J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Big Chris: ‘Bad Timing’ – high quality production and seamless transitions

After a successful release of his last single ‘F The World’ in Summer of 2016, UK based RnB artist and producer Big Chris releases his newest album ‘Bad Timing’ available via all major media providers. Recorded by Big Chris and John Robinson at Clique Studios, London and Miami Live, Miami. The album mix was finalized by Mixbytrip at Circle House Miami. Inspirations of The Dream, Mike Posner and R Kelly can be heard throughout. This album has some really original, unique, futuristic cuts on it, as would be expected. Big Chris is a more audacious artist than most in the R&B game right now, because he says what

Shellee Coley: “Story Like This” – a maturity that is mesmerizing!

Shellee Coley is a Texas-based singer-songwriter that has released three full length albums. Her current focus is a 5 song book of musical meditations called The Becoming Project that is being released one song or “chapter” at a time by the independent label Red Tree Music Group. Essentially, Shellee has created a unique style that blurs the boundaries between genres and categories. There are recognizable influences from classic songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Lennon & McCartney and Bob Dylan, as well as from some more current acts. Coley is able to absorb them all, and filter them through her own sensibilities

All Atomic: “? ? ? (Track With No Name)” builds multiple climaxes and movements

All Atomic is an electronic music producer and artist from Bristol, UK. He has just released his debut for indie label Pink Dolphin Music, entitled – “? ? ? (Track With No Name)”. The majority of listeners will agree that this track is perhaps one of the best examples of wickedly detailed and technically rich techno and house out there. If that is a mouth-full, it should be. All Atomic has defined the amazingly intricate form of electronic dance music that weaves clever beats into unusual and unexpected sounds to create a masterpiece of rhythmic movement and audio ecstasy. It’s

Sean Tibbetts Founder of Metal Band SAULT

Sault (Featuring members of Kamelot and Arcanium) was a creation formed by bassist Sean Tibbetts in 2014 and originally intended to be a solo album, but the project soon morphed into a band project. Sean was introduced to guitarist Curtis Jay by long-time friend Bisquette Bewley while at a tattoo parlor. Curtis was asked to record on a few tracks for the Sault demo. The two instantly knew there was something special in the music they had just created and were driven to start on a journey that would soon lead to a full length album.

Next they found a singer in Benjamin Riggs, again via friend, this time in the person of singer Kimberley Freeman. Sean, being a member of the symphonic metal band Kamelot, asked his long-time friend and band mate, Casey Grillo, if he would be interested in recording the drum tracks on the Sault album. Casey of course turned out to be a natural fit. Currently Sault is hard at work finishing their debut album which is to be titled, “Seeds Of Power”.

1. What was the idea behind the SAULT project? Considering that you are already an active member of the metal band Kamelot?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Kamelot only tours 4 to 5 months a year which gives me a lot of spare time on my hands. Plus I thought it would be fun to spread my wings a little and try a new genre of music.

2. How did you go about choosing the members of the band? Did you have a clear idea of who you wanted in the band or were they chosen strictly via auditions?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): I had hoped Casey Grillo would have time to do it so I did not approach him until I had everything ready to go. The guitarist Curtis Jay was introduced to me while I was receiving a tattoo. He was giving someone else a tattoo on the other side of the room. He said he would like to give it a try so I sent him the demos and what he put to my songs was exactly what I was looking for.
Riggs was introduced to me through a mutual friend Kimberly Freeman of One Eyed Doll. I asked her If she knew of any singers that would fit my project and she mentioned Riggs. He sang on the demos and had such a unique style and sound we thought he’s our guy.

3. Which brings me to my next question. When working on a serious long term project like this, is it, in your opinion, better to work with musicians you are well-acquainted with, or does it make no difference to you whatsoever? 

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Working with new people was what inspired the sound. Everyone had total creative freedom on the songs. Not to say that we all had to do some editing and re-tracking to make each other happy with the end product. The end product came out better that way and was a lot more fun to make.

4. Where does the name ‘SAULT’ come from? 

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT):I came up with the name originally after my wife and I were watching the movie Gangs of NY. One the characters in the move asked “do they have the salt of the dead rabbits”. Implying tough or strong. I thought how cool let’s go with salt. That name was already taken so we put a ‘u’ in it.

5. What do you think will separate SAULT from the hordes of metal bands already doing the rounds?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): The very first thing that separates us is I don’t feel we are a metal band. We are really more of a hard rock band. I was writing purposely with less double bass and catchy rhythms instead of trying to be overly complex and see how many notes I could cram in a riff. I have written and played metal most of my life and wanted to go somewhere new. I would say we are on the line somewhere between metal and rock. Hopefully we will win fans from both of the genres.

6. Will SAULT be primarily a recording band, or will the unit be a fully fledged touring act as well?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): We have been offered several tours now but I have turned them all down as we want to have the support of a label behind us. We started speaking with labels recently so when I was offered a slot on a fall tour I of course said yes pending the deal. It looks like we will start in Europe if everything goes as planned. If there is enough time before Kamelot gears up to tour we may try to knock out some US dates as well. We will see how they go and may be slide a South American tour in during 2018 between Kamelot tours.

7. How will you and the other members of the band balance your time between the various bands you play in? Or is SAULT going to be the priority from now onward?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Kamelot is Casey and my main band so we have to work it in around the Kamelot schedule but as I said earlier we have plenty of time between Kamelot tours to get it done.

8. I believe you have started work on your debut album “SEEDS OF POWER”. Why did you choose that title?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): That was a title Riggs came up with actually. We almost renamed the band Seeds of Power we liked it so much but in the end went with Sault. We thought it would be easier to remember and we liked what it stood for.

9. How many tracks will the album have? And how close to completion is it?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): The album has 12 tracks and one bonus track. We have a little bit of last minute details we want to add in but that’s it and its ready to fly.

10. Who have you got behind the boards engineering and producing the album?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): There has been a few people. Adam Stewart tracked all the original vocals at his studio in Denver Co. Jason Sewell The drummer of One Eyed Doll tracked and did some vocal editing for us in Austin Tex. Oliver Palotai is mixing and producing the entire thing at his studio in Germany.

11. Is SEEDS OF POWER a totally self-produced project or do you have the backing of any label?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): No label yet it has been a labor of love for me so far.

12. Are you planning any specific launch of the album? A possible live show perhaps, or even a series of live events, following the album’s release?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): I’m not sure how that will all play out just yet. You should ask me again in a month or two.

13. When are you expecting the official release of the album? Do you have a specific date or timeframe in mind?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT) Sooner the better I would say. But I would like to have it out by the summer to give it a little time before we hit the road.

14. Will SAULT be investing their labor of love in any video material? Can potential fans expect to see a video clip of the band anytime soon? Or do you have something available already?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Video is such an important part of the music industry today that I want it to look spectacular. I have started looking around for the right video company for us but I haven’t settled on one yet. I don’t want to be in a rush for a video and have something subpar.

15. Do you consider Internet and all the social media as fundamental in building a brand in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): I feel like it’s an easy way for anyone to get their music out there. But that being said there is so much out there it is hard for anyone to sort through it all good or bad. Personally I just want to make music so all the other stuff just slows me down and takes up my mental space and time I could be applying to more song writing.

16. For someone who has never SAULT’s music, which keywords would you personally use to describe the band’s overall sound and defining style?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Refreshingly new and original. Every band says “we have our own sound” so I’ll say it too haha. I would say this, most of the album was written on bass so it has unique sound and style that you have not heard before. My style of playing is somewhere between bassist and guitarist but it has served me well throughout my career.

17. Let’s play a game here. If as founding member of SAULT, you were given the choice of being able to call in an additional guest player or singer, taken from any band in the world today. Who would your dream performer be?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Just one? Led Zeppelin is my all-time favorite band so anyone from that line up would make my day.

18. If you were stuck on a desert island, which 3 band’s music would you choose to accompany your stay there?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Led Zeppelin, Inflames, Tool

20. Do you have a motto or positive message stuck somewhere in your mind to inspire you, at any given time of difficulty?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Don’t give up. Hard work pays off!

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