Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

elconEstharoe – Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin

Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. The Hyper-real Soundscapes of elconEstharoe are at the vanguard of experimental electronica. Through his work with elconEstharoe, Lambro is acutely aware of his acoustic environment and in particular the natural resources around him, utilizing the biophony, anthropophony and the sacred power of sound. From within

Italian Singer-songwriter with a Brazilian soul – Bruno Pignatiello

Bruno Pignatiello was born in Rome, and only in recent years he matured the awareness of being born in a city of extraordinary beauty and ordinary chaos. Bruno enjoys listening to all the sounds and languages of the world but he prefers, above all, those coming from Brazil and the Lusitanian areas. A Bachelor of Arts, in the linguistic field, he likes to write the lyrics of his songs in Portuguese, which has now become a kind of adoptive language. At the same time he does not neglect his Italic roots or the English language which is his first cultural passion. In the past, before making some trips abroad (Brazil, Portugal, Canada, Greece, Great Britain), Bruno devoted himself to the divulgation of the music performed by some Brazilian artists belonging to the “geração roqueira”.

  1. I would like to extend my gratitude to you for taking the time to answer a few questions and sharing your insights with us. If you don’t mind can you please introduce yourself for many of our readers who may not be familiar with you yet? Who is Bruno Pignatiello, and where is he from?

Bruno Pignatiello: First of all I would like to say “Hi” to all your readers and listeners as well. Thank you Rick for giving me this opportunity to gain exposure for my music. I’m a Christian, Italian singer and songwriter and I was born in Rome in 1966.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember growing up?

Bruno Pignatiello: well….I grew up with the music of some British bands of the seventies such as Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Genesis; some bands or rockers of the eighties and the nineties as Duran Duran, Bryan Adams…

Also, I really appreciated some Italian artists of the pop scene as Renato Zero, Eugenio Finardi and Alberto Camerini the latter brilliant up to paroxysm.

In more recent years, I have listened to many Brazilian artists as well….We’re talking about very talented musicians such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Cazuza.

  1. Do you still find time to listen to other composers and artists? And if so, which of these do you currently admire?

Bruno Pignatiello: I’m always interested in new music above all the music coming from independent musicians. Nowadays I really love the art of Caleb and Sol and Marisa Frantz, artists who really touch your heart with their singing and poems.

  1. How did your interest in Brazilian and Lusitanian-based culture and music begin?

Bruno Pignatiello: It began at University. In the late eighties and early nineties I was taking Portuguese and I started to appreciate the sounds of Portuguese Fado and of the Brazilian groove…

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?

Bruno Pignatiello: My music is a mixture of genres. I like to deal with social aspects of life, emotions and everything about life….a smile, a tear or simply a story from across the world can catch my creativity…

  1. I know you currently have a song in your catalog that is special to you. Could you tells us more about “The Angel Flight” and its significance to you?

Bruno Pignatiello: I wrote “The Angel flight” as my mother died in September of 2014. Seven months before I lost my father as well. Storms came into my life, but suddenly I felt I had to get out of that sadness so I told myself: “Come on Bruno, stop crying! You’re a Christian artist, just write an ode to daddy and mama with a joyful vision of death!”

Some months later, when Marisa Frantz collaborated with me playing a beautiful violin and ethereal singing along the song, at hearing it she commented “what a catchy and fun song!” and I said to myself: “Jesus, that made my day!”

The song talks about the love between my parents and their love for us children. The Angel Flight means very much to me because it’s the flight of my parents to Heaven.

  1. One of your most appealing songs has to be the “The Elegant Man”, which is inspired by the story of Joseph Merrick, the so called “elephant man”. What drove you to write the song, and why that specific title?

Bruno Pignatiello: As a young boy I was very struck by David Linch’s movie “The elephant man” and in recent years I decided to get back to Joseph’s biography. Reading about Joseph’s biography I discovered a very sensitive person who suffered all his life long because of his own deformities

He asked his friend, doctor Treves to go to live at a hospital for the blind, where he might meet a woman who could not see his deformities and could appreciate him for the beauty he had inside.

I must confess that “Measured by soul” a book about the story of Joseph Merrick was going to influence me in choosing the title of my song: it’s such a beautiful and powerful title, but you know….It wasn’t mine so respect for the others’ work and let’s free our creativity!

Finally, I made up my mind to title the song “The elegant man” to tell the world that Joseph Merrick was a man and not “the elephant man”.

In my song the deformities of Joseph Merrick are the deformities of the world where we live in these days… and if we are created in the image and likeness of God “blaming him is blaming God”. I quoted and paraphrased a sentence by the English poet Isaac Watts, very dear to Joseph Merrick.

  1. Since you started out, a key part of your musical life has been, and still is, collaboration with other creatives. What makes you so passionate about collaborating and sharing your work with others?

Bruno Pignatiello: You know Rick, I’m not a musician in the pure sense of the word: I just write emotions and I shout them to the world. Sometimes it happens that I want to share my musical shouts with the artists I respect…

  1. Let’s talk through some of your collaborations and what made or makes them special for you. For instance, your work with Marisa Frantz?

Bruno Pignatiello: I listened to Marisa Frantz’s music by chance. The beautiful, deep and intense singing of Marisa gave me a lot of courage when I lost my parents; she transmitted to me deep vibrations so – some months later –  I decided it was time to collaborate with this wonderful human being and very talented musician. Our first creation together is The Angel Flight indeed: the song is a precious pearl that the violin and the voice of Marisa relegate to eternity.

  1. Also tells us about your earlier work with Fulvio Previdi?

Bruno Pignatiello: I owe very much to Fulvio. He was the first person to believe in me when all my friends laughed at my work and it would be great to work with him again because we share the same vision of music.

  1. And lastly, tells us something about your current work with Guido Aulisi?

Bruno Pignatiello: I have known Guido for 38 years and you could say he’s the rational soul of the project. He is a very talented musician and a multi-instrumentalist. On my current work, BRASILUSOFONIA, for instance, he played electric and Spanish guitar, piano, bass guitar, keyboards and even some chorus tracks…you could say that Guido is to Bruno as Jim Vallance is to Bryan Adams. LOL! I’m joking around of course: Jim and Bryan are two unattainable giants…

  1. What key ingredient (or ingredients) do you always try to infuse into your songs, over and above style, sounds and genre?

Bruno Pignatiello: In my songs I always try to infuse hope, Christian values or ethical values at least. My motto is “people always have one more try!”

  1. What usually sparks off your creativity for a new song – an actual real life event, or do you just focus on something at will, and then compose for it?

Bruno Pignatiello: : I sing facts that touch my heart…I can’t sing or write anything but life….it enchants me, seduces me and is the most precious gift that God has given us

  1. Apparently fans have been asking you the reason why you say “So here is the seventies” instead of “here ARE the seventies” or better “here COME the seventies”, in your song 1966. Could you enlighten us on this issue?

Bruno Pignatiello:  1966 is a biographical song talking about a kid who was four years old in the beginning of the seventies, so I wanted to provide the portrait of a child who is learning to write and speak correctly but at the same time I wanted to represent the child with his falls and his mistakes. That’s the reason why I used this poetic license….

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about how the music business works right now, what would that be?

Bruno Pignatiello: Tough question Rick! Anyway, I would give more attention to music less to the image!

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

Bruno Pignatiello: Yes, Internet is fundamental nowadays….think about all the current music sung in Spanish or Portuguese that reaches a big success: would it have been possible before the internet revolution? On the other hand I’m always a little suspicious of overexposure to social media because they take time out of real life and can lead to the brink (and sometimes over the brink as well!) of loneliness and frustration.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your life or career so far?

Bruno Pignatiello:  I am a person centered and grateful to life for what I received: I turn the discomfort into talent.

  1. What, on the other hand, has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?

Bruno Pignatiello: The loss of my parents, no question about it… but “I have respect for my laugh but much more for my tears” says the Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso I am aware that inside of me there is a light that guides me!

  1. Tell us something about the workings your latest release, and what your expectations are from this body of work?

Bruno Pignatiello: My latest release is BRASILUSOFONIA which is the second volume of my TRILOGY, a tribute to my Brazilian and Portuguese soul. In this work are reported the same feelings and emotions I sing in the English and in the Italian volumes so you will find the joy, sadness, loneliness, irony, tears and laughs….

In this work I collaborated with Marisa and with some talented Brazilian musicians and singers such as Vivi Goeldi, Wagner Silva and Bruna Martini. My expectations may be high because we started the experiment to make BRASILUSONIA available initially -and exclusively – on my website WWW.SENTOLAVITA.COM where you can also support the project.

  1. What’s the next most important event planned on the Bruno Pignatiello agenda for 2018?

Bruno Pignatiello: The publication of the third and last volume of my Trilogy dedicated to my Italian soul.

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