Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Genre: Oriental infused Electronic Pop (World Fusion)
A Little Deeper is a departure from previous singles, with its haunting piano, dark lyrics and offbeat rhythm. This is the third release from Makala Cheung's upcoming album Moon, and is an unexpected twist from the Bristol (UK)
Singer/Songwriter/Producer, who is also one of the city's "Happiness Champions".
The half-Chinese Bristol Woman Magazine cover girl's credits include radio play on BBC1Xtra and BBC Introducing in The West, as well as numerous local stations across the globe.
Makala Cheung is a Singer, Songwriter and Producer from Knowle West, Bristol, UK. Known for fusing musical genomes, Makala blends pop and Chinese tones, with an injection of multiple genres from R&B and Soul to Dubstep, Breaks & Bass.
Following a few years in an Urban/Pop duo and going on to feature on local Hip-Hop and Grime tracks, in 2012 Makala began her solo artist endeavor, since releasing 3 EPs and album River. Released for Chinese New Year 2014, River featured in Bristol Live Magazine's ‘albums of the month' and tracks featured on stations from BBC 1Xtra and BBC Introducing in the West to Ujima FM and BCFM. Makala Cheung's second album ‘Moon' is due for release in late 2015.
Makala's influences include Banks, FKA Twigs, M.I.A, and Aaliyah, to name a few. Makala is a Bristol Woman Magazine cover girl (launch edition) and one of Bristol's first Happiness Champions. Performances include Shambala, Dot to Dot, Redfest, Brisfest, St Paul's Carnival, Keynsham Festival and Bristol Harbourside Festival.
"Singer-Songwriter Makala Cheung flies the flag for both Bristol and China with pride, as she combines both traditional and electronic sounds to create some quite distinctive pop…. Makala always makes sure her unique attitude shines through." Loki Lillistone, Editor, Bristol Live Magazine
"Something special is happening here…If it's raw talent or something different you're after, let me assure you are in the right place!" DWF Media.
So here we go with another band press release and the challenge to say something new about four musicians who want to save the world with a tune, is on.
In the deep end we dive to introduce a crew from the heartlands of Sussex in the UK called Rebel Flag, a force that digs deep into the roots of soul and rock music and mixes it with some true 21st century swagger.
If the current crop of cloned out rock bands and pop factor coveter belt puppets has got you reaching for a new Spotify playlist, then you might want add these boys to it.
A new EP out this summer proves that there is still music being made that has the quality as was laid down in stone in the golden age of popular music.
With an industry that has been kicked and mauled to near extinction over the past 15 years, you may ask yourself why musicians even bother to try and break new music.
Faced with a task of playing hostile venues for little or no money, sales from releases looking unsustainable and companies taking huge cuts from the streaming royalties, it’s never looked so hard for new music to find a rock to stand on.
So with that question in mind who do the Rebel Flag think they are trying to keep the flame burning for original music and killer live shows, maybe because they are all completely mad or maybe because they believe in the connection the music and like-people can bring to the party?
Leading the troops is Irish born singer songwriter and producer Dar.Ra.
His credits go back to the 90's with hits under the disguises of Taste of Paradise, Bliss and an Australian band called Ultra Love Machine, and remixes of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Tears 4 Fears and Savage Garden.
Growing up listening to bands like the Specials, Paul Weller and classic soul and rock from the 60's and 70's is the lifeblood that goes into Dar.Ra and his songwriting.
His live experience has seen him tour around the world solo and with bands over the past 15 years, so much so he has written a book called Road Tales all about the adventures of a musician on the road, which is out this summer to coincide with the debut EP release.
The power punch of the up and coming comes in the form of Aiden a drummer who has all the attitude of Keith Moon, with added virtue of being able to play any kind of vibe at the drop of a hat.
Inventiveness and creativity flows effortlessly for a player under the age of 20 years old, which can only be attributed to his parents having impeccable musical taste and his uncle being the late great John Martyn.
Bring on the new breed. Added to this wild brand is a rising young player from Venezuela Chrissy D, a true bass head, with a capacity to hold a groove from here to eternity. His latin passion and addiction to making music that touches the soul, brings a white heat to the rhythm section.
In a few short months they have swaggered around the South Coast of England reminding people that music still means something in the toxic corporate world of a dying music industry.
And what of the music?
The music is a hybrid of rock mixed with some soul a touch of reggae and a slice of attitude laid on top to give it that fine mix that British bands do so well.
So as your mind suggests we've heard it all before and your ears retreat to your comfort zone, let me tell you that this is something to keep close to your heart.
In doing that one small task, we keep an door open to that tribal power that first hit the dance-floors back in the 50's when Rock n Roll was born.
Ask not what Rock n Roll can do for you but what you can do for Rock n Roll!
Rebel Flags new EP Angels + Demons is out on Kusha Deep Records July 4th
Friday, May 22, 2015
May 8th 2015, a date that Fadi Awad will never forget! As he won the Silver Medal for his Outstanding Achievements as a DJ/Producer throughout the years, highlighting also his track "Free Your Mind" that was nominated as well in the Hollywood Music In Media Awards 2014! Fadi is a multi-genres DJ/Producer and music composer/songwriter, inspired by all what's beautiful from every genre that popped up from the eighties until today!... Fadi Awad is the only DJ/Producer who reached the final stage of the GMA in May 2015, and he made History by becoming the first DJ/Producer from Vancouver and Lebanon to win in the Global Music Awards!!! Fadi thanked the GMA Organizers, Jury, his team and supporters, hoping for the best, and added:" I have made many music achievements throughout the years without sponsorship neither being hosted by a Major Label. I've ran successfully my Independent Labels in which I have collaborated with top artists from all around the world… 90% of our tracks were highly charted in the digital stores and some of them were charted in several National Charts: US, UK, Germany, France and more… It is time to sign with a Major Label or a sponsor especially that the effective promotion of the top industry's level is very costy!"… A reporter then asked him: "If a serious media or a big investor wants to build an effective completed music Industry in Canada or Vancouver that produces talents to the world with or without foreign collaborations, and asked for your professional assistance, will you be able to do that?"… Fadi replied: "If it's serious, it can be discussed! I have helped and still assisting many artists there in several fields, in a friendly way! I have also composed some of my albums & singles in Vancouver, where I'm always inspired positively!"… Another reporter asked him: "You always used to say that USA is the mother of the worldwide artists, do you think that USA is getting stronger or weaker music wise?"… Fadi replied: "USA is getting stronger and stronger in this field and I'm very thankful music wise to all who appreciated my music, and supported me in USA and worldwide!"…
Follow Fadi Awad's news and updates here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fadi-Awad/238539839502517
PowerFX Systems, developers of the most popular online music making app Soundation Studio, has released Soundation Chrome Studio, the most powerful cloud based music production software of its kind yet.
It all started with the mission to provide everyone with the possibility to make music on the web. Soundation Chrome Studio is a complete platform where artists can create, post and share their projects from any computer connected to the internet without ever downloading any software. You can even distribute your song to Spotify, iTunes and other services without leaving Soundation Studio.
"We created a native application with an entirely new audio engine for Google Chrome" states CEO Bil Bryant, "With over 1.2 million registered users and 420,000 songs posted by our user community, we wanted to provide an even better performing platform that demands less from your CPU and has lower recording latency".
Soundation Studio is also the first music creation software to connect to Google+ Hangouts, allowing for up to 9 artists to co-create music in real time with video chat capabilities.
For more information and to start making music right away, go to www.soundation.com
Magik Muzik recording artist JES has debuted ThingLink’s new interactive video format inside Facebook Timeline.
Bands and video producers can now use ThingLink to add music discovery, movie rentals, stores and call to action to the surface of any Facebook, YouTube or Brightcove video.
ThingLink offers over 70 unique rich media tags that let viewers browse information from 3rd party websites directly from images and videos. ThingLink’s new iTunes rich media tag includes full album listings and options to preview and buy songs.
“As visual media has become our window to the Internet, ThingLink helps online video publishers to deepen their storytelling and drive conversion with tasteful interactive storefronts and discovery options that engage fans,” says founder and CEO Ulla Engeström.
JES added, “ThingLink's new iTunes product tag provides a new sense of discovery within music. My fans have a unique opportunity to explore, sample and download additional songs in my full catalogue all without leaving the current music video or behind-the-scenes video they are enjoying at the moment. I'm thrilled to be a part of this ever growing world of discovery that interactive content is providing.”
ThingLink interactive videos contain clickable rich media tags with several types of call to action options: storefronts, video play, email collection, and surveys. Rich media tags appear for viewers during play giving an option to explore the embedded content while pausing the video in the background.
Interactive elements in video multiply viewer engagement, including time spent and and click through rates.
Annotating a video with web links is easy. Simply copy and paste links into ThingLink’s editor. ThingLink automatically transforms and displays the web link as a rich media tag. ThingLink also offers tools to customize rich media tags with branding, icons, images, and several font types and colors.
ThingLink interactive videos are embeddable in web pages and deliver new, real-time performance metrics from across the web, including video views, tag displays, clicks and actions, time on video, and more.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
On June 4th thru 7th Urban Network will hold its annual Back 2 Basics Conference at the Crowne Plaza in San Diego California. Hydra Management, known for it’s prowess as the developers and managers of emerging talent has partnered with Video City TV to provide artist attending the conference with an unparalleled promotional opportunity.
Hydra Management has partnered with Video City TV to Professionally Video Tape all artist performances in High Definition. A professional fully edited video copy of artist performances will be made available to the artist for their professional and personal uses. In an effort to assist these talented emerging artists in their effort to showcase their talents to a national audience, Video City TV will interview each artist who takes advantage of this promotional opportunity and air the interview along with their performance on Video City TV. Video City TV is a National Video TV Program with a viewership of 5 Million on Time Warner Television.
In addition, Bongo Boy TV with a viewership of close to 10 Million will also air the performances. Bongo Boy whose video program airs on Time Warner, Comcast, RCN, NBC Universal and many others will join Video City and Hydra Management in their efforts to offer national exposure on Network Television for emerging artist who would otherwise not have access to or be able to afford these opportunities.
If you are an artist, whether singer, rapper or dancer and are interested in having your performance and an interview with Video City TV aired Nationally to over 15 Million viewers you don’t want to miss the Urban Network Back 2 Basics Conference at the Crowne Plaza in San Diego California June 4th thru June 7th 2015.
To sign up and for more information contact:
LeRoy C. Brown, Jr.
Hydra Management Services, LLC
914 443 1265
Nigerian born, London based Inspekta is back with a new ode to living life, discussing societies sheepish tactics with a new music video fueled by fun. The rapper talks about the wrongs in the world, but is seeing it for what it is, poking fun at it by wearing a clown outfit.
The track boasts a catchy hook and chorus. "Jump Jump" produced by Jay Picasso, is the latest lift from the solo artists forthcoming album, Live Your Life, and comes as a more thought provoking follow-up to last year’s stream of music which Inspekta released on his SoundCloud page.
"The message behind the track aims to raise awareness of how we as a society may fall victims to marketing campaigns and unreal lifestyles portrayed on TV. Essentially saying we ‘Jump Jump’ when advertisers / marketers tell us to buy into the products they want to sell whether we actually need it or not." said Inspekta.
You can expect Live Your Life to be a reflection of Inspekta admitting to what he thinks is wrong with the world, while he also seeks to motivate the listener to discover pursue their passion.
Featuring a sway-inducing poppy theme, Inspekta lashes out on the wickedly catchy hook. "Jump Jump" has the truth written all over it. Stream it exclusively below, and keep an eye out for the LYL album.
Some rappers have fast cars and a gold chain. When we asked Young Blaze what he’s got, he replied "I Get Sex". Setting the tone ahead of the rapper's forthcoming EP release, Blaze's new single is full of sexual metaphors, sarcastic wordplay and memorable verses that'll equally excite and entertain you.
Available as a stream on SoundCloud (above) or to purchase via iTunes now. The single is ready and awaits your attention.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Digital Music Pioneer Andre Gray Launches Demo 2.0 As A EPK Video Sharing Social Network For Musicians
DEMO 2.0 announces its launch as a very simple and intuitive one-stop electronic press kit (EPK) video sharing social network for musicians, artists, bands, singers, models, actors, photographers, DJs, record companies, entertainment entrepreneurs & executives, and all other operators in the entertainment industry. The EPK profiles, which are of professional quality with unlimited media data storage, are completely free.
The two distinguishing factors that set DEMO 2.0 apart from other video sharing social networks is that, first, it is created specifically for showcasing EPK videos and not necessarily regular music videos. Second, it is geared primarily towards independent and unsigned artists and they will be given top priority, though major label artists are also welcome.
The brainchild of Andre Gray, inventor of the EPK in 1995, DEMO 2.0 is a full functioning social network with all the standard capabilities provided by other social networks such as the ability to create membership profiles that includes bio, photos, video, music, groups, blogs, and the ability to share content across other leading social media hubs.
For more information, contact:
Andre Gray, Founder & CEO
244 5th Avenue, Suite #N292
New York, NY 10001-7604
Tel: (212) 470-9324