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November 23, 2020 Ambient dream-pop act Easter Island performs live in Japan

Ambient dream-pop act Easter Island performs live in Japan

Formed in Athens, GA, Easter Island is an ambient dream-pop act fronted by brothers Ethan and Asher Payne (guitar and keys) and Ryan Monahan (guitar). Their sound has been likened to Explosions in The Sky, My Bloody Valentine, DIIV, Pedro the Lion, and more. The band’s falsetto vocals and panoramic guitars are countered by its powerful rhythm section – John Swint (drums), and Justin Ellis (bass) add gravity to an otherwise weightless sound.

Throughout Easter Island’s career the band has had the opportunity to share the stage with David Bazan, Cindy Wilson (of The B52s), The Low Anthem, Bully, Wild Nothing, White Rabbits, Valley Maker, and more. The band’s debut record Frightened (2012), led to a number of television syncs, including ABC’s “Off The Map”, MTV’s “Awkward”, and a recent live appearance on CW’s Dynasty which aired in 2019.

The past six years have seen the band working in various studios all over the country on their new record while touring the US at large, including appearances at SXSW, CMJ, Treefort, Underground Music Showcase, Secret Stages, and Athfest in their hometown of Athens. They traveled as far as Japan to work on new material and to film the music video for the single, “Island Nation”, which was premiered by Paste Magazine. The band’s follow-up single, “Always Room For Another”, premiered on Billboard in fall 2018. In 2020 the band found itself spread out among five different cities and so they leaned into the separation and produced five music videos – featuring each member in their respective city.

Produced and engineered by Ryan Monahan, the songs received additional engineering from Mike Albanese at Espresso Machine Recording and mastering from Joel Hatstat at High Jump Media in Athens, GA. The new record draws on influences ranging from Sufjan Stevens and Max Richter, to The Never Ending Story. The band completed a successful Kickstarter campaign in early 2020 and will release their sophomore LP, Take All The Time You Think You Need, in December, 2020.

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November 12, 2020 Music producer Souvlaki shares his latest electronica masterpiece, song ‘7LUNGS’

Music producer Souvlaki shares his latest electronica masterpiece, song ‘7LUNGS’

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After his “Tracks” EP, some singles and collaborations that led the way in his artistic production, Souvlaki announces the release of “Continued Survival”, his second EP, anticipated by the launch of the single “7LUNGS”. The track combines the electronic and ambient sounds that have already become the Italian artist’s trademark with hip-hop and drum&bass influences, in a hybrid between soft atmospheres and grooving rhythm. Slim Gong lends his voice for some top notch hip-hop phrasing in French, adding another layer and a new contamination to a multifaceted and experimental track, which yet gets to sound spontaneous and balanced. Souvlaki, who sinks his musical roots into the solid ground of electronics, ambient and alternative, does not hide his natural will to experiment and push himself into new territories. His creative process reveals his curious and attentive personality.

In his words: “I like ‘7LUNGS’ a lot in terms of writing, but I admit that it was difficult to finish. I wanted to create another “hip-hop” song like “Fellow”, which I published earlier. But the first version of ‘7LUNGS’ could not fit in the sound of the record, it had a nice modern tone but too far from the rest, I was one step away from removing it from the EP. Then fortunately, I was able to find what I was looking for and from there, I built the ending (the drum&bass beat was created by Simone Piccinelli, with whom I collaborated). Dark, obsessive, distorted, a bit as if the song wrecked towards the real sound of the EP. The song still sounded unfinished, a nice base but without the decisive hook. Again, through Simone, I got in touch with Slim Gong and then all the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly. His contribution, in French, is probably what makes this song the most complete on the record in my opinion”.

“7 Lungs” is available on all major digital platforms

“Continued Survival” EP, produced by Souvlaki and Simone Piccinelli at La Buca Recording Club and mastered at Woodpecker Mastering will contain 6 unreleased tracks, including the single proposed here and will be officially released on January 15th.

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September 23, 2020 Singer Gaeya shares captivatingly ethereal music video

Singer Gaeya shares captivatingly ethereal music video

Swedish world beat artist Gaeya has shared her debut single, ‘Contact’. A captivating blend of ambient soundscapes and evocative vocals, the track is a call for awakening and connection amid an increasingly disconnected world.

The video for the single captures Gaeya in a gorgeous Scandinavian forest performing a beautiful ballet routine, reflecting the stunning yet fragile nature of both humans and the world and the relationships between them.

“2020 was the year when the feeling of separation took physical form. But it was also the year humans realised they needed contact,” explains Gaeya. “‘Contact’ is a song about the importance and the gift that we humans have, to share with each other the physical and emotional touch that we need to survive.

“In these times of keeping distance, it’s more important than ever for people to feel belonging, feel seen and be touched. Remember that genuine eye contact and a smile can change someone’s day. It is time for us to connect.”

With a sound reminiscent of early Björk, Gaeya’s music marries the sounds of the natural world with immersive sonic paintings; landscapes formed from analogue synths and deep-rooted Nordic frequencies which provide the backing for vocals that seek to inspire sustainability and focus for a better world.

Gaeya’s quest to deliver an inspiring and sustainable message has seen her perform a number of Tipi Tours; allowing an audience to be brought closer to the Earth and share the euphoric experience in an environment that takes us back to our roots around a glistening campfire, sharing stories and creating unity in the search for change.

Audience participation is encouraged throughout, while the performance blends soundscapes from Nordic tradition with other cultures that celebrate the earth. Providing a platform to discuss sustainability and the preservation of the world, the result is a unique, intimate and enlightening experience, which has resulted in a number of sold out tours throughout Scandinavia.

For a more immersive journey Gaeya offers the Tipi Experience, in which guests are taught a variety of sustainable skills including forest survival training and forest dining, as well as group exercise and mindfulness. Throughout the day, guests are provided meals sourced from the forest, before a performance and discussion on sustainability.

Gaeya has also launched the TellUs podcast, which focuses on sharing new ideas and solutions for the on-going issues mankind is facing from the results of long term misuse of the planet, its resources and its beings.

Regarding the podcast Gaeya says, “Both as an artist and a human, the earth has always been the central part of my life. During our concerts I talk a lot about sustainability, but I always felt there wasn’t enough time to go really deep into these subjects, so from there the idea of a podcast took shape. In this podcast we invite specialists and experts in the field of sustainability to discuss the issues facing the planet and what we can do to live more sustainably and conscious about our lifestyle.

“We want to talk about the flaws in our society, but most importantly to bring forward ideas that might bring solutions to some of the problems we are facing today. We want to make it fun and inspiring to choose a sustainable lifestyle with respect for the earth.”

With special guests joining the discussion every episode, it addresses modern societal affairs in connection with sustainability, highlighting possible solutions and alternative methods to help create a sustainable world, calling upon ecological, economical and social expertise. You can hear the first episode here.

With an unrelenting desire to affect change, underpinned by a profound respect for the planet and delivered through the medium of beautifully captivating music, Gaeya is a truly exciting artist with a uniquely profound message set to make a bold mark.

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April 29, 2020 Q&A with producer of song ‘Rose Quartz’, Frythm

Q&A with producer of song ‘Rose Quartz’, Frythm

Los-Angeles resident and multi-instrumentalist has just released his latest single ‘Rose Quartz’, which features on his upcoming album titled Flow(15 May 2020). Frythm has performed as direct support for Svdden Death, Slushii, Deorro, Daedelus, Great Dane, Sonnymoon, Huxley Anne, Astronautica, and Eureka The Butcher. In 2017 he performed at the Neon Desert Music Festival, sharing the stage with acclaimed acts like Migos, Foster The People, Khalid, Mija, and J Balvin. 2018 saw Frythm headlining his solo tour, promoting his LP Aurora.

We find out more about the rising artist in our interview below.

You have mentioned in a previous statement that you wanted your song ‘Rose Quartz’ to have an equal balance of female and male energy. What inspired the idea?

So the track actually came to be from a five day EP, challenge hosted by “dot”. I had no intention of any of the records becoming part of an album, I just wanted to practice and fine-tune my skills! The theme for the day was to write something “free” or “not with much thought”. The track had initially started with the chords sounding very lush and pink. At the time I had been reading a lot into the taoist philosophy of yin and yang, often being associated with masculine and feminine energy. After sitting with the lush intro pads I decided to add a balance to the softness. That balance of the masculine energy being the deeper sounding vocal harmonies that come in midway through the song. I also tried to represent the idea in the drums/structure. Starting with drowsy swinging percussion, then slowly evolving into fast-paced drums and percussion. I wanted to guide the listener on the balance I was feeling while creating the track.

You have been labelled a multi-instrumentalist. Was it always your goal to create the type of music that you create today? 

I always had an idea of the sounds I wanted to curate but never had a set path for what the Frythm project was going to be.

Growing up I went through many different phases of music, from starting as a somewhat house/EDM producer in my late teens, to writing heavy club music just a few years ago.

I knew I had always wanted to create something more eclectic and timeless, but I also wanted to balance the experimental ideas of past releases. Learning instruments and utilizing my voice was a way for me to do that! Rather than just sitting in front of a screen like I did before I sought out more organic feelings with guitar, keys, and bass. The combination of new techniques and past experiences finally led me to what I had always wanted. Freeform music.

What are some of your earliest memories of music?

Some of my earliest memories of music came from my mom playing records from Maná and Juanes. My mother was an immigrant from Chihuahua, MX, so growing up I was always exposed to a bunch of really amazing Spanish records. I remember listening to some of the music and just dancing non-stop, pure bliss, and innocence. A moment that really also stuck with me was when I bought my first CD, it was Pharrell’s – “In My Mind”, I think I was in middle school at the time. I remember being so amazed by the grooves and beats. That record really opened a new world to me.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

It definitely varies at times depending on my mood or the thought behind the song. I normally like to start with chords or humming small harmonies. I feel this really helps lay the foundation of the track, normally drums come in next for the groove, then top-line or melodies. I often find myself resampling a loop or idea that I’d written in a session and completely changing the feeling of the original idea. It’s almost somewhat of a ‘mad scientist’ feeling that really makes the process fun and fresh. More times than not those trippy resamples end up becoming b-sides to some of my tracks.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

This is a tough one. The studio work and music creation is something so therapeutic and peaceful. The magic of writing something from nothing and crafting a world or story through sound is unmatched. But, there is something very special about sharing those feelings and connecting to fans live. There are those non-recreate-able moments that happen with a live audience that make me truly believe in a higher consciousness of the human psyche. So, in summary, I’d say its a very close tie. With everything going on in the world right now though, I do often miss that live human connection and I can’t wait for the day we get back to it.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had was an “SXN” show in El Paso, Texas at “Prickly Elder”. We had the venue way over capacity and there was very little room to move, but the people and energy in the room were absolutely insane. I had just finished writing my project Ego Loss, it was lots of heavy beats and really club-inspired tunes. I remember playing a few of the tracks and seeing people go absolutely mad! People jumping around in this small space, drinks flying in the air, and a short overheard lantern just swaying back and forth from people hitting it with their hands. Knowing that people were able to move and just be in the moment with my music as an anthem really changed my perspective, and has stayed etched into my memories forever.

If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?

It would be a cross-genre radio show, just supporting fun and unique music no matter the feeling. I’d try and play a lot of experimental beats, jazz, indie, and soul records.

Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show

That’s such a tough one. There are so many impactful classic records that have been created over the years. 

In no specific order, Toro y Moi – Anything in Return, Shlohmo – Dark Red, James Blake – Overgrown, Thundercat – Drunk, and Frank Ocean – blonde. All super amazing records that have really inspired and influenced my sounds over the last couple of years.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

I want to give back to my community and the world in any way that I can. My ultimate resting achievement is to open a studio in my hometown of El Paso, TX. I want to create a free safe space for underprivileged youth to learn how to produce/record music while having a massive supply of gear and software to experiment with. Success to me looks like owning some land secluded in nature. Just another safe space for friends or other musician’s/creatives to retreat to and create in nature. Ultimately I just want to contribute my art and sound into the human connection. It’s crazy knowing that there are people that I may never meet or encounter that have connected their own experiences to my music. If that’s all I get out of this that would be more than enough for me.

One last thought to leave your fans with?

Stay safe and healthy, check up on your loved ones, and count your blessings. I know things are crazy and uncertain right now but just remember to do your best, and live in the present. I’m sending you all love, warm thoughts, and positivity! 

Thank you for having me! 

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