my earliest memories is of Anes learning to sit up. I was asked to take care of him one evening. Normally he would just roll over but that afternoon, he just balanced himself and sat up. I was thrilled.

Anes: Me and Amel are twins so I remember when we were 12 and we celebrated halloween together and Amel dressed up really weird, at first I thought it was another person. He had long hair in a ponytail, a beard, and was wearing black. He created a late-night commotion in the house and I was like, “who is this guy?”

What is the craziest thing you have done together?

Amel: We haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of crazy things together but I know we will…soon.

Anes: We went running with some cheetahs on leashes in Kruger National Park. We were also the only two people there when my grandmother passed away. It was very sad and emotional, as she was someone we both adored deeply.

What did you get punished for the most as a child?

Amel: I was a very assertive and curious child, constantly challenged my parents and got on their nerves, and got reprimanded. I never got punished as such.Anes: At age eight, I stole some money from my dad’s wallet, ran all the way to the market alone and bought the most expensive Japanese candy I could find. My mum wasn’t very happy when she heard about all this.

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Meet Mario Moro with few top tips for become a successfull Social Media Manager

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Mario Moro, is an Italian Social Media marketing manager and digital creator, with almost 5 years of experience in the industry. Today he shared with us, the best advice for the success and overcoming the obstacles that those who enter on the the professional field of social media, may have to face during their career.

How did you overcome these obstacles?

The biggest and still very frequent obstacles is to make people understand the true potential of social networks and the web. The social media are now the future, the web, digitization is an important goal for every person, private or corporate. There are no strategies or magic formulas, everything lies in knowing how to convert our daily offline offline in the best way with so much creativity and professionalism.

What helped you achieve success? 

These obstacles are faced with the awareness that in this field you must be constantly updated. So doing in-depth studies, training courses, learn as much you can, check youtube’s tutorials etc. Being prepared on the various facets of which Social Media is composed, is very important. This offers security to your customers, being prepared for everything, being able to solve any problems they have and for which they decide to hire an “Expert” in the field who can help them.

I am very satisfied with the successes achieved, as I mentioned before, nowadays is difficult to make a difference as distrust and competition are the order of the day. But with the right training, trained mind and physique really help a lot, but above all the real success lies in identifying with every single person, really understanding the needs, and surrounding oneself with collaborators and a loyal and above all motivated team. If you really want something in your life you have to break it off. Nothing is impossible



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How Bagio White Became an Iconic Creative Director in the College

“The time in your life to really find what you want to do moving forward in life, so you should rebel a little”

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Photograph of Bagio White designed with his trademark ribbon design technique

“The time in your life to really find what you want to do moving forward in life, so you should rebel a little”

Perfect time in your life to figure out the next steps in your career. Most college students have a clear vision on what their goals are while the vast majority are still trying to find both themselves and their passion while going through college life. For many students that are still looking for guidance, celebrity creative director, Bagio White, say “don’t fear or panic” as he explains that this is a pivotal time to explore your options.

Celebrity creative director and Editor-In-chief of DOPENESS magazine, Bagio White started is career from the comfort of his dorm room. While attending college Bagio created his iconic magazine DOPENESS purely on instinct. White was studying architecture at the time of the birth of his company where he said the timing for it all was too perfect.

DOPENESS cover featuring Bow Wow

“I remember I was just sitting in my dorm room and I remember I was watching Jersey Shore and I said to myself…I could definitely create a dope magazine cover with them, that would be dope! And from that point, I decided that’s exactly what I’m gonna do and I even manage to call it DOPENESS” Bagio stated earlier in an interview

White has creative directed and designed editorials for a slew of well-known celebrities and public figures in the industry, and he also garnered an impression number of fans on social media, having over 100k followers on Instagram alone. White has worked with acts such as Tinashe, King Bach, Amanda Cerny, Bow Wow, Cierra Ramirez, August Alsina and more. White stated that when he first created his magazine in college it was more of an experiment at the time, and the best decision he made during his college lifespan. White said it was a very important time for him because even though he was studying to be an architect his passion was designing and creative directing. White goes on to stress the importance of exploring and getting out of your comfort zone in college.

DOPENESS cover featuring King Bach

“College, to me, is a very important time in your life because just because you initially went to study a particular field doesn’t necessarily mean that the study going to leave with [laughs], you have to break out when you college its not just about studies your also there to find yourself and find what you love to do, so everyone in college should explore their options you never know what field of study you’ll fall in love with of if like me, you’ll find how to create your own path” – stated to The Tab!

You can check out Bagio’s work on his website bagiowhite.co and on DOPENESS

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