Feb 25, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Ackade (E59)

About: Ackade from Windsor, Canada

"I have been doing my music for a while now, 11 years to be exact and i was influenced by a lot of hiphop artist from the late 90s and the new school hiphop. it all started as poems and then channeled to music.
music is my life coz thats all i think of all day long. every where i go i always have new ideas of how to make music with everything i see.
um currently enrolled in the University doing my first year in Engineering and also working on my first ever mixtape, which i am almost done with, when i get a free time from school work.
My sound is different from all that is already in the music industry because i mix different cultures to cum up with it and thats what make me. i dont believe in only one sound, one has to be diverse so as to cater for every listener no matter which part of the world.
um currently working on a mixtape tittled DAY DREAMING, with tracks in a little bit of Spanish, French, my native languges but mostly English"

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
i would want to live in Brazil during summer season coz its beautiful during that time

Feb 24, 2011

ArenaCast Episode 59 Playlist

Week February 23 - February 28
This week: From this episode you will know everything about fresh album releases and interesting ways to discover brand new artists. Best music from R&R World artists included!  

ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Dreams Devil Lady
2 Ackade Motivation ft T-Pain
3 Kontrastprogramm Cigarette
4 Cody Miller Mister Magic
5 Kill The Lycan Rise Up
6 REJECT Walk off with Clouds
7 RasOjaH Di mission
9 ATP Tomorrow Never Comes
10 The Positive View The World is Open

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

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Feb 22, 2011

Featured Artist interview: P.L. Da Don (E58)

About: P.L. Da Don from NY

"Bronx Born Representing Stand Up Ent D.A.P Been Interested In Music Since 12 yrs Old
P.I. aka Pimp illistrated aKa Don Of Don's Hailing from the Bronx started rapping sicne the age of 12. Began writing along side Budda Early at 17 creating Trife Hood Lyfe along with 3rd Degree also known as CEO Reem, & Lalabye also known now as Rich Man Cannons. P.I. now Is a part his own group known as Drunk And Partnerz aka D.A.P. alongside Drew & D1r P.I. continues to bring that great music back to the Bronx Under Stand Up Ent...... I Have Been living In the Bronx All my life. ever since I was 12 I started learning how to freestyle off the head. I guess it was just in me. living with my mother all my life even though I still have my dad in my life. He has taking care of me even though they split up when I was young. Music has and will always be my life. I live eat and breathe music... Stand Up Ent. We all we got..."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
Probably Somewhere Hot

Featured Artist interview: Timskin (E58)

About: Timskin from London

"My musical taste is very heavily influenced by the full spectrum of dance music from the early years of acid house that I heard blasting from a block of flats when I was approx 13 / 14years, through jungle techno, hardcore, hard house, drum and bass, jungle, breaks etc etc. There was even a period of enjoying garage (in its early years).
For this reason in my opinion I dont seem to have developed a particular style of music production and tend to float between different sounds, I also find it hard to label my music into genres and prefer to refer to it as dance and let the listener decide if they are feeling it rather than telling them what to feel.
I hope my music satisfies - please be patient with me as I have just started out making my own."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
I think I would like to have been a few (or more!) years older than I am and then able to get out to the M25 illegal raves back in the day. I see that as a missed opportunity, an experience that although often attempted at recreation i'm sure could never be beaten.

Feb 21, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Tom Coles (E58)

About: Tom Coles

"Tom’s music has been described as “Gordon Lightfoot meets Doc Watson”, citing two of the major musical influences in his life. Yet his style is uniquely and distinctly Tom Coles. Growing up in Toronto during the folk music heyday of the 60’s and 70’s gave Tom the opportunity (for which he is eternally grateful) to experience first hand some of folk music’s true legends. Experiences that would have such a great impact on his musical direction. Tom recalls as a teenager and novice singer/guitarist seeing the likes of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Ian and Sylvia, Joni Mitchell and, of course, Gordon Lightfoot and Doc Watson to name a few. Experiences that contributed to his decision to pursue music as a love and living.
He started playing professionally as a folk singer at coffee houses in and around Toronto in the early to mid 70’s but the popularity that folk music had enjoyed was waning as discos had began replacing the folk venues. Although he had by now studied commercial art and graphic design, he decided to continue with music making the move to country and country rock and from coffee houses to clubs and bars. A road that he was to travel on and off of for the next almost 15 years. He moved to B.C. around 1979 and except for a few interludes (the US, India and Nepal) he has called it home ever since. He toured with a multitude of bands and duos over those many years on road tours that literally went to Inuvik (near Canada’s Arctic Ocean) to Southern Arizona. He and his wife, Sandy, moved to an acreage they own in the mountains high above the picturesque Thompson River near Clearwater, B.C. where they enjoy the simple country life that, along with their love of nature, is reflected in many of Tom’s songs."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
For environmental purity and simplicity of lifestyle I'd have to say 18th - 19th century North America.

Featured Artist interview: Claeysen (E58)

About: Claeysen from Paris

"I'm Claeysen, a songwriter & singer of Electro Pop/ Trip-Hop/ Trance music. My musical universe is sensual, melancholic, mysterious, with a dark touch. It is definitely transcendental and I release myself by sharing experiences, believes, frustrations, and also my fears & wishes concerning Life and our society. I like to call it "emotherapy"!
Electro music gives me the great chance to express my feelings through many ways: spoken word, dance, hip-hop, emotronic, psychedelic, lyric, gospel, experimental...
I have been writing songs since I was 9, composing music since 2007, and singing since I'm 5-years-old. I sing classical lyric songs (4 years of lessons and performance (teacher mezzo-soprano Nona Javakhidze)), gospel music (lessons with Gospel Dream, Paris), and I use all my different tastes in order to experiment with new sounds and enrich my own style."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
I would go back to the 70's, in the USA. Among the people who decided to celebrate love, and reject war and mass consumption with pacifism. It's actually the motor of my writing. I wish we could feel the same innocence, idealism and connection to the world, nowadays, and I try to exorcize all my frustrations about our time through my songs. If we were in the 70's, I would go to Woodstock to dance and scream like crazy!

Feb 18, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Pronoia (E58)

About: Pronoia from Argentina

"Our band PRONOIA (from Argentina) has been playing for seven years now. We are Valentin Martinez (vocals), Chowy Fernandez (lead guitar), Stefan Metlikovic (base guitar), Gonzalo Alfaro (bass) and Dimas Devit (drums).
Our style could be defined as experimental progressive metal. We like writing unpredictable music and merge different influences in the same song, from death metal to funk.
We've released a couple of independent albums and are looking for a record label interested in our latest work, called "Siniestresia".

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
I would stay in Argentina at the present time. Past has gone and future isn´t here yet, right?

Featured Artist interview: Van Beukenstein (E58)

About: Van Beukenstein from Holland

"The band’s singer, Cees Bergman, scored several hits in the seventies with glam-rock band “Catapult” with songs like “Hit The Big Time”, “Let You Hair Hang Down”, “Teeny Bopper Band”, “Seven Eleven” and “The Stealer”.
In the years after Catapult, Cees has been active as co-producer and singer, working on many music productions. His unmistakable voice is therefore part of many recordings.
At Van Beukenstein, Cees makes a definite come-back as a genuine rock singer on Dutch stages.. Rock and Roll!!!
Six very experienced (semi)professional musicians make up Van Beukenstein ( dutch slang for a band playing very loud). They can boast years of experience in Dutch (glam)rock, soul, disco, funk and fusionbands, some of which are quite famous in the Netherlands and abroad. Now turning back to their common roots:
No Nonsense Old School Vintage Rock!"

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
U.K. 1969

Feb 17, 2011

ArenaCast Episode 58 Playlist

Week February 16- February 23
This week: It was a hot week! Brit Awards, Grammy, lots of things happened! Check out this podcast to know more about all this.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Van Beukenstein Whishing Well
2 Claeysen Kiss Me, I'm Bored
3 Timskin Chill House
4 Tom Coles Durham Coal
5 Vernon Simple Life
6 Pronoia Arachnida
7 SoaM Pushed Away Ft. Jt Of Fush
8 Inferno Inferno-''cannon Bars Pt 1''
9 Floataziggy Running
10 Picaso Da Don Mr. V.i.p

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

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Feb 14, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Beneath the Stares (E57)

About: Beneath the Stares from Chicago

"Beneath the Stares creates a unique blend of progressive, heavy, melodic music with artistic sensibility.
Long-time Chicago musicians Erik Oldman (Avernus, Stunato, Radar, Sons of Ra), Bill Hamning (Avernus, Urn, Electric Hellfire Club), Lisa LoGrasso (Stunato, The 28th Day), and Yorg Rinker (Tools of Ignorance) merged their diverse talents to create a progressive music both challenges and engages the listener as Beneath the Stares.
Beneath The Stares comes from the tradition of adventurous, dramatic, cohesive well-crafted songs in the style of Queen and Genesis, balanced with memorable hooks in the style of Muse, the ambience of Radiohead, the artistic sensibility of Bjork, and pummeling rhythms and blistering guitarwork reminscent of Opeth. Drawing from such a wide variety of musical influences while forging a distinct musical identity makes Beneath The Stares a truly unique act to experience live.
The band is currently writing and self-producing its first album, lining up shows and festivals around Chicago for 2010 and is looking forward to establish itself as a major force amongst the new wave of talent in Chicago's music scene."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
I'm pretty happy with where I'm at, although Chicago winters seem to be effecting me more than they have in the past...So somewhere warmer would be nice for a change of pace - maybe Austin or on the west coast.
There's no time like the present.
I don't believe in living in the past.

Featured Artist interview: Sarna (57)

About: Sarna from Mexico

"SARNA as we know it today was borned in November First 2008. We played in a show of a local internet radio station called Radioxtremexico. We love music. Our influences are the Blues, jazz, son jarocho, salsa, huapango, clasic rock, black metal, clasical, funk, acid jazz, etc etc etc etc. We invite you to know our music and dig into it. ENJOY!" 

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
Probably in New York City in the late 70's to get the chance to know the Salsa movement and the hispanic culture at that time... Or here in México in the late 80´s and get the chance of participate in the "Rock en tu idioma" movement (Rock in your language)

Feb 11, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Doomrider (E57)

About: Doomrider from Sweden

"Music is the most personal thing for me, because I believe it puts your soul on display for everyone to see.
The concepts created come from the heart of the composer.
It should give the composer the feeling of his/her inner vibes and no one can take that away.
Always follow what you believe in and never give up on your dreams no matter what ANYONE says. Remember we are all part of the same world; NO ONE is above YOU so BE strong, BE an individual, find yourself and BE yourself."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?

Featured Artist interview:Luge On Line (E57)

About: Luge On Line

"... a modern melting pot of 80's, 90's and classic rock genres and artists.
There are songs that make you feel peace, anger, shivers; songs that let you believe life is like a sitcom with a soundtrack.
Songs to face the grey days, long office hours, stupid bosses and ignorant teachers.
Songs that make you wanna cry, kiss, learn from defeat and start all over again.
Songs to step out and live a movie, to step out and live a city.
Here you will find songs. Here you will find music made by people who love making music. Something you can feel, something you can never hide, because when you hear it, one believes from deep inside that there's no lie, you have been there too … it’s all about wings, it’s all about storms.
One takes a deep breath as shivers climb your back while the song is there, reminding we're all human, song's a parachute, song's a painkiller … Sometimes unsteady.
Here's music as a promise that things can be different, there's a chance … to soon to know, to easy to wonder.
Music to ride a sled.
Music to choose love over fear."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
We'd stay in Mexico City, current time. There's this socio-cultural stance we hold "against" a so called establishment in our society (mexican, that is) .. no one helps each other .. no one cares 'bout each other .. fragmented .. that's what we perceive about our country and something we'd like to promote or help change. Sure thing the entire world's gone mad! Haha! But we feel home is always a good place to start evolving. Don't you?

Feb 10, 2011

ArenaCast Episode 57 Playlist

Week February 9- February 16
This week: How to get better sound and video quality on YouTube, why Miles Davis is forever alive, and what Jessie J did - all this in our 57th episode!
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Atomize Downgrading The Creation
2 Doomrider Dimensional Distortion
3 Deadman's Hand Evil Underground
4 Wapppetona Wapppetona
5 Luge On Line Tell Me
6 Sarna Obstinado En El Oasis
7 Beneath The Stares Guilty Bystander
8 David Flow Asteroid Gig
9 Carlos Jimmont Mortem
10 Jesus Canibal Mercenario

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: From Dust (E56)

About: From Dust

"It all started many years ago in a little suburb somewhere in Sweden. Dex and Ape grew up a few blocks away from eachother. While walking the paths of life we followed eachothers tracks and ended up working together and also being neighbours. In the summer of 2010 when we were bored of the sun and seeking shade inside Dex’s appartment we started doing music. It was a blast and we were really productive. Miss Dust joined us and everything kept rolling. We’ve made a few collabs with emcees and singers from all around Europe and are open for any cooperation. Our influences are mainly oldschool hiphop, american underground, soul, jazz or anything with a cool beat, melody or what so ever."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
New Zealand present day, cause its as far away from Sweden as possible. Dont know about the hip hopscene there but it will probably work out there as well.

Featured Artist interview: Anhedonia (E56)

About: Anhedonia from Mexico

"Led by composers Omar Torres (singer-bassist) and Jorge Hill (Keyboardist), Anhedonia started in Mexico City around 1998 as a classic doom - black metal band called "Dark Faerytales". The band dissolved, reunited and switched musicians constantly during 10 years, leaving long periods of time without any activity. In 2007 Omar and Jorge decided to take the band one step further, trying to find permanent musicians and taking the band out of their "studio only" status, finding guitar player Erick Solis and drummer Ricardo Quintana and changing their name to "Anhedonia". After two years of constant live performances and releasing the independent EP "Something missing" Omar and Ricardo decided to leave the band, replaced by singer JC Cuevas, bassist Fernando Estrada and playing live over drum tracks. Currently, the band is evolving to a more open progressive and post-rock / post-metal sound and planning the recording and release of their first full album."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
 I went a couple of years ago to Barcelona, Spain, and just fell in love with the place, its culture and arts. I would love to live there, maybe Sweden too, some great and gorgeous rocker chicks over there, but hell, its cold over there. The time, now. Not really a romantic looking for the past.

Feb 4, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Universal Love (E56)

About: Universal Love 

"Universal Love creates with roots in electronica, electro and alternative where electronic sounds and french wine blends together into a exquisite mix of pop and clubmusic. New single ¨We have it all¨is a further progress of their successful combination of pop, guitars and clubmusic. For it is here, in meeting with Manchester, London, Detroit, New York, Berlin and Paris is were Universal Love resides.
Universal Love have been highlighted several times in Swedish musical press, MI-www.musikindustrin.se, in music magazine Groove(album ¨All those little things¨ listed as album of the year 2009) as well as by Sony Music A&R Sweden and in UK.
Universal Love have got a reputation as an extremely strong live-act and have received massive feedback from swedish and british fans. Live with additionally 3 musicians and Richard S is back on vocals since former vocalist left the band early 2010.
Guitarrist, songwriter and producer Richard S earlier collaborated with swedish popartist Thomas Dileva, producers Andreas Ahlenius(Sabia, Marty-Willson Piper, Dileva) and Christer Björklund (Robyn, Papa dee, Dileva) ."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
Paris, France and this century.

Featured Artist interview: Elle O.S. (E56)

About: Elle O.S. from Chicago

"Tracy A. Carter known as Elle.O.S. (Lady Of Soul) is a female hip hop artist born in Chicago and raised in the Robert Taylor Homes Projects on the city’s Southside. As an only child to a struggling single mother in a high poverty environment, she found as escape and release of the melee thru Hip Hop. Having a love for this genre and all music would inspire her to one day become part of that movement. She started her quest in the Entertainment Industry by taking on job as Manager for her longtime friend. As time went on she later joined her friend, who gave her the name L.O.S (Lady Of Soul) and they formed a group called L.O.S. (Ladies of Struggle). After a few years of developing her skills and trying to make it with the group, they decided to part ways, leaving her to continue her quest as solo artist Elle.O.S. (Lady Of Soul). Elle.O.S. is an artist who can relate to all ethnics thru her music. It is the music that comes from her soul and
thru her music you can feel and almost see the struggles of a young immature girl trying to gain her self respect, be self sufficient and follow a righteous path. Her album ‘Bad Girl Tryna Get Good’ expresses her story and will inspire others as she takes you thru her trials and tribulations of being a weak immature girl to becoming a strong mature lady."

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
Africa (no specific time)

Feb 3, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Kounterfeit Records (E56)

About: Kounterfeit Records from Chapel Hill, USA

"Paul Allgood and Jason Bowden make up the Durham,NC,based electronic pop act Celadon Candy.They first began collaborating as bandmates for a brief time in Allgood's band Wedlock.Bowden remixed a pair of Wedlock singles(Still Unsatisfied+Reverend Charisma)before his departure.Allgood's growing frustration with his band's revolving line up eventually compelled him to reconnect with Bowden.As a result,their 2010 debut cc: was released October 5th on Kounterfeit Records." 

1). If you had to choose, in what country and at what time would you want to live?
Canada in the 80s

Featured Artist interview: ANJEZA (E55)

About: ANJEZA from Los Angeles

"ANJEZA pronounced ANYEZA was born in Albania. Her passion for singing started at age 13 when she started dancing. " Dancing alone was missing something" she says. After dancing professionally for 10 years and traveling around Europe, Anjeza moved to U.S to pursue her dream (sing/act) 
Traveling, experiences, social and cultural shocks have not stopped Anjeza in pursuing her dream. On the contrary, all her life experiences has helped her connect more to music and write her own lyrics. "Let Music Tell the Truth " is one of her moto. This talented, professional, hardworking young lady is well on her way to the top!!!

1).How would you spend a million dollars if you had it?
That will depend on my career stage at that moment.
If I am established, touring, have a huge following base and fans, then that money would completely be used to establish my non - profit organization BECHLEM*, an organization that aims to make a difference in the life of poor, uneducated, and abused children. If I had that amount of money and I am not established, I would use 2/3 to invest in my career by having control on my direction and artistic identity, and 1/3 I would invest in my organization.

Feb 2, 2011

ArenaCast Episode 56 Playlist

Week February 2- February 9
This week: The info about new fresh album releases are waiting for you! Also Bryan will tell you what's going on between Citigroup and EMI.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Kounterfeit Records Undercutter
2 Grimfaith Flower And The Bone
3 Mo Sound Productions Good To Be Back
4 Universal Love We Have It All
5 From Dust Flame Of A Candle
6 Anhedonia In Your Lake
7 The Right Now Nobody
8 Bye Bye California Nada Tan Agradable Como Tener Un Chocolate
9 Joliet Dancing In A Desert Wind
10 Elle O.S. I Can Rock It

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!