Sophia Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sophia Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sophia has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sophia Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

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

Rich Marcello: “The Big Wide Calm” – A young woman’s journey to find herself and create the perfect album

The first thing I noticed about Rich Marcello’s captivating new novel, The Big Wide Calm, is the cover. A Blue-Man-Group-like beautiful woman popped off the page, her hair shaped in part as a stairway inviting you in, adorned with orchids that can only be symbols of one thing.  My kind of woman. The second thing I noticed is the title. “What exactly is The Big Wide Calm?” rolled off my lips.  I had no idea, but I liked the sound of it.

Author - Rich Marcelo

Author – Rich Marcelo

On page one we meet the heroine of the story, Paige Plant, who is a struggling singer-songwriter desperate for a break. Great name, right? It turns out her dad legally changed her name when she was young and prophesied that Paige would front the next Led Zeppelin.  As the story unfolds, Paige meets a wealthy, reclusive, former semi-famous singer-songwriter, John Bustin, who well, makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Free access to his recording studio, free room and board for one year, and most importantly, free production of her music.  Not a bad gig if you can get it. And so begins Paige’s journey to write twelve multi-generational songs for her album, one she will eventually name The Big Wide Calm.

What struck me out this opening chapter though, was not the set-up for story, which as a musician and lover of music was pretty compelling. Instead, it was Paige. I loved everything about her. Her borderline arrogance. Her drive. The way she spoke.  Her love of sex, music, and art. The way she, in a wonderful gender reversal, objectified men by only calling them by the first letter of their name. After only a dozen pages, I’d found a new role model. And I expect you will, too. Marcello has done a wonderful job of characterizing Paige, to the point where readers, and especially musicians, will be talking about her for many years to come.

For the remainder of the story, there were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing, from John’s backstory, to Ian, to Radha, to the scene with the three Numbers which I will never forget.  And at the same time, there were elements weaved throughout that went much deeper than the plot line that made me pause and say, “Whoa, Nelly!”  First, Marcello’s descriptions of Paige’s songwriting process are the best I’ve ever read. Honestly, until I read this book, I didn’t believe it was possible to describe the songwriting process so clearly. No more. Second, The Big Wide Calm is a deeply philosophical work, and at the same time an accessible one.  The fact that Marcello was able to weave some profound stuff together with  a good story and a great character is what sets the novel apart. Finally, while The Big Wide Calm is a millennial coming-of-age story, it’s at its core about truly and deeply learning to love in a troubled world.  When I read the last page, and especially the last paragraph, I thought this novel would have made John Lennon proud.

I highly recommend this novel to lovers of music, of strong female characters, of bigger existential ideas. It was a heartfelt journey of self-discovery, of forming chosen families, and of finding life-altering love.  Go check it out. You won’t regret it.

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