Artist Review: Picasso Redd – “Now Or Never” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s rare to run into an artist that is truly versatile. Combining elements of Rap and R&B with old school elements reminiscent of influential artists like LL Cool J and Bone Thugz N’ Harmony, we get a grasp of a new atmospheric level with Picasso Redd‘s innovative single “Now Or Never.”

Utilizing low-to-mid ranged vocal deliveries that are soothing and subtle, we get an exercise of something memorable, original and multifaceted. What’s great about this track is not overusing the production value. It’s a song that puts Picasso at the forefront and really brings his talent front and center, showing us his identity as an artist without the extra noise.

It could very well pass as the next best love-making track, but shares many other qualities that enhance Now Or Never’s likability factors. The song blends components of several iconic eras, but puts a modernized twist on it. The production value is right where it needs to be and doesn’t try to outdo itself in anyway. The ambience in the song’s overall beat structure really helps bring a vibe and kind of solace that gets you to come back to this song and appreciate it in new ways all over again.

“Now Or Never” is definitely a track that entices you to delve deeper into Picasso‘s catalogue, and keep up with what he has up his sleeve. This is a must-listen for any music fan looking for something fresh and raw, yet still yearning for that familiarity you’ve always loved. This song delivers you just that, and so much more. You won’t regret giving this song a listen. It’ll definitely end up on your 2018 favorites list.

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Artist Review: Manjoz – “Over And Over (feat. Patexx)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

With a climatic reggaeton feel that will easily move you, we catch waves with a vibrant drift and amazing production value in Manjoz‘s hot new single “Over And Over (feat. Patexx).”

Hailing from the landscapes of the elite Netherlands music scene, Manjoz comes out swinging with this track with rhythms and instruments that captivate the sound waves with its unwavering aura of performance value, dynamic vocal structures and multifaceted dual-vocals that compliment the song from beginning to end.

If the reggae, dance or club scenes are your arena, then this song should be at the top of your spin list. With subtle verses that are shared between Manjoz and feature artist Patexx, we get an a balance between ambience and energy; combining two versatile voices that bring their own elements to the song individually, and mix together beautifully. It’s a musical chemistry that is very few and far between in today’s mainstream market; and these beautifully executed vocals really make this single an absolute gem.

And who doesn’t love a catchy chorus? This song has just that, and plenty more to enhance the flavor. It’s an absolute must to point out how beautifully crafted and articulate the production value and musicianship factors are. There are a plethora of likability factors that stir together in this song, and encompass a tasty and magnetic signature style that will stick in your head far after the song is over. You may have heard artists like them, but nothing quite like them. They hone a caliber of their own.

If you’re looking for today’s next fresh faced sound with yesterday’s favorite feels, then “Over And Over” is a track you will be listening to over and over again.

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Press Release: House Of Rejects

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s hard to come by bands nowadays that prioritize by really setting their sights on good faith, good songwriting and authenticity. A band you can resonate with that helps you through your adversities and really gives you a platform to connect and find your identity, a mantra Missouri Rock duo House Of Rejects really focuses on with their signature sound, style and content.

The duo is comprised of dynamic lead vocalist Ricky Rauch and teen guitar sensation Chance Woolsey, who spent 6 months on the Billboard’s Christian Rock charts with his previous band Crossing Fire. The two put together a rock-infused sound that is innovative and energetic; doused in mid-ranged vocals that carry strong harmonies and lyrical structures along with soaring guitar riffs, tasty progressions, and catchiness that’ll reel you in with their incredible songwriting and artistic merit in the forefront of their message.

Their radio release of their single “Fiction” is a solid example of the House Of Rejects‘ foundation and explosive wave of crafting a style that gives off staying power – that ability to stay with you even when the song is over. The guitar progression and vocal melody compliments each other perfectly and really delves you into the duo’s world of what makes the band the rarity they are.

Tying their collection of tracks together with the songs “Delusion”, “Crazy”, “Restart” and “Break The Ice”, their brand of Rock is evident with an anthemic caliber of something truly of their own, drawing influences with the heart of The Beatles, the soul of Michael Buble, and the driving guitar riffs of AC/DC – bringing a flavorful sound that stems from many generations of iconic rock eras combined with today’s mainstream sensibilities.

And the world quickly began taking notice. House of Rejects is currently on ReverbNation’s Top 10 Upcoming Rock Bands globally, The 5-track EP will be releasing September 14th to all online digital music retailers including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and more. The single “Fiction” will also be released to worldwide radio on September 18th via PlayMPE.

If you’re looking for the next diamond in the rough with young energy and uncanny ability, House of Rejects absolutely delivers with this collection of well-crafted tracks from a duo of multifaceted artists that create a sound that is truly versatile and next-level. Mark your calendars!

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Press Release: The Story Behind Katie Knipp – “Take It With You” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

THE STORY BEHIND “TAKE IT WITH YOU”, RELEASING NOVEMBER 2018

The story behind “Take it With You”:

My name is Katie Knipp and I have been an indie artist for about 20 years.  Out of all my previous projects, this one means the most and has just floored me on so many levels.  It wasn’t too long ago that I wasn’t sure I would be able to perform and release more music, at least the way I wanted to.  I recently had two babies in a row , they’re now 2 and 3, and it was a pretty hard time in the beginning.  During my second pregnancy I got carpal tunnel from the swelling and I wasn’t sure if it would go away.  It was pretty scary because I play guitar and piano as well as teach piano for a living.  I was also silenced for about a year and a half due to the natural demands of my toddler that didn’t want attention taken away from him whenever I tried to practice.  Most days I could hardly sing or play a note.  The best I could do was type lyrics into my phone at 3 in the morning while up with the baby and read articles on how to get the most out of your one minute of practice time.  Since music is who I am, this was a very dark and depressing time for me and it was just last year.

Fast forward to this year.  In January I finally stopped breast feeding which allowed more flexibility in getting the chance to perform again.  My parents moved closer and were therefore able to help babysit while I practiced.  When I got back onstage as a solo act everything changed.  It changed because my attitude was different. My love for music had been tested and I couldn’t be more grateful now for ANY time I get to play.  I started writing songs from a more natural state of just pure love and they come easily to me now.  I’m no longer trying to prove myself because there’s only one me out there.  Nobody sounds like me.  With the luck and help of Scott at SBL (who also provided harmony vocals on a track), I was able to do a mini tour opening for Robert Cray, as well as opened for The James Hunter Six, and also my idol, Jon Cleary.  Ben Nieves, owner of The Recording Place and Piano Store, and his partner in crime, Chris Horton, came to one of my local shows in Sacramento.  It was there we quickly decided to team up and make the best record we could.  These songs were brought to life by the band I have always wanted to play with.  Neil Campisano on drums, Zack Proteau, on bass and tuba (he owns Octupus Audio and plays with Cover Me Badd), Brett Vaughnrechtfertig on guitar, he leads a killer band called The Mindful, and some extras on a tune with Chet Chwalik on trumpet and Al Bent on trombone.  When I first rehearsed with the rhythm section, it was such a weight off of my shoulders.  Finally, I found some guys that got it.  They brought the songs to life.  We were all listening to each other instead of playing over each other.   Now I am getting these mixes from Chris that bring the out the songs even more than I thought possible.  So, we make a great team.  After my ears, Ben adds his production touches as well and we’re a trifecta of success!  This record goes from psycho to mardi gras and all the feels in between.

So, I have a goal.  I want to be the first woman in my position to still get on the Billboard charts, get onto commercial radio, not just college and internet radio, sell a million units, get songs placed on TV shows and movies, without being gone 200 days a year on tour.  I still want to be able to raise my boys, perform whenever I can, because I LOVE performing, but also be present for my family.  I believe all of this can be accomplished if the product is good enough, and it is.  We’re so oversaturated with highlight reals of people on social media, fake music, fake art, and this is something real and refreshing to grasp onto.  Real musicians playing real instruments on songs written by a woman as real as it gets.  Mother.  Wife.  Piano teacher. Soon to be chart topper inspiring millions of other people around the globe.  You can join me in support of this goal by making sure to purchase this record either during the month of October Presale, or the first week it is released on November 7th.  When I can sell a bunch of units in this short amount of time, bells and whistles go off to the proper companies that can assist in ways that I can’t.  For 20 years, I’ve been wearing all the hats.  Now I’m asking for some help.  Thanks for reading.

Blues Americana artist Katie Knipp has been on a passionate musical journey her entire life. Always in choir, she was drawn to the piano at the age of 15. Since there was no piano at home, she began teaching herself on every lunch break during high school in the choir room. Beginning college, Katie believed it would be practical to major in medicine. Singing in a choir rendition of Mozart’s Requiem changed her future path. The haunting beauty of the music made tears roll down her face, and she knew that, in order to follow her heart, she would dedicate herself and her studies to music. Attending U.C. Santa Cruz, Katie enjoyed the calm, serene new environment. Driven to continually grow, she taught herself guitar on the beaches of California’s coast. “The waves would drown out any mistakes I made, so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed by wrong notes,” says Katie. As she dug deeper into her music major, it became clear to Katie that she also wanted to write her own material. Witness to a gruesome on-campus suicide on her 21st birthday, she decide she needed a change of scenery; she transferred to Cal State Hayward, where she would earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance. The dark experience of the suicide, however, would stay with her, and became one of many events that helped mold her writing into the gutsy, soul-on-a-platter type material. To date, Katie has released four studio albums, a DVD, and played hundreds of venues throughout California. Sacramento News and Review nominated her for Best Blues Artist in Sacramento in 2017.  Readers of The Northbay Bohemian voted her band “Number One Band in Marin County” for two consecutive years. Currently laying down roots in Sacramento, Katie has worldwide radio support, has opened for such acts as Robert Cray, The James Hunter Six, Jon Cleary, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds and Tommy Castro, and shared the stage as a back up singer for Barry Manilow. Her music can be found on iTunes, many other digital mediums, as well as retail cds on http://www.katieknipp.com. Katie unflinchingly maintains the goal of being a viable force in the music world. Her success is largely based upon her willingness to take risks, diversify her format and learn from collaboration with others. Katie performs in several formats, from solo to full band. Equipped with a powerful voice, Katie also plays piano, guitar, dobro and harmonica. Her hard work has shaped her into a mature artist, focusing on the organic, free elements that reach people the most.  Currently in the studio with her 5th album to be released in the fall of 2018, she is also busy raising her two toddler boys as well as teaching piano and voice lessons in Rocklin, California.

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Northern California Blues Americana Siren Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between.  Her raw solo act captures audiences hearts from her first notes.  Currently in the studio with her 5th album to be released November of 2018, her sound has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Beth Hart, and what the late Taz Digregorio of the Charlie Daniels band once said, “Dylan in a Dress!”

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Press Release: Indigo – “Don’t Believe” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are some voices that carry an essence of uniqueness and ambience when it comes to a song. Indigo Rey is one of those voices in her vibrant and subtle upcoming single “Don’t Believe.”

About the Artist:

Emerging from the Columbia music scene in South Carolina, Pop and R&B Singer/Songwriter Indigo Rey began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2016, and since then has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with her own signature sound and stylization.

Born in the surrounding area of Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 to Senegalese Immigrant parents, Indigo’s foundation for her love of music started at a very young age and always dreamed of being a star. Growing up, she became inspired from listening to all kinds of eclectic music genres including rock, pop, hip hop, R&B, folk, and anything that caught her ear.

After years of inspirations and aspirations in the world of music, she began to take her artistic merit seriously during her senior year of high school and became determined to record and release her own music. It was during this time she acquired an internship with Jelani, owner of a local Columbia, SC recording studio Studio 23. And it wasn’t long until he took her under his wing and began working with her exclusively to create the image and identity of Indigo Rey.

Fast forward two years, and a starlet in the making came out the gate swinging with her charismatic vocal abilities, catchy songwriting style, and overall musical persona. Known for her melancholy undertone, Indigo utilizes her music as an emotional expression and a way to relieve her reflective overthinking as an anchor and passageway into songwriting and performance.

And we get the perfect demonstration of her eclectic sound and vocal structures in “Don’t Believe.” A powerful song with very innovative production value that brings Indigo‘s likability factors to the forefront and musical aura into your soul.

Combining a beautiful piano progression and and ambient undertone throughout every measure, this laid back feel-good track is a soothing exercise that delves you right into Indigo‘s spirit, and delivers a captivating musical presence that any music listener of her caliber can enjoy. She truly has a voice of an angel.

“Don’t Believe” will be dropping this October and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. We highly recommend you mark your calendars.

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Press Release: Zizzo World – “Phenomenal” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to producing top-of-the-line music with authenticity and innovation, Zizzo World brings us into his world of music that you can count on every time for something new and fresh.

Hailing from the elite London music scene in the UK, artist/producer combo Zizzo World emerged into the music realm in 2004 while living in Romania, and has built a prominent and reputable identity since then with his own dynamic signature sound and style that is electric, eclectic and atmospheric. His recent release of his hit single “INSANE” hit the market this past June and has created a sensational and unwavering buzz for the rising artist, proving that his artistic merit is anything but a letdown.

Following things up swiftly with a follow-up release, his newest upcoming self-produced track “Phenomenal” does not deceive you with its title. This song is self-descriptive and is the perfect electro-dance track to add to your list of favorites from beginning to end. From piano infused and subtle verses, Zizzo World’s vocals grab hold of the perfect melody and put the song into overdrive with a charismatic chorus that is catchy, climactic and captivating. It’s the type of track that has instant-classic status throughout every measure, and sustains a stylization that presents production and performance value in a way that the song is themed – phenomenal!

The track was produced, mixed and mastered by Zizzo World at Smally Music.

About the song:

“…’Phenomenal’ is like a dedication. The production began next morning in London after sitting in the garden and trying to think about what the best description would be for a woman.”

Phenomenal” officially releases on September 21st and will be available on all mainstream digital music retailers. Get your hands on a copy by preordering it here: https://smarturl.it/orderPhenomenal

Listen to the “INSANE” single here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4RhW9P4FMoGbnUh6s9Rdcz?si=4fYnFDEoQmiMAyIrjVGLzw

You can also hear more of Zizzo World’s previous releases by connecting with Zizzo World on his social media and music streaming platforms:

•Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/serjezizzo

•Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/artistzizzo

•Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/serjezizzo •Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/serjezizzo

•iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/zizzo-world/1254957951

•Tidal: http://tidal.com/artist/8899243 •Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Q9J5gwMPpRkjaA4Hdh6Ip

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Press Release: Dress Code – “Underground” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to bringing raw energy and innovation to electronic music, Dress Code‘s upcoming EP Underground comes out swinging and hits it out of the park with every measure on this 5-track banger.

Combining a versatile electronic/EDM signature sound with rock and funk influences, Underground delivers up a tasty original concoction with flavors from yesterday’s favorites and today’s mainstream sensibilities. Dress Code (comprised of writer/performer Derek Holley) delves into a realm of ambient vocal melodies, catchy instrumentals and an endless supply of insatiable energy; making this Dance album extremely effective, addictive and multifaceted with its production value.

Each track brings something new to the table with many defining elements and musicianship factors that really sets this EP apart from many others of a similar caliber. Its multi-genre approach is crafty and executed brilliantly by being able to sustain consistency without breaking the overall vibes from this record as a whole. You get something new every time, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same artist; which is what makes Dress Code‘s identity and artistic merit shine at the forefront.

If you’re looking for a Dance album of versatility with all the electronic goodness and energy one can muster, then Underground will be added to your list of favorites from the very first listen. The EP drops on September 7th as a digital-only release and will be available on all mainstream digital retailers and streaming platforms.

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