Nov 30, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Lazhar (E46)

About: Lazhar


"In the beginning of 2009, Lazhar recorded the first tracks for their album that was released in November of the same year. With these songs, the band appeared on the airwaves of several national radio stations (Virgin Radio, le Mouv’) and landed a couple gigs. At the end of March 2010, they won the Jeunes Charrues du 29 contest and took part in RTL2 Pop Rock Tour. In May they played in the first part of SUPERBUS and in July they took the main stage in Jeudis du Port à Brest.
Also, in the beginning of 2010 Lazhar recorded their single Hanna on English label Baby Foot Records. In June the track hit the radio and took 9th place in Top-40 chart in France a month later."
 

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what? 
No! We like spiders, water (we are Breton) and zombies; but we are Celtic and the Celtic were always afraid that " the sky falls them on the head "!

Nov 29, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Riccardo Perotti (E46)

About: Riccardo Perotti from Weston, USA



"RICCARDO PEROTTI is one of Ecuador's top contemporary artists. Not only has he sat comfortably at the #1 position in national radio charts for over 70 weeks since his first appearance in 1990, but has also written and conducted symphonic music, theatrical plays and award winning film scores, created ambitious multidisciplinary shows and produced the first and only rock festival inside the crater of a volcano!"

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Snakes!!!!!!

2). If you wouldn't have become an artist, what would you be?   
Always wanted to be a marine biologist, until I realized - in time- that, no matter what, I'd end up being a musician. So I went to music school instead (Berklee).

Nov 26, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Pierre Opperman (E46)

About: Pierre Opperman 

"Pierre’s song-writing skills were born during a difficult year, in 2000, whilst living in a caravan on the South Coast of Natal, and continued during the latter years where he has been living in Knysna for the past ten years.
Now, with almost a complete album ready, his music has been heard on many European and USA online-radio, and campus radio-stations, including two music-videos on Youtube.
His voice and music-style has more than often, been compared to the likes of David Gray, Cat Stevens, Willie Nelson, and even Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. In 2000 a demo-album, consisting of two songs, “Who’s to know” and “In & Out” were recorded at Manley Studios, Pretoria."



1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Only phobia i have,is about not getting enough airplay on radio-stations(lol)

Nov 25, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 46 Playlist

Week November 25 - December 2
ArenaCast Episode includes:



# Artist Track
1 The Element Booty Wobble
2 Back Alley Players G-string Blues
3 Pierre Opperman Slow Train
4 Ngina Fayola Numbers
5 Lerone Summertime In Da Hood
6 Dat Boy Fresh Dat Boy Fresh Reminisce Ft Aishan
7 Riccardo Perotti Angeles De Paso
8 Lazhar A Moi La Chance
9 Chasing Arrows Dreams Of Mary
10 Pawn Shop Saints Coal Miner's Love Song

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Nov 24, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Dean Carroll Earthworker (E45)

About: Dean Carroll Earthworker from Darwin, Australia

"Dean spent the best part of 6 months travelling Australia busking and writing the album - which is still blessed with riffs and melodies hes held onto since 2007.
Originally beginning his journey down in southern NSW Perisher Valley, dean ventured back up the east coast of Australia all the way to Cairns and then across the desert and north to Darwin. With nothing but his guitar and Didge Dean survived and lit the way he envisioned his song writing to become."


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
not really.

Featured Artist interview: Wily Bo Walker (E45)

About: Wily Bo Walker


"FOR HIS FORTHCOMING SOLO ALBUM 'MOON OVER INDIGO', WILY BO HAS BEEN WORKING WITH NEW YORK'S DEMON SONG ARRANGER DANNY FLAM
THEY HAVE ENLISTED THE HELP OF PATTY SMYTH'S BACKING BAND 'SCANDAL' AS RHYTHM SECTION, FEATURING KEITH MACK - GUITAR, TOM WELSCH - BASS, BENJY KING - HAMMOND AND KEYBOARDS, ERAN ASIAS - DRUMS.
ADDITIONAL KEYBOARDS ARE BY RUSLAN AGABABAYEV
THE ALBUM SHOWCASES THE HIPPEST BRASS SECTION IN TOWN 'NEW YORK BRASS' FEATURING DANNY FLAM (ISRAELI PHILHARMONIC), KENNY RAMPTON (RAY CHARLES), RON BERTOLET (BOBBY CALDWELL), MIKE MCGOVERN (BUDDY RICH) AND MARK GATZ (VAN MORRISON, STEVE GADD)
STRING SECTION IS COURTESY OF CENOVIA CUMMINS' STRING QUARTET (BARBARA STREISAND, ROD STEWART, DEPECHE MODE)
BACKING VOCALS AND BACKING VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE COURTESY OF KARENA KELLY (THE HEARTBEATS, THE VAMPIRETTES)


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what? 
Phobias? - Hmm!! Politicians and organised religion of any denomination. Any sort of fascism really.

Nov 23, 2010

Featured Artist interview: C.B.G Crowned to Be Great (E45)

About: C.B.G Crowned to Be Great  Miami, USA

"Miami, Florida - Crowned To Be Great (aka C.B.G.) is a duo group with members, McKenzie Corporal (aka Untamed) and Jeff St. George (aka JP) at the helm. Both were born and raised in Miami Dade County. In the beginning, however, there were 4 members with a group name of C.B.G. Cherry Bay Goons. But with the passing of one of their members, Charlie Bell (aka Scoot) and the departure of another member, the duo remained stead fast and continued their quest. Meeting D.C. Bryant on open mic night gave the duo that edge they needed. D.C. Bryant began to develop the group and that was the start of C.B.G’s new sound and new quest."

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
No we do not have any phobia that we no of we just some plan dudes that do everything with nothing making us scared

Featured Artist interview: ScarKord (E45)

About: ScarKord 

"The first official ScarKord release was a remix of Donkey Tugger's'Burnt Sienna', released in 2004. This was soon followed by an original ScarKord track 'Cosmonaut', which appeared on the Annexia compilation album, released in 2005. Around this time, Jason also collaborated with George Fox aka UTM on a new arrangement of his track 'Get By'. After completing a number of unofficial Jesus Jones remixes, one of which was voted 'Best fan mix' by members of the Jesus Jones forum, the ScarKord remix of 'Culture Vulture' was made available for exclusive download from the Jesus Jones website. 'Losing', featured on the soundtrack to the short film "


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
I've recently started suffering from vertigo actually, which is weird as heights never used to worry me in the past. I guess it's more the fear of falling which gets me really.

Nov 22, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Spider (E45)

About: Spider from Spring Hill, Florida

"Soon to retire 24 year Army veteran turned musician. A native New Yorker, (Glen Cove, Long Island) now in Florida."


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
I have a phobia about heights, which is strange because I'm a paratrooper. It's my high. I trust my training and equipment so I just go for it! (correction, I used to)

Nov 19, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Amelie Starr (E43)

About: Amelie Starr

"Hello,My name is Amelie Starr i enjoy writing my lyrics/performing and within 12 months i am so determined ill make it!!! i work so hard networking/writing my music and trying to put it ouththere for everyone to see.As i said i am determined/hard working/friendly & positive, "I WILL SUCCEED,HAHA!!"




1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
My worst phobia is Heights its when i go on a Balcony or high stairs,fair ground rides that are very high.I nearly pass out its awful.

Featured Artist interview: Carlene Thissen (E44)

About: Carlene Thissen

"Music has always been part of my life. My father sang and played the banjo, guitar, piano and accordion. When we were young, my sister Kathy and I would do duets with him in the taverns where he played and sang with his friends...
 ...After a 25 year career in business, I am now back to my "real self" and am a seriously aspiring singer/songwriter. I'm learning all I can and hope to be a success at it --- soon. I have 18 songs done, and am writing more music that will touch people's hearts and maybe help change the world.

Peace."


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Claustro -- particularly bridges and tunnels. I even have trouble in drive-through car washes. But a friend told me it's impossible to be afraid when you're singing, so that's what I do, and it works! But I still stay out of caves whenever possible.

Nov 18, 2010

Featured Artist interview:Donna D'Urbano (E45)

About: Donna D'Urbano from Argentina

" Donna D'urbano sings in different countries and languages. At the moment she dictates courses of sing and musictherapy /expresi òn on stage /. For initiates and professionals. Donna sings in private events for great halls.her versatility enables her to sing in differents styles which includes blues jazz,bossa,rock,pop,and tango from her loved Buenos Aires. Her melodic voice and stage presence continues to enchant audiences. In fact her voice was once referred to as a female Elvis Presley. Presently Donna D’urbano performs in concerts in her native Buenos Aires. She is preparing to tour the United States."


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
NO I DONT HAVE ANY PHOBIA

Nov 17, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 45 Playlist

Week November 17 -24
ArenaCast Episode includes:




# Artist Track
1 Crowned To Be Great Rip It Up
2 Spider You And I
3 Donna D'Urbano Oh Darling
4 Pressure Ready 4 Whateva
5 Scarkord It Is Forbidden
6 Wily Bo Walker Drive
7 John Whelan Kidd Building Walls
8 Paul Pritchard The Core
9 Jawbone Girl
10 Dean Carroll Earthworker Who's Comin' Along?




Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: Bob George (E44)

About: Bob George from UK

"...ello!! i'm bob george, lyricist from the UK looking for co-writing/publishing opportunities :)
i have been writing rhymes for around 20 years now, but up until recently tho, this was purely for my own enjoyment, but with encouragement from some of my very good friends, things have changed!
after some success in the songoftheyear.com contest 2009 (recommended artist & runner up status), i decided to put my work "out there", and am glad 2 say that with the help of 2 very talented artists, tayeb tyy (france) & abank iman brata (indonesia), i now have demo's 4 both me & u 2 listen to, & hopefully enjoy :)
well that's me in a nutshell!!..."

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?  
My phobia, corderoy

Nov 16, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Ty Hannah (E44)

About: Ty Hannah 

"Ty Hannah is truly talented as a songwriter, actor and artist. Ty also has been recognized as Orlando, Florida's Spotlight artist of Power 95.3, in 2010 for his new single from the album "For the Love of Music" exposes Ty gaining head way as he is rising in the ranks.."
1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Ty Hannah:Yes my only phobia is Arachnophobia, spiders freak me out loool because of their bite, no matter how small or big or poisonous, they pack a dangerous and unwanted bite...

2). If you wouldn't have become an artist, what would you be?
Ty Hannah: If i wasn't an artist id most likely be a disc jockey.

Featured Artist interview: KING CYRIS (E44)

About: KING CYRIS from USA

"In 1995, I moved to the home of the Florida Gators in Gainesville, Florida and started a rap group called Southern Spice Flavor. The University of Florida asked us to do a fight song for the football team in 1997. However, we didn't get a chance to record the song because I was forced to go on a free vacation, compliments of the Department of Justice. Shortly after the trip, I got back together with the group. We opened for Trick Daddy, J.T. Money and the Poison Clan in front of a crowd of 5,000 people, and we rocked it. The fame lasted for about 2 months, and we loved every minute of it. Shortly after that, we joined a Rock-N-Roll band named Kitchens Of Soul. Now that was something serious. We performed all over Florida from Tallahassee to South Beach with artists like Sister Hazel, Creed, Seven Dust, One Drop, The Roots, James Brown, and a show for Playboy. We became stars, but along with that came the drugs; the more we did, the deeper I got. In 1999, I clocked out of the game for minute to refocus. In 2003, I relocated to Orlando where the King was born and reunited with the second love of my life: Music."

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what? 
No

Nov 15, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Daniel Allen(E44)

About: Daniel Allin  from England


"I'm a keen Trance music producer. I've been making music since the tender age of 15 without displaying any of my work within a public forum. Your feedback will be greatly received..."

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
I wouldn't say I have a phobia or at least I haven't come across any so far. I do however hate feet and think they should be covered up at all times!

2). If you wouldn't have become an artist, what would you be? 
I'm a mere part time artist to be honest and do it for the love of music. I am a logistics director so my day job is very different but would love to make a career from music.

Featured Artist interview: Ease Band (E43)

About: Ease Band from Glasgow & Dunfermline, Scotland

"We are an up and coming group from Scotland. Our style is varied, covering folk rock to country music and celtic to ambient. Our music is available to buy on Amazon.com, eMusic and Napster. Please take some time to listen to the selection of songs that we have included and leave your comments.
Amy,our lead vocalist, is also a presenter on Celtic Music Radio on Sunday Afternoons, UK time.
"


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
I am frightened of snakes and clowns

Nov 12, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Sherlock Art (E42)

About: Sherlock Art from Leeds, UK
"Sherlock Art undeniable talent and lyrical dexterity has taken him to one of Jamaica’s biggest music producer, Bobby Digital, who then invited him to Kingston to his recording studio. Unfortunately he was on a very long waiting list with more well known reggae artist waiting to record songs but at the same time it was the best experience he could wish for at that time, seeing the other artist doing their work in the studio.
In 2002, he moved to the UK and worked in the industrial business while working and singing every day. Colleagues would always suggest to him to go on talent shows but Sherlock Art was never interested in doing that, he wanted to find out more about UK music and settle down to a new life in 2006. In 2009 he began recording his first official album"

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Snakes

Nov 11, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 44 Playlist

Week November 11 - 18

ArenaCast Episode includes:




# Artist Track
1 Carlene Thissen Dance
2 Ideal Zero Free Again
3 Ghost Black Get To Know You
4 Daniel Allin Perfect Morning
5 Ty Hannah For The Love Of Music
6 Magazine Gap Slipstream
7 Bob George Someu
8 King Cyris I Love This Song.
9 Dj Truff The Lost Notes Of Sorrow
10 Jimmy Hayes Story Of My Life

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: H-O-T (Hell On The Trax) (E43)

About: H-O-T (Hell On The Trax) 

"H-O-T (Hell On Trax) is the 1st artist from the Money Green Camp to debut with his solo, alter ego album "H-O-T in the Streets/in the Sheets." The South Florida raised artist is also the head of the Money Green Camp, an independent label and entertainment group from South Florida. He holds titles such as producer, CEO, manager, and songwriter, just to name a few. As an artist, H-O-T approaches the industry with a "more than just a rapper" view and attitude. H-O-T can be best described as a modern day southern version of L.L. Cool J mixed with 50 Cent. Although he tells tales of growing up on the mean streets of South Florida, he also unleashes sensual, seductive, “sex music” as well." 



1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Phobia? I have a non-productive phobia. Lol. But seriously, I cnt stand being or being around people who are non productive. I try 2 make evertday count for something wether it's small or big.

Nov 9, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Matt Dene (E43)

About: Matt Dene from Chatham, England

"Matt is the ex-lead singer of 5 piece Original Rock Band Dayfall who were based in Kent. Matt Dene was the songwriter as well as lead vocalist. Matt formed Dayfall in 2004 because he wanted to get his music heard, as it is a little different from the norm. He writes all his songs on Cubase, and are keyboard based...Our original material was frequently likened to our influences, "a cross between 'Nine Inch Nails' and 'Depeche Mode..."


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
I do not have any phobias as far as I am aware :)

Nov 8, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Yahaloma (E43)

About: Yahaloma  from Florida


"Since 1990 Yahaloma has played with bands such as Natures Vibe, and opened up for George Clinton and P-Funk, Shabba Ranks, Mary Mary, and doing many, highly requested, local shows in South Florida and Atlanta Georgia, & Co-wrote an album with The Commodores “Brick House” Walter Orange and Craig Deanto (Child Activist. She has also recently performed at The Queens of the Community in Atlanta Georgia honoring the mothers of celebrity artists T-Pain, Neo, and Little Wayne, for their contributions to the community..."


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Yes. LOL I have a fear of falling. It's my mothers fault for dropping me so much, lol. She would fall asleep and I would fall off her lap. Go figure, now I don't even liked to be carried.

Featured Artist interview: Mark Stothard (E43)

About: Mark Stothard from Liverpool

"...When watching a film, I have difficulty remembering what the film was about as I concentrate mainly on the film score.
This is the style I try to emulate with my work.
My goal is to create musical ironies that draw the listener in and have them listen intently and try to figure out where the music is going."
In a sense, I strive..."


1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
I am terrified of Dogs. I was attacked at the age of four by two Alsatian dogs. This left me in a pretty bad way.
A little poodle only has to look at me and I’m off running for miles.
There’s nothing worse than a poodle chasing you down the street.

Nov 4, 2010

Featured Artist interview: DJ Jayscho (E42)

About: DJ Jayscho 

"Colour is the keyboard, eye's are the harmony, the soul is a piano with any strings, the artist is the hand that play's, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul. please go to staticfunk site or rhythm theory for this contact..."
1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Everyday i spend all my time producing...

Nov 3, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 43 Playlist

Week November 3 - 10

ArenaCast Episode includes:




# Artist Track
1 Amelie Starr Vodka Girl (a Starr Slammer)
2 X Opus Band Angels Of War
3 Easeband Another World
4 Mark Stothard The Other Side
5 Adam Son The Lost One
6 Matt Dene Alone
7 Awkward Squad The Jaekies
8 Yahaloma Everything Will Be Alright
9 Hot Hell On Trax Talk Of The City
10 Boggy Creek I Don't Think Ya Do

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: Panic Cell (E42)

About: Panic Cell

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day? 
I spend literally everyday doing something that's music related and to do with Panic Cell.  Anything from writing a new riff, a melody to dealing with band business.  There's no time to stop when you are so passionate about music and want to succeed.

2). What does your family think about your music? 
My family have been behind me ever since i decided i want to take music more seriously and have been supporting me the 7 plus years I've really focused on music.  My fiance especially has really been supportive and without her it would be a struggle.  My family and friends like the music generally, Crazy especially has been very well received.

Nov 2, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Snew (E42)

About: Snew from Hollywood

"SNEW was formed in 2005 in Hollywood, CA by guitarist Andy Lux, singer Curtis Don Vito, bassist Cat Tate and drummer Mark Ohrenberger for the sole purpose of making the kind of hard rocking music they know and love. Bands like AC/DC, Motörhead, The Stooges, MC5, Ramones, GNR, The Cult and Kiss all smacked you in the face with raw electrified monster rock and roll. Add Snew to that list.
If it's too loud... Snew You!"


1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
As much time as I can possibly manage (in other words – LOTS).

Featured Artist interview: Phil Stanmore (E42)

About: Phil Stanmore

"After 12+ years of writing, recording and performing music in the bands Sacred Ace & Ninety Seven, since the start of 2010, i had the itch to branch out into the unchartered waters of pursuing a solo career.
After many months writing and recording and getting over that initial hurdle, of my first solo performance, i'm looking to take things to the next level of gigging regularly and releasing an album in support..."

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
I spend about 2-3 hours a day, Monday through to Friday, writing and performing music, time I find in-between working a day job, though one day hopefully music will be my day job. At the weekend 7-8 hours a day. A lot of this time lately has been spent recording new music.
Re listening to music, any chance I get! Whether it’s discovering new music or re-living the classics! I have quite a big collection of cd's that i always like to revisit any chance i get.

Nov 1, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Maximus (E42)

About: Maximus from London

"Fell from mars, was found some where on earth unconscious with a microphone attached to his arm. Maximus was born to rap and will soon take his place in music history..." 

 
1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Im currently working as a model, I love producing and try to write at least one song a day, over the passed year I have done a few performances, but no where near the amount I would have liked to. I listen to music everyday, I sleep too music, music guides me through the day. 

Featured Artist interview: Wax Ersatz (E42)

About: Wax Ersatz

"Wax Ersatz have been together since March 2010 and have played numerous gigs around Nottingham and London. We try and stray away from writing music that sounds too generic, and try to make our songs sound different from one another. There's no point in writing the same song over and over again. Unless you're AC/DC. But what a great song that is..."

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Stu - Well as I'm unemployed at the moment, most of my time goes on playing music, writing new tracks and recording.
Matthew - I am at university, so that takes up a lot of time, but I listen to music a lot and play and write when I have have some free time.