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Monday, November 30, 2020

Could JASON WILBUR be the Banksy of industrial design?

JASON WILBUR means business. He has challenged the design norms in every industry he has touched and won countless awards, fans and critics alike for the unconventional and magical approach to bringing a new design to life. From futuristic cars to musical instruments, mechanical art and emotional timepieces, JASON WILBUR has reimagined it all while breaking all the rules. 

JASON WILBUR’s career is as multifaceted as his bold design and he is creating a whole new world, all his own. He makes art through engineering and poetry through design.  

JASON WILBUR questions everything around him, leaving us with physical gems in the form of mechanical art that elevates our understanding of what is possible for the future while questioning the past. 

Top watch industry veteran Theodore Diehl Horologist at Richard Mille said: "Jason is one of the most amazing original thinkers within the world of design." His skill transcends the drawing board. He is known to engineer almost everything himself and forge his ideas in the most futuristic and inventive ways, implementing computer-aided design and tomorrow's manufacturing and engineering techniques. 

"The first time I met Jason and viewed his designs I was amazed. In my 25 years in this industry, he is the BEST I have seen" confirms Michael Pucci, Watch & Jewelry Industry guru. 

From a design perspective, JASON WILBUR’s style knows no boundaries, in one instant it is heavy and mechanical and in another, it is beautifully organic; It all depends on the subject. JASON WILBUR’s ideology is rooted in pushing limits and breaking new ground. 

When asked about his approach, JASON WILBUR tells us that “Design is about risk-taking and exploring new ideas no matter how uncomfortable it may be. If I find myself in unfamiliar territory, I know I am headed in the right direction.” 

Immerse yourself in the parallel world of WILBUR as you will not be disappointed. 

The WILBUR Launch Edition Timepiece 

10 years after the revolutionary DEVON Tread 1 nominated at the prestigious Grand Prix de Horlogerie of Geneva, JASON WILBUR is back with a new timepiece. Designing once again timepieces that are challenging the watch industry. Wilbur watches are for the self-made man who is bigger than life and for those who are individual thinkers, rule breakers, innovators and pioneers. 

"The emotional value he injects into his products is epic. Jason is revolutionary" says fellow artist and designer Matthew Tremblay. Without a doubt, JASON WILBUR will be recognized as one of the most influential industrial designers of our time. 

Interview with JASON WILBUR  

AIM: Just when you think there seems to be nothing new under the sun when it comes to watches, your designs appear to take not only functionality, but your designs appear to be the most unique concepts in the world. Where does your inspiration come from? 

JW: My inspiration comes from everything around me. I really am obsessed with machines; cars, rockets, motorcycles…The idea that machines are almost living things that are created by humans has always amazed me. So I like to say that I am inspired by “dreams of machines”. Designing future cars and vehicles for 10 years really put my mind in a place where I am now almost automatically programmed to think about “what’s next” and to create machines with soul. 

AIM: Why watches? You obviously have had a lot of success designing innovative and futuristic fuel-cell cars and you even designed an oceanic research drone. How and why did designing watches intrigue you? 

JW: Watches really started to excite me once they became “useless”. What I mean by that is watches, for the most part and until most recently, were tools to tell time. The number one job they had was to tell time and do it well. Now your phone tells better time than most watches. So now, watches have the opportunity to become sculpture, to become an art statement that you can wear daily and it shows those around you your personality, your dreams, and your way of thinking. They can become a living thing. Now that telling time (for a watch) is secondary, it’s really about making a wearable machine that is truly art and makes a unique statement. For many years, designing watches was my escape from the more serious world of car design and product design. It really allowed me to explore my more poetic side of design and it allowed me to take the biggest risks. 

AIM: What makes your watches different from what's out there? What sets your designs from all others? 

JW: The watch industry in general has become antiquated and frankly boring . They produce pretty much the same thing over and over. It’s a cult of de ja vu. I am not a member of the “traditional industry”, so that means I can make whatever I want to. The same rules do not apply to me. My watches are fun and some would say crazy, but the level of quality and craftmanship is deadly serious. So my watches are different because they are more like mechanical art than a watch. They are extremely detailed and like a diorama of the world I’d like to live in. My watches are different because they are more about art than telling time. I really like to create complex architectural forms and floating elements to give depth in the watch and draw the viewer in for a more potent experience. 

AIM: What kind of formal training have you had? Did it help or were you always naturally gifted in design and engineering? 

JW: I went to college twice. I dropped out twice as well before finally getting my degree in transportation design / industrial design from Art Center College of Design in California. Art and design were always in my blood, but formal training helps to elevate your level of how to execute your ideas, and that was essential for me. I heavily lean on my formal training and experience to execute at the level I do. 

AIM: Tell us about your upbringing. Did you grow up in a family of engineers and designers? Was there any sort of influence growing up? 

JW: My mother is a musician and songwriter, my father was in finance. Both extremely talented and different thinkers. They taught me to question everything and to explore the world around me. They always supported my artistic endeavors. I leaned to play guitar at 4 years old and was always making music and art, which my parents nurtured. My surroundings growing up were my main influence and music played a massive part in terms of creative theory and exploration.  

JW: I grew up in New York, which is super rich in style and culture. Being emersed in this from a young age had a huge impact on my creative spirit. I also spent a lot of time in the woods of Vermont when I was young. The contrast between Vermont and NY is huge. It keeps one thinking in expansive ways and makes for unique perspectives. 

AIM: Were you always building and designing things since your childhood? What kind of projects did you have growing up and did those early visions influence your current work? 

JW: I designed and made everything from guitars to sculpture and furniture. I would build tree forts and always customizing everything from my bicycle to the living room wall with crayons. I was also always drawing and painting since I was a little kid. I also loved taking things apart. I loved taking apart an old tape recorder or an old lawnmower. The mechanisms amazed me. Of course, my parents weren’t too stoked when I took all their shit apart and couldn’t put it back together. That raw engineering of functional things always inspired me and still does to this day. Exploration and creation was my way of learning and through that I developed skills to be confident in creating new things that only I could imagine. 

AIM: You aren't new to watch designs. One of your first ever designs is the award winning DEVON Tread 1 watch. If anyone is able to get their hands this original model, it surprisingly retains its original value and its functionality. How do you engineer your watches to last so long? Do you predict that these designs will last a lifetime or even beyond multiple generations?  

JW: I couldn’t do what I do without a talented team of engineers behind me. For the more complex
projects, I really get help with the nitty-gritty details of engineering when it comes down to the end-product. I’m too ADD to focus on extreme details, so the team helps to refine everything and make it function to the level I expect and demand. I expect all of my creations to be executed to the highest level of quality and I plan for them to last for years and years but you never really know until its done. That the fun part of making new things…the risk IS the reward. The most important thing when breaking rules is to execute flawlessly. The haters will always try to find flaws in those who try to do things differently.  

AIM: Do you ever take custom orders? For instance, someone is into steampunk or owns a red Ferrari and wants a watch that resembles what they drive or to compliment their attire, can you design a watch that represents someone's personal tastes and interests?  

JW: My watches are my own expression, so I don’t entertain custom orders anymore. Art is not a service. When it becomes a service it loses potency, honestly and value. I would however collaborate with other people that I share creative values with and that could lead to unique pieces. I do 1-off unique pieces now as well as ultra-limited pieces when I get crazy ideas and those usually grab the attention of an individual who is looking for a piece no one else has.  

AIM: You also play guitar, so your talent obviously has no bounds. Would you ever consider designing a guitar for a musician?  

JW: Yes! I have a great image of a guitar I designed. 

AIM: So, your wife is also a well respected and established designer in the auto industry. Does she ever help you with your design concepts?  

JW: Without my wife Michelle I would be a straight mess. We talk about design and creative ideas all day together. Most importantly, she gives me strength and confidence to take risks and supports my crazy endeavors unconditionally. Like the saying goes, behind every great success is a woman. 

AIM: What other projects are you currently working on or would like to venture getting into? 

JW: I have some limited-edition mechanical art skateboards that I will be releasing shortly and there are always watches and time-sculpture long term projects in the works. 

And, I will always be involved with cars in some way or another. 

AIM: What can we look forward to from Jason Wilbur designs in the near future? 

JW: I’m really focused on pushing the limits with my watches and mechanical art in the near future. There are a million ideas stacked in my head and I just can’t get them out fast enough. Look forward to some more rule breaking from me.   

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Friday, November 27, 2020

D.K. Lyons takes us on a journey with The Past (Romanticized)

Introducing The Past (Romanticized), the 2020 LP release by D.K. Lyons. The musical variety and intense
coverage allow this album to be relatable to all its listeners. 

The Past (Romanticized) really focuses on one major aspect, providing relief from a strong or repressed emotion. These songs allude to the emotional cycle that occurs looking back at past relationships, moments of loss, mental state, and growing pains. The examples become apparent with the very first song, “The Getaway.” This track displays hope even when your outlook may appear grim, making it the flagship for what's the come on the entire album. This song details self-exploration, "We're two lost souls heading straight to hell’..."brace yourself, keep your eye on the prize". These lyrics aren't there to discourage you. They're written to inspire you. 

It feels like D.K. has done a bit of growing up since his first EP, Blame My Astrology. The production and songwriter feel more mature and the stories reveal he's gone through deeper revelations. 

The two most notable tracks have to be "Long Way Home" and "Danger" includes declarations of taking chances and falling in love. 
 
D.K.’s first solo release in 2018, called Blame My Astrology, was a lovable exploration of the ideas at the core of his sound with guitar rhythms, vocals, and the ceaseless, head-spinning barrage of hooks, so if you can't get enough of D.K. Lyons, you won't have to travel far for more tunes, but to be fair, D.K. is at least honest with his music and is less concerned about conforming to what the Pop world factory is dishing out. After pumping out 17 tracks in less than two years, we can certainly expect a lot more of his thought provoking stories in the coming years. 

Regardless of what people might think of The Past (Romanticized), D.K.’s already morphed a world
around it with numerous music videos to complement each hit. D.K. clearly believes that The Past (Romanticized) is his masterpiece, and everything around the record suggests as much. While a national tour may be out of the question due to Covid, we can only hope for a barrage of live performances from his living room to yours to give D.K. Lyon fans an installation of live streams from the man himself. 

Our recommendation is to not judge the book by its cover. Instead, dive all in, not just once, but twice over in one sitting. Play both playlists from his YouTube page from beginning to end from Blame My Astrology to The Past (Romanticized) and then reverse it and you will experience all the effects of an over-the-top pop autobiographical masterpiece of D.K. Lyons. 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

New Release Alert: "When The Morning Star Fell" by Shadows You don’t Know About


Shadows You Don't Know About is a band that combines the dark, brooding sound of deathcore with the intensity of alternative music. They recently debuted with an EP, but went to great lengths since then, creating music that sets the bar higher and defies the usual genre limitations and cliches. 

AIM: First of all, how did you come up with the band name “Shadows You don’t Know About”? 
James: I was at a music video shoot for a band I was in previously and one of the camera guys said to another, to look out for shadows you don't know about that can mess up a shot, and i wrote it down because i thought i could use it one day. 

AIM: Tell us about the band. Who is Shadows You don’t Know About and where are you from? 
James: We are deathcore/post-hardcore band from bethlehem pa, consisting of James (myself) who played the majority of the instruments on the album and Matt our drummer and producer.  

AIM: Tell us about what led you to want to be a writer and music artist? 
James: I have always been a writer since i was a child, and growing up writing and writing music made it seem very easy to make music into something more i wanted to do in my life.  

AIM: Are you self-taught or did you have any professional music training? 
James: I am a self taught guitarist and bassist, but I took vocal lessons to improve my voice. Melissa Crosses zen of screaming is an essential for anyone trying to do harsh vocals.  

AIM: What or who were your most influential music artists as a child? 
James: A lot of rap and hip hop artists like eminem, lil wayne, Wutang clan, Snoop dogg, D12, tupac, etc all influenced me to be more lyrical or more of a storyteller when I write.  

AIM: What music artists inspire you now? 
James: I have been listening to a lot of post-hardcore classics like chiodos first album, and deathcore stuff like the mitch lucker memorial show, so many great suicide silence songs done by monsters vocally. Phil Bozemans vocals on unanswered are the gnarliest.  

AIM: What do you want your listeners to take from your music? Do you have a message that you want to convey to your listeners? 
James: I just hope people enjoy the music because I enjoy making it and won't be stopping anytime soon.  

AIM: What are your thoughts on the Corona Virus? Do you think it is a real pandemic real or do you think it is a world government takeover hoax? 
James: No comment lol  

AIM: Great answer lol 

AIM: Outside of music, what are some of your interests, like what are your favorite activities, movies, tv shows, video games, and stuff outside of music? 
James: Well career wise besides making music I am an assistant chef at a restaurant, and for fun I am an avid poker player. Video games I play are mostly Skyrim or Call of duty when I have free time.  

AIM: Who has helped you along the way? 
James: I’d like to thank our drummer Matt for the amazing production and to Jaime Irles for the album cover art. Also a big thanks to my friend and colleague Mitch Kresge of plum for doing a featured vocal part on one of our new songs, and to Chris Kennedy for photography and shooting and editing our album release promotional video.  

AIM: If you could tour and perform with anyone, past or present, who would it be? 
James: I’d love to tour with Ghostmane and have original member Chiodos as a guest on the tour!  

AIM: Tell us about your plans in the near future. What can we expect from SYDKA? (More music? Music videos? Virtual performances? Live tour? 
James: We are currently working on recording a live set to be recorded and posted to Youtube as a way of performing until shows can happen again. Also we have a cover song that will be coming out hopefully by the end of the year.

Find more of Shadows You don’t Know About
https://www.facebook.com/SYDKAband

Friday, October 30, 2020

KGUP FM Emerge Radio Announces the 2020 Artists of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KGUP FM Emerge Radio Announces the 2020 KGUP Artists of the Year 

LOS ANGELES – October 30, 2020 - KGUP FM Emerge Radio announces the recipients of the 2020 KGUP Artists of the Year awards. The awards recognize and honor eight local emerging music artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in music performance, songwriting ability, and visual arts. KGUP honored the eight awardees in Los Angeles, CA.

At the start of the year, HR Cole, CEO and Founder of inDspotlight Television and Mikey Jayy, Program Director and Founder of KGUP FM Emerge Radio discussed having a festival over the Summer featuring all the top emerging artists, including hosting an Awards event in 2020, but Covid-19 upended all our ideas. An online event was considered, but without a live audience, all these ideas felt flat and uninspiring, so a single category was created to recognize the Top 8 most recognizable emerging local music artists in the industry and was named the

2020 KGUP Artists of the Year award!

These 8 finalists were based on a number of factors:

1. Artist's music overall has to be SPECTACULAR 2. Artist has to be an exceptional songwriter and story teller 3. Artist had to have at least 3 songs that exemplified both 1 and 2 4. Artist has at least 1 music video that is outstanding in production and visual appeal 5. Artist must have gone through a revelation or had overcome a life changing event 6. Artist needs to acknowledge our existence (at bare minimum, the Artist needed to say, "Thank you" when getting featured on our social media or regrammed/shared our story from a featured post, accepted our invitation to be interviewed, or had exchanged some form of dialogue to and from KGUP

Congratulations to the 2020 KGUP Artists of the Year!

JENNA LOTTI 
Genre: Pop / Singer Songwriter

KIDEYES 
Genre: Pop/Alternative Rock

JANY GREEN 
Genre: Pop/ Soul

JAGUAR JONZE 
Genre: Pop

SANTINO Genre: 
HIP HOP

Kat Leon of Holy Wars 
Genre: Pop / Alternative

CHELSEA PERKINS 
Genre: Pop / Soul

WOLVES 
Genre: Pop / Surf Trap

For more information about each of the award winners, go to: 
https://www.kgup1065.com/featuredartists

Keep on the look out for more episodes of KGUP PRESENTS and subscribe on the podcast platform of your choice, so you don't miss these great interviews, plus you can even re-listen to previous episodes! If you would like to be considered to be a guest on KGUP PRESENTS, we are currently accepting submissions from anyone with great music or anyone with a great story to share. We'd love to hear from you! We will consider any topic! Contact us at kgup1065.com/contact

KGUP FM Emerge Radio 
6843 Lennox Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 91405

Established on April 12, 2012, KGUP FM Emerge Radio is an Independent music radio station based in Los Angeles that showcases and supports local emerging artists.

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Janel Nabong's new song "Breathe" is a much needed message

Going as far back as 11 years ago, Janel Nabong has posted dozens of cover songs ranging from Demi Lavato, Halsey, Linkin Park, Twenty One Pilots, and Billie Elish just to name a few. It wasn't until 2019 that Janel began releasing songs of her own, beginning with "Hear Me". In 2020, Janel released her first full-length 10 song EP entitled, Temperamental now available on all streaming platforms. Her most notable titles off the EP include "Hear Me", "Temperamental", "Everything", "Mr. Time", "Manic", and "Breathe".     

So, who is Janel Nabong? 

Janel Nabong is an American artist that is both diverse and determined. This multi talented artist is not only a Pop Singer Songwriter, she is a DIY. DIY as in she writes, produces, and performs all the instrumentation herself. She creates a unique pop sound with a melancholy undertone, yet she performs from the heart by invoking a way of forward-thinking as a poster child of self-discovery and songs of self-healing. Forged by her own unique sound combining synth pop, emotional lyrics, and electronica in her newest single, “Breathe”. 

"The darkest nights will end. We'll rise and rise again," she sings contentedly in the lyrics. The gentle beats sound under her soft delivery, as she casts a warm spell of love and understanding, while leaving a pop soul sound like an intimate serenade with the most gorgeous message of hope. Her vocal delivery is quite exhilarating yet infectious. Her personal message is, "All you can do is breathe and get through it and it will be okay," Janel says.

 

Janel Nabong is endorsed by top level music industry insiders, such as Brett Manning, former vocal coach of Hayley Williams from Paramore, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, and many more. Since releasing her debut single “Hear Me” in 2019, Janel has attracted a devoted following with her music , as well as with her 'Tortuga Tavern’ live streaming shows on YouTube and Sessions: Live Music Streaming. 

Links

- website: https://janelnabongofficial.com  

- facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janelxnabong 

- instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janelnabong_ 

- twitter: https://twitter.com/janelnabong 

- youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/JanelNabong

Monday, September 14, 2020

GLOBAL RIGHTS CONCERT Celebrities Advocate for Animal & Human Trafficking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 9/14/2020
LET NO ONE BE LEFT BEHIND
GLOBAL RIGHTS CONCERT – ANIMAL & HUMAN RIGHTS
#RESET #GRC2020 #GlobalRightsConcert

One week prior to the G20 2020 leadership meeting in Saudi Arabia, on National Pickle Day, the 1st Annual Global Rights Concert will Air on Nov 14th. What does this mean? Influential Artists, Musicians, Actors, Actresses & Hosts Globally around the World will Advocate to World Leaders, Concert Viewers, Consumers and Corporations as they perform for Animal & Human Rights (Trafficking, Cruelty, Torture & Modern Day Slavery & Discrimination & Forced Child Labor). To create awareness, education for the viewers & leaders.

We are excited for the opportunity to invite Global Artists, Organizations, Corporations, and Media to participate & perform & advocate in Your Way, with Your Voice & Your Influence to bring awareness to our modern society that we claim as being sophisticated, cultured with morals & values though blinded ignorance still persist with global violations of animal & human rights. Let’s no longer turn a blind eye.
We need to educate & challenge our global viewers to buy slave free, cruelty free, torture free products and encourage them to no longer ignore these treacherous acts in their countries. The more people are aware of these violations in their town, city, state, province and country, your voices will carry over. Worldwide corporations, manufacturers, suppliers, vendors, distributors will be in a pickle as we demand them to comply to corporate social responsibility as it relates to Animal & Human Trafficking. Now who’s got power? In a pickle yet? Or Cat caught your tongue?

“With what we have learned from the #METOO Movement, the #GeorgeFloyd Movement, that we have been silent too long! Today, the Zoonotic Diseases (animal to human transmitted virus’) caused COVID19 (from an animal that consumed a bat), SARS (from Dogs), MERS (from Camels), Let’s not wait Let’s voice to end Animal Trafficking, Cruelty and Torture”. said Saima Khan, Sr. Executive Producer & Director of the Global Rights Concert “And on the other hand, How can we rest when individuals, children included are used for forced labor and sexual acts worldwide? Our basic morals & principles must remove these anomolies and create humanitarian boundaries. Let’s RESET during COVID19 –let’s do it collectively based on the root of the problem and the impact on our society”, She continued “Our Global Rights Concert will honor the organizations who are on the ground saving Animals & Humans daily. LET NO ONE BE LEFT BEHIND!”

The Concert Components Comprise of:
1- A Live Concert Performance will be Broadcast & Streamed on several platforms across the World with Virtual Reality and some VR Stage for local Performances (Participating Continents include: South Asian IndoPak Region, Middle East, Asia, Africa, South Africa, Europe, North America, South America, and Australia)
2- Pre-recorded messages from Hosts, Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Animal & Human Rights Organizations Globally
3- Nominated Animal & Human Rights Organizations will be recognized for their work with Awards
4- Viewer Experiential Experience Voting Polls: The Viewers of the Concert will be able to Vote for the award the organizations receive
5- Viewer online participation & interaction in sweepstakes and gift Quiz’s
6- The Concert will raise a minimum of $1 Million of Donations for the Organizations nominated and they will each get donations from the viewers to help their organization.
The concert will raise a minimum of 1 million dollars during the concert for the organizations. The experiential concert will call for the viewers to vote for their favorite Animal & Human Rights organizations.
The concert artists will perform a variety of genres of music from Pop. Hip Hop, Rock, Soft Rock, Jazz, Country. Global voices will sing & perform in order to raise awareness for Animal & Human Rights. The G20 will hear these voices. Leaders will be asked to take a hard look and reset in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as Policies must be enforced top down from leadership, corporations, countries, states, provinces, cities.
The concert will be live streamed on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Broadcast Globally. other applications to reach multi million viewers globally. Your voice matters.

Your Influence Matters. Please help us, participate, advocate and get to the audiences who are receptive to your influence and your activism for animals & human rights globally. They will be listening at the G20.
www.GlobalRightsConcert.org 1-805-444-2013 Contact: Saima Khan Email: SakSnap@Gmail.com ###

Links: 

GlobalRightsConcert.org 
Date: Nov 14th 2020 




Monday, August 31, 2020

Indie Music Notes: artist basic success secrets

Written by Michele McManmon

Artistic careers should be treated as a organized business from the very start. Having a solid foundation for you music career can be simple if you keep the basics in place. It takes hard work, self respect, and a passion to suceed no matter how many rejections come your way. Keep your ego in check, your eye on the prize and you will live your dream.

Musicains, PR people, Label owners, Club owners, Record producers, Dj's, Vj's, Record shop owners, Managers, and Agents. All of these individuals have opinions about what it takes to make it in the Industry. The truth sometimes is that no one really knows, and that's where luck, talent, and being at the right place at the right time comes in. Even The Beatles and Kurt Cobain had to hustle for years before making it big.

This bi-monthly series explores different perspectives from insiders in the industry on what it it takes to make it in the Music Industry. Tips, tricks, advice, and information will be presented to struggling musicians that read this column. The goal is to help those artists get a chance to live their dream.

Please comment and add on any thoughts, ideas, or opinions based on the writings. Any ideas may also help other musicains, so please, place your thoughts in the comment section below the articles.

Continue to read the rest of this article here

Read more about:
1. Write. Study. Learn.
2. Shameless Self-Promotion
3. Use of social media
4. Submitting your work to print media
5. Watch "Advice for Artists by Derek Sivers"

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Soulblind: a musical story of individual spiritual journey

 

"One song, just for fun." That was the plan when two church friends, lead vocalist Mindi Odom and bass guitarist/keyboardist Andy Graves, headed into the recording studio. Instead, spurred on by a suggestion from their producer to collaborate together on more songs, an explosion of music happened! The Contemporary Christian band Pivotal Awakening was born. 
Their debut song, Soublind, quickly attracted an international following and was nominated for four 2020 Detroit Music Awards, with Mindi reaching the finals in the Outstanding Christian Vocalist category. Written in a keyboard-led pop style, Soulblind changed their lives. That “one song” idea has now blossomed into an incredible friendship and musical partnership.
Working with producer Marshall Block at Real II Reel Productions, the duo has written sixteen songs together (so far). Their fifth song, titled ‘Not That Different’, will be released on August 25, 2020. Mindi and Andy explore challenging subjects in their songwriting that are not often heard in the world of Christian music. Grateful every day for their incredible journey, Pivotal Awakening can’t wait to see where God and music lead them next!

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Leaving While You Stay: New Release by Greg Hoy and the Boys

  

The new single made by Greg Hoy & The Boys “Leaving While You Stay” has been finally released over  many sources and made into a music video on Youtube! The song is basically a combination of original hard rock and not just a recycled sound spread over many repetitive songs. The song consists of Greg Hoy’s vocals along with the spontaneous and welcoming sound of his guitar. As well as, The direction of Carissa Johnson supplies this song with clear cohesion and a sound that will leave most people wanting more. Dennis Galway delivers the perfect beat with his exquisite drum skills and with Mark Nichoson completing the package with master bass skills. The song depicts a “certain” person tweeting away while their nation crumbles apart due to leadership. For instance, the song states “Fight for love or Fight for glory?” which symbolizes the confusion in which this “certain” person is heading. This song also utilizes excellent visuals that match the overall grove mood of the song. It makes the song seem like a comic book life right now in the pandemic. 

Who are Greg Hoy & The Boys? Greg Hoy isn’t only some guy in a band-he is many things like a label record owner to an astounding “marketing guru”. Greg Hoy was inspired by the fact that music and sound can convey such richness and emotions. This is prominent when Greg Hoy himself states, “Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” on headphones at the behest of his big brother. “I was immediately drawn to the richness of the sound, and the idea that you could manipulate emotions with sound—like a certain fuzzed out guitar and drum beat could make you feel a certain way.” This truly explains his love of music and it paves the roadway while also making it clear that he will later lead on with the music industry. Greg Hoy & The Boys focus on multiple themes like being a middle-aged man in the middle of a new technological future. Overall, Greg Hoy & The Boys show how starting from a “Tiny Telephone with John Vanderslice in San Francisco” can really go a long way.