Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Afro Nick Song and Record Release

Back for more, the Afro Nick has returned with two brand new song releases that explore the growth and maturity of The Afro Nick's musical style. For those who aren't familiar with The Afro Nick and his unique and heartfelt song compositions, look no further than my last review here at The Old School Project. The Afro Nick has once again delivered a raw, high powered performance inspired by the classic rock legends like, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and Santana. The Afro Nick oozes and accentuates what it means to be Rock and Roll. Having acquainted myself with his sound and recording process, I have delved into the songs “You” and “Wild Angel” with an open mind and an open hear. I will directly focus on “You”, a song that I found inspiring and powerful.

The recently released single “You” is some of The Afro Nicks best work to date. I can tell that the music is growing and evolving every time I hear his new stuff. The recording itself is very well done and mixed to perfection. Again, Afro Nick reminds me of The Black Angels or something of the like. “You” is hard-rock driven with distorted guitar parts. The chorus is ethereal and harmonious, which juxtapose as well with the excellent guitar solo. Overall, this is my favorite Afro Nick song to date. I am looking forward to checking this release out on vinyl.


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Wild Angel” is a melodic, heartfelt love song that tells the story of a man fallen from grace. This song is reminiscent of the Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” but not in the name, just a feeling that the song exudes. This song works well with “You” and both songs show a different side of what The Afro Nick brings to the table.

I talked with The Afro Nick about his upcoming releases here for The Old School Project and you can read his words below:

What inspired you to write you and can you tell us a bit about your upcoming releases?

(Afro Nick) A Few years ago, I was roaming around West Village with my girlfriend and I happened upon a small music store on West 4th street. I knew they keep vinyl’s in the basement so, I walked downstairs to take a look. There was a guy there playing a fretless guitar and he sounded really good. So, I turn to see who he is and to my surprise I see, Carlos Santana, and next to him, Cindy Blackman. I immediately ask my girlfriend, “Do you know who this guy is?” and she said “No, It can’t be him.” Just a few minutes later, I’m introducing myself to Carlos Santana saying, “It’s You! Right?”It has become one of my most memorable moments and an inspiration for my song, “You”. When I sat down to write the song, I mixed it up with a love story, but the inspiration and the main idea of the song is about Carlos and his music. “You take me, you ring love in the air, you make me high, all I need and I’ll be fine.”

The song “You” is the A side of 7” Lathe Record that I will release on June 9th. (online on June 8th) The release Show is at Nublu Classic - 62 Ave C, New York. The B side is my song “Wild Angel” that I released a few weeks ago at Rockwood Music Hall. I hope you enjoy listening and come over to Nublu Classic!  

Check out this release online here http://www.theafronick.com/store/ https://soundcloud.com/theafronick/you   https://goo.gl/Z4eQrW  and grab a copy of the Afro Nicks new compositions via vinyl ASAP. Thanks again to Afro Nick for reaching out for a second review and we look forward to hearing from our readers about these songs.

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:36

Olivia Henry Single Review

Olivia Henry is sweet yet seductive singer and songwriter. The sexy and slow tempo of her music accompanied by her sensuous vocals allow for a sultry sound. Olivia Henry’s vocal reminds me of a soul singer from the 70’s, her sound is a mix of Amy Winehouse meets June Christy, creating the ultimate jazz sounding vocal.

The latest single Gotta Run is a work of art. The mix of instruments fit perfectly together and creates a smooth sound that you can’t help but drink up. The bewitching vocals paired with the soft drumbeat in the background create an almost R&B sounding track. The lyrics depict a woman waiting for her lover until she decides that she will no longer wait. This highlights something that all women go through in life and creates a sense of self-empowerment and freedom.

The single is very different sounding then her previous tracks. The latest record is a more seductive and soulful song that you would expect to hear in a smoky whiskey bar, where as the previous tracks is more jazz sounding with their vibrant piano sound. The previous tracks I believe were all test runs working towards this latest single where Olivia Henry really honed in on her sound.


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Sadly, we don’t see much of miss Henry on Instagram, which in effect is a good thing, as when we do see her, her posts are always thought provoking as well as aesthetic, necessary within the music business. On Facebook though, miss Henry keeps all her fans fully involved with up to date and interesting posts advertising her future gigs and other opportunities. Olivia manages to keep her fans interested and excited for her future in the music world.

Ultimately, Olivia Henry has a promising future in the music world. Her unique sound paired with her sensuous image creates a thrilling listening experience. I personally am looking forward to her future releases and can’t wait to listen to them, as this single gave me an almost powerful feeling as I heard it. Keep a close eye on Olivia Henry!

Olivia will be playing Hotel Cafe's main stage for the first time on Saturday July 14th with some pretty amazing musicians.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:46

Patiotic Album Review

 

Patiotic Album Review

Up and coming new wave musician Patiotic rocks the world of ambien and chill house music with his latest album “Quiet clouds”. Creating an album is quite a feat and Patiotic certainly does not disappoint. The album takes you through a range of sounds that represent the emotions felt throughout the day. Each song is representative of a different time or place which creates a interesting layer of personal emotion to the album. The fact that the musician is so open with his feelings helps the listeners to really connect with what each song is trying to convey.


Overture is a soft and compelling piano piece that portrays the pain and suffering of the different kinds of people on the the city streets. It could be the depressing future for the homeless people and the girls and boys who work the streets, or the representation of the idea about what goes on behind closed doors. The sound of the piece is similar to that of one Yan Tiersan might have composed with its subdued and melancholic melody.


One can imagine hearing “funky tribe” at a cool beach bar at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Like the name suggests, the song has a funky vibe to it with the upbeat and mesmerising drumming pattern and the sleek melody. The song reminds me of the early evening when everyone is so full of life and happiness. The song itself has an element of daft punk to it with its effortless funky sound which is ironic as the word funk is in the title.


Transatlantic is a catchy tune that one would associate with movie soundtracks such as pirates of the caribbean or star wars. The music takes you on a journey through time with the fast paced and electronic beats. There is a hint of a banjo like sound, perhaps a reference to patiotics cultural heritage but either way it adds an element of sophistication to the track.


A calmer and more melancholic song is “closer to your love”. The wistful vocals provide a layer of heartfelt emotion that the listener can feel as well as hear. The distorted and broken vocal compliments the constant and jubilant beat providing for an emotional and exhilarating listening experience.


Some days i think we all just want to “drift” away. Patiotic creates the perfect anthem to help you get lost into when you wish to just disappear. The soothing beat accompanied by the futuristic melody makes for a calming listen. The guitar solo rips through the soft melody to create a layer of edge to the song and this compliments the ambient tone of the tune altogether.


The jazz vibe on “bossadream” takes you back to the era of latin jazz where the men and women would stay up all night and dance to their heart’s content. The easy going guitar makes for a tranquilizing extra sound on the already relaxing drum beat. The two components mixed together create a melodic and pacifying sounding track.


We all hate paperwork in general but unsurprisingly you cannot bring yourself to hate this song. The EDM vibed beat creates a futuristic sound that’s accompanied by the gentle melody in the background. I imagine this song to be influenced by the early hours of the morning when those who are still awake feel most alive, and those who are asleep dream peacefully. This track is by far the most chilled one on the album.


Everybody has many “Choices” they have to make in their lifetime and these choices define who we are and what we become. This track is influenced by the late nights and boozy times when mistakes are so easily made, especially in a city setting where everything is more readily available. The track is smooth and polished and you would definitely be making the right choice by giving it a listen.

Overall, the album is a success. Whether the tone of the song is happy or sad you are certain to feel something. It’s always wonderful when a musician can get you to personally connect to a song however it’s no easy thing to do.

Luckily for us Patiotic has managed to find the balance between a good sound and a good story.


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Patiotic Interview

1. How did you hear about The Old School Project?

I knew about Old School Project from Reverbnation, i have being selected as one of the finalist of a Contest made by Old School Project, and since then i have followed OSP. For that and much more im very happy and greatful for this interview, OSP have supported my music through FB post since then, and that is highly appreciated

2. What is your main inspiration when writing music?

My main inspiration are sounds, city noises. Everything has beats, and those beats i convert them to music. Our whole world is full of sounds, you just have to listen, and you will find a conexion between all those sounds.

3. What’s the plan for after the release?

The plan is to reach the most people who could listen my new album. I just want my music be heard, to show my work. My dream is to make music for trailers, placements on series, etc

4. Any collaborations in the future? And if so who with?

Well, in the past have collaborated with hip hop musician Phanom01, you can find that song in my Spotify profile. On the new album you will find also an amazing collaboration with Langelot where we made a deep trip hop song. I'm always looking for collaborations with singers to vocalize and make new versions of my songs.

5. What made you get into this particular style of music?

I'm immersed in music since I can remember. Listening tango with my grandfather, 60's chilean pop music because my parents, and some 80's music from my brother. So the mix of music that i have had in my head since i was a little kid was a bit extrange. Then at the age of 8 more less i started listening Pink Floyd, and that was an explosion to my mind, and then my exploration to new music and styles took me to a musical trip for almost 20 years that made what im today, a fusion of different styles between rock, pop, electronic, orchestral, and others that you can find in each of my songs

6. When did you start creating your own sound?

From the beginning. I've never made a cover, im not good for that, i love to improvise, tweek sounds, modify parameters, play with them to generate the atmosphere that i want for each song i made.

7. What is your ideal future?

It's hard to say or schedule, everyday everything changes , i love to make music, so i should say that my ideal future is to live by my music. But at this point the only thing i want is get my music heard by thousands of people

8. How have the album pre sales gone?

To be honest... nothing hehehe but i don't really care at this moment. I just want people enjoy what i do.

9. Any new music being made at the moment?

I'm always making new music. Now i'm start thinking in the new album genre, that will be a mix between rock and electronic, ElectroRock. But always making those orchestrals overtures that will be one of my cacracteristics of each álbum

10. Who created the album art and what was the inspiration behind it?

honestly i made it through a template that I liked and modified, with the corresponding authorization obviously. It represents the simplicity and tranquility that it gives to look at the clouds, to see their passage, even though everything is around with constant noise.

 

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 13:31

Vote for Major Moment on Boston Emissions

Boston Emissions: December 13, 2018

New music from Batons, Major Moment, Hallelujah The Hills, Yoni Gordon, Eddie Japan, Love Love, Dirty Dixx, Baabes | Boston Emissions 12/13

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About Boston Emissions

Boston Emissions began airing on 104.1 WBCN some time in the 1980s (reportedly 1987, according to Carter Alan’s book about WBCN). Throughout that time, the show was instrumental in introducing and establishing thousands of bands from around Boston and New England. The mission of the show has always been to expose and support independent bands and artists of varying rock styles from the region. Anngelle Wood became host in 2008. In 2009, upon the demise of the rock radio behemoth WBCN, Boston Emissions moved dial position to 100.7 WZLX where the show aired until May of 2018. In September of the same year, host Anngelle Wood took the show entirely online where she programs the show, live streams, hosts events, shows, and studio sessions in the community. With a focus on new music discovery, the annual Rumble takes place over nine nights each spring. 

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Hush Money

Hush Money is a diverse and fresh southern rock band hailing from the foothills of the southern appalachians with a sounds paying tribute to vintage blues, outlaw country, punk and metal. The band originally was just a small town band but recently they have managed to reach out to fans all over America, Australia, Canada, and Mexico by playing Festivals all over the south east.

 

Hush Money consists of:

Seth Weaver- lead vocals/rhythm guitar

Greg Weaver- drums/backing vocals

Caleb Logan- singer/songwriter and lead guitarist

Nathaniel Newberry- bass guitarist

Hush Money recently released their music video to song “Bourbon Street Queen” which oozes sex appeal which pays homage to many rock bands that they were influenced by.

http://www.hushmoneyband.com - cool, fresh and up to date. The website hold the information about the band and has links to their music. It has a great colour scheme which is not only appealing to the eyes but keeps the reader interested too.

https://www.facebook.com/HushMoneymusicinc/ - home to many photos of the band and keeps fans regularly updated as to where gigs and other appearances are to be held.

 

The Charming Beards

The Charming Beards are an american based folk rock band. They write soulful lyrics with the intention of getting people to dance with the funky sounding music. They brand themselves as “upbeat and emotive” which i must say certainly is true. They have opened for many bands like Hank and the cupcakes and Black Horse motel.

The Charming Beards consist of:

Katie Kelly- vocals/acoustic and electric guitar

Lisa Dietterich- bass/vocals

Jordan Hine- electric guitar/vocals

The Charming Beards released their EP “Cigarettes and Whiskey” in 2014 and it was nominated for a steamtown music award.

https://www.facebook.com/TheCharmingBeards/ - frequently updated and very informative designed to keeps fans in the loop, with an organised array of photos and videos for old fans and the new ones alike.

https://www.reverbnation.com/thecharmingbeards - keeps fans up to date with the dates of gigs and other appearances. All music is stored in one place which is brilliant to see.

 


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Poro

Poro is a indie pop band who create overall feed good music for people of all ages and genders, drawing influences from musicians like sufjan stevens and phoenix and copeland, all while making anew sound of their own. The band is based just outside of Cleveland and is rapidly rising in the music scene.

Poro consists of:

Mark Porostosky

Susan Ulle

Ryan Walker

Poro recently released their debut EP titled “Eyes’ which has gained much media attention and a rise in monthly listeners.

http://www.poromusic.com/about.html - this website is informative, and frequently updated with the latest news on the band ventures and future happenings.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/poromusic/ - sheds light into the bads personal life and allows for the audience to connect with them which helps create empathy in their music.

 

 

The Foxfires

The Foxfires are a blend of indie pop, indie rock, folk, surf rock and shoegaze combined together with their own personal positive messages and a ambient tone that they refer to as “seagaze” . The band has gained a magnitude of followers in a relatively short time due to the touchy subject matters and the sweet way they deal with them. Most notably is the song “Don’t give up” which is an anti suicide anthem fueled by the recent deaths of Chester Bennington, kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. The band is from New York and New Jersey and was formed in 2013.

The Foxfires consists of:

Christian Diana- vocals/ guitar

Adam Alexander Kahn- bass

Christian Cordero- guitar/keys

Brandon Vallejo- drums

The Foxfires have released 2 singles, 2 EP’s and 1 full length record that have been performed at over 400 shows all over America.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheFoxfires/ - regularly updated and keeps the fans in the loop.

http://www.thefoxfires.com - it's aesthetically pleasing and captures the audience's attention, as well as being well informed and full of band photos which helps the listeners feel involved.

 


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Time is of the Essence. It either goes too fast or too slow, but either way we never fully appreciate the time we have until it runs out. To live in the moment is what we all struggle to do. In a world of big corporations and billion dollar deals, we are slaves to our jobs and routines. The latest single “The Moment” by A Second Life is all about time. The past, the present, the future and what it does to people like you and me.

The story behind this song is loss, the loss of an old friend. And I know from experience how difficult it is. I'm only surprised by how productive this song is when it comes to capturing those dream like feelings. “If i knew when, then maybe I would be different”, singer Chris Damphouse croons along to the fingering of guitar strings. This slow start helps to highlight the raw emotions that he is feeling. This line alone taps into the emotions that we all feel about anything and everything. How many times do you sit and question what would of happened if you knew something different, or you did something new? It's a dangerous thing to think, but it was needed in this song to show that everybody hurts when they loose someone.

The song talks about feeling caged in narrow walls, and loosing someone precious to you does this. It often requires great effort to loose this feeling. Six months after Ryan passed, his widow posted on Facebook telling everyone how Ryan would everyone to live, not just a half arsed attempt but to really live for each moment, and that's what triggered this song. Written Lyrically in mere minutes, the song is not short of emotion and is able to appeal to the masses who have lost someone or feel lost themselves. The song inspires for a new kind of living. One I wish to take part in.

The second verse is about the future. “And hope for…” or “dream for” and shows a sense of yearning for a better future. It points out some of the flaws of Everyday life for people now like the wars being fought all over the world. The whimsical dream paired with the alluring guitar and drum beat make for a powerful track, one I see being in a teen movie like “10 things I hate about you” or “Ferris Bueller’s day off”. The song allows for a feeling of self empowerment. I feel sat here now, listening to it, that I can do everything and anything. Everyone deserves to feel this way, and I am thoroughly impressed that A Second Life have managed to capture the Essenes oft his feeling and turn it into something musically genius.

Overall, the latest single is by far the best and most meaningful done by the band A Second Life. I recommend listening when you feel down, because you won't stay that way for long. This band is on the rise and when they make it, we can only hope for more tracks this “The Moment”.

 

Interview with A Second Life

 

How do you know The Old School Project?

We found The Old School Project online. They have been Super supportive of our music!!

Who would you say are your main influences when writing music?

We have deep roots, our grandma was a blues singer. But when we write I’d say U2, 30 seconds to mars and Kings of Leon.

Are you full time Musicians or do you have jobs on the side?

Most of us are aspiring rockstars. I also run a successful personal training business. It’s important to have a lot of balls in the air.

Describe your Creative process. Is there a certain time or emotion needed to write?

Writing is like lighting. It strikes me. Then I write like crazy, after that I usually sit with Dan D to come up with the core of the song. Then our producer Rob Freeman polishes it.

How has your music evolved since the first time playing together?

It’s grown a lot, it’s all about feeling the music, learning each other’s vibe. As a band you have to constantly grow or your music won’t!


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How did the band form?

My last band fizzled out, we did so much in such a short time, but most of the band had zero drive. They expected it to just come to them. So I decided to learn guitar in my off time and that was when I met Dan DelVecchio. We hit it of instantly. I didn’t tell him about my music until 6 months later as I didn’t want to talk about it but we had so many ideas to talk about and music just felt right.

Two is company, three is a crowd, describe how the band interacts and what happens when conflict arises.

Listen. The simple trick is to discuss the issues… we don’t really argue!

I like coffee and I like cake but I don’t like coffee cake. Tell me a weird thing you like separately but not together?

Lol I’ve never heard this question before! But I love ice cream and like soda but I hate ice cream soda… does this count?

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it Be? Are there any collaborations in the future?

Ahhhh, that’s easy. U2, but the edge if we have to narrow it down. I love the sound he Creates with his guitars, to me they are magical and they make me feel. At the moment we have no collaborations planned but that doesn’t mean we aren’t open to them!

Do you find yourself living by the phrase “live in the moment” or do you often live in the past or with thought of the future?

This one is my favourite question. So I believe a life lived without passion is a life not lived. So yes I live for the moments. Don’t wait for life to come to you. Make it happen!!

"The Moment" will be On Air 24/7 among other great song by A Second Life.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

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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Mishéll

If you're a fan of Eurovision, then you'll definitely recognise the name Mishéll. Not only did this Ukrainian singer/songwriter make it to the National Selections for Eurovision in 2006 and 2007, but she also dominated other talent shows. It seems her music captured Ukraine in 'Your Face Sounds Familiar' 2013, and she was awarded second-place at the 2008 'New Wave' song contest.

Mishéll released her official video for 'Never Be' in January, 2018. She is currently working on a full-length album.

https://www.facebook.com/mishellsinger/ - a well-maintained Facebook account with various photographs and videos for viewers. The profile lacks a biography, and there is little information regarding the artist; however, the necessary information is available with an email address. No forwarding links to other websites, which is disappointing.

https://www.instagram.com/mishellsinger/ - a very well-maintained Instagram account with both personal and professional pictures. Mishéll engages well with her audience here, but does not cross the boundary of over-friendly with her followers. A link to her YouTube is available, but there is no information about her or links to other websites. More links would be useful to help followers view more profiles.

https://xn--mishll-eva.com/ - as with the social media profiles, Mishéll's official account has minimal background information. It does, however, provide links to the social media profiles with YouTube videos and a contact box - that's it. Mishéll is currently recording, so I'm unsure if gig listings would be placed on this site. My recommendation is to place more information here on this site, such as an 'about me' page, some event listings (or a page for pending listings), and a press section. Rather place items here than hope for people to visit the social media accounts.

 

Mayssa

A US citizen born in Lebanon, Mayssa Karaa is the embodiment of Middle Eastern influences merged with the US-dominated global pop/rock culture. Her enchanting multi-octave voice defines a new generation of musical inclusion with her songs connecting the origins of her homeland to the adopted home of California. In 2015, Mayssa Karaa received a Grammy Award nomination. Mayssa released the first track, 'Broken Lines', off her new album in May 2018.

Mayssa released the official video of 'Broken Lines' in September 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/MayssaKaraa/ - this Facebook profile is very well-maintained with regular updates. The majority of the updates are press-related, and the audio-visual items (videos and pictures) focus on live performances. All contact details and personal information is available, along with Twitter and Instagram widgets allowing visitors to view these profiles without leaving Facebook. This is a highly professional profile and offers something for both fans and publicists.

https://www.instagram.com/mayssakaraa/ - a regularly updated Instagram account with various personal and professional pictures. Personal information is absent and there is no link to any other online accounts or websites. It's good for engaging with followers, but links to other accounts would be recommended.

https://www.mayssakaraa.com/ - a highly professional official website with everything you could want available on the landing page. Mayssa has background information, videos, press links, contact information, newsletter subscription, a music playlist and links to all social media is available without needing to leave the first page.

 


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Franklin Boone

Franklin Boone is a singer/songwriter hailing from Durham, North Carolina. While he seems to lean towards an indie rock/alternative style with his music, this is not necessarily the sound he presents all the time. Based on his wide musical influences, Franklin has developed a unique, multi-genre sound that comprises jazz, indie rock, folk and rock. Franklin's aim is to share his music and take the listener on an exploration of the human experience from alternate perspectives. He wishes to bring life to others by sharing his gift.

Franklin Boone recently released the demo of his song 'Everything' on iTunes.

https://www.facebook.com/franklinboonemusic/ - the Facebook account is a regularly updated one with an array of photographs, videos and press-related posts. Several of the videos are covers, which is always enjoyable to watch as a fan. The account has a Reverbnation app sharing all videos, press photographs, event listings and a music playlist. My one concern is the lack of personal information and contact details. He does have a link to his official website, but more details to other social media accounts would be useful.

https://www.instagram.com/delanorroosevelt/ - one thing I dislike regarding professional social media accounts is when the handle is completely alternate to the artist's name. While Franklin indicates his official website and name in the personal information section, the account may be overlooked because of the handle. The account is also poorly maintained with only five posts made in 2018.

http://franklinboonemusic.com/ - the official website is well-maintained with access to music, event listings, a music playlist, videos, personal information and social media links on the landing page. A menu is available to direct you to specific sections, which is useful to avoid scrolling down. The press image background is attractive making it an aesthetically pleasing website to peruse; however, there are no contact details.

 

ROMII

Pop superstar ROMII, previously known as ROMY, has never been afraid of hard work. Trained in all forms of performing arts (singing, acting and dancing) from a young age onwards, ROMII wrote her first song at the age of seven; once the bug bit, there was no stopping her! Working with industry professionals such as Savage, Bad Boy Records and T-Pain, this Los Angeles/Brisbane-based artist has been carving a name for herself on an international scale. Sworn to remain independent, ROMII self-produced debut single 'Wild Heart' received high acclaim from radio stations across the globe. Her performance of the song at the Queensland Music Awards 2017 won her the title of 'Urban Song of the Year'.

ROMII released her single 'Cupid Love' in September 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/whoisromii/ - this Facebook account is very well-maintained with posts made on an almost daily basis. The posts tend to focus on press and promotion, as do the videos and pictures. Event details are easily found, but regarding personal details, ROMII provides basic information with a biography, link to official website and email address. I would recommend links to additional social media accounts for the visitor's convenience. It should also be noted that the 'BandPage' app no longer works.

https://www.instagram.com/whoisromii/ - a well-maintained Instagram account with both professional and personal posts; however, more professional and press images than personal. While little information is available in the Instagram 'about me' section, ROMII has placed a linktree hyperfollow URL with access to all of her online accounts.

https://www.whoisromii.com/ - the official website is a basic landing page with a press image, expired countdown and links to social media accounts. It's evident that ROMII has ignored this website and I would recommend updating it by at least removing the expired countdown.


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Chemical Trails Quick Review

The Chemical Trails are Brit Indie -Rock band founded by Adrien Liss (singer, songwriter and producer) and the bassist Josh DeMita .

The duo began to produce and write all the music instruments, arrangements and edited their own material until November 2012 when they decided to move to London. They then proceeded to assemble the line-up of today that are Adrien (Lead Voice - Acoustic Guitar -Piano -Synth) Josh ( Bass Guitar - Backing Voice) Enzo Nezi (Guitars- Backing Voice Jack Zonato (Guitars - Backing Voice), Fabio Bizzi (Drums). The band cite Radiohead, Depeche Mode, U2, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Coldplay and in general, music from 80"s 90's as their major influences. The band say of their bond "Prior of being musicians our band it's a family. This passion, energy, and love for art in general, reflects in our songs. We love music and we're fighting every day to do this for the rest of our life, hopefully giving emotions to everyone's listening to our songs” .

They recently released their first EP Chemical Trails , a collection of singles, which you can find on Soundcloud. The EP is a fresh new trek through electronica , anthems, and atmospheric tunes .

Opener Rabbit Hole is a hotbed of electric synths and thick bass that guide you through a haze. Liss’ vocals slither along to the laid back beats. This is a fantastic way to open up an album brimming with emotions.

The Fall is a big stomper. The opening riff harks back to 70’s classic rock mixed with a psychedelic edge that feels like you’ve been caught in a cloud. A polished and beautiful track that could be a hit.

Morning After is a dark acoustic track entrenched in misty overtones and mellifluous vocals that are dripping with emotion and sorrow.

Living Volcain is a gothic track that is reminiscent of the synth rock of Depeche Mode. Liss’ vocals are haunting over the echoes of pounding drums and dual singing adds depth to the melancholic atmosphere.

And finally, Illuminati finishes with a melodic track that would please fans of 80’s electric Pop. Liss delivers a spoken word performance over a driving rhythm mixed with an enchanting chorus

 

 

 

 

The band share a passion and talent that is transparent in the music they play. The reader can join this journey via a few accessible sites

https://www.chemicaltrails.co.uk/ This is the recently created webpage by the group that is very impressive. The design is sharp and professional. The viewer can get easy access to the trails’ latest music, concerts, videos and news.

https://www.facebook.com/chemicaltrails is a very good site for new followers. There is footage of the band in rehearsal plus mp3’s tour dates, videos, music schedule and all the latest news and posts.

https://twitter.com/Chemtrailsound gives the followers an opportunity to message and tweet them plus updates on the band’s latest whereabouts.

https://www.instagram.com/chemicaltrailsmusic/ provides a selection of bright and colourful pictures of the band in action.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:50

Artists To Keep Your Eye On

Rai Kah Mercury

 

Rai Kah Mercury is a three-piece blues-rock band hailing from Staffordshire, England. Defining their music as both 'delicate and chaotic glory', the band members captivate listeners through the complex web they weave in their melodies. Influences range from Joy Division to Radiohead and Crazy House; however, once you heard the artists start to play, you will discover signature pieces that pure Rai Kah Mercury.

Rai Kah Mercury is:

Tomas Crean on guitar and lead vocals.
Reese Schaefer on bass.
Joshua Anthony Lowe on drums.

Rai Kah Mercury released their debut single, 'Terror Incognita', in September 2018, which was well received by audiences.

https://www.facebook.com/raikahmercury/ - the band maintains their Facebook site well and keeps it frequently updated with gig listing and media exposure. They have an array of videos and photos, as well as all information required for contacting the band.

ReverbNation - a good and simple Reverbnation profile page acting as an official website. Clear access to music, photos, videos and gig listings (including Google maps). Great for both fans and press to follow.

 

Emily Lockett

 

Emily Lockett is a singer/songwriter from Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Using a style somewhere between folk and modern pop, Emily has sincerity to her voice that is endearing. Having received acclaim from different music blogs and performing live on radio stations such as BBC Radio Stoke and Cannock Choice Radio, Emily is building a name for herself.

Emily recently won the British Country Airplay's 'Artist of The Year 2018 Peoples Vote'.

https://www.facebook.com/EmilyLockettMusic/ - regularly updated with posts regarding new gigs, media exposure and mentions of upcoming plans. Many performance videos available with photographs for fans to enjoy; however, the contact information is limited.

https://www.emilylockett.co.uk/ - the official website is more informative than Emily's social media platforms. A list of upcoming gigs is immediately available with information of the event, as well as a playlist of Emily's music. The news link below is updated regularly, and you can see that this website is managed by Emily through the personal writing style.

 

All From Nothing

 

All the way from Emporia, Kansas come five young Americans to form the rock band All From Nothing. Mixing alternative, modern and hard rock styles, the five-piece are slowly building a fan base while playing gigs, writing music and releasing videos left, right and centre. Their influences range from pop-punk icons Blink 182 to alternative rockers Rise Against.

All From Nothing are:

Jeff Kitselman on lead vocals.
Sage Thurston on guitar and backing vocals.
Gabriel Maruda on guitar and backing vocals.
Josh Pavlik on bass.
James Lee on drums.

All From Nothing released their video 'Burning Trees' on October 11th, 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/AllFromNothing/ - the social media account is well-maintained with regular updates on releases, gigs, and further media exposure. An array of photographs and videos are available allowing fans to view band performances. The appropriate amount of band contact information is available, with some personal features to the 'about' section making it a little less business-like.

https://www.reverbnation.com/AllFromNothing - Reverbnation accounts are ideal as band websites because the site has demarcated sections devoted to shows, music playlists and a band biography. The site is updated regularly, but not as regularly as the Facebook account.

 

Purusa

Burying the hatchet is always a good thing, as long as it's used as a metaphor and not a real hatchet buried in someone's head. Strong evidence of this is the indie rock four-piece from Portland, Oregon, known as Purusa. The band formed in 1999 and from 2000 to 2003 experienced rapid success as a national act releasing two albums, touring across the West coast, and even releasing an advance single for their third album featuring Ken Stringfellow of The Posies. Unfortunately, it would be over a decade before the much anticipated third album hit the stands when the band made a triumphant return in 2015 at the Aladdin Theater in Portland. Purusa now have a licensing deal with Merina Film Company and continue to write music moving onward with the unique indie rock sound.

Purusa are:

Kris Kirkman on guitar and lead vocals.
Zach Hinkelman on guitar.
Andrew Marshall on bass.
Andy King on drums.

https://www.facebook.com/purusapdx/ - a well-maintained social media account with an array of photographs and videos. Gig listing is available, along with links to other social media and different contact details. This is highly informative and isn't too formal, so you feel as if you are learning more about the band while still engaging on a personal level.

http://www.purusaband.com/ - a well-designed website with easy-to-view colour scheme. Each section of the website is easily reached via the menu, along with a full streaming of their social media accounts on the site. Unless you have a limited data package and have problems downloading graphic backgrounds, this is a great website.

 


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River Lynch and The Spiritmakers

 

River Lynch and The Spiritmakers is a tale of one singer-songwriter who decided to follow a dream instead of sticking to society's mainstream ideals. After realising he was more of a musician than an academic, River Lynch left college to embark on a solo career for approximately three years. In 2015, he decided it was time to move beyond singer-songwriter status combining his talents with friends; thus, River Lynch and The Spiritmakers were born. A unique combination of rock 'n' roll, blues and rock, the young men from Rochester, New York have released a single and performed with multiple touring acts including Jesse Dayton.

River Lynch and The Spiritmakers are:

River Lynch on guitar and lead vocals.
Schuyler Skuse on bass.
Tim Leverett on drums.

River Lynch and The Spiritmakers released their single, 'Straight Through' in October 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/riverlynchmusic/ - an informative social media account with a great focus on gigs. One exciting feature on this account is the Reverbnation widget with the band's full EPK available, including press review quotes, links to other social accounts and access to music. While it might not be as personalised as some other accounts, the EPK widget is a great feature.

https://www.riverlynch.com/ - the website has all contact, press, and biography information, along with links to their social media accounts. Once again, there's a link to their EPK which is wonderful for press purposes. However, the website has a video background, so it may be difficult to upload if the internet connection is bad or the user has a low data package.

 

Trey Connor

Trey Connor is a young pop-rock artist hailing from Hartland, Michigan. He began his career in music at age 15 as the front man for modern rock band Bulletproof; however, after two EP releases and a music award, Trey decided to pursue a solo career in the pop-rock genre. In late 2016, Trey released his debut solo EP with producer Tommee Profitt. Since then, he has released two music videos, a single, and another EP. This year, Trey is relocating to Austin, Texas, and indicates that he will be beginning another step in his musical experience. His influences include Skid Row, Goo Goo Dolls, and Foo Fighters.

Trey Connor's most recent release is his music video for 'My Ghosts' in April 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/TreyConnorMusic/ - Trey's social media account could be likened to a personal Facebook account. It is well-maintained and shares many videos not only of gigs but of covers with personal messages in the descriptions. Links to other social media accounts are available, along with contact details and information about himself. The account also has a Reverbnation app with an EPK, so fans have access to music and press reviews.

http://www.treyconnor.com/index.html - a well-structured site with a clear menu, easy-to-view setting and access to all multimedia. Streaming from other social media sites is available, along with links to charities Trey supports which is a nice, personalised touch.

 

White Label Analog

White Label Analog is an indie pop foursome hailing from the city of Austin in Texas. They released their debut EP in September 2016, which prompted a tour from Austin to the Pacific Northwest and down the West Coast of the US. According to Paul Driscoll from RadioBDC, White Label Analog "created a sound that echoes some of the greats in the indie and alternative genres, while remaining uniquely their own". By 2017, White Label Analog's tracks were featured in MTV shows, and the single 'Where Have You Been' was licensed to feature in the film 'My Ranger'.

White Label Analog is:

Chris Didear on lead vocals.
Heath Macintosh on drums and vocals.
Chal Boudreaux on guitar and vocals.
Mike Fisher on bass.

White Label Analog released their latest single 'Everybody Knows' in September 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/whitelabelanalog/ - a well-maintained and personalised social media account. The videos provided offer insight into the band's experiences, and lots of information is available for live events. A significant focus on community engagement, and good links to contact information and other social media accounts. Overall, a really good Facebook account.

https://www.whitelabelanalog.com/ - while there is a carefully laid-out menu to music, merch and gigs, all of this information is available on the homepage. A link to social media accounts and videos are available making it highly informative for new and current fans. A large header picture, so that could be a bit off-putting.

 

Liber Electro

Liber Electro is an indie electronic three-piece formed in the Ukraine, Odessa to be precise. Founded in 2013, they released an EP titled 'Liber Electro I' - an album that showed how the band uses powerful electronics to present a unique sound without being too overwhelming. Liber Electro are influenced by the sounds of Steve Vai, Led Zeppelin and Jamariquai.

Liber Electro is:

Maksin Gorovenko on keyboards.
Vasilieva Liudmila on lead vocals.
Vladimir Pavleshchiuk on guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/liberelectro/ - the social media account has a personalised touch with a lot of photographs from Instagram making it useful for people interested in following the band. The band profile widget provides access to press reviews, music samples and gig details keeping people updated for performances. Little information regarding biography, but the contact information is adequate.

https://www.reverbnation.com/liberelectro - this is a Reverbnation band profile page, so it has information regarding music, videos and shows. It also has community reviews with access to other social media accounts which is great for new and existing fans. Contact details are not available, and this should be considered.


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