Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff release the Indie Rock Video “Zodiac Killer”

Zodiac Killer is a wild Indie Rock song with crazy slide guitar laid over a rockabilly beat. The song is about a woman who frequents a night club called Zodiacs by nights, and cruises around town by day. Deep Purple Sage is a CD, Vinyl, and Digital release by Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff. The album blends Alternative Rock with Psychedelic Acid Rock. Recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Skylab Studios; the album has an underlying desert theme.  The LP is recorded in the old school style of Acid Rock vintage tube amp guitar sounds, mixed through analog

THE BRKN DEBUT EP ‘NO. 3’ OUT NOW VIA INGROOVES

FRONTMAN JACOB CADE’S ‘ACOUSTIC HANG WITH JACOB FROM THE BRKN’ WILL LIVE STREAM VIA THE BANDS INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK THROUGH THE END OF APRIL AT 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST THE BRKN recently released their debut EP No. 3 via Right Brain Music Group/Ingrooves. Their new video for their song “Broke” has garnered over 100 views in just two weeks. Since the band’s spring tours have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, frontman Jacob Cade will be live streaming acoustic sessions every Tuesday through April via the band’s Facebook and Instagram. Tune in at 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST at https://instagram.com/thebrkn or https://facebook.com/thebrkn and #BeatTheVirusWithTheBRKN. “We’re

D-Witt flexes the pen of a budding cinematic storyteller

I recently heard about an artist called D-Witt from Rockford, IL.  Illinois is the home of some prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. I’m expecting an unfiltered rebel who is unafraid to bare his soul and burn down buildings. A fearless heart is a quality that makes fearless art, and I hope that’s exactly what D-Witt has arrived to present us.  So I press play on the first track called “Enemy”. The sound is open and strong-willed. There’s no doubting that D-Witt has something to say. The amount of care that goes into his lyricism stamps

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

INTERVIEW: R&B and Soul singer Brandon James is creating a buzz

The R&B/Soul singer Brandon James is creating a strong buzz with the release of his single “So Emotional.” The track is the first single off the upcoming E.P scheduled for release soon. Brandon states that he started doing music as an outlet for depression early in life. “I wasn’t very popular in school and I was considered a latchkey kid due to my mother’s work schedule and my father’s battles with alcoholism,” says the artist. On a teacher’s suggestion to find extracurricular activities, Brandon joined the choir. He finished the eighth grade with a determination to elevate his understanding of music and succeed with his own music. To better his craft, Brandon James has taken voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn, Ars Musica, and Andrew Schultze. He has played with Earth, Wind & Fire and performed at some of Chicago’s most notable venues including the UIC Pavilion and the House of Blues. Brandon has also earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College of Chicago.

  1. How long have you been in doing music, and did you have any formal training?

Brandon James: I have been perusing music seriously for about 10 years now right after college. I have had voice lessons from some incredible people such as Bobbi Wilson of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

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

Brandon James: always loved Mariah Carey and Stevie Wonder, but that list can go on and on if you let me lol.

  1. Which current artists do you consider worth listening to?

Brandon James:  oh there’s a lot. You have SZA, Beyonce, HER, Luke James, Jessie J. Just to name a few.

  1. You are released your new single, “So Emotional” recently. Could you tell us something about how the song came about, and its message or meaning?

Brandon James:  It’s a song about wanting to do the right thing in a relationship after it’s too late. I remember being in rehearsal with the band and discussing relationship drama and my bass player at the time started playing that bass line out of nowhere and it was all she wrote lol.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements people will enjoy about this track, and your music in general?

Brandon James:  I believe the vocal & instrumental performance will get the listeners attention as well as keep them captivated. I also believe that the dynamic range of the song will take them on a nice ride.

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

Brandon James:  I am really owning this old school live music vibe. I am really focusing on the performance of the song and challenging the listener to vibe with everything that’s going on vs repetitive hooks or chants.

  1. Could you describe your creative process? What do you usually start with – lyrics or music – and how do you go about shaping these ideas into a song?

Brandon James: I usually start with the music and the melody to shape the mood of the song then I take that mood and write the appropriate lyrics to what I see and feel.

  1. Where do you do most of your recording and production work? And do you outsource any or all of these processes?

Brandon James:  I do all the recording between two local studios here in Chicago.

  1. What are some of the main challenges you’re facing now, in recording producing or marketing your music the way you want to?

Brandon James:  just financial challenges. It gets hard doing everything yourself as an independent artist but I make it work.

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

Brandon James:  I would love it if the industry really focused on talent and artist development again. We got most of our legends at a time when labels, managers, and agents really wiles for their clients.

  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?

Brandon James: oh absolutely! It’s almost hand on hand. I think the technology is a good thing because as an independent artist I can expose my music and message to lots of people who would not have seen me otherwise.

  1. What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music, and will you be producing one for your single?

Brandon James: I think that music videos are very important as people are more visually stimulated than ever! They also extend the life of a song by a great deal.

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

Brandon James: I love writing and performing. Recording and doing music videos can be a bit taxing on you but it’s all worth it in the end.

  1. Do you only create and work in a studio environment, or do you also find time to perform live? And which of these two do you ultimately enjoy more?

Brandon James:  I do both but perform a lot more. I’m sure you can tell which one I like better lol.

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

Brandon James: “Soulful Divine”

  1. How do you handle criticism and/or haters? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?

Brandon James: I take constructive criticism and the haters and allow it to motivate me to do better. I don’t dwell on any of it to much as art is subjective and I have to stay true to myself but there are some nuggets of gold that you find in some constructive convos with people.

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

Brandon James: I believe starting my own monthly showcase “Soulful Sunday” in Chicago and getting music on every platform. Those things have been huge milestones for me.

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

Brandon James: Well musically speaking dealing with people is always hard. Everyone can do everything until it’s time to deliver and then things fall flat. There also seems to be more people out to take advantage of artist than actually help them. But that’s life and we keep moving.

  1. What’s your personal opinion on the general state of R&B and Soul music in 2019?

Brandon James:   I think that Soul music needs a revival. I think it’s not getting the love it deserves and we need more fresh faces like myself out there.

  1. Do you have a specific musical milestone set for the near future, and what else can fans expect from you this year?

Brandon James: I will be releasing another single late summer and my new music video within the next few months. I also hope to be on a major tour soon as my next milestone and making bigger waved with my music on all streaming platforms. This all with the hopes of getting that big breakthrough I need!

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