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

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Website;

http://www.apera.nz/
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REVIEW: FOLK POP SINGER KRIS ANGELIS IS DROPPING HER LATEST SINGLE ‘HEARTBREAK IS CONTAGIOUS’

Kris Angelis composed her first song at three and never turn her back on music! 

Here now with ‘Heartbreak Is Contagious’ which has its upbeat melodies and its own spirit to let it jump out at you and it definitely  does do that and that folk feel makes it special and adds to the message.
Vocals are so sweet and flow wonderfully check it out for yourself below.

Kris is also set to release her EP ‘Heartbreak is Contagious’ 

Keep an eye on Kris’s page 

https://krisangelis.bandzoogle.com/store

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https://krisangelis.bandzoogle.com

https://www.facebook.com/krisangelismusic

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https://www.youtube.com/user/krisangelis

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;

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POP ARTIST ELENA RAMONA CHATS TO ME ABOUT HER NEW SINGLE THE NEON LIGHTS  AND HOW SHE LOVES TO EXPERIMENT IN GENRE CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW NOW! 

 What is your name?My name is Elena Ramona

 
What is your genre of music?
My main musical genre is Pop but I like to experiment with different genres such as Dubstep, Electro and Jazz.
 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up on Skiathos Island in Greece, I speak both Greek and English fluently.
I came to the UK at the age of 10 to attend boarding school in Wiltshire.
At school my friends would give me topics to write songs about at breaktime and mark me out of 10.
I moved to Guildford, Surrey in 2008 to study vocals at the Academy Of Contemporary Music.
I like keeping fit and watching sports, my favourite sport to watch is rugby.
I can mono ski.

 
Are you a signed?
No I am not, but I hope to be in the future.
 
You recently released your new single ‘The Neon Lights’ what’s the story behind the title?
The main message in the song is, be yourself embrace who you are and keep going,I used the analogy of neon lights to portray a happy confident message, neon lights are strong, bold and unique and I want my listeners to feel like this when they hear this song.
Describe it in three words.
Upbeat
Positive
Strong
How long did it take to write?
About 4 months, the song evolved a lot and I changed my mind about a lot of things before I was happy.  
What was the recording process like?
Quite stressful to begin with ,but also rewarding in the end when it all came together.
Where can it be purchased?
The most popular platforms you can buy this track on are iTunes,Amazon and Google Play.
Do you have any gigs coming up ?
I have some gigs planned for this Spring and I am in contact with some decent venues in and around London at the moment and hopefully will be playing at a local Festival or two this Summer.
Will you be releasing an EP, if so what can you tell us about it?
I plan to release one or two more singles first.
Would you be up for collaborating with other Artist/bands, if so how could they contact you?
I am always happy to collaborate with bands and artists, if they would like to contact me via Facebook or Twitter I am happy to organise something.
Where is your dream venue to play in the uk?
Wembley Stadium.
Where is your dream venue to play overseas?
Coachella Festival.
Do you have any collaborations with any other artists coming up?
You will all have to wait and see.
What made you go in to music?
Music has always been a part of my life , it happened very naturally.
Do you play any instruments?
I can play piano but not enough for me to sing and play at the same time.
Who are your influences?
I have so many, my main influences are The Beatles, Sia and The Spice Girls.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The ups and downs of life feed my inspiration to write songs, I live in my own world a lot of the time and I am always writing down my thoughts as they usually evolve into a song.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Ideally, I see myself as a successful songwriter in 5 years
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I enjoy going to the gym and seeing my friends.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Teardrop -Massive Attack., I was 9 when I first heard it and I remember loving how powerful the song sounded.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Do it now because you don’t know what the future holds.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry but as an artist?
Try not to get distracted by what other musicians in the local area around you are doing, discover things about your craft and follow your heart.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
You are away from home for ages and you get back, where is your go to place in your hometown?
The beach with friends.
Do you have social media accounts for new fans to follow you?
Yes I do
Facebook : @elenaramonamusic
Twitter: @elenaramona90
Instagram : elena_ramona_music
SoundCloud: ElenaRamonaMusic
 

READY TO FOLLOW UP THEIR EP ‘EL DORADO’ ITS ‘DRAWING NORTH’  WHO CHATS TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW EP SET TO DROP IN SPRING,PROGRESSIONIS KEY AND THESE GUYS ARE  CERTAINLY READY TO SHOW US!

What are your names?Drew, Po and Jake

What is the band’s name?

Drawing North

How did you come up with the band’s name?

It came originally from a play on words of my name – Drew Southwell Draw/Drawing from Drew, North from Southwell and we all liked it and decided that it could also represent an adventure. The North aspect kind of symbolized venturing out of our home of Australia and pursuing music in America and other parts of the world.

What is your genre of music?

Alternative pop

Give us a little bio about you individually and as a band.

I’m a songwriter/producer and I’ve been playing musical instruments since I was a child. I’ve written with a large number of other writers in America through my travels, which in turn helped us acquire our visas to live here! We started the band in in 2010 but didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago. When we recorded and released our debut album El Dorado which peaked at #3 on iTunes through Universal Music. We’ve played over 200 shows and have showcased at festivals such as SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Vans Warped Tour and more. Our next EP comes out this year!

You are set to release a new EP this spring, tell us more about it.

We recorded it end of last year on a beautiful beach on the central coast of Australia with a producer named Andy Mak with whom I co-produced it with. We did 5 songs and we’ll be releasing a bunch of singles before the EP drops later this year. The first is called Stay and comes out April 5!

It is a follow up to your LP El Dorado , what is different about the new EP?

The style has progressed and we’ve grown as writers and musicians. I’d say the music is current and the production elements are a bit more electronic.

Some of your previous tracks have been endorsed by Joel Madden, How did that come about?

One of our first songs we released was a song called Timepiece and we did an acoustic video for it. He somehow stumbled upon it and tweeted about it saying how much he liked it and for everyone to check it out. It was really cool as a younger band to wake up to a whole ton of comments and new fans.

You have also played so many great festivals, What are they like?

Festivals are so much fun. The biggest crowd we’ve played to was a festival in our hometown in Australia to 15000 people. One of the coolest aspects is all the other artists on the bill that we get to meet and chat to. We we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some acts much bigger than us and it’s always great to hear their stories and advice or even just have share some drinks!
What is your dream festival to perform?

Coachella would be amazing. Glastonbury is also up there.

What made you get into music?

We all loved performing and loved playing instruments growing up. I think everyone secretly everyone wants a career as a rockstar so as young, naïve teenagers we decided to pursue it!

Are you signed?

We signed with Universal Music Australia for distribution of our debut album last year, but we are now unsigned and doing the next EP independently.

Will you be touring this year?

Yes! We’ve been touring since the start of the year and will be continuing throughout the rest of the year.

If so, where will you be heading?

At this point, just America and Australia.

Who are your influences?

This is a hard question because there are so many new and innovative artists that inspire you to keep going and to keep creating. Songwriting-wise would be Max Martin, Ryan Tedder or Dr Luke.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Usually from personal experiences or stories that have happened to us, our friends or family. We try to be always be aware of what is happening around us and try to translate that to music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully touring and playing bigger shows, writing with bigger artists and still growing and learning.

When your not doing music,what do you do?

I’m a graphic designer so I do a lot of art. I also love to snowboard and travel.

You are from Australia, what is the music scene like over there?

It’s a lot smaller than here in America, but there are some incredible artists back home. The festivals are also a lot of fun.

What would be your dream venue to play in your hometown?

One of the stadiums in each major city would be a pretty wild achievement!

For anyone visiting Australia, where would you recommend they go?

Anywhere on the beach. Australia is beautiful and has some incredible rainforests up north too. Sydney and Melbourne are insanely fun.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or Band who would it be?

Ed Sheeran or Coldplay would be a dream. The 1975 would be dope too.

If you could collaborate with one US Artist or Band who would it be?  

One Republic  or The Weeknd would be a lot of fun.

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

Aim to remain humble and believe in yourself daily.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?  

One quote I often think of is ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ It’s cliché but it’s very relevant to the music industry. You have to have a lot of skill but you also have to have a lot of luck and this helps me every time I doubt myself to keep building and growing.

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

The melodies, the lighting, the production, the venue and the clothes the performers wear.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Instagram.com/drawingnorth
Facebook.com/drawingnorth
Twitter.com/drawingnorth
Soundcloud.com/drawingnorth
Youtube.com/drawingnorth