Indie Music Blog
For indie music fans or everyone who loves independent music! Here you will find music reviews and other music related topics written by quest and official bloggers. Thanks for taking the time to read these reviews! Artists will appreciate and shares or purchases you can muster! We are only reviewing music we really love and believe others will too so dig in. Comment if you feel so inclined to do so!
Taking Stock Any independent musician will tell you how easy it is to lose confidence in your work and the industry, especially when it comes to the indie scene. Over the last decade, the marketplace has become saturated with artists in every genre imaginable, with everyone vying for attention. Those of us who were already selling music online before streaming became so popular, may have also seen a clear decline in download sales on sites like Bandcamp or CDBaby as the world has taken to music “on tap” thanks to the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, etc. We’ve seen music become devalued in recent times – it feels like a commodity more than ever before, with tracks churned out as if to feed a great monstrous mouth. Add to that the infuriating term of music being “dropped”. In the past, being dropped was one of the worst things that could happen to an artist! When you’ve spent months or years crafting your art, you want it handled with care. Of course, that’s just the buzz word of the moment, but to me, this epitomizes the way things have gone. Fast, cheap and disposable. In short, it’s getting increasingly harder to both get heard and profit from making music, particularly if like me, you’re just a studio artist. It’s these moments of doubt where you wonder why you bother. Have you found your music on sites as a free download you never authorized? Comment [...]
Dana Burtin is an author, poet, athlete (who is currently training for the Olympics), a signed model and actor, and award-winning musician performing under the moniker "LyricalGenes". At a young age, LyricalGenes (Dana Burtin) was always told that he could be anything in the world that he puts his mind to. He truly believes that statement and used that saying as a reminder to be his own independent person. Growing up, he has experienced many obstacles when it comes to relationships, finding his purpose in life, and emotional hurdles. Music has always been something Dana Burtin could rely on. Whenever he felt a certain way, he would always fall back to music. Furthermore, Dana Burtin was often seen as an "outsider". Dana felt that he was looked upon as "different" because he was an introvert, at times isolating himself. However, as he grew older, it was always a challenge to express himself to others. Therefore, expressing himself in a talkative manner was difficult for him, so his mother encouraged him to write his emotions in a notebook. This was his introduction to music! Over a span of about two years of constantly writing in journals, Dana felt what he was writing would relate to other people. At that moment he decided to create something that was long overdue, MUSIC! With practice, Dana Burtin began to put words together like puzzles and express himself in ways he didn't think possible. As he built his confidence through [...]
Sky Diving Penguins This is a genuine question. Our Twitter Bio states, "Sky Diving Penguins are an alternative band from Tbilisi, Georgia". Our Bandcamp page reveals, "From Tblisi, Georgia, Sky Diving Penguins forge a sound that takes in The Beatles, Nirvana, Beck & Elliott Smith amongst others". Where we come from matters to us, and probably, to you. Put it this way, when you think of Georgia, the country, I bet that you think of one of our delicious national breads, like this Khachapuri Acharuli. No? No. That is understandable. Like our cuisine, you know little about our music. But trust me. The music we make is every bit as mouthwateringly beautiful and unctuous as that doughy piece of heaven. One problem with our Bio, we think, is that you might think adversely of our music simply because of where we come from. Consequently, you will avoid listening to us. We can see how you might think that. So, how do we get past the preconceived notions of what a band from Tbilisi, Georgia might sound like? Context is everything. Although we grew up in the Soviet Union, we managed to get hold of copies of The Beatles albums...shhhh, don't tell anyone. The Beatles had an enormous impact upon Sky Diving Penguins, as well as other Georgian artists like Nash Albert, to the extent that we only really feel comfortable writing and singing in English. We cannot imagine (sorry, John) writing in Georgian. That is not to disparage [...]
Life can be sweet and it is our right to relish every moment....which I did along with a barrage of fans who were fortunate enough to tune into a live preview of songs to be released by rising superstar April Rose Gabrielli. via gramrphone ARG was able to share her never before released magic as well as some hopefuls for her follow-up to “Do You?” which is climbing the charts daily and has already hit #36 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Although many of her songs are inspired by her soul of the past, all of her music takes on a life of its own. Sometimes the route to Joy is indirect, a journey not quite as we expected. There is no magic starter guide or steps, no ancient prophecy to predict our way. However, ARG is a modern-day musical visionary, and the arrival of a new song from her eclipses everything. The world shifts around us and we shape ourselves to fit, imperfect and beautiful, wounded and thriving, delicate, and vulnerable but forever moving on, as is the inspiration of her music. Her songs are not merely an adventure but the substance of dreams. April Rose Gabrielli has already had an astounding year. Signed exclusively to BMG and Soho Records she has already had one of her songs “Tameless” chosen out of 100’s for the theme song of the movie “Not the Science Type” which was premiered at the Tribeca film Festival. After only [...]
Dantès Alexander, the Prince Regent of EDM, has just passed 2.4 million global streams…..in addition, he has just released his highly anticipated new 4 song EP “New Jack City” and a 16-Bit Video game worldwide. Dantès Alexander is blowing up on Spotify and all over the world, and fans are super excited about the new EP “New Jack City.” For an indie artist to break 2.4 millions REAL streams is an amazing accomplishment, and Dantès Alexander has no intention of slowing down. We sat down for a one on one interview with this amazing artist: How has your career evolved since its beginning? Ha! Well! I have a family now! People that I love and love me! Great people! They know who they are. They've inspired me to grow and evolve. But, Oh boy, God has been amazing to me, I just wanted to sing and express myself. After my brief 15 minutes of fame on Showtime I was a little fearful. I never would have imagined me becoming a Chicago Music Award Nominee, multiplatinum artist on Spotify, producer, songwriter and business owner. I never dreamed that I could do all of these things all while being authentically me and inspiring others. What is your ultimate goal? Ultimate goal, let’s see...it's multimedia domination, I want to rule the universe. I want my company to be present in all forms of media and provide a platform for all who feel marginalized. How have your biggest influences [...]
April Rose Gabrielli April Rose Gabrielli rules her destiny. She has total command over her voice and her life! Check out Eileen Shapiro's review of April's and Kulick's gig in New York's, "The Bitter End" and April Rose Gabrielli “Adding to the Sparkle” Indie Music Bus, celebrating its 10th successful year in independent music support on the internet, is a super-fan of Gabrielli, and supports quality independent music on its platform. All agree, April Rose Gabrielli, was a rising star when she was heard on IMB in 2018. Since then, she has been making all the right connections and the best of business decisions. She receives lots of help! As any artist will tell you, a team effort is required! From the moment she could breath air it began! Singing, writing poetry, learning about all the things she loved, entertaining so many along the way. You could say she has been sculpting her path to this moment for personal success. Her social activities and interactions during childhood sharpened her foundations for creativity. She learned how to focus her talent. Her bouquet of college classes where selected to refine her natural abilities allowing for the best possible success for April to create her new brand on the world. During April's college years and after earning her business degree from Pace University in 2015, April donated her personal time and energy to further her favorite causes and charities. Whether acting as chairwoman, entertainer, April is always [...]