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Groove State: “Light Up The Sky” holds a lot of weight

Australian Indie Electro/Pop group Groove State draw their influences from the likes of Icona Pop, Major Lazer, Sia, Charlie XCX and David Guetta.  The duo consists of Lisjana on vocals, and producer DJ Deep G, who have reached Top 20 USA National Club Chart success (FMQB, DJ Times),  heavy rotation on dance radio airwaves and mix shows around the globe, as well as being a songwriting Finalist in The World’s #1 Songwriting Competition ISC. Groove State’s music has been placed in major TV & Film features, and have secured licensing deals with Nokia, Red Bull, Rip Curl, Sony Entertainment UK

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: ‘Lost In The Sound’ – their most rewarding record yet!

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Rahul Mukerji: “Ma De Re Sha” balances the obtuse with the accessible!

Rahul Mukerji is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity, precision and plenty of ethnic flavorings. His 11 track album “Ma De Re Sha” is a big sounding recording with enough of twists and turns to make Rahul’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. The opening track “Exit 13” sets the outline tones of this collection of songs. It balances lyrical eclecticism with an Indian twist while his incredible chops help him forge his own style. There are plenty of incendiary guitar breaks and harmony guitar parts, but Rahul also demonstrates a lightness of

Triple threat alternative rock artist Zachary Ray

Born in Rhode Island, Zachary Ray is a Danish/American musician residing in Los Angeles. He was introduced to Metallica and Eminem at age 5, by his mother and stepfather, and became wildly obsessed with drumming. Hence his grandma from Rhode Island gave him his first drum set. Ray later took drum lessons and eventually also learned to play the guitar. This was followed by singing, which gave Zachary Ray the musical combination to perform and record with absolute artistic freedom. His latest release, is the single ”Trouble”. How long have you been performing and recording, and did you record or

Nega Blast X: “The Experiment” – this caliber and artistic conviction is required for this art to evolve

There’s really no words to describe the sound of Nega Blast X. The Burbank music arranger, author and digital artist, Dominic R Daniels, sole proprietor of the Nega Blast X project, is in a realm of his own and hardly many can touch that artsy creativity he has under the hood. Based in the trance, techno and industrial idioms since 2010, Daniels is inspired by Daft Punk, Orbital, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Mutaytor. “The Experiment”, Nega Blast X’s third album is released on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and all other major digital download stores. Artistically speaking, Nega

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Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational

Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” resonates gloriously

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Nothing But You, Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records

American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY OWN” showcases Nicky’s strength, both vocally and emotionally, as she performs her bold, unapologetic lyrics. She uses her music to tell stories and to capture the true emotion behind the music. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Nicky also draws influences

MAXIM SENIN From Latvia With Love, Heartbreak And Other Stories…

Having grown up in Riga, Latvia (formally the USSR) and now residing in Long Beach California for the past twelve years, Maxim Senin understood early on, the value of learning to play and perform music. With both his parents playing the piano, it was their desire to give him a solid musical education, and for him to understand and appreciate music; learning with classical music training.

When he was in the first grade, his parents got him a violin, but he quickly lost interest. They then attempted to teach Maxim the piano. The problem was that the family was poor and could not afford a piano for him to practice on. While in the fourth grade, his parents bought him a clarinet on which he learned how to play classical and jazz relatively well.

At this point, Maxim’s interest in music subsided. It wasn’t until college, when many of his friends played music and were in bands, that his interest in music was once again stoked. Since then he has not looked back and continues to write and perform music. A software engineer by trade, and also a private pilot, Maxim Senin’s love for music is now a large part of his life and is deeply engraved in his daily thoughts and actions.

A browse around Maxim’s website or the iTunes platform, will quickly evidence Senin’s music releases. From the Ep, “The Taming Of The Wolf” in 2011, to the singles, “Tarantula” and “Chains Of Love” in 2012, right up until “Call Of The Wild” and “Karaoke Queen” in 2013. Maxim Senin plies his trade with reflective passion for themes that mainly imply stories of love and betrayal. But some of his songs also denote a sense of humor and shimmering rays of hope.

On his Ep and single releases, Senin displays a laid-back and sensual style of playing and singing. Tasteful strumming and picking on his acoustic guitar, electric solos that say everything they need to say and a voice that will not necessarily stir you, yet it’s exactly the way to sing whatever song he’s singing.

So, there are no surprises here, no experimenting with new sounds or genres, no pretense, no pyrotechnics, nothing but inspired playing of some great folk-rock tunes. Maxim Senin doesn’t hype up his sound with cheesy modern production values, it’s just the basic ingredients, like melody, rhythm, and groove, which he uses on all his tracks, yet somehow there are those little differences that always keep his music fresh. Senin’s music is never loud or heavy, but it never goes into the realm of what I would consider soft.

While so many artists out there lose themselves trying to change or pimp-up their image and sound to attract new fans, Maxim Senin chooses to remain himself, to do what he does well, and it comes so naturally to him…that he does it without even breaking a sweat!

Senin’s music is filled with understated, rich, and rewarding gems that probably few have ever heard up until now. Unfortunately Senin’s brand of rhythmic storytelling falls outside the realms of the current, ‘tried-and-tested’ territory, of Top 20 radio music. It’s too bad for music lovers, because his snapshots of love, heartbreak, and life are unconventionally addicting.

Without a doubt Maxim Senin’s gentle troubadour style is oddly satisfying in an industry overflowing with big beats and heavy basslines. Give him a listen.

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