Indie Interview Series: BABY GEE VIBES

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the multi-talented artist, DJ, and producer, BABY GEE VIBES.

BABY GEE VIBES is an on-the-rise and widely revered multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ based out of Liverpool, U.K. This artist has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly versatile music catalog, and has recently developed an incredibly unique take on the EDM and electronica genres. 

Check out one of his incredible tracks here: https://open.spotify.com/track/2pjqMMT7SnYrAgR1jgSioP

We were so impressed by the creativity and fearlessness showcased within his catalog, that we wanted had to learn more about this stellar artist. BABY GEE VIBES was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions.


I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and immersive. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?

BGV: For me, it is always the beat having the beat just gives me the base for all the other good stuff and then the journey begins

 

 

Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?

 BGV: I have performed when I have been with bands and in clubs as a MC. But I do love the studio but if I am honest I love sending the crowd mental lol

 

 

If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

BGV: Wow that is really a hard one because I make tracks to send you on a journey of a lifetime I make music for the brain to give you the vibes that you will never find anywhere else my stuff is very toxic or dark and dirty

 

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

BGV: You must have a open mind I can listen to opera heavy metal edm but I am just dark and dirty and it comes from the acid and deep bass inside my mentally mixed up brain I don’t live by rules I just make it raw

 

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

BGV: You can get your fix every day of dark and dirty techno I work very hard and you can get 2-3 tracks a day every day from my label EDM VIBES MUSIC

 

 

Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?

BGV: https://soundcloud.com/baby-gee-vibes or follow @vibesgee

Put BABY GEE VIBES into SPOTIFY OR ITUNES

 


BABY GEE VIBES is a remarkable act and an amazing breath of fresh air within an industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula.

This artist is a MUST LISTEN!

Make sure you support/like/follow BABY GEE VIBES on:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/baby-gee-vibes

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4CkTNNd4KwPfegM2Hapsma

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VibesGee

iTunes: https://exit.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fgb%2Falbum%2Ftechno-warrior-single%2Fid1237152088

Artist Spotlight: BABY GEE VIBES

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly innovative and highly skilled artist, producer and DJ, Baby Gee Vibes.

BABY GEE VIBES is an on-the-rise and widely revered multi-instrumentalist, producer, and DJ based out of Liverpool, United Kingdom. This artist has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly versatile music catalog, and has recently developed an incredibly unique take on the EDM and dark-electronica genres. Showcasing an innovative combination of dark electronica, techno, dance, and trance; this incredible artist has certainly crafted a sound that he can distinctly call his own.

It is important to note that BABY GEE VIBES has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully independent artist. We find that one of the most glaring setbacks for new-coming independent artists is the lack of professional mixing and mastering that is necessary to break through into the mainstream markets. This certainly isn’t the case with BABY GEE VIBES.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5td8uV0gvgq0QTYxpFGmXq 

With independent recording software and equipment growing increasingly more affordable and accessible; the music industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and fame-seekers. Due to this, it is becoming incredibly difficult to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route —- imitate those whom are more successful than you. You would think that this competitive environment would inspire some artists to go against the grain and carve out their own identity, but this is too often not the case. It seems as if fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any innovation, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy copy of a copy Singles.

While this approach may work well if your goal as an artist is to make fast cash, albeit becoming forgettable, it certainly isn’t the winning formula for industry longevity and lasting notoriety.

The multi-talented king of dark and dirty electronica BABY GEE VIBES is fiercely rebelling against this trend and effectively carving out his own unique identity. It is rare that we are introduced to an independent artist that absolutely blows our minds, but BABY GEE VIBES has done just that.


https://open.spotify.com/track/5Kt3y07TiLCGMhYuNLncLT

The audio production exhibited in his catalog is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to produce. Each track in his catalog is uniquely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. The genre is a brilliant fusion of dark and dirty electronic influences, with BABY GEE VIBES sculpting his own self-defining soundscape. Each track featured in his catalog is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and add undeniable character to the track. Listening through BABY GEE VIBES’ catalog was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. This differs from most recent indie releases in that it is fearlessly ambitious and unapologetically unique and difficult to label perfectly. Each track oozes with creativity and inventiveness. Not only is each track polished and meticulously crafted, but they are paced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. We can definitely see this artist climbing the ranks and becoming a household name and inspiring a new generation of independent EDM artists.

https://open.spotify.com/track/1IVqLQ9cf3gZOqrYRutxgX 

BABY GEE VIBES is a remarkable act and an amazing breath of fresh air within an industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula.

This artist is a MUST LISTEN!

Make sure you support/like/follow BABY GEE VIBES on:

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/baby-gee-vibes

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4CkTNNd4KwPfegM2Hapsma

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VibesGee

iTunes: https://exit.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fgb%2Falbum%2Ftechno-warrior-single%2Fid1237152088

Artist Spotlight: SDLT

WE RECENTLY HAD THE PLEASURE OF GETTING TO KNOW THE WILDLY INNOVATIVE AND HIGHLY SKILLED COMPOSER/PERFORMER/ARTIST SDLT.

SDLT (full-name Santino De La Tore ) is a highly sought-after and widely revered composer, artist, and performer currently based in Los Angelos, California. SDLT has gained international exposure and mass acclaim for his incredibly versatile composing/performance work and his incredibly unique take on the Rock and Progressive genres. Showcasing an innovative combination of Rock, Progressive, and Alternative; this composer has certainly crafted a sound that he can distinctly call his own. Utilizing his diverse palette of influence, SDLT consistently develops tracks that effectively reinvent the wheel and carve out an entirely unique sound.

You may already recognize SDLT’s distinct musical style through his vast catalog that has been featured within various major artistic mediums. SDLT has already gained a profound reputation within the industry for his vast work in writing and composing for both film and live performance. Through this work, he has cemented his reputation as an ambitious artist who is limitless in his talents. SDLT has had an impressively colorful and wide-spanning career spanning from South America to the United States. This remarkable artist originated in Lima, Peru. His debut appearance in Peru was within the county’s first heavy metal band “Sentencia” in the early 80’s. His extraordinary range and skill caused SDLT to rapidly climb the ranks and become a new, strong sensation in the local rock music scene. His career really took off in the mid-90’s when he rose to prominence as a member of the celebrated Rock band Frágil.
It was during that period that touring became a regular aspect of his life, and SDLT cemented his reputation as an incredibly gifted live-performer. SDLT toured much of Latin America and the United States and appeared as a featured guest in countless popular media and TV shows.

More recently, this artist has made quite the name for himself having composed tracks for countless features, TV, and major film. His debut placement occurred when one of his tracks was featured in Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds”. Since this incredible milestone, numerous compositions have been featured in TV/Film including; The Shield, Prison Break, Employee of the Month, Kidnapped, and Homeland. Additionally, SDLT has received an incredible amount of coveted awards, such as the Billboard Songwriting Award and he has been recurrently rated 5 stars by Latin and American Media.

After exploring SDLT’s vast-catalog, his remarkable versatility is always on full display. His impressive instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess are undeniably alluring and captivating. Perhaps the best quality of his music is the almost frustrating inability to perfectly label and define it. It is unsurprising to find that each release has enjoyed a long history of being met with wide-acclaim from critics and general-music lovers alike.

Check out the previously acclaimed “Smile”: 

His newest Single “Crime” particularly stands out upon first listen. The sonic landscape crafted within this track alone fully encapsulates the dynamic nature of the artist’s back-catalog as a whole. The track showcases a fusion of sound that feels lush, yet intimately roomy. The track is remarkably well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on gorgeously shaped backdrops that add an encapsulating and refreshingly organic quality to the track. The fusion of sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy while maintaining a strong driving beat. The Single is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and add undeniable character to the track. SDLT really consistently surprises and impresses with his vocal abilities and displays a strong command of infectious vocal melodies. With the subtle and effective backing of guitar, lush pads, bass, and engaging percussion; SDLT proves that his voice is simply one example of his many strong assets. His vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response with his thoughtful lyrics.

Watch the Official video for “Crime”: 

Another immediate favorite, “Every Single Day”, utilizes a similar approach. The song is gorgeously sequenced with each unique layer expanding and meandering in a flowing fashion. These sounds have the uncanny ability sweep you in and push you out much like dragging ocean waves. These meticulously crafted textures are wonderfully seasoned by small intricacies, electric guitar, slide steel guitar-work, and interesting keys.

Check out “Every Single Day”:

SDLT is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent artists that doesn’t abide by the typical industry limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the more Progressive genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of the songwriting within this catalog will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. Shying away from the typical clichés of the plethora of genres that he borrows inspiration from, SDLT has a remarkably unique style and sound which he has maintained through his incredibly impressive career. He certainly veers away the industry’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience feels entirely new and unpredictable.This brilliant artist also often acts as a brilliant innovator. He effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive display of prolific songwriting and inventive musical arrangements.

Listen to the emotive “Anything Wrong”:

Honestly, I don’t think it would be silly or outrageous to suggest that SDLT just might be near the summit of the top songwriters that I have personally encountered in the independent music scene. Needless to say, we will DEFINITELY be keeping a close eye on this artist.

Be sure to support/like/follow SDLT on:

Official: www.sdltmusic.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SDLT-9331585378/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sdltmusic/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLaOQTD4HLdGGzAJQpupGdw

 

Indie Interview Series: CALIBINN

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with on-the-rise Hip-Hop sensation CALIBINN.

CALIBINN is based out of Oakland, California and has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly unique take on the Hip Hop/Rap genres. We were first introduced to this artist through his infectious new Single entitled “Back At It”. 

Support on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/calibinn/back-at-it-ft-zydd

We were so impressed by the creativity and confidence showcased on the new Single, that we wanted had to learn more about this stellar artist. CALIBINN was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions.


I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and immersive. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?

CALIBINN:  I guess the melody came first for the hook. ZYDD and I had a couple of ideas for the hook, but after recording the different versions, we realized this funk/soul type hook was the best one and that its melody would completely dominate.

 

 

 

Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?

 CALIBINN: Still haven’t had any live performances, so I would have to say inside the walls of the recording studio, but even that took some time for me to truly get comfortable with.

 

 

 

If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

CALIBINN:  For the time being, I would have to pick my debut single, “Back At It”, it’s all we have out now. You should definitely be on the lookout for our next single though, “My Circle”, a six-month passion project also featuring ZYDD.

 

 

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

CALIBINN: Practice, really. Artists too often give dreamy answers about where they get their inspirations from, but if you aren’t honing your skills to better translate these inspirations musically, there will be nothing “innovative” about you. That, and listening to every and each type of music you could come across.

 

 

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

CALIBINN: No tour, but we have a bunch of singles ready that I’m extremely excited about releasing. I guess the best way for interested readers to stay updated is to follow us on our different social media accounts or on Soundcloud.

 

 

 

Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?

CALIBINN: Soundcloud for now. We are, however, planning on moving onto Spotify and Apple Music soon enough.

 


This is definitely an artist that you need to WATCH CLOSELY. We are certainly eagerly awaiting what he does next!

Make sure you support/like/follow CALIBINN on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigk962/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calibinn

Twitter Handle: @CALIBINNNN

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/calibinn

 

Artist Spotlight: CALIBINN

The Hip Hop genre as a whole is one that (especially in recent years with increased accessibility to self-record) can often feel uninspired and frustratingly tired due to the lack of variation, ambition, and innovation applied within the songwriting and production stage. It seems that every week we are introduced to the same regurgitated beat with the same lazy mumble-rap verses and auto-tune saturated hooks—- only to fizzle out into forgetfulness.

CALIBINN’s newest Single “Back At It (ft, Zydd)” lands a devastating blow to this terrible trend, and in the aftermath, sets an incredible new standard for all new coming Hip Hip-inspired artists.

Check out the FIRE Single on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/calibinn/back-at-it-ft-zydd

This wildly versatile artist is based out of Oakland, California, and has taken on the undeniable challenge of being a fully DIY independent artist. We find that one of the most glaring setbacks for new-coming independent artists is the lack of professional mixing and mastering that is necessary to break through into the mainstream markets. This certainly isn’t the case with CALIBINN.

It is an extremely rare occurrence that we are introduced to an independent artist that absolutely blows our minds; CALIBINN has done just this.

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released Single is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. The soundscapes are masterfully complex and unrelenting, the pointed raps are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer. Everything about this Single is absolutely stunning, with each sound given space to breath and evolve. A truly arduous task for anyone defiantly accepting the challenge of being TRULY independent. This risk has undeniable paid off, as the track showcased here is alluringly fresh and entirely unique. Though obviously Hip-Hop inspired, the genre is brilliantly undefinable, with CALIBINN sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style. The repeating piano motif will be stuck in your head all day, that’s a promise! The hook is undeniably strong and catchy, and the confident raps are hard hitting. CALIBINN’s skillful production choice and clever wordplay are on full display here. Guest ZYDD absolutely nails it with the featured sections, with both artists showing undeniable chemistry.

This is truly a milestone and an accomplishment for this artist. When approaching newly released music, it’s hard to do so without inherent criticism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. We, as listeners, are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie-cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. Though these types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and infectious music; they ultimately amount to being entirely forgettable— certain to be replaced by the next musical clone.

Not only has CALIBINN recognized the same tired trend in the music industry, but he has made it a point to aggressively rebel against it. Too often, rappers feel the need to push a familiar facade (which at this point, has become a parody of itself), or they mistake humbleness for weakness. CALIBINN does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it.

One of CALIBINN’s most distinguishing qualities as a rapper is his ability to spit venom that has the impact much like that of a celebrated slam poet. Each thoughtful lyrical phrasing and clever word jumbling carries a hidden punch and remarkable depth that is not often found in newer Rap releases. While other notorious rappers are tasked with focusing the listener by removing all musical distraction with pure spoken word records to show off their genius; CALIBINN is able to effortlessly blend sophistication and flow with masterfully crafted sonic soundscapes. Add some infectious beats and brilliant song sequencing and structuring to the mix, and you have an irresistible fusion of catchy music oozing with substance. 

“Back At It”is one of those increasingly rare transcendent Singles that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the Hip-Hop or Rap genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of CALIBINN’s newest Single will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. It’s pretty damn refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and talented behind the mic. Shying away from the typical clichés of both of the genres that he borrows inspiration from, CALIBINN has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the track. While CALIBINN certainly pays homage to the great hip-hop standards; he frequently veers away the genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable. 

CALIBINN is quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and infectious style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and one-dimensional Hip Hop/ Rap, and become something much more cutting and immersive. This artist has developed a sound that feels entirely fresh and new. He not only acts as a unique innovator; but also effectively channels his vision through an impressive command of the Hip Hop/ Rap genre. Avoiding the gimmick he could easily become; CALIBINN stands out among an overpopulated market as an ambitious and insanely talented artist with limitless potential.

CALIBINN is a remarkable artist and is definitely a breath of fresh air within a tired industry that has become overly saturated with copycat artists whose sole goal is to cash in on an increasingly uninventive formula. “Back At It” is a MUST LISTEN!

Make sure you support/like/follow CALIBINN on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigk962/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calibinn

Twitter Handle: @CALIBINNNN

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/calibinn

Artist Spotlight: Novel “Hooly” the GOAT

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know this vicious on-the-rise rapper through his soon-to-be released new playlist, and we were beyond impressed.

Recently, it seems like every new rapper we meet describes themselves similarly. It usually goes something like, “I want to be the next Kanye/Drake/Lamar…” This sentiment is then often uncomfortably showcased in their music as a shameless imitation of their heroes. While it is completely natural to become inspired by your industry forerunners, but you must stray away from riding on their coattails by replicating their distinct sound and style. 

This is precisely what Novel “Hooly” the GOAT naturally does so well. Upon discovering this artist, we were immediately struck by what may be his strongest asset: his courage to be entirely unapologetic in his assertion of his own unique identity.

The Hip Hop/Rap genre as a whole is one that (especially in recent years with increased accessibility to self-record) can often feel uninspired and frustratingly tired due to the lack of variation, ambition, and innovation applied within the songwriting and production stage. It seems that every week we are introduced to the same regurgitated beat with the same lazy mumble-rap verses and auto-tune saturated hooks—- only to fizzle out into forgetfulness. In fact it’s hard to approach any new music without inherent cynicism and skepticism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. We, as listeners, are exposed to the same formulaic, cookie-cutter, copy of a copy of a copy brand of artists. Although these types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and infectious music; they ultimately amount to being entirely forgettable, soon to be replaced by the next musical doppelgänger. This trend has infected almost every musical appendage and genre, whether it be commercially produced or independently released. Specifically, this pattern has nearly crippled the Rap/ Hip Hop scene.

Not only has Novel “Hooly” the GOAT recognized the same tired trend in the music industry, but he has made it a point to aggressively rebel against it. One of the first characteristics that we noticed in Hooly’s tracks that immediately set him apart was his willingness to be vulnerable and honest. Too often, rappers feel the need to push a familiar facade (which at this point, has become a parody of itself), or they mistake humbleness for weakness. Holy does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it.

The explosive intro track entitled “LitBoi” opens the album as the perfect mood-setter. The track begins immediately with a sort of fluttery dark piano and opens up to a perfectly crafted beat. The hard hitting, unapologetic rap vocals enter immediately carrying venom and exuding confidence. This serves as a brilliant starting point for the album. The track is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, with each layer capturing its own space, but never distracting from each other. Hooly’s skillful production choice and clever wordplay are on full display here.

Promo:

The rabid follow-up track on the playlist “I Got the Juice” opens with a wildly evolving piano-line that opens up to a bottom heavy/bass-driving track. If you thought you had this artist figured out by the first track, the follow-up serves as the perfect slap of unpredictability and allows a sort of reintroduction to an artist that evidently vows to keep you guessing.

My personal favorite in the playlist is “Do da YamThang”. Opening with a feverish bell/synth-line; the track bursts into an infectious beat with Hooly spitting in an undeniably catchy style. This is  Hooly’s songwriting and production prowess at one of its finest moments. The track infects your mind with it’s confident, yet biting lecturing.

The next track “Dem Boys” is seething with poisonous raps, and swelling with alluring darkness. There is no guessing what will be in store with each track, and that is exactly what makes this artist so effective in his delivery. Another consistent display of clever wordplay and the ability to craft a catchy hook. This track also contains an effective guest rapper, which maintains flow and keeps things fresh.

The final track “Who Am I” opens with insane trippy soundscapes, with a simple yet ridiculously catchy beat. The pointed raps overlay the background pads that phase in and out in a way that makes the song feel almost alive. The production gives the track a brilliant character and personification, making it feel like a giant deep-breathing monster. It definitely leaves the listener begging for more, making it an incredibly effective closer. 

Novel “Hooly” the GOAT is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent artists that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the hip-hop or rap genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of Hooly’s newest tracklist will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners.

It’s pretty damn refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and talented behind the mic (and so brilliantly selective with the production). Shying away from the typical clichés of both of the genres that he borrows inspiration from, Hooly has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout these tracks. While Novel “Hooly” the GOAT certainly pays homage to the greats; he frequently veers away the genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, making the listening experience feel entirely new and unpredictable.

This artist will almost certainly be continuing his rise!

Please be sure to like/share/follow Novel “Hooly” the GOAT on:

Soundcloud- https://soundcloud.com/hooly-corp

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/novelhoolythegoat/

Twitter – https://www.instagram.com/novelhoolythegoat/

Official- https://www.hoolymusic.com/

Indie Interview Series: Kung-Fu Jesus

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the notorious “musical prophet” Kung-Fu Jesus.

Kung-Fu Jesus (AKA Craig Snape) is based in the small town of Lanark, Scotland, but his groundbreaking and alluring work has gained a remarkable following across the globe. This artist will almost certainly continue his rise with the recent release of his groundbreaking new album “The Kantele Tapes”. We were first introduced to KFJ through the amazing new Single entitled “Shine a Light”. 

Check out “Shine a Light”: 

We were so impressed by the creativity and thoughtfulness showcased within his newest album, that we just had to learn more about this incredible artist. KFJ was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions.


I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and immersive. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?

KFJ: The process for this album was Phil O’Shea finding the beats and I painted my music over the top of it usually finding a strong melody in the process, most songs were recorded in a day so it just flowed. We actually wrote a pool of 20+ songs for this album and picked the best

 

Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?

KFJ: I love to play live. I had concocted a synched visual show with my debut album with some heroes of mine sharing a message or two in between songs like Bruce Lee and Bill Hicks. I like the live thing to be a show. This time I have a Kung Fu Jesus game coming out and would like to integrate that into the live show somehow

 

If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?

KFJ: Although my personal favourites on the album are Red Dragon Eyes and Let The Sun Shine, I’d have to go with Shine A Light as the main track especially with Prashanths awesome video we’ve just dropped on youtube.

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music?

KFJ: Not letting your ego get in the way and let the process happen naturally. You just need to remember the song writes itself through you not you writing the song

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

KFJ: We’ve just released our 2nd album “The Kantele Tapes” on Rubber Taxi Records which is getting rave reviews across the web plus we’ve got a Kung Fu Jesus Game app coming soon on IOS and Android

 

 

Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?

KFJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P28qnL1vJ50

https://soundcloud.com/rubber-taxi-records/kung-fu-jesus-shine-a-light

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kantele-Tapes-KUNG-FU-JESUS/dp/B073R2FLRW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502350156&sr=8-1&keywords=kung+fu+jesus+the+kantele+tapes

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-kantele-tapes/id1255610427

https://open.spotify.com/album/3QzQHzH2SzQhJ5t9WILFWH

 


This is definitely an artist that you need to WATCH CLOSELY. We are eagerly awaiting to see what he does next!

 Be sure to support/like/follow Kung-Fu Jesus on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kungfujesusuk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigdoomsday

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rubber-taxi-records/kung-fu-jesus-the-kantele-tapes-album-taster

Label: https://www.rubbertaxirecords.com/home

Check out the new album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kantele-Tapes-KUNG-FU-JESUS/dp/B073R2FLRW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502129499&sr=8-1&keywords=kung+fu+jesus+the+kantele+tapes

Album Review: Kung-Fu Jesus – “The Kantele Tapes”

In our previous post, we delved a bit into this incredible artist’s past and general mythos. You can find that here. To catch you up, Kung-Fu Jesus (AKA Craig Snape) is based in the small town of Lanark, Scotland, but his groundbreaking and alluring work has gained a remarkable following across the globe. His back catalog is full of mind-blowing versatility and he has gained notoriety for his impressive instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess. We mentioned earlier that perhaps one of his best qualities is the inability to perfectly label and defines music. Kung-Fu Jesus’ newest release “The Kantele Tapes” only further establishes this notion.

Upon listening to the dance-inducing intro track “Freight Train”, it became undeniably evident that this artist is truly something special.

Honestly, I don’t think it would be silly or outrageous to suggest that Kung-Fu Jesus just might be near the summit of the top songwriters that I have personally encountered in the independent music scene. The album is not simply a collection of electronica/retro-rock-inspired avant-garde pieces per se – certainly not in a strict or literal sense. Rather, it is comprised of a large fraction of remarkably accessible, percussive, and electronic/synth pop/alternative pieces with an expansive, encompassing, and immersive sound. On the contrary; the album also features ornery, engulfing sonic barrages of rhythmic sensibility and infectious vocal work. Each track featured on the album has a uniquely different feel and quality to it where it can easily stand alone; but as a whole, each track effortlessly flows into each other and provides an incredibly special listening experience. In fact, it reminded me a lot of the first time I experienced Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in its uninterrupted entirety.  It is a tireless listening experience and effortlessly maintains your interest throughout.

Single “Shine a Light” particularly stands out upon first listen. The sonic landscape crafted within this track alone fully encapsulates the dynamic nature of the album as a whole. The track showcases a fusion of sound that feels intimately roomy, well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on gorgeously shaped backdrops that add a dark, refreshingly organic quality to the track. The unusual sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy while maintaining a strong driving beat.

Check out “Shine a Light”: 

Another immediate favorite, “Photon”, utilizes a similar approach. The song is gorgeously sequenced with each unique layer expanding and meandering in a flowing fashion. These sounds have the uncanny ability sweep you in and push you out much like the dragging waves washing on the shore of a dark beach. These meticulously crafted textures are wonderfully seasoned by small intricacies, experimental sounds, and soothing pads. Like many other tracks on the album, each sound seems to memorably interfere in an oddly irregular, yet efficacious fashion. This magnificently builds upon a growing excitement and sense of anticipation for something to emerge which never fails to deliver.

Impressively, Somewhere within these ambitious and inventively crafted tracks there’s an amazing injection of anthemic, yet ominous instrumental and vocal pieces and that flow in an organic and spiritual nature. The electronic textures featured within the album are lush, but not in the literal definition of the word; rather – in the very sound of the word. Each mix is uniquely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. The genre is brilliantly (if not expectedly by now) undefinable, with Kung-Fu Jesus further sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style. The audio production as a whole is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. Kudos to the production team behind this release. The soundscapes are masterfully complex and unrelenting— the alluring and infectious vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer.

“The Kantele Tapes” is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent albums that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the more experimental genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of the songwriting within this album will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. It’s pretty damn refreshing to hear somebody so incredibly versatile and innovative pursuing music as an art-form. Shying away from the typical clichés of the plethora of genres that he borrows inspiration from, Kung-Fu Jesus has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the album. He certainly veers away the experimental genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience feels entirely new and unpredictable.

We highly recommend you check out this album. We rate it a MUST LISTEN!

Be sure to support/like/follow Kung-Fu Jesus on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kungfujesusuk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigdoomsday

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rubber-taxi-records/kung-fu-jesus-the-kantele-tapes-album-taster

Label: https://www.rubbertaxirecords.com/home

Check out the new album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kantele-Tapes-KUNG-FU-JESUS/dp/B073R2FLRW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502129499&sr=8-1&keywords=kung+fu+jesus+the+kantele+tapes

Artist Spotlight: Kung-Fu Jesus

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the undeniably prolific and refreshingly unpredictable “musical prophet”, Kung-Fu Jesus.

Kung-Fu Jesus (AKA Craig Snape) is based in the small town of Lanark, Scotland, but his groundbreaking and alluring artistry has been recognized across the globe. It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music where It seems as though fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any integrity, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy tunes. Powerful messaging and honest content in music has been sadly lost due to this trend; it is growing more and more apparent that the main driving force  behind many new “artists” entering the industry is simply a thirst for fame and money.

Kung-Fu Jesus makes no attempt to conform to these market tastes and trends— and this is precisely what makes him such a respectable and remarkable act.

Check out “Rainbow Road” off previous album “Celestial Gold”: 

This brilliant artist acts as a marvelous innovator, and he effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive display of prolific songwriting and inventive musical arrangements. With his provocative, unique, and highly unorthodox tunes; Kung-Fu Jesus has reignited the approach that music, as an artistic medium, should transcend the label of “commodity” and become something much more powerful and impactful. He is unapologetically committed to supporting his vision with his tools of artistic expression, rather than exploiting them for the cash-grabbing gimmick that they can so easily become.

Kung-Fu Jesus, in my honest opinion, has the potential to go down as one of those rare phenomenons whom helped change the musical landscape, and will fondly remembered among some of the most groundbreaking independent musicians.

Check Out “Fenris Wolf”: 

After exploring Kung-Fu Jesus’ catalog, his remarkable versatility is always on full display. His impressive instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting, and refreshing artistic prowess are undeniably alluring and captivating. Perhaps the best quality of his music is the almost frustrating inability to perfectly label and define it. At times the music resembles 70’s influenced rock-psychedelia— which then unexpectedly transforms into electronica —- then evolving into lush alternative —with the melodic and anthemic sensibility of a Pop legend. If that makes your head spin… good, I think that’s the sheer brilliance of it all.

His previous album “Celestial Gold” was met with wide-acclaim from critics and general-music lovers alike. Now, Kung-Fu Jesus has presented us with another musical masterpiece. ‘The Kantele Tapes’ was released under Rubber Taxi Records on the 7th August 2017. Watch for our detailed album review. This is definitely a release you shouldn’t miss out on!

Get an early taste of the album with “Shine a Light”: 

Be sure to support/like/follow Kung-Fu Jesus on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kungfujesusuk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/craigdoomsday

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rubber-taxi-records/kung-fu-jesus-the-kantele-tapes-album-taster

Label: https://www.rubbertaxirecords.com/home

Check out the new album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kantele-Tapes-KUNG-FU-JESUS/dp/B073R2FLRW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502129499&sr=8-1&keywords=kung+fu+jesus+the+kantele+tapes

Artist Spotlight: SPACE DIARIES

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the insanely talented pioneers of the “Space-Wave” genre, SPACE DIARIES.

SPACE DIARIES is based in Los Angeles and was founded by Eddie Olguin in 2015 (under the original name “Sunset”). The band was born out of deep frustration and an insatiable desire for change. In the year previous to the band’s inception, Eddie had grown increasingly disheartened by the so-called “band experience” due to the frustrations of trying to make it in the growing sea of independent artists in LA. After his last band broke up, Eddie found himself navigating through a turbulent period in his life. Eddie decided to use these turbulent times as fuel for his own music, and began writing therapeutically in order to purge himself of the trials and tribulations he was facing daily. After composing a large batch of material, Eddie set out to assemble the band. After Drummer Marty Witt (former bandmate and friend), Guitarist Raymond Lacsamana (answered an ad for the band), and Bassist Buwi Meneses (multi-platinum artist) joined the band, their lineup was officially complete.

SPACE DIARIES – the on-the-rise experimental music, “Space Wave” sensation, in my honest opinion, have the potential to evolve as one of the bands, whom I’d put amongst some of the most groundbreaking musical phenomenons.

This brilliant band not only acts as a unique innovator; but they also effectively channel their deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the experimental genre. Supporting their collective vision with their tools of artistic expression, rather that exploiting them as the gimmick they could easily become; SPACE DIARIES stands out among an overpopulated market as a fearless and honest band with a statement to make.

Check out their incredible live performance of “Space Cadets”:

The band spent the latter half of 2016 working on brand new material and developing their unique sound (which they coined as “Space-wave”).  In 2017 they went into the recording studio, with producer Joseph Holiday, and recorded their debut, self-titled, EP.

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The EP (which can be found on their SoundCloud) is quite a sonic experience. Somewhere within these complex and fastidiously crafted tracks there’s a magnificent injection of anthemic, yet haunting instrumental and vocal pieces and that conjure up dynamic feelings of hope, desperation, beauty, and longing. The spacey textures featured within the EP are lush, but not in the literal definition of the word; rather – in the very sound of the word.

The sonic landscape crafted within this album showcases a fusion of sound that feels incredibly spacious, well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on gorgeously shaped backdrops that add a dark, refreshingly organic quality to Their tracks. At times, focusing on minimalism, the band showcase their remarkable chemistry as each member’s sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy. They expand and meander in a flowing fashion, and sweep you in much like the dragging waves washing on the shore of a dark beach; at times these textures are effectively peppered by small intricacies, driving percussion, and soothing vocals.

This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for indie artists hoping to break through in the scene. The undefinable, unrelenting, ever-evolving SPACE DIARIES are almost guaranteed to continue their steady rise to prominence with the release of this insanely addictive EP.

Be sure to check out this wildly unique and groundbreaking EP: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Space_Diaries?id=Al2fqx5lda6csfv4oxohcdq5phm&hl=en

Make sure you support/like/follow SPACE DIARIES on:

Official: http://www.spacediaries.rocks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spacediaries.band/

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpaceDiaries

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/spacediaries

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