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Artist Spotlight: Aura Blaze

What We’re Spinning: Aura Blaze

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Infusing the timeless vibes of the ‘60s and ‘70s with this one man band we had the pleasure of chatting with, Aura Blaze. With his self-titled album, get ready to lay back and enjoy the sweet sound of this New Jersey psychedelic rock act with a groovy feel.

With soaring guitars, lush vocal harmonies, swirling organs, and epic orchestral passages, Rhode Rachel, a multi-instrumentalist created Aura Blaze, a psychedelic rock project that came up from Lebanon Township in New Jersey. This project brings you back to a simpler time when there were less distractions.

Aura Blaze is featured on “Psych Box”, a compilation through Cleopatra Records along with other legends in the same scene. Rhode Rachel plans to release in Fall of this year to followup 2015’s self-titled album.

Pink Floyd would be proud. Even Syd Barrett. Along with The Doors and many of the greats of the era. Check out more from Aura Blaze here:

Website: http://www.aurablazemusic.BlogSpot.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aurablazemusic

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aurablazemusic

Also over 60,000 Touchtune jukeboxes across the United States.

-JV-

Artist Spotlight: Joey Britton

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly dynamic indie artist Joey Britton through his brilliant new album entitled “Edmonton Sessions”.

Upon listening to the brilliant intro track “Forever Young”, it became undeniably evident that this artist is truly something special. It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music where 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 uncomfortably apparent that the main driving force  behind many new “artists” entering the industry is simply a thirst for fame and money.

Joey Britton has effectively carved out a unique identity, while creating something addictive and entirely digestible.

Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records. Joey Britton’s “Edmonton Sessions” 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 and engaging piano, while  groovy rhythm and lead sections add undeniable character to each track. This makes for a wildly diverse and lively musical experience. This 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 indie acoustic genre. The artist’s overall sound is an amazingly varied fusion of genres. It is almost as if this artist 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 monstrosity of delicious sound.  

Single “Saving Grace” 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 fingerpicked acoustic guitar-work, engaging percussion, smooth bass, driving electric guitars, and evolving pads. The sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy while maintaining a strong driving beat. Joey really shows off his outstanding vocal abilities and remarkable songwriting skills, while flexing his incredible arranging expertise.

Check out “Saving Grace”: 

Another immediate favorite, “Stay Here”, 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 incredibly 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. Personal favorite, “Fly Away”, further builds upon this notion. With the powerful and effective backing of guitar, bass, and driving percussion; Joey proves that his vocal prowess is simply just one example of the artist’s many strong assets. Each vocal performance is authentic and memorable for his thoughtful lyrics.

Check out “Fly Away”: 

“Edmonton Sessions” 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 indie 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, Joey Britton has a remarkably unique style and sound which they maintains throughout the album. He certainly veers away the indie acoustic genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience that feels entirely new and unpredictable. “Edmonton Sessions” 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!

Stream the album here: https://soundcloud.com/joeybritton/sets/edmonton-sessions

Please support/like/share Joey Britton on:

Official: http://www.joeybritton.com

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/edmonton-sessions/id1290373114?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joeybrittonmusic

IG: http://www.instagram.com/joeybrittonmusic

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2JStmq2ZV3lZAvWukONcT0

Artist Spotlight: Blow Flyy

Recently, it seems like every new rapper or Hip Hop artist 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 BLOW FLYY 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 BLOW FLYY 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 BLOW FLYY’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. BLOW FLYY does neither, he has embraced his own personal identity and has made no apologies for it. Blow Flyy is based out of out of Toronto, Canada and grew up writing poetry based around themes of inspiration, love, and happiness. All of his lyrics are rooted in real life stories of things that he sees around him, experienced and dealing with. Blow Flyy brilliantly combines his clever lyricism with his passion for making music, resulting in his own unique form and flow that blends elements of rap, r&b, and pop music.

Check out Flyy’s newest Single: 

Listening to his newest Single “We Both Dreamers” was truly an engaging and refreshing experience from beginning to end. The 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 Hip Hop/Rap artists hoping to break through in the scene.

BLOW FLYY 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 BLOW FLYY’s newest Single will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners.

Its 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, BLOW FLYY has a remarkably unique style and sound which he maintains throughout his tracks. While BLOW FLYY 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 is definitely an artist you CAN’T IGNORE!

Be sure to follow Blow Flyy on:

NoiseTrade: http://noisetrade.com/blowflyy

AudioMack: https://www.audiomack.com/artist/blow-flyy

Orfium: https://www.orfium.com/profile/blow_flyy

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

IG: https://www.instagram.com/blow_flyy/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BLOW_FLYY

Google: https://plus.google.com/+BLOWFLYYToronto

Artist Spotlight: Hamid Sami

We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly inventive Hamid Sami through his new groundbreaking experimental instrumentals.

Hamid Sami – the on-the-rise composer, artist, multi-instrumentalist (and now, experimental music sensation) in my honest opinion, will evolve as one of those artists, whom I’d put amongst some of the most groundbreaking musical masterminds. Sami is based in Tehran, Iran and is certainly no stranger to the music industry. You may already be familiar with some of this artist’s previous revered work. Aside from his work as a solo-artist, Sami founded and fronted the acclaimed Experimental Rock project “Telecraze” in 2010. “Telecraze” is worth an entire feature of its own for the band’s wonderfully innovative approach to the Rock genre.

Check out “Brand New Sky” by Telecraze here: 

This brilliant composer not only acts as a unique innovator; but also effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the experimental genre. Supporting his vision with his tools of artistic expression, rather that exploiting them as the gimmick they could easily become; Sami stands out among an overpopulated market as a ferociously unique and undeniably talented artist.

It is impressive to note that Sami worked with celebrated Director Jon Meyer, and had his track “Cold Joy” featured in his documentary entitled “Thanks for Checking in”. The Documentary went on to win the platinum award “Mindifeld Award L.A.” for Best Documentary in 2017.

Check out the Documentary here: 

Sami‘s new experimental tracks featured on his SoundCloud are not simply a collection of avant-garde pieces per se – certainly not in a strict or literal sense. Rather, they are comprised of a large fraction of remarkably accessible, emotive, and moving ambient pieces with an expansive, encompassing, and immersive sound. “Cold Joy” effectively evokes a feeling of isolation, met with a feeling of near dread and longing. The ambient strings vibrate with an uneasy tone, and the careless striking of piano keys further adds to this almost dissociative experience. In “Wrong Wrights” the moody piano carries the track ever-forward into the abyss, while mellow bass and ambient percussion only furthers the unsettling atmosphere. Each track uniquely shines with its own distinct characteristics; creating an uncompromisingly dense and absorbing atmosphere that draws the listener into a menacing, yet gorgeous world of keys, strings, brass, and dark ambient percussion.

Listen to “Cold Joy”: https://soundcloud.com/hamid-sami/wrong-rights-2 

Each mix is absolutely stunning, with each alluring 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 Sami sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style.

Listen to “Wrong Wrights”https://soundcloud.com/hamid-sami/cold-joy/s-r9CUE 

Impressively, Somewhere within these complex and fastidiously crafted tracks there’s a magnificent injection of moody and haunting melodies that conjure up dynamic feelings of loss, desperation, beauty, and isolation. The textures featured within each track are lush, but not in the literal definition of the word; rather – in the very sound of the word. Each track showcases a fusion of sound that feels intimately roomy, well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on gorgeously shaped percussive backdrops that add a dark, refreshingly organic quality to his tracks. At times, 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.

Listening through Hamid Sami’s tracks was truly an engaging and refreshingly unpredictable experience from beginning to end. Each track oozes with musical ambition and fearless creativity. This undefinable, unrelenting, ever-evolving artist is almost guaranteed to continue his steady rise to prominence.

Artist Spotlight: Stone Mob

Stone Mob’s instrumental masterpiece “Galaxy” in the words of up and coming guitar hero Blaine Kaltman 

by Amanda Epstein 

If you’re wondering why Stone Mob’s guitarist Blaine Kaltman is known as The Shred Master General all you have to do is listen to any of their songs which are defined by innovative guitar riffs, incredible fills, and face melting yet undeniably catchy solos.   But if you really want to hear Kaltman pulling out all the stops, listen to Stone Mob’s instrumental “Galaxy.” 

Check out the official video for Stone Mob’s “Galaxy”: 

It is a tour de force of various extremely difficult guitar techniques, blinding speed, creativity, and sheer virtuosity.  And, all the more amazing, it’s played acoustic without the aid of distortion or effects.  This is a departure from Stone Mob’s usual brand of super heavy fun rock which assaults the eardrums and commands you to party.   And while we missed the hard driving beats and handsome wild man Doug Masterson’s all-powerful vocals, “Galaxy” deserves recognition as, if nothing else, a triumph of musicianship.  Like instrumental masterpiece’s preceding his- Van Halen’s “Spanish Fly” and Yingwie’s “Black Star” come to mind- Kaltman has once again reset the bar for what is possible on the guitar.  I asked The Shred Master General himself what was the inspiration behind this mind- and string bending unique piece of music. 

Here is his reply:

“I’m a big fan of Neil Degrasse Tyson- he’s sort of the rock star of astrophysics-  and he said we are composed of the same atoms that stars are made of, and those atoms came from other stars.  In other words, we are quite literally stardust.   And music, at least on earth, being the universal language- I mean, how could Stone Mob not write a song called “Galaxy?”  Although what you’re hearing is not the original.  I had been tinkering with this alternate picking arpeggio lick for months- so much that I felt it was a song in itself, albeit a 30 second one.  So, I played it as a concept in the studio one day and Wil (David) and Doug were both like “No dude, you are not putting that on the album.”  They just both felt I could do better.  Wil felt I wasn’t using enough varied techniques.   In fact, when I finished he kinda stared at me for a minute and then asked “OK so…where’s the tapping?”  Doug felt the same way, suggesting I take a bunch of my tricks and throw them all together into one song.  Ultimately that’s what I did and I think it worked because we were trying to capture the chaos and order of the universe.  Changing time signatures and bouncing from one style to another create chaos within Galaxy.  But within that chaos are mathematical constructs which I tried to illustrate through scales and repeating patterns.   The more we learn about the universe the more we realize how little we actually know.  To tell the truth I feel the same way about music.   And just like the universe music is full of patterns and chaos- sometimes the chaos occurs within the patterns, sometimes the patterns exist within the chaos.   And in the end just because we perceive a pattern in our effort to make order out of something chaotic doesn’t mean it is there.  Just as something may appear illogical to our myopic perspective- but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a pattern. It just may be we have yet to comprehend it. “

All we have yet to comprehend is how Kaltman can move his fingers like that on the fretboard.  Check out the video for Stone Mob’s “Galaxy” and other Stone Mob songs on YouTube.  And be sure to follow Stone Mob on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stonemobrising 

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

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

Official: http://stonemobrising.com/ 

Indie Interview Series: Mary Ann Caneba

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

Mary Ann Caneba is based in the town of Keweenaw, in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, USA, but her groundbreaking and alluring work has gained a remarkable interest across the globe. This artist will almost certainly continue her rise with the recent release of her groundbreaking new album “Maybe Tomorrow”. 

We were so impressed by the creativity and thoughtfulness showcased within her newest album, that we just had to learn more about this incredible artist. Mary 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?

MaryThe song idea and rough lyrics usually come first since I aim to deliver a message with every song. Then the melody is developed hand in hand with revisions on the lyrics until they are tightly woven. The beats also become obvious and inevitable during this time, as a result of the phrasing and syllabication of the lyrics. Since most of my songs are of the multi-genre, easy listening variety, achieving a particular beat is not a main objective at the start of my songwriting process.

 

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

MaryIf the opportunity presents itself soon enough, I might muster the courage to perform live, if only to get my music out to an audience. I released my debut album in 2016, so I am relatively new and a complete unknown to the industry. I feel more comfortable and content performing in a recording studio for now.

 

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

Mary:

My songs reflect the gleanings of one aged 50-plus, in an effort to stay relevant with current times and to augment the nostalgic music of one’s younger days. Not knowing anything else about the new listener and what will move him/her and considering that my songs are of varying themes, it’s difficult to pick just one song. I have other favorites in my first album as well. But from my second album I’ll have to pick two. First, the song, Maybe Tomorrow, because it is an inspiring song about something we all have experienced or might experience sometime in our life – illness and despair.  Second, the song, I Now Kiss the Day, Goodnight, because it is a feel-good preparation for sleep which is something we all desire. The song is a unique contemporary lullaby celebrating the day just about to be over, the night now here, and the next day to come. It lends nicely to end celebrations and events, and to sign-offs of mass media broadcasts. Furthermore, these songs are relatively shorter than most of my songs (only 4-5 min long), and well arranged in my opinion. Lastly, since I have a deep personal connection to them, I can likely render them justice even in a live performance, in case I am fortunate to be given that chance soon enough.

 

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

Mary:

To a singer/songwriter, being “innovative” is being able to write, arrange, and render one’s own songs. Being innovative is being able to tread uncharted waters in order to create, fill, and promote one’s own unique niche even in a field so crowded, such that getting heard becomes a possibility and not an exception. Speaking only from my viewpoint as an unknown inexperienced artist, I would say that it would take some basic know-how, a creative inclination, and a determination with the hide of an elephant to create, to fill, and to promote that niche. Innovation is embodied in the originality of the music, in the subject matter of the lyrics, in the robustness of the arrangements, and in the unorthodox approaches in promoting the product. Inventiveness is a driving force in me from how I try to find solutions despite meager means in many aspects of my life including music. I know some basic music theory and I have had engineering and business exposure. Not affording the luxury of a band of real instrumentalists to render my arrangements, I use virtual instruments, a technological innovation open to anyone. Even though they could not replicate the camaraderie of a real band, I am content just being able to concentrate on creating music that is limited only by my imagination, the depth of the voices calling out from my heart, and the strength of my lungs through my vocal chords.  The result, being able to create a completed original product to fill my niche, is now within my means.

 

Any upcoming release or tour your way?

MaryMy goal is to release one album or several singles at least every year while I still can. Most likely my 3rd album or several singles will come out sometime in Spring or early Summer 2018.

There are no tours coming my way and I have already accepted that fate. In fact I have devoted a whole page (Virtual Tour) about this predicament in my website. Being able to send my message through musical recordings to others willing to listen is blessing enough.

 

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

Mary: One can read my artist bio, my virtual tour page, and view 90-second nature video clips of each song at my newly created free wix website:

                 www.maryanncaneba1.wixsite.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Please give it a visit and if you like the music, kindly help me spread the word.


Mary Caneba is an artist that you simply CAN’T IGNORE!

Be sure to support/like/follow Mary Ann Caneba on:

Official: http://www.maryanncaneba1.wixsite.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fiftyplusinfinity

Artist Spotlight: Aaron Avanish

We recently had the pleasure of listening to on-the-rise singer/songwriter and outstanding artist Aaron Avanish. We were introduced to Aaron through his Soulful and Rock-infused EP “Love”. 

Aaron Avanish’s music can best be described as a brilliantly crafted blend of Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, Reggae and Folk music. As showcased in his newest EP “Love”, Aaron has an almost uncanny ability to seamlessly combine all of his influences into something that feels entirely fresh and unique.

Listen to “Love” here:

Musically, Aaron Avanish has effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned it with his own distinct style and flair and stirred ferociously until something entirely new has emerged — an infectious blend of incredible, emotive sound. It is impressive to note that Aaron has taken on the undeniable challenge of being FULLY independent. What I mean by this is that this remarkable artist has taken on the duties of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, AND producer. The audio production exhibited in the freshly released EP is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is incredibly dynamic and unrestrained; we imagine this must have been very challenging to mix. Each sound within the EP is uniquely stunning, with each sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. Aaron’ musical prowess shines brilliantly on this EP, with this artist quickly proving that he is a wildly talented singer, multi-instrumentalist, and an incredibly accomplished producer. 

In Aaron’s impressive new EP, his remarkable versatility is on full display. The impressive accompanying instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting are undeniably alluring and captivating. His soothing vocal prowess draws you into an authentic and emotional sonic journey. This is a perfect example of what sets his music apart; it has an incredibly organic and soulful aspect to it that feels as if the music is living and breathing and evolving with every second.

The EP progresses by effectively falling back and forth between melodic and calm sections, and spirited dynamic sections. The EP is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and infuse wonderful personality into each song.

Aaron really showcases his vocal prowess and displays a strong command of infectious vocal melodies. With the strong and effective backing of electric guitar, bass, and engaging percussion; Aaron proves that his voice may just be one his strongest assets. His vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response with the delivery of each relatable line. His songwriting style is remarkable and clever, and each single track is an irresistibly catchy anthem that will be sure to get stuck in your head and have you singing along.

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.

Aaron Avanish is a refreshing exception, quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and emotionally authentic style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity”, becoming something much more intimate and immersive. His music feels much more like an “experience” than a product. 

Listening to Aaron Avanish’s “Love” was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. The EP differs from most newer indie releases in that it effortlessly flows with integrity, honesty, and emotional awareness. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. I definitely see this artist climbing the ranks and becoming a household name. Not only does he have the ability to craft infectious melodies, but he does so with a remarkably unique blending of genres and evident care for messaging and content. We can’t wait to see what this artist does next!

Be Sure to support/like/follow Aaron Avanish on:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aaronavanish 

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/aaron-avanish

Official: http://aaronavanish.com/sitio/

Apple music: https://itunes.apple.com/mz/artist/aaron-avanish/id965866502

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4wAancl63iJchhGLKcdaJ6


Artist Spotlight: Jeff Dean

While Summer is still blazing, Jeff Dean comes with another hot single called “T.K.O. (Ft: La’Britney)” that will be setting dance floors on FIRE. The Single sets an incredible new standard for all new coming Hip Hip/R&B-inspired artists.

Listen here: 

The audio production exhibited in the freshly released “T.K.O. (Ft: La’Britney)” is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is ferociously dynamic and unrestrained. The soundscapes are masterfully complex and unrelenting, the melodic vocal sections are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer. Everything about the Single is absolutely stunning, with each complex sonic layer given space to breath and evolve. The genre is brilliantly undefinable, with Jeff Dean sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style.

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 entitled opens as the perfect mood-setter. The hard hitting, unapologetic vocals enter immediately carrying emotion 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. Grammy Nominated Producers and Songwriters “Yonni Fairchild” (Missy Elliot, Fergie, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, Trey Songz ,etc.), “APLUS” (Justin Bieber, JLo, Beyonce, Teyana Taylor, etc.) and Marcus Mims skillful production work and songwriting prowess are on full display here.

Behind the Scenes: 

Jeff Dean’s “T.K.O. (Ft: La’Britney)” is definitely going to take the scene by storm. This track oozes venom, musical ambition, and confidence. 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 rival artists hoping to break through in the scene.

The unrelenting, ever-evolving Jeff Dean is almost guaranteed to continue his steady rise to prominence with the release of this insanely infectious track.

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

Jeff Dean is simply an artist you CAN’T IGNORE!

Be sure to support/like/share on:

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

Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/jeffdeanmusic/tko-ft-labritney-explicit

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/0SfyUDSaaNmV2MReR8AGtP?si=psMoDaUR3)

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

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jeffdeanmusic

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: Jimi Wasabe

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the newly debuted multi-talented artist, Jimi Wasabe.

Jimi Wasabe is an on-the-rise musician based in Toronto, Canada. This artist will almost certainly be gaining exposure and increased visibility for his incredibly versatile brand of soul-infused music. We were first introduced to Jimi through the amazing new Single entitled “Far N Away”. 

Check out the incredible new Single here: https://soundcloud.com/jimiwasabe/far-n-away

We were so impressed by the creativity and honesty showcased within his debut Single, that we wanted had to learn more about this stellar artist. Jimi 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?

Jimi Wasabe: The idea of the tune comes first, then it evolves to how it sounds now while putting the right lyrics in.

 

 

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

Jimi Wasabe:  I’ve been performing live for 10 years give and take, with different genre of bands but mostly just me and Diego (my guitar). It is rewarding to play live, that is the time to share to the world how it feels to be in my world with my music.

 

Check out his incredible performance of “Bakit ba Ganyan”: 

 

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

Jimi Wasabe: I would pick “Far N Away” because for me it sounds like Soulful Pop sprinkled with Jazzy tunes on a Funky strumming  Acoustic guitar.

 

 

What does it take to be “innovative” in music

Jimi Wasabe: Detach yourself from reality and be in the song itself.  Just follow where the tune would lead you while taking notes of the experiences then go back to reality and tell the story in the form of a song.


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 Jimi Wasabe on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimi.wasabe/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimiwasabe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXOB05aBdQT/?taken-by=jimiwasabe

Bandcamp: https://jimiwasabe.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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