Sitting down with Razor

Hello, Razor. You have been creating music since 2001. How do you think your compositions have changed since your first release?

Well, I started with Hip Hop and Rap music in 2001, and then switched approximately in 2008 to Electronic productions. Back in the day, I mainly wrote texts and I took care about the recording, but I have never been a great Hip Hop beat maker. Nevertheless, it was a great time for my music group members and myself, we had a lot of fun.

My first official release was “White Nights” in 2015. It was a Birthday present for my girlfriend and in my opinion one of my best productions. However, to answer your question I would have to say that my compositions mainly changed in quality. “Better Off That Way” was the first release professionally mixed by Audioanimals.co.uk. I regret that I did not consider mixing my previous releases professionally.

What sort of influences have had the most impact on your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to set in if given the chance?

Definitely other musicians. I am very open-minded when it comes to music, but my favourite genres are all kind of Electronic music, Euro-Dance, Rap and Hip Hop.

There are a lot of great singers and producers. However, I would really like to produce something with Katy B, Dizzee Rascal or DEV.

What story does your current single “Better Off That Way” tell about you? What successes and failures did you experience during the recording of the song?

“Better Off That Way” mirrors my current production style. It is a success story, and because of the message it appealed to a huge audience. This is not usual for an unknown artist like me, but still, I am extremely proud with the result.

To get into a bit of the technical, what does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite pieces of hardware and software)?

I use Proppellerhead’s Reason and I would never change to another DAW. I really love this software. It has almost unlimited functionalities and a very easy to use interface.

The hardware itself quite simple, but also good enough to finish Razor’s Music productions. We have a self-made vocal booth and recently switched from a Behringer C3 to a MXL CR89 microphone. This new device is amazing and improved the quality of our recordings immensely. To further progress, we are currently building a large semi-professionally equipped studio.

What does the early spring of 2017 hold for you?

I am very excited to announce that I will release my fifth song “Free” on the 25.04.2017.

It will be little bit more like my early productions and I am looking forward to get feedback from my audience.

Additionally, I am pleased to say that we have a new artist on board – Joe Rix. He is extremely talented and has an amazing voice. I hope that we can finish his first release at latest in May.

Finally, yet importantly, I really look forward to the new tracks of my friend DaddyH, who will come with some amazing songs for the Swiss audience in autumn 2017.

How have your life experiences influenced the music that you have created during your time as a performer?

This is very simple to answer. I produce how I feel, it is a personal journey, and I believe most artist are experiencing that.

How has the internet and social media help you grow your fan base?

Hugely. I think that I would be lost without them, although some platforms are more useful than others are. I really like Facebook, Soundcloud and Instagram, compared to Twitter and Tumblr where it is harder to build up a fanbase.

How can interested readers of NeuFutur find samples of your music?

The best way is to search them on Soundcloud or Youtube. On Razor’s Youtube channel are also music videos available. However, you will find them on all major platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, etc. as well.

Do you have any final thoughts for us here at the magazine?

Yes indeed J, #beHappy #beRazor

Thank you so much for the time.

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.

 

Brian Edblad Interview

Today, we are speaking with Minnesotan performer Brian Edblad. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

I’m a lifelong Minnesotan, I grew up in Duluth and have been living in Minneapolis for the last 25 years. As a kid I split my time between playing music and playing hockey. I got the music bug at an early age. My whole family was musical and my father used to have jam sessions in our living room and me and my siblings would sit at the top of the stairs listening when we were supposed to be sleeping. Then when I was about seven or eight my brother and I sang Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” at a small church up in West Duluth and I was hooked. Continue reading “Brian Edblad Interview”

Titan Slayer Interview

Today, we’re speaking with Titan Slayer. Hows life in Russia?

I’m afraid I can’t answer this question clearly, but I can say one thing – life in Russia is a tough thing.

I live in the geographic center of this country – in Siberia. Winter here lasts about six months, lots of snow, the average temperature is -10 ~ 20 C, but sometimes it could be below -35 C. Summer is hot, sometimes rainy, but it is always short. Continue reading “Titan Slayer Interview”

James Fearnley gives us a look into life, Cranky George, and the future.

Today, we are speaking with James Fearnley of Los Angeles’ Cranky George. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

I was about to say guten Tag, but then I’ve just found out that, while NeuFutur looks like you’re going to be a German magazine, I don’t think you are. Continue reading “James Fearnley gives us a look into life, Cranky George, and the future.”

An interview with Chip Gibbons

I’ve always liked music. When I was a child my mother bought accordion lessons for me and my brothers from a door-to-door salesman. Then my aunt gave us a old upright piano. Each of my parents could play one song on it. I started picking out songs by ear and then I started with classical lessons but I got tired of that after a few years. In college I bought a used Gibson guitar in a pawn shop and taught myself how to play it. I wrote my first song on that. After college where I majored in Biology/Pre-Med I moved from Virginia to San Francisco and started a career in computer programming. I didn’t do much music during this period, but started playing with a keyboard and synth module in the 90’s. I never performed. I just liked improvising and making sounds. Continue reading “An interview with Chip Gibbons”

Joseph Henry Gives Us a Minute

Hello, Joseph. What’s happening musically in New Jersey this December?

A: December has been quite enjoyable so far. I’ve had some low-key gigs around my hometown, performing in front of a lot of family and friends, which is always nice. With the the cold weather moving in, it’s been nice motivation to stay indoors where it’s warm and work on some new material. Something about cold weather and acoustic guitars just doesn’t mix too well. Continue reading “Joseph Henry Gives Us a Minute”

Pablo Embon Sits Down with NeuFutur

Hello, Pablo. What’s happening musically in Israel this December? What sort of plans do you have for the early months of 2017?

“Funky Side of the Road” has been keeping me busy and focused for the last 8 months, just the creation of the album idea took me about two months, but having a lot of fun with it. My usual activities right after releasing an album is to engage myself in specific music learning activities which will assist me in developing and driving a new concept for the next album. This is what I have in mind within the next few months. The same process happened earlier on before this album, during which I had explored new areas in Jazz Fusion and Funk Music genres to support the production. Continue reading “Pablo Embon Sits Down with NeuFutur”

Nikki Shae Stops By

Can you give us a little background information about yourself as a performer?

I started singing as a little girl and my mom recognized there was something different about my voice; I didn’t have a normal little girls’ signing voice.  There was something more there.  So she asked me if I wanted to sign up for singing lessons and of course I said yes right away.  At this point I was about 7 years old and I loved singing but I was so mad at my singing teacher because she was making me sing these childlike songs when all I wanted to do was sing the songs on the radio.  Which is funny because that’s still all I want to do haha, just now my own songs are on the radio. Continue reading “Nikki Shae Stops By”