Antonio Orrico - Urban Legends

Antonio Orrico – Urban Legends

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonio Orrico - Urban Legends

Antonio Orrico – Urban Legends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonio Orrico – Urban Legends

 

Artist Name – Antonio Orrico

 

Song Title – Urban Legends

 

Album Title – Urban Legends

 

Genre – Jazz

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Antonio Orrico is an Italian guitarist, educator and composer. He currently lives with his family in Johannesburg South Africa.

 

Over the years he has been involved as a session player and composer for some of the top South African TV Shows and Adverts as well as performing with many local and international artists.

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

I have always been a musician. I started at age 8 with the recorder, soon after then piano and finally upgraded to guitar at age 14. I know it sounds corny but I didn’t have to choose, music chose me.

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

I was completely overwhelmed by the response of my fans. Upon release on the 22nd of December 2018, Urban Legends soared to #2 in the Top Selling Jazz Albums on Google Play Italy and stayed in the top 10 for over 5 weeks.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

We live in an exciting age for musicians; technology has broken down many barriers in so many ways.

 

Social media is definitely a major player in the success of a musician nowadays.

 

To build a following and connect with fans has become much easier than ever before.

 

I have been fortunate enough to be able to build a good following in the guitar community over the years, thanks to my education courses and that has definitely played a big part of the initial success of the album.

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Tell us how you record your song.

My recording process is very simple. I look for good melodies, chord structures or riffs then I write the back bone of the song midi in Logic.

 

Once I have a solid structure and I’m happy with the arrangements I call in a few friends and record a live rhythm section (Drums, Bass and Keys).

 

At last when I have everything ready I do all my mixing and mastering.

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Tell us the story behind the album.

I always wanted to release my own instrumental album, but being a working musician and jingle writer I’m always busy in the studio working on different projects.

 

Around August 2018, while I was going through my hard disk, I found a collection of unfinished songs that I have been writing over the past couple of years. It was like these songs were imploring me to finish them and give them life… I couldn’t resist.

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State your musical skills.

I’m a professional jazz / rock guitarist and jingle writer. I studied guitar with some great teachers in Italy, Bruno Marrazzo and Colombo Menniti, and arranging at the Berkeley College of Music.

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

I have produced jingles in just a few hours in the past, but for the songs on my albums things are different. It’s just the style that requires more attention to details and very often the support of live musicians. The whole process of writing, arranging, sessions, mixing and mastering can take easily three days.

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Go into detail on how you develop the melody.

Being an instrumental smooth jazz / blues album, the guitar is king and every note carries a lot of weight.

 

I normally would need a couple of hours to craft the perfect take and develop a strong melody for the verse, chorus and solos. Having said that I’m not always that pedantic, for some of the songs a few takes were enough to get what I was looking for.

 

In the end you want to keep it fresh and real as much as possible, over producing a take can kill the natural vibe of a song, especially in this genre.

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Discuss music in full details.

What you hear in Urban Legends is a mix of the different genres that I like to play: jazz, blues and rock. I am fascinated by modern music and sounds yet I always had a foot in the past if you know what I mean. I tried to keep that balance as much as I could in this work.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

I was born (musically) listening to the classic rock of the 60/70.

 

In my early teens my uncles would feed me Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. I just loved the guitars and the whole raw vibe of those bands.

 

I was introduced to Fusion and Classic Jazz by my guitar teacher Bruno Marrazzo a few years later and that was also a big milestone for me as it opened my eyes to another world.

 

Playing guitar now meant much more than just the pentatonic scale and a few power chords. It was a great school for me; I learned a lot trying to play solos from Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and so on.

 

As I started to play for a living I wanted to get into the session scene and there’s very little space for jazz there. That’s when I started going back to rock / pop and relearning how to keep it simple and straight to the point. Players like Dann Huff and Jerry McPherson were big influences at the time.

 

In the early 2000 I started building my home studio and wanted to develop my skills as a music composer / producer.

 

At that stage I was fascinated by movie scores and mood music for TV shows and started listening to artists like Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Thomas Newman and still do.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Getting ready for a tour or a show is so much fun when you have the right musicians. The key to a great performance is to do the prep work right, surround yourself with great musicians and give them the space they deserve.

 

I always have charts ready that I hand down before the rehearsal that saves us an enormous amount of time and resources. The last thing you want is to waste precious time learning the songs.

 

I cannot afford my own exclusive band and I to use session musicians. These guys are busy bees and I cannot expect them to spend hours of their time trying to figure out my songs. That gets everybody in a good state of mind and keeps it professional, we play a song a couple of times and we are ready to go.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Guitar, keys and bass.

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

Always a good time.

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Discuss your music career.

Over the years he has been involved as a session player and composer for some of the top South African TV Shows and Adverts as well as performing with many local and international artists.

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List your musical work.

Here is a short list of some of the TV Shows and Jingles he has produced music for as well as some of the Multi-Platinum Artists he has had the pleasure to work with: McDonald, Knorr, MultiChoice, Emperor Palace, Jamali, Kabelo, Wian Vos, Liesl Graham, Louis Van Rensburg, Heintje Simons, Evan Schoombie, Anais, D-Rex (aka David Campos), SABC Sport, Woza 2010, 7de Laan, Top Billing, Wufukezele, Walk The Plank, L’at Wie…

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State the title of your favourite song in the album and the meaning.

Eternal Sunshine is my 10 years old daughter’s favourite track on the Urban Legends album. So I thought I would dedicate it to her, my Eternal Sunshine.

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

I had Urban Legends in mind as an album’s title for a long time. The idea that fictional stories are believed as true by the people on the street has always fascinated me for some reason.

 

You know the expression “They say so” so must be true? Well doesn’t sit well with me. Some things are rooted in pop culture and yet no one can tell me who are “They”?

 

Being an instrumental album you have no lyrics to get inspiration for your titles. You only have the music, the moods and your imagination.

 

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Joy Crookes - Since I Left You - Demo

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Joy Crookes - Since I Left You - Demo

Joy Crookes – Since I Left You – Demo

 

 

 

 

 

South London’s finest soul-bearing songstress Joy Crookes has shared her heart-breaking brand new single ‘Since I Left You.’

 

The new track comes alongside a brand-new headline date in London at the prestigious Jazz Café on the 5th June which sold out in just 30 minutes.

 

 

‘Since I Left You’ is the latest instalment in Joy Crookes beautiful repertoire, picking up on all the heart-breaking but empowering themes she broached in her most recent E.P. ‘Reminiscence.’

 

Never one to shy away from the brutal truths that come with falling in and out of love, on ‘Since I Left You’ Joy tackles the space that grows between two people when they part ways.

 

Dripping with honesty and mesmerizing, soulful fragility one will expect from Joy’s music, it’s a poignant ode to moving on and looking forward at the most difficult time.

 

The accompanying video is the perfect visual partner for the song featuring Joy and her younger brother Christopher.

 

It’s been an enthralling start to 2019 for the 20-year-old Londoner who headlined a sold out Omeara in London at the end of February.

Her first release of the year – her ‘Reminiscence’ E.P. received a wealth of praise from fans and critics alike.

 

 

Radio 1 picked her latest single  entitled Two Nights on their introducing playlist.

 

It was an E.P. that celebrated her Bangladeshi heritage and paying tribute to the woman that raised her.

 

 

The themes that flow through Joy’s music and are more present than ever on this brand new stand-alone single ‘Since I Left You.’

 

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Two Door Cinema Club - Talk

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Two Door Cinema Club have released a fascinating video for the brand new single ‘Talk’.

 

Unveiled on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’, the track is an off-kilter modernist pop master-class, combining synth and electro-pop elements, spiraling left-field with broad-side shots of wonky disco.

 

‘Talk’ is the band’s first new music since the success of 2016 album Gameshow – yet another UK top 5 album from the Bangor three piece and a campaign which saw them sell out two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace, draw one of the biggest Pyramid stage crowds of the weekend Glastonbury and complete the album cycle with a glorious headline set at London’s Community Festival in Finsbury Park – a show that saw them selling 35,000 tickets, marking their biggest headline show to date.

 

Two Door are a band who have spent their careers breaking down, reshuffling and rebuilding the parameters of pop.

 

The hooks, humour and wry social commentary that have kept them streets ahead of the field for the last decade added to the value of ‘Talk.’

 

Speaking about the new song, singer Alex Trimble explains:

“I love the pop thing. I love experimenting and going to different places, I love doing things that are wonky and I love doing something we haven’t done before, why can’t we do all of those things at once? That’s what it was, doing whatever felt right… It sounds like Two Door Cinema Club – not a Two Door Cinema Club there’d ever been before but that’s what I love. We can always do something new but it always feels like something we’ve done.”

 

Long-time collaborator Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers, REM) recorded and produced ‘Talk.’

Namibian-German conceptual artist and designer Max Sidentopf directed the stunning video of ‘Talk’ (who made the news with his Toto Forever installation).

 

‘Talk’ is also Two Door’s first release on the Prolifica Inc. label, a new venture with PIAS and their long-standing management company that puts the band in control of all aspects of their recordings and career.

 

With over 2 Million albums and 1.5 Million tickets sold worldwide, and over 2 Billion Streams and 300 Million views on Vevo and YouTube, with ‘Talk’ Two Door Cinema Club continue their dominance as one of the UK’s brightest and most enduring success stories of recent years.

 

Two Door Cinema Club are Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird.

 

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Jade Bird - My Motto

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Jade Bird - My Motto

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Jade Bird has dropped her triumphant new single entitled ‘My Motto’ via Glassnote. It is the latest single from Jade’s upcoming debut album due for release on April 19th, 2019.

 

Jade Bird is one of the UK’s most treasured new voices.

 

‘My Motto’ sits at the heart of Jade’s album, summing up everything she’s become so well-loved for.

 

The amazing song elaborates on the awareness that sometimes, to save yourself, you need to give up the painful cycle of trying to fix a relationship and move on, ‘My Motto’ is a soul-baring masterpiece destined for greatness.

 

‘My Motto’ is another remarkable taste of what is coming on Jade’s first full-length in April.

 

It also comes in a long line of magical singles that have cemented Jade as one of the UK’s most exciting new talents.

 

Her pure and raw sound has also set her out as being a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape.

 

Jade is touring in America, supporting Hozier and Father John Misty and Jason Isbell and when she returns, she will support Tom Walker on his UK dates too…

 

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Katie Ainge - Ashes

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Katie Ainge describes music like colors on a canvas. She creates an extraordinary composition and imagery.

 

Ainge’s tune has a soothing acoustical quality to it while the powerful lyrics draw you in.

 

Not scared to disclose the truth and making no attempts to sugarcoat reality her songs ring home to the listener. This becomes obvious during her live performances when she delivers her music with deep emotion.

 

Katie has been performing ever since she can remember.

 

She began her musical journey at a young age by taking piano lessons and she was so enthusiastic that she would skip ahead through lessons and memorize all the songs in every book.

 

At the same time she also took part in children’s choirs and loved performing. After her first experiences on stage she knew that is where she fit.

 

She played the clarinet in elementary school and then switched to the oboe in middle school.

 

Her grandfather played the bass guitar during the 60s in an Akron, Ohio band called the “Blues Society” and loved to tell stories of those times and the big name musicians he played with. When he passed away her older sister bought a bass guitar to help remember him.

 

Katie picked up that bass guitar at age 11 and fell in love with Jazz music. She played in her middle school, high school, and college jazz bands. Katie also played the bass in a few projects.

 

Katie wrote her first song “Walk Away” when she was 14 and couldn’t stop writing music after that.

 

Katie was playing in bands and writing songs on her own, while collaborating with other musicians.

 

It was challenging to write songs when playing the bass guitar, so she switched back to the piano, and then her brother taught her to play the acoustic guitar, and the music poured out.

 

For four years Katie traveled with The Extreme Tour doing shows for at-risk youth in small towns across the USA.

 

They would play in churches, parking lots, skate parks, coffee shops, wherever there was an audience that wanted to hear great music.

 

She learned to perfect her stage show during that time she had on the road.

 

Since then she has been performing around the West from winning the Humphrey’s Back Stage Songwriting contest in San Diego, California, to The House of Blues in New Orleans, Los Angeles.

 

Over the past few years Katie discovered that she loved Folk music and changed her music to fit that genre.

 

She found a Folk / Americana band to play the mandolin and sing while experimenting with a new sound.

 

Katie found her way to her new style. She has recorded four CD’s with each one unique, but in 2018, has released a three song E.P. that is groundbreaking for her new Folk sound, with a lot more music to come.

 

Songwriting has always been Katie’s true passion. She has won many songwriting contests, including International Song of the Year in the Christian Category.

 

The hit TV show “The Fosters” in March 2018 featured her song “Fond of You” in the season finale.

 

“For me music is like colors on a canvas. When I hear music I see color.” Katie has said. “Writing songs is like this thing inside of me dying to get out.”

 

Katie loves to perform live and finds herself at home on stage with just her acoustic guitar and passionate voice.  She says, “It is the place where I am most comfortable, and where I fit in this big world.”

 

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KimieChen - Hands Up

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ARTIST NAME: KimieChen

SONG TITLE: Hands Up

 

ALBUM TITLE: Pose

RELEASE DATE: 02/01/2019

GENRE: R&B / Soul

 

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Discuss your existence.

I believe I am here to fulfill my life’s purpose, which is to spread love and light through my music. I believe I’m here to connect and be the voice for the voiceless.

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

I love all genres of music. It’s all about the connectivity and how the song makes me feel. Music is just another language that people can use to express themselves.

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Tell us your experience as an artist.

My experience as an artist has been exciting,

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Tell us the theme of your song.

‘Hands Up’ is actually the story of one of my girlfriend’s experience and I decided to put it in a song because it was an interesting situation.

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

The people behind my success are my immediate family, Lavaba Mallison, and Cerebral Sound Studios.

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Tell us your future goals.

My future goals is to build an empire through entertainment, acting, creative imaging and to have music that will last a lifetime.

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

I believe that my music will inspire my fans because my music is raw, authentic, and personal.

 

My music goes places where most people are afraid to express, and I want my fans to connect on a level where they can feel comfortable being themselves.

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Brief us your opinion on the music process.

The process has been very insightful and exciting. Not only am I doing what I love to do, but I’m also learning and perfecting my craft every day.

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State the artists you cherish most and your reason.

The artists that I cherish the most are Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.

 

Growing up music has always been a part of my life; I remember hearing them and immediately getting inspired and wanting to be like them.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I develop my lyrics through personal experiences. Growing up music and writing was always an outlet for me. Having the ability to convert my feelings into my music was always a blessing in disguise for me.

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

I haven’t yet but I look forward to doing so in the future.

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

One thing I learned about music is that if you are passionate with conviction you can get a person hooked into your music, whether it’s an up-tempo song or ballad. The results will always be the same.

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Explain copyright.

Copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

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Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.

The way I develop my melody is listening to a particular instrument in the song. I find the instrument that I’m attracted to; I write my lyrics and melodies around it.

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Go into detail on how you create your song.

When I get a beat to a song I let the music speak to me first.

 

I also pay attention to how the song makes me feel.

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Discuss your music performance.

Performing live is very exciting for me; I get a rush of emotions from the music and my audience.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is KimieChen; it was created from the idea of being a crime fighting cartoon character that has super powers that kicked ass.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Hands Up” – Basically it means “I had enough so I throw my Hands Up”.

 

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