Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:41:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 INTERVIEW: Crossover EDM, POP and RAP Artist L.A.G http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-crossover-edm-pop-rap-artist-l-g http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-crossover-edm-pop-rap-artist-l-g#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:33:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31567 Born in Los Angeles, California, Isaac King (L.A.G) was raised around the area of Hollywood, his consistent love for music and writing has been a very heavy motivator for the entirety of his life, and as of 3-4 years ago, he has decided to make a career out of it.  It also was one of […]

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Born in Los Angeles, California, Isaac King (L.A.G) was raised around the area of Hollywood, his consistent love for music and writing has been a very heavy motivator for the entirety of his life, and as of 3-4 years ago, he has decided to make a career out of it.  It also was one of his primary motivations in his obtaining of a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing, and Music. He has had experience in almost every field of music and continues to learn & grow in his music and in an ever-growing industry. His music is inspired by the sounds of old, in addition to modern era music deriving from pop, EDM, and rap, and the combination creates an entire new sound for all those under his voice to enjoy.

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

L.A.G: To be honest, I’ve only been doing this professionally for around 2 years, but have been writing music since about 10. My professional career started in college when I struggled between this and teaching. My education program was cut, and that, to me, was a sign of what I should do, that’s the start!

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

L.A.G: Drake was probably the first artist I consciously listened to with comprehension and for inspiration.

  1. Which artists and/or producers are you currently listening to?

L.A.G:  Currently, I listen to a lot of Chance the Rapper, a lot of Childish Gambino, and I’m also a humongous old school fan, so that’s in my playlist a lot.

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

L.A.G: Aside from the amount of fun I have making it, happiness, and the pursuit of it, whatever that may be to you: I want the listener to feel the ability to chase happiness, and acquire it.

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

L.A.G:  Besides my holding back on the typical “Triplet Flow” every other artist uses, I feel that I’m breaking into new territory with my mix of Edm, Pop, and Rap, a revolution much needed.

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

L.A.G:  “Don’t Call Me”. Despite the fact that it’s my most recent song, it’s also my first song under management, and to me, it’s my statement for and into the industry. If someone were to ask, “who the hell is L.A.G?” which they do, this is my answer.

  1. Are your lyrics predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

L.A.G: Neither, I use my music to get a point across. I rarely tell stories, or make them up. I just kinda look at my current situation, and I ask myself, “What do I need to say”? If I’m wanting a girl, then I’ll write love songs, if I’m upset, then I speak on what the issue is. It’s basically a need-based thing.

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

L.A.G:  Reaching 64,000 views on Youtube for the first time. Last year, I was in complete disbelief that I had gotten that much attention with my music and it still shocks me now as those numbers continue to rise.

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

L.A.G:  My father passing, it’s still tough, but the music definitely helps, this is certainly what he would have wanted me to do.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs, regardless of style or tempo?

L.A.G:  I always make sure I have people thinking, as long as I’m doing that in some form, the style can vary considerably.

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

L.A.G: Beats, definitely not. I certainly write my own songs, and I do use others for concepts, but never lyrics. But yeah, beats, no I contact other sources for that.

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

L.A.G: The most exciting thing is the freedom to do it on your own, but the best part can also be the most detrimental, no major label help.

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

L.A.G: I do have a management team, as of late, prior to that there was just a lot of me promoting as much and as precisely as I possibly.

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

L.A.G:  I would change where some of the attention is placed and focused on. I feel like the industry has lost its choosing talent over popularity.

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

L.A.G: I would use Pop and Rap, those would probably put the simplest and most accurate image together.

  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?

L.A.G: I do believe so, I believe that all are a necessary evil. I personally use social media for entertainment anyways, so using them for the purposes of my music and promotion, I have no trouble with.

  1. Tell us something about your latest releases and where fans can find them.

L.A.G:  “Don’t Call Me” and “Bring It” are my two biggest releases so far. As far as where to find them, you can start with Youtube @ L.A.G Music or L.A.G therapperdude, and from there you could search L.A.G on Spotify, Itunes, Soundcloud, Spinrilla, etc, and I will pop up as either that, or L.A.G Music

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout?

L.A.G:  My managers always tell me that a song doesn’t exist WITHOUT the video, so I do believe that visuals are a tremendous part of the process. Again, I’d most certainly check out “Bring It” on Youtube, the video for “Don’t Call Me” is in the editing stages right now, but when it’s out, you’ll be able to find it on those same channels.

  1. What’s next on the upcoming agenda for L.A.G in 2018?

L.A.G:   Well since a lot of recording and footwork is done, I’d love to start getting out on the road to promote and perform. My management and I are planning a tour in the summer, but for now, I’ll be in Miami performing on March, 3rd at Miami Live, and on March, 21st, I’ll be in Macon, GA, for the Cherry Blossom Festival to perform as well.

  1. I left my first question for last. Where does the moniker L.A.G come from?

L.A.G: I get that a lot… lol… But I’m originally from Los Angeles, California, but as of my teenage years, my parents moved me to Waycross, Georgia, and I put the two together as city and state, and L.A.G was born. I believe that California gave me a lot of my creative and musical talent, with the classes and acting and all, but Georgia shaped who I am as an actual person, my mannerisms, Southern Hospitality, all from Georgia

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Websitehttp://www.therapperdude.com

Soundcloud– https://soundcloud.com/l-a-g-music/dont-call-me

iTuneshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/id1339934741?ls=1&app=itunes

Spinrillahttps://www.spinrilla.com/mixtapes/l-a-g-music-don-t-call-me

Apple Musichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1339934741

Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/track/2sLa6nseZniD6nqGwifMH5

Tidalhttps://tidal.com/track/83811580

iHeartRadio– https://www.iheart.com/artist/lag-660058/albums/dont-call-me-53489656/

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Award-winning, Multi-talented Artist, Host, Curator and Promoter – Lex Lumiere http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/award-winning-multi-talented-artist-host-curator-promoter-lex-lumiere http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/award-winning-multi-talented-artist-host-curator-promoter-lex-lumiere#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:56:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31542 Lex Lumiere is an Artist and Fashion Photographer based out of NYC, but was raised in Texas. She curates, hosts and promotes Art Events for Non-profits. Her specialty is in visual branding, fashion editorials, creating advertising concepts and promotions for clients, models and luxury fashion apparel. With a degree in Business Management and over ten […]

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Lex Lumiere is an Artist and Fashion Photographer based out of NYC, but was raised in Texas. She curates, hosts and promotes Art Events for Non-profits. Her specialty is in visual branding, fashion editorials, creating advertising concepts and promotions for clients, models and luxury fashion apparel. With a degree in Business Management and over ten years’ experience in luxury apparel, Lex specializes in luxury Fashion & Editorial photography, creative concepts, television production and curating custom art exhibits. Themes of environmentalism, activism and spirituality flood Lex Lumiere’s collections. Her art is politically and energetically charged because, as she says, “it has to be, there is no point in creating artwork that does not strike a nerve or touch a soul.” Lex is also the founder of Healing HeARTS, focused on therapeutic arts & holistic services for stress reduction.

  1. You’re an award winning artist; oil painter, photographer, therapeutic arts educator, singer-songwriter, television producer, writer, charity promoter and radio host. Which is the most fulfilling? And if by some mischievous destiny you were forced to only pursue one of the above crafts, which would it be?

Lex Lumiere: Art is like a diamond, it has many facets regarding self-expression. When I was young, I had a martial arts Sensai that would touch you in the middle of your forehead (3rd Eye Chakra) with his finger during practice and say “No Mind.” It was his way of encouraging you to let go of your daily concerns and be fully present to step into the flow of the movements and moment. Art, in every form from painting to music, is the emptying of all the things you internalize in your daily life and letting it go into a creative form. The most fulfilling part for me is the actual process of creating something beautiful, it is a meditative experience to de-stress from the grind. If I had to only pursue one craft; it would be film or television production for therapeutic arts and holistic services because you can marry art, charity, music, photography, writing and storytelling into an educational platform and impact a wider audience. When you expose people to positive information focused on solutions rather than just negative fear based news, you never know who will be inspired or encouraged by your work to think differently or to raise the bar of their own performance.

  1. When did you first discover your creative talents and love of charity? And have you had any formal training in any of the above skills?

Lex Lumiere: My grandparents were professional artists that owned Cricchio Studios, a photography studio and bridal shop in the small town of Port Arthur and later Beaumont, Texas. My playground was a traditional photography studio, dark room and bridal shop full of glamorous gowns. My grandmother would host bridal fashion shows and take me to Dallas to the fashion market with her from a young age. So I was blessed to be trained in Black & White film and lighting by a family of two experts in their craft; my grandfather was a Master photographer who was a Kodak Camera Craftsman, one of the top 50 photographers in the world. While my grandmother Bea was also an award winning painter and the first minority women to be inducted into the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) for her oil painting skills. If she could not hand correct you’re negative, she would just paint your entire portrait, and she won tons of awards. In high school, I loved writing and was placed in advanced English, art & photography classes and joined the choir. However, I am more of a shy singer in the closet who prefers the studio over performing live. In college, I continued taking advanced art, oil painting and writing classes, guitar and entered the competitive world of fine art. I explored myself as a musician in our former band Vanity Inc and have written or sung backing vocals on about a hundred songs for different artists.

  1. Do you play any acoustic instruments or is your music electronically based? What secret talent would people be suprised to know you have?

Lex Lumiere:  I took piano as a child but my teacher quit, so chopsticks is my go to piano song…lol…unless it is a jemba. I have great rhythm. Luckily, my high school choir teacher Mrs. Parsons was a stickler for reading sheet music and the metronome so it helped me tremendously when I started writing my own music in college. I hear melodies ‘out of the blue’ all the time, so I just hum them and my pianist would play them out on the spot and we hammer out the sheet music together. When we have a project that requires music, I hire real musicians with instruments to record in the studio, because it has a different dimension of sound than digital. When we send it off to a professional music producer and engineer to work their magic that is when the digital art and sound comes into play. My secret talent people would be surprised to know is I am a bad ass rap lyricist but cannot rap in real life worth a damn. I’ve got some songs for Drake, Iggy, DJ Khaled and Lecrae.

  1. What types of music and which artists do you currently prefer listening to?

Lex Lumiere: In the last few years, when my grandparents fell ill with cancer. I began to pay close attention to lyrics and what I was feeding my mind, body and spirit. Tuning in to see how all the music I was listening to was effecting me daily in my outlook on life, whether the music was influencing me to be more negative or positive minded.  I started eliminating the negativity, minimalizing my life and letting go of materialistic excess and listening to music that was uplifting, inspiring or positive to counter act all the sadness or negativity I would deal with in life or see in the evening news. When I create art or write, I only listen to instrumental or classical music so I can hear my own thoughts; not the worlds noise and download my mental data. You can check out my Spotify list, but the music I listen to embodies many different genres and eras:

https://open.spotify.com/user/memememe1234/playlist/61lmsgSfMjkLoX7afcKPEJ

  1. Are your works predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

Lex Lumiere: All of my work; from my photography projects, music, artwork, television to paintings is drawn from personal experiences and spiritual lessons that I have encountered in my lifetime. Art is a medium I use to make people think differently on their life journey, to question ‘the system’ we were born into, and to create more beauty in the world.

  1. What inspired you to become involved in the Swan Lake, Houston Ballet Ball charity project?

Lex Lumiere:  Houston is my hometown, and Hurricane Harvey’s flood water caused significant damage to my studio and the arts community in general. The flooding effected Houston Ballet’s 2018-2019 performance schedule significantly because the ballets home venue The Wortham Theater Center will be under reconstruction through September 1, 2018.  Out of respect for the Houston Ballet’s contribution to the arts community, as well as orchestra conductor Ermanno Florio and the guest conductor Geneviève Leclair, we donated an original wooden art sculpture piece on a platter with wine and gourmet foods from Spain for their silent auction.

https://www.houstonballet.org/seasontickets/Special-Events/balletball/

  1. Do you work totally on your own in all of your endeavors, or do also collaborate with other creatives?

Lex Lumiere: In terms of artwork or creative projects; I usually create the concepts, put the storyboards together with project phases and deadline dates then let my team members run with it. I’m not a micro manager, because I only work with people I trust and hire for their expertise, input and reliability. Not people I have to babysit to finish a project because they are too high to get any work done. Regarding music; I have collaborated with Kirke Jan from Academy Curve for beats and sound engineering, he is incredibly professional and has worked with artists like Crasher Tunes, Stashbox Music, Madonna, Music Blender. I’ve also worked with Paul Cox of 226 Recordings in Houston, he recorded ‘Bella’ for a charity project with me and my childhood friend Ryan Wink on guitar. His credits include recording with Macy Gray, Stanley Clarke, and the White Stripes. I was also blessed to work with Grammy Award Winning Don Grossinger who mastered all of our bands singles and has also done a charity project for me. He has RIAA Gold record awards and has worked with everyone from Pink Floyd, Sade, Tony Bennett, to Mariah Carey and has an amazing ear for sound. I love that he is a perfectionist regarding the quality of his work and the creative projects he is trusted to complete.  If he thinks something is off in terms of a note, pitch, chord, he sends you back into the studio to correct it. I love working with people who are honest and direct in their communications, because they get the job done without a lot of headaches.

  1. Are your art or charity projects limited to any particular location? Which key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your art or charity projects, like the ‘ Flashback Dance Party ‘ in Austin?

Lex Lumiere:  We work both nationwide and internationally on art and charity projects. The only requirement is the non-profit must be a registered 501 (c)(3) and rated on Charity Navigator. Specifically, the Flashback Project is a fun retro dance party playing 80’s and 90’s music benefiting Explore Austin, a nonprofit committed to change the lives of underserved youth through leadership, mentoring and adventure activities. They are auctioning off a Spa Gift Set which includes a Gift Certificate for a 8×10 Custom Psychic Painting with me done at the Dessert Gallery, while the winning bidder gets to eat something sweet. Our goal is to always create a win win.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flashback-dance-party-presented-by-strub-benefiting-explore-austin-tickets-41251543477

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

Lex Lumiere:  Enduring a lot of discrimination and racism in the art world in terms of support because it is very cliquish and controlled by elitists. Ever see The Monuments Men? There have been times I have walked into art openings where I am the only minority in the room representing the State of Texas as a voluntary Arts Ambassador. Being the grandchild of immigrants, galleries and art dealers are most likely to support you if you are a man, rather than a minority, much less a female. Finding a reputable art agent that is fiscally responsible to sale your art and manage your career without stealing from you is honestly like finding a needle in the haystack. Compound that with Hurricane Harvey, and people have decent intentions but when the insurance company is waging war with FEMA in terms of “was it the 40 feet of flood water that caused the damage or the electrical fires to your property,” none of it helps me rebuild my life or art business any faster. Every grant available, all the resources for help in the arts require that you jump through 1001 loopholes of red tape and fill out a ton of paperwork just to get the funding you need. I want to re-build a sustainable art studio but it honestly would be faster to be in a turtle race and just barter or trade an oil painting or original photograph for $12 million to a private collector.

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

Lex Lumiere:  Being part of the Exposure Award showcase at the Louvre Museum in Paris and having my art become a part of Stonewall National Museum & Archives was a milestone for me professionally. I carry the artistic legacy of my grandparents; my grandfather is the only photographer in Texas to have the Fuji Lifetime Achievement award and United Nations Award for Photographic Excellence, so when I accomplish something it’s like they are both right there with me and I am living up to the level of their expertise. It’s always a personal challenge for me to do the next creative project even bigger or better.

  1. How would you define ‘success’ regarding your craft? 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’?

Lex Lumiere: Success in regards to the arts for me personally is summed up by John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can,” and by that definition my family and I are very successful. We remain in a consistent space of generosity because divinity, our source is an endless ocean of love. All artists dream of selling enough art to maintain financial stability for themselves and their family in order to continue doing what we love. Hurricane Harvey hit us quite hard; I lost my home, and my business partner died. In spite of circumstances, I am still able to maintain a positive attitude and enough faith to believe it is possible to sell 1 piece of artwork at auction for $67 million and break the sales record in order to re-build; because it has never been done historically by a women. The only person who has come close was Georgia O’keefe at $44 million, it has always been men with the highest sales records at auction. I need a docent or a banker that wants to make history and help charity at the same time. Ultimately, it is about establishing my grandparents and my art in a permanent museum collection together in one large room so you can see three perspectives of art from one family.

  1. More than anything else, what is the one thing you desire that people get out of your music or other creative work?

Lex Lumiere: Never accept being bombarded by the world’s negativity or tragic events as the absolute standard of truth for your quality of life; when joy, peace, beauty and abundance are your birthright because life is the masterpiece and you are an original work of art. Protect your peace of mind.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an artist? (And was there a particular moment you thought, ‘I can do this!’?)

Lex Lumiere: Yes. My high school art teacher started entering me in competitions, and I won. At 17, I was chosen to represent my high school district and co-host my first art show at Hermes with Parisian Photographer Daniel Aron, a photography legend responsible for branding the Hermes company. I knew then a lot of my blessings would manifest around art.

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

Lex Lumiere:  I like to play with sound like a blank canvas; so it will go from intense dance music with deep lyrics to instrumental funk to these very soulful ballads like the old torch singers with a pinch of jazz.

  1. Talk to us about your creative routine; what’s a typical day for you?

Lex Lumiere: I have very intense dreams, and usually wake up hearing music, even if no music is playing in the room. I joke and say the angels like to sing to me and wake me from my slumber. I make some coffee, sketch out my dreams from the night before into a black book, date them. Read my daily devotional and write out whatever flows to mind or whatever signs manifest throughout the day. The universe always validates what the next steps are, the creative process is like the unfolding of a flower. Then I go work out; hit the gym, yoga, tai chi or go walking. Shower, eat a protein shake for breakfast while getting dressed and look at my ‘to-do list’ for the day.  Get any projects or art ready for delivery or shipping for the current weeks art or charity events. Then I spend the afternoon going between working on my top five creative projects deadlines for the week, giving each about 2 hours and studying for my classes at Harvard. I often skip lunch to do intermittent fasting 2-3 days a week depending on if I am asking Divinity for some particular type of breakthrough in my life. Spend an hour making calls and rap up my work by 6 for dinner. Go walking for 30 minutes to an hour afterward, come back, read, sketch in my book, add to my ‘Honey Do’ list and do a Guided Meditation to go to sleep. My creativity comes in cycles; so I allow myself down time between the projects to have fun, take in a new art show, try a different creative medium, play pool, race go carts, challenge strangers to a game of Pac Man to see if they can beat my score for a prize.

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

Lex Lumiere: I think the Internet, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook they allow you to keep track of people and share your art form at the touch of a button. The convenience is a good thing on one hand but on the other it also makes us lazy in terms of the quality of how much energy we actually invest of ourselves in spending time with real people. People need affection, they need to see you face to face, to hear your voice to have an intimate relationship, it’s part of the human experience. Art openings are fun and I enjoy them because instead of a cold computer screen, I actually get to be with people. Building a following is great to a certain extent for fans, but maintaining and nurturing quality friendships and relationships in real time is even better.

  1. Are your family and loved ones supportive of your creative endeavors, or are you pretty much one of those misunderstood creatives like so many others? Who is your circle of influence?

Lex Lumiere:  I come from a creative family, so they are very supportive and understanding. We are book nerds who love to read and I have become more introverted as I get older. I’m a strange mix of friendly, but shy if I don’t trust you or know you well. One of my baby sisters is a nurse, the other is a blues singer and yoga teacher, so we all have a similar creative vibe and healthy holistic lifestyle. My circle of influence includes; my mom, she does Hypnosis and is a Reiki master, I am good friends with a Sheriff in Houston who is also a veteran, Motivational Speaker Matt Morris who is a world traveler and author of the book, ‘The Unemployed Millionaire’, my bff is a retired Diamond Broker living in Florida, the other is a Social Worker I adore and have known since we were ten. Honestly, I spend a lot of time in the Holistic community, at church, doing charity or art projects and openings. I keep a joyful and loving inner circle, I don’t have time for drama or hot messes.

  1. Describe your route to being published? Do you have an agent, or do you take care of things yourself?

Lex Lumiere: My music is copyrighted with the U.S. Copyright Office and published through ASCAP. I do have an arts agency, The Creative Group who manages bookings for my creative career; commercial photography, film / television production, public speaking, charity events, creative director, etc.

  1. As an artist, do you feel it is sufficient that your art or works entertain audiences, or do you think it should always educate and enlighten people in some way too?

Lex Lumiere: If you watch the evening news, in light of all the lovely and dark world events; as artists I think we have a responsibility to entertain, educate and enlighten people so we can balance out all the tragedy and pain with joy and love. People who are hurting and living in suffering need us to show up with our creative gifts in an empowering way that gives them hope and shines our love light into the darkness to help people overcome and heal.

  1. What’s next on your upcoming agenda? What can fans expect in 2018 from Lex Lumiere?

Lex Lumiere:  I am working on collaborative partnerships this year with the Koha Collective, which is a group of artists, yoga lovers, healers wanting to give back and empower their community through SEVA (volunteering,) a upcoming art exhibit, more art projects, helping promote a new jazz singer (tba,) then Charity Network News is going through a huge metamorphosis and is stepping up on the public speakers circuit for empowering charities, women and other creatives. I’m excited, this year is going to be spectacular.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITECHARITY NETWORK NEWS

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INTERVIEW: Jennifer Juan – A Cultural Melting Pot Of An Artist http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-jennifer-juan-cultural-melting-pot-artist http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-jennifer-juan-cultural-melting-pot-artist#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:50:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31526 Jennifer Juan is a cultural melting pot of an artist. She is a writer, a musician, a producer, a film maker and a podcast host, currently residing in the Kent countryside, but dreaming of the ocean. A tornado of darkness and delicacy, Juan creates engaging and powerful projects, using a variety of mediums and platforms, […]

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Jennifer Juan is a cultural melting pot of an artist. She is a writer, a musician, a producer, a film maker and a podcast host, currently residing in the Kent countryside, but dreaming of the ocean. A tornado of darkness and delicacy, Juan creates engaging and powerful projects, using a variety of mediums and platforms, each dripping with her signature playful, yet powerful style of writing. Beginning her journey as an artist as a teenager, Juan graduated from The University of Greenwich in 2013, and began sharing her work on her personal website, as well as through social media, posting written poetry and video projects.

In 2017, Juan began producing a weekly podcast “Sincerely, Jennifer x”, sharing her poetry, insights into her writing techniques, and released several printed volumes of poetry, including the critically acclaimed “Home Wrecker”. 2017 also saw Juan’s first venture into music, with her releasing her debut single “Past Preston”, a haunting instrumental track that would begin the first step into her immersive cross media project “Drowning In Us” that will be unveiled in full in 2018. Juan has also had adventures in professional wrestling. Initially training with Progress Wrestling at their Projo in London, she debuted for IPW:UK as the manager of Earl Jonathan Windsor, in August 2014.

    1.  You’re a writer, a musician, a producer, a film maker and a podcast host. Would you describe your creative calling in exactly that same order? And if by some mischievous destiny you were forced to only pursue one of the above crafts, which would it be?

Jennifer Juan: I think it goes in that order, yes. Pretty much everything I do starts with something I wrote, so it really is the heart and soul of what I do. I think if I had to just do one, I’d be a writer, because it gives you so many endless possibilities.

  1. When did you first discover your creative talents? And have you had any formal training in any of the above skills?

Jennifer Juan: I have to be honest, I was the annoying theatre kid everybody hated at school. I was like Rachel Berry, from Glee. At every opportunity, I wanted to sing, and dance, and be creative. I’m sure people thought I was exhausting, but it came from watching so many old movies and listening to my grandparent’s records when I would stay with them. I became obsessed with the glamour and dramatics of it all, and just decided that I was going to do it for the rest of my life, in some capacity. I began going to dance and acting classes when I was about twelve, after begging my family for months, and that’s where I discovered writing, in a sense. I loved to perform, but I also loved the creation of characters. I’d always come up with really elaborate back stories for everyone I played, or for every song I sang, and so I began just writing my own things. I later went on to study creative writing at The University Of Greenwich.

  1. Do you play any acoustic instruments or is your music electronically based?

Jennifer Juan:  I play a little guitar, but most of what I do is electronically based. I’m a control freak, so doing everything electronically allows me to have a hand in everything.

  1. What types of music and which artists do you currently prefer listening to?

Jennifer Juan: I really enjoy older stuff, like The Beach Boys, Timi Yuro and Bobby Vee. I like a mixture of different things, but it all tends to be old and sentimental.

      5. Are your works predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

Jennifer Juan:  A lot of what I write and create starts as real experiences and events, but the final version will have been built on. I like to imagine different endings to things that have happened, or what could have been if one detail had been different, or if things had gone another way.

  1. What inspired you to write the song “Past Preston”?

Jennifer Juan:  It’s a part of my upcoming project “Drowning In Us”, which will be an immersive media experience across video, music and reading platforms to tell the story of two people who find the right love, at the wrong time. I started writing it when I was sat right by the North Pier in Blackpool. I could hear the ocean all around me, it was about 9PM, but it was May, so it wasn’t dark yet. I thought about the story I’d written, and how I wanted to transform into something bigger than I’d ever created before, and I looked right at the heart of it, to the longing, the despair, and the bittersweet joy, and Past Preston was born.

  1. Do you work totally on your own in all of your endeavors, or do also collaborate with other creatives?

Jennifer Juan: I’ve collaborated with people before, but right now, I’m doing my own thing, and exploring my creativity for a little while. I’d like to work with other people again in the future.

  1. Which key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your music, regardless of style and tempo?

Jennifer Juan:  Drama. I couldn’t tell you why, but I really do live for drama, and I think that reflects in my music. I like to play with dramatic sounds, and transitions. I want everything I create to sound like it could play in the background of Lauren Bacall being swept up in a kiss with Humphrey Bogart, that feels painfully essential.

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

Jennifer Juan:  I’ve had a lot of struggles with my mind, and she’s not done with me yet. I spent a lot of time when I was growing up, trying to be the strong one, and keeping it all together, so it never occurred to me to ask for help, until it was almost too late. I couldn’t recognise that I needed to reach out, because I’d always tried to be the hand that pulled somebody up, and accepting it, for the first time, was humbling, and terrifying. I try and find things to keep me positive, and my work has been very helpful. I feel like I can write down what hurts, and turn them into something different, and beautiful, and for a moment, it’s like it doesn’t exist for a moment, and for a few seconds, I’m free.

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

Jennifer Juan:  I’m a little embarrassed about this, but it’s also one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I remember my dear friend once jokingly asking William Regal, the wrestler, if he ever read fan fiction about himself, on twitter. He actually responded, and said he didn’t, but he would read something about himself, if he was written to have a monkey sidekick. So me, being me, I wrote it and sent it to him on twitter, and he actually responded. I thought I was going to die of embarrassment, but I also felt weirdly proud of it, and it was a nice moment, as a writer, to be able to have such good feedback for something that I wrote as a joke. Apart from that, I’d say the reception that my book Home Wrecker received meant a lot to me. I felt very vulnerable about that collection, because a lot of it was deeply personal, and so it was nice to see that people enjoyed it, and some people found things they could relate to.

  1. How would you define ‘success’ regarding your craft? 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’?

Jennifer Juan: I think it’s personal to every person, but for me, I think knowing that you’ve created something that made someone happy is success. Over the last year, I’ve been able to connect with a lot more people, and I have been fortunate enough to hear that things I’ve created are being enjoyed, but I want to keep going. There’s a lot more people in the world, and I want to keep doing what I love, and hopefully, they’ll be enjoying that with me.

  1. More than anything else, what is the one thing you desire that people get out of your music or other creative work?

Jennifer Juan: I hope that it makes them feel like someone understands. I always felt that way about music, and poetry when I was younger. I still do now.

  1. Have you always wanted to be a writer and musician? (And was there a particular moment you thought, ‘I can do this!’?

Jennifer Juan: I always wanted to be creative, and it took me a little while to pin down how I would do it, because I had so many ideas and thoughts on what I wanted to do, but the desire to be an artist was always there for me.

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

Jennifer Juan:  A little eclectic, and unusual, but full of longing and passion.

  1. Talk to us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?

Jennifer Juan: I’m always up early, around 05:30, so I like to get up, and get clean and dressed. Sometimes, I like to feel fancy, and go all out in a proper gown, with jewels and everything, because it just makes everything seem more urgent and sublime. I like to listen to records when I write, so I normally put one on, and just lay down for a while, to soak it in, and relax, while I think of the kind of thing I’m looking to create. It’s really good if I’m having a little writer’s block, because it relaxes my mind and lets me just exist for a little while, so I’m more available for ideas to come to me. That’s also really good for my back, because I have to admit, I have terrible posture. I try and start writing by thinking of the central themes and ideas that I have, and starting off with a stream of consciousness. It helps me to come up with the strongest emotions and images tied to the idea, and gives me an idea on the kind of language I’m going to use. I start trying to piece things together, and figure it out, and I’ll just edit until it’s presentable. Not all my pieces start in such a relaxing way though, because inspiration can hit you at any time, so I’ve written on trains, in the bath, in the middle of the night when I was fast asleep a minute before. You just never know.

  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?

Jennifer Juan: Absolutely. It gives you a whole new platform, and a new way to interact with the people who support you. Building a community with the people who support you, and getting to know them can be so much fun, so I’m really enjoying it.

  1. Are your family and loved ones supportive of your creative endeavors, or are you pretty much one of those misunderstood creatives like so many others?

Jennifer Juan: My family are very understanding and supportive of what I do. From when I was performing in school showcases, to what I’m doing now, my family have always been there to encourage me. I’m very fortunate in that regard. I think some of my friends find it a little weird, because the way that social media has become almost an integral part of being involved in entertainment, means that I don’t really have a normal instagram or whatever, because I’m using it for work, so if they add me on social media, it isn’t just them, it’s the people who read my books, or listen to my music, or come to my shows, and I think that can be a little much for them to take in, because they haven’t really connected with it, because to them, I’m still just who they grew up with. It can be frustrating for them when a lot of my posts are about work, because they don’t see social media as a thing for work. I think it will get better over time, as more of them get used to me taking a different path, and doing things a little differently. I think my family were more prepared, because I was with them all the time, and they knew it was where I was working towards.

  1. Describe your route to being published? Do you have an agent, or do you take care of thing s yourself?

Jennifer Juan: Unfortunately, a lot of places won’t take a chance on publishing poetry unless you go super viral, and even then, not really, because it isn’t as big of a money maker as novels and things like that, so I just figured it out myself. The good thing about publishing it with Amazon, was I could keep costs low, making everything more accessible. Literature and culture should be for everyone, so I wanted to keep everything as affordable as possible.

  1. As an artist, do you feel it is sufficient that your music or written works entertain audiences, or do you think it should always educate and enlighten people in some way too?

Jennifer Juan: As long as someone finds something in what I create, that’s enough for me. Entertainment and education are both important.

  1. What’s next on your upcoming agenda? What can fans expect in 2018 from Jennifer Juan?

Jennifer Juan: At the moment, I’m getting ready for the launch of my next single 2AM. It’s going to be a part of the Drowning In Us project, and I’m really excited to share it. I’ve just finished the music video, which was shot in Blackpool, where the project’s story is set, and it will be available on February 23rd. I’m also going to be releasing the entire project in the spring, so there will be an album of songs inspired by the story, a film inspired by the story, and the book to tell the story in greater detail, and I can’t wait to share it, because it’s kind of my magnum opus. I’ve also just launched a monthly poetry competition through my blog JenniferJuan.com, so I’m looking forward to building further relationships with my audience, and seeing what awesome things they can write. It’s going to be a fun year.

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How Tunedly Has Become a Game Changer http://jamsphere.com/news/tunedly-become-game-changer http://jamsphere.com/news/tunedly-become-game-changer#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:07:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31497 A Music Industry Game Changer: Connecting music creators with world-class musicians and opportunities, Tunedly is on a mission to revolutionize the music industry. The online music recording studio has already helped hundreds of songwriters bring their music to life by making it easy for them to collaborate with award-winning and trained session musicians, singers, and […]

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A Music Industry Game Changer:

Connecting music creators with world-class musicians and opportunities, Tunedly is on a mission to revolutionize the music industry. The online music recording studio has already helped hundreds of songwriters bring their music to life by making it easy for them to collaborate with award-winning and trained session musicians, singers, and engineers. The roster includes professionals who have won Grammy and other music awards, and some have worked on chart-topping projects with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Kelsea Ballerini, and Barry Manilow (to name a few).

A Full-service Music Production Platform:

Tunedly was started by Chris Erhardt and Mylene Besancon. They first launched the pilot in 2015 to test the market after realizing that there were musicians around the world who were finding it difficult to connect with reputable musicians and studios to make good quality music at costs that weren’t prohibitive. The success of that project resulted in the roll out of the platform as a full-service, online music production source.

Users are able to have their songs or compositions professionally-produced from scratch or have their already-recorded work improved upon by adding tracks and/or being mixed/mastered. The company sets itself apart from other online recording studios by allowing real-time collaboration with musical talents via a messaging board, as well as having projects produced using live instruments.

In addition, Tunedly also offers its premium members a range of services to help bring about needed exposure for their music. These support services include professional song plugging (with guaranteed song placement) and access to music distribution sites, such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. Members are also able to set up a professional EPK, absolutely free, which makes it easy to share their music with anyone who might be interested, including industry professionals and friends.

The Future of Music Production:

Since launch, Tunedly has helped bring to life over 2,000 projects. Although it’s early days, the company is making a strong case for being the future of music production. It does this by making it possible for more music creators with limited access to high-quality music production to link up with some of the world’s best from the comfort of their homes, while discovering opportunities to gain exposure. Some Tunedly clients have recorded chart-topping singles, placed songs with music publishing companies, and even won songwriting competitions by virtue of using the online recording studio’s services.

Looking to the future, Tunedly seems to forge connections with other important players in the music industry, including Music Connection, as it looks to reach even more people who desire its services. All songwriters and creators, whether amateur or professional, will be able to benefit from Tunedly’s raft of professional services.

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Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” – Awe-inspiring work! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/eddy-mann-simple-things-awe-inspiring-work http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/eddy-mann-simple-things-awe-inspiring-work#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:01:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31478 At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is […]

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At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable of delivering to any one listener. I am also no longer a purist in this field, and believe that music like paintings and other types of art can be appreciated on many levels, and should be allowed to do so.

Eddy Mann

Someone could look at a painting and just be swept away by the colors of its simple strokes, without ever comprehending any profound message the artist is trying to communicate. While another observer might be inquisitive enough to look far beyond the techniques and colors, maybe finding a much deeper message that will likewise sweep him or her away.

The key to any art is the emotion it allows to be stimulated in its beholder. And that’s where I take my measuring cue from – ‘allows’. I firmly believe that truly great music ‘allows’ its beholder a greater number of levels to succumb to. Therefore absolute purists, as well as the masses can draw their own level of satisfaction from these pieces.

The Beatles music was, and still is an excellent example of how music can allow itself to be appreciated on so many levels – from the simple ditto-like choruses to their groundbreaking production tricks and harmonic ideas that made their records the benchmark for creative recording in the last century, and beyond.

So today, my measuring stick for good music transcends genres and styles, eschews pompous techniques, and simply looks to see if the music is enjoyable at its surface level, and if it has the depth to ‘allow’ me to scratch deeper if I ever have a more profound desire to do so. Be that through the music composition and execution, the lyrical narratives, or the production work.  One such piece of music that ended up on my desk is the new album by Eddy Mann, entitled “Simple Things”.

Eddy has put together a conceptual album inspired by the paintings of Thomas Eakins of which you can read the entire story here. Ashamedly ignorant on the subject, I have to admit to not knowing much about Eakins’ works at all. Will that mean I cannot reap any satisfaction from the music and songs within this album? No! Why? Because Eddy Mann, being an intelligent composer, ‘allows’ me the possibility of reveling within his work, at a level that suits both my emotional and cerebral needs.

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So when the first song, “When The Cowboy Sings”, kicks in, and the shimmering guitars strum through the verses, while Eddy’s voice resonates dominantly in the mix, I am totally swept away by the warm, and all-embracing sound that engulfs my senses.

On my next listen, I will observe the Thomas Eakins painting, paired with this song, and no doubt will find even deeper satisfaction. For now, I am simply swept away by the rich organic sound of Eddy Mann’s music. And I was even more moved on listening to “The Red Shawl” which is wrapped in many more layers of sound and harmony.

A true delight for elegant ears and inquisitive souls. “A May Morning in the Park” is more stripped down, but not any less captivating, as voice and acoustic guitar take you on an enchanting journey. I could go on describing track after track of gorgeously composed, executed and sung music, but you really need to experience this for yourself.

From “An Actress” to “Girl in a Big Hat”, and “The Courtship” to “Whistling for Plover”, there is not a song you should miss here. With this album, Eddy Mann continues his evolution. And “Simple Things” is even more perfect, each of his albums stretching out the distance between him and his contemporaries, few of which I even bat an eye at.

If you are looking for music that will allow your own level of satisfaction, then this is Eddy’s pinnacle of achievement so far. There is a beautiful fullness here which is nearly indescribable with words. It will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria. “Simple Things” is simply magnificent!

The official release date for the album is set for April 03 2018. While the lead single “The Dancing Lesson” will be dropped on March 06.

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James Seville: “The Love” – something new on the horizon http://jamsphere.com/reviews/james-seville-love-something-new-horizon http://jamsphere.com/reviews/james-seville-love-something-new-horizon#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:29:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31472 The loss of his father was strong motivation for New Orleans-born rapper James Seville to pursue his music career. “I almost feel like I have to do it,” he says. “It’s almost like a fire in my heart now … if I’m not chasing this, I’m probably wasting my time.” James has been around a […]

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The loss of his father was strong motivation for New Orleans-born rapper James Seville to pursue his music career. “I almost feel like I have to do it,” he says. “It’s almost like a fire in my heart now … if I’m not chasing this, I’m probably wasting my time.” James has been around a while now, dropping some very interesting projects and building his brand step by step.  His latest project, “The Seville Show” is something like a multi-season TV show; James will be dropping a new track every other week until the ‘season finale.’ The first season of the series kicked off in January with the premiere of the single “The Love”.  Currently James is at work on a third EP in this series, and once completed, he has stated that he will also finish his debut album which is set for an early 2019 release.

James Seville forms part of the innovators of the new rap landscape. He is like the Jason Mraz of hip-hop, as “The Love” brings cool positive vibes that is truly infectious. No shouting in your face, no braggadocio, just a smooth uplifting flow filled rhythm and melody. And when a rapper tells you: “Ain’t shit matter but the love”, you sit up and take note, because you know there’s something different happening here.

James Seville stands firmly on the side of positive as the lyrics and flow of this song are optimistic and confident. The music too certainly reflects this, as its clear and full sound is like a beam of light piercing through the hazy dark gloom the game’s been carrying around on its shoulder lately. These are two minutes of rap goodness where flow is the key word, because if there’s anything that “The Love” does, it flows.

If you listen to hip-hop long enough, you’ll eventually hear one of your favorite rappers pining for the glory days of hip hop or claiming hip-hop is dead. Sure, hip-hop isn’t what it used to be, but very few things are. Such is the case when dealing with cultures and societies made up of intelligent or not-so-intelligent beings, but I digress. In any case, it is probably safer to say that hip-hop is evolving more than dying.

And while some might not like the new direction hip-hop headed, there is always bound to be something new on the horizon, because the only thing constant is change. And talking about change, it’s important to note that “The Love” represents change. It is a fun alternative to the growing roster of gangsta clones that are pushed upon every media outlet.

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Twenty Questions With Curbstomp The Predator! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/twenty-questions-curbstomp-predator http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/twenty-questions-curbstomp-predator#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:32:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31466 Curbstomp The Predator is Joshua Croslin. Josh is a solo musician and songwriter using his talents to swarm the internet and determined to impact the world through his music. The core of this project is directed specifically for victims that have suffered sexual abuse of any kind. A vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, and songwriter, Josh […]

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Curbstomp The Predator is Joshua Croslin. Josh is a solo musician and songwriter using his talents to swarm the internet and determined to impact the world through his music. The core of this project is directed specifically for victims that have suffered sexual abuse of any kind. A vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, and songwriter, Josh is on a mission to impact and change the world.

  1. How long have you been going and how did you get the moniker Curbstomp The Predator?

Joshua Croslin aka Curbstomp The Predator: Well that is a question now isn’t it? Technically speaking, I have been going on strong since the end of 2015 by another name. But I have only recently been known for my rebranding name Curbbstomp the Predator. Let’s just say, my old name didn’t fit what my project actually stood for too well and it confused a lot of people… Which I totally understand the old name definitely was a bit confusing. But to answer your second question, I had a bit of the help from my fans with creating the new name so I got to give shout out to them and credit where credit is due!  definitely.

  1. Which musical influences initially pushed you towards your chosen genre?

Curbstomp The Predator: Well believe it or not I have always been a hardcore music and deathcore music fan. In a matter fact, I used to play in a downtempo hardcore band. But I have always had a love for the deathcore genre with bands such as Oceano, Whitechapel, Molotov Solution. But I also listen to a ton of jazz such as Frank Sinatra & David Benoit just to name a couple.

      3. Which bands are you currently listening to and who, more than any other, would you like to share the stage with?

Curbstomp The Predator: I’m actually listening to a lot of Animals As Leaders and Plini right now. But if Curbstomp The Predator was a live band. I would love to share the stage with Angelmaker, A Night In Texas, Oceano, Fit For An Autopsy.

  1. Straight off the cuff, what do you feel is the one element Curbstomp The Predator still needs more than anything else, in either its production, marketing and/or distribution strategy to make it a highly relevant act in Deathcore?

Curbstomp The Predator: I would say more promotion opportunities because that’s the only way you’re going to make it in the music industry is promoting it as much as you can.If you can get your music and promotion into the right hands then you get a you’ll get the right people looking at you and talking about you.

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

Curbstomp The Predator: I do all the recording production, composing, video work,  you name it right here in my home studio in Southern California.

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

Curbstomp The Predator: Actually I prefer a little bit of everything listed above. Even if that means I’m just live streaming from the studio. I don’t know how to explain it but there’s nothing like connecting with your audience and being supported by those who you support you and everything you do.

  1. Which one of your original songs gets your adrenalin pumping the most, and does it have a special meaning for you?

Curbstomp The Predator Oh that’s a tough one, probably “The Plot”. And I’m pretty sure that everybody else’s favorite song too. Well the thing about my music is it all it’s all based on a true story about what goes on in my head so this first album will be released as a concept album. So yes, every song is actually going to have deep emotions and deep lyrics.

      8. On which one of your songs do you feel, you delivered your best performance so far, from a technical point of view?

Curbstomp The Predator: Again, I would have to probably say this best song I have released so far is probably “The Plot” as far as technically goes.

      9. How essential do you think video is in relation to your songs? Do you consider visuals an important extension of your creative processes?

Curbstomp The Predator: Absolutely, in fact most people are using videos as an essential tool to most of their single releases and their album  stream videos.

     10. I read somewhere that the core of the Curbstomp The Predator project is directed specifically for victims that have suffered sexual abuse of any kind? Don’t you feel that statement is in contrast with the overall gory imagery attached to deathcore?

Curbstomp The Predator: Well that’s the point, that’s exactly the point! I’ve taken a huge step forward singing against one of the most common things that the deathcore genre talks about and instead creating awareness. The Blood, The Gore, The Guts and all the other deathcore elements are still there believe me. Just wait until you hear the full album.

  1. Who put together the cover art together for “The Punishment” and how does it connect to the music?

Curbstomp The Predator: that would be my boy Scotty Bates album artwork and design. He help me make the artwork as personal as I could possibly get it. To what the album is actually about and literally I guess from a third person point of view the guy holding the knife is technically me gutting and killing a rapist. Ha ha brutal right?

  1. Were there any bumps along the way in getting “The Punishment” finished and ready to go?

Curbstomp The Predator: Yeah, I remember I was rendering of the single out with After Effects  because I was presenting The Punishment as another stream video and I feel like the render took a couple of tries to actually get it rendered.

  1. If you could change one thing about how the music business works today, what would that be?

Curbstomp The Predator: That it wasn’t so hard to reach your entire audience on all platforms. .

  1. Do you think there is still any sense in recording Eps and Albums, when almost everybody seems to be purchasing and downloading only their favorite songs from the above mentioned streams now?

Curbstomp The Predator: That’s why it’s so crucial to have all your albums on all streaming platforms because your audience may hear a song that they haven’t heard before and might dig it. However it will always be viewers and listeners choice to do what they see fit and how they go about listening to your music.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and indie music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web, making it difficult for real talent to emerge?

Curbstomp The Predator: Oh definitely! Especially for myself being an internet independent solo artist. I literally have to depend on the internet as my number one resource on all social platforms because that’s how I reach out and connect with my audience.

  1. As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your spirits – A Grammy award, Multi-Platinum music sales, or some other tangible milestone we don’t know about, besides fame and fortune?

Curbstomp The Predator: Well I can tell you right now I’m definitely not looking for fame and fortune or Grammy nominations or anything like that. The one thing that fires me up more than anything is being able to connect with the fans that I can relate to the most and help they out anyway I can with their situations. Trust me within the last few singles I’ve had so many people reach out to me to help and guidance and that’s all I could have ever ask for.

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

Curbstomp The Predator: Make sure you are everywhere on all social media platforms and all streaming services and above anything else stand out among the rest.

  1. Some bands are trying to be the best they can be artistically, others are simply trying to win the masses over and sell as many records as they can. There are of course a handful of bands able to do both. In your opinion, is art separate from entertainment or are they one in the same for you?

Curbstomp The Predator: In my opinion, they’re one in the same for me, I try my best to utilize both. Again being an Internet solo artist it’s kind of a given.

  1. Of all your achievements what do you think can be considered as being a high point for you so far?

Curbstomp The Predator: for me, getting last few singles out so people can kind of see what I’m about and what the project itself stands for.

  1. Anything else you’d like to add?

Curbstomp The Predator: Thank you for your time, keep up to date with me and all of my socials be sure to scope out the three singles I have out at the moment and trust me there’s plenty more to come this is just the beginning for a lot.

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Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from France http://jamsphere.com/reviews/emmanuel-dalmas-multi-genre-music-composer-france http://jamsphere.com/reviews/emmanuel-dalmas-multi-genre-music-composer-france#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:08:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31428 Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating […]

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Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his projects, which in turn are available for both commercial and non-commercial use by directly contacting the composer via his social media links.

Emmanuel Dalmas

Songs, like stories, have long been a central part of western society. I think that every society that we know anything about has songs as one of its earliest art forms. In the western society they go back as far as the first century AD – and that is just the date of the oldest song of which we have information.

Songs are probably as old as civilization itself. And so are songwriters, naturally. Today singers and performers are claiming all the fame and fortune, but most of them are just executing the creative doings of who remains at the very heart of good music- the songwriter.

Technically Emmanuel Dalmas can be considered a newcomer among the prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time. But a quick glance at his list of releases reveals a range of musical genres and styles so diverse it’s difficult to believe the songs could have come from the same person.

There are various schools of thought on songwriting. You have those who believe that great songwriters “either have it or they don’t.” In other words, songwriters are born, not made. And there are those who regard songwriting as a craft, with its own set of rules and techniques that just about any musician can achieve can learn.

While it would be presumptuous to determine that any one school is right, I think that the greatest songwriters have a good dose of both. And Emmanuel Dalmas is a living testimony of that fact. How else would a company executive, who dabbles with music on week-ends be able to have composed elaborated Pop songs such as “She´s A Hero” and “Lorelei”, having just started in 2016?

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It seems clear that Dalmas has a natural ear for a good melody as well as a fair dose of innate talent for putting together a song. Obviously along the way he has learned how to translate those talents into real songs that engage and intrigue the listener, while at the same time providing what all music should – emotion.

“She’s A Hero” is built on captivating chord progressions, and a unique song structure for pop music, breaking away from the simple verse-chorus-verse sequence our ears are so accustomed to. The track showcases consistent refrains and powerful bridges where the rhythm breaks right down, and the track rides solely on the luscious keyboards and soaring vocals of Gabriela Flores, before once again being infused by percussion before breaking down again. A rather daring and complex arrangement from a newcomer to the industry, I would say. Confirming my previous theory.

“Lorelei”, a track composed for Emmanuel’s daughter, is a mid-tempo tropical flavored song which sits somewhere between the Pop and EDM genres. The track has a more straightforward song structure and electronic arrangement that is very gentle on the ear, and unlike the banging rhythms meant to shock a response from the listener.

Instead Emmanuel Dalmas displays the subtlety and restraint, one would only expect from an experienced songwriter. Dalmas holds back on too much overpowering instrumentation, allowing for the gentle, almost whispering melody, to come to the fore. It is a masterstroke from a diligent craftsman thoroughly enjoying and improving his art.

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Dan Kenneth: “From The Heart” Comes From A Deep Place http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dan-kenneth-heart-comes-deep-place http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dan-kenneth-heart-comes-deep-place#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 20:08:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31409 The idea of the love for life captured in the beauty of a song describes the music and song writing of singer Dan Kenneth and producer and songwriter Rod Clemmons of Verdict Records. The two have proven that anyone can prevail when the odds are against them. Putting spirituality first keeps Kenneth grounded as he […]

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The idea of the love for life captured in the beauty of a song describes the music and song writing of singer Dan Kenneth and producer and songwriter Rod Clemmons of Verdict Records. The two have proven that anyone can prevail when the odds are against them. Putting spirituality first keeps Kenneth grounded as he continues to produce song after song and make each one of us want to be in love. After years of working with unsatisfactory musicians and producers, Dan met producer and writer Clemmons, and together they created a collection of songs with production that gives Dan the musical environment to shine and express his vision musically and spiritually.

Dan Kenneth was born and raised in Wilmington DE with many family roots in South Carolina, Charleston to be specific.  Having found the Lord at the age of five his life, filled with personal and family challenges, would become the platform by which he would build his artistry and performance persona.

However he claims not to be a persona.  It is his heart and desire to bring joy, celebration, and truth to the front. If you listen to the song “From The Heart” it is clear that as a result of loving from a place so deep it allows an individual to see the beauty of extending that same love to someone or something else.

If individuals are fortunate to find a love like Dan Kenneth has here, they should consider themselves lucky. This song is clearly not simply about love between two people, but about that special love that exists on a spiritual plane, for those who have a strong belief in faith.

This song invites the listener the opportunity to look deep within and determine if they are at a point where they are willing to expose their inner most emotions to invite the love of faith into their lives.

Old school R&B stalwarts will tell you in a heartbeat, that the over-sexed, electro-produced nonsense the kids pass off as R&B and Soul these days is a bunch of new school debris.  None of these “singers” can sing and most of their songs lack real fire and passion.

Kenneth is delivering on an uplifting spiritual tip, that is deep and satisfying on “From The Heart”. His is the smooth, mellow type of music that you can listen to over and over again, and where Kenneth’s calming, melodic voice easily lulls you into a place of peace surrounded by love. The lyrics are haunting. The melody takes you back. This is classic R&B and soul.

Kenneth handles all with enormous talent. His voice can break a word just at the right point and send you into the ecstasy of love. He delivers crisp and clean soulful sounds to help any listener through rough patches. Clearly Dan Kenneth has utilized his gifts and talents to the fullest on “From The Heart”.

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Blue Soul Ten: “The Beautiful Warrior” transcends into aural paradise http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/blue-soul-ten-beautiful-warrior-transcends-aural-paradise http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/blue-soul-ten-beautiful-warrior-transcends-aural-paradise#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 01:39:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31383 For Blue Soul Ten’s Claye Greene, texture and mood are his specialties. His flowing, soulful, always compelling sound portraits are like a door to another world. He continues along these sonic journeys with his new release “The Beautiful Warrior”, a fresh collection of Jazz, Lounge and Soul gems from the artist. This album is simply […]

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For Blue Soul Ten’s Claye Greene, texture and mood are his specialties. His flowing, soulful, always compelling sound portraits are like a door to another world. He continues along these sonic journeys with his new release “The Beautiful Warrior”, a fresh collection of Jazz, Lounge and Soul gems from the artist. This album is simply wonderful. Like Blue Soul Ten’s other previously released, and magnificent works of art, each masterpiece here demonstrates his production skills, musicianship, as well as his melodic, rhythmic, and compositional imagination. I thought “The Fearless Warrior” would be a tough act for Claye to follow. I was delightfully proven wrong with “The Beautiful Warrior”. You will undoubtedly resonate someplace on the scale of emotions with each track of the 11 tracks here. This album is much more than a vessel for technical masturbation – it is a singularly stirring emotional statement dedicated to life, debasing any possible suggested air of aloofness.

If you know Blue Soul Ten, you know the rule is that you can expect great music every time this project puts an album out; “The Beautiful Warrior” is no exception to the rule. This is a stellar effort as always, with top-notch vocals, instrumentation, groove, arrangement, writing, and feel.

The cover artwork of The Beautiful Warrior

Quite often, one aspect of a Blue Soul Ten album stands out from the overall excellence: the bass work. It’s just jaw-dropping tight throughout most of the album. You really can’t help but move to that bass groove. Complete tightness and very memorable lines throughout.

And though the vocalists take often take center stage, the instrumental showcases are of the highest quality, as well. “The Beautiful Warrior” again highlights the reliable ensemble of singers and musicians that has kept the wheels turning impressively for over three albums now.

Claye Greene, the Blue Soul Ten project leader, has been behind the scenes of the music industry for over 20 years. Getting his start as a radio DJ, Claye started producing records shortly after graduating from college, composing and co-writing for several independent acts.

After a long hiatus due to business commitments around the globe, In 2004 Claye launched Greenehouse Music, and returned to producing and composing music. In 2014 Claye began composing music for a self-produced release as Blue Soul Ten, and a year later dropped the project’s debut album titled “The Unspoken Warrior”.

Gathering collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists from around the world has been Blue Soul Ten’s modus operandi and it assures a large palette of beautiful sounds to enter the album’s atmosphere.

While he continues to raise us to our feet with his downright insatiable instrumental grooves on chillout tracks like “The Beautiful Warrior” and “Drifting”, Blue Soul Ten also elevates our consciousness with his poignant visions and dreams on the superlative female- driven vocal interpretations on “Here I Am” and “Silly Me”.

Blue Soul Ten project leader Claye Greene

At a time when Autotune, loops and sampling dominate the airwaves, Blue Soul Ten reminds us of the sheer beauty of the human soul, its voice and instrumental virtuosity. And this is an absolutely, unequivocally and inextricably awesome set in that respect.

It is so much more than just a pleasurable and groovable listen, displaying stoic consistency in structure and finesse that’s merited in both composition and performance. By the time Blue Soul Ten hits the luxurious airiness of the heavenly “Try”, the whole project has already transcended into aural paradise.

The magnificent light and shade of “The Beautiful Warrior” is exemplified by the breathtaking “Rain Fall” which, underpinned by a haunting vocal and slow-burning world beat, is enriched by evocative keyboards and strings. If you like the cool kick-back jazzy downtempo style then you will love “Blue Theme III”, which is both intellectually stimulating as well as inspiring. There is also a hidden track to be found on the album, entitled “Free Myself” (The Greene House Remix), but you can discover that one for yourself!

The smartest thing about Blue Soul Ten is that he does not look to compete with his peers, he sets the bar high for himself in order to ensure his own latest release surpasses his last. Hence everything you would expect from Blue Soul Ten is here. The beats, the vocals, the lush keyboards, the resonant bass and that ever-present mood of dreamily lying in the grass staring up at the clouds as they roll by.

Music exists on a plane and platform always in its rawest and most pure form where it isn’t being motivated by outside influences, and that’s where Blue Soul Ten reaches to find the inspiration for these tracks. He delves deftly into the ingenuity of gorgeous melody and harmonic lines layered gently over distinct but subtle beats, and an overall hazy feel of nostalgia in the making.

Blue Soul Ten is an extremely impressive master of the groove. That is something where he is at the top of his profession. So for the legions of uninitiated Blue Soul Ten listeners, in search of the good groove, “The Beautiful Warrior” is a perfect way to kick-off the early part of 2018.

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Nega Blast X: “She’s a Devil with an Angel’s Face” – a blast from the past! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nega-blast-x-shes-devil-angels-face-blast-past http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nega-blast-x-shes-devil-angels-face-blast-past#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 01:15:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31351 Nega Blast X is a trance techno industrial music project formed in 2010 by music producer Dominic R. Daniels. He is many things, but he is no copycat. Daniels is still a skilled arranger of synthesized sounds who usually dabbles in trance, techno and industrial soundscapes. But pop culture’s obsession with the 1980s seemed to […]

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Nega Blast X is a trance techno industrial music project formed in 2010 by music producer Dominic R. Daniels. He is many things, but he is no copycat. Daniels is still a skilled arranger of synthesized sounds who usually dabbles in trance, techno and industrial soundscapes. But pop culture’s obsession with the 1980s seemed to have reached something of a fever pitch in 2017. A lot of the proof is in the various TV series’ which have been paying faithful, loving tribute to the era of pastels, neon and shoulder pads. It’s only natural for this revival to warrant its own soundtrack. You can go crate-digging for all the best classic LPs of the time, but it’s just as appropriate to check out contemporary artists who are faithfully recreating the era.

Nega Blast X‘s love for the genre and period is relatively irony-free. It’s not a coy, satirical wink at a bygone era; his commitment to the aural aesthetic shows a genuine appreciation for a much-maligned genre. No doubt this attitude will establish him as a ‘80s revivalist of the highest order.

The EP “She’s a Devil with an Angel’s Face”, is a separate electronic, hip hop and pop music project from Nega Blast X, featuring original music in collaboration with Serbian music producer Duumix. It also showcases the vocal talents of Sam Clem and Bellz. Influences are Shannon, Biggie Smalls, Michael Jackson, Ice Cube, Grandmaster Flash and MC Hammer. The EP will be released via iTunes during February of 2018. Shuffling through the tracks, it quickly becomes evident that for someone who is essentially reinventing the classic synthesizer genre via classic 80’s motifs, Nega Blast X shows a refreshing restlessness.

Nega Blast X and Duumix inject plenty of hooks and sonic layers on “She’s a Devil with an Angel’s Face”, that will remind you of your favorite artists and songs of the eighties, but it never seems overstuffed. If anything, he probably holds back more than he should. But it’s all handled with an appropriately deft touch.

Daniels knows that there is an enthusiastic audience for Reagan-era synths, but it works best in moderation. The sounds of Shannon, Biggie Smalls, Michael Jackson, Ice Cube, Grandmaster Flash and MC Hammer are each linked to a certain song in the set here. I won’t tell which they are, as that will spoil half the fun of listening to this EP, but you’ll easily guess the tunes as Nega Blast X and crew nail each performance with authentic flair.

These songs may be purely synth generated, but “She’s a Devil with an Angel’s Face” is an honest, oddly humanistic release from an artist with a glorious keyboard arsenal who knows how to use it.  Happily stuck in the 80s, Daniels revels in its grooving glory, often producing funky basslines, synth leads and thick virtual strings or pad sections and other sounds invented during the last forty years.

The set is absolutely loaded with rolling grooves in pretty much every tune. And while there is thematic continuity across the set, with layers and layers of synths doing just about all the work, each of these songs have their own distinct personalities.

Sam Clem’s resonating voice perfectly mimics our eighties heroes, whether his rapping on “Soldier Vigilante”, “Sizzle Just Sizzle” and “Hush Hush Not Speak The Truth To Speak”, or whether his singing out funky anthems like “Ashes To Ashes” and “She’s A Devil With An Angel’s Face”. Bellz belts out “Get The Groove On” with the same soulful grace.

On this EP the Burbank music arranger and author, Dominic R Daniels, has demonstrated growth that only a musician with at least a decade of experience can accomplish. He has proven on all of his other album releases that he’s capable at pulling together the most far-ranging otherworldly rhythms and sounds possible.

Here he confirms, together with Serbian producer Duumix, that he can do exactly the opposite. It didn’t take long for the entire Ep to feel like a comfortable old shoe, something you could wear all the time. In the retro electronica realm, you could do much worse than pick up a copy of “She’s a Devil with an Angel’s Face” – a near-instant-classic release!

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Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine January 2018 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-january-2018 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-january-2018#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:19:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31329 The January 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH: Exit 22 Music, Latin Kings Digital Music, Clement Sim, KnowledgeΔustin, Bitter Lake, Moo-You, Elle Sera, Bright Fires, DEEPSYSTEM, EyE-C, Matt Westin, Andrew Gerard – Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all […]

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The January 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH: Exit 22 Music, Latin Kings Digital Music, Clement Sim, KnowledgeΔustin, Bitter Lake, Moo-You, Elle Sera, Bright Fires, DEEPSYSTEM, EyE-C, Matt Westin, Andrew Gerard –

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 taste-makers, as we continue our quest to make indie irresistible!

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine January 2018

By Rick Jamm in JAMSPHERE Indie Music Magazine

34 pages, published 1/26/2018

The January 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH: Exit 22 Music, Latin Kings Digital Music, Clement Sim, KnowledgeΔustin, Bitter Lake, Moo-You, Elle Sera, Bright Fires, DEEPSYSTEM, EyE-C, Matt Westin, Andrew Gerard -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…

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Interview: ZION ANTONI – Freelance Journalist and Independent Recording Artist and Producer http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-zion-antoni-freelance-journalist-independent-recording-artist-producer http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-zion-antoni-freelance-journalist-independent-recording-artist-producer#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:13:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31302 Zion Antoni is a Freelance Journalist and Grassroots independent Recording artist/Record producer from the Bronx NY. He is the Founder/Chair of The Urban Cry LLC, a limited liability company with two main branches: Freelance Journalism, and an independent record company. The Urban Cry has administered to hundreds in American inner cities, and has also extended […]

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Zion Antoni is a Freelance Journalist and Grassroots independent Recording artist/Record producer from the Bronx NY. He is the Founder/Chair of The Urban Cry LLC, a limited liability company with two main branches: Freelance Journalism, and an independent record company. The Urban Cry has administered to hundreds in American inner cities, and has also extended reaches in overseas in international diplomacy. Zion serves as columnist for the non-profit Negusworld Enterprises/Movement, and is the Author of the award winning internet blog “No Prisons”, published in 2009. He is also in involved think tank industries, founding The Sekou think tank, a grassroots social policy network functioning in research and advocacy, addressing issues in Urban America.

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

Zion Antoni: Ive been professionally involved since youth about 19. With independent work locally early to late twenties to international and domestic work about 2007 till now.

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

Zion Antoni: Marley, Cooke, Public enemy, Nas, Tupac. Wu, Strong lyricists, singers, and culture carriers.

  1. Which artists and/or producers are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Zion Antoni:  Being a 70’s baby, I gravitate to old school i.e.: the essentials. Everything from 60 soul to trenchtown dub reggae. I’m a fan of drum n bass, 90’s grunge, Chicago soul, Blues, classic rock, Jungle, classic jazz, golden era 90’s rap and afrobeat.

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

Zion Antoni:  Insight. Consciousness, and reality told in plain but redemptive truth. Reality told in my eyes and being; a raw interpretation through one artist.

  1. Are your lyrics predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

Zion Antoni:  Reality based 1st. Events, solutions, perspectives and ideals.  Even in abstract it’s still raw so my base and those whom I connect with can identify and eat.

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

Zion Antoni:  There are several through the recent years of my career post 2014. But one currently due to its originality, truth, and soul I pick is “Clean”. Its free flowing, hard, diamond outta stone perspective and it has had  an effect on many record pools and markets featured.

  1. Do you produce your own beats or do you collaborate with outside producers? And if so, how do you choose you beats? Which criterion do you look for first in a beat?

Zion Antoni: Both. I also play instruments and produce so producing from the heart is a treat in itself; communicating lyrics, melody and rhythm. But I love to collab with great talented producers to bring out strong arrangements. I usually choose by melody, bassline and bpm. Third emotionally what the track is saying to me. Then I can execute.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs, regardless of style or tempo?

Zion Antoni:  The ability to visualize or feel what I’m saying. Almost like taking the listener inside the song with me. To feel the experience, message and raw energy I’m giving them.

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

Zion Antoni:  I would say surviving at the bottom. Poverty, Violence around me, understanding peoples character, love and hate, who’s there who’s not there, your role-play among angels or devils. The flipside of that struggle is the fruit that’s brought to your life and others through the work of your hands.

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

Zion Antoni: Touring internationally, having had a successful radio show for 6 years talking to people and staying progressive in my career.

  1. How would you define ‘success’ regarding your craft? 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?

Zion Antoni: I quote Marley when he said Success is reached when you can affect people around you positively. From community to larger scale I’ve already done it, through much sacrifice and dedication. I can say watching and developing it now it’s a matter of post effects, progression and influence.

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

Zion Antoni:  That creativity is original, raw fresh and subsequent. The part I wouldn’t say discourages me the most, but where I must use patience is when you seed a vision and it takes some markets time to catch up. Some concepts, some people aren’t ready for. In some senses being ahead of time.

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

Zion Antoni: Too much to mention. Lol. What I will say is that I do applaud most independent artists dedicated and branding their own voice in where much has shapeshifted since the last 30 years.

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

Zion Antoni:  For one always original. You may hear influences or even comparisons at intervals, but a distinct imprint sound. Even when I engage in other genres.

  1. You’re the Founder/Chair of The Urban Cry LLC, a limited liability company with two main branches: Freelance Journalism, and an independent record company. Could you tell us more about the scope and success of these projects?

Zion Antoni: Yes. As a publisher, I’ve been blessed with success to blog series to radio. Authoring books and articles. Writing is an equal passion. It took years of dedication, persistence, marketing etc. As a record company it functions the same via releases and distribution. I’ve released two EPs that did well in regions, as well as singles.

  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?

Zion Antoni: Mainly for business… general promotion. Due to the content of my company and artistry I would like to think it’s mainly for business.

  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?

Zion Antoni:  Exploitation? Not really. These companies get their percentages. It’s producing a stream of promotion for many up and coming, same time providing income via revenue and sales if they do well in their market.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media and the viral power of YouTube? Do you think it suits or can be of benefit to your music and message?

Zion Antoni: Yes. Right now from my format there are promotionals and songs uploaded. In the future there will be more vids and soundscapes. As Always videos have always been a good key for promotion.

  1. As an artist, do you feel it is sufficient that your music entertains, or should it always educate and enlighten people too?

Zion Antoni: Entertainment has its value. Because you have to pay attention, the artist you love, keeps you engaged, feeds you. By content and what’s presented in abstract.

  1. What’s next on your upcoming agenda? What can fans expect in 2018 from Zion Antoni?

Zion Antoni: More rich progressive work. The world according to me, and the world according to truth. Trust you’ll feel it naturally.

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Elle Sera: “Alright” is delivered with a deftness and directness! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/elle-sera-alright-delivered-deftness-directness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/elle-sera-alright-delivered-deftness-directness#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:03:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31289 Regardless of your musical leanings Elle Sera is unmistakably genuine in whatever song she chooses to inhabit. Her heart shows through most in her voice, which is uncharacteristically tonic and easy. On the single “Alright”, the second track off her upcoming album to be released in March, her heart is also present in the songwriting. […]

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Regardless of your musical leanings Elle Sera is unmistakably genuine in whatever song she chooses to inhabit. Her heart shows through most in her voice, which is uncharacteristically tonic and easy. On the single “Alright”, the second track off her upcoming album to be released in March, her heart is also present in the songwriting. What she produces in cool indie-rock riffs she doubles up in mature song structures. It’s not easy to write new standards in any genre, and Sera has certainly written one here. The song grooves and romps even as it lilts and absolves, awash in shimmery guitar, stately bass, soulful background vocals and swaying drums.

“Alright” contains the elements of everything that make Elle Sera’s music so memorable – deep lyrics, haunting melodies, a voice that doesn’t leave you, musical talent for days and the freedom to talk about emotions or feelings that exist inside and outside love – and are the cornerstones of the best female musicians, typically of indie persuasion, that we see these days.

Sera doesn’t write music as a job but as a means of expression.  Even in the realm of confessional or confrontational songwriters, she stands apart for how honest she allows herself to be. Not the self-indulgent, self-pitying troubadour, her music genuinely sounds like it exists out of time.

While her influences are clear and wide-ranging, there are no particularly indicators, other than a certified level of maturity. Her music feels like it could have been successfully released at any time during the last 30 years. This lends her songs an extraordinary quality.

Every note on “Alright” is delivered with a deftness and directness. The song also offers a lesson in intelligent drumming, with just the amount of momentum it needs – muscular in places and delicate in others – allowing Elle Sera’s dynamically powerful voice to soar through the spaces.

The arrangement is well thought out over the course of the song, and there is many a triumphant moment of epiphany – either instrumentally or vocally. Few singers can erase the distance between performer and listener as shrewdly as Sera can, and that toggle gives “Alright” an extra kick of power.

Elle Sera’s lyrics can provoke profound pondering as easily as sympathetic nods, and “Alright” is full of laudable metaphors, soothing rhyme schemes and genuine sentiments. Her lyrics exert a considerable power, marking this song as indelibly her own.

There are any number of reasons we can supply for our enjoyment of this soulful indie record, most of which should be credited to the artist. Often throughout this song I was reminded of a cross between Stevie Nicks and PJ Harvey. Musically intelligent, emotionally deep, and lyrically poetic, Elle Sera seems to be miles ahead of her contemporaries.

Currently back to her roots in CT after a long love affair with NYC, Elle has been singing since she was 4 yrs. old in theatre, voice overs, TV & film. She later taught herself guitar. The single “Alright” releases on the 26th of January 2018.

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SKOWT A Brand New Platform To Assist Unsigned Musicians! http://jamsphere.com/news/skowt-brand-new-platform-assist-unsigned-musicians http://jamsphere.com/news/skowt-brand-new-platform-assist-unsigned-musicians#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:30:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31282 SKOWT is a brilliant new venture that helps give recognition to unsigned musicians around the world. SKOWT helps connect unsigned artists with the biggest target markets most relevant to their needs – streaming music fans, event/media companies and A&R/Licensing Managers. The platform is highly interactive with artists from a wide range of genres represented. The […]

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SKOWT is a brilliant new venture that helps give recognition to unsigned musicians around the world. SKOWT helps connect unsigned artists with the biggest target markets most relevant to their needs – streaming music fans, event/media companies and A&R/Licensing Managers.

The platform is highly interactive with artists from a wide range of genres represented. The platform is free to register on and provides for a much better and faster introduction of new music to fans – while at the same time creating a chart which quickly gives insight into the most listened to tracks, helping A&R/Licensing Managers as well as media platform owners get in touch with talented unsigned artists. Think Tinder meets Pinterest for music!

So what are the features? If you’re a music fan, the site allows you to filter by your genre preference which in turn presents you with selected playlists that allow you to discover new music by new artists. If you like the track, you can listen to the full track or hit the Like button before the end of the song, and then the next track loads or swipe to the next track.

Based on the most listened to tracks as well as the most liked, SKOWT builds a top 10 chart which is also shared with Music & Licensing Managers who can then connect with the artists behind the music to discuss potential partnerships.

Their mission is clear:

  1. To give independent artists the opportunity to be recognised and help them grow their fan base.
  2. To become the recognized leader for connecting independent artist to fans and the industry.
  3. To provide fresh new streamed music to fans and enabling Music and Licensing managers to discover their next big talent.

Check them out!

Contact information
Contact Person                 : Kumar Krish
Company                            : SKOWT Music Sdn Bhd (subsidiary of Music Notes Ltd)
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Email                                   : contact@skowt.it
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Kenny Fame: “Louise” delves into the complexities of cross-cultural romances http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kenny-fame-louise-delves-complexities-cross-cultural-romances http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kenny-fame-louise-delves-complexities-cross-cultural-romances#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:43:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31273 Most things in life need a soundtrack, and love is a project that is always begging for one. In particular love across cultural borders and across racial lines. But so many of the songs that overtly and explicitly talk about these romantic but suffered excursions are old. You don’t hear pop stars crooning about miscegenation […]

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Most things in life need a soundtrack, and love is a project that is always begging for one. In particular love across cultural borders and across racial lines. But so many of the songs that overtly and explicitly talk about these romantic but suffered excursions are old. You don’t hear pop stars crooning about miscegenation these days. But, as we know, coupling up across racial and ethnic lines is happening now more than ever.  Yet Americans feel more anxious about interracial romance than any other social reality and I think that’s been true for the entire history of the country. So if pop music is a reflection of the issues of the day, why aren’t we bobbing our heads and shaking our hips to more songs with lyrics about cross-cultural loving?  Is writing a pop song that delves into the complexities of today’s cross-cultural romances too tough to squeeze into a marketable pop song that lasts all of 3 minutes? Not if you ask eclectic artist Kenny Fame.

If you’re looking for a contemporary pop song that talks about the struggles of interracial romance, look no further than “Louise”. The usual clichéd – “Do you ever think back, about the way we met? I was Black and you were white, folks kept telling us it’s not right,” quickly moves into more substantially serious territory. “You can never walk away. What we’ve shared won’t go away. Together we made a baby girl that another man claimed within your world.”

Of course, to further complicate matters, Louise was the narrator’s first love, whom he has never forgotten, and certified by the chorus line – “Every single little breeze seems to whisper Louise.”

Kenny Fame’s delivery is precise and focused, and never forced into melodramatic vocal passages or cloak-and-dagger histrionics of any kind. Even if the song’s theme might allow for it. Instead Kenny comes across as emotionally affected, but sincere and rational.

Almost as if he has come to terms with the pain and loss, without of course fully accepting its unjust consequences. The genius of this song however, is the fact that Kenny Fame has built the lyrical framework around a fairly bubbly electronic beat, hence totally eliminating the woeful heavyheartedness a slow-burning ballad might have delivered to this track.

This could simply mean that the narrator still finds joy in “every little breeze that whispers… Louise”, notwithstanding the disconsolation suffered due to interracial love. The silence about what it means to be in an interracial relationship in America, in the twenty-first century, is more of a complex reflection of the peoples’ aspirations and goals of tolerance than a statement about where we, as a country, actually are. We come closer to a more tolerant future not by ignoring the past, but by making light of it, as Kenny Fame has done here.

MORE ABOUT: Kenny Fame is a singer-songwriter, lyricist, poet, activist and performer. He performs frequently all over New York City. An alumna of Cave Canem (A Home for Black Poetry), Fame fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on relatable lyrics, alongside catchy hooks that instantly connect with any music fans; his music goes beyond all musical genres and racial color lines and bridges the gap between classic soul, 90’s Neo-soul, and contemporary urban music.

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Bitter Lake: “Frozen Landscapes” swirls with dark atmosphere and thickly layered riff construction http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bitter-lake-frozen-landscapes-swirls-dark-atmosphere-thickly-layered-riff-construction http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bitter-lake-frozen-landscapes-swirls-dark-atmosphere-thickly-layered-riff-construction#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:44:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31268 Ambient and Symphonic metal often run into walls of mundane sameness that conflict with intended results. No matter what could go wrong with these types music, one-man Scottish project, Bitter Lake, of does not fall victim to it. The composer reliably challenges the genres’ categorical parts to create something unique and as equally beautiful as […]

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Ambient and Symphonic metal often run into walls of mundane sameness that conflict with intended results. No matter what could go wrong with these types music, one-man Scottish project, Bitter Lake, of does not fall victim to it. The composer reliably challenges the genres’ categorical parts to create something unique and as equally beautiful as it is noisy. And noisy it is, as Bitter Lake’s blend of the aforementioned genres is abrasive, aggressive and loud on the single “Frozen Landscapes”, which is taken from an upcoming album.

The song construction and the use of classic black metal fare work well for the project. There’s an energy to the writing and riffing as the frantic brutality of the track comes to the fore in chosen moments. Thus it has both the atmosphere as well as the pummeling force ripping your head off.

From the start “Frozen Landscapes” swirls with dark atmosphere, thickly layered riff construction, and a perfectly epic ambiance. Bitter Lake takes the time to craft a distinct mood and carry it throughout the recording, rather than simply pummeling the listener for the entire six minutes of its length.

But be forewarned when the project pummels, it does exactly that, taking no prisoners. Furthermore Bitter Lake adds faraway growling vocals, just to make sure you get enough of your daily rations of abrasiveness.

There is also a sense of artistic flair introduced during the track’s playing time that makes things slow down and retreat from relying solely on unabated heaviness to drive the record forward. It is proficient in establishing mood and then evolving it as the song progresses.

Because while the first few bars may seem a bit crushing and overwhelming, over time things focus to a single, sharp point. Before long, the line between aggression and artistry becomes blurred, and it is then that “Frozen Landscapes” truly impresses.

The guitar sound is hefty, while the riffs are really sinister and full of energy, accompanied by the furious drumming. These drums are loud and deep, they rumble, vibrate and really bring power to the song, they can sound distant before they charge up and crush you. There’s a fair amount of melodic work hidden in the mix as well.

Hence by spacing all these moments out Bitter Lake has created a much more anticipation driven experience. Bitter Lake has managed to conjure an epic atmosphere and a punishing experience that every extreme Ambient or Symphonic metal outfit wishes to achieve, and with a mix that makes the instrumentation sound positively crushing.  “Frozen Landscapes” manages to capture the sheer brutality that is never too far behind the beauty.

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Angel: “Hero” is built on a solid foundation of acclaimed and talented performers and creators http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/angel-hero-built-solid-foundation-acclaimed-talented-performers-creators http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/angel-hero-built-solid-foundation-acclaimed-talented-performers-creators#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:16:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31249 Angel is a Los Angeles and Sydney based socially conscious artist who composes what is described as “Statement” Cinematic Soundtracks and Music Short Films/Videos. Trained in acting, singing and dancing, the award-winning artist who has picked up accolades in the UK and Australia, adopted her signature style after attending a Hans Zimmer Masterclass. As a […]

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Angel is a Los Angeles and Sydney based socially conscious artist who composes what is described as “Statement” Cinematic Soundtracks and Music Short Films/Videos. Trained in acting, singing and dancing, the award-winning artist who has picked up accolades in the UK and Australia, adopted her signature style after attending a Hans Zimmer Masterclass. As a child, her mother introduced her to Hollywood musical and style icons such as Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn, who have shaped her work, and probably explains her all-embracing artistic approach. To complete the picture of Angel’s go-ahead attitude it should be noted that she also has an Honors Degree related to Biomedical Science, Medicine and Surgery.

Angel’s latest project “Hero” – adapted and reworked form the Jim Steinman/Dean Pitchford composition “Holding Out For A Hero”, and made popular by singer Bonnie Tyler – was inspired by the 2017 terrorist attacks in Manchester and the tragic shooting of Christina Grimme in particular.

In fact, Angel aspires to being a messenger of peace, through her music, and chose her moniker accordingly. “Hero was absolutely emotional and yet uplifting and exhausting but it was oh so important to have done this now as a legacy piece for victims of violence,” says the artist.

In deconstructing and then rebuilding the musical and vocal arrangement, Angel also counted on the collaboration of composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Jamie Messenger. The Melbourne based creative has worked with many successful artists, including Sia and the Hilltop Hoods.

He also composes music for short films, TV and Symphonic orchestras across Australia. It’s not hard for anyone to comprehend, on the basis of all this initial information that the “Hero” project, is built on a solid foundation of acclaimed and talented performers and creators.

The winning factor, of course, is that everyone involved in the project, injected it with dedicated passion. More so than anyone else, Angel, for whom the Short Film/Music Video of “Hero” represents her official debut. Despite this being a cover of an original song, the recording is an irrefutably personal one, as Angel pours her heart and emotions into the performance.

It quickly becomes clear how her interpretation of words like: “Where have all the good men gone / And where are all the gods? / Where’s the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?” take on a new and appropriate meaning for the theme she proposes.

Blending a little touch of ethereal wispiness with the honest earthiness and heartbreaking emotion that the song’s theme calls for, “Hero” soars through its delicate balladry. Throughout the recording, Angel pushes her vocals into rarified territory, where sometimes in brief moments it’s hard to hold back the emotion.

“Hero” is the sound of an artist’s talent and vision meeting the perfect production, as Jamie Messenger allows the live horns, strings and percussion, to resonate within the rich cinematic THX effect. In fact listening through good quality headphones is strongly suggested for this track.

To bring the project a whole 360°, the screenplay for the Music Video filmed in 4K, was written by Australian screenwriter Liam Lacy, and Angel, who also directed the film. “I wanted to write, film and perform an emotive piece that would reflect the tragedy of this loss, from the victims perspective and how this cowardly act, affects us all,” explained Angel. I think she has certainly succeeded in doing so!

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Twenty Questions with Alternative Rock duo Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/twenty-questions-alternative-rock-duo-billy-stark-stone-rico-blythe http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/twenty-questions-alternative-rock-duo-billy-stark-stone-rico-blythe#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:21:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31247 Billy Stark Stone w/ Rico Blythe is a new project featuring the aforementioned. Billy Stark Stone was the lead singer/founding member of NYC’s first and original seminal and notorious teen ‘punk’ band, The Blessed. Rico Blythe was the guitarist in a later incarnation of the same that resulted in the release of an EP titled […]

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Billy Stark Stone w/ Rico Blythe is a new project featuring the aforementioned. Billy Stark Stone was the lead singer/founding member of NYC’s first and original seminal and notorious teen ‘punk’ band, The Blessed. Rico Blythe was the guitarist in a later incarnation of the same that resulted in the release of an EP titled ‘Taboo’ that sold out its initial run. Now Billy and Rico have teamed up to create this exciting new enterprise. Coming hot on the heels of their acclaimed single and video ‘Revolution Rerun’ they have just re-released a re-mastered version of ‘Potters Field’ from the Taboo EP w/ an accompanying Lyric Video. 2018 plans to be a very busy year for them w/ many projects in the works. The big question remains….will they ever play live? Are they even capable of doing so? STAY TUNED.  According to Billy “Everything I have done up to now was a dress rehearsal…now it’s SHOWTIME!”

  1. You just released the revamped version of the song “Potter’s Field”. Everyone song usually has a story or anecdote behind it. What’s the buzz on this one?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe Well, It’s not really revamped just remastered. But w/the video and the new images I guess you could say it’s somewhat revamped. We like to think it has finally come into fruition. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘Buzz’ but the story behind this song is as follows. Let me preface by saying we are not into embellishing facts nor shaving off years or whatever to accommodate someone else’s idea of what you should or should not say or fit into some asinine idea of ‘The Rules of Rock and Roll’ as if there was some big book of the do’s and don’ts (well, we know the DON’TS HA HA) I have never seen this book and don’t believe it exists and I don’t know why so many subscribe to it. What I’m leading up to is we are all about the unmitigated truth no matter how uncomfortable or salacious (or not) or brutally exposed it can be. We don’t lie about our ages and experience to fit into someone else’s idea of how it should be done or how to present ourselves according to the mythical Rock and Roll Rules. Having said that, this song was recorded and released about 32 years ago (and written a few before that) This period was really ‘Pre-Goth” and lot of bands were doing the whole sad, depressing ,melancholy everything is futile angle so we decided to write a song that was the penultimate of all those feelings and emotions and there you have ‘Potter’s Field’ Now I don’t consider ourselves a ‘Goth’ band in any way ( I think we are beyond goth) but that was the impetus behind it. Listening to it again (and it happens often with some of our songs) after listening to it again, other things popped out at me about what it could be if you look it another way that I never considered. So, overall the passage of time hasn’t dated it all in fact it seems more NOW than it did then. It needed to germinate for a few. Also it features our dear friend Charlie Sox (RIP) on drums and the great Reggie Rhoden on bass and I’m glad Charlie’s fantastic drumming is living on. I know there have been a lot of other songs w/the same title over the years but we were the first out of the gate in ’84

  1. Why did you specifically choose to revamp “Potter’s Field”, and in general what’s the idea of reworking some of your older songs, as I see you’re busy updating a few others too?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: We always had planned to remaster ‘Potter’s Field” and the next one but planning to wait until we had our next two NEW singles released (they will be released simultaneously and there is a reason for that but we won’t divulge why now). But there was getting to be too much time since our last single. So, we decided to release them now and keep us in the loop. The reason for re-mastering this and the next one is simply because we think they are great songs that have not dated and sound as if we recorded them yesterday and they really didn’t get their due. In fact …truth be told…wink wink…..some of the NEW songs (emphasis on ‘some’) are in fact revamped songs Rico and I had and we re-arranged and wrote new titles and lyrics to. Not that we are short of material no siree bob, but the songs just resonate now more than ever. Ahead of their time? I dunno, but I do that NOW is just the right time

  1. In your opinion what specific embellishments do your older recordings need to sit on the current music shelves?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: Other than the remastering I think what they really need is a hell of a lot more people to hear them. They are fine and are ready for the largest audience they can muster. A good song is a good song is a good song regardless of when it was recorded. Look @ the Rock and Roll from the 50’s.Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis. Buddy Holly, Elvis, etc. were recorded in a few takes and w/ a few mics…maybe even one and they still sound fantastic. I have said that everything that has happened had to have happened before we could come along

And everything HAS happened so I feel we are as ‘Current ’as can be. The older song’s needed to marinate for a bit. Or maybe the audiences had to marinate and of course many were just not born yet. In any case there was some respective marinating going on.

  1. And talking about ‘music shelves’, with all the music sharing websites and digital download platforms currently flooding the market, what’s your view on the value of music today and how the system works?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: Does music have any value? Well, the creator/listener experience, that is INVALUABLE but in the sense you are asking it depends on what delivery system we are talking about and are we talking monetarily? Digital downloads/streaming have very little value as of right now monetarily well, for the artists).I’m sure it will sort itself out in some form or other. But musicians will always record their music in some format or other. That is just not going to go away. It’s nothing new…I have said before every industry in entertainment or what have you have regularly gone thru upheavals. If you told someone in the 50’s and 60’s that someday people would pay to watch TV or buy water in bottles they would have thought you insane. I know a generation or more of kids have grown up accustomed to NOT having to pay for music….so there’s that. It’ll sort itself out somehow. Additionally there is playing live, merch, licensing and who knows what else lies on the horizon. I personally think it’s a very exciting time. Are the models from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s 80’s and so on viable today? NO Were the movies from the 20’s viable in the 30’s and the movies from the 30’s viable in the 60’s? NO and by viable I mean made in the same way and fashion? Enjoyable yes but society moves on. Discover and discard. So use your imagination and come up w/ a better and more profitable mouse trap. But let me add that one should not IGNORE the past. It’s very important to know the roots of where everything came from so you can learn from it, add yours to it and hopefully pass it on. As we said in our last single ‘Revolution Rerun’ ‘THERE IS NOTHING NEW BENEATH THE SUN, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SAID AND DONE’ and the kicker is…even THAT is nothing new!

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

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe:  Just one thing? Ha Ha! Is there a music business anymore? Ok ….that the mundane and mediocre is no longer celebrated and applauded and that these music/judge TV shows will be accepted as they are. Merely entertainment for TV and nothing else. But the cool people know that already right? Hmm that’s two things isn’t it?

  1. How does it feel to be still be a rock and roller after all these years, and what keeps you inspired to continue?

Blly Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: HA! Feels great. Honestly I haven’t felt physically and mentally this strong in I don’t know …ever! I decided to be a Rock and Roll singer (actually Rock and Roll chose me…there are those who have no choice.) when I was 10 or 11 years old and feel like I’m really getting the hang of it Ha Ha! I’m enjoying it more than ever. Plus, I have a few years of experience, including just living life period to draw on so it’s all very very good. What inspires me is what inspired me when I was that little 10 year old and I think one needs to always go back to that frame of mind. When I was that 10 year old I wanted to look and sound and act a certain way and now I look and sound and act exactly like that now so here we are. Let’s go It’s Showtime!!

  1. How important it to you that you perform live music events/gigs?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! I think in order to be somewhat relevant or rather to be able to hold your own and deliver the goods as if you mean it, one should be able to bring it live. ESPEC.THESE DAYS. There was time a few back when some bands or performers could get away w/ just recording and doing videos and not playing live either because they didn’t want to or couldn’t for whatever reason but those days for gone for now. Plus I love a live show, that’s really where the whole thing comes together. I passionately love playing live. Now you might ask, WHEN are we going to play live? Are WE capable of it? Go to our website and sign up for our e-mail Website  or subscribe to our YOUTUBE  channel  YT Channel and we will addressing this very subject

  1. I notice that you have released a lyric video for “Potter’s Field”, as well as some other official music clips. How important do you consider visuals are to your music? Or is it more a question of the marketing power YouTube has?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe:  Visuals are EXTREMELY important. Not only to our music but any group or performer that I was ever interested in. Now visuals could be either the image or whatever creative methodology you use. To me THE WHOLE PACKAGE was the ones were the most worthwhile. Image, visuals, music, and now vids and the whole spectrum of the internet .We are only limited by our imaginations. If anyone is a follower of us on FB or Instagram etc. etc. you will notice that every week or so we have new ‘Artwork’ posted. These are things that are generally done by other groups for flyers or announce a show or what have you .But, with the endless plethora of pages and pages one can avail oneself of…………..why not have a new poster and visual EVERY WEEK OR SO??!!   Let’s get creative here boys and girls and use this technology, utilize and explore it like it was intended Rico and I are vets at going out w/ the bucket and wheatpaste in all kinds of weather. This is much better HA HA! As far as music is concerned You Tube is just the new MTV with a bigger audience. We love recording, we love making videos we love the whole spectrum. We seem to be in a time where the mundane and mediocre is not only celebrated but applauded. We hope to rectify that.

  1. How are your songs developed? Do you handle all the creative processes yourself, from writing the lyrics and the music, as well as the recording, producing and mastering etc.?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe:  There is a number of way our songs are developed. Rico and I use quite a few methods we have honed over the years. We usually have our antennas up and catch something…’You know, ‘INCOMING’ catching lightning in a bottle You know nobody really ‘WRITES’  anything. It’s all there just waiting for someone to harness it and channel it and smooth it out or rough it up. Rico sometimes records’ a lot of stuff on his own (home studio set up) and /or for everything else (vocals, additional bells and whistles and mixing) we use a studio. We have engineers that do all the technical grunt work but we are always there directing it all. We mix, produce ourselves and then we have a mastering engineer we send the stuff to for that and voila! A new single oh and yes Rico and I handle all the music and lyrics

  1. Once you have created and finished a piece of music, how do you go about distributing and promoting it? Do you use the Internet to facilitate this and what is your relationship with the new technology at hand?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: We have an aggregator we use that gets the songs on all the online and streaming platforms worldwide. We use all the usual social media sites and YT and we just got a Vevo channel and we have things coming up that …again….follow us  and like us and friend us wherever applicable and subscribe to our e-mail list for  our latest news and comings and goings. Like everyone else we are navigating the minefield of the detritus that is the music ‘Industry’ and trying to make things as exciting as we can. Ask us again at the end of the year and we’ll see where we are

  1. You have a vast catalog, and apart from the songs you are currently reworking, is there one particular song you have recorded during your career that you’re most proud of, and why?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: Actually we don’t have a vast catalog. You mean of things that have been recorded and released? In that vein no, my output in terms of being prolific is rather pathetic. Yes, we (or myself from previous bands) have a lot of material over the years and a vast catalog if you will of songs written and performed live but as I said as far as released…ridiculously lower than what I should have put out. I have studio recorded stuff over the years, different bands and people I have worked with that will hopefully one day see the light of the day. Rico and I have a bunch of older songs obviously throughout the years of our working together but we’re not really re-working all that many…only a handful or so. Rico and I have several dozen songs in various stages, we have the next batch of singles all queued up and waiting for their turn. We have so many ideas and songs and just want to get busy getting them out there. The old ‘What is your favorite song of mine’? Or which one am I most proud of? Well the old THE NEXT ONE answer. Honestly truth be told (remember I’m a stickler for that ) The last single ‘Revolution Rerun’ I’m very proud of ’Potter’s Field’ and the next remastered release coming up I’m very proud of and the new stuff we have planned to release later this year I think are some of the best stuff I have been involved with and am super excited and proud of them

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

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: Rock and Roll in the year 2018 and beyond. Tell them we are the exclamation point after 60 or so years of Rock and Roll (though I believe Rock and Roll is the world’s first and oldest form of music). The musical mustache on the Mona Lisa of Rock and Roll.  Throw in every genre that has gone before…shake it real well, put it in a blender and pour out a collage that seems to be a summation of it all while simultaneously it’s like you’re seeing/hearing it for the first time. Imagine every artist that has preceded us as the opening act and proceed from there.

  1. How would you describe your musical image? And how important do you think image is to musicians in general and to yourself personally?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: I don’t describe our musical image. Look at our pics ,watch our vids and listen to our music and decide for yourself. I personally think image is VERY important. A band can be great musically but if the image sucks then it falls short. On the other hand a band can have a great image but not the music to back it up so another yawn fest. It really is a 50/50 proposition for me at least. I think there are (were) maybe a handful.. if that… of musicians that were so amazing that they could get away w/o having some kind of image. But in our scenario ….this is Rock and Roll (two dirty four letter words these days) When one is going attend a group performance one usually says “I’m going to SEE a concert tonite” “OH, who are you going to SEE? ’or “I SAW a great concert last nite”…”Oh who did you SEE?” no one says” I’m going to hear a concert tonite”…”Oh, who are you going to hear”? Otherwise why is the crowd facing you and you are performing on an elevated platform? They could just sit w/their backs to you and you could just listen. Image and music and presentation and the whole shebang is really what it’s about. You go to SEE a show.  We are a Rock and Roll band in the year 2018 and very aware of what has preceded us and planting our flag here and now and pointing over there. Or is it over there?? And saying ‘Hey, what is down THAT road?? Let’s find out togethe

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

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: WelI I wanted to be Rock and Roll singer and perform and record and I have done that so in that sense I guess I was successful but no, I don’t feel I have even scratched the surface……………….so many people who haven’t heard our songs and if we ever play live we want to do clubs, theatres, arenas, stadiums back and forth the whole gamut. We are not household names and have no compunction in stating we would like to be the biggest band in the world whatever that means anymore. But I can hear SOME eyes rolling about us being ambitious. We want as many people as possible to hear our music and if we ever play live we want to play to as many people as we can. As far as any ethos or selling out or any of the other manifesto “ism’s’ that one is supposed to subscribe to….we’re not interested. Alternatively, having a solid audience that is interested in what we do and being to support myself and a wife and family would be OK too. But forget I said the latter and go w/the former

  1. Looking back, has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: NO. I don’t look back…only forward. I don’t mind visiting the past, I just don’t want to live there. Being the lead singer/founding member of NYC’S first and original teen punk band (The Blessed) is a nice cred to have in my portfolio. But in retrospect those days Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’S, Mudd Club et al were my high school and college. Now, it’s showtime!

  1. Still looking back, has there been one particular moment in your musical career where you made the wrong decision, which if you could, you would go back and change right now?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: YEAH, EVERYTHING, HA HA ! Lots of wrong decisions (and a few right ones) but that is part and parcel of it all. I don’t think anyone who has ever walked on this earth up to and including Moses can look back and didn’t say “Yeah, in hindsight I would have def. done things differently” .That’s life and what experience teaches you .I Don’t know if Moses ever said “Yeah” though.. But in all honesty.no I wouldn’t change a thing (even going back to my childhood) I believe everything happens for a reason and I had to go thru everything to get where I am today. I’m not nearly finished climbing this mountain All that experience ( band wise and life wise) and I’m still learning  and everything has led up to this…….and it’s showtime!

  1. You been going a long time now, why do you think some older bands willingly put themselves in a corner? Can talent just fade away?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: Put yourself in a corner?  Like a time-out if you’re naughty? You mean older bands who are well established and whether they are still being creative or not and continually playing their hits or best well songs? Hmm, well is that such a bad thing to have a bunch of songs that people want to continually hear and want to see you perform live? So, some yes, some no, some maybe, every band is different. I don’t think talent fades but one can certainly not use it and nourish or indulge it and it becomes dormant. Of all the people would you believe I had a conversation with an Opera singer once about this and she told me ‘It never goes away, no matter how much you ignore it, it  will come back and bite you even harder’ I think about that often and I have been bitten REAL HARD

  1. You’ve never been exactly mainstream. Did you ever feel like an outsider in the various music scenes you’ve been through during these years? And if yes, do you consider that to be a positive thing?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe:  If you mean by mainstream, no we are not pop music or do we pander to the lowest common denominator. But I also don’t see us as some weird niche noise underground only thing.  I can fully see us as being on the charts and being a phenom or whatever. When some subversive Rock and Roll blows up big every cycle or so it’s always quite refreshing, and there’s a lot that needs to be refreshed. I never felt like an outsider. I viewed everyone else as one though.

  1. Latching onto my previous question, music seems to be divided into the tiniest of boxes these days with genres, sub-genres and even post-sub-genres. How important, if at all do you think music genres really are?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: Yeah, the genres and sub-genres and sub sub genres and sub sub sub sub what’s up bub genres are getting ridiculous. I understand the genre thing though to an extent. If I’m in a supermarket and want a jar of peanut butter it doesn’t help me to be wandering around the household supplies aisle .So, in some cases designations can be helpful but they shouldn’t define. We need people to be more open minded and discover other things and assist w/that rather than make all these little boxes and trying to sort everyone out by categories and labels

  1. We’ve just kicked off the New Year. What does 2018 hold in store for Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe? Besides the reworking of older tunes, will there be new material on the way?

Billy Stark Stone & Rico Blythe: Absolutely there will be new tunes. And there’s sev billion people on this planet who haven’t heard the older ones. It’ll be all new to them. But it’s only a couple of older songs we have remastered, we’re all about the here and now and the future. Here’s a bunch of links for us, so don’t forget to sign up to our e-mail list at our website and all the usual suspects FACEBOOK PAGE   You Tube Channel   Instagram   Twitter Thank you. It’s SHOWTIME!

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