Armonite: A Musical Fantasy: And The Stars Above by Eileen Shapiro

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Italian duo, Armonite has recently released And The Stars Above, a vibrant journey into a musical phenomena, flavored with haunting compositions and laced with classical EDM, the album is receiving extraordinary reviews…globally.

Mastermind Paolo Fosso, a classically trained instrumentalist and composer, was kind enough to allow us to venture into his realm of musical insanity, while the entire planet is enjoying his music..

Your video was recently released… what’s the name of it and can you talk about it a little?

‘By heart’ was released on April 10 with the participation of the amazing dancer / choreographer Cristina De Rosa. The track includes a folk, medieval-flavored melody for acoustic/electric violin and ROLI Seaboard Rise with a strong electronic component, but no set pattern for bass and drums, which were recorded by Alberto Fiorani and Emiliano Cava. Cristina has been a great partner to work with, she choreographed and performed the whole track. We’re definitely happy with the final result, the video goes from a tranquil state over an opening heartbeat to a fusion of EDM and Trip-Hop.

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Watch the video for ‘By Heart” here: https://youtu.be/9WtFRu9SzXI

With the release of the new album and the flawlessly successful reviews, do you plan a tour in support of the album?

Sure, we’ll be touring starting mid-September. Our show is a mix between originals from our albums and covers in violin rock. We’ve published the videos of a few soundtrack renditions from the most popular video games and movies: Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, The Exorcist, Suspiria, Skyrim, Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, The Witcher and many others. Follow us on Facebook for new dates!

Please remind us of the album’s theme so to speak musically.

As with the previous album, And the Stars Above is an instrumental mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass and drums. But the sound of this album is more oriented to soundtrack music with textures that feel very immediate. It’s a journey through 12 tracks, starting with ‘The March of the Stars’ inspired by Dante’s Paradise and ending with ‘Ghosts.’ The album also features two bonus tracks — a piece for piano solo, ‘The Fire Dancer,’ and the string quartet, ‘A Playful Day.’ We’re confident this is going to be a great release, with a rather peculiar view. ‘The Sun Is New Each Day’ had a heavy compact sound. And the Stars Above is groovy, with different vibes across a bunch of genres. There’s something indie in this new sound that we’ve never explored before.

If you could be asked any question in the world, what would you want me to ask you and how would you answer it?

I’d want you to ask me ‘Why do you compose?’, and I would say ‘So that I don’t need words to answer’ [laughs].

What has been your favorite reaction or response from the outside world regarding the new release?

A few people told me our album made them cry. I’m surprised, but also very gratified. That’s the kind of reaction every artist would like to raise, it means you get to people. It’s always the most important goal. Also, with the track ‘Blue Curaçao’ included in our new album, we’ve been awarded an Honorable Mention both in the Instrumental and Performance categories at the International Songwriting Competition 2017 from a top level jury including Tom Waits, Lorde, Bastille, Billy Cobham, Ziggy Marley, Don Omar, and Keane. With over 16,000 entries from 140 countries, this is a remarkable achievement of which we’re extremely proud.

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If someone wishes to purchase it, how would they do so?

‘And the Stars above’ is available on CD through the Cleopatra Records online store: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/armonite-and-the-stars-above-cd and for digital download from various platforms including iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/and-the-stars-above/1380495940) and bandcamp (https://armonite.bandcamp.com/album/and-the-stars-above).

Although you’ve recently just dropped this release, are you currently working on a new project?

I’m producing a few demo tracks for the movie industry. Scoring for film and TV is my absolute dream job. Then, after the ‘And the Stars above’ promotional tour, I’ll start composing for next Armonite’s work. I have a few ideas that need to be developed, I promise it’s going to be a totally new surprise!

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Eileen Shapiro: “Rockstar Journalist and Celebrity Correspondent by Addison Coleman

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Known for never writing a derogatory comment, Eileen Shapiro has become one of the top celebrity and musical iconic journalist globally. Currently writing for over 40 pop-culture, music, entertainment and gay magazines worldwide, Eileen has interviewed artists including: Diana Ross, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Hudson, Mary Wilson, Brooke Shields, Adam Ant, Fran Drescher, Sandra Bernhard, and Melissa Etheridge, only to name a small few.

She has been published in some of the most prestigious publications such as Louder Than War, a top 40 pop-culture, UK magazine, Huff Post, Skope, Rawckus, Buzz Feed, PureM, Music News, Pop Classic, Indie Source, and the number 7 LGBTQ magazine on the planet, again to name only a few.

Having written about almost every well known artist in the universe as well as thousands of Indie artists trying to rise, as well as a best selling book entitled The Star Trek Medical Reference Manual, I felt it was now time to have a conversation with the pinnacle of columnists ….

Do you recall the first celebrity you ever interviewed?

Yes, it was Leonard Nimoy who portrayed the character of Mr. Spock in the world famous Star Trek series. I had a strange obsession with Leonard Nimoy, or perhaps it was Spock, I’m not really sure whom I was more fascinated with at the time…

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What inspired you to become a journalist?

Mr. Spock of course. At least the first time around. After I developed my weird consuming passion for Mr. Nimoy, I also met a boyfriend who edited “The Star Trek Giant Poster Book”, a publication that I wrote for until I was commissioned by Ballentine Books to write “The Star Trek Medical Reference Manual”, which became a best seller.. Before that I was a nursing student who just happened to be a good writer. After which I stopped writing until what seemed like a century and three kids later, when I acquired a gay bar and the gay tabloids attempted to coax me to advertise. Instead I began to write for them, and I eventually met Mike Todd the publisher of Get Out Magazine. The rest became journalistic history.

Who to date was your most sort after celebrity to interview?

Although I love nearly everyone I’ve spoken to, my desire to write the second time around was motivated by Adam Ant, another lifelong obsession. It took me six years, 3 publications and 3 continents to finally get that interview, but it was well worth it. My book “Waiting For Adam: The Chronicles of a Rock N Roll Fag Hag” will be out shortly. It is a factual account of all the celebrities I’ve met and interviewed plus my involvement within the gay community while hoping to interview Adam. Some of my most treasured interviews will be included in the manuscript.

Is there anyone you still wish you could interview?

I would kill to interview Billy Idol.

Have you interviewed anyone more than once?

I have interviewed Sandra Bernhard at least ten times as web as Cyndi Lauper. I’ve interviewed Rick Springfield twice, another one on my wish list. I’ve had repeated conversations with Jody Watley, Taylor Dayne, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats, Deborah Cox, Dionne Warwick, Doctor Dre, Me,Issa Etheridge, Randy Jones, Ross Mathews, Tom Proctor, Caroline Williams, Michele Lee, Bianca Del Rio, The Impractical Jokers, Ultra Nate, Karyn White, Michael Urie, Michael Musto, and I’m sure several others whom I can’t think of on the spot.

I’ve heard that many artists seem to tell you everything, do you form lasting relationships with any of the artists you’ve interviewed?

I’ve become very good friends with Randy Jones, the cowboy from The Village People, Slim Jim Phantom the drummer from The Stray Cats, Aaron Paul, the former lead singer of the Boy Band, Worlds Apart, and many others. I’ve since met Adam Ant many times, Dionne Warwick, Kelly Ripa, and many other celebs that I still wish to interview including Debbie Harry and Whoopie Goldberg….Still working on those. I’ve even met the love of my life, a UK indie artist, Sam Stevens.

Aside from Adam Ant who were you most nervous to interview?

Michael Musto, the world famous journalist from The Village Voice. He was a fellow journalist, and a much better writer than I will ever be, plus I was scared of him. Since then we’ve become friends. For the record I was much more nervous to interview MICHAEL than Adam.

Whom are the most recent people you’ve spoken to that everyone would know?

Most recently I’ve had conversations with Lisa Stansfield, Kim Wilde, Tom Bailey front The Thompson Twins, Kylie Minogue, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing for 40 plus publications?

I’m running a PR company called “World Star PR”, and having a blast doing it!

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David Martinez Nominated For Best Male Vocalist/Song Of The Year In Kdub Hit Country Indie Awards

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Singer/songwriter David Martinez has been nominated for Best Male Vocalist and Song of the Year (I’m Alright”) in the 2018 Kdub Country Indie Awards 2018. Voting ends July 13th, support this indie superstar today!

Kdub Hit Country is one of the most prominent independent country music radio stations in the world, and was recently a Finalist for Best Country Radio Station in the 2018 Nashville Universe Music Awards.

Singer/songwriter sensation David Martinez of Corpus Christi, one of the most in-demand musicians in South Texas, has been touring regionally with much success both acoustically and with The David Martinez Band. For the uninitiated, David’s music is a soulful refreshing mix of Jack Johnson’s laid back lyrics stirred into a glass of Lenny Kravitz funk. Most recently, David launched the independent music series at the grand opening of the Aloft Hotel Corpus Christi, and additionally was featured in an exciting evening of music and art, showcasing his signature style along with the visual artwork of noted local artist Louis Albert Garcia. A portrait of David on stage was painted by Louis and is on prominent display at the luxurious new hotel. In addition to showcasing regularly at Aloft, David has several local residencies at area hot spots including running ‘Live Music Fridays’ at Crawdaddy’s Downtown, along with regular appearances at Mesquite St. Pizza and Pasta Company, a mecca for touring comedic acts. Booking has begun for the David Martinez Summer Tour, once again sponsored by Texas Select Beverage Company and this year by new sponsor Light Up The Love TM, a global movement movement used to inspire acts of peace, love & unity in society.

A SXSW veteran, David has shared the stage with such musical greats as Ian Moore, Vallejo, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Rodriguez, and the Statesboro Revue. David and his band have played at these popular area venues in New Braunfels, San Antonio, Austin and on tour:

House of Rock, Executive Surf Club, Cafe Calypso, Vino Mio, The Exchange CC, Riley’s, Mesquite Comedy Club, Gator’s, Vernon’s BBQ, The Nest, Port Royal, South Texas Icehouse, Brewster’s, TGIFridays, Boathouse, Iron Horse, Holiday Inn, Pier 99, Landry’s, Schlitterbahn, Oyster House, Lucky Lounge, Tapology, Lazy Beach, Izzy’s, Red Shed, Billie Jean’s, Bella Luna, Sand Bar, Surf Club, Twisted Murphy’s, American Bank Center, Rattle Inn, Eddie’s Attic, World Cafe Live, Yankee Homecoming, Roxy and Duke’s, Zakk’s Coffeehouse, Cafe Atlantique, Two Boots CT, The Space CT, and Nourish Restaurant Boston. In addition, David is a founding member of Texas Indie Fest 2, a regional celebration of independent music held annually in Corpus Christi.

Marina Arts is a big supporter of musicians in the local South Texas scene, and David frequently performs at their First Friday Arts Walk and other civic events including the Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series at Cole Park and has also appeared at the CCIA Music Series at the Corpus Christi International Airport.

A founding member of Corpus Christi Songwriters, David will also be performing acoustic sets as part of his ‘Summer Wine Hop’ in Texas Wine Country, having been warmly received at Fiesta Winery 290 recently. A new recording project is also in the works for the band later this year, produced by a soon to be publicized Texas studio in an organic, session-like atmosphere.

Airing on radio coast to coast and internationally, David’s music has been heard regionally on C101 Rocks ‘Area 101’ with DJ Monte Montana, on 106.5 The Shark, on 94.7 Jalapeno Country, Radio Katy, on KPFT and KETR, on Texas Select Radio, and on AM 1670 Dewberry Jam Community Radio in San Antonio. David has completed two US Tours including the East Coast Acoustic Tour – ‘Crazy Ride’ in 2013 presented by LadyLake Entertainment and the Envision Indie Coalition, and recorded three professional CDs, his most recent being the award-winning album ‘Piece Of Me’.

Please support David Martinez in the Kdub Hit Country Indie Awards 2018 by voting today:

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Support David Martinez (Best Male Vocalist/ Song Of The Year (I’m Alright) while voting on all the amazing categories.

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Ali Jacko: The Working Man’s Musician by Eileen Shapiro

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After becoming the first Asian to win British, European, Intercontinental and The World Full-Contact Kickboxing championships, British born Ali Jacko woke up one morning and became a rock star sensation. “I had never even sung, even in the bathroom before. My own family cannot believe I can sing. I don’t blame them as I still don’t believe I can sing myself, I’m going to wake up from this dream I am having”.

Ali Jacko can sing….and he has written some of the most emotional and passionate romantic, heart felt love songs, as well as powerful anthemic, message revealing, and thought provoking expressions of today. Pouring his soul into his compositions, Ali Jacko is creating a buzz globally, having his kaleidoscope of tunes featured in films, gaining a huge YouTube audience who loves what he is doing.

I spoke in depth with the English born anomaly regarding his compelling music and his intentions for the future. His audacious air of confidence and positive energetic spirit causes him to delve deeply into anything he tries, and arise victoriously. The essence of his music and lyrics makes him stand out and be recognized as a special force in the music world…

You’re songs are awesome!

Thank you. Which ones did you like?

There’s not a bad one in the bunch. I love “Working Man”, it’s an anthem. I love the video.

That’s definitely an anthem.

I also am in love with the song that you wrote for your daughters, “You are the Reason”

Both of the girls in the video are my daughters. They’re my actual daughters.

When will your new album come out?

Basically I’m releasing a song every month all the way to November. December I’m going to have a break…..I think I deserve a break….so come January or February I’ll release all the songs I’ve released into an album. So it’s 11 songs, plus I’m going to have 3 other songs added to the album. A total of 14 or 15 songs. It’s going to be called, “Love Rocks”.

You also are involved in lots of sports? And then you’ve decided to sing, what’s that about?

I’ve done sports all my life. It’s just one of those things that happened. Whatever I do I put 100% into it. I believe in it. I believe in my songs, I believe in my lyrics. Most of my lyrics relate to my life and are inspired by myself. All the songs are a true story.

For example what was your motivation for “Working Man”?

I’m just trying to find different angles of my life that I can expose in the form of music in order for people to see and relate to. “Working Man” is a song that everyone can relate to. Men can relate to it, the women, the family can actually appreciate it. When a man goes into work he works for his family. The video shows this one person, but in three minutes you can only show so much.
Have you seen the video of the song, “What If I Loved You Like That?”

Yes I did. That’s a great song as well.

All of my songs I’m very attached to. I’ve put a lot of work into them. Even the ones I’m releasing I believe you’re going to like. Similar kind of influence, similar kind of stories….different melodies, different hook lines…all of my songs have a story.

Where are you from?

I’m from East London. I live in Stratford, where the Olympics were. My parents are from Bangladesh. My father was the first generation in the UK, I’m the second generation. I was born British. I’m definitely British. Through my fighting all my life I represented England. I won the world championship five times. I’ve only lost one fight and that was due to a cut. Then I beat the guy again next fight.

You were a champion kick-boxer speaking of the Olympics?

I was a kick-boxer, yeah.

What do you want to do with your music?

Well, I want to win a Grammy. That’s what I want to do. My background is Asian. My parents are from Bangladesh. I was born and brought up in the U.K. …so I want to be the first Asian singer to win a Grammy. That’s my mission. I’m still writing, I work with some really good producers…I’ve got some really good stuff coming out.

Do you write all of your songs?

Yeah, I write all of my songs. There’s some collaborating with other writers just to tidy them up and finish them. They’re all directed, technically composed by myself as well. I’m not a musician but obviously I know how I want some melodies, and I want my songs catchy. Even through my videos you can see I put a lot of effort into it in terms of exposing the story and the song.

They are like short films.

Yeah. I’ve only started doing this for the last couple of years. I’ve not been in it for very long.

Do you play any live gigs around London?

I’ve done a couple of gigs, but I’m quite selective what gigs I want to do and what I don’t want to do. I love to do festivals, I’d like to do some decent shows. I’m a solo artist so I don’t perform with the band, I perform with the dancers. I’ve got a group of dancers who work for me.

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Do you plan to go to New York?

I can just picture myself going up on stage and pretending I’m an Indian but-but-ding-ding stuff, and then I start singing rock songs. That’d be crazy, wouldn’t it?

Yes, it would definitely be different. I’m not sure about the crowd you’d get…

It doesn’t really matter, people would remember it. No one’s ever done it. Just make it look like you’re a proper Indian, go to the microphone, speak like an Indian and sing rock songs…To be honest with you, there’s a film releasing in India on the 15th of June, Two days ago they released a trailer of the film. The trailer has hit more than 50 million views. A friend of mine is an actor. He’s using one of my songs called “I Found Love”. That video, I shot it with my wife. She’s French. He’s taken that song and converted part of it into Indian, so it’s Indian and English. That song is basically the main song of the film. I’m hoping to get hundreds of millions of listeners. Not just 1 million, but millions and millions…. his last song received 1.5 billion views. The name of the film is called Race 3. The song is called “Army of Angels”.

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The KOKE Band : Rock and Roll Friends Forever

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The KOKE BAND was born in a snow bank and raised on pine needles and is a gritty and tight band. KOKE hails from Mercer Wisconsin, a tiny logging and tourist town in the northern most part of the state. At the time the band was formed the three members of the band were the only musicians in the town. During the long cold winter they practiced in a small cabin where is was so cold they had to stand on mattresses and hold their hands over the small stove just to be able to play. Maybe it was the cold, or maybe the lack of an audience, or not being able to hear other music but The KOKE BAND formed a sound that was unlike any other. Since they didn’t have outside music to play they wrote most of the music in their set.

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Now Available Worldwide – Firebug’s “Wandering Soul”

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FireBug have just released their Spectra Music Group debut album “Wandering Soul”. Now available for worldwide, download your copy today!

Building a following from Los Angeles to Chicago, from New Orleans to London and beyond FireBug have proven their dedication in the music business and will continue to grow their presence. Described as a Chrissie Hynde-meets-Grace Slick 70’s vibe, with her own unique twist and flavor, Lead vocalist Juliette Tworsey says “cutting our musical teeth in and around local hot spots in Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans, has allowed us to connect on a deeper level not only with our music and fans but also with ourselves.”

In the UK FireBug was voted best songwriters of the year and winners of the coveted UK New Music Video Awards and has also won the Best International Act two years in a row at the UK Exposure Music Awards. Exemplary reviews from a multitude of industry publications include high praise from; HITS Magazine, LA Weekly, Time Out NY, Elmore Magazine, Pure Grain Audio, The Vinyl District to name a few.

FireBug have performed at many festivals in New Orleans that include; Satchmo Festival, French Quarter Festival, NOLA Fringe Festival and many others.Venues in New Orleans include the famed One Eyed Jacks, Gasa Gasa, House Of Blues and Howlin’ Wolf. In Los Angeles, FireBug has hosted the Firelight Music Festival in Silverlake multiple times and have showcased their best material at The Viper Room in West Hollywood and The Echo in Echo Park. In London, England they received critical acclaim for their performances at famous venues such as Dublin Castle, Half Moon, Barfly, and their performance at the 80,000 + Sonisphere Festival Knebworth.

Call and request the first single from “Wandering Soul” titled “Follower” by FireBug at your favorite radio station today!

Download your copy of “Wandering Soul” by FireBug on iTunes in the United States here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wandering-soul/1360452331

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JunkYardFieldTrip To Release Spectra Music Group Debut Single “Mercy” On Friday May 4th, 2018

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JunkYardFieldTrip To Release Spectra Music Group Debut Single “Mercy” On Friday May 4th, 2018. Now available for pre-order, reserve your copy today!

Formed at the beginning of 2014, Junkyardfieldtrip was originally put together as a songwriting vehicle for Mike Gladstone and Rob Smith. After adding one of western NY’s top rhythm sections (Emmett Ientilucci and Don Torpy), the band started playing acoustic shows around the Rochester, NY area. Eventually the band started writing and playing more electric material.

Over the last few years, Junkyardfieldtrip has quickly become one of the region’s most in-demand, eclectic bands, being nominated by City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester award for best band.

In the summer of 2017, the band played the prestigious Fairport Music Festival. In March 2018, the band signed with the Spectra Music Group, and “Mercy” is the first single off of their upcoming self-titled album. With outstanding musicianship, memorable original material and cool and unexpected covers and remakes, JYFT is not to be missed!

Pre-order your copy of “Mercy” by JunkYardFieldTrip on iTunes here:

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Follow JunkYardFieldTrip on Twitter @JunkyardFT

The official website for JunkYardFieldTrip may be found at http://www.junkyardfieldtrip.com

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