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In the ‘limelight’

3 April 2013 By Nicole Salem, Staff writer No Comments
Alum tackles hip-hop industry

Joey Aikins is a sales marketer by day and indie artist by night.

“I have been involved with hip-hop since I was 11,” the Towson alumnus said.

Aikins experienced his first taste of success when he and his former band “Breaking Reign,” were the winners of the 2010 Battle of The Bands at Towson. They then had the opportunity to open for N.E.R.D. at that year’s Tigerfest.

Aikins’ latest endeavor is a music video for his song “Limelight.” He said the song is an illusion of multiple voices that vary by tone. Often, Aikins feels that his songs are often overlooked, even though songs such as “Limelight” contain a powerful message.

Aikins’ music is produced through Chiet Productions, founded by Towson alumni Justin Chiet and Brittany Warrington.

Along with producing “Limelight,” Aikins has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new album “Renaissance Baby.” So far he’s raised $200 toward his $1,920 goal.

“‘Renaissance Baby’ is a collection of the best music I’ve ever written,” Aikins said on his Kickstarter website.

Aikins said if he can get the word out to potential listeners, he’ll hopefully be able to record and release the album.

In the meantime, Aikins has recorded singles that will be released to promote “Renaissance Baby.”

His latest EP, “Illusive,” took over a year and a half to create.  But Aikins said he is still looking to the future, and even getting into the studio is progress.

“Assuming Kickstarter is successful, it puts me in a situation to be show ready,” Aikins said. “I want a rigorous show schedule, financial independence and options to do bigger and better projects.”

Aikins prides himself in making quality music.

“This is a project I would be working on whether or not anyone else took interest,” Aikins said on his website.  “If you’re this passionate about anything in life, I’m sure you understand.”

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