Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – a tour-de-force!

Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ

Toni Castells: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal? – The emotion is very compelling

Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores the prediction by computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil that the year 2045 will see the start of a new era in which human and artificial intelligence will merge, man will cease to age and so acquire the potential to live indefinitely. In the original interview with Kurzweil

POOL MOON ELEPHANT: “FLUKY ISLAND” – a relentless appetite for new music

Released June 21 via the Symphonic Distribution label, “FLUKY ISLAND” is the brand new 5-track EP from electronic duo POOL MOON ELEPHANT. A storming journey through various rhythmic styles, combining the duo’s skills to create imaginative feel-good moments, the EP spearheads a new wave of indie dance electro-inspired tracks while embracing the love for warm synths, sparkling heights, gentle electric textures and deep drums. POOL MOON ELEPHANT is the moniker under which the Swiss electronic music duo composed of Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, undertake their creative journey through the electronic world of music and animation. Both have double-decade experiences in audio-visuals, and working for film and TV

The Hooplas: “Midas Touch” – a statement of intent!

The Hooplas are a modern progressive rock group from Ocean City, MD. Twin brothers Adam (Vocals/Guitar) and Ben Martin (Bass/Vocal) started the band. While their musical influences might not be identical, they share the love of making music. Musicians Cody Bush (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Lovechile (Drummer) and Seth Paul (Synth) round out the band’s roster and form the unique, fresh sound that defines The Hooplas. From their “American Junk EP” comes the band’s latest single “Midas Touch”.The musicianship on this single is impeccable. Flawless guitar riffs changeup like Adam’s voice, from wall-shaking, twin guitar rhythm crunch, to the divine solos straight from the

Jack Travis is set to challenge today’s hip hop competition

Jack Travis is not one for a lot of colorful words and shiny packaging. “I wanna bring some true spittin back to the game,” he says. An Alabama native, Jack Travis spits aggressive and uncompromising lyrics rooted in his Southern upbringing. A fresh face in the hip hop world, the Atlanta transplant takes the diction of the rap game to new heights with engaging metaphors, similes and analogies that fuses his humble beginnings with pop culture. Influenced by the rap culture of the mid to late ’90s Jack Travis is set to challenge today’s hip hop competition. Not only with the lyrical side, He produces and engineers much of his music.

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

Jack Travis: I released my first piece of music in Sept. 2011. I’ve always had an ear and interest in music, from crying for a drumset when I was young to lying beside the jambox all night waiting for the right songs to record on my cassette tapes a couple years later. Although, my original plan for moving to Atlanta was to create a record company and a cousin of mine was to be the “rap star” but that didn’t work out as planned and I soon saw that the talent that I saw in him could only be bested by me and certainly not any “artist” that I was running across. All that came together, to bring about my rap career.

  1. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Jack Travis: I’m a fan of music period and can remember all sorts of music from the past but the 1st song to catch my attention was from “The Pharcyde” “Passin Me By”, 1st CD I ever bought was “A Tribe Called Quest”, ”The Low End Theory” but ultimately Outkast and that whole Goodie Mobb/Dungeon Family movement got me.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

Jack Travis: Jack Travis (Even though… I don’t listen to my music that much, I listen to theirs even less) \\_(*,*)_//

  1. 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?

Jack Travis: I wouldn’t say necessarily “resistance” it’s been more of an “unwillingness” as far the certain people that one would like to be interested. Here in Atlanta it’s more about “who you are” than “what you are/trying to be”. With that said, I haven’t had many people that had something bad to say about my music. I have certainly heard that production, engineering, etc… could be better. A hater will bear the wrath… A constructive critic will get a salute.

  1. 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?

Jack Travis: ABSOLUTELY. In fact, these days a good visual representation can get you just as noticed as a hot song. Here’s my most recent video http://bit.ly/1iBywh2

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

Jack Travis: It’s not a matter of preference, in my case I’ve done more creating in the studio then I’ve done live shows but I feel as though if you can’t be great in the studio you can’t be great on stage.

  1. 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?

Jack Travis: Aside from being an artist, I also produce. My previous efforts have been an mixture of both my and outside production. Recently I began engineering my own music. I’m open to outsourcing, but at this point my musical journey has dictated I do most of it myself.

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

Jack Travis: “I’m Back!” is my latest music release. Song here: http://bit.ly/1OEzEhX Video here: http://bit.ly/1kd1ANT Website here: http://impyre.wix.com/jacktravis 

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

Jack Travis: The fact that I am an artist first and foremost, in a time where these “Newcomers” are merely rappers. In my opinion that gives me the “special sauce” to out cook the competition.

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  1. 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?

Jack Travis: For me it’s passion. I’ve always had an obsession and a difference when it came to listening to music I knew i heard nuances, and was captivated by it. I can do many things in life but my passion for music overrides it all.

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

Jack Travis: It’s funny… just that. The fact that I’m an indie artist is exciting because in theory that means more money in my pocket, but at the same time being an indie artist is the most discouraging because that means I literally have to fund the campaign myself and hope that it catches on because if it doesn’t I don’t have a machine in my corner to pick up the slack.

  1. How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?

Jack Travis: At one point not too long ago, I had to manage everything myself, here lately though, I’ve been fortunate enough to run across a couple of people that are lending their assistance in expanding my visibility in this here rap world.

  1. How do you achieve your sound? Do you work from a private recording environment or do you use a commercial sound studio?

Jack Travis: Private studio for the most part but I do have access to a couple of post production studio’s that I use for the final listening sessions.

  1. 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?

Jack Travis: The best piece of advice I’ve followed so far is don’t stop, stay consistent. The piece of advice that I didn’t follow and wish that I should have from the start was invest in yourself. I was too busy looking for people to invest in me.

  1. If you had the choice which famous and/or successful producer would you like to collaborate with?

Jack Travis: Kanye.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to independent artists and indie music in general, or do you think it only creates ‘fake of fabricated fame’?

Jack Travis: I definitely think it’s important but I do realize how easy it is to fake an image and also how vital it is to have a real core fan base that you can touch.

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

Jack Travis: Aggressive. Solid. Fresh.

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

Jack Travis: Stale and mediocre.

  1. 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? 

Jack Travis: With the way I’ve seen individual trophies downgraded lately due to maybe not the most deserving artist winning… they don’t hold as much importance. Standing on the stage with a crowd full of people chanting my name and lyrics is what I dream about constantly.

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

Jack Travis: Be wack.

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