LONDON PRODUCER BARNEY RATTLE CHATS HIS LATEST RELEASE ‘ AFRICAN STORYBOOK OF SONGS’

What is your genre of musical you produce?It’s mostly African re mixes , and some original artists from African and other world territories  

Give us a little bio about you.
Grew up in the music and entertainment world – produced a lot of mainstream shows in my early years and went on to market some of Londons top nightclubs in the 90’s.
 

Went to South Africa and met some amazing musicians who have since become very close friends , brothers in life.

 Now looking to help promote them and their work along with my own and also now Uk musicians on a locally based TV show

 

You are releasing ‘African Storybook of Songs’ , tell us more about that. 
It is a culmination of 20 years work of mine and other artists – a selection of 70 songs over 6 albums

Tell us more about the songs individually.
Its difficult to explain each song but they are all of a certain genre which is away from the mass produced pop songs that we hear in the UK . We cover Jazz, Reggae, House and funky township grooves. We also made some remixes that are Afro based chill out tracks featuring percussion guitar and vocal harmonies. 

You worked with some great artists on this, how did they come about and what was it like?
Its a great honour an pleasure working with my friends. We all have the same purpose to bring the joy of music to the world . Its come about as a collective.
 

Is ‘African Storybook of Songs’ heading out on a tour or any have any gigs planned with yourself and the artists?
We have some plans for 2017. Tours and concerts . Still quite early days , plan to announce more in the new year.  

If so which cities will you be going?
London , ofcourse. Also looking at Germany , Denmark at the moment. Its still in the planning stage…  

What made you go in to music?

The fact that Im a good Audio Visual technician and enjoy working with musicians 
 

Do you play any instruments?
Bass and keyboard – but Im best behind a mixer 

 Who are your influences?

Jazz Blues Reggae Soul 
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
You feel it 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Making more recordings, films and Tv shows , with out artists and production team 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Listening to it !  

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
Stevie Wonder… 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Stick with what you love

 What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Be sure that you really want to take this journey , and take time to know the market place you are aiming for 
 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Keep going… 

Where is you go to place after you have been away from home?
The mountains  

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
We have some generic sites which we try to keep upto date 

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I GOT TO CHAT WITH SKYLER SHAYE ABOUT HER HER FAVOURITE TRACKS,FEATURING IN HER MOMS MUSIC VIDEO,HER LATEST PROJECTS AND A COMPETITION!

What is your name? Skyler Shaye 
 

What is your genre of music? 

I love any type of music that has soul in it. I grew up listening to country music tho. 

Give us a little bio about you.

I was born in LA and raised in LA. I grew up in a showbiz family. I started acting when I was 8 years old
 

Whats on your shuffle when you open you music library? 
My shuffle at the moment.. is James Bay, Guns N’ Roses and drake. And some Country  haha

What are your top 3 workout songs?

Hmm, I do a lot of Pilates so whatever my instructor throws on! 
 
You also act and been on some great shows and films, which would you say had the best music used in them?

Thank you! I would say my film Bratz had the best soundtrack. 
 

What was the best experience you’ve had in the acting industry? 
I would say that I’m very blessed to have hsuch an amazing family that’s been in the industry to guide me the right away. I’ve seen a lot of people come to this town and get caught up in it.
My godfather Jon is an actor and he’s always taught me to be humble and to stay grounded. 

 

can you tell us more about any new projects, your involved with? 
I just had a film premiere on the hallmark network here in the US called ” JL family Ranch” I been told we are going to make a second film! 

If you could be on one tv show what would it be and what music album would you want playing?
Stranger things 100% and music by Sia. 
 

If you was to form a four piece girl band, who would be in it and what would the name be?
 Easy.. would be my Bratz girls. Janel Parrish, Logan Browning and Nathalia Ramos. BRATZ would be our name 
 

Your Mom is Musical, what is her best song in your opinion from her song collection? 
Yes my mom sings country music, My favorite is “Fly Away” which she wrote about breakups and how to overcome it. 

 

You was in the video for ‘Fly Away’ beautiful song by the way, how was that? 
 It was amazing. It was a personal song for me in many ways. And I want girls and guys to know that even though you are going through the pain in time you will heal. 

Take a look at the video below 

How would you describe ‘ Fly Away’? 
  Strong and empowering 


Do you play any instruments?

I do not! I really wish I could play guitar and piano tho 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Making great projects 
 
do you write of any sort? music, film, tv , if not would you be interested in doing it? 

  I do write. I love writing. 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Never change 

Where in your hometown is the best place to Visit?
Los Angeles is the best 

Where is your dream place to visit?  
 Dream place would be Fiji 
 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 
Lipstick, powder, gum, and phone 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Twitter.com/Skylershaye 
Instagram/ itsskylershaye 
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REVIEW: SINGER/SONGWRITER BEN GLOVER IS SET TO RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM ‘THE EMIGRANT’ ON THE 30TH SEPTEMBER.

Ben Glover from Northern Ireland who now spends his time between Belfast and Nashville creating songs with stories!

His new album ‘The Emigrant’ shows his story of residing in Nashville and troubles he had but staying strong and achieving his dreams, he has created a folk album of a variety, Six traditional songs and four originally composed by Ben himself. 

 

Taken from his journey this is an album that has so much love , so much feeling and creates the life of Ben so beautiful.

Listen to ‘ A Song From Home’ 

Grab your copy on the 30Th September 2016 

http://www.propermusic.com/product-details/Ben-Glover-The-Emigrant-234911
Find Ben on all social media platforms which are linked to his website 

http://www.benglover.co.uk

REVIEW: MALONE RELEASES ‘DREAM BIG’ REMIX FEATURING ISMAEL SANKARA

MALONE HAS RELEASED AN UPBEAT AND POSTIVE TRACK WITH A VARIETY OF INSTRUMENTS THAT YOU WILL LOVE.
Sending out a message to follow your dreams because if you work for them they will! 
Check out the video below;

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THERES NO STOPPING ‘THE SCHEME’ BOYS NOW PARTNERING WITH ICONIC BRAND ‘SMILEY’ WE JUST ‘CANT STOP’ THEM!

One listen to the latest single ‘Can’t Stop’ from London based pop-trio The Scheme, and you can see exactly why they have teamed up with iconic brand Smiley whose previous partnerships have included Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Pharell Williams, Katie Perry, Chris Martin and Lily Allen.
For over 40 years Smiley has shaped the way we share happiness and express ourselves through iconic and creative products found all over the world. Smiley is a truly unlimited brand, evergreen and unique in that it has influenced musical generations, social movements, popular culture and the pursuits of happiness. Over four decades on, Smiley has become more than just an icon, a brand and a lifestyle: it is now a spirit and a philosophy, reminding people just how powerful a smile can be.

 

‘Can’t Stop’, which just landed at No.10 in The Music Week Pop Chart, is the title track from The Scheme’s forthcoming EP “Jerome Heights’ released Octpober 23rd and the song’s title is exactly how you’d describe your relationship with the track’s replay button. With artwork being diligently handled by the brilliant graffiti artist Endless, and remixes from the excellent Wideboys and Westfunk, ‘Can’t Stop’ is a delicious slice of pop-rock that will be entering your ears one way or another.
The trio is comprised of Kris, Kyle and Aleksey, a deft mix of two Brits and one American. They are very excited to have artwork duties handed over to Endless, one of the biggest names in graffiti and urban art worldwide today. Endless has had work seen worldwide, including in Singapore; this led to a collaboration with fellow artists Gilbert and George. He is represented by West London gallery Graffik, where you can see an Endless solo exhibition this summer.
The Scheme are also gleeful about their opportunity to have Can’t Stop remixed by the likes of Wideboys and WestFunk. Portsmouth-born duo Wideboys are the go-to-guys for a superb remix. They worked with Rihanna on her album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ and also on original songs with Roll Deep, The Wanted, and Liberty X. They have made remixes for a huge number of artists, including their club mix of ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ by The Saturdays, which reached No.2 in the UK singles chart. Meanwhile, London based producer WestFunk is also a prolific remixer, having put his own magic touch on songs ranging from Jason Derulo to Enrique Iglesias. Expect both of these remixes to do some serious damage on the club charts when ‘Can’t Stop’ is released September 23rd.
The Scheme who have just completed a UK Tour alongside EMI Universal artists The Tides are no stranger to success themselves: their YouTube videos have incurred hundreds of thousands of views, and they recently performed for millions of viewers on Fox News. Amongst their celebrity fans they are able to count Pixie Lott, Coleen Nolan, Dee Cee Lee, Tinchy Stryder, Basement Jaxx, Michael Angelo (producer) Zane Lowe, Yeah Boy and Jessie J.
‘Can’t Stop’ is an irresistible piece of guitar-led pop, right from the get go with its excellent opening riff, and later with a stunningly harmonised chorus. The three guys recently revealed they wrote the song while 6000 feet up a mountain in Arizona. 
“When writing the track, our minds were on meeting someone who you really like,” Kris explains. “Frozen solid, tongue-tied, all shook up. So basically not knowing what to do, or what to say. Is it instant love or major lust?!”
This song may be about being in a situation where your entire body seizes up, but it will ultimately have the opposite effect, and get bodies moving.
The Transatlantic trio are keen for listeners to not take the lyrics at face value and deliberately left some ambiguity in there:
“No matter what they do, we can’t stop liking them – wanting to be with them. Or it could mean something, rather than a person. Either way, it’s for the listener to make the decision.” 
The Scheme know all too well that music means something unique to every listener, and they urge you to “listen to the song and put your own input in, too.”
With a huge online following, known affectionately by the band as their ‘Schemers’, ‘Can’t Stop’ is on a fast track for big success this Summer.
‘Can’t Stop’ is released September 23rd through Believe.
‘Jerome Heights’ is released October 23rd through Believe.
To find out what Smiley are all about visit: http://www.smiley.com
For more information on The Scheme visit:
http://www.thescheme.com/#home
 
https://www.facebook.com/wearethescheme

MAGAZINE GAP THE TRIO FROM LONDON RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘BODY LANGUAGE’

With a funky upbeat intro instantly making you want to ‘Sway side to side’ yet with that amazing rock feel! 

A very interesting song with a strong message that you instantly hear throughout and gives you the motivation to go out and get what you want and ‘go dance’ when you do! 
An all time fun rock song you can sing along to as well!! 
Check it out below 

Go follow ‘Magazine Gap ‘ on social media aswell for more from them, all links on their website;

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MAGAZINE GAP CHAT TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘BODY LANGUAGE’ ,GIGS AND THE FUTURE! 

What are your names? James Keen – Vocals & Guitar

Brian “Cookie” McCook – Drums

Alex Ho – Piano

 

What is your band name?

Magazine Gap

 

How did you come up with your name?

It’s actually taken from a major road in Hong Kong, where two of us actually grew up (though didn’t meet until London)

 

What is your genre of music?

Short answer – ‘rock’. Longer answer – a combination of a range of different styles including pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, blues, funk, soul.

 

Give us a little bio about you as a trio and individuals.

James started out making a name for himself as a singer/songwriter on the acoustic circuit, before meeting Cookie, a well-known R&B drummer and producer on the scene with huge experience, and Alex, a classically-trained pianist (with degrees from Royal Academy and Royal College of Music) who had morphed into a jazz maestro. We were introduced through mutual contacts and wanted to try something entirely different that we couldn’t achieve on our own.

 

What made you go in to music?

A real belief in having something to say and something new to offer, plus a conviction in our abilities as musicians, performers and songwriters.

 

Are you signed?

We have recorded and released our own music independently under our own label (Jackaroo Records), but are open to major label discussions to reach a broader audience.

 

You have just released ‘ Body Language’ tell us more about it.

It’s a party track! We took an obvious theme and put a twist on it; there’s also a twist in the music.

 

Have you guys got any gigs coming up?

Yes

 

If so where will you be heading

We’re performing at Cargo in London on October 21st

 

If you could collaborate with any UK artist who would it be?

Ed Sheeran

 

If you could collaborate with any USA artist who would it be?

John Mayer

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to play? 

Royal Albert Hall

 

Who are your influences?

Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sting, James Brown, Herbie Hancock

 

How do you get inspiration for all your tracks?

We always try to find something new, built on a cool groove, catchy piano or guitar riffs, modified chords, interesting lyrics. It’s all inspired by what our heroes have achieved, specifically defying convention to create convention.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

Playing a number of dates at the Royal Albert Hall!

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Enjoy time with friends and family, watch live music, switch off at the cinema. 

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 

James – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

Alex – “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson

Cookie – “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” by James Brown

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

“Think about whether you would you buy your own album” – makes you think about your music objectively and not become too self-indulgent.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Find your own voice, trust your instincts and have courage of convictions.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“Be music makers and dreamers of dreams”

 

In your hometown where is your go to place to go after you’ve come back from hitting the road?

Home is our go-to-place!

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 

(1) Instruments

(2) Lyrics

(3) Direct audience to our social media

(4) Introduce the band

(5) Smile!

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow?

Yes, the Big Four: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube

http://www.facebook.com/MagazineGap

http://www.instagram.com/magazinegap

http://www.twitter.com/magazinegap

http://www.youtube.com/magazinegapmusic

 

 

 

GOLD COMPLEX, THE 8 PIECE FROM TORONTO,CA RELEASE THEIR SELF-TITLED EP AND YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO IT!

These guys are ready to show you what they are made, with a variety of genres and a number of members, be ready for this guys to be taking over everywhere!
With a variety in the mix ‘Backbones’ straight away makes your head turn, feeling the soul vibe straightaway and makes you wonder how the rest of the EP will go.
Safe to say your in for a surprise with tack 2 O.G. a more pop vibe with the appealing vocals that shine through and a range that just adds more Magic to the song.

Track 3 ‘Cities & Lovers’  I was surprised at ,  a more chilled back song that instantly makes you feel the rhythm and really listen to the lyrics which seems so personal and deep yet enjoyable to listen too! 
This is just three it of 6 tracks and I fully recommend you check the rest out for yourself! 
Get the EP  off their website;

http://goldcomplexband.com/
Watch ‘Backbone’ Music Video below;

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Twitter :

@GoldComplexBand 
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@SONNYMACKENZI IS AN ARTIST OF THE FUTURE , WE CHAT HER NEW SINGLE,WORKING WITH NASH OVERSTREET AND PERFORMING AT SALUTES TO AMERICA AND THE ARTS!

Your new single ‘NEW CRUSH’, which is great, was recently released. Tell us more about it.
Thank you so much! “New Crush” is just a really fun, summery song about that puppy-dog phase of new love. I think the best part about it is that it’s something literally everyone can relate to, and that’s what makes it so infectious.
You worked with Nash Overstreet. Tell us more about how that came about. 

Yeah, Nash is a member of the band Hot Chelle Rae, which was one of my favorite bands as a teenager. When I found out I was getting to work with him I was obviously super excited. It’s actually funny, because during the writing process of some other songs before “New Crush” I had referenced a few of Hot Chelle Rae’s music for writing style, and my producer, Craig King, was like “oh I know Nash Overstreet. Would you be interested in writing with him?” And I basically died.
Did Nash give you any advice? If so, what was it?

 Nash is really down to earth and fun. He’s got a lot of experience in the industry, not only as an artist and musician, but also as a producer and writer, so he’s seen it from several sides. His advice comes in the form of stories, and I’ve secretly taken gems from several of his stories and hidden them away to reference myself at times. Mostly, I’ve noticed that Nash has lots of respect for artists with a true work ethic. I think the biggest thing I’ve gotten from Nash is that work ethic, determination, and professionalism is key, no matter what your age, gender, or role is.
What was the recording process like?

“New Crush” was really different from any other song I had ever done, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit scared of it at first. There are a lot of runs and it really tested my range, so the day I recorded it, I was pretty nervous going into the studio. Nash is great though, and he’s very easy to work with. He has a cool way of bringing personality out of my vocal performances and making the process really fun. It took a good 12 hours and a shot of liquid Dayquil to keep my voice alive enough to finish the job, but we nailed it in the end and had a lot of laughs along the way.
How was the writing process for the song?

 I’m usually pretty involved in the writing process of my music, but “New Crush” was written by Nash Overstreet and Kiana Brown in LA. When it was submitted to me, I actually wanted to pass on it because I felt it was going in a different direction than my other music, but my manger told me to sit with it before I decided. A few days went by, and I could not stop singing it. That’s how I knew it was meant to be mine.
What was the filming like for the video?

Shooting the music video was one of the most fun days of my life. The director, Derek Blanks, was supposed to submit like 3 ideas I think for the concept of the video, and the first one he submitted was the drive-in idea. I was like “NO MORE IDEAS-THIS IS THE ONE I WANT!” lol. I grew up in Colorado and Drive-in’s are sort of my thing, so it felt like fate. Derek had no idea at the time how much I love the mountains and Drive-in theaters, so that was even crazier. We shot in Blue Ridge, GA, at the Swan Drive-In. The locals who lived there and the owners of the theater were extras, so the whole thing felt very genuine and real. It was such a special experience.
Will we see an EP or Album at the end of the year? 

Yes, absolutely. I’m in the process of finishing my EP up now, and I can’t wait to release it!
You performed at ‘Salute To America and The Arts’, how did this come about? 

Yes! I’ve been living in Atlanta for over a year now and we’ve been focused primarily on the EP and the release of the single. When I first moved to Atlanta, I was introduced to a lot of wonderful people, one of them being Peggy Johnson, the Executive Director over at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center. Peggy has been one of my biggest role models as far as being such a successful woman in the music industry, and she has been very influential in my career, so when she contacted my manager and asked if I would be one of the opening acts for CeeLo Green at their Salute to America and The Arts festival this year, I was honored.
What was your first reaction when you found out you had been added to the lineup? 

When my manager first told me, I think my mouth just dropped open in shock because I was so excited and honored. I had gone to the 2015 event to watch, and it was beautiful and so much fun. I knew this year that CeeLo Green would be headlining, and I love him, so to take the stage before him was like a dream. Also, I just think so highly of Peggy Johnson and Callenwolde, and all they do for the community, that being asked to be a part of their annual event was humbling.
How did you prepare for the show?

I had already been in the development process for shows with my choreographer, CiCi Kelley, for about a month before being booked for the Callenwolde event. Still, when we learned I’d be performing there, we really picked up the pace. We developed the show at the famous Marvelous Enterprises, which is a beautiful talent development studio in Atlanta, and we rehearsed there for 3 days a week, 3 hours a day for about 3 months. We auditioned for back up dancers, and also had assistant youth dancers helping out until the professionals came to rehears 2 days before the show. We brought on a stylist, Emmanuel Evans, and a talent developer, James Slaughter, and just rehearsed our butts off every day so that we would have a memorable show. It was definitely a collaborative effort, and I feel so blessed to have the team that I do.
Will you be doing any more gigs or a tour maybe? If so, where will you be heading? 

I absolutely will be doing more gigs, and my ultimate goal right now is to tour, so stay tuned.
Do you play any instruments? 

I do, I play piano. I just started learning last year. Actually, It was Peggy Johnson who taught me, and although I’m learning more and more every day, I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I think my neighbors probably hate me because my favorite time to practice is at like 2am…
Who are your influences? 

My biggest musical influences as a whole are Beyoncé and Janet Jackson. I’ve been prepping for shows lately so I’ve been really studying them. Their all around artistic style is captivating—especially in their performances. As far as writing style, I’m a Katy Perry and Taylor Swift fan, and vocally Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jessie J, and SIA move me.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

 Inspiration tends to hit me at the most random times. I can wake up with a song concept and I’ll write it down, or a melody will hit me in the shower and I’ll have to jump out and record it on my phone really quick. Sometimes I get ideas at the gym, or even at rehearsal. The best songs, though, come from when I’m sitting around with other writers and we’re all just telling stories.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I hope to still be living my dream and perfecting my craft, and giving the best parts of myself to my audience.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

 If I have a few days off, I’ll usually fly back home to Colorado to see my family and friends. I love the mountains, so hiking, fishing, camping, four-wheeling, etc, are big on my list of fun past-times.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or Band who would it be?

I know you said one, but I it’s a toss up between Jessie J and Adele. They are both massively talented and I adore their personalities and everything they stand for as artists.
If you could collaborate with one US Artist or Band who would it be? 

I’m having a Janet Jackson/Beyonce obsession right now, so it would have to be either one of them. Sorry, again, I can’t just pick one.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given? 

To always tell the truth in my music. When it’s not genuine, the audience knows, and it will just never, ever work.
What would be your dream TV show to have your music played on?

Criminal Minds. I’m so morbidly obsessed with that show that I would probably lose my cool if that every happened.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

 My most favorite quote ever is from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; Only love can do that.”
You get off a plane in your hometown:
1. Where is the first place you visit Either my parents house or our family cabin.
2. What is the first restaurant you go to and what do you get to eat? De Corazon in Denver, and I get down on their Carnitas. (thanks, I’m starving now).
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you? 

Of course! If you want to find them all in one place you can go to http://www.sonnymackenzi.com or else Twitter, IG, Snapchat, and Musicical.ly is @sonnymackenzi and facebook.com/sonnymackenzi, as well as youtube.com/sonnymackenzimusic and vevo.com/artist/sonny-mackenzi

REVIEW: @timmuddiman  AND THE STRANGE RELEASE ‘PARADISE RUNS DEEPER’ AND DEFINATELY SOMETHING TO ROCK ALONG TOO!

Tim muddiman and the Strange being back that rock blues feel. you hear the pure dedication tim Muddiman and the strange have put on to this record . 
With ‘BULLET STROKE’ just giving you the introduction of how the rest of the album feels just instantly want to make you listen to the the lyrics. 
Then there is ‘Rolling Stones’ … My favourite off the album, it’s upbeat and that rock genre creates a very atmospheric image that takes you along for the ride yet still can dance too with those amazing guitar riffs throughout!
Three is Glass Queen’ a dark and heavy track that’s straight away instantly drags you in to the story of where it begins in a way that you just don’t know what to expect next in a fantastic way!
Just three of the tracks, want to hear more then head over to iTunes and grab yourself a copy 
https://itun.es/gb/l_d9db

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You’ll be hear a lot more of these guys!