In April 2004 two Belgian born Italian souls came together for a simple, quick 30 minute improvisation for a lounge track called ‘L`estate sta finendo’. They became known as Settemani/ S7MANI
Born of two different backgrounds in musical terms the pair created the excellent Album Primaditutto: S7mani. Considered as a sound created by two musicians with homes in disparate musical spheres, the sound was considered unique, different and ground breaking. Over the last decade the band has recorded a quite astonishing 300 songs and created their own world, where they work together on projects – Studio S7.
S7MANI pride themselves in the freedom they allow in their music – there are no boundaries in the recording studio and they believe that’s what helps them come alive. Fun and feeling the soul of the music are at the centre of their creative processes – and even if the resulting music could be consider pop or lounge music – S7MANI don’t like to place their sound in a box. For S7MANI passion and feeling are at the fore of making music.
S7MANI like to improvise when it comes to creating music – focusing on creating music in the moment rather than writing it down and that’s very apparent in both their albums. The philosophy being that destiny will create the final sound.
The stylish and innovative sound showcases the bands abilities and their influences – as disparate as they are often deemed to be. Deemed as the perfect music for fashion by some Settemani’s sound certainly has that lounge music appeal, but with a little bite too. There’s something a little more interesting about their sound than the run of the mill lounge music that we hear regularly and that’s what’s fantastic about the new album.
Visually, this cutting edge can be seen in the band’s YouTube videos TikTak, Irragiungibile and also Mondo Speciale all of which are capture the band’s music in the stylish manner it should be seen in.
The band has evolved since its formation in every way from their video presentation, name and even their sound – this willingness to adapt, change and progress has seen the band become increasingly popular and also meant they’ve worked with a number of great musicians including Carlo Nardozza, Michel Bisceglia, Massimo D’ambra, Erik Knockaert.
So, if you like lounge club music with Italian flair then we’d suggest giving S7MANI’s new album Secondnoi a listen.
One thing that always captures my attention is the young atrist with real talent that is on their way to stardom. Having a supportive group of family and friends is needed to help along the way so it becames a sort of team effort. We recently were introduced to country rocker Josey Milner who is still in her teens but making big waves in the scene. Luckily we had a chance to get behind the scenes with her. Enjoy the interiew below:
You grew up on a small farm in Missouri, was country music a large part of your early years?
-It definitely was and always have been. That’s what my parents were always playing on the radio and that’s what I always wanted to listen to. I thought it was very relatable and I could connect to it. Plus, it also helps that I grew up living in the country with horses, dogs, chickens, etc. and I also did rodeo.
Rumor has it that you were barrel racing at rodeos at age 7, is this true and did it have an effect on your stage presence later?
-I did, yes. I did rodeo for 8 years, so I stopped when I was 15, which is when I started working on a music career. I think rodeo definitely played a couple different roles. First off, I think being in the arena knowing there were quite a few people watching helped prepare me for the audience while on stage. The hard work that it took to do rodeo, with taking care of my horse, being responsible and being on time, also helped prep me for the music industry.
Who would you say has influenced your sound?
-There have been several people that have influenced my sound. They range anywhere from Patsy Cline, to Miranda Lambert, to even artists such as Joan Jett and Katy Perry. I just really listen to different voices and try to figure out how they do different techniques.
-I wouldn’t necessarily say stressful. If anything, I would say crazy. I’ve been able to have some pretty amazing opportunities within such a short period of time that it’s honestly crazy to think about. All the people I’ve been able to meet and all the places I’ve been have been amazing. This career can get somewhat stressful, but for the most part, it’s just one exciting, joyful, and surprising journey.
Anti-Bullying seems to be close to your heart, especially with your song “Not Pretty Enough”. Tell us your feelings on the subject and your plans to make a difference.
-With the release of my first single “Not Pretty Enough”, I became a spokesperson for Angels and Doves. Angels and Doves is a non profit anti-bullying organization that goes around and talks to schools about bullying. They are really focused on preventing bullying suicides. Being a part of the organization is a very humbling honor. Knowing that I am part of an organization that is really trying to make a difference makes me so proud. Just to be able to take a stand for bullying victims and to let people know that there are individuals that want to help is very heart warming. Bullying has always been something that I found intolerable, so becoming a part of the group was just a perfect fit.
You seem to be getting a lot of recognition lately, tell us about some of your awards.
-I definitely have been able to have a lot of amazing opportunities. As far as awards, I have been nominated for Best Country Female, Best Country Single, and Country Entertainer of the Year with the International Music and Entertainment Association Awards. I have also been nominated for the Shooting Star Award for the Nashville Universe Awards and also Best Female and Artist of the Year at the Midwest Music Awards. On top of all of that, I have opened up for Scotty McCreery, Chris Cagle, and Jon Wolfe along with performing in Vegas for the Welcome Home Troops at the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas. I’ve had many performances in Nashville with artists like Georgette Jones, Buddy Jewell, Stella Parton, and Ashton Shepard at the Hard Rock Cafe and even a performance at the Ernest Tubb Record shop in downtown Nashville this past CMA Fest. As you can see, it can get a little crazy when I think about all the things I have been able to do, and that’s not even all of them! Haha! :]
It seems like your career is really starting to take off, what is next for Josey Milner?
-Well, I started college in August, so that is definitely a huge part right now. We are working on getting my next single out there. We’ve had a little bit of timing conflict on this one, so we’re just really trying to get it out. Besides that, we’re also working on an EP. We have every song for the EP, except for one, and my producer and I are hopefully going to be writing that song, so some song writing as well. Getting some dates lined up for this coming year is in the works and just really trying to take my career to the next step. It seems that we always have something new to do!
Find out more about Josey Milner at: http://joseymilnermusic.com
With the constant flux of new music coming out every day in this easily recordable and releasable independent music industry one must set themselves apart to gain any traction. Being a skilled songwriter and musician will give you a leg up but having an angle is needed to rise to the top. Our latest find Omar Bowing seems to have everything falling into place.
The independent songwriter from Austin, Texas has been setting himself apart by playing a truly unique instrument called a guitarviol. It is a handmade hybrid of a guitar and a bowed instrument. Omar Bowing also seeks deeper effect with his music. He has delved into the study of sound waves and the effects they can have on the rest of the body besides the obvious aural pleasure to the ears. He writes music not only with the listener in mind but also their physical presence and the effect of these sound waves.
The most recent release by Omar Bowing is entitled 432 Hz. It is not just a clever number. Omar actually tunes his instruments to 432 Hz instead of the standard 440 Hz to target a more natural harmonic and different sound wave than “normal” Rock Music. The 7 track record is more than a straight rock album. There is a progressive groove that brings the music to a higher level. For this record Omar brought in Tyson Yen to provide the vocals. The opener “Virus” lets loose with an angry tone that grabs attention from the start. On “Fear Free” an even darker mood is set while the walking bassline brings you to a scary place. Omar Bowing shows his sense of storytelling in song with the powerful “Code Love”. This is not standard commonplace music. Enjoy the very professionally made video below:
The album continues in a dark yet intriguing way and makes us wonder what is next for this talented artist. Keep track of Omar Bowing’s progress at: http://www.omarbowing.com/
We always keep an eye out for quality songs with well-made music videos on YouTube. This is one of the best ways to get your music out there nowadays. YouTube music discovery is becoming more prevalent every day.
Today we came across a pretty little track with some raw emotion to it. The band Kick Inside has put out a video for their namesake song “Kick Inside”. It is a relatively simple film showing the band in black and white performing the song. The powerful feelings about the band’s dislike for modern media are evident right away. The guitar solo with the camera focusing on the guitar shows the talent of the band.
Enjoy the video for yourself here:
I can absolutely say that this is by far one band who I instantly fell in love with. is a rarity of indie music talent that formed in mid 2007. Coming from El Paso, Texas, they are one of a kind, whose sounds compare to Two Door Cinema Club, The Pass, Passion Pit, and influences from Circa Survive, Deftones, and Death Cab for Cutie.
Avindale leaves their listeners lost for words because they are anything but amateur. The first song “Azure” made me actually say “wow”. That song strongly drew me in. What I liked the most about the song was vocalist, Oscar Alderete. The lead singer seems so passionate. You can feel the emotion in his voice. With the use of the drums, the guitars, the bass, and keyboard, it’s the perfect mix of ambience, passion and melody, which attracts all listeners. My favorite song would have to be “Summer Meets Winter”. Just that first riff of the guitar catches my attention. It is just captivating. “Blindman’s Mirror” would have to be my second favorite song. The slow bass line and the easygoing guitar rhythms can make anyone lay back and actually get lost within the music. This band deserves to be recognized on a larger level. Avindale is a band that you should invest your time into listening to and enjoying their soothing beats and rhythms. It is very rare that you would find real music that is not all that well known. The more this band puts out new music, it’s sure to gain more fans and popularity. Avindale should continue their style of music and reach out for more of a diverse audience. If you want to check them out, go to http://www.sonicbids.com/band/avindale and expereince the essense that is Avindale.
Want to get along with some grooving music?? Here is another towering band that caught our ear : Thorn Blind. The alternative rock band Thorn Blind is based in Dallas, Texas and until now, has entirely lived up to the musical expectation of this lively city. This five-men band together has served some crafty music with the goose bumping progression in their sound.
Thorn Blind was established in 2007 by Kilynn Weber who lead the band with his powerful voice. The blending of accordion with cello and bass by the band relinquish one’s sonic perception. Thorn Blind has been brewing, maybe slow but surely steady, over the last seven years. The band’s naming, inspired from the glorious fairy tale: Rapunzel, depicts the contemplation of the storytelling; the stories of complex emotions and imperfect love. Many of us certainly remember the lover who lost his eyes for the sake of his love from this beautiful story and in the same essence the band seems to maintain the legacy of sacrifice in their music, some for the love and some for this life. Inspired from the american bands like Airborne Toxic Event and The Avett Brothers, Thorn Blind has established itself as progressive, alternative and acoustic rock band on a mission. Some of their numbers, nevertheless, tastes like those of Kings of Leon, the famous alternative rock band. Different artists and the bands out here have taken up the shortcuts of coded music using all those sophisticated digital technologies. However, at the same time, the bands like Thorn Blind, with their gizmos are creating layered acoustic sounds that can shake one’s mind from deep within. “Hating the Night” could be one such masterpiece from Thorn Blind. They, at the same time, have proved their diversity in the composition with the numbers like “Take Me Home to Glenvil”, “Don’t Carry It All” and “True North”. These are just some of the reference numbers by Thorn Blind; every music enthusiasts with the inclination toward alternative and progressive genre should at least go through all the songs by this promising band. Check them out at: www.reverbnation.com/thornblind