Vovkulaka

Vovkulaka – my Devil

Vovkulaka – my Devil

 

 

Vovkulaka - my Devil

Vovkulaka – my Devil

 

Vovkulaka – my Devil

 

VOLK is an amazing drummer and vocalist with a unique style and sense of music. He’s an artist, musician, composer, clinician, entertainer, and educator… NOW his latest creation: Vovkulaka. Singing while drumming; Volk is taking his drumming career to another level. A real paranormal investigator, Volk mixes his music with his paranormal experiences. Ghost hunting around the World, Volk posts his ghost hunting stories at the band Facebook Page and uses his findings in his music.

 

 

 

The first single written for Ukraine, ‘Glory to the Heroes’, Vovkulaka (Ukrainian for Werewolf) is already on the charts in Kyiv (www.radioroks.ua). Featuring Keith Lynch on Guitar (Bill Ward Band, Ozzy Osbourne), based on his travels in Ukraine after … the song was dedicated to Ukrainian Soldier Nadiya Savchenko – jailed in Russia and subsequently released in May 2016. Along with thousands of other Ukrainian patriots, Vovkulaka participated in a three month Twitter campaign, focused on the Kremlin, to release Savchenko. ‘Glory to the Heroes’ was given to the Ukrainian People as a gift for Freedom. Currently, the song is being played in Ukraine, France, Russia, and the United States. The second single released, ‘my Devil’, is much darker and based on VolK’s paranormal experiences. It features DJ Gigantor from Evol Intent.

 

 

In December 2016, Vovkulaka finished recording new music. Again, working with Producer Darian Rundall (Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies), Vovkulaka released 4 new singles in 2017.

 

 

Based in Odessa, Ukraine, Vovkulaka is a true ‘International Metal Band’. Vovkulka’s members come from Ukraine, Bulgaria and the United States … Naya G and JuleZ dance, play percussion, and drumset while Ivan plays guitar (live).

 

 

Currently, Vovkulaka is back in the studio recording six new tunes for 2018. The band is committed to creating ‘Dark… Angry… Evil… Metal’. Volk explains what Vovkulaka is all about. He says ‘…Pain never sounded so good…’.

 

 

 

 

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By the Throat - John O Brien

John O’Brien

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By the Throat - John O Brien

By the Throat – John O Brien

 

 

ARTIST NAME: John O’Brien

 

 

SONG TITLE: By The Throat

 

 

RELEASE DATE: Fall 2018

 

 

GENRE: Popular Rock, Alternative Rock

 

 

 

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Share your life story with us.

I was very young when I first saw my mother who was acting in a musical sing a beautiful song. I really believed that if she could do that then I could do that. I started singing when I was five years old and began playing guitar when I was seven. I began writing music and started my first band when I was 13 and have not stopped writing and performing since. I’ve also lived all over the United States and have traveled extensively internationally. My love of music and performing stayed with me throughout those travels. One memorable time was when I spent about seven months living in Amsterdam, Holland and met musicians there and performed with them. That was many years ago and I still keep in touch with them.

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JOHN O’BRIEN

 

 

John O’Brien is a Performer, Recording Artist and Songwriter who has been active in the music scene for more than four decades. He has performed all over the world and has released seven CDs over his career. His original recordings have caught the attention of the music media with airplay on stations including SiriusXM and others. He is currently recording his new project at the Full Sail University Recording Studios in Orlando, Florida. O’Brien’s recent full-length CD, “My Revelation” (2015) includes his most popular originals including the radio hit “Summer Sun”. His prior full-length CDs include “Baysiders in Concert – Long Beach New York” (2004), “Quiet Storm” (2003), “The Brujon Project” (1998), “Christmas Songs for You” (1996), and “John O’Brien with Festival” (1983) with performances in the US, Madrid, Amsterdam, the Caribbean and other locations. O’Brien also cut a successful single “Life” with the Crystal Revelation in 1970. Good Times Magazine described O’Brien’s vocal style as “The mood is low-key and pensive, yet the vehicle is unmistakably rock at its most subtle level. O’Brien’s rich, moody voice, which accentuates the harmonic changes with an understated tension, shows qualities that tracks like these usually don’t possess.”

 

 

O’Brien’s live performances continue to establish his reputation as a critically respected artist. He has performed at various music festivals, including the 2017 DeLand Original Music Festival in DeLand, Florida, the Cathedral Festival and the Lincolnville Festival in St Augustine. His live act has performed regularly in Florida’s “music capitol”, St Augustine, for the last eleven years.

 

 

 

 

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O’Brien developed his performance skills by playing a variety of musical genres. His tuneful journey as a guitarist and lead singer included a young rock band called the Norsmen in the early 60s playing Beach Boys, Beatles, and the Kingston Trio; a Fifth Dimension sound-alike act called the Infinity of Sound; a hard rock band touring the northeast US named the Crystal Revelation in the late 60s playing Doors, Cream, and Steppen-wolf; and a commercially successful duo called Holy Smoke throughout the 70s. He performed in the famous NYC clubs like CBGB and the Bottom Line with his recording act John O’Brien with Festival after the successful release of his first album; a band playing vacation spots all over Long Island called Baysiders Jam Band, a southern rock band named Highwater in the mid-2000s playing Lynyrd Skynyd, Marshall Tucker and Kenny Chesney; and since 2011 his current successful act Atlantic Blu playing the likes of Van Morrison, Dire Straits and Santana.

 

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

My late mother, Evelyn, most of all ever since I was a child.

My close friend and music partner Bruce Wands.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

Being in the studio for me this kind of like a kid in a toy store. I feel very much right at home and after years of recording feel very empowered. Over the years the technology has changed but the basic intent and practice of recording has stayed very consistent. I love interacting with the engineer during the recording of basic tracks and vocals and when that is done I love the practice of post-production and making the decisions about how to best present the music which is been recorded. These days I go into the studio with my act and record basic tracks, take those basic tracks home to my home studio and create a mix that I really like then take the stems and go back to the studio to finish the recording with the engineer.

 

 

 

Touring is a whole different world. The experience of going from place to place, setting up and learning the best way to perform in different venues and then actually performing and meeting people from where you are touring is an absolutely wonderful experience. The thing I always tell my musicians is that they really have to roll with the punches because the punches will happen (not physical punches). The challenges of being in a new venue are amazing and when you overcome those challenges, performed, experienced a great crowd reaction there’s nothing like it.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Songwriting for me has become a very positive addiction. That may seem kind of oxymoronic given how addiction has become such a plague, but I’m always thinking about themes that I could write about and listening to different types of music to get ideas about how to express those ideas. I usually end up starting with an idea, maybe just one word, and then working on a musical progression that embodies the thoughts and emotions of that word. My experience is that the lyric just forms around the music and the concept. There’s nothing like the feeling of coming to a conclusion that a song is basically ready to go. The whole process may take anywhere from several hours to several years and there doesn’t seem to be any way to make it happen any quicker-nor would I want to.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

Right now, I’m getting used to the new digital world of music distribution. Over the past five years the entire idea of getting your music out there has shifted from CDs, to digital files, and now almost entirely the world of streaming. In addition, the laws on how musicians and writers are compensated are changing very rapidly in both the US and the UK. Currently, I am planning on finishing the album project I’ve been working on for the past year and placing it in the proper platforms through distributors to the streaming world. I’m also organizing a tour of small venues in order to get the act acclimated to the travel and the other vagaries of touring. Right now we are looking at a multiweek tour starting in the mid-Atlantic and working our way down to the East Coast to Florida Keys.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

As I previously discussed, the streaming world and the entire digital distribution networks have changed so dramatically that utilizing Internet platform to this absolutely necessary. Also, doing little things like taking the introduction to a happy song (my song “Happy To Love”) and creating a ring tone that is being distributed has helped a lot. Of course, the use of email is a requirement. I think the most important thing is to make sure you respond quickly and immediately to anybody who could be a fan to help them stay in touch with your art and introduce it to their friends.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

It was interesting in that I had sort of an epiphany at one point. It was when I was younger, and I believed that the music business was really simply about creating a piece of artwork called music; I was in for a bit of a surprise. As I progressed it slowly sunk in that this was really a business. The artist in me wanted to reject the idea that I had to treat the whole thing like a business and a wanted to recluse myself and simply stay at home and write my songs. The epiphany occurred when I realized that in order to really be happy with my writing and my songs I would have to engage in the business and I did and I’m sure happy that I did.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

It is kind of strange, but my melodies just come to me. I sing, and the melody comes out. I listen to a great deal of music of all different genres so that the melodies to come out may be somewhere embedded in my mind so that when I sing maybe I’m borrowing different tonal aspects of music that I’ve listened to. But whatever it is, when I develop a progression, and even though I tend to write popular rock there is a strong influence of jazz in my writing, there are a lot of notes available and I take advantage of that. I used to write melodies that were fairly monotonic, but now my melodies seem to run all over the place. There’s nothing better than hearing that somebody couldn’t get the chorus that you sang out of their head.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

I copyright my original music with the US patent and trademark office. I also use a distributor TuneCore and I collect my royalties through ASCAP. The publishing world is very difficult to understand. I have a background in law and I recently read a book about protecting intellectual property in music written by a lawyer and even with all of my background I could hardly understand it. I do my best to protect myself and I don’t engage in publishing deals that I don’t understand. With the new legislation in the US and the UK things are changing rapidly so I’m going to keep an eye on it.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

I love popular rock with a strong element of jazz in it. I don’t even know what to call it, but it’s in the tradition of Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren and others that seem to be able to take jazz chord substitutions into the rock world and turn the music into something that I love to hear as well as play and sing.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

My themes vary. Of course, there is the old standby of love and companionship, but I also write about things that hit me hard. ‘By The Throat’ is a song I wrote after my brother passed away from an opiate overdose. I ended up studying the opiate epidemic and how it happens and what happens and I even dove into the whole area of the common slang involved. I wrote that song is a plea for those who are addicted to get help. The bridge line still hits me pretty hard “you know you’re dying no matter how much you pretend”. But in the end, an Angel takes your hand and brings you to the place to get that help. I’m currently writing a song called “Mother Ocean” which will appear on the album and is about ocean pollution and how terrible it is as we all evolved out of creatures that lived in the ocean and we are all still drawn to the ocean. (I live on a beach.) Yet, here we are destroying it.

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Elaborate on this song.

I needed to really dig in and figure out how you get the message across that opiate addiction doesn’t naturally mean you’re going to die from it and that there is help available. I watched a lot of interviews with opiate addicted people and read numerous articles about how they live their lives after they were originally addicted. So many of them start with a simple prescription for pain medication (as my brother did) and become addicted to the pills they’re taking. I had a very small interaction with that myself after a major surgery a number of years ago and my short experience with an opiate, which did relieve the pain, felt so good I realized that there was danger there particularly because it was only a month or two after my brother passed away. I stopped immediately realizing that the pain was better than the consequences of dealing with the addiction. I studied the language that’s used in the drug world – that going to get your fix is called “running” that heroine is “China white” fentanyl is “China girl”. That it’s Narcan that brings these people back from the dead and that when they are fading they do see “the ghost”. Also, that many of them become addicted from a doctor’s prescription and end up on the couch playing video games, losing their jobs and seeing their lives spiral out of control. I hope this song will help anybody who will listen to it.

 

 

I chose to write the music in a dark, brooding tone and chose a low Irish penny whistle as the solo instrument because it matches that feeling. I think folks who are addicted are depressed because they just don’t see a way out. I was struck a while ago with a quote from a woman who was addicted. She said, “I wish I was a dog because dogs don’t get addicted to opiates”. That kind of says it all.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

I’ve studied the heck out of this and wish I could say that … understand the whole thing. I’m a pretty smart guy, I have a PhD and I study economics as well as law and it is still almost ethereal to me how the whole thing works. I do understand enough to get royalty checks though, which I guess is pretty good. I also know enough to consult with a lawyer before I commit to anything that might have long-term implications for my music.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

I think the best way to boost revenue, besides getting out on the road and playing shows that can be profitable, is to take every available opportunity to put your stuff out there. These days people get paid for streams not sales of physical albums or CDs. I found that you can buy inexpensive thumb drives for about two dollars each and put your music on that as well as your lyric sheets, your background, your music resume, your EPK and many, many other things and just distribute that to get people to listen. I no longer fear the idea of giving away my music because the trick isn’t to get them to listen to it once in the streaming world it is the idea of getting them to listen to it over and over again. One thing I’m doing is making sure that when I do tour that social media is used extensively to drive people to want to come to the shows and hopefully that will drive them to listen to my music on platforms like Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Amazon Music and others.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

I grew up in Rochester, New York where the Eastman School of Music was always a presence. I played in a band there, as I discussed, when I was 13 in my first act, and we were always surrounded by performers playing that were from the Eastman school. We also had some great local acts like the Young Rascals and others. Rochester is a very music-oriented city. I wish I had studied more music in college (I did take a music theory course which’s helped me tremendously) but I chose to study other things. I do study music now to make sure that I can understand how complex jazz progressions and modulations can enhance the attractiveness of music and I use that in my writing. What I will tell you is that every time I see children in our audience I always, always tell the parents to get their kids an instrument because it will teach them everything from math to culture to art to poetry and so many things that if you give a kid an instrument it is like that old proverb about teaching a man to fish instead of giving them a fish, it supports them for the rest of their lives.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

I wish I knew the answer to that question and could state it simply, but the best I can do is to say that you need to find the chord that plays in everyone’s heart. That’s why love is such a ubiquitous topic in written songs, everyone longs for it. My song “Happy To Love” which will be on the album is about finding love at first sight, but the lyric brings it right into the rest of the person’s life and living together after that. Just simply wanting something is not enough to write a hit song about, you have to see a way to achieve it and hold it. Of course it’s just not that simple and the music and specifically the hook has to be really well-written. I think it’s very important to get song out in front of people and get them to react to it. That can be kind of painful, but it’s something that you need to do to find out if what you got is really affecting anybody deep down inside because if it doesn’t it isn’t going nowhere.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

I am the writer “John O’Brien”, artist, producer and promoter. I do hire folks to assist in various aspects of the development of the act and projects.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“By The Throat” is the title of the song and as I discussed earlier it is about pleading with people who are addicted to opiates to go get help before they die.

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

The title of the album is “Endure” and it reflects the fact that I’ve been doing this for very long time and that I have endured many setbacks, but never really thought about giving it up. I’m always amazed that somebody can play music as some of my bandmates did through my touring years as a young artist and somehow they stop playing. Of the four members of my act that I toured in for three years when I was young, two of them have not picked up an instrument in 20 or 30 years. How do they do that? I thought it was a fitting title not because of the “endurance”, because that sounds like it’s been an ugly hard race, but because it hasn’t been ugly at all and has been worth enduring. I hope people get the title for what it is; enduring something is really an act of love.

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CelineDion – 2018 Tour Edition

 

 

 

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CELINE DION

 

THE BEST SO FAR… 2018 TOUR EDITION


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International songstress, Celine Dion recently announced that she will bring her LIVE 2018 TOUR to Australia and New Zealand audiences in July and August this year for a number of national headline tour dates. The acclaimed singer is set to grace audiences in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland, and to celebrate her highly-anticipated tour down under, Sony Music Entertainment Australia will release a new commemorative Greatest Hits album titled THE BEST SO FAR…2018 TOUR EDITION. The record is a special collection for fans showcasing Celine Dion’s most-beloved recordings featured on the tour.

 

 

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One of the most immediately recognised, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history, Celine Dion has sold almost 250 million albums during her over 30-year career. In Australia alone, she has sold close to 3.5 million albums and DVDs, over 1.6 million singles, and had over 83 million lifetime streams. She has earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards and seven American Music Awards.

 

 

In 2004, Celine received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards recognising her status as the best-selling female artist of all time.

 

 

In 2016, the Billboard Music Awards presented her with the lifetime achievement Icon Award.   Celine continues to break records with her ongoing Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace which has played over 1,000 shows to more than four million fans.

 

 

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City Show date Venue
Sydney July 27 & 28, 2018 Qudos Bank Arena
Brisbane Monday, July 30, 2018 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Perth Saturday, August 4, 2018 Perth Arena
Melbourne August 7 & 8, 2018 Rod Laver Arena
Auckland August 11,12,14 2018 Spark Arena

 

 

 

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Eric Val

Eric Val – Tragedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Val

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Eric Val – Tragedy

 

 

‘Diverse Music with a Hard Rock Edge,’ sums up Eric Val’s music career. This hard rock solo artist comes from Williamsport, PA, that was influenced by bands like Sevendust, Shinedown, Marvin Gaye, Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, Stone Sour and Seether. He has a classically trained voice that helps him propel his sound and style far above the rest. His writing style is as unique as his voice.

 

 

 

With the release of the debut album ‘3 Year Struggle’ August 31, 2012, the world got to see a small taste of what Eric is all about. With 13 original tracks, it is available exclusively at ericvalmusic.com, along with itunes.com, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com. The album demonstrates his diversity, honesty and passion for his music. The first two singles ‘High Above You’ and ‘Pull Me Under’ showcase his pop sensibility and the rest show the diversity.

 

 

 

The next recording was released in September 2013 debuting the rock/pop single ‘Beauty Queen’. The song exemplifies a mixture of heavy guitars, groove drumming and smooth vocals. Another single was released, ‘If You Only Knew’, in July of 2014, and comprises a mixture of acoustic guitars, electric solos and fast paced drums. Then in 2015, came ‘Beautiful Lie’ a mixture of rock, country and classical music with a smooth melody and voice.

 

 

 

As for what is next? The sophmore album ‘My Gift, My Curse’ is finished and set to be released in 2019. In short, it the most diverse rock album ever, featuring 14 different musicians playing over twenty different instruments on the album; ranging from rock and metal influence to classical and country tones. The first single ‘Tragedy’ will start it off and is set to be released… a mixture of rock, country and classical music with haunting lyrics and melody. It is dedicated to the ones we’ve lost, the ones left behind and the impact it has on us. Inspired by the people we’ve lost due to suicide and drug overdoses. All the proceeds from the song will be donated to the Recovery Awareness Connection, an organization dedicated to recovery of those with drug abuse and mental illness. The next single ‘My Own Hell’, a mixture of metal, groove and haunting melody, is set to be released by the end of summer 2018.

 

 

 

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George Five – Back On It

 

 

George Five - Back On It

George Five – Back On It

 

 

George Five – Back On It

 

 

Back with his brand new single, Catalonian singer-songwriter George Five has announced the official release of his latest offering ‘Back On It’; a chicly uplifting pop track exploring the acumen of romantic connection.

 

 

After the success of his previous single ‘Portrait’, released earlier this year, George Five has arrived back on the scene just in time for the summer with his new single ‘Back On It’.

 

 

George Five is a London based singer-songwriter and a bass player. Centring his life notably around the guitar, piano, and bass, George’s collection of soulful pop music represents as a truly honest and heartfelt illustration of musicianship. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, George Five is back with a fresh new hit single, ready to share with the world.

 

 

With a unique and professional sound, George Five uses his music to channel what he has to say about life and the world around him. His groovy combination of folk-pop expresses a polished, yet relaxed tone with a personal perspective.

 

 

 

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PC VanTassel

 

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PC VanTassel

 

 

 

PC Van Tassel is an independent artist, writer, and performer.  Her paintings and drawings have been accepted in numerous juried shows, both regional and national, and are in private collections in the United States.  Van Tassel won first prize for her painting Dreams of Food at the Weehawken Gallery in New Jersey, and has been a teaching artist affiliated with the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY.  Many of her paintings and photographs celebrate the dramatic landscapes near her Catskill Mountain home.  She is an alumna of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

 

 

 

As a writer and performer, Van Tassel composed both lyrics and music for the songs on her recent CD HOPE AND FEAR (2017) in response to the current political situation in the United States which has spilled into the world.  Quiet Christmas CD (2016) is a collection of traditional Christmas songs uniquely arranged with only vocals and percussion.  The Last Day of Dorothy Lillian Phelps, Van Tassel’s first play, had its premiere reading at The Open Eye Theater July 15, 2015.

 

 

 

Performing in New York City at the Dramatist’s Guild, The Treehouse Theater, the Provincetown Playhouse Theater and Ripley-Grier Studios, Van Tassel has portrayed some of theater’s memorable characters.  She played Maggie Finnegan in the off-Broadway tour of Finnegan’s Farewell. In 2014, The Fenimore Art Museum commissioned her one woman performance of ‘Dorothea Lange’. She also originated ‘Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Garden Tour’ in Cooperstown.  Van Tassel has received rave reviews for performances in several one-actor shows, including:  the world premiere of Sandra Asher’s Walking Toward America (“Van Tassel’s brilliant performance is still fresh in our memories” -Ilga Vise, upon whose memoirs the play is based); Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine (“Our audience laughed, came near to tears, and were so moved by Van Tassel’s performance” -Peg Murphy, Ritz Playhouse); William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst (“every eye  was on Van Tassel’s tour de force” -Joan Arnold, Ancram Opera House); and Anne Ludlum’s Shame the Devil! (“Van Tassel won not only our minds, but our hearts”- Kitty Montgomery, critic, The Kingston Daily Freeman).  Van Tassel’s acting coach was the late Gene Lasko.  She has also directed productions of Box and Cox, an 1860’s British farce, and Moliere’s Tartuffe.

 

 

 

Through all disciplines- visual art, writing, and performing- PC Van Tassel explores color, in both light and shadow.

 

 

 

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Journey of the Heart

Paul and Friends

 

Journey of the Heart

Journey of the Heart

 

 

 

 

Paul and Friends

 

 

This is Paul and Friends’ third CD, requiring 4-5 years to produce.  It features top-notch musicians from New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, as well as from Australia.  This CD is quite up-beat and eclectic, featuring original primarily jazz tunes, sub-categorized as jazz-rock, acoustic rock, blues, pop, easy listening, Brazilian jazz, and Christian.  Quite a potpourri, but it works.  Two gems on the album are Sammarco’s own up-beat, jazz-rock title track – the A-side single – ‘Journey of the Heart’, featuring Michael Klaus on vocals, and the B-side – ‘Bad Habits’, featuring Richard Toups.  The latter is the first US release of this high-energy Australian swing hit originally recorded by Billy Field.  Sammarco has attempted to retain the original flavor of the tune; taking William Motzing’s setting and re-arranging it.

 

 

 

‘Call Her Mellow’ and ‘Beautiful Day’ have easy-going Brazilian musical settings and feature Ben Melancon on lead vocals.

 

 

 

‘Lost and Found’ is an acoustic CSN-type story song, sung by Michael Klaus.  A cover on the CD is “Laughter in the Rain” – the Neil Sedaka tune in which Sammarco has combined the arrangements of Sedaka and Jeffrey Foskett (Brian Wilson’s touring music director) and added his own spice to the mix.

 

 

‘Yesterday’s Dream’ is a kick-butt blues tune featuring Sarah Sullivan on lead vocal and Jason Ricci (Grammy Award Winner, Johnny Winter Band) on harmonica.

 

 

‘Find Your Paradise’ is a light rock tune featuring Michael Klaus on lead vocal.  It has a bit of a dark theme, but comes out shining in the end.

 

 

Out of the Woods’ is a ying and yang instrumental featuring Roger Kimball on sax, Mark Trentecosta on guitar, and Rachel Billiott Klaus on synthesizer.

 

‘Create in Me a Clean Heart’ is a beautiful Christian hymn, featuring the enormously talented Donna Sammarco of ‘On Eagles Wings’ fame, on solo piano.

 

 

Another Christian tune is ‘The 23rd Psalm, with a Children’s Prayer’, setting the story of the 23rd Psalm (“The Lord is my Shepherd…”) as a child’s dream – sung by two choirs.

 

 

A third Christian tune is another Sammarco original, ‘The Lord, He Knows’, an acoustic tune with heavy vocal harmonies, again featuring Michael Klaus on lead vocals.

 

 

The Bonus Tracks are short vignettes excised from Paul and Friends’ earlier CD ‘Smooth Sailing’.  Here the instrumentals have been stripped from the recording to reveal the rich a capella vocal harmonies.  The tunes include ‘Have You Ever Seen…?’, ‘Drift Away’, and ‘Just One More Time’, featuring Martin Hart, Lindsay Melancon Ogle, Ben Melancon, and Paul W. Sammarco.  This thing’s a mix, but we think it came out great.  Enjoy!

 

 

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JoeyNiles – Death Has No Friends

 

 

 

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JoeyNiles – Death Has No Friends

 

 

Share your life story with us.

I was always a shy individual.  I was raised up by a single, wonderful, hardworking mother and no real father figure.  We never really had much, but just enough to survive.  I also had a love for music, but as you can imagine, mom always said to get a job and a career that will pay me a good salary and be thankful for what I had.  She was not too keen on me pursuing music, because she felt that wouldn’t lead to anything good.  On my father’s side, there were musicians and singers of which one made a successful career as a lead singer for a Latin Band Called “El Grand Combo”, a very popular and famous Latin group.  My Uncle’s name is Charlie Aponte and now is doing a solo career of which he is doing very well.  As the years went by and I became a young adult, I start really gravitating towards Metal.  I started playing in a garage band as a bass player, and then did some wedding gigs. I really had this thing about one day doing my own music and playing it live and becoming a famous “Rock Star”… I guess many have had this dream.  However, I knew I would do something with the music industry.  I later founded an original band with a friend of which we co-wrote a few tunes.  We got a drummer and a singer, and off we went.  Playing the Trenton area scene as “Heavy Artillery”, we made great strides.  However, big heads prevailed, and when the opportunity came to get signed, everybody went crazy, LOL.  The guitar player wanted to do a Michael Bolton thing, the keyboard player wanted to go back to college, the drummer blew a fuse and went back to California, and the Singer kept singing.  The opportunity evaporated.  I was heartbroken, I gave it my all and instead of moving on, I took a different path by leaving the scene.  I believe that there is a time for everything.  Fast forward to today, I have reignited my passion for writing.  This time I call all the shots, create awesome music, touch people in a positive way and bless as many people as possible.

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Death Has No Friends – Single Release

 

The Single Release of ‘Death Has No Friends’. Its Genre is Heavy Metal, Metal and Christian Metal. Pre-Order Release Date is 6/2/2018 and the Official Date is 6/12/2018. It is being released by songwriter Joe Aponte, aka JoeyNiles. A message of love and warning.

 

 

Death Has No Friends – Single Release

Woodland Park, NJ, June 04, 2018 – The purpose behind ‘Death Has No Friends’ is to get a very important message out to those who would listen. It is not about the writer Joe Aponte aka JoeyNiles, it is about a message of love, reaching out and a warning to those who oppress and abuse others from a higher power. A reach out to those who are contemplating suicide, murder and similar atrocities. There is a higher power, and He is reaching out to all who would listen through this single. Don’t concentrate on the man, just listen to the message. The writer JoeyNiles hopes it will save lives and help to stop all these killings. Change begins in the heart.

 

This single will be available for pre-order starting on 6/2/2018 through iTunes and Google Play. It will also be available on all popular music streaming outlets.

 

About

Joe Aponte, aka, JoeyNiles has played in bands since 1980’s. He has played in the original band called Heavy Artillery later called Blue Waters, was a co-writer in the band and now is writing 100% of his own material.

 

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

The only person who supported me was my wife; she never lost faith in me and is always there by my side.  Also, I thank my Heavenly Father, who opened my mind and heart back up to write music again.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

I find that recording in the studio is the greatest experience one could have.  There is this feeling of awesomeness you get and also butterflies. I could be playing in front of thousands and not get as nervous as I do in the studio. You just want to be able to create magic and yet, be under a lot of pressure because you know that time is money.  It’s a crazy love I guess, LOL. Sometimes, love hurts.  As far as playing in clubs, taking your gear from club to club, going through the back doors (kitchens), the pressures of setting up quickly, throw off a couple of songs, then rushing to get your equipment out, Yeah, that is an experience alright. Oh, we can’t forget to mention the battle of the bands!  Most of the times it so rigged that you have to laugh or else you’d cry, LOL.  However, it is an experience you’ll never forget.  I loved playing for the crowds that was the best part of it.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Songwriting is something you either have a talent for or not.  I have to feel something, sadness, happiness, aggressiveness, music is about expressing emotions. It’s about telling a story and getting others to feel what you’re saying.  I write with intensity, I love the power and drive of Metal.  Most importantly, I found that music knowledge is very important.  I studied on my own and I am thankful for it.  I love to write my music in the harmonic minor scale.  It is filled with possibilities and it rocks!

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Elaborate on your future projects.

I am currently working on a song called “Enemy”; again, I love drive and intensity, so you can only imagine what it will sound like. After that, I intend to continue to write killer tunes and make a statement.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

I am subscribing to a lot of music only communities, i.e., Reverbnation, I have a YouTube channel, I have MusicXray where I get a lot of fans from, I am promoting my artist Website of which I am getting a lot of visits from and subscriptions.  I am also using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

You live by the decisions you make.  Life isn’t fair, or at least it wasn’t for me. Having said that – I don’t make excuses. Many downs in my life, I made bad decision of which the effects lasted throughout my adult life.  I was my own worst enemy. Music had stopped for me emotionally for many years, but never really left my heart.  All that is behind me, and I have a lot of catching up to do.  I love it.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

When you hear a melody, rule number one, record it or lose it!  You always have to take into consideration the key of the song.  Remember, a great singer without a great song, is just a singer.  Just like an awesome car, not every color looks great on the car. Your vocals have to be comfortable and remain powerful within the key.  As I mentioned before, I love the harmonic minor key, it just brings out the creativity in me.  Additionally, I don’t like to stay within the boundaries of conventional wisdom.  I love experimenting.  I love to add accidentals to my music. For an example, towards the end of ‘Death Has No Friends’, I went from an Am to an AMaj … Obviously the accidental here is the C#. If you hear the song, the normal ear would not pick up on the complexities within the chord changes and selections.  However, there is a lot under the hood.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

It’s a headache!  How’s that?  However, it is the nature of the beast. Mechanical licensing, Publishing etc. I leave that up to organizations such as TuneCore, etc. Oh, and my lawyer… LOL.

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Tell us your favorite genre of music.

Totally, always and forever, HEAVY METAL!

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

The things you can’t see or touch.  It is more real than what you can physically see.  I see through my spiritual eyes… I try to bring this out into the physical via sound waves Music.

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Elaborate on this song.

‘Death Has No Friends’ – the title says a lot.  People lately are playing with fate, they are abusing others, and push every thresh hold to the max.  There are many out in society who are stressed to the max, they are committing suicide, murders, atrocities simply because they see no hope, their hearts have turned dark.  ‘Death Has No Friends’ is a song of love, outreach and warning to those who continue to abuse others.  I strongly believe that God has given me this message to share with all who would listen.

 

My mind and heart has been closed with music, and God just opened my mind and heart back with music. I am not going to preach here, I am not a preacher.  However, Death is not the final frontier, it is just the beginning.  At the other end, you are going to have someone waiting for you and that is where the rubber meets the road.  Jesus is saying, reach out to me and I will make myself real to you and heal your heart, and free you from your bondage. This is a message of love, reaching out and warning from God.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

Many years ago, it was not possible to distribute your music to a wide audience without getting signed to a Record Label. Today, you can do it with TuneCore and distribute it to many digital power houses.  Through social media you can promote your music and provide links to iTunes for an example, where they can purchase your music.  You have the power of YouTube where you can really maximize your exposure with an awesome music video. Your musical success is now in the power of the people, not an AR man from a record company pushing the buttons.  The music has to speak for itself, the people will follow.  It is a longer route, for sure, but a feasible one.  Don’t get me wrong, good recording deal can speed up the process considerably but then you have to ask yourself, at the cost of what?  Are you willing to pay that cost?  You have to love what you’re playing; the rest takes care of its own.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

200% publishing, wide distribution and big name venues… don’t forget t-shirts, hats, bags, etc.  Music is a business, and you have to respect and treat as such.  Do that and you will be happy, with little or a lot.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

Listen, music has to be in the heart.  Knowledge is essential in order to bring out the best in your creativity. I have learned that the hard way.  I look at all this talent on social media, a 15 year old playing classical, ripping leads, and amazing abilities.  If you don’t know what is under the hood, you just become a curious anomaly.  A lot of ooo, ahhh, wow… but, that’s about it. I believe reading books on theory, chord progressions, keys, composition of chords, etc. is very important.  Even with all that in your belt, you still might not write a hit song.  Having said that, it is better to have knowledge than not, and love for music than not. Rock always and enjoy what you are doing.  Don’t worry about the haters. 😉

 

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

Knowledge, emotions, expression, and a desire to let others feel what you are feeling through sound.  Use the tool given, like tempo, signature, drops in volume, great sounding interval combinations that expresses that feeling when you hear it. Most importantly, make sure your music is well thought out.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is JoeyNiles  – that was the name that we came up with when I was in the band Heavy Artillery.  I like Middle Eastern culture, and I always found Egypt fascinating. They just said it sounds cool, JoeyNiles it is.  Joe and Niles as in the Niles River.

 

TELYKast - Summertime

TELYKast – Summertime

 

 

 

TELYKast - Summertime

TELYKast – Summertime

 

 

 

TELYKast releases new, sultry single ‘Summertime’

 

– capturing the warm L.A. vibe in a song

 

 

 

TELYKast – Summertime

 

 

Living together in a house in Los Angeles where they have rebuilt their bedrooms into professional recording studios – TELYKast is a trio literally living, sleeping and breathing music. Constantly in a creative mindstate; they create high energy pop exclusively made with organic instruments. The hyped group has sold out every live show that they’ve played and with an iconic and innovative live setup consisting of a DJ, a guitarist, and a vocalist – the three musicians blend their various musical influences in a way that’s never been seen on the mainstage before.

 

 

 

“Everything in our recordings is organic and we live by the philosophy that we can create any sound without using synths. We really enjoy playing live and performing our unique mix of both DJing and playing live instruments simultaneously. With a mission to push the boundaries and shift the needle, we’re here to innovate the dance scene and change it up a bit”

– TELYKast.

 

 

 

Consisting of Trevor who grew up in Los Angeles gigging with metal bands, Linus who grew up in Manhattan playing the jazz guitar and Kyle from Dallas – who was inspired to start DJing when he went to Sweden and fell in love with dance music.

 

 

 

TELYKast is a mixture of both geographical and musical backgrounds.

 

 

 

With an old school production, a jazzy atmosphere, and a seductive mood – TELYKast manages to create a tune that makes us want to sway along and dance those warm summer nights away.

 

 

 

 

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