Sometimes the journey to become a true artist is filled with obstacles. The successful musician is the one who turns these hardships into inspiration. Excuses do not exist in this person’s mind. There is one true goal that will be achieved no matter what gets in the way. One great example of this is our latest discovery, Genesis Be.
The hip hop performer has her hands in all aspects of the music business. Genesis Be lists her vocations as NYU College Radio DJ, Political Science major, founder of an entertainment company, recording artist, and social activist. There is no doubt she is one of the hardest working women in the underground music scene right now. Raised in Mississippi, her family was a large part of the fight for civil rights in the south. Genesis was involved in activism and protests since the age of 6. This certainly had an influence in her next passion. She began writing rap lyrics at 13 and discovered a knack for rhyme schemes and articulation. Her supportive parents saw the potential and brought her to the recording studio. This is where it all took off and she has been prolific in her musical output ever since.
The talented professional has just finished her 5th studio album titled Jenesequa, which is scheduled for release this summer. We were able to get a listen to a few of the songs and can see the potential for a breakout. The first single ‘Don’t Touch’ has picked up major steam already getting over 23K views within 2 weeks of being posted. The track begins with a strong dance feel before Genesis takes over and shows off her lyrical skill. The background beat is mesmerizing and will remain in the listeners head way after the song has ended. Get a sneak listen here:
Big things are about to happen for Genesis Be as she seeks management and is shopping the album to labels. Go get yourself on the bandwagon and remember who introduced you to her first.
Growing up in a musical family can be a huge boost. We have all read the studies about how music study helps children become smarter in many other areas as well. There will obviously be even more opportunities if your father was in a famous band but at the same time some additional hurdles will get in the way. A true artist pushes through either way to achieve their own success. Such is the case with our latest find, Gillian Glover.
She is the daughter of Roger Glover, bassist for the legendary classic rock band, Deep Purple. Being in a famous family did create opportunity but it also caused her dad to be away touring often in her early years. The family moved from England to the US in 1984 and Gillian was able to attend New York University to study painting. She is a woman full of interests and followed her passion of diving to move to Egypt to become a professional dive instructor. It was here that the music bug took hold as she joined her first band there. After bouncing around between NYC, London, and Egypt for a few years, she settled in London in 2001 to follow her music dreams.
An interesting life has often got in the way for Gillian Glover but she has pushed through and now is set to release her second album, Still Life With Music this coming Spring. Indie Band Guru was able to get a sneak listen to some of the tracks scheduled for the record. Her sound is difficult to lump into one genre but I think folk-rock would be the closest description. Closest comparisons could be to other female singer-songwriters such as Lucinda Williams, Beth Orton and Fiona Apple. The first song we got to hear was ‘As The Crow Flies’, a sweet and stunning song with the lyric “Save me from myself” that was stuck in my head long after the song was over. This is a catchy and beautiful song. ‘Fixing A Hole’ is more of a hard-hitting rock style track but still remains pretty with its harmonious background instruments and Gillian’s lovely voice. The most interesting song has to be ‘Catalina’. There are many elements here that feel influenced by Gillian’s interest in other cultures and lands. Again the background soundscape is pretty, yet unique, while Gillian even switches to singing in other languages without so much of a hiccup. Enjoy it here:
After this taste, I am impatiently looking forward to the new album Still Life With Music. To get a tasty sample for yourself go to: http://www.gillianglover.com
Last week Indie Band Guru was invited to a show that we have been looking forward to. The band Night Moves from Minneapolis, which we have been following for a while, was coming to Brooklyn to open for Django Django. It was a cold and slushy night but the crowd was not thwarted on their trip to the crowded Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
The band is young (all in their early 20’s) and new (first show was in 2012) but has already been creating quite a stir. They were named best new band in the Twin Cities for 2012 by CitiPages and have already been signed to a deal with Domino Records. All this is happening so quickly for a reason.
The trio began their set promptly at 9pm with their signature psychedelic blues rock sound accompanied by singer John Pelant’s glam rock vocals. It is quite the presentation and I think more than a few people waiting on Django Django were taken back by Night Moves. There were many heads-a-bopping when the band got to songs such as ‘Country Queen’ and ‘Family Tongues’. The band showed off their spacey and psychedelic side with ‘Put Out Your Shoulder’. There was something here for everyone as the band commanded the stage. It was also abundantly obvious that they were having a good time up there too. That always makes for a better show. By the time Night Moves got to my favorite track ‘Headlights’ with its jangly guitars and spooky high vocals there were quite a few more new fans rocking along.
Great set that surely sets the tone for their month long stint with current English darlings Django Django. If you missed them you better catch up and get these guys on your radar. Listen here: http://nightmovesmpls.com/
PS. I even got to chat with John for a while afterwards at the merch table.
A relaxing Sunday is in store for the Indie Band Guru. We can’t say what scent will be wafting in the office air today but know that it will put me in a more relaxed state. The search for the soundtrack didn’t have to go far after we discovered Shaggy Rogers.
The emcee was born and raised in Philadelphia but has since relocated to the other side of Pennsylvania and settled in Pittsburgh. Shaggy has created a unique sound using old school hip hop influences mixed with soulful beats and a vocal tone that is extremely laid back. Perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. His flows seem very real as well. He says every line of every song he has written holds some sort of importance whether it’s a symbolic meaning or real life experience. Shaggy definitely experiences life through his own distinctive haze.
Shaggy Rogers is currently working on a new EP titled Moms & Dads set to drop this year. We were able to get a listen to some of the new songs he is working on as well as his last underground EP Grass Roots. His introduction through songs such as ‘Styles’ and ‘Deep’ show his love of the old school relaxed flavor. The deep 70’s soul influenced back beats create an air of leisure that will glue the listener to his comfortable seat. One of Shaggy’s newer soundcloud streams ‘Vibe Out’ continues the related aura while also sharing a flow that is full of smart and educating lyrics such as his slow drawl on ‘Madness’,“find a way out of this madness” and the rhyming flow of ‘Portrait’, “so euphoric that you can’t ignore it”. He shares his passions on this stream as well, “smoking, drinking, and making music”. This one touched me as well because I discovered the song set was on repeat for about 30 minutes. His music is full of that laid back vibe that allows time to fly by without the listener even taking notice. Enjoy ‘Vibe Out’ here:
Shaggy Rogers music is highly recommended for that time when you just want to let go. Go let yourself go at: https://soundcloud.com/shaggyrogers-1
If Edgar Allen Poe is one of your favorite authors or you happen to enjoy Vincent Price films (as I do), you’re going to love this delectable little release by The Danbury Lie which is appropriately titled “?” (Yes, at the risk of breaking into an Abbott and Costello routine, I’m telling you the title of the album is… “?”). The name of the project is actually quite fitting being that it’s very difficult to describe. Without trying to become like an author from “The Dial” (an American transcendentalism periodical that Edgar Allen loved to mock), I’ll do my best to lead readers on a jaunt through this curious “question” the D-Lie has released upon us.
From the opening track, the listener is certain that something wicked this way comes; however, one might sense it’s a nonchalant nightmare – sort of a matter of fact Halloween. Try to imagine somber Salem nights and a descent into a melancholy maelstrom of monotones. For a lack of better reference, I’m going to dub this Danbury project as meditatively macabre experimental folk. Although the songs are mostly brief, they do have certain epic moments, like the blunt, juicy guitar riffs of “Last Day” which embark almost into full-fledge alternative rock only to spiral back down at the end into the trance feel, pervasive throughout most of the album. This, along with “Elm Street,” are probably my two favorite tracks, with “Last” exemplifying TDL’s propensity towards random, yet welcome movements – while the latter song (which seemingly has nothing to do with a certain “Freddy” saga) showcases more of their arrangement experimentalism – being rife with naked, indie-style guitar, upright piano, children’s toys, and cryptic voices. Even with all that, the tune remains surprisingly subtle. Although other “?” moments are not so subtle, the heavier elements – with some blistering guitar and ascending minor key chord progressions – seem to almost come and go unintentionally.
Check out The Danbury Lie’s enjoyable “?” for yourself and allow your heart to tell the tale of its own answers at:
-review by Francis Itch of Indie band Guru and Bad Itch Productions
There are times when a person needs a little help to just sit back and relax. Of course the best way to do that in my opinion is with music. On this unexpected snowy morning in NYC I needed to avoid the cabin fever that was setting in so I turned to a new artist that we recently discovered in Joonas Kreen.
The downtempo jazz artist was born and raised in Estonia. Joonas grew up on music and began studying clarinet at the age of 7. This was a great start but he became more interested in more powerful instruments as he got older and moved on the saxophone after high school. He was sucked in by the music bug and left power engineering school to return to what made him happiest, his music. According to Joonas “My relation to music is simple: I create music that inspires me to greater thoughts and simply makes me feel better. This way, music is an additional way to increase positive influences in my life”. That sums it up best and I am glad I had the opportunity to hear his music to simply make me feel better about this dreary day.
Now Joonas Kreen has released his debut full length album My Luvly Hammock, a 14 track record that explores much of his influences. The record is a solo project with Joonas supplying all the instruments such as guitar, bass, saxophone, and tin whistle while mixing in some electronic elements such as Keyboards, strings, and drums. A very impressive undertaking for the young musician. There are mostly instrumental songs here but he does throw in a few vocals here and there to mix things up. The opening, and title track, ‘My Luvly Hammock’ features lush instrumentation that shows off the many layers of sound that were put into this record. The song ‘Smalu’ is an elegant lullaby to calm the listeners mind for what is to come. The smooth Jazz of tracks such as ‘Heavenly Phone Booth’ and ‘Moon Or the Other’ with their impressive saxophone skills will relax even the busiest brain.
Bottom Line: My Luvly Hammock is an hour away from the hustle and bustle that creates a trance in the listener that causes a slowing down and reflective period that we all need sometimes.
Joonas has offered a couple of free tracks for our readers. Go to http://joonaskreenmusic.info/ to claim them.
Find out more about Joonas at: http://joonaskreenmusic.com