I’ve known Young Sim for a few years. His songs reflect who he is- hardworking, optimistic, and uplifting. Sim has been pursuing his dreams in the Salt Lake Valley, introducing his own brand of positive “feel good” rap onto the scene. This interview definitely shows Sim’s character. He is an intelligent and political young man as well, and the thing I like best about him is that he’s truly trying to make a difference in the world around him. He mentions the beginnings of hip hop culture, the corporate structure in the Music Business, and being yourself. He talks about his life on his MySpace page, if you want to know more about that, and I definitely recommend two songs, “We Grindin” and “Respect Me.”
I came across Rebecca Watkins’ name from a random search of the Internet. What I found was a surprisingly good songwriter from Missouri, who borrows heavily from the pop rock scene of today. Rebecca has an interesting voice that cuts over her songs, and her lyrics are deceptively expressive. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth I found in her tunes. Rebecca has a lot of life and experience in front of her and I’m looking forward to hearing how it turns out. I’ve found that Rebecca has a very accessible style and I predict good things from her. Personal recommendations: “Never Get Away” and “I’ll Be Gone”
I’ve decided to start a blog featuring interviews from LDS musicians about their art. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, in the interest of full disclosure I am an LDS musician myself. I have a solo project called A Tremendous Machine and I’ve always been interested in the ways that Latter-day Saints interact with the world. Many things have been said online about the LDS music community, but many of these seem geared towards what has vaguely been called “LDS music,” which is the heavily LDS-themed music featured on EFY CDs and similar ventures. While I have great respect for the musicians who participate in these projects, my focus here is on what you could see as “secular” music, music that speaks of pain and struggle and hope in the world from an emotional viewpoint.
Hopefully people will understand why my focus is on this type of music, and why I’m not as concerned by the more established “Deseret”-type LDS music industry. I have a few musicians lined up for interviews and hopefully you will see these soon.