Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Amigos Amigos On Using Friendship To Create Music Business Success

FROM THE ARID DESERTS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST...A LEGEND WAS BORN. A GROUP OF DRIFTERS, TRYING TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK HOME TO THE GREAT (AND GREASY) STATE OF NEW JERSEY, STRUGGLED TO NAVIGATE THE SEEMINGLY BARREN WASTELAND. THE GROUP CONSISTED OF A STRONGMAN, A DOCTOR, TWO SCHOLARS, A YOGI, AND A PAINFULLY AVERAGE WHITE MALE...ALL EQUALLY OPPRESSED BY THE CLIMATE.



     
AFTER DAYS OF WANDERING, FINDING SUSTENANCE ONLY FROM CACTUS JUICE AND THE CONSUMPTION OF SMALL DESERT REPTILES, THE GROUP DISCOVERED A GIANT TEMPLE, WORN DOWN BY THE WHIPPING SANDS OF TIME. DESPERATELY SEEKING REFUGE, THEY ENTERED THE TEMPLE AND WERE MET WITH AN EERIE SENSE OF CALM. THE GIANT STRUCTURE WAS VOID OF ANY OTHER PRESENCE...OR SO THEY THOUGHT. THE WALLS WERE DECORATED WITH ANCIENT, FACIAL SHAPES OF A CIVILIZATION LONG PASSED. THE TROUPE CONTINUED TO EXPLORE, AS THEY DISAPPEARED DEEP INTO THE CONFINES OF THE TEMPLE.
     
A FAINT MELODY WAS PICKED UP BY THE KEEN EARS OF THE STRONGMAN. THE WEARY TRAVELERS FOLLOWED THE SOUND UNTIL THAT ARRIVED AT THE SOURCE; A ROOM WITH A CLOSED DOOR, THE SOUND OF THE MELODY CREEPING THROUGH THE CRACKS OF THE DOOR. ON THE SURFACE OF THE DOOR, ANOTHER INTERESTING SHAPE WAS DISPLAYED. A CACTUS DONNING A MUSTACHE, WEARING A SOMBRERO. STRANGE. THEY ENTERED THE ROOM TO FIND A LITTLE MUSIC BOX PLAYING ON THE FLOOR. THEY LISTENED INTENTLY, AS THE MELODY WAS BIZARRE AND UNLIKE ANYTHING ANY OF THEM COULD RECALL HEARING BEFORE. AT THE END OF THE TUNE, THE MUSIC BOX SIMPLY RESET ITSELF AND BEGAN TO PLAY THE MELODY AGAIN, AS THE MUSIC BOX OPENED AND BLINDED THE GROUP WITH A BRILLIANT, WHITE LIGHT.
    
THE GROUP AWAKENED, BACK IN NEW JERSEY, WITH NO RECOLLECTION OF HOW THEY TRAVELED HOME. THEY COULD ALSO INEXPLICABLY PLAY MUSIC AS A BAND. THEIR SOUND WAS A BLEND OF DYNAMIC ROCK MUSIC WITH POWERFUL BRASS MELODIES. THEY CALLED IT "POWER MARIACHI." THIS NEWLY ACQUIRED GIFT ALLOWED THE NEWLY FORMED BAND TO DEVELOP A DEEP FRIENDSHIP THROUGH THE ART OF MUSIC. TO PAY HOMAGE TO THEIR EXPERIENCE IN THE DESERT, THE BAND CHOSE THE NAME "AMIGOS, AMIGOS!" IN AN EFFORT TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO BOND WITH EACH OTHER BY MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER.

.....OR THEY ARE JUST A PROG-ROCK BAND FROM NORTH JERSEY WHO LOVE PLAYING MUSIC TOGETHER AND HAVING FUN. WHATEVER PUTS SOUR CREAM ON YOUR TACO!

Sarah Ragsdale on Whimsical Journeys and Fantastical Exaggerations

Singer, songwriter, and pianist Sarah Ragsdale has captured her adventurous "Piano Woman" experiences into a whimsical journey of storytelling through pop, jazz, and folk influences, culminating into her own unique "Ragstime" style. Her songs start with real life events and morph into enchanting rhymes using colorful images and metaphors. Sarah's diverse artistic background, from Appalachia to West Africa, has provided a large palate to describe very personal and emotional accounts for herself and others. She has toured and performed live in America, Europe, Asia, and Africa making appearances on major international television networks including BBC World, Univision, France24, and Radio France Internationale.
Album “Whimsical Romance”: 






Life is like one big romance. This collection of songs is about that romantic story called life, and the ups and downs that come along with it. Based on true stories, mixed with some fantastical exaggerations, this is a fun and playful album of the vast array of emotions that come along with relationships. Written at various stages throughout her life, these are raw stories that have been tried and tested at the piano, even with audience involvement – some relying on percussive snapping and clapping. Feelings range from happiness and pure bliss like in the song “This Kiss”, to a character of craziness and denial like “Next Time”, to more intimate reflections like in “Paranoia”, while others emit strength and moving on. Raw and rustic, catchy and melodic, this album has hints of blues, jazz, and even ragtime.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Wildly Interesting World Of Classical Composer and Rock Musician Leo Loebenberg

Leo Loebenberg is a rock and contemporary classical composer drawn to experimental music, influenced by Rock and Brazilian rhythms. As a former vocal teacher at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Leo explored vocal techniques, generating effects both from natural voice and pedals, establishing a combination between defined sounds, improvisations and electroacoustic atmospheres. His last rock project Das Fossem toured in Brazil, with openings for Scorpions and Winger, while his contemporary classical works have being performed at the National portrait Gallery, Royal Society of British Sculptors and the Royal College of Music (UK), and at Sorbonne and Conservatoire Musicale d’Annecy (France).







The Top 10 Raunchy Comedies of All Time

Admit it... you love a good raunchy comedy... Who doesn't? What are the best raunchy comedies of all time? That's the topic for this week's Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus. Chime in and we'll mention you on the air. Let's keep it RAUNCHY! Featured Loudini Artists:   Then Comes Silence  Sky Valley Mistress  Beast in Black








Then Comes Silence
Pretty much what four musicians can do with guitars making horror music.

A fascination of death, doom, spiritualism and corruption has gathered the 
members of THEN COMES SILENCE, together with a predisposition towards 
noiserock, goth, shoegaze and psychedelia. The band brings darkness and 
romantic death via music and sounds, performed on guitars at deafening 
volume. Cathartic, distorted and effect-laden.
This fall will see the release of their self-titled debut and the unleash of dark 
forces. 
As humans, we have been carrying the culture of fear and horror since ancient 
times. In folklore and stories. A trip through desolated grounds or a night in the 
woods can easily bring those ancient premonitions back to life. Our comfortable 
modern lifestyle makes us isolated and afraid of death. It makes us avoid the 
things that remind us of it. A fear of the unknown. What we cannot see nor 
understand.

Influences
Killing Joke, Wendy Carlos, Bowie, Siglo XX, Joy Division, Black Sabbath, Mort Garson, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Dead Kennedys, The Sisters of Mercy, Beethoven, Sonic Youth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Freddie Wadling etc etc etc and many more...

Press contact
A&R - markus.jakob@nuclearblast.de, 
MGMT - stefan.hattinger@outlook.com

Booking agent
Booking assistant:
Europe - dolores@headlineconcerts.de
Row - stefan.hattinger@outlook.com

Sky Valley Mistress
We're the best thing you've never heard.

Popped Music - "A brash and bold outfit sounding like PJ Harvey fronting Lenny Kravitz’s backing band."

The Blues Magazine - “SKY VALLEY MISTRESS mean business as they come swaggering out of 
Blackburn to set hips shaking and pulses racing with a blend of dirty blues and 
raw rock and roll”. 

TeamRock - "Fronted by the formidable Kayley 'Hell Kitten' Davies, the quartet take their musical cues from Zeppelin, Sabbath and the meanest, low-down urban blues, to deliver bruising rock 'n' roll thrills."

Rhythm Magazine - "...Their sound remains defiantly stripped down, fuzzy and dirtier than a ghetto dumpster."

Filtered Magazine - "They show their generation the way that rock and roll should be done."

Manchester Rocks - "Sky Valley Mistress are a cacophony of rock n’ roll excellence."

Louder Than War - "Sky Valley Mistress are a force to be reckoned with."

God Is In The TV Zine - "Their passion for loud old school rock’n’roll is oozing from every pore. A must for any Led Zeppelin enthusiast or a QOTSA fan."

Quenched Music - "Bands like Sky Valley Mistress are a rare breed and should be celebrated."”

Press contact
Matt Reynolds - matt@savagegringo.com

Booking agent
info@skyvalleymistress.com

Beast in Black
A five-piece Helsinki based heavy metal band BEAST IN BLACK was founded by Anton Kabanen soon after he had parted ways with BATTLE BEAST in 2015. The international line-up consists of Yannis Papadopoulos (voc), Mate Molnar (bass), Sami Hänninen (drs), Kasperi Heikkinen (gtr) and Anton Kabanen (gtr, voc). 

By the end of 2015 the band had already played their first gig as an opener for NIGHTWISH without even having their debut album out yet. The making of the album was in progress and it was completed in the summer of 2017. 

A record deal was made with NUCLEAR BLAST almost immediately after the completion of the album. The debut album titled "BERSERKER" is set to be released in November 2017 and it continues in the style of Anton's previously composed works which include the first three Battle Beast albums. 

And let it be mentioned that one of the essential themes on this debut is a Japanese manga and anime "BERSERK". 

The album cover art deserves a special mention as well, since it marks the return of the collaboration between Anton and Roman Ismailov who was the original illustrator and graphic artist for Battle Beast. 

The time is drawing near. The newborn Beast is back with a vengeance, rising from the abyss with fortitude to spew its unrivaled heavy metal fury all over the world! 

The Beast is back, the Beast In Black!

Influences
Judas Priest, Manowar, W.A.S.P., Accept, Black Sabbath

Press contact
philipp.adelsberger@nuclearblast.de

Booking agent
EUROPE (excluding Finland & Scandinavia) 
Contra Promotion GmbH 
Enrico Karolczak 
+49-234-96292-0 
ek@contrapromotion.com

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Loudini Interviews Ram Ramakar

My latest album release is titled "HUMMINGBIRD". The easiest free access to iy is at Spotify, just do a search there - ram ramakar HUMMINGBIRD - most of my releases are at that site.

Its a rock album, there are notes and reviews at:

 http://www.gmoozle.wordpress.com 

There's a great review here by a writer based in New York City - Kabir Seghal. He's also a Grammy winning producer.

I generally aim at getting at least one album out every year. This one has a combination of new songs and songs I've been carrying around in my head for a long time. They just had to be recorded and released.





I've been branching out into various forms of rock music, even a lullaby ["Peter Pan & Tinkerbell"]. I've been touching on soul and jazz. The title song is an acoustic guitar, bass, vocal and crackling open-fire arrangement, very simple.

I'm currently working on a follow-up.

I've been into music from early childhood. I took a diversion at one point into the visual arts, painting, sculpture. film etc. To me recording is a lot like painting. sculpture and film and other art-forms, in that wonderful things happen when you get in the flow of creating. One thing I've learned is that rock-music is art.
I found my way back to music through an art-work called "Life-Piece". Its all chronicled in an eBook titled "A Taste Of Freedom"

http://amazon.com/dp/B00GTE110E

Loudini Interviews John Juan

John Juan was born John Lawrence Mattson in Hong Kong, lived in Japan and 
Baltimore as a child, finally settling in San Diego, CA. He is a multi-
instrumentalist with a BA in English Literature from UCLA. Having modest 
success as an HVAC contractor, he still feels as if pushing against the world. He 
decides to redirect and become a more active instrument of whats around him. 
Some how he finds John Juan in the tide and begins to drift with him. Or does 
John Juan find John him? 
Online description of the album, draft ( & other possible stuff for bio):
Pounding acoustics support narrative driven songs. Dobro, ukulele, trumpet, piano 
and banjolele, help blend a genre mixing sound. 
Triggered by lack of sleep, the narrator finds John Juan. Old instruments found 
along the way channel a brief recollection of a vast eternity.




John Juan and Jean Claude are brothers. Jean Claude sings songs live too, and will 
have some excellent numbers on our next records. John Juan’s real name is John 
Mattson and Jean Claude’s real name is Jesse Mardian. They are actually brothers 
in-law. Being the core of the band, they will often play shows just as a 2-piece. 
Angel Roche-drums/ percussion (Grammy winner with Ziggy Marley on a live 
record) and Erik Klerk-bass (Magic Band, featuring OG members of Captain 
Beefheart) are our principle rhythm section. Angel also produced the record, along 
with his wife Zoe Poledouris. 
Keyboardist are in and out the picture live.

Who are the Best Lyricists in Metal?

Metal is known for it's blistering guitars, thundering drums, screaming vocals and pounding bass, but what about the lyrics? Who are the best lyricists in metal? That's the topic of this week's Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus  Featured Loudini Artists:   In This Moment   Diamante  Fist Fight In The Parking Lot











In This Moment
Order RITUAL here - inthismomentofficial.com/ritual

Official ITM merch - http://smarturl.it/InThisMomentStore 

Stream on Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2psJi1H

Nature counts the black widow spider amongst its most fascinating and dangerous anomalies. The female arachnid often devours its mate after copulation. It's both a delicate and dangerous predator. In This Moment isn't all that different from this enigmatic beast. Led by frontwoman Maria Brink, the Los Angeles hard rock outfit strikes with a seductive metallic bite on their aptly titled fifth full-length album, Black Widow.
"Black Widow is a metaphor for this innocent young girl who gets infected with life, traumas, experiences, and the balance of light and darkness," explains Maria. "She becomes this poised and powerful creature. That's the album."
"We went into this with the title Black Widow," says lead guitarist Chris Howorth. "It fits the image of Maria as this powerful heroine. If you think of the boys in the audience watching our stage show, she's like the black widow pulling them all in."
The record, the first for the band on Atlantic Records, picks up where the group's 2012 breakthrough, Blood, left off. That album saw In This Moment debut at #15 on the Billboard Top 200, their highest chart position to date, and eventually sold over 250,000 units in the U.S. alone. It also spawned the single "Blood," which rose to #9 on the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock Songs charts. A sold out headline tour, HELLPOP, followed, as well as appearances at the Uproar Festival and Rock On The Range, and jaunts with Shinedown and Papa Roach. After the whirlwind of Blood subsided, Maria and Chris retreated to Las Vegas in February 2014 to begin working on what would become Black Widow with longtime producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch].
While writing and recording in the studio, Maria and Chris both tapped into the fearless ethos that characterized Blood, inciting their next creative evolution in the process.
"It's almost like I was growing up in this industry," Maria admits. "I swear I went from a girl to a woman. I used to hold myself back, and I had all of these fears. I woke up one day and realized it doesn't matter what anybody thinks. We have to do what we want to do. When I did that, I was freed. We could do this big grandiose show, and we could make the music we wanted. It began with Blood. That's where we started to come alive and figure out who we really are. We let go of any walls and limitations. Black Widow is us doing what's in our hearts."
"Black Widow is a progression from the last record," Chris affirms. "That opened up the floodgates for us. There were no boundaries. We could just go for it. We weren't afraid of any ideas. We didn't worry about anyone's opinion. We approached the music with that attitude."
Their boundless approach shines through in album opener "Sex Metal Barbie." Tempering an industrial crunch and sexually charged synths with gnashing riffs and hauntingly hypnotic vocal delivery, the track instantly transfixes, calling out haters who hide behind keyboards.
"People can be so cruel on the Internet," she sighs. "I actually don't read anything negative about me or the band anymore. I don't let myself get sucked into that. In the end, music comes down to someone's personal perception of what they love. It's not meant for everyone. I wanted to empower myself with that online negativity somehow. I literally went on these sites and read mean things and rumors about me. I wrote them down and transformed them into lyrics for the song. I turned it all around."
"That was the second song we did," the guitarist recalls. "It came from Maria saying, 'What about building a metal song around a cool hip-hop beat?' Everything was constructed piece by piece, and it was very experimental. Once we finished the song, we felt like we had something special. It was a catalyst for more music."
Meanwhile, "Sick Like Me" begins with an eerie buzz before snapping into muscular distortion and a propulsive guitar gallop. Everything explodes on an anthemic sing-a-long hook.
"It's about when somebody loves you for everything you are," she states. "They love you even for what you consider flaws. It's that vision of people who are super eccentric and twisted, but they're perfect like that because that's who they are. They're meant to be."
Then there's "Big Bad Wolf," which bares its teeth with a bludgeoning riff, keyboard swell, and piercing scream. "It was destined to be a faster song," adds Chris. "Maria did this choppy, cool Mike Patton-style verse. It became really intense."
Maria smiles, "I like to say I have the Big Bad Wolf in me and this Little Piggy in me. In my perception, the Big Bad Wolf is the enlightened and loving part of myself, whereas the Little Piggy is the dark side. I have a natural pull towards darker things. It's the internal struggle of those two animals in me, but I realize both are very necessary for all of us. I need to embrace that fire, be wild and primal. That's important too."
In This Moment also teamed up with Shinedown's Brent Smith for the stunning duet "Sexual Hallucination." It’s an elegant electronic-infused piece that drips sexuality and darkness. 
"We love Brent and Shinedown," Chris continues. "We didn't think we'd have a shot at getting him, but he instantly said yes. The song is a little different for him, and he jumped at the chance to do it."
One of the album's most powerful moments comes on the piano-driven rumination "The Fighter." Contrasted with the resounding stark keys, Maria's voice proves especially potent. She goes on, "It's embracing and accepting who I am. I used to think something was wrong with me. I've come to learn I'm perfect in how fucked up I am. I wouldn't have these songs to sing or be able to connect with people without that."
Ultimately, that connection with fans is what drives the band. "Their loyalty is incredible," declares Maria. "It comes down to us doing this for ourselves and our fans. We owe it all to them, and we're excited for everybody to experience this. This is who we are, and it's for them."

Current Location
Hollywood, CA

General Manager
Tony Couch, Liam Pesce & Jackie Giffune at In De Goot Entertainment

Press contact
Amy - amy@atomsplitterpr.com

Booking agent
Anthony Paolercio & Steve Kaul @ United Talent Agency
Adam Saunders @ X Ray for UK/Europe

Diamante
Diamonds are like artists;
no two should be alike.

Enter Diamante. With iridescent sapphire hair, a show-stopping voice, runway-ready fashion swagger, and an empowering message, the Boston-raised and Los Angeles-based Mexican-Italian-American sonic heroine brings a new (and blue) fire to rock and alternative music. Serendipitously, her name might as well have pre-destined a future in the spotlight…
“In Spanish, Diamante means ‘Diamond,’ and my middle name Azzura means ‘Blue’ in Italian,” she explains. “If I was a color, I would be blue. I love it, because it’s bold, ethereal, and everything I am.”
Born to an Italian dad and Mexican mom in a Boston suburb, she always stood out. Interchangeably speaking three languages—Italian, Spanish, and English—she found inspiration in words, penning poetry and short stories at a young age inspired by J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. Drawn to musical theater, the budding performer starred in school productions of The Little Mermaid, Grease, and more before relocating to L.A. with her family at 13. Already a fan of Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne, her discovery of rock music via a School of Rock summer program ignited a dormant passion.
“Being on stage and singing rock was the way I broke out of my shell and was able to realize who I am and the full potential I have,” she admits. “From there, I really connected to the women of the eighties like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and Debbie Harry. I thought they were so cool, iconic, and badass. That’s how I wanted to be.”
Diamante spent the next few years quietly cutting her teeth at local gigs on the Sunset Strip as a singular musical vision came into focus. A disciple of both P!nk and Guns N’ Roses who doesn’t fall into rockstar excess or even sport tattoos, she devoted every waking minute to honing a signature “classic rock sound with a modern alternative edge.” This unique and undeniable approach caught the attention of Eleven Seven Music Group and Better Noise Records who signed her in 2015. Amassing a bevy of ideas, she hit the studio with super producer Howard Benson `{`My Chemical Romance, Chris Cornell, Halestorm, Kelly Clarkson`}` to record what would become her full-length debut, Coming In Hot. “Diamante is the only true heir to the female rock throne that has been vacant since Joan Jett’s heyday,” says Howard Benson.
“Howard really pushed me to be vulnerable and talk about things I was afraid to talk about,” she goes on. “I finally got the courage to be honest with my lyrics and myself. I want to be someone girls and guys growing up can relate to.”
Her single “Coming In Hot”—out June 16, 2017—seesaws between an arena-filling chant and a robust and raucous riff. At the center, she confidently serves up the knockout refrain, “Whether you’re ready or not, I’m coming in hot!”
“It’s essentially a super fun weekend summer anthem,” she smiles. “I picture people leaving their day jobs in the car on a Friday, cranking this, and getting ready to go nuts on the weekend. It’s also a metaphor for me coming in hot into the industry. I want to bring this style back and take over rock.”
In the end, rock ‘n’ roll has never sounded, looked, or felt like Diamante on Coming In Hot.
She leaves off, “When people hear this, I’d like for them to think, ‘Oh my God, rock is not dead. This girl is bringing it back’—whether they’re ready or not…”


Fist Fight In The Parking Lot
Band Members
Sven. We're all named Sven.

Record Label
https://www.facebook.com/blackseedrecords/

About
Formerly fast, now slow and cunty.

Awards
"Elitist Corporate Pigs," a love story.

Personal Information
Too Personal to List