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14 11, 2018

Chris Bennett: “Something Wonderful”

By |2018-11-14T05:47:18-05:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Artist Interview, Guest Author, Musician Interviews, Singer/Songwriter Interview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The vibrant and vivacious Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, and so much more, Chris Bennett, has released her 12th album entitled "Something Wonderful". Accompanied on the piano by Bill Marx, (son of Hollywood royalty, Harpo Marx of the Marx Brothers), "Something Wonderful", is a kaleidoscope of timeless songs from the “Great American Songbook”, executed in a compelling and sophisticated explosion of brilliance. Beginning her career as a vocalist and dancer in Las Vegas and on TV with Dean Martin and Jim Nabors, Chris Bennett found her way to Munich Germany where she met four time Grammy winner Giorgio Moroder, producer of Donna Summer, and was asked to join Munich Machine, an up and coming disco group as lead vocalist for “Munich Machine, Introducing Chris Bennett”, which contained the dance version of Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale". The glamorous [...]

12 11, 2018

Interview: Faith and Harry Rowen: “Just Be There” by Eileen Shapiro

By |2018-11-12T15:53:17-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Artist Interview, Guest Author, Musician Interviews, Singer/Songwriter Interview|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford One of the most refreshing, and talented duos to suddenly appear on the international pop scene and conquer the music industry are British/American brother and sister Faith and Harry Rowan. At the tender ages of only 12 and 13 they are already accomplished multi-instrumentalists, composers/songwriters /vocalists producing mature, sophisticated and professionally sonic tracks. Faith & Harry just launched their fourth track of this year entitled "Just Be There", an emotionally charged and heartfelt story about love, (of a friend) that is lost and missed. The song has a spirited flavor and a unique authenticity. Faith sings that song with an audaciously vibrant flair and a believable innocence. The two started playing music at age 3 with the violin, and then learned piano and guitar as well. In Harry's case the drums [...]

8 09, 2018

TOUR HACKS: A Nervous & Prepared Musicians Guide

By |2018-09-08T14:52:42-04:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Gig Tips, Guest Author, Tips|

What to bring on the road to survive Written by Ryan Cassata with help from Mae Krell & April Rose of the Rose Monarch Photo Credit: Mae Krell Touring is probably the most freeing thing I’ve ever participated in so far. I live for it and I want to be on the road as much as possible. While touring is fun, there’s also a lot of stress and a lot of thought needs to put into it and what to bring! A lot of unexpected things can happen on tour! You may not be able to find a place to eat for hours. You may get lost someplace where there’s no cell reception. These things have happened to me and I’m glad that I had some necessary items to ease my mind and get me moving forward on [...]

26 07, 2018

The Power of Non-Power Chords by @GhostlyBeard

By |2018-07-26T10:48:57-04:00July 26th, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Stories, Tips|Tags: , , , |

My first attempt at learning classical harmony was a failure! I was 16 or so then and was interested in learning more about music and especially how to write. What stopped me from learning classical harmony was one of the rule that you learn early on: it says that you shouldn't use consecutive fifths. It's the biggest no-no that you will be taught: "Consecutives are the no.1 bad guy in figured bass! You must NEVER write consecutives." (see https://www.mymusictheory.com/for-students/grade-6/175-the-rules-of-harmony#con5) At the time, I was mostly interested in rock music, and one of the thing that you will hear all the time in rock, on the guitar at least, is power chords, and power chords are nothing more than root+fifth(+octave). You will hear them all the time, in any kind of rock music... They are easy to play, they are easy [...]

25 07, 2018

Jimmy Davis The Record Crate Glebe Sydney Australia 14th June 2018

By |2018-07-25T12:02:08-04:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Live Band Review, Live Concert Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jimmy Davis – impressive voice, impressive range, impressive hair. Overall: impressive. Gig date: 14th June 2018 Venue: Record Crate, Glebe, Sydney, Australia Country of origin: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Member: Jimmy Davis Support or headline: Headline Good crowd/bad crowd: Great! They were in awe of how he used his voice in so many different ways and tones. Number of times seen band: 1 Crowd participation: Whether you’re looking to your left, or your right you’d be sure to see everyone singing and dancing. There was even this one young lady who got up and was trying to get other people to dance with her. Unfortunately the one person she tried to get to dance with her; was way too shy, and scared of the crowd (of other dancers) 10 out of 10 to her for trying though. Genre: Alternative Rating: [...]

23 07, 2018

Lord Dodongo The Record Crate Glebe Sydney Australia 10th June 2018

By |2018-07-23T09:43:33-04:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Live Band Review, Live Concert Review|Tags: , , , , |

Lord Dodongo – welcome to my kingdom Gig date: 10th June 2018 Venue: Record Crate, Glebe, Sydney, Australia Country of origin: Brookvale, Sydney, Australia Members: Harry, James, Gab, Josh and Jessamyn Support or headline: Headline Good crowd/bad crowd: Crowd was absolutely mental. I swear I saw a few people that jumped way too high in the mosh pit and hit their head and hand on the roof lights. Sold out. Packed and ready! Number of times seen band: 1 Crowd participation: When James stood up on the amps at the back of the stage everybody started screaming with excitement not only because of how rock ‘n’ Roll it looked and was, but how dangerous it could have been if he fell, which thankfully did NOT happen. Everyone in the crowd was having way too much fun and I could tell [...]

19 07, 2018

A.Swayze and The Ghosts Enmore Theatre Sydney Australia 31st May 2018

By |2018-07-19T09:20:14-04:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Live Band Review, Live Concert Review|Tags: , , , |

A Swayze and the Ghosts – support for two big-name bands, and still nailed it! Gig date: 31st May 2018 Venue: Enmore Theatre, Newtown, Sydney, Australia Country of origin: Hobart, Australia Members: Andrew Swayze, Hendrik Puss Wipprecht, Zac Blain and Benjamin Simms Support or headline: Support for JET (Melbourne) Good crowd/bad crowd: Crowd seemed to be intrigued with Andrew’s dancing and the way he sings (which was great, very cool and unique) Everyone joined in by clapping when we were prompted to. Number of times seen band: 1 Crowd participation: I spoke to the band and they said that the crowd was absolutely fantastic. It was such a sight to see everyone having a blast as well as singing along to their music, which obviously made the band feel extremely happy as they had massive smiles across their faces for [...]

17 07, 2018

Hammer Switch Oxford Art Factory Gallery Sydney Australia 15th June 2018

By |2018-07-17T08:20:41-04:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Live Band Review, Live Concert Review|Tags: , , , |

Hammer Switch – turned it on to FULL power Gig date: 15th June 2018 Venue: Oxford Art Factory Gallery, Sydney, Australia Country of origin: Cronulla, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Australia Members: Mitch, Angus, Chad, Blaise and Kurt Support or headline: Support act for White Bay (Sydney) Good crowd/bad crowd: Crowd was rockin’ out, headbanging, slaying the floor Number of times seen band: 1 Crowd participation: It seemed like everyone was in awe of Mitch’s voice because we al had our eyes and ears fixated on him and the band from the get-go. Note: #1The spell was cast, and we were all swept into the allure of the atmosphere within Hammer Switch musical ‘castle’. Because that’s exactly what it was like. Genre: Rock Rating: 8.5/10 guitars My review: Awesome stuff, very raw and 80’s like sound A mix of everyone from Ozzy [...]

21 06, 2018

Why Proper Show Etiquette Can Pay Off

By |2018-06-20T20:03:40-04:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Gig Tips, Guest Author, Tips|Tags: , , , , |

Why Be Nice, Show Etiquette I recently played a show where the opening acts were so rude! They acted this way towards the sound man, venue, promoter and to me and the other act…the co-headliners of the show. They were so rude that it was noticeable to my friends and family who had come a long way to see the show. Before the door guy even let any fans inside the venue…the band sent someone to talk to me and asked if they could soundcheck before me, I had already been waiting for my soundcheck for over an hour at this point, the band said “It’ll only take 15 minutes.” I said “sure” and I waited. The band sound checked for over an hour. When they played…it was no better. They didn’t thank any of the openers before them, they didn’t [...]

19 06, 2018

Sons of the East Oxford Art Factory Sydney Australia 9th June 2018

By |2018-06-19T07:58:42-04:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Guest Author, Live Band Review, Live Concert Review|Tags: , , , |

Sons Of The East – a moonwalk on the bar, should tell you how good this was! Gig date: 9th June 2018 Venue: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, Australia Country of origin: Sydney, Australia Members: Jack, Nic and Daniel Support or headline: Headline Good crowd/bad crowd: Crowd was going mental, singing EVERY SONG! Number of times seen band: 1 Crowd participation: In the video I got for ‘California’ you can see everyone jumping up and down with their arms raised in the air, and from the first note you can hear everyone, in the crowd, singing in perfect pitch. Such a beautiful sound; when band and audience come together as one. Genre: Indie/ Folk and Acoustic Rating: 8/10 guitars My review: Personally I absolutely loved the Drake cover, it sounded so cool and gave out a really ‘sick’ vibe, everyone was [...]