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Mike Floss Shares Travel Tips, Why The Last Song He Recorded May Never Come Out & His Motto Of The Moment

If you've noticed, EYEPISSGLITTER is becoming the ultimate domaine for all things travel that you can actual relate to. Now I do recommend an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with your favorite cousins, but if you want to start a little at a time, visit your local art gallery, or a new tea shop for a new surrounding. 
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But let's get jiggy, that had little to do with this latest feature. I always wonder about the travel side when it comes to recording artists. What are they seeing, what are they eating, and if they're not in the city for too long what makes it different from others. Check out this very interesting Q&A with Nashville Native (pun intended because he's on the May 2016 cover) about his travels, must have essentials and the most important thing you should know RIGHT NOW.

What is your favorite place to create?

Musically, I like creating in the studio without preparation. I want to hear the music for the first time in that environment and get right on it.

What are you starting to realize as you navigate your way through the industry?

The devil comes in all shapes and sizes.

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What is your favorite place to eat while traveling?

Anywhere local, ideally with flavored wings.  The key is to avoid any place you can get in Nashville.

What's the most fascinating thing about your hometown?

Jimi Hendrix learned to play guitar here.

What's the most interesting place you've been and why?

Boulder, CO because the land literally looks fake. like a movie set. It's a crazy place to see.

What song have you created on the road? What place inspired a song you wrote?

I'm constantly writing so it's really hard to remember which songs were written where. I know I wrote Dopeboy Dreaming in Atlanta, and that was inspired by Nashville.

What are your must have travel essentials?

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 MacBook, phone charger, Bred 1s, Adidas Slides, headphones

What was the last book you read?

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Last book I read was probably the lyrics to Lupe Fiasco's The Coolest. I don't read books often, but it felt like I did, reading that.

What was the last song you recorded?

Last song I recorded iscalled Scratch Offs. It may never come out because I don't know how I feel about it yet. It might be amazing though.

How did your latest with Nesby Phips, BANG BANG, come about?

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Me and Nesby did two tracks that night. I was in Atlanta playing a Street Execs show and the homie Karol connected us since we were both there. He pulled up to DTP where we were making all the music at that time and DJ Fu was playing beats. We did another song I can't really remember before we did Bang Bang and I think I just flexed on it, nothing too crazy. Then I remember Fu playing the guitar lick from Bang Bang. I think maybe half the beat was done and the melody came to me pretty quick. The crazy thing is this was done a year before it came out, the police brutality issue in America has only gotten worse since then.

Vinyl vs. Streaming; the evolution of music. What are your views on it?

Streaming is fye. I like vinyl mainly for the large covers and just having like a cool vibe you can set in the crib if you play vinyl. but streaming just makes the most sense. aux chords are better than scratched CDs on long drives. The 2 downsides to streaming is that most streaming platforms pay hundredths of a penny for a stream so it takes a ton of streams for an artist to make any money. The other thing is when a platform gets an exclusive release. Like if Frank Ocean or Beyonce drops exclusively on a streaming platform I have to wait a couple weeks to get the music if I use a different service. But streaming just makes the most sense because we're all addicted to our phones. Might as well have endless music on them.

What's the most important thing you want everyone to know at this very moment?

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Man, drink water and stop eating McDonald's. Be patient and stay healthy.

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Continuing with the Travel Essential Series, I had to ask Director A&R of Good Music All Day his thoughts on travel. After seeing so many great embarkments on his IG, I knew he had the scoop on great places to create, what to bring and just an open mind to traveling. 

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What is your favorite place to create and plan events?

Nashville has been my favorite so far, I've been overwhelmed by the response I've gotten from the city and specifically the Hip Hop/R&B communities here. As far as venues go, I'm definitely enjoying Mercy Lounge both for the atmosphere and location. They've been great to work with on events due to the professionalism, flexibility and quality of their staff (shout out to Adrienne for being the best.)

What are your must have travel essentials?

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My Girlfriend, laptop, cellphone, too many pairs of shoes, headphones/headphone splitter, business cards, phone charging cases, and chargers for everything else.

Out of all of the music and arts festivals, which one would you love to curate and why?

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I'd love to curate Pemberton Music Festival in Pemberton, British Columbia. Having attended for the first time this year, I was blown away by the scenery (the whole festival grounds are surrounded by snowcapped mountains, it's about 30 minutes from Whistler, BC) the cleanliness, and the weather. The crowds were all amazing and everyone was having such a fun time. It's also the biggest music festival in the PNW so that would be cool too. 

What made this past #NextFriday show special for you?

This one is special for me because of the support I've received from everyone in the city. I'm proud of the lineup which is curated as more of a playlist than the traditional headliner/opener structure. This is only my 3rd show in the city and we almost hit capacity (500 people) on the 2nd which left me completely speechless. I also just turned 24 on Sep 2nd, so that's something else that makes it even more special. 

What's the most interesting place you've been so far?

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To preface my answer, my dad was born and raised in Iran and my mom is originally from Hong Kong. I've been lucky enough to travel to both of those places and honestly it's too difficult to choose which is more interesting. Iran is fascinating because the culture, history (Persian empire), art, food, and music are all so vastly different from the UK (where I grew up) and the US. The people are amazing and I feel so welcome every time I travel there. Hong Kong is just an incredible city with such a huge variety of things to do and see. Plus the food is bomb AF.

What is the recipe for a great adventure?

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An open mind, the willingness to try new things, and a great travel companion(s)

Why is traveling so important to you?

Traveling is important to me because it allows you to experience new cultures and customs. It can open your eyes to new ways of thinking, and is absolutely a necessity in todays vastly "smaller" world. 

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What is your favorite place to create?

Pradda: Back home, in my hometown with my best friends in any room with everyone writing and creating all in one space. My hometown is so boring and small that there is nothing else to do no distractions, no other options but to make music.

What are your must have travel essentials?

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Pradda: My ads with my Pokemon games for long rides to escape time. Snacks, a ridiculous amount of snacks, and chapstick. I can't go anywhere without chapstick.

You've performed plenty of places now, definitely stepping your live performance cookies up, but what was the most interesting place you've performed?

Kiya: Cumberland Park, it was a dream place to perform and I did it a year after I spoke it into existence. It literally brought tears to my eyes. 

What are your must have travel essentials?

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Kiya: 1. Baby hair toothbrush, baby hair products (Gorilla Snot, Aloe Vera gel, edge control & silk scarf), AUX cord, Trail Mix (indulge from Walmart is pretty fye) and Notebook (love writing in the car and brainstorming ideas.

1. baby hair tooth brush 2.baby hair products (gorilla snot, aloe vera gel, edge control, and silk scarf), 3. AUX CHORD gotta have great music 4. Trail mix (indulge from walmart is pretty fye), 5. notebook (love writing in the car and brainstorming ideas).

What makes this #NEXTFRIDAY show special for you?

PraddaMy friends. Kayvan is one of the first people in this city that i met as a kid still in highschool before I decided to take music seriously. Now he is so involved in molding a new music scene years later and thought to include me. That really means alot to me. Also the other acts being a few artists that are friends as well. I'm really excited to connect with more people and wild out to new music

Kiya: I'm headlining! Ive been on the music scene for about 7 years now, and always was considered the young kid and most thought i was making music as a cute hobby. This is my life. I am truly honored.

Check them out alive this Friday, September 9 in Nashville.  

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#eyeADVENTURE Photo Contest Challenge 1 | Share a place that inspires you

Inspiration comes from all over. Whether you're at your favorite coffee or tea shop, working out at spin class or across the globe in a hammock watching the clouds; you may find yourself saying eureka (I've actually said this once) or it's LIT because that certain placed sparked an idea.

Well now share it with us. Where is it and why there? Winner will be announced Sunday. And don't forget, I will repost the best and winner gets an exclusive EYEPISSGLITTER goodie.

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