VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:59:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Terranomaly – No cookie-cutter rock band! http://videomusicstars.com/terranomaly-no-cookie-cutter-rock-band/ http://videomusicstars.com/terranomaly-no-cookie-cutter-rock-band/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:59:19 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9441 terranomally-680

An Earth-native anomaly or “Terranomaly,” is a word coined by Kevin Smith on his radio show about the paranormal, a few years ago. The word was chosen by his good friend Jeff Byrd as the name of a new performing stage band started in late 2012 with Kevin on rhythm guitar, and Jeff on bass.

terranomaly-400The band has had members come and go. Kevin passed away in 2013, just as the band was about to do a Red Carpet event at the Hard Rock in Nashville. Kevin had only been playing guitar a year, but was cranking out riffs like nobody’s business. Guest vocalists have done a couple of tracks, but none had the “Terranomaly” magic.

Jonathan Byrd, rhythm and lead guitar player during 2013 has decided to go back to college and get his degree. Drummers have also come, and drummers have also gone, but Jeff and Michael both play drums, so the songs keep coming.

That leaves the band with the duo standing. Jeff Byrd plays every rock instrument, and has his own recording studio in Nashville. Michael Macpherson plays every rock instrument, and has a recording studio in Phoenix. When these two combined, the writing took a new direction. There is a motivation, a message, and a drive that can’t be stopped.

Terranomaly calls its genre “rock fugue.” You can hear elements of the greatest classic rock bands, grunge, blues, metal, and even a touch of country now and then. Often, there’s an under-beat that’s so complex, it’s hard to tell what’s going on! This sets the band apart from the many “cookie-cutter” bands of today.

Terranomaly  says that their 11-track album, “Wake Up", is for those who have become aware of what is really going on in the world, are becoming aware, or want to become aware.

“No, we’re not talking global warming or climate change,” says Terranomaly. “We’re talking about the select few who think they’re the chosen ones, and the rest of the humans are only tolerated to serve them. You know who they are. They are the ones causing all the problems in this planet, creating wars where none would normally exist, and then robbing the world of its wealth to pay for the wars while blaming anyone else. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”

Over and above the social themes, Terranomaly’s mission is to rock, and maybe wake a few people up, when their tornado of sound comes through your town!

Terranomaly-300OFFICIAL LINKS: Band Website Reverbnation MTV RMTV CdBaby Amazon iTunes Google Play Facebook Twitter Youtube  ]]>
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An Earth-native anomaly or “Terranomaly,” is a word coined by Kevin Smith on his radio show about the paranormal, a few years ago. The word was chosen by his good friend Jeff Byrd as the name of a new performing stage band started in late 2012 with Kevin on rhythm guitar, and Jeff on bass.

terranomaly-400The band has had members come and go. Kevin passed away in 2013, just as the band was about to do a Red Carpet event at the Hard Rock in Nashville. Kevin had only been playing guitar a year, but was cranking out riffs like nobody’s business. Guest vocalists have done a couple of tracks, but none had the “Terranomaly” magic.

Jonathan Byrd, rhythm and lead guitar player during 2013 has decided to go back to college and get his degree. Drummers have also come, and drummers have also gone, but Jeff and Michael both play drums, so the songs keep coming.

That leaves the band with the duo standing. Jeff Byrd plays every rock instrument, and has his own recording studio in Nashville. Michael Macpherson plays every rock instrument, and has a recording studio in Phoenix. When these two combined, the writing took a new direction. There is a motivation, a message, and a drive that can’t be stopped.

Terranomaly calls its genre “rock fugue.” You can hear elements of the greatest classic rock bands, grunge, blues, metal, and even a touch of country now and then. Often, there’s an under-beat that’s so complex, it’s hard to tell what’s going on! This sets the band apart from the many “cookie-cutter” bands of today.

Terranomaly  says that their 11-track album, “Wake Up", is for those who have become aware of what is really going on in the world, are becoming aware, or want to become aware.

“No, we’re not talking global warming or climate change,” says Terranomaly. “We’re talking about the select few who think they’re the chosen ones, and the rest of the humans are only tolerated to serve them. You know who they are. They are the ones causing all the problems in this planet, creating wars where none would normally exist, and then robbing the world of its wealth to pay for the wars while blaming anyone else. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”

Over and above the social themes, Terranomaly’s mission is to rock, and maybe wake a few people up, when their tornado of sound comes through your town!

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“Hater” seems to be the single The SoapGirls have been working toward! http://videomusicstars.com/hater-seems-to-be-the-single-the-soapgirls-have-been-working-toward/ http://videomusicstars.com/hater-seems-to-be-the-single-the-soapgirls-have-been-working-toward/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:29:42 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9438 the-soapgirls-680

"Hater", seems to be the single The SoapGirls aka Mie and Mille, have been working toward for much of the latter part of their careers. Whereas their previous label felt they should explore the more "poppy dance" side of their talents, The SoapGirls finally found a producer (Charlie Hamilton) willing to follow them down the path they’ve been trying to forge, and fortunately for all involved, "Hater", shows this path may be the one destined for The SoapGirls all along.

the-soapgirls-300Mie and Mille were street performing at the ages of 9 and 10. Something they did every day for a full 8 years, to sell their handmade soap for different charities. The French-born sisters, who reside in sunny South Africa under the comfortable protection of its Mother City, Cape Town - home to soaring Table Mountain, golden beaches and bountiful vineyards - had their first taste of studio recording at the ages of 12 and 13.

Since then this sexy but demure songwriting and singing duo have never looked back, offering strong up-tempo tracks, and the occasional slower number, all accompanied with their unique and always impressive voices and performances. They managed to sculpt a career that resulted in The SoapGirls being signed to an important music label in the South African music industry.

But it’s not just about fame and fortune for these two creatively passionate souls. As much as they desired success, they wanted it on their terms. They wanted their enrapturing talent to shine through. They needed their sound to be built around sterling melodies, exceptional power and intelligent lyricism. They had a necessity to communicate a certain vibe in their music which could not be missed, a vibe able to even overshadow the sonic excellence of the music. Quite simply, The SoapGirls needed to be Mie and Mille…and not much else!

So without much ado, and a bucket-load of courage, they parted company from the comfort of an important label, to be exactly what they've always wanted to be - The SoapGirls!

The SoapGirls have now begun working on a sound meant to envelope the listener’s senses. It’s more urgent, aggressive and hits like an arrow straight to the heart. It’s awe-inspiring in the sense that the music can make your heart swell, your eyes mist and your brain race with a plethora of ideas. From their past, the girls have brought along the catchiness and pop sensibilities, but there is so much more ‘meat on the bone’ of “Hater”, compared to previous releases.

As soon as I heard “Hater”, I was instantly hooked. This is a new version of  The SoapGirls, better, stronger, smarter, and dare I say, classier, than ever before.  It is an all-round powerhouse song.

No, “Hater” is not perfect. How many songs do you know that are? But it’s damn near close! So why the 5 stars? What do I love so much about this single? In a word –growth!

It's the sheer growth. It's seeing two young, beautiful up-and-coming performing artists step out of what's comfortable and safe, take a few risks and an even bigger step forward. I never thought they could come so far in just a few years from the very southern tip of Africa. This single is more complex, more thoughtful, deeper, more challenging, more clever and intelligent than anything else they’ve done.

Sensual and full of swag, their blonde-on-blonde, milk, honey and lime look, reaches way over and above, the shallow skin of vanity. The girls write music, play instruments, as well as sing and dance. In short, Mie and Mille aka The SoapGirls are a talented, extroverted exercise in modern power play. The quintessential expression of femme shine!

the-soapgirls-400OFFICIAL LINKS: Artist Website Reverbnation Soundcloud Youtube Facebook Twitter  ]]>
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"Hater", seems to be the single The SoapGirls aka Mie and Mille, have been working toward for much of the latter part of their careers. Whereas their previous label felt they should explore the more "poppy dance" side of their talents, The SoapGirls finally found a producer (Charlie Hamilton) willing to follow them down the path they’ve been trying to forge, and fortunately for all involved, "Hater", shows this path may be the one destined for The SoapGirls all along.

the-soapgirls-300Mie and Mille were street performing at the ages of 9 and 10. Something they did every day for a full 8 years, to sell their handmade soap for different charities. The French-born sisters, who reside in sunny South Africa under the comfortable protection of its Mother City, Cape Town - home to soaring Table Mountain, golden beaches and bountiful vineyards - had their first taste of studio recording at the ages of 12 and 13.

Since then this sexy but demure songwriting and singing duo have never looked back, offering strong up-tempo tracks, and the occasional slower number, all accompanied with their unique and always impressive voices and performances. They managed to sculpt a career that resulted in The SoapGirls being signed to an important music label in the South African music industry.

But it’s not just about fame and fortune for these two creatively passionate souls. As much as they desired success, they wanted it on their terms. They wanted their enrapturing talent to shine through. They needed their sound to be built around sterling melodies, exceptional power and intelligent lyricism. They had a necessity to communicate a certain vibe in their music which could not be missed, a vibe able to even overshadow the sonic excellence of the music. Quite simply, The SoapGirls needed to be Mie and Mille…and not much else!

So without much ado, and a bucket-load of courage, they parted company from the comfort of an important label, to be exactly what they've always wanted to be - The SoapGirls!

The SoapGirls have now begun working on a sound meant to envelope the listener’s senses. It’s more urgent, aggressive and hits like an arrow straight to the heart. It’s awe-inspiring in the sense that the music can make your heart swell, your eyes mist and your brain race with a plethora of ideas. From their past, the girls have brought along the catchiness and pop sensibilities, but there is so much more ‘meat on the bone’ of “Hater”, compared to previous releases.

As soon as I heard “Hater”, I was instantly hooked. This is a new version of  The SoapGirls, better, stronger, smarter, and dare I say, classier, than ever before.  It is an all-round powerhouse song.

No, “Hater” is not perfect. How many songs do you know that are? But it’s damn near close! So why the 5 stars? What do I love so much about this single? In a word –growth!

It's the sheer growth. It's seeing two young, beautiful up-and-coming performing artists step out of what's comfortable and safe, take a few risks and an even bigger step forward. I never thought they could come so far in just a few years from the very southern tip of Africa. This single is more complex, more thoughtful, deeper, more challenging, more clever and intelligent than anything else they’ve done.

Sensual and full of swag, their blonde-on-blonde, milk, honey and lime look, reaches way over and above, the shallow skin of vanity. The girls write music, play instruments, as well as sing and dance. In short, Mie and Mille aka The SoapGirls are a talented, extroverted exercise in modern power play. The quintessential expression of femme shine!

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Cabaret Comico: International Partnership for Laughs at San Francisco’s Society Cabaret Oct 17-18, 2014 http://videomusicstars.com/cabaret-comico-international-partnership-for-laughs-at-san-franciscos-society-cabaret-oct-17-18-2014/ http://videomusicstars.com/cabaret-comico-international-partnership-for-laughs-at-san-franciscos-society-cabaret-oct-17-18-2014/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:05:50 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9435 cab-680

San Francisco’s version of Italy’s comic cabaret festival, From the Shaman to the Showman, returns this year with double the fun. Society Cabaret presents two different nights of the Bay Area’s funniest singers and songwriters performing original songs and comic numbers from musical theater in the 2014 edition of Cabaret Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters, hosted by G. Scott Lacy and Lua Hadar.

October 26, 2013 marked Chapter One of an international cultural exchange for the production of Cabaret Comico, a partnership of San Francisco's Society Cabaret and New Performance Group with the Italian Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno, and their Festival Dallo Sciamano allo Showman (From the Shaman to the Showman), the cabaret festival of original comic songs and songwriters. The word ‘comic’ is key here; in Italy all cabaret is comic.

Since 1987 Lua Ha

dar's New Performance Group has maintained a cultural dialogue and collaboration with Nini Giacomelli's Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno. As co-producer and co-host of the San Francisco cabaret event, Lua says, “I’m thrilled that after the years of success this Italian festival has experienced, we have been able to create a cultural partnership through Society Cabaret which offers two fresh and funny evenings by local entertainers, designed to tickle San Francisco's funny bone. Victor Borge said, ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’ When the audience laughs together, we can feel our common humanity. We need that.”

WHO: San Francisco Bay’s Funniest Singers and Songwriters, Hosts: G.Scott Lacy and Lua Hadar

WHAT: Cabaret Comico 2014, in partnership with Italian Cabaret Festival Dallo Sciamano allo Showman

WHERE: Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

WHEN: Two different shows, Friday and Saturday, October 17-18 at 8pm (doors at 7pm; no minimums)

WHY: Laughter is good for you

HOW: Tickets (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster.com http://bit.ly/1lX2JJ5 or call 415-857-1896, or at the door.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1pOgXM6" VIDEO FROM ITALIAN PRODUCER NINI GIACOMELLI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rqXi6Fb2uI

PERFORMER PHOTOS/BIOS: http://bit.ly/1rOZNyk

ALL INFO: http://newperformancegroup.wordpress.com/

Friday Night Program, October 17, 2014

8:00 PM Cabaret

Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Special Guest Stars: Candace Forest, Paul Frantz, Diane Merlino, Nancy Schimmel, and Bobby Weinapple, Beth Wilmurt.

Saturday Night Program, October 18, 2014 8:00 PM Cabaret

Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Special Guest Stars: Marilyn Cooney, Bill Cooper, Barry Lloyd, Lauren Mayer, and Ray Renati.

SHORT BLURB: Society Cabaret presents the 2014 edition of Cabaret Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Two different shows of original comic song and musical theatre, hosted by Society Cabaret’s Director of Entertainment G. Scott Lacy with vocalist and emcee Lua Hadar. GUEST STARS: OCT 17 at 8pm - Candace Forest, Paul Frantz, Diane Merlino, Nancy Schimmel, Bobby Weinapple, and Beth Wilmurt. OCT 18 at 8pm - Marilyn Cooney, Bill Cooper, Barry Lloyd, Lauren Mayer and Ray Renati. Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco Tickets at Ticketmaster.com or call 415-857-1896.

MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS:

About Dallo Sciamano allo Showman Now in it’s 11th year in Italy’s Valle Camonica, Dallo Sciamano allo Showman is a co-production of Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno and the renowned festival of original song and songwriters, Club Tenco. Featuring many stars as well as emerging artists, it has been covered by Italian National Television RAI. The Valle Camonica, in the Lombardy Region of northern Italy, boasts a UNESCO site of prehistoric rock carvings, which have greatly influenced local artists and scholars, among them festival producer Nini Giacomelli and her creative team, who see the performer as a kind of shaman, healing the audience through laughter.

Society Cabaret enters its second year of international co-production to expand last year’s 1-night pilot project to a 2-night event, with this year’s edition of Cabaret Comico. The star attraction at San Francisco’s Hotel Rex Union Square, Society Cabaret’s 75-seat house is a gem of a performance space, with sound, lights, a grand piano, cabaret tables, a full bar and a terrific kitchen. Society Cabaret's four founding partners combine their individual artistic expertise to bring a cooperative vision to their thriving performance venue. Director of Entertainment, G. Scott Lacy, co-hosts both evenings together with Lua Hadar.

Lua Hadar’s New Performance Group is dedicated to deepening intercultural communication through the performing arts, arts education and cultural exchange with the goal to bring an awareness of our common humanity to audiences and participants. New Performance Group has produced classes, performances, CDs, community events, international exchange and a DVD in its 20-year history. Nominated for an Independent Music Award, Lua Hadar is a vocalist, emcee and indie producer with a long history of performing both abroad (Italy, France, Thailand and more) and in New York and San Francisco, including at legendary North Beach music venues such as The Purple Onion, Peña Pachamama, Caffé Trieste and Jazz at Pearl’s.

SOCIETY CABARET http://www.societycabaret.com

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San Francisco’s version of Italy’s comic cabaret festival, From the Shaman to the Showman, returns this year with double the fun. Society Cabaret presents two different nights of the Bay Area’s funniest singers and songwriters performing original songs and comic numbers from musical theater in the 2014 edition of Cabaret Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters, hosted by G. Scott Lacy and Lua Hadar.

October 26, 2013 marked Chapter One of an international cultural exchange for the production of Cabaret Comico, a partnership of San Francisco's Society Cabaret and New Performance Group with the Italian Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno, and their Festival Dallo Sciamano allo Showman (From the Shaman to the Showman), the cabaret festival of original comic songs and songwriters. The word ‘comic’ is key here; in Italy all cabaret is comic.

Since 1987 Lua Ha

dar's New Performance Group has maintained a cultural dialogue and collaboration with Nini Giacomelli's Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno. As co-producer and co-host of the San Francisco cabaret event, Lua says, “I’m thrilled that after the years of success this Italian festival has experienced, we have been able to create a cultural partnership through Society Cabaret which offers two fresh and funny evenings by local entertainers, designed to tickle San Francisco's funny bone. Victor Borge said, ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’ When the audience laughs together, we can feel our common humanity. We need that.”

WHO: San Francisco Bay’s Funniest Singers and Songwriters, Hosts: G.Scott Lacy and Lua Hadar

WHAT: Cabaret Comico 2014, in partnership with Italian Cabaret Festival Dallo Sciamano allo Showman

WHERE: Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

WHEN: Two different shows, Friday and Saturday, October 17-18 at 8pm (doors at 7pm; no minimums)

WHY: Laughter is good for you

HOW: Tickets (NO FEES) at Ticketmaster.com http://bit.ly/1lX2JJ5 or call 415-857-1896, or at the door.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1pOgXM6" VIDEO FROM ITALIAN PRODUCER NINI GIACOMELLI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rqXi6Fb2uI

PERFORMER PHOTOS/BIOS: http://bit.ly/1rOZNyk

ALL INFO: http://newperformancegroup.wordpress.com/

Friday Night Program, October 17, 2014

8:00 PM Cabaret

Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Special Guest Stars: Candace Forest, Paul Frantz, Diane Merlino, Nancy Schimmel, and Bobby Weinapple, Beth Wilmurt.

Saturday Night Program, October 18, 2014 8:00 PM Cabaret

Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Special Guest Stars: Marilyn Cooney, Bill Cooper, Barry Lloyd, Lauren Mayer, and Ray Renati.

SHORT BLURB: Society Cabaret presents the 2014 edition of Cabaret Comico: A Salute to Comic Singers and Songwriters. Two different shows of original comic song and musical theatre, hosted by Society Cabaret’s Director of Entertainment G. Scott Lacy with vocalist and emcee Lua Hadar. GUEST STARS: OCT 17 at 8pm - Candace Forest, Paul Frantz, Diane Merlino, Nancy Schimmel, Bobby Weinapple, and Beth Wilmurt. OCT 18 at 8pm - Marilyn Cooney, Bill Cooper, Barry Lloyd, Lauren Mayer and Ray Renati. Hotel Rex Union Square, 562 Sutter St, San Francisco Tickets at Ticketmaster.com or call 415-857-1896.

MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS:

About Dallo Sciamano allo Showman Now in it’s 11th year in Italy’s Valle Camonica, Dallo Sciamano allo Showman is a co-production of Centro Culturale Teatro Camuno and the renowned festival of original song and songwriters, Club Tenco. Featuring many stars as well as emerging artists, it has been covered by Italian National Television RAI. The Valle Camonica, in the Lombardy Region of northern Italy, boasts a UNESCO site of prehistoric rock carvings, which have greatly influenced local artists and scholars, among them festival producer Nini Giacomelli and her creative team, who see the performer as a kind of shaman, healing the audience through laughter.

Society Cabaret enters its second year of international co-production to expand last year’s 1-night pilot project to a 2-night event, with this year’s edition of Cabaret Comico. The star attraction at San Francisco’s Hotel Rex Union Square, Society Cabaret’s 75-seat house is a gem of a performance space, with sound, lights, a grand piano, cabaret tables, a full bar and a terrific kitchen. Society Cabaret's four founding partners combine their individual artistic expertise to bring a cooperative vision to their thriving performance venue. Director of Entertainment, G. Scott Lacy, co-hosts both evenings together with Lua Hadar.

Lua Hadar’s New Performance Group is dedicated to deepening intercultural communication through the performing arts, arts education and cultural exchange with the goal to bring an awareness of our common humanity to audiences and participants. New Performance Group has produced classes, performances, CDs, community events, international exchange and a DVD in its 20-year history. Nominated for an Independent Music Award, Lua Hadar is a vocalist, emcee and indie producer with a long history of performing both abroad (Italy, France, Thailand and more) and in New York and San Francisco, including at legendary North Beach music venues such as The Purple Onion, Peña Pachamama, Caffé Trieste and Jazz at Pearl’s.

SOCIETY CABARET http://www.societycabaret.com

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BassBullies aka MC Navigator & Alaska MC – “Let Loose” is a slice of sunshine! http://videomusicstars.com/bassbullies-aka-mc-navigator-alaska-mc-let-loose-is-a-slice-of-sunshine/ http://videomusicstars.com/bassbullies-aka-mc-navigator-alaska-mc-let-loose-is-a-slice-of-sunshine/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:51:48 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9430 bass-bullies-680

Bass Bullies is the new force in dance music worldwide, founded by veterans Navigator and Alaska. Let Loose is the latest monster anthem from the dynamic duo of veteran MCs Navigator and Alaska, uniting to bring their vision of real party music to the world with the help of Simplistix, Spankers, DJ D-Steal, KL2, Rod Justice, Benny Kane, GeekTekNeek, FFAB and Jay Cross, providing a range of mixes to cover all basses and ensure maximum exposure on the global party circuit, covering EDM, electro, trap, breakz, big room house and more. With a series of colorful high-energy videos to match, Let Loose is a slice of sunshine through your speakers bringing the street heat of Carnival to the screen and establishing Bass Bullies as a new force in club culture worldwide. Navigator and Alaska, together with their collaboration crew, put together some surprisingly slick rhymes and dance beats to the remixes of Let Loose. This is, by far, the coolest thing I have ever heard in a while. The tracks are so much fun and the beats are so cool. It's just so hard to resist getting up and dancing to it. The thing I like about Bass Bullies is the energy and creativity they put into every track. I had to admit I was a little worried about how much of this wicked, original style would be diluted with the remix influences. Well the remixes of Let Loose doesn't dilute, but rather helps elevate dance to another level! The Let Loose remixes have something for everyone. If you like to shake your bum to straight-up house, dubstep or or even a badass, Caribbean dancehall infected beat, this one’s for you. There's enough here to satisfy the dance fan with a nice burst of rap creativity and other flavored collaboration thrown in too. The rhythm and sultry beats really gets your body moving, making it great for a summer cookout or a fun gathering at the beach. bass-bullies-600 The various remix productions are quite diverse in style, between them, appealing to fans of many different, dance sub-genres – but all-round the music is infectious and entertaining. The more I keep listening to Let Loose, the more I really dig the Bass Bullies’ unique style and delivery. The bass and beats are phenomenal, while the vocal flows are banging. You will enjoy these tracks and don't be surprised that it will end up staying on rotation on your player for a good set. Get it!

OFFICIAL BASS BULLIES WEBSITE

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Bass Bullies is the new force in dance music worldwide, founded by veterans Navigator and Alaska. Let Loose is the latest monster anthem from the dynamic duo of veteran MCs Navigator and Alaska, uniting to bring their vision of real party music to the world with the help of Simplistix, Spankers, DJ D-Steal, KL2, Rod Justice, Benny Kane, GeekTekNeek, FFAB and Jay Cross, providing a range of mixes to cover all basses and ensure maximum exposure on the global party circuit, covering EDM, electro, trap, breakz, big room house and more. With a series of colorful high-energy videos to match, Let Loose is a slice of sunshine through your speakers bringing the street heat of Carnival to the screen and establishing Bass Bullies as a new force in club culture worldwide. Navigator and Alaska, together with their collaboration crew, put together some surprisingly slick rhymes and dance beats to the remixes of Let Loose. This is, by far, the coolest thing I have ever heard in a while. The tracks are so much fun and the beats are so cool. It's just so hard to resist getting up and dancing to it. The thing I like about Bass Bullies is the energy and creativity they put into every track. I had to admit I was a little worried about how much of this wicked, original style would be diluted with the remix influences. Well the remixes of Let Loose doesn't dilute, but rather helps elevate dance to another level! The Let Loose remixes have something for everyone. If you like to shake your bum to straight-up house, dubstep or or even a badass, Caribbean dancehall infected beat, this one’s for you. There's enough here to satisfy the dance fan with a nice burst of rap creativity and other flavored collaboration thrown in too. The rhythm and sultry beats really gets your body moving, making it great for a summer cookout or a fun gathering at the beach. bass-bullies-600 The various remix productions are quite diverse in style, between them, appealing to fans of many different, dance sub-genres – but all-round the music is infectious and entertaining. The more I keep listening to Let Loose, the more I really dig the Bass Bullies’ unique style and delivery. The bass and beats are phenomenal, while the vocal flows are banging. You will enjoy these tracks and don't be surprised that it will end up staying on rotation on your player for a good set. Get it!

OFFICIAL BASS BULLIES WEBSITE

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Skip Martin Presents Dr Dance “Can You Whine” feat Prince Ama & Galaxxy Quuen http://videomusicstars.com/skip-martin-presents-dr-dance-can-you-whine-feat-prince-ama-galaxxy-quuen/ http://videomusicstars.com/skip-martin-presents-dr-dance-can-you-whine-feat-prince-ama-galaxxy-quuen/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:11:43 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9427 drdance-680

“Can You Whine” is the first single from the full album entitled, SKIP MARTIN presents DR. DANCE “The Dr. Dance Project”. Who is SKIP MARTIN and Dr. BRUCE TOPPER?

SKIP MARTIN, is a Grammy Award Winner, and former lead singer of Kool & the Gang as well as lead singer of the Dazz Band, who together with Dr. BRUCE TOPPER, a practicing radiologist, have created an alter ego named Dr. Dance that produces danceable music. This musical crusade is to bring awareness to obesity and childhood diabetes through dancing.

If you are wondering..."Is this track good?” Or if you should buy it or not; well let me tell you, buy this single! Apart from funding a great deed, you will rock, glide and groove from the first bar to the last.

Dr. Dance together with guests, Prince Ama and Galaxy Quuen, expresses the heart and soul of Caribbean life and tongue-in-cheek sexuality in this track. Their style echoes classic dancehall refrains while keeping up to date with the latest trends in the dub and club world.

drdance-300If you like Dance Hall, you need “Can You Whine”! I can't even describe how tight this track’s musical arrangement is. However, this track can easily satisfy any dance music lover and unexpectedly grab casual listeners into its clutches too.

Dr. Dance realizes a fusion of the spirit and the flesh, the smooth and the rough, of wisdom and raw impulse. Setting lyrics and vocals of  joy, exuberance and insight against an infectious dance beat, smothered in  dancehall roots.

Full of power and poise, Dr. Dance create their own style of rap and dance blended with a twist of the Carribean. The vocal performances are powerful, and the production is unsurpassed. “Can You Whine” is a song that not only displays inspiration but also a vision.

To support the obesity awareness and childhood diabetes cause, please download “Can You Whine” available on the following links  iTunesAmazon and CD Baby.

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“Can You Whine” is the first single from the full album entitled, SKIP MARTIN presents DR. DANCE “The Dr. Dance Project”. Who is SKIP MARTIN and Dr. BRUCE TOPPER?

SKIP MARTIN, is a Grammy Award Winner, and former lead singer of Kool & the Gang as well as lead singer of the Dazz Band, who together with Dr. BRUCE TOPPER, a practicing radiologist, have created an alter ego named Dr. Dance that produces danceable music. This musical crusade is to bring awareness to obesity and childhood diabetes through dancing.

If you are wondering..."Is this track good?” Or if you should buy it or not; well let me tell you, buy this single! Apart from funding a great deed, you will rock, glide and groove from the first bar to the last.

Dr. Dance together with guests, Prince Ama and Galaxy Quuen, expresses the heart and soul of Caribbean life and tongue-in-cheek sexuality in this track. Their style echoes classic dancehall refrains while keeping up to date with the latest trends in the dub and club world.

drdance-300If you like Dance Hall, you need “Can You Whine”! I can't even describe how tight this track’s musical arrangement is. However, this track can easily satisfy any dance music lover and unexpectedly grab casual listeners into its clutches too.

Dr. Dance realizes a fusion of the spirit and the flesh, the smooth and the rough, of wisdom and raw impulse. Setting lyrics and vocals of  joy, exuberance and insight against an infectious dance beat, smothered in  dancehall roots.

Full of power and poise, Dr. Dance create their own style of rap and dance blended with a twist of the Carribean. The vocal performances are powerful, and the production is unsurpassed. “Can You Whine” is a song that not only displays inspiration but also a vision.

To support the obesity awareness and childhood diabetes cause, please download “Can You Whine” available on the following links  iTunesAmazon and CD Baby.

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Sarantos: The Classic Love Angst of “BELIEVE” hits home http://videomusicstars.com/sarantos-the-classic-love-angst-of-believe-hits-home/ http://videomusicstars.com/sarantos-the-classic-love-angst-of-believe-hits-home/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:16:42 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9423 sarantos-believe-680

Sarantos, who was nominated for 2 awards for the 2014 International Music & Entertainment Awards in the categories "Rock Song of the Year" and "Pop Album of the Year", has just released his new music video and single – “Believe”.

“This is an intense soft rock song about a man who believes in his significant other, so very much," says Sarantos. “No matter what is in the past, he refuses to give up on her. In spite of all the darkest hours, a simple smile sets him free and he continues to believe and only asks for the same in return.” Once again, 33% of any music-related sales profits are going straight to charity. For “Believe”, Sarantos has chosen the Hellenic AcademySarantos is also willing and agreeable to discuss, performing for free, for almost any charitable cause, as he has a sincere motivation to raise money for charity.

Anyone who has followed Sarantos’ musical career has seen a man that has always been able to write from the heart and express himself creatively through his lyrics. I appreciate that about his work. His single, “Believe”, does not disappoint his fans. I appreciated the difference in how his music has matured and grown since the earlier music he put out.

The song, “Believe”, is so powerful to those who are in emotional pain and have to keep on ‘keeping on’ in a relationship that is worth fighting for despite the agony. I love how emotional Sarantos’ sounds on songs like this, that really express perfectly his frustration and faith in caring deeply for someone no matter what has happened along the way.

It's classic love angst that hits home with so many fans. He does not fail to move and touch with the song, that’s tone is so fitting for the lyrics and the melody leaves you haunted by its end in such a beautiful ‘mind-possessive’ way. I am so thankful that Sarantos’ keeps cranking out the good meaningful type of music that is desperately needed in such a demoralizing world of messed up empty values in music. He promotes a healthy emotional outpouring that means so much to many of us who can relate to desperately wanting relief in a desensitized secular world.

Sarantos’ gut wrenching lyrics hit home and they paint a vivid picture in your mind. It's this kind of consistent songwriting that has made him what he is growing into today, and keeps fans like me coming back for more. Richard has an amazing way with words and his voice is equally in top form. He is a poet in the true sense of the word.

Add this to your Sarantos Melogia collection. You won't be disappointed.

sarantos-nth-400OFFICIAL LINKS: Sarantos Website Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube iTunes Vimeo Reverbnation Soundcloud]]>
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Sarantos, who was nominated for 2 awards for the 2014 International Music & Entertainment Awards in the categories "Rock Song of the Year" and "Pop Album of the Year", has just released his new music video and single – “Believe”.

“This is an intense soft rock song about a man who believes in his significant other, so very much," says Sarantos. “No matter what is in the past, he refuses to give up on her. In spite of all the darkest hours, a simple smile sets him free and he continues to believe and only asks for the same in return.” Once again, 33% of any music-related sales profits are going straight to charity. For “Believe”, Sarantos has chosen the Hellenic AcademySarantos is also willing and agreeable to discuss, performing for free, for almost any charitable cause, as he has a sincere motivation to raise money for charity.

Anyone who has followed Sarantos’ musical career has seen a man that has always been able to write from the heart and express himself creatively through his lyrics. I appreciate that about his work. His single, “Believe”, does not disappoint his fans. I appreciated the difference in how his music has matured and grown since the earlier music he put out.

The song, “Believe”, is so powerful to those who are in emotional pain and have to keep on ‘keeping on’ in a relationship that is worth fighting for despite the agony. I love how emotional Sarantos’ sounds on songs like this, that really express perfectly his frustration and faith in caring deeply for someone no matter what has happened along the way.

It's classic love angst that hits home with so many fans. He does not fail to move and touch with the song, that’s tone is so fitting for the lyrics and the melody leaves you haunted by its end in such a beautiful ‘mind-possessive’ way. I am so thankful that Sarantos’ keeps cranking out the good meaningful type of music that is desperately needed in such a demoralizing world of messed up empty values in music. He promotes a healthy emotional outpouring that means so much to many of us who can relate to desperately wanting relief in a desensitized secular world.

Sarantos’ gut wrenching lyrics hit home and they paint a vivid picture in your mind. It's this kind of consistent songwriting that has made him what he is growing into today, and keeps fans like me coming back for more. Richard has an amazing way with words and his voice is equally in top form. He is a poet in the true sense of the word.

Add this to your Sarantos Melogia collection. You won't be disappointed.

sarantos-nth-400OFFICIAL LINKS: Sarantos Website Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube iTunes Vimeo Reverbnation Soundcloud]]>
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InteGRITTY 2: NOBI has perfectly executed all aspects of providing a solid mixtape! http://videomusicstars.com/integritty-2-nobi-has-perfectly-executed-all-aspects-of-providing-a-solid-mixtape/ http://videomusicstars.com/integritty-2-nobi-has-perfectly-executed-all-aspects-of-providing-a-solid-mixtape/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:37:38 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9415 nobi-680

Nobi is an artist and also the owner of Grittylyfmusic LLC. Born in the Bronx, Raised in Queens and ran the streets up and down Rockland County New York. His Work ethic and continuous Grind has enabled him to work with some of hiphop’s elite such as Havoc (Mobb deep), Tragedy Khadafi, Ali Vegas, Jimme Wallstreet, Scram Jones, Joel Ortiz, Doe Pesci, GQ Beats, Krutch, Smack, DJ Whoo Kid, Jovonn the Last Don, Sire, Cinemax, Adam Deitch, Boe Skaggz and countless others. He has over 10 Videos and over 25 albums and mixtapes that have been released from 2002 to 2013.

The ‘Intro‘ opens up Nobi’s new project InteGRITTY 2 and sets the tone for the mixtape with his strait honesty about his Adderall usage, daughter, character defaults and where he is from. Right out the gate the Bronx/Queens/Rockland County native is delivering bars over an !llmind produced beat. If you were fortunate enough to get a hold of part one to his inteGRITTY series then you should know this song is the perfect lead off for part 2.

nobi-300Tracks like “Monster Inside Me‘, “Tonight” and “Unconditional” (that all feature Tone Jones) scream radio singles. Nobi and Tone Jones seem to be on the same page in the studio on these records, and the beats are radio friendly while the lyrics align perfectly. “Monster Inside Me” is just an ‘animal’ of a track ,as he steps out of his inner self and delivers a real banger for song number 2. The sound effects throughout, adds the extra flair and gives you a clear mental image of the song and the lyrics behind it. The switch up toward the end of the beat just makes it that much better.

With the production done by Tone Jones this song is a heavy hitter and should be in your playlist. With “Tonight” And “Unconditional” being the lady driving songs on this mixtape, the females shouldn't have a problem vibin’ to these stand out tracks. As Nobi displays his softer side, Tone Jones gives the songs an extra push over the top with the smooth melody and bridges to match. If you want 2 records to put into your iPod for those lazy Sundays with your girl, these are them.

Let’s not confuse who Nobi is though, as he paints a picture on every track and speaks on quitting alcohol and staying focused as he moves forward in life. The song “Unplugged” is a perfect example of this, expressing he is not interested in a record deal but more importantly keeping both his family and his Grittylyf team as his priorities.

Nobi doesn't fall short of keeping to his roots and gives us 3 solid street records that are all produced by Boola (Roc-A-Fella In House Producer) called ‘No ChillKilling Fields and “4 Walls“. These are the records that the blocks should have on repeat with hard-hitting lyrics and beats that will rattle trunks.

Nobi revisits his “Niggativity” track and gives us the remix to his controversial song also on InterGRITTY 2. As if the first one wasn’t enough the remix is just as powerful. This song will leave you thinking that we all are equal and just in different skin color. He speaks on racism, bigotry and stereotypes and the kind of world we live in.

All in all, Nobi has perfectly executed all aspects of providing a solid mixtape for his fans and soon to be’s. You can tell he put a lot of work into this 15 song mixtape and we personally think this is his best and our favorite project to date. From street records to thought provoking melodic topics and of course, giving the ladies something to ride out too; Nobi’s word play and approach doesn’t disappoint. You can hear the growth and the changes in his music while he still maintains his inteGRITTY.

Don’t let this project slide by you in the mix of the cookie cutter music out there. This is hip hop. Welcome To New York Gritty. –Full mixtape review available over at AshesAndDrinks

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Nobi is an artist and also the owner of Grittylyfmusic LLC. Born in the Bronx, Raised in Queens and ran the streets up and down Rockland County New York. His Work ethic and continuous Grind has enabled him to work with some of hiphop’s elite such as Havoc (Mobb deep), Tragedy Khadafi, Ali Vegas, Jimme Wallstreet, Scram Jones, Joel Ortiz, Doe Pesci, GQ Beats, Krutch, Smack, DJ Whoo Kid, Jovonn the Last Don, Sire, Cinemax, Adam Deitch, Boe Skaggz and countless others. He has over 10 Videos and over 25 albums and mixtapes that have been released from 2002 to 2013.

The ‘Intro‘ opens up Nobi’s new project InteGRITTY 2 and sets the tone for the mixtape with his strait honesty about his Adderall usage, daughter, character defaults and where he is from. Right out the gate the Bronx/Queens/Rockland County native is delivering bars over an !llmind produced beat. If you were fortunate enough to get a hold of part one to his inteGRITTY series then you should know this song is the perfect lead off for part 2.

nobi-300Tracks like “Monster Inside Me‘, “Tonight” and “Unconditional” (that all feature Tone Jones) scream radio singles. Nobi and Tone Jones seem to be on the same page in the studio on these records, and the beats are radio friendly while the lyrics align perfectly. “Monster Inside Me” is just an ‘animal’ of a track ,as he steps out of his inner self and delivers a real banger for song number 2. The sound effects throughout, adds the extra flair and gives you a clear mental image of the song and the lyrics behind it. The switch up toward the end of the beat just makes it that much better.

With the production done by Tone Jones this song is a heavy hitter and should be in your playlist. With “Tonight” And “Unconditional” being the lady driving songs on this mixtape, the females shouldn't have a problem vibin’ to these stand out tracks. As Nobi displays his softer side, Tone Jones gives the songs an extra push over the top with the smooth melody and bridges to match. If you want 2 records to put into your iPod for those lazy Sundays with your girl, these are them.

Let’s not confuse who Nobi is though, as he paints a picture on every track and speaks on quitting alcohol and staying focused as he moves forward in life. The song “Unplugged” is a perfect example of this, expressing he is not interested in a record deal but more importantly keeping both his family and his Grittylyf team as his priorities.

Nobi doesn't fall short of keeping to his roots and gives us 3 solid street records that are all produced by Boola (Roc-A-Fella In House Producer) called ‘No ChillKilling Fields and “4 Walls“. These are the records that the blocks should have on repeat with hard-hitting lyrics and beats that will rattle trunks.

Nobi revisits his “Niggativity” track and gives us the remix to his controversial song also on InterGRITTY 2. As if the first one wasn’t enough the remix is just as powerful. This song will leave you thinking that we all are equal and just in different skin color. He speaks on racism, bigotry and stereotypes and the kind of world we live in.

All in all, Nobi has perfectly executed all aspects of providing a solid mixtape for his fans and soon to be’s. You can tell he put a lot of work into this 15 song mixtape and we personally think this is his best and our favorite project to date. From street records to thought provoking melodic topics and of course, giving the ladies something to ride out too; Nobi’s word play and approach doesn’t disappoint. You can hear the growth and the changes in his music while he still maintains his inteGRITTY.

Don’t let this project slide by you in the mix of the cookie cutter music out there. This is hip hop. Welcome To New York Gritty. –Full mixtape review available over at AshesAndDrinks

nobi-400OFFICIAL LINKS: Artist Website]]>
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Young Lyrix: “Bastard Child” -A powerful taste of grimey and gangsta http://videomusicstars.com/young-lyrix-bastard-child-a-powerful-taste-of-grimey-and-gangsta/ http://videomusicstars.com/young-lyrix-bastard-child-a-powerful-taste-of-grimey-and-gangsta/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:48:20 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9412 Young-Lyrix-680

Ben Hatfield better known by his stage name Young Lyrix aka YLX is a Rapper based out of Kenora, Canada. He grew up on the gritty streets of Kenora, His lyrics are not for the faint hearted, sexual and misogynistic, and unapologetically so. Influenced by Eminem, 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, Young Lyrix’s finds his own personal style in his ability to create so much dread and moodiness with so little elements – a synth here, a sample there, his style is one that understands the concept that less is more. Young Lyrix is also the Founder/CEO of Ktown Entertainment.

Young-Lyrix-300“Bastard Child” is one of the hottest indie rap albums out right now. If you are a rap fan, you must have this in your collection. It fuses hardcore street lyrics with excellent minimal production. Containing nineteen tracks for over 1 hour of music, it just sounds awesome. It is a contemplation of rough ghetto life from beginning to end; murder, kidnapping and dangerously black humor, but it's also laced with pop sensibilities in its arrangements, which puts “Bastard Child” at the top of its genre.

The difference between Young Lyrix and most upcoming rappers is that he isn't afraid to show his face or whatever, because he can rap about anything he believes on his songs. He is especially hard-hitting and menacing, on slower paced, darker songs like the title-track “Bastard Child”, “1 Million Years” and “Krazy”. Though personally for me Young Lyrix is at his catchiest and technical best onSweet Dreams (feat.Cardiac)”, “Thin Pancakes”, “We Roll Deep (feat.Musiq) and “Tonight”.

Young Lyrix’s content is so rich on these songs you can picture every word. He is a powerful taste of grimey and gangsta that is so refreshing in this watered down state of hip-hop. Plus he has an ability to flow over whatever beat is at hand. This profound, slow paced album doesn’t jump right in, too deep, too quickly. It’s almost as if Young Lyrix’s is saying, here’s a taste of what I can do, now listen up and chill out ,until we move onto the next track!

Believe the hype, “Bastard Child” is a secret weapon getting ready to blow every rapper away. Throughout the album, Young Lyrix takes you on a musical journey that moves up a level, track after track, as he delves into his thoughts, beliefs and street life as well; something many rappers are afraid to rap about because they are afraid to show they have no credibility.

Young Lyrix not only has the skill but he also displays a convincing measure of street credibility, and it shows through his lyrics on this album. Each track has some of the hottest beats and his rhymes add a spice able to make any of these songs a classic!

“Bastard Child” is the real deal folks. If you've been looking for something, anything, to put in your player, worthy enough for the shuffle button, buy this album. Young Lyrix, matched up with the creative production beats, samples, and raw energy, makes this album 5 stars for me.

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Ben Hatfield better known by his stage name Young Lyrix aka YLX is a Rapper based out of Kenora, Canada. He grew up on the gritty streets of Kenora, His lyrics are not for the faint hearted, sexual and misogynistic, and unapologetically so. Influenced by Eminem, 50 Cent, Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, Young Lyrix’s finds his own personal style in his ability to create so much dread and moodiness with so little elements – a synth here, a sample there, his style is one that understands the concept that less is more. Young Lyrix is also the Founder/CEO of Ktown Entertainment.

Young-Lyrix-300“Bastard Child” is one of the hottest indie rap albums out right now. If you are a rap fan, you must have this in your collection. It fuses hardcore street lyrics with excellent minimal production. Containing nineteen tracks for over 1 hour of music, it just sounds awesome. It is a contemplation of rough ghetto life from beginning to end; murder, kidnapping and dangerously black humor, but it's also laced with pop sensibilities in its arrangements, which puts “Bastard Child” at the top of its genre.

The difference between Young Lyrix and most upcoming rappers is that he isn't afraid to show his face or whatever, because he can rap about anything he believes on his songs. He is especially hard-hitting and menacing, on slower paced, darker songs like the title-track “Bastard Child”, “1 Million Years” and “Krazy”. Though personally for me Young Lyrix is at his catchiest and technical best onSweet Dreams (feat.Cardiac)”, “Thin Pancakes”, “We Roll Deep (feat.Musiq) and “Tonight”.

Young Lyrix’s content is so rich on these songs you can picture every word. He is a powerful taste of grimey and gangsta that is so refreshing in this watered down state of hip-hop. Plus he has an ability to flow over whatever beat is at hand. This profound, slow paced album doesn’t jump right in, too deep, too quickly. It’s almost as if Young Lyrix’s is saying, here’s a taste of what I can do, now listen up and chill out ,until we move onto the next track!

Believe the hype, “Bastard Child” is a secret weapon getting ready to blow every rapper away. Throughout the album, Young Lyrix takes you on a musical journey that moves up a level, track after track, as he delves into his thoughts, beliefs and street life as well; something many rappers are afraid to rap about because they are afraid to show they have no credibility.

Young Lyrix not only has the skill but he also displays a convincing measure of street credibility, and it shows through his lyrics on this album. Each track has some of the hottest beats and his rhymes add a spice able to make any of these songs a classic!

“Bastard Child” is the real deal folks. If you've been looking for something, anything, to put in your player, worthy enough for the shuffle button, buy this album. Young Lyrix, matched up with the creative production beats, samples, and raw energy, makes this album 5 stars for me.

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WALLA: “Gangsters of Suburbia EP” – No wasted space with uninspired filler material http://videomusicstars.com/walla-gangsters-of-suburbia-ep-no-wasted-space-with-uninspired-filler-material/ http://videomusicstars.com/walla-gangsters-of-suburbia-ep-no-wasted-space-with-uninspired-filler-material/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:50:28 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9409 walla-680

WALLA formed out of different times, places, and hardships. By random chance, these 5 individuals found each other through digital means and a common love for inventing new wavelengths. After forming a strong friendship and working tirelessly on different prototypes of songs, they finally decided to begin the project, now officially called, WALLA. The name is a reference to the sound and murmur resulting from a large crowd of people. The sound also reflected confusion and hopelessness during a time of tough life decisions and rough financial circumstances.

Their credentials range from 2 members being graduates from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, touring in Europe, scoring big band arrangements, and playing sold out concerts and festivals. All members have a background from a different part of the globe (Mexico/El Salvador, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea) which is advantageous in influencing their songs, but also disadvantageous because of student visa issues.

In 2013, WALLA won their first accolade for Best Indie Rock Artist at the 2nd Annual Artists In Music Awards, then repeated during the 3rd annual and took home two more awards including Best Alternative Artist at Universal City, CA on February 7th, 2014. WALLA looks to repeat for 3rd year in a row at Season IV of the Artists In Music Awards in 2015.

What first draws you into WALLA’s music is the sheer catchiness of it -- the melodies, the big punk drum beat, and the humbly clever lyrics. Then, as you listen again more closely, you start to realize the depth and genius of the arrangements and the pure, raw talent of the band members.

I love every song on their “Gangsters of Suburbia EP”. The lyrics are catchy, yet not too overly deep or complex. Each song has a great beat which bends the norm. Each track, from “Love Was On Your Mind” and “Gangsters Of Suburbia” to “Love and Celebrate” is packed full of finely-tuned energy and enthusiasm, making them all fair game for radio play. It is apparent that these guys set out to establish themselves as formidable contenders in a market full of overrated posers, as they wasted no space with uninspired filler material. What further sets them apart from the crowd is their authentic talent.

Jonathan Hoonch Kim’s lead vocals, strive to maintain the fine balance between edgy and joyously rapturous. Benefitting from a contrasting backdrop of medium to fast-paced percussion and grounding synth and guitar riffs. The auditory apotheosis is completed by a sleek production that serves to maintain a feel-good atmosphere and authentic retro taste.

While this album fits squarely in the indie pop realm, its highly accessible nature allows for it to be easily devoured by just about anyone interested in mainstream pop right through to rock and electro-dance subgenres.

Ultimately the thing that impresses most about the “Gangsters of Suburbia EP”, is its manic energy made all the more electric through the colorful sonic palette used throughout each track. Rarely are songs performed to the degree of tightness shown here. Be prepared to have these songs on constant rotation inside of your head for several days on end, right from the very first listening.

Repeated listens to Jonathan Hoonch Kim - Guitar/Lead Vocals, Gabriel Nava Rodrigues - Synths/Backing Vocals, Ian Charlie - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Mauricio "Moebeats" Carcamo – Bass and Alessio Balsemin - Drums - aka WALLA, are all the more rewarding due to their careful attention to detail and impeccable performances, arrangements and production.

The “Gangsters of Suburbia EP” serves to dispel the belief that there are no longer any perfect pop recordings being produced!

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OFFICIAL LINKS:

Artist Website

iTunes

Soundcloud

Youtube

Facebook

Twitter

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WALLA formed out of different times, places, and hardships. By random chance, these 5 individuals found each other through digital means and a common love for inventing new wavelengths. After forming a strong friendship and working tirelessly on different prototypes of songs, they finally decided to begin the project, now officially called, WALLA. The name is a reference to the sound and murmur resulting from a large crowd of people. The sound also reflected confusion and hopelessness during a time of tough life decisions and rough financial circumstances.

Their credentials range from 2 members being graduates from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, touring in Europe, scoring big band arrangements, and playing sold out concerts and festivals. All members have a background from a different part of the globe (Mexico/El Salvador, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea) which is advantageous in influencing their songs, but also disadvantageous because of student visa issues.

In 2013, WALLA won their first accolade for Best Indie Rock Artist at the 2nd Annual Artists In Music Awards, then repeated during the 3rd annual and took home two more awards including Best Alternative Artist at Universal City, CA on February 7th, 2014. WALLA looks to repeat for 3rd year in a row at Season IV of the Artists In Music Awards in 2015.

What first draws you into WALLA’s music is the sheer catchiness of it -- the melodies, the big punk drum beat, and the humbly clever lyrics. Then, as you listen again more closely, you start to realize the depth and genius of the arrangements and the pure, raw talent of the band members.

I love every song on their “Gangsters of Suburbia EP”. The lyrics are catchy, yet not too overly deep or complex. Each song has a great beat which bends the norm. Each track, from “Love Was On Your Mind” and “Gangsters Of Suburbia” to “Love and Celebrate” is packed full of finely-tuned energy and enthusiasm, making them all fair game for radio play. It is apparent that these guys set out to establish themselves as formidable contenders in a market full of overrated posers, as they wasted no space with uninspired filler material. What further sets them apart from the crowd is their authentic talent.

Jonathan Hoonch Kim’s lead vocals, strive to maintain the fine balance between edgy and joyously rapturous. Benefitting from a contrasting backdrop of medium to fast-paced percussion and grounding synth and guitar riffs. The auditory apotheosis is completed by a sleek production that serves to maintain a feel-good atmosphere and authentic retro taste.

While this album fits squarely in the indie pop realm, its highly accessible nature allows for it to be easily devoured by just about anyone interested in mainstream pop right through to rock and electro-dance subgenres.

Ultimately the thing that impresses most about the “Gangsters of Suburbia EP”, is its manic energy made all the more electric through the colorful sonic palette used throughout each track. Rarely are songs performed to the degree of tightness shown here. Be prepared to have these songs on constant rotation inside of your head for several days on end, right from the very first listening.

Repeated listens to Jonathan Hoonch Kim - Guitar/Lead Vocals, Gabriel Nava Rodrigues - Synths/Backing Vocals, Ian Charlie - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Mauricio "Moebeats" Carcamo – Bass and Alessio Balsemin - Drums - aka WALLA, are all the more rewarding due to their careful attention to detail and impeccable performances, arrangements and production.

The “Gangsters of Suburbia EP” serves to dispel the belief that there are no longer any perfect pop recordings being produced!

walla-600

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Artist Website

iTunes

Soundcloud

Youtube

Facebook

Twitter

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Debut EP “Bolt From The Blue” Coming Soon from R&B/Hiphop Artist – Chaz DeFranco http://videomusicstars.com/debut-ep-bolt-from-the-blue-coming-soon-from-rbhiphop-artist-chaz-defranco/ http://videomusicstars.com/debut-ep-bolt-from-the-blue-coming-soon-from-rbhiphop-artist-chaz-defranco/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:44:42 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9405 chasdefranco-680

Chaz DeFranco is an R&B/Hip-Hop artist coming from Sherbrooke, Canada. He is currently working on his debut EP "Bolt From The Blue" scheduled for release on November 11th. Heavily influenced by fellow Canadian artists, Drake and The Weeknd, Chaz crafts his lyrics around his personal, real-life experiences, commitment and relationships. The vivid imagery conveyed through his music combined with an extensive comprehension of the modern-day world, won't make you think of him as an artist, but as a mirror to your own life.

Check out the  first two releases from his EP below:

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Soundcloud

Facebook

Instagram

Booking and inquiries : contact@chazdefranco.com

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Chaz DeFranco is an R&B/Hip-Hop artist coming from Sherbrooke, Canada. He is currently working on his debut EP "Bolt From The Blue" scheduled for release on November 11th. Heavily influenced by fellow Canadian artists, Drake and The Weeknd, Chaz crafts his lyrics around his personal, real-life experiences, commitment and relationships. The vivid imagery conveyed through his music combined with an extensive comprehension of the modern-day world, won't make you think of him as an artist, but as a mirror to your own life.

Check out the  first two releases from his EP below:

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Soundcloud

Facebook

Instagram

Booking and inquiries : contact@chazdefranco.com

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