Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:11:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Karen Salicath Jamali Set to Take the Carnegie Hall Stage Saturday for Her Debut Concert http://jamsphere.com/news/karen-salicath-jamali-set-to-take-the-carnegie-hall-stage-saturday-for-her-debut-concert http://jamsphere.com/news/karen-salicath-jamali-set-to-take-the-carnegie-hall-stage-saturday-for-her-debut-concert#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:16:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33909 Karen Salicath Jamali – Two Performances Set For December 15, 2018 New York City, New York – Karen Salicath Jamali is an award-winning pianist who earned a chance to play not once, but twice at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Winning second place in the American Protégé Music Talent Competition and an honorable […]

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Karen Salicath Jamali – Two Performances Set For December 15, 2018

New York City, New York – Karen Salicath Jamali is an award-winning pianist who earned a chance to play not once, but twice at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Winning second place in the American Protégé Music Talent Competition and an honorable mention winner at the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music this fall has given Karen Salicath Jamali the chance to play twice in one day on the world famous Carnegie Hall stage. Locals can check out her performances of her original piano composition, Rainbow Angel at both 11:30 am and later that afternoon at 3:30 pm.

Karen’s journey started out in another creative realm, art. Born in Denmark but now living and thriving in New York City, Karen’s artwork has been displayed all over the world and featured in the likes of the Louvre in Paris.

Then one day her world changed. An accident left her with a head injury that turned out to be a blessing. She began to play piano and all of a sudden was composing astounding pieces that offer relaxation and beauty all rolled into one. She has made 6 beautiful Albums and 2000+ originals,

Void of any piano skills before the accident, Karen Salicath Jamali realizes the miraculous gift she’s been given and has embraced it fully. American Protégé Music Talent Competition and the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music are just the latest in which she showcased her skills.

Skills that will be on stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. Those interested in attending to see Karen play her original piece at her first ever concert. Rainbow Angel, or those who are interested in interviewing her can reach out via the information provided below.

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Pianist Karen Salicath Jamali is set to play her first concert at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Contact:

Karen Salicath Jamali http://kjamali.com/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/karen-salicath-jamali/1011009416

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4p7vUm7FVaSl7DSBf1X0QS

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/salicath-2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Salicath-Jamali-900970829957037/

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Music Consultant Khady Thiam Gueye – founder of True Media Independence (TMI) http://jamsphere.com/news/music-consultant-khady-thiam-gueye-founder-of-true-media-independence-tmi http://jamsphere.com/news/music-consultant-khady-thiam-gueye-founder-of-true-media-independence-tmi#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:17:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33905 The ability to market your music is an essential skill. Without properly promoting yourself or your music, no one would know you even make music. Regardless of status or stature, administration is a great equalizer of all businesses. If you want exposure, you have to put in the time for marketing - that or hire it […]

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The ability to market your music is an essential skill. Without properly promoting yourself or your music, no one would know you even make music. Regardless of status or stature, administration is a great equalizer of all businesses. If you want exposure, you have to put in the time for marketing - that or hire it out. Independent artists have more opportunities than ever before to launch their own career without the backing of the major labels. Hiring a professional PR executive to handle your campaign is generally the best way to get great coverage.

Khady Thiam Gueye

Khady Thiam Gueye

You might prefer the DIY approach to promoting your music, but there can be huge benefits to surrounding yourself with a great team of like-minded professional people. If you have a team of well-connected individuals who are passionate about your music all working in your interest, it stands to reason that your chances of success will increase.

Moreover, by outsourcing your promotion and branding needs to somebody who better understands the specific processes necessary to help you gain exposure, you’ll have the time to concentrate on doing what you initially set out to do – and that is making the best music you can!

One such well-connected and passionate individual, is Khady Thiam Gueye, the founder of True Media Independence (TMI). Her company acts as a music consultant company propelled to provide the necessary know-how and empowerment to build a successful music career for musicians and labels. They drive priority projects to success through adequate and effective services.

Khady Thiam Gueye has over ten years of experience and strong histories of success as a music industry consultant with clients including AKON. The efforts that TMI is making today are a direct continuation of her legacy.

Keep up with the latest news on Khady on INSTAGRAM and visit True Media Independence (TMI) to check out their services. With the right strategy in place, music promotion and branding is often the solution for musicians who seek to the power to lift themselves out of obscurity.

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INTERVIEW – Texas Singer-songwriter Jeremy Parsons http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-texas-singer-songwriter-jeremy-parsons http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-texas-singer-songwriter-jeremy-parsons#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 19:34:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33888 Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dance-halls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to […]

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Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dance-halls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music. Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation.

Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. His first single from his latest album, “Things I Need To Say” was the Top 40 Roots Music Report and IndieWorld Report track, “Burn This House Down.” The song paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. It will stick with you long after your first listen. That single was followed up by the equally well-received, “Why is the Bluebird Blue.”  It remains a Top 40 Roots Report Americana single.  The videos for both songs were nominated and selected for numerous Film Festivals, including the Jersey Shore Film Festival, Indie’s Best Films Festival, and the Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival. Jeremy currently resides and performs in Music City, USA… Nashville, TN.

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

Jeremy Parsons: I have been performing for over 10 years now and recording right at about 10 years. I realized this was my passion when I was about a Junior in High School. I was looking for something to do that wouldn’t get me into too much trouble and there just happened to be a guitar around the house. I picked it up and immediately got hooked. I was 17 around that time and by the time I was 18 I had written my first song. I was in it at that point. I haven’t stopped since.

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

Jeremy Parsons: I think something that I hear a lot from people that I really like as a descriptor word for myself would be unique. I Think Americana would also cover it pretty well.

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

Jeremy Parsons: A lot of the indie/Americana guys for sure. Love me some John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brent Cobb and Ryan Adams. I have also always really loved George Strait.

  1. Do you remember the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased? And which is the one piece of hardware or software you’re still looking to add to your setup now?

Jeremy Parsons: The first piece of musical equipment I ever purchased would’ve been my Takamine G-Series Acoustic Electric guitar. It’s been with me for 10+ years now. The one thing I would like to add at some point is a nicer electric, maybe a Gretsch guitar, and start messing around with some more cool pedals and effects. If not to use on stage that stuff is great to mess around with during some downtime or while in the studio.

  1. Where do you do most of your recording and production work? And do you outsource any or all of these processes?

Jeremy Parsons: I do some at my house but that is mainly demos or when I’m trying to get a song down or out and completed. Most of my actual production I release is done at my producer Michael Flanders’ house out on Old Hickory Lake. He’s got a really vibey spot out there and he really understands me and my sound.

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

Jeremy Parsons: They are all so different and so great. I love the production and creation part because you get to bring something to life that you care about so much. I think that connecting with the people in a live audience though is a feeling on a whole other level. I would have to say that one. When people are singing along and dancing with you and being a part of what you love to do so much you get to bond with them on some amazing chemical and physical level and you carry those moments with you the rest of your career and life. And hope they do too.

  1. Which one of your original songs currently gets your emotion and adrenalin pumping the most? What’s its back story?

Jeremy Parsons: It’s actually a song that has more recently been written and has yet to be produced and released. It’s called “Things To Come.” I had just gotten out of a serious relationship and was dealing with family stuff and needed to do some serious soul searching. An opportunity arose to go out to California to get away and do some writing and networking, so I went. I had the craziest and best time out there. I made some new friends, lost some old ones, bonded deeper with people I love, lost my phone. It was amazing. I wanted to write a song about the trip so bad but never could quite do it justice. Then one day I sat down and it poured out of me in this weirdly broad yet precise manner. It’s about looking back on moments fondly while looking forward to exciting times ahead. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever written and I can’t wait to share it with y’all.

  1. Is there a particular song in your catalog on which you feel you’ve delivered your most perfect performance, technically and emotionally? And is there maybe one song that you keep thinking you should have done differently in some way?

Jeremy Parsons: I can say that I am very much a perfectionist and really hard on myself when it comes to this. To the latter I have no song that I would’ve done differently. Everything I’ve ever put out was right where I feel it should’ve been, otherwise you probably would’ve never heard it. And the song that I feel came out emotionally flawless would be “After All These Years” on my latest record “Things I Need To Say.” We were able to dig painfully deep and perfectly capture the feeling that existed when that song was written.

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

Jeremy Parsons: I’ve always felt that I am extremely lucky when it comes to this. I don’t just get an idea in the form of a line. I get it with the words and the music all at once. All I’ve ever had to do is find it on the guitar and bring the rest of it to fruition. Sometimes I will start from scratch but it usually just all comes pouring out.

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

Jeremy Parsons: I feel like my main challenges have always been getting out of my own head. I still struggle with it these days too but I feel like the more I play, sing, and write the more confident and well equipped I am. It’s always been such a mental game for me.

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

Jeremy Parsons: I’m really into the analog sound and the less is more concept. I don’t think you need to overload a track with a bunch of noises and sound effects, unless of course it just makes sense for the track. If the song itself already has so much to say and pay attention to though it’s already doing a lot of the work. It’s all about being complimentary and filling up the little bit of empty spaces. It’s like an audio version of interior design.

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

Jeremy Parsons: I think video is essential for a lot of reasons. It adds a whole other platform in which people can connect with you and your songs. It also lets people see the person behind the voice which they don’t always get to do unless they happen upon you at a live show. I have two videos both which I love very much done by the awesome PJ Schenkel of Three Hat Media. I recommend you go check both out if you’d like. “Burn This House Down” and “Why Is The Bluebird Blue.”

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

Jeremy Parsons: I believe music serves a very vital purpose when it comes to this. We all have our beliefs and different ways of expressing them. I wouldn’t say I’m as heavily involved as some but I do try to make my point and state my case as subtly as possible when it feels right. I think the expression of artistry and entertainment and the political side go hand in hand. We sing what we think and what other people discuss. It’s a natural thing to write about the goings on in the world.

  1. With more and more musicians creating and releasing music on their own, what are your feelings on how the music business works right now with all the digital platforms and streaming services? What are the pros and cons in your opinion?

Jeremy Parsons: I think the music business is more indie artist driven then it’s ever been and as an indie artist I think this is great. There’s so many platforms to get your music out there to the public and that’s what it’s all about. Sure you’re not making millions but I think that’s an unrealistic stance to take if you truly love your craft. Like I always say can’t put a price on getting to do what you love. I can’t think of any rational cons with all that being said.

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

Jeremy Parsons: I’ve been lucky enough to have a few in my career so far. One of my favorite memorable moments though was getting to open up for the late great George Jones in Houston, TX at the Arena Theatre. That was the first time I actually had the thought, “Man, I could probably do this for a living!”

  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?

Jeremy Parsons: I do believe it’s very important. I like to look at it as a window that people can look through to get a better understanding of you not only as an artist but as a person in general. I love the new technology! I think anything that lets you get to be expressive, goofy, and artistic in so many ways is always a win win.

  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?

Jeremy Parsons: The advice that I have followed so far and has served me right was simply, stay with it. This is not an easy industry to be a part of and there is a lot of people doing what you do. There’s only one you though. You just have to keep on keeping on. I don’t think I have anything for the latter to be honest. I’ve always gone with my gut and have pretty great people around me.

  1. Reaching audiences usually involves exploiting media opportunities, and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Are there any specific improvements you’d like to see?

Jeremy Parsons: I think we’ve come a long way. Pretty much anyone can seek out promotion opportunities if they desire. I’m grateful for it. Seems like a perfect time to shout out Michael Stover. He’s the best. I can’t think of any improvements off the top of my head but it will be really cool to watch and be a part of the growth and progress of it all.

  1. Do you have a specific musical vision hidden somewhere in your closet, or mind, that you haven’t yet been able to realise for technical, financial, or other reasons?

Jeremy Parsons: I think the only thing I want to do that I haven’t been able to do because of finances is release everything I have out on Vinyl Record as well. I’ve done Vinyl singles but I’ve never been able to afford putting everything on Vinyl after having to cover all the production costs and other necessary things.

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

Jeremy Parsons: My latest album release is called “Things I Need To Say” and it is my favorite thing I have made to date. You can find it on all the digital outlets and on my website www.jeremyparsonsmusic.com. Give it a listen and let me know what you think and what your favorite song is!

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Website

https://www.jeremyparsonsmusic.com

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/jmpickinfool/

Twitter

https://mobile.twitter.com/jmparsonsmusic?lang=en

Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/jeremyparsonsmusic/

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Ffn2rC10WkQ9AIHy9Odgq

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/things-i-need-to-say/1218995289

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Multi-talented Actor, Singer and Writer Arush Dayal http://jamsphere.com/news/multi-talented-actor-singer-and-writer-arush-dayal http://jamsphere.com/news/multi-talented-actor-singer-and-writer-arush-dayal#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:38:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33868 With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and […]

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With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York.

Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front of the camera. His latest role was in the award-winning feature film “1 Angry Black Man.”

For new developments go to www.arushdayal.com, view his IMDB page here, or see his latest appearances or to view his acting reel, visit www.backstage.com/u/arushactor.

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Website: www.arushdayal.com
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The Frost: “Keep It Real” – an unassuming all-knowing attitude! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-frost-keep-it-real-an-unassuming-all-knowing-attitude http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-frost-keep-it-real-an-unassuming-all-knowing-attitude#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:06:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33862 The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and […]

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The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit.

An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s been arranged and mixed. You’ll hear tumbling cocktail piano, strummed guitars, and plucked basslines that are blended cleverly enough to sound both thoroughly modern and authentically retro.

The song combines soul music and upscale, easy listening with rangy, melodic pop lines. This is a sweet, rhythmic and luxuriant confection. It conjures the feeling of white-hot days spent sunbathing and lying by the sea, followed by the neon-lit nights of a late night club groove.

It rewards multiple listens, and its sheer, unabashed retro vibe is extremely becoming. You can quietly listen its mellifluous tones, or sway across the dance floor to its vibrant rhythm. This Pennsylvanian duo will subtly introduce mainstream radio listeners to a unique brand of Top-40 savvy, infused with underpinnings of soulful improvisation and sophisticated melodic structure.

Their commitment to authenticity and taste in stylistic choices can be heard at every turn. The Frost resist the temptation to bow to quick, attention-grabbing gimmicks, instead opting to infiltrate their songs with flavors that fill both the senses and intellect with solid emotion and truthful engagement.

They admirably and accurately capture a grand-yet-intimate mood that permeates their music. “Keep It Real” is a cut which assimilates many of the rhythmic and harmonic components that make The Frost an enriching listening experience.

Illustrious pianos, rollicking basslines with dancefloor sensibility, quietly forceful twists and turns on the drums and percussive effects, and Evans’ no-frills, soulful and resonant delivery – all in three minutes.

“Keep It Real” is but one example of Leah Evans and Christian Gratz’ transcendent talent for weaving stories and chord progressions, which they convey with an unassuming but all-knowing attitude. And there’s probably a lot more where that came from. They sound as if they have the necessary mileage and heft for a full album of musical gems.

There’s a classiness to this – that type of perfect pop music that is far superior to the usual chart fare. It’s music that breathes, and couldn’t easily be compared with anything else out right now. Confident and euphoric, with an intoxicating rhythmic feel, The Frost can be considered creators of timeless cutting edge multi-genre music.

Find out more, and follow The Frost on FACEBOOK.

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INTERVIEW with versatile wordsmith MUENSTER http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-versatile-wordsmith-muenster http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-versatile-wordsmith-muenster#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 20:17:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33817 Muenster is a versatile wordsmith, a polished and flashy orator, and a prolific national performer. This Austin native/Denton transplant is not your typical Texas rapper. The rhymesayer’s résumé boasts more than a decade of experience and dedication to his craft, evidenced by hundreds of live performances, several Warped Tour regional circuits, and a collection of […]

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Muenster is a versatile wordsmith, a polished and flashy orator, and a prolific national performer. This Austin native/Denton transplant is not your typical Texas rapper. The rhymesayer’s résumé boasts more than a decade of experience and dedication to his craft, evidenced by hundreds of live performances, several Warped Tour regional circuits, and a collection of meticulously crafted recordings that seemingly have no low points. His albums are the listen-on-repeat kind, ones that never give you the urge to skip a track (which is a rarity, especially in the hip-hop community). Muenster seamlessly blends an array of vocal cadences reminiscent of the UK grime scene with a delivery as varied as a late-90s Project Blowed mixtape.

Listeners will find sincere, insightful poetics that aren’t afraid to grapple with provocative social and political topics. His cerebral, timely lyrics result in a more fulfilling experience than your typical club banger, but Muenster’s tracks still bring the bang. He showcases technically complex delivery matched with quick-paced lyricism, which comes off as natural and almost effortless, deploying surgically sharp enunciation and precision that somehow results in an insidiously listenable swagger

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

Muenster: Geez, a long time for the ladder question…..  Probably 5 or 6 years old on the bus making up songs and band names and pretending to perform to rocks and dinosaurs…. I won the 6th grade talent show by covering Wayne’s World’s version of Bohemian Rhapsody…. The rest was written in stone for me I had a couple leads in some plays growing up, chipping my teeth if you will along the way, I started performing as Muenster in the early 2000’s in Austin, TX I had started rapping at house parties and at small lil DIY studios down there before moving up to Denton, TX forming a few bands and being a part of the groundwork of the Hip Hop scene there, I’ve continued to tour, gig ,and record as a working independent musician for over 15 years and it’s kind of a trip sometimes to think about all of the connections we make with the people we meet along the road, the fans, the fellow artists, the single serving relationships and the ones that last a lifetime. I wouldn’t give it up… I won’t give it up until they “Pry this microphone out of my cold dead hands” …. (Did I do that right?)

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

Muenster: From a rap perspective, the most memorable artists I remember first hearing and being amazed by were on the Rap Masters tapes … so Eric B, Rakim, Fat Boys, Just Ice, then Run DMC, Fresh Prince, even Tone Loc and Candyman (of all people)…. were the first beginnings of Rap music I heard, from there it went on to the Wu Tang, and Tribe, and DE LA SOUL, and Organized Konfusion… THEN I found Rawkus, which lead me to Soundbombing which lead me to El-P with Company Flow which gave us all half of RTJ and then I found Duckdown… so I mean Sean P of Helta Skelta, Smiff n Wessun …. I mean…  LaFace records and Outkast and Goodie Mob and Killer Mike with Dungeon Family which gave the world the second half of RTJ….   But … then I found west coast underground hip hop about 14 or 15 and my whole perspective on style and syncopations and effectively what was “Hip Hop” changed for me as I found artist from the Good Life Café and Project Blowed… Freestyle Fellowship, Hip Hop Kclan, CVE, ATU …to Heiroglyphics, and RasKass, or Saafir and the Hobo Junction to The Living Legends….. These dudes all helped shape me into the MC I am today. Coupled with my affinity and love for Jazz music which I feel directly impacts my music creation equitably if not more so than even some of the greatest rappers ever have.

People like Jaco Pastorious and his group Weather Report pushed the boundaries of what was defined as sonically sound, along with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, or Chick Korea and Return To Forever… The entire Fusion Jazz genre is all around such a huge influence on my beat selection and what I’m comfortable pushing the boundaries on. Of course legends like Miles, or Coltrane, Or Parker, to Wayne Shorter or George Benson… all have had such a huge influence on me. Peppered in there is years of Punk/Ska influence which I think have always kept me on the edge of authoritative conformation.

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

Muenster:  I’m hella into some Anderson Paak: Oxnard right now that is probably the most on repeat album I have listened too in a while, for me.  All three Run the Jewells albums stay on heavy rotation….. Of course were lucky to have Black Thought, and Royce, and Joyner, and J.Cole and Kendrick (usually) continuing to remind billions of listeners that there is still substance when you look for it. Shout out to Vince Staples and Mac Miller ….. I respect what J.I.D. and the Earthgang folks are putting out. I want to give a huge shout out to Ceschi for what he’s continuing to do for independent artists with Fake Four, And lastly, and most importantly, as my label mates over at Gitmo Music. Stu Brootal is making waves over in the UK, and one artist I want say is standout amongst my own camp is my main mellow, Ritchy Flo, a musician/magician who makes incredible beats and raps really good. Shout out to my whole team!

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

Muenster: I’ll keep this one short. If nothing else, that all we have is what we leave behind, so I’m speaking on it, life, liberty, love, pain, experience…. I hope people listen.

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

Muenster:  Beat selection, subject matter, approach maybe? I dunno man, were living in such an oversaturated time for Hip Hop music in general, not to mention everyone seems to have the bars set so low (double entendre intended) as to what it is to be great, or whom they have to look up to in the culture. It used to be about inspiring and vocalizing a movement, a way to speak up AGAINST what atrocities have been implemented and systematically conditioned about the experience of the less than white, affluent male in America. And for those of us that have a platform to speak on, too many are driven by the material, the present moment, and too often indifferent to the greater whole that we are.

As MC’s we are huge influencers. Culturally, musically, artistically, and most importantly, politically, we have to consider what it is we are representing, both in body and in in mind. In conclusion, I hope what separates me from the rest of the masses is through my message, I make you create your own dialogue. Whether it is to make more art or to inspire more minds, I just hope it reaches into a part of our collective energy and makes one say, huh I never thought of that.

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

Muenster:  ALWAYS the beat…. I mean for me, I approach my verses like a solo in a tune, so I need to hear what the whole is before I can create my place within it.

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

Muenster: On my last project, Radio Dogpile (Available EVERYWHERE music is sold on line) I produced a good few of the beats as well as working with producers at home and abroad to create the entire sound I was looking for. I ALWAYS write my bars, word for word, and collabo heavy on the hook/chorus combinations you hear on my tracks.  With Weirdope, which releases in just a couple weeks on Gitmo Music, thanks to CEO Keldrick Scott I really chose to sit back and just be the artist on this project.

I had an executive producer/executive engineer, Guillermo Zepeda who is the mastermind behind Valley Of The Kings Music in Dallas Texas, (a recording studio and artists development group who have some of the most active “Major” clientele through their studio walls while Talent is in the DFW area. I can’t really speak on the most recent Louisiana native who had a session shortly after my last mixing block, but safe to say it was Bad Azz).  Because I was able to just record and sit in on the mixing I truly got to be an artist and enjoy the process from the outside instead of handling all of the creative operations aspects of pressing CD’s and coordinating releases and distribution

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

Muenster:  Oh man, DEFINITELY performing with, making music with, and working alongside some of the legends I mentioned earlier, coupled with the many years I was blessed to be a part of the Bring It Back family at Van’s Warped tour, the only DIY independent hip hop instillation throughout the tour. Having accomplished those things alone have made this entire journey so far so amazingly worth it. The amount of experiential ROI if you will you get from these things is just not able to be put into words, next to simply incredible.

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

Muenster:  I would say, quite simply loss. Whether it be familial, or fellow friends and artists along the way, loss, is the single most difficult thing that we all have to endure as part of the human experience. But to me, all life is suffering, at birth and at death, and all that which is in between is what defines living itself.

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

Muenster:  I cannot stress that this is an unfair question enough hahahahaha. I love both so much. I think … they are almost symbiotic in the sense that especially for a MC, one goes to the studio to create music to one day perform in front of people. It is less about one or the other for me as it is a part of the whole process. I live to write new music, to record it, to get it out to the people, and have them hear my message live, so they can take it

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

Muenster: Wow! I identify with this question so much and have to say that Weirdope is to date, my most politically charged work of art. With the climate of divisiveness and over reaching abuse by authority against our own citizens, especially black men of color under the age of 35 it is now more so than ever a necessity, nares say I a requirement to speak up and out about these atrocities at our doorsteps. The amount of indifference by good people and cognitive dissonance by those unwilling to open their eyes to the truth create more of the division and abandonment of moral fortitude that is so sadly prevalent in these days and times.

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

Muenster:  There is a certain value and worth to being in control over the aspects of how your brand and your art is received by the world. Being a part of an independent music label that is Gitmo Music, it is really a testament of grit and tenacity that is fostered with each release we work on and each artist that we develop. The indie grind aspect of being self-made while having a team of people to have your back when you need it is incomprehensible.

13 Reaching audiences usually involves exploiting media opportunities, and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Are there any specific improvements you’d like to see?

Muenster:  It’s a shark tank, dog eat dog, ant vs god world out here man….. If you do not eat the food on the table (of which there is so much out there) than the only one to blame is the artist themselves. Take me for instance; If I wasn’t out grinding the blog scene, the publication scene, the promotor scene, than how could I expect to get coverage? With as many songs and albums coming out as often as they do, it is a far-fetched notion to think that an MC can drop some art in 2018/2019 and that the world will take it by storm and run with it. If you dint invest in yourself, your image, and your brand first, how can you expect others to get behind you?   I

  1. Are you satisfied about the way the music business works in today’s digital age, or is there something you would change?

Muenster:  I would change the amount of transparency that exists for the common artist/ Unless you know music business law and terminology a lot of times cats will get caught up in the “notion” of success and not research enough about monetization techniques, split sheets, and contract verbiage (this last part on you tho homie) .

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

Muenster: Chopper, Bar Heavy, Eclectic, Conscious, Anthropological, Substance, Cognition, Woke, Different, Style.

  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?

Muenster:  In short: I do. I personally have a Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, Bandcamp, soundcloud, Songtradr, Fandalism, etc…  As well as all of the various platforms the label has as well.  Without utilizing these available avenues for streams and visibility artist in the modern era are just shooting themselves in the ears.

  1. Could you tell us something about your “Weirdope” LP? Does it have a specific backstory and message?

Muenster: Absolutely it does, I approached this album as a social commentary for the current pulse of hip hop and the state of our union. I decided to represent my brain on both halves of the pole if you will.  It is a 14 track project that I intentionally split down the middle from a subject matter and production stand point. The first half is a statement on my interpretation of the current pulse of rappers and hip hop music in the current age. The second half takes a much more political look at the landscape of America as well as offerings of solutions and ideas of being the change we want to see. All in all it is a representation artfully of how my brain works mechanically.

  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 so they can get in touch with what you’re doing?

Muenster:  I think that if you are not dropping 4-5 visual off of each project than you are doing your audience and fans a disservice because of how the human mind works. For example I just made the first visual for the first single off Weirdope, which is the lead in track entitled: Message.  (Here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es697N8-Zsw )

I purposely ran this for an entire 45 days before the upcoming release to garnish some attention and set the pulse for the rest of the project. Its highly political and highly focused on the emergence of the F#$% boy Soundcloud Rapper and its pervasive presence in both hip hop music but criminality on a whole, equally centered around the second half of the song and its imagery and references to the abuse and murder by police systematically. Did you know for example that in 2017, fifty three thousand years of life were lost due to police violence in this country….. 53,000 years…..   WHOAH…. Anyway, I digress, visual media is so essential for any artist looking to further their image and grow their brand. Period.

  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?

Muenster:   Oh man …..  Ok….   So I’m like 16…. Zoned out at a huge concert park where an Ozomatli concert was happening (do you want to hyper link Ozomatli? ) and at the end of the concert tey do a huge drum line where the whole band creates  percussion pit and they marched all through the crowd. Anyway , I run in to Charlie Tuna at the end of the line and he’s just talking to people thanking them for coming etc…  and he gets over to us and Im all clammed up (Ive been writing raps for all of like a month at this point, but if you can’t tell form this interview so far, I had been eating sleeping and breathing in Hip Hop… this guy’s hip hop .. .for years and years and all of it lead up to these moments *Message…) So I ask him if he has any advice for me cause I just started writing bars and messing w beats and  and and and… and hes like “ yo man….  Just stick with it, don’t let anyone tell you to stop, and if they do, don’t listen to em…  “

That ^^ really resonated with me more than any other experience up to that moment.  This is saying something in itself, I mean growing up in 80’s/90’s Austin was something out of a mythological book. It’s long gone, the stories seem farfetched, and all the people left to tell about them don’t want to out fear it will bring about a massive plague [of people in this case]. So I mean I had my fair share of Stevie Ray Vaughn sightings or free concerts at Auditorium Shores growing up… but that one stuck with me… and I have listened ever since…..

As far as not following some advice… I don’t know man… I have been told all kinds of things by all kinds if folk about how to make it doing this or that… but the one key thing that it comes down t for me is authenticity. Just being genuine, here and now, and showing up.

  1. Do you have a specific musical vision hidden somewhere in your closet, or mind, that you would to see happen one day?

Muenster: I would really at some point like to be able to create the ideas I have story boarded out that just honestly far exceed my budget as an Independent artist, but yes, absolutely….  I have an over the top production for one of the songs on Wierdope called Get It Right … with Airplanes and Fog Machines and Swimming Pools…….. White Walled Cadillac’s and 80’s mullet wigs… so … Who knows!

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Label:
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AFRO POP SINGER MR. P ROMANTICIZES ZOMBIES IN NEW VIDEO FT. SIMI http://jamsphere.com/videos/afro-pop-singer-mr-p-romanticizes-zombies-in-new-video-ft-simi http://jamsphere.com/videos/afro-pop-singer-mr-p-romanticizes-zombies-in-new-video-ft-simi#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:14:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33814 Afro-pop singer Peter Okoye, a former member of the famous duo group P-Square, teams up with upcoming singer Simi for a new take on the Zombie concept. In the video, Peter, also known as Mr. P, describes how his new lover has turned him into a Zombie because his love for her is controlling every […]

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Afro-pop singer Peter Okoye, a former member of the famous duo group P-Square, teams up with upcoming singer Simi for a new take on the Zombie concept. In the video, Peter, also known as Mr. P, describes how his new lover has turned him into a Zombie because his love for her is controlling every aspect of his life.

Zombie takes its listener on an exciting mange of Afro-beats and R&B rhythms. Both artists give a good account of themselves vocally in this love song which we are sure everyone will enjoy. The song is produced by P-Classic producer Daihardbeats.

Having already garnished impressive views on Youtube, Zombie has a mellow chilled out vibe to it. The music video starts off with Mr P driving a Dodge sports car down what looks like a desert road. The song features acoustic guitars, Afro-beat style percussion, then later met by a choir type accompaniment, after finally being joined by a lead female vocalist (Simi).

About three quarters way in, the song breaks out into an impressive guitar solo, however, there’s nice acoustic fills throughout the track. The video finished on a beach scene, with Mr P’s backing singers all present singing too – This creates a great feel-good atmosphere.

This latest offering from the Nigerian born artist is just one of many songs he has released. Being active over 10 years, we first saw the artist appear with his debut album ‘Get Squared’ back in 2005. Other songs we have seen this year is Ebeano and Wokie Wokie. You can find more out about Peter Okoye here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMisterP

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INTERVIEW with Detroit’s Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-detroits-marvin-dj-extreme-detroit-hairston http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-detroits-marvin-dj-extreme-detroit-hairston#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 06:33:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33804 Homegrown in Detroit, MI, Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit has been DJing since the era of breakdancing mid to late 1980’s. It was the sound of techno that brought the interest of mixing music. It was artists such as Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May that kept his influences going. Through the years legendary Detroit […]

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Homegrown in Detroit, MI, Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit has been DJing since the era of breakdancing mid to late 1980’s. It was the sound of techno that brought the interest of mixing music. It was artists such as Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May that kept his influences going. Through the years legendary Detroit DJ Ken Collier continues to influence him. As DJ Extreme’s love for house music grew, he adopted the genre for what he normally plays now.

He is known for filling the dance floors at clubs and bars, with pumping music and energetic people. It is not rare for him to hold residencies at after-hour establishments. DJ Extreme Detroit first started working with Enotram Entertainment as a DJ on IRMIX Radio in April 2014 producing shows. His first official remixes were released on April 29, 2016, for Martone’s critically acclaimed album #TEOM The Evolution of Martone Deluxe Edition for singles Groove Tonight and Love You I Do Auoo.

On May 4, 2016, two singles from Martone produced by Extreme entered iTunes Fitness and Workout Dance charts Love You I Do Auoo Extreme’s Deep Love Remix entered at # 5, and Groove Tonight Extreme’s Late Night Remix entered at # 9. On September 13, 2018, DJ Extreme Detroit and dance recording artist Clayton Morgan experienced their first #1 Dance single on iTunes Canada Electronic Dance charts with Taste For Love | Extreme’s Deep House Remix.

When Extreme is not pounding clubs with Garage and Deep House Music, he is in the studio producing house music and creating remixes.  DJ Extreme Detroit has produced and remixed for dance recording artists as Martone, Clayton Morgan, and Simon Black. All these productions can be purchased worldwide on all digital music platforms.

  1. When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences? What is about music and/or sound that drew you to it?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: I started DJing when breakdancing was in its prime, that would be around 25+ years ago.  Around that time Techno was evolving. My influences at that time were Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Eddie Fowlkes, and especially Juan Atkins. Back then, it was the tempo, plus the different deep and dark sounds of Techno that drew me in.

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

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Yes, I can say that I have went through my phases. Specifically, with music, but with everything in general. Although the love of DJing was mixing music non-stop with anything that was at least 127bpm. I started off doing house at backyard parties, and I can even say I was not a stranger to playing music at a couple of weddings. All of that was considering that Top 50 music was played, I enjoyed it, it was an experience for me. But I KNEW House Music and ONLY House Music was my goal and through the years I have reached that point.

  1. What were some of the main challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ and how have they changed over time? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you??

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Some of my main challenges were when I started, was trying to find exposure, mainly finding an establishment that catered to House Music, and building a following. I humbly knew of the talent I held, I just needed a devoted establishment where I could claim residence and share my talent, and it happened from there. DJing and producing music are totally different situations for me. DJing, which is my favorite, pertains to interacting with people whether playing a set or not and even networking with other great talents. For most, when producing music, you are confined and in deep thought, which is considered a good thing too.

  1. How would you define the job and describe the influence of the DJ? How are the experience and the music transformed through your work?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: In my opinion the job of the DJ is to entertain people to the fullest, make them have good memories, keep them talking and come back for more. As a DJ, you must connect with people on and off the dancefloor. There is a way to do it, the influence of the DJ is a positive appearance and attitude. Being positive to people, they will feel enlightened and comfortable enough to support you as an entertainer. I am pretty much known as an approachable person, with a great attitude. That goes hand in hand when everyone knows they are dancing to the music that I play.

  1. What was your first set-up as DJ like? How and for what reasons has your set-up evolved over the years and what are currently some of the most important pieces of gear for you?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: My first DJ set-up consisted of two turntables and a couple of crates of vinyl records. Through the years my set-up has evolved to keep pace with the changing times of technology. I still have most of my vinyl, turntables, CDJs, laptop with the infamous Serato, everything is ready and available in my studio. I am totally a hands-on DJ when it comes to playing music. My turntables are the most important pieces of gear for me. Not only for that reason, as there are a lot of memories also.

  1. How do you make use of technology? In terms of the feedback mechanism between technology and creativity, what do humans excel at, what do machines excel at?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: When making use of technology when it concerns music, it is usually in the studio producing music. Technology offers so much that you would only need a few pieces of equipment to produce music, even less if you are just starting. As mentioned before, I am hands on so, pushing buttons and turning knobs gets me going. Technology has allowed humans to work more efficiently, be more productive at what they are aiming to do. Machines allow for more space, and smoother productivity.

  1. Could you take us through a day in your life, from a possible morning routine through to your work? Do you have a fixed schedule? How do life and creativity feed back into each other – do you separate them or instead try to make them blend seamlessly?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston:  Oh God, I am the predictable and boring person, in this scenario LOL, Monday through Friday consists of me getting up between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. I am not really into breakfast that early, but never a morning without coffee. During the week it is basically work, home, eat, and repeat. With an occasional light edit in the evenings, to any tracks I am producing. Heavy track producing is usually reserved during the weekends to avoid interruptions. But being from the big inner city I tend to blend life and creativity together. My interactions with people or how I felt on a day can influence my view musically. I tend to blend them seamlessly, I am a good example of person that can fuse negative energy into something positive through music. It has happened numerous times with DJing.

  1. Let’s say you have a gig coming up tonight. What does your approach look like – from selecting the material and preparing for, opening and then building a set?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: I would have to say, being used to holding a residency at a club/bar, it was not rare for me to play the same rotation of music for a few weeks, with a steady rotation of new tracks. There are always a few tracks that the audience will REALLY respond to and will be ecstatic if you played it the following weekend. But if I had a gig tonight, my tracks would have been prepared a month in advance usually. New tracks are reviewed constantly to know where the breaks and/or the music changes. When opening a set, it’s usually downtempo House Music, with a constant buildup of tempo towards “peak time”. After reaching peak time, I usually stay that level until the very end. With the last few tracks being very down tempo.

  1. Can you describe your state of mind during a DJ set? What supports this ideal state of mind and what are distractions? Are there strategies to enter this state more easily?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Now this is a great question, it may be my favorite so far! My state of mind is that I am constantly vibing with the people on the dancefloor. You must mentally place yourself in the audience’s perspective and ask yourself, what do you want to hear next, and how do you want to hear it? With people dancing and are really into the music would feed this state of mind, especially when they respond and/or approve of the next song blending in. Although, if they approve of the music and are having a great time, there are those that are not too fond of a floor full of people looking at me play music. I respond progressively to dancers. Sometimes people wanting to make requests are obvious distractions, someone wanting to use the mic and has no approval. Otherwise, I have very few issues with distractions.

  1. What are some of the considerations that go into deciding which track to play next? What makes two tracks a good fit? How far do you tend to plan ahead during a set?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: The next track I play solely depends on their reaction to a track that is currently being played, consistency is the key. The next track that is mixed in must have as much energy as the current, if not more. I never plan a set, the tracks I play are usually impromptu. I play according to the mood of the audience, when in doubt a classic track will help.

  1. Would you say you see DJing as improvisation? As composition in the moment? Or as something entirely different from these terms?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: I can honestly say yes to that, as I have answered this in the previous question. Not to be judgmental on what another DJ does, but if he or she satisfies his or her audience, in my opinion a skilled DJ can play on the fly. When you pre-plan your sets I feel that you cannot get into a state of mind and feel your audience out.

  1. How do playing music at home and presenting it in the club compare and relate? What can be achieved through them, respectively, and what do you personally draw from both?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Playing music at home is compared to dress rehearsal, for me. Playing the songs in its entirety and finding where the parts to mix in, would prepare myself for a flawless performance once played in a club. Once familiarized at home, I can play the track at the club, only to constantly feed my state of mind with audience to boot and add effects where I want too.

  1. How would you describe the relationship between your choices and goals as a DJ and the expectations, desires and feedback of the audience? How does this relationship manifest itself during a performance and how do you concretely tap into it?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: That relationship I would say is close knit. One good example of this is, I know what people want to hear when they show up for one of my sets. When shopping for music, I meticulously pick out my music and certain mixes of those songs. I do not just pick a song because it’s popular. If I know the track is guaranteed to keep people on the dance floor, then it is in my playlist. Having consistent tracks in that manner, during a performance, you will always fulfill the expectations and desires of not only your main followers, but new ones also.

  1. Especially thanks to the storage facilities of digital media, DJ sets could potentially go on forever. Other than closing time, what marks the end of a DJ performance for you? What are the most satisfying conclusions to a set?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: I am typically known to play up-tempo tracks during a performance. What marks the end of a DJ performance for me is that the last few songs I would play would be a laid-back jazzy type of House Music. It is my signal to say its winding down, and almost over. I am not sure if this answers the question, but the most satisfying conclusion to a set is when people hang around just to say how great the set was, and how much they have enjoyed themselves. This type of feedback means a lot to me, as I carry that on to the next performance!

15. Art can be a purpose in its own right, but it can also directly feed back into everyday life, take on a social and political role and lead to more engagement. Can you describe your approach to art and being an artist?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Being that I am from Detroit, and I have witnessed how actual art and Techno can go hand in hand seamlessly. No matter what genre of House Music there may be, I consider it an art because it takes talent to create it. But it is the DJ who is the artist, to present all the art in front of an audience to enjoy.

  1. Tell us something about your most successful remixing and producing experiences? What do you enjoy most about these crafts?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Well, I would have to say that two tracks that I produced for Martone, entered in to the top 10 iTunes Fitness and Workout Charts with Love You I Do Auoo Extreme’s Deep Love Remix at # 5, and Groove Tonight Extreme’s Late-Night Remix at #9 in the same week. But I would have to say that my most successful remixing experience would be with Clayton Morgan’s track Taste For Love. It went #1 on iTunes Canada Electronic Dance Chart shortly after being released, working with Clayton is rewarding. But to top the charts with him is an experience, as we are looking forward to more similar goal setting in the future. Producing music to me is compared to an introvert that huddles and reads a book to get away. Well, I like to be in the studio creating beats and adding melodies. Sometimes it is like the getaway from the real world, and that is what I enjoy the most.

  1. How strict are you with genres? Are you comfortable working with most styles and what is your preferred EDM style?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: When I was first evolving into this culture, I knew what genre I wanted to play and be known for playing. Not being known that well, I had to cater to the general genre of the establishment I was working in. Whether it be Progressive House, Disco, etc. it was not until I was known there, then I could play what I wanted, usually. But times and years have changed now. I am known for playing a certain type of House Music. I am comfortable with most styles, I am strict with my genre solely for my followers. Although I may throw in a couple “off” genre tracks to kick it up a notch. My favorite EDM style would be Garage House Music! It is a very uplifting style of music and love the history of it!

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Not only do I love working with music, because music is my life. But the most rewarding thing about what I do is meeting all the great people this culture has to offer. Whether it be meeting people from my performances or networking with people in the industry. Interaction is important to me and the most rewarding.

  1. Of the music you have released thus far, what are you most proud of and why?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: I have a few releases that would tie in this category. But I would honestly say that my current release (remix), Clayton Morgan – The Beat Is Calling Me (Extreme’s Deep N Soulful Remix) would be the one I’m most proud of. For the simple fact that I went up and beyond my style of music and put together a smooth track to go with his seamless vocals. Doing my part to make it to #1 again!!

  1. What are your future goals for the New Year?

Marvin DJ Extreme Detroit Hairston: Aside of seeking more gigs, my goals for 2019 is making my bond with Enotram Records stronger. We have ultimate goals and with the CEO Martone, he will make sure that happens.

DJ Extreme Detroit’s first top ten singles on iTunes Fitness and Workout Charts

Love You I Do Auoo | Extreme’s Deep Love Remix # 5, Groove Tonight | Extreme’s Late Night Remix # 9.

DJ Extreme Detroit’s first # 1 single on iTunes Canada Electronic Dance Chart

Taste For Love | Extreme’s Deep House Remix.

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Another Word with Award-Winning Country Artist – Richard Lynch http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/another-word-with-award-winning-country-artist-richard-lynch http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/another-word-with-award-winning-country-artist-richard-lynch#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:47:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33799 Richard Lynch is an American country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music […]

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Richard Lynch is an American country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart. His next 4 singles also topped the country airplay charts, including a duet with Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent.  Richard’s last single, “Country Music Isn’t Country Anymore” went Top 25 on the iTunes Canada sales chart.

Richard is a multiple-award-winning artist and a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame, who has appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, and countless other media outlets.  He is also the host of “Traditionally Lynch,” airing on TV and radio, and he’s the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans.

  1. If you hadn’t become a musician and were not a farmer, what do you think you would be doing right now?

Richard Lynch:  I would be building, working construction, I have built several barns and framed houses over the years.  I still work construction, mostly barn work today.   I would either be treasure hunting (metal detecting) or fishing if I could.

  1. If you could be an animal, which would you be and why?

Richard Lynch: I would be the Bull of the Woods!  (That’s from an old Merle Haggard/Leona Williams song)

  1. Excluding the one above, what is the weirdest or funniest question you’ve been asked in an interview?

Richard Lynch:  I have been asked about the funniest moment while out on the road, which was when we left the keyboard player in the women’s restroom at a gas station

  1. What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever composed and why?

Richard Lynch:  I like my songs that I have composed that are not only a good song but something that can be beneficial to others, of which I have several songs that have become anthems for different folks.  Like:  Love Tattoo, Worth Saving, The Old Feed Store, We’re American Proud………….If I had to choose probably We’re American Proud.

  1. Any special musician or producer you’d like to collaborate with next?

Richard Lynch:  To record with George Strait or Alan Jackson would be the ultimate dream.  I have gotten to collaborate with several of my country music heroes such as David Frizzell, Ronnie McDowell and Rhonda Vincent, we are planning to collaborate with Leona Williams in the near future.  This has been an honor for me.

  1. If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?

Richard Lynch: That I have always written and performed traditional country music, and stayed true to my roots.

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

Richard Lynch: You have to work at and learn how to write good compositions, I started out at a very young writing songs and it has taken a lot of experience and practice to improve my compositions to a quality outcome.  Not to mention listening to and learning from better more diverse writers.

  1. Do you think you can still get better as a musician? And if so how would you achieve that?

Richard Lynch:  Yes! I could learn the fourth chord! LOL!

I am always trying to learn as a musician and collaborating with the folks I have been recording with has challenged, pushed me to improve and be on the top of my game

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you had to deal with so far in your music career?

Richard Lynch:  Dealing with other people’s egos.

  1. What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Richard Lynch:   I got into a fight with another musician trying to sabotage my equipment, but I didn’t get into trouble.  I just stand up for myself and my band and take care of business.

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

Richard Lynch:  We’re American Proud is a fine example of my political beliefs.  As a rule I sing songs I like but I do portray my faith and beliefs in everything I do.

  1. What are the five things you can’t live without?

Richard Lynch: My wife, my farm, my guitar, my daughter and grandkids. Maybe sweet tea 😊

  1. What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Richard Lynch: Don’t take no for an answer!

  1. What is your favorite song (s) to belt out at the bar/in the car/under the shower, or for karaoke, etc.?

Richard Lynch: in all those situations She’s Got Me Drinking Again works, except I do not do Karaoke!

  1. If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Richard Lynch: Any artist who reveres true traditional country music, I would want to open up for!

  1. What is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand, like tablets, smartphones and music making software etc.?

Richard Lynch: I have no personal relationship with new technology, like those items mentioned.   My only relationship is that I sing about them….I have a song Cut and Paste about modern day technology.    My wife and management team handle all my technology

  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?

Richard Lynch: I should have continued songwriting that I had started at a young age but then gave up for a period time.  I am writing again, enjoying it immensely and coming up with some good songs I enjoy performing.

  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 so they can get in to what you’re doing?

Richard Lynch: I think videos of songs are very important in depicting the story in the songs. Music videos have helped spread my music to new fans as people really like to share good videos on social media.   I would recommend our latest video…The Old Feed Store.

  1. Tell us about your favorite performance venues?

Richard Lynch: Our barn is my favorite!

  1. Do you have specific milestones set on the agenda for 2019?

Richard Lynch: Focusing on traditional country music wherever I can share my music.

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Interview: Blues Rock Band SHOWER ME BLUE http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-blues-rock-band-shower-me-blue http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-blues-rock-band-shower-me-blue#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:19:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33794 Shower Me Blue is a global gumbo of original, ‘heavy Blues Rock’ – a power trio (gran trio rock énergétique) that’s a blend of the throw-back power sounds from the late 60’s British blues bands and a modern, world-beat edge that incorporates our experiences performing rock, jazz, funk, fusion, jam-band, metal and EDM. Having performed […]

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Shower Me Blue is a global gumbo of original, ‘heavy Blues Rock’ – a power trio (gran trio rock énergétique) that’s a blend of the throw-back power sounds from the late 60’s British blues bands and a modern, world-beat edge that incorporates our experiences performing rock, jazz, funk, fusion, jam-band, metal and EDM. Having performed for more than 30 years around the world, their influences are both mainstream and obscure, with each member of the SMB crew bringing a unique power and style to their shows. The band consists of Gilles Palmarini (Vocals, Guitar), Dingo Holtz (Drums) and Bill Teags (Bass).

  1. How and when did Shower Me Blue first get together, and how long have you been going now?

Shower Me Blue: Ummm… first of all, thanks to Rick Jamm for having us answer these questions! Yeah, we had to get up extra early to find the answers in the SMB Googlematic Rastawiki (otherwise known as the small repository of even smaller little grey cells we use to think up these answers)!

Shower Me blue was started in 2010 and has gone through various line-ups over the years. The current line-up fell into place (found ourselves in the same place at the same time somehow) in March 2017. We have been going steady ever since (not that kind of steady!)

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

Shower Me Blue: Loud – Energetic – Emotional – Gran Trio Rock Énergétique!

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

Shower Me Blue: We all listen to a lot of different artists, some new and emerging and others are very established. How about – in no particular order: Muse, Joe Bonamassa, Sublime, Imagine Dragons, Deadmau5, Florence and the Machine, Gojira, Noisia, Young The Giant, Joss Stone, John Mayer.

Can we mention some of the greats who still inspire us – (Rolling Stones, Cream, The Who, Hendrix, ZZ Top, Judas Priest, Tab Benoit, and John Mayall)?

  1. Do you remember the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased? And which is the one piece of hardware or software you’re still looking to add to your setup now?

Shower Me Blue: Wow – that’s a long, long time ago!

Gilles – a guitar, I think. But I need to add more pedals – and buy more strings again!

Bill – a bass, I already had a piano, trombone and French horn. Need more killer soft synths for my MIDI bass! And bigger speakers!

Dingo – a cymbal, I already had drums. Need a massively good laptop for my MIDI drums, and sticks, and headphones, and sticks, and many more drums!

  1. Where do you do most of your recording and production work? And do you outsource any or all of these processes?

Shower Me Blue: We each have a shower / rehearsal studio and then we have a bigger rehearsal studio – aka The Cognac Crib. At the Crib we have the ability to track with Pro Tools both live and studio-style. For our new album, we are going into eTown Studios in Boulder, CO for tracking and then down to Wired Studios in Austin for mixing. So, we do a mix of in-house and out-house (outsourcing).

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

Shower Me Blue: Definitely prefer live performances. The scenery is more interesting. And the feedback and vibe we get from a crowd drives our performances.

  1. Which one of your original songs currently gets your emotion and adrenalin pumping the most? Does it have back story?

Shower Me Blue: We have several actually. There is “Saturday” which is about the birth of Gilles little boy Dylan and then there is “Forgotten”, which is about depression and the terrible toll it takes on people and society. Oh yeah, “Gimme A Reason” adds a bit of adrenaline. There are more, but you’ll have to listen to the new album for yourself – or just come see our show!!

  1. Is there a particular song in your catalog on which you feel you’ve delivered your most perfect performance, technically and emotionally? And is there maybe one song that you keep thinking you should have done differently in some way?

Shower Me Blue: There always seems to be one song in each show that seems to transcend above the others. The crowd has a lot to do with which song it is. And then of course, there is that one song in each show where we look at each other and go “WTF just happened??” If that happens more than once, we usually look at changing it up a bit (or making the bass player drive to the next show, since he usually screws up the most!). We have definitely done that a few times! There’s a good chance that we may totally change a song just because we get bored (especially of trying to get the bass player to not screw up)!

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

Shower Me Blue: The creative process usually starts with all of us managing to get out of bed successfully. Mostly after a shower / private rehearsal, it is a process of noodling around on a riff or taking a story idea and making something out of it. There is no formula to inspiration! Gilles is always burbling up words or ideas. Sometimes he changes lyrics while playing live based on what the audience is up to. That can lead to a new song idea. We are very open to what is around us and capturing that in a song is important.

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

Shower Me Blue: Do you mean when we first ever started playing or when we got together as SMB? Probably in the beginning of SMB it was figuring out how to pull together the gumbo mix of our various backgrounds. We are all from different parts of the globe and grew up playing different music. It took a while to bring that all together – but it has been a great experience!

Rolling back a whole bunch of yesterdays, well, we all had the challenges of learning to play AND to listen. We all learned to be good at listening, both to ourselves and to each other. Listening and experimenting, yeah, probably the things that have changed both performing and creating.

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

Shower Me Blue: Ummm, our ears!! Is an ear an instrument – or a tool? Ah yeah, it’s an instrumentool!! It’s kinda cool that we are able to reach back and recall recording in a totally analog universe and then apply some of those experiences to the crazy digital world we have today. For sure, Pro Tools and laptops have made creating sounds a lot easier, but it’s awesome when they still have a bit of a “serendipity moment” for when something screws up and you end up with another “Aha!” moment.

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

Shower Me Blue: Visual has always been part of rock music, so it’s definitely important to SMB. One of our goals in 2019 is to start adding visuals to our performances. One of the coolest things about EDM is that you have one or two DJ’s onstage surrounded by an incredible light show. There’s nothing wrong with 3 guys onstage playing live rock with an incredible light show. IT’s important that the audience experience a “show” – both audio and visual.

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

Shower Me Blue: Our music does provide social commentary! We have songs about floods, small town people trying to fit in, people suffering from depression, people always buying stuff to be better, social media – all that is around each of us. If you listen to our music, we feel that there is an opportunity for everyone in our audience to relate to something we are singing about.

  1. With more and more musicians creating and releasing music on their own, what are your feelings on how the music business works right now with all the digital platforms and streaming services? What are the pros and cons in your opinion?

Shower Me Blue: Shooting buckshot at a moving target while going around and around on a merry-go-round! – that’s how the music biz is right now. The internet brought the democratization of the music industry – to a degree. What it really did was turn the funnel process into a giant sieve. There are no defined gate-keepers anymore – they are kinda hidden. What you see in the music biz is what you see in a lot of industries. The internet has been a major disruptor to the status quo. So… this means there are huge fights from the giants from the past to try and maintain their hold on ‘their’ market. That almost always fails, but not before there is carnage everywhere. That’s what we have in music today. Record companies were king back when they controlled the pressing and distribution of vinyl (and tapes). Along comes digital and suddenly their business model is no longer relevant. In a way, that was good, as they forgot that it wasn’t the physical record that was important, but the CONTENT ON THE RECORD that was important! The bad part is that we no longer have that magic funnel that sorted out good artists from mediocre. Now, anyone with access to software and the internet can create ‘music’ and upload it to a digital service, whether it is good or not. So, the background noise level has gone up along with the choices.

Don’t get us started on “FREE” – that’s a four letter word!

We see the same thing with booking shows too.

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

Shower Me Blue: Probably the fact that we are still having as much fun each time we get together as when we started is something to be proud of. The high point? Every day we are still enjoying life is a blessing and the high point? That’s seeing an audience moving to our music!!

  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?

Shower Me Blue: Like we said a few minutes ago, the democratization of the music business means we MUST be involved with social media. It’s a love / hate relationship though. The background noise level is so high that it is very challenging to rise above it all. Again, shooting buckshot at a moving target while going around and around on a merry-go-round really sums up our feelings about social media. You gotta play all the avenues, because you never know where the next opportunity will come from.

  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?

Shower Me Blue: Best advice? Probably from a producer / manager / friend in Nashville who said “Be super-tight! You are a 3 piece and not some freaking jam band!” That still gives us focus.

There’s tons of advice we’ve been subjected to over the years that we probably should have followed. But we each own our choices, and for whatever our reasons, we choose to follow or reject advice, knowing that our decisions are what make us who we are. Besides, what are the hidden motivations for the advice??

Hey! Didn’t someone once tell us not to answer 20 question interviews??

  1. Reaching audiences usually involves exploiting media opportunities, and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Are there any specific improvements you’d like to see?

Shower Me Blue: Ooooh! Hot button issue! There are really great people out there wanting to genuinely help artists, especially indie artists. Then there are people out there who see a bunch of star-struck artists staring at this giant mega-swamp of choices, and pitch them snake-oil promises. We all have dreams of walking on the big stage, but very few realize that there are no real, genuine over-night sensations. It’s just a long, hard, painful road that requires far more dedication than just about any other job on earth!

What we really need is a kind of Better Business Bureau for Music to rate the people and companies that are supposedly out to help indie artists be successful. Fat lotta luck that will ever happen!

  1. Do you have a specific musical vision hidden somewhere in your closet…or mind, that you haven’t yet been able to realise for technical, financial, or other reasons?

Shower Me Blue: Wasn’t it our secret goal to create the ultimate song that could be played more times than “Happy Birthday”? Yeah, but once we realized that someone had already written “Happy Birthday”, we moved on to other killer conquests.

Did you say “vision” or “hallucination”? We’re still having occasional flashbacks from the early 70’s when we lived in an “unsane” universe. Can’t remember much about it though…

Probably the biggest vision we have is to create a more visual show. The size of the venues and the money needed are keeping this vision hidden – for the moment.

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

Shower Me Blue: We are going into the studio to do a full length album in December. Look for it to be out early next year! The studio is eTown Studios in Boulder, Colorado. eTown is a great facility! We have Stuart Sullivan coming up from Austin to produce. Stuart has worked with just about everyone in Austin (Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughn, Willie Nelson, Eric Johnson and on and on) and we are excited to have him with us on this project!!

We will be announcing release dates and where to get vinyl or downloads early next year. So, follow us on the usual social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and check in to our website to learn more!

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SINGER-SONGWRITER PETER MAYER BRINGS HOLIDAY MUSIC http://jamsphere.com/news/singer-songwriter-peter-mayer-brings-holiday-music http://jamsphere.com/news/singer-songwriter-peter-mayer-brings-holiday-music#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 13:12:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33784 Nashville, TN – Guitarist and singer Peter Mayer of the Peter Mayer Group and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band will perform his 19th annual Stars and Promises Christmas tour. The seasonal performance features imaginative arrangements of traditional and original carols, composed and led by Mayer and his ensemble of versatile musicians in cities across the […]

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Nashville, TN – Guitarist and singer Peter Mayer of the Peter Mayer Group and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band will perform his 19th annual Stars and Promises Christmas tour.

The seasonal performance features imaginative arrangements of traditional and original carols, composed and led by Mayer and his ensemble of versatile musicians in cities across the country.

“The theme for this year’s Stars and Promises tour is ‘A Junkman’s Christmas,’ which comes from a memory of my father at Christmas who made the most of a forgotten present by weaving together widgets and fix-it objects so that I had another item under the tree,” said Peter Mayer, guitarist and singer for the Peter Mayer Group, one of eight children in his family. “The holiday season is celebrated around the world in song, from concert halls to shopping malls, and we are honored to be a part of families’ yearly traditions as we begin our 19th year of holiday performances.”

Mayer is joined by a world class ensemble of musicians, featuring Chris Walters on piano (Bela Fleck, Alabama, J.D. Souther), Miles Vandiver on drums (Tom Kennedy, Ray Kennedy, Brian Owens), Mark Holland on native flute (Autumn’s Child, Oregon), Brendan Mayer (guitarist, singer-songwriter, Mailboat recording artist), Zeb Briskovich (Clark Terry, Grady Tate, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra) on bass, Ben Sanders  The Sweetback Sisters, Jay Unger & Molly Mason, Garrison Keillor) on violin.

The night will feature a collection of timeless carols, original songs and stories, which celebrate the magical Christmas season when families come together from near and far to share gifts of peace, joy, faith and love. The world-class musical performance is accompanied by a beautiful stage production, lighting and pristine sound. The Stars and Promises tradition is a celebration of story and song that rings in the Christmas spirit.

For a complete list of tour dates and ticket information, visit www.petermayer.com.

ABOUT PETER MAYER

Peter Mayer is a recording artist, songwriter and touring musician. He has released 13 albums to date and tours year round with his band, the Peter Mayer Group. For the past 28 years, he has performed and recorded with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and shared the stage with a variety of artists such as Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon and Ringo Starr. For more information on the Peter Mayer Group, visit www.petermayer.com.

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Lunar: “Grey” – This work is truly original and quite stunning http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lunar-grey-this-work-is-truly-original-and-quite-stunning http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lunar-grey-this-work-is-truly-original-and-quite-stunning#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 05:54:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33775 Lunar is a singer-songwriter from Boston, MA. She is currently studying music at Berklee College of Music. Her latest release “Project” is set to be her last as her studies are taking her into the business side of the music industry. “Project” was written, produced, mix and mastered by Lunar herself and serves as a […]

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Lunar is a singer-songwriter from Boston, MA. She is currently studying music at Berklee College of Music. Her latest release “Project” is set to be her last as her studies are taking her into the business side of the music industry. “Project” was written, produced, mix and mastered by Lunar herself and serves as a way to escape from the void. The EP “Project” is available now on Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes. From the EP comes the single “Grey”. If you have been somewhat disillusioned with new music for quite some time and it seems that every time you find a great new release, it has been recorded by someone who has been established for many years. Well then, you can imagine the elation I felt when I heard Lunar for the first time. Lunar has a downright gorgeous voice–clear and sweet, somewhat reminiscent of that someone you just cannot remember, though you have her name on the tip of your tongue.

The instrumentation blends perfectly with her vocals, her voice soaring and then falling gently over the acoustic piano, the rumbling bass, and gentle drums. Before the backdrop switches into an almost Chiptune motif. Lunar uses music more sparingly than many other musicians and to beautiful effect.

What some would term the almost minimalistic form of his music, combined with the beauty of her lyrics is at its zenith on the track “Grey”. Perhaps what is most stunning about Lunar is her ability to cross various styles of music on a whim. She can start slow and moody, but then erupt into epic, fiery, electronically-styled pieces, sometimes all in one song.

Like many well deserving artists, Lunar probably will never get the mainstream attention she deserves, at least in the States. The majority of listeners are hardly adventurous enough to handle her cross section of creative music. Some artists write radio-friendly songs full of catchy lyrics and addictive melodies.Filled with pop beats and spot-on harmonies, they serve as a pleasant way to pass an afternoon.

Other artists challenge everything we know about music, breaking the rules and painting colorful songs with raw lyrics and heart-wrenching melodies, roughened with honesty. Lunar falls into the latter category.Lunar is one hard lady to categorize and maybe that is why I am enjoying “Grey” so much.

Its eclecticism takes it to a world of its own.  I am still having a hard time trying to understand how she obtains a sound that feels very intimate yet has a sweeping scale, and I don’t remember being seduced by any other release that reveals itself a little at a time.

In a nutshell, this song (and EP) has got to be experienced first-hand to truly appreciate it. Sparse in production but so richly emotional on many layers, both lyrically and musically. This is the type of music that forces you to remember that you are alive and to take each moment, each day, and embrace it for everything that it is worth. This work is truly original and quite stunning. You’ll be utterly in awe of Lunar’s musical and life philosophy once you listen to her sounds and words closely.

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Fat Cat OGC – A Vision of expression http://jamsphere.com/news/fat-cat-ogc-a-vision-of-expression http://jamsphere.com/news/fat-cat-ogc-a-vision-of-expression#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 04:51:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33771 What started as a quest for understanding, clarity, and fulfillment turned into a journey of acceptance, expression, and acknowledgement. Evolution and declaration being submerged then re- emerging entwined as one entity ready to face the world and manifest a universe. He laughs saying, “It’s simpler than that, I just wanted to help my Mom.” Deajene […]

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What started as a quest for understanding, clarity, and fulfillment turned into a journey of acceptance, expression, and acknowledgement. Evolution and declaration being submerged then re- emerging entwined as one entity ready to face the world and manifest a universe. He laughs saying, “It’s simpler than that, I just wanted to help my Mom.” Deajene Jones executive producer as well as writer at FATCATOGC, LLC states that on the road to attempting to stand things weren’t always roses.

But a Casio and karaoke system would spark a journey of self-discovery, enlightenment, and investment would end the dream and start a life. “I was born in a small hole in the ground called Poplar Bluff, Missouri.”

Like most families back then he was raised in the church and he believed that is where his love for music was spawned. Years later he would find myself living in Topeka, Kansas after dealing with several of Life’s perils and bouts with the 1980s drug epidemic. “You know the old story country mouse city mouse? Well, that was me her (fat cat’s mother) country boy thrown into the city streets and that is when all of my life’s lessons would begin.”

Living in Topeka Kansas he would found himself surrounded by a rich array of organic hip hop, gangster rap, heavy metal, Hard Rock, contemporary and classic and every other form of music you can think of. This further led him down a path of musical expression.

Naturally teenage years being the most influential time of life he found himself influenced by the streets more so than ever along with NWA, Tupac, Wu-Tang and a plethora of other musicians and genres. Then it happened Tupac was killed and it was then listening to Against All Odds that he decided he was going to make an album. “Like everybody else I set out to be everything that I thought I could be. And like that OGC was born.”

Of course this is no fairytale story so after several mistakes karaoke systems, tattoos, four tracks, eight tracks, and countless dollars on studio time; not to mention Promises of never working for anyone ever!!! You see Master P and the Hot Boyz were doing it themselves so naturally Fat Cat was part of the system that thought, “Hey we all can do that.”

So as any ill prepared vigorous young man would do he’d go on to make several mistakes always being true to himself and sticking to his own lane but to no avail. Only to find that the value in creating is the creation itself or vice versa. “So after 20 years I still lay bricks smooth concrete and build bridges only to assure the manifestation of My Universe will come to fruition.”

On to the Music Fat Cat OGC teams up with a familiar counterpart Kilo M.O.E and Drops off some heat dubbed “Rock Salt”. Check it out. ~G. Webb

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Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine November 2018 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-november-2018 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-november-2018#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 23:10:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33755 The November 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – ECHOGLASS, Ed Hale, Sofia Evangelina, Mike Dekleva, Natalie Jean, Kaytlyn Cate, Khaali, They Made Monsters, Kim Nain, Torin Muccino, Quon, Fans of Jimmy Century, Half Deaf – Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent […]

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The November 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – ECHOGLASS, Ed Hale, Sofia Evangelina, Mike Dekleva, Natalie Jean, Kaytlyn Cate, Khaali, They Made Monsters, Kim Nain, Torin Muccino, Quon, Fans of Jimmy Century, Half Deaf –

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

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine November 2018

By Rick Jamm in JAMSPHERE Indie Music Magazine

32 pages, published 11/30/2018

The November 2018 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – ECHOGLASS, Ed Hale, Sofia Evangelina, Mike Dekleva, Natalie Jean, Kaytlyn Cate, Khaali, They Made Monsters, Kim Nain, Torin Muccino, Quon, Fans of Jimmy Century, Half Deaf -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…

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Duece: “Foreign” – emotional sophistication and a brutal honesty http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/duece-foreign-emotional-sophistication-and-a-brutal-honesty http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/duece-foreign-emotional-sophistication-and-a-brutal-honesty#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:12:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33751 Trenton, New Jersey based artist, Duece, dropped his latest EP “Foreign” in October. Working closely with executive producer DJ Juelz Flavour, the EP was recorded in Europe. While writing and recording the EP, Duece had the pleasure of meeting artists such as Aboogie with da hoodie, Petey Pablo, YBN Namir, and 6ix9ine who all gave […]

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Trenton, New Jersey based artist, Duece, dropped his latest EP “Foreign” in October. Working closely with executive producer DJ Juelz Flavour, the EP was recorded in Europe. While writing and recording the EP, Duece had the pleasure of meeting artists such as Aboogie with da hoodie, Petey Pablo, YBN Namir, and 6ix9ine who all gave their insight on the direction of “Foreign”. If you like tedious over produced beats with nursery style rhymes about nothing important than this is not the EP for you. But if you like top notch lyricism over dope beats then grab this album immediately. Duece is a clever lyricist who upgrades tracks and can flow on almost any type of beat and sound great. At the same time he employs all the trendy trap tricks and effects, as well as a fair amount of melody with just a slight tinge of emo.

The record alternates between moderately-paced, confident declarations of intent, and slower, more vulnerable attempts at understanding struggles. Interestingly, if an ongoing motif exists in the confines of the EP, it’s that the nature of the wide-ranging production swings like the movements of a pendulum.

Each song, while sprinkled with luminous energy underneath the brooding melancholy, features luscious hypnotic and dreamy production. There’s an element of organic warmth on most songs that complement the emotional and immediate nature of “Foreign” quite well. It’s a great record to listen to when you’re going through some shit of your own and you want an uplift.

From the moment the EP opens with “Intro – They Not From The Town”, it has an odd soothing quality to it, like the soundtrack of somebody genuinely trying to get better. It’s mostly an intimate and endearing experience.

Both “Crusin Thru” and “Racks To Riches”, is proof you can write emotional and introspective rap lyrics without sounding like an out an out egoist, or person trying to draw attention to himself. Its mood music that is efficient for what it is and it reflects thoughts many people on a serious grind feel. The EP has an emotional sophistication and a brutal honesty that is often absent from a genre that too often indulges in over-intellectualizing allegories.

The result is straightforward and relatable track like “Run It Up”, yet loaded with inherent meaning. “Somebody” has this visceral singalong quality that anyone going through a rut can sing at the top of their lungs: “Somebody hatin’ on me. Somebody wanna be me. She searchin’ for a nigga like me. But baby that nigga ain’t me.”

Duece’s ability to provide a rounded and clear-eyed exploration of his emotions and feeling, speaks to his artistic capabilities in producing a cohesive and well-structured project. This is arguably also accentuated by the styling of the EP – smooth instrumentation, drawn out, often melodic lyrical delivery.

The “Foreign” EP has a specific style and aesthetic that the songs all seem to fit within – but there’s enough variation and uniqueness throughout to stop claims of repetition or a lack of variation. “Stan” is another standout, with a simple drum beat and a dispersed piano acting as the backdrop for Duece’s catchy melodic approach to the song.

There is a great level of artistic focus shown with regards to the track listing, with a relatively cohesive shift from song to song, helping the project sound great as a whole. The skill in dealing with both the positive and the negative in such a clean style of writing makes “Wrong” an easy listen, while “On Me”, Deuce rapidly unpacks his issues in an intense rhyming style.

While the EP has its fair share of singing, it is filled with solid rapping and lyricism that. This along with the myriad of instrumentals that are included throughout “Foreign”, make for a well put together and captivating piece of work.

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Announcing the 2018 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame http://jamsphere.com/news/announcing-the-2018-inductees-into-the-album-cover-hall-of-fame http://jamsphere.com/news/announcing-the-2018-inductees-into-the-album-cover-hall-of-fame#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 03:18:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33748 Latest class of honorees in the 6 major categories – as voted on by a world-wide panel of music, art and marketing experts in the area of album cover art & packaging – represents the “who’s who” of creative and production talent, including many recognized names of craftspeople working in the worlds of fine art, […]

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Latest class of honorees in the 6 major categories – as voted on by a world-wide panel of music, art and marketing experts in the area of album cover art & packaging – represents the “who’s who” of creative and production talent, including many recognized names of craftspeople working in the worlds of fine art, graphic design and photography.

Chicago, IL – based organization selects the designers, illustrators, photographers, art directors and patrons whose works were released between the years 1960 – Present.

Since officially launching the site in 2012, we’ve previously enshrined six classes of Inductees based on the results from the group’s yearly surveys (the initial three classes focused on nominees who began their careers as album cover artists between the years 1960 – 1975, 1976 – 1990 and from 1991 – present, while the last three years’ voting looked at all producers active any time since 1960). Hundreds of additional biographies were added for consideration by the esteemed panel of writers, curators of galleries (retail and online) that focus on album cover imagery, art/design museum curators and music marketing experts.

As mentioned previously, this year’s Class allowed for the consideration of any talent not previously inducted into the ACHOF six major categories. The people under consideration this year are people who BEGAN their careers in the field at any time during the period the ACHOF focuses its attention on (1960 – present). As you can figure, this was a very long list, but after a research, nominating and voting process that began in September and ended in mid-November with our final vote, the ACHOF Voting Panel has selected a list of individuals and companies that very clearly represent the best examples of a large number of talented men, women and teams who’ve cumulatively created and published a huge portfolio of memorable album cover images and record packages.

Album Cover Hall of Fame Curator/Editor Mike Goldstein had this to say about this year’s efforts – “Through the ongoing efforts of those who support of this Hall of Fame, we’re able to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact in the ongoing development and advancement of rock and roll album cover-related art direction, illustration, photography and package design, as well as the record labels and musical acts who’ve supported great work in the field. Based on each inductee’s body of work in the field, we feel that their talents have exemplified the best possible efforts made to package and promote their clients’ recorded music, and so we’re privileged to have been able to include them in this year’s poll and, ultimately, our lists of honorees.”

Goldstein added “I’d also like to note that this year’s voting was rather unique in that one individual – Art Director/Illustrator/Designer Dean Torrence – was inducted in two additional categories this year and, prior to his working in the design field –  where he was nominated several times for his album cover work, winning a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover in 1972 for the cover he created for psych rockers Pollution – was part of the multi-Top 10-selling musical duet Jan & Dean, of “Surf City/The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” fame – really, how multi-talented can one person be!”

Inductees have been divided into their respective categories so that fans can get to know each winner individually and within their group of peers. Below, you’ll find a summary of the winners in each category:

Album Cover Photographer Inductees

➢ Chalkie Davies, Robert Ellis, Lynn Goldsmith, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Paul Wakefield

Album Cover Illustrator Inductees (inc. those specializing in logos and typography)

➢  David Bailey, Carson Ellis, Frank Olinsky, Dean Torrence and George Underwood

Album Cover Designer Inductees

➢ Ron Coro, Peter Curzon, Jean-Paul Goude, Storm Thorgerson and Tony Wright

Album Cover Art Director Inductees

➢ Aaron & Shawn Brauch (Pen & Pixel), David Larkham, Aubrey Powell, Cal Schenkel and Dean Torrence

Inducted Record Labels with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery

➢ Interscope and Parlophone

Inducted Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery

➢ The Decemberists, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Rush and The Smiths

A more-detailed document that includes samples of each Inductees album cover credits, along with links to their respective web sites, can be found on the ACHOF site at

https://wp.me/P15kTT-zW

Qualified individuals become eligible for induction 10 years after the publication of their first record album, CD, DVD or digital album cover image. Please note that some names will be seen in more than one category, as it is that certain individuals serve in more than one role in a project.

Going forward, the Voting Panel – currently consisting of over 75 experts in the fields of packaging design, illustration, photography and music product marketing – will continue the process each year (beginning again in late Summer 2019 to nominate the next class of Inductees representing those whose works were published any time during the period of 1960 – present) by selecting nominees in each of the featured categories for consideration by both that voting body and those nominees that receive the most total votes in their respective categories will be inducted. Panel members discussed the possibility of opening some aspect of next year’s voting to the public – we’ll notify fans and the press once any decisions have been made regarding this effort.

To see a list of all of the current inductees to the Album Cover Hall of Fame, please visit – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/achof-nominee-inductee-menu-page/achof-inductee-list-main-page/

Please contact Mike Goldstein, Curator, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com with any questions or comments. He can be reached via email at mailto:curator@albumcoverhalloffame.com or via phone at 971-645-8958.

A comprehensive summary of news stories about album cover art and artists is added monthly (typically, on the first of the month) on our site (see the site index for our most-recent article postings) and also on the site’s Facebook page found at https://www.facebook.com/AlbumCoverHallOfFame

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Support The First African American Owned Resort On The Atlantic City Boardwalk, It took 148 Years To Get To This Point http://jamsphere.com/news/support-the-first-african-american-owned-resort-on-the-atlantic-city-boardwalk-it-took-148-years-to-get-to-this-point http://jamsphere.com/news/support-the-first-african-american-owned-resort-on-the-atlantic-city-boardwalk-it-took-148-years-to-get-to-this-point#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 03:57:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33738 IT TOOK 148 YEARS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN CALLING EVERYONE TO INVEST & PARTICIPATE THE MAJORITY OF THE PROJECT FULLY FUNDED / SEEKING AN ADDITIONAL 12 MILLION 27 Acre / 10 Restaurants / Private Beach / 800 Rooms / Business School / Parking Garage / Retail Atlantic City, New Jersey – Advanced Consulting, Inc. is […]

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IT TOOK 148 YEARS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN

CALLING EVERYONE TO INVEST & PARTICIPATE

THE MAJORITY OF THE PROJECT FULLY FUNDED / SEEKING AN ADDITIONAL 12 MILLION

27 Acre / 10 Restaurants / Private Beach / 800 Rooms / Business School / Parking Garage / Retail

Atlantic City, New Jersey – Advanced Consulting, Inc. is looking to put a Hotel / Resort & Business School on its well-known Boardwalk, becoming the first minority owned hotel ever on the boardwalk. In a city that’s majority African American, it’s time we give them & the world black excellence. An upscale Hotel / Resort while providing a great business opportunity.

Advanced Consulting Chief Executive Officer Gem Lake is calling on everyone to invest. Individuals, investors, athletes, celebrities, whoever can make an investment it will be a great business decision while making history with solid returns on investment, we need everyone to step up, all people. We will be attracting a very strong upscale consumer base world wide.

Our structure allows a profit split from hotel room stays (Condos) producing monthly returns along with all the benefits of owning prime beach front property as an investor, take action, email or call us today.

Additional Investments Options: Retail Stores / 10 Restaurants / Beauty Salon / Private Club / Beach Bar / 11 Acre Beach

We are looking to raise an additional 12 Million, Joint Investors / Single Investors.

Our structure behind the hotel gives us over 100,000 Sqft of office space launching our  business school University of Greatness. This school will teach business skills, opening small businesses, incubator for technology, marketing & entertainment careers.

Atlantic City is incredible, crime has dropped 44% over the last 2 years, Moody has increased the City’s credit rating, over a billion dollars in new development over this year, the market has made an incredible turn for the predominately African American city as we bring an upscale property representing excellence with high standards.

Lake said, its an opportunity for all ethnic groups to invest in diversity building financial & social benefits.

With the amount of space, we are able to bring in a farmer’s market to an area that doesn’t have a grocery store using our  additional parking lot that sits unused behind the hotel to provide quality produce and healthy living for the residents of Atlantic City. Smart economics with a property that has high equity is good business and good social development for the people the business will serve. Building new business is profitable and beneficial for the entire area. A great investment all around.

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L.A. Singer-songwriter, Tyler Parks, Releases Music Video For The Single “BLEED” http://jamsphere.com/videos/l-a-singer-songwriter-tyler-parks-releases-music-video-for-the-single-bleed http://jamsphere.com/videos/l-a-singer-songwriter-tyler-parks-releases-music-video-for-the-single-bleed#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:43:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33733 Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Tyler Parks, recently completed his self-released debut EP titled “REHAB”. The seven-track biography that describes his most personal and difficult heartbreak. Now, he has released the music video for his second single from the EP titled “Bleed”; in which Tyler explains – “I wrote Bleed to help myself accept my lowest […]

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Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Tyler Parks, recently completed his self-released debut EP titled “REHAB”. The seven-track biography that describes his most personal and difficult heartbreak.

Now, he has released the music video for his second single from the EP titled “Bleed”; in which Tyler explains – “I wrote Bleed to help myself accept my lowest low. Being walked out on by someone I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with. Bleed is about that moment when you realize you’d do anything, even put yourself through absolute hell, to keep the one you love.”

The Video for “Bleed” was directed by Gavin Millette and Produced/Choreographed by Tyler Parks & Danella Dutton, Featuring Lawrence Keli’i Ranada.

You may also recognize him as the character Deondre from Netflix’s hit show “Dear White People” or have heard his song ‘Tranquilizer’ featured on TNT’s hit drama Major Crimes.

Please check out his website for more music, videos, & info.

Stream / Download : http://geni.us/TylerParksBleed
Instagram : www.instagram.com/cardboardboxkid
Facebook : www.facebook.com/TylerParksOfficial
Twitter : www.twitter.com/TyParks
Website : www.TyParks.com

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INTERVIEW: Vshali Sanas is a Singer-Songwriter from Mumbai, India http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-vshali-sanas-is-a-singer-songwriter-from-mumbai-india http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-vshali-sanas-is-a-singer-songwriter-from-mumbai-india#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:59:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33725 Vshali Sanas is a Singer-songwriter from Mumbai, India. She has studied Indian Classical and Western Contemporary music since 2012 and 2015 respectively. She is now based in Los Angeles, continuing with her studies in Music at the California College of Music. Her specific genres are Indian, R&B, Pop and Soul. Where are you based and […]

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Vshali Sanas is a Singer-songwriter from Mumbai, India. She has studied Indian Classical and Western Contemporary music since 2012 and 2015 respectively. She is now based in Los Angeles, continuing with her studies in Music at the California College of Music. Her specific genres are Indian, R&B, Pop and Soul.

Where are you based and when did you decide to become an artist?

Vshali Sanas: I am originally from Mumbai, India and now based in Los Angeles, California. I have always been an artist I believe, I used to dance professionally before and I also paint. However, Singing/music came to me hardly few years ago and one day I decided I want to be a great singer and performer! That’s funny!… and now here I am.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry?

Vshali Sanas: Music Industry currently is at its best I think. People/audiences are comparatively open to different kinds of music. There is equal opportunity to all, to all kinds of music and culture. Cross culture is the new trend!

Is your goal to get a record deal or are you happy with being an independent artist?

Vshali Sanas: Many artists aspire for a great record deal and so do I! But being an Independent artist is a different and amazing experience to learn.

Please share with our readers your writing and creative process.

Vshali Sanas: Talking about the beginning; I never ever thought I can even write one word for a song until few years back, but my teachers David Bawiec and Daniel Brummel showed me a whole different world of words, music and art, and since then I’m unstoppable! The other person who taught me the real musicianship is Chris Kapica and Swapnaja Ingole! And then there are many names whom I can’t thank enough! I love all my teachers and friends for being such a great support to me always! And rest, the reality of life has itself taught me lot, made me wiser and an achiever every day.

If you could tour with any band or artist (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Vshali Sanas: JLO! She is a great performer and I kind of relate to her!

Three words to describe your music for those who haven’t heard it yet?

Vshali Sanas: Global, cross cultural, inspiring-entertaining!

Tell our readers about your new upcoming recording and the inspirations behind new music.

Vshali Sanas: The inspiration behind my music, in high regards, is INDIA! And then my real life experiences until now. India because, there lies the roots of my identity, I feel proud about it and I cherish my childhood, my culture, my people no matter how good or bad my experience has been.

Where can we find your music on line and where can we stream your music?

Vshali Sanas: My Youtube channel: Vshali Sanas, and the EP will be out soon on all the music platforms! (In the name – VSHALI)

You can follow and find out more about Vshali Sanas at her website: www.vshalisanas.com

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