JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:51:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mortinus: “Black & Green Mornings” uniquely fuses several styles of music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mortinus-black-green-mornings-uniquely-fuses-several-styles-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mortinus-black-green-mornings-uniquely-fuses-several-styles-music#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:51:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31026 It’s the end of 2017, and the electronic music market is a crowded one. The emergence of platforms like Soundcloud have had an undeniable impact on this particular style of ambient, world music in the mainstream, making it harder for talented artists like Danish electronic producer, Mortinus to carve out an identity in such a cluttered […]

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It’s the end of 2017, and the electronic music market is a crowded one. The emergence of platforms like Soundcloud have had an undeniable impact on this particular style of ambient, world music in the mainstream, making it harder for talented artists like Danish electronic producer, Mortinus to carve out an identity in such a cluttered landscape. Yet he has not surrendered, completing a number of interesting releases this year. Including his latest EP, “Black & Green Mornings”. People complain about electronic for all sorts of reasons, some going as far as calling it fake music because of its reliance on computers and synthesizers rather than a composition of instruments. But if you want to prove electronic music has soul, look no further than Mortinus’ much-anticipated new studio recording, “Black & Green Mornings”.

The recording continues to take the ethnic turning found in Mortinus’ more recent releases and transforms what at the surface seems like a chill electronic mix into a glowing percussive sonic journey. You will find yourself immersed in not only in an EP that uniquely fuses several styles of music, but also diverse instrumentation. Mortinus experiments with his beats to create a dreamlike, nearly cinematic experience.

Each beat drop is an auditory and almost visual journey. Sometimes you can’t even tell if you’re listening to high-pitched string instruments or oblique vocal samples. Nonetheless, you’ll find yourself immersed in the songs’ impressive ability to encapsulate its listeners with a plethora of layered beats.

The opener ‘Unknown Mornings’ is a sly way to start, as its chaotic mix of tumbling percussion and repeated string-type notes make it difficult to know what to expect from the rest of the record. It’s an ephemeral piece that fleetingly rests on one musical motif before morphing into another. It makes for an attention-grabbing intro.

As with much of Mortinus’ work “Black & Green Mornings” is the result of a myriad of sounds, textures and techniques most of which are strung together expertly and imaginatively. The title track, in both part 1 and part 2, is dominated by the percussion which is an integral element in Mortinus’ arrangements on this recording.

Part 1 of “Black & Green Mornings” ebbs and flows, finding new pathways to build to an ethereal intensity informed by world instrumentation and incessant percussion. Oscillating and chameleonic modular synths create a universe of sonics and percussion that recall Northern African cultures like Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

More than the percussion, on Part 2 of “Black & Green Mornings” there is a repetitive and recurring melody line that significantly drives it’s motif into your brain until it sticks there. Much like his previous work “Black & Green Mornings” is crisp, precise and sophisticated, the sound of someone who continues to master his craft.

Overall, this 3 track recording represents another step forward in Mortinus’ musical development, keeping what was already strong in his music but adding more color and depth.

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LoFi Chill: “Isolation” – a double whammy of audio and emotional components http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lofi-chill-isolation-double-whammy-audio-emotional-components http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lofi-chill-isolation-double-whammy-audio-emotional-components#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:18:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31022 LoFi Chill is a U.S. based music producer. His style includes elements of lofi hip-hip, chillhop, and chillwave. “Isolation” is his fourth album release. Previous albums include “Optimism”, “For Lovers Only”, and “These Are The Days”. The producer describes the idea behind the album as feeling a deep sense of disconnection while living in heavily […]

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LoFi Chill is a U.S. based music producer. His style includes elements of lofi hip-hip, chillhop, and chillwave. “Isolation” is his fourth album release. Previous albums include “Optimism”, “For Lovers Only”, and “These Are The Days”. The producer describes the idea behind the album as feeling a deep sense of disconnection while living in heavily populated urbanized areas. Despite the modern-day reclusive and disuniting theme, this album seems literally tailor-made to relax and zonk you out whether it’s been a long day at work taking shit from the boss, or waking up to an unbearable hangover after a night on the piss. Either way, whatever your momentary woes may be, the recording sets you up into your little corner, alone on a Sunday morning, to take stock of your personal moment of “Isolation”.

And that’s the thing – for an album so minimal and short in length, “Isolation” is one ambitious effort, packaged as a double whammy of audio and emotional components, which gives the impression to the ears and the soul that it’s a much longer affair than the mere 21 minutes it actually is.

And that’s because it manages to come across as rich, textured, and grand in sound and imagery at the same time as it does ethereal, abstract, soulful, funky as well as jazzy. Perhaps only LoFi Chill can pull this off, and if not, he’s one of the better ones who can.

 From track one, “I Don’t Want To Let Go” is a big fat stew of free jazz, hip hop and lounge – peppered with occasional hand-claps and random vocal samples LoFi Chill picked up along the way, to give the album so much depth and texture, which literally demands that you pay attention to keep up. Again, although this clocks in at around twenty minutes, it’s easy to see how LoFi Chill spent time perfectly assembling this sonic collage.

Blissful bass-driven chillers like “Don’t Go Changing”, “You & Me” and “Change Of Heart” were custom made for in-depth soul-searching, sounding somehow nostalgic yet impersonal at once.

And that seems to be the directive behind the album; to use scores of indulgent samples, beats and aesthetics to spawn an immersive, calm and relaxing environment that is nostalgic yet impersonal – hence the theme of isolation keeps presenting itself throughout the songs.

“Isolation” is LoFi Chill’s search for identity and self in the modern world, and through the use of sounds and beats the listener is forced to feel the disconnect that LoFi Chill has encountered in his experiences- moving between the ‘nostalgic’ and the ‘impersonal’.

Basically, “Isolation” sounds like a hazy, atmospheric and rhythmic kaleidoscope with the oblique, twisted vocals added to the thumping swirl. This is the sound of being high…but being alone. Strangely enough the final track is entitled “Don’t care”. This one seems put there purposely to make you rethink the whole concept of “Isolation”.

On the whole, LoFi Chill has crafted a consistently enveloping and rewarding album. It’s concise, so one can put it on for a brief moment of relaxation or deep introspection. Your choice.

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“Dangerous Intentions Mouth Full of Lies” – Interview with South Florida Author Q. Alexander http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/dangerous-intentions-mouth-full-lies-interview-south-florida-author-q-alexander http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/dangerous-intentions-mouth-full-lies-interview-south-florida-author-q-alexander#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:19:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31017 In her self-published memoir “Dangerous Intentions Mouth Full of Lies”, South Florida Author Quanese aka Q. Alexander details her experience in a relationship full of passion, love and betrayal. This riveting page turner shares how a person can be sold a dream and experience a nightmare. “I made it through these experiences and was inspired […]

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In her self-published memoir “Dangerous Intentions Mouth Full of Lies”, South Florida Author Quanese aka Q. Alexander details her experience in a relationship full of passion, love and betrayal. This riveting page turner shares how a person can be sold a dream and experience a nightmare. “I made it through these experiences and was inspired to write about them not only as therapy for me, but to help others who may be going through similar experiences as well,” said Alexander. Q. Alexander dedicates “Dangerous Intentions Mouth Full of Lies” to all the fearless women and men of the world, especially those in South Florida who have shown fearlessness in the face of abusive relationships.

You can pick up your copy of the book “Dangerous Intentions Mouth Full of Lies” at www.qalexanderspeaks.com. Besides being a self-published author, Q. Alexander is an entrepreneur who has created her own women’s fragrance, aptly named, ‘Fearless Woman’, which will launched officially in 2018.

What did you learn about yourself during the writing process?

Q. Alexander: I learned the power of my strength and how much I was able to accomplish on my own.

You revealed a lot of personal matters in your book. How did you feel as you were opening up about those things?

Q. Alexander: I initially questioned myself about how much I should reveal. The more I continued writing, my personality came through on paper. I’m a very open, honest, and detailed person. I could feel myself becoming free and that’s what I needed.

What was the most satisfying moment during the writing process?

Q. Alexander: Writing is my therapy and being able to heal as I write gave me satisfaction throughout the process.

Are you single?

Q. Alexander: Yes I am single and enjoying this time to still learn and grow as I continue on this journey.

What did those experiences from your book teach you about people?

Q. Alexander: Those experiences taught me to always follow my gut instinct. I felt things early on during each experience and I allowed them to continue to manipulate me to believe otherwise. I’ve realized the true power of a woman’s intuition and I will always follow it the first time it warns me of danger going forward.

Alexander Tell us about yourself. Where are you from, and what are you passionate about?

Q. Alexander: I was born in Miami, FL and my family background is Trinidadian. I am passionate about writing, being an entrepreneur, and being a mentor to an 11 year old girl through an organization called Big Brothers Big Sisters.

What motivated you to write Dangerous Intentions: Mouth Full of Lies?

Q. Alexander: I went through two very damaging relationship experiences full of lies, betrayal as well as emotional and mental abuse. I didn’t get any closure from either relationship. I felt so much pain sitting in the pit of my stomach especially after the second experience that was extremely draining from the affects of abuse. I decided not only to write a book as a form of therapy for me but to also help inspire others to tell their story.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

Q. Alexander: Mouth Full of Lies was the initial title for the book which seemed to fit as it stated the fact that I was fed a mouth full of lies by these two individuals. However, I still felt like something was missing. One day as I sat at my desk at work it just came to me, “Dangerous Intentions.” The more I kept repeating it I said that’s it, Dangerous Intentions: Mouth Full of Lies is the title of my book.

What is the message you want people to get from the book?

Q. Alexander: I hope that it will bring awareness to the signs of abuse. Any form of abuse is not acceptable. Mental and emotional abuse can sometimes be disguised especially when you are involved with a master manipulator. I paint a very clear picture of the things I endured. I hope that others will take what I’ve gone through and recognize the signs if they are experiencing the same thing to be encouraged and find the strength to walk away.

Do you have any new books or special projects coming up?

Q. Alexander: Yes, I am working on a new book that will touch more in depth on my childhood growing up and the many challenges I faced as being an unfavored child. I also have a Women’s Fragrance, Fearless Woman which I created with a company in Germany. I have given out samples to many people and the feedback has been great. It will officially be launched in 2018.

You are currently on a book tour meeting people at hair salons and barbershops. That seems a bit nontraditional. What inspired you to meet people in those venues?

Q. Alexander: I enjoy meeting and networking with people and I feel those are great places because if you walk into a salon or barbershop there is always a topic being discussed. I think it’s a great platform to have an open dialogue about real life experiences. I sold the most books at one time within a few minutes at a hair salon. Once I gave them a summary on what the book was about they were instantly drawn to wanting to read it.

How long did it take you to write your first book and what was the most challenging part?

Q. Alexander: It took me less than a month to write my book but the most challenging part was the editing process and creating the book cover design. Although I self-published I was paying a company to assist with that part of the process as well as with online distribution. Let’s just say I ended up becoming my own editor and graphic designer to create the book cover. Even though it was challenging and very frustrating at times, it taught me to teach myself how to do things I normally wouldn’t do.

What advice would you give someone who is trying to write a book?

Q. Alexander: I would advise them to stay consistent and take time to write everyday with no distractions. During my writing process I would write everyday consistently for three weeks until I got it all out. Don’t worry about making corrections as your writing just get it all out on paper and worry about making corrections later. Stay focused and don’t give up.

Are you able to trust anyone after going through those experiences?

Q. Alexander: Honestly, my trust is limited obviously I’ve been through a lot so it will definitely take some time to be able to trust anyone. I’m very observant and continue to watch the actions of a person. I don’t blame anyone for what someone else has done before them. I try to give a person a fair chance, but I admit I can be very guarded.

What is something people may be surprised to know about you?

Q. Alexander: I am a prankster. I love playing jokes on people and watching their hilarious reactions. Most people look at me and would never think I could be such a prankster at times which makes the outcome even better when they find out it’s me.

Do you have or want children one day?

Q. Alexander: No, I don’t have any biological children yet but I do want to have two children someday (hopefully soon). The little girl I mentor is like my daughter we share a special bond. I love to see her happy and smiling, I’m so proud of her. It’s a great feeling to hear her tell me how proud she is of me as well.

Do you have any siblings?

Q. Alexander: Yes I have two younger brothers. We have a great relationship as siblings. I love them dearly.

Do you have any plans to turn your book into a film?

Q. Alexander: Yes that’s definitely something I would love to do. The book is so detailed that many readers have said they felt as if they were on a ride with me through all of the ups and downs. I can just imagine being able to bring my book to life in a film. I’m looking forward to it.

What are you most grateful for?

Q. Alexander: I’m most grateful for life, which many of us take for granted. Being able to wake up each day is a blessing in itself. I’m grateful for everything including times where life experiences weren’t so great. It was all for a purpose and had I not gone through some of those challenging experiences, I may not have become a self-published Author.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

Q. Alexander: I would like to thank everyone who has shown me support. I greatly appreciate it. I want to give a special thanks to my grandfather for his continued unconditional love and support. He is the only man in my life that has never disappointed me. I am forever grateful for him.

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Recklous: “Friends and Fam” succeeds in sparking some strong emotion http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/recklous-friends-fam-succeeds-sparking-strong-emotion http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/recklous-friends-fam-succeeds-sparking-strong-emotion#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:22:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31014 It’s pretty hard to believe that rapper Recklous only dropped his first professionally produced track at the beginning of 2017. Over the years leading up to now, Santa Cruz’s very own lyrical wonder has balanced three personas: The reserved, well-mannered kid, an uplifting positive artist full of ambition and wisdom and an emcee whose love […]

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It’s pretty hard to believe that rapper Recklous only dropped his first professionally produced track at the beginning of 2017. Over the years leading up to now, Santa Cruz’s very own lyrical wonder has balanced three personas: The reserved, well-mannered kid, an uplifting positive artist full of ambition and wisdom and an emcee whose love for hard hitting Hip Hop and lightening quick raps defines his sound. Slowly the first began to fade, leaving the remaining two in clear vision. Finally Recklous’ latest studio project is on its way, with a brand new single giving fans a clear picture of his creative vision.

Filled with fast-paced rhymes, a heavy dose of personal scrutiny and a dash of harsh reality, the plainly titled “Friends and Fam” further cements Recklous’ role as one of the fastest improving newcomers onto the scene. Something he already proved on his previous outing with the single, “Blackout”, produced by (Prod. Aq1notx).

As a single, “Friends and Fam” is somewhat representative of everyone who plays a role in Recklous‘ life. Throughout the story Recklous expresses true positivity and self-empowerment. And if his intention is to motivate himself and listeners to never give up on their dreams, while not forgetting about the people close to them, his doing a great job here.

This track has a super chill bass-driven vibe to it, and Recklous spits some unbelievable lyrics filled with honesty and truth about the harsh reality of being on your grind, throughout the song.

Recklous has mastered the art of rapping fast over inspirational-sounding beats, but not to disguise the fact that he is spewing surface-level shit like some of his peers. His abundance of lyrical substance is easily apparent, as he succeeds in sparking some strong emotion through his energetic rapping.

Recklous is clearly not the same person and artist he was before this single. He’s better. This track is a personal one for Recklous as it’s about his reflection of the current stage he’s at in his life and seeing how far he’s come. He successfully finds the balance between brilliantly executed composition and complex lyricism on “Friends and Fam”.

Recklous does have huge potential and the body of work that truly sets him free from underdog territory, cannot be too far away. “Friends and Fam” deserves attention regardless though, as it is a track that diverts substantially from the repetitive and formulaic music that is all too frequent today. This track could provide a taste for what is yet to come from Recklous, and there is absolutely no doubt that his career is moving in the right direction.

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Groove State: “Light Up The Sky” – the musical force of a battering gale! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/groove-state-light-sky-musical-force-battering-gale http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/groove-state-light-sky-musical-force-battering-gale#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:18:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31008 Australian Indie Electro/Pop group Groove State draw their influences from the likes of Icona Pop, Major Lazer, Sia, Charlie XCX and David Guetta.  The duo consists of Lisjana on vocals, and producer DJ Deep G, who have reached Top 20 USA National Club Chart success (FMQB, DJ Times),  heavy rotation on dance radio airwaves and […]

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Australian Indie Electro/Pop group Groove State draw their influences from the likes of Icona Pop, Major Lazer, Sia, Charlie XCX and David Guetta.  The duo consists of Lisjana on vocals, and producer DJ Deep G, who have reached Top 20 USA National Club Chart success (FMQB, DJ Times),  heavy rotation on dance radio airwaves and mix shows around the globe, as well as being a songwriting Finalist in The World’s #1 Songwriting Competition ISC. Groove State’s music has been placed in major TV & Film features, and have secured licensing deals with Nokia, Red Bull, Rip Curl, Sony Entertainment UK (Play Station), Abercrombie & Fitch, and Footlocker, among others.

Groove State have dropped their 4 track EP, entitled “Light Up The Sky”, with the intent of building their continuing momentum. This EP sees the duo at their most accessible. It is an undeniably infectious, consistent addition to the Groove State discography.

Excitingly, it seems like they have totally broken through into a more mainstream audience with this latest release which one can only hope means more people clamoring for originality and authenticity in Pop and EDM music. This recording is groovy, it’s lyrical, it’s catchy, it’s emotional, its danceable. I could go on with a list of adjectives, but I think you get the point. It holds a lot of weight.

After listening to Groove State a couple of times, other Pop and EDM music sounds cookie cutter simple. The melodies are addictively beautiful, atypical and challenging. The duo seems willing to take risks with every aspect of their creative endeavors and end up with music that is both captivating, and deep.

Most of “Light Up The Sky” comes in an uplifting animated vein, meant to be played out loud; to experience something like “A Million Stars” anything but out in the open, with lots of people, would be a crime. Its anthemic build is meant soar above a stadium of voices.

The fast paced title track, “Light Up The Sky” is both brilliant and frenzied in its lightheaded and lighthearted peppiness, manically trilling: “I feel it coming, I feel it in the air, taking me higher…higher.” No amount of familiarity with Groove State’s release-to-release progression fully prepares the listener for a sound so effortlessly stunning, an achievement so assured, as this EP.

The contrast between the words which are being sung and the fabulous, synth-strewn, pulsing, riff-heavy music, and Lisjana’s gorgeously-delivered vocals is dramatic on “Unstoppable”, but somehow never jarring or dissonant.

Bursting with an immediate, throat-grabbing melody and a benchmark groove, the EP closer, “Champion”, exceeds with a brazen catwalk strutting rhythm. It stands as an all-around amplification and expansion of DJ Deep G’s mature musical instincts and consistently terse song structures. The EP, “Light Up The Sky”, defies you to find an ounce of flab: lean and ferocious, uplifting and anthemic, its 4 tracks blow by with the musical force of a battering gale.

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Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: ‘Lost In The Sound’ stems from a place that few artists can access http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roger-cole-paul-barrere-lost-sound-stems-place-artists-can-access http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roger-cole-paul-barrere-lost-sound-stems-place-artists-can-access#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:15:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31003 If you are a Radiohead fan, with a penchant for legends like Pink Floyd and King Crimson, then Roger Cole & Paul Barrere will be an easy band to fall in love with. Thick haunting atmosphere, lots of bleeps and beeps, intense melodies, beautiful vocals and mystery-veiled lyrics, are part of the deal on their […]

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If you are a Radiohead fan, with a penchant for legends like Pink Floyd and King Crimson, then Roger Cole & Paul Barrere will be an easy band to fall in love with. Thick haunting atmosphere, lots of bleeps and beeps, intense melodies, beautiful vocals and mystery-veiled lyrics, are part of the deal on their latest, freshly baked album “Lost in the Sound”. The riffs and parts are tight, intense little affairs with so much power as to build a cinematic degree of tension. These are well-oiled high-thread-count arrangements that draw their texture from an array of stringed instruments and keyboards, building lush layered harmonies. It’s a beautiful sound that shows it’s depth on repeat listens. Multiple listens reveal a rich complexity that becomes increasingly engaging. I encourage you to listen to “Lost in the Sound” several times prior to forming a conclusive opinion about this incredible album.

I believe Roger and Paul to be gifted musicians that don’t just pick up their instruments and play for some cash, but put great thought into what they do and equally would like to be proud of the sounds they create. More and more often music is referenced by other bands – “oh, it sounds like so and so” or “so and so is the new blahblah”. In fact I made the same error right on the opening line of this review.

To be truthfully honest, Roger Cole & Paul Barrere manages to sidestep these identifiers creating their own music without falling into the pit of preconceived notions. What they do have in common with the aforementioned bands though, is timeless music.

When I first started telling people about Roger Cole & Paul Barrere, I’d find myself at a loss for words, when asked to describe what it sounded like. Expansive, harmonic, bluesish, rockish, but always elusively avoiding falling into one definitive sound, which is the strength of their music, and this album in particular. Ideally, great bands will evolve and not keep putting out different versions of the same song, which is what they do.

Lyrically, Roger Cole & Paul Barrere veer between thinly veiled allegories of weighty, real-world disquiet, and terse, unknowable personal impressions. By cutting themselves off from a hurry-everywhere-and-everything society, Roger and Paul have successfully realized their most rewarding record yet.

Where the somnambulant rock sway of opener ‘In My Prison’ and the  lead single ‘Lost In The Sound’ present a rich wealth of epic atmospheric and melodic finesse, mid-album highlight ‘Let It Go’ – with its rhythmic flourishes and darkly harmonic twists and turns – makes for borderline grandstanding stuff.

Elsewhere, the shrewd shifts and almost-imperceptible tonal changes on mid-album peaks ‘All That I Need’ and ‘Final Curtain’ capture the band’s knack for exquisite chord changes that reward a keen ear. Woven with sweeping arrangements – not least on ‘Political Freak Show’’Roger Cole & Paul Barrere have once more mined majesty from honoring the craft of the song, not to mention the profound air of musical wanderlust that is forged when Roger and Paul bang heads.

Both masters of understated flourishes – delivering many moments of instrumental and vocal brilliance that marry classic, prog and art-rock influences, Roger Cole & Paul Barrere notch up at times, to a realm of straight-up virtuosic finesse.

The duo has been able to indulge as many whims as they’ve felt right. Listen to the amusing ‘Your Annoying’, or the oblique and artsy ‘Indifference’, as well as my favorite, ‘Grain of Sand’. The sounds captured, as lusciously organic as they are, are perfect for the overall pitch of this release.

This is music stemming from a place that few artists can access. The songs are focused and determined. It’s like hearing the past half a century of rock music playing in one single album, which sounds—thrillingly and reassuringly—like the future to me! Out via Better Daze Records the album ‘Lost In The Sound’ is available now!

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“Christmas Cards” by Rev. Peter Unger released in time for the festive season http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christmas-cards-rev-peter-unger-released-time-festive-season http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christmas-cards-rev-peter-unger-released-time-festive-season#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:49:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31000 As Christmas fast approaches, reverend Peter Unger is set to gain traction on this timely song “Christmas Cards”. Several websites have just featured the song and his YouTube views are starting to accelerate. Here’s a little more about the influence of the song and background of Peter: When Peter Unger was growing up, Christmas was […]

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As Christmas fast approaches, reverend Peter Unger is set to gain traction on this timely song “Christmas Cards”. Several websites have just featured the song and his YouTube views are starting to accelerate.

Here’s a little more about the influence of the song and background of Peter: When Peter Unger was growing up, Christmas was a magical time for his family and him.

He grew up in a small town in Vermont, and lived on the side of mountain three miles up a dirt road.

Peter’s home was a beautifully renovated farm house from the 1700s. On a clear winter’s day a forty mile vista of snow blanketed fields and mountains could be seen. At dusk the lights decorating his family’s home, and the fireplace smoke curling up from the chimney presented a warm contrast to the growing darkness.

Every year his family, on either snow shoes or cross country skis, would head into the woods surrounding their house to select a Christmas tree. His father, an emigrant from the Netherlands, brought Dutch Christmas into their home.

These included large Dutch chocolate letters sent to us by Dutch relatives, stories about Saint Nick  and Dutch coffee with chicory, anise, and extra milk which the children were permitted to drink when teenagers. Christmas choir music and carols, played on the stereo, filled their home as the holiday neared. Love of faith, family, and friends overflowed our hearts at this very special time of year.

It was these cherished memories that came to mind when Peter wrote “Christmas Cards”.

The song features crisp vocals, and nice clear guitar and piano parts. The song’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of the festive time. You can really get the feel for what Pete is expressing in his lyrics.

A very uplifting song, you could imagine the song being played amongst the classic big hits that play on the radio each year.

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Interview with Danish/American musician Zachary Ray http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-danish-american-musician-zachary-ray http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-danish-american-musician-zachary-ray#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:49:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30995 Born in Rhode Island, Zachary Ray is a Danish/American musician residing in Los Angeles. He was introduced to Metallica and Eminem at age 5, by his mother and stepfather, and became wildly obsessed with drumming. Hence his grandma from Rhode Island gave him his first drum set. Ray later took drum lessons and eventually also […]

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Born in Rhode Island, Zachary Ray is a Danish/American musician residing in Los Angeles. He was introduced to Metallica and Eminem at age 5, by his mother and stepfather, and became wildly obsessed with drumming. Hence his grandma from Rhode Island gave him his first drum set. Ray later took drum lessons and eventually also learned to play the guitar. This was followed by singing, which gave Zachary Ray the musical combination to perform and record with absolute artistic freedom. His latest release, is the single ”Trouble”.

  1. How long have you been performing and recording, and did you record or play live first?

Zachary Ray: The local music school I was part of from age 8 to 15 put on shows here and there for family and friends. I started playing live with my own music and band when I was about 13-14. So I was definitely playing live before I started recording.

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

Zachary Ray: That would be Metallica and Eminem. Eminem is probably not super noticeable in my sound now but he definitely played a role when I was way young.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Zachary Ray: I’m really digging Nothing But Thieves and Gin Wigmore at the moment. I’m discovering so much new music right now, it really inspires me. Sometimes I have to take a long break from listening to music cause every time I put on a song I can’t help coming up with ideas for songs and stuff I wanna do, it gets exhausting.

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

Zachary Ray: The first instrument I bought myself was a drum set. Before that I had a beginners drum set I got from my grandma when I was around 5 I think. As far as what I’m looking for now, I’d say I’m really hot on the Electro-Harmonix Superego synth pedal for guitar. Really looking for a good guitar synth to mess around with.

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

Zachary Ray: Been recording and mixing most of my stuff at my rehearsal space but when I need to take a song to the next level I jump in a real studio to polish it with an engineer. Been working closer with producers lately, it’s nice not have to worry about getting it all to sound right in Pro Tools, instead I just worry about serving the song.

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

Zachary Ray: That’s a tough one. I couldn’t pick one over the other. And I think both is equally important in order to produce quality content. I mean if you don’t sit down and develop your songs, your songs might not turn out so good and fails to connect with an audience or even yourself. But if you don’t play out you’ll never know what works and what doesn’t. both is super important, but if I had to choose I’d say playing live is my favorite thing. That’s where everything you’re all about gets a chance to show. It’s the ultimate therapy.

  1. Which one of your original songs gets the crowd’s emotion and adrenaline pumping the most, when performing it?

Zachary Ray: At the moment I think Insane Obsession or Break Me. Both big wild songs with a lot of emotion and surprise elements that captures the audience.

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

Zachary Ray: I’m very proud of Trouble, my latest single. I think it changes every time I put out a new song. I always strive to push myself beyond my own limits.

  1. Could you describe your creative process? Where do your ideas usually come from, what do you start with and how do you go about shaping these ideas into a song?

Zachary Ray: Usually it either starts with a riff on my guitar or a beat or melody formed in my head. It’s the best feeling when an idea strikes you, it’s literally like a light bulb that goes off like in the cartoons. Then adrenaline starts pumping and I just need to record it and work on it, there’s no escaping until the basics are down, like a verse and a chorus. But then it can take days to actually finish it, because you want every detail to be right. I feel like my songs are never fully done until I walk out of that studio with a fully mixed and mastered version of the song. It’s a long but super fun and interesting process.

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

Zachary Ray: I’m still learning, and will never stop. I think I caught how to write simple songs pretty quick but to make them so that other people understood what I was trying to do was the biggest challenge in the beginning I think. Like it goes back to question number 6, you need to sit down and develop your song, listen to it, have other people listen to it and figure out what works and what doesn’t. Like you might’ve come up with the most bad ass guitar solo on the planet, but if it’s 10 minutes long, people would just loose interest and don’t give a shit about the rest of the song. So maybe learning how to take a great idea and strip it down to the most interesting parts and make them matter, would be my answer to that. Composing I guess.

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

Zachary Ray: Guitar, drums and Logic Pro.

  1. How essential do you think video is in relation to your music? Do you have a video you would suggest fans see?

Zachary Ray: I think it’s super important. My New Year’s resolution is actually gonna be to release a video plus behind the scenes and other goodies for every song I release in the New Year. My goal is once a month. It’s just important to be consistent otherwise people lose interest. You’re an entertainer. My social media presence have been almost non-existing up until now. I’ve seen a huge increase in traffic within the few months I’ve been going at it like this. And it feels good to not be alone with my music anymore, and sharing my moments through pictures, videos, interview and what not. I’ve been in the game for a long time but I don’t think people know who the hell I really am. I mean really, what’s better than to connect over music with other like-minded people?… It just took me some time to realize or get out of that shell. My only music video is for Insane Obsession at the moment but in February a video for Trouble should be out!

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

Zachary Ray: I think music is the most powerful tool of expression there is. And that it’s used in politics and to influence or raise awareness is only natural. But I’m in it for my own joy. I don’t get a kick out of writing a song for a commercial or if someone tells me to write with a certain perspective. Unless it means something special to me or I really think I’d be fun. I actually made a few commercial tracks. One for Naked Fruit in Denmark when I was about 16 and one for VUC Fyn, when I was 18. I believe that one is still running in selected movie theaters in Denmark.

  1. With more and more musicians creating and releasing music, what does this mean for you as an artist in terms of originality? Do you still see great potential for originality in music and how do you think you set yourself apart from the pack, so to speak?

Zachary Ray: I think it’s awesome with that many musicians creating. Makes you feel less like an outcast haha. But yeah it’s true it also makes you feel less special in a way. But if you’re in it just for fame and glory I think you’ve lost already. And lost to who really? Everybody seems to be racing each other, I’m guilty of it. Every day I feel like I need to do something to move my career and I have that as a daily goal. Which is not necessarily a bad thing!! But it wasn’t until I realized the real reason, for why I keep pushing myself that something real started to happen. And now it’s not the thought of the race that keeps me going. It’s the love and passion for creating and discovering, expressing and inspire. Curiosity is my main source of inspiration to be honest. I terms of originality; we’re programmed to evolve based on curiosity and failure. And as long as we’re imperfect, originality will never cease to exist haha.

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

Zachary Ray: Right now every little step I take feels like a new high to me. Being a solo artist and learning how to navigate in this new world of music is so interesting I don’t know what the best parts of it is… I mean moving to LA and playing legendary Whisky A Go Go, Viper Room and all those clubs and just being part of the LA music scene, is in itself a huge milestone to me.

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

Zachary Ray: Definitely not easy to get heard or seen with all that noise, but I think it’s good that it’s there. Gives everyone a chance and an outlet. I think really talented artists will get recognized eventually. Social media gives you an opportunity to develop and try things out. But it can be confusing for some people who’re really not good at the social media game. I’m only starting to get it… But we’ll just have to adapt.

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

Zachary Ray: Consistency! Engage with your surroundings. Surround yourself with persistent people.

  1. Reaching audiences usually involves reaching out to the media and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Do you have a manager or label aiding you?

Zachary Ray: So nowadays it again mostly comes down to a social media presence and how you engage with your audience. If you do so the right way you can come a long way on your own. I’m just starting to realize these things myself. But of cause there’s other areas which are hard to conquer on your own, such as labels, radio, magazines, finances, tours and what not. I only recently signed with a management to take this thing to the next level but it’s still up to me to be the content creator and explore opportunities.

  1. Do you have a musical vision that you haven’t been able to realize for technical or financial reasons – or maybe an idea of what music itself should and could be beyond its current mainstream form?

Zachary Ray: So far no. I mean I have a huge desire to collaborate with other creators, like an EDM producer or an orchestra would be fun, but I feel like everything has its own time so I will eventually get to all these ideas but I need to get myself to a point where I feel like I’ve shown the world what I’m all about right now, before I take an obscure direction, which I’m sure I will someday haha!

  1. What is the next step being programmed on the Zachary Ray agenda? What can fans expect for 2018?

Zachary Ray: So my new year’s resolution is gonna be to release a new single and video pretty much every month, along with performances, behind the scenes and other stuff. I’m super stoked about this new venture of mine!

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Nega Blast X: “The Experiment” is a loaded gun primed with elements of galactic acid rhythms http://jamsphere.com/reviews/nega-blast-x-experiment-loaded-gun-primed-elements-galactic-acid-rhythms http://jamsphere.com/reviews/nega-blast-x-experiment-loaded-gun-primed-elements-galactic-acid-rhythms#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:04:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30990 There’s really no words to describe the sound of Nega Blast X. The Burbank music arranger, author and digital artist, Dominic R Daniels, sole proprietor of the Nega Blast X project, is in a realm of his own and hardly many can touch that artsy creativity he has under the hood. Based in the trance, techno […]

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There’s really no words to describe the sound of Nega Blast X. The Burbank music arranger, author and digital artist, Dominic R Daniels, sole proprietor of the Nega Blast X project, is in a realm of his own and hardly many can touch that artsy creativity he has under the hood. Based in the trance, techno and industrial idioms since 2010, Daniels is inspired by Daft Punk, Orbital, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Mutaytor. “The Experiment”, Nega Blast X’s third album is released on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and all other major digital download stores.

Artistically speaking, Nega Blast X is still pushing the boundaries of acceptance. “The Experiment”, is a loaded gun primed with elements of galactic acid rhythms, infused with just the right balance of desire for overindulgence and a wild sense of adventure. At times it feels as though you’re at a German rave in an underground club during late 1990’s.  And though synth technologies, have come a long way since then and all the rest of the art form has also progressed healthily, Nega Blast X’s brilliant retro sonics never feels out of context or redundant.

I have to be honest, most of the retro elements that are out of context in other genres today, come together in this magnificent collage with such effortless passion, enticing you on with each beat and further note. What a beautiful piece of electronic music.

After consideration, I believe that more work of this caliber and artistic conviction is required for this art and industry to succeed and evolve. Nega Blast X demonstrates, with exquisite vibrancy, across the 8 tracks on “The Experiment”, why he deserves to be a classic in any self- respecting music aficionado’s catalogue.

What I’ll come out swinging with here is, “The Experiment” is one kick ass Nega Blast X recording. With its appropriate title, this EP conjures up some experimental musical vibes, some elaborate synths and groovy electronic dance beats.

The sound on “The Experiment” is an interesting combination of driving dance beats with hints of industrial heaviness, mixed together with sheer groove mastery. Plus electronic bleeps, guitar noise and smashing rock drums. Sounds like a mess doesn’t it? Far from it! It’s a great combo of electronic creativity. Absolutely focused and totally cutting edge.

“Bomber” opens the EP in an overdriven guitar-punk racket, before swerving into the keyboard funkiness of “Fireball”. “Mutant” raises the tempo and syncopated bass beat, before falling into the oddball vocal gymnastics of “Puppet”.

“Robot” sticks its thumping marching beat to the fore, eventually giving way to the cinematic synths, pianos and resonating basslines of “Starchild”.  “The Fuse” lifts the rhythm and intensity, introducing some squeakier synth and bass tropes.  “The Rumble” closes the EP as it opened, with an eight minute festival of over-driven rock guitars and solo drum and bass passages.

The track is sleazy, and embodies everything that the individuality and hedonism of rock and roll has always been about. Hardly something you would expect from an electronic album. But hey, this is Nega Blast X, and “The Experiment” is a clever album – a guilty pleasure with enough substance and style to really become addicted to it.

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Juliett Novak Releases New Single and Video – “Work It Out” http://jamsphere.com/news/juliett-novak-releases-new-single-video-work http://jamsphere.com/news/juliett-novak-releases-new-single-video-work#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:19:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30984 Who is Juliett Novak? It’s rare for someone at a young age to know exactly what he or she wants out of life and take the necessary steps toward achieving that goal. Júlia Novák Bartková, otherwise known as Juliett Novak, is a singer from Slovakia who has dedicated her life to music. Her original songs […]

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Who is Juliett Novak?

It’s rare for someone at a young age to know exactly what he or she wants out of life and take the necessary steps toward achieving that goal. Júlia Novák Bartková, otherwise known as Juliett Novak, is a singer from Slovakia who has dedicated her life to music. Her original songs blend elements of R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and classical music.

Six years ago, Juliett moved to the USA with her husband, who was studying at Harvard University. Leaving Slovakia was not an easy decision for her, but this new cultural experience exceeded all of her expectations and provided her with all sorts of inspiration.

Living abroad has changed her.

Juliett confesses that living abroad has changed her and helped her to mature artistically. “I became a different person,” she says. “In the past, I was more conservative and shy. However, living in the US completely transformed my personality.”

She has loved music since her childhood.

Juliett loved music from a very early age and has devoted her life to becoming a respected artist. Up until her twenties, she was classically trained in piano and opera singing. Later she was introduced to jazz and musical theatre. Nowadays she focuses exclusively on pop music.

From classical music to pop

How does a musician switch from classical music to pop music? (This is almost unheard of.)   “I would not have been able to do this without changing my personality. In classical music, you have to stick to the rules and principles, and you must have discipline. In pop, it’s the exact opposite. It’s more about creativity, improvisation, self-confidence, and entertainment,” she explains. “Being influenced by different mentalities and cultures also helped. This gave me a sense of freedom and courage. When I was abroad, I saw many examples of other people who were spontaneous and not afraid to be themselves. Healthy self-confidence is very, very important.”

She is constantly challenging herself to improve.

Juliett studied at the Music Conservatory J.L. Bellu and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also attended the “Stage Performance Workshop” at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where she presented her original songs in a series of concerts. While in Boston, Juliett was also a member of the Harvard Gospel Choir “Kuumba Singers” and performed with them in Cambridge, Boston, and New York. Later she was part of the Saint Augustine Gospel Choir in Washington, D.C. She has also given several self-produced solo performances in Brussels, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

She’s a complex artist.

Juliett Novak is a singer, pianist, and songwriter. She has recorded songs in South Africa and collaborated with Grammy-nominated producer Arty Skye in New York. However, last year she decided to take complete artistic control and release her songs on her own. She writes all her own music and lyrics, produces her own songs, and directs her own videos. “The key is to go where your creativity and intuition lead you,” she says. After developing a complete idea of ​​the sound and visuals of her songs, she is able to bring her vision to life.

“Work It Out”

“’Work It Out’” is an inspirational song that is supposed to give people courage and energy,” she explains. “I chose to show athletes in this clip because their determination, zeal, will, and self-confidence can inspire others to succeed. All of these attributes are absolutely necessary to achieve any goal. We’ve heard this message many times before, but I feel it needs to be repeated over and over again. That’s why I decided to write a song about it. This song helps me and motives me every day, and I firmly believe it will help others find the courage to follow their dreams and achieve their goals!”

The video for “Work It Out” has been released in two versions. The following version Juliett recorded in New York with Grammy- nominated producer Arty Skye and she used her own story to show others how she enjoys the path to success. Version 2 is at the bottom of the article.

Recipe for success

Juliett realizes that talent is only a small part of what it takes to be successful. “You also need to have self-confidence, discipline, time management, and passion,” she says. “You have to be willing to take chances and ask others to collaborate. But most of all, you have to believe in your work.” In addition to composing and recording, Juliett teaches both singing and piano lessons and was even voted one of Washington, D.C.’s top 10 vocal coaches last year.

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

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Tisabel: “GENRE HOPPING” is a heady blend of styles and passion! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tisabel-genre-hopping-heady-blend-styles-passion http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tisabel-genre-hopping-heady-blend-styles-passion#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:56:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30979 Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, […]

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Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational pull of Tisabel’s music is strong; it has few equals in the underground. If you dig people standing tall in the music industry machinery, he’s your standard-bearer.

Practically anyone trying to marry catchy song craft to such a vast number of styles and genres is very hard to find in an era where artists categorize themselves into the tiniest of sub-genres. With astounding ease, Tisabel gives us dozens of evergreen sounding melodies, deep instrumental cuts, futuristic concept ideas and slamming retro harmonies.

Tisabel’s 15 track album “GENRE HOPPING” is a heady blend of styles and passion that add to the conception of the artist. The recording bristles with the energy and audacity of an artist who is poised with the ambition to take over the world.

How else would you explain the artistic courage needed to jump from the smooth and soulful R&B groove of “Can I”, to the new age piano meanderings of “Sierras Float”, and then onto the ghetto rapper’s swag of “5 Star Girl”, before executing the upbeat, dubstep-influenced, electro rhythms of “All Action No Talk”.

Tisabel seems to be in the process of brazenly reimagining what being a modern musician means – both professionally and artistically – while dismantling the public’s preconceived ideas about what kind of one-dimensional music a possible music icon can and should play.

Moving through the album it is clear that even if “GENRE HOPPING” is the only record, Tisabel ever makes, it will stand as a singular creative statement from a musician who knows precisely what he needs to say, musically. As well as showcasing in just how many different ways he is artistically able to say it!

Again, taking it from the slow-burning stunner, “Could You Be My Lady (Walking Down the Aisle)”, to the funky new jack dance of “Need Your Touch”, and then the retro-rock ballad “One and Only”, Tisabel time and again proves to be a universal artist, meant for all seasons and flavors. I have no doubt that if this album had been released during the eighties or early nineties it might have spawned quite a few radio ready singles.

A multitalented cross-genre artist such as Tony Isabel deserves much more than being trapped in an era of artificially generated robotic music. Luckily though, he’ll find a plenitude of people longing for the soulfully nostalgic sounds, melodies and harmonies he proposes on this album. Not secondary to any of the above qualities however, is Tisabel’s richly resonating voice, which reaches its entrancing zenith on the mid-tempo ballad “Hold Me Tight”.

“GENRE HOPPING” is the type of album that never goes out of style. This is the kind of music that will outlive us all, and these songs will still be blowing the minds and capturing the interest of music fans decades from now. Produced by The Muzikworkz Company, “GENRE HOPPING” is simply the real thing!

Who is Tisabel? – Anthony Wayne Isabel a.k.a. Tony Isabel, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and later moved to Los Angeles. He began his career with an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as bassist with a college jazz ensemble, and subsequently became the bassist and backup singer for such acts as Memphis, The Indian River Boys, Louise Mandrell, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, as well as the bassist and lead singer for a number of working Top 40 club bands. He has performed with a wide variety of acts during his career, such as Bob Hope, Charo, Freda Payne, Johnny Thunder, Snoop Dog and Tupac Shakur, and has also had appearances in TV and film projects such as Rodney Dangerfield’s “Meet Wally Sparks”. “The Martin Short Show” and “Ally McBeal”. A Music Director for a number of cruise lines, primarily Princess Cruises (The Love Boat), Tony is capable of directing a pit orchestra or show-band with equal ease. He is also the author of two different online instructional video series: “The Elusive Pocket Player” and “Stanley Clarke Secrets”.

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Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” – a beautiful rose among the thorns! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lee-lee-lanea-basswhipped-beautiful-rose-among-thorns http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lee-lee-lanea-basswhipped-beautiful-rose-among-thorns#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:08:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30974 Beats aren’t gendered. So why are we still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality in the music studio? Women represent less than 5% of music producers and engineers. Yes, the music industry—like every industry on this patriarchal planet—is sexist. That is not news. But this means we’re missing out on a […]

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Beats aren’t gendered. So why are we still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality in the music studio? Women represent less than 5% of music producers and engineers. Yes, the music industry—like every industry on this patriarchal planet—is sexist. That is not news. But this means we’re missing out on a whole world of sounds, stories, and perspectives. Our culture has systematically ingrained this idea that technology is more of a man’s thing. Then of course there’s the fact that most men get freaked out when women do things better than them or even as good as them and it goes for everything. Politics, music, business, whatever.

Yet amongst all of this negativity towards females behind the boards, there is a handful of ladies bending and breaking the rules. Female artists who are self-produced and doing cutting-edge productions to surround their own vocals or compositions, and they are becoming a vital part of the musical landscape right now.

One such talented lady is Lee Lee Lanea. She is a singer, songwriter and producer living in the heart of Los Angeles. Her signature blend of EDM is inspired by her lifelong passion for music. In 2013, Lee Lee launched her own fashion company, which didn’t leave much time for creating music.

Using her skills within business and marketing, Lee Lee eventually took a jump and plunged herself into the world of music full-time, fulfilling her lifelong dream. Vocal chops, aesthetic presentation, and songwriting are three separate and time-consuming skills which requires a set of global skills, available to few. Lee Lee is part of that group.

“Basswhipped”, her latest single release, is very airy and atmospheric in its vibe, but very thoughtful and complex in the sound production, with a bottom end that will rattle the cobwebs out of your speaker system. Lee Lee Lanea put a lot of work into this track and it shows.

The sensual lyrics and fantasy imagery is extremely fanciful, while Lee Lee’s voice resonates gloriously, and is a far cry from the usual female squeaking, found on current pop and dance crossover radio hits. Lee Lee’s vocal sound is more authoritative, more towards Grace Jones’ lower tones, rather than Britney Spears cutesy shrieks.

Lee Lee Lanea seamlessly blends several electronic musical aesthetics into a cohesive whole that swirls and thumps and dances about with unabashed sassiness. Her voice is at once soothing and titillating – flitting through the ether like your deepest and darkest sexual fantasy.

The changeups in tone, beat, and even melody makes this House tune different from today’s typical EDM and club songs.  Lee Lee has an incredible natural talent at blending hooks, melodies and rhythms, which come out sounding anything but ordinary. “Basswhipped” is the living proof!

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Interview: Nothing But You, Nicky releases “ON MY OWN” single http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-nothing-nicky-releases-single http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-nothing-nicky-releases-single#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:03:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30962 American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY […]

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American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY OWN” showcases Nicky’s strength, both vocally and emotionally, as she performs her bold, unapologetic lyrics. She uses her music to tell stories and to capture the true emotion behind the music. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Nicky also draws influences from contemporary artists such as Beyoncé. The single, just released, is already receiving praise by some of the biggest names in the recording industry. Nothing But You, Nicky gave us some insight into the doings of her craft in a recent interview.

  1. How long has the project Nothing But You, Nicky been going and how did you decide on that specific moniker?

Nicky: My debut album was released in January 2017 as Nothing But You so it has been 10 months. We wanted a name that is memorable and can help establish my personal brand. So we created a name that is related to the genre or culture we wish to be identified with. “Nothing But You” is all human being’s dream…Everyone needs LOVE! We chose a stage name that actually means something to me! Nothing But YOU! Also “Nicky” comes from my own record company “Phoenix Records”.

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

Nicky: Whitney Houston

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Nicky: Nothing But You^^ , Lara Fabian, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and HOT artists from Radio.

  1. What is your relationship with award-winning composer Emine Sari? And when did you decide to work on the single “On My Own”?

Nicky: My debut album “Meant to Be” released in January 2017 connected to Emine Sari naturally and quickly. Once we started to talk via SNS we became BEST friends as if we had known each other for a 100 years. Emine sent me “On My Own” this summer and the moment I first listened to this song I fell in love with it and a few hours later I sent my vocal file to her and we both loved what we did to this song together.

  1. Where did you do the recording and production work on the latest single?

Nicky: I have a Jazz pianist friend Shota Osabe who played all keyboards on my debut album “Meant to Be” and he owns his home studio in San Francisco California where my neighborhood is. Joel Evenden completed the Mix and Master in London.

  1. How and why did you specifically choose the producer Cihat Atlig as well as vocal engineer and producer Joel Evenden to work on this single?

Nicky: It’s all about Emine Sari. She collaborated with Cihat Atlig and Joel Evenden many times. According to Emine and my conversations, she knew the BEST combination of producer and engineer for me. Also, Cihat and Joel agreed to work with me as a team. Thank God!

  1. Who wrote the words and music to “On My Own”? And what is the core idea and meaning behind the song?

Nicky: Of course, Emine Sari wrote the words and music not only to “On My Own” but also all my original songs! As I mentioned Emine and I are best friend, we are talking everything “Girls talk” via SNS all the time. We went through almost all our life experiences: Love, heartbreak, business decisions, health issue, what to believe and who to trust…etc. We both believe in unconditional LOVE and we know Love conquers all. Love is not always about a man and a woman but also family, friends, people, animal, nature, and everything.

  1. Do you feel you delivered one of your best performances on this song, from a technical point of view? And if any, what were the major difficulties in interpreting the song exactly the way you wanted to?

Nicky: Yes, I gave all of myself in this song. I listened to my heart and sang this song, so sometimes I went with too many emotions…such as tears or shouted too loud. Emine just told me, “The melody, words and your voice tone are already describing your emotions so don’t think too much just be yourself and sing it!” So my major difficulties were gone after my best friend Emine’s advice.

  1. Could you describe the creative process on the basis of this musical piece? Where do the ideas come from, what do you start with and how do you go about shaping these ideas into a finished song, such as “On My Own”?

Nicky: Actually, I’m not writing songs but I always talk to my composer Emine about what’s on my mind and she understands, as if we are twin babies. I visited her in Turkey in May and I met Emine for the first time and she just started writing songs during my stay and after I came home she kept writing songs for a few months. We inspired each other a lot. I told her,” I would like to sing Big ballads like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Lara Fabian…..” and she wrote me “On My Own”.

  1. What were your main performing challenges at the beginning of your career and how have they changed over time?

Nicky: I started to perform my live shows when I was a college student and all songs are English SOUL music in Tokyo Japan. At that time I couldn’t really enjoy what I was doing because everything was new to me but I learned gradually how to enjoy music with a band and audiences in Japan and America. It’s the greatest thing to share happiness through MUSIC.

  1. Are there any major differences between creating and releasing independent music in Japan as opposed to the USA and San Francisco where you are currently based?

Nicky: English is the Key! English made all works easier.

  1. How essential do you think video is in relation to your music? Is there a video of “On My Own” already released or in the works?

Nicky: I think the music video is really important and must have an item to promote your music but it’s the biggest problem for independent musicians, it costs you a fortune if you shoot your own professional video. My next dream is shooting my professional video! I’m super lucky to have beautiful “On My Own” lyric video! Enjoy!!

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

Nicky: I have been enjoying music as my life, and music gave me a lot of courage to live not only through the good times but also the bad times. Now I’m ready to share my music to heal other people’s wounds and to be happy together. I don’t have any purpose being an artist as a political or social vehicle. When you listen to my music, it would start to tell you why I’m singing music with my feelings.

  1. With more and more musicians creating and releasing music in the age of technology, what does this mean for you as an artist in terms of originality? Do you still see great potential for originality and how do you think you set yourself apart from the pack, so to speak?

Nicky: The biggest difference with my new music is that it’s really celebrating the most important thing to me, which is my voice, I honestly feel like I’m coming into my own, to really want to be one of the singers that are remembered forever. To sing music that I don’t feel like anyone else can sing because it comes from a place that only I can sing from. I really appreciate being in the age of technology but I just want to be myself.

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

Nicky: I think meeting new people from all over the world is the most exciting and greatest achievement ever! But I’m really proud of a five-star review on Huffington Post with exclusive music video premiere, On My Own, soared to Number 1 on iTunes’ Blues charts and being currently on DRT GLOBAL TOP #120 AIRPLAY CHARTS and Winning The Akademia Music Awards! …

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

Nicky: I only see a bright side of the Internet and all the social media in general, as fundamental to my career, and indie music in general. I think it’s all up to you how you live with those technologies. As long as you are doing your own music with using that technology in right way is the strongest help to open the door to move to the next stage of your dreams.

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

Nicky: Believing in yourself with a strong will and never give up! Live on the edge, but don’t fall off! Never forget Respect, Appreciation, and Love!

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far? And how did you overcome this event or obstacle?

Nicky: Loss of a loved one. Never think you are alone…just close your eyes whenever you need your loved one and smile always.

  1. Do you have a musical vision that you haven’t yet been able to realize for technical or financial reasons?

Nicky: I would like to make my professional video for my songs!

  1. What is the next step being programmed on the Nothing But You, Nicky agenda? What can fans expect from you for 2018?

Nicky: My new album “I Love You On My Own” scheduled to go on to all digital platforms on April 6, 2018, which is Friday. My debut album “Meant to Be” released January 2017 which made my miraculous team (Multi award winning Turkish singer/songwriter Emine SARI, Multi-Platinum award winner London-based music engineer and producer Joel Evenden who has worked with legendary artists including Eric Clapton, Lara Fabian, Rod Stewart and BB King…, Turkish music producer Cihat Atlig and Super PR team) connected naturally and quickly. I’m so grateful to meet wonderful people and now we are making an incredible Album as ONE to share with you! Nice to meet you, everyone, ahead and let’s enjoy our life together with not only my music but also MUSIC!! Actually, you don’t need to wait that long… a lot of surprises are getting ready for you… soon!❤

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Miles Casella feat. Ben Bryan – Saturday 21 January At THE WILLOW New Orleans! http://jamsphere.com/events/miles-casella-feat-ben-bryan-saturday-21-january-willow-new-orleans http://jamsphere.com/events/miles-casella-feat-ben-bryan-saturday-21-january-willow-new-orleans#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:25:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30954 Miles Casella feat. Ben Bryan will be performing live on Saturday 21 January At THE WILLOW New Orleans. There will also be performances by BLACC GHOS, Cloud Skilly, Fenxx & Guests. Show starts at: 6:30pm Tickets are $12.00 dollars each Show is located at: The Willow Uptown 8200 Willow Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 Google directions: […]

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Miles Casella feat. Ben Bryan will be performing live on Saturday 21 January At THE WILLOW New Orleans. There will also be performances by BLACC GHOS, Cloud Skilly, Fenxx & Guests.

Show starts at: 6:30pm

Tickets are $12.00 dollars each

Show is located at:

The Willow Uptown
8200 Willow Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

Google directions:

https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari&um=1&ie=UTF-8&fb=1&gl=us&entry=s&sa=X&ftid=0x8620a5153d9e679d:0x9cdec2fbf8027c26&gmm=CgIgAQ%3D%3D

Ticket Link:

http://aftonshows.com/MilesCasella

Miles Casella is a Hip-Hop artist from Baton Rouge, LA. Miles’ music consists of a clash of Hip-Hop/Jazz/and Blues to create an interesting style that is truly unique to his own. Come out to his show to see just how unique his sound really is.

Miles Casella – Hey Fine (official video)

OFFICIAL LINKS: REVERBNATION – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM – SOUNDCLOUD

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DownTown Mystic: “On E STREET” – a beautiful organic rock n’ roll groove! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/downtown-mystic-on-e-street-a-beautiful-organic-rock-n-roll-groove http://jamsphere.com/reviews/downtown-mystic-on-e-street-a-beautiful-organic-rock-n-roll-groove#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:00:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=16285 Sha-La Music, Inc. announces the release of On E Street, a 4 song EP by US Rocker DownTown Mystic on UK Label Nub Music. The EP’s release date is December 1 and will be digitally distributed via ADA/Warner Music. The EP features rare studio performances by the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band – drummer “Mighty” […]

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Sha-La Music, Inc. announces the release of On E Street, a 4 song EP by US Rocker DownTown Mystic on UK Label Nub Music. The EP’s release date is December 1 and will be digitally distributed via ADA/Warner Music. The EP features rare studio performances by the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band – drummer “Mighty” Max Weinberg & bassist Garry Tallent. Despite having played with Springsteen for over 40 years and studio work for various artists, Max & Garry have only played together on the same session for only a few artists. This puts DownTown Mystic in some very exclusive company. DownTown Mystic started as the alter ego of Sha-La Music President, Robert Allen, and then morphed into a group project, combining forces with a stellar cast of musicians. On the self-titled DownTown Mystic album, Robert was also joined by drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley (Paul McCartney/Wings/Elton John/Ian Hunter) and urban legend Paul Page (Dion/Ian Hunter)

Robert Allen

Robert Allen

The 4 songs on the EP – “Way To Know”, “And You Know Why”, “Hard Enough” & bonus track “Sometimes Wrong”, are new to the UK but readily known in Radio and TV circles in the US. Way To Know had success at Alt/Rock Radio, going to #1 on the Roots Music Report Alt/Rock Chart, as well as appearing on NBC Universal TV’s The Voice. DownTown Mystic recently contributed Way To Know to the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project that was released as a single in the UK last month by Nub Music.

The emotionally charged And You Know Why is a song with a history of being recorded by female singers. Previously, Robert co-produced a Pop/Rock version with Garry, and another Dance/Pop version that Robert produced became a big sync placement. Top LA Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas/Chop Shop Music heard the track and placed it in the short lived TV series The Carrie Diaries.

The writing, the musicianship, and most importantly, the groove – it all comes together right here on this recording. From the rollicking opening of “Hard Enough” to the closing notes of the intensely rocking, “Sometimes Wrong”, this Ep is filled with exceptional music. Just a few listens and you’ll be singing along with every inspired lyric and in awe of a truly amazing band at the height of its musical powers.

DownTown Mystic aka Robert Allen

DownTown Mystic aka Robert Allen

Very few new albums feel like classics these days, one reason is most are too long! Artists have to try to make something out of tracks that really would be better on the cutting room floor. On the contrary, every moment on this gem is precise and to the point. It has a beautiful organic rock n’ roll groove, powerfully forged on “Way To Know” as well as a melodic country-rock sound on “And You Know Why”, all stirred into a beautifully played and sung set.

This music is so rich it oozes out of the speakers and spreads all over your inner core! If this was a vinyl recording, I would have worn out the grooves on the Ep’s best to songs – “Hard Enough” and “Way To Know” – by now! Some things just get better with age and DownTown Mystic is one of those things. Their blend of rock will get your head bobbing, and you humming along uncontrollably, until you feel like your soul will burst in some fantastic way.

To those of you that are interested in serious rock n’ roll but have not yet dived, head first into the DownTown Mystic catalog, I’d suggest “On E STREET” as your gateway into the band’s infectious unmistakable vibe, wrapped up with ace musicianship, topped with great songwriting, and delivered with powerful, heartfelt vocals. This is the place to start for timeless rock n’ roll!

MORE ABOUT:  Formed in 1987, Sha-La Music, Inc. is an independent Publishing & Production company that includes a Record Label with worldwide digital distribution from The Orchard. Sha-La has scored sync success with top Music Licensing companies in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago such as Jingle PunksChop Shop MusicMusic of The SeaBunim/MurrayMusicSupervisorBeatclock ProductionsMusic Dealersand PlayNetwork.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITECDBABYAMAZONSOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBEFACEBOOK

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Mobb Boss: “Lil Lady” – a track that is indicative of his tenure, growth and standing in the rap game http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mobb-boss-lil-lady-track-indicative-tenure-growth-standing-rap-game http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mobb-boss-lil-lady-track-indicative-tenure-growth-standing-rap-game#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:48:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30946 Being respected, revered and admired as an emcee is what often elevates a rapper from being one who merely strings together words that rhyme into an appreciated lyricist of the highest order. However, while there are a long string of spitters and scribes that have come along, the elite few who have found themselves mentioned […]

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Being respected, revered and admired as an emcee is what often elevates a rapper from being one who merely strings together words that rhyme into an appreciated lyricist of the highest order. However, while there are a long string of spitters and scribes that have come along, the elite few who have found themselves mentioned in conversations and debates when discussing quality artists, have one thing in common: a track record of consistently delivering music that make the most of their lyrical abilities and serve as a piece of themselves. When speaking of today’s pack of underground orators, Mobb Boss is one that has slowly ascended into a class of his own, continuously strengthening his resume and his position in game called hip-hop.

With the release of his new single, “Lil Lady”, Mobb Boss comes through with a track that is indicative of his tenure, growth and standing in the rap game. This song is filled with the depth, perspective and hunger of a performer with a few more milestones to reach.

Mobb Boss set out to become a performer and professional Hip Hop artist from an early. And the Florida based rapper knew that natural ability would only take a talented artist so far, hence he armed himself with a strong will and determination which has helped push him forward and continues to drive his development.

A prominent businessman in the entertainment industry, Mobb Boss has also been featured on Waka Flocka’s Supastars Online. His ear for production is absolutely unmatched. The man knows how to select a hot beat. And it’s proved here on “Lil Lady”, where there is a level of insight and maturity that we haven’t seen from previous Mobb Boss tracks.

The feather in his cap, and what’s distinguished him from his peers, is an appreciation for instrumentation that’s as rich as his lyrical content and flow. Lyrically, Mobb Boss knows the power of writing his own realities into existence.

“Lil Lady” is clearly production driven and Mobb Boss’ flow is impeccable on here. He has a way of mixing the gritty in with the smooth to create a hard-hitting, cruise-inspiring flex track. And this one feels more soulful and personal than any other tune in his catalog.

This track displays a man with a newfound sense of perspective. In an era where most artists are clamoring for more streams and striving to stay one step ahead of music’s ever-changing landscape, Mobb Boss decided to step back, focus and create his most balanced, well rounded release yet.

Much has been said about the emergence of streaming and its impact on the music industry over the past couple of years. And much has been written on how artists are here today and gone tomorrow as listeners’ attention spans are becoming shorter and shorter.

This has created an environment where listeners gravitate more towards the hit singles they like rather than spending time sorting out albums and mixtapes. On “Lil Lady”, Mobb Boss seems to have found a winning formula that should capture a wide spectrum of listeners. All he needs to do now is continue the momentum.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKINSTAGRAMTWITTERSPOTIFYSOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE

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INTERVIEW: New Zealand-Based Alternative Artist IVY BLUE http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-new-zealand-based-alternative-artist-ivy-blue http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-new-zealand-based-alternative-artist-ivy-blue#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:59:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30940 Ivy Blue is an alternative artist from Te Aroha, New Zealand, who sings, plays guitar, and uses a loop pedal. He has released 5 studio albums and 1 Studio EP (with help from a full band). Ivy Blue’s music has been critically acclaimed around the world and his live shows are nothing short of spectacular pairing […]

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Ivy Blue is an alternative artist from Te Aroha, New Zealand, who sings, plays guitar, and uses a loop pedal. He has released 5 studio albums and 1 Studio EP (with help from a full band). Ivy Blue’s music has been critically acclaimed around the world and his live shows are nothing short of spectacular pairing unique visual experiences with a back-catalogue armed with hits. Ivy Blue has just completed a European tour in support of his 5th album Present Shapes and is set to go on the Grand Circles Tour in 2018 behind his upcoming 7th album 21. 21 has been available for purchase on all major digital stores and streaming platforms from November 30th 2017.

  1. How long has the project Ivy Blue been going and how did you decide on that specific moniker?

Ivy Blue: Ivy Blue began as a duo project in late 2013 (I believe in November) between me and a friend. The name came about because we were having trouble deciding so we put 10 names or so each into a hat and decided to draw two out and Ivy Blue was the name that came from that.

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

Ivy Blue: Robbie Williams was the first artist I remember really connecting with. His music taught me language and communication. If it wasn’t for him I’d be a really lost cause and I could not thank him enough for all that he’s given me in his life through his music. I hope one day I get that chance but for now I just hope that my making of music makes him proud.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Ivy Blue: Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, and U2 are the main ones right now but there’s also a lot of Midnight Oil, Paramore, Coldplay, and others in the mix.

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

Ivy Blue: The first piece of musical gear I brought on my own were guitar picks and guitar strings. I still use the same brand of strings now and the brand serves me justice with the quality and durability of what they create. But the main piece of gear besides my guitar is a loopstation that I use to recreate each layer of the song live and record over each one to build the song from the ground up each night. That’s an amazing piece of gear to play with and I plan to do more with it as time goes by.

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

Ivy Blue: I record with my friends (who like to remain unidentified) in a recording studio or rehearsal space in Hamilton, New Zealand or Te Aroha, New Zealand. I can’t really go into the how as we keep experimenting and changing it each time we go to record but it’s always started as a nucleus of a few friends (once with two but now a few more) bashing it out live and creating magic. That’s how it should start to me. I don’t know how it would start any other way.

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

Ivy Blue: I can’t give you a clear-cut answer here Rick. Because each of those things has both pros and cons. I love creating music and releasing it to the world, but to see how people react to the songs as you’re playing them live is also an advantage. You’ve got me stumped there. If I ever figure it out I’ll let you know.

  1. Which one of your latest original songs gets your emotion and adrenalin pumping the most, when performing it, and why?

Ivy Blue: The only songs from 21 that I’ve performed to date are Red Hill Town and I Promise back when I was on tour in Europe trying them out on an audience and out of the two I would say that I Promise is more emotional for the audiences I have played it for. Red Hill Town is more of the adrenalin punch for an audience as well. But for me out of the two I tend to enjoy playing I Promise more because we both share that same emotion. I’m looking forward to playing more of the album when I’m out again next year.

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

Ivy Blue: I think that the way that the music is written 21 is certainly an improvement on Present Shapes which I think on reflection needed more time to be worked on. Present Shapes was an unnecessary rush by necessity and I am tending to go more towards not playing some of those songs as a result. I think technically 21 has delivered a more polished performance and it’s up there with 19 and Illusions on the scale. I hope it’s equally as well received by others.

  1. Could you describe your creative process on the basis of a musical piece or album that’s particularly dear to you? Where do ideas come from, what do you start with and how do you go about shaping these ideas?

Ivy Blue: For the song Red Hill Town, we just started talking about our experiences going to primary school together (as most of us who work together in the studio went to Elstow-Waihou School together when we were young) so touching on those younger days inspired us to do a nod to home and our drummer came up with a nice drum riff that we just played a country-like sort of thing to. That process also translated throughout the album as we would just talk about our memories and our regrets. There’s a lot of stuff on this album and the baggage wasn’t always easy to unpack; but once we unpacked that stuff it was easier to put them to music. That’s just how it was done for 21. We keep changing the process around all the time so there’s no one textbook way of doing things (although after Present Shapes we’ve learned to focus our ideas into one specific idea and not a kaleidoscope of things). And it’s changing now, but let’s talk about that process when we’re on the other end.

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

Ivy Blue: The main thing was getting the things I wanted to say in the right framework. The Illusions album while it is amazing and may well be considered a masterpiece by some- I wrote that album about a relationship and break up that was very difficult thing to write about because I didn’t want to offend anyone in the process, let alone the person I was with. Forever December was the hardest song to write because it touched on the nerve of trying to mend my heart without breaking hers as hard as she broke mine but as the years have grown it’s become something else. And I think that’s how my creative process works. It starts as one idea and then once it’s out and each song matures it becomes something else. That’s how I know my compositional goals have been achieved.

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

Ivy Blue: As I said above the main thing I’m using is a loopstation with a guitar into an amplifier by VOX; but I do use distortion and delay as well in the live setting. In the studio it’s harder to say because there are others playing with me so I can go balls to the wall in a way and not have as many restrictions. But the set-up is still the generally same idea.

  1. How essential do you think video is in relation to music? Do you have any videos for public viewing? If not are you planning on producing any in the near future?

Ivy Blue: Video helps. It tells the story. But to me I feel that the videos are more delicate than the songs. That’s why I take my time releasing them. I want to make sure that they convey the rights things that I want the video to say and that can take some time. Will I be releasing some videos this time? Yes. But not to the same degree on Present Shapes where every song got an animated video of sorts. I think I’ll be sticking to a specific 3 or 4 and creating a mini-movie sort of story that way. But we shall see what happens.

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

Ivy Blue: I have my political opinions but I don’t tend to make them involved within my music or my live shows. To me I just want to focus on playing great music and not polarizing my audience with my opinion and cutting my audience in half. I appreciate those bands who do it and do it well but I just focus on what I’m there to do. And that’s part of being the person and then having the personal.

  1. With more and more musicians creating and releasing music, what does this mean for you as an artist in terms of originality? Do you still see great potential for originality and how do you think you set yourself apart from the pack, so to speak?

Ivy Blue: I just create music (obviously without intentionally stealing someone else’s ideas). I am a heavy believer that you can make anything work musically and creatively. The real question is how far are you prepared to go and follow down that road to get a song or a live show to where you want it to go?

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

Ivy Blue: Funny you should mention that Rick. I haven’t really taken much step back over six albums to really reflect. But if I was to choose one it would be the three nights at Stoketoberfest at Munich. Those were very special shows to play and it was a spiritual experience. I hope to play it again someday if the tables ever allow it. But we shall see. There may be bigger achievements on the horizon yet.

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

Ivy Blue: Like Present Shapes, the internet is an unnecessary necessity. I try and use it as minimally as possible but I know that in this day and age you have to use at least some of the internet’s holes to get to where you want to go. To me the internet does not produce artists or musicians. It may act as an informant but ultimately a musician is still a musician playing their songs or doing their thing. That doesn’t change. I’m very interested to see where the internet and technology in general takes us in 20 years’ time. It won’t be the same as now I can promise you that now.

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

Ivy Blue: I went to a seminar with a songwriting god known as Pat Pattision who teaches at Berkeley earlier this year. He said of songwriting that there are always forks in the road with creativity and business and you can’t always have the best of both worlds. The best way to get around those bends is to follow your heart in the right direction and if it’s what’s meant to be then the rest will follow.

  1. Reaching audiences usually involves reaching out to the media and possibly working with a PR company. What’s your perspective on the promotion opportunities available to indie artists today? Do you have a manager or label aiding you?

Ivy Blue: I am increasingly lucky that I can speak to people like you and Yaya Diamond and such, about who I am and what I do. Not everyone’s got those opportunities. I would love to even out the playing field and make sure every musician who wants an opportunity to speak has one. I am also lucky that I have Rose and Hayden who believe in me enough to help me get to where I want to go. They are a blessing and I could not thank them or God enough for the beautiful life I have.

  1. Do you have a musical vision that you haven’t been able to realise for technical or financial reasons – or maybe an idea of what music itself should and could be beyond its current form?

Ivy Blue: To me, you don’t need to spend lots of money to create music. And you don’t need the fanciest gear in the world. If you can dream it you can almost certainly do it. And when I go into a recording studio I just like to create. And the creative process is a unique form in itself.

  1. What is the next step being programmed on the Ivy Blue agenda? What can fans expect for 2018?

Ivy Blue: I’m currently working on 21’s follow-up (which will be a direct follow-on from this album’s narrative), hopefully that’ll be out near the end of 2018 or very early 2019. I’ll also be touring quite a bit in New Zealand, Europe, North America and the Pacific. Plus, I’ve got a book on the way next year as well so there’s lots of things coming up in the world of Ivy Blue. Stay tuned for more details.

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Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers: “JOY” – incomparable vocals, impactful songwriting and excellent production, http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-nelson-overcomers-joy-incomparable-vocals-impactful-songwriting-excellent-production http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-nelson-overcomers-joy-incomparable-vocals-impactful-songwriting-excellent-production#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:12:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30936 Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers’ bread and butter is quite clear after having Billboard chart topping singles and gospel-centered lyrics married with slower-to-mid-tempo melodies. The group’s songs have conveyed hope, joy, love and peace to many, and their new single, “JOY” follows suit in theme even as it branches in a slightly new musical direction. […]

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Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers’ bread and butter is quite clear after having Billboard chart topping singles and gospel-centered lyrics married with slower-to-mid-tempo melodies. The group’s songs have conveyed hope, joy, love and peace to many, and their new single, “JOY” follows suit in theme even as it branches in a slightly new musical direction. The song has a more cinematic, dramatic and thumping electronic feel to it, sonically putting Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers, firmly into the first century of the 3rd millennium. Since the release of their debut, Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers has become one of the most appreciated independent acts in the Christian industry. They have consistently hit the sweet spot for many CCM fans by marrying accessible musicianship with worshipful and often challenging lyrics.

It is no great secret that one of the biggest drawbacks of many of today’s most popular artists in Contemporary Christian Music is monotony in sound and style. Who amongst CCM fans hasn’t turned on a Christian radio station and, upon hearing a song otherwise unknown to them, been able to predict the general song structure, dynamic shifts, vocal changes, or even amount of lyrical repetition of whatever song is gracing their ears?

On “JOY”, Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers step outside the box without forsaking their R&B core. The warm melody, the glistening harmonies, and the rich lead vocal are all there in place, exactly where they need to be, to maintain their signature sound.

It’s in the musical arrangement and the instrumentation that Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers step into another dimension, and no doubt the move will definitely bring them a plethora of new ears. But it is also because of the Anthony Nelson’s ability, steeped in traditional gospel song craftsmanship, to move listeners to the boiling point – from anticipation to ecstasy – and then to ease up so they can fully appreciate what they have just experienced.

“JOY” is a conglomerate of sounds but one thing is consistent, this track is about worship. The sound is there to exalt the risen savior and to transform lives.

Anthony Nelson’s approach to this brand new song, demonstrates how thin the stylistic line is between gospel, inspirational and Contemporary Christian Music in the 21at Century. A track this rich in true and sincere content will encourage the heart of the listener, stirring up faith and a deep sense of wonder and adulation for the Lord.“JOY”

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana based, Anthony Nelson and The Overcomers’ incomparable vocals, impactful songwriting and excellent production, will take you to the King before it is all said and done.

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“All Your Bull” – A Politically motivated song from The Chile Colorado band http://jamsphere.com/news/bull-politically-motivated-song-chile-colorado-band http://jamsphere.com/news/bull-politically-motivated-song-chile-colorado-band#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:58:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30933 Rock band Chile Colorado’s debut album’s success at Rock Radio was a headline on the Newswire Jumbotron in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe this month. The Chile Colorado band is next scheduled to release the digital single “Getting Restless” to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Radio from […]

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Rock band Chile Colorado’s debut album’s success at Rock Radio was a headline on the Newswire Jumbotron in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe this month. The Chile Colorado band is next scheduled to release the digital single “Getting Restless” to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Radio from the new self-titled album after having achieved 100 College Radio stations “Adding” the set for airplay.

The ‘Chile Colorado’ album features Ron Wright, songwriter, lead guitar, and vocalist, with Paul Goss on bass & background vocals, and John Ferraro on drums. All three are veteran California musicians, influenced by Rock icons like ZZ Top, Robin Trower, and Jimi Hendrix. One reviewer said the ‘Chile Colorado’ album “combines throwback sound with a modern vibe in the new album” (WRTU.com).

Wright worked on the album with engineer and producer, Chris Minto, who engineered albums by Quiet Riot and L.A. Guns, among many gold and platinum releases. Minto’s wife, songwriter Janet Planet, also co-wrote one song. The album is available at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

The band’s founder Ron Wright has always had an affinity for Chile Con Carne, and as a young child he couldn’t pronounce it well, so it often came out sounding like “Chile Colorado.” Over the years, Wright began to use that phrase as a personal slogan for taking life easy and just having fun. When it came time to name his new rock band, ‘Chile Colorado’ seemed like a no-brainer.

‘Chile Colorado’ has been performing in California throughout the summer, including an appearance with Warner Recording Artists ‘The Wild Feathers’ and buzz-band ‘Mary Loves Molly’ at the Folktale Winery in August, selling 500 tickets. The band’s Management Direction has been under consultation with David Bean at BeanBag1.com.

More information and links can be found at www.chilecolorado.com.

https://soundcloud.com/chilecolorado/all-your-bull

https://youtu.be/nDVIWvZAS20

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