JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:24:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bearzerk – A multinational music management company http://jamsphere.com/news/bearzerk-a-multinational-music-management-company http://jamsphere.com/news/bearzerk-a-multinational-music-management-company#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:24:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34991 Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, […]

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Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with.

It takes one set of skills to help an artist make it to their first live show, and it takes another set to scale a superstar’s business around the world. Bearzerk is a multinational music company headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Melbourne and Auckland, who are able to handle multiple tasks.

Bearzerk promotes music events and manages artists in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, and Asia. Described as “a family of dream-makers and fierce champions of positive entertainment,” Bearzerk believes that entertainment feeds the mind, body, and soul. This international artist management, booking agency and record label, represents some of the fastest growing talents in the EDM, House, Hip Hop, Techno, Trap, R&B and Dancehall genres.

For a new artist or band, the choice of a music management company is of crucial importance. They’ll want to be represented by a company like Bearzerk who can be trusted to deal with just about every aspect of their careers outside actually writing and performing the songs.

As technology has advanced, the music industry has consequently undergone a drastic change in the way it operates. The internet has made it both easier and harder to attract the attention of fans, venues, and the press, as both outreach and industry saturation increases at the same rate.

Hence there are companies like Bearzerk that have experience and expertise in areas to take you the extra mile when you’re at a crossroad. Anyone can talk about dreams of a headlining slot on a tour, or a glistening recording career.

It’s more impressive, however, to move ahead and turn dreams into actionable steps. Management companies have never played a more important role in the music business than today. And if your musical career has reached a certain level, you probably need one.

Bearzerk has an executive team with a proven track record for high quality performance, consisting of talent management, designers, tour managers, promoters, entertainment attorneys, seasoned business executives, and their own record label. You can keep up with the latest company information and upcoming performances on Facebook and Instagram or at their website.

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Rxse: “Riding” – brooding introspection! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rxse-riding-brooding-introspection http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rxse-riding-brooding-introspection#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:58:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34986 Rxse is a 24 year old artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who spends countless hours in his studio getting inspired and working on his song-craft, with goal to achieve success. Rxse has managed to put out a concise, diverse track with raw emotion at its forefront. Those who appreciate the Auto-Tune drenched croons, will love how […]

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Rxse is a 24 year old artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who spends countless hours in his studio getting inspired and working on his song-craft, with goal to achieve success. Rxse has managed to put out a concise, diverse track with raw emotion at its forefront. Those who appreciate the Auto-Tune drenched croons, will love how the effects alter the singer’s voice to paint a moody, melancholy picture. “Riding” will be truly loved because it is understandable regardless of the beat, the words, or the pictures presented. It’s the atmosphere that grabs your senses first.

Simply put, Rxse is a talented musical chameleon, shifting visages accordingly between thoughtful lyrics, and vulnerable croons. “Riding” walks a fine line between discovery and outright biting, as the singer investigates the theme of loyalty – an exercise which is both inquisitive and entertaining at the same time.

In general, Rxse can hold his own. He shines when his vocals ricochet between languid revelations, Auto-Tuned flows, and brooding introspection. A bit like Post Malone, this track is designed to be groundbreaking and innovative in the R&B arena, and achieves its goal.

The production is great and Rxse puts together some great bars, together with a cohesive statement of voice. His ear for beats are light years ahead of his contemporaries. Rxse is an amazing curator who knows how to pack plenty of haze into a project’s atmosphere, drawing on the moody vibes and how to get what he wants from a beat.

His tracks have a unique vocal treatment that is at once theatrical and sonically progressive in ways we’re not hearing on the radio or in the clubs, except maybe from rappers like Future or Young Thug.

Sure there is the whole emo-rap generation leaning on melancholy bars and auto-tune, but it’s a little different to what Rxse is bringing to the table. “Riding” essentially boils down to a glitzy piano riff with a heavy kick and shuffling hi-hats coming in throughout the track.

It is simple, yet very evident that the instrumental has been crafted with precision. Over the course of the track, Rxse exposes his talent for storytelling, but more than what he sings, it’s how he sings it, that entrances the ear. Once the smooth melody, fit for a cruise, sets in, the crooner offers small peepholes into a story that aspires to seeking the truth.

The track invokes plenty of imagery which can relate to your own situation. When Rxse takes us to an introspective space, his vocals are on full display as she exercises twists and turns. Dark, moody and downright strange in its delivery, everything about “Riding” suggests it shouldn’t sound this powerful.

After all, it is a somber, melancholic track, but the verses are fantastically intoxicating, making it hard to ignore, as Rxse slowly but surely sets fire to the beat. Rxse does everything in making sure that he finds the balance between concept and narrative, as well as the ability to make a great song that is easy on the ear.

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Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” inspires crowd-pleasing revelry! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-just-as-you-are-inspires-crowd-pleasing-revelry http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-just-as-you-are-inspires-crowd-pleasing-revelry#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:16:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34981 Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and […]

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Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong. It is one of the most memorable songs by Exit 22. “Just As You Are” builds into the kind of throbbing, stadium stomping hit that perfectly promos football and is equally radio-friendly without sounding like you’ve heard the song on TV.

Of course, this track highlights an enduring component of Exit 22, and an aspect their fans and listeners are looking for: catchy, sentimental, and personal music. Those aspects reflect dominating lyrics and soaring vocals.

The band’s strength in composing bombastic and loud songs that are immediate and inspire crowd-pleasing revelry just keep on coming.  Chris Calamera is confident in his capability and knowledge of pop and rock music, and it shine through like a brightly lit diamond on “Just As You Are”.

Exit 22 Music aren’t shy to go beyond the norm of musical composition, to try something new, and it always works out for them. Obviously Exit 22 is still holding to their mantra of going beyond genres, of creating music that is more about the art than the cookie cutter sound that is often associated with pop-rock music.

They will no doubt be seeing their stocks rise exponentially in the near future. Not an accomplishment to take lightly, essentially,   has cracked the code for the modern music world.

All this said, how easy is it for the talented songwriter, Chris Calamera to churn out so many solid records?  Well, Chris has a very strong grasp on how pop rock works. The darker underbelly of the song maintains a big drive, while the melody and hooks provide for a genuinely captivating listen.

However, regardless of how you look at it, “Just As You Are” is a massive record, in its composition, execution and production. It’s built upon very pure emotions and a pretty clear mission statement. It has a strong conviction and, on top of that, loads of pop appeal. It’s a towering epic.

Exit 22 Music are defined by their anthemic vibe and their strong melodic vibes. Their best songs are the ones that truly mean something to the listener, and there is no doubt that “Just As You Are” falls comfortably into that category. All things considered, this might be Exit22’s strongest record ever.

However comparing it to past releases from entirely different times and contexts is not what this is about. Each piece of art is supposed to encapsulate a time, feeling, state, thought or some other kind of inspiration, and is representative of the artist at a certain point in their journey.

It is supposed to connect with people, to make them feel something about that state of being, and “Just As You Are” is perfectly capable of that. And more than that, it does it brilliantly.

More About: Exit 22 Music is the brainchild of founder Chris Calamera, a talented artist with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. The music production company’s blend of pop, rock and dance beats mark the sonic coordinates of the songs, including recent singles “Break These Chains”, “Lesson Learned”, and “The Magic In You”.

Straight out of New York City, Exit 22 Music creates songs that feels eclectic, yet direct and personal, echoing the work of seminal performers the likes of Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson and the Goo Goo Dolls, just to mention a few.

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Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – powerful in its progression and resolute in it intention http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-peloso-and-natalie-jean-lost-found-powerful-in-its-progression-and-resolute-in-it-intention http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-peloso-and-natalie-jean-lost-found-powerful-in-its-progression-and-resolute-in-it-intention#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:55:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34973 Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 […]

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Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English, French and Creole. She has been nominated over 70 times for her music and has won many awards.

Michael Peloso

Right from the outset Natalie Jean continues to prove to her audience that not only is she a powerhouse vocalist, but also has the skills and musicality to show her more emotional side through hauntingly beautiful vocals and instrumentals that will put you in a somber yet reflective mood.

“Lost & Found” is a mid-tempo love anthem that fits Natalie’s gritty voice like a glove. It’s powerful in its progression and resolute in it intention.  It’s a track to rival the best efforts of Natalie’s big-name pop contemporaries: a slinking piano line, vibrant percussion, and an insistent melody.

The beauty behind it all, is of course Michael Peloso’s lyric sheet: “Your hand fits perfectly into mine / Like a thief you stole my heart & got away with a crime / You fill the cup & I drink the wine / The table is set & we begin to dine.”

This clearly states how the narrator has found his amorous zenith, which is confirmed in the chorus: “& I’m lost & I’m lost / I get so lost in you / In you.” As soon as the track begins, it’s clear that Michael wants to account for his deepest thoughts for listeners; narrating a journey of unconditional love through sound and words. As a wiz with a pen, he succeeds impeccably.

Natalie Jean

As the pop landscape changes and artists become bolder in structure, production and presentation, it is assuring to see Natalie Jean has comfortably anchored herself in the category of pop innovator, as she constantly spreads her wing to work with other artists and writers.

Expanding her horizons with nuanced and smart songwriters/lyricists such as Michael Peloso only adds to the richness of her catalog and artistic experiences, thus establishing unforgettable listening experiences. The final result is a track brimming with confidence; confidence not only in Natalie Jean’s own voice and her eye for a chorus, but in the emotive quality of Michael Peloso’s lyrics.

When this writing and performing collaboration reaches for their inner emotions, they sound like they’re doing so because that’s where their best music emerges from, not because they think that’s what authentic artists do. Natalie is an arresting performer, but by far what’s most compelling on “Lost & Found” is the brute force of her vocals, and Michael’s profusely impassioned words.

OFFICIAL LINKS

Michael Peloso: https://www.foursimplenotesmusic.com
Natalie Jean: http://www.natalie-jean.com

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1457089373?ls=1&app=ituneshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1457089373

 

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Suave_uk returns with new insightful single “Take me back” http://jamsphere.com/videos/suave_uk-returns-with-new-insightful-single-take-me-back http://jamsphere.com/videos/suave_uk-returns-with-new-insightful-single-take-me-back#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 02:37:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34969 South London UK based urban artist Suave_uk started out performing in choirs at a young age before progressing to local shows during his college years. Currently hosting at various clubs and venues across the UK, Suave_uk has released a vast number of singles over the last couple of years, and releases his new insightful single […]

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South London UK based urban artist Suave_uk started out performing in choirs at a young age before progressing to local shows during his college years. Currently hosting at various clubs and venues across the UK, Suave_uk has released a vast number of singles over the last couple of years, and releases his new insightful single “Take me back”.

 

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Natt Moore: “Drive, Vol. 2” is nothing short of a cinematic experience! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/natt-moore-drive-vol-2-is-nothing-short-of-a-cinematic-experience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/natt-moore-drive-vol-2-is-nothing-short-of-a-cinematic-experience#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:05:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34963 When I listen to experimental ambient, I find that usually I put it on for the sole reason of not having to pay attention to it. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but for workload productivity ambient generally works the best to fill the gap of silence while not degrading the attention I can […]

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When I listen to experimental ambient, I find that usually I put it on for the sole reason of not having to pay attention to it. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but for workload productivity ambient generally works the best to fill the gap of silence while not degrading the attention I can give to whatever it is that I’m doing. But something strange happened when listening to “Drive, Vol. 2” by Natt Moore. I noticed straight off that I was paying more and more attention to the actual record with each successive track. Instead of using it to fill a void in-between thoughts, I began to contemplate the record deeply. It was simply because “Drive, Vol. 2” is much more than a record of background noise, it is a brilliant exercise in emotional and cinematic soundscapes.

Unlike most experimental music, this album isn’t a formless piece of sound; each song has a definite core structure and mood that the listener can elaborate and dwell on for its duration. Natt Moore accomplishes this with rich and lush production and dynamically orchestrated arrangements.

Gone are the minimal soundscapes of some of his earlier works, which have been replaced by a bigger epic sound, sometimes reminding me of a Hans Zimmer soundtrack. Right from the opening sweeping track, “Timeless”, Natt’s Zimmer-like knack for creating such vivid imagery is in full force, with a solid set of headphones you will be able to pick up on the subtle touches that really make this a special listening experience.

It’s when you hit play on the second track, “Hysteria”, that you realize this is nothing short of a cinematic experience, and that Natt Moore makes his best music when he moves outside of his comfort zone. Most ambient albums create a mood and settle on it.

By contrast, “Drive, Vol. 2” ping-pongs from one emotional pole to another, which further convinces me that Natt has totally crossed the ambient-experimental boundaries on this release. You’d be hard-pressed to find an ambient album this interesting, that crams as many sounds and layers into a flowing piece of work and pulls all of them off so successfully.

Much of this owes to Natt’s melodic and harmonic gifts; he doesn’t solely rely on drones to evoke beauty, as he also employs chord progressions and even simple riffs to refine his sound. The fundamentally disparate worlds of electronic and classical music have, on occasion, meshed to form truly inspirational music.

“Forward” and “Curious” blend characteristics from both those worlds and the results bring melodramatic buildups and crescendos, which are even more evident on “Hysteria – No Melody Version”.

No doubt Natt Moore has once again created an extremely interesting recording full of texture and detail. Blending cinematic and orchestral arrangements with his own trademark ambience is a brilliant idea and an excellent use of classical underpinning in electronic music.

MORE ABOUT: Natt Moore is an artist who produces music in a variety of genres, including electronic, instrumental, ambient, dance, and drone. He composes and publishes his work independently, seeking full autonomy over both the art and business of what he does. Hailing originally from Gloucester, United Kingdom, Natt got his start in the music world when he was only 7 years old, learning piano by playing classical pieces mainly by Einaudi and Roberto Cacciapaglia.

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Interview with Cleveland rapper K3 http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-cleveland-rapper-k3 http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-cleveland-rapper-k3#respond Sat, 13 Apr 2019 16:21:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34956 Cleveland rapper K3 formally known as K-ST3RG was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland and was a top tier basketball player before injuring himself and eventually recording music. K3 has a unique style of rap similar to rappers in New York but with a little bit of West Coast flavor. K3 first started making music […]

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Cleveland rapper K3 formally known as K-ST3RG was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland and was a top tier basketball player before injuring himself and eventually recording music. K3 has a unique style of rap similar to rappers in New York but with a little bit of West Coast flavor. K3 first started making music with former high school classmate Jameel “JahGotTheJuice” Miller in 2017 when rapper Marr Flarr invited him to his studio session which took place at Miller’s home studio. After hearing tons of positive feedback from his first two tracks titled “Legendary” & “What U Do 2 Me” he decided to take his music more seriously and he started spending all of his time in the studio stockpiling new tracks.

His first mixtape “1 of One” helped create a small buzz in his area but it wasn’t until the release of his second project “K3” when he began to make a name for himself around Cleveland. His latest project titled “LoveTape” is the biggest project of his career and was released March 21, 2019.  The 15-track project has a number of heart-felt tracks and the production was handled brilliantly by Miller and included featured verses from big names like TYuS, & Ye Ali alongside background vocals from JoJo, Aaliyah, Ojerime.

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

K3: I have been recording and performing for almost two years. I started in the summer of 2017 where I recorded my first song “Legendary”. I came to the realization that this is what I wanted to do in January of 2017. I was a college athlete playing basketball, but unfortunately I had too many injuries and was not able to continue my career. I would always freestyle for fun in high school in the cafeteria, but never took it seriously. Once I knew I couldn’t hoop anymore I decided to turn music from a hobby to a career.

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

K3: A lot of old school rappers such as 2pac, biggie, big L and Cassidy. As I got older my influences began to be artist such as Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller, Ye Ali and Drake. I would say Drake is by far my strongest musical influence today.

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

K3: Drake, Bryson Tiller, and Tory Lanez. I respect their artistic endeavors because these artist are so versatile and have different sounds. I think all three of these artist are elite at singing and rapping, and that’s what separates them. I try to take a similar approach when I make music.

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

K3: Storytelling, lyricism, and melodic vibes. I think I am a mixture of all three elements. I have songs with a lot of stories in my music if you really lock in and listen. I also pride myself in being lyrical and going bar for bar on certain tracks. I also have tracks with slow melodic vibes that can really give the listener a feel or vibe when listening.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of rap and hip-hop artists emerging right now?

K3: The substance in my music is what I feel separates me. Everything I rap is real rap. I am not talking about anything I do not do or drugs, cars or clothes I do not have yet. I think a lot of hip hop artist today are just talking about cars, clothes or drugs. My music is relatable to anyone and I think that’s where the separation is.

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

K3: I’m not sure how rappers make a song with the lyrics first without the beat. I think that messes up the flow of the song. Nine times out of ten I have to hear the beat first, and catch the flow. Flow is everything in music today. I prefer to hear the beat first, but there have been times where certain parts of a song were taken from a scrap song or freestyle.

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

K3: I have never produced any of my beats. I have assisted with a few beats though. My main and lead producer is JahGotTheJuice. He produces the majority of my music. I do not collaborate with any outside sources as far as lyrics go, I write all my songs.

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

K3:  I think using multiple flows is an ingredient I try to infuse in my songs. I do not what my song to be too consistent because then I feel the listener will get bored listening. I think switching flows, beat drops, chopping drums, and beat switch ups are all key ingredients that I try to infuse when making my songs.

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

K3: Transitioning from being a student athlete to a regular person. I’ve been playing basketball my whole life and just not being able to play was a hard adjustment. I am still learning today how to deal with it. As far as music, I would say it’s difficult because I am enduring everything by myself. I am trying to do everything as far as marketing and creatively by myself, which is hard because there is a lot I do not know, and connections that I do not have.

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

K3: The two features I have on my latest project I have titled “LoveTape”. I have a song titled Let Me Know featuring TYuS. TYuS was formally signed to Warner bros, and has been featured on a lot of major blogs such as hotnewhiphop and complex. I have a song titled Love Tape featuring Ye Ali. Ye Ali is an R&B artist out of Los Angelos. Ye Ali is also a talented producer and has produced for Chris Brown, Joyner Lucas and 24hrs. He has also had major blog placements on XXL, Fader and hotnewhiphop. These are two successful artist I was able to work with and I think it-s even more cool because I listened to their music a lot before I even became an artist.

  1. What’s your view on the role and function of music as a cultural, political and/or social vehicle – 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?

K3: I do not really have a specific view on music. I think music can be cultural, political, a social vehicle or entertainment. I think it just depends on the artist or the listener. I personally use my music as an expression. If I’m in my feelings I write about it, if I want to be turnt up I write about it. I express myself though the music.

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

K3: The fact that I am in control of everything. I can release what I want and I am in control of all the money involved. I think what aspect discourages me the most is the networking. I do not think I will ever have the same connects as a label. There for I think it’s discouraging knowing I am not receiving the appropriate recognition for my music.

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

K3: Both, I enjoy creating in a studio environment. I also like performing in front of a live audience. I like the vibe of both experiences.

  1. Are you satisfied about the way the music business works in today’s digital age with platforms like iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud, or are there any improvements you’d like to see to get your music out there?

K3: Everybody has the same platforms, I think in most cases everyone gets the same opportunities to get there music out there when their on the come up. I do not see any improvements needed. The way music is now, artist are in control of their music, you do not need a label to distribute.

  1. In general, 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?

K3: Social media is like a big resume in my opinion. Social media platforms can be used as advertising your music and reaching out to as many people possible. You can gain a new fan or connection from a simple retweet, social media is amazing tool for artist in my opinion.

  1. Top five albums of all time?

K3: Faith Evans – Faith

       Usher – Confessions

       The Weekend – Trilogy

       Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

       Drake- Take Care

  1. Could you tell us something about the making of your latest release – “Love Tape”?

K3:  This project is my favorite of any music I have released before. I really took my time with everything and was extremely picky with the songs I created during the process. Every song that made the cut I made sure I was in love with. This was my first time experimenting with singing and melodic vibes. My engineer and I recorded in various locations such as basements, hotel rooms, college dorm room closets, and kitchens. Songs Ashanti , Secret , I’m shook , Collection Intermission and One Missed Call were all made in 2017 despite the project being released in 2019. I knew those tracks were special because no matter how many times I listened to them I never got tired of them. The features from Ye Ali and Tyus happen through an Instagram dm. I think it’s’ a blessing I was able to work with those artist and they responded despite the amount of dm’s they receive daily. With the exception of the song I’m shook, every song on this project was real and a true experience either I or one my peers experienced. This project will always be a classic in my eyes and will always be special to me. The skits of this project were all a combination of ideas from me and my lead producer/engineer JahGotTheJuice. He was extremely creative with the production. The samples and the transitions on some songs were unbelievable.

  1. Do you have a favorite track on your latest project, and does it have a specific backstory and/or message?

K3: This is a good question because every day I literally have a new favorite song from my latest project. Today I would have to say my favorite song is Can I//Feels. This song is a combination of two, but the transition is really smooth so it’s one song. There is a back story to both halves of this song. The first half of the song “Can I” is about a girl I dated a while back. I ended up doing her wrong and ever since I have regretted it. During the verse I reminisce on the times we had and ask her if she can give me a second chance. The second half of the song “Feels” is about a girl who never gave me a chance. During the verse I explain how she always is telling me stories about her past. I also explain that she is damaged and that she will never give me a chance because I will be stuck in the friend zone.

  1. If you could work with any other artist or producer of your choice today, who would that be?

K3: There are a lot of artist and producers I would love to work with. If I had to choose one artist to work with it would be Drake. I would choose Drake because he has really been on top for so long. I feel like working with him I could pick up so many gems and really learn a lot. As far as producers, I think I would want to work with 40. He has produced a lot of Drake’s music. I think him and I could create some dope tracks.

  1. Do you have a specific vision or goal that you would like to achieve in 2019?

K3: I want to drop as many visuals as possible and do more interviews. I think one of my weaknesses is content. I need more content besides just music. This year I want to make sure all my visuals I drop are dope.

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Christa Deánā will rank as your favorite Contemporary Christian Music album for this year http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christa-deana-will-rank-as-your-favorite-contemporary-christian-music-album-for-this-year http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christa-deana-will-rank-as-your-favorite-contemporary-christian-music-album-for-this-year#respond Sat, 13 Apr 2019 11:04:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34950 I feel pretty certain that the self-titled debut album from Christa Deánā will rank as your favorite Contemporary Christian Music recordings for this year. Christa selected a variety of songs and tailored the styles to minister each one with designed intention that maximizes both the lyrics and music. The musicians and vocalists on this project […]

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I feel pretty certain that the self-titled debut album from Christa Deánā will rank as your favorite Contemporary Christian Music recordings for this year. Christa selected a variety of songs and tailored the styles to minister each one with designed intention that maximizes both the lyrics and music. The musicians and vocalists on this project perfectly back her up in what seems to be her very personal testimony when she sings. The album launches Christa’s aspiring progression as one of the premier up and coming Gospel artists of our time. From beginning to end the recording is an authentic stream of worship straight from her heart. It is the culmination of hard work and a passionate vision. Considering that the Christian singer, songwriter, pianist, and educator, from Philadelphia claims to have heard the voice of God since she was 6 years old, hers has been a long journey in finding the purpose of life and faith.

The result is 10 tracks with a modern urban worship sound that is palpable and profound, and which will touch a chord with many different audiences – whether they be Soul, R&B, Pop or Hip Hop orientated.  The autobiographical opener “My Story (Introduction)” sets the basis for how and why Christa Deánā arrived at this point.

“Plenty of Confidence” forges an energetic, triumphant declaration of victory and trust in God which starts slowly but ends in an explosive, no-holds barred praise jam – the first of many. Christa’s effortless, passionate vocal is a highlight throughout; covering the range from slow and soulful to fiery screamers with ease.

“If God Doesn’t Want It” is an eloquent handclapping hymn of adoration as Christa allows her voice to bathe in layers melody and harmony, as well as rap interlude. “I Ain’t Worried” is a bluesy R&B celebration of worship and “Here” a melodic, tender breathy vocal, overflowing with desire and hope sure to lift the spirits.

On the piano driven sumptuousness of “Long” you can hear her sincerity and strong melodic voice that reaches to the core of your heart. All throughout this album one can feel Christa’s passion and pursuit to worship God through every song. Along the way she inserts interludes to articulate and connect her faith experiences to the album’s momentum.

“The Breakdown (Interlude)” offers a moment of pain and doubt, as well as the temptation to cease all belief in God’s power. But “Never Stop Believing” quickly erases those doubts, as Christa refers to God as a friend who she doesn’t always understand, but knows will always be there for her in times of need.

Fans are taken on an intense worship experience on “Shine” – probably the most powerful and uplifting song on the album. Christa Deánā begins the song softly and begins to build it with each and every line. The backing vocalists eventually join in and together the voices raise up an angelic, chain-breaking sound.

This self-titled debut album deserves to be talked about throughout 2019 because of its on-time message, effective delivery, and strong musicality. Filled with lots of declarations, prayer and faith, you would leave this album playing in your living room for a long time. Christa Deánā has a great big voice and a fearlessness in stepping beyond the boundaries, not being scared to infuse lots of creativity and personality into her music. Christa Deánā (Duh-nay) is clearly here to stay.

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Matt Rand: “Roses and Diamonds” – unvarnished emotionalism http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-rand-roses-and-diamonds-unvarnished-emotionalism http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-rand-roses-and-diamonds-unvarnished-emotionalism#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:07:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34946 Matt Rand provides listeners with a record that can only be described as an anthem. Supported by a heartfelt chorus and raw but melodic verses, Matt mixes passionate aspirations with heart pounding drums on “Roses and Diamonds” approaching the track with unheralded confidence, which adds to his powerful performance. The production here is also near […]

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Matt Rand provides listeners with a record that can only be described as an anthem. Supported by a heartfelt chorus and raw but melodic verses, Matt mixes passionate aspirations with heart pounding drums on “Roses and Diamonds” approaching the track with unheralded confidence, which adds to his powerful performance. The production here is also near flawless. With Maryland roots, Hip Hop artist, Matt Rand has been on the music scene since Myspace days. Born in Hawaii to military parents and relocated, he now calls Odenton, Maryland home. Fueled and influenced by 90’s hip hop artists as well as today’s music.

Matt Rand is the type of artist who can’t be easily categorized, which I think is his preference.  He’s an anomaly who willingly inhabits grey areas, between rapping and singing.  He is like a musical bridge, able to bring music lovers of varying backgrounds together simply because he taps into kindred spirits.

I’m pretty sure that with correct marketing he will manage to develop a fiercely loyal following that will hang on to every emotive word the Odenton resident chants. Matt’s flair for surrealistic imagery often helps his reveries soar.

Driven by a mesmerizing mixture of swaying hi-hats and a rumbling bassline, “Roses and Diamonds” would sound superb on any project. With that said, it should be mentioned that Matt Rand’s verbal attention to detail on this song is something that shouldn’t be overlooked; using his voice as an instrument, he treats every single syllable in his verse as part of a syncopated pattern that’s met with skilled precision. Matt expands hip-hop’s language by exploring the inner workings of relationships, and focusing on the attention he is giving his lady and the love he desires in return.

The one consistent element on “Roses and Diamonds”, is Matt Rand’s voice. You can hear his unvarnished emotionalism in the confessional words, while his unhurried melodic flow is highly recognizable. He is at his best with complicated stories, where his music can radiate whatever joy or pain he is feeling in the moment.

Matt approaches music in an unrestricted, pure manner that can easily be underappreciated until time slowly catches up. He is also honest in his lyrics. Matt’s rhymes are deep but elegant and he addresses his themes right away. As the title suggests, “Roses and Diamonds” leaves the listener with a warm feeling inside.

The beat, the lyrics – it’s just so fresh. It’s not perfect but it’s as close as you can get. The music is engrossing and Matt Rand’s angst is genuine. Forget the self-aggrandizement rappers that have permeated the airwaves since the dawn of hip-hop. Think of those profound wordsmiths who offer an antithesis to the swaggering braggadocio attitude that has dominated the genre – Matt Rand sits in the front row of that movement.

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Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – made to emote and delight http://jamsphere.com/reviews/deane-nesbitt-jr-soundtracks-in-the-sand-made-to-emote-and-delight http://jamsphere.com/reviews/deane-nesbitt-jr-soundtracks-in-the-sand-made-to-emote-and-delight#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:26:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34939 Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His […]

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Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World Music, reaching one of the top three positions on each.

Deane Nesbitt Jr.’s latest album “Soundtracks in the Sand”, which was inspired by films that contain Deane’s music, includes African, Caribbean, Mexican, Celtic and North American influences. Instrumental cinematic music can be a rather sticky topic.

One man’s music is another man’s molasses, as they say, especially when the music in question, is not accompanied by the imagery it was designed to enhance. Now, Deane’s music is quite something. The meticulous sculpting of his soundscapes, allows them to flourish without the filmed imagery, because they create their own. However clichéd that might sound, it’s the absolute truth.

The music on “Soundtracks in the Sand” is luxuriously layered, textured and pristine, thanks in no small part to modern production values and the ability to present crystal clear-cut compositions.

The listener who wants to fill a gap in their music collection with at least one long-running cinematic-styled instrumental  release will probably have to look no further: this is Deane Nesbitt Jr. at his quintessentially lushest, every track indexed yet connected, ushering forth reams of cascading piano notes and orchestral arrangements that unfurl and glide at differing paces.

There is no set scheme, no unilateral template, and no manifesto, except the will to emote and delight. It is a tapestry of moods and tones which are totally engaging. Deane’s well-defined approach and knack for creating picturesque imagery is in full force- whether it’s the joyous, energetic rhythm of the opening track, “Upbeat”, or the slower piano orchestration of “The Heroine”, and the foreboding “Legacy of War”, with its booming percussion and anthemic strings.

“Tracking The Soldier” has a calm, reflective vibe thanks to the lush soundscape and gently flourishing dynamics. The production is spot on capturing the spiritual, sublime Celtic sound that this track has to offer. Deane’s high-definition piano beautifully introduces the African flavors of “Change for Chimps”, featuring a vibrant vocal choir and interesting percussive deviations.

“Angels of the Ice” delivers soothing, sonic waveforms that instill a vast, deepness of open spaces and peace. Rich strumming guitars bring in the Mexican-flavored brass of “Chihuahua”, in another song which rides on Deane’s predilection for melody and harmony.

“Niagara” returns to the epic cinematic sound, before the album closes down with another taste of Deane Nesbitt Jr.’s delectable piano playing on “The Best That Can Be (Reflective)”. This is music that will still retain its artistic intent and expression through time. “Soundtracks in the Sand” doesn’t simply let you listen, it holds you hostage from the beginning to the end. Headphones are a very good idea too.

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ROSABEL: “The Album” – Superbly put together and jammed full of dancefloor atmosphere! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rosabel-the-album-superbly-put-together-and-jammed-full-of-dancefloor-atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rosabel-the-album-superbly-put-together-and-jammed-full-of-dancefloor-atmosphere#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 06:49:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34934 ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La […]

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ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, and many more.  Their remix work even landed them a Grammy Nomination in 2011 for the Rihanna Single “Only girl (in the world)”.

Ralphi Rosario is one of Chicago’s legendary “Hot Mix 5” DJs that strongly influenced house music when it started in Chicago. He has been an important DJ in the history of house and club music; Abel Aguilera is in the top tier of DJs, performing regularly for major worldwide events.

They’re both sought-after stars in the house music and Circuit worlds today. And now ROSABEL are set to release their debut album, via Carrillo Music – simply entitled “The Album”, featuring their longtime friend Jeanie Tracy on vocals. If these tracks don’t give your soul a little bounce when you throw them on, then find a new genre of music to listen to.

“The Album” should go down as one of the best Progressive House albums of the year, in other words this means giving it consecutive play start to finish. In fact, it is almost a shame if you ever need to pause or stop mid-track.

Whether you are on the dance floor, driving for hours, working out, or simply chilling with your best headphones on alongside a tall, frozen beverage staring out over a white sand beach, you will lose all sense of time. As usual Ralphi’s Puerto Rican, and Abel’s Cuban roots, are always tangible enough to infuse their tracks with that spicy Latin flavor.

Superbly put together and jammed full of dancefloor atmosphere, “The Album” is one original house compilation that cannot be overlooked. ROSABEL are true talents when it comes to producing dance tracks; their compositions are of the highest quality, but it’s their ability to add texture into their music, and to create moods which are all too easy and enjoyable to embrace that really stand out the most. This recording is so involving, it’s so hard to describe words that come to mind – certainly energetic, vibrant, absorbing, soulful, and well damn right, brilliant, come to mind.

Having a career that spans in excess of twenty years at the very top of their game in a continually shifting musical landscape is no mean feat, and equaled only by a select few. And this recording tells us exactly why. “The Album” oozes fresh tracks, impeccable mixing and longevity, which is key for any album to keep spinning on the turntable.

“Don’t Talk Just Listen” sets the tone perfectly, gently opening with a heartbeat rhythm and spoken word vocals as the percussion drives in to set the precedent for what is to follow. “Funky Beat” steps up the energy with a more insistent bassline while the harmonic key changes continue pushing the energy forward.

Jeanie Tracy steps into the mix on “Your Love” bringing a wash of soulful harmony and melody to a perky piano driven rhythm. She’s even more captivating on “We Need Love” a hypnotic monster of huge sounds with enormous basslines. It’s a delightful track and one of my favorites this year.

Basslines and brass zip in and out, as one of the hottest production properties, deliver their Latin flavored formula on “Cha Cha Duro”. “The Feelin” ft. Tamara Wallace, doesn’t merely creep in, it stomps in with an authority and builds and builds to devastating effect. Next up is “Anthem of House” with Terri B, which creates an incredible dancefloor atmosphere.

The album also includes some stellar remixes: “That Sound – Alan Jackinsky Private Mix (Bonus Track)” and “(Yinon Yahel & Mor Avrahami Remix Edit)”, among them. In between, you’ll find “Vamos!” and “Livin’ For Your Love” with the immense Jeanie Tracy.

“Cha Cha Heels (Tony Moran + Deep Influence)”, brings to a conclusion an immensely satisfying listening experience and something you will enjoy time and time again. ROSABEL have created a mix of forward-thinking dance compositions that doesn’t sound like anything else out there at the moment, and that looks set to stand the test of time!

 

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10 Best Drummers of All Time http://jamsphere.com/news/10-best-drummers-of-all-time http://jamsphere.com/news/10-best-drummers-of-all-time#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 19:58:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34931 Musicians do what normal people love – they mix and push notes and chords, sticks and claps to make melody and music. Drummers, who add the base and the beat to musical performances are definitely important in the tradition. They’ve been hitting their drum sets to produce the best beats and accompaniments to notes. In […]

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Musicians do what normal people love – they mix and push notes and chords, sticks and claps to make melody and music. Drummers, who add the base and the beat to musical performances are definitely important in the tradition. They’ve been hitting their drum sets to produce the best beats and accompaniments to notes. In this article, we explore ten best drummers of all time

  1. Gene Krupa

A resident of the United States, Gene Krupa’s music has been appreciable all throughout his late 90s career. Music critics often agree that he has a certain and specific style, which manages to sink into all the notes and beats there are. Gene Krupa is celebrated by fans even today!

  1. Glen Power

Glen Power was great at the drums, and you will agree if you have listened to The Script songs. He had a distinct style and was particular with the instruments he played with. When it comes to drums however, there is no better way to start learning about them than this page.

  1. John Bonham

Esteemed for his work Led Zeppelin, John Bonham was born on 31st May 1948 and went onto live as the most powerful proponents of the American Jazz Age. He was fondly called by the nickname of ‘Bonzo’ and has earned acclaim as one of the greatest musicians and rock band performers in history, remaining a constant source of inspiration to drummers for being an active proponent of the American Jazz Age.

  1. Art Blakey

Art Blakey had a lovely way of getting his beats to his audience. His aggressive style was impressive to say the least. That had a profound effect on 20th Century Jazz music. He used to say, “To pass through life and miss this music is to miss out on one of the best things about living”.

  1. Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich was a phenomenon remarkable for having astounded vaudeville audiences in the late 1910s and early ’20s. He was the most unconventional and iconoclastic drummers of his time.

  1. Neil Peart

Neil Ellwood Peart is known for being the primary lyricist and the drummer of the band Rush. A rock band drummer who tasted the pinnacle of success throughout his life, Neil Peart retired in 2007 after an illustrious career in the music industry.

  1. Joe Morello

Joe Morello has been a musician all his life. He started off as a master violinist when he was a kid. In his teens, he decided to take up the drums and made it big. At some point of time, he has worked with music legends like Johnny Smith, all the while earning international praise and fame for his skill.

  1. Mike Portnoy

As an established drummer, Mike Portnoy has been awarded by several music establishments after his songs turned into major international hits. He was extremely qualified as a musician and has been fondly associated with the band he played for. We attribute six Dream Theater albums to him, which he co-produced of course. The music he leaves behind is a legacy, and modern-day drummers continue to idolize him.

  1. Keith Moon

English by birth, Keith Moon was the drummer of the rock band “Who”. He had a specific style, and though this is eccentric, he had a rather self-destructive behavior too! His music rocked the charts for many years to come.

  1. Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl comes in at number ten as a drummer, but the fact is, he was multi-talented. The gentleman was from the States, and was also a multi instrumentalist and a film director!

Drummers add the extra beat to music. These famous drummers have a huge fan base and have always been held in high regard in the music industry.

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Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin – elconEstharoe http://jamsphere.com/news/experimental-electronica-from-a-greek-master-of-the-theremin-elconestharoe http://jamsphere.com/news/experimental-electronica-from-a-greek-master-of-the-theremin-elconestharoe#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:41:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34927 Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. […]

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Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine

Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. The Hyper-real Soundscapes of elconEstharoe are at the vanguard of experimental electronica. Through his work with elconEstharoe, Lambro is acutely aware of his acoustic environment and in particular the natural resources around him, utilizing the biophony, anthropophony and the sacred power of sound.

From within his Sound Design Lab in the Greek City of Arta he weaves magical strands into simple yet formidable soundscapes. Rather uniquely in this age of music by numbers no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment and through a combination of the natural and the surreal Lambro delivers a comprehensive soundscape ecology with an added ‘other world’ geometric dimension.

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Sabotaj: “The 5 Elements” – driving home his message of hip-hop revival http://jamsphere.com/reviews/sabotaj-the-5-elements-driving-home-his-message-of-hip-hop-revival http://jamsphere.com/reviews/sabotaj-the-5-elements-driving-home-his-message-of-hip-hop-revival#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:14:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34920 Leonard Fischer artistically known as Sabotaj, had his introduction to the world of hip hop during 1979, the same year Sugarhill Gang released its groundbreaking track “Rapper’s Delight”. Throughout the rough years of his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, the rapper – whose parents divorced when he was just 3 – was brought up […]

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Leonard Fischer artistically known as Sabotaj, had his introduction to the world of hip hop during 1979, the same year Sugarhill Gang released its groundbreaking track “Rapper’s Delight”. Throughout the rough years of his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, the rapper – whose parents divorced when he was just 3 – was brought up alongside his younger brother by his mom and grandmother. Despite any hardships and struggles, he always managed to find solace in hip-hop, especially via the radio station, KDAY and the radio deejay Greg Mack. Here Sabotaj discovered Eric B. & Rakim, KRS-One, Public Enemy, The Juice Crew and Biz Markie. Followed by West Coast artists such as Ice-T, Eazy-E, N.WA., King Tee, Tone Loc and several others. Eventually he would savor the works of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, as well the whole Def Jam era and its ensuing subsidiaries.

It was in 1988 that Sabotaj actually discovered his own talents. Invited to write verses for a house party, which he eventually ended up reciting, the reception to his performance convinced him that he could do the job.

He has never stopped writing since. After performing under diverse monikers he finally settled for Sabotaj, and went on to create an interesting and commercially tumultuous career which reads like an encyclopedia of the genre’s early stages.

Fact is Sabotaj is right back on track with his latest single, “The 5 Elements”.  The track is an ode to hip hop, and was taken off his album “The Legend That Never Was” – a project released in 2018 that was 30 years in the making.

“The 5 Elements” delivers verses about the core elements that helped shape the culture of Hip Hop – graffiti, breaking, deejaying, emceeing, and hip hop producing. The first thing that emerges from this track, is that Sabotaj takes Hip Hop more seriously than most other rappers I know of.

And here he directs much of his focus to reminding the youngsters about the forgotten roots of Hip Hop. This type of seriousness is probably why he is back on the mic with a brand new record, and to distinguish real Hip Hop from the shallowness that’s riding the airwaves currently.

For those who are frustrated with the imitativeness and childishness of much of modern day rap, this track is another breath of fresh air. Sabotaj is a master at timing the change in his flow, and with the drops in the beat, giving every bar a dramatic suspense where the listener knows a hard-hitting punchline is coming up.

The key to appreciating Sabotaj’s music in 2019, is understanding him, and this, his most recent release, is a good place to get an idea of where he is coming from. “The 5 Elements” is a dedication to the culture he has been representing for the majority of his life, hence expect high points, both musically and lyrically.

What exactly is hip-hop? Well if you summarize the words of Sabotaj, it’s a culture that you eat, drink and breathe – a far cry from today’s rappers who seem to only be looking for money, bitches and fame. Sabotaj just lets loose across the board on this track, relentlessly driving home his message of hip-hop revival, trying valiantly to shed some light on what hip-hop is truly about. And it’s a beautiful thing to witness!

A NOTE ABOUT THE VIDEO: The video was filmed in East Los Angeles and the Pico-Union area, capturing some of the greatest graffiti murals on the West Coast and some of the illest breaking scenes provided by The Legendary L.A. Breakers.

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R&B singer D’Meetri takes us down memory lane in new visuals for “Pretty Marie” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rb-singer-dmeetri-takes-us-down-memory-lane-in-new-visuals-for-pretty-marie http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rb-singer-dmeetri-takes-us-down-memory-lane-in-new-visuals-for-pretty-marie#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 22:09:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34914 R&B singer D’Meetri takes us down memory lane in new visuals for “Pretty Marie” WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVmSKlc4f20  Keep Up with D’Meetri on Social Media www.dmeetri.com www.instagram.com/dmeetrigriffin @DmeetriGriffin www.twitter.com/dmeetri @dmeetri www.facebook.com/OfficialDmeetri www.youtube.com/dmeetri More About D’Meetri: Pop Singer D’Meetri (Dominique Demetrice Griffin), was born in St. Paul, MN in Dec. of 1991. D’Meetri Studied music production and recording […]

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R&B singer D’Meetri takes us down memory lane in new visuals for “Pretty Marie”

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www.dmeetri.com
www.instagram.com/dmeetrigriffin @DmeetriGriffin
www.twitter.com/dmeetri @dmeetri
www.facebook.com/OfficialDmeetri
www.youtube.com/dmeetri

More About D’Meetri:

Pop Singer D’Meetri (Dominique Demetrice Griffin), was born in St. Paul, MN in Dec. of 1991. D’Meetri Studied music production and recording all through high school before he graduated and moved to Atlanta to begin a career as a songwriter. Shortly after the move to Atlanta, D’Meetri decided to move to Los Angeles to expand his career in Entertainment.

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How To Change The World? Watch Black Camaileon’s “One Nation” Music Video Here! http://jamsphere.com/news/how-to-change-the-world-watch-black-camaileons-one-nation-music-video-here http://jamsphere.com/news/how-to-change-the-world-watch-black-camaileons-one-nation-music-video-here#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 18:40:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34908 Hailing from New York, multi-talented artist Black Camaileon wants to make a huge positive impact on the world. You just have to pay attention to the lyrics of his new single “One Nation”, which calls for unity and peace. Sadly, division in any form is affecting people’s life, especially so in the USA. What’s more, […]

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Hailing from New York, multi-talented artist Black Camaileon wants to make a huge positive impact on the world. You just have to pay attention to the lyrics of his new single “One Nation”, which calls for unity and peace.

Sadly, division in any form is affecting people’s life, especially so in the USA. What’s more, there’s no better way to use music, the universal language of the world, to send positive vibes in every corner of the planet.

“One Nation” comes in the form of a Hip-Hop/Rap song with a vintage feel to it. One way or another, its instrumentation reminds me of the 90’s era. Actually, this beautiful tune was written decades ago, and its message still increases awareness even more now than ever before.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCDUTCQLdWA
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The 10:04s: ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright / ‘North’ – an epic sound and massive vocals! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-1004s-everything-is-going-to-be-alright-north-an-epic-sound-and-massive-vocals http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-1004s-everything-is-going-to-be-alright-north-an-epic-sound-and-massive-vocals#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 17:43:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34901 The 10:04s have toured extensively up and down the UK, playing with various bands from Idlewild to The Proclaimers, The Cribs to The 1975 and with the Pet Shop Boys on the main stage at Edinburgh Hogmanay’s ‘Gig In The Gardens’.  The band’s new AA single, ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright / ‘North’, is […]

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The 10:04s have toured extensively up and down the UK, playing with various bands from Idlewild to The Proclaimers, The Cribs to The 1975 and with the Pet Shop Boys on the main stage at Edinburgh Hogmanay’s ‘Gig In The Gardens’.  The band’s new AA single, ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright / ‘North’, is created by a version of themselves that sounds both increasingly world-weary and stunningly refreshed. The 10:04s, who can be described as the usual independent underdogs, may well end up with a strong candidate for the most ambitious alternative rock track of the year. ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’, is a really big track in terms of epic sound and massive vocals.

Imagine a rocking Nick Cave or Dave Gahan in front of a bone crushing rhythm section, with wildly banging drums and abrasive, over-driven electric guitars, in a majestically orchestrated arrangement.

‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’ is a recording with the rough edges removed; the polished work of pros who have gotten incredibly good at what they do. The track’s emotional core comes screaming out from its dark place, as the lead vocals rise powerfully above the turbulent soundscape in which it’s set.

The driving rhythm and those sky-searching vocals lines keep the head up, rather than staring down towards the dark and tormented lyrics with pessimism. With ease, The 10:04s play to its strengths with this dramatic narrative and scorching beat.

Dark and neurotic this track bursts with unbridled energy, but careful, patient listening offers copious rewards, especially lyrically, as The 10:04s are never banal or shallow in their narratives. Ineffable transcendence aside, The 10:04s also succeed on the merits of simply being an excellent rock band.

Bold and brash, ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’ is subtly insinuating; at first it seems almost free of hooks, then three listens later it’s difficult to get it unstuck. It burrows and then resides, first easy to take in then totally impossible to let go.

“North”, on the other hand, is an almost-traditional-sounding piano-driven ballad that serves as the band’s best showcase for the lead vocals: Like the music that weaves around it, the voice is singularly beautiful, resonating, and more diverse than it’s probably given credit for.

What this track really reveals though, is that The 10:04s are able to write songs which are scalable: built around small, personal sentiments and eloquent musical passages that, when unfolded musically and emotionally, strike a mighty chord with listeners. It also shows how much The 10:04s songs can hinge on the atmosphere created by the lyrics and the vocals.

The subtle, spacious production is immaculate, allowing for an intimate blend of sounds that also feel grand and expansive. Instrumentally, The 10:04s do everything necessary to craft the aesthetic they’re aiming for on “North”, and achieve it with such precision and consistency that it implies genius.

Ultimately, The 10:04s musical world is one rife with unique insights and dark, detailed songwriting able to emotionally connect and inspirit. It is this embrace of emotion, in all its complexities, that makes The 10:04s the band that it is.

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LOS ANGELES BASED PRODUCER JEFF II IS BACK WITH A NEW SINGLE! http://jamsphere.com/news/los-angeles-based-producer-jeff-ii-is-back-with-a-new-single http://jamsphere.com/news/los-angeles-based-producer-jeff-ii-is-back-with-a-new-single#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 11:11:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34892 After the unbridled success of ‘Sleepless’, the Frenchman Jeff II returns with another EDM N’ Roll track called ‘Time on my side’. The song contains similar elements that we can hear in his previous releases: aggressive beats, distorted synthesizers, chopped vocal samples, and virtuosic guitar solos. Conversely, Jeff II has overall sound has become more […]

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After the unbridled success of ‘Sleepless’, the Frenchman Jeff II returns with another EDM N’ Roll track called ‘Time on my side’. The song contains similar elements that we can hear in his previous releases: aggressive beats, distorted synthesizers, chopped vocal samples, and virtuosic guitar solos.

Conversely, Jeff II has overall sound has become more palatable to the mainstream hoi polloi, as well as danceable. While ‘Sleepless’ was a song intended to be listened to via the intimacy of headphones, ‘Time on my side’ is designed to be played live or boisterously emanating from the speakers of a club.

It is still hard to place a discerning label on Parisian’s music due to the eclectic, yet ambiguous genre he subscribes to. It is not every day that one hears an 80’s hard rock guitar solo right after an electro-house type of chorus.  The heavy use of a supplementary cowbell adds an extra groovy rock n’ roll feel to the song, combined with some classic EDM breaks and build-ups.

Fundamentally, ‘Time on my side’ is replete with sounds akin to an amalgam of The Prodigy, Guns N’ Roses, Skrillex and Joe Satriani; not for everyone’s taste. With the uniqueness of his sound and the unequivocal quality of his tracks, Jeff II has the potential to become the next exciting thing in the world of electronic dance music.

OFFICIAL LINKS FOR JEFF II:

-Official Website: https://www.jeff2music.com/

-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff2music

-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeff2music/

-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/jeffII

-Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ej2bg9Wme2OwmgiCZPmoU

-Google play: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist?id=A4iveveewlkx5k2ughanmla3bba&hl=fr

-Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/fr/artist/61996262

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Kfir: “Free Delivery” allows the singer’s distinctive talents to shine http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kfir-free-delivery-allows-the-singers-distinctive-talents-to-shine http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kfir-free-delivery-allows-the-singers-distinctive-talents-to-shine#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 15:35:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34888 New York based performing artist, Kfir, has spent his life pursuing his passion, which took him from classical ballet training, to Broadway, and to now releasing his first EP. Kfir developed himself as an artist writing poetry, eventually expanding upon that, and adding music to his words. After his dance mix single “Heart After Dark” went […]

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New York based performing artist, Kfir, has spent his life pursuing his passion, which took him from classical ballet training, to Broadway, and to now releasing his first EP. Kfir developed himself as an artist writing poetry, eventually expanding upon that, and adding music to his words. After his dance mix single “Heart After Dark” went to number six on the UK pop charts, he was able to raise the money he needed to fund his following endeavors, including his EP “Free Delivery”.  Listening to this EP just proves one thing – Kfir is a consummate craftsman. This album took me on a roller coaster ride of musical highs and no lows. Kfir is a vocal chameleon. The way he weaves his voice into the different songs is breathtaking. From empowerment, to fun, to joy and to raw introspective emotion, his voice mesmerizes and reach into your soul.

The lyrics, all throughout, are achingly honest and Kfir sings them with integrity and feelings. “Free Delivery” stomps in and sets the rebellious mood with its opening track, “Endless Game”. Deep voiced and dominantly ominous, Kfir broods through the verses and then soars into the high free-falling choruses.

It’s really refreshing to listen to music that has some depth to it. “Everything But Perfection” confirms the potential unleashed in the opening track. A funky spring-heeled beat supplies the foundation for the singer to deliver the mellifluous dancefloor anthem.

Emotional, atmospheric and highly impacting, the single “Outta Love” is a tormented love song that is powerfully confrontational. It is a beautiful song, sung exquisitely, with great beauty of tone, emotion, and power. Kfir has a great, great voice and this song displays it in its fullness.

The interesting thing to me is what a fine songwriter Kfir is, compared to other current pop artists. He pretty much puts many of his more famous peers to shame, whether it’s on the eloquent and rhythmic mid-tempo motif of “Step On The Flame”, or the hulking futuristic and cinematic soundscape of “Jenny Lou”.

For “City Romance” the singer comes back around to his sweet spot – introspective lyrics and textured vocals dripping with emotion. Here Kfir lets his sense of self and maturity shine through: “Kiss me for the last time, cause this ain’t working out. And as I take a piece of your heart, you can take a piece of mine. And I never thought this would happen, but something in me just died.” Being both haunting instrumentally, and honest lyrically, you instantly feel in the moment and fully understand every feeling felt, to capture such a performance.

The most remarkable thing about “Free Delivery” is the artist’s focus on having complete and moving songs rather than just singing as many impressive notes as possible – which he is able to do at free will of course. The final track “Big in America” gives us the luxury of savoring both of those privileges, as Kfir forges his entire skillset in a narrative that proposes the aspirations and enchantment of the American dream.

The album’s strongest tracks, are those on which the hooks and production are robust enough to stand up to Kfir’s force-of-nature performances, which is almost always the case. Ultimately “Free Delivery” allows the singer’s distinctive talents to shine, and marks a strutting step forward for Kfir.

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