Lord Conrad: “Fight Till The End”- ready to wow clubbers!

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad has been taking the dance and pop fraternity by storm – first with the single ‘Touch the Sky’, and then with the follow-up “Day After Day”. Not satisfied, Lord Conrad burst forward with another power pop release recently, entitled “1 Minute”. And just to show that he is a man on a mission, he bounces right back with a brand new track – “Fight Till The End”. So, what does he have to offer with his new release? An insane beat to smash dance-floors. He is ready to wow clubbers with his flawless

Shaun Jacobs: “Rollin’” formulates a gritty chart-topping sound

started out playing drums at a very young age, but it was only when he turned 15 and his older brother thought it would be good for him to learn more than one instrument that his love for guitar, singing and songwriting was born. Growing up in a family where his dad was an opera singer and his brothers’ able musical craftsmen as well, Shaun soon started writing, recording and producing his own music. It wasn’t long before the South African artist gained traction in his home country, winning the SAMA 2014 Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, as well

Samplified: Extensive high quality sample libraries

You’ve written a killer song. The lyrics and music are flowing but there’s just something missing. Maybe it’s a guitar strum, riff or pluck. It could be a thumping bassline or some shimmering keys. More often than not, it’s a groovy drum beat. You know that any these would be the perfect complement to your newly written potential hit, but how can you get that sound for your song? If you’re a beginner, it’s a tough ride to create that professional recording sound at home. On the other hand, if you’re a professional you’re usually hard pushed for time to

All Atomic – metaphysics melds with the spirit of dance

DJ/Producer All Atomic, from Bristol United Kingdom, grew up around music and was mixing tunes at nine years old and was soon deejaying at illegal raves. His music is a fusion of his influences: “You have to have an open mind when making music,” says All Atomic. “Let the music guide you, it will tell you what it needs you to do.” Persuaded by artist and producer Aniofades, All Atomic sent a demo to the Pink Dolphin Music Ltd label, and got signed up. A heap of well-received releases followed, with the producer bringing his classically unique sound to the

NothingDark: “Tragicomedy” sees the band at their most lucid, melodically and rhythmically

NothingDark is a 3-piece from Montreal Canada, formed in 2018. Its members, made up of Nack Jicholson (Vocals, guitars, synth), Roxanne Miller (Bass, backing vocals) and Matt Davis (Drums, percussion) are inspired by 80’s synth pop and rock. Nack & Matt handle all recording, mixing, and production in the band’s well-equipped Montreal studio. “Tragicomedy” is their 2nd EP, while work on the third and fourth installments are already underway. For any of you synth lovers out there, this is the record to get, though there is plenty of guitar too. NothingDark is a band that will take you to places

aVIE: “Chutney Chasers” – a living, breathing organism that mutates and grows

“Chutney Chasers” is just one volume of aVIE’s upcoming project, aVIEonearth, which documents a common man’s life on Earth. Each part of the project that he releases will explore its own world of emotions.  As it relates to R&B, this is music of the future, steeped in the rhythms and sonics of the today, ingeniously invented for a 21st century audience. It will surely be appreciated by your ears, and you’ll find that after giving this a spin, it has in many ways changed your conception of R&B and music overall. A Classic. This dark and experimental urban recording, refined

Roddan: “Don’t Be Troubled” – so impeccably penned!

Singer-songwriter, Roddan’s third and current release, “Don’t Be Troubled” is a follow-up to his 2017 EP, “Bleed 432”, and his 2016 Album, “Music House”. The recording features organic instrumentation, including guitar, piano, violin, cello, piano, and some great harmonies from Eliza Gilkyson. But it also carries the burden of a troubled time. “The year 2017 and the first few months of 2018 while writing these songs, was a troubled time for me to say the least,” explains Roddan, continuing: “All of the sudden, it seemed people and animal’s close to me were dying. In addition, an ex-girlfriend (a talented singer)

Tommy Francisco Releases His Debut EP “Eight23”

On September 7th Tommy Francisco, born and raised in Austin Texas, released his debut Ep “Eight23”. This Ep has generated a major buzz and several songs (“Show Up” “Crush” and “Vibez”) have been featured on Spotify Playlists. Eight23 has a tropical sound that includes inspiration from Dancehall/Afropop and Rnb/Hiphop. There are 5 songs on this Ep that flow cohesively.  MORE ABOUT: Tommy Francisco is a Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Austin, Texas. Tommy was raised in the inner city of Austin and has overcome a slew of trials and tribulations on his journey of becoming a recording artist. At

BlowinMaddTrees: “The Scent” cooks up a tasty dish

BlowinMaddTrees are the kind of rappers you want to hang out with. They’re chilled out guys who usually rhyme about what they love most: hedonistic experiences and the finest Kush. They’ll probably never reach mainstream status, but they seem to like it that way. Their introspective and sometimes unabashed lyrics coupled with their mischievous grins, make them likable rap everymen. Uprooted from Texas to Colorado, BlowinMaddTrees is made of Johhnie Blaze’d & Jay Deezl, aka TheDankestDuo. The duo states that this single means a lot to them, because it is the first track they have done together in over 3

Hip-hop and Soul Artist ‘Plan’ Set to Release his E.P, “Expresso” Later this Year

Independent singers who make music that isn’t in the mainstream are rising in numbers. Indie musicians cum singers often have something celebrity singers don’t have – making music out of pure love and passion for the art. They also help others to materialize their musicality in any way they can. One such singer is Plan – his real name is Harvey Dowell V. Fenellere and his new E.P “Expresso” is set to be released later this year. The genre of Plan’s music is modern hip hop soul and his music speaks of the reality of how a man decides for

Rich Marcello: “The Big Wide Calm” – A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album

The first thing I noticed about Rich Marcello’s captivating new novel, The Big Wide Calm, is the cover. A Blue-Man-Group-like beautiful woman popped off the page, her hair shaped in part as a stairway inviting you in, adorned with orchids that can only be symbols of one thing.  My kind of woman. The second thing I noticed is the title. “What exactly is The Big Wide Calm?” rolled off my lips.  I had no idea, but I liked the sound of it.

Author - Rich Marcelo

Author – Rich Marcelo

On page one we meet the heroine of the story, Paige Plant, who is a struggling singer-songwriter desperate for a break. Great name, right? It turns out her dad legally changed her name when she was young and prophesied that Paige would front the next Led Zeppelin.  As the story unfolds, Paige meets a wealthy, reclusive, former semi-famous singer-songwriter, John Bustin, who well, makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Free access to his recording studio, free room and board for one year, and most importantly, free production of her music.  Not a bad gig if you can get it. And so begins Paige’s journey to write twelve multi-generational songs for her album, one she will eventually name The Big Wide Calm.

What struck me out this opening chapter though, was not the set-up for story, which as a musician and lover of music was pretty compelling. Instead, it was Paige. I loved everything about her. Her borderline arrogance. Her drive. The way she spoke.  Her love of sex, music, and art. The way she, in a wonderful gender reversal, objectified men by only calling them by the first letter of their name. After only a dozen pages, I’d found a new role model. And I expect you will, too. Marcello has done a wonderful job of characterizing Paige, to the point where readers, and especially musicians, will be talking about her for many years to come.

For the remainder of the story, there were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing, from John’s backstory, to Ian, to Radha, to the scene with the three Numbers which I will never forget.  And at the same time, there were elements weaved throughout that went much deeper than the plot line that made me pause and say, “Whoa, Nelly!”  First, Marcello’s descriptions of Paige’s songwriting process are the best I’ve ever read. Honestly, until I read this book, I didn’t believe it was possible to describe the songwriting process so clearly. No more. Second, The Big Wide Calm is a deeply philosophical work, and at the same time an accessible one.  The fact that Marcello was able to weave some profound stuff together with  a good story and a great character is what sets the novel apart. Finally, while The Big Wide Calm is a millennial coming-of-age story, it’s at its core about truly and deeply learning to love in a troubled world.  When I read the last page, and especially the last paragraph, I thought this novel would have made John Lennon proud.

I highly recommend this novel to lovers of music, of strong female characters, of bigger existential ideas. It was a heartfelt journey of self-discovery, of forming chosen families, and of finding life-altering love.  Go check it out. You won’t regret it.

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