There is so much music out there among so many different styles and genres. The biggest key in making a name for yourself is finding your niche and focusing hard on it. Find an area that is underserved and the fans will find you and appreciate the aim of your music. A good example that has started to blow up is the Preschool Popstars.
The Preschool Popstars are a fictional trio of little cartoon girls who sing, rap, and dance. The group of Hailey, Bailey, and Jazz are still in preschool but their clever brand of music appeals to children of all ages and even grown ups. This is no flash in the pan either, the people behind the music are Grammy winners who have worked with such stars as Lady Gaga, Akon, and Mary J. Blige. The groups YouTube videos have already passed the 10 million views plateau and show no sign of slowing down.
The PreSchool Popstars are back with a string of music videos that will keep the kiddies and adults entertained. The catchy “Daycare Dance Party” will get everyone moving their feet to the beat. The song has been stuck in my head since the first listen. Songs such as “Wash Your Hands” and “Didn’t Mean To Burp” will teach values at the same time as making the kids dance. If you have children you should be listening to this, and if you don’t have kids listen anyway and call it your guilty pleasure. Keep up with the Preschool Popstars at:
Music is freedom. There are times when the restrictions of writing music for the masses or being in a structured band can feel like chains preventing this freedom. Playing with others is necessary to gain skills and gather ideas to develop as a songwriter but often one must break free on their own to truly achieve musical freedom. That story rings true with our latest discovery Jonny Goode.
The singer/songwriter now based in Norwich, UK has been playing and learning for over 20 years now in a variety of bands around London. The experiences and knowledge gained has turned him into the accomplished and original songwriter that he is today. Now Jonny Goode focuses on his own music and has found enjoyment and freedom in doing it on his own. He funds his self produced recordings through busking and gigging playing the music that makes him feel the best.
Later this year Jonny Goode will be releasing his third solo album Snakes And Ladders. The 10 track record has the full sense of freedom that Jonny has been striving for. Right from the opener “High Hopes” you know this is what he was meant to do. The rhythm picks up quickly as sound seems to come at you from all angles. The alt rock energy shows its head on “Crossfire” even with the mellowed out verses at times. Jonny Goode’s slightly gravelly voice is somewhat intoxicating like he is singing just for you. The more relaxed “Runaway Trains” pushes ahead to tell an interesting story of driving forward even when it seems that you may be going off the rails sometimes. The talent and songwriting is definitely there to make Jonny Goode gain more and more fans with every spin. Get sucked in for yourself at: http://www.jonnygoode.com/
Sometimes the best bands develop out of random people coming together for a one-off project. Talented musicians who may run in different circles can be brought together in a session to record and the pieces just fit. Such seems to be the case for our recent find 2KX.
The group was originally brought together in 2009 to work as the international progressive music endeavor ‘Lisa LaRue Project 2K9’. When all the talent started feeding off of each other they knew there was more music to be shared with the world than just one short album. Keyboardist and leader Lisa LaRue has been around for a while releasing 4 solo albums and several singles. She has had nominations for multiple awards for her instrumental work. The new project 2KX was also nominated for “Best Instrumental Artist” at the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards.
On September 1st, after a 2 year hiatus, 2KX will be releasing the album Sussuration. The music is full of sound creating a cascade effect of music washing over the listener. The combination of these talented musicians blends perfectly together to create something epic sounding and huge.
Keep an eye out for the record and more music from 2KX at: http://www.lisalaruemusic.com/
Since the beginning of time music has been used to relay a message. People will stand up and take notice when a song has a meaning behind it. It does not always have to be about ended world wars, music can be used to bring awareness to all sorts of things. Let’s take a look at Dr. Linda Amerson for example.
The world renowned doctor of Trichology and expert on hair and scalp disorders is affectionately known as Dr. A. In addition the Texas native is an educator, columnist, radio host, television personality and international lecturer. Her field may not be the most interesting to the average person so she had the idea to give it a fresh take. In 2012 Dr Amerson began the Alopecia Awareness Cruise to help people learn more about the problem and solutions to it. It is also known as the Cruise With A Purpose. To tie into that Dr. A has stepped out of the box and recorded her theme song “Cruize With A Purpose”. The catchy little track will stick in your head and fill you in on the reality of alopecia and the fact that it can be beaten. This is one talented woman and I can see why people are flocking to be a part of everything she does.
Find out more about her and her mission at: http://www.hairandscalpessentials.com/
When a young band forms it is often very tempting for them to just copy what is successful out there at the time and try to ride on the coattails of others. These bands never last. For long term success a band must be themselves and turn out something fresh and new. Our latest find Sono Vero seems to be on the right track.
The Southern California based band combines a mix of classic reggae with rock and hip hop influences to create their own original style of music. The sound has been catching on as Sono Vero has been spreading it touring throughout the country. Their self-titled EP climbed to the Top 10 iTunes reggae albums chart and single “Never Say Goodbye” remained the most requested song on KGUP 106.5 FM for 18 weeks.
Now Sono Vero is back with their newest EP “Roses For The Reckless”. The 5 song record is ready to welcome even more fans to the crowd. Their music is real and shares real life stories on tracks such as “Leave With You” and “Back And Forth”. The lead single “End Of Forever” crosses the mainstream boundary and is ready for the masses with its catchy chorus and mellow sing along beat. The rap bridge brings in another style to the mix. There is something here for everyone.
We had a chance to sit down with Sono Vero recently and get the story behind their rise. Enjoy the interview below:
The words Sono Vero roll off the tongue nicely. How did you come up with that name?
Sono vero in Italian means “i’m/we are real” and we hold that to be a key factor of our music. In this day and age everyone is fitting in. But we feel we are a true representation of ourselves. And nothing short of it.
Your music is quite a fresh take on reggae. How would you describe your sound?
Our music is our take on California. We feel as though we almost personify California for all its worth. Not just in one facet of it. From the beach to the city. We involve hip hop rock and reggae.
What other artists influenced your music?
We have a very large appetite for music. Our influences range from the Dirty Heads to The 1975, to Chance the Rapper.
Southern California is known for some very original music. How is Sono Vero setting themselves apart?
We represent every facet of California combining the defining genres of it all into a fusion of one.
The band has been getting around and performing across the country. How have the crowds accepted your music?
We have been incredibly lucky in that regard. Since we started out predominantly reggae we drew sort of a reggae crowd. Which are just some of the most chill, deep people you’ll ever come across if you dig deep enough.
Sono Vero has been getting recognition at home too. Were there some awards?
Yes. We were actually lucky enough to take home the 2014 Artists In Music Award for Best Reggae Artist. Our fans were super supportive in voting for us as always. And luckily the judges saw it that way too. It was a great experience.
Seems like the band is on the right track to stardom. What is next for Sono Vero?
We can’t divulge everything new for Sono Vero, but we don’t disappoint when comes to putting in the work for our fans. There positive feedback is so driving, its unreal. With that being said an album is on the way. With much much more to follow along with it.
Follow the band at: http://www.sonoveromusic.com/
We always try to keep on top of talented artists that we cover here at Indie Band Guru and see what they are up to from time to time. Our friend Chase Enriquez stopped by to say hello again and brought some more original music with him.
The Los Angeles based singer/songwriter has been around the country and developed his own personal style combining the energy of rock music with the phrasing and lyricism of classic hip hop. Chase has hooked up with INgrooves/Fontana for full digital distribution of his latest track “Mars”. The song opens with an ominous feel and dark chords until Chase’s vocals hit bringing the song to an anthemic level. He then breaks down with some rapping flows that draw the listener in paying attention to what he has to say. The pretty chorus with its piano fills and building vocal cadence set the tone for an epic song. Chase Enriquez has done it again making something that is deeper and more professional than most of the pop crap that fills the mainstream radio today. Keep up with what is next for this rising star at: http://www.chaseenriquezonline.com/