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

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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”

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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

Award-winning artist, Sarantos drops first single of 2016 – “Pain Of The Past”

Sarantos kicks off 2016 with a brand new rock song, entitled “Pain Of The Past”, which promises to be yet another feather in his cap, considering he has no record label or professional promoter pushing his brand. On his own personal steam, Sarantos has won the Akademia LA Music Awards in 2015 for ‘Best Song’ (What If I Never See You Again), ‘Best Rock Song’ (Easy To Believe), ‘Best Rock Ballad’ (The Veteran), ‘Best Rock Music Video’ (We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve), ‘Best Singer/Songwriter Song’ (A Mission Of Heart, I Sing), ‘Best Pop Song’ (I Sing) and ‘Best Pop Rock Album’ (Not Where I Wanna Be).

The single cover

The single cover

Sarantos has also won twelve Beat 100 song and music video awards in during both 2015 and 2014. He was also nominated for the International Music & Entertainments Awards in 2015 for “Rock Song of the Year” and in 2014 for “Rock Song of the Year” and “Pop Album of the Year.” In 2014, he was also nominated for the Hollywood Songwriting Awards for ‘Best Unsigned Song’ (Are You Sure You Can Last). Plus the cherry on top; his song “What If I Never See You Again” has been in the top 200 on the majors list in the US for radio airplay according to the Digital Radio Tracker Top 200 charts. If that’s not a superlative track record for any DIY independent music artist, then tell me what is!

Furthermore this talented and generous artist continuous to donate a substantial part of his profits to charity organizations, again, 33% of any music-related sales profits from “Pain Of The Past”, are going straight to Feed The Starving Children. This track sees Sarantos go right back to his rock roots, adding an alternative twist to the tune. I am a big fan of musicians who know how to write quality songs that tell a story without being too sappy in one extreme or too obtuse in the other extreme. A strong sense of memory and character abounds in this song, and there’s plenty of conflict and regret, but there’s also a feeling of purpose, hope and potential for good.

Sarantos

Sarantos

“This is an emotional rock song about the past” says Sarantos. “This is about someone who keeps remembering the moments gone by. They remember the stain of the past. The pain of the past casts a shadow that light or time cannot fade! Why does the past never goes away? Why is the past here to stay? The past is powerful but we should not be afraid of it. We shouldn’t keep it repressed. The past and all the good and bad things we have done molded us into what we are. Hopefully, we learn from the mistakes and keep waking up every day just trying to do the right thing.”

Many of Sarantos’ songs really only tease out their greatness after a few listening’s, “Pain Of The Past” is a powerful but poignant song with a driving bass, and lyrical complexity that only Sarantos can make seem effortless. This is the return to base for Sarantos. He has put his words and feelings so poignantly into song that you can feel the emotions of every note, chorus and guitar lick. Masterfully produced and sonically soothing, Sarantos keeps on delivering music with meaning. There’s hardly an independent artist putting stuff out on this level and covering all the creative and promotional areas by himself. Extraordinary!

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