Shane Anderson

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ARTIST NAME: Shane Anderson

 

SONG TITLE: Good Love

 

ALBUM TITLE: Feelings

 

RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2018

 

GENRE: R&B/ SOUL / Contemporary R&B

 

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Shane Anderson is a contemporary R&B singer and songwriter based out of Sacramento, CA. The son of a military veteran, Shane was born in Landstuhl, Germany and spent portions of his early life in Germany and then Hawaii in his teens, then moving to California to focus on music. While living in Bay Area, he experienced a tragic loss of his closest friend, which prompted him to write and record his first self-debut album “Dangerous” which gained great success on social media platform – MySpace with over 2 million plays and multiple TV/FILM placements to include “Kardashians, MTV, BET, just to name a few. Shane started to make a name for himself in 2009 but quickly disappeared from the music artist scene and social media. Now 9 years later – Shane reemerges with “Good Love”- a sexually driven contemporary R&B single that is already taking off. Shane is back and working on his follow up album titled I.N.F.J to be released in Dec of 2018. Shane’s new music is already making waves and although he likes to remain mysterious, the world will soon know who Shane Anderson is!

 

 

 

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

I love making music because it allows me to express myself in ways that can’t be spoken. Being an introverted guy…I am a man of few words but my music allows me to show the many sides to me as a person.

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

The feedbacks I have been getting from new and old fans are positive. They are excited for the album and the new EP that will be dropping in June, 2018.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Social networking is everything now in this music business. You have to engage and connect with your fans and be accessible to them.

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Tell us how you record your song.

“Good Love” started out as a trap beat I was producing and as I was sitting in the studio – The raw energy of the 808 – compelled me to write “Good Love”.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

It’s all about SEX…lol – the deep attraction of someone and the yearning of wanting them.

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State your musical skills.

I am a producer, singer/songwriter as well as a mixing engineer.

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

Each song varies; “Good Love” was conceptualized and completed in 6 hours.

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

I always start with the hook first and work the verses, for me it’s all about vibe and cadence of what I am writing. Is the flow good? Lyrically am I creating a story that builds into the hook? These are the questions I ask myself as I am writing.

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Discuss music in full details.

I look at music as the soul of the universe. We can all communicate, appreciate and have positive dialog through music.

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State your five favorite genres of music with reasons.

R&B because of the sex appeal and smoothness

 

NEO-SOUL – because of the vibe and organics

 

FOLK because of the lyrical songwriter influence

 

Reggae – All positive vibes and reflection

 

World Music – Because I am influenced by many cultures.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Rehearsal comes down to just having no fear and doing it.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

Piano

Drums

Saxophone

Guitar

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

If I can connect with 1 fan of my music during a performance than that is chemistry – All Love!

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Discuss your personality in full details.

I am introverted – a shy but head strong guy. I am goal oriented and strive for the best daily.

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Discuss your music career.

My music career started when I was 13 in Hawaii.  I have travelled and worked with artists from around the world and have been heard by millions of people across the globe landing multiple placements on The Kardashians, MTV, BET, E Networks and Oxygen to name a few.

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List your musical work.

I released my first album in 2009 titled “Dangerous” this is my follow-up to DANGEROUS.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

Most memorable experience in music is travelling around Europe doing music in my early teens.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Shane Anderson – my full name. 😉

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Good Love” is all about wanting a person so bad and being intimately engaged with them all day.

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

First EP release in June of 2018 will be titled “FEELINGS” I am working on a full-length concept album titled “I.N.F.J” to be released in December with 4 separate EPs along the way all which are written to depict my varied personality types. It’s an eclectic deep journey through my mind as a writer/musician who is also introverted and shy on the outside and also the struggles of life/love/loss.

22 HERTZ

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ARTIST NAME: 22HERTZ

 

SONG TITLE: Get the Hell Out

 

ALBUM TITLE: Single

 

DATE OF RELEASE: 2018

 

GENRE: Industrial Rock

 

 

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Toronto’s Industrial Rock band 22HERTZ was created by Ralf Muller out of the ashes of his former heavy metal band ‘Point Blank’. He decided to begin work on what will become the 10 tracks off 22HERTZ’s first full-length album. He wrote, recorded and mixed all the tracks; the album has been released summer of 2013 to launch the band onto the Canadian Rock scene.

 

Even though, the sound of the project may not be painted in the typical sound palette, 22HERTZ incorporates pop elements and hooks into their music; this produces an accessible original approach that blends an abrasive underground sound that remains accessible to a wide mainstream audience. Judging by their growing fan base online (over 250 000!), it seems that their sound is hitting a nerve with music lovers. They are influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Steve Vai and Nine Inch Nails.

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

I just thought ‘It looks like fun and I can do that too’.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

It’s never the same. Sometimes music comes first, sometimes a lyrical line, sometimes a chorus. I don’t even really know!

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22HERTZ Debuts with Detonate

 

The industrial music landscape will never be the same. 22HERTZ, the brainchild of independent musician and songwriter Ralf Muller has crash-landed onto the Toronto music scene, making a tidal wave-like splash with his debut album, Detonate. Inspired by legends such as Nine Inch Nails and Steve Vai, he paints with a wide, noisy, yet captivating brush, creating songs capable of abrasiveness and beauty at the same time.

 

Released in summer 2013, Detonate hit the Canadian music scene with an immediate impact, as listeners flocked to 22HERTZ’s social media pages by the thousand. While drawing the clearer comparisons to Nine Inch Nails, Muller continues to keep the listener guessing throughout the 10-track album with a variety of infectious rhythms, crunchy guitar distortions and memorable hooks.

 

Music blogs quickly took notice, with Fabryka Music Magazine saying “Not only does Detonate offer high quality production but also catchy and dark themes, edgy guitar riff and industrial distortions. The vocals, drums and sampling are accented in the majority of compositions, while instruments such as guitars, piano and bass have been used to enrich the arrangements.”

 

While Detonate was written, recorded and mixed all by Muller in his home studio, 22HERTZ has begun hitting stages in Toronto to take the visceral and intense experience to the next level. Featuring some of the area’s best session musicians with Muller leading the way, the next chapter has only just begun. With plans for music videos, more live performances and a follow-up album, this is just the beginning.

 

Detonate is available for purchase via iTunes now, with CDs featuring an exclusive bonus track also up for sale on the 22HERTZ website. Join the more than 270,000 followers on Facebook to stay up dated on all of the latest news, shows, music and press.

 

22HERTZ was founded in Montreal by Ralf Muller in 2010 after the disbanding of his heavy metal band, Point Blank. As a talented multi-instrumentalist and versatile songwriter, Muller first caught industrial fan’s attention with his self-produced free 5-song EP, Is This Real.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Boating, filmmaking and bitcoin.

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Discuss your music career.

Capitalism/centralized power in the music industry makes me want to kill myself but I don’t, I keep holding on. One day who knows?

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

The concept is “the edge of perception “. 22hz is just on the edge of perception. If you can’t detect it, it does not mean that it doesn’t exist.

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List your four favorite music videos with reasons.

 

Come to Daddy by Aphex Twins – creepy.

 

March of the Pigs by NIN – played live, raw.

 

All is full of Love by Bjork – spiritual.

 

Diamonds aren’t forever by Bring me the Horizon – brutal.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

I really don’t know; meditation? Good music?

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Tell us your impression on dealing with paparazzi.

After chasing them for days and finally catching them, they still don’t want to cover me…

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

Was recorded in my home studio then mixed by Yoad Nevo at Nevo Sound Studios, London.

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Tell us your future projects.

EP, LP more music videos then maybe a tour.

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

Me myself and I and bitcoin.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

If it enhances the track, do it!

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

I prefer quality over quantity and originality, but that’s just me.

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

Everything sucks in capitalism unless you are very good at it (maybe 5-10% of the world population, I’m sure they love it).

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

If it fits in a category then good, if it doesn’t then also good.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

Country music, it’s so cheesy, corny, etc…

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List your five favorite movies with reasons.

Too many that I like. Matrix, Shawshank Redemption, Fright Night, The Shining.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Get the Hell Out. Dealing with personal demons and struggles that you try to overcome but keep doing.

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

Detonate, In 2013 that’s when 22HERTZ exploded onto the music scene.

Jon Spear Band

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ARTIST NAME:   JON SPEAR BAND

 

SONG TITLE:   Geographical Cure

 

ALBUM TITLE:   Hot Sauce

 

RELEASE DATE:   July 2017

 

GENRE:  ROCK / POP / BLUES

 

 

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JON SPEAR BAND REVIEWS

” Hot Sauce is one of the finest albums I have heard in a while.  Well-rooted in the blues, and never straying far from those roots, Spear and the guys lay down solid music, whether it is straight blues, blues with a Latin flair, rockabilly, slow-burnin’ R&B or somewhere in between.  The tunes, all penned by Spear and the other band members, are exceptionally well-written and performed with a level of passion not often heard these days.  Spear is also developing into one of the finest storytellers I’ve encountered…straight to the point, these stories are absolutely believable and incredibly powerful…  The more I hear from Jon and the band, the more impressed I become.  This is 100% the real deal…This is perhaps their best work to date.

– Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blues (July 2017)

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“I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hot Sauce, by Jon Spear Band and I quite like it. Opening with Bottom of the Bottle, Jon Spear Band gets into a really nice groove somewhat like Come and Go Blues but with more texture, cooler guitar riffs and better vocals for my taste. With Dara James on guitar, harp and vocal, Jon Spear on guitar and vocal Andy Burdetsky on bass and vocal John Stubblefield on drums and vocals, this is a super opener.”

– Bman’s Blues Report, August 11, 2017

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“The Jon Spear Band is the band that said, “Live music is better,” and they took over the Tin Pan’s spacious stage and filled it with some of the best music I’ve heard in quite a while. With only four pieces in the band, Dara James on lead guitar and vocals; Jon Spear on rhythm guitar and vocals, Andy Burdetsky on bass and backing vocals; and John Stubblefield on drums, they managed to create the sound of a much larger group.  James is a guitar wizard who can move from playing a standard lead to delivering a blistering break that could actually cause the audience to break into applause before he even finished playing. Spear is a helluva player as well, great on the vocals, and writes most of the band’s material.  . Burdetsky is a very animated bass player who made several songs come to life and Stubblefield is a very underrated drummer who threw in some great fills throughout the night.  Together, the four of them dropped some great blues in support of their latest album Hot Sauce, and mixed up a very spicy meal.”

– Professor Johnny P’s Juke Joint (July 2017)

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“Hot Sauce is a solid collection of blues tunes . . . And there is a little something for everybody in it.  It is nice to see a band put the time and effort into writing and working out an entire disc of new music, and fortunately it has very good production too.

– Blues Blast Magazine (July 28, 2017)

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With the Jon Spear Band, you can always bet your last money that the music will be excellent, and the songs built either for the dance floor or to make you think. Everything goes good with “Hot Sauce!”

– Don & Sheryl’s Blues Blog (July 23, 2017)

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“This new disc from the Jon Spear Band is their best yet! Plenty of great playing on a dozen original songs that span a variety styles.”

Professor Bebop WTJU FM (July 11, 2017)

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“Welcome back Jon Spear Band, you have done it again! You have created another masterpiece that encompasses so many elements of roots music and not just blues. The light and shade of this album is stunning and weaves an intricate story that is so very entertaining. The Jon Spear Band have created an album ‘their’ way and not a clone of somebody else.”

– Peter Merrett, PBS106.7, Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

HOT SAUCE

​★ “a well-played collection of rootsy rock originals …the recording features a clean stripped-down sound and deep, in-the-pocket grooves that result when a band develops into a tight-knit unit from extensive live gigs.”

–  Living Blues Magazine

 

★ “Hot Sauce gives further proof to the fact that The Jon Spear Band is one of the most talented bands playing the blues right now. They show an amazing versatility with their music, mixing blues, soul, and rock in equal measures. The two-headed vocal/guitar attack with Spear and James is highly effective and the rhythm section is most righteous. Add a highly unique songwriting approach that includes entertaining party songs, interesting story songs, and other thought-provoking fare, and you’ve got a disc that deserves to heard and heard again”

– Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

 

★ “With the Jon Spear Band, you can always bet your last money that the music will be excellent, and the songs built either for the dance floor or to make you think.”

– DonandSherylsBluesBlog.

 

LIVE MUSIC IS BETTER
★ “This is the real deal…blues as it was meant to be played”.

– Bill Wilson “Reflections in Blue”

 

★ “Four superbly talented musicians plus stellar guests have produced an album that epitomizes how live Blues should be played.”

 Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7FM Melbourne

 

★ “This CD would make a welcome addition to any blues lovers collection”

– Professor Johnny P’s Juke Joint (AKA John Porter) 

 

★  “Live Music Is Better is a rock solid set that gives fans and newcomers a nice summary of how good a band the Jon Spear Band really is, especially on stage.”

– Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes Magazine

 

★  “Virginia-based singer/guitarist Spear and his talented band released their debut, Old Soul, in 2015, an album which finished in the Top 25 of the Roots Music Report’s Top Contemporary Blues Albums.  Spear’s been around since the early 60’s, but recently connected with a phenomenal young talent, singer/guitarist Dara James, who is a blues star in the making……a gifted guitarist, singer, and songwriter whose style works perfectly with Spear’s…. Live Music Is Better provides a great look at one of the most underrated bands currently practicing.

– Friday Blues Fix

 

★ “We had two favorites – the fellows lay down a sweet Chicago-styled blues groove as Jon takes lead vocal and Dara blows some serious harp on “Shake Your Boogie!”  And, the highlight of the set, for us, belonged to Dara James and his slow-burnin’ blues guitar lines on the classic “Have You Ever Loved A Woman.”

– Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society

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OLD SOUL

★  “[The Jon Spear Band’s] debut release, “Old Soul”, is a stunning reminder to all and sundry that skill, practice and years of live performing enables you to shine like a true glittering star without reliance upon vacuous tinsel twinkling internet driven media videos.  Across the ten numbers here, is an atmosphere of relaxed confidence, combined with second nature playing all wrapped up in invitingly assured arrangements whether they have forays into soul, blues, country, rock R&B, funk, swing, or even a little salsa, it is all delivered with enticing aplomb.”

– Bluesinthenorthwest.com (July, 2015)

 

★ “Spear and company put into words and music what all of us know and have experienced but might not have the ability to express. Running as smoothly as a well-oiled machine, this band operates as a single unit…each member doing their part. The result is a work of absolute beauty. The guitar work and vocals on this piece are absolutely sublime…and the rhythm section is right on the money. Adding an assist from Ron Halloway on sax on “Old Soul” and Nate Brown on congas on “Mean Mean Woman” and “Can’t Help Myself” is just the icing on the cake… ‘Nuff said…this is good stuff.” – Bill Wilson, “Reflections in Blue,”  

★  “The Jon Spear Band is a talented quartet with more than enough experience and creativity to get the job done.  Jon Spear is the leader and main songwriter for the band, and on this record he provides guitar and vocals.  He was joined in the studio by Dara James (also on vocals and lead guitar), John Stubblefield on the skins, and Andy Burdetsky on bass.  For a small group they have a big sound, and you will like what they have to offer on this collection of nine originals and one awesome cover tune.  Besides their more obvious talents, they also give back to the art and are active participants in the Central Virginia Blues Society.   This is a strong debut from the Jon Spear Band, and throughout all ten tracks they present top-shelf musicianship, mature songwriting, and a most importantly, a good time for the listener.

– ” Blues Blast Magazine, June 2015

 

★ “[The Devil’s Highway] is one of those kind of songs that lyrically and musically could fit nicely into several music genres. It’s blues, it’s rock and give it to Toby Keith and it’s a number one country hit. Well written, well sung and well performed.”

– Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro. Blues Editor @

 

★ “Old Soul is a highly enjoyable set of blues and soul that features some impressive original tunes. The veteran Spear, the rock-solid rhythm section, and the gifted young James proves to be a winning combination on this release.”

– Graham Clarke. Blues Bytes Magazine

 

★ “Forever Home is a laid back country blues track with strong radio appeal. A light slide guitar riff behind the clear vocals of James makes this track an absolute pop standout. With its jazzy attack and nice harp work, this track is the most well rounded track on the release.”

– Bman’s Blues Report

 

★ “The Jon Spear Band bring excellent musicianship, strong lyrics, and a rising star in young Dara James.  ‘Old Soul’ is a fine debut from some of Virginia’s finest!”

– Sheryl and Don Crow donandsherylsbluesblog.

 

★ “This central Virginia band has a definite old soul when it comes to their heartfelt nod to blues and soul, running a gamut of delectable styles. Some very intelligent songwriting, excellent musicianship and lyrics that delve into deep recesses one second and speak plainly the next flavor this debut with vibrant life and listenability”

– Mark E. Waterbury Music Morsels Reviews

 

★ “Not many groups can boast two virtuoso guitarists as The Jon Spear Band does and few can match the writing skill of [Jon] Spear and [Dara] James.”

– Peter Merrett of PBS 106.7 FM, Melbourne Australia

 

 

 

Tell us your history.

The band was first organized in 2012 through the Central Virginia Blues Society, which organizes blues-related activities and jams on a regular basis.  We enjoyed our playing and improvising, and decided to attempt a more serious collaboration.  After a few gigs and a very positive crowd response, the Jon Spear Band was born and is now in its 7th year with just a few personnel changes.  The current lineup includes Dara James (guitar, vocals and harmonica), Andy Burdetsky (bass), John Stubblefield (drums), and Jon Spear (guitar and vocals).

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Describe yourself as an artist.

The artistry of the band arises from our success at combining multiple influences.  Jon, the oldest member, started playing in the ‘50s and was heavily influenced by the rockabilly, jump and swing hits of that time, as well as the social upheaval of the ‘60s.  The youngest member, Dara, is a modern electric blues guitarist who also sings and plays harp, and compares favorably to Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa.  Andy is a funk-loving bassman who coaxes a lot of notes out of just a few strings.  And drummer John Stubblefield is a straight-ahead rocker who learned his trade during the British invasion.  When we first joined up, we openly wondered if we could successfully blend all those different styles and influences, and worried that all the music would simply fall to the lowest common denominator.  Instead, we found synergies in our varied styles and combined that with writing original songs, and that’s given us a sound that’s unique and immediately-recognizable.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Our music is best described as blues rock, or blues-influenced rock with a bit of an old school flavor.  That said, we’re not purists and if we hear something we like, we’ll play it even if it may fall outside the blue or rock category.   Geographical Cure was written with a slightly Latin or calypso feel which together with congas by guest artist Nate Brown, gives it a feeling of inviting new places.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

This song started life over 20 years ago when Spear was involved in writing a rock opera based on the parable of the Prodigal Son.  The project was never completed and the song stayed on the shelf until Spear dusted it off a few years ago for the band which liked it enough to include it on the 2017 “Hot Sauce” CD.   The idea behind the song is that sometimes a fresh start in a new location can be the best way to deal with issues.  So, if things aren’t going well for you, you’re not a tree – you can move!

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

The major problem faced by musicians today is keeping pace with technological changes that are driving a music industry transition from CDs to downloading to streaming as the main way people purchase and listen to music.  This has forced many musicians to focus on promotion and touring to replace the revenue that used to be created by record sales.  This is tough for musicians who would prefer to spend their time in the creative process of writing and recording music rather than on the road or pushing social media campaigns.  The Hot Sauce album itself was financed through a Kickstarter campaign and we are very grateful to all our friends and fans who contributed to offset the cost of the CD and all the related expenses.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

The entire Hot Sauce CD was recorded at Ravensworth Studios in Scottsville VA with our producer, Andy Waldeck.  Andy is a great mentor and the studio location, on 23 wooded acres, is very conducive to creative work.  While our previous albums were mostly songs we’d been performing in public for a while, the Hot Sauce CD is comprised entirely of newly written material.  That meant we had to do a lot arranging and rewriting in the studio.  After the songs were mixed down by Waldeck, the final mastering was done at UE Nastasi of Sterling Sound in New York City.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.   The band’s members have a combined total of over 150 years’ experience in making music, but we don’t have 150 years’ worth of income to show for it.  That can only mean one thing – we do it because we love it, not because we expect to make a lot of money from it.  So, we all have day jobs along with family obligations and balancing those competing demands is always a challenge. That said, the people in our band have an inborn love of music and will continue to forge ahead.  The future will very likely see us release some more new music in the next few years while building our presence on the touring circuit.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Bono said “Music can change the world, because it can change people.”  That pretty much sums our inspiration as musicians.  If we can use our music to make people happier, more loving, more thoughtful, more accepting of others, and find more joy in life, we will consider ourselves wildly successful.  We’ve had several people tell us that our song “I Love My Skin” has changed their life. Can you imagine that?  A song we created has changed lives.  What more could we ask for?

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song. 

If we knew this for sure, we’d bottle and sell it!  We strongly suspect it takes a lot of hard work and maybe a little talent along with some serendipity – and having a memorable and enjoyable song can’t hurt either!

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Pursue a career in music because you love it, not because you’re counting on success. That way, you’ll be happy no matter what happens. Also, be prepared to stick with it for as long as it takes to get a break.  Some artists may appear to be overnight successes but if you study their careers, you’ll find out they’ve been working for years, and some never make it at all to the big time.  The important thing is to enjoy the journey and don’t get too preoccupied with the destination.  Finally, don’t try to be someone else.  If you do achieve wider success, it will be because you are unique and entertaining, not because you’ve copied someone else.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received. 

Recent highlights include:

Blues Blast Magazine nominee for Best Live Blues Recording of 2016.

 

Opened for nationally touring acts including Debbie Davies, Delbert McClinton, Anson Funderburgh, the Iguanas, the Chris Duarte Group, Memphis Gold, and more.

 

Selected to compete at the 31st and 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

 

2017 IBC Finalist for “lLive Music is Better” for Blues Foundation Best Self-Produced CD award.

 

Released three critically acclaimed CDs all of which charted in the US, UK, France, and Australia.

 

2016 WAMMIE nominee for best Blues/Traditional R&B Recording (Washington Area Music Association).

 

Extensive airplay on over 100 stations worldwide, including SiriusXM Bluesville Rack of Blues “Picks  to Click” (May 2016).

 

Favorable reviews from numerous publications including Living Blues Magazine and Blues Blast Magazine.

 

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JON SPEAR – Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jon Spear doesn’t admit how long he’s been performing but here’s a hint: Jon was in a band that opened for the Isley Brothers at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester NY when Twist and Shout was top-40 hit.  Since then, Jon has performed with numerous bands from New York on down through DC and Virginia, playing a wide range of styles including swing, rockabilly, classic rock and blues. His electric playing has been influenced by such guitar greats as Hollywood Fats and Debbie Davies

 

DARA JAMES – Dara James is an amazing young talent with outstanding vocal, guitar and harmonica skills far beyond his years. Dara’s grandfather gave him his first harmonica when he was about 5 and he joined his first band with his father – Upland Express – at the age of 11, and stayed with them for 10 years playing regularly around central Virginia.  He started playing guitar in the band when he was 14. Since then Dara has pursued a number of solo, band and recording projects.  Dara has also won several songwriting awards.

 

ANDY BURDETSKY – Bassist Andy Burdetsky has been playing bass since his junior high school days back in the mid 70’s. Andy was born and raised in the D.C. area where he was influenced by such great musicians as the Nighthawks, Danny Gatton and Charlie Byrd. Andy has shared the stage and/or sat in with such musical greats as Koko Taylor, NRBQ, Nighthawks, Roy Buchanan, Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills and has had the honor of being Big Bill and Mud Morganfield’s bass player on several occasions when they have played in town.

 

JOHN STUBBLEFIELD – Drummer John Stubblefield started playing drums around the time the Beatles made their US debut. His dad owned radio stations and he grew up loving all styles of music. In college he played with The Charlottesville Blues Allstars (later called just The Allstars). During those years he opened often for the Nighthawks playing clubs in Virginia and DC.  In addition to the Jon Spear Band, John currently plays swing and blues with Bluzonia and original folk rock with the Eric Heinsohn Band. John has been building drums for 10 years and has drummers all over gigging and recording with his custom drums.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

No two songs are written the same way.  Some arise organically with the words and lyrics coming together at the same time. Our song “Forever Home” was written at the request of a local animal shelter that wanted to encourage pet adoption.  “Wintertime” was prompted by our producer’s suggestion that we needed a slow song for our CD and that a hard luck story might be the right choice.  Hot Sauce grew out of bassist Andy Burdetsky’s appreciation of hot chili peppers.  Dara and Jon found the initial inspiration for Natchez Burning in an airline magazine squib about tourist destinations in Mississippi.  Once in the studio, our producer Andy Waldeck has a chance to listen to our songs with fresh ears and suggest changes based on his many years of music industry experience.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

Among our favorites are saxophonist Ron Holloway who guested on two of our CDs.  We appreciate that because Ron’s talents are in great demand as he has played with the Allman Brothers Band, Susan Tedeschi, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Scott-Heron, Root Boy Slim and Warren Haynes.   Another of our favorites is keyboardist Butch Taylor who appeared with Dave Matthews Band from 1997 to 2008, performing both on tour and studio albums.  To complement the work of our own talented drummer, John Stubblefield, we often turn to Nate Brown who is Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of OnlineDrummer.com, Alfred Publishing author and Drum! Magazine Groove Analysis video instructor.   One of the band’s mentors is bassist, producer and songwriter Andy Waldeck whose band Earth To Andy toured nationally with Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel and Tonic.  Andy’s songwriting has landed him notable cuts with artists such as Daughtry, David Cook, and others.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

We would underwrite a European tour.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base. 

Promotion requires a band to walk a thin line between staying in touch with fans without being too pushy or self-serving.  We use an email list and Facebook along with our website, Instagram and Twitter to let people know about our upcoming gigs and share interesting developments. We trying to avoid puffery and instead build our following through steady gigging and lots of personal contact.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

The band schedules activities in a way that assures everyone has free time for the personal things that are important, especially day-jobs, vacations, friends and family.  This sometimes means we have to decline a high-profile gig but we think preserving personal sanity and relationships are more important.  Many years from now the band will be ancient history but hopefully our loved ones will still be around us, so they have to come first.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.   

We chose Jon Spear Band because it’s short and not likely to be confused with other band names.  Although Jon Spear has his name on the band, we all have an equal say on all band decisions.

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

We usually name our CDs after one of the tracks and in this case, we thought “Hot Sauce” was a good all-round name.

 

Benjamin Ingrosso

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Benjamin Ingrosso ‘Dance You Off’

A self-taught musician, Benjamin grew up with melodies. Playing shows all over his home country of Sweden from a very young age, it was always clear to him that he was going to be an artist of some kind – be it a songwriter or performer. Just turned 20 years old, Benjamin’s early influences would come by way of his parents – The Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder all instilling in him a natural ear for melody and that superlative Quincey Jones-era of future pop.

For a couple of years, however, Benjamin decided to focus solely on his songwriting, growing disillusioned with the showbiz side of the industry and briefly considering going full-time as a songwriter. However, following an extended period of time crafting alone in the studio, the young artist signed to TEN Music Group (Icona Pop, Zara Larsson), who convinced him to come back to being a bonafide performer in his own right.

What followed was the kind of vindication you can’t prepare for – his first three singles “Good Lovin’”, “Fall In Love” and “Love You Again”, immediately going gold and platinum respectively; unprecedented hype and now with the release of his latest track “Dance You Off”.

To mention personal maturity in the same sentence as “emerging artist” seems a contradiction, but the simple age that Benjamin started performing puts him on Mickey Mouse Club levels of precocious talent: Benjamin has hit peaks and troughs that belie his age as much as it defines this new direction of slick, R&B pop that echoes the compulsion and melodic artistry of artist like Tom Misch and Isaac Waddington.

With his anticipated debut album set to drop, it’s looking like Benjamin Ingrosso is going to be a name the wider world is going to get used to very soon.

 

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Shane Anderson

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Shane Anderson, is a contemporary R&B singer and songwriter based out of Sacramento, CA. The son of a military veteran, Shane was born in Landstuhl, Germany and spent portions of his early life in Germany and then Hawaii in his teens, then moving to California to focus on music. While living in Bay Area, he experienced a tragic loss of his closest friend, which prompted him to write and record his first self-debut album “Dangerous” which gained great success on social media platform: Myspace with over two million plays and multiple TV/Film placements to include “Kardashians, MTV, BET, just to name the few. Shane started to make a name for himself in 2009 but quickly disappeared from the music scene and social media.

 

Now 9 years later – Shane reemerges with his Single “Good Love” – a sexually driven contemporary R&B song that is already taking off. Shane is back and working on his follow up album titled “I.N.F.J” to be released in December of 2018.  Shane’s new music is already making waves and although he likes to remain mysterious, the world will soon know who Shane Anderson is!

 

 

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I Feel Pretty – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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I FEEL PRETTY

 

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

Including tracks by Maroon 5, Marieme

& Michael Andrews (Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher)

 

Starring Golden Globe Nominee Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Thank You for Your Service), Oscar Nominee Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, Brokeback Mountain) & Naomi Campbell.

 

 

Sony Classical is proud to release I Feel Pretty – Soundtrack from the Motion Picture as a digital album on Friday, April 20th.  The soundtrack includes new songs from Marieme “What’s Cool” and LunchMoney Lewis “Who’s Cool” along with tracks from Maroon 5, Meghan Trainer and Santigold with music from Michael Andrews (Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher).

 

The film opened across Australia 19th April.

 

CAST

Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant with Lauren Hutton & Naomi Campbell

 

 

FILM INFO

A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?

 

 

TRACKLISTING

  1. Maroon 5 feat. SZA: What Lovers Do
  2. Snail Mail: Thinning
  3. Marieme: What’s Cool
  4. LunchMoney Lewis: Who’s Up?
  5. Hardwell feat. Matthew Koma: Dare You (Tiësto vs Twoloud Remix)
  6. Meghan Trainor: Me Too
  7. Ben Talmi: Perfect Day
  8. 1985 feat. Suzy Shinn: Congratulations
  9. Santigold feat. BC Unidos: Can’t Get Enough of Myself
  10. Majical Cloudz: Downtown
  11. Rostam: Don’t Let It Get to You (Reprise)
  12. Michael Andrews: I Feel Pretty
  13. Michael Andrews: Renee and Ethan
  14. Michael Andrews: Wish Transformation

Old Crow Medicine Show

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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – VOLUNTEER

 

RELEASED: APRIL 20, 2018

 

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Old Crow Medicine Show release their new studio album, Volunteer, via Columbia Records Nashville/Sony Music Australia. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson).

 

Old Crow Medicine Show visited Australia in 2017 for their Blonde On Blonde (Live) world tour and performed sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

 

Electric guitar will be heard on this traditional string outfit’s album for the first time since their 2004, when David Rawlings played a Telecaster on ‘Wagon Wheel.’

 

TRACKLISTING

  1. Flicker & Shine
  2. A World Away
  3. Child of the Mississippi
  4. Dixie Avenue
  5. Look Away
  6. Shout Mountain Music
  7. The Good Stuff
  8. Old Hickory
  9. Homecoming Party

10.Elzick’s Farewell

  1. Whirlwind

JJ Soul Band

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Artist: JJ Soul Band

 

Song Title: That Kinda Man

 

Album Title: Bright Lights (2008)

 

Genre: Blues(con)fusion, Funk, Samba

 

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JJ Soul Band

Pop/jazz/funk/blues and whatnot performed by an Icelandic band fronted by UK vocalist/songwriter/lyricist JJ Soul.
When living in Iceland for a brief period (‘93-‘97), JJ met songwriter Ingvi Thor Kormaksson and soon they began writing music together.

In 1994 they made their first CD, ‘Hungry for News’, with JJ Soul Band and in 1997, ‘City Life’. On both CDs the music is many-sided; Blues, R&B, Fusion, Rock, Pop and Latin, sometimes all in one (blues-confusion?). – JJ Soul Band mainly served as a vehicle for the songwriting team. The third CD was ‘Reach for the Sky’ (2002) and finally there was “Bright Lights” in 2008.

 

 

Latin Faculty

LATIN FACULTY – LATÍNUDEILDIN (2012) –

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One album. Nine vocalists perform on the album. The musicians include Jóhann Ásmundsson (of Mezzoforte) on bass who also engineered and mixed the album, Einar Scheving on drums, Vignir Thor Stefáns on kbs., Edvard Lárusson (of JJ Soul Band) on guitar, Birkir Freyr Matthíasson on trumpet and Stefán S. Stefánsson on saxophones who also produced the music.

 

THE COMPOSER:
Ingvi Thor Kormaksson is a native Icelander and has occupied himself with songwriting for the past 30 years or so and has to this day 12 albums to his credit. Altogether; he has had more than 150 of his compositions recorded by various Icelandic artists. He writes mainly in the AC (adult contemporary) genre, but jazzy chord progressions and bossanova rhythms are often featured in his music. Folk music traditions and blues can also be heard.

Collaborating with JJ Soul from Oxford, Ingvi has written music for JJ Soul Band’s 4 albums (see JJ Soul Band on Facebook, Reverbnation and MySpace).

LYRICIST JJ Soul is from Oxford, UK; artist, art teacher, singer, songwriter, lyricist, author of books.

 

 

Share your life story with us.

Ingvi: Icelandic. Used to play keyboards in dance and rock bands. Turned to songwriting around 1990.

 

JJ: Played in blues, jazz and rock bands in UK as a drummer. Was more and more asked to do the vocals, and when he moved to Iceland in 1992, became the vocalist/lyricist for JJ Soul Band, a group that stopped performing in 2005, but had only occasionally performed live because JJ had moved back to Oxford in 1997.

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“When I started playing the tracks I was very impressed by how smooth they sounded.” – Gulf Coast Music Review

 

 

“These guys from Iceland and that one guy from the UK really know how to put out a first class album that is both fun and sophisticated at the same time.”

Andrea Guy – ReviewYou

 

 

“With a stellar band and instrumentalists at hand, the boys from Iceland execute nicely.” – Ross Christopher – Awaken Music

 

 

“Excellent musicianship, fine arrangements, impeachable mixing …” – Dagbjartur Gunnar Ludviksson – Monitor

 

 

“… seldom heard more talented musicians gathered on one album… ” – Harold van Dorth – Bobtje’s Blues

 

 

“Good entertainment. JJ’s vocals are nice and warm. Blues and jazz flavoured music with a swing. Well written music and lyrics. This one will appeal to all those who like thoughtful and sophisticated music.” – Arni Matthiasson – Morgunbladid

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

Usually a lot of fun in the studio. Sometimes there were tight arrangements, and sometimes the sessions were more or less improvised.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Ingvi: Since my teenage years I’ve admired the music of Brazil; Jobim, Bonfá, Lins and many more composers, and all the wonderful vocalists. Bossanova and samba rhythms have been featured on my albums, even in the more blues or folk oriented ones. Finally I decided to write music for an album that would showcase Latin music only (Latin Faculty). There are two or three salsa songs on that album, but mostly the music nods towards Brazil and could also be categorized as AC or smooth-jazz.” (Ingvi). – As for JJ Soul Band’s 4 releases, they are blues oriented but leaning a bit towards jazz, fusion and funk.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

Occasional single songs, and perhaps a smooth-jazz album in 2018, with saxophone player and arranger Stefan S. Stefansson (who produced the Latin Faculty album, and has also appeared on JJ Soul Band’s albums) –

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

Not much these days.

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

I studied library science and have always worked as a librarian along with being a musician/songwriter. I have often thought: to hell with it… (The music, I mean).

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

I have often written music to existing poetry or lyrics, so the atmosphere and build-up of the text has much to do with where I go with the music. When writing I am mostly entertaining myself, and I do whatever I like. I am not writing pop music, although I have written straight (and strict) pop songs, so there are no rules. I like to include some surprises, and I sometimes use quite complex chord structures. I also compose Instrumentals / Smooth-Jazz.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.  

When dealing with publishers, all agreements I sign are non-exclusive, which means I keep on being the owner of all masters. The publishers and other music providers have my consent to license the music to other companies…or I do it myself without the help of others.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

The music of Brazil (all of it), Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, The British Invasion: Animals, Kinks, Beatles, etc.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

They vary.

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Elaborate on this song.

The subject Of “That Kinda Man” is a philanderer, the kind of guy that consistently has to make excuses for his bad behaviour, sometimes on his knees. It’s a medium fast, bluesy funk number.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

It’s a new and different world, but not so bad for the independent songwriter.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

I’m not good at this. I don’t bother much with social media nowadays. I have 70 songs with one publisher (non-exclusive), and a few with other publishers; tracks with lyrics in English or instrumental tracks. The other hundred or so songs I’ve recorded have Icelandic lyrics, and therefore only cater to the Icelandic public via record stores (obsolete?) or Icelandic National Radio.

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

I studied drumming as a young boy, and then as teenager started some piano lessons. At sixteen I studied jazz harmonics with Arni Scheving, the best jazz vibe-player of Iceland, and that got me going so I could play in bands as a keyboardist. In my late twenties I studied harmonics for one year at the Reykjavik Jazz Conservatory. That’s all, the rest was acquired by listening and playing.

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

I am not into writing hit songs, although I did check out pop-songwriting at a time and have written a few songs that in the pop-category and some entered the Icelandic Eurovision finals. But the verse, chorus-verse, bridge-chorus or A-A-B-A approach to writing hits/songs has changed and I have no inclination to write modern pop stuff. I’ve recently worked a bit with DJ Intr0beats (House – Soundcloud, the sessions will probably be out on a British label later this year.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

JJ Soul Band refers to UK vocalist/lyricist/composer, John J. Soul.

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

“Bright Lights” refers to track #7 on the album.

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