Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jay-D Presents His Monumental New Album 'Before I Rise'

One of the most conscientious rappers in the UK, Jay-D breaks new ground with his latest album 'Before I Rise.' While many rappers use their albums to describe a lifestyle which they live in their dreams, Jay-D's latest release discusses real issues he has faced over smooth, melodic beats which feature impressive sampling. This album is as profound as it is radio-friendly.

Jay-D has spent many years honing his craft and demonstrates his immense talent on this album. Tracks such as 'Losing My Mind' contain profound lyrics such as 'if my reflection is the villain, who's the hero.' He directly addresses difficulties with mental health, a subject which is unfortunately as overlooked as much as it is suffered in society. Jokerr collaboration 'Still Here' discusses Jay-D's struggles as he coped with relationship difficulties and bereavement at the same time, while 'Remember Me' discusses his rap success, created through sheer graft and determination. The astonishing and uncompromisingly honest assessment of his life which Jay-D offers on this album is relatable as it is imperfect, with high and low points, like everyday life. There is no glamourous veneer or exaggeration here. Everything is real. Jay-D covers topics that nobody else is willing to cover.

Jay-D makes music because he wants to make a difference to his fans lives. Above Ave's BB joins him for the album's lead single 'Pain Won't Last,' which acts as guide in overcoming adversity, making this clear. His music is designed to encourage others and has been well received. His break-out single 'Monster' was played thousands of times on Soundcloud and Lupe Fiasco collaborator Bishop G is a fan of his remarkable flow.

'Before I Rise' will be in stores on 27/2/2017. This is an album which any hip-hop head needs to add to their collection.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Joe Da Pro Is Ready For Success This Summer

Atlanta Georgia's "Joe Da Pro" is ready for success this summer and he wants you to know it. Last year the artist created quite a buzz on the Atlanta scene with the release of his first mix tape "Social Rehab" hosted by Dj Noise. Now the hip hop artist is planning on making more than just a buzz with the release of his sophomore mix tape this summer. It is titled "R.A.W."

A single "The Guys" is scheduled for release on April 20th. A pre release listening session has been set up for media purposes. A private link can be provided for media and radio to listen and download per request via email at:

When asked why people should care about his music "Joe Da Pro" is quick to respond, "I can't put that in words, honestly don't care if they do. But my work ethic and determination will give them no choice but to respect everything I have going on."

He differentiates himself from other indie artist as an "artist who refuses to sell out for a quick buck with a commitment to sounding different and better than the next." As of now the forecast looks bright for this artist to have his moment in the sun this summer.





Bongo Boy Records Proudly Presents 'Stop Pushing Love Away' The Upcoming Pop Single By The Pete V Project

The Pete V Projects upcoming single 'Stop Pushing Love Away' is the follow up to the positively received 'Come On Baby (Come On Over)' which featured the vocal talents of Reece Bahia, and it continues to have world-wide radio airplay.

It's not often the music industry hides a talent like Marie Virginie Pierre who is the artist known as the "Pete V Project". 'Stop Pushing Love Away' showcases Marie's sublime vocals as well as her skills as a song-writer and producer. The song was co-produced with Paul Miles.

As with the first release, the track blends dance beats with strong melodies 'Stop Pushing Love Away' is a drum and bass infused pop track with a haunting saxophone solo delivered by the formidable Antonio Campbell.

At first listen the 'Stop Pushing Love Away' seems to be in response to the answer phone message voiced by Adam David Barker. However Marie explains that the answer phone message is supposed to be a manifestation of fears we all have of rejection and song is actually a love-song to yourself, to love yourself and to let love in.

'Stop Pushing Love Away' is being released by Bongo Boy Records on the 4th April 2017, building on the successful relationship between Bongo Boy Records and The Pete V Project.

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Contact: M. Grimme | (908) 455-1576 @bongoboyrecords

Shrapnel Records To Release Count's 77's Second Record "Soul Transfusion" March 10th 2017

With roots in 70's hard rock, Count's 77 is further powered by the twin guitar team of Stoney Curtis and John Zito, the former of whom has an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist. With musical roots as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Foghat, The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, Count's 77 stands poised to be one of the leaders of the new classic rock revival. Soul Transfusion is the logical step forward in this stellar hard rock band's recording career whose first record received critically acclaim internationally and established the band as one of the most promising new hard rock bands on the scene. The band recently completed their first video of their song "Summer of 77" which will be released imminently.

Danny "Count" Koker, is Count's 77's charismatic front man and was singing long before he came into international fame as the owner of Count's Kustoms, his Las Vegas-based hotrod and chopper shop which is the subject of History's hit TV show "Counting Cars" where the band was featured performing live with George Lynch.

Stoney Curtis, lead guitarist for Count's 77, has amassed an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist, releasing a steady flow of product for the last ten years, with international airplay and CD's which consistently have made's blues charts. Tommy Paris, is not only the band's incredible keyboardist but he has been known internationally for nearly 25 years as the lead singer of platinum rockers Britny Fox. Rhythm and slide guitarist John Zito forged a career on the LA rock scene before bonding with Koker and Curtis. Virtuoso rock bassist Barry Barnes, having played bass in the critically acclaimed show "Rock Of Ages" and powerhouse drummer Paul Disibio form the rhythm section with strength and authority.

A lot of great things have happened for the band since their self-titled release in 2014. The band has played a series of charity shows for war veterans, drawing 5,000 to 10,000 people per event. They also performed at the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Party at the Hard Rock in Times Square with acts such as Steve Miller, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and a host of other guitar legends and they were also the house band for the all star jam that ensued post party at the Iridium. The band headlined nine Autorama shows this past year and also played numerous large bike rallies, including Sturgis' Full Throttle Saloon, The Roar On The Shore in Erie PA and Bike Fest in Piqua Ohio playing for up to 25,000 people per show. They also headlined The Big E in Eastern Massachusetts which events drew 5,000 to 15,000 and Ally Bank recently began their sponsorship of the band.

Look for Count's 77 to play a series of Autorama shows in 2017
and other venues in the USA and Canada.

Contact Shrapnel Label Group Social Media Publicist,
Scott Thomas, for more artist information, interviews, etc.

Kind Regards,
Scott Thomas

Shrapnel Records Group

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Legendary Musicians & Execs Form Alliance To Celebrate & Gain Respect For Funk Music Genre

New Movement Includes Monthly FUNK HOUSE Concerts in Key Western Cities, a Series of FUNK Compilation Albums Highlighting New Music, A FUNK HISTORY Channel on YouTube, & Inductions of TRAILBLAZING FUNK ARTISTS with IES FUNK HONORS at the Annual Global Music Event INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT

Dateline: Los Angeles California

The genre of FUNK MUSIC has a glorious past, from JAMES BROWN to PARLIAMENT to SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, to still influencing today’s Hitmakers from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to BRUNO MARS to endless popular artists in Pop, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, EDM and other popular genres. FUNK is on a resurgence to help honor the pioneering artists of the past, provide opportunities for new FUNK music being made by new and established artists, & to get FUNK respected & honored for it’s impact and influence, in a new alliance led by trailblazing musician Frank ‘Kash’ Waddy & innovative exec Jay Warsinske.

Waddy has been a key member & player with such ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMERS as JAMES BROWN, PARLIAMENT, FUNKADELIC & BOOTSY COLLINS RUBBER BAND among many others. Warsinske is a 44 year industry veteran helping to launch such icons RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, N.W.A, AC/DC, DR. DRE, THE CLASH, 2PAC & many others over the last 5 decades. Together they have an undying passion for music & seeing artists and great music get heard and grow, especially soulful FUNKY music of all kinds! They just produced the UPTOWN FUNK GRAMMY AFTERPARTY in N.Hollywood which was a smash success & featured monster funk jams from members of such legendary FUNK bands as PARLIAMENT, FUNKADELIC, RICK JAMES’ STONE CITY BAND, JAMES BROWN, PRINCE’s Band, LAKESIDE, P-FUNK ALLSTARS & more iconic groups! The success of this event has led to making it a monthly event, called THE FUNK HOUSE, which will be held in Los Angeles, with Special Nights to be held in Oakland/Bay Area, Las Vegas, Orange County, Inland Empire & other locations to be announced. The next edition of THE FUNK HOUSE is Sunday March 26 from 6pm on at SKINNYS, 4923 Lankershim Bl, NoHo Arts District/N.Hollywood CA 91601.

The New FUNK Movement includes :

• THE FUNK HOUSE – Monthly Concerts, featuring legendary players from iconic FUNK & ROCK groups in Monster FUNK JAMS, & exciting performances by new & established FUNK & SOUL artists! For more info: LIKE on Facebook:

• FUNK U – A Series of FUNK Collections packed with great Artists & Tracks, celebrating the legacy of FUNK! New volumes every six months, Vol. 1 to be released SUMMER OF 17! For more info: LIKE on Facebook:

• FUNK History Channel – Channel on YouTube, bringing together great FUNK Videos, Artists & Tracks to celebrate the depth & legacy of FUNK, classic & new! Go to & search ‘FUNK History Channel’, subscribe, like & comment on the videos!

• FUNK DIRECT .com – The Ultimate Portal for Everything FUNK! To get Music on CD or downloads, Videos-Concerts-Documentaries on DVD, Tickets to Events, Special Merchandise, & Rare Collectible Memoribilia, Vinyl & more! Build out underway at – LIKE on Facebook: Also it’s a Committee to Support Getting FUNK Recognized as a Category at THE GRAMMYS, BET AWARDS & other platforms that recognize music talent.

• IES FUNK HONORS – Iconic FUNK Artists inducted at the Global Music & Entertainment Conference – IES : the INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT held every August in L.A., attendees from all over the World & across the country, as part of IES HONORS – planned honorees include JAMES BROWN, GEORGE CLINTON, BERNIE WORRELL, JUNIE MORRISON, LEROY ‘SUGARFOOT’ BONNER, BOOTSY COLLINS, CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD & more. To register to attend IES – the greatest Conference in the World for independent Artists, Producers, Songwriters & Execs,

For Info on ANY of the above : or call 818-505-0669



Hybrid Studios Hosts HSYAT Battle Of The Bands 2017

The Irvine High School Youth Action Team held their annual Battle of the Bands competition on Friday, February 24th at Heritage Park Community Center in Irvine. Bands from across Irvine's school district competed throughout the evening to win recording time in Hybrid's Studio A, and Woodbridge High School's Sundive was chosen as the winner after playing an impressive set to close out the night.

"Sundive's original music really caught our attention," said Hybrid Manager Mike Miller, "They have a really distinct style, and we think they'll shine in studio. We're absolutely looking forward to working with them!"

The 2017 Battle of the Bands marks Hybrid's fourth time sponsoring a HSYAT youth event. The studio provides sound, lighting, and the grand prize of recording studio time for event winners.

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information about Hybrid Studios, please visit

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gale Forces New Album "Strawberry Peak" Releases March 7th Record Release Show At El Cid Friday, February 24th

Up and coming Artist, Jade Devitt of Gale Forces will be introducing his first full length album "Strawberry Peak" on March 7th, 2017. Gale Forces is best introduced as angular melodic driven rock. Jade's background as a drummer craves syncopated rhythms. Jade sings, plays guitar, bass, synths and drums. Gale Forces is bit unpredictable in regard to rhythms and feel, while always ballasting with melody and somewhat traditional song structure. The music leans more towards the physical or aggressive.

What to look for in 2017:

Gale Forces will release the full length album "Strawberry Peak" in early 2017, as well as a music video for the song "In The Rut" directed by Mike Bruce (Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand, Mischa Barton, Zoe Bell, Timothy V. Murphy, The Dandy Warhols). Gale Forces will tour locally in Los Angeles with a national tour to follow. The album was engineered and mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Death Valley Girls) at his Station House Studio in Echo Park.

Mark Rains is great to work with and he has a lot of interesting vintage gear and instruments. We recorded the drums and most of the rhythm guitars for the album to 2" analog tape, so it has a throwback kind of warmth to the recording. Mark fabricated a George Martin-esque analog tape loop for the drums on the song "Clean As Snow' - Jade Devitt

Guest musicians on the album include Autry Fulbright (..Trail Of Dead/ Vanishing Life), Erik Trammel (All Souls, Black Elk), Eric Akre (Treepeople), Robbie Williamson (We Are The World, My Name) and Jonny Flaugher.

The first self titled EP released April 2014, was recorded with longtime friend and Seattle alumni Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Tony Levin) at his studio Veneto West in Santa Monica.

About Jade Devitt:
Originally from Billings, Montana Jade started playing drums when he was 15. Jade joined a local punk band called Aspirin Feast at 16 in eastern Washington state. Performing at 16 in several post hard core/punk/emo bands before moving to Seattle in 1993 to join Engine Kid. Later joining the alternative rock band Lucky Me and signing to Revolution Records (Warner Bros subsidiary). Both Seattle bands toured the US multiple times.

Jade's earlier influences were mainly punk and hardcore music (Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Descendents) anything that was a soundtrack for his adolescent passion for skateboarding. Also, a local hero band Diddly Squat who were a hardcore band with a ‘cow punk' slant, that featured bassist Nate Mendel of current Foo Fighters fame and drummer Erik Akre who appears on two tracks on ‘Strawberry Peak'. The music of D.C. based indie label Dischord Records (Fugazi, Dag Nasty, Rites of Spring) was part of a steady diet in his formative years. Jade's early 90's Seattle roommates Sunny Day Real Estate were a huge influence. The debut albums of both Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters are core influences of Gale Forces. Both records are basically solo records, which is relatable since Jade's recordings are typically a mostly solo venture. Jade is also drawn to current bands like Battles, Tycho, Tame Impala, and TV on the Radio.

Gale Forces aim to bring a more tranquil quality to the music moving forward.
IG: galeforces

Stay tune for tour dates, music and new video 2017! Cheers!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Angela Predhomme Gaining Exposure, Recognition

The laid back music of Michigan artist-writer Angela Predhomme seems to be a magnet for television, film and advertising. This season on Lifetime TV's hit show "Dance Moms," her soulful ballad "Let It Fall" was recently featured in the young dance star Daviana Fletcher's performance called "Shades of Blue." This is the second song featured on "Dance Moms," which follows the ups and downs in the world of studio owner Abby Miller, dancers and parents.

Other featured placements for Predhomme's music include a popular performance by dancer JoJo Siwa on "Dance Moms" in Season 5, called "Faith Is All I Need," featuring the song "Epiphany." Predhomme also garnered major exposure in Europe for the catchy song in an ING Bank advertising campaign. Her music has also been heard in popular television shows "Switched at Birth" on Freeform (formerly ABC Family), "The Voice" on NBC, and "Pawn Stars" on The History Channel, and many more.

Predhomme's songs are reaching around the globe with over 6 million plays through various media. She explains, "I love to create music, and the ultimate fulfillment for me is for my songs to touch people's hearts and speak to them. If this music can uplift someone or make them feel, think or reflect, then I've done my job, and that feels great!"

Laid back, soulful music with pop sensibility, oftentimes with deep or emotional lyrics best defines Predhomme's musical style. Her songs are available on iTunes, Apple, Spotify, and most streaming services.

Angela Predhomme is available for in-studio interviews and performances upon request. She is happy to tell her story in hopes of helping other music creators break into film and TV licensing.

Dance Moms "Shades of Blue" (S7, E4)
Demo reel – Angela Predhomme
Dance Moms "Faith Is All I Need" (S5, E24)

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Gig Performer 1.5 Makes Performing Live With Software Instruments Easier And More Musical Than Ever

With Gig Performer, Deskew Technologies established a powerful and versatile cross-platform host program that enabled keyboardists, guitarists, vocalists, and entire bands to assemble their favorite plug-ins into worry-free onstage rigs. Both virtual instrument and audio processing plug-ins alike could be patched and interconnected in any scheme the musician desired, then controlled via user-built panels that accessed key parameters via customizable "Widgets" such as knobs, faders, and switches. That patching and control panel setup is called a Rackspace. Now, Gig Performer 1.5 ups the ante with even more features that make getting through a live set as stressless as when working with hardware instruments.

Headlining these new features is predictive loading. If loading all the plug-ins for an entire set of music might ask too much of your computer's CPU and/or RAM, you can now pre-load only the plug-ins that will be needed by the next few Rackspaces in your Gig. These load in the background, so they're ready the instant you need to play the next song. Jumping randomly to Rackspaces beyond those that are preloaded might incur a slight delay (for example, if a new plug-in needs to load a large sample library), but with just a little bit of planning, transitions are absolutely seamless.

Speaking of seamless, Patch Persist is a Holy Grail among keyboardists, and Gig Performer 1.5 has it. If you switch Rackspaces, notes you've been holding down—either via a sustain pedal or your fingers on a keyboard—will not be cut off by the "patch change." Instead, they'll ring out through their natural envelope release until you lift off the keys or pedal, and new notes struck will play sounds from the new Rackspace. You can even control how long the audio "tail" from the previous Rackspace will persist.

New Widget groups empower you to command multiple parameters with a single movement of your mouse or hardware MIDI controller. This works like the "macro" knobs on many software synths, but with the advantage of letting you see how all relevant parameters are being changed at once, right from Gig Performer's panel view. Of course, you have complete control over the scaling (parameter sweep range) of any parameter, which makes it easy to implement useful musical moves such as cross-fades.

With tap tempo support, plug-ins using time-based functions such as tap delay or looping will now march to the beat you conduct via a pedal, MIDI controller, or Open Sound Control (OSC) message. Tempos specific to your current Rackspace can also co-exist alongside a "global" tempo for the entire Gig file, which is a lifesaver if your set list includes backing elements at different tempos.

Significant enhancements to OSC support include an updated template for the Lemur touch-control app on iPad — even Gig Performer's built-in guitar tuner can now show up on the Lemur display! Sticky notes lend "latch" behavior to a MIDI note-on message, with the note-off not being sent until you strike the note again; this is great for triggering and then silencing loops. An internal MIDI filter plug-in can block unwanted MIDI data from destinations you'd prefer not receive it, and the related MIDI monitor can display all MIDI messages coming into Gig Performer globally, or just those messages going from a specific MIDI-in Block to a specific destination.

Further additions include velocity layers, which can make selected MIDI-in Blocks trigger only those notes within a certain velocity range. As on a hardware synth workstation, you could trigger one sound (say, a piano, string section, or synth) playing normally, then an accent sound (say, a cymbal, orchestra hit, or EDM pitch-rise) if you dig in and play hard. Likewise, you can scale layers to output notes at specific velocities.

Main panel I/O faders are now grouped in sets of 16, which makes it easier to manage large numbers of channels you've mapped to inputs and outputs on your audio interface hardware. Changes in Widget values can be excluded from Rackspace variations, so that (for example) you don't need to worry about an abrupt jump in the volume of this or that plug-in.

Last but not least, Gig Performer 1.5 supports copy-pasting of Widgets—which saves time if you want to create multiple Widget sets for frequently-used controls such as organ drawbars or synth envelopes—and "hardens" plug-in validation so as not to crash if a problematic plug-in is encountered.

As always, Gig Performer's benefits include:
• Instant and glitch-free switching of Rackspaces (multiple plug-in setups).
• Full MIDI and Open Sound Control (OSC) support; controllable from outboard interfaces such as TouchOSC and Lemur.
• Easy transpose, split, layer, and other functions you'd expect on a synth workstation.
• Intuitive and fun user interface for creating your Rackspaces.
• Low CPU usage compared to competing live plug-in host software.
• Works on both MacOS and Windows, with VST support on both and AudioUnit support on MacOS.
• Built-in tuner.

"I haven't encountered a live-oriented host program that combines radical open-endedness with relative ease of use as effectively as Gig Performer does." – Stephen Fortner, Keyboard Magazine.

Gig Performer has an MSRP of US $249.00. Special pricing is currently available for $124.00. For more information about Gig Performer and to download a 14-day trial, please visit