Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:44:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Checkout “Cold Blooded vol. 1” by California Hip Hop Artist Ganxsta Love http://jamsphere.com/news/checkout-cold-blooded-vol-1-by-california-hip-hop-artist-ganxsta-love http://jamsphere.com/news/checkout-cold-blooded-vol-1-by-california-hip-hop-artist-ganxsta-love#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:45:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32082 Ganxsta Love is a raw hip-hop artist from Pasadena California with hard hitting rhymes and the truth about the streets and growing up in the gang life, and his love for smooth G-funk tracks. Ganxsta has done music with rap legends Oyg redrum 781, June Dawg, Mac Mall, Mr Serv-On, and numerous more. “Cold Blooded […]

The post Checkout “Cold Blooded vol. 1” by California Hip Hop Artist Ganxsta Love appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Ganxsta Love is a raw hip-hop artist from Pasadena California with hard hitting rhymes and the truth about the streets and growing up in the gang life, and his love for smooth G-funk tracks. Ganxsta has done music with rap legends Oyg redrum 781, June Dawg, Mac Mall, Mr Serv-On, and numerous more. “Cold Blooded vol. 1” is a smooth west coast album with funky tracks and tough ass rhymes.

Ganxsta Love’s music is the vision of old school sounds with a blend of new school west coast vibes. Growing up in Pasadena was always hard, fighting to survive with the gang culture, losing friends and family, but the artist has continued his forward momentum and a couple of months back released the epic 20 track album – “Cold Blooded vol. 1”, which is packed with various features and grooves.

OFFICIAL LINKS: TWITTERINSTAGRAM – EMAIL: Gloveactive@gmail.com

The post Checkout “Cold Blooded vol. 1” by California Hip Hop Artist Ganxsta Love appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/news/checkout-cold-blooded-vol-1-by-california-hip-hop-artist-ganxsta-love/feed 0
We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records – Lewis Griffiths http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/we-meet-with-the-founder-of-griffiths-records-lewis-griffiths http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/we-meet-with-the-founder-of-griffiths-records-lewis-griffiths#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:11:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32076 We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records, Lewis Griffiths, who talks about their next release the unheard tracks by Dub master King Tubby, his entrepreneurial business savvy, music, clothing, and future releases, as well as the general running of the label. How long have you been in the music business and how did you […]

The post We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records – Lewis Griffiths appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records, Lewis Griffiths, who talks about their next release the unheard tracks by Dub master King Tubby, his entrepreneurial business savvy, music, clothing, and future releases, as well as the general running of the label.

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

We have a clothing company named Griffiths-Clothing which launched some 3 years back. For me/us clothing and music goes hand in hand, you dress to what music you listen to, it’s a street thing a working class thing to do. With an infinite love of music it was a natural progression to start-up a record label to coincide with the clobber. I also worked at Sanctuary Records who bought out the like of Decca, Trojan Records, Treasure Isle etc, all the music that I bang was in to. Working there for 12 years is now proving invaluable with everyone coming back into the fold. It’s almost like it was meant to be, everything for a reason as they say! Truly blessed.

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

I would say as a kid a staple diet of Motown, Stax and any kind of soul in general was played by our mum at home. My old man would play anything from Ska, Blue Beat, Reggae, Stones, Small Faces and Blues. Most weekends where spent partying with my parents friends to proper music. Unbeknown as a child but the music becomes part of your make-up and identity when you grow up. It’s most certainly never left me.

Lewis Griffiths (left) with Wapping Wharf author John Hellier

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Bizarrely or maybe not a lot of King Tubby. Haha.

  1. You are releasing King Tubby, ‘The Lost Dubs’ how did you come across those?

To be honest I would rather not say, purely for the fact there is a chance of getting our hands on some New Orleans Funk from the same source all of which is right up our street and fits in perfectly with what we do. We’ll take one step at a time.

  1. Is it only King Tubby that you have?

No, we have a number unheard tracks by Bob Marley, Jackie Mittoo, King Stitt, Augustus Pablo, as well as further King Tubby tracks, plus other artists. All of which needs going through with a fine tooth comb with the artists estates. I still have to pinch myself with what we have on our hands. From listening to all these artists from an early age to releasing them is madness in its finest form. Having a love of early Jamaican music I count ourselves very lucky indeed.

  1. When will the tracks be released?

We won’t be releasing any tracks until we are sure we can do them justice. The King Tubby first release is almost there. The tracks have all been mastered, ICRS codes are in place it is only a case of having them pressed and the sleeve notes added. There is no point in releasing for the sake of releasing to make a quick buck and then fuckin it all up. It’s disrespectful to the artist.

  1. How many unheard tracks do you have?

If we release say four albums per year, we have more than enough to release for the next 5 years.

  1. Is there a website for any information on the releases?

Yes, it is at www.griffiths-records.com

  1. Do you currently have a preferred song in your catalogue, and why is it special to you?

Terry Shaughnessy’s ‘Volcano’. We released Terry’s LP ‘Songs From Another Life’. The first track off the album for release was ‘Volcano’. It went on to chart in the top 10 of iTunes, top 60 of the national charts, #1 in the industry recognised Hype Charts above no other than Damon Albarn who was in at #2, charted in Germany, Italy, France, Japan etc. A lot of hard graft went into the release by ourselves, Terry and his switched on manager Chris. It was satisfying to see the final results.

  1. Do you work with regular producers or studios?

No, we work with whoever fits the bill at any given time. I think too much of the same can cause yourself to become stagnant. It is and always will be about pushing the boundaries whoever we work with. Where are also happy to be led by the artist to a certain degree. At the end of the day we are not the ones with our name on the album, it’s all about the artist and moving forward. Saying that if it sounds shit, we won’t be part of it

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

None at all. I wouldn’t have anyone telling me how we should run the business side, so we are in no position to be telling artists what to do. At the end of the day you treat people how you want to be treated yourself. If you are being fucked, everyone ends up getting fucked. Simple!

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

In life? Nothing at all. I feel completely blessed with what I have as well as the good people that surround us. We are all of a similar mind set. At the end of the day if those we work with didn’t believe in us we would be in the position we are in now, it is down to them. No matter what life situation I have been in (some have been extremely shit when I was younger. A wrong’n by my own standards and all brought on by my own accord) there is someone out there in a far worse situation than me. That is the long and short of it, someone out there is suffering a lot worse than any situation I have been in, I have no reason to complain whatsoever, never will. On a music vibe, I suppose it was trying to convince others what you have to offer as a label is mustard. Then you get to stage where you think, no actually, fuck them, it’s only there opinion at the end of the day and it counts for nothing. Maybe it is me but I don’t think we are liked much to be honest, I prefer that in a way. There seems to be a mentality, especially in the UK where people like to see you fail, I really don’t understand it? Then you get to the stage we are getting to and all of a sudden, they all know you and want to be your best mate. It’s all too fuckin late when that happens as far as I am concerned. We will always do what suits us and those around us, we won’t follow any rules and up until now that mentality has served us well.

King Tubby – The Lost Dubs art work

  1. What would you consider a high point in your career so far?

None, there never will be. I am not hung up on accolades; we are just doing what we do. If we get plaudits, nice, we’ll take those as a compliment. However that does not mean we will rest on our laurels.

  1. How would you define ‘success’? Do you feel you have already reached it in some way? If not what do you feel you would still have to achieve to consider yourself successful?

The only way we would have been successful or not is how we are remembered. We are not driven by coin or having the biggest house or keeping up with the Jones’. It’s all about leaving a body of work behind which is cemented in history and that will be our legacy. If we are successful we will be spoken about in years to come, if not, we failed.

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

What excites us? I couldn’t think of one aspect of doing anything at all if it does not excite you. It’s the same as a relationship, if you no longer feel anything for a person it has to end. It is the same as doing what we do, whilst it still fuels the fire it can never be boring, every day is blessed and exciting. Life is for living, its short, don’t go through life with what ifs. On the discouraging front, there is nothing, I can’t think of a single reason where anyone’s opinion or a kick in the teeth has questioned what we do. At the end of the day there will always be knock backs in every walk of life, of course there will, it’s the way you deal with them that matters.

  1. What does music do for you?

It’s escapism. I rarely watch tele, music is played 24/7. Like a piss head escapes from reality with booze, I’ll get mine through music. It can change my mood, subdue the pressures in life, or take me off to another dimension.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I’ll be travelling coast to coast watching sunrise and sunsets, living off the fat of the land out of the back of a van. 110% that’s what I’ll be doing regardless of what happens, albeit I’m sure I’ll be still grafting in some way, shape or form. At the moment we are treading on the coat tails of everyone who has got complacent and fallen out of reality. They can either accept we are gunning for them or move to the side before they’re steam rolled over. That’s not arrogance talking; it’s a matter of fact and confidence. With fact and confidence combined it creates a beautiful thing. We are different to anything currently out there. We say what we’re going to do and follow it through, 99% of the time. We have parted ways with bands and projects in the past. Would I say that was any fault of our own, no I wouldn’t. We’ll back whoever we are working with but once were crossed it’s done. When it’s spent, it’s spent, there no point in going back. 10 years from now we will be a force to be reckoned with.

  1. What are your thoughts on streaming services like Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, and the rest of them? Do you think they’re giving artists a fair shot, or do you see a grain of exploitation at work?

I don’t think an artist is getting a fair crack of the whip with any of those. You ask any independent artist who has put blood, sweat and tears in to an LP which costs in the region of £30k to produce why they think getting 99c per track sold on iTunes in return is cool. It is farcical in my eyes, all that needs to change, I don’t know how but it does. The above have had the monopoly on it all for far too long.

  1. What makes you tick

Mouths to feed, bills to pay, people to look after, proving the doubters wrong. Much the same as anyone.

  1. What’s next on your upcoming agenda?

We have a new clothing range to release, 5 more books, 2 films and a rake of music to get on with. Believe in it, believe in yourself, work hard and it is a given it will happen.

Links – www.griffiths-records.com

Tubby YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAdzSwDos4w

The post We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records – Lewis Griffiths appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/we-meet-with-the-founder-of-griffiths-records-lewis-griffiths/feed 0
Protected: Ben Green: “Change Up” – melodic-inspired with sticky hooks, and lots of sharp references! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ben-green-change-up-melodic-inspired-with-sticky-hooks-and-lots-of-sharp-references http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ben-green-change-up-melodic-inspired-with-sticky-hooks-and-lots-of-sharp-references#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:45:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32072 There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

The post Protected: Ben Green: “Change Up” – melodic-inspired with sticky hooks, and lots of sharp references! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

The post Protected: Ben Green: “Change Up” – melodic-inspired with sticky hooks, and lots of sharp references! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ben-green-change-up-melodic-inspired-with-sticky-hooks-and-lots-of-sharp-references/feed 0
The Husk platform provides an effective advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube http://jamsphere.com/news/the-husk-platform-provides-an-effective-advertising-platform-for-musicians-on-spotify-soundcloud-and-youtube http://jamsphere.com/news/the-husk-platform-provides-an-effective-advertising-platform-for-musicians-on-spotify-soundcloud-and-youtube#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:02:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32054 The Husk is one of the fastest, most effective and direct advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube. It’s a one of its kind platform that provides innovative tools for artists, blogs, curators, labels and other music personnel to grow and promote their work. What makes it different from other music promotion platforms […]

The post The Husk platform provides an effective advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
The Husk is one of the fastest, most effective and direct advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube. It’s a one of its kind platform that provides innovative tools for artists, blogs, curators, labels and other music personnel to grow and promote their work. What makes it different from other music promotion platforms is that it is simple, comparatively cheaper and drives guaranteed traffic directly to the user’s Spotify, Soundcloud or YouTube account.

The Husk is the brainchild of ‘The Drunken Coconut’, a Canada based music marketing and consulting company owned by Ariel Carter & Ryan Thompson. They both started the company in 2016 following their passion for music and to provide a variety of services for artists, labels, agencies, and others in the music industry. To take further their experience in PR campaigns, Press kits, social media marketing, Advertising, Blog Coverage, Distribution and more, they developed the world’s highest monetized platform in the music industry called The Husk. Inspired by the response received for this platform, they created another platform called ‘Grow With Us’, the first and only direct advertising tool for Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube that guarantees results.

Ariel and Ryan have worked with hundreds of artists of all genres across the world and hold immense experience and insight into the marketing aspects of the music world. The platform that they have created can bring thousands of listeners per month to the user’s channel or playlist. The users don’t require any knowledge or experience in advertising and they can simply sign up to get their campaign running in a few minutes. They also have the freedom to choose their budget and the amount they’re willing to pay per conversion.

Unlike the other music promotion platforms, Grow With Us promises guaranteed results for the money the customer will be spending. They are charged per new follower they gain. To sign up, the user can choose which account or playlist they want to grow and mention how much they are willing to spend for it. After which they can start garnering active and verified followers to their account and playlist. More information about the services can be found at thehusk.ca.

Contact Details

Company: The Husk

Website: The Husk

Country: USA

Email: support@thehusk.ca

The post The Husk platform provides an effective advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/news/the-husk-platform-provides-an-effective-advertising-platform-for-musicians-on-spotify-soundcloud-and-youtube/feed 0
ESP EVOLUTION Music to Inspire The World – ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’ http://jamsphere.com/news/esp-evolution-music-to-inspire-the-world-wishing-on-a-falling-star http://jamsphere.com/news/esp-evolution-music-to-inspire-the-world-wishing-on-a-falling-star#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:07:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32047 ESP EVOLUTION is sending the world a message of hope, freedom and unity in their song ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’. This duo consisting of music producer and guitarist Overdose and singer and songwriter The Lady Capri, are heating the airways with this urban, rhythmic and catchy song. Together the two have created a track […]

The post ESP EVOLUTION Music to Inspire The World – ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’ appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
ESP EVOLUTION is sending the world a message of hope, freedom and unity in their song ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’. This duo consisting of music producer and guitarist Overdose and singer and songwriter The Lady Capri, are heating the airways with this urban, rhythmic and catchy song.

Together the two have created a track that will definitely catch your ears, make you move and inspire you to keep pushing and make your dreams come true.

“Our song ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’ is an anthem of hope and freedom. No one, no matter who you are should let anyone tell you how to live your life. We all came here with our own mission, our own unique gifts and it’s our duty to bless this world with those gifts.” – Overdose & The Lady Capri.

Stay tuned for more from ESP Evolution, coming soon! “WISHING ON A FALLING STAR”

The Artist: Overdose and The Lady Capri, have come together with the sole mission of saving the world from the monotony of manufactured sound! ESP EVOLUTION creates music that will evolve your musical taste buds and make you groove outside the box. Overdose, who has produced for artists such as Tank, Aaliyah, E40, and Fat Joe among others, formed ESP EVOLUTION with The Lady Capri in 2010. Overdose and The Lady Capri now create music together with the sole mission of uniting people through music. Inspired by the phrase the “Mitakuye Oyasin”, which is sacred among the Native American Lakota people and translates to “we are all related”, ESP EVOLUTION brings an eclectic hit filled infusion of pop, rock, hip hop, r&b and some reggae to the world.

ESP Evolution has had the pleasure of playing many of LA’s top venues like Whisky a Go Go, House of Blues Sunset, House of Blues Anaheim, Molly Malone’s and a host of others. Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / SoundCloud For All US Media Inquiries: Lana Moore / possiblesideeffectsrecords@gmail.com / (310) 363 – 5459

The post ESP EVOLUTION Music to Inspire The World – ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’ appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/news/esp-evolution-music-to-inspire-the-world-wishing-on-a-falling-star/feed 0
Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder” http://jamsphere.com/reviews/odd-arne-jacobsen-music-and-poetry-with-sigbjorn-obstfelder http://jamsphere.com/reviews/odd-arne-jacobsen-music-and-poetry-with-sigbjorn-obstfelder#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:55:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32037 Sigbjørn Obstfelder was a 19th-century Norwegian writer and poet, accredited with being one of the earliest examples of modernism in Norwegian literature. Despite producing only a mere handful of works during his short lifespan, he is considered one of the most important figures in Norwegian literature of the late 19th century. Choosing to depart from […]

The post Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder” appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Sigbjørn Obstfelder was a 19th-century Norwegian writer and poet, accredited with being one of the earliest examples of modernism in Norwegian literature. Despite producing only a mere handful of works during his short lifespan, he is considered one of the most important figures in Norwegian literature of the late 19th century. Choosing to depart from the traditional “rimtvangen” and the rigid structure of typical Norwegian verse, he created his own free verse, which was marked for its musicality. Of course this creative free-spirited artistic attitude marries itself perfectly with the jazz guitar work of Odd-Arne Jacobsen, a Norwegian jazz and contemporary musician who has performed his music in various countries across the globe. Jacobsen is also the only Norwegian guitarist to have had a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall performing own material.

Odd-Arne Jacobsen has recorded and released a 22 minute plus single track, entitled “Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder”. Listen to how Jacobsen’s guitar acts as a wonderful counterpoint to the spoken word poetry, the bass and percussion interludes, and enjoy as does does what few guitarists would dare to do… adding single notes here and there, sprinkling them around in various moods and tones, before breaking into more substantial improvisations.

Proving himself – just like Sigbjørn Obstfelder – to be a true innovator and an artist with a wonderful empathy for any collaborators and listeners alike. And his precision on the instrument is unparalleled, as always.

This is twenty two minutes of ever evolving music that has very subtle elements. It is probably Odd-Arne Jacobsen’s most eclectic intervention with the guitar so far, creating channels of mystery and melodrama. One could either dismiss this for a lack of memorable connected melodies, or praise it for its unique atmosphere and improvised progression.

I would seriously opt for the latter circumstance.  A fearless improviser who is as comfortable in purely free settings as he is blowing over changes, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has consistently surrounded himself with creative players and made uncompromising choices throughout his career. This is just another consequential step in that direction.

Jacobsen finds himself in the unique position of juggling a singular playing situation that appeal to different aspects of his wide-ranging musicality. The chemistry between this incredibly versatile, open-minded artist and the other musicians as well as the spoken word reader interludes, border on the telepathic.

“Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder” by Odd-Arne Jacobsen is recommended with the guarantee of discovering something pretty unique in the jazz guitar world, and quaintly stunning in the musical word as a whole.

A Note of Interest: As a 25-year-old young man, Odd-Arne Jacobsen was very concerned with Obsefeld’s poetry and thoughts. On 21.05.1972, Odd-Arne Jacobsen and his group joined NRK’s ​​studio in Tromsø. The goal was to interpret Sigurd Obstfelder through experimental jazz and poetry.

Sigurd Obstfelder dreamed of becoming a composer and there is a lot of music in his poetry. The goal of production almost 46 years ago was to use music and innovation by using reader John Ytteborg as a separate instrument.

“The aim of the release was to capture Obstfelder’s turmoil, anxiety and insecurity, which is often present in young men,” says Odd-Arne Jacobsen. “Music and poetry with Sigurd Obstfelder was written and recorded at a time when it was almost illegal to cross the jazz genre with other art forms. Jazz was very conservative and we almost did not relax at jazz clubs with our style. It is therefore very exciting to finally release this recording.”

OFFICIAL LINKS: SPOTIFYFACEBOOK

The post Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder” appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/reviews/odd-arne-jacobsen-music-and-poetry-with-sigbjorn-obstfelder/feed 0
NuJ4X: “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” achieves its vision! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nuj4x-dab-on-dem-haterz-achieves-its-vision http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nuj4x-dab-on-dem-haterz-achieves-its-vision#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:30:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32010 Waverly, Tennessee’s masked EDM DJ / Producer, NuJ4X, has set his sights on making a splash with his debut single, “Dab (On Dem Haterz)”. The journey for NuJ4X started when he asked his 13 year old son what he wanted to become. On replying, “a DJ”, NuJ4X wanted to show interest in his child’s choice […]

The post NuJ4X: “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” achieves its vision! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Waverly, Tennessee’s masked EDM DJ / Producer, NuJ4X, has set his sights on making a splash with his debut single, “Dab (On Dem Haterz)”. The journey for NuJ4X started when he asked his 13 year old son what he wanted to become. On replying, “a DJ”, NuJ4X wanted to show interest in his child’s choice and strengthen their bond, hence he started playing around with music…and liked it. After countless weeks, days and hours learn how to craft instrumentals, NuJ4X began to find his rhythm. Upon doing so, he created the instrumental beat for “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” and decided he really liked it. Offhand he jotted down the lyrics to what would become his debut single. He decided that he liked it so much, that he needed to release it to the masses. After time spent brainstorming, the moniker “NuJ4X” was created, along with the mask, dreads, and an all new brand.

The glistening and eminently marketable “Dab (On Dem Haterz)”, is a pleasant and inoffensive affair – unlike its general genre traits – with great hooks and definitely a professional slickness. From the first few seconds of the track it’s abundantly clear that NuJ4X is aiming for a very specific kind of starry-eyed, mid-tempo electronica with a wide appeal.

Influences and intent aside, he does bring to his work an appealingly uplifting production style. It gives the track a unified groove that nicely complements the studio vocals he’s recruited for the project, which acquit themselves well.

Indeed, it’s hard not to get swept up in the stylish hooks or the shimmering bounce of “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” both of which make a compelling case for NuJ4X’s pop sensibilities. When he nails it, he nails it. NuJ4X is a talented producer who certainly knows how to achieve his vision. Moreover, the track’s overriding simplicity is the main component of its charm.

Instead of diving head first into over-the-top drops or adding too much to the production, the vocals shine and the nuances of the song’s moving atmospheric elements get their time in the spotlight too. If the goal is to make people want to dance and send them a positive message as well, then “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” succeeds in doing both.

Fusing together lush electronics, cutting edge production elements, some rap, and melodic pop sections, into what will probably become his own unique signature EDM sound, NuJ4X is serving a vivacious beat that’s combined with a real taste for creativity. This is one of those songs that remind you how powerful you can make simple melodies by nailing the delivery and soundscape.

NuJ4X knows how to take the listener out of the room they are in and into his musical domain where he shares his feel-good vibes. And quite honestly, we’re more than ready for this experience. One minute you’re feeling content and calm, the next you have energy surging through you.

Sometimes you can come across a musician whose music surprises you. NuJ4X is one of those musicians. As he works to perfect his craft NuJ4X has been recording future singles, like “Confessions of a Pop Star” which was written for, and about Lady Gaga, “Bad Boy” which is a testament to no matter how bad the boys are, the women still desire them, and finally “Big Beats” which is NuJ4X’s ode to music.

These will lead up to his debut album which will be titled “DJ for teh Lulz”. The title is derived from NuJ4X poking fun at himself for trying to break all of the rules in the EDM genre and subvert the methods everyone else is using. Never taking himself too seriously NuJ4X has arrived at this point as a testament to his love for his son, but he’s staying for power of the joy that music brings to all of our lives.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITESOUNDCLOUDINSTAGRAMFACEBOOKTWITTERBANDCAMPITUNESAPPLE MUSICSPOTIFY

The post NuJ4X: “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” achieves its vision! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nuj4x-dab-on-dem-haterz-achieves-its-vision/feed 0
Malaysian Electric Violinist “Can’t Wait No Longer” on releasing his 2nd single in a couple days! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/malaysian-electric-violinist-cant-wait-no-longer-on-releasing-his-2nd-single-in-a-couple-days http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/malaysian-electric-violinist-cant-wait-no-longer-on-releasing-his-2nd-single-in-a-couple-days#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:00:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31988 Martin L. was born in Malaysia (Moved to Sydney since 2017) and grew up for much of his life in a small historical city, called Malacca. While attending school there, he decided to turn to music and, after going through a number of collaborations with various artists, he finally released his debut single “Can’t Wait […]

The post Malaysian Electric Violinist “Can’t Wait No Longer” on releasing his 2nd single in a couple days! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Martin L. was born in Malaysia (Moved to Sydney since 2017) and grew up for much of his life in a small historical city, called Malacca. While attending school there, he decided to turn to music and, after going through a number of collaborations with various artists, he finally released his debut single “Can’t Wait No Longer” featuring his multi-talented sibling, Lavender Looi. Incidentally both siblings have perfect pitch, a rare auditory phenomenon that enables them to identify or recreate music, without a reference tone. The single made its way up to #7 on Pramborsfm’s Top 40 Chart, hitting over 50,000 sales since being released on January 2018 earning Martin L. the “Multi-Genre Producer” title.

Martin L. (19) is currently a bachelor student in Sydney while his elder sibling, Lavender (24) graduated in 2016 from the Berklee College of Music, where she majored in composition and music production. Lavender is now a composer and songwriter for a Malaysian-based record label, called Grand Theft Records. After receiving positive outcomes from his single “Can’t Wait No Longer”, Martin L. is feeling pretty pumped for his upcoming single that he will be releasing soon. The track features an artist whose name will not be revealed until the single’s release date.

  1. How long have you been playing and how did you get started with the electric violin the first place?

Martin L.: I first began playing the electric violin when I was 16, when I purchased an affordable one from an online store after years of being interested in its unique shape and sound. I love the instrument’s versatility and feel I can experiment with its technique and produce music that is different to every other piece I develop.

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

Martin L.: Amongst others, Jimi Hendrix, Dennis Lau, Richard Bona, Isley Brothers – just of the top of my head – were my strongest musical influences for as long as I can remember. Between them, the instrumentalists play lots of different styles that perked my interest and encouraged me to play and compose my own work. The Isley Brothers’ soul music resonated with me in my time in the US and inspired my search into this genre.

Martin L.

  1. What genres are you currently listening to?

Martin L.: I listen to almost anything – at the moment I’m focused on alternative, jazz, rock, RnB, reggae, and everything in between!

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

Martin L.: My compositions come from a place of my life that is honest and transparent – I find it deeply therapeutic to be able to explore with sound and send my work out there for others to listen to. Whether its by perking up their interest or resonating with them in the way that I did with Hendrix, Lau and Bona many years ago – I appreciate the opportunity, its exciting and enjoyable, and I look forward to continuing it.

  1. Do you write both the music and lyrics for your songs?

Martin L.: I wrote both the music and lyrics to “Can’t Wait No Longer”. My other tracks are a joint effort between myself and the artists I feature.

  1. Was there a special reason for choosing your sibling Lavender Looi to feature on the single? And what kind of a working relationship do the two of you have?

Martin L.: Lavender and I have both grown up as close friends would, and despite different musical influences we’ve always shared our passion and our devotion to our compositions. I wrote “Can’t Wait No Longer” when I had the chance to return to Malaysia briefly and spend studio time with Lavender. Her voice aligned with my demo by pure chance and we ran with it – the result was a track we felt represented both of us singularly and as siblings.

  1. I know this is only your first single, but what would you consider a successful, proud, or high point in your career so far?

Martin L.: As I experiment further with my music and meet more and more new industry professionals, I’m proud of our interactions and our work together. There are many more avenues I hope to explore in the future, and with each step onward I am humbled and grateful for each production and each track. Never would I have thought my track “Can’t Wait No Longer” would be aired on radio, or have people wanting to listen to it on Spotify or iTunes.

  1. What brand of Electric Violin do you currently play? And is there a specific model, other than the one you currently use that you would like to own?

Martin L.: I currently play a Wood Violins 6-string Viper – it’s versatile in its sound, and features a self-supporting system which enables me to multi-task on stage without restricting my movements. They also have the Stingray and Sabre models, which would be interesting to play. Still, I’m happy with my Viper at the moment – I guess it’s the most versatile electric violin on the market right now.

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

Martin L.: I enjoy being an independent artist because it grants me the flexibility of exploring different styles of music without being restricted to a record label. It can also be a struggle self-marketing your work and that’s often challenging.

  1. How do you record, produce and market your music? Do you have a team behind you, who takes care of things or do you run everything by yourself?

Martin L.: I have a team of close friends who market, do videography, recruit, form dance teams, and serve as moral support all-in-one!

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

Martin L.: Generally my sound and style is largely influenced by the artist with whom I collaborate.

Lavender Looi

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

Martin L.: Facebook, Instagram, Spotify – to name a few – allow me to market and share my music further and to a wider audience than I would be able to singlehandedly. With Shazam, those that hear my tracks can discover my music on-the-go. All of these reach out to a digital audience that is accessible and approachable only through these mediums, and I think it’s a great opportunity for my expansion.

  1. What are your thoughts on formal music training? Do you think people still need to study music, considering that 16 year old kids are winning Grammy’s and producing multi-platinum selling records from their bedrooms with a simple laptop and no theoretical knowledge of music whatsoever?

Martin L.: I grew up with formal music training, which definitely influenced and informed my compositions. Knowing my theoretical knowledge of music enabled me to use a wider range of techniques that I may not have known of otherwise. Reading notations earlier in my life guided my exploration of genres and sounds.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do enjoy doing videos, and do you think it adds something to your artistic package or do you use it purely for promotional purposes?

Martin L.: I enjoy visual media because it illustrates the messages behind my work. Being deeply personal, my compositions are better understood by my audience when I feel I can harness it with imagery that describes its origins and its themes.

  1. How would you define ‘success’ regarding your craft? And what do you feel you would still have to achieve to consider yourself ‘successful’ in the music business?

Martin L.: I’ve always approached my work with an unwavering work ethic, devotion and honesty – success so far and in the future is always the silver lining! I’d like to develop my skills and explore cultural varieties of genre to incorporate into my compositions.

  1. What do you think of a possible crossover into the western market?

Martin L.: I am very much influenced by the western market and of course to show that someone from Asia is able to break into the western market is awesome. That is part of my vision and hopefully when the opportunity comes, I’ll grab it.

  1. Do you think you’ll make a go of it in the next 5 to 10 years?

Martin L.: Few years ago, I never imagined I’d be sitting in a studio with industry professionals making tracks. It’s hard to say so I’ll just go with the flow.

  1. When you tour abroad, which Malaysian food do you miss the most?

Martin L.: Amongst others, Nasi Lemak, Ikan Bakar and definitely mom’s cooking!

  1. Are you still single and what qualities do you look for in a significant other?

Martin L.: I had been dating my high-school mate, Magdalene for almost 4 years now and still counting. Her personality and interests are compatible with mine. She’s a classical trained pianist and double bassist. I guess having similar interests is the way to a musician’s heart.

  1. What can we expect to see from you next?

Martin L.: A new track released by mid-April 2018, featuring an artist from an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea.

OFFICIAL LINKS: ITUNESSPOTIFY

The post Malaysian Electric Violinist “Can’t Wait No Longer” on releasing his 2nd single in a couple days! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/malaysian-electric-violinist-cant-wait-no-longer-on-releasing-his-2nd-single-in-a-couple-days/feed 0
Country Music’s Don Woods Stays Focused http://jamsphere.com/news/country-musics-don-woods-stays-focused http://jamsphere.com/news/country-musics-don-woods-stays-focused#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 21:59:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31982 Though many country music lovers feel that the true country sound is gone simply because of what they are hearing on mainstream radio these days, the truth is that it isn’t gone at all but you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Texas is one spot to dig for it and […]

The post Country Music’s Don Woods Stays Focused appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Though many country music lovers feel that the true country sound is gone simply because of what they are hearing on mainstream radio these days, the truth is that it isn’t gone at all but you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Texas is one spot to dig for it and you will be amazed at what you find. You will find several artists playing a brand of country music that you will love including, Don Woods. With his album “90 Proof”, Don blends influences from the classic era, with the modern era, giving listeners an album that is undeniably country without sounding dated.

He perfectly hits on several different tempos throughout the album and balances them all but he is smart enough as an artist to keep this just modern enough to have an updated classic sound. Because of this ability, if Don Woods sits in waiting for the current pop/rock trend of country’s mainstream to pass, then he will be right there and ready to take the reins when the opportunity to do so presents itself.

Influenced by George Jones, Chris Young, Eric Church, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings among others, Don Woods has attended and performed at CMA FEST in 2015, 2016 ,2017 and was invited back for the 2018 CMA FEST. He has also performed at the Famous Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville Ten., The House of Blues Dallas Texas, and Gilley’s Dallas Texas.

On July 16, 2016 he was present at Branson Landing-Southern Revival Concert Series, presented by Ford Trucks and Sam Ash Music stores with a 30K attendance. And during August 8-13, he was at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for 4-5 appearances.

“Like anything in life you have to work hard at it and focus on the prize,” says Don.  “I really believe in life you need to have “blinders” on, just like a racing horse in a race, so you stay focused on the race and not what’s going on around you. One must stay focused on your dream, put your blinders on everyday do not pay any attention to the naysayers, the dream crushers, or all the negative talk that will come at you. Surround yourself with like-minded people!”

Social Media Links:
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DWCOUNTRY/
Twitter Page link: https://twitter.com/artistdonwoods
Instagram Page link: https://www.instagram.com/donwoodsjr/
iTunes Music Page Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/don-woods-jr/961030593
Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Tw5k9JMqVkxQymxyv3CpL?autoplay=true
iHeart radio link: https://www.iheart.com/artist/don-woods-jr-30775695/?autoplay=true

Contact and booking information:
Don Woods Music
DonWoodsMusic.com
DWCountryentertainment@gmail.com

Clay Dustin Public Relations and Promotions 
Sports & Entertainment
615-894-4853
claydustinpublicrelations@yahoo.com

The post Country Music’s Don Woods Stays Focused appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/news/country-musics-don-woods-stays-focused/feed 0
Watch “Frag Out” ft. Mike ADHD, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Baby Eazy E, Young Dirty Bastard & Bizarre of D12 http://jamsphere.com/videos/watch-frag-out-ft-mike-adhd-sid-wilson-of-slipknot-baby-eazy-e-young-dirty-bastard-bizarre-of-d12 http://jamsphere.com/videos/watch-frag-out-ft-mike-adhd-sid-wilson-of-slipknot-baby-eazy-e-young-dirty-bastard-bizarre-of-d12#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:50:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31939 Watch the hot music video “Frag out” with Mike ADHD featuring Baby Eazy E., the son of Eazy-E. Young Dirty Bastard AKA Ol Dirty Bastard Jr., Bizarre from D12 and Sid Wilson of Slipknot. Prod. By Sean Strange. Video by Fes Taylor. The track is lifted off the album “Orphan Veteran”. Mike ADHD is a […]

The post Watch “Frag Out” ft. Mike ADHD, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Baby Eazy E, Young Dirty Bastard & Bizarre of D12 appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Watch the hot music video “Frag out” with Mike ADHD featuring Baby Eazy E., the son of Eazy-E. Young Dirty Bastard AKA Ol Dirty Bastard Jr., Bizarre from D12 and Sid Wilson of Slipknot. Prod. By Sean Strange. Video by Fes Taylor.

The track is lifted off the album “Orphan Veteran”. Mike ADHD is a rapper who aged out of the foster system. He survived 2 adoptions as well as the loss of adopted parents and sister. Mike also served in the army.

Links: FACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAMSOUNDCLOUD  – ITUNES

The post Watch “Frag Out” ft. Mike ADHD, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Baby Eazy E, Young Dirty Bastard & Bizarre of D12 appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/videos/watch-frag-out-ft-mike-adhd-sid-wilson-of-slipknot-baby-eazy-e-young-dirty-bastard-bizarre-of-d12/feed 0
“MINUTE MAID” – The Hot New Single By JAH http://jamsphere.com/news/minute-maid-the-hot-new-single-by-jah http://jamsphere.com/news/minute-maid-the-hot-new-single-by-jah#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:47:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31928 Jah is an acronym for Just Aim High. The eighteen year old was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Although he has experience violence growing up in the Englewood area he never let it affect his vibe. His outbreak song, “Hold Up I Got You”, got him noticed on one of Chicago’s […]

The post “MINUTE MAID” – The Hot New Single By JAH appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Jah is an acronym for Just Aim High. The eighteen year old was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Although he has experience violence growing up in the Englewood area he never let it affect his vibe. His outbreak song, “Hold Up I Got You”, got him noticed on one of Chicago’s top radio stations Power 92.3. He is unique and humble. He is an actor, poet and a Hip Hop artist that is aiming for greatness.

Check out his latest hit, “Minute Maid”, where he reminisces back to his less fortunate days growing up in the Windy City.

Follow JAH on Facebook @ jah
https://m.facebook.com/JAH.1227/?ref=bookmarks

Follow JAH on Instagram @ Jah_Cap
https://www.instagram.com/jah_cap/

Follow JAH on twitter @ Jah_cap
https://mobile.twitter.com/jah_cap

Follow JAH on SoundCloud @jah
https://m.soundcloud.com/jahwiththecap

Like & subscribe to JAH’s YouTube channel
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCzYLGKzzBuZKPS0UdwZZ2A

The post “MINUTE MAID” – The Hot New Single By JAH appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/news/minute-maid-the-hot-new-single-by-jah/feed 0
Sydney Sprague: “ABomb” – absolutely eloquent, and brutally honest http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sydney-sprague-abomb-absolutely-eloquent-and-brutally-honest http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sydney-sprague-abomb-absolutely-eloquent-and-brutally-honest#respond Sun, 01 Apr 2018 14:38:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31918 Sydney Sprague is an Americana/Indie Alternative/POP songwriter currently based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Texas born artist had her debut in 2008 with her EP “You Gotta Start Somewhere”. She pours heart and soul into her work which is often centered on female empowerment and socio-political issues afflicting modern society. The raw emotion and venom […]

The post Sydney Sprague: “ABomb” – absolutely eloquent, and brutally honest appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Sydney Sprague is an Americana/Indie Alternative/POP songwriter currently based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Texas born artist had her debut in 2008 with her EP “You Gotta Start Somewhere”. She pours heart and soul into her work which is often centered on female empowerment and socio-political issues afflicting modern society. The raw emotion and venom of her music is so vivid you can almost see fumes of fury coming out of your media player on listening to her songs. The obvious attraction many people find to Sydney’s music is her lyrical work. It’s not so much that it’s absolutely eloquent, but more so that it’s brutally honest most of the time, something that only a handful of female songwriters are capable of doing while hanging onto any sort of popularity. She tells what she feels, how she feels, and every reason why she feels the way she does on about certain themes and topics. You’d have to back to the sixties singer songwriters to find such caring candidness.

Sydney Sprague has got a take no prisoner’s attitude and a strong musical basis for working her craft with. Listening to her brand new single, “ABomb”, I can’t imagine any performer who storms the building and overpowers the amplifiers with a truly soulful delivery and powerful feminist statements as she does.

One can sense that Sidney holds nothing back and that she is living with us in this world of unfair and unjust chaos, wearing her heart on her sleeve while being strong yet vulnerable to the same emotions, dreams and desires we all share.

If there’s one thing Sidney’s voice is good at, it is in capturing the authenticness of a young woman who is clearly concerned for the world, and especially the female species. Her songs stand by themselves, the only important instrument being her wonderful and unique vocal delivery.

The instrumentation melds electronic and organic sounds together in an upbeat anthem ready to inspire, enlighten and uplift. The level of honesty can’t be ignored. When Sydney has something to say she says it in a way that most people can relate to.

The musical arrangement, lyrical content and the way the song falls together has all the makings for a timeless protest song, unbounded by trends and styles. A total rarity in today’s musical climate. It’s angry, it’s real, and it’s all around perfect.

Her music is sophisticated and intelligent, yet very earthly, and not as artistic as to alienate herself from her listeners.  Sydney Sprague is original, fresh and one-of-a-kind; any attempt to stick a label on her would be futile.

“ABomb” tells you most everything you need to know about one of today’s new creative and conscious recording artists, and is a beautiful song that’s always a pleasure to listen to, over and above the powerful statement it makes. Also check out the stunning video, by Darrin Bush & Natasha Wilson which perfectly suits the song’s overall narrative.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKTWITTER

The post Sydney Sprague: “ABomb” – absolutely eloquent, and brutally honest appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sydney-sprague-abomb-absolutely-eloquent-and-brutally-honest/feed 0
Young Songwriter From Dayton, Ohio – KAPRII’s singles “Toys” and “Bad Thing” are out now! http://jamsphere.com/news/young-songwriter-from-dayton-ohio-kapriis-singles-toys-and-bad-thing-are-out-now http://jamsphere.com/news/young-songwriter-from-dayton-ohio-kapriis-singles-toys-and-bad-thing-are-out-now#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:46:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31905 Jean-Marie Kapreese Peart, better known by her stage name “KAPRII” is American singer and songwriter. Born August 13, 1998 in Port Maria, Jamaica the songstress moved to Englewood, Ohio at a young age. She began sculpting her craft as a songwriter and a singer at 10 years old. After gaining confidence in her ability she […]

The post Young Songwriter From Dayton, Ohio – KAPRII’s singles “Toys” and “Bad Thing” are out now! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Jean-Marie Kapreese Peart, better known by her stage name “KAPRII” is American singer and songwriter. Born August 13, 1998 in Port Maria, Jamaica the songstress moved to Englewood, Ohio at a young age. She began sculpting her craft as a songwriter and a singer at 10 years old. After gaining confidence in her ability she recorded her first song “One Bit” at 17 years old.

As her passion for writing and singing grew she decided to pursue music as a professional artist. Developing her sound with sultry vocals, cool melodies, haunting production and intimate lyrics. KAPRII delivers a truly unique listening experience. Making relatable and touching music she connects with her listeners on a deeper more soulful level.

Being inspired by artist like Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Lauren Hill, and Erykah Badu she is working toward being the soul singer of the new generation. KAPRII’s singles “Toys” and “Bad Thing” are out now and her upcoming freshman EP is coming soon.

OFFICIAL LINKS: FACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAMYOUTUBE

 

The post Young Songwriter From Dayton, Ohio – KAPRII’s singles “Toys” and “Bad Thing” are out now! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/news/young-songwriter-from-dayton-ohio-kapriis-singles-toys-and-bad-thing-are-out-now/feed 0
4 reasons why the music industry needs blockchain tech http://jamsphere.com/news/4-reasons-why-the-music-industry-needs-blockchain-tech http://jamsphere.com/news/4-reasons-why-the-music-industry-needs-blockchain-tech#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 22:57:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31884 oSerenade aims to create a seamless and secure global ecosystem of financial transactions for the music industry. In recent years leading up to the end of 2017, the global financial industry has been disrupted by the emergence of cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin taking the lead. Cryptocurrencies run under Blockchain Technology, which is said to be a […]

The post 4 reasons why the music industry needs blockchain tech appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
oSerenade aims to create a seamless and secure global ecosystem of financial transactions for the music industry.

In recent years leading up to the end of 2017, the global financial industry has been disrupted by the emergence of cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin taking the lead. Cryptocurrencies run under Blockchain Technology, which is said to be a more secure and faster way to do financial transactions.

As with new technologies, there is hype on Blockchain Technology. Naysayers claim that cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic value and it’s merely a bubble waiting to burst. However, beyond the infancy stage, Blockchain technology is already branching out to different industries and many are optimistic at the new opportunities that it presents.

In fact, there’s already talk on how it can change the music sector. Below are some of the features of Blockchain Technology and how it addresses the current problems in this industry.

  1. Universal, distributed database. Everybody has access to the database. Any changes that were made is available for everyone to see. Because everybody has access to it, anybody can verify and confirm any transactions made within the blockchain platform.

There really isn’t a single, global database for musicians. There was an attempt in 2014 but fell through with its own issues. Now that we have Blockchain, a single database issue will no longer be a big deal, nor do we need to build a new one because the blockchain is built for this objective in the first place. In a single database for musicians, the industry becomes truly data led, laying down all information such as artist, writer, producers, royalty distribution and more. It becomes easier for everybody across industries to collaborate. Win-win situation.

  1. Peer-to-peer transmission. Peer-to-peer or P2P has its bad reputation owing to copyrights violation. But despite that, people seem to think the positive outweighs the negative.

What happens in P2P is that it allows sharing without an intermediary. Musicians highly benefit from this platform because it eliminates the middlemen. In addition to this, it allows anyone to share their work with a large number of audiences without having to be restricted by issues on agency support, publishers and the like. While the problem with small musicians before is on how to release their music in the market, in the Blockchain, they can now do so with ease.

  1. Although one of Blockchain’s main feature is anonymity, users may still opt to publish their own work to clearly associate them with it. A user is identified with a 30 or more alphanumeric characters that become unique addresses. This becomes your proof of identification that cannot be copied or hacked.When musicians acquire their own address, that becomes permanent. Hence, any work released under that address will forever be associated with that identity.

  1. The Blockchain works in “chains”, so every move is connected chronologically with each other. Once a transaction has commenced, it cannot be reversed and is out there for everyone to see.This is a huge advantage in the music industry where copying or “stealing” work is a problem. Once the information is out in the Blockchain, the owner or address that is connected with the work cannot be changed.

Sounds promising, right? And soon, it will no longer be theoretical. A Singapore-registered startup, oSerenade.com Pte. Ltd., is already on its way to launching the OSCOIN – a cryptocurrency token for the music industry. Their hope is not only to pioneer the solutions to the problems mentioned, but also to create a seamless and secure global ecosystem of financial transactions for the music industry.

Oserenade PTE Ltd
Romy Miranda
rmiranda@oserenade.com

https://www.oserenade.com/

The post 4 reasons why the music industry needs blockchain tech appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/news/4-reasons-why-the-music-industry-needs-blockchain-tech/feed 0
Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine March 2018 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-march-2018 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-march-2018#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:48:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31880 The March 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH: ReachingNOVA, Get Adam Ft. Rrr Pow, Ravenscroft, Hefe Heetroc, Ann Paul, Meelow, Billy Swayze, Forrest Hill, The Silver Bayonets, Weston Simonis, Nicky Ash, Nitish Pires, Lyrikha  – Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music […]

The post Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine March 2018 appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
The March 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH: ReachingNOVA, Get Adam Ft. Rrr Pow, Ravenscroft, Hefe Heetroc, Ann Paul, Meelow, Billy Swayze, Forrest Hill, The Silver Bayonets, Weston Simonis, Nicky Ash, Nitish Pires, Lyrikha  –

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

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine March 2018

By Rick Jamm in JAMSPHERE Indie Music Magazine

32 pages, published 3/29/2018

The March 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH: ReachingNOVA, Get Adam Ft. Rrr Pow, Ravenscroft, Hefe Heetroc, Ann Paul, Meelow, Billy Swayze, Forrest Hill, The Silver Bayonets, Weston Simonis, Nicky Ash, Nitish Pires, Lyrikha -Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop for our magazine,…

The post Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine March 2018 appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-march-2018/feed 0
Interview: Curiousity spills the things he’s seen and done onto his notepad! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-curiousity-spills-the-things-hes-seen-and-done-onto-his-notepad http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-curiousity-spills-the-things-hes-seen-and-done-onto-his-notepad#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 01:56:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31868 LaQuawn Smith, professionally known as “Curiousity”, was born and raised on the tough Southside streets of Youngstown, Ohio. He is the youngest of 6 siblings and has endured hardships in life that most could never imagine. Coming from having nothing, he was drawn to the streets and lure of fast money to relieve his meager […]

The post Interview: Curiousity spills the things he’s seen and done onto his notepad! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
LaQuawn Smith, professionally known as “Curiousity”, was born and raised on the tough Southside streets of Youngstown, Ohio. He is the youngest of 6 siblings and has endured hardships in life that most could never imagine. Coming from having nothing, he was drawn to the streets and lure of fast money to relieve his meager living conditions, and to make his mark in the neighborhood. This led a to a series of events that would set the stage for his decision to pursue music 100% At 17 years old, living on the cusp of life and death on a daily basis, he nearly lost his life on several occasions, and nearly lost his freedom for 30 Years, ultimately serving a little more than 1 year and before having charges dropped.

The one sure thing he’s always had to keep him going was his music. A passionate MC, Curiousity spills the things he’s seen and done onto his notepad, and paints vivid pictures of what it truly means to live and survive in the hood.

His musical journey may seem like it’s just beginning, but he has already amassed a full catalog of music ready to release to the world. His delivery method…Truth in advertising! You get what you see. No industry smoke and mirrors. No fake faced. No fake gang-banging or affiliations. Just a man on a mission to spread his word, his truth, and a genuine sound the world needs to hear.

Recently joining the .400 Club Music team, him and label head “QB aka Mr Casualty” (also his 1st Cousin), are set on a path to shake up the industry, and flood the market with a new Midwest sound, chocked full of dope beats, dope rhymes, originality, and reality. Buckle up, enjoy the ride, and support Curiousity and the .400 Club Music movement!

Q. So Curiousity, Where are you from?

Curiousity:   I’m from the Southside of Youngstown Ohio. Born and Bred.

Q. At what age did you start rapping?

Curiousity:  Believe it or not, I started at 3 years old!  As soon as I could formulate sentences I was off to the races.

Q. How did you get the name “Curiousity”?

Curiousity:  It just came to me.  No crazy storyline behind it, It just fit my personality.

Q. Do you come from a musical family?

Curiousity:  Yes.  I’m the youngest of 6 siblings, we didn’t have much, and music was free.

Q. Who is your favorite musician/group?

Curiousity:  I have 2 favorites.  2Pac & DMX.

Q. What influence if any, do they play in your music?

Curiousity: They helped me deal with a lot of problems I was dealing with just through their music. I could understand 100% how they felt as I felt similar a lot of times.

Q. What’s your favorite album?

Curiousity:  All Eyes on Me/ 2pac.

Q. Would you prefer to have the money or the fame?

Curiousity:  I prefer money.  Fame gets you into clubs… Money buys you clubs.

Q. What do you think of music that is currently in rotation?

Curiousity: It sucks!  Too many people sound alike.  Nobody’s real anymore.

Q. What are your thoughts on rappers rapping about using hard drugs (ex. Molly, Xans, Percs, Lean)?

Curiousity: Doesn’t bother me.

Q. Who do you think is the hottest MC in the game right now?

Curiousity:  Kendrick Lamar.

Q. An Indie Label on the rise .400 Club Music… How did you hook up with them?

Curiousity:  It’s my cousin QB aka Mr Casualty’s label. He believed in me, and gave me an opportunity to get my music heard by the world.

Q. Given the chance to sign a major record deal, what would be the top 3 you’d love to work with?

Curiousity: I’m a Midwest cat, Ohio born and bred, but I’d have to say.  Interscope, Aftermath, G-Unit records, and Top Dog.  They seem to have a history of working well with independent minded artists, and have a knack for breaking artists out onto the big stage.

Q. Listening to your album “Ghetto Stories”, you paint a lot of vivid pictures of your life in the streets, are you able to tell us how much is more than just entertainment?

Curiousity:  Lol… No cause I’ll get in trouble!!!  I’m sure there’s a statute of limitation for certain things I won’t speak on.

Q. Where can we stream or download album?

Curiousity: Stream the Album “Ghetto Stories” on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3C5GxkhMGZNbF0GU1jKW4R

Buy on iTunes/Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ghetto-stories/1359499512?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Curiousity_Ghetto_Stories?id=B3fgut5jwdpm66fxan65gljf7ly

Q. If you could work with any major artist right now (any genre), who would you like to collaborate with?

Curiousity:  Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Snoop Dog, Drake, or DMX.  Or pretty much anybody who’s hot, real, and that I can truly vibe with.

Q. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned so far along your musical journey?

Curiousity: Trust no one.  Believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Learn more about this music business every day!

Q. Will you be performing any shows or festivals in the near future?

Curiousity: Yes, Of course I will.  Follow me on social media for the latest updates.

Q. For booking and fan purposes, how can people find you on social media?

Curiousity:  400Clubmusic@gmail.com or curiousitymusic@gmail.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008341452091

Q. Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years?

Curiousity: I see myself On Top!  Sounds cliche’, but I’m writing at an all-time high, 4 to 5 full songs daily!  All heat!  With this work ethic, I’m destined for greatness.  .400Club Music!!!

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Facebook: Curiousity (Laquawn Smith): https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008341452091
Facebook: QB aka Mr Casualty: https://www.facebook.com/QbAkaMrCasualty/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3C5GxkhMGZNbF0GU1jKW4R

Contact: mrbooth330@gmail.com

The post Interview: Curiousity spills the things he’s seen and done onto his notepad! appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-curiousity-spills-the-things-hes-seen-and-done-onto-his-notepad/feed 0
Interview With Music Composer Melvin Fromm Jr http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-music-composer-melvin-fromm-jr http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-music-composer-melvin-fromm-jr#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 01:04:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31863 A lifetime of dedicated faith, boundless enthusiasm and true passion for the art of music, have led Melvin Fromm Jr. into a sonic whirlwind of creativity, imagination and inspiration. From his hometown in Lancaster County, PA, he began to write, produce & record his own stunning & stylistic instrumental songs in mid-2015 and soon found […]

The post Interview With Music Composer Melvin Fromm Jr appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
A lifetime of dedicated faith, boundless enthusiasm and true passion for the art of music, have led Melvin Fromm Jr. into a sonic whirlwind of creativity, imagination and inspiration. From his hometown in Lancaster County, PA, he began to write, produce & record his own stunning & stylistic instrumental songs in mid-2015 and soon found his highly-adaptable talents were suited to many facets of music found all the way around the globe. With an impressive 200+ countries putting Melvin’s songs on the radio – it became clear that music-fans from all over the world were truly connecting to his rhythms & melodies.

As his growth continues so does his fan base which continues to support his every move. His instrumentals are also featured with different styles of tones to keep fans wanting more. Composer Melvin Fromm Jr. has 234 songs added so far to the number #1 background environmental music company in Asia with daily plays in the hundreds and growing stronger each passing day as Melvin’s music has the potential to be heard in thousands of restaurants, retail outlets, shopping malls, hotels across south east Asia in countries like Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand,and Indonesia.

Melvin’s music is also starting to get play at Dairy Queen, Domino Pizza, and Dunkin Donuts worldwide. Melvin is always so thankful for God’s help with his powerful hand in making of his music. Find Melvin @ www.facebook.com/composermelvinfrommjr and be on the lookout for this talented artist. In Loving Memory Of Pol Caliso “Always And Forever In Are Hearts”

  1. How long have you been composing music business and when did you first start taking it seriously?

Melvin Fromm Jr.: I first started out in music in 1999 when I was writing a letter to my then girlfriend Percy (now my wife) and thought wow this sounds like a country song so from that letter I wrote a song called “What I Feel” and I had the song demo out and sent it to overseas radio stations and started to get radio play as this was the start of music for me.  I started  composing music in 2014 after some music people told me you don’t sing so try your hand at composing music so that’s what I did and mid 2015 I started to take composing music seriously.

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.: I remember growing up my dad (Melvin) would listen to country  on radio and my mom (Wilma) would listen to pop and top 40 on the radio so these were my strongest musicl influences growing up for me.

  1. Do you find time to listen to other composers and artists? And if so, which of these do you currently admire?

Melvin Fromm Jr.:  I always take time to listen to Joel Osteen Ministries Lakewood Church singers to praise God and give my life hope every single day as I really have a lot to be thankful for in my life.

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.: I hope the key elements that shine in my songs is that it hits their hearts and souls and they say wow let’s play that song again or let’s check out more of Melvin’s songs.

  1. What do you think distinguishes you from most other music composers flogging their music to publishers today?

Melvin Fromm Jr.: Today I am working with some of the best music people in studio to bring the music I write from my heart alive. But the biggest credit I have to give is to God he seems to bring a talent out of me I never knew I had before and keeps it rolling in me.

  1. I know this is may be a difficult question, but do you have any preferred song (or songs) in your catalog, and why is it special to you?

Melvin Fromm Jr.:  “What I Feel” song about love for my wife Percy. “My Mom” song about my mom Wilma always being there for me in life. “Heart Of A Hero” song about my uncle Bill Tait who truly had the heart of a hero in life. “My Promise” about my loving grandma Tait who I promised to win a trophy for my grandma in her memory and did the first karate tournament in May 1989 Landisville Karate Tournament form third place black belt division.

  1. What usually sparks off your creativity for a new song – an actual real life event, or do you just focus on something at will, and then compose for it?

Melvin Fromm Jr.: Most of the time what sparks my creativity for a new song is something off a real life event that I come across in my day or week.

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.:  Well besides meeting the love of my life in 1999 Percy, it’s having my music picked up by the #1 background environmental music company in Asia in June 2017 and to date they have picked up 234 of my songs and I have set a personal record for plays worldwide in the first 3 months of 2018 with this background company with the grace of God.

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.:  So far there are 3 most difficult things I have had to endure in my life to date while doing my music but with the God’s grace and love I just keep pushing forward. 2000 my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and all that goes along with it but keep my head up and keep going moving forward in life. 2017 my wife Percy in so much pain and her diagnosis was Rheumatiod Arthritis as the doctor has her on the right track now with less pain. March 12, 2018 the passing of my wife’s brother-in-law Pol Calsio who always treated me like family every time we came to visit my wife’s family. This is why I picked this photo enclosed in interview as it’s the last time we visit my wife’s family in 2015 “In Loving Memory Of Pol Caliso” thanks for always being good to me and the laughs that we will always remember in are heart’s always and forever.

  1. What key ingredient (or ingredients) do you always try to infuse into your songs, over and above style, sounds and genre?

Melvin Fromm Jr.:  If it can touch someone’s heart and soul and make your toe tap or think of something in someone’s life when they hear your music then I feel I have done my job.

  1. Do you also compose music on request for outside sources, or collaborate with other composers and lyricists?

Melvin Fromm Jr.: No just do all my own music don’t really work with other composers and lyricists at this time. Just work with good music staff in studio to bring my music more life.

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.: Music making process that excites me I have control over how I make all my music and what styles I like to make without someone saying only do it this way. Aspect that could discourage me is you have to work a lot of music leads along the way and read the fine print as to many people want to line their pockets with your music money and you don’t make much in the end so I am always careful about that.

  1. How do you record, produce and market your music? Do you have a team to help you or do you do everything by yourself?

Melvin Fromm Jr.: Well I do work with some of the best music people in studio to record my music as I take their input to produce the song the best we can. Then I market everything myself to places I see fit.

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.:  Split more money with the people that make the music as I have had some bad deal offers come my way with my music that I would never would think of taking. (Here is samples what I was offered to make off songs per 100% of song 10% deal, 15% deal, 25% deal, 35% deal.)

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.: Easy listening, mixed styles, heart felt, soul touching, toe tapping, to just name a few.

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

Melvin Fromm Jr.: Yes it’s a good fundamental way to building a career in music today as it’s a great way to reach out to fans worldwide or have people looking at your music check out reviews, interviews or write ups on you all in one place like on my Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/composermelvinfrommjr  and you don’t have to worry about sending anything in the mail anymore and worry about cost of mailing all your info out.

  1. Which is your favored instrument when composing a song? And do you have a preferred time of day or night when you set yourself down to write?

Melvin Fromm Jr.:  Most of the time I use piano or guitar to compose a song and do the full band in the studio with the best music people to help give the song more life. My preferred time can be day or night whenever I feel inspired as I can compose up to 12 songs in 24 hours if I have the time.

  1. I notice you do not stick to one particular genre and style. Is that purely a commercial choice to appeal to the widest audience possible, or do you simply compose in a way you feel at any given time, without any preconceived ideas?

Melvin Fromm Jr.: We’ll its kind of both for me. I can compose a song and feel it should be jazz but I always keep in mind the commercial choice will appeal to the widest audience possible and open lots more doors to my music.

  1. Having started seriously in 2015, you’re relatively new to the industry. Have you set yourself any specific goals, when once reached, you’ll say to yourself: “Okay Melvin, you’ve made it now!” Or is releasing new music just an ordinary ongoing process for you.

Melvin Fromm Jr.:   Well for me releasing new music is just an ordinary ongoing process for me because I don’t know where God will take me on my music path and what kind of doors will open up for me. Because without God this could never happen in my life and I want to see where God takes me.

  1. What’s the next most important event planned on the Melvin Fromm Jr. agenda for 2018?

Melvin Fromm Jr.: I plan to keep making lots of new music and keep submitting it to the #1 background environmental music company in Asia as they keep asking me to submit all the music I can to see if they will add any more of my new music to my catalog of 234 they already picked up so far to date. I have lots of new music in the works for 2018.

The post Interview With Music Composer Melvin Fromm Jr appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-music-composer-melvin-fromm-jr/feed 0
Interview with Italian Singer-songwriter Bruno Pignatiello http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-italian-singer-songwriter-bruno-pignatiello http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-italian-singer-songwriter-bruno-pignatiello#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 23:40:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31858 Bruno Pignatiello was born in Rome, and only in recent years he matured the awareness of being born in a city of extraordinary beauty and ordinary chaos. Bruno enjoys listening to all the sounds and languages of the world but he prefers, above all, those coming from Brazil and the Lusitanian areas. A Bachelor of Arts, […]

The post Interview with Italian Singer-songwriter Bruno Pignatiello appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Bruno Pignatiello was born in Rome, and only in recent years he matured the awareness of being born in a city of extraordinary beauty and ordinary chaos. Bruno enjoys listening to all the sounds and languages of the world but he prefers, above all, those coming from Brazil and the Lusitanian areas. A Bachelor of Arts, in the linguistic field, he likes to write the lyrics of his songs in Portuguese, which has now become a kind of adoptive language. At the same time he does not neglect his Italic roots or the English language which is his first cultural passion. In the past, before making some trips abroad (Brazil, Portugal, Canada, Greece, Great Britain), Bruno devoted himself to the divulgation of the music performed by some Brazilian artists belonging to the “geração roqueira”.

  1. I would like to extend my gratitude to you for taking the time to answer a few questions and sharing your insights with us. If you don’t mind can you please introduce yourself for many of our readers who may not be familiar with you yet? Who is Bruno Pignatiello, and where is he from?

Bruno Pignatiello: First of all I would like to say “Hi” to all your readers and listeners as well. Thank you Rick for giving me this opportunity to gain exposure for my music. I’m a Christian, Italian singer and songwriter and I was born in Rome in 1966.

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

Bruno Pignatiello: well….I grew up with the music of some British bands of the seventies such as Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Genesis; some bands or rockers of the eighties and the nineties as Duran Duran, Bryan Adams…

Also, I really appreciated some Italian artists of the pop scene as Renato Zero, Eugenio Finardi and Alberto Camerini the latter brilliant up to paroxysm.

In more recent years, I have listened to many Brazilian artists as well….We’re talking about very talented musicians such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Cazuza.

  1. Do you still find time to listen to other composers and artists? And if so, which of these do you currently admire?

Bruno Pignatiello: I’m always interested in new music above all the music coming from independent musicians. Nowadays I really love the art of Caleb and Sol and Marisa Frantz, artists who really touch your heart with their singing and poems.

  1. How did your interest in Brazilian and Lusitanian-based culture and music begin?

Bruno Pignatiello: It began at University. In the late eighties and early nineties I was taking Portuguese and I started to appreciate the sounds of Portuguese Fado and of the Brazilian groove…

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

Bruno Pignatiello: My music is a mixture of genres. I like to deal with social aspects of life, emotions and everything about life….a smile, a tear or simply a story from across the world can catch my creativity…

  1. I know you currently have a song in your catalog that is special to you. Could you tells us more about “The Angel Flight” and its significance to you?

Bruno Pignatiello: I wrote “The Angel flight” as my mother died in September of 2014. Seven months before I lost my father as well. Storms came into my life, but suddenly I felt I had to get out of that sadness so I told myself: “Come on Bruno, stop crying! You’re a Christian artist, just write an ode to daddy and mama with a joyful vision of death!”

Some months later, when Marisa Frantz collaborated with me playing a beautiful violin and ethereal singing along the song, at hearing it she commented “what a catchy and fun song!” and I said to myself: “Jesus, that made my day!”

The song talks about the love between my parents and their love for us children. The Angel Flight means very much to me because it’s the flight of my parents to Heaven.

  1. One of your most appealing songs has to be the “The Elegant Man”, which is inspired by the story of Joseph Merrick, the so called “elephant man”. What drove you to write the song, and why that specific title?

Bruno Pignatiello: As a young boy I was very struck by David Linch’s movie “The elephant man” and in recent years I decided to get back to Joseph’s biography. Reading about Joseph’s biography I discovered a very sensitive person who suffered all his life long because of his own deformities

He asked his friend, doctor Treves to go to live at a hospital for the blind, where he might meet a woman who could not see his deformities and could appreciate him for the beauty he had inside.

I must confess that “Measured by soul” a book about the story of Joseph Merrick was going to influence me in choosing the title of my song: it’s such a beautiful and powerful title, but you know….It wasn’t mine so respect for the others’ work and let’s free our creativity!

Finally, I made up my mind to title the song “The elegant man” to tell the world that Joseph Merrick was a man and not “the elephant man”.

In my song the deformities of Joseph Merrick are the deformities of the world where we live in these days… and if we are created in the image and likeness of God “blaming him is blaming God”. I quoted and paraphrased a sentence by the English poet Isaac Watts, very dear to Joseph Merrick.

  1. Since you started out, a key part of your musical life has been, and still is, collaboration with other creatives. What makes you so passionate about collaborating and sharing your work with others?

Bruno Pignatiello: You know Rick, I’m not a musician in the pure sense of the word: I just write emotions and I shout them to the world. Sometimes it happens that I want to share my musical shouts with the artists I respect…

  1. Let’s talk through some of your collaborations and what made or makes them special for you. For instance, your work with Marisa Frantz?

Bruno Pignatiello: I listened to Marisa Frantz’s music by chance. The beautiful, deep and intense singing of Marisa gave me a lot of courage when I lost my parents; she transmitted to me deep vibrations so – some months later –  I decided it was time to collaborate with this wonderful human being and very talented musician. Our first creation together is The Angel Flight indeed: the song is a precious pearl that the violin and the voice of Marisa relegate to eternity.

  1. Also tells us about your earlier work with Fulvio Previdi?

Bruno Pignatiello: I owe very much to Fulvio. He was the first person to believe in me when all my friends laughed at my work and it would be great to work with him again because we share the same vision of music.

  1. And lastly, tells us something about your current work with Guido Aulisi?

Bruno Pignatiello: I have known Guido for 38 years and you could say he’s the rational soul of the project. He is a very talented musician and a multi-instrumentalist. On my current work, BRASILUSOFONIA, for instance, he played electric and Spanish guitar, piano, bass guitar, keyboards and even some chorus tracks…you could say that Guido is to Bruno as Jim Vallance is to Bryan Adams. LOL! I’m joking around of course: Jim and Bryan are two unattainable giants…

  1. What key ingredient (or ingredients) do you always try to infuse into your songs, over and above style, sounds and genre?

Bruno Pignatiello: In my songs I always try to infuse hope, Christian values or ethical values at least. My motto is “people always have one more try!”

  1. What usually sparks off your creativity for a new song – an actual real life event, or do you just focus on something at will, and then compose for it?

Bruno Pignatiello: : I sing facts that touch my heart…I can’t sing or write anything but life….it enchants me, seduces me and is the most precious gift that God has given us

  1. Apparently fans have been asking you the reason why you say “So here is the seventies” instead of “here ARE the seventies” or better “here COME the seventies”, in your song 1966. Could you enlighten us on this issue?

Bruno Pignatiello:  1966 is a biographical song talking about a kid who was four years old in the beginning of the seventies, so I wanted to provide the portrait of a child who is learning to write and speak correctly but at the same time I wanted to represent the child with his falls and his mistakes. That’s the reason why I used this poetic license….

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

Bruno Pignatiello: Tough question Rick! Anyway, I would give more attention to music less to the image!

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

Bruno Pignatiello: Yes, Internet is fundamental nowadays….think about all the current music sung in Spanish or Portuguese that reaches a big success: would it have been possible before the internet revolution? On the other hand I’m always a little suspicious of overexposure to social media because they take time out of real life and can lead to the brink (and sometimes over the brink as well!) of loneliness and frustration.

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

Bruno Pignatiello:  I am a person centered and grateful to life for what I received: I turn the discomfort into talent.

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

Bruno Pignatiello: The loss of my parents, no question about it… but “I have respect for my laugh but much more for my tears” says the Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso I am aware that inside of me there is a light that guides me!

  1. Tell us something about the workings your latest release, and what your expectations are from this body of work?

Bruno Pignatiello: My latest release is BRASILUSOFONIA which is the second volume of my TRILOGY, a tribute to my Brazilian and Portuguese soul. In this work are reported the same feelings and emotions I sing in the English and in the Italian volumes so you will find the joy, sadness, loneliness, irony, tears and laughs….

In this work I collaborated with Marisa and with some talented Brazilian musicians and singers such as Vivi Goeldi, Wagner Silva and Bruna Martini. My expectations may be high because we started the experiment to make BRASILUSONIA available initially -and exclusively – on my website WWW.SENTOLAVITA.COM where you can also support the project.

  1. What’s the next most important event planned on the Bruno Pignatiello agenda for 2018?

Bruno Pignatiello: The publication of the third and last volume of my Trilogy dedicated to my Italian soul.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – STORE


The post Interview with Italian Singer-songwriter Bruno Pignatiello appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-italian-singer-songwriter-bruno-pignatiello/feed 0
Forrest Hill: “ShadowLight” – characters and imagery spring to life http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/forrest-hill-shadowlight-characters-and-imagery-spring-to-life http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/forrest-hill-shadowlight-characters-and-imagery-spring-to-life#respond Sun, 25 Mar 2018 12:25:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31845 Forrest Hill grew up in Detroit and eventually moved to Boston where co-founded the funk rock band Judy’s Tiny Head (JTH). A band which performed with the likes of Violent Femmes, Run DMC, Deborah Harry, Paul Young and Aimee Mann, and record with famed music producer Teddy Riley. After earning a PhD, Forrest resettled in […]

The post Forrest Hill: “ShadowLight” – characters and imagery spring to life appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
Forrest Hill grew up in Detroit and eventually moved to Boston where co-founded the funk rock band Judy’s Tiny Head (JTH). A band which performed with the likes of Violent Femmes, Run DMC, Deborah Harry, Paul Young and Aimee Mann, and record with famed music producer Teddy Riley. After earning a PhD, Forrest resettled in Northern California and in 2016 released his first solo album “Rust”. The album received heavy airplay on college radio throughout the country and garnered TV licensing agreements. Forrest Hill has just released his brand new twelve song album entitled “ShadowLight” from which he plans to release several singles during 2018.

With this, his second full length solo album, Forrest Hill succeeds in meeting the requisite criteria of his most direct influences and has crafted an album sure to appeal to those enamored with the indie folk scene. It’s a bold, declarative statement that finds the Hill brimming with deserved confidence and assurance. From the outset, everything about “ShadowLight” feels expansive and more fully realized than “Rush”. Yet at the same time it sounds more intimate and personal.

Where “Rust” possessed a somewhat louder element of sameness in both its crunchier production and faster tempos, this recording finds Forrest Hill moving in a number of stylistic directions that, coupled with his lusher, more assured sound, lends an intellectual weightiness to the album that helps imbue it with greater resonance.

On “Everything Lost” Hill sings, “I’m stuck on the outside looking in,” as tales of love, loneliness, relationships and ennui permeate these 12 tracks, adhering to the playbook of American indie-folk tropes.

Having beefed up the production and fleshed out the instrumentation, the sound is substantial, incorporating a host of acoustic and electric instruments, all lovingly swathed in a shimmering sheen of reverb. The horns and organ on “Still Crazy Over You”, the plucked acoustic bass on “Cold Rain’s Coming”, the strumming acoustic guitar on “Like A Fire”, or the melancholy strings on “Birds Fly To Heaven”, are all extremely impactful on the ear. It’s all rather tightly structured as characters and imagery spring to life.

From a narrative standpoint, the album functions in a cinematic way, one that embodies a journey through experiences and emotions in search of something, and finding all variety of trials, tribulations and joys along the way.

There’s a great accessibility to these songs, a concentrated effort at broader appeal through stylistic variance, a strong focus on melodic hooks and rich arrangements, which can be heard on standouts like “Circle Of Life”, “The Great Divide” and “Real Thing”. The songs, while very different between, have an overall magical common denominator which seems to connect them closely.

“Let’s Fall Down” cuts back to a guitar and piano dominated soundscape, embellished with strings and warm vocal harmonies by the T Sisters. There are quite a few instances throughout this album when Forest Hills’ music subtly harks back to his Motown and Funk influences. “Free” is one of those soul-infused moments, driven by a jangling six-string and Hill’s far reaching vocals.

The electric piano pushes the mid-tempo groove of “Anything Can Happen”. Forrest Hill winds the album down with the slower rhythm and plea of making this world “One Better”. You will love every track on “ShadowLight”. The harmonies and beautiful melodic sounds just meld together perfectly and the album is produced to perfection.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITETWITTERFACEBOOKAMAZON

The post Forrest Hill: “ShadowLight” – characters and imagery spring to life appeared first on JamSphere.

]]>
http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/forrest-hill-shadowlight-characters-and-imagery-spring-to-life/feed 0