Wednesday, April 29

SONG REVIEW πŸŽ΅πŸ“ Muva Dame - Tell Me



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Muva Dame - Tell Me

R&B, Soul
NY, United States







Overall Impression:
Artfully channeling the ambivalence of a broken relationship, Muva Dame's Tell Me captures the struggles of interpersonal drama with skill and grace.  Torn between letting go and taking advantage of what's available, Tell Me outlines the way we fall back into arms that we know can't hold us, and the talents of Muva Dame deliver the message with passionate and breathtaking vocals and a smooth track that'll have you coming back for more.


Strongest Point(s):
Tell Me has a flawless mix - the vocals are bright and sparkling, and every bit of the instrumental supports the voice perfectly.  The beat hits hard, and keeps the energy moving smoothly.  These harmonies are stellar, and the hooks are plentiful and powerful.  Somehow relaxing and hype at the same time, this track is solid gold.  Well done!


Target Audience Appeal:
Fans of the modern R&B/Pop stylings will love this sound!  Muva Dame's vocals are exciting and intimate, perfectly hooking listeners with expert tone and delivery - and Tell Me is anything but short on style.  Making a unique mark on a popular soundscape, Muva Dame's Tell Me stands to reign in fans of all ages and backgrounds - as obvious talent always does.  Excellent work!


Artist target suggestions:
Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Ciara, Sza, Keyshia Cole, Mariah Carey, Jazmine Sullivan, Tory Lanez, Drake, Rihanna


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About the Reviewer:
Jon Wright is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.

SONG REVIEW πŸŽ΅πŸ“ Saint Mars - Help



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Saint Mars - Help

Alternative/Alt. Rock, Pop
United Kingdom





Overall Impression: Help is a powerful breakthrough song, performed masterfully by Saint Mars. The lyrics paint a picture of a harmful situation that pushes the subject to his breaking point, then realizes they are strong enough to escape and thrive. The lyrics are supported by a very talented voice, who uses his range to his benefit, and terrific instrumentals, all mixed and balanced beautifully. The feel of the song is passionate, and the flow always moves forward, supported by a groovy syncopated rhythm that pushes all the way to the end. Overall killer job by Saint Mars.


Strongest Point(s): The professionalism and musicality is astoundingly displayed in Help. The blend and balance was pleasing, hitting all the check marks the whole song. From the beginning, I was bobbing my head, and I was singing along by the second chorus. The beat is relentless, keeping the feel optimistic and fighting through the end, and is one that provokes the listener to dance and sing along. Saint Mars has that collaborative and unique sound that bands should strive for, and I can't wait to add this track to my playlist.


Target Audience Appeal: Younger audiences and fans of pop punk are going to enjoy this tune, along with alt. rock and today's hits. Fans of anywhere from Weezer to My Chemical Romance can find something to love in this song. This song would be a hit on stage, along with on screen, in ads, and on the radio. 


Artist target suggestions: You have your own unique voice, so aim to be Saint Mars. Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Audioslave, Bloc Party, Blur, Editors, Feeder, Foals, Foo Fighters, Foster The People, Franz Ferdinand, Imagine Dragons, Interpol, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, MGMT, Manic Street Preachers, Muse, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Phoenix, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stereophonics, The Killers, The White Stripes, Twenty One Pilots, Two Door Cinema Club, Weezer, White Lies

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Rob Lawson is a Master’s Music Performance major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a percussionist, composer, conductor, and recording artist. He has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Horn Choir, Pit Orchestra, and Keystone Winds. He has composed, arranged, and premiered works for Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, and Brass Quintet at IUP, and conducted the Pep Band, Symphony Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Chamber Ensembles, along with various recitals. Rob graduated from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance, was the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist of the Wind Ensemble, Percussionist and Drummer with the Beatles Band, and conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Orchestra, and various Chamber Ensembles. Rob also has experience with the recording process, both in front and behind the mic, from solo pieces to rock bands to full orchestral ensembles. He also teaches private lessons in percussion, conducting, music theory, and has taught high school marching percussion.

NEW MUSIC ⭐️ Lil Woody - Make Way



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Lil Woody - Make Way

Hip Hop/Rap, R&B
GA, United States

Tuesday, April 21

SONG REVIEW πŸŽ΅πŸ“ SoulBeast - Betrayed



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SoulBeast - Betrayed

Metal, Classic Metal, Hard Rock
OH, United States





Overall Impression:
SoulBeast comes out swinging with their intensely driven and definitively metallic song Betrayed.  With a fast and crunchy sound well informed by the great metal acts of yesteryear, the band delivers a satisfyingly heavy reflection on the sensation of misplaced faith - and does so with skill and passion. Betrayed's lyrics run the gamut of self-consuming emotional turmoil that comes with treachery, and even goes so far as to address the solution to such self-consumption.  Forgive the betrayer for your own sake, but never let yourself forget what they've done.


Strongest Point(s):
SoulBeast has really cohesive sound!  Betrayed's mix is really solid and fully highlights the individual pieces of the band's overall sound - and I'm really digging every bit of it.  The lead vocals are really great for this style, and I love the skill of the guitar solo at 3:09 - intensely exciting performance, and exactly what the song calls for.  Also, great lyrics!  It's not often you hear a song of this style and energy that dwells in the negative space as well as the constructive.  Awesome work!


Target Audience Appeal:
Fans of classic metal will love this sound, and anyone craving something with a familiar tone but a new edge will find plenty to unpack with SoulBeast.  Betrayed is an anthem of awareness - engaging in the darkness that accompanies infidelity while still encouraging listeners to seek self-assurance; a unique message with a really solid delivery.  I look forward to hearing more!


Artist target suggestions:
Skid Row, Warrant, Poison, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot, Def Leppard, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Tesla, Damn Yankees, Bullett Boys


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Jon Wright is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.

Thursday, April 16

NEW MUSIC ⭐️ Izzy Burns - Autopilot



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Izzy Burns - Autopilot

Folk, Alternative Folk
ID, United States

SONG REVIEW πŸŽ΅πŸ“ Drobinko - Heart Me



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Drobinko - Heart Me

Rock, Indie
NY, United States





Overall Impression: Drobinko is combining 2000's pop-punk with a modern Electro-feel. This combination is one of brilliance in Heart Me, with a fresh unique sound, and an all around great song. Drobinko had me dancing the whole song, and I was singing along by the second chorus. Along with that the mix is well balanced, along with the combination of electric and acoustic sounds and instruments, and the added stereo effects are a wonderful sprinkle on top. The form of the song is easy to follow, and the it has a feeling of being projected forward the whole time, providing a sense of moving on. 


Strongest Point(s): The cohesiveness of Drobinko is remarkable. All of the musicians are masters of their instrument and voice, and their musicianship and ability to play together is phenomenal. The mix is so strong and well done, it hits all the marks as a listener, engaging the entire time, and begging to be sung along with. It is apparent that this group has been playing together for years, and if not it is all the more impressive. 


Target Audience Appeal: This does have a strong Weezer, Fountains of Wayne vibe to it, and I feel that listeners of that genre will engage most with you, likely between high school age and late 30's. This would run well on a festival circuit, along with on screen (streaming services, Indie movies, and the like). This is a great windows down driving song to sing along with at the top of your lungs in the car. I can really see this song becoming a hit. 


Artist target suggestions: Blink 182, Coldplay, Daughtry, Fall Out Boy, Foster The People, Fountains of Wayne, Fun., Green Day, Linkin Park, Neon Trees, Oasis, Paramore, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The All-American Rejects, The Cars, The Cranberries, The Fray, The Killers, The Strokes, Train, U2, Weezer

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Rob Lawson is a Master’s Music Performance major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a percussionist, composer, conductor, and recording artist. He has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Horn Choir, Pit Orchestra, and Keystone Winds. He has composed, arranged, and premiered works for Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, and Brass Quintet at IUP, and conducted the Pep Band, Symphony Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Chamber Ensembles, along with various recitals. Rob graduated from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance, was the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist of the Wind Ensemble, Percussionist and Drummer with the Beatles Band, and conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Orchestra, and various Chamber Ensembles. Rob also has experience with the recording process, both in front and behind the mic, from solo pieces to rock bands to full orchestral ensembles. He also teaches private lessons in percussion, conducting, music theory, and has taught high school marching percussion.

Wednesday, April 15

NEW MUSIC ⭐️ Miu Haiti - I Don't Think I Need You



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Miu Haiti - I Don't Think I Need You
Pop, R&B, Hip Hop
MA, United States

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT ⭐️ UP (Urban Project)



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UP (Urban Project)

Progressive Pop, Alt/Indie
Germany




Song Review for Solid Heart: https://radioairplayblog.blogspot.com/2020/04/song-review-up-urban-project-solid-heart.html

The project consisted of a group of musicians that were scattered all over Europe. Unfortunately, the continuity of making music together suffered under this situation.
This led to outstanding musicians from the around Aachen/Cologne Germany coming together and founding the current lineup of Urban Project with the spirit of connecting people. Urban Project is consistently working on new music and they are planning to release a new EP in the near future. They are pursuing to express themselves in the most creative way and want to make their music attractive for a widely diversified audience.


Line-up: 
Urban ElsΓ€sser (guitar)
Yen Anetzberger (vocals)
Markus Proske (bass)
Ben Overmann (drums)


Solid Heart Video:





How are you impacted as a musician during this time?
The most important thing for us is to express ourselves through music and motivate others to be lively, vivid and open minded.  Believing that our own music, created with intuition and intention, finds an audience in this difficult times to experience the profoundness of the music.


To be honest; everything changes so fast; We wish musicians appreciate the time spent making music, that they maintain openness, love, curiosity, no matter what happens. 

Can you describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence?
Urban Project is Contemporary Sound, Relevant, Beautiful, Fragile and Contradictory.

What's your earliest music-related memory growing up?
I grew up in a small catholic village in Germany, when at the age of 6 I met an apparition: it was an older boy carrying an old radio with thick batteries on his back and it was playing Jimi Hendrix, Electric Lady Land, since that time I was electrified by his sound, moving between heaven and earth, between lightness and heaviness.  

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process.
There is no one way, imitation, inspiration, or intuition. I learned how important the laws of the overtone series, the kinetics, the physical sensation is for songwriting, how important breathing is in all musical processes; also the insight that every small idea has a context where it becomes strong, or that even weak ideas are often prepared for big ones and should therefore be valued.

Does anything in particular inspire you to write? What get's your creative juices flowing?
Always separate the process of generating ideas and their evaluation, for me this is the most important condition for the creative flow, get to know your mindset, cultivate inner calmness, it is the entrance to unconscious intelligence.

What do you like more: Performing live or recording in the studio?
The most beautiful is the moment where the surprise works, where beauty is created in the process, I love the sense of time when playing live, it is a small miracle.

Any embarrassing on stage moments you'd like to share? C’mon, don’t be shy!
Once in a small club I was fully electrified, my fingers got stuck and luckily the strings broke, after that I didn't know the next song anymore :)

What has been a highlight for you in the past year? (Either personally or for your music career.)
To find a band where different characters come together, sometimes it's not easy, but I have learned to appreciate the value of difference.

If you were to cover another band/artist's song/record, which would you pick and why?
Angel of Hendrix, it is the differentiated loving way to touch the sky with simple harmonies.

What are some artists/bands that you're into at the moment? Or any particular song you find yourself listening to over and over?
Sophie Hunger, Nick Cave, Coltrane, and all the interesting new stuff.

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate your creativity?
No real hobbies, I am interested in questions of psychology, philosophy and the everyday phenomenon of wondering.

What's one thing people should know about you? We are a creative chaos.


If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
Believe in yourself, trust and seek your creative source!


NEW MUSIC ⭐️ Overclock - Mind Shut



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Overclock - Mind Shut

Metal, Hard Rock
Germany

Saturday, April 11

LIVE Streaming Gig Today 🎀 Kevin Tente 🎸 4PM ET



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Kevin Tente - Romance

Alternative/Alt. Rock, Folk, Punk
CA, United States

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT ⭐️ Ryan Black - Blood Trail



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Ryan Black - Blood trail

Alternative/Alt. Rock
Canada






Can you describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence?
Meaningful truth spoken music.

What's your earliest music-related memory growing up?
My mother is a country singer and she was always playing music first thing in the morning and was the first thing I would hear waking up.

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process.
I write all my own songs writing is one of the best things in my life and one of my greatest accomplishments.

Does anything in particular inspire you to write? What get's your creative juices flowing?
Writing for me comes from feeling and learning and watching and listening to the world.

What do you like more: Performing live or recording in the studio?
I like both equally there is no better feeling than doing what you love playing live or in the Studio sets me free completely.

Any embarrassing on stage moments you'd like to share? C’mon, don’t be shy!
I was playing for an artist friend of mine and was playing a cover song for her I missed almost every note in the song but was so loud you couldn't hear mistakes which was lucky on my part and didn't end up to bad.

What has been a highlight for you in the past year? (Either personally or for your music career.)
I got radio play for the first time this year and that is a huge accomplishment and dream that came true.

If you were to cover another band/artist's song/record, which would you pick and why?
I would cover tunes from the band Fuel as I think they have some of the best alternative songs ever wrote and I have alot of respect for them all.

What are some artists/bands that you're into at the moment? Or any particular song you find yourself listening to over and over?
I've been listening to a band called Highly Suspect I find there music very meaningful and addicting.

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate your creativity?
I build motorcycles with my dad  in my spare time we build bobbers something about custom that keeps me interested and something I really enjoy.

What's one thing people should know about you?
I am and will always be the best I can be for my fans my family and friends.


If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
Without my fans there is no me so I would like to thank every fan I have from the bottom of my heart for loving music and making fall in love with music again and again.

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Friday, April 10

SONG REVIEW πŸŽ΅πŸ“ Bobby Newman - Almost Mine



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Bobby Newman - Almost Mine

Blues, Rock
TN, United States





Overall Impression:  
The intimate fiddle claims the opening, cementing the song's subtle emotional pull - very memorable. The acoustic guitar performance provides the backbone to the track with Bobby Newman's powerful yet soothing voice giving the tune another dimension. The choice of tempo also lends to that..... you know, that slow-burning Country/Americana kind.  The arrangement was well thought out as it was a warm audible change when the female vocal entered the song.  The mix between the two vocals lends itself to the heart and soul of the lyrics - two longing harmonies embodying bare emotion.  Musicianship seems to meld traditional, bluesy americana melodies with country elements for quite a beautiful song.

Strongest Point(s):  
Instrumentation, melody and lyric.  Nothing felt rushed, the listener was able to fully feel the weight of every note, emotion, and word.

Another strength is vocal timbre for sure. As an artist/group getting an audience to know your material and recognize your sound quickly is a great trait.  I feel like if I heard another track from Bobby Newman, just by the sound of his voice I would be able to tell it was him without knowing the artist on the track prior. 

Area(s) of Improvement: 
The vocals shouldn't be perfectly in unison as they are two separate entities, same lyrics but individual deliveries. This could be an artistic choice with how they both play their roles. My opinion completely here, but in the delivery at 2:57 when the female vocals come in on the word "Your" prior to Bobby's, it throws me off, only slightly, but just enough that I'm taken out of the moment.  May want to keep the same note and intensity from female vocal, but come in on time with Bobby. 

2:05, can't tell if it's a loud audible slide on a guitar string or if the audio file is damaged here but there is something audible in the mix that shouldn't be there.  

2:13 something funky goes on here. Sounds like a bad edit in the drum mix, bad clip or edit perhaps? It's really evident within the drum fill listening in a headphone mix. 

Other than the above mentioned, I think that this is a solid track. Great job with this tune!

Target Audience Appeal: 
I feel that this song is right inline with underground to mainstream modern day country/acoustic/americana movement that many artists have broken through to success. There is also this acoustic/rock quality to it which is why I will list Shinedown as one of your target artist suggestion. Very inline with their acoustic performances. Listeners young and old would very much appreciate both the sound and the message of Almost Mine.

Artist target suggestions: 
Bob Seger, Zac Brown, Darius Rucker, John Prine, Steve Earle, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, The Head and the Heart, Tom. T Hall, Josh Ritter, The Felice Brothers, Guy Clark, Brandi Carlile, Shinedown (Acoustic stuff), Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit


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SONG REVIEW πŸŽ΅πŸ“ UP (Urban Project) - Solid Heart



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UP (Urban Project) - Solid Heart
Pop, Alt/Indie
Germany





Overall Impression:
This is such a complex and masterfully crafted piece of music!  Urbanproject's Solid Heart is a white-knuckled journey through uncharted territory, utterly unique and filled with surprises.  The instrumentals are cleverly assembled, and the colors and tones you strike throughout the song are vibrant, dense, and brimming with intent. Solid Heart is evidence that solid musicianship and heart-felt songwriting can produce new and engrossing works of art!

Strongest Point(s):
Really great harmonic development - super strong bass part/tone! Loving the vocals as well.  Massive fan of the shift at 2:47.  What an incredible payoff, perfectly capitalizing on the tension and build up to that point with a super satisfying release.  There's so much genuinely exciting musicality here from the winding synth motifs to the unconventional harmonies and seemingly aleatoric fills - absolutely killer instincts all around!  

Area(s) of Improvement:
This mix is very powerful, I love the depth and strength in the sound - but it feels like certain parts, like the entrance at 0:07, could benefit from a little more blending into the overall soundscape.  You might want to consider borrowing the progression from 2:47-3:00 as an intro.  Using the string pads as a sort of overture before dropping that hammering bass and synth/guitar part might incentivize new listeners to stick around until the payoff.

Target Audience Appeal:
There's so much here for so many demographics.  Solid Heart is a universe unto itself, and Urbanproject is extending a shuttle pass to anyone brave enough to take the journey.  I think fans of progressive rock/metal will love the energy and activity in this tune.  The vocals and bridge section promise to be appealing to the more pop-oriented crowd.  I know that I'll be watching out for any and all future releases from you!  Excellent work.

Artist target suggestions:
Animal Collective, Tame Impala, Adult Jazz, Battles, Baths, The Microphones, Sheep Dog & Wolf, Dan Deacon, Panda Bear, Black Moth Super Rainbow


Review by Jon Wright:
Jon Wright is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and classically trained music educator with nearly 20 years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.

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Thursday, April 9

NEW MUSIC ⭐️ Rocco Monte Productions - Bar Rooms, Broads, Beer and the Blues. ver 2






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