NEWS: LISBON KID ARE BACK AND ON THE 20TH APRIL 2017 THEY ARE HAVING THEIR ALBUM AND LIMITED EDITION VINYL LAUNCH!

Lisbon Kid the electronica duo made up of Danny de Matos and Rui da Silva based in London. The duo will be celebrating the release of their album launch and you need to be there! expect a whole lot of of fun and music to make your mind blow.
‘ Call and Response’ at the Dissenters Gallery at 6:30pm
20th April – 23rd April 17

Tickets available from
http://dissentersgallery.com/events/event/lisbon-kid-call-and-response/
Its a double celebration as the release of their VINYL will also be happening to celebrate RECORD STORE DAY TOO!
Check out Lisbon Kid’s website for more info and what they are up too;

http://www.lisbonkid.com/

MISSISSIPPI BORN BLUES SOUL ARTIST ‘BRUCE MISSISSIPPI JOHNSON’ CHATS TO ME ABOUT HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE DEAL BABY’ AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIS ALBUM LAUNCH ON THE 28TH!

 What is your name?  My real name is Bruce Lester Johnson and my artist name is Bruce Mississippi Johnson.

What is your genre of music?

I call my genre of music blue soul because it’s a mix of blues and soul.

Give us a little bio about you.

Born in Mississippi the heart of the musically fertile area that is America’s ‘deep south’, Bruce Johnson is a man who was born to sing. As a child in his grandfather’s church, and later, in the company of his father’s record collection he got the kind of musical education most folks can only dream about. Listening to soulful voices like Al Green, his cousin Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls and Gil Scott Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing.
 

Towards the end of his stint serving his country as a Marine that realisation dawned on Bruce that that he had been put here to sing, and he began to perform. Playing in Africa and performing the songs of Gil Scott Heron he began to find his feet as a frontman. Upon leaving the military and finding himself in Paris, he began to perform taking on as many gigs as he could and quickly gaining notice for his one of a kind voice and his one of a kind looks. Nobody failed to see his six foot four frame as he took the stage, but when it gave fly to the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice that is his true blessing, the audiences were truly spellbound.

 Having formed a formidable reputation on the Parisian Jazz scene, he began to work with the luminaries of the city, musicians that had played with stars like Stan Getz and Sammy Davis Jr. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed a band of his own making him a leading light in the funk scene. Bruce and his band were asked to perform in a competition judged by the one and only Nina Simone. When they won the competition it gave him the chance to record his first single and forever cemented his reputation as a star in the city.

 It wasn’t long before he began to crave an earthier sound, something more akin to the music that came from the delta region that was his home. The chance came with the offer to join the legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner’s band Blues Caravan as a vocalist. Joe had toured in BB King’s band as well as with Albert King and Little Milton, and showed Bruce the truth in the music and gave him a chance to tour the world. 

 His time in Turner’s band saw him forming a solid bond with the keyboard player, and saw the two begin to write and demo songs that would eventually become Bruce’s solo album, The Deal Baby. With a sound that straddles blues and soul, it’s as original and inventive as the man himself, and has seen him garner attention from radio stations and press from around the world.

 His fame in France saw him asked to compete on their version of The Voice, where his astonishing performances and astounding voice landed him a gig with French band Forever Gentlemen. With that band’s album of jazz vocal standards hitting triple platinum status the accolades that his singular voice deserves are starting to roll in. 

 Bruce has a voice of his own, one that straddles soul, blues and jazz, as at home singing the songs of Sinatra, Marvin Gaye or BB King as he is with his own heartfelt compositions. On stages and in studios across Europe, Bruce Johnson is a force to be reckoned with.

 

What made you go in to music?
I started singing in my mid-teens but only as a hobby which I practised with my close school friends. During my high school years I performed publicly as a soloist once at my high school talent show and once or twice at my church and those performances sparked something new inside of me but I had already made the grounded decision to join the U.S. Marines straight out of high school so music would have to wait. I quickly understood that I was not military career material and after 6 of the 7 years that I served where I was generally unhappy the opportunity to take my singing to another level appeared and I took it with both hands leaving the Marines behind me as I dove into my new singing career!  

 Are you a signed?

No I am not. My album was auto produced by myself and friend /pianist Johan Dalgaard.

 You are set to release your new album ‘The Deal Baby’, what can you tell us about it?

“The Deal Baby” my first album consists of 12 songs situated between blues and soul music with funky beats and glimpses or bluesy rock guitars. It was recorded in Paris, France where I lived for many years. The album was mixed by Grammy award winning sound engineer Veronica Ferrora outside of Paris.

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the album in about a week’s time in a couple of studios around Paris. The band took three days to record all of the songs with me singing along for emotional and structural guidance and then we took a couple of extra hours to record the horns in another studio and finally we recorded some additional vocals and keyboards in our respective home studios to keep down studios costs.

 What was the writing process like?

It was as easy and a real pleasure! Johan and I met at my place over a few afternoons and we bounced ideas off each other in my little home studio. Johan established a chord progression which we both liked and I would spontaneously start singing the first thing that came to mind. If we found a bridge we would work on it and if we didn’t we’d keep on advancing and revisit what we had started until we were done. We wrote 12 songs and kept 11 so nothing was wasted.

 Describe each track two words?
1. Let It Rain (Intro)
2. That’s The Deal Baby: Living truthfully.
3. I Can’t Shake The Blues: Blues music
4. Years, Tears: Heartbreak
5. You Been Working’ Mojo: Love spell
6. I’m Gonna Bring Your Game Down: Foolish pride
7. Freak On Or Die: Hot Sex
8. No Good: Self pity
9. I’ll Bleed: Temptation
10. The Neighbour Next Door: Infidelity
11. See You Tomorrow: Death
12. Let It Rain (outro)
 Who did you show The Deal Baby to first?

The day we mastered the album was on my birthday and my wife had organised the best surprise birthday party ever for me! She has contacted all of my best Parisian friends which covered 20 years of friendships and they we all present and as everyone knew but me Johan and another friend managed to get me to the party venue where I played the finished master for my friends.

 

The Album launch is on the 28th May, what can we expect from it?
A rock solid band of 7 musicians plus myself playing the whole albums top to bottom plus a select number of some of my all time favourite funky soulful blues covers which inspires my style of blues. I just want to put it all on table in the most truthful way possible because that what I am about.

 Do have any support acts?

At the moment there is no support act and at this stage the wait has been too long for me to delay my desire to get out there and play MY music!

 

Where can tickets be purchased?
Bookings can be made by phone at +44(0) 7352 5953 or online at 606club.co.uk

 

Do you play any instruments?
No I don’t unfortunately as I am a self taught composer who has to sit at a piano and painfully figure out note for note how to play what I’m hearing in my head but only to a certain degree after which I have to pester my patient and talented musician friends to help me to harmonically embellish and finish what I started.

 

Who are your influences?
I have many! I don’t know if I would define them as influences as much people who have touched me spiritually on a musical level. When I hear the word influence I immediately think of someone who might have inspired me to write a song which they might have written. Many years ago I was so into Prince’s music that many of my pop/funk songs were directly inspired by songs of his that I loved and still love. When he passed away they all flashed before me reminding me of his importance in my evolution as a songwriter but strictly on a melodic and lyrical level.

 How do you get inspiration to write songs?

My inspiration mostly comes from my life experiences and I believe that I have a on off switch for my inspiration because years can go by without me focusing in or a melody or a lyric. Lyrics and melodies come to me together and when they appear I need to catch them immediately because if I let them leave then bye bye goes the song.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Successfully enjoying a career driven by my music that I’ve always longed for.

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

I am also an actor both screen and voice so when I’m not singing I’m auditioning or filming or doing a voiceover of some type.

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

It wasn’t a song or a movie for me it was a feeling that I got from my first public performance when I felt that I had a voice that could affect people in a positive way and it was a feeling of belonging.

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

“You’re doing the right thing, stay in Europe man and do your thing”! Al Jarreau R.I.P.

 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Find out who you are, what you want to say and be truthful to yourself.
 
What quote or saying do you always stick by.

I don’t have one.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

My Mother’s!


2/ where is the first place you see

 Starkville’s rural countryside.

 

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get

A local rib shack in Colombus, Mississippi near a statue of local Howlin’ Wolf and I order some good old down home barbecue ribs.
 
You work with Lime Jam PR, how did that come about?
My manager and I were looking to find a PR company that seemed right for where we want to go. After communicating with several companies but not finding the right fit he my manager spoke of Lime Jam who he had contacted and I had a look and asked to speak with them which we did and it felt right.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. First off my personal Rode microphone.
2. My topaz ring
3. My hat (If I’m wearing one.)
4. My lyrics
5. My game on attitude.
 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Connect

Twitter : https://twitter.com/bmissippij

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bmissippij/

Facebook : http://bit.ly/2ikBPLi

Website : http://www.brucemississippijohnson.com

REVIEW:  APERA ARE A NEW ZEALAND TRIO AND HAVE JUST RELEASED THEIR LATEST ALBUM ‘LIFT YOU UP’ AND IT DEFINATELY DOES!

Apera Woodfine is the man behind the vocals,guitar and is THE LEAD then we have Andy Deihl (you may have seen his name before on my blog also in JimmyMoore&Cas.D), Andy plays drums and does vocals for Apera then last but not least is Sam Stretch who plays bass and does some vocals too. 

Slow start yet a dark feel to the track which it relates to the title ‘Dark Days’ which makes it very honest.
Check out the video for ‘Dark Days’ 

‘Testify’ has a more upbeat feel and a great guitar solo to introduce the song.

The heavy drum really gives it the extra and pushes it so well. 

Vocals are fantastic and sang again with that honest feeling.
‘Spaceman’ feels more of a song that makes you wonder about everything and everyone and make you wonder whether to ask twice but at the same time you don’t need to. The vocals are sang so clear and bold to really get the message out.
‘In The City’ tells the story of Apera ‘In The City’ how his ‘mum told him to write everything down’ and ‘how hard it is to be a man ‘ ‘In The City’ 

I love how this track is more vocals than instrumental but the instrumental really emphasises it more in what he is singing about.
This is just 4 of the 11 tracks on the new album ‘Lift You Up’ 
Grab a copy right here to listen to the rest;
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/lift-you-up/id1216337881
Or STREAM it and let us know you favourite track 
Spotify -https://open.spotify.com/album/47AJRaa6so9yhoL3TPeKsk

Get all the updates in Apera right here 
Website;

http://www.apera.nz/
Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/aperamusic/

REVIEW: ITS THE LATEST RELEASE FROM BELLMAN IS HERE, THE ALBUM IS CALLED ‘MORPHOLOGY’ AND ITS AVAILABLE ON ALL PLATFORMS

Singer and Songwriter Bellman is back to his magic again with his lastest release. 

Consisting of 8 tracks that all different yet piecing the album together!
Track 1 ‘ Coloured By You’ 
The song reminds me of something that would be on a tv/Dom when it first starts, when characters are in a a predicament and it goes quiet and builds the episode/film up which it also allow you to get a feel of the rest of the song. 

With the dream-pop genre running straight through this song it takes you on a journey which just makes you listen to the lyrics and see if you can relate or not. 

The lyrics are interesting and clear to understand which clashes perfect with the instrumental accompaniments and make it more engaging and creative. 
Track 2 ‘Getaway’

A heavy echo feel throughout and Bellmans strong vocals come over the top and flows sraight through.

Again having a dream-pop deel but feels a serious track and its mind blowing.
The whole album gives out a lot yet sill very enjoyable to listen too
This is just two of the 8 on the album, go grab yourself a copy and take a liten;
Spotify: http://bit.do/spotify_morph

Tidal: http://bit.do/tidal_morph

iTunes: http://bit.do/itunes_morph

Google Play: http://bit.do/gp_morph

Amazon: http://bit.do/amazon_morph
Follow Bellman for all updates;

http://www.bellmanmusic.com

http://www.facebook.com/bellmanmusic

NEWS: AN ALBUM FULL OF COVERS BY A VARIETY OF ARTIST UNDER THE RECORD LABEL AND PRODUCTION COMPANY DOUBLE J MUSIC SET TO RELEASE 24/03/17!

Double J Music, an independent record label and production company based in the UK. Double J is also known as ‘Listd’ on Spotify, one of the fastest growing playlist network with over 60,000 followers and thousands of listeners each day. They have a new compilation album “Acoustic Covers: The Album” coming out this Friday.
Conisisting of stripped back covers of music hits! 
Tracks include 
John Adams – Im Like a Bird  

Take a listen to Johns Cover right here;
Follow Adam Johnson on social media;

http://www.twitter.com/johnadamsmusic 

http://www.johnadamsmusic.co.uk

Other Artists and songs include; 

Jennifer Ann covering ‘ Mad World’ which you may sound familar as it is currently used on the Lloyds Television Advert.
Follow Jennifer Ann on Social Media;

http://www.twitter.com/jenniferamusic

http://www.jenniferannmusic.com/
Sleeping At Last covering ‘ As Long As You Love Me’ – 
Follow Sleeing At Last on Social Media;

http://www.sleepingatlast.com/

Alexa Goddard covering ‘Say You Wont Let Go’- 
Follow Alexa on social Media; 
http://www.alexagoddard.com/

http://www.twitter.com/AlexaGoddard
And many more you need to hear.
This is set to release on the 24th March and will be availale to download and also availble on CD limited edition on Amazon!
http://www.acousticcovers.com

GRAB YOUR COPY AND LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS!

DAVID MARK BULLEY AND I CHAT GIGS,TOURS AND HIS BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT THIS SUMMER!

What is your name? 

Hello, my name is David Mark Bulley.

 

What is your genre of music?

 

My genre of music is pop/rock.

 

Give us a little bio about you.

 

I am a singer/songwriter from London, England. Currently writing my debut album which is penned for release this Summer.

 

Are you a signed?

 

No, I’m an unsigned artist.

 

You released the video for your track ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ tell us meaning behind the track

 

The meaning behind this song is don’t always trust the people that surround you. Certainly within the music industry there are a lot of people out there who have a hidden agenda.

 

What was the making of the video like?

 

It was incredible. So many people were involved in creating this video.

 

How was it to record?

 

It was fun but very cold. The locations for the video were all outside and it was about 1 degree that day.

 

Do you have any best moments from creating the video?

 

I think my favourite moment in the film is that realisation on the bridge where we see the story unfolding. The shots are incredible and it’s everything that I wanted it to be.

 

Do you have any gigs coming up?

 

Yes I have.

 

If so where will you be heading?

 

I’m currently on tour with my good friend Sylwia Przybysz in Poland on her album headline tour the ‘Tylko Raz Tour’.

 

 

Will we see an EP or Album and if so what can you tell us?

 

Yes!!! My album will be out this Summer. We don’t have exact dates yet but what I will say is all of these songs come from personal experiences and from the heart.

 

What made you go into music?

 

I grew up surrounded by music so I knew it was something I always wanted to do.

 

 

Do you have any festivals you will be playing this year?

 

I actually just announced my first festival appearance in Burton upon Trent in the UK. I love festivals and hope to appear at a few this Summer. It’s my favourite type of show to play.

 

Do you play any instruments?

 

I play the piano… a little. Behind closed doors!!!

 

Who are your influences?

 

I’m very inspired by artists that came from similar backgrounds such as Adele. She worked her way up from nothing and it’s incredible to see her history and story.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

 

People, life experiences. I write all my songs from personal experiences i’ve gone through.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

 

I hope to be travelling the world with my music.

 

You work with Black Rainbow PR, how did that come about?

 

They have been so supportive of me for a long time now. They have so much knowledge in the music industry and I’m so happy that they’ve decided to go into the PR business.

 

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

 

I love to travel. Visit and explore new places.

 

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

 

I was obsessed with a band called Paramore…. I still am!!!! Just watching them evolve and grow as a band really inspired me. I remember watching them at Download Festival in 2007 to a tent of about 300 people and then seeing them headline Reading and Leeds Festival to 50,000+ … such an incredible timeline for them.

 

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

 

Stay true to yourself and remember why you are doing this.

 

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

 

I’d say remember where you came from and why you do what you do. Remember who your true friends are and keep them close. They will be the ones that support you forever.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

 

Dreams can come true, don’t let anyone tell you different.

 

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

 This is so tough because I’m really easy when it comes to gigs but I’d have to say …
1. My phone for snapchat. I always snapchat my performances for fans who can’t attend the show.

2. My tour camera. I love to blog/vlog my adventures on tour.

3. Skinny jeans… I live in them.

4. Sweatpants for the long travelling

5. Water!! Or a beer for after the show!

 

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

 I certainly do!!!

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidMarkBulley

Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidmarkbulley

Instagram: http://instagram.com/davidmarkbulley

 

 

‘I HAVE FOUR NAMES’ IS BACK WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘IH4N’ MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A LISTEN

I Have Four Names is from Sydney and just want to showcase his music to the world with love and he definitely does it. Bass Driven Rock with some electro twinge to make them fun!

Track one is the same as the Album name ‘IH4N’ basically when I saw this I thought it’s an introductory and it definitely was, even though I have heard his last release in 2015 ‘The Other Hand Is Always Greener’ it stills gives that impression that this is what he wanted to do. 

Track 2 ‘ The Other Hand Is Always Greener’  a heavy upbeat song that has a costant flow of his creativeness that you want to get on repeat! 

vocally rough but still so calming to listen to I think it shows who IHFN is all about perfectly! 

Then moves on to track 3 ‘ Are We Clear,Krystal’ again a deep heavy feel but still has instrumental that’s makes it unique and catchy lyrics to sing along too. 
This is just three of the sixteen tracks on the album which just takes you a musical journey and wows everytime 
Take a listen for yourself;

You can also Follow I Have Four Names right here too;

http://facebook.com/ihavefournames

All news check out 
http://ihavefournames.com/

’14 STEPS TO HARLEM’ IS THE BRAND NEW ALBUM SET TO RELEASE ON THE 28TH APRIL AND I CHAT WITH GARLAND JEFFREYS TO GET THE LOW DOWN ON IT.

What is your name?GARLAND JEFFREYS

What is your genre of music?

ROCK / POP / BLUES

You are set to release you new album ’14 Steps to Harlem’ on the 28th April, can you tell us more about it?

This is my third album in six years and for a guy my age, that’s something to be proud of – not to mention that the music is great! It has my usual autobiographical subject matter and a mix of genres – rock, pop, reggae, and even a little bit of an alt-folkie sound. We used my core performing band and some great session players. It was recorded at two studios in Brooklyn, NY and mixed and mastered in New York City.

Describe each track in two words.
WHEN YOU CALL MY NAME: Nouveau breakup
SCHOOLYARD BLUES: Feisty shorty
14 STEPS TO HARLEM: Paternal respect
Check out the music video for 14 Steps to Harlem below

REGGAE ON BROADWAY: Clash memory
TIME GOES AWAY: Family philosophy
SPANISH HEART: “Matador” 2
I’M A DREAMER: Real me
WAITING FOR THE MAN: Funky Lou
HELP: Song essence
COLORED BOY SAID: Racial advice
LUNA PARK LOVE THEME: Wife’s theme
What is the message you want to send out when the album is released?

This is who I am, who I’ve always been and what I’ve always stood for.

What are you most looking excited about the release?

Getting out there and playing the songs, and the invigoration of meeting new people as a result.

What was the writing process like?

Very slow. All songs came from my cassette demos, which is how I compose, using my guitar and the cassette player. The tapes are not always well organized so we had to do some digging to find the nuggets of inspiration. Some songs were from a few years ago and some very new.

What was the recording process like?
Lots of fun since I recorded with guys I’ve worked with before. Very loose. James Maddock, my co-producer was very creative and came up with some great ideas.

Will you be releasing any more videos for your next single off this album?

Yes our next video will be for Venus.

You are heading out on a UK Tour as well, what are you most looking forward too?

The UK fans are very discriminating but when they like something you do they really let you know, so I’m excited to see how they like the new music and performance of the new tunes.

Which city are you most looking forward to playing?

James Maddock hails from Leicester and his family comes out and makes us feel very welcome. Also looking forward to Poole to see our great friend Mick Tarrant – and London, to work with genius promoter Stuart Lyon again at Nells Jazz – and to return to Newcastle and Kinross, beautiful towns – we are looking forward to everything!

Do you have any surprises up your sleeve for the show?

If I did I wouldn’t say!

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

Do not sell your publishing.

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

As above; and never compromise on your values. Don’t be seduced by a trend, just write and perform your own stuff and if it’s good, people will recognize it. You might not become a superstar but you will have your integrity.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

One day at a time.

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
My neighborhood park bench to see my guys.

2/ where is the first place you see

My couch.

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get

Tal Bagels for an everything bagel with cream cheese and lox.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1) My hat
2) To thank my band for their hard work
3) To thank the audience for coming out
4) To have a coffee half hour before stage
5) My lyrics
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Official site: garlandjeffreys.com
Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/garlandjeffreys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarlandJeffreys/

REVIEW: AMANDA ST JOHN RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘GROW’ AND NOTHING IS STOPPING HER NOW!

Amanda  St John is from Nothern Ireland and already had her music played on BBC and RTE and has had lots of great feedback and now I KNOW WHY!
’Grow’ is a song you take one listen and just be like WOW! 
It’s start with a peaceful instrumental that’s makes you really want to know what the lyrics will sound like just because you think it will kick in to a more upbeat tempo but it doesn’t it allows you to listen to Amanda’s journey.

The video accompanies so magical where Amanda is sat on a chair looking out the window at a lake.
This a song that makes you really think about what is important check it out below for your self;

Amanda  is also in her tour check out the dates below and get down;
5th March – Belfast Nashville Festival, Belfast

27th May – The Stables, Milton Keynes

30th May – The Green Note, Camden, London

31st May – The Latest Bar, Brighton
Follow Amanda St John;

Website – http://www.amandastjohnmusic.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/amandastjohnmusic

Twitter – https://twitter.com/amandastjohn_

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/BeatnTrackMusic

REVIEW: THE NEW SINGLE FROM JOHN ADAMS ‘THINGS THAT MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL’ AND VISUALS THATS MAKES IT STAND OUT EVEN MORE.

John Adams is no stranger to the music scene,having shared the stage with the likes of Take That , Lamar and more. 
Here now with his brand new slow yet upbeat single ‘Things Make Yiu Beautiful’.

A distinctive sound from Johns vocals draws you in straight away and makes you really feel the lyrics being sang.

With powerful lyrics and very heart warming you instantly fall in love with Johns. 

It’s definitely made him shine even more now especially with the visuals which also makes the story to the track so real and fantastic.
Check it out below:

Make sure you also pre-order right here;

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id1186850003
Want more from John then make sure you follow him;

Twitter;

http://www.twitter.com/JohnAdamsMusic1
Official Website;

http://www.johnadamsmusic.co.uk