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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Jennifer Hope EP SINspirations A Dark but Relatable Journey Melodic, Hypnotic and Evocative Songs

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LA-based singer and songwriter Jennifer Hope just released her newest EP ‘SINspirations’ on Cleopatra Records. ‘SINspirations’ is an extraordinary display of artistic prowess and bold imagery. Throughout the 4-track EP, Jennifer introduces weighty lyrical content that speaks to an enormous audience whether realized or not through a combination of original song and famous renditions.

The EP includes one of Jennifer’s original songs ‘#1 Deadly Sin” as well as three other popular renditions of titles performed by artists to include Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen and Linkin Park. While experiencing ‘SINspirations’ firsthand is the best path to understanding just how amazing an artist Jennifer Hope is, we captured a few highlights just on the heels of the EP’s January 12th release below.

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The first song on the ‘SINspirations’ is “#1 Deadly Sin” is a haunting track that captures the soul with lingering essence and bone chilling vocals. Jennifer Hope performs with a vast vocal range, her crisp voice adding to the icy vibes on the solemn production. ‘#1 Deadly Sin” is a dark song with a poignant message. The song firmly takes hold of listeners while hypnotising them with mysteriously playful melodies and deep brooding piano chords. This particular track was inspired by Lucifer, a primetime series on the FOX network. Appearances on “#1 Deadly Sin” include Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Live Band Pianist/Keyboardist, Arranger and Composer). The project was co-produced by Jennifer Hope, Jonathan Bruns and executive produced by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt).

“Hurt” another compelling track on the EP  and originally performed by Nine Inch Nails, garners attention with its powerful songwriting and heavy instrumentals. The track is incredibly evocative as Jennifer Hope pours intense emotions out on every note. “Hurt” sonically illustrates a deep sea of pain that many fans will likely relate to whether outwardly or within the confines of their owns secrecy. Jennifer Hope delivers a reflective body of work that is magnificently inspiring. Through her rendition of “Hurt”, Jennifer hoped to “retain the freedom, energy and raw emotion of the performance” which is considered a “one-take performance in Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 studio” (jenniferhope.com).

Jennifer offers fans a different vibe on her rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”, a guitar-driven song with colorful vocals. “Dancing in the Dark” which includes some male vocals by way of Christopher Webb has a brighter tone, though the performance is equally as heart-wrenching as “Hurt”. “Dancing in the Dark” delivers vivid imagery through each lyric while padding each one with warm folk melodies and moving harmonies. Though the artists notes that “Dancing in the Dark” is an unlikely choice for her repertoire, she envisioned placing her sound with the lyrical content (jenniferhope.com). The song was co-produced by Jennifer Hope and Pete Strobl.

In her rendition of Linkin Park’s “My December”, Jennifer Hope serves up a sweeping performance. “My December” is a phenomenal finish to the musical journey that Jennifer embarked on with ‘SINspirations’ The singer cultivates a series of emotions that are undeniable as she performs flawless vocals, conveying the agony which lies within the popular hit. The song was released for download to help raise funds in honor of Music For Relief,One More Light Fund in Memory of Chester Bennington. Following its reception, the song was released for wider distribution. “My December” was produced by Jennifer and also features Dolce Wang (cello) and Tommy Reeves (piano).

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‘SINspirations’ is a powerful passage into areas that few dare to explore for one reason or another. Through eloquent songwriting, intricate stories and dark tales, Jennifer Hope gives a voice to those who simply cannot speak. ‘SINspirations’ is a spectacular body of work that is only enhanced by Jennifer’s enthralling performance.The gifted performer delivers  a feely EP that might leave you feeling both pensive and slightly uncomfortable. The fact is that some of the most uncomfortable conversations must be had in order to make even the slightest difference. Jennifer Hope is talking and we are listening.

While the songs on the EP were inspired by film and television imagery, they will resonate with listeners on a very personal level. The EP is moody, emotional and channels characters that are familiar both on-screen and in real life.

Jennifer Hope is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter who is known for her unique vocals which encompass ethereal and dreamy pop essence. She is recognized as an alternative singer and songwriter who besides delivering her own original songs, has captivated audiences with popular cover songs. Jennifer places her own spin on the renditions, giving the songs new life. The singer’s style is a fusion of dark and light, pain and pretty as her soft vocals entangle listeners in the most mystical manner.

No stranger to the music industry, Jennifer Hope has previously released music on her own label Mystic Dreams Music in addition to Cleopatra Records. Two of her projects, the LP Velvet Fire and the EP X-Tremities were sponsored by the notable Eddie Van Halen and produced by renowned Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt).

Following the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, Jennifer released her rendition of the chart-topping hit “My December” to raise funds to support Music For Relief, One More Light Fund in Memory of Chester Bennington, a charity founded in honor of the fallen star and world-renowned musician. Her recent alternative EP, ‘SINspirations’, was released on January 12th, 2018. The EP features Jennifer’s original work to include “#1 Deadly Sin”. ‘SINspirations’ is currently available on iTunes and all of your favorite digital music stores. Learn more about Jennifer Hope by following the links below.

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The Gangsta Rabbi Releases Album 2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69 Examining The World According to Steve Lieberman Legendary Musician

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There is little doubt that the latest album release from The Gangsta Rabbi ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′ was a tremendous undertaking for the legendary musician who is also famously known as Steve Lieberman. Punk music fans are taken on a rather historic journey through The Gangsta Rabbi’s universe where a myriad of emotions are expressed through 16 resounding tracks, each delivering their own unusual, yet entertaining flair.

Scheduled for release on June 1, 2017, ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69‘ is the 31st CD and 69th music release from Steve Lieberman, dubbed the legit King of Jewish Punk. From the emergence of the initial track on the album, “My Very last Year 3468 (Extreme Punk Thrash Edit)”, listeners will immediately take note of the powerful emotion that is driving Steve’s performance. In between sequences of distorted waves of sound, The Gangsta Rabbi delivers a hard-hitting experience that grinds the psyche.

Not too long ago we delved into “Little Kosher Girl” a high speed trip on mad, crazy love with a postmodern vibe. Strangely upbeat and mysteriously entertaining, “Little Kosher Girl” is a frenzied execution of righteous punk perfection. Check out our Review on “Little Kosher Girl”

Energy remains on overdrive on the track “Jewish Riot” a multi-faceted production with highly intense layers and a truly exhausting score. The Gangsta Rabbi gives fans a catch hook and old-world feel with a slice of rebellion on “Jewish Riot”. The energy never leaves the track as angsty riffs send shockwaves through the body.

A unique performance “Basset Hound Pull-Toy” follows suit with more fierce rock instrumentals and catchy phrases. The song is memorable, tells a sincere story and delivers a fun listen that will get your head nodding ferociously.

The Gangsta Rabbi continues to flex his muscles as a legendary musician on “A Dove Flies Over Baghdad” a brazen performance with an intriguing message. Music lovers will appreciate the raw appeal of The Gangsta Rabbi and the reference to striking moments in time.

If “A Dove Flies Over Baghdad” isn’t enough, The Gangsta Rabbi slaps listeners hard in the face with “I Want a Bass With A Whammy Bar”, a performance which has a retroactive alternative vibe with a dash of funk appeal.

Fans will embrace the memorable “Get It! Get It! Get It! Shift Shift Shift”, a multi-dimensional performance that quite a contrast to “I Want a Bass With A Whammy Bar”. Listeners are able to capture the many faces of The Gangsta Rabbi and his multi-layered personality which shines through each and every one of his performances.

Another high-flying race to another dimension is “G-d Loves Me Tho’ I’m Crazy”, an impassioned production with extreme guitars and explosive instrumentals. The Gangsta Rabbi reintroduces a sharp flurry of vocals and an addicting hook that reverberates through the mind.

“3 Little Puppies” is a playful brings out a playful performance with no shortage of ironic melodies intertwined within rugged bass and ripped guitar chords. The Gangsta Rabbi’s voices pushes through this track with distinct clarity as the delivers thunderous sequences of sound.

If you have your ears open for another upbeat performance then “Yada Yada Ya Ya” will deliver with modern appeal. “Yada Yada Ya Ya” at first seems like an uncomplicated expression but there is clearly something deeper to the story being told through this unique composition. The Gangsta Rabbi proves that he is full of surprises and every work of art he develops is the culmination of his experiences, may of which others can certainly relate to.

Turning toward history, the performance “Midianites” provides an unconventional glimpse into realm in which few have dared to venture deeper. The song is largely instrumental, rugged in all realness yet The Gangsta Rabbi still blesses the performance with a vocal accompaniment. Again, “Midianites” is a production that delivers hardcore riffs that drive endlessly.

Next on this unparalleled journey through punkdom “1ST Diaspora Egypt” delivers fast-paced instrumentals, crashing waves and fervent spirit. “1st Diaspora Egypt” is overarched by electrifying instrumentation and razor sharp ambiance.

“Puppy in A Cup” is another fast-paced tune with evidence of symbolic meaning. Clearly there is more to the song than meets the ear so to speak, and it may take a few spins to really capture the message that The Gangsta Rabbi is exuding through his non-stop performance. One thing is for certain the unconventional sound that The Gangsta Rabbi delivers is not only rare, but though-provoking, indicating that there is more to punk music than raging sonic booms.

The Gangsta Rabbi shares a very personal story on “Cancer Ward #3-Phlebotomy”. Listeners are able to get a 4 ½ minute and some change glimpse into a world that most people would be too afraid to enter, yet one that touches almost everyone in some way or another. The Gangsta Rabbi demonstrates many things on “Cancer Ward #3-Phlebotomy” courage and will are just a few. One cannot help but question if there is more to this story.

2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69 starts to wind down with “25 Days In A Coma” and the final performance “The Punk Meets The Godfather”. Both of these songs leave a lasting impression on listeners as they provide a mind-bending conclusion to an absolutely potent experience that few individuals will be truly prepared for. The Gangsta Rabbi boldly welcomes fans into his world, sharing excruciating experiences with reckless abandon.

One cannot fully appreciate the breadth of  ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′ without having an open mind and strong sense of humanity. Few artists are capable of exposing their true selves as they often put forward a facade. The Gangsta Rabbi does the exact opposite. He is a musician that keeps it real while delivering authentic sounds and unforgettable experiences.

Punk lovers can expect to hear a fusion of aggressive lyrics combined with shredding guitar performances. ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′ is equally as progressive as it is nostalgic as Steve rejuvenates some of his earlier recordings.

The Gangsta Rabbi rewrote and re-recorded all of the performances that are on ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′. The songs are derived from an extensive catalog that Steve Lieberman developed over a long period of time.

The Gangsta Rabbi Steve Lieberman

The Gangsta Rabbi otherwise known as Steve Lieberman is a punk musician, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Known as the pioneering King of Jewish Punk, Steve is also songwriter and producer. His musical influence in the industry spans across the decades as he has shared the stage with bands such as Glass jaw, the Misfits, Weezer, Andrew WK and Ryan Dunn.

To date, Steve Lieberman sold over 110,000 records and his music has landed on multiple radio formats across the country. Having worked as a county comptroller by day and rocking the stage as a musician at night, Steve developed a hefty catalog of music for the masses. Steve is currently engaged in battle with an aggressive form of cancer however he continues to deliver a combination of relics from his musical past, reinventions that relate to the present day and music innovations which look toward the future. Learn more about The Gangsta Rabbi by visiting www.gangstarabbi.com.

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