Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:01:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” inspires crowd-pleasing revelry! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-just-as-you-are-inspires-crowd-pleasing-revelry http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-just-as-you-are-inspires-crowd-pleasing-revelry#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:16:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34981 Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and […]

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Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong. It is one of the most memorable songs by Exit 22. “Just As You Are” builds into the kind of throbbing, stadium stomping hit that perfectly promos football and is equally radio-friendly without sounding like you’ve heard the song on TV.

Of course, this track highlights an enduring component of Exit 22, and an aspect their fans and listeners are looking for: catchy, sentimental, and personal music. Those aspects reflect dominating lyrics and soaring vocals.

The band’s strength in composing bombastic and loud songs that are immediate and inspire crowd-pleasing revelry just keep on coming.  Chris Calamera is confident in his capability and knowledge of pop and rock music, and it shine through like a brightly lit diamond on “Just As You Are”.

Exit 22 Music aren’t shy to go beyond the norm of musical composition, to try something new, and it always works out for them. Obviously Exit 22 is still holding to their mantra of going beyond genres, of creating music that is more about the art than the cookie cutter sound that is often associated with pop-rock music.

They will no doubt be seeing their stocks rise exponentially in the near future. Not an accomplishment to take lightly, essentially,   has cracked the code for the modern music world.

All this said, how easy is it for the talented songwriter, Chris Calamera to churn out so many solid records?  Well, Chris has a very strong grasp on how pop rock works. The darker underbelly of the song maintains a big drive, while the melody and hooks provide for a genuinely captivating listen.

However, regardless of how you look at it, “Just As You Are” is a massive record, in its composition, execution and production. It’s built upon very pure emotions and a pretty clear mission statement. It has a strong conviction and, on top of that, loads of pop appeal. It’s a towering epic.

Exit 22 Music are defined by their anthemic vibe and their strong melodic vibes. Their best songs are the ones that truly mean something to the listener, and there is no doubt that “Just As You Are” falls comfortably into that category. All things considered, this might be Exit22’s strongest record ever.

However comparing it to past releases from entirely different times and contexts is not what this is about. Each piece of art is supposed to encapsulate a time, feeling, state, thought or some other kind of inspiration, and is representative of the artist at a certain point in their journey.

It is supposed to connect with people, to make them feel something about that state of being, and “Just As You Are” is perfectly capable of that. And more than that, it does it brilliantly.

More About: Exit 22 Music is the brainchild of founder Chris Calamera, a talented artist with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. The music production company’s blend of pop, rock and dance beats mark the sonic coordinates of the songs, including recent singles “Break These Chains”, “Lesson Learned”, and “The Magic In You”.

Straight out of New York City, Exit 22 Music creates songs that feels eclectic, yet direct and personal, echoing the work of seminal performers the likes of Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson and the Goo Goo Dolls, just to mention a few.

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Suave_uk returns with new insightful single “Take me back” http://jamsphere.com/videos/suave_uk-returns-with-new-insightful-single-take-me-back http://jamsphere.com/videos/suave_uk-returns-with-new-insightful-single-take-me-back#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 02:37:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34969 South London UK based urban artist Suave_uk started out performing in choirs at a young age before progressing to local shows during his college years. Currently hosting at various clubs and venues across the UK, Suave_uk has released a vast number of singles over the last couple of years, and releases his new insightful single […]

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South London UK based urban artist Suave_uk started out performing in choirs at a young age before progressing to local shows during his college years. Currently hosting at various clubs and venues across the UK, Suave_uk has released a vast number of singles over the last couple of years, and releases his new insightful single “Take me back”.

 

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Interview with Cleveland rapper K3 http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-cleveland-rapper-k3 http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-cleveland-rapper-k3#respond Sat, 13 Apr 2019 16:21:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34956 Cleveland rapper K3 formally known as K-ST3RG was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland and was a top tier basketball player before injuring himself and eventually recording music. K3 has a unique style of rap similar to rappers in New York but with a little bit of West Coast flavor. K3 first started making music […]

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Cleveland rapper K3 formally known as K-ST3RG was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland and was a top tier basketball player before injuring himself and eventually recording music. K3 has a unique style of rap similar to rappers in New York but with a little bit of West Coast flavor. K3 first started making music with former high school classmate Jameel “JahGotTheJuice” Miller in 2017 when rapper Marr Flarr invited him to his studio session which took place at Miller’s home studio. After hearing tons of positive feedback from his first two tracks titled “Legendary” & “What U Do 2 Me” he decided to take his music more seriously and he started spending all of his time in the studio stockpiling new tracks.

His first mixtape “1 of One” helped create a small buzz in his area but it wasn’t until the release of his second project “K3” when he began to make a name for himself around Cleveland. His latest project titled “LoveTape” is the biggest project of his career and was released March 21, 2019.  The 15-track project has a number of heart-felt tracks and the production was handled brilliantly by Miller and included featured verses from big names like TYuS, & Ye Ali alongside background vocals from JoJo, Aaliyah, Ojerime.

  1. How long have you been performing and recording, and when did you first realize that’s what you wanted to do?

K3: I have been recording and performing for almost two years. I started in the summer of 2017 where I recorded my first song “Legendary”. I came to the realization that this is what I wanted to do in January of 2017. I was a college athlete playing basketball, but unfortunately I had too many injuries and was not able to continue my career. I would always freestyle for fun in high school in the cafeteria, but never took it seriously. Once I knew I couldn’t hoop anymore I decided to turn music from a hobby to a career.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

K3: A lot of old school rappers such as 2pac, biggie, big L and Cassidy. As I got older my influences began to be artist such as Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller, Ye Ali and Drake. I would say Drake is by far my strongest musical influence today.

  1. If any, which current artists do you listen to and respect for their artistic endeavors?

K3: Drake, Bryson Tiller, and Tory Lanez. I respect their artistic endeavors because these artist are so versatile and have different sounds. I think all three of these artist are elite at singing and rapping, and that’s what separates them. I try to take a similar approach when I make music.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?

K3: Storytelling, lyricism, and melodic vibes. I think I am a mixture of all three elements. I have songs with a lot of stories in my music if you really lock in and listen. I also pride myself in being lyrical and going bar for bar on certain tracks. I also have tracks with slow melodic vibes that can really give the listener a feel or vibe when listening.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of rap and hip-hop artists emerging right now?

K3: The substance in my music is what I feel separates me. Everything I rap is real rap. I am not talking about anything I do not do or drugs, cars or clothes I do not have yet. I think a lot of hip hop artist today are just talking about cars, clothes or drugs. My music is relatable to anyone and I think that’s where the separation is.

  1. When writing a new song, where do you usually start with the lyrics or the beat?

K3: I’m not sure how rappers make a song with the lyrics first without the beat. I think that messes up the flow of the song. Nine times out of ten I have to hear the beat first, and catch the flow. Flow is everything in music today. I prefer to hear the beat first, but there have been times where certain parts of a song were taken from a scrap song or freestyle.

  1. Do you produce your beats and write all the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of these cases?

K3: I have never produced any of my beats. I have assisted with a few beats though. My main and lead producer is JahGotTheJuice. He produces the majority of my music. I do not collaborate with any outside sources as far as lyrics go, I write all my songs.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs?

K3:  I think using multiple flows is an ingredient I try to infuse in my songs. I do not what my song to be too consistent because then I feel the listener will get bored listening. I think switching flows, beat drops, chopping drums, and beat switch ups are all key ingredients that I try to infuse when making my songs.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?

K3: Transitioning from being a student athlete to a regular person. I’ve been playing basketball my whole life and just not being able to play was a hard adjustment. I am still learning today how to deal with it. As far as music, I would say it’s difficult because I am enduring everything by myself. I am trying to do everything as far as marketing and creatively by myself, which is hard because there is a lot I do not know, and connections that I do not have.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your career so far?

K3: The two features I have on my latest project I have titled “LoveTape”. I have a song titled Let Me Know featuring TYuS. TYuS was formally signed to Warner bros, and has been featured on a lot of major blogs such as hotnewhiphop and complex. I have a song titled Love Tape featuring Ye Ali. Ye Ali is an R&B artist out of Los Angelos. Ye Ali is also a talented producer and has produced for Chris Brown, Joyner Lucas and 24hrs. He has also had major blog placements on XXL, Fader and hotnewhiphop. These are two successful artist I was able to work with and I think it-s even more cool because I listened to their music a lot before I even became an artist.

  1. What’s your view on the role and function of music as a cultural, political and/or social vehicle – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of artistry and entertainment?

K3: I do not really have a specific view on music. I think music can be cultural, political, a social vehicle or entertainment. I think it just depends on the artist or the listener. I personally use my music as an expression. If I’m in my feelings I write about it, if I want to be turnt up I write about it. I express myself though the music.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

K3: The fact that I am in control of everything. I can release what I want and I am in control of all the money involved. I think what aspect discourages me the most is the networking. I do not think I will ever have the same connects as a label. There for I think it’s discouraging knowing I am not receiving the appropriate recognition for my music.

  1. Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?

K3: Both, I enjoy creating in a studio environment. I also like performing in front of a live audience. I like the vibe of both experiences.

  1. Are you satisfied about the way the music business works in today’s digital age with platforms like iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud, or are there any improvements you’d like to see to get your music out there?

K3: Everybody has the same platforms, I think in most cases everyone gets the same opportunities to get there music out there when their on the come up. I do not see any improvements needed. The way music is now, artist are in control of their music, you do not need a label to distribute.

  1. In general, do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

K3: Social media is like a big resume in my opinion. Social media platforms can be used as advertising your music and reaching out to as many people possible. You can gain a new fan or connection from a simple retweet, social media is amazing tool for artist in my opinion.

  1. Top five albums of all time?

K3: Faith Evans – Faith

       Usher – Confessions

       The Weekend – Trilogy

       Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

       Drake- Take Care

  1. Could you tell us something about the making of your latest release – “Love Tape”?

K3:  This project is my favorite of any music I have released before. I really took my time with everything and was extremely picky with the songs I created during the process. Every song that made the cut I made sure I was in love with. This was my first time experimenting with singing and melodic vibes. My engineer and I recorded in various locations such as basements, hotel rooms, college dorm room closets, and kitchens. Songs Ashanti , Secret , I’m shook , Collection Intermission and One Missed Call were all made in 2017 despite the project being released in 2019. I knew those tracks were special because no matter how many times I listened to them I never got tired of them. The features from Ye Ali and Tyus happen through an Instagram dm. I think it’s’ a blessing I was able to work with those artist and they responded despite the amount of dm’s they receive daily. With the exception of the song I’m shook, every song on this project was real and a true experience either I or one my peers experienced. This project will always be a classic in my eyes and will always be special to me. The skits of this project were all a combination of ideas from me and my lead producer/engineer JahGotTheJuice. He was extremely creative with the production. The samples and the transitions on some songs were unbelievable.

  1. Do you have a favorite track on your latest project, and does it have a specific backstory and/or message?

K3: This is a good question because every day I literally have a new favorite song from my latest project. Today I would have to say my favorite song is Can I//Feels. This song is a combination of two, but the transition is really smooth so it’s one song. There is a back story to both halves of this song. The first half of the song “Can I” is about a girl I dated a while back. I ended up doing her wrong and ever since I have regretted it. During the verse I reminisce on the times we had and ask her if she can give me a second chance. The second half of the song “Feels” is about a girl who never gave me a chance. During the verse I explain how she always is telling me stories about her past. I also explain that she is damaged and that she will never give me a chance because I will be stuck in the friend zone.

  1. If you could work with any other artist or producer of your choice today, who would that be?

K3: There are a lot of artist and producers I would love to work with. If I had to choose one artist to work with it would be Drake. I would choose Drake because he has really been on top for so long. I feel like working with him I could pick up so many gems and really learn a lot. As far as producers, I think I would want to work with 40. He has produced a lot of Drake’s music. I think him and I could create some dope tracks.

  1. Do you have a specific vision or goal that you would like to achieve in 2019?

K3: I want to drop as many visuals as possible and do more interviews. I think one of my weaknesses is content. I need more content besides just music. This year I want to make sure all my visuals I drop are dope.

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Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin – elconEstharoe http://jamsphere.com/news/experimental-electronica-from-a-greek-master-of-the-theremin-elconestharoe http://jamsphere.com/news/experimental-electronica-from-a-greek-master-of-the-theremin-elconestharoe#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:41:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34927 Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. […]

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Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine

Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. The Hyper-real Soundscapes of elconEstharoe are at the vanguard of experimental electronica. Through his work with elconEstharoe, Lambro is acutely aware of his acoustic environment and in particular the natural resources around him, utilizing the biophony, anthropophony and the sacred power of sound.

From within his Sound Design Lab in the Greek City of Arta he weaves magical strands into simple yet formidable soundscapes. Rather uniquely in this age of music by numbers no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment and through a combination of the natural and the surreal Lambro delivers a comprehensive soundscape ecology with an added ‘other world’ geometric dimension.

Social media links:
https://twitter.com/jynnji
https://en-gb.facebook.com/jynnji/
https://twitter.com/mastroLambro
https://www.facebook.com/LambrosATC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnvOH71kRtQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc-uBMSKiCg

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R&B singer D’Meetri takes us down memory lane in new visuals for “Pretty Marie” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rb-singer-dmeetri-takes-us-down-memory-lane-in-new-visuals-for-pretty-marie http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rb-singer-dmeetri-takes-us-down-memory-lane-in-new-visuals-for-pretty-marie#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 22:09:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34914 R&B singer D’Meetri takes us down memory lane in new visuals for “Pretty Marie” WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVmSKlc4f20  Keep Up with D’Meetri on Social Media www.dmeetri.com www.instagram.com/dmeetrigriffin @DmeetriGriffin www.twitter.com/dmeetri @dmeetri www.facebook.com/OfficialDmeetri www.youtube.com/dmeetri More About D’Meetri: Pop Singer D’Meetri (Dominique Demetrice Griffin), was born in St. Paul, MN in Dec. of 1991. D’Meetri Studied music production and recording […]

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R&B singer D’Meetri takes us down memory lane in new visuals for “Pretty Marie”

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVmSKlc4f20

Keep Up with D’Meetri on Social Media
www.dmeetri.com
www.instagram.com/dmeetrigriffin @DmeetriGriffin
www.twitter.com/dmeetri @dmeetri
www.facebook.com/OfficialDmeetri
www.youtube.com/dmeetri

More About D’Meetri:

Pop Singer D’Meetri (Dominique Demetrice Griffin), was born in St. Paul, MN in Dec. of 1991. D’Meetri Studied music production and recording all through high school before he graduated and moved to Atlanta to begin a career as a songwriter. Shortly after the move to Atlanta, D’Meetri decided to move to Los Angeles to expand his career in Entertainment.

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How To Change The World? Watch Black Camaileon’s “One Nation” Music Video Here! http://jamsphere.com/news/how-to-change-the-world-watch-black-camaileons-one-nation-music-video-here http://jamsphere.com/news/how-to-change-the-world-watch-black-camaileons-one-nation-music-video-here#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 18:40:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34908 Hailing from New York, multi-talented artist Black Camaileon wants to make a huge positive impact on the world. You just have to pay attention to the lyrics of his new single “One Nation”, which calls for unity and peace. Sadly, division in any form is affecting people’s life, especially so in the USA. What’s more, […]

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Hailing from New York, multi-talented artist Black Camaileon wants to make a huge positive impact on the world. You just have to pay attention to the lyrics of his new single “One Nation”, which calls for unity and peace.

Sadly, division in any form is affecting people’s life, especially so in the USA. What’s more, there’s no better way to use music, the universal language of the world, to send positive vibes in every corner of the planet.

“One Nation” comes in the form of a Hip-Hop/Rap song with a vintage feel to it. One way or another, its instrumentation reminds me of the 90’s era. Actually, this beautiful tune was written decades ago, and its message still increases awareness even more now than ever before.

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https://www.blackcamaileon.com/

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LOS ANGELES BASED PRODUCER JEFF II IS BACK WITH A NEW SINGLE! http://jamsphere.com/news/los-angeles-based-producer-jeff-ii-is-back-with-a-new-single http://jamsphere.com/news/los-angeles-based-producer-jeff-ii-is-back-with-a-new-single#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 11:11:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34892 After the unbridled success of ‘Sleepless’, the Frenchman Jeff II returns with another EDM N’ Roll track called ‘Time on my side’. The song contains similar elements that we can hear in his previous releases: aggressive beats, distorted synthesizers, chopped vocal samples, and virtuosic guitar solos. Conversely, Jeff II has overall sound has become more […]

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After the unbridled success of ‘Sleepless’, the Frenchman Jeff II returns with another EDM N’ Roll track called ‘Time on my side’. The song contains similar elements that we can hear in his previous releases: aggressive beats, distorted synthesizers, chopped vocal samples, and virtuosic guitar solos.

Conversely, Jeff II has overall sound has become more palatable to the mainstream hoi polloi, as well as danceable. While ‘Sleepless’ was a song intended to be listened to via the intimacy of headphones, ‘Time on my side’ is designed to be played live or boisterously emanating from the speakers of a club.

It is still hard to place a discerning label on Parisian’s music due to the eclectic, yet ambiguous genre he subscribes to. It is not every day that one hears an 80’s hard rock guitar solo right after an electro-house type of chorus.  The heavy use of a supplementary cowbell adds an extra groovy rock n’ roll feel to the song, combined with some classic EDM breaks and build-ups.

Fundamentally, ‘Time on my side’ is replete with sounds akin to an amalgam of The Prodigy, Guns N’ Roses, Skrillex and Joe Satriani; not for everyone’s taste. With the uniqueness of his sound and the unequivocal quality of his tracks, Jeff II has the potential to become the next exciting thing in the world of electronic dance music.

OFFICIAL LINKS FOR JEFF II:

-Official Website: https://www.jeff2music.com/

-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff2music

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeff2music/

-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/jeffII

-Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ej2bg9Wme2OwmgiCZPmoU

-Google play: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist?id=A4iveveewlkx5k2ughanmla3bba&hl=fr

-Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/fr/artist/61996262

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Grandmaster Cockroach: “Music for Lousy Speakers” – vigorous, visceral, and near-perfect! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/grandmaster-cockroach-music-for-lousy-speakers-vigorous-visceral-and-near-perfect http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/grandmaster-cockroach-music-for-lousy-speakers-vigorous-visceral-and-near-perfect#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 09:20:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34879 Grandmaster Cockroach is an alternative rock duo made up of Loukas Giannakitsas, who sings and plays electric bass and Panagiotis Siamantis on drums. Formed in Athens during 2017, the two had previously collaborated as members of The Junkie Opera Choir, and decided to start a new project. Influenced by artists as diverse as Godspeed You! […]

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Grandmaster Cockroach is an alternative rock duo made up of Loukas Giannakitsas, who sings and plays electric bass and Panagiotis Siamantis on drums. Formed in Athens during 2017, the two had previously collaborated as members of The Junkie Opera Choir, and decided to start a new project. Influenced by artists as diverse as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Korn, Beastie boys, Nirvana, Grandmaster Cockroach have recently released their debut album, entitled “Music for Lousy Speakers”.

This is an alt-rock act that can go from a blasting furnace of fiery fury, to subtler, softer, ambient way of getting their message across. Replacing the wall-of-overdriven-bass-guitar with a more complex, textural and yet accessible sound. The inventive, fluid, constantly shifting tones of this album go to make it both hook-laden and yet scathingly aggressive.

Kicking off with what was the album’s first single, “Ecstacy”, Grandmaster Cockroach come out of the gate screaming, only to fall back into instrumental understatement, before once again exploding with its guitar crunch. “Lolita, I Do” mixes melody, rap verses and rumbling basslines supported by some excellent drumming.

The duo don’t just tell stories, they sit your mind down in a chair for 1o tracks minutes, open your eyes, and provide a musical consistency that conveys their messages of immediacy with high-end energy and poignancy.

Throughout “Music for Lousy Speakers”, it is evident that the creativity devoted to the vibration of each string or intensity of each drum beat is concentrated on blending the sound rather than having a single instrument stand out. The sheer talent of each musician is amplified as a result of this cohesiveness.

Developing such a focused sound is particularly remarkable on any track, considering that all the noise is made by bass and drums. The interplay on both, the powerful “Manneken” and the exceptionally subtle and dynamic “Oh!Whimsy” emphasizes the musical chemistry between Giannakitsas and Siamantis.

“Hngd” takes the album in a new direction musically as it breaks down the pace with its post-rock expansiveness. “Sleep” brings a chilling interlude with its disturbingly evolving soundscape, while maintaining a striking atmosphere. The vocals roar and soar as it weaves its way through the electric sludge and crunch.

The bone-crushing metal inspired riffs drive “Lucifer’s Blues” into oblivion where it hovers on a whisper, before descending into sonic hell, leaving a dramatic impression on the listener. “Clown of the Universe – Part 1” itself, is a vigorous, visceral, and near-perfect example of what modern alt-rock can be.

“In My Mind” is the sound of no compromise, bracing and pure. The neck-bulging vocals soar to incredible heights, driven by the euphoric drum and bass foundation. This song presents some of the most blistering moments on the album, which closes with “Oh! Whimsy (Remix)” – a most interesting take on the original.

Both tracks are among the most accessible songs on this album, and wouldn’t be out of place on mainstream radio. The lyrics, ethic, and musical talent shown on “Music for Lousy Speakers”, create a force that tears through the veil of modern alt-rock, allowing a brilliant light to emerge through the glossy pretension.

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INTERVIEW: The John Spignesi Band – Constantly working at their craft http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-the-john-spignesi-band-constantly-working-at-their-craft http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-the-john-spignesi-band-constantly-working-at-their-craft#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 12:06:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34873 Since their formation in 2015, The John Spignesi Band has steadily toured to build their following and establish their sound in the local jam scene. The John Spignesi Band features a line-up of experienced musicians, who know how to dazzle and entertain their audience, not only by way of their impressive technical skills, but also […]

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Since their formation in 2015, The John Spignesi Band has steadily toured to build their following and establish their sound in the local jam scene. The John Spignesi Band features a line-up of experienced musicians, who know how to dazzle and entertain their audience, not only by way of their impressive technical skills, but also due to the engaging, fun and positive nature of their tone. Blurring the lines of Soul, Rock and Funk, the group shines on stage, as well as in the studio, constantly working at their craft.

  1. How and when did the The John Spignesi Band start and who are the members involved?

John Spignesi: In the beginning, JSB was a side project to another band I was in.  I was playing pretty heavily with the other group and we had decided to take off the winters for some R&R.  For me, I like always having something to look forward to and with no gigs on the horizon; I knew I couldn’t go an entire winter without making music.

I had been attending the Open Jam at Donovan’s Reef in Branford for about two years at that point and met some really cool local musicians, who I just kind of connected with almost instantly.  Matt Alling (Drums) had just moved back to the Shoreline, I had seen Bob LaCroix (Bass) in various projects and Chris Mitchell (Keys) was another local guy who was always on the scene.  With my main band taking a break, I recruited these guys and a couple of backing singers, and JSB was formed.

In the beginning, we didn’t play that often, and when we did it was usually only local.  We also mainly did covers.  It’s funny how things change.  My other band ended up disbanding, and everything just kind of switched.  JSB became a full time gig and we’ve been at it for four years now.

The lineup has changed slightly over the years but currently it is:

John Spignesi – Guitar/Vocals

Joe Jeffery – Bass/Vocals

Chris Mitchell – Keys/Harmonica/Vocals

Matt Alling – Drums/Percussion/Vocals

  1. If someone has never heard your music, how would you describe your overall sound and style?

John Spignesi: We like to mix in a little of everything into our sets.  Genres span from a Santana vibe, to reggae, to straight-ahead rock.  Since the beginning, we’ve been open to various styles, and more importantly when we improvise the jams are never the same.  Sometimes songs will grind down to just ambiance and noise and we’ll transition into something else.  We never use setlists.  Maybe if there is a special guest or a substitute for the night, but for most shows it is completely off of feel.

  1. If any, which current artists do you listen to and respect for their artistic endeavors?

John Spignesi: Everyone here comes from different backgrounds and has different influences.  Matt Alling comes from a very strong prog-rock background, Chris Mitchell was on Dead Tour for years, and Joe Jeffery is about as eclectic as they come!  We have a lot of respect for artists such as Little Feat, Max Creek, Turkuaz, and so many more.  Mainly its because so many of these artists started off doing the same as what we’re doing now.  As a musician, you have to wear so many different hats, it’s like playing the music is the last thing on the list!  Running the website, booking, social media promotion, and marketing are just some of the many things you have to do, and we all really enjoy the whole process.

  1. Do you remember any of the first instruments you played?

John Spignesi: My mother rented a saxophone when I was in Middle School, and man I wish I stuck with it.  I’m pretty sure the only reason I played was because all of my friends were doing it. I think the first guitar I got was in 8th grade.  My Dad bought it for me off of eBay, and it was some knockoff brand called a “G. Burton.” I can still picture it in my head, the strings buzzed like crazy, and the amp was so small I could pick it up with my pinky.  It didn’t matter though.  I played that thing non-stop, and probably drove my parents nuts.

  1. Where do you do most of your recording and production work?

John Spignesi: For JSB, we have recorded both of our studio albums at Ace Tone Productions, LLC in Bethany, CT.  Matt Terribile is the owner/sound engineer, and man is he just a pleasure to work with. The thing I really respect about Matt is that he doesn’t give you any less than 100% while he’s in the studio with you.  And in turn, he expects the same from you.  He has no problem telling you if something needs to be changed.  The product is coming out of his studio after all, so he wants it to be as good as possible, which is totally justifiable.  He’s also a drummer and a singer, so he has a good set of ears for knowing what sounds good. I really can’t speak highly enough about working with Matt & the Ace Tone Productions crew.  A great guy, and a great friend.

  1. Studio work and music creation, or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer doing?

John Spignesi: No question, we are a live band, period.  We enjoy the studio because after touring so heavily during the year, it’s nice to be able to work out the individual parts and nuances in the studio, but our bread and butter is live, on the stage. As I’ve said, our jams take off in a different direction every night.  We could play the same song five nights in a row and it would sound different every time.  I don’t think I could play the same thing twice if I tried!

  1. Which one of your songs currently gets you excited the most when performing it? And does it have back story?

John Spignesi: It definitely changes night to night, but recently it’s been “Tough Guy.”  It’s got a little bit of a disco-feel, and I really like the message behind it.  Pretty much the back story is that someone had told me (without knowing me that well) that I had no idea what it meant to “struggle.”  The term itself is subjective, everyone goes through hard times, and we cannot cast a judgment upon someone just because we think that maybe they haven’t experienced the same things we have.  Everyone interprets things differently, which is why it’s important to be conscious of that and respectful.  The song is a response to that.

  1. Is there anything musically you believe you should have done differently in some way?

John Spignesi: For the first album, we did not track the whole thing together.  It sounded good, but not the same energy as the second record.  This time around, we really wanted it to feel like you walked into a room and there we were, playing for you.

  1. Could you describe your creative process? What do you usually start with and how do you go about shaping these ideas into a song?

John Spignesi: I have never been the type of person to sit down and say, “Okay, I am going to write a song now.”  To me, it has always come when I least expect it.  Sometimes I will draw upon experiences in my life, things I see or feel, and the words and music just sort of flow out of me.  When that happens, it is truly a beautiful thing and I make sure to always have a pen/pad handy!

  1. What were your main compositional, performance and production challenges in the beginning of this project and how have they changed over time?

John Spignesi: I remember Matt Alling (Drums) pulling me aside during the Donovan’s Reef open mic one night and telling me to “let the notes breathe.”  He was totally right.  I mean, I was ripping arpeggios over “The Thrill is Gone” like I was Yngwie Malmsteen. For me, listening has changed over time.  Sometimes the best thing to play is to nothing at all, and that is tough for a musician! Listening is so important, and knowing where to place your notes, is even more important.

  1. What are currently some of the most important tools and/or instruments you’re using in creating your sound?

John Spignesi: Chris Mitchell (Keys) now plays both piano and organ.  That has upgraded our sound tremendously.  He also has been known to add harmonica in every now and then.  I’m telling you, this guy is a virtuoso to say the least.  I have changed my setup over the years too.  More recently, I have been trying to play some more slide guitar in our sets, especially after being exposed to Little Feat and Lowell George.

  1. How essential do you think video is in relation to your music? Do you have a video you could suggest fans see, to get a better understanding of your craft?

John Spignesi: In today’s world, video is crucial.  The social media aspect demands it!  My background is in social media & video production, so I am always trying to work on new creative ways to expose us to new audiences and markets. If you want to get a sense of what we sound like, I think our most recent video at the legendary Toad’s Place gives a true sense of that:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_0LdEKf8JU

  1. What’s your view on the role and function of music as a cultural, political and/or social vehicle – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of artistry and entertainment?

John Spignesi: Oh man.  I try to stay away from that.  I have no problem with expressing my opinion if I am asked, but not in our music.  Social Media today has got everyone at each other’s throats, and it honestly makes me sad to see. I think one of the most beautiful things is when people of all different races, genders, etc. can turn off their minds for a few hours and just enjoy the music/art being created.  That to me is true entertainment.

  1. With more and more musicians creating and releasing music on their own, what are your feelings on how the music business works right now with all the digital platforms and streaming services? Are you happy about them or would you change anything?

John Spignesi: As I stated before, you wear so many different hats as an artist.  Today, I could release something online and someone in Sweden tomorrow could discover it.  It’s amazing how far we come.  It can be overwhelming with trying to keep up with all of the different platforms, but I feel like you have to stay sharp and always be ready for the next thing. I am a teacher during the day, and every day I learn something new from the students, just as they do from me.  We can all learn from each other.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in The John Spignesi Band’s endeavors so far?

John Spignesi: As I sit here and type this, I am getting ready for our four year celebration as a band tonight.  We’re actually playing Donovan’s Reef in Branford, where we had our second gig ever as a band.  It’s amazing to be able to walk in those doors and to see the respect and well wishes given to us by fans, family, & friends.  I am truly grateful for these opportunities.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with all the new technology at hand?

John Spignesi: You have to be on as many different platforms as possible.  Do what it takes to get yourself out there.  You are the best one who can represent yourself!

  1. What is the best piece of advice regarding the music business that you actually followed so far, and what is the piece advice you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

John Spignesi: Be original.  In the early days, I had seen what others were doing musically and tried to emulate it to an extent, but to be honest, it just comes across as copying.  We have drawn from others, sure, but we have molded those drawings into something we can call our own.

  1. Reaching audiences usually involves exploiting media opportunities, and possibly working with a PR company. How do you handle your marketing? Do you have a team or do you do it all by yourselves?

John Spignesi: As of right now, everything is self-run, but that may change in the future!  Who knows.  Like I said, we enjoy doing it….for now!

  1. Tell us something about your latest music release and where fans can find it?

John Spignesi: Our new album is entitled, “Beautiful Dream” and it is set to release on May 25, 2019 at Strange Creek Campout in Greenfield, MA!  This is our best work yet.  You’ll be able to find it on iTunes, Spotify, and any other major music platform.  We’re super proud of the end result, and we think you will be too.

  1. Do you have a specific musical vision or goal set in your mind for The John Spignesi Band to reach or achieve?

John Spignesi: Our goal has always been to reach that “next-level,” whatever it may be.  The next level could be that big show, or the next album.  We’re always looking upwards and onwards.  Staying stagnant is not an option.

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INTERVIEW: Gregg James is ready to release his debut single “Half Of Me” http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-gregg-james-is-ready-to-release-his-debut-single-half-of-me http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-gregg-james-is-ready-to-release-his-debut-single-half-of-me#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 23:51:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34865 Gregg James is a singer/songwriter, currently weeks away from releasing his debut single titled “Half Of Me”. Recently James took the time to give us some insight into his back story and mindset. How long have you been making music? Gregg James: I’ve been singing since forever, but publicly I wanna say I started this […]

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Gregg James is a singer/songwriter, currently weeks away from releasing his debut single titled “Half Of Me”. Recently James took the time to give us some insight into his back story and mindset.

  1. How long have you been making music?

Gregg James: I’ve been singing since forever, but publicly I wanna say I started this when i was 16 or 17.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

Gregg James: Definitely Usher and The Backstreet Boys.

  1. Which current artists are you listening to, or admire most?

Gregg James: Oh man there are so many…let’s see. Bazzi, The Weeknd definitely, Jake Miller. Those are heavy hitters right now.

  1. You are releasing your debut single, “Half of Me”. Could you tell us something how this song came about?

Gregg James: I’ve actually been writing this song for quite a while now. I scrapped it once or twice and then finally found the right team of people to get the job done and vision I saw for this project.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people will enjoy about this track, and your music in general?

Gregg James: I am a very soulful person. I love listening to passionate records because well,I’m a passionate person. I’m all about the raw talent, mixed with the right sound and good vibes. Whether you’re at a club, in your room, in your car, at a party or just listening casually I made this for everyone to enjoy and vibe to. I personally think they will enjoy the vocals, and that guitar…when you hear it…oh man, it’s beautiful. I have put a lot of hard work into this, so I hope they love it.

  1. What do you think separates you from the massive crowd of artists emerging from the online platforms right now?

Gregg James: I feel that a lot of people try and imitate someone else’s sound and that’s why it doesn’t work out. Me personally, I blend my inspirations in my music but I also bring me, Gregg James into the mix and a lot of it. I want to be me, not the next somebody else. I’m doing this for me because I simply love music.

  1. Could you describe your creative process? What do you usually start with – lyrics or music – and how do you go about shaping these ideas into a song?

Gregg James: I have always loved to write, but for the most part I will come up with melodies in my head and then translate that to a sound. I love to sit with producers and the engineers and put our heads together. I’m a very hands on type of person. The lyrics are absolutely vital but so is the music. I also take personal experiences or experiences I’ve seen others go through and put that into writing.

  1. How strict are you with genres? Are you comfortable working with most genres and styles and do you have a preferred style?

Gregg James: I’m not very strict at all. I will seriously listen to anything. Talent comes in all different styles and I will listen to anything once. I like to work with hip hop artists, I wouldn’t mind incorporating certain styles but I do like Bazzi and The Weeknd’s style. It’s very unique and passionate.

  1. What are some of the main challenges you’re facing now, in recording producing or marketing your music?

Gregg James: Well I’m actually pretty ahead of the game right now I would say. I’m actually already back in the studio working on the next project. I’ve been doing marketing here and there, building a following before the release. I feel like I’m right where I should be. I’m blessed honestly.

  1. Are you happy about the way the music business works today with all the digital platforms, or is there something you would change?

Gregg James: I’m actually quite satisfied with the way it works. I think it’s fantastic that people can listen to my music and everyone else’s on so many digital platforms. It’s great, and I think each platform is unique in their own way too.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Gregg James: Yes. I truly believe that social media is everything. The biggest music stars are very huge on social media and I think it’s important to build a following. Interacting with supporters and potential new listeners is very important, especially in the beginning stages. I feel like you should take a few minutes to understand your fan demographics and reach out to them and say Thank you. I am no stranger on social media, if you say “hi” to me and tell me you support me, I appreciate that. We might even chat every now and then, the fans are everything.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music, and will you be producing one for your single?

Gregg James: Yes. Videos are totally important, and do I have plans for a visual? Oh yes, there are plans.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Gregg James: The most exciting thing for me is building relations. Whether it’s personal or business you meet a lot of exciting and talented individuals along the way. I love to listen to up and coming talent, I feel like if you don’t you’re just not giving them a chance. That leads to what discourages me most, and that would be how people think a signed act is more important and more talented than an unsigned act. People have their reasons for not signing deals and we have to respect that. I don’t feel it’s fair for us not to give artists like myself and others a chance. We are doing everything we can, we just don’t have that big name behind our brand. That’s the only difference.

  1. Do you only create and work in a studio environment, or do you also find time to perform live? And which of these two do you ultimately enjoy more?

Gregg James: No I create art anywhere. I love working in the studio but we all go to the studio to make amazing music that we look forward to play at live shows. I would have to say the most rewarding part of everything is being on that stage and showing everyone what you created behind the scenes, and everyone who was behind the scenes learns to appreciate their music even more.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style? Where do you do most of your recording and production work? And do you outsource any or all of these processes?

Gregg James: I would tell them to just listen to me with an open ear. No other artist images in mind. I have a soulful voice, with soulful but yet pop type music. I work with a few guys in a studio near me. That’s where the majority of the art is created. I love to sit in on the mixes and help with anything that I can.

  1. How do you handle criticism and haters? Is it something you pay attention to?

Gregg James: Okay honestly I use to get so defensive back in the day. I know that I have always had the potential to be a singer but I have heard some harsh criticism before. Now I understand that it’s just the way the world works. I like when people are knowledgeable about critiquing and don’t just say something is “Trash” or “You suck” that right there doesn’t offer any advice to anyone, so that to me I would ignore and move on from. I don’t let little things like that shake me up because every day I wake up working on getting better than I was the day before. It’s all about progress.

  1. As a young and upcoming artist, what are your thoughts on talent shows like American Idol, The Voice, or The X Factor, etc.? Is this something you would consider doing if given the chance?

Gregg James: I actually tried out for The Voice in 2015 or 2016 I forget, but I met a lot of really awesome singers there. I was there probably 8 hours, or so. All day event and I went to the last city auditions and out of my group of 20 people, they chose 1 singer. I was okay with it, but man was there so much talent overlooked in there. I did a lot of networking though, and it only pushed me to get better.

   18. Where can people find you on social media if they wish to follow your career?

Gregg James: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud, Youtube. Just type in “iamgreggjames” I have a snapchat too and post regularly on there the name is gjdo3.

  1. If you had the chance to sign to a major record label would you and why? If not, why would you choose to stay independent?

Gregg James: This is a tough one here. Honestly I have always seen myself as an artist with a commercial sound and I want to be a big name in the music industry. If the deal was right and I felt everything was fair and just, I would definitely sign a deal. I’m not label searching, I’m just looking to put my music out there and gain interest whether it be from artists, producers, or record labels I’m all about putting out the art that I love. If people love it, great, and if not back to the lab to create and engage more people.

  1. Do you have a specific musical milestone set for the near future, and what else can fans expect from you in 2019?

Gregg James: I would love to start doing shows whether it’s local gigs, club gigs, or even some festivals and what not. I’m also hoping to have an EP ready for the end of this year or into next. I’m not on a time frame but I do have a lot of projects in the works. Whether it be features, or my own music, you will be hearing much more from me this year.

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‘Piece of Mind’ is a release by Indie Butterflies Dream, a new rock band with 90’ sound and influences http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/piece-of-mind-is-a-release-by-indie-butterflies-dream-a-new-rock-band-with-90-sound-and-influences http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/piece-of-mind-is-a-release-by-indie-butterflies-dream-a-new-rock-band-with-90-sound-and-influences#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 19:22:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34856 The new track ‘Piece of Mind’ is the second release from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album ‘Indie Butterflies Dream’. The first single titled ‘Seven’ is a rock style themed ballad, while the latest track, ‘Piece of mind’, forges strong 90’s alternative vibes. Indie Butterflies Dream is definitely band worth checking out. First single ‘Seven’ […]

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The new track ‘Piece of Mind’ is the second release from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album ‘Indie Butterflies Dream’. The first single titled ‘Seven’ is a rock style themed ballad, while the latest track, ‘Piece of mind’, forges strong 90’s alternative vibes. Indie Butterflies Dream is definitely band worth checking out.

First single ‘Seven’ released on December 2018.

Music & Lyrics: Jackob Pasha (Breyna)
ISRC: QZES91888470

Song name: ‘Piece of mind’
Producer: Ruven Hayun
Duration: 03:46
ISRC: QZDA51998126

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-662239824

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/piece-of-mind-single/1452599360?uo=4&app=itunes&at=1001lry3&ct=twitter

Youtube:
https://youtu.be/iAAUh76s_fc

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/track/6HkJ3SwhY7EbvwKPnTXTd9?si=J3CzpwxyRMK2zgM0gXGyMg

http://www.twitter.com/indiebdream

http://www.instagram.com/indiebdream

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Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine March 2019 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-march-2019 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-march-2019#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2019 01:34:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34829 The March 2019 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – DVEC, Tony Marino, illrecur, Love Ghost, Jakson, The Used Notes, OfficialVybe, Sevy Campos, Javyn Knight, Shallow Side, YHN Hammertime – Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month […]

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The March 2019 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – DVEC, Tony Marino, illrecur, Love Ghost, Jakson, The Used Notes, OfficialVybe, Sevy Campos, Javyn Knight, Shallow Side, YHN Hammertime –

Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop for our magazine, ready for digital download or to be delivered as a physical printed copy right to your door. Copies are also distributed to industry professionals and music’s top tastemakers, as we continue our quest to make indie irresistible!

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine March 2019

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32 pages, published 3/31/2019

The March 2019 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – DVEC, Tony Marino, illrecur, Love Ghost, Jakson, The Used Notes, OfficialVybe, Sevy Campos, Javyn Knight, Shallow Side, YHN Hammertime -Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop for our magazine, ready for digital download or to be delivered as…

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Interview with Kids On Bridges who drop their new single “Weapon Of Choice” http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-kids-on-bridges-who-drop-their-new-single-weapon-of-choice http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-kids-on-bridges-who-drop-their-new-single-weapon-of-choice#respond Sat, 30 Mar 2019 13:28:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34825 After the recent chart success of Kids On Bridges new single, Weapon Of Choice. We were fortunate enough to catch-up with the lead singer Christian Bragg. Tell us how the band got together  We originally met in Alien Sound Studios. I was working with the producer Mark who runs the studio, extremely talented but like […]

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After the recent chart success of Kids On Bridges new single, Weapon Of Choice. We were fortunate enough to catch-up with the lead singer Christian Bragg.

  1. Tell us how the band got together 

We originally met in Alien Sound Studios. I was working with the producer Mark who runs the studio, extremely talented but like the Yoda of producers. On some early ideas for what would be the debut album it was originally meant to be a studio project. Dan and Andy were in another band working on an album, albeit our two worlds met and we become Kids On Bridges

We also ended up working with Steve Dub (Chemical Brothers) who finished the album.

  1. Is it true you got your name from some kids throwing bricks off a motorway bridge at your car? 

True story. I had a new car and was driving to Manchester and got to end of M62, I looked up at the bridge to see bricks falling which smashed my car! But to take a positive I got the name for the band!

  1. You’ve been described as Pop Terrorists is that a good description

Lyrically yes. I think it came from being part of anti X-Factor and having all our social media shit down! And also our video to bankers was band! The idea of the music was always to have a message behind it but one that was to a catchy backdrop that sometimes led to the message being more subliminal. I think we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to free speech so if you have something to say then say it. Not everyone is going to agree with your opinion but that’s fine as long as you speak your mind.

  1. Who are the bands biggest influence? 

We are massively influenced by bands such as Phoenix, Mutemath, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Dr John & the Meters. (I love the production and effort that goes into some of those bands listed, music) I’m a studio obsessive! Love great production. My brother has also been a big influence he always introduced me to music. As most do I absolutely love buying music.

 

  1. Being based within the UK, how was it to play in New Orleans

We’ve been fortunate enough to perform in the States a fair few times. New Orleans is possibly my favourite city in the world it lives and breathes music. To perform at venues such as Tipitinas with some of the finest musicians in the world was a truly amazing experience. On the new album we will have a few guest performers from the city and have been fortunate enough to have Ziggy Modeliste, of the Meters feature on a track as well as a fantastic poet called Chuck Perkins.

  1. Tell us about the new single Weapon Of Choice. 

It was really an old idea that we had performed live with the Hot 8 Brass band a few times and one we were constantly being asked about. The time seemed right with what’s going on in the world and the lyrics seemed to resonate. As it says at the start of the video we all have our religious and political beliefs but sometimes it’s about doing the right thing and the most powerful weapon we have for change is our voice, you have one so use it! Weapon Of Choice is currently top 10 UK and number 15 in France, so we can’t complain. Our fan base and the public have pretty much turned it into a viral release. We also played it at shows with Beck, LCD sound system and two door cinema club.

  1. What are the plans for the remainder of 2019? 

Hopefully we will have the new album out, we will be looking at a final mixdown over in the states (New Orleans & LA) before some shows in China & Japan, then we should be good to go. It’s been a labour of love the new album, we haven’t rushed it and have had time to deliver melodically what we really wanted to.

  1. How important do you think syncs are to helping break bands? 

Really important, I think it’s possibly one of the only ways a new band can really be heard on a level playing field.  We’ve been fortunate enough to have a tune featured in footlocker and that exposure brings more attention than radio play (radio is still great but there aren’t that many stations that give new music an opportunity) and then with a sync you end-up with more Spotify and Apple music plays. That again results in plays in stores etc., so it all goes hand in hand.  Further to syncs, working on remixes is a great way to expose the band to a new audience. We worked on a fair few in our time. We beat Nile Rodgers Of Chic to get the INXS, Kick 30 job!

  1. If you could work with any artist who would it be? 

Ahh difficult… If they were still alive it would be David Bowie or Prince. However unfortunately they are not so, Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Phoenix or Mutemath at that. They would also be on my list.

  1. Who will win the premier league? 

Ermmm Liverpool of course.

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Marley Hendrix Drops His Third Single “Astonishing” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marley-hendrix-drops-his-third-single-astonishing http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marley-hendrix-drops-his-third-single-astonishing#respond Fri, 29 Mar 2019 17:38:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34813 Marley Hendrix (better known as Terry Gibson or Riley G) is a hip-hop artist born and raised in the Golden Triangle Area of North Mississippi. Being around music at a young age, having a grandfather that played the piano, as well as the majority of the women in his family were choir voices (his uncle […]

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Marley Hendrix (better known as Terry Gibson or Riley G) is a hip-hop artist born and raised in the Golden Triangle Area of North Mississippi. Being around music at a young age, having a grandfather that played the piano, as well as the majority of the women in his family were choir voices (his uncle Bobby Crawford worked with Keith Sweat unbeknown to Marley till years later). Influenced by greats such as Al Green, Johnny Taylor, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, to more modern acts like Tupac Shakur, UGK, Outkast, and Snoop Dogg (Snoop actually being a childhood nickname dubbed to him by his uncle for the way he recited his verses so well).

Marley would often sneak out after bedtime to partake in the freestyle cyphers with his older cousins. He would go on to write and record his first song at 13 showing early promise as a lyricist however having an unorthodox but melodic delivery. Relocating to the 757 area on the East coast he would go on to write and release his 1st single Hopeless Romance in 2018 under his own independent label alongside co-creators Gladney King, and Uncle Blu.

Receiving warm reception on the underground hop scene for his unique sound, southern accent, and lyrical focus, his music has been described as having a surprisingly West Coast vibe with subtle brashness. His 2nd single H3ll Yeah, released on New Year’s Day, is a provocative club banger with an interesting plot that Marley sets up nicely with his lyrical approach. 2019 looks to have some great things in store for this artist also adding acting to his repertoire after acing an audition for well-known director Jeff Sievers and company, Marley is currently in talks with a talent agency to perfect and push his new found talent.

Recently dropping his 3rd single Astonishing, in March, it seems to be as the title says, with Marley unleashing a barrage of word play and metaphorical punchlines. With the About Time mixtape in works set to drop in May, and having his EP Vision set to be released on July 9th, his birthday, look out for this new artist on the horizon. If you would like to join his wave all music is available on all platforms.

OFFICIAL LINKS TO CONNECT WITH MARLEY HENDRIX:

Music link: https://snd.click/tVpeI

IG: https://instagram.com/Marleyhendrix11

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marleyhendrix74

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marley-Hendrix-229465517750909/

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10 Best Rappers of All Time http://jamsphere.com/news/10-best-rappers-of-all-time http://jamsphere.com/news/10-best-rappers-of-all-time#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:43:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34793 Rap is one of the best expressive genres of music that flourished during the 80s and 90s and is still very popular. So, what makes rap music so captivating? Is it the real-life struggles and stories that are conveyed through it or the artists who bring life and soul to the words? Well it’s much […]

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Rap is one of the best expressive genres of music that flourished during the 80s and 90s and is still very popular. So, what makes rap music so captivating? Is it the real-life struggles and stories that are conveyed through it or the artists who bring life and soul to the words? Well it’s much more. Let’s talk about the best rappers who got us hooked to rap music.

  1. Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known as Eminem, is the synonym of rap for most people. The struggles of his life, family issues, addiction, recovery, and everything in between are portrayed in his songs of unparalleled wordplay and that’s why we love the ‘Rap God’. Must listen- Lose Yourself.

  1. Nas

Rapper Nasir Jones, stage name Nas, is one of the most significant contributor of rap music. His first album, Illmatic is critically acclaimed and is one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. His songs tell a story and he is best known for his powerful lyrics. Must listen- N.Y. State of Mind.

  1. Tupac

Tupac Shakur, popularly known as 2pac/Tupac, lived a short but very successful life. He is considered a pioneer for singing about social issues like inequality and racism, deviating from the then popular gangsta rap. Five albums released after his death are certified platinum. Must listen- Dear Mama.

  1. Ice Cube

Ice Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson Sr. also belonged to the NWA group. His solo albums AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, and Death Sentence are certified platinum. Along with being a successful rapper, he has also made his mark in movies, over 50 in count. Must listen- a large selection of Death Certificate.

  1. Notorious Big

Notorious Big is the stage name of Christopher Wallace, who also goes by the name of Biggie Smalls. And he truly was a biggie in the world of rap. His debut album Ready to Die made him extremely popular and Life After Death was a certified Diamond. Need I say more? Must listen- Juicy.

  1. Rakim

William Griffin Jr, changed name, Rakim Allah went against the tide of high energy rap and developed his own easy breezy style in the 80s. Not only that, he brought multisyllabic rhymes into the picture. His unique take towards rap music made him an idol for many. Must listen- Follow the leader.

  1. Jay- Z

Shawn Carter, a.k.a Jay-Z is the consistent player in the rap world. He has grown substantially from 90s gangsta rap to influential lyrics. Proof? He has won 22 Grammy Awards and he is the first rapper to be included into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Must listen- rather sing his peppy songs on a karaoke mic.

  1. Dr.Dre

Andre Young, stage name Dr.Dre was a part of popular rap group NWA, who first started gangsta rap. He brought exceptional talent to the rap world like Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar etc. The song let me ride, from his first album got him a Grammy and made his mark as a rapper. Must listen- Still D.R.E.

  1. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is the new generation of rap, taking inspiration from great rappers like Tupac and Notorious BIG. His album, To Pimp a Butterfly bagged the Grammy for Best Rap Album. He aces the art of storytelling with his lyrics. Must listen- m.A.A.d city.

  1. Snoop Dogg

Calvin Broadus Jr. a.k.a Snoop Dogg is considered the king of freestyle rap because his rap style has a laidback quality with smooth flow and these qualities are unmatched. The flow and simplicity of his songs makes you wanna lay back, close eyes and enjoy the beat. See for yourself- listen to Gin and Juice.

In the end, it’s all about good music folks.

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5 Tips to Maintain Vinyl Records http://jamsphere.com/news/5-tips-to-maintain-vinyl-records http://jamsphere.com/news/5-tips-to-maintain-vinyl-records#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 09:51:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34790 Vinyl is obsession for many, and the sweet sound that it produces is incomparable. Gramophone and vinyl records are classic, and we all know one thing about classy things, they are high maintenance, those who own records know it very well. So, if you have been recently fascinated by them and want to start owning […]

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Vinyl is obsession for many, and the sweet sound that it produces is incomparable. Gramophone and vinyl records are classic, and we all know one thing about classy things, they are high maintenance, those who own records know it very well. So, if you have been recently fascinated by them and want to start owning these ‘handle with care babies’ then here are some important steps to take care of them like a pro. Even if you are an experienced person, learning some new steps will definitely be beneficial, right? So, read on.

  1. Proper Storage Is Important

Properly storing your vinyl records is one of the most important factors to increase its lifespan. It’s not rocket science, just a few easy things to keep in mind, never store vinyl records horizontally one on top other because it damages the grooves, keep it vertically and that too not very tightly, there should be enough space. Always keep records in their sleeves and you can even use an extra outer sleeve for further protection. Being extra cautious is always rewarding.

  1. Regular Cleaning

Even if you don’t use your records that often, make sure that you take time out every now and then to do a thorough cleaning of all of them. To clean your records, use a brush to remove dust or get a carbon fiber brush to get the job done nicely. You can use cleaning fluids as well, you’ll get lots of options online. If you have a huge or priceless collection that you want to safeguard for a long time, then invest in a record washer or record vacuum cleaner. You’ll get all of those and much more at vinyl vintage.

  1. Using Records Cautiously

Whenever you want to make use of your prized possession, be cautious. Handle the records carefully, touch only the edge and inner label, keep your hand steady while cueing and manually putting the needle on the record. When you have to remove the needle, keep patience and first make sure that the record has stopped spinning, then carefully remove the needle. All these measures will ensure that there are no scratches on the records. After using the record brush, it nicely and put back in its sleeve.

  1. Protect from Damaging Factors

There are so many factors that can cause damage to your records. While proper storage, handling and cleaning will keep a lot of possible damages at bay, there are a few other factors that you have to take care of. You should keep the records away from extreme humidity as it can cause fungus to grow on the records and damage it. Also your record storage area should be away from direct sunlight and extreme heat as there is a risk of the records getting warped. Choose a dry, cold place away from sunlight.

  1. Handling Stylus and Turntable

Manual turntable needs extra care while handling as it has the stylus that you have to place and lift whenever you decide to enjoy a soulful session. Always be gentle while dealing with the stylus. Remember, never to move or shake the turntable while playing a record, that is sure to give scratches and therefore degrading the sound. If you are not good at handling the stylus and end up damaging a lot of records, then switch to an automatic turntable. It will give you the same result and will keep your records safe!

Keeping and maintaining vinyl records can be difficult and tiring but if you love it, then it’s worth it. Don’t compromise on its maintenance. Learn to blend some smart work with the hard work following these easy steps and you can be rest assured that your valued possession is getting the care that it should. Let the music play!

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Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar – CxA – ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ is something really gorgeous! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cxa-peaches-n-sage-is-something-really-gorgeous http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cxa-peaches-n-sage-is-something-really-gorgeous#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 22:02:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34780 If you ask the duo of Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar, better known as CxA what the goal of their music was, their reply would probably be, it’s to make a place where all listeners can come to feel safe and relieved from their pain, anxieties, and all other stresses in life. Because that’s […]

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If you ask the duo of Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar, better known as CxA what the goal of their music was, their reply would probably be, it’s to make a place where all listeners can come to feel safe and relieved from their pain, anxieties, and all other stresses in life. Because that’s exactly what their Cloud Rap single, ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ sounds like. Cypher the Avatar is one of the best alternative rappers mainly because of his presence. He’s confident but not cocky; honest but not vulgar. Cypher comes across as someone who is genuine and sure of himself, and his raps reflect that. His vocal style can be appreciated by anyone who likes mainstream rap, but his music still has that spacey sound that cloud rap is known for.

If you’ve been living under a rock and still have never heard of cloud rap before, it just might be your new favorite subgenre of hip hop. To give you a hint, if you know what sad boi rappers are, you already know half of what you need to know about cloud rap.

Musically, the genre is marked by spacey, hazy sounds, lo-fi sound quality, and a retro Myspace kind of vibe. ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ is an eclectic track that combines the haze of 808s, trap percussion, and even some nocturnal R&B and electro-chill.

Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar brings to the table the epitome of this niche that’s been under so much scrutiny recently. And, to be honest, they do a great job of exemplifying all of the redeeming qualities of it. The aforementioned production value not only is on point, sprinkled with layer upon layer of spacey pads, and melodic bells, but blends into something really gorgeous.

A hypnotic and fitting foundation for Kali Ma to lay down her airy and ethereal vocals. In a scene where rap with a strong melodic side is primarily embraced, Kali Ma’s voice provides an essential element to this song.

Cypher the Avatar vocal style is very contained and unassuming on ‘Peaches n’ Sage’, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s this laid back style that makes him one of the better sounding cloud rappers right now, although he’s been around in alternative rap for a while.

His delivery is very matter-of-fact, almost like he’s talking. He is very sincere and he doesn’t rely on pure bravado like other rappers do. His lyrics are also deeply personal and, well, melancholic in this case.

While lyricism clearly isn’t a focal point on a track like ‘Peaches n’ Sage’, there are still hints of greatness in some of Cypher’s rhymes. He has always had a knack for constructing music in which nearly everything he says is quotable. Cypher the Avatar is a technically impressive rapper when he wants to be – running through his catalog, you’ll notice that his modus operandi calls for a variety of flow schemes, hooks, and ad libs.

Instead here, the vocal haze needs to stands out well, which is what a true cloud rap song should accomplish. That being said, this is yet another overall solid display of what Cypher the Avatar is, and can bring to the table. Peaches n’ Sage’ Produced by Banklin is the first official track between Kali Ma & CxA, and intends setting the stage for their upcoming projects.

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“Cheat Code” by VerseBorn ft. Menhir – an uninterrupted stream of consciousness! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cheat-code-by-verseborn-ft-menhir-an-uninterrupted-stream-of-consciousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cheat-code-by-verseborn-ft-menhir-an-uninterrupted-stream-of-consciousness#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 16:41:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34774 “Cheat Code” by VerseBorn ft. Menhir is a mostly uninterrupted stream of consciousness. Breaks in the story only occur when one the language switches from English to Italian and back, and when the plot ends and another begins. To call this track unique would be inadequate. The storyline is extremely complex, with recurring motifs. It’s […]

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“Cheat Code” by VerseBorn ft. Menhir is a mostly uninterrupted stream of consciousness. Breaks in the story only occur when one the language switches from English to Italian and back, and when the plot ends and another begins. To call this track unique would be inadequate. The storyline is extremely complex, with recurring motifs. It’s hard to follow, but that’s the point. VerseBorn and Menhir want your undivided attention for the track’s entirety. Straight off the cuff, the listener is thrust right into the action. In true artistic fashion, interconnecting storylines are articulated through interconnecting verses. But even when they aren’t, both VerseBorn and Menhir comes correct lyrically. The core theme is on socio-political and authoritarian issues that plague our society, as the artists ram their convictions home.

VerseBorn

Most rappers follow a simple-yet-disappointing trajectory. Their breakout project is full of honest musings that capture the ears and souls of the youth — only to release hollow follow-up offerings. VerseBorn is an exception, though.

Every single track he has released, always applies the same initial intent- to deliver good music and leave a message that resonates and educates listeners. “Cheat Code” ft. Menhir, is no exception, and even if you cannot understand the Italian language verses, the tones of voice will be enough to set you emotions in motion.

It’s a solid single with mass appeal that still maintains artistic integrity. VerseBorn and Menhir dive into the dual emotions of disgust and outward contempt. That they’re able to harness such complexity into a catchy package stamps them out as artists with eclectic crossover potential and imbues “Cheat Code” with a sense of focus and skill.

Verseborn brings an understated melodic tone, while Menhir drives the track with aggressive, guttural power. The contrasts play off each other perfectly for a dynamic track that will please many ears, either side of the ocean.

In today’s universe of millions of swagger stylists, where suburban pop and niche mumble markets abound everywhere, Verseborn sets himself apart – by the music he makes, the lyrics he writes, and the company he keeps.

Menhir

Italian rappers Menhir – comprising the voices of Momak and Kingaiè – represent top notch company, in any language you care to translate their verses. Technically on point, and artistically conscious they present the perfect foil to Verseborn’s carefully weighted delivery. Moreover, he is able to utilize the controlled chaos of Menhir over the persistent score that has an increased potency with each deeper listen.

Each set of verses is a conversation with all its dynamic pitch fluctuations, emotional outbursts and countless techniques that vary from emcee to emcee, blending into an articulated menace against those who constantly operate their abuse of power.

The intelligent rhymes takes you back to a time when hip hop was at its most authentic. “Cheat Code” by VerseBorn ft. Menhir is a track that demands a huge amount of respect for obvious reasons.

MORE ABOUT VERSEBORN: VerseBorn is an American artist hailing from San Francisco, California. He has amassed a worldwide following and is a member of the KonQuest Now artist collective. VerseBorn was raised on Wu-Tang and Souls of Mischief and was able to carve out a pallet similar to Planet Asia and Talib Kweli as a younger mc. While drawing upon inspiration from RZA, Apollo Brown and J Dilla, VerseBorn began producing beats and instrumentals, many of which have been placed in film, commercials and sporting broadcasts. VerseBorn’s song-writing and production credits include artists from Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, E-One and more.

MORE ABOUT MENHIR: The Menhirs, with the voices of Momak and Kingaiè (also known as Kappa), were born in 1997 from the merger of the two historical hip hop groups from Nuoro: the W.A.R. and the S.M.P. active between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The Menhirs are initially formed as breakers. The first examples of this artistic expression date back to 1982. They have since had numerous releases while impacting the Italian scene. Along the way they have never forgotten their Sardinian roots which is constantly infused into their music.

OFFICIAL LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Menhir.produzioni/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeCvB46ZViEtMl3hlTVc64g
https://www.pandora.com/artist/verseborn/AR4nXwXc7kh42nw
https://soundcloud.com/verseborn
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/verseborn/394020497
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1X79U9cUNDLyhhHUrfEgX2

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New Songs to Confront Rising Tide of Hatred by Rev Peter Unger http://jamsphere.com/news/new-songs-to-confront-rising-tide-of-hatred-by-rev-peter-unger http://jamsphere.com/news/new-songs-to-confront-rising-tide-of-hatred-by-rev-peter-unger#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 01:36:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34770 Rev Peter Unger embraces a pastoral sense of beauty on the spacious skies of I Believe in Second Chances. Throughout the piece Rev Peter Unger explores the oft-ignored benefits of faith. One of the greatest elements of faith rests within the idea of forgiveness for past transgressions. No one is perfect and attaining perfection is […]

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Rev Peter Unger embraces a pastoral sense of beauty on the spacious skies of I Believe in Second Chances. Throughout the piece Rev Peter Unger explores the oft-ignored benefits of faith. One of the greatest elements of faith rests within the idea of forgiveness for past transgressions. No one is perfect and attaining perfection is a life-long goal. Lyrics focus upon this concept the improvement of the self. Without forgiveness however, this goal becomes impossible for if all were judged by their worst actions self-improvement would remain illusionary at best. Low key arrangements help to place Rev Peter Unger’s voice front and center of the entire mix, ensuring his steady delivery soothes the soul.

Stream: https://www.reverbnation.com/revpeterunger/song/30537602-i-believe-in-second-chances

Nimble guitar work helps to anchor his voice. Keeping the arrangement to the absolute essentials allows the song a degree of intimacy. Delicate acoustic finger-picking goodness done just right helps to emphasize the strength of his message. By allowing all of this to merge into a virtual stream of consciousness sermon the song reflects upon concepts of hope, hope for being better and hope for the future. A slow sort of build occurs as each line further colors in the importance of the message. Towards the end of the piece it slowly peels back to reveal the strength of his voice once more.

Sung with a soulfulness and lingering in deep contemplation, Rev Peter Unger delves into a sense of optimism with I Believe in Second Chances.

Rev Peter Unger Song For Peace

Rev Peter Unger captures the zeitgeist on the compassionate folk spiritual Song For Peace. His vocal delivery has an unwavering quality to it as it rests front and center of the entirety of the piece. By opting for something so positive and soothing, Rev Peter Unger shows how to find moments of connection even amongst the darkest hours. Storytelling truly helps in exploring how people can resolve differences in a peaceful manner, one that decides to focus on the similarities and not on what divides people. Throughout the whole of the piece the instrumental accompaniment goes for a just right approach, underpinning the message as the track gradually builds.

Stream: https://www.reverbnation.com/revpeterunger/song/30541560-song-for-peace

Not a moment is wasted for Rev Peter Unger’s parable begins without any hesitation. Focusing upon war may appear to be a false start at first, but it later shows the pointless tragedy of war, of how it can change a whole community. A solution presents itself one where the next generation can be free of such division. By letting the attention shift to the next generation, those without that history, the history can perhaps be forever changed. Such a sense of hope permeates this message and also points out the absurdity of what has led to these problems. Towards the final moments of the piece it all comes together in a beautiful burst of color.

Crafted with considerable thought and care, Rev Peter Unger offers a message of togetherness on the tender Song For Peace.

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