GoodnGone - Momma Don't

GoodnGone – Momma Don’t

GoodnGone – Momma Don’t

 

 

 

 

 

GoodnGone - Momma Don't

GoodnGone – Momma Don’t

 

 

 

Artist Name: Goodngone

 

Song Title: Momma Don’t

 

Genre: Country Rock

 

Release Date: 9/11/2018

 

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GoodnGone – Momma Don’t

 

Goodngone is a rocking Texas country band out of Dallas, Texas. Goodngone combines classic twang with modern rock guitar and choral hooks to attain their sound. Goodngone is Jimmie Davidson (vocals/guitar), Richie Davis (drums), Forrest Johnson (bass), and Tom Brandish (lead guitar).

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Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

We use our real names (Jimmie Davidson, Richie Davis, Forrest Johnson, and Tom Brandish). We are all from Texas (USA), thus we couldn’t escape country music during our childhoods. However, we branched out into rock n roll during our rebellious years, but settled back into country in adulthood and that combination is heard in our music.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I (Jimmie) have a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, but I don’t think it really has any effect on our music. What does though is the life experience of living in a college town and being exposed to a variety of great musicians.

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Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience and skills.

Our band’s name, Goodngone, is taken from a Chris Cagle song, ‘What Kinda Gone’. It has an attitude about and much of music is about love lost, heartbreak, leaving, etc., so we thought it was cool sounding. We have all been playing music for at least 30 years. Goodngone was formed in January of 2009 so we are coming up on our 10th anniversary.

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Tell us your genre and idea behind your music song.

This is a tricky one, as we are a bit all over the road when it comes to genre. We call ourselves “rockin Texas country” and probably fit into the country rock genre as well as any. ‘Momma Don’t’ is a song that has an old Waylon Jennings feel to it but is about as hard rockin of a song that we have produced to date. It’s a song about not giving up on someone who is struggling with a life issue.

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Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

If I were to run a label, I would throw away convention and sign artists who are true to their music and not chasing what is popular right now or doing things in the expected or typical model. There should be no rules anymore in the streaming age, so artists should do songs that are as long or short as they and cross genres if they want. If it’s good it’s good. If it sucks, it sucks. But that’s all subjective, like most things in life.

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List your various works.

Our first EP was self-titled in 2010. It was made on a limited budget (hell, we still are on one of those but not as much as back then). It had our first five songs on it. Our first full album was “Home” and it was released a couple of years ago. There are some great songs on there, but again, the recording quality didn’t have the financing in it like this current record does. Our current full length record was just released this month (October 2018) and was recorded at Fort Worth Sound in Ft. Worth, Texas by producer Bart Rose. It is a radio quality record (at last).

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Word of mouth is pretty much it. We don’t have a marketing budget, so free social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are utilized.

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Explain the story behind the song.

‘Momma Don’t’ is a song about not giving up on someone who is struggling with an issue. It can be alcohol or anything really. It just talks about the struggles with trying to keep faith in someone who is not in a healthy state of being at the moment. But the character feels like he just about has it all worked out and is ready for change, so Momma Don’t give up on me now (I just about got this figured out).

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State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.

Jimmie Davidson (vocals / guitar) Richie Davis (drums)

 

 

Forrest Johnson (bass)

 

 

Tom Brandish (lead guitar)

 

 

Producer: Bart Rose (Ft. Worth Sound)

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

We all have our things, but I enjoy playing ice hockey and am in two leagues a week (Jimmie).

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Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience and your future goal.

I have been playing in bands since I was 14, so that was in 1981 or so. Goodngone is coming up on ten years of existence and we just want to keep making good music for people to enjoy. It would be nice to have a wider audience and that’s our biggest goal and challenge in this modern era.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

The blend of country and rock is not unique, but it’s not that common. Our backgrounds give us a unique sound though. You combine four humans and their influences and it’s going to colour things a certain way.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Guitars, Cadillacs : Dwight Yoakam

 

This Time Around: Randy Rogers Band

 

When I’m Stoned: Jason Boland & The Stragglers

 

Lay it Down: Ratt

 

Feel Your Love Tonight: Van Halen

Polaroid - Jonas Blue x Liam Payne x Lennon Stella

Polaroid – Jonas Blue x Liam Payne x Lennon Stella

Polaroid – Jonas Blue x Liam Payne x Lennon Stella

 

 

 

 

Polaroid - Jonas Blue x Liam Payne x Lennon Stella

Polaroid – Jonas Blue x Liam Payne x Lennon Stella

 

 

 

Polaroid – Jonas Blue x Liam Payne x Lennon Stella

 

London-based electronic dance producer Jonas Blue (born Guy James Robin in Essex, England) caught the attention of the industry with his reimagining of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car.” Adding a tropical house tint to the plaintive, bittersweet acoustic original, Blue enlisted the talents of young British singer Dakota, whose sultry vocals helped carry the song to the top of 17 international charts, including number one slots in Australia, Scotland, and both the U.K. and U.S. dance charts. In 2016 Blue released “Perfect Strangers,” the follow-up to his global smash, featuring JP Cooper on vocals. The single landed in the Top Ten internationally and was followed by “By Your Side” with Raye. The following year he issued “Mama,” his collaboration with Australian pop vocalist William Singe. That track would appear on Electronic Nature: The Mix 2017, a compilation of favorites from the DJ’s own live sets. In addition to his own hit singles, the collection included his spins on songs by Galantis, Zedd, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, and more. In 2018, Blue released the feel-good house-pop tune “Rise,” which saw him collaborating with Nebraskan Vine stars/pop duo Jack & Jack.

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Sumner - All That I Am

Sumner – All That I Am

Sumner – All That I Am

 

 

 

 

Sumner - All That I Am

Sumner – All That I Am

 

 

 

 

Sumner – All That I Am

 

 

 

There’s something very special about Australian enigmatic electronic duo Sumner, consisting of Jack McLaine and Chloe Wilson. The underground newcomers have already played alongside Vera Blue, The Smith Street Band, Montaigne, graced the Falls Festival & Party In The Paddock stages. Earlier in 2018, they released their exciting new single, Pictures, to the Australian market. This dark R&B track examines solitude, and was the first taste of Sumner’s debut EP, All That I Am, a release that explores illness, diagnosis, personal struggle and catharsis, all within Sumner’s own very cool little world.

 

Since the release they have been awarded the Josh Pyke Partnership and showcased at Big Sound. It’s about to get a whole lot bigger with the release of their exciting new single, Put It Out on Nov 23.

 

Pictures plays with a wide variety of elegant influences; the duo embrace the production style of Lorde’s first LP, while adding their own distorted pop/R&B stylings reminiscent of Frank Ocean and heavy bass that feels like something off an Arctic Monkeys record. It’s a potent combination that particularly shines on this single, as the duo have skilfully pieced together some seriously eclectic moments to create this one intelligent, mature, hooky song. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Jack and Chloe agree it’s definitely about feeling very alone, “The song was inspired by the feeling of being alone in a packed club full of people. Feeling distant and out of touch with the people around you laughing, dancing and having a generally happy time.”

 

The EP All That I Am is further proof that Sumner are one to watch. This collection of songs is perfectly unique and completely self-assured, and not only is that very rare for such a young project – it’s precisely what makes them special. All That I Am is effortlessly cool and refreshing, with open vulnerability within the lyrics that overflow atop consistent beds of glowing, pulsating, dexterous production. Jack and Chloe share a little more about the process and the team behind it all, “The EP was entirely self-produced and recorded. We worked with some mates for particular parts such as Shanice Osita Chuku on additional vocals in 45 Roses and Pictures, and Billy Bennett (Save The Clock Tower) on additional guitar for Lover. We also worked with Ross Irwin (The Cat Empire, The Bamboos) for the horn parts on 45 Roses. The EP was mixed by Kevin ‘KD’ Davis (Rihanna, TLC, Destiny’s Child, Tupac) and mastered by Grammy Award winner William Bowden (Gotye, Hermitude).”

 

Music is the constant thread shared between Jack and Chloe, as they reflect on the theme of the EP and what it was that brought them together, “We used music as a catharsis, with the EP following a story from illness to a cleaner, healthier mind with a change of perspective through the process… We met living in the small town of Launceston and finding each other’s music through mutual friends. We decided to link up to play a one off gig as ‘Sumner’ and we haven’t stopped making music since.”

 

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2CELLOS - Let There Be Cello

2CELLOS – Let There Be Cello

2CELLOS – Let There Be Cello

 

 

 

 

2CELLOS - Let There Be Cello

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2CELLOS – Let There Be Cello

 

 

 

The Croatian duo of Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, better known as 2CELLOS, return with an all-new album, Let There Be Cello, set for release October 19 via Sony Music Masterworks.  A follow-up to the 2017 release of Score, Let There Be Cello finds the pair exploring a diverse catalogue with their signature boundary-breaking playing style.

 

“We’ve always said we want to break down pre-conceptions about the cello and the boundaries around musical genres,” says 2CELLOS on their latest project.  “This album demonstrates that. We take inspiration from all sources, from pop smashes to timeless classical music, from classic rock through to our enduring love of film music. This album has the lot – including some 2CELLOS’ originals. There are no rules, just let there be cello!”

 

Co-produced by Šulić and Hauser themselves as well as Filip Vidovic, Let There Be Cello is a showcase of 2CELLOS’ exceptional talent for reinventing the music of any genre. The collection includes their take on the latest pop hits, including Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, a fan-favourite rendition that has garnered over 30 million views on 2CELLOS’ YouTube alone.  Known for bringing their explosive playing style to some of rock’s biggest anthems, 2CELLOS make no exception on Let There Be Cello, which features favourites “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and The White Stripes’ iconic “Seven Nation Army,” which the pair most recently performed on-field to open May’s UEFA Champions League final in Ukraine.  Taking their classical instrumentation to new heights, 2CELLOS round out the newest album with everything from celebrated classics (“Imagine” by John Lennon, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen) to never-before-heard original compositions (“Concept2,” “Cadenza”) for a listening experience unlike any other.

 

Giving fans a preview of what to expect from the group’s latest chapter, 2CELLOS released a brand-new visual for their rendition of “Vivaldi Storm.”  Filmed in their native Croatia, the video finds Šulić and Hauser performing in the center of a rock quarry.  With explosive lighting and dynamic camerawork, the visual perfectly mirrors the exhilarating drama and suspense of the Vivaldi composition, culminating in a climactic onslaught of rain as the performance comes to an end.

 

The 2CELLOS will be on tour in Australia November 23rd Perth, November 24th Melbourne, November 26th Adelaide, November 28th Sydney, November 30th Gold Coast and December 2nd Brisbane.

 

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The Kingdom Choir - Stand by Me

The Kingdom Choir – Stand by Me

The Kingdom Choir – Stand by Me

 

 

 

 

The Kingdom Choir - Stand by Me

The Kingdom Choir – Stand by Me

 

 

The Kingdom Choir – Stand by Me

 

 

Sony Music Entertainment Australia are excited to announce that The Kingdom Choir’s debut album STAND BY ME is released physically today. The choir arrive in Sydney next week to embark on a run of promotional activity which will include a performance at the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, presented by Jaguar Land Rover at Qudos Bank Arena on 27 October 2018.

 

Following their acclaimed performance of ‘Stand By Me’ at the Royal Wedding on 19 May 2018 The Kingdom Choir have captured the eyes and the ears of the world, landing them a record deal with Sony Music UK. The album’s diverse track listing includes ‘Stand By Me’ as well as a cross section of classic and contemporary vocal driven hits including Australian anthem ‘You’re The Voice’ (John Farnham), ‘Halo’ (Beyoncé) ‘All Of Me’ (John Legend) as well as ‘Blinded By Your Grace Part 2’ (Stormzy). The album also features a brand new, emotionally powerful ballad written by members of The Kingdom Choir called ‘Chases’.

 

The choir was founded in London 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson. The group of singers from in and around London draw from various Christian traditions and are dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performance. Prior to performing in front of nearly 2 billion people at the Royal Wedding, the largest audience The Kingdom Choir had performed…

 

Karen Gibson comments “The Kingdom Choir are absolutely delighted with the journey of the past few months! It’s been a roller coaster, but we wouldn’t have it any other way – first, the honour of being able to sing at the Royal Wedding, and then the thrill of being signed to Sony! It’s like an un-dreamt dream – one that you wouldn’t even consider, because you never thought it could happen to you. We’re very grateful and very excited about what’s to come in the next few months too…”

 

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Chief Executive Officer Patrick Kidd OBE said the organising committee is thrilled to have secured such an exciting line-up for the closing celebration. “The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Closing Ceremony will be a chance to acknowledge the tremendous achievements of the competitors, their family and friends. Not only for all they have achieved throughout an incredible week of sporting competition, but for all they have overcome on their individual recovery journeys,” said Kidd. “We are very proud to have some of the best home-grown Australian talent and international acts on board to help celebrate the end of a fantastic week.”

 

About Karen Gibson

Karen Gibson is an award-winning gospel choir conductor directing some of the most prestigious, large-scale choirs across the UK. The high standard of her work has taken her across Europe and further – Japan, Rwanda, Nigeria, Guyana, and the USA. Karen’s choirs are regular finalists or winners of choir competitions, including BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of The Year. After 11 years in IT, the positive impact of gospel singing led to her establishing the community gospel choir, The Kingdom Choir in the heart of Clapham Junction.

 

About The Invictus Games  & Closing Ceremony

Founded by HRH The Duke of Sussex in 2014, the Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service men and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games use the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and celebrate the crucial role played by family and friends. The fourth Invictus Games will be held in Sydney from 20-27 October 2018. 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 11 medal sports with events being staged across Greater Sydney, including at Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour. With fewer than 20 days to go until the start of the Games, and 80 percent of tickets already sold, the public are being urged to get in quick so they don’t miss out.  Be inspired. Be entertained. Be there. Get your tickets at: Invictus Games

 

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George Blue Galanos - I'm dead inside

George Blue Galanos – I’m dead inside

George Blue Galanos – I’m dead inside

 

 

 

 

 

George Blue Galanos - I'm dead inside

George Blue Galanos – I’m dead inside

 

 

 

 

Artist Name: George Blue Galanos

 

Song Title: I’m Dead Inside

 

Genre: Blues Rock

 

Release Date: 09/26/2018

 

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George Blue Galanos – I’m Dead Inside

 

George Blue Galanos is an emerging rock ‘n’ roller from Greece. “Galanos” actually means blue in Greek, and if you don’t believe in coincidences, it could be his calling to play the blues. George has been playing live for a long time. Having consistently played in lots of rock clubs in Athens and Thessaloniki in the past two decades with numerous bands, he decided to finally make his own act and deliver his own music to the world. His style can be described as heavy, aggressive blues rock, influenced by bands and artists like Jimi Hendrix, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Gary Moore, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Spiritual Beggars, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tinsley Ellis, Dave Meniketti… (the list can go on for pages). In fact it was one night that he was listening to Dave’s “On the blue side” album, heartbroken and in a very dark period of his life, that it dawned on him to pick up the guitar and forge his own blues orientated, rock sound. This is when his first two ballads “Dead Inside” and “Nataly” were written. In the months that followed, he took very big decisions in his life. Born in Sparta, he boasts of leaving a career in pharmaceutics and returning to his homeland to become a farmer, in order to have more time and peace of mind for his musical pursuits and to enjoy life to the full. His attitude towards life is non-conformist and aggressive, and he incorporates it in many of his songs. He affectionately calls his following and everyone who stands by his beliefs, a part of his “bull tribe”. His songs are about defining one’s self, relationships, love and heartbreak, life’s troubles, standing one’s ground, his own experiences and anything that may have an impact on him. Groove and straight forward attitude are key elements to his songwriting, while his ballads are blood dripping – pain inducing – straight from the heart – made. Heavy riffy guitars, climaxing solos and big, warm and gritty vocals are a trademark of his sound. A sound consolidated by a full analog production, using classic gear of the 70s and 80s, attempting to translate a live feel to the songs. His intentions: To rock the world! To testify his own blood and guts, conjure the demons that haunt his spirit, to play rock ‘n’ roll till his last breath. Ultimately, to have a great time doing so! His first EP has been digitally released, and his first video clip “I’m dead inside” is officially on YouTube.

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Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

My name is George Galanos. I was born in Sparta, Greece. Yes, THE Sparta. I grew up in a small agricultural town about 40 km south, called Skala, which is near the sea and is a place with endless orangeries. There wasn’t much to do over there so I spent my time studying English, doing lots of sports, and learning music, all of those by the age of 5. The town was still developing back then. When I went to high school, only five out of six high school grades were being taught. Lucky for me, the town had a philharmonic orchestra that I attended, and I had an amazing English teacher, who got me to read all the classic literature, like Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, and introduced me to Elvis, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, as part of my English lessons routine. I was first in my class during all my years. I also was the municipal champion in mid distance running, 1km and 3km. Every Sunday my dad used to take me and my sister to Sparta, to have private music lessons. There I started to learn the guitar, and I have to say I hated it! But as time went by, I loved music and everything started to take its natural course.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

After taking my exams, I was admitted to Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and studied pharmaceutics. I also run my own pharmacy for quite some years in Athens, but the economic crisis in Greece forced me to close it down and return to my hometown to become a farmer. Best thing that ever happened to me! I’m enjoying life in the country, great freedom and family life. I also have the time to make music, study and become better at it.

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Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience and skills.

I lived in Thessaloniki for over 10 years. During that period I was a guitar player and singer in lots of rock clubs. I used to play three to six nights per week, making a good name for myself and gaining valuable experience. I’ve been playing the guitar for over 3 decades, professionally since I was 19. I also took singing lessons with various coaches, Jason Catron being the best. Believe it or not, Galanos means “blue” in Greek. I don’t think it’s a coincidence! I’m a guy whose life turned around pretty violently with the crisis, I became a farmer when I used to be a pharmacist and I love to play the blues. Had to stick! My life is all about the blues!

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Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video/song.

I play heavy rock blues, if this is a term. Cranked Marshall and Orange amps, huge drums and the blues vibe is everywhere. The idea behind the video is simple: Beautiful landscape, a place that no other video has been made, at least no other blues or rock video, a pretty girl and great drone takes.

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Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

I wouldn’t want to be in a label’s place with all that’s happening in the music industry. One thing I would do for sure though: I’d sign up artists and bands willing to tour and be sure to book them big shows and many shows. That’s what music is about.

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List your various works.

I’ve released two records in the past, one with independent label Sleaszy Rider, and one with FM Records, both Greek labels.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Well, I’m using Facebook and Instagram ads to promote my video clip and Facebook page. I’ve sent my material for reviews to many blogs, webzines and web radios, via sites that are soliciting submissions. I’m running a weekly promotion with ReverbNation for discovering new artists. I also participated in a ReverbNation playlist promotion “Artists you should know”. Right now I’m putting a band together for the best promotion of all: Live shows.

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Explain the story behind the song.

“I’m dead inside” is a song about the end of a love affair that shouldn’t have taken place to begin with. It’s about a man having misconceptions about the woman he loves, that she loves him back. But this woman is in confusion because she hasn’t decided to leave the man she is with, so she breaks our hero’s heart. She leaves him so torn up inside and she treads on his pride so much, that he just can’t feel anymore. He believes he’ll never love or care about anybody again. He feels dead inside.

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State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.

George Galanos: Guitar and vocals (Greece)

 

Stelios Pavlou: Drums (Greece)

 

Marcin Palider: Bass (Poland)

 

Asterios Papastamatakis: Hammond (Greece)

 

Sandra Bullet: Backing Vocals (Portugal)

 

Alex Paclin: Harmonica (USA)

 

Guitar reamping at Studio Matrix Athens by Yannis Petroyannis. Drums recording, mix and production at Studio 133 Athens by Michael Skarakis. Drums recording for “I’m Dead Inside” at Prova Studio Athens. Mastered at VU Production Athens by Nasos Nomikos. Vocals recorded at my home studio.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Well as I said, I’m a farmer now. I own quite a number of acres. I grow Valencia oranges, Ortanique tangerines and olive trees. My goal is to make my crop as big as possible and buy new land. I’m also trying to find new markets for my goods, in Greece and abroad. This involves travelling, so I love it!

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Elaborate on the song/music video.

The story behind the making of the video is very sweet. I had just returned to my hometown and found my old friend, Costas, who runs a photography and video shooting business. They shoot marriages and stuff and it is a family company. I asked him to make the video clip for me and he said he’d do it for free! I didn’t let him do it for free of course, but since it was summer and I knew he had so much to do, I took up online video editing lessons and bought a new computer so that I could edit the video myself. The pretty girl starring in it is my little sister, Helen! We shot the video at the spot here in Homer’s “Iliad”, Paris, the prince of Troy, stole Helen of Greece from the Spartan king Menelaos, and spurred the Trojan War. It’s a pretty historic place, filled with heavy vibes. The idea was a simple one: A breakup taking place during the summertime, at this beautiful setting. And of course, a Belle Hellene!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been playing professionally since 1995. My first release was in 2006, (heavy metal) and at the same time I was the lead singer of a big Pink Floyd Tribute band. Unfortunately I had to join the army for a year and I left the band. My second release was in 2012 (Greek hard rock). I’ve played with numerous bands, and last year I had formed a band called “Waxed Circles” (blues rock). The bass player and drum player were in a band called 2002GR, a historic Greek rock band of the 80s. We released a single called “I Just Wanna Take You Home”, that I had written and produced, with a Greek label called Final Touch. My current goal is to go all the way. I’ve released a four song EP, but I’m already making new songs for a full length LP. I intend to stick around, because I know I’ve found my sound and calling in music. I intend to play shows all over Greece and abroad and keep promoting my work until more and more people know me. Hopefully I get a good record deal, but till then, I’m going to rock being an indie artist.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Blues music and rock music as I hear it nowadays, tend to have strong pop elements in the vocal melodies, and in general. The rock sound has become softer. Anything heavier is also harder and towards a more heavy metal path. My sound is not metal and definitely not pop influenced. I keep a heavy wall of guitars and shredding guitar solos but I stick to being rock. I rely on emotion, outbursts and climaxing my songs, rather than coming up with pop – like hooks, hoping that they will get me on the radio. I respect my roots and the blues I have incorporated in my rock. But I am heavy, because strength is something that describes me both physically and mentally. I also have a strong distinction from stoner music, because I lack any psychedelic element that this kind of heavy rock music is about.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

  1. Wild Frontier – Gary Moore

  2. Rocket Queen – Guns ‘n’ Roses

  3. Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You – Led Zeppelin

  4. Take It Like A Man – Dave Meniketti

  5. Cherry Red Wine – Luther Allisson

COTTON - Come Back

COTTON – Come Back

COTTON – Come Back

 

 

 

 

COTTON - Come Back

COTTON – Come Back

 

 

 

 

Artist Name: COTTON

 

Song Title: Come Back

 

Genre: Soul, Hip-Hop

 

Release Date: 28.09.18

 

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COTTON – Come Back

 

Drawing from a mix of influences, such as Anderson Paak, D’Angelo or Kendrick Lamar, ‘Come Back’ is a rich sound, blending hip-hop driven drums and soulful vocal lines into a fully animated record. Only at the beginning of his career, writer and producer COTTON drops the atmospheric tune that is set to become his landmark entry into the neo-soul genre. Written at the turning point of a relationship, his honest lyrics question its outcome before realising this story was meant to end, while emotions complicate the difficult decision. The music video is an errand into the nightlife when the mind cannot sleep and instead, wanders aimlessly, lost in thoughts.

 

At the crossroads between neo-soul and hip hop, London-based music artist and producer Antoine Cotton, aka COTTON, is blending guitar, keys and vocal in energetic tones. After graduating in music writing, he is now also cutting his teeth on music production, working with other artists to develop their sound, while still refining his own. Growing up in a music environment in Switzerland, COTTON picked up the trumpet at the young age of eight before switching to the guitar and the piano as a teenager. After stepping into London’s music scene, the 26-year-old singer quickly built himself a repertoire inspired by jazz, funk, blues and strong soulful backgrounds. Last year, he released two songs – “Roamer” and “Who You Wanna Be” – while also performing at top London venues including; Brixton’s Hootanany, Notting Hill Arts Club and Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs, and playing live at Vibe 106.7 and Shindignation festival.

 

Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

According to my personal experience, it’s always been through people I met directly that I’ve managed to create interesting professional relationships. Having a personal and human connection to the person you want to work with makes a massive difference when it comes to helping each other, both for efficiency and motivation.

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

I grew up in a musical environment, pretty much everyone in my family studied an instrument at some point in their lives and so did I. Starting from a young age, I found that music was giving me a space for creative expression I couldn’t find anywhere else. So after years of music practice and education it became quite apparent that it was what I wanted to further through a career.

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

There’s been a lot amazing responses to the tune and the music in general. From the grooves and arrangements of the songs to the energetic performances, I was really pleased and humbled by the positive feedback I’ve been getting.

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Tell us how you record your song.

For ‘Come Back’, we did all the arrangements beforehand with the band, working from the original demo production. Then going in the studio was much more of a free creative process, adding whatever would be on our minds, even if it was to take it away right after. It is through experimenting that we managed to find the sound we wanted for the record.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

After a few months in a long term relationship, my feelings slowly started to fade away with the distance which naturally put an end to what was happening between us. It is after reflecting on that relationship a couple months later that the song came about – as a defined decision to let go and move on. But it was a very interesting experience that I don’t regret and definitely wouldn’t change.

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State your musical skills.

I started my musical journey at the age of 8, learning trumpet through private lessons. After a few years of practice, I got drawn into polyphonic instruments, which offered more flexibility for composition. So I picked up guitar round my early teenage years, also because it felt much cooler to be playing rock tunes and crunchy blues bars rather than improvised solo arrangements.

 

It’s only another couple years down the line that I started taking vocal lesson to accompany myself on guitar. Slowly picking up piano on my own and experimenting with drums and production, I ended being comfortable with the role of artist and producer; giving me the ability to bring ideas way further than I ever thought I would be able to.

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

‘Come Back’ took about two years.

From the first draft of the tune to the early production, then band arrangements, a few gigs to try it out live, organising studio time, actually recording it, then production again to polish it out, pre-mixing, mixing, mastering, finally promotion and marketing come about and you can finally unveil it to the world – really quite a long process but very exciting at the same time.

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

I usually work from instrumentals I produce, trying to understand where the atmosphere wants to go and give it what it needs to get there. Coming from a musical background I can see that it’s definitely my go to in terms of writing tunes. There are songs that I’ve started with lyrics and added music to it later but that way less common for me.

 

Once the song and the draft lyrical ideas are down, I try to compile them together to make most sense for my intended direction. Then I record a first draft, listen back, make adjustments, re-record, and so on until I find myself with a version I’m happy with.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Hip-hop, it has that bounce and such an attitude with how the sounds are put together; it’s usually what I listen to for a feel-good boost.

 

Soul, for me the musical honesty, the ability to say something true to you and using music as a medium to convey your emotions in way you might not be able to otherwise.

 

Funk gives me some energies that I don’t find elsewhere, a little extra something that makes you want to go nuts, and I want to bring that crazy into my music like a pinch of salt to make it come alive.

 

Folk, I grew up listening to extra laid back guitar and vocal tunes that can carry you through a whole journey without having to flash out some fancy productions. Just the lyrics and the melody can take you where you need to be. I find it very inspiring to think that you really only need that base and everything else is extra.

 

 

Jazz, I discovered the genre through my sister who was deep into it and showed me some interesting artists. A simple introduction to what the musicians were trying to say while still having that intricacy and virtuoso set of skills on their instruments. I treat it as research; you listen and get lost in this world of notes, trying to make a sense of it. Take away whatever you can.

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

I’ve always enjoyed being on stage, either playing an instrument or performing somehow (I used to do a lot of improv back in the days) and I think people can sense that I’m loving it. So when watching me people said that they were taken in by that energy… So the energy I give away I actually get back because I can sense when the crowd is having a good time and it makes me happy to think that I was the original instigator.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

COTTON, it’s actually my last name.

I used to get a lot of shit for it back home (I’m originally from Geneva) because it’s all soft and fluffy and it eventually pissed me off. But using it as an artist name is a way to reconnect with it and show that I’m proud of my heritage and where I came from.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

We work as a three piece, so I usually bring a tune to the table, something that I’ve written and produced to a level where the guys can understand where I’m headed with it.

 

Through feedback and various trials we eventually come up with a live arrangement that we’re all happy with. Usually it is also the opportunity to bring a bit of each other’s style into the tune and make it our own as a unit.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Piano, sadly not the one I’m most comfortable with…

But it gives you such amazing options when performing because it’s a format that will translate through MIDI and therefore give you any sound you can possibly want.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I would say that I’m quite a sociable person in the sense that I love connecting with new people and sharing experiences but at the same time I can be very private when it comes to things I feel more sensitive about like my music.

 

Perfectionism is probably what I love and hate most about myself… It pushes me to achieve more but holds me back at the same time, and that can impede on my creative process.

 

I tend to express a lot of what I don’t like talking about through music, so most of my songs have a dark undertone or a connection to something I didn’t know how to express in the first place.

 

 

 

That’s because most of the good vibes I’m more than happy to share with everyone around but I’ll be a little more careful when it comes to expressing fears and emotions; I don’t know what to do with. So they usually find their way into my lyrics.

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Discuss your music career.

As always Ups and Downs but it’s been giving me a lot to be proud of and happy with. I would say it’s barely the beginning though so I can’t wait to see what comes next and where it’s all going to take me.

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List your musical work.

I’ve soft released two tunes almost two years ago now and I’m working on the release of my first EP at the moment, Come Back being the first single with another one soon to come out.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

I would say that it would probably be when performing with an old band of mine called OKAPI, we used to get quite a good vibe going and just have a ton of fun when performing.

 

Not that I don’t have fun performing my own music but I guess there was a sort of simplicity to it that was quite enjoyable. Maybe our tour of the Netherlands was a highlight for me.

Camila Cabello - Consequences

Camila Cabello – Consequences

Camila Cabello – Consequences

 

 

 

 

Camila Cabello – Consequences

 

 

 

Camila Cabello – Consequences

 

On the heels of her stunning performance and four wins on the American Music Awards last night, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello released a music video for the new version of her song, “Consequences” (orchestra). The song was released via Epic Records. This version of the song was produced by Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, Kanye West, and Bruno Mars). The video was directed by Dave Meyers (“Havana,” “No Tears Left To Cry”), written by Camila and Dave, and stars Dylan Sprouse alongside Camila.

 

At the American Music Awards, Camila debuted the new version of the song with a luminous performance. She also snagged four awards, tying for the most won last night, one for New Artist of the Year, as well as Collaboration of the Year, Favorite Song-Pop/Rock, and Favorite Music Video for her smash hit “Havana.”

 

Vocalist Camila Cabello is a pop, R&B, and Latin-influenced performer who first came to prominence as a founding member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. Born Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao in Cojimar, Cuba, Cabello moved to Miami, Florida at the age of six. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking environment (her mother is Cuban and her father is Mexican), she fostered her love of music by listening to Celia Cruz and Alejandro Fernández. At the age of 15, she auditioned for The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina. Even though she was eliminated (along with her four future groupmates), the judges brought her back. Simon Cowell combined the girls into a quintet and formed Fifth Harmony.

 

Despite finishing in third place, they went on to be the most successful contestants from that season. The group’s debut EP, Better Together, was released in October 2013, with acoustic reworkings, Spanish versions (Juntos and Juntos Acoustic), and a remix album following a month later. Their debut single, “Miss Movin’ On,” was the highest-charting U.S. X Factor single at the time, a feat beaten only by each successive Fifth Harmony single.

 

The group’s debut LP, Reflection, was released in early 2015, featuring the hits “Sledgehammer” (written by Meghan Trainor) and “Worth It,” featuring rapper Kid Ink. While backstage on Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour, Cabello wrote a duet with Canadian singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was released in November 2015 and immediately hit the Billboard Top 20. Fifth Harmony’s sophomore set, 7/27, was issued in 2016, supported by a world tour and the hit single “Work from Home.”

 

Outside of Fifth Harmony, Cabello paired with rapper Machine Gun Kelly for the October 2016 single “Bad Things.” Well received, the track made a slow climb toward the top of the Billboard singles chart, and ultimately garnered the singer her first Top Ten song as a solo artist. That December, Cabello announced her departure from Fifth Harmony. Following her exit, Cabello collaborated with Cashmere Cat on “Love Incredible” and Pitbull and J Balvin on “Hey Ma” from the Fate of the Furious soundtrack.

 

In May 2017, Cabello released her debut (non-album) solo single, the Sia Furler co-written “Crying in the Club,” which peaked in the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. She also joined Bruno Mars as the opening act on his 24K Magic World Tour. In early 2018 she returned with her debut full-length solo album, Camila, featuring production by Frank Dukes, Jarami, and others. Buoyed by the singles “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, and “Never Be the Same,” the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

 ~ Neil Z. Yeung

 

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Meresha - Game of Video

Meresha – Game of Video

Meresha – Game of Video

 

 

 

 

 

Meresha - Game of Video

Meresha – Game of Video

 

 

 

 

 

Meresha – Game of Video

 

At the age of 12, Meresha recorded her song “Fool Don’t Be” in a CD booth at a mall. Fun, refreshing, and totally independent, the song revealed exciting potential. By the time she was 15, the singer and multi-instrumentalist uprooted her family from Warsaw, Poland, and headed for Florida. In late 2013, she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped her release her first EP, Lunatic, on which she wrote, sang, produced, and played all the instruments. Her intense focus and D.I.Y. attitude garnered interest from young fans and supporters of independent music alike. While her deep, soulful voice recalled a young Annie Lennox, Anastacia, or Katy Perry, her quirky sonic vision drew comparisons to a young Björk or Lorde.

 

By the following year, she’d gained a modest following on social media and radio airplay for her song “New Revolution,” all before the age of 18. In 2015, she released the EP New Revolution, which included the title track and a trio of other songs that ranged in influence from the Eurythmics to FKA Twigs. Her sometimes frenetic eclecticism and eccentric beats created a fresh sound that brought old styles into contemporary production. That same forward-thinking pop vibe carried into 2016 when she released the single “My Love Has Come,” which shifted focus from her innovative production to her vocal strength. By year’s end, Meresha had released the dual-language single “Together”/”Juntos.” In 2017, she issued her sophomore EP, Enter the Dreamland.

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Meresha is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer. She is an AlienPop innovator. With a deep, wide-ranging soulful voice and a quirky sonic vision, Meresha has made Billboard charts 7 times.

 

Her current single is “Game of Video”. “Game of Video” is, as usual, not average pop or electronic/dance music.  It is #AlienPop, a space which so occupies alone.    Alien Pop in the sense that it is sort of like Pop music, but somehow different, a bit out of this world.

 

Meresha loves Björk and British electronic artists like James Blake (as well as Jimi Hendrix & Led Zeppelin), and a wide range of great music influences her sound.

 

Meresha’s earlier EP was “Enter the Dreamland” EP.  The EP led to several Billboard/iTunes/Amazon chart placements, video awards and a slot playing with Jon Bellion and Marshmello…  The Palm Beach Post wrote about her as a highlight of the festival ahead of 40 big stars.  AllMusic named it a Top 20 album for the year globally together with names like Lorde, Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris, etc.

 

Meresha’s debut commercial EP was “New Revolution”, which lead to her being the #1 Indie artist on US commercial radio for a month and winning MTV’s The Freshman competition.  She performed music from the EP live sharing the stage with artists such as Adam Lambert (also Queen) and Third Eye Blind.

 

AllMusic named Meresha’s EP “Enter the Dreamland” one of the Top 20 Pop Albums of 2017 globally (Pop). The video for the lead song won the Music California Viewer’s Choice Award, while Meresha landed at #3 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound Chart globally.

 

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Majken - Teenage Desires

Majken – Teenage Desires

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Majken - Teenage Desires

Majken – Teenage Desires

 

 

 

Majken – Teenage Desires

 

Swedish newcomer Majken announces debut album and releases beautiful lead track ‘Teenage Desires’

 

Swedish newcomer Majken’s beautiful and poignant debut album ‘Young Believer’ is set for release on December 7th via Kollektivet Records. Born in the southern Swedish coastal town of Karlskrona, her debut album explores themes of teenage desire, uncertainly of the heart and mental health, experienced from both sides. Throughout the records 9 spine chilling and extraordinarily tracks, the songwriter and harpist documents teenage sadness through a very personal lens:

“I wanted the record to be intimate and beautiful. Some of the songs were written a long time ago and some I wrote during the making of the album. It’s been a long process and I’m glad to finally be able to put it out. Most of the songs on “Young Believer” are about sad teenagers and uncertainty, but it’s also about becoming a grown-up person.” Majken

 

‘Young Believer’ was recorded at her home in Malmo with Damon Tutunjian (Mew, Swirlies), a kindred spirit who appreciates the strange magic of lo-fi recordings almost as much as she does. Tutunjian allowed her to raid his collection of 70’s synthesizers and effects, which helped to shape the sound of the record. Debut single ‘Lovely Daughter’ was the oldest on the album and was about love and powerlessness. An ode to self-preservation, it was closely followed by ’This War Belongs To You,’ which brings Majken close to tears when she performs it live. New single and album lead track ‘Teenage Desires’ was the first song she wrote and played on harp, which she taught herself:

“Teenage Desires was the first song I wrote and played on harp. When we re-recorded it for the third time we were in a basement where we had to turn off all the lights to get rid of electrical humming. I barely saw what I was playing and the session went on until four in the morning. Damon fell asleep over the laptop twice while recording and I had the worst harp neck for the next few days. Teaching myself harp has been very interesting, and I’ve become aware of the body’s ability to self-adjust the playing technique in order to get rid of small noises and ugliness I wouldn’t notice when I first started playing. I still don’t know if I’m doing it right, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m glad we ended up using a take from that session!”

 

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