New Album: Skyrocketing

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John and Baby John mic

Post feeding getting fussy have to knock this verse out through the Nuemann U87 Mic though. He'll be fine in the control room with Kayla.

kayla and john mic

Laying down scratch vocals at home trying to figure out harmonies. First attempt with the wrap a success! Sleep!


Mastering the album with Grammy nominated Ian Schreier

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Skyrocketing: Press  Release

Skyrocketing is the new full length album from Ignite Mindz. The songs range from dusty crate digging lo-fi boom bap, to giant synth smorgasbords, to love songs, concept songs about the sky, and even a song about the birth of their son. All while sounding cohesive. Ignite's brand is technical wordplay and poetry, that flows smooth and melodically. 


Four years in the making it is fully produced by Ignite using Logic Pro, bass guitar, guitar and the Roland Fantom keyboard workstation. It features Ignite's classically trained wife Kayla Marie on half of the songs, as well as appearances from long time collaborators Seven Da Pantha and Mike L!ve. The album was mastered by Grammy nominated Ian Schreier, who is actually Ignite's old boss when he interned for him. It was mixed by Ian, and David Roland. David recorded all of the songs at Roland Pro Sound through the Neumann U87 and a giant old school ribbon mic that you'd expect to see in front of Frank Sinatra. 



Ignite Mindz and Kayla Marie met when he was opening for Naughty by Nature. A classically trained singer herself, they began making music together soon after they started dating. They are both from Winston-Salem NC. Ignite raps live while playing the keyboard and/or bass (sometimes the bass with his toes if a drum set is involved with the keyboard). And produces his own beats.


Ignite began rapping after breaking his arm at 14, when he watched a skate video whose soundtrack was freestyles from Method Man, Ghostface, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, and a host of other legends. The skating was interlaced with the footage of the freestyles on Stretch and Bobbito’s legendary NYC radio show. Being stuck at home with a broken arm all summer, he watched it so many times, that it became engrained in him. Ignite started a group with his friend Imagery at 17. At 18 they started burning discs of recordings they’d done with local producers, passing them around high school. Some rival rappers at a rival high school made an entire dis mixtape about them after Imagery punched one of them at a party.


At 20, Ignite learned to make beats on a free version of Fruity Loops after witnessing a Little Brother show and seeing how 9th Wonder was changing the game to be more accessible to producers. His second beat he ever made is still one of his favorites. He produced several Ignite and Imagery albums, and Ignite Mindz albums. He performed extensively across  the east coast but especially North Carolina. He hit his stride being a part of the Raleigh, NC scene. The same group of people in this scene at the time were Rapsody, Kooley High, and King Mez. It was such a hot bed of talent in Raleigh at that time, that it’s a shame more of its legends aren’t well known yet. 


After he moved back to Winston, he joined a band called I&I + 3 with a guitarist, bassist, drummer, Imagery on the mic, and Ignite on the keyboards and mic. He met Kayla, an exceptionally talented singer with much wider tastes in music, who still loved much of the same hip hop as him. Through repeated exposure to a blend of the storytelling of country, the emotion of singer/songwriters, the energy of pop music, and the pain of rhythm and blues, Ignite’s writing became more well rounded. It improved his understanding of song structure and of the underlying elements that move people and make them feel.