Articles by Omayra Lopez


[AltWire Interview] Katrina Lilly

It was at a close friend’s gathering where I met Katrina Lilly. Since that summer of 2016, we developed a strong bond, that she’s been more than just a friend, she’s a soul sister. To know her is to love her. Music has been a natural part of Katrina Lilly’s life which has now resulted […]


[AltWire Interview] Inna Vision

Based out of Maui, Hawaii, Koa Lopes, publicly known as Inna Vision,  pursued his dream at the young age of 10, performing at his school.  He launched his career as a reggae/dancehall artist in 2005. Since then, he has shared stages with Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth, SOJA, Collie Buddz, and J Boog among many more […]


[AltWire Interview] E.N Young

E.N Young, born Ian Allan Young, is a roots musician born and raised on the USA/Mexico border in San Diego, California. E.N started playing piano at age 6, which was the beginning of his musical life. E.N has been performing music since the age of 15, and has made a name for himself since 2010. […]


[AltWire Interview] Mike Iorio of Elephants Dancing

Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted via email. Questions and answers may have been cleaned up for grammar and clarity, however the content has not been altered. [Omayra Lopez/AltWire]: What was your biggest drive towards music? Could you please describe the moment that you decided this was the path for you? [Mike Iorio/Elephants Dancing]: Music […]

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Dub-321: “Take A Leap And Live”

Straight from Florida’s Space Coast is Dub-321, bringing us their “reggae ska-punk/funk acoustic rap-rock” sound as they prepare to make their comeback in 2018. Their single “F.L.A.” humorously describes Dub-321’s lead Miles Galli and his struggles before his paradigm shift. Friends have described our state as “Come on vacation, leave on probation.” From a local’s perspective, “F.L.A.” […]

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[AltWire Interview] Seranation

West End Trading Company is a hot spot for reggae in Sanford, Fla., The venue has not only hosted big names in the independent music scene but has also been a major spot for local and regional bands. Among them is Seranation, from St. Petersburg. Since having the pleasure of watching Seranation perform in April […]

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[Artists To Watch] Kash’d Out

I was first introduced to Orlando-based reggae-rock band Kash’d Out when they were opening up for Ballyhoo! at Sanford’s West End Trading Company. I was so impressed with their performance that I’ve been out to support them twice since then, and I’m sure there will be many more times to come! That night was also […]

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[Artists To Watch] Seranation

St. Petersburg reggae band Seranation launched their first album, Island Thinkin’, in 2014. The EP combines elements of pop, reggae and rock to create a style that the band calls “tropical rock.” Currently, they’re in the studio finishing up a new album that is set to release this summer. Formed in late 2014, launching their debut […]