Stepping away from the drawing board for a brief moment, Jeff Kitselman from pop-punk All From Nothing sits down with Nicole Mendes from The Old School Project. Here is what this talented guy from Kansas had to say.

NM: Hi there. I hope you're well and ready for a chat. The questions aren't too prying, so shall we begin?

JK: Yes, let’s do this!

NM: Let's get all of the introductory questions out of the way. First thing, who am I speaking with and what part do you play in the band?

JK: This is Jeff Kitselman, lead singer and rhythm guitarist.

NM: How did All From Nothing come together?

JK: I started the band about two years ago calling it All Or Nothing, but we were notified that the name was already taken a few months into it, and decided to stick close to the original name and still had meaning to us. We've had several members come and go, as I think most bands experience. Sage Thurston, our drummer, has been with me the longest, coming up on about a year and a half. The other guys joined early last summer, and our current group has been very committed and solid with common goals moving forward.

NM: I'm guessing your band name expresses your approach to music, but am I correct?

JK: It does. The process of building anything from the ground up is a grind, and you have to start somewhere; so, it has meaning to us as we continue to push forward. It all starts with an idea and then hard work from there!


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NM: You are releasing a new single called 'Actions Speak' soon. What can you tell us about the track?

JK: We are excited for the release. It is all but done now at the studio; just needs some mixing and then deciding how we want to release it! The song was written, taken from a previous relationship that ended not that long ago. I still feel the pain from the relationship when playing it.

NM: 'Actions Speak' is part of an EP you are currently working on. What can you tell us about the EP, if anything?

JK: We are excited about this new release. We started with the idea of another five or six-song EP, but we are now maybe looking at a full album as we have about nine songs that we are working on!

NM: Using 'Actions Speak' as an example, could you tell me about your songwriting process?

JK: We typically start a song by the melody, something that we like the sound of. After coming up with some musical parts and the structure of the song, I then decide what to write about and fit it within the structure so that it hopefully flows well. I personally write most of my music on the acoustic guitar first before moving it over to an electric. 'Actions Speak' was written by Sage Thurston for the most part regarding musically, and then I wrote most of the lyrics to it.

NM: What about the recording process?

JK: The recording process is evolving as our first EP was almost completely recorded by Sage. He played guitar, bass and drums, and even some backing vocals; then I went in and recorded all of the main vocals at a studio in the Kansas City area. With Pav, our bassist, and Gabriel Molina, lead guitarist, really stepping up their roles in the band. They are now becoming more involved in the recording process, and this will create an interesting dynamic moving forward with the songwriting process as well.

    

NM: What is the inspiration for 'Actions Speak'?

JK: Both Sage and I went through recent breakups this past year that were hard, and the best therapy for myself is to turn it into a song. I often do when something is bothering me or conflicting within.

NM: You released a single a couple of months ago, so do you find it easier to keep recording and releasing material as compared to breaks between releases?

JK: We just wish there was more time in the day! I would love to get all of the songs we have done and completed out for the public; I'm excited for what is coming! We have so many new song ideas on top of the nine or ten songs we are recording at the moment. For myself, I like to keep putting new material out versus a long break in music, especially with all of the material we have. As of now, we are not experiencing any kind of writer's block! :)

NM: Do you think releasing content regularly is important and why?

JK: We do feel it is very important as to stay in our fans' minds and ears in the hope of continuing to grow as a band. Our goal is to put out an EP or album every 12 to 18 months; promoting and marketing the album for that timeframe.

NM: In your Facebook biography, you say there are too many musical influences to mention, but do you have one or two artists that seem to have a greater influence on your sound? Who are they, and why are they up there?

JK: For myself, my greatest influences would have been when I was a young teenager and really falling in love with rock and roll. I grew up listening to what my parents listened to; as there was no internet, you only had the radio, cassettes and CDs! That being said, I was a fan of Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Guns 'N Roses, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Poison in the late 80s, and then Nirvana hit. It had a huge impact on me and the many other grunge bands from the 90s. Blink 182, Green Day and Offspring, along with Social Distortion helped carve out my own punk influences.

When a certain song hits you, it is such a natural high with the release of endorphins. I know it is different for everyone, but for me, it's the way a vocalist sings/screams, the energy from the guitars and the way it empowers you. I was sold on rock from the day I heard it and can't see that ever changing.

NM: Do you have any future tours planned to promote the single and upcoming EP?

JK: As of now we don’t have any tours planned. We would love to do something this summer but haven’t made all of the contacts yet to put something like that together. With the band also all working, and school as well, any tours as of now definitely have to be strategic. We hope to set up a couple of two-week tours soon with the right connections to make that happen.


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NM: You released a music video for your single 'Down On Me' last month. What was filming like for the video?

JK: We had so much fun doing this video. It was a day where we had a few inches of snow, and Gabe and Sage brought up doing a video on a whim! Gabriel is also a very talented cameraman/videographer, and he shot the whole thing.

NM: Most people say filming a music video is a treat, but did you experience any challenges?

JK: The biggest challenges are the time and energy it takes in doing videos. It takes a full day, plus all of the planning, and when hiring someone else, it can be expensive. The percentage of people that watch video content though versus just listening to our songs, I have been told, is over 100%; so, it is a must do!

We do definitely enjoy them, but it's hard to do them, hit the recording studio and play shows all at once. Again, we just need more hours in the day to get everything done that we want to accomplish or get to the point that we are making a living doing this.

NM: Who developed the concept for the video and was the final result in line with this?

JK: The concept of 'Down On Me' was mostly put together by Gabe and Sage, with input from both Pav and myself.

NM: People have favourite established acts, but who is your favourite independent act at the moment and why that musician?

JK: That is a tough one. There are some great local bands that are independent making great music! From some of the locals that I have recently heard in the KC area, I really like Stories Through Storms, Champagne Campaign, Sweet Ascent and From the Ashes. All four bands are pushing hard to make a name for themselves; they are all very talented and inspire me to continue improving on my own songwriting. They have been an influence on me, helping me learn each step in moving forward in taking the band to the next level.

NM: That's it! Thanks so much for speaking with me. Good luck for the EP, tours and any other musical endeavours. :)

JK: Thank you so much for the interview; we truly appreciate your interest in All From Nothing!

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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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While my seven-string guitar gently weeps: Pablo Vieira and the new generation of Brazilian Chorinho

Choro (also Chorinho) is considered the first typically Brazilian urban music genre. It appeared in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the nineteenth century. The name means “lament” or “weep” and it comes from the mixture of the percussion base of African Lundu mixed with European rhythms. As in Jazz, improvisation is a basic condition, requiring high virtuosity from its performers, called Chorões (Weepers). Pablo Vieira (26), from São Paulo is a Weeper. The former Law student plays the seven-string guitar in the quartet “Chorando é que se aprende” (We learn as we weep) and is about to release a solo project. The new generation of Chorinho shows that the guitars have been weeping gentler then ever!

(GF) How was your first contact with music?

(PV) I usually say that I had several "first contacts" with music. I didn´t have much to do with music during my childhood, although I do remember that I really enjoyed listening to an album that belonged to my mother. It was "El Mauro", from The Gipsy Kings. Later, I listened to a lot of music with my dad and developed a taste for the Brazilian soul of Tim Maia and the country rock of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Later, when I discovered the album "O Poeta e o Violão" (The Poet and the Guitar), by Toquinho and Vinícius de Moraes I got hopeless hooked on music. And finally, I knew it was eternal love, when I first listened to “Doce de Coco”, composed by Jacob do Bandolim, one of the big names in the history of the Choro genre.

(GF) Choro has a tradition of skilful guitar players. Where do young  musicians like you  get their references from?

(PV) Toquinho is a very strong reference for me, but I'm also an unconditional fan of the guitars of Baden  Powell, Yamandu Costa,  Raphael Rabello, Rafael Schmidt, among many others. Lately, I have heard a lot  of the so-called "Brazilian song", from musicians like  Breno Ruiz, Renato Braz and Monica Salmaso.

(GF) What about the group, “Chorando é que se aprende”? How long  have you been  playing together?

(PV) It all started back in 2015, as a trio. I play the seven-string acoustic guitar, Lucas Martins plays  bandolim (the Brazilian style  flat-  back mandolin) and João Pedro Franzosi plays the tambourine. In 2017,  we became a quartet, with Leonardo Relvas playing  cavaquinho, a four-string acoustic guitar. The funny  detail is that we all met at the Law School and we actually managed to get  through it!

(GF) Future plans?

(PV) After much hesitation, in March I will release a solo EP called “Missão” (Mission), a passionate work  with three tracks of solo  guitar. Right now, I am very involved with the production of the show. It will be  a  new experience for me, in a very cosy, intimate  place in São Paulo, for 25 people only. It will be an    af  fectionate celebration.

 

 


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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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Veilside

Having been a part of the Chicago rock circuit since 2004, in one way or another, Veilside has over ten years of experience under their belts. Described as a 'no frills hard rock band', the band has shared the stage with notable acts including Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge and Crossfade. In addition to playing with bigger acts, Veilside promote causes that are close to their hearts and play children's charity events regularly. To date, the band has three releases - two EPs and one full-length album.

Veilside is:

Tony Engel on lead vocals.
Russ Odean on guitar and backing vocals.
Sharon Cline on guitar and backing vocals.
Ron Thomas on drums and backing vocals.
Bob Hilton on bass.

Veilside released a highly anticipated full-length album in 2018 entitled 'Eclipse'.

https://www.facebook.com/VEILSIDEBAND/ - Veilside's Facebook account is well-maintained with regular posts focusing on promotion of shows. The band have provided an array of videos and pictures, so visitors are able to see Veilside in their onstage element! A Reverbnation band profile widget is available giving visitors access to music, press, and focus on the gig information. Overall, this is a great account with contact information, background information and a link to their official website clearly available.

https://www.veilsideband.com/ - I have no qualms in saying that Veilside's official website is one of my favourite band websites to date. The menu clearly places each aspect of the band into a specific section, even links to lyrics, personal comments and affiliate links. I enjoy the personal comments and affiliate links as it shows how much they care about engaging with the music community. A store is available, detailed background history, and both a contact box with direct email (if you prefer this option). I love it!

 

Secondhand Habit

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The saying goes that all Canadians are super-sweet and really friendly, but that doesn't mean they have to be quiet! A force to be reckoned with, Secondhand Habit is a high voltage rock 'n' roll threesome raging from Victoria, BC. Compared to Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Guns 'N' Roses, the band has performed several national tours, performed at the Oasis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Stanley Park, and opened for acts such as Dead Quiet. To date, the band has released one EP entitled 'From The Ashes'.

Secondhand Habit is:

Jesse Turner on guitar and lead vocals.
Jon Yellowlees on lead guitar and backing vocals.
Levi Megebir on bass.
Skyler Wilson on drums.

In June of this year, Secondhand Habit released their single 'Bad Habit'.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/secondhandhabit/ - Secondhand Habit's Facebook account is well-maintained with some personal commentary added to their event promo posts. They also have several photographs with videos that are more personal allowing visitors an insight into the band. A Reverbnation band profile is available giving visitors access to music, official videos, event details and press quotes. My problem lies with their 'about' page - background information, contact details and a link to their official website is available; however, it would be useful to have links to other social media accounts and please update the band members.

https://secondhandhabit.com/ - Secondhand habit use the basic Bandcamp profile as their official website. An economic and beneficial option, this focuses primarily on the sales of albums with little information about the band itself. There are links to their social media accounts, a contact link, and merchandise options; however, it would be nice to read some more about the band (particularly from a press perspective).

 


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Newborn

While Newborn is described as 'alternative rock', they are anything but. Difficult to place in an genre, or the sub-genres, this threesome from Brooklyn, NY, are proving that music is not about labels but about the music. They have a diverse and unique sound entrancing listeners across the globe, so no-one really cares what they're called. The band has released two well-received EPs and has played in some of New York's most well-known venues, such as Stage 48 and Irving Plaza.

Newborn is:

Allen James on vocals and guitar.
Eric Weglicki on bass.
Dave Goldenberg on drums.

Newborn released a new single in October, 2018, entitled 'Shadow of Your Heart'.

https://www.newbornband.com/ - Newborn's official band website is well presented and focuses greatly on the audio-visual side of their band. The menu is clearly located with official videos, playlists and photographs available; in fact, the photo section has a link to their Instagram. The background information is concise and easy to follow, which is a relief after reading many profiles. The band also has a separate contact page with a box and various direct emails. In addition to the social media account widget in the menu, I also enjoyed the press kit download on each page.

 

Son Of Prey


Son of Prey is a five-piece alternative rock band hailing from the Northern European side of the world - Denmark to be specific. When people think of Danes, we consider Vikings, and Son of Prey are as powerful in their music. A compelling sound driven by strong vocals and based on powerful themes, they are not one to miss if you're into good music. To date, they have released two EPs.

Son of Prey is:

Joakim Moe Jensen 
Mikas Merrild 
Simon L. R. Jørgensen 
Thomas Waarkjær 
Jakob Nørager Christensen

Son of Prey will be releasing a new EP soon entitled 'Alison'.

https://www.facebook.com/sonofprey/ - Son of Prey have a somewhat well-maintained Facebook account posting important information when necessary. Videos and photographs are available for visitors to peruse, and there are more personal images/videos to view making it an engaging experience. The account has a Reverbnation band profile, so there is access to music and upcoming events. I find it disappointing that the account lacks links to other social media accounts, and only basic background information is available. The greatest problem I have with this account, and this may be a personal preference, is the video header! As a person with photosensitivity, it's just annoying to have to deal with a fast moving image when trying to read information.


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Written by Nicole Mendes / Germany - Norden

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A Second Life - Review And Interview

A Second Life is an Alternative Rock band from New York, who were formed over a bond of friendships and love of the NY music scene. The overall sound of the band is described as U2 meets Kings Of Leon dipped in 30 seconds to Mars. Their goal is to create thought provoking music that evokes emotions. The current line up consists of Chris Damphouse ( Vocals) Dan DelVecchio (guitars and vocals), Max Ross (guitar, piano, vocals), Justin Scheidling (drums), Dan O’Dowd (bass), and Rob Mino (guitar). The band will be supporting the release of their debut EP Civil Life with a tour across the U.S , as well as several festival appearances during the Summer 2018.

I shall give the reader a quick review of the new five- track Civil Life which will give listeners a good opportunity to hear the band’s melodic and evocative music close up.

Just Whisper is a lovely opener packed full of melodious charm. Damphouse’s vocals blend against a backdrop of harmonious power chords and backing vocals when the chorus kicks in. This track works well as a breakout hit for radio airplay.

You’re Missing From Me is a more upbeat track that opens with an atmospheric buzz of electric guitar . It is a track that is full of hooks and subtle transitions into melodic guitar lines and bright bridges that supplement the vocal qualities that sing about been apart. This is easily the standout track for me because of the huge singalong chorus and guitar techniques with the pedal that are added to give it some definition.

Civil War is an anthemic acoustic track about finding a resolution to conflict. This track illustrates the band’s influences of U2 and 30 seconds to mars within it. The small melodic patterns and intimate vocals are sung against a backbeat of rhythmic drumming and acoustic guitar. The track slowly builds towards the chorus at the end with heartfelt singing. I feel this is another good track that would appeal to a teenage audience and fans of the aforementioned bands.

Beautiful Distraction is another acoustic track that is reflective in the title (beautiful)! The lyrics are poetic and strike strong imagery against the backdrop of expressive pop rock. The band have the ability to know how to write tracks with swirling melodies and beats. The addition of backing vocals gives the songs an extra edge, along with the harmonious guitar lines with an effects pedal is like the music equivalent of painting on a canvas.

You ends with a change in direction. It is an edgy and up-tempo track that has these toes tapping! The track begins with a thick , funky bass line that explodes with a continuous crunchy riff and catchy chorus and distorted vocals that has all the ingredients to be a smash hit. You can’t help dance to

A Second Life will next be performing at The Bitter End in New York, NY on May 12th before an appearance at Montauk Music Festival on May 17th in Montauk, NY

 

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https://www.facebook.com/ASecondLifeNY/

https://www.instagram.com/asecondlifemusic/

https://twitter.com/asecondlifeNY

 

A Second Life Interview

 

Good morning, Could you tell us how you met The Old School Project?

We found you on Indie music bus. Nick is amazing the way he supports us bands!

Could you tell me about how the band formed and what lead you to start a band?

I had taken a year off and really missed the music. I decided to learn Guitar and found a great Teacher (Dan Delvecchio). We had so many of the same ideas I realized it was time to make music again!!!

Who would you say the biggest influences on your musical career so far?

It is a hard question. I’d say my Dad and Brother Max. Also, the music that inspires me comes from everywhere. But I’d say U2 , 30 seconds to Mars, Kings of Leon to name a few!!!

You say you write music to evoke emotions, how do you feel you can achieve this in your writing?

It comes from my heart , it’s a fire I feel. Each song has a meaning to me. Every moment in my life I can remember music to accompany it!

What are the reasons behind the name A Second Life?

It’s simple really . It means a second shot at this whole music thing!!

What are your goals moving forward in the industry?

To be heard, to share my music with as many ears that will listen. I don't do this for fame or fortune . I do it because I simply love music.

You have a huge following on platforms like Spotify, How important do you think stations like them and TOSP are for unsigned acts trying to get noticed?

They are insanely important!!!! Back only a few years ago indie artists would have to have a record deal to be heard . Now we can do all of it ourselves. In the end it's just like running a company you need hard work and consistency !

You recently released your Debut EP called Civil Life . What is the idea behind the title, and what was the recording process like during the making of it?

The Idea is it's all about living a life to be proud of, a life my kids would be proud of. We record with Rob Freeman at Audio Pilot studios in NJ. He’s simply awesome he doesn't let us ever settle for …ehhhh! When we suck he tells us ! if you can't take constructive criticism you should not make music.

You will be performing at the four day event Montauk Music Festival beginning on May 17th, how excited are you to be performing there?

We can't wait!!!! it's a beautiful location with people who want to hear new music!!!

What will are fans likely to expect from your appearance?

A real genuine band that brings it every time they play. We are here for them , we want them to feel what we feel!

Is there any dream venue, or festival, you’d like to perform at?

Its right on Long Island , I want to play a Northwell Theater, Jones Beach. Its right on the water. I’ve seen most of my favorites play there. To stand under the stars and share my music with a crowded hometown Theater would be priceless . I’d play for free !!!

And Finally, what is next for A Second life?

To keep pushing, to keep putting our lives to music, to enjoy the process, to enjoy the ride!!!

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Jennifer B & The Groove

Jennifer B & The Groove is one of those bands that, well, you really can't define. Encompassing a range of musical genres into their sound, this talented bunch can be an easy go-to for blues, roots-rock or Americana music fans. Fronted by original singer/songwriter Jenifer Lindsey (hence the name), this Texas-based band have worked with the likes of Adrian Meyers, Van Wilks, Patrick Lyons and Mark Jones.

Jennifer B & The Groove is:

Jenifer Lindsey on vocals, keyboard and acoustic guitar.
Dr D on bass and vocals.
Jose Barragan on lead guitar and vocals.
Dan Poole on drums and vocals.

Jennifer B & The Groove has plans to release a full-length album in 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBTheGroove/ - Jennifer B & The Groove's Facebook account is a well-maintained one with constant updates on events and other promotional items, like airplay. There are various photos and videos, plus the videos are vlogging-style making it more personal for the visitor. A Reverbnation band profile is available, which is a big pro to view official videos and event listings; however, there isn't a playlist of any sort, and this is disappointing. The account is great, but there aren't links to other social media accounts in the 'about me' section. The background information could be more detailed, but that's just me being a little bit nosy.

http://www.myjenniferbthegroove.com/ - My first thought when viewing the official website was, 'wow, that's busy!' Jennifer B & The Groove have created a site with all the information you could need ranging videos, photographs, a link to their store, event listings, and even a blog! Background information on the band is available on the front page, along with a widget showing all their social media accounts. My one concern is the website theme. While the image is an attractive one, the fact that the text boxes are transparent and in very bold colours makes it slightly overwhelming to view. It's like looking at a picture with a bunch of words placed all over it - pretty, but not something you want to look at for too long.

https://www.instagram.com/jennybgood2/ - This Instagram profile is a very well-maintained one focusing mainly on event promotion. There are some personal photos here and there, which is pleasant to increase fan engagement. Overall, I like this account because of the different types of images and the information placed in the about section.

Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons is an indie pop-rock threesome hailing from Louisville, Kentucky. Their single 'Great Unknown' received regular airplay on several regional radio stations in Louisville during 2014 after the release of their first EP Ready, Set, Stay. In 2015, the band showed a more mature sound with their single 'Falling In Love', and in 2016 the EP Reset made its way to the digital stands.

Silver Spoons is:

Gabe Riggs on guitar and vocals.
Jordan Smith on drums.
Luke Lyons on bass.

Silver Spoons released their latest single 'Heartache' in October 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/SilverSpoonsMusic/ - Silver Spoons Facebook account can be considered well-maintained if you aren't looking for anything other than basic promo. They do have several photographs and videos, but the most recent items are from 2017 - this might be a result of the band not being active for a while. A Reverbnation profile is available with music, gigs and videos, so this is engaging for visitors. The band has provided links to other social media accounts and contact details; however, I would suggest some more detailed background info. I'd also recommend removing the video header. While it is a good promotional feature, not all people are fans of a moving header and the type of video Silver Spoons use can give people with photosensitivity an instant headache.

http://silverspoonsmusic.com/ - The Silver Spoons official website landing page is clean and attractive. It provides background information and promotes their music with links to music streaming sites. If you want any more information on Silver Spoons, you need to click on the closed menu link in the right-hand corner - this is where the problem comes in. Despite the appeal of this site, people who aren't familiar with this setting won't be able to access anything beyond what is on the landing page. I recommended looking at a footer menu joining the links to other social media accounts.

 


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Signal Versus Noise

Founded in 2012 under the name The Starship Renegade, some of the gentlemen from Signal Versus Noise started their musical journey - you'll see what I mean soon enough. After several national tours, a change in the line-up was seen and Signal Versus Noise was born - that's what I mean. A more mature pop-punk sound emerged in 2016 from the Oregon-based band, and in mid-2018 they released their debut full-length album. Influenced by Anberlin, Paramore and Jimmy Eat World, the band has a strong following that grows with every new listener.

Signal Versus Noise is:

Mark Schmidt on vocals.
Alek Kalinowski on guitar.
Josh Nunn on bass.
Nic Quinones on drums (touring).

Signal Versus Noise released their latest single 'Take It From Me' in September 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/signalversusnoise/ - this Facebook account is a well-maintained one with posts made almost every week. The posts don't focus exclusively on promo but have a personal element making them more engaging. Signal Versus Noise have several pictures on the account, but they are primarily promoting events. The videos are sparse, but the ones that are available are vlogging-style and enjoyable. The Reverbnation widget provides a playlist, and the band has a sufficient amount of background information/contact details in their 'about' section. I would recommend links to other social media sites. My biggest problem with the site is the video header and the video posts that automatically begin. It can be good for promotional reasons, but it can also cause a person to close the site if they aren't able to watch the video at that moment. People with photosensitivity can also find moving headers a problem.

https://www.reverbnation.com/Signalversusnoise - Signal Versus Noise's official website is their Reverbnation profile. A very good option to show visitors their music videos, playlist of their music, event listings, a concise background information section and some photographs - pretty much everything you need. However, I could not find any links to other social media accounts.

World5

Who said you need to be in the same country to be part of a band? Using the internet, five professional musicians created the band World5 without being in the same location. Groundbreaking? I'm not sure, but it's terribly fascinating. The band began in 2011, but it is now in its third incarnation spanning three separate continents combining a Swedish bass player, a Swedish drummer, a German guitarist and trumpeter, and two more guitarists (one of them singing lead vocals) from the US of A.

World5 is:

Lou Evans on guitar and lead vocals.
Steffen Goeres on guitar and trumpet.
Jimmy Olsson on bass.
Joe Gavito on guitar and keyboard.
Reimund Breitfeld on drums and percussion.

https://www.facebook.com/World5band/ - World5's Facebook account is not well-maintained, but it isn't poorly maintained either. The posts are months apart, but this may be coinciding with band activity or inactivity. The photos and videos are exclusively promotional, but there are several music videos for people to view. The Reverbnation widget provides access to the albums, along with videos, shows and press reviews. Background information is sufficient with links to different social media accounts and contact details. The one problem I have is the video header, which seems to be a growing trend among bands. This header isn't as 'flashy' as others showing only photographs with text; however, it is still a problem if you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, are not a fan of video headers or have photosensitivity.

http://www.world5music.com/ - the official website is a highly informative one with a blog keeping people updated on their news, full contact details, extensive information the band, access to their music, access to their merchandise, and even links to different radio stations. All of their social media accounts can be accessed from the website. I don't really have any complaints.

https://www.instagram.com/world5music/ - World5 has an Instagram account with information about the band and a link to their official website. The only problem is there aren't any images on this profile. Isn't Instagram a photo sharing website?


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Eight Awesome Artists To Keep Your Ears Happy

Vihads21

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

Vihad21 is:

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

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

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

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

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

Jimmie Something

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

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

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

The Red Moons

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

The Red Moons is:

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

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

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

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

Charley Reynolds

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

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

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

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

 


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Eryn

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

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

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

Affinity

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

Affinity is:

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

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

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

Strange Heart

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

Strange Heart is:

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

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

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

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

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

Sigulka

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

Sigulka is:

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

Sigulka released their album Symbols in August 2018.

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

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


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