Alto Key

Alto Key is a British indie folk artist, created by singer-songwriter Keian Barton. Barton composes each song at home in London, and works with musicians around the world to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Alto Key's emphasis on recording with real instruments make for a warm acoustic sound. With touches of upbeat pop elements, each song masterfully blends beautiful orchestral tones with raw, emotional lyrics.

Their first EP - 'Animals' - is now available on every digital music platform.

Τhe website has a highly artistic background but is very limited to choices and information about the artist. The only choices to learn more about the artist are to follow the social media that are not lacking. Μost of the artist's information and interesting videos will be found on his updated facebook page.

 

Maura Streppa

 

Maura is a young singer songwriter who started writing music at age 15. Born and raised in Chicago, she recently moved to North Carolina where she began performing in local music venues. She makes her music to encourage young girls to stay independent and strong, and especially to see their inner beauty. Maura hopes to help empower young woman and to inspire them through positive and uplifting messages. She just completed her first EP entitled "Empire".

Although Maura's website is fully up-to-date, we believe that social media should be informed about the best promotion of the artist. Maura's social media are very fresh so she will need a boost fro the music community so shart sharing boys and girls starting from her facebook page.

 

Gigi Cesare
 
GG, is a passionate award-winning actress and recording artist from Hershey, Pennsylvania. Las Vegas is now home where she is currently working on her next single. Signed to a record deal in spring of 2018. GG’s sound is tuneful, melodic and direct, and her stunning vocals are just as intuitive and earnest as her deep lyrics. She knows how to write poignant songs that connect with listeners in a deep and meaningful way.
GG made her break onto the global music scene earlier in 2018, releasing her striking debut EP. The new release features groundbreaking hits such as “Doing Angel Things” as well as “Valentine.” All of her tracks have received rave reviews and consistent acclaim from fans and critics alike. Influenced by pop stars as diverse as Ariana Grande, Troy Sivan and George Michael, GG has conceived a unique blend of R&B, soul and pop music with a twist.
Even at the young age of 13, she is already making headlines, not only as a musician, but also as an actress. Last year, she received an unprecedented nomination at the Imagen Awards for Best Actress in a feature film competing against fellow nominees Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria.

A fully informed facebook page with lots of professional photo shoots and videos. You can connect with the artists via Spotify to have a listen on her music.

 


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Almond & Olive

Almond & Olive (A&O), comprised of singer-songwriters Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson, creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating Alms’ timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, Alms and Davidson's voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs. The music on their upcoming debut album, called Standing at the Precipice, features Alms mostly on banjo and Davidson mostly on acoustic guitar, while also deploying highly skilled professional musicians, stalwarts of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music scene, who provide backing throughout the record. The album was recorded at Kingsize Sound Labs in Chicago with incomparable producer John Abbey, who's also recorded the likes of Robbie Fulks and Jonas Friddle. Together A&O and Abbey are creating an impressive debut for one of Chicago's most exciting new bands. To help pay for the album, the duo successfully received funding from a Kickstarter, raising over $10,000 is 30 days from over 110 backers.

A professional website very well structured. Includes everything you need to know about the band with professional photos and videos but also merchentise. You can follow the band on facebook but also on the ather social media that you will find on the bottom of the website.

 

Just Seconds Apart

Just Seconds Apart is made up of Sela, Ari, and Alex Poulos—19-year-old triplets who have devoted most of their lives to making music. After learning to play piano at age three, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based trio formed a band at age eight and soon started writing their own songs. Featuring Sela on drums, Ari on guitar, and Alex on keyboards and bass—with all three siblings lending their vocal talents—Just Seconds Apart delivers a timeless pop-rock sound built on irresistible hooks, heart-stirring lyrics, and breathtaking three-part harmonies.

The latest release from Just Seconds Apart, Good to Know,  as described by Atwood Magazine, "is the band’s most intimate and personal song yet.  Not only is it polished and easily accessible, but it’s also deeply meaningful – a trait we can’t say for the majority of music makers in this particular pop soundspace.   'The inspiration for this song came from our own story, making this one very special to us,'  Just Seconds Apart tell Atwood Magazine.  'We were at a time where we saw things we envisioned for our career start to manifest, but for the things that hadn’t yet, we needed something good to know.'"   Atwood Magazine explains, "Ambient and boppy like The 1975’s earlier work or Justin Bieber’s latest, “Good to Know” taps into a refreshing dance-pop vibe rife with inner tension and turmoil. For all its wanting to feel positivity and warmth, “Good to Know” lurks in a dark place. It’s on the other side of happiness, an emotional mindset that longs for relief from its own melancholy and doubt." 

You can fing out more about the background of the band on the official website, see their highlights and read some interesting reviews. Also there is social media presence that youo can start ckecking and sharing... First stop facebook page.

 

Major Moment

Major Moment is a compelling and creative rock band based in Boston, Massachusetts that blends alternative rock, international influences, and deep-seated lyrics into a sound meant to inspire and encourage listeners in their own lives. The band has a new EP, one small stEP, that puts its kinetic, intelligent tracks on display and shows that Major Moment has the power to reach a global audience. Fan response to the new record has been extremely positive, as have been published reviews. The band is influenced by Linkin Park and Nine Inch Nails but holds its own when it comes to songwriting and never imitates. 

The current lineup has come together from around the world to make this music. Guitarist/vocalist Andrey Borzykin is from Russia and lead guitarist Gabriel De Mattia hails from Brazil. They met vocalist Alexandra 'Sasha' Razumova and drummer Adam Soucy in the USA and discovered how strong they were as a unit. Each member brings a different culture and set of experiences to the group and this is what sets Major Moment apart from the cookie-cutter rock with which the modern scene is overrun.

Another professional band with a well balanced logo fully up to date website with professional live show photos, promotional shooting but also videos. Merch is available too with with a decent variety of goods. Link with Major Moment via facebook and other social media.

 

Scorcese

Scorcese are a female-fronted, four piece alternative rock band from Sao Paulo, Brazil, formed in 2016. The members are lead singer/guitarist Thaís Amanda, co-singer-guitarist Fabricio Goes, bassist Rafael Vieira and drummer Abner Eugênio.  Taking influence from bands including Arctic Monkeys, Jimmy Eat World, Wolf Alice, Alanis Morissete, Joy Division, and more, their sound is both powerful and passionate. Scorcese have just released in May 2018 ‘Broken Inside’, a powerful and anthemic alternative-rock album. With a thundering drum sound and top-notch production, ‘Broken Inside’ is an album that oozes confidence. The thick, ‘wall of sound’ guitar tone, combined with lead singer, Thaís Lopes’ powerful voice gives a gripping sound from start to finish.

Introducing the band with a super cool photo on the website, the band keeps it simple. You can see band's bio, photos and listen to their music only by scrolling down a bit. Of course social media are available so follow and share.

 


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Scarlet Drive

Drawn together by a shared passion for alternative rock, West Australian band Scarlet Drive have become a firm fixture on Perth’s live music scene. The four-piece band have carved a unique sound of fast rocking tunes wrapped up in a blend of punk, funk and reggae.

Another band that keeps it simple but professional. Easy to use website updated with e-shop to support the band. Social media are on the bottom of the page. Check them, follow and share. A very good feature on the website is the event schedule with a countdown.

 

 

Memmy

Memmy is a singer songwriter from the land down under who has been living and performing in London for the last 7 years with her band Sunday Waits. This is her first solo venture, and a chance to truly spread her wings. Memmy delivers a smooth blend of warm tones and soulful melodies, delicately interweaved with catchy pop hooks. She has played all over London, including: Proud Camden, Notting Hill Arts Club (headline), The Troubadour, The Bedford, Spice of Life and Queen of Hoxton. She released her incredible debut single “Bruise” in July 2017, and her second single followed with great success in February 2018. "What have you done" was played on BBC London in March receiving incredible feedback and will also be featured on the Reverbnation homepage in July 2018.

On Memmy's website the most important things come first. Social media are on the top of the page screeming at us that Memmy wants to be in the music community. Follow Memmy and share her music or else...maybe she will give you a call from her magic phone booth.

 

Mari Jean

 

A picture is worth a thousand words as we all know and Mari wants to confirmed it by not providing any BIO. Although she has a complete website, with options that will let you know more about her and her music. Social media are available and up to date.

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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Band Interview

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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Friday, 20 July 2018 14:43

Liron Single Review / Interview

 
LIRON RETURNS WITH NEW SUMMER SINGLE “PINA COLADAS”
20 July 2018 (Toronto, ON) – After teasing the track earlier this month, Award-Winning singer/songwriter Liron returns with triumphant new single “Pina Coladas”. Co-produced by Liron and Producers Jeff Mcollough (Shania Twain, Chris De Burgh)  and Max River (Shawn Mendes, Jonah Marias, Sebastian Olzanski) and written by Liron, “Pina Coladas” is a sure-fire Summer hit with a fun and carefree vibe, about escaping your worries and living your life!
“Pina Coladas” is the first new single released by Liron since “I Love The Feeling” in August 2016. The track reached 50,000 views and within the first hour got the hashtag #ilovethefeelingvideo to the third top trending hashtag on Twitter worldwide, passing IHeartRadio’s Britney Spears’ inspired tag #Iheartlovesbritney.  She has amassed over 15,000 followers on Instagram, nearly 6,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 3,000 likes on Facebook.
Since graduating from production and audio engineering school, Liron has been busily honing her craft and developing a strong social media presence, and is now on the verge of taking the pop music world by storm. Her new single “Pina Coladas” is the next step in this incredible journey.
 

Liron Single Review

Produced by Max River and Jeff Mcullough, one would expect the new single to be amazing, and musician Liron certainly does not disappoint. Piña Coladas is a summer anthem, the interesting edm sounds accompanied by Liron's powerful vocals makes for a delicious and diverting sundowner.

A change from her previous tracks, Piña Coladas is as refreshing and invigorating as its namesake. Liron's past tracks carry the same beat, but lack the power and confidence behind her vocals. Signs of further development in her sound has enabled a more impactful vocal which has allowed the track to reach new highs. The song is incredibly catchy and only needs one listen before you know all the words. Fans of Ariana Grande, Katy perry or Olivia O’Brien will love this single!

A Piña Coladas has everything in it needed to create a cool summer tune. One dash of a smooth EDM vibe, two dashes of hearty vocals, and a hint of romance. Everything needed is covered in Liron's latest track. When listening, you get visions of a tranquil summer's day, you can hear the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore, and can see the frost forming on your freshly made piña colada.its almost dangerous to listen to, all thoughts of a productive work day disappear.

Liron's former music is about yearning for love, but in the new single, there is a sense of freedom which is empowering for many men and women alike. The song promotes happiness with is slick summer beat and many people will find themselves forgetting about the day's woes.

On social media, Liron portrays herself as a sweet aspiring Musician , which allows for a larger audience across all different age groups. Liron posts manage keep the audience interested but not overwhelmed which is no easy feat. Liron's posts are informative across all social media platforms and are definitely worth a follow.

Overall, the latest single Piña Colada by Liron is definitely worth a listen or two. I say kick back, have a listen, and try to resist the urge of making a piña colada. This single is a success, and I can't wait to hear her future music and hopefully some collaborations.


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Liron Interview

Good morning, could you tell me how you found out about The Old School Project?

I originally found out about The Old School Project because of a love for music blogs, and a set of

recommendations from friends to view your site.

What bands/Musicians are you influenced by?

I was obsessed with 90s-2000s divas growing up. My biggest inspirations from that era were probably Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera. More recently however, I am inspired by Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Olivia O’Brien.

What was the inspiration behind the title piña colada?

The song Piña Coladas was written first and the title given after. With the songs vacation vibe and carefree message I had to really think about which drink is, to me at least, the best to sip on when on vacation or at the beach etc. Personally, that drink was the piña colada.

What's the plan for your future career as a Musician?

The plan, currently, is just to release as much music as I can and hopefully have people enjoy it.

Are there any collaborations in the future and if you had the chance who would you collaborate  with and why?

At the moment no, but I have a few people in mind for future collaborations. My dream collaboration would be Harry Styles. I love his work and his personality is all about caring for the people and social justice which I'm all for.

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

I think, to write anything, there is a certain emotive process to it. For me, writing comes easiest when I'm in a pretty emotional state, whether it is good or bad.

What is the ultimate direction for your music. Fame and fortune or everlasting legacy?

Haha, I mean, that would be insanely amazing but I think my goal isn't to bathe in a bathtub of diamonds and hundred dollar bills. I just want people to use my music as a way to heal or grow. The whole point of this song was to inspire people to be who they are in an overtly judgemental world. When they play Piña Coladas, I want young women to not focus on the idealism of love or the impossibility of perfection, I want the focus to be on enjoying life, because I know it's cliches but life is Super short and there is no time to look back or forward- you have to live in the moment.

How has your music evolved throughout the years?

When I started writing poems I was 11. I transitioned into songwriting when I was 16, and I was in a completely different place emotionally. I was insecure about myself- how I looked, how I acted and how I dressed. I was upset with myself for things I couldn't control but as I got older I realised who I was and that who I am is pretty cool. I think that's when my music took a dramatic turn. That's when I started writing songs like Piña Coladas.

Are you a full time Musician or do you have a job on the side?

I am, as of right now, a full time Musician.

And finally, one that I must ask… are you particularly fond of Piña Coladas?

Hahah, I love this question! I don't really drink but even if I did I doubt I would like Piña Coladas as I hate

coconut. I did have a really nice pineapple smoothie once on a cruise, it was blended pineapple and crushed

ice, INSIDE OF A PINEAPPLE. How cool is that! But no, not a fan of Piña Coladas.

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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.

 

 

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:36

Olivia Henry Single Review

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:46

Patiotic Album Review

 

Patiotic Album Review

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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Patiotic Interview

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

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

2. What is your main inspiration when writing music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. When did you start creating your own sound?

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

7. What is your ideal future?

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

8. How have the album pre sales gone?

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

9. Any new music being made at the moment?

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

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

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

 

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Hush Money

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

 

Hush Money consists of:

Seth Weaver- lead vocals/rhythm guitar

Greg Weaver- drums/backing vocals

Caleb Logan- singer/songwriter and lead guitarist

Nathaniel Newberry- bass guitarist

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

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

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

 

The Charming Beards

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

The Charming Beards consist of:

Katie Kelly- vocals/acoustic and electric guitar

Lisa Dietterich- bass/vocals

Jordan Hine- electric guitar/vocals

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

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

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

 


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Poro

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

Poro consists of:

Mark Porostosky

Susan Ulle

Ryan Walker

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

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

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

 

 

The Foxfires

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

The Foxfires consists of:

Christian Diana- vocals/ guitar

Adam Alexander Kahn- bass

Christian Cordero- guitar/keys

Brandon Vallejo- drums

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

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

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

 


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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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