Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marcus Christ To Perform at The Airliner In Los Angeles on October 19th! http://jamsphere.com/news/marcus-christ-perform-airliner-los-angeles-october-19th http://jamsphere.com/news/marcus-christ-perform-airliner-los-angeles-october-19th#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:19:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29694 LOS ANGELES – MtB Entertainment has confirmed that Marcus Christ will perform his new singles, “I Get High on the Most High“, “If I Die Tonight“, and “You Knew That” to promote his upcoming double album Prince of the Universe due 12/7/2017! Pre-sell begins November 7th and comes with an exclusive download. Currently, MtB Entertainment is offering fans a chance to win 2 […]

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LOS ANGELES – MtB Entertainment has confirmed that Marcus Christ will perform his new singles, “I Get High on the Most High“, “If I Die Tonight“, and “You Knew That” to promote his upcoming double album Prince of the Universe due 12/7/2017! Pre-sell begins November 7th and comes with an exclusive download. Currently, MtB Entertainment is offering fans a chance to win 2 free tickets ($30 value) by signing up for the free newsletter at MtB Entertainment’s website.

All three singles that will be performed at The Airliner in Los Angeles on October 19th have received positive feedback from radio stations and blogs. The most popular single is “If I Die Tonight”. The newest single “You Knew That” showcases Marcus Christ ability to vocally perform in addition to everything else. “I Get High on the Most High” has become MtB Entertainment’s 4/20 hit of the year.

This will be the first show Marcus Christ will perform at since his release from jail in November. He has been scheduled to perform at The Airliner earlier this year but cancelled due to low ticket sales. Marcus Christ and MtB Entertainment are promising Marcus Christ will be there.

When asked about the last two shows he never attended Marcus said, “I showed up at The Lexington, but they couldn’t find my name on the set list so instead of arguing I chose another venue. I like The Airliner because it’s downtown Los Angeles so its close if you take public transit, and it’s also on Broadway the iconic street. I’m really looking forward to giving fans a good show. Should be fun! The more tickets I sell the longer I’m willing to spend on stage”.

This is not Marcus Christ first performance since he has been acting, singing, and playing instruments since grade school. This will be the first show where he will step out of his comfort zone of rapping to tackle an award winning vocal performance. Hopefully.

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THE RIFT: “Rock Narcotic” – constantly shifting dynamics! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rift-rock-narcotic-constantly-shifting-dynamics http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rift-rock-narcotic-constantly-shifting-dynamics#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:20:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29675 Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT is made up of brothers Aris Anagnos (Vocals, Guitar), John Anagnos (Bass) and Ovais Malik (Drums). Since forming in 2009, they have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, among others. Their 2016 full-length debut “INVENTIONS” caught the attention of the media, industry insiders and […]

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Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT is made up of brothers Aris Anagnos (Vocals, Guitar), John Anagnos (Bass) and Ovais Malik (Drums). Since forming in 2009, they have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, among others. Their 2016 full-length debut “INVENTIONS” caught the attention of the media, industry insiders and radio stations, as well as Grammy winning producer Brandon Friesen who has worked with Alice in Chains and Nickelback . Now 2017 sees the band release their brand new single “Rock Narcotic”, which is music on THE RIFT own terms, and really, that’s all you could ever ask for.

Retaining a part of the feel of their previous album, “Rock Narcotic” blends the wild and energetic sound that the band has become known for, as well as the more thoughtful and deliberate sound a band as meticulous as THE RIFT has been striving for.

Aris Anagnos absolutely shines here, his vocals and fantastic guitar work undoubtedly steals the spotlight and will leave the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end. But the single also shows off some impressive performance abilities from John and Ovais.

Most bands can be forced into a genre if it comes down to it, at least in description. But to do that with the THE RIFT defeats the very purpose of their existence. Their writing is totally uncompromising, organic and it’s enthralled with a definite sense of joyous emotion.

“Rock Narcotic” constantly rewards your curiosity, finding paths and segues everywhere, seamlessly transitioning and ebbing into and out of breakdowns and buildups, and constantly shifting dynamics back and forth, loud and soft.

But if you’re thinking this might be too complex on the ear, think again. The track has plenty of depth but is extremely accessible – catchy actually – think a cross between the futuristic alternative dynamics of The Muse, the deadly ear-worm falsetto choruses of Maroon 5 and just a pinch of the Mars Volta exuberance in the arrangement.

Simultaneously being a music lover and cynic, I am usually hard-pressed to easily accept new music by a band I don’t know much about. I am used to the few listens it takes for me to decide what I really think about a project. THE RIFT convinced me immediately, and is still convincing me after 10 days of heavy rotation.

It’s a musical tapestry woven from eloquent expression rather just volume. It’s an aural feast; teeming with carnivorous guitars, booming drums and thumping basslines, without ever being abrasive. Ambitious and explosive in their endeavors, the band’s raw talent and creative chemistry is all on show here, rivaling and even surpassing their best work.

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LeeSon Bryce: “The Proelium EP” – an impressive showcase of his luminous talent http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/leeson-bryce-proelium-ep-impressive-showcase-luminous-talent http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/leeson-bryce-proelium-ep-impressive-showcase-luminous-talent#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:43:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29670 Briceson Lee, artistically known as LeeSon Bryce, was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Lee Summit, MO (south of Kansas City). First as a drummer for his church since the age of 12, then as a college graduate, manager, and an affiliate owner of a nutrition company LeeSon has always been influenced by […]

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Briceson Lee, artistically known as LeeSon Bryce, was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Lee Summit, MO (south of Kansas City). First as a drummer for his church since the age of 12, then as a college graduate, manager, and an affiliate owner of a nutrition company LeeSon has always been influenced by music. Now at 23, he is adamant in pursuing what has always been his true passion. Teaming up with other local artists and DJs such as Oblivinatti and Buck, LeeSon Bryce sets out to prove himself in the music industry. The first challenge comes from his 8 track release, “The Proelium EP”.

‘Proelium’, taken from the Latin word meaning battle, or conflict, in this case intends to signify the battle against the struggles of everyday life. Which for LeeSon Bryce could mean anything from depression, emotions due to a failed relationship, or simply trying to study whilst hearing your neighbors having sex.

This EP is an impressive showcase of his luminous talent. LeeSon makes eclectic musical choices that may confuse listeners who lack his expansive inclinations and are too hooked on mainstream pulses. But LeeSon is a beast when it comes to rapping, crafting music that packs a mighty punch, delivered in an understated way. Check out the all-embracing opener “Welcome To Proelium”.

In addition to rap and hip-hop, the entirely fascinating “The Proelium EP” includes funk, indie-rock, pop and neo-soul flavors. LeeSon Bryce’s penchant for gloom on “Keep Hope” and “Kinda Happy”, yields compelling music.

As far as emotional songs go, “Keep Hope” really makes my heart ache. I know exactly what it’s like to have such thoughts and emotions as what LeeSon has conveyed throughout this track. As a matter of fact, I got such intense chills straight from the beginning.

But he also knows how to make a head nod with “That’s Loud”, or spin a captivating story on “So Bad”. For speed-rap enthusiasts, “Through It All” is the EP’s main attraction. This exhilarating flow-show sees LeeSon topping the efforts of some elite speedsters. On these tracks LeeSon Bryce no doubt shows that he has some of the most diverse talent around this genre.

Overall, “The Proelium EP” has some songs that certain fans will like, and songs that certain fans will love, but LeeSon Bryce’s ability to branch out and appeal to all these different audiences should be applauded.  Fans of technically proficient hip-hop lyricism, emotional songs, alternative beats, and a dash of humor, are all going to find out how much they adore this guy.

With this recording, LeeSon Bryce is able to channel his emotions from his personal conflicts to create some hard-hitting, creative and relatable music.  In addition to sensational rhymes, the production is exceptional, anchored by lush atmospheres and slick drum programming.

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MusicMegaBox.net – Now Listen To Music In Your Own Language! http://jamsphere.com/news/musicmegabox-net-now-listen-music-language http://jamsphere.com/news/musicmegabox-net-now-listen-music-language#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:27:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29667 It is always comforting to see that the website you just accessed is available in your language. Well, MusicMegaBox.net (you can read more about this music service here) is proud to release its French and German versions. While it may not be a problem to look for the music you like in English, which is […]

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It is always comforting to see that the website you just accessed is available in your language. Well, MusicMegaBox.net (you can read more about this music service here) is proud to release its French and German versions. While it may not be a problem to look for the music you like in English, which is a universal language, used on every website available on the Internet, using your own language means accessing a greater variety of details. You will know the meaning of every word on the website and you will certainly find what you’re looking for a lot faster. So now you can “ecouter musique gratuite en ligne” or “Kostenlose Musik hören online”, picking the one that is your native language.

MusicMegaBox allows its users to listen to hundreds of thousands of songs, entirely free, so it is definitely the place you need to be if you want to create a playlist with your preferred songs. Now, you can search for your favorite music in your own language, regardless if it is French or German, because the platform decided that it was time to add more language versions to its loyal users. If you know what you want to listen, that’s great, but if you don’t know that yet or you would like to discover new songs, the platform provides an impressive songs database. You will also find music here sorted conveniently in categories, like music to listen in the car, or music for performing sports, music for parties, music for relaxation, and so on.

After all, the goal of the MusicMegaBox platform is to provide a much improved experience to all the users that wish to enjoy great music. Thus, it is easy to explain why the platform launched these two language versions. It is very likely that the platform will be available in other languages as well in the future. Until then, you can select either French or German, or opt for the classical English version to find your favorite songs. It is worth noting that here you will find a top 100 best songs, plus opportunities like creating your playlist with the songs you enjoy the most and the chance to listen to the playlists created by other users, maybe your friends or others. Also, each song will come with its lyrics, so you won’t have to look anywhere else for the things you need, including the lyrics of your favorite songs.

So, are you ready to enjoy MusicMegaBox.net in your native language? Then take advantage of the official launch of the French and German versions and start browsing for the music you prefer. Now the site will be friendlier and your experience on the site will be much improved. The main mission of the platform was to allow users to have a great time while using its services, listening to music, and look for information in a fast and easy manner.

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Anette Mendoza – crystalline vocals and miles of talent http://jamsphere.com/news/anette-mendoza-crystalline-vocals-miles-talent http://jamsphere.com/news/anette-mendoza-crystalline-vocals-miles-talent#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:08:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29650 Anette Mendoza, one of the original members of the Dabria duet which originated in 2011, has performed by request in various places such as Japan, Korea, UAE, and Indonesia among others establishing a solid reputation as a singer and performer. Anette, who started singing when she was 5, has also recorded the song, “I will […]

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Anette Mendoza, one of the original members of the Dabria duet which originated in 2011, has performed by request in various places such as Japan, Korea, UAE, and Indonesia among others establishing a solid reputation as a singer and performer. Anette, who started singing when she was 5, has also recorded the song, “I will do anything for love”, with Philippine artist – and first ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ winner – Jovit Baldivino. Inspired by her late father, who himself was an excellent singer, Anette decided to sing professionally at the tender age of 7, starting out with covers by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Miriah Carey, and of course, Michael Jackson.

However her father also instilled in her the importance of education, and Anette would complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems Design and Programming. A humble, low key person she is also a keen athlete who loves running. During her school years she won many medals for track and field events, and claims these activities helped her breathing and hence benefited her singing.

A fully fledged artist today, and part of the vibrant Dabria group of talented singers and producers, as well as the DabriaLive Records stable, Anette Mendoza is ready to take the next step in her career. The first track I hit play on in her catalog was “Love On Fire”. Anette’s distinctive vocal cords is as reassuring as seeing an old friend. It is also a refreshing reminder that female vocalists need to do more than just belt out notes to convey emotion.

She can growl and purr, be soothing and pulsating, and evoke a myriad of feelings in the listener. As she does here, over a smooth, but bubbling synth based soundscape. Right out of the box she sounds like a great alternative for those who’ve really gotten tired of the overplayed and overexposed Beyoncé and Rihanna.

Anette doesn’t need to resemble – or sound like – any other artist currently out there. Her craft is far cleaner, more natural, and infinitely superior (with the exception of a few of her contemporaries and of course those who came before her – think Mariah, Whitney, Toni, Celine), and I think it’s pretty evident in her songs.

The simple acoustic-guitar strummed “CyberStalker” is another track of testimony to her crystalline vocals and talent, as she delicately soothes the soul. Unlike most so-called singers as of late, Anette’s rich, emotive voice is an asset not a liability. Without her excellent voice, this, and her other songs would not become as enjoyable as they are.

The singer always manages to shine regardless of what kind of soundscape her voice needs to color. On the R&B influenced “Just Say Yes”, Anette really brings it on vocally and emotionally and keeps it current too, while reaching a register that would cause envy in many of her peers. Yet, unlike her contemporaries, she never seems to try and change or enhance her voice with auto tune or other computerized technologies.

She simply sings from the heart and soul – this is what sets her apart. Recently Anette also features on the rhythmic and edgy urban track, “Dangerous” by Dabria, alongside Haydee. Once again showcasing her versatility in executing songs from any genre and style, and being remarkably comfortable at it.

However, hearing her music, there is a class and sophistication to Anette’s voice that isn’t common in popular music. You really have to dig and search current artists to find something comparable, or simple fall back on the legendary divas that once were.

She has a voice that’s well equipped to hitting any note she chooses. Anette Mendoza is a vocal superstar with vitality and endurance who has expertly come of age musically. DabriaLive Records are now seriously aiming to expand her artistic and performing assets into a global success story. One which she thoroughly deserves…

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Dennis Sy: “Life is What You Make It”- an intelligent and nuanced artist http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dennis-sy-life-make-intelligent-nuanced-artist http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dennis-sy-life-make-intelligent-nuanced-artist#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:18:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29616 Dennis Sy is an award-winning, multi-genre singer and BMI songwriter, as well as GRAMMY-winning producer (for the album PRESIDENTIAL SUITE: EIGHT VARIATIONS ON FREEDOM by Ted Nash at the 59th Grammy Awards 2016). Songs from his 3rd solo album STRONGER THAN BEFORE have garnered multiple nominations and awards. Sy has also collaborated with other Grammy […]

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Dennis Sy is an award-winning, multi-genre singer and BMI songwriter, as well as GRAMMY-winning producer (for the album PRESIDENTIAL SUITE: EIGHT VARIATIONS ON FREEDOM by Ted Nash at the 59th Grammy Awards 2016). Songs from his 3rd solo album STRONGER THAN BEFORE have garnered multiple nominations and awards. Sy has also collaborated with other Grammy members and has performed on many important stages. Currently on a roll Dennis has been involved in a number of projects including writing and performing the official soundtrack song for “Life is What You Make It” – a short documentary written, produced and directed by Jhett Tolentino about his life from the slums in the Philippines to Broadway.

Dennis Sy is a brilliant songwriter and a fabulous musician. It’s a shame artists like him continue to take a backseat to the mostly heartless and soulless music that permeates our airwaves. His style is definitely Adult Contemporary here but it’s the kind that any true music fan can not only appreciate but it just may become a big part of your musical rotation for a long time to come. All of Sy’s music is worth owning and listening to over and over again, as he is an intelligent and nuanced artist whose music actually overrides the zest for sticking to particular genres.

It’s nice to enjoy a song that is just plain uplifting with great piano and a fantastic band playing perfectly on a song with inspiring lyrics and a heartwarming melody. If you enjoy a touch of pop mixed with a sprinkle of rock and you have a free spirit, this one is truly for you. I played this song several times and I have yet to tire of Dennis Sy’s voice, he always matches the empathy of whatever song he sings, whether that be joy or sorrow, and succeeds in doing the same on “Life is What You Make It”.

Dennis Sy has been wowing us with his combination of observational genius wit and overwhelming musical prowess for some time now.  Here he turns his songwriting prowess to explore the idealized vision of a better life and how to achieve that vision. It is a beautifully crafted narrative that Sy unravels with thoughtful insight. Hence “Life is What You Make It” is a song that not only grabs the listener with a catchy melody and hooks but also opens its bountiful treasures to those who are willing to sit back and pay attention to what Dennis Sy has to say.

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David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” – compelling and relevant http://jamsphere.com/reviews/david-vaters-voice-wilderness-volume-1-compelling-relevant http://jamsphere.com/reviews/david-vaters-voice-wilderness-volume-1-compelling-relevant#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:18:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29609 This year Canadian born David Vaters released his first solo album “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” on Feb 17. It’s an ambitious project showcasing a cast of a-league musicians which include: Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin; John Hammond and Brian Fullen in the pocket; Jeff Cox on bass; David Vest and Johnathan Brown […]

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This year Canadian born David Vaters released his first solo album “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” on Feb 17. It’s an ambitious project showcasing a cast of a-league musicians which include: Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin; John Hammond and Brian Fullen in the pocket; Jeff Cox on bass; David Vest and Johnathan Brown on keyboards; Charles Owens on harmonica; Susie Vaters and K.J. Raney on background vocals; and David Vaters on acoustic guitar and vocals. The album was produced by Dave Vest and David Vaters.

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” may be the best, most influential debut Americana album produced by any independent musician in the past decade, if not longer. We’ll see how David Vaters career pans out over the next couple of years, but if this album is any indication, we may be witnessing the uncovering of a musician for the ages.

Might not be far-fetched based on this collection. Vaters’ lyrics are an uncanny reflection of society’s Zeitgeist in the middle of the second decade of this century. His songs evokes all the uncertainty, despair and hope in what he calls “an imperfect world”, adding that “only by the grace of God can we make it in this imperfect world”.

David Vaters is a shining example of what has made Americana music so compelling and relevant. He has a close association with Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, but don’t go thinking for one moment that his music is derived from any of these artists, he’s a man who stands his own ground, and owns every square foot of it.

His vocals and lyrics are placed front and center, with the guitar, keyboards and mandolin evoking themes of loneliness, and the tall tales of a fully grown man sitting on his front porch with crystal clear eye.

The first thing that strikes you about David Vaters when you press play on the opening track of the album, “Let It Rain”, is his voice. Vaters sounds like he has experienced it all, and whether that’s true or not is irrelevant. What matters is that his voice lends certified authenticity to his poignant storytelling.

The conscious repentance on “Running To You”, the guilty melancholy on “Ways From Sunday”, the personal conviction on “This Cross” and the ardent spirituality on “God Help Me Out”, all assume an evident and engaging credibility because Vaters doesn’t just sing it, he sounds like his lived it.

Throughout “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1”, Vaters’ lyrics document a restless search for truths, one that’s informed by embracing the past and choices made. This is an album of peaks and valleys.

As the perfect experience for the classic Americana fan, Vaters scrapes the grime off his soul and douses it with a Dylan-like poetry set to organic grooves and articulated with riffs that awaken the spirit of a freer time in music.  He puts a personal stamp on the stories by bringing his own personal experiences into the equation making just about everything hard to ignore.

It’s hard to think of David Vaters as new, even though this is his debut album, because he sounds like he comes he comes from the prime generation of Americana performers. He’s proven on this recording that he is no upstart, and should today be considered a stalwart of the genre.

On my scorecard, David Vaters is in the clubhouse with a substantial lead. Although it’s still August, I’m not sure if anyone is going to catch him at the finish line for top honors in 2017. This album should be on everyone’s radar.

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Roxxa Nova: “Soothe Me” – a suspended state of nirvana! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roxxa-nova-soothe-suspended-state-nirvana http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roxxa-nova-soothe-suspended-state-nirvana#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:20:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29605 Currently based in Aruba, singer and songwriter Roxxa Nova grew up in Holland with a mixed population of cultures from Curacao, Suriname, Turkey, Sint Maarten, and different countries of Africa. She says this inspired her to listen to all kinds of music and broaden her way of thinking. In Aruba, Roxxa launched herself as a […]

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Currently based in Aruba, singer and songwriter Roxxa Nova grew up in Holland with a mixed population of cultures from Curacao, Suriname, Turkey, Sint Maarten, and different countries of Africa. She says this inspired her to listen to all kinds of music and broaden her way of thinking. In Aruba, Roxxa launched herself as a performer in concerts, hotels, and corporate events. The positive feedback encouraged her to bring her original music to the island and the world at large. Fortunately she is not alone in her plight and is supported by a group of passionate musicians, including her manager, producer, and drummer Jeremy Bonarriba, guitarist Mario Chow, bassist Sergio Silva, and keyboardist Hubert Thiel. Roxxa Nova’s debut release is the reggae influenced track, entitled “Soothe Me”.

Music this tasteful, soothing and even-keeled can be hard to come by nowadays, when the radio is chock full of impossibly loud and noisy dittos. A provocative thread of mystery pervades “Soothe Me” as Nova’s smoky vocals and the band’s jazzy reggae groove light up the airwaves.

She sings of discovering love – “Reveal your love to me. Take me to another place. Wrap me up in your warm embrace. Soothe me…smoothly.” Nova delivers gracefully, demonstrating her soulful nuanced vocal chops.

The instruments serve her voice exquisitely, as the musicianship and the band’s uncanny ability to set a mood create an ambiance of chilled elegance. It’s easy to overlook a track like “Soothe Me” because it’s so mellow and understated, but in the minimalism lies its sheer beauty.

Indeed, the music, as well as the lyrics, feels honest and deep. Together they form equal parts of luscious and languorous, glimmering with the warmth of the afterglow. With this track, Nova firmly dips her toe into the pool of contemporary pop charm. And the water is pretty spectacular.

Roxxa Nova’s voice does much of the work here — she has a distinct coolness to her timbre, a penchant for elongating her vowels and an accented inflection, exuding indelible impressions with its beautifully melodic hooks.

Nova’s serene yet chic vocals beguile the listener into a suspended state of nirvana, much like Sade’s entrancing ’90s output. The relaxed vibes which skew towards the smooth reggae soundscape are effortless in its design, and its understated nature results in a bold artistic statement for Nova.

An independent artist, Roxxa Nova is in the enviable position of being able to make music on its own terms. This allows her artistic output to benefit from a divine sense of intimacy. Instead of volume and noise she delivers varying equations of hushed intensity and powerful quiet.

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CALIBINN: “Back At It”ft. ZYDD – a perfectly palatable hip-hop track http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/calibinn-back-itft-zydd-perfectly-palatable-hip-hop-track http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/calibinn-back-itft-zydd-perfectly-palatable-hip-hop-track#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:27:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29599 CALIBINN was born in Amman, Jordan. He moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and is based in Oakland. Currently attending the University of California, Berkeley, he has dropped his debut single entitled “Back At It”. CALIBINN is associated with a musical camp called “Obsolete”, as well as “Jazz Tha Process” and “ZYDD”, […]

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CALIBINN was born in Amman, Jordan. He moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and is based in Oakland. Currently attending the University of California, Berkeley, he has dropped his debut single entitled “Back At It”. CALIBINN is associated with a musical camp called “Obsolete”, as well as “Jazz Tha Process” and “ZYDD”, who is also featured on this track. This holds up very well to the best in the game right now, not only from a lyrical and stylistic standpoint, but also from an intellectual and philosophical viewpoint as well. CALIBINN intentionally flips a lot of the notions of the industry on its head and does a great job of jumping between styles on the track. The beat is really good as well and it adds to a great sense of production value and quality put into the product.

I’ve found smart underground rappers before, but CALIBINN’s ability to deliver rock, R&B and hip-hop flavors in one song, combined with his clever tongue-in-cheek rhyming skills, make the track actually very repeatable, and it doesn’t feel like a gimmick, but rather a different take on the genre – which is very refreshing.

Basically, this is an inversion of everything we’ve come to expect from hip-hop: irreverent towards rap’s irreverence. Mileage may vary per person, but there’s no denying that CALIBINN is a breath of fresh air. With “Back At It”, he lays down his credentials with off-kilter swagger.

It’s clear from the first few bars that CALIBINN’s greatest strength comes from his punchlines. His flow is surprisingly nimble, and his lyrics are surprisingly clever. The punchlines hit more often than not, and the production work is sublime.

It’s a perfectly palatable hip-hop track. ZYDD adds a further dimension to the track, by giving it more dynamic power. Even so, there’s a unique quality to CALIBINN’s outsider identity that promises to build bridges: perspective.

“Back At It” is original, its thought provoking, and overall it goes hard. It’s not your average rap record.  It is clever, insightful, and relevant too, and it’s something hip-hop needs more of. CALIBINN, and all of his genre blending is vital and necessary for hip-hop.

“Back At It” may, or may not be, one of the year’s best rap singles, but it’s arguably one of 2017’s most important. Talent comes in all kinds of packages, in this case it comes in the form of an unassuming Jordanian-born guy. Who knew?

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Hero The Band drops refreshing new single and music video – “Play Around” http://jamsphere.com/videos/hero-band-drops-refreshing-new-single-music-video-play-around http://jamsphere.com/videos/hero-band-drops-refreshing-new-single-music-video-play-around#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:07:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29580 Hero The Band follows up their debut album, “Bleach” with a refreshing new single and music video, “Play Around.” The Alan Makes directed music video takes you on a trip showcasing the song’s fun, melodic, and playful nature touching on almost all facets of today’s youthful, yet colorful culture. With bass and drum grooves closely […]

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Hero The Band follows up their debut album, “Bleach” with a refreshing new single and music video, “Play Around.” The Alan Makes directed music video takes you on a trip showcasing the song’s fun, melodic, and playful nature touching on almost all facets of today’s youthful, yet colorful culture. With bass and drum grooves closely resembling some of today’s hottest artists, one could easily find themselves nodding there head.

The melodies from the chorus easily lock into your memory, ensuring that “Play Around” will have the new age hooked! Look for Hero The Band to continue to bring new tunes with fresh lyrics and melodies guaranteed to stimulate conceptual grasp of every generation!

Hero The Band Website: www.herotheband.com
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Dennis Sy: “Can She Stay” – rich character study and evocative imagery http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dennis-sy-can-stay-rich-character-study-evocative-imagery http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dennis-sy-can-stay-rich-character-study-evocative-imagery#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:31:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29533 Dennis Sy is no newcomer on the block. In his over 20 year career he has seen the inside of Carnegie Hall and also played stages in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and the Mohegan Sun Casino. Moreover Dennis Sy is an award-winning singer, BMI songwriter, and GRAMMY-winning producer. Hence when he rolls out a song […]

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Dennis Sy is no newcomer on the block. In his over 20 year career he has seen the inside of Carnegie Hall and also played stages in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and the Mohegan Sun Casino. Moreover Dennis Sy is an award-winning singer, BMI songwriter, and GRAMMY-winning producer. Hence when he rolls out a song like his latest release, “Can She Stay”, I am not surprised at all. It’s what you would expect from an artist of his caliber.  On the track, Dennis shared lyric writing duties with Michael Peloso and producing chores with Lorrie Ilustre, while he himself took care of the music.

Dennis Sy

Dennis Sy

“Can She Stay” is a powerful and poignant ode to daughters getting ready to start a new journey with the people they are about to pledge their love and lives to, but at the same time provides an affected look at the bittersweet emotions of a father in the contrasting throes of wanting to hang on and having to let go. Peloso and Sy do a magnificent job of bringing the melodrama of the moment to the fore without leaning on too many clichés.

It’s tough to find that perfect song to dance with Dad on your wedding day – you want something special, touching, meaningful…but not romantic.  Often, there’s a song that’s almost perfect — then there’s that one verse that makes it borderline creepy.

Well Peloso and Sy have created the perfect Dad and daughter song…no editing needed. The closest anyone else has come, is Heartland, with “I Loved Her First”, another great song about ‘losing’ a daughter to someone else.

Michael Peloso

Michael Peloso

Though totally different in style and theme, “Can She Stay” ranks up there with many other strikingly intelligent and emotional songs about daughters, like “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon, “Gracie” by Ben Folds, or “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright.

And there clearly won’t be a dry eye in the house after this song has played through, I can assure you. Dennis Sy’s vocal delivery is powerful, yet never over the top, and emotionally engaging.

The back to the basics approach brought to the track is evident, with its dangling, broken piano chords and angelic melody, it is apparent that Dennis Sy and Michael Peloso came into this track with a fully realized vision that they intended to stick to.

The entire song adheres to this concept, relying on sparse instrumentation (piano, strings and saxophone), dominating vocals, and heartfelt lyrics, to give the track an earthy, organic feel as opposed to the rigid studio trickery present on most modern recordings. The result is a rich character study and evocative imagery that usually defines the best musical compositions. As I said right in the beginning, Dennis Sy is no newcomer on the block!

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Dennis Sy
www.DSYMusic.com
www.facebook.com/DSYMusic.US
www.twitter.com/DSYMusic
www.instagram.com/DSYMusic
www.soundcloud.com/DSYMusic

Michael Peloso (co-writer/lyricist)
https://www.mpmpmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mikepelosomusic/
https://twitter.com/Mike_Peloso

 

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The 65’s: “Wolves and Men” – a sound packed with raw intensity! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/65s-wolves-men-sound-packed-raw-intensity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/65s-wolves-men-sound-packed-raw-intensity#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:07:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29528 The 65’s meld raw vocals, a driving rhythm section and grinding guitar with easy to follow song structures and literary lyrics, forging a distinctive style that provides a captivating calling card. The band made up of Joe Pugsley (Guitar and Vocals), Ryan Struck (Bass and Vocals) and John Steele (Drums), formed in 2009 in Rutherford […]

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The 65’s meld raw vocals, a driving rhythm section and grinding guitar with easy to follow song structures and literary lyrics, forging a distinctive style that provides a captivating calling card. The band made up of Joe Pugsley (Guitar and Vocals), Ryan Struck (Bass and Vocals) and John Steele (Drums), formed in 2009 in Rutherford NJ. They released their first full length LP “Strike Hard!” in December 2011 via Dromedary Records. In 2013, they released “I Got You”, a 4 song EP through the newly formed Pyrrhic Victory Recordings record label/collective. In 2015, “New Fun Hell”, a digital 3 song release, found the band moving towards a more driving, punk inspired sound. Currently at work on their upcoming full-length album, The 65’s have dropped a brand new single entitled, “Wolves and Men”, which is backed by “As My Body Numbs”.

From the opening note played, in the first song, until the last note played in the latter song, this music grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go. It’s that good. Everything the band does well is distilled into one nearly perfect record. Joe’s guitar, John’s propulsive beats and Ryan’s severely underrated bass playing make for a record that sticks. “Wolves and Men” is one of the most pure things you will hear across all genres of music.

It comes out swinging like Mike Tyson and doesn’t let up. The playing is top notch and vicious and the lyrics are razor sharp. There are no tricks, the band probably sound exactly the same live. If someone told you about them and you’re thinking of buying something, start with this because it’s their best; you’ll be back soon enough.

Few modern alternative rock and punk bands, manage to produce a crossover sound even close to The 65’s. At times it is a sound packed with raw intensity, at other times it has mellower nuances with intricate melodies. A constant in all of their tracks is a sincere and genuine emotional edge in all of Joe Pugsley’s vocals.

This is the quality of The 65’s sound that other bands are unable to duplicate. The pinnacle of Pugsley’s emotional connection to the music can clearly be heard in “Wolves and Men”. Another strong point with The 65’s is that aside from the vocals, the musicians showcase their abilities as such. The songs are not just simple power chords and basic drum rhythms.

Occasionally there is a complex drum or guitar part and more often than not it goes well above the mediocre musicianship our Top 40 charts are filled with. “As My Body Numbs” is a good example of the instrumental work The 65’s are capable of. “Wolves and Men” is easily one of the primal gems of The 65’s impressive discography.

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Gospel R&B and Jazz Icon Connie Harvey releases her superb E.P. “We’ve Got The Power” worldwide http://jamsphere.com/news/gospel-rb-jazz-icon-connie-harvey-releases-superb-e-p-weve-got-power-worldwide http://jamsphere.com/news/gospel-rb-jazz-icon-connie-harvey-releases-superb-e-p-weve-got-power-worldwide#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:59:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29525 Connie Harvey was raised in a small town called Halifax County, NC with a population of 1,937 according to last year 2016 census. No one know for certain or are aware of the fact that a celebrity of her statue resides in this town, but they will now – We’ve Got The Power by Connie Harvey […]

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Connie Harvey was raised in a small town called Halifax County, NC with a population of 1,937 according to last year 2016 census. No one know for certain or are aware of the fact that a celebrity of her statue resides in this town, but they will now – We’ve Got The Power by Connie Harvey

MUNCIE, Ind – Born in Scotland Neck, North Carolina Connie Harvey started singing with her mother in the Church Choir of Second Saint James Disciples of Christ Church in Brooklyn, NY with the protective and supportive influences every step of the way, and she also developed the deeply rooted Faith and determination that would be key for her longevity in the music business. Connie Harvey attended South Shore High School in Brooklyn, NY and The Negro Ensemble Co. in New York City.

Then Harvey met up with two very talented experienced singers Earnest Wright from The Imperials and JT Carter from The Crest who taught Harvey how to harmonize. An intense and disciplined artist, Connie understands the meaning of using the talent that the Lord gave you and staying true to your dreams. Harvey made her recording debut with GSF records and was soon after featured with the group Ecstasy, Passion and Pain, Harvey recorded 3 songs with the group “Passion” , “It’s A Shame and” “Dance The Night Away”.  Harvey quickly became one of the most sought after studio vocalist in New York City along with good friend Jocelyn Brown.

Connie was featured on the Garage records house hit” Vicious produced by the legendary Larry LaVann, also the song was used on Notorious BIG’s song Friend of Mine. In addition to working on an R&B compilation with Bobby Konders, on a song written by Connie entitled “Where Is Our Future”  which was released on PolyGram Records. Connie gained recognition in the recording industry by lending her incredible vocal talents to a wide array of artist including Jocelyn Brown’s hit Somebody Else’s Guy, live television shows singing background on Saturday Night Live with Debbie Harry, Joe Piscapo and the Grammy Awards show with Michael Jackson. Toured with Teddy Pendergrass, Cuba Gooding Sr. from the Main Ingredient, recorded back ground vocals on Billy Idol’s To Be A Lover and Steve Winwood’s “Back In The Highlife” Album.

Toured with the Chiffons “He’s So Fine”. Harvey writes many of her own songs. Her extraordinary vocal arrangements blend the elements into an intricate and explosive combination that is irresistible. Connie performs in Europe at the world famous Terrasse Restaurant in Zurich and the Museum Blumenstein in Solothurn Switzerland. Connie is also a voice instructor and Choir Director. Instructed voice at the Halifax Community College in NC. And a children’s Choir in Switzerland. Also performed on the 2012 One Love Gospel Cruise.  Determined to as she puts it spread the message of the Lord. Connie’s collaboration with Eric Kupper, Peter Rahover “Lift Me Up” and “Make Sweet Music” takes her performance to new highs.

Connie’s latest project is a Gospel CD of songs written by Connie. Her new single is collaboration with Jocelyn Brown entitled “We’ve Got The Power”.  Connie sings R&B, Gospel and Jazz. Connie is a member of SAG/ AFTRA. Moving forward Connie’s new project will be distributed by GI Records an affiliate of No Limits Forever Gospel East. All songs written by Connie Harvey will include.  “We’ve Got The Power”, “Thank You Lord”, “Make Sweet Music”, “Lift Me Up”, “Love One Another” and more. For Bookings contact: by calling: 252-822-3308.

“We’ve Got The Power” is available now for pre-release on Spotify, ITunes, Tidal, Amazon, Google Play. Official release date and video is forth coming.

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Ian C. Bouras continues making music despite a rare neurological issue http://jamsphere.com/news/ian-c-bouras-continues-making-music-despite-rare-neurological-issue http://jamsphere.com/news/ian-c-bouras-continues-making-music-despite-rare-neurological-issue#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:32:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29522 Guitarist Ian C. Bouras has scheduled several performances featuring the unique live looping method he uses to present his original style of music. The performance schedule is designed to precede and promote the release of his upcoming album/CD, “Absence.” Bouras is challenged by a rare and progressive neurological disease called Ataxia. This recent TV piece […]

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Guitarist Ian C. Bouras has scheduled several performances featuring the unique live looping method he uses to present his original style of music. The performance schedule is designed to precede and promote the release of his upcoming album/CD, “Absence.”

Bouras is challenged by a rare and progressive neurological disease called Ataxia. This recent TV piece on him, explains why, and how, he does what he does: http://www.wktv.com/clip/13358824/local-guitar-player-raises-awareness-about-ataxia

The manifestation of the disease has caused him to chart a new and successful musical path, while creating a genre unto its own that should inspire others who face similar obstacles.

The soon to be released album from Ian C. Bouras, “Absence”, is the first since his previous collection released more than two years ago and has been in the works for over a year. In addition, two new singles are expected to be available from Bouras during the same time period. The guitarist’s upcoming live performance schedule includes:

• July 28th, Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Rochester, New York

• August 18th, Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 to 10:00 pm , Rochester, New York

• August 19th, House of Guitars, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Rochester, New York

• October 13th-15th, Providence International Looping Festival, time & day TBA, Providence, Rhode Island

More information about Bouras’ music and live performance schedule can be found at SDMPRecords.com. Find out more about Ataxia at www.ataxia.org.

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Mortinus: “Morten” manages to be engaging, relaxing, booming, and dense all at once! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mortinus-morten-manages-engaging-relaxing-booming-dense http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mortinus-morten-manages-engaging-relaxing-booming-dense#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:04:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29517 It’s of course unfair to expect Mortinus to pull another revolutionary album out of the hat with his latest release “Morten”, especially now that many electronic fans would already have heard and enjoyed his EP “Orbit” or the self-titled “Mortinus”. But as always in the electronic field the expectations reach a ridiculous level when an artist […]

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It’s of course unfair to expect Mortinus to pull another revolutionary album out of the hat with his latest release “Morten”, especially now that many electronic fans would already have heard and enjoyed his EP “Orbit” or the self-titled “Mortinus”. But as always in the electronic field the expectations reach a ridiculous level when an artist drops a new recording, and it’s probably a good idea to tone them down a bit before hitting play. However, “Morten” is a really a good half an hour of music, with some of the artist’s best productions to date. So, if like me, you had high expectations, then you will be thoroughly satisfied with the results here.

Stylistically, “Morten” is as much of a big change from the Danish artist’s previous recordings as it is similar to them. It certainly covers a broader range of styles, being at times weird and experimental, and at others a lot more radio friendly. Morten’s attempt to cover a lot of stylistic ground does mean that you need to pay attention to what he is doing, like when we’re taken from track 1, the somewhat funky eastern-styled pop song “Mooi Nights”, to track 2, the mind-bending, almost Celtic sounding audio design of “Star Light”.

Mortinus’ production throughout “Morten” is flawless. The album is really tied together by consistent sound and sample choices. Every drum hit, synth patch and bass sample fit perfectly into the overall sound of the album, and Mortinus’ passion for experimental sample choices and sound design is what makes the tracks on the album worthwhile. The producer can even become edgy and futuristic on the occasion. Something he does with the thumping “Orange Nights”.

On the other hand, “Waves In June” definitely falls into the experimental category. Drawing us in with a strange, enigmatic hand-clapping rhythm, followed up by a powerful keyboard sample, all part of a wonderfully odd-paced build up, which develops into an intense anticipation. The strange harmonies and sound design of the song builds expectations, making you wait for the hard-hitting drop to come. The question is, “Will it come?”

“Evening At The Marketplace” is the album’s centerpiece, and previously released as a single. An Asian influenced soundscape, this track is one of Mortinus’ more accessible and melodic compositions, which is quite ready for radio play. It also shows us just how many sharp stylistic turns Mortinus takes us on through this album. “Mooi Dance” boasts wonderful shiny chord progressions and a spaced out production that will have you nodding your head along to the beat.

“Mooi Nights Part 2” switches between a lush chord progression and repeating synth sample and a dark drum groove. It’s a study in sonic manipulation, with every weird synth sound blending together to create an incredibly strange overall image. Maintaining a wonky heaviness throughout, it’s a very ambitious track.

“Morning Train” has a jungle rhythm, relying heavily on percussion for its essence, while “Eclipse” moves its paces through a more experimental atmosphere. “Blue Crystal Gemstones” sees a fleshed out arrangement featuring a violin as the lead instrument. By the time we get to “O”, it’s clear that the Danish electronic musician stands out among the many electronic artists creating music today because of his loose, experimental style—readily present throughout all of “Morten”, creating a slick, confident new album for Mortinus.

With sounds evoking a very earthy feel, “Morten” seems to be a reaction to the popular fascination with tropical sounds that have been front and center in pop music. Mortinus takes up the trend and twists it on its head, bringing in more Eastern and Asian style sounds creating a very interesting take on the typical energetic electronic music we have come to expect every summer.

“Morten” manages to be engaging, relaxing, booming, and dense all at once throughout most of its length, as it again switches styles on tracks such as “November”, November Part 2” and “Chant” – this last track featuring an adlibbing (chanting) vocal accompaniment. The end result, is an album willing to engage you on multiple levels, as long as you’re willing to listen.

“Morten” feels very much like a record sitting comfortably between two masters. On the one hand Mortinus is obviously aiming for more accessibility, but on the other without having to sacrifice too much of what makes him distinctive. He also occasionally explores more experimental and abrasive textures, and shows off plenty of his untapped potential on this record.

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Martone: From a precocious talent to a caring disposition based on love http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/martone-precocious-talent-caring-disposition-based-love http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/martone-precocious-talent-caring-disposition-based-love#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:55:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29506 Martone was born on June 23rd in Lansing, Michigan as Martone Lynell Williams. He is an EDM, R&B and House music artist. At the age of thirteen, the youngest person to enroll in Continental Cablevision’s Pulic Access Producers course he created, produced and hosted Video Control, a music video program that was broadcasted on the […]

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Martone was born on June 23rd in Lansing, Michigan as Martone Lynell Williams. He is an EDM, R&B and House music artist. At the age of thirteen, the youngest person to enroll in Continental Cablevision’s Pulic Access Producers course he created, produced and hosted Video Control, a music video program that was broadcasted on the public access network. By its third year, the show became syndicated and could be seen in major cities like New York City, Phoenix, and Cincinnati. In the show’s decade long run, Martone interviewed rising stars, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, En Vogue, Vanilla Ice, and Public Enemy. In April of 2007, Martone officially founded Enotram Entertainment, Inc. serving as the creative hub for all of his multimedia productions. Currently producing his latest album, “Erogenous Zone”, Martone gave us some insight into his world.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

Martone: 10 years plus. I started out on a cable show as a video jockey. I always wanted to sing and perform professionally. I finally got the courage when my dad passed away. At that point, I believed that life was too short to not do what you were meant to do. So, I said to myself, I need to grab a hold of my dreams.

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

Martone: As a kid, I remember that both of my parents would play artists like Diana Ross, The Jacksons, and being from Michigan it was always anything Motown in our household playing on the stereo. But for me personally, my true inspirations were both Janet and Michael Jackson, and groups like Deee-Lite, and the Bucketheads.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Martone: Right now, because I am in production of my new album Erogenous Zone that comes out on September 8, 2017. I am listening to a lot of disco-era artists such as Jeffery Osborne, Chic, and Michael Jackson. I also love groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I am really crushin’ on Bruno Mars right now.

  1. What made you decide to enroll for the Continental Cablevision’s Public Access producer’s course at such an early age?

Martone: Wow, you really do your research, and thank you for that. I had always been a fan of music videos, and I had an idea to create a music video show and to be the host of it. Donnie Simpson was a huge role model for me and I really wanted to emulate him and everything he did. I loved the idea of speaking with people that have made it into the music industry and had very successful careers.

  1. How did the course at Continental Cablevision impact your career?

Martone: It has had a great impact on my career as a visual artist. I would have to say that by being a producer, director and television show host, it helps when I would have to do an on-camera interview. In addition to knowing the behind the scenes terminology used in the industry so that I know what is going on around me always.

  1. How did the program “Video Control” come about? And how did this experience further enrich your career?

Martone: I remember this like it was yesterday. I named the show after one of my favorite shows the “video” part came from a music video show called Video Soul hosted by my idol Donnie Simpson, and the “Control” part came from Janet Jackson’s breakthrough album Control, which is still one of my favorites.  Initially, I wanted to go into it with my cousin Cedric but he was not able to be part of it like I hoped. So, I ended up doing it by myself. Although, from time to time I had special guest hosts. Hosting that show was really my first job. I had to learn how to write professional letters to obtain the videos from the record companies, setting up artist interviews and coming up with a playlist for the show. It was a very valuable experience that I would not trade for anything in the world.

  1. A quote from you starts off saying ‘for all that I experienced in my personal life, the odds were against me. Looking back now, what would you consider as those ‘odds’ that were against you?

Martone: Being young, black and gay in America. I could have easily been a statistic. I was so blessed to find one of my passions at such an early age. Video Control kept me from getting involved with the wrong crowd, it really kept me doing something positive with my life. I had the opportunity to meet some of my idols that had nothing but encouraging words to keep me moving forward in the right direction.

  1. Completing the phrase in the previous question, you declared: ‘I defied the odds and when someone told me what I couldn’t do, I absolutely showed them that I could.’ What would you consider the things you’ve achieved thus far, against ‘all odds’?

Martone: Wow, I would say putting out my first album in 2015. Some had said that anyone can put out an album, that part is true. But putting out music and having people in NARAS (The Grammys) listen to it and enjoy it as a consideration for voting for a possible nomination. Becoming a member and attending the Grammys in person, that was something beyond my wildest dreams. I had an opportunity to meet a lot of my childhood idols. There were people that had negative feelings about everything I had done in music thus far and even questioned my integrity – but the most important thing is that I know who I am, and if I put my mind to it I can achieve anything I desire. Even if it seems impossible to most people.

  1. Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle yourself, and which do you outsource generally?

Martone: Well, on #TEOM, The Evolution of Martone Deluxe Edition, I wrote all the songs on that album. My cousin, Michael E. Williams, II along with his son Jacobi, produced all the tracks and my brother Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston produced all the remixes except for two. DJ Suspence produced the 1st version of Love You I Do. On the upcoming album Erogenous Zone, there is one song that my husband and I wrote together, and then a good friend and up-and-coming artist by the name of Rayne Michael co-wrote a couple of the songs for the project. I am doing something a little different by inviting other writers to join with this next project and including cover versions of some my favorite songs which I never thought of doing until recently. But to answer your question, when I write songs, they typically come from experiences in matters of the heart. I write a lot about love, such as falling in love, falling out of love, work experiences, and friendships.

  1. What do you feel your listeners should get out of your music more than anything else?

Martone: Love. Love has always been the message in my music. Love for fellow man, dance and romantic love. I think my listeners understand that I am not afraid to speak about subjects that are dear to me. I believe that they know I am passionate about my art, life and love.

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

Martone: Having an elaborate vision with a shoe-string budget. In addition to finding reputable people to assist in bringing my vision to life. Another thing would have to be navigating through all the noise online to be seen and heard. But most importantly, the lessons that I have had to relearn is to listen to my heart and do things on my terms. But also, taking advice from those that have been in my shoes. Everyone has a story that you can learn from.

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

Martone: What excites me the most is that I can write and sing what I wish. I will not say discourage, but the challenge is working to achieve things on a small budget. But one thing, I would like for people to do is to open their minds and please do not get me wrong when I say this, understand that there is more to music than just hip-hop. All though, I love hip-hop I just think that some acts really need to say more.

  1. How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?

Martone: For the most part, I do everything myself. I have a few friends that share my music or posts with others on social media. Recently, I have gotten involved with a record pool in the U.K that is promoting the current single Fever and for the most part that relationship is working out extremely well.

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about how the music business works right now, what would that be?

Martone: If I had my way, it would be mandatory for producers and artists NOT to chase trends in music. I would like to see both producers and artists work to create music that can withstand the test of time.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

Martone: That is the challenge right there, mainly because of my musical upbringing I have been exposed to everything under the sun. But I would say these keywords pop, house music (traditional house), and R&B with jazz vocal styling.

  1. Have you ever envisioned yourself winning any awards for your work?

Martone: Honestly, I have. If any artist tells you that they have not, they are lying.

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

Martone: The first release from my upcoming album Erogenous Zone which is due out September 8, 2017, my first single is called Fever, originally performed by Little Willie John. A lot of people that did not know that he was the original singer of the song which is sad. I kept the original verses in the song just like he sang them and added my own style to it in the way that I sang it. I am getting a lot of positive reviews from my peers and fans a-like. I also dropped a house-remix of it at the same and people are feeling it slowly but surely. Fever, is available on iTunes, Google Play and all stores that sell music.

  1. Will we be seeing a music video for Fever or the house remix?

Martone: I sure hope so. Right now, we are in discussion for the album version of a music video of Fever. That’s all I can say about that right now.

  1. As an openly gay Afro-American entertainer who supports the gay community, do you think that being openly gay still leads to discrimination in certain sectors of the entertainment world in this day and age? 

Martone: In certain aspects there may be, I personally had not experienced discrimination that I am aware of. As for the recent controversy with Lil Duval, and The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God, I will say that condoning violence against transgendered women and men is completely unacceptable. Not too long ago, sponsors of these types of radio programs would stop doing business with those shows and or people would be suspended or lose their jobs. I for one, am outraged about those remarks and Lil Duval is old enough to know better.

  1. Do you have a motto or positive message stuck somewhere in your mind to inspire you, or anybody else, at any given time of difficulty? If so, what would it be?

Martone: No matter how challenging it may be, no matter the obstacles you may face, keep pushing forward. If you do, you will soon see the fruits of your labor. I promise you.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – CDBABY – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM

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NAUREA: “Sugar Sun” – Pure freaky brilliant genius! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/naurea-sugar-sun-pure-freaky-brilliant-genius http://jamsphere.com/reviews/naurea-sugar-sun-pure-freaky-brilliant-genius#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:32:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29502 Olimann, the mind behind the NAUREA project has an all-inclusive artistic brain – from electro, techno and house, to post-industrial rock, he says that anything is possible within the framework of his creativity. An architect, graphic designer, writer, and ex-guitarist in a number of bands since 1991, Olimann now usually works alone in his small […]

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Olimann, the mind behind the NAUREA project has an all-inclusive artistic brain – from electro, techno and house, to post-industrial rock, he says that anything is possible within the framework of his creativity. An architect, graphic designer, writer, and ex-guitarist in a number of bands since 1991, Olimann now usually works alone in his small studio, manufacturing all the essentials that make up the chaotic NAUREA package, from the music to the graphics. Releasing its debut production in 2012, the project has just dropped its latest 10 track album, entitled “New Zombie Generation”. True to his unorthodox ideas in all avenues of his art, the album is full of social observation and shock but with a witty slant.

From the album comes the lead single, “Sugar Sun”, filled with all the manic grit NAUREA can manage, bringing all the familiarity his fans will yearn for, and the band sounds great: delivering sludgy, energetic industrial rock. But it’s one of those records that also deliver more depth to the experience than you were expecting. More real music than just the inescapable feeling that experimentation was the focal point here rather than actual structure and focus. In other words if you were expecting only gimmicky visuals backed by a whole lot of chaotic noise, think again.

Olimann, aka NAUREA, has a thinking mind, which means no incoherent mesh of random ideas. On the album he takes a hard critical look at our modern, wired up and networking society, leaving no stone unturned. Even the song titles give you an idea of where his train of thought is headed – “Fast Food Is The New Religion” and “Game Addicted”, being just two shiny examples. “Sugar Sun” however, will audibly assault you relentlessly, and it’s one of the catchiest songs on the album I still think. ‘Abrasive, raw, yet complex and catchy’, is not a mix of words that ever find themselves grouped together nicely, yet in this case they find themselves quite uncomfortably comfortable in describing the deranged organized frenzy delivered via “Sugar Sun”.

Of course more flipped out hysteria can be gained from watching the supporting video clip of the song. In a way, one could almost say that NAUREA writes very visual songs, because his sonic madness always begs to be seen. And of course he obliges with a whole series of videos available for viewing on his YouTube channel. Pure freaky brilliant genius, NAUREA is a mix of Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and Static-X. If you are treading the darker side of industrial with an abstract left-field flair, stop here for some influence!

OFFICIAL LINKS:
CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/Naurea1
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6q5zn1ZwwEkDE5cVrXSqP3
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR7xIHQaFlTGu-TMJBVFG-m1sufxvSdZ4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Naurea.Monster/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naurea.monster/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/154554835@N07/
Tumblr: https://naurea-monster.tumblr.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/naurea-monster
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/naurea

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Han Sino: “Glucose” draws you in emotionally http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/han-sino-glucose-draws-emotionally http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/han-sino-glucose-draws-emotionally#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:05:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29497 If Han Sino isn’t a name that immediately rings any bells for you, don’t worry. Upon listening to his latest album “Glucose”, it will become obvious why he is so gorgeously good in his genre, and quickly you won’t be able to get enough of him. Put the 12 track album on repeat and there […]

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If Han Sino isn’t a name that immediately rings any bells for you, don’t worry. Upon listening to his latest album “Glucose”, it will become obvious why he is so gorgeously good in his genre, and quickly you won’t be able to get enough of him. Put the 12 track album on repeat and there will be something new to hear upon every listen. Each track is littered with layers of thick bass, multiple keyboard pads, pulsating percussion and harmonies that are nicely unpredictable. It’s the kind of midnight summer soundtrack that gives you an uncontrollable urge to sway your shoulders. There is a distinctive Nu Jazz and Soul vibe running throughout Sino’s latest LP, drawing many well-founded comparisons and major differences to other artists exploring these same styles. Hans Sino’s nuances in style here, border on fragile, truthful storytelling through music, that draws you in emotionally along with the use of left-field beats and effects bathed in delay and reverb.

“Glucose”cover artwork

“Glucose”cover artwork

“Glucose” represents an individual take on a sound that is far from what is dominating the charts at present, and an absolute breath of fresh air. Though Sino’s vocals in no way pretend to be technically perfect, they are sensual, mysterious and loungy, complementing the instrumental layers that accompany them. The album begins with soft and glittering electric keys and percussion in the title track, “Glucose”. The prominent melody switches from the bass line, to the string interlude and then into the wind instruments, and that is all that is needed. It is a simplistic and intriguing opener that leaves you desperate to discover the sounds that Han Sino will be tapping into throughout the album.

We are then gradually introduced to echoing keyboards and vocals in “Dovez”. Though it is still mellow, connections with more mystifying electronic elements are established, as the bass continues to dominate the soundscape. “III Tongues” revolves around Sino’s vocal interludes, while the effects are artistically used. Again, Sino’s dominating bass line is ever present. “Arabesques” is a genuine foot tapper, and it’s from here on that the songs become more complex in a musical sense, mostly through the eclectic beats and the pulsating basslines that are always present in Han Sino’s mixes…there go my shoulders again!

By the time you hit play on “Wax”, it is clear that if strong and powerful basslines make you go weak at the knees, you have found the right album. Han Sino’s bass dominates all the songs and is not just a background rhythm support, but holds a front row seat in his arrangements. Often times it sounds as if the bass carries both the rhythm and primary melody line. I say primary, because sometimes there is more than one audible melody in a song. This even happens on a short and concise track such as “Colors” – with the bassline carrying one melody and the vocals elaborating another.

Han Sino

Han Sino

The apparent importance of the dominating bass equation in Sino’s music is easily explained – essentially self-taught, he perfected his musical training with double bass player and keyboardist Jade (Jean Luc Riga). However, regardless of the gorgeous basslines, this is a slickly produced album of late-night electronic soul grooves, with Sino’s smoldering vocals unexpectedly coming in left, right, front and center, on the occasion. The album is soulful, sexy and chilled, while also pleasingly free of modern-day braggadocio. I found myself entranced by Sino’s mesmerizing rich warm vocals and harmonies on “Feelingz” and “Blue Roses” which will transport you to another place entirely.

It’s so easy to get lost in the music; one of the most distinguishing features about Han Sino is his unique production, and the unusual instruments – a mix between electronic and organic. It truly sets this music apart from so much else. A myriad of instruments, sounds and beats lay strong bearings for the album, and especially on the final four tracks of the album – “Mystic Blues”, “Purple Dovez”, “Deeply Sleepin” and “Mo’ Glucose”, which represent the highlights of the collection, for me.

Though laid back and chill, there’s so much happening throughout “Glucose”, ranging from the mystical, rusty effects, to the heavy bass and obvious rare groove, nu soul and nu jazz influences. Han Sino’s music is so diverse and unified all at once, like a completed jigsaw puzzle – you can see the dividing lines of the collage if you concentrate on them, but the power of the bigger picture is much more captivating.

OFFICIAL LINKS: BANDCAMPYOUTUBEFACEBOOK FANPAGEFACEBOOK PROFILESOUNDCLOUDGOOGLE PLUSTUMBLRTWITTERINSTAGRAM

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MASTER P’s ex-wife SONYA MILLER Speaks Out About Messy Divorce! http://jamsphere.com/news/master-ps-ex-wife-sonya-miller-speaks-messy-divorce http://jamsphere.com/news/master-ps-ex-wife-sonya-miller-speaks-messy-divorce#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:22:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29494 Sonya Miller is breaking her silence and speaking out for the first time about her divorce from rap music icon Percy Miller aka Master P. In an exclusive interview Live with Lashaun Turner (Lady I.M.PRE$S), the 1st Lady of No Limit Records discusses details of her marriage, allegations made by Master P in the divorce, […]

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Sonya Miller is breaking her silence and speaking out for the first time about her divorce from rap music icon Percy Miller aka Master P. In an exclusive interview Live with Lashaun Turner (Lady I.M.PRE$S), the 1st Lady of No Limit Records discusses details of her marriage, allegations made by Master P in the divorce, and how the media frenzy has affected her children including her most famous son Romeo Miller (Growing Up HipHop).

Check out the exclusive interview below!

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