It may be said way too often but when a person finds a calling they must go for it and make a real attempt to pursue the dream. Having the support by your friends and family is extremely important but in the end you must be willing to do it all on your own. Our recent find Dregas is a great example doing whatever it takes.
The California based singer-songwriter was born into a diverse household with Korean and African-American parents. This may have helped Dregas develop a unique style from the start. Even though her parents urged her to follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in the medical field they were supportive enough to get her piano lessons at the age of four when she showed some talent. Over her upbringing she explored many other instruments and played with a multitude of bands. This helped Dregas develop her own personal style that she is now touring with and preparing to drop her new album.
We recently had the chance to hear the new single by Dregas “Losing Tonight (Part II)”. The mellow acoustic open welcomes the listener to absorb her intriguing voice. The track builds to a heartfelt and energetic song that seems to lay it all on the line for the artist. The production is top notch as everything gets blended together well to put out a song that creeps deep into your soul. Go get a listen for yourself at: https://soundcloud.com/daytonmediagroup/losing-tonight-part-ii
Positivity can be a very big influence if used right in a song. We have had the pleasure of sharing the uplifting music of Chords Of Truth before and the message it shares of believing in what you truly want. The success of Indie Band Guru and Chords of Truth can both be attributed to this positivity.
The brains behind the Chords Of Truth project is Jason Garriotte. He is known to write some very thought provoking songs as well as some that make us think about silly things (see “Pop Or Soda”). He is willing to share his thoughts through song and is an overly genuine guy that you can have a real conversation with even if you do not share his ideas.
The upcoming release by Chords Of Truth is the single “Moon Time” scheduled for release on May 5th, 2015. The track is an interesting peppy mix of folk and Americana. As you listen to the lyrics you are seeing that Jason delves deep into each song and his thirst for gaining and sharing knowledge. His work on the acoustic guitar is quite impressive here as it pushes the song ahead at a moderate pace with a chorus that stays in your head way after the song is over. Go get an advance listen and learn more about Chords Of Truth at: http://www.chordsoftruth.com/
Last night, the Bowery Ballroom in NYC was permeated with psychedelic rock vibes, confetti, and some fog. CHAPPO, the four-piece band from Brooklyn, rocked the house and got the seemingly shy crowd dancing and clapping along. The four members immersed the audience into a world of synth, crazy riffs and reverb-effects that were reflective of the late 60’s music scene. Their colorful set and dynamic lighting were a great addition to the already established good vibes. The band entered the stage, which was being consumed with smoke billowing out of a giant snake. It was quite the sight. It was awesome!
The crowd warmed up to the guys in songs like “I’m Not Ready”, which shook the venue with energized kick drum and thumping bass lines. Singer Alex Chappo’s pleasing and smooth vocals swept over the mass of people. His long hair and leather jacket made his stage presence seem like that of a late 60’s rock star. He excited the audience time and time again by bursting little tubes of confetti and playing around with the fog machine. The band played an array of their tunes, including tracks from their latest EP Celebrate. Their musicianship was displayed in songs such as “I Don’t Need The Sun” and “Celebrate”, with their unique and dynamic rhythms and melodies on full display.
Between songs, they kept the groove flowing with trippy guitar riffs and drum fills. One major highlight was their most popular song “Come Home”, which is a freeing song that makes you want to cruise down the highway and sing along. Another was when Alex Chappo climbed down into the crowd and organized a dance off in the middle of the venue floor, mid-song. Overall, the set contained solid, non-stop exhilarating tunes. The group kicked off The Gimme Data tour and you can catch them opening for Big Data across the U.S. this spring! Find out more at: http://www.chappomusic.com/
Tour Dates With Big Data
Mar 24 – Bowery Ballroom // New York City, NY
Mar 25 – Sinclair // Boston, MA
Mar 26 – Underground Arts // Philadelphia, PA
Mar 27 – Black Cat // Washington, DC
Mar 30 – Lincoln Hall // Chicago, IL
Mar 31 – Fine Line // Minneapolis, MN
Apr 01 – Rave Club // Milwaukee, WI
Apr 03 – Grog Shop // Cleveland, OH
Apr 04 – Stage AE // Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 06 – The Main Street Armor // Rochester, NY
Apr 07 – Showplace Buffalo // Buffalo, NY
*-live review and photos by Sondra Minnich of Indie Band Guru
Anyone who wants to be in this crazy business we call music has to be willing to work their ass off. In addition to that an artist must be willing and able to wear many hats and do the jobs needed to give their music the best sound possible and the exposure it deserves. We recently discovered the talents of Cheena Black.
The NYC native recently released her single “I Love You” to her growing fanbase. It is a soulful rendition of true emotion. Cheena Black’s silky voice sets the mood for a romantic evening and she has the bravery to say what she truly feels.
We had a chance to speak with Cheena recently and get into the backstory of this rising star. Enjoy the interview below:
First of all, what inspired your moniker Cheena Black?
since i was a kid my mother maria hernandez always called me by the name of cheena pronounced in spanish i ran with the nickname ever since .now my last name black long story short lol people always told me i sound black every time i sang a song even though i am half black and spanish but nobody knew that.
From a young age you had success as a dancer, what pushed you toward the musical side?
i went to ridgewood dance studio in queens new york and i remember back when mary j blige came out with that song real love. i knew in my heart that what i wanted to do is sing and be just like her and all i did was sing all her songs as i grew older i left dancing ever since my grandmother passed away at the age of 14, i got depressed and started to sing my pain away .started a girls group named choosen one in high school .i got involved in many talented show and show cases i even joined a church choir . me and my friends that where all so involved in music use to sing in the train station just being creative . i love music music is my life …
You are also involved in graphic design and engineering, how do you put all these aspects together?
i’m a fast learner all this take time and also i have great friends who are willing to teach me what i know .i never went to school for none of the things i know . i am bless
You have been developing your sound for a while, how would you describe it now?
ive been developing my voice on my own without a vocal trainer gotta give my self some props for that.but to describe my voice i think im pretty smooth when i sing a love song and when i hurting in my songs u can hear and feel my pain my struggle .. im the best of both worlds
Brooklyn, NY is well known for Hip Hop, how has your locale influenced your sound?
it was tough living in the hood in brooklyn back then in the 90s ..when i was growing up everybody i knew had love 4 music. i use to be in cypher session all the fellas dropping them gem free styling and me humming in the background singing on some mary j blige type flow. hip-hop has a huge influences in my sound of music today u can hear it threw my songs i do consider myself a hip-hop soul artist ..
What artists would you say had the most impact on you?
mary j blige , faith evans, erykah badu, lauryn hill
Tell us about why you started Black Monrow Music?
i do everything from taking my photos, makeup, graphic, engineer my music , i write my own songs, i think it a great time for me to start my independent label.
What is next for Cheena Black?
I recently drop my single I love you produced by june marx (of twin perils) and my second single hey boy produced by namelessmuzic dropping my mixtape Black 2 the future in aug to represent the album love & struggle doing a couple of video this year and shows.
Keep up with more from Cheena Black at: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CheenaBlack1
We continue to keep our eyes and ears open for outstanding music from around the world. Some styles remain in only certain corners of the globe while others escape to be experienced by citizens of the earth. A recent find of ours is now ready to be heard by the world. Let us introduce Arstidir.
The band hails from the small yet immensely beautiful nation of Iceland. Arstidir creates their own innovative style of chamber-pop. Music that is perfect for huge arena sized venues but intimate enough for a small gathering in a cafe. The group is made up of Daníel Auðunsson Guitar & vocals, Gunnar Már Jakobsson Guitar, Baritone guitar & vocals, Karl James Pestka – Violin & vocals, and Ragnar Ólafsson Piano & vocals. Each member uses their own unique voice and interesting instrumentation to build together into one cohesive unit. Over the past 6 years Arstidir has toured through over 30 countries developing the sound that they have become known for by an ever-growing fanbase. This year those numbers should grow as the group hs headlining tours planned for Europe, Japan and will even be coming to the US in the summer of 2015.
Earlier this month Arstidir released their 4th album entitled Hvel. The 12 track record is a full experience to withhold. From the early and ominous notes of opener ”Himinhvel” you know something different is in store for you. There is a pop ballad feel to “Things You Said” This is one of the few songs with English vocals but they sound as natural as their native tongue and quite pretty. The classical sounds of “Ro” provide even more beauty to the album. The relaxing tone is filled with sounds coming from all angles to wash over you. Hvel is a record meant to be listened from front to end. The closer “Unfold” will raise your attention and leave you with a delicious taste in your mouth and an indescribable urge to seek out Arstidir and experience a live performance. We will be aiming for the show on June 29th at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Follow more tour dates and get more from the band at: http://www.arstidir.com/
A band that creates music without the aim of fitting into any predetermined genre can be quite liberating. Create from within and you will find many more like minds that can appreciate the music than you think. One such group that does this in a very successful way is our recent discovery Human Behavior.
The project based in Tucson, Arizona is the brainchild of songwriter and videographer Andres Parada who has been accompanied by an ever changing lineup ranging from one to thirteen members. Since their start in 2012 Andres has used the music to portray his manic-depressive lows and orchestral highs. The genre is a tough one to describe but a kind of dark freak-folk Americana is the closest I can get. Human Behavior is more than just a band though, there is a full performance art side to the project. Their shows are accompanied by video art projected on vintage televisions throughout the venue. They have performed at such varies places as clubs, art galleries, theaters, living rooms, and caves.
The group is currently touring in support of their new album Bethpage. The 8 track album is laid out like a full story. In fact the song titles range from “Chapter 1” to “Chapter 8”. To dispel any thought of this being a standard album the opener “Chapter 1” is a 10 minute opus that introduces the infectious and varied sounds of Human Behavior. There is almost true folk americana feel to “Chapter 4” with its minimalistic touches of acoustic guitar and dual vocals. The true beauty of the song can shine through here. It is difficult to take this record track by track but once the listener gets to the closing track “Chapter 8” and its eerie atmospheric sound they are due to realize that they just had more of an experience than just listening to an album. Go get yourself a full listen here: https://humanbehaviormusic.bandcamp.com/album/bethphage
Dive more into Human Behavior at: http://www.humanbehaviormusic.com/