Interview with Ricardo Del Rio

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We checked in with DJ and Producer Ricardo Del Rio about his latest project The Remix Album. Get the details in our interview below.

How long have you been performing?

I started as a vinyl records DJ in my country when I was 13.

Can you share with us a little bit about how you got your start in music?

I always loved American music like party songs by House of Pain, I tried learning these song lyrics.

As an artist who has traveled all over the world, where are some of your favorite cities to play?

I studied live percussion very early and have had great opportunity to perform in South Beach Miami which is my favorite city in the states.

What would you say is the greatest difference between performing in front of a live audience and being inside of a studio?

The energy you get from the people is so fun when I play live percussions during house and tribal arrangements the movement to dance it’s crazy.

What inspired your latest single release “For Her”?

Initially I was in Mexico and like I said producing music I created these sounds on reason with many new plugins and was going through some very emotional times with a young lady because I travel alot and wanted to show her in my music I appreciated so much the time we spent together and of course Omar being very good with english language I think his voice is incredible so I sent him the idea, concept and explained to him since my native language is Italian to speak I mean rap very clear and make it fun so he did a good job on the original version but I love the remix much more because I recorded his voice and spent many hours on the synths the ambience of the song to make it more perfect.

You have an entire album out now, titled “The Remix Album”, what are some of your favorite moments on the project?

We recorded the song For Her Remix in Miami and had a great week, eating out at different restaurants, getting to know the lyrics more.  Listening on different monitors and really dissecting the sounds of Elan Noelle she is an amazing singer I want to meet her one day the label is very independent and we still strive to be very big not only in the states but in UK Spain all over the world.

We understand that you are a producer and also a DJ as well as a percussionist, are there any other collaborations on your album that fans can expect?

I just released a very good song with a very good singer her name is Kelly and the song is called “Happy” it’s not on the album but its very good i work on 1 song for a very long time until I am satisfied with the outcome. Every song is very good. Thank you so much.

If there were three words that you could use to describe your sound, what would they be?

Electro, house, club.

Who are some of your music inspirations?

David Guetta, Jim Breese.

Are there any other artists that you hope to work with in the future?

Yes I would like to do more remixes for labels who have good talent.

What is on your personal playlist right now?

I have so much new house music in my iTunes i listen to.

2018 is about to wrap up, do you have an upcoming shows or projects that fans should be looking out for in the coming year?

Yes I am working on a different house version of the song “Happy” right now so when it’s ready I can let the world hear this as well.

 

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Interview with IV Dante New Music Release "be with me"

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IV DANTE Interview PhotoYou discovered music at a young age, how did that come about?

I think I did how most people discovered music which was through my parents. My parents aren’t actually musical though but through friends they have who are musicians was most likely my first introduction to playing music. My earliest memories are family friends playing guitar and singing songs when they would come around and I also remember getting my first guitar when I was about 3 from my Uncle and Aunty (which I still own today) which would have prompted a love for playing the guitar.

Who were some of your greatest music influences between then and now?

As I’ve gotten older my musical influences have expanded greatly as a lot of people do and I listen to so many different styles now which is helps me write and create the music that I love. Initially when I first started playing guitar I was a big fan of AC/DC, The Living End, and pretty much a lot of the old rock ‘n roll guitar driven music which helped me develop some of the key skills with playing guitar in general. Throughout my teens I went through stages listening to genres like Rock ‘a Billy, Fusion music, and then kind of made my way around to listening to a lot of Pop songs throughout the decades from The Beatles to Michael Jackson and Prince.

“be with me” is your latest song release, what made you decide to release this particular song for your fans?

‘be with me’ just felt like the right song to release at this stage which basically incorporates a wide range of my influences and sounds I love to hear in songs. I felt it had the right mix of genres to allow me to follow it with a wide range of options for future releases and gives a good insight to the type of music I like making and will be releasing in the near future.

How hard is it to decide which songs you want to put out?

Before I really think about which tracks I want to release it seems to be difficult at first, but after going through and playing the songs with the guys in my band and listening to the demos it becomes pretty clear which song I want to release at that time. As I’m constantly writing new songs it almost becomes easier because it shows a progression of the musical journey and makes me excited to eventually put a second E.P and eventually an Album together with a bunch of the songs I’ve written over the years.

We noticed, the title of your track looks a little different, why did you decide to go with the lowercase letters? Is there a story to it?

The lowercase letters weren’t really a discussed element when releasing the song. When I was doing the artwork for the song the lowercase letters just seemed to fit the aesthetic a bit better. I asked my youngest sister who has a good eye for that sort of thing and suggested to keep it in lowercase and pretty much just went from there. It also can make it stand out a bit with is never a bad thing.

So far, your video for “be with me” has over 6K plays in less than two weeks on YouTube, how does this make you feel?

I’m extremely grateful for the support so far for the video and the song and especially to all the people who have left nice comments which is always cool to see. But in saying that, I try not to take too much notice in regard to plays, streams and buys. I feel it can potentially change how I write and release music to try and just get numbers on YouTube or Spotify if I get really caught up with all that stuff, which I want to just release the most honest music and content I can. None the less I’m so thankful for the support and kind messages people have sent me about the track which lets me know that people are enjoying my music, which only motivates me even further.

How has social media impacted your approach to getting music to your fans?

Social media is such a weird thing for me, because I’ve never really been an avid user of it, but it is really necessary especially in today’s society to allow people to discover your music. It’s required an approach to see how other musicians use it, then for me to take elements of that and implement it when releasing my own songs. It’s definitely a great tool for musicians to allow them to be discovered, but because of how accessible it is to everyone, in a sense it can be hard to be found as so many people use it to promote their music. It’s about trying to allow the best platform for people to be able to discover my music and hopefully they enjoy it and jump on board.

How did you come up with the concept for the music video for “be with me”?

I’ve had the concept floating around for a while, and ‘be with me’ felt like it was the right song to
use it for. I’ve always really enjoyed music videos where the band is just hanging out and mucking around because there’s always something really real and raw about it. So, what you see in the clip is the guys and I just having fun and enjoying playing music together.

You have worked with some major players in the music industry, is there anyone else that you would hope to collaborate with in the future?

My list would be endless, but I’d love to travel overseas and work with a bunch of international bands and write some songs and produce with them. I think it would be so fun and would be a great platform to help get my music across to more people, especially outside of Australia. Bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Aces to list a few would be awesome to work on songs with.

We understand that you have many music influences across the eras, what’s in your personal playlist right now?

At the moment a lot of Queen is being played around the house especially after the release of the new movie. My sisters have jumped on board with their music which is a really cool thing and has allowed them to discover a lot more music from that era and even for myself too which has been fun. I’ve also been really into a lot of 80’s pop recently from bands like Toto, Michael Jackson and INXS. Also I mentioned them earlier, but I discovered a band called The Aces who have really cool and fun pop songs that reminisce some of the sounds from the 80s so I’m really digging them at the moment.

If there is one thing that you hope fans will take away from your latest track release, what do you hope it will be?

I hope people will begin to see what we are all about and hopefully create some interest for our future releases. It’s really just about showing the broad genre that we can fit into and hopefully people hear something that they like and will stick around for new songs that are on the way.

2018 is coming to a fast end, can we expect any other projects from IV DANTE this year?

We are recording our next single at the moment which I can’t wait for people to hear, which will show a more of a ‘rock’ element compared to ‘be with me’ but definitely complements it nicely. We’re hoping to release that early in the new year and aiming for a big 2019 with a ton of new music and shows to come.

What is next on the horizon for IV DANTE?

We have a couple of shows coming up in December to finish the year off then it’s back in the studio to keep recording more songs and organising more releases. Our aim is to play a bunch of shows next year and try to get our name out there more in the live scene and hopefully jump on some cool support slots throughout, so it’s definitely exciting times for us.

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Interview with Shades Band Iowa City Indie Pop Duo Breaks Ground With New EP 'Can't See The Haters'

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This month we are featuring Iowa City band Shades, a brother and sister collabo whose debut EP ‘Can’t See The Haters’ is currently making waves across the music sphere. We wanted to get some further deets on the band’s project and gain some further insight into their ethos. Check out our interview with Shades members Casey and Mary Mattes below. 

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Can each of you share with us how you got started in music?

Our dad is a professional guitar player, so we’ve grown up with music as long as we can remember. I’ve played in small bands with friends since high school, and decided to pursue music on my own while studying it in college. Once I noticed my sister’s passion for the same creative arts, I knew we needed to team up to create something amazing.

What inspired you to team up to form a band?

Music is about expression. We’ve both been through so much, and we know that our fans have too. Mary puts her heart and soul into the lyrics of each song we produce, bringing forward problems that people our age are facing daily. We wanted to find an impactful way to address these issues presented throughout life and make our fans feel as though they’re not alone.

Shades has a very eclectic sound, who would you say are some of your musical influences? What types of music is in your playlists right now?

We’re huge fans of Twenty One Pilots, Jon Bellion, AJR, and Halsey. We’ve also heard that our indie pop sound reminds fans of The Chainsmokers, Daya, and James Blake.

Shades_Cant_See_HatersWhat made you decide to come up with the name Shades for your band? What is its significance?

We wear our Shades so we can’t see the haters!

Can you describe what a typical creative session would be to come up with a new song? What goes into the whole experience that we as listeners hear on the other end.

We’ll be creating some BTS videos to demonstrate the answer to this question. But for now, I (Casey) produce instrumentals and hand them over to Mary. She writes lyrics, we record, and I mix/master the music. Our beats and lyrics stem from very personal experiences.

‘Can’t See The Haters’ is your first EP, how did you decide on the song selections for the band’s debut?

We created an array of songs, but chose these because of their importance in creating our image. They’re based around our band name and everything we stand for. And, man. This EP is just the beginning.

Most kids today are just looking for a good beat it seems, especially in the mainstream. How important do you feel lyrical content is in music?

Lyrics are everything. A song without meaningful lyrics is wasted potential.

As an indie band and being in control of all aspects of your art, are there any difficulties or challenges in putting your music out and if so what are they and how do you manage them?

It’s difficult getting your music out there for just about any band without many industry connections. We’re based out of Iowa City, IA, so that’s a tricky work-around as well. Our band manager, Teressa Mattes, is doing a great job distributing our music to our passionate fans around the globe via the internet. Mary and I are perfecting our live show now, as well as recording more dope tracks for future EPs/albums. We’re going to continue putting in the work! It’s all about the grind, after all.

How long did it take you to work on your EP?

Almost 2 months!

Now that the EP is out, how do you feel about its reception?

We love seeing the feedback on social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook. Our fans are the best!

Can you tell us a little bit about the music scene in Iowa City?

Iowa City has a very tight knit music scene. Most bands who play here are still in college, except for the occasional more prominent artists who plays at Blue Moose. I’ve played as a solo artist at Blue Moose a number of times, and am looking forward to returning with Mary this year.

What are the best and worst things about working with your brother/sister?

We value family most out of anything out there. It’s amazing to be able to collaborate with the people you know and love, and at the same time work together to bring new experiences and ideas to the table when it comes to creating new music. We both have our own taste in music, so sometimes that delays creating new tracks, but it is always for the best. If we both approve a song we work together to produce, we know that fans of multiple genres and sounds will too!

Are there any other acts that the band would want to collaborate with in the future?

We’re down for anything.

The new year is really just starting and you definitely kicked in some doors with your project, what is next for Shades?

Keep an eye out for our next EP drop at the end of March 2018! It’s as gritty and lux as it gets…

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Shades is an American indie pop band formed in September 2017. The duo consists of siblings Casey Mattes (producer), and Mary Mattes (singer). Shades is a DIY pop group who writes, produces, and mixes/masters their own material from their home studio in Iowa City, Iowa.

Casey Mattes’ original music has been featured on “Spaced Out Magazine”, “VERSED”, and has won Artist Prolist’s Platinum Spotlight Challenge TWICE within the same year. Mary Mattes has been featured throughout Casey’s original songs over the last 4 years. Mid 2017, the brother and sister decided to combine their talents into the hit duo you see today.

Shades’ music style has been described as “dynamic”, combining elements of electropop, alternative hip hop, and EDM. Their lyrics, written by Mary, are poetry-based and reflect the all-too-real emotional states of many twenty-somethings who struggle to thrive in today’s world filled with hate.

In January of 2018, Shades dropped their first EP, “Can’t See The Haters”, consisting of 6 songs. “You can either let the hate blind you, or you can block it out,” said Casey, referring to their latest release. “This EP both introduces our band name to the world and describes the underlying meaning behind every piece of work we create. We wear our shades so we can’t see the haters, and we encourage you to do the same.” Casey continued, “This EP is just the beginning. We’re so excited to share with you what’s next.”

Their opening track on the EP, “Kill the Darkness”, was written to express the frustration built from the blossoming of an irrational, yet sweet fixation. Mary mentioned that this song represents an expression of consequence; when you let yourself recklessly fall in love with someone you can’t have, knowing damn well you’re diving into some murky morals.

In a nutshell, “Not Really Sorry” is a snarky, taunting song written about rejection. But more so, it’s lyrics represent the celebration of a sheer reluctance to compromise independence for a relationship. “Independence is an empowering trait,” said Mary. “This song for me conveys a realization of self importance and self empowerment… It’s just snarky as heck.”

Rainbowz” is by far the most unique song on the EP, loved by fans favoring all types of musical genres. “Writing this song was a unique experience. At the time I had just become homeless, so I was bunking in my car for the night. With nothing to occupy my attention, my mind fell down a Wizard of Oz rabbit hole, puzzling over how f***ing weird of a story it is, and all the conspiracy theory potential it has… Naturally, that segued into forcefully rapping about rainbows. But, in all seriousness, this song is an adaptation of the story’s concept- an interpretation reflecting my state of mind at the time.”

The statirecally written, romp of a song “American Dream” describes the current state of both our country and the world we’re forever evolving, for better or for worse. “I’m forever going to utilize social and political f***ery for creative inspiration,” stated Mary. The song lyrics take an independent stance for women and men of all traits, and implores acknowledgment from governmental personas.

Back & Forth” is an extremely catchy song about being fed up with shady powerplay in all facets of life… We’ll just let the lyrics speak for themselves:

Back and forth

lamenting the natural course

up and down of a power source

we’re stuck in a game, an oscillation

and I’m borrowed time

i’m reaching a decline

for a twisted rendition

of something more divine”

The title track, “Can’t See The Haters” started out as an instrumental track which Casey composed between midnight and the early morning hours of one single week. Mary was given the song, & told to “run with it”, both vocally and lyrically. Mary explained, “For a while, it was just ‘Sad Song in F’. We wanted something genuine and impactful for this song. It took delving straight into my feels and digging out my most vulnerable self to pull together the exact sound and feeling.” This anthem of a song is a fervent breath of fresh air in the music industry today. “Can’t See The Haters” is quickly becoming an intoxicating, enduring crowd favorite among fans.

Shades’ unique mix of indie pop and alternative hip hop has become a crowd-pleasing genre which the duo has used to gain a massive following in their hometown. It won’t be long before their music is sung by audiences across the nation!

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Ibaadat™ Creating a Buzz in Music Space with Release of Jiyun Kaise Sonically Pleasing and Inspiring

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“Jiyun Kaise”, a single from the band Ibaadat™ is a modern Hindi Song with striking International appeal. The song delivers smooth melodies, captivating rhythms and suave vocals. “Jiyun Kaise” is highly-addictive production that displays the utmost musicianship from band members, Pratul Vishera and Amandeep Soni.

Ibaadat™ introduces music fans to a stylized performance that encompasses stunning artistry. The composition is sonically pleasing and inspirational in its execution. Even for those who may not understand the lyrical content of the track due to language barriers,”Jiyun Kaise” still speaks to listeners in an artistic manner. Through every single note and chord played before fans, attention is garnered with rapid speed and the result is a truly touching experience. Even if you are not up to speed on Hindi, you will still be able to feel the heartfelt energy of the song.

Although Ibaadat™ is presenting a commercial approach to music, a contrast to what many contemporary aficionados might be accustomed to. The band opens up a wide range of possibilities for exploration into a distinct realm, one which defies the odds. Offering a stand out performance, Ibaadat, on “Jiyun Kaise” break the mold and create their own distinct expression of music.  

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G&S Caught up with Pratul Vishera of Ibaadat™ for an exclusive interview. Get the latest scoop on the band’s music, straight from the source. Check out our interview below.

Behind the Sound with Ibaadat™

How was Ibaadat™ formed and why did you both decide to collaborate with each other?

I was passionate for music since childhood and so was Aman We started learning music from our school days and when we got into our respective colleges, we started participating in various inter college singing competitions. From those competitions we started getting positive feedback from many people and we did won many prizes together. Passion towards music made us to learn about it more and I always wanted music as my career. Also, we wanted to be known as independent group of musicians. so we decided to bring that dream into action.
Since I and other band members worship music with our heart and soul we named the band ‘Ibaadat’. It’s an Urdu word, meaning worship and Selfless Love, since we wanted the word to be very pure and Sufi.

Can you give us some insights into your musical backgrounds?

We both don’t have any family musical backgrounds, no one has ever imagined that we will choose music as our career option. I never took music lightly. I don’t know from where this passion came but I always wanted to be an expert in d field of music be it a singer or a Music Director. We used to save pennies out of my pocket money to give fees of music classes.

Later I learned guitar from Mr. Prakash Gaur while Aman is blessed with a soulful voice & was taught by his Mother who herself is a singer, then we joined Agra Gharana & Patiala Gharana respectively, for polishing & enhancing our skills to next level.

Who are some of your artistic and musical influences?

We are highly influenced by different Genres, I am much more into Folk ,Sufi, classical & Rock Genre and Aman is more into Ghazals, Romantic, Indie & Pop music. We both are highly inspired by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab, Master Saleem, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Papon, Lucky Ali.

What would you say are the most distinct elements about your sound?

I think “Feel”. Yes, that’s what our main aim to deliver our audience. You will always find that “feel” in our song. If you can’t understand Hindi but if you have good melody sense then you will surely enjoy our music.

How do you come up with a concept for a record?

Like we wanted to produce something blissful. So when I composed this song and write Lyrics with him, the song immediately got stuck to our heart and we were smiling each other with a same thought in Mind. It’s hard to say too much about what this sounds like, because it’ll sound a little different to everybody. But I think you could agree that it has a certain sweetness with pain too. And that is unique. To me, I think it’s a bit about that time when many of us face these situations. maybe some have felt loss, struggle and love towards one’s beloved.

Can you take us through your songwriting and composition processes?

Usually, We compose the melody first and then we put words into it. I compose all the songs initially and Aman helps me with the ideas and within maximum 5 minutes we make our song and vision about it. For this song specifically, we took time to write lyrics, but we composed our song very quickly. When you are in particular feel it comes naturally from your heart and you don’t take so much time for it.

What would you consider to be the most challenging part about bringing awareness to your music?

In India, People are heavily obsessed with Bollywood music, so their source to get aware about new music is Bollywood most probably. So we find difficulty to promote our music in the already occupied market by Bollywood but good news is that things are getting changed now and Indie bands are getting lot of exposure from last decade.

Why was “Jiyun Kaise” selected as the newest release for your project?

We had couple of songs in our bucket list but I thought “Jiyun Kaise” has his own class, and initially people will love it. As it has the decent amalgamation of Love and Pain. So we released it. We have much bigger plans for our next music singles.

When fans new and old have the opportunity to engage with your music, what do you hope they will take away from the experience?

It is written in a bit old sense, the classic sense yet music and the complete black backgrounds with specific focuses have given some sort of freshness to the song. I personally loved the music that plays behind the song in it. So, all the fans whether new or old should watch it and I am hopeful that they will love the feel the love in it.

Where can fans discover more Ibaadat™ music?

You can tune up to our facebook page and Youtube Channel for upcoming videos and songs.

It is a new year, what can listeners expect from the group for 2018?

It’s a new year-first of all a very happy and bless full new year to whoever is reading this interview.
And yes we do have plans in this new year as we are sort of busy doing right now doing our shows and some scoring for a movie. We are looking forward to making some new releases.

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Ibaadat™ is a Delhi-based band that performs a blend of Hindi Rock, Folk & Indie Pop. The band is recognized for its creative works and cultural connections to Sufi and Folk. The band’s name “Ibaadat™” is an Urdu word that is translated into “worship” or “worship of God”. Through music, the band seeks to create a connection to God.

Band members Pratul Vishera and Amandeep Soni formed Ibaadat™. Pratul is a self-taught vocalist who later studied under the tutelage of  Mr. Prakash Gaur a highly-recognized Bollywood guitarist. Under Mr. Prakash’s study, Pratul undertook the basics of music, melody, and rhythm. Now he has worked with Songdew, Saavn and also working with some esteemed US based Studios as he is qualified Sound Engineer too.

Amandeep Soni started out with music at a young age, introduced by his mother who is a classical singer. Since childhood, Aman has been performing on stage and worked on his style. He is known for being a gifted performer who is able to captivate audiences. He refined his classical singing skills under the tutelage of Mohd. Suboor Khan & Umair Khan of Patiala Gharana.

Additional members of the group are also involved in delivering Ibaadat™’s signature sound on Jiyun Kaise” including: Deepal Semwal (flute), Rishabh Ranjan (piano), and Pulak Gaharwar (guitar). Amandeep Soni is the Singer, Pratul Vishera is the band’s Composer/Singer/Director, Mixing and Mastering is done by Rishabh Ranjan and the band’s video was edited by Tushar Ranjan. Styling done by Poonam Mohnani. Pratul Vishera handled production on the track for “Jiyun Kaise”. Learn more about Ibaadat™ by following the links below.

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The Dish on Electronic Duo MRCH Indie-Electronic

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Indie-electronic duo MRCH recently released ‘Reactions’, their first full-length album. We caught up with the band’s Mickey Pangburn and Jesse Pangburn to get the dish on their project and plenty more.

We have to ask, what does MRCH stand for?

We fell in love with the word “march”, the notion of moving forward together – to the same beat. Turns out there are these “marching bands” all across the country though. People were having a hard time finding us online, so we just dropped the A.

How would you describe MRCH sound?

In-between. We’re really in this strange limbo of hybrid electronic music. We’re not polished enough for pop, not lo-fi enough for garage… we pair electric guitar and acoustic drums with both analogue and digital synths/ ableton live and triggers and care about the lyrics. We’re always more ruckus live than on our recordings. We’ve been asked to play with artists ranging from hip-hop to indie rock to power pop. If someone asks us what our sound is, we invite them to a show.

How did you come up with the concept for your latest music video “My Mistake”?

It’s a song penned in the middle of a defeatist moment. We wanted the video to capture the solitude aspect of the track without being totally depressing. Space has an obvious isolation factor, but it’s also a beautiful, hopeful unknown. Space travel is such a futuristic concept, but we used mostly vintage public domain footage from NASA. It’s kind of a nod to the past while moving forward. We tried to tie all that together.

Compared to some of your other productions such as “Glitter McQueen” and “Highway Drivin”, “My Mistake” has a different vibe, what’s that all about?

In terms of video – we wanted to just go simpler for a minute. In terms of music, these songs were written at starkly different times. Highway Drivin’ was co-written with an awesome musician Joel Marquard. It was our first time trying to capture some gritty synth. Glitter McQueen was the first song we recorded/ produced/ mixed all on our own. We were super ambitious and optimistic about it. My Mistake was penned in the midst of a bunch of personal family turmoil (which could account for its morose nature) and an equally depressing political climate. I just didn’t feel up to writing something happy. I feel a lot more positive lately though – so who knows what’s next! We’ve really just been learning as we go.

 

What are some of the inspirations behind MRCH music?

So scattered! Cocteau Twins, New Order, Metric, Phantogram, St. Vincent.

Are there any other musicians that have been influential behind developing the band’s sound?

Of course. So many. It’s hard to even pick just a few. Jesse loves Kendrick Lamar and digging into hip hop production. I adore Grimes.

MRCH is a relatively new collaboration having come together in 2015, what brought each half of the duo to this current point?

We were in another band for almost three years prior to MRCH. There were five of us, it was hard to keep everyone on the same page. It wasn’t necessarily the right path for everyone as far as career goes either. Jesse and I couldn’t imagine doing anything other than making music. We’ve collaborated and worked alongside a few awesome musician friends along the way, but at the end of it all the two of us are still here. Still writing, still playing and hoping the right mix of hard work (and maybe finding the right people to team up with) will pay off.

Some of your tracks have had some major exposure through popular network TV Shows, how important do you think licensing is to your brand?

We feel like our “brand” is still incredibly small. However, licensing has been such a huge thing for us in terms of pursuing music full time. These shows have funded most of what we’ve done over the past year, and for a completely independent DIY band like us – that means the world. Plus it’s really cool to hear a song you wrote in collaboration with someone else’s art on screen. On top of it all, our agents are really all about us making the music we want to make. They try to find the right places for our songs rather than us trying to write songs in a specific way. We’re really grateful for that.

Reactions, your first full-length album was just released last month, can you share with us some of your favorite moments of putting together this project?

Our favorite moments were always the tiny little victories. Like nailing one tone on a bass line, or a guitar feeding back at the perfect moment while tracking. At the risk of being redundant, we’re just learning as we go…. so every time something turned out remotely how we hoped it would along the way, we had mini celebrations.

If there were one thing that you hope fans walk away from Reactions with, what would it be?

Everybody has crap days. You’re not alone. Some of these songs were written when I was at my worst, some when I was feeling a little more optimistic. At the bottom of it was an underlying feeling of isolation. So my goal now is to not shrink away from the hard stuff and not let it completely consume me. Make room for kindness – to show a little more kindness to each other and ourselves. Let people in.

If a new fan were to just discover MRCH, where should they start to get the best first impression of your sound and style?

Come to a show! Electronic music can sometimes seem a little sterile, dehumanized almost. We love playing live because it shows an organic side to it.

What has changed most about electronic music and how it reaches audiences since you both got started?

Streaming has taken over even more. It’s been the thing since we started, but it’s gotten so huge! Also, licensing is more important than ever. Electronic bands are being tapped to score shows & films too. It’s a whole other means of reaching audiences & collaborating with artists of different mediums. We think these are good changes.

Can we expect any tours in the near future?

We’re going to be in LA quite a bit over the next couple of months. Beyond that we’re currently working on booking! Doing it ourselves equals about a million emails and a ton of time away from writing/ rehearsing, so dates are coming soon (just a little slower than we wish!)

From 2015 until now, what has been the band’s most proudest moment?

We’ve had a couple really encouraging moments. Some good reviews from critics we respect, some opportunities to open the biggest shows we’ve ever played. But, the proudest moment was probably this spring. We were playing in Portland. We’ve been there a few times. (The first time for an audience of about 10 people)… So, this was maybe our 4th time through. We were at Holocene with some great bands. It was before our set. A good sized crowd. The band before us was sooo good. There was this guy up in the front dancing so hard. He had Footloose-worthy moves. I tapped my friend to my side and said “My goal is to have a guy come out to a gig THAT stoked for MRCH”… Right then the guy does a 180 revealing his old MRCH tee from a previous tour. I was like “We’ve made it”… 🙂

Looking to the future, how do you predict electronic music will evolve?

We think people won’t feel so boxed in. Genres are bleeding into one another already. It’s great because it’ll let the music speak for itself. You can like something based solely on how it sounds rather than how you think it should sound because it’s lumped into a particular group.

What sets MRCH apart from other acts currently breaking ground in the genre?

We’re just different. We think there are so many amazing bands coming up in the genre. Everyone is kind of doing there own thing. As we look out at who we could possibly play with while booking, we constantly find ourselves in the camp of “we’re not a perfect fit, but maybe there’s enough crossover to make sense”. We just play what we like and hope there are some people out there who might like it too. We’ve found quite a few so far, so we’re hopeful we’ll find some more.

Watch the video for “My Mistake”, the first single from MRCH’s LP ‘Reactions’.

MRCH is an indie electronic duo consisting of Mickey Pangburn (electric guitar/synth) and Jesse Pangburn (drums). The band formed in 2015 and has since been touring along the west coast. Several of the band’s tracks have been featured on popular television shows such as Showtime’s Shameless, The Vampire Diaries on the CW, ABC’s Famous in Love, and ABC’s Guilt.

In 2016 MRCH released their debut EP “I Love You, but You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About”. ‘Reactions’, the band’s first full-length album was released on October 12, 2017. Learn more about MRCH music, follow the links below.

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Follow the band on facebook facebook.com/mrchofficial

Subscribe to MRCH on YouTube youtube.com/mrchmusic

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Visit mrchmusic.com

Taylor Grey Takeover Artist Interview with G&S

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Not too long ago the girls at G&S reviewed “Never Woulda Letcha” the latest release by singer and songwriter Taylor Grey. We recently caught up with Taylor to get the scoop on her latest project and more, check out the interview below.

Fun Questions:

Top 3 songs on my playlist right now are…?

Cigarette Daydreams – Cage the Elephant

Soap – Fox Wilde

Superficial Love – Ruth B.

Most memorable experience while on tour was…?

The most memorable experiences will always be being on stage and seeing people sing my lyrics along with me – it’s a really magical experience.

Craziest thing a fan has ever done…?

Once a fan followed me and my band from the show venue to In’n’Out. The crazy thing was that we got lost on the way, so we went on two freeways and several random streets, but she stuck with us the whole way. She didn’t even come in to say hi.

Never leave home without…?

My phone or lip gloss

Before going on stage I…?

I have this weird habit where I have to sing a little bit, even just a chorus, of every song I sing in my set.

My dream collaboration would be…?

Ed Sheeran, hands down.

If there were three words to describe your sound, what would it be?

Vibey Space Pop

Can you give us some idea of what inspires you as a songwriter and artist?

My experiences and experiences of those close to me. I song write to story-tell, and I tell stories that are sometimes direct life experiences I have had or they’re sometimes narratives I craft based on a plethora of experiences and emotions that are true to me.

Your highly-anticipated album set to release this spring is called Space Case, how did you come up with such a unique name for your project?

Space Case is actually the title of one of the song’s on the album and the name really stood out to me. I was drawn to it as the album title because I thought it was unique, but also because the song, “Space Case,” really encompasses the essence of this album for me. It’s about a girl who is a little out there – with her head not even just in the clouds, but in outer space – who just has big dreams and is working to actualize them.

 

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Fans recently got a chance to experience the first single from the album “Never Woulda Letcha” and judging by the response from your fans it seems like a hit! What do you feel goes into creating a song that resonates with listeners?

I think being honest in your emotions is crucial. Whether I am writing a heavy Pop song like “Never Woulda Letcha” or a more alternative song like some in “Space Case,” I believe in telling true emotions and stories. I’m never going to create stories that I think people want to hear – I like writing about unconventional things, like having the female voice aka my voice being the one taking care of a heartbroken boy or wanting someone to like you even though you have no intention of liking them back. I like the not-so love story.

Many times artists feel like they are called to perform in some aspect, do you recall the moment when you discovered that this was the path you wanted to follow?

I started musical theater when I was really young because I was a shy kid and my mom wanted to help me come out of my shell. Because I was so young, I can’t remember an exact light-bulb moment, but the stage has always felt like home to me. When I went on tour last summer however, and I was singing my own songs on stage, I felt this immense feeling of happiness where I said to myself  “I never want to stop doing this.”

What do you hope that your fans, new and old, will take away after hearing Space Case?

I hope people listening feel like they can see themselves in my songs. I hope that they can relate to at least one song and feel like someone else gets it, that they aren’t alone. I have songs like “Never Woulda Letcha” that are upbeat and Pop for people who gravitate towards that. But I also have songs that I’ve written while crying on bedroom floor heartbroken. There is a wide spectrum which I loved creating because as I songwriter I was given the freedom to write what I felt when I felt it.

The music industry has changed a great deal over the last decade and to be honest much of the music that is out there sounds similar; as a young artist how do you distinguish yourself from other performers?

I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying too hard to be different or distinguish yourself. I will always stay true to myself in the moment. I change everyday and I grow, and my songs reflect. Something that distinguishes me is that I will never feel the need to fit a musical box, per se, I don’t care to be labeled as Pop or Alternative or Singer-Songwriter. I love writing the songs that feel right to me in the moment. Also, I’m still in school!

We understand that you are attending college at Stanford University and are currently a sophomore; that is awesome! How do you juggle the demands of higher education at such a prestigious university with being a celebrity?

I’m still learning how to balance the two! I’ve had to make sacrifices in both facets of my life, but it has been worth it. I’m very lucky to have a very supportive family and team around me helping me do what I love.

So your album Space Case is due to release in Spring, please share with us some of your feelings and thoughts that go through your mind when a project of such a large magnitude is finally complete?

I’m not going to lie, I am so excited and restless for the album to be released. This will be the first body of new work I’ve released with songs I have written since starting college, so it’s big for me! I cannot wait for people to hear it!

Thanks for taking some time out of your busy schedule to chat it up with G&S Taylor, please let us know how can fans keep up to date with what is happening in the world of Taylor Grey music?

Of course, thank you so much! I’m always on my Instagram and twitter which are both @iamtaylorgrey and there’s my website which is taylorgreymusic.com.

Check out our Music Review on Taylor Grey “Never Woulda Letcha”

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Hailing from Northern California, Taylor Grey is a 19-year old student in her sophomore year at Stanford University. Taylor discovered music at a young age having studied both musical theater and opera. Taylor penned her first song at the young age of 12 and later became a self-taught musician playing the piano and the guitar. The breadth of Taylor’s repertoire extends across various genres and influences in the realms of Classic Rock, Jazz, and 90’s Hip-Hop. Through her journey as a musician, Taylor has uncovered her own distinct sound and style.

No stranger to the studio, Taylor’s debut release was a two-part EP entitled “Mind of Mine I & and II” in 2016. She worked with producers Benjamin Taylor and Bryan Morton on the project and later garnered the attention of Jacob Whitesides after performing on his summer tour “Lovesick”.

Now, Taylor Grey is poised to make 2017 her breakout year. Having teamed up with award winning producer Josh Abraham and collaborating with a host of well-known writers and producers such as Nico Stadi, David Kuncio, Jordan Ware and Isaac Hasson for her first studio album, Taylor is most definitely winning.  Look for Taylor Grey’s highly-anticipated album release Space Case, due out in Spring 2017.

Shop for Taylor Grey’s latest single “Never Woulda Letcha” at your favorite digital music stores.

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Alex Alexander ‘Bad Luck’ Pop R&B Fusion with Throwback Energy Swedish singer and songwriter Alex Alexander Channels Motown Era

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Swedish musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Alex Alexander recently released his fourth single “Bad Luck”, a sultry Pop and R&B fusion with a hint of Motown flavor. If you have been craving the soulful sounds that once blessed radio airwaves, Alex Alexander is poised to deliver. As a multi-talented performer, Alex is no stranger to the music scene and covers a variety of genres. “Bad Luck” is a moving production, the only of its kind in this new era of music which often lacks substance and musicality. This track delivers plenty of soul for the masses and it is polished off with a fantastic musical accompaniment.

Listen to the Audio of Alex Alexander ‘Bad Luck’ Streaming on YouTube

We checked in with Alex Alexander to ask him a few questions about his latest music release and more. Check out the exclusive interview below.

When did you decided that you first wanted to pursue music?

When I was 12 I was literally obsessed with Metallica and Yngwie Malmsteen the super guitarist. So there was a very strong urge to start playing guitar and ever since that time I been hooked on music. My music career has taken me on several journeys around the world and eventually into the recording industry.

How would you describe your style for an Alex Alexander newbie?

My main style is Pop but I tend to lean on the harder side with more guitars mixed with Urban Drums. My signature as an artist is definitely my High Vocals  according to my fans.

Can you tell us a little bit about some of your musical influences that have helped to shape your experience as an artist?

My dad has a very broad musical interest so he listens to everything from Genesis to Motown stuff, I love the Motown era and I still think it was one of the best eras for music ever. A lot of my influences also come from Rock music since I love guitar playing and the rough sound. I think as an artist coming from a broad musical background is great since you will have your mind open to all kinds of music.

If you were given the opportunity to collaborate with any artist, musician, or producer, who would that person be?

One man one name: Max Martin

   Using 3 words, describe your latest single “Bad Luck”?

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What were some of the inspirations behind the single?

I wanted to do a single with a flare of Motown but still keep it in the modern Pop Vibe and the end result was ’’Bad Luck’’. I started playing around with some old school guitar sounds and I really feel in love with the chord line of the song and felt like yeah I want to release this to my fans.

Some of the most popular names in music have come out of Sweden, are you also hoping to gain international success and if so what does it take to break boundaries if any?

Sweden is a great music country with an amazing amount of talented people. Im very proud of the impact that Swedish artists have been able to create worldwide and its very inspiring to take a shot at such a big challenge when you see its actually possible. To make it worldwide as an artist you have to build up relationships and travel around to the markets to where you want succeed. Im right now in Los Angeles doing precisely that!

So around about this time last year we covered your track “She’s a Dynamite”, but  “Bad Luck” really seems to deliver a different vibe, what made you decide to change things up?

’’She’s A Dynamite’’ was my first track as a Solo artist. My team and I felt along the way, that its not the vibe of music that I want to aim for long-term. I still like the song very much, and its a cool song on my track record. I want to do Pop- but more mature Pop, like Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 etc.

I love Prince and I could see my musical choices reflecting a lot of how he was doing songs; you never knew what Prince was gonna deliver, Pop, Rock, Soul, or Ballad? I think this is a very cool way of doing music. It was still Prince in every one of his songs, but a lot of different genres.

If there were one thing that you wish listeners and fans would take away from your music, what would that be?

An emotion! Any kind of emotion ’’I love this’’ ’’This Sucks’’ or whatever, haha, music is about emotions. If you don’t get any response at all, then you failed and made something that is not provoking any kind of anything.

2016 is half way through, are there any other projects that we can expect from you this year?

Oh yes. I spent almost 2 months in Los Angeles [now] and just finished 3 new singles that I am very proud that represent the future sound of Alex Alexander. The music goal is to get a six song EP done before the year ends!

Alex, thank you for taking some time out to answer a couple of questions from the glitter squad, please share any last words or comments that you would like to get out to the masses!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk to you guys at Glitter Squad and don’t forget to follow my socials to keep updated with my new projects and music!

Alex Alexander has traveled the world as an Indie artist since the age of 19. The musician, singer, songwriter, and producer released “Bad Luck”, his fourth single in April 2016. Reminescent to Smokey Robinson with a splash of Prince, “Bad Luck is a Pop and R&B track with a 50s flair; the song takes listeners back to the cherished Motown era for a fleeting moment but it’s contemporary energy beckons the millennial generation.

Recognized for his captivating live performances, Alex is praised for his energy and stage presence which have gained him notoriety all over the world. As a cross-over artist, he has received awards for his producing and songwriting projects for some of the biggest names in Asia and Europe. Regarding Alex’s earlier smash hit “She’s A Dynamite”, ScandiPop, Stockholm/London says, “Kelly Clarkson would be proud.”  Guitar Experience UK called Alex Alexander “One of the best young guitarists right now!”

Connect with Alex Alexander Music by following the links below.

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Visit www.AlexAlexanderLive.com

 

A.R.T. LIVE Presents Frederick Your guide to a cool summer street look

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Often when one thinks of hip hop you think of New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta Chicago, New Orleans, etc. Rarely does Florida come immediately to mind unless mentioned. Though the state does boast several notable rappers such as Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Trina, Plies, T – Pain, and Dj Khaled to name a few. Often times the Miami party scene over shadows the musical talent that lies in the state. This truth is what inspires South Florida music artists like Frederick. The 24 year-old YG, SUPER affiliated hip hop artist hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida is on a mission to break through the spring break, South Beach, and strip club facade that hangs over the Miami music scene.

Frederick got his start later on in his life. He began to take music more seriously when he was 21 years old. This occurred from being around friends who were older than him and that inspired him to express his true self musically. They also pushed Frederick to create his own unique sound. This sound has stuck with him and molded him into the artist he is today.

Though Frederick’s initial start came from outside influencers his motivation for his craft stems from inside. It comes from the idea of introducing a different sound to the city, the amount of fun he has performing music to different crowds and being creative with friends is everything to him. These factors not only drive his motivation but they fuel the creation of his music. It is also the reasoning behind the aspirations he has for himself over the course of his career.

When asked in depth about his ultimate career goals Frederick had this to say, “I have many career goals, but one of them would be to meet Kendrick Lamar! I love him so much! Another career goal is to open the door for other artists from South Florida so that we can prove to other people that we can actually make amazing music as well.” To end the stigmas so often associated with his native music scene could easily be viewed as a daunting task but it’s one Frederick gladly accepts.

Over his career Frederick has had to face several obstacles but with every trouble came a triumph. One of the worst experiences he’s encountered was when he was at a show and a person (who shall remain nameless) told him that his music sucks and that it’ll never make it anywhere. That really got to Frederick for a while. Yet in the same situation came Frederick’s best experience which was performing his music on stage for the first time and looking at the nay-sayer’s shocked reaction once he saw that the people in the crowd fell in love with Frederick’s music. It’s times like these that made the quote “keep on runnin’.” a saying Frederick has come to live by.

Frederick can be followed on Instagram @Fredericktheegreat and on Soundcloud here: https://m.soundcloud.com/fredericktheegreat  Check out some shots of him performing live at A.R.T. LIVE: Soul Night on this post and check out A.R.T. LIVE here.

 

 

 

 

A.R.T. LIVE: Soul Night A Night To Remember

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ARTLIVEMiami – South Florida native, young entrepreneur Lola Chél is organizing a soulful showcase of Floridian talent at Studio 504 in Miami on March 13, 2016. A.R.T. LIVE: Soul Night will bring out music artists, musicians, poets, and will include a wine tasting and pairing presented by Chef Jordan Catering Co.

Chél saw the gap in opportunities for up-and-coming artists and those who were already established. Seeing first hand how rapidly the South Florida scene was expanding, she decided to create an opportunity by establishing the A.R.T. LIVE: A Reason To Live event series. There are four events a year which highlight musicians, artists, filmmakers, dancers, comedians and more. The series launched in December of 2015 and show cased visual artists, poets and filmmakers from the tri-county area. This gave all event goers from grandchildren to grandparents an up close look at the South Florida artistic community. With artist ranging from 18 to 35 and from all experience levels and ethnic backgrounds the audience saw that art can be expressed by anyone.

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For this upcoming A.R.T. LIVE event Lola Chél and her team are bringing out artists from as far away a Central Florida to offer a night where event-goers have a reason to dress up and enjoy themselves. She is pairing with Chef Jordan Catering Co. a South Florida based catering company, to offer guests the experience of wine tasting and pairing. Chef Jordan Catering Co. will showcase two wines and one champagne to be paired with foods that can be found on a menu as well as in the household refrigerator.

 

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A.R.T. LIVE: Soul Night will take place near Miami’s county line at music venue Studio 504. Tickets start at $20 for general admission and can be purchased at the door. The event will be on Sunday March 13, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. Be sure to get there early to grab a seat, they are limited.

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Artist Exclusive: Interview with Hip Hop Artist EsZ Behind The Scenes with EsZ

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Fun Facts
One thing I can’t leave home without…
my iPod, I don’t like putting music on my phone..kills the battery faster.

What is on my iPod right now..
old songs like the The Temptations,  and new songs like Drake & Future.. might even hear some Nu Shooz …

The last album I bought was…
Scarface

Looking forward to collaborating with…
Pharrell, Timbaland, Andre 3000, Kanye  ect.

 

Checking out What’s Up in Erron’s Attic with Hip Hop Artist EsZ

erron eszYour latest release “MIA NIA” is a little bit different from your earlier work, what inspired you to make this particular type of track?

I was cleaning my old hard drive and seen old photos. .sparking the hook, about this girl ( Name is Anonymous ), later found this beat I made back in ’09 and was feeling the melody.. the hook matched the rhythm..fixed the drums,
and after a lil cut and paste.. MIA NIA

Can you in 3 words, describe to us who EsZ is and what is this Erron’s Attic we keep hearing about?

3 Words? soon you’ll understand.. Feed the Beast

Besides hip hop, what other types of music do you enjoy?

Anything that catches my ear, folk music, Reggae. .Bachata, anything

What do you think it is that sets you apart from other hip hop acts?

I, Erron, am human,  I Error…

For some reason people are still saying hip hop is dead, what are your thoughts on the discussion?

Hip Hop is about expression..via Dance, Tagging, Rap, Dj’ing and the way you dress… that’s Hip Hop..Can’t say the popular  success  of Hip hop today is what killed it because  if that’s the case, it died once LL cool J and Run DMC got on MTV..or even back to the Sugar Hill days. They to had ” Commercial  Success “.

 Lyrical  content  might not be as it was back in the  ( 80’s – 90’s )  but that was the expression of That environment..we have smart phones that read  and do math for us now..what do you expect?  * takes selfie *

You have been teasing us with some EP’s since ‘Songs in My Sketch Pad’, can fans expect an album in the near future?

lol Maybe, stay tuned..  ‘Songs in My Sketch Pad’ was just a first draft…

 

ESZ_PromoWhat challenges, if any have you faced as an independent artist considering how much music has changed over the last decade or so?

Just getting the music noticed, you know the saying, ” if a tree falls and no one’s there to hear it, does it make noise? “
Well With a label,  all the connections are already made…Radio, TV plugs, Co signs ect.  it’s like you have a head start,  indie is starting from the bottom..

Explain what the vibe was like the very first time you went to perform on stage?

nervous, lol I don’t think anyone would  say different. .unless your like extra high or drunk.. nervous

We were checking out YouTube and found some videos of fan4s doing choreography to a few of your songs, what goes through your mind when you receive this kind of attention?

Amazement, like..WoW, that’s My songs..like its one thing when people say they like a song, but to express  how the song made them feel, using their own art form…its like, wow!  It was touching, I’m very honored..

If there were 3 pieces of advice that you would give to anyone wanting to give a go at music but maybe a little hesitant, what would you tell them?

Keep at it.. I was an art student,  every  time I would like try to let the music majors hear a beat or listen to my song I wrote.. it was like ” yea, but can you draw me a Goku wearing Jordans  or a Tweety  bird for my girl”  now I’m doing an interview  about my music, and you’re reading my answers on this site… so just keep at it, and believe in yourself ..I’m still learning myself, with a long way to go..but when I have more I’ll let ya’ll know

 

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