SHahrnaz javid is a film photographer and writer originally from Louisville KY.
jhon Myquale is an introspective kid with a knack for literature. His musical journey began sophomore year of high school while living on Melvina, a lower income neighborhood in Milwaukee’s North side. He used story telling as means of self expression, placing him as a top student amongst his peers. This ultimately gained him the opportunity at early admissions to school in NY where he continued his quest as a writer and musician.
At the age of 16, Myquale (pronounced MY-Kwell) quickly adapted to the New York lifestyle. Like a kid on a playground, he began exploring the concrete jungle determined to find his way. It was here where he finally found his voice, attending open mics and performing in small venues around the city. Far from the small neighborhood in Milwaukee, he finally found home in the elaborate streets of south side Queens.
A few years later he began interning at a local radio station where he landed his first interview with Chicago artists Rocky Fresh & Vic Mensa. After an inspirational in-depth discussion, Jhon decided it was time to take on the Windy City; which at the time began propelling acts like Chance The Rapper, Noname Gypsy & Saba. He convinced his dad to drive him from New York back to the Midwest, packing all his belongings in a small Toyota Carola. Upon arriving, he began class the next day at DePaul University. A top student, Jhon quickly made the deans list but decided to leave school to pursue music. Without the help of family, he relied on friends, couch surfing through the city attending open mics & releasing music. During his toughest times, he grew inspired to begin his debut project, Flight Theory.
The five song EP is a blend of hard hitting drums and infectious jazz inspired melodies. With themes ranging anywhere from the monotonous routine of everyday life to the complexity of love & spiritually, Myquale exudes confidence & vulnerability. Working closely with his friends, he credits only two producers, Aniko Thomas & Eddie Burns; two rising musicians he met while couch surfing.
Sometimes you can look in the mirror and know that you are meant to do more with you life than the average Joe. At the age of 6 when most children are still playing with toys and watching cartoons, Aarun's hobby was listening to music, more specifically hip-hop. Between the ages of 6 and 7 Aarun learned how to rap. When Aarun was in the 4th grade he heard the album that changed his life, "The College Dropout" by Kanye West. Aarun definitely knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. From then on Aarun lived, breathed and drank hip-hop. He became so good at rapping that he would often be called out from rap battles in and around his school. Because he was constantly called out for battles, he knew that he had to study hard. And, he studied every piece of hip-hop that he could get his hands on. His favorite artists Kanye West, Mos Def, Andre 3000 and Jay-Z helped to influence and shape his musical stylings. Soon it wasn't just enough to rap on a "beat" he knew that he had to learn how to make his own beats as well so that he could further express himself. By Sophomore year, Aarun was making his own songs from the lyrics to the actual music itself.
The message of his music is also his motto. "Recognize who you are; acknowledge it. Be the best person you can be; own it. Project yourself forward as a gift"