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Monday, 03 December 2018 16:31

Interview with Tiê Alves

The urban troubadour: why Tiê Alves is one of the most interesting artists of the new Brazilian popular music.

Tiê Alves updates the concept of the troubadour blending the best of the MPB (the Brazilian popular music) tradition with a urban touch, which in this case means the mega metropolis of São Paulo. The cultural melting pot of the city and its oppressive immensity are the background for inventive melodies and original lyrics performed with a blasé-yet-shy allure simply impossible to resist.

(GF) When did your contact with music start?

(TA) I began when I was a child. My mother played guitar and sang to me and my father was always very musical. At home, we heard a lot of music, mainly Brazilian music, but also The Beatles among other genres. My sister plays, as well: flute, percussion and double bass, but she works with graphic design. By the way, she developed the cover and all the artwork of my first album. I was 16 when I became interested in playing the guitar and decided to take classes. By that time, I was a huge fan of rock bands such as Nirvana and Pink Floyd. So I set up a band with my high school friends, started playing and never stopped since then. The guitar seduced me right from the start because of its versatility, but also because it is a very intimate instrument that must be kept very close to the body. It is said that the guitar “searches” for the most introspective personalities, for the shy people.

(GF) How about your musical education? Who were your mentors and influences?

(TA) I went to college and got a degree in Music at the Faculty of Arts Alcântara Machado. I also studied singing and Brazilian folk guitar, that we call “viola caipira”. I did this training as a musician, but in parallel I composed regularly. Creation has always been very important to me. Gradually, I joined other partners and developed my composition, but it all started in a very intuitive way. I was mainly influenced by Brazilian musicians, such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento. After I have built a repertoire of original songs, in 2014 I recorded my first album: O Rio e a Lua (The River and the Moon).

(GF) And how was the production of your debut album?

(TA) It was a great learning experience. Since it was my first one, I literally learned by doing. Fortunately, I had a super talented producer named Ana Rodrigues, who understood my concept and brought a lot of information in terms of arrangements.

(GF) Any coming projects?

(TA) I'm producing my second album, “Tá Osso” (Tough Break, on a free translation) produced by guitarist Luiz Cláudio Sousa. This album has been crowdfunded and it has a strong influence of Jazz. The idea for the name came from an idiom usually used in Brazil to describe financial problems, but in the song, it describes a person who is head-over-heels.

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Written by Geisa Fernandes - Brasil / Rio de Janeiro

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

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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.”

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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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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