Mortinus – “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” – gently beatific music

As the months pass slowly into years, it becomes increasingly plain to all concerned that Danish electronic music producer, Mortinus is taking his craft very seriously. He has been extraordinarily prolific and has maintained an enviable level of quality in his releases. When approaching his two singles “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” the question that arises is how will Mortinus sound fare in the altered musical terrain of 2020? Well the two new singles, are fine examples of some of the best ambient, chillout, downtempo and cinematic instrumental music being made today. Mortinus’ sound is alive and well, and his

Stiff Lauren – “Faith In Me” demands the spotlight!

Fearless and uncompromising, Stiff Lauren is back to deliver a triumphant track about having faith in yourself no matter what. Stiff Lauren is a hip-hop artist who is no stranger to speaking what’s on his mind. Since he hit the scene, he’s never been one to hold his tongue or been one to fear throwing the first punch. Whether or not you’ve followed Stiff from the beginning, one thing has been apparent through the highs and the lows: he’s talented and confident – his latest single “Faith In Me” is a perfect example of that. Stiff Lauren once again takes

Phreckle$ is carving out a music presence with “IDFWP”

Phreckle$ is an independent solo artist out of Los Angeles, California. She writes all her own songs, and produces professional quality artistic music videos. A precocious talent, Phreckle$, played trumpet at 9 years old in the school band, by 12 she was performing at the Carnegie Hall, and a year later she started going to punk shows. At 17 she was playing bass in 3 different punk bands. At the age of 22, she was discovered as a model and is now an internationally signed model working with the top photographers and magazines in the industry, which has put her

“No Mas” oozes with Nancy Diaz’s palatable understated sass

Canadian born Latin pop recording artist Nancy Diaz has been navigating her way through the Canadian music scene since 2011 with her pop single “Summer Addiction” along with official music video. Her sexy and sassy fusion of English/Latin music has led to the release of many well received singles, garnering her critical acclaim and audience satisfaction. Apart from firmly establishing herself among her musical contemporaries and peers, Diaz has also made her mark in the modeling world posing for magazines, fashion labels and fashion photographers such as Cliché Magazine, Deniori Couture and Monarch Photography. Directly involved in quite a few

Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is still a skillfully crafted song

I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the fear of social turmoil that comes with that.” Everything just grooves so well together; it’s a blend of sounds that I haven’t heard done this well from any progressive, jazz, or electronic artist in quite some time. It’s a masterful melding of electronic machinery with

Temperature Falls Release The Video For Their Latest Single “1-2-3”

The sound and atmosphere of Temperature Falls is built around somewhat gritty, blended organic-electronic sounding tracks that hearken the listener back to earlier times. Their latest track, ‘1-2-3’, is a seductive track that pulls the listener in with an eerie melody, sultry vocals and an ethereal reverberating atmosphere. Mixed beautifully, this is the perfect example of what to expect from this indie trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. ‘1-2-3’ is a gorgeous, melancholic song that is heart wrenchingly beautiful. Temperature Falls is one of those bands that are absolutely necessary

Pop Music Artist DAYVID Releases Music Video for “Same Old Feeling”

This song was released last Fall on his self-titled debut EP. DAYVID explains that “Same Old Feeling” was the last song written for this EP. It reflects on an old love that was like no other. “Same Old Feeling” was co-written by DAYVID and Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid (Marshmello, Jack & Jack, CHROMEO). “Same Old Feeling” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music: http://dayvid.lnk.to/SameOldFeeling. The production is simple with piano, vocals, and an 8-member gospel choir providing backgrounds. The lyrics and vocal performance make this song meaningful and powerful. All elements support the soaring voice

Arrows – “After Hours” – Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks

“After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it bang. Every song delivers big in the keyboard hooks department and the moods are consistently melancholy and wistful throughout. “After Hours” is Arrows hitting their stride; this is what it sounds like when a young band is killing it. Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video

PWJazy – “Heroes” – the mind of an alternative creative

LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed up in any other manner. “Heroes”, his latest single, is a really intriguing, diverse recording. I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but the uniquely experimental alternative rock sound, the bombastic lead guitars, and the dark, mysterious lyrics somehow fuse together to produce

João Tostes – “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” exhibits dazzling musical dexterity

How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the most diverse countries – from Brazil to Canada, Italy and South Korea, among others. Someone who dropped a parallel career as an Information Technology entrepreneur in 2017 to fully dedicate himself to music and the ukulele. The Brazilian musician, composer, arranger and musical educator, in

Interview: R&B and Soul Singer Zawandi

With a strong desire to sing, and an infinite potential of talent, Zawandi was destined to do music. She grew up in Jamaica Queens N.Y. in a house full of music. She has been singing from the age of 2, and has been influenced by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Stephanie Mills and so many others. Zawandi’s endless talent flows into her songwriting, which she has been doing as long as she can remember. Over the years Zawandi has worked with many up and coming artists, she was lead singer in a band, and has done shows from N.Y. to N.C. Her goal has, is, and always will be, to please the masses with her phenomenal singing and songwriting talents.

  1. How long have you been singing?

Zawandi: I have been singing since I was 2 years old. My mom told me that she would play records when I was a toddler and I would sing the tunes she was playing.

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

Zawandi: My first musical influence were so many different artist. I can remember listening to Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Chaka Khan as a young child just to name a few and I knew then that I wanted to be a singer.

  1. Who are some of your favorite artist today?

Zawandi: I love Mariah Carey, Deborah Cox, Jill Scott and so many others, just too many to name. lol

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

Zawandi: I want to give people a glimpse into my life. I know some of the things I sing about other people have been through too. I want them to know that they are not alone and that life is full of good and bad times, but we are united through our experiences.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of artists emerging right now?

Zawandi:  I think what separates me from the crowd of artist emerging right now is I’m bringing old school music back. The music that told a story of real love and heartbreak. The kind of song where you would be thinking “Yeah girl I know what you talking bout” lol

  1. If you could sing a duet with an already well-known artist right now, who would your choice fall on?

Zawandi:  I would love to sing a duet with NEYO

  1. Are your lyrics predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they drawn from your creative storytelling skills?

Zawandi: Most of my songs are from personal experiences, but I do have songs that are drawn from my story telling skills.

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

Zawandi:  The release of my first single “Can’t Let You Go”

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life so far?

Zawandi: The most difficult thing I have had to endure in my life has been losing my parents.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs, regardless of style or tempo?

Zawandi:  The one key ingredient that I try to infuse into my songs is the Truth. I try to always tell the truth about what I say and feel.

  1. Do you also produce the beats and write all the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of these cases?

Zawandi: I always write my own lyrics and I do work with various producers.

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

Zawandi: What I love about being an independent artist is The control I have over my career. I have the last word about everything. What excites me the most is when I get new music from a producer and I immediately know what I want to say in my song. I am not discouraged about anything when it comes to my music.

  1. How do you market your music? Do you have a team to help you or do you do and control everything by yourself?

Zawandi: Yes, I have an amazing team that I work with and I have to say I am so blessed to have great people in my corner to help make sure that I am marketed the right way.

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

Zawandi: The only thing I would like to see change is real singers get the accolades  that they deserve and record companies start looking for real talent and not just focus on what you look like.

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

Zawandi: My overall sound would be R& B with a sprinkle of jazz.

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

Zawandi: I do consider internet and social media a  great way to build your career in music today. I have been able to reach so many people through Instagram and Facebook. I have gained access to so many of my fans through social media. I love it.

  1. Tell us something about your latest release and where fans can find it.

Zawandi:  My latest release is called “Can’t Let You Go” and you can find it on iTunes and Google Play. This is a love song about finding someone that basically fulfills your every need in a relationship and it is an anthem to all the ‘Good Men’ out there. I think that they should be celebrated.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout and are you busy working on something new for them?

Zawandi: Yes, I do think visual media is very important and I am working on the video for “Can’t Let You Go”  as we speak. I am super excited about it and I hope you guys like to too.

  1. Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?

Zawandi:  Oh wow, that’s a hard question. I absolutely love creating music in a studio environment, but I have to say the high that I get when I’m performing live is like no other.

  1. What’s next on the upcoming agenda for Zawandi?

Zawandi: The release of my album “It’s Time” is coming soon. Look for new music and up and coming events on my website zawandisings.com

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – INSTAGRAM – GOOGLE PLAY – ITUNES

About The Author

Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.