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Monday, 27 August 2018 14:56

Ryan Webb Review

Ryan Webb is Singer/Songwriter from London, England with an abundance of talent waiting to be released upon the world. I was approached a few months ago to write a review of his latest EP from his wife/ manager, Sonya. I jumped at the opportunity after listening to his music. Webb has been compared to Muse’s Matt Bellamy by his local newspaper Uxbridge Gazette , which described him as “With what appears to be an endless supply of air in his lungs” ( Hughie Dixon, Uxbridge Gazette).

Webb formed his band in 2015 and released Stop The World in June. The album was produced by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones, The Killers and Liam Gallagher).

The album is 9 tracks of blistering guitar skills and heart- warming emotion that is transparent to the listener throughout. Webb produced, wrote, played and mixed the album in a 3-4 months’ timescale.

Webb is able to write introspective lyrics from a philosophical standpoint about the many troubles that face us in everyday life.

Stop the World begins with Before I Die, a mellow track with dark overtures. Webb seems to be reflective on seeking answers in life. The simple guitar chords create stark and delicate textures that supplement Webb’s musings . I feel this melancholic effort acts as a platform to what is to come from the remainder of the album.

Guilty is a more heavier rock track more appropriate for rock radio stations. This leans more towards the Matt Bellamy comparisons with the harmonic wizardry on electric guitar on display.

Immortal takes the perspective of a man who feels like he is living in perpetual motion. The lyrics are enchanting, the music more progressive. The backbeats of a thick bass sound that slithers along toward a climax of a beautiful instrumental that feels like the listener is marching along towards immortality.


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The album begins to gather pace and make strides with incorporations of different genres that reflect Webb’s influences.

Insomnia is the standout track with a heavy riff that reminds me of Soundgarden with an added snarl to the vocals.

Lucky Ones continues this entrance into more heavier rock, which I feel suits Webb’s vocals more. Because plays to his strengths as a versatile vocalist .The lyrical content looks at the juxtaposition of the world we live in compared to those less fortunate. The high energy riff builds nicely towards a frenetic guitar solo that becomes a part of the diet onwards.

Runaway and Stop The World are the right choices to finish the album. They are easy listening tracks with relatable messages. The most striking thing about the tracks are the inclusion of electrified guitar solos that adds a certain finesse to Webb’s craftsmanship as a musician.

Overall, Stop The World is a finely crafted example of song writing and strong usage of instruments and s production values that would really go places on commercial rock radio.

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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:25

Presenting Nora Murray From Los Angeles

Born and bred in Nashville, Tennessee, Nora Murray lived in a city filled with music. She fell in love the minute she first laid eyes on a six string and knew that she would have one in her arms one day. Her dream of owning one finally came true as she found a brand new guitar hidden away in her garage. She didn’t know where it came from or why it was hidden but knew that it was planted there for her to find. She started spending her time tucked away in the garage singing and playing the wrong notes but it was the therapy she needed in the dysfunctional household that she grew up in. Pouring herself out in her writing, sharing all the feelings she bottled up while no one was listening.
As time moved on music was somewhat forgotten as it was not a path she was allowed to pursue but secretly the love for it all never faded. It wasn't until moving to California in 2015 that she picked up her guitar and started writing once again. She found a healing space to pour out her heart and share her stories. This time her relationship with music entered a more serious stage. Nora slowly inched towards her fear of playing on stage and booked her first show summer 2018. Sharing her sweet soothing melodies in any venue that allowed her to take the stage, Nora continues to sing as she is determined to give the world the therapy it needs in dark times. She has since played multiple venues around Los Angeles including a recent main stage set at The Viper Room. Her live show is captivating and she has that natural ability to draw the crowd into her world.
Nora has been working continuously over the last year writing and recording and currently has a single in the works to be released early 2019. She also just recently teamed up with mgmt. company Rav Medic and together they are working hard putting the strongest foot forward for Nora.
2019 is set to be a huge year for this rising artist.
Follow Nora on : Facebook / Youtube / ReverbNation / Instagram

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 13:06

Superfecta- Disconnect Abum Review

 

 

 

Superfecta are a Hard Rock act from London that have been around since 2011. I had the pleasure to cover them a few months back, and was impressed by their raw energy . I was humbled to cover this new release for the band when I enquired a few months back about writing a review for them they happily responded and received this opportunity . The overall quality of the band’s music and work ethos creates a combination of stylings like classic rock, hard rock and grunge. The album’s title refers to the disconnect people feel within society and technology , which was recently released . The band are led by Roberto Negrini (Vocals) Danun Todd (Guitar) Carl Highman (bass) and Matt Vella (Drums). The thing that impressed me the most about Superfecta is the chemistry within the music that blends each instrument into a cohesive rendition of fist- pumping and emotive music. The music was made to be edgy, heavy and breath bating with structured melodies and teeth rattling drumming: they are a band worth looking out for.

 

   

 

Opener Leviathan is an example of melodies combined with emotional breakdowns in signature and driven rhythms that will lead the listener hooked. This is a perfect start full of the ingredients of classic rock and guitar- oriented rock

Mannequin is another hard hitting track that will appeal to a hardcore rock audience. The band show a consistency with a thumping guitar sound, and bass galloping along to a climax. The vocals change in range and direction that fits in nicely with the guitar solo at the end.

Nothing Remains and The Abyss continue this solid performance with some strong song writing and guitar effects that add another dimension to the band’s high octane density.

Break the Frame is a more slow tempo track with dark elements that is reminiscent of early AIC.

Blackout picks up the intensity once more with this upbeat track. The band fail to back down from engaging lyrics and evolving riffs that maintains the velocity throughout

The album concludes with A Little Secret with it’s contagious guitar parts and groovy bass lines

Two thirds is a fitting finality with it’ melodic patterns and distorted guitars. This is a timely reminder of when good rock albums were made. The production is is so clear you can hear every note played. Each track is diverse in sound without sounding the same. Superfecta are a band going forward

The band will be performing at Scream Lounge, Croydon, London on September 15

You can find further information on the band by visiting https://superfecta.co.uk/ . This site has a colourful layout with access to gig photos and a forum for fans to interact. I feel this offers more for the fans.

  

Facebook This site is fan -friendly and provides interaction for new fans. There are news, photos, music videos and mp3’s for fans.

Twitter I feel this highlights the band’s more personal side and willingness to keep fans engaged.

Spotify Superfecta - Disconnect


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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:49

Liz Hogg- Artist Review

 

Liz Hogg is a Multi- instrumentalist, Electric/Classical composer and guitarist from Brooklyn, NY. Hogg’s music has been described as writing independent music that doesn’t reflect the trends,” ( I Heart Noise)

This description pales in comparison to her experience and growth as an artist, winning several prestigious awards, including the first guitarist to win the Maurice Kagan Memorial Scholarship Award for Excellence in an Orchestral Instrument.

The songwriter has also performed in over eleven countries playing at numerous festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Brookfield Place in her hometown.

Hogg has performed live on several radio stations including WFMU, WNYC and WTJU and has performed at notable music festivals such as New Sounds Live in 2018. Hogg’s performances have attracted praise from leading publications such as New York Times, NME and Big Takeover, including airplay on MTV with her track “Drifters” with previous band Beach Arabs.

The musician has now released her debut album S/T via Mouca Records, which she performed and recorded all the instruments. The album was borne out of a collection of kernels (small Song Ideas) Hogg recorded between 2009-2018 on a tape recorder. Hogg revisited the 5-60 second tracks she first recorded for the first time in 2009 to help with putting together her first album. Hogg was known as a performer with her band Beach Arabs, Fables and Kissing Is A Crime. Her ability to play individual notes at precision and pace will be explored further with a look at some tracks off this ten-track album.

 

Ridge - The track’s opener begins with an enchanting introduction into Hogg’s talent, who combines sweet melodies with sonic bursts of fingerpicking. The guitarist’s ability to pick arpeggios, whilst singing in hushed tones. I like how the mixtures of textures transcend throughout to create a story that is interwoven in gentle, structured tones.

https://soundcloud.com/lizhogg/ridge

 

Forgive Me - There is more of a multi-dimensional approach to this track with Hogg’s poetic lyrics accompanied by the introduction of dual harmonies on vocals and guitar. This gives an impression of a more vulnerable sound with the slow tempo of quickly strummed chords gradually building to a pulse. Hogg combines intelligent rhyme patterns with a fresh melody to create another compelling edge to a sound that matures with each track.

 

Monastery - There is more of a psychedelic feel to this track as it closes the album. The track begins with another blistering finger picking display on an acoustic guitar that alter in dynamic as Hogg combines percussive beats with stirring sound effects that feel like it is entering the unknown. This is another Facet to Hogg’s ability as a composer to capture theses raw emotions through differing guitar styles that appeal to the listener’s ears.

https://soundcloud.com/lizhogg/monastery

You can listen the full album S/L now via reputable platforms like Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

You can discover more information about Liz Hogg via the musician’s website

http://lizhogg.com/

Or alternatively, you can follow the musician via these social media accounts

https://www.facebook.com/lizmhogg

https://twitter.com/lizmhogg

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLizhogg


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Furthermore, Liz Hogg is bound for a NorthEast America/ Canada tour that starts in April. Please find all the dates below;

4/17: Ithaca, NY: Brookton’s Market

4/18: Ithaca, NY: Collegetown Bagels

4/19: Ithaca, NY: Lot 10

4/20: Ottawa, ON: Bar Robo

4/21: Montréal, QC: Brasserie Beaubien

4/21: Montréal, QC: La Sotterenea

4/22: Burlington, VT: Radio Bean

4/23: Montpelier, VT: Bagitos

4/24: Concord, NH: TBA

4/25: Boston, MA: TBA

4/26: Providence, RI: Sahara Tea House

4/27: Allentown, PA: Soft Machine Gallery

4/28: Philadelphia, PA: 2219 E Boston St.

4/29: Nyack, NY: TBA

4/30: Brooklyn, NY: Muchmore's


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Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:24

Reviewing 'Blame' And Interviewing MaWayy

The internet is a dominant force in almost every person's life nowadays. If you really think about it, people are spending more time online than ever before for both personal and professional reasons. Just yesterday I was researching online ballet classes; ballet classes, who'd have thought it? So, why should I be fascinated by musicians producing material without ever being in the same place at the same time? I don't know, but I am.

Now the boring introduction is over, let me get to the meat of this review - MaWayy. A dance-pop duo who have never met in the flesh. All their production is done online and, get this; they aren't even in the same time zones! Brain Wayy lives in Los Angeles and Masoud Fouladi Moghaddam is in Bandar-e Anzali (that's in Iran). Intrigued? I was...am...whatever.

Each a music industry professional with an impressive history, Masoud and Wayy eventually found themselves connecting in 2015. Their initial release as MaWayy was 'Wrong' in 2017 which held the number 42 position on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart for three weeks, but I'm here to chat about the latest single 'Blame'.

'Blame' is one of the traditional dance-style tracks, which could account for its popularity on the Billboard charts. It is well-produced with the synths carefully placed to not only emphasise the vocals but take the listener on a rollercoaster of a ride. The vocals, on the other hand, are quite calming with a smooth and delicate pitch. Despite the sombre lyrics, I have to say I find 'Blame' a breath of fresh air. Maybe it's because I don't hear much dance-pop or perhaps it's because a man is saying we can blame bad relationships on him. Watch yourselves, boys, we're holding you to it!

'Blame' was released in October 2018 and my only disappointment is that it took so long to reach my ears. The MaWayy duo has captivated me, and I will be keeping my eyes open for more of their work. 'Blame' can be streamed via Soundcloud or you can view the official video on their YouTube channel.

'Blame' video
'Blame' SoundCloud

 

 

For more MaWayy, check out their socials and official website.

Facebook / Twitter / Website

 


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Interview with MaWay

 

Good day, gentlemen. I hope you are well. Thanks for chatting with me, I appreciate it. Shall we begin?

Now, we can see that MaWayy is a combination of your names Masoud and Wayy, but did you throw about any other names for your group before settling on MaWayy?

Not really. We’ve been thinking about it for a while, but Brian’s 13-year-old daughter said: 'Hey Dad, what’s your partner’s name?' He said Masoud, and she immediately replied: 'how about MaWayy.' We both loved it!

Something I find particularly fascinating about MaWayy is that you produce music without having met each other and living in separate countries. What are the challenges of this?

It can make it a little difficult because we cannot sit together and play some chords or have fun with it 'til we find the magical chord progression. Since there is a big latency in communication, between two sides of the world, we can’t play live behind our computers and even FaceTime gets boring after a while. So, it has to be sent by email to get the stems.

It isn’t a bad thing because when we get up in the morning, we’re always expecting an exciting email or text from each other since the other party was working while one’s sleeping. Sometimes it is a solid instrumental, and sometimes it’s a new playlist placement!

While there may be challenges, are there any benefits to having a long-distance music relationship, if we could call it that?

It gives us time to really think about what we both want to create. The best part is that we get surprised every time by one another- new inspirations require patience. Distance has really taught us both that.

Living on other sides of the world, how did you 'meet' each other?

Brian Wayy released a CD called XCultures, and Masoud Fuladi got a hold of the CD in Iran then emailed Brian saying he was a huge fan of his music. Brian asked Masoud what he did and asked him to make music, which then grabbed his attention due to the quality of performance. Masoud started composing music for television with Brian. A year later, Brian asked him if he wanted to start a project together. They went out and found lyrics writers and singers that fit their brand, which then created MaWayy.

Each of you has a strong background in the music industry, can you tell us about your history?

Brian was a live musician and toured with major ska and pop bands, also remixing pop artists into the dance club mixes. When he met Masoud, he found that creating dance music truly was something that sparked passion back into his soul.

After Masoud's underground music career, producing trance and progressive, supported by stars like Armin van Buuren, he wanted to expand his musical vision and knew that collaborating long-term with Brian would be the best opportunity. This became the foundation which began their journey with MaWayy.

You released a single called 'Blame' in 2018, what can you tell me about the track? What inspired the track?

We started an instrumental like a progressive. A big room kind of sound, and collaborated with LaVoyce - a singer/songwriter from Dallas. The song happened to be so good that we wanted to match a better style with it. So we tried to change the production a little bit, but it didn't go well; then we changed it completely to bass music.

LaVoyce told us: 'when I wrote the song I was just thinking about love and how complicated it can be, and that’s what came out. I have an organic way of writing where I don’t write anything. I only record right in the moment, so everything that comes out is authentic and true.'

Living in two countries - I know I come back to this, but how do you feel the separate cultures influence your music, if at all?

We’re making international music which does not have much influence from any country. It sounds like pop-dance genre or this day’s EDM, so we don’t think there’s cultural influences in our music. Yeah, maybe in some chords somewhere in our songs, but not in general.

Do you have any specific artists that influence your sound?

Definitely, today's Top 40 chart music helps our career as a group, but individually we stick to the old tunes that give us goosebumps! Brian is influenced by any great music. Masoud is influenced by Vangelis, Pink Floyd, and Late Night Alumni.

Can you describe your recording process for 'Blame'? How does it all work from a digital perspective?

In general, we compose tracks and send them to top-liners, and usually, they come up with lyrics. Once we approve the lyrics, they record their vocals and email them to us. We then fix any vocal flaws and modify the music a little, and then mix and master them for the final release. We record many songs before we release our favourite.

MaWayy also released a lyrical music video for 'Blame'. Who created the video and how did you come up with the idea?

Well, lyrics videos are popular these days, and we decided to try it on 'Blame'. We found this amazing company called Red Cat Motion in Vietnam, and we connected with them. We knew it should be more than only lyrics, so we asked Leo DINH (the director) to make a 2D-3D animated lyrics video for us, and he was so passionate about this project. As you see, there is a car chasing scene, and even our vectored pictures are in the video. We had many brainstorming sessions, and the relationship between us made this video stand out compared to other videos.

Your first single 'Wrong' was released in 2017, then 'Blame' in 2018. Can we expect another single this year?

We have recorded at least ten tracks and have a completed video that has not been released to the public. Currently, we have ten songs in the pipeline. Since we are now signed to Kobalt Distribution, we are going to be releasing more new songs in the near future quicker than our previously.

'Wrong' reached #42 on the Billboard Dance Charts, and now 'Blame' is steadily rising (#18 at the time of this interview). What was your reaction when you saw you were on Billboard again?

Yeah, we peaked #18 on the Billboard Dance Charts! That has been really exciting for us! One of the best feelings in the entire world is knowing that we are making an impact on our listeners and people dancing in clubs to our songs. We hope to continue to accomplish that.

So, what are your plans for 2019? Do you think there will ever be a meeting of Ma and Wayy?

We truly hope so! You never know what may be in store for us next - we may be touring. ;)

And that's it! Thanks so much, once again. Wishing you all the best with your endeavours, and I'm certainly going to keep my ears open for more from MaWayy.


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Written by Nicole Mendes / Germany - Norden

My name is Nicole and I am a South African-born music writer currently based in Norden, Germany. For several years I have worked with award-winning indie music blogs conducting reviews, reported on breaking festival news, but my specialism is interviewing.  I currently work as editor-in-chief for an indie music blog I founded where I specialise in interviews with independent artists.

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As a writer, I like to think artists enjoy answering interview questions as much as I enjoy reading the responses. Yes, I know I'm only another bunch of questions from a chick they don't know and will forget immediately. If there's a follow-up asking for the responses, I progress to an annoying lil' shit with stupid questions which they forget immediately. Luckily, there are those that allow me to revel in my delusional bliss of thinking I'm special, even if it's only for a few moments.

Despite being on tour, Offended By Everything's frontman Zak Howe dealt with an onslaught of questions without making me feel like too much of an annoying lil' shit (or at least he hid it exceptionally well!). Talking about their new EP, tours and tuna eyeballs, here is what he had to say:

Hey Zak, thanks for speaking with me. I know you're busy, so I'll attempt to keep this short. Shall we begin?

I hate asking this question, but people coming across this interview might not know who you or OBE are. So, who are you and who are Offended By Everything?

We’re a group of guys who’d probably never have met each other or be friends if it weren’t for music. I think that’s our message somewhat. Just let go and let life take its course! As for me, I’m just a dude who likes cheap beer and fun shows with the people I love.

How did OBE come together?

Jarrett and our ex-bassist Jason started the project with an intent of just playing a few local shows, coincidentally! I found out about them after I saw an Instagram ad and shot my shot with an audition! We then filled the rest of our line-up with the help of Craigslist online, funny enough.

You recently released an EP called Evergreen. What can you tell me about it?

Evergreen is a really fun record in the way that it kind of created the sound we’ve always been trying to find and be comfortable with. It’s definitely something different, and we’re all incredibly proud of it.

What was the recording process of Evergreen like?

Recording it was a looooong process; took almost a year for five songs. We were definitely our biggest critics during the whole ordeal, but that's because we wanted something no one else had! We’d spend a ton of time arguing and tweaking the SMALLEST things, and ultimately the end product was totally worth it.

Does the EP have a central theme on which it's built or do the tracks have separate meanings?

There’s not really a central theme that I can confidently say exists. What I have gathered through my own personal experience writing the record with my buddies is that it’s about how rough things can be at any point of your life. You can wallow in it forever, or you can move on and realise you’ve got at least a few years left in your life, can’t waste it on anything that doesn’t work for you!

Your EP made the Billboard charts at the end of Jan. What was your reaction when you saw that?

Seeing us on Billboard was NUTS. In the upcoming days of the release, we all had a discussion on how we wanted that to happen and how we’d do it. Plus, seeing our name above The Smashing Pumpkins was TIGHT.

Evergreen is a bit heavier than Never Too Late To Start Again incorporating more metal, screamo, and alternative rock along with pop-punk. How do you find your fans are reacting to this change, and can we expect more of this amalgamation of genres from OBE?

I think our fans love the change, maybe because we do. I think when bands put out music that’s more in their 'wheelhouse', the fans and friends notice it too, and it makes it even more special. My grandma’s face during 'Deadweight' was priceless though when I showed her.

Now musicians often say they love all the songs on an EP or have a favorite, but which is your least favorite on Evergreen and why that one?

I think my least favorite song is 'I’m Gone'. Not because it's bad by any means, we just sat on that song for SO LONG while we put our ducks in a row. I’ve probably heard it at least 400 times. *laughs*

You're currently on tour with Chin Up, Kid. What can people expect from the performances?

People that have seen us before know what to expect - high energy, a plethora of 'dad jokes', and a lot of smiles. To those that haven’t seen us yet, they’ll see what I mean!

What is the most exciting thing about being in a band?

The most exciting part of being in a band is when people at a show, on the internet, or even in person tell you how much your music means to them. It’s the best feeling in the world. I’ve never really been exceedingly talented my entire life, so hearing these affirmations from people that I’ve helped in some way is honestly the best.


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I heard you're a bit of a foodie, so I did a little research and found some "interesting" food items. Tell me if you'd eat them.

- Barbeque bat?

BBQ Bat? Depends on the sauce.

- Oreo cookie pancakes?

How could I not know something as beautiful as this exists? I’ll eat 50.

- Spaghetti tacos?

Don’t get me started on spaghetti tacos. When I lived alone in my apartment when I was 19 all I seemed to have was taco shells and spaghetti. So, yeah, I guess I may have already tried them. *laughs*

- Pickled pig feet?

Isn’t that an Irish dish or something? I mean if it just tastes like pickles with pork, I might be down to give it a shot.

- Tuna eyeballs?

Miss me with that one, dude. I HATE SEAFOOD and I can’t imagine eating an eyeball would help me get over that.

How would your bandmates describe you?

Probably a little over dramatic with decision making, but apparently they know I have good intentions (I HOPE). I am known to be more of a dad figure on tour because these goofballs love to come up with the worst 'would you rather?' questions on the road. At home though? Not so much. *laughs*

How do you deal with performance anxiety?

Luckily, I’ve never had to deal with anxiety too bad when on stage. I mean, the way I see it, I’m proud of our songs. I have nothing to hide on stage!

If you could play any venue with any artist, where and with who?

I’d love to play Chain Reaction in Los Angeles, California with The Story So Far. It’s their hometown, and I know it’d be awesome.

Finally, many inquiring minds want to know, how did you become so charming?

*laughs* That credit goes to my mother. She raised me to treat everyone with love and respect. She’s also my biggest supporter. Love you, Mama!

And that's it! Thanks so much for speaking with me, Zak. Good luck with the tour and can't wait to see you when you get to Europe!

Thank you so much. Hopefully, we’ll see you soon!


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Albert Mora was born in Cuba, in 1998. Four years later his father, a double bass player himself, introduced Albert in the world of music. His devotion to music in general and particularly to the double bass has only grown ever since, giving him the strength to overcome all sorts of political and economical problems and to carry on a career as an international musician.

(GF) Tell us about your background.

(AM) When I was thirteen, I emigrated from Cuba to Venezuela to start studying music at the José Luis Paz Conservatory, under the tutorship of my father, Luis Mora Torres who already worked as a bass teacher there. About two months later, I entered the children's orchestra of the conservatory, where I first experience being on a stage.

 

(GF) What about your influences?

(AM) My first influence came from my father and from one of my double bass teachers, Elvis Martinez. In the seven years that I have been immersed in the study of music, I have developed a great admiration for Jazz and Cuban music. They have become my favourite musical styles and I want to continue studying them. I was also influenced by musicians like: Cucho Valdez, Paquito de Rivera, Carlitos del Puerto, John Patitucci, Chick Corea and Alain Pérez.

 

(GF) You left your country very young. How was the experience of being a career in a foreign country?

(AM) Thanks to my passion to music, I have the discipline to practice daily and because of that, many doors had been opened to me. I actually became one of the most demanded bassists in my area and I had the opportunity to be part of several popular orchestras of great reputation in the country, such as: Super Combo Los Tropicales, Argenis Carruyo and his Orchestra and Orquesta Los Blancos. I am also part of several small jazz bands within the city and now I´m part of The French Alliance of Maracaibo, which gave the pleasure of working with many international artists.

 

(GF) Tell us about your current project, The Bass Project.

(AM) It is about the audio and video recording of several universal music standards interpreted by me on the double bass and electric bass. Oscar Velázquez, a good friend of mine, with whom I began to share some original ideas, helped me to create it. Since the beginning of my musical studies, I always liked the idea of ​​playing various popular melodies with the double bass, so I created a small repertoire, where I included pieces such as Lágrimas Negras and Autumn Leaves. We are now working on the audio and video recording of various tracks and our main goal with The Bass Project is to change the perspective that we have on the double bass as a solo instrument. It should also be seen as an instrument with which you can play melodies, as a violin, saxophone or a trumpet.


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The repertoire of this jazz singer and awarded songwriter from Rio de Janeiro reveals influences of Brazilian popular music, the French chanson and Latin American rhythms, but most of all, Geisa Fernandes is a jazz singer. Billie Holiday aficionada (back in college folks used to call her "Lady Doc"), this PhD holder and Comics researcher was a former vocalist of several bands in São Paulo. 

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:17

Skinner's Lane New Release "Once Again"

Back with a bang, the up and coming Skinner's Lane released their latest single “Once Again” on March 22nd. Similar to their previous tracks, their latest release has caused ripples in the rock scene due to it’s heartfelt message and heavy guitar riffs that are reminiscent of the early punk scene in England. There is also a hint of Indie/Alternative vibes throughout the song, which could be a nod towards the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, who started out playing similar gig circuits to Skinner's Lane.

Once Again begins with a catchy Riff that immediately becomes entwined into your head, the almost mesmerising sound is only heightened by the explosive drums and hard hitting bass line. The song itself is perhaps an oxymoron. The wild and upbeat sound creates a happy and positive vibe while the emotive lyrics add a layer of depth which showcases the talent the boys have at its best. Each instrument works together to compliment the severity of the lyrics, and not one outdoes the other. Drummer Sander Valset works hard to keep the upbeat tempo, while Zak croons away in the way that only he can. Perhaps it’s the accent that keeps the listeners

interested or maybe it’s the way he words things, either way, all I can say is that he keeps us hooked. Bassist Chris Jones provides the stability throughout the song which makes this an easy and exciting song to listen too.

“It’s not okay the way you talk to me”. I’m sure that this line made you think of someone who doesn't treat you how you should be treated. It’s witty one liners like this that capture the attention of the listeners and evoke emotion from them, whether in be sadness or something else all together. The way that these lyrics were crafted immediately makes them memorable and intoxicating to listen too.

Overall, Skinner's Lane did not come to play with their latest single “Once Again”. The slightly more punk sound propels this hit into another level all together. The way that this band so easily flits between more than one genre of music makes it easily popular with people who have a wider variety of taste. Another great song delivered- when will the next be released?

Rai Kah Mercury fell in love with a feeling, and I fell in love with their song. Does that mean I fell in love with a feeling? Yes, I guess...I think. Anyway, it wasn't after the chorus or the first couple of verses, but immediately when Tomas Crean started singing. A voice far mature than his years (he's only 18) and reminiscent of Alex Turner or old-school Jon Fratelli. However, it's not just his voice that will make you do a double-take, it's the band's skilful handling of their instruments.

I'm getting ahead of myself; let me first introduce you to this talented rock and roll band from Staffordshire. Led by Tomas Crean on guitar and vocals, Reece Shaefer (bass), Joshua Anthony Lowe (drums) and Nathan De Giorgi (keys) started navigating the world of blues-rock in 2016. In the past three years, Rai Kah Mercury released a single called 'Terror Incognita', received airplay from BBC Introducing West Midlands and Switch Radio, and have been added to Spotify's 'Discover Weekly'. Fans constantly praise RKM for their live performances, which explains their packed gigs.

As you can sense, I'm quite a fan of 'I Fell In Love With A Feeling' from the beginning to end; however, it's the final minutes that truly astound me. A seven-minute-long song, it's surprising I made it to the end given my short attention span. The thing is, you need to keep listening to enjoy the pure joy that is Tom Crean's guitar. I mean him playing the guitar, of course, although I'm sure the guitar itself is lovely. He's no Santana or Eric Clapton, but the expertise with which he plays that instrument is mesmerising. It's hard to believe Crean and his clan are so young based on the maturity of their sound. If this song is anything to go by, in a few years they'll be a true force of nature.

 


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Chatting With Rai Kah Mercury

 

Hello gentlemen, I hope everyone's enjoying their week. Thanks for chatting with me. I appreciate the time out. So, shall we begin?

Yes, thanks so much for inviting us.

Firstly, how did you choose the band name, Rai Kah Mercury? It's quite an unusual one.

Nothing magical. We didn't go through any meaningful process or any divine inspiration, just threw a few things out and this one stuck. I guess we were looking for something that didn't define us by the name. Some band names immediately clue you into what genre of music you are likely to get, and as our music is going to be fairly broad in appeal we didn't want a name that defined us from day one.

How did RKM come together?

We are now a four-piece having recently introduced keys, which has really helped in the studio and live. Tomas (guitar/vocal), Reece (bass) and Nathan (keys) went to school together since the age of four up to sixteen. That means we are like brothers, you know, loving each other but irritating the hell out of each other too!

We had a primary school band called Toxic Crocodiles and played a couple of gigs at school, at a local festival and at parties. ToxCrocs fizzled out when we went on to high school, but we'd put down a marker and knew we wanted to continue somehow. We would jam together in the high school studio, cranked up so loud that our ears are still paying the price today. Many of the songs now in our set were born there.

Tomas had a job after school, and that's where he met Josh (drums). The guys booked some studio time together, and Rai Kah Mercury was born. We played a number of open mic evenings before our very first booked gig supporting Rascalton in Coventry in November 2017.

You're a young band, not only in the time you've been together but also young in age. Do you think that your youth is a benefit or disadvantage when it comes to making music?

That's a really tough question! We don't dwell too much on it, but we take a mature approach to our music and audience. We find ourselves at home with the indie crowd as much as with mature rock audiences.

It is a disadvantage to the extent that three of us are university students and one works all over the place, so it's harder to get together, but we tend to turn that to our advantage by being more focused and selective about when we rehearse and increasingly with the gigs we play.

When we were starting out we would surprise people who were expecting something different from a young band, but that advantage doesn't last long. We look back at bands we like, and some of them were as young as us when they were making successful albums. You think of Free, for instance, who had 'All Right Now' off their third album and were the same ages as we are now. We want no excuses made for our age.

Have any of you performed in bands previously or have a musical background?

As mentioned, three of us had a primary school band that morphed into RKM. Tomas also recorded some solo stuff from before his voice broke which was a great experience of working in a studio. Josh had played percussion for his church ensemble and also had some experience of live production work with them.

Nathan is the A* virtuoso, or primo uomo of the band; he has performed in musical theatre and can play a variety of instruments to grade 8 standard. Oh, and he’s a music student at the University of Oxford, so it's great to have that different angle in the creative process.

The single 'Terror Incognita' was released last year. Did you have any challenges when it came to writing and recording the track?

We were recommended to work with Ryan Pinson of RML Studios in Wolverhampton, and working with him on 'Terror Incognita' was a breath of fresh air. He 'gets' us and is very hands-on while also being receptive and creative. We wouldn't change a thing with that track.

Initially intended as an acoustic track, Tomas had written the riff a number of years prior to bringing it to the band; however, in one session roughly a year ago, the song entirely transformed into the energy that is recognisable in how it sounds today.

When we hit the studio, it was all about getting the sound right, creating the ambience we wanted, and our luck was in with Ryan. It makes us realise how important the producer is to the process.

Now let's talk about your single, 'I Fell In Love With A Feeling'. What can you tell me about the song; what's the meaning behind it and how did it come about?

This is a fresher tune conceived more recently and very different to 'Terror Incognita'. It is more upbeat, funky and melodic; the instruments are more separated than on Terror. A feature of our live performances is that many of our songs develop from verses and choruses into explosive jams, and this song perfectly showcases that.

Lyrically it has a dreamlike, stream of consciousness quality, nothing too deep; but it’s about taking a step back and generally appreciating the things that the pace of life has made so easy to overlook.

Do you feel it was easier to record the new single after gaining experience from 'Terror Incognita'?

To an extent. Working with Ryan on Terror gave us confidence that it would be a good outcome, but the studio process was perhaps more challenging than the experience with Terror. We arrived at the studio only a matter of days after first practising the track, so the studio process was really about us starting from scratch and shaping how we wanted the track to sound, as opposed to the preconceived ideas present with 'Terror Incognita'.

I've listened to the track, and the first thing I notice is it's almost seven minutes long. Do you think it wise to release something that length considering people are all about immediate gratification nowadays?

The track length doesn't concern us at all. Many of our influences put out tracks much longer, and their fans relish that. When we play it live it seems to go by in a flash. The length of the track wasn’t discussed beforehand, and it only found itself to be 6:40 after a spontaneous one-take guitar solo that we loved and didn’t have the heart to cut. It’s all about the integrity of the music and doing justice to any given song. We have been asked for a radio edit for the new song, and we've had to do that as it's too important at this stage not to say no and not have the track aired, so we have had to compromise and fade out the closing jam which hurts, but a necessary evil at the moment.

The guitar solo in 'I Fell In Love With A Feeling' is truly mesmerising, something I'd expect from a far more experienced guitarist. Tomas, was it difficult to compose and record the solo? Also, how long have you been playing the guitar (so that I can be more flabbergasted)?

Thank you for that! I’d be lying if I said that the solo was composed, I don’t know if I could even play the same solo twice. We recorded a long outro rhythm section with the intention of the solo fading out much earlier, but one spontaneous solo take later, and the track was 6:40 minutes long.

We'll speak for Tomas in saying that playing the solo is probably the easiest thing he has to do; it just flows out of him. He first picked up a guitar when he was around six years old, and is self-taught, concentrating on feel as much as, if not more, than technique.

Who would you say are your greatest musical inspirations?

We have some common influences among the members. Those that resonate with us all are Free, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Radiohead, The Verve and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Truthfully speaking, our tastes are far more broad then those stated, but what navigates what we want to achieve is the spirit that these artists encapsulate. None of them are particularly ‘showy’, it's all about the music: timeless and meaningful.

If you were planning a headline tour, who would you like to have as your supporting acts?

That's a really tough one, especially when you're trying to move up from the bottom rung of the ladder We'd love to say bands like Shame or IDLES, but let's not get above ourselves! Looking at bands we've played with who are maybe one or two steps up, then we'd love to put any of Ivory Wave, Valeras, Rascalton and our mates at Violet on the bill.

I've read that RKM is quite a formidable live act, so what advice would you give to a band that is just beginning to do gigs?

Invest in suitable gear, that doesn't mean expensive, just suitable. You need to be self-reliant when the occasion demands, and make sure you've got spares (guitar, strings, sticks etc.).

Turn up on time for sound check and don't let the sound guy ruin your night. Know what you want and how to get it without pissing off the engineer; they can be your best friend or your worst nightmare.

Have everything sorted with the promoter well in advance as you want to spend the time after the show talking with fans not remonstrating with the promoter about any misunderstandings.

So, 'I Fell In Love With A Feeling' has been released, but what else does 2019 hold for Rai Kah Mercury?

We have another single mixed and ready to release. It’s something that many wouldn’t expect, but hopefully, it’s our first marker of intent that we’re a band wanting to venture into multiple avenues while retaining a distinctive sound throughout the music.

We have countless tunes ready to record when we are able to get back in the studio; it's just a question of prioritising them. So, hopefully, there'll be a few more singles this year. At the moment we are taking that route rather than an EP.

There will be gigs of course, and we are looking to break out of our home base of the Birmingham scene, starting with a gig in Manchester on 27 April.

That's it! Thanks so much for chatting me with guys, and I wish you all the best for the rest of the year.

Thank you too, your support means a lot to us, and it's great having you along for the ride, let's see where we can take it!

To enjoy more of Rai Kah Mercury's music, check out their Facebook or Reverbnation.

*links: https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/raikahmercury
https://www.facebook.com/raikahmercury/


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Flashpoint Quick Review

Flashpoint are an Alternative Rock band formed in In 2010 by former front man and guitarist for Los Angeles based band Nimbus, Tim Deschaine. He moved to Augusta, Kansas to start a family. Tim returned from a short break to form the band after discovering the Wichita Music scene . Deschaine soon decided to form a new band ,so called on close friend and guitarist, Josh Gilbert, to join him alongside Flashpoint's first drummer and bassist Joshua Naval. The original drummer soon decided to leave and was replaced by current drummer Ammon Ohlson. Hence Flashpoint was born!
The band have been performing at local clubs in Kansas over the past few years and released several singles . They recently decided to record a full length album called “ Through Blue Eyes”, which came out last May.
Flashpoint are an emerging talent of a variety of differing sounds that can certainly appeal to anyone’s taste. The influence of several genres can be heard in the music they create, which incorporate blues, soul, funk, jazz - fusion with fuzzy guitars , provocative lyrics and huge choruses.

     

  

These can be sampled with a few selections from the band’s back catalogue. We begin with Wake Up . An infectious song that is rich in pop hooks and , with its In Bloom- esque riff , offers a platform for Deschaine’s delicate vocals that stretch over each verse and introspective lyrics.

The Longing is different in tone with the swirling effects of a wah wah pedal adding a dark texture to Deschaine’s melancholy. The song’s distorted solos are a psychedelic journey through isolation and loneliness.

Get Down is replete with jazz fusion and upbeat chords that are a throwback to the tantalising wizardry of Santana. Deschaine’s vocals are as smooth as crystal and inventive with each constructed riff the band provides.
Here his vocals bounce with every percussion beat and Naval’s bass thunders in unison Gilbert’s hypnotic guitar effects.

and finally, Everyday Blessings is an electric acoustic track that mesmerises with the melodic vocals and tight rhythm section that resonates with each chord struck.

Any fans may be more interested to know the group have a multitude of sites they can be contacted on.

Firstly, the band’s website http://flashpointignitesyou.com/ is accessible and fan friendly. Fans can find a short bio on the band, latest tracks on a music player plus photos and tour dates on one page. All you need to do is scroll down.

Facebook Page is similar to the homepage, in which fans can gain easy access to the band’s back catalogue, latest events, videos and music. The animated logo of the band attracts the reader because it shows the band’s personality, plus you can read what other fans think, which conveys the band are approachable.

Instagram This site offers some nice colourful pictures of the group on tour and the group’s cover art. I feel this shows the band’s personality and willingness to share with the fans.

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