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Vajra

 

During a self-imposed exile in India, Annamaria Pinna - child of a school teacher and former monk - was encouraged to learn about her surroundings and question her reality. In 2011, Pinna formed Vajra with Pat Reilly on guitars, Erek Smith on bass, and Shu Inaba on drums. Described as a 'tapestry of dark and hypnotic, foreboding and mysterious lullabies', Vajra helps listeners experience her music on a high plane. Having played various festivals (including SXSW and Loudwire Music Festival), Varja has also received several awards from Rolling Stone, Loudwire Magazine, and Sirius XM Radio to name but a few.

Varja is:

Anna Maria Pinna on keys, flute, waterphone and lead vocals.
Pat Reilly on guitar.
Erek Smith on bass.
Shu Inaba on drums and percussion.

Varja releases singles on their Patreon page regularly. The latest was released on October 31st as a Halloween celebratory demo.

https://www.facebook.com/vajratemple/ - Varja's Facebook profile is a very engaging one with regular posts providing more than promotional content. The account is evident of her unique personality, and all of the videos and pictures allow visitors insight into Varja's music life. An attractive profile picture, with an EPK widget where visitors can listen to a playlist, view music videos and peruse tour dates. My one criticism is there aren't links to other social media accounts, but there is a link to her official website which is helpful.

http://www.thevajratemple.com/ - an attractive website with a landing page showing all necessary information. If you scroll down, you will see their featured single music video, along with upcoming events and press information. If you wish to delve further into the 'Varja Temple', there are links to socials and EPK profiles. No complaints, just that the links are a little difficult to notice.

https://www.instagram.com/vajratemple/ - as I've mentioned before, I'm not expert when it comes to Instagram; however, I have a fair understanding of what makes a good profile. This is a good profile. A decent balance between professional and personal images, along with some videos for variety. A short bio in the personal information section with a link to the official website makes it easy to find more information.

Lucentia

 

Lucentia is an electronica band hailing from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis. Quite new on the scene, Lucentia released their debut single, 'The Machine', in September of this year.

Lucentia is:

Chris Nunley
Cassandra Nunley

https://www.facebook.com/lucentiamusic/ - Lucentia's Facebook was only opened in January, which may contribute to its poor maintenance. Only a few posts are available promoting their releases. While there are links to different social media accounts, and a contact email, no background information is available for the band. I would recommend updating this to give visitors some insight into the artist.

https://lucentia.bandcamp.com/ - the official website is Lucentia's bandcamp site. As with the social media account, no information is available on the site, only the basic details. The band, obviously, wants to promote their releases more than share details of the band.

 


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Thread The Lariat

 

All the way from San Diego, California, we have Thread The Lariat. A five-piece rock 'n' roll band, this group has been described as a 'refreshing take on modern progressive rock'. Playing venues throughout Southern California, Thread The Lariat has developed a unique and impressive sound drawing their listeners to impressive live shows.

Thread The Lariat is:

Collin Davis on lead vocals.
Douglas Bell on guitar and backing vocals.
Alexander Brennan on guitar.
Aaron Torske on bass.
Brian McGee on drums.

Thread The Lariat are releasing their latest single in November 2018. Their music video for 'Break The Fall' was released in October.

https://www.facebook.com/threadthelariat/ - this Facebook account is quite well-maintained with regular posts promoting shows and single releases, along with images hinting at new music (keep fans interested!). An array of photographs are available ranging from gig posters to live pictures which is engaging for visitors. Only a few videos are available, but what is available is enjoyable. I would recommend placing more background information in the 'about' section, along with links to other social media accounts.

https://www.instagram.com/threadthelariat/ - Thread The Lariat's Instagram is a well-maintained and highly engaging one. Not only are there promotional pictures, but there are also some personal images giving it a good balance for fans to view. A link to their YouTube account in the information section is also very useful.

http://threadthelariat.com/ - the official website is an easy to navigate one with music played when you reach the landing page. It's well laid-out with an easy-to-find menu. Links to social media accounts are available, and this is a footer widget so it's found on all pages. A good website, although a bit dark.

Ellanoure

 

Ellanoure is a five-piece band hailing from Biloxi, South Mississippi. Made up of two sets of brothers, Ellanoure combines post-rock instrumentals with indie rhythms resulting in a unique sound for their listeners. The group released their debut album, Things More Purely, in 2018.

Ellanoure is:

Jared Kozlowski on vocals and guitar.
Heath Riddle on guitar.
Brian Kozlowski on keys.
Shawn Riddle on bass.
Shawn Kozlowski on drums.

https://www.facebook.com/ellanoure/ - Ellanoure's Facebook page is a relatively well-maintained one, but the information is lacking. While they have contact details and links to their merchandise store, it would be helpful to include an official website (if they have one). Moreover, the Instagram link is broken. A band profile is available offering fans access to a playlist, videos and gig dates. I also enjoy the different images available ranging from live shows to posters. My only concern is the broken link and a need for more information - then again, that's just me.

Scott Thiessen

 

Scott Thiessen is a Canadian singer-songwriter swooning his audience with soulful pop music - emphasis on the soul part. He graduated from Seneca College's Songwriting programme in 2017, and made it through the Independent Music Production programme in 2018. So, he's not only handsome and talented, but he's pretty smart as well! His influences are Sam Smith, Adele and Adam Levine.

Scott Thiessen released his debut single 'Lips Don't Move' in October 2018. He is currently working on a debut album.

https://www.facebook.com/ScottThiessenMusic/ - Scott's Facebook account is very well-maintained with a post every week, if not every day. The posts are mainly promotional, but he uses informal language to engage with his fans. There is a plethora of live photos and some amusing cover videos, so it's an enjoyable audio-visual experience. My one complaint is the lack of background information. He has no links to other social media accounts and no contact information.

https://www.instagram.com/scott_thiessen/ - Scott's Instagram is also well-maintained with mostly promotional images, but there are some personal photos here and there. It keeps fans updated on what is happening in his life, and I suppose that is the purpose of Instagram. A suitable amount of information available on the page including links to his official website and a contact email.

https://www.scottthiessen.ca/ - a very neat and concise website that is easy to navigate. The landing page contains a basic biography with links to social media accounts, as well as a gallery and easily accessible menu. I enjoy the colours and simple background image promoting his single - it's not overpowering using neutral tones. A more detailed background might be beneficial for press purposes.


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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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It is said that Brazil is a country of female singers. The history of Brazilian music is full of examples of powerful voices from women that left their marks in all genres. Mona Vilardo, from Rio de Janeiro, confirms this tradition twice: being herself an outstanding singer and paying tribute to emblematic Brazilian voices in one of the many projects of this busy and yet very accessible artist.

 

(GF) You have a solid musical background. When did your story with music start?

(MV) My mother always told me that since I was a baby, I would turn my head to follow any kind of sound. At 8 I started taking piano classes and was also part of the Children's Choir, in Rio de Janeiro. We did lots of concerts, including a big one at a Festival in Kansas City and operas played at the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro. By then, I started to earn a bit of money and I decided to dive into music: I had piano lessons at the Universidade Federal of Rio de Janeiro and developed a taste for the discipline demanded by the study of music. Actually, I loved running from school to the piano classes, studying music theory and all the practicing.

 

(GF) What about your musical references?

(MV) As a child, I liked Dolores Duran [Brazilian singer and songwriter, 1930 – 1959] and this is weird, because my parents didn´t listen to her, but I do have such memories. Edino Krieger, Villa Lobos are also early ages references. As a teenager, I heard lots of artists like Elis Regina, Chico Buarque, Marisa Monte, Legião Urbana, but I kept my main interest in classical music, so I went to the Lyric College at UniRio. I also studied at Tablado, a traditional art school, in order to improve my performance skills.


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(GF) Your tribute to legendary Brazilian singer Dalva de Oliveira was loved by critics and audience and you recorded a DVD of it. Was it a long time idea?

(MV) I am a teacher and I also I write chronicles for the newspaper "O Folha de Minas" and for the site Literarte.art, and I´ve noticed that there was almost no information about this important time in the history of Brazilian music. The musical is part of a bigger project on the Brazilian “Radio Queens”, great female singers who have been very successful in the 1950's. Next April, I will I launch the collection “The Queens of the Radio by Mona Vilardo", a book for Tweenies, with the stories of the life of many Brazilian singers. Dalva is the first title of the collection. Rona Hanning from @lerconecta was the consulting and Mariana Erthal illustrated it.

 

(GF) Future projects?

(MV) Together with the Arts and Language Alliance (ALMA), I will teach music in Chicago at the Oak Park Public Library, next summer. I am very happy for such a great opportunity!

 

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Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

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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Monday, 19 November 2018 23:13

An Extensive Trove Of Hidden Treasures

Deviance

 

Deviance is a hard rock act from London that have slowly built a reputation as a hard-working band touring across the UK. The band have appeared at clubs and gigs across London, including Islington 02Academy, Planet Rock’s Planetstock, and Isle of Wight. The band’s soaring vocals, energy induced guitar solos and highly charged melodies are sure to appeal to fans of acts like Guns ‘N’ Roses.

Deviance recently released self- titled debut album is available now

Devience are:

Gio- Vocals

Donnie- Guitars

Jim- Guitars

Beno- Bass

Olli- Drums

http://www.devience.com/

This is an easy to read site with all the accessories fitted onto one page. I found it easy to scroll down and digest the information. The background visual of the band performing felt like a distraction, but the layout made up for that. There is a nice Biography, striking photo’s of the band performing, gig schedule and a link to the band’s single “ Take Me Down” . Overall, I would recommend this to visitors interested in the band.

https://www.facebook.com/deVIenceband/

This is another personal account organized to interact more with the fans. Fans are able to add comments to posts, as the band post regular updates on gigs, as well as photos too. The videos are the more telling with the band recording on their devices to talk to the fans, and show them what they have been up to. I feel this is a nice touch because it instills confidence in the listener to browse.

Wounded Spirit

 

Wounded Spirit are an Alternative/ pop rock act from West Bromwich, England. They have been around for over 30 years, yet it was not until 1995 that the band released their debut single “Alone without You” The band create hushed vocals, with melodic guitars and softly played keyboards that reminds me of those Britpop acts of the Nineties’ like Pulp and Lightening Seeds.

Wounded Spirit are:

Elton McTaggart - Drums
Jason Kelly - Vocals
Terry Ebanks - Bass
Biggsy - Guitar
Debbie P - Keyboards

https://www.woundedspirit.net/home

This is a nicely organized site that you can see has regular input from the band There is a lovely background picture of the group set against the backdrop of a rather congested site. There are plenty of links and information for visitors to keep occupied. This makes it easier to access without scrolling through. There is a regularly updated news page, music videos, fan and band photo’s, lyrics, music...and a shop you can purchase the band’s albums from. This is a comprehensive introduction to the band.

https://www.facebook.com/WOUNDEDSPiRiT2/

This is another lovely account by the band. There are regular updates on the band’s upcoming gigs, plus tons of photos and videos. The video’s feature behind the scene footage, making of, live performances...plus a tribute to England Football striker Harry Kane. I feel the videos introduce the listeners into the band’s personalities, which leads one to feel like they are joining the band on their journey.

Sometimes Julie

 

Sometimes Julie are a Hard rock act from San Diego, California with an interesting story. The duo- Monica Sorenson and Rick Walker- met at a Karaoke bar where Sorenson was performing. They soon bonded and released debut album Head First achieved international recognition, gaining them an Akademia Music Award for best Americana music video. Sorenson’s vocals soar above the enriched rhythm section and melodic guitar lines that incorporates Americana, Blues, Country and Indie Rock.

Sometimes Julie released third album Breaking in June 2018

Sometimes Julie are:

Monica Sorenson- Vocals

Rick Walker- Vocals/Guitars

Bruce Paul Allen- Bass

Alberto Moreno- Lead Guitar

John Muzzio- Drums

https://www.sometimesjulie.com/home

This is another well managed site. The colour coordination set against a backdrop of the band performing is easy on the eye. There categories are organized in a fashion that makes it accessible with a link to a player to all the band’s albums, an updated gigs schedule, stunning photos and merch too.

https://www.facebook.com/sometimesjulie/

This is another good account designed to keep fans updated of any upcoming gigs and appearances, there are some photos of the band performing, plus some videos of those performances too. I feel this is a good supplement to the website for any new fan interested in going to watch them.

Rocket

 

Rocket are a punk rock act from Los Angeles. The band play pulsating rock with enriched vocals that incorporate Garage Rock too. They have gained a reputation among the rock Industry elite with appearances on Commercial Radio stations like KROQ 106.7 (LA) , alongside high profile support slots to established acts like Alien Ant Farm, Crazy Town and Puddle Of Mudd. The band have also been live guests on I Heart radio, as well as winning several local awards, and been featured in reputable music publications.

Rocket recently launched highly anticipated EP “Get Huge”, produced by Doug Green (STP, Velvet Revolver, Sheryl Crow)

Rocket are:

Janelle Barreto - Vocals

Eric Wibbelsmann- Guitar

Steve Killcullen- Guitar

Jordan Lawson- Bass

Paul DePatie- Drums

https://www.thebandrocket.com/

This is a very well-organized webpage that has all the benefits a fan can need. I was impressed with the format of the page with colourful pictures and a catchy logo that ultimately wanted me to read more. There is a nice review of the band’s latest live show plus a Spotify player linked to their catalogue, the about section is jam packed with enough information to keep the average visitor educated. There are some great pics of the band in colourful outlets, as well as a couple of videos. I feel the energy of their performances reflect the outlook of the site.

https://www.facebook.com/thebandrocket/

This is another well managed FB account. There are regularly updated posts that advertise upcoming gigs and radio appearances, alongside photos of the group performing. They seem happy to interact with their fans with more stunning pictures, and videos of them performing.

Ras Mikey C

 

Dr Ras Mikey C AKA Michael Courtney is a Singer/ Songwriter with a mighty repertoire to his name. Courtney has achieved success as much for his academic researches, then he has for his music. Courtney has published thesis’ on Ethno- Modern Dance, as well as strived into research of cultures and dance throughout communities. He has a PHD in the subject from a stint at University of Limerick, Ireland. He currently sits on the board of directors as an assistant to modern dance and Cultures at the University.

He also acts as a emcee to acts and companies around the world as diverse as Raven Symone, The Marley Family, Irish Aid to list a few.

Dr Ras Mikey C recently released debut album “ RASUOL” in September 2018

http://www.rasmikeyc.com/

This is a great webpage organised to professional standard of MAs' accomplishments in the subject of education. I think you can tell the singer has input with articles and quotes from him. You can scroll down and watch videos of his discussions, as well as videos from his latest album. The site is arranging as a single page, which is easy to read.

https://www.facebook.com/drrasmikeyc/

This is an engaging site with regular posts that combine videos and photo’s in relation to his lectures/ music. There are some nice videos of the dances he studies, as well as some personal ones that involves Q & A with fans. The account feels like it is designed to appeal to the fans.


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Isle of Wish

 

Isle Of Wish AKA Wishnu Bintang was born in Indonesia. She formed her own project in 2016 named after her nickname “Wish”. She decided to release a collection of singles in 2018 based on her influences as diverse as Queen, Pink Floyd and Pink. Isle of Wish has a strong interest in Poetry, Music and writing.

Isle of Wish is new to music, but has selected musicians from Bali to help record her debut album, which is set for release in 2019.

https://isleofwish.com/home

This is a nice introduction to the singer. The colour coordination reflects the singer’s personality there is a nice bio and a player to a debut single. There are no videos, or photos

https://www.facebook.com/IsleOfWish/

This is a very personal and engaging account that appeals to the fans. There are regular posts on philosophy, Music, as well as interests. There is a nice pic of Isle of wish singing, with photos of quotes, and a video of her latest single. This feels more of her own page, rather than that of a singer. I feel this is a good thing in attracting those new fans.

https://www.instagram.com/isleofwish/

This is another very personal account that reflects the journey of a young girl. There are motivational quotes, random pics of luggage and clothes, as well as some more intimate ones of the singer recording in the studio. Overall, this feels like she is more in touch with her fanbase.

Lu Ruenes

 

Lu Ruenes AKA Lucia Ruenes is Pop singer/songwriter from Spain. She was inspired to start writing music by reading her grandmother’s poems. She wrote her first song at 15, and by 21 she had released two albums. Lu Ruenes attended Berklee Scholl of Music, which she graduated from last year. Lu Ruenes composes lovely uplifting Pop songs with beautifully arranged melodies.

https://www.luruenes.com/

This is another lovely site to visit. There is a simple colour co-ordination set against the backdrop of a large photo of Lu Ruenes. The site is easy to access with a Spotify widget that plays her latest track. There are some even more striking images of Lu Ruenes performing with an infectious smile. There is a nice Bio, personally written by the singer, as well as videos of her in performance. I enjoyed reading through it because it felt like an introduction to the singer’s personality,

https://www.facebook.com/luruenesoficial/

This is another well managed site that engages the reader, as well as accentuate Lu Ruenes’ personality. There are nice pictures...including one on a camel. Videos of Lu Ruenes in concert, as well as regular posts that feel like it truly connects with the reader. The only negative is it is written in Spanish, which may be an issue for those who can’t translate.

Mark Newman

 

Mark Newman is a well- respected singer/songwriter/ Guitarist from New York. He has developed a reputation for touring with legendary musicians like Willy DeVille and Sam Moore. His music style has been compared to Duane Allman and Lowell George. Newman plays Guitar, Dobro and Mandolin on his two albums to date. Newman’s music is heartfelt Americana with some enchanting melodies.

Mark Newman released his Brussels EP in March 2015

http://www.marknewman.us

This website has a very basic design, which allows easy access to browse. The front page comes with a nice bio on Newman’s musical achievements, as well as releases. There are a few links to the singer’s Reverbnation and myspaces. You can find a dropdown menu on the left-hand side with a photo gallery and music player. My only argument is that it doesn’t seem like it is updated.

https://www.facebook.com/marknewmanmusic/

This account is designed mainly to update visitors on upcoming gigs. There are no videos, or any interaction between the singer and fans. There are some good photos of mark with his band.

Modern Mimes

 

Modern Mimes is an American music artist duo from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The band consists of Adi Elcida Hernandez on Vocals/Guitar/sampling & Ernesto Perez on double neck bass. The duo play “Future Goth”, a self-coined term to describe their use of heavy metal guitars, thought provoking lyrics and gothic overture. They have slowly been building national recognition with their debut album Wake Up, which was released last year they followed this up with a Type O Negative approved cover of “I Don’t Want to Be Me” which the band endorsed, and subsequently promoted. This helped achieved 27 thousand views on YouTube, as well as coverage on loud wire.com. They have spent the last two years appearing at notable festivals across the States & made tv appearances on balcony tv

The duo has performed 2 years in a row at Riptide Music Festival, the biggest two-day Alternative and Classic Hits music festival in Fort Lauderdale. They also toured the Southeastern United States, SXSW, and have a session on Balcony TV.

Modern Mimes will release follow up album “The Grey” in The Fall of 2018

Modern Mimes are;

Adi Elcida Hernandez- Vocals/Guitar/Sampling

Ernesto Perez- Double Neck Bass

https://www.modernmimes.com/home

This is a well-managed account for fans of old, and new. The overall format instantly attracts the visitor with a bright blue backdrop set against an odd image of two clay heads seemingly entwined. This helps reflect the nature of the duo’s music. The site is also easy to scroll down with a Spotify playlist, YouTube music videos and photos that portray the duo in all their unusual stage attire.

https://www.facebook.com/modernmimesmusic/

This is an attractive account. There is a nice background photo of the duo with regular posts on gigs and music releases. There are some nice music videos, as well as some photos of the band performing, and in the model studio.

Home is West

 

Home Is West where formed by two old friends in California. The duo- Robert ( Vocals/Guitar) & Andrew ( Bass) have been touring mates for over twenty years, beginning in metal bands across the states. The band quickly recruited Corey on drums and a new bassist, Jim to get fully started they have spent the past 5 years touring the Southern Cali coastline, appearing on Internet radio and FM stations. The band play heartfelt Indie/ rock with swirling melodies and catchy hooks.

The band released an EP in 2017

http://www.homeiswest.com

This is a basic page with compact information and all the accessories needed for fans. There is a dropdown menu that is useful. There is a concise about section, a couple of videos, and some nice colourful pictures for visitors to view. Overall, the site is not an attractive prospect for new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/homeiswest/

This is a more updated account. There are a couple of videos that appeal to fans, as well as some nicely taken pictures, and regular posts, including big news. I feel this is more accessible for growing a new fanbase.

The Boxtones

 

The Box tones are a five- piece Scottish Canadian Rock/Pop act with a growing reputation amongst the elite. The band recently singed to Universal Music following high profile support slots alongside such notable musicians like Liam Gallagher, Pharrell Willams, The Chemical Brothers the Who, Blur, Florence and The Machine etc. This repertoire has earned the band several award wins including the Ahlan! Hot 100 title, and two- time Hype and Time out winners. The Boxtones have also had luck in entering competitions, which resulted in them winning The Rolling Stone Street to Stage. And if this is not impressive enough, they have earned endorsements from prestigious brands such as Shure, Vic Firth, Mesa Boogie and Protection Racket.

The Boxtones create upbeat music with a Celtic flavour, the band’s progressive sound and catchy choruses are bound to be a hit with new fans.

http://www.boxtonesband.com/

This is a very professional account I feel is designed with fans in mind. The band’s logo instantly attracts the eye to want to browse through. I liked how everything was conveniently placed that a visitor would want to read (news, bio, tour dates etc.). This made it easier to find the categories needed to learn more about the band. There is a news section that gives updates on upcoming tours, a link to the band’s YouTube videos, as well as some lovely images of the band performing on stage. I enjoyed reading the press section of all the magazine articles they have appeared in, as well as a blog on their weekly reports. There are regular tour updates, as well as links to all of their social media accounts.

https://www.facebook.com/theboxtones/

This is an attractive site form The Boxtones. The background picture of the band instantly grabs the eye’s attention. There are daily updates from the band on tour in Dubai, as well as promotional appearances. This is another professional effort from the band, which will sustain the growth of a new fanbase. I liked how the videos were categorized I.e. summer vacations, a hashtag campaign etc. This showed an engagement with the fans, as well as a photo section. This is another strong point of the site because it shows different aspects of the band from rehearsal, stage, around town, which opens up to fans.


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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, 20 November 2018 19:42

Eight Awesome Artists To Keep Your Ears Happy

Vihads21

Vihads21 is a rock alternative and new age five-piece hailing from West Sumatera, Indonesia. Since 2017, the band has collaborated with various session players and artists in the music industry. Vihads21's debut album 'EXPerice' was released in 2018.

Vihad21 is:

Rahmat Ulfriansyah
Aga Pratama Alamsyah
Ivan Mahya Deva
Oka Yusdi
Ibnu Aldian

Vihad21 plans on releasing an album trilogy over the next three years.

https://www.facebook.com/vhads21/ - Vihad21's Facebook profile is well-maintained from a promotional perspective posting an update whenever a new gig or online presence is released. There are few photos and even fewer videos, but a link to their band profile is available with access to a playlist and gigs. No contact details, background information or links to other social media is available and this should be reconsidered.

https://www.instagram.com/vihads21/ - the band's Instagram is as informative as their Facebook - not informative at all. While it has some images, they are promotional with some personal sketches here and there. Despite the growing number of followers, the profile is not well-maintained.

http://vhads21.com/ - Vihad21 redeem themselves with their official website. The website has a landing page with a playlist, videos, gig details, photographs and a biography section. The biography is lacking, but it does have some details. The menu is easy to locate and there are notable links to social media accounts. One item that is not available is a contact email or number.

Jimmie Something

Jimmie Something is a singer/songwriter from Zug, Switzerland. His music falls into the indie-folk genre and has been described as warm and addictive.

https://www.facebook.com/jimmiesomething/ - Jimmie's Facebook account is very poorly maintained from a fan engagement perspective, but he does keep people updated regarding gigs. Only one video is available, a few promotional photographs, and minimal background information with no contact details. No links to other social media accounts, but there is a link to his Reverbnation profile. For more fan engagement, it may be worthwhile reconsidering placing more information on Facebook.

https://www.reverbnation.com/jimmiesomething - this profile provides a playlist, gig listings, some live photos and one featured video - the minimum you would expect from a Reverbnation account. No background information is available, but he does have a link to a social media account. It is recommended that he place some more background information and contact details. While the mail button can be used, a further email is beneficial.

The Red Moons

The Red Moons is an alternative rock/grunge band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. The threesome started their musical journey in 2014 and they released their debut album, Out of Touch, in 2015. The debut was followed by A Heightened Sense in 2017, and their third album Eat Your Own was recently released in October 2018. The band has played with acts such as Blood People, Mac Sabbath and Galactic Empire.

The Red Moons is:

Anthony Sarillo on guitar and vocals.
Eric Olsen on bass and vocals.
Lance Olsen on drums and vocals.

https://www.facebook.com/theredmoons/ - The Red Moons' Facebook profile is relatively well-maintained promoting gigs, album releases and press appearances when available. Considering the profile was opened in 2014, there are not many photographs or videos. One beneficial feature on this profile is the subscription item on the menu - not seen on many Facebook accounts. The background information is sufficient, and the band provides ample links to other social media with contact details.

https://www.instagram.com/theredmoons/ - The Red Moons' Instagram account has a pleasant balance between professional and personal images making it ideal for fan engagement. The posts are not consistent, nor is there much information in the details section; however, there is a link to their Bandcamp profile.

https://theredmoons.bandcamp.com/ - The Red Moons use their Bandcamp account as an official website, which is useful; however, it does not offer background information or contact details. The site is based primarily around playlists and discography - I suppose this is what music promotion is all about after all. Links are available to social media accounts, so this can be used to find contact details.

Charley Reynolds

Charley Reynolds is a country music singer/songwriter from Orlando, Florida. She released her debut single 'Underneath the Stars' in 2015 on iTunes, followed shortly by three more tracks in 2016 - 'Get Over Yourself', 'Stupid Love Song' and 'Need You By My Side'. Charley released her debut album, Kickin' Up Dust, in May 2017 and held the album's release concert on the same night at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre. Charley lists her influences as Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert.

Charley Reynolds' latest EP, Kissed Us Goodbye, was released in April 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/charlyreynoldsofficial/ - it is easy to see that Charley is one of the social media generation by her Facebook profile. The account is very well-maintained with both promotional posts and fun posts on an almost daily basis. She has numerous photographs, but the videos from performances and some 'at home singing cos I was bored' are the more entertaining. The biography is lacking, but she has links to other social media accounts with contact details. A band profile is available on the account with access to a playlist.

http://www.charlyreynolds.com/ - if the Facebook profile lets you down in any way, this is where Charley's official website makes amends in a big way! All you could want short of Charley giving you a hug is available on the official site. Many photographs and videos, along with album releases and interviews is available on the site. A playlist can be accessed, as well as merchandise on the easy to navigate menu. The pink theme is apt as it expresses Charley's bubbly and sweet nature. Contact details are available, but there are no links to social media accounts and the EPK requires a password to access.

 


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Eryn

Eryn Shewell, more commonly referred to as Eryn, is one of the modern vocalists who have discovered that 'retro pop' sound. Hailing from Maryland, Eryn combines the genres of blues, country, rock and jazz to form a thrilling soulful sound for her listeners. Described as a seductive range changing voice, Eryn embraces all opportunities to write music and perform. As part of The Eryn Shewell Band, Eryn won several awards including the Top Blues Band and Top Female Vocalist Asbury Music Awards in 2011. In 2013, Eryn began a new band called Eryn Shewell and the Whiskey Devils. Eryn released her debut EP, Lady E, was released in 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/Eryn.LadyE/ - Eryn's Facebook profile focuses on fan engagement with regular posts that are not only promotional but personal content as well. Numerous photographs and videos are available showing Eryn onstage, with other artists, posing with friends and promotional items. The profile has an extensive biography with links to other social media accounts; there are also contact details and gig listings. I don't see any problem with this account, but could recommend the addition of a band profile or subscription tab.

http://erynofficial.com/ - What I find adorable is the immediate kiss you receive when opening the Eryn official website - click the website and you'll know what I mean. The website is easy to navigate with access to a playlist, a subscription widget and a clearly defined menu. Links to social media accounts are available, and the colour scheme matches Eryn's EP design. It's well laid-out and aesthetically pleasing with pictures pinned to the top of the page.

Affinity

Affinity is a rock foursome hailing from the Carolinas in the United States. The group began in 2015 as a small creative project between two members, but by the end of 2016 Affinity was starting to bloom. Since completing their line-up, these young men have worked tirelessly resulting in their debut album, Lead The Way, being released in September 2018.

Affinity is:

Matthew Lowry on vocals and guitar.
Jesse Jones on guitar and vocals.
Wendell Martin on bass.
Rodrick Locklear on drums.

https://www.facebook.com/AffinityNCBand/ - Affinity's Facebook is a very well-maintained one with regular posts promoting gigs, releases and interviews. The focus here is fan engagement when you look at the post style, the types of photographs and the videos uploaded. The account is professional, but there are videos helping you gain a 'behind the scenes' perspective of Affinity which is quite enjoyable. A band profile is available offering a playlist, videos and gig listing. While I am not a fan of video headers, this one is pleasing because it is both subtle and artistic. My one concern is the lack of links to other social media accounts (if any) and no contact details.

https://affinity.bandcamp.com/ - Affinity's Bandcamp provides basic background information with no links to social media accounts, which is disappointing; however, there is a contact link available. As a Bandcamp profile, the emphasis is on merchandise sales and Affinity provides this option with access to their debut album.

Strange Heart

When I read Strange Heart's biography, I think of some Shakespearean play. Two unlikely characters experiencing tragedy only to come together and build something bigger than themselves overcoming all woe and whatnot, and whatnot, and whatnot. You see, Bryce Carrol-Coe returned to the west coast after receiving a heart transplant searching for a place to sleep and a fellow musician. Josh Clemens arrived a few weeks later to be near family a second (not literally a second) before two of his sisters died from cancer. Their fates intertwined and Bryce helped Josh to bring his reflective songs to life; thus, Strange Heart was born.

Strange Heart is:

Josh Clemens on guitar and lead vocals.
Bryce Carrol-Coe on lead guitar and vocals.
Mike Schneider on bass and vocals.
Bobby Jankowski on drums.

Strange Heart release their debut album, Sinking Ships, on November 30th.

https://www.facebook.com/strangeheartband/ - Strange Heart's Facebook is a well-maintained account with regular posts promoting press articles, releases and gigs. There is a strong focus on fan engagement with the posts being conversational and interactive. The account has several live photographs, but it is the videos that make the account most enjoyable showing many 'behind the scenes' features. My one concern is the lack of contact details in the 'about' section. While there are links to other social media accounts and an official website, no email is available as a contact to the band.

https://www.instagram.com/strangeheartrockband/ - Strange Heart's Instagram has a good balance between personal and promotional images with more videos than photos. The account does not seem to be well-maintained, despite being created in February. It may be useful to post more regularly, but the video element does make it enjoyable for fans even if posts are only once per month.

https://www.strangeheartmusic.com/ - the official website for Strange Heart is a single landing page, but it has almost everything you need from a band including a biography, gig listings and social media widgets. The initial elements are a link to Spotify and a subscription option with an easy to navigate menu. The contact details can be found by clicking the link, along with media (soon to come). I would recommend navigation to press images instead of merely placing the images underneath the biography.

Sigulka

When you think of Spain, the last type of music you would consider is Celtic rock - or perhaps that's just me. Sigulka is one of those bands that breaks stereotypes and pumps heavy Celtic rock from Madrid. This talented quintet have won various awards since their inception including two Akademia Music Awards.

Sigulka is:

Margarita on violin.
Juan on guitar and vocals.
Dan on guitar.
Fredy on bass.
Cristian on drums.

Sigulka released their album Symbols in August 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/sigulka/ - Sigulka's Facebook account is relatively well-maintained with two or three posts each month. The posts are primarily promotional with a focus on gig listings. Now, my Google translator may not be the greatest, but the posts are quite short and formal making it seem impersonal. Sigulka has a band profile app giving fans access to their gig schedule, videos and playlist. Moreover, they have apps for Instagram and YouTube available, so you don't need to leave Facebook to access these accounts. Merchandise can also be purchased from Facebook, which is another enjoyable convenience. Overall, Sigulka has made excellent use of the apps available to them; however, the biography is not background information on how Sigulka came about. Moreover, the video header is one of the flashier images making it difficult to view as a person with photosensitive epilepsy - this may be worth reconsidering.

http://sigulka.es/ - Sigulka's official website is well laid planned with their menu being prominent at the top of the page. Links to other social media accounts are easy to find and images are pinned making it pleasant to view. Music is available on the website with contact details and latest news; however, once again, there is no biography. I would recommend changing this, as well as reconsidering the number of images on the pages. Incorporating text with images may make it seem less 'busy'.


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Written by Nicole Mendes / Germany - Norden

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Interview with Slow Motion Suicide

How did the band meet The Old School Project?

I think we met with Nick through Reverbnation, he was fond of our release and so the connection was born. He's a cool man and we love what he does in general. Patience is a virtue in this business so arm yourselves with it.

Could you explain how the band was formed? And the reasons behind it?

I started writing material during a long period off . When I decided to release the music it received an incredible and overwhelming response and as a result, Slow Motion Suicide was born. The band was formed pretty randomly, through mutual acquaintances and friends of the band.

You describe yourselves as “ A collective of human beings crafting melodies for maladies in the 21st century”, Could you explain how this statement relates to your music?

Basically, just writing what we feel like in this moment in time, not giving too much regard if it fits a certain genre or if someone will like it or not.

What is the meaning behind the group name Slow Motion Suicide?

Name of the band comes from the idiom of everything pretty and ugly that is slowly and unknowingly killing us, like junk food after a bad hangover, witty beautiful women, cigarettes after sex, guilty conscience, or laziness in the Sunday afternoon

In my review I compared some of your songs’ sounds to early Alternate bands like Alkaline Trio, Who were your biggest influences on your music growing up?

Everybody in the band listens to different music genres but we all love, let's say, midtempo alt rock. Pretty much grew up on REM, Counting Crows, Red Hot Chilies, Incubus and hip hop. A lot of hip hop.

Who would you say is your main songwriter? And what inspires you to write songs like you do?

I come up with the skeleton of the song and the lyrics and then the band works on their parts from there. It can stay mellow and acoustic, or it can turn to a powerful full band song. I'm a pretty proud neurotic dude, so I guess I draw inspiration from there.

Some of your songs are raw and relatable, what is your writing process behind them?

Just an acoustic guitar, coffee, maybe a hangover and a quiet place. Sometimes you can work on a song for 15 minutes and sometimes it takes a couple of months. You can't really tell how long is it going to take, but you just know when it's done and requires no more discussion and polishing.

What are your overall goals in the music industry?

Play live as much as we can, that's the way to go.

Do you have any favourite bands at the moment?

Sure, we listen to a bunch of things. There are some cool cats on Croatian music scene like She Loves Pablo collective. Check them out, they might be up your alley.

I recently reviewed your self- titled debut LP, could you tell me a bit about it, and the recording process?

Thanks man, appreciate it so much. The process was a bit long because we were all new in this thing and didn't really have a producer, given the fact that I pretty much knew what I wanted to create for the first record and just wanted the songs to be out. We recorded in numerous locations with friends over a period of six months and it turned out great, don't you think?

And finally, what is next for slow motion suicide?

Actually, I did lay some demos down for the next record and I'm happy that we'll start working on those pretty soon.

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Monday, 31 December 2018 11:44

An Interview with Sometimes Julie

Sometimes Julie are another band I had the pleasure to cover during the recent campaign for The Old School Project. The San Diego Natives' Rich Walker spoke to me about the band's origins, influences, and their latest album Breaking

1. Please could you tell me how you discovered The Old School Project?

You discovered us first! We discovered you when you tagged us in a Facebook post in November 2018.

2. Could you introduce yourselves? And furthermore, please explain how the band originally formed?

Sometimes Julie was founded in 2012 by Monica Sorenson and Rick Walker as a singer-songwriter duo. After recording our first album, Head First, we decided to form a full band. Sometimes Julie has had a few different line-ups since our formation, but we are currently a six-piece band, made up of:

  • Monica Sorenson – Vocals

  • Rick Walker – Guitar

  • Alberto Moreno – Guitar

  • Bruce Paul Allen – Bass

  • Anthony Sarain – Keyboard/Saxophone/Flute

  • Michael Heater - Drums

3. What inspired you to form Sometimes Julie?

We started out as a duo, just Monica and Rick, but we recorded 13 of the 14 songs on our first album (Head First) with full rock band instrumentation, so we decided to recruit more musicians and form a band, so we could do the songs justice when performing them live.

4. Your bio describes your music as “Provocative Indie Rock with a strong Americana influence”. Would you say this is an apt description of the music Sometimes Julie is trying to make?

Sometimes Julie’s music is a product of all the music we heard as children and teenagers. Rick grew up in Chicago, immersed in blues, roots rock, power pop, and (later) alternative rock. Monica grew up in the western U.S. (mostly in Denver), with classic rock, pop, and country influences. What comes out of us, and what we now describe as provocative indie rock with a strong Americana influence, is really just a mashup of all of the music that has touched each of us over the years.


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5. How did the band get its name? I noticed there isn’t a Julie in the band. Ha ha

Haha! Monica is sometimes known as Julie. She is a little protective of her privacy, so she used to us the pseudonym “Julie” when her name was going to be announced in public, for example, when she would place an order in a coffee shop, or when singing Karaoke. When Monica and Rick first met (at a Karaoke bar), she told him her name was Julie. We knew each other for six months and had already started writing songs together before she told him her real name!

6. Who were the band’s influences? I feel the vocals share similarities with Alanis Morrissette and Janis Joplin. Who where some of the singers that inspired you?

Janis Joplin is definitely an influence, but also Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Grace Potter and others. Male vocalists also inspire, especially Robert Plant, but lately Lukas Nelson and Tom Walker.

7. Your first EP, Head First won the band an Akademia award for best Americana music video. How much has this helped with the band’s development?

The Head First CD, and also the video we produced for the title track, won Akademia awards. It definitely gave us confidence and legitimized us as musicians and performers. It also helped solidify our sense of who we are as artists and encouraged us to take bigger risks in our songwriting.

8. The band recently released Breaking in June, could you explain to readers a little about what to expect?

Breaking is raw, honest and powerful, while at the same time thoughtful and well-produced. It has themes of failed love, loss and fury. The music, lyrics and performance all come from, and speak to the heart.

9. Breaking is your third release, have you found the writing process has changed, or is it still the same?

Early in our collaboration, we did most of our writing together in the same room. Lately, though, Monica has been doing most of the initial writing of lyrics and melody, with Rick later developing instrumentation and arrangement. One exception on Breaking was “Satisfied”, where Rick wrote the music first, then Monica added the lyrics and melody.

We’re aren’t attached to any particular songwriting method, though. Whatever works…works.

10. You have a concert at De Oro Mine Co. in Spring Valley California coming up, what can people expect from that gig, and furthermore, Do the band plan anymore dates in the new year?

Sorry we’re so late answering these questions! We just played at De Oro Mine Company in Spring Valley last weekend and it was a blast! Here’s what we have on the calendar right now:

  • January 19th, Indian Joe Brewing, Vista, California

  • February 28th, Humphrey’s Backstage Live, San Diego, California

  • March 29th, Navajo Live, San Diego, California

  • April 20th, Hennessey’s, Carlsbad, California

All Sometimes Julie shows are engaging! People can expect to laugh, rock, dance and have a great time!

11. Finally, what else can fans expect from Sometimes Julie in 2019?

We’re currently working up our newest songs for our 4th release, which we will be recording in the next six months. Look for Own Kind of Savior by the end of 2019!


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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:00

The Final Update!

Submission Period Closed

Total Submissions: 3,071

Accepted: 108

Fans Reached: 1,414,946
 
 

Heidi Burson

Heidi Burson’s story as an artist is one of shared human experience. Very early on, she felt the poignancy of the music of singers such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin. She was struck by the power and intensity with which they expressed the longing, which we all share, for love and acceptance. These influences, coupled with her own life experiences and a generous dusting of wry humor, have helped to forge a voice and style that is uniquely fascinating.

The States

The States. It represents an idea that we are all apart of a community that has the freedom of expressing ourselves through music. Our name isn't necessarily related to the United States or anything necessarily patriotic even though there are those themes throughout our brand. Rather it's more about the representation of the states of emotions we are all in from time to time. Happy, sad, introspective, broken, angry, depressed, or in love, we wanted our music to reach out to everyone.

Hedera


Sharing a collective love for vintage timbres and instrumental variety, digital processing and samples are absent throughout their performances and recordings, instead preferring the likes of reel-to-reel effects and djembe percussion. With a name translating to “Common Ivy” in Latin and a logo representing a new approach to traditional mediums, Hedera’s persona is reflected in their imagery: a vibrant, multicolored ivy leaf. The entirety of the band’s art direction is designed by lead guitarist Anthony Formisano.



 

GENTE DEL SUR

Mediterranean Trip-Hop, combining rhythms from the Latin Funk Jazz Sou R & B & Reggae with flamenco melodies.

Including the first single "La Gente Del Sur" (Dub Mix) in the American album "Pause & Play" published on June 10, 2016.

The Noble Impoverished

The Noble Impoverished is a wild fire. A sound influenced by bands like The Killers, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and many others

The Noble Impoverished is the creation of two brothers passion for playing music. At the age of 15 and 17 they picked up their fathers old classical guitar and lost control to Rock & Roll. After a few years of playing in Morgantown West Virginia they moved to Connecticut to showcase this raw sound to a larger stage. The bands deep roots in rock n roll drives its intense live performances, their strong melodies colliding with a savage energy that makes their show something not easily forgotten.

NIALAND

A sound so melodic, so soulful, so eclectic and full of passion and purpose…a style so powerful it reaches audiences of all kinds. A style like that is rare, and yet that style is synonymous with the sound of Nialand. Nialand, or Nia which she is most known as, is a style all on her own. Self-described as weird, her gift is creative, full of truth, mixed with some edge and delivered in a plethora of harmonies and smooth tones that is incomparable and sets her apart from many artists today. Influenced by Jazz, Classic Hip Hop, and Soul Music, Nialand puts her heart, soul, experience and truth in her music presenting an undeniably powerful musical experience.

Vajra

Vajra was formed by composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India. The child of a former monk and school teacher, Annamaria was encouraged to learn about the world around her and to question her assumptions. She believes there is divinity in creativity. Annamaria has a neurological condition called synesthesia, where she attaches color and shapes to sound.

 

The Humidors

“Everything The Humidors play is given a heavy contemporary spin that splinters dance floors and leaves audiences in a sweaty daze. The band is a well-oiled unit with a polyrhythmic approach that balances short, sharp solos with an overwhelming collective approach.” - J. Poet, SF Weekly Hailing from the Bay Area, The Humidors have been churning out their own unique brand of party music for half a decade. Combining elements of hard-hitting funk, greasy soul, vintage R&B, soul jazz and more you can be sure that this eight-piece unit is committed to the groove in all its shapes and forms.

Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Mama’s Madness Quick Review

Mama’s Madness are a Three- Piece Rock n Soul band from Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania that are known for their high energy performances. The group consists of Brad Gelphart ( Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar) Kevin Brennflek (Bass) and Joey Maglicco ( drums) . They are said to be influenced by James Brown, AC/DC and Creedence Clearwater Revival, which is apparent from the beginnings of the band’s self- titled debut . A Seven-track LP that produces a half hour combustion of classic rock, soul, country and blues topped with the band’s own trademark energy.
Mama’s Madness is an enjoyable celebration of impassioned vocals, muscular riffs and humorous lyrics that is easy to feel an instant liking for this band. This LP is a good start to take in the journey to discover what makes the band tick.

Opener WooHoo, begins with the pulsating howls of Gephart over a slick groove sets the mood that culminates in a catchy chorus that’ll leave listeners humming.

Next is the countrified Long Time , which is two minutes of knee slapping fun with its upbeat rhythm.

Lonely one is a more melodic track that focuses on heartbreak. The opening one minute acoustic intro sets the tone for a more pop -laden flavour enriched with angst and bitterness. 
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Superstar is a two minute explosive acoustic track. Gephart’s lung- busting screams are accompanied by the up-tempo rhythm he matches with aplomb on guitar. The singer’s song- writing grows with each track he writes on with a keen eye for observation and humour. This song is an example with its satirical tales of being a superstar.

Giddy up is the standout track clocking in at over 5 mins. It swaggers along to an with an aggressive blues rhythm that slithers along like a snake waiting for its pray. Gephar’’s vocals are sly and clear like a certain Bon Scott in his heyday. This combination works to effect on this track about being an outlaw.


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Almost Free is another track drenched in all the sleaze and attitude as the previous track. Another enjoyable tune which highlight Gephart’s vocal range between full -throttle howls and a snarl that purrs over every insatiable word complete with a dirty bass sound that crawls along to every emollient syllable expressed.

And finally, the album wraps up with the rockabilly Loco, a song about been driven crazy by a woman. A flamenco- enhanced tune with beats that embody personality and guile. This is a band that have an arsenal of talent that can certainly appeal to a more global ranging audience with a rumbling Rhythm section and fun songs written for enjoyment.


Facebook This is the more accessible fashion to discover more music, photos , events and photos of the band.

Reverbnation This is another useful site to gain information , as well as latest tracks and info on the members.

The band will be next performing on Febraury 23rd at Howlers bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

This Is The End? Update # 17

Approaching the end of submissions for roster consideration, air play and free hosting, we present to you music that is worth listen to. The TOP ten, that wins the six-month free hosting, promotion, air play will soon be announced. Stay CLose!!

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Jennifer Perryman

Bio...hmmm.  What shall I say?  Music's great!  I really like it...alot.  In fact, I enjoy it so much, that I've spent my life emersed in it.  I've made a modest career out of it, playing and singing in every kind of bar, nightclub, restaurant, and hotel, doing every kind of party or event where music is on the agenda for years.  I'm also in the studio quite a bit, doing everything from original projects, my personal favorite, to corporate backup tracks, radio spots, and jingles. 
I play and sing different styles...everything from jazz, pop, and R&B to, well, I guess I should say country since I am from Texas. I like all types of music from all eras, starting with great composers like Chopin, Scriabin, and Debussy.

Sly Fox and the Hustlers

New York's Sly Fox and the Hustlers are a high energy original 4-piece Bluesy Rock N' Roll band with hints of Soul, Funk and a dash of Punk. Established in 2010 the band has shared the stage with National Recording Artists - Blues Traveler, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robin Trower, Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) and Sam Kininger (Soulive), Twiddle and Sean Rowe among others. The band is made up of an all star cast including the powerful lead vocals and blues-soaked guitar of Sly Fox, the throbbing funky bass playing and smooth backing vocals of former Epic recording artist Dylan Storm, the swirling keys of Drew Costa and rounding out the group is the solid in the pocket drumming and showmanship of Sean Ireland. The live show has been described as "Heavy Voodoo Blues over Swampy Funky Grooves" and “an exciting show not to be missed - guaranteed to get you on your feet!"

Sule

Sule is a consummate, active professional. His music reflects the high premium he's placed on attention to detail and striving for excellence. His career has spanned many genres, such as Folk, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Gospel to name a few. These styles are seamlessly woven into a tapestry that is the essence of Sule's sound. His songwriting and stage show are examples of how dedicated he is to his audience, and to his craft. He has released two albums under his own name and is currently working on acoustic material for a third.

The Rift

We are a hard rock band based out of Los Angeles with an edgy driving twist on rock music. Traditionally, a rift is an open space. It’s a place of possibility and promise. Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT lives up to its moniker.

Bassist JOHN ANAGNOS says, “The name is the best way to describe the band, what we do, and the experience we portray live. The songs are meant to be an opening, and there’s a lot you can find within them.”

RAZTERIA


A one of a kind breaking of all rules. Razteria won grand prize in the JLSC 2016 for the song "Once Again" co-written with rapper Rahman Jamaal, from her 5th album "Aventurera" (2016). In 2017, Razteria brings together musicians, producers and engineers from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, USA and Switzerland in a new repertoire that crushes all musical and cultural boundaries.

Under The Lake

"Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how smoothjazz.com describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says "doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references." It's an sound that Under The Lake refers to as "jazz, groove and attitude." Featuring Nat Caranto on alto sax and John Moak on trombone, the two horn line-up and UTL's original compositions are keeping the soul jazz sound made famous by The Crusaders alive.

Floralyn George

Pop Singer/Songwriter, Model who plays the Electric Harp. Her aim is to take the harp out of its classical/folk frame and bring it to the broad world of pop music. Her unique voice has an outstanding vocal range and dynamic. She stands out with her unique mesmerizing sound and incredible talent. For her age, Floralyn has a very mature presence on stage and her strong live performances combined with her dreamy vibrations gives you a new extremely magical experience which is impossible to forget.

 

Revolators

Stripped back guitar grooves; infused with soul, rock, funk and high octane rhythm & blues. Original finely crafted songs.

Mayssa Karaa

Born in 1989 in Beirut, Lebanon, Mayssa Karaa attended the Conservatory of Beirut, where she studied piano, music theory and vocal training. In 2006, as a new conflict embroiled Lebanon, she moved with her family to Boston, Massachusetts and she gained a place at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, enrolling in 2008 and graduating in 2012.

Monday Night Social

Based out of Cleveland, TN (near Chattanooga) and known for their melodic blend of influences ranging from folk to blues with hints of bluegrass and pop, MondayNightSocial is a band poised to make their mark with unique songwriting and eclectic style. Their melding of various styles allows for a unique and resonant sound that compliments thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies. Check out our live videos, follow us on Twitter @MdayNightSocial, check out our stuff on Soundcloud, visit our website, and come see us play live!

 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

The Boston Shakers - Wasted EP Review

The Boston Shakers are a band I have had the pleasure of reviewing in the past. They are a six -piece originally from France and USA ,whom are now based in Liverpool, England formed out of the love of music and wanting to have a good time. The friends decided to conceive a band based on the blend of genres they linked with the nightlife of Liverpool and they had experienced as bartenders. The band infuse electronic beats, hip-hop, blues and hard rock to formulate an explosion of fun loving music.

The lads now release their much anticipated debut EP, Wasted. A sonic boom of electronic beats, fuzzy guitars and effusive rapping. This is certainly a good start for the band, and promises not to disappoint. This is a no-filler that begins with opener Ready For You, a no - nonsense sucker punch of a party anthem that is suitable for the first track with a delicious looping blues riff that incorporates the brash lyrical content and overall swagger of the rapping that has similarities to early Kasabian when they first broke onto the British music scene.

 

Wasted  is a more mellow and hazy journey of reflection with those swirling electronic beats and reverb induced riffs that enshroud your brain. I feel this is the moment for the album to take a backburner before the fun erupts again.

Body ,Mind and Soul  is sure to win over new listeners with its backbeats of blues guitar stylings and breakdowns that bend and distort like a good trip. The rhythmic section transitions throughout with the mix of heavy beats and prosthetic rapping that is sure to get fans dancing.

Oblivion is another energetic track that steeps with early indie rock influences such as Manchester bands like Oasis and The Stone Roses that keeps the album musically invested . This gives the EP another opportunity to show it is varied with prolific syntax. They know how to write songs about social observations of modern culture.

All Out is one of the lead singles of the track, which is a high octane blizzard of beats and cultivated riffs that have influences from those aforementioned bands. A catchy chorus and expansive breakdowns that are ingredients for success.

Black Magic is one of the more rocking tracks that starts with a heavy riff and intense rapping with the inclusion of melodic bridges at the chorus that defines the track. The swinging rhythm and full throttle nature of the track can’t prevent you from throwing your fists in the air.

Best Things  is another lung-busting upbeat track with hypnotic beats and simple chord patterns that can stir any dancefloor with a cutthroat blue infused solo that is as psychedelic as the breakdown of multi layered programming .

Plastic Bag is another indie rock track full of stirring guitar hooks and hip swinging rock n roll.

The Boston Shakers Wasted EP is now available via Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify , Google play, and other good music outlets.

If you like the band, you can catch them perform at Wolvesfest on June 16 at Wolverhampton Rugby Club, Wolverhampton, England.


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