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DJ Spotlight: Garmiani Joins The Dim Mak Fraternity

Starting at a young age, EDM artist Garmiani has always none he had a special relationship with music. A jack of all trades, the Stockholm-based producer has pretty much a hand in everything he puts his name on whether he's singing a track's main chorus, spitting out rhymes or working on the tech side of things. Last year in May, he dropped his EP 'Rumble' exclusively on VIBE and has since been discovered by Top 100 DJ Steve Aoki who has recruited him into the Dim Mak frat to release Garmiani's latest single, "Nomad." Read on to get the inside dish on G's growing relationship with music, including his first encounter with Dim Mak and future collaboration possibilities:

VIBE: For those not familiar with your sound, how would you describe it?
Garmiani: I’d say the core is electro-house, and then I mix in all the different influences I have from all music. It’s always high-energy and amped-up music. It’s party music and turn up music. But you really have to hear it for yourself, I think it’s hard to define it.

What inspired you to become a producer-DJ in the first place?
From when I was 5-years-old, my favorite toys were my walkman and boombox - I just didnt wanna to let them go. At 10 I started to rebuild my boombox, opening it up and adding speakers. I broke our home stereo soundsystem from scratching too hard when I was 11, and I started rapping when I turned 12. At 14 I got my first music-making software and that changed everything. Since then I’ve been producing, DJing, rapping, singing, promoting clubs and studying audio engineering. Music has always been my number one thing in life and I’ve been influenced by a million people. My dad must have been my first musical influence; he played the setar in the house before I learned to take my first steps. Besides him, my earliest big influences were 2Pac, [Dr.] Dre and Snoop [Dogg]. That Death Row VIBE cover of Snoop, Dre, Pac and Suge Knight is legendary to me.

You had your new track, "Nomad," come out via Dim Mak. How does the title translate into the music and will it be found on an EP soon?
I made this flute melody in the break that sounds a little oriental, a little kurdish. My ancestors had their land taken from them so they had to flee their homes and keep moving around. Me, I was born in Kurdistan but I grew up in Europe, living in Sweden. So the name 'Nomad' popped up in my head and it made sense in so many ways. That’s why the artwork is a highway in the middle of the desert. That’s me, the modern nomad. It probably wont be on an EP since I’m focusing on putting out a string of banger singles. I’m all about banger singles right now.

Did you initially reach out to Dim Mak with your material or did Dim Mak find you? Where did this union come about?
I sent “Dance Motherfucker” to Bryan [Linares] from Dim Mak and he responded saying he liked it. But that was it, no more emails were sent. Two weeks later I’m on vacation in Dubai and I get an email from Steve Aoki. At first I thought it was a Steve Aoki newsletter, because I didnt know him at the time. It turned out it was Steve himself saying how much he loved the track and that he’d love to release it on Dim Mak. That was a good day! Steve is the fucking man.

Now that you have your foot in the door of the industry, which producers would you want to collaborate with in the future? How about any hip-hop artists?
Imagine this: Garmiani x Busta Rhymes. Whoa! Coming from a hip-hop background, there’s a lot of hip-hop artists I’d love to collab with. Like doing something with Snoop would be out of this world. And not just have him spit on one of my productions, but to be in the studio and produce with him, co-write his flow and bring out a new side of him. On the producer side… a collaboration with Steve Aoki is just waiting to happen. I’d also love to do collaborations with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Congorock, Clockwork and Nicky Romero. The guys from the Swedish House Mafia - Axwell, Ingrosso and Steve Angello - are legends I’d love to work with in the future as well.

Being based in Sweden, what would you say is the one quality Swedish DJs have over other nationalities?
Ha, everybody is wondering what makes us so good at this. I dont know what quality we have over other nationalities, but if I had to pick one factor that makes us good at music I’d have to say the shitty weather. The weaher is so cold and boring that we just stay in the studio all day, everyday. Plus, Sweden is like the best country in the world to live in with the healthcare, education and wellfare systems. So we got less to worry about, which leaves us with more time for hobbies (turned into careers) like music.

What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
First off, I’m really looking forward to do some touring in the U.S. - the crowds there are wild as fuck and I love it. My shows are sick and I can’t wait for everyone to see it. Other than that, I’ve a got bunch of banger singles coming out and I'm working on some big collabos. I got a remix I did for Deorro coming out, and a remix I did for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike with my man Salvatore Ganacci. By the way, shout out to my brother Salvatore Ganacci! Remember that name and remember who told you about him.

Equal rights and justice for all. I’m out.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary To Add Eminem's Version Of "Stan"

Out of 640 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Eminem's everlasting interpretation of the word "stan" is among the litany of terms. On Tuesday (April 23), the company tweeted the news with a gif of Beyonce's Homecoming documentary that premiered on Netflix (April 17).

Putting Slim Shady's "Stan" video into literary text, Merriam-Webster defines the title as "an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan" or "to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree: to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something." In 2017, the Oxford English Dictionary also added "stan" to its pages.

'Stan' has been added as both a noun and a verb. https://t.co/Dal0N79sAU pic.twitter.com/q1kBkKR1rn

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 23, 2019

In a lyric annotation for Genius, Eminem broke down the latter part of the chorus ("And even if I could it'd all be gray/But your picture on my wall/It reminds me that it's not so bad, it's not so bad"), performed by Dido, and shared how those lines set the stage for the rest of the song.

"When I heard 'your picture on my wall,' I was like 'Yo, this could be about somebody who takes me too seriously.' So I knew what I was going to write about before I wrote it," he said. "A lot of times when I'm writing songs, I see visions for everything I'm writing. This was one of those."

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Prince's Half-Sister Fears Estate Will Go Bankrupt Over Mishandling Of Finances

Prince's half-sister, Sharon Nelson, has accused Comerica Bank & Trust, the administration that is handling Prince's estate, of mishandling the late artist's finances, Billboard reports. Her family's fight against Comerica has now resulted in thousands of court filings and millions of dollars in legal fees. She predicts that if the company is not stopped, Prince's estate will soon go bankrupt.

"Prince’s estate will be bankrupt by the end of the year," Nelson predicted. "Prince is not resting in peace while this is going on. He's very upset what these people have done to his estate. It's really sad."

After Prince's death in 2016, Nelson and her siblings – the singer's full sister Tyka Nelson, his half brothers Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, John R. Nelson and his half-sisters Sharon and Norrine Nelson – became sole heirs of the estate that is said to be valued between $100 million and $300 million. The family was forced to hire their own attorneys to defend their interests after 45 people claimed to be heirs of the "Purple Rain" singer's estate.

Due to nearly $3 million in legal fees, Nelson said her siblings are not able to afford a new attorney. Although she is able to get by because she is a "senior citizen and I have worked all my life," she said her other family members are barely scraping by.

The family was each awarded $100,000 following Prince's 2016 tribute concert, but Nelson said they have not received any more money from Comerica although the bank continued to receive $125,000 a month for administering the estate.

Additionally, Nelson told Billboard that Comerica continued to make poor financial moves such as paying $90,000 a month to store Prince's unreleased music in a vault in Los Angeles.

There are reportedly more than 2,700 court filings regarding this matter. The court documents include motion, affidavits, memos, and depositions that support Nelson and her family's complaint about Comerica's representation.

In Oct. 2017, Nelson and two of the others heirs filed to permanently remove Comerica from the estate after an allegedly heated meeting. They accused the bank of being verbally abusive and threatening Nelson.  In Dec. 2017, a judge denied their petition to remove Comerica, ruling that it would not be in the best interest of the estate.

Comerica has denied the allegations against them. Bank officials explained in the court filings that the heirs could not receive a dime until a tax bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was settled. Nelson said she found that reasoning odd since Prince died with $97 million in cash and $30 million to $40 million in real estate holdings.

Comerica released a statement to Billboard regarding Nelson's claims. "The estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is a court-supervised estate, which places strict reporting and judicial oversight requirements on Comerica as the Personal Representative," the statement read. "Comerica has complied with all legal and ethical requirements during its administration of the estate. Comerica’s fees and those of the estate’s attorneys are filed with and approved by the Court every four months with complete transparency to the heirs. The attorneys’ fees paid by the estate have been court-approved as reasonable and necessary for the benefit of the estate."

Prince's siblings are currently asking a judge to permanently limit the Comerica's powers as the estate’s personal representative. A hearing is scheduled for May 20.

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Second Man Convicted In The 1998 Death Of James Byrd Jr To Be Executed

In 1998, Jasper, Texas became the epicenter of the nation when James Byrd Jr's dismembered body was found outside of a predominately black church. The rest of his body was found about a mile and a half away.

Byrd was beaten by three white supremacists men and tied to the back of a pick-up truck and reportedly dragged three miles. All men were found guilty for his brutal murder. One was sentenced to life in prison, one was executed in 20111 and another will be put to death today (April 24).

According to CNN, Jon William King, 44 who's been on death row for 20 years, will die by lethal injection.

King has long maintained coconspirator Shawn Berry was solely responsible for Byrd's death. King has appealed his conviction, alleging ineffectiveness from his defense team. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case last October.

In 2011, Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed and Shawn Berry was sentenced to life. While murders are devastating, Byrd's dragging death placed a blinding spotlight on the racial tension in America. The fallout from the case helped to pass the nation's hate crime bill, named after both Byrd and Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming teen who was viciously beaten to death.

Byrd's family, however, have opposed the death penalty and made it clear they would prefer that King be sentenced to life in prison. Byrd's son Ross has been quoting saying, "You cannot fight murder with murder."

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