Friday, 19 October 2018 17:22

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Animal Sun

Animal Sun are an alternative folk act from Virginia with a touching story behind their feelgood raucous of melodic guitar lines that createa bright, soulful, and fun listen. They were formed in 2015 by two brothers, Vcalist Steven Blake Alton and Drummer/Vocalist William Alton, They named the band after the tragic loss of their childhood friend James Sun in 2011.

They were soon joined by Lead Guitarist Jonathan Harris, Bassist Andy Beachy, and Keyboardist/Guitarist Neil Ackroyd, whom have built a cult following across the states by performing at packed parties and House Shows that culminated in the group recording their debut EP with legendary Virginia Beach producer Rob Ulsch in 2016.

Debut EP “ Animal Sun” was released on November 29th 2017

https://www.animalsunofficial.net/ This is a well-managed site designed for any type of fan. The web design is sharp and professional, which comes with an accessible bio, press release, Also, visitors have an opportunity to listen to new tracks complete with a page packed full of dazzling photos, and a merch shop too. This is all done to increase a stronger fanbase

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalSun/ This is another well managed site that allows the band to open up as a fun unit with videos of the band performing, photos of them enjoying themselves in rehearsal, as well as regular updates to keep fans keen.

 

AmanieIllFated

AmanieIllfated is a South Sudanese born, Canadian-based singer. She mixes Pop, Rap, Hip Hop blended with R ‘N’ B beats and an interesting orchestration. Her voice is moving and youthful,which will captivate a whole new audience for her. accentuated by strong lyrics.. Amanie emigrated to Canada at the age of 16 and has received radio play in the country, alongside The US and UK, as well as collaborating with some notable Producers. Amanieillfated released aself-titled debut in 2015, along with first single “letters to myself”.which has attracted her a new following.

Her follow up album saturn is due for release in 2018.

https://amanieillfated.com/ This is another well run website with an extensive bio, alongside music videos, gig updates, and some stunning photos from her modelling career. There are limited videos, but the overall format makes up for this with a nice backdrop of latest music video “ The Hills”.. Visitors are able to maneuver between each category with aplomb.

https://www.facebook.com/amanieillfated/ The Facebook account is another insight into a singer’s life. There are regular updates, music videos, including an acoustic performance of new single “ The Hills”, plus some more stunning photos of Amanie. This feels like an extension of her homepage.

 

 

Faye Moffett

Faye Moffett is a Soul singer with roots in Blues Gospel and Hip Hop, Neo- Soul and R’N’ B. The Tulsa – born native produces finely arranged melodies and heartfelt lyrics, that has resulted in collaborations with musicians such as Corrine Bailey Rae, Syleena Johnson and Kindred the Family Soul. Her most recent record was produced by two-time Grammy winner Mack Mckinney.

Love Language was released as a LP on September 28 2017.

http://fayemoffett.com/ This is an easy to view website with very little for fans to divulge. There is a simple Bio, a music video of Mofett’s latest single, plus an opportunity to listen to her latest record. There are no photos on this site, or links to her social media accounts, which makes it difficult for fans to learn more.

https://www.facebook.com/fayemoffettmusic/ This account is more informative and engaging. There are regular post of her performances, plus videos and some nice photos of the singer’s gigs This is a lot more accessible for new fans to view.

 


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Le Lien

Le Lien is a Soulful Artist and Actor from Austin, Texas. Her music has been described as “unique, with a feminine grit”. I see similarities with her evocative charm that incorporates, Rock, Pop, Blues, Soul with Rock ‘N’ Roll styling. She has released two worldwide singles in “Give Me Your Love “and “Somebody to Love”, which has gained much coverage on Radio Stations.

https://www.facebook.com/LeLienMusic/ This feels more like the singer’s home page with regular updates of her gigs, as well simple things like favourite films. Also, there are some music performance videos, as well as an array of intimate pictures from her childhood, family and food pics. There is an opportunity to sign up for more information. I feel LeLien manages theses accounts as a way to grow closer is to her fanbase.

http://www.lelien.com/ This site has a dropdown menu for fans to listen to her music, upcoming shows, photo gallery and some latest posts. This feels like it is more personal between the singer and visitors. There is also a contact form and Instagram feed for fans more interested.

 

 

Cellar Door PDX

Cellar Door PDX is a Portland- based Alternative Rock band formed by two old college mates., whom have been writing partners for years, forging a strong following across the Eugene and Portland areas. The band are said to write melodic guitar lines with unique chord progressions and off- beats. I see this in each song the band write, which encompasses different styling in blues, funk, soul, and electronica with powerful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. The band’s main influences are Pearl Jam, QOTSA, Modest Mouse and The Doors among many.

Cellar Door are signed to DRD records, which released latest EP “ Right Here Right Now “

Cellar DoorPDX are;

  • Ian Hanley - Vocals

  • Ben Carmine - Guitar

  • Alec Maier - Drums

https://www.reverbnation.com/cellardoorpdx This site provides plenty of music, an extensive Bio, and photos. The only argument is that there doesn’t seem to be any recent updates.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:46

Bands To Keep On Your Radar

Crane Technique

Crane Technique is an electronic rock artist from the streets of Ventura, CA. This is the solo project of musician Paul Wheatley. The music has a strong influence from indie rock, alternative rock and 80s pop. The latest single, 'Just 4 2Nite', is available now via digital stores including iTunes.

https://www.facebook.com/CraneTechnique/ - Crane Technique's Facebook profile is a well-maintained one with regular posts from the artist. Several videos are available, as well as photographs with live band photography and 'behind the scenes' images. What I enjoyed on this profile is the link to other social media apps using widgets, so I had instant access to Crane Technique's Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. I would recommend a link to a band profile to access a music playlist and tour dates.

https://www.instagram.com/crane.technique/ - the Instagram account is not as well-maintained as Facebook, but there are enjoyable promotional and personal images available. A nice balance exists between the different types of images making this an engaging account. I would recommend a link to Crane Technique's official website in the personal information section.

https://www.cranetechniquemusic.com/ - Crane Technique's emphasis on his releases is evident in his official website with playlists and merchandise available on the landing page. This is a good technique, particularly since links to photographs, tour dates and contact information can be easily found. I would recommend a biography section to promote the artist or an EPK link with press information.

The Royal Turns

Hailing from Atlanta, GA, The Royal Turns is a folk-rock five-piece set to take the world by storm. Since their formation on two years ago in 2016, this guitar-driven rock 'n' roller, bluesy, folksy, Fleetwood Mac-cy inspired band are something I'm happy to come across. While they were formed in 2016, the group only released their debut EP in 2018 to a positive reception. During their promotional shows, they continue to work on more material for a full-length album and experiment with new sounds to keep fans engaged.

The Royal Turns are:

Summer Grace on vocals and keys.
Celeena Corbin on drums, vocals and percussion.
Tim Perryman on guitar and vocals.
Kaleb Garrett on guitar and vocals.
Sean O'Keeffe Jr. on bass guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/theroyalturns/ - The Royal Turns' Facebook account is one of the more well-maintained and engaging accounts with which I have been presented. Seemingly more a personal account than a band, posts are made regularly with a good balance between promotional and 'fun'. Many photos are available with a plethora of live band images, as well as several videos to keep new and old fans engaged. Links to other social media accounts are available, as well as gig listings and contact details. My only recommendation is a band profile widget with access to a music playlist.

https://www.instagram.com/theroyalturns/ - Once again, a well-maintained social media account with a good balance between professional and personal images. A link to their official website is available in the details section with a biography, which is useful from a press perspective. I don't have any qualms regarding this account.

http://www.theroyalturns.com/ - A very well laid out website with a simple structure and menu on the top making it easy to navigate. The social media links are also immediately visible, so it is easy to follow these links if one would wish to do so. The new album is very prominently advertised on the landing page, which is beneficial for obvious reasons; plus, I love how there are Instagram and Spotify widgets further down on the home page. I don't see any problems with this website; it seems all the bases are covered.

Hambone Relay

 

Stepping out of Philadelphia, the gentlemen of Hambone Relay are redefining the modern organ trio using a unique combination of jazz, funk, rock and psychedelic grooviness. The band was founded by organist Mark Brown who originally performed with Baltimore's The Bridge as a keyboardist. Fortunately, he moved along to build Hambone Relay drawing inspiration from organists Billy Preston and Jimmy Smith resulting in an overwhelming musical brew. Hambone Relay released their latest album, American Hi-Fi, in 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/HamboneRelay/ - Hambone Relay's Facebook account is a relatively well-maintained one focusing on the professional side of things. The first item you will see when logging on is their shop with various merchandise, all rather amusing and affordable. My favourite is the 'Free Hugs Poster', so perhaps I could schmooze some free merch? In other news, the FB account has videos, playlists, gig dates, several photographs, and contact details. My only recommendation is listing other social media accounts in the 'about' section. Now, about that free merch...

https://www.instagram.com/hambonerelay/ - a combination of professional and 'behind the scenes' shots on a well-maintained Instagram account. I'll admit, I'm not an expert when it comes to Instagram, but I do know that a balance between these two styles is excellent for fan engagement. I also enjoy the combination of images and videos (what are those Instagram videos called?). I enjoy how the band's following gig is advertised in their personal information section - a handy marketing tactic.

https://www.hambonerelay.com/ - Hambone Relay's official website is a very well laid-out, and it's clear to note their emphasis on subscription and the latest album. An easy to navigate menu can be found at the top, along with an EPK which is beneficial for press purposes. Access to social media links are available; super if you want to engage more with the band. Finally, there is clear contact details information making it easy to get in touch with the band if needs be. I also like the background image which is entertaining and easy on the eyes.

The Tweed

 

Initially intended to be a quintet, The Tweed is a Moscow/Los Angeles rock duo in the style of Coldplay and Maroon 5. Working together, singer and guitarist Greg Pekk and drummer Matt Shepard started building a group that would take on the unsigned world. By April 2016, the band had sifted through their mass of material to release a single, 'Someone I Know', which was well-acclaimed and received airtime on stations across the globe. In September 2016, The Tweed won the Unsigned Only 2016 competition competing with over 6000 entries. In December 2017, they released their single 'You Better Know My Name!'

The Tweed is:

Greg Pekk on vocals, guitar and keys.
Matt Shepard on drums and percussion.

https://www.facebook.com/Tweed.Is/ - The Tweed's Facebook account is not one of the busiest with few posts, but that doesn't mean it isn't engaging with the content it has. The wording of the posts are conversational, the photos aren't all promotional with some live images, and the band has a band profile available for playlist access. Remaining professional, the gentlemen have contact details and a biography; however, I wonder if they have any other social media accounts to link?

https://www.reverbnation.com/tweedis - Always a good option, The Tweed have chosen to use their Reverbnation profile as an official website. Their featured songs, videos and gallery are available on the landing page; as well as reviews in a separate block. An access to their Facebook and Vimeo is available, so the only thing I would recommend is a contact email. Contact boxes are useful, but they are not always the most reliable.

 


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Ooberfuse

 

Described as 'ethereal electronic pop' by an influential UK music critic, Ooberfuse is an electronica act hailing from London. Well-crafted songs are delivered by this dynamic do providing emotional and powerful vocals over electronic (I know I've said electronic a few times) music. Most well known for their live performances, Ooberfuse has graced the stages of Bush Hall, Trafalgar Square and the Leicester Square Theatre.

Ooberfuse is:

Hal St John on guitar, vocals and synths.
Cherrie Anderson on vocals and keys.

https://www.facebook.com/Ooberfuse/ - Ooberfuse's Facebook account is relatively well-maintained with engaging posts from the duo on a regular basis. I enjoy the daily videos campaign they are currently running, as well as the plethora of live videos the group has on the account. Various photographs are available, but they are primarily promotional. The band focuses greatly on promotion and there is even an email signup section. I am pleased to see contact details and a link to their official website, but I would recommend placing links to other social media accounts for further online engagement. It might also be beneficial to place access to a playlist on the account.

https://www.instagram.com/ooberfuse/ - Ooberfuse's Instagram account is a relatively well-maintained account with a well spread out set of photographs. There are promotional images and many of them focus on live performances, but then there are also fan images with 'behind the scenes' pictures. One element I found particularly amusing was the way Ooberfuse crafted several images to create a single image when looking at the page as a whole - you'll see what I mean when you view the page. It's an incentive!

https://www.ooberfuse.com/home - the official website has a single landing page with a main header, menu, email signup and rotating design. I love this design because it doesn't bombard you with information and focuses on one element before allowing you 'inside'. The colour is scheme is well thought out, and the items on each page are well laid out. The biography could use some work and discuss background of the band, but the press quotes are a smart addition. Moreover, there is no information under 'daily vids', so this should be considered.

Judd Hoos

 

When you think of an American rock band, Judd Hoos is a group that should come to mind. Based in South Dakota, the band has only on the charts since 2017, but man have they charted the charts! In 2017, Judd Hoos released the iTunes charting album, Music In The Dark, and in 2018 (that's this year for anyone who's a couple of months ahead), they released their single 'Dirty Work' produced by J. Hall in Nashville. Sharing the stage with names like Third Eye Blind and Trapt, the band is set to be a name you'll get to know rather quickly.

Judd Hoos are:

Tyler Bills
Shane Funk
Chris Hornick
Andy Young

Judd Hoos are currently working on a follow-up five-song EP to be released in 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/juddhoos/ - Judd Hoos' Facebook account is quite a well-maintained one focusing with the posts focusing primarily on gigs and other promotional elements. There are numerous images and videos, particularly of live events, which are particularly enjoyable for fans (new and old) as it seems these boys put on one hell of a show. I always love a store because, well, I'm a woman with a credit card. Some fantastic items on sale, and I'm seriously wondering if I could schmooze one of those beanies. The contact details are intact, links to other social media accounts are fine; however, I have one major issue with this account - the header has flashing lights! I'm all for a gif header, but flashing images makes it difficult for people with photosensitivity to view a profile. If I weren't obliged to view this site, I would have closed my tab without looking beyond the homepage.

https://www.instagram.com/juddhoos/ - Judd Hoos' Instagram is a well-maintained account with an even balance between promotional, live performance images, and some personal pictures. In fact, there are some photos of a barbeque and a stuffed unicorn (or the band's spirit animal). It's a fun account to peruse and shows how carefree the guys can be, while still remaining professional.

https://juddhoos.com/ - I think this time I will mention my reservation about the website first instead of last. When landing on the group's official website, I am faced with strobes flashing in my face. I have photosensitive epilepsy, so this is not a pleasant experience and I am so glad the landing page is a scroll down option instead of having to find a tab on a menu. Once you scroll down, you will come across merchandise, links to music streaming sites, and an Instagram widget. Fortunately, you do not need to return to the top to find a link to the main menu with all the headings available in a drop down tab. My only concern, once again, is once you head to the page of choice you will face a strobe gif at the top of the page. I implore the band or the band's web designer to reconsider this feature!

Dark Rouge Park

 

Dark Rouge Park is a synthpop trio hailing from the city of Los Angeles, CA. Described as a 'pulsating melodic dream', this band combines unique, thought-providing lyrics with an original electronic melody. The band is influenced by established acts such as Peter Gabriel, Abba Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, and The Cure.

https://www.facebook.com/darkrougepark/ - Dark Rouge Park's Facebook account is not a well-maintained or relatively well-maintained account with posts only being made when an album is released. Only a few videos are available, but they are fun to watch being 'behind the scenes' options. The photographs are mostly press-related and could require updating. The only benefit of Dark Rouge Park's FB account is that they have contact details and social media links available. I would recommend an update of all information, including some more regarding a biography. Then again, that's just me.

https://www.instagram.com/darkrougepark/ - Dark Rouge Park's Instagram account is as poorly maintained as their Facebook. During the past year, only four or five images have been added; however, they are not all promotional with some personal images as well. This is one positive aspect - the balance between press images, live performance images and some backstage shots. I would recommend paying more attention to the account, even if it were to post promotional images of gigs or new releases.

http://www.darkrougepark.net/ - I am not sure why people enjoy flashing images in their videos, but it is not fun for others who are tired or have photosensitive conditions. Once again, the landing page of an official website opens with a video header using strobes. Fortunately, you can scroll down to find information on the band, links to social media accounts and contact details. The menu is easy to find and can be accessed without having to return to the top of the page, so thank you for little mercies. Different pages are neatly laid out and the colour scheme is a clean one. My only complaint is the opening header.

Illbe

 

An indie pop threesome hailing from Los Angeles, CA and inspired by the likes of Troye Sivan, Twenty One Pilots and Halsey.

https://www.facebook.com/illbemusic/ - I am unsure when Illbe opened their Facebook account, but I am assuming it was in June based on the first image being uploaded at the end of the month. Based on that, Illbe tend to post on a regular basis, primarily with images and some videos. The images are promotional in nature with only two videos on the video, one being a rather brilliant cover of Troye Sivan's 'My My My'. I am a little disappointed with Illbe's 'about' section where they have no biographical information and minimal social media links. If I were to use FB exclusively for a biography, I would not know anything about them. In fact, I pretty much don't. I do know they have released a debut single called 'Memoirs'.

https://www.instagram.com/illbemusic/ - Illbe's Instagram may be more well-maintained than their Facebook account with live band images, press shots and some videos. They have a decent balance between images, and I don't see any problems nor do I have any concerns regarding this account.

https://band.link/illbe - The group has chosen to use their Bandlink website as an official website. This site focuses primarily on Illbe's debut single, 'Memoirs', exclusively. Contact details are available, with a single line biography on the band. This can be ideal if you are looking for music exclusively, but if you want gig details or videos then you'll need a different website. May I recommend using the Reverbnation option?


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Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band- For Stories EP Review

 

Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band , from Minnesota, formed in 2012 as a solo project for Mark Stone himself. Since then, Stone (Guitar/Vocals) has acquired the musical talents of Todd Jameson (Bass), Johnny Strutt (Drums) to form The Dirty Country Band.

They are influenced by Southern Rock and Country, which is prevalent in the song structures and writing. However on their latest release “ For Stories” takes a different direction. The main focus is on good ol’ country rock with hard rock riffs and powerful beats. This EP sees the group coming into their own as a close knit outfit that is evident on here. The chemistry between the music is apparent from the beginning that these are men love their craft!

On first track Until Someone Remember my name is a nice country song that is relatable to a contingency of folk who want to pack in their jobs to play music. The overall structure of the track is a feelgood one steeped with elements of heavy guitar lines that are reminiscent of 70’s southern rock. And a strong, swinging rhythm that supplements Stone’s reflective lyrics.

When love goes to war is an acoustic track that is suitable for a long drive home along the highway. Stone shows his versatility with the guitar and on vocals that express raw emotion that will touch any heartstring in this song about falling out with a loved one. It is these samples of the ability to produce natural forms of motions through music that makes Stone a good songwriter.

The things that impress me the most about Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band is the musical textures that plays off each other . Strutt’s drumming remains consistent throughout, acting like a metronome that dictates the rhythm. Furthermore, The intelligent lyrics that retain strong storytelling throughout.

Faster than they fall is a combination of Dirty Country ( Excuse the pun!) and Boogie Rock. The riff is a loud and simple juggernaut of a tune that will keep your feet swaying. The strong beats reflect Skynyrd in there pomp with driving rhythm section is like a train pounding the tracks at high speed. This is my favourite standout track that could easily be a breakthrough in the commercial rock charts with fans of 70s and 80’s southern rock .

 

And finally, before you are gone is a country/gospel track that is a nod to religious faith that introduces an organ section that adds depth to the melody vocal lines that make this a beautiful end to an accomplished outing for the dirty country band.

The eP is now available for pre- oreder on Itunes.https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/for-stories-ep/1343653581

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Monday, 22 April 2019 18:55

Review And Interview With Betty Moon

Betty Moon is a recognized Toronto- Born singer, producer and Rock ‘N’ roll fashionista, who continues to defy trends with her edgy electronic pop, soul and rock. Moon has achieved success through her previous releases, as well as TV and Films. Her music has featured in several shows like The Walking Dead and Californification, which has led to numerous award nominations.

Moon has gained a following through her social media accounts, and has featured in heavy rotation across worldwide retail airplay, as well as appearing in several publications. The singer is set to release her 9th album Hellucination, which is a follow up to 2017’s Chromes. The 6 track EP draws influences from underground sounds ranging from rock, soul and electro pop. This self – produced piece explores Moon’s sultry vocals in more detail, alongside an injection of soul-searching lyrics, dynamic beats, and a sense of empowerment.

Hellucination exposes Moon’s ear for detail, and an ability to engage listeners with her visionary, and a sense of adventure. I will be exploring the EP further, as well as conducting an interview with the star about her upcoming release.

Fear Takes Control opens proceedings with a twisted trip through electronica beats and a dark passage recited by Moon. This intricate usage of thick synthesizers and hollow singing reminds me of the late Prodigy, as the dark tones and textures evoke images of a tortured soul.

Dirty Love is an introspective look at betrayal. Moon’s vocals are soulful and steeped with emotion, accompanied by a backing drumbeat that emphasizes each point of fragility. This track has an injection of the singer’s vocal range that flickers between mid-tempo cries of “I can’t get enough of your dirty love” to a more dynamic pitch of howls. The tempo changes throughout each verse as Moon ponders what she had with the other character. This causes a change in vocals that build with each beat to reflect the countered emotions the star feels.

Violent City is a more upbeat dance track with more brighter beats. Moon’s vocals are distorted at times; like a woman singing alone down an empty street. The synths contort with more fuzzy beats to produce a track more appropriate for these summer days.

Save My Soul is the lead track on the album which Moon’s vocals continue to steal the listener with raw emotion and variety that leads you to feel empathy towards her. The fuzzy synth sound and electronic beats do sound like Moon is trying to find an escape through distorted vocals around the bridge.

Get Your Gun features a more grunge rock sound with high energy driven distorted guitar. Moon’s vocals are sensual and energetic that feels soul inducing with a powerful range.

Hellucination is due out on May 19th

You can find more information about Betty Moon by visiting her website http://bettymoon.com/,

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Interview with Betty Moon

Hello Betty, congratulations on your newest release. Can you explain what fans are to expect from your new album Hellucination?

Thank you! I think longtime fans of Betty Moon can expect a nice mix of my original sound and much of a electronic/pop that I’ve been putting into my music as of late. For those that don’t know, I have my latest single “Save My Soul” out now and that will be on ‘Hellucination’. Up until and after the album comes out there will be multiple singles and music videos made available, just to keep things fresh and interesting over the upcoming months.

On first listen, I can hear a lot of ideas going into the lyrics and music. Is the album title Hellucination about this?

I like to leave the lyrics and deeper meanings of every song up to the listener to make it their own. However, the overall vibe and theme of the album is fairly direct, and explores how we are all living in a ‘Hellucination’. It was really fun putting this album together, and I couldn’t be happier with how it came out.

It is quite eclectic with sounds ranging from electronica to pop to rock. Did these genres have any inspiration behind the thought process in the album?

I think it’s really a combination of everything I’ve been influenced by since I started listening to music long ago. Since my music has a blend of rock, pop and electronic, it’s only a given that many of these songs will touch on themes that some of the artists I grew up on talked about. However, I make a conscious effort to always blaze my own trail and write about the things that truly mean something to me.


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What was the writing process like behind making it?

It took about a year to fully write, pre-produce, hit the studio and mix ‘Hellucination’. Some of these songs came together in a day, while others were pieced together over the months. I worked with my team to write a lot of these, and some ideas were over email, but many were simply by us being in a room together with the agenda of writing some great music.

I understand you self-produced the album. Was it difficult to write and produce the album together?

Not at all, I’ve been doing this a long time and since I didn’t have a deadline to finish the album things really came together naturally. Sometimes artists are under the gun to wrap an album and it can add unwanted pressure or even kill the vibe of the music. I made it a priority to self produce an album that made me 110% happy and take the time needed to get all the work done without hiccups.

What was the recording process behind it like for you?

I tracked everything at my studio here in Malibu, CA. We used real drums, guitars, bass and tracked everything using real gear, heads, cabs, mics etc. You get it, the way it ought to be for a great rock/electronic record. Much of ‘Hellucination’ has electronic instruments (keys etc), so for anything rock I wanted to make sure it was organic. We spent sometimes entire days in the studio tracking this thing, and other times just an hour or two to work on some critical parts.

And do you feel there is a different sense of pressure producing an album, in comparison to being a singer and writer in the studio?

Sometimes you get in your head about parts or you second guess your work. That’s the only downside of handling so much of it yourself. I didn’t feel too much pressure though, there wasn’t a deadline to get this album done.

As a producer, I imagine you need an astute ear, do you feel this was important in making the album?

Absolutely, sometimes I have to come back to parts of a song or a mix the next day so I can rest up and be ready to listen. After a long day in the studio that ear for a great song/mix can get fried, so talent is really half the battle. That’s why artists and producers need a good amount of time in the studio, so there’s time to rest and revisit parts with a fresh set of ears.

Do you see yourself being critical of some parts, in comparison to being a performer and having a producer instruct you?

It’s a blessing and a curse. I can only imagine most people in my position would agree. It’s nice to have outside feedback, which I do get from my band, other producers and professionals that I work with.

Did you perform all the instruments on the tracks, or did you get help from a backing band?

I have a tight knit group of other musicians that help me in studio and live (drums/bass/guitar etc). I play guitar, keys and obviously know production, but it’s so important to have the best musicians around in your circle to help.

You recently released ‘Save My Soul’, the track has a cool vibe towards it with hints of Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga. Could you explain the concept behind the track?

I wanted to create a song with just this sort of pulse and vibe, and once that came together the lyrics came to mind pretty quick. The song is about how we all need our soul saved at some point. We’re all different but alike in more ways than not. With how crazy and fucked up the world is, sometimes it can get the best of us and we need our soul rejuvenated.

On the album you have remixed ‘Crazy’. What was your decision behind the idea to do this?

I just really like that song, and the remix just made a lot of sense for “Crazy” specifically. I’ve done remixes for a lot of songs off past albums, whether I handle the remix or hire other mixer/producers, and it really helps keep things fresh.

As I have previously alluded to, the album is quite diverse. Tracks like ‘Get Your Gun’ are heavy with nods to grunge, whilst ‘Dirty Love’ are more soulful. I feel both bring a lot out of your voice. Are these elements that went through your mind when you first approached the album?

I didn’t really think about that when writing the album, honestly I’ve always just been into early/mid 90’s rock and 80’s electronic music. Thankfully I came up with some pretty cool ideas that happen to work over the different genres of music. Some of the tracks on the record I intentionally wanted to write, but most of them just came naturally during the writing sessions.

Did you find these songs came to you easily, or was it a lengthy process for you?

It really depends on the song, some came to me so easily. Others were like pulling teeth to put together because so much time passed and I was double-triple checking the songs, wondering if they were perfect. As mentioned though, since there wasn’t a deadline it made things much easier.

This is your 9th studio release. Do you see differences in your approach in comparison to your first album?

It’s an absolutely 180 degree turn from how things were done in the 90’s. I now come equipped with wisdom, technology and badassery that I didn’t have before. Things are a lot more streamlined, with less guesswork and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper to make the music now.

Do you plan a tour in support of the album?

Nothing planned at the moment, but we are thinking of ways to get a live show created for songs off ‘Hellucination’ and my last album ‘Chrome’.

And finally, what are your future plans for Betty Moon?

I’m working on a lot of things that will surprise the fans and industry, so you’ll have to wait and see. For the immediate future though I have a lot of content produced for ‘Hellucination’ including music videos, remixes and a couple more singles.

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Vajra

 

During a self-imposed exile in India, Annamaria Pinna - child of a school teacher and former monk - was encouraged to learn about her surroundings and question her reality. In 2011, Pinna formed Vajra with Pat Reilly on guitars, Erek Smith on bass, and Shu Inaba on drums. Described as a 'tapestry of dark and hypnotic, foreboding and mysterious lullabies', Vajra helps listeners experience her music on a high plane. Having played various festivals (including SXSW and Loudwire Music Festival), Varja has also received several awards from Rolling Stone, Loudwire Magazine, and Sirius XM Radio to name but a few.

Varja is:

Anna Maria Pinna on keys, flute, waterphone and lead vocals.
Pat Reilly on guitar.
Erek Smith on bass.
Shu Inaba on drums and percussion.

Varja releases singles on their Patreon page regularly. The latest was released on October 31st as a Halloween celebratory demo.

https://www.facebook.com/vajratemple/ - Varja's Facebook profile is a very engaging one with regular posts providing more than promotional content. The account is evident of her unique personality, and all of the videos and pictures allow visitors insight into Varja's music life. An attractive profile picture, with an EPK widget where visitors can listen to a playlist, view music videos and peruse tour dates. My one criticism is there aren't links to other social media accounts, but there is a link to her official website which is helpful.

http://www.thevajratemple.com/ - an attractive website with a landing page showing all necessary information. If you scroll down, you will see their featured single music video, along with upcoming events and press information. If you wish to delve further into the 'Varja Temple', there are links to socials and EPK profiles. No complaints, just that the links are a little difficult to notice.

https://www.instagram.com/vajratemple/ - as I've mentioned before, I'm not expert when it comes to Instagram; however, I have a fair understanding of what makes a good profile. This is a good profile. A decent balance between professional and personal images, along with some videos for variety. A short bio in the personal information section with a link to the official website makes it easy to find more information.

Lucentia

 

Lucentia is an electronica band hailing from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis. Quite new on the scene, Lucentia released their debut single, 'The Machine', in September of this year.

Lucentia is:

Chris Nunley
Cassandra Nunley

https://www.facebook.com/lucentiamusic/ - Lucentia's Facebook was only opened in January, which may contribute to its poor maintenance. Only a few posts are available promoting their releases. While there are links to different social media accounts, and a contact email, no background information is available for the band. I would recommend updating this to give visitors some insight into the artist.

https://lucentia.bandcamp.com/ - the official website is Lucentia's bandcamp site. As with the social media account, no information is available on the site, only the basic details. The band, obviously, wants to promote their releases more than share details of the band.

 


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Thread The Lariat

 

All the way from San Diego, California, we have Thread The Lariat. A five-piece rock 'n' roll band, this group has been described as a 'refreshing take on modern progressive rock'. Playing venues throughout Southern California, Thread The Lariat has developed a unique and impressive sound drawing their listeners to impressive live shows.

Thread The Lariat is:

Collin Davis on lead vocals.
Douglas Bell on guitar and backing vocals.
Alexander Brennan on guitar.
Aaron Torske on bass.
Brian McGee on drums.

Thread The Lariat are releasing their latest single in November 2018. Their music video for 'Break The Fall' was released in October.

https://www.facebook.com/threadthelariat/ - this Facebook account is quite well-maintained with regular posts promoting shows and single releases, along with images hinting at new music (keep fans interested!). An array of photographs are available ranging from gig posters to live pictures which is engaging for visitors. Only a few videos are available, but what is available is enjoyable. I would recommend placing more background information in the 'about' section, along with links to other social media accounts.

https://www.instagram.com/threadthelariat/ - Thread The Lariat's Instagram is a well-maintained and highly engaging one. Not only are there promotional pictures, but there are also some personal images giving it a good balance for fans to view. A link to their YouTube account in the information section is also very useful.

http://threadthelariat.com/ - the official website is an easy to navigate one with music played when you reach the landing page. It's well laid-out with an easy-to-find menu. Links to social media accounts are available, and this is a footer widget so it's found on all pages. A good website, although a bit dark.

Ellanoure

 

Ellanoure is a five-piece band hailing from Biloxi, South Mississippi. Made up of two sets of brothers, Ellanoure combines post-rock instrumentals with indie rhythms resulting in a unique sound for their listeners. The group released their debut album, Things More Purely, in 2018.

Ellanoure is:

Jared Kozlowski on vocals and guitar.
Heath Riddle on guitar.
Brian Kozlowski on keys.
Shawn Riddle on bass.
Shawn Kozlowski on drums.

https://www.facebook.com/ellanoure/ - Ellanoure's Facebook page is a relatively well-maintained one, but the information is lacking. While they have contact details and links to their merchandise store, it would be helpful to include an official website (if they have one). Moreover, the Instagram link is broken. A band profile is available offering fans access to a playlist, videos and gig dates. I also enjoy the different images available ranging from live shows to posters. My only concern is the broken link and a need for more information - then again, that's just me.

Scott Thiessen

 

Scott Thiessen is a Canadian singer-songwriter swooning his audience with soulful pop music - emphasis on the soul part. He graduated from Seneca College's Songwriting programme in 2017, and made it through the Independent Music Production programme in 2018. So, he's not only handsome and talented, but he's pretty smart as well! His influences are Sam Smith, Adele and Adam Levine.

Scott Thiessen released his debut single 'Lips Don't Move' in October 2018. He is currently working on a debut album.

https://www.facebook.com/ScottThiessenMusic/ - Scott's Facebook account is very well-maintained with a post every week, if not every day. The posts are mainly promotional, but he uses informal language to engage with his fans. There is a plethora of live photos and some amusing cover videos, so it's an enjoyable audio-visual experience. My one complaint is the lack of background information. He has no links to other social media accounts and no contact information.

https://www.instagram.com/scott_thiessen/ - Scott's Instagram is also well-maintained with mostly promotional images, but there are some personal photos here and there. It keeps fans updated on what is happening in his life, and I suppose that is the purpose of Instagram. A suitable amount of information available on the page including links to his official website and a contact email.

https://www.scottthiessen.ca/ - a very neat and concise website that is easy to navigate. The landing page contains a basic biography with links to social media accounts, as well as a gallery and easily accessible menu. I enjoy the colours and simple background image promoting his single - it's not overpowering using neutral tones. A more detailed background might be beneficial for press purposes.


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An Extensive Trove Of Hidden Treasures

Deviance

 

Deviance is a hard rock act from London that have slowly built a reputation as a hard-working band touring across the UK. The band have appeared at clubs and gigs across London, including Islington 02Academy, Planet Rock’s Planetstock, and Isle of Wight. The band’s soaring vocals, energy induced guitar solos and highly charged melodies are sure to appeal to fans of acts like Guns ‘N’ Roses.

Deviance recently released self- titled debut album is available now

Devience are:

Gio- Vocals

Donnie- Guitars

Jim- Guitars

Beno- Bass

Olli- Drums

http://www.devience.com/

This is an easy to read site with all the accessories fitted onto one page. I found it easy to scroll down and digest the information. The background visual of the band performing felt like a distraction, but the layout made up for that. There is a nice Biography, striking photo’s of the band performing, gig schedule and a link to the band’s single “ Take Me Down” . Overall, I would recommend this to visitors interested in the band.

https://www.facebook.com/deVIenceband/

This is another personal account organized to interact more with the fans. Fans are able to add comments to posts, as the band post regular updates on gigs, as well as photos too. The videos are the more telling with the band recording on their devices to talk to the fans, and show them what they have been up to. I feel this is a nice touch because it instills confidence in the listener to browse.

Wounded Spirit

 

Wounded Spirit are an Alternative/ pop rock act from West Bromwich, England. They have been around for over 30 years, yet it was not until 1995 that the band released their debut single “Alone without You” The band create hushed vocals, with melodic guitars and softly played keyboards that reminds me of those Britpop acts of the Nineties’ like Pulp and Lightening Seeds.

Wounded Spirit are:

Elton McTaggart - Drums
Jason Kelly - Vocals
Terry Ebanks - Bass
Biggsy - Guitar
Debbie P - Keyboards

https://www.woundedspirit.net/home

This is a nicely organized site that you can see has regular input from the band There is a lovely background picture of the group set against the backdrop of a rather congested site. There are plenty of links and information for visitors to keep occupied. This makes it easier to access without scrolling through. There is a regularly updated news page, music videos, fan and band photo’s, lyrics, music...and a shop you can purchase the band’s albums from. This is a comprehensive introduction to the band.

https://www.facebook.com/WOUNDEDSPiRiT2/

This is another lovely account by the band. There are regular updates on the band’s upcoming gigs, plus tons of photos and videos. The video’s feature behind the scene footage, making of, live performances...plus a tribute to England Football striker Harry Kane. I feel the videos introduce the listeners into the band’s personalities, which leads one to feel like they are joining the band on their journey.

Sometimes Julie

 

Sometimes Julie are a Hard rock act from San Diego, California with an interesting story. The duo- Monica Sorenson and Rick Walker- met at a Karaoke bar where Sorenson was performing. They soon bonded and released debut album Head First achieved international recognition, gaining them an Akademia Music Award for best Americana music video. Sorenson’s vocals soar above the enriched rhythm section and melodic guitar lines that incorporates Americana, Blues, Country and Indie Rock.

Sometimes Julie released third album Breaking in June 2018

Sometimes Julie are:

Monica Sorenson- Vocals

Rick Walker- Vocals/Guitars

Bruce Paul Allen- Bass

Alberto Moreno- Lead Guitar

John Muzzio- Drums

https://www.sometimesjulie.com/home

This is another well managed site. The colour coordination set against a backdrop of the band performing is easy on the eye. There categories are organized in a fashion that makes it accessible with a link to a player to all the band’s albums, an updated gigs schedule, stunning photos and merch too.

https://www.facebook.com/sometimesjulie/

This is another good account designed to keep fans updated of any upcoming gigs and appearances, there are some photos of the band performing, plus some videos of those performances too. I feel this is a good supplement to the website for any new fan interested in going to watch them.

Rocket

 

Rocket are a punk rock act from Los Angeles. The band play pulsating rock with enriched vocals that incorporate Garage Rock too. They have gained a reputation among the rock Industry elite with appearances on Commercial Radio stations like KROQ 106.7 (LA) , alongside high profile support slots to established acts like Alien Ant Farm, Crazy Town and Puddle Of Mudd. The band have also been live guests on I Heart radio, as well as winning several local awards, and been featured in reputable music publications.

Rocket recently launched highly anticipated EP “Get Huge”, produced by Doug Green (STP, Velvet Revolver, Sheryl Crow)

Rocket are:

Janelle Barreto - Vocals

Eric Wibbelsmann- Guitar

Steve Killcullen- Guitar

Jordan Lawson- Bass

Paul DePatie- Drums

https://www.thebandrocket.com/

This is a very well-organized webpage that has all the benefits a fan can need. I was impressed with the format of the page with colourful pictures and a catchy logo that ultimately wanted me to read more. There is a nice review of the band’s latest live show plus a Spotify player linked to their catalogue, the about section is jam packed with enough information to keep the average visitor educated. There are some great pics of the band in colourful outlets, as well as a couple of videos. I feel the energy of their performances reflect the outlook of the site.

https://www.facebook.com/thebandrocket/

This is another well managed FB account. There are regularly updated posts that advertise upcoming gigs and radio appearances, alongside photos of the group performing. They seem happy to interact with their fans with more stunning pictures, and videos of them performing.

Ras Mikey C

 

Dr Ras Mikey C AKA Michael Courtney is a Singer/ Songwriter with a mighty repertoire to his name. Courtney has achieved success as much for his academic researches, then he has for his music. Courtney has published thesis’ on Ethno- Modern Dance, as well as strived into research of cultures and dance throughout communities. He has a PHD in the subject from a stint at University of Limerick, Ireland. He currently sits on the board of directors as an assistant to modern dance and Cultures at the University.

He also acts as a emcee to acts and companies around the world as diverse as Raven Symone, The Marley Family, Irish Aid to list a few.

Dr Ras Mikey C recently released debut album “ RASUOL” in September 2018

http://www.rasmikeyc.com/

This is a great webpage organised to professional standard of MAs' accomplishments in the subject of education. I think you can tell the singer has input with articles and quotes from him. You can scroll down and watch videos of his discussions, as well as videos from his latest album. The site is arranging as a single page, which is easy to read.

https://www.facebook.com/drrasmikeyc/

This is an engaging site with regular posts that combine videos and photo’s in relation to his lectures/ music. There are some nice videos of the dances he studies, as well as some personal ones that involves Q & A with fans. The account feels like it is designed to appeal to the fans.


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Isle of Wish

 

Isle Of Wish AKA Wishnu Bintang was born in Indonesia. She formed her own project in 2016 named after her nickname “Wish”. She decided to release a collection of singles in 2018 based on her influences as diverse as Queen, Pink Floyd and Pink. Isle of Wish has a strong interest in Poetry, Music and writing.

Isle of Wish is new to music, but has selected musicians from Bali to help record her debut album, which is set for release in 2019.

https://isleofwish.com/home

This is a nice introduction to the singer. The colour coordination reflects the singer’s personality there is a nice bio and a player to a debut single. There are no videos, or photos

https://www.facebook.com/IsleOfWish/

This is a very personal and engaging account that appeals to the fans. There are regular posts on philosophy, Music, as well as interests. There is a nice pic of Isle of wish singing, with photos of quotes, and a video of her latest single. This feels more of her own page, rather than that of a singer. I feel this is a good thing in attracting those new fans.

https://www.instagram.com/isleofwish/

This is another very personal account that reflects the journey of a young girl. There are motivational quotes, random pics of luggage and clothes, as well as some more intimate ones of the singer recording in the studio. Overall, this feels like she is more in touch with her fanbase.

Lu Ruenes

 

Lu Ruenes AKA Lucia Ruenes is Pop singer/songwriter from Spain. She was inspired to start writing music by reading her grandmother’s poems. She wrote her first song at 15, and by 21 she had released two albums. Lu Ruenes attended Berklee Scholl of Music, which she graduated from last year. Lu Ruenes composes lovely uplifting Pop songs with beautifully arranged melodies.

https://www.luruenes.com/

This is another lovely site to visit. There is a simple colour co-ordination set against the backdrop of a large photo of Lu Ruenes. The site is easy to access with a Spotify widget that plays her latest track. There are some even more striking images of Lu Ruenes performing with an infectious smile. There is a nice Bio, personally written by the singer, as well as videos of her in performance. I enjoyed reading through it because it felt like an introduction to the singer’s personality,

https://www.facebook.com/luruenesoficial/

This is another well managed site that engages the reader, as well as accentuate Lu Ruenes’ personality. There are nice pictures...including one on a camel. Videos of Lu Ruenes in concert, as well as regular posts that feel like it truly connects with the reader. The only negative is it is written in Spanish, which may be an issue for those who can’t translate.

Mark Newman

 

Mark Newman is a well- respected singer/songwriter/ Guitarist from New York. He has developed a reputation for touring with legendary musicians like Willy DeVille and Sam Moore. His music style has been compared to Duane Allman and Lowell George. Newman plays Guitar, Dobro and Mandolin on his two albums to date. Newman’s music is heartfelt Americana with some enchanting melodies.

Mark Newman released his Brussels EP in March 2015

http://www.marknewman.us

This website has a very basic design, which allows easy access to browse. The front page comes with a nice bio on Newman’s musical achievements, as well as releases. There are a few links to the singer’s Reverbnation and myspaces. You can find a dropdown menu on the left-hand side with a photo gallery and music player. My only argument is that it doesn’t seem like it is updated.

https://www.facebook.com/marknewmanmusic/

This account is designed mainly to update visitors on upcoming gigs. There are no videos, or any interaction between the singer and fans. There are some good photos of mark with his band.

Modern Mimes

 

Modern Mimes is an American music artist duo from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The band consists of Adi Elcida Hernandez on Vocals/Guitar/sampling & Ernesto Perez on double neck bass. The duo play “Future Goth”, a self-coined term to describe their use of heavy metal guitars, thought provoking lyrics and gothic overture. They have slowly been building national recognition with their debut album Wake Up, which was released last year they followed this up with a Type O Negative approved cover of “I Don’t Want to Be Me” which the band endorsed, and subsequently promoted. This helped achieved 27 thousand views on YouTube, as well as coverage on loud wire.com. They have spent the last two years appearing at notable festivals across the States & made tv appearances on balcony tv

The duo has performed 2 years in a row at Riptide Music Festival, the biggest two-day Alternative and Classic Hits music festival in Fort Lauderdale. They also toured the Southeastern United States, SXSW, and have a session on Balcony TV.

Modern Mimes will release follow up album “The Grey” in The Fall of 2018

Modern Mimes are;

Adi Elcida Hernandez- Vocals/Guitar/Sampling

Ernesto Perez- Double Neck Bass

https://www.modernmimes.com/home

This is a well-managed account for fans of old, and new. The overall format instantly attracts the visitor with a bright blue backdrop set against an odd image of two clay heads seemingly entwined. This helps reflect the nature of the duo’s music. The site is also easy to scroll down with a Spotify playlist, YouTube music videos and photos that portray the duo in all their unusual stage attire.

https://www.facebook.com/modernmimesmusic/

This is an attractive account. There is a nice background photo of the duo with regular posts on gigs and music releases. There are some nice music videos, as well as some photos of the band performing, and in the model studio.

Home is West

 

Home Is West where formed by two old friends in California. The duo- Robert ( Vocals/Guitar) & Andrew ( Bass) have been touring mates for over twenty years, beginning in metal bands across the states. The band quickly recruited Corey on drums and a new bassist, Jim to get fully started they have spent the past 5 years touring the Southern Cali coastline, appearing on Internet radio and FM stations. The band play heartfelt Indie/ rock with swirling melodies and catchy hooks.

The band released an EP in 2017

http://www.homeiswest.com

This is a basic page with compact information and all the accessories needed for fans. There is a dropdown menu that is useful. There is a concise about section, a couple of videos, and some nice colourful pictures for visitors to view. Overall, the site is not an attractive prospect for new fans.

https://www.facebook.com/homeiswest/

This is a more updated account. There are a couple of videos that appeal to fans, as well as some nicely taken pictures, and regular posts, including big news. I feel this is more accessible for growing a new fanbase.

The Boxtones

 

The Box tones are a five- piece Scottish Canadian Rock/Pop act with a growing reputation amongst the elite. The band recently singed to Universal Music following high profile support slots alongside such notable musicians like Liam Gallagher, Pharrell Willams, The Chemical Brothers the Who, Blur, Florence and The Machine etc. This repertoire has earned the band several award wins including the Ahlan! Hot 100 title, and two- time Hype and Time out winners. The Boxtones have also had luck in entering competitions, which resulted in them winning The Rolling Stone Street to Stage. And if this is not impressive enough, they have earned endorsements from prestigious brands such as Shure, Vic Firth, Mesa Boogie and Protection Racket.

The Boxtones create upbeat music with a Celtic flavour, the band’s progressive sound and catchy choruses are bound to be a hit with new fans.

http://www.boxtonesband.com/

This is a very professional account I feel is designed with fans in mind. The band’s logo instantly attracts the eye to want to browse through. I liked how everything was conveniently placed that a visitor would want to read (news, bio, tour dates etc.). This made it easier to find the categories needed to learn more about the band. There is a news section that gives updates on upcoming tours, a link to the band’s YouTube videos, as well as some lovely images of the band performing on stage. I enjoyed reading the press section of all the magazine articles they have appeared in, as well as a blog on their weekly reports. There are regular tour updates, as well as links to all of their social media accounts.

https://www.facebook.com/theboxtones/

This is an attractive site form The Boxtones. The background picture of the band instantly grabs the eye’s attention. There are daily updates from the band on tour in Dubai, as well as promotional appearances. This is another professional effort from the band, which will sustain the growth of a new fanbase. I liked how the videos were categorized I.e. summer vacations, a hashtag campaign etc. This showed an engagement with the fans, as well as a photo section. This is another strong point of the site because it shows different aspects of the band from rehearsal, stage, around town, which opens up to fans.


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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:42

Eight Awesome Artists To Keep Your Ears Happy

Vihads21

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

Vihad21 is:

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

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

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

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

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

Jimmie Something

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

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

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

The Red Moons

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

The Red Moons is:

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

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

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

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

Charley Reynolds

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

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

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

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

 


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Eryn

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

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

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

Affinity

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

Affinity is:

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

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

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

Strange Heart

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

Strange Heart is:

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

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

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

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

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

Sigulka

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

Sigulka is:

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

Sigulka released their album Symbols in August 2018.

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

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


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Written by Nicole Mendes / Germany - Norden

My name is Nicole and I am a South African-born music writer currently based in Norden, Germany. For several years I have worked with award-winning indie music blogs conducting reviews, reported on breaking festival news, but my specialism is interviewing.  I currently work as editor-in-chief for an indie music blog I founded where I specialise in interviews with independent artists.

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