“Cosmo Life” cover story: Jantoin TheDon

The facets of music and its ever-evolving nature have given rise to a new breed of artists and musicians.  Jantoin TheDon is a leader in the new school of contemporary artists and he is constantly pushing the envelope and reinventing himself and his sound. He is a self-taught multi-talented recording artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and entrepreneur born and raised in Detroit, MI.  Jantoin TheDon is making music that is driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, comfort, and express himself in an  innovative and creative way.

Born Jantoin Thompson, he previously went by the moniker of Jay Money and later rebranded as Jantoin TheDon.  He is the embodiment of originality and uses his experiences and musical acumen to create an amalgamated and original sound.  Jantoin TheDon has had a vast array of musical influences however he accredits the pivotal influences and inspiration in his life to a group from his hometown known as Rock Bottom Entertainment as well as giants such as 2 Pac, DMX, and Jay Z. This all culminates in Jantoin TheDon producing a musical experience that is enjoyable, easy going but also authentic and grounded in reality. It is music that is relatable to people and infused with positive energy to allow for an immersive experience. His overarching ambition is to tell his story and inspire those who resonate and relate to his music and to create something different unique and memorable.  He wants to be successful and provide his two amazing daughters with the life they deserve.

We are happy to feature Jantoin on the cover of “Cosmo Life” and ask him all the questions you always wanted to know.

Read the full interview in "Cosmo Life" June issue. Get your copy!

Meet TR-Gang, rising star from Bangkok

TR-Gang is a talented DJ/Producer from Bangkok, Thailand. His music is hype and gritty with an electronic charm. Let's learn some more about TR and his career.

TR-Gang is influenced by classic EDM artists like Skrillex, DJ Snake, and DJ Soda. He likes how these artist create their music in new and creative ways. You can hear this same charm in TR's music. With his song "Hard" you can see the influence that hard EDM has had on him. Go checkout this song below.

Learning how to produce music professionally can be a daunting task, but TR learned how to do it by himself. He would watch YouTube tutorials to learn different techniques and eventually mastered his craft. In addition to his international influences, TR found that local DJ's like Queen Rana in Thailand really helped him formulate his sound. He actually began making music as a joke, but it ended up turning into something real.


-Signed: Blanco y Negro Music (spian)

-Signed: Jaywork (Italy)

--Signed: D.o.M (USA)

--Signed: Seven Hip-hop (USA)

-Signed Future House Radio

-Top 10 indie Alliance UK radio show

-Win vote Trust the Doc UK radio show

-Rix Victory

-Top 1 Spinning record talent pool

-Top 1,2 VIRPP genre Dustep


-Burn TR-Gang ft.Bindi the first

-Coco TR-Gang ft.Kandi bard

-Dream TR-Gang ft.Tim moyo

-Lit TR-Gang ft. Honey B Sweet&Slim spitta


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TRGang2020

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TRGang2020

IG: https://www.instagram.com/tr_gang2020/?hl=th

Contact: https://linktr.ee/TRGang2020


Lounge Club April is out!

Nathalie shared the peculiar facts about her life after "games of Thrones" in "Lounge Club" April issue. Get to know amazing japanese danser Eri Chikusa. Meet "Family Plan" - the band that established rock music for Japanese community. Get the lounge looks to chill out. Learn about summer trends with Zara Wong. All this and much more in the "Lounge Club" April issue.

"Cosmo Life April" cover story Melisa Ruscsak

Successful writer, podcaster, businesswoman Melisa Ruscsak agreed to meet with us to share the secrets behind her success inan exclusive interview for the “Cosmo Life” cover  story.

“People look at me and see a woman who looks put together. What many don’t see is my struggles to get here. From a rough childhood, two failed marriages, and a medical emergency that should have never happened. You see where I am today , yet without the strength from my past I would never have gotten this far. Without finding mentors who have believed in me, I wouldn’t have been able to change my mind set to what I need for my company to succeed.” - says Melisa. The strength of Melisa shines from within letting her spread her positivity, love and kindness to the world. We are proud and excited to ask Melisa some questions you’ve always wanted to know.

Hi Melisa, we are happy to have you on the cover! What projects are you presently working on?

Oh, wow. Projects that I’m working on? Well, let’s break this down a little as I do too many things all at once. So in the realm of publishing I have just released the first issue of Trient Press Magazine for Authors and Entrepreneurs. My new novel “The Secret of the Sword” which is book 1 of “The Obsidian Chronicles” Is just  coming out. Plus, my publishing house is releasing several new releases. Then there is the Radio show and Podcast that is awesome to be able to talk to others on.  


But let’s switch gears a little bit as I also have a few modeling and acting gigs coming up. Nothing big as this is my hobby. Where, as my screenplay writing also has several features coming up.  


How has stardom changed you?

Stardom? Oh no, I’m not a star, or at least I don’t see myself as one. I’m just a person chasing a dream that very few would dare to chase.


How do you balance your work and private lives?

Work life is easy, everyone calls me by M.L. I keep set business hours although my version of set hours is not your 9-5 est. it’s a time slot where I can reach anyone regardless of country or time zone and still have hours to sleep. 


Now private life. If you look at my social media you won’t find too much about my private life. It’s private. I may post something about my daughter but that’s proud mommy moments. Everything else is private.

Read the full interview with Melisa in  the "Cosmo Life" April issue!

Exclusive interview with a really Unique songwriter, producer and author Dar.Ra

Today we met with Dar.Ra who makes an Amazing blend of Rock and Soul Music to spill the beans on his secrets in an exclusive interview!

CP: Hi! How are you doing today?

DR: Happy to be alive, its getting warmer in the UK and I’ve been decorating the house, walking the dogs and getting ready to Mix my next single ‘No Time For Tears’ which is based on the last moments of the Last Russian Tsar and his family. I had this idea about Love being stronger than Bullets. 

CP: Let’s start with your current Album ‘Ballads For The Downtrodden’ and current EP ‘Kings n Serfs’.  What is the power strike behind these two releases? 

DR: The album is a collection of my best ballad driven songs from the past few years starting with tracks off my first Solo album ‘Soul Hours’ in 2009 and picking up tracks from Albums and various EPs up to the present with tracks like ‘Whisky n Honey’, ‘Lights’ from the ‘New Kinda Normal’ Album and ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ The two are connected in the fact that its about people standing in Solidarity and not feeling powerless to change anything for the better, just because they are not standing in the corridors of Power. 


CP: What are your personal experience that you learned during this Pandemic period?
DR:That humans are basically surplus to requirements. The Planet doesn’t really need us as much as we like to think it does.

I think if this period of time makes us less egotistical and a bit more humble about how we live on this amazing Rock then maybe some good can come out of it.  

Having had Covid and got through it has made me value my time here even more, and stay as creative as I can, release as much Music and make as many cool films as I can while I’m still on the planet  


CP: You also released a hypnotic single “Rise Like the Sun” lulling listeners into its incredible rhythm. What inspired you for it?
I think what passes for Mainstream popular Music is a pale shadow of its former glory. I came from a time when Popular music meant something, it had 3 to 4 minutes of glory on a piece of plastic, that made you feel someone cared about you and what you felt. Pop Music gave you a place where you could fit into different worlds where you believed you belonged. 


I’m not saying that’s not happening today its just more fragmented than it was. Movements like Punk, Mods or even Skinheads wouldn’t happen today. Looking at the scenes now we where lucky to of come of age in the House Music revolution of the 90s where we experienced that fresh sound of the 909 pounding kick, the drugs and craziest parties on earth where One Love was the order of the day. Not sure that’s the case now. 


A lot of things have reached a turning point now though and I guess things need to implode for them to re invent themselves. Football is another thing of the people, that has got to the point where it just doesn’t represent its community anymore its just about money and that quickly becomes boring when you sell out passion for Cash. So ‘Rise Like The Sun’ is basically saying do not get phased by the illusions crashing around you because all you have to be is True.

CP: Did you have a musical family? How did you get into music? 

DR: Yes I did. My Mum’s side all played the piano and sang and my father was a writer so I guess those two elements combined to make Dar.Ra

I was always into making sounds happen. My Mum encouraged me from an early age though and bought me a Premier Drum kit when I was 10 and then helped me get my first studio together when I was 16. I got signed to EMI when I was 20 and then carried on from there really making records. 

CP: When you were little boy, did you ever dream of landing number 1 spots on Rock Radio stations around the USA, play-listed on TV stations LA TV, H2O NYC, Nashville Music TV, landing on the front covers of various magazines? 
DR: I always felt I was different as I’m a mix of races and never really fitted in at school or even in society if I’m honest. You get used to feeling like an outcast so Music becomes a place where you seek sanctuary, it’s a place that doesn’t care where your from or what colour you are or how rich you are, it just accepts You. 


It’s a space far away from 3rd dimensional and goes beyond form. Those who go out there and try to bring inspiration back know what I’m talking about. It’s there for everyone, all you have to do is shut up and listen to what’s out there, once you hear it you’ve got a friend for life that never judges you. 

Its just keeps giving you what you need in order to seek solace from an often cold world, where even your own family or so called friends can turn against you. It’s always been there for me and never let me down.

CP: Is ‘Fake It Till You Make It’ somewhat autobiographical for you?

DR: That came from being on tour in Australia a while back and going days without sleeping, working long hours in Recording studios and playing pretty hard. There was a girl who I used to hang out with that used to say it all the time and it just stuck in my head. It’s based on a wild period of time with some wild people who just wanted to live their best lives and be who they wanted. If you can convince Yourself you’re a star then who else matters, you a Star in Your own head and if you need to fake it to convince yourself for a while then why not.


CP: Among all your successful singles and EPs, what if your personal favourite?

DR: I think they are all-good in their own way and sum up periods of time for me. If I was to pick one it would be ‘Whisky n Honey’ I just felt I got that feel and storyline of the man who sold his soul to a Neon Wasteland right.  

CP: How does it feel being famous?

DR: I’m just cool to still be making music and finding new possibilities for the craft to move it forward.

CP: What is the funniest/weirdest story that happened to you interacting with your fans?

DR: I seem to attract stalkers and have had a few who have freaked me out a bit. I had one woman a while back from Korea who somehow got hold of my phone number and used to phone me at 3am in the morning and scream suggestive dirty words down the phone, which my girlfriend didn’t find amusing. I changed my number, which helped.


CP: You’ve written two books, both getting top reviews on Good Reads and Amazon Books. 'Road Tales’ is about amazing people with life changing stories that you’ve met while touring the globe. You wanted to share these stories with the world so that those stories were not forgotten, did we get that right?
Yes. Its 15 chapters with different people who all seamed to enter my world with tales that made me think that anything was possible. From Aboriginal faith healers to Native Indians in Guatemala who where standing up for land rights to an Australian artist who helped a girl to speak again after suffering from a serious trauma. It’s a celebration of what’s amazing about Humans.

CP: 'The Night That Jimi Died’ your second book tells about changing the DNA of the World through Music. Do you believe that music will save the world?
I think music can play a part in healing our scars and mending our broken connections. Ultimately though its down to Humans to transcend the Primitive Survival brain. When we wake up and see we are stronger as a Human race then we might stand a chance. We have some growing to do though. Humans are pretty basic in their thinking still.


CP: If you could play with any musician, dead or alive, who would that be? 
DR: Wagner or Beethoven or Scot Joplin. 

CP: You have many faces: songwriter, producer, author. Which role you currently enjoy the most? 
The framework I’m working on at the time. 

CP: What is your biggest dream right now? 
DR: It’s a funny time because all the established structures are coming to an end, so a lot of things like the Grammys don’t mean much anymore, not saying I wouldn’t accept one as I do have Grammy award wining tunes for them to award me for. My only dream was to make Recordings that people enjoyed and I felt where worth putting out, if I can keep doing that, then I’ve kinda won really.

CP: Do you have upcoming events in 2021? 

DR: I’m looking to buy a farm and finish off my next album this year.

CP: What is your motivational quote of the day?
DR: ‘Rise Like The Sun and Never Dim Your Light For Anyone’

CP: Thank you so much for being with us today!
 Been a Pleasure. Big Thanks to all the readers for giving me their time. 



Exclusive interview with Sidney from Sidney Kay Designs

Sidney Kay Designs was founded to help local businesses build the essential digital marketing solutions to effectively improve their online presence and promote business growth.

Sydney is a consultant at Sidney Kay Designs. She helps busy small business owners simplify digital marketing with local marketing systems that are focused on local search visibility, website visitors, more leads, and sales. Sidney is spotting and filling in the gaps in marketing strategies that promotes growth of the business. 

“Your brand deserves a strong foundation and clarity and that’s why I’ve dedicated years and service to helping clients since 2014 hash out their most pressing marketing dilemmas.” Says Sidney, - “It’s my mission to help you take your business online with the digital marketing essentials that you will need to support your traditional marketing efforts and campaigns.”

We met Sidney to ask her everything about marketing and business growth!


Hi Sidney, how are you doing today?

I’m doing great! It’s an honor to be here today, love your magazine, you've had some impressive guests.

We are so excited to hear about your company Sidney Kay Designs. Sounds like everyone needs it! Marketing is a hard thing especially for small businesses who don’t have huge budget for promotion. Which are the most common mistakes business owners make it their strategy?

Not Having A Digital Marketing Plan
One of the most common mistakes that small business owners make in their digital marketing

strategy is not having a marketing plan. You may get lucky, but you will waste time and money. It’s important to have a marketing plan that spells out your marketing strategy, specific tactics you’ll use, how much they’ll cost and how much time they’ll take can streamline your efforts and increase chances for success.

Refusing to Try New Marketing Activities

Most small business owners are overworked, time-stressed often juggling multiple priorities at the same time. Which makes it all too easy to fall victim to complacency in their marketing activities. However, marketing is ever-changing and it’s imperative that you show up consistently to promote your business, and remain open to new ideas and different types of marketing. Make decisions based on your analytics, reporting, and be patient. There isn’t always a quick fix, but pick the most appropriate marketing strategy and tactic that addresses where you currently are and what you’re trying to achieve.

Using Social Media as a website replacement

Believe it or not some small business owners feel that there’s no point in having a website when you can have a Facebook page. Choosing to have a Facebook page over a website, is like building a house on rented land. Your social media efforts should drive people back to your website, promote brand awareness, generate leads, or even book appointments. Take advantage of all the wonderful things that social media has to offer, but don’t forget that social media is rented property, you own your website so make smart, savvy, and strategic decisions.

Overlooking the power of local marketing

If your business caters to a local audience, has several service areas, and/or has a brick and mortar location, local marketing is a must-need strategy. This is the most common overlooked marketing tactic that brick/mortar small businesses tend to make. Local marketing allows you to hone your resources on a select audience, one that can actually respond to and shop from your digital and print advertisements. Small business owners that are having success in their local marketing efforts tend to to have or have done the following.

  • ●  Have a mobile friendly website

  • ●  Localize your website.

  • ●  Claim your local listings on third-party websites and directories.

  • ●  Invest in local SEO.

How did Covid-19 impacted digital marketing?

The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of having an digital marketing strategy and having the infrastructure to take your business online, engage with your customers, and have e-commerce solutions to generate revenue. The pandemic was truly a reality check for the businesses that weren’t prepared and haven’t invested in their marketing before the pandemic hit. Most businesses that I’ve encountered and had the pleasure of working with continued their improvement/transformational digital marketing plan throughout the crisis. Covid-19 really forced small business owners to slow down and look at areas of their marketing they may have neglected,as well as explore new exciting marketing activities. Small business owners are strong, and are the fabric of our economy. Through digital marketing they have continued to build their brands and generate the required leads and sales.

What is the best social media platform that you would recommend for businesses with small budgets?

There are several social media platforms, from Twitter to Facebook, Instagram to one of the latest popular platforms TikTok, however regardless of what platform you choose to invest your time, effort, and marketing dollars on. You should define your target audience before you spend any money on social media marketing campaigns. As well, as find out what platforms your customers are using, then pick one and do it well. Make sure that you develop and track your content success. Facebook and Instagram tend to be user friendly for small businesses and offer an abundance of insights and targeting to help you get the most out of your marketing budget. But at the end of the day, no social channel is better than the other; it simply depends on the audience that you are trying to reach.

Is it possible nowadays to get organic growth on social media?

Yes, it’s indeed possible. Organic social media can be an effective strategy to grow your social media channels if you’re ready to think outside the box to engage with your audience. You have to be consistent and look at your audience and content and figure out what social channel fits your audience best. You can reap lots of rewards from organic social media marketing, including boosting your SEO, increasing your brand loyalty, and connecting with your audience in a meaningful way.

A lot of small business owners try to manage everything themselves. Do you have some time management tips and tips on how to start delegating?

That’s a great question! The first tip is to not take everything on at once, instead determine what tasks will be addressed, and keep each project narrowed and focused. And use project management software where it makes sense to do so. We use Asana and most of our clients use it as well. Once you define your project objectives, you should then take time to plan, and assign tasks wisely, leverage partnerships with reliable partners and nurture those relationships as they are vital for bringing your marketing and projects to completion, as well as running a profitable business.

What kind of services could one get at Sidney Kay Designs?

We specialize in local search marketing, website design, social media, and branding. We also partner with Shopify and provide e-commerce website design and consulting. We love small businesses and our services are tailored to fit specific needs of small business owners and niches. We’re also launching a digital marketing course specifically for small business owners that covers everything you need to know before investing in digital marketing.

How could one get in touch with Sidney Kay Designs?

You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram @sidneykaydesigns and on Twitter @Sidneykdesigns. We’ve also launched a Facebook Group called Business Essentials. It's a private Facebook group for small business owners, entrepreneurs can connect, share resources, get access to free masterclasses, DIY marketing tips.


What is your motivational quote of the day?

“Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are” – Theodore Roosevelt 

Ballads For The Down-Trodden Album release by Irish Artist Dar.Ra

Another quality long playing release from one of our favourite Irish artists Dar.Ra who happens to be based in the UK and raises the flag for dedicated Song-smiths around the globe. 

In essence it’s a collection of some of the more laid back moments from various albums and EPs over the years with an uncovered unreleased gem called ‘Evermore’ which was penned for his Mothers sad early passing when the ‘Soul Hours’ album came out in 2008.  

As the album suggests with its title it’s a mixture of joy and sadness as only Ballads can deliver, subjects roll from losing someone too early on both ‘Rewind’ and ‘Evermore’ to the thought of walking up with the perfect girlfriend who happens to be transgender, on a track called a ‘Girl Like You’. 

Nothing is as it seams on any first listen with Dar.Ra and his song writing, as digging deep into subtexts reveal another whole level of storyline and subliminal messages, not that anything sinister and mind controlling is at work but merely to suggest that not everything should be handed away so easily on first experience, which all Art should do. 

 ‘Safe in Your Arms’ is ambitious in its conception deeply layered with a string quartet surrounding; some George Harrison inspired chordal movements. There is a acoustic guitar solo, reminisant of the solo on The Beatles Rubber Soul album track ‘Girl’ which served as the inspiration, The Russian sounding lamenting guitar runs, hold the track in perfect cadence with the subject matter of being a long way from home.  The track first featured on the Soul Hours album and holds sway after being written over ten years ago, a credit you would find hard to give to most music released ten years ago. 

 ‘Wolverine’ and ‘U Kill Me’ written for the Now Is Now EP in 2012 also hold sway as acoustic ballads. ‘Wolverine’ is a call to get back to nature while ‘U Kill Me’ was inspired by French Film Noir Betty Blue, and features a French speaking apart, which could have been written for the film. 

‘Do not follow me as it will lead to your demise’; is the core takeaway from a rough translation. 

 ‘Whisky N Honey’ was released last year, brings us up today date, before we head back into the classic vaults. 

Through the height of the pandemic Dar.Ra put out three world class EP’s and singles, Whisky being one of them, while a salute to the Key Workers on ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ also finds its way onto this collection. ‘Whisky n Honey’ has a Bowie esq quality about it and would not of sounded out of place on one of his post Ziggy Stardust albums. 

 Slipping back into the time tunnel ‘Red White and Blue’ comes up again from the Soul Hours album a track that questions our belief in fighting for flags, written while Coalition troops where wading through Iraq and Afghanistan. Dar.Ra had protested against those Wars at the time and clearly takes an Anti War stance in his belief system. 


‘I’m all dressed up in Red White n Blue 

I’m all dressed up cause it suits my moods, 

I may just have to add a little Black for someone, 

whose never coming back’. 


A Lyric, which begs the question why we keep on doing the same thing while expecting something different to happen a clear definition of insanity. 


We battle on as best we can and sometimes the past becomes too much of a burden to carry as the track ‘Start Again’ suggests written while on in New Zealand and Australia in the naughties. Driven by a downward descending piano riff, overladen with some clever guitar work creates a tension entwined with the asking lyric 


‘Every time I try 

I keep falling 

Every time I try 

I keep slipping

Wont you help me to 

Start Again’ 

While the song starts off with the knowledge that 

‘Everything starts with the flick of the green

Money changes everything’


Therapy is for people with deposable income while the rest of us have to put up with the demons or slay them ourselves.

 The album traces out with the final shot ‘Lights’ the version that found itself originally on the ‘New Kinda Normal’ album released in 2019 a release that gained a lot of support from Radio and Press alike, signing its praises and bringing a new genre called ‘Rock Step’ which can be heard when you tune into it. 

 ‘Lights’ was written for Robin Williams when the world heard of his tragic passing and the taking of his own life. For a man that brought us such happiness it was a brutal end for such a genius. ‘Lights’ is a plea to ask; if we are in the darkness may someone pray and keep the ‘Lights’ on for us in our time of need. 

 There are some beautiful moments on this track, epic builds and drops with incredible words that convey the battle lines we fight on every day of our lives that sometimes drown out the beauty of this amazing World we live on.

 This is an album to bring the chills, draw some tears and leave you with some hope that someone is still carrying the banner for Music that moves you on all levels. 




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Exclusive interview with Jada Allen

We are proud to present Exclusive interview with Jada Allen!

"My name is Jada Allen aka as Jae, I’m a 20 year old singer and song writer. I’ve recently started my music career in 2020 with my song closer and recently released my latest single “self love”. My goal to do with music is to branch out enough to be able to inspire young girls creativity and show them what it means to be a true artist but most importantly a business woman. It’s always important to know exactly what you want and to be assertive with your career. If I could give up and coming artist like myself any advice it would be. Don’t worry about how you’re viewed as much as you’re worried about your ability to creative and push your empire to the next level. Don’t focus on the end goals as much as you focus on the very adventure “making it” is. Remember that money, fame and status isn’t the end goal , the goal is to have the life and dreams you’ve always desired and nothing more over shadows that. Hard work and dedication is the key!"