Archive for May, 2013

JESSIE J GOES BALD FOR ‘WILD’ CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

BTB favorite, Jessie J, has re-entered the ring. In the Emil Nava-directed clip for new single Wild, the powerhouse takes over a modern white set, belting the track in nothing but heels and underwear. Adorning a shaved skull, Jessie J is later joined by Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal who push the track over the edge.

Big Sean certainly brings the drama in a plush fur coat.

J recently spoke with U.K. radio station Capital FM and mentioned that she’s been working with Calvin Harris and Dr. Luke on the new album. She penned every song with producer Claude Kelly with the exception of the track with Harris, which was written by Ester Dean.

A release date and title is still TBD.

The album’s first single, Wild, is currently available on iTunes.

Wild video below!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW W/ PENTATONIX

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: Many may know you as the winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off Season 3, but I want to know some REAL history. How did it all start? I read in an article that you guys never officially met until 24 hours before your audition? Is this true?

MITCH GRASSI of PENTATONIX: Yes, that’s true! Scott, Kirstie, and I started out singing together in high school as an acapella trio. When Scott got to college, one of his college friends suggested that we audition for The Sing-Off, but recommended we fill out our sound a bit more. We met Avi through a mutual friend, and discovered Kevin on YouTube.

MC: What made you decide to try out for The Sing-Off? They had to have some inclination that they had some talent on their hands with a band named after a five-note music scale!

MG: [Laughs] We hope so! Scott convinced us to fly out to LA to audition if, for nothing else, to say that we took advantage of the opportunity. I’d say it turned out pretty well!

MC: Noticing that you combine everything from Pop, R&B, Soul, and even Electronic music, it seems pretty evident that you are all influenced by many genres. How would you all describe your sound if you had to?

MG: We all have vastly different music tastes and influences. Scott is very R&B and soulful. Kirstie was in musical theatre, so she has this beautifully bright tone. I would say my voice is fairly feminine and trebly — I listened to mostly female musicians growing up! Avi is our ground-shaking bass man, and Kevin is influenced by classical music and old-school hip-hop.

MC: Acapella swag at its finest, I must say. You guys are anything but a “typical” group. What is the toughest part? Harmonizing? Putting together arrangements? It has to be tougher than it looks!

MG: The toughest part is arranging, but we’ve gotten so much better at it than we used to be! It’s a fun challenge, though, because we get to brainstorm and come up with different musical ideas.

MC: You guys have some amazing covers on your YouTube channel including Gotye, FUN, and even PSY! How do you decide what you cover? Does it just come naturally? Does the whole group decide? Take a vote perhaps?

MG: What we’re known for is taking top 40 hits and giving it our own spin. Sometimes, however, we’ll take a poll on Facebook and ask the fans what they want to hear! And sometimes we will just bring a song to the group if we are really digging it.

MC: Evolution of Music surpassed five million views on YouTube in its first week! Honestly, how do you react to that success in such a short amount of time?

MG: We were very excited! That particular arrangement was our most difficult to date, so we were thrilled/relieved it got such good feedback.

MC: Your live show is getting quite a buzz, and you are embarking on a nice U.S. tour this summer! You guys are actually headed to my turf to play The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey on July 25th. Any surprises up your sleeves?

MG: I won’t say much, but I WILL say that we have a killer light show.

MC: If you could give your younger selves some advice on how fame would be, would you do anything differently?

MG: My younger self was a bit more introverted than my present self, so I would tell him to not be so afraid of expressing himself, and to be happy with who he is!

MC: When you’re not singing your brains out, what do you guys like to do? Are you always together?

MG: We spend most of our time together. [Laughs] We do all have various hobbies, though. I picked up DJing and music production, so on the off-chance we have break time, I like to practice that. I’m also a total music nerd, so I love record shopping and keeping up with the latest music.

MC: You are all very active on your social media. Does fan engagement ever become overwhelming?

MG: It can be, yes. Sometimes fans will tweet us literally 30+ times until we follow them. Otherwise, we love interacting with our fans on Twitter. They’re usually very sweet!

MC: What’s an artist on your iPod right now that fans might be surprised to see?

MG: Candi Staton! She’s an old disco vocalist. I love her voice.

MC: What’s next for Pentatonix? More music? More tours? Perhaps starting your own singing competition (wishful thinking)?

MG: We are currently working on PTX Vol. 2, while planning our brand new tour and performing at venues around the country.

MC: Give us five words to encourage new fans to give you a listen.

MG: Like nothing you’ve heard before!

ON HEAVY ROTATION: NIKKI FLORES – ‘PRETTY TRAGEDY’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Nikki Flores is a pop bombshell. She possesses all the elements of her radio-slut counterparts: addictive hooks, pretty-girl looks, and the vibe of a star. Yet unlike the overexposed pop stars of the world, she still somehow remains under the radar. Perhaps this is why I like her even more… The fact that she’s a hidden gem. Because something about not being force-fed makes her music feel more personal, more special — as if stumbling upon her new track Pretty Tragedy was meant to be.

With one spin, it’s undeniable that Flores knows how to craft the perfect pop song.

This is my jam!

Listen to the pretty Pretty Tragedy below.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ANNA ROSE

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: Anna, I must admit that I am new to your music, but you are clearly a force to be reckoned with. You aren’t the “usual female artist”. You’re rock. You’re blues. How would you describe your sound?

ANNA ROSE: Thank you so much! I guess I would say my music is rock, blues, folk, with a little pop in there… But I do always reserve the right to grow and change as an artist. That’s what makes it exciting!

MC: I see you reside in New York, which has such a strong music and artistic scene. Do you find yourself embracing the environment as influence for your material?

AR: Yes, always. To be honest, the song Beautiful World is entirely influenced by the city of New York.

MC: Speaking of New York, you must be looking forward to May 21st at Rockwood. This is part of a two-week residency I understand?

AR: Yes! I’m always excited to perform & there’s nothing better than playing your hometown! I’ve played at Rockwood for many years now and it’s one of my favorite venues to perform at. It always feels like coming home when I play there.

MC: When I close my eyes and just listen, it seems as if you may be influenced from many of the greats of the past. Is this assumption accurate?

AR: You are most definitely correct. There are references to more current artists here and there, but I tend to trace things back to the source. There’s a joke among the “Anna Rose” family that I was born in the wrong era of music. They’re probably right.

MC: You recently premiered a video for your title track Behold a Pale Horse through Nylon Magazine, which I find to be a very interesting choice of outlet. How did that come about?

AR: I like to read Nylon and they do a great job promoting new music, so I was really excited that they wanted to premiere the video! Nylon and I have a lot in common. We’re both unique!

MC: Now that I have indulged myself into your musical diary, I can definitely sense maturity from your first record, Nomad. The new material seems a lot darker. Can you tell us a little bit about the process of writing and recording your sophomore release?

AR: Well, it was a difficult process, as I had a rough time getting through a bit of writer’s block, which I had never experienced, but once I got going again it was like the flood gates had opened. I think it seems like a darker record when you listen to both side-by-side, but for those listeners who have come to my live shows, it was a very natural progression. I always play the songs from Nomad a bit heavier than they were originally recorded, so it was really just a continuation of the direction I was always going. I would bet the third album will be even heavier.

MC: You have such strong pipes. How do you take care of your voice? Is it a process?

AR: Honestly, I never really worked on my voice until about six years ago. I practiced playing guitar all the time, but I never thought to train my voice. I took it for granted, which is insane! Now I have an incredible voice teacher, Wendy Parr, who helps me through the ups and downs. There are a lot of different variables — seasonal allergies, flying, feeling hoarse, etc. — so it’s all about riding that wave and staying emotionally present in the music. So, yes, it is absolutely a process and one that I love very much.

MC: You are extremely beautiful, but the irony is, I consider you a gem for your undeniable talents. Do you sometimes find it a struggle to not be just “another pretty face” (as the media would say)?

AR: This is a surreal question for me. I never really think of myself as a physical beauty and no one’s ever asked me this! I think I present myself as a musician before being a “pretty chick”, so it’s never been an issue. I do think it’s always a struggle for the music industry to see female musicians as equals to male ones though. Particularly in rock music. I could go on about that forever, but that’s another question for another day, my friend.

MC: Was music always the chosen profession?

AR: Absolutely. There was no choice.

MC: If you were granted a wish of your dream collaboration, who would it be with?

AR: I’ll assume you mean someone living today, so – Jack White. That guy is a genius and I think he comes from the same place as I do in terms of influences, recording style and wanting to push the boundaries of the industry like I do, so that would be incredible. On the other side, I think working with someone on the opposite side of the spectrum could produce really amazing music.

MC: You’ve done a lot already in your young career, yet I am sure you still want to achieve so much more. What’s next?

AR: My goal is to just continue moving forward as an artist, write better music, play better shows and record better albums. The physical goals are there, of course, but I like to focus on the artistic ones because it’s more fulfilling and less anxiety-provoking.

MC: For fans who haven’t experienced the phenomenon that you are yet, how would you welcome them aboard?

AR: In true “Anna Rose” style, I’d probably want to buy them a drink and talk about Jimi Hendrix with them all night, but not everyone’s into that… So I’d probably just say: “Thank you from the bottom of my little heart for listening to my music!”

GREAT NORTH BLUES BAND

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This is what I love about warm weather. Once that sun peaks shyly from his cloudy bunk, the artists come out to play. You can find them busking outside of stores and in between street corners, blowing magic on the breeze. Most are forgettable after the next block, but some days you find a few who beget a glow that’s nothing short of effervescent.

Some weekends ago I was lucky enough to have the Great North Blues Band play feet away from me while I worked. Not only did they make the time fly, deeming our in-store speakers moot, but every customer was giddy from the lush sounds outside. Watching the reaction of passersby was a testament to the band’s crowd appeal. People were literally two-stepping as they walked down the street, inspired into vitality by the surprisingly upbeat blues.

I was so strung out by their cool, jazzy melodies I had to say hello. I don’t claim an education in jazz, rhythm and blues, but even a virtual neophyte like me can tell when a group’s got gumption.

Pleasingly, all such charm continues on their recording. Their self-titled release revels in classic blues roots while expanding the harmony with wicked horns and keyboards. Their songs exude an old-time maturity via modern recording. Voodoo Woman is an opium trip; No Questions makes relational squabbles sexy; Pickin’ From Papa’s Purse is soaked in soul. Altogether, this album serves up a whopping portion of resonance.

Maybe this is an affect that comes with all purveyors of this genre, but they play with such a richness you can’t help but feel the history behind the music.

Don’t have the money to build a time machine? Pop the Great North Blues Band into your player. You’ll be instantly transported.

MONKS OF MELLONWAH’S EPIC RETURN

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Monks of Mellonwah are back, and they’ve dived deeper than ever.

Don’t get me wrong: Neurogenesis was a wonderful second EP, a delightful sampling of what was to come. With their full-length album still underway, these creative geniuses couldn’t help but bequeath us with another experimental sunspot, this time in the form of a three-piece single (or three track EP, if you prefer). This latest composition is raging with emotion and weighty with haunting, melodic symphony.

Sky and The Dark Night offers layer upon layer of transcendent psychology. I so love it when music compels the listener to explore themselves. It’s amazing that human creation can be that powerful.

This awe-inspiring escapade boasts a depth and darkness their last EP had only begun to produce. From the first forty seconds onward, you’re frozen by the resounding, gothic tone. Each note births goosebumps on exposed skin, alive with angst, numbing with extremity. All three parts easily flow into each other, making you unsure where one ends and the other begins. This leaves you wondering, rendered helpless to a tidal wave of the brain.

Joe de la Hoyde (the guitarist/backing vocalist) speaks of what inspired this release:

“We are each riddled by our own curses and battle our own demons. Sky And The Dark Night, to me, is the journey from the beginning of our battles to their fruitless ends; the ups and downs, the triumphs and failures. It is the undying hope that somewhere along the way, we might find ourselves.”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW W/ ANOOP DESAI!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

ROB BRAYL: First things first, you’ve really surprised me with the direction of your new single Love War. I’m hooked! I love that you’ve broken the mold of American Idol. Was it always your intention to steer towards electronic music?

ANOOP DESAI: Not consciously, no. It was really a process of musical evolution for me. Going to shows, being around music as a professional, advancing as a writer, etc. It was an organic process for me, just trying to find my voice within the genre for the past three years. People may have a memory of me from “Idol” that seems different from the new sound, but it’s really just filling a niche in EDM that I felt was there for the taking. My rule when making this latest record was that I could only make music that I personally liked. It was a decision that seems to have led to a wider appreciation of my music, which I’m thrilled about.

RB: The video treatment for the song is incredible. I’m really impressed with everything your doing at the moment. Can you tell us a little about the visuals in the clip? (I’ve noticed some horses and country scenes which I think are cool, meshing with your North Carolina upbringing.)

AD: We filmed parts of the video in the North Georgia mountains, parts of it on a white backdrop with cool lighting, and of course there’s the military footage in there. It’s meant to be jarring but also visually clear. And you sort of hinted at it, the idea is that the song is referencing a past gone by while really trying to express the reality that struggle still plays in everyday life. Essentially, no one comes out unscathed from a Love War.

RB: What artists have you been inspired by with regards to this new sound/style?

AD: This answer really changes weekly for me, but I think at the time I was writing Love War I was listening to a lot of Bassnectar, The Weeknd, the first Ellie Goulding record, and because I was a recent Atlanta immigrant, LOTS of hip hop. I’m in a space right now where I’m really into James Blake, Kishi Bashi, Purity Ring, Active Child, M83, etc. (and still a lot of hip hop), so we’ll see how that affects the next batch of stuff I’m working on.

RB: You must be stoked about your debut album? Any idea/timeframe as to when it might drop?

AD: So stoked. I think I owe it to myself and my fans to make sure that it has everything behind it that it deserves, so there’s of course a financial and promotional element there that we need to set up when it’s done. We’re already done with half of it, and I’m personally aiming for late this year or early next year. In the meantime, I’m releasing a new remix package of Love War in June.

RB: Like most girls and soccer moms, I loved you on American Idol! [Laughs] What I don’t love is hearing that you experienced some racism after the show. That sh*t really bothers me. But major kudos to you for being able to be vulnerable and real and open about it. I think that type of honesty encourages change.

AD: Thanks. It’s nothing new, although it was new to me at the time. I don’t think it’s headline news that there are dumb people in the world, but it’s always weird when that kind of stuff is directed at you. I’m fully aware that I don’t get as much of that stuff as a lot of other people. As messed up as it is, sometimes people have to be peer pressured into acceptance. (I hate the word “tolerance”.) Hopefully, the kind of mainstream success I am working towards can be part of that pressure.

RB: Do you feel like your experience on the show pushed you in a way to break away from the more safer styles/genres the show seems to embrace/push winners towards? Meaning, there’s not many artists from the show who are doing what you’re doing right now, which is making really rad electro music!

AD: In a way… I tried to do the “safe” thing at first and it just didn’t really work for me. On a critical and personal level. Like I said earlier, my rule for the new sound was that I had to like everything that I was putting out there. I didn’t have that rule before, and I think it showed. At first, I pushed myself towards that bubblegum ideal because I felt like that was what my audience wanted. Whether that was smart or just pandering, I don’t know, but it definitely didn’t get me where I wanted to go. As I’ve begun to write more and really focus on the craft above anything else, I’ve evolved as a musician and as a fan of music. And, of course, that will never stop.

RB: This is a staple in questions I ask artists: What’s a few of your current guilty pleasures? Music or non?

AD: The new will.i.am album, bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

RB: Last album you purchased.

AD: James Blake – Overgrown. It’s just complete mastery. I went to his show at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC the other night and it was literally awesome. Although I’m also a fan of the new Charli XCX, Django Django, and Major Lazer records.

RB: Are you planning on touring with the upcoming album release?

AD: This fall, but no dates are set in stone yet.

RB: Finally, I wanted to say that BiggerThanBeyonce focuses a lot of energy spotlighting incredible indie artists like yourself. Although difficult at times, do you feel a sense of personal triumph and victory being free to make the music you love?

AD: Of course! It is difficult at times, but that’s going to make what’s ahead even sweeter.

GINNY BLACKMORE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


I’m loving singer/songwriter Ginny Blackmore!

Her video for Bones recently premiered on VEVO and is creating quite the viral buzz online. Not only is the song incredibly honest and heartfelt, it also makes the track more lovable knowing that Ginny wrote the song one night after having a “girly, emotional moment”, pouring her feelings out with a bottle of wine.

Before releasing her own music, she sculpted a killer resume by scoring serious songwriting credits for Adam Lambert and Christina Aguilera.

Watch the tender treatment for Bones below.

Pretty!

EVE! #LIPLOCK ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Myself w/ the one and only EVE, last night at her album release party!

Hosted by Simyone Lounge

[Related Post: Autographed Eve/Lip Lock Giveaway!]

TWO CHAPELS

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Electro meditation coming your way!

Some days you need to plug in and let music do the thinking for you. When your brain is up in the aches there’s nothing better than submitting yourself to a sound that strays into the ethereal.
Today, Two Chapels is the numbing agent for my emotional toothache.

This downtempo duo consists of Jenn Grossman and Marc Wilhite, both electro composers with a yen for sensual audio entanglements. Jenn takes to the recording studio with singing while the both of them work together to produce a dream-like instrumental backdrop. Think Massive Attack with female vocals: trance-like, responsive, a template of internal, emotional movement. If they hope to shake the boat while simultaneously quelling the storm, their new single Forgotten does just that.

I found this song subtle but effective. I had to keep it on a continuous loop before realizing the depth of its composition. Forgotten is evocative, haunting, yet altogether calming. The sound ossifies all organs until everything inside you is still. Jenn’s voice strikes out against the murky swamps of sound, acting as your spirit guide through a landscape that is both aimless and beautiful.

Some modern acts leave me cold, but right now I’m nothing but warm.

Do you feel it?
 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE NBHD

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: For those who may not be familiar with The Neighbourhood, can you provide us with a brief backstory?

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Growing up in Thousand Oaks (ish), it was easy for kids who played music/in bands to meet. We all met a couple years ago & decided to try & make music with our best friends. Luckily, we all trust each other as musicians & everyone is bringing something unique to the table. It’s a good feeling. We made some songs, put them out, made some videos, put them out, toured around a bunch & here we are.

MC: Is there any specific meaning to the change in spelling of the band name?

NBHD: Initially it was only because the other spelling was taken. That being said, I think it is one of the best things to happen to our band, we feel it fits us so much better.

MC: Did you always know you wanted to make music?

NBHD: It’s always been undeniable. It was easy to get discouraged about it, though. It took meeting the guys in this band for me to not give up.

MC: Sweater Weather in my opinion is one of the best songs I have heard in quite some time. How does it feel to be riding the wave of such massive success on this track?

NBHD: We are very humbled by the love. It’s a great feeling when people like your songs. Hearing ourselves on the radio is pretty insane.

MC: So let’s talk about the album I Love You. For those who don’t have it yet, is there somewhat of a theme here?

NBHD: Definitely. I think a lot of the songs have to do with love, and not necessarily exclusively a person/person love, and not exclusively positive or negative.

MC: Some of my favorite tracks are Let It Go and Flawless. The whole album is extremely refreshing. Is there a specific track that the crowd reacts to most?

NBHD: People seemed to catch on to Afraid before the album was even out. I think that song definitely resonates with people.

MC: I see you guys are on the road through the end of July. What is your favorite part about being on tour? Any crazy stories?

NBHD: Playing shows (now exclusively headline shows) in places so far from home and selling them out is a great feeling. Um, crazy stories… I won’t get into too much detail, but we recently broke a window playing Frisbee. Accidentally. [Laughs]

MC: How about venues? Any cities you are most excited about?

NBHD: The coasts are always fun. California & New York are undeniable. I’m excited to go back to Canada as well.

MC: There are so many young bands out there trying to be a part of the movement. How do you separate yourselves and keep your sound and style original?

NBHD: We aren’t a band. We are a unit… a group. We have this plan for all of the content that we put out. We don’t just put out songs. We put out content (music, videos, artwork, etc.). Everything is thought out & everything is done in-house by our team.

MC: I wouldn’t really classify The Neighbourhood into a specific genre of music. Would you agree?

NBHD: It just feels so forced to try and put it into anything too specific.

MC: So what is next after the tour? Back to recording?

NBHD: We should have some new music out relatively soon, actually…

MC: I feel you guys are well on your way, and wish you the utmost success. Any advice for bands starting out and our readers at home?

NBHD: Give it 100%. If you have a backup plan, you aren’t giving it 100%.


KATY TIZ BRINGS THE WEEKEND PARTY WITH ‘RED CUP’ SINGLE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Katy Tiz, the fresh-faced pop star that brought us the sugarcoated Heart, is now bringing the weekend party with her hot new single for Red Cup.

This is one of those summertime pop songs that makes you want to bob around like an idiot with drink in hand. It’ll make you dance… But of course, what else would one expect when the track comes backed by none other than iconic producer/mega hit-maker RedOne.

Turn on the strobe lights!

This has pool party written all over it.

Listen to the RedOne-produced Red Cup below.

[Related Post: Katy Tiz: Chick Pop At Its Finest]

JEWEL REALNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Throwback Thursday!

This is one of my favorite songs. And here’s why: Jewel wrote this song when she was 18 and homeless. She was in dire need of medical treatment (due to a kidney condition) and was turned down by the hospital because she had no money or health insurance. A doctor overheard her plea at reception and saw her waiting in the parking lot of the hospital crying. He treated her for free. She wrote this song shortly after in part to thank the doctor for his kindness.

I find so much beauty and hope in that story. Especially when I’m going through something dark in my own life.

“We are God’s eyes. God’s hands. God’s heart.”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SOCIAL CLUB

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

There is a new buzz in the music world that goes by the name of Social Club. Fresh off of SXSW, and with a brand new album (Gamma Rays) under their belt, they are destined for greatness. I recently had the opportunity to chat with the band about their story, music, touring, and more. They are artists on the rise, so be sure to join the movement.

MARIA CIEZAK: For those who are unfamiliar with Social Club, can you provide a brief back story?

SOCIAL CLUB: Well, it all started a little over two years ago, when lead singer/guitarist John Levan and bass player James Spratley left a local hip hop band to start their own project. They started going to all the local open mic nights, and that is where they met drummer Jeffrey Litzman and keyboardist Thea Tochihara.

MC: Any crazy, inspirational story behind the name? I had to ask.

SC: [Laughs] Nothing really crazy. We felt the way we all came together to form the band, it was a very fitting name. We all have different backgrounds and personalities. We are bringing that all together to put out the best music we know how.

MC: How was the music scene growing up San Diego? Was there one?

SC: We actually didn’t grow up in San Diego. We are all transplants from different states. James is from Virginia Beach. Thea is from Denver, Colorado. John is from Charleston, WV. And Jeff is from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The music scene in San Diego is awesome. And that is why we love playing venues like the Casbah, that has been around for a while.

MC: If you had to place your sound into a particular genre, could you?

SC: We really don’t like to. But I guess you force us to do so. We would say indie alternative pop rock. [Laughs]

MC: Tell us a little bit about your new album, Gamma Rays.

SC: Oh, we definitely shed a bunch of blood, sweat and tears over this album. [Laughs] Nah, it’s pretty much a feel-good album. We tried to stay true to ourselves and stuck with whatever came out, pretty much. We put all genres aside when it comes to writing music. And this album shows how our different backgrounds all came together.

MC: Now that age old question that I am always curious about, for I am the furthest thing from a musician: What comes first? The music or the lyrics?

SC: Definitely the music. We like to jam out at practice, just to see what comes out. And that is how a lot of our sounds came to be.

MC: What would you say you enjoy more? Studio time or live shows?

SC: Honestly, there is nothing better than live shows. You get to share the magnificent feeling of playing music to all your friends. And also it is great seeing their reaction to what you have created.

MC: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?

SC: If we weren’t making music, we would be listening to it. Let’s be honest, there really isn’t anything else to do in life, right? [Laughs]

MC: You are absolutely right in that statement, hence what I am doing here!

Dream collaboration?

SC: Dream collaboration. That is one of the toughest questions for us. Probably Muse or The Killers. Actually any bands, MCs or DJs that are good at their craft and want to join forces to rock the world. This is now an open invitation. [Laughs]

MC: What social outlet is best for fans to connect with you?

SC: The best way to connect with us is to come out to one of our shows, or you can visit www.SocialClubJams.com, where we have any social media outlet you are most comfortable with.

MC: Now that the record is successfully out (and I highly recommend everyone to pick one up), what’s next?

SC: Next we will be rocking as many shows as possible and promoting the album Gamma Rays. We also have some video ideas we are gearing up for. So keep an eye out.

MC: Describe Social Club in five words.

SC: Your next favorite band, hopefully.

THE JINXES

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[Photo Cred: Chunyi McIver]

I’m grateful sites like Kickstarter exist. Were it not for generous backers, these gentle sounds would not be gracing my ears.

The Jinxes are poppy folk with extra fizz. An adorable couple (in both the romantic and creative sense), they are the two sole ingredients to a strangely satisfying recipe. Deanna’s voice reminds me of Kimya Dawson, while Kevin’s is more of a mellow Ed Sheeran. The resulting harmony is simple, stripped down and seemingly effortless.

Send Me A Sign is their first-ever release- a short/sweet EP package wrapped up in a summer breeze. In spite of its modest four-track stack, this compilation resounds with depth and flexibility. One minute you’re licking your lips from the saccharine sweetness, then next you’re teary-eyed.

It’s no wonder they got the support they required. This darling duo has a lot of heart and talent to share. They are without a doubt a wonderful soundtrack for lazing in the sun or falling in love.
 

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