JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:03:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gencade Drops Cannibis-Inspired Album “420 Love Letters” http://jamsphere.com/news/gencade-drops-cannibis-inspired-album-420-love-letters http://jamsphere.com/news/gencade-drops-cannibis-inspired-album-420-love-letters#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:03:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32110 Gencade is a tasteful musician, who has always been a prime example of how elegance and cool can completely team up with substance and personality. People come to a Gencade mixtape or album for a number of things- dope beats, nice songs, a driving energy- most of which center around vibe. His weed-inspired album “420 Love […]

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Gencade is a tasteful musician, who has always been a prime example of how elegance and cool can completely team up with substance and personality. People come to a Gencade mixtape or album for a number of things- dope beats, nice songs, a driving energy- most of which center around vibe. His weed-inspired album “420 Love Letters” is a recording that sees its creator finally finding his voice. We are no longer listening to someone guide us through his incendiary collection of landscapes; we are entering the dwelling of someone who has a defined artistic vision.

Now that his goals stem beyond simply being dope, there is a whole new Gencade ready to present himself. For better or for worse, “420 Love Letters” is an album that welcomes engagement instead of mere acknowledgment of its undeniable swagger, especially if you’re into the weed culture.

“420 Love Letters” is the purest form of that, and it delivers on Gencade’s own terms. This album isn’t some left-field, experimental shit but rather a bold execution of scorching ambition. In fact, its hazy smokiness works to reveal how Gencade’s presence hardly dies down regardless of the numerous turns he takes on this 10 track journey.

There is a lot to praise about its juxtaposition of being righteously stoned and maintaining cohesion; through all the versatility and various out-there song concepts, Gencade astonishingly keeps hold of a grandiose, misty atmosphere for the album’s entire running time.

The artist from Spanish Harlem, New York City openly states that: “Weed was smoked before recording, after tracks were recorded, while the tracks were being mixed & mastered and while the final product was played back.” This is an unpredictable album in the sense that no two songs achieve the same thing.

The more you listen to it the more Gencade surprises you with his firm grasp on melody, and his ability to pick out great beats. His cannabis-rap vibe, exploring “Weed, Women and Wokeness”, as he puts it, is unmatched in terms of accessibility and appeal.

The album doesn’t just rely on bangers and great production but also an overarching tone that runs through its backbone. Therefore, “420 Love Letters” is quite a handful. It is a record so adamant on being as groovy as possible that it takes its diversions and makes them absorbing, and thanks to Gencade’s newfound personality, it results in one of the most unforgivably entertaining Cannabis inspired albums of the year.

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Despite Battling Against the Odds With Tragic Shooting COPPAHEAD Releases “Work” Single http://jamsphere.com/news/despite-battling-against-the-odds-with-tragic-shooting-coppahead-releases-work-single http://jamsphere.com/news/despite-battling-against-the-odds-with-tragic-shooting-coppahead-releases-work-single#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:04:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32107 This week brought news about North Carolina artist “Coppahead” working on more music, including his latest single “Work” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRst0nA7AUg The video was actually filmed before the shooting incident. It’s the first we have heard from the artist for quite some years years. Many people have been asking about the whereabouts of the GMF (Get Money First) music […]

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This week brought news about North Carolina artist “Coppahead” working on more music, including his latest single “Work” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRst0nA7AUg The video was actually filmed before the shooting incident.

It’s the first we have heard from the artist for quite some years years. Many people have been asking about the whereabouts of the GMF (Get Money First) music star Coppahead.  The harsh reality is that, Coppahead has had many complications from getting caught up in a street shooting back 2014. Since, the artist hasn’t been able to fully recover and has been left paralyzed.

In a recent interview, the rapper said: “The music gave me something to live again for I was down for three years before I decided to start back recording music I was scared that people didn’t wanna listen to me anymore”.

Now he is back working on new material, with an ever increased drive to shock the world, despite being wheelchair bound.

Growing up in rural North Carolina, all Coppahead knew was struggle, along with the love of his family. Constantly waking up and listening to the tunes of 2pac, blasting out his mothers boyfriends radio, introduced him to his love for music. Recalling songs like Brendas Got A Baby and Wonder Why They Call U Bytch, along with being inspired by a childhood friend, Coppahead began to grow his passion for making music.

So what is Coppahead rapping about? Real life experiences that stem from his own lifestyle to those of his friends. Being a music artist and former college student in the state of North Carolina, Coppahead is not begging for a record deal.  He defines success as being happy through following and completing goals. Within the next five years as an artist, those goals include being very successful and putting out hit records under his GMF label.

Just like many Black males in America, Coppahead is a product of his environment. An environment that taught him to survive and even try a different route: the school route.  After overcoming challenges and obstacles, Coppahead has been in the studio working hard to provide his true fans with life-inspiring and thought-provoking music. The fact that his music is not fabricated and consists of true stories, makes him unique from other artist in the industry, many of which rap about things they haven’t done.

Coppaheads music tells a story, most of what he has been through and without it, it would be a full time grind, providing by any means.  Possessing a large fan base in the state of North Carolina, Coppahead and GMF are known as trendsetters. Having one of the strongest movements in the streets, Get Money First plans to work on several big music projects including energy-driven live performances. Stay tuned to GMFmusic.net for the latest info on Coppahead.

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Coppahead is an artist signed to the Get Money First label. Musicians under this label stem from New York and North Carolina, they all one general collective goal of earning money, providing for their families and making great music. These goals very similar to the likes of Coppahead’s idols and influences, including Tupac.

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INTERVIEW: Rashanna Henderson Founder of The Innovative Online Platform i-Launched http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-rashanna-henderson-founder-of-the-innovative-online-platform-i-launched http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-rashanna-henderson-founder-of-the-innovative-online-platform-i-launched#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:32:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32100 i-Launched is an easy-to-use global online platform that allows users to submit ideas and search for ideas for review, development, and funding. i-Launched strongly believes that every person who is inspired to create and has an idea to make the world a better place should have a platform and the opportunity to share it. Whether […]

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i-Launched is an easy-to-use global online platform that allows users to submit ideas and search for ideas for review, development, and funding. i-Launched strongly believes that every person who is inspired to create and has an idea to make the world a better place should have a platform and the opportunity to share it. Whether you are an Innovator who wants to submit an idea or a Company searching for your next innovation welcome to i-Launched. Rashanna Henderson, Founder of i-Launched, gives us a deeper insight into this innovative online platform.

  1. Hi Rashanna please introduce yourself. Where are you from and what do you do?

My name is Rashanna Henderson, I am from Statesboro Georgia, currently residing in South Florida. I am a former tech consultant having spent most of my career working at Fortune 500 financial services firms turned tech entrepreneur.  I am launching a new web app called i-Launched.

  1. What exactly is i-Launched?

i-Launched is an online platform that allows you to sell ideas to companies.

Rashanna Henderson, Founder of i-Launched

  1. What inspired you to create this online platform?

Every entrepreneur starts out with a mission to solve a problem for him or herself. Very quickly you realize that you if you have this problem, then most likely many other people do too. This was the case for me. I wanted to get up every day and do something that served the world. I did not want to just solve a problem, for example, of adding a new convenience feature to a microwave, I wanted to awaken greatness at least in some small measure in people.

i-Launched is the experience of being the change we wish to see in the world. We all have ideas about how to solve world hunger, cures for infectious diseases, creating efficiencies in existing processes, improving household appliances or creating new ones; the list goes on.

  1. Have you ever invented anything or had an idea for an invention?

I have never invented anything but I do have an idea for an invention, a removable microwave shell.  This would solve the (very minor) problem of having to walk back and forth from the sink to the microwave to clean the microwave. I would like to press a button and remove the inner shell of the microwave, take it over the sink, wash, rinse and dry and secure it back it its proper place.

  1. How does i-Launched work?

Visit i-Launched.com and create an account as an Innovator to submit idea(s) or a Company to review and potentially purchase and develop the innovator’s idea. i-Launched is the platform that connects Innovators directly to companies.

  1. So there are two users of this platform, Innovators and Companies and you serve as a kind of connector?

Yes, i-Launched is the connector between the idea submitter (Innovator) and idea reviewer, developer, and purchaser (Company).

  1. Who inspires you?

My mom. Without having to say it, she always communicated to me that anything is possible. She has always believed in me and encouraged me to dream big and live fully.

  1. What makes i-Launched different from some of those other companies that we often see on TV that promise to help people get their inventions to market?

i-Launched is a connection-only platform. You are selling your ideas only to companies and allowing companies to develop the ideas. i-Launched will not help an inventor patent an idea but will provide a platform for an innovator to sell his or her idea(s) to companies.

  1. What is the cost to access the platform?

The i-Launched platform is based on a monthly subscription model for both Innovator or Companies which are available on the registration screen.

  1. Who would you say is your target demographic?

I am often asked this question. It is for all of us, who are ready to turn our “wouldn’t it be cool if or what if there was a way to” ideas to “i-Launched with Company A, B, or C.” I believe tech-savvy millennials to our very wise baby boomers have great ideas. But we can’t miss our young children, they are beyond creative and they are turning some fascinating ideas into mini-enterprises.

  1. How has your past career experience prepared you for launching this business?

Working in corporate America has taught me so much about collaboration, goal setting, resource management, time management, etc. I think working at Fortune 500 companies that are best in class has inspired me to build i-Launched into a world class customer-focused organization.

The i-Launched logo

  1. What are your thoughts about innovation?

I believe that innovation, the application of new ideas and solutions to improve products and services or the creation of new products or services is the foundation of human progression. We are constantly evolving and thus our wants and needs must and do constantly evolve. At i-Launched, we believe that our innovators are problem-solvers and have amazing ideas that can solve global challenges. Innovators are consumers. Innovators know what products, services, and processes work to make their daily lives better and what products, services, and processes others may want to have also. Companies have a platform now where they harness this global ingenuity.

  1. What keeps you up at night?

Delivering an amazing new experience to countless numbers of people. I imagine a day when millions of ideas are circulating in an ideas repository and millions of companies are purchasing these ideas and bringing new products and services to the marketplace to make all of our lives better.

  1. What experience do you want the users to have on i-Launched?

I want users to be inspired and empowered. There is an honor pledge that users sign when they sign up that I hope will empower people globally to feel self-accountable. I want the users to feel like they belong to a community of like-minded people who are together elevating their lives.

  1. How can users learn more about i-Launched?

Users can like and follow us on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube and visit www.i-Launched.com.

  1. How can users sign up for i-Launched?

Visit www.i-launched.com          

  1. What is your favorite quote?

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. – Maya Angelou

  1. Why is this your favorite quote?

As I embark on this entrepreneurial journey, like never before I am living out this virtue. This is a passion pursuit but incredibly educational from a personal and professional perspective.

  1. What do you enjoy doing when you are not building i-Launched?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling the world, reading, watching documentaries, engaging in adventurous activities that include fitness and food.

  1. What are you most grateful for?

My family. There is nothing more special and grounding than family.

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Exit 22 Music: “Before I Fall” – exquisitely crafted excellence! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-before-i-fall-exquisitely-crafted-excellence http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-before-i-fall-exquisitely-crafted-excellence#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:40:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32094 Exit 22 Music make songs that could dominate the airwaves, yet you’ll be stunned by the depth, precision, and intensity of their music. I say ‘their’, because Exit 22 Music is a dynamic and charismatic music production company from NYC, led by founder and main composer Chris Calamera. With over 20 years of diverse musical […]

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Exit 22 Music make songs that could dominate the airwaves, yet you’ll be stunned by the depth, precision, and intensity of their music. I say ‘their’, because Exit 22 Music is a dynamic and charismatic music production company from NYC, led by founder and main composer Chris Calamera. With over 20 years of diverse musical experience, and a string of critically acclaimed singles such as “Break These Chains”, “Last Goodbye”, and “Double Life”, Calamera surrounds himself, from time to time, with a host of talented singers and collaborators to put out music that is catchy, melodic and powerful. With a goal to empower, educate and inspire audiences, Exit 22 Music craft songs that aspire to transcend genres.

Chris Calamera

How does someone like Chris Calamera, still so underrated, acquire so much musical ability to write, score, perform and produce music like this? I think probably through long hours working and experimenting, and a complete commitment to creating music. His music is complex, rich, textured, layered, and very original. Interesting evocative rhythms, arrangements, melodies, crystal clear vocals. It stays with you, pulls you in, and grows on you.

Calamera’s style is vaguely reminiscent of some of my favorite artists from previous magical musical eras, but he goes well beyond them into his own original territory. Hence it’s no wonder that the result on each Exit 22 Music release, is an astonishing work of exquisitely crafted excellence.

Exit 22 Music’s musical highs can make you breathless and fortunately they give you a chance to recover when the singer dips from her sky-high voice adventures. I love the variations in her voice and how she embraces contrast, in the modern production ensemble’s latest release “Before I Fall”.

This love anthem is intense in its variations as the lead voice weaves in and out of a maze of powerfully layered sounds driven by resonant guitars and shimmering keys. This music is very visual to me and seems filled with poetic meaning and expression.

“Before I Fall” really sounds like pop-rock musical art during some sections and then Exit 22 Music can hold back while the track can sound like a lullaby. Take this for a few spins and you will be high on its sheer beauty.

Chris Calamera and co-writer Tr1be seem to be drawing on ancient rhythms that echo in the background of the song like ghosts traversing landscapes filled with sweeping fields of flowers, as the lyrics ring out: “Through all the years, I’ll be right here / Falling faster, deep into ya / Calling out, I need your love / Will you meet me half way / Will you ever catch me / Before I fall.” The music just comes together in a perfect, gem-like way.

Vocals. Music. Lyrics. Production. All good pop songs do at least one of these things really well. Great pop songs are able to squeak by with at least two of these qualities. Selected desert-island pop songs pretty much need all four requirements to be firing on all cylinders.

I would argue that “Before I Fall” is certainly one of the latter. Exit 22 Music is a rare musical project with amazing talent. The music they come up with just delivers moments of awesomeness when you need it.

Please see the Exit 22 Music Facebook Fan page at www.Facebook.com/Exit22Music for the latest!

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Phoenix O’Neill: “Out Of The Ashes” is stunningly haunting and graceful http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/phoenix-oneill-out-of-the-ashes-is-stunningly-haunting-and-graceful http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/phoenix-oneill-out-of-the-ashes-is-stunningly-haunting-and-graceful#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:37:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32087 Phoenix O’Neill grew up in Watford, North London and attended school in St. Albans. She was born into a musical household – her mother sang and played guitar, her dad was a drummer, and her step-father a singer-songwriter. Phoenix started writing stories and poems at age eight, songs at nine, and by thirteen, she had […]

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Phoenix O’Neill grew up in Watford, North London and attended school in St. Albans. She was born into a musical household – her mother sang and played guitar, her dad was a drummer, and her step-father a singer-songwriter. Phoenix started writing stories and poems at age eight, songs at nine, and by thirteen, she had built a considerable portfolio. Her first live performance occurred when she was fourteen, at her mum’s friend’s wedding in France. Now at age twenty-three, Phoenix O’Neill has been giving heartfelt, memorable performances in and around the Hertfordshire area, and recently gained the attention of world famous producer James Sanger, best known for his work with Dido, Keane, Siobhan Donaghy, and Brian Eno.  James immediately paired up with Paul Inder-Kilmister (Lemmy from Motorhead’s son) to create Sangmister Music, where Phoenix worked with both luminaries on her debut EP in Joshua Tree, California. The EP, entitled “Out Of The Ashes” is set to officially release on April 30th, 2018.

Across the EP’s four tracks, the centerpiece of each song that sticks its finger right out of the speakers and into your face is Phoenix O’Neill’s vocals. Sure, there’s some pretty easy Birdy, Lorde and Amy Winehouse comparisons to be made to Phoenix’s sting-in-the-tail pipes, but really we should be paying closer attention to this woman’s own personal rasp, howl and under-breath murmur, emphasized through crystal-clear production, and we will discover a voice with confidence, sassiness and the utmost of class. All the while, the EP toes that fine and difficult musical line, remaining accessible while never sacrificing its emotional heart.

Whether she’s leading the charge in toe-tapping numbers such as the twirling “Cruel” and ferociously groovy single “I Need You”; or soulfully, emotionally crooning through smooth, intensity-switching balladry like the gorgeous “Alien”, and the sprawling mood-inducing “I Feel It”, Phoenix is pulling vocal moves like a professional veteran.

The liquid pronunciations and seamless transitions between her empowered husk and her seductive purr are worth any price of purchase alone. Phoenix lets her ability to convey emotional depth do much of the talking on these tracks. Her innate vocal intuition is truly the star of the show, and should be something celebrated by more and more people.

To say that everything else is a bonus would be to undermine the music and production – something no reviewer should be caught doing, regardless. On “Out Of The Ashes”, the music is tight as ever, creating vivacious and well-structured backdrops to Phoenix’s voice; bold and adventurous in its ambitious genre-envelopment.

Various guises of pop and urban soul make up the musical centerpiece, but subtle elements of alternative rock and electronics push the cutting edges of this recording. It’s all delivered with real enthusiasm and the production makes it sound huge, and profoundly captivating.

Phoenix O’Neill is the complete package, a fantastically unique voice that demands attention with beautiful song composition and a glowing physical presence. Phoenix does such a good job of making every song infectious. Every cut comes across as though you somehow already know it and with which you want to sing along.

The very familiarity of her warm voice paradoxically is what makes her different. Her vocals are simply impeccable, with which Phoenix O’Neill gives exquisite, rare and soulful performances. “Out Of The Ashes” is stunningly haunting and graceful.

*** Phoenix was recently awarded the international showcase fund support from the PRS Foundation to help towards costs, allowing the band to be able to perform at MUSEXPO which they are very appreciative for. Phoenix O’Neill is supported by PRS Foundation international Showcase Fund, which is run by PRS Foundation in partnership with Department of International Trade (DIT), British Underground, Arts Council England, The Musicians’ Union (MU), PPL, Creative Satland, Wales Afts lnternational and Wales Afts lnternational in association with Pledge Music.***

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Checkout “Cold Blooded vol. 1” by California Hip Hop Artist Ganxsta Love http://jamsphere.com/news/checkout-cold-blooded-vol-1-by-california-hip-hop-artist-ganxsta-love http://jamsphere.com/news/checkout-cold-blooded-vol-1-by-california-hip-hop-artist-ganxsta-love#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:45:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32082 Ganxsta Love is a raw hip-hop artist from Pasadena California with hard hitting rhymes and the truth about the streets and growing up in the gang life, and his love for smooth G-funk tracks. Ganxsta has done music with rap legends Oyg redrum 781, June Dawg, Mac Mall, Mr Serv-On, and numerous more. “Cold Blooded […]

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Ganxsta Love is a raw hip-hop artist from Pasadena California with hard hitting rhymes and the truth about the streets and growing up in the gang life, and his love for smooth G-funk tracks. Ganxsta has done music with rap legends Oyg redrum 781, June Dawg, Mac Mall, Mr Serv-On, and numerous more. “Cold Blooded vol. 1” is a smooth west coast album with funky tracks and tough ass rhymes.

Ganxsta Love’s music is the vision of old school sounds with a blend of new school west coast vibes. Growing up in Pasadena was always hard, fighting to survive with the gang culture, losing friends and family, but the artist has continued his forward momentum and a couple of months back released the epic 20 track album – “Cold Blooded vol. 1”, which is packed with various features and grooves.

OFFICIAL LINKS: TWITTERINSTAGRAM – EMAIL: Gloveactive@gmail.com

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We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records – Lewis Griffiths http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/we-meet-with-the-founder-of-griffiths-records-lewis-griffiths http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/we-meet-with-the-founder-of-griffiths-records-lewis-griffiths#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:11:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32076 We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records, Lewis Griffiths, who talks about their next release the unheard tracks by Dub master King Tubby, his entrepreneurial business savvy, music, clothing, and future releases, as well as the general running of the label. How long have you been in the music business and how did you […]

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We meet with the Founder of Griffiths Records, Lewis Griffiths, who talks about their next release the unheard tracks by Dub master King Tubby, his entrepreneurial business savvy, music, clothing, and future releases, as well as the general running of the label.

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

We have a clothing company named Griffiths-Clothing which launched some 3 years back. For me/us clothing and music goes hand in hand, you dress to what music you listen to, it’s a street thing a working class thing to do. With an infinite love of music it was a natural progression to start-up a record label to coincide with the clobber. I also worked at Sanctuary Records who bought out the like of Decca, Trojan Records, Treasure Isle etc, all the music that I bang was in to. Working there for 12 years is now proving invaluable with everyone coming back into the fold. It’s almost like it was meant to be, everything for a reason as they say! Truly blessed.

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

I would say as a kid a staple diet of Motown, Stax and any kind of soul in general was played by our mum at home. My old man would play anything from Ska, Blue Beat, Reggae, Stones, Small Faces and Blues. Most weekends where spent partying with my parents friends to proper music. Unbeknown as a child but the music becomes part of your make-up and identity when you grow up. It’s most certainly never left me.

Lewis Griffiths (left) with Wapping Wharf author John Hellier

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Bizarrely or maybe not a lot of King Tubby. Haha.

  1. You are releasing King Tubby, ‘The Lost Dubs’ how did you come across those?

To be honest I would rather not say, purely for the fact there is a chance of getting our hands on some New Orleans Funk from the same source all of which is right up our street and fits in perfectly with what we do. We’ll take one step at a time.

  1. Is it only King Tubby that you have?

No, we have a number unheard tracks by Bob Marley, Jackie Mittoo, King Stitt, Augustus Pablo, as well as further King Tubby tracks, plus other artists. All of which needs going through with a fine tooth comb with the artists estates. I still have to pinch myself with what we have on our hands. From listening to all these artists from an early age to releasing them is madness in its finest form. Having a love of early Jamaican music I count ourselves very lucky indeed.

  1. When will the tracks be released?

We won’t be releasing any tracks until we are sure we can do them justice. The King Tubby first release is almost there. The tracks have all been mastered, ICRS codes are in place it is only a case of having them pressed and the sleeve notes added. There is no point in releasing for the sake of releasing to make a quick buck and then fuckin it all up. It’s disrespectful to the artist.

  1. How many unheard tracks do you have?

If we release say four albums per year, we have more than enough to release for the next 5 years.

  1. Is there a website for any information on the releases?

Yes, it is at www.griffiths-records.com

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

Terry Shaughnessy’s ‘Volcano’. We released Terry’s LP ‘Songs From Another Life’. The first track off the album for release was ‘Volcano’. It went on to chart in the top 10 of iTunes, top 60 of the national charts, #1 in the industry recognised Hype Charts above no other than Damon Albarn who was in at #2, charted in Germany, Italy, France, Japan etc. A lot of hard graft went into the release by ourselves, Terry and his switched on manager Chris. It was satisfying to see the final results.

  1. Do you work with regular producers or studios?

No, we work with whoever fits the bill at any given time. I think too much of the same can cause yourself to become stagnant. It is and always will be about pushing the boundaries whoever we work with. Where are also happy to be led by the artist to a certain degree. At the end of the day we are not the ones with our name on the album, it’s all about the artist and moving forward. Saying that if it sounds shit, we won’t be part of it

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

None at all. I wouldn’t have anyone telling me how we should run the business side, so we are in no position to be telling artists what to do. At the end of the day you treat people how you want to be treated yourself. If you are being fucked, everyone ends up getting fucked. Simple!

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

In life? Nothing at all. I feel completely blessed with what I have as well as the good people that surround us. We are all of a similar mind set. At the end of the day if those we work with didn’t believe in us we would be in the position we are in now, it is down to them. No matter what life situation I have been in (some have been extremely shit when I was younger. A wrong’n by my own standards and all brought on by my own accord) there is someone out there in a far worse situation than me. That is the long and short of it, someone out there is suffering a lot worse than any situation I have been in, I have no reason to complain whatsoever, never will. On a music vibe, I suppose it was trying to convince others what you have to offer as a label is mustard. Then you get to stage where you think, no actually, fuck them, it’s only there opinion at the end of the day and it counts for nothing. Maybe it is me but I don’t think we are liked much to be honest, I prefer that in a way. There seems to be a mentality, especially in the UK where people like to see you fail, I really don’t understand it? Then you get to the stage we are getting to and all of a sudden, they all know you and want to be your best mate. It’s all too fuckin late when that happens as far as I am concerned. We will always do what suits us and those around us, we won’t follow any rules and up until now that mentality has served us well.

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

None, there never will be. I am not hung up on accolades; we are just doing what we do. If we get plaudits, nice, we’ll take those as a compliment. However that does not mean we will rest on our laurels.

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

The only way we would have been successful or not is how we are remembered. We are not driven by coin or having the biggest house or keeping up with the Jones’. It’s all about leaving a body of work behind which is cemented in history and that will be our legacy. If we are successful we will be spoken about in years to come, if not, we failed.

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

What excites us? I couldn’t think of one aspect of doing anything at all if it does not excite you. It’s the same as a relationship, if you no longer feel anything for a person it has to end. It is the same as doing what we do, whilst it still fuels the fire it can never be boring, every day is blessed and exciting. Life is for living, its short, don’t go through life with what ifs. On the discouraging front, there is nothing, I can’t think of a single reason where anyone’s opinion or a kick in the teeth has questioned what we do. At the end of the day there will always be knock backs in every walk of life, of course there will, it’s the way you deal with them that matters.

  1. What does music do for you?

It’s escapism. I rarely watch tele, music is played 24/7. Like a piss head escapes from reality with booze, I’ll get mine through music. It can change my mood, subdue the pressures in life, or take me off to another dimension.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I’ll be travelling coast to coast watching sunrise and sunsets, living off the fat of the land out of the back of a van. 110% that’s what I’ll be doing regardless of what happens, albeit I’m sure I’ll be still grafting in some way, shape or form. At the moment we are treading on the coat tails of everyone who has got complacent and fallen out of reality. They can either accept we are gunning for them or move to the side before they’re steam rolled over. That’s not arrogance talking; it’s a matter of fact and confidence. With fact and confidence combined it creates a beautiful thing. We are different to anything currently out there. We say what we’re going to do and follow it through, 99% of the time. We have parted ways with bands and projects in the past. Would I say that was any fault of our own, no I wouldn’t. We’ll back whoever we are working with but once were crossed it’s done. When it’s spent, it’s spent, there no point in going back. 10 years from now we will be a force to be reckoned with.

  1. What are your thoughts on streaming services like Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, and the rest of them? Do you think they’re giving artists a fair shot, or do you see a grain of exploitation at work?

I don’t think an artist is getting a fair crack of the whip with any of those. You ask any independent artist who has put blood, sweat and tears in to an LP which costs in the region of £30k to produce why they think getting 99c per track sold on iTunes in return is cool. It is farcical in my eyes, all that needs to change, I don’t know how but it does. The above have had the monopoly on it all for far too long.

  1. What makes you tick

Mouths to feed, bills to pay, people to look after, proving the doubters wrong. Much the same as anyone.

  1. What’s next on your upcoming agenda?

We have a new clothing range to release, 5 more books, 2 films and a rake of music to get on with. Believe in it, believe in yourself, work hard and it is a given it will happen.

Links – www.griffiths-records.com

Tubby YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAdzSwDos4w

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MARG: “THE VOICES” will connect emotionally to her audience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marg-the-voices-will-connect-emotionally-to-her-audience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marg-the-voices-will-connect-emotionally-to-her-audience#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:10:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32068 After capturing attention in 2016 with her first, extended play “MARG EP” at the still tender age of 18, Argentinian-born, American Singer-Songwriter MARG has been working her craft over the last couple of years. After moving to the U.S. as a young child, she became interested in performing arts and spent most of her time […]

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After capturing attention in 2016 with her first, extended play “MARG EP” at the still tender age of 18, Argentinian-born, American Singer-Songwriter MARG has been working her craft over the last couple of years. After moving to the U.S. as a young child, she became interested in performing arts and spent most of her time singing karaoke and learning instruments like the piano and violin. Her new 10 track studio album, “THE VOICES”, shows her coming into her own as an artist while also building anticipation for potential still to be realized. While her most recent effort fits comfortably in the Indie-Pop realm, MARG’s ability to connect emotionally to her audience and to the lyrics she is singing makes her seem beyond her years at only 20. She possesses a rawness and honesty that cannot be taught and moments that show there is more she can experiment with to stretch her sound even further.

The album begins with an eclectic intro entitled “Flaws INTRO” before it kicks off properly with “Stronger”, where MARG’s ethereal voice floats over the verses of and elicits imagery of an angel luring the listener. It is evident she has grown here by exploring new sounds and also in the strength of her voice.

The track balances her sincere introspective lyrics with the increased production value of the song, and it feels like a window into where further experimentation could take her in the future. There is no shortage of emotion on “THE VOICES” and the songs most often seem to refer to relationships, growth, and perseverance.

In “Crooked Smile”, a haunting mid-tempo song, MARG shows her maturity as a singer and songwriter with the quiet intensity of her voice that clutches the heart in moments when it soars, and affects us when she is in her lower register as she sings, “I’m surrounded by your pretty eyes and that crooked smile,” in the opening verse.

MARG has a subdued power that is infused throughout her music. In “Dark Clouds” she tugs at the heart strings, as she often does, with dripping emotion in her voice. It is easy to relate to her story about the uncertainty of love, and the believability in her vocal delivery as she sings, “My tears dry up quickly and I’m the only one who sees me. I look around and nobody’s there.”

“That Morning” once again, offers a haunting electronically infused track. The song crescendos with an enquiring chorus: “Tell me why am I always sad when you’re around. And why do I always cry when you say you love me. Why can’t I just try to embrace this feeling of nothing when I say I feel everything?”  MARG’s songs of survival are balanced by those that draw on the moments that ignite the fight to move forward.

In the title track “The Voices”, she sings with a fragility in her voice accompanied by a sincerity in her lyrics that is both profound and beautiful in their simplicity. There is an airy quality to MARG’s voice that provides a subtlety to her delivery.  She never overpowers the intent of the lyrics with vocal acrobatics, though she is fully capable.

In “Miles Away” she shows vulnerability as she sings of finding strength to overcome delusion. The theme of finding hope and light in the face of darkness is showcased again in “Let’s Be Friends”. The track shows that she has gained perspective and maturity through experience, and is finding her way.

There are moments on this album that show the possibility of where MARG can go musically. “Tropical Marijuana” is one of those moments.  The song has a slow-building vibe with a sinuous rhythmic flow that will have the listener swaying to the groove.  This is quintessential MARG, where her understated yet affecting vocals only serve to amplify the emotion in her lyrics.

MARG gives us a little of her soul on “I Hope She Breaks Your Heart”. It is heartbreaking and mournful, yet oddly hopeful at the same time, as she tells the tale of someone waiting impatiently on the sidelines to pick up the pieces of a broken relationship.

MARG comes full circle emotionally, in this final track. It is hard to believe she is only at the early stages of her career as a singer and songwriter. She shows a great deal of growth already, and it will be exciting to look ahead to where her sound will go, and how she will enchant us with her gentle grace and her strength, down the road.

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G.H. Hat: “Sukiyaki (feat. Alina Renae)” keeps the listener in house heaven! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/g-h-hat-sukiyaki-feat-alina-renae-keeps-the-listener-in-house-heaven http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/g-h-hat-sukiyaki-feat-alina-renae-keeps-the-listener-in-house-heaven#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:04:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32063 Seldom does chance have it that an electronic music producer is as simultaneously celebrated by both seasoned and novice fans of the genre as G.H. Hat is. The relative newcomer boasted 290 Classical track releases prior to officially starting his EDM career with two Triphop songs which saw him rack up Soundcloud Top 50 Charting, […]

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Seldom does chance have it that an electronic music producer is as simultaneously celebrated by both seasoned and novice fans of the genre as G.H. Hat is. The relative newcomer boasted 290 Classical track releases prior to officially starting his EDM career with two Triphop songs which saw him rack up Soundcloud Top 50 Charting, and continuing with many placements on Official Spotify playlists. In 2017, G.H. Hat achieved national Billboard success with “I Got a Problem (I Wonder…) [feat. Mickey Shiloh]. And 2018 has continued to rake in more success with the producer dominating many Spotify playlists and being picked up by radio stations, cable and TV video channels in 45 countries.

This is a period during which G.H. Hat’s creative process has evolved into one of the most highly regarded sounds on the market, and with the release of his brand new 3-song EP, “Sukiyaki (feat. Alina Renae)”, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that this time in music seems to belong to him.

As if the music itself weren’t layered enough, G.H. Hat chose the most enigmatic ways imaginable to build up to the track’s sonic spectrum. The EP features the original version of the song, followed by the ‘Not so Chill Version’ and finally a stunning, and unusual Instrumental Version’, featuring a fiery electric guitar as lead instrument.

This is not the type of sound you would normally associate with EDM, but G.H. Hat once again shows his courage to break down the barriers on this track. His unwavering dedication to his sound and his utter disregard for any current genre limitations will no doubt earn him unanimous respect during the following years.

My guess is that years from now when the world looks back on this era in music, it’s likely that they won’t remember many famous more EDM artists as strongly as they’ll remember G.H. Hat.

The way he utilizes the benefits of modern production software puts his skill on par with that of a classical composer (which of course he is!). Seeing him at a career high, his fans can only hope that he’ll be able to keep the momentum moving forward and continue to put out the caliber of music that serves to define a generation.

However anyone who knows G.H. Hat.’s music, understands that the man is an overachiever. It’s this perspective where you can really appreciate “Sukiyaki (feat. Alina Renae)” for the technical and composition marvel that it is.

The song keeps the listener in house heaven until the graceful fade out into the following tune. Epic, swelling pianos and chilling, stratospheric synths developing alongside the wide, perfectly layered melody that encompass the traditional  G.H. Hat formula honestly sound cleaner and crispier than ever here. Simply put, there’s house music…and then there’s G.H. Hat.

The flawless atmospheric build into the main hook is in the masterclass level of production expertise that G.H. Hat brings, to make every single note of every sound, an emotional connection that mixes with the music to create something truly extraordinary. This is G.H. Hat at his very best, which is something that all electronic fans should experience.

The cherry on top is the melodic resonance that Alina Renae’s vocals brings to the track. The song’s featured songstress, has had numerous tracks chart on Beatport, including breaking into the Top 10 four different times in three different categories and has been in regular rotation on MTV, Fuse, Sirius XM, Vevo, and more. With several songs having over millions of views on Youtube and plays on Spotify, Alina continues to gain strong media attention from all over the world, making her a perfect match for G.H. Hat.

OFFICIAL LINKS & SOCIAL MEDIA:

Website: http://ghhat.com
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4JVfdkh46RFrpEl45u8D9A
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ghhat
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/GHHatMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/G_H_Hat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ghhatmusic/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrghhat/
Bandpage: http://Bandpage.com/ghhat
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/ghhat
Google: https://plus.google.com/+GHHatMusic
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrghhat/
Tublr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/mrghhat
N1M: https://www.numberonemusic.com/ghhat
Bandcamp: https://ghhat.bandcamp.com/
Songkick: https://www.songkick.com/artists/8942719-gh-hat
SonicBids: https://www.sonicbids.com/find-musicians/gh-hat-los-angeles-songwriter/
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/g-h-hat/id1084900204
Shazam: https://shz.am/a202633555#gh-hat
Amazon: http://bit.ly/ghhatamazon

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Chris Morrissey: “Laughing and Laughing” – From absolutely gorgeous to achingly beautiful http://jamsphere.com/reviews/chris-morrissey-laughing-and-laughing-from-absolutely-gorgeous-to-achingly-beautiful http://jamsphere.com/reviews/chris-morrissey-laughing-and-laughing-from-absolutely-gorgeous-to-achingly-beautiful#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:33:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32057 You can’t say that New York based Chris Morrissey doesn’t have an impressive musical pedigree. He was music director and bass player for Sara Bareilles from 2013-2015 and played on the Grammy Nominated “The Blessed Unrest”. Most recently he was the music director and bass player for Trixie Whitley, touring the US and Europe and […]

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You can’t say that New York based Chris Morrissey doesn’t have an impressive musical pedigree. He was music director and bass player for Sara Bareilles from 2013-2015 and played on the Grammy Nominated “The Blessed Unrest”. Most recently he was the music director and bass player for Trixie Whitley, touring the US and Europe and playing on her live record “Sway”. Morrissey’s drummer Josh Dion, is also in Paris Monster and Esperanza Spaulding’s band, while his guitar player, Grey McMurray also plays with Beth Orton. Bass player and vocalist Chris Morrissey has recently released his labor of love, recorded in NYC at Grand Street Studios – the nine track album, “Laughing and Laughing” (2018).

Atmospheric, ethereal, sensory, umbrageous, progressive, these are all words that come to mind listening to this output of music from Chris Morrissey. When he sings, his words are more like another instrument emitting a tone of emotion rather than just a message.

Engulfing and entrancing, Chris goes from minimal instrumentation to using a whole host of instrumental layers – hence it should not be surprising that the soundscape is ultimately lush, expansive and diverse. On first listening, I was already tempted to say this is easily the best piece of work to come out this year by anyone. Period. But I’ve managed to contain myself…for now.

A sublime smorgasbord of instrumentation and voice, music can’t always be this good because we would have nothing by which to benchmark its ingenuity. Right from the opening, “The Inventor”, this album is simply breathtaking in its composition and emotive power. It is all at once ominous, precious, theatrical and densely intricate.

It traverses all the boulevards and alleys of sound, both barren and confluent. Haunting in both breadth and scope, it delivers the listener inexorably through its passageways but with a willingness that far exceeds its length. Chris Morrissey’s sonic itinerary covers all of the logistics, and you need only adjust the volume.

Morrissey really allows his band to shine through on “I Know You” in a way that’s rarely seen on solo albums. Of course, he is the center of the show, with his resonant voice and his dark lyrics. But, listening to his band mates cook on drums and guitar, is a real pleasure.  I haven’t been very impressed with much of what we call popular music in the new millennium.

Most of it sounds, overproduced, emotionally barren, broken in some fundamental way and, because of all that, rather pointless. When the needle drops on the poignant tracks “Peppermint Tea” and “White Sand”, you realize that Chris Morrissey is such an amazing remedy to that feeling.

Morrissey has a tremendously gifted ear for harmonic structure, and that gift is put to excellent use on this music. At the same time his approach to songwriting is open and abstract, as often he will take the songs on unusual excursions during their playing time.

From absolutely gorgeous and achingly beautiful harmonies and melodies, to dark and heavy sounds –  sometimes in the same songs, such as “Baby Blue” or “Guardian” –  to just plain amazing, and on and on. Chris Morrissey really puts so much care and effort into every aspect of this album and it really, really shows. From a half whispered vocal to a mighty soaring chord progression, “Laughing and Laughing” is a tour de force!

This will blow you away as it did me. Expect the unexpected, sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the ride. Chris Morrissey will be performing: Sunday, May 6th 2018 at 9pm at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1.

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The Husk platform provides an effective advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube http://jamsphere.com/news/the-husk-platform-provides-an-effective-advertising-platform-for-musicians-on-spotify-soundcloud-and-youtube http://jamsphere.com/news/the-husk-platform-provides-an-effective-advertising-platform-for-musicians-on-spotify-soundcloud-and-youtube#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:02:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32054 The Husk is one of the fastest, most effective and direct advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube. It’s a one of its kind platform that provides innovative tools for artists, blogs, curators, labels and other music personnel to grow and promote their work. What makes it different from other music promotion platforms […]

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The Husk is one of the fastest, most effective and direct advertising platform for musicians on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube. It’s a one of its kind platform that provides innovative tools for artists, blogs, curators, labels and other music personnel to grow and promote their work. What makes it different from other music promotion platforms is that it is simple, comparatively cheaper and drives guaranteed traffic directly to the user’s Spotify, Soundcloud or YouTube account.

The Husk is the brainchild of ‘The Drunken Coconut’, a Canada based music marketing and consulting company owned by Ariel Carter & Ryan Thompson. They both started the company in 2016 following their passion for music and to provide a variety of services for artists, labels, agencies, and others in the music industry. To take further their experience in PR campaigns, Press kits, social media marketing, Advertising, Blog Coverage, Distribution and more, they developed the world’s highest monetized platform in the music industry called The Husk. Inspired by the response received for this platform, they created another platform called ‘Grow With Us’, the first and only direct advertising tool for Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube that guarantees results.

Ariel and Ryan have worked with hundreds of artists of all genres across the world and hold immense experience and insight into the marketing aspects of the music world. The platform that they have created can bring thousands of listeners per month to the user’s channel or playlist. The users don’t require any knowledge or experience in advertising and they can simply sign up to get their campaign running in a few minutes. They also have the freedom to choose their budget and the amount they’re willing to pay per conversion.

Unlike the other music promotion platforms, Grow With Us promises guaranteed results for the money the customer will be spending. They are charged per new follower they gain. To sign up, the user can choose which account or playlist they want to grow and mention how much they are willing to spend for it. After which they can start garnering active and verified followers to their account and playlist. More information about the services can be found at thehusk.ca.

Contact Details

Company: The Husk

Website: The Husk

Country: USA

Email: support@thehusk.ca

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Dig The Reggae Meditations: Jahmings Maccow – ‘Trod It Through’ http://jamsphere.com/news/dig-the-reggae-meditations-jahmings-maccow-trod-it-through http://jamsphere.com/news/dig-the-reggae-meditations-jahmings-maccow-trod-it-through#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:44:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32050 LETMEGOO Records proudly presents a brand new cut from the ubiquitous Anguillian-come-New York resident Rastafarian Jahmings Maccow. How to describe this latest output from a man with thirty years of recording experience behind him? A deep and uplifting reggae soul cut would be a start. ‘Trod it Through’ first came about during solitary sessions at […]

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LETMEGOO Records proudly presents a brand new cut from the ubiquitous Anguillian-come-New York resident Rastafarian Jahmings Maccow. How to describe this latest output from a man with thirty years of recording experience behind him?

A deep and uplifting reggae soul cut would be a start. ‘Trod it Through’ first came about during solitary sessions at Manhattan’s Rocket Studios, circa mid-to-late 80s. Throughout the following thirty years, the song found itself evolving through several bands and incarnations to finally see the light of day in all of its sagacious energy, here on LETMEGOO Records.

Maccow stands like a mound, unassailable, waxing truths as his band spins dreamlike reggae textures that whirl and curl like rising smoke. He is unafraid to challenge that which you might be inclined to ignore, to tell you that “innocent blood will have to shed” while an angelic chorus of backing singers respond “we’ve got to trod it / trod it through”. Love, life, loss and togetherness are on Maccow’s mind, beautifully executed and brought to life in a swooning reggae rock ballad

The poet’s touch is evident in the couplets that anchor in the verses, imparted with a delicacy that reveals Maccow’s lifelong dedication to the artistic path: “See love coming down the street / see love, no shoes on its feet”. Thick-skinned wisdom also springs to mind, and a desire to do justice to the large concepts that Maccow takes in his stride, both musically and philosophically.

Over his distinguished career, Maccow has cultivated somewhat of a reputation as a reggae renaissance man. Here is an artist that has been responsible for some of the deepest reggae and roots rock coming out of the East Coast; the ex-Catch-A-Fire and Enforcers man has been out as a solo artist since the late 90s, captivating audiences across the city with his soulful brand of guitar-based reggae songwriting. Reggae aficionados will be delighted to finally get a chance to hear ‘Trod it Through’, the song that has skirted the edges of Maccow’s career for three decades, shaping – and being shaped by – his vast oeuvre spanning roots, reggae and rock music.

You can already picture the blue waters of the Caribbean as the slow tide laps your feet; this is Jahmings Maccow at the top of his game.

‘Trod It Through’ is released on iTunes. In the meantime, check out Jahmings on Facebook and Twitter, or over at his website.

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ESP EVOLUTION Music to Inspire The World – ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’ http://jamsphere.com/news/esp-evolution-music-to-inspire-the-world-wishing-on-a-falling-star http://jamsphere.com/news/esp-evolution-music-to-inspire-the-world-wishing-on-a-falling-star#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:07:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32047 ESP EVOLUTION is sending the world a message of hope, freedom and unity in their song ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’. This duo consisting of music producer and guitarist Overdose and singer and songwriter The Lady Capri, are heating the airways with this urban, rhythmic and catchy song. Together the two have created a track […]

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ESP EVOLUTION is sending the world a message of hope, freedom and unity in their song ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’. This duo consisting of music producer and guitarist Overdose and singer and songwriter The Lady Capri, are heating the airways with this urban, rhythmic and catchy song.

Together the two have created a track that will definitely catch your ears, make you move and inspire you to keep pushing and make your dreams come true.

“Our song ‘WISHING ON A FALLING STAR’ is an anthem of hope and freedom. No one, no matter who you are should let anyone tell you how to live your life. We all came here with our own mission, our own unique gifts and it’s our duty to bless this world with those gifts.” – Overdose & The Lady Capri.

Stay tuned for more from ESP Evolution, coming soon! “WISHING ON A FALLING STAR”

The Artist: Overdose and The Lady Capri, have come together with the sole mission of saving the world from the monotony of manufactured sound! ESP EVOLUTION creates music that will evolve your musical taste buds and make you groove outside the box. Overdose, who has produced for artists such as Tank, Aaliyah, E40, and Fat Joe among others, formed ESP EVOLUTION with The Lady Capri in 2010. Overdose and The Lady Capri now create music together with the sole mission of uniting people through music. Inspired by the phrase the “Mitakuye Oyasin”, which is sacred among the Native American Lakota people and translates to “we are all related”, ESP EVOLUTION brings an eclectic hit filled infusion of pop, rock, hip hop, r&b and some reggae to the world.

ESP Evolution has had the pleasure of playing many of LA’s top venues like Whisky a Go Go, House of Blues Sunset, House of Blues Anaheim, Molly Malone’s and a host of others. Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / SoundCloud For All US Media Inquiries: Lana Moore / possiblesideeffectsrecords@gmail.com / (310) 363 – 5459

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Sirpit: “Texture” catapults the genre higher http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-texture-catapults-the-genre-higher http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-texture-catapults-the-genre-higher#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:06:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32042 Australian based, Taff Dawgz Entertainment artist, Sirpit, has built an impressive reputation during the last couple of years, adding a list of banging singles to his resume. Peeling back the layers of this man, audiences can find found Sirpit to be a novelty in the industry. In comparison to the microwavable talent breaking through recently, […]

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Australian based, Taff Dawgz Entertainment artist, Sirpit, has built an impressive reputation during the last couple of years, adding a list of banging singles to his resume. Peeling back the layers of this man, audiences can find found Sirpit to be a novelty in the industry. In comparison to the microwavable talent breaking through recently, he is a breath of fresh air: a singer, songwriter, and a rapper with legitimate talent. Continuing his penchant for consistency, the artist has delivered his highly-anticipated single “Texture” which was written as an ode to a girlfriend. But what’s next for someone that has continually shown improvement time and time again? If you ask, Sirpit would probably profess, “The pen game is definitely going all the way up.” Throughout his brief but trailblazing career, we’ve come to understand that he can churn out ear-catching tracks for all audiences with ease.

“Texture” is a stunning example. While romantic intricacies is not a story we haven’t heard before in music – Sirpit somehow maneuvers all the right pieces in place to make it an undeniable hit-sounding track for the new generation. Infectious beat? Check. Charming lyrics that are easy to digest? Check. Edge things up a bit with hard-hitting bars and balance it out with a soulful melodic hook? Check.

But even while focused on placing something that could sit on the mainstream charts, Sirpit does an amazing job at not making the music feel or sound forced. He has one of those voices that is instantly recognizable upon hearing it. His melodies have always been ear worms but here they inch their way into your memory just a little further on “Texture”.

Sonically speaking, “Texture” is one of Sirpit’s strongest single projects to come out so far. Borrowing from this millennium’s R&B influences to electronic soundscapes and trap elements, CashMoneyAp x River Beats have created a solid beat.

Thus Sirpit has been able to create a single, with a set of eclectic influences which catapults the genre higher, giving it a ninth life. Sirpit’s narrative, coupled with his dreamy melodic confections, is crafted like delicious diary entries giving their listener a taste of his slice of life. Every bite is sweet, and as the record plays it will leave you salivating for more.

Listening to this new generation of Hip-hop, it’s clear that the genre has changed a lot over the last 10 years. Depending on which side of the spectrum you fall on, you might find it has become too R&B or EDM infiltrated, or you might be happy about the way it has now blended to the point of practically, perfectly blending in with those categories of music.

Either way, “Texture” confirms that Sirpit knows how to deliver a musical balance that the fans want. On that same note, it’s worth mentioning that Sirpit is an amazing collaborator who knows how to shine regardless of who or which beat he is sharing the spotlight with.

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Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder” http://jamsphere.com/reviews/odd-arne-jacobsen-music-and-poetry-with-sigbjorn-obstfelder http://jamsphere.com/reviews/odd-arne-jacobsen-music-and-poetry-with-sigbjorn-obstfelder#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:55:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32037 Sigbjørn Obstfelder was a 19th-century Norwegian writer and poet, accredited with being one of the earliest examples of modernism in Norwegian literature. Despite producing only a mere handful of works during his short lifespan, he is considered one of the most important figures in Norwegian literature of the late 19th century. Choosing to depart from […]

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Sigbjørn Obstfelder was a 19th-century Norwegian writer and poet, accredited with being one of the earliest examples of modernism in Norwegian literature. Despite producing only a mere handful of works during his short lifespan, he is considered one of the most important figures in Norwegian literature of the late 19th century. Choosing to depart from the traditional “rimtvangen” and the rigid structure of typical Norwegian verse, he created his own free verse, which was marked for its musicality. Of course this creative free-spirited artistic attitude marries itself perfectly with the jazz guitar work of Odd-Arne Jacobsen, a Norwegian jazz and contemporary musician who has performed his music in various countries across the globe. Jacobsen is also the only Norwegian guitarist to have had a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall performing own material.

Odd-Arne Jacobsen has recorded and released a 22 minute plus single track, entitled “Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder”. Listen to how Jacobsen’s guitar acts as a wonderful counterpoint to the spoken word poetry, the bass and percussion interludes, and enjoy as does does what few guitarists would dare to do… adding single notes here and there, sprinkling them around in various moods and tones, before breaking into more substantial improvisations.

Proving himself – just like Sigbjørn Obstfelder – to be a true innovator and an artist with a wonderful empathy for any collaborators and listeners alike. And his precision on the instrument is unparalleled, as always.

This is twenty two minutes of ever evolving music that has very subtle elements. It is probably Odd-Arne Jacobsen’s most eclectic intervention with the guitar so far, creating channels of mystery and melodrama. One could either dismiss this for a lack of memorable connected melodies, or praise it for its unique atmosphere and improvised progression.

I would seriously opt for the latter circumstance.  A fearless improviser who is as comfortable in purely free settings as he is blowing over changes, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has consistently surrounded himself with creative players and made uncompromising choices throughout his career. This is just another consequential step in that direction.

Jacobsen finds himself in the unique position of juggling a singular playing situation that appeal to different aspects of his wide-ranging musicality. The chemistry between this incredibly versatile, open-minded artist and the other musicians as well as the spoken word reader interludes, border on the telepathic.

“Music and poetry with Sigbjørn Obstfelder” by Odd-Arne Jacobsen is recommended with the guarantee of discovering something pretty unique in the jazz guitar world, and quaintly stunning in the musical word as a whole.

A Note of Interest: As a 25-year-old young man, Odd-Arne Jacobsen was very concerned with Obsefeld’s poetry and thoughts. On 21.05.1972, Odd-Arne Jacobsen and his group joined NRK’s ​​studio in Tromsø. The goal was to interpret Sigurd Obstfelder through experimental jazz and poetry.

Sigurd Obstfelder dreamed of becoming a composer and there is a lot of music in his poetry. The goal of production almost 46 years ago was to use music and innovation by using reader John Ytteborg as a separate instrument.

“The aim of the release was to capture Obstfelder’s turmoil, anxiety and insecurity, which is often present in young men,” says Odd-Arne Jacobsen. “Music and poetry with Sigurd Obstfelder was written and recorded at a time when it was almost illegal to cross the jazz genre with other art forms. Jazz was very conservative and we almost did not relax at jazz clubs with our style. It is therefore very exciting to finally release this recording.”

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Odd-Arne Jacobsen og Tore-Morten Andreassen: “Yang” (A tribute to Larry Coryell and Alphonse Mouzon) http://jamsphere.com/reviews/odd-arne-jacobsen-og-tore-morten-andreassen-yang-a-tribute-to-larry-coryell-and-alphonse-mouzon http://jamsphere.com/reviews/odd-arne-jacobsen-og-tore-morten-andreassen-yang-a-tribute-to-larry-coryell-and-alphonse-mouzon#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:38:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32034 Odd-Arne Jacobsen is a Norwegian jazz and contemporary musician who has performed his music in countries across the globe. Jacobsen is the only Norwegian guitarist to have had a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall performing own material. In 2017 he released his critically acclaimed solo album “While I was Crossing The Bridge”. Tore-Morten Andreassen […]

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Odd-Arne Jacobsen is a Norwegian jazz and contemporary musician who has performed his music in countries across the globe. Jacobsen is the only Norwegian guitarist to have had a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall performing own material. In 2017 he released his critically acclaimed solo album “While I was Crossing The Bridge”. Tore-Morten Andreassen Figenschow is a Norwegian guitarist, composer, instrumental and theory teacher, as well as a lecturer in electric guitar at the music conservatory of the University of Tromsø. TMA also plays guitar and mellotron in the Neograss pro group band. Together these two extraordinary musicians have recorded a 5 track tribute to the legendary jazz duo Larry Coryell & Alphonse Mouzon, entitled – “Yang” (A tribute to Larry Coryell and Alphonse Mouzon).

Larry Coryell was a modern jazz visionary. If we could only reference his output from roughly 1966 through 1980, he would retain a rapturous legacy among jazz fans, not to mention an entire generation of guitarists who followed in his footsteps, inspired as much by his fearless example and bold new electric guitar tonality.

Larry’s mid-60s emergence heralded a bold, new borderless conception of modern jazz in its traditional and free form manifestations, and an all-encompassing post-modernist vision of jazz guitar, clearly rooted in both Odd-Arne Jacobsen og Tore-Morten Andreassen.

As Larry evolved a fresh perspective on the tone of the modern electric guitar, while extrapolating new hybrids of jazz, blues and rock, he always seemed to possess the kind of rhythmic propulsion and fire that inspired drummers to engage him on a cathartic level.

Hence the dynamic interplay between Larry and the fantastic drummer, the electrifying Alphonse Mouzon, whose super-charged polyrhythmic funk galvanized Larry’s playing–a creative bond which the two friends revisited periodically over the decades, culminating in a reunion band and a 2017 album release, so sadly marred by the recent passing of both the drummer and the guitarist.

It is with that legacy in mind that Odd-Arne Jacobsen og Tore-Morten Andreassen bring us their mano-a-mano and tete-a-tete six-string firestorms on “Yang” (A tribute to Larry Coryell and Alphonse Mouzon).  The players’ lines and riffs are supercharged by raw, distortion-inflected blues tones, conferring a relentless feeling of inevitability to the musical pieces, culminating in a fierce emotional catharsis.

The songs feature revered solos, and masterpieces of rhythmic engagement in which Odd-Arne Jacobsen og Tore-Morten Andreassen build bar after bar of tension over rollicking tempos, feeding each other some of the smartest chords imaginable, and in such allowing themselves to achieve an emotional resonance that will enrapture listeners.

With a lyrical approach to single-line playing and a painterly way with chord voicings, Odd-Arne Jacobsen og Tore-Morten Andreassen fearlessly fire their way through the tracks: “Robert de Visee Part 1 and 2”, “If”, “The Funky Shuffle” and the titular piece “Yang”. A collection of thought-provoking and exciting form of Jazz-Fusion that often defies categorization. A sublime energy is maintained by the backing band throughout and the payoff is supremely satisfying.

The highlight, of course, is the blitzkrieg of notes being pummeled out of Odd-Arne Jacobsen og Tore-Morten Andreassen’s guitars, intermingled with tempo changes and improvisations; but the dynamics and interaction feature not just beautifully intricate rhythmic work, but ingenious melodic and harmonic scales befitting musicians of the highest technical accomplishment. Elaborate and gritty sounding, this is a turbo-charged and awesome set of performances!

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Happy Curmudgeons: “Meant 2 Be” is a wonderfully complete, meaty listen! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/happy-curmudgeons-meant-2-be-is-a-wonderfully-complete-meaty-listen http://jamsphere.com/reviews/happy-curmudgeons-meant-2-be-is-a-wonderfully-complete-meaty-listen#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:17:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32030 From the artwork to its threadbare closing track, “Meant 2 Be” is a wonderfully complete, meaty listen. It is also absolutely brimming with killer hooks and guitar riffs. Amid the raft of diverse rock and blues driven material here, are spirited acoustic dominated alt-folk standouts like, ‘3rd Coast’, ‘You Gotta Move On’, ‘Seasons’ and ‘Scatter […]

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From the artwork to its threadbare closing track, “Meant 2 Be” is a wonderfully complete, meaty listen. It is also absolutely brimming with killer hooks and guitar riffs. Amid the raft of diverse rock and blues driven material here, are spirited acoustic dominated alt-folk standouts like, ‘3rd Coast’, ‘You Gotta Move On’, ‘Seasons’ and ‘Scatter Brain’, all of which go a long way towards illustrating what an accomplished songwriter Dave Hamilton can be. Replete with melodies and choruses to die for, they all hang together on a backdrop of both life’s joyful and troubled trivialities, and its circumstantiality, which permeates the album. Dave is of course part of the bigger picture, which is his project, Happy Curmudgeons – a group of studio musicians organized by himself. Hamilton wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks on this, their first release.

The album itself remains a fascinating listen. In short, these songs are everything that most bands this eclectic and wide-ranging are aiming for – and missing. As a young kid, The Beatles introduced me to the beauty and endless creative possibilities of popular music, and that ‘genre’ was only dirty five letter word.

The Happy Curmudgeons only enforce my initial vision, as they dive into a number of styles and moods with equal dexterity and nonchalance. Done by any other kind of band, “Meant 2 Be” would sound like disjointed, incoherent and aimless collection of songs.

Instead Dave Hamilton and his crew of players and singers turn out a colorful patchwork of retro-tinged sounds that enchant and ignite the soul. From the singalong happiness of “Bar Hoppin’” to the blues-rock groove of “Soulsville”, and then onto sweetly harmonized folk fairyland of the title track “Meant 2 Be” and “3rd Coast”, before swooping into the overdriven, psychedelic guitar-crunch of “Carnal Boogie”.

The Happy Curmudgeons then roll out the classic rock harmonies and riding on the highway rhythms on “Burn Sugar Burn”, before once more slipping into the softer and melodic “Idle Time”.

“You Gotta Move On” proves that the Happy Curmudgeons still have some songwriting gas left in the tank, this far down the album, while “Butterfly” certifies that their overdriven guitar rock motifs haven’t floundered after 9 tracks. But at the end of the day great music is all about melody and emotion, and on “Seasons” and “Scatter Brain”, Happy Curmudgeons and Dave Hamilton offer an abundance of both.

To be fair though, every song on this album as important and irreplaceable as the last one, and with time, you will sing to each and every one of them with all the joy of your heart. Don’t let the fact that they’re a new band on their first album, fool you, this sounds nothing like the current music. And that statement should say a whole lot!

The album “Meant 2 Be” was produced by Nate Harasim and Mark Byerly. The Happy Curmudgeons are: Dave Hamilton (Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars) Jeff Warner (Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars and Mandolin) Amy Dixon-Lavery (Vocals) Jay “Tumbleweed” Burrs (Harmonica).

Also appearing on Meant 2 Be: Takashi Iio (Bass), Keith Leonard (Bass), Shawn Ramsey (Bass), Dylan Hornsby (Bass), Rick Beamon (Drums) Nate Harasim (Keyboards and Piano – courtesy of Yamaha), Jeff Taboloff (Sax) and Marlow Ray Morgan (Vocals on Burn Sugar Burn).

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Orhan Demir Trio: “Originals” – outstanding playing skills! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/orhan-demir-trio-originals-outstanding-playing-skills http://jamsphere.com/reviews/orhan-demir-trio-originals-outstanding-playing-skills#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:16:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32026 Orhan Demir is a Canadian jazz guitarist who has released several albums. His first release in 1986 “The way I see you”, followed by the second in 1987 “North West”, and the third in 1988 “Windmill”. In 1989 Demir dropped the solo acoustic album “Sultan of Strings”, followed by “Hot Cargo” in 1991, “Originals” in […]

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Orhan Demir is a Canadian jazz guitarist who has released several albums. His first release in 1986 “The way I see you”, followed by the second in 1987 “North West”, and the third in 1988 “Windmill”. In 1989 Demir dropped the solo acoustic album “Sultan of Strings”, followed by “Hot Cargo” in 1991, “Originals” in 1997 and “Guitar Plus” in 1999. All of his albums have received great reviews from Jazz Times, Down Beat, Guitar World, Cadence, Options, Coda, and others. The Orhan Demir Trio is currently a featured music group on the Push Power Promo music network, and is promoting his album “Originals”, which features a collection of acoustic and electric-guitar driven tracks, recorded during different time periods in his career. Born in Turkey, this Canadian guitarist leads his valiant trio through a set of 14 originals which feature blazing jazz guitar motifs.

Orhan Demir treats his guitar like a blank canvas, with no limit to what he can create. While maintaining a technical prowess in the traditional sense, he isn’t afraid to experiment with the sounds the guitar is able to create. The musicianship on this album is all round superb.

The trio seem comfortable with each other, and all three add their own unique styling to the fray. It’s a jazz album that remains approachable to many a listener. Fans of a blend between early John McLaughlin and Wes Montgomery styles would find an interest in this album, though this tends to stay in more accessible time signatures.

One of the things that always bugged me in most jazz music, is while improvisation is embedded in jazz, solos often wonder so far astray from the main theme it can sometimes be hard to recognize it as a song.

Thankfully a lot of jazz has evolved into music that is more focused between the interplay of the entire band rather than just the individual prowess of the musicians, and “Originals” is an excellent example of this. It obviously, predominantly showcases Demir’s outstanding playing skills, but never abandons the importance the song or the other players.

Right from the opening track, “As Time Goes On”, Orhan Demir’s soloing on this record overall is truly superb. On the first track Demir also allows a lot of room for the bass of Neil Swainson and the drums of Barry Elmes to interact, while still showcasing extremely busy guitar playing.

Both Demir and bassist Swainson are nothing less than fantastic on “The Way I See You” and “In Favor”, as they cross swords here. In fact all throughout the album, underpinning, embellishing and occasionally driving the thoughtful yet always powerful playing of Orhan Demir is a subtle, most musically-inclined rhythm section.

They pull off small miracles of delicacy and touch throughout, as they stay in contact with where the genius playing of Demir, moves from bar to bar. Demir is a busy yet thoughtful player, his solos impeccably tasteful but surprisingly robust. On “Satellite service” he is in overdrive mode with fast and furious solos, and continues impeccably on other standouts like, “Unicorn”, “Sultans Of Strings”, “Painting on Silk” and “Windmill”, where he is at times stunning.

Orhan Demir should touch music aficionados from all generations. His guitar portrays a subtle exuberance that most musicians envy. Inspired, artistic, and soulful, Demir is timeless. His music exudes class, elegance and assurance – a flawless recording from a master of the jazz guitar craft, at the top of his game.

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