Artist Review: Natasha Jane Julian – “Now I Know” Single/EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to turning heads and capturing the ears, renowned Pop recording artist Natasha Jane Julian does exactly just that with her recent EP Now I Know.

Natasha, from a small mountain town in Southern California, gained a lot of her on-stage experience as a showgirl, performing relentlessly in theatres and dance shows. When Natasha moved her stomping grounds to the landscapes of Florida, her experience in music hit the ground running when she joined forces with an eclectic band called Psychedelic Mist. 

A handful of shows and an EP later as a band, Natasha decided to spread her wings of versatility and began to find her vision as a solo artist by the time 2015 came around, and respectively departed from Psychedelic Mist. 

This is when Natasha began her Artist Development process, and decided to take time off gracing the stage to hone her craft, find her sound, her musical niche, her inspirations as well as aspirations, and even learned piano during this time, which took place around 2016, and even added learning some guitar during the process; refusing to leave a stone unturned. 

After some years of blossoming into a solo artist, Natasha Jane Julian released her debut EP in June 2016, Now I Know. The first single from this freshman-effort was her Rock-influenced track “Gemini Twin”. The EP received positive reception, critical acclaim, and eventually prompted Natasha to make her rounds throughout the cityscapes; she currently has an elite team of musicians now gigging her original songs all over the US, UK, and more.
But the one that really stands out is her EP-title track, “Now I Know”. A song that’s tight, is well-put-together, and charismatic. Natasha‘s mid to high singing approach breathes life into this song and really parallels the musicianship, as well as structures. It’s screams with melody as well and fits every piece of the song likevpuzzle pieces. So I have to really tip my hat to Natasha Jane Julian. Her musical acclaim and path is very promising.

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Artist Review: Wounded Spirit – “Stand Up (featuring Har-Q)”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to production value, this band supercharges it with top-notch quality and beautifully executed multi-genre, multifaceted, and even multilayered qualities. 

Wounded Spirit‘s extremely versatile single “Stand Up”, featuring some rhymes and bars from Har-Q, and also accompanied by an entertaining animated music video, pulls out all the stops to give you a song that not only puts great energy and moods in the air, but also gives you an uplifting message and the hankering to, well, stand up. And perhaps jump around and dance quite a bit.

With witty verses that Har-Q delivers us in a very unique and clever manner, we also get some very clean and impressive vocals with an excellent range; and gives the song high likability factors with the sharing of the verses, and really prepares you for a very powerful chorus that not only deepens the message, but is also utilized with an amazing post production mix that includes a choir-stylized and almost gang vocal-edged way of making this song’s chorus explosive and unforgettably melodic. It’s a flawless chorus that really captures your soul, and your knack for dancing.

Whether intended or not, the avatar-stylized animation is not only fun to watch, but brings a nurtured humor with it as well. And now that I really think about it, I’m more than positive that the video was intended to have its humor. It really adds to the song’s (and band’s) overall character; the charisma, the message, the good-nature of having fun, and playing the music they really believe in.

It’s hard to really pick out one defining factor that sells you on this song. There are so many positive twists and turns, top-notch production value, and amazing Songwriting structures that turns this song more into an anthem. You’ll be very surprised at just how impressive Wounded Spirit is. They’re not a band that needs several listens to “grow on you”. They’ll grow in you right from the very first listen.

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Artist Interview: Trilhoutte

Interview by: Justyn Brodsky


A few days ago, we did an Exclusive Review with Dynamic Duo, Trilhoutte. Now, we’re bringing them back to the platform for an Exclusive Interview; a look inside their career as their music continues to build an insatiable buzz. So we caught up with Ty and Shaq with a set of questions that’ll give an insight to their past, present, and future
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1. Where are you guys currently based out of?

Right now we are currently based out of Atlanta.

2. What inspired you guys to get into music?

Ty: I grew up around a family full of singers and musicians and in the church playing instruments such as the drums and keyboard. I would always sing to myself and when I was by myself or around my brother because for a long time I was shy. I always knew I would end up doing music but at first I just wanted to produce. Two years ago I finally went to the studio with an affiliate artist named juice and dropped some vocals and I really liked the way people vibes from my music. So ever since then it’s been a passion. 

Shaq: his is all long… it started with I miss you tracks to my ex girlfriend that caught the attention of every woman besides her lol. So I kept with it, with the help of jojo the voice and Feek. Dropped a lot of music but I had a bad habit of dropping music and taking it down. I’m a perfectionist at some times. I hate to say that shes why I started taking it serious but it’s the truth. My mom and family wants to do music and are musically talented but most sit in the shadows I got tired of sitting on it basically.

3. What are your goals in your career currently? Big or small.

Our first goal is working on our new project while currently pushing our hit single “1×1=x”. We want to prepare people for this new project because it’s not your typical R&B. We have a very unique sound and we are putting our all into this next project to make sure that our fans really enjoy it and that we stand out in R&B with our different sound. Also our goal is to make sure that we have 2018 booked and full of shows and continue pushing our brand.

4. Who are some of your biggest Artist Influences?

Ty: Chris brown, Big Sean, Michael Jackson.

Shaq: R. Kelly, and Eric Bellinger.

5. What have you learned the most since becoming active Artists?

We have learned that it’s all about patience, consistency, faith, and hard work. We had to realize it starts with us first and our vision for Trilhoutte. We had to first believe in ourselves, be patient and become business minded because most people aren’t as visionary minded as we are. Also you have to set goals and work to achieve them and it’s very important to find a team of people that have the same mindset.

6. What’s been your best and worst show so far in your career, and why?

Ty: My first show was definitely my worst show. I performed with a affiliate artist named juice and I was really prepared as much as I thought. Also the speaker set up was bad and I couldn’t hear myself so I was singing off on certain parts of my songs. 

Shaq: prolly my first show too. I mean when I was younger I definitely wasn’t the same as I am now. It took time. Feek really gassed me up over the years so I Feek Like I stand on the stage with the top R&B artist around. 

7. What song, single, album, or release in general has been your most successful so far?

Our single “1×1=x” has been our best song and has gotten the most recognition so far on Spotify. We feel like that’s a great start to show our fans how unique our sound is and it’s only a sneak peak into how amazing our first project will be. 

8. What music are you currently working on and when can we expect it to come out?

Right now we are currently working on new songs for a project which will most likely be coming out before this year ends. At the moment we will continue to push “1×1=x” so that we can keep gaining more fans and more attention and we will most likely drop our cover to Chris Brown’s song “Popping” just to give something to the fans because we have been dropping teasers and they’ve been loving it.

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Artist Review: Jennifer Hope – “My December” (Linkin Park Cover & Chester Bennington Tribute)

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


In this last 1-2 years, between the losses of many music icons like Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden / Audioslave), Prince, David Bowie, and most noticeably for Jennifer Hope, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). 

And with her cover & tribute version of Linkin Park’s “My December”, I must say, I haven’t had goosebumps over a tribute like this since Tori Amos’s Piano/Vocal version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” back in the 90s under the same mantra and concept that Jennifer Hope brings to the forefront with this cover.

It’s not just a run-of-the-mill Piano/Vocal cover, Hope really brings the vocal sensuality of the verses that parallel the same vocal delivery intended by Bennington himself, and puts a strong and even raspy tone to the chorus that once again brings the expression of the original version. 

But despite all the similarities, Jennifer Hope breathes new life into this song and performs it with that kind of simplicity that showcases her strongpoints in talent, emotion, production value, and true meaning in her artistic merit. She really lights up the room with this version, but still brings forth a darkness that beckons the Soul of the original version in all the right ways. 

This tribute was also released with the intention of bringing the components of suicide prevention & awareness, which currently has an active fundraiser that Jennifer Hope put together to support the cause and utilize the song into the hopes of helping others through the fundraiser. 

This Linkin Park cover is definitely a version that will give you the shivers and really put a sensation and aura of pure emotion into you with the beautiful swells from the Piano parts and mid-ranged vocals that tie in perfectly with the song’s production value and beauty. This phenomenal version will not only amaze you, but will entice you to see the bigger picture. The centerpiece of what Hope put into this tribute with her undeniable talent, and the awareness that should not be overlooked. Take a listen to this tribute, and also check into her GoFundMe campaign as well and contribute to a selfless cause that is far too common among today’s youth and pop culture.



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200th Review Special: Craymo – A Look Into his Artist Bio

Article by: Justyn Brodsky


Welcome to a very special 200th Review special.

We have a special, special treat for you all as we look back on an Artist that has been one of the most supportive, just as much as he is as a talented one that’s graced our Review platform and continues to strive for success with catchy, versatile songs that deliver very positive messages, and also a story about how he’s come this far in his journey and what the promising future holds for acclaimed recording artist, Craymo.

Here’s what we had to say about his anti-bullying themed hit single “Be Myself”:

It’s very rare that an artist reaches out for a review, and is armed with music that is insatiably captivating and original. With Craig Raymo‘s multi-genre mind blowing single “Be Myself”, we get just that with so many clever twists where it almost can’t be put to words. This is one for the books on the Artist Reach platform.

With this track, as Plucky Duck would say…expect the unexpected. Starting off with a hand-clapping and crowd participation inspired intro, we get the perfect introduction into the dynamic and charismatic vocal approach that Raymo showcases, all while maintaining one of the catchiest hooks to prepare you for what’s to come in the following measures.
Anticipating a possible generic Pop-influenced track, we instead get a stroke of genius and mind boggling acoustic infused pre-chorus that you didn’t see coming at all. This song will put you in awe by this point, and when the powerful chorus jumps in with Raymo‘s multi-layered harmonies with perfect precision, you’ll easily understand what makes this song the gem that it really is.
This song is the perfect combination of the best of 90’s style Songwriting and today’s Pop sensibility and production value. It’s just a track that needs to be heard to be believed. You’ll have this one not only on repeat, but passed among your friends as well. 
I go way back with Craig Raymo, so in a way I was expecting nothing less than something amazing. But this track exceeded my measures by a landslide. This is a must-hear on all counts. Raymo is also Director of Publishing for company powerhouse Moho Productions. Listen, research, and reach out to a brilliant artist and person altogether.

And looking back on this review, we believe this still hits home. This song is amazing, as is Craymo as an artist altogether. But we wanted to take the next step and go beyond the review for this Artist. Giving you all a chance to get to know Craymo for who he is as an artist, and what brought him to his success. This is not only an honor, but also a first for us on the Artist Reach platform. And if there’s one Artist I can especially think of that is worthy of going behind the scenes to get his career’s story more out there, there’s no better man than Craymo. An Artist Reach family member for life.

An Artist is Born:

Craymo was born Craig Stephen Raymo in Massena, New York and grew up in nearby Ogdensburg, a quiet little city on the St. Lawrence River bordering Canada. Music seemed to possess his soul from an early age as he had always tried to imitate the singers and bands emanating from his little 45 rpm record player. In 3rd grade he picked up the alto saxophone taking lessons from Kenneth Van Winkle, father of future Grammy winner Dixon Van Winkle. Craymo continued taking lessons and played in elementary and Jr. and Sr.High Bands and the school Jazz Rock group. Craig wrote his first song when he was 16. He sang in the school choir from elementary through high school. The young performer craved the stage and graced it every chance he got joining the local vaudeville style minstrel group Showtime. Craymo performed in community theatre and high school drama and musical theatre productions.

As a senior in high school he took interest in DJing and got a job spinning at Big Ed’s Dallas Lounge and also at a local radio station where co-workers first started calling him Craymo. Craymo went to Fredonia State University majoring in Broadcasting with a minor in drama.  

 

Moving up and Manifesting:

Feeling the call of the big city, Craig left college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. He soon landed acting gigs in the TV soap operas General Hospital and days Of Our Lives, most recently in The Watchman’s Edict (2017), The Misadventures of Walt’s Frozen Head (2017) and the HBO original film Recount. All the while focused on his music, Craymo wrote hundreds of songs and started recording demos in Los Angeles recording studios. He auditioned to be the lead singer for several bands but ultimately realized his destiny was to be a solo artist. The determined young man took vocal lessons with R&B pioneer Bobby Womack and recorded a demo of one of his songs. Craymo then met record producer David Longoria who took him under his wing and recorded his first professionally recorded song “Love Touch” and filmed his first official music video. Then they went on to create several more songs including Craymo’s first EP entitled “Be My Girl” whose title track was licensed in the indie film Paper Thin Immortals. The next video was “Take It Slow” with a sixties beatnick vibe and the song was licensed in the indie film Accidents Don’t Happen. Craymo appeared as a male vocalist on Star Search 89 with Ed McMahan. He formed several backup bands and got booked at many lucrative venues such as the Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, Genghis Cohen and opened up shows for Smashmouth, The Plimsouls and Fishbone. He then met record producer Chris Irwin and recorded several songs in his Malibu studio. Craymo then ran into his old friend, songwriter and producer Brandon Jarrett. They went into the studio and magic happened. Combining their song catalogs into one company, Moho Productions, LLC. They recorded “One Love One World” which became a worldwide phenomenon being featured on the United Nations project UNESCO web site http://www.newsongsforpeace.org. School teachers all over the world downloaded the song, taught it to their students who then performed it at their schools in the USA, Canada, China and Australia. The opening scene in his music video for “One Love One World” features students in Pang Liu Village in China who were taught to read English using the words and music to his song.

 

The Acclaimed & Inspirational Artist:

Craymo is an award winning songwriter winning Best Male Easy Listening Artist in the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards. He is also an anti-bullying advocate who recently won back to back Worldwide Music Contests. In Version 3 he won Best Song for “Be Myself”, his anti-bullying anthem and in Version 4, Best Video for “One Love One World (We Are One)”, another anti-bullying anthem that also promotes equality, tolerance, brotherhood, human rights and world peace. Craymo won Best Alternative Recording in the 2016 Indie Music Channel Awards for “Moment”, a song promoting suicide prevention awareness. His song “Love You More” won Best Alternative Recording in the 2015 Radio Music Awards and was a Finalist Best International Song 2016 Australian Music Oz Awards. Craymo has been a semi-finalist and finalist in several songwriting competitions including the 2012 Australian Music Oz Awards, 2012 Hollywood Music In Media Awards Unisong, the Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival, UK Songwriting Competition, Pacific Songwriting Competition and the Artist Undiscovered Competition. His songs have been licensed in the indie films, Lucky Dog, Culture Shock, Gabe The Cupid Dog, Cinnamon, Super Southern Sweet Sixteen, Miss Castaway, Leaving Hollywood and Successful Failures 2. Craymo has licensed several songs in television including The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), The X Games (ESPN), The Orlando Citrus Parade (SYND), Sinbad’s Reality U (pilot), Toddlers and Tiaras (TLC) and Chris and John To The Rescue (Canada). Craymo is currently receiving airplay on commercial and internet radio all over the world.

Musical influences include: Duran Duran, George Michael, The Beatles, Morrissey, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Elton John, Sting and The Cars.

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Artist Review: 4lex Berg – Into The Night (Official Music Video)

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


Hailing from the beautiful landscapes of Norway, we have a Pop-forefronted EDM track, accompanied by an astonishing music video with top-of-the-line Cinematography, that will have you dancing, chanting, and enjoying the some of the best moments of your life. 

This anthemic track by 4lex Berg is the melodically through-the-roof “Into The Night”. A relentless and free spirited track that puts all the elements of production and songwriting in all the right places while paralleling some of the best outdoor beauty and lifestyle music video shots you could ever ask for.

Sometimes EDM can overdo itself and lose its balance and composure, but we don’t have this at all with this song. Its Pop-oriented foreground is what truly opens the doors for the mind blowing melodies that come from the perfect vocal range that showcases it. It also maintains the structure of a proper Pop song that gives you dynamic verses, innovative use of plugins, and a powerful chorus that carries the torch for this song’s catchiness. 

This video really adds to the appeal and the overall context of the song. And from the beach to the city skyscrapers, we get an astonishing view and vibe that helps drive this song forward and show off its intentions of just having the time of your life. An upbeat masterpiece with elements of production that keeps perfect landing grounds no matter where the song takes its twists and turns. It’s just an undeniably brilliant song and video, and really puts EDM on a more melodic path that is memorable and not overdone. “Into The Night” is a brilliant track and a gem among the overall execution of the sound and image collectively.

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Artist Review: Nina Kotova

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Dynamic, innovative, with talent beyond every musical realm that Classical compositions can offer. This Russian masterpiece with some of the country’s most renowned musicians, including acclaimed Cellist Nina Kotova, really puts history into beautifully conducted and composed songs that has a five-star signature sound to the musical craft that emulates from this collection of beautiful compositions conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev.

Each song represents a different mood and emotion that we hear and feel as well. From subtle measures to gradual buildups, we get an exploration of every angle that Nina Kotova displays throughout each measure with the Tchaikovsky Symphony adding to the spirituality and the perfect background that puts Kotova in the forefront; showcasing her dynamic and strong presence in every composition.

As a Classical music listener that’s familiar with Music Theory, this is music that speaks volumes to the ear. While each song uses similar formulas, they also offer up many different components and elements as well. What’s most noticeable about these songs are the differentiation among the progressions and tempos. While some stay subtle and soothing, others grasp onto more of an upbeat and bossa-nova type of feeling. And I believe that’s one of the defining factors of these compositions — feeling. Emotion. And the depth of how well put-together every song is. 

With a charismatic forefront from Nina Kotova backed up by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, we have an all-star cast of Classical musicians that will soothe the soul, enamor the moods, and leave an everlasting impression on anyone that listens.

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