EveryOneBand

EveryOneBand

EveryOneBand

EveryOneBand

 

 

 

 

EveryOneBand

 

Stand By You is the first single from EveryOneBand and features vocals from Paul Kelly, Izzi Manfredi, Jimmy Barnes, Megan Washington, Peter Garrett, Suze DeMarchi, Ross Wilson, Katie Noonan, Richard Clapton, Tommy O’Dell, Kate Miller-Heidke, Steve Kilbey, Alex Smith, Diesel, Jade MacRae, Kirin J Callinan, Emma Dean and Gary Pinto, accompanied by the Café At The Gate Of Salvation Gospel Choir, The Soulfood Choir and over 500 other singers.

 

 

 

With over 2,000 musicians on the recording, Stand By You is powered by over 240 drummers, percussionists and bass players; over 260 guitarists (led by Ian Moss, Martin Rotsey, Diesel, Jack Moffitt, Johnny Took, Dave Leslie, Brendan Gallagher and Murray Cook). There’s a 66 piece string section (including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and Wiggle Jeff Fatt led the 70+ strong piano and keyboard cohort.

 

 

 

The HUGS, BUMS and Blue MUGS were just a few of the ukulele groups to submit their parts, creating the EveryOneBand Uke Union of over 660! And there were over 200 other recordings of every instrument imaginable – even bagpipes from Anthony Field!

 

 

Producers Mark Callaghan (GANGgajang) and David Nicholas (INXS, Elton John) spent weeks editing vocals, aligning files and sub-mixing before completing the epic final epic mix.

 

 

 

EveryOneBand is the biggest band and largest interactive recording project ever. 100% of all record royalties and all profit from merchandise goes to Support Act, the Australian music charity assisting musicians, road crew and anyone that has worked professionally in music (and yes, you can still join the band, just head to Website and join, it’s free!)

 

 

 

Stand By You is released on Friday, 1 June 2018.

 

 

 

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Nonstop Electronic Music By Schaltkreis Wassermann, PJ Wassermann

Schaltkreis Wassermann

Nonstop Electronic Music By Schaltkreis Wassermann, PJ Wassermann

Nonstop Electronic Music
By Schaltkreis Wassermann, PJ Wassermann

 

 

Schaltkreis Wassermann

Schaltkreis Wassermann is a veteran group of early 80s electronica with their cult album PSYCHOTRON. The duo of Stella & PJ Wassermann fused wild psychedelic experiments with their exploration of analog synthesizers.

 

 

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Neko Savvy - Drop It Off

Neko Savvy

 

 

 

 

Neko Savvy - Drop It Off

Neko Savvy – Drop It Off

 

 

 

Neko Savvy

Tell us everything will need to know about you.

I am musician from Dallas, Texas. I moved around a lot as a kid which allowed me to see many different walks of life. I lived in Ohio, Colorado, Texas, and Los Angeles. I have been around music since I was born. My passion stems from my grandfather Charlie Hatchett’s success in the music industry. He owned a Talent Agency/Studio in Austin where he worked with tons of big acts including Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, The Eagles, ZZ Top, & many more household names. That eventually got him into the Texas Music Hall of Fame. I am a loving, humble person who is here to spread positivity in any way possible. I love my family, my girl, and my music. I am focused and driven towards making my people comfortable and achieving my dreams.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I don’t really have a favorite genre of music; I listen to a lot of different kinds and appreciate authentic real sounds.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

My experience has been all over the place. As a kid I played guitar and sang at shows with my grandfather. As a teenager in high school I was in a hardcore band and played tons of shows in Dallas. Now as a young adult I have seen the industry first hand in LA and what it really takes to make it as an entertainer/musician. I have slept on the floor for my passion and will make any other sacrifice I have to in order to achieve my dream. I love creating songs, playing shows, recording videos, and everything else it takes in this day and age to be a musician.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

The theme of this song is “FLEXIN” lol. Just stating the fact that my team has the resources and connections it takes to become successful in this industry through hard work. The video shows us going through the process.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

My mother, my father, my little sister, my girlfriend, Drake Rodriguez (Icon South), Patrick Jackson, Andrew Richey, Paul Malm, Fedya, Jett Rodriguez, Ralph Rodriguez, My grandfathers, my grandmothers, Garrett Robinson, Natty, My whole family, The whole world, aliens, bugs, animals, literally everyone and everything. If it wasn’t for the entire universe being itself then I wouldn’t be me. Lol.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I’m going to buy back my grandfather’s ranch back from its new owners. I’m going to become successful enough to support anyone and anything I want to. I want to eventually have a family. I want my music to be heard by the masses.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

It’s showing my fans that if you put hard work in, great things come in return.

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Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.

Since I was a kid I’ve seen the internet over saturate the music industry due to home studios and accessibility to anyone/anything in the world.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

If I’m trying to turn up and have a good time with the homies I enjoy listening to Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, and SmokePurpp. If I’m trying to make some babies I like George Straight, Alan Jackson, Chris Brown. If I’m just chilling, I like to listen to Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalid’s, & Trippie Redd.

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Give us the links to your social network and stores.

 

Instagram: @nekosavvymusic

Twitter: @NekoSavvy

Facebook: Neko Savvy

Snapchat: Omgnwill

Find me on Apple Music, Spotify, etc.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I listen to a beat. I smoke a bowl. I dive deep into my soul and BOOM lyrics start flying out. Nah, but really it’s just kind of different each time. Just have fun with it and take my time.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

I love collaborating with artists; it helps me get outside my box. I got a couple on the way for y’all.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the kind of music with genuine message that inspires them.

I don’t really have an opinion on it. I just think that when I’m in the mood to make an up tempo song I make it. When I’m in the mood to make a song with a genuine message I make it.

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Tell us what you know about copyright.

I know that it saves people from stealing my content.

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Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.

They help us poor artists get paid haha. They also give out awards which is cool. I like winning awards.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

My producers come up with a catchy beat and I develop a melody that matches what will stick in people’s heads.

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Go into detail on the recording process of this song.

We went to the Apple store. We made a beat. We pulled out the microphone and input to the computer. We recorded the song in the Apple store and then made a music video in the mall we were in after.

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Discuss your music performance.

I’m very interactive with the crowds I perform with. I like to jump off stage and get on floor level with my fans. I like to jump around a lot and do karate kicks. Sometimes it’s fun to stare people directly in the eyes. It really all depends on the energy of the venue.

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State the official date of release.

The music video is already released on YouTube. The song itself will come out on all platforms on the 9th of March along with the rest of project titled, “Premier”.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My name is Neko Savvy. Neko means “Cat” in Japanese. Savvy means the ability to make “good judgments/decisions”.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title of the song is “Drop It Off” Prod. Icon South

Music video shot/edited by Paul Malm.

The meaning is to use your resources and have fun.

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State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.

The title of the album is, “Premier.” and my reason for picking this title is because of the definition of Premier itself means “First in order, or position; leading.” It also can mean “the first public presentation of a theatrical or musical act”.

 

ALTO

ALTO

Tell us if your work is 100 percent original or you take little from other artists’ works in a creative way.

We try to thrive to make our work and songs 100 percent original. We like to think outside of the box when it comes to visual effects in music videos and also when it comes to sound and vocals. We love to mix different genres and to create originality in our songs. But of course – we do really enjoy pop music and we want our music to reach a broad audience. That makes us think about what kind of sounds that the audience likes and what kind of beats that are “In our time”. We always get inspiration from other artists and producers and try to mix pop music with rough beats inspired by hip hop, and also house. We feel like it’s important to sing from our soul and to really mean everything that we sing, dance and create!

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Tell us if you are into music because of the passion for it or you are a gifted artist.

We both are really passionate about music and everything about it. We have both been dancing since we were kids so it’s natural for us to feel the beats and the harmonies of the music and if our bodies want to move – then we know we’re on the right track. Because we want to make others happy and feel like they want to dance as well! We believe that we all are born with gifts and talents. Thereafter, it is our job to find out how we can develop our talents and gifts to become the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be (might be cliché but true). Both Charlotte and I have felt like it was easy to learn how to dance, sing and play instruments from a young age. We don’t know if it was because we were gifted or if the process of learning and training was easier when you love what you’re doing. Maybe it’s a bit of both, but we do know that passion can take you far if you are willing to work hard for your dreams!

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Elaborate on how you ensure the quality of your sound.

We try to work with really good people. To have a lot of people involved in the project helps us to get opinions and perspectives concerning different aspects of the sound. What someone doesn’t hear can be someone else first thought. It’s good to have a perfect amount (not too many, not too few) of people in the mix, to make sure that the quality is good! Everybody listens to different things. It’s always good to learn how to handle critique! You can learn a lot from it.

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Tell us how you come across ideas to develop your songs.

Our ideas to songs come up all the time. Sometimes it’s just when you’re in the bathtub and you start free styling melodies, then suddenly you come up with a chorus or a verse, and you got to record it fast. Other times it could be in a songwriting-session with others and with a specific goal to write a song. Other times we develop ideas from texts that we wrote, poems or lyrics and then add music later.

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Describe your vocal ability.

As our band is called – we are ALTO(s). We feel like the best of our voices shines through in soul/pop and RnB inspired songs; where we can focus on the harmonies and really feel the lyrics. As sisters we feel like it’s natural to match our voices within harmonies, as we feel like it’s easy to know what the other is going to do next and so on. But we are also trained in choirs (gospel amongst other) and we are able to sing soprano and in upper ranges. One of us has a background in musical theatre where the songs are more dramatic with longer, higher notes. But as we sing our own music and when we write our own song we want the sound to be smooth and chill but with more focus on the production as a whole with kick-ass beats.

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Tell us the process involved in developing the instrumentation for this song.

We worked in a team with a producer and the songwriters. We had different references to other dance beats and dance songs that we wanted this beat to feel like. The producer developed several ideas after we send the references and after a while, Johannes Timander came up with the melody to the drop. So we mixed that melody with the heavy beats and added the vocals. And that’s it!

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State five songs that you think are hit songs and name the artists.

Bruno Mars feat Cardi B – Finesse (remix)

Drake – One dance

Work – Rihanna

Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

I’m A Slave 4 U – Britney Spears

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Tell us how you entertain audience during live performance.

We dance! And sing. And put on a show. Matching outfits, extra beats, strong harmonies, back – up vocals if we can, background dancers if we have the possibility. We don’t want anybody to be bored. There should be visual and it should sound as good as possible. We are always considering how we want the audience to feel, what message we want to bring out when we do a routine or a song. It all should be from us – to the audience. They should feel like they are gaining something, inspiration, happiness, thoughts, – just something – after watching/listening to us.

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List the name of artists that have similar sound to yours.

It’s almost impossible for us to say what other artists we remind the listeners of. Or what sound we are similar to. We try to create originality but always take inspiration from other pop-songs, other house beats and hip hop beats. But no one or nothing in particular that we can hear ourselves. We’re sure that others feel like they associate us or the sound to something they’ve heard or seen. As soon as we release our music it is yours- the listeners. Everybody has their own experiences or preferences to associate music to. So we want everybody to be able to be free to associate as you want.

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Discuss how you think your music is having an impact on your fans.

We hope we can make people dance! And just spread some joy. When we write our own lyrics we want to make sure that there are some sorts of message in the song. It could be – You’re not alone, we all go through shit and happiness and joy and sorrow. Or it could be the message of encouraging others to be strong. We want the song to say something meaningful to the audience. But also create happy beats and danceable songs!

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Tell us what inspires you to sing.

What inspires us the most is to inspire others! When someone says that he/she feels like he/she can do something, just because we dare to follow our dream – that’s everything to us. The power of music is amazing. How it can make people listen and make people feel less lonely, or just make people come together. That’s inspiring and that makes us love it.

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Discuss the recording process of this song.

We discussed the beats and the production, and then we added the vocals to the instrumental. Then we worked even more on the production and the sound and the beats and then it was ready!

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

In this song the melody to the vocals was already set. But the melody for the drop was developed by Johannes after hearing the beats and drums.

When we write our songs we usually have the beats ready and then the melody just comes to us after what kind of feeling we get to the beats.

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Tell us your piece of advice to a new artist.

To follow your heart and soul and be prepared to work really hard!

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State your favourite radio station.

P3 & P4!

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State the links to connect you and your stores.

Facebook

Instagram: @altoofficial

Spotify: ALTO

Youtube

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Go into details on this song.

This song is written by Johannes Timander, Jonas Frisk, Johanna Toth and Fredrik Wikner. The production is made by Sebastian Lestapier. Creative consultants are Josefin Alatalo, Charlotte Alatalo and Johannes Timander. The video that we just released to the song is made by Charlotte Alatalo, Josefin Alatalo, Björn Randén, Harianas Dewang, Anton Josefsson. The video catches different emotions and different characters through dance and singing that show the stages of love and unhappy love. Sometimes you feel like you’re each other’s demons or your own demon (the choreography in black clothes) and sometimes you feel as if you are in heaven and in a field of green grass and sunshine (the choreography with white clothes). But it’s all natural and the cycles of humanity to go through all these emotions, that’s why we choose to shoot everything outdoors and in nature.

 

Marieme

Marieme

 

 

Marieme

Marieme

 

Marieme

Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.

I would love to think that I chose music, but music chose me. Throughout my life I’ve tried to do other things but those things just made me realize that music is what I was supposed to be doing. I feel like you always know deep down inside what your calling is, and if I neglected it any longer I would live a life of torment. I saw how people reacted to my singing, and realized that if I put the right message behind it, I could truly make an impact and save lives, just like music saved my life. I knew that I had to become a musician, which to me is LOVE, and so I went on a journey of self-discovery, and took time to hone my skills so that I could be the person I needed to be in order for the world to receive my vibrations.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.

I’m getting the best reactions I could possibly receive as an unknown artist. They’re feeling, which is what I’ve set out to do from the beginning, to make people feel and be moved. People tell me that they want to be a better person after listening to my music and so I think I’m on my way to accomplishing my goals.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

I’m horrible with social networking because I’m a shy person. It doesn’t seem so because I’m outgoing but I’m actually an introvert deep down. In this day and age we are more connected than ever, people have more opportunities to discover and to share their stories with the world, and it’s really nice to be able to keep track of what’s going on and to feel closer to the humans that are affected by your sounds.

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Brief us about the recording of this song.

I moved to LA Jan /16 /2017, two days later I met up with Andrew Rose, who my manager put me with. We started talking about our lives, where we came from, where we want to go and family. Andy started playing around on the piano and I sat next to him and we explored different sounds, when he started playing this melody that I just started humming to and by the end of the day we had “Leave”.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

The song came from a need to grow and move on, a lot of times we stay in situations because we don’t want to hurt others. But you end up hurting yourself and other people more by staying. Two days prior to recording “Leave”, I left everything in New York to pursue my dreams, I know the path I chose didn’t sit well with everyone, and so making this song helped me to relieve the dissonance I was dealing with and to help others let go.

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State your area of specialization in music.

Vocal architecture.

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Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.

Sometimes 5 hours sometimes weeks, it depends.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I think lyrics should always come from the heart; it doesn’t necessarily have to be personal to you. Artists are empathy and I feel we are able to express any situation through our mediums. I always try to be as real as possible and have a message when writing. I just think to myself how would I say this, what emotion is behind this word, what does it mean to me. Sometimes the melody comes first then the lyrics follow or vice versa. Melodies can come to you at any time and if you don’t catch it sometimes it can be lost. I usually record them on my phone when it comes and try to feel what that melody is trying to say to me, because melodies are lyrics. I try to make sure that at the end of a song I left no stone left unturned, and to let the song flow as naturally as possible.

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Discuss music generally in full details.

It’s LOVE.

It’s vibrations, frequency, and energy. Basically it’s the Universe.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Jazz… for not following rules but smooth.

Blues… because we all feel it

Country… because it’s deep

Classical… because it’s intuitive

Old school hip hop… because it’s revolutionary and real.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Rehearsing for me is trying over and over again to hack the flow state, and finding the quickest way to get there. Once I’m there I blackout so I don’t really remember.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Piano

Violin

Guitar

Sitar

Bass

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

In the past I was terrified of live performances, but all of that changed when I realized I wasn’t being judged on stage, and that the people are there because they want to be there and they want to hear the music raw, so I try to tap into the energy of the room and be as true to the song as possible.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m a well scented quirky onion, I make people cry voluntarily but at the end it’s tasty and I have many layers.

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Tell us about your musical background.

I trained with Dr. Robert Brewster for a bit, he trained Phylis Hyman and hung out with legends such as Marian Anderson, beside that I’m self-taught. He taught me technique and the old school way of singing.

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List your musical work.

Leave

Be the change

Ask for help

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Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.

Store

Social handle @mariememusic

YouTube

Website

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

One of my fondest memories recently was spending two weeks in the jungle, in Peru. It was voluntary madness but I knew that if I made it those two weeks I could do anything in life. I also got to hang out with the Shapibo people and learned about plant medicines, meditated, read, and be in my rawest form. It was profound.

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Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.

I think that the way the world is right now is not the way it has to be. A lot of things that start out good can turn bad in the wrong hands, like the science behind nuclear weapons. I believe in humanity and I think that we need to reconnect with the deepest part of ourselves and remember that we are LOVE; we came from it and will go back to it. We are all capable of being and doing the best and worst things in life, but our ability to love is what can guide us to better understanding our purpose. Like Tesla said “if you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration”.

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State the official date of release.

February 16th, 2018.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Marieme

I was named after my grandmother who was a very powerful woman. By keeping my first name I honor my grandmother, my culture, and my ancestors.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title of the song is “Leave”.

It’s straight forward and it represents transition.

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State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.

The EP is called “Marieme” because this is my first introduction to the world as an artist and the songs in the EP represent who I am as a person. The songs are messages to me and to the world.

 

Blazay

Blazay

 

 

Blazay

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Blazay

Music has a funny way of bringing people together, sometimes when you least expect it, Blazay the group starts like this, founder member Kevin used to run a club night called Blazay many years ago in London, so it’s a name connected with people having a great time partying to top classic tunes, that’s where the name comes from, and that’s what we want people to do. How the group was formed is a bit more interesting, early 2015 I arranged to meet a singer in Barking to discuss working together on some music, I’m originally from Ilford (Near East London, for people who don’t know) so me and this singer went to a cafe/bar to have a little chat about music, while I’m having this meeting I’m hearing someone behind me quietly singing/ humming to herself, now as I’m trying my hardest to ignore this and concentrate on the singer who is doing nothing but telling me how great she is and how she should be famous, all I was thinking about was how to get to talk to this voice that I can hear behind me, after 5 minutes of this, I shamelessly got up and made the excuse that I had to meet a family friend that I had forgotten about, I quickly walked the singer out of the cafe, to the train station, said my goodbye and ran back to cafe! It was wrong but it was the best thing I did! Or else there would never be a Blazay group, at the time I obviously didn’t know this.

 

 

 

The Girl with the sweet sounding humming/singing voice who was sitting behind me is called Daria, I introduced myself and the music projects that I was doing, we had a great meeting and clicked straight away, a few months later we were in the studio recording and everything seemed to fit. I remember hearing her vocal on the tracks and knew that this would work. 2 Years on we have an albums worth of material and are ready to release our music to the world.

 

 

 

Blazay Group has a unique take on electronic music, marrying different styles influenced by the group background of Eastern European and Bajan roots.

 

Blazay is a two-piece, London based group that writes and performs all of their songs. When it comes to beats, Blazay’s Songwriter, Producer and Creator, Kevin, takes the best of what’s new and gives it that an old-school twist, which means there’s plenty of groove, rhythms and melody. Daria, who is the voice of the group, has an incomparable vocal style which makes Blazay’s song sound like no other.

 

The group has many songs in their portfolio including “I Like It” that has more than 14,000 views on YouTube.

 

The group is ready to release two of their tracks “Give me” and “That Sound” on the 23rd April 2018.

 

 

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The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers

 

 

 

The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers

 

 

 

‘NO SAD SONG’

 

Media Service:  MAY 28

 

Country Heart – The Album Out Now

 

THE FOLLOW UP TO THEIR #1 SINGLE, “AINT SEEN IT YET”

 

‘NO SAD SONG’ IS A CROSSOVER HIT!

 

The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers are one of the most exciting country rock bands to emerge out of Australia. Upon release of their highly-anticipated new album, Country Heart, the release shot straight to the top of the iTunes country chart (#1) and #4 on the iTunes main (all genre) chart. With the release of ARIA charts, Country Heart landed at #9 on the ARIA Main Album chart, sitting behind the then recent stadium touring artists Ed Sheeran (3x albums) and Bruno Mars.

 

 

After the success of their previous albums – It’s On, Nothing But Trouble and This Crazy Life – Country Heart is The Wolfe Brothers’ fourth studio album and their highest ARIA main chart debut to date.

 

 

With their forthcoming tour dates, The Wolfe Brothers drop their 2nd single, No Sad Song. With its huge crossover appeal, this track is set to showcase the guys’ broad appeal as they travel around the country hitting shows in metro and regional venues.

 

 

TWB’s on No Sad Song, “As a band we’ve never lost sight of the fact the music is meant to be an escape. No Sad Song is simply a song about a free spirit out for a good time. We hope it can take our listeners to that ‘Friday night, get loose and let your hair down’ place for 3 and half minutes – no matter what day of the week it is.

 

 

Pioneers of Australian contemporary country music, The Wolfe Brothers (Tom Wolfe, Nick Wolfe, Brodie Rainbird) completed the album in Sydney with their new producer, the multi-award winning Matt Fell and was mastered by renowned engineer, William Bowden (Goyte). All of this has led to a fresh and more developed sound with Country Heart.

 

 

For all their tour dates go to Website

Luciano Illuminati

Luciano Illuminati

 

 

 

 

Luciano Illuminati

Luciano Illuminati

 

 

 

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Luciano Illuminati

 

 

 

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1 Life’s a Beach

2 Do For Yourself

3 Proud to be Straight

4 The Virginia Beach Song

5 You Are My Lady

6 Into the Sun

 

 

 

 

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Alternative Rock/Rap

 

 

 

 

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Luciano Illuminati

Luciano Illuminati is a classically-trained musician who plays guitar, bass guitar, drums, drum programming & keyboards. He sings most of his lyrics, but speaks the lyrics sometimes as well. He writes and produces all of his songs. A few of his other gigs include author, program director of www.FreeRockRadio.com and designer of message tees: BE Healthy Wealthy Youthful & Wise and Proud to be Straight.

Mella Barnes

Anne Tan, Mella Barnes

https://soundcloud.com/niftynancynz/i-will-carry-on

 

 

 

Mella Barnes

Mella Barnes

 

 

Anne Tan, Mella Barnes

The performance was done by Mella Barnes, who is absolutely an amazing singer.

 

Anne Tan is a songwriter originally from China and currently living in New Zealand. She enjoys the popular music of her homeland, and music by songwriters such as ABBA, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Enya, Elton John, and Disney film scores. Her work has been featured on WOA Entertainment’s Independent No.1’s Vol.8 compilation album. She wishes to spread beauty and joy through her music, and to hopefully write something as great as the works of her idols someday.

 

 

ARTIST NAME

Anne Tan (Singer: Mella Barnes)

 

 

SONG TITLE

I Will Carry On

 

 

RELEASE DATE

May 27, 2018

 

 

GENRE

Pop/Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

 

 

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Go into detail on why you love music as a career.

I can create something beautiful – hopefully – and have people love it. What can be better than that? Having said that, I’m not sure if I can really use the word “career” to describe my songwriting yet.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

I don’t have many fans, but of the few I do have, people have been telling me things like “what a beautiful song!” That makes me very happy, because it is the one thing I want to hear the most.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

You pretty much can’t do without it these days as a musical artist. It can be pressuring to have all those social networks on 24/7. Still, it allows me to reach and be reached by people from all over the world, which is a great thing!

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Tell us how you record your song.

I work with the people at Tunedly.com, which is an excellent online business which will give you a very professional mastered mix. The people who work there are often extremely amazing, singers, musicians, engineers, which is great because my musical talents are limited to playing the piano, coming up with chords, and singing very badly. They’ve been very kind to me, and very understanding when I keep bugging them about tiny changes I want to make – ha ha! I definitely recommend Tunedly.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

I’d like to say I experienced it myself, or that I knew a friend who did, but in reality, the idea for this song came from a character in a TV sitcom who fell in love with a jerk who cheated on her and she moved out, and I just thought “maybe I could write a song about how she feels?”

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State your musical skills.

I know some basic music theory (took the class in high school) and how to play the piano and flute a very, very little. I like to think of myself as someone who can come up with good melodies.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

If I work on it every day, about a week. Added to that, if I submit it for reviews and then re-write, a whole song takes me around a month if I don’t procrastinate, which admittedly I often do.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

I will often write a verse, and then play something on the piano that fits the mood of that verse, and if it sounds good enough, I will take it as the melody and alter the words to fit it. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have an entire chorus that seems to just pop into my head, music, words and all, if I’m feeling inspired enough. But it rarely happens, and more often than not, it happens after I’ve “forced” myself to work on songwriting for a while. So it’s both inspiration and perspiration as Einstein said.

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Discuss music in full details.

Music to me is one of the greatest joys of life. It is extremely powerful and can move us in just about any emotional direction, for good or ill. I hope I’m using my own musical powers for good.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

I just like anything beautiful and grand. For that reason, songs written for musicals appeal to me a lot. Some of my favourites are Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, and anything in the Disney musical films. I am also very fond of Chinese popular music, because it reminds me of my homeland, and easy listening, especially Richard Clayderman’s piano tunes, because they are designed to be relaxing. They invoke images of beautiful landscapes, oceans and sunsets for me, which I enjoy greatly. I am also a fan of the enduring big pop hits with excellent melodies, such as ABBA, Elton John and the songs of Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and such.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

I love the piano and flute. They just create such beautiful sounds. I am also fascinated by the sound of the panflute.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

Being a rather shy songwriter, I’m satisfied by being the one to write the songs. Hopefully someday someone will bring them to a live performance.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I’m actually very private and shy, and it’s easy for me to be embarrassed when given a compliment. But once you get me talking on something I’m interested in, I can’t stop! I’m obsessed with everything beautiful and with having fun. I like to think I’m very good with words, and apart from writing song lyrics, I have an embarrassing bad pun addiction.

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Discuss your music career.

I am currently writing songs as a hobby, with a “real job” to pay the bills. Hopefully, someday I will no longer need the “real job”, but I’m grateful for it as it allows me to afford my rather expensive hobby.

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List your musical work.

“Endless Rain”

“Dream A Dream” (featured on WOA Record’s Independent No. 1’s, Vol 8 compliation)

“Little Shop of Memories”

“I Want To Fly Away”

“I Will Carry On”

…That’s it. More to come so watch this space.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

The most memorable experience I’ve had so far was when my song “Dream A Dream” was actually chosen for WOA Record’s compilation, as mentioned. It is by far the greatest success I have ever achieved (real contract and everything!) and I was extremely flattered to be chosen.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Anne Tan is a pseudonym chosen by me. I didn’t like my real name because it didn’t, in my opinion, look or sound very pretty, and I wanted to have a nod to my Chinese heritage in my “artist name”, so I used my mother’s surname Tan. Anne is from Anne Shirley, the heroine of the Anne of Green Gables book series, because she’s a character I identify with in so many ways. Probably because she is also obsessed with beauty and daydreams too much.  (Note that I included the E in Anne. I agree with her that it looks much better than “Ann”.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“I Will Carry On” came naturally from the story I was writing in this song, that of a young woman who fell in love, was betrayed, and deeply hurt…but realized that she can still keep living and be happy without “him”, just as herself, and that she won’t let the pain define or determine her. I hope that anyone that had a similar experience, women or men, can find encouragement in this song if they hear it.

 

Harea Band

Harea Band

 

 

Harea Band

Harea Band

 

 

 

 

Harea Band

Tell us about your favourite instruments.

As a singer I have a soft spot for killer vocals, specifically soul and R&B singers. However, even though it’s one of the few instruments I’ve never really played, I love the bass. It’s just so integral to creating the groove in the music I love. Bassists get made fun of too much but they are hands down the most important instrument in a band.

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List the names of those supporting you.

The Band:

Alex Harea (me!) – Vocals

Mike Giamberardino – Keyboards and percussion

Liam Meagher – Guitar

Harrison Singer – Bass

Cynthia Tauro – Keyboards

Andrew Ferderber – Drums

Our manager: Dean Watson

And of course my parents, who are professional musicians themselves and who inspired me to pursue this career: Joann Simpson and Ioan Harea.

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Tell us your preferred musical styles.

I love a lot of different styles but if I look at what I listen to when I’m alone the most it would probably be R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

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List the name of five artists that have influenced you musically.

Anderson .Paa

Jason Mraz

Bruno Mars

Justin Timberlake

D’Angelo

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Tell us your favourite food and hobby.

I’m a weirdo raw meat eater; beef tartare and sushi are probably my favourite snacks.

When I’m not playing music I love playing tennis and squash.

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Tell us your musical experience pertaining the recording of this song.

The song was born at 2 AM when I got home from a bar, checking out some of my favourite local bands. I wrote it quietly in my room with an acoustic guitar as to not wake up the roomies. It turned in to the heavy, funky jam that it is now when I brought it to the bandmates and producer Eric Sarafin. Once we were in the studio the full potential of what this track could be was revealed and we pumped out the recording in two days.

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Explain what you know about vocal training.

I am a trained vocalist and it was my major in University but I’ve never actually taught it. I guess what I can say; it supporting your voice from your diaphragm is the most important thing, not singing from your throat or upper chest, the feeling is similar to blowing out as much air as possible as quickly as possible from your stomach. Aside from that I just personally make sure to keep the voice warm before I sing, I have a series of exercises that I learned from my vocal coach and I like to do them regularly especially before a performance.

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Discuss the use of live instruments for recording in the studio.

We always prefer to create natural input sounds in the studio rather than getting too much help from electronic producing. On this recording all that crunchy lead instrument sound is guitar and keyboard going through a guitar amp. Basically most of the stuff you hear on the recording was recorded together at the same time to get us that gritty, natural sound that is missing from a lot of modern pop music.

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Brief us about your songwriting process.

Most of the songs are written by me on an acoustic guitar then brought to the band where we arrange them together. Once and a while I come in with just an idea and it’s a fully collaborative effort but it’s not as common. And sometimes one of the other band members brings in some ideas too.

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Tell us your other talents apart from singing.

I’m a sports fan and love playing tennis, squash, and hockey. I also play guitar and love writing and arranging music.

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Tell us your future plans in terms of your music career.

We have been keeping our forward momentum going so right now the plan is to just keep the content coming so we can reach a national and international audience and start stretching out tours further and further. We will hopefully have an EP out by the end of 2018. We are very seriously looking at touring the U.K in the near future and getting down to more conferences and festivals in the states.

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Tell us your worst experience in your music career.

In the early Harea Band days we had a few shows where we pretty much just played for our parents and the bar staff. That never makes you feel too good.

One time when we played at the old Silver Dollar in Toronto, I forgot my credit card at the bar. By the time we went back to get it, all our phones had died and we got lost in Toronto and ended up on the 401 back to Ottawa, so we did the overnight drive. However it just happened to be the coldest night of the year and it was -40 degrees so the car never actually heated up the whole drive home. There was frost all over the inside of the car so we were frozen for 4.5 hours on the road overnight. That was probably one of the worst experiences.

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Discuss in details all we need to know about your song and upcoming album.

The song is another step in the funk/soul direction a little bit further from the pop aesthetic that we had represented in past year. The track is produced by multi-platinum award winner Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin and the executive producer is John Dooher, former owner of Sound of on Hand studio and Dark Skippy Records. The song can be found on Spotify and every other streaming service as well as a video on YouTube. The EP will be called BUST and will feature 6 soul and dance tracks including this one.

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Tell us what fans are saying about your music.

The main words people tend to associate with our music are energy, fun, and dance-y. We’ve been told we successfully cross eras and genres of music seamlessly to create something new and unique.

My favourite quote about our music:

“It seems of another era, dialed in on the radio while you’re cruising one summer evening in upper 1970’s Manhattan or later on that night while you work up a sweat on the dance floor at Studio 54.” – Andre Gagne, Ottawa Life Magazine.

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Tell us the concept behind your music project.

The main thing for me is creating music that makes people feel good. Music is a powerful tool for storytelling, invoking emotion, or even social change, but the root of the type of music I love is to make people happy and feel good. Our upcoming EP is all about that! BUST is going to be a sexy and feel good collection of songs that hope will bring positive energy in to people’s lives. We are really inspired by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 vision as albums that pay homage to that amazing feel good music of the past while connecting with a young and modern audience.

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Discuss multi-genre and switching from one genre to another.

Everyone in the band is a trained musician and we all have bachelor of music degrees so we are capable of playing a variety of different styles. I think this is a positive thing in the climate of the music industry today because we can regularly put out new and exciting music to appeal the largest audience possible. It’s an important skill to have as a modern musician, just look what it’s done for Post Malone!

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Explain in detail the title of the song.

The song is about a funny encounter I had with an old friend of mine. Honestly it’s not really an interesting story but I just found the whole situation so ridiculous I couldn’t help but think “This must be a Dream”.

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State the reason you are into music.

I honestly have to give full credit to my parents. Growing up in a musical family had me constantly surrounded by music, literally every minute of every day. This upbringing allowed me to develop an innate musicality and I found music to be the best way for me to let go, express myself, and feel good. I thought what a beautiful thing it would be to be able to take this practice that I love so much and be able to share it with people for a living. Music is what makes me feel alive and I love to share that passion with audiences and music listeners any way that I can.