His name is Troy Taylor. He is a successful producer who is standing twenty four years strong and counting in the music industry. He’s worked with a truckload of artists from Boy II Men to the one and only Whitney Houston. And get this: he discovered Trey Songz before he was even a singer. You’ll have to read to get the full scoop on that and so much more. I really enjoyed this interview. And despite what his humility won’t allow him to believe; he’s a LEGEND. It’s not easy sticking around in an ever evolving industry, but he has done it and I know this is not the last we’ll hear from Mr. Troy Taylor.
He goes by the name of Drathoven! He’s a pianist by nature, playing since the age of six. He once sat in the A&R seat, and as a staff producer of Paid-In Full Entertainment. He's also shared commentary with Chief Executive, Madd Hatta (Houston’s #1 radio personality for R&B/Hip-Hop on 97.9 The Box). A producer as well as a songwriter who is successful in all genres of music including R&B, Pop, Rap and Gospel. Drathoven landed Yolanda Adams hit single "Be Still", and Tyrese’s single "Nothing On You" (from the album Open Invitation), Jacob Latimore's single "Headphones," and Khalil's single "Goodie Goodie" featuring Big Sean. I guess you can consider him Houston’s best kept secret but, I have a feeling that this talented producer/songwriter won’t be a secret for long. Learn more about Drathoven in this interview!
For that early morning coffee drinker and the morning rush hour racers the name Ebony Steele is synonymous with getting your day started. For everyone else it’s about to become a welcomed household name. Co-host of the hilarious Rickey Smiley Morning Show as well as a new addition to CNN’s correspondent team, Steele not only wise cracks and entertains, but she also promotes causes close to her heart while leading the way for young entertainers. Live, Love, Laugh should be her motto for the impact she’s bringing to our culture. Get to know her.
Parlé Magazine welcomes, recent MTV VMA winner Jon Jon Augustavo. Born and raised in Seattle, Jon has always had a knack for creating dope visuals. He got his start back in his hometown directing videos for friends, family, and for Seattle artists such as; Eighty4 Fly and The Physics back in college at, Arts Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. Jon's dedication eventually led to him meeting the now famed, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But Jon isn't some "one-trick-pony," he's also a director of commercials, short films, and documentaries - This guy is even working on a tv pilot as well! A few weeks ago alongside Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jon Jon snagged 3 VMA awards for, Best Hip-Hop Video ("Can't Hold Us"), Best Video With a Social Message ("Same Love"), and Best Cinematography ("Can't Hold Us") .
I'm sure Jon is couped up crafting more visual magic, but he took time out to chat with Parlé about his current ventures and his plans in the future. Read below for more...
With the 10 year anniversary of "Trap Music" upon us, how fitting was it to sit down with one of the pioneering producers of one of the most popular classes of music in Hip-Hop. He has been responsible for hits from Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy and Rocko to name a few, as well as having received a Grammy Award for working with Usher on his smash hit, “Papers.” More recently the major anthem from Drake and Migos, “Versace,” which has been tearing up radio, is also a song produced by the legendary Zaytoven. From production, to acting, to his commitment to his religion, Zaytoven is as accomplished and humble as they come. Once compared in passing to the legendary pianist, from which he adopted the name (of sorts) he has laid the groundwork for his own legacy. I sat down with him recently and got the insight on everything from his beginnings, to his current success and plans for the future. Parlé with me, as I introduce Zaytoven.