Brad Peterson – … (CD)

Indie pop musician Brad Peterson had already put out several well-received albums going back a decade, shared stages with a slew of greats from Jeff Buckley to Radiohead and then a spinal injury left him partially paralyzed. Through years of therapy he was finally able to hold a guitar again, and eventually built up a collection of songs that lead to the powerful “ellipses record”. Continue reading “Brad Peterson – … (CD)”

Donnell Isaac Interview

What’s your story? I am a husband and a father of 5 beautiful children, who happens to be crazy in love with soul music!

How’d you fall into music? I was exposed to music at an early age. I was only 9 years old when I joined my family gospel group. They nurtured my gift as a singer. Being raised in a musically inclined family, where everyone is either a musician or singer. Inspired my gift of songwriting and singing. This led to me launching my solo career as Donnie C. As my career sailed and matured. I was inspired my growth to change my stage name. Now I go Donnell Isaac

Who are you listening to right now? Angie Stone, Dream album

How has your style evolved and changed over the time since you first started? Over the years I have been told you have a unique sound but it gives a church vibe. I manage to challenge my roots in infusing RnB soul, gospel music together. Where do you think that your songs will go to in the months and years in the future? I believe that my songs will be the type of songs that will live around for many years to come. The music I write and sing, speaks a universal language that allows my listeners to relate, connect and heal.

Loving You is your latest single. What have people had to say about the release so far? Yes, Loving You is my latest single and listeners are saying, yes please bring back this kind of message and sound in RnB. Love conquers when you truly understand love.

What differences in terms of lifestyle, music, or anything have you seen between Portsmouth/Norfolk and the other areas that you have visited? Music has a way of changing lives and bringing people together.

How have you gotten more of your fans – social media (e.g. Snapchat, IG, Facebook, Twitter) or traditional word of mouth? Have you noticed anything different between these types of fans? Most of my fans have been because of social media. Facebook has played a major role in connecting me with my music lovers and supporters.

How should people find your music? Are there any singles or albums coming out that they should consider buying? I am listed in all your online retail outlets including social media. I have a new album in the works. I am truly excited about this project. My new album Love Changes slated for release 2018.

 

 

The Len Price 3 – Kentish Longtails (CD)

Judging by The Len Price 3’s latest you’d think the late ‘70s never ended.

Steeped in some of the best influences The Who, The Clash and The Kinks have to offer, this UK-based trio have turned in one solid garage/punk pop album after another and “Kentish Longtails” is more of the same…. And that is far from being a bad thing. One of the appeals of the band is that they never shy away from wearing their influences on their sleeves. Continue reading “The Len Price 3 – Kentish Longtails (CD)”

Sitting down with Shay-D Kid

What’s your story? How’d you fall into rap?

I’m approaching on the two year mark of my debut. I’d been writing music privately since about the age of 15 and doing ‘rap battles’ in high school. It wasn’t until my dad got us tickets in 2014 for the ‘Monster Tour’ to see Eminem & Rihanna in Detroit that changed my life! The opportunity to see Eminem in concert close up was inspirational, not to mention driving around 8 mile, checking out the neighbourhood where he grew up and getting a glimpse of his new crib outside the city was an experience and trip I’ll never forget! Then, while driving back to Canada my dad mentioned he was going to write me a rap song about the experience, I laughed and said “yeah right”! Well a few months later he shocked me! The song comprised of the months leading up to the concert, him gaining an understanding of Eminem’s music and his creative genius, the Hip Hop culture in general, the landscape of the day and the crazy events afterward all packaged into one amazing track. It was at that moment I decided I wasn’t going to keep my stories hidden and showcase my thirst for writing.

 

Who are you listening to right now?

I’m currently listening to Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, A Boogie, Kodak Black, Wiz Kalifa, Scarlxrd, XXXTentacion, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Nav, Future, Ugly God, Migos, Hopsin, Eminem and I also listen to a lot of unknown artists as well.

 

How has your style evolved and changed over the time since you first started? Where do you think that your flow will go to in the months and years in the future?

My sound has evolved very quickly! Right after my first two tracks there is a definitive style transition into my third single ‘Make Money’. This song really started to define who I was as an artist and has continued into my latest three singles ‘Stylin’ On You’, ‘Finessa’ and the current release ‘Flossin’, which showcase todays new school trend while creating a one-of-a-kind ‘wavy’ vibe.

 

Flossin is your latest single. What have people had to say about the release so far?

My fans completely love the new single and the rest of my music portfolio. I’ve had a number of Dj’s, online radio stations, bloggers, websites, mixtapes and A&R’s support the new release (as well as all of my previous work). I’ve also been selected for a number of high profile music campaigns and was the cover feature artist on YoungMoney Unsign Hype Vol.18 where ‘Flossin’ scored the #1 spot on the mixtape through Grind Nation. I’m always trying to showcase a unique sound and listening experience which is important in today’s industry in order to separate myself from the pack. As mentioned earlier, I like to try and incorporate the new school feel while adding some old school vibe delivering it in a way like no other artist. I use creative concepts, unique hooks and showcase everything through the process of my writing abilities. The feedback and support I’ve received through social media has been insane and I’m ‘Thankful’ for the support, which ironically is the title for the song my dad wrote me!

 

What differences in terms of lifestyle, music, or anything have you seen between Toronto and the other areas that you have visited?

As mentioned I’m approaching on the two year mark now of my debut come this November. The initial game plan laid out by my manager was to achieve a social media presence, get my music onto as many music platforms as possible, see how well it was received and really establish an online foundation with a core following first. The intention was that we structure this over a two year period and then add the dimension of live performances to further make a name for myself, which would be to perform locally at nightclubs, bars etc, and then look into other Canadian and US markets. Part of the reason for this being I’m only 18, turn 19 at the end of October, so getting gigs at the age of 17 and 18 didn’t make much sense with the age of majority in Canada being 19. Now that I’m 19 (later this month) the plan is to start networking these exact avenues. We’ve recently linked up with LME (Landmark Events) and I’m scheduled as a featured artist this winter for some of their Toronto and Montreal shows – so I’m very excited for the opportunity, and grateful to my manager for having made this connection and appreciative to the team over at LME. I’ve also had a few local venues and promoters reach out inviting me to perform, but we respectfully declined as not to deviate from our development plan. My manager also wanted to make sure that I did my due-diligence with performance training including rehearsals with Dj’s so that I was prepared professionally for live shows. I also had a Booking Agency, Kangaroo Bookings, based in France ask me to join their artist roster (and did), but currently have them on hold until we give the green light to start booking me for International events. I’ve also had a number of high profile A&R’s who have worked with major artists select my music for a number of different campaigns including radio placement, sync licensing opportunities etc. I’ve had talent agencies ask me to join their artist roster and also signed a 1 year deal with Bentley Records, an International Record Label based in New York City. So again, things have been moving really quickly with my music all around the world and establishing a presence online. Therefore I haven’t seen any ‘differences’ in other areas compared to Toronto because we haven’t physically ventured into other cities but I’m sure as my music career develops I’ll be excited for those future experiences.

How have you gotten more of your fans – social media (e.g. Snapchat, IG, Facebook, Twitter) or traditional word of mouth? Have you noticed anything different between these types of fans?

The majority of my fans have come through Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud. I’m also on ReverbNation where we recently hit #1 Worldwide on the Hip Hop Charts. We’ve also spent a lot of time concentrating within the Spotify space as it seems to be one of the more popular cutting edge streaming platforms and obviously on iTUNES. We’re in 280+ stores around the world but it really comes down to which of these preferred music platforms fans prefer listening on.

How should people find your music? Are there any singles or mixtapes coming out that they should look into buying?

My music can pretty much be found everywhere as mentioned earlier including Spotify, iTUNES, Amazon Music, Google Play, Soundcloud, YouTube, ReverbNation, my Website, Twitter (which has links redirecting you to certain sites) and when you’re on my Soundcloud, ReverbNation or YouTube they all have links to all of the other platforms. Just simply search ‘Shay-D Kid’.

 

SPOTIFY ARTIST PAGE:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6AHbQCIv9o9p0fcsPhKHSe

 

iTUNES ARTIST PAGE:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/shay-d-kid/id1160538104

 

SOUNDCLOUD:

https://soundcloud.com/shay-d-kid

 

YOUTUBE:

http://www.youtube.com/c/ShayDKid

 

TWITTER:

https://twitter.com/ShayD_Kid

 

ARTIST WEBSITE:

http://www.shay-dkid.com/

 

FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/shaydkid/

 

INSTAGRAM:

https://www.instagram.com/shayd_kid/

 

REVERBNATION:

https://www.reverbnation.com/shaydkid

 

We’re also looking to put together an EP, ready this winter so definitely keep an eye out but all of my last four tracks have been released within the year so have a listen. Previously, our game plan had been to focus on singles, trying to get one song out every 3-5 months giving each track their respective promotional attention. So, during this time period I’ve been writing a ton and now have a library of songs waiting, so my manager feels this is the right time to release an EP and get those tracks out! So I’m excited to be working on this project over the next few months.

 

Do you have any final thoughts for NeuFutur readers?

To the NeuFutur readers I’m grateful to have this platform to showcase my music and have you as a potential fan through the creative expression of writing which is something I love to do. I truly appreciate each and every fan and if you follow me on social media you will understand. I try my best to stay in touch with each and every person and as often as possible. I truly appreciate the support, much love always Shay-D!

Arable Desert – Comiendo Moscas

Arable Desert is able to make a trippy look back to the psychedelic rock of the 1960s. A ton of fuzz and a slinky sound imbue this effort with hints of Lou Reed and Mott the Hoople. There is a bit of 1990s alternative that calls forth acts like Stabbing Westward and The Stone Roses). With a hooky guitar line that will tattoo itself deep into the minds and hearts of listeners, Arable Desert’s Comiendo Moscas is an effort that will stay around for months. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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The Singing Earth by Barrett Martin (Book)

The Singing Earth is hardly your standard rock star memoir.

Despite playing drums for a slew of bands in Seattle at the height of Grunge’s moment (including Screaming Trees, Mad Season and Skin Yard), Barrett Martin takes a thoughtful, original take on the traditional musician’s bio with his book. Continue reading “The Singing Earth by Barrett Martin (Book)”

Chris Roach – Ronkokomo

Chris Roach’s Ronkokomo is one of those rare parodies that keeps the same sound and spirit of the original. Roach’s switch-up of the Beach Boys’ Kokomo adds a bit of local color into the mix while keeping the humor focused into a specific geographical region. The smart wordplay of this single ensures that anyone listening in will be able to enjoy this parody. Chris Roach’s ability to hammer home humor in music alongside his screen time on Kevin Can Wait showcases considerable talent, while exuding a friendly and approachable demeanor in every type of media he delves into.

Chris Roach – Ronkokomo / http://www.ChrisRoachComedy.com

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers – Cash / Don’t Push Me

Cash is a gritty piece of blues-rock that will bury its hooks deep into listeners. The allure of Phil’s vocals makes this into a timeless composition; this could easily work on 1970s rock stations just as well as it does today. Continue reading “Phil Varca & The SlamJammers – Cash / Don’t Push Me”

K-Syran – Dizzy

We covered Dizzy a few months back, and were pleased to hear that K-Syran released a full-length album. Temptation is a pop-dance track that keeps the energy high even as there is some serious emotional content presented in the track. Hudson River is our choice for favorite track on Dizzy. The gradual increase in tempo will keep listeners on the edges of their seat, as the synths pick up into something wholly engrossing. Continue reading “K-Syran – Dizzy”

Hedera – Helix CD Review

Hedera has just released a new release, Helix. The first track on this EP, Missing Yesterday, begins with a hint of Stone Temple Pilots-esque guitars, alongside arrangements that build off of the work of MUSE and Franz Ferdinand. A charismatic set of vocals stand out boldly on top of the track, while the tautness of the arrangement during this introductory single indicates that this band has their stuff together. The bass that is presented on Rainy Days is emotive and acts as a secondary narrative element. The rising and falling of Hedera’s instrumentation during this second track will keep listeners firmly on the edges of their seats. There is a bit of spontaneity present to this composition that means that no two segments are the same; the eclectic sound of the single keeps fans interested throughout its nearly five-minute run time. Continue reading “Hedera – Helix CD Review”