JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:12:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mindz I: “iAwake” – This is where hip hop needs to be! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mindz-i-iawake-this-is-where-hip-hop-needs-to-be http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mindz-i-iawake-this-is-where-hip-hop-needs-to-be#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:07:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32942 The brand new album “iAwake”, presents a new wave of Psychedelic & Electronic Hiphop and Rock, entirely written, produced, and recorded by Mindz I (mind’s eye).  Mindz I is an emerging hip-hop artist, producer and musician from Trenton, New Jersey, who is taking the music scene to another level with his powerful sound and psychedelic […]

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The brand new album “iAwake”, presents a new wave of Psychedelic & Electronic Hiphop and Rock, entirely written, produced, and recorded by Mindz I (mind’s eye).  Mindz I is an emerging hip-hop artist, producer and musician from Trenton, New Jersey, who is taking the music scene to another level with his powerful sound and psychedelic visuals. Instruments, samples, technology and rhymes blend in a universal message for the times. I have been turning my nose to rap and hip hop recently, and for good reason. Most of the trash you hear is the same old recycled bullshit you’ve heard mainstreamed a thousand times already. Beats that are less original than school yard table pounding rap sessions.

Yet even when I say that I cannot forget that rap still features passion-driven artists, who use the medium as an extension of their very person. They experiment for a sound and feel which at first may seem misplaced, only to then certify its existence as a perfect element for the progression of the genre.

Mindz I is one of those artists, and “iAwake” is his expression. Mixed with genuine and creative lyrics carried by what would be on its own unusual samples and beats, somehow blend together to create one amazing listening experience.

Mindz I is an artist who validates Rap as a medium. I suggest him to anyone who wants better music in their life. When I first put this album into my rotation, it sat around, not quite hooking quickly, but by the second full listen it struck me hard. “iAwake” is almost completely unlike anything out there in the hip hop spectrum right now.

Actually, you can erase the word ‘almost’ from my previous statement. Not only that, but the album maintains a very spacey sound enhanced by a rich sonic atmosphere of odd, trippy effects – both in the beats and the vocals.

This, to me, is where hip hop needs to be. The music is so spare and yet lusciously resonating. It puts so many artists to shame I dare not name all of them but let’s just say “iAwake” is a legend killer. It hits you hard and right where you want it to.

After you listen to the whole record, you may just go out and tell everybody and anybody, how you really feel about this. I stand by this as one of the most creative, innovative, and captivating rap albums of the year. Even to this day, Mindz I sounds like he was beamed in from another planet with the shifting, rhythmic sounds of this album.

As the album opens with “The Abstraction” and then moves onto “Lyrical Light Saber” and “3 Jewelz”, you will I immediately fall for the innovative beats and production, as well as Mindz I’s excellent rapping over top of them. But they don’t even touch the tip of this iceberg of talents.

It’s when the groove gets into “The Great Bizarre” and “The Live Wire” that you fully realize Mindz I’s potential, and that he is taking rap to a place that it hasn’t really gone before. There’s been a lot of really interesting developments in experimental electronic-based music recently. But, Mindz I’s hip-hop experiments differ from those of other artists partly because he has the advantage of creative perspective.

“Road Tripp (Green Light)” ft. Greenlight Gordon & Tiffany Hill, only serves to confirm that Mindz I can deliver killer verses, while collaborating in a highly melodic environment. But, when it comes down to it, Mindz I really just sounds like a bigger, better version of himself when compared to his previous releases.

He takes the futuristic direction he outlined on those earlier works and fleshes it out to make some truly mind-bending music, which is perfectly showcased on “S.W.E.D.”, “Mysteryland” (ft. Just-One) and “Outie 5000”. If you want something different from traditional hip hop – And probably a little ahead of its time – you should definitely get “iAwake”.

You can listen to the full new album “iAwake” on YouTube HERE.

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TalentDisplay: “THE ILLUSION OF BALANCE” in memory of Tom Allison http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/talentdisplay-the-illusion-of-balance-in-memory-of-tom-allison http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/talentdisplay-the-illusion-of-balance-in-memory-of-tom-allison#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:10:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32937 Versatile Los Angeles rapper TalentDisplay has a unique approach to hip hop that incorporates the influence of his home town of Brooklyn with the fresh sounds of his current west coast surroundings. TalentDisplay blasted on to the music scene in 2006 with his self-titled multi-lingual single. Since then, he has worked with superstar artists Fredro […]

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Versatile Los Angeles rapper TalentDisplay has a unique approach to hip hop that incorporates the influence of his home town of Brooklyn with the fresh sounds of his current west coast surroundings. TalentDisplay blasted on to the music scene in 2006 with his self-titled multi-lingual single. Since then, he has worked with superstar artists Fredro Starr and Ca$his, collaborated on pop, rap and R&B tracks while working at Paramount and has released several critically acclaimed solo projects. The latest being “THE ILLUSION OF BALANCE” in memory of Tom Allison.

  1. When did you decide to release the EP “The Illusion Of Balance” and when did you start work on it?

TalentDisplay: I started working on it earlier in the same month I released it, June 2018. I wrote a song about my dear friend Tom Allison, who passed away. It started with the song “Heavy Heart” and grew from there. I felt I needed to, to let it out.

  1. Why the title “The Illusion Of Balance”? Tell us something about the concept behind the recording?

TalentDisplay: Because, sometimes in one way, we may show a smile and happiness, but hide the other side of it which is ironically keeping us balanced. My dear friend passes, days later I find out my girl is dealing with cancer, and then shortly after, I was in a scenario where I had to show these emotions that completely misdirected where I truly was at, and somehow, it kept me balanced. Like, I told myself, “take it a step at a time and handle. That’s all you could do” you know? The Illusion Of Balance is real.

  1. This time around, you’re working with only one producer, why that choice?

TalentDisplay: Honestly? It was because of you. If you recall, you had asked me in a previous interview why I never used one producer for a project. The first song I recorded for TIOB was a tribute to my friend who passed, and since I really like the producer’s sound, I went ahead and made the whole EP with his production. You played a role in me leaning toward only using one, and I appreciate it. Very cohesive.

  1. How did you link up with TellingBeatzz, and what is it you liked best about his beats and sound?

TalentDisplay: I’ve been scheming through his catalog for a while. I’ve used his production in years passed and really enjoy how musical his beats are. I love the kits and twang with the sound sometimes. I like the liveliness I feel the instrumentals hold.

  1. Is it just the two of you working on this EP, or are there any other people behind the scenes that you’d like to mention?

TalentDisplay: Of course. One of my closest friends Heath Ripplinger (of Ripshore Studios). Heath is not only an amazing engineer, he’s an amazing person and I love when we get in the studio and do what we do. I have been very fortunate to have worked with him on hundreds of my songs. One of the best engineers and drummer in the music industry out here in LA. Heath is immensely talented with one of the best ears ever. That’s pretty much the only one with me in the stu.

  1. Did you once again write all the lyrical material on “The Illusion Of Balance”?

TalentDisplay: Yes, I wrote everything. Only thing “Ghost” for me is when I leave a scene, maybe a Rolls Phantom (laughs).

  1. Which of the songs on EP do you think came out best, and just as you intended before recording them?

TalentDisplay:  Great question, and a tough one. I’d say most likely, “Demons Move In”

  1. Have you released as single from the collection yet? And if not, is this something you will be doing?

TalentDisplay: Haven’t really released a single for it. I am contemplating on maybe putting one of the songs out with a bit more focus and some more promotion almost as a single. I’ve released an EP “Workflow” earlier this year, so I still my put some single promo on one of the songs off there still. Though my latest EP TIOB is available on all platforms, it’s very much a personal project for me. I got to give that a serious consideration, turn a lot of my focus to one of the songs off there, could be pretty cool.

  1. Here is a question I always like asking you. Is there any one particular track that holds a bigger place in your heart than the others, and why?

TalentDisplay: The irony… it is most definitely the song “Heavy Heart”. The tribute to my friend, which is a song I go back to all the time when I think about Tom. I love and miss that man dearly. He was the best. Rest Easy Tom.

  1. Which was technically the most difficult song of the bunch to record and capture just the way you wanted it?

TalentDisplay: I have to go ahead and say “Heavy Heart” once again, My voice kept cracking, I was teary eyed and choked at times, very tough. Thankfully I had my dude Heath there with his mixing skills as well as the patience, good sense of humor and sarcastic shit-talking combo (laughs).

  1. Listening to the songs now. Do you ever get the feeling to want to go back and do something differently? Or do you think they came out just as you wanted, and you wouldn’t change anything about them anymore?

TalentDisplay: Only thing I wish I could change would be to have been working with Heath even earlier than I have. I have no regrets about doing things differently with the music. If I don’t like how something came out, we’ll fix it and then put it out.

  1. For anyone who has not yet heard “The Illusion Of Balance”, which keywords would you use to describe it to them?

TalentDisplay: Transparent, Sincere, Relatable, Deep.

  1. Will you be working on any videos to promote the songs on “The Illusion Of Balance”?

TalentDisplay: I am thinking about making a video for one of the songs very soon, yea.

  1. Would you regard “The Illusion Of Balance” as your best work yet? And if so why?

TalentDisplay: My projects are all different and I don’t know if it’s the best work yet. Maybe because I feel like my catalog since 09 is the best catalog yet, and I’m constantly pushing the envelope.

  1. You’ve now done a whole lot of EP releases, as well as albums. I know it’s pretty much against market trends, but do you ever get the urge to do a concept double album? In recent times we’ve seen Big Krit and Kendrick Lamar going down this road with both huge critical and commercial success, while we’ve also seen a whole lot of others fail miserably. What are your thoughts on this format?

TalentDisplay: I would definitely do a double album too. I love just rolling with the punches. I don’t do market trends. I made an album before called “Keep Pushing No Matter What”, it was kind of a double album but I presented it as one. It was supposed to be “Keep Pushing” & “No Matter What”. There’s actually a title track for each one of those including all the songs, but as one. It’s available to stream and download at KPNMW.com

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Cody Daniel: “Breaking Away” – a sound made for modern radio http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cody-daniel-breaking-away-a-sound-made-for-modern-radio http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cody-daniel-breaking-away-a-sound-made-for-modern-radio#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 06:21:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32933 Cody Daniel’s first performance playing guitar was in 2008 at his senior talent show. “I didn’t sing because I was too shy,” he says. Cody has since been motivated to continue to grow in music, and determined to find his niche. After attempting to from different genres of bands with friends, Cody realized he had […]

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Cody Daniel’s first performance playing guitar was in 2008 at his senior talent show. “I didn’t sing because I was too shy,” he says. Cody has since been motivated to continue to grow in music, and determined to find his niche. After attempting to from different genres of bands with friends, Cody realized he had a difficult time compromising his creative side with other people. His musical vision was so clear, that he decided to embark on a solo venture. Now, completely in charge of the production of his music and visuals, Cody Daniel brings us his single “Breaking Away”. His vocal prowess, lyrical maturity and all round musicianship is evident throughout the track.

It would be easy to overlook Cody Daniel as a trendy pop artist whose fans are likely to be teenage girls, but as we continue to see, this is one of the most powerful demographics in the entire world. Hence for him this would be nothing less than an outright advantage. Cody is the future, and I don’t mean that hyperbolically. He’s aware, and knows so much about what he wants to do with his music.

It’s thrilling to see someone with so much potential finding himself as an artist, and to see how he embraces his sincerity and earnestness. The track’s authenticity is extremely transparent. Cody led with his heart on his sleeve and didn’t look back. “Breaking Away” follows a mid-tempo formula, but it manages to retain all the natural emotion that Cody is able to place in his vocals.

The artist’s sound is made for modern radio: a mix of electro pop and indie flourishes with liberal use of percussion, a rumbling bass and vocal harmonies. The simplicity of the style leaves room for both good and bad raw emotion to blossom.

The month of August is turning into a banner one for underground single releases from young, good-looking, sensitive pop singer-songwriters blessed with awesome falsettos. Cody Daniel’s style is one that is not obsolete.

In a world with plenty one-man headliners with a guitar and fun beats, it is important to differentiate yourself. Cody does just this by proving to be vocally and instrumentally in tune with the times. Another thing to praise Cody for is how relatable his music is. His storytelling is wildly genuine.

“Breaking Away” describes the need to get out of a poisonous relationship and the usual daily grind. It proves that Cody is in the same league as many of his peers; capable of writing emotional lyrics whilst completely capturing the audience with the melody.

Moreover he shows that he can croon soulfully and work a song better than most. Suffice it to say, Cody Daniel is a talent on the rise. On the rise to where? Only time will tell, as he divides his time between singing and acting, but this record, seems to be another step in the right musical direction for this multi-talented artist.

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Lyrics Of Two: “Summer Song (Hey, Hey)” – promises to endure as a mile marker! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lyrics-of-two-summer-song-hey-hey-promises-to-endure-as-a-mile-marker http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lyrics-of-two-summer-song-hey-hey-promises-to-endure-as-a-mile-marker#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:44:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32927 Founded by Los Angeles born, head songwriter and poet,  who is classically trained in piano and has a degree in Sociology from Mount St. Mary’s University, Lyrics Of Two have established themselves as accomplished lyricists, songwriters, and composers. Marie Helen is a member of the Songwriter’s Guild Of America, and has had an interest in […]

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Founded by Los Angeles born, head songwriter and poet,  who is classically trained in piano and has a degree in Sociology from Mount St. Mary’s University, Lyrics Of Two have established themselves as accomplished lyricists, songwriters, and composers. Marie Helen is a member of the Songwriter’s Guild Of America, and has had an interest in creative writing from a very early age. From the acoustic pop of “Mysteries”, to the gritty, rhythmic Americana rock of “Streetlights Are Spotlights” and onto the life empowering anthem “Let’s Make This Earth From House To Home”, Lyrics Of Two have never failed to impress.

Marie Helen Abramyan

Regardless of which musical road they choose to walk down. Their latest Country-styled feel-good summer anthem, “Summer Song (Hey, Hey)”, once again penned by Marie Helen, is a work of music I can listen to over and over again. Beautiful lyrics and music, uplifting and touching.

Lyrics Of Two’s Marie Helen seems finally to have got over herself and down to the business of writing a hit song for themselves, instead of dealing their compositions out to other artists. The result is a splendid homegrown organic track. It promises to endure as a mile marker in this project’s career, to say nothing of the annals of good listening.

Marie Helen places the chord transition exactly where it releases the listener’s attentive energy. Then she passes the lyrics through some wistful memories of places and relationships that cast their expectations forward into destinations that eagerly await to turn inspiration into emotion. The lady sure knows how to score a song.

“Life lost it’s spark in the everyday traffic / We had to get away to bring back the magic / Packed foot flops, summer tops / Sunscreen and cutoffs / And we headed right on down, to this laid back little beach town / Warm winds blowing, ocean waves flowing / Just you and me baby cabana bound / Nothing on our minds but laying out / Chillin’ to the rhythm, the audio / To that sweet summer jam on the radio.”

Now can you imagine a better summer scenario than that? The vast majority of the performers today can hardly be called artists, so their work isn’t art. That isn’t true of Lyrics Of Two. The music is beautifully written, and the words are amazing. Imagine that – music where the words are the focal point. Something that is lost in the heavy beat and bass laden world of today’s music.

The single artwork

To experience the magic of Lyrics Of Two just listen to “Summer Song (Hey, Hey)” and you will get the idea why I am singing praises about them. The vocals are spot on, his melody superb and the arrangement brings you back to the good singer-songwriter style where substance and not the number of explicit words count.

Marie Helen does not preach but she does deliver to you some of the most articulate and impassioned tunes. Her songs have heartening messages to them and are far from hard to listen to. And the music does not stay in one set mode but ranges from Folk to Pop and Country and nearly everywhere in-between. No matter what mood you’re in, she has a good song in her catalog for you.

Helen Marie is a poet who knows how to write the human condition into songs more than anyone else I can think of currently, just off of the top of my head. “Summer Song (Hey, Hey)” just puts a smile on my face and reminds me of many summers spent with the one I love.

Sitting somewhere between the Americana lyrical poignancy of Jackson Browne and the airy, chart-busting crossover pop sound of Pat Monahan and Train, everything about the music here is beautiful. I expected nothing less from Helen Marie and Lyrics Of Two.

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Kenny Thomas – Tuscaloosa’s Beat Factory and Rapper! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/kenny-thomas-tuscaloosas-beat-factory-and-rapper http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/kenny-thomas-tuscaloosas-beat-factory-and-rapper#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:17:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32921 As any serious Hip-Hop fan or follower will attest, it’s all about the beats! Beneath the glossy production tricks, behind the lyrics, at the heart of the Hip-Hop matter are the beats and perhaps that’s what separates Kenny Thomas from most of the other rapper/producers trying to break through. He’s exceptional in both worlds.Rapping and […]

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As any serious Hip-Hop fan or follower will attest, it’s all about the beats! Beneath the glossy production tricks, behind the lyrics, at the heart of the Hip-Hop matter are the beats and perhaps that’s what separates Kenny Thomas from most of the other rapper/producers trying to break through. He’s exceptional in both worlds.Rapping and producing. If you find yourself in Mississippi, Georgia, or his home state of Alabama anytime soon. Don’t be surprised to find that Kenny Thomas is already a household name on the rap circuit.

As a native of Tuscaloosa, Kenny lives somewhere near the halfway point between East Atlanta and New Orleans – two dominant forces in current Hip-Hop. The Rawness of the Big Easy’s Cash Money Millionaires is mixed with the inventive rhyming and musicianship of the Atlanta Dungeon Family. He has a way with lyrics that simultaneously cut to the bone, keeps your head knocking, and evokes the occasional chuckle. He displays witty punch lines and most of his songs are painfully honest and to-the-point.

What’s most impressive about Kenny is that he produces almost every track that he is heard on, via his production company Dirdy Beatz. Having his own beat factory has enabled him to take time with his craft which is obvious when you hear his music. Remember the name Kenny Thomas. The major labels are not going to be able to ignore a talent like this for too long.

  1. How long have you been working on your latest project ‘Unkut’ 2?

Alabama Kenny: The thing about ‘U2’ that I want everyone to understand is that, it’s more of an experience than just a record dropping….It’ll be songs, videos and physical product but it won’t be delivered in the traditional way.You’re getting in the car with me for a hell of a ride…

  1. Who or what influenced this project?

Alabama Kenny: It started off as something small but as I started promoting it, I also started seeing more things that I wanted to address. As I was living it, I was writing it down. So it’s based off of real life experiences.

  1. What artists if any are featured on ‘U2’?

Alabama Kenny: It will have features but nothing is in stone right now.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of ‘U2’?

Alabama Kenny: I really just want people to enjoy the music as I paint a vivid picture for them.

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

Alabama Kenny: Even though I’ve gained a lot of knowledge in the past years and have experienced more than a lot of artists, I pride myself on still being a student…I’m not out here acting like I know everything.

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

Alabama Kenny: Right now it’s a song called ‘Name Kallin’…Anyone that has any doubt about Hip-Hop coming from Alabama should listen to this song…I’ll be Re-releasing it soon.

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

Alabama Kenny: For the most part they come from real events and experiences when I’m telling a story but I do have songs where I’m just having fun rapping.

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

Alabama Kenny: Anytime I can reach new people with my music is a huge success to me. I really can’t name just one thing or an event. I’ve fed people as well as myself because of words that I put together so that’s being successful to me.

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

Alabama Kenny: In this business it’s the sacrifices…Most people don’t know that it’s really a full time job….Blood Sweat & Years…

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

Alabama Kenny: A little Dirdy South pepper…No salt or sugar.

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

Alabama Kenny: I always write my own material but I’m open to outside ideas and I like working with other producers…As far as being a real emcee in Hip-Hop, I don’t believe in ghosts Lol.

  1. Can you tell us something about the scope of your production company Dirdy Beatz?

Alabama Kenny: It’s an all genre production team (Hip-Hop, EDM, Pop Etc.)  We have writers too.

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

Alabama Kenny: The creative process always excites me and by being independent I don’t have to rush anything for anyone. Nothing really discourages me.

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

Alabama Kenny: Nothing at all.

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

Alabama Kenny: Lyrical, Unapologetic, Authentic, Unkut…

  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?

Alabama Kenny: Yeah the internet is a major tool. I’m definitely learning all I can right now and trying to apply things the right way.

  1. Tell us something about your latest release and where fans can find it.

Alabama Kenny: I just released ‘Buckin Again’. It’s a single from ‘U2’…It’s available in all digital stores.

  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?

Alabama Kenny: I think video is everything right now. Please check out my EPK video on YouTube.

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

Alabama Kenny: That’s a hard one because it’s nothing like seeing people react to your music live but I also love creating in the studio…I really can’t just choose one.

  1. What’s next on the upcoming agenda for Alabama Kenny?

Alabama Kenny: I’m hitting the road…See y’all soon… #unkutseason

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Big Sounds Better – a Production Company, Independent Record Label and Music Group! http://jamsphere.com/news/big-sounds-better-a-production-company-independent-record-label-and-music-group http://jamsphere.com/news/big-sounds-better-a-production-company-independent-record-label-and-music-group#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:28:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32914 What began as Complete Natural Entertainment, LLC., Big Sounds Better, a production company/independent record label was founded in 2016 by New York musician and current CEO, Keith “Mike Pro” Greaves, has also become Big Sounds Better – a progressive urban music group currently based in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. In January 2018, Big Sounds Better released […]

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What began as Complete Natural Entertainment, LLC., Big Sounds Better, a production company/independent record label was founded in 2016 by New York musician and current CEO, Keith “Mike Pro” Greaves, has also become Big Sounds Better – a progressive urban music group currently based in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. In January 2018, Big Sounds Better released their debut EP “The ‘Big’ EP” finding airplay and charting on college radio stations throughout the country including WNSU in Fort Lauderdale, KDUP in Portland Oregon, and WESS East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania. Throughout January and February, the band was playing shows from Daytona’s “Main Street Live” Festival to SXSW in Austin, Texas.

In mid-March, Big Sounds Better was featured at the Miami Music Expo alongside brands like Yamaha, RME Audio, and Eventide Audio. With engineer Ariel Lopez, the band recorded a live in-studio performance for dozens of expo attendees.  The performance was mentioned in “Sound-On-Sound” magazine. On March 29th Big Sounds Better won the 2018 “SunFest Battle of the Bands”.  They appeared on WPTV, the WPTV Helipad Sessions, as well as in interviews on 98.7 “The Gater” and their Facebook Live Channel. They appeared at “SunFest” 2018, Sunday May 6th on the JetBlue Stage.  Their performance was mentioned on Wild 95.5 Instagram Story as “spectacular”. They have a growing fan-base in West Palm Beach appearing at CityPlace on June 23rd and drawing a crowd of several hundreds.

The creative collective, managed by MEL VANDERPOOL, is made up of MIKE PRO, ANDY BOX, BX JAMES, ALEX “Ai” LEON and JEREMY STATHUM, who have a yearly fundraiser called The Big Give Back on August 11th in Fort Lauderdale Florida. They are encouraging people to donate via Cash App or become a sponsor. It’s a charity event and aimed at keeping kids safe mentally and physically. Over 600 kids are expected to attend. They are giving out backpacks, there will be a talent contest and a safety hero poster contest. Here’s the link to the big give back website www.biggiveback.org

The boys in the band!

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

Big Sounds Better: We’ve been together for a little over 2 years. We all came together in 2016 when our drummer Mike Pro was looking for musicians and artists to help build a production company. BX met Mike when his band at the time booked a session at Mike’s studio; Alex met Mike at a jam session in Harlem; Jeremy met Mike at church in New Jersey; Alex met Andy at an open-mic on the Lower East Side and introduced him to Mike. We would have these all-night recording sessions creating vibes and turning them into records. We moved the situation to Florida in late 2016 as a production company only, no band or anything. When we came down here we would play once a week at “Plug-n-Play” run by Code Redbassist, Zemroy Lewis at his club “The Garden” in Lauderdale. People liked when we would get up and jam with Mike on drums, BX on keys, AI on guitar, and Andy rapping. Though Jay (Jeremy Stathum) was still in New Jersey, BigSounds Better was born on that stage. We did our first show as a band in March of 2017.​When Jay came down in August it completed the group.

  1. You’re made up of 5 components. Could you tell us, who does exactly what in the band?

Big Sounds Better: We are just five regular guys: Mike, BX, Andy, AI, and Jay. On stage Mike Pro plays drums. BX plays bass/keybass and will play keys and maybe even drums from time to time. Jay plays keys/aux/organ. AI plays the guitar and Andy is our frontman who raps and sings. In the studio it’s kind of the same thing with most of the musical arrangements created by BX, Jay, and Alex with Mike creating percussion and drum parts and Andy writing lyrics and vocal melodies. We have two musicians who contribute to the band but are not present in Florida: Ibzan Cummings and Shane Sorbello. Both have amazing talent and help to add special elements to records like “D.O.A.D” which is out now.

  1. Your manager is Mel Vanderpool. How did the selection of a female manager in a male dominated industry come about? And have you noticed any specific advantages and disadvantages coming from this choice?

Big Sounds Better: Mel is the hardest working member of our team and we’re confident she can outwork managers with far more industry experience. She has been a part of our story since New York, present at many of the all-night recording sessions before the move. We wanted her to manage us because she constantly delivers results, has a great rapport with the band, and is professional through and through. Honestly, Mel being female is an advantage; or at least she uses it as an advantage by showing a male dominated industry that women can do it too, and maybe even better. We think the fact that she is a strong, smart woman effectively managing a group of five guys goes to show that male or female has little to do with someone’s motivation, their character, or their work-ethic; it is up to the individual and Mel kills it every time!

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

Big Sounds Better: Our music is progressive “BIG” music. We are taking current pop, hip-hop, and rock music and fusing it with styles from the past and present across genres to create a fresh-new sound. We want people to feel that energy of something new; something reminiscent of a past age of music but with a flavor and direction that pushes it forward. We don’t curse in our records because we want to make our music “living room friendly”; something that you can play for any member of the family. Another thing is love; most of our music deals with concepts of love. We think that the world needs to embrace love and by creating music about the complexities of love we hope to shed light on its power and importance within our lives.

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

Big Sounds Better: Our BIG sound separates us immediately. Nobody is creating with the progressive direction that we are. Our progressive music is created with mostly live instruments, with arrangements and techniques that span the last 60 years of music and recording technology. Also, we are a new kind of hip-hop band with a frontman who sings and raps. We are an urban supergroup in the making which some people may not like. It’s hard for hip-hop fans to digest because it’s new. But that only motivates us to keep going because we know we are onto something!

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

Big Sounds Better: We all have many different influences. We actually go into detail about this on our website BigSoundsBetter.com/about so any fans who want to know go to the website and check it out!

  1. Who, if any, are you currently looking at as inspirational sources for your endeavors, both musical and businesswise?

Big Sounds Better: Musically we wanna be like 60’s MoTown meets 90’s Interscope all produced by Quincy Jones. Businesswise people like Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Iovine, Elon Musk, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs. These people that visualized and created businesses that have succeeded in changing some aspect of the world.

Mel Vanderpool

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

Big Sounds Better: Winning the SunFest 2018 Battle of The Bands and playing at SunFest 2018 has to be the high point right? Playing a huge festival like that for the first time in front of a great crowd, getting to do radio and TV interviews and meet some great people up in West Palm Beach. It was one of those magic moments you carry with you.

  1. On the other hand, what has been the most difficult or unsatisfying experience you’ve had to endure so far?

Big Sounds Better: To begin this question it is important to know that we have always recorded our music on site in our own studio with our own equipment. When we first moved down to Florida in November 2016 we built the studio in the front wing of our house. In February we had a flood and the studio was in an inch of water. Luckily we suffered no major damages but it forced us to move the studio to the back wing of the house which required us to build a whole new drum booth and vocal booth. This project we did on our own, built everything with blood, sweat, and tears. It took about 6-7 weeks to complete. After we finished the studio and our sound was better than ever so there was a happy ending.

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

Big Sounds Better: On record we always want things to get BIG; a lot of instruments with fun and unique chord changes and melodies that play with tonal harmony in a BIG way. We have live drums and percussion on 99% of records which add an important flavor. Our lyrics are always deep and metaphorical even when seeming superficial. They are like onions and Ogre’s. All in all we want layers of live instruments coupled with layers of lyrical metaphors tied together by catchy melodies and hooks.

  1. Who takes care of the recording and production of your work?

Big Sounds Better: We take care of all of that in our studio. Mike and Andy engineer most of the live instrument session with BX and Jay doing their own engineering with keys/synths/aux recording. Most of the records we released have been mixed by Mike but a couple were done by Franklin Sequora.

  1. Can you tell us something about the scope of your recording and production company? Are they vehicles only for yourselves or are they extended to the open market.

Big Sounds Better: Our company is certainly open to the open market. We a new-age music business that owns its own studio, has artists for which it creates and distributes content through its distribution company, and works with artists and brands to create music for hire.

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

Big Sounds Better: Its amazing being able to make whatever music you want, whenever you want and not have to answer to anybody. It’s a very free and open environment that feeds creative juices. On the other hand, having to fund and develop every aspect of every project from scratch is very challenging and can be a bit discouraging at times when things don’t move along. If they don’t, we go onto the next thing.

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

Big Sounds Better: We would want to change the message that mainstream hip-hop is pushing to the masses that glorifies drug addiction and criminal activity. Such a powerful form of art should be used to expand consciousness and awareness, not destroy it. Instead of drugs and guns, why not love and virtues? Hip-hop is at a place now where it is the biggest genre in the world. The upcoming 20’s will be the first decade where hip-hop sits lone atop the mainstream culture. If we could use this power to focus on creating art that expands and progresses hip-hop in new creative direction, it would do an unbelievable amount of good.

  1. If someone has never heard Big Sounds Better, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and performance impact?

Big Sounds Better: We always call it BIG, everything we do is BIG but the best way to describe our music to people is progressive hip-hop or indie rock-pop-rap fusion. Our shows are a live experience where we have fun and rock our a**es off!

  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?

Big Sounds Better: It is absolutely fundamental to a career in music; however still the most fundamental thing about a career in music is MUSIC. If you are not creating and finishing music you are not going to have a career as an artist or songwriter. Being able to reach fans, build your brand awareness, and grow your following on the internet is essential and we could do and need to do better at maintaining our social media presence.

  1. You are having a yearly fundraiser called The Big Give Back on August 11th in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Could you tell us about the scope and intent of this project?

Big Sounds Better: The Big Give back started as a charity concert we wanted to have in Fort Lauderdale to get school supplies for the children who need them. It grew into a much bigger event. We are partnering with the FDOT, On Call Leadership, the Urban League of Broward County, Broward County Parks and Rec, plus more. All the info for the event is up on BigGiveBack.com. We want to give back to children in the area that matters the most; education.

  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?

Big Sounds Better: Visual media is very important. Fans want to watch and listen nowadays. We have a couple videos out now but need to do more visual branding for our content. We have one video out now called “D.O.A.D” which everyone should check out and share. We shot and edited it all ourselves.

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

Big Sounds Better: We enjoy both. The studio is where we live so we are very comfortable there but we also love being on stage in front of fans playing the music we cooked up in the studio. Both are equally amazing experiences.

  1. What’s the next BIG event on the upcoming agenda for Big Sounds Better?

Big Sounds Better: Ahh! There are always surprises in -store with us! Check out our first EP “The Big Ep” streaming on Spotify and Apple Music, Follow us on twitter and IG @bigsoundsbetter and get exclusive content on bigsoundsbetter.com

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM

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GLNNA: “Take the Picture” – one of the more exciting releases of the year so far! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/glnna-take-the-picture-one-of-the-more-exciting-releases-of-the-year-so-far http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/glnna-take-the-picture-one-of-the-more-exciting-releases-of-the-year-so-far#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:09:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32905 Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, GLNNA is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and actress. She has performed in musical stage productions, acted in numerous commercials and TV shows, and is building a healthy list of session gigs, as a featured vocalist. Her experiences include representing the United States in the International Nile Song Festival, […]

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, GLNNA is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and actress. She has performed in musical stage productions, acted in numerous commercials and TV shows, and is building a healthy list of session gigs, as a featured vocalist. Her experiences include representing the United States in the International Nile Song Festival, singing backup for Macy Gray in live performance, and landing the recurring role of Dylan, guitarist and singer of the all-girl band Queens of Dogtown, on the HBO series, Californication. GLNNA has studied Voice at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, and she is also a graduate of the Musicians Institute’s Independent Artist program.

GLNNA has just dropped brand new single, “Take the Picture”, which is soon to be followed by “Closure” or “Intoxicated”. Riding on an upbeat electronic soundscape the latest single treads catchy crossover Pop/Electronic ground, fusing a pounding beat with fist-pumping choruses as she belts out a manifesto of independence from a dysfunctional relationship with her flawless spinto soprano range. Whereas lesser artists would be content to wallow in self-pity on a weepy ballad, for this type of narrative, GLNNA’s reaction is surging, almost jubilant in its revelation.

GLNNA is the type of singer that never fades into the background and her songs hold more feeling in them than many other popular artists. Beneath the songwriting surface runs palpable blood, but she’s never over melodramatic with it – though her vocals are full-throated and unsurprisingly great.

Effortlessly blending the intricacies of her tale, and the delicacies of her vocal nuances, the supersized production launches GLNNA’s voice into the stratosphere. Her punchy delivery vibrates with life, warmth and just enough bitter-sweetness to make this one of the more exciting releases of the year so far.

Possessing one of the most versatile voices in the industry, there is nothing that GLNNA sounds incapable of. There is something massively appealing about hearing her declare, on the chorus intro “I know it’s never how it looks in the picture,” and then on the outro: “Do you think of me when you hold her. Just like you did when you and I took the picture.”

The end of the song just puts slight twist in the tale, as GLNNA sings: “You told me you missed us together. Putting your stuff in a box made me stronger. I think I’ll keep it a little longer…” The question is: will she purge this lover from her system?

GLNNA’s voice soars through some intricate tones and textures on fairly a challenging arrangement. Unsurprisingly, she misses no steps and delivers something truly commendable for both the vocal excellence and artistic growth she displays.

She has created something that will move a collective audience. That, together with her alluring physical attributes, and overall sassy attractiveness, makes for one highly defined and irresistible package. GLNNA will easily represent one of Pop’s brightest musical moments in 2018.

OFFICIAL LINKS: Management – Mulholland Management contact Brandon or Remi for inquiries @ Mulholland.MGMT@gmail.comINSTAGRAM – MUSIC STREAM

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New Music Artist To Watch In 2018 And Beyond – Alicia Grimes http://jamsphere.com/news/new-music-artist-to-watch-in-2018-and-beyond-alicia-grimes http://jamsphere.com/news/new-music-artist-to-watch-in-2018-and-beyond-alicia-grimes#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:35:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32901 The New Music Artist To Watch In 2018, known professionally as Alicia Grimes, is an American Pop, Alternative, EDM Singer and Songwriter. She is also a YouTube Star/SoundCloud Premier Music Artist. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Alicia initially gained notable recognition following the release of her debut single, “Beautiful”. She has amassed […]

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The New Music Artist To Watch In 2018, known professionally as Alicia Grimes, is an American Pop, Alternative, EDM Singer and Songwriter. She is also a YouTube Star/SoundCloud Premier Music Artist. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Alicia initially gained notable recognition following the release of her debut single, “Beautiful”. She has amassed a big social media following with over 475k followers on Twitter, Over 90k likes on Facebook, Over 20K followers on SoundCloud, as well as Over 200K followers on Instagram.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aliciagrimes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aliciagrimes71

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alicia-Grimes-205959576094155/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aliciagrimes71/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/search/results/Alicia%20Grimes

Website: http://aliciagrimesent.weebly.com/

Famous Birthdays: www.famousbirthdays.com/people/alicia-grimes.html

Media Contact: aliciagrimes.net

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DirtyHarvard Is Set To Release Their New Hood Pop Album http://jamsphere.com/news/dirtyharvard-is-set-to-release-their-new-hood-pop-album http://jamsphere.com/news/dirtyharvard-is-set-to-release-their-new-hood-pop-album#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:49:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32896 DirtyHarvard has recently announced that they are all set to release their new hood pop album. They have already released 3 new singles from the upcoming album on SoundCloud and are ready to launch their first music video later this month. LosAngeles, CA – Biz and Rix Melody are the main men behind DirtyHarvard. DirtyHarvard is […]

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DirtyHarvard has recently announced that they are all set to release their new hood pop album. They have already released 3 new singles from the upcoming album on SoundCloud and are ready to launch their first music video later this month.

LosAngeles, CA – Biz and Rix Melody are the main men behind DirtyHarvard. DirtyHarvard is strongly becoming known for their HOOD POP style in music, which blends the sounds of known genres like Rock, Pop, and Hip Hop but with a DirtyHarvard twist. This newly crafted masterpiece will consist of 26 songs, while 3 of the album singles have already been released on Soundcloud. It’s very easy to see why the album has already garnered such a positive buzz and with many fans eagerly waiting for the new “REARVIEW” music video to drop the suspense continues to grow.

One of the key spokesmen that handles the band’s marketing was quoted saying, “DirtyHarvard has managed to become a sensation among many die-hard music fans. People love the kind of energetic live performances they conduct and the way their lyrical creativity emerges out is truly a revelation within itself. With this new album, we want to further capitalize on their fan following and help them emerge as true musical sensations.”

DirtyHarvard is known to artistically blend high energy performances with great lyrical creativity. The skills they show in improvisation and musicianship is almost worldly. They have been hailed to be true future icons in the making and fans have strongly welcomed their engaging sounds and empowering personalities with great praise.

The DirtyHarvard band was formed when Biz decided to team up with like-minded musician and producer Rix Melody as they happened to keep bumping into each other when doing gigs with other bands. The band draws their repertoire from almost a century of musical history and one can find influences of epic songs in their composition.

Those who would like to groove to their songs and even hum to catchy lyrics can check out released singles from DirtyHarvard’s SoundCloud by clicking on this link https://soundcloud.com/dirtyharvard

They can also be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dirtyharvard/

About DirtyHarvard

DirtyHarvard is made up of two lead men namely Kenneth ‘Biz’ Mckenzie and Ricardo ‘Rix Melody’. Known to be influenced by a century of music, the band is known for their energetic performances and catchy lyrics which has everyone hooked and singing.

Contact Information

DHVRD MANAGER: DeAngelo “DLO”

Contact Number: 786.650.4192

Email: dirtyharvardmgmt@gmail.com

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dirtyharvard

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

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Exit 22 Music: “The Magic In You” – another new musical statement! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/exit-22-music-the-magic-in-you-another-new-musical-statement http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/exit-22-music-the-magic-in-you-another-new-musical-statement#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 14:29:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32891 The New York City based Exit 22 Music takes Rock and RnB to the next level, and gives us a truly remarkable record with his latest release – “The Magic In You” – which is mostly unheard of today because of overproduced and over-marketed releases. What’s so great about Exit 22 Music? Practically every song […]

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The New York City based Exit 22 Music takes Rock and RnB to the next level, and gives us a truly remarkable record with his latest release – “The Magic In You” – which is mostly unheard of today because of overproduced and over-marketed releases. What’s so great about Exit 22 Music? Practically every song this project writes is catchy. There are intelligent, decipherable lyrics, and musicality is top-notch. Each subsequent release by this project, always seems to be a new musical statement. The male singer – which is another first for Exit 22 Music – has a voice that is a delicious feast for the ears, delivering a sultry and sexy blend to enjoy any time of day. The result, is yet another single that contains many moments of musical bliss. The ubiquitous arrangement becomes a warm hug of organic sound, soulful lead vocals, and silky harmonies. Exit 22 Music layered a sonically lush production that suits the song and singer perfectly.

It would have been easy for Exit 22 Music to clone previous releases or to have tailored this new single to the reigning hip-hop, pop or rock singles of the day. Instead, project leader Chris Calamera and Johnny Zatylny, created a track that maintains its integrity and depth, bringing us a classic nineties flavor migrated to the current sound.

Chris Calamera of Exit 22 Music

Calamera and Zatylny don’t just act as producers and songwriters who mirror the times, but creative artists that transcend them. “The Magic In You”, is smooth and polished, as well as romantic and uplifting. Just what we need in the stressful times we’re living.

“The Magic In You” has all of this and more. It has an insistent beat, but it’s not overwhelming. It blends together with peaceful, occasionally ethereal guitars and pianos. This is, no doubt, stylish music, but first and foremost it’s a warm, encouraging song penned by very talented creatives.

There’s nothing that comes close to being a weak link here; from the songwriting, to the arranging, production and performing.  Listening to it in the warmth of a sunny white-sanded beach, during a cozy afternoon with a loved one, is an incredibly powerful experience.

The global message of the song, if there is one, is “Being in love is a beautiful thing!” This is the type of song, which in the wrong hands could fail and come off as cheesy, but Exit 22 Music succeeds marvelously. Aside from the writing and musical production, there’s a delightful optimism in the singing that sounds strong rather than naive. It’s hard to feel down after listening to such an uplifting track as this.

Exit 22 Music is certainly one of the most talented indie musicians, producers and songwriters around. His songs have clear, strong messages, warm, inspirational lyrics, heartfelt singing, rich musical arrangements, and a whole lot of emotion packed in.

“The Magic In You” is a one step away from his usual Pop-Rock styling, and another away from his habitual collaborations with female lead singers.  Judging by the outcome of this track, Exit 22 Music should have no fear of stepping into any direction he chooses. His music takes substance, depth, and timeless quality, to an extreme level.

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. Exit 22 Music set out to create a direct and creative blend of music through the use of clever musical ideas, innovative instrumentation and poignant lyrics. The music production company’s blend of pop, rock and dance beats, mark the sonic coordinates of their songs, including recent singles “Break These Chains”, “Last Goodbye”, and “Before I Fall”.

Find out more and listen to Exit 22 Music: 
www.Exit22Music.com
www.Facebook.com/Exit22Music
www.Youtube.com/Exit22Music
www.Twitter.com/Exit22Music
www.Instagram.com/Exit22Music
www.SoundCloud.com/Exit22Music
www.ReverbNation.com/Exit22Music

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Luna 13: “G.O.A.T Witch” is out via Cleopatra Records on 8/8/18 http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/luna-13-g-o-a-t-witch-is-out-via-cleopatra-records-on-8-8-18 http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/luna-13-g-o-a-t-witch-is-out-via-cleopatra-records-on-8-8-18#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 10:02:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32886 The Los Angeles based Black Metal/Bass Music project, Luna 13, featuring Dr. Luna (Producer) and Lilith Bathory (Visuals) – burst onto the scene with their debut ‘Phantom Bass Queen’. Since then the band has been winning awards, building a fanbase, and blending their style, which they like to describe as a hybrid mix somewhere between […]

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The Los Angeles based Black Metal/Bass Music project, Luna 13, featuring Dr. Luna (Producer) and Lilith Bathory (Visuals) – burst onto the scene with their debut ‘Phantom Bass Queen’. Since then the band has been winning awards, building a fanbase, and blending their style, which they like to describe as a hybrid mix somewhere between Slayer and Bassnectar. The brand new album, “G.O.A.T Witch” is out via Cleopatra Records on 8/8/18. I never really expected Luna 13 to pull off an album as technical and as complex as this one. While black metal is known for having unconventional song structures with seemingly monotone blast-beat drumming with repetitive, tightly-tuned guitar chord progressions, Luna 13 refrains from these traditional elements on many levels.

Many of the songs, particularly the longer ones, exhibit frequent changes in tempo and rhythm, making the listener wonder what sort of tricks they are going to pull off next. The vocal work is what I like to describe as pure resemblance to demonic menace, be it loud or soft in volume, always adhering to the usual dark atmospheric black metal tone. The guitar, bass, synths and drums, sync perfectly with each other, and can all be heard as a distinctive team of instruments working together to create dark musical magic.

Now here’s the thing. I mentioned guitars and bass previously, because this is how I describe those sounds, but Luna 13 have one distinguishing factor which separates them from the pack – they do not used stringed instruments.

So when I refer to any type of heavy stringed sound, I’m describing Dr Luna’s ability to come up with a metal sounds by combining distortion pedals and sub bass via his synths. It is a clear representation of the more progressive and technical side of the genre, leaning towards electronic and Industrial styled EDM, while still retaining the rawness that all guitar-driven black metal is known for.

There is a lot of variety within each song on “G.O.A.T Witch”, lots of change ups in the music, lots of power, and even groove. I think writing and performing wise, this may be Luna 13’s finest album yet. The single, “Devil’s Wrath” sounds hugely powerful, seductively so.

The guitars are huge, there’s just the right amount of bottom end to the mix, the drums are defined and powerful and the menacing growl of the vocals sit perfectly within the framework of the music. This is monstrous. It is the sound of a band that is now truly firing on all cylinders.

Skin-crawling and venomous vocal rasps that remain as true to pure black metal as ever, can be heard on “Mater Daemonorium”. Extremely expansive, complex and deliciously multi-faceted, Luna 13 suddenly sound many years smarter and more mature on this track with its down-spiraling chord progressions.

Yet, for all of its brutal parts and qualities, the music simultaneously manages to also include a pinch of melody. It expertly weaves in things like tastefully melodic synth flourishes to create parts that are as prominent as they are memorable and infectious.

“Drown” splits its time equally between revving up the engines with propulsive, crunching thrash, and settling back down into more restrained chugging and slow ethereal grooves. Continuing on, even though there should have never been any debate about it, “Burn The Church Down”, with its bone-crushing guitar riffage that are positively scorching and solid bass work, further ensures that the intensity level on this album is firmly glued in the upper red zone. And it eventually it ends up being heavy as a ton of bricks as brutal drumming and monstrous guitar flurries steamroll everything around.

By the time you hit play on “The Satanic Christ”, which is an inexorable flood of biting, nerve-damaging buzzsaw metal riffage and gruesome vocals, you’ll know that, for the whichever sub-genre you want to place this in, “G.O.A.T Witch” should be regarded as essential listening. It stands as easily the finest installment in Luna 13’s ever-growing discography.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – YOUTUBE

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SUPADAMN: “Pick the Party Up” an expose of the artist’s declared ambition! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/supadamn-pick-the-party-up-an-expose-of-the-artists-declared-ambition http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/supadamn-pick-the-party-up-an-expose-of-the-artists-declared-ambition#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 21:56:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32880 SUPADAMN has been on his grind for a while now. He just gets more focused and more ambitious with every passing day. His latest 7 track project, “Pick the Party Up” dropped worldwide on the 3rd August 2018, and confirms the previous statement. This is his third album release, and follows his critically acclaimed album […]

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SUPADAMN has been on his grind for a while now. He just gets more focused and more ambitious with every passing day. His latest 7 track project, “Pick the Party Up” dropped worldwide on the 3rd August 2018, and confirms the previous statement. This is his third album release, and follows his critically acclaimed album “Floor It”. A potential heavyweight in the underground circuit since 2016, the sharp-tongued rapper born in n Santa Monica has steadily – and deservedly – been earning widespread respect across the independent hip-hop community. SUPADAMN passion and devotion to the grind certainly pays off with this new release. Although each previous album showcased his progression behind the mic, resulting in pervasive critical applause, this seems to be his most confident work.

SUPADAMN kicks off the affair with his signature confidence and energy on the ambient, self-referencing opening track, delivering one his most cogent mission statements yet; “Can’t Miss”. The track is a hard-hitting, braggadocious expose of the artist’s declared ambition.

He then proceeds to practice what he preaches on the banging title track, “Pick the Party Up”,  during which he exposes the transparency and bravado of his anthemic-styled rhymes. The atmospheric, multi-textured soundscape, is an eargasm that will take you to party heaven.

Good taste in music is obviously another of SUPADAMN’s many laudable qualities, to which “Hold This Shit Down” ft. Buddha, plays testimony. A thumping beat sits comfortably under a melodic motif that groovily drives this thing all across the floor. SUPADAMN’s ability to develop interesting concepts and tell incredible stories, comes to the fore here.

The rapper’s signature syncopated style pushes forward as he pounds through the verse on top of clamorous percussion and a hypnotizing whistling effect on “Bigger the Hoop” ft. Phresh.

Aiding the dichotomous quality of the track are SUPADAMN’s bellowing vocals, and Phresh’s resonant rhymes meshing against the minimal instrumental. “Fast Life” welcomes in a big booming bassline, shuffling hi-hats and steady handclaps.

SUPADAMN’s voice takes on a more urgent flow and forward leaning momentum, as if he’s pulling the music along with him. It’s impossible to not get that involuntary head nod when listening to this. And the way the production evolves is also awesome. The song just sounds epic.

“Legacy” rides in on a bluesy and soulful guitar riff. This masterfully balances SUPADAMN’s banging and introspective styles quite realistically. From track to track, SUPADAMN’s exposes his shifting perspectives which keeps the album moving at a good clip.

And this track is one of his musical perspectives that I like best. The song has a fantastic beat, and a really good hook too. It’s definitely one of the better tracks on the album. This is one of those songs that seems like it would be super powerful if performed live.

Where the closing track, “Showtime” ft. Phresh, stands apart from the rest of his work is in the fleshing out of the gravy-smothered goodness of SUPADAMN’s strongest productions, adding the little artistic flourishes that transform song building into works of actual art that will stand the test of time. It sounds like every good component of his prior musical compositions is in here. Consider the head-nodding beat, the vocal arrangements, the snaking bassline and the energetic flows.

There’s something to be said for consistency. Almost every successful artist has a distinctive sonic identity that singles them out. This closing track seems to do just that. Add in SUPADAMN’s aptitude to stay grounded by his craft, and his ability to stay true to himself as an individual, and you have an artist that is confident and ready to “Pick the Party Up”!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEITUNESSPOTIFYTIDALYOUTUBEFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM

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J. Sariah: “The Journey” – A Shining Beacon of Individuality and Class http://jamsphere.com/reviews/j-sariah-the-journey-a-shining-beacon-of-individuality-and-class http://jamsphere.com/reviews/j-sariah-the-journey-a-shining-beacon-of-individuality-and-class#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 11:17:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32876 Singer-songwriter J. Sariah has dropped her full-length debut album, “The Journey”, with tracks produced by 3Bubble & J. Gray of Live From The Pentagon Entertainment and DJ Izzy Ill, idreaminstero and Dorothy Chan of Barron Studios in Houston, Texas. J. Sariah who comes from a family of music producers was once destined for the pro tennis […]

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Singer-songwriter J. Sariah has dropped her full-length debut album, “The Journey”, with tracks produced by 3Bubble & J. Gray of Live From The Pentagon Entertainment and DJ Izzy Ill, idreaminstero and Dorothy Chan of Barron Studios in Houston, Texas. J. Sariah who comes from a family of music producers was once destined for the pro tennis circuit, but her passion for music took into a new direction. The artist began writing songs in middle school as a way of escaping stressful times, and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She has since released her 5 song debut EP, “The Path”, and now her full-length recording.

This latest release takes a deep and insightful look at the several stages within relationships, as well as reflecting on personal inner growth. Along the way the narrator learns that you cannot perfectly plan every event in life, and that sometimes the best experiences and outcomes are derived from destiny rather than by design. The album teaches us that when you’ve learned that lesson, “The Journey” of your life will just have begun.

J. Sariah is hands down one of the most exciting and creative R&B/Neo-Soul artists currently putting out music, and this latest album is a worthy addition to her freshly grown repertoire. She takes the liberty of tackling socio-psychological topics, like self-determination, self-discovery, empowerment and sexuality in a different context without things getting too ponderous and exhaustive. While clearly relevant and important, J. Sariah grounds these discussions with decipherable relatability for the common ear.

Aside from her infectious energy and fantastic vocals – much of J. Sariah brilliance comes from her ability to raise and discuss these human issues without it seeming forced, pretentious or too angry. She’s opinionated and yet approachable, listenable and entertaining.

Which means her messages actually gets through instead of your brain just shutting it all out. J. Sariah is an artist, able to make art for herself before even thinking of an audience, which shows tremendous respect and commitment to her craft and her musical concept.

From the moment she opens this 11 track show with her acclaimed single, “Friendzone”, J. Sariah proves to be a musical maelstrom who is a shining beacon of individuality and class. She is about honoring the sounds of past and updating it for today.

Listen to how she oozes nineties appeal on “Shooting Star”, as she searches for that perfect love. Her melodic crooning reaches its apex on “Are You Ready”, where J. Sariah asks her man to make a decision between and the probable other woman. This leads to the contentment and satiated desires of the bass-throbbing “Run It”.

Beautiful, evocative, sexy, and doubtful is how J. Sariah sounds on the inquiring notes of “Overthinking”. The consequences of which brings the narrative to the edgy “Revenge”, where J. Sariah restitutes all the disrespect received in equal measure. It is on the soulful, “Reflection”, that she takes a long hard look at herself, seeing where she needs to change.

This brings J. Sariah’s personal journey to one of my favorite songs on the album – the rhythmic Santana-ish sounding, “Break History”. This is a lusciously layered, rock infested R&B anthem that will have you stomping your feet and raising your fist to the air in approval.

But this album is far from finished. Every track tells a story from bouncy glee to soulful longing. J. Sariah’s has talent beyond her years. When you listen to the epic “H202”, the sensual “Reckless Love”, and finally, the Dancehall-styled duet, “Dutty Wine”, you’ll know that J. Sariah is simply transcendent. “The Journey” proves that there are still some young artists working to make a unique sound and a big impression.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER – SPOTIFY – YOUTUBE

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Musician and Author, Jennifer Juan Returns with Debut EP “Wildflowers” http://jamsphere.com/news/musician-and-author-jennifer-juan-returns-with-debut-ep-wildflowers http://jamsphere.com/news/musician-and-author-jennifer-juan-returns-with-debut-ep-wildflowers#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 19:13:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32872 Jennifer Juan is a musician and author, from the UK, returning with her long awaited debut EP, Wildflowers. Taking her talent for poetry, and combining it with her passion for sound and ambience, Juan has created an enchanting and mesmeric world of sound on her debut EP, Wildflowers. “I wanted to try new things and […]

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Jennifer Juan is a musician and author, from the UK, returning with her long awaited debut EP, Wildflowers. Taking her talent for poetry, and combining it with her passion for sound and ambience, Juan has created an enchanting and mesmeric world of sound on her debut EP, Wildflowers.

“I wanted to try new things and play with different sounds and styles, so I had a lot of fun working on this,” Juan said, discussing her debut EP “Wildflowers” and its influences. “I wanted to write about different kinds of love, with different perspectives of what love is, how it works and what it does to a person, all being looked at and explored through not just lyrics, but the way the voice sounds when different emotions come into play, as well as different instrumental sounds and moods that reflect different feelings.”

“Wildflowers,” a three track Alternative/Dreampop EP follows Juan’s February 2018 single “2AM,” which has amassed over 16,000 streams on Spotify alone since release. “Wildflowers” is an exploration of immersive sound, toying with Glo-Fi beats, experimental textures, hypnotic, soft vocals and Juan’s signature poetic, lyrical style.

The project is accompanied by the music video for ethereal and atmospheric track “I Never Want It To End,” filmed over one night in Blackpool, England and filled with surreal and hazy night time imagery, which has been released through Juan’s official website JenniferJuan.Com and her official YouTube channel.

As she moves into the second half of 2018, Juan has continued to grow and develop as an artist. Riding high on the success of her recent and critically acclaimed poetry collection “Kissing Boys, Just For The Thrill,” Juan continues her journey as an artist in 2018, with the upcoming EP “Wildflowers.”

Speaking about Jennifer Juan’s work, travel and lifestyle blogger, Bethany Jane of adventureandanxiety.com said, “There is a sense of empowerment, hope and confidence in Juan’s writing.”

“Wildflowers” is available from all major digital streaming platforms and digital music stores, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon and iTunes from Friday, the 3rd of August 2018.

For further information, and to discover more of Jennifer Juan’s work, you can visit her website, http://jenniferjuan.com.

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Website link is: http://jenniferjuan.com
iTunes link is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jennifer-juan/1293313532
Spotify link is: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5aUVh1Lp3P6o5IW39iopyV
Twitter is: http://twitter.com/missjsquared
YouTube is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxD2KV72byGfbOWVFSEOPg

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The Dolan Band Groove Hard and Heavy! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-dolan-band-groove-hard-and-heavy http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-dolan-band-groove-hard-and-heavy#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:30:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32868 Notwithstanding all the genre upheaval and the music industry being turned on its head by the advancement of technology, southern-fried American rock bands have been defending their turf. The Dolan Band come from Texas, but they are steeped in and influenced by the traditions of the south, which means they’re mostly grooving hard n’ heavy, […]

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Notwithstanding all the genre upheaval and the music industry being turned on its head by the advancement of technology, southern-fried American rock bands have been defending their turf. The Dolan Band come from Texas, but they are steeped in and influenced by the traditions of the south, which means they’re mostly grooving hard n’ heavy, with lashings of Pop, Country and a healthy dose of Blues and rock n’ roll. The band makes the kind of spirited racket purveyed by Gov’t Mule, Black Stone Cherry, Blackberry Smoke, Supersonic Blues Machine et al. In essence, The Dolan Band are one of those collectives who exemplify what it means to rock out and touch people through sound. The Dolan Band have recently released 2 brand new singles to show their love for good old fashioned soulful music.

“She’s Mine” opens with chunks of sweeping guitars and a whiskey-ravaged croak as the rhythm section unleash a boot-tapping beat halfway between a struttin’ blues and Americana rock-out. The track has both grungy power and grinding menace, and is layered, polished and full of arena-worthy choruses.

The Dolan Band throw in over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek lyrics on a party bombast beat, but it’s all good clean fun, as the song goes: “She wears a smile like she ain’t got nothing to hide. She got every man wishing he could be there tonight…” The band have so much genuine warmth, and when the songs are this good, even cynics would find it hard not to belt along to the ear-catching chorus of “She’s Mine”.

“You Do This To Me” is slightly slower but no less groovier. Still concerned with matters of the heart, The Dolan Band lay into this one with all the musical firepower they have at their disposal. Crunchy guitars, resonating pianos, banging drums and a reverberating voice that could bring the rafters down.

This is a definite team effort with each band member displaying their musical prowess. And they rock. And they roll. And they strut. And they swagger. With a fiery guitar solo in the middle that could, frankly just go on and on and on until the song fades out. There are reasons that The Dolan Band sound like they do – hard work and talent, and these tracks ooze with both.

I can sincerely say it took me just one listen to really get into these tracks. First impressions were excellent, and after having it on several times for review, they really, really grew on me even more. The Dolan Band have the goods, however you interpret that statement. They can play the hell out of their instruments while dishing out sharp, heartfelt and entertaining verses.

Pouring heart and soul into every note and lyric, The Dolan Band take pride in bringing the spark of true Blues and Rock n’ Roll to the people who matter most, the fans. They may have started out as a cover band on the local circuit but now they’re quite ready to entice audiences all over the world.

OFFICIAL LINKS: FACEBOOKYOUTUBE

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Sunny Brooke – The New Queen of the South! http://jamsphere.com/news/sunny-brooke-the-new-queen-of-the-south http://jamsphere.com/news/sunny-brooke-the-new-queen-of-the-south#respond Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:37:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32864 Sunny Brooke born and raised in Central Florida. Growing up with boys being the only girl at the time she was always different. She started off as an Athlete turned Model, but now consider herself a Model Emcee. She has a tom boyish swagger with Killer looks! She is the new Queen of the South! […]

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Sunny Brooke born and raised in Central Florida. Growing up with boys being the only girl at the time she was always different. She started off as an Athlete turned Model, but now consider herself a Model Emcee. She has a tom boyish swagger with Killer looks! She is the new Queen of the South! If looks could Kill! She released a Single “Get Away” in February.

Be on the lookout for her new Single “Land of the Free”. This record will be released in August 2018.

You can follow her movement on one of her social media platforms:

Instagram: FashionWhore_sb

Twitter: SunnyBrookeabm

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-394248653

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DevGotCharacter: “Draft Night” provides incredible imagery http://jamsphere.com/reviews/devgotcharacter-draft-night-provides-incredible-imagery http://jamsphere.com/reviews/devgotcharacter-draft-night-provides-incredible-imagery#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:47:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32857 Out of Memphis, Tennessee, living out in the Bay Area, comes a hip-hop artist who has seen some things, has been there and done that, but after a long look in the mirror, DevGotCharacter has taken his game to another level. Adding some introspective ingredients to spice up his artistry, Dev has created what could […]

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Out of Memphis, Tennessee, living out in the Bay Area, comes a hip-hop artist who has seen some things, has been there and done that, but after a long look in the mirror, DevGotCharacter has taken his game to another level. Adding some introspective ingredients to spice up his artistry, Dev has created what could potentially be one of the most interesting hip-hop releases this year. Far too often in hip-hop, the status quo becomes boring and stale. DevGotCharacter takes rap back to where it belongs with thoughtful and whimsical wordplay, while telling stories all wrapped up in a singular and unusual narrative similar to NBA draft nights. In fact the 10 track EP is entitled “Draft Night”, with DevGotCharacter playing the main role. This is a man that is focused and determined to turn the hip-hop game on its ear and to let the world know he is grateful for the talents that have been bestowed upon him.

“Draft Night” moves between skits, freestyling, street anthems and soulful bangers. Just like the summer, DevGotCharacter brings the heat. He begins the album with inspirational talk and gets us ready as he’s about to hypnotize us with his poetic flows and surgical rhythmic precision. This project is lyrically heavy and offers great storytelling to those of us who enjoy nice imagery.

From the first track “DevGotCharacter” we get the reminder that Dev is a lyrical god and he flows effortlessly over the rich bass heavy beat. A theme that is common throughout the entire project. It is clear that Dev has a story to tell, and we get an in depth look into where his mental space is at on each track.

Literally every song projects a story and provides incredible imagery. “No Squares” Ft. Oren Major testifies to that fact while its booming bass will blow your speakers apart at high volume. “iHussle” chops at the walls of Hip Hop with a magnetic flow, breathing incendiary rounds of lyrical power into a track that also supplies layers of melody.

There’s nothing lost on the banger “Bounce (Don’t Travel)”. DevGotCharacter comes through with passion on every verse, taking steps outside of his comfort zone as a spitter without sacrificing any lyrical bite.

“One Shot” Ft. Malarie brings a honey smooth, soul-infected track. DevGotCharacter leans into these bars with impressive groove and commitment. This far deep into the EP, you already know Dev can pretty much get on any track and destroy it. So when he rides on top of “Guess You Didn’t Know”, the consequences are pretty much what you expected.

This project puts DevGotCharacter in a place where he is showing versatility, especially with beat/production quality and rhyme scheme differentiation. Its welcome tracks like this that combine superb flows with a real emotional connection, helping to pull the listener into his world.

All throughout, DevGotCharacter allows himself to dictate the pace of the EP, which flies by as you are listening. His rhyme patterns, lyrics, flow, metaphors and punchlines arguably put him as one of the smartest lyricists in the underground game. On “BeastMode” Ft. Milla & CI Bang, the features chip in to bring some more heat, before “Rookie Of The Year” (Invest In Yourself Outro Skit), closes the show down.

Virtually every single track bangs; the beats and choruses all work overtime; “Draft Night” is a well-rounded beast throughout; it’s expansive in ambition and even the skits work nicely to tie the EP’s narrative together. In other words, you need to pick this thing up!

OFFICIAL LINKS: SOUNDCLOUD – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER

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Interview with Indie Pop Artist – Krystal Brown http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-indie-pop-artist-krystal-brown http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-indie-pop-artist-krystal-brown#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:43:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32851 Krystal Brown is a singer-songwriter who creates indie-pop music. She is influenced by Depeche Mode, Solange Knowles and Fiona Apple. She has been writing songs since she was 15 years old and released a mix-tape entitled “Stripped” last year. She is currently completing her latest album “Lady Sisyphus”. How long have you been taking music […]

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Krystal Brown is a singer-songwriter who creates indie-pop music. She is influenced by Depeche Mode, Solange Knowles and Fiona Apple. She has been writing songs since she was 15 years old and released a mix-tape entitled “Stripped” last year. She is currently completing her latest album “Lady Sisyphus”.

  1. How long have you been taking music seriously and are you self-taught?

Krystal Brown: I have always liked music. But I didn’t take it seriously as a serious career until about four years ago. I began taking group vocal lessons at the local recreation center. I also taught myself using YouTube videos for a while.

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

Krystal Brown: My mother used to play “Oldies” music all of the time. When I grew up, I got into dance/trance music like Ace of Base, La Bouche and other Euro-dance groups. Just listening to the radio was a huge influence on me. I still like some of the old groups such as the Grassroots (who did the song “Live for Today”), but I have expanded my horizons to other types of music. Music teachers I’ve worked with at the Norfolk Department of Recreation have been most helpful to me including Dante Walston, Amber Garrett and Dyanna Hornbaker.

  1. If any, which artists do you currently respect, and are listening to right now?

Krystal Brown: Right now, I am listening to Solina (she is a Canadian Euro-dance artist) and some stuff from the Vengaboys. I am learning from them to keep music fun and relateable. Things don’t have to be so heavy all of the time. I do respect Beyonce a lot. She has a great work ethic and is a perfectionist. A lot of her less hyped tracks are better and deeper than what was actually released. She has an excellent voice. I also like Solange…she has an awesome upper range and song writing abilities. I have always liked Brandy. She has one of the most unique voices in the industry.

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

Krystal Brown: I feel that people have been crying out for real music with lyrics that have to do with something other than the club and sex for a while. And I feel that that is what I have been giving to them. I deal with everything from eating disorders (“Sisyphus”) to toxic realtives (“Contempt is the Cancer”) to the animal/human connection (“We Don’t Deserve You”) on my release. It is expected that a black woman will do only R&B or rap music and I went the indie pop route because that’s what I wanted to do. Hopefully, people can relate to my music and enjoy the beats. I have 80s flavors…I have a bit of trance/dance on “We Don’t Deserve You”. I feel I have a good amount of variety to keep people from getting bored…I think I have a fair amount of versatility.

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

Krystal Brown: I think the type of music is a bit different. I went the indie pop route. A lot of artists (of all races) are in the R&B/pop/rap lane right now. Which is totally fine. I think all types of music have something to offer. But I just went the route that my heart was telling me.

  1. Tell us something about your latest release. Whats the core message and the inspiration behind the making of it?

Krystal Brown: The inspiration behind my latest release is to give people something with substance. I wanted to offer music that was about something other than the club and sex. I don’t think I am above anyone else…I just feel that the market has been over-saturated with certain things and that I can provide a fresh perspective on some things. The core message is that you don’t have to be put in a box…you can explore the whole range of the human experience.

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

Krystal Brown: I write and perform all of my own music. Jeff Bohannon is the producer for my backing tracks. He is great. But, I prefer to write all of my own songs because I can say what I want to say and have a greater connection to what I am performing.

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

Krystal Brown: A high point is seeing my music in all of the online stores. That was surreal…just seeing my name and picture on Amazon and iTunes and Spotify and Google Play…that is amazing! We are living in a truly amazing time where we can get whatever we want—be it music or food—at the push of a few buttons.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing youve had to endure in your career or the music business so far?

Krystal Brown: The most difficult thing is getting people to listen. The market is very over-saturated. There is so much music out there and so many indie artists vying for an ear. Even established artists who have been making music since the 90s are having trouble selling the way that they used to. The hardest thing is getting people to buy. Also, record companies are no longer willing to invest in artists the way that they used to and build them from the ground up. They expect that house to already be built by the time they get to you. They don’t want to take a chance on anything new anymore.

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

Krystal Brown: I don’t really have any key ingredients. I just start my work on a scrap piece of paper and just write what I feel. It’s not like I say “this song has to have this” or “this song must be like this”. I let it develop organically.

  1. If could sing or perform alongside an already well-known artist right now, who would your choice fall on?

Krystal Brown: Rihanna or Janelle Monae. They both have very unique styles.

  1. Do you have a song in your catalog that is more special to you than others in some way, and if so, why is it special?

Krystal Brown: I really like “We Don’t Deserve You”. I am an animal lover and the whole song is about the human-animal bond.

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

Krystal Brown: Releasing new music is always very exciting! Technology has given indie artists tools that we could’ve only dreamed of 30 years ago. What discourages me the most is trying to get sales. I am not a salesperson. But, in the music business you almost have to be.

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

Krystal Brown: I would make it so that artists get paid fairly for their work. You could have 100,000 streams on Spotify and make like 50 cents. You could have 5000 YouTube views and get 14 cents. It’s ridiculous. People like to complain that there is no music with substance being released anymore. But once they find artists who are releasing quality music, they don’t want to pay these people. People don’t want to put their money where their mouths are.

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

Krystal Brown: I would describe my sound and style as eclectic indie pop.

  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?

Krystal Brown: I believe it is fundamental for new and indie artists because it costs little to nothing. If you don’t have a large marketing or advertising budget, social media can be extremely helpful. I am on most of the social media platforms from Twitter to Instagram. It is useful to stay engaged with fans and it can be fun.

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

Krystal Brown: I am currently doing and controlling everything. It is cheaper that way. I set up my social media profiles and contacted numerous blogs and radio stations. I then began working with freelancers on Fiverr to further promote my music.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout so they can get in to what youre doing?

Krystal Brown: I think visual media is important and that is one area that I will have to improve upon in the future. But it costs so much to make a proper music video so I have not yet. I only have up some lyric videos on YouTube but fans are more than welcome to check those out.

Here is a video featuring my pets and my song “We Don’t Deserve You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ufh0Zihhxk

Here is a lyric video for “Last to Know” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoGWWunzNHQ

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

Krystal Brown: Right now, I prefer studio work because you can get it just right. As my confidence improves, I think I will prefer performing live because of the energy from the crowd.

  1. Whats next potential milestone on the upcoming agenda for Krystal Brown?

Krystal Brown: The next goal is to release some music videos and to sell at least 100,000 copies of “Lady Sisyphus”. It’s important to keep grinding away and to never give up. No matter what, I will never give up. Always believe in your dreams. They are what make life worth living.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/user-830486161
Twitter: https://twitter.com/krystal_muzik
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/krystal_muzik/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KrystalBsMuzik
Facebook Artist Page: https://www.facebook.com/krystalmuzik/
My Official Website: https://krystalmuzik.weebly.com

MUSIC STREAMS:

Album on Bandcamp: https://krystal3.bandcamp.com/

The single “Last to Know” on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Krystal_Brown_Last_to_Know?id=Bicv3ktnml72phcjgpcutjoajii

The song “Last to Know” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/last-to-know-single/1337189871?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

The song “We Don’t Deserve You” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-dont-deserve-you-single/1358985630?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

The whole “Lady Sisyphus” album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lady-sisyphus-ep/1389809235

“Lady Sisyphus” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Sisyphus-Krystal-Brown/dp/B07D9V7KWX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532370490&sr=8-1&keywords=lady+sisyphus+krystal+brown

“Lady Sisyphus” on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Krystal_Brown_Lady_Sisyphus?id=Bqzxnb7brl2klem2kycibywgt3a

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Bright Fires: “The Scenic Route EP” – an immersive, wildly action-packed journey! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bright-fires-the-scenic-route-ep-an-immersive-wildly-action-packed-journey http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bright-fires-the-scenic-route-ep-an-immersive-wildly-action-packed-journey#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:16:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32845 Bright Fires the Houston, Texas based post-hardcore/emo alternative rock band, is back with a brand new EP, entitled “The Scenic Route EP” (Release Date August 6, 2018). In the meantime two singles – “Disarray” and “Forgive, Forget” – taken off the collection, has already been released on Spotify and iTunes. The new recording is an incredibly […]

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Bright Fires the Houston, Texas based post-hardcore/emo alternative rock band, is back with a brand new EP, entitled “The Scenic Route EP” (Release Date August 6, 2018). In the meantime two singles – “Disarray” and “Forgive, Forget” – taken off the collection, has already been released on Spotify and iTunes. The new recording is an incredibly kinetic EP. On record, CJ Steves (Guitar), Jeff Marshall (Bass), David Michalak (Drums) and Joel Davis (Vocals) has never associated themselves with the terms – calm, motionless, quiet or hushed. Here sudden bursts of energy erupt from already explosive moments during the opening track “Last We Spoke”. Alarming guitars, shooting drums and shivering bass lines contort around Davis’ blistering vocals, making these songs sound like a monstrous tidal wave crashing down on you.

However, it’s the little intricacies like how each melody subtly leads on to the next, or how the songs build their climaxes with a mother-load of chord progressions , or how they maximize their table-flipping breakdowns by slamming on the brakes and then exploding into action.

Across the EP, and especially on “Forgive, Forget”, Bright Fires illustrate their emotional mannerisms, where they can sound so bracing, so cleansing and yet so destructive at the same time, with massive guitar riffs and soaring vocals.

This is an immersive, wildly action-packed journey which expertly sews opposing sounds and contrasting expressions together like no other band has done in years and will hopefully propel them to the lofty success they are so busy earning. “2005” skyrockets with urgent and melodic vocals slapped a cross a fast paced soundscape. Expertly flaunting their catchy hooks and layered harmonies.

There’s a genuine momentum to the Ep, as the band travel from the explosive front end to a latter half that displays a wholly explorative mesh of alternative rock, with complex rhythms and fluid tempo changes, like on the bone-crushing “Disarray”, which bursts into snarling vehemence, and is one of the absolute highlights on this recording.

The almost celestial, “Untitled”, is a beautifully sweet all enveloping song that’s stays surprisingly linear and straightforward throughout. Predictably, Bright Fires’ idea of “linear and straightforward” is far less limiting than for most other bands. Such is the expertise of this band, even when they hold back.

As long as Bright Fires can maintain their sense of artistic freedom and develop at their own pace, then the opportunities for them are endless and one feels that they are on the cusp of making an astounding full-length album. There is no doubt that this EP will show that this band has reached the heights their potential showed them capable of on their previous release.

The keyword here is, emotion. Something that when channeled, has the power to move you in just the right way that it becomes forever etched in who you are. “The Scenic Route EP” is a recording so full of emotion and power that it embeds itself deep into your system and will eventually become a part of you.

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