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Interview: Mr. Muzix can’t wait for the new beginnings on Brandy

Telling us all about his soulfully inviting new single Brandy, Lithonia, Georgia native Mr. Muzix takes us on a reinvigorated ride with so much meaning and a new perspective to smooth over all scars. Keeping the faith and mellowing out all listeners, this is a loving interview to open up minds and guide us deep inside his vision.

Hello there Mr. Muzix. We appreciate your time. Where can we find you in the world today and what is your favourite meal?
Thanks so much. Today, in the world, you can actually find me in one of two places; Lithonia, GA or Knoxville, TN. Also, my favorite meal, currently, would probably be Pineapple & Spinach pizza.

Please tell us more about your new release.
My newest release, “BRANDY”, was written in a time of new beginnings in my life. The song was actually written about a friend I went to school with; though I’m sure she’ll never find out who she is. Beyond the concept of the track, it, like all others of mine, was written, recorded, produced, and engineered all in-house by myself. — It also includes my favorite guitar solo thus far, of all my material.

Who is the rock in your life who keeps you grounded?
At this point in my life, I would consider my supporters, a.k.a. ‘The Patch’, to be my rock. I have experienced quite a bit in the world of Music, and those that have still supported me, especially from the beginning, will always be the key to my motivation. — They keep me going and they keep me alive as an artist; just by listening to what I have to say.

Are there any good spots in your local area to watch good underground music?
There are plenty of great spots to catch great underground music in the Lithonia/Atlanta (GA) area. One of which being ‘Airloom Studios’ in Atlanta, GA. I’ve been able to hear some great music within minutes of just parking outside. I absolutely enjoy the atmosphere as well as the setup of the performance area. It all really feels like a get-away.

Which other musicians inspire you?
I find a lot of inspiration from older musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Esparanza Spalding, etc. However, I do also enjoy some newer musicians such as MonoNeon, Jacob Collier, The Pocket Queen, and a few more.

Do you think the local live music community has recovered after covid or what needs to happen to ensure its survival?
I do, in fact, believe that the local live music community has recovered. Covid has put a halt on live music and has even created a new streaming platform for musicians to engage with the world, however, I will always agree with the concept of music being 100x better in a live setting. I do think the streaming world has taken a lot away from live performances; well both streaming and technology. A lot of “live” shows aren’t even true “live” performances with so many enhancements and aids/crutches used by artists and musicians in this modern time; but I think as long as there is at least one person in the audience, live venues and performances will survive.

Final question. What is your vision for your career?
My vision for my career would be to accomplish my main goal in life/life’s motto; to show the world that ‘We Can All Be Rockstars’. It seems as though there’s such a stigma around “who can be a musical artist” or “what it takes to be a musical artist”; and though I understand a lot of hard work and dedication goes a long way, I’d like to show others that we can all be stars in the smallest things we do in life. — Keep moving with faith and keep pushing harder; you’ll find happiness and satisfaction.

Feel the experience on Spotify.

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Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Misdirection never fails: The Handsome Bandit just wants that one dance on Believe You Me

Swinging our moods around with their catchy sound to dance all night with, The Handsome Bandit guides us into a world filled with potential for one or more sweet kisses on the piano-packed Believe You Me.

The Handsome Bandit is a Chicago, USA-based indie pop-rock band who are known for their electric live performances and terrific lyrics to turn up loud.

Eric Niequist’s powerful lead vocals and edgy bass riffs weave alongside the intricate piano melodies and warm vocals of Allison Hogan. The Handsome Bandit will have you energized and enthralled with their foot-stomping sing-alongs, dynamic ballads, and thunderous anthems.” ~ taken from The Handsome Bandit’s Reverbnation

Do you like music with a verve that shall take minds back into a full place? The Handsome Bandit are the answer to all of our dreams. Believe You Me is simply excellent and needs to be on all playlists immediately. This is the pick-me-up track to flip all attitudes around for the better.

Believe You Me from Chicago, USA-based indie pop-rock band The Handsome Bandit is such a delight on so many levels. This shows us a truly professional team who have put on a real show with such a dynamic display.

Released originally in 2019, we are reminded of an underground classic which will surely heat up the blood flow of many who miss being happy.

See the music video on YouTube.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Masorti Interview: All about his new release Mirrors and more

With a delicious breakfast recommendation and plenty of insights into his fascinating career, we spoke with Masorti, who leads us into the world of a young Noah Wotherspoon playing live blues and much more. Telling us a wild Bruce Springsteen story and showing us why he absolutely loves making music, we find a highly likeable artist and human.

We appreciate you taking the time to speak with us today, Masorti. What does a nutritious breakfast in your household entail?

Masorti: Thank you A&R Factory for taking the time to interview me and for supporting my music. A typical nutritional breakfast in my household is called “The Artist Shake” and consists largely of blueberries, raspberries, bananas, orange juice or Kefir with some chia seeds sprinkled in then stuffed into a blender. Actual ingredients may vary to include other leftover fruit, plain old fruit, sometimes old salads (if I didn’t use too much dressing), and pumpkin seeds gifted from the previous tenant. I actually much prefer breakfast at City Diner at the corner of Broadway and 90th.

Please tell us about your incredible journey from criminal defense attorney to singer-songwriter?

Masorti: I recall vividly when I became drawn into music and what would become my conversion from listener to artist. In early 2003, I was in Dayton, Ohio when one of my friends suggested we go see a young local guitar player who, at the time, was making considerable waves on the regional scene. It was at The Oregon Express in The Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio that I first saw and heard a young Noah Wotherspoon playing live blues to a sparse crowd on an off night. I was 38 years old at the time. Until that night of my life, I was a music listener. How music was created and why it was created had never occurred to me. But when I opened the door and entered the bar that night, for the first time, I was actually feeling music rather than just hearing it. Plainly, it was soulful. It was extremely soulful, and it moved me to the extent that when I drove back home to Pennsylvania, I immediately bought a guitar and scheduled my first (and only) lesson. I was determined to understand the connection between the instrument and the soul and after learning a few chords, all hell broke loose – as they say. Within a few weeks, I began writing songs and by expressing myself through the process of songwriting, I began to feel relieved and healed…I began to feel good again. Some say art comes from suffering. I emphatically agree. It’s creation is a catharsis.

Like so many others, when the Pandemic hit I took the time to reevaluate my life. By that time I had practiced criminal defense for 27 years and had tried over 120 cases to verdict. During that period, being a zealous advocate was my passion and my purpose. Justice and the integrity of the court system are very important to me. But I was becoming jaded and I was losing enthusiasm for the practice of law and at the same time I was writing more. So I decided to transition from law to music, fully embracing it as my purpose in life. I moved to New York City in March of 2021 to pursue music full-time. My musical genre is best described as New Alternative (“New Alt”) and is widely available across all digital platforms.

If you could open for any artist in the world, who would it be?

Masorti: If I could open for any act, it would be Dire Straits. Mark Knopfler is my most identifiable and undeniable influence. I can see what he writes and Sultans Of Swing is my absolute #1 favorite song of all time. “You get a shiver in the dark and it’s raining in the park but meantime…” It’s like I’m standing right there with him… “South of the river you stop and you hold everything.” Ok, Me and Mark, we stop together just two music loving buddies – Mark and me. “A band is blowing dixie double four time.” Yes, Mark I can hear them too…. ” And you feel alright when you hear the music ring.” No Doubt about that -no doubt at all.

Your latest album called Mirrors has just dropped. Please describe the process and who was involved?

Masorti: The process of making my new record Mirrors was very intense as I had just completed 2 projects From The Darkness (10 song LP) and 80 East (6 song EP). Everybody on my team advised me to stop recording and begin promoting those 16 songs but I felt strongly that I should keep recording as I had written a bunch of new songs, the band was available, and the energy was great. Basically, I felt that I had more to say and I wanted to get it down.

For my record Mirrors I once again relied on the expertise of my producer Conrad Korsch whose steady and gifted hands guided us through the Project. We recorded the 10 track LP at Mission Sound in Brooklyn with studio owner/engineer par excellence Oliver Strauss in a day and a half. Mirrors features Oz Noy on electric guitar, Stan Harrison on sax, Brian Delaney on drums, Conrad Korsch on bass, and me on acoustic guitar and vocals.

How much money do you think musicians should receive from streaming websites (per stream)?

Masorti: If all artists got a penny for each stream across all digital platforms, then there would be a more equitable distribution of the proceeds generated from streaming.

What is the wildest music industry related story you’ve ever experienced or heard of (from a legit source), that you may share with us?

Masorti: My wildest music industry-related story, or for me the most interesting, was told to me by a very close friend who was actually on the plane and in one of the bands about to be mentioned. It was during the Amnesty International Human Rights Tour in 1988 and three bands were loaded on a chartered 737 about to leave from JFK. Bruce Springsteen’s band was in the front of the plane, Sting’s band occupied the middle of the plane, and Peter Gabriel and his band were in the rear. The plane was scheduled to depart at 10 am. By 10 am everybody was on the plane except for Bruce Springsteen. By 10:30 still no Bruce. Some of the passengers became restless and began to get testy regarding the delay and made their feelings known easily enough with the help of an open bar. Now it’s 11 am and still, no Bruce. By this time some passengers began to get really riled up about the wait. Now it’s 11:30 and Bruce Springsteen finally walks onto the plane after an hour and a half delay to a standing ovation by his band. News had reached them that Bruce was at the gate at 10 am but was refusing to get on the plane until he could speak to the CEO of Nike who was sponsoring the tour. Finally, Bruce got on the phone with Nike and explained that in his view all the Artists and bands were being paid well but that the roadies and riggers and related support personnel were not and that he was not going to get on the plane until Nike agreed to double the salary of everyone else who was working the tour in support of the artists and bands.

Last of all, where can we find you live next or do you have any exciting projects lined up for 2023?

Masorti: 2023 is going to be an exciting year as we are in the process of promoting the catalog, booking shows, and rehearsing new material. Our next show is scheduled February 27 at The Bitter End in NYC. I am also excited to announce that we just finished an 8 track LP Lost At Sea that may get released before the end of the year. And on that record is a very special cover. And you feel alright when you hear the music ring.

Hear this poetic musician in action via Spotify. Find out more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Glasgow’s Kev Howell moves through time and space on ‘Arrows’ (Live)

With a rampaging riff and gritty vocals that catches your attention instantly, Kev Howell takes it day by day on his new release to get excited about on the breathtaking ‘Arrows’ (Live).

Kev Howell is a Glasgow, UK-based alternative rock/blues act that is known for dynamically exciting live performances wherever he performs.

His debut album ‘Haunting Ambition’ was released in August, 2017, filled with smoky poetry, swaggering guitar riffs and laced with dreamy melodies. The album was nominated for a SAY Award (Scottish Album of the year) in 2018.” ~ Kev Howell

Showing us that by ignoring the sneaky vultures as they try to look for a weakness to swoop in and take our precious soul, Kev Howell has dropped a modern day classic that is overloaded with that extra special sauce you can lather on your speakers for hours.

Arrows’ (Live) from Glasgow, UK-based alternative rock/blues artist Kev Howell, is a raw track that will send your whole body into a place back in time that was rather gloriously remembered. Crashing into our souls with memorable vocals, a stunning soundscape and with well-written lyrics that have you listening rather intently, this is a release filled with that extra punch.

Taking things day by day and not getting too flustered is the key to life.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Will Win: Remilekun compels us to believe that we shall succeed on ‘Live’

Showing us how we shall always vanquish evil no matter what hindrances they place into our peacefully intentioned path, Remilekun sings with a roaring enthusiasm that will inspire your ears to perk up rather quickly on, ‘Live‘.

Remilekun is a Nigerian-born, London, UK-based Christian Gospel musician and Choir Director who performs with that vocal output that shall have you embracing each word she sings.

What was meant for evil will be turned around for good if you believe. Believe it in your heart and declare it with your mouth. Your voice is more powerful than any other voice over your life.” ~ Remilekun

After widening our minds open with her previous single from March 2021 called ‘Revelations‘, Remilekun projects that belief that is deeply intrenched in her soul that leads the light to where all that goodness was formally hidden. Her vocals are supremely spirited and with that rare decisiveness that we all need to learn from, so that we can be whoever we want to be despite those who try to cage our kindness away.

Recognised as a talented singer at a very tender age, known for singing covers from Indian blockbuster movies and hymns at daily family prayers.” ~ Remilekun

Live‘ from Nigerian-born, London, UK-based Christian Gospel musician and Choir Director Remilekun is an emotional release that guides us to that forgotten land that we all need to be a part of no matter those jagged rocks that we have to climb over. This is an artist who makes music for her faith that sets her free like a bird showing us where to fly, even if currently we are in a massive tornado.

Hear this passionate plea for kindness to resume globally on YouTube and see her next moves on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Take These Broken Wings And Learn To Fly: Lawrence Ryan releases sterling cover of The Beatles classic ‘Blackbird’ (Live)

With a terrific vocal ability and masterful guitar skills to match, Lawrence Ryan is highly impressive on his cover for The Beatles legendary single called ‘Blackbird’ (Live).

Lawrence Ryan is a soulful solo indie blues/rock singer-songwriter from Brooklyn in New York who now resides in New England. He is a skilled musician who has had experience in bands, but now performs solo.

After moving to New England, his songs and voice became the mainstay of several Northeast area bands. One of which was the blues/funk band Lux Radio. As lead singer and guitarist, he has opened for national acts such as Meatloaf and Cub Coda of
Brownsville Station.” ~ Lawrence Ryan

This is a song that was all about the U.S. race riots in mid-1968, that caused so much shock all over the world due to their intensity. The track is a metaphor of the struggle for the black civil rights movement and is sung with much vigor, from a singer who knows how important this release is.

Blackbird’ (Live) from the solo blues-filled New England songwriter Lawrence Ryan, shows us into a world that has come back after many years with tensions bursting underground, that have now surfaced into the forefront of television sets globally. He sings with a true sense of responsibility and this is a courageous effort from a quality musician.

Hear this audio on YouTube and see more of his journey via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jack West releases his EP Live at Easy Street: Showing just how good live music can be

American-based musician Jack West has released his six-track anthology titled ‘Live at Easy Street’ and for those of you who love a bit of old school alternative rock then this one’s for you.

Jack has created an EP that is filled with such a lively atmosphere, his own twist on the alternative rock sound, whilst also throwing in some covers from the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Audioslave and he for sure does it justice.

Throughout you can hear this high energy that bounces of each song and you can really feel the personality pulsing through the music when Jack performs, the fact that it’s live and you can hear the cheer of the audience, it just creates this whole new atmosphere, sharing the connection and the way the crowd reacts, whilst having that stripped back sound.

The instrumentation is incredible, electrifying guitar riffs, heavy hitting drum beats whilst having this western style intertwined, combining such popular genres of music and creating it in his own way.

Jack has such an amazing vocal range and the skills that he has to create something as catchy and entertaining as what he has done is impressive, there is never a dull moment with this EP and you feel like you’re right in the room when you listen.

You must check out Jack West’s EP by heading on over to SoundCloud, you will not be dissapointed!

Review by Karley Myall