Category: #SKOPELIFE

BRINGING THE BEAT TO THE BITTER END – FALLING BIRDS

The place was packed with pretty girls lining the bar and guys in loose jeans nursing their beers. It was Friday night so everyone was out to let loose and take in some good old rock “n” roll. The music was blaring even from outside the famous Bitter End, the same Bitter End that hosted…

MASSES BEWARE! THERE’S A MONSTER IN MUSIC CITY

Not all things Nashville come up cowboy hats and boots. While country music may reign supreme in Music City, there’s another culture brewing under the surface and Masses Beware are clawing their way up the underground to lay claim to a new breed of Nashville sound. Their altrock sound is influenced by Seattle’s Alice In…

BEYOND CODA AND NEW BEGINNINGS

The genre Singer/Songwriter is one of those terms that gets thrown around, usually when writers aren’t quite sure how to classify an artist. But once in a while it rings true, as in Beyond Coda, whose combination of folk guitar, rock vocals and various background instrumentation create atmospheric and compelling and emotive songs. At the…

IT’S A BRAVE NEW WORLD WITH RFD PIONEER

Real Futuristic Destination Pioneer [or RFD Pioneer] is part electronica, part hiphop and all passion for music and life. With a new single out “Contingency Love Life” gaining momentum, we caught up with RFD to find out more… Skope: Your single is very energetic, how would you describe the song and what’s it about? RFD:…

DARCY DONOVAN TEAMS UP WITH SKOPE’S GALILEE FOR “SUPABAD” REMIX

Skope staff writer and music producer GALILEE [aka DiGDuGDisaster] has teamed up with Reel Vision Entertainment to bring the much hyped remix for Darcy Donavan’s hit song “SupaBad [Ultrabad Remix]” and features Skope favorites OnPlanetZu and A.Tone da Priest as guest vocals. Listen: http://youtu.be/BdEDhOawagE The release date is March 18 through Amazon.com CLICK HERE TO…

KRAIG KILBY TAKES IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL ON “SATORI”

Kraig Kilby may not be a household name for most of us, BUT chances are you have heard his playing alongside such greats as Etta James, The O’Jays and Otis Clay among many others throughout his illustrious career. His new album Satori is a Zen Buddhist concept album of jazz, etheral and spiritual awakenings. His…

FAME IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

Kenny Fame isn’t another pretty face in NYC waiting to get ‘discovered’. He’s a talented and hard working artist and poet who’s gift for writing has already been published and now he’s turned his words into song. And not the type of songs you’d expect from someone whose skin color is mostly associated with hiphop.…

ELIZA UNLEASHES THREE NEW SINGLES FOR THE WORLD TO HEAR

Skope: You’ve got a new max-single, what’s it called? Your debut single “Look Away” has good buzz, can you describe your sound to our readers? Eliza: I self-titled the Maxi-Single   “Eliza” [pronounced “Eh-lee-zah]. It contains LOOK AWAY, but also 2 other tracks “ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN”, & “BOYS LIKE YOU”.   Since the full album…

BARBWIRE TOURNIQUET IS A TRULY ONLINE BASED COLLABORATIVE BAND

Barbwire Tourniquet are a pop/rock songwriting team that include members from the UK & America. Alan Trickett, Kenney Noguera & Kev Brack. Initially Alan & Kev joined forces to write a few tracks, they hail from Duns, Scotland. Kev (guitars/lyrics), Alan (lyrics). They later teamed up with Kenney Noguera from Conconully, USA. Kenney (guitar).Through collaborating…

JANUARY – APRIL 2014 ARTISTS TO WATCH (A2W)

Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have chose a select group of amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.              …

ALLEN D: BRINGIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE

Allen D is an award winning film composer who also happens to create dance music and more. We had the opportunity to interview Allen and find out a little more about his new electrohouse single “In The Still Of The Night”. Skope: You have a new single “In The Still Of The Night” which is…

VITA AND THE VICIOUS: POP WITH AN ATTITUDE

V&V aren’t your typical pub-crawler indie fare. With their fiery redhead’s brand of equal parts wit and venom, audiences around London have quickly embraced this quirky yet ferocious band. Across the pond here in the U.S. we are just discovering Vita and the Vicious. So without further ado… Skope: Tell us a little about Vita…

SONALJIT: BRIDGING THE ETHEREAL GAP BETWEEN DREAMS AND LIFE

Whether literally, idealistically or metaphorically; sometimes it all begins with a dream. Such was the case when Sonaljit found himself in a mythical landscape, gazing at incredible forces of nature at work. “In my dream I was standing by the edge of a cliff staring at a blue planet surrounded by clouds and a distant…

“YOU HAD TO BE THERE, AND I WAS” BY TERRY FURLONG

Terry has this infectious smile and love for life that pulls you into his storytelling.   We met at his home in Prescott, AZ where he continues to write and produce music.   His guitar was calling out and he shared some of his music from a new little book he wrote “Gifts” that consists…

INSIDE MORGANA’S “HOLLYWOOD DIARIES”

In the 60’s and 70’s the place to be for music was Hollywood, California. The Whiskey, The Rainbow and The Roxy were within close proximity and many famous bands got their start in one of these iconic places.   I never actually met anyone who grew up in Beverly Hills and frequented all the great…

THE WORDS OF ANNIE HOLBROOK

In the high country of Arizona, nestled in the foothills just below Mingus mountain is the small town of Cottonwood.   I have heard it is a place for healing, creatively and filled with artists, musicians and poets.   It is there you will find Annie Holbrook.   A poet turning lyricist.   Annie is…

SIX GREAT PLACES FOR YOU TO HOLD BAND PRACTICE

Anybody who’s been in a band has likely experienced the frustration of finding a good practice space. Particularly with bands that make a lot of noise, a rehearsal spot where you won’t disturb people can be difficult to find. You’re constantly looking around for places that are cheap, convenient, and won’t raise noise complaints. For…

CARRIBEAN GEM BRINGS HER TALENTS TO THE US

Many recording artists have dreamt of coming to America to spread their talented wings. Yet many have not succeeded.   Maxine Reyes is one who took the plunge and came to the shores of the US. She came from Jamaica as a teenager and settled in the sunny state of Florida.   It was definitely…

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2013 ARTISTS TO WATCH

Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have chose a select group of amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.              …

SKOPE INTERVIEWS: 5IVE STAR

Armed with an arsenal of hit records, accompanied by impressive visuals and a verbal dictionary that omits failure or defeat, Chicago adoptee 5ivestar is ready to leave a lasting impression on the music timeline. Currently making his way up Rythmic and Urban charts around the country with his latest offering, ‘Show Me You Love Me’…

SEPTEMBER 2013: MKM NOTES FROM THE SOUND TABLE

Hey folks and welcome back to another edition of NOTES FROM THE SOUND TABLE!! It’s been really busy lately – as you can see in the picture, I got a special gift from my friends at the Georgia Music Industry Association, www.gmia.org, plus we just had a FANTABULOUS MUSICOLOGY 2101 book signing/birthday/Anything But Monday/Mirosa Beer…

GARAGE BAND GONE BIG TIME: TIPS FOR SUCCESS

If an independent band wants to acquire renowned notoriety, the members must showcase sheer dedication and talent; however, there are a few shortcuts to make the ascent to stardom more accessible. This guide details several promotional measures that any musical group can utilize to reap a larger audience. Fill All Member Vacancies A band is…

JULY 2013: MKM NOTES FROM THE SOUND TABLE

Happy July and I hope you’re having a great month! Here in Atlanta, it seems as if it’s been raining almost every day by the amount of water getting dumped when it does rain! But that doesn’t stop us from “keeping it moving,” which is a common phrase I bring up often in my book,…

LINEAR REGRESSION: UNITED BY SOUND

California based label, Brickwood Records, released their debut compilation this month, which saw them team up with producers from all over the world. Entitled Complications; this body of music concocted by two musical connoisseurs is a sonically appeasing as it is progressive. Distributed independently on vinyl as well as CD and the more expected MP3…

JULY – SEPTEMBER 2013 ARTISTS TO WATCH

Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have chose a select group of amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.              …

JUNE 2013: MKM NOTES FROM THE SOUND TABLE

Hello again folks and welcome to our summer SKOPE edition! Join us as we support our latest Press Release: In conjunction with the print offering of music veteran L.A. Jackson’s new book MUSICOLOGY 2101: A QUICK START GUIDE TO MUSIC “BIZ” HISTORY, the author will appear at the Atlanta-Fulton County Central Library, as the library…

KRIS WARREN IS “BLOWING UP”

There is nothing Kris Warren won’t turn his hand to when it comes to spreading the word about himself and the projects which he is involved with. Not only is Kris a bourgeoning music star, he is quite happy to turn his hand to acting so don’t be surprised if you see him on the…

MAY 2013: MKM NOTES FROM THE SOUND TABLE

APPETIZER: As summer approaches, I impress upon you to stay abreast of what’s going on with my favorite people, like the Georgia Music Industry Association, where THE SONGWRITER comes first! We’re making some BIG THINGS happen, so log on and JOIN at www.gmia.org. My other favorite people include the ANYTHING BUT MONDAY girls. This hit…

A BRIEF HISTORY OF STRING INSTRUMENTS

How have string instruments developed over time, and what have been some of their key innovations? From the earliest lyres played thousands of years ago, to the influence of Middle Eastern music on instruments like the rebec, and through to the developments in electric guitars and violins in the 20th century, the following represents a…

DAMON DAYE: MAKING YOU MOVE

Individualism is key to the up and coming personality that is Damon Daye. The Connecticut native recently released an eloquently executed visual to a song of his called ‘Move That Body.’ Welcomed by the mass media positively, the video went on to secure placements at various online channels and some major sites including here at…

APRIL 2013: MKM NOTES FROM THE SOUND TABLE

Okay folks, we’re back with a new update! March was pretty busy, but we had to come back for the April issue, no doubt. This year’s already ripping by and we’ve pulled out onto the fast lane: MUSICOLOGY 2101 is selling like CRAZY online at Amazon and at  Google Books  so with that said, we’re…

APRIL – JUNE 2013 ARTISTS TO WATCH

Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have chose a select group of amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.              …

COMING OUT OF CONNECTICUT IS THE M.Y.N.O.R.S

Stepping up and waving the flag for the state of Connecticut are MC/producer double act, The M.Y.N.O.R.S. While their state may have been overshadowed by their tri-state partner throughout the Hip-hop timeline, this duo deliver an authentic sound which places them securely in the realm of their New York counterparts. Taking on board as much…

INTERVIEW: HEAVEN AND EARTH

Guitarist Stuart Smith worked with a lot of premier musicians while putting together a solo project called Heaven and Earth.   He released a few albums using fellow guest musicians before putting together a touring band and a band album Dig.   Stuart added longtime road vets Joe Retta on vocals, Chuck Wright on bass,…

HUNTER: STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY

It is human nature to try to classify things; to put them in a convenient category for us to make sense of. So on the initial listen of Hunter’s new album, Pressure, I assumed I was in for a healthy dose of radio-friendly Pop. But the album offers much, much more than that. See, when…

MARY KEEY: BAND ON THE RISE

Sometimes chance encounter is all it takes. It is that moment of serendipity where the universe is seemingly telling you: “you’re supposed to meet this person.” Such was the case when Mary Keey and guitarist/producer Phil were touring separately and met one another. And in that instant, both of their careers would change and the…

2 THE NINES: COMPLEMENTARY COLLABORATION

  One doesn’t have to go very deep into the annals of Rock lore to find bands that could seemingly conjure magic, yet behind the scenes simply didn’t like one another. The infighting of Townsend versus Daltrey and David Crosby versus Neil Young are storied. But the opposite bandmate relationship can capture lightning in a…

JANUARY – MARCH 2013 ARTISTS TO WATCH

Welcome to another amazing month of music from the incredible musicians that make up the Sonicbids.com community. We have chose a select group of amazing musicians that will be speaking directly to the Skope readers. As always we encourage readers to dig deeper and check out their EPK’s.