May 31, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Fake Elegance (E72)

About: Fake Elegance from Ukraine

"Fake Elegance creatively combine modern electronic-synth sounding with expressive and, at the same time, lyrical piano roulades, energetic guitar riffs and charming sexy female pop vocals. All of the above makes their songs gentle but positively energetic at the same time, as well as close to each and every person on the globe.Evoking pleasant and nostalgic memories, the sounds of rock’n’roll and modern pop-rock organically merged in the music of the band. This created a stylistic blend, unusual but magnetic for wide audience. The record industry specialists already introduce Fake Elegance as the best dramatic pop-rock band which is tipped for big and outstanding future."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
Well, 50 years is quite a long time period and one should be really brave to make any forecasts. Hardly someone 50 years ago could predict what will happen to music by 2011; e.g., that all stuff will move to the Internet. The music will surely keep evolving like it has been doing during past 50 years. But we hope that, whatever happens to music by that time, people will still love making good live music and going to live shows.

Featured Artist interview: True Margrit (E72)

About: True Margrit from San Francisco

"True Margrit's piano-driven vignettes will seduce you, with super-catchy (yet unpredictable) choruses and the husky/ sweet/ surreal voice of Margrit Eichler. Think: Aimee Mann & Ben Folds meet the Decemberists for speed Scrabble."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
It will be polarized between two extreme genres. On one end it will be a super –non-technological minimal art form that utilizes only fingernail tapping and breathing and thigh slapping. On the other side there will be a high tech medium analogous to the current obligatory use of 3-d in films —except for music in 50 years it will be ten dimensional sound utilizing quantum mechanics or string theory or some new technology—I imagine it as very immersive.

May 27, 2011

Featured Artist interview: The Atlantis (E72)

About: The Atlantis from Australia

"The Atlantis is a three-piece alternative rock band from NSW, Australia. The group, formed in 2010, consists of Glen Gustard (Guitar & Vocals), Mitchell Thompson (Bass & Vocals) and Jeff Brown (Drums). Driven by a transfixing guitar melody, The Atlantis has a progressive rock feel with catchy harmonies and clever lyricism. The Atlantis has released 5 songs, recorded at Grove Studios (most notably known as the studio where artist’s such as Silver Chair, Short Stack and Birds of Tokyo have previously recorded) that are available to download free of charge on their website:"

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
In 50 years musicians will be able to think of music and transfer them from their minds wirelessly into a future program called Awesome-tools. Okay maybe thats 52 years. Music is so accessible these days you can turn on your computer or smart phone and find a new band in an instant from any genre of music you like. I think as the world gets smaller, music will only continue to expand and grow in new and exciting ways. The hard thing is artists will have to get smarter and find new ways as a business side to make money off their music such as showing exclusive film of the band and new material to premium subscribers and interacting more with their fan base with meet and greets and what not.

May 26, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Danny Flo (E72)

About: Danny Flo from Tehachapi

"Danny Flo grew up in the little town of Tehachapi, CA. Starting songwriting at age 14, he since has played shows, written over 100 songs, attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He still plays shows here and there, and still hopes to make performing a living"

1). What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
I'm hoping it will change for the better. I think in the last 50 years the music industry has gone off the deep end. It used to be about raw talent, and musicianship. Now it's about who can sell the most albums and wear the least amount of cloths. Over the years we've been blessed by great musicians and singers such as Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zepplin, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, , Guns N' Roses, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughn to name a few. Now when I go to the store, or turn on the T.V. all I see is Hannah Montana, Kesha, Lil Wayne, etc. When Miley Cyrus sells more albums than bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Saving Abel; or great singers like Michael Bublé, or great musicians like Chris Botti, America needs to wake up. I'm hoping we'll get a surge of great music going again, by musicians who've worked hard to get to the top. That's what should happen now, and continue into the next 50 years.

May 25, 2011

ArenaCast Episode 72 Playlist

Week May 18- May 25
This week: Listen to 10 songs by artists from California, Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, Romania and Australia, hear about new albums from Lady Gaga, The Prodigy and Brad Paisley, and learn tips on helping your band get booked for a music festival.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 K-Blitz A New Day
2 Velhas Virgens We Play Rock'N'Roll
3 A.G. From No One
4 Danny Flo So Lost,So Young
5 Eve Lesov Maniac
6 True Margrit Make Them Beg
7 The Isas What A Night
8 The Atlantis Something New
9 RYME DA BOSS Hardest Rapper
10 Fake Elegance Beautiful Morning

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

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Featured Artist interview: Haunting Heather (E71)

About: Haunting Heather

"This quartet produces likable rock music ranging from solid ballads, to danceable pop/rock, and powerful/emotional compositions that will move the listener in all directions.
Comprised of Jim Rippee (vocals), Shaun Brening (guitars), Brad Moon (bass), and Michael Keller (drums/keys), Haunting Heather has created and released a debut album (“One”) that focuses on music that is radio friendly."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
Music is always evolving and changing but it will be the delivery system that will change most rapidly. If you think about it, in only 30 years we have gone through the following formats: LP, 8 track, cassette tape, DAT, CD, MP3. A few years from now it could be data crystals. Delivery systems and how artists can make a living off of their love and craft will be the biggest changes.

Featured Artist interview: Brad Surovec (E71)

About: Brad Surovec from Nashville, USA

...I started to focus on learning guitar and vocals in 1974 as I became acquainted with the music group Shadowfax. Keith Hinton, the lead guitarist, was my first music mentor. My brother Jim and I eventually started a band of our own called Windchange, I played guitar and sang lead vocals and Jim played bass. As time progressed my focus moved primarily to lead vocals covering bands like Aerosmith, Hall & Oats, Boston, Led Zepplin etc. I started writing music in the mid 70’s and in the late 70’s spent a year touring professionally with the band Slave. We also toured with the Commodores , The Emotions, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Ohio Players, and the O’Jays to name a few. Over the years I played in many different bands but certain muscians had a profound effect on my music foundation. Kevin Gwin being one of them who is an amazing lead guitarist and great friend... 

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
It seems almost crazy to me what will happen in the next 50 years, I hear all kinds of music minds from true to the pure sound of instruments and voice to the other side of the universe with electronic synth and love it all. Add in technology and it is limit less. Some how it all connects to diffent people or different states of mood for all of us.

May 24, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Paris Shakedown (E71)

About: Paris Shakedown from Bath

"They're from Bath, their biggest fan is a strapping lass called Phoebe and they sound like the acid sweet mule-kick of West Country scrumpy. Fiercely independent alternative-rock band Paris Shakedown have just released their debut recording and Phoebe can hardly contain her heaving chest. The band's double A-side single, featuring the songs How's My Driving? and Physical Labour, is available as a free digital download now, right here from the band's website - Glorious."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
With regards to pop culture and it’s changes, I would probably say that you’ll see a decline in the numbers subscribing to a particular movement (or at least % wise). Pop music has always been closely tied with fashion so I don’t think you’ll ever see the end of trends (such as the 80’s revival a few years back or indie music in the mid 2000s) but I’m expecting that since music is more easily accessible now than it ever was, there’s going to be even more choice in 50 years. Radio stations for example won’t have the power to influence peoples taste as much as they have had in the past. There are obvious pro and cons to this;
The larger the medium floor, the easier it is for a band starting out to get heard. Unlike 15 years ago, you can have your music accessible to the entire world within 30 minutes of finishing a track using social sites such as youtube, facebook etc.. The flipside of this being that the medium is that much more saturated and the abundance of choice for listeners means your track can easily be missed. Your competition will be that much greater.
Song writing wise, i don't think you're going to see such a large number of new styles being created as we have over the last 50 years. Most songs now use an interesting amalgamation of styles and techniques to create something innovative which don't so much create new genres as mix them. Then again, if new technology breeds new instruments then there is no reason why an original sound couldn't occur.
Business wise, i think paying for music will slowly stop. Most new bands now give their music away for free. They would rather have more people listen to it and come to gigs than potentially lose fans who are put off by the initial cost. Although not a hugely sucessful model, large bands from Radiohead to even Cliff Richard have allowed their fans to decide how much they want to pay to download their latest releases. Whether this was simply to test the percieved value of their music or music in general isn't clear but i've no doubts that given the media attention it received, public opinion is that music can and should be cheaper.
I think that even after 10 years, the music industry is still trying to adapt to how the internet has changed how people listen to and buy music. Some bands now receive donation straight from fans for limited runs of artwork or personal trinkets. Likening this to shareholders in a business would be an extreme analogy but it wouldn't be too hard to imagine aspects of this model being used in the future.

Featured Artist interview: Los Headaches (E71)

About: Los Headaches

"GOD was kind enough to put us all living creatures in here to eat each other in an endless armament race, till we all become mass destruction weapons...
I've been walking in this limbo for I don't know how long, I don't remember how it started but I remember it was for the pure and naive quest for pleasure, which promised so much back then:
Masturbation, alcohol, cigarettes, love, music, movies, drug use, sex(not so much), and everything that gave me the pale and insipid version of what life should have been... all of this with the mighty old television as the perfect background.
Any attempt of liberation will only turn the wheel all over again, a little harder each time.
Thanks a lot for the neverending hunger asshole!!! Hope you're laughing out loud..."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
After the robots take over the world there will be a small resistance of people playing rock n roll in the sewers

May 23, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Atlantic Fadeout (E71)

About: Atlantic Fadeout 

"Atlantic Fadeout’s debut, Better Run of Bad Luck, plays like a weathered book of short stories. It’s packed with tear-stained details, well-constructed jabs, hopeful dreams, and colorful battle cries. Abigail Henderson powers through every song with an intense vigor that most performers would envy. Amy Farrand, Chris Meck and Dutch Humphrey back Henderson’s voice with polished, bluesy ballads and amped-up power anthems. The album’s first track, “Making Out With Strangers,” beckons the listener to pull up a bar stool and take in a brew, while the album’s title track, “Better Run of Bad Luck,” tells subtly sassy stories about the Kansas City scene, hellhole bars and friends. The band roars into “Tra La La” and then weaves soul into “Break Your Heart.” Better Run of Bad Luck has a slight tinge of darkness, but it doesn’t stifle the powerful stories that Atlantic Fadeout tells."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
I dunno, it will be played,purchased, listened to, shared, stolen, given away, laughed at, cried over, cherished and despised I suppose.

May 19, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Rescue The Eskimo (E71)

About: Rescue The Eskimo from Manchester, UK

"I would just like to introduce you to a new Manchester band; their name is Rescue The Eskimo.
The band formed in September 2010 and has already created many new tracks in quick succession.
Consisting of 4 members which include 3 guitarists and one percussionist, 3 of whom provide the vocals and harmonies. All band members are current students at Manchester music base and are studying on a performing musician course however each band member has experience of being in bands or as solo artists. The band has recently started to take the music to the streets of Manchester."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
See it exploding, new technology is opening far more doors than ever before but also puts a spotlight on simplistic music at the same time

ArenaCast Episode 71Playlist

Week May 18- May 25
This week: This episode highlights new album releases by Moby, Danger Mouse, Friendly Fires and Kate Bush. Hear 10 songs by artists from America, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and England.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Atlantic Fadeout Blood And Bone
2 Michael "Daimon" Vanasek Eternal Disaster
3 Rescue The Eskimo Flat Chest
4 Paris Shakedown Physical Labour
5 Los Headaches Step Aside
6 Brad Surovec Just like The Wind
7 Ms. No One Skoro
8 Future Citizens Bring This City Home
9 My Favorite Scar Waste
10 Haunting Heather Tangled

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Featured Artist interview: Danusia Soul (E70)

About: Danusia Soul from London

"Hi, I'm Danusia, the first and probably last half Kurdish - half Polish soul singer you will ever meet! I am serious about singing and take a lot of inspiration from the jazz, soul, and swing greats - which means I will keep working on improving my voice the natural way and I 'aint NEVER GOING NEAR NO VOCODER!
I sing at events, gigs, and am a licensed busker on the London Underground. I have been writing songs for a couple of years now - and whilst I think they can only really be explained by listening to them, this is what you get when a London gal sings the blues!"

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
I think the industry will find a way of owning downloading and we will share more and more music for free. I hope we can return to live shows and gigs, get away from the autotune sound and go back to basics.

May 18, 2011

Featured Artist interview: GOL (E70)

About: GOL from UK\Iran

"GOL formed in Edinburgh in September 2008. Their fresh and funky fusion of traditional Persian arrangements, electronica, jazz and world music have spread waves of excitement from Scotland to the Middle East and USA, leading to numerous slots on BBC TV and a busy summer of festival performances in the UK. They released their EP "Roots" in November 2009 and are going back into the studio in March to start recording their new Album. BBC TV just broadcast a half hour documentary about GOL as part of their Close Up on music series. Recent gigs include: Celtic Connections, Hidden Door Festival ( showcasing best new music in Scotland) Big Tent Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Knockengorrock Festival, Middle East Festival, Roxy Art House. GOL were recently commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council and The Edinburgh Mela to create an hour of new music and film for the Mela Festival, called " Mixed Up" ( 5 star review in the Scotsman Newspaper). GOL recently headlined The Bongo Club. This summer they are playing the Meadows Festival in June and the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in Edinburgh"

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
In 50 years music will be more alive than ever before, music will always keep growing and growing.

May 17, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Emmanuella Grace (E70)

About: Emmanuella Grace from London

"Emmanuella Grace is an Australian Singer, Songwriter and Piano Player.
Based in London her music ranges from Satirical Cabaret to Jazzy Pop Ballads.She recently completed her debut album, London Stories, in collaboration with producer Snowy Raphael. The album is currently for sale via the website.
Emmanuella originally trained in classical music and has performed in Choirs and Vocal Ensembles at the Sydney Opera House, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, for ABC Radio in Australia and the BBC in the UK. Emmanuella studied Musical Theatre and Jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane.
In 2009 she completed a B Mus Hon in Popular Music with First Class Honors. She has performed and recorded regularly, not only Jazz and Cabaret Music but Dance, Rock and Pop tracks as well as her own compositions throughout Europe and Australia."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
Music has always existed, no matter what happens we will keep making it. In whatever form we will create through sound. That is reassuring enough for me.

May 16, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Maria Brodskaya (E70)

About: Maria Brodskaya from Russia

"Hi! My name's Maria Brodskaya. I'm a young singer, songwriter, pianist and violinist. As well as an actress and photo-model.
My new album "Apple-Moon" is some mix of soul, slavic folk, jazz, pop and ambient music. It unites the modern and ancient musical traditions. East and West. Hope you will like it!

A few words about myself: "Open and friendly. Believe in love and friendship. And believe that a good music will save the World."
With love from Maria"

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
I think there are two possible ways. As far as I see, music is getting less melodious and nice but more aggressive and rude. So maybe, in 50 years the music will be not a cultural and aesthetic thing but something like a sound-drug for the satisfaction of the lowest human needs and feelings. Or maybe on the contrary - people will come back to classic beautiful music and they will consider this like the most important thing for the harmonious development of the person.

May 12, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Alex Nester (E70)

About: Alex Nester from Simi Valley, USA

"And now, with years of professional experience, with profound life experience, Alex is doing was she was born to do: SING! But she doesn’t just sing...she writes, she creates, she communicates. Blending gospel, jazz, R & B, funk, and blues, her music is soul music that comes from deep within and out through her extraordinary instrument. She sells a song with a depth of expression that could only come from a blend of unbelievable, unique raw talent; honed through unusual, unique musical experience; sifted through powerful, unique personal trials. And now it all comes together for this amazing, young musical giant. Alex Nester is definitely...UNIQUE"

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
My hope is that big record companies would have become obsolete. Or that they would just grow some balls and take chances on more indie artists. Music making will hopefully change from striving to capitalize on fly-by-night singles and instead return to to creating albums, pieces of art that flow and tell stories from one song to the next.

May 11, 2011

ArenaCast Episode 70 Playlist

Week May 11- May 18
This week: Special only-girls-in-jazz episode! This episode features 10 songs by jazz-influenced, female vocalists from London, New York, Russia, and Berlin, and also highlights new albums from Hugh Laurie, Tyler the Creator, The Cars and Manchester Orchestra.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Diana McCorry Isnt it lonely without me?
2 Danusia Let Go
3 GOL A Sufi's Dream
4 Alex Nester Unique
5 Alesya Frolova Night
6 Maria Brodskaya Three Steps
7 Susan Faucon What You've Done To Me
8 Emmanuella Grace Love Me That Way
9 Zoey Zoley Sundays Stilleben
10 Lai-Si The Magic City

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May 10, 2011

Featured Artist interview: SiSSi (E69)

About: SiSSi from London

"Combining souring vocals with the best kind of emotional pop, SiSSi has arrived, and she's here to stay.
She writes music which encompasses pretty much every emotion you could list, all brought together with crackling, euphoric, stomping pop...

Your body may want to dance, but your heart will want to stand still and soak up every note!"

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
I think we will have gone past the jingle/ringtone style gimmick laden snippet songs and have arrived at one-sound-only-"songs" one magically sound that ll get pumped straigth into your body through some kind of tiny device or the nature of the sound wave itself..that ll ease away all your days worries and make you feel exactly how you choose to ...that s for the mainstream ...aside from that there ll be an exciting rock n roil/punk/dance counter culture that ll be well into there 25 min songs filled with all the imaginable wonderful aural craziness in the world.

May 5, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Nicholai (E69)

About: Nicholai from Las Vegas

"After years of making music and trying to establish himself as a hip hop producer and artist, Nicholai took a step back, re-evaluated himself and his music, and realized something that was missing. One element was not shown through his music… himself. With this revelation, he decided to scratch everything he was doing, and start over. He wanted his music to reflect who he is, and the kind of music that he listens to. He then realized that much of the music he was making was heavily funk influenced, and decided to embrace this concept and make music that he would come to call "hip hop funk." his music however is not bound by the barriers of a sub genre, his music reflects the vast taste in music that he listens to on a daily basis."

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
I often wonder this... It seems that every generation complains about the music of the generation after. someone who grew up on duke ellington and glenn miller, hated the bepop and rock and roll that came after, just as that generation didn't like the innovative things happening in the seventies, and then they didn't like the hip hop era i grew up in, and I certainly don't like the music being played now for the most part. I always kind of wonder what this generation will be complaining about when they get older. but as far as the industry goes, I believe technology will completely eliminate the major labels, and most the music we will hear will be indie artists.

May 4, 2011

ArenaCast Episode 69 Playlist

Week May 4 - May 11
This week:  This episode highlights new releases from Fleet Foxes, Beastie Boys, Stevie Nicks, and Jennifer Lopez. We play 10 songs by artists from Las Vegas, Portugal, Iran, Ireland, London and Canada.
ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Supranatural Blood In My Life
2 Shine (Shayan Amini) Centipede
3 The End Of Science The Reluctant...
4 Nicholai Hip Hop Opus
5 Boy Cries Wolf Letters
6 Black Cancer In Check
7 Preachers Son 26 Years
8 Ambush Creep Sidewalk
9 SiSSi Warmed Up Coffee
10 Adi Dagga Somwhere Else

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