los angeles – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 19:45:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://micgillette.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T161817.082-150x150.png los angeles – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ 32 32 Musicians who died in 2022 https://micgillette.com/musicians-who-died-in-2022/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 01:21:44 +0000 https://micgillette.com/musicians-who-died-in-2022/ Musicians who died in 2022: 198. March (26) [12 Mar 2022] Traci Braxton (American R&B singer and TV personality), 50, cancer “It is with the greatest regret that we inform you of the passing of our sister, Traci. Needless to say, she was a shining light, a wonderful daughter, an incredible sister, a loving mother, […]]]>


Musicians who died in 2022:
198.

March (26)

  1. [12 Mar 2022] Traci Braxton (American R&B singer and TV personality), 50, cancer
  2. “It is with the greatest regret that we inform you of the passing of our sister, Traci. Needless to say, she was a shining light, a wonderful daughter, an incredible sister, a loving mother, a wife, a great- mother and a respected performer. She will be sorely missed.” … via The Braxton Family

  3. [12 Mar 2022] Pete St. John (Irish folk singer), 90
  4. The death has been announced of singer-songwriter Pete St John. The traditional music legend died peacefully earlier today at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, his family said. … through rte.ie

  5. [12 Mar 2022] Kandikonda (Indian lyricist), 48 years old, prolonged illness
  6. Lyricist Kandikonda Yadagiri, better known as Kandikonda, has passed away. He was 49 years old. Kandikonda died in Hyderabad on Saturday after a battle with a prolonged illness. … through telugucinema.com

  7. [11 Mar 2022] Guayo Cedeno (Honduran musician and record producer), 48, respiratory failure
  8. The musician Ramón Eduardo “Guayo” Cedeño, considered one of the best guitarists in Honduras, died this Friday, apparently from respiratory problems… via swissinfo.ch

  9. [11 Mar 2022] Timmy Thomas (American R&B singer-songwriter and musician), 77
  10. Today we say a sad goodbye to singer and musician Timmy Thomas, who topped the charts in 1972 with the riveting plea for peace, ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’. … through soultracks.com
  11. [11 Mar 2022] Gavin Martin (British music journalist for Alternate Ulster), 60
  12. Tributes have been paid to ‘visionary’ music journalist and co-founder of Alternative Ulster magazine Gavin Martin after his death at the age of 60. … through swissinfo.ch

  13. [10 Mar 2022] Bobbie Nelson (a.k.a Sister Bobbie) (American pianist and singer), 91
  14. Bobbie Nelson, original member of her younger brother Willie Nelson’s Family Band, has died. She was 91 years old. … via rollingstone.com
  15. [10 Mar 2022] Hennady Pavlyk (Геннадія Павлика) (Ukrainian musician for Veryovka Ukrainian folk choir), 53
  16. Today, at the age of 53, the heart of our colleague, Honored Artist of Ukraine, artist of the orchestra of folk instruments of the choir named after G. Veryovka, virtuoso musician, arranger of many orchestrations from the group’s repertoire, solo violin, wonderful family man and wonderful man – Gennady Pavlyk … via www.veryovka.com

  17. [09 Mar 2022] Richard Podolor (American record producer and musician for The domestic animals), 86
  18. Richie Podolor, producer of memorable hit recordings for Three Dog Night and albums for artists including Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly and the short-lived supergroup Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, died yesterday… via bestclassicbands.com

  19. [08 Mar 2022] Rene Clemencec (Austrian composer), 94
  20. Austrian composer, musician and musicologist René Clemencic has died. He died on Tuesday at the age of 94… via orf.at

  21. [08 Mar 2022] Grandpa Elliott (American musician), 77, skin infection
  22. “Grandpa” Elliott Small, a well-known New Orleans musician who could regularly be seen in his blue overalls, red shirt and floppy hat performing on the streets of the French Quarter, has died at age 77 years… via nola.com

  23. [08 Mar 2022] Ron Miles (American jazz musician), 58 years old, polycythemia vera
  24. Ron Miles – the legendary Denver-based jazz musician, educator and prolific recording and performing artist – has died at 58. … through denverpost.com

  25. [08 Mar 2022] Ziggy Sigmond (Canadian guitarist for Slow)
  26. David “Ziggy” Sigmund – the Canadian guitarist best known for his work with recently reunited Vancouver proto-grunge band, slow, industrial alternative rockers Econoline Crush – has died… via exclam.ca

  27. [08 Mar 2022] isao suzuki (ス奏者の鈴木勲) (Japanese jazz bassist), 89, COVID-19
  28. Jazz bassist Isao Suzuki (real name: Isao) died on the 8th of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus infection… via yomiuri.co.jp

  29. [07 Mar 2022] Jan Welmers (Dutch composer and organist), 84
  30. Organist and composer Jan Welmers died overnight from Sunday to Monday at the age of 84. … through rd.nl

  31. [07 Mar 2022] Zhou Guangren (家周广仁先生) (Chinese pianist and pedagogue), 93
  32. According to today’s music news and industry insiders, Mr. Zhou Guangren, a famous Chinese pianist and educator, died in Beijing on March 7, 2022 at the age of 93…via lepapier.cn

  33. [06 Mar 2022] mike cross (American guitarist for Sponge), 57
  34. Mike Cross, founding guitarist of American rock band SPONGE, has died aged 57. No cause of death has yet been revealed. … through blabbermouth.net
  35. [06 Mar 2022] Paul Riba and Romeva (Spanish musician), 73 years old, pancreatic cancer
  36. The singer-songwriter Pau Riba i Romeva died this Sunday, at the age of 73, as sources from the Ministry of Culture of the Generalitat confirmed to Europa Press. … through europapress.es

  37. [05 Mar 2022] Jeff Howel (American rock bassist for Foghat), 60
  38. Jeffrey Leonard Howell, born May 30, 1961, died March 5, 2022, after a long stay at CTICU at UPMC Presby Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, wife, Linda, by his side… via tributearchive.com

  39. [05 Mar 2022] Patricio Renan (Chilean singer), 77 years old
  40. Patricio Renán, the singer, who performed several popular hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, had health problems. … through latercera.com

  41. [04 Mar 2022] Jimbeau Hinson (American country music singer-songwriter), 70
  42. Singer-songwriter Jimbeau Hinson, who wrote songs for The Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee and others, died Friday at age 70. … through countrystandardtime.com

  43. [04 Mar 2022] Calvin Mark Lee (American music producer for Mercury Records), 85
  44. Sad news to read that CALVIN MARK LEE has passed away at the age of 85. Calvin worked for Mercury Record Productions (A&R) in 1969 and helped DAVID BOWIE get a recording contract. … through bowiewonderworld.com

  45. [02 Mar 2022] Chuck Criss (American musician for Independent Whales), 36 years old, committed suicide
  46. Glee alum Darren Criss has announced that his older brother, Charles “Chuck” Criss, tragically died by suicide in February. … via intouchweekly.com

  47. [01 Mar 2022] Richard Prat (American singer for blue magic)
  48. We received sad news this morning via a message from legendary Blue Magic frontman Ted “Wizard” Mills that Blue Magic co-founder Richard Pratt has passed away. … through soultracks.com

  49. [01 Mar 2022] Warner Mac (American country singer-songwriter), 86
  50. When you write a song at age 13 that becomes a country standard and a hit in three decades, you know you were born to make country music…via savecountrymusic.com

  51. [01 Mar 2022] Conrad Janis (American musician and actor), 94
  52. Conrad Janis, an actor known to viewers as Mindy’s father on the hit sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” who was also a skilled jazz musician and well-known gallery owner in the New York art world, is died March 1 in Los Angeles. He was 94 years old. … through nytimes.com

  • February 2022 (84)
    • [27 Feb 2022] MC Skibadee
    • [22 Feb 2022] Mark Lanegan (Howling Trees)
    • [13 Feb 2022] King Louie Bankston (Exploding Hearts)
    • [09 Feb 2022] Ian McDonald (King Crimson)
    • [09 Feb 2022] Betty Davis
    • [06 Feb 2022] George Crumb
    • [02 Feb 2022] Willie Leacox (America)

  • January 2022 (87)
    • [30 Jan 2022] Hargus “Pig” Robbins
    • [22 Jan 2022] Don Wilson (The Ventures)
    • [20 Jan 2022] Meatloaf
    • [20 Jan 2022] Elza Soares
    • [15 Jan 2022] Rachel Nagy (Detroit Cobras)
    • [15 Jan 2022] Ralph Emery
    • [14 Jan 2022] Dallas Frazier
    • [13 Jan 2022] Fred Parris (Five Satins)
    • [12 Jan 2022] Ronnie Spector
    • [11 Jan 2022] Rosa Lee Hawkins (Dixie Cups)

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    Guitarist Eric Peterson takes a break from Sarah Shook & the Disarmers https://micgillette.com/guitarist-eric-peterson-takes-a-break-from-sarah-shook-the-disarmers/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 18:37:18 +0000 https://micgillette.com/guitarist-eric-peterson-takes-a-break-from-sarah-shook-the-disarmers/ Guitarist Eric Peterson has been Sarah Shook’s right-hand man for nearly a dozen years, first playing a gig with her on Halloween in 2010, and since then following her on numerous projects and being a founding member of The Disarms. But after this weekend’s shows in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, Eric Peterson will take time […]]]>

    Guitarist Eric Peterson has been Sarah Shook’s right-hand man for nearly a dozen years, first playing a gig with her on Halloween in 2010, and since then following her on numerous projects and being a founding member of The Disarms. But after this weekend’s shows in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, Eric Peterson will take time off from the band to deal with a lingering health issue with his right arm that’s affecting his ability to play.

    “Eric and I have been close friends and steadfast bandmates for over 11 years now and I think I’ve only played one gig without him in that time,” said Sarah Shook. “We’ve been through a lot together and it’s hard to even really process at this point. This is an unexpected and painful situation and we would like to thank you all in advance for your grace and understanding during this time.

    Peterson followed Shook through his previous bands The Devil and The Dirty Hands as lead guitarist. He had also been a member of the Chapel Hill-based rock band The Kamikazees, notable for being one of the early projects of Dex Romweber who went on to form the Flat Duo Jets, one of Jack White’s main influences.

    Eric Peterson was an early believer in Sarah Shook, convinced that Sarah could be a musical force beyond Chapel Hill. It was under his pressure that she formed The Disarmers, and recorded and released the first album Oblique. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers just released their third album night owl on February 18, and are now on tour behind him (see dates below).

    “We remain hopeful that we can find a solution for Eric and that he can join us in the not too distant future,” Shook said. “And we have talented and brilliant sub-guitarists lined up for the duration of this period, so please make them feel welcome when you see them here or on stage. Until then, we love you, thanks for being there, and we’ll see you on the road soon.

    TOUR DATES:

    11 Mar – Savannah Stopover Festival 2022 – Savannah, GA

    12 Mar – The Count – Atlanta, Georgia

    18 Mar – Radio Room – Greenville, SC

    19 Mar – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN

    20 Mar – Cherry Street Tavern – Chattanooga, TN
    24 Mar – Treefort Music Fest 2022 – Boise, ID

    26 Mar – Volcanic Theater Pub – Bend, OR

    27 Mar – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA

    28 Mar – Polaris Hall – Portland, OR
    30 Mar – Down the Hill – San Francisco, California

    31 Mar – The Guild Theater – Menlo Park, California

    01 Apr – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

    02 Apr – The Traveler – Costa Mesa, California

    04 Apr – Zebulon – Los Angeles, California
    05 Apr – The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ

    06 Apr – Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff – Flagstaff, AZ

    07 Apr – Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery – Santa Fe, New Mexico

    08 Apr – Down Lulu – Manitou Springs, CO

    09 Apr – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO

    28 Apr – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

    04 May – Englewood Wood – Hershey, Pennsylvania

    06 May – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    07 May – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD

    17 May – The Camel – Richmond, Virginia

    18 May – TV Eye – Queens County, NY

    19 May – Askew Bistro & Entertainment Venue – Providence, RI
    20 May – 3S Artspace – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    21 May – All Roads Music Festival 2022 – Belfast, Maine

    22 May – The Shed on the Hudson – Troy, NY

    24 May – Cafe Nine – New Haven, Connecticut
    25 May – Milkman – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    26 May – DC9 – Washington, D.C.

    27 May – The Southern Cafe and Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA

    ten June – Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass 2022 – Pagosa Springs, CO

    01 Jul – Rooster Tail Music Festival – Madison, IN

    08 SEP – Rock & Blues Cafe – Zaragoza, Spain

    09 SEP – Cultural factory in Aviles – Avilés, Spain

    ten SEP – Cafe Berlin – Madrid, Spain

    11 SEP – Sala Upload – Barcelona, ​​Spain

    17 August – Fåfängan – Stockholm, Sweden

    18 August – John Dee – Oslo, Norway

    19 August – Tryckhallen – Falkenberg, Sweden

    20 August – Biljardkompaniet – Kristianstad, Sweden

    21 August – Ideal Bar, VEGA – Musikkens Hus – Copenhagen, Denmark
    23 August – Omeara – London, UK

    24 August – People of the Night – Manchester, UK

    25 August – The Hug and Pint – Glasgow, UK

    26 August – Cluny – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

    28 August – Stanford Hall – Bootsford, UK
    28 August – The Long Road Festival 2022 – Lutterworth, UK

    31 August – Badehaus Berlin – Berlin, Germany

    01 SEP – NOCHTWACHE – Hamburg, Germany

    02 SEP – Buchholz Saloon – Altlandsberg, Germany
    03 SEP – Burgerweeshuis – Deventer, Netherlands

    04 SEP – Der Aa-Theater – Groningen, Netherlands

    05 SEP – Dbs – Utrecht, Netherlands

    07 SEP – Cafe Antzokia – Bilbao, Spain
    08 SEP – Rock & Blues Cafe – Zaragoza, Spain

    09 SEP – Cultural factory in Aviles – Avilés, Spain

    ten SEP – Cafe Berlin – Madrid, Spain

    11 SEP – Sala Upload – Barcelona, ​​Spain

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    Mike Campbell Leads The Dirty Knobs To External Combustion https://micgillette.com/mike-campbell-leads-the-dirty-knobs-to-external-combustion/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:31:43 +0000 https://micgillette.com/mike-campbell-leads-the-dirty-knobs-to-external-combustion/ Even after more than fifty years in the music industry, where he achieved legendary status through his work with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, guitarist Mike Campbell hasn’t grown jaded at the thought of releasing new works around the world, as he will on March 4 when his band, Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs, […]]]>

    Even after more than fifty years in the music industry, where he achieved legendary status through his work with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, guitarist Mike Campbell hasn’t grown jaded at the thought of releasing new works around the world, as he will on March 4 when his band, Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs, release their second album, External combustion. “We’re excited as hell! I love the record and can’t wait to put it out,” Campbell told American Songwriter, calling from his home in Los Angeles.

    External combustion follows the beginnings of the group, Wreckless abandonment, which came out in 2020 – but The Dirty Knobs go back much further than that: Campbell reckons he formed this band around 20 years ago as a side project he could do between Heartbreakers tours, ” so we know each other really well, and there’s an organic chemistry there that’s very comfortable for me,” he says. The lineup consists of Campbell, guitarist Jason Sinay, bassist Lance Morrison and drummer Matt Laug. For External combustionthey also brought in notable guest musicians: Margo Price, Ian Hunter, and Campbell’s former Heartbreakers teammate, keyboardist Benmont Tench.

    With the end of the Heartbreakers following the death of Tom Petty in 2017, Campbell realized he still wanted to remain part of a band, so he decided to make The Dirty Knobs his main focus. “My mindset is to be part of the band – I never wanted to be a solo artist,” he says. “I just feel comfortable with a gang around me. That’s how I grew up, and that’s what I like to do now. It’s the most fun when you have your friends with you and can make music together.

    This joyful energy is found in External combustion eleven songs – and even in the title of the album itself, which Campbell says is “a phrase that just popped into my head. I thought, ‘internal combustion’, then I thought, ‘No, it’s more like a external type of band combustion.’”

    On this record, says Campbell, “about half of the songs are new songs. I went through my entire vault of analog tapes and found a few songs from maybe even twenty years ago that I had forgotten about that were pretty good, so I included them on the album. I found parts and sketches that I had completely forgotten: “Wow, I almost missed that; I have to finish this one.

    While he’s happy to resurrect older tracks, Campbell says he never has a problem writing new songs either. “There are so many things to draw inspiration from,” he says. “Most of my inspiration came from the 60s when I was learning guitar. There were so many great bands and guitarists back then. These are the sources from which I drew. He is still motivated by these artists to this day: “I go back and listen to old music that inspires me – an old Stones album, or the Beatles or the Beach Boys, and I hear something there -inside: “It’s a chord I don’t do. never use. I’ll learn it and then try to work from it.

    Regarding his songwriting methods, Campbell says, “My routine isn’t timed, but I’ve settled into a thing where I tend to write more in the morning. I wake up, have a coffee, then spend about an hour working on the idea that comes to me. But throughout the day, I could watch TV or play with the dogs or drive the car, and something would come to mind. I just try to catch the ideas when they come. He says he finds it useful to save snippets of songs to his phone. “Before, you had to stop the car and write it down. But now, with my phone, I can just press a button and start squirting my ideas and listening to them when I get home.

    Although Campbell co-wrote many hits with Tom Petty, including songs that became classics (such as “You Got Lucky”, “Refugee”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” , among many others), he admits he still can’t offer infallible songwriting advice. “We were lucky, Tom and I and the Heartbreakers, to have quite a few songs that touched people,” he says. “but it is a very mysterious thing. It’s like I almost hate talking about it because it’s like magic – I don’t want to jinx him!”

    Still, he’s ready to offer insight into how to improve the odds of creating something that has the potential to connect strongly with listeners. “Originally, you write for yourself. You try to impress and please yourself. You feel like there’s something about it that’s really catchy or special. It’s inspired. It really surprises you. Maybe you’re writing something, and then a few of the pieces come together and you’re like, “Wow, this is way better than I expected.

    “I love writing songs and I can talk about them all day – it’s fascinating,” Campbell continues. “It’s almost like you’re trying to write a song, you have this blank canvas in front of you and you’re waiting for something to happen – and then it’s like someone flips a switch and you see it,” Oh, that’s it,” and you just write what you see. It’s kind of my process. I start with nothing and hope the light comes on.

    Campbell recalls the moment he realized he wanted to be a musician as a fifteen-year-old growing up in Florida: “Like a lot of kids my age, I watched The Ed Sullivan Show, and I watched the Beatles there. They played guitar and they seemed to have it all together, writing their own songs and playing their own music. That’s when I had the idea: ‘I would like to have a guitar’. I would like to be like that.

    However, following this dream proved difficult. “I couldn’t afford a guitar because we weren’t so well off,” says Campbell. His mom bought him a $15 pawnshop guitar that he says is “unplayable.” He laughs at the suggestion that this might have been a blessing in disguise, as it forced him to become a more inventive player early on. “It’s possible, except that I didn’t really like bleeding fingers. Then I went to a friend’s house one day and he had a Gibson and I picked this up and said, ‘Oh my God, this is so easy.’ Then a little light came on: “I have to buy a better guitar. It took time. My first Stratocaster that I had was [because] a friend loaned me the money, $200 at the time. These guitars are worth fifty thousand now.

    Even then, however, “I never sat down [and say], ‘Okay, I’m going to be a professional musician and try to make a living.’ It kind of happened over time,” says Campbell. “I taught myself guitar, met some friends, we started a band, we played in some really shitty bars and had fun. Once we had a demo and sparked a little interest from the record companies, it became more of a profession. Until then, it was like flying by the seat of our pants.

    Campbell was originally in the band Mudcrutch with Tom Petty and Benmont Tench. They became popular in their native Florida, but fame eluded them and they went their separate ways after releasing just one album. In 1976, after moving to LA, they formed the band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, which went on to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. did. I think I was very lucky, in many ways, but I also worked really hard,” says Campbell.

    Looking back on his career, Campbell gives Tom Petty a lot of credit for helping him learn how to become a successful songwriter. “The first song I wrote with Tom [Petty] was called “Rockin’ Around (With You)” – it was on our first album [Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1976]”, says Campbell. “Before that, I only had sketches. I don’t think I have finished songs. Tom was really good at finishing things and putting words to music, so he helped me a lot.

    Campbell also credits Petty with teaching him how to be a good conductor. “I used to support his lead or his direction, and I learned a lot about how to do that,” he says. “Then I started my own band and just applied those skills to them. I found that I really liked it, being in front of the band and leading the guys.

    Now firmly in the lead role, Campbell will take The Dirty Knobs on tour in support External combustion. He tells fans that “they can expect to hear songs from both [Dirty Knobs] albums, and some surprises. Maybe a few Heartbreakers songs here and there. We just want to hang out and have fun and distract people for a little while.

    As he contemplates his career – both with The Dirty Knobs and the Heartbreakers – Campbell seems content. “You can tell people who are in it for the money, and I’m not,” he says. “Fortunately, I made enough money to live comfortably. I don’t need to go out and tour. I no longer need to make records. But I really like doing it and I want to improve. This is what keeps me going. You too want to keep having fun. It is so Amusing play in a band. There is no such thing. It’s the best job in the world. I would play music even if I couldn’t, just because that’s how much I love it.

    See the next concerts of Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs HERE.

    Photo by Chris Phelps/Sacks & Co

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    Break into the mainstream; The journey of singer-songwriter Jay Anand, from albums to films https://micgillette.com/break-into-the-mainstream-the-journey-of-singer-songwriter-jay-anand-from-albums-to-films/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 06:24:00 +0000 https://micgillette.com/break-into-the-mainstream-the-journey-of-singer-songwriter-jay-anand-from-albums-to-films/ Singer Jay Anand My parents tell me when I was six months old I couldn’t walk but I was dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” shares Jay Anand (29), a singer-songwriter from Delhi who is slowly making his mark in Indian music. The music industry. Anand lent her vocals to the energetic and upbeat title track […]]]>

    Singer Jay Anand

    My parents tell me when I was six months old I couldn’t walk but I was dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” shares Jay Anand (29), a singer-songwriter from Delhi who is slowly making his mark in Indian music. The music industry. Anand lent her vocals to the energetic and upbeat title track of the recently released film Looop Lapeta, a comedy thriller starring Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin.

    A lifelong passion
    Anand’s passion for music began at the age of four. “I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of playing instruments and creating these sounds,” he shares. After learning to play the keyboard, he started strumming the guitar. “I learned the guitar as a teenager and it stuck with me. It was like an extension of myself and I felt much more comfortable playing it,” mentions Anand, who received a music training at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles (LA) Sidharth Mago and Mayank Mehra [the music producers of this film], who worked with Anand on a few commercials, gave him the opportunity to sing a song for Looop Lapeta. “It was a great experience. Knowing that I could lend my voice to a film like that and a song like that was great. I never saw myself getting into reading singing for Bollywood, but when it came to me, I really enjoyed it and would love to do it in the future as well.

    love stories
    Before singing in a Bollywood film, Anand released an album – Faces of Love (2017) – and two singles – Fool to Want You (2018) and Come Home (2019). His previous musical adventures have delved into complex ideas of love, heartbreak and longing. “A teacher of mine in Los Angeles used to say there were two kinds of songs in the world: love songs and everything else. I get a little carried away when I write songs about love,” he laughs.

    As a trans man, there were instances where he felt his gender identity preceded his professional identity and talent. Shedding some light on this, Anand explains, “The idea that I would be identified by my gender identity instead of my work in professional spaces puts me off. If I’m in a professional space and I’m hired for a certain job, I should be hired only for that job and nothing else. Anand is now looking forward to reconnecting with the musicians he has worked with in the past to produce more original music.

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    THE STRING REVOLUTION PAYS TRIBUTE TO RANDY RHOADS WITH THE RELEASE OF “CRAZY TRAIN” https://micgillette.com/the-string-revolution-pays-tribute-to-randy-rhoads-with-the-release-of-crazy-train/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 23:08:14 +0000 https://micgillette.com/the-string-revolution-pays-tribute-to-randy-rhoads-with-the-release-of-crazy-train/ Los Angeles-based label Tallest Man Records have released a stunning flamenco-tinged cover of the band’s iconic rock anthem “Crazy Train.” String Revolution with Steve Stevens. This collaboration came to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads and in particular to his love for the classical guitar. Steve Stevens has always been an admirer of […]]]>

    Los Angeles-based label Tallest Man Records have released a stunning flamenco-tinged cover of the band’s iconic rock anthem “Crazy Train.” String Revolution with Steve Stevens. This collaboration came to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads and in particular to his love for the classical guitar. Steve Stevens has always been an admirer of Rhoads, and The String Revolution, directed by Janet Robin, has a special connection with Rhoads. Robin was her only guitar student when she was 9 years old. “When I was told Randy Rhoads was going to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I was thrilled,” Stevens says. In my mind, I had one requirement, that it be in no way similar to the iconic original version. Hearing the track, two things immediately struck me, it works so well as a Spanish guitar track, and one that Randy would have loved. It is well known that Randy was a fine classical guitarist, even continuing lessons throughout his Ozzy days. I hope we made it, proud buddy.

    The String Revolution are four virtuoso professional guitarists who create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, basslines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques, which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. A clear dedication and hard work ethic for the project brought The String Revolution together. In addition to Janet Robin (who was named to Guitar Player Magazine’s “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists Bonus List” 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with artists like Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply , and many others, The String Revolution is made up of Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss producer, songwriter and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground Los Angeles artist and indie guitarist Art Zavala Jr. Train” with The String Revolution, we really tried to keep the energy and vibe of the original, but we wanted to put our own stamp on it,” says Robin “as my guitar teacher Randy Rhoads used to tell me – “don’t Try to play like me, play like you. I really took that to heart and I think TSR agreed with the same kind of thinking – Be true to the original but give it a new original twist, and that’s what I think we got do.

    Steve Stevens was one of the most original guitarists on the ’80s rock scene, best known for his 41-year partnership with Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana,” his Grammy-winning performance on ” Top Gun Anthem” and his work with Vince Neil on “Exposed”. Stevens has also lent his unmistakable sound and style to many hit records including Pink “Try This”, Diana Ross “Eaten Alive”, Joni Mitchell “Chalk mark in a Rainstorm”, Robert Palmer “Don’t Explain”, The Thompson Twins “Here Come Future Days”, Ric Ocasek “This Side of Heaven”, Peter Criss “Let Me Rock You”, Juno Reactor “Shango”, “Hokata” and “Pistolero”, Kyosuke Himuro “Beat Haze Odyssey”, Steve Lukather “Lukather” and on his solo releases with Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys “Atomic Playboys”, Bozzio Levin Stevens “Black Light Syndrome” and “Situation Dangerous” and the critically acclaimed solo releases “Flamenco A Go Go” and ” Memory Crash”. Steven’s catalog of hit songs he co-wrote and performed alongside Idol include “Rebel Yell”, “Eyes Without A Face” and “Flesh for Fantasy”. They sound as fresh and relevant today as the day they were released, as evidenced by their recent cover by artists as varied as Miley Cyrus, Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Him, Black Veil Brides, Children of Bodom, Dope, Daughtry, Sum 41, Blink 182, Drowning Pool, Murderdolls, Deathstars, and The Donnas. Steven co-wrote the most recent Idol EP Roadside, produced by Butch Walker with collaborations with hit songwriters Sam Hollander, Tommy English, Joe Janiak and Grant Michaels. Stevens is currently working on new music with Idol and will hit the road with Idol this spring on their US Journey tour, then Europe where they will play major festivals in addition to dates where Idol will be supported by Go Go’s, then Rock n’ Rio alongside Green Day.

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    Nashville singer-songwriter remembers Marin’s childhood in new single https://micgillette.com/nashville-singer-songwriter-remembers-marins-childhood-in-new-single/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:39:55 +0000 https://micgillette.com/nashville-singer-songwriter-remembers-marins-childhood-in-new-single/ As a teenager, singer-songwriter David Austin was inspired by the poetry of Bruce Springsteen’s early hymns about coming of age in New Jersey’s working-class urban grit. In his new single, ‘Cut Hunting’, the 25-year-old musician explores the same themes as Springsteen – young people seeking freedom and independence in an adult world – only Austin’s […]]]>

    As a teenager, singer-songwriter David Austin was inspired by the poetry of Bruce Springsteen’s early hymns about coming of age in New Jersey’s working-class urban grit. In his new single, ‘Cut Hunting’, the 25-year-old musician explores the same themes as Springsteen – young people seeking freedom and independence in an adult world – only Austin’s ode to adolescence springs from his memories of growing up in the idyllic natural landscapes and safe suburban streets of wealthy Marin County.

    “We’ve had bands like Journey and Train and the Grateful Dead and a lot of other bands that came out of Marin, but I don’t know if I can say a lot of them wrote strictly about Marin in a kind of poetic narrative style,” he says over the phone from his home in Nashville. “I kind of wanted to do that about how I grew up in Marin. It’s an absurdly beautiful place. I said, ‘I need to write about this. It’s my childhood.

    As a child, Austin lived in Ross and began playing guitar and singing in student bands at Marin Country Day School.

    “It was a great starting point,” he says. “It was a very open and free contemporary music program with rock and world music. In middle school I started playing classic rock and guitar, and being able to be in the school band and play AC/DC and Boston at school gigs was super cool. It got me going.

    When he was 14, he went to boarding school on the East Coast and started writing original songs. During vacations and through the summer, he would come back to Marin, reunite with his old running buddies, and experience a kind of teenage culture shock.

    “Living Two Lives”

    An image from David Austin’s “Cut Hunting” music video.

    “I felt like I was living two lives, going to a super strict boarding school with all these rules,” he says. “You had to check in by 11 p.m. on Saturday night. There wasn’t a lot of partying. And then I would come back to Marin and it would be, ‘Oh my God, you’re out until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night.’ It was crazy.”

    Where Austin and his pals went and what they did at those crazy weekend parties is what ‘Cut Hunting’ is, a mix of truth and fiction. The title comes from a slang phrase he overheard a friend use to describe driving and finding secluded places and hidden corners of the county to do what young people do when their parents and teachers aren’t around. not here. The name of the lyrics verifies Phoenix Lake as a particularly nice place to “get down”.

    Thinking back to his teenage years, Austin fondly recalls that he and his young pals were fans of Bay Area rappers E-40, Too Short and Mac Dre, who rhymed about an urban subculture that was outside of the experience. of the average sailor. child. In a memorable line from “Cut Hunting,” Austin sings, “Well, I know I’m just a white Marin boy. I had redwood dirt smeared on my skin.

    Chance encounter

    After high school, Austin earned a music degree from the University of Southern California and lived in Los Angeles for a few years before a chance meeting in Marin led him to move to Nashville. He was playing on a bench near the College of Marin when Novato restaurateur and songwriter Robin Lindsey overheard him and put him in touch with his brother, the Nashville country music producer, Chris Lindsey.

    “He’s definitely the real deal,” says Robin Lindsey.

    A singer-songwriter who plays acoustic guitar, Austin has spent the past year recording a dozen new songs in Lindsey’s studio for a second album, “Carolina Blue,” which will be released in early summer. This follows an eight-song debut track, “Southwood Waltz”, named after the street in Ross where he and his family lived when he was growing up.

    David Austin’s next song, “Cut Hunting”, is a mix of truth and fiction.

    Sidelined for much of the past two years due to the pandemic (he’s recovered from two bouts of COVID-19), Austin and his four-piece band kick off a Northeast tour in February . He will be in the Bay Area on February 19 for a concert at The Brick & Mortar in San Francisco.

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    Animals As Leaders Announce Spring 2022 “Parrhesia” U.S. Tour https://micgillette.com/animals-as-leaders-announce-spring-2022-parrhesia-u-s-tour/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:02:19 +0000 https://micgillette.com/animals-as-leaders-announce-spring-2022-parrhesia-u-s-tour/ Revolutionary and genre-defying instrumental trio ANIMALS AS LEADERS announced the “Parresia” tour that will hit 19 cities across the United States to accompany their upcoming album of the same name. This monumental visit, carried out by nation live, will include two special sets from the progressive metal band, one of which will feature the new […]]]>

    Revolutionary and genre-defying instrumental trio ANIMALS AS LEADERS announced the “Parresia” tour that will hit 19 cities across the United States to accompany their upcoming album of the same name. This monumental visit, carried out by nation live, will include two special sets from the progressive metal band, one of which will feature the new album “Parresia” (released March 25 via Sumerian records) in its entirety. Tickets will go on general sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, January 21 beginning at AnimalsAsLeaders.org.

    Kicking off in late March, the tour will kick off in Denver on March 30 and travel to 18 other cities, concluding in Los Angeles, Calif. at the remarkable Ace Theater on April 22.

    City is the official card of the “Parresia” tower. City cardholders will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 18 at 12 p.m. EST local time through Thursday, January 20 at 10 p.m. local time through the Citi Entertainment program.

    Tour dates:

    March 30 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

    April 01 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman Theater *

    April 02 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown*

    April 03 – Minneapolis, MN @ University Theater

    April 04 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

    April 05 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

    April 06 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

    April 08 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s*

    April 09 – Lititz, PA @ Mickey’s Black Box*

    April 10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

    April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl

    April 12 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live

    April 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

    April 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater

    April 16 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

    April 18 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

    April 19 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

    April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater *

    April 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theater At The Ace Hotel

    * Not one nation live Dated

    “Parresia” has been highlighted so far by the release of singles “Monomyth” and “The Problem of Other Minds”, which combined recorded 1.3 million Youtube views and over two million streams on Spotify alone since its release.

    It may seem strange to associate “storytelling” with instrumental music. Corn ANIMALS AS LEADERS abandoned the rules, limits and boundaries of conventional rock music early on. Armed with palette-expanding eight-string guitars, rich synths, and punchy percussive grooves, the trio is loved by metalheads, budding virtuosos, jazz fanatics, and casual listeners alike. Like Fork observed, “ANIMALS AS LEADERS walked the tightrope between sheer technical virtuosity and real emotional resonance.” Even without vocals, it’s intimate, mythical music.

    ANIMALS AS LEADERS started as a solo outlet for Abasi, including the creative partnership with a classically trained guitarist Javier Reyes and Berklee-trained drummer Matt Garstka is built on a shared love of everything from fusion to technical death metal. Garstka made the cover of modern drummer in 2015. In one of his many cover appearances, guitar world appointed To fish among the guitarists of the decade. rolling stone featured it as part of their “Young Guns” series. the Chicago Grandstand declared it “the closest thing to prog-metal compared to a Eddie Van Halen.” Kerrang! included their album “Weightless” among his best albums of 2011. “The pleasure of movement” entered the Billboard 200 at No. 24 in 2014, and “The Madness of Many” cracked the Top 20 in 2016. Now over a decade into their career, a quick look at the bands they’ve toured with shows the still diverse appeal of ANIMALS AS LEADERS. This is a list that includes CORN, DEFTONES, THRICE, MESHUGGAH, UNDER OATH, TESSERACT and CIRCA SURVIVE, as well as major festivals like LINKIN PARK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and NOOSE.

    ANIMALS AS LEADERS offering more than clinic-ready musicality and skills. The focus on mood, texture and emotional power elevates the material beyond preconceptions, resulting in a fascinating and unique phenomenon, with unlikely and deep appeal across multiple subgenres and over 200 million careers to date.

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    Music scholarship fund established in memory of Haven Walker | Education https://micgillette.com/music-scholarship-fund-established-in-memory-of-haven-walker-education/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://micgillette.com/music-scholarship-fund-established-in-memory-of-haven-walker-education/ Flagstaff high school students will have the chance to apply for a new music scholarship this month. Started by Bob and Pina Miller in memory of their son, the Haven Walker Music Scholarship Fund is intended to help local instrumental musicians pay for tuition. Haven Walker was a musician from the Flagstaff community, playing guitar […]]]>


    Flagstaff high school students will have the chance to apply for a new music scholarship this month. Started by Bob and Pina Miller in memory of their son, the Haven Walker Music Scholarship Fund is intended to help local instrumental musicians pay for tuition.

    Haven Walker was a musician from the Flagstaff community, playing guitar and sarod in a number of groups before his death in February 2020. Pina Miller said the scholarship was created to honor Walker and his love of music .

    “We thought it would be a great way to honor and honor the memory of our son by helping the community with this scholarship,” she said.

    In partnership with the Flagstaff Music Festival, a non-profit organization, the Millers will be offering five $ 1,000 scholarships to local high school students to encourage their passion for music. They say the scholarships will be awarded based on talent, financial need and “a demonstrated commitment to music.”

    Bob Miller described the potential beneficiaries as “talented high school students from Flagstaff who are in financial need and cannot afford to pay for their classes.”

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    At least half of the funds from each scholarship will be spent on music lessons for instrumental musicians. Vocal musicians will not be eligible for this year’s scholarships, but students who go on charters or are home schooled are also encouraged to apply.

    The Millers “have been working intensively on this subject since June” and said they were delighted to finally be able to offer the scholarship. Applications will be open from January 15 to 26. After being reviewed by an advisory committee of local musicians and music teachers, the five recipients will be announced at the end of March.

    “The idea is that each fellow will have a mentor who will work with that student and come up with a good plan to maximize the use of the $ 1,000,” said Bob Miller. “[The scholarship] for talented musicians financially needy of any instrument – it doesn’t matter whether it’s classical, jazz, rock’n’roll or bluegrass.

    The Millers hope that each of the fellows will attend the awards ceremony in the spring. They also plan to increase the fund over time, adding additional and larger scholarships.

    Pina Miller said they had supported Walker in his music education since he was 13, making sure he had access to instruments and music lessons. Walker made two pilgrimages to India to study sarod under Ali Akbar Kahn, she said, and performed with artists such as David Lindley.

    “He got into a number of different rock ‘n’ roll groups,” said Bob Miller. “Huck Freely, Eaten by Ants – they had very funny names.”

    A statement announcing the scholarship called Walker “an amazing musician, son, father and friend to all.”

    “He was a fixture for 20 years on the Flagstaff music scene, playing guitar, sarod and crossing many genres of music,” he said. “His untimely passing still makes us cry, but his legacy will continue through this new scholarship fund.”

    More information, including application instructions, can be found at flagstaffmusicfestival.com/#apply.

    The Recording Academy is likely to postpone the 64th annual Grammy Awards, originally scheduled for Jan.31 to Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, at a later date due to the omicron variant, according to multiple sources. A source with direct knowledge says it “seems likely.”




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    Shinedown releases first teaser video for seventh studio album https://micgillette.com/shinedown-releases-first-teaser-video-for-seventh-studio-album/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 19:44:36 +0000 https://micgillette.com/shinedown-releases-first-teaser-video-for-seventh-studio-album/ BROKEN released a short teaser video for the group’s seventh studio album. The 42-second clip, which can be seen below, was accompanied by the message: “So it starts … # nowiknowmyabcs… How about you? # SD7”. Last month, BROKEN a singer Brent Smith 95.9 The rat‘s Carl Crafts on the more ‘stripped down’ approach of […]]]>

    BROKEN released a short teaser video for the group’s seventh studio album.

    The 42-second clip, which can be seen below, was accompanied by the message: “So it starts … # nowiknowmyabcs… How about you? # SD7”.

    Last month, BROKEN a singer Brent Smith 95.9 The rat‘s Carl Crafts on the more ‘stripped down’ approach of the new LP: “We wanted to put it all on the line. And what I mean by that is we’ve proven that we can make these records that there is a lot of musicality involved, and we’ve layered our records over the years because we love the music and we love the sound and we try to make some really cinematic records. So with that you have a lot of instruments that aren’t only drums, bass, guitar and vocals – we use orchestras, we use a lot of synths, we use a lot of techniques that… we don’t believe in… don’t tie your hands when making a record . Make whatever record you want to make. And ultimately, though, what we wanted to do with this album was make it as fierce as the other records but not use as much of the style that we’ve done in the past with it. the superposition on and layering guitars, adding a lot of synths, stacking vocals. “

    He continued: “I am from Freddie mercury school when it comes to vocals, layering, backgrounds and things of that nature because I try – I say ‘try’ – to try to use my voice as an instrument. But it’s really less is more. So the majority of this record is authentically drums, bass, guitar. The are piano songs; there are two really, really very intense piano songs that are going to be in BROKEN Seven. But we wanted to make a real rock record, we wanted to make a real record where we just focus on making sure the band is heard the way the band needs to be heard. So not a lot of overlays. This does not mean that it is less powerful; it’s just that we don’t have a lot of stacks. We just put things left to right in stereo, pushing everything forward. The vocals aren’t layered – not a lot of effect on the vocals, so not a lot of delays and reverbs and things like that. A lot of the vocals on the record are dry and a bit tight in your face. “

    Black-smith also talked about the lyrical themes covered on the new BROKEN album, claiming they were inspired at least in part by the ongoing pandemic and the resulting impact on the community, residents and businesses.

    “Going through everything the world went through last year, and we wrote the majority of the record last year, and this year we couldn’t close our eyes to everything that was going on,” a- he declared. “And we’re talking on this record, and we’re speaking on this record – we’re not trying to dance around certain topics. We’re trying to be very honest and very real. In a lot of ways, it’s a very humanitarian issue. registration.”

    Ask if BROKEN is going to “piss people off” with some of the lyrical positions that are taken on the next LP, Black-smith said: “Maybe. But the problem is, I don’t necessarily think it’s about pissing people off; it’s about understanding what we’ve all been through but where we need to go. now. I think it gets lost. It’s never meant to be on … And I say this because I’m very, very bold and very honest about it. This country, it’s not called the Divided States of America; it’s called the United States of America, and we want people to understand that it is up to people; it is up to us. And we are able not only to work with each other, to grow with each other. But when you have some people in power who don’t have your best interests in mind, you have to stand up and make your voice heard. When I see what’s going on with regard to freedom of movement. expression of people and that it’s censored and people are pushed into a corner because of their opinions and everything. ez be able to have conversations with each other in order to get real action to happen for positive change. “

    Regarding the first single from BROKENthe seventh album by, due out later this month, Brent said, “It honestly tackles everything the company has handled from a planetary platform, if you will – not just here in the US, but around the world – what the past 18 months have been like. , and, at least in our opinion, how we should move forward.

    “Look, the record… We’re talking about things we’ve never talked about before,” he revealed. “We open the conversation on different topics that BROKEN never addressed. We have the full support of our label, our management and hopefully our fans, whether they’ve been here from day one or just finding out who we are. But it’s a record that I think some people will find controversial, I think some people will find very provocative, especially for BROKEN, but it’s also something that we think is very important and necessary… Don’t get me wrong either, there is a lot of triumph on this record, but there is also a lot to have to take step back and go, ‘What’s really going on? And how can we prevent that from happening if it is going to be something negative for the human race as a whole? Our society, the way we live with each other, we share this planet with many different organisms and creatures. It’s not just about us. It’s important that everyone really takes a step back and not always. We have to work together – like, all from U.S; we have really we have to start working together and really creating a positive change not only for society but also for this beautiful planet that has been given to us. “

    The sequel to 2018 “Warning warning”, which is tentatively due this spring, was recorded in part at a new studio in Charleston, South Carolina, run by the group’s bassist and producer. Eric Bass.

    In October, BROKEN announced their 2022 North American tour, “Sinedown Live In Concert”. Kicking off in San Francisco on January 26, the upcoming 22-date outing will see the acclaimed quartet travel across the West Coast, Canada and more, with stops in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Seattle, Calgary, Toronto. , and Montreal. POP EVIL and AYRON JONES will support on certain dates.

    BROKENthe movie of “Warning warning”, a cinematic experience from the 2018 studio album by the band of the same name, which premiered worldwide in September.

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    Versal is releasing his latest, “Versal Volume 2”, a hybrid of an orchestral and electronic instrumental album. https://micgillette.com/versal-is-releasing-his-latest-versal-volume-2-a-hybrid-of-an-orchestral-and-electronic-instrumental-album/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 18:15:00 +0000 https://micgillette.com/versal-is-releasing-his-latest-versal-volume-2-a-hybrid-of-an-orchestral-and-electronic-instrumental-album/ Javier Velez, professionally known as Versal, is releasing an orchestral-influenced multi-genre album, “Versal Volume 2”. LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, December 18, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Houston, TX-based composer Javier Velez’s latest album, “Versal Volume 2,” is an instrumental and calming hybrid album that will appeal to sure to listeners. Ambient and uplifting in nature, the rhythmic […]]]>

    Javier Velez, professionally known as Versal, is releasing an orchestral-influenced multi-genre album, “Versal Volume 2”.

    LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, December 18, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Houston, TX-based composer Javier Velez’s latest album, “Versal Volume 2,” is an instrumental and calming hybrid album that will appeal to sure to listeners. Ambient and uplifting in nature, the rhythmic sounds and soothing arrangements of the 8-track project heal while transporting listeners to a world of instrumental enjoyment that is sure to be on a variety of playlists.

    Javier Velez comes from a vast musical background. He plays a wide range of musical instruments such as flute, trombone, classical guitar, piano, trumpet and organ; and started composing at the age of 13 and had his first recording studio experience at the age of 14. At 20, he led and organized a bell choir in Puerto Rico and entered the music industry.

    “Versal Volume 2” stuns with a variety of sounds ranging from peaceful romantic to abrasive brass pieces featured on Kind of Pink and The Guardians of Montserrat and is imbued with classical and meditative influences that will expose listeners to a wide range of genres without limits. Produced in Javier’s home studio and on his grand piano, the album beautifully retains an overall tone while varying from song to song.

    ” Versal Volume 2 ” is available on all major music platforms including Spotify, YouTube, and Soundcloud. Visit the Versal website and Facebook to learn more about its efforts.

    About Versal
    Javier Velez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and composes music without words. He has also worked on film and documentary projects as a director, cinematographer, editor, songwriter, sound designer, CGI artist, colorist, and dialogue and concept editor. In addition, Javier creates the illustrations for his albums, including the logo, font and concept. He enjoys orchestral music from all eras and various genres, including pop. Javier believes that in its purest form, musical abstraction transcends languages, borders, cultures, ages, races, thus uniting us all and making music truly universal. Its objective is to compose and produce music that combines several genres, instruments and techniques to transmit the rhythm of life that accompanies it. Javier concludes that the music is ultimately an abstraction and that adding lyrics only defeats the point. Javier says, “It’s like looking at a Jackson Pollock painting or a beautiful landscape; no need to define or explain what it is, it’s just.

    “I hope this music will bring you as much joy as it gave me to compose and produce it. May all beings be joyful! – Versal

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