Koyo- “Tetrachromat”

By:   Jerome Fitts

Thank God someone has guided a new generation of artist in the right direction of avoiding instant gratification methods to deliver music. Leeds, England five piece Koyo , will release their debut single titled “Tetrachromat” on March 31st, 2017. The single exemplifies the collections of instruments that Huw Edwards (lead vocals, guitar), Jacob Price (sampling, synthesizers), Seb Knee-Wright (guitars), Dan Comlay (bass) and Tom Higham (drums) orchestrated to perfection with a refreshing single. Perhaps a legitimate argument can be made by comparing the band to a familiar sound of the past to the circle of influences that keeps the band in order.

Koyo has obviously listened to and learned from those who structured the elements of creativity without restructuring or resurrecting a sound that was created before them.

Whenever there is an acceptance by  The U.K. Music Scene in 2017 without announcing unrealistic intentions but instead allowing the music to equalize its own volume around a band, one has to take that band serious. This is one of those bands where any listener can grasp the true meaning behind the title of the tune.

Koyo

In this case its Koyo representing their culmination of instruments with a song, “Tetrachromat” , that serves both the band and single justice. The Gods of our understanding created these remarkable musicians and enabled the chemicals between them to generate an energy where their name sake represents their sound. Koyo! Those collectable energys may pay off, depending on the objectives of the band but one thing for sure this sound will last.

In support of the single release on March 31st via 88 Watt, the band are playing selective shows throughout the United Kingdom at:

March 29th: Manchester- Aatma

March 30th: Leeds- The Library

March 31st: Kettering- The Yards

April 7th: Leicester- Duffy’s Bar

May 4th:  London- The Old Blue Last

The bands self-titled debut album (Koyo) will see the light of day on June 9th, 2017.

Follow Koyo:

Website: www.koyoband.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/koyo_uk

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/koyoband

Facebook: https://facebook.com/koyoband

Bandcamp: https://koyoband.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Trend- Single Review- “Just Another Friday”-

By:   Jerome Fitts

New Single : ‘Just Another Friday’ Out Now! on SoundHub Records. 2017
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Stream on Spotify

The Trend, a rock/pop quartet that consist of members, Ryan Malone, Del Greig, Johnny Carroll, Josh Carmichael, wrote in their new single “Just Another Friday” that there is a growing trend in their native city of Glasgow, Scotland. The proof in the pudding is in the opening line: “Everybody running for cover, look around there isn’t another friendly face in sight….” while simplifying the brilliant melodies in the chorus: 

The Trend "Just Another Friday" Used By Kind Permission. The Trend Released on SoundHub. 2017

The Trend
“Just Another Friday”
Used By Kind Permission. The Trend
Released on SoundHub Records. 2017

Lets hope these are just lyrics or the tourist board in Glasgow and its nearby city Edinburgh will be going through the roof.

No one can deny that after listening to the song in its entirety that The Trend are steadily working on mastering their craft in songwriting. For a band that was once considered one of the top unsigned acts in the UK, it is a solid single that shows they are stepping away from their embryonic phase. Perhaps this is because the lads are constantly touring the U.K. and their engine doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Hint hint indie artist, get out there and gig.

Catch them live in supporting their recently released single  “Just Another Friday” (SoundHub Records. 2017) on any given day of the week. If you are in the area, go get your tickets as this will be one of those bands that you will claim to have seen before they take flight.

Friday 24th February: Record Factory, Glasgow w/ The View (DJ Set)
Saturday 4th March: The Arts Centre, East Kilbride
Saturday 18th March: Mad Hatters, Inverness

Social media:
facebook.com/thetrendglasgow
twitter.com/thetrendglasgow
Instagram.com/thetrendglasgow

The Further- “Other Side Of The Valley” single review

By: Jerome Fitts

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeromeFitts

The “Other Side Of The Valley” single by  the Derby, United Kingdom based band, The Further reassures us that melodies that compliments emotions still exist. The Brit Pop influence three piece band (James- drums, Barrington-gutair and Peter-vocals), collectively wrote the song in the early stages of the winter with the intentions of a winter feel. However, the results will inequivically ride throughout the four seasons.

Download the single here:

The roadtrip music lovers lyrics “I hope you can hear me, I am here if you need me” will stick out. After reviewing the starlets who happens be on the active Soundhub Label, (WJ) , just as yourselves will be eagerly awaiting  for more. If anyone of you can remember a song that you don’t want to end, then this is it. The single which will inevitably be considered a film score anthem consistently delivers a tone that is never ending.

Follow the band & label below:

www.Twitter.com/TheFurtherUK

www.Facebook.com/TheFurtherUK

www.SoundCloud.com/TheFurtherUK

https://www.sound-hub.com/

 

Dabling with the Andrew Mullen Experience

By: Jerome Fitts

Remember the days when you were a passenger of a vehicle and you heard a song that you couldn’t get out of your head? Even better, have you ever sat at a bus terminal or have been eagerly awaiting for something in a customer service lounge then an amazing song came on and you asked; “Who was that and what is the name of that song?”

These days we all ask ourselves where in the world could we find a song that we can remember the chorous to that doesn’t have the words “nigger grab your dick or momma and poppa grab your balls etc” complimented with a dry loop in it. The most embarrassing part is, more so than not those songs are always in autotune disguising horrible lyrics and vocals. Sad but true in 2017, its gotten to that level of music based on the lack of creativity. Instant gratification at its finest! Is it safe to say we need a cure?

Well..here is Andrew Mullen!

Power of Choice. Andrew Mullen.

Power of Choice. Andrew Mullen. Copyright Streaming Records. 2017

Somewhere just north of Melbourne, Australia and to be more specific Yackandandah, Australia, Andrew Mullen delivers the first track “The Devils Innocent” (Crownn Records/Streaming Records) on March 27th, 2017, off a banger debut album titled “Intoxic”.

The song title itself may shock middle America but once you listen to the track or dare to read the lyrics the explanation is quite clear.  In a world where everyone wants to be offended to be awarded a selfie trophy of likes and shares, this young man have mastered his craft with  generic riffs, a gutair solo and lyrics to remind us that there are original artist out there.

The Devil Is Innocent track, will make you question the now popular lets be whores and updated slave tracks that are dominating our radio frequencies. Does this make the devil innocent when we have allowed music to be accepted if you can protray yourself as a whore or pimp in the name of your family.

Judge for yourself. Responses are welcome so go on and contact the man himself downunder..

Website: http://www.mullen.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mullenofficial/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MullenOfficial

“Selfie Music” – Smokin’ Mirrors and Delusional Self Entitlements

“Selfie Music”

Smokin’ Mirrors and Delusional Self Entitlements

   Jerome Fitts

Here we are some two years later after the “Who Do Think They Are?” post and it seems that although the reaction was positive and there has been over 97K followers that read the article, the truth is, the submissions from DIY artist to the public and within the music industry has gotten worse.

Sure there are the renditions of tapes, CD’s and Vinyl along with the current trend of streaming that keeps the music industry machine going and this is great. However, the approach and the delivery of quality music is still lost in the mix bowl of talent or should we say self entitled talent.

We can blame the discovery of taking pictures in mirrors (selfies) as a perfect example of people who are looking at themselves in mirrors based on what their own delusions are. The facts are the same within the current state of music delivery and some of these artist are delusional. There are some amazing music out there and good music still sells while a great song will live forever. The 7.5 billion census question is:

Where is it?”

The hilarious "like" my page adverts. Used by kind permission.2016

The hilarious “like” my page adverts.
Used by kind permission.2016

These days you can’t create a social media page or troll your own social media site, most notably Twitter or Facebook, without those selfie musicians demanding you to check out their music or video. But one has to wonder or ask several questions and among those important questions its always: “Whats next? Or even better “Why?” At some point most of the new age artist or selfie artist are demanding you check out their material as if its going to bring them fame. In this day and age where our beloved YouTube has replaced television or  music video channels, anyone can buy impressions or views for the videos they upload. If there are a million and one likes or views are we suppose to follow a trend based on the number of views or does this mean that because there are a certain number of views then its quality or like-able material. 

First and foremost, if its already out there then someone will “check it out” even if its yourself. Yes that is right, you can pay someone to “get likes” after posting some of the music then celebrate as if you are a star. Imagine someone desperate enough to pay for likes or followers that leave no comments or invite you to play live in their city. Maybe there should be an additional option for the public to choose from based on the statistics that are also displayed such as geographical and demographic analytical views. Then again this would shatter the glass mirror so maybe its better to leave it smoking to fulfill those delusions. Need we say more?

According to Webster Dictionary: The definition of desperate is: (of a person) having a great need or desire for something. In reference to this piece its about demanding likes or followers. Hilarious or not it is without question a cruel reality.

Kiss Army advert. Getty Images. 2016

Kiss Army advert. Getty Images. 2016

Remember the days when we would sing in the mirror and pose as if you were Paul Stanley from KISS or Madonna then tell your friends or family to come and see. Well its the same isn’t it? In modern times the translation of “check this out” would mean “hey look at me, I think I am sexy or I can sing so follow me!” Funny right. Has anyone wrote an honest and constructive comment on those posts? Was your comment deleted and your profile blocked only for the submitter of the post to destroy you in a response without you being in a position to defend your initial comment. The results is smoking mirrors or selfie music that makes up the body of smoking mirrors. It makes you wonder what independent music is these days if that is the case. One can also wonder why these artist are not asking the public what they think and accepting the response. It seems this would be the logical way of not only building a brand through genuine followers but its also a way to expand their sound. Are these artist are afraid to find out the truth? Is this a new genre being created within this selfish industry? Here we go: Cowards of Selfie Music.

Where did being creative and different go to?

Over the years there has been some exceptions to the growing trend in remarkable artist such as Lindsey Stirling, but we all have to agree that her formula, style and quality of material is above the norm. The result has seen the Los Angeles starlet sell out theaters and arenas around the world yet you wouldn’t find her playing live at an in-house popular music awards. Maybe the judges or panel of such awards are mechanical or machines as they are year after year selecting the same shite music such as Drake, Rihanna and some other copycat self proclaimed pimp or whore. The moral police of music have unfortunately succumbed to supporting the new genre of clown music. Charlie Chaplin and crew have to be in heaven going f**ks sake!

Here we go, the definition of courage in the Webster Dictionary is: Strength in the face of pain or grief. Bravery

In this case its about the artist pouring their heart and soul into their sound by mastering their craft to express themselves. The courageous part of it is, they are leaving it up to the recipient (listener) to chose for themselves.

Does it work? Sure these artist are putting their dreams into motion without feeling the public owes them something. They promote themselves just as much as the professionals does but the successful ones never go rogue. They sweat and win together and those standards are based on a delegated process within each sector of working behind the music. The formula is quite simple, everyone is on the same page.There is music out there that genuine labels and distributors believe in such as Proper Music Distribution that works with large and small booking agencies. The thing of it is that those reputable entities working relationship is based on the belief in the same artist genuine promotion.


For those that are reading this lengthy piece, try it out. When it comes to approaching PR companies, due your due diligence and ask what is the finish line. Have the courage to look past the name dropping some may use to secure your check but look deep into their strategy in regards to your music.

The positive side to hiring professionals, if you take yourself serious enough, you can learn from their mistakes as well as get better along the way.

For the artist that are reading this and will continue to partake in the DIY system, take a deep breath and don’t add to much water into the instant gratification process of your music. You will receive exactly what you put into your music and if you don’t require professionals to handle your music then the reality is you don’t need the public. So.. What is your objective? – Selfie Music. Have fun in your bedroom or kitchen performing to the smoking mirrors.

In closing, good food is like good music, we just eat it and it becomes our favorite food and its what you prefer. When the package or label of the food or music is presented right it looks and smells good and more than likely it will taste good. But if the package and label of the food or music looks cheap and smell like shite, then it probably is!

Enjoy..

Jerome Beau Fitts

“BLIND” video by Berlin band———– LETTERS FROM EDEN

Berlin Band Letters from Eden. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2016

Letters from Eden. Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2016

The video of the week comes from Rodos Film Festival Selected – “BLIND” from Berlin, Germany based band Letter From Eden. It should be noted that this post is not only about the award winning video but also a recommendation to follow an amazing band. The song Blind displays a band that seems to continue to work on their craft while maintaining originality in a music world that seems to rely on systems as oppose to actually playing their instruments– *****5 STARS Highly recommended!! 

The video which was produced by AchtungLichtFilm Production who is also based in Berlin, is part of a Rococo trilogy which produced short films The Scent of Gentlemen and Rivals.

The company which was founded by Alexander Lony and Yann Grouhel in 2013 are also responsible for a number of short films and music videos.

The company have also gone on record stating: “ When the band invited us to their rehearsal room to hear some of the new songs (which of course all are great!), we immediately decided to shoot their music video.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AchtungLichtFilm/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALF_Film

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0498412/?ref_=fn_al_co_1  

 

 

Introducing “The Eve” Short Film

The Eve Short Film promotional poster. Used By Kind permission. 2016

The Eve Short Film promotional poster. Used By Kind permission. 2016

The world-wide Film Festival favorite THE EVE by director Luca Machnich is a thriller. Imagine having a family tragedy and meeting up with Santa Claus. An innocent imagination while longing to escape makes up a must see summer short horror film. As of May 2016, the film has won an astonishing 78 film festival awards.

CAST
Valerio Santosuosso, Mary Wall, Ulf Kusdas, Maurizio Rapotec.

SYNOPSIS

Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.

Feature Film of the Week.. Maskoun

Maskoun Poster - Colossus FF (1)

Prepare for a film like no other, nothing as scary, as provoking or powerful.  The film Maskoun is based on true stories from all over the Middle East; a horror film like no other with twists and to keep you on the edge of your seat.   With real footage of actual paranormal sightings, interviews, TV shows, news reels and actual celebrities all merge into this suspenseful feature film.

Maskoun Trailer (English Version) from Sharif Abdunnur on Vimeo.

The film is about two young directors who come back from the USA to shoot a documentary film about paranormal activity  in Lebanon:  They hire a crew and Two Celebrity Stars to accompany them on their adventure.  After several small sightings the visions become stronger and the mystery turns into a hellish nightmare.

Maskoun Pics 11 (1)

Directed as a cross between documentary and fiction with  inserts from news and interviews the film is a violent suspenseful thriller and would be the first of its kind in the Middle East.   The movie is a revolution in Arabic cinema as it was shot both in Arabic and in English enabling it to be marketed to an International Audience/Market as well as the Middle East.

Written and Directed by:  Sharif Abdunnur and Krystle Houiess

Cinematography:  Jad Beyrouthy

Editing:  Nadim Khaiyrallah

Music:  Anthony Sahyoun

Producers:  Laure Chamoun and Reine Semaan
Lead Actors:
        Wissam Hanna
        Leila Ben Khalifa
        Krystle Houiess
        Sharif Abdunnur

Short Film Highlight ‘4242’ by Sara Eustaquio

It is an absolute honor to highlight the remarkable short film ‘4242’ by up and coming film director Sara Eustaquio . The sixteen year old film director, who was recently accepted into New York Film Academy for 2016, short film is also complimented by an original soundtrack by her father Victor Eustaquio.

‘4242’ is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager’s anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.
Short Synopsis:
Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends. At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference.

Staring: Cristina Caldararu 

Director:Sara Eustaquio | Writers:Cristina Caldararu, Sara Eustaquio

Music By: Victor Eustaquio | Produced By: Victor Eustaquio

 

“Stitches”- Rodos Film Festival Fashion Video Selection

stitches_poster

Recently Fashion Video selected for the Rodos Film Festival (2016), video Stitches was brought to our attention by acclaimed director Eunji Kim. Great work Eunji! The Fashion video awards are presented by Bofi Clothing Distributors

Synopsis:
How can our emotional scars and grief reflect the view we see
around us when we go through a break-up? Stitches explores the
fragile passage of enduring pains and the art of letting go through
the time of digging up and repeating memories.

Credits:
Director : Eunji Kim
Director of Photography : Elly Nakajima
Editor : Paula Cuadrado
composer : Barbara De Biasi
Sound designer : Alejandro Cid
Camera Assistant : George Symonds
Make up/Hair stylist : Cassie George
Key Cast:
Nicky Ingram
David Alexander