Thursday, 02 May 2019 13:00

The Mutant Art Of Multi talented Tchella

From circus clown to songwriting, from São Paulo to the world: Brazilian multi artist Tchella has a lot to tell!

(GF) How was your first contact with music?

(Tchella) Probably it must have been in my mother's womb, because my father always liked music (laughs). When I was two, my parents gave me a little piano toy and I was fascinated by it. At the age of five, I got a microphone recorder and recorded thousands of songs on it. At 8, I entered the choir of the school and at 12 I started at the musical conservatory to study popular keyboard and theory. Despite to my strong connection to music, I never imagined that I would become a singer. At 12, I got in contact with performing arts and decided that I wanted to be an actress. I´ve spent my teenage years preparing myself to apply for a good performing arts school. I took circus, theatre, dance and music classes and workshops. Finally, I graduated in Performing Arts and worked professionally in the field since I was 17 years old. I have experience with theatre, street theatre, circus, cinema, advertising and music. But then, when I was 23 I started composing and I wrote many songs. That was the beginning of my career in music.

 

(GF) What are your musical references?

(Tchella) The biggest influence is Elis Regina, with her soulful and passionate interpretations. I also like Rita Lee and Maria Bethania very much and also Pitty, Tulipa Ruiz, Céu.

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(GF) Working with all those forms of expression, you probably have some amazing stoires to tell. Any particular one?

(Tchella) Many ones, actually. I witnessed, for example, an audience that could not understand a word of Portuguese being moved to tears, while I sang and played the song "A Triste Partida", by Brazilian author Patativa do Assaré and I almost froze my toes once doing a tour in Portugal, in the middle of the winter, performing texts from the same author. Once I have starred in a production that won the Cannes Film Festival. I had my picture printed in international newspapers, but I only heard of the award a long time later. But one of the most memorable experiences is the presence of pianist Pepe Cisneros, who already played with Elza Soares, Caetano, Fabiana Cozza, Toninho Horta recording a track in my first album: Transmutante.

 

(GF) Any new projects?

(Tchella) The Transmutante Tour begins in May 2019. It will start in Rio de Janeiro, with a presentation at Audio Rebel on the 19th. On the 28th I'm in São Paulo at Centro Cultural São Paulo. This year, I will also visit Brasília, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte. In the second half of the year, I will release the music video Supernatural, a super production with a super team and a Tchella totally transmuted on stage. And new singles are also planned to be released in music platforms by the end of the year.

 

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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I met Uiara Leigo at a conference for indie musicians in São Paulo. We exchanged CDs and she explained me in her deep, calm voice that she had worked for a long time as a nurse. Later, while listening to her album, it all made sense: Uiara takes care of people and their needs. Traditional African rhythms are the starting point for a musical journey filled with lyrics about racism, homo and transphobia among other delicate subjects, without sounding preachy. Beautifully human, with a scent of magic.

(GF) Can you tell us about your first contact with music?

I guess it all started in my mother´s womb, when I first listened to the sounds of the percussion. My father used to play during religions ceremonies held by my grandmother. She was what we call “mãe de santo” [a priest woman in African religions] and my father, an amateur musician and composer, was my first contact to music. I guess my heartbeat was defined by that drums. I always wanted to be a singer and my great influences were The Beatles, U2, Brazilian rockers such as Renato Russo, Cazuza and Cássia Eller and the MPB (Brazilian popular m usic) tradition: Caetano Veloso and Maria Bethânia. As a child, I took part in a religious choir and when I was 13, I learned to play the guitar with my brother, a musical therapist and teacher, but apart from that, I never had any musical training. Instead, I went to the Nursing College in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais (I am originally from a small town in Rio de Janeiro called Macaé).

(GF) And when was your “come back” to the music?

Only after graduation. By then, I´ve decided to make my dream come true. I began singing in bars. I was also part of a rock band, but in 2010 I decided to launch my solo career with an album called “Pedra Bruta” (“Rough Stone”). Six years later, I released “Meu Canto é Segredo” (“My Song is Secret”).

(GF) How would you define your music?

I propose a universe of creation with no rules or labels. This concept guided my last project, giving me the freedom to mix the influences of important Brazilian movements, such as Tropicalism, with my childhood references, the sounds of the candomblé drums. Together with my musical producer Hérmanes Abreu, we created a very special sound for the project, reaffirming our African-Brazilian musical heritage. The promotional single “Basta” (“Enough”) is a call for reflection upon all sorts of intolerance.


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(GF) What´s next?

I am recording a new project called “Somos feitos do agora” ("We're made of now"). It is inspired by reflections on time and happiness, conflicts, hope, solitude and love. I wrote all five tracks and the arrangements bring a mix of Rock´n´Roll, Blues and Progressive. I stick with the primordial characteristic in my career: the freedom of creation!

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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Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:10

Le Lien Interview

Le Lien Interview

Le Lien is an artist I first discovered during the recent campaign for The Old School Project. I described her music as having an “evocative charm”. The Texan songstress is equally adapt playing an instrument to singing on her own. Le Lien has released two singles to date in the guise of “Somebody to Love” & Give Me Your Love” with hopes of releasing a new album in the near future. Lien’s music incorporates genres as diverse as blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul etc. I took the opportunity to speak with the singer about her inspirations, music, and acting.

1. Good day, could you start of by telling us how you first discovered The Old School Project?

Anselm did a short writeup about me and my music recently.

2. Could you introduce yourself by explaining to readers a bit about you?

My name is Le Lien. First name Le and Last name Lien. You pronounce it Lee Lynn. I am a singer/ songwriter. I write music for all genres however, my genre of choice for myself and my music is blues rock. I also design web sites, paint, dance, act and draw.

3. Your music is described as “Spunky and Soulful”, could you explain a little bit about how this relates to the music you make?

I think a writer described my music as “Spunky and Soulful” because he heard the rock vibes and also listened to me sing some of my unpublished songs. I chose the blues rock genre because it helps me express lyrics with soul.

4. Who are your musical influences?

I will give you a short list because I love so much music an all genres. Sia, James Morrison, Lake Street Dive, Alabama Shakes, Janice Joplin, Garbage (I am a huge fan of Shirley manson & Butch Vig), Patsy Cline, Gary Clark Jr., Rolling Stones, Welshly Arms and Kill it Kid ( I think they have disbanded), No Doubt and the Foo Fighters.

5. What inspires you to write lyrics?

Anything can inspire me to write lyrics. Sometimes songs come to me in my sleep and I have to wake up and record the song. I could be driving and see something that will inspire me to write a poem that I will turn into a song. Sometimes I watch TV, and even a sad part will inspire me to write. I have to say that I write the most songs when I am going through pain or heartache.

6. You have released two single “Somebody to Love” and “Give Me Your love”, Could you tell listeners about them?

Somebody to Love: I wrote Somebody to Love with Callin Passero of Dead Hello. I listened to his music online and I love his distinct rock sound. So I reached out to him. He had an idea for this song and we finished the song together. The song is about when I am really feeling good about myself as a single woman and declaring to the universe- without apology- that I want and deserve love in my life. It is a fun and up beat song that anyone can dance to.

Give Me Your love: Give me your love is a song I wrote when I bought my first fender Strat around 2011. I was newly single and divorced. During this time, I was discovering myself again and what I wanted out of my love life. It is also another song about not being timid and letting a man know how I like to be pleased. It is a message a woman can express to a man after they are consensual and you share with him how you like to be pleased.

7. Do you plan on making an album in the distant future?

Yes, I would like to make an album or at the very least – an EP in 2019. I have a lot of songs that would fit my next release. If I don’t release an EP, it will be at the very least a single. I would like my next release to showcase my vocals a bit more. I would also like to tell more meaningful and heartfelt stories in my next release.

8. What is your recording process behind making music?

A lot of the times I get the music and visuals all at one. I hear the music, see the music video as I write out the lyrics. I really enjoy co-writing and will work with a composer who can help me complete the song with music. It also helps me get out of my own head, hear a different perspective of the song and the song then takes on its own life.

9. You are also an actor; Do you find any similarities between music performance and acting on stage?

I think it is all about telling a story, making it your own, expressing it through your body in a meaningful way.

10. Do you plan on doing any concerts in the new year?

I would love to do concerts in the new year but right now, I am more focused on writing music that I can record.

11. Who would be your dream act to perform with?

I would love to put on a concert with Gary Clark Jr., Welshly Arms, Alabama Shakes, James Morrison and Garbage.

12. And what would be your dream venue?

I have played smaller venues in Austin and Los Angeles but I would love to go on tour and play for larger stadiums and venues. Some of my dream venues are the Wigmore Hall in London, the Forum in California, Madison Square Garden in New York, the Toyota Center in Houston. I don’t have just one dream venue because I would love to go on tour and play in lots of big stadiums.

13. Do you find it difficult for young artists to break into the music industry these days?

I feel like I am a new budding artist still learning and have a lot to still share with the world. In my journey, I find that it is difficult for new artists because of our mindset. We need to give ourselves permission to make the music we want. We need to know that the more we do it, the better we will get at it. Once we can get the appropriate team or mentor it will help us see that there is a world of opportunity out there. We just need to be resourceful, make meaningful connections and work hard for what we want. The best advice I have ever received is to never give up. We also need to know that it is not about breaking into the industry, but rather finding our own audience and carving our own new path.


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14. How important do you feel site like platforms like TOSP, Spotify, Soundcloud etc. are to a musician starting out like yourself?

I think they are tools we can use to promote our own music and have given more people an opportunity to share their music. Although it pays artists very little royalties per play, it helps people from all over discover your new music. I have new people signing up to my mailing list every day which helps me grown my audience and in turn – I hope will help fund my artistry.

15. And finally, what are the future ambitions for Le Lien?

I would like to do more professional acting, creating art and release new music in 2019.

If you enjoyed my interview with Le Lien, Please find a link here of my previous write up on the star, plus links to her social media sites and website.


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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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Up-and-coming Jam-Funk act from Washington DC, Surprise Attack, have recently reached out and we are happy to reveal and announce our Full EP Review, Interview and Artist Spotlight here atwww.jambandpurist.com 
 
Surprise Attacks most recent EP release entitled, 'Water' is an elemental achievement and coincides with their previous releases, 'Earth' and 'Fire.' This album concept is highly original and represents the level of awareness this band has as a collective. Dubbing themselves, "Mountain Funk," their influences range from improvisational, Appalachian-Folk and Funk music, which coagulates to form Surprise Attack.
 
'Water' begins with “M.D.M.A.” a song that highlights this bands lyrical qualities, and even includes a barbershop quartet style vocal harmony and a great Jam melody. This song expresses creative and unique songwriting structures and transitions. As an opening track, this song is well selected and while most of us think of ecstasy or some other illicit experience, after reflecting, this song has nothing to do with that at all. It's something far beyond the acronym.  
 
Recording 'Water' in their home studio, Surprise Attack, uses what they have to produce a listenable album with a solid sound. While, I would love to hear what these guys could do in a professional studio, 'Water' is a great platform to release musical ideas, expand their repertoire and work on their band style. Danny Durazo, Ian Frye, Jay Rowe, Jeremy Begun and Tom Casey all have a unique blend of musical styles and collaborate as a cohesive unit.
 
"J.N.S." opens up with a strong Latin rhythm structure and great guitar licks. The vocal melody itself can be heard prevalently and the disco sound is undeniably danceable. This one could be jammed out live and with the right amount of improvisation, this song could be taken to the next level. The feeling that "J.N.S." brings forth is something greater than I think is on this recording and while this recording doesn’t capture all the intricate qualities, it does show the creative talents of this band.
 
"Down And Out" takes this band on a different route down I-495 using the easy pass to get out of traffic. This song is much more the "mountain" side of their sound and has a country-folk feel. The initial reaction is calm, collective and juxtaposes with the story itself of being down and out without cash in the city. This song is very relatable and at times funny and could be commercially viable if the band decided to use it in that capacity.
 
"Train Of Thought" is by far my favorite track from this album and comes with a high recommendation. This songs structure itself is very Zappa-esque and takes the progressive development of improvisation jam music to the forefront of this album. "Train Of Thought" caught my attention initially for its transitions, reminiscent of moe. Phish and Zappa all combined but still original. Surprise Attack should work towards making all their songs this quality and level of conceptuality.
 
Altogether and combined with its counterparts, 'Fire' and 'Earth,' 'Water' EP stands out as a great beginning for any up-and-coming band to promote themselves off of. D.C.’s budding music scene is expanding and many great jam acts are growing within this community. I look for Surprise Attack to attack the scene with the same intensity that they have brought to 'Water.' Check out the EP here:https://surpriseattackdc.bandcamp.com/album/water-ep and follow Surprise Attack on all social media platforms for more. Is ‘Wind’ on the way?
 
 
 
Interview with Surprise Attack
 
(JBP) What made you form Surprise Attack and start playing music together? 
 
Surprise Attack is actually the band that we formed back in high school. We were together for about a year before moving to different towns, going to college, and more or less, going on a permanent hiatus. We’ve all been close friends for quite some time now and as our musical taste expanded, we were going to shows together, and collectively starting analyzing the music we were listening to on a much deeper level than ever before. After we graduated, we started organizing “jams in the cabin” where we’d rent out a cabin for a weekend, set up a temporary studio, and create improvised music together. It wasn’t long after starting those meet-ups that we realized just how essential music was and is, in all of our lives. We moved back to Northern Virginia, where we grew up and where Surprise Attack was originally formed and have been pushing our development as hard as we can ever since.
 
(JBP) What are your goals in the music industry?
 
Our goal is to become full time musicians and to take Surprise Attack wherever in the world we can. Granted how much the music industry has been changing, we do our best to keep up with the technology and methodologies that will enable us to be competitive with the bands that are several years ahead of us. We embrace the free content model in hopes of recreating the taper vibe that surrounded The Dead and other Jam bands. As a band that revolves around the live experience and performing a unique set every night, we put a ton effort into conveying that through our content distribution.
 
(JBP) Do you guys have any experiences opening up for bigger bands? Or any bands you hope to share the stage with one day? 
 
It was a really cool experience to play with Midnight North. Watching Grahame Lesh (the band’s front man and son of Phil Lesh) on stage with The Terrapin Family Band at Lockn ‘17 after opening up for his project at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA was beyond surreal. We, and every other jam band, pretty much owe our existence to the Dead, so rubbing elbows with someone who continues the Dead’s tradition of improvisational music just deepened our desire to become a part of that tradition as well.
 
(JBP) I have also met with Grahame; he is a treasure to this community. Where else do you take influence musically?
 
All of us have always been fans of older bands, as well as more contemporary music, and take tons of influences from Funk groups, Jazz artists, Rock bands, etc, but our first experiences with the Jam bands The String Cheese Incident, Phish, and The Grateful Dead iterations were extremely eye-opening. It wasn't until seeing these Jam veterans operate live, that we realized the potential for creating an exciting performance that incorporates elements from Funk, Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Latin, and Dance music. Eclectic is definitely the word that comes to mind when thinking of Surprise Attack’s taste in music and we owe that to the inspiration we've drawn from the Jam music community.
 
(JBP) How do you think your sound and band can evolve to become something greater and bring something fresh and original to the music scene?
 
The biggest focus for our music and Surprise Attack as an entity is to be as genuine and authentic as possible. We love all types of music and feel like we don't ever compromise putting out a sound that is truly us. There is also an element of eccentricity to our sound that is just different; partially because we go for so many styles, which makes it hard to pin us down as an “x” band when in comes to our catalog, but also because we're just a bit odd ourselves. I think our personality really shines through in our music, which could be refreshing in a music scene that can be pretty self-serious.
 
(JBP) Who is the main songwriter or is it more of a collective musical environment?
 
We definitely view our original works, as well as covers, as the product of a collective musical environment. A lot of the time, a member will come with a certain number of parts or ideas to a song and we will have brainstorming sessions in which the final project is envisioned. We very much so operate as a democracy and welcome all ideas and criticism towards developing the most cohesive music that we possibly can put out. Refining the songs is always an ongoing process and we use our home studio to take scratch recordings as songs are coming into being and revisit the recordings to make changes on sections as a whole, transitions, and individual parts. If someone has an idea for a certain part of a song, even if we thought it was completed a while ago, we’ll try it out and see if it fits.  We're still making refinements to songs we wrote years ago.
 
(JBP) This album was self-produced, was this recorded in a home studio and if so, can you can you share what programs you used or experiences you had recording?
 
This album was indeed recorded in our home studio! For our most recent EP, Water, we used Logic on our Mac Mini after transitioning away from Ableton Live. Developing our home studio has been an adventure and a half with moving in to our first band house, acoustically treating our main room, and constantly upgrading our set up. Over the past 2 years we’ve continuously invested every bit of money we’ve made into upgrading to new, better technology and methodologies that enable us to share solid self-produced studio and live recordings with the musical community for free. The recording experience has always been extremely fulfilling for us too because we get the opportunity to come back to material we’ve been performing live and really put the polishing touches on the songs to make them whole. We are all about the live environment, but recording allows us to take things we normally experience from one perspective and dissect it from a million different ones. Then we use those new perspectives to form a new and better version of the song that we can play live.
 
(JBP) Have you had any wild band experiences yet? 
 
One time, when we were supposed to play an afternoon gig for a Brewery’s anniversary party we had an extremely unfortunate series of technical difficulties. We had our PA and the stage entirely set up and were preparing for sound check when our bass player realized his electric bass wasn’t producing any sound at all. We tested a bunch of different cables and inputs devices to see if we could get any signal, but alas nothing. Fortunately our drummer lived nearby and was able to quickly grab his old beat up bass. Mind you this was like a first instrument you’ve ever had kind of bass and we were extremely unsure how it was going to sound but were VERY desperate. We plugged it in and the darn thing wasn’t producing any sound either! In a frenzy, our guitar player and bass player ran to the nearest music store to buy a bass and we were able to get our set moving just after the anticipated start time. We ended up having a great time and overcoming the stress, but we still joke about all the completely unexpected technical challenges that can kick you in the butt like having 2 basses fail on you in one day!
 
Thanks to Surprise Attack for taking the time to reach out and letting us interview them! If you are interested in having your album reviewed by www.jambandpurist.com contact us and we will work out an option that suites your bands needs. Who else do you want to see on JBP? Let us know.

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Published in USA Section
Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:00

The portrait of Santiago Tavella

 

A portrait of the artist as a mature man: why you should find out more about Santiago Tavella right now!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The year is 2012 and I am about to leave the City Hall after an amazing performance of Uruguayan rock band El Cuarteto de Nos. I had never heard of them before and but the amazing songs, full of complicate games of words and cultural references got me hooked instantly. Back home, I looked for every piece of information I could find about the band and the name of Santiago Tavella popped up, not only as one of the band leaders (together with Roberto Musso), but also as the songwriter of many of the groups compositions. On the following evening, I went to see them again and introduced myself to Tavella. That´s how we started a conversation that goes on since then. I asked Santiago to talk about his project "Otro Tavella" ("Another Tavella), which presents a mature, yet refreshed artist, the singularities of it, compared to his work in the Grammy awarded band Cuarteto de Nos and the importance of literature to his music. Ladies and gents, Santiago Tavella:

(GF) Otro Tavella is your first solo project. When did it start?

(ST) Otro Tavella was always present in my mind, as a concept. 1984 I played a solo recital for the first time. There was another attempt at the end of the 90s, another one in 2009 (this time I experimented a lot with electronic sounds) and basically from 2012 it has its currently format, with much emphasis on natural sounds and no overproduction. In that sense, it is totally different from the kind of sound and the production I experience with the Cuarteto. My son, Martín Tavella (bass), was the first recruited, followed by Ignacio Lanzani on guitars and Sebastián Macció on the drums. The female choir of Josefina Trías and Analía Ruiz came as a recommendation of Nelly Pacheco, my singing teacher. The VJ Virginia Arigón is responsible for linking the music to the wonderful world of visual arts.


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(GF) Does Otro Tavella represents a disruption or a development?

I Would say that it is a mutation of my artistic personality. Literature is an important component of this project. We propose an exercise of reading between lines. The audience is invited be part of the interpretation of what we do, something that may not be very "marketable", but that is obviously lacking in the bulk of contemporary musical and artistic production. Music and lyrics are equally important to this project. They complement and relate to each other. Therefore, although Otro Tavella could be labeled as Rock/Pop, there is an important amount of stylistic elements in this project that goes beyond those genres. I guess there is some maturity involved too, but not in the sense of becoming "politically correct" or "conservative" and it has certainly nothing to do with becoming a silly old man, which is pretty much the idea of maturity nowadays.

Published in South America Section
Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

Limberlost Quick Review and Interview

Limberlost is a Female fronted Power Rock band from the Pacific Northwest Formed in late 2010, original members, guitarist Ricky Dunn and drummer Mike Burt decided to form a band that would make powerful lyrics and create magical music. The band released Thin Cloud, but felt there were missing pieces to the jigsaw. This all changed in 2013 when vocalist Krystle Pyette joined the band to create a balance in range and writing lyrics. The band was finally completed in 2016 with the addition of Bassist Ben Beman In Late 2016 after several single releases working with producer/engineer David Smith from Crash Bang Booom Productions. The band finished as runner up in the 2016 Seattle Wave Radio Jamming Challenge at the Hard Rock Café, as well as runners- ups in the 2017 Puget Sound Battle of the Band, alongside an appearance in the 105.3FM Local Music Project. Cirke Cherokee, a finalist in the Danish XFactor joined the team las year to provide depth and a dynamic to the band.
Limberlost are a mix of alternative rock, powerful vocals and guitar- driven rock. The band have released a succession of singles that listeners can find via Reverbnation and Soundcloud.


The opening sounds of drums that reverberate inside your temples of Long Shadows sets the tone for a beautiful 80’s-style hard rock track accompanied by the enchanting pinched harmonics of Dunn and Pyette’s impressive range that switches gears is an all-round rocker with huge riffs.

Thin Clouds is the group’s revised version of their first single. The listener gets an earlier example of the chemistry between vocalists - Krystel Pyette and Cirke Cherokee. This is a more up-tempo blues track with elements of gospel and soul. The women croon in tandem to the back outlay of fast guitars and catchy hooks.

Babylon is a soulful crooner with a tight rhythm section that slithers along with every breath expressed by the ever more strong vocal lines of Pyette. The addition of a keyboard solo is reminiscent of classic 70’s rock.

Not My Own is an anthemic track stocked full of raw emotion and atmospheric music that creates a picture of someone reaching out alone. This is a track that appeals to the more sensitive fans of ballads.
And Finally, The heavy hitting Hands up. A song full of tantalising groove, sensual vocals and hypnotic riffs. This could easily be the breakthrough hit for Limberlost

https://www.limberlostmusic.com/ The official site includes tour dates, photo’s, videos’ music and merchandise. An assessable site for any fan.
https://www.facebook.com/limberlost/ This is another professional effort with colourful pics, information about the music, videos and tour dates.
https://twitter.com/limberlost_band A nicely designed page with a black and white header that instantly reflects the music of limberlost. This page provides regular updates of tours and music.
https://www.instagram.com/limberlostmusic/ This site provides an in- depth look at the band backstage.

Please be sure to join the group at Louie G’s on April 6th in Fife, WA

Limberlost Interview


How did the band come to meet The Old School Project?
“We actually submitted in the first Reverbnation campaign that The Old School Project did and were fortunate enough to be in their top 10 to earn a roster spot!”
Could you introduce yourselves to the Old School Project Listeners and new readers?
“Hello TOSP Listeners!! We are Limberlost, an original female fronted rock band from the Seattle area in Washington State, USA. We consist of Krystle Pyette on lead vocals, Cirke Cherokee on Backing Vocals, Ricky Dunn on lead Guitar, Ben Bemen on Bass Guitar, Mike Burt on Drums and Raymond Hayden on Keys.”


How did Limberlost form? And what was your inspirations to create the band?
“In late 2010, Mike and Ricky found each other on Craigslist looking to form an original song writing band. They went through a couple of false starts and then in 2013 they met up with Krystle who was leading Worship at a church they were attending. After a little while of playing together for the church, they along with their original bassist, Daniel, started to work together on writing material. In early 2016 they went into the studio with the first single Thin Clouds and it was shortly after that, that Daniel left the group. Along came Ben and then things just blew up from there. We added Keyboards in November 2016 and currently are blessed to have Raymond Hayden working with us and a year later came Cirke. We couldn’t be more excited about our future as a band!!”


How would you describe your sound to people unfamiliar with your music?
“It’s got elements of classic 80s 90s rock, maybe a Heart meets Zeppelin meets Deep Purple? Powerful Female vocal, guitar driven hooks and tenacious grooves!”


You want to write and produce great music with powerful lyrics, could you explain what inspires you to write?
“We have what we refer to as a “Mosaic” writing approach. In other words, everybody is encouraged in the writing process. A majority of our lyrics to date have come from Krystle and Mike. Each has written several of our current songs and can give something personal that drove the lyric. However, Ricky drives most of the melodies. The stuff we are currently working on now has some new twists with Ben, Cirke and Ray’s contributions. It’s cool because each song so far has been very unique. It just seems to come together in different ways.”

What message do you hope to make through your music?
“Hope! That grace exists and every day is yours to live so make it count!”


What tends to be your writing process?
“ We love playing together, so again it just happens. Good Chemistry along with a serious approach to one’s music, creates a pretty fertile field for creativity”


You have finished runner- up in several high profile competitions such as the 2016 Seattle wave radio jamming challenge at hard rock café , 2017 sound of the bands, and a finalist at 105.3fm local music project, how has this experience impacted on the band’s performances?
“Wow, yes we tend to be really good at second place…lol… The fact that our band has done so well so quickly has given us a lot of confidence to push forward and not spend a lot of time second guessing. Our fans have been great in supporting us and to be recognized not just as a good act but to have good songs is really humbling. It just makes us try to raise the bar every time we hit the stage.”


Limberlost will be embarking on a tour across the pacific northwest, what is a typical show from the band, and what are you looking forward the most about it?
“We love to play and to create new fans so getting out of our own area is an exciting prospect. We will also be travelling occasionally with our really good friends and super talented band Strangely Alright in 2018 so we are just eager to see what kind of fun and shenanigans we will be able to stir up together”.


Last summer, Limberlost added Danish X Factor finalist Cirke Cherokee as a back up vocalist. What impact has this had on the band’s overall sound?
“She has made a huge impact. Krystle has an incredible voice. Beautiful balance of range, control and power. Add Cirke, who has very similar strengths, and these two will blow your hair back.”


What is the meaning behind the band’s name?
“Limberlost comes from the story about the Limberlost swamp in Indiana that Ricky’s grandmother told him when she referred to the woods behind their house. The story was the legend of a man who was lost in the swamp and gave his will up to the Lord to find his way out and was lead to walk in a straight line which lead him out of the darkness. It also dove tails with a story Krystle read called The Girl of the Limberlost. And we also thought it sounded cool!”


How difficult is it for a band to break into today’s music industry?
“Extremely! First you have to find a bunch of super talented folks who all want to play together and work really hard and sacrifice almost everything. Then they have to write really good songs and keep sacrificing. There is SO much content bombarding the internet anymore that it is really hard to stick out. So if you are doing this to get rich…quit….lol. No seriously, you better love doing this and love the people you are doing it for and cherish the ones you are blessed to do it with. Write great songs! Be Consistent in all your efforts!!! HAVE FRIGGEN FUN!!!!!”


Can fans look forward to any new material?
“We are always writing!! We have a new one “See What You Want” that will be released in a couple months. A new cover that we are going to actually license and release in early summer and several in the hopper. Along with the release of all our material to date on one album titled “Limberlost Vol. 1” coming very soon.”

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Interview with Slow Motion Suicide

How did the band meet The Old School Project?

I think we met with Nick through Reverbnation, he was fond of our release and so the connection was born. He's a cool man and we love what he does in general. Patience is a virtue in this business so arm yourselves with it.

Could you explain how the band was formed? And the reasons behind it?

I started writing material during a long period off . When I decided to release the music it received an incredible and overwhelming response and as a result, Slow Motion Suicide was born. The band was formed pretty randomly, through mutual acquaintances and friends of the band.

You describe yourselves as “ A collective of human beings crafting melodies for maladies in the 21st century”, Could you explain how this statement relates to your music?

Basically, just writing what we feel like in this moment in time, not giving too much regard if it fits a certain genre or if someone will like it or not.

What is the meaning behind the group name Slow Motion Suicide?

Name of the band comes from the idiom of everything pretty and ugly that is slowly and unknowingly killing us, like junk food after a bad hangover, witty beautiful women, cigarettes after sex, guilty conscience, or laziness in the Sunday afternoon

In my review I compared some of your songs’ sounds to early Alternate bands like Alkaline Trio, Who were your biggest influences on your music growing up?

Everybody in the band listens to different music genres but we all love, let's say, midtempo alt rock. Pretty much grew up on REM, Counting Crows, Red Hot Chilies, Incubus and hip hop. A lot of hip hop.

Who would you say is your main songwriter? And what inspires you to write songs like you do?

I come up with the skeleton of the song and the lyrics and then the band works on their parts from there. It can stay mellow and acoustic, or it can turn to a powerful full band song. I'm a pretty proud neurotic dude, so I guess I draw inspiration from there.

Some of your songs are raw and relatable, what is your writing process behind them?

Just an acoustic guitar, coffee, maybe a hangover and a quiet place. Sometimes you can work on a song for 15 minutes and sometimes it takes a couple of months. You can't really tell how long is it going to take, but you just know when it's done and requires no more discussion and polishing.

What are your overall goals in the music industry?

Play live as much as we can, that's the way to go.

Do you have any favourite bands at the moment?

Sure, we listen to a bunch of things. There are some cool cats on Croatian music scene like She Loves Pablo collective. Check them out, they might be up your alley.

I recently reviewed your self- titled debut LP, could you tell me a bit about it, and the recording process?

Thanks man, appreciate it so much. The process was a bit long because we were all new in this thing and didn't really have a producer, given the fact that I pretty much knew what I wanted to create for the first record and just wanted the songs to be out. We recorded in numerous locations with friends over a period of six months and it turned out great, don't you think?

And finally, what is next for slow motion suicide?

Actually, I did lay some demos down for the next record and I'm happy that we'll start working on those pretty soon.

Thank you very much to Slow Motion Suicide for this interview.

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An Interview with Sometimes Julie

Sometimes Julie are another band I had the pleasure to cover during the recent campaign for The Old School Project. The San Diego Natives' Rich Walker spoke to me about the band's origins, influences, and their latest album Breaking

1. Please could you tell me how you discovered The Old School Project?

You discovered us first! We discovered you when you tagged us in a Facebook post in November 2018.

2. Could you introduce yourselves? And furthermore, please explain how the band originally formed?

Sometimes Julie was founded in 2012 by Monica Sorenson and Rick Walker as a singer-songwriter duo. After recording our first album, Head First, we decided to form a full band. Sometimes Julie has had a few different line-ups since our formation, but we are currently a six-piece band, made up of:

  • Monica Sorenson – Vocals

  • Rick Walker – Guitar

  • Alberto Moreno – Guitar

  • Bruce Paul Allen – Bass

  • Anthony Sarain – Keyboard/Saxophone/Flute

  • Michael Heater - Drums

3. What inspired you to form Sometimes Julie?

We started out as a duo, just Monica and Rick, but we recorded 13 of the 14 songs on our first album (Head First) with full rock band instrumentation, so we decided to recruit more musicians and form a band, so we could do the songs justice when performing them live.

4. Your bio describes your music as “Provocative Indie Rock with a strong Americana influence”. Would you say this is an apt description of the music Sometimes Julie is trying to make?

Sometimes Julie’s music is a product of all the music we heard as children and teenagers. Rick grew up in Chicago, immersed in blues, roots rock, power pop, and (later) alternative rock. Monica grew up in the western U.S. (mostly in Denver), with classic rock, pop, and country influences. What comes out of us, and what we now describe as provocative indie rock with a strong Americana influence, is really just a mashup of all of the music that has touched each of us over the years.


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5. How did the band get its name? I noticed there isn’t a Julie in the band. Ha ha

Haha! Monica is sometimes known as Julie. She is a little protective of her privacy, so she used to us the pseudonym “Julie” when her name was going to be announced in public, for example, when she would place an order in a coffee shop, or when singing Karaoke. When Monica and Rick first met (at a Karaoke bar), she told him her name was Julie. We knew each other for six months and had already started writing songs together before she told him her real name!

6. Who were the band’s influences? I feel the vocals share similarities with Alanis Morrissette and Janis Joplin. Who where some of the singers that inspired you?

Janis Joplin is definitely an influence, but also Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Grace Potter and others. Male vocalists also inspire, especially Robert Plant, but lately Lukas Nelson and Tom Walker.

7. Your first EP, Head First won the band an Akademia award for best Americana music video. How much has this helped with the band’s development?

The Head First CD, and also the video we produced for the title track, won Akademia awards. It definitely gave us confidence and legitimized us as musicians and performers. It also helped solidify our sense of who we are as artists and encouraged us to take bigger risks in our songwriting.

8. The band recently released Breaking in June, could you explain to readers a little about what to expect?

Breaking is raw, honest and powerful, while at the same time thoughtful and well-produced. It has themes of failed love, loss and fury. The music, lyrics and performance all come from, and speak to the heart.

9. Breaking is your third release, have you found the writing process has changed, or is it still the same?

Early in our collaboration, we did most of our writing together in the same room. Lately, though, Monica has been doing most of the initial writing of lyrics and melody, with Rick later developing instrumentation and arrangement. One exception on Breaking was “Satisfied”, where Rick wrote the music first, then Monica added the lyrics and melody.

We’re aren’t attached to any particular songwriting method, though. Whatever works…works.

10. You have a concert at De Oro Mine Co. in Spring Valley California coming up, what can people expect from that gig, and furthermore, Do the band plan anymore dates in the new year?

Sorry we’re so late answering these questions! We just played at De Oro Mine Company in Spring Valley last weekend and it was a blast! Here’s what we have on the calendar right now:

  • January 19th, Indian Joe Brewing, Vista, California

  • February 28th, Humphrey’s Backstage Live, San Diego, California

  • March 29th, Navajo Live, San Diego, California

  • April 20th, Hennessey’s, Carlsbad, California

All Sometimes Julie shows are engaging! People can expect to laugh, rock, dance and have a great time!

11. Finally, what else can fans expect from Sometimes Julie in 2019?

We’re currently working up our newest songs for our 4th release, which we will be recording in the next six months. Look for Own Kind of Savior by the end of 2019!


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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

The Boston Shakers - Wasted EP Review

The Boston Shakers are a band I have had the pleasure of reviewing in the past. They are a six -piece originally from France and USA ,whom are now based in Liverpool, England formed out of the love of music and wanting to have a good time. The friends decided to conceive a band based on the blend of genres they linked with the nightlife of Liverpool and they had experienced as bartenders. The band infuse electronic beats, hip-hop, blues and hard rock to formulate an explosion of fun loving music.

The lads now release their much anticipated debut EP, Wasted. A sonic boom of electronic beats, fuzzy guitars and effusive rapping. This is certainly a good start for the band, and promises not to disappoint. This is a no-filler that begins with opener Ready For You, a no - nonsense sucker punch of a party anthem that is suitable for the first track with a delicious looping blues riff that incorporates the brash lyrical content and overall swagger of the rapping that has similarities to early Kasabian when they first broke onto the British music scene.

 

Wasted  is a more mellow and hazy journey of reflection with those swirling electronic beats and reverb induced riffs that enshroud your brain. I feel this is the moment for the album to take a backburner before the fun erupts again.

Body ,Mind and Soul  is sure to win over new listeners with its backbeats of blues guitar stylings and breakdowns that bend and distort like a good trip. The rhythmic section transitions throughout with the mix of heavy beats and prosthetic rapping that is sure to get fans dancing.

Oblivion is another energetic track that steeps with early indie rock influences such as Manchester bands like Oasis and The Stone Roses that keeps the album musically invested . This gives the EP another opportunity to show it is varied with prolific syntax. They know how to write songs about social observations of modern culture.

All Out is one of the lead singles of the track, which is a high octane blizzard of beats and cultivated riffs that have influences from those aforementioned bands. A catchy chorus and expansive breakdowns that are ingredients for success.

Black Magic is one of the more rocking tracks that starts with a heavy riff and intense rapping with the inclusion of melodic bridges at the chorus that defines the track. The swinging rhythm and full throttle nature of the track can’t prevent you from throwing your fists in the air.

Best Things  is another lung-busting upbeat track with hypnotic beats and simple chord patterns that can stir any dancefloor with a cutthroat blue infused solo that is as psychedelic as the breakdown of multi layered programming .

Plastic Bag is another indie rock track full of stirring guitar hooks and hip swinging rock n roll.

The Boston Shakers Wasted EP is now available via Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify , Google play, and other good music outlets.

If you like the band, you can catch them perform at Wolvesfest on June 16 at Wolverhampton Rugby Club, Wolverhampton, England.


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