REVIEW: ‘ISLAND APOLLO’ DROP THEIR NEW TUNE ‘HOLD IT DOWN’ PRODUCED BY ERIC LILAVOIS

The SoCal Five peice ‘Island Apollo’ coming in to the music scene with thir indie pop and funky urban griives and now their latest single ‘Hold It Down’ which I think you hear how much the band grow with every release and its great to see a strong and well flowed track.

‘Hold It Down’ with the upbat and funky grooves we all love from the guys come straight in puts a smile on your face and instantly makes you sway to the beat.
Vocals so fine and easy listening its takes you on the journey if Island Apollo’s music and its really interesting with not just this release, every release they’ve made so far.
The Production gives it that extra special hit to the song, your going to love this!

check out ‘Hold It Down’ Below:

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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

‘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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PARIS ARTIST STUDIO MONTAIGNE SET TO RELEASE NEW EP ‘BELIEVE’

Studio Montaigne real name Martin Helleu is from the City of Light Paris, he is a writer, composer, arranger and producer of his own music. Heavily influenced by early ‘80s, Italo-Disco, German Pop, techno and ‘90s dance music. Lover of electronic sounds diverse as French royalty Daft Punk to Michael Jackson, Armand Van Helden to Visage… it was the French touch sounds of the ‘90s especially Stardust’s The Music Sounds Better With You which was his musical awakening. Embarking on his journey from duo to solo artist and live band set up, releasing music under different guises, SM DJ-ed for Vogue Paris, and dabbled in remixes but his true passion sits within vocals, writing his own material, and releasing music on stand out record labels such as Cascine in New York. French musician Studio Montaigne gets ready to drop his latest offering Believe, a slow French touch sound inspired Extended Play that you can easily imagine becoming a Balearic classic throughout the Summer, on new electronic dance pop record label Irradiant Hologram still in its infancy but quickly becoming the home of breaking talent in Paris. The EP features a cover by the exceptional Employee of the Year French electronic dance duo producers, and reworks from up and coming talent Tero DJ and film producer from South Korea, and Chine Laroche a young multi instrumentalist female producer.

Also this afternoon get to know more about Studio Montaigne with my interview going live at 3 

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REVIEW: A LATEST RELEASE FROM CANADIAN ARTIST JULIA CARLUCCI WITH ‘TAKE ME DOWN’ 

Julie Carlucci is Canadian singer songwriter with powerhouse vocals that grabs your attention as soon as the first note is hit.

‘Take Me Down’ brings a fun upbeat song that is catchy and carries you along the beat with a electrifying story of how Julia was taken down but still has fight in her. 
A song that can be listened to on a train journey to just sitting in your room and doing your work yet still gives you all the energy of getting the things done. 

A video to show the power throughout makes the song even more magnificent.

Check out Take Me Down 

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REVIEW: DRIFT POP LONDON TRIO CRITICS SET TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘ ALL I WANNA KNOW’ ON 3RD MARCH 17

Critics are a trio made up of Lynn Paighton who sings the vocals, Jack  Lawson strums the guitar and Jamie Lowes plays the keys and synth!
As soon as you hear the instrumental a funky and harmonious sound jumps straight out and hits you instantly. 

Vocals from Lynn really gives the track that something extra, so sweet and energetic and flows along the track.
Make sure you check out ‘All I Wanna Know’ on March 3rd , all links will be posted on the trios social media ;

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Twitter;

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Stream ‘Spilt Milk’ to get ready for their latest release;

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The trio will also be heading out on tour in  MARCH  SUPPORTING VUKOVI

 

Fri 10th GLASGOW – King Tuts

Sat 11th LEEDS – Key Club

Mon 13th MANCHESTER – Sound Control

Wed 15th BRISTOL – The Louisiana

Thurs 16th LONDON – Boston Music Rooms

Sat 18th NOTTINGHAM – Rock City Basement
So grab a ticket and hear them live! 

TEDDY GREY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS AN ARTIST WITH A VARIETY OF GENRES AND RELEASED NEW EP ‘ THE PRICE OF YOUTH’ EP

What is your names?
Teddy Grey. Musicians I play with vary, but for my recent EP I worked with Alex Anastos.
What is your genre of music?
Pop rock, pop punk, indie rock, garage rock. It’s just catchy vocal melodies over melodic guitar lines. Whatever genre that falls under is fine with me.

Give us a little bio about you
I’m from Massachusetts, and am currently going to college in New York, so I consider myself an artist in both areas. I’ve played in a few bands but being a bit of a control freak and being frustrated with the lack of dedication from band mates led me to develop a solo act. I started writing songs about 4 years ago, and have been recording for about 3 years. This “The Price of Youth” EP is the first project that I think accurately represents me as an artist. I’ve been playing shows for a few months and I’m looking to expand my following and reach as wide of an audience as I can.
Are you a signed?
Currently unsigned. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay that way forever.
You have released your EP ‘The Price Of Youth’ ,tell us more about that.

“The Price Of Youth” EP is a collection of 3 songs I’ve had written for months that I think accurately represent where I’m at currently in my musical journey. I’ve released singles in the past, but they’ve either sounded too stiff or too sloppy. This is the first time I have put out a full project, even if it is just a short 3 song EP. It was recorded over a period of 2 days, and mixed in 1 day. I was going for a spontaneous, freewheeling sound with these songs and I think that was achieved given how fast it was recorded. They’re just songs about the restlessness of youth and trying to capitalize on the ambition and ideals you have while you’re still young, and hungry to get yourself out there. I think anyone who likes catchy rock music will at the very least enjoy it, and those who feel a deep connection to rock music will find it to be a very relatable and honest set of songs.

What was the recording process like?
“The Price Of Youth” EP is a collection of 3 songs I’ve had written for months that I think accurately represent where I’m at currently in my musical journey. I’ve released singles in the past, but they’ve either sounded too stiff or too sloppy. This is the first time I have put out a full project, even if it is just a short 3 song EP. It was recorded over a period of 2 days, and mixed in 1 day. I was going for a spontaneous, freewheeling sound with these songs and I think that was achieved given how fast it was recorded. They’re just songs about the restlessness of youth and trying to capitalize on the ambition and ideals you have while you’re still young, and hungry to get yourself out there. I think anyone who likes catchy rock music will at the very least enjoy it, and those who feel a deep connection to rock music will find it to be a very relatable and honest set of songs.
What was the writing process like?
Writing is both a spontaneous process and a labored process. The idea or spark of a melody for a song comes instantaneously for me, but actually writing the whole song out, getting proper lyrics and doing all the arrangements can take me a long time. The goal is to not lose the initial spark of inspiration while you’re evolving the song. I come up with new melodies and lyrical ideas every day, but I’d rather put quality over quantity so I pick the best ones I can and take them as far as they can go. That was the case for these songs.
Describe each track in three words.
Sorry I’m Here: triumphant, cathartic, anthem.

Not Your Friend: energetic, catchy, rollicking.

Broadcast Youth: reflective, honest, wistful.

Did you collaborate with anyone on the EP?

I collaborated with my friend Alex Anastos, who played bass for all 3 tracks and some additional guitar parts.
Would you be interested in collaborating with any other bands or musicians? if so how can they contact you.
Jeff Rosenstock would be a dream collaboration for me. Bon Iver as well I think would be incredible to work with. I also have dreams of collaborating some day with big name pop producers, like Pharrell, even if that seems far off in the distance as of now. Plenty of time to sell out later! They can contact me at teddytgd3@gmail.com, as can anyone else.
Do you play any instruments?
Yes. I play guitar and bass, though the focus for me is always singing. I noodle around on piano as well, but I’m a shit piano player. I really just play instruments so I can write songs. Though it is fun.
Who are your influences?
God, so many. Oasis, The Strokes, Guided by Voices, Lemonheads, The Exploding Hearts, Fleetwood Mac, The Replacements. There are so many bands and artists that have just seeped into my consciousness when I’m writing music and trying to develop my sound.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The melody always comes first. Usually vocal melodies come to me right as I’m about to fall asleep in bed, so I have to decide whether it’s worth it to get up and record it, or fall asleep and try to remember it tomorrow (I never do). My lyrics are just influenced by my own feelings, my experiences, and relationships. As of right now, I’m a fairly personal songwriter. I don’t think I’ll always be that way but you just gotta write what you know, as they say. Maybe someday I’ll write about Africa like Bono or about political issues like The Sex Pistols, but as for now I find inspiration in little things. Turning everyday emotions into grand statements and displays of passion, that’s what I strive for.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully my music career takes off, but if not I’ll probably be in a New York Studio apartment with a girlfriend who’s trying to be an actor. I play shows on the weekends and she has auditions. Whoever makes it big first will leave the other. We’ll understand.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Listening to music, probably. My world has revolved around music for a long time now. I like going to parties and watching documentaries but I feel like my days consist almost entirely of music these days.

Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?

There aren’t really any dream venues in my hometown. I’d like to play the Whiskey A Go Go in LA. And Brixton Academy in London. Those are some of my dream venues for sure.
What would be your dream show to have your music played on?
Any and every show. All exposure is good. Even if they put me on some Norwegian technical death metal show, I don’t care. Someone might hear my shit and like it there.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Noel Gallagher is my possibly my biggest songwriting hero, so I’ll say him. To work with the guy who wrote “Live Forever” would be one of the best experiences I can imagine.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
I’d like to have a beer with the guys from Japandroids. A collaboration would be nice too, but I’ll drink a beer with them first.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Hm. A toss up between “Live Forever” by Oasis and any song off of “Alien Lanes” by Guided by Voices. That album has 28 songs on it and almost of them are great, which inspired me to get off my ass and try to write at least one great song. If Robert Pollard can write hundreds of great ones, there’s no reason I can’t write a few.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Smell that milk before you drink it”
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
We’re all in this together. If you have the talent, the songs, and the passion, it’s not for nothing.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Don’t let someone else’s quote define who you are” -Teddy Grey. (Apologies for the pretension)

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
Gotta see my dog

2/ where is the first place you see
Gotta see my dog

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get
Any 24 hour breakfast place. Waffle, eggs, bacon

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
That if you fuck up, the audience probably doesn’t know. That if you fuck up twice, they probably still don’t know. That if you fuck up three times, they might start to catch on. That if you fuck up four times, they’ll definitely notice, and that if you fuck up five times, you’ll be exposed as a shitty guitar player.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Absolutely. Twitter: @TeddyGreyMusic, http://www.facebook.com/teddygreymusic. I’m on Bandcamp, Spotify, and iTunes as well.