Michael A. Galianos: “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly)

Michael A. Galianos has just released the single “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly) with words and music by Michael A. Galianos and Dan Exactly. Michael A. Galianos is a singer/songwriter from Bergenfield, NJ. He has recorded one EP and two albums since 1997, beginning with the EP “Feel”, under the moniker of M.A.G. (Mad Ass Greecians). In 2006, he released his first full length, “Cerebral Snapshots”. In 2011, he released his second album, “Beautiful Discovery”. His sound is melodious pop/rock, along the vein of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Big Star, with the occasional delve into the experimental.

Dustin Steen: “Mixed Genres” has a strong spiritual element

With an onslaught of pressure from modern record labels to produce high-selling records frequently and consistently, and the need to secure a loyal consumer base, an artist’s ability to experiment and evolve with his or her sound seems somewhat futile in the modern era. It seems that musicians throughout every genre are bound by the limitations of what sound will sell, often creating a disassociation between artistic freedom and production demands. With such high stakes, it takes immense talent and perhaps sheer disregard for self-preservation for an artist to experiment successfully with the many facets of the musical lexicon. Perhaps

Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Monty Machetty recently put out a mixtape called “Its Business Never Personal”

Monty Machetty is a rapper from Philly, looking to break into the mainstream surface. Monty has been rhyming since the age of 12yrs old – on and off, due to jail time that slowed him down. About one year and a half ago he started taking things more seriously and just recently put out a mixtape called “Its Business Never Personal”.  The mixtape is available on three websites – on one of the sites – MixtapeHitz.com the mixtape has had almost 10,000 downloads and still counting. Monty Machetty says he is looking to do collabs with some major artists. In an exclusive interview he told us a little bit about his grind.

How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

Monty Machetty: Since I was like 12 my teacher told me to write a poem and I turned it into a rap and I have never stopped since…

Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Monty Machetty: Jay-Z, Biggie, Tupac, Jadakiss, Fabulous and Nas

Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Monty Machetty: Drake, Future, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and yes I wouldn’t mind collabing with any of them.

Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ from within the industry, and if so how have you handled that, and how do you handle criticism and haters in general?

Monty Machetty: Yes I was turned down a couple times trying to get placements for soundtracks of a movie.

Monty Machetty

Monty Machetty

What are your thoughts on visual media and Youtube? Do think that video is an appropriate marketing tool for your music, and do you have any videos published for fans to see?

Monty Machetty: Yes I think so hearing it is good but seeing it is actually better only if it makes sense and I’m working on doing a couple videos from my current mixtape.

Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

Monty Machetty: I like both but if I had to choose it would be creating songs in the studio that’s when I’m most motivated but I can do both don’t get me wrong.

Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle, and which do you outsource generally?

Monty Machetty: I mainly handle the writing and sometimes I choose the beats I want and if I don’t like any, I help create some tracks with ideas.

What is the title of your latest music release and where can fans find it?

Monty Machetty: My latest project is my mixtape “Its Business Never Personal” they can find that on MixtapeHitz.com or Datpiff I have a couple releases on Soundcloud too.

Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre thriving with newcomers?

Monty Machetty: I would have to say just having my own style and lyrical content being able to switch up my flow and not being one dimensional.

If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

Monty Machetty: It’s a little bit of everything the joy is making music people can feel the anger is lashing out at the ones who doubted you the passion is what I live for the pride is not letting rejection stop you that makes you look soft and I have tough skin.

Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Monty Machetty: The exciting part is being able to see what you can do for yourself as an independent artist the most discouraging part is coming out as an independent artist the grind you have to put in just to get noticed.

The mixtape cover

The mixtape cover

The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Monty Machetty: Being able to take constructive criticism and not listening to people that have more experience than I do in the game. Now I listen.

If someone has never heard your music, which 3 keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

Monty Machetty: Different, energetic, and lyrical.

Straight off the top of your head, how would you describe the current state of Hip-hop, R&B and Rap?

Monty Machetty: Watered down and overrated.

As you work your way through your career, which more than any other fires-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or any other tangible milestone?

Monty Machetty: Grammy

 

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