Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sat, 26 Sep 2020 15:23:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Neave Zaria releases the highly anticipated piano ballad ‘Patience Of A Saint’ http://jamsphere.com/news/neave-zaria-releases-the-highly-anticipated-piano-ballad-patience-of-a-saint http://jamsphere.com/news/neave-zaria-releases-the-highly-anticipated-piano-ballad-patience-of-a-saint#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2020 15:23:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42264 Neave Zaria is a 19 year old singer-songwriter from the UK who possesses a talent way beyond her years. Heavily compared to Adele & Amy Winehouse, Neave was brought up listening to classic jazz and soul singers such as Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin & Etta James. Influenced by these musical legends and inspired by everyday life Neave has become an accomplished and prolific songwriter.

Debut single ‘If I See You’ was released in March 2020 and has been playlisted all around the world, receiving glowing reviews from the music press. Hot off the heels of ‘If I See You’, her second release ‘You Saved Me’ was equally well received. Her 3rd song ‘Never the Same’ was the BBC Introducing track of the day on a number of occasions!

Neave’s latest release is the one she has been waiting for, she says;

“This is my favourite song, I love writing Piano Ballads and this one means the most to me. It’s about the endless cycle of ups and downs that somebody who experiences changing moods and differing levels of confidence has to deal with”

Neave’s singing career began after she caught the attention of a music producer who offered to help her write & produce some songs. They have been working together ever since and now have a substantial body of work ready for release throughout the rest of 2020.

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In ‘The Book of Vision’ Composer Hanan Townshend Blurs The Line Between Science and Spirituality http://jamsphere.com/news/in-the-book-of-vision-composer-hanan-townshend-blurs-the-line-between-science-and-spirituality http://jamsphere.com/news/in-the-book-of-vision-composer-hanan-townshend-blurs-the-line-between-science-and-spirituality#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2020 14:27:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42261

Townshend weaves a spellbinding tapestry of sounds in Carlo Hintermann’s directorial debut about hopes, dreams, and death

Composer Hanan Townshend’s new score for The Book of Vision is now available on Amazon. The Terrence Malick production marks swiz documentarian Carlo Hintermann’s directorial debut.

“This film faces the reality of life and death, our hopes and fears, and inspires us to live life to the fullest,” says Townshend of the mind-bending journey.

Hintermann describes The Book of Vision as “a game of mirrors between two dimensions, inspired by the type of storytelling in video games.”

The production’s international cast includes Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), Lotte Verbeek (“Outlander,” “The Borgias”), Sverrir Gudnason (“Borg vs. McEnroe”), Isolda Dychauk (“The Borgias,” “Faust”) and Italian actor Filippo Nigro.

Far from a traditional scientific perspective, the book, written by Dr. Anmuth, contains the hopes, fears, and dreams of over 1800 patients. It’s also a manuscript that takes past and present and hurls them into an unexpected psychological vortex.

The haunting soundtrack if interlaces pre-recorded arrangements and improvisations to transport ake audiences through a profoundly emotional musical experience that flutters between realms. Townshend’s musical mosaic of old, new, and futuristic sounds beautifully compliments Hinterman’s  the timer jumping journey.

According to Townshend, the score is built around the saxophone, often riffing off inspiring classical pieces from music luminaries like Brahms and Liszt.

“Compositionally, the original work is an extension of this world, blending clarinet, saxophone ensemble, and strings to enhance the woody soundscape. Federico Pascucci’s musical additions also bring a lovely romantic heartbeat,” says the Seattle based composer known for scoring Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, To the Wonder, and Sound to Sound.

The full score, composed of 22 tracks, is a collaboration between Townshend, Errichetta Underground, and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The release of Hintermann’s theatrical debut is a significant milestone for the young composer. This project, which recently debuted at the Venice International Film Critics’ Week in Italy, is a testament to the soft-spoken musician’s musical and professional advancement. In The Book of Vision, Townshend takes his spellbinding arrangements and injects raw and poignant accents that make up a genuinely original sonic kaleidoscope.

This year, the in-demand musician also became a significant contender in the commercial music sector by scoring music for global iconic brands like Google, Nike, American Express, and Apple, among others.

Townshend is currently scoring On The Line, the true story of a Mexican orphanage, Casa Hogar, struggling to survive after Hurricane Odile hit in 2014.

Whether it’s with commercials or theatrical releases, Townshend captures the ears of the film industry and music fans alike. Fans  can check out an exclusive track from THE BOOK OF VISION by clicking the following link: The Book of Vision – The Child.

For more information on Hanan, please visit: www.hanantownshend.com.

 

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Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/mandalan-and-so-foreign-productions-launch-campaign-for-como-sabre-ft-emarie-video http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/mandalan-and-so-foreign-productions-launch-campaign-for-como-sabre-ft-emarie-video#respond Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:18:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42203 Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also get personalized THANK YOU’s on social media, participate in an exclusive livestream event during production, and receive free merchandise. The project will go 100% toward funding a production crew and dance team to film the video under strict Covid-safe production guidelines.

  1. When and how did you get started producing music and do you have any formal training?

Mandalan: I experimented with electronic music in high school and started producing my first tracks after purchasing a Yamaha keyboard while studying improvisational piano at college in North Carolina with Paul Jeffrey, a tenor saxophonist who had performed with Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, and B.B. King. I later studied conga percussion in Los Angeles with Afro-Cuban Master Lázaro Galarraga. Since then I produced various musical pieces including a soundtrack to an indie trailer and accompaniments to several dance performances. In the last few years I began sharing a few tracks on SoundCloud. Then in 2019 produced my first single with the release of How We Live.

  1. Where does the moniker Mandalan come from?

Mandalan: The name comes from the Sanskrit word Mandala, which means a connected line – or a circle, which defines a community. I love the simplicity of this idea and for me music is a way of connecting with people across boundaries and creating a feeling of community.

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

Mandalan: I was inspired early in my piano studies by blues and jazz musicians including B.B. King, Taj Majal, Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff introduced me to the reggae-style drum beat and call and response vocals. Latin Jazz legends Poncho Sanchez, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz were a tremendous influence while I was learning conga percussion and growing my passion for Latin music and dance.

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

Mandalan: I like to hope that people experience my music as a journey. Surrendering emotions to the ebb and flow of the sound as it moves through different moods and rhythms… and inspired by vocals and lyrics with a message of vulnerability, love, empowerment and hope. Whether heard at home in quarantine, in a gym or at a dance club I hope my music inspires people to move their bodies, embrace heart and humanity, and connect with one another – especially during this time of Corona.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of producers emerging right now?

Mandalan: I love how music has become so global, and that many of my listeners are in Mexico and Germany and Chile and Colombia, Spain and the UK – as well as in the United States. I try to let my music speak to universal themes with an aesthetic and energy that is accessible across cultural borders and boundaries. I feel I bring a unique mix of improvisational blues/jazz, Afro-Latin percussion and electronic dance energy to my music.

  1. What is your process when composing a new song? Where do start, and what usually comes into your head first – the melody or the beat?

Mandalan: I focus first on the overall sound and feel of the song including instrumentation, structure and groove. The melody emerges as its own instrument in the mix, which I often find by riffing on an acoustic piano. I studied improvisational blues and jazz on the piano and love the percussive acoustics of the instrument as a source of creative inspiration. And then I love to collaborate with an experienced studio singer to finalize the vocal arrangement and bring personality and voice to the track.

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

Mandalan: I like to find a basic groove that has some strong energy and inspires movement. Then I look for an instrumentation that evokes a melodic structure and emotional journey. And then I love the creative collaboration and refinement that happens working with an experienced vocalist to bring the song to life. I look for singers that have a specific connection to the vibe I am trying to create in the track.

  1. You released the song “¿Cómo Sabré? (feat. Emarie)”. Every song usually has a backstory or interesting anecdote behind its creation. How did this one come about?

Mandalan: This song was truly a musical journey that began with experimentation with various sounds and beats. I had the intention of creating a second single that would release after my first, How We Live, released last December to amazing response and listenership.

How We Live had a Tropical House EDM sound to it. This time I wanted a more specific connection to the Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz heritage I had learned through my musical training. So I brought in more instrumentation and vocals that helped create the right vibe.

The lyrics and melody emerged from the call and response structure of the song. With Spanish lyrics the title and lead refrain translates to “how will I know” with a response “listening to the heart.” This connects universally with every decision we have to make in life and the lyrics evolved into a love song of vulnerability, choice and empowerment.

In the music video we will tell the story of a woman divided between emotion and reason. A love triangle with two lovers. In the end she will follow her own intuition and the message of the song… listening to the heart.

  1. How did you go about choosing your feature and collaborators for the song “¿Cómo Sabré? (ft. Emarie)”?

Mandalan: I have worked with Spotify and SoundBetter for some time and find it an amazing place to discover and connect with professional artists who are looking to collaborate. Emarie’s recording experience and vocal quality made her a very strong fit for this song. We both vibed right away on the direction of the vocals and it was an amazing experience working with such an exceptionally-talented singer.

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  1. How did you go about recording the aforementioned track? Were you and the singer based in different places, or did you come together in the same studio?

Mandalan: Much of the song was created in the studio, where I go very deep into the creative process and spend many hours of solo time. As the song took shape I would layer in various melody lines recorded on an acoustic piano that would interact with the other instruments and become a foundation for the vocal track. Then I would listen to the song and melody many times and imagine an emotional journey that inspired the lyrics. I recorded a rough mix of myself singing the lyrics and used that to guide a dialogue with the vocalist. I recorded with Emarie this year during the pandemic. She was in Miami and I was in Los Angeles, so all our work was done virtually. It was a tremendous pleasure working with Emarie and she really helped shape the final vocal arrangement.

  1. Besides yourself and the singer Emarie, who else do you think deserves a special mention for contributing to the recording, production or release of this track?

Mandalan: Austin Leeds is a Miami-based mixing and mastering engineer/producer who has collaborated with Avicii and worked with some of the best producers and DJs in the world. Austin helped layer in the vocal tracks and balance the elements in the final mix. Nahuel Amaya is a super-talented Buenas Aires-based comic book artist who designed the cover art and brought the song to life visually with a Latin House theme and a lyrics video.

  1. Did you compose and write both the music and lyrics for “¿Cómo Sabré? (ft. Emarie)”?

Mandalan: Yes I composed and wrote both the music and lyrics. Emarie is exceptionally talented and was incredibly helpful in refining the final vocal arrangement.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? How important do you think videos are important for your music?

Mandalan: I have worked in media/entertainment for many years, enjoy producing digital content, and love how video can enhance music to tell a story and create a mood. It can also make music more accessible to today’s digital audiences who increasingly discover music visually on TikTok and Instagram. My first single, How We Live, received over 730,000 views on TikTok – far more than other platforms. I feel the power of visual storytelling can help transcend cultural and language barriers of the audio experience and give new meaning to a song.

  1. You have launched a campaign on Patreon, for the creation of an official music video for the new single “¿Cómo Sabré?”, Could you tell us more about the project?

Mandalan: We have partnered with So Foreign Productions to create an indie music video for ¿Cómo Sabré? Through individual donations via Patreon as well as brand sponsorships we hope to raise $15,000 to create a high-energy dance video for the single. We’ll be hiring a choreographer and dance team, writers and production crew, and renting a studio location and camera/lighting equipment to shoot the video by the end of the year.

Patreon (www.patreon.com/mandalan) allows multiple ways you can support the project — a $15 donation to receive a digital download of the song, name credited in the music video, and invite to an exclusive pre-release viewing of the music video; a $45 donation includes a shout-out on social media and an invitation to an exclusive livestream event on-set; and a $105 donation includes a digital download of the music video and a commemorative hoodie. Patreon spreads out the payments over a 3-month subscription as we produce the project.

We’re also looking for brand sponsors to support the project and receive significant promotion on social media as part of the video release.

  1. How and why, did the choice of collaboration with Los Angeles based Production Company, So Foreign Productions come about?

Mandalan: Brazilian actress/producer Mariana Brassaroto and Ukraine-born actress/producer Albina Katsman at So Foreign Productions are personal friends of mine. Beyond our friendship, I have been on-set with them and watched them in action. They are talented creatives both on-screen and off, super business-savvy executives, and extremely resourceful get-things-done producers who can pull together a big show with a low budget.

With a track record producing a comedy web series about two girls from different parts of the world experiencing life together as roommates  (“So Foreign, The Series”) and a short-film about a divorced Iranian woman’s experience in America (“OKAY”) they were a natural fit for this project – which connects Latin beats and vocals with a global EDM sound.

In our high-energy dance video we will tell the story of a woman divided between emotion and reason. A love triangle with two lovers. In the end she will follow her own intuition and the message of the song… listening to the heart. We are excited to bring this story to life in film!

  1. What do you find most rewarding about this latest single and video project so far? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve with “¿Cómo Sabré?”?

Mandalan: For me the most rewarding part is the creative collaboration and process of producing art through music and video that is good enough to share with the world. And also the amazing love and support from people who hear and connect with the song. Our goal right now is to create a music video that is an original and engaging way of telling a story through movement and dance and that can be produced safely for everyone involved during this pandemic. Beyond that our goal will to create an impactful release of the video on social media.

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  1. Beside the official video, are there any remixed versions of “¿Cómo Sabré?” in the pipeline?

Mandalan: I would love to collaborate with other producers and have begun exploring remixed versions of the song. Though nothing official is planned.

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

Mandalan: My most deeply creative and original work occurs within the walls of a recording studio. Though I love to perform live! I will sometimes take my congas to a park or join a drum circle for the energy of a live audience. My favorite performance was last year playing conga to a cover of Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones alongside Remi Kabaka – the original conga player from The Stones! Remi is a legendary musician… and yet he insisted that I play his part on stage… with just a few minutes of coaching from him before the show. It was an incredible and humbling experience!

  1. In the time of social media, how do you handle criticism and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Mandalan: Once you begin sharing your creative work with the world you are immediately open to criticism. And when you promote it you receive frequent rejections, often with negative feedback. Sometimes the feedback is all over the map (I love the vocals/mix vs hate them)… but other times there’s a pattern and learning opportunities for future tracks. I love to receive the feedback and especially when you realize it’s helpful!

  1. Finally, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing / producing / recording / playing etc.?

Mandalan: I am a competitive triathlete and enjoy swim/bike/run workouts and core fitness training. I used to be terrified of swimming in the open ocean. But after years of ocean swim workouts once or twice a week it is now my favorite activity. Watching the sunrise over the city from way out in the ocean, or seeing dolphins approach you playfully in their natural environment are magical moments for me. It’s also a way for me to stay connected in-person with friends while also social-distancing during the pandemic.

Click here to find the song on Spotify, Apple Music and more!

OFFICIAL LINKS: PATREONSPOTIFYSOUNDCLOUDTIK TOK INSTAGRAMTWITTERFACEBOOKWEBSITE

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Big Roy album, “The Endgining” ready for download! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/big-roy-album-the-endgining-ready-for-download http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/big-roy-album-the-endgining-ready-for-download#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:00:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42164 Big Roy born Rory King Jr. was born in Dallas Texas, but moved to Georgia at an early age. He started rapping and freestyling when he was 20 years old and has been writing and making beats ever since.

You can download the Big Roy album “The Endgining” or the song “I Blame Nobody Else” at Amazon.com today – $7.99 for the album, 99 cent per song!

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Sandra Esparza releases her new EP – ‘Be a Sunflower’ http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sandra-esparza-releases-her-new-ep-be-a-sunflower http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sandra-esparza-releases-her-new-ep-be-a-sunflower#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:27:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42153 Sandra Esparza releases her new EP – ‘Be a Sunflower’ – which includes the songs, Sunflowers Over Roses, Patients For The Sun, Miles Per Hour, Calling, and Space Between The Leaves. The songs are great, grounded in folk, blues and other American roots music, plus a touch of acoustic soul and indie-pop.

With barely more than her voice and a guitar, Sandra has built a rich and variable universe spanning an array of moods, and now on ‘Be a Sunflower’, musically these are her most fleshed out arrangements, but they still maintain a clean, minimal and organic approach.

‘Be a Sunflower’ never seems reverent or forced. It feels instead as if Sandra Esparza is drawing on music that comes naturally to her and shaping it to her own ends. Whether it seems like music that might have existed back in the golden singer-songwriter era, or that could only have been made in 2020, the sound of ‘Be a Sunflower’ is beautifully restrained and inviting, intimate rather than austere.

Sandra Esparza’s lovely malt and honey voice flows around the guitar and pianos, earthy, smoky and warming even when she’s singing some pretty afflicted lyrics. Whatever expectations others may have of her, there’s a quiet confidence and poise about ‘Be a Sunflower’ that suggests Sandra Esparza knows exactly who she is, and where she wants to be.

OFFICIAL LINKS: YOUTUBESPOTIFYINSTAGRAMFACEBOOKTWITTER

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Damola Davis is currently on radio rotation with the track “Fire” http://jamsphere.com/news/damola-davis-is-currently-on-radio-rotation-with-the-track-fire http://jamsphere.com/news/damola-davis-is-currently-on-radio-rotation-with-the-track-fire#respond Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:04:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42143 Adedamola Ogundipe, professionally known as Damola Davis was born in London but raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he spent most of his childhood. This was where his musical journey started and his love for making music was born.

In 2009, Damola Davis was in a music group called X-Element and they were popular in school. Damola Davis later moved to the UK where his sound was transformed. From SMC group to 2BADA, and now as a solo artist, Damola Davis’ sound has evolved over the last 10 years.

He has been regarded as a diverse artist, with influences from various genres of music. He has worked with several artists such as Mowille, Rotimo, Baseone, and Damibliz to name a few.

His release titled “Kabo” which featured Damibliz and Mowille, went on to air on major radio and TV stations, and was well received by audiences both in Africa and internationally. Damola Davis is currently on radio rotation with the track “Fire” taken off the EP “Flavours”.

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HollyOnDemand – “Only Fan” is streaming on all platforms! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hollyondemand-only-fan-is-streaming-on-all-platforms http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hollyondemand-only-fan-is-streaming-on-all-platforms#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 20:31:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42121 HollyOnDemand is a female rap artist from NY by way of Brownsville Brooklyn. She grew up showcasing her talent by creative writing and performing. After a few songs and freestyles HollyOnDemand stumbled onto the underground scene as a battle rapper. While in the battle rap culture she founded the first LGBTQ battle league “Prism” as a way to combat discrimination and give that community a way to freely showcase their talent. Music was always her first love so she returned to recording with the release of her first single “Only Fan” (streaming on all platforms), from her upcoming EP ‘SunKissed”.

 

HollyOnDemand is on radio rotation with the track “Only Fan”.

Follow her journey from then to present on IG, FB, and YouTube @hollyondemand

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BURNSY’s forthcoming release ‘Forever’ is out 26 September! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/burnsys-forthcoming-release-forever-is-out-26-september http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/burnsys-forthcoming-release-forever-is-out-26-september#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 15:45:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42117 BURNSY’s forthcoming release ‘Forever’ is out 26 September available to download and stream. The emotionally deep and soulful house song that was written and produced in Florida during lock down, is a song of memory that will last forever.

Connect with BURNSY and his music:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3gJrRhDSVEmbUmqyPIToWR

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BurnsyMusica/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willburnsy/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/burnsymusica

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CWOdfxUQiE

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The goal for Alexio Cade is not to fit in, but to stand out! http://jamsphere.com/news/the-goal-for-alexio-cade-is-not-to-fit-in-but-to-stand-out http://jamsphere.com/news/the-goal-for-alexio-cade-is-not-to-fit-in-but-to-stand-out#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 23:24:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42100 From defying all odds, boosting his confidence and Smooth freestyling under the hood lights to becoming a fast-rising singer and songwriter in the music industry. Alexio Cade fell in love with music at a tender age while growing up in the Midwest and watching his dad singing in bands and playing the guitar.

At the age of 13, along with his brother and two friends, started their group, singing in parties and other social gatherings. Alexio Cade is set to win the hearts of hundreds of thousands of fans and music lovers across the world, and he is hoping to become a household name for the effortless delivery of amazing soul music laced with urban vocal dexterity that consistently melt the hearts of his listeners worldwide.

Alexio Cade performances include performing at The Palms Restaurant, Live Mall performances, singing covers of his idols such as Micheal Jackson, Luther Vandross, Brian Mcknight, AI Green, and others, to Performing in Various Venues in Hollywood and Beverly Hills for Atlantic Record events.

Alexio Cade is a fantastic Pop/R&B artist that you can’t get enough of because he puts so much passion in his music, and it’s clearly shown through his single titled “Turn it up”. He has co-produced other songs such as Fly Girls feat Timmy T, You, and Keys to my Heart.

The goal for Alexio Cade is not to fit in, but to stand out – not just survive, but to thrive and create a legacy that will inspire others long after he is gone. It should be known that this young motivating force is bringing the heat, and without an iota of doubt, He has shown us that he has come to stay. He is currently working on a five-song EP with a couple of features.

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INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – deep lyrically and spiritually http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-c-e-n-deep-lyrically-and-spiritually http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-c-e-n-deep-lyrically-and-spiritually#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:52:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42094 Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually.

  1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?

C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a small town named Morris. I grew up in a musical environment. Most of my family either sang, played piano, or drums in church. My cousin was a rapper at the time. I thought that was the coolest thing ever and thought if he can do it, why not me and that’s what sparked the interest.

  1. Do you handle both the songwriting and beats on your songs, or do you collaborate with others?

C.E.N.: I’m strictly the songwriter, but I’m always looking to collaborate with creative people.

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

C.E.N.: Nelly, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Eminem

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

C.E.N.: I’m honest and I reflect on real things that everyday people can relate to.  I try to give you different vibes that you can use to get you through your day.

  1. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and music maker, and the transition towards your own style?

C.E.N.: I definitely remember those days. I used to let my friend hear my rhymes and he would tell me if I was sounding like other artists. Over time I started adding more of my personality and my own stories. What really helped me is when I stopped trying to follow trends and started picking beats I liked and talking about the things I related to most.

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

C.E.N.: This may sound corny or old school, but music especially Hip Hop is the voice of the people on the bottom trying to be heard. Now don’t get me wrong there has to be a balance every song can’t be about the world’s problems that would be depressing. I personally try to sprinkle in a few songs about issues that bother me. I feel like artists should stand for something.

  1. Do you ever write a song with current musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you simply focus on your own personal vision and trust that people will empathize with your sound?

C.E.N.: I say it’s 50/50 I never want to force anything. I can only rap on beats that inspire me, but my content may cater to a certain audience I’m trying to communicate with. But even then it’s up to the listener and some luck in my opinion. I’ve been doing this for a while and trends change so quickly.  I just do me and hope the song I make in 2020 is still played in 2040.

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a beat, or a narrative in your head?

C.E.N.: When the inspiration comes I just listen to beats until I stumble across one that really grabs my attention. Then I may listen to it on repeat for a while and let ideas come to me. Sometimes the beat can determine subject matter. I may have a narrative in mind I want to speak on, but sometimes that has to wait because it doesn’t align with the emotion of the beat. It’s fun for me to hear the finished product. I surprise myself sometimes.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your career or life so far, and how did you overcome the event?

C.E.N.: Musically, it was in the beginning when no one took me seriously. We live in a society where it always seems like the next person is trying to use rap to “blow up.” The difference between me and them is how when things get challenging I use it as motivation to keep going. The music industry is not a straight path or a smooth one. I appreciate everyone that has given me positive feedback, it is another way I keep grinding through the hard times. I lost my parents at a young age. An experience that taught me no matter how bad life might get…Do. Not. Give. Up. Dig deep, and find the strength to push forward. Giving up is never an option.

  1. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your career so far?

C.E.N.: Getting a direct message from a person from Egypt telling me they like my song. It blows my mind that my voice has traveled to countries I’ve never been to.

  1. How did the moniker C.E.N. come about?

C.E.N.: It’s actually my real name Charles E. Nash

  1. With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the music business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

C.E.N.: Trolls will be trolls. I cannot and will not please everyone. I try to focus on the things I can control in my life.

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

C.E.N.: When you are an independent artist you have a better understanding and control of where the money is going. I am able to say what I want. There is no confusion or surprises on ownership. Unfortunately, sometimes with independence the path to discovery can take longer. You do not receive the industry push, marketing, networking and cosigning to help you get exposure.

  1. If you had a choice to go on tour with any acclaimed international artist in the near future, who would you choose, and why?

C.E.N.: Jay Z, hands down. I have looked up to him my entire career. Having the opportunity to learn from one of the best to ever bless the mic could only lead to growth in my career.

  1. Could you tell us something about your latest project, and what fans can expect to hear?

C.E.N.: My latest project came with more growth and me continuing to open up, being more revealing and transparent. I’m trying new sounds and touching on different topics.

  1. Do you have a personal favorite track amongst your compositions that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very special to you?

C.E.N.: Right now it is Lil Angel. It is partly the humor, but also the fact that my life could have been different if either situation went the other way. I try to always remember how lucky I am to be free and to do what I do.

  1. Creative work in studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two options excite you most?

C.E.N.: I really enjoy both there is nothing like being in a state of the art studio.  But watching people vibe and enjoy your music with all eyes on you is an incredible feeling

  1. What’s your favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

C.E.N.: Get money and love life!

  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?

C.E.N.:  My latest video “For Real” I think showcases my versatility as an artist.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

C.E.N.: It’s playing back the finished product and being in awe that I’m the person coming out of the speaker. Hopefully my story can inspire others to go for their dreams no matter who they are or where they come from. My goal is to win a Grammy.

Connect with C.E.N. on Instagram @ Cen_tha_g

OFFICIAL LINKS: SPOTIFYAPPLETIDAL

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Upcoming project “Más Nervioso” – SvltGoddo tape coming soon! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/upcoming-project-mas-nervioso-svltgoddo-tape-coming-soon http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/upcoming-project-mas-nervioso-svltgoddo-tape-coming-soon#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:18:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42086 SvltGoddo is a 24-year-old Mexican artist out of Topeka, Kansas. He has been writing music since the age of 14. He has released a mixtape entitled The Grand Salt Goddo Tape”, which can be found on YouTube and SoundCloud. His latest project Más Nervioso is set to release soon, featuring smash singles like “Blade,” “Too Cocky,” “Give a F,” and “Goddo This Goddo That” that have already been dropped.

SvltGoddo is also working on a, for now unnamed, brand new mixtape. He states that he will also be changing his flow and rap style on this new recording, delivering a hungrier and grittier side of SvltGoddo.

“I see rap as a sport,” says SvltGoddo, continuing: “I try to give you a catchy beat but I am also going to tell you how I feel, or maybe I’m just giving you bars and rhyme schemes to impress the hip hop heads. I love Hip Hop and always will. SvltGoddo wants to be mentioned with the greatest of rappers, not just
known but respected as a lyricist.”

Be sure to follow @svltgoddo on Instagram and Facebook for updates.

Music Streams: https://li.sten.to/SvltGoddo

Stream SvltGoddo “Whos Goddo (Whats Poppin Remix)” on YouTube: youtu.be/UoBJw8MfXoo

Contact SvltGoddo via email: tristangomez96@gmail.com

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Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’ http://jamsphere.com/news/rashod-holmes-announces-new-single-the-one http://jamsphere.com/news/rashod-holmes-announces-new-single-the-one#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:32:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42082 The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song.

Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship.

“I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more going on in this story.

Starting with the early days of courtship and going all the way up the announcement of children on the way, he covers every aspect of a blossoming romance. It is a heartfelt story with an ending that is sure to keep listeners intrigued on repeated re-listens.

‘The One’ is available everywhere September 18, 2020
Stream& Download: https://linktr.ee/rashodholmes
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INTERVIEW with South African Rapper Testamenté http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-south-african-rapper-testamente http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-south-african-rapper-testamente#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:57:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42075 Born Wandile Kokwe, Testamenté is a Rapper from Mosselbay, South Africa. He’s a highly talented performer who’s very passionate about music and has a natural ability to adjust own style to suit different music genres. He is an unpredictable writer well known for his flowing techniques, rapid rapping schemes, and well-constructed punchlines. Testamente’s first successful single “HDYD(How Do You Do?)” Has over 16.7k plays on Soundcloud & over 3.9k streams on Spotify. In June 2015 Testamenté was named “Artist of the Month” by Twitty News and later that year he made the “Best Cape Town Hip Hop Songs in 2015” list by Headwarmaz (Bush Radio), since then his following has been flourishing and that has him pushing even harder to grow his craft. He is about to release his first ever project – an EP titled “HIGHKEY” that’s due to drop this month.

  1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?

Testamenté: I was born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape here in South Africa, at a very young age my Late Mom relocated to a small town in Western Cape “Mosselbay” and that’s where I grew up and started making music. I started in 2008, before that I was all about writing and reciting songs playing on Radio and/or TV until I decided to write my own in 2008, I then began recording same year.

  1. Do you handle both the songwriting and beats on your songs, or do you collaborate with others?

Testamenté: No I’m only handling the songwriting part, for beats I have few of my favorite beat makers I buy beats from, some are based here in South Africa others are abroad.

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

Testamenté: It has to be the Rappers that introduced Hip Hop in South Africa, the one that took it to mainstream, the likes of Proverb, Skwatta Kamp, Mr Selwyn, Wikid & Amo to name a few. If it wasn’t for them I don’t think South African hip hop would be this Big.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Testamenté: My content is the main key element, as much as I am telling my story through my music, I’m also telling someone else’s story because everything I am going through, you’ll also go through it or you already have, what I mean is for instance now as Black People we are all experiencing Racism whether it’s direct on indirect, so if I were to do a song on that, from my own perspective every black person would relate, that’s how broad my content is, simple as it is, it is too deep if you’re listening with understanding.

  1. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and music maker, and the transition towards your own style?

Testamenté: Lol, true… Well that’s one of the things that kept me from making a full project. I also went through that same path, started by imitating favorite Musicians to a point of sounding exactly like ‘em. I believe it’s a perfect path of finding yourself and kind of seeing what you’re good at and try master that, then eventually end up finding the artist in you with all these elements and/or skills you learnt along the way.. To answer your question I also went through that, but for to finally feel confident and comfortable with my own style, I had to take a 2years (2017 & 2018) break from releasing music, I was just writing, recording, discarding if I sound like someone and as time went I found “Me” hence I decided to finally release my 1st Studio Project, my sound is original I don’t sound like anyone that I can say with Pride.

Testamenté

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

Testamenté: Music is a medium language, so I think it plays an important role in portraying a specific political/cultural/spiritual/social message. Yes I do, as I said: musicians are the voice of the voiceless, and music is an easier way of educating young people.

  1. Do you ever write a song with current musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do you simply focus on your own personal vision and trust that people will empathize with your sound?

Testamenté: Yes I do, because I believe as a musician I should cater for all, and as an entertainer it’s my duty to stay relevant and keep people entertained as long as the content is still intact.

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a beat, or a narrative in your head?

Testamenté: I do both, sometimes I get a beat, start harmonizing and/or freestyling on it until something comes up. At times I get an idea, write a song without a beat then talk to a beat maker about what type of a beat I need, with this one I’ll have to present when the beat is made.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your career or life so far, and how did you overcome the event?

Testamenté: It has to be losing my Momma, see that haunted me from my childhood until recently when I finally made a song for her titled “Koeli” and it’s in my recently released EP. Losing her at a very young age was unpleasant because I did not understand I kept on asking questions I couldn’t get answers for, but with music being therapy I endured the pain and I can now finally say I made peace with her departure.

  1. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your career so far?

Testamenté: Releasing my 1st studio Project independently, I wrote all the songs, recorded, mixed and mastered them myself. I’m super proud, this is a definite achievement.

  1. How did the moniker Testamenté come about?

Testamenté: Lol, well it’s crazy ‘cause it was never meant to be my stage name. Firstly I did not come up with the name, but I chose to use it as my Stage name. I got this moniker from a friend who was then a teammate, we were soccer players back in the day, we were just fooling around playing soccer and calling each other random names, like I would think of any “Not So Soccer Player Name” and call him for the day, and he called me Testamenté which is also a name for a Bible (Testament) but in our language it has an “é”.

Years later I started Rapping and then I realized I needed a unique name, Testamenté came up and I now chose it because of its meaning i.e “Evidence”, I believed I’m a living evidence that with Art & Sports you can be kept away from unjust doings and other mischievous acts, I say this because majority of my childhood friends went the other way, started smoking and doing all the other stuff but I managed to stay clean without unfriending them, but because I’m an artist I educate about these things I didn’t do any, so yeah that’s it man.

  1. With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the music business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Testamenté: I do pay attention to Critics can somehow help me improve. As for people that say things to put me down, I ain’t paying no mind.

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

Testamenté: The freedom of creativity, doing thing my way at my own pace, no pressure at all.The most discouraging aspect is doing everything myself, time is a factor and indie artists merely rest due DIY mentality. The inaccessibility of the industry and the challenges of getting Gigs, Airplay etc.

  1. If you had a choice to go on tour with any acclaimed international artist in the near future, who would you choose, and why?

Testamenté: It’d be Hopsin my Idol, because he is independent yet doing the most. From his music content and how impactful he is, the dude is the GOAT.

The EP Cover

  1. Could you tell us something about your latest EP project, and how did the Fans receive it?

Testamenté: “HIGHKEY EP” is my 1st studio project, it has 8 songs all original, every song is different. I chose the title “HIGHKEY” because I believe it’s high time my craft gets exposed to the world, and if you also feel the same way don’t keep it on a low, say something about it, in the Title song which is track number-2 in the EP there’s a part that goes: “Tell the world about the King, this kid is like a Mercedes when he burns”. The supporters’ response is amazing, I did not expect it at all. Same day I released the EP it got streamed over 20k times collectively, the most streamed song had over 5.7k streams within few hours, people already have they favorite songs. All in all I’m happy so say but there’s still more work to do.

  1. Do you have a personal favorite track amongst your compositions on the EP that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very special to you?

Testamenté: Track number-2 “Koeli” the song I made for my late Mom, and it happens to be everyone’s favorite too.The title “Koeli” is an acronym for my Mothers First Name and Last Name i.e “Elizabeth  Kokwé” KO (Last Name) ELI (First Name).

  1. Creative work in studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two options excite you most?

Testamenté:  Can’t I choose both? Lol I love making music, but I am making music for people, so interaction with a live audience is more exciting because I get to see them enjoying what I’ve been working on, and that’s fulfilling .

  1. What’s your favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

Testamenté: “Be yourself, ‘cause everyone else is taken.”

  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?

Testamenté: It is very essential, because it is a great way to show a visual interpretation of the song. It is also a good way to further market a song that could potentially garner more fans. No I don’t have any videos yet.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Testamenté: The most rewarding aspect about making music is being able to help/heal people you’ve never met before and changing they lives, see that is heartwarming. Of course, it’s that same vision that keeps me true to myself provides a meaning to strike optimism by making my goals seem profoundly achievable.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

For bookings email: book@testamenteofficial.com

Streams: SpotifySoundcloud

Socials
FB: Testamente ZA
Twitter: @TestamenteZA
IG: testamente_za
Website: http://www.testamenteofficial.com

 

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DOUBLE CUP KASE – “Like My Vibe” and “Full Moon” will be trending real soon! http://jamsphere.com/news/double-cup-kase-like-my-vibe-and-full-moon-will-be-trending-real-soon http://jamsphere.com/news/double-cup-kase-like-my-vibe-and-full-moon-will-be-trending-real-soon#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:05:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42070 Shout out to @double_cup_kase and his dope music Like My Vibe and Full Moon gonna be trending real soon hear for yourself https://soundcloud.com/d_c_kase

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89K has dropped his highly anticipated EP, entitled “Almost There” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/89k-has-dropped-his-highly-anticipated-ep-entitled-almost-there http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/89k-has-dropped-his-highly-anticipated-ep-entitled-almost-there#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:52:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42064 A couple of months back New York music producer, 89K dropped his highly anticipated EP, entitled “Almost There”, featuring the tracks “Kushy” and “Heavy”. Rappers often get the majority of the glory and fanfare, but without producers like 89k behind the scenes crafting the beats, the lyrics would not come to life.

The production landscape has never been as vast or open as it’s become in recent years, with an ocean of talent infiltrating the game and adding new colors to the fabric of hip hop. 89K brings a fresh groove to the table with shimmering keys, driving rhythms, eerie synths and slamming drums. Boasting one of the more distinct production sounds to infiltrate the underground scene this year, 89K’s beats on “Almost There” are bold and highly impacting. As the direction of hip-hop music continues to change course with every new record released, 89K has positioned himself in the frontline of forward thinking producers.

89K STREAMS: 

Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5DAjcERcyoxCi8PLBcXYLj?si=Fdpqpp6gR4CrCoOO10ZO_A

iTunes Store
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/89k/1524817740

Apple Music
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/89k/1524817740

Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/89k-music

89K SOCIAL MEDIA:
https://www.instagram.com/mywway/

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“Move Like That” is one of the highlights on Jona Da King’s upcoming Ep “ROOTS OF LOVE” http://jamsphere.com/news/move-like-that-is-one-of-the-highlights-on-jona-da-kings-upcoming-ep-roots-of-love http://jamsphere.com/news/move-like-that-is-one-of-the-highlights-on-jona-da-kings-upcoming-ep-roots-of-love#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:19:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42059 “Move Like That” is one of the highlights on Jona Da King’s upcoming Ep “ROOTS OF LOVE”, coming to music stores September. 30th. 2020. Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario; based in Edmonton, Alberta. His sound has a diverse twist, and an old-school feel that tips the hat off to industry icons such as Nat King Cole, Little Richard, J Hus, Flipp Dinero, Tory Lanez, Summer walker, Brent Faiyaz, Drake, StormyZ only to mention but a few.

Jona developed a sound inspired by other influences, ranging from old-time jazz, down to rock, pop, and everything in between. His tracks have a unique sound, which sets the bar higher in terms of passion and performance excellence. His voice embodies soul and truth, and his sound connects with listeners of all backgrounds.

Jona Da King is on radio rotation with the track “Move Like That”

OFFICIAL LINKS: INSTAGRAMSPOTIFYYOUTUBE

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Jesse Neo – Artist, Producer and Co-Founder of Beats Platform Gemtracks! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/jesse-neo-artist-producer-and-co-founder-of-beats-platform-gemtracks http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/jesse-neo-artist-producer-and-co-founder-of-beats-platform-gemtracks#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:48:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42031 Jesse Neo is a British-Australian singer, songwriter, musician, DJ and producer. Born into a musical family, he started learning the violin, piano and singing at the tender age of 7, and began composing the same year. By his teens, he had written over 20 songs, and by 18, more than 100. More importantly Jesse Neo is also the co-founder of the online platform known as Gemtracks for producers to buy and sell beats.

  1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started doing music?

Jesse Neo: I am originally from Sydney, Australia, but I am currently based in Los Angeles. I started taking music lessons when I was really young, about 7 or 8, and it eventually became an important part of my life.

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

Jesse Neo: In terms of commercial music, I can still remember the early 2000’s when radios were dominated by the sounds of Britney Spears, Usher, Coldplay, and Craig David, so I guess they’ve all had a strong influence on me.

  1. Which aspects of the current modern music scene excites you most, and which aspects discourages you most?

Jesse Neo: I think the way music is becoming more electronic and experimental has really excited me. Pop music today sounds so different from what they sounded like 20 years ago, and this has encouraged me to be unique and different in my art as well. I think what discourages me the most is the falling trends of CD sales and lining up early in the mall just to be the first to get hold of a new release.

  1. How did the decision to launch the digital marketplace Gemtracks.com come about?

Jesse Neo: There was a time when I worked as a composer for several companies. When my contract ended, I realized it was something I wanted to continue pursuing, so I launched a website to sell my unsold songs. Eventually it took off. Then my friends encouraged me to turn it into a marketplace so that they too could sell their unsold songs. If any reader is interested in seeing the marketplace, make sure you head over to Gemtracks now.

  1. Did you have any prior experience in the technology sector before embarking on this journey, and in retrospect, was it a necessary requisite anyway?

Jesse Neo: Yes, when I was in high school, I had many other hobbies including computer programming, chemistry and engineering. I was pretty good at Math, actually. A lot of people don’t know that I majored in Computer Science in college, so technology isn’t something quite foreign to me.

  1. What exactly does Gemtracks.com offer artists and producers?

Jesse Neo: Gemtracks allows artists to purchase beats and instruments to use in their own songs. Every purchase comes with full copyright and exclusive license, which means the artist can release as many copies of the master track without having to pay any royalties. Also, each beat can only be sold once. For producers, Gemtracks allows them to sell their beats for higher prices due to the reasons previously stated. So it’s a win-win for both parties.

  1. There are many beat-making marketplaces available right now. Can you explain what you feel defines Gemtracks.com from the rest?

Jesse Neo: First of all, Gemtracks sells exclusive beats. This means each beat can only be sold once. Eventually, I want Gemtracks to be a collaboration marketplace where artists can do more than just buy beats, such as hire freelance music producers, book recording studios and even get music critique.

  1. How strict are you with genres? Does Gemtracks.com only concentrate on specific styles?

Jesse Neo:  I’m not strict at all. I welcome all types of music. I really want Gemtracks to a marketplace musician of all backgrounds can use.

  1. Do you have any new features in the pipeline that will be added to Gemtracks.com soon?

Jesse Neo:  Yes, I am currently working very hard on a Question and Answer section on the website, dedicated to answering music questions. This would allow those that are new to the industry to get help from those that are more experienced.

  1. Do you think it’s true to say that in the new music industry, there’s room for everybody with ideas?

Jesse Neo:  Yes. I mean, anyone can release songs onto Spotify and iTunes these days. Or the very least, upload their songs onto SoundCloud and YouTube. This gives the opportunity to anyone to unleash their creative side.

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

Jesse Neo: I am very proud that my self-released music was able to get me some recognition by several labels and YouTube channels to ask me to create beats for them. Then there is Gemtracks getting so many hits each day that I am still surprised by the number of people using it.

  1. On the contrary, what are the difficulties you face most often in your daily quest to succeed with Gemtracks.com?

Jesse Neo: Because I take care of everything, I have to deal with customer support, marketing, development, and also creating the beats. Sometimes one of those tasks can be so burdensome that I spend the entire week doing it that I have no time for the other aspects of running the website.

  1. Overall, what has been the public’s reaction to Gemtracks.com so far?

Jesse Neo: Since it’s still quite new, a lot of people have been skeptical of the website. I still get a lot of emails from customers asking if they really own the copyright of the beat once they have bought it. However, I’ve noticed that once a person buys a beat, they realize how good it is that they are almost guaranteed to purchase another beat the day after. In fact, I know several people that have created their entire albums with beats purchased from Gemtracks.

  1. In addition to the Gemtracks.com project, are you still pursuing your career as an artist?

Jesse Neo:  Yes, I am still recording new music. I was hoping to film a music video this year but due to the coronavirus pandemic, that had to be postponed to next year. The good thing is that this gave me time to work on Gemtracks.

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

Jesse Neo: All my releases can be found on my Spotify.

  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?

Jesse Neo: I have yet to release a music video. But I can say that the video that I will be filming next year would be unlike any video out there. It will be very experimental and unpredictable. I have a crew of cinematographers lined up to help me make this vision come true.

  1. Creative work in studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two options excite you most, and why?

Jesse Neo:  I think studio environment excites me the most. There’s something magical and soothing working in the studio. It’s a place where I can experiment, feel accepted and take my time to perfect my craft. It’s kind of like a hideout from the rest of the world.

  1. What’s your favorite motto, phrase or piece of advice, you try to live or inspire yourself by?

Jesse Neo: My favorite motto is that you can fail many times, but you only need to succeed once.

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

Jesse Neo: I would say that my music are: electronic, magnetic and experimental.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal set in your mind that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Jesse Neo: I think the most rewarding part of working in music and technology is being able to combine my knowledge from both fields for a common good. In the future, I hope I can expand this to more aspects of music.

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Tractors, Whiskey, and Marylin Manson? http://jamsphere.com/news/tractors-whiskey-and-marylin-manson http://jamsphere.com/news/tractors-whiskey-and-marylin-manson#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 18:20:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42010 If when you hear Blake Shelton or Carrie Underwood, you imagine big trucks, bonfires, and beer, think again. Lindsay Mulder is taking country and American bluegrass to the next level as her music takes twists and turns and immerses fans into a cross-genre hybrid that she describes as “alternative country”.  When asked why she doesn’t just stick with her Alabama roots and continue the tradition of country music, she had this to say:

“I grew up in this musical parallel universe, I guess. It was this weird mix of summer porch bluegrass and gospel, heavy metal and alternative rock (laughs). I was always a wallflower. I just didn’t quite fit in anywhere. That’s kind of the approach I take with my music. I like to experiment.” She says that she’s considering production of a “hick-hop” track, a genre not many women are willing to take on.

Lindsay Mulder

Lindsay believes that music contributed to saving her life. “If my weird style of music helps somebody through a hard time and gets them to where they need to be,” she says that every minute spent in the studio has been worth it. She runs various military and musical social media groups and pages while also working as a network coordinator and mentor.

She began songwriting again after leaving the military. “I came at this so backwards. I had no idea what to do with all of this new technology. I loved my military career, but in terms of music, it seems like I woke from a coma. Setting up my studio was like assembling a bunk bed from IKEA… blindfolded.”

She was writing songs at 12 years old. She says that songwriting, drawing, and playing clarinet were her escapes. Growing up, she experienced severe depression that manifested itself in musical expression, a feeling that really never left. “The outlet is still here. I just kinda shut the drawer on it and did what needed to be done,” she says, speaking of her16 year military career.

Lindsay Mulder is on various platforms. Her eccentric genre of music can be found on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Napster. Her song, “Fort Concho Caliche” and “Red Creek Blues” have been played on European radio and podcasts as of April.

She is currently building a foundation for her label “Rock Prairie Records” and working on her next project, to be released in early October.

You can contact Lindsay Mulder via:
Email at lindsay.mulder@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/erin.wilkinsmulder and
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lindsay792001

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Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/baby-lu-releases-her-first-single-bad-stuff-on-all-major-streaming-platforms http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/baby-lu-releases-her-first-single-bad-stuff-on-all-major-streaming-platforms#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:46:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=42002 Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs.

Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations include Harry Styles, Lil Peep, XXXTentation, Trippie Redd, Juice Wrld, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Kurt Cobain, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Halsey.

About Adele she says: “We had a similar voice range since I was young so I always loved to practice to her songs.” She also has said that Peeps songwriting had a huge influence on her music, because she finally learned how to describe her own feelings. Her musical styles is described as R&B, Pop and Indie.

On 4th of September Baby Lu released her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms.
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