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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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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Lovesick Radio are a Pop/Rock band formed in 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, borne out of an ever growing pedigree for success. The six- piece unit are fronted by Lead singer Troy Brown whos is joined by Drummer Matt Seskevics, Bassist Glenn Viers and guitarists David Harris and Matt Bores.

They have toured extensively throughout the States in support of prestigious acts like Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Scott Weiland, Three Days Grace etc . As well as this, They have toured across the Far- East in countries like Japan South Korea and China, including a recent appearance at ChangJiang Music Festival. They have even featured on MTV programmes “My Sweet Super Sixteen and “Bands on the Rise” They have been described as an “ unapologetic arena pop-rock band that you actually want to hear”. This is a fair assessment from a band with an arsenal of well written rock songs that focuses on Love, Betrayal and social disorders.

The band write wholesome music full of Rock ‘N’ Roll attitude coupled with a hint of Honky Tonk and blues influences that bring that much needed swagger modern day rock acts crave.

I will be looking at a few tracks from their back catalogue, before there upcoming LP is released.

Numb Me Up ( Stripped) is an acoustic version of the original hit. This track is a ballad I personally feel is about a man talking about the struggles he finds in a relationship with a loved one. The basic strumming patterns and hushed vocals produce an unlayered track full of melodies.

Tell Me Why is a pulse rating hard rock tune that has Boogie Rock influences . The opening riff adds salvo with slide guitar effects that adds an extra layer to the music .A huge pop chorus blends with the high energy of the music and the defiant message that will keep those fists pumping.

Hooray ( She Got Her Way) shows the band’s blues influences growing. The mid-tempo feel adds a confident vibe to the song’s structure. Brown snarls about a promiscuous woman full of sarcasm with trumpets added in the background and meaty riff that is testament to the musical craftsmanship

Come Together is an anthem that shows how the sounds evolves. This guitar orientated track has a tenacious riff that blends with soulful vocals and tasty breakdowns with a delicious solo that fits in towards the end.

Lovesick Radio certainly deserve more success. It will be interesting to hear anymore capabilities from the new LP.

https://www.facebook.com/LoveSickRadioBand/ The page is encouraging for fans with updated information on concert dates, news , colourful pictures and an opportunity for a livestreaming gig via Stageit.

https://twitter.com/lovesickradio This is another good page for fans with snippets of the band in the studio and information on further gigs. This provides a more personal interaction with followers, which I enjoyed reading.


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Could you tell us how you first met The Old School Project?

First I wanted to say thanks for taking the time to interview the band. As for the question; I wish I had a better answer for this but it was through the power of the Internet.

Could you explain to new listeners how you first met? And why you chose to form a band?

This version of LSR really came together after Troy and I ( David) recorded “ Hooray (She Got Her Way)”. We really enjoyed the process and decided to write some more songs together and just see what happens. After that things just started happening fast & we are still playing catch up.

What is the reason behind the name?

The name came from something our old drummer said. He was going through a break up and mentioned how every song he was hearing on the radio was about heartbreak. It was almost like the radio was love sick. We all just kinda looked at each other and said I think we have the name.

You recently performed at the Changjiang Music Festival in China, Could you tell us a bit about that experience?

This was our third time in China. We love the Country and the people. It’s pretty crazy to play for a few hundred thousand people. The people that bring us over and their crew are some of the best people to work with. Plus the crowds are great and we can’t wait to go back! We feel blessed to get to travel to all these different counties.

    

You have also performed in Japan and South Korea, What is a usual Far- East crowd like compared to a home crowd?

Each country and town are different. But the thing that’s really the same throughout the world no matter where you are is music brings people together. Everyone is there is have a good time and so are we!

Did you get to go sightseeing around the area? And the festival itself?

Sometimes we do! And when we get the chance we definitely love getting out to the city or around the people at the shows. But a lot of the time all we get to see is what we see through the window of the bus as we pass these beautiful landscapes.

Where there any local bands in particular that caught your eye?

There was this band that went on before us in China that was killer. I’m blanking on the name right now! We love catching the bands sets that we get to share the stage with.

You have some dates coming up, could you tell fans what to expect from the shows, and do you have any guests?

The shows are going to be fun with a ton of energy. We are looking forward to getting out with Wayland for a few dates. They are great live !

You have had the privilege to share the stage with an array of musicians like Scott Weiland, Hinder, Three Days Grace, Paramore and a host more, what was it like to perform with them, and who was the biggest influence on the band?

For me Scott Weiland was huge. I grew up loving Stone Temple Pilots and still do. Bon Jovi & Kid Rock was pretty crazy as well cuz those were stadium shows. And I think everyone grew up hearing those bands songs on the radio non -stop.

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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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Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

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

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Severed Stars

Severed stars are a Spanish based rock act, hailing from Zaragoza, that comprise of members from the Uk, Spain and France. They write poetic lyrics with the intention to create their own brand of “Alternate Rock” The band themselves play a fusion of prog/ and Alt rock that convey some powerful and emotional music, which could delight any listener with their epic passages, heavy drums and highly energized guitars. They have been compared to bands like Tool, My Bloody Valentin and Helmet.

Severed Stars consists of:
Robin Blackmore: vocal, guitar and songwriter
Ramon Castillon: guitar
Remy Daragon: drums
Gary Rackham: bass and bv's

Severed Stars recently released debut EP “Stormcloud Songs “last March

http://severedstars.com/ This is account is beautifully designed to match the creative minds of the band themselves with a couple of videos for new fans, as well as a nicely organized photo gallery, which features a category of recording sessions, and another of live gigs. My only criticism would be there is no biography of the group for listeners to understand who they are.

https://www.facebook.com/SeveredStars/ This is another good site from Severed Stars with a lyric video as the band’s background profile pic. I feel this really encapsulates the band's aura, where you will find updates and review of their latest singles, as well as a more informative video section for new fans.

Barefoot Modern

Alternative rock act Barefoot Modern are four young college friends from Boone, California. Yet, this is only the beginning of the story of these talented musicians who came to be. Diminutive Lead singer Tegan Dean started entering talent shows at the age of 8 singing country songs in between soccer practice, her warm vocal range will surprise many, along the classically trained drummer Caleb LeJeune, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Beverly, and bassist Hunter Evans, who spent much of their adolescence learning the stand-up bass, piano, and guitar, respectively.

They started writing at 15-year-old , and soon formed their own garage-grunge band The Bliss Trip, gaining widespread media attention and opening for national acts such as Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Jonas Sees in Color. Caleb would sing vocals, while Tegan joined in on harmony. They soon swapped roles, and before long they formed Barefoot Modern as the four started college, the guys at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and Tegan at nearby Leas-McRae College. Barefoot Modern sing beautiful melodies entwined with a harmonious rhythm section that combine to create an enchanting collection of pop songs. The band recently released debut album “Younger Years”

https://www.facebook.com/barefootmodernband/ This is a nice site that truly shows the band’s bubbly personality. The reader is gripped instantly by the background picture of the band enjoying Christmas. The videos and pictures support this exterior image with a couple of cover tracks including Led Zeppelin’s whole lotta love, plus some nicely shot images of the band posing.

https://twitter.com/barefoot_modern This is another good site that formulates a personal touch..The band share quite a few bits of new from friends, as well as updates of their own. This gives me the feeling that they are inviting the listener into their lives.

 


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Leon Marshall

Leon Marshall is a singer/songwriter from Harrogate, England, influenced from musicians as diverse as Elvis, Ed Sheeran and Cypress Hill. He has performed at the famous Harrogate Blue Bar, as well as performed regular Open Mic circuits. In his spare time, he runs a successful Cleaning business with his partner, as well as card playing, whiskey drinking and smoking his favourite tobacco. Hs debut EP “feel the Rain” last June, which was accompanied by a lead single” Bad”.

Leon plays country tinged guitar music with a basic strumming patterns interloped with foot tapping rhythms

http://www.leonmarshall.co.uk/ This site features some good photos of Marshal enjoying the fine things in life, as well as some videos of the star playing covers. There is a nice about section that lists his accolades, as well as an option to book him for gigs.

https://www.facebook.com/leonmarshallmusic/ This site feels more personal with some photos of Leon’s rehearsal equipment, as well as performances at local venues, as well as posters of the singer’s latest gigs. There are no videos for fans to enjoy, though.

 

Horizon Arcs

Horizon Arcs is an American rock band, formed in 2014. The band began writing original music a year later. They are heavily influenced by acts such as Weezer, Foo Fighters and Sublime and soon started touring around the states in order to generate interest with appearances, including the Midwest alternative rock circuit including Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo, and Nashville. .

The band released their first single "Bad Radio" in 2016, and followed up in 2017 with the release of their full album "Anybody Listening". The band’s music is high energy Punk with intelligent lyrics, heavy guitars and an accessible sound for any music fan

http://horizonarcs.com/ An easy site to maneuver, This is a good webpage for any ardent fan with a link to their music, some lovely colourful pictures, and lyrics to read.

https://www.facebook.com/HorizonArcs This is a fun insight into the band behind the scenes. There are some great photos of the band enjoying themselves, as well as videos of the band that fees like a personal interaction with the fans

https://twitter.com/horizonarcs This is another great account for fans with regular updates plus opportunities to listen to their latest tracks (plus an TOSP mention).

 


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J Klein

 

Justin Kleinhoffer, better known as J Klein, is a 28 year old Singer/songwriter/musician, has been performing as a solo artist since 2004 , also performing as a member of the the Chicago-based duo "Etna & The Mammoth", as well as a touring partner with EFFIC. Klein has established himself as a live performer, as well as an accomplished producer, engineer and session guitarist, vocalist, mandolin player and keyboardist

Klein is the winner of the 2015SSA songwriter of the year, as well as performing at countless music venue, clubs, coffee houses, bars, festivals and many more places.

Klein recently released his first full length debut album “ Path Thru the Low Tribe”, produced and mastered by L. Nix Mastering, part of the famous Ardent studios in Memphis, Tenn.

http://www.jkleinmusic.com/home.html This is site has been designed in a professional manner to really underline the pedigree of Klein with some well- shot images of Klein playing guitar. There is information about upcoming gigs, plus an informative bio. There are also videos of Klein performing plus lyrics from his new album

https://www.facebook.com/J-Klein-615835831810620/ This feels like it involves fans with festival updates, plus videos taken by Klein onstage. Klein also includes photos from his guitar collection, which feels like an intimate gig at home between the fans.

 

 

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

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

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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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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:50

Artists To Keep Your Eye On

Rai Kah Mercury

 

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

Rai Kah Mercury is:

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

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

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

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

 

Emily Lockett

 

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

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

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

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

 

All From Nothing

 

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

All From Nothing are:

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

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

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

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

 

Purusa

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

Purusa are:

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

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

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

 


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River Lynch and The Spiritmakers

 

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

River Lynch and The Spiritmakers are:

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

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

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

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

 

Trey Connor

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

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

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

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

 

White Label Analog

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

White Label Analog is:

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

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

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

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

 

Liber Electro

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

Liber Electro is:

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

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

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


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New Gems Rising

Joel Cross

Joel Cross is a Grammy- Nominated soul singer from Texas, whom achieved global stardom after his rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off “received over a million views on You Tube. Cross soon attracted the interest of Capitol Records, America’s Got Talent and Grammy- Award winner Indi Arie, whom he collaborated with on her award winning 2017 album “Songsversation: Medicine. Cross is currently recording the follow up entitled Worthy . Cross’ voice is strong, enriched in heart and raw emotion that will be difficult not to appreciate with elements of gospel incorporated into the sound. India Arie describes Cross’s voice as “beautiful baritone coming from a beautiful heart”.

http://www.joelcross.com/ 

This is another well-presented site with striking images of Cross that conveys the message of a talented singer with some links to music, videos, lyrics and a compelling biography.

https://www.facebook.com/joelcross.music

This is another compelling account featuring updates on cross’s performances, Magazine appearances, photos of friends and fans, plus videos of covers too. This is an all-round informative account that appeals to all fans.

InCrest

It was whilst in Boarding School, Danish Grunge rockers’ InCrest were formed by Male Slywest, Jonas Tange and former Bassist Jonas Berthelsen in 2003.

The band initially formed through the inspiration of nineties' acts like Soundgarden and Nirvana with the intentions of emulating them.

In 2007, Berthelsen was replaced by Ande Hagedorn- Olson, which soon saw the band change musical direction into a more progressive sound, incorporating bands such as Tool and Porcupine Tree.. They play roaring melodies and frantic guitar- orientated rock with thought-provoking lyrics. They have released two studio albums thus far; The 2014 Rubicon Atlas & this year’s latest release The Ladder, The Climb and The Fall.

http://increst.dk/

This is an accessible site with a strong colour coordination that is easy to maneuver. There are latest news updates from the band’s social accounts, music videos, photos and an informative biography. I feel this an efficient site for new fans. 

https://www.facebook.com/increstband/

This is another organized account with regular updates on the band’s promo, plus photos of the band relaxing, as well as videos of them on tour. This is certainly enough to pique the interest.


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Billy Thompson

 

Billy Thompson is a wily veteran, whose songwriting, slide guitar technique and performances have won him new fans across USA. His music has been described as “Hendrix meets Little Feat”. Thompson has performed with fellow veterans such as Albert King and Art Neville, along with opening up for Robert Cray and Sonny Landreth.

His styles incorporate a large pool of genres like funk, blues, rock and soul.

Billy Thompson recently released his 8th studio album BT”.

https://billythompsonmusic.com/

As with all the pages I have reviewed thus far, this is another well maintained site I enjoyed perusing. I can tell Thompson is a well-respected musician by the way it has been presented. I liked how it wasn’t flash and bright, which made it easy to read. There are some reviews under the news section for all of us music writers to look through (smiley face), alongside tour dates, photos of Thompson with the legendary itinerary he has befriended. There are also recordings and an endorsement link, which can be of interest to any musician out there.

https://www.facebook.com/Billy-Thompson-433934915716/ 

This site doesn’t have much information in comparison to the homepage. The posts are more geared towards promoting gigs, rather than informing new fans. The videos are a nice touch with some performances with renowned musicians, and the photos show Thompson’s fun side .

Greg Larkin

Greg Larkin is a something of an unusual prodigy. The self- taught guitarist plays largely acoustic instrumental through a fingerpicking/tapping style, which creates a feeling there are more than one guitar playing at once. He has been touring for 6 years, supporting stars like Nick Harper, Arthur Brown & Wallis Bird. Larkin incorporates different genres like Jazz, Blues, Latin fusion etc. Larkin recently began work with numerous figures in the world of Electronica, Jazz, Trip- Hop and Hip Hop.

Larkin recently featured on the DRS track “Your Name” with Hip Hop artist Skittles.

https://www.theinimitablegreg.com/

My first thoughts on visiting where how it is self- managed. There is little to suggest this may be a musician’s webpage, except for a gig update and a background picture of a guitar. I felt this changed when I clicked on the about section. Larkin writes a warm and personal introduction of his abilities alongside a collection of music videos and performances. I felt this was a positive for new fans. There are no photos, However, the links to Larkin’s Three albums give fans plenty to sink their teeth into.

https://www.facebook.com/greglarkinmusic/

This is another good social media page that offers more than the webpage. There are some more videos of Larkin on stage, which feels very intimate. There are regular updates on upcoming gigs and news on appearances Also, there are some great links to music too. I felt this site appealed more to the listener.

Katie Rose

Katie Rose is a Multi- Instrumentalist/ Singer/ Songwriter from Taledo, Washington. She combines Blues, Pop, rock, Soul, Latin and Reggae to create powerful choruses and easy listening beats that will leave you feeling relaxed. Rose began singing at a young age; her first performance was aged 9 at a Local Eagles show. Rose has gone on to perform with her own band, The Fun addicts, and currently attends Berklee College of Music.

http://www.katierosemusic8.com/

I felt this was a professionally run site that appeals to visitors alike. There is a large background photo of Rose with a guitar, which instantly tells me she is a musician. The interface is easy to maneuver; plus, there is easy access to music, videos of Rose performing, as well as some lovely photos of rose out and about.

https://www.facebook.com/katierosemusic8/

This is a nicely organized account that is targeted towards fans. There are some nice photos’ that mix performance and personal pics, which I felt involves fans There are some fun videos that appear to be recorded on home video too. The only negative point is there is little updates, but rather repeated promotion of the singer’s reverb nation page.


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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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Saturday, 13 October 2018 09:56

These Bands Provide Music For All Tastes

Brother Bicker Band

 

Brother Bicker band are a five-piece Roots Rock Act from Canada incorporate country, folk, soul and reggae with uplifting harmonies and melodic vocals that are bound to leave those hips swaying.

The band features; Bash Raines (Drums)

, Jim Duncan (Bass),

Jeremy Hrdlicka (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar),

Tom Morgan (Vocals, Guitar),

Ben Ellard (Keys, Vocals)

http://www.brotherbicker.com/#about This is a nice site with a concise biography, Music List of the latest EP, Latest Music videos and some great pictures of the band performing. This is an easy to access web page for interested new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/BrotherBicker/ This is a more introspective look inside the band’s world with updates, videos of the band in rehearsal and performing, plus colourful pictures of the group together.

Autopilot

Autopilot are an alternative rock act from Saaskatoon Canada. The 3-piece write progressive rock with huge pop choruses and hints of shoegazing. They have released 3 LP’s and one EP, earning praise by notable musical publications for their relentless tour schedules, including USA and Canada. The band have gained success on commercial radio, Major US Network and supporting metal band P.O.D .

The band will release new album “Afterglow” on October 19th.

http://www.autopilottheband.com/ This is another accessible site for any new fans. There is a detailed biography on the band, plus a backstory to their music. Also, there is a link to the band’s latest single “Weightless”. However, there are no photos or videos for any listeners to engage with.

https://www.facebook.com/autopilotmusic/ This is a far better account for old, and fans anew. There are gig updates, information about the band’s album launch, plus more videos of the band in the studio, as well as some photos of the band.

 


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Unlocking the Truth

Unlocking the Truth are a heavy metal from New York, who amaze with crunching guitars, soulful vocals and introspective lyrics with some tasty hip hop beats that adds to the intensity of musicianship that will keep plenty satisfied. They first formed as 11-year old's, and have gone on to perform at major festivals like Coachella, as well as open up for prestigious Metaillers'’ like Metallica, Guns N Roses and Marilyn Manson. They have also released their very own Netflix documentary called “Breaking A Monster”. The band’s mantra is "Our goal is still to become one of the worlds' best bands and to inspire people with our music to do what they love - no matter what.". We will have to wait and see.

Unlocking the Truth’s latest album “Chaos” is out now.

The band consists of Malcolm Brickhouse (Vocals, Guitars),

Bassist Alec Atkins

Drummer Jarad Dawkins.

http://unlockingthetruthband.com/ This is a great site for new fans. The format is centered on strong graphics, with a link to new single “My Chains”, alongside links to the band’s back catalogue on several platforms, music videos, and a fan wall.

https://www.facebook.com/UTTBand/ This is another well-presented account by the band. I felt this was more personal, and really engages the fans. There are updates, photos and plenty of music videos, plus a shop too.

 

Emerging Tiara

Emerging Tiara is AKA Juri is an eccentric mixture of J- pop/ / jazz, & rockabilly from Tokyo, Japan. Juri is the classically trained lead singer of the self-proclaimed ET Kingdom, who graduated from Berklee College. She developed her voice from an early age with performances alongside stars, including Japanese Classical musician Ken Nishikori.

New single “ Here I Come” is out now

http://emergencytiaramusic.com/ This site instantly grabs you with its sheer design. The nice colour coordination reflects the personality of Juri. I feel this leaves the listener feeling at ease to browse through her page that includes music, a vibrant bio, and a concert schedule. The only downside is the lack of photos.

https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyTiara/ This is another vibrant insight into the musician with a more intimate feel to this one. Fans are made to feel like they can interact with the artist with fun videos, photos, and updates.

 

Lauren Marsh

Lauren Marsh is a pop singer / songwriter from New Jersey, who will delight you with her heartfelt lyrics and powerful vocals that produce wonderful piano driven tunes. Marsh honed her craft singing in Coffee Shops, which culminated with an opening slot for “American Pie” Singer Don Mclean. Marsh’s breakthrough hit “Dear Love” has amassed over 5 million views on Spotify, as well as feature on NCIS: New Orlean TV programme.

Marsh's new EP “Revival” is out this fall.

https://www.laurenmarsh.com/ This is a fantastic site for any new, or old fans. The professional design allows the reader to maneuver between an array of photo’s, videos (YouTube Link), latest news stories, which include magazine articles on Marsh. Visitors can also find an expansive bio on Marsh’s life, as well as an online shop.

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenMarshMusic/ This is an engaging account for the fans with regular updates, photos’, and some insightful videos of Marsh, as well as some performances.

 


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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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Written by Nicole Mendes / Germany - Norden

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