Sophia Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sophia Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sophia has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sophia Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Philadelphia Music Documentary Gets Emmy® Award Nomination

A few months back we published a full feature on the “Songs In The Pocket: The Essential Songs of Philadelphia” project. For a quick recap, David Uosikkinen drummer of The Hooters is recording what he feels are the Essential Songs of Philadelphia, selling those songs as singles on iTunes and Amazon and giving a portion of the proceeds to The Settlement Music School to fund music education. Each of these “Essential Songs” are chosen from what is a huge discography of Philadelphia music.  Uosikkinen’s band, In The Pocket (ITP) records the tracks at an iconic Philly studios with a rotating line up of Philly’s most respected musicians.   The recording process of each song is captured by filmmaker Steve Acito into short documentaries that are used as promotional material for the project.

In The Pocket – live at the “You Can’t Sit Down” release concert.

Fast forward a few months.

Well, it’s now obvious that director, Steve Acito had a bit more in mind for the documentary shorts than just promotional material.  He’s taken the videos for the first three songs; Joey Wilson’s “All My Monday’s”, The Nazz’s “Open My Eyes” and The Dovell’s “You Can’t Sit Down”, intermixed additional interviews and performance music videos (that include footage shot by real fans in audience) into an engaging 30-minute documentary titled “David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket: The Essential Songs of Philadelphia: Tracks 1, 2 & 3”.

In August of this year, the extended documentary was nominated for a well deserved 2012 Emmy® Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-Atlantic chapter.  This is Steve Acito’s third Emmy® nod and his company Bluewire Media’s fourth.

Steve, who also co-founded Bluewire Media in 2001, had this to say about his involvement in the project: “It’s is an amazing, we’ve been involved with The Essential Songs of Philadelphia as our corporate charity initiative since its inception. We’re excited to be a project partner along with Dish PR and photographer R. Alex Lewis…both of which I believe are among Philly’s best at their respective craft.”

As a music fan, I love this documentary and it’s a “must see”, but the inclusion and insight of Philadelphia radio legends Pierre Robert and Jerry Blavat really make it ”essential” viewing.  To help you make the decision if it’s 30-minutes you’re willing to spend I believe it’s important to show the pedigree of the musicians included:

David Uosikkinen – The legendary Hooters drummer, who is putting together the Essential Songs of Philadelphia.

Rob Hyman – The Hooters – keyboards/vocals
Eric Bazilian – The Hooters – guitar/vocals
Tommy Conwell – Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers – lead vocals/guitar
Greg Davis – Beru Revue – guitar
Rick DiFonzo – Roger Waters/Patty Smythe/ The A’s – guitar
William Wittman – Too Much Joy/Cyndi Lauper – bass
Graham Alexander – Cast of ‘Rain’ on Broadway – bass
Richard Bush – The A’s/The Peace Creeps – vocals
Jeffrey Gaines – singer/songwriter – lead vocal
Jay Davidson – Steve Winwood, The Funk Brothers – sax/vocals
Steve Butler – Smash Palace – Guitar
Jeffery Gaines– Singer / Songwriter – Vocals
And of course, the project’s creator David Uosikkinen – The Hooters – drums

Enough said? Yeah, I thought so.

On September 22, 2012 we’ll see if the Academy voters honor the documentary. To see for yourself, watch the Emmy® Award Nominated Documentary, CLICK HERE. You can also view Steve Acito’s other documentaries and photos for the Essential Songs of Philadelphia project by clicking here on SPECIAL PROJECTS.

Rockers TJ Tindall and Tommy Conwell trade licks as Uosikkinen keeps it In The Pocket…

While waiting for the next documentary, shortly to be released, poke around on to see other cool content and check out the project’s official site,  You can download any of the six songs recorded to date, including the newest essential Philadelphia track…an unbelievably rocking version of Disco Inferno!!!

Uosikkinen must have pulled in some favors on this track, some how he ramped it up even more with legends, TJ Tindall (the original guitarist and band leader from the Trammps original), rapper Schoolly D, Fran Smith, Rob Hyman, Greg Davis, The Soul Survivors, Matt Cappy, Jay Davidson and the return of the multi-talented Graham Alexander, this time on vocals.  Whew.  You’ve got to hear this one! BUY IT HERE (Amazon / iTunes).

The quality of the artists and songs involved on this project, continue to justify our interest in its development, while documentary director Steve Acito, proves yet again to be amongst its prime movers and certainly one to watch out for in the future.

( Steve Acito and David Uosikkinen photo by courtesy of  (c) Dallyn Pavey )

( News item supplied by Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine)

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