The global rising star that is Alex Sparrow is on a seemingly unstoppable trajectory of success and earth staggering talent.
It’s a rare find in the entertainment business to see one individual not only engage in, but conquer, a plethora of fields – recording artist, musician, composer, producer, arranger, actor, director, screenwriter. Alex’s credits are nothing short of mind-blowing.
Born in Russia and raised in the family of Austrian Baron Alexis von Gecmen-Waldek, Sparrow’s early training included Moscow Jazz College, followed by Moscow Art Theatre Studio School (MHAT). His dedication to his all-round craft saw him add ‘professional stuntman’ to his name through his study at Mosfilm Studios. Already a multi-instrumentalist and skilled in dancing in a myriad of styles, Alex was committed to further development and excellence in the film world. In his new home of L.A, he completed both Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop and studied at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio.
Truckloads of natural ability fostered with endless hard work certainly paid off. Amongst some of his most impressive mainstream achievements, Sparrow’s respective wins of “X-factor’, ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and twice Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards as ‘Favourite Actor’ surely put him in a stand out category of his own. And if that wasn’t enough, his music video “She’s Crazy But She’s Mine” (written, performed, directed and starring Alex himself) quickly going viral across the globe, now boasts more than 600 million views on Facebook, and 300 million plus on YouTube.
Perhaps it’s this gifted Eastern European’s accomplishments in film that have earned him the most critical acclaim. A three-time ‘Best Score Award’ winner and several acting gongs, Alex composed the music for the European co-produced film “The House of Others”, a multiple award winning post-war drama that was a Georgian Oscars and Golden Globe entry in 2017, also receiving the most prestigious US Spotlight Award and Satellite Award. Having over 30 Russian and European films under his belt, Alex also stars in the new third and fourth season of popular American series UNREAL on Lifetime Channel.
This April Fool’s Day, Alex is set to unleash his ‘Fools in Love’ comedic and hook-filled bundle – three tracks, three videos – creating and producing all audio/visual components himself. He exemplifies yet again what could be called a ’triple threat’; mastery in music, dance and film.
With that fierce imagination, anything-is-possible attitude and boundless capabilities to turn captivating ideas into reality on any medium, there’s no telling what Alex Sparrow will do next.
K KOKE – ON REMAND FT. DAPPY
LABEL: USG ENTERTAINMENT | RELEASE: 30/03/18
Seminal UK Rapper K Koke is set to release a 6 track EP ‘FFF Prison’ and has just dropped the first taste of it live on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra with DJ Charlie Sloth to a tune of 5 wheel ups.
Featuring Dappy, ‘On Remand’ lays bare the frustrations and emotions of a man wrongly accused and subjected to time behind bars without bail. The realities of missing key moments in his children’s lives and seeing loved ones lives upturned all come to the forefront in the moving and honest account of this very public period in Koke’s life.
Set to be available from Friday across all stores, alongside the pre-release of the entire EP, the record has already sparked major interest with fans, as both Koke and Dappy took to their Instagram accounts to drop images of them together at the video shoot, making them eager to find out more. Upon Koke then heading in to BBC Broadcasting House to announce the release of his EP and let Charlie play the record on the airwaves for the first time, Twitter exploded in a flurry of excitement as DJ’s and fans instantly started requesting to hear the record again.
Added to the selection of the 5 other tracks, the EP becomes a musical journey and lyrical exploration of Koke’s time behind bars, which shrouded a major time in his career with a dark shadow and controversy that was ignited by the media and caused worldwide interest in his story.
Finally able to tackle all angles surrounding this period of his life and speak freely, honestly and emotionally about them, Koke enlists UK favourites Maverick Sabre, Dappy, Big French and Angel on the records to deliver a varying tone and pace that provide a marked and personal account of his emotions and situations, both inside and outside of prison.
Once again set to cause a furore, his undeniable talent has clearly been stirred as he ramps up the intensity of his craft with a matured and seasoned lyricism and delivery, that seize the interest of both the hardened rap fan already familiar with his story, and those yet to make the discovery of the exceptional rap talents of K Koke.
My name is Mick J Clark, I am a singer/songwriter who plays guitar, drums and keyboards. I have written over 50 songs and I have released three albums on The New Atlantic Records label, called ‘Notes One’, ‘Notes Two’ and ‘Notes Three. There are 12 songs on each album, Pop, Rock, Ballads, Country and Latin, which were released in 2014, and15. Hopefully my personality comes through in my songs, fun, emotional, rebellious, amusing and all of them heartfelt. I also have a Christmas E.P. out called ‘Mick’s Christmas Mix’, and I also have two songs on a Christmas Album called ‘The Indie Christmas Album’. Also this year I have two songs on a Summer Album called ‘Strictly Summer’ from the UK’s New Atlantic Records.
2018 marks the beginning of yet another era in Angra’s history.
At age 26, the band shows motivation and strength like never before. Not even the sometimes uncertain trajectory was able to take away the focus, determination and inspiration of the quintet led – and founded – by Rafael Bittencourt, and formed by Felipe Andreoli (bass), Fabio Lione (vocals), Marcelo Barbosa (guitar) and Bruno Valverde (drums).
“ØMNI” is Angra’s 9th studio album, the result of months of intense dedication, blood and sweat. It will be released on February 16th, 2018 on earMUSIC.
Once again, the album has been recorded in Sweden with Jens Bogren, who also produced the previous album “Secret Garden”, and manages to capture the same excellent chemistry.
The sound, while fully contemporary, has an organic character and respects the different nuances and dynamics of each instrument. Among the various guest musicians Arch Enemy’s vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and Brazilian singer Sandy stand out. The two singers both lend their characteristically very different voices to the track “Black Widow’s Web”. Many musicians were involved in creating the album, ranging from the percussion sound of Bahia to European orchestral arrangement – all of which give the album its outstanding variety.
“ØMNI” is a concept album, a set of science fiction short stories that take place at various places in time, simultaneously. The backbone of the plot is based on the idea that in 2046 an artificial intelligence system will change human perception and cognition. It is a system which will allow conscious communication between present and future human beings. Characters such as time travellers, cavemen, warriors, among others, help tell this story.
The album connects the concepts of previous albums (“Holy Land”, “Rebirth”, “Temple of Shadows”) to one main system, “ØMNI”, which in Latin means “everything.” “ØMNI” fabricates an interconnectivity that shines light towards a universal truth: everything that has happened, led to what the band is today. “ØMNI” celebrates and unites the whole history of Angra to this exact, current moment.
Angra’s trademark formula, a Brazilian style mixed with classical music and heavy metal, is enhanced by different influences such as progressive rock, thrash metal, Latin music, djent, etc., which transforms the albums into a swirl of modern and familiar. The conjoined moods and dynamics put a special spin on the lyrics and therefore increase deep sense of immersion in the story.
The cover artwork was hand-drawn by Daniel Martin Diaz, a unique American artist who dedicates his life to mixing scientific and philosophical concepts such as Anatomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Cosmology, Sacred Geometry, Symbolism and Esotericism. The designer Gustavo Sazes was responsible for integrating such an organic art piece to the visual concept of the album as a whole.
Even in a cultural environment increasingly sterile and unfavourable for music with soul and identity, the band gathers eleven tracks that completely differ from each other, but at the same time tell a cohesive story, and wander through all styles and nuances that have made Angra a worldwide reference. A very well bonded line-up, both personally and musically, overflowing with creativity, was the necessary fuel to bring these songs to life, songs which are undoubtedly among the best in the band’s discography.
“ØMNI” certainly is a milestone, not only in the history of the band, but also for Brazilian metal and its recognition worldwide.
CLASSICAL INSPIRED METAL-FUSION HEAVATAR TO RELEASE
NEW ALBUM “OPUS II – THE ANNIHILATION”
RELEASED TODAY ON earMUSIC
Heavatar, the classical inspired metal band revolving around VAN CANTO mastermind Stefan Schmidt (vocals, guitar), drummer Jörg Michael (former Stratovarius), Sebastian Scharf (lead guitars), Daniel Wicke (bass)… and some of the greatest classical composers of all time are releasing their sophomore album “Opus II – The Annihilation” is released today via earMUSIC.
Unlike other classic-meets-metal projects, the purpose of Heavatar is not in just adapting classical compositions to new instrumentations. It is not writing a metal song and having some orchestra playing along. Heavatar’s music is an answer to the question “What would it sound like, if Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and friends joined a metal band?”. The classical composer’s impact ranges from a single melody to a riff, a song structure, a harmony or even a lyrical inspiration – always picked up and thrown back by the band members, creating a unique, riff-oriented sound with some classical feel underneath. Puccini is spending some chords on the thrashy opener “None Shall Sleep”, Chopin adds some piano-based shuffle feel on “Hijacked By Unicorns” and Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Boellmann and Vivaldi are adding their style and ideas to other songs on “The Annihilation”.
Standing out as a true gem of the genre and beyond, the new album displays exciting guitar riffs, a great sense for storytelling, diversified yet catchy melodies and high velocity.
If “Opus I – All My Kingdoms” was a stepping stone into the unexpected waters of classic inspired power metal, “Opus II – The Annihilation” is a cliff-dive into the same water that bravely challenges the very barriers and possibilities of it.
Perth, Australia’s newest export, The Faim who signed to BMG worldwide, have premiered the official video to their debut single ‘Saints of the Sinners’.
“Saints of the Sinners is about making your mark in the world, and not letting anyone stand in the way of where you want to be. It brings out the youth-fuelled rebellion of the voice in all of us that wants to be heard.” says Stephen from the band.
The song originally premiered as the Radio 1 Rock shows ‘Rockest record’ & received plays from Daytime radio, Kerrang radio and more.
The track was produced by John Feldmann who says “working with untapped talent like The Faim doesn’t happen every day. I see something in them that I don’t see in a lot of bands… Amazing songwriters, incredible performers, great front man. I am so pumped for the world to hear what we have created. It is truly a piece of art and I am so grateful I followed through with having these guys out to my house after they sent me their demo!”.