JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:12:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Zappa) Unleashes A New Album – “Missing Person” http://jamsphere.com/news/warren-cuccurullo-duran-duran-zappa-unleashes-a-new-album-missing-person http://jamsphere.com/news/warren-cuccurullo-duran-duran-zappa-unleashes-a-new-album-missing-person#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:12:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36037 The persisting career of musician, singer, and songwriter Warren Bruce Cuccurullo, has reached incredible and indelible highs. He worked with the late, legendary Frank Zappa in the ’70s, founded Missing Persons in the ’80s, and became a long-term member of new wave legends Duran Duran in ’86, notably contributing to the band’s regained worldwide success […]

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The persisting career of musician, singer, and songwriter Warren Bruce Cuccurullo, has reached incredible and indelible highs. He worked with the late, legendary Frank Zappa in the ’70s, founded Missing Persons in the ’80s, and became a long-term member of new wave legends Duran Duran in ’86, notably contributing to the band’s regained worldwide success on the 1993 chart-busting “Wedding Album”. Not one to rest on his laurels, the talented Brooklyn born guitarist however, has always continued his solo and collaborative work, and has just unleashed his 12 track album “Missing Person”.

Described as “a deeply personal and conceptual record”, the album features tracks dedicated to his friends, peers, and heroes, and pays homage to the likes of Prince, Gary Numan, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. On this recording, Warren Cuccurullo maintains his venerable songwriting slants by challenging the listener to be curious, skeptical and aware – to question everything – while holding onto their core values, as they wander through a landscape of information that always seems to have an ulterior motive, and the truth of anything becomes a casualty.

The driving crunch of scorching guitars, vibrant warbling synths, pummeling beats and soaring vocals wash all over “Missing Person”, bringing both a feeling of nostalgia and a razor-sharp, cutting-edge modern-day production. The album fortifies Cuccurullo’s savory guitar riffs with more lavish textures that go from organic to electronic, drawing upon instruments that never sound out of place. Warren Cuccurullo has included a diverse range of songs and music that all seem to work together perfectly and transition smoothly throughout the album.

The twelve tracks on “Missing Person” includes: Me I Disconnect From You, Back in 1981, Einstein, 4U, You Should Dance To This, Party Ultimate, Dear Listener, Me, Jug and Doe, The Backwards Alphabeat Exercise and Drum Solo, God’s Creation, Invisible, Damned if You Do.

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INTERVIEW – Clinton Wilkie Continues To Perfect His Craft! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-clinton-wilkie-continues-to-perfect-his-craft http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-clinton-wilkie-continues-to-perfect-his-craft#respond Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:35:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36030 Born and raised in North Dakota, Clinton Wilkie, didn’t begin playing guitar until 4 years ago, in which he was self-taught. He then began learning to sing in 2017 and not too long after writing songs as well. He currently resides in Minnesota where he continues to perfect his craft, and is in the process […]

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Born and raised in North Dakota, Clinton Wilkie, didn’t begin playing guitar until 4 years ago, in which he was self-taught. He then began learning to sing in 2017 and not too long after writing songs as well. He currently resides in Minnesota where he continues to perfect his craft, and is in the process of finishing his debut album.

  1. When and how did you get started singing and making music? And are you self-taught or did you have any formal training?

Clinton Wilkie: I am a self-taught musician. After the passing of my grandfather, I decided I wanted to play. I started learning guitar mid-2015, singing in 2017, and songwriting also in late 2017.

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

Clinton Wilkie: My first influences would have had to have been Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Dylan Scott, and Morgan Wallen.

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

Clinton Wilkie: In the beginning I went through many phases, many sounds and many voices. It was definitely crucial to finding my own sound and my voice and finding comfort and confidence in myself and my voice. I think the process itself helped to build character and an even deeper passion then I had known was there.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Clinton Wilkie: I feel that my music is versatile. I grew up on country music and the style and sounds it had to offer, but have also kept up to date on the modern country sound my generation has evolved towards. I love to write with depth and true emotions and thoughts I feel or have felt. We all have felt the same blessings and same pains in our own way and I write in a way that can be seen from multiple perspectives.

  1. What do you think mainly separates you from the massive crowd of artists emerging right now on platforms all over the web?

Clinton Wilkie: What separates me from the rest of the pack is maintaining my culture all while bringing a marketable sound. I come from the north but have a sound appreciated by both the north and south

  1. What is your process when composing, recording and producing your music? Do you collaborate with others or outsource any of these tasks?

Clinton Wilkie: My process is simple. I don’t like outside influences impacting my writing so when I go into writing mode, I go radio silent and don’t listen to music. I free myself of distractions and go through memories and thoughts until I know what I want to write about, and what I want to say. It usually starts with finding a melody and then finding a progression that suits it.

  1. If you could work with any international artist or producer of your choice, who would you like to work with on a song?

Clinton Wilkie: If I could work with anyone, it would be a toss-up between Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen.

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

Clinton Wilkie: I love to keep my performances full of energy and good vibes. We love to enjoy ourselves on stage and want everyone involved to share the same experience.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your career or life so far, and how did you overcome the event?

Clinton Wilkie: The most difficult thing I’ve had to overcome in my career, would be overcoming the fears and self-doubts within myself. I overcame this with practice, patience, and understanding of myself and the music I wanted to make. The support and love I’ve received has also been a big factor in confidence and moving forward.

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

Clinton Wilkie: My happiest and proudest moments and accomplishments for me would have to be stepping foot into the studio in Nashville for the very first time, or the first time I had a crowd sing my song back to me while performing. Nothing beats those feelings.

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

Clinton Wilkie: If I could change one thing, it would be that the amount of money one has should not be the deciding factor in success and one achieving their dreams.

  1. How do you handle criticism and/or haters in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Clinton Wilkie: Rather than ignoring hate or relying to it, I take it in, and I use it as fuel and inspiration and do what I can to prove the criticism and hate wrong.

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

Clinton Wilkie: Being independent allows me to make the music I want on the schedule I choose and gives me all around more freedom. The negatives of being independent is you have less reach and it makes it a bit harder to be heard.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music, and will you be producing one for your single?

Clinton Wilkie: I feel like visuals are good to have. It allows the fans to see more of the artists view on things and feel more connected than just listening to the song. I definitely plan on releasing a music video in the future.

  1. In general, do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Clinton Wilkie: Internet is a very crucial way of networking and marketing brands. I feel like I know enough to progress, but can always use more knowledge.

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

Clinton Wilkie: A touch of Texas country and modern country all in one. Radio ready sound.

  1. Could you tell us something about your latest release?

Clinton Wilkie: My latest release is a feel good song about “the chase” and finding something or someone you just gotta have.

  1. Do you only create and work in a studio environment, or do you also find time to perform live? And is so, which of these two do you ultimately prefer and why?

Clinton Wilkie: I do both studio and live performances. They both have their perks, but I’m a people person and feed off of energy so I love performing to live crowds and interacting.

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

Clinton Wilkie: Lately I’ve had Morgan Wallen, Lewis Capaldi, and Kane Brown on repeat.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Clinton Wilkie: The thing I find most rewarding about what I do, is getting the opportunity to, even if for 3 minutes, change someone’s mood or mind for the better. Getting to entertain people and allow them to forget all the negativity going on around them. My goal is to continue doing what I love, and hopefully continue growing and making music people can love.

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Mostacho Xprmnt & NJWA: “Ocean” – highly refined and sophisticated! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mostacho-xprmnt-njwa-ocean-highly-refined-and-sophisticated http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mostacho-xprmnt-njwa-ocean-highly-refined-and-sophisticated#respond Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:42:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36026 “Ocean” is an R&B/NeoSoul ballad written by Malaysian award winning singer-songwriter NJWA and arranged by Mostacho Xprmnt, a NeoSoul/Fusion project founded by Costa Rican drummer and composer Andres Marin in Brooklyn, New York, and currently made up of Luis D’Elías on guitar and Dave Lowenthal on bass. It took almost 6 years for the single […]

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“Ocean” is an R&B/NeoSoul ballad written by Malaysian award winning singer-songwriter NJWA and arranged by Mostacho Xprmnt, a NeoSoul/Fusion project founded by Costa Rican drummer and composer Andres Marin in Brooklyn, New York, and currently made up of Luis D’Elías on guitar and Dave Lowenthal on bass. It took almost 6 years for the single to see the light under the Music Dribble Entertainment label. The song was produced by Andres Marin, mixed by Sohta Tsuchiya in Boston and mastered by Daniel Alba at Zampol Productions in New York. The project collaborated with Swedish illustration artist Ylva Borg for the single’s cover artwork.

“It is such a beautiful thing when people from different parts of the world come together to make music. I wrote this song after months of writer’s block and I’m really blessed to be able to collaborate with amazing musicians that helped bring this song to life,” said NJWA.

The song is so beautiful, so soulful and so heartfelt and NJWA’s voice is just unbelievable. She seems a classy and intelligent young woman and it shows in her music. She has such a great voice that pushing too hard would surely mask the tone, emotion and timbre subtleties her voice can convey.

Thus the delicate and poignant delivery she forges on “Ocean” is just awe-inspiring. Her talent is rare in this day and age. She puts so much heart into her music that you cannot help but be moved by it. In particular, “Ocean” is about the joy of finding real love, while dwelling on the foolish mistakes of the past. It’s a sensation we can tangibly grasp.

Her voice, the lyrical content, the music, everything is beautiful, on point, and amazing. You will not be disappointed. Add to that the extraordinary arrangement and performances of Mostacho Xprmnt.

Considering how much noise there is out there in an attempt to make an impact, it is extremely rare to find a musical backdrop so highly refined and sophisticated with just the right amount of light and shade. The melding of the instruments and sounds by these stellar musicians create a rich deep sonic canvas that makes it almost touchable.

Mostacho Xprmnt never seem to feel the need to raise the volume of the music to compete with the vocals. They go through the track with the confidence that the virtuosity and creativity of their musicianship speaks loud enough. “Ocean” has a delicacy that places an emphasis on the interplay between the musicians and the voice.

If there is any one thing that defines Mostacho Xprmnt, besides being one of the most consistent and extraordinarily talented groups to grace the contemporary NeoSoul/Fusion scene, it is that the trio has loads of class and, as the driving catalyst for this track, demonstrates a genuine empathy for its narrative.

“Ocean”, written by NJWA shows Mostacho Xprmnt in a tranquil setting, carefully leaning on every note and space, with precision and poise. Polished throughout, the track has vocal strength, the production and musicianship. When you pair that with the flawless songwriting, this project is virtually unstoppable.

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Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/zero-the-kidd-waves-a-quick-and-efficient-declaration-of-supremacy http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/zero-the-kidd-waves-a-quick-and-efficient-declaration-of-supremacy#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:10:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36021 Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to […]

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Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The Kidd’s most intriguing quality – aside from his confident everyman vibe, and his gift for turning phrases with a dexterous ease – is his willingness to carve out his own lane.

In listening to his new single, you get the sense that he’s actually expressing himself, as opposed to merely regurgitating tired metaphors and clichéd premises. Zero The Kidd is willing to wear his heart on his sleeve. His passion is palpable, as announces his superior status and warns off haters on “Wave”.

The track is easily digestible in terms of its listenability. It breezes by with its modernly textured instrumentation and heavy, sweeping beat. It’s tailor-made for your car’s stereo system, so put it to use. The track rumbles over a vibrant trap-like beat while the song can also be considered an empowering motivational anthem for anyone up against the masses.

The beat is pretty intoxicating, but it’s Zero The Kid’s delivery that’s mesmerizing, as he pours out his soul. The rapper continuously speaks his mind, earning his seat in the front row of unabashed honesty. This track kicks ass; I absolutely love this thing.

Zero The Kid’s delivery and vocal performances on this track is incredible. He sounds very energetic, but is still able to be introspective grabbing your attention all the way through. He has some tight flows on “Wave” and he shows the necessary emotion in the song.

Zero The Kid projects his emotions, hoping the truth will bring him comfort: “These niggas got no plays. I got the juice and these niggas got no taste. All in my face cause they wanna ride my wave.” He is very entertaining to listen to and he fits perfectly on the beat. It’s rare nowadays to find a young artist with Zero The Kid’s potent combination of charisma and wordplay.

It’s usually very hard to make noise in music when some of your neighbors and neighbor states are shaking charts in a whole different way, but Zero The Kid has shown with “Wave” it takes guts, and honesty to build a captivating track. Zero The Kid doesn’t need a radio hit to propel him into the public eye just yet.

He only needs his genuine artistry to slowly and steadily take him there while he perfects his craft. In the meantime, with no forewarning, he’s just given us a sharp and compact statement on “Wave”.

It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy and confidence, a warning to not underrate him in any way. Zero The Kid is definitely in his comfort zone here, and will have fans clamoring for more music soon.

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Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” – replete with a massive, stadium-friendly chorus! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/grand-rezerva-nowhere-bound-replete-with-a-massive-stadium-friendly-chorus http://jamsphere.com/reviews/grand-rezerva-nowhere-bound-replete-with-a-massive-stadium-friendly-chorus#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:25:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36017 The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the […]

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The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic rock n’ roll sound from a better musical era, as far as the genre is concerned. There’s a very good possibility that it will pay off, since that style will always remain in vogue regardless of changing musical trends.

The infectious and catchy nature of “Nowhere Bound”, replete with a massive, stadium-friendly chorus, is really hard to resist. Grand Rezerva latched on to a formula of catchy choruses, hypnotic guitar riffs overloaded with groove, and touch of hair metal songwriting, on their previous track “Hellbound”, and have now built on that hard rock recipe.

The group’s latest is a well-oiled, streamlined effort that hits the ground running, fulfilling its mission of loading each track with soaring choruses and grooves that are easy for even the most casual head banger to lock into a steady motion.

“Nowhere Bound” begins with the guitars of Andreas Lundberg and Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson immediately making their impact felt. They deliver a sequence of bone-crushing riffs before the band locks into a steady-paced beat, punctuated by Thomas Helgesson’s drum barrage and Zoak’s rumbling bass. The adrenalin-injected choruses, once again showcasing Michael C. Svensson’s flair for vocal ability and song-craft.

Grand Rezerva’s guitarists, Lundberg and Nilsson have established an interplay that masterfully reigns supreme, be it moodier interludes, crunchy rhythm riffs or shredding melodic solos. As the sound of guitars and bass fills every empty space in the air, get ready to sing the song’s awesome chorus.

“Nowhere Bound” is an effort that stands alongside the peaks of Grand Rezerva’s discography. The band, who have conquered Radio, Stages and Media across the globe – from Europe, to South America, Asia, Canada and the United States – has always excelled at balancing moments of heaviness with catchy melodic hooks.

These moments seem even more pronounced and well-constructed on “Nowhere Bound”. The modus operandi of this act is indulgence in the sounds of early ’80s radio and stadium rock and more, with Svensson’s vocals taking on an enticing croon. “Nowhere Bound” is the sound of a dynamite band that is very comfortable in its own skin.

In rock n’ roll, starting strong can be a bold move, and Grand Rezerva start very strong indeed on “Nowhere Bound”. Entering the ring, throwing their best hooks, the three minute plus thriller, does exactly what it’s supposed to.

Leaping out of the shadows it pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener, before it explodes into full throttle. By the time the chorus hits, with vocalist Michael C. Svensson exhibiting his passionate deliveries, you’ll find yourself totally surrendered to this record. “Nowhere Bound” is a powerhouse, smashing good ride that will leave you falling in love with this Swedish quintet.

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Guccibenx – Curing Depression with Good Music! http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/guccibenx-curing-depression-with-good-music http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/guccibenx-curing-depression-with-good-music#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 23:47:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36011 Jonathan Benjamin, popularly known by his stage name Guccibenx, was born on January 24, 1998. Deeply moved by his depressed and lonely childhood lifestyle, with no friends and filled with anxieties, he began writing sad musical lyrics to ease his pain on how the world lives and how the people live with the world. Bestowed […]

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Jonathan Benjamin, popularly known by his stage name Guccibenx, was born on January 24, 1998. Deeply moved by his depressed and lonely childhood lifestyle, with no friends and filled with anxieties, he began writing sad musical lyrics to ease his pain on how the world lives and how the people live with the world. Bestowed with so much talent, Guccibenx decided to go musical by making digital instrumentals and vocally recorded lyrics independently. His debut album “Awoken Asylum” expresses his depressed lyrics and sad vocals accompanied by heartbroken feels together with hood lifestyle. Guccibenx voiced out during an interview saying he’s here to cure depression with his good music.

  1. Tell us something about your youth and how you got started making music?

Guccibenx: I started music by writing lyrics when I was young, along the line I stopped writing because I felt I don’t need it which is proven wrong at the moment. I always sing along great rappers and singers anytime I do listen to their song, and that helps me build my music skills a lot. I began learning how to make instrumentals with the help of great producer showing their skills online. After watching my progress in beats making, I say to myself to whom will I wait to promote my beat making with? And I say to myself, nobody but me. So I started flowing on my own beats and it awesome.

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

Guccibenx: lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Dr Dre.

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

Guccibenx: I just started making music lol, but I don’t think there will be a specific pattern of making music for me, I will do anything that brings joy. For originality, I believe you should keep it 100 from day 1, if you want to create your own originality, then you have to be original from onset. But I see nothing bad in picking another artist style, provided it’s what you and the audience like.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Guccibenx: Passion, melodies and fascinating story line. Every time I make music, I try so hard to make sure my melodies are good and the lyrics too.

  1. What do you think mainly separates you from the massive crowd of artists emerging right now on platforms all over the web?

Guccibenx: Firstly, I make my instrumentals so my music is purely me. And my style is distinctive as well because am mixing the trap style with the Afro style, so it’s a new thing.

  1. Do you write your own lyrics, and if so, where do you mostly draw your inspiration from?

Guccibenx: I do write my lyrics and I get my inspiration from almost anything that inspires me, it can be another artist or something antique, unique and different.

  1. What is your process when making beats, recording and producing your music? Do you collaborate with others or outsource any of these tasks?

Guccibenx: Not really, 100% me. But am looking forward to see myself work with great people…music is togetherness

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

Guccibenx: Sadness in my heart due to how the world operates

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your career or life so far, and how did you overcome the event?

Guccibenx: The most difficult thing I’ve faced in music production would be beat making, how to make the mix sound good, and also I have faced the problem of finding legit promoters and that I’ve not truly overcome.

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

Guccibenx: Billboard. I will be so proud to see my song in the billboard chart.

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

Guccibenx: I can’t say much about this. I haven’t encounter any real big problem with the music business. I but I would say how up and coming artist are treated and how record label extort artist.

  1. How do you handle criticism and/or haters in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Guccibenx: I don’t even know who’s a hater, I just ignore.

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

Guccibenx: The part of independency that interest me the most is you keeping everything to yourself and doing anything you want at your time. But what discourage me the most is the connection. You won’t even look like an artist until you’re famous. Independent artist don’t have connection to the bigger promoters and artist branding as well. So it’s a hard decision to make as both tends to tend on something.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music, and have you, or will you be producing any video clips?

Guccibenx: Sure videos are very important, as it shows your audience what you really are and also it gives vivid explanations to your music. Am looking forward in making lots and lots of videos for my music.

  1. In general, do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Guccibenx: I consider Social media and social media marketing as a great tool, as a matter of fact I will say a great startup tool. Am also putting lots of efforts in making my socials look better as well.

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

Guccibenx: Dark sad trap

  1. Could you tell us something about the making of your latest release?

Guccibenx: My latest release “Cops Moment”. Seeing plenty of artist been taking to prison, with most of them doing literally nothing to be given the prison sentence. I felt so bad and I was having a string slow beats, which I flow on and I like the track. Y’all will as well.

  1. Do you have any favorite track in your catalog that has a specific backstory and/or message and meaning very dear to you?

Guccibenx: “Cops Moment” because of Nigga’s unlawfully taken to jail. “Heartbroken Flirt and Bitches snitch too” are the melodious.

  1. Do you only create and work in a studio environment, or do you also find time to perform live? And which of these two do you ultimately prefer and why?

Guccibenx: I will love to do both, but I love working in studio.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal that you would like to achieve in the near future with this project?

Guccibenx: Rewarding? Everything little thing I do or add to my music career is rewarding to me. Am looking to be known with my present project on ground. I want to be known and respected as an artist too.

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INTERVIEW with Up and Coming Singer-Songwriter Adriana Dunn http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-up-and-coming-singer-songwriter-adriana-dunn http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-with-up-and-coming-singer-songwriter-adriana-dunn#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 22:23:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=36003 Adriana Dunn was born on July 18, 1999 (20 years old) in La Paz, Bolivia, and is the middle daughter of Jaime Dunn and Maria Laura Magnan. Adriana started singing at a very young age and sang for a Bolivian choir for five years. Growing up she was always involved in singing and other musical […]

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Adriana Dunn was born on July 18, 1999 (20 years old) in La Paz, Bolivia, and is the middle daughter of Jaime Dunn and Maria Laura Magnan. Adriana started singing at a very young age and sang for a Bolivian choir for five years. Growing up she was always involved in singing and other musical activities and once graduated from high school decided to pursue a musical career more seriously. Adriana is currently attending Bradley University in Peoria (IL) where she is majoring in the music business and entertainment industry. She writes, produces and records all of her songs.

“I was told that I didn’t have a chance as a performer,” says Adriana, “but that just pushed me to teach myself more techniques and pursue my dream.”
  1. When and how did you get started singing and making music? And are you self-taught or did you have any formal training?

Adriana Dunn: I started singing when I was about 8 years old. When growing up I was part of a choir for about five years, but in the choir, I just sang; didn’t learn anything about music theory, singing techniques, etc. So basically I never had the chance to actually have formal training because where I live resources are limited when it comes to music. As I was getting older I started to take singing more seriously and started to mimic some other artist’s techniques and I would spend hours practicing, so I think it is safe to say that I taught myself everything I know when it comes to singing. About a year ago I started to write my music, and once I had about three songs written I decided to also start producing my music. I did some research and just started to put some beats, sounds, and recordings together so I basically learned with the process.

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

Adriana Dunn: Growing up I remember I would spend hours listening to Talia, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, One Republic, Maroon five and Enrique Iglesias. Those artists have different styles and vocal techniques and I was always trying to achieve their sounds. I feel like each one of them influenced me into the style of music and vocal techniques I use in my own music now; I am like a mix of their writing styles, vocal skills, tempos, rhythm, and genre.

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

Adriana Dunn: I definitely agree when it comes to emulating other artists when you are searching for your own style and musical identity; while emulating others you actually learn, that’s where all my vocal skills come from. I used to spend hours trying to achieve Ariana Grande’s vibrato and airy sound, Rihana’s rhythms, Christina Aguilera’s powerful sound, One Republic’s dynamics, and Adam Levine’s high notes and falsettos. I haven’t mastered all of these techniques yet but I did learn a lot from these artists because I eventually realized what my strengths and weaknesses are when singing, and I adapted the things I learned to my level and vocal capacity. When I started to write my music I was trying to follow Adele’s writing style and lyrics but ended up discovering that my lyrics shift more towards Billie Eilish and Lauv’s. I share with them a very metaphoric and dark writing style with a lot of imagery and symbolism, but it is still not literally the same. When it came to the production of my sounds, I discovered that it didn’t matter how hard I tried to make my music to sound like the songs I usually listen to, but it was always completely different. I saw more of a dark pop essence in my compositions that at the same time is influenced by a mixture of styles of all the artists I love. I feel like emulating others helps you to identify yourself as a musician because you learn things and personalize small pieces of those artists you admire, and the mixture of all the things you acquire make you who you are as a musician. At least that is how it worked for me.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Adriana Dunn: I would have to say that my music is personalized and real. What I mean with this is that everybody can relate to my lyrics because you can see them with a lot of different point of views and there is always one perspective that will make you relate to my music in a very personal and real way. I always include very intimate elements, emotions, and experiences that I know for sure can reach and relate to other people’s emotions individually. I also play a lot with my beats, making them very simple to understand but very complex to experience. There is always a lot going on in my beats so it makes the listening experience more interesting, making people focus in every single aspect of each song; because that is what matters, a complete listening experience, not only a catchy beat or nice lyrics.

  1. What do you think mainly separates you from the massive crowd of artists emerging right now on platforms all over the web?

Adriana Dunn: I like to think that I write feelings instead of writing lyrics. I don’t want my music to move masses of people, but move every listener’s emotions to a deeper level.  As I said before, I always write with real emotions I have or life experiences. My lyrics have a lot of depth and I talk about topics I feel everyone can relate to. We all go through breakups, we all feel lost sometimes, we feel anger, we feel sadness, we feel incapable of stopping things from happening, just as we feel happy, proud, etc. My lyrics include emotions that I feel at the moment and I try to include musical elements that relate to those feelings. I want to achieve an entire musical experience for my listeners; so they can actually feel what I sing about. A good example would be my single “Isn’t It?” where I talk about realizing something is over and how feelings drift away. There’s a lot of sadness and anger in those lyrics and I decided to accompany it with a very minimalistic and monotonous sound, where the strongest element is the bass. I feel like the bass gives the song the depth the lyrics have and it makes you dive into every word and beat of the song.

  1. What is your process when composing, recording and producing your music? Do you collaborate with others or outsource any of these tasks?

Adriana Dunn: I normally start by creating an underlying melody for the song. After I create this melody, I stop producing music and start writing lyrics. For this, I use a lot of emotional recall. I write the lyrics as I listen to the melody I created so the lyrics will fit the tempo, rhythm, and mood of the beat. Once I have the first verse I go back to the music and start adding more sounds. Once the first verse is written and musically produced, I write the chorus and  accommodate more powerful sounds to the music that belongs to it. After I have the first verse and chorus ready I go ahead and finish the song using the tempos I have already measured for the first two parts and basically just repeat them to have a second verse and chorus. The bridge is the last thing I work on because it is usually hard to figure out. I always want my bridge to be as different from the rest of the song as I can so it normally takes more time to come up with.

I like to collaborate with others. When I collaborate I normally write the lyrics and they make the music because I think my songwriting skills are a little stronger than my beat making ones. Normally when I’m collaborating with other artists they create the music first and then I accommodate the lyrics once the music is ready, which can be hard sometimes because the music already has a lot of different melodies, but I still enjoy working with other people and challenging myself with their music and styles.

  1. If you could work with any international artist or producer of your choice, who would you like to work with on a song?

Adriana Dunn: This is a really tough question. There are so many different artists I would love to collaborate with. But I think that if I can only choose one it would have to be Lauv. Even though he is a very new artist I feel like his music fits very well my voice and my style. He has a lot of collaborations with different artists and it is noticeable that his voice and style are very adaptable to others, which makes me think that I could literally make a hit with him. I share a lot of things with him when it comes to the underlying melodies, beats, tempos, and style even though my musical compositions have more of a melancholic tone. He also has very powerful, truthful and real lyrics just as I do so I’m very sure that we could make something amazing together.

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

Adriana Dunn: Definitely emotions. They are the key to my music. But not emotions expressed in only words, but also musically. Music has different moods, colors, and vibes so for me is very important to find the musical balance to create the feelings I want to transmit. Besides this, I always want to include unexpected vocal changes and intriguing melodies so it is more interesting to listen. Most songs are very predictable, you already know if the singer is going to go higher or lower, softer or louder. In my songs, I like to make my listener think I’m going to do something vocally and then do the complete opposite. I think it makes the listener want to immerse themselves deeper because they want to know what is going to change and what else is going to happen, it creates suspense, completing the listening experience that I want to achieve.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your career or life so far, and how did you overcome the event?

Adriana Dunn: Many events marked my life in some way or another and I could write a book just by answering this question but I’m only going to talk about two things that marked me the most personally and also in my career. One of the hardest things I had to overcome in my personal life was the passing of my best friend when I was fourteen years old. She had cancer and her fight against it was one of the most amazing but heartbreaking things I’ve experienced. She was the strongest person I’ll ever know. When she passed I was devastated but I have this one text message from her, the last one she sent to me and it said “No matter what I’m always going to be proud of you, I believe in you, now I just need you to believe in yourself. I love you.” I don’t think I’ll ever finish overcoming this, but it surely made me stronger and made me believe in myself. Every time I doubt myself I read that text, she keeps me going every day.

Professionally in my music career, the hardest thing I had to endure has a lot to do with the limited musical resources I had while growing up. Not having a formal musical training put me in a disadvantage in many opportunities but the one that almost made me give up my dreams happened last year. I wanted to study vocal performance, but since I didn’t have a formal education in music, I wasn’t able to audition. Besides this, I went on and asked if I could at least sing. Once I sang I was told that I had no talent nor future in the music field. This was all I dreamt of and a person I admired at my university’s music department told me I had no future and that I should give up. When you admire someone and they tell you suck is one of the most awful feeling ever, is just another type of heartbreak. After hearing this I didn’t want to sing anymore but with time I realized it was my dream, not hers and she had to right to tell me to give up my dreams. It was right after this that I started to make my music because it’s my dream, I know I have what it takes and I believe in myself. These two moments in my life are very related because they both taught me to be stronger and that I only need to believe I can do it to be able to accomplish it.

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

Adriana Dunn: I would say the release of my song “Lose Myself” is probably the most significant moment in my career right now. This was my first song ever and I didn’t expect it to hit as hard as it did. The song talks about how you can be surrounded by so many things and still feel lost and in a dark place, how you can pretend you are alright but inside just feel like you’re falling apart. I received so many messages from people from all over the world telling me the song helped them get through situations or change their mindset over life. It was crazy how I was able to reach people in place that I never imagine, and at the same time, reach them individually with my lyrics. People related to the lyrics, loved the musical arrangements, and told me they believed in me. This song means a lot to me and knowing that it meant a lot for other people was the most satisfying feeling in the world.

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

Adriana Dunn: Before I answer this question I have to give credit to my Professor Carl Anderson for teaching me about all of this. I would honestly give you a very superficial answer if it wasn’t because I now actually understand the music business. So thank you, Mr. Anderson. Many different laws constitute copyright in music in the US and also in foreign countries, and even though they seem to work, many aspects need to change. There are a lot of issues that I feel should change but something I care about are the broadcast mechanical rights. The broadcast mechanical rights are a royalty generated when radio stations record artists in a specific location and then reproduce the tape to be distributed to other stations for re-broadcasting. This creates a new copy of the song, which creates a new mechanical royalty. This new royalty is paid one hundred percent to the publisher, and then they are in charge of distributing the money according to the split they have with the artists. The problem is that these mechanical rights are non-existing in the United States, therefore the money gets collected but not paid in the US. The money that gets collected is sent to “the black box”. This is an issue because artists are making a lot of money outside the US thanks to the broadcasting mechanical rights because their songs are played in radios in other countries and that generates money, but they are never receiving a single penny from this money because those royalties are non-existing in the US. This royalty constitutes nearly one-third of royalties paid in foreign countries, but artists in the US are losing all that money. The United States should implement broadcast mechanical royalties so artists can get fully compensated for their work being distributed outside the US. Artists are not the only ones that are losing money since the producer also shares this money, and also the US economy is impacted by the music industry so if all these royalties were collected in the US it would be beneficial for literally everyone and money wouldn’t be earned just to get lost.

  1. How do you handle criticism and/or haters in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Adriana Dunn: Haters and criticism is something I pay more attention to than I actually should. I have to admit that negative comments and hate are things that affected me a lot when I was starting. If someone said something bad about my music I would be just like “that’s it, I’m never singing again” and I would get upset and even cry. But with time I realized you have to balance positive criticism and good comments with the bad ones. You can’t let a negative comment to affect you more than a good one does, it should be the other way around. Now I do pay a lot of attention to haters and bad comments but I use them in my advantage as if it was constructive criticism and I try to do it better the next time. I can’t say you should ignore bad comments because they help you improve and grow as an artist. You can’t please everyone, and having that in mind I just focus on trying to please the people that supports me and then use the negativism to improve and become better as an artist and as a person.

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

Adriana Dunn: The good aspect of being independent is that I own all my right, I own all my music and I don’t have to share any of the profit with a big company, label, etc. I keep all the money and rights of my music so I feel safe because I know everything that’s happening with my music and career. But on the other hand, something that discourages me from being an independent artist is that it is harder to achieve the goals I have. I don’t have millions of dollars for a music video, an amazing audio engineer and a lot of promotion and publicity, which is something signed artists have. I don’t have as much exposure as I would if I was signed, I am also responsible for all the work. Being independent makes the work even harder because you can’t put the responsibility on top of someone else’s shoulders and you don’t get as much exposure as a signed artist does, so it discourages me that maybe if I’m still independent I won’t be able to become who I want to be or won’t get as far as I wish.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music, and have you, or will you be producing any?

Adriana Dunn: I think visual media is a key element for this industry. Good music accompanied with a video is always amazing. Some people only like songs because they like the music video. Videos attract a lot of people so I think they are crucial to have them as an artist. I will be producing music videos for my songs once I have more economical stability and a stronger fan base. I want to grow my audience so then I can release a video that will get the views it deserves.

  1. In general, do you consider the Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Adriana Dunn: The internet, especially social media helps you a lot as an artist. Social media platforms can help you reach more people from all around the world so I think that you have to know how to use them in your advantage. I take advantage of social media to promote my content and my music and that is what helps me to put my name and my music out there. For me is very important to use Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as promotion tools. I feel like it is possible to grow an audience without the internet, but it may take more time and effort. We have the tools we need for promotion in our hands so we should definitely take advantage of it.

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

Adriana Dunn: I would probably use Deep, Dark, Profound, intriguing, smooth, nostalgic, minimalist, interesting, new, distinct, rich, mellow, full, smooth, steady, calm, enlightening.

  1. Could you tell us something about the making of your latest release?

Adriana Dunn: My latest release is called “Love Letter” and it is a collaboration with Simulation, a very talented producer. I found his beats on SoundCloud and he has this one beat called “Love Letter” and I loved it. I reached out to him to make a collaboration. He sent me the beat and I had to add some lyrics to it. It was one of my favorite songs to work on because it was very easy for me to come up with lyrics for the song. I had to ask him to modify the tempos of the music so I could fit the chorus properly and organize the song better. Overall I think it was one of the fastest songs to create because the music already kind of clicked with me so I could come up with words easily.

  1. Do you have any favorite track in your catalog that has a specific backstory and/or message very dear to you?

Adriana Dunn: Yes. “Lose Myself” is my favorite song when it comes to the message and meaning it has for me. In this song, I talk to myself in a second-person perspective, which creates a very relatable sense of the song. I’m talking to myself, but I could also be talking to my listener, making them relate to the lyrics. The songs talks about losing yourself within your deepest thoughts and emotions, losing control of things and feeling in the dark while at the same time you superficially show yourself as happy, calmed and even in a good place. We are surrounded by so many things and sometimes we have to pretend we are something we are not, and that’s when we lose the sense of who we are. This song can be seen and understood in my different perspectives, you can see it in a way of losing control to find yourself and feel alive, you can see it as an inner monologue to feel better, you can see it as a talk between the singer and listener, this song can be seen as the listener wants to interpret it, but at the same time becomes emotionally real and relatable and that’s what I love about it. Once you find your own meaning within the song, you start liking it and understanding the message more and more.

  1. Do you only create and work in a studio environment, or do you also find time to perform live? And is so, which of these two do you ultimately prefer and why?

Adriana Dunn:  As of now I am more into a studio environment working in new music and content, but I try to perform live as much as I can. Right now I don’t have many original songs released so it is a little bit harder to go into a live scene if there is not much content to perform. I like live performance because I feel they are more intimate and I can connect with people in a more personalized way. I definitely can’t wait to be able to start touring and interacting with my listeners.

  1. What do you find most rewarding about what you do? And do you have a specific vision or goal that you would like to achieve in the near future?

Adriana Dunn: I think being able to touch people’s emotions is what drives me into writing music and creating songs. My goal is to be able to share personal experiences through my music that people can relate to. I want to create deep connections with my listeners through amazing musical experiences. My goal is not driven by fame or money, but the fact that I could live by doing what I love and expressing what I feel. I want to always be able to create real content that moves real people. For me is amazing when people tell me that my music moved them in some way. Knowing that I can touch one person’s heart means the world to me, and that’s what I want to do with my music.

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Esglo: “Floor Essence” – a vibrant and melodic EDM environment! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/esglo-floor-essence-a-vibrant-and-melodic-edm-environment http://jamsphere.com/reviews/esglo-floor-essence-a-vibrant-and-melodic-edm-environment#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:35:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35999 New York City native Esglo is a first-generation Latino artist who developed his own unique style of Electronic Dance Music. Since childhood, he has been surrounded by artists and musicians who influenced and inspired his development. The best part of almost any Esglo production is their uncanny ability to grow on you, stick in your […]

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New York City native Esglo is a first-generation Latino artist who developed his own unique style of Electronic Dance Music. Since childhood, he has been surrounded by artists and musicians who influenced and inspired his development. The best part of almost any Esglo production is their uncanny ability to grow on you, stick in your head, and stay there to the point that you just might find yourself humming the melody or bassline in the elevator, on the subway or pretty much anywhere you can think of. Esglo has focused on remaining true to himself and developing his own Dreamtime Productions studio.  In doing so, he has satiated the underground collective and managed to maintain credibility through the sheer, undisputed quality of his releases.

“I’ve always liked music with purpose or meaning, songs that derive from the heart, not purely focused on instrumentals alone. I need energy, melody and a story to tell,” states Esglo. And that’s exactly what he sets out to do on his latest 8 track album “Floor Essence”.

Almost all of the tracks are brilliant and with enough quality that you could literally pick any one of them out of a hat and drop them in a DJ set with a guarantee of the dancefloor going insane to his throbbing, melodic, familiar yet intensely original sound. The set opens with a pair of memorable numbers, in the form of “Into You” and “You Stole My Heart”.

This latter track could easily appear on the mainstream pop charts and hold its own in the high spots. The opening tunes do serve as a fine introduction to Esglo musical style and formula.  “Give Me One Night” comes next with some rock-influenced drums and Esglo’s signature bass and synth sounds driving the track.

“Set Me Free” has quickly become one of my favorite tracks off the album as it raises the energy level and evokes the best of the producer’s synth patterns and rumbling basslines. The warm slow burn bass and haunting vocals of “Tell Me You Feel Love” make this a very accessible ballad that will function beautifully as a comforting backdrop after a long night out.

Next up is the melodic drive of “Open Up Your Heart”, and once again Esglo proves to truly be a synth master. Although we have previously heard these sounds within the genre, here they have all have been tweaked to sound fresh and exciting in the forms they appear.

In the world of dance music, there are a few tracks that you hear and instantly know you’ve stumbled onto something special. This happens with both “Web of Lies” and “Waiting For Tonight” which instantly grabs your attention and holds it until the end. These tracks are capable of bringing back that sense of wonder that you felt when you first experienced the joy that is dance music.

With an album like “Floor Essence” we would be remiss if we didn’t recommend you listen to the whole thing through from beginning to end, at least once, but preferably multiple times. Esglo is very subjective and everybody might have a different set of favorite tracks, which demonstrates the overall strength of the album.

In the coming months you can be sure you’ll be seeing this album in plenty of top lists. From its grooving rhythms and soulful vocals, all the way to its glittering synth melodies at each peak, the tracks on “Floor Essence” demonstrate just how vibrant and melodic of an environment the Esglo sound can create for its listener.

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J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – an enchanting soulful flavor hardly encountered before! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-tizzle-the-chill-zone-vol-3-an-enchanting-soulful-flavor-hardly-encountered-before http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-tizzle-the-chill-zone-vol-3-an-enchanting-soulful-flavor-hardly-encountered-before#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:38:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35992 As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper […]

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As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of the essential factors needed. He not only equips himself with chill, jazzy instrumentals, but also with intelligent arrangements, samples and voices capable of gliding atop.

J Tizzle’s reluctance to produce a track which isn’t seemingly passionate, authentic, or ear-endearing gives his latest project – “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – an enchanting soulful flavor hardly encountered before.

The taste is smooth and distinguishable, with all the flavors seamlessly blended. He meshes hip-hop rhythms with bubbling basslines, shimmering pianos and even the high profiled production tweaks of one of Atlanta’s top producers and vocalists KayJay who adds important spice to the singles “Fan Ta See” and “Hustle“, as well as the album opener “Vibe”.

Moreover, J Tizzle’s ability to portray emotion is awe-inspiring and the majority of the instrumentals on here are in fact enjoyed without the assistance of vocals. It’s a rare occurrence that someone as talented as J Tizzle comes around from the underground, so his impact will soon be felt.

J Tizzle provides gorgeous beats that amplify the surface beauty of each bar while also attempting to create artistry through juxtaposition. This is evident on the upbeat contrasts of “Moonlight Trance” and the slow-burn of “Sky Talk”.

J Tizzle’s production, while always technically stunning, is consistently gorgeous. On “Ship Has Sailed” he uses jazzy, melodic loops to form a musical bedrock for the spoken voice samples and spacey keyboards, running a gamut of ideas from beginning to end.

A song collection is inherently difficult to shape into a quality release. In cases where an artist releases a compilation of their own songs, simply due to their natural evolution, the final product can often be incoherent. This doesn’t happen on “The Chill Zone Vol 3”, because J Tizzle remains focused on the album’s overall theme and mood throughout.

The repeating piano melody acting as the focal point of “Inner Spirit”, keeps the listener on their toes but without discomforting them, never losing the magic atmosphere that pervades the track’s runtime. The absolutely spectacular “Chill Zone, Pt. 3” announces itself with a splashy intro, before the bombastic drum beat immediately settles into a comfortable groove for J Tizzle’s haunting keypads to spill themselves across.

The cohesion and sheer quality on display here are all indicative of a truly great album, and not just another set of songs. J Tizzle has a magnificent ability to mix chill timbres and tones into his works, concocting a cocktail of beautiful sounds. Exploding with creative fervor, J Tizzle has a surreal element about his compositions, which works brilliantly to his advantage.

Heads will immediately begin nodding to the smooth beats, fused subtly with some soulful embellishments, comfortably reeling the listener in. The South Bend wizard has poured all of these elements into a mixing bowl and produced the perfect spell to mesmerize and hypnotize anyone who dares listen.

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ROCHESTER-ROOTED SINGER-SONGWRITER AND CAUSE-ARTIST ANGELO ROSE TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM GLISTEN ON AUGUST 30TH http://jamsphere.com/news/rochester-rooted-singer-songwriter-and-cause-artist-angelo-rose-to-release-his-new-album-glisten-on-august-30th http://jamsphere.com/news/rochester-rooted-singer-songwriter-and-cause-artist-angelo-rose-to-release-his-new-album-glisten-on-august-30th#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 23:32:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35987 ROCHESTER-ROOTED SINGER-SONGWRITER AND CAUSE-ARTIST ANGELO ROSE TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM GLISTEN ON AUGUST 30TH ALL PROCEEDS FROM SALES, STREAMING AND DOWNLOADS OF GLISTEN WILL BE DONATED TO HAITI HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS AND ST. DAMIEN PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL Rochester-rooted singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and cause-artist Angelo Rose is set to release his new album Glisten on August 30th, […]

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ROCHESTER-ROOTED SINGER-SONGWRITER AND CAUSE-ARTIST ANGELO ROSE TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM GLISTEN ON AUGUST 30TH

ALL PROCEEDS FROM SALES, STREAMING AND DOWNLOADS OF GLISTEN WILL BE DONATED TO HAITI HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS AND ST. DAMIEN PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL

Rochester-rooted singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and cause-artist Angelo Rose is set to release his new album Glisten on August 30th, single song “There’s A Hole” is out now.

Angelo Rose delivers a heart-on-the-sleeve collection of melodious anthems, as he combines honest lyrics with soulful melodies. Glisten kicks in with the emotionally melodic opener “A Little Too Long” while the song “There’s A Hole” is a heartfelt, soul-searching blend, and “Love This Town” is an affectionate tribute to the grit and personality of New York City. Elsewhere “Hammer Named Kindness” crafts an honest and uplifting spirit with its chiming guitar lines and “Temple of The Sea” and “Idyllwild” feature a passionate vocal delivery and storytelling at its best. As you listen to the songs on Glisten, you will take a poignant ride with Rose, who not only wrote, produced and sang on every track he also played every instrument throughout the ten-song set.

Rose began playing and writing music after a chance encounter with a wayward acoustic guitar in his teens. His first guitar, a gold Gibson rip-off, was used proficiently during his formative years at Rochester’s T. Rizzo Music where he took lessons up until he finished high school. After his high school graduation, Rose was set to start his college career at St. Lawrence University, but shortly before he departed for Canton, he discovered that he could play the piano by ear.

During his four years at SLU, he would often retreat to small, studio rooms in the basement of the University Center, where he would brood and craft his art. At one point, Angelo was offered an opportunity to pursue the study of music while at St. Lawrence but declined fearing it could interfere with the free-flowing style of his writing. He rarely played guitar during his four years in college, but consistently spent time in the basement boxes learning the intricacies of the keys.

From SLU, Angelo followed in his father and maternal grandfather’s footsteps and enrolled in law school at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Again, he was drawn to the piano though he would have to drive miles to the nearest facility to play. On his first day in Columbus, he met another student, Jason Cohen, who introduced him to the likes of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Samples, the Freddy Jones Band, and the BoDeans, all of whom became significant influences in his writing.

After graduating, he returned to Rochester and began practicing law, although music remained a constant in his private life. Then one day, Rose received some tragic news, his law school ally, Jason, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Confronted with his friend’s battle and his own mortality, he took his leap of faith, with a desire to reconnect fully to his passion. His drive to write, play, and record his music was ignited. The immediate goal was to record a full album before he was to meet up with his ailing friend, Jason, who at the time was living in Baltimore, MD.

This was quite an undertaking because he had no prior experience recording with present-day DAW’s. Undeterred, he took out a loan, built a small room in his basement, purchased Pro Tools software and a Mac and set out to create Shadows, his first full studio album. Ultimately, the album was completed and pressed on July 4th, 2007, weeks before his scheduled meeting in Columbus with his friend, Jason. On July 22nd, Jason passed away, never hearing the album.

Over the next two years, he wrote and recorded his second album, Behind this Nonchalance, which was dedicated to his departed friend. Rose’s music began garnering the attention of Rochester’s WBER and was added into the station’s regular rotation. The exposure on WBER created significant opportunities, including countless gigs and opening for national touring acts such as Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing. With the advent of increased web-based forums for sales and streaming, his music began to get global exposure. His next release was the song “Under the Mango Tree” written in response to the horrific earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, proceeds were donated to Haiti’s St. Damien Pediatric Hospital.

In 2014 came Meet Mr. Starliter, with the stand-out single “I’m Leaving You” garnering airplay on WBER and other independent radio outlets. The songs from that album continue to track consistently on download and streaming services across the globe. In October of 2016, as more devastation hit Haiti with Hurricane Matthew, Rose wrote and recorded “Haiti’s Rain” and released it as a donate-what-you-want single with all donations going to an organization he simultaneously founded – http://haitisrain.org/.

In 2017 Rose released the album, Afterglow, and all proceeds from sales, streaming and downloads exclusively benefitted the children of St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital. The album is currently streaming in over thirty countries. Continuing his journey as a cause artist Rose will be donating all proceeds from sales, streaming and downloads of Glisten to Haiti and St. Damien Pediatric Hospital.

Overall, Rose’s music has helped to raise over $150k for Haiti’s St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos.

Follow and Find out more about Angelo Rose at his website www.angelorose.com

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Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” will leave a strong impression on its listeners! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/heavy-america-motor-honey-peace-will-leave-a-strong-impression-on-its-listeners http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/heavy-america-motor-honey-peace-will-leave-a-strong-impression-on-its-listeners#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:10:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35983 A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, […]

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A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock radio charts, is an ingenious construction of overdriven guitar riffs over a solid smashing drum line, bursting into a hard-hitting chorus where the guitars deftly snatch the focus from the rhythm section.

Those who have scoured the band’s catalog, know that Heavy AmericA’s melodies are gripping, the vocals are well-executed without sounding cheesy, and the song structures, are often brilliant. Keeping the wheels turning, “Motor Honey (Peace)”comes on with a bass line by Budd Lapham (bass, vocals) that works in combination with the guitar of Michael T. Seguin (guitars, lead vocals, keys), and the drums of Dan Fried (drums, percussion, vocals), to project a sense of fast forward motion.

As the track reaches the chorus, the decibels rise and the guitars become chunkier. The song is catchy and will have the listener singing along quickly after hearing it for the first time. “Motor Honey (Peace)” is a must have track for the rocker in all of us. It is a feel good song with a fine sense of balance in its music. Even in its simplicity, rock has always been entertaining. With their latest single, Heavy AmericA stands to affirm this.

The new song has enough hints of aggression in its music but always feels much more comforting instead. Good production ensures that everything on the track is heard just fine. The high point of “Motor Honey (Peace)” is that classic ‘feel good rock n’ roll vibe’ that it offers. This is a great move by the band and will leave a strong impression on its listeners.

For those of you listening to Heavy AmericA for the first time you’ll find this the perfect track to get your teeth into and wrap your ears around. The vocals are strong and give you that “in your face” resolve to do your own thing. Guitars flickering and shooting out of the speakers are the first thing you hear, pushing to a slippery chug of riffs behind the grounded vocals.

Still holding the same appeal that’s seen them lord it over the underground alternative rock scene since 2013, Boston’s Heavy AmericA have fortunately also remained one of the few bands who have legitimate songwriting talent and the musicianship to back it up. “Motor Honey (Peace)” far exceeded my expectations, and I have been listening to Heavy AmericA since 2015.

When you listen to Heavy AmericA you are washed over with their emotionally charged lyrics, the creative, fresh work with excellent progressions and transitions that make the music genuinely interesting. This is not your typical, cookie-cutter, predictably harmonized and overly engineered modern rock track. This is rock, not wanna be rock, or rock for the sake of pandering. It’s rock. Pure and simple.

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Mutlu: “Good Trouble” has plenty of musical and lyrical muscle! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mutlu-good-trouble-has-plenty-of-musical-and-lyrical-muscle http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mutlu-good-trouble-has-plenty-of-musical-and-lyrical-muscle#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:54:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35977 Mutlu Onaral is an artist that transcends his era, yet he still doesn’t get the fanfare he deserves in mainstream. His songs balance a straightforward accessible lyrical quality with gorgeously soulful vocals and enough musical complexity to stave off listener fatigue. I first bumped into Mutlu on Daryl Hall’s acclaimed, award winning TV show “Live […]

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Mutlu Onaral is an artist that transcends his era, yet he still doesn’t get the fanfare he deserves in mainstream. His songs balance a straightforward accessible lyrical quality with gorgeously soulful vocals and enough musical complexity to stave off listener fatigue. I first bumped into Mutlu on Daryl Hall’s acclaimed, award winning TV show “Live From Daryl’s House”, and since then his vocals, talent for songwriting, and musicianship continues to grow and only adds depth to the soul of his craft. Honestly, give Mutlu’s a listen a couple times and you’ll find yourself mentally jamming to his music throughout your day. A Philadelphia native and first generation American of Turkish decent, Mutlu combines his innate Philly soul style with elements of folk, reggae and rock. He has toured, supported ans/or shared the same stages with artists such Daryl Hall & John Oates, Amos Lee, Adele, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Todd Rundgren, Shuggie Otis & many more.

Mutlu’s 2008 debut album “Livin’ It”, produced by the late T-Bone Wolk, featured guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn. Now six EP’s later, the Philly singer-songwriter who has been performing and writing since his teens, has dropped his latest 7 track project – “Good Trouble”– which he co-produced with Darius Amedolia. The recording was mixed and mastered by Grammy winning producer/engineer Phil Nicolod.

The album is a joy to listen to. The first song, “Lifeline” is just folky and soulful enough to set the stage for a powerful narrative that looks at a divided society plagued by injustice and inequity. The following rock-reggae song, “Not Escapable”, again looks across the pitiful great divide within the current political situation.

The musicianship is solid and elegant but layered to a complexity that allows a new discovery with each listen. Mutlu’s vocal work has a crystal-like inflexion that comforts alongside the acoustic guitar embellishment, but does not lack the power to really rock out when the song calls for it.

The songs flow seamlessly and follow the idea of rollercoaster construction. Each song enhances the rollercoaster effect, and leaves the listener excited to loop the album. Next up comes the razor-sharp rhythm and groove of “95 to 5”, which accompanies the inspiring lyrics – the skill and catchiness of the track may see it making a big buzz.

“Scarred”, a soft and sumptuous acoustic-guitar driven ballad, showcases Mutlu’s characteristic heartfelt croon. “Nothing in this Whole Wide World” (ft. John Oates) delivers the classic Philly soul sound. It reeks of the kind of mindfulness that comes with being at peace with oneself.

The upbeat melodic wash of “Work For It” has plenty of musical and lyrical muscle, with guitars and vocals that just soar, fade and reappear, like things of beauty. There is something about Mutlu’s voice that just resonates more in the stripped-down songs, so when the album closer, “Oh My Girl”, comes in strummed slowly, the track carves a long sweeping path to my heart.

Mutlu’s distinctive vocals have always been a feature of all his music, but this record seems to be even more ambitious in this regard. Mutlu is on a musical odyssey and this album is some trip. “Good Trouble” is so well crafted and honest, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

The good news that in addition to the album release, Mutlu also began his solo tour on August 9th in Knoxville, TN. The tour includes stops in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Durham, Western Mass, and at Daryl Hall’s venue in upstate New York.

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Scotty Seed’s music is always interesting, never dull, and unnervingly catchy! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/scotty-seeds-music-is-always-interesting-never-dull-and-unnervingly-catchy http://jamsphere.com/reviews/scotty-seeds-music-is-always-interesting-never-dull-and-unnervingly-catchy#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:28:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35972 Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of […]

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Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health problems. Scotty Seed has just released his self-titled 10 track debut album.

From the get go I found myself immediately entranced by the Scotty Seed’s eclectic off-brand emotional electronic sound. His mix of strong, repetitive base beats and experimental usage of overlaying sounds produces and endlessly-listenable soundtrack in which you easily lose yourself.

Throw in the occasional presence of Scotty’s dynamic vocal style, which ranges from punk-rage to smooth melodic and even shows moments of pop influence, and the result is an immensely entertaining and interesting album.

The album opens with an organic influenced sound on the breathy “Brando Knows Best”. This is followed by melodious, tropically flavored “Alone Time” featuring Tatiana Lima.  Things get emotionally intense and abrasive on the fiery and explicit “Kiss The Ring”.

Compositions such as “Kiss the Ring”, “Faust (I Can’t Escape)”, “Playing With Fire” and “Trephination” evoke sentiments not normally felt in electronic tracks that utilize the driving beats that Scotty Seed uses so habitually throughout the album.

While on first listen these songs seem designed to produce the involuntary movements of the head, hips, and limbs that the electronic genre often does, upon closer listen one finds that there is so much more to be discovered, both lyrically and musically in these songs.

It can be an oddly introspective experience, taking you through yourself and back without telling you what, if anything, you will find. Scotty Seed injects an emotional presence, taken from his own personal life experiences into the tracks that is often lacking in popular music, where meaningful lyrics are forsaken.

From time to time throughout the album, the power of the beats are amplified by Scotty’s vocals. In several tracks his voice incorporates itself flawlessly into the composition. This is in part due to Scotty’s dynamic vocal ability, and in part due to the expert vocal production.

This is particularly evident on “Stain on my Dream” and “Mess Wth Me/Hendrix Haze”, where Scotty’s voice shines brightly across its entire register.  Regardless of production, however, Scotty Seed’s vocals have an unmistakable presence on the album. He provides at times both the rage of a tormented soul and the melody of a spirit at peace, and does each equally effectively.

By the time the album closes down with “Disorder”, I realize this is another fine recording that I’ve been unable to get out of my sound system. One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year. Electronic music, infused with punk and rock, this album is always interesting, never dull, and unnervingly catchy!

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Dudley Taft New Single “Give Me A Song” http://jamsphere.com/news/dudley-taft-new-single-give-me-a-song http://jamsphere.com/news/dudley-taft-new-single-give-me-a-song#respond Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:29:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35968 Clad in a black leather cowboy hat and sporting a long, pointed beard, Dudley Taft picks up his guitar, retrieves a pick from its headstock, and blazes through a collection of twelve tracks infused with rock n’ roll riffs, sonic textures and musical diversity. Taft’s new album Simple Life will be released on September 6 […]

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Clad in a black leather cowboy hat and sporting a long, pointed beard, Dudley Taft picks up his guitar, retrieves a pick from its headstock, and blazes through a collection of twelve tracks infused with rock n’ roll riffs, sonic textures and musical diversity. Taft’s new album Simple Life will be released on September 6 and will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally. On his sixth full-length independent solo album, Simple Life the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer delivers contemplative songwriting between bouts of howling guitar and delicate delivery. Taft is serving notice that for all his years of experience, he is still a considerable force.

The Midwest native went from co-founding Space Antelope alongside future Phish icon Trey Anastasio in high school to attending Berklee College of Music to founding Seattle staple Sweet Water. He joined Second Coming in 1997 and recorded the group’s seminal self-titled debut, which yielded the Top 10 hit “Vintage Eyes” and “Soft.” 2006 saw him kick off a successful solo career highlighted by a prolific string of releases: Left for Dead [2011], Deep Deep Blue [2013], Screaming in the Wind [2014] Skin and Bones [2015], and Summer Rain [2017].

In between canvasing the United States on tour, he enamored audiences across Europe. His impressive playing and intimate songcraft resounded around the globe with the European Blues Society nominating him for “Best Guitarist” in 2017.

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Gogo Vagena: “Fly to You” coalesces into a beautiful, soulful concoction http://jamsphere.com/reviews/gogo-vagena-fly-to-you-coalesces-into-a-beautiful-soulful-concoction http://jamsphere.com/reviews/gogo-vagena-fly-to-you-coalesces-into-a-beautiful-soulful-concoction#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:30:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35961 Gogo Vagena has an instrument that channels the gorgeous vocal stylings of the classic songstresses of our time, but with enough restraint and thickness to merit comparisons with modern day divas. Her vocals and attitude throughout her latest single, “Fly to You”, prove that she has already found her own character, where her versatility and […]

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Gogo Vagena has an instrument that channels the gorgeous vocal stylings of the classic songstresses of our time, but with enough restraint and thickness to merit comparisons with modern day divas. Her vocals and attitude throughout her latest single, “Fly to You”, prove that she has already found her own character, where her versatility and jazz-sprinkled inflections are capable of shining on almost any song. One immediately recognizes that she would sound as at home blowing with a big brass ensemble, in front of an orchestral wall, or simply accompanied by a solo acoustic instrument.

The production crew on “Fly to You”, certainly knew how to work with her voice, allowing both the instrumentation and the vocal style to coalesce into a beautiful, soulful concoction.  Gogo Vagena sounds absolutely stunning as she breezes through the track.

Gogo Vagena was born in Athens, Greece. As a student she participated in school’s choir and also attended ballet lessons for 10 years. During her university years she started singing lessons at National Conservatory in Athens and at the same time she started working professionally as a singer at clubs and concerts mostly in Athens.

She speaks Greek, English, Italian and French. “Fight hard for what you believe in, aim higher” is a motto that keeps her going on. On “Fly to You”, Vagena effortlessly flows in song and rhyme over a most elegant beat embellished with sultry horns and smooth guitars.

Awesome breathe control and agile phrasing are the hallmarks of Gogo Vagena disciplined technique. Just when you think her voice will fade, she’ll unpredictably climb higher, into an ascending rift. She sounds at her best when she digs deep, and sings slow, and her voice becomes one with the musical backing.

“Fly to You” is a true testament to the sheer force and beauty of Gogo Vagena’s skills. Her immaculate voice doesn’t go unnoticed. It has the elegance and sophistication that suits galas of black and white tuxedos, evening gowns, and the finest champagne.

The song writing is remarkable, while the confessional elements are profound too. The lyrics and music are both are so confident and smart that you can’t help but get pulled into the whole experience. “Fly to You” seems like both a culmination of everything she has learned about music and performance, and also an introduction for English-speaking fans to hear more of her.

The song is a significant step forward for Gogo Vagena and definitely a positive one. Her cool, calm, and collected approach dominates, highlighting Vagena’s distinct, inescapable pipes. It’s good music for the summertime and beyond.

The guitars add to the lushness and overall beauty, complementing Gogo Vagena’s cool, but nuanced tone which is clear as a bell. Her vocals are pristine, the music is immaculate and her talent is undeniable. Which probably means she’ll have a harder time getting promoted, as many will be distracted by singers taking their clothes off, or dancing to some dumb rubbish. Wake up people, “Fly to You” is a smooth, passionate romp that requires your attention.

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DownTown Mystic: “One More Chance” – epic, sweeping, majestic, and captures its genre perfectly http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/downtown-mystic-one-more-chance-epic-sweeping-majestic-and-captures-its-genre-perfectly http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/downtown-mystic-one-more-chance-epic-sweeping-majestic-and-captures-its-genre-perfectly#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:43:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35954 Sha-La Music, Inc. recently announced the worldwide release of the new two-song digital single “One More Chance” by US project DownTown Mystic, fronted by rocker Robert Allen, on August 2. The single which follows “The Wish” EP is being distributed worldwide via AWAL/Kobalt Music with pre-orders available on Amazon, Apple, iTunes, and all other major […]

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Sha-La Music, Inc. recently announced the worldwide release of the new two-song digital single “One More Chance” by US project DownTown Mystic, fronted by rocker Robert Allen, on August 2. The single which follows “The Wish” EP is being distributed worldwide via AWAL/Kobalt Music with pre-orders available on Amazon, Apple, iTunes, and all other major digital download stores. The single which has 2 songs – “One More Chance” and “Read The Signs” – features longtime DownTown Mystic collaborator Bruce Engler, who besides co-writing both songs with Allen, also features on lead guitar on both tracks, and lends his vocals to “Read The Signs” as well. “One More Chance” also features one of the last sessions by drummer Tommy Mastro, with some great bass playing from P.J. Farley of Trixter fame. “Read The Signs” also showcases the rhythm section made up of drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney, Ian Hunter) and bassist Paul Page (Dion, Ian Hunter).

What is remarkable about Robert Allen (and hence DownTown Mystic) is not simply that he’s one of the finest independent rock n’ roll singer-songwriters we’ve ever been privileged to hear, but the fact that over the course of what is now decades, his music has remained relevant, staying true to its essential rock core while, incredibly, continuing to break new ground.

DownTown Mystic’s soaring rock anthems have often been characterized as magnificent, yet at the same time, both the music and the vocals achieve what can only be called sophistication. “One More Chance” is all at once epic, sweeping, majestic, and captures its genre perfectly.

The organically driven orchestration on this record is incredible. Tones and shades are perfectly placed. Not a single instrument sounds misplaced, and Robert Allen’s singing has rarely sounded better. The melody gets stuck in your head, and you’ll want to revisit the song for deeper understanding and meaning. I’ve listened to it several times since I’ve got it. And, with every listening I have discovered more in the haunting lyrics and the moving music.

This is Robert Allen writing and singing from his soul. Excelling within a genre that has lost its way over the years. Bruce Engler of course, ably assists Allen every step of the way. His guitar work probing and biting, giving the tracks a bolder, aggressive cutting edge.

Vocally too, Engler’s gutsy tone perfectly roughens up the proceedings on “Read The Signs”. Together Allen and Engler deliver delicious performances and arrangements that breathe life into a couple of the best acoustic-driven rock songs DownTown Mystic has produced in recent years.

If you know DownTown Mystic’s music, you also know that Robert Allen is a fantastic songwriter. Once again on “One More Chance”, the lyrics, gritty and full of life, are deft, illuminative and carefully crafted, showing a writer whose eye for telling detail and an innate sense of language has produced verses that, stripped of the music, could easily find a life of their own.

For someone who has done it all in rock and roll, Allen still surprises. His ability to convey such vivid observations and emotions reveals, to me, a professional maturity unmatched. A magnificent record from a musical wizard, “One More Chance” is so well done, and so well played!

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Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – both nostalgic and adventurous! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/suburbs-sound-of-the-sea-both-nostalgic-and-adventurous http://jamsphere.com/reviews/suburbs-sound-of-the-sea-both-nostalgic-and-adventurous#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:36:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35947 Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the […]

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Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016. In 2017 they released another mini EP entitled “Paralyzed”, and then went on in 2018 to release their first song – “de Zang van de Zee” – in Dutch. In 2019 Suburbs published the English version along with 7 other tracks, which form the album “Sound of the Sea”.

Ever hear a band that has been around for a while and think: “How have I not heard about these guys!” That’s the case with Suburbs. The 8 songs are amazing straight through, if you haven’t picked up this album or checked these guys out, you really need to.

“Sound of the Sea” has a scope that may prove intimidating at first, demanding a good chunk of time before you start to feel its arc, hear its through-lines, notice the clever textural or compositional decisions you expect from a band that has such a long heritage.

Once you process all the details of the album’s inception, once you wade through the full breadth of it and start to pick up on the melodic phrasings or lyrics that stick with you, you have a rewarding new project from the Suburbs.

“Sound of the Sea” somehow simultaneously feels like another nostalgic assortment of well-made classic indie-rock tracks, and something that is much more adventurous. You’ll notice how the Suburbs are pushing and pulling at various elements of their sound, seeing how different tones and textures can bring out different colors.

They start with the overdriven crunch of “Paralyzed” – an impressionistic track that captures the powerful undercurrent of their rhythm section. “Resolutions” is a breezy melodic arrangement that represents the sunnier alter ego of its creators.

“The Rise and Fall of Everything” is a churning, shape-shifting current that sneakily becomes one of the album’s most intriguing tracks. “The Sound of the Sea” is one of those songs that initially passes by as a typical indie rock track, until a certain passage grabs you and pulls you in.

The lead singer’s customary ability to take pastel images and, with that melodious matter-of-fact gravity in his delivery, make them profound, adds a captivating aspect to the Suburbs music. It also helps that he has a far-reaching vocal range, which is impacting.

All of these elements are indelibly forged into the nostalgic sounding “Some Kind of Relief” and the sprawling expansiveness of “Forgotten Dreams”. “Face The World” crackles with an anxious energy, where the composition takes on an urgency through the pounding rhythm and driving guitars.

“Staring at the Face of God” is set to a gorgeous, steady, acute melody and arrangement that serves to highlight the emotional intensity of the lyrics. All throughout, “The Sound of the Sea” is a testament to the band’s strength and the fact that they continue to make compelling work, and the album has moments that truly transcend.

There’s also the meticulous musicianship each member of Suburbs contributes, together creating a sonic atmosphere rich with crisp percussion, forlorn bass motifs, and deconstructed guitar lines. The vocals inevitably serve as the glue that binds the Suburbs’ sound.

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Martone: “Erogenous Zone” – honest, compassionate and dynamic! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/martone-erogenous-zone-honest-compassionate-and-dynamic http://jamsphere.com/reviews/martone-erogenous-zone-honest-compassionate-and-dynamic#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:24:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35942 It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I […]

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It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The freshest in line, is award-winning Pop/EDM recording artist Martone, who recently released his 17 track album “Erogenous Zone”. Two years in the making, the album has been submitted for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, for Electronic Dance Album, Pop Solo Performance for “Inside Out”, and Dance Recording for “Love Out Loud”.

“Erogenous Zone” is a coming of age recording, for both the listener and the performer, as Martone takes stock of love, life, and personal freedom. The album retains the inherent danceability and pop sensibilities Martone has built his success on, but adds to it a deeper, heartfelt lyricism.

He uses the uplifting power of pop music and encourages his audience to have fun and be themselves, while also using the medium to deliver essential messages. His voice, imbued with honeyed R&B textures, coos sensual lyrics in “Erogenous Zone” which is honest, compassionate and dynamic, with a handful of standout songs that will be dominating the genre’s “best of” lists, throughout the rest of the year.

“Werk” featuring rapper Khristophe, quickly adds an urban flavor to the proceedings, after the sensuous opening of “Erogenous Zone – Interlude”. “I Gave My Heart to You” instead, brings a powerful romantic aura to the album.

This is followed by the up-tempo, self-discovery theme of “Inside Out”, and then the album’s centerpieces, and inspired empowering anthems, “Love Out Loud” and “Rip The Runway”. This section of the album can probably be considered its apex, musically and thematically. But for those who love the groove there is still plenty more to come.

From the cover of “Fever”, to the title track, “Erogenous Zone”, and “Splendid Thing”, Martone never lets up, keeping the adrenaline and emotions flowing. “All Through The Night” launches the final section of the album which decidedly turns its focus towards dancefloor rhythms, dropping two mixes of “We Go Down”, before closing down the show with the banger, “Love You I Do Auoo”.

The ideas and emotions that unfold over the album’s rhythms and melodies, are the product of Martone unravelling and assimilating life’s lessons over the years, becoming the person he always wanted to be.

In an outstanding act of courage and community, Martone shares his own life and love throughout “Erogenous Zone”.  Its endeavors like this that helps reshape the pop and dance culture in an LGBT-friendly way. It shows a kind of passion, acceptance and respect that is contagious. Martone is honest about his experiences, and his music on “Erogenous Zone” will empower fans from all walks of life.

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Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” is an inspirational anthem! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/red-tan-dont-you-dare-is-an-inspirational-anthem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/red-tan-dont-you-dare-is-an-inspirational-anthem#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:11:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35937 Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In […]

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Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any sensitive audience. The song really capture her raw emotions and allow listeners to feel every lyric. The track is laid over an extremely harmonious beat, which is a perfect complement to her strong voice.

Red Tan proves her capability of crafting a beautiful mid-tempo pop ballads, but where she shines most here is in embracing the balance of her honesty, her sarcasm, and her courageous penchant for survival against the odds. “I’m am tough, you can’t wreck me,” she warns, before menacingly snarling “Don’t you dare!”

The cutting wordplay that Red Tan uses to describe her metamorphosis and emotions across the entire track is so deeply relatable and so well-executed that you can’t help but be inspired and thoughtful at the same time. One thing Red Tan has learned that usually takes other singer-songwriters a lot longer to pick up, is the value of honesty.

“Don’t You Dare!” resounds with what seems like honest sentiments. Not just someone putting together a song to impress fans. She’s singing from the point of view of someone who has been there. Red Tan is a singer-songwriter with a preternatural self-awareness, a distinct and capricious singing voice which goes from a whisper to a snarl, and an impeccable ear for melody.

Her music resonates because she is able to articulate her feelings and sensibilities so meticulously – with wit, tenderness, and brutal honesty. The song’s production twist familiar sounds into captivating shapes, while her lyrics flit between dramatic, intentional lines of inspiration and the conversational truths of a journal entry.

The textures, nuances and depth of meaning go far beyond the initial listen. Listen, then listen again. A woman who speaks her mind, the exceptionally fierce Red Tan warns that you’d better not mess around with her, because she’s not going to tolerate any other b.s.

Vocally anchored and soulful, her approach on “Don’t You Dare!” layers powerful emotions, to weave something that is an epic slam into the feels. A woman who is at the forefront of being open, honest, sincere and blunt, Red Tan creates a stunning ode to battling our enemies and acknowledge the ability to be happy with ourselves, love, and life.

It’s nearly impossible to find fault with anything the exceptionally talented Red Tan does on this recording, because she does it with such immense heart. A powerful piece that hits hard, “Don’t You Dare!” is a poignant representation of all of Red Tan’s regained strengths.

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