Biscay

Biscay are a six-piece from UK. The band’s name derives from the location they are based. Biscay are fronted by the exciting young French singer Elea may. The sextuplet are a hybrid of Funk, Jazz and World Music. The award-winning outfit enjoyed a successful 2018 winning five songwriting competitions combined with May’s sweet voice is accompanied by an accomplished rhythm section that plays a combustion of upbeat funk and rich jazz textures.

http://biscay.co.uk/

This is a basic account with an attractive image of the band set in the background. The white colour seems to be an easy backdrop to the material you will find. There is a nice Bio section, alongside a link to Biscay’s latest music video. You will find a link to a music player alongside a lovely gallery of colourful snaps of the band. There is also A press release section with links to magazine articles and reviews of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/biscaymusic/

This is a helpful site for anybody interested in the band. There are regular post updates from the studio, as well as photos and videos of recordings. This idea of giving visitors exclusive behind the scene footage conveys itself as professional.

 

Four Trips Ahead

Four Trips Ahead is a Prog/Metal act from New York formed in 2003 by Lead singer/songwriter Pete Wilson. The band have steadily forged a hard-working reputation with extensive tours across the States and Europe, including the UK. They have also featured in several Musical publications and received national airplay. Wilson’s strong and impassioned vocals are matched by the intricate guitar solos and pounding drums that are reminiscent of American act Black Label Society.

Four Trips Ahead recently released Latest Album “... And the Fire Within” last Spring.

Four Trips Ahead are;

Pete Wilson - Vocals

Brian Eisenpresser- Guitars

Dan Cassidy- Bass

Ken Candelas- Drums

http://fourtripsahead.com/

This is a very professional site with an attractive logo, and a large background photo of the band. I felt this gave the impression of a renowned rock act. There are some nice quotes about the music from reputable Music publications, as well as an extensive bio on FTA’s latest album “… And the Fire Within”. There is a link to the band’s YouTube account, as well as a photo gallery. The news section promises exciting upcoming releases, but it is not regularly updated.

https://www.facebook.com/fourtripsahead/

This is another well managed account by the band. There are regular posts on media promo, gigs etc. They seem to interact on each post with the fans, which is always a plus for any music fan. There are links to other social media accounts, plus videos that gain behind the scenes access, as well as an extensive photo gallery. I felt impressed with the overall feeling that they enjoy interacting with the fans.

Explorers

Explorers are a Synth/pop act from Chesterfield, England. The two -piece were inspired to form the band through a bond of 80’s cinema, Nostalgia and “a DIY spirit”. They derived their name from a Joe Dante film. The duo previously appeared in several indie bands, including MYbe ;which outsoled Maximo Park and Placebo in the charts. The duo produces warm and atmospheric music replete with synths and hazy vocals.

Explorers are;

Jez Dennis – Drums, Vocals

Rob Bannister- Synths, vocals

https://www.weareexplorers.co.uk/

This is another attractive site with a backdrop of sunset that gives the impressions of a warm welcome. There is an extensive bio on the duo, a music player, which includes new single “Waiting for the sun”, plus a section dedicated to the Explorers’ social media activity. The only negative is there is no photo gallery to peruse.

https://www.facebook.com/weareexplorers/

This is a good FB page from Explorers. The outfit have formed an engaging page that interacts with new fans. They regularly post updates in regards to music promotion. There are some colourful pictures of the band on stage, plus sneak peek of new music recorded in the studio

Sirsy

Sirsy are a rock and soul duet from New York. The duo is Lead singer/ Drummer Melanie Krahmer, who has previously featured in Modern Drummer Magazine, and guitarist Rich Libutti.

They have performed over 200 shows annually over a ten-year span that includes opening slots for established acts like Maroon 5, Cheap Trick etc. Krahmer’s vocals are powerful and energetic with the sardonic grooves of Libutti’s guitar lines.

Sirsy are currently working on a follow up to 2015 EP “ Sketches and Ghosts”

https://www.sirsy.com/

This is a very well- organized site that has been done to professional standard. The duo’s hard work ethic has been transposed into creating a vibrant and compelling webpage that is worth a browse if you have a few minutes. The strong colour scheme is instantly attractive with a slideshow effect informing visitors of the band’s recent achievements. The sections are categorized with a dropdown menu for any subject of interest. There is an updated gig schedule, MP3 links to Sirsy’s back catalogue alongside an option to read through the lyrics, too. The video sections feature a link to their YouTube channel.

Also, the photo section is divided into separate pictures such as press, live, Instagram etc. The about section concludes with an extensive biography, alongside a press kit.

https://www.facebook.com/sirsyband/

This is another fun and entertaining site designed to engage with listeners. The profile picture of the band as caricatures highlights their personality, which is a warm gesture for visitors. There are regular posts of their recent tour, photos of the band enjoying themselves across the states plus videos that act as a diary as they drive from coast to coast. This gives the impression that they enjoy what they do.

Sandoval Band

Sandoval Band is Jean Sandoval, A guitarist/singer/songwriter from Meridian, CT, USA. He enjoys creating different sounds to form unique ones and has toured extensively alongside with fellow musicians. Sandoval writes soulful tunes blended with blues, jazz, country and Latin flavour. Sandoval shares similarities with Santana and Jeff Healy.

Sandoval recently released new EP “Sound of It All: Part A” in January.

https://www.sandovalband.com/

This is another professional site. The viewer is greeted by a large photo of Sandoval, alongside an instant player of his latest EP. There are some pictures of the guitarist in the studio, as well as some with his gear. There is also a video of the guitarist performing live on a local TV show.

https://www.facebook.com/sandovalband

This is another well managed FB page that engages with the audience. The posts show how Sandoval values his listeners with regular updates on his personal life, as well as tours and new music. There are videos that offer sneak previews of the new album, as well of the band working hard in the studio. I feel this is another positive for new fans interested in learning more about the guitarist.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis are an underground Indie/ Heavy metal outfit from Barstow, CA. The band have experienced something of a meteoric rise since the days when they self- released their debut album in College. Since then, they have featured in several notable music publications such as Revolver and Metal Hammer, as well as toured with acts like Ill Nino and A Day to Remember.

Chrysalis have gone on to release a further two albums to date, including a successful crowdfund campaign in support of the second one.

The band create atmospheric sounds via crushing guitars and pounding drums. They write progressive music with thought provoking lyrics.

Chrysalis are:

Yessi Burton - Vocals / Guitar / Keys
Chris Norris - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Gabe Gallego - Guitar / Backing Vocals
Jared Sturgis - Bass
Billy Norris – Drums

https://chrysalisband.com

This is a pleasant site to visit with an attractive overhead and a nice blend of colours that reflects the emotional and calming aura of Chrysalis. There is certainly no lack of music for the regular site browsers. There is a full catalogue; which includes videos of the singles, too. I found that you need to scroll down to discover this, as well as several social media links, and information on the band. There is a comprehensive bio, which seems outdated. Overall, this is an interesting insight for fans none too familiar with their sound.

https://www.facebook.com/ChrysalisBand/

This seems like a site managed by the band themselves in order to promote their material. There are regular updates on their music, plus interaction with their fans. Also, the pictures seem like music posters from their gigs, with the exception of a few. Th videos seem like guitar breakdowns for the fans. My only criticism is that the site has not been active for over a year.


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Ramshackle

Ramshackle are a Punk rock act from Sydney, Australia, comprising of friends from England, Australia and China. The band were originally formed as a three piece by two high school friends, who had competed together in Battle of the Bands competitions. They were joined by an English bassist, whose family moved to Sydney when he was 9 years old. The band were finally converted into a four piece in 2013 following the arrival of a music producer from China on drums.

Ramshackle have regularly toured across Australia at some big venues, as well as local festivals.

The band play high energy guitar orientated music with melodic vocals and powerful lyrics.

Ramshackle are:

Lead Vocals & bass: Tony Austin

Guitar & vocals: Jared Montgomery

Guitar & vocals: James Wall

Drums: Jack Gao

https://ramshackle.com.au/

This is another well managed site with some great on-stage pictures of the group in performance, an extensive about section, and lyrics. There is a music player for those interested in their sound, alongside a couple of videos of the band on stage. The only criticism is it would have been nice to see a few more videos of the band.

https://www.facebook.com/ramshackleband/

This is another good facebook page with posts on upcoming gigs, a comprehensive collection of photos of the band in rehearsal, as well as performing on stage. The videos are an insight into the band in rehearsal, which feels like it really involves the fans. My only criticism is that the posts haven’t been updated since May.

Wild Horse

Wild Horse are a four-piece hard rock act from East Sussex, England formed by brothers, Jack and Henry Baldwin. The band have been compared to The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys, and have appeared at notable venues across London and Southern England.

The hard working outfit were recognized in 2014 as “Rock the House” nominees, They have released two albums &3 EP’s to date.

Wild Horse recently released second album “Songs About Last Night” in June. They are currently working on a new EP

http://www.wildhorse-rockband.com/home

This is another attractive site with an intent to promote the act’s credentials. There are various links to Wild Horse Music via various established online music platforms, some sharp images of the band, as well as an extensive bio. I feel this is a good introduction to Wild Horse.

https://www.facebook.com/wildhorseuk/

This is a great site that embodies the band’s hard work ethic. I feel this reflects the band’s personality with in-depth posts that regularly update fans on gigs and music promos. There are tons of photos of the band onstage, as well as videos of the band onstage, and latest music tracks. This is a professional site managed to appeal to fans.

Mitch Dalton and the Studio kings

Mitch Dalton and The Studio kings are a British supergroup formed by revered guitarist Mitch Dalton, whose played with Robbie Williams and Melody Gardot. The band are completed by Pianist David Arch, best known for his work on TV show “Strictly Come Dancing”, and in the Oscar winning film “The King’s speech”, Bassist Steve Pearce (Van Morrison) and drummer Ian Thomas (Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton). The band play melodious grooves and have featured music on several films and tv shows.

Mitch Dalton and The Super kings have a debut album called “...Meet Mitch Dalton and the Studio Kings”

http://www.mitchdalton.co.uk/

This is another well managed site with a stylish font and colourful pictures on the home page.

There are snippets of reviews, as well as a bio and a link to the band’s new album. The pictures contain images of the band in the studio, as well as videos’ too. I felt this was an interesting look into the band, which gave an insight into their music.

https://www.facebook.com/MitchDaltonandTheStudioKings/

This site doesn’t offer much information on the band. There are posts on the band’s shows with a promo photo. There are no videos, and the last update was in March.

Black Olives

Black Olives are a hard rock act from London, England. The band debuted headlining the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 with the support of BBC Music live.

The band have continued to set the bar with high profile appearances at notable venues and festivals in England, which includes a performance in Moldova to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Black olives have also supported Joss Stone at the Royal Philharmonic too. The band fuse Brit pop with classic rock music to creates well-crafted melodies.

Black Olives have released 3 albums to date to much critical acclaim. Their latest “Double Standards” came out in 2017.

https://www.blackolivesmusic.com/home

This is a nicely organized site with a link to that latest album plus a compelling bio on Black Olives, plus a music player that covers a majority of their albums, plus photos from their past European tours. There is also a nicely updated schedule page,too. I feel this is another site apt for new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/blackolivesmusic/

This is a rather informative page with regular posts updating readers on airplay submissions, upcoming gigs, and photos of them, too. The photo section provides intricately taken snaps of the band on stage via colour /black & white. I also found the video section to be different from your usual FB band pages, in which we get insight into the recording of various tracks. Overall, a fully insightful introduction for new fans.

Attic Theory

Attic Theory are the amalgamation of former members of Matchstickmen and Rain May fall. The Liverpool- Based outfit play self- proclaimed “Sexy Groovy Rock”

Attic Theory derived the name from an episode of CBS TV series Elementary, and have performed at venues like the 02 Academy, alongside high-profile support slots for established artists like Graham Bonnett, Quireboys and DiamondHead.

Attic Theory will soon embark on a tour in support of The Soap Girls and Saving Abel. They will soon be releasing new material, too.

Attic Theory are;

Peter Donnelly - Guitar

Tim Cunningham - Guitar & Backing Vocals

Lewis Wright - Vocals

Kenneth McArthur - Bass

'25 hours & 5 minutes Party' Dave Hornby – Drums

http://www.attictheory.co.uk/home

This is another attractive site to the all-conquering eye. The opening page features a large graphic with the enticement to watch their new video. There is a much-detailed biography, as well as a Spotify link to the band’s latest track “Saints Amongst Us”. I feel it would have been nice to hear more because they sound good. There is only one video to view. It certainly is a site in development. However, it is a good start.

https://www.facebook.com/AtticTheory/

This is another fully informative site. There are regular updates on the band’s latest news, Gigs, plus they share another act’s material, which shows the band’s kindness. The photo section details the act’s sense of humor, alongside festival appearances, and music posters. This reflects the impression the act is down to earth and feel comfortable engaging with a new audience.


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Interview with Tiê Alves

The urban troubadour: why Tiê Alves is one of the most interesting artists of the new Brazilian popular music.

Tiê Alves updates the concept of the troubadour blending the best of the MPB (the Brazilian popular music) tradition with a urban touch, which in this case means the mega metropolis of São Paulo. The cultural melting pot of the city and its oppressive immensity are the background for inventive melodies and original lyrics performed with a blasé-yet-shy allure simply impossible to resist.

(GF) When did your contact with music start?

(TA) I began when I was a child. My mother played guitar and sang to me and my father was always very musical. At home, we heard a lot of music, mainly Brazilian music, but also The Beatles among other genres. My sister plays, as well: flute, percussion and double bass, but she works with graphic design. By the way, she developed the cover and all the artwork of my first album. I was 16 when I became interested in playing the guitar and decided to take classes. By that time, I was a huge fan of rock bands such as Nirvana and Pink Floyd. So I set up a band with my high school friends, started playing and never stopped since then. The guitar seduced me right from the start because of its versatility, but also because it is a very intimate instrument that must be kept very close to the body. It is said that the guitar “searches” for the most introspective personalities, for the shy people.

(GF) How about your musical education? Who were your mentors and influences?

(TA) I went to college and got a degree in Music at the Faculty of Arts Alcântara Machado. I also studied singing and Brazilian folk guitar, that we call “viola caipira”. I did this training as a musician, but in parallel I composed regularly. Creation has always been very important to me. Gradually, I joined other partners and developed my composition, but it all started in a very intuitive way. I was mainly influenced by Brazilian musicians, such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. After I have built a repertoire of original songs, in 2014 I recorded my first album: O Rio e a Lua (The River and the Moon).

(GF) And how was the production of your debut album?

(TA) It was a great learning experience. Since it was my first one, I literally learned by doing. Fortunately, I had a super talented producer named Ana Rodrigues, who understood my concept and brought a lot of information in terms of arrangements.

(GF) Any coming projects?

(TA) I'm producing my second album, “Tá Osso” (Tough Break, on a free translation) produced by guitarist Luiz Cláudio Sousa. This album has been crowdfunded and it has a strong influence of Jazz. The idea for the name came from an idiom usually used in Brazil to describe financial problems, but in the song, it describes a person who is head-over-heels.

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It's A Girls Thing

Amanda Grace

Not one to be boxed into a single genre, Amanda Grace is one of the more contemporary solo performers offering indie-rock and alternative pop sounds. After studying at Winona State University and her nephew being diagnosed with leukaemia, Amanda took a closer look at music and returned with a children's album in 2010. In 2012, she released an acoustic album called Embrace focusing on the experiences of family members passing and what that means to her. Her most recent album, Rayne Angel, is a movement from previous releases with diverse melodies and was released in November 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/Amandasakom/ - Amanda's Facebook account is a very personal, well-maintained one with regular posts. While she promotes her gigs and releases well, it is her personal posts with videos and images that make the profile endearing. I also enjoy her notes which are very engaging and help people gain an inside perspective of Amanda Grace. Amanda has a band profile widget available, so there are videos, an EPK and playlist access for fans. I would recommend the addition of social media handles in the 'about' section.

https://www.instagram.com/amanda_gracemusic/ - as with her Facebook account, Amanda Grace's Instagram account seems to be more personal than professional. While there are promotional posts, the majority of the images focus on the more intimate side of the artist - which is a good thing! It's a well-maintained account, and I enjoy how she updates her next gig in the 'about' section.

https://musicbyamandagrace.com/ - Amanda Grace's official website is easy to navigate with a prominent menu pointing out the different areas. Another prominent feature is the social media accounts menu where she has listed everything from Twitter and Soundcloud to Facebook and LinkedIn. If you scroll down, you will find gig listings, news, album information, and a contact box. I also like the background image which is easy on the eye and quite attractive to view.

Faith Bardill

 

If you're into country music, then the chances are likely that you have heard of Faith Bardill and The Band. Only a teen when she won her first award, Faith has performed over 150 shows across four states in the US. They have also opened for national recording artists, such as Craig Campbell, and Faith was called back for the 2015 series of American Idol. Hailing from North Carolina, Faith is known throughout the state for her classic country, country and even classic rock music.

Faith Bardill includes:

Faith Bardill on vocals and guitar.
Josh Oldham on bass.
Scott McBryde on drums.
Garrett Morrison on guitar.

Faith Bardill is a two-time winner of the Carolina Music Awards for 'Teen Artist of the Year' in 2015, and 'Country Female Artist of the Year' in 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/faithbardillandtheband/ - Faith Bardill's Facebook account is a well-maintained one with an emphasis on performances. Her gig listings are the first item you will see when you open the page, and there are various acoustic covers by Faith dispersed along the timeline. Many live band images are available, and access to music videos is available via the tabs in the menu. The about section does have links to other social media sites, but it is lacking when it comes to background information offering the bare minimum. A good profile with all the information you need and highly engaging for a loyal or new fan.

https://www.instagram.com/faithbardill/ - this Instagram account is a testament to Faith's young age with many 'selfie' style images available. She also has some performance images and videos, but it is more personal than professional — a well-maintained account that is a lot of fun to view offering people some 'behind the scenes' insight into this country singer. If Faith wants to use this as a professional resource, I would recommend some promotional images for gigs or releases.

http://www.faithbardill.com/ - Faith's official website is a simple landing page with a biography, press quotes, playlists, performance dates and images available. The importance of subscription is made clear with this being the first item you see when you arrive on the website - a brilliant marketing tactic. Also, her social media menu is evident at the top of the page, so you can't miss it! I like this website; it's clean, neat and offers everything you need. I only wonder where the contact details are.

Savanna Leigh Bassett

All the way from Jacksonville, FL, Savanna Leigh Bassett is a singer-songwriter who is taking the country music world by storm. A graduate of Florida State University where she studied Commercial Music, Business and Philosophy, she decided to pursue music as her full-time career. She aims to not only play a few ditties but make a positive change with her music, and she demonstrates this by working with Body and Soul - a non-profit organisation using music to empower individuals with health conditions, such as cancer or heart disease. Savanna has worked with various industry professionals in the country genre and recently released her single, 'Greenlight, Go', in 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/SavannaLeighBassett/ - Savanna's Facebook account is relatively well-maintained and very engaging for new visitors or loyal fans. It utilises the band profile widget fantastically, so people have access to her songs, videos and the dates of gigs. Most of the photographs are personal in style with a tinge of 'press shot' to them, but they all make her look good (and isn't that what it's all about). I love the fun videos mixed in with the acoustic performances, my favourite being the 'slippery slide' one. It makes the account seem less imposing and more playful. I would recommend, however, that Savanna place links to her other social media accounts on her 'about' section.

https://www.instagram.com/savannaleighbassett/ - a relatively well-maintained Instagram account with a good balance of professional and personal images. Savanna seems to enjoy putting up acoustic videos and images of her performing, which is ideal from a promotional standpoint. However, it is the cutesy images between the professional items that make you endeared to this country star. I am a particular fan of the 'mayonnaise eating' piece; how can you eat that much mayonnaise?

https://www.savannaleighbassett.com/ - Savanna understands the power of imagery and videos, and that is evident in the layout of her official website. The landing page is filled with press photographs, a subscription box, an easily navigable menu and links to her social media accounts. Her music tab offers an outstanding array of options where you could listen to her music, so you can't say you didn't know where to go! I enjoy the bold lettering and soft colours, but if I may offer a single piece of advice, it would be to place videos or a playlist on the website.

Joy Kate

 

Barely out of her teens, Joy Kate is a singer-songwriter hailing from a small town in Mississippi who uses music as a catharsis. Instead of keeping a diary, this Nashville star says that she uses music and, regardless of how she is feeling, it makes her feel happy. Focusing on pop music production primarily, she debuted four well-accepted singles - 'Flirt', '2 Much', 'Edge of My Love', and 'Spin You Back'. Joy Kate's debt EP debut will paint a picture of a modern day Juliet with a pure and powerful voice.

https://www.facebook.com/joykatemusic/ - Joy Kate's Facebook profile is a relatively well-maintained one with a great deal of artist promotion but through personal photographs. There is a combination of promotion regarding her musical and acting careers, but it's all the same bubbly Joy Kate. There are various images and videos giving you insight into the artist; as well as access to music videos and playlists. I would recommend an update of the bio section with links to other social media accounts and contact details.

https://www.instagram.com/joykatemusic/ - this Instagram account is filled primarily with press images, but the personal images are so well edited it's hard to tell if they're not professionally shot as well. The consistency of posts makes it a great account to follow, and the Spotify link in the bio is a useful feature.

https://www.joykate.com/ - the content of Joy Kate's official website's landing page makes it obvious what path they want the visitor to take - look at the music, baby! It's an attractive page, and the imagery is lovely to view. It's bright, bold and vibrant, just like Joy Kate. The problem is unless you are familiar with web design; the menu is not placed correctly. To access the menu, you need to click on the 'three lines' and deal with a drop-down menu. Once you have the links available, each link is easy to access, and the pages provide an abundance of relevant information. In fact, Joy Kate includes a section discussing the non-profit organisations she supports.

Toya Nash

 

A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Toya Nash is one of the powerhouse belters whose unmistakeable sound makes people quiver in their boots - in a good way. In addition to being a formidable singer, Toya is both a screen and stage actor. She has released a single, 'Paradise', and an album called 'Him...'

https://www.facebook.com/TOYANASHofficial/ - If you're looking for something sultry but powerful, then you've come to the right place! Toya Nash's Facebook is a relatively well-maintained account with about two posts per month, mostly promotional. Unlike many of the other bands I come across, Nash has a maturity in her press images making them fun but professional at the same time. There are several videos that are enjoyable to watch and access to her music. More than that, there is access to other social media accounts with contact details in her bio.

https://www.instagram.com/mstoyanash/ - Toya's Instagram account is a relatively well-maintained account with a good combination of promotional and personal images. There are also memes, videos, and good grief what I would give to look as good in those bathing suits! I'm content with the account, but does she really need to look that good?

http://toyanashmusic.com/ - a very simple website with one landing page and everything on it. Basic colours using white, pink and black - all tones that complement each other. Toya's gallery, videos, music and biography are neatly laid out allowing you to easily discover all you need to know about the artist.

Alicia Michilli

 

Coming all the way from Detroit, Michigan, this young soul/R&B artist released her passion and class onto the world. Alicia released a self-titled EP including one of her singles, 'Crazy'. She recently released her sophomore EP, 'Letter from the edge', on November 29th, 2018. The EP will be available on all music streaming websites.

https://www.facebook.com/AliciaMichillimusic/ - One of the most endearing elements of Alicia's Facebook account is her posts. Yes, they are mostly promotional putting out her gigs and her new album; however, it's the way she words the post that makes it more engaging. It's a type of sentimentality, making you feel like a friend rather than a fan or guest. Her band profile gives you access to songs and videos, plus the gig listings are available. I would recommend a relook at the biography section. She places links to social media accounts, but there are no contact details available.

https://www.instagram.com/aliciamichilli/ - this Instagram account has an interesting balance between the press and personal images. Once again, there is a degree of sentimentality in the account with Alicia appearing stylish and passionate. I would recommend that Alicia relook the link in her bio as it appears to be broken.

https://aliciamichilli.com/ - Alicia Michilli's official site is a simple, clean-cut one with an attractive background image. The menu is easily found and navigable with the media being accessed quickly. The social media links are simple to find and make Alicia Michilli's music easy to locate. I would only recommend that the text is made slightly lighter as it is difficult to read with the darker colouring.

Chelsea Blues

 

Chelsea Blues is one of those soul-based, bluesy, jazzy, one-of-a-kindey people who will get your soul ringing and your heart singing! A singer, a poet, and a performance artist - Bahamian first and British second; this beautiful artist has plans to take the world by storm, and don't you dare stop her!

https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaBluesOfficial/ - Chelsea Blues is, as I said before, one of the bluesy, jazzy, soul-based lovelies that our world needs. They stand for their beliefs, and if you're not there with them, well that's your issue. An intriguing sound, with just a hint of attitude - Chelsea Blues is a powerful force that people have yet to encounter, and help you if you're not ready for it! The Facebook account is great, but I have concerns regarding the lack of contact details and other social account links. The account is well-maintained, and I enjoy the number of videos and photographs.

https://cbluesjazz.wordpress.com/ - Chelsea's website is a unique one in that it offers not only music but also a link to her poetry. A bold image of Chelsea meets you as you log onto the site, and you can immediately scroll down to her bio with a link to her latest album below. The menu can be found above and directs you to various sections. Social media links are obvious so that you can follow her quite easily. I don't have any concerns with this website; I just wonder which template it is so I could use it.

 


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Carolyn Miller

 

Having been on the stage since the age of eight, we doubt Carolyn Miller expected the role of a country pop singer was ever on the cards. After graduating from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, this New York native was ready to explore a new path away from the film and television world. Using YouTube as her creative outlet, she built a following with only three videos and, according to Miller, suddenly discovered a side of herself she didn't know existed. When deciding to enter the world of music, she was determined to take on country because of its lyrical quality - it tells a story, and you need to be truthful. After several years of hard work, Carolyn released her debut EP, Unbreakable, in November 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/CarolynMillerMusic/ - Carolyn's Facebook is a very well-maintained account with well-worded and engaging posts. She uses both images and videos as part of her posts making them more interactive for fans and site visitors. There are different videos available and a plethora of images, but what I truly enjoy is that the photographs are quite personal. Her biography section provides all the information one may require including contact details and social media account links.

https://www.instagram.com/carolynmillermusic/ - Carolyn's Instagram is pretty much the same images as her Facebook profile with many personal pictures, including a wedding photograph. A good balance between professional and personal, and some enjoyable videos with live sets. I don't have any concerns and quite enjoy the account.

http://carolynmillermusic.com/ - A landing page acts as Carolyn's website promoting her music very well. The first item you notice on the page is an advertisement for Unbreakable, followed by gig dates and a playlist. If you scroll further down, you'll discover more information, eventually reaching a contact box. Everything you need is on this website, despite the social media links and menu not being accessible at all times.


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Hello, River, thanks so much for speaking with me. I appreciate you taking time out of your day. I promise there aren't too many questions; shall we begin?

Cliché, I know, but can you tell our avid readers how River Lynch and The Spiritmakers came together and how you came up with the name of the band?

It started in 2015 when I decided to record a four-song EP of my originals. These songs were begging to be played with a band. Through a mutual friend, I met our bassist, Schuyler Skuse, and was re-introduced to our drummer, Tim Leverett. After a really successful set at the EP release show in 2016, we felt like we had something good and just started booking shows from there. The name Spiritmakers comes from my song of the same name. My definition of Spiritmaker is 'someone who lifts the human spirit through the power of rock ‘n’ roll music'.

River, you began your musical career as a solo artist before 'rallying the band' - a direct quote from your Facebook. Do you find being in a band more challenging or easier than performing on your own? How so?

‘Rallying the band’ is code for ‘Let's roll!’. I wouldn’t say there are more challenges being in a band compared to performing as a solo artist, just different challenges. With the band, it’s things like working around each person’s schedule and making time to accomplish everything we hope to. When performing solo, not having the band there to rely on can be tough at times. They’re different but I really enjoy both. My introverted self is a solo artist, and my extroverted self is the frontman of a rock ‘n’ roll band.

Do any of the band members have a musical background?

Schuyler began playing upright bass in 3rd grade, and electric bass in 5th. After performing throughout high school in an orchestra, jazz band, and the rock band The Absolutes, he went on to pursue a degree in Music Management at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. At Hartt, Schuyler studied the bass with world-renowned jazz bassist, Nat Reeves, and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music.

Tim is a multi-instrumentalist, played piano since he was 5, picked up the drums at 13, and guitar at 18. Tim is also a composer and songwriter who has created full-length orchestral ballets and instrumental pieces for TV and film, as well as writing over 100 songs.

As for myself, my musical experience started with the trumpet in 4th grade playing in the school band. Around 12 years old I got my first electric guitar and was part of a rock ‘n’ roll band in high school. At 17, I wrote my first song.

You are releasing a new single in March called 'This World Now'. What can you tell me about it?


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It’s the heaviest song we have recorded so far. I hear it as a ‘psychedelic-western’.

  What was the inspiration behind the new track?

   The inspiration for 'This World Now' originated with an overwhelming feeling of personal injustice. Wanting to help someone who needed it, but not actually being able to help them. I see the song as sort of a thriller short film. There are three characters: the victim, the                     assailant, and the anti-hero. It’s dark and heavy, but speaks to the side of human nature that just wants things to be right. I’m really excited for people to hear this one. It’s a different side of us.

  What was the recording process like for 'This World Now'? Did you experience any problems?

   No serious problems while recording, fortunately. A while back, the guys and I laid down the foundation for the song; bass, drums and some rhythm guitar. More recently, I went back with our producer, Doug Zogby at GFI Studios, and began filling in the colours with vocals and       lead guitar parts. We’ve been playing this song live since our first show, so it’s been a lot of fun to bring it into         the   studio and really explore its full potential. I am really pleased with the way this song turned out.

  Could you briefly describe your song-writing process for us? Does each band member have a set role or is it a big ol' jam session?

   I write the songs and then bring them to practice and show the band. I’ll play them through a few times so they can get a feel for the structure, and then they start playing along to see what feels right. In most cases, it only takes a few practices for a song to be stage ready. It’s       all about the song with our band. Whatever we are playing, it’s to serve the original vision of the song.

 When you mention rock 'n' roll to someone, the associations range from Elvis to Nirvana or Deep Purple and Guns 'N Roses. What is your definition of rock 'n' roll?

  For me, rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous, rebellious, loud, and dirty. It should have grit, passion and attitude. It should swing, boom and groove. It should make you move, make you feel, and make you think. It’s a mystical force that lives in your soul and is available to everyone.

  Rock ‘n’ roll is a symbol of freedom. Any band or artist that creates a genuine display of that, I would call rock ‘n’ roll. Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, the Stones, Hendrix, they are all prime examples of just that.

  How do you feel rock 'n' roll has changed over the years and has the change influenced your music?

The basic fundamentals of rock ‘n’ roll really haven’t changed much since its birth in the 1950s. I personally think in the past few decades it began to lose it’s ‘roll’, becoming stiff and uninspired. Of course, there has always been a handful of great artists keeping the flame burning in every generation.

Right now, I hear a lot of bands with similar influences as myself. I’ve noticed that a lot of people my age grew up listening to music from the 60s and 70s, and I think that is reflected in today’s rock ‘n’ roll. There are some really great bands right now that capture that genuine rock ‘n’ roll sound. It keeps me hopeful for the future. It’s not heard that often on terrestrial radio or in the mainstream. Fortunately, there are so many other ways to discover new music today.

Are there any bands or artists that inspire your sound?

We have a wide range of influences from all different times and all different artists. With that said, our sound has a 60s and 70s vibe for sure, so we are heavily influenced by a lot of bands from that time period. On a playlist, we are placed with bands like The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, and Gary Clark Jr. to name a few. We’re just trying to do our own thing in our own time.

Grassroots music receives more promotion now than in previous years with the help of the internet, so what is it like being an independent band in the 21st century?

Being an independent band in the 21st century is empowering but also very challenging. You have to do a lot of things you never thought you would have to do - one part musician, one part businessman. On the other hand, you have complete freedom with your creative path. There are also more resources for independent bands to use now, than ever before. That makes some stuff easier, but also brings along an entirely new set of challenges.

It’s good though, there are a lot of opportunities. I also think the general public is much more aware and supportive of independent artists nowadays. It’s all about building a fan base of your own.

What advice would you give new bands?

Remain true to your creative vision. It’s easy to forget why you’re doing all this in the first place.


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Other than the upcoming single, 'This World Now', what can we expect from River Lynch and The Spiritmakers in 2019?

We’re focusing on playing in new places. Over the past two years, we’ve done multiple 3-day tours in Canada and on the East coast. We would like to do more of that. We’re also working on booking more festival shows, and we will have even more new music as the year goes on. We have had some good fortune come our way since we started. We’re taking that with us as we head out through 2019.

Thanks so much for speaking with me, River. Wishing you the best for your new release and all your future endeavours!

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Son of an amateur musician, Sulimar Rass began his career at a very early age performing at festivals and bars in his hometown, Dom Pedrito, in Rio Grande do Sul, almost at the border with Uruguay. Based in Pelotas, he opened the RASS School of Music and graduated in Phonographic Production. 2016 he released "Absurd Conclusions", his first album. Far from the Gaucho stereotype, Rass lyrics are philosophic and romantic, while his arrangements mix Brazilian urban influences and rhythms from the River de la Plata Region. Still waters run deep.

(GF) When did your relationship to music?

I was born in an extremely musical family that has always encouraged me a lot, my father was an amateur musician and until now music aficionado. At the age of fourteen I received my first payment as a musician. Since then I never stopped dealing with music. My life was practically all dedicated to music, living from her and for her.

(GF) How would you define the kind of music you do?

(SR) I often say that my three strongest influences are the Brazilian southern folk music, instrumental music (from all genres) and Brazilian popular music, but I am also influenced by jazz, bossa nova, classic, rock. I think the sound I make is universal. It can be played and enjoyed everywhere.

(GF) What about your new album "Canções Inerentes" (Inherent Songs)?

It will be released on all digital platforms in September 2018 and in physical format in October. It is heavily influenced by rhythms and themes pertinent to the region southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina with modern arrangements and strong jazz and classic influences. I recorded part of it in Argentina, produced by Sebastián Perkal, winner of a Latin Grammy in 2010. The musical production is signed by composer and arranger Edu Martins. Edu has worked as a musician, producer and arranger over the last few decades alongside Brazilian music artists such as Cesar Mariano, Guinga, Milton Nascimento and Gal Costa, among others and also international artists like George Benson and Dave Liebman. In addition to Edu Martins, the pianist Mauro Filho takes part in the album. Mauro is a member of Edu Martins Trio and has performed with saxophonist David Lieberman, Débora Blando and Geraldo Flach. Mariano Cantero was in charge of the percussions. Mariano is also a teacher at the La Plata Graduate Conservatory in Argentina. He coordinates workshops in Córdoba, Tucumán, Mendoza and Rosario. He is also a member of the "Acá Seca Trio" and the prestigious percussion ensemble "La Bomba of Time ", directed by Santiago Vázquez.

(GF) Future projects?

After the release of the album, I will dedicate my time to conclude and release my online course for musicians who seek to improve their musical knowledge. I also want to publish my first book. It will be called "The surprises of the alter ego". A compilation of short stories that portray everyday´s life in a humorous way.


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

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Spotlight On International Music

My love for Jam band music is innate within me as a person but for the past few years I have been delving further and further into music from all around the world. These influences and musical contributions to humanity itself are far-reaching and grand in the scheme of things. Music is the language of us all. It is the root of the universe and the rhythm of life itself. American music has influenced people from all over the world but the industry can be very selfish and close-minded. In this editorial, I would like to encourage all of my readers to listen to and engage in new music and especially, music from other countries, you never know what's going to speak to your soul.

While Afro-beat is not new by any means lately, I have been seeing a resurgence of this West African tradition, which takes it influences from Jazz and other Western musical derivatives. Felt Kuti seems to be the originator or at least the most famous of all Afrobeat artists from the 1970s and beyond but there are many new artists doing the same thing that possibly don't get as much recognition. Besides Fela’s son Femi and grandson Seun, who keep this tradition alive, The Antibalas have emerged from Afro-beat, Reggae and Latin music combined. If you want to explore new music and rhythms start The Antibalas, they are one of the most original and danceable bands I have seen in years. 

Tinariwen has taken the world by storm this year and if you haven't heard of this band, you have to check them out immediately. This band turns traditional Arabic music on its head and adds hard hitting, rock sounds and musical structures. They recently did their first tour of America with resounding success. 

 

We never seem to talk about Australian music enough and they seem to have taken the psychedelic tradition from the 1960s on to the next level. A few bands come to mind when I think of the new psychedelic Australian musical and cultural movement. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are psychedelic rock meets progressive punk mixed with Celtic rhythms not heard in popular music today. It's really hard to describe King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard so, it's best just to listen to them. They are the only band to have a completely atonal album and their music videos are completely wild and eccentric. They toured North America this year and sold out almost every performance. I'm sure you will hear more about them soon. The Babe Rainbow is another Australian act that has caught my attention with their groovy, smooth, psychedelic flow. Songs like ‘Planet Junior’ and ‘Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest” can immediately take you back in time and are great examples of how this band incorporates sitar and ambient sounds.

 

 

If you're interested in World Music and International Music, I suggest you check out these bands and see where it takes you. I am also interested in expanding my musical knowledge and if anyone has any other international bands that I should check out, please feel free to drop me an email or comment. 

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:24

Reviewing 'Blame' And Interviewing MaWayy

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview with MaWay

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have any specific artists that influence your sound?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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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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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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