Remarkable Indie Pop New Music and Live Stream from Gaudion


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Australian Indie Pop Artist

Remarkable Indie Pop New Music and Live Stream from Gaudion

Newcomer Gaudion has today announced his clever, indie pop single TV Shows, a wistful reflection upon love and loss written during a period of deep change and development for the artist, out now.  Gaudion has also revealed a sweet, adventurous video to accompany the track, directed by Guido Pezz. 

In light of COVID-19, Gaudion is unable to perform regular gigs – so to celebrate the release of TV Shows he has announced two YouTube/Instagram live stream performances on

April 2 at 7.30PM AEST, and

April 30 at 7.30PM AEST.

TV Shows is one for fans of guitar pop and brilliant Australian songwriting.  Evocative of Dean Lewis, Ziggy Alberts, and Ben Howard, TV Shows would feel at home on the soundtrack for a coming of age romantic film, or perhaps it’s that track that you’ll play over and over on your next summer roadtrip. 

Catchy and affecting, this song features Gaudion’s lovely vocal performance front and centre.  Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Gaudion explains,

“TV Shows is a small part of my life.  I began writing the tune when I was working on a small farm in a rural area in Canada’s Saskatchewan.  In this place I was turbulent.  I never knew what I wanted to do.  So I taught myself to play guitar and sing inside a grain silo every day after work.  I was also going through a difficult stage of adolesence; through this song I was aiming to express my current feelings with music.  Every time I’d think of the things I was going through I’d write a little bit more of the song.  It’s not the first song I ever wrote, and definitely not the last, but it holds a long journey of my emotions, my memories and my thoughts.

 

The film clip for TV Shows is open to interpretation, allowing the audience to incorporate their own meaning into the clip, which is a very special feeling.  The video follows the story of a couple who part, while Gaudion watches on on a television set.   The performance is serene, indicating a sense of acceptance of life’s inherent challenges and curveballs.  Speaking on the clip, Gaudion enthuses, “The music video for TV Shows has been one of the funnest journeys ever.  Guido Pezz is a fantastic director, new mate of mine and creative genius.  It’s literally a video of me watching TV Shows which follow the emotions of the music.  I’m very happy with the process, the beautiful actors we worked with and laughs we had along the way.”

 

Although disappointed that he won’t be able to perform in person for the foreseeable future, Gaudion is excited to present two intimate performances via livestream, as he says,  “All we have seen happen to the world over the past months due to COVID-19 has been devastating.  In our industry, all shows have been cancelled, jobs have been lost and artists are genuinely scared of the carryover effects that this virus will have.  I feel the need to keep moving forward and I’m also in a position to brighten peoples’ days through sharing my music, so I feel very fortunate.  I am excited to be performing two Youtube livestream performances to celebrate the release of this song.”

 

Talented in more ways than one, Gaudion is a keen carpenter, and even made his own guitar, as he says,

I love building and creating things with my hands, I find it very rewarding and exciting.  A few years back I built an acoustic guitar from scratch. She’s a medium sized dreadnaught made from Tasmanian blackwood (back and sides), sitka spruce (top), mahogany (neck) and Indian rosewood (features). Her name is Grace, and I play her every day!  Everything happens for a reason, and after building this guitar I became a lot more interested in playing.”

 

GAUDION ‘TV SHOWS’ LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCES

 

THURS APR 2 | YOUTUBE / INSTAGRAM LIVESTREAM | 7:30PM AEST

https://youtu.be/O3-W0QRGtr4 | IGTV @gaudion_music

 

THURS APR 30 | YOUTUBE / INSTAGRAM LIVESTREAM | 7:30PM AEST

https://youtu.be/gaDdbb4y9Ns  | IGTV @gaudion_music

Remarkable Indie Pop New Music and Live Stream from Gaudion

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Highway Solos Musicians Unite for Italy’s Covid 19 Disaster


 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway Solos Musicians Unite for Italy’s Covid 19 Disaster

Covid 19 Fundraiser

 

 

We have always thought that music unites.

In every area, in every genre, in every situation, Music is inspiration, Music has the power to raise us above human events, Music gives wings to our hopes …
And the hope is what we all hold on to today, so that we can return to our lives as soon as possible and defeat this health emergency that is upsetting and destroying our lives.


But to do this, there is also a need for the desire and commitment of each of us, because only all together we are strong, united and we can fight and win.


With “HIGHWAY SOLOS”, Elevate Records wanted to engage in a beneficial project with some of the best Italian musicians, physically divided but spiritually united and connected to each other, in a song that is an imaginary journey along one of the hundred highways that connect our wonderful country .
Today more than ever, we gather around those who are indomitable in trying to save lives, amid a thousand difficulties and lack of tools and means to deal with this pandemic in an adequate way; for this reason all the musicians involved in “HIGHWAY SOLOS” propose to raise funds in favor of the SACCO hospital in Milan,ITALY,  committed to the forefront of the virus emergency, by purchasing the piece that bears its name for this project on the digital stores and through the company.


This massive collaboration, in which each person involved gave their contribution completely free of charge, was carried out in a very short time in order to be able to contribute as quickly as possible to face a terrible and unexpected danger.


Through this passage you will be able to carve out an emotional space in which to travel, in which to feel only positive vibrations, in which to perceive that united you can really make a difference in a moment when you need one another, even from a distance.


UNITED, TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

 

Musicians in order of appearance:

Stefano Sebo Xotta
Nicola Denti
Simone Gianlorenzi
Luca Colombo
Matteo Brigo
Fabrizio Bicio Leo-Bis
Marco Sfogli
DANIELE GOTTARDO
Francesco Corapi
Andy Martongelli
Mistheria (keyboards )
Roberto Fasciani(bass)
Valerio Lucantoni

(drums

The realization of the song, from video to audio, was carried out completely remotely, each in its isolation due to the quarantine, but the result shows that it is possible to stay united and make projects even with the strength of volotà and desire to do and be together.

 

DONATE – GO FUND ME: https://www.gofundme.com/f/highway-solos-raccolta-fondi

Or via the video description on YouTube you can find other ways to donate, what you can, from financial help to a simple word of mouth.

In Italy in this period we say : ANDRA TUTTO BENE  (Everything will be fine)

We are united, Fight The Virus

 

Project conceived and coordinated by:
Francesco Corapi  (chitarrista, compositore, speaker Radiofonico, collaboratore  www.metal.it)
Guglielmo Malusardi Tinti (giornalista musicale, esperto di chitarrismo )
con la collaborazione di
Mauro Matteucci  (Elevate Records, produzione, mix, master)
Pino Magliani (Elevate Records, speaker radiofonico )
Gianluca “Graz” Grazioli (caporedattore www.metal.it)

 

Elevate Records

Highway Solos Musicians Unite for Italy’s Covid 19 Disaster

Blue Child Collective Releases Golden New Single


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Indie Folk Music

Recently crowned West Australian Music’s Best Regional Act for 2019, Margaret River’s conscious roots collab Blue Child Collective has powered into 2020 with their mesmerising new single  Golden .

Following on from the group’s third documentary The Art Of Sound last November and a solid cycle of touring for album  Wake Up to the Sound that included widespread airplay, Golden is the first taste from their fifth long player due out later this year.

Written on a Mt Maunganui sunrise while on tour in New Zealand, Golden sees Blue Child Collective exploring new sounds, blending elements of indie-folk and roots to produce a track in a similar vein to Crosses by Jose Gonzalez and Bon Iver’s Holocene. Featuring a solid percussion bed, baritone vocals and a group singalong of “Harmony with everything, harmony, we all can sing in.”, it’s arguably BCC at their finest.

With WA and New Zealand dates to kick off live activity, band leader and director of The West Australian Guitar Festival Dan White elaborates ” I’m really excited for the year ahead; it feels like all the work we’ve been putting into touring to connect with our audience and the huge focus we’ve put on content creation in order to continue delivering quality and quantity to those fans over the last five years is coming together. There’s plenty in the pipeline for 2020.”

Plug in, connect and get involved: Blue Child Collective is more than a band, but a movement which is fast becoming a major catalyst for positive change on a global scale towards a ‘Culture Of Connection’.

Blue Child Collective Releases Golden New Single

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Genre-Bending Funky Groove from Strangely Enough is Long Time Coming


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Strangely Enough are returning in their genre-bending fashion, comprised of soaring vocals, polyrhythmic synths, rubbery funk bass-lines and solid grooves. 

‘Long Time Coming’  is the third single from Strangely Enough and is the first taste of the band’s debut EP, set to be released in the coming months.

The band’s previous singles, ‘Change’ and ‘Graceville’ have seen support from MTV AustraliaTriple JHappy MagScenestrAAA Backstage and community radio across Australia.

Now, this new, lively track opens with glistening keys accentuating the upbeat as Greg Olley’s powerful vocal range gently propels the song forward before dropping into a downtempo, funk groove.

The layers of skanking guitar, funkalicious bass-lines, thumping drum-fills and the myriad of electronic tones work together to emphasize every down and up-beat. Olley’s graciously-sweet vocal tones and erupting cries have room to soar above the vibing beats and electronic-funk, collectively making it a compelling, body moving tune.

Olley explains the meaning behind the single:

“‘Long Time Coming’ is about how we define ourselves with a series of snapshots of our lives. A graduation, a wedding, a holiday; this is sometimes how we construct an idea of who we are or used to be. Sometimes though these snapshots hide that we are constantly on the move, passing on to something else and yet still the same person.”

For the release of the single, Strangely Enough were going to be performing MelbourneBrisbaneBallarat and the Gold Coast in April – these have now bee postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Genre-Bending Funky Groove from Strangely Enough is Long Time Coming

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Crystal Ignite Releases Supercharged Fusion of Rock Electronica


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Rock Artist

Crystal Ignite makes music supercharged with kinetic emotion. Meshing together the parallel universes of analogue and digital, the Melbourne singer sweeps through the decades, building stadium-sized rock laced with pulsating electronica and deep, heavy grooves. Her debut album Infinite Alchemy (due out later this year) is a lyrical and musical barrage – focused, purposeful and uninhibited – that tells her story in alternating waves of shadow and illumination. Led by searing first single  Black Mamba, it’s as real and honest as music gets.

A true survivor, Crystal has risen from an extreme, life-altering childhood to become the artist she is today: honest, bare-all and fearless. Infinite Alchemy is a both a testament to the adversity she has overcome, and a victory over it. Slicing through the music like shards of broken glass, Crystal’s lyrics are pure bloodletting catharsis. The very moniker of Ignite is symbolic of her ascension from darkness to light, which she has funnelled into Infinite Alchemy. Every part of her love, her aggression, her regret and her optimism have been poured into the album like molten rock.

“The sounds blend light and dark, masculine and feminine, Yin and Yang,” she explains. “Its all about the magic of cosmic alchemy, and acknowledging shadow, which ultimately sees you end up rising higher and creating more light.” 

This echoes throughout Infinite Alchemy, which broadcasts a clear message that Ignite and many other artists know all too well: that a strong and powerful woman will always be a threat to some. Much like its reptilian namesake, the making of single Black Mamba has been a process of shedding skin – of growing beyond the past and into the present.t’s as real and honest as music gets.

Although deeply personal, the album is not just Crystal’s manifesto but a message to all those seeking to find their inner strength: you are the Black Mamba, if you choose to be. Beyond any of her musical achievements, this is Crystal Ignite’s inextinguishable power. She is a warrior.

 

WARNING: NAUGHTY WORDS

Crystal Ignite Releases Supercharged Fusion of Rock Electronica

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Living Faith Worship Group Releases Single ‘Holy Are You Lord’


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Christian Music

Written to capture the essence of feeling close to God, ‘Holy are You Lord’ is the latest release from Australian Living Faith Worship. With the aim of sharing how to usher in the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit, Living Faith Worship express a prophetic voice that music and faith enable. With reverent harmonies and a powerful vocal delivery from Cody Samuels, ‘Holy are You Lord’ encapsulates both the power and tenderness of their faith and love for God.

 Living Faith Worship are part of the Living Faith Community Church in Perth, Australia, who have over 700 churches around the world. They were established in 2017 to bring a new prophetic voice to the global church, spreading their message through their music. Cody Samuels, a worship leader in the community, wrote ‘Holy are You Lord’ as a collaborative effort with other members of his community. 

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Living Faith Worship Group Releases Single ‘Holy Are You Lord’

LINKS TO LIVING FAITH WORSHIP

Website: https://www.lfcc.org.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LFCCPerth/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1q07GalacwtRUxNWVYGL5v?si=Q3rm1ehATgSiHDCI-e2oOQ

Living Faith Worship Group Releases Single ‘Holy Are You Lord’

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Impressive New Soul Music from Amanda St John Will Turn Heads


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Soul Singer Indie Artist

Irish songstress AMANDA ST JOHN releases 2nd studio album The Muscle Shoals Sessions, recorded in the world famous FAME Studios, (USA).

“If Dusty Springfield were alive, she’d say ‘that’s my girl’!”

(Grammy winning US producer Jon Tiven)

In May 2018 Amanda became the 1st independent Irish artist in history to record in FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Following in the footsteps of her musical heroes Aretha Franklin & Etta James she took a huge leap of faith (and financial risk) to record her 2nd studio album in this legendary studio.      

Talking about the experience, Amanda reports      

It is was a dream come true for me and my band members (Paul Tierney and Producer Michael Mormecha) to get the opportunity to record in FAME along with “swampers” bass player David Hood (Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys etc) and piano/keys/hammond player Clayton Ivey (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Joss Stone, The Supremes etc).   

More about Amanda: 

Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. She is a mainstay on the Irish radio, festival and gig circuit and has been described as a “Head-turning vocalist with serious song writing prowess………a sensational artist” (Visit Dublin). She has worked with artists like Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Mary Coughlan, Gareth Dunlop, Ciaran Gribbin (of INXS) and Jon Tiven (Grammy winning Nashville writer/producer whose CV has included BB King, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones etc…).

Gaining substantial media interest in Ireland and the UK including extensive airplay on the BBC and RTE as well as reviews in Hot Press Magazine & The Irish Times.

Amanda is known for her passionate and powerful live performances and is fast establishing herself as one of Ireland’s leading vocalists. With live sessions with ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London, various other live performances/interviews across BBC regional’s, U105, Downtown/Cool FM, UTV Live Television etc, as well as many festival slots and tours of the UK, Ireland and the USA (which included the prestigious Folk Alliance Festival and a private event for the US President) under her belt, the future is looking very bright indeed for this talented musician. Her debut album “Grow”; was launched in May 2016 at the prestigious Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast and has received rave reviews and worldwide airplay including a national advert campaign for The Rio Olympics for the title track ‘Grow’.

On Arvo Party Mix – ‘Made Myself a Name’ is an upbeat song about the struggles of trying to make it as a singer. I wanted a quirkier, more 70’s Tom Waits vibe on this one and thought a remix might be a good option to make it stand stronger as a single. I’m a big fan of collaborating and had wanted to work with Arvo Party for a while so thought it would be a good opportunity to see what he could bring to this track. I totally love what he’s done with it, he’s brought the song to a whole new level!

Impressive New Soul Music from Amanda St John Will Turn Heads

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Gothic Urban Blues New High Calibre Album from Harry Stafford


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Blues Indie Artist
Photo by Richard Davisc

Manchester-based indie music stalwart Harry Staffordpresents his new album ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ viaBlack Lagoon Records, previewed by singles ‘She Just Blew Me Away’ and ‘Painted Ocean’, a smokey, barroom piano-blues lament that is “a message that riffs on a sublime ‘painted’ ocean, which, while once was a heaving beautiful living thing, is now a dump!” says Harry Stafford.

This is an album about the Metropolis, the naked city, the urban sprawl and the need to get back to the ripped back streets when you’re far away. If there are a million stories in the naked city, here are a few to keep you warm.

Mixed and engineered by Ding Archer (The Fall, PJ Harvey) at his 6Db Studio in Salford, this album was co-produced by Archer and Harry Stafford and was Inspired by the musings of such jazz and blues stalwarts as Mose Allison and Hoagy Carmichael.

Harry Stafford is best known as founder, guitarist and vocalist of post-punk gothic rockers Inca Babies. His band Guitar Shaped Hammers includes drummer Rob Haynes (The Membranes, Inca Babies), trumpeter Kevin Davy (Lamb, Cymande), guitarist Andy Mills, and Vincent O’Brien on Weisseborn slide guitar.

Formed in the early 1980s, Inca Babies released four albums and multiple singles and Peel sessions. Much of his musical career has been spent with Inca Babies, playing across Europe and the world but in 2015, after 35 years with Inca Babies, Stafford decided to release untamed solo material that echoes his love of blues piano and barroom ballads.

The new album ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ and debut solo album ‘Guitar Shaped Hammers’ (2017), are the inevitable result, reflecting a multitude of ideas around a driving yet lilting punk-piano blues. The idea was for Stafford to leave his noisy electric guitar behind – abandoning everything he held and cherished – to make some new music with a piano and a head full of ideas.

The new album features a more defined sound of a band finding its stride. The band is here forth called Guitar Shaped Hammers to reflect this cohesion of musical unity – with more guitars from Vincent O’Brien, and an additional layered sonic blast from Nick Brown (The Membranes). With intense percussion from Rob Haynes and a truly masterful trumpet contribution from jazz supremo Kevin Davy, the result is very much the soundtrack of a basement radio station stumbling across a new genre they’ve tagged Gothic Urban Blues.

“It was important to reassemble these musicians again as there was a lot of ground we hadn’t covered. I had about fourteen songs and selected ten to be on the record. They were songs I had been playing around the bars of Manchester in order to hone into a neat arrangement,” says Harry Stafford.

“I rehearsed with Rob and Vincent and we laid down a foundation, allowing Nick and Kevin to add their unique elements. Their parts were there to compete and yet complement each other. Kevin is a hugely in-demand jazz musician, who graces the funk of Cymande and the smooth grooves of Lamb, not to mention his jazz workshops in London. I wanted Kevin to radiate his love of Miles Davis and send a wave of goosebumps and steely soul through the spine of this sound. Nick, with a guitar born of jagged punk and sinister drones, was to create a brittle edge to balance the beauty.”

The ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ LP is now available everywhere, including iTunes and Spotify. It is also available for pre-order on vinyl and CD via the artist’s Bandcamp (the physical release will occur closer to summer). The launch performance by Harry Stafford and Guitar Shaped Hammers will be announced at a later date.

CREDITS 
Harry Stafford: Piano, keys, guitar and vocals
Rob Haynes: Drums, percussion
Vincent O’Brien: Slide guitar, lap blues slide and guitar
Nick Brown: bass and guitar
Kevin Davy: Horns
Written by Harry Stafford
Mixed and engineered by Ding Archer at 6Db Studio
Produced by Ding Archer and Harry Stafford
Mastered by Stephan at Oxygene Music
Released by Black Lagoon Records through Cargo UK BLRCD/LP0054

Gothic Urban Blues New High Calibre Album from Harry Stafford

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Dorah Jacson Releases Heartfelt New Single “LURKING”


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Indie Artist

Indie Pop Artist Zoe Sky Jordan Releases New Music

21 year old Dorah Jacson (a.k.a Kayla Smart) is quite the mellifluous soul, and a talented songwriter to add, possessing a heartfelt yet whimsical writing style. She delivers songbird like vocals, accompanied by driving guitar licks, all forming her own dark and dreamy stylings of indie, pop, and alt-rock. Following the release of her debut single “Away” in February 2019, Dorah Jacson quickly gained rave reviews from Triple J presenterswas featured on Home & Hosed, added to Unearthed rotation, and given the opportunity to open at the Big Pineapple Music Festival on the main stage. Dorah Jacson has since released the single “Sinking”, and played her first headline show at Solbar Maroochydore to an amazing response. Dorah kicks off 2020 with the first single “Lurking” from her forthcoming EP set to be released on March 6th.

Produced, mixed, and engineered by Nicholas Wilson at Rockinghorse Studios in Byron Bay, “Lurking” was written within half an hour, with Dorah explaining the track “is for anyone that’s had someone get in their space when they are not welcome. Most people will think straight to physical kinds of harassment, but online harassment through messaging is where this song came from for me. It’s been real scary seeing a lot of people thinking they can say whatever they like to whoever they like online, so I’m hoping this song can raise more awareness on the issue. One of those incidents happened one day and I just blurted out what was on my mind over this chord progression I came up with.”

The Sunshine Coast local started off by playing solo around the area, gaining a loyal following through her captivating performances before her first single had even been released. Now with a band behind her, featuring Erin Ellis on lead guitar & vocals, Lachlan Pearson on bass, and Nick Keogh-Peel on drums, Dorah Jacson has been able to take her performance to the next level.  This raw emotion and passion that shines through in the live set has recently led to a great performance at Brisbane’s Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

Dorah Jacson Releases Heartfelt New Single “LURKING”

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Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun


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Guitarist

Indie Pop Artist Zoe Sky Jordan Releases New Music

A former music student at the University of Michigan, Sammy catapulted onto the national radar in 2012, when Joe Satriani selected him as a winner in Guitar Center’s “Master Satriani” competition. Now, an internationally-acclaimed player, Boller has amassed a large and loyal online following, and he earns his living as a full-time musician. Prior to embarking on his solo career, Sammy played guitar for the band, Citizen Zero (Wind-Up Records/Concord Music Group). Their State Of Mind LP notched multiple radio singles, including the debut release “Go (Let Me Save You)”, which cracked the Top 15 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart. Sammy’s exceptional playing and his sophisticated songwriting shined throughout Citizen Zero’s impressive 11-song offering.

 

“Sammy Boller, at a young age, has already developed a unique approach to playing, with power and inventiveness well beyond your expectations of a typical instrumentalist. An exciting blend of musical styles and the tension in his music puts him in a position to become a guitar hero for a new generation” Dave Friedman – Friedman Amplifiers


Outside of his own live touring schedule, Sammy also spends time on the road riding shotgun with world-renowned amplifier wizard Dave Friedman (Friedman Amplification). Friedman tapped Boller, a loyal BE-100 devotee, to be one of the young guns representing and promoting his esteemed line of amplifiers, pedals and guitars. The two regularly embark on runs through the States and Europe to sponsor clinics and gear demonstrations. In addition to his support role with Friedman, Boller is also a contributing columnist for Guitar World Magazine. His online column (“Secrets of Shred With Sammy Boller”) has a loyal monthly following, regularly racking up view counts in the tens of thousands.

When asked to describe his influences and approach, Sammy says, “My guitar playing has always been about plugging into an amp and blowing the walls down. I grew up wanting to be Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, but over time I’ve found my own dark and aggressive style. These days, my dream as a musician is to make people feel as connected to the cosmos as I feel when I play the guitar. I’d love nothing more than that.”

 

Featured on GuitarWorld.com, Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarplayer.com

Tracklist:

Kingdom of the Sun
Sunrise/Sunset
Cloak of Light
Iolite
For Madmen Only
Dark Night of the Soul
Illusions
The Empress
Mirror of the Heart
Temple of Time
Awakening From The Daydream

All songs composed by Sammy Boller
Produced by Steve Lehane
Mixed by David Bendeth
Album art by Karen Lynch

Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun

LINKS TO SAMMY BOLLER

Website: https://www.sammyboller.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sammy-Boller-121227427076/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sammyboller

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sammyboller/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBaNpyUUFiNj8uDsTAYgOHg

Rock Guitar Wunderkind Sammy Boller’s Debut Album, Kingdom Of The Sun

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Start Selling Merch Immediately At The Merch Desk


 

 

 

 

 

 

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An all-Australian print-on-demand, drop shipping solution for gigging artists. No cost and no bulk buying involved. Artists create their profile, upload a design/s and their fans can start buying merch immediately!

Artists Sign Up Here:  https://themerchdesk.com.au/

 

Now, more than ever, there is a huge need for fans to be supporting their favourite artists by getting their merch. Across the world, the message has been received and fans are trying to do their part, but what about the bands who don’t already have merch amidst this crisis?

Joseph Knox-Wheeler, the Brisbane-based musician and now founder of The Merch Desk (launching Friday March 27) has the solution for artists and musicians to help them start selling merch within hours. Wheeler states:

“The Merch Desk is designed to remove all barriers that would otherwise stop artists offering merch to their fans and supporters. The Merch Desk costs nothing to get started and with their help artists can be selling to their fans in hours not weeks.”

Each artist is given a profile. The designs are then uploaded and prices are set to whatever they’d like. Artists are shown the cost of each item and the profit that would be made from each item. All they have to do then is send their fans to The Merch Desk.

Wheeler has teamed up with the Brisbane-based company, The Print Barwho process, print and ship the merch directly to the customer within 3-5 business days. This means no waste, no upfront costs and no financial risks for artists.

Description Of How Printing Works

In this crisis, Wheeler’s only goal is to help Australian artists, this is why they only retain $1 from each item sold to cover website and running costs.

This means, that the average profit from a shirt (Small to X-large) sold at $30 is just over $20. $20 to the artist, $1 to The Merch Desk and the rest to cover the cost of producing the merch to The Print Bar.

Furthermore, artists who are stuck for designs, The Merch Desk has them covered too. Wheeler has partnered with Jimmy Patch , a Brisbane-based illustrator and graphic designer who can help artists get awesome designs completed, so they can start selling merch as soon as possible.

That’s not all though, there is more good news. This new platform isn’t just for musicians, this is for any creative out there, from designers, illustrators, comedians, or anyone who lives off gig culture!

 

Artists can sign up to The Merch Desk ahead of the launch via the sign-up form at https://themerchdesk.com.au/, or by email at: joseph@themerchdesk.com.au

           

Answers to FAQ can be found here: https://themerchdesk.com.au/artist-faqs/

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Come Alive with New Indie Power Pop from Aspy Jones


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Aspy Jones releases his new single ‘Come Alive’ recorded in Brisbane by James North Productions.

 ‘Come Alive’ is a power pop song with a very serious message. “Come Alive was written about women who I see, spending their lives trying to make other people happy but not thinking about their own happiness”, says Aspy,  “I am surrounded by strong, independent women and it saddens me when I see other women who are not in control of their own lives and their future is in the power of someone or something else. I wrote this song to encourage them to be the person they want to be and I hope they find the strength to do that” 

 

Twenty-two-year-old Aspy Jones was shocked that his debut EP ‘Tantamount’, was such a success. It was funded by the Regional Arts Fund and three of the tracks released reached the top of the Triple J Unearthed Charts.

 

Aspy has been entertaining crowds at venues and festivals across Queensland including the Gympie Music Muster, Rockhampton River Festival, Rush Festival, Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, Peregian Originals, Hot 91 Fire in the Sky and was even showcased at the Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference, Turn Up.

 

Aspy Jones did not have the easiest of childhoods and was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 8 years old. “Finding a place in the world is not easy for people with autism”, says Aspy, “And I was embarrassed for a long time, but now I think my different ability helps my creativity as a songwriter”.

 

Aspy’s unique character, great sense of humour and personality always spills out into his lyrics. “Song writing is my life, I write songs to try and entertain, encourage or just to connect with people. I always feel really happy when someone says they relate to my lyrics”, says Aspy, “I also love messing around with the words and making them fit, it’s like a verbal game of Tetris”.

Come Alive is out now on all music platforms – See All Links Below

Come Alive with New Indie Power Pop from Aspy Jones

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Chief State to Live Stream Album Release This Saturday


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vancouver Pop Punk Band CHIEF STATE Announce Live Streamed Album Release Acoustic Set For This Saturday, March 28 at 6pm PST

Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State is release the new LP ‘Tough Love’ this Friday, March 27 via Mutant League Records.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the band’s album release shows have been canceled. Instead, they’re going to live stream an acoustic performance this Saturday 3/28 via the Mutant League Records Youtube channel.

Tune in at 6pm PST on Saturday to hear Chief State perform songs from “Tough Love” (along with some old fan favorites). The band will also be giving away copies of the new album “Tough Love” on CD.

 

Chief State ‘Acoustic Album Release Show’ live stream link:  http://youtube.com/c/mutantleaguerecords/live.

 

Frontman Fraser Simpson says,

“We were massively disappointed to cancel our release shows due to the coronavirus. It does at least give us a unique opportunity to take our performance to fans around the world and not just in Vancouver though! We’re excited to share some acoustic renditions of our songs old and new. We’ll be taking questions and chatting between songs so it’s a great opportunity to get to know us and all that we get up to! We’ll also be doing some giveaways so tune in on Saturday 3/28 at 6pm PST for some quarantine hangs!”

Also Available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6VPNti4uGOqVefUpsv8j3G?highlight=spotify:track:1aGTb2ys7nZzeoKKmHh9Ll

Pre-order ‘Tough Love’ here: http://mutantleaguerecords.limitedrun.com

https://smarturl.com/chiefstate

‘Tough Love’ track listing:

1. Try Hard

2. Deciduous

3. Reprise

4. Something Good For Once

5. Biding Time

6. Choke

7. Peace Of Mind

 

Chief State to Live Stream Album Release This Saturday

Corona Sessions: Chart-topping Musician Raises Funds For Local Businesses “By Request”


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 2020 outbreak of COVID-19 aka Corona Virus has had far-reaching consequences for more than just those directly infected by the virus. With communities being turned into literal ghost towns, due to statewide-mandated shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, local business owners have been among those hardest hit by the pandemic.

Musicians have also been greatly affected, with cancelled shows and entire tours being put on hold. Many performers have taken to online shows to reach their fans and earn some much-needed income. One Kansas City-based musician has decided to utilize this online technology to do what he can to help the local business community.

Chart-topping Americana and Folk artist, Bill Abernathy has started the “Corona Virus Sessions” at his William’s Wonderland Of Wood studios. Bill explains,

I live in the Kansas City market, and frequent the local businesses here regularly. They supply most of my food and entertainment, as well as great conversations and relationships with interesting entrepreneurial people. I am concerned about their ability to survive in these trying times.”

Bill continues,

“I was talking with my daughter Kristen, discussing ways to help support these vital businesses and have a little fun while doing it. We came up with the ‘William’s Wonderland of Wood Coronavirus Sessions.’ We are asking our fans to send me song requests. I will play their requests and video the songs, while we are all social distancing. I will make your video, and you make a donation to a business of your choice. Order take out, buy a gift card, purchase something from their web site, etc. I would also like you to send me the name of the business your supporting to help them gain a little free advertising as well.”

Requests will be taken, and videos will be posted through Bill’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/billabernathysingersongwriter/

 

Corona Sessions: Chart-topping Musician Raises Funds For Local Businesses “By Request”

Ender Bender Brings Synth-Pop Debut Single Star Killer To Life


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Ender Bender , a newcomer in the indie pop world, presents his debut single ‘Star Killer’. This is the first single from his forthcoming ‘EQ’ EP, to be released in spring 2020. This song explores the ups and downs, the angels and the demons of life in Los Angeles.


Ender Bender is the solo project of Eddie Olguin, a multi-instrumentalist producer, guided by a unique mission of making perfect modern pop rock. Creating music and spreading bliss in the face of the realization that nothing in life is perfect, the pursuit of this perfect sound is what fuels the Ender Bender fire.


“She raised me and made me who I was, both mother and lover, an open highway to my fantasies and, eventually, the butler of my demons.  This song is but a humble, yet bittersweet, ode to LA.,” says Eddie Olguin.


“Despite the fact that I’ve lived a life worthy of a Bret Easton Ellis novel, these songs are inspired by real life experiences, which I believe are relatable. However, I consciously try to project positive energy, through every song, even if they’re based on a painful or dark experience.”


An artist and a small business owner in Los Angeles, Olguin had the Ender Bender ‘vision”, one night in a hospital in Glendale, California while literally facing the prospects of his own death. He decided that he had to cut ties with the artistic quagmire that is Los Angeles and all of its demons. Soon after, the Universe, in all her giving glory, opened the doors for Eddie to relocate to Rome, Italy in the name of love, sanity and, in this case, music.


Not looking for a scene, but simply in need of a certain energy and feeling, Rome proved to be the perfect place for Eddie to create this music, bringing the Ender Bender project to fruition. “Listen. Fall in love. Sing along. Reminisce. Think of the future. Live in the now. All at once,” says Olguin.


Inspired by music from multiple genres, including light-hearted indie pop, Ender Bender combines new wave and synthpop elements of decades past with forward thinking indie pop and electro. Here the past meets the future in an addictive sonic stimulant designed in a audio lab somewhere.


“Ender Bender is an attempt at creating modern pop rock so I was influenced from older artists such as INXS and Phil Collins to newer artists, whom I believe are pursuing a similar vision, such as Phoenix, Alex Cameron, Cage the Elephant, Sam Fender, Fat White Family, etc…”


Star Killer’ is now available everywhere digitally across online stores and streaming platforms. The full EP, ripe with five tracks, is scheduled for release on Friday, April 24.

Ender Bender Brings Synth-Pop Debut Single Star Killer To Life

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Jordan Merrick Returns to His Roots with New Single Millennial Blues


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One of Brisbane’s favourite folk singer-songwritersJordan Merrick, has not slowed down since the release of his debut album ‘Night Music’ (released October 2019) and with his new single ‘Millennial Blues’, he is returning to his roots.

In Merrick’s debut album, he explored a new sound from that of his previous two EP’s (released in 2017). Venturing through blues, folk, rock, country and elements of vaudeville, this studio project involved big arrangements comprised of layers of instruments.

Together, Merrick’s debut album and previous EP’s have seen support from Triple JDouble JABC RadioRAGEMTV AustraliatheMusicPile RatsAU ReviewRhythms Mag and community radio where he has landed in the AMRAP charts a number of times.

Now, for ‘Millennial Blues’, Merrick has returned to his humble sound made simply with his poetic lyrics and an acoustic guitar. Merrick creates a settling and peaceful mood with his feathery touch on the guitar and his distinct Australiana vocal tone. Despite the lyrics contemporary message, Merrick’s sound opens a doorway to a distant, simpler time.

Jordan Merrick describes the meaning behind ‘Millennial Blues’:

“‘Millennial Blues’ chronicles the world my generation was born into – the social media age where we’re constantly surrounded by the pressure of appearance and image. We’re a generation amassing stupendous debt to get qualifications to one day pay off said debt.”

Jordan Merrick was to perform on the 18th of April at Brisbane’s Junk Bar alongside JB Paterson, Ruby Gilbert and Lisa De Angeis. (postponed due to Covid 19 pandemic)

See more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/486915912190471/

Jordan Merrick Returns to His Roots with New Single Millennial Blues

LINKS TO JORDAN MERRICK

Website: http://jordanmerrick.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JordanMerrickMusic/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/infolkwetrust 

Bandcamp: https://jordanmerrick.bandcamp.com/ 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ahcACj3s9GCO561Tja3Mj

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Rich Delinquent Outstanding Debut EP DM Me If You Need To


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Following on from the success of his latest single “It’s Cold Where I’m From”Melbourne based singer/producer Rich Delinquent has returned with the epic fourth single from his debut EP of the same title DM If You Need To.

Rich Delinquent explain “the EP as whole stems from personal experiences, touching on battles with life’s hardships. Ultimately “DM If You Need To” is a songwriting form of catharsis to keep the demons at bay.”

Influenced by the likes of The WeekndBring Me the Horizon, and Odesza, the EP is entirely self-produced by Rich Delinquent in his Melbourne home studio, with the tracks deriving from a very clear vision of blending different genres of music to create something fresh with his voice being the anchor of the entire project. Rich Delinquent explain 

“writing this EP was a blur. Some was done on the road whilst touring a different project, some was done abroad and some was done in my home studio. The whole project came from a very dark place that I don’t wish to share publicly yet.”

A self proclaimed “absolute perfectionist”, the writing and recording process for Rich Delinquent’s debut EP was extremely tedious – “I’ll do hundreds of takes of a song until it is perfect and need minimal tuning if any.” 

Fans are set to benefit from this perfectionist attitude, with the five track EP providing a captivating insight into the artist’s personality, passion for music, and life in general.

Rich Delinquent Outstanding Debut EP DM Me If You Need To

LINKS TO RICH DELINQUENT

Website: https://www.richdelinquent.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richdelinquent/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richdelinquent/

Fanlink: https://fanlink.to/dmifyouneedto

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New Zealands Ronél Hunter Took A Chance with New Music


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New Zealand recording artist Ronél Hunter announces the release of her new album ‘Move at Will’. Along with her album she is releasing her 3rd single  ‘Took a Chance’ along with a beautiful new music video.

‘Took A Chance’ is a song that Ronél wrote about her husband. It tells their story in a nutshell. When they first met Ronél had just come out of a relationship and she wasn’t ready for something else. He, however, was very persistent and he won her over and has stuck by her through all her “crazy and sane times”.

Ronél said .. “Move At Will tells of my search for freedom over the past ten years. Here in New Zealand, I met and married my amazing husband and we have three beautiful children. It’s here that I’ve been able to find true freedom in Christ.  There have been many highs and a few lows …..”Freedom always has its price.  Some days it will charge you twice.”

My journey has included walking through depression, which I experienced after the birth of our third child, and I’ve learned to work through the loss of loved ones and cope with missing family and friends in South Africa. “

Ronél Hunter is a Singer Songwriter based in Kaka Point New Zealand. Originally from South Africa, Ronél played at the local folk festivals, before she settled in New Zealand in 2009, and married her Kiwi husband in 2011. Ronél writes songs about real life and is a firm believer in being real and being yourself. At the heart, Ronél is a storyteller. With musical influences such as Tracy Chapman, Guy Clark, Dolly Parton, Karen Zoid and Alanis Morissette, her focus is on the story a song has to tell and the emotion behind it, rather than being concerned about the genre. She has the ability to step into a song and to become a part of the story, as she takes the audience with her on a beautiful journey of discovering the heart of each song.

New Zealands Ronél Hunter Took A Chance with New Music

LINKS TO RONEl HUNTER

Website: https://grietappel.wixsite.com/ronelhunter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HisSongs1byronelhunter/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronelkapphunter/

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHgaBT-XiR-oqDPbWVekPKQ

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Ella Fence Shows How it’s Done in Trying Times for Artists


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Saturday night until this wild ride is over (starting TONIGHT 6:30PM, Australian Eastern Standard Time), Ella Fence will be performing an hour set that you can live stream from the comfort of your own home.

The show will be ‘Ella Fence: Solo & Electric ‘ and will feature her originals mixed with a selection of hand-picked covers.

The performance will be a $5.00AUD admission ($6.36AUD with the booking fee) and will be streamed on Facebook Live (in a private group I’ll add you to).

BUT ALSO! If parting with any cash at the moment is out of the question, Ella will be offering a FREE ticket option. “Do don’t worry I’ve got you”, says Ella. There’s also an opportunity to pay extra if want to and feel you can. 

“Let’s say no to feelings of separation and loneliness in these isolating times and stick together through the uncertainty and anxiety. So curl up on the couch or dance around your living room with me, let’s do this together. xxx”

 

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Music Festivals Hit Hard by Coronavirus: This Startup Has the Data


 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, music festivals are announcing cancelations or postponing dates on a daily basis. This puts economic strain on not only the performing artists, event organizers, and the teams involved, but also on anyone with flights, hotels, and festival tickets already booked and paid for months in advance, now struggling to get info in time to get their bookings refunded. To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at www.sickfestivals.com, updated daily.

The service monitors around 5,000 festivals worldwide and lets you know which ones are canceled or postponed, so you can plan accordingly. The data is sourced from Viberate’s massive global database of artists, venues, events, and festivals. Currently, they’ve identified 141 canceled and 185 postponed festivals.

The idea for Sick Festivals came when one of the startup’s founders, renowned techno DJ UMEK, started getting an avalanche of show cancellations: 

“Just a week ago, I played on the Resistance stage at Ultra in Melbourne and Sydney, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. When I landed back home and turned my phone back on, most of my upcoming gigs had already disappeared from my calendar. That was when I realized how serious this outbreak had become in a matter of days. It feels eerily dystopian. Now it’s up to us to do whatever we can to manage the damage. At Viberate, we quickly put together a service that we hope will help people see what’s going on with the festival they had been planning to visit, and shed a light onto the industry professionals’ income loss, which is no laughing matter.

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Music Festivals Hit Hard by Coronavirus: This Startup Has the Data