MOJO describes GEMMA RAY as ‘wondrous’, NME says she’s ‘untouchable’, and a host of other publishers and broadcasters have nothing but words of praise and reverie for her songwriting. From experience, we can say that she stole our hearts, and ran away with them on a Motorbike. At least she left us with Milk For Your Motors. Ah, Ray, you wicked songstress, ‘the road’ is long… We’ll see each other again.
In the meantime, may the world know about the words we exchanged.
Exclusive Interview with THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD (Gifted guitarist/songwriter of epic metal rock band KAMELOT)
KAMELOT is the Epic/Symphonic metal rock band that nobody, no matter their musical taste, can resist. Formed by the mega-talented Thomas Youngblood and Richard Werner, the latter departing the band in 1997, Kamelot is one of the very few active epic metal bands that have actually managed to keep both fans and specialised media continuously enthralled by their creativity, the quality of their composition and their consistently great live sound.
Kamelot ‘speaks’ of the creation and destruction cycle in their music with a thoughtfulness and a poetry that directly sets them apart from any act that seeks the shock in what is usually a mere posing act. Their authenticity is as heartfelt as their sharp technique and depth of sound are merciless.
We were ecstatic by the chance to interview Master Youngblood on epic adventures, legendary messages and enrapturing riffs.
Formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby, SANANDA MAITREYA is a creator of atemporal soulful music, some of which has been included in several movie and television soundtracks, as well as numerous commercials, starting with worldwide hits such as ‘If You Let Me Stay’, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Dance Little Sister’, ‘Sign Your Name’, ‘Rain’, ‘Seven More Days’, ‘Right Thing, Wrong Way’… as well as incredible renditions of other authors’ songs, such as ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’.
He now refers to his own kind of musical creation as POST MILLENNIUM ROCK.
Their video for A Million Ways, released in 2005, which featured the band in their back yard performing a dance choreographed by lead singer Kulash’s sister, Trish Sie, became the most downloaded music video ever with over 9 million downloads by August 2006. With Here It Goes Again, released in 2006, they reached over 50 million views in YouTube. It’s been up since then in terms of their musical career, but, then again, it’s not surprising, since musically, visually and technologically, OK Go LIVE IN TODAY’S WORLD and guess what, they also care for others, including the four-legged furry types.
BEN BRIDWELL, founding member and lead singer of Band of Horses had never envisioned himself, back in his teens, as being involved in music in any way other than a fan. That, as we all know, changed after he moved to Seattle, where, with time, he started Brown Records, which released the first two Carissa’s Wierd albums.
After the split-up of Carissa’s Wierd, Matt Brooke, one of its former members and longtime friend of Bridwell, helped him to play guitar. This also encouraged Bridwell to write his own material and thus the world gained a phenomenal artist…
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW + ‘HOW TO’ WITH JACE EVERETT (HBO’S TRUE BLOOD, RED REVELATIONS, MR. GOOD TIMES, TERRA ROSA…)
It took music savvy Alan Ball in 2008, to re-discover Jace Everett´s Bad Things, which he cleverly used as the theme for the opening title sequence of HBO’s hit fantasy-vampire-drama series True Blood. Everett’s song, together with the bold and edgy art of the show’s title sequence, managed to grab, with an iron-firm grip, the attention of both fans and non-fans of the vampire genre. Without the musical ingredient, perhaps Ball would have never been able to get through the latter, and thus show them that True Blood was not just a show about vampires. It was then that rest of the world found out about Everett as a singer/songwriter treasure and Everett finally had confirmation of the fact that his music could not and would not limit itself to American borders, but would and continues reaching and capturing, together with his charismatic and authentic personality, the imagination and hearts of an international and ever-increasing legion of fans who live anywhere and everywhere from the UK to Spain, from the Scandinavian countries to Latin America, and the land and oceans in between.