Dec 30, 2010

Featured Artist interview:Solitude Within (E51)

About: Solitude Within from Buenos Aires

"Solitude Within is a solo-project started by Lucas Wetzels to express the musical side of his ever busy mind - a labyrinth where architecture, philosophy and music are intertwined and always cross paths. Writing, production, mixing and album artwork are all done by Lucas to fully express the mood he envisions. The outcome is some atmospheric and layered music leaning towards progressive rock, with a little touch of metal and some guitar-stuff thrown in for good measure. With his second album ‘A Hundred Year Ocean’ finished, he is now working on the third album titled ‘The Solitary Tree’."

1).How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
I would probably save most of it, but spend a bit of it travelling around the world and writing texts and music on the road, inspired by landscapes, people, etc...and I probably couldn't resist getting some more music gear as well.

Dec 29, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 51 Playlist

Week December 29 - January 4
This week: 51th episode of ArenaCast is dedicated to the music from city of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Frezita Hookie Party
2 Claudio Stolen Moments
3 Talcott Douglas Parsons Vacuum In My Heart
4 Naposan Amagando
5 Rastaj Lenguaje. By Rasta J
6 Superlasciva Seducciones Violentas
7 Charly Bonavita La Memoria Del Pez
8 Gonzaloalvarez88 It Hurts Me
9 Solitude Within Reverence
10 Pol Bolea Batmandeluxe - Todos Los Relojes De La Noche

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Dec 23, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 50 Playlist

Week December 16 - December 23
This week: On this episode you can hear about new Avant album titled The Letter and some Christmas thoughts. Also Bryan talks about US Lawmakers Introduce New Net Neutrality Bill and Apple TV.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Jennell L We Good. Feat Ladie Ayce
2 Y.B. Talkin Bout Us
3 Muggs God Dam Star
4 Freshjackson Cali G'z
5 Peso Da Trucka The Kringle Mingle
6 Lil Head Productionz Anotha Day-lil Head Beats
7 Roc Don Stay Wit Me
8 S-Ross When You Think About Me
9 Northstarz Entertainment Monster Musik
10 Young Chitown What That Booty Do

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: Cool Ass Cris! (E48)

About: Cool Ass Cris! from Oakland, California

"Cool Ass Cris! 1/2 of the Group T.M.F! (aka) Tha Muthafuckaz! Started off in the Mid 90's with Platinum Group Digital Underground where he learned his music & business skills working with artist such as Shock G, Money B, 2 pac, The Luniz an many others, he has opened for such artist as Digital Underground, Too Short, Mack 10, Sir Mixalot and others. In 2000 he established his own Label Contagiouz Entertainment which he Released his group T.M.F!, Their first Album Chill Wit Us! was a 15 Track Banger that put him on the Local scene. The next album Skool Of Hard Knocks! left a mark that T.M.F! was here to stay, with the success of both albums the group decided to show their own unique style an release their own solo projects which brings us here his Debut Solo Album Cool Ass Cris! Tha Ghetto Messiah! He has Resurrected so all Fake ass, Artist & Producer's can Repent for their sin's of Wackness an Bullshit and music lover's can be saved from the False persona the Industry has led them to believe what is Hot, by leaving Real Rap & Artist out! 2010 The Ghetto Messiah shall Return"

1).How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
Very,Very Slow, 1st Investing in my Label Contagiouz Entertainment & my artist, Recording,Marketing,Promo,etc.. Taking care of my household & family, then saving the rest until I make another Mill or 2.

Dec 22, 2010

Featured Artist interview: _DRILLA_ (E49)

About:_DRILLA_ from  East Moline, USA

"I First fell in love with this power tha music has about a year ago.. Officiallly! Ive been rappin since I was in 7th grade and havent stop! Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall.. I wouldnt stop maken music until My craft was perfected! Hope You Enjoy! Iz _DRILLA_"

1).How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
Start my own record label..

Dec 21, 2010

Featured Artist interview: CenterPeace (E49)

About: Center Peace from Los Angeles

"The music of CenterPeace was written primarily by Dave Haddad, a professional drummer, producer/composer and studio owner in the Los Angeles. Through the process of developing his songs into their final forms, Dave decided to open up and collaborate with some of his closest musician and singer friends. It was through these relationships that the sound of CenterPeace was conceived and with persistence and professionalism at every level, Dave Haddad and his management team of loyal and capable companions are now bringing this unique 'world pop' sound from CenterPeace, to the masses."

1).How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
I would buy more top of the line recording gear then record and release endless amounts of quality music. Oh and take an extended vacation to Australia.

Featured Artist interview: Jaway (E49)

About: Jaway from Los Angeles

"Jaway has emotions and feelings so strong and deep within and has done his best to reflect them into his debut album- Decontee, which means there is time for everything, in his tribe- Kru.
When asked what he’s seeking from music, Jaway said, “The opportunity to share my passion and soul with the world and make a positive difference.

Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA)- nominated Jaway as Liberian- Artist of the Year-2009 and he also topped the LA- R&B charts for Reverbnation in March of 2010 holding it for straight three weeks." 

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
I will first give 10% to the church, get financial advisers to help me set up an investment portfolio for my family and I future, invest in the educational, and social economical conditions in Liberia by creating opportunities for jobs and constructing reliable and competitive schools that will teach the underprivileged children about good morals, about their importance to our future, about good hygiene, about the value of social interaction, about developing self confidence and pride, and about respecting themselves and others. Finally, I will seek opportunities to give back to my community and those in need.

Dec 20, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Christine Bauer (E49)

About:Christine Bauer

"Christine was born in England and moved to Canada as a young adolescent. She lived in numerous places such as Winnipeg and Montreal, before settling down in an isolated community in the wilderness of northern Ontario. By fourteen she was playing guitar and writing her own songs. At Age 18 she won a provincial singer songwriting contest. By her midtwenties Bauer had developed her distintive, throaty voice and began touring the fairs and festivals of Manitoba, Ontario and northern Minesota. In 1997 she received critical acclaim for an all-original CD, which received national airplay on radio stations across Canada.“The Last Ore Train”, was recorded live for the sound track of People Patterns, a television documentary series.
In the winter of 2009, After a twelve year hiatus, Christine rekindled her fiery passion of music."

1).How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
If I had a million dollars I'd buy a sailboat and sail around the world a few times.

Featured Artist interview: Cowboy Bob Wallace (E49)

About: Cowboy Bob Wallace from Big Bear City, California.

"After serving as the on site Volunteers coordinator at Camp Gulfside in Waveland, Mississippi in 2007 for several months, I began writing Christian/Gospel songs and here I am barely 3 years later releasing my 5th album project, "The Heavenly Nation". God is surely good to those who answer His call. I am a singer/songwriter from Big Bear City, California."

1).How would you spend a million dollars if you had it? 
If I had a million dollars, I would 1st tithe a portion to the church. I would pay off some bills, then I would use a portion to finance my music ministry and set aside a portion for investing in retirement.

Dec 17, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Geri X (E48)

About: Geri X

"Bulgarian-born Geri X is a composer, a musician and a singer hard to put a label on. Fans and critics spotted it from the moment she broke onto the Tampa Bay music scene: Geri is an artist with a singular sound you have not heard before. One can see it in the way she confidently plays her Babicz guitar, eyes half open and soul pouring out with a rich, crisp and mesmerizing voice.
What started with a classical training in piano, guitar and voice, evolving out of a broad and eclectic blend of influences, has become wonderfully her own. In the process of sharing her songs, Geri bares her soul to ease the audience’s emotions. It is the strength of the voice and the charge to each word that draws them to a halt. “Geri X is a poet, rebel, and a singer with a voice that is demanding to be heard. She carries the intensity of a Mike Tyson punch with the serene beauty of one of the best female vocalists of this era” (L.A. Post)
She has received countless accolades for her work, including Creative Loafing’s Best Singer Songwriter for 2 years in a row, as well as playing Summerfest and Steel Bridge Song Festival in the last few years.
Aside from being a workaholic and an alluring performer, often carrying out few shows in a day, Geri is a prolific songwriter. This is a fundamental quality, which combined with her work ethic and the gift of sharing make her a true artist: one you can connect to.
Whether with a full band or on stage with just a guitar, she is simply captivating. One only needs to experience it." 

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it? 
I would buy a new pair of sock every day. No better feeling than a brand new pair on your feet. Wasteful? Maybe. Awesome? Absolutely.

Featured Artist interview: Illicit Disco (E48)

About: Illicit Disco from UK

"Formed in the Shire around the funky time that was the summer of 2009. This group of 4 friends have been working hard to create a sound full of youthful exuberance, high energy and cheeky hooks that manifests itself into songs and bonds that sound and look very natural to this musical outfit."

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
Buy our drummer a drum kit, buy a band house with built in studio and bar of course.

Dec 16, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 49 Playlist

Week December 16 - December 23
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Mr J Stylz Can't Let U Go
2 CenterPeace Generations
3 Jaway Fantasy
4 Cowboy Bob Wallace The Good Shepherd
5 Caprice Classic So Gone
6 Nen My Weekend- N.e.n.
7 Drilla Backstabbers
8 Fa'Darryl Last Man Standing
9 York Bring Back Your Love
10 Christine Bauer Thinking Of You

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: Sounds Like Shavon (E48)

About: Sounds Like Shavon

"I have traveled the world in search for a freedom unlike any other. Every corner of the world has a different hue, has a new set of rules and a point of view' Scotland gave me life, New york showed me life, and London made it all worth it!"

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
I would settle myself and my family in england and put my studio together top Knotch' then I would get the bands I been workin with together for some recording and major marketing and we would be off around the world on tour... woo hoo

Dec 15, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Jay Delph (E48)

About: Jay Delph from USA

"Formaly from the Super group Da BarberShop Emcees out the likwit crew known as Da barber Juice . Started his own mix cd's that has reach over 1.5 mil listeners , produced tracks for major and unsigned artist from HipHop to R&B , currently working on his 1st debut Lp put out under Shop Productions / Upscale Ent." 

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
If I had a million dollars , 1st I would put aside my kids College Tuition, pay off all debts , build a basketball clinic , give money for a cure of cancer , help people start new lives.

Dec 14, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Aleksandra Saychuk (E48)

About: Aleksandra Saychuk from Ukraine

"Meet - Alexandrа Saychuk. A professional composer (graduated NMAU Tchaikovsky, composer Dept., Kiev). Pianist (musical college im.Leontovicha, Vinnitsa)
Activities in the group "The Shore" keys, songwriter.
Teacher of musical and theoretical disciplines (private lessons)
Accompanist (Children's Choir "ORLYATKO" in Kiev, before 1998).
Author of the song"And the only Music" (1 place in the competition musical college im.Leontovicha, Vinnitsa ,90-e ).
Author ANTHEM SCHOOL № 115 (Kiev, 2005)
work in a restaurant pianist. 3-h. program with the singer Tatyana Fedko."

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
Help the poor and buy a spacious apartment, town house or property on the coast. As well as the development of my music project.

Dec 13, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Russel Carl (E48)

About: Russel Carl from USA

"Like many musicians, my life in music started out at the local church choir...piano soon followed.  Along the way to San Francisco Bay, played at more places than I can remember, altho some shows stand out more than others-the usual and unusual club, warehouse, restaurant and gin joint (I miss you, Berkeley Square!), performing music therapy at Napa State Hospital for the Criminally Insane (not as a patient, ha-ha), and open mike jamming with anyone willing.   I've learned  to take life less seriously (Thanks, Fluke & FZ ),  had the priviledge of teaching children, teen-agers, old men and women how to wrestle with the guitar, taught myself how to tune a piano, been on call for the Medical Marijuana Movement, and busked in the BART tubes."

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
If I had a million dollars, I would buy a piece of property to live on, and take a nice vacation (let's not forget to donate to charity...)!

Dec 9, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 48 Playlist

Week December 9 - December 16
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Aleksandra Saychuk The End...
2 Russell Carl The Magic Hour
3 Jaydelph Im The Reason Freestyle
4 Cool Ass Cris Put Yo Hands Up
5 Mike Willz 50% Of Yall Featuring Anubis
6 Sounds Like Shavon Falling Down
7 Geri X Simmer Down
8 Ephessus Ivy
9 Illicit Disco Cipher
10 Steel Day Breaking The Sound

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Dec 8, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Meera (E47)

About: Meera from Malaga

"I am a singer songwriter living in Malaga, Spain. I have formed a band called Fable 44 playing sacred contemporary music. I have been a musician all of my life but have only just started to trust that I can be who I am." 

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
I would buy new equipment to record - I´m using a G4 mac with logic 6 and feel a bit limited sometimes. A new mic, new keyboard etc. Solar power so I don´t get cut off every so often for not paying! travel to see my Brother in california and give him the money he needs to adopt a child and get back to having a home (he´s lost his because of the recession)

Dec 7, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Jaloes (E47)

About: Jaloes

"Jaloes is a spanish composer of instrumental minimalist music. His songs, made with piano and computers, are described as relaxing, melodic, rhythmic and repetitive. Some of his musical influences come from the American minimalist music, La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Phlip Glass, and later musicians who made an approach to this style, like Wim Mertens, Michael Nyman, John Adams and Yann Tiersen."

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
First I would pay off the mortgage. Then I would buy some new gear and maybe a good grand piano, and finally I would take a long vacation with my family.

Dec 6, 2010

Featured Artist interview: MachinetMusica (E47)

About: MachinetMusica from Malaga

"I´m a music composer from Spain and I love composing music for amateur films and games. I started playing electric guitar like many others and soon become more a composer than a performer. I´ve learned all by myself ,playing in garage bands, doing harmony and film scoring online courses and finally, composing with the computer for a few years.
I want to be hired by a game company and compose music for games for the rest of my life!"

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
Building my own professional studio with tons of guitars, drums and keyboards and spending the rest of my life making music.

Dec 3, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Whiskey (E47)

About: Whiskey from Tenerife

"I am the lead guitarist from The Traveller Blues Band...I write the material for the band and rearrange the songs we play from popular artists. I lay Slide Guitar, Weissenborne, Trumpet and cigar box blues..."

1). How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
I would do the things I wanted but not go crazy probably spend 250k the usual new car, new car for the wife, pay off my house and treat the kids to disney land and Lapland! if it went that far, depends on what car lol..
The rest I would invest into internet franchise ideas.

Dec 2, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Dat Boy Fresh (E46)

About: Dat Boy Fresh from London

"Whats up people! its Dat Boy Fresh!! im a up and coming artist from east london! ive been around the music scene for ten years from the garage days to the grime then to house and i write and producer my own stuff with 1 other my boy Matt D from dirtymindrecordings! and i've been performing my own stuff regular on the underground scene for the last 2 years! i've played at most of the major clubs in around london : egg, white house, o2, fabric lovebox, carnival (ect) and met my mangement in 09 nov and started working with nottinghill publishing and the likes of funkstar-deluxe, bodyrox, hot money! and been working towards my releases! my first release is out now Reminisce on all yr major download sites itunes (ect) and we would really appreciate all the support from uk! and i have another release in jan 2011 Successful and im so in love with u! and im featuring on 3 other uk artist singles that soon to be released in early 2011. checkout some of the snippets on! thanks keep yr heads like mine! Dat Boy Fresh aka Superman 1love"

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
Yes the sea. and because when i was young i swam out and look down and sore the sea bed fall in to darkness and thought SHARK! LOL

Dec 1, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 47 Playlist Cheers from Sunny Spain!

Hi guys! We have an exciting announcement for you regarding our podcast! We decided to try something new and special this week, so this episode of ArenaCast is dedicated to the music of Spain! Don't forget to check it out - we know you'll like it! We are planning to start doing episodes every couple of weeks that highlight the music from specific areas of the world, so instead of one podcast we will have two! Your country could be the next one!

Week December 1 - December 8
ArenaCast Episode includes:

Artist Track
1 3soncia Mas Que Nada
2 George Mileson I Wanna Be By Your Side
3 Machinetmusica Epic Sad Theme
4 Whiskey Another Lost Soul
5 Meera Señora Muerte
6 Dj Salim Dj Salim - Fabe - L Impertinance - Remix
7 PepeLux Alone In The Dark
8 Jaloes Stormy
9 Ef 303 The Ravers And The Moon
10 Jose Mora Zombie A (demo)

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: Pawn Shop Saints (E46)

 About: Pawn Shop Saints from Adams, Massachusetts

"Original co-front men, Jeb Barry and Mike O'Neill, for the 1980s-1990s power pop group The Typicals are back after several years of solo projects with the Americana-folk-alt country group, Pawn Shop Saints.
Playing their self-described "New England Americana" that has a harder feel and less of a bluegrass influence than most Americana genres. With a new batch of dozens of new songs, PSS began performing and recording in June 2010.
After working on solo projects the past decade, the two reunited in March of 2010 to form Pawn Shop Saints, an Americana folk group centered around the award winning songwriting of Barry and O'Neill.
Barry has written over 3000 songs in his career and has had over 10,000 downloads and listens from his solo efforts. O’Neil is a multi- instrumentalist, songwriter, and studio owner.
The result is a sparse, melodic, acoustic sound not often heard in the contemporary Americana genre.
All recording were done live in Mike’s basement studio with little or no overdub. Often the songs are recorded live with two microphones, usually in one take, and they include mistakes and all are included.
No computers, Pro Tools, or Auto tuners are used, nor will they ever be. What you hear is a realness often missing from so many current artists."

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?
I have no phobias at all, and no one else in the group has any obvious ones. We do dislike many things, like songs with drums mixed up too high, bad beer, and crappy PA’s