FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

SHAYAN: “Feel” Is Energizing, Calming, Touching, Poetic, Inspiring, Romantic…All At The Same Time!

When an album by any artist features 135 of the most revered musicians, vocalists and multi-Grammy, Emmy and Brit award winning production teams in the business today, you have no choice but to sit up and take notice. When you further discover that the album was recorded between 4 top studios in London over the course of 22 months, you know this is something big. When you read that this is a debut album to be released on Mother’s Day 2014 across North America and worldwide thereafter, you’re in awe.

When you discover that the album is written, arranged, produced, and performed by Shayan. You go, wow! And then you ask…who in heaven’s name is Shayan?

Shayan is an Indian born, up-and-coming International multi-award winning debut music artist, discovered by the legendary interviewer Sir David Frost, for auctioning a portion of his future album’s earnings on eBay and raising US $18,000 in 7 days.

Shayan went to London after tragically losing both his parents at a young age. During his time in the U.K., and after securing bank loans, Shayan has since acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Engineering from the Alchemea College of Audio Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Music Business Management from the University of Westminster.

Apparently, Shayan unexpectedly acquired his ability to write songs upon losing his mother at a young age. Drawing inspiration from real life scenarios, he currently has a standing catalogue of over 100 songs. Shayan proudly states that his music incorporates the three best elements of Indian music into his work; poetic lyrics, simple yet powerful music arrangements, and crystal clear vocals.

It is obvious that this project has a solid foundation and a profoundly heartwarming initiation, considering Shayan’s background history and achievements thus far. But just what does the upcoming debut album “Feel”, and Shayan bring to today’s over-abundantly laid musical table?

On first listen it may become evident to any well-tuned ear, that Shayan, in his music arrangements, greatly resembles an industry giant and music legend, namely David Foster. Each and every song on the album provides a platform of musical arrangement and production so perfect, that any singer cannot fail, but to deliver outstanding performances. This is the same effect the genius of Foster had on seasoned performers such as Boz Scaggs, Cheryl Lynn, Peter Cetera, Seal, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Andrea Bocelli, to name a very few.

Add this to the fact that Shayan vocally performs his own compositions, thus capturing the exact emotion, honesty, and every soulful nuance that was intended, during the writing process. So wonderful are his performances that you cannot help but to sway to the music and sing along with him.

The most awesome moments for me, undoubtedly being on listening to the ‘innocent, tender, caring and loving’ “Soul” and the ‘fun and almost playful’ “Joy”; two songs on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum. On these tracks Shayan brings grace and passion to the recording with his stellar performance. His voice and emotion have such strong mesmerizing qualities, delivering goose-bumps. It will bring you into a standing ovation all by yourself in an empty room. Much of the 10-track album delivers more of the same, with not a single note or nuance out of place!

You may not be familiar with Shayan yet, at least not by name, but by listening to “Feel” you’ll soon discover what an incredible piece of entertainment this album is. This is for all true music lovers regardless of genre; this is pure music played by talented artists, and not artificially produced, cookie-cut pop. Voices, orchestration, everything!

“Feel” offers something for everyone – soft, soaring melodies, the full force, and fury of string orchestrations, solid drumming, clockwork bass-lines, tasteful guitar interludes, and reflective piano phrases that all blend beautifully with Shayan’s crystal clear vocals and compelling melodies.

I would recommend this album to anyone. This is timeless music that goes beyond genres, styles or any strict classification. “Feel” is energizing, calming, touching, poetic, inspiring, romantic… all at the same time. It contains emotional performances done with superb sensitivity and artistry, which will undoubtedly capture huge audiences of all ages.

Sit on the couch, turn on the surround sound, and crank up the volume, and be prepared to be blown away by a new sensation – Shayan!

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