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Artist Spotlight: YUNG Chakra Indigo (Cleatis)

With independent recording continually growing more affordable and accessible than it ever has been; the industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and crowded with wannabes. Due to this, it is becoming ever-harder to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new hip-hop 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 — copy those whom are more successful than you.

YUNG Chakra Indigo (Cleatis for short) has fiercely rebelled against this current trend; creating something innovative and unique, yet entirely approachable and digestible.

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know this incredibly ambitious new artist, 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.

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 Cleatis naturally does so well. Upon discovering Cleatis, 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. This shines radiantly in his first official track entitled “Might Don’t Make it”.

Listen to “Might Don’t Make it” here: 

Not only has Cleatis 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 Cleatis’s tracksthat 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. Cleatis does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it.

This approach to songwriting naturally injects his music with integrity and honesty. His confidence in his own story, as well as his embrace of his own style allows his music to outshine the rest within the genre. His vulnerability in his songwriting makes it much more organic for the listener to connect with his songs on a personal level. These are qualities that are severely lacking within the current industry, and impressively, Cleatis has already figured it out as a relatively new artist on the scene.

With the newly released three-song EP “Potions”; Cleatis has already shown us his alluring versatility as an artist. This is even more remarkable given the fact that he 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 Cleatis. He has shown exceptional judgment in whom he chooses to work with. The production-work featured on each one of his tracks showcases an entirely unique style and technique.

It is rare that we are introduced to an independent artist that absolutely blows our minds; more so, upon their first fully-realized release. Cleatis is a refreshing exception. The audio production exhibited in the freshly released tracks is nothing short of spectacular, especially considering it is entirely independently produced. This is especially remarkable considering the beats themselves are incredibly dynamic and unrestrained. His flow is unstoppable, his delivery is inventive, and his style is undefinable. This is the type of artist that the industry desperately needs.

Listen to “Killlll” here: 

Cleatis 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 Cleatis’s debut tracklist will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners.

Check out “Soon” here: 

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, Cleatis has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout these early tracks. While Cleatis 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 taking the scene by storm!

Please be sure to like/share/follow Cleatis on:

Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/kaseem-gaines/sets/poison-ep

SongWhip Link: https://songwhip.com/artist/cleatis

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CleatisDaDude

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cleatisdadude

Email: kaseemgaines@gmail.com

Artist Spotlight: Deuce

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.

Deuce’s newest Single “Snapchat (feat. Rai P prod. by FM)” 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 here: 

This wildly versatile artist is based in Houston, Texas and recently linked up with well revered artist Rai P and Producer FM to put out yet another certified banger! 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 Deuce.

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released “Snapchat” 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 and melodic hook sections are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer

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.

The FIRE track is the perfect mood-setter. The track begins immediately with a sort of lush pad and dialogue opening up to a perfectly crafted beat. The hard hitting, unapologetic vocals enter immediately carrying venom and exuding confidence. 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. Deuce’s skillful production choice with FM and songwriting prowess are on full display here.

Deuce’s “Snapchat (feat. Rai P prod. by FM)” is a refreshingly unpredictable experience from beginning to end. This track oozes venom, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. 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 Deuce is almost guaranteed to continue his steady rise to prominence with the release of this brilliantly undefinable, yet insanely track.

Be sure to check out his other tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/htownbeast 

Deuce is simply an artist you CAN’T IGNORE! Be sure to support/like/share on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/htownbeast

Facebook: www.facebook.com/htownbeast

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/htownbeast/snapchat-ft-rai-p-prod-by-fm

Email: 713htownbeast@gmail.com

Artist Spotlight: Untitled Art

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the insanely inventive Untitled Art through their new ground-breaking experimental Single entitled, “Philly To Long Branch (part 2)”.

Untitled Art – the on-the-rise composers, artists, and experimental music sensations (consisting of Dave Sempier and James Linton), in my honest opinion, will evolve as one of those innovators, whom I’d put amongst some of the most groundbreaking musical masterminds.

These brilliant artists not only act as unique innovators; but also effectively channels their deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the experimental genre. Supporting their shared vision with their tools of artistic expression, rather than exploiting them as the gimmick they could easily become; Untitled Art stands out among an overpopulated market as a fearless and honest act with a story to tell. This duo is inspired by an incredibly diverse range of artists within the EDM, alternative, dark wave, electronic, industrial, gothic, and new wave genres. With regard to their music, this duo has effectively unleashed their wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned with style and flair —  and much like a mad scientist, have stirred ferociously until what has emerged is unrecognizable — an infectious monstrosity of delicious sound.  

Check out “Philly To Long Branch (part 2)”: 

It is an unfortunate reality in the world of music, crafted by today’s generation; that it seems 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 copy of a 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.

In a refreshing twist, this undeniably fearless and sonically ambitious musical duo is rebelling against this trend and quickly emerging as an experimental sensation. Untitled Art is quickly proving that with their provocative, unique, and highly unorthodox tunes; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity” and become something much more intimate and immersive.

Untitled Art‘s newest experimental Single “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula” is not simply a collection of electronica 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 EDM pieces with an expansive, encompassing, and immersive sound. The track also features ornery, engulfing sonic barrages of rhythmic sensibility and infectious vocal work.

Check out the wild “A Fighter’s Heart (Part 2)” 

Impressively, Somewhere within these complex and fastidiously crafted tracks there’s a magnificent injection of anthemic, yet indescribable instrumental and vocal pieces and that conjure up dynamic range of feelings and emotions. The electronic textures featured within each track are lush, but not in the literal definition of the word; rather – in the very sound of the word. The sonic landscape crafted within their growing catalog 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 their tracks. At times, momentarily focusing on minimalism, the 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; curiously, these textures are effectively peppered by small intricacies, experimental percussion, and infectious vocals.

Each sound within each track seems to memorably interfere in an oddly irregular, yet efficacious fashion. This first builds an almost perturbed monotony – a growing excitement and sense of anticipation for something to emerge which never fails to deliver.

Check out their cover of the Cure’s “Disintegration”: 

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

The audio production exhibited in the released Singles are 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 experimental vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer

Each mix is absolutely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. A truly arduous task for anyone defiantly accepting the challenge of being TRULY independent. This risk has undeniably paid off, as the tracks showcased here are alluringly fresh and entirely unique. The genre is brilliantly undefinable, with this duo sculpting their own self-defining soundscape and style.

Each new track 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. 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. This trend has infected almost every musical appendage and genre, whether it be commercially produced or independently released. The most unfortunate result of this trend is the stifling of musical ambition and the lack of innovation to set oneself apart in the industry.

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.

This is certainly NOT the case with the on-the-rise experimental sensation, Untitled Art.

With independent recording continually growing more affordable and accessible than it ever has been; the industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and fame-seekers. Due to this, it is becoming ever-harder 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 —- copy 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.

This is precisely what makes Untitled Art such remarkable and respectable artists.

Listening to Untitled Art’s back-catalog was truly an engaging and refreshingly unpredictable experience from beginning to end. Each track oozes independent integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. Not only are they polished and meticulously crafted, but they are sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. These releases are definitely trend-setters and set an unbelievably high standard for indie artists hoping to break through in the scene. The undefinable, unrelenting, ever-evolving Untitled Art is almost guaranteed to continue their steady rise to prominence with the release of this brilliantly undefinable, yet insanely addictive album.

Be sure to keep an eye on the duo as they prepare the release of their upcoming album “13”

Please support/share/like/follow Untitled Art on:

Bandcamp :: https://untitledart.bandcamp.com/track/philly-to-long-branch-part-2

SoundCloud (track is downloadable here) :: 

https://m.soundcloud.com/untitled_art/philly-to-long-branch-part-2

Twitter :: @UntitledDave

YouTube :: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=4s&v=zStjlOcw__0

Artist Spotlight: Seth Hilary Jackson

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly dynamic and talented Seth Hilary Jackson through his brilliant new album entitled “This One’s For You”.

Upon listening to the incredible intro track “You’re a Diamond”, it became undeniably evident that this artist is truly something special. It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music. Recently, 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.

Seth Hilary Jackson has effectively carved out a unique identity, while creating something addictive and entirely digestible.

To give a brief overview of Seth’s colorful past; after years of flirting with the idea of pursuing music exclusively, he left the corporate world and made the move from the East Coast to Los Angeles to study songwriting at the Grove School of Music. After completing the program, he started visiting Nashville, Tennessee on a regular basis and learning the craft of writing songs to pitch to country artists.  This led to his appointment as Coordinator for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Eventually, he expanded into writing pop music.

Impressively, dozens of Seth’s songs have been placed with recording artists and in film and TV. Several made the Top 10 on the European Country Music Association airplay charts with one hitting #1 and another reaching #2. His song, “X-Ray”, recorded by German pop band Hella Donna, made it to #20 in the world on the Music Worx deejay chart and was the #1 download. Seth received front-page news coverage and a Presidential invitation to the White House for his song, ‘Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis”, honoring a war hero who sacrificed his life to save his friends. Private McGinnis was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor, and the song was performed at the US Army reception following the Medal of Honor ceremony. This remains one of Seth’s proudest moments.

Seth Hilary Jackson’s “This One’s For You” showcases a sound that is refreshing and passionate, while the content of the music remains entirely relatable and hard hitting. Versatile vocals shine through alluring acoustic guitar-work, masterful lead electric guitar, while a wildly groovy rhythm section adds undeniable character to each track. This makes for a wildly diverse and lively musical experience. The artist not only acts as a unique innovator; but he also effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the country, folk, pop, rock, and alternative genres. To be more precise, Seth’s overall sound is an amazingly varied fusion of these aforementioned genres. It is almost as if he effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned it with style and flair —  and much like a mad scientist, stirred ferociously until what has emerged is unrecognizable — an infectious concoction of delicious sound.  Each song covers a range of topics from silly love songs to songs about personal struggles and social/political issues.

After making the commitment to write and independently produce his debut album, Seth admits, “As an independent artist, it was liberating to be able to choose the songs he loves without having to go through music industry middlemen and gatekeepers.” This gave him the freedom to choose a variety of material covering a long period of time, including songs written decades ago to ones written just days prior to going into the studio.

“Broken Promised Land” 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 acoustic guitar-work and engaging electric guitar, smooth bass, and driving percussion. The sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy while maintaining a strong driving beat. Seth really shows off his outstanding vocal abilities and remarkable songwriting skills.

Check out “Broken Promised Land”: 

Another immediate favorite, “If this Song”, utilizes a similar approach. The song is fantastically sequenced with each unique layer packing a distinct punch. Impressively, Somewhere within this ambitious and inventively crafted track there’s an amazing injection of anthemic and  powerful instrumental and vocal pieces and that flow in an alluring and seamless nature. The audio production is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained. Kudos to the production team behind this release. The infectious vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer.  It is a tireless listening experience and easily maintains your interest throughout. “Always Fighting” further builds upon this notion. With the powerful and effective backing of guitar, bass, and driving percussion; Seth proves that his vocal prowess is simply just one example of his many strong assets. Each vocal performance is authentic and memorable for his thoughtful lyrics.

“This One’s For You” is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent debut 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 acoustic-focused 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. Shying away from the typical clichés of the plethora of genres that he borrows inspiration from, Seth Hilary Jackson has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the album. He certainly veer away the indie folk/country genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience that feels entirely new and unpredictable. “This One’s For You” oozes with integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for artists hoping to break through into the scene.

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

Please support/like/share Seth Hilary Jackson on:

Official Website: www.sethhilaryjackson.com New album “This One’s For You” can be found here.

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

ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/sethhilary

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdKIXY9VoKtj630iGgzv_Zg

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2kf11pfCLLGdclCZj76Kvs

Indie Interview Series: YUNGSASUKEWITHtheBLADE

We recently had the opportunity to sit with the incredibly ambitious and insanely innovative singer/songwriter/rapper YUNGSASUKEWITHtheBLADE.

Yungsasukewiththeblade (or Sasuke for short) is quickly turning heads and earning praise in the Hip Hop/ Rap scene with his unique take on the genre. We were first introduced to Sasuke’s music through his newly released three-song conceptual playlist. We were so intrigued by the creativity and integrity showcased within the tracks, that we just had to learn more about this on-the-rise artist. 

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?

Answer: When producers send me beats I almost always listen first and hum or mumble some sort of melody or rhythm to get an idea of the flow I am going to use.

 

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

Answer: I actually have a few shows coming up, but honestly, I love the studio. It’s like a creative space that I get totally lost in.

 

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

Answer: I would choose either my biggest song, “wash”, or”yung”. Both songs were like definitive tracks. Before that, I wouldn’t even to much of the music I would release. Now, I bump all of my songs in the car. I also feel that most of my fans will feel the message behind both. “wash” is a personal cleanse, where I stopped making music for awhile to figure out just who I was when my past wasn’t looming over me. “yung”on the other hand, is a song dedicated to being young  and all of the trouble that came with for me.

 

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

Answer: Inovation to me is being yourself at all times. I went through a rough patch where I thought “I have to be the next Drake, Chance, or Kendrick.” Now I just am the best version of me I can be. My music is more personal and it has it’s own flavor. Instead of focusing on just one genre, I try to be as diverse as possible, which I feel will show on the two songs I have yet to release to complete my “wash.rinse.repeat” playlist. Those three songs are diverse. Innovate by showing people what you are capable of, not by what you can imitate.

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Answer: I have a huge list of singles coming. First, I am dropping “rinse” and “repeat”, which will finish my three song playlist. Those will drop within the next few days. Afterwards I have like a month of releases planned out, including “love me because i can’t love myself”, “Master Roshi”,  “Yessica’s Lullaby”,  “mariana don’t cry for me”, and “Hennessy in C Minor”.

 

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

Answer: Be sure to watch for updates and new exclusive tracks on:

Soundcloud- https://soundcloud.com/yungsasukewiththeblade

Instagram- @yungsasukewiththeblade

Twitter – @sasukegotblades

Facebook- https://m.facebook.com/yungsasukewiththeblade

Sasuke 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 Sasuke’s debut tracklist will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. We highly recommend you check this artist out!

 

Indie Interview Series: Lee N. Sage

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with on-the-rise indie-acoustic sensation Lee N. Sage.

Bobby LeSage is based in Detroit, Michigan and has been steadily gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly unique take on the indie-acoustic genre. We were first introduced to this artist through his infectious new self-titled EP. 

Check out the brilliant intro track here: 

We were so impressed by the creativity and confidence showcased on the new EP, that we wanted had to learn more about this stellar artist. Lee N. Sage 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?

Lee N. Sage: For the most part, in terms of structure, I prefer taking the approach of coming up with the rhythm/beat before anything else. Trying to get the basic skeleton of the song down first, as far as the verse(s), pre-chorus, chorus and bridge go. Once I figure out the instrumental portion of the song, the melody for the vocals usually comes together organically and then I’ll start writing lyrics, coming up with a story. Although as we all know music is interpretive, so if an idea or type of inspirational flow strikes for any part of a song I’m working on, I’ll simply run with it. 

 

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

Lee N. Sage: Absolutely – anytime an opportunity presents itself, I’m all over it. There’s no better high than being up there and performing in front of people. I mean, nerves are always going to be there, but that simply means you’re ready and well prepared. Not to mention this is the first time I’ve gone off on my own as a musician, so it’s all a bit new still. But, regardless the studio atmosphere is always more comfortable, getting lost in the recording process is beyond relaxing, time becomes irrelevant.

 

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

Lee N. Sage: This is a hard question, because perception is everything. How I view these songs in terms of rank and order, are vastly different than other people I’ve talked to the last few months that’ve listened to my music. But, I’d pick “Pastures”.  To me it has that complete warm feeling to it, layered with it’s own story of where I was and doing at that point in time.

Check out “Pastures”: 

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

Lee N. Sage: Don’t pay attention to what other people are writing, focus on your own sound, let your influences come in to play. Being original as possible of course is always the goal, but don’t force it. Don’t “work on it”, let things happen naturally. If you’re consistently playing and honing your craft the songs will inevitably come. The moment you start to try, is the moment you strain your creativity and in turn trap yourself.

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

Lee N. Sage: Yes, indeed. I’m working on my second E.P. now and hope to get that finished as soon as possible, perhaps by early next year. For now, playing more shows as much as I’m able. A tour would be nice though!

 

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

Lee N. Sage: Yup, you can find all my music streaming on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, Soundcloud, bandcamp, Deezer, etc. I’m also on Twitter (@leensage) and Facebook (@leensagemusic). Connect with me!

Thank you again for the interview, this was awesome! Appreciate you folks more than you can fathom.

 


 

Lee N. Sage 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. We can definitely see this artist continuing his rise and becoming a household name, while inspiring a new generation of independent artists. Sage’s self-titled EP is a MUST LISTEN!

Be sure to support/like/follow Lee N. Sage on:

Facebook: facebook.com/leensagemusic

Twitter: twitter.com/leensage

Pandora: pandora.com/lee-n-sage/lee-n-sage-ep

iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/lee-n.-sage-ep/id1166746626  

Spotify: play.spotify.com/album/3n4xtQXLooQXEHjvHHosuK?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

What We’re Spinning (Independent Shoutout): Ignore the Elephant


What We’re Spinning: Ignore the Elephant’s “Wish I Was Dead”

We recently received a press release regarding the release of Swedish indie pop-rock band Ignore the Elephant’s new video for the Single entitled “Wish I was Dead”. We were immediately impressed by the high production value, and the infectious melody contained in the Single.

While the indie pop-rock market is heavily saturated with hopeful bands trying to break through, Ignore the Elephant successfully sets themselves apart with the release of the new Single. Showcasing a natural talent for songwriting and arrangement, the band deserves recognition for the pop-rock anthem “Wish I was Dead”. Stellar production and a coherent/developed image further drives the music into mainstream and commercial territory.

You can check out the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GiCPqyIQAA

Be sure to leave a comment and like!

-JK-

What We’re Spinning (Independent Shoutout): Kind at Heart

What We’re Spinning: Kindatheart’s “Perception” EP

We had the chance to talk with the very talented band Kindatheart, whom we were introduced to through their EP “Perception”. You can check it out here:

https://kindatheart.bandcamp.com/releases

Jack Scheffler (Vocalist, lyricist, rhythm guitar) formed Kindatheart back in February of 2015. it started out as a solo project in his apartment and grew into a full band that is now Kindatheart. With Rachel Mathson (vocals), Trey Ortiz (drums, percussion), and Jessica Fabre-Perry (bassist), this indie pop rock band has now played over 40 shows in Austin, Tx and doesn’t pan on stopping there. You can also find the featured on Alexrainbirds October playlist on iTunes and Spotify.

Kindatheart plans to record a full album in the next year, so get ready!

Find out more about this awesome band here:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Kindatheartband/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kindatheartband

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

-JV-

Artist Spotlight: Phillip Foxley

Rocker Phillip Foxley has been going strong since the 70’s, and he certainly hasn’t lost even a little bit of that flicker and flair that made him such a recognizable force in the underground rock scene.

This remarkable songwriter/guitarist is based in the UK, but his music has reached listeners from all around the globe. Phillip first picked up a guitar in the 1970’s, and began building notoriety while playing various clubs and bars. Eventually, he found himself participating in studio sessions, playing in house bands, and composing music for TV and film soundtracks.

It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music crafted by today’s generation. 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 integrity, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy copy of a copy Singles. This trend has infected almost every musical appendage and genre, whether it be commercially produced or independently released. The most unfortunate result of this trend is the stifling of musical ambition and the lack of innovation to set oneself apart in the industry.

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.

Phillip Foxley effectively rebels against this trend with his debut release.

In Phillip’s debut album “I’ll Try ‘Till I Die”, his approach is refreshingly vintage-inspired and passionate, while his music remains curiously relatable and hard hitting. Emotive vocals shine through searing guitar riffs, bluesy bass-lines, and a wildly groovy rhythm section; making for a diverse and lively musical experience. Phillip’s overall sound is an amazingly varied fusion of Alternative Indie, Garage Rock, Blues, and good old-fashioned Rock & Roll.  Phillip brilliantly combines his wide-spanning influences while maintaining effective and impactful songwriting. “It’s Up to Us!” acts the perfect opener, effectively containing a satisfying blend of all the album has to offer. 

Check out “It’s Up to Us!”: 

Listeners are taken on a sonic journey through a broad spectrum of Classic Rock & Roll that pays homage to such revered artists as Snowy White, David Gilmour, Mick Ronson, Leslie West, Gary Moore; all while adding an entirely unique self-defining twist. Blues track “The Place” is a great example of the variation in style you can expect within the album.

Phillip Foxley has proven  that with his addictive, passionate, and highly engaging tunes; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity”, and become something much more intimate and memorable. Each track featured on the album is fantastically arranged in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains undeniable style and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and add undeniable character to the track. Phillip consistently surprises and impresses with his guitar-work  and displays a strong understanding of what makes the Rock genre so distinct. With the powerful and effective backing of keyboards, bass, and driving percussion; Foxley proves that his instrumental ability is simply just one example of his many strong assets. Each vocal performance is authentic and memorable for the thoughtful lyrics. Foxley describes the album as his “musical life story”, and tracks like “I Don’t Want to Go!” and “Seize the Day!” capture this sentiment perfectly. As Foxley further explains, “Every track on this album means so much and every note is from my very soul”. 

“Straight from the Heart” 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 electrified guitar-work, outstanding saxophone, and relaxed percussion. The sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy, allowing you get completely  lost in the incredible music.

Another immediate favorite, “I Don’t Mind”, utilizes a similar approach (this time incorporating female guest vocals). Impressively, Somewhere within this inventively crafted track there’s an amazing injection of anthemic and powerful instrumental and vocal pieces and that flow in an alluring and seamless nature. By the time we get to the end of the album, the audio production is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained. The infectious vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer.  It is a tireless listening experience and easily maintains your interest throughout.

“I’ll Try ‘Till I Die” is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent debut 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 Rock 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. Shying away from the typical clichés of the plethora of genres that he borrows inspiration from, Phillip Foxley has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout the album. He certainly veers away from Rock genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience feels entirely new and unpredictable. “I’ll Try ‘Till I Die” oozes with integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for indie artists hoping to break through in the scene.

Phillip Foxley 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. We can only hope that his music influences a new generation of independent artists and inspires a return to what made music something special. “I’ll Try ‘Till I Die” is a MUST LISTEN! 

This album is available for purchase and streaming on: https://phillipfoxley.bandcamp.com/releases 

Be sure to support/like/follow Phillip Foxley on:

Official: http://www.ptfoxley.co.uk/

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

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/phillip-foxley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/foxleyinfo

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What We’re Spinning (Independent Shoutout)

What We’re Spinning: Paliki’s “Tension”

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We recently received a copy of Paliki’s first Single, “Tension”,  off of their upcoming album entitled ‘Radioornot’. Upon first listen, it was clear that this Indie Rock band carries quite a punch. Besides the raw dance-rock energy of the track itself, we were highly amused by their nearly seizure inducing supporting music video. Check it out for yourselves below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRo09CWGoVs&feature=youtu.be

 

Paliki is a fresh-sounding “post-wave” indie rock band based in Italy. The bandis the brainchild and pet project of frontman Mariano Felisio. The band takes its name from the peninsula on the Greek island of Kefalonia, and draws inspiration from a unique clash of wilderness , beauty, and abandonment that the island represents.

This isn’t Felisio’s first musical endeavor. His former band, Lads Who Lunch, which has now formally disbanded, enjoyed modest success and toured nationally. After the the disintegration of Lads Who Lunch, Mariano took years to conceptualize what has now become Paliki. Inspired by the ambitions of some of his post-punk heroes, he decided to play, record and produce every sound on what was to become his debut album; making Felisio the only official member of the project.

Judging by the talent showcased in first Single; we are eagerly awaiting to see what Felisio has up his sleeve for the full-length album.

-JK-

 

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