Richard Ford - Calango Reco

Richard Ford – Calango Reco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Ford - Calango Reco

Richard Ford – Calango Reco

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Richard Ford

 

SONG TITLE: Calango Reco

 

ALBUM TITLE: Basso Profondissimo

 

GENRE: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Ambient,

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

I’ve been a musician all my life. I love music in its many forms – I was a professional musician for many years before working with music in film.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

My music is instrumental or with scat vocals

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Discuss your music career and elaborate on the recording of this EP.

Emmy winner Richard Ford is a bass player, a music editor and executive music producer for film, he has worked with many Oscar winning film makers on such films as Sideways, Argo and Hidden Figures, formerly he was bass player with Joe Jackson and guitarist Bill Nelson.

 

Richard Ford’s Basso Profondissimo EP was recorded in Venice, California in the spring and summer of 2018.

 

The collection was conceived and played on bass, creating a unique and surprising melding of sounds and adding some rough edges to the genres of  jazz, ambient, bossa nova and neoclassical.

 

This is not a collection concerned with virtuosity; it’s about evoking moods and character, not about flash.

 

Sharing some of the same musical landscape as Sigur Rós, Lyle Mays, Bebel Gilberto, ECM Records and Bill Frisell, Basso Profondissimo employs a cinematic language, often minimal and evocative.

 

All of the tracks were executed on bass, multi-tracked and treated.

 

As Richard started to experiment with vocals (specifically the addition of the amazing Costa Rican vocalist Michelle Gonzalez) and new possibilities emerged — including a full-blown, fresh cover of George Duke’s Brazilian-influenced ‘Malibu’, which features a handful of world-class jazz musicians, among them renowned keyboardists Kait Dunton and Peter Gabriel alumnus Simon Clark.

 

The seeds of his EP Basso Profondissimo were sown in late-80s New York, where Richard had begun recording demos, and performing, exclusively with basses.

 

The project was put on hold when Richard moved to Los Angeles to work in film music.

 

Much of his work as a music editor involved reconstructing and remixing the work of others. While this has been creatively challenging, Richard felt “ the itch to get the basses out of the closet and create something that truly came from me.” Basso Profondissimo began to unfold.

 

These vast and varied influences have informed Richard’s work and shaped the rich diversity evident in Basso Profondissimo.

 

This signature collection is the culmination of Richard Ford’s extensive musical journey to date.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

I live in Southern California – work in the film industry as music producer and editor.

 

Originally from the UK – I’ve lived in the U.S. for 30 years – Yes, I’m old! : )

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Elaborate more on your music career.

Born in London, Richard grew up in a musical family, immersed in the classics from an early age.

 

He began performing as a boy, in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s choir.

 

His love of music eventually led to the bass, and he developed into an accomplished player.

 

He has toured and recorded with many artists, including the revered guitarist Bill Nelson (in his band Red Noise) and upon moving to the US, singer-songwriter Joe Jackson.

 

In New York, Richard discovered and embraced an ever-expanding world of music and culture — perhaps most significantly through his study of African and Afro-Caribbean music and dance. The rhythms he found there grew to become part of his musical DNA.

 

Richard moved to Los Angeles to work in film and film music. In that role, he has been an important member of director Alexander Payne’s creative team since 1998, earning credit as Executive Music Producer on their last three projects together (The Descendants, Nebraska and Downsizing).

 

As an Emmy winning music editor for film, he’s played a role in many successful productions, among them American History X, Training Day, Sideways, Argo, and Hidden Figures.

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Elaborate on your EP’s title.

‘Basso Profondissimo’ [the name of my EP] is a spin on the term ‘Basso Profondo’ which is the very low voice in the classical choir, below ‘Bass’.

 

‘Profondissimo’ is ‘even more profound’ – and also can be construed as even deeper that ‘Profondo’.

 

My music was all conceived and executed on bass guitar – hence the reference.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I’ve been musically inspired since I was a kid; listening to classical music, then jazz, then world music.

 

Any music that resonates… can inspire or take me to a place that gets my juices flowing.

 

Sometimes any sound I hear in the world can inspire, from birds to chain saws to voices.

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Elaborate more on the recording of this song.

Initially ‘Calango Reco’ was multi-tracked bass guitars with some percussion samples – I was inspired by a percussion sample I started using on the track – the Reco-Reco [Brazilian instrument].

 

It sounded like a whispered vocal part to me. I got the amazing Costa Rican singer, Michelle Gonzalez, in the studio to sing the vocal parts I had in my head.

 

She went on to improvise over the top of piece I’d created, multiple times.

 

From her improvisations I edited melodies and parts.

 

The piece was mixed by renowned mixer Rich Breen.

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Tell us your future projects.

I am working on a follow up to Basso Profondissimo, again mostly multi tracked or solo bass guitars [at this point] but I hope to have some guests help out as the project progresses.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

So far, it’s been mostly friends, music colleagues and folks from the movie world.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

It’s a fine line between good and crap.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

Sort of depends on one’s expectations. Making money /a living from music can be challenging and frustrating.

 

Most often compromises have to be made, either in the music one has to play or the realistic goals one has.

 

At this point I do not expect to get rich from my music – but in some ways that’s a blessing as I don’t have to try and please anyone but myself.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub genres.

It’s needed, but often misleading.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I think music in any genre can be really good or really bad.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

‘Calango Reco’ – from the Reco Reco, (a Brazilian percussion instrument like a guiro),

 

‘Calango’ refers to a Brazilian folk music. A percussion sample I used, that inspired the vocal elements in the song was called ‘Calango Reco Reco’

 

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Ships Have Sailed - Let's Just Dance

Ships Have Sailed – Let’s Just Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ships Have Sailed - Let's Just Dance

Ships Have Sailed – Let’s Just Dance

 

 

 

 

 

Since their inception, Ships Have Sailed have always struck a balance between exuberant pop and substantial alternative rock.

 

Their debut EP ‘Someday’ (2014) was well received throughout the US, Canada and the UK, catalyzing a Northeastern US tour and landing the band showcases at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Canadian Music Week, and NAMM in 2015.

 

They took home accolades from ISC and Unsigned Only that same year, furthering the band’s impetus for the release of their first full length album, ‘Moodswings’.

 

The eleven song studio effort earned glowing reviews from Blackbook, Wild Honey Pie, and The 405, again receiving notice from ISC, Unsigned Only and The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and spawned a sister release ‘Re: MIX’, whose tropical house remixes seemed in perfect step with the evolving music climate.

 

An invigorated 2016 began with an acoustic EP, ‘Whispers’, and the band spent the summer touring the West coast and set out on an East coast tour in late fall.

 

In November, their track ‘Drive’ (from their 2015 release ‘Moodswings’) received Best Alternative Song at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, a massive feat and a testament to the group’s ability to translate their own momentum into a pulsing, universal anthem about love, longevity and forward motion.

 

Along with the success and progress achieved over that year, for which they were unwaveringly grateful, Ships Have Sailed also saw the inherent challenges of unexpected events and unpredictable variables of their continuing journey.

 

Coming off the road on the final leg of their 2016 tour cycle, and in a particularly reflective moment, a mixture of elation and exhaustion brought their single ‘Up’ into the world. Released in February of 2017, ‘Up’ propelled Ships Have Sailed to new heights within the industry, again receiving praise from the press, accolades from the songwriting community, and sparking new live opportunities including a return to SXSW in 2017 a festival appearance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K., and a follow-up acoustic tour across England, Ireland and Scotland in the fall of that year.

 

Not prone to sitting still, the band was working behind the scenes on something new in between bouts of touring. In an effort to push his own limits, Will brought in a new songwriting partner (Robert Reid Gillies) and sought out a co-producer (Wally Gagel of Wax Ltd. – Family of the Year, Zella Day, etc…) to assist with the creation of the next single.

 

In Will’s words: “Let’s Just Dance is a dreamy, exuberant swirl of emotions…disguised as a whimsical love song. I wanted to dive a little deeper and explore the struggle of always wanting more no matter what you already have, which I think is almost a feature of the human condition.

 

At the same time, I wanted to break new ground musically, and reach for some new areas of my songwriting palette…ultimately this track surpassed my own expectations, and I can’t wait to see how people respond.”

 

Ships Have Sailed:

Will Carpenter – Vocals, Guitar, Production, Composition

Art Andranikyan – Drums

 

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Tristan + HHIT - Olso

Tristan + HHIT – Olso

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tristan + HHIT - Olso

Tristan + HHIT – Olso

 

 

 

 

 

23-year-old Belgian vocalist, composer and producer, Isolde Van den Bulcke, also known as Tristan, is pleased to share the video to ‘Olso’, taken from her new EP, out now via PIAS.

 

Considered one of Belgium’s rising female artists, her new EP ‘Delidomia’, released 8th March via PIAS, fuses elegant vocal pop with ambient sounds and cosmic jazz and draws on influences such as Björk, Boards of Canada, Arca, Oneothrix Point Never and Wayne Shorter.

 

Her spellbinding debut EP ‘Illusje’, released in 2018 to critical acclaim, led to Belgium’s leading arts and culture publication Focus Knack to promptly ask, “Is this the Flemish Melanie de Biasio?”

 

‘Olso’ is a schizophrenic song, says Tristan. ‘I tried to combine an almost classical piece with EDM drums in a clever, yet self-evident way. We have recorded everything, including the strings and percussion, in our home studios.”

 

The track features her boyfriend Lander Gyselinck (STUFF.) on drums under the guise of HHIT (High Hats In Trees).

 

Composing, producing and performing her own music, Isolde studied jazz vocals at the Conservatory of Ghent and Tilburg University and at the tender age of 17, she took her first steps towards a promising recording career when she formed SIAM and won the prestigious East Flemish music award, Oost. Best.

 

Her most recent live shows as Tristan have not gone unnoticed either with a sold-out show in her hometown Ghent and rave reviews for further shows at We Are Open (Trix) and Gent Jazz.

 

She also caught the attention of Belgian-Egyptian musician Tamino who invited her to support him on tours throughout France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

 

Tristan has already received her first radio play on Belgian national radio and appeared in numerous ‘Artists to Watch’ lists across many national media outlets at the end of the 2018.

 

“Beautifully crafted ambient pop that sounds dark, spacious and full of jazz” – Red Bull Music

 

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Londyn - Love Me Harder

Londyn – Love Me Harder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Londyn - Love Me Harder

Londyn – Love Me Harder

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles based singer – songwriter LONDYN creates a genre of her own by infusing pop sensibilities with esoteric lyricism as a means to bridge these worlds.

 

As a recording artist she has received accolades from top industry professionals including Quincy Jones, who speaks of LONDYN and her music by saying, “I’m impressed!”

 

LONDYN has performed with luminaries such as Dionne Warwick, opened for notable acts such as Jon Secada and Alien Ant Farm at esteemed venues including the House of Blues and Viper Room in Hollywood and the Hard Rock Live in Miami.

 

Her music has previously been released through Sony, played on thousands of radio stations all over the world and even charted at #1 in Europe.

 

Her music has been the sound of ad campaigns for major makeup and car brands as well as licensed for TV (MTV, E!, Total Divas, Vanderpump Rules, Nissan).

 

You may also recognize her from television and film. She has appeared in shows like “Scandal” on ABC, “Lethal Weapon” & “24” on FOX, “Greek” on ABC Family, “True Jackson VP” on Nickelodeon, “Idiotsitter” on Comedy Central and in the Universal film “The Rocker.”

 

As a Los Angeles native, LONDYN grew up enthralled with both singing and acting, which expressed itself through involvement in musical theatre. At an early age, she discovered her passion for self-expression and connection through storytelling and performance.

 

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