Lawless Hearts – All My Troubles

Lawless Hearts’s All My Troubles is a hard rock track that builds upon the tradition of performers like Joan Jett and Vixen. Sizzling guitar work and booming drums give the single a larger than life feel. The biggest surprise on All My Troubles is how much the guitars/drums contribute to the overall narrative. Continue reading “Lawless Hearts – All My Troubles”

Mothertapes “Do Make Say”

Mothertapes’ “Do Make Say” is a genre-crossing effort that refreshes the New Wave sound of the eighties with sweeping electronic compositions, huge drums, and a passionate set of vocals. Do Make Say ebbs and flows, keeping things light and airy even as the compositions have considerable depth. The track concludes at the five-minute mark but the feel of Do Make Say is so much larger. Mothertapes create a wholly-engrossing single that stands up to repeat play. With such a rich set of influences threaded throughout, Do Make Say is a track that we’ll be blasting through the rest of spring.

Mothertapes “Do Make Say” / http://www.mothertapesmusic.com/ / http://selfgroup.org/

Dumpstaphunk – Justice ft. Trombone Shorty

Dumpstaphunk’s Justice is a track that benefits from the inclusion of Trombone Shorty to the mix. Hints of funk, soul, and electronic music can all be heard. There is a timeless sound to Justice that will stick with listeners long after the effort ceases to play. A lush instrumentation gives Justice a Billy Preston-infused sound that is bubbly, bold, and catchy. The ropy bass line that plays at the bottom of the track adds considerable complexity to the track; listeners will have to play Justice multiple time before hearing every twist and turn that has been included within.

Dumpstaphunk – Justice ft. Trombone Shorty / http://www.dumpstaphunk.com/ / http://facebook.com/DumpstaphunkNOLA/

“L.A. Nights” by Ayhan Sahin

The first thing that listeners will hear on L.A. Nights is an assertive, ropy bass line that plays at the bottom of the track. The taut instrumentation makes for a solid backdrop upon which Ayhan’s vocals can shine. The track defies genre conventions well, but listeners can hear odes to seventies easy-listening rock, the supersonic vocals of the Bee Gees. Sahin does well in tying together the last three decades of popular music, with hints of the 1970s, 1980s, and more current and contemporary acts. Continue reading ““L.A. Nights” by Ayhan Sahin”

Waterfield Designs – Bolt Briefcase

When one looks to purchase a bag there are a number of different considerations to make. For individuals that have a laptop a bag of a certain size is required. The overall design of the bag matters as well. For those that are active – if they are utilizing a bicycle or carrying their possessions on a train or bus – having a good amount of padding and protection for the items contained within becomes a major concern. Continue reading “Waterfield Designs – Bolt Briefcase”

Jim Bohn – Bound for Judah

Jim Bohn’s Bound for Judah begins with All the Broken Pieces (Will Be Put Back Together Again), a track which immediately kicks things into high gear. Strong horns, female vocals, and sizzling guitars set the stage for the tracks that are to follow. Kept on the edges of their seats with these instrumental inclusion, fans will eagerly devour Bohn’s vocals. Continue reading “Jim Bohn – Bound for Judah”

Orchestra Fuego Interview

Today, we are talking with Marcus from Tampa, Florida’s Orchestra Fuego, who is riding the success of their second album, Salsa Brava.

Who is Luis “Torpedo” Aponte, and why is he important to Orchestra Fuego?

Luis Aponte is our lead singer and Luisand I played together in the late 70’s, early 80’s in NYC when Salsa Music was at its peak. We had a band called Fuego ’77 and recorded with the great Fania Records. After we both left the music scene we kind of lost touch with each other only to find out that we both moved to Florida. We then found each other about 3 years ago, and reunited and formed Orchestra Fuego.

 

How did Salsa Brava move from initial thought to finished effort?

Salsa Brava was our second album and with a band called Orchestra Fuego, we wanted to capture our sizzling performances with a title that matched our style of performing. Salsa Brava in English is sort of “Tough Salsa” but better translated to “Invigorating Salsa.”

 

What sorts of logistical (and other) difficulties do you experience coordinating a ten-member band?

Well, 12 band members to be exact and not easy. I have set rehearsal times way in advance, but recently with all the attention we have been getting from either promoter’s, internet Radio stations, magazines and our music playing on Pandora and Jango Radio, it has become easier to schedule rehearsals. We have been blessed with some awesome musicians and are excited that the band is performing more.

Which performers most influenced Orchestra Fuego during the creation of this album?

Our energy has always started with Me, Luis Aponte and Jorge Tamayo our other lead singer. We compose and arrange our own music and just have a fun time thinking of new songs.

Not to mention that our other band members have a passion for playing Salsa music and it shows when we perform.

How has your style evolved and changed over the period since you released your debut disc, Encendido? How different is OF’s style from traditional (old school) salsa acts?

Encendido was our starting point and we had some great arrangers helping us out. I have a good friend, Arturo Ortiz who was the musical director for the Ricky Martin band during the Vida Loca days and he is just an outstanding musician and arranger. The style has not changed from Encendido to Salsa Brava; our level of playing has really increased. We have a new producer, Victor Romero and he really brings out the best of us. My thought when creating Orchestra Fuego was to bring back the show in performances. There are many good bands out there but they don’t put on a show, they just perform. We engage the audience and make them a part of our performances. The singers go out into the crowd, they sing along or dance with us. Our reviews state exactly that; we are “Showmen.” Well women too; we have two women in our band; Martha Delgado plays the Baritone Saxophone and Veronica Romero does backup vocals.

 

Fans of salsa may remember Marcus from Fuego ’77; how has the music industry changed over the last forty years?

Oddly enough, it hasn’t changed much. Latin music in the US has really taken a back seat. But in South American countries Salsa music thrives and we’re making some connections in Colombia, Peru and surrounding countries to bring our music to these areas.

What has provided more of your fans – Facebook / Instagram / Twitter or traditional word of mouth?

Facebook has really gotten the word out there about Orchestra Fuego; we are now using Twitter and other social media to continue to promote our band. We just need to find the right person to handle that for us.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

We are now in the works for recording our third album and it’s coming out sizzling! Our musicality continues to grow. We are also doing a music video to one of our songs in Salsa Brava album titled “Isla De Mi Querer”; it’s a song about Puerto Rico and Cuba and the beauty of both Islands.

How can listeners contact you and find your music?

Our website is www.orchestrafuego.com or www.orquestafuego.com; either address will get you to our website. We have photos, videos and all the information to contact me via email or my cell.

Do you have any thoughts for our readers at NeuFutur?

It has been an awesome experience being on NeuFutur and it’s a must these days to get the recognition to bring your music out to the masses.

Thank you so much for your time.