M.C. ZackAttack: “Rap Or Die!” – on his daily grind!

Zachery Duncan, or rather M.C. ZackAttack , has been influenced by new age lyrical poets who speak their mind through music since 2010. Soon he’ll be releasing his newest mixtape “Mind Over Madness”. M.C. ZackAttack  has recently dropped his single, “Rap Or Die!” Let me start off by saying this track isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it, I would say it’s a hit and miss for certain people.  We all know that the quality of hip-hop has gone downhill, with a lot of artists either going for shock value with vulgar lyrics or relying heavily on glossy production

MoEoStAr: “Algorythmic Intelligence” – You’ll find a sense of comfort in the quaintness

Norwegian Independent producer Mattias Gillis Winge Rudh better known as MoEoStAr, played the clarinet and saxophone in various bands while growing up. He started producing in the 1990s, but gave it up while pursuing an engineering degree. For a period in his life, he was simply an active music listener, until he discovered the new production software via a smartphone app. In 2016 he started the “less than a $1000 Album” project, where he aims to produce and release a full album on a $1000 budget. In the meantime MoEoStAr has dropped the single, “Algorythmic Intelligence”. Notwithstanding its modern technological

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

3 Time Billboard Song Contest Winner Jamie Parsons

Jamie Parsons is a Roanoke, VA native, a musician and songwriter. He was a Semi-Finalist Winner in the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest for “Last Call”,  Winner of the 2014 Billboard Starmaker Award for “Last Call”, and moreover, 3 Time Winner in the Billboard World Song Contest for the songs “Get Right”, “We’re Done”, “How It Used To Be”. Jamie is studied at the Appalachian State University, and is trained in piano performance, theory and composition.  He was the Unanimous 1st Place Winner of the Appalachian State University Concerto Aria Competition (’79-’80), and was also the 1st Place Winner of the Radford University Concerto Competition (1983).

Jamie enjoys writing in different genres, including, Blues, Country, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Rock, Pop and Inspirational. Throughout my over 25 years as a professional in the music business, I’ve noticed there isn’t always a large difference in talent level among creative people.

Why, then do some songwriters, like Jamie Parsons  seem to have an overabundance of music awards, diverse artists singing his songs, and people wanting to hear his music, while others struggle to get their first song heard? The answer is there is a certain amount difference in skill most writers process. And that extra percentage makes a major difference. Skilled songwriters like Jamie share some common mental habits which you can pick up in his songs. Not least the multi-award winner “Last Call”.

We all know how easily the words and melodies flow when we’ve been inspired by a life event. But songwriters need to know that songs are like a conversation with the listener. If the writer is feeling the impact of the song but the audience is not then it’s not an effective song.

Listen to “Last Call”. Jamie drags you into an everyday experience that most of us know and can relate to. Through the words and music Jamie allows the singer Luc Doppler, to have a conversation with us. How can we ignore that last drink or the urge to pick up that gorgeous girl: “It all comes down to who’ll be the one that leaves on your arm to continue the fun. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. So close the deal or cry in your beer, because if you hurry you can have another round. Well its last call, drink them all down!”

“Last Call” is a fairly simple and straightforward honkytonk beat and melody – it’s a drinking song, with no complex rhythms or cryptic lyrics. Yet the thing is so damn catchy and relatable, it’s really hard not to get caught up in its forward momentum and fun Saturday night theme.

Anybody could write this type tune of with the right mindset. But the key to convincingly successful songs – whether or not you want to become an amazing songwriter or build a lucrative career – is that songwriting firstly is a passion, then maybe a job. Ask Jamie.

A quick run through Jamie Parsons’ catalog will teach you another thing – write as honestly as you can.  Chances are, if you’ve gone through something, your listener has too, and they will hear that honesty as it applies to them and (hopefully) connect with it. And I’m particularly thinking of the heartfelt ballad “I Don’t Need This Hurt Anymore”, sung by Leijiah Cooper or the soulful “We’re Done” interpreted by the husky voice of Richie Marso.

Jamie Parsons is clearly a songwriter for all seasons. He writes a wide variety of songs. He doesn’t have just one “thing” that he does. He has lots of pitches that would suit lots of different types of singers. This gives him the edge over many of his colleagues.

Songs should catch our ears in order to register in our consciousness.  It can do so in any way – a riff, a lyric, a melody, a rhythm or an atmosphere. But once it registers in our consciousness, to be special, it must earn its right to stay there. It must say and be something. That’s what Jamie Parsons’ songs achieve.

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